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The Quad

Volume 117, Issue 112 November 11, 2019

The Student News Service of West Chester University

Photo via Barstool West Chester

features Commuter Center Grand Opening BY M AR IA M AR ABITO STA FF WR ITER


A&E Alan Moore’s Legacy of Misogyny



staff writer

he West Chester Barstool Instagram is known for posting videos of college antics, but last week, one post took a violent turn. The viral video has caused debate among West Chester University students and prompted the West Chester Police Department to review its actions. I had the opportunity to speak with a friend of the detainee.

The video was posted on Sunday, but was taken Saturday night outside of the popular West Chester bar, Barnaby’s. The video depicts a man being detained by police officers as they stabilize him against their vehicle. The officers then force the man to the ground, one of them commanding him to get “on your belly, now,” while holding his arm in a way that limits motion. When the man starts talking, the officer punches his head and forces him onto his stomach. Followers of the Barstool account were

quick to take sides on the matter. To date, there are over 25,000 views and over 500 comments on the post. Many students were quick to criticize the West Chester Police Department, stating that the violence was “uncalled for” and that the detainee “obviously wasn’t resisting.” However, some did not agree and claimed that the police officers were doing their job under the circumstances.

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NEUTR ALIT Y DOESN’T EXIST By Nahje Royster avatt writer


esmond Tutu stated, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” I am a prison abolitionist, and

I am anti-police. You read that right. I don’t believe prisons should exist, and I strongly feel that the current system of policing is inherently violent, terroristic, racist, sexist, cissexist, heterosexist, classist, xenophobic etc. Having said that, I absolutely have nothing to offer other than frustrations and criticisms about the incident that happened on or around Nov. 2, 2019. Two West Chester PD officers were

captured arresting someone and one of the officers are seen punching the person being taken into custody. A person who’s trained and expected to handle high-stress situations reacted very violently and unnecessarily to a person already on the ground, one proposing no threat to their or anyone else’s wellbeing.

Interview with WCU alumnus: Gino Auriemma

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s our national media outlets bathe in an echo chamber, the economic forces that decide the fate of our citizens’ livelihoods are teetering. Back in October, Chairman Jerome Powell of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York admitted to their role in an ongoing Wall Street bailout that mimics the exact patterns that led to the Recession of 2008. According to “Wall Street on Parade,” over the past 63 days the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has expanded to include an extra 253 billion dollars weekly. All of this new, freshly-printed cash is funneling straight into a Fed-diagnosed “liquidity problem.” Since the Federal Reserve’s inception in 1913, the powers held by the firm include three economic abilities, as described by Wall Street reporter Russ Martens. “The ability to create money electronically at the push of a button, the accepted right to meddle in the markets and the supervision of some of the largest bank holding companies in America.” Photo by Pictures of Money via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The need for the Fed’s intervention comes on the heels of Wall Street’s inability to pay back their mega-loans to “overnight repurchase agreements,” or repos. For some context, Martens defines these repos as “a short-term form of borrowing where corporations, banks, brokerage firms and hedge funds secure loans by providing safe forms of collateral such as Treasury notes.”

aspect of middle American life was darkened. During the Recession, blue collar American families saw unemployment rates hit 10% in 2009, felt a spike in divorce and reported incidents of domestic violence and hundreds of thousands lost their homes. Upon taking an even further step back, the diligent reader will eventually come to the relationships that the New York Fed engages in with mega-firms

“The need for the Fed’s intervention comes on the heels of Wall Street’s inability to pay back their mega-loans to ‘overnight repurchase agreements,’ or repos.” When the Federal Reserve simply prints billions of dollars per week to “soothe the global market,” we can picture the center of the banks’ spinning top growing wider and wider, further displacing its balance and momentum, until it becomes too weighted to continue spinning. This downfall is what economists are projecting as a mirror image of the 2008 crisis, in which the Federal Reserve was forced to bailout bank after bank, and almost every

like JP Morgan Chase—but that is truly a story for another article. All of these forces – the economic complications, deflated stocks and panicked citizens – are wrapped together like an unstoppable ivy. When doing the research for this piece, I spent some time outside of Main Hall and asked students about their family’s experience during the recession of ‘08. Out of the 17 people I interviewed, seven of these students

detailed the various setbacks that their parents faced during the time, mainly layoffs and having to mortgage homes. Of these seven responders, five of the students were living in the greater Philadelphia area during those difficult years. Perhaps not all of us were old enough to remember this bout of tumult, and I’m sure many of us were lucky enough to be spared the effects of the economic crash, but its effects are still felt in many communities across the country. As the spinning top sits at the edge of its risk capacity, us young people are presented with an opportunity to prepare for this potential storm. Many of our families were directly affected by the recession, and we can learn from their experiences. Whether we’re freshmen or seniors, we are about to be thrust into this absurd world of work and money, and we will be independent humans. For daily updates on Wall Street, visit CJ Fudala is a fourth-year student majoring in English writing and minoring in journalism.  Photo by Nakashi via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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mong an increasingly large epidemic of mental health issues among American adolescents, many institutions, including West Chester, are taking stock of their counseling resources and assessing whether their facilities can keep up with the growing numbers of students that reach out for help. For most, this means hiring more staff, connecting students better with group counseling and outside resources and generally making it easier to talk about and get the assistance that students might need with depression, anxiety and other issues.

young adults. In recent weeks, the student-run protests have grown, drawing state-wide attention to HACC and the conversation its students are opening about what gets funded and why. Protesters have pointed out the inconsistency in HACC’s priorities, as the college recently completed a $12 million renovation of its student center. Students accused the college of valuing its image over the wellbeing of its students, as many are forced to discontinue treatment for depression, stress and anxiety. HACC’s website now indicates that instead of offering counseling services, students will be directed off-campus, which many students say they cannot afford. “If the Counseling Center was com-

“For Pennsylvania’s largest community college, however, the solution wasn’t to put more into counseling programs, but rather to cut them entirely, leaving their 19,000 students with no counseling resources.” For Pennsylvania’s largest community college however, the solution wasn’t to put more into counseling programs, but rather to cut them entirely: leaving their 19,000 students with no counseling resources. In an effort to close a massive university deficit following a shrinking enrollment, Harrisburg Area Community College began to phase out all university run individual and group counseling services earlier this fall. The decision, made as part of a series of budget cuts and restructuring, was not made public or announced to students. Only after an internal memo was intercepted by Spotlight PA and an article was published about the cuts did students mobilize to protest the university’s quiet elimination of counseling services. The elimination of services was also done against the advice of student health professionals, who advocated for college-run counseling in an era where suicide is the second leading cause of death among

pletely cut from WCU it would be devastating for our students, faculty/staff and campus community,” said counseling center director, Rachel Daltry. “We not only provide mental health support and resources to students, we provide consultation, training, education and assistance to our faculty, staff and campus community.” With community college enrollment numbers having steadily declined since 2011, a shrinking annual budget has forced colleges to revisit funding for college resources like student counseling. State investment in community colleges has also decreased, with a massive 10% cut to funding in 2011 and minimal change since. While West Chester has experienced an increase in students and annual budget during the 2010s, adapting the university to growing enrollment presents similar problems. Some of these problems have been ambiguously addressed by WCU but still go without concrete solutions, such as inadequate

and expensive housing, and the university’s own lack of counseling resources. As Quad writer Kirsten Magas pointed out in a recent article, “With roughly 17,000 students on our campus, the bare minimum ratio of one to 1,500 students requires 12 full-time counselors on staff at the counseling center.” Our counseling center, which currently employs ten counselors, operates over capacity, and struggles to address the mental health needs of WCU’s student population. The limited resources of the counseling center lead some students to forgo necessary treatment because they are unable to afford private counseling. Similar to the multi-million dollar renovation that has drawn criticism from HACC students, the end of West Chester’s ten year construction plan sees huge projects continue around campus, including the construction of an estimated $70 million common area near Lawrence Dining Hall. When asked about the increase of counseling resources in an October open forum,

Zebulun Davenport, Vice President of student affairs, gave a tentative answer about gradually increasing the number of counselors. At the time of this article’s publication, representatives from West Chester’s budget office have not responded to an inquiry about plans to change the university’s counseling budget. Although the cuts to counseling programs at HACC may seem irrelevant to a university with an increasing budget, the protests raise questions about the college that all students could benefit from asking about how their institution is spending their tuition. As colleges work to accommodate changes in programs, either what to cut or what to invest in, HACC’s protests have sparked students as investors to advocate for the resources that most directly help them—not the resources that make for the best brochure photos. Brendan Lordan is a third-year student majoring in English writing and minoring in journalism. 

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Continued from front page The man was officially arrested for “Public Drunkenness, Disorderly Conduct and Harassment,” as reported by the police department in a public Facebook post. The post also stated that the police department will be reviewing the incident, claiming that “context is important.” “While there was no formal complaint, the department has a protocol to review such matters and will review the entirety of the incident and gather all the facts and information,” said the Facebook post.

Until now, very little was known to the public about the circumstances surrounding the video. When students challenged the university about the matter, they replied that the on-campus police were in no way involved in the incident. The circumstance and the identities of those featured in the video have remained unknown, however, sources allege that the police officer is Jerry Ferriola and photographs appear to confirm this. I had the opportunity to talk with West Chester University student Courtney Stanczuk, a senior criminal justice major and friend of the detainee. She says his name is Kevin and that he is

not a West Chester University student. “Kevin had lost his phone while attending bars in West Chester for his 23 birthday. Instead of driving home intoxicated with no phone, he decided to ask people in Barnaby’s to borrow their phone. Apparently he was annoying customers and was asked to leave. When asking the manager why [he was asked to leave], the cops grabbed him with no information as to why. After being pulled out of the bars is when the video picked up,” said Stanczuk. Stanczuk said that as a criminal justice major, she always felt as though she was on the side of the police. However, in this situation she said that the

“Stanczuk said that as a criminal justice major, she always felt as though she was on the side of the police. However, in this situation she said that the officer ‘acted out of anger and frustration’ which was shown by the way he ‘contemplated his actions.’”

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officer “acted out of anger and frustration” which was shown by the way he “contemplated his actions.” Stanczuk makes the argument that her friend was helpless to comply with the officer’s commands. “A defenseless intoxicated man was punched in the face for not putting his hands behind his back while being pulled two different ways,” said Stanczuk. The West Chester Police Department has yet to release any other statements on the matter. Witnesses have not stepped forward or have declined commentary, a sign that there could be larger legal turmoil on the way. Caroline Helms is a first-year student majoring in English. 

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By Amanda Hearn Special to the Quad


ringing Hope Home (BHH), a club on West Chester’s campus, is a chapter that’s part of a bigger organization throughout other universities. Bringing Hope Home was started by a WCU alumni, Paul Isenburg. His wife was diagnosed with cancer and since, he and his friends began to raise money for other families they knew that were dealing with cancer. They help people specifically who struggle financially because of treatment costs. This incredible organization has helped thousands of families throughout the Chester County area, as well as where the other college chapters are located. The main mission of the group is to spread unexpected amazingness. You may have seen Bringing Hope Home’s orange table around campus fundraising or encouraging people to sign up for events. On Sunday, Nov. 3, it was hard to miss BHH on campus. If you saw a herd of people walking or running throughout campus with the ‘STOMP’ shirts on then, that was them. BHH held their sixth annual STOMP cancer 5k to raise money to help the families they support. It was a Halloween themed fun run/ walk. The 5k is called the ‘STOMP’ because Bringing Hope Home’s goal is to stomp out cancer. Everyone who participated was motivated to share why they stomp, whether it was for family or simply for those who cannot stomp cancer for themselves. Most of the walkers, including me, dressed up and walked throughout campus. About 202 people signed up and participated in the 5k, and it was a fantastic turnout. The event was held out front of Hollinger field house and had activities and food for everyone. For children, there was pumpkin painting

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and games, and for others there were a load of awesome raffles to win. Some of the raffles included Good Uncle gift cards, Couch Tomato gift cards, a Margaretville bike, framed pictures signed by the Eagles, Stomp/WCU decorations and so much more. Before the race, a family member that is helped by BHH spoke and explained how much they have helped and supported him throughout his journey with cancer. Thankfully, he is better now and able to share in the greatness of the BHH

community. Starting on Church Street out front of Anderson Hall, the 5k path went all throughout campus. We walked up and around Main Hall, through Asplundh Concert Hall, around the Quad, down past Goshen and the Rec center, through the academic quad, and back down Church St. to the finish line. The best time out of the runners was 16 minutes and 14 seconds, which was much faster than me and the rest of the crowd who walked.

After the race, they announced the costume winners which included couple, group, single and children’s costumes. The winners for the couple costume dressed as Dora and Boots and the group costume was a family dressed as a Lego family. The single costume winner was a woman in a pirate costume and the children’s winner was Rapunzel. Next, the raffle winners were chosen and I ended up winning a Bringing Hope Home themed bag. This BHH bag included so many great items like t-shirts, a sweatshirt, a glass, a hat, blanket and more with the BHH and STOMP logo. Anyone who won a raffle was going home with an amazing prize and knowing that they have done their part in helping families dealing with such difficult times. Although this year’s STOMP has passed, it is never too late to join Bringing Hope Home WCU chapter. This club is not only rewarding, but the amazing people in this group are so supportive. The club’s current president, Alyssa Adinolfi, along with the other board members, do an outstanding job of making all of it happen. The meetings are every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in Sykes 255. If the meeting time doesn’t fit your schedule feel free to follow the group on any social media platform and come out to their events. There are certainly going to be more wonderful events held by BHH and getting involved is worthwhile. Lastly, be sure to look out for the STOMP next year and come share why you want to STOMP out cancer and spread unexpected amazingness with us. Amanda Hearn is a psychology major with a minor in American Sign Language. 

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s the semesters go by, the staff here at the Quad changes with the passing of semesters as well. Recently, WCU’s Student Newspaper held our executive board elections for the position of managing editor. Kirsten Magas, our Features editor, will be the new managing editor for The Quad and our former managing editor, Ashley Martindale, who is graduating this December, gave me the opportunity last week to sit down with her. During our short interview, she talked about her choice of major, why she chose West Chester University and her time with the Quad.

cations, so I came in as English BSED. I would say that was the main reason. It’s also far enough from home that I was like, ‘my parents aren’t going to be bothering me all the time because I’m two hours from home.’”

Q: What made you want to be part of the Quad? A: “When I switched to being a psychology major, it kind of closed a lot of doors on general English opportunities for me, and the cool thing about the Quad is it is interdisciplinary. So, even if I am a psych major, I can come in and I’m welcome as long as I am contributing in ways that are beneficial for the Quad. I had probably only written a couple of articles when I first applied

“The cool thing about the Quad is it is interdisciplinary. So, even if I am a psych major, I can come in and I’m welcome as long as I am contributing...” Q: What made you want to go to West Chester University? A: “I actually came into West Chester as an English major, which is different from what I am now because I’m a psych major — but they were really well known for their teaching certifi-

to be a copy editor last year. I definitely wasn’t considered a staff writer yet, but I did really well on the test. I’m definitely a really good editor, so I came in for, like, a full year with that. The first thing that really interested me with the Quad [is that] I hadn’t really written journal-

istic writing. I was more of a creative writer, but [journalism] is a fascinating style of writing and I enjoy reading news stories and stuff like that. I just didn’t think I had the ability to be objective enough, and then I discovered that that was wrong. I did well enough work because I definitely wrote for news the most before anything else.”

Q: Looking back, which work are you particularly fond of and why? A: “My favorite article I’ve written was my “canceling culture” article, because that was probably the first op-ed that I wrote. I definitely had written other pieces, like, I’m more stuck to other news, features and entertainment because I was a little bit afraid of voicing something like that, especially, just because it is very salient in this time: the idea of ‘canceling culture.’ So, I was kind of afraid to speak out about that. I got a pretty good response to it. Again, it was one of those things; it was a little controversial. I was almost afraid to write it out, but that’s the cool thing about op-ed pieces. Like, it is your opinion, and it should be wellresearched and well-thought-out, but it’s okay to have that out there as long as it’s not being offensive to anyone. I got a good response to it, and I really enjoyed writing it and looking up instances in society where we’ve might

have abused the idea of canceling people. I really enjoyed that.” Q: How do you feel about your time with the Quad looking back? A: “In short, it has been really amazing. I have worked with an incredible group of people, both last year and this year. I feel like I’ve watched this organization grow and become more of a community than it has been, and I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of that, and I’ve had some really great memories here. I’ve made a lot of really good friends here, and we all get along really well. Sundays are some of my favorite days because of that. Unfortunately, that’s going to go away, but it’s been an incredible time.” From all of us here at the Quad newspaper, we wish our former managing editor, Ashley Martindale, the best of luck with her future and her career! We hope to see her stop by the office again. Kelly Baker is a fourth-year student majoring in English with minors in journalism and film criticism. 


By Maria Mar abito Staff Writer


ast Wednesday, Nov. 6, was the grand opening of the Commuter Center: the first ever dedicated space for commuter students, located in the front part of the Frederick Douglas Lounge on the third floor of Sykes. A year in the making, the Center was initiated by student Rambassadors of the Off Campus and Commuter Student Association (OCCA) who were concerned that commuter students did not have a specific location on campus to come together and

meet other commuter students. With the goal of getting commuters to feel connected to campus and university life, the new Commuter Center represents a place for students to create

new space. During the introductory remarks, President of OCCA Riley McGowan said, “I hope you all come to find this center as your home away from home.”

“During the introductory remarks, President of OCCA Riley McGowan said, ‘I hope you all come to find this center as your home away from home.’“ a sense of community regardless of where they live. I attended the ribbon cutting on the sixth to see for myself what the new Commuter Center is like. The ribbon cutting ceremony drew in tons of students and faculty to the

President Fiorentino followed by acknowledging the hard work and persistence it took to make the Commuter Center a reality and ended with, “We are delighted to have it as a dedicated space for commuter students.”

Sandy Jones, the Senior Director of Off Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS), who helped manage the project, said that, “71% of West Chester students are commuters,” and that, “the Commuter Center will serve as a place for commuter students to access information and resources that are relevant to their success at West Chester University.” The Commuter Center is spacious with modern decoration and walls of windows that let in plenty of light. The cozy lounge has almost everything you could want or need; there are a couple large work tables, a television and gaming system with Netf-

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lix, a food prep area, a nap area with beanbags, a charging station, a coffee maker, a microwave, board games, sofas, lounge chairs and cubby shelves to allow you the chance to unwind in between classes. The printing room on the third floor is also extremely convenient to have next to the Commuter Center. The space certainly as a homey feel to it. When walking into the Center, there is an immediate cozy, coffee shop quality to the space with plenty of room to sprawl out on the floor or lay down on a nearby couch. With all the Center has to offer, the space is definitely better suited to commuters’ needs compared to other study lounges on campus.

Prior to the Center’s creation, the third floor lounge was considered a quiet floor. The Center does not have any noise limits, but students interest-

to feel comfortable enough to bring their friends or family along to the new space. Commuter students are automatically a member of the OCCA and

“The cozy lounge has almost everything you could want or need; there are a couple large work tables, a television and gaming system with Netflix, a food prep area, a nap area with beanbags...” ed in a quiet space can go to the upper floors of the FHG Library. McGowan explained that the Commuter Center was made for commuter students, but anyone is allowed in and commuter students are encouraged

anyone is welcome to come to their events — some of which will take place in the Commuter Center. Students with questions or concerns can find OCCA at Sykes 214 or can call/text at 484-402-6260.

Assistant Director of OCCS Maggie Holroyd described the Commuter Center project as truly a collaborative effort and involved the help of student Rambassadors, OCCA, OCCS and the president’s office to name a few. The creation of the Commuter Center really is a fantastic accomplishment. With such a large commuter presence at West Chester, this new space is a step in the right direction. Maria Marabito is a third-year English major. 

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT OCCA? By Madison Starinieri Asst. Multimedia Editor


ttention off campus and commuter students! Did you know a $1.50 fee is automatically deducted from your semesterly tuition? This fee is attributed to the budget of the Off Campus and Commuter Association (OCCA). If you aren’t familiar, OCCA is an organization that collectively meets every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Sykes 10A on the ground floor. Many would agree that a sublime staple of OCCA is, in fact, the food. Members can expect spreads from America’s Pie, Jersey Mikes, Boston Market — you name it! Prior to the start of meetings, students will signin on the secretary’s laptop, via RAM Connect. As a general rule, students must attend three consecutive general assembly meetings to obtain full membership. Meetings begin with introductions from the executive board, board of director reports and an open floor for anyone in the club to use their voice. Lunch is followed by a planned activity for anyone who wishes to participate. Activities vary from whole group to small groups; we enjoy anything from Oreo cookie tasting to “Mafia.” Activities are themed for specific meetings, like our “OCCAtoberfest.” “OCCAtoberfest” was a collaborative assembly meeting with the WCU

German Club. The food was German cuisine, which featured Schnitzel and onion pizza; it was a tremendous hit! Speaking of themes, OCCA’s Thanksgiving celebration will be held at the Nov. 20 meeting. Expect a spread with all of your holiday favorites from Boston Market: turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn bread, macaroni and cheese, etc. Stop by to feast with friends and possibly view the classic, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” The majority of WCU’s student

to bring friends along. Similarly, to Plotts, OCCA’s Vice President, Alexis Barfell, believes it is hard to make friends when stuck in a lecture room. Barfell continuously works on ways to advertise meetings and events via flyers or word of mouth, at least two weeks in advance, OCCA treasurer Sristi Fazal, from Clifton Heights, PA, also has a goal. In our conversation, she mentioned that she hopes for each member of OCCA to end their semester with at least one

“OCCA treasurer Sristi Fazal hopes for each member of OCCA to end their semester with at least one or two friends...” body classify as off-campus or commuter students, and therefore deserve a “home-away-from-home.” Luckily, that can be found in Sykes CSI! Free drinks and snacks are available at distinct times throughout the week. Check in with the executive board office, in the CSI, for more information. Forming bonds, inclusion and creating a safe space are three of OCCA’s most prominent goals. To add more on the essence of OCCA, I spoke with OCCA secretary William Plotts, who commutes from Media, PA. “It’s a really good way for commuters to meet other commuters and make friends. It’s pretty hard to when you’re going to class and going home,” said Plotts. Plotts encourages students to venture out to an OCCA meeting, and

or two friends or acquaintances. Fazal strives to promote student engagement and interaction during meetings and events. One student I conversed with, is a prime example of what the OCCA and e-board work to achieve every day. Junior English major, Shannon Montgomery, begun living off-campus this semester. “It’s been really nice to have a place to go to hang with fellow off-campus students,” said Montgomery. “Events like the Murder Mystery Dinner and movie nights are fun especially since events like Rams After Hours occur late at night when offcampus and commuter students may not be around.” Montgomery appreciates that there is a place for off-campus and commut-

er students to meet up since they are always on-the-go. From experience, I can assure you that the atmosphere at general assembly meetings are cradled with comfort. No matter what, the executive board and Off-Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS) staff will go out of their way to find you a seat at the table. If you want to devour a free lunch and mingle with your fellow commuter pals, stop by on Wednesdays at Sykes 10A (unless stated otherwise)! There are three general assembly meetings of the semester remaining. The last one, Dec. 4, will comprise of our “de-stress” fest, just in time for the dreaded finals week. OCCA will also host mini events Monday through Thursday during finals week: late night Insomnia cookies in the library, breakfast in the academic quad, a pizza lunch in the CSI and a Panera dinner in the library. Rev up those appetites! Want to stay up to date with OCCA’s dates and times? Reach out or follow their Instagram: @occa_wcu. Madison Starinieri is a second-year student majoring in English education and special education. 

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Amore Oh! A town favorite; Amore has been the setting for many late-evening-toearly-morning outings. For such unwavering adherence to the weekend student’s schedule, we owe an insurmountable debt — make that two insurmountable debts. Many may not be aware that this popular venue is also the setting of one of the most earth-shattering milkshakes you’ve ever feasted on. These no-frill delights come in four flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookies N’ Cream and the intriguing — if not menacing — “Occasional Surprise.” These shakes are among the most talked about in town and it doesn’t take long to realize why. These bad boys are smooth. At any hour of the night, you can find this premium products ready to tickle your sweetest fancy.

Special to the Quad


he beginning of each fall semester marks a turning point in our college experience. As autumn flaunts its turning colors, we too are left to reflect on our own. We’re free to mull over past loves, flourishing passions and the stale musk of repressed dread for post-graduate life. With the changing of the seasons comes a change in our cravings. In the air, subtle wafts of yearning penetrate a tame — yet vibrant — backdrop of pumpkin-spiced hayrides and cinnamon-scented frollicks through orchards of waning green and burgeoning orange. We’ve patiently waited while yet another of our increasingly long summers draw to a close and with that, an air crisper than ever fills our lungs. The ushering in of a new, layer-based wardrobe sees us donning our scarves, hooded sweatshirts, Doc Martens and just short of excessive flannel usage. Autumn is about aesthetic. It’s about visions of weekend drives to pumpkin patches, treks to Peddler’s Village and long walks with no purpose other than to quietly observe the landscape in all its transitory beauty. Among the entirety of this visceral experience, one of the most anxiouslyawaited features is the seasonal food and drink: from deliciously garnished soups to coma-inducing pumpkin cake parfaits and comfortingly warm teas to sweet-yet-bitter hot toddies. Vendors lick their lips as they prepare to wring every last drop from the ornamental, comforting and nostalgiainducing qualities of this time of year. We gleefully devour the fall flavors and shamelessly fall prey to the pumpkinflavored frenzy before us. As we prepare for our seasonal gorge, we find that there’s one summer treat that seems to overstay its welcome: the beloved milkshake. Vaguely chilly, early-darkened evenings are just as ripe for this iced concoction as any sunny, mid-july boardwalk stroll. Before we say goodbye to this year’s warm weather, we must allow ourselves to wallow a few final times in

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the delightfully satisfying sugar trance that a nice, quality milkshake can put us in. West Chester teems with restaurants that are just waiting for you to fulfill these desires. I have sought after compiling the absolute best ones for doing just that. What follows is a brief recapturing, in no specific order, of the tastiest contestants in the West Chester borough milkshake pilgrimage: Baked Nearly hidden away behind the glare of a tiny High Street storefront window, behind which is a room surely no larger than the standard shed, Baked is home to a novel but genuine gamechanger: the edible cookie dough. While this fad surely does scratch the age-old itch of gliding one’s spoon directly through incredibly rich and raw cookie dough, and immediately depositing said spoon into one’s mouth, it’s ultimate form is that of a shake. This dense wonderland perfects the textural balance between the thick, almost granular characteristics of raw cookie dough and the creamy goodness of softened ice cream. Since all dough is made without eggs or egg substitutes,

they’re perfectly safe to enjoy! Flavors vary each visit, including seasonal treats like Apple Cider Cookie and Pumpkin Roll, but the perineal classics of Chocolate Chip, Brownie Batter and S’mores are always present and ready for blending. Baked is certainly not the first establishment to be so brash as to attempt the edible cookie dough formula, but you’d be hard-pressed to find another local spot that rivals this joint in competence when it comes to the cookie dough milkshake incarnation. Cookie Dope Welp! You’ve pressed. Not three storefronts down, a competitor in the seemingly niche market of edible cookie dough exists and stands ready to be the subject of a forever unsettled debate of “Who has the best cookie dough?” While this article will certainly not choose sides here, it must be said that the rivalry is real. Baked takes on a more simple, tidy approach in their selection while Cookie Dope actively evokes your creative side, as it offers a mixture of both traditional ice cream and cookie dough in a myriad of options.

Coffee and Ice Cream Bar Coming in at the most quaint spot on our list, the affectionately named Coffee and Ice Cream Bar steals the show with both its elegantly designed layout and exquisite ice cream selection. Serving ice cream from Pennsylvania creameries in Chester Springs and Fishtown, the quality of this establishment is only bolstered by its local sourcing. The chill spot carries a multitude of delectable flavors from the standards like Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Cookies N’ Cream, to the more obscure finds, such as Caramel Stout and Black Raspberry Chip. As for our vegan friends, the likes of Lime Toasted Coconut may just be enough the furrow the brow of even the most seasoned thinker, as if to give the impression of some great internal searching or the sudden reliving of a repressed memory. All of this is to say, if you haven’t experienced such unparalleled pleasures as the ones gifted to you — upon purchase, that is — by a milkshake crafted by this shop, then visit Coffee and Ice Cream Bar today. Justin Bifolco is an English major with a minor in journalism. 


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HEALTH AWARENESS: DIABETES By Kirsten Magas Features Editor


orld Diabetes Day is on Nov. 14. Don the grey ribbon with a drop of red in support of the 30 million Americans that prick their fingers every morning and stray from the sugary temptations around them because they live with diabetes. World Diabetes Day began with the United Nations in 2006. The campaign created was in response to the diabetes pandemic that was set to overwhelm healthcare resources everywhere. The symbol of the blue circle was created for diabetes awareness to symbolize life, health and unity. What is Diabetes? Well, there’s Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes. In every case of diabetes, there is inability to produce or process the hormone insulin, which is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. Diabetes becomes a game of monitoring blood sugar levels. Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed by the body’s inability to produce insulin at all. 40,000 Americans are diagnosed every year. There is a common misconception in the medical commu-

nity that Type 1 diabetes is strictly diagnosed in early childhood. Although it is commonly diagnosed in children, the onset of Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age. Treatment requires taking insulin through injections to substitute the lack thereof and heavily monitoring blood sugar. Strict diet and exercise are recommended by the American Diabetes Association. Lots of secondary complications can come with Type 1 Diabetes, most commonly skin conditions and eyesight complications. If you’re notic-

“Type 2 Diabetes is fairly common, making up roughly 90% of the 30 million with Diabetes. In this case, the body makes insulin, but does not use insulin properly.” ing symptoms in your body like feeling very thirsty or hungry despite eating, frequent urination, blurry vision or weight loss, don’t be afraid to mention it to your doctor. Type 2 diabetes is fairly common, making up roughly 90% of the 30 million with diabetes. In this case, the body makes insulin, but does not use insulin properly. Medication prescribed to those with Type 2 works by lower-


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ing glucose production in the liver and improving sensitivity to insulin so that insulin is used more effectively. However, heavily monitoring diet, specifically sugar intake, is usually enough to manage Type 2 diabetes as long as it is accompanied by regular exercise. Symptoms in Type 2 diabetes can often be so mild that they go unnoticed. Keep an eye out for the same symptoms accompanying Type 1 diabetes, but a tingling sensation or numbness in the extremities is unique to Type 2 diabetes. Again, don’t just trust me! Ask

your doctor if you suspect something might be up with your body. In both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, genetic predisposition is a huge factor, but environment is as well. Giving your body the right nutrients is important, especially in the early years of development. Although, it could come down to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Type 1 diabetes has been linked to more occurrences in colder climates.

What about Gestational Diabetes? Gestational diabetes is in a different category. Gestational diabetes comes on during pregnancy. It can happen when a pregnant body is not able to make and use all of the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Often, it is not found until rather late — usually 24 to 28 weeks into the pregnancy. How does this affect the fetus? As the pregnant body has the pancreas working overtime to produce insulin, the blood glucose levels do not change. While insulin does not cross the placenta, glucose does. The fetus does not need all of the extra energy in the glucose, so it is stored as fat. Potential problems for the future child include being at risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The cause of gestational diabetes is still unknown, but it happens to roughly 10% of pregnancies. Like the other types, monitoring blood sugar levels is very important, and diet and exercise aid in managing blood sugar levels. Diabetes Awareness Before Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, prediabetes can often be spotted during annual blood work checkup. Prediabetes is signaled by high blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Receiving a diagnosis of prediabetes does not mean you will develop Type 2. Healthy diet and regular exercise can reverse prediabetes. Although living with diabetes is incredibly challenging, those with diabetes can live long and happy lives as long as the treatment plan is followed closely. Kirsten Magas is a fourth-year English major with minors in creative writing and journalism. 

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ne day, amongst the many dust-covered shelves of the Francis Harvey Green Library, emerged a small cluster of dust particles. This cluster floated so easily with the flip of a page or shift of a human’s body that it soon began gathering more and more dust, growing exponentially in size. By the time it was the size of a quarter, it had developed the ability to think, and thus became the little dust bunny of FHG. Within the first few days of the dust bunny’s existence, it had already seen and done so much. Students constantly walked by it, causing breezes that blew it up, up, up onto higher shelves. In this new location, it found books with pictures and symbols. It would squeeze itself between the pages and find even more images and words, and they were all so colorful, the dust bunny could not hold back its curiosity. It was here the dust bunny began to learn to read. The clever little dust bunny perked its light grey ears up above the page, taking in the commentary from students in the nearby seating section. Soon enough, the little dust bunny had developed the ability to understand language, and it learned it loved to read, especially about people. Eager to learn more, the bunny searched for more books, moving with the breezes of students and staff, and it found some a few shelves down titled “Fiction.” The bunny read dozens upon dozens of stories, never ceasing to be amazed by the excitement of worlds outside the confines of the library shelves. After finishing the last book on the third shelf over, it felt a surge of inspiration. It would explore the worlds outside these shelves, and

it could even explore the world outside the library! Thrilled by this venture, the little dust bunny caught the next breeze, but this time, the bunny accidentally latched onto a student’s shoe. The bunny was not at all prepared for the speed of its transportation, and it would have screamed if it were able. It heard a loud noise from somewhere to its left and nearly jumped off the shoe, but it remained attached. It tried and tried, but it couldn’t find a way to detach itself. Giving up, it looked around and realized this student was heading up the stairs. The dust bunny no longer wanted to scream, refilled with the joy of seeing more and more books. With each step, though, the bunny grew sick. The bunny lost track of how many floors up the student went, but not long after, the student stopped and sat in a comfy looking chair. Here, the dust bunny was able to leave the shoe and its student behind, following the drafts of the large room in search for more knowledge. Hours later, the little bunny had explored almost half the shelves on this floor, accumulating more and more dust particles as it did. Before long, the bunny became the size of a human fist. Better able to control its movements due to its heavier weight, it watched the students as they walked through and prepared itself to leap off the shelves to catch the breeze. The bigger dust bunny did not mind its constant change in location, eventually getting used to the constant motion, for it loved to browse the various sections and floors by latching onto a passerby’s shoe or even floating through the ventilation system, which it had found completely by chance. It also began using words that it had learned by squeezing between the pages of hundreds

of books and even dictionaries to describe the students it saw throughout the library. It often saw tired students take naps in various chairs throughout the building, and today was no different. A female student a few feet away settled into a chair and soon dozed off. The dust bunny pondered for a minute what it must be like to sleep, for it had no need. It looked back to the books lining the surrounding shelves and shrugged, going back to its quest for knowledge. Two dozen or so books later, the bigger dust bunny noticed something odd. In all its days in the library, it had never seen students walking so quickly and in such larger groups. It was like everyone was in a rush to get out. Sensing something was wrong, the bunny moved to the back of a shelf and leapt with all its might onto the backpack of a fleeing student, sending a large cloud of dust with it. The dust immediately joined with the bunny’s form, and it grew even more than before. The bunny could barely take this in, though, for it focused all its might on holding onto the backpack. In the corner of its vision, the bunny noticed a grey cloud spreading across the library’s ceiling. The bunny would cry if it could, for it knew that smoke probably meant something bad for all the books it had and had not read. The bunny barely had time to register this sadness, though, before it found itself nearing the exit doors. Its ears perked up once more as it remembered its goal from the first floor, the goal it would finally realize. It was about to explore the outside world. Rebecca Kelley is a second-year English major with a minor in creative writing. 

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It was the smile The way you licked your lips How you always told me you loved me We always drove with the windows down You would look at me and smile It made me blush The wind on my face was as gentle as your touch I miss that You always walked slower than me I would have to stop walking for you to catch up But now it’s different You’re the one who walks too fast But you’re not willing to slow down We drive with the windows closed And your touch is no longer gentle It’s nonexistent. Hailey Mace is an student at West Chester University. 

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NEUTR ALITY DOESN’T EXIST Continued from front page I do not care if anyone thinks the person was resisting arrest, or if anyone thinks West Chester PD was just doing their job, because the bottom line is the officer’s actions were violent and they need to be held accountable. I use the term inherently violent with conscious intent. To understand the nuances of current policing and the slavery that is the prison industrial complex, we need to look back at history. After all, it always repeats itself. The Fugitive Slave Law and the lynchings of Black people during reconstruction are parallels with today, with the War on Crime/Drugs a.k.a. the War on Black people being the direct cause of mass incarceration. The Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 essentially meant that any Black person could be captured and arrested and/or formerly enslaved regardless of if they were free or not. Moreover, a person could be fined for not turning someone in. The abrupt and random invasion of Black free or enslaved people during the Fugitive Slave Act era is very similar to modern-day “Stop-andFrisk.” Stop-and-Frisk is meant to be a “brief, non-intrusive stop” according to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School. Police are supposed to have reasonable suspicion and cause for these stops. Unfortunately, many people have been racially profiled and then harassed, abused, wrongly arrested, assaulted and murdered during these “brief, non-intrusive” stops. The lynchings during the Reconstruction Era were turned into family events where ruthless, racist white people would gather around, chanting and rejoicing at another Black person being hung. They would take their children, carrying them on their shoulders as if they were watching a

circus act with real animals instead of white men animalistically tying a noose around someone’s neck, dragging them to their final resting place. The victims would be left for days, as a reminder to all the other Black people to remember how to act and remember their place in the world. Today, victims of police shootings are seen on social media live videos bleeding out while an animalistic cop is explaining how they feared for their life. People watched as Eric Garner said he couldn’t breathe 17 times. Mike Brown’s body was left in the street for

comforts them during another night of sleep, because they know that while it could be them − it rarely ever is them. The Equal Justice Initiative stated on their website that the “United States has 5% of the world’s population but nearly 25% of its prisoners.” And this isn’t by accident: Look at “The War on Crime/ Drugs” a.k.a. the War on Black People. In 1980, the U.S. prison population was under 316,000. As of 2016, it’s 2.3 million people. Most of these people are black and brown and are in prison for nonviolent drug offenses. According to the ACLU, the Fair Sen-

“Plantations still exist, they just look like big buildings with bars inside and the masters wear badges now.”

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four hours. Atatiana Jefferson was killed in her own home. And just like during the Reconstruction Era, the government does nothing to change this and white people all over the country watch in silence. Some watch with disregard as their abhorrent racism

tencing Act reduced the sentencing differences between crack and powder cocaine from 100:1 to 18:1; however, this still means that Black, brown and poor people are being sentenced at higher rates. We all know that cocaine was and is an “elite” drug; crack is

cheaper and found in poor, Black and brown neighborhoods. The reason I called the prison industrial complex slavery is because the prison system arose as a new racial caste system, creating a space for white supremacists to place Black and brown people once plantation slavery had ended. Plantations still exist, they just look like big buildings with bars inside and the masters wear badges now. They refuse to this day to allow us to be free, truly free, so they rely on racist laws and policies to imprison Black people and keep us there. The belief that we need criminal justice and police reform is a grave injustice simply because the system of policing and criminal justice is acting exactly how it was intended to. Reform, meaning change, sounds nice and sometimes we have to accept it since prison and police abolition is too radical for some folks. However, if we are working to reform while we build to abolition, we have to move forward with the acknowledgment that there is no neutrality, no silence and every police officer must always be held accountable for their actions. If an officer can’t work under pressure and stress, they don’t belong on the force. The reason I have no hope or belief that the officer involved with the incident described above will be held accountable is because within a historical context he did nothing wrong. Regardless of the fallacy of “protect and serve,” police were created to be violent and terroristic. Yes, the person in custody looked white, but someone’s whiteness only goes so far when standing toe-to-toe with abusive, supremacist and violent power. Nahje Royster is a fourth-year student majoring in women’s and gender studies and minoring in African American studies. 

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Arts & Entertainment



By samantha walsh editor-in-chief


BO’s new TV series “Watchmen” premiered on Oct. 20. It serves as a “remixed” sequel to Alan Moore’s original comic of the same name, which gained widespread popularity at the time of its original release in 1986-1987. Known for other works including but not limited to, “V for Vendetta,” “Watchmen” and “The Killing Joke,” Moore has made a historic name for himself amidst the genre of comic books and graphic novels. As a fan of his work myself, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the philosophical and alternative edge he’s brought to the superhero genre. As an artist and storyteller, the man can write like few others can. But it’s hard for me to admit that Moore’s narratives are incredible, yet he writes like he hasn’t interacted with a woman in his entire life. I was in high school when I watched “V for Vendetta” for the first time and fell in love with the movie immediately. One of the elements that stood out to me was the protagonist named Evey. In short, she was incredible. She had the perfect balance of inner and outer strength and was an inspiring force alongside the mysterious vigilante “V.” The movie was fun, terrifying, philosophical and inspiring to my budding political heart. But within the first few pages of the graphic novel, I could tell something was off. Evey wasn’t the strong yet vulnerable woman I had been enamoured with in the film. Instead, she was a victim, needing to be saved by V at nearly every turn. She was young – much

younger than how she was depicted in the film - and a large part of her character was her growing infatuation with him. She was a victim of sexual violence in a way that felt very exhibitionist and wrong. It was the first time I ever finished a book and realized I liked the movie more. The story still thrilled me in the same way the movie did - but the sexism was blatantly spread across the pages in ways that made me question why I had read through the whole novel at all. There isn’t much more to be said about the victimization of women in media. I feel as though today, even the most clueless of sexist, male writers seem to at least understand that. But what I’ve only seen talked about recently is the problem with subjecting women to graphic, sexual violence as a means of tragedy porn to viewership. “V for Vendetta” was problematic across the spectrum of poor ways to depict women. But I liked the story enough to give Moore another chance; I read and watched “The Killing Joke” next. And, predictably enough, I had an almost identical response to the story. “The Killing Joke” was great. It was thought-provoking and unsettling, balancing psychological and physical violence in a perfect, disturbing exploration of Batman’s archnemesis, The Joker. While the movie left much to be desired in more ways than one, it was still enjoyable and left me impressed (as long as I ignored the first 15 minutes of the film). But again, I was left with the same, visceral disappointment and my suspicions about Moore were all but confirmed: he can’t write women. Batgirl is subjected to mortifying sexual objectification and abuse in the comic with

no resolution or regaining of her own personhood or power. Her abuse is meant for the horror of another man – in this case, her father - with no resolve or exploration of what it meant for her. Fast forward several years, and I’m in my junior year of college in philosophy class. We were assigned to read Moore’s famous graphic novel “Watchmen.” This time, I came in supposedly “prepared” for what I was going to read. Like clockwork, I immensely enjoyed the novel and found it thrilling and disturbing in the best ways a book can deliver. But I also went in anticipating a fair dose of misogyny and still found myself shocked by the tone-deaf nature that Moore approaches sexual assault - again. One of the minor characters (Silk Spectre) is raped in the novel, only to fall in love with her rapist and have his child later down the line. Her daughter, Silk Spectre II, one of the new members of the vigilante-superhero group that had been officially disbanded years ago, wears a revealing, impractical outfit and serves a passive role as the lover to two different men in the story, and as a plot-twist element when it is revealed that she is the daughter to the terrifying former “hero” who raped her mother. Her only real moment of stark heroism is immediately shut down when her gun does nothing to the bulletproof villain. Funny enough, I almost saw a roundabout point to the narrative choice of her mother falling in love with her rapist. “Watchmen” is meant to serve as a grim, realistic depiction of what would actually happen should superheroes actually exist in the real world. And, for the most part, it doesn’t seem too far from the truth. At best, superheroes would be uninterested and passive. At worst, they would be fascist terrorists,


ran had mu He can’t love of hip like it was Today, own hom “It’s alw you want just as “Watchmen” skillfully depicts. and do it In the real world, female superheSo at an roes would be expected to serve as sex his own d symbols to civlians, just as Silk Spectre was in hi and her daughter were. And when you to take a s grow up with that traumatic expectaown whe tion in your life as Silk Spectre did, any his record abuse you would suffer would translate Record to love in the mind of the victim. It’s artists in the cycle of abuse that happens far too there,” or often outside Watchmen’s dystopian recording narrative. of dollars But I’m not going to give Moore that the type o much credit. Not when sexual abuse “As a h seems to be his go-to defining charachave that teristic for his female characters, who said. have little other purpose in his stories Schottm separate from objectifying violence. to have a I was disappointed when not once in the numerous discussions my class held about the novel did anyone bring up the sexism. It’s a great book with a plethora of philosophical constructs to deconstruct that willfully leaves women out of the deeper narrative. I’ll be curious to see that, since the “Watchmen” show has no involvement from Moore himself, how the depiction of female characters will change. But overall, I think it’s time that we talk about Moore in a different way. No one’s saying we can’t enjoy his work I still do, despite its number of flaws but even a comic book legend should not be exempt from criticism. With the influence Moore has on the world of comic books, there is no reason we shouldn’t consider what his influence has meant for women in media and women trying to work in an industry that profits off of graphic depictions of their dehumanization. Samantha Walsh is a fourth year student majoring in English and special education. 

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By Lee holmes columnist


randon Schottmiller has always had an appreciation and love of music. It started at a young age. He can’t remember exactly when his love of hip hop started because he feels like it was always a part of him. Today, he records his music in his own home, in a studio he designed. “It’s always been my belief that when you want something, you go after it and do it yourself,” he said. So at an early age, he began building his own destiny. He decided when he was in high school that he was going to take a shot at creating a space of his own where he could be in control of his recording sessions. Recording sessions are necessary for artists in order to get their music “out there,” or out to the public. However, recording sessions can cost hundreds of dollars per session, depending on the type of studio. “As a high school student, I didn’t have that kind of money,” Schottmiller said. Schottmiller knew that he wanted to have access to recording his music

when he chose and where he chose. This led to his decision to design and set up his own home studio. Music has always motivated him. However, he says he doesn’t have any specific artists in mind when he thinks about who inspired him most. “It’s just the music itself that gives me a feeling like no other feeling in the world.” Schottmiller says he finds it difficult to put in words, but he has always been moved by what he sees when he listens to or watches a performance. “I have always been inspired by what I see when I see other artists perform. Seeing and hearing the crowd sing the songs over the music gives me chills every time.” He admits that this, and not just the ability to make extra income on the side, is what led him to open up his studio to other artists to record their music, especially his Norristown clients. Schottmiller realized that there were plenty of others in Norristown with the same passion and abundance of talent for hip hop. “Norristown is underappreciated in my opinion. For a while, no one in Nor-

ristown wanted to come together, and no one outside of Norristown knew about the talent we have here,” he said. He believes that this is beginning to change. It seems as if there is a culture of hip hop music in Norristown today that is working hard to make a name for the small town. Schottmiller discussed the difference from being from a smaller town like Norristown and trying to get recognition for your music compared to the chances of notability in a big city like Philadelphia. “Philly is a big place. You could be ‘poppin’ in Philly without being ‘poppin’ everywhere else. I don’t think you could do that in Norristown,” Schottmiller says. It doesn’t bother him that Norristown artists do not have the same opportunities as artists in Philadelphia, who have a larger venue. Schottmiller believes that it is often about fate. “You never know who could get famous out of nowhere nowadays,” he says. As a matter of fact, Schottmiller believes that Norristown’s time is coming soon. “I like seeing the different rising tal-

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ent. I hear a lot of different styles, and I see a lot of people just starting out. I also know people who have been making music for years. I encourage it all honestly,” he says. It is the different styles that he hears and uses in his own music which help him to value it all. “I think my style would best fit under the category of new school hip hop or alternative hip hop. Some of my songs are rap, but most of my music is half singing and half rapping.” One thing Schottmiller knows for sure is that the craft requires commitment of time. “I have a few unreleased songs, but no big projects on the way yet. I always do this though. I make music, then I take a long break and drop a bunch of music again,” he says. Although he is not sure when he will release more music, he encourages those who are interested to explore what Norristown hip hop artists have to offer. Brandon Schottmiller can be followed on all his socials @Shotmiller. Lee Holmes is a fifth-year professional studies major with minors in journalism and business law. 


By vanessa rodriguezmclean columnist


elcome to Theatre Talk with Vanessa! Here I will give a brief synopsis of musicals that I have listened to, and give you my opinion in depth on my favorite and least favorite aspects of the show. Feel free to send in any shows you want me to write about listen to if I’m unfamiliar with the show! This week I have decided to talk about another classic musical adaptation of a piece of famous literature. The famous musical based off of William Shakespeare’s most widely loved play, “Romeo and Juliet,” follows the rivalry between the Jets (Caucasian Americans) and the Sharks (Puerto Rican Americans) and their struggle for control over their neighborhood in New York. Tony and Maria who are as-

sociated with the Jets and the Sharks, respectively, fall in love with one another but cannot be together because of their circumstances. The show was written by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The music is extremely recognizable, with a jazz and classical mix to the cast recording. The instrumentals do a fantastic job of portraying the emotions in each scene, even without words. The show is also known for its wide array of dancing throughout. “West Side Story” opened on Broadway on Sept. 26, 1957 at the Winter Garden Theatre and ran for 732 performances, with the show closing on June 27, 1959. There have been numerous revivals in the years of 1960, 1964, 1980, 2009 and coming in 2020, there will be another revival of this beloved show. Along with the many productions, there was a movie adaption re-

leased in 1961 with Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer portraying Maria and Tony, respectively. Steven Spielberg has directed another movie adaptation of “West Side Story” that is set to release Dec. 18, 2020, with Ansel Elgort as Tony and newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria. The opening Broadway production received multiple Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Best Costume Design, Best Conductor and Musical Director as well as Best Performance in a Featured Role for Carole Lawrence — who portrayed Maria, with them taking home two Tony awards for Best Choreography and Best Scenic Design. “West Side Story” holds a special place in my heart because there are so many roles for Hispanic people, and I myself am Puerto Rican from my father’s side. It is not often that multiple lead roles, let alone one, are specifically for people of color. Maria is on my list

of roles that I would love to play before I die. I also believe that the story “West Side Story” tells is timeless. The decision to make the Sharks Puerto Ricans was not one that was random. It was to show the racial discrimination between Hispanics and Americans at the time that the play was released. Now more than ever, there is a divide in our country and this story can help portray those struggles today as well as they did in the 50s. Overall, “West Side Story” is a fun and meaningful show that is diverse, impactful and truly ground-breaking. Watch out for tickets for the revival in the coming months, as well as the film adaptation next December. Vanessa Rodriguez-Mclean is a first-year student majoring in media and culture with a minor in journalism. 

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WCU THEATRE PRODUCTION OPENS ON NOVEMBER 15 By cor al reef sabedr a special to the quad


ave you ever wondered how women act when there are no men around? It may be more absurd than you think! Come to West Chester University’s J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre to catch a glimpse of the fascinating lives of ​Fefu and her friends​when a group of women spend

cause each woman to struggle with her identity in the world. The playwright captures the absurdity of the world through these women’s reactions, inviting the audience to witness an unforgettable afternoon. The play is pervaded by themes of friendship, sexuality, empowerment and isolation as the women go about their afternoon engaging in complex conversations with themselves

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“The play is pervaded by themes of friendship, sexuality, empowerment and isolation as the women go about their afternoon engaging in complex conversations with themselves and each other.” the afternoon together as disorienting events unfold. The abstract realist play “​ Fefu and Her Friends​ ,” written by award-winning playwright Maria Irene Fornes, grants a window into the home of the eccentric Fefu, where the only thing

and each other. In the second act, the show offers a uniquely immersive experience by guiding the audience out of their seats and around the theatre to gaze into different locations of the home and eavesdrop on private conversations had by the characters. Di-

“‘Fefu and Her Friends​’ will run in J.Peter Adler Studio Theatre in E.O. Bull Center for the Arts November 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, and 21.” certain is uncertainty. When a group of women are invited into the home, conflicts arise throughout the day that

rector Tanaquil Márquez comments on the experience of the second act by saying, “You can just get so up close

and personal. In a way, it’s kind of cinematic because you’re right there in front of the person and just seeing every reaction.” This action works with other elements to immerse the audience in the world of the play, presenting the women in realistic locations to discuss captivatingly real themes. “Fefu and Her Friends”​amplifies the female voice by stripping the afternoon of male presence entirely, giving these women the perfect backdrop for self-discovery. Márquez comments on how her mission as a director works with this setting, “I want the female voice to be supported, even with the environment of the world of man being so present.” Márquez carries a pas-

sion for supporting women’s voices and allows that passion to guide her directorial style. She captures the voice of the play by inviting the audience to witness “eight women trying to figure out their place in this world and how it can be difficult in the society that they’re in.” Come see “Fefu and Her Friends” tell their story. “Fefu and Her Friends​ ” will run in J.Peter Adler Studio Theatre in E.O. Bull Center for the Arts Nov. 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 and 21. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at TheatreDanceTickets. Coral Reef Sabedra is a student at West Chester University. 

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ast Saturday, Nov. 2, the WCU Golden Gamers hosted their first community outreach event, an Extra Life event with a group of local high schoolers at Level 13 in West Chester. Extra Life is a 24-hour charity gaming marathon that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; players promise to game for a full 24 hours in order to raise money for a children’s hospital of choice. This is an event that the WCU Golden Gamers, a charity organization that combines gaming with charity, is familiar with. Their most successful event to date is their Extra Life event in the spring for WCU students; last April, they raised almost $10,000 and had a team of 53 players. This past Saturday’s event was a continuation of their spring fundraiser, as the team consented to categorize themselves as a subset of the WCU Golden Gamers. The purpose of the event was not only to expand their outreach and work more with the

community on a fundraiser, but also to help instill leadership and a love of service in youth. President of WCU Golden Gamers Ryan Hayman, one of the main supervisors and coordinators of the event, described how the team felt about the charity aspect of the event, saying that “they really connected to the cause they were fighting for.” The Golden Gamers High School team consisted of ten players. All came from the Collegium Charter School in Exton, PA. The WCU Golden Gamers’ executive board members acted as mentors to the students, working with a representative of the team in all aspects of planning, organizing and fundraising. Student Advisor and former President Celine Butler, who served as a daytime supervisor, said of the collaboration, “One of my favorite parts of Extra Life is redefining what charity looks like. I loved watching these high schoolers, who are already passionate about video games, realize that you can use your unique interests to do good in your community and beyond.” Level 13, a gaming center in West Chester, and their staff were an integral part of the event; they offered their space to the club and their team free of charge. On working with Level 13, Hayman explained, “Level 13’s staff on game day were fantastic in helping us

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out; they helped kids with their setups on the equipment. Some staff members stayed the entire 24 hours with us, which was a big help. Any questions or issues we had they were happy to assist with.” The event faced some struggles with Extra Life’s website, which is the destination of all donations and is vital

twice for donations they gave, though Extra Life refunded all donors who faced this issue. Though the Golden Gamers High School team faced no direct attack, Hayman explained the impact the attack had on the club’s event: “We had parents asking about donating, and they were unable to for several hours due to the blackout.”

“In the end, regardless of the attack, the team raised $1450, surpassing their first three goals.”

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to every Extra Life. Unfortunately, the website faced a DDoS attack, which stands for distributed denial of service. When cyber-attackers use this method of attack, they disrupt a website service, causing issues with the website’s functionality. There were no security breaches, but the attack caused donors to be unable to donate for many hours. Additionally, some donations were duplicated, causing donors to be charged

In the end, regardless of the attack, the team raised $1450, surpassing their first three goals. The WCU Golden Gamers looks forward to future events, such as their Extra Life in the spring, planned for April 11 to 12, 2020. Ashley Martindale is a fourth-year student majoring in psychology with a minor in Spanish. 


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“THE KING” REVIEW: HAIL KING HENRY! By nicholas bartelmo columnist


ello fellow readers and welcome to my first column article, Cinema Perception, for the Quad newspaper. Under this column, I will write about a notable film that recently came out, discuss its pros and cons and provide my overall recommendation of the film. Also, preferred films will be at the end of this review, regarding the selected genre. To those wondering if there are any spoilers present in this column, I can assure you that there will be none. If there is, it will only be something minor, but nothing major in regard to the plot. Although this is only a critical review of a selected film, I would definitely recommend anyone to see the actual film in order to gather a different perspective. After all, with great knowledge comes great responsibility. So sit back and relax as I tell you my highlights. For this issue, I will discuss Netflix’s new original film on “The King.” Set during medieval times, “The King” follows the story of King Henry Image in Public Domain (CC0 1.0)

V and his noble quest to achieve everlasting peace in Europe. As a medieval fan myself, I pondered on who King Henry V really was, how his role impacted Europe and why Henry desired peace rather than war. Before I saw the film, I came to believe that this might be some form of “Game of Thrones” after watching the premiere trailer. After watching the film, I was greatly entertained, but sorely disappointed on minor elements like combat and pacing. To start, the film does a grand job in providing a well thought out plot that leaves the audience guessing over who would live and die in the show. I found it riveting to ponder what would become of Henry throughout the film, as well as who the main villain really was.

pacing to be a main concern. For instance, at the start of the first half, there were a lot of dialog scenes between each character and minor scenes of action. Due to having dialogue scenes with important characters, this caused the film to draw at a longer pace. When I watched this film with my dad, I believed that the film was actually a miniseries that Netflix made up. As the film clocked over an hour, I found out that the show was indeed a film. Personally, this film might have been better as a mini-series since it added more depth to the plot and their main characters. The looming question that I had as a historian was if this film was a true story of Henry V’s life. According to a news article by Alex Nelson,

“Overall, ‘The King’ does live up to its reputation as being a decent historical film, even though the film had a long premise, minimized action scenes and no after credits scene.” Other than the film’s plot, costume design and cinematography were a plus for the historical background to Henry’s story and how medieval battles were actually fought at the time. The film even had a diverse cast that did a superb job in representing their historical actors. I would not have guessed that Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp, and Robert Patterson would be playing in the film. On a personal note, I felt Timothee Chalamet’s interpretation of Hal, who becomes King Henry V, gave me some distinct sense understanding his character’s behavior and actions throughout the film. Despite having many positives, the film also had certain drawbacks. Throughout the film, I found the actual

the answer remains mixed – since the premise was loosely based on “Shakespeare’s group of historical plays called The Henriad.” Generally put, the film is not a historical documentary, but a film half-based on fact and half pure Hollywood magic. As it came to the second part, however, the action scenes with the English fighting the French forces made up for the lost time from the dialogue. In my opinion, had the film had more action and less dialogue, the plot would probably be comparable to a “King Arthur” film. Another drawback that the film had was the film’s villain. Yes, there was blood and murder, but when The Dauphin, played by Patterson, meets up with Henry V to insult him, I

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STOP EXPLOITING OVERWEIGHT WOMEN IN FILM By alyssa menko special to the quad


at, a character in the new HBO show, “Euphoria,” exclaims, “There’s nothing more powerful than a fat girl who doesn’t give a f**k.” The message of Kat’s soliloquy seems clear — more TV shows and movies are beginning to cast overweight women in roles that serve as other than the comic relief; but, by doing this, the industry is doing the opposite of empowering women. Instead, they continue to reinforce the outdated concept that characters like Kat should be portrayed as a fat girl, rather than just a girl. Overweight female characters have a long history of being booted to the back in TV shows and movies based on their appearance. They’ve often served as a target for negative commentary, particularly from male characters. In

By maria mar abito staff writer


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make her powerful — her kindness, intelligence and loyalty. Is this the image of women that the industry really wishes to spread? I remember the way it made me feel to watch a movie like “Trainwreck,” starring Amy Schumer, that contained a main female character who was driven, funny, beautiful and desirable without once insinuating that the way she looked was the most important form of adversity her character would have to face. Never before that movie did I feel like a woman who looked similar to me could successfully follow her dreams and deserved to fall in love. I was disheartened to find out that following her appearance in “Trainwreck,” Schumer starred in a movie years later called, “I Feel Pretty,” that basically embodies the “let’s bring social awareness to fat stigmatization” model previously discussed. Although

this model is a lot more progressive, it will never come close to representing the full truth of everyone. There are so many beautiful women in this world inhabiting all different shapes and sizes, who are living their own interesting and heartbreaking lives. They are successful, happy and most certainly, they are loved. This is the reality I wish to see represented more in TV shows and movies in the future. In order to end the fat stigmatization of women, it’s about time the movie and TV industry recognizes their casting bias against overweight women and makes a conscious effort to open up all roles to each woman, regardless of their body type. Alyssa Menko is a third-year student majoring in English. 


irected by Steven Soderbergh, een them “The Laundromat” is about a out. The fictional woman, Ellen Martin, had to doplayed by Meryl Streep, who uncovwanted aners a conspiracy about rich people and t becametheir “tax havens (places with little to ts. To myno taxes)” after the sudden death of en whichher husband. It was released by Netflix historicalon Oct. 18. Soderbergh, who is known


a study conducted by Dr. Susan Himes and Professor Kevin Thompson, they discovered from earlier research on TV shows and movies that “heavier characters were more likely to be in minor roles, were less likely to be involved in romantic relationships, had fewer positive interactions than thin characters and were often the objects of humor.” By comparing more recent TV shows and movies to this data from the early 2000s, there have been noticeable leaps made in casting more overweight women into the spotlight. The problem we now face is the trending idea that overweight female main characters are a chance to exploit the “harsh realities” of what a fat woman “must” go through every day. Take Kat’s character who becomes so obsessed with maintaining a bad bitch facade about her body, that she ends up neglecting all the other things that

scandal involved an unprecedented release of data from the law firm that revealed the many ways rich people use to hide their money with offshore tax havens. The data release revealed the 140 or so politicians and national

leaders, their families and associates involved in the scheme. Before the movie was even available to the public, Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca tried to halt the film’s release in court, claiming defamation. The court’s refusal to stop the release led to the following statement by Netflix, “This lawsuit was a frivolous legal stunt designed to censor creative expression. Steven Soderbergh’s film tells an important story about the exploitation of innocent people and the misuse of the world’s financial system. Fortunately, you can now watch ‘The Laundromat’ — the film that Mossack and Fonesca tried to censor — on Netflix.” The movie begins with Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Fonseca (Antonio Banderas) speaking over a zoomed in shot of Benjamin Franklin’s face on a hundred-dollar bill. At first it seems as if Ben Franklin is the initial narrator, but then Mossack and Fonseca appear, continuing their soliloquies about money. Their charm and nonchalance passes as ironic sarcasm to a viewer. The pair uses cavemen discovering fire to explain what life was like before money. Banderas’ Fonseca casually states, “Money has more names than ever before” as they switch from the wild home of the cavemen to a crowd-

ed upscale bar. Soon after this seemingly sardonic introduction, Ellen Martin appears with her husband, Joe, getting onto a boat tour, the setting of his sudden death. As quickly as Joe arrived in the film, he leaves. His death, the ultimate catalyst for Ellen’s investigation into the firm Mossack Fonseca, comes and ends rapidly, as if the scene of his death was created as more of an afterthought to help the overall explanation of the plotline. Though Ellen’s love for her husband fuels her desire for justice, the movie only briefly shows her grief. And if the fictional wife does not grieve his loss, the audience definitely does not either. Following Joe’s death, the movie continues with many switching scenes and rapid storyline shifts that make the plotline difficult to fully understand. The overall film is a confusing, sarcastic, asinine collection of scenes that jump from one narrative to the next. A viewer goes from a scene with Ellen taking a flight to Panama to a Mossack Fonesca employee dying by electrocution to a South African businessman caught cheating with his daughter’s friend by his daughter. Mossack and Fonseca appear throughout the film as characters and narrators, giving their rules for money making. Since we have

history on our side, we know how the story plays out. In the end Mossack and Fonseca’s firm collapses and they are sent to prison. . . where they serve for only three months before being released. The ending calls attention to the failure of our judicial system in punishing white collar criminals. Mossack and Fonseca exhibit no remorse, claiming they did not do anything wrong really since after all, “The United States is the biggest tax haven in the world.” And how much room does an American made film like this have to judge? The movie finishes with a shot of Streep who, during a monologue, slowly starts to pull off all her wigs and costumes to signal a switch from her character talking to Streep talking. She vocalizes everything wrong about the Panama Papers scandal, exploitation by the wealthy and the “massive, evasive corruption of the legal profession.” The camera cuts out at Streep posing as the Statue of Liberty, with a hairbrush as her torch and a towel as her draping garment, a perfectly sarcastic and disturbing image to finish off an unsatisfying and unsettling film. Maria Marabito is a third-year student majoring in English writings track. 

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supposed leak about the new Pokémon games reveals a rather measly list of the countless Pokémon in the history of the franchise where it made clear how many are being cut from the game. “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield” have been in a constant state of controversy ever since the reveal of the more problematic aspects of the game. There was outrage at the graphical state of the game when it was first revealed, and a tree in the overworld of the game was so laughable, people made comparisons to Nintendo 64 games. There was more when people were told that the structure of the game wouldn’t follow traditional games and that gym structure would be dramatically different from normal games. This was actually due to a misunderstanding; gyms will still follow standard games, but still caused outrage nonetheless. However,

nothing caused more outrage than the announcement that there would be no National Pokédex. For those who haven’t played a Pokémon game in a long time or have never played one at all, the National Pokédex is an honored tradition in the mainline games. After beating the game or completing the Regional Pokédex, you are given the next gigantic task of collecting every single Pokémon in the history of the series. In the last iteration of the traditional Pokémon game, you had to collect 807 total Pokémon. This spans the entirety of the series and is considered a huge accomplishment for many within the Pokémon community. Having a living pokédex of every Pokémon means that you have spent the time gathering Pokémon, not just within that game, but within previous games to live up to the infamous motto of the series as a whole, “gotta catch ‘em all.” That said, in this new game, that is no longer possible. However, if you

are keeping up with the news, you already know this. Why am I mentioning something so well-known within the community that its detractors often say that it’s an overused complaint? That is because according to a leak on 4chan, we now know the number of Pokémon that you can catch. 400. That number, according to the leaker, is it. There is obviously no National Dex and while there are rumors that the Pokédex expands when you beat the champion, there is little evidence of it and the leaker states that this is not the case. So what is the evidence that the leaker gives us? Quite a lot. He shows a chart showing all the Pokémon that will be in the game and the supposed last one in the Pokédex with an extremely convincing render of what looks to be, as expected, a completely new Pokémon. If true, that means that the roster of Pokémon has been cut in half.

People have expressed their newfound rage with iconic imagery of the game with all of the cut Pokémon completely erased from posters, music videos and the most iconic Pokémon his rap from the anime. on While this all seems bad, nothing wit seems worse than Game Freak’s re-how it aff sponse – total silence. However, thisof it. I’ve silence speaks louder than any state-ferent eve ment they could have made. I can’tindustry, imagine anything but good press iftroversies this is wrong. If this truly wasn’t theeither fac case and it’s actually more than 400,event of then it could only help them to say thatcontrover it’s actually more than that. time I’ve “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokemona trend in Shield” will be released on Nov. 15 ofto tackle t this year, and one can only hold theirversation breath in anticipation for what thegame. Th public reaction is to this so far highlycus on on controversial and anticipated release. for the su


will go d and even games in When d first traile play? For A game’s first versi be played of whatev doubt tha on the ground. When he’s in the air itthe produ barely moves any distance at all. That’s probably going to be his biggest problem; his lack of range will make zoning him out easier than on his other fighting game counter parts. With that said, it is difficult to tell whether or not he’ll be viable in competitive play without seeing him at high level. I do have hope because people are already showing off true combos killing people from 0% fromopinions and wha the center of the stage. Next week, I will give my more in-It hardly ter that. W depth impressions of the character. Terry Bogard released at the end ofhow pow the presentation to those who haveof gamep bought the fighter pass and is availablea game. T the conce for purchase now. popular to Edward Park is a second-year student majoring While in English education.  back then Edward Park is a second-year student majoring

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have never played a “Fatal Fury” game, but I’ve known about their existence through the culture of fighting games which I am a part of. I personally love fighting games of all kinds and I do understand the concepts of them quite well. For that reason, I think it is fair for me to say that the character Terry Bogart is even more faithful to his roots than even Ryu and Ken. As the mechanics of Terry were showed off, at first glance Terry is so close to Ryu’s move set that it wouldn’t be too far off if I were to say that Terry was an echo of Ryu. However, as the presentation went on we were given a taste of just how amazing this character can be. Terry can execute his moveset similarly to Ryu and Ken with

movements from his own games with quarter circles and the like being the bread and butter of how you’d want to play this character. But he goes further than Ryu and Ken. Terry has a unique system all to himself that allows him to use enhanced moves from his games to KO people once he goes past 100% damage on himself. That would be great on its own but he even has the ending lag cancelling feature like Ryu and Ken. This allows him to be more faithful to his fighting game roots while also being yet another combo heavy character that can dish out monstrous damage. If looking at professional smash has taught me anything, it’s that combos are king. Even if the combos are not true and people can fall out of them as long as there is a string that can be done the best characters can use them.

Characters like Peach and Joker are top tiers because they have a combination of combo potential and killing power that other characters simply don’t. Terry Bogard seems like he’ll be just like a top-tier with his insane killing power and combo game. However, there are a couple noticeable weaknesses. When not past 100%, Terry can’t use his best tools and thus his killing power is completely neutered compared to normal characters. Even getting to 100% can be difficult because that would mean you’d need to be constantly taking punishment without dying. Killing people in this game can happen to characters as low as 50% and you’re expecting people to survive until 100 to use his best moves? Another noticeable flaw is his lack of ranged moves. His neutral B is like a hadoken from Ryu or Ken but travels

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By edward park columnist


his is Critical Moves, a column on my opinion about decisions nothing within the game industry and reak’s re-how it affects the games that come out ever, thisof it. I’ve written a lot about the difany state-ferent events that happen within the e. I can’tindustry, like monetization and cond press iftroversies surrounding games that are wasn’t theeither facing controversy or another han 400,event of similar arousal to that of a o say thatcontroversy. However, almost every time I’ve written something involving Pokemona trend in the gaming industry I have Nov. 15 ofto tackle the detailed and complex conhold theirversation about that one concept to a what thegame. That’s why with this, I won’t fofar highlycus on one game unless it’s important release. for the subject that I wish to cover and will go deeper into certain strategies ajoring and events that often happen around games in the industry. When does a game first launch? The first trailer? The first look at gameplay? For me, the answer is obvious. A game’s first launch is when the very first version of the game is released to be played for the public. Regardless of whatever state it is in, there is no doubt that while the consumer plays the product for the first time, concrete

since its birth has become a massive part of the current gaming sphere. Why has this happened? I’ll tell you that none of this would have gotten off the ground without the powerful influence of the almighty juggernaut of the PC gaming space, Valve. On Aug. 30, 2012, Valve changed the face of their gaming launch platform Steam forever. Steam Greenlight, a system that allows even everyday people to have a chance of putting their game out for the masses to play was released. People triumphed this feature because at the time Steam, was considered far too stingy about putting games on their store. How it worked was that all these games that were potentially on Steam’s digital shelves were showcased as products that people could vote for their addition to the actual store; a great system for those who have struggled in the past to get noticed. Just make a quality product that people might enjoy and you’ll be given the votes needed to actually sell your game. However, as time went on, that appreciation for the service became an absolute loathsome place where halffinished products were cobbled together and simply thrown out into the Greenlight submission page. It came to a point where potentially great ideas

“It was clear to everyone that the system of Steam Greenlight wasn’t worth the amount of hype that it was given at its launch.” opinions are formed about the game and what the game might become. It hardly matters what happens after that. We have seen in the past just how powerful that first impression of gameplay can be to the success of a game. That is why it baffles me that the concept of early access became so popular to the gaming industry. While an extremely small portion back then, the concept of early access

for games were being buried under a sea of unfinished products that looked more alpha than beta in terms of quality. There were even repeat offenders of the system that attempted to game the algorithm by flooding the page with completely copy-pasted gameplay across dozens of submissions. There was a lawsuit that was made out for $10 million to a critic of one of these repeat

offenders, but that’s a story for another time. It was clear to everyone that the system of Steam Greenlight wasn’t worth the amount of hype that it was given at its launch. However, there were great games that indeed did come out as early access titles that were greenlit through Steam Greenlight. One particular game was “Darkest Dungeon”,

side the car is finished yet and telling them it’s “promising” when you truly don’t have a clue what kind of engine or wheels will come out of this shell of a presentation now. Oh look this completely mundane snore-fest of a demo is literally just a pre-bought asset of a dragon flying above a pathetic excuse of a ground texture, “oh what promise.” Look at that car game that

“... the idea of early access sounds so promising until you realize what exactly you and the system have done to gaming as a whole.” a masterpiece of turn based RPGs that really changed the way typical mechanics worked with insanity and even the light of the dungeon you explored. The most fascinating part about early access though comes out when you realize a very interesting truth: people remember the game’s early access launch more because it was what they remember as their first experience in the game. At least Darkest Dungeon felt finished even during early access, but some other projects were less so. A weird trend emerged from the early days of Greenlight to even now. This idea that these early access games will at some point be finished is a nice but naïve sentiment. Some games on the Greenlight page were given good reviews simply because they looked, “promising.” Not good or even passable, “promising.” This “promising” statement was a way of stating that, while the game looked trash now, it could possibly be better later; a completely delusional sentiment that shows just how noncommittal the industry was at the time. Anything can look promising. You could convince a person that a bar of soap could soon become fancy cuisine as they scarf it down now and tell you that it sounds “promising.” That’s like looking at only the exterior bits of a car, being told not a single thing in-

runs as smoothly as one vomits a live hedgehog with the frame rate jittering between still-life and PowerPoint presentation, “oh what promise.” Such a lack of forward thinking rivals even the horse-powered car. The Steam Greenlight service has been dead for some time at this point. 2017 was its last gasp of air as it was killed and replaced by Steam Direct, a service that just lets the games on the platform without any sort of filter, oh great. So what does this new service have to show for itself? A game where you kill trans people and literal propaganda supporting the dictator of Brazil. Better luck next time, Steam. With that said, the idea of early access sounds so promising until you realize what exactly you and the system have done to gaming as a whole. While the idea allows people to have an idea of where the game’s going as well as supporting the studio while it is being made, there are so many things that you must avoid to prevent yourself from looking like they’re running off with people’s money. The term itself is so dirty that some companies have used a completely different term to mask their identities as early access games: roadmapped games. Edward Park is a second-year student majoring in English education. 

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By kelly baker columnist


ello dear readers! This will be a one-off column article about some podcasts that I enjoy listening to and I recommend you give them a try the next time on your way to school or work, during a workout or while you relax. About 10 years ago, when the podcast medium started poking its head into the mainstream, people still weren’t entirely sure what to make of them. I certainly didn’t know. As time went by though, pop culture became more and more enamored with the idea of audio episodes, put out onto the internet which felt like talk radio but presented a wider array of options. I got into listening to podcasts about two years ago, and in that time, I’ve sorted through some to see what’s worth listening to. 1. “Wooden Overcoats” “Rudyard Funn runs a funeral home in the village of Piffling Vale. It used to be the only one. It isn’t anymore.” - Episode 1, Madeline Bridging the gap between TV sitcoms and radio play serials of yesteryear, “Wooden Overcoats” is a comedy podcast series set in the fictional village of Piffling Vale, on the island of Piffling, in the middle of the English Channel. In this small village, there is a funeral home: Funn Funerals (wordplay!). Currently, Funn Funerals consists of three people: Rudyard Funn, the director of Funn Funerals, his twin sister Antigone, who runs the mortuary and sleeps in there too and his secretary Georgie. Funn Funerals has been the only funeral home in Pffling Vale for generations, or rather, WAS the only funeral home in the village until now. Eric Chapman, their new competition, has moved into the old antique shop across the way, and quickly begins to put the screws to Rudyard by taking his entire customer base with him. In terms of comedy, the show hits most notes, in my humble opinion. It’s a mix of puns, dark comedy, running

gags and good old-fashion ironic humor! Wooden Overcoats also deserves to be lauded for how it attempts to revive the genre of radio plays— which have been dead for years now. The show is currently going into its fourth and final season next year, so now would be a good time to get onboard, in a coffin and in the ground. 2. “Wolf 359” “Here I am floating in a tin can, no one to talk to except G.I. Jane, Russian Doctor Doom and Deep Blue Barbie, and my hotel room missed the delivery area for the nearest Domino’s by a couple of solar systems.” - Communications Officer Doug Eiffel “Wolf 359,” just like its counterpart “Wooden Overcoats,” is a serial podcast and radio play with new episodes bi-monthly. Set in the distant future with humanity presumably having colonized the solar system, Doug Eiffel is our leading man and serves as Communications Officer on board the fictional U.S.S. Hephaestus space station, orbiting the real-life star Wolf-359 (which is about eight lightyears from

Earth). The show is structured like an audio diary kept by Doug, but he mostly likes to treat it like it’s a talk-radio station, complete with constantly used phrases like “dear listeners.” When he’s not working, he likes to screw around with the dysfunctional crew of the station: C.O. Renée Minkowski, Station Medical Officer and Chief Scientist Doctor Alexander Hilbert and the station A.I. Hera. The show crosses genres constantly and incorporates sci-fi (duh), comedy, drama and horror thrown into the mix as well. The show has four seasons under its belt, and the creators are working on more content to come. If you like “Wooden Overcoats,” you’ll enjoy this too. 3. “Welcome to Night Vale” “A friendly desert community where the Sun is hot, the Moon is beautiful and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale.” - Pilot Intro Our next podcast is “Welcome to Night Vale,” another podcast and radio play that just finished its third and final season back in 2018 but is now being

adapted into a TV series by the producer of “Better Call Saul” and FX. Set in the remote town of Night Vale, where the supernatural and paranormal events are so frequent, they have gone from the spectacular and horrifying, to the mundane and every day. The show is presented in the style of a local news radio station, with Cecil serving as the host of station, who narrates on the various goings-on in the Night Vale community with a cool, crisp voice. “Welcome to Night Vale” is a mixed bag of genres, just like the others on this list: it’s mostly absurdist comedy, given the way that Cecil speaks of all the supernatural events as totally normal, but it does delve into horror from time to time. “Wooden Overcoats,” “Wolf-359” and “Welcome to Night Vale” can all be found on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, or wherever you can get podcasts from! Kelly Baker is a fourth-year student majoring in English with minors in journalism and film criticism. 

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Dear West Chester, As the semester draws closer to the end, The Quad continues its exciting transition period of hiring new staff and preparing for another busy semester in the spring. As always, I’m excited to hear the new, fresh ideas that new staff have to offer as our organization continues to expand. First, I want to introduce our new multimedia team: John Delaney, our multimedia editor, and Madison Starinieri, our new assistant multimedia editor. Jeff Babcock will join our team with a recently added assistant sports editor position, and Juliana McKee will move from her copy editor position to serving as our online editor. In the next few weeks, we will hire a new features editor and a new copy editor to join our ever-growing newsroom team. Having the skills to complete a job is important. But when it comes down to the last few weeks of the semester and everybody is dragging their feet trying to get by, it’s the passion and dedication to what they love that keeps everyone going. I’ve always valued being surrounded by people who are passionate about what they do. Passion and excitement bring color into the lives around everybody else. I love watching that blossom more than almost anything else, especially at The Quad where it shows each and every week. To put it simply, we live in strange, confusing times. It’s more important than ever to find something to be happy about, when happiness often feels so fleeting everywhere else.

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everal weeks ago, I wrote an article which explained the idea of “global feminism” as depicted in a podcast by musician and activist, Annie Lennox. As she defined it, the concept of global feminism is rooted in intersectionality and advocating for the experiences of someone whose identities shape their experience and position in the world in a way that is potentially different than your own. Last weekend, a video surfaced of an incident that occurred in the borough of West Chester in which two police officers were shown violently arresting a man, throwing him to the ground and punching him directly in the face, before aggressively wrenching his arms behind his back and pinning him down with a knee, despite the fact that the man did not appear to be resisting. While I know for a fact that we have all seen the videos of the grotesquely violent police officers treating specific groups of people, particularly members of the black community, in a way that is beyond inhumane, it can be easy to feel detached and distant from the issue when it is not something that you can visibly see happening in your vicinity, and especially when it is something that your racial identity allows you to not experience. But this happened in our town. In our borough. On our streets. This incident was made visible. We have a video; it is something tangible that we have access to and cannot dispute. What we must realize, however, is that for every one video that surfaces, there are undoubtedly countless similar occurrences that we haven’t seen. This is a local issue just as much as it is a national one. If you were able to detach yourself from the problem up until this point, allow the fact that this happened in your home to make you realize what this means. I speak directly to feminists and non-feminists alike when I say, when we ignore this issue, it’s not peaceful

neutrality. Our inaction has a literal, direct link to the murder of innocent human beings. Using the lens of global feminism and the universal fight for equality, we are able to understand that feminism as a practice is truly for everyone, inclusive of all identities such as gender and race. If the police officers in our area are not serving to keep the entire population safe, then we are not safe as a whole. As a school of thousands of students who are working to educate ourselves so that we may soon shape the world as we see fit, we are entirely responsible for acting now to hold our overtly violent police officers accountable for their actions. At this point, there is no way to be absolved of this duty.

According to a statement released by the West Chester Police Department, “The Department has a protocol to review such matters and will review the entirety of the incident and gather all of the facts and information. The West Chester Police Department takes representations of misconduct very seriously and has not, and will not tolerate any misconduct on the part of its officers.” But that’s it. That is all we have heard as of now, and it seems dangerously close to the cycle that we’ve seen play out nationally, time and time again. It’s a cycle that repeats itself as so many people pretend it’s not happening, simply because it hasn’t happened to them. This is a form of privilege that not



everyone has, and until all citizens obtain the right to have equally fair and safe interactions with law enforcement, we are all accountable for fighting the system which denies anyone those rights. By adopting the values of global feminism and applying them to a larger scale, we are all agreeing to hold ourselves accountable for combating the issues that affect every identity, even the ones that may not necessarily affect our own, so as to mobilize our society towards a system that is actually safe and protective of all humans. Ali Kochik is a second-year student majoring in English writings track with a minor in journalism. 

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ADOPT, DON’T SHOP By Olivia Walsh

Special To The Quad


ost people have heard the phrase “Adopt, don’t shop” before, but do you really know what it means? This short phrase saves the lives of thousands of animals annually. You can change the lives of animals by adopting from a shelter, instead of purchasing an animal from a puppy mill. If more people started adopting, puppy mills would be forced to shut down from loss of business. You could be responsible for changing and saving the life of a shelter animal today. I’ve seen first hand how unhealthy, and inhumane these puppy mills are. When I purchased my dog from a puppy mill in 2008, I was horrified. The cages the mothers were kept in were so small and dirty that flies swarmed every animal. The smell was so terrible that my mom had to stay outside so she wouldn’t be sick. Not a single cage had a food or water bowl, and the animals were so skinny that I was surprised they were even alive. Many people say they want a purebred, or they worry about where the

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dog is coming from in a shelter. If you adopt, you won’t be a part of the reason that 5,500 animals are killed in shelters every day in America. Is having a purebred worth all those animals dying? Due to overcrowding all over the United States, some dogs and cats are euthanized very shortly after their arrival at the shelter. They aren’t even given the chance to be adopted. Some were abused, abandoned or even surrendered. Buying dogs from puppy

mills attracts people because they want to be able to raise the dog themselves from a young age, instead of adopting an older shelter dog. Although it’s not commonly known, most shelters have litters of puppies up for adoption. Most people who are looking to get a new dog are under the misconception that all shelter dogs are old, sick, damaged and unfriendly. Puppy mill owners do not supply their dogs with humane, decent living

conditions. They simply provide the bare minimum for the animals to remain alive. Common living conditions for the dogs are cramped, small cages that are never cleaned or updated. A majority of puppies that are supplied to pet stores come from local puppy mills. Unfortunately, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is responsible for many puppy mills. Two area lawmakers from West Chester, PA introduced a bill named “Victorias bill,” which was named after a German Shepard that was rescued from a puppy mill. The bill is designed to treat animals more humanely and prohibit puppy mills from selling animals to pet stores and push people to adopt more. You can save a dog or cat by adopting from a shelter. A lot of the animals come from homes that can’t afford an animal or from owners who passed away. These animals don’t understand the circumstances, but you can change their lives by welcoming them into your home. Giving these homeless animals a second chance will change their whole world, as well as yours too. Olivia Walsh is a student at West Chester University. 

SETTLING FOR A SCAM By Charlotte neilson Special To The Quad



ou fall in love with the charming streets and quaint town. The aesthetically pleasing brick sidewalks and the tree-lined roads make it feel like home. The stoops, friendly faces and the mix of old and new draw you in. It isn’t your fault you feel this way, how could anyone resist? This is West Chester. More than just a university and more than just a borough. West Chester University is a highly respected and attended Pennsylvania state school. People come here for the beautiful town, character and affordability. Unfortunately, student living and housing is not all rainbows and sunshine. Rundown interior, sunken roofs and leaky faucets and showers

that don’t work at all: this is also West Chester. Living in the borough for the past four years has left me with bittersweet memories, most of those bitter memories consisting of housing and landlord feuds. I have dealt with multiple landlords who ignore my calls when something went wrong at my house. I was forced to deal with a hole in my ceiling for two months, a cockroach problem, windows that don’t have locks and a toilet that won’t flush. Even though I was the one paying just under a thousand dollars a month to live there, I was brushed off and not taken seriously. As each fall semester starts, students face so much pressure to find housing for the following year. As time goes on, housing gets more and more limited and the rent gets higher. You are

forced to deal with a private, lazy landlord who neglects the property. Or, you may end up housing with Zukin, who is going to charge you an arm and a leg for a broken blind. Student housing companies and landlords are robbing students of their money and leave students no choice. Not only are students abused by this system, the houses themselves are harmed in this student housing process. These gorgeous homes built in the 1700s and 1800s are not maintained properly. As a result, West Chester begins to lose its charm, and what people fell in love with begins to look run-down and unloved. Some may believe that students are not responsible enough to have a nicely maintained home because they will just ruin it from typical college lifestyle. Although this statement may

be true in some cases, it is not fair to associate all students with this behavior. There are so many responsible and mature students who are worthy of living in housing that does not violate some form of health code. The student housing department sets so many students up for failure by allowing these bad habits of landlords and property owners to continue. Now is the time for students to speak up. Fight for the right to live somewhere nice. Look over your lease thoroughly and do not be afraid to ask for what you want. Do not settle for a scam. You are working towards something greater in life, and you should not be punished by living in a home that makes you unhappy or that is not functional. Charlotte Neilson is a student at West Chester University. 

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aul Dooley (Philadelphia, Pa./ Chestnut Hill-Springside) threw for 277 yards and four touchdowns, three of those to Lex Rosario (Matemoras, Pa./Delaware Valley), as visiting West Chester rebounded from a loss last week to rout Lock Haven, 5614, at Hubert Jack Stadium. West Chester (8-2, 5-2 PSAC) remains hopeful for a bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs while Lock Haven drops to 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the league. The Golden Rams scored the first 42 points of the game, opening up a 35-0 lead by halftime and never looked

back. By the time Rosario caught his third TD of the game on West Chester’s opening drive of the second half, the visitors were way out in front and in control of the game at 42-0. Lock Haven’s Kyle Knight ran 68 yards for a score and caught a 13-yard pass for another, but it was too little too late for the home team. Ja’Den McKenzie (Morton, Pa./ Springfield) rushed for a team-high 109 yards, including a six-yard TD run midway through the opening quarter, and Phil Poquie (Philadelphia, Pa./Haverford School) scored a pair

of rushing touchdown to ignite West Chester’s rushing attack, which picked up 213 yards on the ground Saturday while scoring four times. Rosario finished the day with five catches for 98 yards and the three scores. He caught a 20-yard TD strike to open the scoring in the first quarter, then caught a 44-yard toss from Dooley in the second quarter that put the Rams up 28-0. Dooley also added a 13-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter, accounting for five TDs in the game. Sr., DB Jarey Elder (Allentown, Pa./

Parkland) recorded nine tackles on the day while adding an interception, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss. Cole Zapf (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) also finished with nine stops. West Chester concludes its regular season next Saturday at home against California (Pa.) at John A. Farrell Stadium. It will be Senior Day for the Golden Rams as they honor graduating seniors on the football team, the cheerleading squad and within the incomparable marching band. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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he 2019 Major League Baseball season has come to a close, and the Bryce Harper-less Washington Nationals are our Fall Classic Champions, as they’ve beaten the Houston Astros in seven games, to be named World Champions of Baseball. Yet again, our beloved Philadelphia Phillies were unable to qualify for post-season play, but this isn’t new in Philly, as we have yet to make a playoff appearance since losing to St. Louis in the National League Divisional Series back in 2011. While missing the playoffs isn’t new, failing to meet expectations certainly is. Coming into this season, the Phillies had a lot of hype surrounding the club, with big offseason acquisitions of Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and of course, Bryce Harper. The year started off strong, finishing nine games above .500 going into June, and 47-43 heading into the AllStar Break. However, in typical Philadelphia Phillies fashion, our second half was mediocre at best. We finished the season a perfect 81-81, only one game better than 2018. Philadelphia got started early on what fans can hope will be a very active offseason with the firing of unpopular manager Gabe Kapler. Two weeks later, former Yankees manager Joe Girardi was hired. Girardi spent nine years in New York, leading the Yankees to an overall record of 910710, six postseason appearances and an infamous World Series title over the Phillies in 2009. There is a lot of hope surrounding Girardi, because of how different he is from what we had with Kapler. Girardi, 55, has been managing since 2006, while Kapler was brand new to the position when he joined the team in 2018. This Phillies team is young to begin with, and I think the city is relieved that they now have a veteran manager who has lots of experience with winning. The main concern plaguing the

Pictured is former Phillie Cole Hamels, pitching for the team back in 2013. Now a free agent, and a reunion with the former WS MVP could be a nice fit. team this year was pitching. Our starting rotation wavered year-round and Aaron Nola was the only reliable pitcher. Many criticized Klentak for not spending on quality starters like Mike Minor and Marcus Stroman before the trade deadline. Klentak instead brought in free agents and hot heads like Drew Smyly and Jason Vargas. Despite how difficult it was to watch guys

thing we can trade for without giving up the farm. Lucky for us, this year’s free agency class is loaded from head to toe with talent at the pitcher position. The 2020 Free Agency class for pitchers has some really big names and many quality starters, including Zach Wheeler, Jake Odorizzi, Kyle Gibson, Julian Teheran, Rick Porcello, Rich

“The 2020 free agency class for pitchers has some really big names ... including Gerrit Cole.” like Smyly and Vargas start and lose regularly, I felt that Klentak’s decisions were justified. Names like Mike Minor, Marcus Stroman, Zach Greinke and Madison Bumgardner were constantly being tied to the Phillies in possible trade deals; these deals however, often involved trading valuable assets to our team and our future for an older player on a rental contract. What this team needs is a staple arm in the starting rotation and the bullpen — and I’m not convinced that’s some-

Hill, Chris Archer, Dallas Keuchel, Corey Kluber and more. The biggest name on the list is of course ace pitcher from Houston, Gerrit Cole. Cole, 29, is coming off a career 20 win season and 2.50 ERA. Cole will likely finish within the top three of the Cy Young Award race and lead the star studded Houston Astros rotation to an American League title. While I’m sure the Astros will be doing their best in order to keep the young right hander in Houston, the

market for Cole will be large and he will definitely be in store for a massive payday. While Cole has informed the media that his home is in Houston, I don’t believe it would surprise anyone if Cole entertains signing somewhere besides Houston — after all, money talks. Philadelphia can definitely afford to be competitive in the race for Cole’s explosive arm, and he’s definitely the front runner for guys I would want Matt Klentak to target. Hyun-Jin Ryu will also be available and highly sought after this winter, coming off a career year in LA. Ryu lead the National League in ERA this year and would be the first dominant left-hander in Philly since Cole Hamels. Speaking of which, Cole Hamels is also available this offseason and has been rumored to have interest in finishing his career in Philadelphia. While Cole is loved in the city and has had a great career, he is also 36-years-old and who knows how long it’ll be before he becomes a liability in the rotation. There are a plethora of talented arms available this winter and I fully expect Philadelphia to become home for a whole new staff of talented pitchers. I understand that this season was a disappointment, and I know that mediocrity won’t be tolerated next year, but I also believe that our Championship window hasn’t quite opened yet. The pitching staff held us back, and I really do trust that Klentak can begin to assemble some legitimate throwers to join Aaron Nola. Although watching Bryce Harper in his brand new Phillies jersey repeatedly saying “We want to bring a title back to D.C.” on Twitter is undoubtedly frustrating, we can only hope that with the addition of Girardi and some solid pitching that the Phillies can be the NL East team celebrating in late October next year. Dylan Edelman is a first-year student majoring in mathematics and minoring in journalism. 

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he Revolution continues! All Elite Wrestling is finally having its first pay-per-view since their TV debut in October, at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Since the very first debut show of “AEW: Wednesday Night Dynamite,” the very first main event was announced for their pay-per-view called, “Full Gear.” At “AEW Full Gear,” the main event of the evening will be for the AEW World Championship, and it is the American Nightmare Cody against “Le Champion,” the AEW World Champion and world-renowned wrestling veteran, Chris Jericho. In the past few weeks, Cody and Jericho have taken shot after shot at one another, with Jericho even going so far to form his own stable, “The Inner Circle.” The Inner Circle consists of “Le Champion” himself, as well as the renowned tag team Santana and Ortiz, “Spanish God” Sammy Guevara and newcomer to AEW over the recent weeks, former WWE star and current Bellator fighter Jake Hager, formerly known as Jack Swagger. The stable has made a name for themselves, challenging and tormenting Cody, as well as his brother Dustin Rhodes and friends such as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, better known as MJF. Besides the main event, there are several other big matches going on the card, such as a really good bout between Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega. Those two have been going at it since AEW’s “Double or Nothing” pay-perview, with Moxley attacking Omega back then, causing this feud to spark. Their match is unsanctioned and “lights out,” which means it will not count within their respective records, as both Moxley and Omega look to gain a better win-loss record, and right their respective wrongs. Next on the card we have the AEW “Tag Title Match,” with defending champions SCU going against the

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Pictured is Pentagon Jr., one half of The Lucha Brothers tag team. They will face against other tag teams SCU and Private Party in a triple threat match this weekend. famed Lucha Brothers in Pentagon Jr a superstar in the wrestling industry, be a fantastic bout since The Bucks aland Rey Fenix, and against the Private and I think she will be just fine going ways love to put on a show for the fans. Party. This match has been built up against her former teacher. If you can’t watch the main show, over the past couple of weeks, as SCU Besides those main championship make sure to catch AEW’s famed recently just beat the Lucha Bros for matches, there are two other singles “Buy-In” pre-show, which features Dr. the tag titles in the first ever match for matches on the main card, as “Hang- Britt Baker D.M.D versus Bea Priestley the gold. Private Party inserted them- man” Adam Page going against “The in what could be a fantastic start to a selves as one of the best tag teams in Bastard” PAC, in which we should see great night of wrestling. If you haven’t the company when they themselves a brutal fight between the Cowboy watched “Full Gear” yet, make sure to faced the Lucha Bros, putting on a and the Brawler from Newcastle upon find it on B/R Live, or on your local payshow with the world-renowned team. Tyne. The “Bad Boy” Joey Janela also per-view sellers, because AEW will not Next, we have the AEW Women’s faces off against Shawn Spears, for- disappoint. Championship being defended by merly known as WWE’s Tye Dillinger, Riho against her former teacher Emi in which said feud has been ramping Jeffrey Babcock is a third-year student Sakura, which should also be a fan- up over the past few weeks on Dyna- majoring in communications and minoring tastic bout to watch, as Riho knocked mite. in journalism.  off Nyla Rose in her last match, which Lastly, there is a tag match with The was a huge upset to both the fans and Young Bucks against the Inner Circle’s herself. Riho is severely underrated as Santana and Ortiz, which should also

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eno Auriemma is best known as the head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. During his tenure with the Huskies, he has compiled a total of 1,062 wins and has led the team to 11 NCAA Division I Tournament championships. What many people do not know is that prior to his coaching career, Auriemma attended West Chester University. While in college, he helped out as a coach for Bishop McDevitt High School. In 1978, he became an assistant coach for St Joseph’s University. He later was given a job as an assistant coach for Virginia University in 1981, a position he held for four years until he became the University of Connecticut head coach in 1985. Auriemma graduated from West Chester with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1981. When asked about his college experience, he said that, “for me, it was the first time that I was exposed to diversity and variety of things that take place on a college campus. Getting to know classmates

that were younger and older than me, and learning about people with different backgrounds: these were things that opened up the world to me [at West Chester University] because I had been clustered in a small school environment. It opened my eyes to a lot of things that I needed to see.” He has since returned to West Chester to visit his niece during her tenure at the school, and was amazed at the transformation and the change that took

of All-American honors under Auriemma including Jennifer Rizzotti Nykesha Sales, Svetlana Abrosimova, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Rebecca Lobo, Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Kara Wolters, Stefanie Dolson, Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley. These players have all combined to win eight Naismith College Player of the Year awards, seven Wade Trophies and nine NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player awards.

“I look for players that are looking to be pushed. They want to become something more than they are.” place over the years since his graduation. In 2006, Auriemma was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. In his 34 seasons as head coach, the Huskies have only suffered a losing season once, which took place in the 1985-1986 season. Under Auriemma’s leadership, 13 players have achieved multiple seasons

When asked what he looks for in his players, Auriemma said, “The kind of players that I look for are the ones that are completely opposite of the way I was when I was in school. I look for players that are looking to be pushed. They want to become something more than they are. They want to be coached, want to be good teammates. Obviously, talent has something to do with it, but I think it’s all those intangibles that separate our players from

other players.” He credits Jim Foster, former Saint Joseph’s basketball coach who was coaching at Bishop McDevitt at the time, with giving him the inspiration to enter the coaching field. “While I was at West Chester, Foster had asked me to help him coach his high school team. I had to drive 40 miles in 50 minutes every day to go to and from practice and I kept doing it and I enjoyed it. That’s when I realized, I must like this and this must be good for me.” The advice that Coach Auriemma has for college students at West Chester University is to work really hard at something you love and make a lot of friends. He says that you will have a sense of accomplishment if you are able to do those two things during your four years (or more) at West Chester. The 2019-2020 Huskies season is underway, and Auriemma and company are poised for another great season, and will look to win their twelfth championship in team history, and the first since 2016. Erick Klambara is a first-year student majoring in media and cultures. 


Bucks althe fans. in show, ’s famed atures Dr. WEST CHESTER, Pa. - West ChesPriestleyter University men’s basketball beat start to aLincoln University 113-91 on Saturday ou haven’tnight in the final game of the Meske sure tosikomer Tip-Off Tournament at Hollocal pay-linger Field House. W will not The Golden Rams (2-0) last reached the 113-point mark during the 1988-89 season in a 116-93 victory over Mansfield University. WCU made 17-of-30 three-pointers against the Lions (0-2) ring on Saturday, the team’s most in a game since at least the 2011-12 season. West Chester senior guard Malik Jackson (Lansdowne, Pa. / Penn

Excerpts from wcupagoldenr Wood) led the team with 31 points in 25 minutes played on 9-of-13 shooing from the field and 7-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Jackson has scored 30-plus points five times in his college basketball career. The Golden Rams put their foot on the gas early, jumping out to a 26-8 lead in the first 6:20 behind 14 points from Jackson. West Chester never slowed down and took a 64-39 lead into the half. WCU’s Robbie Heath (Whittlesea, Australia / Abington) continued the hot start to his freshman season, scor-

ing 20 points for the second game in a row. He had a team-high six assists and also led the team in rebounds for the second straight game with six. West Chester junior guard Antoine Lewis (New Rochelle, N.Y. / New Rochelle) went 4-of-5 from three-point range to chip in with 14 points. The Golden Rams continue their non-conference slate of games to begin the season with two more home contests on November 18 at 6 p.m. against Holy Family University and November 20 at 7 p.m. against GoldeyBeacom College.


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he Flyers hosted the Carolina Hurricanes last Tuesday, Nov. 5, looking to bounce back from the rough shoot-out loss suffered against the Maple Leafs. Carter Hart flashed his potential in this one, holding the Canadiens to one goal when the game could’ve easily been 4-3 or worse. Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen put a slap pass right onto Sean Couturier’s stick, who’d reflected the puck under the arm of goaltender Petr Mrazek for the first goal of the game. After the Hurricanes tied the game, the Flyers scored three unanswered goals in the third period. Konecny found himself with an easy tap in at the side of the net and rookie Joel Farabee made a power move and cut into the front of the net, stuffing a rebound in. Then, captain Claude Giroux was presented a breakaway when a sloppy Flyers zone exit somehow bounced past the Hurricane defense. He went five-hole with a half slap-shot, and stamped the win home in front of a cheering home crowd. They stayed home to host the Montreal Canadiens, before leaving themselves to face Toronto a few days later. Fun fact: Flyers assistant coach Michel Therrien was head coach of the Canadiens from 2012 to 2017, leading them as far as the eastern conference finals in the 2013-2014 season. The Flyers came out guns blazing as they outshot the Canadiens 18-12 in the first period. This was really nice to see, as in the last couple of seasons it has been the Flyers getting outshot regularly. Philly defenseman Phil Myers wristed a shot from the point and it found the net, his first national hockey-league goal. They had the visitors on their heels as they closed out the first period while on a powerplay. The momentum carried over to the second, as James van Riemsdyk

scored off of a loose puck one minute and 30 seconds in. With about six minutes left to go in the second period, the Canadiens has a three on two oddman rush seemingly out of nowhere and scored to make it a one-goal game. Once possible-Flyer Shea Weber ties

with a great all-around first period, stopping Maple Leaf opportunities while cashing in themselves. Phil Myers scored for the second game in a row, going top-shelf on goaltender Frederick Anderson, continuing to impress Flyers brass. The powerplay,

Sean Couturier by Steve Jacot via Flickr

Sean Couturier came up big this week when the team needed him to. He scored the OT goal against Montreal and won the shootout in Toronto. the game in the third period, the game entered overtime. The home fans at Wells Fargo Center did not get a lot of free hockey, as 55 seconds in Couturier let a wrist shot go and it snuck under the arm of elite goalie Carey Price and the Flyers took the victory. The Flyers

which was unable to produce a goal in six tries against the Canadiens went one for two in the first period, with Oskar Lindblom deflecting a pass into the top-corner on Anderson with under two minutes left. The second period started with a

“Flyers rookie Joel Farabee continues to be one of the bright spots on the team, and the team has racked up three wins in a row.” finished the contest with an impressive 43 shots on goal. The Flyers traveled to Canada to visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Nov. 9, the first game of a back-toback. They once again started strong

Maple Leafs powerplay, with Jake Voracek getting caught for a hooking penalty. Leafs’ young gun Kaspari Kapanen decked two Flyers and almost set up a goal after falling down — but besides that the powerplay was ef-

fectively killed. Brian Elliot would not keep the shutout however, as midway through the period Leafs’ defenseman Travis Dermott received a great pass and walked into the slot, tallying a goal for Toronto. After killing another Toronto powerplay, the Flyers entered the third period with the lead. That would only last about four minutes, as William Nylander one timed a great pass into the back of the net. This happened moments after Anderson made three saves to stop the Flyers from getting an insurance goal. The Maple Leafs really started getting quality chances to score and take the lead, with Elliot playing strongly to keep the game tied as Toronto made it hard for Philly to set up in their zone. The game went down to the wire with the Leafs almost winning the game in the final seconds, but the Flyers survived into overtime. After an intense extra period, which saw both teams almost win it (Kevin Hayes hit the post, Maple Leafs had three on one) the Flyers found themselves in the dreaded shootout yet again. Elliot stopped two out of three attempts from three very skilled forwards and Giroux and the man they call “Coots” scored to win on the road. Flyers rookie Joel Farabee continues to be one of the bright spots on the team, and the team has racked up three wins in a row. Two out of three wins came down to a shootout, in which the Flyers have the worst all-time record in NHL history. Even more impressive is that The Flyers have one of the best home records in hockey. Players like Kevin Hayes will surely have to produce more points, but if they keep this up, they will see themselves in the playoff picture come springtime. They continue their back-to-back on the road against the Boston Bruins on Sunday night, Nov. 10. Tyler Grace is a third-year economics and finance major. 

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A LOOK AT WEEK 10 By MAtthew Shimkonis special to the Quad


isappointment in Cleveland Per Gary Davenport, there is good news for Cleveland: “the Browns are favorites to win the AFC North.” This line was taken from preWeek One analysis of the NFL. Talk was varied, but on average, outlook had Cleveland going anywhere from 9-7 to 12-4. You can say what you will about the dangers of bandwagons and over-hype, but surely hundreds of well-paid football analysts couldn’t be wrong. Spoiler alert: they were. If Freddie Kitchens has anything to say about it, the Browns are not going to live up to expectations. As of now, Cleveland stands at 2-6, and their once-hyped offense has fallen to the back of the pack. Much of this is due to the poor performance of Baker Mayfield. Number six is tied for league first in interceptions thrown at 12 in just eight games, (Jameis Winston is the other 12 interception QB; however, he nearly doubles Mayfield in almost every other passing category, including touchdowns). Next to the disappointing sophomore is his similarly disappointing veteran receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. The former Giant has been drowning, with only one touchdown reception and a measly 58.2 catch percentage. Across the board, the Browns’ offensive front has been meager. Defensively, they have been marginally better, standing 16th in the league in “yards allowed per game.” Simply put, things truly have not panned out the way Cleveland thought they might. Even a perfect season from this point on would likely not constitute a playoff position. At this point, the only things that Mayfield and Kitchens have left to defend might be their paychecks. Then again, every team goes through slumps and when a team looks as good as the Browns do on paper, it’s almost

Baker Mayfield by Erik Drost via Flickr

Pictured is former first overall pick Baker Mayfield, starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. After showing promise in his rookie season, Mayfield, along with the rest of the team, is performing severly under expectations. impossible for that much talent to go to waste. Expect another busy offseason in Cleveland and another year of high hopes. The Continuing Ballad of Antonio Brown If your eyes aren’t already rolling at the sheer mention of Antonio Brown’s name then you, dear reader, clearly haven’t been keeping up with football for the last several months. As much as it pains me to fuel continued media coverage, Brown has, unfortunately, been making headlines again. Ever since being released by the New England Patriots following sexual assault allegations, Brown has been a helterskelter of social media activity. With no

league rules or team image to hold him back, the former Steeler has been able to go off. The newsworthy event behind all of this, however, is the way in which he has exploded. Brown spent almost a month cursing out the NFL, calling it a crooked organization that was “making money off [his] sweat and blood.” That comment was taken from a tweet by Brown on Nov. 7. Less than 24 hours later, that tweet was taken down, and in its place was a message seemingly filled with repentance in which Brown claims to be “frustrated... with the false allegations” against him. He also claims that he is “determined to make [his] way back to the NFL asap.” Whether or not he feels any true re-

morse for his actions is an entirely different story for a different day. All we know for now is that Brown seems to want back in the league. The question now is this: is there any team desperate enough to take him? Seeing as Brown is in no place to bargain for a specific city, at any point anyone could call and ship him in. Assuming they didn’t care about nine years of dramatic baggage, this new city would be getting an elite receiver with a history of success. Sadly this likely isn’t the last installment in the Brown saga, and only time will tell where the story goes next. Matthew Shimkonis is a first-year student majoring in history. 






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