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VOLUME 99, ISSUE 10

THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010

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PASSHE speaker informs students of a campaign to prevent tuition increase By Anthony Fioriglio Practicum Writer

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Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, PASSHE, Vice Chancellor for External Relations Karen Ball gave a presentation that addressed measures that students, faculty, and staff can take in order to combat a potential decrease in funding from the state for PASSHE schools at the Student Government Association meeting in the Sykes Ballrooms on Nov. 30. At the presentation, which was attended by a variety of students, staff, and faculty along with SGA, Ball announced plans to organize a trip to Harrisburg in March, likely sometime around spring break, that will include representatives from all 14 PASSHE schools to present a unified message to the Pennsylvania legislators in an effort to make an impact on policy-making decisions. Following the in-person visits, the participants will make follow-up phone calls and e-mails to continue to make the cause of funding for higher education known in the state capital. PASSHE will be competing with many other programs and organizations for the limited available state funding, a struggle

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are the reason that we are here,” Chancellor Cavanaugh said. The success of the presentation and the impressive student turnout marked the culmination of extensive efforts of SGA and the University that had been ongoing for weeks, most notably as an e-mail campaign that both informed students of what was happening regarding state funding and the importance of participation in order to produce change. SGA president Leonard Altieri also spoke at the presentation as a voice for the students, encouraging participation in the March rallies. “Tuition affects all of us,” he said. “An investment in higher education is an investment into the future of Pennsylvania.” Full details regarding the exact timing of the trips to Harrisburg were not formalized at the time of the presentation, but PASSHE, through SGA, will continue to keep the University population updated as more information is made available. “This is important that we do this this year,” Ball said. “I’m very excited about getting [students] into Harrisburg.” Anthony Fioriglio is a student at West Chester University and can be reached at AF650463@wcupa.edu.

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that has been ongoing for more lor Dr. John Cavanaugh, who also than a decade. As recently as attended the meeting and spoke 1990, seven percent of the state’s briefly, the state has provided budget went to higher education. essentially the same amount of The figure has since dropped to money for education for the past a mere four percent, less than several years. However, there is allotted for correctional facili- had been $38 million in stimulus money to help ties. Pa. will compliment the likely have a state-allotted budget deficit funding. With the between $2.5-5 stimulus money billion, complinow exhausted, cating matters the possibility further. of an increase of “The budget approximately is going to five percent in be tough this tuition, even if the year, but the state continues better we do to fund higher in the budget, education at the lower what has become tuition will the standard be,” Ball said. The 14 www.pauniversitiesonline.edu amount, appears likely. schools in the West Chester PASSHE system receive approximately one-third of their funding University was the first stop for from state allotments, with the the PASSHE representatives to rest of the funding coming from announce their plans of orgatuition, with approximately 75 nizing a rally in Harrisburg for percent of this funding being funding. The strong attendance dedicated to school personnel. by students at West Chester However, the disparity is likely confirmed to PASSHE officials to further increase next year due that students have an interest to funding issues that the state and motivation to get more funding from the state. faces. “The fact is that [the students] According to PASSHE Chancel-

Next semester,a panel discussion will be held open to all members of WCU’s student body in order to address concerns regarding to alleged discriminatory behavior conducted by prominent student organizations. The WCU students who feel that they have been treated unfairly, or have been discriminated against, are encouraged to attend, and let their voices be heard, so that any problems can be addressed adequately, and appropriate efforts can be made to take necessary steps to increase ideals of diversity and inclusivity that some feel has been lacking at WCU, and in student organizations. In the past several weeks, certain student organizations have been accused of “racist, sexist, and homophobic” behavior. Such allegations have spurred widespread controversy and tension across WCU’s campus: prompting protest and call for reform from concerned student minority groups- one primary example being the first annual “Minority Day of Silence,” held on Nov. 9, coordinated by several major student organizations in an effort to raise awareness of the difficulties that minorities face on campus. The evening of Nov. 9, members of student minority groups and organizations

attended the weekly Student Government Association [SGA] meeting in an effort to express their concerns to SGA, and to explain the purpose behind the Day of Silence. During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, “Day of Silence” coordinator Charmane Martin took the floor in an effort to speak on behalf of the organizations present. Martin was interrupted when one member of the audience raised an inquiry questioning WCU’s policy to audit student organizations on a yearly basis, retracting membership from those who were unable to meet the minimum requirement of seven members. The aforementioned audit policy was construed by some as a discriminatory measure, implemented by the SGA with the intent to hinder the ability of minority groups from forming. One member of SGA attempted to explain that the audit process was not, in fact, a policy implemented by SGA, but rather a standard held by the Student Leadership and Involvement department of WCU, and an integral part of the bi-laws that the SGA must adhere to from a higher authority. Hostility broke out as a member of the audience yelled “Maybe your bi-laws are b******t.” Order in the meeting subsequently deteriorated as heated words were exchanged between the groups present.

Leonard Altieri, President of SGA, said, “The message of the Minority Day of Silence was positive . . . the inappropriate comments made by one member of the audience undermined the important message that the groups were trying to express.” Altieri also noted that the person who started the hostility was not affiliated with any of the student groups participating in the Minority Day of Silence, and that- “The inappropriate outburst should in no way reflect on the actions of the other organizations present, who were interested in civil discourse, rather than hostile argument.” After the meeting, Altieri said, “I knew that we had to take action to make sure that these students knew that we heard them and that something must be done… SGA is not racist or sexist, and if students on campus feel uncomfortable and unwelcome, then I will try to do everything in my power to fix these problems, and address these concerns.” Tensions continued to mount, according to Altieri. On Nov. 11, the academic quad was chalked with remarks expressing disapproval towards SGA: “We are at war with SGA,” one said. “SGA is racist and sexist,” said another. “After seeing that, I knew that immediate action was imperative,” Altieri said. On Tuesday, November 16, an emergency meeting was held between the executive boards of the SGA, the BSU, LASO, the Women’s Center Club, the

BLGC, and the LGBTQA, to address and discuss the serious concerns of minority student groups. The forum, which took the form of a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Darla Coffee and Professor Stefan Clyburn, provided a forum for open dialogue and civil discourse between the groups present. The meeting, which was “extremely productive,” according to Altieri, allowed the groups to come to the consensus that in spring of 2011, a campus wide panel discussion will be held, open to the entire student body of WCU, in order for students to voice their opinions and concerns. The other panel is in an effort to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that the environment at WCU is as inclusive and welcoming as possible to members of every gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. “It is still unclear to me where these allegations came from,” said one member of SGA, with regards to the accusations of racism, sexism and homophobia, “But if people feel uncomfortable on campus, or that they are being discriminated against, these are serious problems that need to be fixed… It is important that we have open dialogue and discuss these things in the open, so that we can make WCU as inclusive as possible.” Matt Boyd is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at MB634884@wcupa.edu.


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Winter time brings colds: prevent getting sick By Carly Giorno Practicum Writer

Sore throats, itchy skin, aching bodies, and coughs that last forever: Welcome to the winter season. Winter is the time where our bodies are most susceptible to ailments and diseases. Whether it be a change in diet, location, or temperature and climate, the human body needs time to adjust to changes in our environment. This time of adaptation makes our bodies more prone to infections and sickness because our immune system is weak. As soon as there is a consistent drop in temperature, people begin to suffer from illnesses such as the common cold, sore throats, and the flu. The common cold is caused by a virus that first infects the nose, sinuses, and airways. It spreads through contact with mucus. When left untreated, colds can get extremely nasty. An untreated cold leads to swollen lymph glands, fever, aches, and chest congestion. Because colds are a virus, there is no ideal

treatment, and no cure. Prevent the onset of a cold by taking a dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural immune system booster, and it is found in high doses in most citrus fruits. Don’t want to eat oranges all winter? Take a vitamin C supplement such as AirBorne or Emergen-C every day. They come in a variety of flavors and are usually found in the medicine aisle. Also, juices such as orange juice and grapefruit juice have a high concentration of vitamin C. Every year, between 10 and 20 percent of the population come down with the flu, or influenza. The flu is also a virus, however it first infects the lungs and airways. When left untreated, the flu could turn into pneumonia. The flu can be prevented in the same ways as the common cold, and additionally, several clinics and nearly all hospitals offer vaccinations to guard against the flu. The University Health Center offers flu shots for 10 dollars (call to make an appointment.) Some common body ailments in the winter time

are those of people who suffer from arthritis and asthma. The cold air is difficult to breathe in, and people who regularly exercise sometimes have trouble taking in the air needed. Additionally, cold air and temperatures aggravate the joints of people with arthritis. They feel more achy than usual, and mobility is often more impaired as opposed to the summertime. The best treatment for both ailments is to prepare ahead of time for the winter season. Make sure the heaters or air conditioners are in proper working order so houses are comfortable. Also, taking a multivitamin during the winter will give a boost to your immune system and feed more nutrients to your joints and organs. Vitamins will help one’s body perform in better shape and help to make a better transition to the spring as well. Bundle up, stay warm, and take vitamins. Have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday. Carola Giorno is a student at West Chester University and can be reached at CG633075@wcupa.edu.

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Bear Fair collections continue as Holidays near By Carla Giorno Practicum Writer

West Chester University hosted the 14th Annual Bear Fair this week, collecting bears for children affected with AIDS/HIV, and also children in hospitals and shelters. Bear Fair started as an idea of a Resident Assistant [RA], as a project in the residence halls. K.J. Rawson, the RA, collected 200 bears the first year, 400 the second year, and then asked people on campus to distribute the bears to local shelters and hospitals. Around the sixth year of Bear Fair, the event became a community effort, with alumni from the university taking part in their schools and companies. To

date, Bear Fair has collected 41,000 bears, averaging a collection of about 3,000 bears every year. “We’re really proud that we are able to keep the tradition and that we can continue to give teddy bears to almost thirty agencies in the surrounding area,” Margaret Tripp said, director of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs at WCU. Tripp acts as the liaison between the Bear Fair committee and the organizations off-campus who are participating. The Bear Fair does not begin with the holiday season. It is a semester-long endeavor to get more funds and bears to fuel the effort. A committee forms at the beginning of the

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semester and brainstorms how they would like to raise money to buy new bears. Additionally, they discuss who else they might involve in the Bear Fair, including businesses, groups, or elementary schools. Everyone is invited to collect and donate bears. Aramark participated by donating Flyers tickets for the committee to raffle off as a fundraiser. The raffle proved to be extremely successful as well, bringing in over 500 dollars. After collection, the bears are distributed to local shelters and hospitals in the area. The committee, along with Tripp, work directly with caseworkers and hospitals who give them wish lists, and in turn, they distribute the bears to those places. Some of the bears have special things done with them before they go out to the children. St. Peters Church collects bears, and then blesses the bears at the Sunday service before they come to campus for distribution. St. Agnes Church sends activity books with each bear, so children can play games with their new furry friend. Organizations on campus such as Circle K, the Friars, and Alpha Phi Omega got together and created activity booklets to send with the bears as well. Additionally, SGA made cards to send. The children do not just get a new teddy to hold, but games to play and a special message that lets them know they are cared for. “Our favorite part, as students, is knowing that these children will have those teddy bears for the rest of their lives,” Julianne Spadine said, co-leader of the Bear Fair committee. “The bears will not only be there through the season but they will be there to always comfort the children when they need it most.” The Bear Fair will still be taking donations this week if you wish to donate a bear. They should be new bears, or “gently used” bears. Please donate to this extremely touching cause. Carola Giorno is a student at West Chester University and can be reached at CG633075@wcupa. edu.


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Colleges pressed to give credit for work experience By Jon Marcus

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EATTLE _ Laid off at the start of the recession as the marketing director for a regional homebuilder, Leah Schedin quickly realized she lacked something essential for a new job: a university degree. Schedin had completed courses here and there at a community college, but never enough for a bachelor’s degree. Without one, she found, her 18 years of experience didn’t matter. “These days, you’re applying online, and you’re filtered out as soon as you get to the question about whether you have a degree,” said the 46-year-old, who’s married and has a teenage daughter. So Schedin put her talents to work finding a university where she could get academic credit for her work experience. She found one: City University of Seattle, a private, nonprofit institution that’s at the vanguard of a movement catering to the growing numbers of adult learners and military veterans who are changing careers in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. At the end of next semester, she’ll head back into the churning job market with a four-year degree in marketing after just 18 months. Universities and colleges are being pressed to increase graduation rates and speed up the time it takes for students to complete degrees by awarding college credit for their life and work experience. A national campaign that starts Friday will promote the sometimes-derided practice with a program to help adults prepare online portfolios of their job experience that independent faculty will evaluate for academic credit.

One hundred institutions in 30 states are on board. Top highereducation associations back the coalition, and major foundations are bankrolling it. It hopes to reach tens of thousands of people within five years. The push coincides with President Barack Obama’s goal of boosting the number of college graduates by 5 million before the end of the decade, and it comes as states and higher education institutions are moving away from strict demands for seat time and credit hours. There’s a growing awareness that Obama’s goal can’t be reached without encouraging older students such as Schedin. “My goal is to be back in my career,” Schedin said as she enjoyed some rare downtime in a corner of the CityU cafeteria. “I wanted to get through fast, and I wanted some credit for those years I’ve put in.” Only a handful of people take advantage of the opportunity to cash in on work experience: Just two dozen out of CityU’s 2,500 American students have sought such credits, a ratio that’s similar to what other schools report. “It’s just not happening at the pace or scale it should be, given all these people out there with learning that has occurred in other venues,” said Pamela Tate, the president and CEO of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, which is behind the new campaign. One reason is that many faculty members look down their noses at the practice and discourage their institutions and students from participating. “They still believe that ‘if you weren’t in my class, you couldn’t possibly know it,’ “ Tate said. The idea of credit for learning from experience also took a hit when Wal-Mart announced in June that it would team with a

private, for-profit university to offer employees academic credit for things they did at work. “People thought employees at Wal-Mart were getting college credit for learning how to use the cash register,” said Marie Cini, the vice provost at the University of Maryland University College, the online branch of the Maryland state university system. “If you use a really rigorous assessment process, that is not the case.” Credit for work experience can have its downsides. The credits are difficult to transfer if you change universities, and substituting them for introductory requirements can cause problems for students later in their careers, when they can’t keep up with classmates in writing or other basic academic skills. Experiential learning was first tried after World War I, when returning soldiers who enrolled in college were allowed to skip straight to sophomore year as a reward for their military service. But they proved unprepared for more advanced work, and the practice largely lapsed. Low U.S. college graduation rates are helping to drive a revival. Less than 60 percent of college students earn bachelor’s degrees within six years, and the U.S. has fallen from first in the world to 10th in the proportion of 25- to 34-year-olds with associate’s degrees or higher. For a variety of reasons, increasing numbers of the nation’s 16 million university and college students are older than traditional high school graduates. Forty percent are 25 and older. A study of 48 schools by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning found that students who get credit for their experience are more likely to complete

degrees. “All of our institutional frameworks have been created around 18-year-olds coming out of high schools without any experience. They’re the empty vessels into which we pour knowledge. But when you’re a working adult, you’re hardly an empty vessel,” said Lee Gorsuch, the president of CityU. “You learn by doing,” Gorsuch added. “We’re not anti-intellectual, but can you balance a spreadsheet or can’t you?” Even more established institutions such as the University of Maryland University College and Valdosta State University in Georgia are beginning to accept credits from experience. “It’s coming back now in a big way because there is this national push from the federal government,” Maryland’s Cini said. “We’re looking for new ways to help people realize that, even if they’ve been out in the work force and have three kids and a busy life, there are ways to get a college degree that won’t take 20 years.” Universities aren’t doing this solely out of altruism. Adult learners increasingly seek schools that give them credit for experience, according to a survey by the higher-education marketing company Stamats. That means the potential for more tuition and more applicants, which enhances an institution’s reputation. While no one tracks the number of credits awarded in this way, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, a consortium whose members offer academic credit for military experience, reports that 45,892 students earned 805,473 credits last year for their military training and experience. For those military students who are pursuing four-year degrees, that’s an average of about 22 semester credits each out of the

120 to 180 credits that usually are needed. Navy veteran John McGowan was awarded enough credits for his electronics training and other military experience that he got a bachelor’s degree in half the usual time from Irvine, Calif.based Brandman University, even while working full time. “I went from zero college to a bachelor’s degree in two years,” McGowan said. Some universities offer institutional or standardized tests, while others that accept workexperience credits require students to take, and pay for, courses in which they put together autobiographical portfolios for faculty review. “From the outside, it looks easy, but it takes a lot of work,” said Anthony Boben, 49, who earned credit from his work experience toward a bachelor’s degree in economics at Lehman College in the Bronx, N.Y., after he was laid off from a six-figure accounting job. “What they’re rating is, ‘Does this person have the equivalent amount of learning I would expect a student to have when they finish a course with me?’ “ Cini said. Schedin found the process “ridiculously hard.” She prepared a 250-page portfolio to apply for credits, and ended up receiving the maximum 45 toward the 180 she needed for a degree. Her classmate Mark Ball, who also lost his job when the economy crashed, was awarded 25 credits for 22 years as a restaurant manager and music producer. He’ll finish his four-year bachelor’s degree next semester after only 18 months. “It’s like the game of Life,” said Ball, 41, sitting in an empty classroom in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue. “Except I started life first and went to school second.”

MEDSCHOOL: For-profit medical school proposed By Angel Streeter Sun Sentinel (MCT)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ The nation’s only for-profit medical school for training MDs wants to open in Palm Beach County, Fla. The proposed school, Palm Beach Medical College, has applied for a license from the state to issue medical degrees. And it is seeking accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting agency for schools granting medical degrees. “The demand for doctors is alarmingly high,” said Pete Martinez, a former IBM vice president who is chairman of Palm Beach Medical Education Corporation. “If you look at the state of medical schools right now, you can’t count on states right now to fund them. ... If you go to the private sector, the private sector will get it immediately.” If successful, Palm Beach Medical would be the second for-profit medical school in the country, but the only for-profit allopathic medical school, which produces MDs. Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo., opened in 2008 as the first for-profit medical school in the country. It produces DOs. Martinez is working with Dr. Carlos Martini, Palm Beach Medical’s president and CEO, to establish the new medical school. Martini was instrumental in developing and winning approval

for Florida International University’s medical school. He worked with the University of California Merced as it developed a medical school. Martini, the former vice president for medical education at the American Medical Association, also has helped develop international medical schools. Martinez was reluctant to talk about the proposed medical school as it seeks state approval. The state’s decision could come in January. But the school’s application sheds light on its plans. Medical students would work in small groups with faculty mentors. The students would have early exposure _ in the first two years _ to patient care in clinical settings such as physician offices, hospitals and nursing homes. Palm Beach Medical already has an agreement with the University of California system to use its joint medical program curriculum. Technology would play a large role in the curriculum, with much of the education material electronic, allowing students to have three-dimensional views of patient cases. Electronic medical records would be instrumental in the students’ education. With the strong technology component, Martinez calls it “a disruptive model of how you do medical education.” The target opening is 2012, with an inaugural class of 100. Proposed tuition is $50,700 a year. The college initially would lease space _ it estimates it would

need about 140,000 square feet _ in Palm Beach County with a preference for southern Palm Beach County. Boca Raton is being considered because of its central location to Broward and Palm Beach counties. The college has been reaching out to local hospitals that could provide clinical training. It already established a relationship with the Caridad Center west of Boynton Beach. Students

would pay for any expansion of the clinic. Financing for the college would come from private investors. Some in the medical community are skeptical of for-profit medical schools. “For-profit medical education only works by over-charging and under-teaching, mainly through co-opting community hospitals (and some larger ones) to provide the clinical education in the last two years,” wrote Dr. Richard Cooper, professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in an e-mail. But Martinez argues that the private sector may be the solution to the severe shortage of physicians facing Florida and the nation. Martinez said the number of applicants applying to medical schools in Florida far outnumbers those accepted. But state and federal www.medschoolcoach.com governments have been unwilling or unable to fund would receive hands-on training medical education. That’s where at the clinic, the largest free the private sector comes in. medical clinic in Palm Beach “It’s a real dilemma,” Cooper County, while working alongside said. “I hate the idea of for-profit their professors. medical schools, but I hate the “I foresee our patients benefit- idea of not enough doctors even ing,” said Connie Berry, Caridad more.” Center board president. “We (EDITORS: STORY CAN END always need physicians.” HERE) That relationship could mean In Palm Beach County, a improved medical equipment, severe shortage of doctors is on electronic records and lab and the horizon, said Dr. Lawrence imaging services for the clinic, Gorfine, president of the Palm paid for by the college to enrich Beach County Medical Society. the medical education experi- There is a huge demand for ence. The medical school also general surgeons, primary-care

doctors and neurosurgeons. To fulfill that need, having a medical school in the county isn’t as important as having a residency program, he said. Medical students tend to settle down wherever they do their residencies _ clinical training at hospitals in the last two years of medical school. “We need the trained doctors,” Gorfine said. “We need them desperately in Palm Beach County.” Florida Atlantic University, which is seeking accreditation for its medical school, has partnerships with several hospitals in Palm Beach and Broward counties to provide residency training for its medical school. The university declined to comment on the proposed Palm Beach Medical College as the university continues its accreditation process. The University of Miami School of Medicine next year will begin offering a joint medical degree and master’s degree in public health, in which students spend their last two years doing clinical training at the Palm Beach County Health Department and local hospitals. But Dr. Anthony Salvagni, dean of Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, worries that there are not enough residency spots at hospitals. Many medical school graduates have to leave the state to do their residencies, he said. “We pump our tax money into these people and they wind up leaving the state,” he said. “They don’t come back.”


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Civil acts and holiday spirit Danae Irvis

Special to the Quad

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” “The season of giving.” Both of these phrases are often associated with the American holiday season, which runs from the day after Thanksgiving until the new year. Black Friday, an annual shopping holiday, jumps starts the holiday season. It is amazing to see how energetic people are to run out to stores in the early morning hours to get a head start on their Christmas shopping and the sales. In all actuality, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year. The whole world is ignited with that rich “holiday spirit,” generosity and civility that come naturally. It’s the one time of year where “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Rudolph” take over the radio. The streets and neighborhood houses glimmer with red, green, and white lights. The smell of sweet pine, sugar cookies and egg nog linger from warm houses. It is also interesting to observe the sudden difference in people’s attitudes and demeanors. Which leads me to my question, why do people have a more cheerful, giving spirit for one month out of the whole year? During the holidays you will see more people smiling, stopping to say “thank you” or more willing to donate to charitable causes. Shouldn’t we practice serving others, giving to charity and being polite year around? Why are “yes please,” and “have a nice day” all remarks that seem to be out the window on a regular day with the hustle and the bustle? Civility is a virtue that must be practiced everyday and year round. Civility is often defined as a polite act or expression of kindness. Courtesy and being polite are two things that can easily get pushed to the wayside when an everyday life crisis hits you. For students this could range from failing a test, breaking up with a boyfriend, fighting with a

friend, or just the stress of college, all of which are things that can affect your mood and mannerisms. At times it is easy to forget how much a simple smile, a wave hello to a stranger, or how far a “thank you” or compliment can go. You never know what someone is going through and how much a simple act of kindness could turn around their whole day or personal demeanor. I work at a grocery store and I have experienced days at work where I just wanted to go home and crawl in my bed. I was tired and cranky from the day’s events and did not want to be bothered with anyone. However I remember situations where my whole day has changed around because of that one customer who simply smiles when they speak, respects me and talks to me. I immediately ease up, relax, and even laugh! The time at the job goes so much faster when I am dealing with pleasant people. Good customer service, which often includes acts of civility in its definition, becomes something that we practice only during work. It often becomes a sort of uniform, something we know we must wear to work, because it is mandatory. The holiday season is a time to be grateful and to give and we should cherish the meaning of the season. We should also remember to maintain this attitude in our everyday lives 24 hours 7 days a week. Remember to take the time to look around and count your blessings: you woke up today, you’re healthy, you’re beautiful and you’re bettering yourself by going to college--- you are here! You have a reason to show love and civility to others. So next time you are walking down the street smile at a stranger, say “thank you” to the person who is behind the counter serving you and embrace year round a positive spirit. Danae Irvis is a student at West Chester University. She can be reached at DI652427@wcupa.edu.

Letters to the Editor To the Editor, Recently, all students were sent a communication by the “Campus Climate Intervention Team” regarding an apparent attempt on campus to form a “white student union” on campus. I do not live on campus, and the first time I became aware of this alleged group was from the University’s email stating that such a group did not exist. As a practicing Jew, I’m deeply concerned about the overt Aryan undertones in such a group, and I feel that I have as much as anyone else, if not more, to fear by a group that espouses “white power.” That being said, I also see the potential for discussion that the appearance of these posters on campus creates. West Chester has a host of organizations that, by their very name, represent a selection of the university’s population by skin color. The obvious list includes the Black Student Union, as well as the Latino American Student Organization, The Black and Latino Greek Council, the Asian Student Association and Black Men United. I acknowledge that many things have changed in this country in the last 50 years, and that, yes, racism still exists. My grandfather was present at Dr. King’s march on Washington, and he was arrested in the south in the sixties, as a white Catholic man from Massachusetts who felt he was morally responsible to help fight racism, and risked his life and livelihood to travel and support those in need. I think now, we do a disservice to those who fought in the civil rights battles if we gloss over this incident in the name of political correctness. Embracing the potential for discussion that exists, I challenge that for the university to not allow such a group, in light of the other groups that already exist, is a morally incompatable position. I acknowledge that the school wants to promote diversity, however for this school to truly be “inclusive,” any group that exists to divide the student body by skin color alone does everyone a disservice. -Jonathan Blatman, West Chester Student

OPINION & EDITORIAL

DECEMBER 6, 2010

Racial recognition

Daniel Ream

Special to the Quad

The last few days have been overrun with conversation, debate, and rumors surrounding the posting of “White Student Union” fliers advertising a start up meeting around campus, and rightfully so; I understand the concern and implications of such a posting, and the stigma associated with wording of that sort. However, I also recognize the double standard that seems to exist, and I’m officially calling it out. Hypothetically, the existence of a “Black Student Union” validates the existence for a “White Student Union.” Despite the elimination of the double standard currently being supported by this University, I strongly believe that it would create divisions among students that would signify a huge step backward in terms of race relations. To be completely fair, and to keep the direction of race relations moving forward instead of back, neither “Student Union” should be allowed to exist. By allowing a “Student Union” specifically for black students, the University is allowing individuals to separate themselves from their fellow students of other races, effectively creating a segregated student body. I am aware that “Black Student Unions” are a precedent at almost every University in this country, and this is NOT a condemnation of the good work that they do in the community and to benefit those involved in their activities. However, at the risk of being called politically incorrect, this University should take steps to be the first to eliminate the existence of such an orga-

nization, and thus end an era where black students feel the need for a specialized “Student Union” to represent their interests. In their support for the existence of a “Black Student Union,” West Chester University is reinforcing the idea that the student body is separated by race. The effort to improve our Campus Climate results, and to recognize and represent the black student body would be made more efficient by eliminating such an organization. The students in this organization have thoughts that matter. Let’s make sure that we hear them by encouraging their involvement in the Student Government Association. This country has its share of racial tension; there is no debate on that topic. However, by separating themselves from everyone else, by declaring themselves separate from the rest of the student body, this outdated organization has the potential to create many more tensions than it solves. Consider this: Morgan Freeman, in an interview with 60 Minutes, was asked what he thought of “Black History Month.” His reply? That it was “ridiculous.” He went on to add that he was insulted by such a notion...that his history was being relegated to a month, when there is no “White History Month” or “Jewish History Month.” He went on, pointedly proclaiming, “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.” Later in the interview, when asked how to get rid of racism, he replied “Stop talking about it...I’m going to stop calling you a White man, and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a Black man...I know you as Mike Wallace

(the reporter), and you know me as Morgan Freeman.” These words, while they are an example of what we should be doing every day, apply to the situation here at West Chester University just as viably - putting labels on student groups according to race damages the social fabric of the student body and encourages racial tension. I do not want a “White Student Union” at my University, but I resent the implication that a “Black Student Union” is somehow different. We’re all humans pursuing higher learning at a well respected institution; we shouldn’t have to create identities based on racial barriers to categorize ourselves outside of that. West Chester should take the steps to recognize this and encourage all students to participate in the Student Government Association an organization designed to benefit the University population as a whole, rather than just a portion of it. The Student Government, in turn, should take steps to make sure that it doesn’t miss anyone’s input when the time comes for it to be given. The pursuit of leadership by those members of the “Black Student Union” is admirable, but it would be far more valuable for the students of West Chester if that enthusiasm were funneled into a collective organization designed to improve the college experience for students of all races. I know I’m going to take a lot of criticism for this article, but I also know that we move forward by working together, not separately Daniel Ream is a third year student at West Chester University majoring in English education. He can be reached at DR729079@wcupa.edu.

insensitivity which has created a trend of ignorance that is running rampant on our campus. The reason people feel uncomfortable on campus is because we, as a student body and as individuals don’t take others into consideration before we think, act, and speak. We generalize. We reduce entire races, organizations, and nations down to the actions of one individual. We judge one another before we have even the slightest clue as to why that person is and acts the way they do. More importantly, we judge without taking into consideration a person’s background and their personal experiences and things that lead to ignorance and cultural insensitivity to others. These things are detrimental to our progress as a University and as individuals, and we ignore them. We ignore them because in large part, human beings seem to have the attitude that if it doesn’t affect us directly, it doesn’t matter. False. It does matter, and more importantly it affects every person on this campus because as “normal” as we all like to think we are, everyone is a minority in some aspect. It’s time to break the silence, West Chester. Yes, these topics are uncomfortable and awkward, but discussing them is the only way that we will be able to make progressive steps to find a resolution. Professor Simon Ruchti once said “We have to get comfortable owning our own issues.” We have to get comfortable with them because we created them. People keep expecting a higher authority like SGA to step in and

do something but we have to do this ourselves. We have to make an effort to change our attitudes towards other people, even the attitudes we don’t realize are there. We have to make a point to talk about these things and most importantly we have to make a point to listen. We have to listen to what other people have to say: people that look, speak, and act differently than we do. Find out how they feel and where they’re coming from. Take it upon yourself to become more educated about people that may not be the same as you. Appreciate the differences between everyone, but also notice the many similarities connecting you and others. We have to do this ourselves because no one else can do it for us. As Zuri Stone said, “It has to start on a personal level. It has to start with our conversations and the way we treat each other.” Stop pointing fingers and take responsibility for the fact that we, including minorities, do this to each other and we do it every single day. As a University and a country we have come a long way in terms of acceptance but now we have to do more than just accept those that are different from us. We have to embrace them and learn from them. Until we do, the big, booming elephant in the room will only get bigger and the issues will only get worse. It’s time to wake up, West Chester. Cassie Juste is a second year student at West Chester University. She can be reached at CJ723999@wcupa.edu.

Wake up West Chester Cassie Juste

Special to the Quad

As it gets closer to the end of the semester, there is a lot going on with WCU students. We’re making plans for the spring, preparing for finals, counting down the days until winter break… but in the midst of all of that there is a bigger issue at hand, an issue that has clawed its way up from the deep grave in which we have laid it to rest. This issue cannot be ignored any longer. Two weeks ago, groups on campus instituted West Chester’s first annual Minority Day of Silence. The purpose of this day was to demonstrate the large amount of minority students who do not feel comfortable on this campus- something that was also shown with the results of last year’s Campus Climate Survey. The Minority Day of Silence was about hearing the voices of the racial, gender, sexual orientation and various other types of minorities we have here at WCU. It was this day that brought one of many heated discussions to the Student Government Association’s Senate Meeting. During this discussion various senators and non-senators expressed their views on this topic and as the discussion continued the amount of tension and discomfort in the room increased as well. But why? Why do people feel so uncomfortable talking about the issues that are happening right before our eyes? The issue that I’m referring to is not necessarily racism or homophobia. The issue is merely insensitivity: cultural


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Counseling Center needs more funding By Matt Boyd Practicum Writer

“Given our staffing limits it is impossible to meet the needs of every student who calls, which is terrible,” Dr. Dora Ghetie, of the Counseling Center, said While the West Chester Counseling Center provides an invaluable service to students in need, the organization is understaffed, and underfunded; a circumstance that is greatly hindering the ability and efficiency of the center. This problem represents a serious concern that should be taken into consideration by the administration of West Chester University. The enthusiastic staff of the IACC Accredited Counseling Center has a positive impact on WCU students, helping and enabling students to overcome varying degrees of emotional stress, often related to college life. Ghetie and her fellow staff members offer treatment to students facing problems ranging anywhere from anxiety to relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse, and severe depression. According to Ghetie, the services of the center have helped students, on the brink of dropping out, to stay in school,

and even, on several occasions, dispelled notions of suicidal behavior. While the Counseling Center clearly provides a vital service to the WCU student body, lack of University funding has resulted in vastly inadequate staffing, providing a huge detriment to the ability of the Center to help students who need

be provided to students in need, was denied treatment- “They hesitated for a second on the phone, and then blatantly told me that it would be impossible for me to schedule an appointment. That’s it. I asked if there was anything at all that they could do, and they told me that I could put my name on a waiting list for next semester… What if I had been thinking about committing suicide? What if I was having a serious emotional breakdown?” The student said that he was “disgusted” and described WCU’s lack of attention towards the operations of the counseling center as “miserable and disgraceful.” The IACC, or International Association of Counhttp://www.und.edu seling Centers, prestigiously accredited WCU’s Center it. three years ago, as a result of Of the 13,619 students enrolled the organization’s adherence to at West Chester, the current staff various standards of excellence. limitations imposed allow the Conversely, the IACC recomcenter to help only 400 students mends that “every effort should a semester –at capacity, the be made” to meet a ratio of one WCU Counseling Center is able professional staff member per to provide services to less than 1,000 students- at the very three percent of the student pop- minimum. ulation. Currently, the center employs One West Chester student, eight psychologists. Taking inspired several weeks ago to call WCU’s student body populathe Center for help after being tion into account, the center informed of the services that can would need to virtually double its

World AIDS Day promotes awareness By Mark Gionta Practicum Writer

December 1 marked an important day throughout the entire world as people celebrated the 22nd annual World AIDS Day in hope to promote greater public awareness of this horrid disease. AIDS/HIV has been of epidemic proportions for years, affecting 33.4 million people worldwide, including 2.5 million children, according to UNAIDS. In the past year alone, 2.6 million people were newly infected with the disease and 1.8 million people died from the virus. 7,300 people are infected daily with the disease, and one out of every five people with HIV are not even aware that they are carrying the disease. With such stunning statistics, it is easy to see why it is necessary to attempt to raise such awareness of HIV in order to prevent people from obtaining it. Although it is an epidemic throughout the world, simple measures of safety can help ensure that you do not become part of the statistics. AIDS/HIV is transmitted in three main ways: sexual transmission, transmission through blood, and mother-to child transmission. There are a few different ways to eliminate or reduce the risk of obtaining AIDS through sexual transmission. The first is to abstain from sex.

If you are not sexually active you eliminate the risk of obtaining HIV from sexual transmission completely, but in this culture that is not a likely option. If abstinence is not your first choice, all you need to do is wear protection. Whether it be using a male or female condom, it is a great way to eliminate the risk of transmitting the disease. Lastly, limit your sexual relations to only one partner and get tested together. If you are both HIV free and only have sex with each other, then you eliminate the risk of HIV. World AIDS Day began on December 1, 1988 in an attempt to raise money, awareness, and eliminate prejudice that is commonly associated with those infected with the disease. Even athletes and celebrities are doing their best to promote AIDS awareness through this day. Los Angeles Lakers Center Pau Gasol Joined other NBA players in television and radio public service announcements designed to increase awareness of AIDS and eradicate the prejudice associated with the disease. Many other celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Kim Kardashian are going “digitally dead” for the day in solidarity to those affected by AIDS/HIV in India and Africa. These celebrities signed off from their Twitter and Facebook accounts until $1 million was raised through the Keep a Child

Alive fund, co-founded by Alicia Keys and Leigh Blake. U2 frontman, Bono, joined Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a ceremony that lit up the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge with red lights to signify the fight against AIDS/HIV. Like the Opera House in Sydney, many other countries have participated in illuminating in red to show their support of fighting this disease. France’s city hall and fountains, Ireland’s convention center in Dublin, England’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and even Philadelphia’s Boat House Row could all be seen glowing red. Locally, the AIDS Fund of Philadelphia holds the Philadelphia World AIDS Day Event at the Broad Street Ministry every year to remember those lives lost to the disease and to also celebrate those who are currently living with the disease. Over 20 local organizations joined forces to provide an event full of artistic performances, art displays, commemorative ceremonies and free HIV counseling and tests. If you want to make a donation to fight the disease of AIDS and HIV you can buy products at www.joinred.com, which will send a portion of your purchase to the fight against AIDs, or donate directly to AIDS research at www.aidsresearch.org. Mark Gionta is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at MG649676@wcupa.edu.

staff to meet only the minimum requirements for effective student counseling. After the first four weeks of the semester, it becomes increasingly difficult to schedule any sort of appointment. Ghetie said that this semester there have been over 120 students on the waiting list to get in to the Counseling Center- a number that continues to grow. Waiting times can range anywhere from four days, to two weeks-or, in the case of the student interviewed above, months. The college experience is a time of transition, which can take a significant emotional toll on an individual, and have serious repercussions on mental and physical health. According to testimonies from Counseling Center employees, it is an established

fact that the center has treated students going through severe emotional crises, sometimes to the extent of becoming suicidal. It is both tragic and outrageous that students who are suffering have been forced to wait months for help, if not denied treatment all together- as a result of inadequate funding and staffing. The statistics mentioned above speak for themselves, mandating the necessity for reform. WCU Administration should strongly consider this article, and the potential negative implications towards the well-being of its student body, as a indication of the negative impact that the operations of the Counseling Center can have. Matt Boyd is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at MB634884@wcupa.edu.

Delta Chi becomes an official Chapter By Anita Ung Special to The Quad

West Chester University and its Greek Community congratulate Delta Chi in getting their Charter, and becoming an official Fraternity Chapter on campus. It has been a long two year process as a colony, but the gentlemen of Delta Chi proved to themselves and the campus that they are here to stay. Delta Chi has raised endless amounts of money toward their National Philanthrophy, the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research; and the greek community’s philanthrophy, Camp Dreamcatcher, through canning and philanthropy events. They were West Chester University’s 2010 Greek Week Champions, proving themselves to be strivers. In Fall 2008, the founding fathers were initiated at the University of Maryland. Two years later, on November 6, 2010, they set another milestone, becoming an official chapter. During their chartering banquet, the men of Delta Chi were surrounded by alumnae, family and friends. Several members of the Panhellenic Council (PHC), Interfraternity Council (IFC) and InterGreek Council (IGC) had the privilege to witness a remarkable event. The men of Delta Chi are dedicated leaders on campus who will continue to live up to their Fraternity’s core values of friendship, character, justice, and education. Fraternity and Sorority Member of the Semester Natalie Urban, a sister of Phi Mu, is an exceptional leader who excels in everything that she puts her mind to. Natalie has only been in Phi Mu for a year, but within that year she has taken upon numerous challenges and adventures. As Philanthropy Chair, she has brought this position to a whole nother level, benefiting her whole chapter and West Chester’s campus. Natalie had a busy semester, planning a dance-a-thon, bounce-a-thon, 1st annual Quizzo, Q’doba fundraisers, and many more events. Natalie never hesitates to say no and is always willing to take on a challenge. Nothing is too big or small for her to tackle. She

is a superb woman and Greek leader, and has done nothing but have a positive impact on Phi Mu and the entire Greek community. Alex Bromley, a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, exemplify what it is to be a leader. As current president of his fraternity, he has improved their chapter in so many positives ways. Alex has a “go get it” attitude, always taking initiative to better his fraternity as a whole, and also to better each individual. He helped coordinate and come up with many philanthropic and community service events this semester, more than the previous year combined. He is in the process of getting his chapter sponsored, something that has not been done . Alex is an outstanding leader motivating his chapter and leading them in the right direction. Greeks Keeping Busy The Greek community has been keeping busy with endless amounts of events and community service. Many chapters held their big philanthropic events this semester, to benefit their national philanthropy. The Greek community shows its dedication and pride to West Chester’s campus and community by participating and volunteering in events such as the pretzel project, hanging of the greens, adopt-a-block, old fashioned Christmas parade, bear fair and many more. The InterGreek Council screened Tiny Tears, on December 1, World Aids Day; a documentary on the AIDS epidemic and its impact on children. It is a beautiful film that gives a glimpse into the lives of children living and dying from this disease and the people and organizations working to save and improve these innocent lives. The director spent the summer of 2007 visiting orphanages in Thailand, Uganda and Brazil, and USA’s Camp Dreamcatcher. Camp Dreamcatcher is the WCU’s Greek community’s largest philanthropy project. It provides a one-week therapeutic and educational camp for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS at no cost. Anita Ung is a third-year psychology major. She can be reached at AU682403@wcupa.edu


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Pi Kappa Phi sponsors wheelchair Jimmy Kimmel basketball tournament encourages national Samantha Greenburg Staff Writer

On Nov. 16 Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity along with the Adapted Physical Education Club and other sponsors held a wheelchair basketball tournament in the Purple Gym to raise awareness of people with disabilities and wheelchair sports. The tournament raised money for three organizations;Push for America, which is Pi Kappa Phi’s national philanthropy was one of them. An organization started in 1977 by brothers of Pi Kappa Phi, the organization aims to raise awareness, fundraise and volunteer directly with people with all types of disabilities. The tournament also raised money for the Magee 76ers and Katie’s Komets which are two local wheelchair basketball teams. The 76ers is for adults while Katie’s Komets is a junior team the event helped raise 315 dollars. In addition to giving to these organizations, Pi Kappa Phi also presented a check to representatives from Camp Abilities ,which is their fundraising relationship in the community as part of something called the

Circle of Giving Grant. The tournament had nine teams participate from many organizations including Pi Kappa Phi, Delta Zeta, Adapted Physical Education Club plus other students. The High Street Heroes, which was a team made up of Pi Kappa Phi Brothers claimed victory while Delta Zeta came in second place. According to Pi Kappa Phi President Matt Costa, the tournament encouraged participants to appreciate the abilities that wheelchair athletes and people with disabilities in general have. Representatives from both the Komets and the 76ers were in attendance at the tournament and out of the six players required on the court for each team, two of them were from either the Komets or the 76ers. This encouraged positive interaction between the athletes and WCU students. “We could not make a dime, but if we raise awareness it’s worth it,” Costa said. The tournament was created by West Chester sophomore Keilah McNaughton, whose older brother Tom has played wheel-

chair basketball for a number of years. McNaughton came up with the idea for the tournament because she has noticed that people with disabilities are often ignored and playing sports can make them feel empowered. She also wanted to change people’s perceptions of those with disabilities and thinks that meeting the wheelchair athletes could empower the WCU community to raise awareness about disabilities and appreciate their own abilities. This was McNaughton’s second time hosting the tournament. Last semester the event was held to raise money for the Wheelchair Foundation, which provides wheelchairs to disadvantaged people in other countries. McNaughton hopes to make the tournament an annual event and collaborated with Pi Kappa Phi and Adapted Physical Education Club. McNaughton got a good reception from participants who thought that playing wheelchair basketball was more fun than they anticipated. Samantha Greenberg is majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at SG655862@ wcupa.edu.

Materalism runs rapid Joshua Oberholtzer Special to The Quad

The season of capitalism, love, materialism, and good tidings is almost upon us. In a matter of weeks the familiar bustle of the season will begin with the signature insanity of black Friday. The flow of advertising and materialism will continue until the New Year, resulting in hundreds of billions of dollars being spent on more stuff the American people don’t need. According to the Center for a New American Dream, this sentiment is shared by more than 78 percent of Americans who wish that the holidays were less materialistic. Even though the survey took place in 2005, retail sales during the holidays have continued to climb by an average of 3.4 percent each year. This growth in sales doesn’t fit with the 87 percent of Americans that the CNAD says believe that holidays should be more about family and caring for others, not giving and receiving gifts. Somewhere there is a disconnect between the ideal holiday experience and the one we see in a mall on Christmas Eve. Perhaps Americans find it

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difficult to escape from the materialistic culture that they are bombarded with daily, especially during the holiday season when advertising budgets reach ridiculous proportions. Or perhaps people responded to the CNAD’s survey with the answers they thought were “correct” rather then how they live. Whatever the reason for this discrepancy, it has proven to be a force virtually immune to the

materialism decide to stand by their conviction and spend the holidays with friends and family. Suppose that they took the money that otherwise would have been spent on the latest fad or coolest techno-toy, and use it to help those that haven’t been given the opportunities they have. The cost of sponsoring a child for a year is around $420. The average amount each consumer is expected to spend this holiday season is around $750. The average consumer can change a child’s life forever and still have $300 to spend on their loved ones. If the $446.8 billion spent on trivial objects, was instead dispersed in the form of scholarships, almost seven million children could be sent to a public college. Granted these examples are utopian, http://www.und.edu but illuminating the potential for good allows public’s principles. people make that potential into In 2009, the National Retail a reality. Although a perfect Federation reported that world doesn’t exist, the money during the winter holidays being spent does. The people Americans spent $446.8 billion. whose lives could be changed An enormous number when by even the smallest fraction of compared to the $93.2 billion that money are just as real as donated to religious organi- you and me. zations. This amount spent Joshua Oberholtzer is a student at also makes the $38.6 billion West Chester University. He can be donated to education look like reached at JO665014@wcupa.edu. a pittance. Suppose that this winter the 87 percent fed up with

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“un-friend” day Ginger Rae Dunbar News Editor

Facebook users should check to see the number of “friends” they have on Facebook. Think about who your “friends” are on Facebook. 
 Comedian Jimmy Kimmel encourages users to clean out their “friends” list. Users should delete anyone that they do not have contact with anymore, or would not consider themselves friends or acquaintances. Kimmel has deemed Nov. 17 as national “un-friend” day in which users should take the day to delete any person from their friend list, in which they do not wish to keep in contact with. Many times people will meet a friend through a friend. In this case, if the users are still friendly, it is the users choice to remain friends on Facebook. However, users are encouraged to deny any friend request from a person they do not know. 
 People with online social networks often accept friend requests from people they met a few times through a friend. For users who have met a friend’s friend briefly and will not talk after the brief meeting, these users are encouraged to delete the person from their friend list. 
 Cleaning out the friends list also gives users the chance to message old friends or to contact someone that a user may have lost touch with over time. Social networks such as Facebook can be used as a convenient method to keep in touch with good friends, old friends and friends who sporadically want to keep in touch. Newsfeed provides several guidelines on their web site helping users decide which friends on Facebook to delete. On the web site newsfeed.time.com, an article provides 10 types of friends users should delete from their friend list. This list includes anyone you do not personally know, someone you would not talk to on the street or that would not say hi to you, and anyone that you do not wish to see updated photographs, personal statuses, or wall postings. Newsfeed also encourages users to delete relatives, especially parents, who comment on all updated statuses and recent photographs. Deleting an exboyfriend or ex-girlfriend from a

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friend list can prevent from users from reading about their new relationships. Facebook users should delete any friend that they do not wish to see certain photographs, wall comments or status updates. Instead of hiding the friend from these, simply delete them. This may be a parent, a neighbor, a colleague, employer, teacher, or anyone that a user does not want to see something a friend would post on their online social network profile page. According to the web site www. newsfeed.time.com, friends who use Facebook only as a source to write negative statuses can affect the moods of other users. If a friend affects one’s mood poorly, by deleting the person as a friend sickfacebook.com online, the negative status updates will not flood a user’s newsfeed. If a user typically hides someone from their updated statuses on their home newsfeed page, the web site Newsfeed recommends users “un-friend” people rather than block them online. The web site www.newfeed. time.com also recommends that users delete friends who invite them to events they would not be interested in attending. The web site says this person may be inviting all of their friends as oppose to inviting people they would like to see at the event. The web site also recommends to “un-friend” people who send a number of quizzes and game invitations, and have no other contact with the user. People who are your friends on Facebook should be people you care about enough to want to share your updates with online as well as in everyday life. Check your friend count, and ask yourself how many of them are really friends. Ginger Rae Dunbar is a fourthyear student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at RD655287@wcupa.edu.

Facebook users are encouraged to clean out their friends list more often than just on Nov. 17. This day was recently deemed as national “unfriend” day for Facebook users.


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DECEMBER 6, 2010

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By Daniel Ream

Special to The Quad

The first time anyone had ever heard of Lissie was in 2009, when she was singing over Morgan Page’s spacy techno beats in clubs across the USA. Based on that sampling (which won a Grammy after house supergroup Deadmau5 remixed it), one could have expected her to fade into the background as do the many artists who work in the niche market of club music. However, Lissie appeared shortly after, releasing an EP that drew critical acclaim and attention for its folksy acoustic appeal. For those who were looking for Lissie to return to this formula on her new album be warned, “Catching a Tiger” is not that album. It is, however, a divergent collection of songs that displays Lissie’s versatility both vocally and musically; it is an impressive freshman effort. In “Yes Man,” a recently released movie starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, the two main characters sneak into a concert stadium and sit out among the myriad empty seats, gazing at the stage, wondering what it would be like if someone were playing there for just the two of them. The experience of “Catching a Tiger” is the same – the feeling of a personal concert in a nearly empty stadium. This is not to say that the album has the kind of feel of a typical man-and-guitar grassroots – the warning to those seeking a quiet acoustic compilation still applies. Lissie manages to achieve the effect of a personal appearance through her slightly less than polished electric guitar that seems to echo throughout your bones, her chillingly expressive voice that raises the hair on your skin, rather than through simplicity, the living room performance one might get from a Dylan-esque type artist. On “In Sleep,” she croons softly of a lover lost, wondering “Why am I so terrified of waking? / He’s gone and I feel I’ve been forsaken / In sleep is the only place I get to see him, get to love him,” but later in the song switches gears and turns to a raw, emotionally accurate guitar solo to round out the tune. Her voice, combined with

Lissie impresses with debut LP ‘Catching a Tiger’

the bare twang of her Telecaster, adds another layer, giving it an updated Motown feel, akin to what would result from a fusion of The Edge’s clean, reverberating chords (minus the packed arena over-dramatization) with Bryan Adam’s raspy tones, with more range and rasp, and less chintzy pop lyrics. From a songwriting standpoint, Lissie wrote every song on the LP, and it shows. On “Cuckoo,” an upbeat song that comes far closer (at some points too close) than any other song to crossing the “pop music” barrier, she employs meaningful and edgy lyrics that keep the song from falling into the generic category of girlhood rebellion. It feels instead like a celebration of her own experiences, as she sings, “I fell in love with being defiant / In a pick up truck that roared like a lion,” and hints playfully that “we were brave,we misbehaved / Yeah you know what I mean.” “Loosen the Knot” is a breakup song hidden behind a jumpy beat and lyrics that go outside the norm, as she tells her significant other that “I wanna loosen up loosen up / Loosen the knot / The knot that is holding us / Binding us / Tying us together now,” and on “Oh Mississippi,” she invokes nature in a fashion reminiscent of old bluesmen like Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson, all while sounding eerily similar to Emmylou Harris. She writes of a peaceful passing and reflects on life, showing her maturity in understanding the circular connection between people and the earth as she sweetly sings “Oh witness

Kick Ass delivers... By Mark Gionta Practicum Writer

Every once in a while a movie comes along that you know you need to watch again as soon as you are done enjoying it for the first time. Kick-Ass, starring Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Cage, and Christopher Mintz-Plass of “Superbad” fame, is one of those movies. This satire has all of the classic elements of a good super-hero movie, mixed with the humor of a great comedy as well. Action, romance, identity struggle, sexual innuendos, and awkward moments fill the film from start to finish. “Kick-Ass” is a film about a high school teenager struggling to find his identity at school, so he decides to act out one of his fantasies, the life of a superhero. The story is told by the narrator and protagonist, Dave Lizewski, otherwise known as his superhero double identity “Kick-

Ass.” Dave is a regular high school teen: likes to hang out with his friends, read comics, attempt to talk to girls, and of course live a super-hero double life on the weekends. His crazy idea that just a normal guy like him could turn into a vigilante crime fighting hero occurred after a conversation between him and his two best friends at their local comic book shop. As the guys left the store they were mugged by two thugs, and Dave just froze as they emptied their pockets. Dave decided he would no longer let he and his friends be the victim by transforming into the wet suit wearing hero, “Kick-Ass.” After a few weeks of training in the alleys and rooftops of the city, Dave encounters the two thugs that mugged him before breaking into a car. After a brief hesitation Kick-Ass See KICK ASS page 12

Lissie is here, and if she continues to take stylistic risks, and does not succumb to mainstream success, she will be here to stay. river / You have seen it all / Now do your waters / Have room for one more?” If there is anything about this album that may be frustrating for some, it is the lack of stylistic consistency throughout. The lineup of the songs could be organized differently, but there are so many choices in composition that Lissie makes, even within one track, that any effort to make the album cohesive would be rendered relatively futile. That being said, the various

power in her voice that is unrivaled by any other track on the album. “Look Away” blends the banjo and a harp into a song that uses the echo effect present on the whole album to produce a track sounding more like a prayer set to music than a song written by a green young woman, and comparisons between “Stranger” and pretty much anything by the Turtles and their contemporaries in the 60’s would not be a stretch. The jazzy (albeit muted) Hammond B-9 on “Worried About” adds flair to a track that is nowhere near jazz in spirit. She even manages to do an updated yet completely faithful cover of “Wedding Bells” by Hank Williams, checking Country off her to-do list of musical influences for the record. Genres do not seem to have a place in Lissie’s music – all styles are fair game to be manipulated, updated, and blended with pretty much anything that strikes her fancy. Not every track on forfolksake.com this album is stellar. As modes she is able to bring into one mentioned before, “Cuckoo” can song, let alone on the different be trying at times, as it is placed songs on the record, is impres- right in the middle of the album sive. “Record Collector,” which and robs it of its non-commercial kicks off the album, begins as appeal. “Bully,” a piano ballad, is one might expect an indie female dreadfully boring. songwriter’s debut to sound, Despite these misses, the making use of unique percussion record remains incredibly strong, and jaunting melody. Halfway backed by the outstanding tracks through, however, the indie vibe that frame the two mistakes. The fades and a church style rejoice breadth of musical influence, begins. mature lyrics, and surprisingly Like a Baptist preacher, she strong vocals, both in range and starts slow, drawing out every tone, allow this record to serve as word with an eerie chorus of an announcement to the music voices providing a subtle back- community – Lissie is here, and ground, then gains speed, power, if she continues to take stylistic and volume, rising to a feverish risks, and does not succumb to crescendo where her voice breaks mainstream success, she will be ever so slightly, perfectly. here to stay. On “Little Lovin,” she graceDaniel Ream is a third-year English fully represents West Virginia secondary education major and can mountain blues, displaying a be reached at DR729079@wcupa.edu.

Movie ...Due Date does not Reviews: By Anthony Fioriglio Practicum Writer

Director Todd Phillips had one of the biggest hits of 2009 with “The Hangover.” It was the latest success for the director whose previous credits include “Road Trip” and “Old School.” Unfortunately for Phillips and his fans, the director’s latest effort, “Due Date,” which stars the breakout star of “The Hangover” Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey, Jr., failed to live up to the high standard of comedic excellence that Phillips has established over the past decade. The film opens with Downey’s character, Peter Highman, in an Atlanta hotel talking to his pregnant wife in Los Angeles on the phone. Peter then heads to the airport with the intention of flying back to Los Angeles in time to see his child born. At the same time Galifianakis’ character, Ethan Tremblay, also arrives at the airport with the same destination in mind, only his ultimate

goal is to become an actor after being inspired by the television show “Two and a Half Men.” At this point in the film, the clichés take over. Ethan and Peter get into a poorly-worded discussion on the plane involving the words “bomb” and “terrorist” which ultimately results in both being kicked off the flight and detained but not before an air marshal shoots Peter in the neck with a rubber bullet. Both still need to reach Los Angeles, however, so naturally the pair shares a rental car, creating the played-out odd couple dynamic, with Peter being the no-nonsense, successful architect with a bad temper to clash perfectly with Ethan’s freespirited, naïve burnout. Once on the road, the movie adds to the odd couple cliché with the classic road trip dynamic, where anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Ethan crashes the rental car and acciSee Due Date page 12


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Pennsylvania making a name for itself in the music industry By Joe Deegan

Special to The Quad

When most people think of the Pennsylvania music scene, they think of the Will Smith line, “In West Philadelphia, born and raised.” Because of this, Pennsylvania is not really compared to other music ‘hot beds’ such as Nashville, Chicago, and New York City. But why? Philadelphia, as well as Pittsburgh, has unleashed a multitude of great bands/artists. And, it’s not just the notables such as Will Smith: they range from rap to pop to rock, and spread over a good 40 years of solid music. A notable duo from Philadelphia is Daryl Hall and John Oates who made the psychedelic rock group Hall & Oates. They had several hits during the 1970’s and 1980’s including some Billboard #1 hits: “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on My List,” and “Maneater.” Another group that found fame during the 1980’s that hails from the Philadelphia area is the Hooters. The Hooters had several hits that found MTV airplay such as “And We Danced” and “Where Do the Children Go.” Because of this, the Hooters found international success and were able to play in Berlin in 1990 alongside Roger Waters. They also opened the Live Aid concert which took place in Philadelphia in 1985. After the 1980’s, the Pennsylvanian success continued with the duo of Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff who started in 1985 but established most of their success in the late 1980’s and the early 1990’s with notable singles like “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble,” and “Nightmare on My Street.” Eventually, “Fresh Prince

Pop singer ‘Pink’, is from Doylestown, PA

of Bel Air” was released as the theme song for the show of the same title, which put Philadelphia on the map. Will Smith continued to put out singles as a single artist such as “Gettin’ Jiggy wit’ It,” “Miami,” and “Men in Black. Another artist that achieved some fame over the 1990’s was a band from the small city of York, PA. Live is a hard rock band that really gained success with their second album, Throwing Copper. Some singles that are on that album include “Selling the Drama” and “Lightening Crashes,” the former of which reached the 46th spot on the Billboard charts. There are also multiple pop stars that have come from the Pennsylvania area. Pink (or P!nk) is from Doylestown, PA and is known for her multiple #1 hits and her various cameos in films. All five of her albums have been certified platinum in the United States, and she has won two Grammy awards. One pop star that is constantly seen in the tabloids and heard all over the radio is Taylor Swift. Swift was born in Wyomissing and although she moved to the Nashville area, she is still a Pennsylvania native. Asher Roth, of course, gained success with his single “I Love College” that was steaming all over the country for its catchy chorus and Roth’s laid back flow. One pop group that is starting to make a name for itself is the duo who call themselves Chiddy Bang. Using samples from other artists such as Sufjan Stevens and MGMT, Chiddy Bang has started playing at festivals such as Lollapalooza and the Glastonbury Festival. The Pennsylvania scene is ever growing as well with each region putting out solid bands that have

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grown accustomed to living in vans and touring constantly in order to somehow make it big. The Lansdale/Doylestown scene has produced bands such as Circa Survive, The Wonder Years, CDC, and Balance & Composure who all have respectable names in the alternative, pop-punk, and hardcore genres. The central Pennsylvania scene produced some notable bands like Snowing, Algernon Cadwallader, Koji, and, most notably, Street Smart Cyclist who are all well-known names in the punk inspired emo scene. The Pittsburgh scene has put out some more well-known names, such as Girl Talk and Wiz Khalifa, but certainly lacks the depth that the Philadelphia side of the state has been producing. Last, but certainly not least, is the Philadephia area which has produced acts who have toured nationwide like Everyone Everywhere, Valencia, MewithoutYou, Good Old War, Gillie da Kid, The Starting Line, and The Roots who are all big names. Overall, the amount of music in Pennsylvania is overwhelming to the point that Pennsylvania should be considered one of the musical hot beds that people talk about when they speak of areas such as Nashville and Chicago. From the 1970’s psychedelic rock of Hall & Oates to modern artists such as Circa Survive, the Roots, and Wiz Khalifa, Pennsylvania has proved that not only can it produce outstanding artists, but that the state is still producing outstanding artists. Joe Deegan is a first-year mathematics major and can be reached at joe.deegan77@gmail.com.

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jumps into action as he warns the thugs to run away. This attempt at a heroic act doesn’t end quite as Dave planned, as he is brutally stabbed and lands his way in the hospital. To make matters worse, Dave returns to school to find out that the only reason his dream girl Katie is speaking to him is because rumor has spread that he was beaten down because he is gay.

ENTERTAINMENT Despite Katie thinking of Dave as her gay best friend, he continues to get closer to her while still fulfilling his superhero duties to the city. Kick-Ass gets the opportunity to become the hero again when he attempts to help someone who is being beaten down by three men. He springs into action and emerges in the middle of this fight, when all of a sudden there is a crowd watching “Kick-Ass” defend this innocent guy. Just as things look gloom for our hero, the knife wielding thug is chased

off by the sound of the cops and crowd of people filming the fight. The video of the victorious hero Kick-Ass is spread from the internet to the news, and immediately Kick-Ass is an internet celebrity. Through his website, Kick-Ass receives an email from Katie seeking help to get rid of a methaddict Rasul, that has robbed and beaten her. Once again Kick-Ass attempts to become the hero and finds himself in a helpless situation, pinned to the ground awaiting his impending death by Rasul and his gang. All of a sudden a masked child, Hit Girl, comes to the rescue brutally killing Rasul and his gang one by one with a little help from her masked father, Big Daddy. Kick-Ass is exposed to the reality that other super-heroes do exist in Hit Girl and Big Daddy, who have much larger plans than just stopping everyday petty criminals. Kick-Ass is then thrust into the scheme of destroying the mob boss of the city, Frank D’Amico, along with Hit Girl and Big Daddy. Kick-Ass offers plenty of hilarious and unexpected moments of comedy during otherwise intense fight scenes, that keep you laughing throughout the entire film. The combination of suspense and sarcasm create a unique feel to a superhero movie that hasn’t been seen before. Even in the most intense parts of the movie, the occasional laugh is present as the awkward teen Kick-Ass tries to appear intimidating. Kick-Ass is a movie that contains all of the elements to a great film: drugs, violence, super-heroes and comedy. What more can you ask for? Mark Gionta is a fourthyear majoring in professional studies and can be reached at MG649676@wcupa.edu.

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dentally drives to Mexico after getting high with his dog while Peter slept. Peter gets beaten up by a man in a wheelchair and abandons Ethan at a rest stop before developing a conscience and returning for Ethan with donuts and coffee. The film also manages to squeeze in cameos ranging from “Eastbound and Down” star Danny McBride to Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. It felt like the actors knew that the film would not turn out to be very well as both appeared to be going through the motions, although Downey going through the motions as an angry, but still sentimental man, was still very good. Galifianakis gave essentially the exact same performance in this film as he did as Alan in “The Hangover.” The little humor in the film was derived mostly by Downey’s deadpanning and one-liners, and the general absurdity of Galifianakis,

DECEMBER 6, 2010 although that brand of humor does not appeal to everyone. Perhaps the most humorous line in the film came from Peter at the beginning of the film, when he claimed that “I’ve never done drugs in my life,” a stark contrast to the real-life Robert Downey Jr., who served several years in jail on drug-related charges but is now clean. Expectations for the film were likely too high following the massive success that was “The Hangover” and the tired story and clichéd execution only served to compound the disappointment. Most noticeably, however, “Due Date” lacked the heart and originality that made Phillips’ previous films so great. With all of its deficiencies, “Due Date” is likely one that can be skipped, even for fans of Todd Phillips, Zach Galifianakis, or Robert Downey, Jr. Anthony can be reached at AF650463@wcupa.edu.

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Critic’s Corner: Deathly Hollows arguably the worst of ‘Potter’ series

By Matt Boyd

Practicum Writer

Part One of the final installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise proved to be substantially less “magical” than the storyline it attempted to adapt from J.K. Rowling’s hit series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, opened in theaters November 19. As the title suggests, the film covered roughly the first two-thirds of Rowling’s seventh and final novel. The film is the first in the “Potter” saga to cover its written counterpart in two movies instead of one, and is noticeably darker and more violent than its predecessors. “The Deathly Hallows” chronicles Harry’s final challenge, as he and his companions set out on a quest to find and destroy Horcruxescursed artifacts that contain the pieces of Lord Voldemort’s soul. Harry, who has been commissioned with this task by his deceased mentor (Dumbledore, who, for those that don’t remember, was dispatched by Snape via a killing curse in the sixth installment in the series), faces trials and tribulations as he and his two friends (Ron and Hermione) attempt to defeat their arch nemesis once and for all. Voldemort, the perpetual antagonist of the series, has subsequently gained control of the wizard government/ local bureaucratic agency, the Ministry of Magic, and is doing everything in his power to find and kill Potter. Parallels can be drawn between the movie’s portrayal of the Death Eater (Voldemort’s

mercial revenue, perhaps). In addition to an hour long lack of action, the storyline is confusing; relevant names are left out, characters are not properly introduced, and crucial points of plot development (which were featured in the novel) are missing, making “The Deathly Hallows” a picture that will not be easily understood by anyone that has not read the book. The movie, one of three in the series that earned a rating of PG-13, is exponentially less “child friendly” than its predecessors, featuring disturbing violent images, several scenes where characters are terrorized and some eaten by a giant anaconda snake, and even a pseudo sex scene between Harry and Hermione which definitely was not featured in the book. The film’s saving grace came from its effective use digitaltrends.com of special effects, making the action mination of “unpure” wizards, as well as non-magical human scenes (what few there were) relatively engaging. Overall, beings in general. After a mildly exciting however, the film was lacking. While “Potter Heads” who beginning in which several characters are killed, the viewer have been following the books is subjected to almost an hour and movies from the start may of Harry and his two friends find it hard to resist seeing “The traveling the countryside, looking Deathly Hallows,” this reviewer would highly recommend saving for the Horcruxes. The movie is not short in the 10 dollar admission fee, and duration (almost two and a half waiting for the video release. hours), and the unnecessary Not too impressive, this film monotony which constitutes the was arguably the worst of the second half of the film begs the series, earning a solid C. question as to why the final book Matt Boyd can be reached at was divided into two films (com- MB634884@wcupa.edu. evil followers) controlled government and Hitler’s Third Reich, as Voldemort’s minions in public office embark on a campaign to rid the wizarding world of anyone who is not of “pure blood”, with the eventual goal being exter-

Free Screening of new Regina Spektor DVD Where: Sykes Student Theater When: Monday, Dec. 6th; 9pm West Chester University Radio Station (WCUR) is

hosting a free screening of “Live in London,” Regina Spektors newly released concert on DVD. The running time is 64 minutes. The following excerpt was taken from Big Hassle Media:

“Live in London,” the first live recording and concert film from acclaimed artist Regina Spektor, will be released November 22nd on Sire / Warner Bros Records. Captured mainly at London’s famed Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, “Live in London” features 22 remarkable performances that span Spektor’s brilliant catalog of music, including three new songs that have only been performed live. “Live in London” was recorded during Regina’s UK tour in support of latest album, far, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200.

For the first time, fans can see Regina up close as she performs fan favorites like Us, Fidelity, Samson and Eet, along with backstage footage, inside peaks at sound check and more. “Live in London” is a captivating 64-minute concert film directed by Adria Petty. An artist praised for her remarkable originality, inspired storytelling and enthralling performances, Rolling Stone raves Spektor “put on one of the most intensely joyful rock shows we’ve seen all year.” The Philadelphia Inquirer adds,

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“Everything she did was greeted with thunderous applause … the audience could not get enough. Perhaps what was most remarkable about Regina’s performance, aside from hearing Spektor’s gorgeous vocals in person, was her ability to enrapture the crowd … Spektor’s passion, vitality and sheer musical talent transformed the Electric Factory into a world of intimacy.” The Boston Globe simply says, “multitalented Spektor is capable of anything and it shows on stage”

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Club hockey trying to end strong By Kenny Ayres Staff Writer

The WCU Men’s Ice Hockey Club is far from where they want to be. They are far from a winning record, far from a healthy lineup, and certainly far from contention. As dismal as this season has played out, the Rams are also far from giving up. After being thoroughly outplayed for weeks at a time, the Rams still show glimpses of the team they can be. The last few weekends have certainly had their share of bright spots. Coming off four straight losses, the Rams proved they could still skate with the best. The Rams record of late does not tell the whole story. Some luck, aggressive play, and timely heroics have put a little bit of fear back into the opponent’s eyes. On Nov. 12, the Rams played host to the West Virginia Mountaineers. The first period started out well for WCU, but it quickly went south from there. WCU passes were lazy and often turned into odd man rushes for the Mountaineers. Struggling to keep the puck out of their zone, the Rams resorted to icing. This just brought the face off back down to their end where WVU continued to put on the pressure. Miraculously, West Virginia did not manage to score in the first. This was because of the outstanding work of Matt Murnane. Murnane was extremely focused in the first. He controlled all of his rebounds and kept his body in good position to make the saves. What could have been a disaster actually went in West Chester’s favor. Tom Scocozza knocked home the games first goal with six minutes left to give WCU a 1-0 lead. The start of the second brought a continuation of the Ram’s sloppy play. West Virginia won a vast majority of the face-offs and continued to dominate. Blasting shot after shot, WVU kept on the attack. They managed 14 shots to

the Ram’s 7 in the period. Even with six minutes of power play, WCU could not score another goal. The Mountaineers hustle paid off as sophomore Christian Lewton beat Murnane and tied the game at one goal apiece. With the game up in the air, West Chester suddenly came alive. After giving up a goal on a blue line slap shot, WCU rebounded quickly. Skating with aggression, the Rams tied the game late on a Sean Coll power play goal (assisted by Steve Jones). Regulation ended with the two teams all locked up. West Chester started overtime with more energy than they had all game. They unleashed shot after shot, attacking the rebounds with aggression. WVU’s goalie was just too good though. He denied every shot West Chester took. This game was going to have to be decided by shootout. With WCU shooting first, Steve Meade was denied by the WVU goalie. The same fortune met Scocozza in the second attempt. It looked as though WVU would come out with the win on their second shot, but Conor Frei hit the post on a wide open net. This brought captain Steve Jones to center ice. He took the puck out to the right and danced up the ice, firing a lightning quick wrist shot past the goalie to take the shootout lead. The Mountaineers’ last hope was Dusty Campbell. He drew back for a snapshot and completely missed the puck. West Chester took the game in dramatic fashion. Coach Dorsey was not happy about the first two periods but he was pleased with how his team answered back to the late WVU goal. “The boys really responded and played with urgency from that point on,” Dorsey said, “And I thought we dominated the rest of the game. It was good to see them handle adversity and fight through it.” Murnane was the story of this game. He dominated every WVU shot and put together an out-

standing performance. A pleased Murnane said, “As a goalie my job is to the stop the puck, and to control my rebounds but that is it.  May not always be easy but when you are mentally in the game it is much more manageable and that night I just felt great. “ Finally West Chester carried a bit of momentum as they entered play against Rhode Island. That momentum died out fast. From the very start, West Chester was dominated. Rhode Island is an extremely fast and aggressive team. They took advantage of the

Head Coach, Mike Murawski has just been added to the mix.  According to senior Mike Malejko, “Coach Mike has a love for the sport and it is displayed through his coaching.  He wants to bring West Chester back to being competitive in the conference and has made it very clear what is expected of every individual in order to make that happen.  I think his coaching style will make the team better for years to come.”  Seniors Dana Dietrich and Lindsay Nygren agree.  As Dietrich stated, “Coach Mike is a motivating coach that has been pushing us in practices since August, which is something that will show in our results this season.”  “We are all very lucky to be competing for Coach Murawski. He brings a lot of enthusiasm and optimism which becomes contagious throughout our team,” Nygren added. The Golden Rams have a lot of talent that was present during previous seasons.  However, the seniors also spoke up about their goals for the upcoming year. Dietrich stated, “seniors such as Brittany Foye, Melinda Wentz, Mackenzie Lauro & myself will be consistently placing high at meets and should be on the podium

come indoor and outdoor PSACS, as well as some plane tickets to the NCAA competition.  We are going to be strong especially in the sprints but additionally in the hurdles, pole vault, and relays with a lot of the returning and new talent on the women’s team this year.  The number of talented women on the roster is something I haven’t seen since my freshman year at West Chester.” Dietrich isn’t the only athlete with high expectations.  Nygren mentioned that “My team goal for this upcoming season is to show everyone in PSAC how talented we really are.  I feel like this indoor and outdoor season, seniors want to finish on a high note as well as the rest of the team. We have great returners, freshmen and transfers who will make an impact!”  The Golden Rams are going to put up a fight this year to reach their goals and to continue to keep their commendable reputations as talented athletes.  The University should expect to hear a lot about the track and field team, as well as their new head coach this year.

rassed the Rams at their home rink. When the buzzer sounded WCU was not only shut out, but lost 9-0. URI had goals from Justin Bishop, Devin Sheehan (2), Dan Lassik, P.J. Vakos (2). Shawn Tingley, David Macalino, and Mike Tait. There were points in the game where WCU did play hard, however. But Rhode Island’s goaltender was on fire as he steered away everything that came his way. “I thought Friday’s score was not completely representative of how we played. I thought we played well in stretches, but couldn’t solve their goal tender,” stated Dorsey. He was entirely right. The Rams energy was there for most of the game. It was certainly there more than the WVU game. They just went up against Photo courtesy of wcuhockey.com a terrific team with a Rams early and often. By the end terrific goalie. One huge positive of the first, Rhode Island enjoyed to take from this game was the a 4-0 lead. This included David play of backup goalie Will Parra. Macalino’s eleventh goal of the He entered the game in relief of season, good for second on the Murnane and was solid for the team. rest of the game. He played well The rest of the game faired no enough to earn himself the start better. WCU took way too many the following evening. penalties and even gave up a shortSaturday started out much like handed goal in one of their three Friday. The 15-2 Rhode Island power plays. This game was defi- team started up with a full head nitely the dark spot of the last two of steam. Before they could blink, weekends. Rhode Island embar- WCU was facing a 3-0 score. This

was when they truly stepped up and showed their heart. Meade and Mike Ahle scored later in the first. This shortened the URI lead to one. The second period went completely to the Rams. Out shooting URI 15-9 in the period, WCU capitalized on their chances and took the lead in the second. Chris Baer and the red hot Steve Jones were the heroes as they both scored to help WCU take the lead. But the strong URI team had an answer. Late in the second they scored again, knotting the score at four. The lethal URI power play was the difference in this game. They succeeded on their man advantage in the third and never looked back. Adding another late goal, Rhode Island took the game 6-4. Some people may just see a loss as a loss. But many positives can be drawn from this game. Losing 9-0 the day before, the Rams showed that they had the heart and fire to give their all. The game was anybody’s until late in the third. Coach Dorsey and his team were all pleased with their effort. “We once again proved that we can play with anyone when we want to, and we were right there with a chance to win. Parra played very well in net. Despite giving up six goals, I thought only two of them were really ones he could’ve had,” Dorsey said. Any team can mull over their losses and feel bad for themselves. This team is better than that. While they understand that they may not make the playoffs, their work ethic remains tremendous. This team draws positives from every game and that is an amazing quality to have. Down sometimes but never out, the Rams are starting to play together like a team that means business. Positive attitudes make positive things happen. An optimistic Meade believes, “It’s going to take a turn around very soon and all of this will be in the past.” Kenny Ayres is a first-year student. majoring in communications. He can be reached at KA739433@wcupa.edu.

WCU track and field back in action By Jillian Morgan Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again!  The men and women’s track and field teams are kicking off the New Year with their first indoor New Year’s Invite on December 11 in Princeton, N.J. at 11:00 a.m.  Both teams will be showcasing their hard work and dedication they obtained throughout the fall, right before the holidays.  Throughout the rest of the holiday season and into the New Year, the West Chester Golden Rams will be participating in numerous competitions, all leading up to their main event: the West Chester University Meet at home March 19 at 1:00 p.m., which begins the outdoor track season for both teams. There will be many returning faces on the men and women’s track and field teams including Eric Atkins, Josh Bacon, Craig Espenshade, Leighon Johnson, Rob Johnson, Matt Langdale, Brian Leisenring, Mike Malejko, and for the women: Katie Butler, Dana Dietrich, Brittany Foye, Kathleen Gahagan, Mackenzie Lauro, Lindsay Nygren, Lyndsey Ratasiewicz and Jennifer Weaver.  Although, there are returning participants on both teams, the head coach is a new prospect. 

Jillian Morgan is a fourth-year student. majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at JM652349@wcupa.edu.

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Lady Rams looking to finish as PSAC Champs By LJ Harrell Staff Writer

Last season, the West Chester University Lady Rams continued their success by making the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Final Four for the third consecutive year. After defeating the top-seeded Millersville University Lady Marauders in the first round, the Lady Rams fell to Gannon University. Head coach Deirdre Kane, who is in her 24th season as West Chester head coach, and her staff have preached one thing throughout the off-season and the early parts of the season: FINISH. “Our players are extremely fit and focused,” Kane said. “Plus we are spending much more time on shooting so that we can ‘finish’ better this year. That was a problem last year.” The Lady Rams were picked to finish third in the PSAC East this year, after finishing fourth last year. Millersville, who won the East last year, was picked to finish first this year. West Chester will use the underdog mentality to prove all their doubters wrong. “No disrespect,” Kane said. “We did not get it done last year plus we lost some key players. We are absolutely going with the underdog mentality this year…we have something to prove.” “I do not feel slighted being picked third in the east,” senior guard Megan Stewart said.  “Preseason ranking  really doesn’t mean anything; it’s what you do during the season that counts.  I think we will cherish the underdog role because it takes off some of the pressure of being expected to win.” “It was a little surprising to see we were picked third, but then again we were picked first last year

and I think that put a huge target on our backs,” senior forward Mary Kate Serratelli said. “We had some regrets on our schedule and lost to some teams ranked below us. I’m perfectly fine being picked third. We will definitely cherish the underdog role and prove at the conclusion of the season that we are the top team in the PSAC East.” During the first five games of the 2010-2011 season, the Lady Rams are 4-1, and are shooting 43.7 percent from the field, and 34.9 percent from behind the arc. Last year, West Chester shot 41.7 percent from the field, and 30.3 percent from behind the arc. The Lady Rams are led by senior co-captains Stewart and Serratelli. Stewart ranked third in the PSAC a year ago in both assists per game (4.6) and steals per game (3.3). She has eclipsed 100 assists in each of her first three years in college, and is attempting to become the first Golden Rams player to turn the trick all four years in school. Serratelli has started every game in the early part of the season. She is averaging 6.2 points per game and is looking to contribute any way possible. “I just want to contribute in any way that I can for the team to succeed,” Serratelli said. “Their leadership styles are very different from each other,” Kane said. “Mary Kate is VERY vocal – never hesitates to speak up. Megan leads more by quiet example – but she is so intense you cannot help but notice her.” Joining Stewart in the backcourt is Allison Hostetter. Hostetter is the team’s leading returning scorer from a year ago, averaging 9.9 points per game. She also averaged 6.0 rebounds per contest. Hostetter leads West Chester averaging 15 points per game early on. Stewart

is second averaging 14.2 points per game. “Their intensity on defense and their ability to score in a variety of ways should pose problems for our opponents,” Kane said. “Plus they are playing very well together – they sense what the other will do and where they will be on the court.” The Lady Rams will have to try and replace the leadership and inside play abilities of Janelle Garber and Renata Neal, who graduated last spring. Garber (11 points per game) and Neal (10.8 points per game) were the two leading scorers for West Chester. “We recruit to try to replace people before they leave – we feel that we have four solid forwards in Carly Strickland, Alex Lennon, Ambreelinne Ortman and Serratelli,” Kane said. “They are all working hard to fill the void left by the  graduation of Janelle and Renata.” “Janelle and Renata were both great post players but the underclassman got to learn from them last year and they are doing a good job filling in their shoes,” Stewart said. “We also have Mary Kate in the post and she has the experience that Janelle and Renata both had and she and Ortman both bring three-point range to the post position.  Alex [Lennon] will do an excellent job stepping up as well.  She has the ability to finish and her height allows her to be a great defender and alter many shots.” “Janelle and Renata were two key players for us over the years,” Serratelli said. “Both had an unbelievable inside presence and contributed on offense a lot for us. The only way we can offset that loss this year is by utilizing the combination of our [power forward/center] players. All of our

on their first two attempts. Saint Rose goalkeeper Deanna Esposito gave her team a comfortable cushion when she saved both of West Chester’s first two attempts. Saint Rose made their third straight attempt before Golden Rams’ freshman Paige Maloney stepped up to the dot and converted her shot. Deck stepped up for the possible game winner, but her failed attempt kept West Chester’s hope alive. That hope was short lived as West Chester’s fourth attempt sailed over the crossbar to give Saint Rose the win and a ticket to their third straight national semifinal game. Although West Chester was disappointed in their exit from the playoffs, they accomplished multiple team goals that were set for the season. Prior to their game with Saint Rose, West Chester matched up against division rival California to determine the Atlantic Region champions. Cal started the scoring on the day in the 13th minute when Sara DiBenedetto collected a cross from a teammate and put the ball right under the crossbar. The score remained 1-0 until halftime. Head coach Betty Ann Kempf Townsley got her players in check for the second half and they came out firing at Cal. Devon Swaim sent a ball across the Vulcan net to an open Sarah Oswald, who headed in her 18th goal of the year. The game remained tied through regulation and West Chester was forced to rely on the strength of their defense and goalkeeping to

keep them in the game. West Chester was set to begin yet another shootout. The round of five shots was not enough to decide the game, and the two teams had to go into extra shooters. Cal’s first shooter, Tonya Fabian hit her shot off of the post, giving West Chester’s next shooter the chance to win the game for her team. Maloney, who had not played a minute all day, was called on as a shooter. She stepped up and took her shot that sailed past a diving goaltender and sealed the West Chester victory. West Chester will be losing significant strength to their team in the offseason. The Golden Rams are losing six seniors, each of whom have been consistent contributors to the Rams success. Oswald, whose goal against Cal made her tied for second place on the all-time point leader board at West Chester, will be missed as the strongest goal contributor that West Chester has. Her 18 goals this season, including nine game winning goals, kept West Chester on top of the PSAC for the duration of the season. Jessica Bennett has also been a strong defensive force for West Chester since she became a starter her freshman year. She played in all 23 games this season, scoring six goals for the

[power forward] players, unlike years past, can all shoot the three and handle the ball, and our centers are true centers and have the ability to dominate in the paint. I think we can create a lot of mismatches in the post as a result.” Sophomore Alex Lennon, who is 6-1 and led the Lady Rams in blocks last year with 39, is going to be counted on this season to step up and fill some of the void left by Garber and Neal. Early on this season, she is fourth on the team averaging 11.6 points per game. “In leaps and bounds,” Kane said of her growth expectations of Lennon. “’Stix’ has already proven what she can do in spurts. This year she will grow into a consistent performer on both ends of the court.” Junior Jill Keefer, senior Dominique Adams, junior Shamyra Hammond, sophomores Meghan Kerrigan, Strickland and Ortman are all also expected to contribute this season as West Chester features a balanced attack. The freshman class is also going to have the chance to learn from the experienced team and coaches in order to help the program in the future. “Serifat Junaid was coming on very strong until she tore her ACL at our Rider Exhibition game,” Kane said. “She will redshirt this year and be back next year. As I said we try to replace before people leave and we have a strong point guard in Zona Smith as well as an athletic wing in Paige Elliott. Both will be integral parts of the program in the future.” In the PSAC East this year, Millersville is the favorite, but Bloomsburg University and

Kutztown University will make a run at the top seed. “Bloomsburg and Kutztown will be in the hunt,” Kane said about the contenders in the East besides Millersville. “Shippensburg has some interesting transfers that could propel them back to the playoffs.” Despite the preseason rank of third in the east, expectations are high for West Chester. “We expect to not only match what we have accomplished in the past, by going to the PSAC final four, but we want nothing more than to win a PSAC championship and go to the NCAAs,” Serratelli said. “Like every year, we want to win the east, win the PSAC championship, and make it to the NCAA tournament,” Stewart said. “However, we need to take it game by game and focus on what is happening now and not overlook any opponents. I personally want to end my career by winning a championship.” The Lady Rams open up PSAC East play at Mansfield University on Jan. 12, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. The first home PSAC East game will be on Jan. 15 against East Stroudsburg University at 1 p.m. Eastern Division 1.Millersville (5) 2.Bloomsburg (1) 3.WEST CHESTER (1) 4.Kutztown (1) 5.Shippensburg 6.Cheyney T7.East Stroudsburg T7. Mansfield LJ Harrell is a graduate student majoring in communications studies. He can be reached at LH639694@ wcupa.edu.

Rams’ PK luck runs out By Amy Festa Sports Editor

The West Chester University women’s soccer team was able to capture a PSAC title, capture the top seed in the Atlantic Region, and become Atlantic Region champions before their 2010 season ended. Their extraordinary season came to a sudden end when they were dismissed from the post-season by overall No. 1 seed, Saint Rose. The Golden Rams lost in the same disappointing fashion that ended so many of their opponents playoff hopes, penalty kicks. In their five playoff games, West Chester has been taken to penalty kicks four times. West Chester got the game exactly where they wanted it in the first five minutes when Devon Swaim opened the scoring for the game. She placed the ball in the far side of the net from 20 yards out. Saint Rose didn’t get the equalizer until three minutes before halftime. Amanda Deck took a shot from inside the box that found its way past Lyndsie Bernardini. Deck was the Northeast 10 player of the year. Saint Rose heavily outshot West Chester 7-1 in the second half, but the score remained the same through 90 minutes of regulation play. The overtime proved to be just as unsatisfying in determining a winner, and West Chester found themselves in another shoot out. Saint Rose grabbed the early advantage when they converted

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Rams. Cindi Nickles has also contributed to the strength of the defense throughout the year. Oswald, Bennett and Nickles appeared and started in all 23 games for the Rams. Jenna Arnold, Devon Swaim and Lara Bodenstab have been consistent for the Rams in the forward and midfield positions. Swaim registered two game-winning goals for the Golden Rams. West Chester will return underclassmen starters that will continue to lead the Rams in future seasons. Bernardini, in her second season in net, has continued to be one of the strongest goalkeepers in the PSAC. Tara Malkiewicz and Brittany

Couper will return to aid the defensive structure that the Rams are constantly relying on. The Rams will also have returning offensive presence from young underclassmen such as Jen Hutchinson and Jen Gangl. Kempf Townsley’s recruitment class from last year was able to watch and learn from the leadership of the upperclassmen, which will carry over into following seasons. West Chester will be back in action next fall as the reigning PSAC Division Champions.

Amy Festa is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at AF649219@wcupa.edu.


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Resurrection of Michael Vick By Mark Gionta Practicum Writer

Michael Vick’s career has been a roller coaster ride that has culminated in this defining season of his career as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Amid the quarterback controversy between Vick and Kevin Kolb, Vick has emerged victorious earning the permanent starting job on the NFC East first place Eagles for at least the rest of the season. This transition from backup to starter is an unfamiliar one for Vick, who experienced immediate playing time upon entering the league in 2001. Vick, a first round draft choice of the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, was given the opportunity to play in eight games during his rookie season before becoming the permanent starter for the Falcons in the off-season of 2002. He hit the ground running, literally, as starting quarterback for the Falcons, amassing eight rushing touchdowns, 24 passing touchdowns and 3,713 total yards to earn his first of three pro bowl invitations of his career. Vick continued his success in Atlanta, leading the Falcons to two playoff appearances in 2002 and 2004. The Falcons were beat by the Philadelphia Eagles both years, including an NFC Championship Game appearance in 2004. Through 74 games with the Falcons over six seasons, Vick gained 11,505 yards through the

air with 71 passing touchdowns and 3,859 yards on the ground with 21 rushing touchdowns. Just as Vick was at his peak performance he found himself in a heap of trouble for off the field related problems. In December 2007, Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in jail for running and organizing a “cruel and inhumane” dog fighting ring and lying about the details. Although 23 months in jail is nothing to overlook, Vick avoided a possible five year term. It was taken under consideration that he had never been in trouble before, and that he had admitted to bankrolling the dog fighting operation on his property in Virginia. He also admitted to assisting in the killing of six to eight pitbulls, which he had previously reported as only two dogs. Vick had more problems to worry about with his job and finances. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him without pay by the NFL and Vick could only sit back and watch as all of his multimillion dollar endorsements were stripped from him. It was an obvious low-point in the life of a former three-time Pro Bowler and one of the most popular athletes on the planet.

After serving 19 of his sentenced 23 months in jail, Michael Vick was released on probation. He vowed to educate people on the immorality of animal cruelty and turn over a new leaf in his life. Almost all the NFL teams passed him up, unwilling to take a chance on the former felon but one team decided to gamble; and what a gamble it turned out to be for the Philadelphia Eagles. On Aug. 14 2009, Vick signed a two year deal with the Eagles.

The plan was to bring a wildcat option into their offense, but that didn’t last long. After only one year of sitting on the bench, Vick got his opportunity to play for a significant amount of time when Kevin Kolb got a concussion duringthe week one game against the Green Bay Packers. Vick wasted no time getting back to his old Pro Bowl ways, seizing his first opportunity to start against the Detroit Lions, throwing for 284 yards, two touchdowns and rushing for 37 yards leading his team to victory. As Vick continued to play well, putting up four total touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars the following week, a quarterback controversy became the news in Philadelphia. Head Coach Andy Reid was standing by his initial quarterback in Kevin Kolb. Vick continued to start, while Kolb was unable to play, but that streak came to an end as he was sidelined with a rib injury in a week four matchup against the Washington Redskins. Once again seemed Courtesy of LestersLegends.com. things

gloom for Mike Vick as the quarterback controversy in Philly was the hot topic. An injury had placed him on the sideline and Kevin Kolb back in the starting position with the opportunity to hold onto his previous job. It seemed as though Vick may be put back on the bench, but Andy Reid changed his tune and stood by Michael Vick. As soon as he would become healthy again, the job would be waiting for him. After three games on the sideline and a bye week, Vick was ready to play in week nine against the Indianapolis Colts. Vick led the Eagles to a big win with another multi-touchdown performance. In a week 10 rout of the Redskins, Vick silenced his critics once again with a record setting performance. Passing for 333 yards with four touchdowns, and rushing for 80 yards and two rushing touchdowns, Vick let his on the field performance speak for itself, extinguishing many of the dog fighting memories of the past. Through 13 weeks of the 2010 season, Michael Vick has put up astonishing numbers and led his team to a 6-2 record as a starter. It has been a roller coaster of a career for Mike Vick, but he is playing at a level that no one has seen before. His new maturity and dedication to right the wrongs of his past seem to have paid off immediately for the resurrected Michael Vick.

Mark Gionta is a fourth-year student majoring in professional studies. He can be reached at MG649676@ wcupa.edu.

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WCU golf sits atop the conference By Matthew Boyd Practicum Writer

West Chester University’s men’s golf team ended the first half of their season in second place overall in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), after earning second at the 2010 PSAC Men’s Golf Championship in October. The Rams’ efforts have also earned them a prestigious ranking of fifth, overall, in the Atlantic region, which is composed of over forty teams. Seven of the PSAC’s 16 members competed in the weekend long tournament at Hershey Golf Links Course in Hummelstown, PA. The Golden Rams earned second place to the defending champions, playing on the 72 par, 6,911 yard course. Powerhouse squad IUP enjoyed a decisive victory over WCU, marking their fourth consecutive PSAC Men’s Golf Championship; WCU shot 612 while IUP shot 592. “We fought hard,” senior Doug Brooks said of his teams highest PSAC Championship placing in over forty years, aside from their first and only PSAC title won in 2006. “Day one [of the tournament] was grueling, with 40 mph winds… we fought through a tough day, and were excited to get out there a second day.

We didn’t play as well as we would have liked, and waited with anxiety, we knew it would be close,” Brooks said of his tournament experience and subsequent wait for the final results. WCU’s vigilance paid off, however, as they managed to beat third place contender Clarion 612-613, to become runner-up of the tournament, and seal a ranking of second place overall in the PSAC conference. The team’s success can be attributed to a collaboration of a new head coach and competitive performances by teammates Griffith Basehore, freshman recruit Connor Lafever, Brooks, Tyler Canfield, and Steve Minnick. “Picking up Connor was good for the team,” Brooks said. Lafever, who has earned the title of Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week twice this season on PSAC’s official website, has also had the most top individual finishes of any player on the team this season. Basehore, another star on the team, managed an individual ranking of second overall in the PSAC Championship. On the second day of the tournament, the Golden Rams managed to improve their score by 10 strokes. Basehore played consistently, able to shoot an even par 72 on Saturday

and only two strokes over on Sunday with a score of 74. IUP’s Sean Sweithelm shaved 10 strokes off of his day one total of 79, shooting a weekendlow 69 Sunday, stealing the individual first place title from WCU’s Basehore by only one stroke. Basehore’s outstanding performance still earned his second ASAC honors in two years. Other teammates put up competitive numbers as well; Brooks tied for 12th overall with a 153; Lefever was 14th overall with a 155; Canfield tied for 22nd with a 163; Minnick shot a 166 total to place 26th overall. The men’s golf team, according to senior Michael Flatley has struggled in the past. Recent revisions to the roster and staff have yielded positive results. Head coach Harry Hammond started his job in 2007, and the team has done increasingly well since. “He straightened us out. He’s good for the team, he keeps everyone’s head on their shoulders,” Brooks said. “He’s scary, but he means well,” Flatley said with a laugh. West Chester’s team elevated their level of competitiveness this season, beating every team in the PSAC conference at least once, marking the first time this has happened since Harry Hammond assumed the role of

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head coach. This fall the Golden Rams played in six tournaments, finishing second place in three of them. WCU’s team has established itself as a competitive golf squad, ending the

semester ranked second in the conference (out of 17 teams), and fifth in the Atlantic Region. Martthew Boyd is a practicum student. He can be reached at MB6634884@wcupa.edu.

Philly Sports Corner not going to get the fans overly excited, as of now the Phillies would take a strong look at Matt Diaz or Jeff Francoeur. Diaz was non-tendered by the If you are looking for the Phillies to make a big splash in Atlanta Braves on Thursday, the Winter Meetings this week which makes him a free agent. manager Charlie in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., think Phillies Manuel likes Diaz, who lives again. Most can agree that even nearby in the offseason in though they failed to reach the Winter Haven, Florida. For the World Series for the first time past few years Diaz has been in three years, the Phillies still somewhat of a thorn in the side have a dangerous lineup and of Phillies pitchers. Diaz is a decent player that has always good starting pitching. done well Ruben against PhilaAmaro Jr. and delphia. the front office Francoeur are always is also another looking to interesting add a piece option for the here-or-there Phillies. He to improve started his the team, career with but there is Atlanta and not much out was traded to there as of the Mets over now. a year ago. While there He ended the still remains 2010 season a chance they with the Texas could re-sign Rangers who free agent fell short in Jayson Werth, the World look for the Series against Phillies to find the San a mid-level Courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com Francisco replacement Giants. for Werth if Like I he decides to move on. If Werth takes a more said before, neither Diaz nor lucrative deal with the Red Sox Francoeur are exciting alteror Angels, the Phillies will be natives to Jayson Werth, but left with no right-handed power in this lineup not a single player has to be superman. in their lineup. Another area of the team Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Dominic Brown that always needs improving all bat from the left side of the is their bullpen. The Phillies right-hander Jose plate. We have seen before that signed teams with good situational Contreras to a two-year, $5.5 left-handers coming out of the million contract last month. He bull pen have given our left- along with closer Brad Lidge, setup man Ryan Madson and handers a hard time. What right-handed bats will right-hander Danys Baez will the Phillies be able to bring be holding down the bullpen in? Although these names are for now.

hillies:

The Phillies would like to find a veteran left-hander to replace J.C. Romero, but can they get one at a reasonable price? Favorites include Pedro Feliciano, Arthur Rhodes and Brian Fuentes; however, if their asking price is too high, they may take their chances with Antonio Bastardo as their primary lefty. The Los Angeles Dodgers have decided not to offer George Sherrill a contract for next season which makes him another left-handed reliever that will now be a free agent. Sherrill is another option that Amaro Jr. will explore over the next few weeks. I think we are starting to see the decline in production from outfielder Raul Ibanez. If the stars aligned perfectly, the Phillies would be willing to unload the remaining $11.5 million for Ibanez or the remaining $17 million over two years for starting pitcher Joe Blanton. Of course, it is easy to say “move some salaries around to make room for Werth.” But it’s not easy to do. I do not see the Phillies trading anybody from their 25-man roster to make the necessary room for Werth. But then again, Amaro Jr. and the Phils are always up to something, so stay tuned.

back-up goaltender Brian Boucher has played well when given the opportunity, it looks as though he will be the odd man out when Leighton is ready to return to the Flyers. One guy who will be keeping his spot in the lineup is Andreas Nodl. In just 18 games with the Flyers Nodl has six goals and five assists. Nodl plays the wing on a line that is centered by captain Mike Richards. Both players are very good two-way players. One area of Nodl’s game that has impressed many so far has been his play down low in the corners. He has obviously gotten stronger in the offseason and now does a good job controlling the puck in the offensive zone. The Flyers recent struggles have stemmed from their lack of powerplay production. Two weeks ago the Flyers had the third best powerplay in the NHL. They have since dropped to 15th in the league. With that being said, fans should not be worried. The Flyers will get their power-play back on track. They are just too good as a unit to fall into a season long slump. We all know about Richards, Jeff Carter, Danny Briere and Claude Giroux. The role players on this team will be the determining factor as to how far this team goes this season. Darroll Powe and Blair Betts have been very stingy when killing penalties. Jody Shelley has been as advertised as far as his toughness goes. If guys like Nodl, Powe, Betts and Shelley can stay consistent, the Flyers are going to be hard to beat. Star players are nice, but every team that wins a Stanley Cup has key guys who fill certain roles on the team. (This article excludes the results of Flyers vs. Islanders on 12/5)

The Flyers: Through 27 games, the Philadelphia Flyers overall record stands at 16-7-4 for a total of 36 points which is puts them in second place in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the entire Eastern Conference. The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently at the top of the Atlantic Division. There have been a few pleasant surprises for the Flyers so far this season. Defensemen Sean O’Donell and Andrej Meszaros are arguably the best third defensive paring in the entire league. O’Donell came into the weekend with the second best plus minus in the NHL at plus 16. Meszaros is fifth in the NHL at plus 15. The two of them do not receive much attention; however they keep goals off the board. In last year’s Stanley cup run, Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger were relied on heavily. They both were averaging almost 25 minutes a game. Eventually your players will begin to wear down if you rely on them as much as Laviolette had to last year. With the additions of O’Donell and Meszaros, Pronger and Timonen will be able to stay fresh throughout the season. In addition to O’Donell and Meszaros, Sergei Bobrovsky has become a household name in the city of Philadelphia. He was just named November’s rookie of the month. He was 7-1-2 in Nov. with a 2.02 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in 11 starts. With Michael Leighton in the middle of a six-day conditioning assignment with the Adirondack Phantoms, the goaltending situation for the Flyers is going to get interesting. Although

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Starting strong WCU men’s basketball off to a 5-1 start By Amy Festa Sports Editor

After a disappointing 2009-10 campaign that had the men’s basketball team sitting at home during the postseason, the Rams are expecting to alter their system and rely on the performance of new additions to make them unwanted opponents in the PSAC. In the preseason coaches’ poll, West Chester was picked to finish fifth in the Eastern Division, but received one first place vote. East Stroudsburg led the first place votes with four and is projected to finish atop the east. Their 2010-11 season kicked off in mid November, and they have gone 5-1. Their only defeat was a 3-point marginal loss to University of the Sciences. Their season opener was played at home when the Rams hosted Wilmington University. Newcomer Lance McDowell immediately made his presence known at West Chester by scoring a game-high 21 points. After being down by as many as 14 points, West Chester did not capture their first lead of the game until there were only eight minutes left. Miguel Bocachia hit a three for the Rams that started a string of scoring. West Chester scored 55 points in the second half after going 19 of 32 from the field to grab the win in their season opener, 85-76. McDowell was named the PSAC men’s basketball athlete of the week after his team’s come-from-behind win against Wilmington. Eighteen of his 21 points came in the second half to assist in erasing their nine point half time deficit. In their following game against University of the Sciences, West Chester could not seem to find a rhythm in their shooting all night. USP had just as low of shot totals, accounting for the low final score of 45-42. West Chester went 4-for-30 from behind the arc and by the end of the game their field goal percentage was 26.7. Shannon Givens played 35 minutes for the Rams and registered 12 points in the loss. Whatever wasn’t working for the Rams in their game against USP was quickly fixed before they matched up against Penn State Abington. West Chester easily handled PSU-Abington, beating them 100-45. This was only West Chester’s 25th 100-point game in the history of the program. Every player for the Rams was a contributor to the offense. Bocachia came off the bench and scored a team-high 13 points. Freshman Troy Hockaday was right behind him with 12 points. West Chester’s bench was

accountable for 58 of the Rams’ 100 points in the game. In the following game against Philadelphia University, West Chester needed every last second of the game to secure their victory, which was another come-from-behind win. With 32 seconds left and the

Daniel started the offense the other way and laid in a basket with only five seconds to play. The foul on the play and made free throw attempt gave the Rams a 3-point lead with only enough time for Philadelphia U. to quickly inbound the ball and attempt a long range three.

The Rams welcomed back some of their key contributors from last year’s squad. Daniel registered time in all 27 games for the Rams last year and was third on the team in scoring with 244 points. He averaged nine points per game. Kehinde Roberts, a three

forward for the Rams last year whose size will be utilized this year for West Chester. Daniel and Roberts are seniors this year while Benn is a junior. They will be leading the team as veteran players. Younger players will also play a large part of the Rams’ success this year. Harley Williamson saw significant playing time in his freshman season last year, averaging almost 23 minutes a game. He is already becoming a leader for the team this year. In Saturday’s win against Holy Family, Williamson came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points. Damien Blair returns to the West Chester sideline for his third season as head coach. He is hoping to bring his team back to the playoffs after they finished in sixth place last year, missing the postseason. The team is experimenting with team chemistry and what works in game situations before they begin conference play in January. West Chester is starting this upcoming season without two of last year’s starters. Ralph Hegamin played and started in 26 games for the Golden Rams last year and averaged almost 35 minutes per game. He averaged nearly a double-double per game with 17.5 points and 9.4 rebounds. He led the team with 454 points on the year. Kenny St. George will also be a notable absence to the West Chester line-up. Although he was plagued with injury for some of last season, he played in 18 games for the Rams and averaged 10.9 points per game. West Chester will begin conference play when they travel to Mansfield on January 12. Their first conference game at home will be on January 15 when they host East Stroudsburg. Their first two conference games are against the number one and two teams in the preseason polls. Preseason Coaches’ Poll: Eastern Division: East Stroudsburg (4) Mansfield (1) Kutztown (2) Cheyney West Chester (1) Bloomsburg Shippensburg Millersville

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Kehinde Roberts drives hard to the basket.

score at 49-48 in favor of West Chester, Ola Sasano stepped up to the free throw line for Philadelphia University. He made the first attempt but missed on the second, giving Elie Daniel the chance to grab the rebound.

West Chester won the game 52-49. Since their first four games, West Chester has added another couple of tallies to their win column in convincing fashion over their opponents.

year letter winner, returns for West Chester. He was second in scoring last season with 335 points. He averaged 12.4 points per game along with 4.6 rebounds. Thiel Benn was a strong

Western Division: IUP (7) Clarion (1) California Gannon Slippery Rock Mercyhurst Edinboro Lock Haven Amy Festa is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at AF649219@wcupa.edu.


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