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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE News: Health Care Reform p. 3

‘Main Event’ holds campus forum

New executive board meets with students By Colin McGlinchey Editor in Chief

Op Ed: A Fitting Farewell p.4

Features: Ram King T Shirts p.6

ET: WCU Student going to Rome p.10

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On Wednesday afternoon the incoming Student Government Association executive board held an open forum with WCU students to discuss its plans for the upcoming term. The new executive board consists of President Len Altieri, Vice President Danielle Holzmann, Secretary Evan Lieb, Treasurer Michael Wyatt and Parliamentarian Katie McCool. The question and answer session was moderated by Jason Mckairnes and was held in the Sykes Student Union ballrooms. Students were invited to attend and submit their questions to the new board. The SGA election committee, which is headed by outgoing Secretary Meghan Dun, also submitted several questions. “I think that it’s important that we bring back the visibility of the Senate,” said Altieri, who noted the importance of returning SGA meetings to Sykes as opposed to their current location in Brandywine Hall. “It’s important for students to know who their senators are because they represent the student body,” said Holzmann, further echoing the day’s theme of improved visibility and increased transparency. In addition to those ideas, the topic of parking was also a reoccurring point of conversation. “I think parking is the most important issue to the student body,” McCool stated. Earlier on, Lieb noted that his goals included improving parking

on campus through a potential new parking garage, as well as through offering incentives for students who car pool. Every member of the incoming executive board also stressed the importance of increasing campus unity and school spirit. Holzmann hopes to accomplish this by “getting more students involved on campus.”

From a financial perspective, Wyatt detailed his plan to create an “audit system” to put in place so that SGA can better monitor how student organizations are spending their allotted budgets. Another one of Altieri’s goals for the upcoming year was to ensure that WCU was more compliant with ADA regulations. The incoming SGA executive

board was elected two weeks ago without a University-wide vote. This was done in accordance with SGA bylaw which allows for candidates who are running unopposed to be accepted by two thirds Senate vote. Colin McGlinchey is a fifth year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at CM646588@wcupa.edu

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The 2010-2011 SGA Executive Board after their open forum on Wednesday afternoon. More photos on page 3.

KOP denies local shop owner opportuniy to expand

By Angela Thomas Staff Writer

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Jill McDevitt knew at the age of 16 that she wanted to be a sexologist. “I wanted to be an educator of, and empower female sexuality in general.” Jill McDevitt was 21 years old when she first opened up Feminique Boutique, a store located in West Chester. She is now 24 years old, a young age to be a successful entrepreneur. McDevitt graduated with a B.A. in Sexuality, Marriage and Family. She realized when she got out into the real world that there wasn’t a job in the conservative economy for her field. “There were not many careers in that, so I ended up starting Feminique Boutique as a way to offer that kind of experience to women.” Jill went back to get a masters degree in human sexuality at Widener University. “I did it because I am interested and passionate.” She was accepted into the doctoral program as well at Widener. Jill McDevitt is almost like a local celebrity. She opened up the Feminique Boutique in May 2008 and has experienced much scrutiny under the public eye. The opening of Feminique Boutique did not go smoothly. “The borough of West Chester wouldn’t give me a permit

www.feminiqueboutique.com The West Chester Feminuque Boutique location. Owner Jill McDevitt is trying to open a second location, but is being denied.

because of the nature of the business,”said McDevitt but finally she was given a permit to open the store. She came into West Chester with many protests against her. McDevitt is not originally from West Chester. “I went to visit a friend and really loved the town. West Chester is a really cute downtown and I thought that this would be

the perfect place to open up a store.” Jill makes sure to reach out to the community of West Chester in a positive way. “We donate giftcards, products, and money to Planned Parenthood.” McDevitt also works for Planned Parenthood as a sex educator and does workshops for the LGBT youth group. With all of the success from

opening Feminique Boutique, McDevitt thought it would be amazing if she could open up a branch of her store in a mall. “Starting in November of 2009, business was going well and it could go better if I had a second location in a mall. I was doing my Christmas shopping and thought,

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Wow! There are a lot of people in the mall.” McDevitt started looking at different locations. She did her research by finding out what their lease info was, and sending in applications. “I didn’t hear back from anyone but on the first week of March, the short term lease consultant from King Of Prussia called me.” McDevitt was shown a few stores in which she could have Feminique Boutique. “We went back into the office and talked about rent and all the details. I wanted to be perfectly clear, so I said to him ‘In full disclosure, so we don’t have problems later, you do understand and you did thoroughly read my website and my application and you are aware of the business that I run” McDevitt was surprised when the short term lease manager asked her if she sold “toys.” When McDevitt was told that she couldn’t sell toys, she mentioned that the mall had a Spencers. “When you go through the differences, one company is owned by a female and one is owned by a male. The company owned by the male caters to male sexual interest versus the female sexual interest and that is blatant sexism.” The King of Prussia mall released a statement as follows: “The King of Prussia Mall reviews hundreds of lease applications each year. We reserve

the right to reject applications based on a variety of suitability issues, including what we believe is the best fit of merchants for the family-oriented customer base we’ve built up over a long history. In this case, we decided not to offer a temporary lease to this company in accordance with the business practices we’ve established to serve our retailers and the customers they wish to attract.” McDevitt argues that the King of Prussia mall does not know anything about human sexuality or children being exposed to sexual material and messages and what that does for development. “They haven’t done research like I have.” McDevitt also states that she has nothing against Spencer’s. “The store is about gag gifts, which is fine, I am not trying to bad mouth the store because they have their own place and that is great! I just want an equal opportunity to put out my message.” So how does McDevitt plan on rectifying this case? She plans on making it a social justice issue. “I want to raise awareness about sexism and about sexuality.” She adds that “it’s okay to discriminate against having sex toys in a mall; it is socially acceptable but it is still discrimination and that is illegal.” Angela Thomas is a third year student majoring in English and minoring in web technology. She can be reached at AT683005@wcupa.edu.

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-John Yeutter, a tax professor at Northeastern -American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest, to Adam Lambert about his singing abilities. State University, supporting the American Mustache Institute’s proposal that people with mustaches should receive a tax break.

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Obama signs health care reform bill

By Kienan Fry Staff Writer

On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed into law his long fought for health care reform bill. For over a year, passionate debate raged in support and opposition of the bill but, as Obama claimed upon the bill”s signing, “all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform.” But what exactly the “reality of reform” means for millions of Americans remains to be unseen. Despite the bill’s far-reaching influence, sifting through the over 2000-page document is a chore most Americans are not likely to undertake. Still, now that The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is now law, it is pertinent for the average American to understand how his life is being affected. This is especially relevant for young Americans, such as college students, whose futures depend upon the pros and cons of the revolutionary health care overhaul. According to www.whitehouse. gov, the plan promises health insurance to nearly 32 million Americans, raising the percentage of Americans with health care to nearly 95 percent. The plan asserts rules and restrictions on insurance companies to keep premiums down as well as preventing the denial of care because of preexisting conditions. In connection, insurers are forbidden from placing limits on the amount of

money one requires for coverage. Also, the bill requires most American citizens to purchase health insurance, either through an employer or through “exchanges” which sell policies to individuals. After 2014 it will be mandatory for nearly all Americans to buy health

stressed the need to implement them “responsibly.” As for young adults, some reforms will be effective in the next six months. One such reform is that young adults can now stay on their parents’ policies until the age of 26, which significantly extends

$250 rebate. Of course, young adults are not exclusively beneficiaries of the new bill by being allowed to remain on their parents’ plan until an older age. Young adults play a key role in the government’s ability to help pay for health care overhaul in the first

insurance or risk a tax penalty. President Obama maintains that all of this coverage, despite its estimated $950 billion cost, will actually help reduce the country’s deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. These are the plan’s overall goals but it bears repeating that the reality of these reforms won’t be seen for years to come. In his health care signing speech Obama admits, “it will take four years to implement fully many of these reforms.” He

the number of years children are able to remain dependent on their parents’ plans. This allows graduating college students more time to find a suitable job considering the high unemployment that continues to plague the country’s economy. Under the new health care bill, people will also receive government subsidies to help pay for prescription drugs, a gap in coverage commonly called the “doughnut hole.” To help fill this gap people will now receive a

place. According to Peter Grier of the The Christian Science Monitor by making health insurance mandatory, “it will help bring

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in a flood of new customers for health insurance firms, including healthy young people who might not need much health care.” Young adults will essentially help balance the losses incurred by health insurance companies who are no longer able to deny coverage for preexisting conditions. Of course if you already have a health care plan either through employment or paid for individually, Obama’s health reform will not affect your current plan. As previously stated, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is over 2000 pages long and extremely complex. Boiling down the many processes and intricacies to simple generalizations fail to express how wide spread the bill actually is. Despite its many promises, whether or not Obama’s health reform will actually benefit the millions of Americans dependent on health insurance is a question this country won’t be able to answer for years and even decades from now. Keinan Fry is a fourth year student majoring in English. He can be reached at KF634551@wcupa.edu.


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April 19, 2010

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Hold the Cheese

Random Musings from the Editor���s Desk By Colin McGlinchey Editor in Chief

A fitting farewell And now ladies and gentlemen, for my final trick I shall require a volunteer from the audience. Now, now don’t fret. You won’t have to endure me attempting to saw you in half. You will, however, have to spend the entire summer with me as my intern thanks to my newly formed Colin McGlinchey Internship Program. Be warned though, this amount of time spent with me has been known (in certain extreme cases) to cause people to volunteer to saw themselves in half. I’m not seeing many volunteers. Oh well. The option remains on the table. You better act fast though; your time is certainly limited. For yours truly, graduation looms just around the corner like a horrible specter bringing with it naught but unemployment and uncertainty. My future’s so bright that I gotta wear… night vision goggles. If you’re able to complete that thought with “shades” then I applaud you. You must not be an English major with a minor in journalism. You must have selected a practical career path which will offer you a pay check as well as a chance at upward movement. Please accept this bag with a dollar sign on it as my gift to you. I assure you that I will not be needing it. What am I doing? Now is not the time for pessimism. It is my last editorial as The Quad’s Editor in Chief! My last month in college! This is a time for celebration, a time to look back fondly at the many things that I’ve accomplished during my five years trolling through Pennsylvania’s higher education system. West Chester University, for all its faults (and there are many of them), has been good to me. I’ve made some wonderful friends, had a little more than half a dozen very talented professors and occasionally even took a class that I learned something from. Of course, I was also forced to take four terms of Spanish for some utterly inconceivable reason. I am proud to stand here before you today and say that I currently speak less Spanish then I did when I started here at WCU. Mission accomplished! Outside of that, my problems with WCU have always stemmed from its annoying habit of throwing money at problems as opposed to actually solving them. What’s that you say? Our students have no school spirit? Well go out and buy some then! What else? Students are too lazy to park in Q Lot or the undeniably creepy R Lot even though they are never even close to full? Get me a parking garage post haste! Granted the only way to solve certain problems is to throw money at them. Like Ruby Jones Hall, which is in danger of falling down the next time a large, angry wolf happens to stroll through campus. Or Main Hall, the sight of which is so ugly that it has been known to cause nausea and cramping. Or the fact that the first floor of said building has smelled like a public bathroom for several months now. Solve these problems! Please! Throw all the money that you would like to at them. Just please stop trying to buy loyalty from your students or worse, finding grievous problems where there are only minor inconveniences. Trust me WCU. I know all about wasteful spending. I used to go to Drexel University. A place where the idea of spending money intelligently is laughed at just like I was when I told people that I went there for anything besides engineering. Ah boy. I will miss writing these. Oh well, as I said, things weren’t all bad here. You could certainly do far, FAR worse when picking a college (Drexel, much?). WCU was always a good sport, taking my incessant nitpicking in stride. It’s almost as if they weren’t paying any attention at all… hmm. Keep the internship in mind won’t you? It will mostly involve sitting and listening to me rant about things since I will no longer have this forum at my disposal. Considering my poor career choices, it goes without saying that it will be an unpaid internship. Thanks for reading my nonsense here every week. This has been fun. As the noted scholar Keanu Reeves once said, vaya con dios.

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Coping with the horrors of war

Being Greek can be inspirational By Ginger Rae Dunbar Features Editor

When I came to college, I didn’t think about joining Greek life, but being Greek has given me more than I thought it could during my college career. One of the greatest experiences that Greek life can offer is their ritual, with each one being different. The most important type of ritual is initiation, which is kept secret except for those initiated into the bond. One of my sorority sisters said that we know things that only other Phi Mus know about. I thought about that, and how true it is. Of course, each Phi Mu, and other members of Greek organizations have their own experience. I’ve been Greek for a year now, and I love meeting new sisters and introducing them into a bond that we will share. They became friends and sisters of mine that I spend time and build memories with. My sorority has what we call “Inspiration Week,” which occurs the week before the new members are initiated. I’ve heard other people refer to the week before their initiation as hell week. Most people ask what inspiration week means, and I tell them that each night of the week we have an optional sisterhood, an activity we do together to spend time with one another. This is a great chance for the new girls to get to know their sisters better, and vice versa. The first letter of the title of each of our events, when put together, spells out “Phi Mu.” We have a fun competition

where we dress up in anything pink (one of our colors), we have dinner together, an ice cream social, a movie night, and what we call “unity night.” My personal favorite sisterhood is unity night, where each of us has the chance to tell our stories if we so choose to do so. We talk about anything that we want to that has happened to us before or during college. We explain how we joined Phi Mu, and most of us explain how it has made us feel at home. For the last three semesters now, as I listen to my sisters tell their stories, I would be able to relate to the stories that they told. I think that night we all felt the same connection, one that will bring sisters close together. Our inspiration week, especially unity night, is something that most people have said is a nice thing that we do, something that sorority sisters can bond over. I think a sisterhood like this makes us realize what we have with our sorority sisters, or what we can potentially build. I exercise with my sisters, I have lunch with them, we make crafts for our sisters together, and they will be among the friends that I talk to after college. After listening to my sister’s stories at unity night, I realize they are the type of people that are such close friends that I would call them my sister, even if we were not in a sorority together. Ginger Rae Dunbar is a thirdyear student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at RD655287@ wcupa.edu.

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could still wiggle my fingers and that was good, because I knew we were really good at doing orthopedics. “Then this guy put a gun at the back of my head. I was thinking, ‘This is really not going to go well, is it?’ So I decided to think of something positive, and I was really wracking my brain trying to come up with something. I thought, well, I’ve had a chance to have a great life. Had a great husband and a great kid. I’ve had the chance to do a lot of really great things. And at least it won’t hurt, which is a better end than a lot of people get. “Then I heard the gun go ‘click,’ and I thought, this isn’t that bad.” Naturally, this is the same way I would have reacted under similar conditions, except for the part where I would have been sobbing and cursing God and offering my captors Madonna’s home telephone number. So what if you’re not a highly motivated, highly accomplished, incredibly positive person like Rhonda Cornum, 55, who has been a steeplechase rider, who wears Airborne and Air Assault tabs on her uniform, who not only has a doctorate in biochemistry but also an medical degree and specialties in surgery and urology, who has run the Army’s Landstuhl Hospital in Germany, who has written a best-selling book and dismissed her sexual assault by her Iraqi captors as “not the biggest deal of my life.” What then? “These things are teachable,” she said, which is what the Master Resiliency Training Course, part of her Comprehensive Soldier Fitnes command, is designed to do. Based at Fort Jackson, S.C., the course takes senior non-commissioned officers and junior officers and teaches

By Kevin Horrigan

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The man on television said the U.S. Army had begun a new program to train soldiers how to deal with stress. He said it had a lot to do with positive thinking. This sounded a little touchy-feely to me. A guy pulls his third or fourth tour in a combat zone, trying to figure out which identically dressed guys are trying to kill and him and which are his friends, never knowing when the road is going to blow up beneath him, watching his buddies get killed and maimed, and he’s supposed to think happy thoughts? So I called up the Pentagon and asked to be put in touch with the person in charge of the “Master Resiliency Training Course,” Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum. Touchyfeely-wise, this turned out to be a mistake. This was the same Rhonda Cornum who, as a major and a flight surgeon with the 229th Attack Helicopter Regiment during the first Gulf War, boarded a search-and-rescue flight on Feb. 27, 1991, looking for the pilot of a downed F-16 fighter in the Iraqi desert near Basra. The Blackhawk was shot down. Five of the eight crew members were killed. Cornum and two others were taken prisoner by the Iraqi army. “Let me tell you something about my own experience,” she said. “So, I got shot down. The next thing I know some Iraqi soldier is dislocating the shoulder in my already broken arm. I thought, ‘Well, I’m not dead. I’m a prisoner of war.’ “That kind of thing can result in fear, anger, depression or grief. But I thought, ‘Well, I’m not dead. As we were crashing, I remember thinking I had two options. Either I’d be dead or I’d be captured. Being captured was better. I

them how to teach their troops how to cope. It is taught in conjunction with, and based on principles developed by, the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center. “We talk about being ‘Army Strong,’” Gen. Cornum said. “This is not just about PT (physical training). It’s about decision-making, compassion, judgment _ it’s totally holistic. “We want our non-commissioned officers and young officers to be better able to instill skills to make their soldiers more resilient. Think optimistically. Communicate using evidence, not emotion. Act positively. Understand how emotions affect your thinking.” Here’s the idea: The Army is spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to help the more than one in three returning veterans who have sought help for some form of stress-related illness. One in eight returning vets are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. So why not spend a few million dollars to teach them better ways to cope with stress? Maybe it doesn’t work for everyone. Not everyone can be like Rhonda Cornum, who is what social scientists call an “invulnerable,” someone who can suck up whatever life hands him or her and move on. Maybe today’s kids have been, as Gen. Cornum says, “bubble-wrapped” by their parents and aren’t used to dealing with much adversity. Maybe they shouldn’t have joined the Army in the first place, but a lot of them didn’t have many better options. If the Army can teach them resiliency, so much the better. Maybe they can teach it to rest of us. Kevin Horrigan is a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He can be reached at khorrigan@ post-dispatch.com.


 
 
 
 


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Features

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Ram King shirts cause stir as ‘DubFest’ nears

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By Lyndsay Lynch Staff Writer

Many students may have heard a buzz around campus lately about a t-shirt company called Ram King. Some stu-

dents have even purchased tshirts from Ram King already, and others have recently become friends with Ram King on Facebook. This local company started in November of 2009 and began strictly as a custom apparel business by

an entrepreneur who wishes to remain anonymous. The brains behind the operation, says of the company’s managers, “We realized the demand for creative and affordable tshirts and expanded to marketing our own brand.” The Ram King is a local company, and the majority of the customers are West Chester University students. Because of this, they rely mostly on word-of-mouth advertisement. The company creates tshirts for holidays and different parties or events that students would want fun t-shirts for. The Ram King claims, “We try to make clothes that appeal to people with fun-loving attitudes, who also like to work hard and play hard.” Although Ram King is fairly new, and still growing, they have had some positive feedback and success with their products thus far. The best selling t-shirt was the St. Patrick’s Day Edition, which students may have spotted on classmates around campus or in town on March 17, this year. This shirt, and most of the others sell for about $15 each, but Ram King also offers deals from time to time.

FHG celebrates library appreciation month By Rae Dunbar Features Editor

During the month of April, most college campuses will have more students using the library and other study areas for end-of-the-semester assignments as well as to prepare for finals. West Chester University students can appreciate the Harvey Green library more this month as April marks Library Appreciation Month. The library hours have been extended this year, first as a trial and then as a permanent change. The library hours are now: Monday through Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. Thursday 7:30 a.m. – midnight. Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday noon – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 2 a.m. The library was originally closed at midnight on Sunday through Wednesday nights. Extending hours by two additional hours, the library now closes at 2 a.m. During the trial of extending the

library hours, there were handfuls of students that stayed until the later closing times of the library. Now that the library is open later permentaly, more students seem to be taking advantage of the library’s late hours as they continue to do their school work. The library has two floors designated as the quiet floors for students to work without the distraction of outside sounds. Other floors

allow talking for students working on group projects, or for students who are at the library doing work with friends. There are rooms available for students who need to discuss a group project, or other assignments, in which they are able to openly talk about their work. On the second floor of the library is a room with several

computers. Each computer is hooked up to a television screen that enlarges the computer image so that multiple people can see the work as it is being done. This is one tool offered for group projects. There are other resources available to students, such as checking out books or laptops at the circulation desk. On the computers, is a website offered by library resources to be used for research purposes. This allows students to search different topics by using reliable resources. This could include scholarly journals that contain information on a research topic. The library and other study wcupa.edu areas, such as the third floor of Sykes Student Union, allow students to have a work area to complete their assignments, other than at the desk in their homes. The library can be more than a work zone, it hosts resources for research purposes, and there are computers, copy machines and printers available to students.

One new shirt that just came out, expected to be popular this season is the Spring ‘Phever’ Phillies t-shirt. Another shirt that has caused some buzz around the town and on campus is the Dubfest t-shirt. For those unfamiliar with Dubfest, it is an organized party that has been planned for May 1 of this year. It involves any student who wants to celebrate the end to the semester by barbequing or just enjoying the spring weather. The event is predicted to resemble that of Homecoming day and spread all over the off campus housing streets around the area. Unfortunately, not everyone is as excited as the students are about Dubfest. Some community members have been discussing matters of the borough and how this day will be handled. No major decisions have been made yet, but the Ram King has already been experiencing some repercussions.

Due to the fact that the Ram King is making Dubfest t-shirts, people are linking the company with the actual event and putting the blame on it. Members of the community have gone as far as posting on blogs saying that the Dubfest shirts are “terroristic threats.” The Ram King fights back by reminding community members of West Chester, “Ram King is not responsible for Dubfest, people want shirts, so we print them.” Ram King is located online at www.TheRamKing.com. The shirts can be ordered online, on Facebook, or, for locals to West Chester, through text message to the Ram King himself at 484-515-0268. The Ram King promises to deliver all orders to the customers as quickly as possible. Lindsay Lynch is senior majoring in communications with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at LL628475@wcupa. edu.

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The FHG library hours will extend starting April 30 in preparations for finals during this semester. The library’s hours during the end of the semester will be as follows: Friday April 30, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday May 1, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday May 2, noon – 2 a.m. with extended study hours in the Starbucks area at 2 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. as the library will be open Monday May 3 through Thursday May 6 from 7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. Each

of these nights Starbucks will be used for a study area from 2 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. On Friday the library will be open May 7 from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The library will be closed on the following Saturday and Sunday. The schedule of the library hours can be found on the website, www.wcupa.edu/library. Ginger Rae Dunbar is a thirdyear student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at RD655287@ wcupa.edu.


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EARTH Group promotes clothing recycling By Juliette Honsinger Special to The Quad

This Wednesday, April 21, WCU’s E.A.R.T.H Group will host an event called “Drop N’ Swap” on the Sykes Patio(in Sykes 257 if it is raining) beginning at 7:30 p.m. For the past two weeks, the group has been collecting unwanted clothing, no matter the condition, in the dormitories and Sykes Student Union in marked collection boxes. Donated clothing has been collected periodically to store until the night of the event, where all will be welcome to look through the donations and take home whatever one wants- for free. Free food will be available as well. The idea of the event is to promote the idea of recycling clothing and to spread awareness about the impact of “fast fashion.” Due to globalization, the fashion industry has made it possible to produce clothing at increasingly lower costs, making prices so low that many consumers think of these clothing items as disposable. This tendency has gained the nickname “fast fashion,” in the same vein of fast food. The fast fashion industry caters mostly to young women in stores such as H&M, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and other outlets. One of the concerns of this phenomenon is the increasing amount of “stuff” that Americans keep in their homes. Americans keep about 21 percent of their yearly clothing purchases in their homes, increasing the amount of clothing and other textiles, according to Recycling of Low Grade Clothing Waste, a September 2006 report by consultant Oakdene Hollins. All of these items will eventually enter the main waste stream in large amounts. The EPA Office of Solid Waste states that Americans throw away an average of 68 pounds of clothing waste a year per person, representing four percent of all solid waste. However, this figure is rapidly increasing. This is not the only consequence of fast fashion. Other areas of impact include carbon emissions resulting from transportation and low wages of the workers producing the clothing. More information about these topics will be available at the Drop N’ Swap event. If you haven’t looked through your closet yet, collection boxes will remain in the dormitories and Sykes Student Union until April 21. Or, feel free to bring donations to the actual event. All clothing left over will be donated to Wearable Collections, a clothing recycling company, and local charities. Juliette Honsinger is a thirdyear student majoring in History with a minor in French. She can be reached at JH648769@wcupa.edu.

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DJ Spotlight:

Student seeks support for trip to Rome

David Hogg

By Keinan Fry Staff Writer

From 8-10 p.m. every Monday night, 91.7 FM, West Chester University’s college radio station enters a time machine. Gone are the current Indie wonders and the Top Forty hits that usually dominate the station’s airwaves, and listeners enter the 80’s as DJ David Hogg exclusively centers his show on the decade’s New Wave genre. Besides his distinct musical focus Hogg distinguishes his show further by his steadfast dedication to professionalism. Between breaks in the music, Hogg entertains his audience with interesting facts about the songs and the artists who composed them. But this is not to say his show is rigid or deprived of a sense of humor, as Hogg frequently exchanges clever banter with friends over the air, and places himself at the end of his jokes Music, of course, remains the centerpiece of his show. Hogg’s love for 80s New Wave began at a young age. “When I was 14 or 15 I was introduced to (classic 80s band) The Smiths and it changed the way I listened to music,” Hogg said. “It blossomed from there.” Hogg’s radio show name, FAC-502, is a complex homage to famed Factory Records, who signed bands like New Order and the Happy Mondays and catalogued each release with the label: FAC. “When the founder of Factory, Tony Wilson, died a few years ago, his coffin was catalogued as FAC-501,” Hogg said. “So

my show name is a little bit of a tribute to his revolutionary record label and its founder.” A common occurrence on his show called the “triple shot,” is when he plays three consecutive songs by one band. Triple shots are an opportunity for Hogg to introduce rare tracks by classic 80s and New Wave artists. Hogg also DJs a second show from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. called “A Different Choice of Noise,” which focuses on more recent releases. Hogg is quick to assert that “FAC-502” is his favorite of the two. As if hosting two shows wasn’t evidence enough of his dedication to radio station, Hogg also holds dual roles as the Training Director and News Director on the WCUR executive staff board In his role as Training Director, Hogg oversees the training of the station’s future DJs, so the future of the station is clearly an important issue to him. He sees the radio station becoming more involved in campus events and spreading its name. “WCUR is trying to no longer be its own island,” Hogg said. Despite his commitment to the radio station, Hogg doesn’t plan to pursue a communications degree, instead focusing on teaching Secondary English. But for now as a sophomore, Hogg can just focus on the radio station. “I’m doing what I love,” Hogg said. Keinan Fry is a fourth year student majoring in English. He can be reached at KF634551@wcupa.edu.

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On Friday, March 23, WCU student musician, Matt Kaplan, will perform an hour-long concert to help raise support for his upcoming trip to Rome. Kaplan, a classical guitarist, will play music from Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens and more. Kaplan hopes to gain support from fellow students and the West Chester community through this performance prior to embarking on his journey to Italy. He was selected from a group of musicians to play guitar with international musicians during the 2010 Rome Festival. The “Benefit for Rome” event will take place Friday at 7 p.m., at the School at Church Farm on E. Lincoln Highway. A reception will follow the recital. See the event’s page on Facebook for more details.

See next week’s Quad for an interview with Kaplan.

The Ram Review:

Idol 411

By Tracy Combs

American Idol Columnist

And then there were nine (part two). Nerves must have been running wild on the American Idol set as two contestants would be facing elimination this week, due to Michael Lynche being saved last week. To prepare for their performances, the contestants traveled to Las Vegas to get a better understanding of the “King of Rock,” Elvis Presley.

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Ryan Seacrest continues to prove me wrong. While talking with Lambert, Seacrest revealed too much information, saying, “My tongue is not nearly as talented as yours.” Interpret that as you wish. I’ll leave it at that, and move on to the performances. Crystal Bowersox: Is there any point reviewing her performance of “Saved?” As usual, her vocals were exceptional and the judges all loved her. I will mention, though, that the

bejeweled guitar was a nice touch. Andrew Garcia: He has a great personality and I wish I could like him, but his performances continue to disappoint. He took a risk with “Hound Dog,” one of Elvis’ most recognizable songs. It seems like he tried to use the stage, but ended up lazily dragging the microphone the whole way. Randy Jackson called the performance, “not-good See IDOL page 9

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Who better to mentor the contestants this week than American Idol’s own Adam Lambert, who, like Elvis, knows how to deliver jaw-dropping performances. But it was Ryan Seacrest’s conversation with Lambert before the performances that had fans talking. American Idol is no stranger to awkward moments, but I figured these would decrease after Paula Abdul left the show.

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Album Review:

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YOU Donora, self-titled

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“Nightmare on Elm Street”? Vote below! Drop ballots off in the “Poll” slot of the Quad’s Office Door Sykes Union, 2nd floor

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Most people can count on one hand how many love-every-songand-never-press-the-skip-button albums they have bought. Like previews for movies, the one or two songs that drive people to buy an album are often the only good pieces of the pie. But Donora’s self-titled debut album makes it feel like Thanksgiving. Donora satisfies almost everyone’s musical appetite with sweet, bubbly songs like “Shh” and “I Think I Like You” and spicy, feisty tracks such as “Weekend Tongue” and “Shak’ida.” The choruses of the songs on the album are just “bubblegum pop” enough to be stuck in one’s head for days on end, but the guitar-driven beats and unique vocals alone give these artists absolute credibility and make up for the lack of lyrical greatness. Along with most of the album,

the beginning track, “Shout,” and the danceinducing “Backbeat” contain hints of Britishpop influence, while the reminiscent “Photograph” switches it up with its pleasing and reflective tones. “The Chorus” is much like an upbeat version of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” with a heavier piano sound and lighter vocals. But the greatness of Donora is highlighted by the light-hearted, quirky “Saturday Night,” which leaves listeners with wide grins

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Siobhan to have an outstanding week, especially due to being compared to Lambert with her style. I thought vocally she sounded fine singing “Suspicious Minds,” but her performance just did not do Elvis justice. Of all weeks appropriate to go all out and put on a show, she chose to be more subdued. Michael Lynche: Welcome back to the competition! His

pleasing the judges, and this week she wanted a song she could put her frustrations into. She sounded fantastic singing “Baby What You Want Me To Do,” and really put personality into her performance. The reviews from the judges were mixed, though Ellen did mention that the song was “horn-y” (in reference to the horns playing in the back-

tition, it needs to be about the complete package.

karaoke.” WEDNESDAY: RESULTS Tim Urban: Jackson reviewed Urban’s “Can’t Help Falling In Casey James, Andrew Garcia Love” best by saying, “This may and Aaron Kelly were brought to surprise you. I actually liked it!” the stage and their performances Normally, I find his mediocre were reviewed. Instead of talent and silly dance moves building up the usual suspense, unbearable, but I was also pleasRyan Seacrest announced rather antly surprised. He lost the quickly gimmicks, focused on the that vocals and improved his Andrew performance. had been Lee DeWyze: Lambert elimitold him to be more nated. His “playful” on stage and to departure connect with the audience. was not Having confidence on unexstage has been a struggle pected, for Lee, though he seems Tuesday’s to be improving as the comsong being petition progresses. His another arrangement of “A Little link in a Less Conversation” was chain of unique and fresh, with failed perEllen DeGeneres calling it formances. “current.” However, he still His needs to work on loosening departure up on stage. was Aaron Kelly: Before he graceful, even stepped on the stage and he to perform “Blue Suede repeatedly Shoes,” he said, “I don’t thanked know that the song fits me. the judges It’s probably wrong in every and fans possible way.” for the Obviously, this is not the opportubest attitude to have. He is nity. obviously not a rock singer, “Idol dose.ca and it is unfair to force conGives testants to sing songs that Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens suffered in the double elimination week, and were sent home. Michael Lynch had Back” are obviously outside of been “saved” by the judges the previous week. takes their genre. place next Kara DioGuardi enjoyed the performance of “In The Ghetto” ground, of course). week, and was promoted this fact that he was outside his made me fall in love with his Casey James: Again this was week with a video of Elliott comfort range and showed a voice all over again. another contestant I thought Yamin’s and Kara DioGuardi’s different side. He was successful in deliver- could really make an impression recent trip to Africa. The video I also enjoyed seeing him ing a much needed strong vocal with this theme. showed how the charity has using the stage and showing performance after almost being However, I have to agree with helped more than one million a bit more personality, but he eliminated last week. DeGeneres Simon that it was a “wasted individuals throughout its struggled vocally and is going said, “I’m glad we saved you.” opportunity.” His vocals sounded history, and demonstrated how backwards in the competition. Katie Stevens: It is no secret fine on “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” much help is needed to save Siobhan Magnus: I expected that she has had difficulty but at this point in the compe- even more lives.

before ending on a soft note with the warm singer/songwriter track “London.” Although the final track title and the British-pop sounds may lead listeners to assume otherwise, Donora is actually named after their hometown in Washington County, PA, about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh. The band is a trio featuring vocalist and guitarist Casey Hanner, her brother Jake on drums, and bass player Jake Churton. Their indie-pop/rock delicacies have been featured on the popular MTV shows “Cribs” and “True Life,” and they have performed with Grammy-nominated The Ting Tings. Carol Fritz is a first-year student at West Chester University. She can be reached at CF716002@wcupa. edu. The Black Eyed Peas, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige and Sir. Elton John are just a few of the A-list performers that will take part in the charity event. Former contestant Brooke White sang a duet with Justin Gaston (yes, Miley Cyrus’ exboyfriend). Not only is this an odd pairing, but I’m not sure what the purpose was of having them on the show. I think two performances from Adam Lambert would have been a better choice. Even though I liked Brooke White when she was a contestant, the performance was forgettable. Seacrest must have agreed as he did not give them much opportunity to talk after their performance. Lambert’s performance reminded fans why he is one of the most talked about constants in Idol’s history. While I found the lasers slightly distracting, his powerful voice and stage presence makes him unforgettable. He certainly deserves more success than he has had post-Idol. Seacrest teased Lee DeWyze by pointing out that he sang the last song Chris Daughtry performed before he was eliminated. Fortunately for DeWyze, he did not suffer the same fate. This left Tim Urban, Michael Lynche and Katie Stevens facing elimination. It was the end of the road for Stevens, and I must admit that I am disappointed to see her go. She finally found the confidence she needed and was making better song choices, though it may have been too little, too late. The rest of the contestants are undoubtedly looking forward to meeting Alicia Keys next week. Tracy Combs is a junior Communications Studies major. She can be reached at TC694114@wcupa.edu


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Track and Field preparing for PSAC’s By Jillian Morgan Staff Writer

The Rams competed in the WCU Invitational at John A. Farrell Stadium on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10. The Golden Rams captured many wins and have moved a couple steps closer to competing in the PSAC Championships in May. “I feel that the outdoor season is going well for both men’s and women’s teams,” junior Dana Dietrich, who finished first in the triple jump Friday, said. “There have been great individual performances so far, and I expect several athletes to improve and peak closer to PSACS. On the women’s side the hurdles and jumps are extremely strong this year, and I see a lot of points coming from those events at PSAC’s. For me personally, I am hoping to continue to improve each week with triple and long jump, and to improve my placing at PSAC in the triple jump.” Also on Friday, Kyle Miller took first place in the pole vault competition, which helped to highlight the men’s track and field team that day. Miller cleared 14 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Right behind Miller, Zack Sharrah finished fourth, clearing 12-1 ½. Ed Brittingham finished third in the men’s 5000m, completing the race in 16:15.28. Sean Sebeck finished behind Brittingham in the 5000m in fifth place with a time of 16:31.14. Josh Bacon placed third in the triple jump leaping 42-8 ¼. Rob Johnson finished fourth in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 128-4. Dietrich’s leap that put her in first place was 34 feet, 11 inches. Following close to Dietrich, Hughes finished second with a

distance of 34-5 ¼, Mackenzie Lauro finished third (33-09 ¼), Reaves placed fourth (33-01/2) and Aimee Sitch came in fifth (32-9 ¾). The female jumpers are racking up a lot of points for the Golden Rams. Dietrich has high expectations for herself and the rest of the jumpers for the remainder of the season. “A specific goal I have set is to break 37 feet in triple jump, and for next indoor season to qualify for Nationals,” Dietrich said. “The women’s team is also looking for another national qualifier from Brittany Foye who jumped over 37 feet in indoors and Katie Butler in high jump. Also, a lot of promise is shown in freshmen jumpers Miriam Hughes and Nicole Reaves.” Melinda Wentz came in first place after day one of the women’s heptathlon. On Friday, Wentz had 2,512 points for the team after four events. On Saturday, the men’s and women’s track and field team continued to impress their opponents, as well as make a positive name for themselves as individuals and as a team. On day two, the men’s team tallied five event winners at the WCU Invitational. Of the winners, Craig Espenshade won the 800m with a time of 1:56.58. Espenshade’s time helped him to qualify for next month’s PSAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Jacob Perry finished close behind Espenshade with a time of 1:58.88, which put him in third place. Matt Houser was a runner-up in the 400m, completing the race in 49.85 seconds. Tyler Real took the gold in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.71. Real finished second in the

110m hurdles with a time of 15.27 seconds. Eric Atkins finished fifth in 16.37 seconds and Dan Smith finished seventh in 16.67 seconds. Mike Malejko came in fourth place in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:22.07. Andrew Furst competed in the high jump competition, clearing 5-10 ¾ which put him in fourth place. Leighon Johnson leapt 22-10 in the long jump. Shawn

Houser. The four guys completed the race in 42.52 seconds, which offered them a first place spot. The 4x400m relay team came in first as well, completing the race in 3:19.70. The relay team consists of Johnson, Kyle Perry, Houser and Espenshade. The women’s team recorded four first-place finishes on the second day of the WCU Invitational. Katie Butler won the 110m hurdles, completing the race in 15.82 seconds. Brigid Gallagher came in second, right behind Butler, with a time of 16.67 seconds. Butler won the high jump, as well, clearing 5-2 ½. Brigid Harron came in second place (5-0 ½) and Andrea Lengal finished in fourth place (4-6 ¾). Nicole Reaves and Miriam Hughes tied for second place in the long jump both leaping 16-1. Dietrich came in sixth place with a distance of 15-10 ½. Jess Joseph won the 3000m with a time of 10:57.49. Lindsay Nygren won the 400m hurdles, finishing the race in 1:07.36. Danielle Howell finished in second place, behind Amanda Warren/ The Quad Joseph (1:08.08), Brigid Gallagher came in Smith finished right behind third place (1:08.13) and Melinda Johnson with a distance of 22-1. Wentz finished in fourth place Also, Josh Bacon finished third (1:09.88). in the triple jump with a leap of However, Wentz finished first 42-8 ¼. in the women’s heptathlon with Smith also contributed to the an impressive 4,039 points. 4x100m relay team, along with Lyndsey Ratasiewicz placed teammates Johnson, Bacon and third in the 800m with a time of

2:23.27. Mary Gawbill finished fourth, close behind Ratasiewicz with 2:24.60. Kim McManus completed the 800m in 2:28.29, putting her in fifth place, and Leigh Gumlock-Silfies finished in seventh (2:29.95). The women’s 4x400m relay team crossed the finish line in 4:07.19, which helped them earn second place. The 4x400m team consists of Gallagher, Howell, Nygren and Gawbill. The PSAC Championships are less than a month away. The Golden Rams will continue to prepare for the event by practicing hard and doing well in there upcoming meets. “Right now we are still training hard through a couple meets by lifting and running hard,” Dietrich said. “We are starting to focus a lot more on technique, and will soon start tapering our training down. Overall, I think that the WCU track and field team will have an excellent showing at the 2010 PSAC championships this year.” For the rest of April, some of the Golden Rams will compete at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 22, 23 and 24. The remaining Golden Rams will be competing at their last home meet before PSAC’s. The Rams will compete at Lock Haven on May 1, as well as competing at Penn State on May 8. The Rams battled to win points for their team at the Widener meet this past Friday and Saturday. The Rams hope to continue their success the rest of the season, in hopes to reach their goals at the PSAC Championships May 13-15. Jillian Morgan is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at JM652349@ wcupa.edu.

Aquila and LaFleur compete at Nationals By Amy Festa Staff Writer

Two West Chester gymnasts traveled to Texas Women’s University to compete in the USAG National competition on Thursday. Alli Aquila and Kaley LaFleur represented West Chester. Competition opened in Texas on Thursday with the gymnasts competing in their events to see if they would make the individual events finals, which were held on Saturday. Aquila, who tied for 15th at last year’s USAG Nationals, was no stranger to the competition and is heading back for her second year in a row. LaFleur is also used to championship competition after just missing a spot on a podium and placing fourth at the ECAC Championships a week prior. The entire team has been practicing with Aquila and LaFleur and encouraging them before they leave for Texas. “The whole team has been really supportive of them,” head coach Barbara Cordova said. Both gymnasts participated in the all-around competition and

posted season high scores on their best events. LaFleur, who was a first time visitor to Nationals, performed well on the balance beam. “Kaley’s best event was the balance beam,” Cordova said. “And we knew she could possibly make finals if she hit. She did her best routine of the year and scored a 9.625 and placed seventh. The top five go to finals, so she just

though they were only separated by 1.150 points. They earned a 36.400 and a 35.250, respectively. “The whole meet was a great experience,” Cordova said. “We are equally proud of both girls.” Both gymnasts are young competitors for West Chester with LaFleur only being in her first year as a Ram, and Aquila her second. They have performed well for West Chester in their short tenure and are expected to continue to be strong competitors. The top placing gymnast in the competition was Rashonda Cannie from Texas Women’s University. She scored a 38.725. This is Cannie’s second straight allaround title at the USAG National competition. TWU went on to compete in the team competition on Friday before falling to Bridgeport by a score of 193.975-193.600. Bridgeport scored Lukas Jenkins/ The Quad more than three points above their average missed it.” score of the season. The gymnasts who placed fifth TWU holds the record for on the balance beam scored a USAG titles with nine, with their 9.675, so LaFleur was just shy of last coming in 2003. competing on Saturday. The Nationals meet was the Aquila, who qualified for last for West Chester this season. Nationals last year, had her best Both LaFleur and Aquila will be event on the vault, posting a returning next season to compete season high score of 9.55. The best for the Rams. performance of the day on the Amy Festa is a third-year student vault was a 9.775. majoring in English with a minor in LeFleur ended her day tied for Journalism. She can be reached at 18th in the all-around competi- AF649219@wcupa.edu. tion while Aquila finished 20th,


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WCU Lax on 14-game winning streak By LJ Harrell Sports Editor

A week after coming away with back-to-back triple overtime victories over nationally ranked Dowling and Gannon University, the sixth-ranked West Chester University Golden Rams lacrosse team did it once again as they came from behind to defeat division opponents Shippensburg University and Bloomsburg University this week. In the process, West Chester clinched the regular-season divisional title. On April 12, the Golden Rams (14-0, 8-0 PSAC East) defeated the Shippensburg University Red Raiders 11-7 on the road. West Chester scored nine unanswered goals in the second half to come away with the victory. It was a game of runs as the Golden Rams scored the first two goals of the game by sophomore attacker Erin Oczkowski and junior attacker Claire Grimwood. The Red Raiders answered five minutes after West Chester’s second goal scoring five consecutive goals. Jessica Schubach, Liz DiNunno, Katie Brewer, Roxanne Brown and Gayle Kuntzmann scored for Shippensburg as they led 5-2 at halftime. The Golden Rams came out in the second with renewed spirit and energy. West Chester

scored nine consecutive goals to regain the lead and they never looked back as they held the Red Raiders to only two goals in the second half. Senior attacker Nicole Haines scored four goals, Grimwood scored two goals, Oczkowski scored one goal and senior attacker Gabrielle Stitz scored one goal during the run to lead the Golden Rams. Rachael Murray scored the final two goals of the game for Shippensburg, but it was not enough as West Chester weathered the early storm and came away with another victory. Sophomore MacKenzie O’Keefe picked up the victory as she recorded seven saves in the contest. On April 15, for the fourth consecutive game, the Golden Rams came from behind to defeat the Bloomsburg University Huskies 13-10 at home, a win which also clinched the division title for West Chester. The Golden Rams scored six unanswered goals in the second half after trailing for the first 48 minutes of the game. Bloomsburg came out strong as they scored the first three goals of the game. Samantha King scored the first two goals and Sarah Bennett tallied the third goal for the Huskies. The Golden Rams cut the deficit to one as

sophomore Alyssa Gallen and junior Shannon Hayes scored back-to-back goals as Lauren Glassey was able to assist on both goals. Bloomsburg scored four of the next six goals to finish the half as Allie Kakareka (two goals), King and Kelsey Metzler scored to lead the Huskies to a 7-4 halftime lead. In the second half, West Chester showed their strength. They continued their success as a second half team. Glassey, Haines and Gallen scored two goals each in the six goal eruption in a 14-minute time span for the Golden Rams. Haines, Glassey and Gallen scored three goals apiece in the division clinching victory. O’Keefe picked up her ninth victory of the season as she made six saves in the win. West Chester has two games remaining in the regular season before the PSAC postseason tournament begins. On Wednesday, the Golden Rams travel to East Stroudsburg to face the Warriors beginning at 4 p.m. On Saturday, West Chester ends the regular season on the road with a 7 p.m. matchup with the Millersville University Marauders. LJ Harrell is a fourth-year student majoring in Marketing. He can be reached at LH639694@wcupa.edu.

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WCU softball clinches first ever division title By LJ Harrell Sports Editor

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For the first time in school history, the West Chester University Golden Rams softball team will make an appearance in the PSAC postseason tournament, having won the PSAC Eastern Division title. West Chester finished in a tie for first place with Kutztown University, but won the division title by virtue of sweeping East Stroudsburg, while the Golden Bears split with the Warriors. During the week, the Golden Rams split with Millersville University, swept East Stroudsburg University and fell to Lock Haven University in two games. On Saturday, West Chester (29-13, 12-4 PSAC East) defeated the Millersville University Marauders 10-8 in ten innings during game one, but fell to Millersville in the second half of the doubleheader 9-6. In the tenth inning of game one, senior Sam Ingersoll hit a two-run shot to put the Golden Rams up 10-7 to help West Chester pick up the victory. Senior Kelsey Rapp was placed on second base at the start of the inning in the international tie-breaker rule. Senior Stef Kerbacher hit a bunt single, advancing Rapp to third where she scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. After a ground out, Ingersoll smashed her 13th home run of the year to give the visitors a three-run lead. Junior Brooke Muth started

the game and pitched the first eight innings of the contest. Freshman pitcher Devon Utterback appeared in her first game of the season and pitched 1 1/3 inning to pick up her first career victory. Muth re-entered the game and picked up her fifth save of the year. The Golden Rams fell in game two 9-6 as Millersville was able to erase a late deficit to defeat West Chester. With the Golden Rams leading 6-3 in the sixth inning, the Marauders scored six runs to earn a split of the doubleheader. Sarah Signore hit a RBI single to score Deanna Schneiderreit. Casey Coker singled to score both Signore and Lindsay Hosier. Three batters later, Jamie Motsko hit a three-run homerun to help Millersville secure the split. On April 14, West Chester swept the East Stroudsburg University Warriors 5-1 in game one. In game two, the Golden Rams defeated the Warriors 7-4 in dramatic fashion in eight innings. Ingersoll broke the school record for home runs in a single season with her 12th of the year during a four-run fifth inning in game one. Her two-run shot over the left-center field fence gave West Chester a 5-0 lead. Ingersoll finished the day 3-for-5 to up her batting average to .529 on the year. She has collected 64 hits on the season – one shy of teammate Erin MacNamee’s single-season school record set two years ago. Muth picked up her 13th win of the season in game one as she

went the distance. She gave up one run on seven hits, striking out three and walking two batters. In game two, Ingersoll and senior Megan Harbaugh each walked to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning in game two with the score tied at 4-4. Freshman Missy Schwartz then slammed an offering from Warriors’ pitcher Caitlin Monahan over the left field fence for her second home run of the season and first career walk-off shot. Muth relieved starting pitcher Schwartz and picked up her 14th win of the season as she pitched the final five innings of play giving up three hits and striking out three. Harbaugh went 3-for-4 including hitting her fifth homerun of the season. Senior Evelyn Anderson finished 4-for-5 with one RBI and scoring one run. This week, West Chester prepares for their first ever PSAC tournament appearance. The tournament begins on Friday. The PSAC softball postseason tournament is a two-day, double-elimination tournament on Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, Mercyhurst will play Lock Haven at West Chester’s South Campus Complex at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 23. The loser of that contest will play West Chester at 1 p.m. The Golden Rams will then play the winner of game one at 3 p.m. LJ Harrell is a fourth-year student majoring in Marketing. He can be reached at LH639694@wcupa.edu.


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WCU moves on to Bill Giles Championship By Steven Fisher Staff Writer

The West Chester Golden Rams baseball team slugged their way past Widener University 10-6, in a non-league inter-divisional baseball game at Serpico Stadium last Wednesday afternoon. Widener got to starting pitcher Jordan Lehman in the fifth inning, as they put four runs on the board that put them up 5-4. WCU once again immediately retaliated with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the fifth inning to go up 9-5. The first four batters to start off the fifth inning for the Golden Rams all reached base and ended up scoring. Brandon Wolfe walked with the bases loaded to bring home the first of WCU’s five runs. Third basemen Josh Heyne’s clutch, bases-clearing double with two outs gave WCU their second lead of the day. Kevin McGrath then knocked home Heyne with a two-out double of his own that gave the Golden Rams a 9-5 lead after five innings of play. First basemen Kyle Orensky was 3-for-3, and

hit his ninth home run of the season. Charlie Kelly also contributed with his seventh long ball in Wednesday’s win over Widener. Lehman started and threw 4.1 innings, giving up eight hits, with five earned runs, while walking one and striking out two. Craig Carroll (3-0) picked up his third win of the season in relief of Lehman. Carroll tossed the remaining 4.2 innings, giving up one earned run on six hits, while striking out six, and did not walk a batter. Starting pitcher for Widener Salvatore Spera was chased from the game after three innings. He gave up six hits, with four runs while walking four and striking out three. Mike Pappas (0-2) came on in relief and took the loss. Pappas pitched 2.2 innings, allowing six runs on six hits. Widener’s biggest offensive threat on Wednesday was right fielder and leadoff hitter Tom DeAngelis. DeAngelis was 4-for-5 and scored two of Widener’s six runs. Last Thursday afternoon, WCU defeated Wilmington University 15-4 in a non-league

baseball game in Wilmington, Del. The Golden Rams offense put the game out of reach in the seventh inning with seven runs to take a 14-4 lead. The first seven WCU batters of the seventh inning reached safely. Charlie Kelly and Bob Stumpo led off the inning with back-toback doubles. Nick Spisak later hit a three-run triple that got the scoring started. Wilmington pitchers could not figure out the Golden Rams’ one through three batters. They were a combined 7-for-15 with five RBI. McGrath went 3-for-5, and Brandon Wolfe contributed with three RBI in last Thursday’s win over Wilmington. The Golden Rams are getting contributions from everyone that head coach Mark Jackson sends to the plate. Every starter in WCU’s lineup registered a hit. Wilmington pitchers gave up a total of 18 hits on the day. John Hopkins started for WCU and pitched four innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Joe Opalka (2-2) came on in relief and picked up his second win of the season. Opalka threw four innings and gave up just one run

on two hits. In the first round of the annual Bill Giles Tournament that took place Saturday at Serpico Stadium, the Golden Rams won a wild one in a re-match against Wilmington University by a score of 7-6 in 12 innings. In the bottom of the 12th inning Spisak led off with an infield single. After Wendle flied out, Orensky doubled in the right-center gap, putting runners at second and third with just one out. Kelly hit a fly ball that was caught in foul ground. Wilmington’s right fielder threw home to keep Spisak from scoring, however the throw bounced away from Wilmington’s catcher and Spisak scored the game-winning run. The hero of the day was freshman pitcher Fred Breidenbach. After Lehman exited the game in the fourth, Breidenbach came on in relief and held it down for the Golden Rams. Breidenbach tossed 7 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six batters. Lehman started the game and lasted only 4 1/3 innings. He gave up nine hits, with six runs overall, five of

which were earned. WCU’s hot bats were some-what extinguished in Saturday’s win over Wilmington. They managed just 10 hits in the 12-inning game. Uncharacteristically, WCU also struck out six times. McGrath, Wendle and Josh Heyne each had two hits on the day. Wendle also knocked in three runs to help the Golden Rams get into the Championship round of the Bill Giles tournament. Tuesday, April 20, WCU will take on the winner of the Philadelphia University/USP game in the Championship game of the Bill Giles tournament, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The game starts at 4 p.m. Friday, April 23, the Golden Rams will travel to Shippensburg University for a PSAC doubleheader. WCU will wrap up their regular season at Serpico stadium on Saturday, April 24 against Shippensburg; games start at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Steven Fisher is a third-year student majoring in communications with a minor in Journalism. He can be reached at SF674180@wcupa. edu.

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Gold tops Purple 24-14 as QB battle heats up strong with a touchdown pass to star wide receiver Dan DePalma. The lefty finished 6-21 for 82 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

going to be a new guy.” Both offenses struggled early on in the contest as neither was able to do much against a stout It has been awhile since head defensive performance. The first football coach Bill Zwaan has points in the had a battle at the game came quarterback position at late in the first West Chester Univerquarter when sity. Since 2005, he has Lucas Fickel had his son, Bill Zwaan blocked a Sean Jr., and Joe Wright at Obermeier the helm for the Golden punt which he Rams. recovered in But before starting the end zone to the 2010 campaign give the Purple which begins Sept. 2 team the 7-0 at the University of lead. Delaware, Zwaan has The biggest a decision to make offensive play between sophomore came late Mike Mattei and junior in the first Jared Jorgensen. If quarter when Friday night’s spring Mattei hit game has any bearing on former quarwho he will pick, Mattei terback turned has the advantage right wide receiver now. Scott Bradish “Knowing what was for 49 yards on the line, I thought down the field. they both did a good job,” In the second Zwaan said. quarter, after Mattei, who started Purple quarfor the Purple team in terback Sean the first quarter before McCartney was switching to the Gold intercepted by team in the second Josh Davis, quarter, finished the www.wcupagoldenrams.com Mattei went to night 14-24 for 250 yards quarterback Mike Mattei took advantage of his opportunities in work with the and one touchdown. He Sophomore the annual Spring Game as he finished with 329 yards of total offense and first offense for also ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns playing for both the Purple and Gold teams. the Gold team. one touchdown. Five plays into “I definitely did a lot of things “I still think it’s going to be the drive, Mattei connected with that I was expecting myself to do,” Mattei said. “But there were hard to make a decision but I am DePalma for a 60-yard touchdown obviously certain plays where I going to try to make it before we to tie the game, which ended a could have made a better throw leave here for the spring,” Zwaan 91-yard drive. The scoring play or a better read, maybe an said. “It’s real important for was a flea flicker, where Mattei audible or two. There’s always whoever is the quarterback to get handed off to Tom Shrader, who as many reps as he can with the gave it to DeAndrea Webb, who room for improvement.” Jorgensen was sluggish to first unit when we get to summer then pitched it back to Mattei. “I was kind of glad to see the start the game but finished camp because either way, it’s By LJ Harrell Sports Editor

offense have some success,” Zwaan said. “I think we’re going to be pretty good defensively. We have some question marks offensively, obviously. I was glad to see that offensively we did some good thing.” After the Gold team was able to tie the game, McCartney did his best to lead the Purple team to another score. Jackson Fagan was able to start the drive with some impressive runs of 14, 12 and 14 yards. McCartney methodically moved the offense down the field before hitting wide receiver Jim Kelly for a 15-yard touchdown pass to help Purple regain the lead. Mattei answered right back as he showed his versatility. After completing consecutive passes to DePalma and Tim Keyser to get into Purple territory, Mattei ran his way through defenders into the end zone for a 36-yard run to tie the game up at 14. “I might not have the fastest forty time but I know I’m athletic enough to gain yards,” Mattei said. “I don’t try to go side to side, I just try to go forward as much as possible and when I got that opportunity I was trying to get as many yards as possible.” “It was a great run [by Mattei],” senior running back D’Andre Webb said. “I have to ask him how he did that; maybe he can show me how to run a little bit,” Webb joked. Jorgensen was able to engineer the only scoring drive of the second half when he hooked up with DePalma for 22 yards with 5:10 left in the game. Fagan led all rushers with 81 yards on 13 carries. Webb finished with 62 yards on 14 carries. DePalma finished with a game-high 120 yards receiving

and two touchdowns. Bradish finished with 73 yards receiving. “I was surprised I got a lot of touches,” Webb said. “I thought we were going to come out throwing because of our quarterback situation but I am very happy we were running a lot. It kind of set the tone a little bit.” “He looks like his old self,” Zwaan said of Webb. “I think [the injury] was in his head last year and he never really got going. He ran hard. He looks different now.” Defensively, Anthony McCloskey led all tacklers with nine stops, including one for a loss. Ronnie Koons, Carl Barnes and Brian Hinderer finished with six tackles apiece. Cordero Newkirk, Kris Scott and Davis each had an interception in the game. The defense has plenty of players to replace. All four linebackers from last season, Sam Scott, Mike Dell, T.J. Cascio and Mike Holland are leaving due to graduation. James Thorpe, Kevin Garland and Caorey Rhood are also departures from the team due to graduation. It will be up to the likes of Koons, Troy Wasserleben, Newkirk, Scott and Davis to help fill the void. With the first game of the regular season a little over four months away, questions still need to be answered. But with spring practices coming to a close and summer workouts right around the corner, there is still time. Come Sept. 2 these questions will have to be answered in order for the Golden Rams to get back to the top of the PSAC and back into the NCAA playoffs. LJ Harrell is a fourth-year student majoring in Marketing. He can be reached at LH639694@wcupa.edu.

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