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DANIELLE KREIDER News Editor President Barack Obama stomps challenger Governor Mitt

Romney in the 2012 Presidential election. As of Nov. 6th the electoral college vote stood at 303 to 206. At the start of the election it seemed as though it was going to be a major tug-of-war between

the two candidates but President Obama proved to be victorious in the end. He won the following states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, California, New Hampshire, Washington, Minnesota,

Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii, Washington

D.C., Florida, Virginia and Nevada. After winning the vital state of Ohio, President Obama tweeted, “This happened because of you. Thank you.” Romney delivered his con-

cession speech in Boston and Obama followed with remarks in Chicago. Obama’s lease on the White House will renew while he serves his second term as the 44th President of the U.S.

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In the spring semester, Dr. Francine G. McNairy will retire from her countless years working in the education field as president of Millersville University – the same time frame she was appointed the position nine years ago. It’s only fitting that those who she has interacted with, and ultimately changed, speak on how remarkable her time has been not only on Millersville, but the surrounding area, and much further. Faculty, friends, administrators, and students joined this ceremony on Sunday, November 4 in the Student Memorial Center multipurpose room, recognizing Dr. McNairy’s accomplishments and achievements. “The Trustees thought it appropriate to have one occasion where those who make this institution the success it is to have the opportunity to interact with Fran,” said Mike Warfel, chair of the Millersville Counsel of Trustees and a ’84 alumnus. “This is our time to say thank you for her many efforts.”

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2 News THE SNAPPER November 8, 2012

Fundraising frenzy LAURA MAGINLEY


Assoc. News Editor October 23, 2012 at 7:40 AM Alex Wagner of Annville, PA was cited for driving at an unsafe speed and causing a crash with injury on the 30 block of North George Street. A report was filed and citations are pending. October 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM Ryan Firestone of Bernville, PA was cited for a crosswalk violation on Frederick Street at Shenks Lane. A citation was issued. October 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM Graffiti was found on the gazebo near the Swan Pond. An investigated was conducted and a report was filed with photographs. October 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM A driver was cited for a stop sign violation on High School Avenue at Normal Avenue. A warning was issued. October 25, 2012 at 5:50 PM Michael Nester of Coatesville, PA was charged for possession of marijuana on the second floor of Gaige Hall. A report was filed and evidence seized. October 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM A driver was cited for a stop sign violation on Lyte Road at Brooks Drive. A warning was issued. October 29, 2012 at 3:03 AM Amanda Viti of New Cumberland, PA was cited for an alcohol violation at Hull Hall. A report and citation were filed. She was released to roommate. Octobr 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM Keys were found on the 100 block of North Prince Street. They were given to a locksmith. A report was taken.

November 1, 2012 at 11:34 PM The odor of marijuana was reported on the first floor of Harbold Hall. No physical evidence was noted. A report was filed. November 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM Chaneil Scott of Philadelphia, PA was cited for failure to stop on West Cottage and North Prince Street. A citation and report were filed. November 3, 2012 at 2:09 AM Farrod Wilcher of Philadelphia, PA was cited for a stop sign and seat belt violation on North Prince at Cottage Avenue. A traffic citation and verbal warning were issued. A report was filed. November 3, 2012 at 12:20 AM Divianna Holland of Philadelphia, PA was cited for a stop sign violation on Shenks Lane at West Frederick Street. A traffic citation was issued. A report was filed. November 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM A male student was cited for alcohol overdose at Burrowes Hall. He was transported to Lancaster Regional Hospital. A citation was filed.

Speech communication students at Millersville University are learning the “ins” and “outs” of extensive nonprofit fundraising in a “COMM 452: Public Relations Campaigns” course. Five senior-level students have been assigned to work with a client, which is Church World Service (CWS) of Lancaster, for the duration of the semester. Blossom Public Relations, which is the name of this student- run public relations agency, will assess their client’s needs through the production of research and campaign proposals. In the case of CWS of Lancaster, this student-run public relations agency will be implementing various fundraising efforts on Millersville University’s campus and in the Lancaster community to benefit CWS Lancaster. They will also be conducting extensive primary and secondary research on fundraising in the nonprofit sector at the national and local levels. CWS Lancaster is a branch

November 5, 2012 at 7:35 PM Lamont Davis Jr. of Philadelphia, PA was cited for running a stop sign on North Prince and West Cottage. A report was filed. November 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM Matthew Binder of Haddenfield, NJ was cited for a crosswalk violation on the 1st block of West Frederick. A traffic citation was issued. PHOTO COURTESY OF BLOSSOM PR

QR code that the team is using during the campaign.


Blossom PR’s student-run public relations agency logo, which was created as part of “Public Relations: Campaigns” capstone course.

of the CWS national organization, but Lancaster’s branch specifically helps to resettle refugees and immigrant families in the Central Pennsylvania region. They are looking to receive between $1,000 and $2,000 at the conclusion of this campaign, which will end in December. The proceeds from the student’s fundraising campaign will go toward the Resettlement Program at CWS of Lancaster. “The biggest challenge is spreading the word about our fundraising campaign and receiving the most traffic at our events. We know that it’s a great cause to donate, but the trick is to get the campus community to see this and do a double take at our project,” explained Kristen Bergmaier, account executive of Blossom Public Relations. Currently the team has restaurant donation nights scheduled, bake sales in collaboration with University events and is marketing their campaign message, which is “Give a little, change a life,” through social media. Instead of holding one massive event on campus at the end of the semester, the team

decided it would be more strategic to hold several smaller fundraisers to benefit CWS of Lancaster. “While buying a cupcake or donating $5 to our online donation page may not seem like a lot, every little bit counts. All of our smaller fundraisers will add up in December, which will help to change lives at CWS of Lancaster,” shared Bergmaier. The team continuously posts messages via their fundraising Facebook page, which can be found at in the hopes of gaining more “likes” and having a broader audience donate to the cause. In the upcoming weeks, the team will continue to distribute creative pieces across campus to widen the awareness of their fundraising campaign. At the conclusion of the semester, Blossom Public Relations will present their research findings and campaign information in a formal presentation during finals week. For more information on events and progress, visit their Facebook page.

Brossman Science Lecture: Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, scholar and inventor - "Small and Strange Stuff" November 8, 2012 at 7 P.M. Clair Performance Hall, Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, scholar, inventor and science evangelist, will present on the topic "Small and Strange Stuff" to help us understand and appreciate how knowing science makes our world a better place. Performance: All Campus Musical Organization - "Musical Theatre Brought to Life" (first showing) November 9, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. The Ware Center, Millersville University Lancaster "Musical Theatre Brought to Life" is the theme of this year's performance. ACMO is a student-run musical theater group at Millersville University comprised primarily of non-theatre and non-music majors. Lecture: "Engaging Afghanistan: A Discussion on Being Active in the Challenges Facing Afghan Women" November 12, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. Room 210, Caputo Hall Alicia Lucksted, of the Afghan Women's Fund (AWF), will present on the topic, "Engaging Afganistan." Lucksted's discussion will focus on the challenges facing the women of Afghanistan and the activist groups that seek to empower them. Join a dialogue that seeks to bridge the divide of cultural circumstance and advocacy efforts on the ground followed by a question and answer session.

Last but not Mock at the chalkboard least, Prabhu LAURA MAGINLEY Assoc. News Editor

Familiar face and provost at Millersville University, Dr. Vilas Prabhu, was announced as the sixth and final possible candidate to succeed Dr. Francine G. McNairy in the presidential search. Prabhu completed his oncampus visit from November 46, which was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy. The two sessions for campus open forum were held at 3 p.m. on November 5 in McComsey Hall, Ford Atrium and 10:30 a.m. on November 6 in Lehr Room, Gordinier Hall. Prabhu has been with the University since 2004 and his primary duties as provost and vice president for academic affairs include providing overall leadership for the University’s planning process and academic policies; overseeing of a c a d e m i c budget, faculty promotion and tenure; serving as the ex-officio PHOTO COURTESY on several university standing committees; providing supervision to three deans, among additional duties. Previous positions include serving as associate provost for academic and student affairs and research administration at Southwestern Oklahoma State University; dean, school of arts and sciences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University; chair and professor of the de-

partment of pharmaceutical sciences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and various positions as professor of pharmacy. He is involved in several professional service activities, which can be found on his vitae a t esidentialsearch/files/VilasPrabhuVitae.pdf. Additionally, he holds numerous positions at the University on boards, committees and councils. Prabhu holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, University


of Bombay; master’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry, Idaho State University; Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry, University of Texas at Austin and a master’s of business administration in management/ finance, Southwestern Oklahoma State University. For more information on the presidential search, visit esidentialsearch/index.php.


taining personal hygiene and shopping for groceries. She had previously worked with children who needed emotional support, which focused on the students’ behavior. “The reason why they were in special education was because they weren’t able to keep their behaviors under control to learn, whereas in life skills it was focused more on intellectual disabilities, ” said Wilt. After Wilt’s interview with Sue Senter, director of special education, Wilt said, “It went well. She said that I gave very good answers and I have enthusiasm for teaching. She said that I was very well-dressed and I was very well-spoken. My eye-contact was good and I exuberated enthusiasm for teaching.” Another “Chalk to Chalkboard” event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28 with the Penn Manor School District personnel. This event will take place at Manor Middle School, which is located on 2950 Charlestown Road. In order to sign up for this event students must contact the Career Services office located on the third floor of Lyle Hall. Only seniors who are in the process of becoming student teachers or who have completed all of their student teaching requirements may sign up for this event.

Penn Manor Middle School, which is located at 2950 Charlestown Road, will be the next site for mock interviews. Alysha Wilt, student teacher So it really gives them that good VI LE practice with someone who re- and a senior at Millersville, atNews Writer ally is in a position to make some tended the “Chalk to ChalkWilt currently hiring decisions. While the pro- board” event. In addition to getting a de- gram isn’t designed for the re- works as a student teacher at gree and having hands-on expe- cruiter to hire the students, it York Learning Center, which is a public school facility that assists riences inside of the classroom, certainly gives the students exstudent teachers need a lesson in posure to that school district and students with special needs. Wilt worked with students interviewing. The “Chalk to to that potential employer.” Another benefit of having who had cerebral palsy, autism Chalkboard” event, which took place on November 1 at Lyle Hall, this event was to allow the em- and Down syndrome. She fogave Millersville University stu- ployers, who are frequently cused on life skills, which refers dent teachers a chance to engage Millersville alumni, to give back to ordinary tasks that students will need in order to function on in mock interviews with elemen- to the University. Dr. Joan Checchia, assistant a daily basis. These skills intary school representatives. Margo Sassaman, associate principal at Landis Run Interme- clude managing money, maindirector of career management, diate School of the Manheim PHOTO COURTESY OF LANCASTERONLINE.COM helped coordinate the “Chalk to Township school district, interMargo Sassaman, associate director of career management, Chalkboard” event. In order to viewed students at the event. “I think it’s a great practice helped coordinate the “Chalk to Chalkboard” event. set up the event, Career Services identified and contacted employ- for the kids. I enjoy this so ers for the mock interviews. much! It also gives me a chance They also worked with the school to see the new teachers that are of education to advertise the coming into Lancaster, so it’s event to graduating seniors, who kind of twofold. Not only do I enjoy helping them get ready for are currently student teachers. Some of the benefits of the their interviews, but I’m also event included becoming famil- scoping out what’s out there,” iar with an interview setting, es- said Checchia. When asked why the “Chalk pecially if the interviewer is considering the students for po- to Chalkboard” event was imporsitions. Errors could be made tant for students Checchia said, throughout the experience and “Everybody’s nervous at an inthe elementary school represen- terview. Even I’m nervous with tatives critiqued each student them. I think the more practice you have, the better you get at it. teacher’s interviewing skills. Sassaman stated, “Their pre- So I just think it’s great, and I’m sentations are not only in what really honest with everybody. I’ll tell them if I don’t think they’re they say, but how they present themselves to the interviewer. dressed professionally enough.”


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Millersville staff pay tribute From McNairy, front page During her nine years as the 13th president, Dr. McNairy has made a remarkable impact on the Millersville community, faculty and students alike. Out of many choices, five representatives of their respective organizations were able to speak on the legacy of Dr. McNairy. Dr. James McCollum, the chief of staff of the President’s Office, spoke on Dr. McNairy’s cabinet. “During discussions, it is dangerous for anyone to pause momentarily. It is an open invitation to the other cabinet members to fill the void with their perspective of an issue.” Dr. McCollum complimented Dr. McNairy’s “tolerance level” to allow her cabinet such latitude and listen to varying viewpoints. “My highest tribute,” said Dr. McCollum, “and I say this on behalf of all of us, Fran, is that your humanity eclipses even your exemplary success as president.” Dr. Charles Ward, APSCUF MU chapter president and associate professor of philosophy, noted that without the absence of Dr. McNairy would be an unwelcoming feeling on campus. “For me,” Dr. Ward said, “it’s very hard to imagine Millersville without Fran. She has been a real presence on campus during my career here at Millersville University.” Dr. Ward believes she is a “firm and realistic manager.” Her vision is a positive one as well: that “students have a lifechanging experience.” Not only should it open the world to them, but opens their imagination to the future. Similarly, faculty feels that the university has the same dedication to their time working here. Just ask Dr. Ward, who has talked to many faculty members throughout the state system as the APSCUF MU chapter president. “This experience has confirmed my belief that for a fac-


Staff members at Millersville University are paying tribute to President McNairy who will be retiring on January 31st after nine years in this position. Once the festivity ended “Millersville University for- for all that you have done for ulty member, Millersville Uni- Leadership Council and repreand Dr. McNairy was able to sit versity is a great place to work,” sentatives being permitted to ever changed the profile of us.” Following the speeches, a still – as Warfel noted it is not Dr. Ward said. “It’s a place provide assistance for their number 13,” Rita Miller said. where we can pursue our com- members and meet with their “Here at Millersville University, musical performance was con- an easy task to do – he revealed the number 13 became indica- ducted for Dr. McNairy, boast- a portrait of Dr. McNairy by mitment to our educational vi- supervisors. “Dr. McNairy has made a tive of good fortune, the posi- ing a cast of Millersville staff artist Steven Craighead. “It’s not sion with the confidence that we have the support of a presi- point of recognizing all staff tive progress of history, a and faculty. Steve Guiseppe, as- always easy for an artist to capdent who truly understands and members, including housekeep- significant milestone of change sistant for alumni and commu- ture the quality of a subject, but ing, dining services, the and advancement. In the spring nication relations, and Dr. Ruth I think you will agree with me values that mission.” Ms. Deborah Miller, the grounds crew, the trades, and of 2003, the Board of Governors Beens-Suter, professor of psy- that he lived up to this test,” American Federation of State, clerical,” said Deborah Miller. for the Pennsylvania State Sys- chology, were the singers. The said Warfel. Dr. McNairy, immersed in County, and Municipal Employ- She has made them feel a part tem of Higher Education named dances were rehearsed weeks ees (AFSCME) MU chapter presi- of the campus and gave them a Dr. Francine G. McNairy the before the ceremony while the the support and love for her re13th president of Millersville songs were popular songs markable impact on Millersville dent, highlighted the success of real voice. rewrote to fit the occasion, such University, took to the podium. Ms. Rita Miller, the State University.” the chapter thanks to Dr. McLast, but not least, Kelly as “Good Morning Millersville” “To all of the speakers, I was so Nairy. “I’ve been involved with College and University Profesthe union for 20+ years and I sional Association (SCUPA) MU Mathiesen, president of Student and “Francine & Team.” Dr. Mc- touched by your comments and know from experience that com- chapter president, referenced Senate, spoke on behalf of all Nairy was even able to partici- I just don’t know how to say munications can only go a long the ominous number 13. It is in- the students and her organiza- pate in the entertainment when thank you to you, but please way to avoid conflict and im- cluded in the titles of horror tion in recognition of Dr. Mc- the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and note, it’s been a joy, an honor, the Cowardly Lion swooped her and a pleasure and I thank you proving our labor relations,” movies, hotels often avoid in- Nairy. “We will miss you,” Math- off her feet, and adorned her in from the bottom of my heart for Deborah Miller said. “This is cluding a 13th floor, and there something Dr. McNairy under- is a diagnostic term for the fear iesen said. “Thank you for your the attire of Dorothy from the those wonderful words that will of the number 13. However, warm smiles and greetings. Wizard of Oz. In a long line led always stay in my heart.” stands.” This has helped them ac- Millersville University feels the Thank you for taking the time to by this popular crew were complish many achievements, complete opposite toward the stop and ask us about our- Millersville students, faculty, selves, and showing us that we administration, and whoever such as being recognized with a number 13. matter. Thank you Dr. McNairy else enjoyed the festivity. seat at the President Advisory

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Frankenstorm came, saw and conquered pretty miserable on Monday, but it was not nearly as bad as it was originally feared to be. Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst said, “This is definitely a wind event rather than rain.” Overall, Lancaster took several steps to prepare for

Sandy and they all proved sufficient. The rest of the East Coast, especially New York and New Jersey, were pummeled fiercely and devastated by this menacing storm. It will take time and countless efforts of others to help

bring these areas “back to life” so to speak. In comparison to the rest of the East Coast, Lancaster County definitely dodged the worst of “Frankenstorm.”

LEFT: Long Island City, NY was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy who reeked havoc on the East Coast. BELOW: Hurricane Sandy moving towards the East Coast via NASA satellite image taken on Monday.


DANIELLE KREIDER News Editor As Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast last week, Pennsylvania was prepared for the encounter. The Lancaster County Commissioners declared a state of emergency on Sunday evening, causing school districts, colleges, and universities, including Millersville University, to close

and/or cancel classes for Monday and Tuesday upon Sandy’s arrival. Although the hurricane was nasty, Lancaster County did not get hit as hard as expected. The creeks and rivers rose, some roads were closed, and thousands of people lost power, but overall, the damage was not catastrophic for this area. Lancaster received about 3.5 to 6 inches of rain and faced steady winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.

One death was reported in the area in accordance with the storm. Although Millersville University’s campus was closed, residence and dining halls remained open for students. During the storm students were urged to stay in their dorms and to hunker down through Monday night. After it was all said and done, Sandy did produce a lot of heavy rainfall and intense winds for Lancaster and left the county


A penny saved is a penny earned VI LE News Writer

In the spring semester of 2012, the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering Club (ATMAE) of Millersville University began their organization’s community service/outreach program by helping to raise pennies for the “One Million Penny Campaign.” The purpose of this project is to gather one million pennies ($10,000) in order to pay for student field trips at Burrowes Elementary School in Lancaster. Dr. John Wright, the advisor of the ATMAE Club and professor of Automation & Electronics Technologies, got his students involved with the campaign after his wife, Andrea Wright, asked him for his help. Andrea, the treasurer of the organization, initiated this campaign, which raised 70,969 pennies last semester. “During the summer they don’t have much activity because school is out, so the kids aren’t collecting. And of course our students are not here, so at this time we’re


Dr. John Wright filling up a hefty toolbox with pennies for the "One Million Penny Campaign"

about ready to start up again,” which is being used to store said Wright. the pennies, after the ATMAE When asked why the organ- Club wrote a letter requesting ization decided to collect pen- a donation. Once they reach nies Wright replied, “It’s one of their goal of one million penthose denominations of money nies, Wright and his students that’s pretty disposable. Most are planning to take the large people put them in a jar, and blue heavy-duty toolbox from they don’t want to carry it around with them.” “It’s one of those A science teacher from Andrea’s high denominations of money school had done a that’s pretty disposable. Most similar campaign. Research was done people put them in a jar, and in order to figure out they don’t want to carry it how much weight they would be dealaround with them,” ing with. They also saw the success stories of other schools, Dr. John Wright who had similar Professor of Automation and fundraisers. “We thought this Eelefctronics Technologies might be something that the kids could easily participate in and bring in pennies. Quarters the lobby of Burrowes Elemenmight be a little more expen- tary to a ceremony that will be sive for the parents. We will accept quarters, and nick- held at the local PNC bank. els and dimes as well, or dollar During this ceremony the penbills. We’ll take them all and nies will be deposited into the we’ll convert them to pennies.” Burrowes Elementary PTO AcThe Lowes located in East count at PNC Bank. Lancaster offered a toolbox,

“In order to do that we’re going to have an industrial strength forklift because this thing weighs tons. Or we’ll be doing it the bucket way and pass them down one big line. But we’ll take the pennies there one way or another,” stated Wright. Diane Duell, director of Special Projects at Millersville University, made her own contributions to the campaign after reading the Exchange article, “One Million Penny Campaign”, which was posted on Sept. 20. “I thought it sounded like such a wonderful project! I happened to have a small Ziplock bag with pennies in a drawer at home that was actually in the way, so I sent it to Dr. Wright,” stated Duell. There is no deadline planned for the “One Million Penny Campaign,” but they hope to finish raising the money this year by doubling the amount of pennies that they have collected last year. Donations can be sent to room 110 in Osburn Hall or to Osburn Hall’s main office.


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$85 million: Printeresting pieces Goal surpassed LAURA MAGINLEY

Assoc. News Editor

Social media has been making its building influential presence known over the years, while laying the groundwork for the future. It’s effect on contemporary art will be explored in “Printersting,” an Art Symposium series, entitled “Collaborations with Social Media: Building Communities through the Arts” on November 9 at 10 a.m. This event, which will be held in the Biemsensderfer Concert Hall at the Winter Center, will discuss enriching the arts in the community, printmaking and developments in the art social media realm. “Printeresting” was founded in 2008 and can be described as “the thinking person’s favorite online resource for interesting printmaking,” Innovative print work will be highlighted throughout the symposium, while also acknowledging developments in the field. Keynote speakers at this year’s syposium include Amze Emmons and RL Tillman, founders of “Printeresting.” Emmons, an artist, illustrator and curator working in Philadelphia, teaches art at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. His exhibits have been seen around in the world in venues such as Philadelphia, Boston, New York,

Baltimore, Miami and in Japan. Tillman, of Baltimore, is an artist, teacher and curator and teaches printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has also shown his work internationally, including as an invited participant at the 12th Print Triennial in Tallinn, Estonia and the 3rd IMPACT Print Conference in Capetown, South Africa, according to The Facilitator of the event will be Brant Schuller, printmaker, educator and chair of the art and design department at Millersville University. “Printeresting is a blog that functions like many other successful social networks in that it brings individuals who thought they were operating in solitude to the realization that they have a large family of a like minded and fully engaged cohorts. The internet allows this to happen globally and grow more quickly,” shared Schuller. Additional panelists of the event include, Dr. Theresa Russell-Loretz, communication and theatre; Henry Gepfer, printmaker and “The Discerning Eye.” This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. Tickets may be reserved online at or at the Student Memorial Center Box O ce inperson or by calling (717) 872– 3811, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

New twist for spring concert CARISSA SLAWECKI News Writer In previous years, the spring concert has been a collaborative event between Millersville’s various student organizations. This year, there is a new structure in place for students to get more involved in the concert planning process. David Loconsole, Student Senate Liaison to the Concert Committee, discusses the new structure, “I, along with Kelly Duncan, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) advisor, are in charge of forming a student-run concert committee. Once the committee is formed, and chairs of specific duties are chosen, we will serve as advisors to the students running the committee.” Student Senate made the decision to change the structure to allow for students not involved in student organizations a chance to help plan and run the concert, as well as to foster more opinion from the student body. The genre, and eventually, the artist, will be chosen by the

committee after gaining feedback from the student body on what they would like to see. “If students would like to be a part of the new Spring Concert Committee, all they have to do is fill

This year, there is a new structure in place for students to get more involved in the concert planning process. out an application that they can get from the CSIL Office, located in room 118 of the SMC. After filling out the application, students need to return it to the CSIL Office,” said Loconsole. Applications will also be accepted at the first general meeting of the Spring Concert Committee, which will be held on Thursday, November 8, at 5 p.m. in SMC room 18. The spring concert will take place on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Pucillo Gymnasium.

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Assoc. News Editor The goal of $85 million has been reached for Millersville University’s “Capital Campaign” and was exceeded by $150,000. This campaign, which was the largest in the University’s history, provided funding for eight specific areas, including study-faculty research & faculty development, Ganser Library, global opportunities, scholarships & fellowships, student health & wellness, instructional equipment, civic engagement & community partnerships and visual and performing arts. By visiting the Capital Campaign page, the members of that particular committee are listed, in addition to student success stories from each of the eight areas. The page can be found at The campaign has had the support of 11,245 donors, including 487 corporations and

10,758 individuals. The initiative began in 2006 with the goal of raising $60 million, according to LancasterOnline. However, once the campaign picked back up again in 2010, due to the economy in 2009, the goal of $60 million was already met. The cabinet decided to expand the goal to $85 million. Matching dollars from the state, public grants, corporate sponsorships and gifts from staff, alumni and foundations contributed to the larger sum. The Soar to Greatness Campaign celebrated at a reception, which was located at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center on October 11. Attendees at the event were able to witness the premiere of “Horizons,” a commissioned work by composer Jonathan Leshnoff, in honor of Caroline Steinman Nunan, local philanthropist and donor to the University who passed away in July 2010. The campaign doesn’t officially end until December 31 and donations are still being accepted.



"The Refugee Reading Room" is an exhibition proposed by Amze Emmons, co-founder of Printeresting, in which it served as a distribution point for free publications from other artists.

Sing in the shower? YES LAURA MAGINLEY

Assoc. News Editor Those interested in engaging the crowd through the power of song in a fun competition should consider entering the 2012 MU Idol competition, which will be held on November 27 at 7 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center’s Multipurpose Room. There are no requirements to enter the competition, and the top three winners will walk away with a cash prize. The last day to sign up is on November 12. The competition, which is

organized by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), will consist of judges that evaluate contestant’s voice, stage presence and their overall style. PRSSA is known for hosting a mock beauty pageant,

campus, so they decided to generate a friendly competition for all to participate in. “Each performer has the chance to sing their favorite songs for a chance to win cash prizes. We had an amazing turn out last year and it was a lot of fun!” shared Gina Masciantonio, vice president of Millersville’s PRSSA. The organization has been planning for the friendly singing competition since the PHOTO COURTESY OF PRSSA summer months by splitting up the organMr. Millersville, for males ization into four separate comrepresenting organizations on mittees, which include

decoration, recruitment, fundraising and publicity. The organization has created a Facebook page for the actual event, in which they are open to answering questions from potential contestants. Interested participants should contact or visit their Facebook page, which can be found by typing “2012 MU Idol” into the search bar. This event is open to the public. Tickets cost $3 in advance and may be purchased in advance at the Student Memorial Center Ticket Office (room 103) or $5 at the door.

Jewish science KYLE WALKER Contributing Writer Many students that catch wind of a lecture pertaining to either science or religion, or both in this case, would certainly start running in the opposite direction. This past Monday evening Dr. Steven Gimbel, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Gettysburg College and author of Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion, stopped by Millersville to make his claim that religion has played a larger role in science than many of us think. He began his lecture with a bit of background on Einstein, his life, and his theories on relativity. When Einstein published his theories he received unsurprising blowback from the Nazi’s and their scientists, labeling it “Jewish science.” Gimbel went on to explain that almost everyone realizes that this phrase is used as a pejorative term in an attempt to discredit a Jewish intellectual in a society that is overtly prejudiced. Gimbel states “Einstein conceded that his theory was in fact “Jewish science” and even went as far to say that “you can tell Jews, not only by the way they look, but by their intellectual work.” Einstein of course was not siding with the Nazi’s or approving of their ideals, so what was he really saying?

“Our first two major theories concerning gravity came from Isaac Newton and before that, René Descartes,” Gimbel told the audience. Descartes was a devout

Catholic but also an intellectual of his time. When attempting to explain gravity and how it worked in the universe he had to mold his theory around Catholic PHOTO COURTESY OF NCAS.ORG

scientific views. Newton was no different, as Gimbel pointed out. He was a radical Protestant and had to stay true to his religion while trying to make sense of the world and how it works. Gimbels question then became, “Was Einstein any different?” In all honesty he wasn’t. Dr. Gimbel gave a brief overview of Judaism for those unaware of its practices and methods. He placed sizable importance on looking at questions or problems from several different perspectives to help find a more suitable answer. “If you get too stuck on your own perspective, you never know the whole truth,” Gimbel said. Gimbel explained that it is this line of thought that aided Einstein in coming up with a radical theory of gravity, giving validity to the label “jewish science.” Dr. Gimbel was able to relay his message to the audience that historically, religion and science have not been as polarized as many people think: they actually went hand in hand on major issues and discoveries. He was also able to tie in Einstein’s theories into a message that stresses the importance of multiple perspective in everyday life. He ended his lecture saying, “ideas come from people, people who have limited perspectives, but who have something to teach us – no matter when or what they were saying.


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3 things the 2012 presidential election accomplished RICK NEWMAN US News For many Americans, this year's presidential election can't end soon enough. The Politifact exposés have become tedious, the Big Bird gags aren't funny any more, and even Joe Biden's laughing gas seems to have worn off. The 2012 election has been as cynical as any in modern times, with plenty of mudslinging, fearmongering, and deceit, plus the added bonus of endlessly streaming negative TV ads funded by the new bogeyman of politics, SuperPACs. Democracy is often messy, but this year's election has been a teenager's bedroom. Yet even a rambunctious teenager shows occasional flashes of maturity, and amid the spitballs, this year's candidates may have accomplished a few important things. Such as: 1. Starting a discussion about Medicare: This program is the single-biggest budget buster on the federal books, and it's also one of the hardest to cut. Nearly 50 million seniors receive

Medicare benefits, with those ranks certain to swell as the baby boomers flood into retirement. At $500 billion per year, Medicare costs almost as much as the defense budget—but its payouts increase automatically with healthcare inflation, since it's an entitlement. Anybody who favors smaller government implicitly favors a cutback in Medicare benefits, since it's such a huge expenditure of taxpayer dollars. The old canard about Medicare is that it's a third rail of politics—touch it and you die. But Mitt Romney touched it by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, and lived to tell the tale. Ryan has made it his life's work to reform Medicare by transforming it into a voucher system that pays every senior a fixed sum they can use to pay for healthcare—but forces them to bear extra costs out of their own pocket. As structured, Ryan's plan would make Medicare more sustainable, but require most seniors to pay more of their own money for healthcare. It's not a popular idea, yet the reality is that somebody is going to have to pay more—either taxpayers, or seniors, or both. At least we're

moving toward a more realistic discussion of the issue. 2. Getting serious about the boring but important budget deficit: Bashing the government for spending too much is another old standard—except now, it's becoming a problem that can't be dodged for much longer. The government has been spending roughly $1 trillion more than it takes in each year, with the national debt now exceeding $16 trillion. By early next year, the U.S. credit rating may be downgraded for the second time in two years. If Washington's cost of borrowing starts to rise, taxpayers could face an urgent crunch that forces them to choose between paying higher taxes or accepting sharp cuts in services and benefits. One way or another, the privileges of being able to borrow indefinitely are about to end. Mitt Romney says he'll balance the budget by 2020, but his math has drawn extreme skepticism from many nonpartisan budget experts. Obama hasn't pledged to balance the budget, but only to trim the national debt by $4 trillion over 10 years, which would still be difficult. The good news is that the


President Obama won in a landslide on Tuesday night. argument over how much to do, by when, has at least revealed general agreement about one thing: It's time to do something

about the nation's huge, recurring deficits. 3. Setting the stage for a tax overhaul: Taxes have been

another charged topic during the campaign, since they're certain to go up if nobody comes up with an innovative way to get more bang out of every taxpayer dollar. Romney and Obama disagree about some major issues. Romney wants to cut everybody's taxes, for example, while simultaneously balancing the federal budget. Obama generally wants to leave taxes where they are for most people, while raising them on the wealthy. But the two candidates also agree on a few key principles. Both advocate a cleaner tax code with fewer deductions and loopholes. Both want to lower the corporate income tax rate to make it more consistent with tax rates in other countries (though Romney would lower it more). And both have either said or hinted that they'd accept higher taxes on investment income in exchange for other types of tax reform. There's still plenty to fight over—foretelling an epic battle in Congress if tax reform goes forward—but the 2012 campaign has unwittingly revealed where Republicans and Democrats might find reason to agree. They just need to stop campaigning for a while.

Meditation for stressful election Voting problems MARIANNE CAESAR Nat and World News “When will there be time to relax with so much homework to do?” This and many other questions are floating within the minds of Millersville students as the winter semester approaches. Amidst all the last minute term papers and homework assignments, it is both mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy to take time to pause and breath for a moment. One method of breathing which can help you relax is the use of meditation. Meditation takes many forms. It can be as simple as taking ten minutes to listen to your favorite song, or even just sitting in your car and taking a few deep breaths. Another common practice is the repetition of a mantra, or phrase in which vowel sounds such as “Ohm” are voiced aloud. One country which is known for various meditative spiritual paths is India. In India, religions such as Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism have developed, creating individual techniques for the creation of peace within the mind. As practiced by the Z Meditation Center, located in the Himalayas, there are four categories of yoga which are used in Indian meditation. These four styles of yoga can allow an individual's peace of mind to grow, and are often intertwined. Jnana yoga encompasses yoga for individuals seeking proof in knowledge, and wishing to understand information before accepting it. Meditation focuses on the analysis of thoughts in this practice. In Bhakti yoga, meditation focuses on love and faith as a basis for which to surrender to the higher powers that be. The longing for a higher god is a prevalent focus in this practice. Raja yoga is suited towards individuals who are more free of desires. Moral notions lead to understanding the truths of peace. Karma yoga ideally focuses upon stabilizing the mind and giving joy to the individual meditating. This path often leads to the notion of helping those in need as the highest degree of self-reward, thus gaining joy themselves. Comparatively, Japanese meditation involves similar yoga positions, yet focuses on different aspects of an individual. As stated by journalist Claire Faregreen, Meditation entered Japan during 552 AD. With the transfer of Buddhism came the addition of meditation, springing forth during the opening of the Silk trade from India to Japan. In Japan, the style of meditation used is

called Zazen, focusing on deep thought while in the posture for which their beloved Buddha sat. Military members favored this style for its ritualism and daily repetition, often involving candles, flowers, and incense. By sitting as Buddha did, the individual was able to feel closer to their higher power and focus on the space around them, rather

A long election leaves voters then their daily stresses. No matter the location, meditation proves to be beneficial for the improvement of health. This is seen in the combination of balances which occur within the energy centers of the body, aligned within the vertical core of an individual. These areas are known as the chakras, meaning wheels in Sanskrit, according to Each chakra represents a region of the human body and mental aspects of an individual's life. These chakras begin from the pubic region of the body, aligning upwards to the crown of the head. Each chakra is associated often with lymphatic glands within the body. If these chakras are imbalanced by a lack of attention or over attention to certain areas, they are considered to be too open or closed.

These chakras align from base to crown and include a corresponding color per region. They are as follows: the reproductive region (red), the belly chakra (orange), the solar plexus chakra (yellow), the heart chakra (green or rose), the throat chakra (light blue), the third eye chakra (indigo), and the crown chakra (purple).

gain wisdom and peace in oneness with a higher power. Each region has associated glands and organs, which can create both harmony or discord within the individual. This is based upon their thoughts and personal interactions between others and themselves. For example, the crown chakra is associated with the pineal and pituitary glands This study of metaphysics is often used to locate and decipher the cause for physical ailments. “The relaxation response from meditation helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves,” says Herbert Benson, MD. Benson is the founder of the Mind and Body institute of Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Not only can the relaxation response created decrease tension, but MRI brain scans have found shown long-term effects upon areas involving attention, working memory, learning, and conscious perception. The use of a mantra increasingly creates a relaxation response, but the practice of meditation must be practiced and honed to find the best most effective style best suited per indiPHOTO CURTESY OF DEVIANTART.NET vidual. A study in strained, try meditation for relief. Psychosomatic Medicine showed that The red base chakra allows in blood tests, there were higher for grounding the spiritual levels of antibodies against the aspects of an individual to the flu virus in individuals who earth, and allows you to work meditated for eight weeks, commore lovingly on a physical pared the the non-meditative level. The orange chakra allows control group. Overall, it is common for stuthe better use of creativity within life and the devotion of one dents to be so wrapped up in to self respect. The yellow coursework that they do not chakra involves the positive use take time to pause and relax. By of power to create and succeed taking five to ten minutes a day in goals. The green or rose and clearing the mind of stresschakra is used in the release of ful thoughts, it is possible to traumatic experiences sup- allow a little more harmony to pressed within the heart, and enter your mind. This can bring the expression of love through you closer to other worldly culacts towards others. The blue tures, balance your chakras, chakra represents verbalization decrease your blood pressure, and the expression of truth to and increase your immunity to others. The indigo chakra rep- toxins. With practice, peace of resents an individual's ability to mind and the increasing ability channel intuition and see per- to handle end-of-term pressures fection in all things. The final are possible. chakra is violet, and is used to identify with the infinite universe surrounding us, and to

MEGAN E QUINN Nat and World News WASHINGTON—On Tuesday November 6, 2012 there were many problems for voters around the U.S. and mostly in Pennsylvania according to Curt Anderson from the Associated Press. This includes a confrontation involving Republican inspectors over access to some polls and a voting machine that lit up for Republican Mitt Romney when the voter had actually pressed the button to vote for President Barack Obama. Meanwhile in Pinellas County, FL, one elections office mistakenly told 12,000 voters in robotic calls that the election was to take place on Wednesday November 7, 2012. The Election Protection coalition of civil rights and voting access groups said they received more than 69,000 calls on Tuesday on a toll-free voter protection hotline. The majorities of complaints were about the extremely long lines to vote, but had gotten some more serious calls through this hotline as well. "The calls have been hot and heavy all day long," said Barbara Arnwine, president of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law. In Philadelphia, the Republican Party said 75 legally credentialed voting inspectors were blocked from polling places in the profoundly Democratic city, motivating the GOP to obtain a court order providing them access. Local prosecutors were also looking into the reports. Democratic Party Officials were not available with a comment in response to this instance. Pennsylvania was also the site of what a state Common Cause official called "widespread" confusion over voter ID requirements. This year PA enacted a new photo ID requirement, but it was put on hold for Tuesday's election by a judge due to con-

cerns that many voters would not be able to meet the terms on time. Barry Kauffman, executive director of Common Cause in Pennsylvania, said election workers in many places were demanding IDs from potential voters even though they are not required. However, it is unclear just how many people may have been turned away or discouraged from voting. "There seems to be a lot of confusion about voter ID. Apparently the poll workers were not adequately trained," Kauffman said. Also in Philadelphia, a judge ordered a mural of President Barack Obama be covered up after a Republican election worker snapped a picture of it at a school polling place, according to a statement from the Republican Party. Meanwhile, voters in several storm-ravaged areas in New York and New Jersey expressed relief and excitement at being able to vote at all, considering the devastation from Superstorm Sandy. Lines were long in Point Pleasant, N.J., where residents from the Jersey Shore communities of Point Pleasant Beach and Mantoloking had to cast their ballots due to damage in their hometowns. Any voting problems are being closely monitored after months of legal and political battles over more voter ID restrictions and other laws. Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, said even in states where the restrictive laws have been blocked or delayed, many people still think they are in effect. "The laws were struck down but the confusion remains," Waldman said. The Justice Department will have at least 780 observers at key polling places in 23 states to ensure compliance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and look into any allegations of voter fraud.


Typical look at many poll stations across America.

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Campaigns grow more superficial


Obama and Romney try to knock each others’ block off.

NAOMI WESTLAND USA Today We’re almost there. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have inflicted maximum damage on each other. Campaign wise men have slipped into the pooh-pooh mode, poohpoohing the other side’s claims of good news. The dainty and delicate, afraid of the sight of blood, can relax, have a cookie and sip a nice cuppa tea (herbal recommended). As American campaigns go, this one has been lively but not particularly vicious, unless you’re Mitt Romney and accused of dooming. He was accused of dooming one woman to death by cancer, and plotting to doom a young unmarried law student to birthing lots of babies by cutting off her supply of government condoms. It was never clear how many she needed, or how often. That’s the sweetness of campaigns: Politicians never have to be very clear. If you can work murder or sex into an accusation, it becomes believable, and if you can work both into the narrative, you can count on it going “viral” and a lot of people will see and hear it, and, best of all, repeat it. The campaign was painful to President Obama, who slept through the first debate — and when he woke up, he looked like he had banged his head on the rafters in the rarified places where presidents live. Messiahs, even minor-league messiahs from the South Side of Chicago, usually don’t have to explain themselves. He dreams dreams of sugar plums and Big Bird, and if he has nightmares about the great betrayal of his ambassador in Benghazi, Libya, there’s always someone around him to say it never happened. He can (and probably will) blame George W. Bush. Still, the dainty and the delicate got off easy this time. Vice President Biden saying dopey things is welcome comic relief, as in telling a rally last week that “there’s never been a day in the last four years I’ve been proud to be his vice president, not one single day.” Everyone is groggy now and we should cut Joe a little slack, and anyway, he’s not a patch on some of the vice presidents of the past. When John Adams was George Washington’s vice president, he and Thomas Jefferson once went after each other with fireplace tongs. In those more robust days, mere rhetoric was for sissies. David McCullough, the masterful presidential historian (“John Adams” and “Truman”), thinks the charge and countercharge in the campaign of 1800

might have been the standard for mudslinging. Jefferson paid a journalist to write that Adams was a mentally unbalanced hermaphrodite, and Adams spread the word that if Jefferson won there would be murder, rape and robbery in the streets. Jefferson won, but Adams was right. Two centuries later, we’ve got murder, rape and robbery in lots of streets. (You could fact-check it.) Connoisseurs of the rough stuff are particularly fond of the campaign of 1828. Andrew Jackson’s surrogates accused John Quincy Adams of wearing silk underwear and pimping for the czar of Russia. The Adams campaign responded by calling Jackson’s wife, Rachel, a whore because she married Old Hickory before she got word that divorce from her first husband was final. Grover Cleveland was the only Democratic president between the Civil War and the end of the 19th century, admired for his stern Presbyterian rectitude, strong against corruption. But like ol’ Bubba, he had an eye for the ladies. In the campaign of 1884, the Republicans discovered that he had fathered a child before he shuffled off from Buffalo, where he was the mayor. He admitted that he had paid child support to the child’s mother, though later it turned out that he admitted paternity because he was the only bachelor among several of the lady’s “good and dear friends.” A preacher’s son, he was a true gallant. The Republican gaffe patrol (on patrol in balloons in those days) raised the most famous mocking chant in presidential politics: “Ma, Ma, where’s my pa?” When the votes were counted and Cleveland had defeated James G. Blaine, “the continental liar from the state of Maine,” the triumphant Democrats shouted their answer: “Gone to the White House, ha, ha, ha.” The cleverest thing a president could think to say about his opponent this year was that Mitt couldn’t tell the difference between a battleship and a bayonet, or that he wants to kill that big imaginary bird. But in the days of yore, the pols were sometimes poets. All we have now are pollsters, pundits and campaign consultants.

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Latinos voting for Obama VANESSA PLUMHOFF Huffington Post What better way to ring in Hispanic Heritage Month than hearing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney repeatedlysay he wishes he were Latino? Does Mr. Romney want to be Latino because we have a fantastic, layered culture? Or has his time on the political trail made him want to personally understand our experiences as first, second or third-generation Americans? No. In fact Mr. Romney's declaration -- most recently during a Univision interview -- was purely political. Because he knows that Latinos will help determine the next president. Here's a newsflash, Mr. Romney -- Latinos look for more than a familiar name when they go to the voting booth. As a candidate, your stance on health care -- an issue Latinos regularly rank as one of the most important when they vote -- is so off-putting that no matter your heritage, Latinos cannot in good conscience vote for you. Over 52 million Latinos live in the United States. But despite our large number, we face persistent barriers to health care. One-quarter of Latinos live in poverty and nearly one-third lack health insurance. As a result, we suffer disproportionate health problems -we are more likely to die from cervical and breast cancer; our HIV and unintended pregnancy rates are some of the highest in the nation; and we increasingly struggle withobesity in our community. We know that to start addressing these daunting health issues, we need access to quality health care. With a second term for the Obama administration, however, we have great hope that more Latinos will gain insurance and the doors to more affordable health centers that provide quality care will be open. But a Romney presidency poses the opposite scenario -- Latinos will face even greater obstacles to accessing quality health care. For Latinos, the Affordable Care Act has been a source of


Obama supporters hold signs to support their candidate at a rally for Latino Americans. great hope. Under President Obama's sterling health law, nearly six million Latinos are poised to gain insurance coverage. Mr. Romney of course wants to repeal the law, ignoring the needs of our parents, grandparents, and our own children, who stand to benefit from it. Perhaps Mr. Romney sees the Affordable Care Act as just another way that 47 percent of Americans will continue to feel "entitled to health care, to food, to housing," as he said recently. But for an uninsured family where parents work, health options are bleak without the transformative Affordable Care Act -- it's back to struggling to pay for an entire doctor visit out of pocket or only seeking out health care in emergency rooms. Doctors visits, prescription drugs, preventive checkups will finally be affordable under the law.This isn't a sense of entitlement -- this is what we've worked for, what we've earned -- affordable health care. A Romney presidency also threatens one of Latinos' most trusted health care providers. Planned Parenthood health centers' doors are always open -- no

matter a patient's immigration statusor lack of health insurance. For many Latinos, Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider they'll see all year for breast exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control and STD tests. In fact, nearly one-quarter of patients Planned Parenthood health centers see are Latino.And the Planned Parenthood promotores program goes door to door in the Latino community, helping to navigate the health care system and educate about health concerns. So when Mr. Romney talks about how he would "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, he's effectively threatening to cut off the only source of health care and health care information for many in our community. Mr. Romney's startling statements stand in stark contrast to President Obama's. During the Obama presidency, Planned Parenthood has had a strong ally in the White House--the president refused to cut Planned Parenthood's funding during budget negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner. On the campaign trail, the president has repeatedly stated his support for Planned Parenthood--because he

knows that nearly three million men and women each year rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for their basic care. Latinos are supporting President Obama this Election Day because he genuinely understands that Latinos need affordable health care and that many Latinos rely on Planned Parenthood for that. He understands one of the greatest concerns in our community. Latinos will continue to take control of our lives by voting this election -- in unprecedented numbers. Since the 2008 election, two million more Latinos have registered to vote. And in January, Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched Latinas are Watching to engage and educate Hispanic voters across the country about which candidates are looking out for their health care. Just so we're clear, Mr. Romney, it's not your lack of a Latino surname or heritage that has you 53 points behind the president among Latinas, it's your lack of understanding and knowledge about the needs of our community.

Fewer job openings in America


Hard working Americans show support for their country by wearing American flags.

CHRIS RUGABER Associated Press U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming months. The Labor Department said

Tuesday that job openings dropped by 100,000 to 3.56 million, the fewest in five months. August's openings were revised up to 3.66 million. The number of available jobs has jumped about 63 percent since July 2009, one month after the recession ended. It remains well below the more than 4 million jobs a month advertised before the recession began in

December 2007. The job market remains very competitive. With 12.1 million people unemployed in September, there were 3.4 unemployed people, on average, competing for each open job. In a healthy economy, that ratio is roughly 2 to 1. Employers filled fewer available positions in September than in August. And the number of

people who quit fell to the lowest level in 10 months. That's a bad sign for the job market, because it suggests workers see fewer opportunities to move to a better job. Workers tend to quit when they have other job offers. One positive sign in the report: Layoffs fell. Hiring looked a little better in October, according to the Labor Department's employment report released Friday. Employers added 171,000 jobs last month and hiring in August and September was better than first estimated. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent last month from 7.8 percent in September. But that was because more Americans began searching for work, likely reflecting increasing optimism about their chances. The employment report measured net hiring and unemployment, while Tuesday's report looked at total hiring, layoffs and quits. Job openings fell in manufacturing, construction, hotels and restaurants, and in government. There was also a big drop in openings in professional and business services, which includes both high-paying jobs such as architects and engineers as well as temporary services.

BMW sales projected to slump DAVID


AP Business FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Strong sales of its luxury cars in China helped Germany’s BMW AG overcome weak markets in crisisridden Europe. Net profit rose 16 percent in the third quarter to 1.29 billion ($1.65 billion) on a 13.7 percent jump in sales to a record 18.82 billion. The Munich-based carmaker said Tuesday it was sticking to its forecasts for 2012 sales and earnings to be up on the previous year despite ‘‘an increasingly uncer-

tain market environment.’’ CEO Norbert Reithofer called it a ‘‘good third quarter’’ but added that in the fourth quarter the company and the auto sector as a whole ‘‘are likely to be confronted with adverse business conditions.’’ Booming Asian sales helped the maker of the X5 sport utility vehicle and the 5-series sedan overcome a stagnant market in Europe. China sales rose 30 percent, while European sales grew by a modest 2.6 percent as sales sagged in southern Europe where the debt crisis is at its worst. Sales were even down slightly, by 0.5 percent, in BMW’s home mar-

ket of Germany. Having a strong presence in three key regions — Asia and the United States as well as Europe — has helped insulate BMW from the tough European car market. Many countries, including Spain and Italy, are in recession, while unemployment across the 17country eurozone has risen to a record 11.6 percent. Figures next week are widely expected to show that the eurozone as a whole is back in recession. The associated slack demand has forced mass-market carmakers such as Ford Motor Co. to close plants, and others like General Motors’ Opel to look at

cutting capacity. BMW however focuses on the more recession-resistant luxury end of the market, where profits per vehicle are higher. The company said its third quarter profits were helped by a strong model mix — meaning sales are up in the more profitable parts of its model range. For the first nine months of the year, sales of its X3 SUV, produced in Spartanburg, South Carolina, rose 28.7 percent while those for its 5-series larger sedan increased by 5.3 percent. BMW shares fell modestly, trading down 0.3 percent at 64.30.

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Editorial Board Samantha Dutton Opinion Editor

Brandon Lesko Assoc. Opinion Editor

Social Media: an Evolving Campaign tool Aaron Sanders

Staff Writer We all love them: social media platforms which allow us to express ourselves. However, in 2012 social networks have been employed for political campaign purposes. We live for those to like our status or a retweet on Twitter political humor central - where many people around the world communicate online about the presidential candidates gaffes and mistakes. For example, Mitt Romney’s mention of Big Bird caused a storm on Twitter as people called the Republican candidate evil for attacking the television show character. Even though these kinds of things are silly in nature, they are what galvanize the uninformed and uninterested. Memes posted on Twitter have allowed the average person to become more politically aware, even if it is done through captions. President Obama and Mitt

___________ The views and opinions expressed in the commentaries and the advertisements are solely those of the individuals.

Romney were mentioned more on Twitter than any other celebrity or icon during the month of October. This is an indicator that social media can be implemented to increase political engagement. I happen to follow the New York Times and the Associated Press for news via Twitter; these news corporations understand how social networks have taken the nation by storm and they react accordingly. Various political outlets will give frequent updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr to sustain a large following of viewers. I think this tactic has allowed me and many others to stay informed while not having to go through the painstaking process of reading a dense news report on policy. Even the presidential candidates have used social networks to attack each other vehemently. Politicians do this to catch your attention, and to a large degree, it has worked. In previous decades we had a generation of children indifferent to social or political issues, but today, things are different. President Obama uses an intricate system in which he sends out donor invites via Twitter. Campaign managers do statistical research to figure what demographics would likely listen to their message. I found myself on Twitter, waiting for a sound byte or a

controversial statement to discuss on Twitter with my fellow friends. Facebook pictures with wisecracks about each candi-

We just wanna make the world dance Forget about the price tag. In perfect world money would not make the world go round but in reality and in politics money is often the only language understood. The 2012 election boasts the title of most expensive election in history. The Center for Responsible Politics (ironic title if you ask me) estimates the total spending to cash in at $6 billion dollars. But where does all this money come from? The Obama campaign relied heavily on small donations from grassroots supporters

whereas the Romney funds trickled in from Big money donors. And where has all the money gone? Campaign donations are spent largely on those mostly negative television ads that we can almost recite by heart at this point aimed at converting voters to their party. Barack Obama spent $347 million on the negative ad campaign and Romney spent a whopping $386 million. I shake my head at all of these costs that are being spent on commercials and campaigning watching grown men beg “PICK ME”!!!!

dates platform facilitates discussion among many online. There are defects in relying on social media for credible


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news; sometimes people post inaccurate stories or make fallacious claims that have no foundation. I believe that we are so used to getting news quickly we do not take the time to fact check information that is sent to us on Twitter. Too often this year, stories have been retracted because misleading information was given to the masses. This is the curse of social media and even though we reap the rewards, we should acknowledge it. In order to remedy this, I recommend that we research the company or people who disseminate information to us. We shouldn't limit ourselves to certain perspectives, but we should look at opposing political views as we network online. The reality is, social media and blogs have become central to winning the younger demographic as well as the educated. This is a relatively new phenomenon, but is powerful nonetheless. Personally, I like social networking for receiving political news and I accept the flaws. With campaigning drawing to a close, it will be interesting to see how President Obama & Governor Romney were able to utilize the social networks to win the horse race. Aaron Sanders is a senior majoring in Government He is a staff writer for The Snapper.

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an abundance of cash but issues also lie who provides these generous donations for their campaigns and what they get in return. Democracy has slipped out of the hands of “we the people” and has been snatched up by those that can write large checks. So lets cut our spending in education, in fact cut spending across the board as long as politicians can afford to fund their political campaigns nothing else should matter right? Sam is a senior majoring in History Education. She is the opinion editor for The Snapper.



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Whilst at the same time some of our schools cant afford updated textbooks for their students, our elderly cant afford their prescriptions, and our unemployment rate although they claim (has improved) not drastically enough like we need---and. Does anyone else see anything wrong with the idea that a majority of the population is trying to make ends meet and our potential leaders have billions of dollars to use at their disposal for their political campaigns. Of course the problem with political campaigns is not restricted to the fact that politicians spend

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Picking America’s leaders the no labels way Phillip Zabriskie and Prachi Vidwans One of us is president of a College Republican chapter at Franklin and Marshall College. The other is vice president of a College Democratic chapter at New York University. We’ll be voting for different presidential candidates next week, but we are fully in sync on the qualities we want in from our leaders as we go to the polls on Election Day -- because America’s problems are simply too big to look at nothing besides party. Here’s what we will be thinking about when we head into the voting booth on Nov. 6. 1. It’s the attitude We need leaders who put country first, not political point

scoring. With a fiscal cliff approaching and solutions needed for problems like immigration, energy and the budget, we need leaders who are willing to listen to the other side. No matter what happens on Election Day, the odds of one-party rule are pretty small. With 60 of 100 votes required to even talk about a bill in the Senate, neither party will be able to push its agenda without some help from the opposition. That leaves us right where we are now: mired in gridlock. The only way out is to elect leaders who will work across the aisle to solve problems. That attitude, exemplified by President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill in the 1980s when they agreed on a plan to strengthen Social Security, is

critical for getting things done. 2. Meet across the aisle Whoever wins the presidential election must work across party lines. No president can fix problems in isolation. He has to deal with [M1] Congress to get things done. That almost always requires talking through differences with political opponents to find common ground. Legislators, too, must talk to the other side. No Labels, a growing grassroots movement of more than half a million Republicans, Democrats and independents is working to facilitate just this kind of collaboration. It is creating a problem solvers Bloc to be unveiled in New York City on January 14, 2013. By January the group expects to have at least

Possible strike ahead

Cat Ardes

to do to earn their degree to get to where they are today. Although they want their fair share in a contract, they aren’t lecturing us just for money. They are in class every day because it’s what they’re pas-

where as some people do not have that option and some don’t even realize or believe they can attain such things. Obviously, a strike would not stop learning completely, but it would make it difficult.

Staff Writer I’m sure you all know by now that a possible strike lingers in our future which leaves many of us angry, disappointed, and frustrated. But for the few people who seem to find a sort of happiness and relief thinking it’s a “break”, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s nothing close to that and you should not be happy about it. Sure, it would be nice to have another long weekend break thrown into our semester to catch up on our work or sleep, but a strike wouldn’t just be a long weekend, no one knows how long a strike could be. A lot of us have worked incredibly hard to get to where we are and to be told we won’t have our original professors or possibly, class, would definitely have an effect on our education. I’m usually running on hardly any sleep but I enjoy being in class and learning the material and I’m certain many others are also. Substitutes could lecture, but a lot of times I pick professors because I hear great things about them and their teaching style. We’re all paying for a great education and this strike would hinder that. Just like you and I, our professors went to college and have done everything we have


sionate about. More than anyone, they know how a strike would affect us during that time and it’s the last thing they want for us and for themselves. I think we take for granted how easily we receive education in this country. Even just to hold a book in our hands is something an individual would find sacred in some countries. Girls, such as Malala Yousufzai from Pakistan, are fighting to get equal education. My point is that we can learn new things every day

The strike is not for certain, and won’t be for some time, but by taking into account your own experience and reasoning why you want an education is enough to not have one. Many people are not happy about the possibility of a strike. The few that are should consider other aspects besides a break, which is not at all what a strike would be.

Cat is a junior majoring in film sstudies. She is an opinion writer for The Snapper.

40 members. From there, it will take popular support to attract more problem solvers to meet across the aisle. And that can start with you. Go to and add your name to the movement to help create the space and support for problem solving in Washington. Then, when you walk into the voting booth, choose the candidate you think is most likely to join. It is a sad state of affairs when our elected officials can't even work off the same set of facts. When supposed leaders can’t even agree what they’re arguing about, is it any wonder they can’t agree on solutions? This needs to change. 3. Modernize the government With government so divided

and mired in gridlock, there needs to be a serious conversation about the role and structure government itself. Regular meetings between party leaders, branches and houses should be common place. Smart work schedules and streamlined processes should be adopted to reduce unneeded public entrapment in partisan politics, allowing day-to-day work to get done. In order to make America work we need leaders to focus on solutions ahead of partisan gain. Enter No Labels, once again. It has two fix-up plans endorsed by high-ranking Republicans, Democrats and independents. The plans aren’t policy ideas, but common-sense principles and considerations to overcome the procedural tactics that keep

work from getting done. Things like No Budget, No Pay, which would dock pay for members of Congress if they can’t agree on a budget and annual government spending bills on time as required by law. We don’t expect our leaders or No Labels members to check their principles at the door. I, Phillip, am a principled Republican. I, Prachi, am a principled Democrat. But first and foremost, we are principled Americans. As we stand at the precipice with our country’s future hanging in the balance, our common national interest must be our priority. Whatever your political leanings may be, I encourage you to stand with us on Nov. 6 and put country first.

Let Puerto Ricans decide Darryl Perry Voters in Puerto Rico are preparing to reconsider the island’s relationship with the federal government. This is the first time since 1998 that voters have been asked to reconsider the fate of the island territory. A Congressional Research Service Report for Congress states, “Although the November 2012 status vote, termed a 'plebiscite,' is nonbinding, Congress will likely be asked to consider the result and may choose to engage in oversight or legislation on the issue. Regardless of the outcome, the plebiscite is likely to be followed closely in Puerto Rico and Washington. Whether initiated by the Puerto Rican people or Congress, any change in the island’s political status would require congressional action.” On November 6, voters in Puerto Rico will be asked two questions. Question one asks, “Do you agree that Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of territorial status?” Question two states: “Regardless of your selection on the first question, please mark which of the following non-territorial option would you prefer?” With options of statehood, independence, or sovereign free associated state. The CRS Report further states, “The statehood and independence options are essentially self-explanatory, although instructions listed on the ballot provide descriptions of each option. The 'sovereign free associated state' option is not a term of art historically associated with the status issue. The term resembles language used to describe 'freely associated' states, such as the relationship the United States maintains with the

Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. As in those areas, the 'free associated' option for Puerto Rico would entail, the ballot instructions suggest, independence but ongoing, negotiated ties with the United States.” It is generally believed that members of the Popular Democratic Party support the status quo, or “pro commonwealth”, position; New Progressive Party members support statehood;

porters to boycott question 2. It remains to be seen whether this will occur... How the ballots are tallied could have ramifications for interpreting the results, particularly if no option in question 2 receives a clear majority... Results that indicated the connection between answers in both questions might clarify whether question 2 was boycotted or whether there are indications of “spoiler” votes (e.g., incongruous choices for questions 1 and 2, such as maintaining the sta-


and the independence position is generally associated with the Independence Party. No major party in Puerto Rico appears to be supportive of the free association option. The CRS Report further states, “Given the prominence of the status issue in Puerto Rican political culture, it seems likely that voters will be familiar with the status issue. How the electorate will choose to vote remains an open question... The PDP, which supports commonwealth status, has urged sup-

tus quo but choosing independence). On the other hand, in the absence of additional information, voter intent could still be unclear even with a more detailed count.” The CRS Report concludes that Congress may not be persuaded to act by one tally method or another. No matter what the results of this vote or the action taken by Congress, the future of Puerto Rico should be for the people of Puerto Rico, not bureaucrats in Washington, DC to decide.


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Taking your vitamins is “essential” nutritional requirements I such as burning crops rather need,” says sophomore Jenna than tilling residuals back into Dougherty. the soil, no longer using animal She’s correct. Even if we did fertilizers that help fortify the Achieving a balanced diet is consume the suggested daily soil, and the use of synthetic hard to do with all the conven- servings of fruits and ient food options we have vegetables, we still today, such as fast food and aren’t getting the nutriBased on an article by pre-packaged food. It’s espe- ents we need. cially difficult for college stuBased on an article by Energetic Nutrition, a webdents whose age bracket is the Energetic Nutrition, a site that provides informaone needing essential vitamins website that provides and minerals the most. information on proper tion on proper nutrition, our Many people will say: just eat nutrition, our produce produce has significantly the proper serving for each has significantly reduced concentrations of food group and you’ll be fine. reduced concentrations The proper serving for fruits of vitamins and minervitamins and minerals.” and vegetables has gone up to 3 als. Marissa Incitti – 5 servings. This equates to They say there are eating fruits and vegetables for five culprits: current Features Editor each meal and also as a snack farming methods, mass twice a day. Who has time to food production, formake sure they are eating the eign grown produce, process- chemicals for pest and weed correct servings? ing, and cooking. control, all of which have attrib“I take a plant based multiMass food production is the uted to our top soils becoming vitamin because I feel that the biggest culprit. It has resulted devoid of nutrients. food I eat here doesn’t meet the in destructive farming practices The fruits and vegetables produced by these methods are often harvested prior to being ripe. This does not allow the important antioxidants in the pulp skin to come to full completion. For produce to have its full nutritional value, it needs to ripen on the vine or branch. Consequently, the fruits and vegetables grown in other countries that are often picked prematurely lack the nutrients needed and the protection they get from antioxidants. It’s better to buy locally-grown fresh produce to ensure that you are receiving the full amount of PHOTO COURTESY OF GOOD.IS nutrition. The Food Pyramid shows servings needed each day. Food processing and refining


to make it last longer than it’s supposed to has also been shown to reduce the amount of vitamins and minerals present. For instance, the beneficial part of the wheat berry which is high in fiber along with essential fatty acids and nutrients is removed from white flour. It’s then “fortified” with four nutrients: iron and three B-vitamins, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin. These have all been artificially added while more nutrients were removed. This can be problematic for those with restricted diets such as vegetarians. “I’m a vegetarian so I take a men’s multi-vitamin to make sure I stay healthy. I also take calcium pills to strengthen my teeth,” says senior Daniel Chapman. A daily vitamin such as Men’s and Women’s One-A-Day will ensure that your body receives all the nutrients it needs. Although it is better to receive nutrients naturally from your food, taking a vitamin to make sure you are getting all the required vitamins and minerals is better than nothing. And if you don’t like a standard pill vitamin, try the gummy vitamins such as One A-Day VitaCraves available for adults, like junior Meredith Saville. “I thoroughly enjoy taking gummy vitamins; they are the highlight of my morning.”

PHOTOCOURTESYOF FLAVORSCIENTIST.COM VitaCraves are gummy vitamins, which adults will love.

Finding food for a vegan: places and options

The healthiest choices at the Upper Deck which happen to be vegan include: a sandwich station where you can get a veggie wrap made, the salad bar which offers a vast array of toppings from which to choose, and the vegetable bar which provides steamed veggies and quinoa. If you are on the go, The Anchor and The Galley offer healthy choices such as salads, almond and soy milks, and fruit. The Juice Bar also provides freshlymade fruit and chocolate-flavored smoothies on a daily basis. RACHEL KESLOSKY/SNAPPER For off campus At our universitys juice bar, a wide variety of flavor options are available to satisfy the tastes of any vegan. Fresh fruit options, the and protein can be packed into a smoothie to keep you full and focused for the remainder of your day. Downtown Lancaster area has a fantastic habit of eating the same foods; campus as a vegan challenging. NICOLE SCHAFFER selection of places to eat that “I still live on campus, and I but thankfully, some options Features Writer provide vegetarian and vegan do find it hard to find food for remain available for vegetarians selections. The Seed is a newly myself. Vegan/vegetarianism is, and vegans to eat. opened café that offers vegetarFor vegetarians and vegans unfortunately, not as popular as The Millersville Upper Deck ian and vegan baked goods and living on campus, it can be chal- it should be,” says Costik. seems to offer the most variety pastries. Or try The Lancaster lenging to find healthy, nourWhen she does eat on cam- of food, including regular vegeishing meals. While vegetarians pus, Costik enjoys the hummus tarian breakfast items such as Dispensing Company, which is have a wider range of choices and pumpkin bread sold at The cereal, bagels and omelets, and a Victorian pub that has several vegetarian entrees on the menu available to them because they Anchor. Spyro Gyro in a lunch/dinner item of pizza. such as black bean burgers, include animal protein in their Downtown Lancaster is her Other lunch/dinner options diet, a vegan solely relies on place of choice when she goes they offer include mac and portabella mushroom burgers, and chili. plant-based food sources, out because of its cheese, soups, and vegetarian If you are in the mood for which greatly limits their food Mediterranean vegetarian and lasagna. There is also a rotation Thai cuisine, the exotic restauselection. of different types of food such vegan selections. rant So La Thai offers many vegMillersville University junior When being a vegetarian or as pasta, quesadillas, pirogues, etarian tofu-based dishes as Leah Costik, finds eating on vegan, it is easy to fall into the and Oriental rice. well as a vegan fried banana

and coconut ice cream dessert. If you have a kitchen and some extra time, there are many different foods you can make from recipes featured on Internet food b l o g s . Chocolate Covered Katie is a vegan blog that i n c l u d e s healthy dinner and d e s s e r t recipes. The Vegan Zombie features vegan comfort food recipes and posts step-bystep video instructions on how to make them. With all these new ideas on where and what to eat, all struggling vegetarian and vegan students should be chowing down in no time.

PHOTOCOURTESYOF CUISINENIE.BLOGSPOT.COM Many delicious recipes using sweet potatoes can be found at the Vegan Zombies website. Black beans are full of protein and nutrients, making a black bean burger a great choice. PHOTO COURTESY OF CUISINENIE.BLOGSPOT.COM

Who are you voting for in this presidential election?

“Romney.” Keeshan Coote

“ Obama.” Malei Walton

“Romney.” Daniel Wohlberg

“Romney.” Pat Bonner

“Romney” Jed Coller

“Obama.” Kasryn Kapp

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the signs of a heart attack

Kayla Forgrave Features Writer

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“Make it worth something, kid.” These are words of wisdom Rosie O’Donnell gave in one of her interviews referring to her heart attack. O’Donnell had suffered a prolonged heart attack, failing to call 9-1-1 for over 24 hours. The type of heart attack O’Donnell had is often referred to as “The Widow Maker.” A “Widow Maker” is a nickname used to describe an artery of the heart. This term is used because if the artery gets abruptly and completely blocked it will cause a massive heart attack that will likely lead to sudden death. The blockage that kills is made up of platelets streaming to the site of a ruptured cholesterol plaque. Even a small amount of plaque in this area can rupture and cause death; bypassing chronic blockages or trying to open them up with angioplasty does not prevent heart attack but it can restore blood flow in case of a sudden blockage or heart attack. From the minute a Widow Maker hits, survival time ranges from minutes to several hours.

PHOTOCOURTESYOF CITYOFSALEM.NET There are several different signs of a heart attack. Symptoms vary between men and women; women feel as though they are experiencing the flu, while men experience pain in their extremities. Symptoms of initial onset may include nausea; shortness of breath; pain in the head, jaw, arms or chest; and numbness in fingers, often of a novel but

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Despite what students are taught in high school, there are many college students that smoke tobacco. According to ABC News, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health surveyed more than 14,000 students at 119 colleges nationwide, asking them to report on their lifetime use of tobacco. To the researchers’ surprise, about one third of college students smoke. It’s hard to believe, considering many college students are struggling to pay for tuition and text books. According to, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes is about nine dollars today. If you were to buy a pack a day, that is $63 a week, $126 in two weeks, $270 in a month. In a year, smoking would cost you over $1,500. There are many other ways that money could have been spent. Fruzsina Eordogh of states “If I smoked a pack a day, that would be $270 each month gone to waste. As it was at $1,512 a year, I could've instead saved for a vacation, a new laptop, or a 12-course meal at a 5-star restaurant. I could've redecorated my apartment, revamped my wardrobe -- or made two payments on my student loans.” So what’s the point here? Smoking is expensive. No college student can afford it. Cigarettes are addictive and once someone is addicted to them, it is nearly impossible to stop. It is not a habit someone should not get into. For our whole lives, our families and teachers tell us not to smoke. Now is the time to realize that smoking is not just a great risk to your health, but to your wallet. No matter which way you look at it, you can’t afford it.


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The EPA website states that the amendments to the Clean Air Act will prevent over 230,000 early deaths by the year 2020. The Clean Air Act has been in effect for over 40 years; it was signed into effect by President Richard Nixon on Dec. 31, 1970. The Clean Air Act dictates the EPA's responsibilities for protecting the air and the ozone layer. The last major changes were made in 1990.

Obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website:

PHOTO COURTESY OF PALMBEACHDAILYNEWS.COM Rosie ODonnell survived a Widow Maker heart attack.

imprecise sensation which putting themselves in possible builds with irregular heartbeat. danger for current or future Early symptoms may be mistak- heart issues. en for food poisoning or flu Due to her recent heart attack, until they intensify. A Widow Maker cannot kill instantaneously “Symptoms of initial onset but can induce cardiac may include nausea; shortarrest, which may do so within 10 to 20 minutes ness of breath; pain in the of no circulation. Hearthead, jaw, arms or chest; conscious families are and numbness in fingers, also in possible risk due to genetic heart traits often of a novel but imprepassed down. cise sensation which builds Although most college kids are not worrying with irregular heartbeat.” about heart attacks at Kayla Forgrave this point in their lives, parents should always Features Writer be a main concern in the backs of their minds while they are away at school. O’Donnell has become a new Families that keep mass spokesperson for the Bayer amounts of junk food in the Aspirin campaign. During her house along with no exercise are heart attack she took a Women’s

Bayer Aspirin to help with the pain she was experiencing. Aspirin, along with refraining from using tobacco products, actively exercising, eat a heart healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, and getting regular health screenings can all reduce your chances of a heart attack. When asked if there were any concerns in regards to her parents having heart attacks, Casey Donovan said, “Yes, my dad still works out and plays hockey but has high cholesterol and blood pressure. He takes a lot of medication for his issues but is also still a bit over weight and has a lot of stress with his job. My mom has stopped smoking but smoked for years. I am nervous for the previous smoking to catch up with her, although she is at a good weight. Neither sides of the family are prone to heart attacks”.

Alcohol Awareness Week at MU ERICA MAXWELL Features Writer

Every student that sets foot on a college campus is faced with the temptation to consume alcohol, usually in large quantities. Many college campuses in the nation have taken on the task of holding an Alcohol Awareness week, with activities that can teach students about the risks of binge drinking and how to make responsible choices. According to InterAssociation Task Force on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issues (IATF) website, they have reached out to over 1,000 colleges and universities to join in teaching students how to be more aware of the negative effects binge drinking can bring about. Their goal is to not only teach students about the risks involved in drinking too much but also how to be responsible when doing so; to know when you are safe and when you are not; and what kind of people you should surround yourself with. The task force also focuses on teaching the students not to drink and drive and to never get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking. Millersville University is among the universities in the United States that educates its students through Alcohol Adwareness Week. This week was held from Oct. 22 – Oct. 26, 2012 and included many activities in which students could participate. Many of the activities were held by MU Health Services, Health Educators, The Center for Counseling and Human Development, and The United Campus Ministry. On Monday students were invited to put on “beer goggles” and learn why drinking copious amounts of alcohol and trying to do things can be extremely dangerous. The event was held in the SMC and hosted by Millersville Health Services. Also held on Monday was Root Beer, Beer pong: the point of this activity was to learn how to set limits for yourself, and it was also

PHOTO COURTESY OF BUSINESSINSIDER.COM The lines on a solo cup are not just to make it easier to hold. They can also be used to determine serving sizes of alcohol. held in the SMC and was hosted by Peer Health Educators. On Tuesday the Peer Health Educators held a campus wide event called “Act to Help Others! Be a Lifesaver.” This event taught students how to help a friend with alcohol poisoning. The Campus Ministry also joined in on Tuesday, where they discussed different church beliefs about alcohol and alcoholism. Wednesday was centered around teaching students about drinking and driving and was a campus wide event held by Peer Health Educators. The main goal was for students to make sure they have a plan when they go out. Thursday was a day filled with events, two of which were held by Health Educators. The first was an event made to teach students the importance of respecting others’ choices and not pressuring others to drink; they also held an event Thursday night involving social media.

Students were taught the importance of alcohol education and were then encouraged to Tweet about everything they were learning. On Thursday and Friday, the Center for Counseling and Human Development held an event called “Pour Your Cheeseburgers;” the event included members of Greek Life and student athletes who were helping other students discover just how much they can drink before they get a “buzz,” and how much of that “freshman 15” wasn’t from the dining hall food. Alcohol Awareness week is popping up on campuses all of the country. Make sure to educate yourself about alcohol and its effects before you go out. hdd


THE SNAPPER 12 Features November 8, 2012

The improved way to count sheep


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What with homework, extracurricular activities, jobs, and a social life, a lot of college students find themselves sorely lacking in one area: sleep. To add insult to injury, many people find that, after they put on their pajamas and crawl into bed, they lay there for an hour or more, contemplating the universe and wishing they were asleep. Not being able to fall asleep is a pretty common problem. While it is a myth that you can make up lost hours of sleep, it is possible to assist the sandman by using some simple tips to fall asleep faster. Believe it or not, some of the daily routines college students go through are probably affecting how they fall asleep. Michael Breus, a psychologist interviewed by ABC News, says that people “should be caffeinefree by 2 p.m.” According to Breus, caffeine has a half life of eight hours, which can affect the ability to fall asleep and the quality of sleep itself. For women in particular, and for some men as well, beauty routines can also mess up sleep patterns. Using a peppermint face scrub or peppermint toothpaste right before bed can actually wake your body up, according to Cosmopolitan. Peppermint is one of several scents, also including some citrus scents, that have an energizing effect on the body. Cosmopolitan suggests using a milder toothpaste and, for women, a lavender face wash.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DANCINGFORFOOD.COM ZzzQuil is a non-habit forming sleep aid from the makers of NyQuil. Lavender has been proven to send signals to the body that it is time for sleep. According to Good Housekeeping, sprinkling some lavender oil on a cloth and putting it under the pillow might do the trick. Exercise has also been proven to aid sleep. Good

Housekeeping states that aerobic exercise for 30 to 40 minutes, three times a week, improves sleep quality. However, exercising too late in the day cancels the benefits because it stimulates the body and makes it difficult to relax. According to ABC News, turn-

lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s? Even with the mutation in the genes, it is uncertain of how the disease will progress; it is something that is different for every person. Hearing that you are at a greater risk quickly turns into, “I have Alzheimer’s.” The extreme need for better tools in diagnosis was one of the key points discussed by Dr. Cavanaugh. According to him, the current diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is based on the NINDS, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - from 1984. Not to mention that a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s still requires an autopsy, so the only way of truly knowing comes after the death of the sufferer. With all the technology of our day, there has to be some way to be able to adequately diagnose a patient. Although there have been no updated ways to obtain a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, there have been advances in physiological, neurological, biomarker, and neuropsychological tests, along with the careful interviewing of the patient’s family. Intervening to stop the progression of the disease doesn’t have to be through the use of medicines; there are nonmedicinal means of doing so. A man named Cameron Camp has found a few ways of intervention that do not require any type of medicine to be used. Space-Retrieval is one of his methods. This is the process of spacing out the time between the retention and retrieval of certain information. For example, a researcher

might tell a patient their name and have the patient repeat it back; an hour later they would do the same process and see if it can be recalled from memory. Camp also pursues the use of Montessori-based activities; this approach allows patients to pursue their own interests and things they like rather than have it chosen for them. It has been shown that use of this technique leads to a reduced level of agitation and an increase in positive mood and social engagement. Aside from these methods from Cameron Camp, museums are stepping in to offer specialized tours. Although Alzheimer’s is an incurable disease, there are ways to ease the pain of what each person goes through. Strong support systems, along with the use of the non-pharmacological interventions as well as pharmacological interventions, help a lot. However, preparation for what is to come is the best method of handling the situation. The progression of the disease is gradual but noticeable, and it is extremely hard to watch family and friends go through it. You are never alone in the battle against Alzheimer’s, and there are ways to support research for the disease. Alzheimer’s Foundation of American and the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation are just two of many foundations established that donate money to the progression of research in the field. Helping to fight this disease today could make a difference in your tomorrow.

ing down the heat may also help people fall asleep. Breus states that people generally sleep better when the room is between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Light seeping into the bedroom can also cause sleep problems. The best solution to this problem, according to Cosmopolitan, is to “get blackout shades, chuck your digital clock for one without an LCD display, shut off your computer before turning in—whatever it takes to make your room pitchblack.” If daytime naps are a necessity, make sure they are done right. Nap for about 10 to 40 minutes, and when you wake, Good Housekeeping suggests spritzing your face with cold water. Many people also wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble going back to sleep. If this happens, try reading. Make sure the book is boring, according to Good Housekeeping, and go into another room for 20 to 30 minutes, then go back to bed. If that does not work, repeat the cycle. Even sleep expectations might be adversely affecting the ability to sleep. Some people need the full eight recommended hours, but some people can function just fine on as little as four hours of sleep. Stressing out about how much you are or are not getting could be making the problem worse, according to Cosmopolitan. Similarly, Good Housekeeping suggests going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. If you have an 8 a.m. class,

wake up at 6 a.m. every day, regardless of the other days when your earliest class might be at noon. There are other alternatives if none of these in-house tips work. Medications are available by prescription, if necessary. Recently, the makers of Vicks NyQuil introduced a product called ZzzQuil, a product just to make you sleepy. It contains diphenhydramine, which basically acts as an antihistamine, according to the official ZzzQuil website, which makes you feel drowsy. “Studies have shown that

diphenhydramine relieves occasional sleeplessness when used as directed, by reducing the time it takes for you to fall asleep so you feel rested in the morning,” according to the ZzzQuil website. This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are many ways to fall asleep and stay asleep the whole night. While counting sheep may be out, sleep is in.

RACHEL KESLOSKY/SNAPPER Millersville student, Katie Marvel, is caught having a midday snooze.

Alzheimer’s affects everyone Celebrate your birthday on campus HAYLEY ADDESSA Features Writer

“What do we tell you?” This was the question posed by Dr. John C. Cavanaugh, a prominent researcher on Alzheimer’s disease and chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Alzheimer’s disease is the most prominent from of dementia. It is the loss of connections between nerve cells and the eventual death of those cells due to a buildup of plaque in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease leads to the gradual decline in memory, learning, attention, and judgment. People who suffer from this disease experience confusion of time and place, have trouble with communication, and can even face a problem maintaining personal hygiene. Alzheimer’s is a scary reality for some people and their families to face. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease it can only be “intervened.” Everyone is interested in how people contract such a horrible illness. Genetics seems to be the answer behind the cause. Mutations in one of three genes can lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s; it only takes one of the mutations for the disease to happen. Through the use of genetic screening, it can be determined if you possess the mutation necessary to cause Alzheimer’s. This is where the ethics of the problem come into play. Would it be ethical to inform the patient that they posses the gene mutation that will

PHOTO COURTESY OF BLOG.PTGLAB.COM This is part of the chemical process that occurs inside the brain of someone with Alzheimers.

ALI CHIAVETTA Features Writer

Maybe it’s your first birthday away from home, or maybe you’ve been celebrating your big day without the rest of your family for a few years now. Either way, celebrating your birthday while you’re at college can be a big change from what you’re used to. While many people assume that the only way to celebrate your birthday is by going to a party, there are other alternatives that can be just as fun (and less risky if you’re under 21). If you’re stuck on campus without a car, your options may be more limited, but there are still things to do! For a friend in your building, you can decorate their door with balloons and streamers, making for a fun birthday surprise when they wake up the next day. If you’re looking to celebrate with food, PHOTO COURTESY OF GIRLFRIENDGALAS.COM each residence hall is equipped A crown can be part of your birthday attire, making your 21st birthday with a kitchen somewhere in even more special. the building. Any resident is Another option is to take the rounding area that offer free allowed to sign out the kitchen MU Park City bus over to the items for the birthday guest. key with the RA on duty, and Park City Mall and enjoy some Denny’s, which is only a ten then they are free to bake a cake birthday freebies there. If minute drive from campus, for the birthday boy or girl! you’re looking for a sweet treat, offers its guests a free Grand If you’re looking to get off Cold Stone Creamery gifts you Slam, which is a hearty array of campus to celebrate, but you with a free cup of ice cream on their choice of breakfast foods. don’t have means of transporta- your birthday. For a non-food Friendly’s honors birthday tion, the MU guests with a free dish of ice Lancaster and cream. Both Applebee’s and MU Park City Texas Roadhouse award their busses can probirthday guests with a free vide you with a dessert, or in some locations, a way out. If you free appetizer. If you don’t take the MU mind driving a little farther, Lancaster bus Shady Maple Smorgasbord into the city, offers guests a free meal on there are a multitheir birthday. tude of stores In addition, if you are a memyou can visit and ber of the CVS Beauty Club, you places you can are awarded with a three dollar get something store credit on your birthday to sweet to eat. If use on any product. you visit the So, while celebrating your Fractured Prune birthday on campus may Donut Shoppe, require a little bit of effort and you can enjoy PHOTO COURTESY OF TWICSY.COM creativity, it is possible to enjoy delicious handyour day without breaking the made donuts in Friendlys offers a free sundae on your birthday. bank (or the law). whatever flavor you like. related gift, stop by Sephora on Possibly, going into the city your birthday for a free surisn’t your thing, but you can get prise! off the bus early and enjoy a For students that have a car on nice dinner instead. Ruby campus and are looking for Tuesday offers a free burger other places to honor their specoupon on your birthday, as cial day, there are many restaulong as you sign up for their rants and stores in the suremail club.

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MU creates the Safe Zone program for LGBTQIA DANIELLE WEAVER Features Writer

More and more, college students who identify themselves as a part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, questioning/queer, intersex, and allies/androgynous/asexual (LGBTQIA) community, are choosing a university that is LGBTQIA friendly. The New York Times describes this as a “phenomenon” and says that some students are prioritizing LGBTQIA resources above financial aid and the school’s academics. Millersville University has several organizations on campus dedicated to promoting not only the acceptance of the LGBTQIA community, but also to foster diversity among the general campus community. MU Allies and the Office of Social Equity and Diversity are just two of the groups involved in bringing an end to discrimination at MU. In most areas of the country, the LGBTQIA community can still be legally discriminated against. While Lancaster City does include LGBTQIA in their non-discrimination ordinances, the greater state of Pennsylvania does not protect the LGBTQIA community under their discrimination statutes. “Although sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression are not included in our discrimination policy, the administration has supported for several years a ‘statement of

inclusion’ including those categories,” said Dr. Blaise Liffick, Chair of MU’s LGBTQIA Committee and Safe Zone program. The Safe Zone program was founded at MU as a visible support system for members of the LGBTQIA community (including

ed, or bullied because of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The program has trained mentors who are able to provide resources on LGBTQIA issues (including health and wellbeing). Safe Zone holds training

Diversity and Inclusion, the LGBTQIA Committee strives to create an environment that is inclusive of those who are a part of the LGBTQIA community. The committee also supports practices on campus that include or support the LGBTQIA community. Only in its second

activities on campus that help the rest of the campus community have a better understanding of their LGBTQIA peers,” said Liffick. However, the committee does hope to hold their own events in the long-term. “Because of the very real concerns about potential discrimi-

PHOTO COURTESY OF AJILBAB.COM Millersville University instituted the Safe Zone program which allows members of the LGBTQIA community to feel safe and have an open place to discuss their sexuality. students, faculty, and staff). Safe Zone is exactly what the name implies: a safe space for members of the LGBTQIA community if they feel discriminated against, harassed, intimidat-

for new mentors every semester, although only graduate assistants are eligible to be trained. As a part of the President’s Commission on Cultural

full year of operation, the LGBTQIA Committee does not hold events itself but rather focuses on events developed by other groups. I gt “We also seek to promote

nation, there are still many of the community who are unwilling to be publically associated with any of these groups, or who feel the need to continue to hide their participation,” says

Liffick. Although no MU Allies group has faced major protesting, some have questioned the need for Allies groups on campus. Liffick does not see potential discrimination as a downside of working with the LGBTQIA community: he sees this as a sign of the work needed to make MU a more accepting community. The month of October has been declared LGBT History Month, according to Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), built on LGBT traditions: National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11) and the anniversaries of the first two LGBT marches on Washington in 1979 and 1987. Every day during October, a different LGBT icon is honored for their accomplishments. This year’s icons include Chris Colfer, Jodie Foster, and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others. LGBT History Month is a time when educators can find ways to bring LGBT history into the classroom and create an open discussion. GLSEN hopes that bringing the LGBT history to the classroom will lead to exploring more LGBT issues. While Liffick believes there are major strides that must be made, not just at MU but across the country, time spent working with Allies groups has been worth every second: “I have learned invaluable lessons about not only accepting differences, but appreciating those differences.”

Five helpful tips to make your life easier JULIE RAFFENSPERGER Associate Features Editor

What do stockings, nail polish, staple removers, soda can tabs, bread clips, and toilet paper rolls have in common? They all provide small, unexpected ways to eliminate stress from your everyday life. Whether you live in a dorm, an apartment, or commute from home, you are sure to discover how resourceful you can be with these simple items. The best part is that you probably already have most of these items lying around your house. For the women on campus, you are probably constantly losing earrings, bobby pins, and so forth. This can be frustrating, but there is a quick fix. Simply take a pair of stockings (any pair will suffice), tightly place them around your vacuum hose, and secure it with a rubber-band. You can now hunt around your room without the vacuum threatening to suck up your favorite, lost pair of earrings. Simple as that! Another unexpected item which will save you time and money is all of your old nail polish bottles. After you have found a few different colors, you can use them to paint the

PHOTOCOURTESTOFEXTOL Nail polish can be used to quickly, and inexpensively identify keys.

key ring. There is a fix for that too! By taking a staple remover, you are able to easily maneuver the claws in order to spread the key ring apart. It is much

you can offset your hangers effortlessly, offering twice as much space in your closet. With all that money saved and space available, you may even

These clips may prove to be especially useful when at an amusement park or out with friends. Bottom line, nobody wants to walk around halfshoeless, and bread clips take up very little space. Lastly, with the holidays coming up many of you will be painstakingly wrapping tons of presents. This can be especially irritating when your wrapping paper rolls keep unrolling. The situation can be resolved by taking an empty toilet paper roll and cutting a line down the middle. Now you can place the wrapping paper roll inside, keeping it tightly rolled and in place. “My favorite helpful tip is the vacuum one, because I always lose earrings. It's inevitable. I am always losing them and then I waste so much time trying to find them and am always afraid to vacuum. I have always lost so many good earrings to the vacuum. This one was a really good idea. I also like the nail polish idea to identify keys,” commented senior Kelly Kerr. When asked about her favorite tip, senior Lindsay Wilson's responded, “I love the

PHOTOCOURTESYOFEXTOL Stapler removers can open your key rings without ruining your nails!

soda can tab idea. I have a small closet and always run out of room for clothes.” Next time you think of throwing away a bread clip, recycling a can, or tossing away an empty toilet paper roll, maybe

you will think twice! For more tips like this, check out Pinterest or other helpful websites.

PHOTO COURTESY OF EXTOL By collecting tabs from soda cans, you can double the amount of space in your closet in a snap.

heads of your keys so they are easier to identify. It is easy and costs less than buying a bunch of different identification tabs. Once you have done this and need to put the keys back on their ring, you probably are not looking forward to the inevitable chipped polish on your actual nails which goes along with trying to open your

easier to put items on your key ring this way, plus it saves your nails. For those of you who never seem to have enough space in your closet (especially in the dorms), soda can tabs are going to become your new best friend. By placing one hanger through the top of the tab and a second through the other,

treat yourself to a harmless shopping trip. Another useful item which you can find in your kitchen is a bread clip. At some point, everyone has broken a flip flop or two. By feeding the thong back through the shoe, you can now use a bread clip to secure it in place. In two seconds, your flip flop is good as new.

PHOTOCOURTESYOF EXTOL Bread clips can be used to fix a broken flip flop. This can be especially useful if you are out shopping or at an amusement park. With a simple bread clip on hand, your shoe is as good as new in seconds.

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Millersville University presents “Pirates of Penzance” Caleb Bressler

was another example of the fine higher than it had been before. Certain members of the cast costuming in this show. Victor’s Capecce’s set also had far better control of their “Pirates of Penzance”, a musi- voices and had grasped their worked well for the production. The walkways allowed the cast to cal by the Millersville University songs admirably. The choreography had also interact with the stage more than theatre and music departments, opened on November 1, 2012 at been polished, with the comedy a regular flat stage would have clearly shining through in partic- allowed. the Winter Center. The pirate ship was an espeThe show is a Gilbert and ular numbers. The orchestra, costumes and cially good set piece, and sailed Sullivan comedy, originally written in the late 1800s. The music set also brought the production on and offstage at different times was tweaked nearly 100 years to new heights. The orchestra was throughout the musical. The later by William Elliot for the New located on stage, partially hidden backdrop during the first act was York Shakespeare Festival, where in a space behind raised walk- blue, giving a sunny seaside atmosphere to the show. this rendition of the production ways. During the second act, strung However, Dr. Mark A. Boyle, originated. The basic plot of the musical director of the orchestra, could lights were hung at the back of is that a young man, Frederic, be seen wearing a pirate costume, the stage since the scenes took place in the evening. decides that he must leave the baton in hand. The entire cast did well with The orchestra did a fantastic Pirates of Penzance since his time for being a pirate expires when he job with all the numbers. The the show. There were, however, a decision to have the music and few standout members of the turns 21. Frederic decides that he must theatre department both do the cast. Ryan-Brigid Mento, as the now become an enemy of the show was clearly a good one. The costumes were excellent. Sergeant of Police, did an excelpirates, since they are thieves and vandals. After Frederic leaves, he When the pirates first disembark lent job, with many of the shows’ sees, and falls in love with, Mabel. However, that is not the end of the pirates. I viewed a rehearsal of the show the first day it moved into the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) from v a r i o u s o t h e r rehearsal spots. The cast was still adjusting to the space, c a u s i n g movement to be a bit shaky at times. A PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM YESCALLIS piano had served as The Pirate King, Paul Drellock-Hughes, sings about the life of a pirate. m u s i c a l accompaniment, and all the from their ship during the first best moments occurring when he house lights were on. It was very song “Pour, O Pour the Pirate was on stage. His facial expressions were Sherry,” the costumes are strikmuch a work-in-progress. But something happened ing; the colors of the multiple very entertaining and he was between the rehearsal in October costumes blend perfectly and incredibly fun to watch. Paul Drellock-Hughes was and the finished show in look magnificent against the set. The costumes for the Sisters, another standout member of the November. It had become a highwhen they first come to the island cast as the Pirate King. He was quality and polished production. The cast had noticeably for a picnic, are also incredibly suave, but funny, with fantastic stage presence and a great voice. well-crafted. improved. Kayla Klase, as Mabel, also The Major General’s uniform The singing was notches

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gave a great performance. She was one of the best singers in the show, and a good actress as well. Logan Ressler, as Frederic, also had good vocal work, and interpreted his character well. The choreography in the show was also fun. The policemen provided extremely entertaining moments as they bumbled about PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM YESCALLIS the stage. Major-General Stanley, played by Chris Schoff, and his ten daughters. T h e Pirates generally injected tough- ward off Frederic, who, somewhat elements worked admirably well ness to their brigade, which also unsuccessfully, introduces him- together. Hopefully, we will be seeing carried into their ensemble num- self to them. The show was a professional, many other productions where bers. One especially good ensem- well-done production. The music both the music and theatre collaborate on ble, sung by the Pirates, was was great, the cast seemed to be departments “With Cat-Like Tread, Upon Our enjoying themselves and all the another quality musical. Prey We Steal,” where the pirates are going to get back at the Major General. The number had lots of energy, and the P i r a t e ensemble did well engaging the audience. T h e Sisters are also comical, making their first appearance on stage doing a dance with umbrellas. T h e y also use their fans to g r e a t c o m e d i c effect when PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM YESCALLIS they try to Frederic, played by Logan Ressler, is an apprentice to the Pirates of Penzance.


FROMLEFTTORIGHT:Kate, played by Kristen MacIntire, and Mabel, played by Kayla Klase, are terrified of the pirates. The Sisters giggle when they first meet young Frederic. Ruth, played by Brooke Levesque, does not want Frederic to see the much younger, more attractive Sisters and fall in love with them.

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“Musical Horizons: Past and Present” with MU concert band and wind ensemble Katie Pryor StaffWriter

On the cloudy afternoon of Sunday, October 28, 2012, and with Hurricane Sandy underway, the Millersville Concert Band and Wind Ensemble presented their first concert at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center. The concert, entitled “Musical Horizons: Past and Present,” featured a wide variety of traditional music from all over the world and of different eras, as well as a few innovative pieces from this decade. The MU Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Keith Wiley, opened the concert strong with “Fanfare Prelude on the Italian Hymn.” Written in 1995 by James Curnow, it had a light yet majestic sound that displayed the wind section, especially the saxophones and flutes, as well as the brass section. The next piece, “’Round Midnight” by Cootie Williams and Thelonius Monk, was a much slower, jazzier and even melancholy piece and an interesting transition from the lively opening piece. Their last piece, called “Symphonic Suite” by Clifton Williams, was a definitely one of the more innovative and experimental pieces of the afternoon. Dr. Wiley explained that this particular piece of music takes and melody and theme and constructs it through five different movements. The first movement, “Intrada,”was the most majestic of the movements that featured the trumpets and the rest of the band echoing them. “Chorale,” the second movement, had a very slow, calming, and schmaltzy sound with emphasis on the wind sections. The “March” movement was the liveliest of the movements, while the “Antique Dance” was the most unique. It started and closed with distorted percussion playing, with a very savage and almost otherworldly tone from the rest of the band in between. “Jubilee” brings “Symphonic Suite” to a peppy and bright close.

While all these movements were very different from each other in terms of tone and musicality, they all shared similar notes chords that were arranged to fit the particular movements. After a brief break, the Wind Ensemble took the stage with Dr. John Zarco, the new Director of Bands at Millersville University, conducting. They opened with “Horizons,” a fast-paced and mystical piece that Zarco notes was written by John Leshnot for the opening of the new Visual Performing Arts Center. Their next piece was “Variations of a Korean Folk Song,” which featured a wide variety of beautiful and exotic Asian sounds. It started as elegant and flowing, became slow and melancholy in the middle, and turned into quick and heavy march with emphasis on the percussion section. “Dum Spiro Spero,” one of the more understated pieces of the concert, starts out muted and hushed but slowly builds and quickens to become more ethereal in the middle. It even featured small singing and chanting parts from certain sections before becoming muted again towards the end. The concert quite literally ends on a bright note with Michael Markowski’s piece “Shine,” which Dr. Zarco says focuses on the brighter side of music and the higher register. It’s an upbeat and quick piece where even the percussion players are playing the more subdued and higher octaves of the xylophone, and while it does slow down a bit in the middle, it builds itself again and ends on a grand note. This concert showed the versatility of both the Concert Band and the Wind Ensemble, and proved to be a successful debut for Dr. Zarco as the new director of the Wind Ensemble. Each piece in the concert had its own mood, story, and style to it, keeping the concert interesting and enjoyable. The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble have another concert in the Winter Center scheduled for December 2nd alongside the MU Orchestra.


Chris Longenecker, Poet Laureate of Lancaster County

Poetry Aloud: an evening of the written word Rose Chiango StaffWriter

On Friday, November 2, the Ware Center hosted the third annual “Poetry Aloud” event. It featured readings from Millersville students and Poet Laureate Chris Longenecker. The Creative Writers’ Guild is an organization where writing flourishes. An unofficial motto, “Live by the Pen, Die by the Pen” sums up the passion these writers have for their craft and sharing it with others. The Creative Writers’ Guild at Millersville University is a fairly new organization that developed around the same time the new George Street Carnival, the University’s literary-art magazine, was brought back to life, after being extinct since 2007. CWG hosted the event, a semi-annual poetry reading at the Ware Center, that in the past has been co-hosted with Franklin and Marshall’s Writer’s House. It is a semi-formal event where people sign up to read beforehand, get in front of an audience and read their work.

You do not have to memorize what you have written, and the audience is fairly flexible and forgiving. Tyler Barton, the President of the Guild, opened the evening with words of welcome and introduced Chris Longenecker, the Poet Laureate of Lancaster County, who read one of her works. Many Millersville students read during the evening. Especially notable were Caitlin Breneman and Kelly Brown, for their dramatic and crisp performances. Samantha Sweigart, also, was especially good at giving her poetry a preamble before reading it to help the listener understand context. The room it was held in overlooking Prince Street gave the evening pleasant ambience; the audience was seated around circular tables. Light refreshments were provided. Most of the people there were students from Millersville, and several professors from Millersville were also in attendance. Anyone from the community was invited to attend, and one teacher, Carol AllenGordon, came with her student,

Jake Robinson, who shared his creatively written rap piece. He had attended the previous Poetry Aloud event last spring and was excited to return. The Creative Writers’ Guild meets at 9:00 p.m. in Chryst 210 on Tuesday. There is an emphasis on sharing writing with the group, but observers are always welcome. We plan writing activities, special events, and poetry readings. Coming up, Ty Clever of Millersville’s Art Department will be holding a writing workshop at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13 in Chryst 210 where the weekly meetings are held. Members from the Guild will also be attending Barbara Strasko’s book release at the Ware Center, at 7:30 p.m. on November 8, to support local poets. Another Poetry Aloud event will be held in the spring. If you want more information about Creative Writers’ Guild, contact Tyler Barton at or look up the Facebook page, “Creative Writer’s Guild!”. PHOTO COURTESY OF SNUFFBOOKS.COM

“Sorting out the Truthiness” with NPR’s Brooke Gladstone Rose Chiango StaffWriter

Students of all varieties filed into the Multipurpose Room of the Student Memorial Center on October 23, 2012, to hear a panel discussion between Brooke Gladstone, Martha Rosler, and Jack Bratich. The atmosphere seemed anticipatory, as incoming freshmen had read Gladstone’s graphic novel “The Influencing Machine” as part of the “One Book, One Campus” program. The program was created in order to unite the university under a common theme. Brooke Gladstone is the cohost of National Public Radio’s “On the Media”, and, starting off the panel, she explained that the media was more of a reflection, a mirror of what we were as a society instead of a machine that forces upon us what it created. She is particularly interested in how people interact with politics, and seeing as that is a current and pressing issue, embarked upon a research project that involved watching political ads for eight hours. The same four major Super PACs produce the vast majority of political ads. You may be aware of what a Super PAC is: it’s a type of political action committee that cannot make monetary contributions to campaigns, and works independently. What makes them “super” is that corporations and wealthy individuals often fund them, and there is no funding cap – unlike political parties, which limit donations. The ads that they produce are more likely to contain falsehoods about political candidates and have a negative spin. Gladstone questioned the anonymity of the ads – if disclosing who contributed funding was required, would the ads be more truthful? In media, especially social media, the more anonymous people are allowed to be, the meaner they are because they don’t have to have their name attached.

Gladstone noted that in this barrage of information that could be true or false, it is helpful to know oneself and what you believe. To find out how people process information, she spends a lot of time working with the brain. In her research, she used FMRIs, a scan that detects changes in blood flow, to monitor

When someone from one political party encountered a statement said by someone of their own party that contradicted a viewpoint they held, their brain started to justify the statement by any means necessary. The active filtering of observations and statements, to see more obviously what you agree with, makes beliefs more firmly entrenched the longer they are


Brooke Gladstone, the host of National Public Radio’s On the Media is an expert on press trends. the brain activity of Republicans, Democrats and Independents while they watched political ads. By testing brain activity, she and other researchers were able to discover indications that the subject was lying or being hypocritical. When someone encounters a fact that they don’t agree with, our reasoning centers and emotion centers start trying to resolve the conflict.

held. We are wired to lie to ourselves, and through this we fall prey to the lies of others that are consistent with our view of the world. We accept what we agree with and reject what we don’t. So what about those who are better informed? Do they react differently? The answer: no. Gladstone tested Republicans and

Democrats on their political knowledge – and 95% of people believe some kind of falsehood about their political party. How do we deal with this? As Gladstone said, “Google is like the Bible”. She suggested using, a source devoted to objective facts, and mentioned an app for smartphones, which, if you open while a political ad is playing, can tell you about the Super PAC that sponsored it, and what is true and false about the ad. She maintained that we, the consumers, are responsible for who we are and what we believe. Jack Bratich, Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University, talked about the various forms that the media machine takes. He spoke very quickly and used a lot of specific terminology that made what he was saying hard to follow for anyone that was not in his field. He was interested in the study of war, and especially how the media has been influencing it recently. He spoke about the impact of social media on the Arab Spring and the greater possibility for dissent that arises from having many users on the internet communicating and organizing with each other quickly, creating flash mobs, for example. As an example, he mentioned Wael Ghonim, an internet activist who works primarily through social media who was able to organize part of the Egyptian protests through a Facebook page. He talked about media that is state run such as radio and television networks, as opposed to state-friended media that would take something down if it were objected to. He also mentioned the Alliance of Youth Movement, which was an event in 2008 with many internet activists that led to the creation of, which supports internet activism. Martha Rosler, an internationally renowned artist, was the next speaker on the panel. She is known for working


“The Influencing Machine” is a graphic non-fiction book about the media’s influence on society. with media, war, and women’s experience. She began by asking what the role of art should be. For herself, art can be a form of social justice. She then started talking about information and newsgathering strategies; how the consumer gets factual information. Flicking through PowerPoint slides of screenshots, she listed numerous websites where one could get objective information. She also added a few journalistic sites with a decidedly liberal bias. Some of these sites were: FAIR, CJR, 538, Democracy now! Paul Krugman, Counterpunch, Daily KOS, Crooked Timber, TPM, Nieman Reports, Monthly Review, Jacobin, AlterNet, and Mother Jones. As she paged through the slides, the audience felt uncomfortable – it seemed as if she was

pointing out how easily one could get unbiased information, and how ridiculous it was that people are so often uninformed about political issues. Then, she played a video that demonstrated recombinant media – news clips and sound bites fading in and out, images fading in and out, to demonstrate how much of what we see is a calculated recombination. Because the video was played without much precursory information, the audience may have been confused about how the video related to the main theme, or the point Rosler was trying to get across. Overall, the panel was informative. It provided a lot of information about how you could, and should, get objective information about politics and social issues.

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Philadelphia native singer/songwriter Ryan Tennis performs at Ware Center Luke Helker Staff Writer

On Friday, November 2, Philadelphia native singer/songwriter Ryan Tennis visited Lancaster to perform at the Ware Center. Those who live in Lancaster know how the Ware Center operates and how they bring in a huge music crowd. Combine that with the fact that it was also a “First Friday” there was a solid crowd for Tennis’ show. However, he had to share the stage with a group of ballet girls - nothing wrong with that, the girls performed beautifully, but the girls and their parents were not necessarily there to see Tennis. He had to work with the crowd to get people interested in his performance. When dealing with any singer/songwriter as a opposed to a full band, the live presence is different because it is just one man playing guitar and singing. Having an arsenal of really good songs is what is needed in order to win a crowd over. I have been seeing Ryan Tennis almost every year since 2008 and every time he gets better and better. His songwriting is improving dramatically, his voice is

solid, and he is captivating. He just released a new album through Milkboy Records called “Pack Light But Bring Everything.” His show consisted of a few twenty minute slots in between three ballet performances by the young girls. In total, he played about twenty songs, most of which were new ones from “Pack Light But Bring Everything.” Some tunes were old favorites from previous albums and he also dropped a few covers in as well. Tennis is a big Paul Simon fan. He covered “Graceland” and “The Boy in the Bubble”, which if you know anything about Paul Simon, you know how huge those songs are and he performed these hits perfectly. One unique thing about a guy like Tennis is that the songs he writes can take two completely different shapes - they can be performed solo or with a full band. Most of the time his albums have a full band, so being able to see him perform these songs acoustic takes on two unique and engaging perspectives. It is hard for an artist to write songs that perfectly fit both sides of this acoustic/full band spectrum. There are plenty of people that do that, but there are not

November 8, 2012

Upcoming Events Tools for Critical Thinking Workshop 2 When: Thu, November 8, 2012 @ 02:00 PM Where: Meeting Room B, Lyle Hall Brossman Science Lecture: Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, scholar and inventor - "Small and Strange Stuff" When: Thu, November 8, 2012 @ 07:00 PM Where: Clair Performance Hall, Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center Performance: Millersville University Cello Ensemble with guest artist Matthew Herren When: Thu, November 8, 2012 @ 07:30 PM Where: Biemesderfer Concert Hall, Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center


Ryan Tennis’ sound is comparable to Paul Simon, Bill Withers, and Martin Sexton. many who do it well, but Tennis is not one of those songwriters. He is able to transform his full band pieces to softer acoustic tunes with ease. For more information on

Ryan Tennis, visit his website at and check him out iTunes. Tune in next week for a review of his new album Pack Light But Bring Everything.

Arts Symposium Series: Printeresting explores "Building Communities through the Arts: Collaborations through Social Media" When: Fri, November 9, 2012 @ 10:00 AM Where: Biemesderfer Concert Hall, Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center Performance: All Campus Musical Organization "Musical Theatre Brought to Life" (first showing) When: Fri, November 9, 2012 @ 07:30 PM Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster Community Food Drive When: Sat, November 10, 2012 @ 09:00 AM Where: John Herr's Village Market, 25 Manor Ave., Millersville, Pa. Performance: All Campus Musical Organization "Musical Theatre Brought to Life" (second showing) When: Sat, November 10, 2012 @ 02:00 PM Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster


Want more information on Ryan Tennis? Visit him at: and his Facebook page at:

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Molly Carl StaffWriter

“Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys.” In 1999, author Stephen Chbosky wrote the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Recently, this book has become somewhat of a cult classic, and even more recently was made into a movie. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller as Charlie, Sam, and Patrick, respectively, with Paul Rudd as Bill Anderson. “Perks” is a comingof-age story told through a series of letters written by Charlie to an unidentified friend over the course of his freshman year of high school. Set in 1991 through 1992, it is a timeless story of growing up and struggling to discover yourself, intermingled with the angst of teenage life and love, and the constant battle to “fit in”. If you have not read the book and are simply looking for a feel-good Logan movie, you could not find a better choice. For anyone who is a fan of the novel, however, you will not be disappointed by this cinematic

the bold claim that her role as Sam is a career topping role for Emma Watson. Her rough, somewhat punk style combined with the heart-onher-sleeve mindset of Sam, was a completely different role from the nerdy Hermione Granger that we are used to, yet was impeccable nonetheless. If you wish to see “Perks,” the only theater in the Lancaster area playing it is Penn Cinema on Litiz Pike off of Route 30. Since the movie hit theaters at the end of September, the show times are limited, but it is well worth rearranging your schedule to see. Critic Roger Moore praises Perks, calling it “the Breakfast Club for the new millennium,” and I 100% agree with his statement. I give this movie a solid 9.5 out of 10 on the sole belief that perfection is unattainable. However, this movie comes about as close to perfection as any I have ever seen. The movie, as well as the book, is timeless clasPHOTO COURTESY OF VIRALINFECTION.COM sics that will speak to any Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller star in the film adaptation. and every generation, and inspire and move almost anyone. “Perks” is, in a Charlie, conveying the perfect who stood out above all of the word, infinite. blend of awkwardness and inno- rest. Finally, if it weren’t for the cence. Ezra Miller (We Need to Harry Potter series, I would make rendition. The casting could not have been more spot-on, the soundtrack was incredible, and as the icing on the cake, the movie was both written and directed by none other than the author, Chbosky, himself. Logan Lerman (of TV’s Jack and Bobby, and The Three Musketeers) was flawless as

Talk About Kevin) could not have been a better Patrick, demonstrating the very model of a teenage boy who is unafraid to love with his whole heart. Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man and Role Models), who played Bill Anderson, the English Teacher, was sheer perfection. His character represented that one teacher in high school

The Ware Center Film Series: Stars in Shorts When: Mon, November 12, 2012 @ 05:00 PM Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster Lecture: "Engaging Afghanistan: A Discussion on Being Active in the Challenges Facing Afghan Women" When: Mon, November 12, 2012 @ 07:30 PM Where: Room 210, Caputo Hall Sexuality & Gender Institute Lecture Series: Dr. Simon LeVay, neuroscientist When: Tue, November 13, 2012 @ 04:00 PM Where: Myers Auditorium, McComsey Hall Lecture: Jack McLean and Dick Hughes, two American heroes "Vietnam in Context: The Healing Continues" When: Tue, November 13, 2012 @ 07:00 PM Where: Lehr Room, Bolger Conference Center, Gordinier Hall Lecture: Victoria Wyeth "The Life and Time of My Uncle Jamie Wyeth" When: Tue, November 13, 2012 @ 07:30 PM Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster Guest Artist Master Class: Tony Miceli, vibraphone When: Wed, November 14, 2012 @ 03:00 PM Where: Biemesderfer Concert Hall, Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center

Get into the spirit with the new, varied “Holidays Rule” album Olivia Synoracki

The perks of seeing “Wallflower ”

Central PA Friends of Jazz present the Jackie Ryan Trio When: Sun, November 11, 2012 @ 03:00 PM Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the holiday spirit is on its way. Soon enough, the radio will be blaring with holiday music, spreading cheer to many. So why not get into the holiday mood early? On October 30, 2012, a new album called “Holidays Rule” went on sale. A variety of artists, such as FUN, The Civil Wars, Andrew Bird, and Paul McCartney are featured on this album, singing many favorite holiday songs. What makes this CD special is that the artists are not the most popular groups played on the radio. Instead, these bands are all known for their alternative and indie rock vibe. Listening to preview tracks on, it is obvious that all seventeen artists make these familiar songs they’re own. Many of the tracks are fun, upbeat holiday songs; however, each has been transformed to give the CD a jazzed-up feel. Track fourteen, “Señor Santa (Mister Santa),” by Y la Bamba, brings back the golden oldie “Mr. Sandman” from 1954, asking instead for Mister Santa to bring them a dream. Singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten bring forth the lovable tune, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” originally written in 1944. Their version, similar to Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward’s 2011 recording on their album, “A Very She & Him Christmas,” is slow and smooth, displaying the indie rock genre this album revolves around. There are many holiday albums made with current pop and rock artists, which is exactly why this CD is so unique. Except for FUN, these groups are not played on popular radio stations with artists like Maroon 5 and Katy Perry.

Although they are well-known by some, these artists have a different style from pop or rock artists. Therefore, this album as a whole has a very distinct energy. Not one track sounds the same. Even though they all have a similar style, each artist gives their specific song a different sound, giving listeners a new flavor of their favorite holiday tunes, such as the song “Blue Christmas,” made popular by Elvis Presley. The track, sung by the Heartless Bastards, incorporates the blues rhythm and sound while adding a folk music vibe into the


mix. There are a number of tracks like this, with artists blending different sounds to create a new one. Some groups even rearranged these popular holiday songs, presenting them in a new way such as, “We Need a Little Christmas” by AgesandAges. This arrangement is similar to a choral piece, with many voices on different parts, all creating a harmonious tune. However, AgesandAges also change the rhythm of this old classic, giving it a contemporary style. Each track on “Holidays Rule” has its own original sound, allowing listeners to hear a different style of holiday music. With artists like the Shins, the Fruit Bats, and The Head and The Heart, Holidays Rule will be a very chill, festive CD. It is never too early to start listening to holiday music, which is why it this unique album should be played on repeat.


November 8, 2012

Women’s swim team drops first two meets of season BROOKE STEPHENS Staff Writer This past Saturday, the women’s swim team traveled to California University of Pennsylvania for a meet against Gannon and California universities. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep up. The women’s swim team lost both meets on Saturday, resulting in the first two losses of the season for the Marauders. Their record now stands at 2-2. CalU ended the meet 59-36 over the Marauders and the Golden Knights won 65-30. Senior Sarah Bernhardt had wins in the 100-yard butterfly

and 50-yard freestyle. She swam the 100 butterfly in 58.38 and the 50 freestyle in 24.99, she finished with the top time in both events. The times are PSAC qualifying times. Grace Magerr won the 500yard freestyle with a time of 5:24.44, finishing a half-second before the second place swimmer. Janelle Laudermilch was the only other Millersville swimmer to win an event, taking first place in the 100-yard breaststroke. She also qualified for the PSAC’s with a time of 1:09.49. Arielle Walbert finished second place in the 400-yard MI, with a PSAC qualifying time of 4:45.77. Finally the Marauders 400-

yard medley relay team took third place with a time of 4:13.16. The relay team mem-

bers were Ashley Kichline, Brigid McDonnell, Sarah Bernhardt and Amanda Thomas.

For their next meet, the lady Marauders will travel to Radford, Va. for the Highlander Invita-

tional. The meet is in two weeks and runs from Nov. 14-17.


Despite their first two losses of the season, the women’s swim team showed great determination against CalU and Gannon.

Marauder ice hockey downs both the Scarlet Knights and Explorers CHRIS NORTON Sports Editor

In an eventful two-game weekend, the Millersville Ice Hockey team took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and the La Salle Explorers, winning both games with a combined 13 goals scored. Against Rutgers, Nick Mullarkey was the first to score in the game, shifting the momentum towards the Marauders. Not long after, Sean Nielsen scored to increase their lead by two just three minutes into the game. With their morale dwindling, the Scarlet Knights seemed easily penetrable. Read Bohon took advantage of their shortcomings and added one more goal to Millersville’s already impressive lead. After a late response by Rutgers, with the score now at 3-1, Bohon extended his authority by scoring yet again to give the Marauders a three-goal lead. With their confidence through the roof, Millersville began to let their guard down. Late in the


The ice hockey team proved to be a top contender among teams in their Eastern division.

second period, Rutgers scored to put them within two goals of tying. In the ensuing twelve minutes, the Scarlet Knights’ prayers were answered scoring twice to tie the game at four, and sending the game into overtime. In the final minutes of what was a suspenseful period, Travis Duffey of the Marauders sent a shot toward the goal, which bounced of the pads of the Rutgers’ goalie and into the net, giving Millersville the long-awaited win. After defeating the Scarlet Knights, the Marauders turned their attention toward the La Salle Explorers in hopes of sweeping their weekend of games. Millersville maintained an enormous amount of pressure on La Salle, with the Explorers backed up into their own zone for a majority of the first period. Sean Nielsen took advantage of a poor pass and sent a rocket into the net to give the Marauders an early 1-0 lead. Cyle Knopf would not be outdone, scoring almost immediately after to increase their lead to two. Numerous turnovers con-

tributed to the Explorers’ downfall. Austin Reaser took advantage of yet another, sending the puck into the back of the net, and giving Millersville a threegoal lead. Just before the end of the first period, Josh Feehan managed score, increasing the Marauders’ lead to 4-0. After Feehan scored his second goal of the game in the second period, Kyle Lane scored his first collegiate goal of his career. With the score now at 6-0, Zach Juliano and Mike Carpenter excelled the team’s domination by each scoring their own goals. 8-0 would be the final score in what was an absolute thrashing of La Salle. With the win, Eric Hench recorded his second shutout of the season, denying 30 opposing shots. With their three-game winning streak, Millersville is now tied for first place with Gettysburg in the GNCHC West standings. Looking to keep their win-streak alive, the Marauders travel to Muhlenberg next Friday, then to the University of Delaware on Saturday in another two-game weekend.

Ray Lewis’ career may be ending sooner than expected due to injury RYAN WOERNER

was hungry for one thing: another Super Bowl. If it was the last thing Ray Lewis was going to do, it was lead his team to another Super Bowl victory. This On October 15th, Raven’s injury puts that goal into serious star linebacker Ray Lewis tore jeopardy. his tricep completely in the Although Lewis has slowed by fourth quarter against the Dallas the age of 37, he is still one of Cowboys. A torn tricep will spell the biggest pieces of the Raven’s the end of the season for Lewis, defensive corps. His but begs the question: pregame pep talks are legcan the aging star come endary around the league; back next season? his signature dance used There is much specuto hype up the crowd was lation thusfar regarding famously mocked by TerLewis’ possible retirerell Owens during Ownes’ ment from the game he stay in Philadelphia. This has spent the last 17 seais all a part of what makes sons playing. As an aging up Ray Lewis. He has and increasingly ineffectremendous impact both tive player, some fans on and off the field, bringand sports writers immeing not only huge sacks diately speculated that and game-changing interLewis had played his ceptions, but energy and final game. But ESPN’s leadership skills to the Skip Bayless managed to locker room. forget about Tim Tebow Lewis, however, has for approximately four chosen to let his play do minutes to say that he is the talking throughout his “1,000 percent” behind career. What he is facing the idea of Lewis returnnow is one of the biggest ing. decisions of his playing In a poll conducted by career: try to bounce back ESPN, 66% of fans said from the injury, or call it a they believe Lewis should career and settle down? rehab his injury, forego Whether or not Ray retirement, and return to Lewis returns from his trithe field next year. Clearly, the nation as a PHOTO COURTESY BLEACHERREPORT.COM cep injury lies only in the whole would love to see Lewis’ thirst to return to the NFL is unquenchable. hands of Lewis himself. Ravens lineman Haloti just a few more big hits dished out by the three-time AFC pounds entering the season to Ngata told the NFL Network that make up for lost ability due to Lewis confidently declared to Defensive Player of the Year. Tricep injuries are not always age, and is not done working yet. him, “I’ll be back”. When Arnold After a crushing 23-20 loss to Swarzenegger famously uttered the easiest to recover from, however. Though fairly straightfor- the New England Patriots in last that same line in The Terminaward in their procedure, tricep year’s AFC Championship game, tor, he stayed true to his word. tears almost always require sur- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Truth be told, it’s hardly outgery, which leads to about a year Lewis claimed, “I’m hungry landish to hold Lewis to that of rehabilitation in a typical pa- again and I’m thirsty again.” same standard; like the Termitient. Age is another factor, as Lewis, 13 time Pro-Bowl selec- nator, Lewis is not man, but maLewis will have turned 38 by the tion and 17 year league veteran chine.

Staff Writer

beginning of next season’s training camp. Rehabbing from injuries becomes more difficult with age, and can occasionally lead to other injuries. Luckily for the Ravens, Lewis is not just a “typical patient”. Ray Lewis is a devoted, hard working, machine of a professional athlete. He dropped 20

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Women’s cross country crosses finish line at NCAA Regional Championships BREANNA CROGNALE Staff Writer The cross country team traveled to Lock Haven University on a cold and cloudy Saturday for the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships where 171 runners were scheduled to compete.

Millersville was coming off of a 13th place showing out of 15 teams, at the PSAC Championships at Slippery Rock. The Marauders managed to take a 16th place finish out of 24 teams, with an overall score of 413 points. Sarah Mulvey was the first Marauder to cross the finish line

with a personal best time of 22:48, placing her 53rd overall. Brittney Martin finished second for Millersville in 73rd place, with a time of 23:14. Two more Marauders placed in the top 100, Elizabeth Reese ran the course in 23:48 which put her in 90th place. Then Amanda Long just slipped into the top 100, with a


With four runners placing within the top 100, the Lady Marauders have renewed confidence.

95th place showing and a time of 23:57. Other notable performances include that of Sarah Fink, who with a time of 24:06 just missed a spot in the top 100 crossing the line in 102nd place. Then Mallory Austin ran a time of 25:36, placing her 142nd and Victoria Carroll followed in 154th place finishing the race in 26:43. The top three schools automatically secure spots in the 2012 NCAA Division II Championships in Joplin, Missouri along with the top three runners not on one of those teams. The event will be hosted by Missouri Southern State University on November 17th. It appears that Millersville has not qualified for the national championships; which if that is indeed the case, then Saturday marks the end of their season and the last race for seniors Mulvey and Austin. Mulvey had a stellar senior season which included leading the team in six of their eight races and setting a new personal best record.


If the season ends, Mulvey’s senior season will end in dignity.

Women’s volleyball invited to PSAC Tournament ALEX GELI Staff Writer

We’ve all heard the commercials… “You gotta get to, you gotta get to… Haven!” Well, Millersville’s women’s volleyball team had a different motto in mind on Saturday: “You gotta get to the playoffs!” With the season winding down, the lady Marauders (1316, 6-11 PSAC) traveled to Lock Haven, PA to battle a divisional powerhouse, the Lock Haven Eagles (22-9, 14-3 PSAC), which they upset earlier in the fall season. Unfortunately, the same result did not come about as Millersville fell 3-1, although competing hard in each set, 2522, 22-25, 25-19, and 25-23. Despite the loss, Millersville

got an invite to the PSAC tournament thanks to a helpful win over East Stroudsburg by Shippensburg. A win against ESU previously in the week by the lady Marauders surely aided in their playoff chances. “I spoke with the team about the importance of the matches this past weekend,” Brian Smith, Millersville’s head coach began. “We had two goals: one was to take care of ESU and the other was to play quality volleyball against the top-ranked Lock Haven,” he continued. “We accomplished both this weekend.” The 104 in attendance had the pleasure of watching the underdog Marauders put up a strong performance in the foursetter. In the match, the young Millersville team kept their heads above water against the

top team in the PSAC East, with a .219 hitting percentage against Lock Haven’s .262. Two of Millersville’s top freshmen – which make up nearly half of their starting squad – did their share to make it possible for Millersville to tug on Lock Haven’s shirt as they plow their way through the PSAC East. Samantha Agostini, third on the team in kills, added nine more to her stat-sheet. Another youngen, Taylor Smith, helped out her team with six kills and only one error. “Both of our Outside Hitters, Taylor Smith and Katie Lesinski, had good matches against Lock Haven,” Smith said. As the head coach pointed out, sophomore Lesinski furthered herself from the rest of

Millersville’s other kill leaders, with 14 more on Saturday, totaling to 272 on the season. But without veterans Sue Caramanico and Jessica Franz’ skillful passing, the young portion of the Marauder’s team wouldn’t be able to put up those kind of numbers. Franz continued her assisting party through Saturday, adding 33 to her 841 on the year. “(They) had an exceptional weekend passing,” Smith said. On the defensive side, four lady Marauders dug double-digit balls, including Caramanico and Franz (10), Taylor Smith (12), and fellow freshman Brooklyn Smith (15). Although Millersville’s solid play wasn’t enough on Saturday, the pubescent crew continues to improve as the season progresses, inching closer and closer to the postseason which the Marauders have been newly admitted. “We have been able to improve and we have a list of

things we want to work on,” their head coach said. “We start so many freshmen and you don’t see that in college very often, but the goal is to not focus on the big picture; (it is) simply to improve week to week.” During the course of this fall season, Millersville has had losing streaks of three, four and five games. On the contrary, they’ve had a five-game winning streak as well as two threegamers, so inconsistency is a factor with this team. “With a youthful team, you expect some bumps in the road,” Smith said about his team, whose group of gals divvies into seven freshmen, three sophomores, six juniors and only one senior. “We have only lost a handful of matches that we should or could have won.” Acknowledging the situation that the new coming freshmen have dealt with and admiring the effort they have put in,

Smith continued, “Many of the starters are not only getting used to the new level of play in college, but also the new coaches and the transition from home to campus life. That’s a handful in your first semester away from home.” As the PSAC tournament looms, head coach Smith will have to rally his squad with two pivotal games left in the season. The remaining matches on the fall schedule include West Chester on Friday and Cheyney just a day later, and are games that are vital to the Marauder’s seeding in the playoffs. With a tough challenge wellmet on Saturday, Smith and his volleyball team look only to forge in the positive direction. “It’s clear that we have earned some respect from our fellow PSAC East teams with the progress of our program,” he said, “and that is what we are looking to continue.” Student support is vital! Come out and support the Lady Marauders.

Men’s soccer fails to make comeback against the Lakers ESTELLE REIDLER Staff Writer


Despite falling to Lock Haven, the Lady Marauders plan to shine in the PSACTournament.

On Saturday November 3rd, the Marauders took on the Mercyhurst Lakers in the PSAC semifinal in Erie, Pa. The game was evenly matched and it came down to a last minute goal for the Lakers to earn the victory over Millersville. Mercyhurst was able to score their first goal in the 23rd minute of play, the goal coming off of the foot of leading scorer Alex Manea. While the level of play was relatively even, the Marauders were not able to capitalize on a play to create a scoring opportunity, which led to the Lakers taking advantage and scoring again in the 31st minute of play. Even after equalizing the shot attempts between the teams at 9 each, the first half ended with the Marauders trailing by 2 Coming from halftime with a much more offensive push, the Marauders were rewarded with a penalty kick in the 54th minute of play. Millersville’s only senior Matt Kadoch, number 9, took and made the shot. Still trailing by 1, the Marauders fought to secure another goal. In the 77th minute, the Ma-


Mercyhurst’s final goal was the Marauders downfall Saturday. rauders were able to take advantage of a play, and a deflected shot attempt by Kadoch was picked up by captain Andrew Dukes, No. 20, who shot and scored. The game came down to the last minute of play, and Mer-

cyhurst was able to make a finalizing goal to secure their victory, ending the match 3-2. Sunday Nov. 4th Mercyhurst faced off against Slippery Rock in Erie, Pa for the PSAC title. Mercyhurst won the match 1-0.

The Snapper, Vol. 88, Iss. 8  

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