now globes have a blizzard inside. Snow globes are pleasing to the eye. Snow globes are made of fragile glass. Snow globes are treasures you cannot pass. Happy holidays from The Penn!
Police, fire and emergency crews prepared an apocalyptic scenario, as people around the world feared the chaotic outcome of the “Y2K bug.” (AP wire)
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Commuter James T. King sued IUP $205 on the the grounds that campus police did not provide adequate warning for his car being towed between the commuter parking lot and the Student Union.
IUP’s tuition and fees were ranked about $1,000 over the national average for 2003-2004, according to a study called “The Trends of College Pricing for 2003” released by The College Board of Education.
What is your favorite holiday activity? • Exchanging presents • Being with the family
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• Borough police reported that at 2:32 a.m. Nov. 26, Keenan Wakefield, 21, Indiana, was found intoxicated in the 300 block of North Ninth Street after he was observed trying to steal hay from a porch. Wakefield was arrested and cited for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, police reported. He was released to a sober adult. • At 2:31 a.m. Nov. 22, Mark McAneny, 23, Johnstown, was found intoxicated after he was observed passed out in the 600 block of Wayne Avenue, according to borough police. McAneny was arrested and cited for public drunkenness, police reported. He was lodged in the county jail. • Borough police reported that at 2:01 a.m. Nov. 22, Thomas Douglass Jr., 22, Homer City, was found intoxicated after he was observed passed out in the 600 block of Philadelphia Street, according to borough police. Douglass was arrested and cited for public drunkenness, police reported. He was lodged in the county jail. • At 1:56 a.m. Nov. 22, Vaughn Dunmire, 46, Shelocta, was charged with DUI, driving on the right side of the roadway and careless driving after he was observed intoxicated behind the wheel of his vehicle in the 1000 block of Oakland Avenue, according to campus police. • At 11:34 p.m. Nov. 19, Joshua Angiolelli, 18, Reynoldsville, was found intoxicated after he was observed passed out in a chair in the fourth floor lobby at Putt Hall, according to campus police. Police reported that Angiolelli became combative with officers after they attempted to wake him. He was taken by ambulance to Indiana Regional Medical Center and was charged with public drunkenness, underage drinking, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, police reported.
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At 3:18 a.m. Nov. 18 in the 00 block of Foundry Avenue, Andrew Bruni, 22, Verona, was charged with simple assault and harassment after he reportedly choked his ex-girlfriend, pushed her down a flight of stairs and spat on her, according to borough police.
• Campus police reported that at 12 a.m. Nov. 25, Peter S. Glovas-Kurtz, 19, Holland, was identified as the individual that wrote on the wall of several locations on campus with a black magic marker during the week of Nov. 13. Glovas-Kurtz was charged with criminal mischief, police reported. • Borough police reported that at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 21, Vincent R. Dilascio, 33, Saltsburg, was found in his vehicle in the 00 block of South Carpenter Avenue, which was booted by the parking department. Police reported that damage was done to the boot and the roadway where he attempted to drive away with the boot attached to the wheel. Dilascio also removed a large green sticker from his window and discarded it on the street, police reported. He was cited for criminal mischief, scattering rubbish and tampering with a parking boot, police reported. • Someone threw a rock and damaged a window at Romeo’s Pizza at 1112 Oakland Ave. at 2:47 a.m. Nov. 21, according to borough police. Anyone with information should contact borough police at 724-349-2121. • Someone threw a rock through a window at the Phi Psi Fraternity at 220 South Seventh Street sometime between 12 and 11 a.m. Nov. 21, according to borough police. Anyone with information should contact borough police.
Borough police reported that at 1:19 a.m. Nov. 21, Jeffery Stewart, 23, and Eric George, 22, both of Homer City; and Travis George, 23, Marion Center, were cited for obstruction of highways, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after they were observed running away from a large “road closed” sign that was placed in the 100 block of North Fourth Street.
• At 3:20 a.m. Nov. 22, Nathaniel Dohner, 22, Cornwall, was cited for violating the borough’s anti-noise ordinance after he was found playing loud music at his residence in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street, according to borough police. • At 2:50 a.m. Nov. 22, Amber L. Lapp, 22, Indiana, was cited for violating the disorderly gathering ordinance following a loud party that took place at her residence at 1250 Church St., according to borough police.
– compiled from police reports
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Students discuss Atwater at SGA meeting By SEAN BRACKEN Research Editor S.M.Bracken@iup.edu
IUP students attended an SGA meeting Wednesday evening in Walsh Hall to voice their opinions against IUP President Tony Atwater and several of his policies. Several possible student grievances came up at the meeting about several of Atwater’s policies. SGA President Alyssa Stiles (junior, pre-dentistry) said she felt this SGA meeting was necessary to hold Atwater accountable for the way he is running the school. “We decided to make a list to show our disappointment with the administration in their lack of communication, lack of shared governance, etc,” Stiles said. She added that the SGA did not hold this meeting based on pressure by APSCUF. “We were not pressured by APSCUF or any other body to take action on this issue, but we, the SGA, felt that it was necessary,” Stiles said. Some grievances students had included many issues ranging from the new dorms, skewing surveys in
“If you see the numbers of the Facebook group, it is apparent that this is an issue that an overwhelming number of students have already taken a stance on.” — Alyssa Stiles (junior, pre-dentistry) favor of the university, approving unpopular curriculum changes, refusing to meet with student groups, the KCAC building, hiding information from the public, class sizes and faculty hiring. Stiles said at the meeting that the SGA might hold a vote of no confidence against Atwater, in addition to the list of student grievances. “SGA hasn’t decided for sure if we’re going to do a vote of no confidence or not,” Stiles said. No decisions have been made on the SGA’s possible no confidence vote. She also said that the SGA will vote on the list of grievances at the next SGA meeting, which will be held Dec. 8.
Stiles said she would be checking the validity of the possible grievances before the Dec. 8 vote, but added she was pleased with the discussion. “I was pleased with the attendance for this event, especially since it was not highly publicized,” Stiles said. “We were hesitant to publicize it at first, so we could keep people guessing about SGA’s intentions until closer to the trustees meeting,” she added. She also said the meeting reflected the many other students that have already taken a position against Atwater’s policies. “If you see the numbers of the Facebook group, it is apparent that this is an issue that an overwhelming number of students have already taken a stance on,” Stiles said. The meeting follows a recommendation unanimously passed by the faculty union to hold a vote of no confidence against Atwater. Stiles said that no confidence votes have worked in the past. “Whenever they have done vote of no confidences in the past, the president has been gone within a year,” Stiles said.
Huffington versus Murdoch on future of journalism By JOSEPH D. SZYDLOWSKI Scripps Howard News Service
A renowned blogger and a media magnate’s differing views on the future of journalism dominated the first day of the Federal Trade Commission’s workshop on the subject. Arianna Huffington and Rupert Murdoch’s appearances Tuesday drew people to the conference and drew a variety of reactions from the crowd. The pair spoke for about 20 minutes each to an audience of researchers, journalists and others in communication fields as part of the workshop “How will journalism survive the Internet age?” The workshop explored the problems besieging traditional media and tactics for adapting to the Internet. “The best speakers were the two big names of the day: Rupert Murdoch and Arianna Huffington,” said Dan Gainor, vice president for business and culture at the Media Research Center in Alexandria, Va., a group that tries to counter what it sees as liberal media bias.
He said both made excellent points - Murdoch and his warning of political influence in the media and Huffington’s caution that journalism can’t change the way the Internet operates. Murdoch, who owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, decried papers that still distribute content online for free. News, he said, has a value, and readers should pay for it. “Some rewrite, at times without attribution, and use stories of expensive, distinguished journalists - who invested days, weeks, even months on their stories — all under the tattered veil of fair use,” Murdoch said. Journalism’s future is “limited only by editors and producers unwilling to fight for their viewers or government using its heavy hand either to over-regulate or to subsidize us.” Murdoch’s speech drew Craig Aaron, a senior program director at Washington-based freepress.net, to the workshop. He said he wanted to hear from the business side of journalism. Freepress promotes a diverse and independent media.
Atwater responds to pending votes of no confidence By SEAN BRACKEN Research Editor S.M.Bracken@iup.edu
IUP’s University Senate held its first meeting Tuesday afternoon in Eberly Auditorium after the faculty union’s unanimous approval to move forward with a no confidence vote against IUP President Tony Atwater back on Nov. 19. The faculty union’s recommendation was among many of the topics discussed in front of the senate. The topic brought responses from senate members and Atwater, who was among those in attendance. The recommendation of the no confidence vote comes in response to the frustration expressed by members of the IUP faculty and of the University Senate over Atwater’s change in budget policy. The University Senate said Atwater has failed to consult with members of the senate before implementing his budget polices. The senate added that these decisions also did not include any discussion with faculty and students. The senate added that his budgeting policies were not the determining factor for the no confidence vote, but added that it was the “last straw.” The senate added that Atwater has disregarded the senate since 2006. Atwater responded to the senate’s
“There is more communication that could have and should have been done.” — Tony Atwater, IUP President concerns about the budget and his polices. “There is more communication that could have and should have been done,” Atwater said. Atwater also said that this was a different approach to budgeting and that this was not a new policy he implemented. He added that the different budgeting approach was only to meet the university’s financial needs and that it did not change the way academic departments are funded. However, Atwater said that he has worked with the University Senate subcommittees. He also said that there would be more direct communication with the senate and that he emphasized that at his cabinet meeting. The University Senate rules committee will hold a meeting Dec. 8 to respond to Atwater’s response. The faculty wide vote of no confidence against Atwater will be held electronically Dec. 14 and 15. The Council of Trustees at their year-end review of Atwater can then look at the senate vote of no confidence and determine if they should renew his contract.
Rob Haake/The Penn IUP’S University Senate held a meeting Tuesday in regards to unanimous approval to move forward the no-confidence vote against IUP President Tony Atwater, which took place Nov. 19.
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World AIDS Day holds numerous events in honor of lost loved ones By AMIRA AL-QARQAZ Staff Writer A.Al-Qarqaz@iup.edu
This year was the fourth year for IUP to celebrate World’s AIDS Day on campus. On December 1st, about 43 people joined together in the Oak Grove to form the “Human Red Ribbon” and heard a lecture by Malinda Cowles. Cowles is the Associate Director for the Health AWAREness. She spoke about the World AIDS campaign’s new theme, “Renewing our commitment to prevention and education (on HIV/ AIDS).” “World AIDS Day is observed every year on Dec. 1. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.” “[Cowles] emphasized the need for us to ‘respect and protect’ ourselves by having safe sex and also by respecting people living with HIV/ AIDS by fighting prejudice,” said Rhema Lewis, a peer educator for Health AWAREness and the Haven project. Also at the gathering, student organization FLUSH, or Friends Living Under Serious Hardships, performed
Shane Dreistadt/The Penn Condoms were set out, along with pamplets about AIDS, for students interested in knowing more about the epidemic during World AIDS Day Tuesday.
the song “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.” “For the past four years, the office of Health AWAREness, along with the IUP Red Cross Club and this year with Bacchus, has held a week of events which bring awareness about HIV/AIDS to the IUP campus,” Lewis said. “During this week, we have the ‘Human Red Ribbon’ which occurred Tuesday, World AIDS Day, and we cosponsor a benefit concert.” The concert was held Wednesday at the HUB Ohio Room. Lewis said the benefit concert included Voices of Joy choir; Ritmo Latino Dance Crew; soloists Colin O’Brien (junior, art education) and Angel-Khalil Jones (freshman, communications media); poet Peter Glovas-Kurtz; rappers The Headturnerz and Devvon Horn
(sophomore, biology); and bands Against All Odds, Barbary Wine and Romantic Era. In addition to the concert, there was also a silent art auction. Artists at the auction included IUP staff member, Alisa DeStefano, Associate Director of Financial Aid; IUP students Margaret (graduate studies) and Jared Hammond (graduate studies), Megan Stahl (graduate studies), Maurice Jackson (senior, art studio/art history), Lashae Lewis and Danielle Lewis (senior, human development/environmental studies); and Michael Cannon from Slippery Rock University. IUP plans to continue celebrating World AIDS Day in the future. For more information about AIDS or the World AIDS Campaign, visit avert.org, worldaidsday.org or worldaidscampaign.org.
Brock Fleeger/The Penn Many students as well as professors stood outside in front of Sutton Hall on Wednesday to witness the lighting of the most voted Christmas tree sponsored by Tony Atwater .
IUP tree lighting ceremony brightens holiday spirit on campus By ANGIE MARIE WOODY Senior Staff Writer A.M.Woody@iup.edu
Norm the Crimson Hawk flipped the switch to light 15 fir trees at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Blue Room at John Sutton Hall while campus and community crowded around the East Porch of John Sutton Hall to watch. During the lighting ceremony, the IUP Chamber Singers, under the direction of James Dearing, sang “Silent Night” and “Masters in This Hall.” Those who voted on their favorite decorated tree — with each vote costing a dollar — were eligible to win the tree sponsored and decorated by IUP President Tony Atwater and his wife, Beverly Roberts-Atwater. The remaining 14 trees and decorations, decorated by members of fraternities and sororities as well as
the Mortar Board Honor Society and the IUP Ambassadors, were donated to families in the Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children program. East Pike Elementary School Vocal Ensemble, directed by Debbie Sasala sang “This Winter Holiday” and “The Snow Begins to Fall.” Under the direction of Christian Dickinson, the IUP Brass Ensemble also performed. The event was sponsored by the Atwaters, Aramark Corp., Mr. and Mrs. Jack Delaney of Delaney Chevrolet, Buick, Honda, Hyundai and Subaru; Downtown Indiana; Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farms Gatti Pharmacy; Indiana County Bar Association; Indiana Regional Medical Center; IUP Ambassadors; IUP Interfraternity Council; IUP Student Cooperative Association; Panhellenic Association; Quota International of Indiana, Pa., Inc.,; Rotary Club of Indiana, Pa.; and the Honorable Donald C. White.
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PA-SWAT concludes two-day smoking cessation campaign at IUP By beatrice ekinde-epwene Contributing Writer B.N.Ekinde-Epwene@iup.edu
If three jumbo jets crashed and all on board were killed, would that make the news? If you knew that people around the world wasted about $500 billion a year when they could use that money in more productive ways, would you be alarmed? If you knew 438,000 people die every year in the US and many more around the globe from causes directly or indirectly related to smoking, would that get your attention? According to the biomedicine.org, a site dedicated to helping people quit smoking, these numbers add up to the actual situation in real life at the present time. It is for these reasons, and all the other several health concerns that smoking presents, that the PA-SWAT club of IUP took up the challenge of helping students quit smoking. For two days the group organized a smoking cessation campaign to serve the university community. The group set up shop first at Folger Dining Hall and the next day at the HUB Atrium, locations that were readily accessible to students.
The main thrust of the campaign was to educate students about the dangers of smoking, its effects on the health of the smoker, their loved ones, innocent individuals and the environment as a whole. Students were encouraged to sign up for free coaching sessions and were encouraged to commit to four weeks of coaching and counseling services at the Center for Health and Well-Being located in G97 of the Maple Street Suites on campus. Well-trained staffs are on hand at the center to see students through this effort. The center also offers free patches, counseling on coping mechanisms and several other tips for a safe and successful cessation plan. According to Rebecca Mir, student coach at the center, “statistics indicate that those who quit cold turkey have only a 3 percent chance of success. But those who combine a cessation plan with using the patch and counseling bump their rate of success up to 15 percent.” According to PA-SWAT staff, studies have shown that most people addicted to cigarette do so more from habit and from the mental challenge than from the actual addiction to nicotine. They explained that studies show nicotine leaves the human
system completely in about 72 hours. So if smokers learn ways to cope, learn how to distract themselves from cravings, add the patch and counseling to their plan, they stand a better chance of succeeding. T.J Cannon, a work study student and a non-smoker who helped staff the SWAT table said he was pleased to be involved in a worthwhile cause by helping students quit smoking. While Bianca (sophomore, criminology) Williams said, “I don’t smoke but I have family members who smoke. I am not a fan of cigarettes but it is good to get the word out. I have family members who smoke and I will grab the information for my family and friends.” Page Koncewicz (freshman, psychology) also felt that “the best part of the work is to help someone realize they can take control of their life and not let tobacco run their life.” PA-SWAT, a statewide program on university campuses in Pennsylvania, would love to help many more students take advantage of its services. Students who want help are welcomed at the center and they will be well on their way to beating their cigarette addiction and improving their health.
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Alex Peterson/The Penn PA-SWAT, a group of students taking charge in lowering the use of tobacco on campuses statewide, held a two-day smoking cessation campaign at IUP.
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Holiday shopping: 10 ways to shop wisely By kathleen pender Scripps Howard News Service
With unemployment rising and credit shrinking, it’s more important than ever to spend wisely this holiday season. From making a budget to saving on shipping, here are 10 ways to be a smart shopper. 1. Make a budget Write down how much you will spend for each person on your list and add it up. If you can’t afford the total, start crossing gifts or names off the list. Rather than exchanging presents around the tree, is there something you can do with friends and family that will be remembered long after who gave what to whom? “Some families volunteer together, get outdoors, go caroling,” says Gerri Detweiler, a personal finance adviser for Credit.com. Although some families might be offended by such a suggestion, “you might be pleasantly surprised,” Detweiler says. More so than in years past, “people are willing to come clean and say we really can’t afford to spend as much as we have.” Some families rein in spending by giving only to the kids. If you must trade presents with adults, pick names from a hat and set a dollar limit. “If you feel an irrepressible need to spend more than you can under the rules, do that privately on your own time, not at the family get-together,” says Tod Marks, senior editor with Consumer Reports. 2. Stick to it Keep a running total of everything you buy for each person, including online purchases, and when you hit your preordained limit, stop. Even if you go over your limit, keeping the list will make you a more restrained spender than having no list at all. “It’s like the difference between going to the grocery store when you’re hungry versus after a big meal,” says Bill Hampel, chief economist with the Credit Union National Association. 3. Cash only A good way to prevent overspending is to put your budgeted amount into an envelope in cash and spend only from that. “When you see a big pile of money disappearing before your eyes, it imposes a discipline that is not readily apparent when you use a charge card,” Marks says. 4. Debit cards If it’s not practical to use only cash, use a debit or ATM card but make sure your bank won’t hit you with an overdraft fee if you accidentally exceed your balance. With many cards, “you can spend more than you have in your account, and when you do, it gets pretty expensive pretty fast,” Detweiler says. The fee can be $35 to $40 for each purchase that exceeds
your balance. The Federal Reserve just announced new rules that will ban overdraft fees on ATM and debitcard transactions (except for recurring ones) unless consumers specifically opt in to an overdraft protection plan, but the new rules don’t take effect until July 1. 5. Credit cards If you use credit cards, “stick to one or two cards,” Detweiler said. “Double-check your interest rates on all your cards, that’s a moving target these days. Use the card with the lowest interest rate for purchases you might have to stretch out for a couple months. Anything you can pay off in full, put on a rewards card. Before you leave for the mall, check your credit limit. Companies are slashing limits and they don’t tell you until after the fact.” 6. Gift cards Gift cards “are among the most frequently purchased and most desired gifts that people give and get,” says Marks. But a Consumer Reports survey found that 1 in 4 people who received a gift card last year had yet to spend it. Gift cards make it easier to set an amount and stick to it. But 65 percent of recipients are spending more than face value when they redeem the cards. “They have to dig in their wallet for a gift you supposedly gave them,” Marks adds. 7. Layaway lessons With credit tight, layaway plans – where you pay for a product over time and take it home when it’s paid for – are making a comeback. If you choose one, “make sure you get the refund policy in writing so you know what happens if you choose not to go through with the purchase, especially after you have made some payments,” says Jack Gillis, a spokesman for the Consumer Federation of America. Also get in writing what will happen if the product is not available at the end of the payment plan or if the item goes on sale before you complete your purchase. 8. Return policies If you purchase a real gift, make sure you and the recipient know the retailer’s return policies, including the time limit, what documentation is needed, and whether the recipient can exchange for cash or merchandise. 9. Finding deals Use the Internet to compare prices and search for discounts and coupon codes at fatwallet.com and couponcabin.com. 10. Save on shipping Hundreds of retailers will offer free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve for orders placed on Dec. 17. For details, see freeshippingday.com. Marks says many retailers offer free shipping every day or every few days during the holidays. If you sign up for e-mail alerts from companies you like, you will be target-marketed with free shipping and other deals.
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Ways to save, be safe during holiday shopping season By claudia buck Scripps Howard News Service
Feeling frugal this holiday season? It’s OK, so are most American consumers, according to numerous surveys. As the shopping season gets into full swing this week, here are some ways to save — and some ways to be safe. First, the savings. Whether it’s online or at the mall, there are lots of ways to trim your holiday spending. One of the easiest: Start early and work from a list for each person. You’ll be less inclined to panic on last-minute spending or overdo the individual gifts. Here are some other tips: • Think creatively. A family can use a recycled theme in which every gift has to be purchased from a used bookstore, thrift shop, consignment store or other “gently used” boutique. Wrapping also has to be something recycled. • Carry cash. When it’s gone, you’re done shopping for the day. And using cash means you’ll be less likely to splurge or fritter it away on those small, frivolous “what-was-I-thinking” purchases. If you’re using a credit card, leave your checkbook and extra credit cards at home, in case your purse or wallet is lost or stolen. • Check your limit. With so many credit card companies lowering their limits in recent months, you may not
have as much shopping capacity as you think. Read your monthly statement or call the company to see if your credit limit has changed. If you exceed it, you could be hit with fees or penalties. If you’re shopping online, look for bundled discounts, combining dollarsoff and free shipping. “It used to be there was one or the other,” said Mike Allen, founder and “chief executive shopper” of Shopping-Bargains.com, a coupon Web site. “This year, I’m seeing a lot more of both combined: free shipping and 15 percent off a $100 order, for instance. They’re ‘double-incentivizing’ you to buy.” He also recommends looking at the online minimums for discounts. If you’re buying $65 worth of sweaters, for instance, it might be worth bumping up your order to $75 to take advantage of free shipping. And try to group multiple orders from a single retailer, so you’re only paying shipping and handling fees once. Aside from deals, online shoppers should also be on the lookout for the dangers posed by cyber-crooks. “The bad guys know that at holiday times people are engaging in more Internet activity — looking for low prices on gifts, looking for bargains,” said Dave Marcus, director of security research for McAfee, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based security software company.
There’s also the seasonal flurry of fake job sites, offering “Earn More Money for Holiday Shopping,” which Marcus said are often money-laundering sites for cyber-criminals. That means you need to be vigilant about where you shop and to whom you give personal financial details. And anyone can get hit. “It’s happened to me,” said Joanne McNabb, head of California’s Office of Privacy Protection, who said she got snagged while buying flowers online. After completing her floral order, a small pop-up window appeared on McNabb’s computer: “Get 10 percent off your next order!” She clicked on it, without paying attention to the details. A few months later, she noticed an unfamiliar $3.95 monthly charge on her credit card statement. Sure enough, it was a subscriber service that she’d inadvertently signed up for when she clicked on the pop-up ad. McNabb immediately called her credit card company and canceled the “service.” Her advice: “Read the fine print before you accept anything online. And monitor your credit card statement for any unfamiliar charges. Even if it’s a small amount that you don’t understand, question it.” To protect yourself online, here are additional tips: • Don’t click on any links sent to you. Instead, type in the retailer’s
name or the Web site address yourself. “It takes a few extra seconds but saves you from potential identity theft or credit card theft,” said McAfee’s Marcus. • Beware of “too good” deals. If they sound too good to be true, chances are they’re fake. And look out for too-low prices on upscale, luxury brands like Cartier or Tiffany. Scamsters know that consumers are price-shopping, so be certain the Web site you’re perusing is legitimate. This time of year, phony online auction sites are especially prevalent, said Marcus, who’s seen pseudo Craigslist sites and phony eBay Web sites in Chinese, French and German. • Beware of holiday cheer. Holiday
Web sites surface every year, offering free downloads of Christmas carols, ringtones or festive screen savers. Aside from merriment, they often harbor malicious software that can infect your computer. • Beware of “phishing.” It could be a phony FedEx invoice or a heartfelt appeal from a real-sounding charity. Official-looking e-mails, with company or charity logos, can pop up, asking you to verify credit card and other financial information. • Don’t shop in public. Avoid using open Wi-Fi connections while making purchases online. Use a secure network. • Update your security software. Don’t assume it’s being done for you.
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10-year-old boy grows hair to donate to children with hair loss By angie marie woody Senior Staff Writer A.M.Woody@iup.edu
Patrick Pearce, 10, Indiana, Pa., overcame the teasing of his peers and teachers to grow his hair for Children with Hairloss, a non-profit organization that offers hair replacement to children with medical related hair loss. The organization, based in South Rockwood, Mich., provides a hair replacement, a care kit, a band of hair a turban, a hat, and free styling services at no cost to the recipient. At 7 p.m. Nov. 18 Patrick had a stylist at the Hair HUB ponytail and braid 11 inches of his long, dark blonde locks to be snipped for a donation to CWL. The hair Patrick donated will become a hair replacement for a child with burns, scarring, Trichotillomania — compulsive hair pulling, alopecia, or hypomellanosis of ito, or who has undergone chemotherapy or radiation. “My mom had told me that my grandma had cancer. When she lost all of her hair, it made me decide to do this,” Patrick said.
When Patrick had initially began to grow his hair at the end of third grade, he stopped four months into the process due to the teasing he endured at Horace Mann Elementary school and at play on recreational sports teams. The irritation of his hair constantly falling in his face and hearing peers insinuate he was a girl caused him to quit, according to his mother, Alicia Pearce. “I started [this process earlier] and quit in the middle of it. This is the first time I have finished it.” When he had his hair cut the teasing stopped, save for a few people, according to Patrick Approximately five months later, Patrick restarted the process and saw it through growing his hair past the required 8 inches. Alicia and Carl Pearce are proud that their son has stuck to his course to ease the suffering of others despite his own suffering — being the butt of jokes geared to effeminate the young boy. “He can’t cure cancer, but he can at least ease someone’s suffering by doing this,” Carl said.
“It’s to the point where it’s just time,” said Alicia on the Sunday prior to the cut. “If he keeps growing it might be damaged because of split ends.” His parents believe that they’ve heard more positive feedback than Patrick has but Alicia added “when you’re ten [the teasing] is what stands out.” When asked if he would consider growing his hair to donate again, Patrick said, “years from now, yes.” By involving their children in volunteerism early, the Pearce’s seek to teach them that they must be a positive influence in the world, according to Alicia. CWHL accepts donations of clean hair at least eight inches in length and in a ponytailed and braided. Non-chemically treated hair is preferred, but any hair in good condition (including chemically-treated or gray hair) will be accepted. Donors, like Patrick, will receive a certificate in appreciation of their kindness. For more information on CWHL visit childrenwithhairloss.us or call 734-379-4400.
Five modern holiday flicks worth their mistletoe By STEVE SPEARS Scripps Howard News Service
Enough with all the black-and-white, syrupy holiday musicals! If we hear about one more roasting chestnut or watch another lunatic running down the street in Bedford Falls screaming “Merry Christmas” at buildings, we’re going to lose it. What we really want most for Christmas is a holiday movie that lives in the now. To that end, we’ve picked out five favorite holiday movies released in the last 20 years. 1. ELF (2003): We still cringe when Will Ferrell pours maple syrup on spaghetti and shovels it down his throat. (At least he had the good taste to fall for the enchanting Zooey Deschanel.) As Buddy the elf, Ferrell dispenses the best holiday advice in years: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” 2. LOVE ACTUALLY (2003): This British heart-tugger follows the
dysfunctional romantic lives of a group of loosely intertwined friends one December in London. Hugh Grant lends his star power as the lovelorn prime minister. But Bill Nighy steals the laughs as an aging rock star whose only
Christmas wish is one more hit record. 3. CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989): National Lampoon’s “Vacation” franchise should have folded its tents after this masterpiece. Chevy Chase reprises his role as Clark Griswold, a father desperate to give his family the best Christmas ever — only to be sabotaged by in-laws.
4. POLAR EXPRESS (2004): Director Robert Zemeckis used motion-capture animation technology to tell the story of a magical train on a journey to the North Pole. Zemeckis used the same trickery for 2009’s “A Christmas Carol,” but it’s too early to say whether that flick belongs on any “best of” list. 5. BAD SANTA (2003): Make sure the kids are all tucked away — better yet, let them sleep over at Grandma’s — before breaking out this R-rated flick because Billy Bob Thornton earned an engraved spot on St. Nick’s “naughty” list for this. The story of an alcoholic Santa and his thieving “elf” partner is rude, crude and maybe the funniest holiday movie ever.
Check out Jorden Beatty’s column on Page 20 for DVD gift ideas for the holidays!
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Majority prefer gift cards for holiday shopping By M.S.Enkoji Scripps Howard News Service
All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.â€?â€” 1944 novelty Christmas song. These days, more than half of adults actually want gift cards, those colorful slivers of plastic that can buy everything from a Grand Slam breakfast at Dennyâ€™s, to a shotgun at BassPro Shops to an airline ticket at Southwest. Holiday shoppers nationwide this season will buy almost $25 billion in gift cards, averaging about $40 a card. Itâ€™s the gift to give. In a survey of consumers asked to choose their most desired holiday present, 55.2 percent of adults chose gift cards, the highest single category, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation. That preference has been nudging upward since 2006 as some other major categories, such as clothing and video games, have declined. Holiday shoppers buy an average of
almost four gift cards each, according to the retail federation. Men and women arenâ€™t equal in their love of receiving gift cards, though. Forty-nine percent of men preferred getting books, CDs, DVDs, videos or video games, while 46.6 percent favored gift cards. But 63.4 percent of women preferred gift cards. Broken down by age, 63.4 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds preferred to receive gift cards. This season, unlike in the past, card recipients are more likely to spend on basics rather than save them for extravagant purchases, said Dan Horne, an associate professor of marketing at Providence College in Providence, R.I. â€œHow theyâ€™ll be redeemed will shift, and theyâ€™ll be spent for things like underwear and toothpaste,â€? he said. Gift cards are essentially the same things as gift certificates, which businesses have used for many years. Who came out with the first gift card in its current form â€” a plastic card with a magnetic strip like a credit card â€” is still in dispute. But Blockbuster, the
video giant, and Neiman Marcus, the luxury department store, are generally credited with issuing the first ones, Horne said. Unlike gift certificates, gift cards are displayed with eye-catching designs that become tiny advertisements, he said. Target offers a dizzying array of gift card designs, with animals snowboarding, dancing gingerbread men, Spanish-language greetings and dreidels for Hanukkah. Also, given that gift-card recipients on average spend 140 percent of the cardâ€™s face value, they can drive up sales, Horne said, and technology has extended the opportunity to the smallest shopkeeper. Based on the same principle as a credit card, the magnetic strip, bar code, and, in Europe, a minuscule computer chip, makes the concept work, Horne said. Companies that manufacture the plastic card charge a fee, and depending on the way a company sets up its card program, a small transaction fee could also be deducted, similar to the fee paid to credit card companies.
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Go green with these holiday shopping ideas By JENN SAVEDGE Mother Nature Network MCT
Did you know that kids influence the spending of $300 billion a year, or about 1 in 3 consumer dollars spent? Thatâ€™s why corporations target you to buy their products. And you may not realize it, but almost everything you buy can affect the environment. Fortunately, there is now a green option for just about any item on your shopping list. Using your green to buy green protects the planet, promotes fair treatment for workers, and sends a powerful message to businesses about the importance of environment. But the key is to know how to spot the eco-gems from the phonies. Hereâ€™s what you need to know to shop green: â€˘ The 24-hour rule: Keep the planet in mind when you are shopping and ask yourself if you really need each purchase. Can you get by without it? Is it possible to rent, borrow or swap with a friend instead? If you really want it, try the 24-hour rule. Give yourself one day to think it over and if you still want it... go back and get it. â€˘ Learn your labels: Green labels
are splashed on almost every product in the store. But beware...some of those labels may be just a meaningless attempt to get you to spend your money. Donâ€™t be fooled. Learn which labels mean something green and which ones are just â€œgreenwashing.â€? â€˘ Buy in bulk: Save money and the planet by purchasing items in bulk whenever possible. Buying in bulk is cheaper than purchasing several smaller items and it will minimize the amount of packaging that you need to toss. â€˘ B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag): Plastic shopping bags are lame! They use a ton of petroleumbased resources (contributing to global warming) and create a ridiculous amount of litter and waste. Pick up a snazzy, compact, reusable tote bag and carry it with you to hold your purchases. â€˘ Buy recycled: Look for stuff that contains recycled content (to save on new materials). There are lots of eco-friendly products now, from pencils to notebooks, jackets to sneakers, and even dog beds that contain recycled material. Purchasing these products reduces the consumption of new materials, reduces landfill waste and supports the market for recycling.
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the cash register to pay for their holiday purchases this year, a large percentage will pay with a debit card. Debit cards have overtaken credit cards and other noncash methods as the payment of choice among consumers. Visa, the global payments technology company, said debit cards passed credit cards last December, representing a fundamental shift in consumer behavior. Gone are the days of cash and checks. “In general, debit card use has been growing for many years, and we expect that trend to continue for the foreseeable future,” said Bob Whyte, head of consumer debit products, North America, at Visa. There are several reasons for the trend. “There’s a perfect alignment of the product with the mood of the consumer today,” Whyte said. “There’s a recognition that debit cards provide a great sense of control,” he said. “There’s also a great appreciation for the safety of the product. It’s safer than carrying cash, which can be lost or stolen.” Debt-laden consumers are trying to pay off their bills and don’t want to take on more debt. “A lot of them are using it as a spending-control mechanism,” said
— Bob Whyte, head of consumer .debit products at Visa Dennis Simmons, president and chief executive of SWACHA, the Dallas-based regional payments association whose members include financial institutions, businesses, government agencies and professionals. “Virtually all debit card transactions are deducted from someone’s checking account immediately.” Some consumers are using debit cards in a backlash against credit card companies, which have been raising annual percentage rates, slashing credit limits and instituting fees in response to new credit card regulations. One of the main differences between debit and credit cards is that debit cards are linked directly to your bank account, while credit cards enable you to charge purchases against a preapproved credit limit. But debit cards and credit cards are becoming more similar. Many financial institutions are starting to offer rewards on their debit cards, as they do with credit cards, Whyte said. Another similarity is cardholder liability. Federal regulations require
financial institutions to cap your liability at $50 if you notify your financial institution within two business days from the moment you learn that your debit card has been lost or stolen. And many financial institutions have gone beyond federal regulations and adopted zero cardholder liability policies on unauthorized use of debit cards. Despite the safeguards, debit card users should take certain precautions. Protect your debit card as you would your credit card. Pick a PIN or electronic password that can’t be guessed easily. Don’t use your birth date and personal names. Mix numbers and symbols in your PIN. Memorize your PIN. Never write it on your card or store it with your card, and never let someone else enter your PIN for you. A crucial concern for debit card holders is overdrawing their accounts. “Most overdrafts today are caused by debit cards,” said Carol Kaplan, spokeswoman for the American Bankers Association. The Federal Reserve recently imposed rules that will make it harder for banks to slap customers with overdraft fees, which one consumer group — the Center for Responsible Lending — said average $34 per transaction. Consumer groups and lawmakers have chastised banks for using “courtesy overdrafts” to pay transactions
even though customers don’t have the money in their accounts to cover them. The banks then charge account holders a high overdraft fee, consumer advocates say. Banks say they’re providing a service. The Fed’s new rules will prohibit banks from charging overdraft fees on automated teller machine and one-time debit card transactions unless the consumer opts in to the overdraft service for those types of transactions. “This new rule addresses the primary concerns that have been raised by consumers and policymakers and will help bring consistency and clarity to overdraft
programs,” said Edward Yingling, president of the American Bankers Association. You can avoid overdraft headaches with debit cards simply by keeping track of your transactions and recording them. Keep a cushion of money in your checking account and link your checking account to a savings account, so it covers you if you overdraw your account. If you use an overdraft line of credit, repay it as quickly as possible. Sign up for electronic alerts that automatically notify you when your checking account balance drops below a certain level. Finally, know your limits. Many financial institutions limit daily withdrawals for your protection.
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Woods worsens situation by ignoring media machine By Bonnie Williams Sean Bracken
Thanksgiving break has been over for a week now, which could only mean one thing for students — it means that finals are coming up. Finals can be a big determinant on how final grade turns out for most students. If they do not do well on a particular final, it might drop their grade in that course. If a student’s grade drops in a course, it usually will drop their GPA as well. For some students, that most likely has happened due to the poor performance on the exam. Some students are just not good exam takers. I know I fall into that category. My exam and quiz grades throughout the semester are usually lower than my other grades, whether it is writing a paper, doing a project or doing any other kind of assignment. Usually, I study pretty hard for these exams, but just can’t get a decent grade when I go to take it. Now I am not saying we should eliminate finals all together. After all, there are courses out there in the IUP curriculum that do not give finals to their students. Some finals are more
performance based in other areas, such as a project, paper or something else. In my opinion, I think that is what IUP should be working to go toward. Instead of giving a final exam, why don’t professors give a project or make students write a paper or something? Mix it up a little bit and allow students the opportunity to enjoy doing the final project and not have to worry about taking an exam. I am positive that every department can eliminate examinations in order to judge a student’s performance. If students were to have more assignments and projects and fewer tests, maybe students would actually learn something. Take it from me. After I take a test or exam, I forget all of the material that was taught in class that I had to memorize. But, in classes that did not give test or exams, I remember most of the material that was taught. It makes perfect sense to me. If you are not pressured to remember
the information, you have a better chance of learning it. But when it comes to quizzes in the assigned reading, some of that information was forgotten. Thankfully I remembered some of the same information in the book through other fun ways of creative teaching. I think the best way to teach a student is to not pressure them to learn the material by testing them to measure their progress. I would challenge those that think testing is an effective way to measure success to think as to what good it actually does for their course and for the students. Have examinations ever been a good way for to measure progress? Is there ever any progress that comes out from students taking an exam? In my opinion, it does not. I hope in the future that professors think about this column before designing their course syllabus for students. Trust me, I think fewer examinations would make a big difference in learning the material.
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Tiger Woods is the best-known athlete in the world, not just for his prowess on the golf course but for his familiar face in television commercials for high-profile products. He can’t go anywhere in the world without being recognized and once said that the reason he liked scuba diving was “because the fish don’t know who I am.” Add his ability to make money by the boatloads, his boyish good looks [and that “I-know-something-youdon’t-know” grin] and his well-known quest for privacy, and the sum total is — to hear the famous tell it — a tough life. Sort of “adore me, admire me, but then leave me alone.” But maintaining a low profile just isn’t in the cards for Woods, especially after his much-publicized, singlevehicle accident that happened not on a public road but just outside his own driveway in a high-security enclave in Florida. His neighbors aren’t any happier with the media intrusion than is Woods, who has so far refused to meet with police regarding the accident, giving only the minimum required by Florida law: his driver’s license, vehicle registration card and insurance information. The official story is that his wife Elin pulled him out of the wrecked SUV. Woods made vague allusions on his Web site to rumors about him and his family that were “irresponsible,” and the media storm began. Three times, Woods and his wife canceled a meeting with Florida Highway Patrol officers. Although an official with the state patrol said not speaking to officers was “unusual,” he acknowledged that the couple was under no obligation to give an official statement to police. But, as they say, inquiring minds want to know. And so they go to The National Enquirer, which has published several speculative pieces about Woods’ alleged relationship with another woman. (The woman has denied any relationship and begged for
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her own “privacy.” Yet she hired attorney Gloria Allred, who is as famous for publicity as she is for her legal expertise, so her “I vant to be alone” schtick isn’t playing in most circles.) Woods has never been a big fan of the public’s thirst for tidbits about his personal life that came along with his rise to fame. He has avoided most media except for a few exceptions in the sports world. And for the most part, Woods has been a media darling, with few finding any fault in either his public life or his commercial shilling. But he’s dealing with celebrity media — and tabloid media — now. It’s a whole new ballgame, to mix our sports metaphors. And these guys can be vicious. They want the details (read: the dirt) and they want it now. Whether Woods had a relationship with a woman other than his wife is irrelevant. It’s no one’s business but his and his wife’s. The circumstances of the early-morning (or middle of the night to most of us) accident isn’t really anyone’s business, either. It was a single-vehicle incident, no one was hurt except Woods and if he chooses not to dispel any rumors about how those injuries were received, that’s his business as well. But we believe it is unwise, despite what his likely extremely expensive attorney is telling him, to refuse to talk to the state patrol. A private conversation with officers would do nothing to invade his privacy and would help to quiet rumors that naturally arise when a notable is close-mouthed about a seemingly simple incident that nonetheless made worldwide news. By not doing so, he is only helping increase the rumors and make the tabloid and celebrity media hungrier for even the most mundane news bites. And they’ll bite back if they don’t get them. We’ll admit it’s hard to feel sorry for such a wealthy, talented and famous young man who seemingly has such an embarrassment of riches. But we wouldn’t trade our privacy and any attempt at having a personal life for constantly living in the prone-tocriticize public eye. Would you?
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Letters to the editor Before Thanksgiving, Sean Bracken’s column kvetched about the worthlessness of liberal studies courses. May I rebut? Why should you want a broader education? • For a journalism major, it will help you do a better job in your chosen field. Writers who know whereof they speak make better writers. (Those who don’t can get conned by the press releases.) It’s no accident that IUP’s journalism department recommends majors pursue a dual major or substantive minor. Whatever your beat, you need to understand what happens there. And if you don’t have a specialty, you especially need all the breadth you can get! • You may find you can’t make a decent living in your chosen field. Or that it’s not what you‘d expected and
you hate what it is. Weaker students may never even get into their field. (And given the weekly stories about the implosion in newspapers, even strong students may have trouble getting a foot in that door!) You need a fallback position. And again it probably should be a second major or strong minor. • Those who are more broadly educated get promoted faster and farther than those whose educations are more focused. (See Robert Beck’s 1981 longitudinal study of AT&T’s large management corps.) So narrowly specialized students commonly wind up working for a more liberally educated boss. • Chemists see the world differently than do journalists. (Whose viewpoints are different from dancers’, whose are different from psy-
chologists’, etc.) To the extent that you can learn in a course or two to see what they’re seeing, your perceptions are enriched. Why choose to be colorblind when there are rainbows and sunsets to see? • Seeing more allows one to see more connections. A broader feedstock contributes to one’s creativity. Which should be useful in problem solving. In a knowledge-based economy, people’s careers often hinge upon their ability to creatively solve problems. IUP offers a wealth of intellectual stimulation not found at online trade schools. Take advantage of it while you can. Once you’ve graduated, it will be far more difficult to access. — Fred Anderson Assistant professor Anderson@iup.edu
The staff at the Center for Health and Well-Being would like to recognize all of the volunteers and organizations that helped make the AIDS Memorial Quilt display a success! Fourteen blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt were displayed in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building from Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Thursday, Dec. 3. Each panel of the quilt represents and celebrates the lives of people who have died from AIDS-related causes.
The quilt in its entirety is currently 1,293,300 square feet and is one of the largest community art projects in the world! Its purpose is to increase public awareness of AIDS, raise funds for AIDS services and to assist with HIV prevention education. Bringing the quilt display to campus requires the help from many individuals and organizations. Without their help, it would not have been possible to host the display here at IUP.
Special thanks to the individual volunteers that supported the event each day by folding the quilt, monitoring the room, reading names, performing and by providing emotional support. We at the center for Health and Well-Being are so very grateful for the participation of the IUP community members who made this event possible. — Jessica Speece, Graduate Assistant intern J.C.Speece@iup.edu
Though the end of the semester is fast approaching, there is still so much to do. You may still have to write that paper you’ve been putting off for six weeks, cram for that biology final or buy the perfect gift for that special someone. There are a lot of big things to concentrate on at the moment, but we at The Penn have a challenge for you. Spend this holiday break focusing on the little things that make this season so special. Pay attention to how beautiful snow looks as it falls first thing in the morning. When you give someone a gift, look at their face when they open it and take pride in the fact that you made them smile. Watch the marshmallows melt in your hot chocolate and go sledding without worrying if the piled-on layers of your clothing make you look like the Michelin Man. Empty your pockets into the Salvation Army cans outside of the mall or bake cookies for a local shut-in. Sing “All I Want for Christmas is You” at the top of your lungs as you drive back to your hometown. Hug the family you haven’t seen in a while and take the time to assure them that you have been a very productive student. Don’t count the calories in your cookies and always volunteer to lick the spoon. Have a classic holiday cartoon marathon which doesn’t include you getting off of your couch. Spend Christmas Day playing with all of your new toys. Change your ring tone to “Carol of the Bells” (Or the “Hanukkah Song!” Christmas isn’t the only winter holiday!) Stand back and enjoy your talent after you’ve put up the last decoration. Buy a gift for a Children’s hospital or someone in need. Remind those you love that your feelings will be the same long after the snow melts. Thirty-one days may not seem like a long enough amount of time to recover from the fall semester, but it gives us enough time to prove that this really is the best time of the year! Happy Holidays!
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Brian Posehn gives Ohio Room comedic relief By JACQUIE TRUMP Staff Writer J.D.Trump@iup.edu
The Entertainment Network at IUP provided a midterm escape Nov. 18 through the comedic world of Brian Posehn. Opening act Remy Munasifi began the night in the HUB Ohio Room at 8 p.m. with jokes about his Muslim heritage and the culture in general, adding a lighter tone to the heavy situation of racial stereotyping around the world. Munasifi also played some of his original country songs, featured on his popular YouTube channel GoRemy, such as “Opposites Attract (I Can’t Dance …)” and a few new originals. But what really made Munasifi’s show was his ability to laugh at himself and converse with the crowd. After that short opener, the “giant nerd,” as Posehn referred to himself multiple times, took the stage, open-
ing with the usual jokes about the confusing name of our school and town. Although Posehn’s comedy is directed toward a group much like himself, as he explained: Slayer fans, males and ‘stoners,’ those outside of that demographic weren’t left unsatisfied. “The jokes about his physical appearance were a little strange but the ones about married liFe and his cats were hilarious,” said Lindsay Vail (senior, human resource management and marketing). I really like it, even though I’m not in his normal demographic.” The advertised ‘metal comedy’ of Posehn was not all that he had for IUP that night, throwing in jokes about clubbing in L.A., his marriage and newborn son and the strange behavior of cats. Though he covered topics that many comedians do, Posehn’s style,
image and constant jokes about his “freakishness” added a unique twist to this show. “It was a hilarious show,” said Cody Lindgren (junior, communications media/English). “It was cool to get that type of media at IUP, someone from the underground comedy scene.” After the show, Posehn met with audience members for questions, comments and photo opportunities for close to a half–hour. Posehn has been an actor and comedian since 1995, according to his Web site brianposehn.com, and has had roles on “Just Shoot Me!” HBO’s “Mr. Show” and, currently, “The Sarah Silverman Show,” along with supporting rolls in movies such as “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects” and “Dumb and Dumberer.” This event was sponsored by TEN.
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AIDS awareness spread through concert, silent auction By angie marie woody Senior Staff Writer A.M.Woody@iup.edu
Using visual and performance art, Health AWAREness in the Center for Health and Well-Being and the IUP Red Cross Club spread the message of AIDS awareness at the Fourth Annual World AIDS Day Benefit Concert and Silent Auction. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday in the HUB OHIO Room, participants watched a variety of music and dance performances and bid on works by local artists. The event was held “to raise awareness of HIV and to offer support to people impacted by the disease,” according to Malinda Cowles, associate director of Health AWAREness and interim executive director of the Center for Health and Well-Being. Since 1981, more than 25 million people have died as a result of contracting HIV/AIDS, according to the Center for Disease Control’s Web site on the disease. Lucia Wilson (alumna, psychology) opened the event with a performance of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” that she halted to present a monologue – a letter a child who died from AIDS-related complications wrote to her mother. “Don’t worry, I’ll be home for Christmas. I’ll be in … Aunt Macy’s smile,” Wilson read before returning to the song.
Performers included Ritmo Latino Dance Crew, Voices of Joy, Denise Sawyer (alumna, business), Colin O’Brien (junior, art education), Against All Odds, The Headturnerz, Devvon Horn (sophomore, biology), Emily Brooks (sophomore, theater and dance), Nageena Abdullah-Johnson (sophomore), Barbary Wine, Pete Glovas-Kurtz (sophomore, English), Angel-Khalil Jones (freshman, communications media) and Romantic Era. Behind their backs played statistics and pictures across the screen along with information on where to get tested and make referrals. The audience showed their support by their presence and by wearing red and white, the colors of blood – one form of AIDS transmission. Artists including Michael Cannon, Alisa DeStefano, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Jared M. Hammond (graduate studies), Margaret Hammond (graduate studies), Maurice W. Jackson (senior, art studio/art history), Danielle Lewis (senior, human development and environmental studies) Lashae Lewis (sophomore, sociology) and Megan Stahl (graduate studies) donated their works to be auctioned. Though the event was free, donations for the American Red Cross were encouraged, according to Cowles. In addition to the benefit concert and silent auction, awareness was
raised through the construction of a human red ribbon was made at noon Tuesday in the Oak Grove and through a showing of “RENT” the movie at 8 p.m. Tuesday in G60 in the Center for Health and Well-Being. “Being gay, it’s a big deal in my community. I can’t give blood because I’m homosexual. I’m not sure that people are aware that heterosexuals aren’t immune,” O’Brien said. “Pride Alliance is acknowledging that out of darkness, negativity and disease a community came together to support each other,” said Sarah Fritz, president of PRIDE Alliance. “Now we have World AIDS Day. We are making great stride, but we do have a long way to go. One thing that Pride is working on is getting a GLBT resource center (for more information visit pridealliance.wordpress.com) to address issue like this that touch our community,” Fritz added. BACCHUS, the Black Student League, Carlos Gonzales, the Chinese Student Association, FLUSH, IUP NPHC, IUP Student Cooperative Association, Megan Florez (sophomore, English), NAACP, Office of Housing and Residence Life, Phi Eta Sigma, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Pride Alliance, Southwestern PA AIDS Planning Coalition, Sports Administration Club, SWUFF-ZTA, The Haven Project, The Office of Student Life and WIUP all made special contributions to the event.
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Lions and tigers and fire alarms, oh my! By Marissa young Staff Writer M.E.Young@iup.edu
“The Wizard of Oz” is hotter than ever! Sponsored by OnStage, the touring version of this classical music was turning up the heat, literally, for a sold–out audience at Fisher Auditorium Nov. 19. Starting out in Kansas, on her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry’s farm, Dorothy is trying to save her dog, Toto. Miss Gultch takes Toto from her to have him put down. When Toto escapes from Miss Gultch, he comes straight back to Dorothy, and they run away. Dorothy meets Professor Marvel and is impressed with his crystal ball and ability to see the future. In his visions, he sees her Aunt Em crying. Dorothy decides to go home. On the way home there is a twister, which Dorothy and Toto can’t escape. When the lights come up, the set of Munchkinland is revealed. Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Good Witch. Dorothy’s house has landed on a bad witch. While singing “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead,” there is a flash of fire at the end and standing there is the
Wicked Witch of the West, who is the sister of the witch under Dorothy’s house. Glinda gives the Wicked Witch of the East’s ruby slippers to Dorothy, because they are too powerful and the Wicked Witch of the West can’t have them. In anger, the Wicked Witch throws more fire with her broomstick. The exciting special effects work their magic on the audience, as well as Fisher Auditorium. After the fire was thrown, the fire alarms began to sound. Fisher was still evacuated and everyone stepped outside for a little cool, November air. There was no fire. “The Wizard of Oz” just turned out to be smoking, and hotter than ever! “Oh, how awkward! I didn’t know the Wicked Witch had access to the fire alarm!” Glinda said. “Even the fire alarm went off [from everyone] coming and going in a puff of smoke. I loved how Glinda made mention of the smoke alarms once the play resumed. Ah, the wonders of live performance!” said Amanda Nicklas (junior, fashion merchandising). Glinda then told Dorothy to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to speak to the Wizard of Oz.
Dorothy meets a few friends on the way – the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. With arms linked, they all make the journey to see the Wizard, all hoping he can help them. The Scarecrow is in search of a brain, the Tin Man wants a heart and the Cowardly Lion is in search of courage. Shortly after their arrival in Emerald City, the Ozians find out that the only way the Wizard can help them is if they return with the Witch’s broom. While in search of the broom, Dorothy is captured and is taken to the Witch’s castle. Dorothy takes a bucket of water and throws it on the Witch, who disappears. Dorothy retrieves the Witch’s broom to take back to the Wizard. “[It was] a captivating performance with a new comedy spin on one of the greatest productions ever,” said Nicklas, who has been a long-time fan of the musical. Glinda tells Dorothy she has had the power to go home the entire time, all she needed to do was click her heels three times and say, “There’s no place like home.” With a standing ovation at the conclusion of the show, “The Wizard of Oz” proved to be hot enough for IUP.
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‘Annie’ only a few days away By Marissa young Staff Writer M.E.Young@iup.edu
The optimistic orphan Annie is breaking free of the orphanage and hitting it big at Fisher Auditorium Tues. Dec. 8. Taking place during The Great Depression, in 1933, Annie and her companions at the orphanage are all treated harshly by their Head mistress, Miss Hannigan. Miss Hannigan is there to make the children’s lives miserable. Annie escapes and while she is gone, she finds a dog, who she names Sandy. Although Annie does get taken back to the orphanage, she doesn’t know that her luck is about to change. Oliver Warbucks, who is a billionaire, sends his secretary Grace Farrell to the orphanage to invite a child to spend the Christmas holiday at the Warbuck’s residence. Annie is chosen. Annie is whisked away in a limousine. When Warbucks arrives home, he is upset that Annie isn’t a boy; however, he allows her to stay. Throughout their trip, Warbucks begins to bond with Annie, and he decides he’d like to adopt her. Miss Hannigan’s brother, Rooster,
and his girlfriend Lily come into the picture when Rooster comes to his sister looking for money. Warbucks goes to the public to say there is a $50,000 check for the couple that can prove they are Annie’s parents. After interviewing many possible couples of parents, no one knows about the locket that was given to Annie the night of she was left at the orphanage. Warbucks and Annie decide that they just need each other. Later Rooster and Lily disguise themselves as Mr. and Mrs. Mudge, and ask Miss Hannigan for help to prove to Warbucks that they are Annie’s real parents. She gives them the locket, and the information they need to convince him. In the end, Annie finally finds the home she has always been searching for. According to annieontour.com, the musical is based on “Little Orphan Annie” comic strips. The musical opened on Broadway April 21, 1977, and won four Tonys. The movie version of the musical was released in 1982 and made a profit of $20 million. Annie is sponsored by OnStage Arts and Entertainment. Tickets range from $22-$34 and can be purchased the HUB box office or the night of the performance.
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Need a gift? Get a DVD! Ah, there is nothing like the Holiday issue that makes me realize the end of the semester is upon us and the happy holidays are soon to follow. Every year about this time, our favorite summer blockbusters are starting to hit the shelves in DVD form. This year is one of the best in a while, offering something great for everyone. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or just looking to curl up on the couch to avoid the blistering cold, these movies will be sure to please. The “LAUGH-OUT-LOUD” If you are searching for just the right holiday release to please someone’s funny bone, look no further than “The Hangover,” hitting shelves Dec. 15. In what might be the funniest movie of 2009, three groomsmen wake up after a wild bachelor party in Las Vegas missing one important detail – the groom. Regardless of your tastes, “The Hangover” is going to make you laugh. Relate it closely to that of “Superbad” and “Step Brothers.” Don’t forget it’s rated “R,” so keep it away from the kiddies. THE “CHICK FLICK/ROMANTIC COMEDY” If you’re in search of a movie that will grab your heart and make you say “awhhh,” “500 Days of Summer” might be right up your alley. Starring Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, the film revolves around the cat-and-mouse love story of a girl who doesn’t believe in love and a boy who will do anything to win her heart. It’s the classic love story plot but will definitely make you laugh along the way as well. Look for it to hit shelves Dec. 22. THE “ACTION FLICK” Want a movie that includes an explosion every 10 minutes? Well, sorry, “Transformers 2” came out a few months ago. I kid. This holiday season you can look to “Terminator Salvation,” out this week; “Public Enemies,” out Dec. 8 or “Inglourious Basterds,” hitting the shelves Dec. 15, to satisfy your action needs. “Terminator Salvation” stars Christian Bale as John Connor in the post-apocalyptic world of the
“Terminator” franchise. He punches, kicks, shoots and utterly destroys anything even closely resembling a robot. If you liked the “Transformers” franchise, you’ll want to check this out. Keep in mind this one is rated “PG-13,” probably because robots don’t bleed, but the director’s cut is a solid “R” rating. “Public Enemies” stars Johnny Depp as the famous gangster John Dillinger in this flick. Noted for the superb acting that Depp always seems to deliver, Christian Bale also stars in this one as the man who took down Dillinger, Melvin Purvis. If you like a classic gangster tale, you’ve probably already seen this. “Public Enemies” is rated “R” for gangster violence and other shenanigans. If you’re a fan of anything Quentin Tarantino has ever cooked up, you’ll want to be scoring “Inglourious Basterds,” his latest creation. Starring a plethora of talent such as Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz (I smell an Oscar nomination for him), Eli Roth and Diane Kruger, the story surrounds a WWII plot to bring several factions together and do the impossible: Kill Adolf Hitler. It’s funny, it’s lengthy (153 minutes), full of action and downright excellent, if you’re into dialogue. Not a surprise, it’s rated “R” for just about all the dirty things you can expect from Tarantino. THE “ADVENTURE FLICK” Well, it’s that time again. Another Harry Potter movie is finally out of the theaters and into the waiting hands of so many fans. Dec. 8 marks the date “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” hits the shelves. Following Potter and his friends as they continue deeper into the battle against Lord Voldemort, the story gets ever darker and more intense. If you like the series, you’re going to love this installment as well. That’s about all for now, folks. Here’s wishing everyone luck on finals and happy holidays as we toss another semester onto the pile. Stay warm, IUP, that’s a wrap. ALL DVDS PROVIDED TO The Penn BY:
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The history behind the traditions of this Hebrew Holiday covered in powdered sugar and/or cinnamon, according to history.com. Staff Writer Disney also explained the popular J.M.Clark@iup.edu game featuring the dreidel, a top with This December while some Hebrew letters on each of its four students are opening presents under a sides that say, “a great miracle haptree, others will be lighting the meno- pened there.” (In Israel the tops say, rah with their families. Those hailing “a great miracle happened here”.) A more recent tradition associatfrom Christmas-celebrating homes ed with Hanukkah is gift-giving, may not know about Hanukkah (also which by all accounts derives spelled Chanukah, Hanukah, directly from Hanukkah’s Hannuka and additionproximity to Christmas, ally called the Festival according to religionof Lights). What is facts.com. Hanukkah all about? “Many Jewish The current families have adoptPresident of the ed the tradition of Jewish Student’s giving small gifts to Union, Adina Disney their children to alle(freshman, history) viate jealousy of nonoffered her insight into Ablestock Jewish friends who celthe Hebrew Holiday. ebrate Christmas,” according She tells the Hanukkah ot the Web site. story beginning with the Maccabees, a One spins the top and each letsmall Jewish army – united to defend the lands of Israel against an invading ter it lands on means that the spinner gains or loses a chocolate candy army. “During this time several miracles called “gelt.” This is a game enjoyed occurred; one being the defeat of the by Jewish children across the world. To learn more about Hanukkah or invading army at the hands of such a small force. The invaders did succeed other Jewish traditions, one may conin destroying the Holy temple, how- tact Disney at A.K.Disney@iup.edu. A search on history.com or religionfacts. ever,” Disney said. Each temple has the tradition of com will also produce a variety of maintaining the “eternal light” that information. must be kept burning, according to Disney. “Most of the oil was destroyed with the temple. They only had enough oil for one day.” The Jews found only one small flask of oil with which to light the menorah. Though it was only enough oil for one day, the lamp burned for eight days (by which time a fresh supply of oil was obtained), according to history. com. In this modern day, Hanukkah is celebrated at a different date each year, because the holiday is set on a lunar schedule. This year Hanukkah starts Dec. 11 and will last the traditional eight days, each of which symbolize a day that the oil lasted so many centuries ago, according to Disney. Each of the eight nights the family gathers to light one of the nine candles on a candelabra called a “menorah.” The ninth candle is called the “shamesh” and is used to light all of the other candles. “Jews around the world celebrate with eight nights of merriment. Traditions include lighting the menorah, exchanging gifts and enjoying treats cooked in oil,” according to history.com Special holiday treats include potato latkes, a sort of potato pancake, and Sufganiyot, jelly doughnuts without the hole that are dropped into hot oil without being shaped. They come out in odd, funny shapes and are then
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Do-it-yourself Christmas gifts make season merry, affordable By amber grady Staff Writer A.N.Grady@iup.edu
Holiday shopping for family and friends can be a bit on the pricey side. This holiday season, there is no need to empty your pockets to show loved ones how much they mean to you. With a little bit of creativity and the help of some simple craft supplies, you can make the perfect DIY gift for everyone on your list. The way to anyone’s heart is through the stomach. Bake a batch of your love’s favorite cookies, get a plain tin container from a craft store and decorate it with craft paint. The same can be done with hot cocoa mix. Just purchase a cheap, clear glass container, decorate it with ribbons or paint and fill with a friend’s favorite hot chocolate mix. They can then use the container you decorated for them to keep other things in once the hot chocolate is gone. To score bonus points with the receiver of the gift, you can even buy a cheap, plaincolored ceramic mug from the dollar store or a similar place and decorate that as well. They’ll think of you every time they indulge in a steamy cup of hot chocolate. Decorated picture frames are a classic DIY gift that are a hit every time. Get a plain wooden frame from the craft store and paint and decorate
it to your liking. For a friend who is a fashionista, use decoupage to cover the frame in magazine clippings. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can hot glue beads, rhinestones or small stones to the entire surface of the picture frame. Don’t forget to put a great picture inside. There truly is a DIY gift for everyone. For a friend who might be a party-enthusiast, purchase a plain cocktail or wine glass, beer mug or shot glass. Use craft paint to write a toast around the glass. For a friend who is a tech-junkie, take a basic iPod or iPhone case and adorn it with decals or appliqués. If you know someone with kids, use your computer to print out a set of professional-looking “vouchers” good for free babysitting services if they should ever need them. Offer the same services for a friend with pets who might be going on vacation this holiday season. For a more sentimental homemade gift, put together a scrapbook for a significant other or friend. It can be dedicated to just the two of you or you can fill it with tokens and mementos of people and memories that make them happy. You don’t have to fill many pages before giving it to your loved one; leave space so they can continue to fill it with memorabilia on their own. We may be in college, but there’s nothing like receiving an old-fash-
ioned friendship bracelet. Get some yarn, gimp or hemp from the craft store and weave it together. Include some beads or seashells if you would like. Another classic gift that is easy to put together is a mix CD. Be sure to include throwbacks that will bring back memories for the listener. Finals are coming up, so if you’re too busy to put together one of these gifts, never underestimate the power of a hand-made card as a gift for someone you love. For many people, receiving a hand-made card means much more than receiving one from Hallmark. They’ll hang on to it for years to come. No matter what gift you choose to craft for loved ones this season, don’t forget that presentation is everything. Most DIY gifts will look great if you attach a festive bow to them. Or tie gift ribbon around the gift and curl it. A great idea if you feel like adding that extra flourish to a gift is to get a plain brown paper or pastel-colored gift bag (available at craft stores) and decorate that as well. All you have to do is take a marker and cover the bag with inside jokes, quotes or song lyrics and the bag will be like a gift in itself that the receiver can cherish for years. For more ideas on do-it-yourself holiday gifts, visit diynetwork.com.
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Quick ways to perk up your holiday party By Fauzia arain Chicago Tribune MCT
The menu is set, your guests are notified, your house is clean – you’re ready for your holiday party. But things feel a little lackluster. Here are fast ways to pump some perk into your party, plus some no-cost alternatives.
Genius feature, which automatically generates a 25-song playlist from your library, all based on one song you select initially. Freebie: Stream free music by tuning in to your cable service’s music channels, or ask guests to bring their iPods with a 10-song playlist ready to plug into your dock.
SCENT THAT MAKES SENSE Make your soiree pleasant by placing an attractive reed diffuser USE, DON’T ABUSE, THE TUBE Don’t assume your company likes on a side table or mantel. Try the charming, inventive scents to watch sports or “Everybody by Anthousa, such as Loves Raymond” reruns Vanilla Grapefruit as much as you do. & Blood Orange Slide in a kitschy or Amber & fireplace DVD, or Cedarwood opt for a more ($40-$85; modern ambiBarneys ent screenNew York, stealer, such barneys. as “Colorcalm com). by Design” or Freebie: “Colorcalm Skies” Manipulate ($17.99 each at a tantalizing amazon.com), Ablestock food aroma by color-themed, contiming the prepatinuous-play works ration of aromatic that aim to soothe senses. enticers such as spiced cider They’re set to music, but we suggest or an apple pie for just before guests muting in favor of your own tunes. Freebie: Cable services such as arrive. Comcast on Demand offer yule log PARTING GIFTS programming for the holidays. Don’t send your guests home empty-handed. Whip up some SOUND ADVICE You could always put your mp3 homemade baked goods – cheat by collection on shuffle, but then you embellishing a mix if you’re short risk chasing David Bowie with your on time (think peppermint extract nephew’s favorite “Sesame Street” in brownies) – wrap them in colorful track. If you don’t have time to make tissue paper or long, thin cellophane a party playlist, use iTunes’ new gift bags tied with ribbon.
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IUP Music Theater to bring ‘The Merry Widow’ to Waller Hall By Amber grady Staff Writer A.N.Grady@iup.edu
IUP Music Theater is presenting Franz Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” today through Sunday. The show, which will be held at IUP Performing Arts Center in Waller Hall, begins at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Tickets can be purchased at the HUB box office or at Waller Hall prior to the start of the performances. Prices are $9 for students and children, $13 for senior citizens and $15 for regular admission. For additional information about the show or tickets, the Lively Arts can be contacted at 724-357-2547 or email@example.com.
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It’s that time of year when retailers remove the gloves and try to empty out our wallets. Coupon Sherpa wants to make sure you have some cash left for 2010, so we’ve compiled a list of inexpensive gifts that require a minimum of effort on your part. Nor will you find a single junk gift on our list. The idea is to make both you and the gift recipient happy. We’ve found a wide variety of modestly priced gifts to suit your girlfriend, co-worker, husband or wife, family member Ablestock and even the postman (sorry, “postal carrier”). 1. DVDs: New or used, there’s a special movie DVD out there for everyone. You can pick up a used DVD at DVD4Music.com for less than $5. 2. Magazine subscriptions: Buy one subscription to a magazine and you often receive a second subscription for free. Subscriptions also are provided as freebies or at a greatly reduced price for filling out survey forms, subscribing to online newsletters, etc. If the recipient really loves the magazine, you’ll have an evergreen present that can be repeated year after year. Magazines.com is just one place you can find subscriptions to a wide variety of magazines for less than $10. 3. Special events: Instead of heaping presents under the tree, buy tickets to a special event tailored to your recipient’s tastes and spend an entire day or evening with them. 4. Discount gift cards: A $20 gift certificate needn’t cost $20 anymore. Check comparison-shopping gift card web site GiftCardGranny.com, for discount gift cards and save anywhere from 5 to 50 percent on gift cards. 5. Books: The right book will provide hours of enjoyment and almost
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The comedic play follows the story of a wealthy widow and the efforts of her countrymen to find her what they consider to be an appropriate new husband. The performance, produced and directed by music theater and voice professor Sarah Mantel, features 30 students. Though Lehar’s piece is classically an operetta, or a short opera, this performance will be of the English translation written by Pulitzer
any book can be purchased online. Christmas price wars have seen prices on popular titles tumble to $10 or less. Recipe books are welcome in many households and will be on hand for many years. You can find like-new books at cut-rate prices on Amazon. com. Just click on the “Used” button for each book’s page. 6. Coffee or tea: Combine gourmet coffee with a personalized mug or a teacup with herbal teas. 7. Gourmet chocolate: Chocoholics always appreciate quality chocolate bars wrapped in a ribbon. 8. Wine or sparkling cider: You can find good wines for less than $10 a bottle these days. Sparkling cider makes a good substitute for those who don’t drink or if you’re uncertain of the recipient’s preferences. Slip the bottle into a nice bag from the dollar store to dress it up.
12. Water bottle: Know someone with a costly bottled water habit? Buy them a high-quality water bottle and help them break the habit. Nalgene 1-quart BPA-Free Water Bottles are priced from $7-$14. 13. Membership to a museum or zoo: A good gift for one person or a whole family, memberships usually cover entrance fees as well as special, members-only events. Choose a museum that belongs to the Association of Children’s Museums or the Association of Science-Technology Centers and the recipients will also get free admission to hundreds of other museums across the U.S. and abroad. 14. Plants: A low-maintenance plant for the office or window can make a fun gift, but make sure the recipient has a green thumb and won’t resent having to care for the plant.
9. Food: You can rarely go wrong with food, although it’s best to avoid the monthly club gifts, which are expensive and don’t always deliver on quality products. On the other hand, gourmet popcorn, a pound of pistachios, homegrown herbs and such may never make it home.
15. Board games: Board games have rapidly increased in popularity, which means the number of games has also increased. Look past Monopoly and Clue for games that suit the gift recipient’s interests and skill level. They needn’t be complex games. Something as simple as a box of question cards can speed up a road trip. Puzzles also make a good gift for those who like details. BoardGameRatings. com provides reviews, game breakdowns and pictures so you can assess a game without opening the box.
10. Reusable Shopping Bags: Most grocery stores and many big-box stores sell reusable shopping bags for $1 to $3 a bag. Pick up five of them for the perfect eco-chic gift.
16. Movie Tickets: A pair of movie passes or a movie gift card make good gifts for film fans who can’t afford the cinema anymore. Get AMC Theaters gift cards at a discount.
11. Staple-less staplers: Perfect for the home or office, these staplers never need to be refilled. If the gift recipient is a fan of the movie “Office Space,” make sure the staple is a bright red.
17. Earrings: Keep an eye on your girlfriend’s ears. What kind of earrings do they wear? When you hit the Christmas holiday bazaars, look for similar earrings, usually the least expensive item at these fairs.
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Literature, technology showcased at Kipp Gallery By andrea davis Staff Writer A.N.Davis@iup.edu
Many of us have grown up as part of the digital generation with the Internet, Twitter, Facebook and so on. So where does this leave the future of literature? English professor Kenneth Sherwood and several members of his English 983 class are exploring this issue with their exhibit titled â€œReading Rebooted: Glimpsing the Future of Literature in the Digital Age.â€?
â€œâ€˜Reading Rebootedâ€™ is an exhibition of digital literature created by me with graduate students from the English department,â€? Sherwood said. â€œItâ€™s designed to introduce students and the community to cutting-edge or experimental writing where the work is shaped specifically for digital presentation.â€? The exhibition has been featured all week in Stouffer Hall at the Kipp Gallery. Visitors can still see the exhibit today from noon until 4 p.m. Sherwood and his class chose 12 digital writers
and artists that they believe allow for â€œan interesting intervention on a university campus.â€? â€œVisitors to the exhibit can get a taste of the different kinds of experiments that contemporary writers are exploring,â€? Sherwood said. â€œIt blends visual arts, video, performance, etc.â€? Some of the exhibits featured in the gallery are interactive with visitors. â€œReading Rebootedâ€? is a project of the Kipp Gallery, IUP Center for Digital Humanities and Culture and the students from the graduate program
in Literature and Criticism. There is no price to visit the gallery. â€œThe title, â€˜Reading Rebooted,â€™ is meant to suggest how computers are changing writing and literature, for those of us who read online more and more,â€? Sherwood said, â€œand for writers who are working with programmers or becoming programmers in order to â€˜rebootâ€™ their writing for electronic media.â€? If you are unable to visit the gallery, visit readingrebooted.iupdhc.org, where you can view the work and share your thoughts.
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Crimson Hawks hold off Lake Erie, improve to 3-2 on season By vaughn johnson Sports Editor V.M.Johnson@iup.edu
The Crimson Hawks improved their record to 3-2 after holding off a late charge from Lake Erie Tuesday night, 72-61. IUP dominated on both sides of the ball from the outset as they started the game on a 13-5 run, and after Lake Erie went on a 7-0 run of its own, IUP answered with 25-8 run to end the half at 38-20. The Crimson Hawks shot nearly 48 percent from the field while holding Lake Erie to shoot only 28. Sylvie Tefan led the way with 15. “I thought we played extremely well in the first half,” IUP Head Coach Jeff Dow said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. “The first half was definitely the best half of basketball we played all year,” he added. In the second half, however, IUP and Lake Erie played a game of role reversal. It was IUP that was struggling from the field, shooting only 27 percent and Lake Erie this time catching fire and shooting 47 percent. Tefan, after a very good 15-point first half, only scored two in the second.
IUP was even outscored in the sec“One of the things we talked about ond half 41-34, but still did enough to with her is just becoming a more wellwin by double digits in the end. rounded player and not just a 3-point Despite the team not playing well shooter. And not just last night’s in the second and failing to complete- game, but the season as a whole. She ly finish off Lake Erie, Dow was still is definitely taking it upon herself,” satisfied with just getting the victory Dow said. on the road in a hostile environment. Withers’ attempt at becoming an “Anytime you go on the road and all-around guard seems to be going beat somebody by double figures you smoothly at this point in the season got to be happy with that,” Dow said. as she had 21 points, six assists and Dow believed that Lake Erie’s eight rebounds Tuesday night. comeback in the second half IUP’s win over Lake Erie had more to do with them was its second in a row and playing better than IUP letalthough it put IUP above ting them chip away at the the .500 mark, 3-2 is still a lead. bit of a rocky start for the “Maybe there was little three-time defending conbit of a let up on our part, ference champions. but let’s give them credit as Dow attributes the rocky well. They started making start to number of new shots that they didn’t make players on the team taking Withers in the first half and that kind time to gel together, which of thing,” he said. could be long process. “It would have been nice to not “We knew obviously that it was make it semi-interesting in the end, going to be a a little bit of a transibut [we’re] not discouraged by any tion here with what we lost and not means,” he added. only having new players and asking One player who stood out during a lot of freshmen, but certainly an IUP’s victory over Lake Erie was junior elevated role even for our returning guard Eryn Withers, whom Dow had players in not only minutes, but also lots of expectations from going back maybe what they’re being asked to to last season. do both offensively and defensively,”
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Dow said. a good amount of the turnovers have “I think we’re still kind of learning come from the veteran group of about each other and kind of figuring guards Dow has, with senior Kierstin out our strengths and getting a little Filla committing six during the win better at some of the things we need over Lake Erie, including five in the to get better at for sure, but I’ve been second half. encouraged with our effort the last “Your guards are going to be hancouple of games. Our effort in the dling it more than anybody else too, so rebounding side of things have been that’s somewhat expected, but I think much better,” Dow said. each of them would say that they’re With the new players learning a capable of doing a little bit better than new system on a new campus and they’ve done,” Dow said. learning how to play together, a 3-2 IUP has six games (five at home) start usually isn’t all that to fix that turnover probbad. When asked if he was lem before they go into satisfied with the being one its daunting PSAC West game above .500, however, portion of the schedule, Dow simply disagreed. where they will have to “No. We would have deal with powerhouses Cal loved to have been 5-0 and U and Gannon. When asked I don’t think it would have of whether his team was been out of the realm of ready to face this dauntpossibility for us to be 5-0,” ing task, Dow doesn’t think Tefan Dow said. they’re ready just yet. Another reason for the shaky start, “Not yet and that’s why we still according to Dow, is that IUP has lost have a lot of non-league games to go, to some pretty stiff competition thus Dow said. “No, we’re not ready, but far in the season. I’m sure Cal [U] and Gannon and a lot “To give a little credit to the people of other people are probably saying that beat us, West Liberty is picked the same thing. I know last year at to win their league and Charleston is this time we weren’t as good as what picked to finish second,” Dow said. we ended up being in February and “Charleston won the league last March by any stretch. That’s one of year both in the regular season and the things why I’m very excited about the tournament, and I think West this team, is because I still think that Liberty won [...] 24 games last year, we have a very high ceiling in that so I wouldn’t say those two teams are we’re seeing even now in some of our slouches by any means,” he added. freshmen kind of the proverbial light One thing that will make any team is starting to come on in some of them have a not-so-great start is turnovers, and you can see some of the things and IUP has had trouble in that cat- they’re doing better now than what egory so far in the young season. they were as recently as a week ago.” IUP went into the Lake Erie game “I’ll be the first to say we still have ranked eighth in the conference in a ways to go,” he added. turnover margin at +1.25. The next time the Crimson Hawks Against Lake Erie, IUP lost the take the court is at 2 p.m. Saturday at turnover battle 19-18 and saw its turn- Memorial Field House when they play over margin drop to +0.8. Surprisingly, District of Columbia.
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Crimson Hawks have a lot to be thankful for after going 2-1 during Michigan-Dearborn Thanksgiving Classic By Zach graham Staff Writer Z.S.Graham@iup.edu
In the midst of a two-game losing streak, the IUP Crimson Hawks looked to bounce back as they played three games in less than 48 hours over Thanksgiving break. On Nov. 27, the team traveled to Dearborn, Mich. to play in the Michigan-Dearborn Thanksgiving Classic. No. 22 IUP was an outsider, competing against three Michigan teams, but the invitational offered high-quality competition, as all teams were ranked in the Top 25 of the latest ACHA Division I rankings. The Crimson Hawks opened the weekend on Friday against No. 14 Michigan-Dearbon. Early signs that the team could end its slump looked good as Chris Ondek scored 5:17 into the game to put them up 1-0. The Wolves were able to tie the game with 9:53 left in the first, only to see IUP take the lead again with a Ben Robertson goal five minutes later. From that point, however, it was all Michigan-Dearborn, as the Wolves scored seven consecutive goals. IUP goalie Brian Matesevac was pulled
from the game after allowing seven goals in the first two periods while facing an onslaught of 43 shots from the Wolves. IUP managed to add two in the third period, but too little too late. The 9-4 loss was the Crimson Hawks’ third straight, their worst streak of the season. They had also lost five of their last six games. The Crimson Hawks took to the ice again on Saturday, this time against No. 25 Eastern Michigan. It took until 20 seconds remained in the first period for the first score, and the Eagles went up 1-0. The Eagles extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second period, but the Crimson Hawks did not allow the game to get out of hand as they had the day before. Beginning with Casey Stern with 10:37 left in the second, IUP scored four goals in eight minutes to build a 4-2 lead. From that point the action slowed and it seemed as if the Crimson Hawks could sit on the lead as time wound down. Now it was the Eagles’ turn to bounce back, and they scored goals with 56 and two seconds left to tie the game and force overtime. Luckily, the momentum did not stick with the Eagles. Fifty-five seconds into the extra period, Joe Ford scored to give IUP the 5-4 victory.
The next morning the Crimson Hawks took to the ice again against the No. 20 Western Michigan Broncos in a game full of momentum swings and streaks. IUP’s Jesse Kunkle scored unassisted and shorthanded to open the scoring. The Broncos then went on a run, scoring three in just over seven minutes. The Crimson Hawks battled back, with Joel Schriver scoring on a power play. Then Stern, who tied the game at 3. After WMU scored with 11:53 left in the second to reclaim the lead, the Crimson Hawks went on their own streak and scored their own three goals in seven minutes. Through two periods, IUP led 6-4. The Broncos scored three goals in the third, the last with 3:52 left to take a 7-6 lead. Just 32 seconds later, however, IUP’s Jeff Cupelli scored to tie the game, where it remained through regulation. With no score in the overtime period, the game headed to a shootout where the Crimson Hawks prevailed to take the 8-7 victory. The team improved to 10-4-2 on the season. They are back in action Friday and Saturday night when they host Rutgers.
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Lauren Fisher to headline first-ever Johnny Kostas Memorial Invitational Sports Editor V.M.Johnson@iup.edu
The IUP Boxing Club will host its first-ever event at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Indiana High School. The event was the goal of the late Johnny Kostas, who was an IUP Athletic Hall of Famer and a local boxing legend. He ran the IUP Boxing Club in a makeshift gym in the basement of his home until his death in October 2008. The club still practices in the basement until this day. When the club finally got the green light from the NCBA to have an event, naming it was a no-brainer, calling it the Johnny Kostas Memorial Boxing Invitational. â€œThere would be no such thing as IUP boxing without him, so we have to respect Johnny Kostas,â€? IUP Boxing Club Captain Lou Konrad during a practice session at the gym Wednesday night. The event is what Konrad and Coach Rick Finella have been pushing for a while now and expressed how much it meant to them Wednesday. â€œIt means a lot. We have an opportunity to recognize Johnny [Kostas] and show off our boxers here in front of a hometown crowd,â€? Finella said. â€œThis event is going to be one of the biggest events that IUP boxing has ever had. Itâ€™s in remembrance of Johnny Kostas so I think itâ€™s going to be pretty big,â€? Konrad said. â€œIt means a lot to me. Iâ€™m sure it
means a lot more to the guys and girls that are boxing,â€? Coach Mike Donatelli said about the event. Donatelli is new to the coaching staff and knew Kostas very well, as he fought for him for five years. During his career, Donatelli amassed a record of 69-6. As for putting the event together, it was a three-month process from getting the right date to getting the sanctioning for the event. After all of that, the club got the event and everything has run smoothly until very recently where they have run into a few roadblocks. â€œUp until this week it was really pretty simple, but now Iâ€™m getting phone calls that people are canceling and this or that or people arenâ€™t returning my phone calls, so itâ€™s creating a little bit of stress this week,â€? Finella said. â€œItâ€™s a two-and-a-half to three month process for us to do this right.â€? One of those fighters that canceled was Christina Cruz, a former two-time national champion that was scheduled to go against current national champion and IUP student Lauren Fisher, but because of transportation issues she will not fight. Regardless of who is put in front of her, Fisher could quite frankly care less. â€œYouâ€™ve got to fight everybody anyway. To get to the top you got to fight everybody, so itâ€™s just a matter of timing of when youâ€™re going to fight people. Iâ€™m prepared though,â€? Fisher said. As for the rest of the card, it will
feature at least 10 amateur fighters, including IUP students: two-time state runner-up Adam Littlejohn and Jake Rossman. The card will also feature Indiana High School student Deanna Bell and Finellaâ€™s son Rocco Finella Jr., who currently attends Horace Mann Elementary. With it being the first boxing event in front of the hometown fans, it could bring some more pressure to perform than a typical fight, but Littlejohn and Fisher disagree with that notion. â€œA fight is a fight,â€? Littlejohn said. â€œItâ€™s just more important because itâ€™s in front of the home crowd.â€? â€œI think itâ€™ll be just more exciting because itâ€™s our home crowd, people we know. I got 36 fights. Thereâ€™s no way I get too excited. Maybe some other guys, but Iâ€™m used to it by now,â€? Littlejohn said. â€œEvery fight is experience, so I look at it like itâ€™s nationals or anything else. I donâ€™t want to lose. I donâ€™t want to screw up my record so I take it very seriously,â€? Fisher said. â€œMore than anything itâ€™ll just be fun. I get nervous before every fight so itâ€™s not going to be anything new. Itâ€™ll be people there that I know rather than people that I donâ€™t know so thatâ€™s the only thing,â€? she added â€œTheyâ€™re going to expect a lot out of me, but I bring it every time.â€? The event is supposed to show off the talent that IUP has to offer on a national stage, but it will also serve as chance to remember the man responsible for the club. â€œJohnny [Kostas] would be thrilled. Obviously he loved boxing. That was his life, passion and Johnny would probably say the same thing Iâ€™m saying or that Rick [Finella] is saying,â€? Donatelli said. â€œI think heâ€™d sit back with a smile. I donâ€™t think heâ€™d say much; he would just grin a prideful grin,â€? Finella said.
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Columnist Anthony Scherer predicts games during Championship Weekend that have BCS implications Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh mark two straight years that both the Despite that, it does have their own Even though the Big East doesnâ€™t Crimson Tide and the Gators came in Heisman candidate in running back have a conference championship either ranked No. 1 or No. 2. Mark Ingram. game, the winner of this game will be Each team knows what is at stake If he comes out and has a great going to a Bowl Championship Series in this game. game, he might be able to jump Tebow bowl game. The winner will go against Texas for the award. The Cincinnati Bearcats come in or Texas-Christian Horned Frogs in The Gators win a classic and with starting quarterback the National Championship move on to their third National Tony Pike back for one last Game and the loser will Championship in four years. conference game. probably be playing in the Prediction: Florida 24, Alabama If Pike can come out with Sugar Bowl. 21 a good performance, there The Gators come in led is talk he could move into by Tim Tebow, who by all Texas vs. Nebraska a top pick in next yearâ€™s accounts is the greatest Colt McCoy and the Texas draft. college football player of all Longhorns are back after being robbed It will be interesting time. last year. to see how the team He has already won If Texas can win against a good will handle the rumors By anthony scherer the Heisman once and Nebraska Cornhuskers team, it will Sports Columnist that are going around he will be nominated play in the National Championship A.J.Scherer@iup.edu about Head Coach Brian for it a third time this game. Kelly and his interest in year. McCoy is also a candidate for the Notre Dame. If he does win, it will mark the first Heisman, but I think he would have Kelly has dealt with this before. time since Archie Griffin that some- to have an amazing game to jump A few years ago there were rumors body won two Heismans. Tebow for the award. that said he was going to be the coach For the Crimson Tide, it just doesnâ€™t If for some reason Texas does lose at Penn State. want a repeat of last yearâ€™s conference to Nebraska, it will be TCU going to Kelly has come out and said he game. the National Championship game. isnâ€™t interested in the job, but we have It went in with a better team, but This would mark the first time since heard that before from other coaches. came out on the losing end. the BCS was created that a non-BCS The Pittsburgh Panthers go in tryIt was remarkable that the team conference team would play for the ing to bounce back from losing last made it back there again this year. National Championship. week to rival West Virginia. It lost its starting quarterback and The Longhorns wonâ€™t let that With the lack of respect the Big running back from last yearâ€™s team. happen as they handle the Cornhuskers East conference has nationally, it would be hard to see Pittsburgh going to a big bowl game if they lose. COME IN FROM THE COLD Cincinnati wins a close game and FOR REAL HOME COOKED MEALS! moves on to the Fiesta Bowl. NOT THE PROCESSED FOOD Prediction: Cincinnati 21, THAT OTHER RESTAURANTS SERVE! Pittsburgh 17 Florida vs. Alabama After what the officials have done to help these two teams, the SEC finally has the game it so desperately wanted. When the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide play, it will
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win the Heisman. He has the numbers to win the award, but they donâ€™t give it out to a guy who plays on a team that canâ€™t win big games. If Spiller can put up comparable numbers to ones he put up in the earlier game and Clemson wins, his chances to win the Heisman improve. The Yellow Jackets comes in trying to bounce back from losing to its archrival Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers win a close game and Spiller jumps into the final three for the Heisman. Prediction: Clemson 24, Georgia Tech 17
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Vince Young led the Titans on an 18-play, 99-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes at Arizona on Sunday. For the record, he converted three fourth downs along the way, including the game-winner on which he pumped once, stepped up in the pocket and hit rookie receiver Kenny Britt in the end zone as time expired. It was akin to a bowler picking up the 7-10 split in the 10th frame. In this case, “bang-bang” ... Titans 20, Cardinals 17. In pure NFL terms, he’s 5-0 as a starter since taking over an 0-6 Titans team that was dogpaddling to keep its season afloat behind Kerry Collins. In five starts, Young has a 65.4 completion percentage, 202 yards per game, four times the touchdowns as interceptions and a lofty passer rating of 96.9. Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who played this position for the same franchise in a different city, advised Young earlier this year: “Just be ready when the next opportunity comes, because it will.” Mind you, Moon isn’t clairvoyant. He just knows the nature of the
game from his own experience. “I think the last 15 months have been good for Vince in terms of maturity, being humbled by going through some adversity,” e-mailed Moon, now a Seattle Seahawks radio analyst, adding, “and learning from Kerry Collins indirectly how to study and prepare for an NFL game. “The only surprise about Sunday was that Vince did it with his arm,” Moon said. “If this kind of play continues with him throwing the ball, he will become as he was in college — pretty unstoppable.” The NFL’s third overall pick in the 2006 draft was widely considered a bust 15 months ago when he hit rock bottom. Unsure if he even wanted to play football again, Young basically quit on his team after being booed at home during the 2008 season opener against Jacksonville. The next day, he mysteriously disappeared, causing enough concern from his family and employer to have police called to investigate his whereabouts. He was despondent, and some feared maybe a danger to himself. This is where a leg fracture is so much easier to treat. Young’s mother told reporters at
the time that her son was “hurting inside and out,” although no one was willing to label him emotionally shipwrecked. Athletes find that their careers (and their paydays) vanish when that happens. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recognized the risk/award factor involved with a gifted player whose shortcomings are more than just physical. In 1999, Jones brought in free-agent Alonzo Spellman, a hulk of a defensive lineman with a troubled past and a diagnosis of bipolar. I give Jones credit for getting involved in something most NFL front offices run the other way to avoid. He had Calvin Hill in place as a consultant to help Spellman and Underwood, whose contributions to the team were substantial as long as they took their prescribed medications. Neither player, however, lasted beyond a second Cowboys season. I’m not putting Vince Young in any medical category. That would be foolish. He vehemently has denied suffering from depression ... but he probably wasn’t having just a bad day, either. Titans coach Jeff Fisher deserves a lot of credit. He averted a mass
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Apartment available NOW for SPRING SEMESTER. 3 bedrooms for up to 5 students. Located at 12 South 7th St. Indiana, PA. $5000 per semester. For more information call 724-349-8377 or 724-349-1111 Ext. 1022 Between 8:00am to 4:00pm M-F.
Apartment available for Fall 2010/ Spring 2011. Full list and photos at myfriendly.com. Call 724-910-9382. Nice 3 bedroom apartment. Fall â€˜10 Spring â€˜11 Some utilities included. Free parking. 724-840-6214. Roommate needed for Spring â€˜10 $1700 724-8406214. 1, 2, or 3 bedroom apartments. NICE! Close to campus. Parking Available. 724-388-5481. 3. 4, 5 bedroom houses for rent. Free parking, laundry, furnished. Close to campus. 724-465-7602. 2-3 bedroom apartments. 3 bedroom house. 20102011 school year. Very reasonable. 724-354-2360 before 9pm. Quality Apartments for One. Parking, Laundromat. 724-388-5687.
4 bedroom 4.5 bath located at Copper Beech. $1280 per month. Cable, internet included. Call Jenna 814591-9414. Newly remodeled 10 individual bedroom and bathroom apartments. Spring 2010 and Fall 2011. $2000 per semester. All utilities included. 724-549-4881. Apartment for 3. Fall â€˜10 and Spring â€˜11 724-840-6214 Fall 2010 Spring 2011 Townhouse for 3 female students. 2 blocks from campus. Very nice. $1550 per semester. 724-465-2635.
For Sale For Sale: One sofa, matching rocker, also recliner. $200. 724-397-8984.
Health Massage $20 and up. The Woods Spa Call 724-3492192 www.woodsretratspa.com
One bedroom apartment Summer/Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. 412-309-0379.
1 bedroom house for 2 people. Fall 2010 Spring 2011. 1 mile from Hub parking lot. Heat, water and garbage included. Lots of parking. Backyard. 724-388-3969
Great students rentals for â€œnon-partyingâ€? students. Fall 2010 Spring 2011. Two and three bedroom units. Nice apartments with parking. Call 724-465-9611 or 724-463-3418. 2 bedroom apartment available. Fall 2010 Spring 2011. Off street parking. Utilities included. $2000 per person per semester. 724-464-7399. 2, 3, 4 bedroom apartments. Fall â€˜10 Spring â€˜11 Newly updated. ALL MAJOR UTILITIES INCLUDED. Starting at $1850 per semester. 724-861-4162 or 724-463-7939. Two bedroom apartments. No pets. Utilities included. Phone 724-465-6387. 2, 3, 4 bedrooms. $2000. Includes utilities and parking. Five blocks to campus. 724-422-4852. GREAT SUMMER 2010 APARTMENT! 2 bedroom apartment across street from the HUB. Only pay internet and electric. A/C included! Call 724-972-3037, 412251-7289 or email email@example.com 3 bedroom apartment. $1850. Includes utilities 724349-5312. Student Renal suites avail. Spring Semester 2010, Furnished. Call 724-465-9611.
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House Fall â€˜10 Spring â€˜11 5 bedroom, 4-5 students. All major utilities included. Free parking and laundry. 327 Philly St. $1850/5 students /semester. 724-861-4162 or 724-463-7939. 3 Bedroom apt. available Spring 2010 semester. $1,950 per student. All utilities paid except cable. Furnished. Clean. Free Parking 467 Water St. 724757-6309. New 4 bedroom houses. 4 blocks from campus 2 baths, washer, dryer, dishwashers, parking, yards, utilities included. Fall 2010, Spring 2011 724-349-6107. 4 bedroom. $1550. Plus utilities. Free parking. Five blocks to campus. 724-422-4852.
1 or 2 Fem ales
Houses for rent 200-2011. 3, 4, and 5 bedrooms. 724-840-2083.
Apartment for rent Spring 2010. Large 2 bedroom. Next to McDonalds. Call 724-463-7222.
1,2,3,4 & 5 Bedrooms Some utilities included Furnished/Unfurnished Units Parking Available
One bedroom apartment available Spring 2010. 412-309-0379.
Apt. for two. Spring 2010. 724-388-5687.
Summer â€˜10 Fall â€˜10 â€˘ Spring â€˜11
5 bedroom 2 bath house. 1000 ft from campus. W/D. Free parking. $1750 per student per semester. 814446-5355 or 814-241-4699.
2 Bedroom apartment. Summer/ Fall 2010. Spring 2011. 412-309-0379.
412, 414 Water Street 4 bedroom duplex. New Kitchen and bathroom off street parking, garbage, sewage washer/dryer, parking space on campus included. $1400/ semester. Ron 724-840-8069 John 724-840-3370.
3. 4. 5 Bedroom housing for fall 2010/Spring 2011 with dryer, parking, and utilities included. Excellent locations and rent. 724-539-8012.
3, 4, and 5 bedroom Housing. Furnished. Free parking. partial utilities. Fall 2010, Spring 2011 semester. View houses at morgantiiuprentals.com. Starting at $1950 per semester. 412-289-8822. 724-388-1277.
Rent. Spring 2010. One bedroom of a two bedroom apartment. $1700 a semester O.B.O., plus cable and electric. Email FNVM@iup.edu Call 412-638-6915.
Equal Housing Opportunities
Single rooms. Fall â€˜10 Spring â€˜11. $1895.00/semester. Two semester contracts only. Includes utilities plus cable, internet and TV. 1/2 block from Oak Grove. 724349-3166 or leiningerhall.com
Single and or double rooms available for Fall 2010/ Spring 20011 semesters. One low price pays for everything. The rooms are furnished with beds, closets, dressers, desks, chairs, carpet and refrigerator with freezer. Included with price, electric, heat, water, internet, cable with 7 HBO stations. On location parking available. Two laundry facilities in building. Extra activities include tanning beds, exercise and weight room, pool table, pingpong, air hockey, foosball. The building is very quiet and cleaned daily. Check our web site at www.Thomasrentals.com or call 724-349-2007 Thomas Hall.
WANTED: A sorority. Will provide 12 female rooms and a meeting floor. 724-349-3352.
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Quality apartments. One to five. Next to campus. Laundry. Parking. 724-388-5687.
Three bedroom apartments are available for summer, fall, and spring. Partially furnished. Close to campus. Call for info. 724-349-2540.
2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Available starting June 1. Call 724-465-5129 before 7:30pm.
4 rooms available spring semester 2010. Thomas Hall Call Now 724-349-2007.
1 bedroom apartment. $460 per month. Includes utilities. 724-349-5312
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“Legos. I was a lego kind of kid.” — Steve Christensen (junior, biochemistry)
“A Super Nintendo system.” — Steven Markof (sophomore, pre-optometry)
“A ‘My Size Barbie.” — Brianna Whalen (junior, elementary education)
“A Ballet Barbie.” — Chistel Turingan (sophomore, art education)
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