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VOICE OF THE BOROUGH ď ł JANUARY 2013

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From the Editor...

The Press

This is the guy, behind the guy, behind the guy It’s true; I read it on the internet Publisher Dan Mathers Dan@thewcpress.com Advertising Manager Nick Vecchio Nick@thewcpress.com Copy Editor Kehan DeSousa kdesousa@thewcpress.com Columnists Chelsea Durning cdurning@thewcpress.com Kaela Mast kmast@thewcpress.com Jill McDevitt jmcdevitt@thewcpress.com Christine Mooney cmooney@thewcpress.com Jennifer Ozgur jozgur@thewcpress.com Interns Alexis DiGiovanni Paul Imburgia

Contributing Photographers Luke Darigan lukedarigan.com Adam Jones adamjjones.com Justin Muir justinjamesmuir.com Contributing Artist Kevin Fenton cargocollective.com/kevinfentondesign Published By The WC Press 13 South Church Street West Chester, PA 19382 thewcpress.com 610-344-3463 The WC Press is a monthly magazine distributed free of charge to more than 250 area businesses. For a free digital subscription, visit thewcpress.com/subscribe or for more information about specific distribution locations visit thewcpress.com/distribution.

To the Editor...

Our favorite responses this month I recently picked up a copy of WCP at Jack’s. I was attracted by the beautiful guitar on the cover. My husband plays. We both read the magazine and really enjoyed it, and felt it was very well done. If there were typos, we missed them. I laughed out loud at the editor’s note about “Hater gon’ hate.” His reply to the Illegible Signature was priceless and accurate. I am looking forward to future issues. Keep up the great job. -Mary Mundth Well thank you very much, Mary. I actually wrote that note, and I’m glad to hear you liked it. I had to toe the line there because, believe me, I really wanted to let loose! In the end, I think I kept it civil. [Update: As it turns out it was, in fact, our clever little interns who were slipping notes under the door. They’ve both had their pay docked. One more strike, and they’re fired.] -DM

The internet told me that “at least 50% of businesses fail within the first year.” As we know, the internet doesn’t lie. If you’re holding this magazine, that means we’ve already celebrated the first birthday of The WC Press; I guess we’re beating the odds. Sure, we only printed 10 issues last year, the first of which came out in March, but we got hard to work on the production of this magazine very shortly after I was fired from my job on December 31. Happy New Year, right? The end of 2011 brought with it the death of The WC, a newsprint publication we’d only been producing for a few months before Exit Zero Publishing pulled the plug and let me go. I thought I was done with magazines. I thought maybe I should pick a different career path; find a safe desk job doing something outside an industry that everyone kept telling me was “dying.” I was very, very wrong. After an inspiring chat with Frank Herron, the GM at Barnaby’s, and with the help of Nick Vecchio, our advertising manager, I hit the reset button and started anew. That was a year ago. Many things changed in the ensuing year, not the least of which was learning to live with an empty bank account. We’ve taught ourselves new design software, Googled some how-to tips about bookkeeping, upgraded printers, moved our headquarters out of my spare bedroom and, most importantly, built an incredible number of new relationships with some really incredible people. As a free publication, it is the support of the sponsors whose ads you find in this magazine that makes it possible for us to do everything we do. We very literally could not have done this without them, and they have my sincere gratitude. As for you? The readers of our magazine? Well, thank you, too. Thank you for picking up a copy of this rag every month. Thank you for sharing it with your friends. Thank you for continuing to enjoy the tangible pleasure of the printed word, and thank you for proving the pundits wrong, because–and I’m not sure if you’ve heard–but according to the internet, “Print is Dead.” - DM

I’m sitting at the hairdresser reading the December edition. Very good. Thank you for the article on Friends Association. We appreciate the exposure. Can I get a few copies? I can stop by your office if that works for you. Great job with The WC Press! Hope you are having fun with it! -Glenda Brion Thanks so much for the kind words. It really means a lot to hear back from readers like this...especially ones we’ve written about! -DM

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Christmas parade Photos by Lexi DiGiovanni

The Annual Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade is the event of the year in downtown West Chester

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CHRISTMAS PARADE Photos by Lexi DiGiovanni

The Annual Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade is the event of the year in downtown West Chester

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Christmas parade Photos by Lexi DiGiovanni

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Christmas parade Photos by Lexi DiGiovanni

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t’s just after 4pm on Monday, December 10, in the basement of Brandywine Hall on West Chester University’s campus. Within the black-draped cocoon of the TV studio, the two hosts of WCU Weekly hang lights and tinsel garland from a large flat-screen TV, preparing to shoot the final episode before winter break. Matt Toal, in a holly-green shirt, along with Justin Sochovka, in a similarly thematic red shirt and snowman tie, zip around the studio in a flurry of activity, making last-minute preparations for their trademark weekly video that highlights campus news and events. “We get really excited whenever we try a new piece of technology,” grins Sochovka, a junior communication studies major from Scranton, Pennsylvania. “Today we’re using the Steadicam.” Others filter in around 5:30pm, and the studio blooms to life. Sochovka shows one crew member how to control

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the teleprompter screen, while Toal preps their sports reporter, Brian Fiocco. This week’s show features tutors from the Learning Assistance and Resource Center sharing study tips for exam week, but they’ve hosted everyone from service dog trainers to America’s Pie pizza shop. Over the past year, Toal and Sochovka have become the faces of West Chester University, with a link to the current episode of WCU Weekly featured prominently on WCU’s home page. The video gets 2,500-3,500 plays a week, between YouTube, Facebook and email distribution, not counting the TVs around campus that air the show at the top of every hour. It certainly didn’t start out on a grand scale, though. It was homecoming weekend in October 2011, and Toal and Sochovka, members of the senior staff at WCU’s radio station WCUR, were surrounded by the myriad activities going on around campus. “There wasn’t

one place where people could find all the information for everything going on, so we thought, ‘Why not make a quick little video?’” recalls Toal, a senior communication studies major from Media, Pennsylvania. The footage was shot in the lobby of Sykes Student Union, posted on the radio station’s Facebook page, as well as their own pages, and by the next morning they had 70 views. “That made us realize people would watch it. We were both dressed unprofessionally, in t-shirts, with floating logos at the bottom of the screen. We watched it and thought it was awesome. We felt like rock stars,” laughs Sochovka. They decided to create a new episode every week. Just a month later the WCUR crew found themselves at a meeting of the Council of Trustees for the university, 

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movies hosted by the Student Activities Council. But with Toal finishing up at the university this spring and Sochovka following a year later, what will happen to the show when they’re gone? Toal already knows. “I want to come back to WCU in 20 years and see this thing playing with a bigger crew

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their favorite aspects. “They believe in the show as much as we do,” says Sochovka. “They’re devoted.” One of those crew members is social work major Jaimie Partington, who has been doing sound for the show since the beginning. “A friend told me about it. I showed up to watch, and they gave me a job.” A unique aspect of WCU Weekly is that it reaches out to more than the university campus. A segment called “Rams for Hire” highlights local businesses looking to hire WCU students. “We were in a meeting with Plato’s Closet one day to do a possible spot, and the manager of the store said, ‘If you have any friends who want to be a cashier, let me know.’ And right there, I turned to Justin and said, I just got an idea for a new segment,” says Toal. “One of my friends got a job from that segment.” Sochovka describes their efforts as “cross promoting” with the borough. “Businesses will donate something, and we’ll feature them on the show. It gets students engaged with the town. We’re working with close to 20 businesses now.” In fact, that may be WCU Weekly’s biggest contribution: uniting students, organizations, and the West Chester community. “There is a huge perception among students that the people in town don’t like them or appreciate them, but seeing the greater good that students do on our show...” Toal trails off thoughtfully. “That’s West Chester University right there. It’s not what you see on the weekend on Walnut Street.” The future is bright for WCU Weekly, with plans to expand their offerings with a “WCU Weekends” show that would air before on-campus

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a feather-in-the-cap invitation prompted by the staff coordinating bigger, more prestigious events at the radio station. Toal and Sochovka wondered whether they should bring up WCU Weekly— after all, it didn’t really have anything to do with the station. “Well, we did bring it up,” says Sochovka, “and it got everyone’s attention. In fact, that was the only thing they cared about. At the station, we had interviewed celebrities like Herb Alpert, Retta from Parks and Recreation, and Kate Flannery from The Office, but everyone wanted to talk about WCU Weekly instead.” Suspecting they were on to something big, they wasted no time in stepping up their production values. “We started an email address. We professionalized the titles, used more camera angles, classed up our clothing choices,” says Toal. Sochovka adds, “The ‘aha’ moment came when we walked by a university employee and she recognized us from WCU Weekly. That gave us the drive to make it different. After that meeting, we decided to do shirt and tie. That moment really redefined the show.” So far, they’ve been enjoying their newfound fame. “On Saturday, we were at Doc Magrogan’s, and four girls wanted to have their picture taken with us,” laughs Toal. “It’s very flattering.” In addition, executives from sweatshirt maven Russell Athletic flew out to meet with Toal and Sochovka after the university bookstore won a contest for a big-screen TV, largely due to the publicity generated by WCU Weekly. The attention is due in no small part to their work ethic. Today’s episode won’t be completed until 9pm, with the bulk of the work occurring behind the scenes in the editing room. Notes Sochovka, “People don’t realize we’ve spent the last 14 months doing this. This is all our free time.” But it is certainly rewarding on many levels. “We have a good relationship,” he adds. “If Matt does something I find annoying, we’ll stop taping and redo it. We aren’t afraid to say what we really think.” Working with the crew is one of

and looking better. We’re at the point where there are people who want to be involved, people who want to do graphics, production. It used to be people who just wanted to be on the air, but now it’s people who want to do something like this for a career.” One thing is apparent—although this week’s episode of WCU Weekly will fade to black amidst the first snow flurries of the season, more memorable moments are already taking root in the boundless imaginations of Matt Toal and Justin Sochovka. WCP


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20-Something Dating Kaela Mast feels caught between two worlds as she weighs her career and youth against her desires for a family I’m at the awkward time in my life where every time I log into Facebook I’m staring at an “I said yes!!!” status or a baby bump progression photo as all my “friends” become adults and stop worrying about which bar offers what specials during happy hour. Not me. No sir, not me at all. Sure, I’m in a committed relationship that leaves me doodling my boyfriend’s name while I’m at work listening as sales pitches drone on. I catch myself smiling as I stroll down the aisles of Giant, not really knowing why I’m there until I see the jar of grape jelly that I know will make my boyfriend happy. But I can also recite the Doc Magrogan’s weekly happy hour specials quicker than I can recite the alphabet. A more serious, life-long commitment? Part of me says pump the brakes, while the other part is just pedal to the metal on growing up and growing my relationship. I think if it’s what I wanted, I could easily be in the same shoes as other social media updaters, but instead I’m sitting back here watching everyone else experience that. Being a bystander has its perks, but it also sends a wave of jealousy over me sometimes. I’m a middle child. I feel like a majority of you could have guessed that, so it’s no surprise that I sometimes compare myself to others–especially in relationships. My older sister, for example, got married when she was 23 and had her first child when she was 25. It looks like I missed both those boats, but I didn’t think much of it until my younger sister got engaged to her boyfriend of just a few months; she’ll be married before she turns 24. Maybe a part of me thought I’d be next after my older sister. Or maybe I really am a workaholic who didn’t focus on the right areas of the relationships I was in while I could. But I like to believe in all things happening for a reason, and that there’ll be a sign when it’s the right time to make that decision. Through all of this I’ve taken certain things out on my boyfriend of only a year, and made him feel pressured in one way or another. It hasn’t been fair, and my advances are usually brushed off with a statement proclaiming my insanity. Seriously. I can’t tell you how many times he says, “You’re crazy,” shakes his head and disappears into the other room to play Xbox for hours while I continue to “pin” away at my dream wedding. (Side note: Most of the time we argue after he reads whatever article is published in this space.) But how can I NOT want a marriage and a family at some point? My internal clock is ticking, and it’s ticking faster than it probably should be thanks to the influence of my peers. Is there something that slows down this wedding and baby fever without ruining my Klout for lack of check-ins? For now, my secret solution is to keep sending out positive vibes so these next life steps start happening to me before I’m 47 and alone with 16 cats and a knitting addiction. I’ll watch hopelessly as you all grow up and receive your rings or children, and dream of one day strolling around nagging about our husbands. Until then, don’t expect me not to roll my eyes, whine that it’s not fair, or pout every time I walk past a jewelry store. kmast@thewcpress.com

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A Trainer’s Tips Christine Mooney is a certified fitness trainer and author of the health and wellness blog Beautiful-Strength.com To say that I am merely “good” at napping is a gross understatement. I was born to nap (just ask my mother). I’ve been a napping artist for years, falling asleep just about anywhere I please... and somes places I don’t please (like that time I fell asleep at the bar). And though I may not be a professional napper and haven’t been diagnosed with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome like that teenage girl who slept for 64 days, I do know a thing or two about sleeping. And I’m going to share a few of those things with you today. But first, why is sleep an important topic, apart from the fact that we spend a third of our lives doing it? How about the fact that key activities occur during and because of sleep that can lead to increased athletic performance, increased energy, a stronger and more capable immune system, the increased production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) (an essential player in cellular regeneration and most likely the closest thing we’ve got to the Fountain of Youth), enhanced memory performance, decreased production of cortisol (the hormone that helps you pack on and keep belly fat), and just a downright better mood and happier outlook on life? Sleep is especially important when we begin to look at the correlation between sleep and obesity. A 1999 study at the University of Chicago found that in just one week, restricting sleep to four hours per night brought healthy young adults to the point that some had the glucose and insulin characteristics of diabetics. This particular sleep restriction may have been a bit extreme, but it’s not that uncommon. This pattern of little sleep has been dubbed the “royal route to obesity.” And let’s not forget about sleep apnea, a sleep-related breathing disorder that affects 18 million Americans and causes individuals to repeatedly stop breathing during sleep, eroding their health over time, and increasing their risk for stroke, heart disease, and cancer. The amount of sleep one should get varies wildly during life, from 12-18 hours as a newborn, 8-10 hours as a teen and 7-9 hours as an adult. Your life (and your waistline) may very well depend on you getting a good night’s sleep, so if you can’t get to sleep or stay asleep, try some of the following techniques: 1. Have a sleep routine. Figure out what makes you sleepy, then do it. Is it drinking a cup of something warm? Shutting off the computer a couple hours before bed? Living by candlelight past a certain time in the evening? 2. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep-promoting nutrients. Zinc and magnesium are the way to go. It’s best to get your nutrients from a good diet, rather than in pill form, so make sure you’re getting plenty of leafy greens (spinach) and nuts for magnesium, and meat or shellfish for zinc. 3. Nix alcohol several hours before bed. Alcohol does all sorts of screwy things to your sleep, from affecting REM cycles to body temperature regulation. Same goes for caffeine. Want to sip on something at night? Try herbal tea. cmooney@thewcpress.com

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING CRAWL Photos by Paul Imburgia

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The Look

Nich keeps you ahead of the fashion curve with two of this month’s best looks

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t’s 2013 and what better way to start the New Year than with a fresh, new color palette that hasn’t been big in fashion until now? PASTELS! It’s no longer reserved for Easter eggs and flower girl dresses. Minty greens, apricots and pale blues will be all the rage. Pastels are dominating Spring 2013 collections, and we’ll show you how to put a modern twist on this color palette. It’s not simply reserved for dresses and tops. You’ll find bold and menswear-inspired styles in beautiful mint greens, as seen on our model, Claudia. Don’t be afraid to pair this with an edgy, studded top and washed-out grey denim for a cool contrast in

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color and style. Wear this outfit on casual Friday, then head straight to happy hour. Alternatively, if you want to stick with a Pretty in Pastel theme, go for it in a girly dress. Claudia is wearing a Ya Los Angeles piece in a mellow shade of coral with black stripes and an Empire waist. The angles of the stripes make this frock modern and very figure flattering–something we all want in our wardrobes, right ladies?! Whether it’s strong and structured, or soft and sweet, you’ll see pastels everywhere. Embrace this forgotten color palette by adding modern accents to bring it into 2013. Start the year off on top and on trend! WCP

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BAM MARGERA Catching up with West Chester’s most famous Jackass

Interview DAN MATHERS Photo JUSTIN MUIR You went to East High School, right? Yeah. But I dropped out the first day of sophomore year. Why did you leave school? I knew what I wanted to do, and I felt like I was just wasting time in school. All I thought about in school was that I could be in California skating and getting in magazines and videos. I felt that high school was just delaying my career. The guidance counselor at East tried to talk me out of it, but I dropped out anyway. Four and a half months later I came back to West Chester with a Ferrari. Both people we’ve interviewed this month attended East High School but did not graduate. Would you encourage others to follow in your footsteps? If you’re good at what you do, and you really know what you’re doing, then go for it. Unfortunately, most people who quit school do it to party and hang with their friends, and that’s the absolute wrong reason. Did you end up working harder after dropping out of school than you did while in? Absolutely. I busted my ass. When I first turned pro I was skating hard five or six hours every day, but when the MTV stuff came along, I cut back on that. Would you say you had to set aside your passion in order to pursue your career? In a way, yes. When I signed on for 45 Viva la Bam episodes, the only time I would skate was when they wanted me to do something specific so they could film it. We’d spend two hours filming something that’d be used for one second on the show, and people would get frustrated with waiting for the shot. I was really forced to stop skating as much, and I didn’t try as hard. Was it worth it? Yeah. I’m stoked on all the MTV stuff I’ve done–I made out like a bandit. I signed up with different skate sponsors before the Jackass deal, and Jackass ended up taking off quickly and becoming a much bigger deal than MTV anticipated. So, while MTV was rushing to create Jackass merchandise, I already had skateboard decks and hats and t-shirts with my name on them and people were buying all my merchandise. Plus, we ended up selling about a million copies of the CKY videos.

The skate deal and Jackass happened around the same time? It was like a light switch. When I left for California, I remember my dad saying that if they didn’t get $40,000, they were going to lose the house. I came back from California with a check for a million dollars and bought my parents a new house. So while you’re often portrayed on television as a terrible son, you’re actually not all bad. It works both ways. When I beat up Phil or break my mom’s favorite vases, it’s all gonna get replaced. I mean, people can think whatever they want, and you can say whatever you want about me, but did your son buy you a house? You became rich and famous, and yet you didn’t move to LA–you stayed in West Chester. I think the people in small towns, and especially in this town, are very real. In LA everyone wants a piece of what you’re doing, and if you don’t have anything to offer, they don’t want anything to do with you. Here, no one is out to be a movie star–no one is out to be a model. They’re all working real jobs, be it as a bartender or sitting at a desk, and they’re happy with their lives. Do you think that growing up in West Chester is partly responsible for who you are today? We started the CKY videos with a bunch of people from West Chester, and we were just doing it to entertain ourselves. But when MTV saw it, they loved that we were just doing this in our hometown. They really felt that West Chester was great for Jackass. So, yeah, I guess. Does it ever get old, being recognized in town? I don’t mind it at all. If I’m out in West Chester and somebody wants a photo and an autograph, I’ll do it. The only time it

gets annoying is when I’m at a public skate park: I can’t skate because everyone wants my attention, so I can’t concentrate on landing tricks. But, generally, I make it a point to be nice to everyone… unless they deserve it real bad. But if you react, it’ll end up in the news. You know what? All press is good press. I tweeted a picture of me holding a fake gun up to my dog’s head. Next thing I know I have some TV show calling me up asking if I’m the next Michael Vick, and that got me 30,000 new Twitter followers. The truth is I’m not Tom Cruise. I don’t have some PR company dedicated to preserving my image. I mean, I’m on Jackass, I don’t give a f***. WCP

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Bartender of the Month This month we’re at Landmark Americana with bartender Brittany Shiflet

PHOTO ADAM JONES How old are you, Brit? I’m 22. And how long have you been bartending at Landmark? I’ve been here four and a half years, but I’ve only been bartending since August. Well then, why do you think you’re bartender of the month? I really don’t know. Speculate. I always try to work my hardest and try to communicate well with our guests. Really, I just try to be myself. How so? I love being behind the bar here; I’m often dancing, so when I’m working it’s a good time all the time. How do the customers react to your dancing? I feel like they have a nice reaction to it. What is it that you love about bartending? I love interacting with people one-on-one. When you’re waiting tables, you’re always dealing with groups, but as a bartender you get to interact with individuals. Plus, you get a chance to know your regulars. What is it you love about Landmark? I’ve been here so long it’s like a second family to me. I love everyone who works here– they’re all great people. Do you think that extends beyond the walls of Landmark? Yeah. I love the other bartenders in town. I can’t really drink here at Landmark because I don’t want my regulars seeing me go crazy, so I often drink at other bars, and the bartenders always treat me great. But of course, I always promote Landmark. Alright, let’s hear you promote Landmark. [Laughing] I think I have been! What’s your favorite night here? Mostly I work Tuesdays,

Thursdays and the weekends. Out of the days I work, I think I like Thursdays best because it’s $2 U-Call-Its, $2 Fireball shots and $2 Soco Limes. So, with those specials, it’s always a good time. And I guess you don’t come back in on nights you’re not working for fear of going crazy in front of the regulars. [Laughing] I do come in sometimes on Wednesdays for game night. It’s relaxed but still a lot of fun, with beer pong and other games downstairs and quizzo upstairs. Are you still a student? I will graduate in 13 days. So by the time this goes to print, you’ll be done with school. Yup. Do you have any post-graduate plans? I want to go back and get my Masters in sports nutrition. Also, I studied in Australia for a semester, so I might want to get away again and go travel. I hope Jason [the manager at Landmark] doesn’t read this and fire me. Oh, are you planning on leaving? No, not any time soon. For the time being, I love Landmark, and I love West Chester. I’m from here. What’s kept you in town? I teach classes at Harrison Dance Studios. The dance studio was the reason I stayed here for college, but then I got this job right out of high school, and so Landmark is the reason I’ve never left. Of course, I also love being here with my family. Did your family have anything to say about you being named bartender of the month? My mom said, “Oh my God, Brit. Please don’t make yourself sound stupid.” WCP

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