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February 2011

SGA renovation of Malmberg Gym complete

New gym officially opens

By Kelly Morgan The Whetstone The Malmberg Gym is ready. With students, faculty and staff watching, SGA president Tanner Polce, vice president Bryan Zarou and Wesley College President, Dr. William Johnston cut the ribbon to the gym at the Feb. 4 ceremony. [Zarou] deserves all of the credit, Polce said. “The layout and new equipment came straight out of his mind.” The Student Government Association paid $55,000 for the renovations. “This [gym] will benefit the students,” Johnston said. Amanda Kinkade, special assistant to the president, thanked the SGA for their successful renovation of the gym and for supporting more programming to the students with staffing jobs. Byran Zarou shakes Dr. Johnston’s hand after cutting the ribbon.

Education dept. makes steps to re-accreditation By Kim Manahan The Whetstone Despite losing accreditation with National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Wesley College’s Education Department received individual program recognition from two of its three NCATE-affiliated Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) for its Elementary Education K-6 and Physical Education K-12 programs. Wesley’s Education 5-8 program received recognition in January 2009 with the National Middle School Association Each of these programs is recognized for five years before the college has to submit an update. NCATE will have its next onsite visit to Wesley College Nov. 12-16, said Dr. Patricia Dwyer, vice president of academic affairs. From there, they will determine if the Education department becomes re-accredited. Faculty members from other departments of the college are working on improving the standards alongside of the education department, Dwyer said. “It’s a good thing for education to include people in the discussion,” she said.

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Campus plans to go wireless By Chloe Dawson The Whetstone Wesley College will be getting up to speed during the next year or two with wireless throughout the campus. Director of IT Jody Sweeney plans to install Wi-Fi in Cannon and the courtyard that faces State Street before next fall. During the spring of 2012, wireless will spread out to the other academic halls and finally to the residence halls in the fall of 2012. The National Science Foundation gave Cannon Hall a grant of $60,000 to put wireless first before anything else on campus. Anything that has wireless compatibility will be able to connect to Wesley Wi-Fi, from personal to science equipment. “That’s what we’re driving for,” Sweeney said. “It’s a whole new teaching tool for the students and teachers.” “[Wireless] would make it so much easier for a student to connect and be on the internet,” said freshman Kapri Koelle.

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Wesley drafting new core curriculum By Kim Manahan The Whetstone Wesley College’s core curriculum is being rewritten. “[In August] we sent four faculty members to a convention on integrated learning,” said Dr. Patricia Dwyer, vice president of academic affairs. The last time it was changed was 15 years ago. “Students don’t always see the connection in a course and its outcome,” Dwyer said. “Overall, it will help students make the connection.” The draft of the new core curriculum proposes seven main principles: communicate; investigate, inquire and evaluate; integrate the “liberating arts;” practice professionalism and ethical behavior; develop intellectual curiosity; understand multiple perspectives; and balance personal goals with community needs. The communicating principle includes reading with understanding, speaking with clarity, and

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D’Souza participates in grant research with DSU By Melissa Boyd The Whetstone Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, professor of chemistry, and two Delaware State University professors were awarded $24,700 by the National Science Foundation Office of Experimental Program to stimulate competitive research. The grant money will be shared amongst the three professors to use in an interdisciplinary research project that will look at contaminants in plastic and their effects on humans in indoor environments. These contaminants may be found in some plastics, and may be harmful to the human body, D’Souza said. Grant money will also be used to pay for the part-time laboratory technician, who is to perform analysis. Students, including Wesley College junior, Aaron Givens, will also be participating in the research. Givens is also conducting other research under the supervision of D’Souza that is sponsored by the INBRE grant, which Wesley began partnership with in

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2001. Givens’ current research at Wesley with D’Souza includes database information on pesticides and fertilizers, including

water solubility details of the pesticides and fertilizers as well as the dangers and impact on human life. “It really has made me re-

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alize this is what I want to do,” Givens said in an interview with the Delaware News Journal. “It’s good being a part of something like this; it’s kind of exciting.”

Alpha Phi Delta

gives a special thanks to:

Khalil Norris Jemmott Robert Price and

Randy Baisden Wesley Ice Hockey’s “Biggest Fans” in APD’s

for being

contest during the hockey By Ashley Simpson The Whetstone The Den is now offering more than just fried foods. The Bradford Deli and Tortilla’s have been added to the menu. “Not many students used the Bradford Deli in the past but now students seem to be more health conscious,” said manager Carolyn Brown. The Bradford Deli offers freshly made sandwiches, and

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Tortilla’s has Mexican style food. “We try to accommodate what the students like,” Brown said. “We wanted to see what would bring students in.” Chicken wings have been the most popular item. “I have a strong feeling business will improve based on student requests,” said Mark Oldenburg. Especially because there are healthier selections on the menu, more students are going there

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Editor-in-Chief - Kim Manahan kim.manahan@gmail.com Managing Editor Melissa Boyd melissa.boyd@email.wesley.edu Co-Managing Editor Chloe Dawson chloe.dawson@email.wesley.edu

when the cafeteria is closed, he said. The Den is trying to match the prices of other food servers in the area that students frequent. The staff is trying to understand what students will and will not eat before further expansion of the menu, Brown said. We want The Den to “evolve and make it customer friendly for everyone,” she said.

Business Manager Jessica Barranco jessica.barranco@email.wesley.edu Online Editor Jamie Pruitt

Photographers Cochise Lucas Rachel Nissim

Adviser - Victor Greto Online Adviser - Dr. Tery Griffin

team’s home opener last semester.

The students won free Wesley Ice Hockey apparel for

showing the most team spirit.

Staff Writers Lamesha Green Kasey Lynn Kelly Morgan Collette O’Neal Jon Salacuse Ashley Simpson


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SGA plans to New gym creates new put money student jobs; towards SGA allocates money for Street Scape posistions Program

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Greeks begin recruitment

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By Kelly Morgan The Whetstone A new job position at Wesley College has been created for students. The Malmberg Gym staff, who will supervise the newly renovated gym, will be paid from a new allocation line that comes from each student’s activity fee. “Five dollars will be subtracted from the amount ($45) we get per student per semester,” said Ann Wright, the Student Government Association treasurer. This will come to between $5,000 and $7,000 a year. Bryan Zarou, SGA vice president, thinks the paid staff in the gym will benefit for the future. “These students are making sure our [renovation of] $55,000 is being maintained,” he said. “We want the $55,000 to still look like $55,000 in a year.”

The staff will help prevent theft and keep the machines in good condition, said SGA president, Tanner Polce. “It’s a big liability to have a free gym facility,” he said. “If you have staff that are monitoring and certified in CPR, this will promote a healthy lifestyle.” Since the money is taken from the students’ activities fees, it will be replaced for the students in the Student Organization account. “The Student Organization account allocation percentage will increase by 1.5 percent making it 36.5 percent,” Wright said. “The Leadership Development will be subtracted by 1.5 percent, making that 10 percent.” Leadership Development money goes towards guest speakers and leadership training, Polce said.

The Student Government Association is looking forward to the Street Scape Program by adding green space and a safer community to Wesley. Tanner Polce, SGA President, explained how the Street Scape Program will eliminate the public from driving through campus. The roads of Cecil, Fulton and Bradford Street will be blocked off. “The city of Dover gave us an approval to shut down six streets and make the campus safer,” Polce said. SGA will look for an allocation of $20,000 for the congress to vote on this semester. “What better way to make a contribution of $20,000 to reach out and say look, the students of Wesley College think this is important,” Polce said. “We want to reach out to alumni and show them we’re promoting a green life style. If we get an allocation amount, we’ll have one hell of a year.”

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By Lamesha Green The Whetstone Greek Life sororities can offer a home to nearly anyone. During this year’s spring recruitment week at Wesley College both the Theta Phi Alpha and Delta Phi Epsilon sororities welcomed potential female members to come out and join a lifelong sisterhood bond. “You don’t necessarily have to be open to join Theta Phi Alpha,” said senior nursing major Beth Angelucci. “We take them all.” Symbolizing a sorority that gets deeply involved on campus, new members have to be willing to lend a helping hand, Angelucci said. “During the recruitment process we look for new potential members that want to get involved more on campus,” Ange-

lucci said. We do a lot of activities dealing with the homeless, breast cancer, children and families, and 9-ll victims.” They have no intention of letting anything stop them now since they were recently released off of a yearlong probation period on Jan 16. Each night of spring recruitment week has a different theme. “This year each night had a different aspect of a sport,” said junior nursing major Ann Wright. “Our Philanthropy is what makes us so different from the other sororities,” Wright said. “But specifically what Theta Phi Alpha symbolizes is a quality of sisterhood trust.” Delta Phi Epsilon was also an alternate option in joining a sorority during spring recruitment week.

Students encouraged to share complaints with Aramark staff By Kasey Lynn The Whetstone Despite complaints about cafeteria food, the survey the Aramark dining staff gives out to Wesley College students twice a year has such a low response rate that the staff isn’t sure what to do. Most students, however, say that there are just not enough options. “The food’s not very good during the week,” said Sam Lyon, a freshman. “There aren’t many options, and what’s for lunch is usually what’s for dinner.” “We tend to have a very low response to our twice a year survey where we want to hear what students want,” John Gula, director of dining services. “‘More variety’ is a typical answer. We feel there is a lot of variety in the offerings.” Over the past few years, a pasta station and other services have been added where students could customize their food. “We are moving toward more make-your-own stir fry and omelets on the weekends to address some of the requests that have been made,” Gula said. The selection and quality of food available during the weekend is also a student concern. “The food on the weekend is horrible in comparison to the already bad food,” Lyon said. Tyler Piechoski said that there are not enough options during the weekend. “It has its ups and downs, and sometimes it’s good, but then sometimes it’s not,” he said. Aramark is working toward putting together more variety, but it will take time since there is not enough student feedback, Gula said.

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Septic tank floods Gooding Hall’s first floor By Lamesha Green The Whetstone Septic tank problems caused Gooding Hall’s first floor to flood Jan. 23, causing water damage and forcing students to use the bathrooms across the street in Williams Hall. At around noon, a resident informed sophomore Joseph Perez, a resident assistant in Gooding, that the men’s bathroom had a leak. “I went to my room and quickly called maintenance,” Perez said. Ten minutes later, the leak had doubled in size and water began to flood down the hall. “Once the flood was down the hall, I told residents to put a towel down by their door to stop sewage from coming into their rooms,” Perez said. Wesley security showed up before maintenance could begin to work on the problem. “Security came in a timely manner, but before maintenance could arrive the leak had already reached the stairway of Gooding hall,” said Perez. Gooding Hall is an older building compared to the other resident halls, said sophomore and RA, Kadijha Erskine-Michel. “A problem like this was just bound to happen sooner or later.” By the time Erskine-Michel got downstairs, there was water all over the floor. She ran back upstairs and returned wearing rain boots. “The site and stench alone was unbearable,” said ErskineMichel. “All the rooms closest to the bathrooms were hit the worst.” Residents were surprised and upset by the aftermath. Freshman Myles Morrison’s immediately wondered where the water was coming from when he looked down at his wet feet. “I was upset some of the water got into my room and wet some of my clothes,” he said. Despite a late arrival, maintenance did a good job with such a messy situation, Perez said. “I feel that issue was out of Wesley’s hands, he said. “Certain things happen for a reason even though this really wasn’t expected.”

Routers not welcome in residence halls By Chloe Dawson The Whetstone A search was conducted of Malmberg Hall Jan. 21 to determine why there was no Internet connection. Wesley’s IT department received a call that 30 rooms on the second floor were not able to get internet connection because someone had installed a Netgear wireless router, redirecting the access point for nearby devices. “Every room was checked until they found the computer with the correct IP address that was on the router,” said Walter Beaupre, director of security. Most students weren’t aware of the problem. “I didn’t even know it was down,” said sophomore Will Seeley. “I was on all weekend.” Freshman Misha Thomas, who lives on the second floor, did not lose her connection either. “I don’t remember not having connection,” she said. “Sometimes our connection on the floor is iffy.” The router started to distribute IP addresses that are registered to every Wesley student’s computer. An IP or MAC address is required to communicate with all Internet networks. Wesley’s connection did not recognize any of the addresses to get connected with the network. “It’s much easier with wireless sitting on the bed or a desk but it’s not a good idea,” said Jody Sweeney, director of IT. Routers can disrupt and cause confusing problems with all of the different computers and networks on campus, he said. The Netgear router was installed incorrectly causing problems for many students. “The student got the router back but with proper directions,” Beaupre said.

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Upcoming Event Photojournalism exhibit opens this week By Kim Manahan The Whetstone A picture can tell more than anyone thinks. On Feb. 9, three photojournalists from the Delaware News Journal will exhibit their work at Wesley College and share their experiences with students in, “Picture-Telling: Stories Through Photography.” The purpose of photojournalism is to bring awareness to the community, said News Journal photographer Jennifer Corbett. “Visually, you can capture a moment; you can paint a scene.” Corbett started working for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida as a copy clerk when she was 17. Being surrounded by photographers inspired her to

find her way into the photography department. “My friend was a photographer for the Times,” Corbett said. She would go on assignments with him, and hang out to get the experience. The trick of getting into the business is to be willing to work for free for a while, she said. “That’s what it takes.” Corbett uses a Canon camera, but has switched over the years between that and Nikon. She began shooting digital at the turn of the century. First a lecture will be held in College Center 206 at 4 p.m.; then students and guests will have a chance to talk one-on-one in the exhibit on the third floor where refreshments will be served.

International film has low turnout at Schwartz Center By Kyle Pequeno The Whetstone Dr. Frank Fiedler, a math professor at Wesley, remembers when the Berlin Wall fell. To an audience of fewer than a dozen at the Schwartz Center on Jan. 25, Fiedler introduced the film, “Goodbye Lenin!” The movie’s events take place during the time of the fall. “I was trying to live my life,” Fiedler said of the real-life, November 1989 events.

Fiedler was 18 and living in Germany at the time of the fall and the event changed his life. “The easiest way to live your life is to remember you are the good guy,” he said. Built in 1961, the wall was to prevent East Germans from escaping to West Berlin. A second wall was built a year later. Despite this, more than 5,000 people escaped from East Germany. Not all were successful though; 200 were killed, and another 200 were injured.


New Malmberg Gym ready for students

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Korey Thompson

Photography by Chloe Dawson


The chest press works the stomach and the chest.

Two bars can be used for the bicep curl. The one being used is better to use with a closed grip, and it can rotate, Thompson said.

This machine helps build leg muscles. The bar can be adjusted to get a walking motion, and the size can be adjusted to the person’s height. It can also be used for pull-ups.

Thompson demonstrates the lat pull down, which works the core (abs) and back. It has different grips for different sized users. The inner grip works best for females, Thompson said.

Thompson shows how to work the lower back, by leaning forward and tightening the stomach muscles. A free weight can be used for resitence.


“I call it the Titan because it’s so big.” The “Titan” can do eight to 10 different work outs, Thompson said. It can work the triceps on one side, along with the core. Soccer players can use it to strengthen their legs, and baseball players can work on their pitching motions. On the other side of the machine, is a grab bar that can be used for squats or curls. (pictured to the right) There is a protector in case one squat’s too low. It can also be used as an incline bench press with the chair under it.

Two new bench presses have been added that allow for size adjustments. They can also be used for seated curls. For the average person, Thompson said that 225 pounds is recommended. For an experienced lifter, the weight can go as high as 400 pounds. The dip works the arms, core and triceps. Either the knees can be raised up, or the body can lean forward to work the triceps.


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New free weights

(Top) Amanda Kinkade speaks before the Feb. 4 ribbon cutting of the new Malmberg Gym. (Below) SGA President, Tanner Polce, addressed the crowd with the gym’s new managers behind him.

Wesley College President, Dr. William Johnston tests out the new equipment after the ribbon cutting.


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History department looks to bring students to Peru By Melissa Boyd The Whetstone Learning about Peruvian culture may be available to students as early as May. Last fall, Dr. Suzanne Fox and Professor Frank Gregory, faculty in the History and American Studies Department, traveled to South America, including Lima, the Sacred Valley, and Cusco, Peru. “We met with several wonderful guides who work with Lima Tours,” Fox said. “We hope to bring to Wesley a Visiting Lecturer for the May term course, and travel with us in Peru [with the students].” Fox said that she would like for students to see similar sites she and Gregory visited. “The most famous site in Peru for visitors is Machu Picchu, and of course we will be visiting there,” she said. “We hope to use the Inca Rail train to get to and from Machu Picchu, and on the ride our students will have lunch/brunch going to Machu Picchu, and dinner on the return trip.” The duo also traveled with a representative from LAN Airlines, who assists them with traveling. Student trips may begin as early as May. The cost would be under $2,400, which includes transportation, tours, hotel accommodations, breakfasts, some dinners and some special events. Events may include a lunch where students can see Peruvian dancing

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horses, or Peruvian dancing, Fox said. A student exchange program in Cusco, Peru, is also being considered. “I would like to arrange student exchanges so that students can study in Latin America, and also have a positive impact on the area by giving back to the indigenous people,” Fox said.

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Students frequent Loockerman for fun By Lamesha Green The Whetstone It’s become a weekly event. On Wednesday nights the Loockerman Exchange welcomes Wesley Students 18 years of age and older to enjoy a night out with fellow classmates for reduced or free admission. “Since my freshman year I don t think I have missed a Wednesday night yet,” said junior Amber Broughton. “Not to mention it’s close enough to campus so I can walk since I don’t have a car.” Students talk about Loockerman frequently. “Going to Loockerman is a good experience,” said Broughton. “It relieves you from all the class work and allows you to go out and have a good time with your friends.” The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas “Every time I go out to Loockerman I have a fun time,” said junior Erica When I get a feel for my crowd, I play a little of everything, Piazza said. Bryson. “My only problem is the music selection that the DJ plays. It’s the same “I mix a lot of different music,” Piazza said. “I’m so diverse.” songs over and over.” Recent gossip about Loockerman closing for renovation has been cleared up. Spinning on the one and two’s is the sounds from senior Brian Piazza better “Loockerman isn’t being shut down no time soon,” said former Wesley student and manager known as DJ ZA. Chris Koon. “Things are just taking longer than expected.”

Bobby to publish second book in next two years By Collette O’Neal The Whetstone Susan Bobby, an English professor at Wesley College, signed a contract with McFarland and Company in November to publish her second book, a critical analysis of the fictional work of Philip Pullman, a contemporary British writer. “My focus in the book is the thematic underpinning of all his work,” Bobby said. “The path from innocence to experience

and how his works all consider the way that we gain wisdom is through tragedy, strife, and betrayal.” Unlike her first book, an anthology published in 2009 titled Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retelling, this one will be written completely by Bobby as a scholarly monograph. Bobby created the initial outline for the Pullman book in 2000 and proposed the idea after completing her first book.

Marketing survey conducted By Collette O’Neal The Whetstone The Wesley community recently participated in a marketing and branding survey to help the college create a new website and marketing campaign. Sponsored by a grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation, emails were sent out to current students, parents of current students, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, Alumni, and prospective students to rate their preference on certain advertisements and taglines. The college is working with the Performa Higher Education consulting firm. The results of the survey will be announced March 16 at the Founder’s Day event in the Schwartz Center at 3:30.

But she took a break and dropped the idea for a while. In October, the publishers contacted Bobby again and asked if she still wanted to write the book on Pullman. She said yes. The manuscript is due by March 1, 2012. Bobby has been interested in writing books since Dr. Linda De Roche mentored her as a new full-time faculty member over

a decade ago. And she plans to keep writing. “I accomplished my goal of being a tenured professor pretty early in my life, so for the second half of my life I’d like to be an established writer of literary criticism,” Bobby said. The book’s title is still unknown, but it will be published by spring 2013.


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Organic chem students find “weed-out” science class tough By Kim Manahan The Whetstone It’s called the “weed-out” course of the science department. Last semester, only half of the students enrolled in Organic Chemistry received a passing grade. “It’s a requirement for all of these majors,” said Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, who instructs the class, which consists of lecture and a lab period. “It teaches a different way of thinking.” Students were told during the first class this semester that statistics show that in the past two years, only six of 32 students passed it, said freshman Kirshay Bowser. Bowser, a biology major, plans to change her major to mathematics, after dropping the class during the first week of school. “The class is based off of

pictures,” Bowser said. “It was something different then we have ever done in chemistry.” D’Souza expected students to know the pictures the first Wednesday, Bowser said. It’s not only at Wesley that the retention rate for Organic Chemistry is bad, D’Souza said. It is on all campuses. Dr. Thomas Grow, a professor at Pensacola Junior College, published the grade distribution online of his Organic Chemistry Class in 2010. Less than 10 percent of his students earned an A, 25 percent a B, more than 30 percent a C, and about 10 percent a D. About five percent of students failed, and nearly 20 percent withdrew. “It’s the most difficult class,” he said. “It’s like learning a new language.” Failing the class also causes

some students to change their major. The class is a pre-requisite for Analytical Chemistry and Cell Biology. The class teaches reasoning, D’Souza said. “It is not like any other course a science major has seen,” he said. “It uses a different thought process.” Exams count for 60 percent of the students’ final grades, and laboratory counts for 20. The final exam, which is comprehensive, takes up the final 20 percent. Next to the grading section of his syllabus, D’Souza has a boxed-in note. “As a science major, you are required to pass both; the laboratory and the lecture component (with at least a C) to earn credit for CH 200,” it says. To do this, students must earn a 70 percent or higher.

Fine De Roche’s new book out next year

By Collette O’Neal The Whetstone Dr. Linda De Roche, professor of English, will be publishing her sixth book next year. Unlike her previous books, which were biocritical works of Mary Higgins Clark, this one will focus on the author’s life. Clark is a contemporary writer, who, at 83, is still writing. “Mary Higgins Clark: Life and Letters,” will examine how Higgins’ life influences her writing, De Roche said. De Roche has published two other books on the author, Critical Companion to Mary Higgins Clark and Visiting Mary Higgins Clark. “I have explored how she understands that having less can turn you into a criminal,” De Roche said. She has been working on this book for three years and is being published through Praeger, a company in New York. It will be available through the publisher’s catalogue only, not in bookstores. De Roche plans to continue writing after retirement. The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas It’s enjoyable and a way of contributing to the Dr. De Roche academic community, she said. it,” De Roche said. “I never knew I wanted to be a writer, only a De Roche is working on writing two short essays professor, but once I started I realized I enjoyed on F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edith Wharton.

WxStream breeds new generation of DJs By Chloe Dawson The Whetstone Using music, voices and personalities, students broadcast live regularly over WXStream, Wesley College’s online radio station. Listed as a free elective course, anyone can participate for credit or not. Recently, the station has upgraded its software to MegaSeg, instead of using iTunes. “It takes a lot more work than people think,” said freshman Denisha Baylor. “It takes a lot of dedication and patience because it requires setting up things ahead of time.” Dr. Michael Nielsen and April Abel advise the radio station. Their goal is to teach students that their shows aren’t about getting people to like the music, but to learn to use their voices as effective communication tools. Grades for DJs are based on how well they plan their shows. Having experienced students help newer students is important, Abel said. They teach them how to get familiar with the computers and becoming comfortable with broadcasting to an audience of people.

“When I did my first broadcast last semester I was nervous because I wasn’t sure if the audience would want to listen to anything I had to say, but as I started doing it more I got more comfortable and I gained a lot of listeners,” Baylor said. Over the years, the library of music available to DJs has changed. “The library could beef up with some music that the students grew up with,” Nielsen said. The most important thing students have to remember is the heavy guidelines that are put on them by the FCC standards. “You have to make sure the music is appropriate for the station,” said senior Sontia Biggus. “We have to follow strict rules, which means no music with cussing.” For some students, being an on-air personality comes natural, while others get nervous. “I’m never nervous,” Biggus said. “I like the fact of how comfortable I am. The mike feels like home.” The station is always expanding its horizons. “We want to provide a fun, informative, and have an enjoyable listening for a broad audience,” Abel said.

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- Continued from Gym on p1 “This gym is going to be great and safer,” Zarou said. A full time staff, trained by Gym Source, will monitor the gym. “We’re not here to develop a [workout] plan for students,” said sophomore Ben Biggs, an Intramural staff member. “But we can help you learn how to use the equipment and understand how it works your muscles.” After the ceremony, Biggs gave Johnston a tour of the gym and showed him how to use some of the equipment. “The people here can help you when you’re lost with the new equipment,” Biggs said. “This new equipment is so dynamic, that it’s more personal than the normal gym experience.” Three new treadmills have been added that can interject with the iPod, Polce said. “It’s more user friendly.” There are also two different workout bikes and two new ellipticals, he said. One is a regular bike and the other is a decline bike. “The Octane elliptical has a more elongated stride,” Polce said. “It simulates running.” Zarou’s favorite machine is the lat pull-down. “It feels great on the back.”

- Continued from CC on p1 writing with insight. Integrating the “liberating arts,” combines science, math, philosophy, literature, music, art and history. Students who are already enrolled in the college will not be affected when the changes take place. It will go into effect for incoming students once the core is established, Dwyer said. Wesley’s faculty will have the final say on the draft, and it could look very differently, she said. Once the learning goals are refined, the school will decide what courses need to be added to the curriculum and if any new professors will be hired, Dwyer said. Dwyer said that she would like to see students continue to learn after college. While it is unknown when the changes will go into affect, Dwyer said that they are “making really good progress.”

- Continued from Wireless on p1 Once the planning process is done, the physical one begins. “They only work on campus,” Sweeny said. “You can’t take it to your house and try to connect.” Sweeney and the IT department want to make sure the system is stable and no viruses or worms will get into student’s laptops or desktops. “It would make Wesley College better because it would be more efficient and a reliable internet source for every student,” Koelle said.

Wesley looks to add seven new faculty By Kim Manahan The Whetstone More new faces among the faculty should start appearing soon. Wesley is currently conducting searches for seven new professors. Some are replacing retired faculty, while others are new positions, said Dr. Patricia Dwyer, vice president of academic affairs. The physical education department has already hired Patricia Sherblom, who will be starting in the spring to help with the NCATE report, Dwyer said. “It’s quite a financial commitment,” Dwyer said. “Some are replacements and those salaries are transferred.” Both positions being filled in the nursing department are new. Grants supported the two faculty spots, and they are now being transferred into full tenure track lines, Dwyer said. During these hard economic times, the decision to hire so many says a lot about President Johnston, she said. “It’s impressive.”

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Just because I’m white and he’s black doesn’t mean he’ll cheat Look at my Facebook profile picture. You can see me (the white girl) with my boyfriend (the black guy). We have been together for five months, and despite how people may stereotype him, he is the best boyfriend I have ever had. So why is it that people like to “express their concerns” to me? They tell me that he is going to beat me, cheat on me, or that the relationship just won’t work out. Does skin color really matter that much? Apparently to some people it does. Discrimination toward interracial couples is still high, despite the recent Pew Research Center study that said, “Nearly one in seven new marriages in the U.S. are interracial or interethnic.” The study was conducted with couples who have been married less than a year, and the data was published in June 2010. Although the study states that support toward interracial couples is stronger now than in the past, the discrimination is still there. One person told me, that “black guys treat white women bad. He’s going to beat you, and you’ll be too scared to leave.” That was when we first started dating. But let me explain this. My boyfriend is very gentle and loving, and has never laid a hand on me. He is sweet.

By Melissa Boyd Also, white men beat women, too, and so do Hispanic, Asians, and so on. There are also women who beat their male companions, so it really goes both ways. “He’s going to cheat on you; all black men cheat, especially if it’s a white girlfriend because they’re not as physically attracted to you,” someone else told me a couple of months ago. My boyfriend has not cheated on me, nor will he, and that has nothing to do with his race or my race. Unfaithful spouses or significant others’ races are not relevant to them being unfaithful. Just because he’s black and I’m white doesn’t mean he’s more likely to cheat, or that I am. It really doesn’t correlate. People have said that we will be selfish to get married and have children because our children will be discriminated against. Hey, we’ve only been dating for five months, and these comments started earlier. It’s too soon for that. Plus, if our kids are discriminated against, it will just make them stronger. They will be fighters and they will be survivors. Our children would have the perfect blend of two cultures, and the diversity that is literally on their faces will be clear to everyone who looks at them, so they’re probably less likely to be racist themselves – something I pray to God my own kids would never become.

Take a step back and reconsider the consequences The walls in the dorms are thin, so I get to hear the people outside when they complain about The Whetstone. Recently, I overheard nursing students who were complaining about how their standards were changed, and then about the articles we ran in the previous issue on the topic. To this, I say, quit complaining – grab the bull by the horns and just do it. An 80 percent may be a high grade for some, but it is not impossible. Quite frankly, if you can’t receive an 80 on your exams and labs, then I would never want you to stick a needle in my arm or administer me drugs. I am someone who already has distrust in nurses and doctors, so hearing complaints about having to become better nurses is alarming to me. And this just doesn’t go for nurses, but for all medical professionals. I have had an awful experience of having a needle inserted into my arm incorrectly, causing the vein to burst. It was not a pleasant feeling. Nurses are supposed to know exactly what they are doing, and they are supposed to do it right. An 80 percent is not a 100, which means that every nursing student who does not receive a 100 will most likely make a mistake or two during their career.

By Kasey Lynn I have met some students on campus who I hope will never be responsible for taking care of me. I feel that it is more than necessary to “weed out” the students who are just not cut for the program. I know that the nursing program requires a lot of work, and I do not see why it’s so horrible that the standards have been raised. I am a political science major, with minors in Spanish and English. I play soccer for the varsity team, am president of the Lincoln-Jackson Club, treasurer of the College Democrats, and a writer for The Whetstone. I have a lot on my plate, but still manage to maintain a 4.0 grade point average. I know some students who only study and go to class, and do not get involved. In fact, some go out during the weekends, drinking and partying, along with many others on campus. But they still manage. Everyone has a lot of work to do, and those who want it, do it. And look what people like me have accomplished! So, nursing students, and anyone else who thinks their major is too hard, please evaluate yourself and really look at the career you are choosing. If you can’t take the pressure, and cannot maintain at least an 80 percent, then you should really not be a nurse. And you should definitely not be attending to me.

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Being depressed has nothing to do with being a realist By Kim Manahan In the last issue of The Whetstone, I made a banner above the opinion section saying that if anyone had feedback or something to say, to email us. I even provided my email, along with my adviser’s. The only feedback I received came from a person who does not go to Wesley, and who seemed to have a personal vendetta against me – although I am still not sure who she is. I did hear, however, that people were angry with what I had written in my editorial. That’s OK. I realize sometimes my opinions can be a little over the top. I just happen to publish mine in the campus newspaper, and if anyone would like, I can explain why I wrote what I did. Anyone can publish their opinion, really. And anyone with a wellthought-out opinion should. I encourage any student at this school to write something to us, whether it’s about an issue going on in the world, or just on campus. Just because you think in a different way doesn’t make you a negative person. But many people have told me that I’m too negative. Why? Yes, I am a bit on the cynical side. Someone actually made their Facebook status say: “Kim Manahan is a depressed person that needs Dr. Phil and aromatherapy.” I have my reasons for being who I am, as does the chipper person on the other side of the room. The Whetstone, as an independent student newspaper, is not negative. It is a newspaper. We write what happens. We write what others feel. We write what our sources tell us. There’s nothing else to it. Editorials are a different thing, but that’s what they’re meant for. Following NCATE and the Education department has nothing to do with me being negative. It has to do with the fact that there are developments in what is going on. What do you all want? CNN isn’t going to fluff up the protests in Egypt right now. Bad stuff happens all over the world, as does good stuff. The trick to seeding out what to write about is to figure what is out of the ordinary. We aren’t going to write about every bit of community service or every single fundraiser that every last person on campus does. Admit it. You would put this paper down as soon as you found your picture. That’s not news. It happens every day. Also, people shouldn’t be doing community service to get their picture in the paper; they should be doing it because they care about a cause. This is the reason that I have stuck with The Whetstone for the past five years; it is a cause that I care about. I don’t do it to make friends – if anything, it makes more and more people dislike me. I do it because I believe that everyone should know as much of the truth of things as I can get – and not just the PR that the college or whoever else wants you to hear. I believe in trying to make a change, even if it just means bringing a situation into perspective for just one person. Yes, I may be negative, but I am also positive, too. I am negative because I am a realist. I know how people are; I know that the world is not perfect. But I also realize that if you work hard enough at something you really care about, there is nothing in the world more satisfying.

To the Wesley Community: The Whetstone would like to invite anyone in the college community to submit ideas on what they would like to see us write about. If you know of something going on around campus, or a topic that is of importance to students, we would like to hear from you. Also, if there is something newsworthy going on that you think we should know about, we would like to hear from you. Please send your ideas to me at kim.manahan@ gmail.com or Kimberly.manahan@email.wesley.edu. -Kim Manahan Editor-in-Chief The Whetstone


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February 2011

Wesley Ice Hockey sliding towards the playoffs

The Whetstone / Rachael Nissim

By Kelly Morgan The Whetstone Wesley’s Ice Hockey Club is looking to score its first playoff spot. “Our goal is to make the playoffs and to be in Hershey, Pa., on Feb. 11,” said head coach Charlie Pens. “This would be the highlight of my career, to win a championship for Wesley hockey.” Wesley’s record is 8-3-1-1. Their playoff spot will be determined after they play Susquehanna in a rival conference match-up, Feb. 6.

Danny Triesler, freshman and alternate captain, is confident the team will make the playoffs. “As long as we stay on top of our game, we can do anything we want,” he said. “Our mind is on the playoffs. I’m pretty sure we’ll end up with a ring on our finger at the end of the season.” Wesley, which competes in the Mason Dixon Collegiate Hockey Association, is placed in the Dixon Division with John Hopkins, American and Maryland. The top three teams make the playoffs. Four games remain in the

Wolverines’ schedule. Two of those games are against teams in their conference. “The rest of our games are against tough teams,” said Matt Bartalini, a freshman and team goalie. “But, I don’t see why we can’t win them all. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t go to the championship.” Michael Hickey, sophomore and forward, gives credit to Pens for a lot of the team’s success this season. “I think Coach Pens should be coach of the year,” Hickey said. “He has so much experience

and he knows the game. You can hand him any player and he’ll turn them into a winner.” Caitlyn Pierce, freshman and head manager of the hockey club, knows how much Pens wants to win. “He doesn’t know how to lose,” she said. “He enjoys a win for about 30 seconds then he’s like, ‘on to the next one.’” The team’s success gives hope for recruits from other schools to play at Wesley next season. “Once [the recruits] see how professional our program

is, they’ll see we are a high level program,” Triesler said. “I’ve played all over the world and this program is one of the hardest working programs I’ve worked at. Next year is going to be an amazing year.” Pens is looking forward to the ice hockey club’s new recruits for next season. “I’m looking for new players coming in that are sound academically, athletically and socially,” he said. “That’ll bring a new energy and enthusiasm for our program. We’re looking at about 50 new recruits for next season.”

Baseball team’s captains lead with experience

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Students participate in Zumba fitness. By Rachael Nissim

By Ashley Simpson The Whetstone The baseball team’s captains will be bringing experience to a young team. Senior Kevin Murphy and junior Geoff Kimmel will be leading the team for the 2011 season. This year, the team has “a good freshman class,” Kimmel said, “a solid core of players, and new pitchers that can help us get to the next level.” Last season the team came in second in the CAC Championships and won the ECAC Championship in their postseason. Kimmel was injured 11 games into last season. “I am trying to get back to being a productive part of the offense and build on success of previous years,” he said. Kimmel, a physical education major, plays infield. Before being injured, he batted well over .300, with seven doubles and 11 runs batted in. During his junior year, he only struck out three times. Murphy, from Middletown, Md., plays second base. He is majoring in sports management. “I took a coaching techniques class that taught you how to approach teammates and how to handle yourself on and off the field,” he said. As well as knowing how to handle people, he also led the team last season with 63 RBIs and seven homeruns. “We have the experience of what it’s like in the championships. We know what it takes and what it needs to take to potentially win a regional tournament,” Murphy said.

Intramural soccer kicks off By Ashley Simpson The Whetstone After reading the rules to players, intramural manager Paul Huber blew the whistle and the soccer games started. The first game of the semester was close, ending 4-3, with the Red team beating the Green team. Mike Heyer scored two goals for the red team, the game’s lead scorer. Their goalie Jeff Owsik had nine saves. The Green team’s goalie, Stephen Cirullo had five saves. Players consisted of skilled players and students who could barely run with the ball. Each game was half an hour long, with two fifteen-minute halves.


The Whetstone: February 2011