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February 6, 2004

Wilson College

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Vol. 35, No 1


WILSON BILLBOARD Students take a political stance choice. She said she would not vote for a woman just because a Guest Writer woman’s name was on the ballet. The race for the White House Marigrace Talbot ’06, said she is only eleven months away and will wait and see what happens. many candidates are in the “If no candidate stands out, I want running for the Oval Office. In to vote for a woman,” she December, Wilson students commented. tested their knowledge of the Rather than sitting and doing candidates in a random survey to nothing, Kelly Olson ’04, said, see if they knew who they would “We need to make a stand for the be voting for. Out of the students challenging times ahead.” Kelly surveyed, 80 percent knew that knew all of the candidates’ names the incumbent president wanted running for the 2004 presidential to be re-elected. When asked if bid. She also knows who she is they knew anyone else who was voting for. Kelly stated that running for president, 70 percent President Bush has already led of the students surveyed could the country through very not name anyone specific. troubling times. Her opinion of Diane Kline ’04, knew that the candidates running against Howard Dean, President Bush Mr. Bush is that “they are against and a woman were running. protecting our country in the way Diane said she hadn’t made up that it needs to be protected.” her mind on who to vote for. She The 2004 Iowa and New did say, “If I don’t get a chance Hampshire caucuses are now to vote, I won’t gripe.” history along with other state Melanie Mills ’07, knew all primary elections. Senator John the candidates running for Kerry and Senator John Edwards president. She commented that are Democratic frontrunners at she knew who she wouldn’t be this point, with Governer Howard voting for. Before making her Dean and Retired Gen. Wesley final decision later this year, Clark close behind. The only Melanie said she will be doing female Democratic candidate, more research on several Carol Mosley Braun, a former candidates before going to the Illinois state representative, has polls. I asked her if she would dropped out of the race due to vote for a woman if she had the lack of funds. Janet Gardner

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Seniors line the stage to lead the crowd in singing the Alma Mater, as part of a long-held Wilson tradtion

Honoring Wilson Memories Rachel Ward Editor-in-Chief “I’ve laughed, lived and loved,” senior Amber Rhyne shared with fellow student, faculty and other members of the Wilson community from the podium during Wilson’s Spring Convocation. The ceremony, held Jan. 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the Alumni Chapel, focused on memories at Wilson. Featured speakers were chosen from this year’s senior class. Caitlin Kennell recalled her first class at Wilson College, “As I look back on that day, that sticky, wonderful, anxiety-filled, August day, I recognize it as the first day of a great adventure in my life…if I have gained anything throughout the duration of this journey it is that this business of learning is a risky endeavor. If you truly submit yourself to the power of the education you have received here at Wilson, you will be challenged in more ways than you previously conceived possible.”

Quadirah Miller shared her experience at the Fulton Farm, “While working at the farm it not only provided an outlet for me as a student, but it was also a learning experience. It serves as a place to come and get away from campus, enjoy a quiet environment while exercising and working in the sun, and also gaining a bit of information without worrying whether it will be on the exam.” Reminding classmates of more humorous memories of Wilson, Rhyne remembers, “The annual Easter Egg Hunt. This is a time where well mannered women become evil self-centered children who proceed to knock each other over, use questionable language and name calling, and more or less, throw away all of the rules of proper etiquette just to find a few plastic eggs.” Kasey Chamberlain spoke about her memories in leadership. “Throughout the past four years I have developed a sense of sisterhood with many of my fellow

students that I have had the pleasure to work with in leadership positions. It has been through these roles that I have seen both my peers and myself grow and evolve into the strong, intelligent women of the Class of 2004 that we are today,” spoke Chamberlain. Convocation is held every semester in celebration of Wilson students, their accomplishments, the reminder of the mutual contract between students and faculty, recommitment to the Wilson Honor Principle, and honoring the graduating seniors. Also featured at the spring Convocation were the Wilson College Choir and senior members of Orchesis. The event was concluded with the traditional singing of the Alma Mater, led by Rhyne, class of 2004 song leader. The celebration did not end there, students gathered outside to participate in the first even/odd song war of the semester.

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More ideas than students at forum Christy Córdova News Editor The All-Student Forum was held on January 27 from 11:30 to 12:30 in Patterson Lounge. Although it was promoted as a student opportunity to learn about the Campus Strategic Master Plan and offer ideas and suggestions, there were nearly as many faculty and staff members in attendance as actual students: nine faculty and staff representatives were present, compared to about fifteen students who showed up. Those students who were in attendance were given the opportunity to sit in on any three out of the eight panel discussions. The issues discussed were campus beautification/deferred maintenance, renovations for Norland and Edgar Halls, plans for the Field House, Institutional Technology, Classroom Innovation and Academic Support, Library Improvements, Science and Environmental Center, Dining Hall Renovations and Parking Issues. They were also given a survey to fill out regarding the Campus Master Plan. This survey will be passed out to residential students through their resident advisors, and will also be distributed to commuters. Dean Beth Sweitzer-Riley presided over the forum. She emphasized that the purpose of the Forum was to get student input and that the representatives really “want to hear concerns and ideas”. President Lorna Edmundson led a small discussion group about the library. She explained that it is currently being supported by annual $50,000 grants from the Kline Foundation. This grant is used to “augment the catalog system, improve the collection (with such subjects as Veterinary Medical Technology being a high priority) and increasing security”. Several students expressed concern about the lack of availability of academic materials such as books and journals, especially in the area of the sciences. Jennifer Robinson, ‘04, stated that studying and finding academic resources in the library is very difficult, due to the fact

that there are very few science journals and even fewer specific or current ones, as well as the fact that inter-library loan is just not dependable enough. Mariam Bramah-Lawani, ’05, suggested that students be taught to use the online resources, perhaps in a class format. President Edmundson also emphasized the fact that there is a brand-new computer lab in the basement of the library full of state of the art laptop computers for student use. Dr. Mary Hendrickson led the panel group on Institutional Technology. She addressed several issues relating to computers on campus. She explained that the Mac Lab in Warfield was outdated, and that it would be upgraded to a PC lab possibly as soon as next year. She emphasized that there would still be Mac computers available on campus for those who needed them. Dr. Hendrickson also added that there were ideas on the table to possibly provide laptop computers to incoming students as part of their financial aid package in the future; however, there are still many issues to work out before this idea could be implemented. Professor Lori Frey was also at the forum representing the athletic department. She stated that the college is in need of a field house; the current one is “comparable to that of a junior high school”. She hopes to build new facilities that will accommodate both athletics and recreation on the hill by the new soccer field. She would love to get all the facilities (pool, fitness center, gym, tennis courts and field hockey field) in the same place, as well as adding new facilities, such as a climbing wall, walking trails, playgrounds, basically “anything to get people active”. She hopes that new facilities will accommodate a larger student body and allow the implementation of such new sports as cross-country, lacrosse and swimming.

NEWS The Billboard Clubhouse Na Mi Bang, Staff Writer The Drama Club is planning to put on three plays on Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21, in Laird Hall. The members of drama club have been working on three plays: “Trifles,” directed by Rachel Ward ‘06, “Love is Hell,” and “Grrlz in Space,” both directed by Dr. Michael Cornelius.

The Muhibbah Club had their first meeting on Jan. 29. The members talked about this semester’s Muhibbah dinner. In addition, they planned other club activities.

The Environmental Club had a meeting on Jan. 26. They talked about helping with the Conference on Sustainability, taking some day trips, and organizing several workshops for both the college and the greater Chambersburg community.

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State budget cuts affect local libraries Alice Gudgeon Guest Writer The Coyle Free Library in Chambersburg, Pa. has recently posted a sign on the door displaying the following message: “Because of state budget cuts, we will be closed Sundays beginning Aug. 24.” On average, 30 percent of total public library income in Pennsylvania comes from state funding according to the Pennsylvania Library Association. With the Total Library Program Funding from the state down nearly 30 percent, various programs, functions, and hours of operation will be and are affected. The Library Association indicates the following probable effects as a result of the cut in State Aid: · All Libraries will reduce hours · An overwhelming number of libraries will cut programs, lay off staff, reduce staff hours scheduled, and eliminate purchases of books and computers. The reality of this was the lead feature in the January 23, 2004 issue of Public Opinion. In the article written by Heather McKim entitled, “Libraries forced to shelve services”, interviews with library officials and patrons supported the projected effects. Large reductions in anticipated funding must result in significant

reductions in facility and service. Unfortunately, many of the reductions are targeting people who have the most need. Further negative effects to the community of the funding cuts are pointed out by the Pennsylvania Library Association and in some instances supported in Ms. McKim’s article: · Preschoolers will have fewer books to help them get ready to read. With reduced library story times, many will not have the chance to develop a love for books and a desire to read. · Shut-ins and those living in nursing homes will not have the special materials they need— large print books and books-ontape—to keep their minds alert and bring them enjoyment. · Beginning readers will have fewer books to help them learn to read and less support over the summer months to maintain and improve their reading skills. · Busy families will have fewer times available to visit the library. · Job seekers will not have as many up-to-date newspapers or business directories. With fewer computers available, there will be fewer opportunities to use the Internet for job searches. · Students will not have the materials they need to complete their homework. With reduced library hours, they will have even less time to use the li-

brary. · Low income households will not have free Internet or computer training available. The current Pennsylvania Department of Education Summary of State Appropriations shows a 29.70 percent decrease in enacted total library program funding for the periods 2002-03 (actual) vs. 2003-04 (enacted). The major factor feeling the brunt from the General Fund shortfall is the line item “Improvement of Library Services”. This $27.5 million line item drop affects operational costs of libraries including salaries, fuel, power, maintenance, new acquisitions and equipment. The 2002-03 actual spent in this category was $75.3 million and compares to the actual enacted appropriation of $47.8 million, a 36.5 percent shortfall. Other line items including State Library, Library Access, Library Services for Visually Impaired and Disabled and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic are relatively low-budget items and received no or minimal cuts. Library services are a part of the state General Fund that totals about $21 billion. The 2002-03 actual of $75 million is less than one-third of one percent of the total state budget. Another perspective shows this to be less than two cents per day per capita.

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NEWS Mad Cow found in the U.S. Heather Layman Staff Writer It seems that long ago, across the Atlantic Ocean, Mad Cow Disease was a frightening disease that we Americans did not have to worry about. But as of Dec.22, Mad Cow has been discovered here in the United States. The technical name for Mad cow is Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. It has occurred in Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Japan, Russia, Canada, and now the United States. Infected humans lose mental faculties and muscle coordination, which can lead to a coma or even death. So, if humans get infected by eating infected cows, how do

cows ever become infected? It all comes back to what a cow has for dinner. In the beef industry, livestock feed often has cow remnants in it, for added protein; and for calves, their feed can have cow blood in it, a procedure used to cut costs. Unfortunately, feeding healthy cows parts from unhealthy infects the healthy cow, and then proceeds to infect the food supply we eat. The Department of Agriculture has taken several steps to insuring the safety of beef on the market. First farmers will not be allowed to feed healthy cattle with any feed containing sheep or cattle products in them. Specific cow parts such as spinal cord tissue and intestines, which are sources for the disease, will

not be added to meat products. The government also announced that downer cattle will not be slaughtered. Downer cattle are those that are older, have illness, or physical injury these cattle are more likely to develop Mad Cow. 10,000 lbs of suspected meat was removed for testing as well as other cows from the same initial herd in Canada where the infected cow originated from. The Department of Agriculture says getting U.S. beef to be accepted abroad and protecting the public from the disease is its top priority, however many of these measures and test may take time to implement and see the results.

Mass Flights Cancelled April Abernethy Staff Writer Since Christmas Eve, under raised terror alert levels, the Department of Homeland Security has announced the cancellation of dozens of international flights. According to Amanda Ripley Time Magazine, “All told, at least 27 flights were canceled, detained, rerouted or tailed by fighter jets.” Dec. 24 two Air France flights were canceled from Paris to Los Angeles and an Aeromexico flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles turned around mid-flight. New Years Eve another Aeromexico flight


on the same route was canceled. The same night a British Airways flight was escorted to Washington and the passengers were detained on the tarmac and questioned. This pattern of diversion or cancellation continued up until Jan. 3. On Feb. 1 the U.S. announced the cancellation of 8 flights according to MSNBC news. According to a French official, “The Americans felt with so many questions still looming, the safest thing would be to cancel the flights-an opinion we shared. It’s as simple as that”. The flights were cancelled and diverted due to specific and un-

specific threats. The department of Homeland Security spokesman in the Associated Foreign Press responded to recent cancellations by saying “There was specific credible threat information that was shared with some foreign governments, including the British and French governments, and the decisions were made to cancel these flights,”. A spokeswomen for British Airways also added “The safety and security of our operations is our absolute priority and will not be compromised,”.



Editor-in-Chief Rachel Ward ‘06

Business Manager

Managing Editor

Melanie Mills ‘07

Nancy Braun ‘05

News Editors

Features Editor

Sports Editor

Creative Editor

Kate Adams ‘04 Christine Cordova ‘05

Jessica King ‘05

Liz Hicks ‘05

Rebecca Hartman-Berrier ‘04

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Chaurice Capps ‘06

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Maritza Guevara ‘05

Peter La Chapelle


April Abernethy ‘04 Na Mi Bang ‘07 Amanda Cochran ‘06 Rukhsaan Khan ‘05

Heather Layman ‘06 Jamie McCauley ‘05 Seon Young Yoon ‘07

Mission Statement The Wilson Billboard is a biweekly student-run newspaper serving the Wilson College community. Its purpose is to relay important information to the campus and provide a forum for democratic discussion. The Billboard strives to encourge communication between student, faculty, staff and administration.

The Nation The World in Brief in Brief Kate Adams

Kate Adams Co-News Editor

BUSH TO CALL FOR WMD INVESTIAGTION President Bush has called for an independent investigation into the intelligence used in making the case for the war in Iraq. In a recent meeting with David Kay the Associated Press reported Bush as saying “What we don’t know yet is (reconciling) what we thought and what the Iraqi Survey Group has found, and we want to look at that,” the president said. “But we also want to look at our war against proliferation and weapons of mass destruction, kind of in a broader context. And so, I’m putting together an independent, bipartisan commission to analyze where we stand, what we can do better as we fight this war against terror.”

Co-News Editor ISREAL TO PULL OUT OF GAZA Prime Minister Arial Sharon has announced he plans to pull all Isrealis from settlements in the Gaza area. “I am working on the assumption that in the future there will be no Jews in Gaza,”he announced reported by Reuters. The decision has surprised almost everyone involved in the crisis. Local polls show that a majority of residents are willing to withdraw. Some are still skeptical of Sharon’s declaration “Usually when the Israeli government speaks about evacuation of settlements, it aims only at public relations,” Palestinian cabinet member Saeb Erekat told Reuters. The removal of the settlement could happen as early as this summer.

BUSH PROPOSES NEW BUDGET The new national budget provides increased spending for the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. In addition to the $50 billion increase requested for continued operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The President is planning to decrease the current deficit by terminating and reducing the size of many federal programs. Democrats against this plan say it is unrealistic and will continue to effect the growing deficit.

MUSLIMS DIE IN HAJJ 244 Muslims died while participating in the ceremony called “The Stoning of Satan”. Local officials reported unusual large crowds due to a number of unregistered participants. The 252 were crushed and trampled when the crowd moved to throw stones at the pillars that represent Satan. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has ordered the modernazation of holy sites. He plans to establish a commitee to make events such as the Hajj safer for the participants.

ROVERS LAND ON MARS NASA has place two rover vehicles on Mars in recent weeks. According to CNN “The rovers’ mission is to study rocks and soil to determine whether the cold, desert world once was a warm, wet planet,”. The roves’ mission includes sending back some of the highest quality images yet received from Mars. The Billboard is published biweekly. Subscriptions are $18 per year, payable to: The Billboard c/o Subscriptions Wilson College 1015 Philadelphia Ave. Chambersburg, PA. 17201 Editorial and advertising 717-264-4141, ext. 3244

PAKISTAN SCIENTIST ADMITS NUCLEAR SALE Abdul Qadeer Khan confessed to giving nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea, and Libya. Qadeer Khan was under investigation by officials and is considered to be the central figure behind the creation of Pakistan’s nuclear program. He confession supports the governments investigation into many top scientist who have sold nuclear information abroad. Government officials responded on CNN by stating that “Pakistan’s strong resolve and commitment in adherence to international agreements of non-proliferation.” “It would never be in the national interest to share this technology in whatever form with any other country,.

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FEATURES Commercial aimed to bring in more students Amanda Cochran Staff Writer Wilson College shined on Sunday, Feb.1 when the Wilson’s commercial aired for the first time during Super Bowl XXXVIII programming. The production of the commercial took place the previous Thursday and many of Wilson’s students, faculty, and staff were involved. “It’s hard to act normal in front of the camera, but I enjoyed doing that for Wilson,” Farm Manager Matt Steinman said.” Gabi Masek and Professor Ed Wells both agreed they were not nervous while standing in front of the camera. Quadirah Miller and Jessica Steinruck spoke on behalf of the Women with Children Program. “I signed up to be a part of the commercial because I wanted to en-

courage other mothers to come to Wilson,” Quadirah Miller ’04 said. The commercial shares the same “independent, confident, successful” theme as the print ads that Wilson College produces. It will reach over 480,000 households and continue to air even after the Super Bowl. “This is an opportunity to attempt to showcase all that is available at Wilson,” Communications Coordinator Jim Nester said. “It shows how students are empowered through education and what they can do with that education.” If you missed the ad on Super Bowl Sunday you can catch it on CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, CNN, ESPN, and MTV, or it can be watched at http:// ad_sb38.mpg.

Follow your heart on Valentine’s Day Jamie McCauley Staff Writer Screenplay writer of “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Richard Curtis delivers yet another beautifully charming romantic comedy. “Love Actually,” a movie starring Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, and Colin Firth, is one of those pleasantly delightful films which makes it hard not to enjoy. This is a film with the type of romanticism that reminds us that following our hearts is sometimes the greatest accomplishment we can ever wish to achieve. This film’s plot follows a hand full of story lines of which we might hopefully be able to personally relate to. The characters in the film range from those who

are young in age to those who are simply young at heart. “Love Actually” explores the love between father and son, sister and Amanda Cochran/Billboard brother, and friend and friend. Curtis tries Students and faculty prepare for their two seconds of fame to touch upon a variety of emotions in an attempt to show that love is everywhere around us. It seems Curtis wants to show audiences no matter what social class each person may belong too they still have the capability of sharing something as universal as love. Although “Love Actually” does not bring any new surprises to the audience regarding romance, it certainly plays on the fact that it is indeed a romantic comedy. This is definitely a film worth seeing with its own unique twist to such a common genre.

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Anonymous donor offers new emergancy loan to juniors and seniors Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Dr. Mildred Wilsey Emergancy Loan Fund has been established. The emergancy loan fund is available to traditional College for Women juniors and seniors. To apply for an emergancy loan, please make an appointment with the Dean of Students, Beth Sweitzer Riley. Students applying for the emergancy loan fund must have their account in good standing an must display and “emergency” type of need. A short application process is required along with signing a promissory note for repayment scheduling. This promissory note is extremely important as re-payment is required so these funds can be available for future students to use in the event that emergancy funding is needed in their lives.

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FEATURES Children are the future

March for women’s lives and future

Rebecca Ross Guest Writer

Carla Konter Guest Writer Roe v. Wade hangs by a thread. President Bush’s addition of another antichoice Supreme Court judge could overturn Roe v. Wade and put women back to the days of unwanted children, dangerous abortions, and women without the power to be fully contributing partners in society. Thousands of people will participate in the “March for Women’s Lives” demonstration on April 25 in Washington, D.C. to demand full reproductive freedom. Since this is an imperative woman’s issue, a bus will be leaving from Wilson to take those interested to the march. Many of us are too young to recall the dangerous events that took place in women’s lives before abortion became legalized. Time and again desperate women facing unwanted pregnancies resorted to dangerous, expensive, and humiliating procedures. Women would go to back alleys where coat hangers were inserted inside the uterus to induce miscarriage. Due to this and other unsafe methods, it’s been estimated that in the 1950’s about 1,000 women lost their lives per year. In 1973 the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade changed history and women’s lives forever. It stated only the pregnant woman and her doctor could decide whether an abortion was the right choice through the end of the first trimester. During the second and third trimesters the state could impose restrictions. Abortions would be considered only when the woman’s life was in danger. Women’s economic and personal freedom does not have to be sacrificed anymore. Roe v. Wade gave women the opportunity to obtain safe, legal abortions, in order to save more lives. Unwanted pregnancy can lead to unwanted children, who are often left without care and love. For more information visit or contact Carla Konter at and Jennifer Shakan at

Students share Valentine’s Day traditions Jessica King Features Editor Valentine’s Day is a special holiday for loved ones to show their affection for each other. Couples are supposedly struck by Cupid’s arrow sharing candy and cards. “I will be having dinner with my boyfriend and then we will go snowboarding at Whitetail,” Christina Henson ’07 said. “It is a special day we can set time aside for each other and we don’t have that often.” Families even take time to remember one other on Valentine’s Day. “My family gives me flowers and candy as part of our tradition,” commuter student Jessica said. Students are making plans to be with their special someone. “We’re going to hang out at his house for Valentine’s Day and give each other

gifts,” Chelsea Dittman ’07 said. “I’ll probably be at a gymnastics meet all day and then we’ll spend time together at home,” Brandt said. Crystal Clark ’07 said she’ll be spending her Valentine’s Day in New York for her grandparent’s anniversary. Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone, but it can be fun. “I don’t like Valentine’s Day very much,” Marysophie Malinowski ’07 said, “This year I am going to a movie and just be with friends because I won’t have a Valentine’s date.” Campus Life Director and Women with Children Interim Holly Shonk and Food Service Director Harold McCauley are coordinating a Valentine’s Day buffet meal Saturday, Feb. 14 during dinner in the dining hall. Thomas Ball Entertainment will be available from 4:30 to 7 p.m. performing a violin and piano duet.

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While viewing the Wilson commercial Super Bowl Sunday, several thoughts entered my mind. I questioned the primary reason students choose a location of higher learning, and in particular, Wilson. I rationalized what causes Wilson to be so unique with its curriculum offerings and gave thanks for my decision to attend the College. Within the few months I have been on campus I have spoken with quite a diverse group of students. Students who find themselves in a new atmosphere with challenges they could have never envisioned. International students overcoming the challenges of language and culture; young women away from home for the first time exploring their future potential; commuter students balancing work and school often times with a family; returning students geared up to conquer yet another semester; and single mothers with children struggling to maintain a sort of family structure as they seize the opportunity Wilson provides. Every one of us chose Wilson to be an integrate part of our future; thirtyone single mothers chose Wilson to be an integrate part of their child’s present as well. Despite each one of our different reasons for choosing Wilson, we all have a unique ability to influence any child we may interact with on campus, even if it is with a simple smile. Children learn what they live. If a child lives with criticism, she learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, she learns to fight. If a child lives with ridicule, she learns to feel shy. If a child lives with shame, she learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with tolerance, she learns to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement, she learns confidence. If a child lives with praise, she learns to appreciate. If a child lives with fairness, she learns justice. If a child lives with security, she learns to have faith. If a child lives with approval, she learns to like herself. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, she learns to find love in the world. Poem by Barbara Nolte.

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SPORTS Wilson Gymnastics starts season off breaking school records and hoping for Nationals Liz Hicks Sports Editor The Wilson College Gymnastics Team is a member of the NCGA, or the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (Division III), and the NCAA, or the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Wilson competes against Ithaca College, West Chester University, Ursinus College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Brockport, Springfield College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Members of the Wilson team train from September to March and this year they will attend meets from January to April. The largest team in many years, the 2003-2004 Wilson Gymnastics Team is a group of both returning students and five incoming freshman. The new members bring many new skills to a team that perceives themselves as being a well-rounded and energetic group. As a team, the mem-

bers hope to make it to Nationals. At recent meets two of the team members broke school records, Michelle Bourque on the beam and Sarah Massey for her floor exercise. A hard working team that has demonstrates comradeship while showing their competitive and school spirit. Lead by cocaptains Jamie Smathers and Amber Rhyne, each member trains for all four of the events that are found at a meet. The four events are the balance beam, the floor exercise, the uneven bars, and the vault. While each member trains for all of the events it does not mean that they will compete in all of the events. A terrific routine helps decide who will compete where on the day of the meet. While some of the members can compete on all events, injuries and member specialty areas also helps Coach Towson determine who will compete where at the meet.

Gymnastics Team Roster: Head Coach – Toby Towson Assistant Coach – Julie Heintzelman Lorrie Rejonis/Special to Billboard

Team Members Amber Rhyne (Co-Captain) Jamie Smathers (Co-Captain) Lisa Summers Kelley Wriston Sarah Massey Michelle Bourque Noelle Potter Jessica Brandt Rebecca Finch Sarah Kramer Tara Long Amanda Smith

Year Senior Senior Junior Junior Sophomore Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman

Scores: Date Jan 11 Jan 12 Jan 17 Jan 23


2 2nd 4th 3rd

Placment Overall Team Score 176.125 173.600 165.400

Amanda Smith ‘07 competes on uneven bars during the team’s only home meet

Walk to a ‘fitter’ you in the fitness center Seon Young Yoon Staff Writer Spring 2004 semester has started! It is time to plan for your exciting new semester. I know Wilson women have not been concentrating only on studying. Smart Wilson students may have already found what they want. But, how about this? For exercise-loving people, I will give you a tip. The Eden Hall Fitness Center started the program “Walk to a ‘Fitter’ you” on Jan 26. This new program was made for those who wants to make themselves more fit. Also it suggests the importance of regular exercise. Does it sound good? Does it

fit your taste? First, go to fitness center and set your goal how much you would walk for a week. Then, keep walking on treadmill, after you are walking on the treadmill, the fitness center staff will record how much you walked and add it to the mileage program. Of course, there is a 30 minute time limit. At last, you may be eligible for a prize. Do not hesitate! It lasts only one month! If you want to be eligible for prize, you have to participate at least two times per week. Do this for yourself, why don’t you try now? For more information contact the fitness center.

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Gymnasts break Wilson records Melanie Mills Staff Writer

Michelle Bourque ‘06

Sarah Massey ‘06

Michelle Bourque has proved an asset to the record-breaking gymnastics team. This is due in large part to her unique routine on the beam that sets her apart from the competiton. She describes it as “challenging and fun to do.” Bourque currently holds the school record for the beam with an astonishing 9.7 she scored on Feb. 1 at the University of Pennsylvania. This beat her previous record of 9.475, but before Bourque the record was held by Valerie Shaw in March 2000 at 9.45. Watch for Bourque to continue her run as one of Wilson’s finest throughout the gymnastics season.

Sarah Massey has been a powerful competitor for the Wilson College gymnastics team. She recently broke her previous record on the floor with a score of 9.55, but also holds records in vault, all-around, and is tied for the record in her favorite event, bars. Massey honored Wilson last year when she traveled to Wisconsin to participate in the Division III national gymnastics championships. Although unable to compete due to a recent fracture in her back, Massey still plans to help the team. When listing her goals, she explains, “I hope to continue to contribute simply by being very positive and suportive.” She feels the team is “the strongest it has ever been” due to “great comradery and fantastic potential.” She would like to see a member of the team attend nationals again this year.

Wilson basketball; small but mighty Liz Hicks Sports Editor At first glance the Wilson College basketball team does not stand out or even look like much different from any other team in the conference. However, at a closer glance the onlooker can see that is far from true about this years’ small but talented team. A quick look at the team record to date would make the spectator wonder about this teams’ ability, but, that would be off the mark. Composed of a combination of returning and beginning basketball players the team has many difficulties that will take some time to overcome – but it can be done. Because of their height and team size disadvantages the team has to work harder then some of the other teams that they play. A skilled group, they have the ability to do well when they combine their commu-

nication skills with all of the things that they have learned during practice. While the team is in a loosing streak they all agree that, even given the opportunity, they would not play for anyone else. A close-knit family group each played has retained their ability to encourage each other, even on the worst of days. The Wilson Basketball team is an open group that has learned to come together and work on any of their problems without any drama, which can be seen with other teams. A hard-working bunch that are able to acknowledge the fact that they have not done as well as they would have hoped. They recognize that they can only take one day at a time and hope for the best in the games to come. The Wilson Basketball team can next be seen on campus at their home game versus Hood College. Come on out and cheer them on up at the Field House on Saturday, February 7th at 2 p.m.

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Basketball Team Roster: Head Coach – Allison Steiger Assistant Coach – Shelly Novak Number 25 22 24 31 11 13 10 14

Name Tracy Spangler Sarah Takling Lisa Schroyer Hilary Peak Lindsey Trace Jennifer Holley Emily Hood Jennifer Liggett

Position Guard Forward Guard Center Guard Forward Guard Guard

Record to Date: (Win to Lose) Overall – (3-13) Conference – (0-6)

Year Senior Junior Junior Junior Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Freshman

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6 February 2004




10 Senate 11:00 a.m. Dining Hall




11 A Mathematics Lecture by Steve Zemyan, Ph.D. 1:40 p.m. The Smart Room in the John Stewert Memorial Library





Valentine’s Day Dinner Dining Hall

Dinner/Lecture with Alice Walker 6:00 p.m. Shippensburg University Call 717-477-1738 for more information

RA Applications Due




Wilson College Drama Club presents “Trifles,” “Love is Hell,” and “Grrlz in Space.” 8:00 p.m. Laird Hall

Attention Clubs: Yearbook is collecting photos for the club section of the Conococheague 2004

Clubs must supply photos or they will not be represented in the yearbook!!! CONTACT JENNIFER WINNANS OR LISA SUMMERS

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