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April 16, 2004

Wilson College

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Vol. 35, No 5

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WILSON BILLBOARD Wilson women march for choice Christy Cordova Co-News Editor On April 25, women from across the nation will head to Washington, D.C. for the March for Women’s Lives. A group of Wilson Women will be among them. “It will be awe-inspiring to see all these women working together…[and] an empowering experience,” said Carla Konter, ’06. This march is in support of reproductive freedom and justice for all women, and to protest the threats to these rights. These issues have come to the forefront lately, after the passing of such laws as the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, and the fear of new, conservative chief justices that may replace current justices in the Supreme Court and what that could mean for Roe v. Wade. “The upcoming March for Women’s Lives on April 25 in Washington, DC is critical to the future of our country,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “We can and must fight back against those who would drive women into the back alleys and out of the halls of power. Women and the men who love them must march as if their

lives depend on it – because they do. If the right wing has its way, US women will join the 500,000 women worldwide who die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, much of it due to lack of access to safe, legal abortion and birth control.” The March has been organized chiefly by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Black Women’s Health Imperative, Feminist Majority, NARAL ProChoice America, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Organization for Women (NOW), Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and by a number of smaller organizations. It will begin on the national mall between the Smithsonian museums (between 3rd St. and 14th St.) at noon on Sunday, April 25. After marching on Washington, a rally will be held from 1-4 p.m. on the National Mall. There will be VIP speakers, performers and celebrities present. Konter, while “surfing the ‘Net when I was very bored” found information about a Hagerstown Chapter of NOW. She became involved with the group, and was encouraged to attend the March

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for Women’s Lives. She contacted Wilson professors, Dr. Bev and Dr. Kaminski, and with their help, began planning a bus trip to the March. The overall response to Konter and her project was enthusiastic and positive. “A lot of the things people are marching for, I wouldn’t do, but I agree with free choice,” said Dorothy Malinowski, ’06, who is planning to go. Others have mixed views. “It’s too radical for my taste, but it’s good in principle,” said Beth Adams, ’06. So far, thirty-one people have signed up to go and at least nine seats are left. Konter is encouraging people http://www.wilson.edu/scripts/portals/billboard/cgi-bin/index.cgi to continue signing up. “This March will be a great bonding experience, [as well as] open our eyes to how the world really works and how we have to stand up and be proactive…[this is] a Melanie Mills very important women’s issue: a Staff Writer of “lawlessness and gangs that way to save women’s lives and Increased fighting in Iraq has were trying to take the law in to show that the government can’t led to some of the bloodiest their own hands.” control our bodies.” But the victims are not limited weeks in Operation Iraqi FreeAs stated above, seats on the to American troops. Fallujah hosdom. bus are still available, and tickInsurgents killed three soldiers pital officials claim that 600 Iraets are $10. Contact Carla Konter, from the 1st Infantry Division on qis have been killed due to the ckonter@wilson.edu or Dr. the 5th and 6th adding to the increased violence, including ciKathleen Kaminski for tickets or sharp rise in violence. Coalition vilians. International civilians, more information. forces surrounded Fallujah, including Americans, have also where heavy fighting has erupted been victims of the fighting. Concerns have been voiced with the heaviest areas being around two mosques. The vio- about whether U.S. allies comlence has also spread to other ar- mitments to the coalition are being affected by the violence. Both eas. Twelve Marines were am- Congress and the Pentagon are bushed and killed in neighboring reacting to the strain by forcing Ramadi on April 6th. Three more soldiers whose enlistments are up Marines were killed near to stay overseas longer and callFallujah when the area was over- ing for the addition of more come by Iraqi guerrilla fighters. troops. U.S. administrators conOn the same day an Apache tinue to insist that coalition forces helicopter was shot down by are making progress in Iraq, both ground fire west of Baghdad In- militarily and politically. The ternational Airport, killing two U.S. is still committed to transcrew members. These incidents ferring of government control in combine to some of the most June to the Iraqis. period as “a tough week” because Compiled from multiple news sources.

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ALLIES

This is Justin. He was one of my closest friends in high school. I always thought that he was the coolest guy in the world. He’s tall and wiry with fine blond hair and blue eyes. He’s a vegetarian though he still eats eggs and fish sometimes. He used to be Christian but I knew him as a Buddhist. He celebrates the Chinese New Year as well as all the other holidays. He loves to watch foreign films and Saturday morning cartoons. He was painting a mural all around his room, listening to Medieval Babes and Lord of the Dance. He had two drawings that were made by his father before he died. They were his prized possessions. When he grows up he wants to be a famous dancer or an actor or a model. He is very smart. We were in the same physics lab. Once, we made a chair out of a square foot of cardboard and a piece of poster board. It held almost two hundred pounds. He was the only guy who asked me to prom. And when four of my friends didn’t have dates, he decided to ask all of us and we went as a group. He looked great in his black leather pants and renaissance shirt. My parents love him. When he came out, it didn’t surprise me. However, it did surprise everyone else around us. Overnight he ceased to be Justin to the rest of Mifflinburg’s population. He became ‘That Flamer’, ‘That Faggot’, and ‘That Queer’. To them he became an unperson. Justin ignored them; he’s a pacifist. And as long as he knew who he was, then it was ok. But no mental barriers can stand for long. He finally asked for help from the

administration. They did nothing. And then came the day, when we were all sitting at lunch, and the boys at the table across from us began to throw food at him. I remember Marin, an exchange student from Japan, asking why they were doing that. She was honestly confused. I told her it was because they were assholes, but inside I knew it was because they hated Justin. He went quiet, staring at his egg salad sandwich. The boys didn’t stop, even when the assistant principal walked by. We took our trays and left. The boys followed us into the lobby, only now they were also throwing change and paper wads. Justin put his face into a corner made by a wall and a trophy case. I could hear him crying. My friends and I stood around him with our backs to him. We were trying to protect him. The boys stopped and moved on. They were laughing as they walked away, proud of what they had done. I was too furious to speak. All of this had happened in front of an assistant principal and right in the lobby in front of the main office. Nothing was done to help Justin. Nothing was done to stop the other boys. This was a school, where guns and knives are banned, where it is supposed to be safe. And it wasn’t. I was scared. If they could get away with throwing food, could they get away with punching? Justin had talked to me about how he once considered suicide. Could this incident push him over the edge? I knew who the boys were. They had shop class when I had Agriculture class at the end of the day. I asked the teacher if I could have a talk with them, and explained what had happened. He told me to take as long as I needed and left, shutting the door behind him. I stood in front of them and let loose all of the anger that had been slowly accumulating over the day. I looked each one in the eye as I yelled. I could feel myself stretching to my full height. All of my muscles flexed. I insulted each of them, calling them cowards. I made sure that they knew what they had done was wrong. One of them got smart with me and stood to leave because ‘he didn’t need to hear my bitching’. I pushed him back in his seat. I wasn’t finished yet. I told them that Justin was a better

man than any of them could ever hope to be. I told them that he had the talent and the drive to make it big while the rest of them would rot in this small town with their dead end jobs. I told them that he was a person, a great one and that I expected them to treat him with respect. I asked if I had made myself clear. None of them would look me in the eyes but mumbled that yes they understood. I stormed out of the class room. The teacher told me that if I ever needed to talk to them again, all I needed to do was ask. Fortunately, I didn’t. They stopped following us and tormenting Justin. However, they were still just one group among many. Finally, Justin’s mom wrote to the school administration, demanding changes. Some were made. In all of our years, I don’t think the taunting ever stopped. In writing this, I have only begun to realize the impact that Justin had on me in high school. From Justin, I learned that I should be able to dress, act and live the way I want to. I learned to ignore the popular crowd and ended up being a lot happier than I had been. But most of all, he taught me to speak out against what is wrong in the world. In a time when I was cynical, he showed me that change can happen if you fight hard enough for it. If it wasn’t for Justin, Wal-mart would still abuse beta fish, Howasshe.com would still put women’s lives at risk, congressmen wouldn’t consider changing laws and I might not be marching for women’s rights this April. In the end, if it wasn’t for Justin, the world would be a terrible place to live in.

To all the brave people who live their lives the way they were meant to be lived, I give the highest compliment when I say you are the strongest human beings I know. Keep believing in who you are and don’t let anyone make you feel any different. Rose Gates ______________________________________________________ We must always remember and stay strong in the face of our adversaries. Mary Hunt ______________________________________________________ This is in remembrance of Jerry Beatty, who was ostracized and beaten because of his sexuality and because of his refusal to do “gender”. He was a great friend (I lost contact with him since high school). He was a great influence on me and he was the topic of my first poems. Karen El Aouad ______________________________________________________ Please don’t tell me I cannot love. This love was sent from God above. Please don’t silence me to whispers. My voice is strong and made to speak. Please don’t make me fear my self. Who I am, is who I am. Please don’t force me into shadows. The world is grand and calls to me. I will walk through life in love. I will speak my mind out loud. I will be the woman God made me to be. I will walk in the light with my head held high.

I came to you, and asked for guidance. You guided me. I gave you my truth. You did not hide. I asked you for understanding. You fed me knowledge. I asked you for direction. You showed me the way. You said I should go. I don’t want to leave. But I fear I must in order to save face. You have taken up residence in my heart. My dreams are now of you. I try to fight it. I can’t resist. I mean you no disrespect. Pray for me. Two spirits-One heart. Darwin Jackson

I met you in a dream last night. I wished for you with all my might. The way I feel for you inside, is far too big for me to hide. Your smile, your touch, your skin so fair, How can I thank you? Do I dare? Our love it takes me, to a special place. I know you can see it in my face. Within our souls our spirits touched. Thank you for letting me, love you so much. L i n n Whitfield

L i n n Whitfield ______________________________________________________

What they mean to me.

THE BILLBOARD STAFF 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

Acting Editor-in-Chief Jessica King ‘05

Features Jessica King ‘05, Ed. Chaurice Capps ‘06 Amanda Cochran ‘06 Heather Layman ‘06 Jamie McCauley ‘05 Sports Liz Hicks ‘05, Ed. Creative Rebecca Hartman-Berrier

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Business Manager Melanie Mills ‘07

News Kate Adams ‘04, Ed. Christy Cordova ‘05, Ed. April Abernethy ‘04 Na Mi Bang ‘07

Adviser Peter La Chapelle

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.


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FEATURES

Kimberly Bridgman Jessica King Features Editor

When Director of Counseling at Wilson College Kimberly Bridgman decided in high school to become a therapist, she never expected to one day be part of an international effort to help the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York City. “I hadn’t seen myself in that particular roles, but my clinical work and academic concentration led me to that experience,” Bridgman said. Bridgman usedthese skills to be a responder to the 9/11 disaster to provide services to victims of the terrorist attacks and their families. “That was a very intense experience and I’ll never forget it,” Bridgman said. “It was incredibly sad. In three weeks, I think I attended 12 funerals.” Bridgman worked in the burn

unit debriefing with fire fighters and nurses and working with people who had plane parts and jet fuel fall on them after the planes crashed into the towers. “I saw families standing around holding pictures of their lost loved ones waiting for them to be found,” Bridgman said. “Grief paralyzed people and it was difficult to see how they couldn’t function.” After graduating from Hightstown High School in her hometown East Windsor, N.J., Bridgman went on to receive her bachelors in Psychology and Women’s Studies in 1993 from Penn State. Bridgman said she knew early on that she wanted to be involved with helping people overcome mental health issues and trauma situations. “I knew in high school because I had a family member with a mental illness and this led me in the direction to understand mental health issues,” Bridgman said. “I had a natural curiosity and altruistic urges. I wanted to help people and my friends would come to me for advice and insight. It seemed like from what people told me I had the skills to analyze situations and see the latent content in issues. I’m fascinated in human behavior and the variety of issues that are presented with

it.” Bridgman decided to take time off before going into a graduate program. She spent two years working as a children’s case manager at the Steven’s Center, a community health center in Carlisle. She spent another two years working in York as Director of Residential Services for Bell Socialization Services. “I took time to research programs because I originally wanted to obtain a doctorate degree in pyschology,” Bridgman said. “I realized that to give a more wellrounded approach to clients social work was a better choice for me.” In 1997, Bridgman began attending Smith College in Northampton, Mass., to earn her terminal masters degree in clinical social work and be licensed in psychotherapy. “A lot of programs at Smith were focused on racism and diversity in communities,” Bridgman said. “It was a better fit for me to be in clinical social work.” Prior to her arrival at Wilson College, the National Association of Social Work recruited Bridgman as an instructor to travel around the country and disseminate bereavement practices in emergency departments. “I worked at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore as an emergency room

social worker and I loved the job,” Bridgman said. “It was a great experience because I liked the chaos and the crisis environment. It was very exciting and I felt like I was helping people.” Bridgman is also a mental health specialist and member of the American Red Cross where she helps mostly with acute trauma. In September of 2002, Bridgman came to Wilson to provide students with services for brief and long-term treatment as well as psychiatric disorders. “I really like what I do,” Bridgman said. “I find the student population very engaged in treatment, very welcome to change and invested in improving their quality of life.” Bridgman said she chose Wilson because she was looking for something closer to home and always wanted to work in higher education. “In the future I would like to strengthen ties between the counseling department and other departments of the college,” Bridgman said. “I can’t take credit without mentioning the staff in Student Development because they are a superb team to work with in helping the students.” A typical day consists of approximately five to seven indi-

vidual session with students and responding to any urgent student crises that arise. Bridgman also attends to programmatic responsibilities and careful maintenance of student records daily. The staff psychiatrist comes to Wilson once a month to work with Bridgman on addressing medication management needs. Several staff members said Kim is wonderful to have at the college. “I think the counseling department is vital to the campus and to students with transition issues of moving to college and then leaving college,” Director of Resident Life Alyson Ferriss said. “Kim is very gifted in her abilities.” “Kim is great,” Student Development Secretary Lori Helman said. “She is busy and to know a counselor is being used is a good thing because you know she can relate to the students.” Bridgman has been able to help sseveral students. “I feel that the counseling department has helped me a lot through my tough times and it’s good to know that they are here for you and they don’t judge,” Marysophie Malinowski ’07 said. “Kim has inspired me a lot and has helped me learn more self-confidence and to stand up for myself.”


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SPORTS Havilland Goes to Wilson Takes Second Place National Hunt Seat at Regional Dressage Event Championships Liz Hicks

Sports Editor

On Saturday, April 10th in Farmington, Pennsylvania Lisa Havilland’s summer plans changed ever so slightly. It was that day that she finished first in the Intermediate Flat Class at the Zone III Championships and advanced onto the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. From May 6th until May 9th Ms. Havilland will be spending her time at Middle Tennessee State University. This year Lisa has placed in every show, garnering herself three first place finishes, a trip to Regionals, a trip to Zones, and now a chance at Nationals. At this point the Wilson Billboard Staff would like to wish you the best of luck at Nationals and in the years ahead as a Wilson alumna.

Softball Standings, Upcoming Games Date Mar. 28(AWCC) Mar. 30 Apr. 9 Apr. 12

Opponent Game 1 Chatham College L 2-12 Phila. Biblical U. L 6-14 Gallaudet Univ. L 14-5 Baptist Bible College L 9-1

Game 2 W 9-1 Cancelled W 20-12 L 20-3

The following games were rescheduled: Original Date

Opponent

While April 4 was cloudy and rainy in Chambersburg, all was bright for the Wilson Dressage Team who won second place overall for the title of Reserve Champion at a recent regional competition. With a team average of 64.784 percent, Wilson showed well at the recent Intercollegiate-Interscholastic Dressage Association (IDA) horse show at Delaware Valley College. At the show were seven teams from four colleges. Of the members on the team the following rode and placed at the show: Karolyn Ward was awarded a second place (she tied

for first place) with 65.555 percent at First Level; Jennifer Winans sccored 67.142 percent for second place at Intro Level; Beth Adams placed third with 62.272 percent at the Training 1 Level; and Abbey Culp was fourth at the Training 3 Level with 64.165 percent. Wilson is a participating member of the East Coast college division of the IDA. The IDA follows the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) rules as close as possible. To that end the different levels are based on USDF rulings. Training level is “to confirm that the horse’s muscles are supple and loose, and that it moves freely forward in clear and steady

Tennis: Date March 15th (AWCC) March 20th March 22nd (AWCC) March 24th March 27th March 28th March 31st (AWCC) April 6th April 8th (AWCC) April 12th April 14th April 16th

rhythm, accepting contact with the bit.” First level is used “to confirm that the horse, in addition to the requirements of training level, has developed thrust (pushing power) and achieved a degree of balance and thoroughness.” At the third level, the rider must “confirm that the horse has achieved the requirements of Second Level. It now demonstrates in each movement, especially in medium and extended paces and in the transitions to and from collected movements, rhythm, suppleness, acceptance of the bit, thoroughness, impulsion, straightness and collection. There must be a clear distinction between the paces.”

Wins, Losses and Upcoming Matches

Opponents Trinity College Lincoln University College of Notre Dame (Md.) Shenandoah University Gallaudet University Lincoln University Hood College Trinity College Chatham College College of Notre Dame (Md.) Catholic University Villa Julie College

Results L 4-5 Rescheduled for April 18th L 0-9 Cancelled Cancelled W 9-0 L 0-9 W 9-0 Rescheduled Results unknown at printing Away Home at 4pm

Location

April 2nd (AWCC)

Wells College

Away

April 3rd

Wells College

Away

April 5th (AWCC)

Hood College

Home

April 8th

Chatham College

Away

Please make it a point to come out and support the Wilson College Softball team in their last two home games of the season. They will be playing Chestnut Hill College on Saturday, April 17th at 1pm. On Sunday, April 18th, Wilson will play against Trinity College at 2pm. Both of these games are AWCC games and are both double headers. As of Tuesday, April 13th Wilson had an AWCC record (wins-losses) of (2-2) and an overall record (wins-losses) of (2-7). Correction: In the games against Immaculata University on March 24th it was reported that Wilson lost the first game 0-6 and won the second game 2-6. The correct scores should have been Wilson lost the first game 0-7 and won the second game 2-7.

Be sure to go out and support the Wilson College Tennis team on Friday, April 16th at 4pm in their home match against Villa Julie College. It is their home match before the AWCC matches at Chatham College on April 24th through April 25th.

April Athletes of the Week Selected March 29th through April 4th April 5th through April 11th In the softball game against Philadelphia Biblical College on March 30th, Rachel Cline stood out in her performance. In the game she batted in two runs, scored two runs, stole three bases, and hit the ball each of her four times up at bat. For these achievements Rachel Cline was selected as the Week 13 Wilson College Athlete of the Week.

It was Lisa Havilland’s performance at the Zone III Championships, on April 10th, that not only allowed her to advance onto Nationals but it also garnered her the title of Week 14 Wilson College Athlete of the Week. At the competition she placed first in the Intermediate Flat Class.


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