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I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Author Unknown

February 14 , 2008 Wilson College Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Vol. XXXX, No.1

Billboard Goes Bust?

As much of the Wilson community I’m sure has come to realize, the Wilson College Billboard has gone through a drastic—yet exciting—change over the last five months. With a fresh new staff of talented writers and artists, the Billboard is once again being hailed as a premier college publication not only by the Wilson community, but by the Chambersburg community as well. We’ve expanded our vision and have proven that the Billboard is not dead (as some had previously believed). However, this new momentum may be cut short due to a lack of sufficient funding… As prices for gasoline, tuition, and everyday living increase, so to does the cost of printing a quality college newspaper. The Billboard currently is experiencing a financial crisis—one that endangers our ability to print for the full Spring semester and beyond. We’ve been forced into a corner and are now

having to make decisions based on a budget that is downright shameful. Good stories are being cut, important information is being limited, and quality reporting on issues that affect EVERYONE on this campus is being set aside due to a lack of adequate funding. Our fundraising efforts, from concession stands to ad sales, are not enough to sustain the Billboard for more than two or three more issues. We need support, and we need it before the Billboard goes completely bust. We are imploring the powers-that-be to increase Billboard allocations and apportionments to meet the high cost of publishing. We are urging everyone to support Billboard fundraising initiatives by making donations, participating in special fundraising events, and by purchasing ad space for clubs and organizations around campus. Otherwise, all that we

Wilson Basketball’s Dana Bennett Celebrates 1000th Point of College Career by Nikola Grafnetterova

Dana Bennett scores 1000 points! Photo courtesy of Dana Bennett

This past Saturday, February 9, Senior Dana Bennett engraved her name into the Wilson College history book. Bennett scored the 1000th point of her college basketball career against Penn State Berks with 9:12 minutes left in the first half. With a lay-up shot, she submitted herself into Wilson Basketball’s 1000point club as only the 4th player in Wilson College history, alongside current Phoenix assistant coach,

have worked to achieve and all that we have accomplished over the past year will have been in vain. The Wilson Billboard has been an integral part of the Wilson community since 1921, following an impressive history of on-campus publications that date back to 1882. We have survived through tough times in the past, and we can do it once again. But we need your help. Please remember that this is YOUR newspaper. This is YOUR voice to the world. LET IT BE HEARD!! Sincerely yours, on behalf of the entire Billboard Staff, Kimberly Maske-Mertz ‘08 Editor-in-chief, Wilson College Billboard

Angie Grove (1856 points), Theresa Phelps (1493 points), and Doris Zimmerman (2060 points). After the game, Bennett who attended Forest City High School in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, said, “I couldn’t have done that [breaking the 1000 point mark] without my teammates and it feels amazing!” Wilson lost against Penn State Berks 41-76, with Bennett scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Wilson is currently 0-20. Wilson will play three more home games this season against Keystone College (February 16, 1pm), Keuka College (February 17, 1pm), and Cazenovia College (February 24, 12pm). If you are curious to see how many more points Bennett can score this season, come to the Frank E. Gannett Memorial Field House and show your Phoenix pride.

Now Showing in Sarah’s Coffeehouse All movies and popcorn are FREE!! Films begin at 9pm Enchanted (2007) Sat, Feb. 23 Starring: Julie Andrews, Amy Adams, James Marsden

I Am Legend (2007) Sat, Mar. 1 Starring: Will Smith

PS I Love You (2007) Sat, Mar. 8 Starring: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Bates

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) Sat, Mar. 29 Starring: Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger

Walk Hard (2007) Sat, Apr. 12 Starring: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Raymond J. Barry

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Sat, Apr. 26 Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman


EDITORIAL

{Letters to the Editor} I wanted to reply to an article from one of last semesters Billboard issues. I copy/pasted this fragment specifically to address:

Photo courtesy of the C. Elizabeth Boyd Archives/Hankey Center, Wilson College

George Washington Mysteriously Vanishes at Wilson by Sarah Martin

Once upon a time at Wilson College, in 1889, a dance and dinner was hosted at Wilson. This celebration was in honor of George Washington’s birthday on February 22nd. Last recorded in 1941, this dance became a tradition the Wilson Women of the 1900’s looked forward to. This “dance” is interesting because of the costumes the students wore. Instead of ball gowns or cocktail dresses, the students dressed up as either Martha or George Washington. The Seniors picked Juniors to dance the Minuet—an old dance that was supposedly George Washington’s favorite. The celebration took place in one of two places on campus—the gym or the Jensen Dining Hall. In 1941 the last photo of this tradition was printed in the Wilson Yearbook, the Conococheague. Why this tradition is no longer in existence remains a mystery. But then again, why would young ladies dress up as George or Martha Washington? Patriotism? Loyalty to the USA? Sheer boredom? Whatever the reason, pictures and records survive at the Hankey Center of this unique Wilson tradition. Students interested in learning more about Wilson College traditions or investigating the history of the George Washington celebration are encouraged to visit the Hankey Center during regular operating hours or by appointment. Contact Wanda Finney at x2049 for more information.

RecycleMania 2008 is in full swing! The pressure is on this year… over 400 schools are competing! The good news is that, with recycling, EVERYBODY wins! Please take a minute to think about how YOU can help Wilson (and our Planet) by increasing your personal practices of Reducing, Reusing & Recycling!!! Look for your chance to take the “Recycling Pledge” (coming soon) outside the Dining Hall… there will be free gifts and prizes!

Vagina Monologues

“I recall a short-lived, yet wonderful service that was introduced about a year ago… Whatever happened to the commuter snack cart in the basement of Warfield that once offered sandwiches, cookies, chips, and other snacks to students who were unable to stop for dinner before class? Not only was it more convenient to those with classes in Warfield than sprinting across campus to Lenfest when arriving at 6pm, but it was also a service that was USED (not only by commuters, but traditional students and faculty as well)! One day it was there, and then it was taken away without any warning.” What happened to the Kiosk is that it was never used. I agree that it was convenient, but the statement (especially in all capital letters) that “it was a service that was USED” is completely untrue. We based its opening on a survey which was given to CCE students the year prior, along with the items that we chose to serve. On its best night of service I believe we had 12 customers, about half of whom only bought a soda. It was not only a complete waste of time and effort, but worst of all: food. We threw out more then 90% of the food that was ever prepared for the Kiosk. Not only that but what we did in fact sell never even came close to covering the cost of food, labor and expenses to run the small unit. Sadly with its total lack of usage coupled with the fact that it was a money pit, it was closed. This was the same case with the Snack Bar that was located in Sarah’s. The pure truth is that the volume of students, faculty and staff on campus in the evening is not sufficient enough to sustain any sort of cash based operation at Wilson. I just thought I would reply with answers to the questions posed in the article. Thanks! Tim Dawe Food Service Director SAGE Dining Services Wilson College

Wilson is sponsoring a trip to see Shippensburg University’s performance of the Vagina Monologues on Friday February 15th. The trip is open to any Wilson student at no cost and transportation is provided. The vans will leave Wilson at 7:15 pm. Space is limited so sign up fast! There is a sheet outside of Becky Hammell’s office for those who wish to attend. If you would like more info about the show you can contact Alyssa Yeip (ayeip@wilson.edu) for more information. 2

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NEWS

Never Say Goodbye, Say Good Luck by Nikola Grafnetterova

Spring Convocation was held in Alumnae Chapel in Thomson Hall on January 29, celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2008 and the women’s college experience. Wilson College President Dr. Lorna Edmundson began the Convocation with a warm welcome to the Senior class, returning students, and the rest of the Wilson community. President Edmundson also introduced exciting news that Wilson College has become a founding charter member of the Women’s College Fund. Presidents of all 65 women’s colleges in the United States were asked to make the case for inclusion in the founding group of ten, and Wilson was chosen to be among them. “Why were we chosen? Because we are distinctive and are becoming known nationally and internationally for those distinctions,” said President Edmundson. Following her speech, 2007 President of Wilson College Government Association (WCGA) Katie Webber introduced a new WCGA President for 2008, Leah Shultz. The theme of this year’s Spring Convocation was “Women’s College Experience.” Distinguished speakers included Dr. Mary Hendrickson, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty; Nicole Welsh, Class of 2008; Tamika Fitzgerald, Class of 2008; Samantha May, Class of 2009; and Dr. Catherine Santai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Their message attested to why women’s colleges are still so important in today’s world, and why Wilson should not become co-ed. Overall, 22 seniors, 16 juniors, 25 sophomores, and 30 freshmen were in attendance. The Wilson College Choir entertained the crowd with performances of “I Vow to Thee, My Country” and “Adagio Expressive.”

PSECU Provides Dollars and Sense, ATM and Internships by Ji Youn Lee

Wilson College, through a partnership with Pennsylvania State Employee Credit Union (PSECU), now has a new ATM in Lenfest, in front of the Bookstore. It is the first ATM to be installed on campus, so many students are glad to hear the news. Freshman Alaina Hofer said, “It is so convenient to have an ATM inside school because I need to draw money from my account at least two times a week. But the ATM I know was not close from here and I have to walk to the bank.” In addition to a new ATM, PSECU will also provide internships for Wilson students. The following interview was conducted via e-mail with Charlene Martin, PSECU Human Resources Employment Manager: Could you descript about internship program? The intern/coop program we offer is considered “flexible” by industry standards. We permit the

Seniors proudly pose after their last convocation

Photo by Jessica Bernard

Seniors, along with other students, sang the “Alma Mater” among many tears, signifying that this will be their last convocation before graduating and leaving Wilson this May.

student workers to gain work experience as they learn. We compensate the interns for the hours worked. If the student needs school credits, we will work with them to complete the required forms. However, most of our student workers are here on a part time basis until they graduate. We value the knowledge that interns offer. We have hired interns into full time positions over the years. What kind of internship programs are you offering? When the needs arise, we offer intern/coop positions in our Marketing, Human Resources and Finance departments. We also have an ongoing program in our Information Technology Services (I.T.S.) Department utilizing interns to assist with Help Desk and support functions. What kind of duties will students have? The duties will vary depending on the department. For example, in the Marketing Department, interns have assisted with preparing Marketing campaigns, conducting research, and other special projects. In Human Resources, the intern assists with pre-employment testing, scheduling interviews and data entries tasks. The H.R. intern also assists with benefit enrollment and special projects. The interns in the I.T.S. department monitor and run reports, help install software, and assist

Marshals: Paula Kellinger and Dr. Beverly Ayers-Nachamkin

employees with problems with their computers. What qualifications do students need to intern at PSECU? The field of study or major plays a crucial role in selecting an intern. It is an important consideration for the position for which they are applying. The interns in I.T.S. would need to have coursework and experience in Computer Information or other related classes. We have different units in our Marketing Department. Therefore, depending on what area is hiring (communication, public relations, data research), the minimal requirement for Marketing Interns would be marketing/communication classes. There are many students interested in this internship. How should they apply? Students interested in applying for internships with PSECU should forward their resumes to hr@psecu.com. In most cases we typically seek students that are in their sophomore or junior year of college. This will permit them time on the job to gain useful experience. We typically do not hire seniors that are graduating unless we have a very short-term project to complete.

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NEWS

Wilson Attends Women’s Leadership Symposium by Yoo Na Kim

IceFest Sparkles in Downtown Chambersburg as ArtFest Supports an Admirable Cause by Danyelle Reid

On Jan. 31, 2008, historical downtown Chambersburg kicked off its 6th annual IceFest. The name of this unique event describes its main attractions, which were ice sculptures carved in lovely designs such as Easter Lilies, basketball hoops, ski men, penguins, and a variety of others. As you walked through downtown Chambersburg, you could not help to notice these marvelous works of art, both large and small, assembled along the sidewalks in front of various businesses. There were nearly 60 twinkling ice carvings included in this year’s event. The main attractions of this year’s IceFest included fireworks, dance performances, a chili cook off, a hot pepper eating contest, and let’s not forget a remarkable live ice carving. In addition to the dozens of people who attended this event, there were a host of vendors selling a variety of mouthwatering festival foods. This year’s event also included ArtFest, where a variety of artists gave patrons an opportunity to watch them create radiant works of art. A few members of the Wilson community such as Bob Dickson, Philip Lindsey, Go Woon Lim, Amy Weiland, and Ben Jones participated in ArtFest as performing artists. The artists created 30 x 24 inch paintings. After the completion of the paintings, artists auctioned their artwork, in addition to, donating artwork to benefit the Youth

Wilson professor Philip Lindsey and Ben Jones put finishing touches on their artworks. Photo by Deneisha Cauthe

Senior Go Woon Lim poses with her painting, which raised $105 for the Youth Arts Initiative. Photo by Aimee-Marie Dorsten

Arts Initiative, a local charity whose objective is to provide local elementary students with visual and performance arts exposure at the Capitol Theatre. The artists raised over $1700 to benefit this charity. Thanks to dozens of participants and supporters, IceFest was a success. From live ice carvings to great food, IceFest is an annual event, free of charge that the whole family can enjoy. It’s that time of year where the Chambersburg community comes together to appreciate art in its many forms.

Good-Bye, Dr. Fisher by Sarah Martin

At 3pm on Wed., Feb. 6, a handful of Wilson faculty and staff gathered in Patterson Lounge to give their best wishes to Dr. Ginger Fisher, Assistant Professor of Biology. Dr. Fisher will be moving with her husband to Colorado. With a few tears, Dr. Fisher said she would miss the Wilson community and how it accepted her as soon as she arrived. All who attended the gathering had the same message—that they’ll miss her laughter, smiles, sense of humor, and enthusiasm. She hopes people will continue smiling and laughing. Goodbye, Dr. Fisher. The Wilson community will miss you! Photo by Aimee-Marie Dorsten

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Wilson College recently offered “Women & Leadership” over J-term, Jan. 15-22. In order to provide training on leadership and personal values especially for women, students participated in the International Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. The conference was operated by the Osgood Center, the organization in charge of the Model U.N. last semester. Prior to the symposium, seven Wilson students attended orientation on Jan 14, guided by Business and Economic professor, Dr. Douglas Crawford. Students completed a leadership-type self-test to figure out their current leadership style and how to develop it. When the symposium began, students had a chance to participate in mentor workshops with leaders currently working in the government, defense industry, higher education, human rights, and the environmental movement. They also visited the White House, the Congress, and other government offices. Susan Eisenhower, President of the Eisenhower Group, spoke on “Leaders I Have Known.” Clara Montanez, Vice President of Smith Barney, gave a speech on “Business Leadership In a Globalized World,” and President of Principled Strategies Erin Moseley discussed “Ethics and Leadership.” Showing their passion for becoming leaders, students were able to ask questions and receive immediate feedback. During the symposium, students were given the chance to interact with people who, through hard work and determination, now serve as role models for students. Speakers and students from many countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Korea and students from different colleges created a future assistant network. Staying in Washington D.C., the heart of United States politics and an ever-changing environment, allowed students to exercise a great deal of creativity. TheWilsonBillboard Feburary 14, 2008


NEWS

A Windy Ride by Heather Dunkin

On Sun., Feb. 10, Wilson College hosted nine riders at the Dressage Fix-A-Test show. It was the windiest day of the year, and also one of the coldest. These are all things that many horses hate to deal with so many of the riders had a lot to handle from their usually docile horses. A Fix-A-Test show is an educational experience for a rider who wants a non-stressful show environment and a chance to improve their skills. In a Fix-A-Test show the rider’s entered in two dressage tests with a ten-minute lesson in between. The rider usually improves their score on the second test. Dressage tests are scored on the accuracy of the horse and rider where the higher the percentage, the better the score, with a score in the 70%’s being exceptional. Intro riders Latasha Tomlinson and Tina Schofield received scores in the mid-60s. It was a close score, but in the end Tomlinson took 1st by 1.5% on Wilson school horse “Sea.” Lower training riders, Alison Wagner, Emma Lee Talley, Krystal Jackson, and Caitlin McCauley all received scores in the mid-60s, with Wagner taking 1st place with a score of 68.26% on Wilson school horse “Monty.” Upper training rider Heather Dunkin received a 63.20% on Wilson school horse “Fortune” and 1st level rider Hilary Hammond received a 66.94% on Wilson half-lease “Andy.”

letes, athletic trainers, athletic directors, coaches, academic administrators, life skills coordinators, and counselors, all coming together for a weekend of training and education on alcohol and drug awareness. The mission of the A.P.P.L.E. conference was to assist schools in promoting student athletic health and wellness by empowering teams of student Tracy Randall-Loose, Samantha May, Nikola Grafnetterova, athletes and administrators to create institutionCheryl Taylor, Cindy Shoemaker, Ruth Gant. specific action plans. Photo courtesy of A.P.P.L.E Conference Collaborating with Head Athletic Trainer Tracy Randall-Loose and Director of Counseling Cindy Shoemaker, the Wilson delegation prepared a Power Point presentation that outlined their hard work over the last year. The project utilized by Tracy Randall-Loose and Cindy Shoemaker faculty and a student-athlete surveys that were administered throughout the campus during the A delegation of four student-athletes proudly spring ’07 semester. The results of the surveys represented Wilson College at the 17th Annual were unveiled during the campus’ alcohol awareNCAA Athletic Prevention Programming and ness week last April. Leadership Education (A.P.P.L.E.) Conference at Now back on campus, the six A.P.P.L.E. team University of Virginia -Charlottesville January members continue to meet to work on goals for 18-20. upcoming alcohol awareness weeks, freshman Upon invitation by A.P.P.L.E. conference coorientation, and ongoing prevention and education ordinators, Senior athlete Ruthie Gant (soccer and strategies. tennis), Junior athletes Samantha May (soccer and Students are invited to join the A.P.P.L.E tennis) and Cheryl Taylor (softball), and Sophodelegation in promoting healthy choices by asking more athlete Nikola Grafnetterova (field hockey an A.P.P.L.E. team member how they have made a and softball) presented their education project to difference, attending programs that will be offered an audience of over 200 attendees. on campus, and coming out to support a Wilson Over forty Division I, II, and III colleges and College sport!!! universities were present, including student ath-

Wilson Athletes Wow at A.P.P.L.E. Conference

{Sound Off Wilson!} by Deneisha Cauthen and Jessica Klein-Carnes

What do you think about how the media portrays women in ads from beauty creams to laundry detergent? Do you think the media portrays the everyday women accurately?

Danyelle Reid ‘09 Major: VMT “I think the media portrays women as being perfect, ageless objects. Advertisements for beauty creams, clothing etc..., give everyday women the impression that they are imperfect and in constant need of alterations.”

Jenn Markley ‘08 Major: Psychology “The media portrays a standardized type of woman. She is usually white, skinny and without flaws. There also isn’t much diversity amongst the women we see in beauty advertisements.”

Katie O’Connor ‘10 Major: VMT “No, the media doesn’t portray the everyday woman accurately because the women advertised are unrealistically beautiful and skinny. However, I think there are some efforts to change this.”

Brittney Mitchell ‘10 Major: Business “No, the media doesn’t portray the everyday woman accurately. The media tells us that we need to constantly change ourselves. I have found myself fallen victim to the stereotypical images in the media.”

Tamika Fitzgerald ‘08 Major: Psychology & Sociology “The media’s obsession with youth has created a culture that devalues older women. Women feel pressured to live up to this unobtainable standard of beauty, by purchasing cosmetics such as anti aging creams, wrinkle free creams, Botox etc….” 5


EDUCATION

Did You Know…?

{Career Corner} What Employers Want by Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing

Imagine walking into an interview knowing exactly what the hiring manager or recruiter was looking for in an ideal job candidate. It would certainly give you an edge, knowing just what the employer wanted, so you could be sure to deliver it throughout the interview. Fortunately, you don’t need to play the guessing game. Most employers expect the exact same things from every candidate they interview— from aspiring CEOs to entry-level job seekers. In a newly released video, employers and experts reveal the three basic employer expectations for job candidates: appearance, dependability, and credentials. *Appearance: Job seekers should be especially conscious of their appearance to ensure their first impression on employers is not their last. Wear

The Learning Resource Center (LRC), clean clothes that fit well, minimal jewelry, conservative make-up, very little perfume or cologne, and hair that is clean and combed neatly. A suit isn’t always necessary, but it’s still important to look as good as or better than the person conducting the interview. *Dependability: Employers want to know that the candidate has a track record of being a responsible employee. Will the candidate show up to work on time? Follow directions? Participate in meetings? Abuse sick days? Employers will form answers to these questions depending on when the candidate arrives for the interview and how he or she responds to interview questions. *Credentials: Few good jobs go to people who cannot describe the skills they have and how they can take potential employers to the next level. One survey of employers found that 80 percent of job seekers did a poor job of presenting the skills they had to do the job. The 20 percent of job seekers who did present their skills were more likely to be hired.

{Counselor’s Couch} A Reflection This Valentine’s Day by Kathryn Brooks

Valentine’s Day probably evokes some reflection on the status of your love life. I’d actually like to revamp the whole holiday into one of appreciation for all the people we care about, including (but not only) a significant other. With that disclaimer, I’ll speak to you about romantic love and what you may be experiencing in that area. If you’re in a relationship that feels like one of true companionship, that’s wonderful. I congratulate you not on your good luck, because it takes a lot more than that, but on the intentional effort I’m sure you invested to be where you are. Maybe your relationship is more a source of conflict or pain right now. Resist the instinctive response of self-protection. That tends to feed a cycle of more hurt, defensiveness, and disconnection. Try to approach what you’re feeling, becoming more open to it and even curious about it. You’re holding the raw materials of what can be a source of growth and healing for both of you, if you can communicate it non-defensively. Maybe you’re in the midst of falling in love. Enjoy it while it lasts. I mean that sincerely. I think 6

located on the 1st floor of Thomson Hall, has two computers, a printer, a copier, tables and chairs for study group sessions, comfortable reading chairs, and a modest resource library available for student use everyday from 6:00 am to midnight. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers in-person and online writing assistance for all stages of the writing process. Contact: Vickie Locke at vlocke@wilson.edu or 264-4141, x3349 The Learning Resource Center (LRC) coordinates academic support services for documented disabilities, including temporary injuries, impairments, or medical conditions. Contact: Jack Ebersole at jebersole@wilson. edu or 264-4141, x3351 The Learning Resource Center (LRC) supports 15-20 faculty-approved tutors during the

of the romantic love phase of a relationship as an effortless sneak preview of what you can later have a more solid version of, with work. Maybe you’re single. Enjoy that too. There’s so much growth and authentic living possible when you’re single. Think of intimacy as “into-mesee” and start with yourself. Pay attention to your innermost thoughts and feelings. Take yourself on dates. Do what therapists call “shadow work,” identifying qualities you’re attracted to in a mate (which you lack) and developing them within yourself instead. Perhaps you’re grieving the loss of a relationship that meant a lot to you. That may be one of the most difficult situations to be in today. Some of the biggest growth can come from the biggest hurts, but don’t rush it. Be gentle with yourself today. Thus, my Valentine’s Day message is one of acceptance of wherever you are on your journey, whether you’re in a primary relationship or not, and whatever feelings you may have about that. Have faith that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. Be open to whatever you’re experiencing, because it’s within that experience that you’ll find the signposts of your next steps of growth.

fall and spring semesters covering an average of 17 subjects. Contact Vickie Locke at vlocke@wilson.edu or 264-4141, x3349 So, get a jump on the spring semester! Take advantage of these FREE LRC services!

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ENVIROMENT

Wilson Enviromental Club Presents:

Mean To Be Green by Satoko Unno

The Wilson College Environment Club got off to a great start this semester. Thirteen members attended the introductory club meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 in the Jensen Dining Hall. Under the advisement of Dr. Ed Wells, Director and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, students from various majors, Program Manager Christine Mayer and Eric Benner from the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living shared lively discussion about future activities and goals. Promoting an increased awareness and understanding of environmental issues such as conservation, preservation, and restoration, the Environmental Club is trying to make the Wilson community a more sustainable living environment. Working on alternative energies, soap making, and stream clean up are among their activities.

Environmental club discusses green living during lunch. Photo by Yun Jung Lim

“I want it to be student driven initiatives where students decide what they want to do whether they’re fun activities or educational activities. We want to just motivate a body of students and see what they want,” said Dr. Wells. At the meeting, Chelsi Hornbaker, a freshman VMT major and newly-elected club President, said, “I want to turn all the Wilson College community to environmental issues so we can learn more about the environment and make it more green kind of place.” Brandi Williams, a freshman Biology/Environmental Science major and club Vice-President, said, “I’d like to promote the environmental issues to the society so they know more about the environment.” The club members are excited about their first activity—a day hike on Sun, Mar. 2 to Caledonia State Park. The 1,130-acre, South Mountain state park has a 12-mile system of nature, hiking, and historical trails. All members of the Wilson community are invited to join the hike. To reserve a space on the bus, contact Dr. Wells at extension 3413. The Environmental Club meeting is held every other Thursday at noon in the Dining Hall.

Councilman Bill McLaughlin, speaker Lance Simmens & President Lorna Edmundson pose after Global Warming presentation on Jan. 29. Photo by Kimberly Maske-Mertz

Wilson’s Rude Awakening: Climate Crisis Imminent by Kimberly Maske-Mertz

On Tues., Jan. 29, environmental speaker Lance Simmens treated Wilson College and the Chambersburg community to a live presentation in Thompson Alumni Chapel on the subject of global warming. The very moving and thought-provoking presentation, attended by a full audience of students, faculty, and various Chambersburg city council members, is part of a nationwide initiative spearheaded by former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore’s “The Climate Project.” Wilson College President Lorna Edmundson and Chambersburg Councilman Bill McLaughlin introduced Simmens, who also acts as a special assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell on environmental policy. Simmens focused on irrefutable scientific evidence supporting global warming as fact rather than theory, including unsettling statistics and shocking images of how the Earth is hurtling into a global climate crisis. With the highest recorded species extinction rate and a rising global population estimated to reach 9.1 billion by the year 2050, Simmens says that the time to act is now. “It is not a political issue,” Simmens said. “It’s a moral issue because it is morally indefensible for

any generation to consider leaving this Earth in worse shape than they found it.” The rate of climate change is accelerating at an alarming pace, faster than scientists had estimated just 10 years ago. The past 15 years have seen ten of the hottest years on record, with 2006 topping the list. In addition, arctic ice is melting at an exponential rate. Since the collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in 2002, arctic ice has continued to diminish and temperatures have been on the rise. Scientists estimate that, if this high rate of ice melt continues, the world could possibly see its oceans rise by 20 feet. This would result in the flooding of coastal areas around the globe, causing a mass-displacement of people in a matter of years. Also of concern are more frequent catastrophic storms, species migration and extinction, and the introduction of invasive plant species and infectious microbes. Even more disturbing is that the United States, which claims only 4 percent of the world population, is responsible for 30 percent of the greenhouse gasses attributed to global warming. The United States is currently the only nation in the world that has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which was set in place by the United Nations in 1992 to significantly reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. But Simmens message is one of hope. Everyday citizens can decrease the amount of CO2 emissions by taking simple steps to lessen the need for fossil fuels, such as replacing incandescent light bulbs with more efficient carbon fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), purchasing hybrid or electric cars, using renewable or solar energy in their homes, and reducing the number of non-recyclable and non-renewable materials they use. “It’s not a question of can we,” Simmens said. “But will we?” “The Climate Project” was formed in June 2006 as a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to increasing public awareness regarding global warming and its impending consequences. For more information, visit http://www.theclimateproject.org.

The New Green Billboard Did you know Wilson is going green? The Billboard is doing its part to help. This paper you’re looking at now is printed on recycled paper. This ink that you’re reading is from an ink-cartridge that will be going to Pet Smart to be recycled and to benefit their charities. 7


PEOPLE

{Spotlight on} Dr. Roberta Garcia by Sarah Martin

Spring of 2008 has brought many changes to the Wilson campus. Dr. Roberta Garcia is one of these changes. Though she is new to many students, a few teachers and the campus itself remember her fondly. Joining the Wilson community as a student in 1991, Dr. Garcia didn’t realize the change this small school would cause in her. Starting in a major program for Psychology, she found she would much rather study the biological basis of behavior. So she switched to a major in Biology with minors in Psychology and Environmental Sciences. After her graduation in 1994, she went on to Shippensburg University to complete a Masters in Biology and Environmental Science. She later attended the University of Maryland and received a PhD in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science, with a specialization in Fisheries Ecology. What is Marine Estuarine Environmental Science, you ask? Simply stated, it’s an interdisciplinary study in Marine or Aquatic sciences, especially in Fisheries and Oceanography. At the time Dr. Garcia came to Wilson, women were not encouraged to follow a path in the sciences. She was in the Adult Learning Program (ALP) during her second, third and final year at Wilson and was one of the few adults that lived in dorms. As a campus experiment, she and two other ALP students lived in Disert in 1992. This experiment was to see if Adult Learning students could live in the dorms with younger students, and eventually made way for the Women with Children Program. Dr. Garcia continued to live in Disert for one more year before moving to Photo by Yun Jung Lim Mac/Dav 3 in her final year at Wilson. The reason for Dr. Garcia’s return to Wilson as an instructor is very personal for her. “Wilson changed my life in a lot of different ways and I felt I wanted to give something back,” she said. Her previous experience at Wilson combined with the opportunities Wilson offers create an atmosphere that is different from other schools, and Dr. Garcia wishes to keep this atmosphere alive. “I became Wilsonized,” she said. Dr. Garcia also has many fond memories of her time at Wilson, the strongest of which

Dr. Roberta Garcia “Wilsonizes” biology students.

are fire drills, fire drills, and more fire drills. “I remember it took me so long to stop wearing my clothes to bed,” she said. She also remembers all the “very interesting” hall meetings, and her fondest memory was of her time spent in the Library. She remembers when security argued with her to leave the library so they could close it and she kept pleading, “just five more minutes.” Of course she couldn’t leave out the teachers who helped throughout her stay at Wilson—Deb Austin, and Dr. Brad Engle, just to name a few. Dr. Carl Larson, her former advisor, planted the first seeds of Graduate school into her mind by waving a poster in front of her and saying she should consider it. And now Dr. Roberta Garcia is back at Wilson to help “Wilsonize” many more students. Her advice to those students? “Take more math than you’ll ever think you’ll need, because you’ll find you’ll need it later on.”

{A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT}

The Spring Semester, Oh My! by Jessica Klein-Carnes

Whenever I feel challenged, be it social or academic, I always think of Dorothy skipping down the yellow brick road with the scarecrow and the tin man singing “Lions and tigers and bears oh my”! I believe the trio sang this rant to psych themselves up before meeting the dastardly lion. I’m sure I may have dated myself with the divulgence of my love for the movie The Wizard of Oz. But who would want to miss the beautiful panorama of the poppy field (in color of course, heavens I’m not that old)? Since I ended last semester with a prayer, I decided to begin this semester with a prayer by an anonymous source. I interpret this prayer to speak to students of all religions. I often read this prayer in the morning before my hectic day begins. If I feel the need, I read it a few times a day. It reminds me that a well-rounded life is the one I must master. It is so easy to get sucked into only one aspect of life and forget that people need me as I need them. So… 8

Take Time Today I pray that I can: Take time to think; it is the source of power. Take time to play; it is the secret of youth Take time to read; it is the fountain of wisdom. Take time to pray; it is the greatest power on earth. Take time to be friendly; it is the road to happiness. Take time to laugh; it is the music of the soul. Take time to give; it is too short a day to be selfish. Take time to work; it is the price of success. Take time to love; it is the key to heaven. -Anonymous Good luck during the spring semester! TheWilsonBillboard Feburary 14, 2008


In Their Own Words… by Ae Jin Kim

An Interview with Ga Young Paek (Seoul Woman’s University, Korea) What was your first impression of Wilson College and Chambersburg? At the first time when I first got here, I was embarrassed and a little bit disappointed because I have imagined a city such as New York, Chicago. While Seoul, which I came from, was very big city with skyscrapers, Chambersburg was too peaceful that I have got the rural impression. As I got familiar to this school and town, I found many positive things and thank for being here. Tell us your impressions as a Wilson student. During past semester, I met host family as U.S. family; I participated in many events with them. Feeling comfort, I can adapt to the U.S. better thanks for them. At the last semester, taking art class, we went to D.C. art trip several times. In the museum, I can see many things and learn from them. Also I took interesting courses as club activity including Orchesis and Choir. Taking a Choir class, I sang a song as a member of Choir in Christmas Vespers. At the last part, we made a beautiful line and it gave me impression. Participating in Orchesis as a member was another very exciting memory. I enjoyed the process of preparing a performance. In the performance day, we could show great accomplishment and it will be unforgettable memory to me. How have you spent your first vacation in the U.S. ? I traveled to the West during vacation. I have visited California, Arizona, and Las Vegas. Through the travel, I saw grandeur tourism of west. I had a very enjoyable time with friends there. Even though my things were stolen during travel, it was solved well. How about friends at Wilson? I could meet many good friends in the dining hall and got along with them easily. They are cheerful and active. Also they are passionate in their field. I am pleased to meet many good friends here in Wilson.

{Postcard From The East}

INTERNATIONAL

Get A Grip And Grap A Racket

Cupid Arrow Flies Transcontinental

by Xiaomeng Li

by Suyeon Jo

Wilson College has added Table Tennis this semester. In China, everyone should know something about Table Tennis because it is our “National Ball.” However, most Chinese people think there are only two ways of grabbing the racket: one is called “Chinese Penhold Grip,” which is the most popular way among Chinese people. Another is called “Shakehands Grip,” which is the most commonly used in the rest of the world. After taking Table Tennis here at Wilson, I learned that there are actually more than two ways to hold the racket. Even our neighbors in Korea and Japan use different ways from ours. For example, the “Chinese Penhold Grip” requires players to use the thumb and forefinger to catch the handle while the rest of the fingers remain curled behind the racket. The Korean and Japanese “Penhold Grip” is similar. The only difference is that when they hold the handle with the thumb and forefinger, the other fingers are straight toward the center of the racket. The “Handshake Grip,” however, is totally different. Players only have to hold the racket as if shaking hands with somebody. In the Table Tennis class here, the coach teaches us to play in this way. There is also another way called “Seemiller Grip,” which is kind of a combination of the “Chinese Penhold Grip” and the “Shakehands Grip.” There is another thing that most people out of China may not know: Actually, the handle of the racket can be different. If you use “Chinese Penhold Grip,” the handle is shorter than “Shakehands Grip” users’ rackets. Because I have used the “Chinese Penhold Grip” for many years, at first I felt weird to play with “Shakehands Grip.” But as time goes by, I find that this way is actually easier and more flexible. This is because it does not go against a person’s natural movement. We just need to loosen our wrist and move the racket in a natural way.

Since I’ve been here, as I experience some holidays, I am almost shocked that all products that are sold in every market are related to holidays. Moreover, people look like they are willing to spend all their time on decorating their house with special holiday things. So I wondered how many people decorate for Valentine’s Day. I am surprised at the humble Americans’ Valentine Day. Of course, it’s not an official holiday. In Asian countries, many people are likely to think that Valentine’s Day is a special day as much as a holiday, especially among young couples. Particularly in my country, Korea, some teenagers are likely to show off their love to other people with a huge present and chocolate. This enthusiasm is like Americans’ Christmas Day. And there is another interesting thing about Valentine’s Day. Asian countries (Japan, Korea, and China) have a different Valentine’s Day culture comparing to western countries in that only women give chocolate to men who they love on Valentine’s Day. On the other side, there is “White Day” (March 14) as well. On that day, only guys give candies to women who they love. We don’t exactly know the origin of White Day, but it comes from one candy company in Japan. And it was a kind of promotion for selling their company’s products. Additionally, in Korea, there are more “Something” Days. For example, April14 is “Black Day,” which is consoling day among single people who didn’t receive any chocolate and candies Those celebrating Black Day eat black Chinese noodles. I feel sorry that the real meaning of Valentine’s Day is fading because of commercialism from the candy company. However, the most important thing is that Valentine’s Day is conveying your true heart to the person who I love. I think love letters with our own handwriting are much sweeter than any chocolate. I hope that this Valentine’s Day will be a lovely day that all people convey their love to precious people, and share pleasure with sincere sayings. And I wish all people the sweetest kind of day.

Muhibba Club Presents:

International Student News and Updates by Dipa Gurung

The Muhibba club elected a new committee on January 22nd 2008. The members of the club elected Yoo Na Kim as President, Shanda Welte as Vice President, and Bemnete Eyob Tadesse as Treasurer. This spring semester, the Muhibba Club welcomes three new members; Jing Luan (China), and Hi Sung Byun and Yoon Kyung Lee (South Korea). Presently, most of the international student body is working hard towards organizing the Muhibba Dinner, which will take place on March 8th. 9


SPORTS

Wilson’s

Talented Gymnasts Off to a Record Season

Monique Pare, Katrina Clippert, Lindsay Landis, Samantha Vance, Jenny Chamberlain, Samantha Bowman, Elizabeth Bush

by Nikola Grafnetterova

New head gymnastics coach, Amy Martelli, is very happy with the team she is coaching this year. Her seven fearless Wilson gymnasts practice daily, doing incredible movements on vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercises. “I am very proud of my team. They are the most hard-working team I have ever coached in my career. They are so passionate about gymnastics,” says Martelli. They have set many goals for this season, accomplishing one after another with each gymnastics meet. During their first gymnastics meet at Ursinus College, Wilson gymnasts scored the second highest number of points at the first meet (161.4) in Wilson College history. Overall, Wilson finished in second place, each gymnast individually contributing to the success of the entire team. Captain Kat Clippert placed fifth on vault, and Captain Jenny Chamberlain scored 7.9 (of 10.0) on bars, which was the highest score of our team in that event. Samantha Vance scored 9.05 on floor and placed second, Samantha 10

Photo by Yun Jung Lim

Bowman placed fifth on vault, Monique Pare scored 8.0 on balance beam, and Beth Bush competed all-around (all four events) for the first time in her life. In the team’s second meet at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wilson placed an overall second with a score of 160.85. The third meet at the Temple University Liberty Classic proved that vault is definitely the strongest event of Wilson gymnasts. A Division III team, they beat a tough Division II rival. Sam Bowman scored 9.225, Sam Vance attained 9.075, and Lindsay Landis scored 8.0, all on vault. Wilson placed fifth overall. On Saturday, February 9, Wilson traveled to University of Pennsylvania. According to coach Martelli, it was the best meet so far this year and the highest team score in over two years (167.175). Each Wilson gymnast broke a record. Katrina Clippert earned a career high score of 8.75 on beam, 8.475 on floor, and 33.225 all around. Other record highs—Jenny Chamberlain (8.575 floor, 8.575 vault, and 33.00 all around); Samantha Vance (9.1 vault, 9.25 floor, 34.85 all around; Monique Pare (8.325 floor, 30.95 all around); Samantha Bowman (9.275 vault, 8.05 uneven bars, 8.6 beam, 9.0 floor, 34.925 all TheWilsonBillboard Feburary 14, 2008


SPORTS

{Athletes of the Week} Week if Nov 16-20

around); and Beth Bush (7.75 floor). The results of Wilson gymnasts have improved greatly since last season when their average score of all meets fluctuated around 150 points. This year, their average is 160. Wilson gymnasts will travel on February 16 to the Ithaca Invitational and on February 23 to Rhode Island College. On March 9, Wilson will host the one and only home gymnastics meet this season against Rhode Island College. Wilson will compete in middle of March at the ECAC Championships, from which individual gymnasts can qualify to Nationals. Go Phoenix Gymnastics!

Basketball Scores

Alaina Hofer (basketball) tal-

Dana Bennett (basketball) led Senior Mary Miller (bas-

lied 19 total points and 33

the team with 43 points and ketball) led the Phoenix

rebounds over three games,

snagged 25 rebounds

with 27 total points and 20

exhibiting an excellent offen-

Dana Bennett continued her

rebounds against Baptist

sive presence.

shooting streak in this past

Bible, PSU Abington, and

Freshman Alaina Hofer (bas-

weekend’s tournament at

Chatham College.

ketball) tallied 26 total points Southern Virginia University. She sunk 29 points and and 20 rebounds over a three game span.

for the Phoenix.

7 December Wilson College vs. Southern Virginia University 35-80 (L) 8 December

pulled down 19 rebounds

Upcoming HOME Sports Events

Wilson College vs. Buena Vista, VA 59-92 (L) 5 January Keuka College vs. Wilson College 74-51 (L) 8 January Philadelphia Biblical University vs. Wilson College 73-46 (L) 12 January

Basketball

Softball

Sat. Feb. 16--1pm, Keystone College*

Fri. Feb. 29--3pm, Villa Julie College

Sun. Feb. 17--1pm, Keuka College*

Sun. Mar. 2--2pm, Gallaudet University

Sun. Feb. 24--12pm, Cazenovia College*

Fri. Mar. 7--3pm, Mt. Aloyisius College

Penn State University Berks vs. Wilson College 75-35 (L)

Gymnastics

15 January

Sun. Mar. 9--11am, Rhode Island Col-

Baptist Bible College vs. Wilson College 63-29 (L)

lege

18 January * NEAC Conference game

Penn State University Abington vs. Wilson College 47-35 (L) 21 January Chatham College vs. Wilson College 68-36 (L) 26 January Keystone College vs. Wilson College 63-38 (L) 29 January Wilson College vs. Baptist Bible College 43-77 (L) 3 February Wilson College vs. D’Youville College* 27-60 (L) 5 February Wilson College vs. Southern Virginia University 44-69 (L) 7 February Wilson College vs. Philadelphia Biblical University 27-53 (L) 9 February Wilson College vs. Penn State University Berks 41-76 (L) 12 February Valley Forge Christian College vs. Wilson College 58-57 (L)

Wilson Spring Sports In Search of a Few Good Women by Nikola Grafnetterova

Do you like playing sports but think that you are too busy to play at varsity level? Are you already stressed out from classes and need a break from schoolwork? Do you want to meet new people and have some fun? Then club sports tennis and/or lacrosse are the perfect choice for you! Both teams are currently looking for Wilson students who are interested in playing club sports this spring. No experience

is required—you just have to possess the desire to play and willingness to learn. “Because it is a club sport you get all of the advantages of playing a sport for Wilson without the incredibly grueling schedule,” Samantha May explains. “We [tennis team] will still have four real matches against other colleges besides having inter-team matches.” If you are interested in tennis or have any questions, please contact Samantha May at smay@wilson.edu. Practices start towards the end of February. If you want to participate in lacrosse would like more details, please contact Jennifer Perestock at jperestock@wilson.edu. Lacrosse begins in March. 11


ENTERTAINMENT

the Book and Movie Review by Jessica Klein-Carnes

From Silly Sports to the Secrets of The Bucket List Scrapes the Bottom of Table Scraps…New Reads at the Library the Barrel I recently received a compilation of all the new books gracing the shelves at the Wilson College John Stewart Memorial Library. A lover of books, it pained me to recommend only five. However, I’ve done the work for you and hopefully anyone who has access to the library may peruse the books I chose to review. College students always look for entertainment on slow afternoons or to break up a study session that has lasted way too long. Silly Sports and Goofy Games by Spencer Kagan offers 200 step-by-step fun and group-friendly sports. He categorizes the sports in nine categories—Happy Helpers, Beautiful Balances, Creative Coordination, Meaningful Movement, Crazy Challenges, Ridiculous Relays, Silly Sports, and Goofy Games. It’s basically a guide on how to have fun. Now, who doesn’t want to have fun? Gary Laderman writes the next book, Sacred Remains: American Attitudes Toward Death. This book describes the evolution of thought about death in northern Protestant communities during the nineteenth century. I picked the book Make Room for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from Open Hearth to the Microwave for all the mothers who attend Wilson College. This book, written by Erika Mitchell, claims that in spite of all the new technology to help us, mothers still fall behind in the home. Apparently the new technology does not aid mothers with their tasks. I found the next book interesting because it addresses the TV industry. I rid my life of cable a year ago because of the high cost and the poor programming, save a couple of shows. Why TV Is Not Our Fault let’s you, the viewer, know who really controls the TV industry. It promises to help you walk away from the book with a new perspective. Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, written by Elizabeth Royle, fascinates me. The author literally followed where her trash went until it reached its final destination. I think about trash as far as the dumpster outside my apartment. To take the time to follow your own trash…well I don’t know. What do you think?

{I’m With the Band} “F-5 Righteous”— Virtuous Virtuosos Rock

I held high hopes before I viewed The Bucket List. A Rob Reiner film usually satiates my creative appetite very well. With an all-star cast of Jack Nicholson (Edward Cole) and Morgan Freeman (Carter Chambers), I wondered how this film could possibly be a disappointment. In spite of my aspirations, the movie bombed in my mind. The movie tells the story of two men in the same hospital room who are terminally ill. Cole made a ton of money in his lifetime, but failed at human relationships. Chambers worked as a mechanic his entire life. He tells Cole he made love to only one woman during his life—his wife. Complete strangers, they quickly form a close friendship. Chambers starts the “kick” the bucket list. Cole finds it and decides that he and Chambers should do the things they always wanted to do before they die. This includes skydiving, racing cars and vacationing to exotic places including France. I honestly feel these two talented actors improvised most of the movie. The film moved at a slow pace, and I wondered if I might kick the bucket before it ended. This movie should be a short film to avoid the agonizing hour and a half I sat in the theatre twiddling my thumbs. Predictable and lacking in depth, it hurt to watch Nicholson and Freeman act in this pitiful movie. I sincerely hope neither of them kicks the bucket before they do another movie to redeem themselves. It’s a great idea, but a really bad movie.

such as Jimi Hendrix as well as current artists’ styles similar to “mewithoutYou.” However, Landis described the band as “a happy mix of “Yardbirdic White Striped (Franz) Ferdinands” influenced by “The Doors” that open to a “Clear-

by Rebecca Cheek

Animal from the Muppets. A barefoot Hippie. A Civil Air Patrol lieutenant. Mix these three together and you get the band “F-5 Righteous.” While members Zach, Landis, and Barak are quite young (still in high school), these gentlemen really know how to rock. The three-piece band started with original members Landis (lead guitarist and vocalist), and Zach aka “Beav” or “Beaver” (drummer/background vocalist). Yet the band has undergone major member changes in the past year, replacing one guitarist with a bassist, and recently replacing that bassist with Barak, who also does occasional background vocals. Their music combines the sounds of rockers 12

water Revival.” This is not to say that the music of “F-5 Righteous” is not original. No, their music combines elements both old and new. The members of “F-5,” as their fans lovingly refer to them, are also some of the most unique and original artists I have had the pleasure of meeting. Their recently released EP, titled Subtle Breezes includes six of the bands’

songs. The members themselves write all the music and lyrics. The tracks flow smoothly from one to the next, while each individual song stands out both lyrically and instrumentally from the track before. Songs like “Cryin’ Out To Cairo” and “Breakdown” are comprised of catchy drum beats and steady bass lines, and both Landis and Zach effectively use their voices to evoke meaning as well as feeling. If you are interested in attending one of their shows, there are many coming up. On March 14 at 7pm they will be playing for the Second Friday Concert Series in the band’s hometown of Greencastle. On March 28th at 6:30pm, “F-5” can be found at The Mudd Puddle in Frederick, Maryland. Chambersburg shows also happen frequently for “F-5.” For those interested in later show dates, or to hear their music online, make sure to visit their Myspace page at www.myspace.com/f5righteous. TheWilsonBillboard Feburary 14, 2008


FICTION

part4 by Meg Oldman

“C’mon!” “No.” “Please?” “I said, no.” “But why not?” “It’s a Jack the Ripper Tour! It’s going to be scary!” “Really? Your excuse is ‘scary’.” “I don’t want to go!” “But you promised!” “Can’t we do something else?” “Like what? Everywhere else is closed.” “A nightclub?” Audrey blinked in shock. Nightclub? Quentin never wanted to go to a nightclub. She had been suggesting it since they got there and he had been shooting her down every time. “You must be desperate.” “Don’t lie, you’ll be scared too!” “I will not be!” Audrey felt a lump grow in her throat. Okay, that was a lie, as she was scared relatively easily, but she loved the history and adored getting scared for one reason or another. Plus she felt she had to prove that she could handle scary stuff, especially when it came to doing the scary stuff with guys around. She always felt uncomfortable doing it, though. “Audrey, we already went to the Tower of London, and that really creeped me out. You heard what they did to people in there!” Audrey rolled her eyes. “Of course I know what they did; I was the one who insisted we go.” Even though Audrey was fonder of France still, she adored British history. Well, really, she was keen to all kinds of history, especially the really gory parts, which was why she was keen to going on the Jack the Ripper Tour. For some reason, it made her feel somehow more secure to know that the modern day form of torture didn’t seem half as bad as the medieval form. “And it wasn’t that creepy.” “Wasn’t that creepy?! Those stories were horrifying!” “Oh, the only bad story was the hot poker one,” she said with a sly grin. The infamous story of Edward the Second’s death caused Quentin to have to leave the tour for some fresh air. The mere mention of it caused his face to turn to an ashen color and his eyes to widen. “NOT NATURAL! NOT NATURAL! SO UNCOOL!” He chanted, shaking his head furiously, his hands over his ears. Audrey laughed at her friend and took his hands into hers. She looked deeply into his eyes which caused him to stop and stare back. She smiled gently at him. “Please Quentin? I’ll hold your hand the whole time, ‘kay?”

She could see in his eyes that he was torn. He was so anxious and nervous deep down, but he didn’t want to disappoint Audrey. After all, she did want to go to France. After what seemed to be forever, he sighed. “Fine. We’ll go. But only under the condition when I get scared you hold my hand.” “Deal,” she said with a smile. Although Quentin was in his twenties, Audrey couldn’t help but love his softer, more child-like side. She grasped his hand and they walked over to the stand to buy their tickets for the tour. She wasn’t going to lie; the fact that the tour guides were armed had made Audrey uneasy, but now she was essentially terrified. After walking for a couple of hours, they had encountered just about every stop except for the last one: Miller’s Court, where the murder of Mary Kelly had taken place. She grasped Quentin’s hand. Well, he had been grasping hers since Bucks Row Whitechapel which was the first stop and the first murder site, but now Audrey was glad he was holding hers. She wasn’t even sure why she was scared. Jack the Ripper had been her favorite murder story growing up. From Hell was one of her favorite movies (also because Johnny Depp was super dreamy as the dashing detective). But for some reason, tonight, retracing the actual steps of the murders, it seemed to finally sink in the reality of what had happened back in 1888. She shivered and pulled her jacket more firmly around her with her free hand. The tour guide stopped. The tour gathered around him as he held up his lantern and recited from memory the tale of Mary Kelly. Quentin scooted closer to Audrey, who wasn’t really paying attention. She knew the story. Police surveillance of the Whitechapel area had been upped in search for the killer. It was after the Double Murder of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. At this point, Jack had been taking body parts, confusing police, and the fear level was sky high in the area. The tour guide’s voice seemed like a far away drone to her. Quentin seemed enamored with the story, but Audrey was fascinated with something else. Her surroundings had caught her attention. Dorset Street was a small, almost alley like, road. And it was dark. Even with the bright lights of London, for some reason it seemed so dark. The light cast from the tour guide’s lantern flickered causing shadows to jump around which set the mood for Audrey. So this is what it was almost like. Almost. She suddenly felt herself lead away. The tour was moving. Inside. Several at a time, the tour went in to observe the room where Mary Kelly had been murdered.

Murdered doesn’t seem like the right term, Audrey thought. More along the lines of eviscerated. It seemed so bizarre that as she waited the people who went in before her and Quentin wore placid expression that seemed to say “Huh, how interesting.” After a few moments, they got their turn to view the room. She and Quentin entered and she immediately felt claustrophobic. The tiny room was very plain, but yet the bed in the corner caught her eye the moment she entered. That is essentially where it all happened, she thought. Her imagination flashed back to pictures she had seen in her Jack the Ripper books back at home. Mary Kelly’s face had been slashed beyond recognition. Her abdominal cavity had been emptied, various internal organs in between her legs and beneath her head. Audrey’s stomach turned imagining the amount of blood. It seemed unreal that after hacking someone to bits, the Ripper could just walk away without being stopped or detected. There was no way he left without being covered in blood stains. No way. “Audrey? You done?” Audrey snapped out of her day dream to face Quentin, who seemed a little nervous and ready to leave. She faked a quick grin and nodded. They both made their way out allowing the next couple to go in, the girl having a conniption fit about seeing the room. Audrey smirked as they left. Suddenly she felt Quentin’s arm around her shoulders. She looked up into his eyes. They were warm and not scared, but more concerned. “You okay, Aud? You’re shaking.” Audrey looked at her hand. Sure enough, she was trembling. It could have been just the adrenaline rush from seeing something she was fascinated in. Or that the night air was chilling her a bit. Or that she was scared out of her mind. But she was pretty sure it was a healthy combination of all three. “Yeah, I’m fine. Just a little chilly that’s all.” Quentin gave her a look that seemed to scream Give me a break. Regardless, he took off his leather jacket and draped it over her, putting his arm back over her shoulders. “You are such a liar. You’re just as freaked out by this as I am.” “I am not,” she protested. Liar, you are such a liar, Audrey! “It’s okay to admit it. I won’t think that you’re a wuss.” Quentin gave her a jostled, friendly hug to lighten the mood. She giggled nervously and they fell into silence. As they followed the tour guide back to the take off point, Audrey realized for the first time she was comfortable being scared with someone. 13


KID’S KORNER

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{Artwork!}

Gage Webber, February 2 Hayley Lord, February 4 Mason Gaskin, February 27

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Recipe for Play Dough * 2 cups of hot water * 3 tbsp of vegetable oil * 1 pack of cool aid * 21/2 cups of flour * 1 cup of salt * 1 tbsp of cream of tartar

Isabella, age 4.

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FEATURES

Her Story, Not His— Women’s History Month by Ji Youn Lee

Photo courtesy of Iona Conner

New Publication on Climate Crisis Debuts by Jessica Klein-Carnes

One of the greatest writers, Virginia Woolf said, “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing then, was often a woman.” Like she said, women existed in history, but their history has been covered and unknown. In 1978, something important to women’s history happened. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women made “Women’s History Week” for honoring women in history. Women’s History Month started because of concerns about under-representation of women in education. Women’s history was not a topic taught in curriculum. At first, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women chose Mar. 8 as International Women’s Day. The reaction was incredible. Over one hundred women’s communities took part in the Community Resource Women Project and “Real Women” Essay Contest. In 1979, Sarah Lawrence College and school districts started celebrating Women’s history week. This support resulted in the first joint Congressio-

A new, original newspaper devoted completely to the issue of global warming made its debut on January 1, 2008. The publication, entitled Order of the Earth: News, Views, and Musings about our Planet, resulted from a devoted environmentalist, Iona Conner. Conner, who is the editor-in-chief and lives in Pennsylvania, focuses on the problems ruining Pennsylvania’s forests. Her impressive resume attests to the forty years she has spent as an environmentalist. Asked if one should classify her as a “tree hugger,” she admitted that the shoe fit. “I hope to be arrested for protesting and protecting old growth forests,” Conner confessed. Conner hopes to live forty years past her age—a young 62—to see some of the effects of her contributions on future generations Conner emphasized the health of the forests in relation to global warming, and she believes that the issue of clean energy overshadows the importance of protecting our forests. “They are the lungs and the air conditioner of the planet,” Conner said. Conner says that serious activists are our only hope to save the planet. Asked about activist groups that an individual can turn to in order to let the activist within emerge, she listed that her favorites include Greenpeace, Global Warming Groups, and Climate Crisis Coalition. In five years, Conner hopes Order of the Earth becomes a more mainstream publication. She one day envisions a paper box outside a café with Order of the Earth in it for the modest price of fifty cents. Conner also hopes that her publication will assist in motivating people to join activist groups ands strengthens people’s commitment to improve the environment so in ten years our Earth doesn’t quit. For more information about Order of the Earth, e-mail Iona Conner at alleghenyfriends@earthlink.net or feel free to call at (814)723-0620.

nal Resolution in 1981. As Women’s History Week gained momentum, the State Department of Education supported celebrating National Women’s History Week, and Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York developed a program about women’s history in class. In 1987, a petition by the National Women’s History Project to expand the celebration to an entire month was approved in both the Senate and House. Now, many groups and organizations such as Girl Scouts U.S.A. support programs to promote women’s voices. In Mar. 2007, the main theme was “Generations of Women Moving History Forward.” According to the official website of Women’s History Month, it means that we should honor the previous and future generations of women as well as the power of generations working together. This March, the theme is “Women’s Art: Women’s Vision,” honoring the beauty and imagination of women’s lives and art. Gerda Lerner, an author of Women and History, said, “When I started working on women’s history about 30 years ago, the field did not exist. People didn’t think that women had a history worth knowing.” Now, with Women’s History Month, society is becoming aware of the importance of women’s history.

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