This special issue was written by students in the Journalism I class.
Spring Break Express Issue
The Wilson Billboard March 9, 2012 Wilson College Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Vol. XXXXV, No. 2
A Struggling Economy Forces Student Fees to Rise as Tuition Remains Constant by Jyostna Dhakal
The Board of Trustees approved a 1.2 percent increase in fees and voted to maintain the tuition for next year at the 2011-2012 rate of $28,745. The increment amounts to $458.00, paid by full-time, residential students for the next academic year. The Board made the decision upon the recommendation of President Barbara K. Mistick. The 1.2 percent raise consists of 4.5 percent individual increases in housing, board and technology, along with a 2 percent increment in the College Government fee. “Utilities such as water, electricity, gas or oil are not free to anyone, including Wilson. They are going up all across the country at rates much higher than our 1.2 percent increase,” says Vice President for Enrollment, Mary Ann Naso. Besides offsetting the direct
increases of providing services, the additional revenue will support ongoing operations, says Vice President for Finance and Administration, Brian Ecker. “We are converting over to a Datatel system, which is an integrated information technology system,” he says. “I keep seeing increases in the costs, but not much is changing,” says Kate Johnston ‘13. She ﬁnds increases in fees acceptable as long as changes are being made. 96 percent of Wilson students receive some form of ﬁnancial aid. According to Dean of Financial Aid, Linda Brittain, the decision will not have much impact on ﬁnancial aid. She says, “We deﬁnitely will be awarding the ﬁnancial aid that students generally received in the past.” Ayorkor Dua ’14, from Ghana,
says, “It’s a good thing tuition isn’t going up.” For Dua, the cost of education reaches $7,000 every semester despite the ﬁnancial aid she receives. Although her parents pay for her education, Dua says she could have used the incremented amount to pay her phone bills, or buy her textbooks which “are so costly.” Wilson obtains a six year average retention rate of 74 percent for freshman to sophomore year. One-third of the accepted applicant pool does not enroll for reasons related to cost. Ecker expects holding the tuition will help Wilson with retention. He anticipates positive responses since “it is such a small increase.” The increment from the fall 2010 to the fall 2011 was 3.72 percent. Johnston says, “$458.00 could mean the difference between
having horse lessons here and not being able to ride next year.” Johnston took $8,000 in private loans last year and $14,000 this year, to pay for her education. “It’s been tough,” she says. At about the same time that the decision was made, James Hay, Assistant Prof. of Accounting, put forward a proposal that Wilson cut its tuition by 15 percent for two successive years, and hold it constant at that for two more years. He also proposed that Wilson guarantee incoming freshmen a maximum cost for four academic years, and that the college announces its tuition amounts a year earlier than they are currently. Hay hopes the college will consider this proposal in the future. “Hopefully all three of those things will help us attract more students,” he says.
but, the phone is rarely used. Van capacity issues are part of the problem. Mary Beth ‘15 says, “We need to wait because the shuttle is too full.” Manager of Student Development Ofﬁce, Lorie Helman says, “We can only have ten students in the van by law. It depends on where they want to go and how many stops we make for the students.” She points out that sometimes students are not there to meet the driver. “If it is possible, there should be two shuttles for saving waste time,” says Kisha Pradhan ‘15. She also suggest an afternoon shuttle after classes so as not to miss
dinner. Some students recommend ﬁxed time schedules at each stop. Helman says, “If we had more money in our budget, we could do so.” She considered having a van for Walmart and the mall, and another van for local shops. However, the problem is the budget and some nights the extra van is not necessary. To make improvements, Helman wants to communicate with students. Helman adds, “Students need to report their complaints to me. I will talk to the driver if we have to ﬁx something, and I will try to ﬁgure out how we can make the shuttle service better.” Reports can be sent to email@example.com.
Students gather outside in the cold, rainy weather to wait for the shuttle van service, which consistently runs late on Friday evenings Photo by Soyoung An
Unpredictable Shuttle Services Compel Students to Speak Up for Schedule Improvements by Soyoung An
Every Friday from 5:15pm10:00pm, the school offers a shuttle service to and from shopping centers. The shuttle travels a loop around Wilson and to the nearby shopping locations. However, the shuttle does not consistently run on the scheduled times. Students have reported waiting for over two hours for the shuttle. “The unpredictable shuttle time makes me upset. Last Friday, I waited almost two hours outside. I even do not know how I can contact the driver,” says Hye Jin Kim ‘13. Advisor of International Students, Paul Miller, offers the drivers cell phone for the International Students
2012 Orr Forum “Ethical Formation in a Post-Secular Age” Autonomy After Virtue - Mon, April 16, 5:00pm Scripture (Secular and Sacred) In the Task of Ethical Formation - Tues, April 17, 10:30am Forming a More Perfect Union: Democratic Virtues, Proximate Goods and Christian Formation - Tues, April 17, 7:00pm
Harry R. Brooks Complex Auditorium
ALLIES Club Hosts a ‘Sex and Candy Rave’ Promoting Safe Sex
by Georgia Kalmoutis
The ALLIES Club is hosting the dance event, a “Sex and Candy Rave”, for the college community on Fri, March 30 at in the Jensen Dining Hall from 8:00pm- 11:00pm. The purpose of the event is to provide sexual education. Organizers explain that it is also something fun and safe to participate in. “ALLIES hopes to provide accurate information regarding sexual health in a fun relaxed environment” says Treasurer of ALLIES, Laura Wilson ‘13. During the week of the event, the club will have an information table outside the Jensen Dining Hall. They will hand out goodie bags to students with condoms, sex facts, candy bracelets and necklaces and glow sticks encourage student participation and to educate. “We’re also getting several pamphlets from Planned Parenthood to distribute and the subjects vary from STD information, gay and lesbian sexual health, how to talk to your children about sexuality and more,” says President ofALLIES, Heather Humwood ‘14. “We are an educational institution and want to promote the learning of such things in and out of the classroom,” says Dean of Students, Carolyn Perkins. “The RAs gave out condoms last year before spring break”
says Director of Resident Life, Sherri Ihle Sadowski. The event’s topic is not unfamiliar to the campus. RA’s and the Residence Life Department also have programs that promote safe sex practices. Nick and Jordan, who worked the 2011 White Dinner, will DJ the event. “It’s going to be different from previous dances in that the music is going to be mostly rave, dubstep and electronica; music you would typically ﬁnd at raves… [O]f course, people would be more than welcome to request speciﬁc songs if they would like. We are planning on having UV body paint and black lights,” says Humwood. “Last semester, I entered ALLIES into an online contest to win 500 free male Trojan condoms, and we were one of the “safe space” organizations to win. Ever since then, we were trying to ﬁgure out how to distribute them. Then at the end of last semester, the idea of a “Sex and Candy Rave” was proposed,” Humwood says. The ALLIES club provides substantial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered members of the community.
A policy affecting Equestrian students, implemented in Dec. 2011, states students are no longer allowed to train over fences, or “jump” at the Penn Hall Equestrian Center without faculty or staff supervision. Students may jump outside of lessons when supervised by faculty or staff, even when riding their own horses. The Department of Equestrian Studies Policies and Procedures Handbook says, “Riders who violate these rules and policies will be considered in violation of the Honor Principle of Wilson College, and will be handled by the WCGA/Judicial Process.” “I understand that people are not happy with the restrictions of the jumping policies but I needed to reassess our liability proﬁle and that was my decision which I stand by,” says Director of Equestrian Studies, John Tukey, in a recent e-mail to riding students and faculty. “Students must realize we have to protect the liability of the college,” says Tukey. Some students expressed concerns regarding the policy. “We are paying a lot of money to be here and the facilities will only make
it worth it if we have access to them at their full potential,” states Colleen O’Reilly ‘12, who boarded her horse on campus for four years. “I ﬁnd it difﬁcult to work on exercises we learn in lessons when we are limited to just ground poles,” says Carly Nelson ‘14. Other students expressed concern over ﬁnding available supervising faculty and staff. “I feel bad asking staff to come to the arena speciﬁcally to watch me jump, so I try to coordinate and ride when they do, but I do not want them to feel obligated to watch me ride or have to work around my class schedule,” says Kelsy Peterson ‘14. Students offer suggestions to improve the policy. “I think that people should have to be tested, like the bareback or lounging tests,” suggests Michele Wright ’14, a work-study employee at the stables and a student rider. “I think that just having someone on staff at the barn as an emergency contact would be enough to have this rule put back in place,” adds Drill Team captain, Hannah DeMoss ‘13. When asked to comment, faculty and staff directed questions to Tukey.
Penn Hall Equestrian Center Restricts Riders’ Unsupervised Jumping by Victoria Perouty
Muhibbah Entertains and Prepares Food from ‘All Around the World’ for Free by April C. Davila
Every year, the students of Muhibbah Club share the food, customs and entertainment of their native countries with the campus. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Muhibbah events may be cut short. According to Muhibbah Club co-President, Jyotsna Dhakal ‘14, a problem with Muhibbah’s application for Wilson College Government Association’s (WCGA) apportionment might jeopardize their budget. “Our club is considering having [just] one of the meals every year. ...The club appealed its fall 2011 apportionment and hopes to receive one for the spring that would cover Saturday’s dinner,” says Dhakal. Traditionally Muhibbah Club offers a dessert sampler in fall and a six-course meal in the spring. Tickets for his year’s dinner, “All Around the World,” on Sat, Mar. 3 were free, but donations of $5.00 were welcomed. The menu included Pakistani fruit chaat, Armenian chicken and mushroom salad, Chinese fan quie dan hua tang and egg drop soup, Nepali rice and butter chicken, and a Thai dessert, krong krang kath sod. Participating club students come from Armenia, France, Ghana, China, Pakistan, Thailand and Mexico, Korea and Nepal. WCGA apportionment defrays some costs and students provide food preparation labor for free. Muhibbah Club advisor, Paul Miller says there were still additional charges. The cost of food increases each year, but apportionments may not. Muhibbah accepts donations until the end of March. Miller thanked WCGA for, “subsidizing part of the cost tonight. We will consider a donation basis for next year’s dinner, but it’s ultimately a club decision.” According to WCGA Treasurer, Monica Lyons ‘12,
any club can apply for apportionments. WCGA is not solely responsible for any club’s operating budget. This year WCGA cut Muhibbah’s apportionment budget for internal reasons and the Muhibbah Club initiated an apportionment appeal. Lyon adds, “I understand that it costs Muhibbah quite a bit of money for their dinners. However, as a club they need to ﬁnd a way to also support themselves and not be fully dependent upon WCGA.” Last year, many students did not attend because of the cost. Members from the community made up the bulk of attendees. Mallory Sunderland ‘14 said, “A lot of people were angry about having to pay for dinner, including myself. It was not fair to have to pay for an already paid meal plan and then have to pay an extra $3.00...for a dinner that was supposed to be for free.” About 243 guests attended this year, with 15 walk-ins. Miller says, “I am so happy to see the community come together... All the women in the club worked their hardest to make this dinner possible. They are strong independent women and I am so proud of them and the turn out.” Emily Stanton ‘15 says, “The performances were awesome... Although I do like coming in for free, just as any college student does, I deﬁnitely plan on donating.” Students explained they had no other alternatives for dinner. “I think if it were free next year, it would attract more people,” says Courtney Lieb ‘14. $250.00 of the money raised by Muhibbah will go to Maiti Denepal, a non-proﬁt organization based in Nepal that works to stop female sex trafﬁcking and domestic violence. Editor’s disclosure: Muhibbah co-President, Jyotsna Dhakal, is also a Billboard reporter.
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New Hand Bell Choir Set for Debut Performance at Premiere Weekend by David De la Rosa
A few minutes past 4:00pm ﬁnds Lortz Hall quiet with anticipation. The melodious clapping of bells playing in unison breaks the silence, creating an atmosphere of other worldliness. The Hand Bell Choir is the latest addition to the college’s performing arts community. The choir will have its ﬁrst performance Sat, March 24 at 8:00pm during Premiere Weekend. Science Program Asst., Elizabeth Thorpe directs the choir. “Wilson has owned a set of hand bells for many years, but it has been a very long time since there was an actual bell choir,” says Thorpe. 39 bells of three octaves com-
pose a bell set. A local church recently returned bell sets owned by the college. Before then, the sets had only been used occasionally by the college choir. The Bell Choir is the newest organization in the performing arts community and joins peers such as the College Choir, Orchesis and the Drama Club. It is composed of students, faculty, staff, and it has a mix of experienced bell players and individuals with little bell or musical experience. One of the more experienced players, Kristin Sellers ‘13, has been playing bells since ﬁfth grade. Her mother was a member of the bell choir at her local church.
“I started playing, and just fell in love with it,” said Sellers. “Mrs. Thorpe is awesome, and music is fun,” adds Ebby Boratenski ‘13, a bell player and member of the College Choir. Faculty Secretary, Gretchen Babendreier, ﬁnds that the bell choir is the perfect opportunity to return to music after 20 years. “Everything I learned about bells, I learned here,” says Babendreier. Prof. of Chemistry, Deb Austin also took a hiatus from music, but returned with the development of the bell choir. Austin stopped playing when she was much younger and regretted giving up music. “I haven’t done music in a while,
and this is a non-threatening environment to get back to do it,” says Austin. The Bell Choir held its ﬁrst practice on Feb. 6, and is looking forward to its debut performance during Premiere Weekend. Premiere Weekend is an annual event where accepted students and their parents/guardians can visit and stay on campus. Additionally, the Bell Choir will also be performing at the Chapel Service on Weds, April 11. The Bell Choir is still looking for people interested in music to join, and holds practices in Lortz Hall every Monday at 4:00pm. For more information please contact Elizabeth Thorpe.
2012 Women’s History Month Events “Women on the Line: Gender, Religion and Politics in the American Revolution” Wed, March 21 - 4:00pm in Patterson Lounge, Laird Hall “A Historical Look at Women and the Issue of Work/Life Balance” Thurs, March 22 - 2:00pm at the Historical Society of Franklin County - Grove Family Library
Tutors with a Cause: Students Assist with Migrant Education Program by Amber Heinbaugh
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, children scamper about, bringing life and excitement to our quiet campus. These children attend the After School Tutoring Program. Created by Asst. Prof. of Education, Lynn Newman and Student Support Specialist, Eric Mandell, with the Migrant Education and ESL Services Program, the program provide college students with a chance to give back.
Newman and Mandell designed the new program during the 2010 fall semester to improve mathematics and literacy skills of children whose second language is English. On average, 32 children participate in the program. Newman organizes the tutors, who are mainly Wilson students, while Mandell is responsible for the safe transport of the school children to Wilson. According to Newman, there are no requirements to become a tutor ex-
cept to contact her about the program. “I love seeing the student’s faces when they get something right. It is very fulﬁlling,” says student tutor Morgan Lindsay ‘14. Not only do students bond with children, says Lindsay, they also bond with the community through the mentoring relationship. Newman and Mandell met often between 2010 and 2011 to create a solid tutoring program using the resources of the campus
effectively. By the 2011 spring semester, Dean of Faculty, Mary Hendrickson approved the ﬁveweek program’s ﬁnal conception, The program began in Feb. continues until the ﬁrst week of May. “I enjoy seeing smiles of students when they arrive and work with tutors,” says Newman. Newman hopes the program continues to succeed and an increase in the number of student tutors during the 2012-2013 academic year.
ers participated, rather than the classroom full of students who will soon be job-seeking. Pfeiffer explained the steps to ﬁnding a job to a near empty room. This “no-show” audience missed information about locating jobs that pay well and offer excellent beneﬁts and a pension, said Pfeiffer. “More students need to make use of the free resources avail-
able at Wilson, to improve their chances at ﬁnding good, challenging jobs,” says Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer uses ﬂyers, emails and posters to attract students to his weekly workshops, which cover job-seeking topics such as interviewing and creating professional resumes. Without an effective set of career skills, students may not be appropri-
ately prepared for life after Wilson. Adding social media to the mix, Pfeiffer also focuses on reaching students looking for career information on-line. In addition to career workshops, students may access information on the college web site or schedule an ofﬁce appointment with Pfeiffer at the Career Development Center housed in Lenfest Commons.
Students Fail to Attend Career Development’s Job-Seeking Programs by Crystal Ellgass
Director of Career Development, Jay Pfeiffer provided students with innovative career programming for nearly a year. Yet, Pfeiffer faces a challenge in doing his job – a lack of student participation. On Fri, Feb. 17, Pfeiffer presented “Finding a Job is a Job Itself” to a near-empty room. Merely three adult learn-
“The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue for Hope” A documentary exploring the issue of hate and how people can overcome it. Thurs, March 22 - 6:00pm in Harry R. Brooks Complex Auditorium
Students Gain an Ecological Perspective While Improving the Bay’s Health by Lesley Eichelberger
Students use the Conococheague Creek for ﬁshing, picnicking and other leisure activities, as it is a beautiful part of campus. But, they also litter without regard for the far-reaching impact of their actions. The Conococheague is part of the Potomac River Watershed, which lies inside the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Therefore, the health of the Conococheague inﬂuences the health of the Chesapeake. Tina Brown ‘12 wants to bring attention to local water pollution and its consequences for the Chesapeake Bay. She and the spring Ecological Perspectives class are challenged by, Asst. Prof. of Environmental Studies, Edward Wells to identify and research local problems contributing to the Chesapeake Bay’s declining health. “I like students to do real world things, to get involved in real life issues and their community, not to just write a paper and then forget about the topic,” says Wells. Students admit difﬁculties in starting their projects. Davison Mayer ‘12 is researching a controversy involving the US Environmental Protection Agency’s measurement of nonpoint source runoff. “We need our food, we need to regulate agricultural practices and policy makers are confused. This project brings in broad topics and many disciplines. It
The Conococheague is part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
is a lot to narrow down,” he says. “Just ﬁnding resources is tough,” says Alicia Mills ‘12. Her goal is to make the public aware of an obscure, but ecologically critical ﬁsh called menhaden. Amanda Kegerreis ‘12 will monitor the Conococheague’s water quality before and after a dam is removed. “Because of budget cuts to the Fish and Boat Commission they do not have the resources to do this kind of research. Working with protocol is something I’ve never done before,” she says. Despite the challenges, the students appreciate their work’s value. Lois Collingwood ‘12 intends to gain experience for her future career in education. She is developing an education plan for students in the Pa. school system. “Lessons exist for the Bay now, but they come from Maryland. Pennsylvania requires a different standard,” she says. Wells allowed his class of seniors to choose the ecological area for the semester-long study. “Everyone agreed on the Chesapeake Bay. I didn’t have much experience with the Bay, but I knew that it had many impacts, like education, legislation and pollution. The students would be able to focus their projects based on their individual interests,” says Wells.
Oxfam Banquet Awakens Awareness of Hunger Around the World by Shin Young Lee
Forty-two community members, students, faculty and staff got a ﬁrst-hand taste of the causes of worldwide hunger and poverty at the Oxfam Hunger Banquet. Oxfam America is an international humanitarian organization. Chaplain Rosie Magee and, Director of Residence Life, Sherri Sadowski helped organize the banquet on Thurs, March 1 in Laird Hall. “We often think that hunger is about ‘too little food and too many people’ but it is not. It is about power and control of the food supply and how people are deprived of access to a balanced diet through forces that are beyond their control,” says Magee. Upon arrival, guests randomly drew tickets assigning them to the upper, middle or lower income levels. The tickets corresponded with a class-based meal and seating arrangement reﬂecting current statistics. Upper class participants were seated at a set table. They were offered a drink choice upon arrival and quickly received a hot meal. The representative middle class was not seated at a table, but received a chair. Lower class participants were seated on the ﬂoor. “I just have rice. It isn’t enough,” says Adrienna Rowe ‘15, a lowerincome participant. Lower class participants did not have spoons, so they sipped their plates. Some of them tried to get seconds, but were denied.
“It’s the reality,” saysTammy Clark ‘13. “I feel sad and angry at the same time.” Executive Director at Project Share Food Bank, Elaine Livas gave a speech about poverty and inequality issues in food distribution. “Many children around the world died now due to the famine. They do not choose,” she says. “Through the Hunger Banquet, we’ve felt and learned the reality. But, it’s not ﬁnal thing. Find yourself. Educate. I do believe we can change the world,” says Sadowski.
Class Upper Class (8 people)
Menu Pasta, sauce, meatballs, broccoli, orange or grape juice and water
Middle Class (12 people) Rice, beans and water Lower Class (20 people)
Rice and water without forks or spoons
Editorial Mission Statement: The Wilson Billboard is a once-monthly student-run newsmagazine serving the Wilson College and Chambersburg community. Our mission is to relay important information to the campus and provide a forum for intelligent and democratic discussion. To fulﬁll this mission, the Billboard recognizes the many goals of the Wilson community and strives to encourage communication between students, faculty, staﬀ, and administration in an ethical and non-biased fashion.
Billboard Staff Adviser Dr. Aimee-Marie Dorsten Editor-in-Chief Laura B. Hans Managing Editor Brooke Ketron Copy Editor Laura B. Hans Staff Writers Jyostna Dhakal Shin Young Lee Soyoung An April C. Davila Lesley Eichelberger Georgia Kalmoutis Victoria Perouty David De la Rosa Amber Heinbaugh Crystal Ellgass Graphic Designers Caileigh Oliver Brooke Ketron Laura B. Hans
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