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Guilty, but undeterred Despite verdict, local officials remain positive

University recruits at national college fair By Steve Hullings

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Arts & Life Editor Charles Berryhill, Waynesburg Borough Council president, met State Rep. H. William DeWeese when he started playing little league baseball. As his teacher, Berryhill was impressed with DeWeese’s intelligence and composure. As his friend, he was impacted by his integrity. Despite this fact, he was not surprised when DeWeese was found guilty on five counts of theft, criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest on Monday. “I wasn’t shocked; I was just disgusted,” Berryhill said of the conviction. “I really believe [DeWeese] because I think that of all of the legislators in the House, he has more integrity than all of them.” DeWeese was convicted for using taxpayer money to pay state employees for campaign work while they were on Government time. Berryhill and others shared their comments about DeWeese after the outSee DEWEESE on A3

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State Rep. Bill DeWeese was found guilty Monday. He is planning to appeal the ruling and expects to remain on the ballot for the spring primary.

Promising appeal, DeWeese remains optimistic about future By Angela Wadding Editorial Assistant

ing to debates only one day after being convicted on five of six charges, including theft and conspiracy. Considering recent events, DeWeese reflected on one of his first bills ever signed into law. “It’s ironic in light of what has been

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Late Tuesday night, State Rep. H William DeWeese headed home to his apartment in Harrisburg after being on the floor of the House of Representatives. He spent most of his night listen-


Students to host after school reading clinic for children By Anastasia Barr Staff Writer The junior class of Waynesburg University’s Department of Education is holding an after school reading clinic for Greene County elementary students at no charge on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 — 5:45 p.m. Chelsee Ritz, a junior early childhood and

special education major, feels that this experience will definitely help with her future as a teacher, especially with the hands on aspect of teaching. “Having the opportunity to implement techniques that I have learned throughout my educational courses is

going on recently that the first bill I signed a quarter of a century ago was an effort to make the Pennsylvania political world more wholesome and idealistic,” said DeWeese. On Monday, after hearing the news, Greene County office employees of DeWeese continued business as

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Research shows college still best option By Kyle Oland Editorial Assistant There are many reasons why high school students choose to attend college. Naming a few of these reasons, include: to leave home, to party, to better their lives and because they do not know what else to do. According to a recent survey by UCLA that polled first-year students all across the country, 85.9 percent of first-year students said that being able to land a good job is a very important reason for attending college.



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An increase in college applicants has been seen over the past few years. Last year, 2,410 people applied for admission, which is an increase from previous years.




Music Program Collegium Musicum features accomplished musicians. See Page D1

Community Action Southwest was awarded a grant to start a program called Assets For Independence for low income families in Greene County.

The women’s basketball team knocked off first-place Saint Vincent.

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Waynesburg University took advantage of one of its largest recruiting days at the Pittsburgh National College Fair. The college fair included three sessions, two on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and one on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will take place at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. “It’s a fun event,” said Assistant Director of Admissions Katie White. “It shows us how popular Waynesburg University really is, especially in the Pittsburgh area.” The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is the host of the Pittsburgh National College Fair, as well as hundreds of other free national college fairs across the United States. Because it is a national college fair, 281 other postsecondary schools from across the nation will be in attendance, even schools located in Hawaii. “Some of the schools will send alumni reps,” White said. “Sometimes it’s someone locally that lives here.” Although hundreds of

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By Nate Regotti Staff Writer Every Tuesday through the academic school year, students around campus gather for the weekly chapel service held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m. This Tuesday was no different with chapel packed full of staff and students from the University. “You can always find me there,” sophomore K Scarry said. “I just love the environment it brings to campus.” The service began as usual with worship from the Chapel Band and an opening prayer. Robbie Schultz led the congregation in the opening prayer followed by another worship song from the Chapel Band. Freshman Sacia Webb introduced this week’s speaker Saleem Ghubril. Ghubril is an ordained Presbyterian minister, who has devoted his life to serving the people of his community of the city of Pittsburgh through outreach and education programs. Ghubril is most noted for founding The Pittsburgh Project in the city’s North Side. According to its website, The Pittsburgh Project is a community development organization that annually provides free home renovations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors. The organization also deploys thousands of volunteer youth in meaningful com-

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Kristyn Komarnicki to speak about the effects of sex trafficking and pornography By Rob Longo This Tuesday, Feb. 14, PRISM Magazine editor Kristyn Komarnicki will be at Waynesburg University to speak about evangelical social action. According to the magazine, PRISM is a bimonthly publication that “encourages a vision of relevant, compassionate Christian witness in our culture.” The Evangelicals for Social Action run the magazine. Komarnicki plans to talk about sex trafficking, pornography as well as many other topics. “One thing I hope students learn out of this is how pornography is so closely tied with our culture,” said Tom Ribar, the University’s chaplain. “You saw that this past Sunday with the commercial.” It may not be explicit porn, but its close enough that it can be considered ‘soft porn.’ The bottom line is sex sells.” Sophomore nursing major Derrick Conner,

who is also the newest resident assistant on the third floor of Martin Hall, believes the talks will fit in well with Who’s Your Neighbor Week, which will take place from Feb. 12 to Feb. 17. “Komarnicki’s topics fit well with the whole message we’re trying to convey here for the week,” said Conner. “This coming Friday, we will have a program in Martin called “Porn and Pizza,” where we stress the effects of pornography and have some pizza there for everyone to enjoy as well.” Porn and Pizza will take place Feb. 10 in the third floor lounge of Martin Hall at 7 p.m. Komarnicki will be speaking at Chapel, as well as in the Center for Research and Development Building in room 104 at noon. On Feb. 14, Komarnicki will speak one final time that evening in on the first floor lounge of Wilson Hall. “The majority of the porn industry is fueled by men, so we wanted to really drive the point home and speak in a male dorm,” said Ribar.

juniors who are trying to gain this field experience by tutoring the elementary students, according to chair of the Department of Education Debra Clarke. “Administering the literacy tests at the beginning will give me familiarity with the process of overseeing these tests to my future students. “Also, creating the lesson plans to help increase literacy skills will give my fellow education classmates and I a great opportunity to improve our lesson plan writing skills,” said Ritz. Associate Professor of Education Dr. Fran Boyd decided to bring the program back to Waynesburg after Dr. Henderson retired from Waynesburg. “We all have a calling, the clinic is mine, and I get excited,” said Boyd. “We have two goals, we really want to help the students that struggle and we want the kids to fall in love with reading,” said Boyd. Along with Boyd’s

goal, Ritz also believes the reading clinic will help improve the children’s literacy skills from the time they begin working with them until the end of April. “We do this by first administering a reading test to the children, to determine if they are reading at the appropriate grade level.” If the child is reading below their expected level, we create a lesson plan to help increase their literacy skills” said Ritz. During the program, the elementary students will be involved in group activities which will include a short warm up reading activity, followed by small group sessions. During the group sessions, the tutors will show the kids how to make reading fun and then they will end with a large group activity that is designed to make the kids more eager about reading. For more information about registration for the after school clinic, contact Dr. Fran Boyd.

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Saleem Ghubril, Pittsburgh Project founder and current executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise, spoke to students during Chapel last Tuesday. munity service initiatives. Ghubril has since resigned from The Pittsburgh Project to work as the executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise, a similar organization that helps fund urban student’s college expenses and strives to improve the city’s public schools. Ghubril delivered a simple sermon based on scripture that many chapel regulars have heard. He preached out of the book of Jonah, but put a different spin on what most people are used to

hearing. “When I say Jonah, what do you think of,” Ghubril asked the crowd. Everyone that replied aloud immediately responded with “whale.” Whale wasn’t the word that Ghubril was looking for however. Ghubril looked for “rebellion” or “evangelist” from the crowd. Ghubril stressed that there are several underlying meanings throughout the book of Jonah. The minister pointed out that the Book of Jonah is not

about a whale or a man that liked to rebel against God, but it was about God not giving up on Jonah. “Jonah could be a book of a man swallowed by a fish, or about a missionary, but it is really about a God who does not give up.” The Chapel Band closed with a final worship song. Chapel will be held again next week in the Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., where Kristyn Komarnicki will be the guest speaker.

what I hope to gain,” Ritz said. “It will also be very rewarding to see the children improve their literacy skills through-

out this semester and walk away with more confidence in their reading skills and be better readers overall.” It is a requirement

for all education students to have 200 hours of hands on experience while working with children. This clinic is run by

CORRECTION In the Feb. 2 edition of the Yellow Jacket, a story on B4 included a headline and photo that identified the wrong school. The school being renovated is the West Greene Middle/Senior High School. The Yellow Jacket regrets the error.


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Department of Nursing offers majors specialized hands-on equipment classes By Mandy Ormsby Staff Writer Waynesburg University nursing students engaged in a long, eight hour class on Monday, Feb. 1. Thirty-eight junior nursing students went to their regular Medical Surgical lecture from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and then the Medical Surgical lab was prolonged from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Though it was a long day for the students, it was worth the time. Nursing professors Wendy Edgar and Leslie Kwasny taught a class called “Nursing Care of Patients with Alterations in Cardiac Output: Arrhythmias.” The class was meant to help the students further their knowledge and have some hands on opportunities and lessons for the future. Junior Missy Barger felt that the experience was very important. “I thought it was really interesting and I was pretty excited about the fact that now I know what the monitors are actually showing,” said Barger. “We have to know them for nursing; it is not really an option.” The students went through the different types of monitor readings that showed arrhythmias. The students specifically learned how to interpret EKG readings or electrocardiogram readings and looking at electrical conductivity patterns of the heart. They learned that a three second strip on paper that has 15 represents six beats, and multiplying that six by ten equals the number of beats per minute. This is used to see if the patient has an irregular heart beat or if their heart is racing or beating

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Thirty-eight junior department of nursing students attended a recent lecture that helped students work with some equipment. The class was taught by nursing professors Wendy Edgar and Leslie Kwasny and was titled, “Nursing Care of Patients with Alterations in Cardiac Output: Arrhythmias.”

University utilizes fair Continued from A1 schools are represented at the event every year, Waynesburg is a school that consistently gets attention. “We are always really busy,” White said. “We always have lines of students waiting for us and to talk to us.” According to NACAC, college enrollment is up 23 percent in the past 10 years, which transfers to more than 18 million students in attendance. A greater number of high school students are looking to enroll in college than ever before. “For high school students, choosing the right college is a very important decision that requires accurate, in-depth information and personal contact with the college or university,” NACAC said on it’s website. Waynesburg takes advantage of this great opportunity every year, sending representatives consistently since NACAC started hosting a college fair in Pittsburgh. According to the Waynesburg University Admissions Office, over 700 contacts are made every year at the Pittsburgh National College Fair, including students from all across the United

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slowly. The students learned how to measure the cardiac impulses of the heart. Next week, the junior Waynesburg students will gather again for a class that will go more in depth on the topic. “Next week in class we are supposed see them on the monitors in the simulation lab for more practice on how to

read them. It helps make the nursing experience a little more real.” This gives us the understanding of if a patient came in with a heart attack or arrhythmia, we would know what to look for,” said Barger The information the students were given is being taught all over the nation to nursing stu-

dents. “This is a senior level course for most nursing programs,” said Janet Coleman, a BSN and RN and an assistant nursing professor at Lancaster General College of Nursing. Waynesburg University has a strong program with a four year 100% state board passing rate and allows students to be ahead of the game.

come of court action was widely reported by statewide news sources. Of the six felony charges against DeWeese, he was found guilty on five counts. He was found guilty on three counts of theft, one count of conflict of interest and one count of conspiracy. He was acquitted on a single count of theft. According to Debbie Konosky, legislative assistant for DeWeese, he and his attorney continue to dispute the charges and plan to appeal. Blair Zimmerman, mayor of Waynesburg Borough, maintains the same opinion of DeWeese that he has always had: he is a good man. “I regarded Bill as a friend and I supported him and I will always support him,” Zimmerman said. “He’s done so much good; I would never turn my back on him.” According to Zimmerman, DeWeese’s continued support of Greene County awarded him a lot of followers. “I’m very disappointed. I still believe it’s a witchhunt, but being one of the most powerful people in the state . . . people in Philadelphia didn’t like it,” Zimmerman said. “Governor Corbett and the District Attorney they didn’t like that he did so much for us; he was an obvious target.” On Monday afternoon, the employees in DeWeese’s Waynesburg office confirmed that the

States, particularly high school juniors. “The other schools weren’t as good at explaining what I could do,” said sophomore Eric Bost, recollecting his experience at the Pittsburgh National College Fair during his junior year of high school. “Waynesburg made it really clear to me what I could do, how fast I could get started.” Bost had received letters in the mail from Waynesburg before attending the fair and decided he wanted Waynesburg to be the first booth he looked at. Admission counselors work throughout the day talking to prospective students, handing out information and brochures as well as answering any questions from people attending the event. With the improved technology, receiving information from prospective students is quicker and easier than ever before. Instead of having each person fill out a sheet of information, a scanning device is used to scan each person’s card, instantly giving colleges and universities access to all kinds of information such as high school name, expected year of graduation, intended major. “It’s just one big process,” White said. “But it all starts with that college fair and the initial contact with students.”

state representative is appealing the charges and plans to run for office again when the time comes. Konosky said she feels that DeWeese has impacted the county positively, whether through his work with Waynesburg University or helping with funding for Greene County. “I’m not worried,” she said. “It’s just that this has never happened before.” Zimmerman agrees that DeWeese’s impact on the area is worth recognizing. “They [Government officials] needed someone to go after,” Zimmerman said. “Greene County will never see the funding again like it has - it’s just not going to happen, so the big government won out.” In addition, Berryhill said he feels that the verdict will hurt the area more than it will benefit it. “I just don’t know what they were looking at [when they convicted him]. When you have a witness they are going to say what you want them to say,” Berryhill said. “If this goes to conclusion, we are going to lose one of the best in terms of bringing resources to Greene County that we’ve ever had.” DeWeese is to be sentenced in late April. Berryhill said that this will not be the last time people see DeWeese in the spotlight; he expects him to fight. “He made himself one of the big guns through his integrity and his intelligence,” Berryhill said. “This is an ex-marine officer - they don’t give up easily.”


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Week to feature theme of ‘Love in a World of Conflict’ By Nick Farrell

way that we can empower people who don’t have power themOn the tenth selves.” In Cockroft’s mind, anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, Waynesburg Uni- one must find a meanversity held “Who’s ing in the question Your Neighbor Week” before finding ways to empower with the the powtheme of erless. “Love in a “When World of The greatest developConflict.” ing the A second commandment is to theme, “Who’s love the Lord your Your God and the second is we were thinking Neighbor of the Week” is like it; to love your set to take neighbor as yourself... ways in place from ‘Who’s Your Neighbor which people Feb. 13 to Week’ is a response to are powFeb. 18. erless, The that calling. and there theme for Martin Cockroft are lots the Spring Assistant professor of of ways semester’s creative writing in which rendition they are of “Who’s powerYour Neighbor Week” is less,” said Cockroft. “Empowering the Pow- “Poverty is one of those things where you may erless.” Martin Cockroft, not have the same assistant professor of access to education and creative writing, is one other resources that with more of the instructors who people has helped coordinate wealth have. “That’s just one the week-long event. Cockroft said that example of being powthe focus of the event is erless, and there are to help students find others. Basically, lookways to follow Jesus’ ing at different examcommand to love your ples of who is powerless will help students learn neighbor as yourself. “The greatest com- about them and find mandment is to love ways to be of assisthe Lord your God and tance.” There will be a numthe second is like it; to love your neighbor as ber of activities that yourself,” said Cock- will allow students to roft. “’Who’s Your become educated on Neighbor Week’ is a different “powerless” response to that call- groups from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17. ing.” According to CockAccording to Cockroft, “Who’s Your roft, planned activities Neighbor Week” is held include a visit from Pulitzer Prize-winning once per semester. The goal of the event poet Claudia Emerson is to compel students to on Feb. 13 and a viewdiscover who their ing of the movie “The Visitor” the following neighbor really is. “The question “Who day. Anne Bannister, a is your neighbor?” is put to all of us,” said recent graduate of Waynesburg University, Cockroft. “We have a week- will be returning to long series where we campus to speak during speak to that question “Who’s Your Neighbor based on the theme that Week.” Banister will be we think addresses it.” In the fall, because it speaking about her documenting was the tenth anniver- work sary of Sept. 11, we women. Also, on Thursday picked a theme called “Love in a World of from 11 1 p.m., Professor Cockroft will Conflict.” This spring, we are host a seminar on creasking how we can ative writing and social show love in such a justice.

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College still best option Continued from A1 This year’s percentage is the strongest response to the question in the 40 years the survey has been used. With the recent recession that the U.S. has faced, students have seen their parents lose their jobs, forcing many to reconsider their reasons for attending college. Matt Halula, a freshman who is still considering his options for a major, said his motivation for attending college stemmed from his father’s recent job loss. “I realized that after my dad was fired, that a college education may help me from having the same fate as my dad,” Halula said. “I want a college degree that will help increase my stock as a professional.” Dave Rykala also had reason to continue his education. “I wanted to go to college to further my education,” said Rykala, senior sports management major. “ In today’s world, just going to high school will not get you where you want to be life. You need to take that next step in the education process. You need the piece of

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Sophomore Grant Strouse works in one of the science labs in Stewart Hall. Waynesburg University offers students many different opportunities. paper to get the job.” Since he was young, Rykala has had a dream to one day be a football coach. He said he knew the only way his dream would become a reality was if he attended college. “I knew that becoming a football coach would be much harder had I not went to college and studied sports management,” said Rykala. “I also have gotten so much experience being a student coach. I have experienced

things the last four years that had I not gone to college I would never have experienced.” Over the last few years, Waynesburg University has seen a rise in high school senior applicants applying for the University. According to statistics from Admissions, each year the number of senior applicants has increased. In 2007, there were 2,261 applicants. In 2008 that number jumped to 2,312 appli-

Rep. looks toward future Continued from A1 usual, but did express concern. Debbie Konosky, legislative assistant, said they had not received enough information to comment on DeWeese’s next step. She did, however, reflect on DeWeese’s character and expressed her support. “He has always been excellent to me and very nice,” said Konosky. “I’ve never had anything bad to say about him.” Konosky was one of many who testified at DeWeese’s trial, although she could not divulge any information about it. A Greene County native and former Speaker of the House, DeWeese has served the 50th district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 36 years. “I personally have come to know him [DeWeese] intimately over the past two years because I have represent-

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Rep. Bill DeWeese has served the 50th district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 36 years. ed him. He is a very good person, good hearted and has touched a lot of people in his career as a state representative for 36 years,” said Bill Costopoulos, defense attorney to DeWeese. “He is very trusting of everyone and some would say he is so trusting that it is a fault because he can be taken advantage of by the people he trusts most.” During his time as a representative DeWeese has aided in bringing grants and loans totaling

more than $200 million to his district. “I would like to be remembered as a youngster who grew up playing in the parks near the college and First Presbyterian Church, as well as on Yellow Jacket football and baseball fields,” DeWeese said. “When I went into a position of some prominence within the Pennsylvania political pantheon, I was able to direct millions of state money back to the wonderful school through

cants. In 2009 and 2010, the number of applicants rose to 2,325 and 2,407, respectively. This past year, 2,410 students applied for admission at Waynesburg University. With the current trend, Waynesburg University and other colleges around the country should continue to see a growth in college applicants, as students continue to pursue higher education with the hopes of bettering their lives.

budgetary items that I shepherded through the state budget process.” DeWeese said that being a Representative for Pennsylvania is all that he knows. “The institute of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has been the focus of a lifetime of political and personal passion,” he said. “Other than the three years I spent as a young officer in the United States Marines it has been the only vocation I have known.” DeWeese said he believes political science is an oxymoron and that politics is more like an art rather than a science. “I’d like to think that over the span of the years I have practiced my craft with dexterity, enthusiasm and distinction,” he said. DeWeese has an optimistic outlook on what is to come of his career. “I believe I will be vindicated in the appeals court of Pennsylvania and return once again to represent my 62,000 neighbors of the 50th district and the Hall of the House that I love so much,” he said.

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Greene County residents divided on DeWeese verdict By Kaitlin Edwards Executive Editor After Democratic state Rep. H. William DeWeese was found guilty of five different charges, Greene County residents are divided on whether to continue to support the representative. “Everyone seems to be really split on the issue of how to react to the guilty verdicts. Some people are mad, other people are pretty happy about the decisions,” said Andrew Robert, a Waynesburg resident. “Regardless of how people feel about Bill DeWeese, this trial will have an impact upon the county.”

According to statewide news sources, DeWeese was brought to trial on six different charges beginning Jan. 20 in Harrisburg, and was found guilty of five counts on Monday. Greene County residents surveyed at the Bowlby Library and Greene County Courthouse offered varying opinions on the situation. Allen Archer, of Mapletown, has voted for DeWeese several times during his tenure in various offices. “Bill DeWeese has done so much for Greene County that I don’t even know what to think about this whole trial thing. He has been helping the community for several years

as well in a bunch of different offices,” said Archer. “I don’t know, I’d probably still vote for him.” With DeWeese a prominent figure in Greene County, the county could be looking toward political changes in the future based on the aftermath. “This verdict hopefully won’t have too much of an impact on the county I don’t think,” said Mariah Engrid, of Jefferson. “There’s too many people who need Bill’s help, that I don’t think it will be good if anything happens to him. I think… I think he was framed. See RESIDENTS on B4

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Rep. DeWeese (shown here taking the oath of office in January, 2011) was convicted on 5 of 6 counts on Monday.

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A customer purchases a valentine from the Humane Society’s table in Giant Eagle on Tuesday. With the help of student volunteers from Waynesburg University, the Humane Society sold the valentines in order to raise funds to pay for food and other necessities for the animals.

Humane Society sells valentines to raise funds By Amanda Wishner Online Content Coordinator For most people, Valentine’s Day is a time for romance, roses and For the chocolate. Humane Society of Greene County, it is a time for collecting donations and rescuing animals in need. On Tuesday, student volunteers set up a table at the

Giant Eagle in Waynesburg to sell valentines to The local shoppers. valentines were only five dollars each, and all proceeds went toward helping the humane society. According to their website, the Humane Society of Greene County receives no government support or funding. Most of their daily necessities, such as food and cleaning supplies, are donations from members of the community. The humane society teamed up with Waynesburg University students to make this fundraiser a possibility. Caitlyn Bolon and

Kelsey Bradley, both junior public relations majors, contributed time and effort to raise money for the Humane Society of Greene County. Bradley said the volunteers needed their assistance because it is such a busy time for them. The design process was a collaborative work between Jane Gapen, executive director of the Humane Society of Greene County, and the students. Gapen chose several photos of animals from the humane society that she felt were compelling, and Bradley selected one cat and one dog.

Using a design template, she and Bolon created the valentines, which read: “Happy Valentine’s Day! A contribution has been made to the Greene County Humane Society!” Last year, Bradley worked alongside other students, volunteers and Dairy Waynesburg’s Queen to organize the CamHave-A-Heart paign fundraiser, and she said she will continue to help out in any way she can. “Both the animals and been have people absolutely wonderful to work with,” she said . “I can only hope I’ve

made as big of an impact on them as they have on me.” After just one day, they raised $163 and sold 20 valentines. She and Bolon plan to continue selling the remaining valentines over the course of the next few weeks. “People do not realize how important humane societies are to the community. It’s not just a place to dump your animals when you don’t have time for them anymore; its a safe place animals can go when they don’t have anywhere else to call home,” said Bradley.

Preserving history Flenniken Library digitalizes documents relating to Greene County history By Kyle Edwards Region Editor Flenniken Library Digital History Flenniken Public Library in Carmichaels has begun a project to digitalize all of its records relating to Greene County history. According to Library Director Linda Orsted, the project is an attempt to make information on Greene County’s history more accessible to the public and to give it some sort of index. “Sometimes people

want to find out some information on their ancestors or look up an obituary; that sort of information is not really indexed,” she said. “So by having this information on our website, they’ll have a place that they can access that information.” The first record to be digitalized was a weekly newspaper that was published from 1946 to 1952 called the Greene Countian, Orsted said. “Some of the original documents that we have are too fragile to be used.

“ having this information on our website [everyone] will have a place that they can access that information [on Greene County’s history].” Linda Orsted Director, Flenniken Public Library

The file that we’ll put up will be searchable, so any item from that period that was featured in the paper will be easily accessible to anyone who needs it,” she said. “We have it now in a PDF file, so it’s ready to

be put up on our website.” Newspaper articles are not the only thing being digitalized, however. Orsted explained that Flenniken Library published some local histories of the smaller com-

munities in the area during the 1990s, and those will eventually be place on the web site as well. “We own the copyright to those books,” she said. “We’re in the process of digitizing those now.” Jessica Miller, assistant director of Flenniken Library said she is excited about the project. “I think it’s going to be really great. It’s going to allow people who don’t necessarily have See LIBRARY on B4

As officials discuss upcoming development projects in Greene County, attempting to meet a growing need for housing, the Housing Task Force has posted the Greene County Housing Plan and Policy for residents to comment and understand what changes might occur in their neighborhoods. Posted on the Greene County website, the plan is open for a 45-day public comment period to ensure there are no mistakes and to receive the public’s input. “It has to be representative of the community: the public, the county,” said Robbie Matesic, the executive director of economic development for the Department of Economic Development. After 45 days, the housing plan becomes legally adopted into the county’s comprehensive plan, noting that housing is Greene County’s most critical issue. “A lot of Greene County residents know the need for housing, so they understand that our intentions are good,” said Chris Hardie, county planner for the Department of Economic Development. “We needed a starting plan to get things going.” However, the information within the plan is not only for Greene County residents. “We are trying to put together information and make it a little bit easier. We have thought this through. We have some locations. We have talked to township officials. We know who is interested,” said Matesic. “We have that information assembled so when See PLAN on B4


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Tax at last Pa. Senate passes bill to tax shale drilling On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation that will authorize a tax on the shale gas industry and set uniform standards for development. This bill has been the subject of heated debate over the past few months. Lawmakers have been trying and failing to agree on how to harness the development of the Marcellus Shale gas deposit. Critics of the bill feel that it is merely the state’s way of surrendering to the energy industry and would all but eradicate municipalities’ ability to decide where gas development could happen. On the other hand, supporters of the bill claim that it is high time to focus the government’s approach, or risk losing a valuable opportunity to capitalize on the industry while it is booming. The Senate should be applauded for their efforts to finally bring some revenue into the state’s coffers from this industry. The vast majority of the Marcellus Shale rests within the borders of the state of Pennsylvania, and it’s a source of practically unlimited income that the state desperately needs. Gov. Corbett’s change of heart since his budget revelations last fall is the best thing that has happened to this state under his administration. Maybe now that this issue has been resolved, the state government can focus on some of the more pressing issues that currently face the Commonwealth.

Empower the powerless Get involved with Who’s Your Neighbor Week Empower the powerless. It’s not that hard. Actually, there is an entire week dedicated to just that. This semester’s Who’s Your Neighbor Week kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 12 and will reach its conclusion on Friday, Feb 17. The theme of the week is “Where is the Love?” Need the answer? Who’s Your Neighbor week starts with Upper Room on Sunday night. By Monday, the week is in full swing with the opening of a photo exhibit and poetry by Claudia Emerson. On Tuesday, Kristyn Komarnicki will present at 11 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. In addition, the film “The Visitor” will play in Alumni Hall. At noon on Wednesday, “Voices of the Powerless” takes place in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. A presentation on empowering the women of Nepal will be held later that evening. Thursday is full of events including the Creative Writing Workshop, the Habitat Luncheon and the Coffee House, featuring PW Gopal. The week concludes its events on Friday at noon with a discussion with PW Gopal. So there is the answer. Empower the powerless by attending the events that are offered during Who’s Your Neighbor Week. Learn about world issues, different countries and equality – and enjoy a couple good presentations along the way.

Super Bowl ‘signs’ wrong message to viewers Super Bowl Sunday is always an exciting day. Whether you watched the game or not, it’s almost impossible to avoid the buzz: Who do you think will win? Was that call fair? Can any halftime show performance be worse than the Black Eyed Peas? The list goes on. But there was even more controversy than usual surrounding this year’s game. Super Bowl XLVI was the most-watched program in the history of television in the United States.


Over 60,000 people gathered at the Lucas Oil Stadium to see the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants, and lose. Over 111.3 million U.S. football fans watched the infamous Super Bowl commercials.Viewers in hundreds of countries throughout the world saw Madonna lip sync her way through a halftime compilation of her

Apple employees treated poorly We’ve all probably had jobs— past or present—that we didn’t particularly like. Some might say hate. Maybe it has even gone as far as causing you to lie a bit; perhaps you’ve called in sick a couple times when you weren’t actually sick just to get a day away from the place. We don’t like work, but what we do like is technology. Most

biggest hits. And if you missed British singer M.I.A. give the finger to the masses, I’m sure you can find it on YouTube. But very few people had the opportunity to see something truly inspiring. (And no, I don’t mean watching 53-year-old Madge shuffle with LMFAO.) Many of you have probably never heard of Rachel Mazique, the National Association for the Deaf’s Miss Deaf America. I’d never heard of her, or the title of Miss Deaf America, until this


teens and adults can’t go more than an hour or two without texting, tweeting or checking Facebook. Students rely on it for schoolwork, catching up on the latest news and staying in touch with friends. Communication students at the University, like myself, depend on the Mac lab in Buhl to get most of our homework done. We play music from our iPods while we drive, relax or work out. We read books on iPads, Nooks or

week. And if things had played out a little differently on Super Bowl Sunday, she might be in the news for another, better reason. Mazique was crowned Miss Deaf America in 2010. She was chosen to sign (not sing) the national anthem and “America The Beautiful” alongside Kelly Clarkson and country artists Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. But she never got her big moment. She didn’t appear on See ROLE on B3

Kindles. So what does hating your job and an obsession with technology have in common? Everything, for more than a million Chinese workers at Foxconn. "Foxconn takes our responsibility to our employees very seriously and we work hard to give our 1.2 million employees in China a safe and positive working environment and compensation and benefits that are competitive with all of our industry peers in that location," Foxconn said in a statement for CNN. However, ask one of the workers and they would be quick to See CONDITIONS on B3

Cancer cure money should be spent wisely One of my favorite things about Waynesburg University is its participation in cancer awareness activities. The club Colleges Against Cancer holds a mini Relay For Life every April and has consecutively raised over $10,000 each year for the past few years. CAC educates students and local Greene County residents about cancer and it encourages us to also spread awareness. CAC hosts a breast cancer awareness table


and “Think Pink Week.” To top it off, there is Dig for the Cure, a women’s volleyball game devoted to spreading awareness. CAC is obviously dedicated to help fight back against cancer. All the more reason for us to be aware of what is going on with

Susan B. Komen for the Cure, one of the largest and best-funded breast cancer awareness organizations in the United States. To start, the once apolitical Komen for the Cure recently became political. They provided funding to Planned Parenthood in the past, and after much controversy in the last year, removed funding – only to provide it again. This time, I think the funding is there to stay.

Despite how you feel about Planned Parenthood and what the organization stands for – whether that is abortion or women’s rights – you should be upset. You run races, wear pink and raise money, expecting your efforts to help the fight against breast cancer. I am sure it does. Komen provides breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. It discusses what a See GRANTS on B3


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Role model left unseen Continued from B2

Regarding United States spy drones When the Londonbased Bureau of Investigative Journalism released a report Sunday claiming that U.S. drone strikes have killed dozens of civilian rescuers and mourners in Pakistan, the American media scarcely noticed. Similarly, while other countries hotly debate America’s covert program of targeted assassination, its legality has never been considered by a U.S. court and is seldom discussed by Congress, which has ceded extraordinary authority over the drone program to the president and the

CIA. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s findings are worth a look, not because they’re an ironclad assertion of facts on the ground in Pakistan’s tribal areas, where solid information is hard to come by, but because of the questions they raise about the drone program. The three-month investigation turned up evidence that at least 50 civilians were killed when they tried to rescue people injured in a drone attack, only to be hit with another round of missiles. Eyewitness accounts in such places

as the tribal areas must be regarded with great skepticism; playing up alleged U.S. atrocities is a common recruiting strategy for terrorist. Are funerals appropriate targets, even when they provide an opportunity to lure dangerous terrorists out of hiding? The drone program is so secretive that until last week it was not officially acknowledged to exist; President Obama changed that in an online appearance in which he insisted that drone attacks “have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties.”

Such assurances, even when they come from the president, aren’t enough. Other countries have developed drone technology, and if they follow U.S. precedent, they could start targeting their own enemies across any border they like, including our own. It is past time for U.S. courts and the United Nations to explore the legal issues involved in targeted assassination and set rules that take into account advances in technology. ___ This editorial originally appeared in the L.A. Times

This week in history... By Nick Farrell Editorial Assistant Feb. 4, 1789 George Washington was unanimously elected by the Electoral College to become the first President of the United States of America. Washington was re-elected on the same day in 1792 and was the only president to ever be selected unanimously by the Electoral College. This day marks the beginning of a world power. Since Washington’s election as the original president of the U.S.A., 43 other men have held what is believed to be the most powerful position in the world. President Barrack Obama currently serves as the Commander-in-Chief. Feb. 7, 1964 “Beatlemania”


Grants not well-spent Continued from B2 mammogram is, what happens during a mammogram and even if mammograms are accurate. After an incredible amount of information, women should wonder, “Where can I get a mammogram?” Plannedparenthood.or g answers the question, “Ask your health care provider, health department, or staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center about where you can get a mammogram in your


America on this day 48 years ago when the Beatles arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York. The Beatles’ first American tour made its mark on our nation’s culture. American youth wanted to break away from the society of the 1950s; the music and style of the Beatles became the perfect catalyst for the new generation of American teens. The Beatles experienced success worldwide, and to some, “Beatlemania” still exists today. During April of 1964, each of the top five best-selling singles in America were Beatles’ tunes. Now, Beatles albums and singles are available for download on iTunes. Feb. 9, 1992 After a shocking announcement that he would retire from the NBA because he had contracted the HIV virus, Earvin “Magic” Johnson returned to the NBA for the Association’s 42nd annual All-Star Game.

area.” In fact, Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms. What are the breastscreening grants being used for then? Despite the hypocrisy, says, “For more than 90 years, we’ve worked to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.” If they are working so hard to improve women’s health and safety, they should provide mammograms. This is really a dent

The game was held in Orlando, Florida and Johnson was voted into the game even though he cut ties with the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the start of the 1991-1992 season. The man simply known as “Magic” was dubbed one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. He is best known for his insane passing skills, his rivalry with sharpshooter Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, his five NBA titles with the Lakers and his infectious smile. During the All-Star Game, he dropped 25 points and added 9 assists while helping the West beat the East, 153-113. Magic was named game MVP for his outstanding performance. Though most medical professionals claim that HIV patients shouldn’t expect to live more than 15 years after contracting the virus, Johnson is now 52 and has survived with the disease for over 20 years.

on Planned Parenthood’s reputation and legitimacy, though. Komen, on the other hand, certainly works hard for the cause. Especially to protect its trademark, “For the Cure.” By the end of 2010, Komen identified and sued over 100 of smaller charities using the slogan, including Kites for a Cure, Par for the Cure, Surfing for a Cure and Cupcakes for a Cure. Sadly, Komen devoted enormous amounts of time and at least one million dollars to protect its trademark, time and money that could have been spent on raising awareness or finding a

cure. does ensure that they are extremely careful with the money entrusted to them. As a result, we see a sharp decline in breast cancer and deaths caused by breast cancer. We need to be aware of where our efforts are invested, and we should encourage Susan B. Komen for the Cure to reconsider how they spend a large portion of their money. I am not saying that we should stop raising money, promoting awareness or pull funding, but we should be concerned about what is going on.

the national broadcast. She wasn’t positioned on the field anywhere near the famous singers. According to Mazique, she doesn’t think she even appeared on the Jumbotron at the stadium, and she wasn’t invited to stay for the game. So was this an even bigger “oops” moment than letting M.I.A.’s own special form of sign language slip past NBC and NFL censors? It’s starting to look like it. Supporters of Mazique took to the Internet after the game and started a petition, demanding an apology from both NBC and the NFL. Only one day after its creation, 1,000 people had signed. By midweek, it reached almost 4,000 signatures. The petition claims there was absolutely no exposure of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture at the Super Bowl, and they’re right.

Conditions kill workers Continued from B2 disagree with that statement. This controversy over Foxconn’s working conditions has been sweeping the news in the past couple weeks, and it’s about time. If enough people know, maybe they’ll be willing to make a change. Here’s a brief idea of what the working conditions are like: living at the factory in crowded dorms, working 12 or more hours daily for six days a week, standing so long your legs swell up, low pay and underage workers. In fact, most of the employees can’t afford the technology they’re working their lives away to create. Some haven’t ever even seen the finished product. There have also been reports of suicide attempts by Chinese workers who can’t stand working in the factory any longer. So why would Apple knowingly let workers suffer these conditions when we have plenty of unemployed people in the U.S. who could use a job assembling iPads and iPhones? Easy answer. Americans are greedy.

Mazique said she wasn’t promised any time on air; the national anthem has always been performed in sign language in the past, and these performers have never been recognized. But people were excited to see Mazique. As Miss Deaf America, she acts as a role model for the deaf community, and she meant to set an example. According to a statement on the NAD website from the president of PepsiCo, who sponsored the Super Bowl this year, it was a big deal for them to raise awareness about the association and to have Mazique perform. So why didn’t anyone get to see it? Did they forget she was there, or what? Like the petition says, this was a huge missed opportunity to see what people with disabilities are capable of accomplishing. Whether it was intentional or not, what happened on Sunday wasn’t right. Even though she can never get her big moment back or change what happened, Mazique deserves an apology.

Paying Chinese workers in sweatshops means production costs are much lower. That means even some broke college students—or their parents—can afford the latest and greatest Apple technology instead of leaving them for only the rich folks. If you’re like me, you’ll be ashamed to find out you have been supporting something so terrible and you’ll want to stop it. If that’s how you feel, you can go to and sign the petition “Apple: Protect Workers Making iPhones in Chinese Factories.” But perhaps you are one of the people who think sweatshops are necessary for building a good economy. That it will lead to a better future. That those who are desperate enough to take a job where they’ll be paid in pennies are better off than they would be without a job. Regardless, I would like to see fair labor conditions. I don’t wish to see millions of people lose these factory jobs, but they do need to be paid what they deserve and work reasonable hours. Maybe next time I complain about working at McDonald’s, I’ll remember it isn’t so bad after all.


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Local banks pledge to support Community Action Southwest By Sarah Bell Arts & Life Editor The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded Community Action Southwest a grant to launch the Assets for Independence Program in Greene and Washington Counties. Assets for Independence is a program that provides participants with $2 for every $1 that they save. The money is intended to assist low-income families in three areas: the purchase of their first home, funds for higher education or plans to begin or expand a business. Julianna Lawrence, Marketing and Development director for Community Action South-

Library digitizes files Continued from B1 access to this information the opportunity to view it whenever and wherever,” Miller said. “Before this, they would actually have to come into the library and get the key to unlock the room where the information was kept. When this project is finished, they can access it anywhere they want.” Miller, along with a Waynesburg sophomore computer forensics major Bradley Baker, will be responsible for the process of digitalizing all of the files. “My end is probably the simpler end. Bradley will be making the fin-

west, explained that the program is funded by the federal government in conjunction with the banks that commit to the program. “It is a five-year commitment. We have had other programs like this in the past, but this one is slightly different and a very exciting opportunity,” Lawrence said. Those who plan to participate agree to open a savings account at one of the banks involved in the program. The plan allows participants to save their earned income over a maximum three-year period. “They need to acquire assets, so they can be more independent. The fact that it’s two to one [is beneficial] because that is a lot of money,” Lawrence said.

“It will help them achieve really good goals.” Washington Financial, First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County and Community Bank each pledged to support the five-year program, a prepared statement by Community Action Southwest said. Washington Financial committed $50,000 to the program, First Federal Savings & Loan Association pledged $25,000

and Community Bank supplied $5,000. “Assets for Independence is a wonderful addition to our complement of services,” said CAS Chief Executive Officer Darlene Bigler in a prepared statement. “We are dedicated to helping area residents understand the importance of acquiring assets and are fortunate to be in a position to financially assist them as they work toward their goals.”

ished file. I will look over the file and make sure that everything has been done right,” Miller said. “I will be creating a new section of our website where it will have direct links to each of the different title, and each title will be a single PDF. Luckily, all of this stuff has fallen out of copyright, so we won’t have any trouble with that.” Miller said that she feels the project will help to further the County’s knowledge and interest in its own history. “I think any time that you’re able to get more knowledge out there it’s definitely going to expand the community’s interest in that topic,” Miller said. “So I think that it [the project] will expand the County’s interest in

their local history.” According to Orsted, no library membership will be required to access the information once it is published. “It will be completely open; there won’t be any requirements to use it,” she said. “So anyone can access it as long as they can get on the web.” Orsted explained that the next step for the project will be to publish photos that the library has from Carmichaels’ past. “We have a large collection of slides that someone took over the years of Carmichaels and events in Carmichaels,” Orsted said. “Most of them have captions, so that’s probably the next step in this project is to put those images up with the cap-

tions on the website.” Orsted said she expects the project to be completed sometime this Spring. Miller said that she hopes to have some of the digitized documents up by the end of this week or next week. “It all depends on how often he can get the digitizing done,” Miller said. “Digitizing is a very slow process, so it could take a while. It just depends on how many things we actually find and digitize that we are able to put up. This project holds a lot of potential for the future of the library, Orsted said. “I think this is something that we’ll be able to add to in the future, as long as we can get a hold of the copyright information for the material we want to add.”

most likely have an impact upon upcoming elections. “I really don’t know how the county will respond to the entire situation because, as I’m sure you noticed, Greene County is much more Democrat-represented than it is Republican-represented,” said Willock. “Much of the county only votes Democrat, so I think this could cause changes to be made within the county. I think politics in the county will get much more interesting in the next couple of weeks.” Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, while in

his role as attorney general, investigated the issue for several years before DeWeese was brought to trial. DeWeese’s trial lasted seven days, and the jury deliberated for three days before eventually determining the guilty verdicts. Sentencing is set for April 24. “We will all just have to see how the appeals play out within the next few months,” said Robert. “That will really be an indication of how much the county will be impacted by these decisions. We will all just have to wait and see.”

Residents split on verdict Continued from B1 He probably didn’t do anything.” Although some residents who were surveyed still believe in DeWeese’s innocence, others do not share the same opinion. Alma Willock, of Waynesburg, she said shehas been against DeWeese since the beginning. “I have never once voted for Bill DeWeese,” said Willock. “I just have more Republican beliefs than Democrat, and apparently I made a good decision from the beginning. Despite the fact that I didn’t agree with his politics, I never would have guessed that he would have committed the crimes that he did.” As of now, DeWeese has returned to work and released a statement to statewide press explain that he plans to continue to

DeWeese run for reelection. “I seriously hope that there is a big reaction to Bill DeWeese’s guilty verdict. There is no way he should have been reelected for any of the elections last May or in November,” said Angela Duffields, resident of Waynesburg. “I hope he is forced to resign that way we can get someone in office who can actually make changes instead of just stealing money.” According to past voting reports, Greene County has a tendency to vote more Democratic than Republican, DeWeese’s political affiliations will

“We are dedicated to helping area residents understand the importance of acquiring assets...” Darlene Bigler CEO, Community Action Southwest

Participants are required to complete four Community Action Southwest Financial Literacy classes before they receive matching funds. They are also expected to complete two assetspecific trainings that include, Pre-Home Purchase Counseling, meeting with a trade or college school advisor or meeting with a business development assistant, among others. “Assets for Independence is part of Community Action Southwest’s Community Action WORKS initiative designed to serve its clients in a comprehensive fashion,” CAS’s prepared statement said. “Addressing adult education, employability, skills, housing and asset development, while cre-

ating opportunities and providing support for economic independence is the framework in which client success is realized at the agency.” Lawrence said that federal grants are essential to the success of Community Action Southwest. “It’s a large part of our funding. All Community Action agencies have a large stream of revenue because of federal and state programs,” Lawrence said. “The government and state funding is critical to the way we work and what we do. It means a lot to us, and that is why we make a big deal of it.” Community Action Southwest is currently seeking additional partners for the Assets for Independence program.

Plan open to public critique

“We have to

Continued from B1 a developer comes in the room and is seriously considering investing in the county, we are ready.” According to Matesic, Greene County residents can expect to see some projects move through the first stages of development. “They can see one seriously ramped up effort to advance housing,” said Matesic. “We are going to be dialoging with developers constantly. This is the window of opportunity.” The need for housing grows as housing stock gets older, transient workforce from Marcellus Shale move into the county and seniors desire a development of their own. However, Matesic believes the most serious concern is with subsidized housing. “We still have pockets of poverty here, so the product we need to address includes some subsidy of some sorts, whether it is affordable housing or public housing,” said Matesic. “There is very little interest in more public housing.” According to Matesic, development plans in the past have failed because the county never sought enough community input. “We sought some, and we thought what we sought was sufficient,” said Matesic. “We have to do a bet-

do a better job of educating people in the community as to why affordable housing is a critical part of the mix.” Robbie Matesic Executive Director, Dept. of Economic Development

ter job of educating people in the community as to why affordable housing is a critical part of the mix.” Included in the plan is a section dedicated to educating the public, specifically saying that a transparent approach is the best course of action. “Because we know there is such a big need – we are already at a loss in terms of homes that we need in the county – we put the plan into eight sections,” said Hardie. “Through those seven sections and hours and hours of meetings, we came up with 49 recommendations and 12 action items so that really is what we need to do moving forward.” Some of these recommendations and actions listed in the plan include educating the community, distributing information and form plans for future development. “I think you’re going to see the implementation now,” said Matesic. “There have been lots of good ideas, but the best of the ideas are bubbling up to the top.”

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Jackets Wrestling team preps for PAC Tournament enter as primed; Jackets favorites but face Thiel in challenging road their way The Waynesburg mat men won a thrilling match in their regular season finale at rival Thiel. See page C4 for the full story.

By Kyle Oland

Editorial Assistant

After Friday’s PAC Tournament, head coach Ron Headlee hopes he will need to make room for more than just two pictures. On Friday, the Yellow Jacket wrestlers will travel to Washington and Jefferson at 5 p.m. to participate in the PAC Tournament, with hopes of winning their third straight conference championship. While the Jackets enter

the tournament as the favorites, having gone 2-0 in PAC dual matches, Headlee understands the importance of not underestimating W&J and Thiel. Last week, Thiel tested the will and mental toughness of the Jackets, nearly defeating Waynesburg before losing a close match 18-17.

On the left wall inside the Wiley Armory where the wrestling team holds practice, there is a collecSenior tion of pictures, revealing Sports Editor past Presidents’ Athletic Conference champions. Photo by Kimber Blair Currently, there are two Sophomore Sam Lombardo (top) will play a key role in Less than two months blank spots for future ago, the Yellow Jackets champions. See JACKETS on C4 the Jackets’ run at a third straight PAC title. wrestling team left Waynesburg for Christmas break at just 4-7 in dual match competition. The J ACKETS - 74, S T . V INCENT - 66 TRACK & FIELD squad had not finished higher than third in any tournament, injuries persisted as a common theme and their preseason No. 1 grappler was No. 1 no longer. It appeared the team might not meet the increased expectations that have resulted from By Aaron Thompson ting an impressive five-ofAssistant Sports Editor their recent success (e.g. six three points attempts, All-Americans, back-totalked about what it back Presidents’ Athletic Playing in perhaps its means to sweep Saint VinBy Cam Posney Staff Writer Conference crowns, etc.). biggest home game in sev- cent. I’ll admit; I was quite eral seasons, one had to “It’s a huge deal,” she After a short hiatus skeptical myself. think that, after a few said. “Last year they were from the indoor portion of But then I began to recent road losses, the playing a lot different. the their schedule, the Yelthink back to my two Waynesburg women’s They were nationally years as beat writer for the basketball team would ranked then. One of our low Jacket men and Jackets, and all the conver- play with a chip on its goals this season was to be women tracksters will sations with head coach shoulder Saturday after- an elite team and to do head south again on I-79 to Ron Headlee that came noon. Morgantown for the WVU that we have to beat Saint with that. Blue-Gold Meet this SatIn a back and forth Vincent and Thomas Headlee constantly game, the Yellow Jackets More.” urday. This will be the stressed the fact that he (11-3, 16-5) eventually Waynesburg’s third meet The Jackets did most of wanted his guys to work came away with a hard their damage from threeof the season. hard all season long to pre- fought 74-66 victory to point range, as they Only individual scores pare themselves for the earn a regular season knocked down 10-of-16 were kept in Jackets’ last final month. If the results sweep of Saint Vincent shots from downtown, meet, which really highweren’t there early on—in (12-2, 17-4). Both of the including draining six-oflighted the work that they November, December, Bearcats conference losses eight in the first half. The are putting into this seaeven January to an have come to the Jackets. Bearcats made six-of-16 son. On the men’s side, extent—he never fretted two school records were Waynesburg pulled to from long range on the and told his wrestlers not within one game of Saint afternoon. broken, while the women to either. saw one of their school After Waynesburg Vincent for second place The goals are always in the PAC standings. jumped out to a quick 6-2 records shattered, as well. the same: win the team Thomas More, who lead, As the indoor portion of Saint Vincent PAC title and more impor- defeated Thiel handily answered with an 11-0 the Jackets’ schedule conPhoto by Dave Miller, ADM Photography tinues, the team is striving tantly qualify individuals Saturday, now has sole run and looked poised to for nationals where they possession of first place. for improvements in every run the Jackets out of the Sophomore forward Elaine Hasek (21) elevates for a can battle for All-Ameriarea for the upcoming out“When you can beat an gym early on. Then three-pointer Saturday against the Bearcats. can status and, hopefully elite team two times, it Bearcats senior Brittany door season. Jackets head one day, an individual helps you get closer to Sedlock, reigning PAC sparked by a barrage of the same as junior Jessi coach Jason Falvo stresses national championship. where you want to be as a player of the year, picked three-point baskets that Drayer and Hasek drained to his team that they must After a slightly slower program,” said Waynes- up her second foul and ignited the offense. Saint back-to-back three point- take every day of preparastart, it sure seems like burg head coach Sam was relegated to the bench Vincent managed to with- ers to give the Jackets tion, whether it is in the Headlee has his grapplers Jones. for the majority of the rest stand the run and hold a their largest lead of the weight room or out runwrestling their best down game. However, in what ning, seriously. 31-30 halftime lead. Sophomore forward of the first half. the stretch. “Our focus is and The second half The Jackets took Elaine Hasek tied a careerWaynesburg won its high with 19 points, hit- advantage and were started with more of See WU on C3 always has been to get betown tournament in its ter each day,” said Falvo. first action after the holi“We are less worried about day break. Then, the Jackwhere we finish in each ets rattled off victories in individual race, but we six of their final seven dual focus on if we got any betmatches. ter today. As long as we Their only loss, you can see a positive gain or competing on the lacrosse team, but ask? An 18-16 heartbreakcan identify why that gain also designing their workouts, running er against the No. 3 team may or may not have haptrack and working with the football in the nation, Ithaca. And pened, we know we are program in the offseason. even that one came down moving in the right direcBeing involved with three sports, to the final bout. tion.” she spends more than five hours a day However, while the By Kathryn Ghion After seeing three training with one of the sports and acaJackets are rolling heading Staff Writer school records shattered demically. And if that wasn’t enough, the into Friday’s PAC Tournaacross the board in their Youngstown, Ohio native is also comment, they certainly won’t last meet, Falvo still “God gave you a body that can handle pleting her second degree. have an easy road to their almost anything; it’s your body you need stresses that the team can “Following last season, I realized that third straight conference to convince.” still get better. He said, I still had one year of eligibility left, and crown. Last Wednesday’s “We work on beating our That’s what Maria Shepas told her I didn’t want to be done playing,” said thrilling match at rival teammates after what she claimed to be Shepas. “I was trying to figure out a way personal best each Thiel was evidence of the “hardest practice so far.” week.” for me to stay and play, and I realized I that. In the most recent She would know. She designed the could fit in a psychology major in one Maria Waynesburg needed a 1- workout. year.” Shepas This season, Shepas, a senior biology See INDOOR See TOMCATS on C4 and psychology major, will not only be on C3 See SENIOR on C2

Dave Floyd

Rising to the occasion Jacket women knock Bearcats out of first; pick up key victory

Senior performs balancing act Maria Shepas double majors, plays two sports and assists with Jacket football program

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Giants again find way to down Pats New York defense proves superior in Super Bowl win By Tim Cowlishaw The Dallas Morning News The New England Patriots weren’t seeking perfection on this trip to the Super Bowl, just another chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. And just as it happened four years ago in Arizona, the New York Giants denied them that opportunity. As a team, the Giants can seem like the least likely of Super Bowl champs. Regardless, their surprising winning ways are the only things keeping coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady from establishing themselves as the greatest Super Bowl winners of all time. The final play Sunday night—a desperate Brady heave into the Giants’ end zone from midfield— nearly changed everything as the deflected ball eluded the grasp of a diving Rob Gronkowski by maybe a couple of feet. Instead, the Giants claimed a 21-17 victory that wasn’t as surprising as their 17-14 upset in Super Bowl XLII but had to be just as satisfying for two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. “It just feels good to win a Super Bowl; it doesn’t matter where you are,” Manning said, after going 30-for-40 for 296 yards. “The New York Giants are world champions. That’s the story.” David Tyree, who made the famous helmet catch to set up the winning touchdown four years ago, is no longer in football. This time it was wide receiver Mario Manningham who made a spectac-

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Victor Cruz (80) and his Giants teammates hoist the Lombardi Trophy after their Super Bowl XLVI victory. ular 38-yard grab along the sideline to spark the Giants’ final game-winning drive. The Patriots had run off 10 straight wins since a 24-20 regular season loss to the Giants in November. They seemed to find many of the answers to the Giants’ riddle after

another punt before keeping the Patriots out of the end zone on the lastminute possession. It got bad enough for Belichick that he had to allow Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw to score untouched from six yards out just to get the ball back. Actually, Brad-

Who made the right picks? Last week, a panel of five Waynesburg writers made their Super Bowl XLVI picks. Here’s how they stacked up... 1. Kyle Oland, Editorial Asst. ... 7/12 T2. Dave Floyd, Sr. Sports Editor ... 5/12 T2. Aaron Thompson, Asst. Sports Editor ... 5/12 T4. Jon Ledyard, Staff Writer ... 4/12 T4. Bobby Fox, Sports Info. Director ... 4/12 committing a strange early safety and falling behind 9-0. In one stretch, Brady threw a Super Bowl record 16 straight completions as he repeatedly isolated tight end Aaron Hernandez and others on Giants’ linebackers. But in the end, the Giants defense proved its superiority. After the Patriots had grabbed a 179 lead to open the third quarter, the New York defense forced a threeand-out, intercepted a Brady pass, then forced

shaw hesitated at the oneyard line and should have stopped there, but he collapsed into the end zone with 57 seconds to play. This came after the New England defense was trying to hold the Giants to a go-ahead field goal that would have kept the Patriots within a field goal of regaining the lead. As the Giants kept marching down the field, collecting first downs and running down the clock, Belichick flapped his arms in exasperation as if to say, “There’s nothing we

can do.” “We just couldn’t quite make enough plays,” Belichick said. “We could have just played a tiny bit better.” No one doubts that Belichick, who won two Super Bowls as Giants defensive coordinator, and Brady are Hall of Famebound when their careers are done. They combined to win Super Bowls after the ‘01, ‘03 and ‘04 seasons, but that collection of rings earned together could be five if not for the losses to New York. Pittsburgh’s Chuck Noll is the only head coach to win four Super Bowls. The Steelers’ Terry Bradshaw and 49ers’ Joe Montana are the only four-time winners among quarterbacks. “I’m going to keep trying,” Brady said. “I’d rather come to this game and lose than not get here.” Four years ago in Glendale, Ariz., the Giants had won six fewer regular season games than the 16-0 Pats. This time, while New England was earning the AFC’s top seed with a 13-3 record, the Giants had to beat Dallas on the last night of the season to win the East with a 9-7 record. Now they’re the first seven-loss Super Bowl champ of all time, a statistic that illustrates how this team came together after a rocky season but in no way diminishes the accomplishment. Every team New York beat in the playoffs—Atlanta, Green Bay, San Francisco and finally New England—had a better record. The Giants are the most imperfect of Super Bowl champions, but they played better and better throughout January. And against the Patriots, to their immense credit, they always find a way.

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Shepas began her athletic career at Waynesburg running track and will complete her 10th season in the sport this year. “I grew up just a very active kid, always running around, and track seemed like a no brainer,” said Shepas about her start in the sport. Lacrosse wasn’t always an easy choice for Shepas. Two years ago, she took a year off from the sport, only to come back after a traumatic event. After the deaths of Clint DeRosa and Mike Czerwein (both members of the football program) two years ago, she realized that the best way to honor them would be to play in their memory. “I wanted to play a sport where I could work just as hard as [they] did and where I can show that effort in every play, chasing after every ball on every trip down the field,” said Shepas. Putting her exercise science minor to use, Shepas has helped to train the Jacket football team for the past three seasons, and this year she’s extended that to the lacrosse team. “Maria has worked closely with Coach Blumette and developed a lacrosse-specific exercise regimen that has brought out the very best in every one of her teammates,” said head women’s lacrosse coach Tom Zacoi. “Her creativity shines through the innovative exercises.” Shepas’s work ethic has also made an impression on teammate and fellow senior Sam Swab. “She’s such an intense person with everything she does,” said Swab. “She’ll be in complete ‘go mode,’ all business, teaching us something, and then she’ll stop and smile

and be like ‘you guys are catching on so fast!’ “She knows so many different ways to condition [that] we never get bored with it.” Shepas’s training extends further than her experiences with the teams here at Waynesburg. Two years ago, she spent the summer interning under Mike Barwis and Rich Rodriguez at the University of Michigan in their strength and conditioning program. “Everyday I worked with their football team in the weight room and on speed and agility training,” she said. “It was really a neat experience for me seeing that side of Division I football and just learning the struggles that come with it.” Being on the football field is a familiar setting for Shepas. She has worked with her dad, Waynesburg head football coach Rick Shepas, on the field since the age of five. “I’ve been around football, so I’ve always had that work ethic and intensity in me,” said Shepas. “It’s not hard for me. I just work hard; it’s like second nature to me.” With an overloaded class schedule and training for three varsity sports, Shepas has very little downtime, but she prefers it that way. “I can’t really relax,” she said. “I usually just have a mindset where I just have to go.” So when she’s not practicing or studying, instead of relaxing, Shepas prefers to go for a run. But, where most people would reach for their iPods, she focuses on her own thoughts. “When I’m running, I’m just running. I might be thinking ‘you got to go faster, you got to go harder,’ but that’s usually it. I’m more in the zone.” Shepas will get to see all of her hard work come together when she and the women’s lacrosse team opens their season on Feb. 18 at home against Hood.


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Athlete of the Week Elaine Hasek nets double-double in key PAC victory By Aaron Thompson


Late first-half run dooms Jacket men Waynesburg drops 23rd straight PAC contest at home


By Jon Ledyard

Assistant Sports Editor

Staff Writer

The Waynesburg women’s basketball team put up a 2-0 record last week as they moved their record to 11-3 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and 16-5 overall. After downing Chatham, the Yellow Jackets hosted Saint Vincent in perhaps its biggest regular season home game in years. A lot was on the line for both teams in the contest. The Bearcats were looking to exact revenge for their only other conference loss, which came at home against Waynesburg earlier in the season. Meanwhile, the Jackets were looking to sweep the Bearcats for the first time since they started playing again regularly in 2006-07. The Jackets also were trying to extend their home winning streak to 14 games. The last home loss for the Orange and Black came on Feb. 12, 2011 against Saint Vincent. Sophomore forward Elaine Hasek tied a careerhigh with 19 points and chipped in 10 rebounds as the Jackets knocked the Bearcats out of first place with a 74-66 victory at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. The Mars native also played a key role defensively, guarding reigning PAC Player of the Year Brittany Sedlock throughout the contest. For her efforts she has been named this week’s Yellow Jacket Athlete of the Week. Hasek and her teammates have another big week this week. They hosted conference rival Bethany Wednesday. Those results were too late for this edition. They are back in action Saturday when they host first place and five-time defending conference champion Thomas More. With all the recent success, the one thing the Jackets haven’t been able to do is beat Thomas More. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m.

Keyed by an 8-0 run just before halftime, the Saint Vincent Bearcats took a 33-24 lead into the break and never looked back, burying Waynesburg 77-55 on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets offense was held to their fourth straight sub 60point game, shooting only 30.4 percent from the floor against a stifling Saint Vincent defense. “There is no question we haven’t made shots,” said head coach Mark Christner. “We have taken good ones, but we missed like five or six layups. Maybe it doesn’t determine the outcome of the game, but that’s been our story from the beginning of the season is that we haven’t shot the ball well at all.” The Jackets were right with the Bearcats early on, trailing only 25-24 with 3:04 left in the first half. However, Saint Vincent erupted on that 8-0 run to take the momentum and a nine-point lead

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seemed like a blink of an eye, Saint Vincent countered with a run of its own and took an eight-point lead with just 7:43 to go. But just as any resilient team does, the Jackets answered. Junior forward Paige Pearce, who had been held scoreless, scored four of the next nine points, including a lay up to give the Jackets a 62-61 lead with just over four minutes to play. Melissa Mansur quickly put the Bearcats back in front with a three pointer to make it 64-62. That was the last lead

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Division III track & field poll on, both squads are found in the regional and national rankings. The men are ranked

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Senior James Allenby and freshman Jason Propst (34) defend at the rim in Saturday’s loss to Saint Vincent. at halftime. Waynesburg’s poor shooting continued into the second half, as they fell behind by 14 less than two minutes into the second half. The Jackets never cut the Bearcats’ lead back to single digits, trailing by as many as 26 late in the second half. “You have to stay confident and relaxed, but if you haven’t experienced success, then you want to experience it so bad,” said Christner. “And when you want it so bad, sometimes you rush it or don’t look a shot through, and

you’ve got to be able to make shots to be successful.” Junior Aaron Cromwell was the only Jacket to reach double digits in scoring, with ten points to go along with his teamleading six rebounds. The forward scored six points in the opening five minutes, snapping a 12-game streak in which he failed to score more than four points. “We’ve worked a lot with Aaron on using his body and playing at a pace that best suits him,” said Christner. “He did a nice

job attacking the basket early on and being aggressive on the boards, as well.” Juniors Kurt Bonnet and Ben Altmeyer each managed eight points in the loss. For the second straight game, the Jackets received minimal production from two key seniors, Larry Alexander and Lou Galante. Alexander had only six points on 3-for-11 shooting, while going 0-for-5 from beyond the arc. It was only the second game this season in which he failed to convert a three pointer. “We try and stay away from the term shooting slump, but it is true that he hasn’t shot as well lately as he has all season,” Christner said of Alexander, who is 6-for-25 from the floor in his last two games. “He’s very good around the elbow, and that’s where most of his success on Saturday came from. We encourage him to get there off of ball screens instead of settling from somewhere else on the floor because that’s where he is good from.” Galante has seen his minutes dip over the last See JACKET on C4

Saint Vincent would hold, though, as the Jackets closed the game on an 112 run. Hasek scored seven of those 11 points as the Jackets swept the Bearcats for the first time since the team’s started playing annually again in 2006-07. Hasek tallied 19 points to tie a career-high, while she also added 10 rebounds. Hunter scored a game-high 20 points. Drayer, who connected on four three pointers, finished with 14, and Pearce added 10 points. Junior guard Brittany Spencer added nine points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Hasek really was a difference maker in the game. Besides her offensive output, she also played solid defense against Sedlock, who she

guarded for the majority of the contest. “Elaine did a great job on Sedlock,” said Jones. “She is a tough, physical defender. She matches up well with Sedlock.” Junior Devin McGrath led the Bearcats with 19 points and was closely followed by Sedlock, who had 18 points. Mansur finished with 11 points. One remarkable statistic from Saturday’s win over Saint Vincent is that all five starters played 35 minutes or more. With the victory, the Jackets moved their home winning streak to 14 games. “Playing on our home court is huge for us,” Hasek said. “It has been awesome. Our fans are great. The other coaches

and teams from Waynesburg support us as well.” They looked to carry their momentum from the victory over to Wednesday’s game against Bethany. Unfortunately, results of that game were not available at the time this edition went to print. The Jackets have another shot to knock off a top PAC team Saturday when Thomas More comes to town. That game is set for a 1:30 p.m. tipoff. The Saints are the fivetime defending conference champions and defeated the Jackets, 7458, back on Jan. 11. That game was tied at 51 before Thomas More went on a 23-7 run to end the game and pick up the win.

Junior Paige Pearce (24) looks to shoot in Saturday’s home win over the Saint Vincent Bearcats.

29th in the country and 10th in the Mideast Region. The women are ranked 22nd in the country, while being ranked sixth in the Mideast region. Being ranked nationally is a huge deal, and Falvo gives credit to his players and other coaches’ hard work. “It is a great testament

to how hard our athletes and coaches work each day,” said Falvo. “It is another step in the right direction for our program. We will [continue to] work hard to stay up there during the year.” This Saturday’s BlueGold Meet will feature an event that is not usually found in a typical track meet. The distance med-

ley relay event will be run. This event is like a typical relay, but each member of the four-person squad runs a different distance. An athlete to keep an eye on during Saturday’s meet will be sophomore Justin Angotti. Angotti is one of the top performers in the 800-meter event in

the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. To be blossoming this early in the season as a sophomore often times means that very good things are still to come. A group of athletes to keep an eye on would be the freshmen on both squads. Falvo is very excited about their progress so far and is look-

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ing for a few of them to step up and show they can make an impact on this team. “I really am going to be watching our young, talented athletes,” said Falvo. “This will be a great opportunity for each of them to show their skills and see how big of an impact they can make on this team.”


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Wrestling wins thriller at rival Thiel Waynesburg ends regular season 10-8, 2-0 in PAC By Nick Farrell Editorial Assistant The Waynesburg wrestling team notched its second consecutive 2-0 Presidents’ Athletic Conference record when they ended league action with a nailbiter at Thiel last Wednesday. The Yellow Jacket grapplers won the match, decided by Criteria 2 tiebreaker, 18-17. Head coach Ron Headlee said that the team that claimed the most wins by fall or technical fall wins the match under Criteria 2. Previously, a tied match would end in a draw, but according to Headlee, that rule was changed recently to guarantee that one team would walk away from each match with a victory. At first, things looked glum for the Jackets after junior Alex Crown was defeated by Thiel’s Shayduan Velez-Lara in the 125pound match. During the offseason, Crown was identified by as the No. 1 wrestler in the nation at his weight class and was sitting at No. 10 going into the Thiel match. “We knew it was going to be nip and tuck [against Thiel], and it was,” said Headlee. “Alex has carried us a lot of other times, and we very rarely win when he hasn’t won. For our guys not to just give up after that, to me, is

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Senior 157-pounder Garrett Johnston (W) closes in on his crucial pin against Thiel. Johnston’s pin was the deciding factor in a match tied at 17 after all 10 bouts. pretty special.” Freshman 141-pounder Aaron Mills sparked the Jackets’ comeback early in the match. The Jackets trailed 7-0 until Mills took care of his opponent, Sean Byham. Mills had a strained knee that limited his activity leading up to the match, but Headlee said a little rest allowed him to wrestle at full strength. “We gave him a little time to heal, and I thought he wrestled really well that night,” said Headlee. During Mills’ absence from the lineup, sophomore Dan Bruni stepped in and stepped up for the Jackets. Bruni dominated in three bouts during Waynesburg’s home quad match against Penn State Beaver, Penn State Greater Allegheny and Penn State Fayette. Bruni won two of his matches by major decision and another by fall. He was recognized by as

Athlete of the Week for his efforts on the mat. “Dan’s one of our best workers in the practice room,” said Headlee. “He’s always giving 100 percent. He wrestled at Messiah really well, and he wrestled well at the quad. I think he’s starting to open up a little bit more, so we’re really happy with the way he’s coming along.” In Headlee’s mind, another turning point in the dual match against Thiel came when Sam Lombardo narrowly defeated Matt Lowry by a score of 7-6. Headlee was proud of Lombardo’s performance against Lowry. “I thought he was determined that night,” Headlee said. “That was probably one of the best matches he’s put together.” Freshman Chris Milligan also defeated his opponent at 149 pounds, and shortly after, senior Garrett Johnston scored a significant pin at 157.

The Jackets went into the heavyweight match, the final match of the evening, trailing Thiel by a three-point margin. Sophomore heavyweight Brandon Fedorka only needed the one point he earned from an escape late in the third period to defeat his opponent, Will Ringer, and earn the three points Waynesburg needed to knot up the score at 17 apiece. The Yellow Jackets won by way of Criteria 2, earning the victory by a final count of 18-17. They ended the regular season at 10-8 overall, 2-0 in PAC action with wins over Thiel and Washington and Jefferson. “Next we’ve got the PAC Tournament, and we can’t let down. We’ve got W&J and Thiel again, and I know Thiel is going to come at us hard,” said Headlee. “We’re going to work really hard this week and try to push ourselves to win the PAC again.”

PAC award After scoring a match-deciding fall against Presidents’ Athletic Conference rival Thiel last Wednesday, senior Waynesburg wrestler Garett Johnston was honored for the third this season as the PAC Wrestler of the Week. Johnston scored the only fall of the match, but his pin of Ryan Carson in 2:44 not only gave the Jackets six cruJohnston cial points. It also provided the tiebreaking criteria that turned a 17-17 tie into an 18-17 victory. Johnston is 29-3 on the year with 13 wins by fall, and he’ll ride an 18-match winning streak into Friday’s PAC Championships. The senior standout’s third PAC Wrestler of the Week award ties him with Thiel senior Corey Brown for the most this season. Johnston and his teammates will face off with Thiel and host Washington & Jefferson at Friday’s PAC Championships. Start time is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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do picked up a 7-6 upset victory at 165 pounds over Thiel senior Matt Lowry, who was also listed in the most recent rankings on Odds are, those two and a few other evenly matched bouts won’t go the same way Friday evening at Washington and Jefferson (and by the way, even though the host Presidents won’t win the tournament, they’ll definitely have an impact on who does). Those swing matchups—they’ll determine who emerges as the league’s 2012 wrestling champion. Yes, the Jackets will be favored to three-peat, but if last Wednesday’s clash with Thiel is any indication, it won’t be all that easy. One thing’s for certain, though, Coach Headlee has his wrestlers primed to live up to the expectations. At this point in the season, he always does.

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“Thiel is going to be gunning for us,” said Headlee. “We keep stressing it’s not going to be any easier than previous matches.” There will be many factors that will influence whether or not Headlee and his team return to Waynesburg with a third straight championship, but one of the most important keys to victory runs through junior twotime PAC champion Alex Crown (the 10th-ranked wrestler in the country at 125 pounds, according to Until last week against Thiel, in every dual or quad match this season that Crown lost, the Jackets lost as well. Crown (21-6), who entered the season as the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 125 pounds, has struggled with his weight at times this year and has not had the type of season many had hoped. He was upset last week by Thiel freshman Shayduan VelezLara. Headlee understands the importance of getting his junior wrestler ready for Friday’s tournament. “We had a good talk

two games, playing only three in the second half of the Jackets’ contest versus Geneva, before appearing in only 13 on Saturday against Saint Vincent. The senior captain made two threes early in the game before being held scoreless the rest of the way, finishing with six points and five rebounds. Christner declined to comment on Galante’s decreased playing time. The loss was the Jackets’ fourth consecutive overall and their 23rd consecutive at home in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. Waynesburg now falls to 4-17 overall and 111 in the PAC. The Jackets returned to action Wednesday to take on PAC foe Bethany at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. Unfortunately, results were not available at press time. Waynesburg will host the Thomas More Saints Saturday to complete a four-game home stand and attempt to climb out of last place in the PAC. The Jackets and Saints met back on Jan. 11 when Waynesburg made the long trek to Kentucky. Thomas More won, 70-62.

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Freshman Ryan Walters (right) wrestles Thiel’s Jacob Lowry in the two squads’ recent clash at Thiel. Lowry won the bout, 9-3, but the Jackets took the match, 18-17, on tie-breaker Criteria 2. with him this week,” said Headlee. “He is in a good frame of mind right now. This is the time of the year where he needs to win.” Besides Crown, the Yellow Jackets head into W&J with two other former PAC champions in senior Garrett Johnston (157 pounds) and junior Cody Catalina (184 pounds). Johnston has been by far the Jackets best wrestler this year, compiling an impressive record

of 29-3. Johnston defeated both W&J junior Nicholas Sewell and Thiel sophomore Ryan Carson earlier in the year, setting him up for a chance to repeat as a conference champion. Catalina (20-9) is coming off a 3-2 loss to Thiel freshman Stephen Ceremuga but will look to exact revenge on Friday. “Cody should respond well on Friday,” said Headlee. “He responded well last year after a loss, so I expect the same.” Two other wrestlers

primed to take home their first PAC titles after going undefeated in PAC matches are sophomore heavyweight Brandon Fedorka (12-6) and freshmen 141-pounder Aaron Mills (15-13). Some of the best matches on the day may be seen in the 165-pound division. Sophomore Sam Lombardo, who took second at last year’s tournament, enters Friday hungry for his first PAC title. Lombardo went undefeated in the PAC, defeat-

ing Thiel senior Matt Lowry and W&J sophomore David Dibenedetto by one point each. Despite his success, Lombardo is not taking his opponents lightly. “I [have] to wrestle my match and just not let them take me off my game,” said Lombardo. “I need to win the tie ups.” Should Lombardo and his teammates wrestle the way they are capable of, their image will be forever enshrined on the left wall in the Wiley Armory.

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By Alex Hinton Op/Ed Editor Monday was the first meeting for a new gender equality group on campus called The Women and Men’s Alliance. Junior business management major Carmen Adamson decided to start the group after seeing a gender inequality problem among college students. “I felt like I was experiencing sexism in some classes and around my friends,” she said. The group will tentatively meet on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. but the time will most likely change depending on participating students’ schedules, Adamson said. Students should email Adamson for updates on

the meetings and more information about the new club. “Our mission is to promote gender equality intertwined with Christian values,” Adamson said. “I would like to see a more welcoming and aware campus about the many injustices in our world. I would like to work toward changing it on campus and in the community.” During the meetings, members of The Women and Men’s Alliance will be discussing ideas for activism on campus and in the community. They will share ideas on speakers and interesting articles and a variety of books that See NEW on D2

Super Bowl party unites campus By Sara Faiad Staff Writer On Sunday evening, the Student Activities Board combined efforts with Upper Room and Willison to provide students with an alternative Super Bowl party. Offering students food and a place to gather with multiple televisions, the Super Bowl party took place at the Beehive and began at 5 p.m. The event offered students a safe place to watch the Giants and the Patriots compete in Super Bowl XLVI. Although Upper Room has sponsored the Super Bowl party for at least 5 years, this year’s merging

was a change from their previous parties. “Upper Room has always been doing the Super Bowl party,” said junior pre-med biology major, Matt McNeil. “Merging the SAB, Willison, and Upper Room parties was a way to support each group and create community, so its collectively one Super Bowl party on campus. Students don’t have to choose which party to attend.” To offer an alternative halftime program, Willison discussed and analyzed the commercials aired during the NFL See SUPER on D2



Quick Pix Photo Booth allows students to make memories By Abby Pittinaro Staff Writer On Tuesday, Feb. 7, there was a Quick Pix Photo Booth sponsored by the Student Activities Board in the Student Organization Room. From noon to 5 p.m., students could get photos taken with up to 10 friends and have pictures printed in seconds. Andrew Buda, a senior communication major with an emphasis in interactive design, works for Quick Pix. McMillen Photography, located in Waynesburg on High Street, owns Quick Pix Photo Booth. The company operates photo booths at a variety of different events and was last on campus in the fall. Buda said that the success of a similar event in the past is what lead the university to bring the event back to campus. “We have had a photo booth on campus before for freshman orientation in August.” Said Buda. “The students really enjoyed it.” This is the second time the Photo Booth has been on campus this year and according to Buda, the students had a great time using it both times that it was on campus. “It’s a fun way to goof off and make memories,” he said. “There are props and costumes and you can fit up to 10 of your friends in the booth at once. It can get pretty loud and silly.” Apparently, the props, the closeness and the time restraints are what make the event so fun and memorable. “It takes four photos and they are printed out on a strip in like 30

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seconds,” Buda said. Freshman education major Rebeccah Potter, used the photo booth for the first time during Tuesday’s event. “It was like a real photo shoot, like a model, only sillier,” Potter said. “I would totally come back. I had a great time with by best friend. My favorite part was about dressing up and acting like a child again.”

In addition, freshman education major Lindsay Palarino took her photo booth pictures with Potter and agreed that the photo booth provided a good experience for students. “I had a great time,” Palarino said. “The best part was trying to figure out what poses to do because of the time limit in between pictures.” While the Quick Pix Photo Booth day seemed successful, Palarino had some suggestions to make the experience a better one for the next time the booth comes to campus. “More props would have been nice even though we had fun with the ones provided,” Palarino said. Better publicity also seemed to be one of Palarino’s main concerns. “I would say the event needed better advertising,” Said Palarino. “It’s such a fun thing to have on campus that more students should know about it and participate.”

First Music Program Collegium Musicum impresses students, faculty By Ben Carpenter Staff Writer The Waynesburg University Music Department has seen many talented guests grace the campus with their presence, and Friday, Feb. 3 was one such day. The Department of Music presented the first Music Program Collegium Musicum on that Friday afternoon in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. It was led by three experienced musicians, including accomplished saxophonists Lee Robinson. Dan Baker, lecturer of music, and Jim DePriest, event coordinator, both have taught guitar classes at Waynesburg University and are experienced

musicians as well. They joined Robinson in a combination performance and lab experience for the University’s music students regarding the basic forms of jazz music. Baker played guitar, DePriest took care of the bass playing duties and Robinson completed the trio by playing a combination of tenor and soprano saxophone. Eight different students came onto the stage to join the group and to play along with the accomplished musicians that were already performing. Dr. Ronda DePriest, Director of the Music Program, was very impressed by the performances of the students that played with Baker,

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Three accomplished musicians led the Music Program Collegium Musicum on Friday, Feb. 3 in the GPAC. DePriest and Robinson. “I’m not sure that our

students four years ago could have done that,”

Dr. DePriest said. “It was tremendously impressive.” Dr. DePriest said that the students astounded many others in the audience with their inventiveness on the stage. “Most of them did not even know the tune that they were playing. They got up there and improvised very well. All of us watching were very impressed,” DePriest said. Those that participated played and learned about a variety of styles of jazz. The variety included free jazz, blues and bebop. One of the participating students, senior Music Ministry and Youth Ministry double major Jonah Gollihugh, said that the experience was a unique and worth-

while, although familiar, one. “I’ve actually played with Jim and Dan before, just kind of jamming with them a couple of times,” Gollihugh said. “Even though I’ve had experience with improvisation before, it was really valuable to play with and learn from these three guys.” Gollihugh said that jazz is actually his favorite style of music to play, because it always offers something different to the performer and the audience. “I’ve really grown in this program the past couple of years, and I’ve gotten better as time has gone on,” said Gollihugh. “I agree with Dr. See MUSICIANS on D2


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Student submits poem to writing contest, reaches semi-finals By Elias Lyons Staff Writer After submitting a poem to an annual poetry contest, Mandy Ormsby, junior public relations major, is to be published in the next volume of contemporary poetry “From a Window.” Ormsby came across the competition while searching for scholarship money over the summer and thought it would be a good idea to apply. She decided to submit a poem to a national poetry contest that was being held by Eber and Wein Publishing.

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Junior Public Relations major Mandy Ormsby’s poem is to be published in a national publication. She was hoping for a chance to win the money and use it for school

Food fair promotes variety of cultures By Arianna Grondin Staff Writer The Worlds Club will host the Ethnic Food Fair on Thursday Feb. 9 in the student organization room on the second floor of Stover Campus Center. Organizations have volunteered to prepare different dishes from around the world to allow students to sample a variety of delicacies. T’erika Perry, president of the Black Student Union, said that the Ethnic Food Fair is important, “because it’s a great, innovative, fun, way to expose students to different cultures.” Perry said the Food Fair allows students to start asking questions about countries and cultures that they may be unfamiliar with. Perry also said that the Ethnic Food Fair promotes the Black Student Union’s desire for student unity. Perry will be making grits and jambalaya for the event. Sacia Webb, a freshman English major plans to bring an assortment of food to the event. Different soul food will be featured, such as fried chicken, potato salad, and collard greens. Webb said that the Ethnic food fair “is a good way for people who

Super Bowl party held Continued from D1

championship. “During halftime, Willison will dissect commercials then Upper Room will meet right after the Super Bowl ends,” said McNeil. “Willison’s discussion will look at commercials and see how they affects us, as well as how we interpret them.” The worship delivered an acoustic set centered around themes of victory and joy. “Mainly, Willison is providing the alternative halftime discussion, and Upper Room is providing the worship after,” said McNeil. Sophomore Sarah

are not culturally aware to try something new.” Webb said that it is important to her to educate other students about the world. “People should just know about other people in the world with different experiences,” Webb said. According to Webb, this is exemplified through foods that the world has to offer. Webb spoke about the African American and European culture around her and her family and friends. Web feels that the experience of the Ethnic Food Fair will be beneficial to students and faculty at the University. “Cooking food that is closer to your culture can definitely create a stronger tie to what you are culturally as a person,” she said. Webb said that even in her culture there are many varieties of cultures and points of view. “I’m just hoping that people will take information from different places that they really don’t know about,” said Webb. The Ethnic Food Fair will provide an opportunity for students to get a taste of worlds that they might otherwise never know. It will also have a large variety of food that is often not found on campus.

Blais, majoring in Sociology, attended the Super Bowl party both this year and the previous year. Blais said, “I attended the event last year when it was sponsored by Upper Room. This year was very similar to last year’s, just a different location.” Joining students who favor a variety of teams, the alternative party is viewed as a success by all participants. “It’s always a good turnout. Everybody has fun, and it’s cool to hang out for the night,” said McNeil.“So far, I’ve heard no complaints.” “I love that football can bring a bunch of people together,” Blais said. “It was nice to have that good community with everybody. The food was great too.”

related expenses. The winner of the contest would be awarded a

prize of $2,000 and would be published. Ormsby’s poem made it to the semi-finals of the contest; therefore, it will be published as well. The poem Ormsby wrote was about her passion for her craft. A line of her poem reads, “Pen in hand I begin to set a literary stage.” Ormsby said she likes to get all of her information and ideas out on a piece of paper and then check for spelling and other grammatical errors after the initial writing process is complete. “I’m a terrible speller, but I have a way with

words,” Ormsby said. “Spell check is my best friend.” Ormsby began writing in fifth grade and was inspired to continue her creative writing in seventh grade. She considers writing to be her passion and hopes that she will be able to use her talents creatively in the job that she gets in the future. Since Ormsby was a child, writing has been her way of releasing her emotions. “If I’m struggling with something there’s nothing better than a pen in my hand,” Ormsby said. Ormsby attempts to write every day for at

least one hour to improve her skills and release her emotions about everything that is going on in her life and around her. Writing has spilled into other facets of her life as well. As a Christian writing has been a way to “pray from the heart, and it’s sincere,” Ormsby said. Ormsby likes to read fiction and creative nonfiction. Her favorite authors are Emily Dickinson, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens. Ormsby hopes that writing is always an essential part of her life.

Musicians showcased Continued from D1 DePriest, I don’t think I could have done this four years ago.” Dr. DePriest said that the students were very lucky to both learn from and play alongside the caliber of musical minds that they were able to. In addition to the 4 p.m. session, Robinson also addressed two of Dr. DePriest’s classes during the day. Those sessions were especially interesting for both the students and faculty members alike. Robinson was asked which note was his favorite, which lead him to build an entire tune around that same note. “He used looping pedals and just kept playing,” said Dr. DePriest. “It was beyond cool.” Gollihugh said that he attempted to take a more unique approach to learning from Robinson during the 4 p.m. performances. “I tried to learn as much by listening as anything else,” Gollihugh said.

New group formed Continued from D1 address the importance of gender equality, Adamson said. “I feel like everyone should have the same opportunities as everyone else and not be limited by gender,” she said. “In society there is a lot of inequality. Women get paid less and there is no paid work leave for dads.” The group will also work towards organizing events on campus. “[Planning events] will be one of the main points,” Adamson said. The group will plan awareness-raising events, speakers and fundraisers for various equality groups, women’s shelters or other organizations related to the cause and they will raise awareness of the issue on campus. “Maybe we could get some people together to write to Congress to make

Photos by Michelle Daino

The Collegium Musicum was lead by saxophonist Lee Robinson, Lecturer of Music Dan Baker and Event Coordinator Jim DePriest. Eight students performed as well. “I tried to follow along without the sheet music and just feel the song. It definitely gave me a better appreciation for the music being played.” Robinson, a Pittsburgh native, has played improvisational music since he was nine-yearsold. He has played in groups as well as individually at numerous art galleries, music festivals and concerts in the area.

“I feel like everyone should have the same opportunities as everyone else and not be limited by gender.” Carmen Adamson Junior business management major

political changes [on equality],” Adamson said. Although the group will be student-led, faculty and staff may also be a part of the alliance. Although the alliance is still in the initial planning process, Adamson said she has one particular speaker and several events in mind. Adamson’s fiancée, Nicholas Orlando, will also be a part of the alliance and supports her efforts. “I’m very supportive of her and very proud that she’s doing this,” said Orlando, a senior psychology major. “I hope that it can raise awareness and make the University more welcoming for students.”

Aside from starting the alliance, Adamson has posted flyers around campus with reasons why gender equality is important for everyone, such as: the U.S. was ranked number 19 in the World Eco-

nomic Forum Global Gender Gap Report in 2010, and men and women share about 98.8 percent of genes. Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel found information for the flyers in “The Guy’s Guide to Feminism”. Adamson said that she feels that gender inequality is apparent in society and would like everybody to have equal opportunities. “It’s important to live in equal society. I think we’re all equally important under God,” she said.


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The Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Across 1 2001 OutKast chart-topper whose title refers to Erykah Badu’s mother 10 Dover souls 15 A high seas shout 16 __ acid 17 Dogs first bred in Thuringia 18 Out of place 19 Hoops legend 20 Allow to go after 21 It may be fixed 22 Buckwheat’s “You betcha!” 24 Holy orders and extreme unction, e.g. 26 Side at 10-Down 27 Ashram leaders 29 Geographical name from the Hebrew for “dry” 31 34-Across’s realm 32 Choke up 34 Five-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner 36 Original name of Whiskas cat food 39 The Quarterback who led the Dolphins to their only both of their only Super Bowl wins 40 Words after a rhetorical “Is this a good idea?” 42 “Just the facts” Jack

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debut album “The College Dropout”

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45 Nova __ 47 Yankee follower? 48 Conjures up 49 Go back 51 Electric interference 53 Cox of “Deliverance” 56 Father or son physics Nobelist 58 Quick reminder 62 Argue

Last Issue’s Answers:

Crossword by MCT Campus

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

02.09.12 Yellow Jacket  

The Feb. 9, 2012 issue of the Waynesburg University Yellow Jacket.

02.09.12 Yellow Jacket  

The Feb. 9, 2012 issue of the Waynesburg University Yellow Jacket.