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Vol. 88 No. 22
FAFSA deadline quickly approaching By Cori Schipani Staff Writer
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(Above) Nursing students set up a booth at the Health Fair on April 7 to teach other students about sun safety. (Below) Nursing majors also created a station where students could create stress balls using balloons and sand.
All students who want to be considered for a Pennsylvania State Grant need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by May 1. More than 700 Waynesburg University students receive Pennsylvania State Grants. The actual amount awarded is close to $2 million, according to Director of Financial Aid Matthew Stokan. If the May 1 deadline is not met, the Pennsylvania State Grant funding will be lost. “You don’t want to jeopardize losing that
funding by filing late,” said Stokan. Even though Caren Chamberlain, junior athletic training major, is from New Jersey, the May 1 deadline is the same, and she has been able to file her FAFSA by that date so far. “My freshman year, I almost didn’t,” said Chamberlain. “It was one of those things I completely forgot about. It was pretty stressful, but I got it in.” A common excuse students have for not completing the FAFSA by this deadline is unfinished taxes. See DEADLINE on A4
Students learn about sleep, exercise, eating right
Director of GAPS Education hired
By Brandon Reed Editorial Assistant On April 7 music resounded from Johnson Commons, attracting students from all over campus to the Health Fair. The Health Fair, which was held in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, went off without a hitch, mainly in part to the decision to focus the fair on campus resources and student health awareness. “We really liked focusing on the students, and having the nursing students made it go much more smoothly,” said Carol Young, nurse director of Student Health Services. “The music attracted a lot of people.” Young enlisted the help of Nursing Professor Melany Chrash and Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Kathy Stolfer. Chrash gave senior nursing majors the part of planning the programs for the Health Fair as part of their Clinical Prevention and Population Health requirements. Stolfer’s students displayed posters on evidencebased nursing practice related to the theme of the health fair, including sleep, exercise and eating right.
By Alex Hinton Editorial Assistant Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs will welcome another new face to their fulltime faculty this year. Dr. Larry Kushner will direct the GAPS Education programs starting June 1. Kushner is not new to education, though. With 35 years of work in public education, he has been a teacher, coach and principal.
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Kushner has also worked with the university’s graduate programs as an adjunct professor. When he begins his new position, he will take over for the current Director of Education Debra Clarke, who will take on another position within the English programs. Kushner thinks highly of the GAPS Education programs and faculty members. “I had been teaching graduate classes for a few See KUSHNER on A3
Senior encourages Phone-a-thon keeps tuition costs down students to end “ human trafficking By Kyle Oland Staff Writer
By Amanda Wishner Editorial Assistant At least 100,000 American minors are victims of commercial sexual trafficking and prostitution each year. This was only one of many shocking statistics shared by senior human services major Stephanie Zeek during her presentation on human trafficking. Students gathered on the top floor of the Stover Campus Center last
Thursday, April 7 for the impromptu seminar. Zeek first became interested in stopping human trafficking two years ago when the university hosted speaker David Batstone, cofounder of the Not For Sale campaign. “My heart broke and continues to break for all the men, women and children who do not have a choice in how they live See BE on A2
It costs a student $26,000 to come to Waynesburg University. Multiply that by 1,200 students, and you get roughly $31 million. Thirty-one million dollars is a lot of money, but not enough to pay for everything the University needs to function. Money donated by alumni helps pay for the rest of the costs for the school to operate. Heidi Szuminsky, director of Alumni Relations, said, “What students pay in tuition cov-
What students pay in tuition covers roughly 75 percent of what it costs to study here.”
Heidi Szuminsky Director of Alumni Relations
ers roughly 75 percent of what it costs for them to study here, so the office of Institutional Development is responsible for raising the rest.” To raise the needed money, the University
holds a phone-a-thon, which is when students call alumni and ask for financial support for the university. Szuminsky said the school sets fundraising goals each year they See PHONE-A-THON on A4
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Softball sweeps Thiel in doubleheader.
The 41st annual GNP concert will be held this Saturday in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.
The Mon View Roller Rink held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday.
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hope to meet. She said some years are better than others. “We always see a generous outpouring from our alumni,” she said. The school targets alumni who have given in the past to ask for donations. The alumni who donate range in age from recent graduates to 80 years old. Szuminsky said the phone-a-thon has been going on long before she worked for the University and will be held again in the fall semester. The phone-a-thon does not only help the
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Seniors raise money for Relay with marathon broadcast By Rachel Brown Executive Editor For them, it’s personal. Seniors Emily Ellis and Michael Winland both have family members who have been battling cancer for several years. “My grandmother, who I’m very close with and is without question the closest to me in my entire family, is a cancer survivor,” said Winland, who is the WCYJ-FM
Assistant General Manager. “This is something that I’ve done with her in mind every single year.” In honor of their families’ fight, Winland and Ellis have joined together in an attempt to raise more than $800 for the Mini Relay for Life, being held this Sunday. Together, they will lock themselves in the studio from 6 p.m. Thursday and won’t leave until
Journalism student wins second place in competition By Stephanie Laing Editorial Assistant When Amanda Wishner, a sophomore communication major at Waynesburg University, competed in the Gertrude Gordon Writing Contest, she never expected to win anything. She was more than satisfied with the experience. After all, her peers, coworkers and friends were competing. Many of them had written longer than her. “I was nervous but excited,” said Wishner. “I knew I was going to be competing against a lot of great writers.” But a week after the competition, her phone rang with an unknown caller. “Amanda Wishner, this is Kellie Gormley, president of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh. The decision was difficult to make, but I am happy to be the one to deliver the news…” Out of 30 people, Wishner placed second. “I was ecstatic when I found out I’d won…. It was so unexpected; she really caught me off guard with the news,” said Wishner. “It’s very exciting and rewarding to be recog-
Fair focuses on campus Continued from A1 Senior nursing majors Jessica Northen and Mikey Macosko were in charge of the HPV Booth at the fair. “We got 12 more people to sign up for HPV vaccinations on April 18 while at the Health Fair,” said Northen. “Working with people to plan the events helped us see what life would be like after graduation.” In addition to the HPV booth, there was a sobriety test on the stage in the GPAC as well as a drunk driving test using a remote control car. “Students seemed to enjoy maneuvering the toy car around the cones while wearing the beer goggles,” said Chrash. “I
nized for something that I love to do.” The writing Wishner contest consisted of a one-hour group interview of the Typewriter Girls, a performing art troupe, followed by two hours for writing a feature article. “The competition was all very fast-paced; I’ve never taken so many notes or typed so fast in my life,” she said. Although Wishner does her best work under pressure, she still felt terrified when she thought she wasn’t going to finish her article in time. However, her preparation paid off. Along with familiarizing herself with the Typewriter Girls’ interests such as surrealism and Dadaism, Wishner believes her experiences at Waynesburg University helped. Wishner wrote for the Yellow Jacket, the university’s student newspaper, for the past year, which helped prepare her for the See WISHNER on A3
think students were very surprised to see just how poorly they performed.” Despite some criticism about the flow of the GPAC, Chrash and Young both said that the booths spread throughout the GPAC made things more intimate and less overwhelming. Chrash said that the booth run by two organ donors was very prominent in her mind because
“Everyone has just been so supportive, and that support is a big reason we brought [the 24-hour broadcast] back.” Michael Winland Assistant General Manager, WCYJ-FM
6 p.m. Friday. “I’m kind of nervous because I like my sleep,” said Ellis, the WCYJ general manager.
“I’m kind of nervous that, come like two or three in the morning, I’m just going to crash, but Mike said he’d keep me
up with coffee and food and energy drinks, so we should be OK.” Special guests will join them in the studio throughout the day, including last year’s general manager, Jordan Thompson, who created the fundraiser. Thompson and other guests will also perform a version of his play he wrote and performed last year in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.
The play will be reworked for the radio, Winland said. Winland and Ellis separated the broadcast into one- or two-hour timeslots, which each have themes. “I’m definitely looking forward to bringing back some of the older shows that we used to have on the station,” Ellis said. “Kirstin Repco will be See SENIORS on A3
Be involved, student says Continued from A1 their lives,” she said. “Since hearing Mr. Batstone, I believe God laid a burden on my heart for these victims. It is a burden that does not diminish and never will.” Since then, Zeek continually lends her support to fight human trafficking. She is currently interning with The Project to End Human Trafficking, located in Pittsburgh. Zeek planned for her supervisor to host last Thursday’s presentation at the university, but after she became sick, Zeek was asked to speak on her behalf instead. She presented a PowerPoint that included a variety of statistics and facts about human trafficking. Zeek believes that this growing problem is so often overlooked because of a lack of awareness. “I think many people are under-educated. The Project to End Human Trafficking is great because one of their objectives is education,” she said. “The more people that are educated, the more likely they are to understand how large of a problem human trafficking is.” Zeek also feels that most American citizens do not want to believe that “something this horrific” could happen on
they talked about the importance of becoming an organ donor. “It was no coincidence that the organ donor
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Junior Stephanie Zeek spoke Monday about human trafficking. She encouraged students to actively fight human trafficking, which exists in Pennsylvania. American soil. The audience seemed especially shocked when the student speaker explained that prostitution rings exist in Pennsylvania. Organizations such as the Polaris Project are working to combat the growing trend of sex trafficking rings being disguised as massage parlors. Zeek said instances of these parlors have been reported in Pittsburgh, only minutes away. According to the Polaris Project’s website, these massage parlors can be found in almost every state. Zeek believes that the United States is not active enough in combating
human trafficking. Only a few weeks ago, Amador Cortes-Meza was found guilty of leading a sex trafficking ring that forced young girls into prostitution in Atlanta, Ga. He was sentenced to only 40 years in prison. Zeek encourages people to become involved in the fight to end human trafficking. She concluded the seminar by asking attendees to write a letter to legislators in an attempt to tighten the laws and regulations surrounding sex and labor trafficking. She also shared a number of other ways to fight back, including purchasing only fair trade products. Zeek said that buy-
ing fair trade is more expensive, but it provides a fair working wage to those who made the product. Students have many opportunities to become involved, whether it is through a small local organization or through the local International Justice Mission on campus. “Human trafficking is a problem that cannot be ignored,” Zeek said. “The people who are taken are someone’s father, mother, brother, sister, nephew, niece, aunt, uncle, cousin or friend. Imagine what it would feel like to have a family member taken from you to never see again.”
booth was placed next to the drunk driving booth,” she said. Even though the fair was focused on students,
a lot of outside vendors helped with donations, said Chrash. Young said that a Nintendo Wii, white water
rafting tickets, a year membership for AAA and tickets to the Heinz History Center were all donated to the fair.
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E-book policy won’t hurt academic libraries By Amanda Silay Staff Writer There could be some changes to the access that students have to e-books and audio books in the near future if one publisher’s policy on ebooks becomes standards. “You can use your public library card and download something for up to 14 days, and before that time, you can put it on your iPod,” Librarian Lisa Snyder said. “After those 14 days, it goes away, and that
counts as one usage of that book.” After 26 of those uses the library must purchase that book again, rather than just have unlimited uses. “This change makes a difference when looking at the budget that the library is presented with,” Snyder said. “Libraries must decide whether re-purchasing the e-books is better or if the actual paper copy of the book is better.” Publisher HarperCollins is trying out the
26-use policy wants to see if this will be helpful for them to increase profit. “HarperCollins does popular fiction, so people are using their books,” Snyder said. “They don’t have a problem because they use not well known books or anything like that.” Snyder realizes that there are some things that have changed with the way things used to be. “The business model that has been used for many years doesn’t work with e-books now,” Sny-
der said. “With a lot of people using e-books, libraries are companies are having problems keeping up their profits up.” Although this sounds like it could be hurtful to the library and students, it may not be like that. “This will not affect the University as much as it will affect the public libraries,” Snyder said. “With more people getting e-books and audio books from public libraries, the 26-uses policy will occur more often.”
Students look to memorialize Josh Malenke Seat, benches to be dedicated to late student • This week and throughout the remainder of the semester, WCYJ-FM, the campus radio station, will be selling bracelets in honor of Josh Malenke. All proceeds will go toward replacing the benches outside of the Buhl Humanities Building in his honor. The bracelets cost two dollars and almost anyone associated with the radio station will be able to provide them. • Alpha Psi Omega proposed to Student Senate for $300 in order to dedicate a seat to Malenke. The total cost is $350, and APO hopes to fundraise the remainder of the money at “WU’s Line is it Anyway?” on April 26.
Kushner hired Continued from A1 years, and I got to know people and the pro-
Seniors raise money Continued from A2 joining us to do ‘Back to the ’80s,’ which is something we did our sophomore year. Bringing back some of the older shows is going to be a lot of fun.” More than 10 communication students are helping the duo stay awake, volunteering to have an air shift. Several non-communication majors are also helping by volunteering for a shift. For example, senior psychology majors Halie Theriault and Danielle Brush will be on air from 2 to 3 a.m. as part of “Therapy with Halie.” This is the second year that the 24-hour broadcast has occurred. Last year, Thompson raised more than $1,000 during the broadcast after setting a goal of $500. Ellis and Winland want to mimic his success, as
Wishner wins award competition. “I’ve also learned a lot from my journalism classes at Waynesburg, and my professors have offered me a lot of feedback on my writing,” she said. Wishner’s article consisted of three sections, starting with a short introduction on the Typewriter Girls and what they do. In the second section, Wishner elaborated on their history. Finally, Wishner titled her last section, “The Magic of
Poetry,” in which she stressed how both women from the Typewriter Girls want to change the world with poetry and their performances. “I thought it was important to incorporate that into the story as my main focus to do them justice,” Wishner said. On Saturday, April 16, Wishner and the other winners will attend the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh’s Anniversary Dinner. The other winners of the contest include first-place winner Madeline Barnes from Carnegie Mellon University and third-place winner Julie Persha from the University of Pittsburgh.
of education experience as a teacher, coach and principal. I hope to continue what Debbie Clarke started.” Kushner is most looking forward to working with the graduate students. “Everyone is different and has their own strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “It’s always fun to meet new people.” He hopes to add to the program and make it thrive. “I’d like to make the program as best as it can be,” Kushner said. “It’ll be a challenge because of how well Debbie [Clarke] has done.” Dave Mariner, dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, feels that
Kushner will be a great addition to the work Clarke has started. “Debra Clarke has done a wonderful job in growing our graduate education programs. Under her leadership, the programs not only grew in numbers, but also in quality. She is a great leader,” Mariner said. “I am also confident that Dr. Kushner will lead the education programs in the same direction. Larry Kushner and Debra Clarke will still work closely to continue to expand our graduate education programs. Waynesburg University is fortunate to have such great leaders and faculty members like both [Clarke] and [Kushner].”
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Student Senate Treasure Joe Scotti listens as a representative requests funds to dedicate a seat in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center for a student. • Student Senate announced that April 19 will be the last day for proposals. Any organization wanting to receive
funds for this semester must submit a proposal by next Tuesday. -The Public Relations Student Society of Amer-
gram,” Kushner said. “I was so impressed by the way they operated and treated students and faculty. They care about people and are true to the Christian theme and values.” He is particularly
pleased with the way the university faculty and staff members accommodate their students. “Anybody that has experience with Waynesburg University is so impressed with how they deal with people
ica received $85 from Student Senate to buy iTunes gift cards to use at Relay for Life. ~ By Brandon Reed
and how passionate they are about what they do,” he said. “It’s an honor to work with the university.” Kushner has been in contact with Clarke, gathering information about the education programs and her experiences. “Once I do get up to Southpointe, I’ll dig in and get my hands wet,” he said. Kushner would like to bring his years of education experience to the GAPS education programs. “I hope I bring my passion because I truly do believe in getting students to be successful, not just in education but in life,” he said. “I can bring my years
they set an $800 goal for the broadcast. However, they are hoping to raise more than that. “Everyone has just been so supportive, and that support is a big reason we brought it back,” said Winland. “It was so successful last year that we are going to give it a go this year.” In addition to being heard on the radio, Winland and Ellis will also be simulcast on WCTV for the entire broadcast. “We’ll be live the whole time,” said Ellis. “You’ll start to see me get tired, and you might see us looking a mess or start dancing like crazy people in the studio. That should be fun. We think that being on TV and seeing how much fun we’re having in the studio will bring them in, and they’ll want to donate.” Anyone who wants to donate money should call the studio at 724-8523310 or visit the radio station’s Facebook page for a link to a donation site.
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Waynesburg alumni return for Public Relations Day By Rachel Davis Staff Writer Twenty aspiring public relations students eagerly awaited the arrival of three successful alumni of Waynesburg University to provide insight into their field of study. Heather Day, Margaret Graham and Matthew Kifer sat down and told the students about their work in public relations. Day, staff assistant for Penn State University’s division of development and alumni relations in the office of donor relations and special events, started the session by discussing her duties while working in the office of the university’s president. Day plans events for the development division, like the annual alumni black tie affair, as well as events for the president. She says that there is a lot of pressure on her and the other workers to make the event as perfect as possible. “You could just hold an event and he would come up and point out one little thing that went wrong,” said Day, but she also said that it is good because it allows them to make corrections for future events. One challenge Day has to deal with is gaining respect in her department
Deadline nears Continued from A1 However, the FAFSA can be submitted with estimated figures. “That’s something I would highly recommend,” Stokan said. “Even if you use estimat-
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from the other offices on campus. They think that the only thing that she does is “pick out matching colors,” but there is so much more to planning an event, like working within a strict budget. “The atmosphere is tense at the moment,” said Day regarding the new proposed budget cuts by Governor Corbett. The cut backs will affect events and have caused them to begin charging for attendance and to cut back on extras. One of the most difficult tasks due to the budget cuts is making an event, like the black tie dinner look expensive and extravagant but that in reality it isn’t. Because she works for a non-profit organization,
Graham, communications coordinator at East Liberty Development, Inc., knows what it’s like to make sacrifices. Graham says that she usually works with Public Service Announcements to get her organization out instead of advertisements in order to save money. Her duties as the communications coordinator are not the typical duties. She updates a daily blog, creates a bi-monthly eNewsletter for the community and writes an annual report for ELDI. “I have to represent not only the company but the community as well,” said Graham regarding her tasks at ELDI. She credits her professors here at Waynesburg University
for teaching her what she uses on a daily basis. Her biggest challenge is letting people know that the East Liberty community is a safe area that has improved greatly from the former gang violence and drug trafficking area it once was. “I walk to work daily, and I haven’t had a problem yet,” said Graham. Kifer, sports information director at California University of Pennsylvania, knows what it takes to constantly update media technologies to inform the community of the various sporting events and topics occurring at California University. Kifer uses internet, radio, TV and many other
types of electronic media to release up to date scores, highlights and statistics of the various athletes at his university. He also talked about the various changes in technology, including the latest combination of advertising and cell phones. “You can take a picture with your smart phone of an advertisement that contains the QR code and it’ll take you to special promotions and the home page for the product,” said Kifer. Another change is that a fan sitting in their living room can use their phone to watch the football game from above the line of scrimmage by viewing different camera angles.
university, but also benefits the students who work the event. Hope Frick, a freshman public relations student who worked the phone-a-thon, said: “Working the phone-athon gave me experience talking to people who I didn’t know. As a public relations student, I will be doing a lot of talking in the future. Having an opportunity to work on my speaking skills was very beneficial.” Frick also said asking people for money will help her in her future career because the area of investor relations is a function of public relations. Frick said she never really realized how important the alumni are for Waynesburg. “Waynesburg University is really affordable for a private university,” she said. “I never really figured one of the major reasons for the low cost of tuition was the support from the alumni. The support from the alumni truly shows how much Waynesburg University has positively affected these people; otherwise they would not be donating.”
ed figures and are responsible to correct those figures once you get back your tax returns, you’ll at least meet the May 1 deadline.” Chamberlain takes advantage of this ability. “My mom usually estimates it from the previous years,” she said. Other students may skip filing the FAFSA because they think they
will not qualify for any grants. When freshman transfer student Jenna Dorazio filled out the FAFSA for the first time, she received work-study and was eligible for a $5,500 loan. However, even though her father is a single parent, she did not receive much grant money because of his income.
Even if that may be the case, Stokan encourages all students to apply. “The benefits can be far greater,” he said. If an unexpected event occurs over the course of the year, such as death, job loss or disability, and a student is suddenly eligible, his or her original FAFSA must have been filed on time to receive
any additional aid. Other than for state grant purposes, the deadline to complete the FAFSA is not until June 30, 2012. If the May 1 deadline is missed, Stokan suggests students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. “Even though it’s the technical deadline, it’s not something students want to push,” said Stokan. The university prints bills approximately in the middle of June. “If they haven’t completed the FAFSA, that means we’re not able to determine whether or not they qualify for aid,” said Stokan. “Therefore, they’ll run the risk of not getting a bill or getting a bill that doesn’t show any aid on it.” Students who do not know where to start in the FAFSA process can
first go to the consumerfriendly website www.fafsa.ed.gov. Filling out the FAFSA on the web is more efficient because it enables students to make easy adjustments and allows schools to receive the information in two to three days, according to Stokan. FAFSA worksheets are also available at www.fafsa.ed.gov or in the financial aid office, which gladly offers its services, no appointment necessary. “You’d be better off if you have questions, problems or issues to contact us first before you go to a classmate, or a roommate or someone who isn’t really a financial aid professional,” Stokan said. Students who have not yet completed the FAFSA can expect to receive a postcard at their home address.
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Three Waynesburg University graduates spoke at the first Public Relations Day about their careers.
Columnist Sierra Shafer talks about the Kent State shootings and the differences between the generations then and now. Read more on B2
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April events provide awareness, family fun By Natalie Bruzda Social Media Manager
County Historical Society approached the organization and asked if it could manage the property in March of 2009. “Rivers of Steel is going to provide wonderful preservation and
For almost two decades, an annual Greene County event has been considered a community-wide celebration. This year is no different. Marking its 17th year on Saturday, April 16, Child Fest will once more be a day to support education and care for young children. “The Child Fest is an event that is literally run by the whole community,” Amy Switalski, CCIS director for Greene County Human Services said. “We want to make sure families know what is available to them and what is available in the community to prepare their children for school.” From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., families are welcome at the Greene County Fairgrounds. To set this year’s Child Fest apart from those in years past, “Wild, Wild Greene” will be the event’s unique theme. “It’s kind of hard thinking of new names after 17 years but every year we try to have a new theme,” Switalski said. “We try to change it up so that the children have new experiences.” Wild World of Animals will display 10 to 15 exotic animals, including wild owls, tigers, leopards and boa constrictors, and the American Judo Hapkido Institute will perform for spectators. But because the event is geared toward providing families with vital information about education, more than 30 agencies will be present at the fair, including the Cornerstone Care Mobile Unit.
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It’s hammer time Hammer-In Festival focuses on restoration of historic machine shop By Natalie Bruzda Social Media Manager The site can be described as a time warp, a step back in time to the 1960s. On the banks of the Monongahela River, the W. A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop still stands, though it is in need of great repair. “It’s such an unusual site,” Chris Holt, secretary of the Pittsburgh Area Artist-Blacksmiths Association said. “When it closed down in the mid-60s, the workers just left everything as it was. Once you walk up the street you really don’t know what year it is anymore.” The 23rd annual Hammer-In Festival, held by the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Machine Shop in Rices Landing, but it will take place against the backdrop of a new beginning for the site.
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(Top) Two members of the Pittsburgh Area Artists-Blacksmiths Association demonstrate the blacksmithing process. (Above) Vistors mill about in the W.A. Young and Sons machine shop and foundry. At noon, SIHC will hold a ceremonial ground breaking when they announce the beginning of Phase One of the historic restoration of the Machine Shop. This phase, which will take approximately 8 – 12 weeks, will
include the removal of the old roof and its complete replacement, as well as the completion of an Architectural Design and Restoration Plan. Although the Pittsburgh Area Blacksmiths Association and the Appalachia Blacksmiths
Association have held the Hammer-In Festival for 23 years, Rivers of Steel will host this year’s event. According to Sherris Moreira, director of Marketing and Tourism Development for Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, the Greene
Easter egg hunt draws large crowd to Mon View Roller Rink By Sierra Shafer Op/Ed Editor With Easter Sunday just around the corner, dozens of Greene County children have already begun to hunt for their Easter eggs. Despite a foggy morning, warmer afternoon temperatures welcomed local families to the Mon View Roller Rink in Greensboro for the fourth-annual afternoon of Easter-time
activities last Sunday. “This year’s turnout was fantastic; with grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, moms and dads and all the kids, there were over 300 people in the roller rink today,” said Jake Blaker, Greene County director of recreation. “We love that. It’s why we put out more that 2,000 eggs for the kids to go and find.” The event, sponsored
by the County Commissioners and Green Waste Removal, was part of continued efforts to strengthen the community and provide opportunities for the county’s families and children to spend quality time together. “We feel it is an extremely important opportunity for youth in our county to do recreational activities See EGG on B4
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The egg hunt at Mon View Roller Rink drew in a large crowd of children and their parents on Sunday. After the hunt, judges awarded prizes to children in each age group.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Library love Celebrating National Library Week Libraries don’t get enough respect. These free resources provide students with the sources they need to finish countless research papers. Libraries also serve as a portal to new and exciting worlds, as they hold collections of both fiction and nonfiction books. For these reasons, the American Library Association celebrates National Library Week during the second week in April. Happening this week, the event recognizes the role libraries play in the community. Imagine a world without a Knox Lab. Students would definitely pay a lot more for printers, paper and ink. Plus, they would have nowhere to run to print their papers at the last minute. And then there are the books. When students have a research paper to write and the professor requires two non-Internet sources, students turn to the library for help. Countless students can be seen using the library as a refuge from loud roommates or as quiet place to work.And, yet, students are quick to ignore the library in favor of the Internet. But, face it, life without libraries is a sad one, indeed. So this week, take a moment to appreciate Eberly Library and the resources it contains. Take a moment to thank the librarians for their work in collecting and maintaining these collections. After all, life would be a lot more difficult without them.
Come together County provides opportunities for community Every community has something that makes it unique. For Greene County, one element is the amount of events held in the community throughout the year. At this time of year, almost every weekend is jam-packed with festivals, competitions and fundraisers. Last weekend, the community sponsored an Easter egg hunt for children in the community. Next weekend, the community will be hosting the twenty-first annual Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival in Mount Morris. This onionfeatured festival brings the community together to celebrate one of the most unique vegetables that grow in western Pennsylvania. With everything from fried ramps to ramp wine to ramp burgers, this food festival provides plenty of opportunities for people to try something new. These events are more than simply entertainment – they bring the community together. People from all backgrounds, ages and occupations will also be coming together this Saturday to watch participants in the rodeo competitions at the fairgrounds. It is through these types of events that a difference is made within the community. These events all greatly impact the dynamics of the community and help people to make new friendships and learn about the community they live in.
We are wasting our inalienable rights “Near the top of the hill at the corner of Taylor Hall, a student crumpled over, spun sideways and fell to the ground, shot in the head. When the firing stopped, a slim girl, wearing a cowboy shirt and faded jeans, was lying face down on the road at the edge of the parking lot, blood pouring out onto the macadam, about 10 feet from this reporter.” – The New York Times In 1970, four students at Kent State were shot and killed by the Nation-
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al Guard. Six other students were wounded. Guardsmen opened fire into a crowd of students after attempting to break up a rally in the middle of campus. More than 1,000 students had assembled for several days in protest of President Nixon’s choice to expand the Vietnam War into Cambodia. In the aftermath, all students were ordered to leave campus and a state
Friendships require human interaction Happy birthday to me. Only not really…more like unbirthday. On Monday, someone decided it would be funny to change the date of my birthday on Facebook…to the next day. So, needless to say I woke up Tuesday morning, logged onto Facebook and was instantly bombarded by over 68 posts on
of emergency was declared in surrounding areas. The deaths of these students were tragic; Americans responded in outrage. How could students in the Land Of The Free be shot and killed while exercising their First Amendment rights? Some would answer that these students were not simply peacefully assembling, but threatening the safety of Kent State students and disregarding the law when they chose to burn down the ROTC building the night before the shoot-
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my wall – and quite a few personal messages – wishing me happy birthday, asking me what I had planned for my 21st birthday and asking if they could join in the celebration. I then proceeded to fall out of my seat because I was laughing so hard. I’m not kidding. I spent the next five minutes sitting on the floor, desperately trying to stop laughing, gasping for air and dodging strange looks
ings occurred. This was a politically charged time. People were convicted to strongly agree with the war in Vietnam or adamantly oppose it. Today, the generation of the Vietnam War is still deeply affected by the loss and rift caused by the fighting. Some might say that we are in an equally politically charged time. Currently, the United States is engaged in war. Yet I have to come to feel that unless one has a direct tie to someone See APATHETIC on B3
from my roommate. Afterwards, I got up and changed the date of my birthday on Facebook and started to look at all the posts on my wall. As I was scrolling down through the list of birthday wishes, cracking up and shaking my head every now and then, a thought occurred to me. Ever since social networking has been around, our lives have become so impersonal that we’ll believe almost anything about anyone if it’s posted on their wall or tweeted about them. It amazes me how much one social networking site has comSee MAKING on B3
‘Fat tax’ unfair and too hard to enforce If an individual’s body mass index isn’t a purely personal matter, what is? We have the right to choose between healthy food or junk food, even if the latter is more likely to result in obesity and related health problems. But once our choices affect others, there’s a natural conflict between individual freedom and social responsibility. In a nation where rising health-care costs and diminished access to medical care are issues of grave concern, per-
sonal decisions are no longer strictly private. The treatment of obesity- and smoking-related disease is tremendously expensive, which in turns drives up health insurance premiums for everyone, as well as raising the costs for Medicaid, Medicare and health coverage for public employees. These legitimate concerns have resulted in a raft of nanny-state proposals to shape the public’s dietary habits by taxing this food or that drink or by outlawing
free toys that accompany unhealthy children’s meals at some restaurants. Such proposals raise inevitable questions of fairness and effectiveness. We prefer the approach most recently proposed in Arizona, where officials hope to levy a $50 annual fee on some Medicaid patients who don’t take steps to improve their health. The program is expected to help Arizona’s bottom line over time, by reducing healthcare costs for
those patients. Safeway, for instance, offers significant discounts on health insurance premiums to employees who don’t smoke and who maintain healthy weight, blood-pressure and cholesterol levels. The company reported that its per-person healthcare costs remained flat for four years during which such costs rose 38 percent for most companies. For several years, Alabama has levied a health See HEALTH on B3
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Apathetic generation Continued from B2
Policies should shift with demographics After being honorably discharged from the Army, Iraq war veteran Colby Bohannan found the college-application process to be an eye-opener. He saw many scholarships for minorities, but none for his demographic: white men. So the Texas State University student formed the Former Majority Association for Equality and is offering $500 scholarships exclusively to white male students. “Diversity is not a bad thing,” he explained to me recently. “We’re not here to make a stand against affirmative action. Or to make a stand for affirmative action.” Bohannan noted that the GI Bill was helping him pay for college, though he added: “I don’t think everybody needs to serve in the military to afford an education.” I don’t expect FMAE scholarships to overtake the United Negro College Fund anytime soon, but my conversation with Bohannan got me thinking about where we are headed with admissions preferences in a demographically changing world. Can the arguments for preferences based on race be sustained in a world in which whites take on minority status? It would seem that as the composition of the nation changes, those policies will be more difficult to justify. In a Houston Chronicle piece detailing population changes in Texas, Steve Murdock, a former U.S. Census Bureau director and current head of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University, said: “It’s basically over for Anglos.” Two-thirds of Texas children are non-Anglo, Murdock said. He predicted that within the next three decades there would be 516,000 fewer Anglos living in
Making an effort Continued from B2 pletely revamped the way we send and receive our information. Take my unbirthday escapade, for example. Out of those 68 or more people who wished me happy birthday, only two or three actually doubted its legitimacy, and one of them was my mother, who, of course denied it altogether. All the rest of the people sent birthday wishes my way without a second glance. I will admit, not knowing everyone’s birthday is not that big of a deal. We can’t be expected to remember
the Houston area and 2.5 million more Hispanics making their homes there. Meanwhile, a story in the Los Angeles Times detailed the explosive growth of California’s minority population _ to the tune of a 28 percent increase in Latino residents (to 14 million total) and a 31 percent increase in the number of Asians (to 4.8 million total). Accompanying those demographic gains was the decline of non-Hispanic whites, who dropped 5.4 percent (to just under 15 million), and African-Americans, whose numbers declined almost 1 percent (to 2.2 million). Nationwide, the Census Bureau has estimated that by 2050, whites will no longer be the majority, raising the question of whether preferences based on race can still be justified. One expert sees change on the horizon. “Universities have made greater efforts to take into account a family’s socioeconomic situation (first generation to go to college, household income, high SAT scores, coming from underperforming schools) as a way to mitigate charges of reverse racism as well as the realization that bright (and white) kids from modest backgrounds were pretty much not going to selective schools,” claims Charles Gallagher, the chairman of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice at La Salle University, who has just finished a chapter for a forthcoming book that deals with this subject. But Gallagher also believes that some trepidation on the part of whites based on their declining numbers is unsupported by the data. He points out, by way of example, the vast hold on government at all levels that whites continue
the day everyone was born, after all. But the problem doesn’t stop there. Think of it this way: if someone were to come up to you and ask for your best friend’s phone number, could you give it to them without looking at the contact list on your phone? I know I couldn’t. I wouldn’t even be able to give the first three digits after the area code. The fact is, in this day and age we have become so dependent on technology like cell phones and the internet, that our relationships with each other are steadily becoming less and less personal. We log on, check our wall for posts, our pictures for comments and
to maintain. Still, efforts like Bohannan’s, Gallagher said, are not surprising in light of polling data that indicate that “we believe that we are way more nonwhite than we actually are.” Indeed, at least one piece of research indicates that a significant percentage of Americans sees discrimination shifting along with the country’s demographics. A Public Religion Research Institute poll released in November found that 44 percent of Americans believe prejudice against whites is an issue on par with prejudice against current minorities. “The reality is that whites are still a majority and if you include the Latino population that defines itself as white (50 percent of Latinos do) whites are still around 70 percent of the population,” Gallagher told me. “There is nothing racist about this view, but when you see yourself as a minority, especially in times of economic contraction, one starts to feel threatened.” Gallagher also noted national polling data of whites suggesting a majority believe that the goals of the civil rights movement have been achieved, institutional racism is a thing of the past, and equal opportunity in terms of quality of schooling, housing, and jobs is now the norm. “If you lay this on top of an immigrant narrative most whites have about their own family’s story of struggle and success you get a narrative that says, ‘Hey, we have all moved forward, racism is a thing of the past.’ “ But will those that are today’s minority groups agree that the playing field has been sufficiently leveled? Only time will tell. This editorial originally appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
maybe post a few comments of our own. We sign in, find out what crazy stunt Charlie Sheen is up to now and tweet thirty times about it. Winning. We take in all this information and move on before we’ve even finished processing what we’ve been given. We rely so heavily on sites like Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch and find out what everyone else is doing that we forget how important it is to sustain the personal aspect of our friendships. This, above all else, is the most important part of maintaining a good friendship or relationship. Otherwise, all we have to go by is one
little paragraph in the “about me” section. Over the course of the day on Tuesday, I continued to receive birthday wishes; even after I had corrected the date of my birthday and posted several times explaining that my birthday wasn’t actually until November 26. It just goes to show you how much sites like Facebook and Twitter have changed the way we run our lives. So, next time you log onto Facebook or Twitter, stop. Slow down and think. Think about the posts or tweets you’re reading. Think about how this information you’ve just been given affects that person’s life. Make an effort. Make it personal.
serving in the military, most Americans are living a life unaltered by the wars our country is fighting. Since I was born, the United States has fought wars against Panama, Iraq – on multiple occasions – in Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. It wasn’t until February of 2010 that the number of American troops in Iraq dropped below 100,000 since the 2003 invasion. At one point, the American military reported 170,000 American troops were deployed in Iraq. The left side, the right side – all have their opinions about being a nation at war. But what about all of the Americans that fall in the middle? What about the college students who haven’t formed an opinion? War isn’t simple; it’s a difficult concept to grasp and the political banter that is continually buzzing can be overwhelming and confusing. Fine. All of this to say that I am not convinced we care enough. Are we educated enough about the issues? When our parents were college students, they had ideals and opinions and they took action to make their supports and oppositions known. I fear that our generation has become far too apathetic. Would 1,000 Waynesburg students be convicted enough to risk gunfire from the National Guard about… anything? Serious student protests are a rarity among our generation and it’s not because there isn’t anything
Health tax uneffective Continued from B2 insurance surcharge on state employees who smoke or are obese and who fail to seek help for these conditions. Several other states have approved similar policies. It’s also unclear whether a $50 fee, even if it is imposed on the poorest residents, would change anyone’s behavior. People who can afford a smoking habit are unlikely to be persuaded to quit by the prospect of saving less than the
going on. In the past few mouths a significant number of political protestors have been killed around the world. These men and women do not live in nations that allow them the right to freely protest or support their government without the risk of death. Yet they still choose to take up their sword. As Americans, we do have that right to peaceably assemble, and yet we choose not to take advantage of it. The Kent State shooting was wrong and it was a tragedy. However, I am not convinced that we are the passionate, educated and informed young adults that our parents were and therefore would not even make enough of a stir to draw a brigade of armed officers. Do we sustain enough conviction about what is going on in our world, our country, or even our own county to bravely stand and make our beliefs heard? For arguments sake, I am unconcerned with your choice to support or oppose the actions of our government. We can hash that out in another column. But as young adults, we are directly affected by the choices made by our elected officials. From water quality to health insurance to student loans to our involvement in Libya, we have a voice. There are things happening right now that should draw out a passionate response from you. Whether you are angry or in full support, things are happening that will have significant and long lasting implications in our lives. God bless America, right?
price of 10 packs. Smoking and obesity greatly increase the risk of chronic and lifethreatening health problems that in many cases are preventable, including stroke, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It makes sense to tie higher preventable risk to higher premiums. This approach provides a direct link between unhealthy ways of living and the consequences. Americans should be free to eat what they want, as long as they bear the cost of their personal choices. This editorial originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
21st annual Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival planned, large crowds expected By Kaitlin Edwards
flavor are enough to knock anyone off their feet, but I don’t see anything wrong with that,” said Walter Danna, longtime ramp cook and festival-goer. As the vendors finish the last of their preparations, the visitors to the Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival will not only be assaulted with the smell
of fried ramps, but also live music, alpacas, antique cars, raffles and campers. “We wanted to have a lot of variety throughout the festival,” said Connie Ammons, a coordinator of the Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival. “We have something here for everyone, and this is a great opportunity
for everyone to do something new.” Thirty crafters will take place in this year’s event. But that’s not why people come to the festival. “There is so much unique food here, and the variety is so broad that there is something for everyone. And it’s all natural and all good,” said Dana.
Although the bands, craft vendors and activities for children make this festival attractive to visitors, the ramp food creations are what make the festival unique. “There are so many different types of foods that are made using ramps that it is incredible,” said Ammons. “All of the cooks are so creative that they make the food really enjoyable.” Visitors to the festival can expect to see at least 12 different ramp food vendors with creations such as ramp kielbasa, ramp cheese balls, ramp salads, ramp burgers, ramp potato soup and several versions of fried ramps. “One of the most unique ‘ramp foods’ is the ramp wine,” said Elizabeth Quintana,
ice/Save America’s Treasure grant, PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources, PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development, and Rivers of Steel NHA. “The ultimate goal is to preserve the property,” Moreira said. Following the ground breaking, there will be an auction at 1 p.m. of a wide variety of handcrafted ironwork and a picnic-style luncheon. Proceeds from both will go toward the continued restoration of the foundry and machine shop. In addition, tours will be available, as well as five demonstrations by area blacksmiths. Holt, who has been involved with the Hammer-In for many years, understands the importance of the Machine Shop’s restoration and is pleased to know that the site’s overall look and feel will be kept intact. “It’s going to look like it always has but it’s just going to be safe,” she said. “The integrity of the Foundry and Machine Shop will be evident
April events provide fun
annual Buckin’ B Cattle Championship Bull Riding competition, which will take place this weekend as well. This year’s Buckin’ B Cattle Championship Bull Riding competition is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Waynesburg. The tenth annual competition will take place April 15 to 16 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. DeJohn, will host this year’s event once again. He produces shows all along the east coast, and Waynesburg is known for being the smallest venue. “Even though it’s the smallest one we do, I started it here because the people like it, and if
the people like it, I’m going to keep doing it,” he said. “It’s for the community. As long as we get the support, and as long as they’re happy, we’re happy.” The competition will feature some of the country’s top professional bull riders who come from all over, including New York and Georgia. These 30 bull riders will be competing to qualify for the SEBRA National Finals. “It’s kind of like the world series of Major League Baseball,” DeJohn said. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with the event starting at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $6 for
children and $12 for adults and are available at Hot Rod’s House of Bar-B-Que and Waynesburg Milling in Waynesburg, or at Lowry’s Western Shop in Washington until Thursday evening. Tickets at the gate will be $7 for children and $14 for adults. Because the venue is so small, with 1,200 seats available per night, there are other opportunities to experience the competition. The next event will be held at the Meadows Race Track and Casino. “I like to entertain people,” DeJohn said. “I like it when people are happy. I love seeing the kids smile – big smiles for hours on end.”
sioner Pam Snyder. “It’s good for them to get away from the T.V. and computer screens and do something fun.” Dressed in their Sunday best, over 100 children lined up on the end of the park to await the whistle releasing them to make a mad dash for
the thousands of candyfilled eggs hidden around the park. Other festivities included a magic show by “Magic Chad” Davis and rollerskating. Judges awarded prizes for each age group. Several children were invited to the stage to assist “Magic
Chad” in disappearing acts and interactive magic tricks, leaving the young audience giddy with laugher. A special guest, the Easter Bunny “Joey,” was seen posing for photos and hopping around the roller rink throughout the afternoon.
Managing Editor Distance can’t keep people from the things they love. Especially when it comes to the annual Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival. Whether they live in Kentucky, New York, Indiana or even Canada, few people can resist the unique atmosphere created every year in Mount Morris, Greene County. The 21st annual Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival will kickoff at 10 a.m. on April 16 and will last through April 17. For those who are rampuninitiated, the ramp is a type of onion that grows in only a few locations across the United States and has a number of health benefits. “The over-powering smell and punch-packing
Shop to be restored Continued from B1 restorations for this historic site that will keep us enjoying this for many years to come,” Holt said. “Without their help, this place would really be lost. They came at the right time.” According to August Carlino, CEO and president of the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, which manages Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, blacksmiths from western Pennsylvania, northwestern Maryland and West Virginia convene at the W. A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop for the Hammer-In. “It’s one of those hidden treasures down by the river, a rare find in the country,” she said. The “roof raising ceremony” is made possible through various organizations and grants. Funding is provided by: National Park Serv-
Photos courtesy of Cindy J. Ammons
The 21st annual Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival will be held on Saturdayat Mason-Dixon Park. Last year’s festival featured various vendors, foods and live entertainment.
Continued from B1 In addition, every child will receive a book that was donated from WIC, Head Start, or the Community Engagement Group. “I’ve noticed that families come year after year because they know that it’s a great event,” Switalski said. “And when you’re there, it’s amazing to see the camaraderie amongst our whole community.” Matt DeJohn, owner of Buckin’ B Cattle Company also wants to bring the community together through the
Egg hunt draws crowd Continued from B1 and to provide them with the chance to be involved in the community,” said Commis-
ramp wine brewer and volunteer. “The wine literally tastes like garlic and onions, but it’s not that bad. We give it out in shot-glass size so everyone can taste it.” According to Ammons, large amounts of ramps are consumed every year. “It gets bigger and better every year. Every year more and more people attend the festival, and that is wonderful,” said Quintana. “We go through at least 25 bushels of ramps every year, and I don’t think this year will be an exception.” Even though the festival takes a significant amount of time and money to create, the end result is well worth it for everyone involved.
Maria Shepas breaks the lacrosse program’s single-season goals mark. Read more on C4
Thursday, April 14, 2011 :J 3-0; G :K 4-3 A PAC G Oviatt lifts Jackets to first shutout since ’09 dynasty Junior tosses scoreless, unlike seven Jackets earn split any other AME ONE
By Jon Ledyard
Dave Floyd Sports Editor
If you watched any sporting event on CBS leading up to this weekend’s Masters, you probably heard it. Lead announcer Jim Nantz promoted the network’s coverage of the tournament, as he always does, by smoothly describing it as “a tradition unlike any other.” How about a dynasty unlike any other – a Presidents’ Athletic Conference dynasty unlike any other? With the Waynesburg men’s tennis team set to take on Grove City this afternoon, I could think of no better time than the present to mull this topic. In this my third year of covering the men’s tennis team (as well as following the women’s team closely), one thing has become clear to me: in both men’s and women’s tennis, Grove City will win the PAC Championships at the end of the season. It’s become such a foregone conclusion that I think the Masters might get cancelled before anyone can knock off the Wolverines. On the men’s side, Grove City is seeking its 21st straight league crown under the direction of head coach Joe Walters, who is in his 39th season with the team. Bad news for the rest of the PAC, Walters just recently took over the women’s program, as well. In the fall, in Walters’s fourth season at the helm, the Wolverines captured their 24th straight conference title. And they took it even further this time around, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Yet maybe even more impressive than all the hardware is the way in which the two squads are going about winning it. Last spring, the men’s team won all five regular season PAC matches 9-0. Then, when it came to the championships at the end of the campaign, it was somewhat of a surprise to see the Wolverines not win all six singles and all three doubles titles. They won only five of six in singles and only two of three in doubles, with two second-place finishers. This past fall, the women’s team won seven
The Yellow Jacket baseball team got a shutout from junior pitcher Ben Oviatt in game one to split Saturday’s doubleheader on the road against Kenyon College in nonconference play. Waynesburg took the first contest 3-0 before switching to a less experienced lineup and dropping the second game 4-3 to fall to 7-16
overall on the season. “We aren’t playing our best baseball right now, but we saw a flash of our best baseball in the win over Thomas More in our doubleheader last week,” said head coach Mike Humiston. “We need our guys to believe in themselves a little more; we still got a ways to go.” Oviatt’s fine work on the mound improved his record to 2-0, as he pitched his second complete game of the season. The junior southpaw scattered six hits over his seven innings of work while striking out four batters and not giving up a
single run. Oviatt now boasts a team best 3.09 ERA. “It’s always been his M.O. to throw a lot of pitches but then be able to get people out,” said Humiston. “He’s effective when he gets behind in the count and then gets guys to fish for pitches they normally wouldn’t fish for.” In game one the Jackets struck in the top of the second inning when junior Nick Berdine and junior Brendan Scioscia each scored unearned runs off a Kenyon error to put Way-
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Junior Ben Oviatt delivers in an early-season game. Oviatt threw a complete-game shutout Saturday.
GAME ONE: JACKETS 14-6; GAME TWO: JACKETS 3-1
Jones Softball sweeps PAC doubleheader qualifies Offense key in game one, pitching for D-III vital in game two nationals By Aaron Thompson
Assistant Sports Editor
If the Waynesburg softball team hopes to earn their first Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournament berth since 2008, they’ll need performances such as the two they received in Saturday’s doubleheader at Thiel. In game one, senior Amanda Baughman chipped in five RBI while earning a 14-6 victory in the circle for Waynesburg. Then, in game two, freshman Carrie Maier had perhaps her finest outing of the season, as she pitched the Yellow Jackets (11-7, 4-2) to a 3-1 victory over the Tomcats (4-17, 0-6) in game two. Those victories, coupled with a sweep of rival Washington and Jefferson, were sandwiched around a doubleheader sweep
Senior wins javelin again, as track and field splits up By Nate Regotti Staff Writer
make decisions on your shots is pretty important. So that really has hurt.” Despite more inclement weather Saturday at Thomas More, the Yellow Jackets and Saints still played their Presidents’ Athletic Conference match. The two teams moved inside to nearby Western Hills Racquet Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. Waynesburg benefited from two Thomas More forfeits and eked out a 5-4 win to improve their league record to 2-1. “We had a couple losses where I think we could’ve done better,”
The Waynesburg men’s and women’s track and field teams were back in action this past Saturday. The teams participated in split squad competition. The higher-tiered athletes headed to the Mary Frye Invitational at Ohio Wesleyan, while the rest of the team competed at the Slippery Rock Invitational. At Ohio Wesleyan, two standout javelin throwers represented the women. Two-time All-American senior Elisha Jones’s javelin sailed an NCAA provisional qualifying distance of 40.63 meters (133’ 4”) to win the event for the third straight weekend this season. Her teammate, freshman Megan Sowers, also had a qualifying throw. Sowers third-place javelin throw of 37.32 meters (122’ 5”) qualified her for the ECAC Championships which take place after the conclusion of the regular season. Sophomore Kurt Bonnet was the lone representative for the men at the Mary Frye Invite. Bonnet competed in the discus event and placed sixth. The sophomore’s throw flew 43.74 meters (143’ 6”). The rest of the Yellow Jackets made the trip to Slippery Rock Saturday. Sophomore sprinter Rhea Huwe garnered two
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Freshman Jasmine Blackwell makes contact with a pitch during Saturday’s doubleheader at Thiel. Blackwell had two hits and an RBI in the two games. that Saint Vincent handed the Jackets in a very busy week for Waynesburg to start conference play. “I think we are doing real well, especially with our pitching,” he said. “Our pitching is progressing quite well. The Saint
Vincent games to be honest caught me by surprise, but that’s what makes the game of softball great. We came back real nice offensively against Thiel.” The Jackets certainly did, as Waynesburg cranked out 16 hits in
game one against the Tomcats. Waynesburg struck first by tallying three runs in the visitors half of the third inning. Junior third baseman Sam Volponi See JACKETS on C3
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Jackets play one match, postpone two Men’s tennis team wins indoors Saturday at TMC By Dave Floyd Sports Editor
Mother Nature’s at it again. Thunderstorms Monday and soaking rain Tuesday kept the Waynesburg men’s tennis team from playing two conference matches and has prevented the squad from putting in quality practice time. “It’s not just the play, but it’s the practice, too. We’re missing out on a lot See GCC on C4 of practice,” head coach
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Sophomore Jason Logan, shown here in a recent home match, went 2-0 Saturday at Thomas More. Ron Christman said. “You can do things in the gym or other places, but
getting out and having live play and live play in practice when you have to
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Sunday shows Masters at its best Presto records top Final-round
board found themselves in a shootout, and that’s what typically takes place in the final round at the Masters. That’s when the tournament is at its best, and it may have been at its very best Sunday. Tiger Woods got things going with an exhilarating first eight holes that he played in 5 under. After getting the crowd going early, he tied for the lead twice and was in the hunt the rest of the way ... as he usually is at the Masters (Woods earned his sixth straight top-six finish by placing tied for fourth). But Woods stalled after an
eagle on the eighth hole and just ran out of gas as he tried to win his 15th major title. Still, what took place was a thrilling afternoon that saw a gaggle of players battling it out on the back nine as 10 different players reached 10 under. Twice there were five players tied for the lead. Australian Adam Scott, whose biggest win is the Players Championship, looked like he was going to survive the madness to claim his first major championship crown. But Scott simply added to the long line of Australian
heartache at Augusta National. Greg Norman had several chances to win this tournament, most famously losing a six-shot lead entering the final round in 1996. Scott, who has idolized Norman, has said that day was particularly difficult for his country as it longed for a green jacket only to see it slip away yet again. Sunday had to be another tough day for Australia as Scott left the 16th hole with a two-shot lead and appeared to be in control, but he came up just short as Schwartzel became the third South African player to win the Masters, joining Gary Player and Trevor Immelman. Another Aussie, Jason Day, finished tied with Scott at 12 under. Schwartzel was steady throughout the round but came alive with birdies on the final four holes to storm to his first major title with a two-shot win at 14 under (after a finalround 66). After everything that happened Sunday, throughout all the craziness and terrific golf all over the course (the top six players combined to shoot 28 under), it ended up being Schwartzel’s day. But, really, it was just another special day at Augusta National.
freshman; with a little more experience, that should’ve been his match.” Waynesburg’s two remaining wins came at third and fourth singles, again with Logan and Anderson. Logan edged Millman 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 at third. “It was a little bit tighter of a match,” Logan said. “If I was on my feet a little more and a little more active on the court, I should’ve beaten the guy a little faster, but I did come out with the win, so that’s the important part.” Anderson took care of Measner at fourth 6-3, 6-2. “Jon has just been solid as a rock all year,” Christman said. “If there’s anybody you can count on getting out there and doing what he needs to win, it’s Jon Anderson. As well as Emile’s played for most of the year, Jon’s been the one that you’re pretty sure of.”
With the victory, the Jackets not only upped their conference record to 2-1, but they also moved their overall record one step closer to .500 at 3-4. Unfortunately for them, 20-time PAC champion Grove City is next on the schedule. “When you really start thinking a little too much about Grove City and how good they’ve been, that’s when you can get into trouble,” Logan said. “You just have to remember that they’re just another team, they’re just other college players just like you. If you just play your game, you can definitely have a chance. “You just have to stay on your toes and be quick to play good tennis and make good returns, and you can sometimes surprise them.” That match between the Jackets and Wolverines is set to begin at 4 p.m. today in Grove City.
was WU finish at W&J shootout classic Augusta Rihn, Bombara compete for the first time in 2011 By Brandon Reed Editorial Assistant Karma finally came Monday for freshman Madison Presto, the Waynesburg women’s golfer who admitted to not picking up her clubs since September prior to her first competition April 4. After beginning her career with a fifth-place finish in that first event, Presto shot a 104 at the W&J Spring Invitational at Southpointe Golf Course, a course that Presto has never played on prior to Monday’s event. “It’s not that bad of a course,” said Presto. “It is just hard when you don’t know where to hit the ball.” Her 104 was good enough for a share of 14th in the 25-woman field. Presto was the best Yellow Jacket golfer in the invitational. Senior Katie Rihn and sophomore Lizz Bombara finished at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Rihn placed 24th with a 119 and Bombara placed 25th with a 128 on the par72 course. Presto Presto was hopeful going into the invitational. “I still had my high confidence hoping I would do better than my last outing,” said Presto. “I was very optimistic.” According to Presto, she sunk into her same routine of a quality beginning three or four holes, a good four or five holes in the middle and a weak finish to her round. Presto said it is hard to save herself after that. “I always seem to finish every round weak,” said Presto. “I am tired of these tough finishes.” The Jacket women will be back in action tomorrow when they take part in the Saint Vincent College Invitational at Glengarry Links. The scheduled tee-off is at noon. On the men’s side of the links, Waynesburg
By Daniel Shirley McClatchy Newspapers
Nothing is ever that easy at Augusta National Golf Club. Rory McIlroy was all but anointed the Masters champion Saturday night after he built a four-shot lead entering the biggest round of his young golf career. But it’s not that easy in the final round. Not at Augusta National. We found that out once again Sunday. McIlroy was OK through the front nine and still sat at 11 under when he made the turn to the back nine with a one-shot lead. But then things fell apart with a triple-bogey on the 10th, a bogey on the 11th and a doublebogey on the 12th, and that left Angel Cabrera, K.J. Choi, Charl Schwartzel and Adam Scott in the lead at 10 under. Then, things got really interesting. While McIlroy fell apart and plummeted out of contention, the rest of See GCC on C4 the players on the leader-
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Masters champion Charl Schwartzel waves to the crowd at Augusta after receiving his green jacket.
played pretty good tennis for doubles.” At first doubles, Jackets junior Peter Mally and senior Emile Khoury struggled, losing 8-2 to Andrew Hetzer and Evan Bryan. According to Christman, it was a rare occurrence to see his veteran players have a down game. “Our number-one dou-
bles has been playing great, absolutely great, all year, and we didn’t play well,” Christman said. “We came out and got down early, and we didn’t play well. By the time we actually started playing well, it was too late. “It was just simple stuff,” Christman added. “Mistakes that they made last Saturday, they hadn’t
made all year.” When singles play came around, Kromer and the rest of the Jackets scored another forfeit victory, this one coming at number-six. At number-one, though, Hetzer took down Mally, and at numbertwo, Khoury lost a tough match to Bryan 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. “I know the next time those two play, Emile’s going to beat that kid; I just know it,” Christman said. “[It was] two tough sets. When you play that close, you can win those matches. “I just feel like next time around he’ll win it.” The Jackets’ other defeat in singles came at number-five. There, Huffman dropped a tight three-set match to Ricky Barria 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5). “[Nate] was in the match the whole way and lost in the tiebreaker,” Christman said. “He’s a
leyan, the Jackets were led by several underclassmen. Sophomore Jaimee Post placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 4.91 meters (16’ 1.25”). Junior Carly Schubert finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 11.04 meters (36’ 2.75”), third in the discus with a toss of 33.12 meters (108’ 8”) and sixth in the javelin with a heave of 27.73 meters (90’ 11”). Freshman Rebecca Rapp edged the veteran Schubert in the discus with a second-place toss of 33.60 meters (110’ 3”). On the men’s side at Slippery Rock, junior Jordan Wrask finished a close second in the 100-meter
dash with a time of 11.27 seconds. Wrask also added a topfive performance in the 200-meter dash after crossing the finish line in 23.80 seconds. Senior Trale Merz had a good day of his own, as he finished in the top 10 in both hurdle events on the day. Freshman Jonathan Blatt ran well in the mixed 10,000-meter run, which he completed in a ninth-place time of 35:59.43. The Jacket men’s field athletes were led by sophomore Tony Lamosek, who placed fifth in the discus with a heave of 40.32 meters (132’ 3”).
The track and field teams are expected to rejoin for competition this coming Saturday when they travel to New Wilmington to participate in the Westminster Open Invitational. The start time for that meet has yet to be determined. After Saturday’s meet, Waynesburg will take part in a PAC Quad Meet to be held April 16 at Bethany at 2:30 p.m. That event will be the Jackets last chance to prepare for this season’s PAC Championships. This spring, the conference championships will also be held at Bethany, beginning at 10 a.m. on April 30.
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Christman said. “[However], I feel pretty confident that [even] if they would’ve had their sixth player, we still would’ve won by the same score.” In doubles play, the Jackets picked up a point right away when freshman Nate Huffman and sophomore Joe Kromer won by forfeit at numberthree. Waynesburg’s other young tandem, the sophomore duo of Jason Logan and Jon Anderson, also notched a victory in doubles, an 8-3 decision over Ben Millman and Gabe Measner at number-two. “We came out maybe a little slow, but we [picked] it up pretty quickly,” Logan said. “We had pretty good net play. We
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Freshman Nate Huffman swings through a backhand in a recent home match. Huffman went 1-1 Saturday.
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Jones, Oviatt earn honors as Athletes of the Week By Jon Ledyard Assignments Editor Senior javelin standout Elisha Jones bested a 29woman field Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan’s Mary Frye Invitational with a heave of 40.62 meters. The toss was good enough to qualify the senior for the NCAA Division III National Championships May 25-28. It was the third consecutive week that Jones has collected the individual championship at a meet and the second time in those three weeks that she has garnered the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week award. Jones returns to action Saturday when the Yellow Jackets travel to Westminster for a matchup
File photo above, photo at right by Dave Miller, ADM Photography
(Above) Senior Elisha Jones won her third straight javelin title Saturday and qualified for nationals. (Right) Junior Ben Oviatt pitched a complete game shutout Saturday at Kenyon. with their conference opponent. Junior pitcher Ben Ovi-
att notched the first shutout for Waynesburg in two years when the
Jackets defeated Kenyon College 3-0 Saturday. Oviatt gave up only six hits
Jackets win two at Thiel
over seven innings of work while walking just one batter. The junior
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started the rally with a walk. After freshman second baseman Shannon Falleroni walked, junior shortstop Rachael Moon singled home Volponi to make it 1-0. Baughman then helped herself by clearing the bases with a two-run single that brought home Falleroni and Moon. After Thiel cut the lead to 3-1, the Jackets fought right back by stretching the lead with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Baughman was at it again by picking up another RBI, and sophomore catcher Lizz Bombara doubled home two more runs to make it 6-1 Jackets. Senior first baseman Kristen Lautenschlager added an RBI single of her own. Thiel managed to cut the Jackets lead to 7-3. Baughman would answer with another RBI, though, and Waynesburg scored two more runs on errors to garner a 10-3 lead. Both teams exchanged a few more scores before Waynesburg eventually sealed the victory. Baughman earned the win in the circle by throwing a complete game and giving up five runs while striking out seven Tomcat batters. Giachetti talked about the consistency of Baughman after she drove in five runs in game one. “She possesses such a confidence at the plate,” he said. “She even takes it up another notch in pressure situations. As far as power, I don’t know if I’ve seen anyone that hits the ball so hard consistently.” Game two was a good old-fashioned pitchers’ duel as Maier outgunned Thiel’s Kristen Moreland. Thiel tallied a run in the top of the seventh, but Maier proved too tough
nesburg up 2-0. The Jackets’ next time at the plate closed out the scoring, as junior catcher Noah Pust’s single to left field drove in senior centerfielder Rob Cool in the third inning. “Ovie (Oviatt) threw a lot of strikes which meant a lot of quick innings and didn’t give them a chance to get a lot of guys on base,” said senior captain Anthony DeFilippo. “Offensively we weren’t great but we had some timely hitting and built up an early lead which gave us confidence to finish strong.” Waynesburg continued to shuffle their batting order this week, as they try to find the most consistent combination. Junior Corey Goeggelman, normally the team’s No. 2 hitter, batted in the leadoff spot during both contests, going 1-for-6 on the day. Cool, who has seen the most time this season at the leadoff position, switched with Goeggelman and went 2-for-8 at the plate with a run scored. “We haven’t truly found a leadoff hitter this season,” said Humiston. “Corey is ideally a No. 2 guy because he’s such a good bunter, and he’s a switch hitter. But Cool is not normally a leadoff guy either, as he’s a much better fastball hitter, so we thought we would change it up and allow him to look at some other pitches and get on track a little. “The first game it worked pretty well but in the second game not so much.” The second game of the twinbill featured several lineup changes for Waynesburg, with freshman Drew Heinle starting at first base and junior Mike Neckerman starting in left field. In addition, sophomore Ty Holderbaum got the start behind the plate in place of Pust. “We try to give our catcher a break, especially in non-conference doubleheaders,” said Humiston. “We changed things up in
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Senior Amanda Baughman throws a pitch in game one Saturday at Thiel. Baughman picked up the win in the circle and also had four hits and five RBIs. for Thiel, as Waynesburg completed the sweep. Maier pitched a complete game while giving up six hits, and allowed just one earned run. She credited her coaches and Baughman for helping her develop into a better pitcher during her freshman year. “In high school I just threw fastballs and changeups,” Maier said. “I’ve worked on my dropcurve a lot. Amanda [Baughman] has helped more than any pitching coach I’ve ever had.” Maier said the performance really helped, as she has gone from the big fish in the small pond in high school to the rigors of college softball. “In college you have to start from the bottom again,” Maier said. “Everyone is good here. You have to work your way up again. This performance was definitely a boost. You wonder if you’re going to play, and then to have a performance like this was nice.”
The Greensburg native struck out two and walked none, as she evened her season record to 3-3 and dropped her ERA to 3.73. Maier’s strong showing gives Waynesburg another quality option in the pitching rotation. “She’s starting to realize that to be a successful college pitcher you don’t have to strike everyone out,” Giachetti said. “That isn’t going to happen in college anyway unless you are very overpowering. She is starting to get comfortable and hit her spots well. She’s really catching on and doing a nice job.” Giachetti said the pitching depth will come in handy as Waynesburg begins a brutal portion of its schedule. “We have a lot of confidence in our pitching staff,” Giachetti said. “The depth of our pitching is going to pay off.” In game two, senior outfielder Amber Pivik
drove in all three runs for the Jackets. Giachetti and his squad were slated to be in action yesterday against PAC rival Bethany, but poor weather was still hampering the area. If that game was postponed, the plan was to move it to Monday, April 25. Waynesburg’s next three conference doubleheaders are on the road. That stretch starts Saturday when the Jackets travel to Pittsburgh to take on a much-improved Chatham squad. Chatham currently sits at 2-2 in the conference after sweeping Washington and Jefferson on Sunday. Giachetti said he feels confident about his team’s chances each time they take the field. “I’ve got confidence in this team to play our best anytime out,” he said. “I think if we continue to play like we have been we can be right in the thick of things the rest of the way.”
southpaw added four strikeouts to his impressive day and improved his season record to 2-0. Before Oviatt’s stellar work on the mound, Waynesburg had not registered a shutout since a 9-0 victory over Saint Vincent in 2009. Oviatt’s 3.09 ERA in 23.1 innings pitched is tops on the team. The Jacket baseball team is next in action this weekend when they take on PAC provisional member Geneva in a threegame series. Waynesburg will travel to Beaver Falls tomorrow for a nineinning single game. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Then, Saturday, the Golden Tornadoes will make the trip to Waynesburg Field for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
the second game to give some guys a chance to show something. They did OK in their position, but when we get back to league play this weekend, the normal starters will be back in there.” The Jackets nearly pulled off the comeback win in the second game, despite trailing 4-0 heading into the penultimate inning of the game. Freshman second baseman Andrew Rose’s first collegiate triple scored Neckerman and Scioscia for the Jackets’ first two runs of the game. After holding strong defensively in the bottom of the sixth, Waynesburg had one more chance to complete the surge. After Goeggelman and Cool grounded to second and third for outs one and two, DeFilippo smashed a double to center to put himself in scoring position. Berdine’s single to left field brought the senior shortstop home, but Scioscia’s subsequent groundout to the pitcher ended the Jackets bid for the sweep. “They hit the ball better in the second game,” said DeFilippo. “All around we didn’t have the same intensity and our bats were a little off.” Despite only pinch-hitting in the second contest, Berdine led the way at the plate for Waynesburg, going 3-for-5 on the day while plating a runner and scoring once. Scioscia also enjoyed a fine day with the bat, as his 4-for-7 effort allowed him to score twice as well. DeFilippo struggled in the win, going 0-for-4 at the plate, but stepped up in the Jackets’ 4-3 loss, going 3-for-4 with a run. Waynesburg returns to the diamond on Friday for a nine-inning contest against Geneva in Beaver Falls. The Golden Tornadoes then travel to Waynesburg Field the next day for a doubleheader to complete the three-game series. Those three contests will close out non-conference play for the Jackets who will try to improve on their fifth-place 4-5 Presidents’ Athletic Conference record by playing 12 straight PAC matchups to close out the season.
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TIFFIN - 21, JACKETS - 3
Shepas breaks single-season goals mark Senior records hat trick in team’s blowout loss
The Dragons came out hot in the match, scoring nine consecutive goals to start the contest. “It’s always hard when that happens to not let yourself get down,” junior Kat Ghion said. “I just tried to encourage the team, especially the defense, to keep going and stay strong because there was still a lot of the game left.” At the 16:08 mark, Shepas put the ball in the back of the net for the first
time. Only 46 seconds later, she scored her second. “It took a while for me to get a rhythm going,” said Shepas. “I was focused on giving a good effort, and I wanted to try to get something going for our girls.” However, the Dragons gained back momentum and scored another eight consecutive goals in the first half to put them up 17-2. After scoring the next
two goals of the game, the Dragons allowed another tally, again by Shepas, with 17:48 to go in the game. Then, Tiffin went on to score two more goals, but the Jackets defense stepped up to hold the Dragons scoreless for the remaining 12:24 of the game. Junior Erin Burry got the start in goal for the Jackets, recording nine saves. Waynesburg looked to rebound from their loss in Wednesday’s matchup against West Virginia Wesleyan at John F. Wiley Stadium. However, results were not available at press time. The Jackets next face rival Washington and Jefferson on April 21 at Wiley Stadium. The match begins at 6 p.m. “We are definitely improving and still have a lot of work to do, but a lot of the girls are giving a good effort,” said Shepas. “We just need to lessen our mistakes in the remaining game(s), work hard together and set the tone for next year.”
onship match fell in three sets, while the other couldn’t compete due to an illness. With all this dominance, it appears to me that most teams – including Waynesburg – have tapered their goals and have a second-place finish at PACs pegged as a more realistic objective than ending as No. 1. Speaking with sophomore Jon Anderson prior to Saturday’s match, it was apparent to me that the second-year player has already adopted at least part of this philosophy.
Anderson was commenting on his team’s current stretch of four conference matches in just eight days. “I think we’ll be pretty upset if we don’t win all of them, with the exception of Grove City obviously,” Anderson said. “We’re shooting for first place [in the PAC], but we’d be perfectly happy with a second-place finish. “We’re expecting to play Grove City tough,” Anderson continued. “[But] again, the results probably aren’t going to be too positive just because
of the extent of their ability and the history of their team. They have just an amazingly talented nine players on their roster.” It’d be easy for me to say that first place should be both squads’ main team goal every year, which to an extent it is, but realistically, that’s just not always possible. Each program – and every other program in the PAC for that matter – needs to slowly build to the point where they can challenge Grove City, and to me, that all starts with recruiting.
By Steve Hullings Staff Writer Senior Maria Shepas starred for the Waynesburg lacrosse team again in their match Friday against Division II Tiffin. She was the only Yellow Jackets player to score in the game and ended the night with a hat trick. With those three goals, Shepas has now scored 17 so far this season. That breaks the program record for most goals scored in a single season. Although Shepas shined bright, it wasn’t enough to hold down the Dragons, as the Jackets lost by a final score of 213. “From start to finish I’m going to give everything I have and leave it on that field,” Shepas said. “That’s just the way I was raised; I don’t know how to quit. “The score was the last thing on my mind.”
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of eight league matches in the regular season 9-0. The other victory was an 8-1 triumph. Then in the PAC Championships, Grove City won four of six titles in singles and all three in doubles. They also notched two secondplace finishers in the remaining two singles spots. One Wolverine who lost in the champi-
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Senior Maria Shepas broke the program record for goals in a season with a hat trick in Friday’s loss.
PAC award -For the second time in the first three weeks that the award has been given out, senior Elisha Jones was honored as the top female field athlete in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. The senior javelin standout was named PAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after winning the javelin at Jones Saturday’s Mary Frye Invitational, which was hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. Not only did Jones best the 29 other women in the field, but she qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division III National Championships with a top throw of 40.62 meters (133’ 4”). It was the third-straight week that Jones claimed the individual championship at a meet. The Yellow Jacket track team returns to action Saturday to take part in the Westminster Invitational.
Presto places 14th at W&J returns to action today at the Saint Vincent College Invitational. That event is set to be played at Latrobe Country Club. The men’s team then has a quick turnaround, playing Saturday, as well. That event is the Thiel Invitational, which will be held in Greenville. Today and Saturday’s invitationals will be the
first competition for Waynesburg this spring. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the event scheduled to kick off their 2011 campaign. That event was the Westminster Titan Invitational, which was set to be held March 28 at New Castle Country Club. The two upcoming events are also the Jackets’ only preparation for the PAC Spring Championships scheduled for April 26-27 at Oak Tree Country Club. They finished eighth out of eight teams there in the fall.
“They just keep reloading. It’s not like they have to go out and beat the bushes like we do for recruits,” Waynesburg head coach Ron Christman said. “When I first got in the conference, I talked to their women’s coach. She said, ‘Coach, I get 300 letters a year from tennis players who want to come to Grove City.’ “During the recruiting season, I’m sending out 300 letters a week,” Christman added. To his credit, Christman has closed the gap at different times during his
tenure. Evidence of that can be found in the Yellow Jacket men’s secondplace finish at last season’s PAC tournament, tight matches with Grove City in the recent past and individual PAC titles won by Jackets instead of Wolverines. However, at some point, some team in the conference needs to say enough is enough, decide second place isn’t good enough anymore and expedite that process. Hopefully for the Jacket faithful, it’s a Waynesburg team that does so.
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Comedian, author gives ‘inspiring’ lecture By Carrie Maier Staff Writer The university was visited last Tuesday by the self-appointed “luckiest guy who ever lived,” comedian and author Bob Harris. Harris was part of the Rosetta Kormuth DeVito
Lecture Series that brought him to Alumni Hall on April 12 to present the 1st International Bank of Bob: Changing the World $25 at a Time. His lecture encompassed the concept of similarities amongst all people and the belief in microfinance, or financial
service to low-income individuals around the world. “A lot of people in the world are going to tell you can’t do something,” he said. “But the only thing keeping us from world peace is us realizing just how similar we all are.” Harris has also seen his
writing in the New York Times and even the hit television series “Bones.” He is a past “Jeopardy!” champion as well as a former Associated Press award-winning syndicated radio commentator. “He sounded like he could really change people’s lives,” said Joel
Wingard, a senior finance major. “He was optimistic; you just don’t see optimism in the media anymore.” Focusing firmly on the importance of travel, Harris insisted that the world
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This year, the GNP concert will be held on April 16 beginning at 7 p.m. The event will feature several different performers.
‘Musical homecoming’ Several returning groups to perform in GNP concert on April 16 By Sarah Bell Editorial Assistant Each year, one event draws in hundreds of people to the Goodwin Performing Arts Center - an event that showcases a hodgepodge of musical talent, special effects and old-fashioned family fun. The event that students, community mem-
bers, faculty and alumni line up to see is the GNP performance. This year’s performance is on April 16. Bill Molzon, director of TV support, brought the original GNP, which stands for Gross National Product, to the Waynesburg University campus in spring of 1970. He is now the producer of the
show. “[GNP has] become a multi-facetted event so on the surface it looks and sounds like it is an annual concert,” Molzon said. “It’s rolled into what I would call a spring musical reunion.” The show can be considered a reunion because many of the audience members and performers
attend every year. Waynesburg University “When I started work- alumnus, is helping with ing [at the university] in preparations for the show 1973, I started to get stu- for his third consecutive dents involved either as year. performers or technicians, Wurges conducts a conthen they graduated and cert video production started coming back for workshop for current stuthe show,” Molzon said. dents who are involved “It’s this reunion aspect; with the show. this musical homecom“I get to spend ing.” Travis Wurges, a See CONCERT on D2
Sophomore accepted into elite law program By Jessica Schinkovec Staff Writer
Being chosen to be a part of the George Nethercutt’s Fellowship Program sounds like a good way to start a day. Of the many people who applied to be a part of this program, one sophomore pre-law major Karen Moyer was one of the nine people chosen to be part of this program. “I became increasingly nervous because I hadn’t been contacted for my phone interview yet. It turned out that there were a lot of applicants for the fellowship, and it was just taking longer than planned to sort through them all. I was able to get my interview done the night before I left for my mission trip to Belize,” said Moyer. “I was supposed to have the results once I returned, and was worried when I didn’t. A few days later, I
received a phone call from George Nethercutt, and was overjoyed that I had been selected.” Every year the George Nethercutt Foundation recognizes college students in America to become Nethercutt Fellows. According to the Nethercutt Foundation website, “The program combines academic learning, targeted on-site exposure to government, business and leadership in Washington, DC and the opportunity to intern with a governmental, quasi-governmental, political entity or industry leader to experience the political process firsthand.” In order to apply to be a part of this program, a student must submit a list of things to the foundation. “Applying for this fellowship was a last-minute decision that I made over Christmas break. I had See MOYER on D2
Final spring semester exhibition to begin
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Staff Writer The Department of Fine Arts will hold a Spring Semester Student Art Exhibition from April 18 to April 29 in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. It will display artwork created by students enrolled in the studio courses this semester. Susan Phillips, gallery director and Chair of the Department of Fine Arts, is coordinating the student art show. “The main goal is to showcase the best of the work that was done in art courses during the spring semester and also to have a nice selection of things so that the public can see the variety of things that students are learning in courses,” Phillips said. “It is nice to provide the students with a good experience.” Phillips has organized and managed the Student Art Exhibition since 1999, and has put on this show every semester. It is open to the public and free to attend. Most of the students in these art courses come from various majors. The show will display about 100 pieces. There will be drawings, watercolors, ceramics, paintings, sculptures, jewelry and metal work, and some other media coming out of the design class that is two- and three-dimensional. Visitors may also be able to purchase some of the artwork. Samantha Swab, a Waynesburg University junior business major, will be one of the participants in the show. “I was in previSee ART on D2
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Concert to be held Continued from D1 some time in the trenches with the students, producing the largest music related event and video production of the year,” Wurges said. “[We] cover the show as if it was the Grammy’s. Each year, we [have] added creative elements to the capturing of the production to give students a unique opportunity that very few schools in the nation offer.” According to Molzon, the event is not intended for just university students and alumni, but the
community as well. “The mix of students, graduates and people that do not go here has to have played a role to keep the whole thing going,” Molzon said. “There is no other musical event like it throughout the entire year.” Molzon and Wurges agree that the variety of music will lure new audience members in. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever encountered. Seriously, words don’t do it justice, but it’s basically a several hour “music tasting;” many styles and genres are showcased,” Wurges said. “Having experienced GNP as a student, and now as an alumnus, it still has the same
vibe: a fun, friendly, entertaining reunion that you actually want to go to.” Molzon first brought GNP to the university as a freshman. He missed his band mates from New Jersey and suggested the performance; since then, the event has continued annually. Wurges believes that GNP is successful because of the music and the connection people can make through it. “Music is a universal, non-judgmental language, and people of all age ranges come together to connect, reconnect and just have a good time,” he said. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the doors will open at 7 p.m.
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The GNP concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Community members and University students are welcome to attend.
ous art classes last year and a semester before, and I have been in a few of these shows,” Swab said. “I really like how I can display my work for everyone to see. I have had drawings and a self portrait of myself made out of beads in the previous shows. “This show, I’ll be contributing a few pots I have made in ceramics, as well as possibly a watercolor painting. It is always nice to see what the other students made and I like my friends being able to see my stuff displayed.” The department chooses something from every assignment given. When the professors are
grading that assignment, they hold back one or two that are good examples, or good responses to the assignment. After they show the pieces to the rest of the art faculty as a whole, they decide which ones fit the criteria. They then put all those pieces together collectively to make a show out of them. “I think it’s really wonderful to see the work in a gallery setting because when you take it out of the studio and put it in where there are not any distractions, you can really see it so much better, and it always looks so much better in the gallery,” Phillips said. “It’s a good experience for the students, whether they have work in it or not. As an art or non-art student, the more art you look at, the better.”
said. “In addition to that, I am also required to participate in an academic lecture series done through conference calls and get an internship for the summer.” The academic program involves lectures from outstanding professors who are experts in the fields of economics, political science, Constitutional history and leadership development, according to the website. The courses will also be a forum for the students to meet and interact with leaders in business, foreign affairs, government and politics in
order to appreciate the benefits of living in a free country. “The knowledge I will gain from this fellowship will continue to benefit me as I progress into law school,” said Moyer. “The first hand experience will provide a more extensive overview more than what any text book can of government processes and functions.” Being a part of the George Nethercutt Fellowship can open a students eyes to a whole new world of opportunities, and it takes hard work and dedication to be lucky enough to be selected to a part of it.
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Photo by Lisa Jaeger
Sweet melodies The Lamplighter concert choir pictured above, directed by Melanie Catana, and the symphonic band, directed by Dr. Ronda DePriest, performed concerts on Saturday and Sunday.
Harris gives lecture Continued from D1 is not as scary as it is portrayed. His credibility includes having visited 70 countries around the world. “Maybe the rest of the world is agonizingly awful,” said Harris. “But those countries I can vouch for; they‘re all friendly people.” Harris began his travels when he landed a job from Forbes Traveler reviewing luxury hotels around the world. From this, he discovered a world of poverty and corrupt companies essentially promoting slave labor. “We talk about working too much, then we talk about what’s important in life,” said Harris. “But there are people in the world throwing bricks in a bucket brigade building a temple by hand who are ecstatic about it because now they get to feed their families.” Using the money he made from Forbes, Harris has invested $46,000 in Kiva.org, a non-profit net-
work of microfinance institutions that allows individuals to lend as little as $25 to struggling entrepreneurs in developing nations and around the world. Audience member and professor of creative writing Martin Cockroft said Harris presented his ideas on microfinance in a down-to-earth manner. “It was inspiring,” said Cockroft. “It’s easy to get discouraged by our own country let alone worry about the rest of the world.” Harris insisted even the smallest amount of money could save lives, providing a slide show of over 100 pictures of his time spent in developing nations as evidence. “It was like your uncle’s slide show of pictures, only more interesting,” said Cockroft. Shown toward the end, an image of the graffitied phrase “love is all you need” on a sidewalk in Rwanda caused Harris to challenge the audience to prove to him the world was beyond saving. “We’re not going to save the world,” Harris said. “We’re going to save pieces of it.”
Moyer joins Fellows Continued from D1 to rush to get everything turned in on time,” said Moyer. “I still put forth a lot of effort towards it. I received a few suggestions from Dr. Waddel, Dr. Stratton and Cheryl Graham. After each revision I would force both of my roommates into proofreading it to make sure that it was absolutely perfect.” Once that is finished and sent in students are interviewed. Of those
who are interviewed, only a select few are chosen to be a part of the program. The chosen students will travel to Washington, D.C. all-expenses-paid to meet with members of Congress, government officials, members of the national press, lobbyists and think-tank representatives while visiting foreign embassies and national monuments in order to learn how government works. Before departing for their trip, the students were asked to do a few things. “George has asked that I read his book In Tune With America,” Moyer
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Arts & Life
Appeals court upholds Facebook deal from 2008
NEWS IN BRIEF
By Carol J. Williams Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court panel ruled Monday that a 2008 deal between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and three former Harvard colleagues is valid and enforceable. The decision upheld a negotiated agreement between Zuckerberg and the founders of a rival social-networking site, ConnectU, in their dispute over who came up with the Facebook idea by giving Divya Narendra and Olympic rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss a share of the privately held company, deemed to be worth about $65 million at the time of the settlement three years ago. Because of Facebook’s soaring value, that share is now worth in excess of $160 million. In the opinion from Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who wrote for the three-judge panel, he said: “The Winklevosses are not the first parties bested by a competitor who then seek to gain through litigation what they were unable to achieve in the marketplace. And the courts might have obliged, had the Winklevosses not settled their dispute and signed a release of all claims against Facebook.” He concluded: “At some point, litigation must come to an end. That point has now been reached.” Lawyers for the ConnectU company, which Facebook acquires through the settlement, had argued that the twins and Narendra were fraudulently misled about the value of Facebook and that crucial details were omitted from the settlement, rendering it invalid. Facebook, now estimated to be worth more than $50 billion, is the world’s largest social-networking site with 500 million members. Facebook’s legal team argued at the January hearing in San Francisco that it was the responsibility of the ConnectU owners to determine what Facebook was worth. In a statement Monday, Facebook’s deputy general counsel, Colin Stretch, said: “We appreciate the 9th Circuit’s careful consideration of this case and are pleased the court has ruled in Facebook’s favor.” The three 9th Circuit judges had expressed doubts at the hearing about the twins’ claim that the deal was unenforceable for its lack of detail - at one point noting that agreements written on scrap paper or the backs of napkins had been upheld in court. The argument over who came up with the Facebook concept was the subject of last year’s Oscarwinning film “The Social Network.” (Jessica Guynn of the Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.)
Libyan rebels reject African Union peace plan
Students killed and wounded in school shooting
BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan opposition leaders on Monday rejected an African Union "road map" for making peace with Moammar Gadhafi, saying that nothing short of the strongman's immediate resignation would satisfy them. The proposal called for a cease-fire in the nearly two-month-old conflict, suspension of the NATO airstrikes and talks between the sides on political reforms. Gadhafi has contributed a sizable chunk of its budget every year in a bid to win influence on the continent. Speaking in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States supported a cease-fire but wanted to see Gadhafi's army end a weeks-long siege of the rebel-held western city of Misrata and other civilian areas.
RIO DE JANEIRO – At least 11 people, mostly children, died Thursday when an armed man attacked a school in the poor suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. The attacker was among the dead after shooting himself in the head. The suspect left behind a letter, in which he anticipated committing suicide after the attack. The attacker was friendly as he went into the school, chatting with administrators and teachers and asking for permission to address the children. When he reached the third floor of the building, the suspect entered one of the classrooms and started to shoot at students, killing nine girls and one boy.
2 Seven dead after shooting spree in mall AMSTERDAM – Six people were killed when a man armed with a machine gun opened fire in a Dutch shopping center on Saturday before shooting himself. Children were among those killed and another 10 people were wounded in the shooting in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn, about 25 miles south of Amsterdam. Police had searched his apartment after receive tips that he had a hoard of explosives and weapons, Nooy said. She would not say what was found. Three of the wounded were gravely wounded, while five were in moderate to severe condition, Alphen aan den Rijn Mayor Bas Eenhoorn said. Witnesses said the man fired for 10 minutes, until the machine gun ran out of ammunition. He used a different weapon to shoot himself, police said. A temporary centre to help witnesses of the bloodbath and families of the victims was set up in a nearby church. Another shooting, in which two people were killed, took place in the same town less than a month ago.
Fungus sweeps nation, killing one million bats RUIDOSO, N.M. – Since it was discovered in New York four years ago, the fungus has swept across 17 states as far west as Oklahoma, killing a million bats. A majority of the dead were little brown bats, which have lost an estimated 20 percent of their population in the northeastern United States over the last four years. Now scientists are scrambling to figure out whether the fungus was introduced by a bat or a caver from Europe.
Seventy people injured in demonstration CAIRO – A demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square turned into a melee of rock-throwing and gunfire early Saturday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 70 others injured, worsening tensions that have silenced the once-popular chants of "the people and the army are one." On Saturday, bloodstains, bullet casings and smoldering army trucks littered the square, where only two months ago soldiers and protesters celebrated together the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. The military said its soldiers fired only blanks to disperse the crowd.
Cocaine lab found in Honduras signals shift in drug business By Tim Johnson McClatchy Newspapers SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Counter-narcotics agents in Honduras discovered a major cocaine-processing complex last month tucked in mountainous triplecanopy jungle near the border with Guatemala, a worrisome sign that Colombian drug lords are shifting their operations to the weaker countries of Central America. The jungle complex was the first large drugprocessing laboratory found north of South America’s Andean region, and it signals a major change in the cocaine business. Traditionally, the industry has processed leaves from coca plant in hidden labs in Colombia, then shipped the cocaine to North America and Europe. Now, however, some traffickers are shipping semi-refined coca paste, or cocaine base, to Honduras, where it goes through the final processing into white powder, police officials think.
Photo by Honduran Security Ministry/MCT
Honduras's deputy minister of security, Armando Calidonio (left), and minister of security Oscar Alvarez tour a seized jungle cocaine processing laboratory. “This is a red flag that Honduras is turning into a processing center,” said Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, who led the raid March 9 by 200 agents to the hidden camp near remote coffee farms on Cerro Negro, a hill several hours to the west of this industrial city. The site sits close to a
river that flows into the Caribbean Sea. Alvarez said he thought that the drug group behind the laboratory was the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico’s most powerful trafficking organization, which has deep ties in Colombia and a growing presence in Central America. The seizure stunned
counter-drug officials from the Andes, through Central America and on up to Washington. “The discovery ... was so unusual the Colombian National Police actually dispatched an antinarcotics officer to conduct an on-scene assessment,” said Jay Bergman, Andean regional director for the U.S. Drug Enforce-
ment Administration. Colombian experts gave the Hondurans more bad news: The seized jungle lab almost certainly wasn’t a one-time experiment by a major cartel. “Based on their experience, they believe that there are more such labs in Honduras, and maybe Central America,” Alvarez said. The shift is the result of pressure on trafficking groups in Colombia, the traditional hub of the cocaine industry. White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske said law enforcement agencies seized and destroyed 251 cocaine-processing laboratories in Colombia last year. He described the Honduran facility as “very significant.” Counter-drug officials offered several possible motives for why traffickers would shift processing northward to Central America, including a Colombian crackdown on so-called precursor chemicals, the ingredients needed to turn coca leaves into cocaine powder. The laboratory was dis-
covered after farmers in the area reported that the quality of their water had declined recently. Authorities sent employees to discover the source of the problem. When they came back with photos, Alvarez recognized the installation as a cocaine laboratory, similar to one that Colombian police had showed him during a visit there last fall. When he led his counter-drug agents to the site, Alvarez said, he had an additional fear: that they’d also find plantations of coca. That didn’t happen. Finding coca plants would have indicated that the primary raw material for cocaine had adapted to Honduran conditions, placing the entire production process hundreds of miles closer to the United States - the primary market for cocaine - and circumventing interdiction programs that have taken decades to establish. Security analysts said that northern Central America, which has seen a surge in drug violence, provided little resistance to the activities of drug gangs looking for havens.
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