University focuses on digital age when recruiting students By Tori Kramer Staff Writer According to George Cicci, the purpose of marketing Waynesburg University is to tell our story – to make sure that people understand what Waynesburg University is about. Since being hired last December, Cicci, the director for integrated marketing, has taken major strides in expanding the promotion of Waynesburg. Cicci has a very specific goal: to “take advantage of the good strategies that have been implementing and push them farther,” he said.
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Before Cicci took over as the integrated marketing director, Waynesburg University press releases were the college’s most successful marketing strategies. Cicci understands the importance of press releases but wants to implement more of a presence on Facebook and Twitter. “It is important that we move into a more digital age,” said Cicci. Waynesburg University currently has 2,920 “likes” on Facebook. This means that status updates and posts to the page reach approximately See UNIVERSITY on A2
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Clairton police officer Jim Kuzak, who was shot and wounded in the line of duty, shared his story with students, faculty and community members Monday. He was shot multiple times when responding to a home invasion call in April 2011. Due to injuries to his lung and spine, he is currently confined to a wheelchair; however, he has received several surgeries, undergone rehabilitation and is determined to walk again.
Students to spend break participating ‘Good outlook’ results in employment in mission trips “I honestly don’t think you can predict the By Alex Hinton
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By Eric Bost Editorial Assistant As students and faculty get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends and family, some students at Waynesburg University will not be able to see their loved ones for their fall break. Instead, they’ll be helping others that don’t usually have the turkey dinner, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potato feast that so many Americans have become accus-
tomed to. Every fall break Waynesburg University gives students the opportunity to help others through multiple mission trips held during the week students are out of school for Thanksgiving. Students will be helping with the Pittsburgh Project, Greene County Habitat for Humanity and going to Guatemala to help in an orphanage. University Chaplain
With the re-election of Barack Obama, it is important for college students to understand what this means for their futures. Several issues emphasized in this year’s presidential campaign included the economy, taxes, unemployment and the federal government’s $14 trillion debt. Because the nation is quickly approaching the “fiscal cliff” – spending cuts and tax increases at See MISSION on A3 the end of this year –
unemployment rate one way or the other. Either people will hire or they wont.” Marie Coffman Director of Career Services
Obama is pushing to extend the Bush tax cuts for those who earn less than $250,000 a year, but he is committed to ending the tax cuts for the wealthy, according to CNN. “Obama, who came into office facing the fiscal crisis, says economic
recovery will need years to fully kick in,” the CNN article stated. This is the reason President Obama needed to be re-elected, according to his campaign. Despite the daunting question of what will happen to the nation’s economy, for better or
worse, Waynesburg University’s Director of Career Services Marie Coffman says students who are willing to put the necessary work into job hunts should not be affected by the governmental policies. “I honestly don’t think you can predict the unemployment rate one way or the other,” Coffman said. “Either people will hire or they won’t.” Surveys show that employment has increased since last year, Coffman said. According to the See ATTITUDE on A4
Students Speak provides safe environment for opinions By Zack Rogers Staff Writer A panel of 55 students met in the Stover Campus Center at Waynesburg University Friday to debate the topic, “Did the right man win the presidential election?” during the Students Speaks event. Sponsored by Student Services, the hour-long event was to get the students opinion on different topic questions offered by Blair Howarth, President of
the Young Republicans Club, and Karen Moyer, Law Society president. “I felt that the program was able to create a safe environment in which students could voice their opinion on
different political points,” said Howarth. “I feel that this type of discussion does not happen enough and that Student Speak was able to develop discussion in a proper way.” Students expressed themselves on topics such as, Did the voter ID law affect the outcome of the election? and How the Republican House will affect a Democratic president. On the voter ID law, junior Public Relations major, Danny Griebert
said, “It was a great idea to have them propose proof of identification to vote, but why did they wait till three months before the election to bring it up?” The question, “How do you think the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will affect Obama?” was posed during the panel discussion. “If the Republican party wants to have hope, they are going to have to form some type of identity with other
said Howarth. At times the room was filled with conversation and argument and during others it was silent, no one wanting to take a stand on an issue. Both proved to be effective forms of communication seeing if students agreed or disagreed with any of the topic questions being presented to them. Student Speaks events are held several times throughout the semester.
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types of people to gain the popularity back and find themselves again,” said senior T’Ericka Perry. The Students Speak program is designed to inform students’ campus wide on important topics so that as citizens, students can make informed decisions on our leaders should be. “I believe that it was a good topic to bring up because it can inform people of what political issues are or are not important to them,”
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Seminar focuses on preparing for emergencies By Aaron Anderson Staff Writer During the build up to Superstorm Sandy, the East Coast was undergoing preparations to help ensure the safety of the citizens in a situation that could prove to be devastating. During this time, leaders of the university’s Department of Public Safety were making preparations of their own for emergency situations. Mike Humiston, director of Public Safety, and Dale Campbell, assistant director of Public Safety, attended an emergency preparedness seminar in Somerset, Pa. This seminar gave the department an opportunity to look at their current policies regarding
preparation for emergencies and developing some necessary changes, said Humiston. “It’s comforting that most of it is already practiced at this institution,” said Humiston. “With the craziness in our country, it forces us to be prepared.” The most relevant item that was discussed was determining a command post for emergency services within the university, Humiston said. It’s a way to be prepared for any situation, such as a storm, a shooter or any tragedy. Having a command post is advantageous because it sets up a central, strategic vantage point on campus. It would need to be a desig-
Gary Grau describes the attitude adjustment that people need to be more faithful. He said that everyone should come into church with the same attitude they have going to a sporting event or celebrating Thanksgiving.
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University recruits Continued from Page A1 137,823 people. Statistics also show that Waynesburg University’s Twitter page has 522 followers. The need to gain a more digital presence is important. “We’ve started to put some of our guest speakers on YouTube as a way to out reach more students,” said Cicci. These YouTube videos so far have 4,802 views. Those views equal nearly eight days of watched video promotion of Waynesburg University. “I believe these strategies are extremely effective because they are promoting Christian learning, and bringing in students that fit what Waynesburg University is about,” said Robin King, senior vice president for enrollment and university relations. In fact, Waynesburg University has seen a 33 percent increase in the number of students who
have applied in the last year alone. “The number of applications is the success of every department coming together and working to reach more students,” said Cicci. Other departments, including admissions, agree that the success of these strategies is related to the cross-department cooperation. “These strategies are effective because everyone works together and does their part,” said King. While Waynesburg’s marketing strategies have made huge advances, this is just the beginning for where these strategies are heading. “We need to evaluate the things we have done in the past,” said King. “We need to use that so we can improve our future.” Cicci said that Waynesburg University needs to focus its message and continue to implement digital strategies to reach a larger audience and make more students interested. “We are looking for students who are looking for us,” said Cicci, “and we need to speak to them.”
The pre-game pep talks that fill high school and college locker rooms during football season “psych” players up; likewise, guest speaker Gary Grau’s introduction at Tuesday’s chapel service got the audience excited to hear God’s Word. Grau, the pastor at the Waynesburg Methodist Church, marched down
the aisle and insisted that the congregation pretend they were at a football game and say good morning like they meant it. He wanted to see some life and joy from the audience. When he was finally satisfied with the congregation’s volume, he went on to explain how he wished everyone came into church with the same attitude as they did
at a sporting event. He began his message by telling everyone a little bit about his past and how he got to where he is today. Through the many stories of trials and tribulations, it was clear that life was not always easy for him. “Sometimes it was rough, but [my wife and I] believed that God would take care of us no matter what,” said Grau.
This is the attitude that Grau wishes every Christian would have when it came to their faith. He said that everyone should have the attitude of thanksgiving; the attitude of praising God no matter what situation they are in. “Know that God will take care of you; just ask for help,” said Grau. See CHANGE on A3
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Blood drive utilizes competitive nature of football game By: Olivia Latimer Staff Writer
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High school students from around the area attended the annual Creative Writing Workshop last Thursday. The event featured a number of literary workshops and a poetry reading by Dr. Joshua Robbins.
Event features workshops, poetry By Abigail Wernert Staff Writer This year’s annual Waynesburg University Creative Writing Workshop featured not only writing workshops, but a reading from recentlypraised poet Dr. Joshua Robbins, as well. The main event was the poetry reading by Robbins, an assistant professor of English at the University of Knoxville-Tennessee. Robbins began his reading with a recitation of works from his soonto-be-published book, Praise Nothing. “Trash and suburbia
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are the two main things I draw inspiration from,” said Robbins before he began the reading. “The suburban landscape is a reflection of us – the human condition.” Among the poems Robbins read were “Sparrow” and the title poem “Praise Nothing.” Both poems illustrated Robbins’ fascination with suburbia; other works read also focused on that theme. Robbins ended the night by revealing newly written poems that he hoped would be includSee POET on A4
always there for His people, and ready to help them when they need him, but Grau said that they have to be willing to ask for His help in return. He said that the best
On Thursday, Nov. 8, Central Blood Bank held a blood drive in Waynesburg University’s Stover Campus Center. Central Blood Bank is an organization that has been collecting donations of blood for nonprofit since 1951. The organization is based out of Pittsburgh and provides blood products and related transfusions to hospitals as well as other needed causes. Central Blood Bank has been working with Waynesburg University and other Pennsylvania schools alike for years and very much appreciates any donations given. This particular blood drive however was a challenge between Waynesburg University and Washington and Jefferson College, strategically placed last week, as the football teams would be going head-to-head days later. For the Lifesavers Challenge, the school that collected the most units of blood would receive a special plaque honoring its students for their generosity in helping others throughout all of Pennsylvania. “This year, we had 58 units of blood donated, which is a very good
Mission trips begin way to create this relationship with God is to pray and to say thank you. Even if someone is going through a rough time or is unsure about tomorrow, they should
be thankful because they know no matter where they go God will be with them, said Grau. “As a great song says, ‘don’t worry be happy,’” said Grau. He said the best way to become a happy person is to not be anxious. Anxiety is a form of lack of faith in God according to Grau. “We need to not worry about tomorrow,” said Grau. “And just know that God is there always.” The best way to talk to God is through prayer, said Grau. “Praying is just like wishing but with an answer,” said Grau. “But don’t be surprised if like a good parent he says no sometimes.” Grau said that God knows what is best and as soon as people realize this, he says they will become happier. “If you do not have an attitude of gratitude… I inform you to get one,” said Grau. He advises people to take some time in solitude with God and just thank Him for everything He has done, is doing and what He is going to do, and within minutes one will begin to feel better.
Continued from Page A1 Tom Ribar said that Waynesburg wants to take advantage of the student’s time off so the mission trips don’t interfere with the class schedules. Business major Josh Dains said that although he will miss his family when he goes to Guatemala, he couldn’t pass up the experience that he would have on the trip. “It usually is a time where I would see my entire family,” said Dains. “I tried going back the weekend before the trip so I could see them, but at the end of the day it’s a once in a lifetime experience.” Ribar said that he hopes students don’t look at these mission trips just for the praise that comes with it. He said that although it is good for students to see others doing a service for their neighbors, high schools try to make going on mission trips more about building resumes, not about the true meaning of providing a service. “The current pattern in terms of doing service in high school is that people do service for the sake of their resume,” said Ribar. “Students are told that if they do service, then you
result,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student housing. Central Blood Bank holds blood drives every fifty-six days and comes to Waynesburg University four times during the school year. Anybody who fits the criteria of a blood donor was welcomed to sign up at last week’s blood drive. Donors must be 17 or 16 years of age with parental consent. Donors must meet a weight minimum for their age and height as well as be stable in their amount of iron. Photo identification of some kind was required to give blood. Donors were urged prior to giving blood to prepare by eating well and staying hydrated, as giving blood can have a taxing effect on the body. The blood drive was organized by Luke Payson, assistant director of Student Activities. Faculty and staff were just as welcome as students to sign up and help by donating their blood. Refreshments were provided for donors both before and after blood was given. Donors were encouraged to keep their blood sugar up by eating cookies and other snack foods See BLOOD on A4
get into a college. Service then takes on a character of something that helps students get ahead as opposed to being a follower of Jesus Christ.” Dains said that he view service in a completely different perspective. “Instead of a resume builder, I think it’s more of a life builder,” said Dains. “This is something that you can base your life values off of. We can learn to give to others and then do it more consistently.” Dains said that going to Guatemala is going to be a different experience than what he is used to. He said that since he lives in a country that celebrates Thanksgiving, it is going to be different going to a country that doesn’t even know what the holiday is. “It’s going to feel a little weird going to a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving,” said Dains. “It’s going to be something new in the kids’ lives. This is as close as it gets to Christmas or Thanksgiving there.” Ribar said that if students don’t look at mission trips the way Dains does, the country is going to have a poor view of what doing a service really means. “I think inevitably the world is going to have a shortage of language and basis for motivating people to serve in a truly selfless way,” said Ribar.
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Energy drinks pose potential problems for students By Brandon Rainelli Staff Writer
as well as sugary beverages like punch and soda. Tiffany Onifer chose the blood drive with her housemates as one of their house projects. “The reason our housing group chose to do the blood drive was because it was a way that we could help people. The use of the blood collected in blood drives goes to people that are having surgery or may have experienced a lot of blood loss,” Onifer said.
Poet featured at event Continued from Page A3 ed in his next book. One of his new poems, titled “The Fire Thief,” was read for the first time in front of the students in attendance. Robbins said that the second set of poems he read – the works that will hopefully be included in his next book – were a lot different than the first. While they kept the same underlying theme of suburbia, Robbins said he was trying to open up and associate more freely with other topics. Subjects explored in the second set of poems ranged from history to economic theory to family. Robbins said that while it was slightly difficult and uncomfortable to work with such foreign topics, it was through that uncomfortable feeling that discoveries were made. The event, which is now in its eighth year, also included workshops
for visiting high school students from three different schools and their teachers, as well as a keynote address at the luncheon in Alumni Hall. Earlier in the day, Robbins hosted a writing workshop for high school teachers, which was split into two sections. The first section was to help the teachers in making imaginative leaps while writing poetry so they could improve their skills and work their imaginations at the same time. The second section of the workshop aided the teachers in fiction writing and characterization. The day also included workshops and a lunch for the visiting students. The student workshops were also about poetry and fiction and were led by Waynesburg faculty and upperclassmen English and creative writing majors. Dr. Amy Randolph, assistant professor of English, said the workshops allowed the high school students to work with college students and to get a feel of what college was like.
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Attitude matters Continued from Page A1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, this years job growth in 35 states and D.C. continued to fuel the economic recover compared to last year. Pennsylvania alone added more than 17,800 new positions this year, according to the survey. While the economic and unemployment risk is a tough issue facing college students, the steep cost of college has also been on the political agenda the election year. According to CNN, student loans overtook credit cards as the largest amount of debt Americans owe, so the cost of higher education has been an important campaign issue. The New York Time’s stated that Obama’s record “includes greatly expanding the federal government’s role in granting college loans, increasing aid to community colleges, and even taking steps to try to stem soaring tuition.” During his presidency, Obama has increased financial aid to low and middle-income students through the Pell Grant program, which rose from $14.6 billion give to 6 million students in 2008, to nearly $40 billion for about 10 million students in 2012, according to the New York Times. It is too early to say whether or not the next four years of Obama’s presidency will have any direct effect on cost of tuition and financial aid
local police or outside agencies in case of an emergency, said Humiston The main purpose of the command post would be to educate these outside sources that are unfamiliar with the landscape. The post
would contain building plans as well as egresses to further enhance the vantage point. For this system to run smoothly, the department will need to appoint a spokesperson as well as develop a
ranking system, said Humiston. “When you think you have a solid plan for a situation, you find out that there is always something more you can do when the situation arises,” Humiston said.
for Waynesburg University students. However, the president intends to put college within reach of millions more of Americans, according to his website. In the face of steep student loan debt, the best answer for college students is to take several steps to ensure employment upon graduation. “Students need to prepare themselves better. As long as they have a good outlook and are prepared, they’ll be okay,” Coffman said. “Chances will be much better than if you go with a bad attitude.” Coffman’s advice to students searching for employment is to focus on the following points: * Keep a positive attitude during the job search. * Network with family, friends and professors. * Be professional; attend practice interviews and make sure resumes look professional. * Be flexible; moving back home may not be possible right away, and sometimes moving to a
new area is necessary. Students must be willing to put in the time and research while seeking employment, according to Coffman. “It’s a fulltime job to get a job,” she said. Coffman said in the past year, there ahs been a climb in the employment for several fields including human services,
accounting and criminal justice. She said while human service jobs may start out at low pay, they are “so rewarding.” Anyone who is in need of advice on their majors or employment may visit the university’s Career Services office, Coffman said. “The door is always open here.”
flavor than the energy. They are tasty and do give you a little pick me up.” Kelleher was aware of the recent deaths tied in directly with Monster drinks, but it did not stop him from consuming the drinks. Shiring blamed energy drink companies for targeting teens in their ads. She wanted to see a change in their marking much of the ways that
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“As a housing group we wanted to make a difference in the lives of other people by encouraging our fellow classmates to sign up and give blood. Choosing to give blood, though a small decision, could give someone a second chance.” Any students who are healthy and do not mind sharing have the opportunity to get involved in blood drives in the future.There are several blood drives held on campus each semester for the convenience of students. Anyone is able to help in the future, make sure not to miss the opportunity.
recommended that students eat what she called
“Super Foods.” Super foods are foods that provide nutritional benefits to the consumer. She suggested mainly fruits and vegetables will provide natural energy to the consumer. Shiring would also suggest naps throughout the day and to have a regular sleep schedule throughout the week. She also encourages students to choose healthier beverages. “Students often consume food and drinks that are convenient to them.” Shiring said, “They pick food and drinks that are cheap and easy for them. Students need to think about their bodies for the future. They need to be educated and make the healthy choice now.”
cigarette companies changed theirs in the past. To avoid the sugary drinks, Shiring provided multiple substitutions. She
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these energy drinks are affecting the students here at Waynesburg. “I’ve had multiple students come into my office with dizziness and were on the verge of fainting,” said Shiring. “All of them seemed to trace directly back to an energy drink.” Shiring continued to say that this seems to occur more than once a month and has seen a frequent rise in the past month than there has been all year. Shiring referred to students as the “Starbucks generation” and that caffeinated beverages are too much of a part of everyday life. Nathan Kelleher, a sophomore Psychology major, is a frequent drinker of high-caffeine beverages. “I drink about three to six energy drinks per week,” Kelleher said. “I drink them more for the
Five people may have died over the past three years after drinking Monster Energy according to the New York Times and Jen Shiring feels that energy drinks could pose a problem on campus as well. Shiring, Nurse Director of Student Health Services, said that students consume too many energy drinks and caffeine overall in college. “Students turn to energy drinks for a pick me up,” said Shiring. “When they are tired they drink them. They also use the drinks to satisfy their thirst.” All energy drinks contain a high amount of caffeine. Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in some medications and products containing coca or choco-
late. According to studies, caffeine is used to counteract tiredness, promote ones mood, provide energy and enhance athletic performance. Caffeine is the most widely consumed mind altering substance in the world. Caffeine also contains negative side effects such as fatigue, irritability, lack of concentration, anxiety, flu-like symptoms and also heart palpitations. A frequent consumer that drinks a lot of caffeine can become dependent on caffeine which could lower grades. Studies show that an average college student consumes 12.08 mg/kg of body weight per day. This is almost five times the recommended amount of 2.5 mg/kg of body weight per day. Shiring is worried that
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County tackles changes to Megan’s Law requirements By Katherine Mansfield Editorial Assistant After a nearly monthlong hiatus, the Greene County commissioners resumed their bi-weekly agenda meetings to discuss adaptations to Megan’s Law and bridge winterization, which will be approved at Thursday’s public meeting. Earlier this year, Pennsylvania legislatures passed Megan’s Law, which requires probation officers to register all sex offenders into a state system. County commissioners approved the placement of equipment allocations to the Greene County Probation Office on Thursday’s agenda.
“It’s software equipment – a computer, scanner,” said Chief Probation Officer Craig Wise. “We’re going to have to do registration packets for Megan’s Law – verify addresses, post pictures [of all offenders]. Equipment will help with the registration process.” The county commisPhoto by Kyle Edwards sioners are expected to approve the equipment Snyder pauses for a photo-op with Senator Tim Solobay during her campaign party on election night. During her allocation at the public speech, Snyder spoke of plans to work closely with Solobay to better represent the 50th district in Harrisburg. meeting, where they will also present Wal-Mart with a check to express gratitude for the store’s “At the new member duties as commissioner, the reality is slowly support of the annual By Kyle Edwards orientation in Harris- will be to continue starting to sink in. Heroes 5K Run/Walk in Senior Editor burg, I received my offi- working on getting her September. “Being [in Harrisburg] One week after she cial ID that lets me get office locations up and and driving out there on Also to be thanked Thursday is Jim Willis, a was elected as the next in and out of the capitol running. Tuesday morning, it all Representative for the building and met the “Hopefully, we’ll started to hit me; it’s all See COUNTY on B4 50th district of Pennsyl- House leaders, who have [our offices set up] starting to feel real,” she vania, Greene County explained what orienta- sometime in December said. Commissioner Pam tion would entail,” Sny- or at the very latest by Snyder is the first Snyder officially stepped der said. “We also held January 1. I’m not sure Representative for the down from her position our Caucus Elections, as of yet how many I’ll 50th district – other and is looking toward where we chose the be allowed to have, but than Bill DeWeese – the future. leaders of our Caucus. the talk seems to be that since the Carter adminSnyder, whose resig- On Thursday, we pretty the number will be istration – a fact that nation will go into much wrapped things three,” Snyder said. Snyder said is not lost effect Nov. 30, said that up for orientation and “I’m hoping to learn a on her. her three-day trip to received a full tour of lot of that information “I can’t even put it Harrisburg this week the capitol.” by the end of this into words. I am spendwas about getting accliSnyder said her first week.” ing a lot of time wrapmated to the new envi- order of business, aside A week after the elecSee SNYDER on B4 support his family of five ronment and position. from finishing out her tion, Snyder said that – a college-aged daughter, a three-year-old son and a 10-month-old son – while his wife stayed OMNEY WINS REENE OUNTY at home to raise the kids. Since his accident two months ago, medical bills and daily expenses have piled up, leaving By James Witte the county. Trader is a part of the a bind on the coal the Szczyrbaks strug- Staff Writer Romney carried the minority that is the mines, so coal miners gling to makes ends county with over 8,400 Republican Party in were actually voting for meet. With the 2012 elec- votes, which is almost Greene County, which Romney I think this “They have nothing tions now in the books, 58 percent. Based off of makes his insight into time.” coming in; he’s not ever some of the results may these numbers, regis- the election for the The fact that Presigoing to be able to work have come as a shock to tered Democrats county very valuable. dent Obama won reagain,” said Kiger. residents of Greene stepped across the politTrader said that he election was not as “I wanted to help the County. With over 1,400 ical aisle to vote for had expected Romney to expected though. family.” registered Democrats in Romney. win the county because “I thought it was Compelled to do what Greene County, DemoRepublican County “of the regulations that going to be a lot closer she could to alleviate the cratic voters greatly out- Commissioner Archie Obama has put on the than it was really,” said number Republicans. Trader offered up a pos- coal mines now, you See SPAGHETTI on B4 Yet Mitt Romney won sible explanation. See ROMNEY on B4 know, and really putting
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Benefit dinner held at fairgrounds for injured welder By Katherine Mansfield Editorial Assistant It was just another day on the job for Brad Szczyrbak, a welder from Carmichaels, when a freak accident left him seriously injured and out of work. “He was welding and something exploded in his face,” said Margaret Kiger, who has lived two houses up the road from Szczyrbak and his family for the last five years. “He lost his eyesight. He has had several surgeries – they’ve had to rebuild his face from the lip up. It’s very hard on the family.” Szczyrbak worked to
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Discount clothing retailer opens doors in Waynesburg By Brittany Rumple Staff Writer On Oct. 22, the doors to Label Shopper, Waynesburg’s newest retail store, officially opened to the Greene County fashionistas. Label Shopper is gaining popularity in the United States. Of the 75 storefronts nationwide, 10 Label Shoppers are located in Pa. and one is located in WVa. Label Shopper is a store designed to sell brand name clothing for cheaper prices. Label shopper offers something for everyone: the store sells women’s, men’s, junior’s and plus
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The Label Shopper opened in Waynesburg’s Greene Plaza on Oct. 22. The retailer has many stores across several states offers name-brand clothing at discount prices. size designer clothing. According to Jessica Jeffries, one of the two
supervisor of Label Shopper, the store is at the top of the genre.
Not only does Label Shopper price their clothing lower than
other competitors, the store employees inspect clothing for holes, rips and stains, before putting them on shelves. “We don’t want to be known as a smaller Gabrielle Brothers,” said Jeffries. “We want to be known for decent clothes in good condition, for cheaper prices.” Label Shopper is able to sell quality namebrand clothing for cheaper prices by having a guy named Peter Elitzer visit warehouses and bid. Most of the merchandise found in the warehouses is either from last season or from stores that are over stocked.
Most warehouse stock comes from New York and New Jersey and new shipments arrive every 10 days. Intrigued when she noticed the ad in the newspaper for the job, Jeffries hopped on Label Shopper’s website and Facebook page to learn more details before applying. “I knew the store would do well in this town. There’s nothing really in this town for all men and women to go to and shop for clothes,” said Jeffries. “You can’t get everything from Wal-Mart.” See NEW on B4
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Beware of beverages Social media cause for political hostility Choose alternatives to risky energy drinks No one can disagree that energy drinks and other supplements have become very popular within the last couple of years, especially in the teen demographic. Teens have become obsessed with them. Redbull, Monster, Redline and other drinks can be bought anywhere and by anyone. But are these drinks truly safe? The Huffington Post describes a rare yet horrifying story about a 14-year-old girl who died from caffeine overdose from drinking two Monsters. Although this is a very rare occurrence, the article also lists the other effects that energy drinks can cause. Energy drinks are filled with too many “energyboosting” ingredients, sugar overload, mixing energy drinks and alcohol can cause serious side effects such as death and also other effects. Many doctors declare that these drinks do no good for the human body. That jolt of energy fades, and you are left feeling even more tired than before. Some people are suing the energy drink companies for not putting the risks on the bottles of the drinks. This fight is still going on. Many scientists believe that it is too early to see the lasting side effects from these drinks. The point is, these drinks aren’t needed. There are many other healthy and natural choices out there for any consumer, which do not have harmful side effects. The simplest alternative is to drink water. Most of our body is made up of water, so if you keep it hydrated you will have more energy. Green tea is also a great alternative that gives you a little energy boost and is also filled with antioxidants; even beet juice was found to boost your work out endurance. All of these are natural ways to enhance your energy, and they are safer and healthy.
Heroism at its finest Officer shows example of determination To serve and protect. These words sometimes come with a heavy cost. Such is the case with Jim Kuzak, a police officer in Clairton, Pa. Kuzak was shot while responding to a home invasion call in Clairton, leaving his lung and spine critically damaged and confining him to a wheelchair. The two men who were accused of shooting Kuzak, Marcus Andrejco and Emilio Rivera, were both acquitted of the shooting. Despite this disappointing verdict, Kuzak hasn’t given up. Quite the contrary: he’s undergone multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation and is determined to walk again. For his actions, Kuzak was named the July 2012 Officer of the Month by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and ASIS International Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Heroism Above & Beyond, and he received a Pennsylvania Tactical Officer award. Kuzak visited Waynesburg University on Monday to share his story, an event that was open to the public. Students, faculty and community members alike should look to Kuzak as a prime example of what it means to be not only a police officer, but also a hero. Because of his acts of bravery in both the home invasion incident and his continued battle to regain his ability to walk, he should be looked upon with the respect and admiration that he deserves.
On social media, everyone is the star of their own political pundit show. For some social media users, last week’s presidential election was prime time: they posted their every thought on each candidate, each moment and each other’s opinions. Facebook and Twitter feeds were filled with insulting comments: “Obama re-elected? I’m moving to Canada!” “Well, America, prepare for destruction.” “Thank God the world is ending in December.” And it wasn’t just
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people attacking our president on Twitter and Facebook that was the problem. Obama supporters pulled the same stunt: “If Romney wins, I will die.” “Oh no, Romney won another state. I’m moving to Canada.” For starters, don’t move to Canada. Nothing against the country, but that is just ridiculous. Yes, America has
Social networking good for jobs Social Networking is great for more things than just keeping in touch with friends from high school or getting important news updates at light speed. Sites like Facebook and Twitter are also useful for enhancing a budding career, as social media sites are a way to share and promote information and developments in a specific field of study.
major issues. Yes, the economy is absolutely terrible. The sad truth of the matter is America was still going to have problems no matter who won this year’s election. I think social media is just adding to America’s problems (and sure, that might be a little dramatic, but let me run with it). In the past, people argued about the elections; I’m not saying this is a new concept. However, last Tuesday (and Wednesday, to be honest) people were being absolutely cruel. In a way, presidential elections have always
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A networker can even offer his or her own work to the internet through social media. During the Society of Professional Journalists’ recent JournCamp seminar in Chicago, Ill., Amy Guth of the Chicago Tribune delivered a presentation on utilizing social media to promote your studies or career. She listed the following points as key ways to give your opinion or compositions a chance to be discovered by an audience through sites like Facebook, Google+,
separated Americans. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, whatever stick together and argue with the opposition. Can’t we all just be unified? This year, however, the election caused friction between more than just political parties. Friends were turning against each other because of their political opinions online. They posted absurd comments on each other’s statuses and made low blows at anyone and everyone who opposed See ELECTION on B3
LinkedIn and Twitter. • Keywords are everything, according to Guth. In this Internet age, an abundance of information must be packed into a brief blurb, occasionally of 140 characters or less. Using keywords that pertain to a specific subject at the beginning of a post or tweet will alert your audience immediately about the purpose of the write-up. Strong keywords will also give posts a chance to be discovered by a search engine. For instance, a Facebook status with the word “journalism” toward the front may be discovered by Google when another user searches for a See NETWORK on B3
Thankful for my Waynesburg family Family. That’s my honest default response to the question “What are you thankful for?,” which is asked at nearly every gathering during the Thanksgiving season. And I am thankful for my family: for the siblings who look strikingly similar to me and the parents who sacrifice so much for me; for the grandparents who love me unconditionally and the aunts, uncles and cousins who are
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always fun to be around. But this year, I’m most thankful for the Waynesburg University community. I transferred to Waynesburg at the beginning of this semester. Not because I wanted to – I certainly did not want to – but because, after spending the first
two years of college studying at a nationally ranked city school, I had accrued a terrifying amount of debt. Halfway through the summer, my parents sat me down and explained that, if I continued on at the other university, I would most likely spend the first ten years of my post-college life living in their basement. I was not too thrilled with the idea of me, sitting on a couch in the cold, dark
basement, surrounded by cats, reading postcards sent by my best friends, who were backpacking across Europe and learning French in Canada. So I began school shopping. And I ended up here, at a small, rural university radically different from the city school I’d loved so much. But everything happens for a reason, and no words could ever See THANKFUL on B3
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Election stirs hatred Continued from B2
Obama must lead still-divided nation Barack Obama's remarkable run at history will continue with four more years in the White House. That should be good for America. Obama's victory over challenger Mitt Romney is exceptional, given the depth and breadth of the recession and other problems he faced upon assuming office four years ago. An unemployment rate of 7.9 percent would generally present an almost insurmountable barrier for an incumbent. Despite a bruising campaign, voters showed a willingness to let Obama continue the slow but upward trajectory the nation has followed since he took office. Obama did a better job of presenting himself as the more compassionate
leader for the struggling middle class. His leadership over the bailout for the auto companies was huge in the battleground states where he most needed votes. In a second term, Obama must work to fulfill his campaign promise to become a bipartisan healer. Improving the fiscal health of the nation will take sacrifices, compromises and strong leadership. It also will require a new mindset among Republicans. Please, let us not hear about a cabal of elected officials deciding before inauguration day that their top goal is to thwart the president. Obama's victory is good news for Americans who wish for accessible and affordable health care. The next four years should be
devoted to rolling out and refining the Affordable Care Act and adding more cost-saving initiatives. Priority number one, however, must be the nation's fiscal health. Obama should finally embrace the concepts of his own bipartisan deficit reduction commission and work with congressional leaders to put those sound principles in place. His proposed spending cuts, coupled with infrastructure and education investments and higher taxes on upper-income Americans, will require much more hands-on campaigning to become reality. The challenges ahead are too many to enumerate: Syria, Iran, terrorism, deficits, debt, slow job growth, tax inequities, climate
change, energy independence. Fortunately, Obama is a more seasoned leader. Now is the time for him to go bold to reinvigorate the nation with new approaches to solving intractable problems. Romney ran an energetic campaign, surfacing from a bruising primary to begin remaking himself as a moderate. But his message was generally negative, focusing on the nation's problems. While he often polled better as the one to fix the economy, on other issues he didn't connect with enough voters to unseat the incumbent. Let the healing begin. ___ This editorial originally appeared in the Kansas City Star.
This Week in History By Eric Bost Editorial Assistant
Nov. 13, 1907: Julian Parson, widow of James Parson, passed away. She had four children in the mid-1800’s, but they all died before the age of 10, while three didn’t make it to the age of 3. Julian Parsons was buried in Chess Cemetery in Greene County, Pa.
Nov. 1993 The Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) finished a new
Thankful for WU family Continued from B2 describe how thankful I am that my mom and dad insisted I transfer. Or how ecstatic I am to be a Yellow Jacket. I am so thankful for the opportunities that Waynesburg has to offer. Waynesburg makes getting involved in student activities extremely easy. I wrote for the student newspaper at my old school, but I wasn’t really a part of that paper. Sure, I attended the weekly budget meetings and I wrote one article every week. But the staff was cliquey and I never felt
brick station in the same spot where the Waynesburg and Washington Railroad used to be. Conrail demolished and built the new station as a division office to control rail traffic in the area.
Nov. 15, 1925: After being officially named the Greene County Historical Society a month before, the GCHS was awarded an official Certificate of Incorporation. Decades after it was given the certificate, in 1971 the GCHS found a permanent home where Greene
welcomed in the office, so I avoided it at all costs. At Waynesburg, people are friendly; the Jacket staff is amazing. Every staff member and contributor is talented and everyone works together to make each writer his or her best. The Jacket staff is a family. And this family is always eager to adopt new members. I was surprised by how easy it was to get involved with the Yellow Jacket and how accepting the staff was of me. I was also surprised by how accessible the Waynesburg University faculty is. Not only do professors make it easy to contact them outside of classroom and office
Hills Poor Farm used to be and now is a 52 room museum with over 1,000 artifacts.
In Nov. 1880: Alfred Miller sent out a press release to all Christians in the community of Waynesburg asking for contributions to Waynesburg College. He asked for elderly members of the community to include Waynesburg College in their wills due to the need for fundraising. Information courtesy of “The Waynesburg College Story”
hours, but they are willing to chat with you about things unrelated to the books. At my old university, professors were difficult to get a hold of, and most did not establish personal relationships with students. Here, a lot of my friends have bonded with one professor or another – they go to that professor for career advice, life advice or silly chats. I’ve adopted one teacher as my “Waynesburg father”; though he probably finds my chattiness annoying at times, he always listens and seems to genuinely care about what I have to say. I’m so thankful that Waynesburg is small enough for professors
and students to forge strong, lasting relationships – it makes learning a more enjoyable experience. The transfer from a big city school where exploring under the bright lights with girlfriends was a weekend routine to Waynesburg has been a surprisingly wonderful experience. I’m so thankful that I have the chance to learn in an upbeat environment where the professors and students are friendly and accepting. I’m thankful to know all of the wonderful people I’ve met. I’m thankful that I get to make a difference on campus and that I get to be a part of this university. This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to be a Yellow Jacket.
their beliefs. Not only was the behavior uncalled for, it was annoying to everyone else. To add to the drama, people started posting statuses about how they were tired of hearing about everyone arguing about the election, and they needed to stop the hate. Then people argued about how they had the right to post their opinions in comments on those statuses, and they didn’t care who was irritated. To add to my personal issues with the online battles, the vast majority of the comments contained several grammatical errors. Learn the difference: They’re, there, their. That being said, my point is simple: it’s really immature to argue about your political beliefs on social networking sites. At first, I understood the debates. The presidential election is a huge event. It deserves a lot of attention, and people will nat-
Network with success Continued from B2 journalistic topic. • The name of your personal profile or Twitter handle should directly reflect your real name. Guth said that a user won’t get personal recognition from a search engine or audience unless it can associate with the user’s real name. Nicknames are great for friends, but they should be left out of a professional social media account. Guth also said that users who are linked to multiple accounts lose their credibility immediately. In her opinion, it is not okay for a college student to have an account for social use and another for professional use. Guth suggested that if a post isn't appropriate for a future employer to see, it should never make it to the Internet. • Profiles and bios should give a serious description of the user’s interests or occupation. For example, a student that is the president of a group on campus should list that information at the very beginning of his or her bio. Again, keywords are important and should be listed at the beginning of a profile.
urally take sides. That’s the point after all – this is America, you can pick the winner. However, when the votes have been counted and the winner announced, what is the point in arguing? What is the point in being downright disrespectful to not only your friends, but to the president of the United States? Yes, this is America. You have the right to express your opinions and argue with whomever you want. I just don’t understand why you would want to. And I want you all to know that I firmly believe what I’m saying here. Feel free to check my Facebook and Twitter. After the election, the only thing I posted online was a picture of Barack Obama and his family. The caption that I wrote said, “I just want to point out that his daughters are so well dressed. That's all.” I stand by that statement, too. If you want to argue, pack up your bags and move to Canada. And I can assure you, the rest of us will survive.
Users should also write their bios in the traditional paragraph style, refraining from the “laundry list” style that may include abbreviations. Though a bible verse or a favorite quote may be uplifting, Guth said that only information pertinent to a professional career should be listed in a profile. • Guth suggested that users should follow or subscribe to other professionals in their field. Following Tweeters or Facebookers who make frequent and reliable posts make for good resources. On the other hand, these professionals may also see the work you post and take an interest in your studies. This is “networking” in its most basic sense. • Guth said that the most important guideline for a successful social media profile is the rule of thirds. A user should dedicate a third of his or her posts to conversations with others, another third to reposting the work of others in a specific field of expertise and a final third to the promotion of the user’s own work. Facebook and Twitter are more about regularity than volume, so making frequent posts will keep your profile fresh, informative and more attractive to readers and search engines alike.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Region Burglary reported State police said that sometime between Oct. 21 and 24, someone broke into several storage units at the H&L Storage facility in Jefferson Borough. Items stolen included 20 fishing rods from the unit owned by Evelyn Gephart of Mt. Morris; a Belle Vernon class ring and a pair of earrings from the unit owned by Kayla Blakely of Waynesburg; and a Ruger handgun, two flat screen
televisions and numerous rounds of ammunition from the unit owned by William Schamp of Uniontown, police said. Two other units, one owned by Erica Phillips of Graysville and the other owned by Loletta Scogin of Waynesburg, were also broken into, but it is unknown whether anything was stolen, police said.
Items stolen Sometime
Nov. 1 and 5, someone stole a large amount of copper wire and several vehicle batteries from Nabor’s Well Services in Jefferson Twp., state police said.
Wires stolen State police said that sometime between 5 a.m. Nov. 7 and 2 a.m. Nov. 8, someone stole copper ground wires from the Emerald Coal Resources mine airshaft in Franklin Twp.
Arsonist charged State police said that at 2:50 p.m. Nov. 9, Josie Haring, 18, of Jefferson was accused of burning down a barn on the Gwynn Rd. residence of Daniel Lama in Jefferson Twp. Haring was taken into custody and arraigned by District Judge Louis Dayich for charges of arson, criminal mischief and recklessly endangering another person, police said.
Crash reported At 1:47 a.m. Nov. 8, a vehicle driven by Aaron Dwight Householder, 27, of Richmond, Ohio drove through a curve while traveling on Rt. 18 in Morris Twp, state police said. According to police, Householder’s vehicle traveled through the opposing lane of traffic, struck a guide rail, went airborne onto Boulder Rd., rolled over and came to rest on its driver’s side before falling into Smith Creek.
Spaghetti dinner held Continued from B1
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Snyder stands with her family and speaks to the audience during her victory speech on election night. Snyder officially resigned as county commissioner on Friday, but will continue to carry out her duties until Nov. 30.
Snyder prepares Continued from B1 ping my mind around it. I’ve really been thinking things through,” Snyder said. “I’m going to do my best to live up to the
Romney wins county Continued from B1 Trader, but added that he was pleased that at least Obama won both the electoral and popular vote because “Otherwise, there would have been friction all the time.” Trader was hoping for Romney to win though, since he was the Republican candidate and also because of Trader’s background in business. With the anti-Obama signage throughout the county, Trader thought
faith that the people of the 50th district have placed in me. It’s a huge honor to represent these people, and I will carry that with me every day. After 35 years, I think it’s hard for everyone to realize [just how big of a deal this is]. That was a long time. I’m excited, and I’m going to carry
that excitement with me and do my best to make a difference.” Snyder will be sworn in on Jan. 1 on the floor of the State House of Representatives. As for the empty commissioner’s seat here in Greene County, Snyder said that the decision on who will fill
it is entirely up to the District Judges. “I’m not sure whether the process has changed in past years, but back when Dave Coder resigned, the judges took letters of interest from applicants and then chose someone to fill the available position,” she said.
it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. “I mean they didn’t do anything drastically,” said Trader. With that, Trader added about his distaste of the political advertisements. “I just got plain sick of all the advertisements on T.V. and all the lies that were told, on both sides, both Republican and Democrat side, you just knew they were not telling the truth and that bothered me,” he said. Fellow County Commissioner and Democrat Pam Snyder won the 50th District, which encompasses Greene County and parts of
Washington and Fayette counties, for the State Legislature and will be resigning from her seat as County Commissioner, effective Nov. 30. Even when faced against potential fallout from the conviction of former Representative Bill DeWeese and the loss of his name from the Democratic ballot, Trader still believed she would win the county because she ran a good campaign. “She [Snyder] is probably one of the most qualified people in Greene County to do that job,” Trader said. While Trader is sad to see his colleague leave,
he knew it was for the best. “Personally, I hate to loose her as a commissioner because I think she did a wonderful job for the County of Greene, but I know she’ll do the same at the state level and this gives us another voice at the state level, which we haven’t had for about five or six years now,” said Trader. Even though Snyder is young and inexperienced at the state level, Trader believes that Snyder is a type of person that will definitely be able to work her way up through the ranks quickly.
Szczyrbaks’ burdens, Kiger, a Waynesburg Borough council member, enlisted her husband and a neighbor friend to help her organize a fundraiser. The group decided to host a spaghetti dinner. Kiger collected donations from business in Greene, Washington and Fayette counties and worked hard to spread the word about the event. “I never did anything like this before,” Kiger said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it just to get them some money coming in.” The spaghetti dinner will be held Sunday,
Householder was extracted from the vehicle by Morris and Center Twp. fire departments, and was transported to a medical facility by Southwest EMS, police said.
Woman accused State police said that at 1 a.m. Oct. 21, Sabrina Margita, 35, of Dilliner was accused of striking someone in the eye and jaw during an altercation on Bald Hill Church Rd. in Dunkard Twp. Nov. 18, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Tickets cost $7.50 for adults and $4 for children, and can be purchased in advance or at the door. After enjoying dinner, attendees can browse the Chinese auction to try their luck in the 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit Brad Szczyrbak; money earned will be used to pay off medical bills to support his family. “He’s a very nice guy – all the people who know him like him, him and [his wife] both,” Kiger said. “I organized this to raise money for them.” For more information about the spaghetti dinner, or to purchase tickets or make a donation, contact Margaret Kiger at 724-627-6875.
Photo by Katherine Mansfield
Label Shopper offers customers a selection of many different name brands and labels at low prices.
New store opens Continued from B1 Though its been open for only two weeks, the management at Label Shopper is very pleased with the business the store has been receiving. “We already exceeded our expectations,” said Jeffries. “Compared to previous stores opened here
County adapts Continued from B1 member of the Greene County Farmland Preservation Board, for his successful easement of a second plot of farmland in Greene County. “The farm can never be used for commercial purposes,” explained Willis. “Anyone who buys the farm has to farm it. We’re striving to keep this program rolling along.” Cars this winter will have a much easier time rolling along Freedom
before, we are doing very well.” The management of Label Shopper is hoping to get in contact with advertisers to put flyers and posters up around campus. In the near future, students will be able to pick up coupons for upcoming specials and deals. “I believe the store is going to keep growing in the future,” said Jeffries. “It’s really a great idea.”
Bridge when the allocation of funds to winterize, repair and shovel sidewalks along the bridge are motioned Thursday. Other orders of business discussed and expected to be motioned at Thursday’s public meeting were the appointment and reappointment of various county representatives and agreements between Greene County and various businesses. A motion to proclaim November National Adoption Month and an agreement to lease county property to Representative-elect Pam Snyder are also expected to be approved.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Don’t second guess the coaches
PRESIDENTS - 31, YELLOW JACKETS (18TH) - 14
Jackets miss playoffs, but still are PAC co-champs
Bitter sweet ending
By Nick Farrell Assistant Sports Editor
Kyle Oland Sports Editor
After Saturday’s 31-14 loss to Washington & Jefferson, I heard a lot of people grumbling about the play calls from the Waynesburg coaching staff. I heard people question why the Yellow Jackets had linebackers covering W&J slot receiver Alex Baroffio, who had three touchdowns, instead of switching to a nickel or dime package that implemented more defensive backs. I heard people wondering why the offense continued to run the ball in the second half despite a large deficit. I heard people grumbling about the decision attempt a fourth-and-one from the W&J 42-yard line that failed midway through the second half with Waynesburg only down a touchdown. I heard people yelling about the decision to call a wide receiver pass from senior Doogie Sanner at the W&J 3-yard line that resulted in an interception. What gets me is that if those sceneries turned out differently, not one person would be complaining. As fans, it is in our nature to question our team or its coaching staff when things don’t go well. However, I believe that as fans, we have no right questioning a call by a coach. The Waynesburg football coaches and any coach for that matter have way more experience and knowledge then any fan or spectator has. Do fans watch and coach their team each day? Do fans consume countless hours of film, studying the tendencies, weaknesses and strengths of opposing teams? Do fans know the game plan? Does the average fan know the difference between cover-2 and cover-3 or an offensive line’s run and pass blocking schemes? The answer to all these questions is a resounding no. No, the average fan probably does not understand the complexity of sports. They may have basic surface level knowledge, See FANS on C2
Two weeks after Waynesburg clinched a share of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship, a second titleholder was crowned on Saturday at John F. Wiley Stadium. This game’s victors, Waynesburg’s archrival Washington & Jefferson, didn’t celebrate by holding just one finger in the air; instead, they hoisted five. That’s because the Presidents upended the previously unbeaten Yellow Jackets, 31-14, earning a share of the PAC title in honor of senior running back Tim McN-
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The Yellow Jackets played before a record crowd of over 6,000 people during the PAC Backyard Brawl Saturday. erney who died midway through the season. “Tim was our most popular player; everyone loved that man,” said Presidents’ head coach Mike Sirianni. “To do this for him is tremendous.” The Presidents executed a flawless no-huddle offense that silenced the
normally stellar Waynesburg defense. Junior quarterback Alex Bliss, who completed 21 of 26 passes, and junior wide receiver Alex Baroffio, who caught three of Bliss’ four touchdown tosses, led that no huddle offense. The Yellow Jackets dropped their first game of
the season, finishing the regular season at 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the PAC. The Presidents finished 82 overall and matched Waynesburg’s PAC mark. W&J will head to the NCAA Division III Tournament as the PAC’s representative, while Waynesburg will host the
ECAC South West Bowl against Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday. Both sides experienced a championship atmosphere during the contest, as an estimated 6,000 fans filled the stands at Wiley Stadium, a record turnout according to the WaynesSee PLAYOFFS on C3
Wrestlers finish fourth
XC teams run at Nationals
By Kyle Oland Sports Editor
By Ryan Harr and Kyle Oland Yellow Jacket Staff After fighting through a field of 110 athletes at the PAC Championships, members of the Waynesburg University women’s cross country team traveled to Dickinson College to take part in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships last Saturday against a field of 346 competitors. The Yellow Jackets concluded their 2012 season with a 23rd overall finish of what head coach Chris Hardie called a tough 52-team field. “The women ran a strong race and did just about as good as we thought they would,” said Hardie. “We have the largest region in Division III and the start was the biggest that many of our women have ever been involved in. So they competed tough despite the crowded conditions.” Seniors Megan Fortna and Elizabeth Johnson ran for the final time as a member of the Yellow Jackets.
The Waynesburg wrestling team took part in its first regular season competition of the year on Saturday. Traveling to Washington, Pa., the Yellow Jackets competed in the annual Washington & Jefferson Invitational, taking fourth-place out of 17 teams. The Jackets finished behind only Pitt-Johnstown, Mercyhurst and Heidelberg in the team standings. Despite entering fewer wrestlers than fellow Presidents’ Athletic Conference schools Thiel (29 entrants) and Washington & Jefferson (20 entrants),
the Yellow Jackets (16 entrants) were still the top-finishing school from the PAC. Behind four wrestlers who reached the semifinals, Waynesburg had a strong opening tournament. “I thought we wrestled well,” said head coach Ron Headlee. “For the first competition I thought our guys wrestled tough. Even the guys who lost, I was pleased with their efforts.” In his first collegiate tournament, freshman Gordan Bieber wrestled at 125-pounds, taking fourth place out of the 32-man field. Bieber won his first two matches Saturday, including one by major
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decision. “For [Bieber’s] first tournament we were very pleased with his performance,” said Headlee. “Even the ones he lost, he wrestled tough.” Alex Crown began his senior season on a high note, placing fourth at 133-pounds. The senior began the tournament wining back-to-back matches by major decision before picking up a win to reach the semifinals. After a loss, Crown was knocked into the consolation bracket where he defaulted out of the third place match with an injury. “Alex is having shoul-
The ‘Restoration project’ has begun By Carson Fox Staff Writer With a roster that includes eight freshmen, five sophomores, a transfer player, a two-way football-basketball player and one senior, Christner is in what he calls “the restoration project.” “It’s our goal to be more competitive in our league,” said head men’s basketball coach Mark Christner. “We’ve really emphasized getting better every day, every practice, every shot, every rep.” Following a poor showing in 2011-12 when the
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Sophomore Casey Hope is expected to run the offense at point guard for the Yellow Jackets this season. Yellow Jackets went 5-22
overall and 1-15 in the
Presidents’ Athletic Conference, the team was picked to finish ninth in the PAC, while defending conference champion Bethany was picked to repeat as conference champion. The team will count on its only senior, Kurt Bonnet, to lead the team. The 6’6” senior center averaged seven points and four rebounds a game while averaging early 23 minutes per game last season. Christner calls Bonnet a natural leader and hopes that Bonnet’s athletic ability will help him run the floor in transition for this
versatile offense. Returning sophomore Casey Hope will run the point for the Yellow Jackets to start the year. Hope saw decent minutes as a sophomore, averaging 13.4 per game, but he will be called on a lot more this season after averaging only 2.6 points per game last season. Sophomore Jacob Fleegle will be at the three spot for the Jackets. His 6’4” reach lengthens out the Waynesburg defense making it difficult to drive on this aggressive See MEN on C3
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Women expected to challenge for PAC title again By John Lydic Staff Writer The Waynesburg University women’s basketball team enters the 201213 season with sights set on repeating and improving on an impressive 2011-12 campaign. The Jackets have the tools for another playoff run. Coming off of an ECAC championship two years before, the women’s basketball team entered last year with question marks on how they would respond. The Jackets finished the 2011-12 season at 20-8 overall and 14-4 in Presidents’ Athletic Conference competition. The Jackets also clinched another birth to the ECAC tournament. Unfortunately, the season did not end how the women would have liked, losing to Saint Vincent in the PAC Tournament, 5654, and then Penn State Behrend, 63-59, in the ECAC Tournament. “It is always great to
Grapplers take fourth Continued from C1 der problems again,” said Headlee. “We have had a rash of injuries, the most I have ever seen. The good thing though is we have depth.” The third wrestler to place fourth for the Yellow Jackets was sophomore Chris Milligan at 149-pounds. After starting his day with a 14-0 major decision win over Heidelberg’s Adarius Washington, Milligan picked up two more victories before being
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Paige Pierce will be expected this season to help make up for the loss of All-PAC guard Hannah Hunter. win 20 games, but the way we ended left a bitter taste in our mouth,” said
head coach Sam Jones. The 2012-13 team expects nothing else than
knocked into the consolation bracket where he went on to take fourth. The final wrestler to finish in the top-four was sophomore Patrick Jennings at 197-pounds. Jennings went 3-1 on the day and won his semifinal match against Pitt-Johnstown’s Dan O’Connell 20. “[Jennings] had the match won to go into the finals, but in the last five seconds gave up a takedown,” said Headlee. “He could have easily been in the finals, but overall he wrestled really well all day.” In addition to the wrestlers who all reached
the semis, a number of other wrestlers had strong debuts. Sophomore 165pounder Sam Guidi had a strong first part of the tournament, recording two back-to-back technical fall victories before finishing fifth. “I thought Guidi did a good job - he wrestled some good matches,” said Headlee. The Yellow Jackets will return to action Saturday when they take part in the Lake Erie Quad match at 10 a.m. Waynesburg will square off against York College, Lake Erie College and Tiffin University.
championship-caliber play. “No year is ever the same,” said Jones. “We must evolve who we are even if it worked before.” The team has made changes after graduating Hannah Hunter, the school’s all-time assists leader. Although Hunter is a big loss, the core of the team remains intact for this season and includes returning high-scorers Jessi Drayer, Brittany Spencer and Paige Pearce. Filling Hunter’s void will not be an easy task, and Jones is looking for one of his six freshmen to assume a big role right away. “We are looking for a lot of contributions right away and for them to be an integral part of this team,” said Jones. Drayer believes the six freshmen will add potential depth to an already deep team. “They [the freshmen] fit in well and bring a lot of qualities that will help make us a stronger team,” said Dray-
er. The strongest position on the team looks to be at the guard position, with Drayer and Spencer returning. That group also includes junior Elaine Hasek, sophomore Rebecca Kerr and four incoming freshman. “I want to be more of a leader and get past mistakes faster,” Drayer said. “We need to use our talents in a positive way and stay fresh during games.” One key to this season’s success will be winning close games and hitting the key shots at crucial points. In games decided by 10 points or fewer last year, the Jackets had a record of 7-7. “We need to continue to grow and not be satisfied with good,” said Jones. The Yellow Jackets are projected to finish third in the PAC preseason poll, while rival Thomas Moore was picked to win the conference.
Fans should not question coaches Continued from C1 but other than that, the average spectator does not truly understand what is taking place on the playing field. For example, after Saturday’s game did the average fan take into consideration scenarios affecting the game: • When considering the decision to have linebackers cover Baroffio, the coaches may have felt that without Bryan Gary, arguably the best player on defense for Waynesburg, having experienced linebackers on the field was better then playing defensive backs with limited experience. • For those who questioned the decision to attempt a fourth-and-one, there was no reason for the Jackets to not go for
“Our goal is to win the PAC tournament and go deep into the NCAA Tournament,” said Drayer. One key to this season will be the rebounding game. Last season, the Yellow Jackets out-rebounded opponents by 4.8 rebounds per game. The Jackets will need to equal last year’s success. Pierce (6.8 rebounds a game) and Spencer (7.8 rebounds a game) will be expected to maintain a presence in the pain. In addition, junior Emily Miller provides Jones with size coming off the bench. Last season, Miller averaged 12.2 minutes a game and contributed 3.8 rebounds a game. The Yellow Jackets kick their season off Friday at Allegheny College at the Greg Richards ‘08 Memorial Tip-Off Tournament against John Carroll University. The Jackets will begin conference play on the road Nov. 28 against Bethany.
it. As the top rushing team in the PAC this season, why not stick with what has worked for you all year. • Because of the success of the running game, and Bertrand Ngampa’s ability to score any time he touches the ball, the coaching staff may have felt again that the run game was their best option. • In regards to the trick play at the goal line: after the game, head coach Rick Shepas said the team had been practicing that play for three weeks and were only going to run it inside the 10-yard line. The coaching staff called a play that had been prepared for that very situation. They felt as if the play would give them the best chance to score. So next time we question a team, coach or player, lets take a step back and see if we truly realize why a decision was made. Once we do that, the decision might make more sense.
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Athlete of the Week Junior running back has fourth straight 100-yard game Junior running back Bertrand Ngampa Ngampa continued his stellar year of rushing in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-14 loss to the Washington & Jefferson Presidents on Saturday. Ngampa gained 144 yards on the ground on 22 carries. He also ran for a score to tie the game at 7-7 in the fast-paced first quarter of action. On that same scoring drive, the junior back ripped off a 24-yard run, the longest run by any player that afternoon. Ngampa has now eclipsed 100 yards rushing in each of Waynesburg’s last four contests. On Monday, the junior was lauded as a first-team All-PAC selection at running back. This weekend, Ngampa will have a chance to help the Jackets to another accolade during the ECAC South West Bowl against Carnegie Mellon University at John F. Wiley Stadium.
XC teams end seasons Continued from C1 Fortna led all Yellow Jackets with a time of 24:28 and placed 64th out of 346. She went into the Regional meet with high expectations but came up
short. “My goal was top-50,” Fortna said. “I was 64th, so not exactly what I hoped for but my time was still consistent.” Waynesburg University sophomore Joy Talbott just missed placing in the top-100 by less than five seconds after crossing the line with a time of 25:03.
Men look to improve man-to-man attack. Fleegle will look to build on his 6.9 points per game average from last season. Another sophomore, Jason Propst, is a probable starter for Waynesburg at the power forward position. EJ Coleman is a new comer to this Yellow Jacket squad. After spending the previous two seasons at the Community College of Beaver County, the 6’2” another likely starter at guard for the orange and black. Christner says the team will field a 16-man
roster and he will look to go about eight or nine deep, utilizing the roster’s depth to run a fast-paced offense. With such a young roster, developing a bench and role players will be critical to the team’s success. The team had six weeks of individual conditioning and training to start out the school year and officially started team practice on Oct. 15. “I think it puts us behind the eight ball a little bit, because we have to mesh fundamentals with schemes right away,” said Christner. “We encourage our players to work on those things during those six weeks. There’s just some patience that is involved at first.”
Christner said that while he does not believe in moral victories during losses, the team was competitive in games last year. A missed layup against Grove City, a missed five-footer with just seconds to go against Westminster as well as playing a close game against Thomas Moore are all examples of the team’s short comings last year. “You could see the progress was coming,” said Christner. “I could tell we turned a corner when we won at Westminster and handled the pressure well against Bethany in the PAC tournament.” Christner is coming into his third season as
the men’s head coach and, except for Bonnet, whom he has coached now for two full seasons, the roster is full of players he has had a direct role in recruiting. Even though he said that every team becomes “your team” once you take over as coach, he is excited because he has had an involvement with all his players since their high school days. Waynesburg will start out its season on the road in Beaver Falls, Pa. during the Geneva Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Yellow Jackets will take on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Friday at 6 p.m., then will play Penn State Fayette the following day at 1 p.m.
The third-best finisher for the Yellow Jackets was captured by freshman Megan Ferrick, who crossed the finish line with a time of 25:20, good for 117th place. Johnson and sophomore Annette Aho finished the race in 178th and 185th place, respectively, with times of 26:31
and 26:37. This years’ team Division III Mideast Regional team title was captured by John Hopkins, which had six members in the top-25, including the meet winner freshman Hannah Oneda, who finished with a time of 21:34. The men’s team also competed Saturday, plac-
ing 34th out of 55 teams. Leading the way for the men was freshman Ben McAuley, who finished in 165th place. Following McAuley were junior Jonathan Blatt in 178th and Brandon Dugan in 194th place. The team title went to Haverford College, followed by Carnegie Mel-
lon and Johns Hopkins in second and third, respectively. Individual top medalist honors went to Allegheny junior Bobby Over, who finished in a time of 25:09.6. Following Over in second and third were junior Chris Stadler of Haverford and junior Brett Kubiak of GwyneddMercy.
the Jackets’ bid for a late first half score. The outcome of this drive was significant because Waynesburg missed a prime opportunity to halve the deficit in the waning moments of the first half. W&J proceeded to kneel down after the interception, heading into the locker room with a 14-point lead. Waynesburg’s passing woes would continue on the following drive, but this time Hill wasn’t the culpable player. After a 23-yard run by Ngampa put the Yellow Jackets in the red zone, Shepas called a trick play to try to catch the Presidents’ secondary off guard. Waynesburg’s trickery worked in the red zone earlier in the year, when Moore found senior tight end Adam Moses in the back of the end zone on a halfback pass. This time, the Jackets tried a wide receiver reverse pass, but senior Doogie Sanner was intercepted by Dan Sciortino who out-leaped Moses for the jump ball. “We only call that play inside the 10 yard line,” said Shepas. “We [tried for] the deception of misdirection pass on that. They made a play even though we had a couple of options. [We have] no regrets about it though.” Waynesburg’s defense and special teams bailed the offense out on the visitor’s next possession. Josh Tolliver and Brandon Fedorka ganged up on Bliss in the backfield on third down, forcing a quick punt from the Presidents. Senior Christian Jackson returned the Eric Eberle punt 45 yards to pay dirt, making the score 21-14 in the third quarter. “Christian had a great game,” said Shepas. “He’s just playing the way we expect him to play. For a guy of his stature, that
should be business as usual.” But the Presidents’ were not deflated by Jackson’s touchdown and responded with some fireworks of their own. On the fifth play of the next W&J drive, Baroffio scored on a 62-yard catch and run that doubled the Presidents’ lead and put the Yellow Jackets in a huge hole with less than 20 minutes remaining in the game. The Jacket defense bit on a play fake, leaving Baroffio unguarded with a wide-open path to the end zone ahead of him. “We ran a play off of our favorite play,” said Sirianni. “We run that screen all the time, so we faked that screen and ran Baroffio up the sideline.” Waynesburg’s final four drives ended with three Zack Rogers punts and a missed field goal by Henry. Washington & Jefferson was able to add to its lead midway through the fourth quarter when Eberle nailed a 40-yard field goal to put the Presidents up 31-14. Trailing by three scores, the Yellow Jackets were unable to generate any offense and ultimately lost the game by that same margin. In the end, W&J was the team that celebrated, but Waynesburg still had plenty to cheer about; the Jackets completed a 9-1 regular season, the best record in Shepas’ tenure at Waynesburg, and clinched a share of the PAC championship. “We have nothing to hang our heads about. I’m very proud of the way our guys played,” said Shepas. “What I told our guys was simple: if I was upset at all, I was upset for them that they could accomplish all those things but not get to enjoy the celebration after [the championship game].”
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Playoffs missed Continued from C1 burg Sports Information Department. “The whole experience was great, starting with the support we got on campus and at the pep rally,” said Waynesburg head coach Rick Shepas, who has never defeated W&J during his eight year career at Waynesburg. “We expected to have a crowd like that. When you have a game of that magnitude, it’s emotionally charged.” W&J’s first drive set the tone for the game, as Bliss connected on all seven of his passes during the first scoring drive of the afternoon. Bliss connected with Dan Lucas on a 26yard strike, and after the extra point, the visitors led 7-0. This was the first of Bliss’ four touchdown passes on a day where it seemed like the junior quarterback could do nothing wrong in pursuit of a PAC championship. “He got the ball out quick, he made some good decisions and he really played probably the best game of the year against our defense,” said Shepas. Added Sirianni: “In big games, quarterback play decides the outcome, and he played his best game of the season this afternoon.” After going three-andout on its first drive, Waynesburg settled down and controlled the football. Sophomore quarterback Carter Hill completed four passes and junior Bertrand Ngampa led the league-leading Waynesburg running attack en route to Waynesburg’s first score of the day. Ngampa was able to punch the football into the end zone from five
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Top: Brandon Fedorka attempts to tackle W&J running back Dion Wiegand. Bottom: Adam Moses makes a catch in front of W&J defensive back B.J. Monacelli. yards out on a third-andgoal play, and after junior Alex Henry added the point after, the score was tied at 7-7. After both teams exchanged punts in what little time remained in the first quarter, the Presidents regained the lead after Bliss completed six consecutive passes on a 16-play scoring drive that covered nearly three quarters of the field. Bliss ended the drive with a 19-yard pass to Baroffio, who grabbed three touchdown passes against Waynesburg for the second consecutive year. The Yellow Jackets had a chance to answer midway through the second quarter but squandered the opportunity. On a key fourth down at the W&J 41, Shepas elected to keep the offense on the field after taking a timeout. Sirianni called another timeout to prepare the defense for the fourth down play. It was Sirianni who won the battle, as the Presidents’ stopped Waynesburg senior Dom Moore at the line of scrimmage. “We had had plays that
we worked on for three weeks, and we had to believe in our guys to get it done,” said Shepas. The Presidents immediately capitalized on Waynesburg’s misfortune, spanning 58 yards on seven plays and making the score 21-7. As halftime neared, the Jackets had an opportunity to execute a two minute drill and chip away at W&J’s lead.
After a personal foul, Waynesburg started its possession with the ball spotted near midfield. A long run by Ngampa put the Jackets within striking distance with about a minute remaining in the half. Waynesburg chose to go for the end zone two plays after the Ngampa run, but a 29-yard bomb by Hill fell into the hands of B.J. Monacelli, ending
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South West Bowl preview: Carnegie Mellon
Jackets look to end season on high note By Kyle Oland Sports Editor
After missing out on an automatic bid for the NCAA Division III playoffs on Saturday and being passed over for one of the eight at large spots, the Waynesburg football team was selected to play in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South West Bowl on Saturday against Carnegie Mellon at 1 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium. This marks the second consecutive year the Yellow Jackets qualified for an ECAC postseason game. Last season, Waynesburg fell 48-27 to Widener in the South Atlantic Bowl. Saturday’s game will mark the first time the two teams have faced each other since 1963; however, the Yellow Jackets have scrimmaged the Tartans each preseason since head coach Rick Shepas has been at Waynesburg. In addition, the game will mark a preview of a future Presidents’ Athletic Conference bout. Beginning in 2014, Carnegie Melon and Case Western Reserve will join the PAC as an affiliate member. Despite having played each other in the preseason, both teams do not feel it gives either team an
advantage for Saturday’s game. “It is a lot different playing to tell the truth,” said CMU’s head coach Rich Lackner. “In the scrimmage we were not trying to beat them, just trying to evaluate our guys.” Added Shepas: “We are familiar with them and they with us, but it is definitely not going to be an easy prep for this game.” Come Saturday, there will be a number of matchups that will affect the outcome.
CMU’s Wing-T offense vs. Waynesburg defense All season the Yellow Jackets played against a variety of offenses, but none like the Wing-T the Tartans utilize. Using a variety of skill position players, CMU relies on misdirection from their offense. Because of this, Shepas said his defense will have to remain disciplined.
“We are going to have to do a really good job not staring in the backfield,” he said. Entering Saturday, the Tartans have five players who have at least 37 carries, with senior running back Patrick Blanks leading the rushing attack with 686 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a team, CMU has rushed for nearly 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns. Because opponents respect the Tartan rushing attack, junior quarterback Rob Kalkstein found success this season with playaction passes. The junior completed 63 percent of his throws for 1,960 yards and 14 touchdowns against only five interceptions. Kalkstein’s number one target this year was junior receiver Tim Kikta, a deep play threat, who caught 39 balls for 800 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 20.5 yards a catch. “The play action pass
will be huge for them,” said Shepas. “They got some wide receivers that can get down the field.” For the Waynesburg defenders, reading their keys will be critical, said Shepas. The defensive line, led by junior Brandon Fedorka and senior Matt Krause, will be expected to be a disruptive force up front, while linebackers junior Ronnie Skinner, senior Jordan Helmick and sophomore John Sikora will have to interpret the Tartan misdirection. Although CMU runs a non-traditional offense, Lackner expects the Yellow Jackets’ defense to play at a high level. “Watching the Waynesburg defense, they do a great job,” he said. “The coaches put their kids in a good position to defend.”
Waynesburg offense vs. CMU defense After failing to overcome a large deficit
against Washington & Jefferson a week ago, the Waynesburg offense will look to control the ball on Saturday, keeping the Tartan offense off the field. As they have done all season, the Yellow Jackets will rely on their run game to carry them Saturday. Junior running back Bertrand Ngampa has recorded four straight 100yard games. Early on in the season, Waynesburg utilized both Ngampa and senior Dominic Moore. However, Ngampa has seen the majority of the carries in recent weeks. Ngampa, a hard-running tailback with great speed, has the ability to take it the distance any time he touches the ball. The junior finished the regular season with 883 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. While Moore has seen a decrease in carries recently, the bruising back is still a threat in short yardage situations. Moore finished the year with 643 yards rushing and six scores. “[Waynesburg] has a stable of backs that are all good,” said Lackner. “They have great vision and find seams and holes.” Should the Jackets fall behind early against CMU like last week against W&J, sophomore quarterback Carter Hill will be expected to rally the offense.
Despite Waynesburg struggling to launch a consistent passing attack this year, Lackner said he respects the Yellow Jackets passing game. “When the quarterback does get time to throw, [Waynesburg] has athletic kids that can make catches,” said Lackner.
Christian Jackson vs. CMU special teams This season, senior Christian Jackson was the PAC’s best and most explosive returner, averaging 9.4 yards per punt return and 31.3 yards per kick return, which was second best in the country. The senior added a punt return touchdown against W&J and nearly found the end zone on numerous other occasions. The explosive returner’s ability to change the momentum of a game in an instant has been a critical component for the Yellow Jackets this season, according to Shepas. All week Lackner preached to his team the importance of being disciplined on special teams because one make could cost his team the game. “You’ve got to cover your lanes and be good at tackling,” said Lackner. “[Jackson] makes people miss – you think you have him and he squirts out. He has a ton of talent and is a threat to score anytime he has the ball.”
Senior defensive lineman overcomes tragedies Memories of fallen teammates and coach fuel All-PAC lineman By Kyle Oland Sports Editor “Mandatory team meeting for everyone.” Matt Krause, a senior defensive lineman, remembers getting the text. He still remembers that day like it was yesterday. He remembers when his coach took him and a few other players into the hall to tell them that their teammate and friend was dead. He remembers the emotions. He felt like his world was spinning and he no longer had control. During spring ball of his freshman season, Krause recalls the day when teammate Clint DeRosa, a freshman, passed away. It would be the first time in his football career that Krause would have to overcome an obstacle that threatened to derail his career, but it would not be the last. For Krause, success on the gridiron always came easily. He concluded his senior year at Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio, with a state championship and envisioned similar success in college. “Krause has always been a good player,” said head coach Rick Shepas, also a native of Youngstown. “He came from an area in Youngstown that has traditionally produced good players. He was used to winning.” While Krause entered Waynesburg with accolades and championships, the obstacles the 5’10,” 240-pound lineman overcame during his four years as a Yellow Jacket helped mold him into the player and man he is today. At the end of his freshman year, he
lost one of his best friends – DeRosa. “Coming in to college, we hit it off,” Krause said. “He only lived a half hour away from me, and we played right next to each other. We bonded right away and would always hang out.” Just months later, Krause would lose another person close to him. In the summer following his freshman year, Krause received news that his position coach, Waynesburg great Mike Czerwien, passed away. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” recalled an emotional Krause. “It is still hard to deal with.” For Krause, not only did he lose a coach, but he lost a man he looked up to. He still fondly calls his late coach by his nickname “Ish.” “I saw Ish’s highlight film during camp my freshman year,” he said. “He was relentless, always active and his motor was always going. He coached the same way. He would race with us from drill to drill. Seeing him live his life and embody a work ethic was contagious.” Sadly, Czerwien would not be the last friend Krause would have to say goodbye to. Following his sophomore season, Krause once again received word that a teammate and friend passed away. This time it was Josh Malenke, a junior defensive lineman. “I played next to [Malenke], and his locker was right next to mine,” recalled Krause. “He was always happy and he would always make you smile. You wanted to be around him. Just being around him made you want to be better.” Despite the loss of his teammates and coach, Krause, a four-year starter, has been a leader for his teammates during the difficult times.
“Everybody is going to go through trials, but as far as Krause is concerned it has made him a better man,” said Shepas. “He is so loyal.” Ever since his sophomore year, Krause has dedicated his play to those he lost. “[Krause] carries a heavy heart,” said Alex Smith, a student assistant who coaches the defensive line. “We give out a 29-award to guys who play like Ish. Krause embodies that. He is a big guy and he is always flying to the ball and never
Matt Krause Photo by Dave Miller,ADM Photography
gives up.” It would have been easy for Krause to make excuses when the rough spots began, but the senior became a leader for a team that needed leadership. “He is just one of the best leaders I have ever played behind on or off the field,” said Adam Steiner, a sophomore who played behind Krause the past two seasons. “I have tried to learn when he leaves how to lead.” In the midst of his best season at Waynesburg, the lineman is second on the team with 42 tackles, chipping in six tackles for a loss and four sacks, Krause still plays every game in memory of DeRosa, Czerwien and Malenke. “Every season we have played since they have passed, they have been with us,” said Krause. “We are always thinking about them and they are a big part of this.” Without a doubt, the obstacles Krause faced made him into the player and man he is today, helping to lead Waynesburg to their first Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship since 2003. In addition, Krause recently was lauded as a first-team All-PAC pick on defense. “He has been stabilizing force on the line for the past three years ever since tragedy hit,” said Smith. “He is a guy that has a presence. Guys want to play better and they look to him for leadership. He is willing to step across that line and lead.”
Thursday, November 15, 2012
‘Not just a choir’
Jazz and percussion ensembles offer diverse experience By Paula Bittner Staff Writer The Waynesburg University percussion and jazz ensembles offered a variety of sounds to all in attendance of the groups’ concert Nov. 8 in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The percussion ensemble – comprised of seniors Rosa Cho, Steffani Croyle, Kiersha Keller, Bethany May, Danielle Norris and Steven Terrill – opened the concert with the works of Jared Spears. Spears. “Collidescope” explored different timbres, said ensemble
instructor Ryan Frost, and “Africa!” featured many instruments and included a whistle to create an effect. The percussion ensemble slowed the mood with “Dona Nobis Pacem,” or “Grant Us Peace,” a work Frost described as sensitive, before closing with “Bossa Novacaine.” The jazz ensemble took the stage and entertained the crowd by incorporating vocalists into its performance. Amber Freeman began the show with her rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon,” a song made See ENSEMBLES on D2
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The Lamplighters choir, led by director Melanie Catana and joined by instrumentalists, assembles in Roberts Chapel on Sunday night for their performance. Below, the choir performs a selection of songs.
Shadow program recruits prospective high school seniors By Alfonso Ferrari Staff Writer Prospective athletic training majors have the opportunity to visit Waynesburg University and participate in the department’s shadow program. The program is directed towards high school seniors interested in pursuing athletic training as a major at Waynesburg University. “What they do is spend time with the athletic training staff and current athletic training students to observe and experience what a day as an athletic training stu-
dent looks like and become more familiar with the career of an athletic trainer,” said Michele Kabay, director of the athletic training program. “They can really get a good clear view of the profession.” High school students follow the current students at a sporting event occurring on campus. “We promote our football games as there are always activities and things going on,” said Kabay. For some students, the See PROGRAM on D2
Lamplighters choir performs, comes together as ‘family’ By Abigail Lutcher Staff Writer Twenty-two auditioned singers, one director and a pianist all came together Sunday night to share their testimonies and talents through song and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Melanie Vaccari Catana, director of the Lamplighters, led the students in testimony and song this past Saturday. Student participants ranged from freshman to seniors that sang, shared testimonies and played instruments throughout the concert. “I’ve been playing the bass guitar for almost four years now,” said freshman marine biolo-
gist major Derrion May. “Since I play in chapel, Mrs. Catana thought it would be a good idea to let me play for choir as well sometimes, which I really enjoy.” May was surprised at how much he fit in with
the rest of the Lamplighters. “For my freshman year, it has been more than what I ever thought,” May said. “Each time we sing somewhere, you can tell that the people that take the time to watch
us are really moved by what we do, which makes me really happy. It also has been really relaxing playing with a group of people that I can actually call family, and not just a choir.” See CHOIR on D2
Singer, guitarist Steve Means performs, involves students By Lucas Diethorn News Editor Students Tuesday were faced with the dilemma of choosing between a night at the coffee house in the Beehive or an evening with singer-guitarist Steve Means in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Fortunately, the Students Activity Board combined the events so that students could escape with music and coffee before the fall break. Steve Means was moved to the Beehive instead of the GPAC on Tuesday to play for students enjoying coffee and an escape before the fall break. Attendees not only
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Singer/guitarist Steve Means performs for students in the Beehive on Tuesday night. Means sang original songs and covers like “Airplanes” by B.O.B. sipped free coffee; they also received some of
Means’ CD’s, while supplies lasted.
Means began his performance with a song and
proceeded by getting the students involved. He attempted to get the students to dance a little, sarcastically telling them that the Beehive is “getting crazy in here.” Means performed songs from several of his albums, including his version of “Airplanes” by B.o.B. Means said that B.o.B. is going to use one of his romance songs, “You and Me” in return. He wrote the song while he was in San Antonio. “You would think San Antonio would be a romantic place, but trust me, its not,” Means joked. Throughout the night, Means encouraged students who knew the lyrics to sing along.
After a couple songs, Means asked students if they would help him by being on a “special” video that he was making for his friends. He had students go to the front of the room and told them to just go crazy on camera when it went by. “It was crazy,” Means said of the students who went up front to cheer. “I got goose bumps like it was real.” Means told the students that the video would posted to his Twitter account (@stevemeans) later on in the evening. Means informed the students that some of his shows are being aired on See MEANS on D2
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Arts & Life
Choir performs Continued from D1 Some of the Lamplighters even talked about how the music and testimony related to their lives. Julie Collins, junior mathematics major, applied the song “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” to her mom’s battle with a brain tumor. The song talked about how the Lord delivered Daniel from the lion’s den. “My mom’s illness just came out of nowhere and it’s been really hard for my mind to grasp,” said Collins. “Our family has been so blessed that my mom survived the surgery and our faith has grown so much. My mom is so positive and is ready to get rid of cancer. This whole situation has definitely made me a stronger person, but it’s still an emotional time for me. I know that whatever happens
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MTV. Means said he is a sucker for some of those shows and it is neat to see his when they come on. Means said he would play all of the girls in the Beehive a song called “Independent Girl,” which he wrote for the hardworking girls juggling school, work and kids. When Means played his song “5 O’clock in the Morning,” he mentioned that during his previous day’s performance, the audience had a dance-off to the tune. No Waynesburg University students stood up
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Austin Orth plays the piano and sings at the Lamplighters’ performance last weekend. Orth joined the 22 vocalists for a night of song and personal testimony. is in God’s plan and that she is in His arms and protected.” Among the Lamplighter singers was Catana, who opened up the concert by saying how much fun the group has had traveling to places outside of
Waynesburg University. The Lamplighters have showcased their talents and spread the gospel to different places including churches around Greene County and Pittsburgh. The group will go on
a small tour throughout the Pittsburgh area that will consist of a variety of locations from a church, a mall and a jail this upcoming weekend. The students are very thankful for their director and the opportuni-
ties she has presented for them, and the freshman are looking forward to the future. “I honestly love Mrs. Catana,” said May. “She’s a very awesome director that I’ve always enjoyed talking to about music or my
spiritual walk with God. I’m confident that as she herself grows with experience each year that she will keep the choir program standing strong and fun.” The Lamplighters also welcomed alumni to join in and sing their last song, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” which was performed by alumni, students and faculty members, including the chair of the Fine Arts Department, Ronda DePriest. The Lamplighters have been in existence since 1961 when James “Fuzzy” Randolph founded the group as their first director. The group is pleased to carry on the traditions of their organization, presenting the gospel of Christ through song, and completing community service in the Waynesburg area. The Lamplighter Touring Choir will be performing again on Friday, November 16 at Franciscan Spirit and Life center in Pittsburgh at 6:30 pm.
to the challenge. Before he played “Mighty Fine Day,” Means explained that he wrote the song on a beach while sipping an “adult beverage.” Means – an artist from Nashville, Tenn. – said he is on a three-week college tour. He has been to Waynesburg twice before and said it felt great to be back. Steve Means has several music videos that can be found on YouTube. You can also follow him on Twitter or friend him on his Facebook account. Means left the students with a heartfelt goodbye: “Thank you all for coming,” said Means. “It’s been a great time and it means the world to me.” Photo by Abby Wernert
Ensembles entertain Continued from D1 famous by one of her favorite singers, Frank Sinatra. Later in the evening, Freeman entertained with the Broadway musical “Guy’s and Doll’s” number “If I Were a Bell.” The jazz ensemble also played “Alice in Wonderland,” featuring Elizabeth Champlin on vocals and faculty member Daniel Baker on guitar. Mark Fordyce played a tenor saxophone solo of “What Child is This?” Champlin sang the jazz ensemble’s arrangement of Regina Spektor’s “Rejazz” and Tiffany Franck sang “Once Upon a Dream” from “Sleeping Beauty.” The jazz ensemble’s vocalists joined the rest of the group – Trenton Bromenschenkel, Brian
Karns and Brian Karns – and was joined by the percussion ensemble for the closing song” “Blue Train.” “I really like Blue Train and I liked all the vocalists,” said sophomore Laura Shawver. “I love jazz, so it was great to hear it. [But] I loved [the show]. I thought it was really upbeat.” The performers had as much fun performing as the audience had listening. “Once we started playing, my anxiety faded away and it was a lot of fun,” said bass guitarist Trenton Bromenschenkel. Bromenschenkel began playing bass with his younger brother four years ago and jumped at the chance to continue his musical passion at Waynesburg University. “I’m very glad that I joined [the ensemble],” said Bromenschenkel. “It’s been a lot of fun playing with the group this year.”
Thinking Pink Molly Winters hands Jordan Mitrik a pink ribbon at the Pink Is The New Greene event. The event was organized by the university’s student-run public relations firm to promote breast cancer awareness.
Program recruits Continued from D1 shadow program is a huge draw. Freshman athletic training student Justin Gensicki was being recruited to play football for the Yellow Jackets when he met Kabay on his visit. “I met Michele and she informed me about the shadow program so I took advantage of it,” said Gensicki. “I was involved with sports all my life, so my goal was, if I couldn’t be a professional athlete, I would work on the professional athletes. I always wanted to be in the sports field and this was one of the most
fun and efficient ways to do so.” Kabay believes the program has had a positive affect on recruiting as well as the public’s perception of athletic training. “A lot of times what is seen in the public is watching a football game, and sitting on the sidelines for a soccer game,” said Kabay. “The education of what we really do behind the scenes is not really clear until you can get behind the scenes and see that there is a lot of evaluation, rehabilitation and prevention that goes on.” The effect it had on Gensicki was huge, as it had an on his decision to attend Waynesburg University. “The shadow program really did have a direct
effect on me because it opened my eyes to a part of the athletic training world that I have never seen or experienced before,” said Gensicki. “I came into the program with a little bit more knowledge of what and how I would perform as an athletic trainer here at Waynesburg [University].” Gensicki advises all prospective students to take part in a shadow program, regardless of major, because his shadowing experience was so successful. The shadow program
started six years ago. During an event around two to four students are welcomed. Around 15 high school seniors have participated this fall. Kabay would like to see the program continue into the winter and spring sport seasons, as well as have current athletic training majors be hosts to prospective students. If any prospective students are interested in participating in a shadow day, contact the athletic training department or the Office of Admissions.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Arts & Life
The Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Across 1 Ed of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” 6 “Mystery solved!” 9 Spear 13 Picked 14 Artistʼs studio site 16 “Arsenic and Old __” 17 Mischievous girl in classic comics 19 Fairy tale menace 20 Display for the first time, as a product 21 Rajahʼs spouse 23 Until this time 24 Grilled fish in Japanese unadon 26 “Exodus” actor Sal 28 Florida NBA team, on scoreboards 31 Jack LaLanne, for one 35 Tries to make it alone 37 Funereal stacks 38 Unaccompanied 39 Baggage handler 42 Actress Amanda 43 Put the kibosh on 45 Idle 47 1984 South African Peace Nobelist 50 Williams with a .344 batting average 51 High-altitude nest 52 Lavish bash
54 Slap-on-the-forehead cry 56 The “height” part of a height phobia 58 Dress to the nines 62 __ hygiene 64 “Star Trek” role for George Takei 66 Late-night Jay 67 Genesis garden site 68 Scrabble pieces 69 Bustle 70 Big name in ice cream 71 Monica of tennis
Down 1 Rights protection gp. 2 Knee-to-ankle bone
3 Misbehaving childʼs punishment 4 Makeup maven Lauder 5 Raised sculptures 6 Musketeer motto word 7 Time of day 8 On fire 9 __-mo replay 10 Cry that starts a kidʼs game 11 Ranch division 12 Borscht ingredient 15 North African capital for which its country is named 18 Mama Cassʼs surname 22 Clouseauʼs title: Abbr. 25 D-Day city
27 Nile Valley country 28 Eyed lewdly 29 TV sports pioneer Arledge 30 Pitches in 32 Cry that conflicts with 10-Down 33 Christopher of “Superman” 34 “¿Cómo está __?” 36 Bossʼs “We need
to talk” 40 Sufficient, in slang 41 Too violent for a PG-13 44 Nickelodeon explorer 46 Figures made with scissors 48 Ornamental wall recess 49 Put down
53 Cow on a carton 54 Birdbrain 55 After-school cookie 57 Gave the green light 59 Quiet spell 60 Beekeeper played by Peter Fonda 61 Kisser 63 Lav of London 65 “__ questions?”
Last Issueʼs Answers:
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Five Ways to Keep Away the Pounds During the Holidays
1. Stay Active Try not to relax too much. Stay on your feet!
2. Avoid Carbs Carbohydrates are usually full of calories. Do not splurge on breads and butter.
3. Limit Portions Maybe skip the second or third plates of food. This saves room for more pie!
4. Walk After Meals Easy walking right after eating helps digest your food properly
5. Exercise By Michelle Dunseath
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Back Page
g n i v i g s
By Amanda Wishner Senior Editor
MYTH #1 Turkey makes you tired. False. It’s a long-running belief that eating too much turkey on Thanksgiving will send you into a food coma. Most people blame this on the amino acid tryptophan, which is known to cause drowsiness. Contrary to the myth, turkey is only a mediocre source of tryptophan. While it does contain the amino acid, the levels are much lower than other foods. Some high sources of tryptophan includes egg whites, cod, soybeans, parmesan and cheddar cheese, pork, chicken and caribou (yes, caribou). Instead, scientists blame that tired feeling on consuming too many calories, overindulging in alcohol or dessert at Thanksgiving dinner or just finally relaxing after a busy work schedule.
MYTH #2 Thanksgiving officially started with the Pilgrims in 1621. False. Cultures around the world have been celebrating the harvest season with feasts for years. The first “Thanksgiving” dates back to Spaniard Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, who celebrated with his troops while searching for New World gold. The most famous celebration is probably the one that we’re most familiar with—the “First Thanksgiving” in Plymouth Colony in 1621, which ironically was only meant to be a one-time celebration of the harvest. However, Thanksgiving wasn’t formally announced as a holiday until 1863, when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared it as such. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt set an official date for the celebration: the fourth Thursday of November.
MYTH #3 The first Thanksgiving dinner featured all of today’s favorite foods. False. There’s no concrete evidence to suggest that turkey was the staple food at the first Thanksgiving feast. Although little is known about the “First Thanksgiving” dinner in Plymouth Colony, we do know that the colonists shot wild fowl, which could have been geese, duck or, yes, turkey. But most historians say that the feast was actually more likely to consist of seasonal foods like fish, lobster, clams and nuts, as well as vegetables like squash, carrots and peas. Sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce were nowhere to be found, as potatoes hadn’t yet become common in the English diet, and sugar was a rare delicacy in the 1600s. The now-famous pumpkin pie was also missing from the feast because of a lack of ingredients for the crust.
A presidential pardon protects turkeys on Thanksgiving.
The Macy’s Day Parade started with real animals, not just floats.
“Cyber Monday” is an official shopping holiday.
True... but only for two lucky turkeys out of the estimated 46 million that are consumed every year. Believe it or not, this tradition—which National Geographic calls a longstanding Washington tradition of an uncertain origin—dates back to 1947. The strange custom is known to have first started during the Truman Administration when the National Turkey Federation presented two live turkeys to the president and vice president. They serve as the presidential and vice presidential turkeys during the holiday season and are most often used in photo ops. Following the completion of their duties (i.e. not biting anyone), they’re sent off to live out their natural lives on a reserve.
True. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (originally known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade because of its relation to the Christmas shopping season) dates back to 1924. The tradition began in New York City when employees enlisted animals from the Central Park Zoo to march down the Manhattan streets. The huge helium-filled balloons that we’re now so accustomed to seeing first debuted in 1927 thanks to Goodyear, who created a balloon in the shape of cartoon character Felix the Cat. Some more honorable mentions are Mickey Mouse in 1934, the Nestlé Nesquick Bunny in 1988 and Sonic the Hedgehog in 1993.
False. Everyone is familiar with Black Friday, which is an official holiday created by department stores in 1960s Philadelphia. Its name comes from the mass profit most stores make that gets them out of the “red zone” and into the “black” for the year. The profits are undeniable—records seem to be broken every year as more and more shoppers line up for early-morning deals. But Cyber Monday is a complete myth. The “holiday” is designated for the Monday after Thanksgiving when online retailers offer their Christmas sales. Sure, there are some great deals, but there is no evidence to prove that more people shop on Cyber Monday than any other day during the holiday season. Most studies actually find that Mondays in December see more online sales than any in November.
So what are YOU thankful for? “First and foremost I am thankful for my husband Roger and my grandson Isaiah, who provide me with much love and caring. In addition, I am thankful to have the opportunity to come to work every day with hopes of impacting someone’s life, whether in be a student in my class, assisting students with a project or aiding the Waynesburg community through serving God.” – Pat Bristor, Associate Dean of Students
“I am thankful that my family and friends in the coastal New Jersey region are all safe after Hurricane Sandy. Some of them have experienced devastating damage to home and property, and I pray for their strength and recovery.” – Dr. James Bush, Professor of Mathematics “I am thankful for all of the people in my life. I am very lucky and blessed.” – Anthony Jarrell, senior psychology major
“I’m thankful for my very supportive family and friends. They always support my decisions to do what makes me happy.” – Ashley Gudenburr, senior Bio/Pre-Med major
design by Cori Schipani Sources: nationalgeographic.com, 11points.com Photo credit: MCT Campus