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WU rejects drilling offer
Two-day series features speakers David Kim and Katherine Alsdorf speak to students
The University refuses offer to allow drilling
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$100 less than what they received this year. The most a student could receive from PHEAA this year was $4,348. The completion of the chapel has been an important addition to the University. Thyreen talked of the plans that had been made to build the chapel. It was described as a building, “that could fill the quad with its presence.” Thyreen said it was meant to be a “very tradi-
The Christ and Culture Lecture Series premiered Nov. 14 and concluded the following day, featuring a pair of speakers from New York City who presented the lecture, “It Sucks to Be Us: Coming of Age in Post-Hope America,” in Roberts Chapel. Rev. David Kim, director of The Gotham Initiative, spoke to students Monday evening while Katherine Leary Alsdorf, executive director of the Center for Faith and Works, spoke Tuesday during the University’s chapel service and later at 7:30 p.m. Both speakers addressed the hardships that the current generation of 18 to 25
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While colleges throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania start drilling on their campuses, Waynesburg University turned down an offer for drilling right in its backyard, literally. When a Virginia drilling company proposed a drilling well in the old practice fields behind Thayer Hall, Roy Barnhart, vice president for business and finance at Waynesburg University, rejected their offer. “It was my opinion in that area – that close in proximity to the campus and with the residential area looking down on that – that to have a
President Timothy R. Thyreen addresses both students and faculty during a news conference held at 2 p.m. this past Monday. The President addressed many subjects including the new Roberts Chapel and PHEAA changes.
President addresses PHEAA challenges By Arianna Grondin Staff Writer
On Monday Nov. 14, Waynesburg University President Timothy R. Thyreen held a news conference regarding the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) contributions for the coming year and the completion of the chapel. Thyreen, who is on the PHEAA school board, praised PHEAA for giving grants to students while allowing them to See WU on A3 choose their university.
PHEAA supports the independent institutions all over the state. President Thyreen explained that before PHEAA, any stimulus given by the government had to go specifically to state schools to pay bills; it was not to be put toward student aid. Thyreen also said that Governor Corbett wants to fund the students. Of all the degrees in Pennsylvania, independent institutions make up half of the students, independent schools make up 41 percent of the state.
These schools receive 13 percent of the state funded money. Last year PHEAA added $50 million to the original $380 million that was given to universities for grants by the state. Thyreen said he is asking PHEAA for a five percent increase in funding for the next year. This will compensate for the increase of students who need financial aid in the coming year. It is estimated that even with an increase of five percent in funding, students will be given
Measures taken to Students collect pop tabs for dogs stem staff infection By Alex Hinton Op/Ed Editor
By Matt Giardina Staff Writer Ryan Smith never finished college, although it was where he became a leading wide receiver. In Smith’s last weeks, his team was preparing for a playoff game. Smith was prepared to face the rival team, but a silent opponent was facing the athlete. He was admitted to the hospital the morning of the big game. Later that night, when he was to in the game, Smith lost his life. The silent opponent that took Smith’s life was an infection called MRSA. Although this is a
For Susquehanna Service Dogs in Harrisburg, Pa. one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Carol Young, nurse director of Student Health Services, is collecting the aluminum tabs from soda cans to raise money for the organization. “My daughter has a service dog through Susquehanna Service Dogs in Harrisburg,” Young said. “They’re always doing fundraising, because it’s very expensive [to get the dogs ready to be placed in homes]. We’ve had the dog for seven years, and every year we collect the tabs.” Susquehanna Service Dogs, founded in 1993, See INFECTION on A3 raises and trains dogs to
hypothetical circumstance, it proves all too true for many. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is an infection caused by staph bacteria commonly found in gyms and fitness centers. In an effort to protect the students of Waynesburg from the infection, senior nursing students Alissa Boyle and Cami Abernethy tested the University fitness center for staph bacteria. The results were positive. Boyle feels it is important to inform students on how staph is spread. “MRSA spreads by
assist children and adults with disabilities so they can become more independent. The organization has placed more than 185 service dogs with people in 23 counties in Pennsylvania, according to the organization’s website. Collecting large amounts of pop tabs from cans can raise funds to support the cause. “I read somewhere that the tab is the most concentrated aluminum in the can,” Young said. “It’s pure aluminum and it has the most weight. They turn the tabs in for scrap metal.” The money from the pop tabs goes into a general fund for Susquehanna Service Dogs. There is a lot of special care that goes into getting a dog ready for service, accord-
even begin. The dogs have to be checked by an ophthalmologist, a cardiologist and an orthopedist. “The dogs have to have the right temperament.
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The final Chamber Works Concert of the semester was held at noon on Nov. 10. The event featured performances from students and faculty.
The Rising Creek Bakery in Mt. Morris aims to keep a local delicacy alive.
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ing to Young. “It takes a very special dog. They have to be screened,” she said. According to Young, all dogs that are potential candidates for service have to see several specialists before training can
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Net neutrality vote Chapel: Speakers discuss job opportunities Lecture series speakers present during Chapel service on Tuesday to impact Internet By Amanda Bell Staff Writer
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nation done by the ISPs to individual sites on Staff Writer the Internet. A vote to overturn On Nov. 10, the United States Senate voted Net Neutrality regulaon a bill that would tions, brought up by the Republican remove the Party, was Net Neutrality reguNet neutrality held on Nov. 10. lations. and the rules the One arguFor the content on a FCC passed are ment in website to favor of the about keeping the get onto a Net Neutralhome com- Internet the way it ity regulaputer, it is today and the tions is that needs to be way it has always ISPs could transmitted create a through the been. tiered servinternet and ice rate, and Sen. Al Franken is brought to only webD-Mass. a home sites that through an paid the ISP Internet service would receive good servprovider and sent to a ice, and be sent without computer, where the delay, sites that did not website’s signal is dis- pay would have a slower played on a computer connection speed and monitor. would have longer loadThe Federal Commu- ing times. nications Commission “Net neutrality is put a set of regulations not about a government known as Net Neutrali- takeover of the Internet, ty into effect in 2010, and it is not about which states that there should be no discrimiSee NET on A4
Reverend David Kim and Katherine Leary Alsdorf were the speakers for chapel last Tuesday. “God calls you into all kinds of life not just church,” said Alsdorf, Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Word, Redeemer Church, New York. She talked about her life from the time she was in college, all the way until she was standing in front of the student body in the Roberts Chapel. Alsdorf talked about how when she was in college, she did not think that later in her life that she would be going to church and owning a business. In 2000, she was the COO of the company called Pennsary. Pennsary was a company that took college business courses, and put them up online for business people that could not go to school do to complete the work. When Alsdorf went to resign from being a COO,
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Christ and Culture Lecture Series speaker Katherine Leary Alsdorf speaks during the Chapel service held on Tuesday in the Roberts Chapel. her boss at the time said, “you can’t resign, I’m resigning first.” A few hours later she got a call from the board asking her to run the business in his place. Alsdorf took over and approximately six months later her business was in a magazine for the top 100 hottest companies. Suddenly, three months after the magazine was published, her company went bankrupt. “I prayed a lot and
thought I understood what you (God) wanted,” said Alsdorf when her company went bankrupt. Later, Alsdorf got a call from a New York business asking her to come and work in a more Christian environment. “It’s been amazing how God pulls this ministry together,” said Alsdorf. Kim also spoke to the students. Rev. Kim spoke mainly from Ezekiel 37. He said that, “working is a lot
more harder than they (people) think. Plans are changing dramatically.” Kim asked the group, “What should we expect?” God and his plan is that he actually wants to use us to heal the broken world, “with army strength.” The people that end up complaining are the ones that their, “expectations haven’t been properly shaped by scripture,” said Kim.
High school overnighters attend Upper Room worship service Junior English major encourages students to rely on God during Upper Room worship By Mariah Beauregard
throughout college and high school, including trying to live according to his Christian faith and figuring out what he was going to do in his future.
Schultz was greatly affected by the Bible passage 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 which says, “Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this
happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us
again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” These verses encouraged Schultz that he could get through the challenges
in his life. Schultz charged the high school seniors present to keep themselves accountable to their faith, even when they are not in a church. He stressed the importance of getting plugged into a church and having a group of friends to keep themselves accountable. “It’s always encouraging when I hear somebody’s testimony about God’s faithfulness,” said Ribar. “My guess is that a lot of people can relate to Robbie’s [Schultz’s] circumstances, maybe not into detail, but at least in that sense of being lost and needing to be found.” Matt McNeil, Upper Room worship team leader, also spoke about God’s faithfulness. It is a theme he found repeated multiple times in the New Testament. “It blows my mind that God remains faithful even though humans can be unfaithful,” he said. This was the last Upper Room before Thanksgiving. Upper Room services will continue after the Thanksgiving break.
sity, began his lecture by asking the crowd of Waynesburg University students how important work is to them. “Some of us might find ourselves asking God, ‘do you even care that I’m studying biology?’” said Kim. “A lot of people nowadays are unhappy with their work, unhappy with their jobs because they forget that God cares about what they do.” T’Ericka Perry, sophomore International Relations major, said her struggle lied in balancing
school work with the sense of purpose Kim described. “Last year, I was excited for school,” she said. “This year I feel like I’m working to work, and I just want to get to the career already.” According to Kim, the struggle is part of loving your work. “In order to not lose sight of hope, you must understand that your pain will be used to better the world,” said Kim. “Your visions and hopes should not be anchored in this
world.” Alsdorf also began her lecture by posing a question to the audience. “Why does it suck to be you guys?” said Alsdorf. “The title of the lecture comes from a New York Magazine cover story I read that listed all the reasons why it’s hard to be the younger generation right now. But I said ‘it sucks to be you’ in chapel and that was a big deal.” In light of the economic depression, Alsdorf said simply, things are bad, but not hopeless.
“The hope that the gospel provides acknowledges the brokenness of our society,” said Alsdorf. “We have to look at how bad things are and remember the gospel.” In perspective for college students, Alsdorf said education alone is not going to change the world, but there must be hope as well. “It was good to hear about hope as a college student close to finals week,” said Shelby Tabrosky, freshman sports broadcasting major.
“Sometimes we forget God is there for us.” Both Kim and Alsdorf recognized the impact of the economic depression when asked to address a sense of hopelessness during a joint Q&A session following Tuesday’s final lecture. “It’s healthy to be sad and depressed,” said Kim. “That means you’re seeing the world for what it is. Look at Jesus - He wept over Jerusalem. But you have to remember this pain is leading somewhere.”
Staff Writer The Upper Room service on Nov. 13 took place in Roberts Chapel at 8 p.m. Many overnighters, high school students who visit the campus for an overnight stay and to observe classes the next morning attended. University Chaplain Tom Ribar said that this Upper Room was a good opportunity for overnighters to experience more of Waynesburg University. “Upper Room gives them an opportunity to see what we stand for as a university,” said Ribar. “Our desire is to honor Christ in all that we do.” The Upper Room worship team played a variety of worship songs. Some of their song selections included “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” “Not to Us” and “God of This City.” A new song, “All My Fountains,” was also performed. Robbie Schultz, junior creative writing major, spoke at the service. Schultz told the story of struggles he faced
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Upper Room worship played host to several visitors from high school visiting the University. Upper Room band members (from left) Sam Civitate, Matt McNeil, Megan Carberry and K Scarry help lead the worship.
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Dream Share project encourages students to pursue goals By Kimber Blair Staff Writer Traveling cross-country from Maryland to California, through Arizona, Texas, Florida and finally back to Maryland, it might sound like Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin took the long route home. Their craving for something more than just a good-paying job and an initiative called The Dream Share Project, the couple made the road trip. They were in search of dreams, not just their own, and the secrets to achieving those dreams. Hiden is a 2009 graduate of Washington College. Irvin also graduated the same year from the University of Maryland, College Park, and both stopped at Waynesburg University for one of their 15 stops on their fall Dream Share Project tour.
WU rejects drilling offer Continued from A1 drilling operation going on there with all the hundreds of water trucks that end up coming to that site and with all the lights associated with them 24/7, it was just too intrusive for the neighborhood to have a well site there,” said Barnhart. “That is why I told them no.” Barnhart, who deals with any inquiries about Waynesburg University’s property, didn’t feel it necessary to discuss his decision with outside sources. “It was just so intrusive that there was no way I could see for [the drilling] to happen there without causing great hardship on the residence hall students and on the residents of the borough that we are neighbors with,” Barnhart said.
After showing the movie they produced together, Hiden and Irvin conducted a small workshop that helped students think about their own dreams and ambitions. Although attendance was low, the students who took part in the event took something with them after seeing Hiden’s and Irvin’s movie. Senior communication major Amanda Rice said, “I didn’t know what the Dream Share Project was before the video started, but I was impressed when they began talking about their ambition to create this video.” Rice said she was shocked that Hiden and Irvin decided to just quit their jobs in order to be dream chasers. Over a phone interview, Hiden said he and Irvin were on the road for about three months in
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Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden speak to students this past Monday about the Dream Share project. The pair spoke about the importance of pursing a person’s dreams. late 2010 after saving money for about a year and then quitting their jobs. Sophomore Finance major Melissa Yoder also watched the Dream Share movie and thought the movie was pieced together well.
“I certainly am not [objecting] to drilling in the appropriate place, but I just feel that place [behind Thayer Hall] was not appropriate.” Roy Barnhart Vice President for Business and Finance
According to Barnhart, the University lies on about 30 acres, but he is not sure how many parcels the University owns mineral rights on. “This campus was not acquired in one big lot. It is a house bought here, a house bought there,” said Barnhart. “We can’t be sure without a rather exhaustive search how much we retain mineral rights on.” However, the university has drilling on its property, although not on the main campus. According to Barnhart, the University has 12 acres of mineral rights in Aleppo Township in Western Greene County, and after a successful
negotiation finalized last spring with Dale Property Services, drilling should begin within the next couple years. “The revenue from that particular operation will provide some financial benefits to the University to enable us to make our offerings to our students,” said Barnhart. “It costs money to make campus improvements. It costs money to buy the computers and all the things that we buy, and this helps us to do that. It will probably enable us to undergo capital projects that we might not have undergone otherwise.” The University has a pending negotiation
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“It showcased the meaning behind The Dream Share Project in a very creative way,” Yoder said. “The Dream Share Project made me realize that all my dreams are possible as long as I work towards them and never
give up.” Director of Career Services Marie Coffman said when Irvin and Hiden contacted her about Dream Share passing through the Pittsburgh area, Coffman said she thought it sounded very
with another drilling company, according to Barnhart, but he was unable to provide the specifics of the negotiation. “I think that anytime an opportunity presents itself, a calculation has to be made. What’s the value of this versus what it will cost? Once you gage that, I don’t know of anyone that would personally object to drilling,” said Barnhart. “I certainly am not [objecting] to drilling in the appropriate place, but I just feel that place [behind Thayer Hall] was not appropriate.” According an article in the Pittsburgh PostGazette, other college campuses in Southwestern Pennsylvania are taking advantage of the drilling opportunities. California University, West Liberty University, Bethany College and Alderson-Broaddus College all are using drilling payments to fund campus programs or advancements.
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must cover the infected area with a band aid.” Boyle describes the symptoms of MRSA as a “pimple or a spider bite only it is more painful. It then will continue to grow and fill up with puss.” Before the test could be done, Boyle and Abernethy had help from a professor in biology to create the agar, which is a nutrient enriched plate used for growing bacteria.
beneficial. “The program itself had a lot of good points,” Coffman said. “It makes you think a little bit.” Rice agreed with Coffman. “Too often we let ourselves be limited by circumstances around us, such as money.” Rice said. “Yes, money can be a big issue, but if you make the effort to find a way to achieve your dreams, there will be a way to achieve them.” After the event, Coffman was pleased with The Dream Share Project speakers. “[Hiden and Irvin] just graduated,” Coffman said, “so they were on the same level as [Waynesburg] students.” The Dream Share Project will make a second presentation at Waynesburg University at 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 9.
Some are too excited,” Young said. “A lot of dogs have to drop out of the program before they finish training. They are trained for two years before they’re placed with a family.” Angelic Wray, a student worker at the Student Health Center, has also gotten involved with collecting for a cause. “I said in conversation to save the tabs, and Angelic [Wray] said more students need to know about this, so she made up the posters to put up around campus,” Young said. “I just advocate and collect on behalf of others,” Wray said. “I just think it’s important to help people who are sometimes unable to help themselves.” Wray is getting the word out for students to collect the pop tabs as
well as plastic bottle caps. The bottle caps are for a new program called “Caps for Cancer.” According to the program’s website, the caps are the only part of plastic bottles that cannot be recycled, because they are made of a different plastic, and when the two mix, one contaminates the other. The program was started to recycle polypropylene, the plastic from bottle caps, which can be made into garden rakes, brooms and ice scrapers. Money collected from recycling the lids will be used toward helping hospitals and research facilities in finding a cure for cancer. According to Young, students on campus have been doing well with getting involved. One girl brought in a garbage bag full of aluminum tabs, she said. “The response has been pretty good,” Young said. “I’m happy.” Donations of tabs or caps can be dropped off at the Student Health Center.
“Dr. Sethman helped us mix the agar solution for the bacteria to grow in,” said Abernethy. “After we rubbed down and swabbed the machines, we placed the agars in the incubator and waited for the bacteria to grow. The solution starts out red and turns yellow in the places staph bacteria exists.” Although the gym tested positive for staph, not all of the equipment had the bacteria on it. “We found nothing on the ellipticals, roman chair, or treadmills. The sample was still completely red with no traces of yellow,” said Boyle. “However, we found staph bacteria on the hand weights, medicine ball, and cable crossing machines with ripped handles. This allows more surface area for the bacteria to grow. Staph was mostly found on the equipment people touch
with their hands” Abernethy advises the students and employees on procedures that can prevent the spread of staph bacteria. “We suggest that all students wipe down the machines after they are done using them. We also suggest a monthly cleaning or a nightly wipe down of the machines to occur,” said Abernethy. “Also, people should wash their hands. This is one of the major ways staph spreads.” Boyle and Abernethy discovered the need to test with the fitness center while they worked out there. “The idea came to us when we realized that for the past years we’ve been here and worked out at the gym, there were no wipes to clean the machines,” said Abernethy. “Because of this, we decided to test the gym for staph bacteria.”
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(Above) The Lamplighter Choir performs a Thanksgiving themed concert in the Roberts Chapel on Sunday. (Below) Ashley Ritenour wrote one of the songs performed by the choir. The group performed 15 songs total.
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tional looking chapel much like a church in New England. It was meant to have pews, a multi purpose room, to be on the highest point of the campus and to have a cross on the steeple.” Thyreen said they worked hard to have the right acoustics in both the chapel and the Marsh Center. They wanted to have enough speakers and subwoofers for the organ. The piano, a Steinway Concert Grand, is similar to the piano you would see in Carnegie Hall. It was important to “never let any building be more of an impact than Miller,” said President Thyreen of the plans to build the chapel. The chapel was built on the centerline of the campus which lies between Miller and Hannah Hall. Dr. Roberts, a University graduate of 1941, donated 4.3 to 4.5 million dollars to the building of the chapel. It was his desire
that the chapel would have the traditional atmosphere. The chapel has many important assets to the campus. The Marsh Center is a place for the choir and band to practice. Thyreen said he didn’t want to the chapel basement to look like a basement, but that it would have a purpose. He said the chapel has significant engineering to be water holding. This prevents run off onto the sidewalk. It took about $10 million to build the chapel. Of the $10 million, the University raised $8.5 million. When asked where the final two million will come from, Thyreen said from friends, graduates and others. The University provides donors with a “laundry list,” and each donor chooses their priority. He expressed that, “when we do what’s right first and the money will follow.” Thyreen said when we returned to our Christian mission it would happen. Today he said the chapel, “is the most important symbol of all the things we’ve done.”
Staff Writer On Sunday, Nov. 13, the Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir held a concert for University students and members of the community focusing on the Thanksgiving holiday theme. The touring choir sampled classical music along with traditional religious music. Approximately 90 people attended the Thanksgiving themed concert. The Lamplighters sang a total of 15 songs. One song was a solo written by senior creative writing major, Ashley Ritenour. Ritenour sang and played the piano for her song titled “Fall on Your Knees.” She asked the audience to think about all the times they’ve felt they were not good enough for God’s love. “God loves us so much, he wants even our brokenness,” said Ritenour. “If we breathe in His holiness He can make us new.” Under the direction of Director of Choral Music, Melanie Catana, the group sang and danced getting the audience into their performance. Since the focus of the night was about giving thanks, at the beginning of the concert the Lamplighters asked members in attendance to write down on the back of their programs what they were thankful for. Catana especially thanked James “Fuzzy”
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Randolph who founded the group in 1961. Along with Randolph, Catana thanked lecturer of music and percussionist Ryan Frost and lecturer of music and pianist Nelson Fox. The Lamplighters took time out to say what they were thankful for and asked audience members to stand and say what they were thankful for. As Catana was thanking everyone she realized how it affects each person. “When one person answers the call we all benefit,” said Catana. The event started off with upbeat songs then slowed things down halfway through incorporating the traditional music of God. Different instruments like the flute, horn and guitar accompanied some of the songs. The group also incorporated a different language: Swahili. The song titled “Baba
Yetu” was sung in Swahili and included dancing. The original song “He’s Got the Whole World”, was taught in sign language by freshman Jon Melchert. Ritenour has written many songs besides “Fall on Your Knees.” This one was especially written for the Lamplighters to honor the glory of God. “I especially liked [Ritenour’s] song,” said
freshman Psychology major Elysia Beldham. “It made me feel inspired,” said Beldham. “It reminded me of when I sang in my youth group.” The Lamplighters next concert will be held at the Linway United Presbyterian in North Versailles on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. and at the Jeanette Alliance Church in Jeanette at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.
changing anything,” said Sen. Al Franken (DMass.). “Net neutrality and the rules the FCC passed are about keeping the Internet the way it is today and the way it has always been.” An opposing view states that the internet has been growing and developing with no problems since it was created, and it does not need government regulation to continue to grow. President Obama made it known that if the bill to remove Net Neutrality passed through the senate, he would veto it. The Democrat controlled senate voted 52
to 46 in disapproval of the bill, and in favor of the regulations. Some people still believe that the FCC overstepped its boundaries by putting these regulations into place, and that they may even stifle the growth of the Internet. Others believe that without these regulations, ISPs could manipulate the content on the internet based on connection speed, making some websites faster than others, potentially causing more people to use that company’s website more often due to its speed, causing the company to flourish while others may struggle. In 2008, the ISP Comcast Corp. blocked some of their customers from BitTorrent Inc.’s video downloading service; the FCC ruled this as discrimination against legal Internet content.
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Locked up ‘for good’ Business people lock themselves up to raise money for the MDA By Stephanie Laing Assignments Editor Waynesburg’s Dairy Queen owner Barry Kovell found himself locked up Wednesday, Nov. 16, and he was only released after his bail was paid. His conviction: thoughtfulness and generosity. Locked up for “good,” Kovell is one of the 80 to 90 business
owners who participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s biannual lock-up. Businessmen and women from Wal-Mart, Burger King, Greene County School District, Cedar Ridge Apartments, American Legion and many more businesses collectively helped raise over $40,000 for families and children living with a
neuromuscular disease. When he received a phone call from an MDA warden, asking if he would participate in the lock-up, Kovell said absolutely. “It is a worthwhile cause and anything I can do to help these kids, I will do it,” said Kovell. “It is something my wife and I feel that we would like to do to help kids and their families.” Immediately starting his fund raising, Kovell used MDA resources to promote the event.
MDA only asked participants to have fun while raising their bail. “The more fun you have, the more successful you will be,” the MDA web site said. Kovell was encouraged to rally support from his family, friends, business associates and community. “It is an easy way to help out in the community. We only ask them for an hour of their time. And we are not asking
The Rising Creek Bakery and Café in Mt. Morris serves hundreds of hungry customers every day, all clamoring for one thing: salt rising bread. Two Mt. Morris locals, bakery owner Jenny Bardwell and fellow baker Susan Brown, have been keeping the local tradition alive for the past year and a half. “What’s so special about the bread is that everyone who has made it has a story to tell,” said Brown. Brown’s story begins with her grandmother,
in the late 1980s. “I’ve been using the recipe about 20 years now,” said Brown. “My grandmother used it all her life, and her mother used it before that, so it’s probably a 150 year old recipe.” Bardwell learned how the make the bread from her neighbor, Pearl Haynes, after moving to the area from Massachusetts. “I already owned a bakery, so I asked Pearl how to make it,” she said. “It’s such a fabulous, unique and distinct tasting bread. I met Susan Brown, found out she knew all about it and
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Jenny Bardwell, owner of the Rising Creek Bakery shows off some of her bakery’s specialty, salt rising bread. then we talked for years about how we should open up a bakery someday, and here we are.” The process of baking the bread may sound like a cakewalk, but it is far from simple, Brown said.
First on the list of issues was the Jake Brake Ordinance. “To put the Jake brake in easy terms to understand, most of these heavy trucks have a Jake brake,” said Bruce Wermlinger, borough manager. “It’s just basically a button they push, and it slows them down, versus down-shifting. But that also makes that loud Tommy gun noise, so we’ve had some people request [the ordinance].” Several businesses and residents have requested the enactment of the Jake Brake Ordinance in an attempt to cut down on the noise produced by the trucks. However, despite these requests, there is See MEETING on B4
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The Waynesburg Borough Council held its monthly board meeting for the month of November on Monday. The group gathered in the Waynesburg Borough Council ChamSee MDA on B4 bers at 7 p.m. to discuss a variety of issues affecting the area and the council’s plans for the upcoming months. The meeting opened with numerous project updates, including the Morgan Street bypass, remodeling of the police department and upcoming paving in 2012. A hot topic at the meeting concerned the problems caused by the increasing number of large trucks in the area.
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“It takes about 25 minutes to actually bake,” Brown said. “But overall, it’s a very time-consuming process.” The two women See BAKERY on B4
As colorful boxes filled the first floor of Stover Campus Center earlier this month, Waynesburg University students were given the chance to lend a helping hand to children in need with Operation Christmas Child. Along with its parent organization, Samaritan’s Purse, the program has been doing its part to help underprivileged children for over 40 years by filling shoe boxes for children aged two through 14 with school supplies, hygiene items
and of course, toys. For those who were not able to take part in University’s box collection, there is still the opportunity to donate locally to support the annual drive. Oak View United Methodist Church, located in Waynesburg, is acting as a collection center for people in the Greene County area. The church has participated in the event for several years in the past and hopes to make this year’s drive “the best one yet,” according to its monthly newsletter, The Outlook. See CHURCH on B4
Just like Grandma used to make: Fiat Lux class holds bake sale By Sarah Bell Arts & Life Editor The Greene County Humane Society saved 90 percent of the dogs that they found in 2010. These dogs were abused, hungry or alone. Because it is a nonprofit, the Humane Society strives on outside donations from the community. For this reason, there was a bake sale held on Nov. 8 at Waynesburg University to raise money and collect dona-
tions for the shelter. Brianna Griffin, freshman English secondary education major, was one of the students who participated in the bake sale. “We’re doing the bake sale to raise money for the Humane Society in Greene County,” she said. “We either want newspaper donations or money to help them out and get them the things that they need.” The students in Professor Kristine Schiff-
bauer’s Fiat Lux class decided to host this bake sale to support the local organization. Schiffbauer, instructor of communication, said that this project coincided with Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving. “Because the University is such a big part of the community there is an obligation for us in some way to be more involved in the commuSee FIAT on B4
Photo by Amanda Rice
A Fiat Lux class held a bake sale Nov. 8 in Stover Campus Center. All proceeds from the sale went to the Humane Society in Greene County.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Drilling denied University turns down drilling offer on property Greene County is becoming more and more well known for drilling. As drilling rigs have become prominent throughout the county, and throughout Western Pennsylvania, they have also begun to make appearances on property belonging to several different universities. Recently, a Virginia drilling company approached Waynesburg University to place a drilling rig on the property behind Thayer Hall. By accepting this offer, the University would have gained a large financial sum. But they also would have lost a significant amount of space on the edge of the campus. The drilling would have taken away the space currently used as the practice fields for several different sports, as well as several intramural sports. The University could have said yes. They could have taken away the practice fields and some of the open space that makes Waynesburg University unique. They could have gained a significant amount of money from the deal. But they did not. They chose to keep our space, our campus and our community, free of these drilling rigs. They did not cave to the pressure like California University, West Liberty University, Bethany College and Alderson-Broaddus College all did by letting drilling invade their campuses. And we appreciate it. We appreciate the opportunity to be able to enjoy all the space and opportunities we have at Waynesburg University. Thanks for keeping our campus big and beautiful.
Use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to serve I have few regrets in life, but of those I do have, this one I remember specifically. I could tell you the day, location and exact time. Three years ago, my mother and I sat across from each other for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a little after 6:30 p.m., and we were all full. My mom said she didn’t want to do all the dishes, and my father jokingly – or maybe not so jokingly – said, “Isn’t this what we had kids
STEPH LAING Columnist
for?” I wanted to forget the leftovers and go downtown. “They’ll still be there tomorrow,” I adamantly said. There are so many homeless men and women in my hometown, and I wanted to head down with my family and take one – or
Do not ignore bullying in schools
AMANDA WISHNER Columnist
Honestly, I’m probably one of the hardest people to shock or offend that you’ll ever meet. But one thing I have absolutely no tolerance for is bullying. Two shocking cases of bullying made the news this week: one of a special needs student and the other of a 10-year-old girl. And both are equally as disturbing. First is 14-year-old Cheyanne (last name withheld), a special needs student from Ohio. After hearing his daughter’s accounts of
I consider myself a relatively tolerant person. I’m not perfect, by any means, but I try my hardest to be a decent human being, by most people’s Local business people get jailed for charity standards. Go to jail. I like to surround myself with a Go directly to jail. diverse group of friends. Race, reliDo not pass go. gion, political affiliation, sexual Do not collect $200. preference. Well, actually, it would be better if you collected They don’t mean much to me. around $3,000 and decided to donate it to charity. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, this is precisely what local business owners did. They participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s bi-annual lockup; 80 to 90 local business owners participated in this cause. They “went to jail” and had to raise a certain While the selling and amount of money, that they set themselves, for their purchasing of fair trade ALEX bail. They were not allowed to leave until they raised items has been a com- HINTON the money. mon theme in recent More people in the community and on campus years, it is becoming Columnist should take the initiative to help raise awareness and corrupt by large corpofunds to support those who suffer from Muscular rations. I received an email Dystrophy and other serious diseases. Surprised? I’m not. The most important part? The money was donatFair Trade, on the last week in my stued to children who suffer from the disease. surface, sounds like a dent account inbox Each company that participated sponsored one completely moral con- with an article entitled “Farewell to Fair Trade child who has been diagnosed with muscular dystro- cept. phy. They received a letter of gratitude from the famWhat could be wrong Certified?” Dean’s Beans, the ilies. They made a difference. with something that Students should be willing to participate in has the word “fair” in supplier of the fair trade coffee that Wayits name? fundraisers like this. University If we look closer, nesburg Whether it is making a direct donation to a foundation, supporting one of the people who participate however, we can see sells for fundraisers, in the lock-up or volunteering with those who live that businesses are dis- published the article on with the disease, it is essential for students and com- guising their practices their website, in the munity members to make Greene County a better as a charity, while they news section called Dean’s Zine, about the are truly dishonest. place.
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maybe three – of them out to dinner. One of my family members said, “That sounds great, but I am just so full that I don’t really want to.” I let that comment kill my idea. However, throughout the night, my mother expressed how guilty she felt. Apparently my idea tugged at her conscience, and it tugged at my own as well. No matter how many times I sit down and eat a meal with a homeless
man or woman, I spend every Thanksgiving thinking about the homeless man that probably went without a Thanksgiving dinner because I let someone’s comment influence me so heavily. Thanksgiving – it’s ironic. How often do we spend the holiday gorging ourselves on food when so many people in the world are hungry? I don’t believe God blesses gluttony. See GIVE on B3
being bullied at school, her father Brian rigged her with a hidden tape recorder. When he played the tapes back, they revealed clear and blatant verbal abuse. Cheyanne’s teacher and teacher’s aide could be heard calling the special needs student “lazy” and “dumb.” They accused her of being fat and told her that it was no wonder she had no friends. They even punished her by making her run on a treadmill for getting a question wrong. And then there’s Ashlynn Conner. The Illinois girl was only a few weeks away from turning 11 See TOLERANCE on B3
U.S. corporations: Taking the ‘fair’ out of Fair Trade recent corruption of the fair trade certification label. The main idea of the article is that coffee suppliers that sell fair trade beans are certified through Fairtrade International, the global organization that sets the trade standards. Some coffee sellers in the United States, however, have ruined the entire purpose of fair trade by allowing products to display the “Fair Trade Certified” logo, when oftentimes only as little as two percent of the product
contains actual fair trade ingredients. So, basically U.S. corporations don’t want to pay the money that it takes to provide 100 percent fair trade products. Fair Trade USA made the decision to break away from Fairtrade International in order to create their own standards that go against the international standards. Now farmers are upset, and rightfully so. Fairtrade International, the global stanSee FAIR on B3
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Fair Trade USA corrupt Continued from B2
Gov. Perry’s ‘oops’ moment could be fatal In retrospect, the Rick Perry campaign might have been wiser to follow its instinct to pull its candidate from all these nettlesome debates. If what happened to Texas' longest-serving governor Wednesday night in Rochester, Mich., wasn't a campaign-killer, it was the next closest thing. And that mortal wounding came on top of previous odd behavior and verbal stumbles, when he could least afford it. Perry began ticking off the three federal departments he would abolish as president: Commerce, Education and ... oops. The painful 53-second pause left Perry twisting on his tongue for a word he's spoken hundreds of times during this campaign: Energy. Perhaps he should have written it on his
palm with a Sharpie. His campaign immediately knew it had a problem, sending the candidate himself into the post-debate media spin room. Before their longest night was over, Perry strategists would blitz an email to supporters "We've all had human moments" - that cited past verbal fumbles by two actual presidents, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. Indeed, we've all had such moments of seizing up in front of an audience. We're all not running for president, and we're all not trying to resuscitate a campaign that opened at No. 1 with a bullet but has mostly shot itself in the foot since. Do polls matter? They do in this GOP primary, in which three-fourths of Republicans still search
for a conservative alternative to nominal frontrunner Mitt Romney. How else to explain the resurgence of Newt Gingrich and the staying power of Herman Cain, dogged by multiple accusations of sexual harassment? Perry, buoyed by a splashy entry and a $15 million fundraising haul in his first quarter, was seen as the likely notRomney. On the surface, his stewardship of the Texas economy, his telegenic swagger and, important, his ability to raise money pushed him to the pole position. What he never had, through decades of winning elections, is a grasp of policy intricacies solid enough to allow him to explain and persuade, a balance under pressure. That deficit, no secret here in Texas, has been exposed to his lasting detriment nationwide. It
has been enough to counter almost every advantage he took with him from Austin. In conservative Texas, he could steer clear of debates and inquisitive newspaper editorial boards and still win. In the white-hot nationwide spotlight, with Perry's positives neutered by his own missteps, all he had left was his ability to attract campaign cash. His problem now, perhaps fatal, is that such a debate debacle creates the kind of YouTube moment that shakes the confidence of any unpledged money. There are words to explain blowing a race that could have been his to win. We hope he can remember them. ___
This editorial originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News.
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Staff Writer Nov. 15, 1956 “Love Me Tender” featured Elvis Presley in a big-screen debut that premiered in New York City at Paramount Theater. Elvis played Clint Reno, the younger brother of a Confederate soldier, who stayed home while his brother went to fight in the Civil War. In the film, Presley sang the box-office hit “Love Me Tender.”
Tolerance saves lives Continued from B2 when she hung herself in her bedroom closet. According to her grandmother, the bullying started when she was seven. Ashlynn had gotten a short bob haircut, and students at her school began calling her a boy. They referred to her as fat, ugly and a slut. (Isn’t that a pretty grown-up word for a fourth or fifth grader to be using? Kids nowadays.) Things only continued to get worse from there; bad enough that a 10-year-old girl felt the need to take her own life. The debate continues
Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the moon, was launched, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, President Nixon was present, and was the first president to attend the liftoff of a manned spacecraft. Thirty-six seconds after take off, lightning hit the Saturn 5 launch rocket and tripped the circuit breakers in the command module, causing a power failure. The rocket continued up normally and in a couple minutes power was restored to the spacecraft.
over how bullies should be handled, in schools and even in the courtroom. Cheyanne and her father won their civil lawsuit and were awarded $300,000 in damages, and they have requested that Cheyanne’s teachers be removed from their positions. However, officials are saying that bullying is not yet being ruled out in Ashlynn’s case, but there is no firm evidence. Unfortunately it can be difficult, if not impossible, to prove that bullying was the cause of suicide without hard evidence. But there is one thing that I hope everyone can agree on: Bullying is inexcusable. The lives of these children and their
A tidal wave hit East Pakistan and killed over 200,000 people in what is now known as Bangladesh. Wind speed was between 75 to 100 mph. The wind speed was much lower than typical hurricane speeds but the river delta is shaped in such a way that the cyclones were funneled toward land and significantly concentrated. Many people in the area had no warning about the storm, and were caught unawares.
families have been changed forever. I hate to think of what’s happened to our culture that makes people – apparently even teachers and kids in elementary school – think that verbally abusing others is okay. There are so many cases like these being discovered everyday. So can you even imagine how many that go completely unnoticed? Bullying has become so common that it’s sometimes passed off as something normal that teenagers and children have go through during their school years, and I think that is a sad reflection on our society. Just because someone is different doesn’t mean that they deserve to be picked on.
Give thanks, give back Continued from B2
This week in history... By Eric Fait
dard setter, has made sure to share equal ownership between producers and non-producers, while Fair Trade USA, on the other hand, has only one producer representative, who works for a cooperative that supplies much of their beans to large corporations. Sadly, Starbucks, which I and probably most other college students love, is part of the corruption, according to the Dean’s Zine article. Nestle, Kraft and Green Mountain are among the other corporations involved with Fair Trade USA. What the corporations are doing is all about business growth, and it’s unethical. The worst part is that the consumers, who purposely buy “Fair Trade Certified” products to support the movement, are probably completely unaware of dilution of fair trade ingredients. I know at least I, for one, had no idea this was going on until I read about it last week. The best thing we can do to support the fair trade movement is to get educated about whom we buy our prod-
Maybe they dress differently than you. Maybe they have different beliefs, or friends or families. Maybe their skin is a different color. Maybe they’re loud, or maybe they’re quiet. So what? Shouldn’t we accept diversity instead of punish it? Even though we might forget it sometimes, we all have at least one thing common: we’re all human. We all have feelings, and they can all be hurt. Growing up I was always told to treat others how I’d like to be treated, and it stuck with me to this day. Can’t we all just try to do that? For our own sake, and for others.
But the majority of us – students and faculty at a Christian university – will spend this Thanksgiving acting in ways that don’t give anyone other than ourselves a reason to give thanks. Hungry, homeless and lonely people don’t just exist in my hometown. They go hungry with no family, plagued by mental or physical disabilities. But don’t worry, your stomach is full. And what about your crazy aunt? She will probably eat the most potatoes and gravy, but she will also be the first to complain the next day of all those carbs going to her hips. And you didn’t say a single thing. Instead of keeping quiet and filling your stomach, do something productive this Thanks-
ucts from. Some sellers are legitimate, and the profits even go to provide further aid to those in developing nations. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade merchandiser that currently has a shop located in Waynesburg, sells handcrafted fair trade items. The store’s merchandise comes from Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ten Thousand Villages has the right idea. Their purpose is “to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.” The profits from certain products in the store are sent to help underprivileged people with things such as housing, medical aid and education for the disabled. Others help fund training for artisans with mental or physical disabilities or give hope to artisans with AIDs. But fair trade is getting a bad name because of those who take something meant to help people in need and twist it so only large corporations benefit. So step up, United States, and keep the “fair” in “fair trade.”
giving. You don’t have to buy a dinner for a homeless person, but I challenge you to do something. I applaud those of you who are doing something. For example, three different mission groups are giving up a week at home with their family to serve the world. One group is going to Jamaica, another is headed to West Virginia and the last group is staying in Greene County working with Habitat for Humanity. I am not asking you to go on a trip. Do something in your community. Visit a senior center, serve at a homeless shelter, clean up some trash or volunteer at a youth center. Use your imagination. And don’t forget to encourage friends and family to join you. Learn from my mistakes, don’t regret what you will do this Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Bakery keeps tradition alive Continued from B1 explained that the baking process all begins, with the appropriately named “starter” – a mixture of potatoes, corn meal, salt and boiling water. “With the starter, you’re primarily capturing a certain set of bacteria,” Bardwell said. “In sourdough, you’re primarily capturing yeast and some bacteria. These microbes grow at room temperature. With salt rising bread, you’re capturing a whole different set of bacteria that grow at 105 degrees.” The starter must be left overnight to ferment. Once the starter begins to rise, it will become firmer and give of a distinct smell. The next step is to create what is called the “sponge.” “Once the starter has risen, you mix that with flour and water, and that’s called your sponge,” Brown said. “The sponge has to double in size, which takes about two hours.” Adding more flour and water to the enlarged
Ordinance debated Continued from B1
opposition to the new regulation. “Carmichaels Borough considered the Jake Brake Ordinance and turned it down because of liability,” said Timothy Hawfield, Waynesburg Police Department Chief of Police. “If there is an incident involving a large vehicle that was not able to use its Jake brake because of ordinance, it may leave the borough open to liability for any mishaps, and I think the council
Church takes part in OCC Continued from B1 This week marked the beginning of the church’s collection week, as well as National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, which began on Monday, Nov. 14, and
“sponge” comes next, creating the dough. The dough is then shaped into loaves and baked for 25 minutes. Both women have a soft spot for the bread, and strive to keep the tradition going. “I could see that it was a dying tradition. Women weren’t making it much anymore, because it’s very time consuming,” Brown said. “I just thought that it was such a wonderful bread that I felt that I should carry this on.” Bardwell has done some research on the subject and believes that the bread was originally made by pioneer women. “We believe that they were the one who came up with the idea, maybe from seeing some leftover flour rising on the back of the woodstove,” she said. “They didn’t have commercial yeast until 1860, so women were making it before them. It was a way to make bread and have it rise.” She believes that the name “salt rising bread” came from the pioneer women themselves. “They would take blocks of rock salt that they would keep near their fire, and they
Fiat Lux class holds bake sale Continued from B1
Photo by Amanda Rice
Bardwell and fellow baker Susan Brown continue to bake the bread so that the tradition “doesn’t die out.” would take that salt because it was warm and put it around their starter at night,” she said. “So the rock salt would stay warm overnight, the starter would bubble up and you make your bread from it. So we think that’s why it was called salt rising bread.” However, neither Brown or Bardwell has found any written evidence that this was the case. “We haven’t ever seen that [process] written anywhere, and we’ve looked a lot,” Bardwell said. “We’re a little lacking on the written history of it. Maybe women didn’t ever write down the recipe, but you’d think it
would be in some diary or something. You’d think it would be written somewhere.” Their best guess is that the recipe has been past down via word-ofmouth through the generations. “We’ve done a little bit of research in Ireland, Scotland and Germany, and there’s no history of it being made there, so we don’t believe that women brought it from the old country, so to speak, Bardwell said. “You find it in this country in western New York, western Pennsylvania and western West Virginia. That’s primarily Scotch-Irish and German ancestry. We’re very interested in the stories people have, to find the history.”
should consult with their solicitor before proceeding with that.” The council will further discuss the ordinance at its December meeting. Last Friday’s Veteran’s Day Parade spurred the next issue. The parade, which lasted approximately 45 minutes, created a back-up of large trucks from the council’s
meeting place on East High Street to the McDonald’s in Waynesburg. “Our detour routes can not handle these large trucks,” said Hawfield. “And they’re increasing in numbers.” Although there are no more upcoming events this year aside from the Christmas
Parade, the council foresees potential problems for 2012. Alternative routes are already being considered. However, the sheer size of the vehicles is posing a problem for rerouting because they cannot safely make the turns. “You’ve seen [these trucks]. They’ve got these sections of pipe and double trailers,” said Wermlinger. “They honestly can’t turn anywhere in the borough where they can’t mess something up.” According to Davis, this issue will be ongoing, and he feels that if a change is necessary, it should be something permanent.
will continue through Sunday, Nov. 20. The Oak View United Methodist Church provided county residents with 200 boxes and lids and hopes to see many return, filled with toys and other items. They also hope to collect various items for the boxes and money for postage. Those interested in filling an entire box should first choose the
age and gender of the child they hope to help. Age groups include two to four years, five to nine years and 10 to 14 years. They should then fill their boxes with age and gender-appropriate items. A list of suggestions can also be obtained through the church. Boxes should be labeled with the child’s gender and age and
returned to the Oak View United Methodist Church before Nov. 20. Following the worship service this Sunday, members of the community are encouraged to take part in the church’s box-filling party on its final day of collection. During this time, the boxes will be doublechecked, and all empty boxes will be filled with donated toys.
“If there is an indcident involving a large vehicle that wasn’t able to use its Jake brake... it may leave the borough open to liability for any mishaps...” Timothy Hawfield Chief of Police - Waynesburg Police Department
nity,” she said. “We need to be more aware of the needs to use emergent skills and talents for the betterment of the community.” The Humane Society encourages members of the county and students at the University to donate to the organization. “Without ongoing donations the Humane Society cannot stay open,” their website said. “[The shelter] is the only place of refuge for the abandoned and abused animals in a rural county with a large population.” Griffin said that the class decided to volunteer for the Greene County Humane Society because animals are important to all of the students in the class. “Animals are just as important as people. They could be starving, and the Humane Society is in need of help so we should help them out,” Griffin said. “The area has a lot of stray animals and they need somewhere to go; we need to help the Humane Society to keep
MDA “locks up” locals Continued from B1 for their money specifically,” said Cathy Majka, MDA executive director. “It is a great marketing opportunity, and it is also an opportunity for them to work with other business leaders in the community.” Once locked up at Tom & Amy’s Family restaurant in Waynesburg, the MDA jailbirds had mug shots taken, ate lunch and made any additional phone calls to follow up on any funds they raised. At 3 p.m., after about an hour, participants turned in their bail money and were released. Each participant’s bail was set at $3,000, although not everyone met it. “I don’t have to raise that much. They set it high like that to try to get more donations, but [my wife and I] are probably going to match the funds we raise,” said Kovell. “The money is used for a lot of different reasons. There are even some kids that get to go
animals off of the streets.” Autumn Witt, freshman exercise science major, said that all of the donations collected will be given directly to the Humane Society. “[The bake sale] was a fun experience. Everyone in the class agreed that we liked animals so we knew that we wanted to help the Humane Society in some way, but none of us could find a good time to get together as a group to actually go to the shelter,” Witt said. “We wanted to do something that would benefit them in any way that we could. I think everyone should care a little bit.” If students are interested in helping the Humane Society further, they can contact the shelter or purchase a 2012 Humane Society Lottery Calendar. “All of the proceeds from the purchase of the calendar will assist us in our mission to provide shelter, safety and food for the orphaned or abused animals of Greene County, with the ultimate goal of placing them in loving forever homes,” the Greene County Humane Society website said. “Saving one animal may not change the world, but for that one animal the world has changed.”
to camp.” The MDA hopes to send at least 60 children with a neuromuscular disease to camp this upcoming year, a weeklong session at Camp Kon-O-Kwee near Zelienople, Pa. “They get to do so many different things – they get to go fishing; they get to go horseback riding. They love the pool and swimming,” said Majka. “They have arts and crafts, a talent show, a dance and campfires every night. It is the one week out of the year that they get to overcome all boundaries and really have fun.” The MDA funds ongoing research at the University of Pittsburgh, and some of the money raised will help with that research. The bail money will also provide these children and their families with support group sessions, clinic visits and repairs for durable medical equipment. “I think it [was] a great community event,” said Majka. “The people in the Waynesburg community seem very interested in helping out and being part of the cause.”
Volleyball reflects on 2011 season. Read more on C4
Thursday, November 17, 2011 J @W ,S ,1 . . Penn St. W&J - 26, J - 23 GOIN’ BOWLIN’ critic applauds Jackets head to ECAC bowl despite another close defeat response ACKETS
By Aaron Thompson
Assistant Sports Editor
Kathryn Ghion Guest Columnist
I hate Penn State. I’ve been a Pitt fan my whole life; my dad raised me that way. The one Christmas my aunt bought my sister and I matching Nittany Lions sweaters was not a good one in our house. That’s how serious the rivalry runs. So naturally I thought that Beaver Stadium was the last place I’d ever find myself on a college football Saturday. I thought wrong. This past weekend I was given an opportunity that most sports fans dream about, working the Penn State-Nebraska game for ESPN. I was terrified to go to Penn State after the past week’s events. Not to mention I would be working for a media outlet, and we all saw what the mob did to the poor news van. What I experienced on Saturday was nothing short of a shock to me. As an avid college football fan, Beaver Stadium has always been on the list of stadiums I’ve wanted to visit, regardless of my love for Pitt. Initially I assumed that the atmosphere in the stadium would either be not up to par or that there would be riots everywhere across campus. No riots, no mobs, only the early morning bomb threat that completely passed me by as I napped in the car before crew call. ESPN was expecting the worst as well. Different producers gave the crew speeches before the game about where to go in case of a “situation” and how to appease a possibly angry crowd. I was on the sidelines for the entire game and saw no negative effects of the week’s events disrupting the game. The only mention of the Penn State scandal was a video message from interim president Dr. Rodney Erickson, encouraging students to be welcoming to the Nebraska fans and to remember that they “still are and always will be Penn State”. The storyline of the game itself was almost too good. Head coach gets fired days before final home game, Senior Day without their beloved coach, stu-
Walking off the field this past Saturday at Cameron Stadium, the senior members of the Yellow Jacket football team had to have thought it would be their final time wearing the Orange and Black. Washington and Jefferson kicker Eric Eberle booted the game-winning 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Presidents a 24-21 victory over the Jackets in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference’s version of the Backyard Brawl. That meant another gut-wrenching defeat for a team that has become all too familiar with close losses down the stretch over the past two seasons. However, the Jackets (5-4) received news late Sunday night that they
Senior wide receiver Jeff Young catches a touchdown pass in the second half of Saturday’s game. Despite their loss at rival W&J, the Jackets are still headed to an ECAC bowl game.
Photo by Mike Kabay
were afforded one more opportunity to play this season. Waynesburg will travel to Chester, Pa., this Saturday to take on Middle Atlantic Conference
runner-up Widener (8-2) in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. “To wear this uniform and be with my brothers is great,” said senior
defensive lineman Darryl Moore Jr. “It’s great that we get another chance to play because I know we deserve it. We have a great group of guys on this team
who put in so much work for this game and sacrifice a lot for each other.” For the Jackets, close losses have been all too frequent over the past two seasons. In 2010, the Jackets lost four games by a combined 15 points, while this season they have lost four games by a total of 13 points. Saturday’s setback was perhaps the most difficult. Waynesburg overcame a 21-0 halftime deficit to tie the game against their bitter rivals before Eberle’s clutch kick sealed the W&J win. The Jackets were trying to snap a losing streak to the Presidents that dates back to 2003. Presidents receiver Alex Baroffio stole the show in the first half, catching three touchdown passes from senior quarSee WU on C3
NCAA MIDEAST REGIONALS
Crown, Lombardo XC runs in season finale win individual titles Bre Paul reaches Team finishes in third at four-team Mt. Union Invite
goal by recording top-50 finish By Kyle Oland Editorial Assistant
By Nick Farrell The Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s cross country teams concluded their seasons this past Saturday at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships in Center Valley, Pa. The women placed 28th in the 47-team field. Johns Hopkins took home the team title after claiming three of the top 10 spots. Dickinson took second, and Elizabethtown captured third. “The women seemed to run out of gas the last few weeks of the season
Photo by Pat Jacoby, DeSales University Sports Information
Sophomore Bre Paul (402) helps pace a pack of runners in Saturday’s Mideast Regional Championships. and didn’t run as well as they would have liked this weekend,” said head coach Chris Hardie. “With a majority of the women being first or second-year runners, we found that the long training and competition schedule took its toll on
the young women with the additional two weeks leading up to regionals. “But the women competed hard and did the best they could to represent Waynesburg.” As she has done all See XC on C3
After placing fourth in the seven-team Messiah Invitational, the Yellow Jacket wrestlers returned to the mats this past Saturday at the Mount Union Invitational in Alliance, Ohio. Waynesburg placed third in the four-team field. The competition featured a trio of victories by 125-pound junior grappler Alex Crown. Crown, ranked No. 1 nationally in his weight class in Division III as
declared by d3wrestle.com, was the eventual champion at the event. He won all three of his bouts by decision, including a 1-0 decision against Lake Erie’s Justin Toth in the championship bout. Crown’s performance was much improved from his showing at the Messiah Invitational. The junior wrestled in the 133-pound weight class instead of his usual 125-pound class and lost in the quarterfinal round to Messiah’s Matt DelGallo. Head coach Ron Headlee was pleased with Crown’s performance back at his regular weight class. See WRESTLING on C4
Women’s soccer looks back at historic season 2011 squad tied for most wins in program history By James Allenby Staff Writer
Over the past decade, the Waynesburg women’s soccer program has endured their shares of struggles and difficult defeats. From 2000-2009, the Yellow Jackets managed to post just one winning season, a 10-9-2 campaign back in 2001. However, in See APPLAUDING on C3 2010, Waynesburg began
to show signs of life as the Jackets surged to a 10-6-3 record, including a 3-4-1 conference record. As practice began at the start of the 2011 season, expectations were high and the stage was set for Waynesburg to finally break through the program’s decade-slump. The Jackets delivered on those expectations as they put together an incredible season, marked by a 15-5-1 overall record, a truly memorable upset win over rival Washington and Jefferson in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference semifinals and their
first trip to the PAC title game since 2001. “Coming into the season we knew we could make it to the PAC Championship,” said senior forward Courtney Ebersole. “We had a lot of depth, and we knew if we worked hard, we could win the championship.” Waynesburg’s impressive season began in disappointing fashion as the Jackets dropped their first match of the season, 3-0, to Mount Union. “It was a wakeup call,” said Ebersole. “After that See TEAM on C4
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Terrin Crist (21) is one of six seniors the Jackets will have to replace from this season’s 15-5-1 squad.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Jackets react to preseason PAC poll Waynesburg picked to finish seventh in conference
By Darryl Moore Staff Writer In this year’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference preseason poll, the Waynesburg men’s basketball team saw themselves seated in the same position where they ended their campaign a year ago, as the team was picked to finish this season in seventh place. When asked about the release of the recent poll, second-year head coach Mark Christner said: “The poll is based on a lot of different things, such as where we finished a year ago. But then again, the preseason is still the preseason.” Last season, the Jackets were predicted to finish last in the PAC but gained some notice despite finishing 2-12 in conference play. The Jackets ended their season on a high note, as they took down a good Geneva team in their last game of the reg-
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Freshmen Kenny Klase (left) and Jacob Fleegle fight for a loose ball during practice. The Jackets were picked to finish seventh in the PAC preseason poll. ular season. According to Christner, they hope to build off that win and others within the conference as they head into their 2011-12 campaign. “Last year we struggled in the league,” said Christner. “But we have a lot of guys back this year, and we plan to build off of last year’s win[s] in our conference.” The Jackets will be returning quite a few experienced players but only two starters from last year’s squad, senior two-
time All-PAC forward Jeff Young and fellow senior frontcourt player James Allenby. Although they do only return the two starters, the Jackets believe that this is the year they return to the upper echelon of the conference. “This conference should be ready for a performance better than seventh place,” said Young. “Expectations are high for us, but if we just play within ourselves, I know we will finish as a top-
seeded team.” Christner agrees with his All-PAC senior. “This year our goal is to climb up in the seeding and be a force within the conference,” he said. “I know we have the guys to do it.” The Jackets looked to get their season rolling when they tipped off the 2011-12 campaign, along with the women, Wednesday with a doubleheader at Franciscan. Results were not available at press time.
Women’s basketball picked to finish 3rd By Aaron Thompson Assistant Sports Editor Coming off one of the most memorable seasons in school history, the Waynesburg women’s basketball program is looking to build off of that in the 2011-2012 season.
The Yellow Jackets finished last season 21-9 overall and 10-6 in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play, good enough for third place at regular season’s end. The Jackets went on to win a PAC playoff game for the first time since 2005-06 and
then win the 2011 ECAC South title. Waynesburg was picked to finish in third place again in the conference this season, right behind five-time defending PAC champ Thomas More and Saint Vincent, both of whom are nation-
ally ranked. Head coach Sam Jones returns four starters from last year’s team, including All-PAC performers Hannah Hunter and Brittany Spencer. Juniors Jessi Drayer and Paige Pearce also return to the starting lineup.
This past Saturday, the Waynesburg University softball team held an instructional clinic in the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse for high school players. The day began at 8 a.m. with registration for pitchers, while all other positions began registration at 9:30. “This [was] our fourth year of conducting clinics,” said head coach Lou Giachetti. “The main reason for our clinic is to help younger players develop their softball skill and to promote softball in our area. “The clinic also gives our softball program good exposure, which can help lead to recruiting,” he added. “This year we [had] about six recruits come in for visitation on Friday, [stay] overnight and then [attend] the clinic.” This year there was some special guest instructors. Kaitlin Kenney, who played Division I softball at Troy University held a special session on slap hitting. Also, Don Clarke, who is a well-known travel softball and high school coach, instructed multiple hitting drills. For pitchers, the day concluded around 9:30 a.m. Hitting and fielding then took place at 10 a.m. and concluded at 12:30 p.m.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Men’s and women’s head tennis coach Ron Christman held a one-day clinic this Sunday at the new tennis courts in Waynesburg. The clinic consisted of Christman and his players demonstrating drills Christman learned from Pat Etcheberry, who has helped well-known professionals such as Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras develop into championship caliber players. “In addition to helping junior players develop their skill, I also want to help put Waynesburg University on the map to help out with recruiting,” Christman said. With the building of the new courts, Christman hopes this will appeal to more junior players who play in United States Tennis Association (USTA) tour events. The recruiting trail is already running long (over 800 miles traveled last weekend), so the clinic gave Christman the chance to see talent closer to home, depending on how far members of the camp traveled. However, with the certification and track record Ron Christman has, people should be willing to travel from all over the nation to learn a thing or two from him and his players.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Athlete of the Week Football continues to suffer close losses
one point in overtime, 3130. This season, they lost two games on field goals as time expired. And the list goes on and on Three of those games this season were Presidents’ Athletic Conference games, and each was a significant blow to the team’s league title hopes. The first two losses came
at the hands of Westminster and Saint Vincent. The last loss, though, may have been the toughest one to swallow. Waynesburg played rival W&J in the PAC’s version of the Backyard Brawl. After a valiant second-half comeback, the Jackets were denied on the game’s final play for a second straight
year, with a last second field goal. These close losses have left a bad taste for head coach Rick Shepas and the Jackets, but there are a few signs that they are taking care of the lingering problem. Just a few weeks back, Waynesburg played PAC powerhouse Thomas More. It was a hard-fought matchup and late in the fourth quarter was tied, 23-23. Waynesburg stunned Thomas More, winning with a late field goal, 26-23. Despite all of the close losses, Waynesburg appears to be turning the outcomes around with victories like the one at Thomas More. A few close wins in the next few seasons could be enough to give Waynesburg that elusive PAC crown. With a strong effort, the Jackets may find themselves in another close one this Saturday against a high-powered Widener team in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
back in the second half. After forcing W&J into a three and out on the opening possession, junior Tyler Fatigante blocked Eberle’s punt and set up the Jackets with terrific field position at the W&J 13-yard line. Senior Justin Falcon took care of the rest and eventually scored from one-yard out to cut into the Presidents lead. After forcing another three and out, the Presidents had more special teams issues. This time, the snap went over Eberle’s head. Eberle eventually recovered it, but the Jackets started with the ball at the W&J 20. Facing a third and nine, Jackets senior quarterback Josh Graham hit senior receiver Jeff Young for a 19-yard touchdown strike to cut the lead to just seven. After the teams exchanged a few punts, the Jackets tied the contest on the first play of the fourth quarter when Graham connected with jun-
ior tight end Adam Moses for a 14-yard touchdown. Both defenses took over from that point on. The Presidents finally turned the game, though, when they made a key special teams play by blocking a punt and recovering it at the Jackets 14 with just 2:06 to play. Eventually, Eberle hit the game-winner as time expired. The overwhelming thought was that if the Jackets won the game against W&J, they would be assured an ECAC game. A loss, on the other hand, would end their season. So, it certainly came as a surprise when the Jackets were awarded with the bowl berth. “To my knowledge, every senior had said their goodbyes to football, received thank yous from teammates and coaches and started to reflect on the season and plan for the road ahead,” said senior safety Ryan Williams. “When we
gathered for our meeting Sunday, [head] coach [Rick] Shepas said that their was a chance that we would make an ECAC bowl, but it seemed very unlikely. Needless to say, when I received the text Sunday night that we were invited to an ECAC bowl, I was very surprised.” Williams reflected on the emotions of getting to put on the Jacket uniform one final time this Saturday against Widener. “As a senior, it undoubtedly means very much to me to have a chance to be with my teammates one more time as a team and achieve a goal of making a postseason game,” he said. “In my opinion, knowing that this is without a question your last game ever as a part of Waynesburg eases the process of closure.” Kickoff between the Jackets and the Pride is set for 1 p.m.
Jackets have lost four games by 13 combined points
Sam Lombardo wins crown at Mt. Union Invite
By Lucas Diethorn Staff Writer
By Aaron Thompson
Assistant Sports Editor Sophomore wrestler Sam Lombardo was one of two Jackets to win an individual title this past weekend at the four-team Mount Union Invitational. Lombardo put together a perfect weekend, going 40 in his first appearance this season and taking home the 165-pound title. Those accolades helped him earn the nod as The Yellow Jacket Athlete of the Week. Lombardo picked up a first-period pin fall and then added an 8-0 major decision to advance to the semifinal round at 165. The Canonsburg native then faced off with fellow sophomore teammate Cameron Fine. Fine, a starter at Division II Seton Hill a season ago, transferred to Waynesburg this fall. Lombardo, who lost to Fine in the Black and Orange Wrestle-Offs a few weeks back, exacted some revenge this time by defeating him 7-4 to advance to the championship. In the finals, Lombardo faced off with another teammate. There he met highly thought of freshman Sam Guidi. Guidi picked up wins by pin and major decision to advance to the finals on his side of the bracket. Lombardo got the best of the freshman, though, 3-1 in overtime. The win was a good starting point for Lombardo early in the season as he looks to build off a 25-11 record last year as a freshman. *Please note that fellow wrestler Alex Crown, defensive lineman Darryl Moore Jr., and women’s cross country runner Bre Paul were all considered for this week’s award.
Applauding a rival Continued from C1 dent section remains loyal and the home team almost pulls off a comefrom-behind victory. Before kickoff I saw something I’ve never seen in college football. Both teams came to the 50-yard line and knelt down with each other for a moment of prayer. It gave me chills. In a matter of minutes these two teams would battling tooth and nail, but now they were showing each other support. The game itself was one-sided until the second half when the Nittany Lions began to battle back from a 10-0 deficit. You would think that being down by that much would cause the student section and fans to be taken completely out of the game. Not at Beaver Stadium. The more the team needed support, the louder the students cheered. Every few minutes spontaneous “We are Penn State” chants rippled through the crowd. Even more inspiring were the signs saying “We Still Are” and a student body “blue-out” in support of child abuse.
Early in the day I spoke with a few Penn State students, also hired by ESPN, about what they’d experienced the past few days. They made a good point: the focus needed to be taken away from the football program and put on supporting the victims. The “blue-out” would eventually raise $25,000 for child abuse victims. When you think about school loyalty and dedication, you can’t get much better than Saturday’s football game. I’m used to attending football games where the majority of the crowd leaves at the beginning of the fourth quarter unless it’s an exceptionally good game. Saturday the fans stayed well after the game. Stands were still packed as the team exited the field. After the team had gone, the band played the Penn State alma mater again before fans finally began to leave their seats. I’ve never wanted to think anything positive toward Penn State. I’ve never wanted to root for them in any case. Don’t tell my dad, but Saturday I was pulling for them. The players didn’t deserve to go through the ordeal of a fired coach, and the students didn’t deserve to feel betrayed by their administration.
Football games are often decided by a single possession. Many times they come down to just a field goal or a late score in the fourth quarter. Other times the problem is not finishing strong or making a costly turnover late in a game. That can cause some close losses to build up and linger with a football team. The Waynesburg football team has been no stranger to these late game let downs over the past two seasons. Combined, the Yellow Jackets have lost eight games by one possession (just 28 points total) the last two years—four this year and four last year. In the 2010 season finale against W&J, they lost by
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terback Taylor Hockman. Baroffio had 154 of his career-high 207 receiving yards in the first half. Moore racked up a game-high 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. He talked about the close losses over the past two seasons. “The losses hurt mainly because they always seem to be by a small margin,” said Moore. “Last year we missed out on an unbeaten season by [a combined] 15 points, this year by just 13 points. It just is a constant reminder to play hard every play. That one play you take off could be a deciding factor in the game.” The Jackets clawed
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year, sophomore Bre Paul paced the Jacket women, finishing 48th out of the 335 competitors with a time of 24:27. Hardie could not have been more proud of the way Paul concluded her season. “Bre Paul set a goal for a top-50 finish and completed that task this weekend,” he said. “As a coach, I couldn’t have been happier for her as she worked very hard to attain her goal. She is a very special athlete, who is now one of the best runners this program has ever seen.” Behind Paul was freshman Joy Talbott in 101st place with a time of 25:32. Sophomore Tiffany Onifer rounded out the top three, finishing 159th in a time
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Junior tight end Adam Moses catches a touchdown pass in Saturday’s 26-23 loss at rival W&J.
“This team is in perfect position to have a ‘dream season’ in 2012.” Chris Hardie Head cross country coach
of 26:19. The individual winner was sophomore Taylor Ludman from Dickinson with a time of 22:33. Rounding out the top three place winners were junior Sheena Crawley of Franklin & Marshall (22:34) and junior Emily Wobb of Carnegie Mellon (22:38). In the men’s race, Waynesburg finished 36th out of the 47 teams at the meet. Haverford took the team title, while Dickinson and Allegheny took second and third, respectively. “The men ran a solid race this weekend,” said Hardie. “Our placing isn’t what we would have liked
it, but the team is young and has many races in front of them to grow and progress. The future of the men’s program is very bright, and we are excited to see the team mature in the coming years.” Crossing the finish line first for Waynesburg was sophomore Jonathan Blatt, who finished with a time of 29:21, good for 188th place in the 316man field. Hardie was very impressed with Blatt’s race and hopes he can build off of it for the future. “Jon Blatt ran a superb race this weekend,” he said. “He has progressed all season and has shown
a consistency in his running that we didn’t see last year. He has shown flashes of brilliance, and it was his week to shine at Regionals.” Blatt was followed by freshman John Allison in 211th place with a time of 29:47, and fellow freshman Brandon Dugan in 212th place (29:47). The overall winner in the men’s race was junior Bobby Over of Allegheny with a time of 25:25. He was followed by senior Eric Arnold of Haverford (25:26) and senior Ian Arnold of Susquehanna (25:29). Hardie said his teams learned a lot this season and will undoubtedly be better next year. “We took a step in that direction this season,” he said. “And I can honestly say, these teams will achieve bigger and better things in 2012. This team is in perfect position to have a ‘dream season’ in 2012.”
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Volleyball graduates four seniors
Each player contributed this past season in different ways for the Yellow Jackets. Wagner led the team in kills with 257, while Barton finished third with 157. Barton also finished second on the team in digs with 262,
while Stanko and Schubert finished the season out with 112 and 106 digs, respectively. Looking toward the future, Waynesburg will be returning a few impact players who will need to step up and take a bigger
leadership role next season. That may not prove to be a problem, as the team has high expectations for next year’s freshmen and returning players. “I have no doubt in my mind that this team will do great things next year,” said Stanko. “There is a lot of talent left, and I’ve been told a lot of freshmen are coming in.” They do, in fact, have talent with players like Mabel Culp, Presley Cupp, and Natalie Ranallo returning. Culp finished second in kills behind Wagner with 186, while Ranallo led the team in assists with 537. Cupp made her claim defensively, racking up a team-high 386 digs. Even though next season is a year away, the Jackets looked poised to move toward the future with high expectations, leaving no doubt that the seniors instilled a passion for the game and left their mark on the court.
ment champion of the 165-pound weight class. The Jackets dominated the 165-pound weight class at the Invitational, owning three of the four semifinal spots. Lombardo faced and defeated teammate and fellow sophomore Cameron Fine in the semifinal round and then competed against another teammate in the finals. Lombardo bested freshman Sam Guidi in an overtime bout, 3-1. “We know that [165 pounds] is our strongest weight class,” Headlee said. “The first four or five guys in the weight class are as good as anyone else, and we showed that this
weekend.” Senior captain Alex Evanoff also impressed over the weekend. He finished second at the Invitational with a 3-1 record that included two wins by major decision. This was Evanoff’s first action of the season and his first chance to compete since he suffered a season-ending injury last year. “[Evanoff] has gone through a lot,” said Headlee. “He didn’t have surgery, and he’s just trying to get through the season without surgery and a lot of pain. That says a lot about his toughness. “He never complains; he just goes and does the
best he can, and I was really proud of him for making the finals in his first tournament.” Other notable performers included freshman transfer Ryan Walters, who took third place after a 9-1 major decision over Ohio Valley’s Seth Jack in the 174-pound weight class. Two other freshmen, Dan Mahon and Patrick Jennings, placed at the Invitational, as well. Mahon placed third with a 3-1 showing, while Jennings placed fifth. Both freshmen weighed in at 197 pounds for the weekend. “I think our freshmen are coming along,” said
Headlee. “They’ve been working hard, and we have to keep improving. They’re going to get some quick action with a lot of our guys being out. They’re going to have to step up.” As Headlee mentioned, four regulars were not active at the Invitational, including senior Garrett Johnston who was inactive because of his “weight-descent plan.” Johnston is trying to drop to 157 pounds. He weighed in at 159 pounds prior to Saturday’s fourteam tournament at Mount Union. “It is frustrating with injuries,” Headlee said. “This weekend we had
four starters out, and most of those guys are going to score 15 or 20 points for [us]. “But that’s athletics; you have to deal with it, and it will make someone stronger down the road.” The Jackets went out on the road again Wednesday to battle Division II powerhouse Shippensburg. Results of the match were unavailable at press time. Headlee knows that the start of the regular season will pose quite a challenge for his Jacket grapplers. “We have a rough road to hoe here right off the bat,” he said.
conference play to lock up the fourth seed in the four-team PAC Tournament. “We wanted to be playing in meaningful games at the end of the season,” said head coach Sean McCarthy. “The girls really took to that, and it’s a credit to them.” In the conference semifinal, Waynesburg was greeted by top-seeded, three-time defending PAC champion W&J. Ten days prior, the Presidents dealt Waynesburg a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss. However, on one of the most memorable nights of the season and possibly of the program’s history, the Jackets defeated the Presidents 1-0 to advance to the PAC title game. “We were considered underdogs in the game,” said Crist. “No one, including W&J, ever thought we would beat them. After we won, it felt like we had won the championship. It was a total team effort and amazing to finally beat them.” In the PAC Championship, the Jackets fought hard but were unable to overcome a tough Thomas More team. Waynesburg was defeated by a score of 3-0, thus bringing
their remarkable season to a close. “Getting to the finals was the highlight of the season,” said McCarthy. “My father taught me to always set high goals, and this season we achieved many of our goals.” Waynesburg’s 15 wins tie them with the 1999 team for the highest single season win total in program history, while their five losses are the least by any team in program history. Throughout the season, Waynesburg relied on the play and the leadership of six seniors. Ebersole, Crist, Rebecca Synder, Katrina Kelly, Sarah Markwardt and Jamie Williamson each played
an important role in the team’s success. “We’re going to miss them,” said McCarthy. “They were great leaders, both vocal and by example. They bought into what I was teaching. They will all go on to do great things.” The departure of these seniors will leave large shoes to fill as the Jackets begin to look toward the 2012 season. “I think that Suzie Godwin, Taylor Augustine and Toria Shepherd will definitely step up into leadership roles next season,” said Ebersole. “Suzie and Taylor hit some crucial game winners for us this season, and Toria will continue to
step up and lead the defense.” The 2011 Waynesburg women’s soccer season marks both an end, as well as a beginning. It is proof that a long stretch of
disappointing seasons is now officially a thing of the past, and it also serves as evidence that Jacket soccer is now a force to be reckoned with in the PAC.
Jackets already turning focus toward 2012 By Darryl Moore Staff Writer The Waynesburg volleyball team recently said goodbye to four seniors, who ended their careers with a win against Chatham. Gone are captains Jordan Barton and Lauren Wagner, along with Carly Schubert and Krysta Stanko. Throughout the season, these seniors helped keep the team together, even when the season did not go as well as they had hoped. “These girls gave up a lot to play this year,” said head coach Stephanie Benkowski. “They came in, practiced hard every day, and I know that the effort they put into this game will help them out later on in life.”
Wrestling places third Continued from C1 “We were really happy with him,” Headlee said. “We met with him, and we thought he needed to work on a couple things. He had a great week at practice. “It always makes you feel good for him that he responded that way in the practice room.” Crown wasn’t the only Jacket grappler that took home an individual title. Sophomore Sam Lombardo went 4-0 at the tournament and was the tourna-
Team ties wins record Continued from C1 game, we knew that nothing would be given to us; we had to earn it.” The Jackets responded from the difficult loss in resounding fashion as they recorded 11 straight victories, including an impressive 2-1 overtime victory over Pitt-Bradford and a hard fought 1-0 triumph over Wilmington. “The streak showed everyone that Waynesburg was a team to watch for,” said senior midfielder Terrin Crist. “It gave our team a lot of confidence because we beat some really good teams during our streak.” The streak came to an end in humbling fashion as Waynesburg dropped a 5-1 contest to PAC foe Grove City. “We moved on from it right away,” said Ebersole. “We knew we were still a good team. We accepted the loss in the best way we could and moved forward.” Once again, the Jackets resiliently responded as they posted a 3-1-1 record through the remainder of
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Senior Lauren Wagner (left) is one of the four seniors the Waynesburg volleyball team must replace in 2012.
Sophomore Sam Lombardo enjoyed an impressive debut to his 2011-12 wrestling season Saturday at the Mt. Union Invitational. He was rewarded for his outstanding performance as this week’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week. Lombardo went 4-0 during his first action of the season and took the 165Lombardo pound crown this past weekend. After picking up a win by first-period fall and another by 8-0 major decision, Lombardo beat sophomore teammate Cameron Fine, a starter at Division II Seton Hill before transferring to Waynesburg, to set up an all-Waynesburg final with talented freshman Sam Guidi. Lombardo prevailed with a 3-1 overtime decision against his younger teammate. The second-year starter and his teammates opened up the dual portion of their schedule last night when they traveled to Shippensburg to face the Raiders, who are ranked 20th nationally in Division II. Results were unavailable at press time.
Earlier in the week, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference released their annual all-conference teams in football, men’s soccer and women’s soccer. Twelve Waynesburg football players, five Yellow Jacket men’s soccer players and three Jacket women’s soccer players earned All-PAC laurels. To find out which Waynesburg athletes made it, check out section’s Facebook page. And for a more detailed account and for player and coach reactions, be sure to check out the upcoming Dec. 8 issue.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Turkey Trot allows students to share a tradition Exchange By Abby Pittinaro Staff Writer Today, students gathered in the Marisa Fieldhouse lobby at 3:45 p.m. to participate in the Waynesburg University Turkey Trot. The event started at 4 p.m., when students could choose to walk or run the one mile race around campus.
Holiday dinner is served to students By Molly Winters Staff Writer Waynesburg University held its 12th annual Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 16. This event was created by the University to show a sense of community during the holidays. This dinner offered everything that can be found on the family Thanksgiving table at home. Carved turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all of the fixings were on the menu. Unlike any other meal at Waynesburg University, this meal was served by faculty, staff, administrators and family members. Tanya Aul, sophomore early childhood and special education major, especially liked being served by professor. “It was fun having the professors serve us but it was a little weird asking them for more food instead of just going up to a buffet,” said Aul. As for the taste of the See DINNER on D2
Students were randomly paired up with a partner before the race began. Kelley Hardie, director of housing and assistant director of student activities, feels that the Turkey Trot teams were beneficial to those involved. “One partner will run or walk one mile around campus and then their
partner will do the same after they finished,” said Hardie. The Turkey Trot that the University sponsored for the student body was free and included a winning prize. Each student that participated in the Turkey Trot received a free tshirt while supplies lasted. The two winners in
each category won an entire turkey dinner to take home to their families for the holidays. “We have been doing the turkey trot since 2005,” Hardie said. “The event has become a tradition on campus.” Around 40 to 45 students competed in the event. While faculty were allowed to participate as well, only the
students were eligible to win the full turkey dinner. Jamie Piotrowski, sophomore sociology major, has been involved in the Turkey Trot for the past two years. “I run cross country,” Piotrowski said “Since By Chad Green most of the team [partic- Staff Writer ipates in the trot] too, it Many of the students See STUDENTS on D2 who matriculated to Waynesburg University’s graduate program this year can call Waynesburg, Pittsburgh or one of many other U.S. cities home, but only one student can claim his home is over 6,000 miles away. Yerzhan Toktabayanov, 31, is an international student from Kazakhstan who is improving his portfolio by studying business administration in Waynesburg’s graduate program this year. He has a family, two Bachelor’s degrees, and experience in the work force back home. Toktabayanov came to America looking for the opportunity to succeed. He is thankful for having the chance to study in Waynesburg. “I think this is a huge, huge opportunity for me, the chance to get a masters degree from the University,” he said. “I am a lucky man to have this Photo by Amanda Rice chance to study and to graduate as successful as The final Chamber Works Concert of the semester was held at noon on Nov. 10. The performance featured vocal possible.” and instrumental ensembles from the Department of Fine Arts and the Music Program. Toktabayanov is living in an apartment in Waynesburg while he studies for two semesters. He is working on earning a masBy Brooke Larson stomp-like, and he chose ziano. burg campus.” that piece for us.” “They were so great. I The piece took the ter’s degree in business Staff Writer The II Chamber Works had to come see them,” team four weeks to pre- administration under an accelerated program. Drum beats packed the Concert of the semester said Bethany May’s father pare for. Toktabayanov said time Marsh Center as six Way- featured vocal and instru- Thomas May. “It actually went much nesburg University stu- mental ensembles from “I couldn’t have missed better when we per- spent away from his home dents pounded away at the Department of Fine out on something like formed it than in all of our is difficult but rewarding. “I miss my family. I plastic buckets. Arts and the Music Pro- this.” practices,” Betts said. “The piece [Stinkin’ gram. Many came in support The music program spend so much time Garbage] was chosen by The Percussion Ensem- of the ensembles. hosts two Chamber studying,” Toktabayanov our instructor, Ryan ble Personnel including “The audience was Works concert per semes- said. “It is a hard time without family, but it is a Frost,” said Kristina Betts, students Alex Goodwin, phenomenal,” Dr. Ronda ter. senior criminal justice Kiersha Keller, Bethany DePriest said. “This concluded our time to find something major. May, Danielle Norris, “The Chamber Ensem- offerings for this semes- better.” Toktabayanov is a hus“I had asked Mr. Frost Jaron Swab, and Betts per- bles are such a vital part of ter,” said DePriest. “We’ll if we could do a piece with formed “Stinkin’ the education of student see you again in the See STUDENT on D2 boom sticks or it be Garbage” by Ed Argen- musicians on the Waynes- spring.”
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Thanksgiving break mission trips bound to ‘change’ the volunteers By Kyle Oland Editorial Assistant Instead of spending his Thanksgiving break at home in New York with family and friends, eating turkey and mashed potatoes, Brendan Omicioli, sophomore Biblical ministries studies major, will be in Jamaica working with Mustard Seed Communities. Omicioli, along with several other Waynesburg University students, will spend their Thanksgiving breaks on various mission trips.Omicioli will be heading to Jamaica to help work with severe-
ly diseased kids and adults. Tom Ribar, Waynesburg University chaplain, will lead the Jamaica trip. Omicioli hopes the trip brings him a whole new perspective on the world. “I have never been out of the country actually, so it will be a really good experience to see another culture,” he said. “It is really easy to read and hear about poverty, but to actually go and see extreme poverty and see the disease and junk in this world will really change my heart I
“It is really easy to read and hear about poverty, but to actually go and see extreme poverty and see the disease and junk in this world will really change my heart.” Brendan Omicioli Sophomore Biblical Ministry Studies major
hope.” One of the other mission trips will stay in the Waynesburg area and work with Greene County Habitat for Habitat for Humanity from Nov. 18 to 22. Sarah Brandstetter, coordinator of Bonner Scholars, and Luke
Payson, resident director of Martin Hall, will lead the group of 15 students.Over the course of the week, Brandstetter said the group will undertake a number of projects. “We are going to be working on homes in Greene County,” said
Brandstetter. “We may be working on a house package, which means building the walls within our habitat building to take to a house site ready to go, building a home or demolishing a home.” During the trip, Brandstetter said the students will also have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Greene County and its unique aspects. The last trip will head to the WilkesBarre/Scranton area to help with the disaster relief from the recent flooding that took place earlier in the year. Dave Calvario, dean
of students and director of the Center for Service Leadership, and Jason Falvo, assistant football coach, will lead a group of seven students in the relief efforts. Originally, the trip was scheduled to go to the Philippi, W. Va. area, but Calvario saw a need in the Scranton area, and decided to alter the trip. “I saw what was going on WilkesBarre/Scranton area, and the area near the Susquehanna River,” Calvario said. “I debated whether See MISSION on D2
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Arts & Life
Students run in ‘Trot’ Continued from D1 is a nice was for us to run again after the season is over.” For the second time Piotrowski chose to compete in the running category with a randomly selected partner. She enjoys that the partners are selected at random and feels that it adds to the event. “I like the random partner, it makes it more fun,” she said. “It is also a good way to know the
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Waynesburg University students gathered in Stover Campus Center on Nov. 11 to discuss abuse of the “R-word.” As of the meeting, 145,025 people had used the word on the Internet. Students feel that this should stop.
Student goes the distance Continued from D1 band and father of two children. His wife is a lawyer in Kazakhstan. Toktabayanov’s oldest son is five years old, and his youngest son was born while he was studying in Waynesburg. Toktabayanov talks with his family as often as he can. “Every day I Skype with my family,” said Toktabayanov. “My son always asks, ‘when are you coming home? When are you coming home?’” Toktabayanov and his family live in Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan. Toktabayanov grew up in Kazakhstan while it was still part of the Soviet Union, but said he does not remember much of that time. “I was so young, I didn’t think about politics or anything,” he said. He did, however, note a difference between the time of Kazakhstan’s independence and when it was part of the Soviet Union. He said that Kazakhstan is better than before. Toktabayanov wanted to point out that Kaza-
Dinner is served
“I think this is a huge, huge opportunity for me, the chance to get a master’s degree from [Waynesburg] University. I am a lucky man.” Yerzhan Toktabayanov Waynesburg University graduate student
khstan will be having it’s twentieth anniversary as an independent country on Dec. 16. While studying in Kazakhstan, Toktabayanov earned two bachelor’s degrees. The first is in law and the second is in economics. He then received a work offer from Halyk bank in 2001. “Halyk Bank is one of Kazakhstan’s leading financial services groups and a leading retail bank with the largest customer base and distribution network among Kazakhstan banks,” the Halyk Bank’s website said. Toktabayanov worked his way through his career to become the deputy director of the legal department. He then transferred to work in a life insurance company that is a division of Halyk bank. He left this position to earn his master’s degree at Waynesburg. Toktabayanov filled out the graduate program’s application online
and researched Waynesburg on the Internet before traveling to visit the University. “I said to my wife, ‘Look! This is a nice place!’” Toktabayanov said. Toktabayanov compared Waynesburg’s size to the village in Kazakhstan where he spent his youth. “I like Waynesburg because it is not too big of a city like Pittsburgh. It is small, safe, it has a lot of trees,” he said. Toktabayanov does not limit his time in the U.S. to staying in Waynesburg. Whenever he has some free time, he visits local cities. Toktabayanov recently went to Pittsburgh to watch a Penguin’s hockey game. “Many people in Kaza-
khstan like the Pittsburgh Penguins,” he said. “[In Kazakhstan] soccer is the main game, and maybe the second favorite game is hockey.” Toktabayanov has a formidable amount of studying ahead of him, but that does not disconcert him. “My main and first deal, my goal, is to graduate this program. This is a huge peak opportunity in life,” said Toktabayanov. “I want to improve my skills to use in the insurance company. My experience before and after my study will be completely different.” Toktabayanov already has some perspective jobs lined up for whenever he earns his master’s degree. A few of those options include insurance companies in Switzerland and other insurance companies in Kazakhstan.Toktabayanov believes that companies need to trust the people that they hire. “I hope that they can trust me to be a good worker, and to be professional,” Toktabayanov said.
meal, Aul said, “The mashed potatoes and the stuffing were amazing; it is the best meal that Waynesburg makes.” Waynesburg strives to make the campus as close of a community as possible, and each year Joe DeSalvo, food service director, brings the Thanksgiving dinner atmosphere to the Benedum Dining Hall. “It was fun to sit down and actually enjoy a meal with true friends,” said Aul. In order to be a part of this experience, the students had to sign-up in advance in the dining hall to reserve a spot.
Mission trips to begin Continued from D1 we should be helping people in our own area versus going out there. Those types of disaster relief trips you can’t plan them; you just have to be flexible and react to them. That is where God wanted us to go, so that is where we are going.”
event isn’t fixed.” Most of the crosscountry team competes in the trot, according to Piotrowski. “If one of us wins, we usually make the turkey dinner for the team and end up having three Thanksgiving dinners each,” she said. Winners take home a 12-pound turkey, along with the other traditional Thanksgiving dinner foods. The prizes give the students who participate a chance to share with their families and friends during the holiday season.
There were two seatings for the dinner, one at 4:30 p.m. and another at 6:00 p.m. Aul, who went to the 6 p.m. seating, said the Benedum was completely filled up with students and faculty. Morgan Desmond, sophomore secondary education major, also had a great time at the Thanksgiving dinner. “It was nice to eat a meal that’s traditionally eaten with your family,” she said. “It’s nice because it’s with your new family away from home,” Desmond was really impressed with the atmosphere in the dining hall. “The Benedum looked very formal which I really liked, and it was decorated festively and classy,” said Desmond.
Calvario said the team will be helping with the disaster relief of houses, putting in flooring, drywall or whatever is needed from the various homeowners. Even though Omicioli will not be home this Thanksgiving to see his family, he knows that they know he is following God’s calling. “They understand what is really important, serving others in Christ,” he said.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Across 1 Gaucho’s weapon 5 What two lanterns in the Old North Church signified to people below 10 Shenanigan 14 “Paradise Lost” setting 15 Assessed 16 Holder of small tools 17 Symbolic gifts 19 José’s hand 20 Like some ink cartridges 21 Vitruvian Man is on some Italian ones 22 Exasperate 25 Pago Pago resident 28 Sosa’s 1,667, briefly 29 Conspiracy theorist’s worry 30 Zeno, notably 32 Styled after 35 Soother for men 39 Stadium sound 40 Shake 41 Victory goddess 42 __ Deion: NFL nickname 43 Bk. after Proverbs 45 Indigenous language 50 Selectric selection 51 Became one lane,
say 55 Hammer feature 56 President’s option, and a hint to the puzzle theme in 17-, 22-, 35- and 45Across 58 Soprano Te Kanawa 59 Gets zero mpg 60 First name in bike stunts 61 Fall runner’s goal, perhaps 62 Requirements 63 Take it easy Down 1 Whack 2 Glade target 3 “Hello, Dolly!”
surname 4 Part of a best man’s toast, maybe 5 Josh of “True Grit” (2010) 6 Comedian Smirnoff 7 Cordwood measure 8 Bard’s nightfall 9 Many pop-ups 10 Madagascar mammals 11 Asteroids maker 12 Syntax problem 13 Newsstand booth 18 When said three times, a WWII film 21 Order from on high 23 Valuable stash 24 Tony’s cousin
25 Bandy words 26 It’s five before Foxtrot 27 Light-headed insect? 30 Railroad switch 31 Smidgen 32 Indigo dye source 33 Styled after 34 Whizzes 36 “The Canterbury
Tales” estate manager 37 Gin flavoring 38 Quick look 42 Dipstick 43 Door to the street 44 Brusque 45 Kisses and then some 46 Kate’s TV roommate 47 Regal topper
48 Frère de la mère 49 Blunt, as truth 52 “Houston, __ had a problem” 53 Nice warm times 54 Dimbulb 56 Verb associated with blame 57 Neruda’s “__ to Conger Chowder”
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
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