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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Vol. 90 No. 16
Teacher of the Year speaks to students about raising their chances of landing a job By Eric Bost Editorial Assistant Three months ago, Waynesburg University graduate Ryan Devlin’s life was changed when he was named Pennsylvania’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. Since the Brockway High School teacher was awarded the prestigious honor in December 2012, more opportunities have opened up for the man who has only been teaching for five years. “I’ve loved the opportunities to talk to students about the education profession. The highlight so far was that I went to the State of the Union Address in Washington D.C. and got invited to a private party with Nancy Pelosi and Gabby Giffords,” said Devlin. “I do get to meet President Obama next year, so I’m thinking about what I’m going to say in two minutes, but that’s the neat part. I’ve just been excited to represent teachers.” Last Thursday, Devlin returned to his alma
By Sarah Bell Executive Editor
All, that is, except The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay is a pirating website that anyone can log onto with or without an account and download anything from music to movies to e-
Mike Humiston remembers giving the warning. He also remembers the student ignoring his directions. “We work with students, but some people think that security will forget if they don’t pay their tickets,” Humiston, director of the Department of Public Safety, said. “I’ve told students, ‘Hey, you have X amount of money that you owe for parking citations – they could hold your grades or diploma,’ but one young man failed to follow directions. And when he walked on graduation he was handed a paper that said, ‘Please see business office,’ instead of his diploma.” Although the Department of Public Safety has not implemented stricter rules, they plan to continue enforcing and monitoring campus. The department has wheel locks that they could use if people neglect to pay their parking fines; however, according to Humiston, they have had the wheel locks for more than 18 years and have only used them twice. “Our intent day in and day out is just to make sure this is a safe place…
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Ryan Devlin, Waynesburg alumnus and 2013 Teacher of the Year, encourages students to promote themselves through creativity when they are applying for a job. Devlin spoke in Alumni Hall on Feb. 21. mater to speak to students in Alumni Hall about how they could better their chances of getting a job after graduation. His presentation was appropriately titled “Top 10 Ways to Creatively
Present Yourself.” “I love top ten lists. I think they grab your attention,” said Devlin. “I was just thinking about what has given me success in terms of getting a job so quickly and receiv-
ing the accolades I’ve gotten over the years, and I think it all starts with creativity.” As one of people responsible for hiring teachers at Brockwood High School, Devlin
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Executive order reduces chances of illegal downloads By Tony Liberatore Staff Writer “We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy,” said President Barack Obama during his
Security plans for changes in fall
State of the Union Address to the Nation two weeks ago. Hours before his address, the president signed an executive order on cyber security that not only authorizes the publication of unclassified reports of threats to U.S.
companies, but also tightens the reigns of websites accessed daily by students and faculty worldwide. Students across the country access websites everyday, whether it be for academic or personal use. Teachers use some of the same sites to pull informa-
tion and material for tests and class presentations. Students spend their free time visiting Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Google, Wikipedia and The Pirate Bay. All these websites would be unaffected by the executive order.
Students receive national honors; research accepted by conference By Nick Marini Staff Writer It’s not every day that two Waynesburg University business majors receive high honors on a national level. Justin Bensema and Brittany Nimal, senior and junior business majors respectively, both had their business research papers accepted for the 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Bensema’s paper was an
independent study on the analysis of the most recent recession and correlation among the market’s best and worst performing stocks, and Nimal studied and focused on incidents of fraud among publicly traded companies. Nimal put in countless hours of research and studying and is looking forward to this opportunity on a national stage. “My research started from a class assignment, and when my professor
and I heard about the conference, we decided to apply,” said Nimal. “I am very excited to represent Waynesburg University at such an event.” Some of the faculty at Waynesburg University played a large role in Nimal and Bensema’s research and getting them to the national stage. They, too, are looking forward to their students representing Waynesburg nationally. See RESEARCH on A3
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Crafts and kids Sibs N’ Kids weekend took place from Feb. 22 to 24. The event is designed to bring the siblings of current students and the children of faculty members to campus. Above, students make crafts out of pens and duct tape at the activities fair.
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The GPAC was alive with the sound of music last week when Natalie Stovall performed.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Students experience weekend of worship at Jubilee Conference By April Bellizio Staff Writer
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Father Rick Thompson, pastor at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Waynesburg, argued that there is beauty in everything on the planet during his speech in Chapel Tuesday morning.
Pastor encourages audience to see beauty By Rob Longo Editorial Assistant One could argue that there is beauty in everything on Earth. On Tuesday, Father Rick Thompson, pastor at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in downtown Waynesburg, shared that message at Chapel. “All of this beauty we see around us comes from the God who loves us,” Thompson said. Before Thompson spoke, Chapel began as usual with call to worship, a hymn and readings from both the Old and New Testaments. Tuesday’s hymnal came from Psalm 1:15, followed by an Old Testament reading from Genesis 15:8-15. Following the Old Testament reading, a reading came from Luke 9:28-36
told the story of how Jesus took Peter, John and James up on a mountain to pray. While on the mountain, Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke. After they had spoken, a voice from the Heavens, said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” After the Old and New Testament readings, the Lamplighters choir performed “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” The traditional, spiritual a cappella song arranged by Moses Hogan was upbeat. Thompson’s speech about enjoying the beauty in life followed the performance by the Lamplighters. “Each and every one of us experiences that moment of ‘more’,” said Thomson. “It doesn’t happen often; it’s rare.” Thompson shared a
story about the time he, a member of the U.S. Army, backpacked in the Swiss Alps, where he faced grave danger. He and a few friends decided to check out a lake in the mountains. As they began walking up the path, it got narrower and narrower, until it was only a few feet wide. With their backpacks against the mountainside, the group was confronted by a pack of mountain rams. The rams simply stepped over their feet and continued on the way, and so did Thompson and his group of friends. As Thompson noted, he and his friends were rewarded for traveling onward, as they reached the lake and its crystal clear water. Thompson also used the symbolism of the New Testament reading. “Some of us will spend
a lot of time on flat land,” he said. “As Christians, sometimes we need to go up into the mountains.” As Thompson concluded his speech, he emphasized focusing on the season of Lent and taking away what really matters. Following Thompson’s sermon, a hymn of dedication, titled, “Spirit of the Living God” was sung. Prior to the closing song, members that will be traveling on upcoming mission trips gathered up front and were blessed with a prayer by university Chaplain Tom Ribar. Students will be heading to locations such as Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Pittsburgh and numerous locations in North Carolina. Tuesday’s Chapel service closed with the congregation singing “How Great is Our God.”
Visiting children build edible snowmen By Rob Longo Editorial Assistant Snowball fights, snowmen building and hot chocolate: just a few of the things that make snow and winter go together like peanut butter and jelly. The Waynesburg Outdoor Experience was able
Order causes change Continued from Page A1 books and adult content. The Pirate Bay is an easy way for viruses to enter your computer or for anyone who has extensive computer knowledge to access your emails and steal personal information. President Obama’s executive order would make it more difficult for students to enter this website to illegally obtain music and flicks. It would also make downloading .pdf versions of their textbooks much harder. One student who wished to remain anony-
to make all of these things possible without a single snowflake on the ground during Sibs n’ Kids this past weekend. WOE planned to have their annual winter party toward the end of the month, but the recent rainy weather did not cooperate with the organization, which, based off of
their name, would have preferred to have the party outside. “We planned at the end of the fall semester to do a winter party in February in the hopes that there would be snow to play games and do activities outside,” said Becky Juliano, who is the advisor of the Waynesburg Out-
door Experience. “Unfortunately, there was no snow and the forecast was for rain, so we worked with Kelley Hardie to move our party inside and modify the activities and games we originally wanted to do.” Originally, the plan
mous said, “I go there [The Pirate Bay] to download all my textbooks because the price of books is ridiculous. Some professors ask us to have three or four books and not all of us can afford to pay that.” The executive order will also take a toll on faculty members. Obtaining a clip of a movie to show a class will become much more difficult. With copyright laws taken more seriously, finding the right video clip to illustrate a class lecture will be extremely difficult. Videos that are stolen and uploaded to YouTube are being located and pulled down everyday. This eliminates a widely-used tool by professors to either demonstrate a
point or add spice to a presentation. President Obama’s executive order will, in theory, combat threats to American corporations by allowing government data to be shared with the private sector. The executive order also protects artists whose work is illegally downloaded and who don’t see profits from music, movies and texts they have written. But the president’s executive order also takes away from professors and students. Whether professors are sharing YouTube videos for educational purposes or students are pirating textbooks to cut college costs, the new Internet crackdowns may pose a
threat to what was once a free global market. The implications of President Obama’s cyber security order have yet to be realized, and it will be interesting to see if this order is for better or worse.
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It was a weekend filled with worship. Teens from all over the country gathered in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and the Westin Hotel in Pittsburgh for the annual Jubilee Conference. Jubilee took place Feb. 13-15 in the city of Pittsburgh, where it’s been held for the past 36 years. College students from all over gathered to hear many speakers talk on a variety of topics. “At Jubilee they have this pattern of the creation, the fall, redemption and restoration,” said
Safety focus of security Continued from Page A1 that’s why we have all the cameras that we have – I think 60 or so,” Humiston said. “We just want to make sure that the campus is safe.” The initiative to make the campus a safer place will continue when Douglas G. Lee becomes president of the university in July, Humiston said. “With that change in leadership, sometimes there will be a change in protocol,” he said. “I think the changes are going to be better for the institution and the students.” About eight months ago, the Department of Public Safety adjusted to a change in leadership. Previously, the department worked under Student Services. Last summer, public safety became a subset of the Office of Finance and Administration. Roy Barnhart, senior vice president for Finance and Administration, said the switch was beneficial. “When the switch came over, our efforts to help the office hinged on an addition of extra cameras and updating the Department of Public
Evan Kephart, senior biblical and ministry studies and philosophy major. The celebration kicked off Friday night at the first conference where creation was discussed. Saturday morning was dedicated to “the fall,” while Saturday night’s topic was redemption. Sunday morning, before the conference ended, Jubilee-goers spoke about restoration. Besides the large conferences, students were able to sit in on smaller conferences with various speakers. “Some speakers really try to teach what it means See STUDENTS on A3
Safety’s motor pool,” he said. Barnhart added that the public safety staff’s efforts often go unnoticed, but they put a lot of effort into protecting Waynesburg University. “[The Department of Public Safety] is one thing that students, faculty and staff have taken for granted,” Barnhart said. “We should appreciate the efforts [Humiston] and his people go into to keep a safe environment here.” Recent safety concerns due to the Sandy Hook and Aurora shootings led to a change in policy through the department as well. “In the past, our policy was if students wanted to bring a gun to school they could store it in public safety,” Humiston said. “In light of concerns from the general population, starting this fall no firearms will be permitted on campus.” Humiston said that he consulted with other institutions before implementing the rule and is confident in his decision. “I think if you look at any other institution of our size and location, our crime statistics are much less,” Humiston said. “That’s attributed not only to the department but the students, faculty and staff – they keep our facility safe by reporting and being observant.”
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Panel discusses Christian responsibility to sustain God’s creation By Lucas Diethorn Assignments Editor “We thank you Lord for this food. We thank you for the creation that has sustained the plants and the animals and the gentle showers that nourish the land. We thank you for the farmers and the machines who till the land, that the food is harvested and cleaned, and transported and delivered to us. Help us to remember you, O Lord, for the things that you provide.” That was the prayer that the Creation Matters speech began with this past Thursday. The panel had four speakers. Dr. Janet Paladino, Scott Williams, Sophomore Olivia Roberts and Youth Evangelicals representative Danica Foster. Paladino was the first panelist to speak. “The reason why we have to be attentive to creation as Christians is because it belongs to God,” said Paladino, professor of environmental Biology at Waynesburg University.
Teacher offers advice Continued from Page A1 to networking yourself, everything centered on how to add some sort of flare to your career. “Students just have to get their name out to as many places as they can and make sure that every application and resume they send out is high quality,” said Devlin. “It takes a lot of time to put together a professional packet, but it’s all about the details that I think can really help in the end.” Even before he started teaching five years ago, Devlin has diversified himself in the classroom and has put his talk of creativity into action.
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During the Creation Matters speech and luncheon, a panel encouraged students, faculty and staff to help sustain the planet through being environmentally conscious. The discussion took place in Alumni Hall on Feb. 21. “It is our responsibility to serve God by sustaining his creation. It is really important to think about this in a Biblical context. There should not be any doubt in our mind that God wanted us to care for His creation. He wants us to be stewards of His cre-
ation.” The goal of the speeches was to inform students about the link between religion and taking care of the environment. “There are so many references about how God loved creation in the Bible that it should be an inte-
grated part of our lives,” said Paladino. “Hopefully we can do something to develop an affection for sustaining creation and make you feel like it’s something we should do.” Paladino said that we must be cautious in how we treat what God has pro-
vided us with. “We are humans and we have the potential to cause great damage to the Earth,” said Paladino. “We have to look at this as is that what God wants?” Paladino told the audience of the story of how she became involved in the
He has taught four subjects in his short time at Brockway, including British literature and multimedia classes. Devlin said during his presentation that he won an Innovative Teaching Grant in both 2010 and 2012. He attributes those honors to creativity. In 2010, the Innovation Teaching Grant’s theme was Sherlock Holmes. Devlin said that, since it was Holmes themed, he decided to give the package some extra pop by addressing the envelope in magazine and newspaper letter cut-outs, to resemble a clue in the beloved tales. Devlin’s creativity won him not only the Innovative Teaching Grant, but is also one of the reasons he became the youngest teacher to ever win Penn-
sylvania’s Teacher of the Year; by being up-to-date on the latest technology and using it in the classroom, he makes learning for his students interesting and fun. “No matter what job that you get into going into your future, it’s going to include technology,” said Devlin. “It’s constantly changing and there’s new things to constantly learn, but regardless of what field it’s in, we’re going have to keep up with it.” Devlin said that having a Twitter or Facebook account is useful as graduating students take the next step in getting a job after college. He said he doesn’t use his often, but he takes advantage of social media by putting materials for his students online.
Although he has his Master’s Degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania, Devlin said teaching at a university is not something that he wants to pursue. Instead, Devlin plans to build on his evergrowing success. “I am actually working on a book. I love teaching and I want to be in the classroom but I know we’ve got some big issues that we need to challenge if we want to improve our education system,” said Devlin. “The way we taught 30 years ago cannot be the way we teach now, so it’s my goal to give that message to people that are studying education and think about how we can reform some of the things to make the profession a little bit better.”
Lecture series to host author of ‘Amish Grace’ By Rebecca Rosser Staff Writer “The Nickel Mines Amish certainly didn’t anticipate the horror of Oct. 2. They were, however, uncommonly prepared to respond to it with graciousness, forbearance, and love.” This excerpt from author Dr. Donald B. Kraybill’s book “Amish Grace” captures the tragedy and forgiveness of the Amish after a shooting in a oneroom schoolhouse.
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environment and why she hopes they do the same with their time at Waynesburg. “One of the things that Waynesburg has done for me as a person is allowed me to get involved with students and share my love of creation with students,” said Paladino. It is a very powerful thing to experience creation. We are made in the image of God and God loves creation.” Paladino told the audience that her father used to save everything and when he passed away, her mother wanted to clean out all of his old stuff. “He saved all his life and people don’t do that anymore. This is something I think we all can work on,” said Paladino. “Are we making others perish in the world by our waste? We really should be thinking how our waste is relating to other societies and how we can avoid that waste. We were meant to be more than just consumers.”
a Christian who is a student,” said Andrew Zahn, junior math and computer science major. Zahn enjoyed the speaker Terry Thomas, a professor at Geneva College. “He talked about what it really means to live our
lives to Christ, and what it looks like to act out love,” said Zahn. Kephart enjoyed listening to Byron Borgor, who has been part of the Jubilee Conference for many years. Borgor is also a fulltime staff member of Coalition for Christian Outreach. CCO is part of the mission program with Jubilee. Kephart recalled how Borgor explained that Christians think spiritually, not intellectually, and how this creates a conflict in the Christian mind. For freshman marine biology major Derrion May, the best part of the conference was being able to spend a weekend away from campus to reflect on his life and strengthen his faith.
“It is a great opportunity for college-age students, especially freshman, who want to see how to serve God in their career choices,” said May. Jubilee is a conference for college students who are part of the Christian faith and sometimes feel alone as a Christian going through college. “I learned how to maintain faith and trust in Him through college,” said May. Though the cost to go to Jubilee is not the cheapest, there are always ways for students who are serious about going to get financial help, including scholarships and fundraising. “Jubilee is the bigger picture of how many people are fighting for Christ,” Kephart said.
One of those proud faculty members, Christian Ola, assistant professor of business administration, is particularly excited about this opportunity for the students. “The fact that both of these students were confident enough to submit their research was exciting enough, but having them travel to present their findings is really a testament to the department in its entirety,” said Ola. Joshua Chicarelli, professor of business, had both Nimal and Bensema for an auditing class in the fall while they were preparing their papers for Ola. Chicarelli feels the same as many others in the department, and is excited for the opportunity these two have in front of them. “Both Brittany and Justin approached me about the papers they were writing for Professor Ola. We discussed their topics and methodologies and determined both papers fit the framework
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Kraybill is known for his knowledge and studies on the Amish people and will be speaking about his book and Amish forgiveness as part of the Christ and Culture Lecture Series at Waynesburg University. The lecture will be held on March 5 at 7 p.m. “We had been talking in groups about what a hardship it was to deal with pain, death and forgiveness. Then I remembered Dr. Kraybill who studied See SERIES on A4
for my class really well,” said Chicarelli. “As a department, we are extremely proud of Justin and Brittany for having their papers accepted for presentation.” No one is more proud of the students than Gordon McClung, department chair of the business department at Waynesburg. “It is rare that students get their papers accepted at a national conference and it is an excellent way for the students to network with their peers from around the country,” said McClung. “The university encourages research, but has a limited number of students have their papers accepted at a national level.” The 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research will be held April 11-13 at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse in La-Crosse, Wisconsin. Bensema and Nimal will travel with McClung and James Bush, professor of mathematics, computer science and physics, to the conference. The Waynesburg University students will both present their papers April 11.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Stewart Science Hall Do the Harlem Shake renovations continue By Matt Jones Staff Writer Renovations have officially begun on the Paul R. Stewart Science building. The building that is named after a former Waynesburg College president is undergoing a complete renovation that will cost around $22 million. This renovation will be the biggest building project since the completion of Roberts Chapel in 2012. Being one of the oldest buildings on the Waynesburg campus, the building is in need of many upgrades. Roy Barnhart, senior vice president of finance and admissions, noted that some obvious needs prompted to the renovation. “When you look at the science building, you can see cracks in bricks and the building seemed to be out of date,” said Barnhart. “The building has been in need of upgrades for a while, and it’s time we start fixing it.” The project will have six phases. Each phase will focus on the building of new widows, a new stairway for the south entrance, replacement of all the brick on the building and the addition of a new heating and air system. The largest addition to the building will be the new five-story, 65,000 square-foot elevator system. This system will replace the out-of-date elevator system that currently services the building. The completion of this addition, set for Aug. 15, will be the end of phase one of the building project. The next phases will be specifically tailored to
each floor, which are designated to the four educational departments: chemistry, biology, mathematics and nursing. Those floors will be redone to fit the needs of each department. Barnhart felt that the planning period that was held for the renovation was a collective effort between all departments. “We took time to sit down with the department chairs and the construction company so that [the department chairs’] needs were made,” said Barnhart. “Their input was a big part in figuring out what needed to be done in the building process.” Each floor will have new classrooms. State-ofthe-art equipment for the science labs on floors four and five will also be added. There will be new restrooms as well lobbies in front of the elevator on each floor on the building. One department chair that had a hand in the building plans was Department Chair of Biology, Environmental Science and Athletic Training, Dr. Chris Cink. “I think that our primary concern was making sure that we retained enough space for teaching,” said Cink. “One of our goals was to add a small research laboratory while keeping our teaching laboratories and lecture classrooms about the same size.” When all renovations are completed in the year 2017, Barnhart feels that the Paul R. Stewart Science Building will look like a brand new building to the students and visitors that come to the campus.
CRED continues to grow, help students build connections By Chuck Bietka Staff Writer Picture this; a world of disks that weren’t circular but square and Internet as a cord hooked into the wall. It was a rare $10,000 grant that got the Center for Research and Economic Development (once known as the Center for Education and Technology) off its feet in 1992. The grant allowed Waynesburg’s campus to get the newest thing in the technology world: Internet. The Ben Franklin Technology Center approved their inquiry into getting the Internet. “The center has grown over the years,” said Barbara Kirby, who began working for the center when it first opened its doors in 1992. Kirby says the center is committed to helping the students, local businesses and region.
“The biggest thing that the center has done is cross pollination,” said Kirby. “We send the students out there to work for local merchants.” Kirby said the money going to the merchants comes back to the university eventually, which helps the center in the long run. “It’s like the life cycle of a well-oiled economic machine,” said Kirby. Kirby said the students are the foundation to building the world, the community and the region. The Center for Research and Economic Development has helped contribute to the rejuvenation of Waynesburg and southwestern P.A through multiple research projects. The projects are worked on by both the students and the faculty. The finances for those projects come from partnerships through numerous groups.
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Waynesburg students and Sting, the university mascot, gathered in Alumni Hall Feb. 23 to film their version of the Harlem Shake. As of press time, the YouTube video had already reached more than two thousand viewers.
Children visit WU Continued from Page A2 was to hold the party last Thursday, but that, too, changed. “Mary Cummings suggested we just make it part of Sibs n’ Kids weekend, so we shifted it to Friday afternoon and have activities and games that kids could enjoy,” Juliano said. WOE set up a table in the gym on Friday after-
Panel hopes for future Continued from Page A3 Scott Williams discussed the spiritual hazard we face if we do not take care of the environment. “This term ‘environment’, we seem to find ourselves talking about something that is other than us,” said Williams, professor of Philosophy at Waynesburg University. “In fact it is something that is joined with us.” Williams talked about how when God created Adam and Eve in the garden he made dirt and breath one and the same. “Our problem involves the habits in which we shape our lives and how we see God’s creation,” said Williams. “When I
Series to host author Continued from Page A3 the Amish,” said Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson, the university’s Interim Director of Christian Life. When Wilson first called Kraybill and asked if he would speak at the university, Kraybill declined. When Wilson asked a second time, Kraybill said he would think about it. Finally, the author agreed to come and speak about his book after
noon to provide different activities for the siblings of Waynesburg University students. Siblings and students alike that visited the table to create edible snowmen out of marshmallows, pretzels, chocolate chips and licorice. Mini drink umbrellas were provided to protect the snowmen from the sun. Another activity was the snowball toss. Contestants had to take snowballs, crumbled up balls of paper, and toss them into a hat. The contestants would then
receive a piece of candy for each snowball that made it into the hat. People that visited the WOE table could also partake in was a marshmallow tower building contest. Participants tried to stack as many minimarshmallows as possible by using just a couple of toothpicks. “Not very many siblings came to the table, but those that did had a blast,” said math major Renee Filippelli. “The big hit of the table was the snowman building.”
WOE has a number of events. The group plans on taking a trip to an indoor rock climbing wall in Pittsburgh on Friday, April 5. WOE also plans on joining forces with other campus organizations to perform a service project for Earth Day, which is April 28. WOE will sponsor a team for Relay for Life, with their main fundraiser being a Penny War. People can donate money to see what staff or faculty member will be hit in the face with a pie.
was a little kid I felt God had it out for rich people. As an adult, I think Jesus just responded to how things are.” The spiritual hazard that we live with is overusing any of Earth’s resources, according to Williams. “What if we live in a social order that teaches us that glut any is normal,” said Williams. “What if we live in a society that consumption is the norm? Then the level of self-criticism would be different.” In our relationship to God, Williams believes that we are only supposed to take what we need and live in the simplest fashion. “Simplicity of life is entitled to discipleship,” said Williams “If we are to be disciples we must live simply. If we consume more than we need
we are the rich man, if we have more than we need then I only have to look in the mirror to find the rich man.” The third speaker on the panel was Waynesburg University student Olivia Roberts. “We want to improve the problems we have,” said Roberts, a sophomore environmental biology student and member of the environmental club at Waynesburg University. “We also want to educate so that people are more aware of the problems that are happening.” Roberts handed the microphone to guest speaker Danica Foster. Foster was representing the Young Evangelical of Climate Action organization which focuses on influencing the leaders and the young members of their organization to start acting and making a
difference in their communities. Foster has made several trips to Chile, where the environment is struggling because of the demand for the fruit supplies that people in the United States import. “As Christians who are at least mildly interested in the field, we have to ask ourselves how do we take care of God’s creation?” said Danica Foster, a graduate of Messiah College with a degree in biology and spanish. “The supply and demand here is affecting their people,” said Foster. “The answer is consuming less; our resources are God’s.” Foster ended the discussions for the day by asking the audience to get involved by going to YECAction.org or by emailing the organization at Contact@YECAction.org.
a third call. Wilson visited Kraybill over Thanksgiving break, and during the visit Kraybill affirmed that he was looking forward to giving the lecture, Wilson said. According to University Chaplain Thomas Ribar, Kraybill’s book talks about the demonstration of forgiveness by the Amish in light of a schoolhouse shooting on Oct. 2, 2006 in Nickel Mines, Pa. in which five Amish students were killed and five others were wounded. Amish Grace also goes beyond the Nickel Mines
tragedy to examine the pattern of forgiveness across Amish communities. The book studies Amish culture and dives into what makes the Amish willing to forgive. “There’s no complicated sociological explanation involved,” said Ribar. “The Amish are just doing what Jesus told them to do, which is to forgive others…it’s that simple.” Ribar added that the Amish way of life is immersed fully in Jesus’ teachings and a commitment to following these
teachings. He hopes this lecture will influence students to rise to the challenge and take their faith seriously and live their lives differently because of their faith. Wilson said getting Kraybill to speak at the university will be worthwhile, and his hope is that people will listen and talk to Kraybill and that this lecture will help them discover forgiveness within themselves and others. “The Christian faith is more than just words on paper,” said Wilson It impacts your daily life.”
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On to the next phase
Steps Inside offers aid to Greene County 12-step programs By Kyle Edwards Senior Editor
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Roof construction for the Greene County Courthouse is now complete, and workers from Allegheny Restoration began painting Courtroom No. 1 this week. Officials are hope to reopen the courtroom by the middle of March.
Courthouse construction advances to next phase By Sarah Bell Executive Editor The nearly $600,000 renovation project on the Greene County Courthouse is fast coming to a close. This week, workers from Allegheny Restoration began painting Courtroom No. 1 in the courthouse. Greene County Judge William Nalitz said the construction was long overdue. “The courthouse was built in 1850 and like any old structure it needs a lot of maintenance,” Nalitz said. “Over the years, maybe we’ve been guilty of delaying some maintenance and, therefore, we arrived at a place where some repairs had to be done almost on an emergency basis.” Although the structure is still sturdy, courthouse officials started to worry about the courthouse’s warping ceiling. The renovation was
“Over the years, maybe we’ve been guilty of delaying some maintenance and, therefore, we arrived at a place where some repairs had to be made almost on an emergency basis.” Hon. William Nalitz President Judge, Greene County
prompted by the discovery of rotted wood beams in the attic between the ceiling of Nalitz’s courtroom and the roof of the building. “The courtroom is about 50-by-50, which was a big, clear span area for 1850 construction techniques, and the ceiling was held up by a series of trusses made of 8-by-12 oak timbers that was pretty strong and pretty sturdy - and those timbers would’ve lasted forever, except that over the years, various times, there were roof leaks and the timbers got wet in places and rotted,” he said. The courtroom paint
job cost $7,600. In addition to the fresh coat of paint, steel beams were bolted to the wood beams in the ceiling to reinforce them, foam insulation was added to the attic and a new sprinkler system was installed. “They were starting to fail and we noticed this because the ceiling in the main courtroom was sagging and the canopy over the judges bench was sort of listing forward and, in fact, some jurors were worried about me sitting there,” Nalitz said. “So, engineers inspected and determined that these wooden trusses
needed support. Beginning last November, we cleared out because it would’ve been dangerous to try to continue to hold court while this work was underway.” Since the work began, Courtroom No. 1 has not been used. Instead, Nalitz has worked from a temporary courtroom that was established on the third floor of the courthouse. “This won’t appear like anything’s been done to a casual visitor. If you were here in 2011 and noticed the condition of the courtroom and then you went back now or in a couple weeks when they’re all done, you might notice a fresh coat of paint but that’s about it,” he said. “Believe me, everybody involved with this courtroom is much happier knowing that the ceiling is now sturdy.” Officials are optimistic that the courtroom will be reopened by the middle of March.
A way out. That’s what Steps Inside, a non-profit organization that aims to help 12-step programs, offers to these groups in the Greene County area. Created in 2003, the organization owns a house in Waynesburg, where they allow 12-step recovery groups to hold their weekly meetings. The house offers the groups a private, unobtrusive environment where group members can feel comfortable, said Bob T., chairman of the Steps Inside Community Recovery committee. “What sometimes happens with 12-step meetings is that you’re trying to have one at a church and the church has other functions and you have to change the time or the church gets mad because the members left cigarette butts
outside or something like that,” Bob said. “So the idea behind the house was that it would be a place that offers to have meetings and nothing but the meetings. The purpose of the place was recovery.” The organization now hosts several groups on the property, he said. “Currently we have eight weekly meetings here at the clubhouse that’s what we call it and we also hold a variety of special events, for holidays and such,” he said. “This past year, however, we’ve started to ask the question: “what else can we do?” That’s what my committee does is to continue to ask that question.” The organization’s primary goal became to further recovery in the community, Bob said. One of the ways they did this was to sit down See STEPS on B4
Grant helps to make Greene County a little bit ‘Greener’ By Katherine Mansfield Copy Editor The Department of Environmental Protection announced Feb. 7 that Greene County along with 130 other Pa. counties - was awarded a recycling grant to develop and implement more effective recycling programs. “Recycling plays a key role in improving Pennsylvania’s economy and protecting its government,” said Mike
Krancer, secretary of the DEP, in a press release. “These grants further that cause, and DEP is proud to invest in local programs that help the awardees strengthen their recycling programs.” While nearby cities and boroughs, like Washington and Canonsburg, offer residents curbside recycling - recyclables are picked up on trash day - Greene See GRANT on B4
Flenniken Library to host Dancing with a Pink Ribbon project By Kyle Edwards Senior Editor The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that over 222,000 women and 2,150 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 40,000 of those women and 410 of those men will die. Cornerstone Care Center in Greene County is working to help reduce those numbers with their Dancing with a Pink Ribbon project. “Basically [Dancing with a Pink Ribbon] is a project that we started in
Fayette County last year, with very good results. The project itself is funded by a grant from Komen Pittsburgh Affiliate,” said Sharon Heath, outreach specialist of Health Services at Cornerstone Care Center. “I’m heading the project here in Greene County. Basically, we’re focusing on men and women 40 years and older, but we’ll work with anybody. The group of people we’re really looking to help is those who aren’t insured and those who are underinsured.” Heath said that the
project was started by Cornerstone as a way to raise awareness of breast cancer. “We realized there was a real need to reach out to people who weren’t aware of the seriousness of this condition,” she said. “We wanted to stress the importance of prevention and early diagnosis.” Heath explained that the project was held earlier this month at the Carmichaels Senior Center with limited success. “The people at the Senior Center are a very
close-knit group, from what we’ve been told,” Heath explained. “We spoke with the staff of the Senior Center and explained our project in greater detail and they were very receptive to it. We’re planning on scheduling for sometime in the next four to six weeks.” The next stop for the project will be Flenniken Library in Carmichaels. “We’re scheduled to be at the library March 4 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., but we’ll definitely stay later if there are still people waiting. We won’t
stop until we’ve seen everybody - we won’t turn anyone away,” Heath said. “For those patients who have insurance, the examination will be billed to their insurance. If they are underinsured or not insured at all, then we can work with them.” The actual examination takes place inside Cornerstone Care’s mobile medical unit, Heath said. “The unit is equipped for medical examinations on one side and dental examinations on
the other. We use it for our school programs cleaning and exams,” she said. “We use it - like in this case - to do the clinical breast exams. Using this vehicle, we’re hoping to extend this program further into Greene County as it continues.” Heath explained that Cornerstone Care has a program called the Healthy Women Program that also helps people in this situation. “The program features a sliding fee, which is See FLENNIKEN on B4
Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Live humbly Respect nature for present and future Last Thursday, Waynesburg University students and faculty gathered in Alumni Hall to chow down on a fantastic feast as they listened to four environmental speakers lecture. The panelists – Professor Janet Paladino, EcoStewards Club president Olivia Roberts, Scott Williams and Danica Foster – explained that, as stewards of the earth, it is our responsibility to clean and care for the planet.The theme of the speech was treating God’s creation with the respect it deserves. As students at a Christian university, this should be one of our main priorities. Climate change is responsible for the melting ice caps and habitat loss for hundreds of species – and most of this devastation is the result of human carelessness. We made this mess; it’s time we clean it up. Saving the planet is more than a noble crusade. The Bible is filled with passages commanding mankind to live humbly within his means and to keep the world clean. God gave us this planet and its resources to use sparingly, to use wisely. It’s our job to keep Mother Nature healthy – not only for ourselves, but for future generations, as well.
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Exercise right to be stupid, but carefully Today something strange happened. For one of the few times in my life, I agree with something a politician said. I still feel a little uncomfortable about it. I’m sure most of you remember senator, Democratic presidential elect and now Secretary of State John Kerry. Considering he ran for president in the nailbiter of 2004, I was only 13 years old and only slightly less politically minded than I am now. (Sad, but true.) I never knew enough about him to take any sort of educated stance on his political agenda. But on Tuesday he said something that caught my attention. In his first foreign trip as Secretary of State, Kerry weighed in on America’s civil liberties to a group of German students. According to Reuters, it went a little something like this: “People have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in a parade even though it’s the most provocative thing in the world and they carry signs that are an insult to one group or another. The reason is, that’s freedom, freedom of speech. In America you have a right to be stupid � if you want to be. And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. And we tolerate it. We somehow make it
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through that. Now, I think that’s a virtue. I think that’s something worth fighting for.” So simple, yet so profound. Am I right? Some might say it’s not the best image to portray to our foreign counterparts: a bunch of stupid Americans running their vulgar, uneducated mouths. But it’s a part of our First Amendment right, so run our mouths we shall. Personally, I feel like everyone should stop being so intolerant and so easily offended. Not everyone is going to agree with you. People are going to say things that you don’t agree with, or that you think are wrong, whether factually or morally. But who doesn’t love a good debate? Speak your mind if you feel strongly about something. Our views are meant to be challenged. The comfortable are meant to be afflicted. However, just like in politics, there’s always some red tape to navigate. People need to keep in mind that they’re going to be held accountable for their words. This is becoming even more of a problem lately with social media. Anything you
post on your Facebook, Twitter or your personal blog is essentially presented for the world to see and pass judgment on. And it’s not as easy to make it go away as you’d think. This issue is especially relevant for myself and my fellow seniors as we prepare to graduate and venture out into the real world in a few short months. You might think you’re protected by the flimsy privacy policies, but let’s be honest. Do you really trust those? What you say will always fall back on you, and everyone needs to be prepared to accept the consequences. Some studies suggest that as many as 91 percent of employers use social media to screen job applicants. Almost 70 percent have admitted to firing someone because of it, and most of them cited inappropriate content as the cause. It’s not a new concept. I’m sure at least a few of you are familiar with the Don Imus controversy of 2007. Imus’ radio show, Imus in the Morning, was cancelled and dropped from MSNBC after he and his co-host described the Rutgers women’s basketball team with several inappropriate slurs that I dare not repeat here. If he thought his comments wouldn’t leave the circle of his averagegrossing program, he was wrong. We have
something called the Internet now, and the clip spread like wildfire. Part of me does feel that the backlash was a little extreme. But things get a little tricky when you’re representing another, larger entity. As an employee of MSNBC, Imus was representing the media outlet. By airing his comments, it meant to viewers that, in a way, NBC supported them as well. I find myself in the same (though slightly less drastic) situation every other week as I sit down to write my column for the Yellow Jacket. My own personal opinions and beliefs don’t exactly always coincide with those of Waynesburg University. I’m a little left-wing, to say the least – as far away from conservative as they come. But I wear two hats, and I try to wear them well. When my picture and words run in the newspaper every week, I have to remember that I’m representing not only myself but the university as well. And I want to do that in the best way possible. Who wouldn’t? I don’t want people to think I’m a petty, unprofessional pessimist who swears like a sailor. So I keep it to myself when I’m having a rough day or feeling a little feisty. And more importantly, I keep it off my Twitter feed.
Disney: What was mine is now yours And they lived happily ever after. What do you automatically imagine? I imagine Cinderella in her beautiful wedding gown with her glass slippers, walking hand in hand down the castle stairs with her Prince Charming. I see her jumping up into the carriage and kissing her prince as they ride off into the sunset, and then the words “And they lived happily ever after” appear over the picturesque scene in beautiful calligraphy. Those words take me back to my childhood of damsels in distress, princesses fighting for love and dragons breathing fire; those words take me back to the classic Disney movies. Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King; you know, the classics. Those were the movies that my mother would put in the VCR when she needed a break. Yes, this was back when DVD and BluRay players did not exist. Feeling old yet? I remember being terrified of the dragon
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from Sleeping Beauty, singing along with the songs like “Be Our Guest” and “Part of Your World” and wanting the library shown in Beauty and the Beast. I learned valuable life lessons from these movies as well. I learned bravery and courage from Belle as she gave up everything to protect the people she loved. I learned to never give up on my dreams from Ariel as she stepped out of her comfort zone to follow what she wanted. Needless to say, I truly admire these movies and everything they stand for. I cannot imagine my childhood without them, so when my fiveyear-old cousin informed me that she had never seen Beauty and the Beast I was devastated. How can you be five and have never seen Beauty and the Beast? I remember her looking up at me and shrugging her little shoulders. I immediately put
the DVD in and sat her down on my lap. At the end of the movie, she told me she really liked it, which gave me hope for humanity once again, until she told me she had never seen any of the classic movies. How would a childhood look without those classics being a part of it? But it got me thinking, the Disney classics were a part of my generation, not hers. She is not the only child at that age that has never seen these movies. It is not a norm for their generation like it is with mine. Just like my parents talked about things of their generation such as mullets, Saturday morning cartoons and bright colored leggings, I never understood; just like my little cousin didn’t understand me. Instead of idolizing the princesses and playing fake sword fights outside, my little cousin has a cell phone, and an iPad-type contraption that she gives all of her attention to. Who will my little cousin look up to? Who will teach them those life lessons? Parents? Maybe, if they are ever
home. Who has taken the place of these princesses and talking animals? An iPad and a cell phone; two things that did not exist when I was her age. Wow has the world changed. Looking at my cousin spending literally hours staring at a screen makes me really appreciate my childhood and the many enjoyable hours that I had singing the songs, re-enacting scenes and watching the movies. Remembering the moment when I finally moved Belle, from being tied with Ariel, up to the number one spot. I am eternally grateful for my childhood and grateful to Disney for creating such memorable movies that will always have a place in mine and many others’ hearts. Even though it is not the norm, I am investing these movies into my young cousins’ childhood. I plan on sitting them down, popping that bag of popcorn, curling up with a big blanket, and inserting the movie: once upon a time.
Thursday, February 28 , 2013
Harlem Shake, university bring students together
Government should stop blame game Telling President Obama and the Republicans in Congress to quit pointing fingers at each other and fix the problems of the federal budget is like telling a snarling wolf to settle down and be a nice doggy _ they have a genetic predisposition to fight. The current problem -- $85 billion in spending cuts to be triggered Friday and taking place between now and the end of the federal fiscal year -- is particularly frustrating because it was designed back in 2011 as an event that surely would not hap-
pen. Now it looks for all the world like it will happen. And it’s all [Obama’s] fault, say top Republicans. OK, so it was a bad idea from the beginning. The deadline originally was Jan. 1, but they struck a last-minute bargain in December, and now the deadline is March 1. Obama wants more revenue by eliminating tax breaks; Republicans say they agreed to enough on the revenue side in December and now will settle for nothing but spending cuts. Not to belittle the stupidity of unplanned,
ax-swinging, across-theboard cuts, but there’s reason to be skeptical of the doomsday warnings. After months of describing the pending cuts to Pentagon spending as “shameful and irresponsible,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last week he will tell 800,000 civilian workers to take an extra day off each week without pay. He says those and other cuts will cause “real harm.” He’s right, of course. The White House said Sunday the furloughs alone would affect 52,000 people in Texas,
reducing their gross pay by around $274.8 million in total by Sept. 31. But also in all of that is an ironic hint that Panetta is not taking the cuts seriously. So there’s a high-profile Obama team player who must be thinking this is all going to blow over. Surely, at some point Washington posturing will end and responsible governing will begin. Even a wolf can get tired of snarling all the time. ___
This editorial originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
Corbett’s pension reform plan a bust “Exceptionally dangerous.” That’s what Rob McCord thinks of governor Tom Corbett’s pension reform plan. On Tuesday, the State Treasurer and possible Democratic candidate for governor in 2014 partnered with the Keystone Research Center to tear into the Governor’s plan. Starting in July of 2015, the governor’s plan calls for new state employees to be entered into a defined contribution plan similar to a 401(k) plan and to be required to contribute at least 6.25 percent of their salary to their retirement. Corbett’s plan would also reduce annual employer contribution limits from the mandated 4.5 percent to 2.25 percent in the next fiscal year, with the amount increasing each year until it
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returns to the 4.5 percent or is equal to the annual required contribution rate. Here’s the problem. “If the pension reform just means giving the budget office a break in finding relief for how to balance this year’s budget, then we have before us a proposal that relates to pension reform,” McCord said. “If what we’re saying is we’re successfully addressing an alarmingly high level of unfunded pension liability, then it fails.” Basically, McCord and the KRC are saying that this plan hits taxpayers doubly hard. Restructuring the plan would lower
investment returns because fewer state employees would be contributing. McCord said that not only does the governor’s plan increase pension debt and make employee participation in the new system more expensive, but also would do little to address the current problem. What this is, according to McCord, is a planned tax hike on anybody who is planning on living in Pennsylvania in 2019 and beyond. As much as I hate to admit it, I find myself having to agree. This plan, in essence, is a band-aid. We can’t just reduce our contributions for a few years or so and expect it to make everything all better. That will just cause even more damage when that band-aid
gets torn off. Corbett asked lawmakers to help him find a solution to the pension funding problem at an appearance earlier this month with 400 construction company representatives. This plan is NOT that solution. The Governor said that if changes aren’t made, taxes are going to have to be raised to make up the difference. But what’s the difference between raising taxes now versus the tax hike that this plan would place on the Commonwealth down the road? Apparently the governor is slipping into the mindset of “why do now what you could put off until later?” But who knows? I could be wrong, and this plan could solve the problems. But I doubt it.
This Week in History By Rob Longo
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Editorial Assistant Feb. 24, 1854 The Rev. Joshua Loughran, who, at the time, served as President of Waynesburg College, reached a point in his career where the college faced financial difficulties. Loughran’s chief weakness was his inability or unwillingness to grapple with the financial exigencies that beset the college. Loughran took a defeatist attitude about the situation, and on Feb. 24, 1853, he resigned. A resignation that
Feb. 27, 1874 At this time, Waynesburg College faced a growing number of literary societies. However, it was difficult to enforce the rules of membership for these societies. Some individuals who were not even students attempted to gain membership, and so the faculty resolved that no person could be a member of a literary society “who is not a student in actual attendance in said College,” and no diplomas could be given to such persons.
Waynesburg students receive the first-ever text message from the E2Campus system. The system is used to inform students of significant events, such as class cancellations. The E2Campus system is still used by Waynesburg students today, and all freshmen are required to sign up for the service during freshman orientation.
Information courtesy of The Yellow Jacket and “The Waynesburg College Story”
It’s awesome that students in the Waynesburg community came together to make a “Harlem Shake” video, even though WU Nation was a little late to catch onto the craze and despite the fact that I actually despise the song. It’s not a good song, in my opinion - and I even tend to like instrumental tracks. Whats cool about this “Harlem Shake” craze isn’t the song, but instead the fact that it brings people together. The “Harlem Shake” caught on because one group of friends made a funny video and posted it online. Then everybody wanted to join in on the fun. That’s how things work in the Internet Era. During a two-week period in the middle of February, “Time” estimated that about 4,000 videos that made reference to or included the song “Harlem Shake” were posted to YouTube on a daily basis.That’s right: daily basis. So in a fortnight, nearly 60,000 YouTube videos of people dancing, moshing, jumping, thrusting and punching stuffed animals to the beat of a 30-second audio bite were uploaded to YouTube. Personally, I think it’s a straight up crime that this song has escalated to such heights. At publication time, it was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after trumping Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” which received unparalleled praise for an indie hip-hop single. That song is pretty (mission compliantly) awesome. (Yes, I may be a little biased toward that song because Wanz, the vocalist on the “Thrift Shop” hook, gave me a retweet when the single went platinum. But I can’t say that I’m the only person in America that wanted to raid a Goodwill during the five weeks it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.) But I guess the way that “Harlem Shake” was launched to the top of the charts in just one week is pretty remarkable, too. After all, Baauer is making mad bank off of all these “Harlem Shake” YouTube videos.
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“Time” also reported that Baauer, the artist who created the “Harlem Shake” track, makes money each time a new “Harlem Shake” video is uploaded to YouTube or clicked on by a viewer, thanks to a service called Content ID. Baauer may be a pioneer for other artists that stand to make money when their song is featured in an online trend that goes viral. Even though the videographers who shot the footage and the performers who outrageously bumped to the beat won’t make a cent, Waynesburg’s Harlem Shakers should be proud. It’s not everyday that students at this university come together to do something fun. The Waynesburg kids that took part in the video are now in the same category as “real schools” like the University of Georgia or the University of Florida. Goofy bliss that students experience while making the 30-second clip seems to be the point of creating a “Harlem Shake” video. The video, which was shot in Alumni Hall, was a quality one. So was the one the wrestling team made in Wiley Armory. An appreciation for the product those students created should bring forth something even better than a few laughs: pride. Pride in your friends, pride in your ridiculous dance moves and pride in your school. Too often do I hear complaints from other students of how Waynesburg “isn’t a real school” or how “nothing goes on during the weekends.” Just like the “real schools,” Waynesburg made its own “Harlem Shake” video because it was the fun thing to do. Every college graduate I’ve ever talked to has said that college is the best time I’ll ever have. So if you don’t like what’s going on for you at Waynesburg, then fix it. “Carpe diem.” And do the “Harlem Shake.”
Thursday, February 28, 2013
County Department of Recreation to offer spring fitness classes For six weeks this spring, the Greene County Department of Recreation will be offering two fitness classes. Aerobics classes will run from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday from Mar. 13 through Apr. 17, and classes in the fitness program Zumba will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m.
every Thursday from Mar.14 through Apr. 18. Both series of classes will be held in the upper level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg. Individual classes can be attended at a cost of $8 per class. Anyone wishing to attend all six
weeks, however, can preregister at a discounted rate of $5 per class, for a total of $30. The early registration deadlines are Tuesday, Mar. 12, for aerobics and Wednesday, Mar. 13, for Zumba. Instructor Shastina Humble will lead both series of classes. Attendees should wear sweat-
absorbing clothes, good support shoes, bring water and a towel. The Aerobics classes are designed for both high and low impact workouts. Aerobic exercise conditions the heart and lungs; other benefits include increased energy and stamina, toned muscles, decreased tension
and improved mood. The fitness program Zumba combines Latin and International music with dynamic, yet simple exercise moves. Benefits of Zumba include efficient calorie-burning, muscle toning and cardiovascular improvement. Zumba is recognized by leading fitness
organizations, including the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, the American Council on Exercise and Can-FitPro, a Canadian fitness education organization. For more information, or to pre-register for any of the classes, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.
Grant aids recycling
to recycle must take their paper products, cans, glass and plastic to the county recycling building along Ruff Creek for proper disposal. The Greene Arc Recycling Center along Ruff Creek Rd. is open between 8 a.m. and 4
p.m. Monday through Friday. Greene Arc is Greene Countys current recycling sponsor; Greene Arc is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing various community services to Greene and surrounding counties.
The government grant of $250,000 will allow Greene County to, hopefully, implement a more widespread and effective recycling program. DEP-approved projects for the grant money include operating compost facilities, creating
curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials for residents and expanding recycling processing facilities. Since the passage of the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act in
1988, the state has awarded 53 rounds of grants for state recycling. The act, also known as Act 101, mandates that all counties with over 10,000 residents, or between 5,000 and 10,000 people with a 300-person density, recycle.
the process.” Because of this, it’s very easy to start a 12step recovery group, said Kris D., a member of Bob’s Community Recovery committee. “We’re the help in the back yard - we’re the neighbor help. We’re the extension of the police and the rehab centers. When you’re done with all of that and your probation officer says to you, “ok, you’re on the street. What next?” You should be in a 12-step recovery group because we actually help you to develop skills. And we’re just your neighbors,” Kris said. “Anyone can start a 12-step group. That’s the beauty of it: none of them are affiliated. If five people say: “we need to start meeting as a group,” declare yourselves a group, come to us and start out for six months here and we help you to get some traction.” And these groups are not just people who are struggling with substance abuse, Bob explained. Support groups are also available for family members of people who suffer with this condition. In addition to offering
the groups a place to meet every week, Steps Inside also drops the rent - half of whatever collection the groups take in for the first six months for new groups. “That’s not to say that’s it’s really a ‘rent’ at least not in the form that most people would think of it,” Kris said. “They could charge 50 cents per person and we’d take half of whatever they bring in. There’s no set amount.” By doing this, the organization hopes to encourage more groups to use the clubhouse for their meetings. “We have a lot of times open, aside from the eight meetings already scheduled,” Bob said. “They can call the 800 number and we usually have someone here to answer it. If not, they can leave a message and we can get back to them.” All are welcome at Steps Inside. That’s the
12-step program way, Kris said. “We come from all walks. The members are a slice of humanity. We might sit next to a dishwasher or a college professor. You could be sitting next to anyone, and the reason we don’t care is because we’re only there for one reason: to get help,” she said. “These kinds of programs really cross the boundaries of economic status: both the richest and the poorest people in Greene County are in these rooms, side-byside. We don’t ask each other our last names. It just doesn’t happen because we know that our recovery depends on that.” Brochures with information on the local support groups are available at various local businesses, Kris said. For more information or to find a local group, contact Steps Inside at 724-8525395.
Flenniken to host project
doesn’t have any other sites scheduled for the program, but they’re always looking for more places to set up shop. “We’re trying to get the knowledge out to as many people and places as possible so that people will know about this and, hopefully, call us and schedule a program for their site,”she said. “We’re very passionate about this project, we’ve seen that there is a great need and we want to reach out to these men and women that need to have this done.”
Continued from B1 County offers no county-sponsored recycling programs. Instead, those eager
Steps Inside offers aid Continued from B1 with members of the clergy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and other community leaders every four months. “We talked about what we do with the 12step programs, what we offer and how we could help to raise awareness of these programs in the county. We were surprised by how little some of them knew about what we do and how concerned we were with working together,” Bob said. “The chief of police talked about how often he ran into situations where he didn’t know where to send them. He said, “do I send them into rehab? Do I rush them into the court system? Is there someone in the community who can talk to them?” And that’s what the 12-step program is - your average neighborhood people. You can help yourself, you can get out of the hold by yourself and you don’t have to lose you job and that sort of thing in
Continued from B1 based on your income and household,” she said. “There are ways that the examination can still be done if you don’t have insurance or have enough of it. If you are unable to pay for the mammogram, we are able to get vouchers for you.” At the moment, Heath said that Cornerstone
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Thursday, February 28, 2013 PAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Social Jackets ousted by Saints media Saints shoot creates 45 percent in 75-57 victory criticism By Nick Farrell
Assistant Sports Editor
Kyle Oland Sports Editor
I wrote a couple weeks ago about how the innovation of Twitter has changed our culture. The best example of this innovation can be seen in how my generation receives and hears about news stories. Just a decade ago people heard about news stories from the traditional media outlets of television, newspaper and radio. Fast forward to 2013. If you ask most people my age, they will tell you they heard about the Sandy Hook shootings from Twitter. They will tell you they followed the Presidential Election results via Twitter. Most will say the news of the Pope’s resignation was discovered from Twitter jokes rather than a newspaper. Twitter is not just a place for hard news stories, but it has developed into a fantastic channel through which people can voice their opinions about sports. Whether you are a member of the media or just the average fan, Twitter allows us to speak our minds. Unfortunately, the average Joe who knows nothing about sports, but thinks he does, will tweet something that is absurdly off the wall. Other times you will see someone who has a personal vendetta against a player, and will viciously attack that player over Twitter. Those who play professional sports are considered public figures. As public figures, they open themselves up to public ridicule. Twitter has changed the way people voice their opinions. Before Twitter, if a person wanted to go off on Clint Hurdle for leaving the starting pitcher in for too long, only the guys in the office would hear his rants. Now with Twitter, everyone can see his rants – including Clint Hurdle. Professional athletes are not the only ones who open themselves up to public criticism by playing sports; collegiate athletes are open to the same amount of criticism. Here at Waynesburg, a Division III university, our athletes do not suffer the amount of criticism that See SOCIAL on C3
Waynesburg’s women’s basketball team had a chance to stop the nationally-ranked Thomas More Saints from winning a seventh consecutive Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship on Friday night. That chance, however, disappeared when the PAC’s Most Outstanding Player hit her first 3-point shot of the evening. Behind a 25-point performance from Allison Long, the No. 6 Saints never trailed during their 75-57 rout of the Yellow Jackets at the Connor Convocation Center. In his five seasons as head coach of the Yellow Jackets, Sam Jones believes that this Thomas More team is among the best he’s ever coached against. “It’s up there,” said Jones. “Thomas More a couple years ago was 30-1 and made the Sweet 16. This team is up there for sure.” Jones and his Jackets were the victims of another defeat in Crestview Hills, Ky. No PAC team has left the Connor Convocation Center with a win since the 2006-07 season. “There’s some disappointment, obviously some sadness,” said Jones. “Anytime your season
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Jessi Drayer enters the key in a previous game this season. The senior guard paced the Jackets with 13 points in their loss to Thomas More in the PAC Tournament. ends, there’s some finality to that. You put a lot of work in and have goals, and when you don’t quite
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reach them there’s a lot of disappointment.” After a scoreless first minute of play, Long and
Katie Kitchen hit back-toback 3-pointers for the Saints to take an early 6-0 lead. The Jackets were not
deterred, though, as they only trailed 12-7 after the first media timeout. “They always come out and hit a bunch of shots, and we talked about weathering the storm,” said Jones. “I don’t think the early threes hurt us, because we were prepared for that. I’ve watched Thomas More do that to other people and I’ve watched them do that to us in the regular season. It’s what they do.” The Jackets weathered the storm, but never fully overcame the deficit. A couple of Jessi Drayer free throws made the score 1816 with 11:44 remaining, but that’s as close as the Jackets would come to gaining a lead. Despite holding the Saints to just five points during a four minute stretch late in the half, the Jackets failed to convert on offense and trailed 3524 at halftime. “We hurt ourselves by going 2-of-7 from the foul line in the last minute and a half of that half,” said Jones. “If we make even three of those that we miss, we’re down eight instead of 11, and it’s just a different feel in the second half.” Waynesburg began the second half flat and allowed the Saints to charge forward to a 49-26 advantage with 14:10 remaining in the game. After the Saints grabbed their largest lead of the game, the Jackets went on a 14-2 run over the next two minutes to cut the See WOMEN on C4
YELLOW JACKETS 7 - BOBCATS 2
starts season Baseball swept in opener Tennis Strong doubles
Inability to plate runners dooms Jackets
play leads to first spring win By Rob Longo
By Kyle Oland
Sports Editor In its 2013 seasonopener, the Waynesburg baseball team dropped its first two games on Saturday afternoon to reigning Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference champion and 2012 NCAA Tournament qualifier La Roche. Despite leading for the majority of the game, the Yellow Jackets (0-2) lost 42 in game one. The second game in Saturday’s twinbill was just as competitive as the Redhawks (2-0) won 3-2. Senior Anthony Longo took the mound for Waynesburg in the first game. Even with the tempera-
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Kyle Sasala throws to first in a game last season. The senior drove in two runs against La Roche on Saturday. ture hovering around 32 degrees, Longo pitched the first six innings, allowing only one run. With Waynesburg clinging to a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, head coach Mike Humiston elected to leave Longo in the game to complete the final frame. After retiring the first
batter, Longo hit the following batter then allowed a single. With two runners on, Anthony Girdano laced a basesclearing double to rightcenter, giving La Roche a 3-2 lead. “[Longo] pitched well enough to get the win,” said Humiston. “I thought See BASEBALL on C2
Despite an offseason with very little practice, the Waynesburg University men’s tennis team picked up a victory in its opening match of the regular season, defeating PittGreensburg 7-2. “It was [a] good first match of the spring season for us,” said head coach Ron Christman. “We could see how well we would compete and where we need to work most over the next month until we start to see conference competition.” The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early lead in the match, sweeping all three doubles matches. Dating back to
the fall season, this is the second consecutive match where Waynesburg swept the doubles portion. The Jackets are 8-1 overall in doubles matches during the 2012-13 school year. The most impressive doubles pairing in Waynesburg’s first outing of the spring was the duo of sophomores Isaiah Cochran and Colin Phillips, who defeated Doug Smeltzer and Zack Pivirotto 8-4. After going 0-6 last season, Cochran and Phillips have yet to lose a match in during the 2012-13 campaign. “I think that doubles will be our team’s strong suit this year, and we definitely showed that Friday,” said Phillips. “The doubles teams played well together, and really supported one another.” Cochran was also able See TENNIS on C3
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Young team looks to surprise With just one senior, Jackets hope to thrive
Continued from C1
Staff Report After finishing the 2012 season with an 18-18 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the PAC, a very young Waynesburg softball team is looking to turn last year’s experiences into more victories this spring. Not only will the Yellow Jackets look to jump back over .500 in both their overall and conference records, but return to the four-team PAC tournament after missing the event last year. The Yellow Jackets lost just two seniors from last year’s team in infielder Samantha Volponi and outfielder Jamie Gillum. Fifth-year head coach Lou Giachetti more than filled the roster spots with eight newcomers, including five new pitchers looking to fill out the team’s pitching rotation. Waynesburg is led by its lone senior, four-year starting shortstop Rachael Moon. Moon led the team in runs scored with 20 and had a team-best 36 hits a season ago. Moon is expected to get plenty of help at the plate from junior outfielder Jenna Dorazio, who led the 2012 squad in eight major categories, including batting average (.392) and on-base percentage (.430). Junior pitcher Carrie Maier will look to build off a solid season in the circle last year when she led the team in ERA (2.71) and wins (11). Maier will have more help behind her and more competition for starts in 2013, as the Jackets boast
Baseball loses twice
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Junior Jenna Dorazio returns to Jacket softball team after earning first-team All-PAC honors, leading Waynesburg in numerous offensive categories. eight pitchers on their roster, including sophomores Jenn Lingg and Haley Payne. Lingg made 13 starts in 16 appearances, including three that resulted in wins. She also secured one of the team’s two saves. Payne made two starts during her freshman campaign. The Jackets boast plenty of experience in the outfield this season with Dorazio and fellow junior All-PAC performer Jasmine Blackwell returning along with sophomores Emily Sorton, Brittany Ellis, Shelby Tabrosky and Theresa Soknich. Tabrosky led the group of second-year players with 25 starts in the outfield grass over 30 games played. Sorton, Ellis and Soknich combined to make 18 starts over the
three outfield spots. Blackwell was fourth on the team in runs scored with 14 in the 2012 season. She also ranked fourth in total bases with 35 and was one of the team’s big hit specialists, ranking second in triples and homeruns and finishing third on the team in doubles. Those impressive numbers came despite Blackwell missing an early portion of the season with an injury. Giachetti brought in some young talent to fill out the infield depth this season as all eight newcomers are listed as pitchers, catchers or infielders. With more depth and healthy competition, the Jackets will hope to improve their defense, which ranked seventh in fielding percentage at .938
and fifth in errors (65) a season ago. Last year’s Yellow Jacket squad scored some impressive wins in 2012 that it will look to build on in 2013. Waynesburg swept a pair of one-run decisions from Saint Vincent, which was unbeaten in PAC play at that point in the season. The Jackets also split a home doubleheader with Thiel, giving them three wins against conference tournament participants. Waynesburg opens up the 2013 season on Monday with a road doubleheader at Pitt-Greensburg. After playing two games in southwestern Pa., the Yellow Jackets travel to the sun and warmth of the Rebel Spring Games, which run from March 10-15 in Kissimmee, Fla.
he did exceptionally well, but that is something we expect out of him being a senior.” The Redhawks tacked on an insurance run before the game ended and entered the bottom of the seventh leading 4-2. Waynesburg could not mount a comeback, as La Roche retired the side in order to end the game. The Jackets had their chances to score runs throughout the game, but failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position. In total, they left six men on base. “In my book the most important statistic in the game of baseball is men left on base,” said Humiston. “We left way to many guys on base with one out or less.” Senior third basemen Tim Chilcote was disappointed in his team’s inability to capitalize with men on base, but felt optimistic given it was only the first game of the year. “It’s something that will come with time,” said Chilcote. “I thought we played well, but there were times when we could have scored and we didn’t.” Senior shortstop Kyle Sasala drove in the two Waynesburg runs with an RBI single in the third inning. In the second game, sophomore J. Jay Paskert started for Humiston. Paskert threw a complete game on 110 pitches. The sophomore pitched well enough to keep the Jackets in contention, allowing only three runs on four hits, but his offense was unable to muster enough support to earn a win. Humiston was impressed with Paskert,
who pitched for the first time in nearly two years. “He pitched extremely well and will be really good for us,” said Humiston. “I like his upside.” The Redhawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second game when Girdano doubled home Shane Healey. After La Roche scored a run in the third, Waynesburg cut the deficit back to one when sophomore Neal Yakopin lined an RBI single to center, scoring Chilcote. In the fifth, Girdano hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Healey and made the score 3-1. The RBI marked the second of the game and fourth on the day for Girdano. Waynesburg cut the La Roche lead to 3-2 in the sixth when senior Nick Berdine hit a one-out RBI double, which drove in Sasala. With Berdine at second and Waynesburg threatening to tie the game, Jesse Bauer took the mound for La Roche in place of starting pitcher Ryan Fennell. Bauer picked up two key outs against a couple of Waynesburg seniors. Bobby Hartman flied out before Adam Horning struck out to end the threat. Then, Bauer shut down the Jackets down in the seventh to preserve the victory for La Roche. Despite the two losses, Humiston is optimistic about the rest of the season. “I told our guys if we continue to do the thing we need to do, and I think we will, we will see [La Roche] again later in the season,” he said. “We got some guys that can sling it, and we are excited about the future.” The Jackets return to action Saturday for another home double-header. Juniata College will make the trip west to face Waynesburg for a non-conference series.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Athletes of the Week Senior rewrites record book while sophomore carries team By Nick Farrell Assistant Sports Editor
BLAZERS - 20, YELLOW JACKETS - 5
Lacrosse handed first loss Outshot 33-3 in the first half, Jackets fall
By John Lydic Staff Writer
A men’s basketball player who finished his second season and a sprinter who is beginning her final season are being recognized for their stellar play last week. Sophomore Jason Propst played fantastic basketball during Waynesburg’s two games in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Tournament. In those two contests, Propst averaged a double-double with 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Both of those averages led the team last week. During Waynesburg’s 74-57 defeat of Westminster in the play-in game, Propst led his teammates with 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. He was the only player on either team to earn a double-double and the only Jacket to record multiple blocks that evening. The following night, Propst recorded 17 points in Waynesburg’s 72-62 loss to Saint Vincent, the eventual champion of the PAC. The sophomore forward was named a secondteam All-PAC performer later in the week. Propst was the only Waynesburg men’s basketball player to receive All-PAC recognition this season. The sophomore forward was a vital part in leading the men’s basketball team to its best finish in five seasons. The Jackets will be expecting big things from Propst next season. Senior Rhea Huwe began her final season as a Yellow Jacket by setting school records in the 60meter and 200-meter dashes at the PAC Indoor Invitational. Huwe crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 8.15 seconds in the 60 on Saturday. During the same competition, she placed fourth in the 200 with a record-setting time of 27.21 seconds. Both of Waynesburg’s track teams placed second out of eight teams at the PAC Indoor Invitational and will begin their outdoor schedule on March 14. The senior runner and her teammates will return to the track over Spring Break where they will travel to S.C. to patriciate in a mission trip while also running in a few invitationals.
Tennis team wins opener Continued from C1 to take care of business at first singles, defeating Pivirotto in two close sets, 7-5, 6-4. Dating back to the fall, Cochran hasn’t lost a match at first singles this year. Christman believes Cochran has the potential to be a force this year, after playing with a stomach injury for the majority of last spring. “Isaiah went up against another young, big hitter [Pivirotto], and [he] stepped up to the challenge,” Christman said. “He handled the biggest serve that he has seen as a
Jacket and kicked in a few big smashes of his own.” The most thrilling match of the afternoon was at sixth singles, as senior Joe Kromer rallied to beat CJ Abenes, 7-5, 64. In the second set, Kromer was down four games to none, and was able to battle back to win six straight games to take the set and the match. “There is not a sixth singles player in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference who hits the ball harder than Joe Kromer,” Christman said. “There are few who can come from behind like Kromer can.” Senior Jon Anderson entered the spring season needing only four victories to break the all-time
Inexperience showed as the women’s lacrosse team dropped its first match of the season to Hood College on Saturday, 20-5. The Yellow Jackets opened their season hoping to build off the strides that they made last year. Although the Jackets did not come out with a victory, the team’s young players gained valuable experience. With the loss, the Jackets dropped to 0-1 overall on the season, while Hood improved to 1-0 overall. The Blazers started fast, scoring three goals in the first five minutes of action. “I think the first half we just had a lot of nerves and just were really hyped up,” said head coach Maria Shepas A number of first year players littered the starting lineup for Shepas in Saturday’s season opener. Freshman JoHanna Phillips made her collegiate debut in goal Saturday, making 14 saves. The freshman goalkeeper is a former softball player making a transition to goalie. “The transition from
wins record at Waynesburg, but was unable to return to Waynesburg with a win. “I think everyone played well with the exception of me,” said Anderson, “7-2 is a good score, but it should have been better than that on Friday. After starting the year 0-5 before battling back to 4-6, it feels good to start 3-0 this season. Even though Christman was pleased with a 72 victory, the head coach found some areas where the Jackets can improve. “The lineup we played on Friday could be our lineup throughout the spring season if we stay healthy, but there are a couple of young players who are working hard to
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Junior midfielder Toria Shepherd looks for an open teammate during a game from last year. The junior led Waynesburg with three goals and two assists on Saturday. softball to lacrosse has been crazy,” said Phillips. “It is a lot harder to track the ball coming towards you in lacrosse than in softball. I have plenty of bruises just from one game.” Despite allowing 20 goals, Shepas expects the young goalie to improve as the season progresses. “It took some time for her to see the ball, but she got more comfortable,” said Shepas. “She will get better with more work.” Waynesburg tried to get its offense going after the three early goals, but it never found its rhythm. Heading into halftime, the Jackets trailed 11-0. One problem for Waynesburg in the first half was the lack of time in its opponent’s zone. Waynes-
burg was outshot in the first half 33-3. In addition to the massive difference in shots, Hood caused the Jackets to turn the ball over 16 times compared to the Blazers nine. “We just need to work on the physical and mental toughness because we are one of the better conditioned teams,” said Shepas. Waynesburg made some key adjustments during halftime, playing better fundamental lacrosse in the second half. Waynesburg freshman Makayla Vidosh got the Yellow Jackets on the board just 13 seconds into the second half. Junior Victoria Shepherd assisted Vidosh on the play.
Waynesburg scored the first three goals off the second half, as Shepherd and sophomore Kelly Mehal each found the back of the net. Following the three Jacket scores, the Blazers scored two straight goals before Shepherd added her second goal of the day. Shepherd would add one more goal, as she paced the Waynesburg offense with five points on the day. The Blazers scored seven of the final eight goals to run away with the victory. Waynesburg will look to get a tally in the win column this weekend. Its next game is Saturday at John F. Wiley Stadium against Allegheny College and will begin at 5 p.m.
break into the starting six,” Christman said. “Overall, our match versus Pitt-Greensburg was a little scratchy, but the guys did the things they needed to do to pull out a solid win.” Last year, the Jackets defeated the Bobcats by the same score to pick up their first win of the season. Waynesburg’s lopsided victory will be short lived, as the Jackets are set to begin a tough portion of their schedule. The Jackets will be back in action tomorrow night against Division II Malone College. After Malone, the men will face 26-time defending PAC Champion Grove City to open conference play.
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national or regional attention of other area athletic programs, I do not believe our athletes have experienced public criticism to extent of Division I athletes – I may be wrong though. I can almost guarantee not one Waynesburg football player received the criticism that former Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri endured during his career. As a result, I do not believe Waynesburg athletes properly know how to handle such criticisms. To my knowledge, there is no class here for athletes that teach them how to handle social media criticism and other forms of scrutiny. As college athletes, Waynesburg athletes should be prepared for the criticism that playing at the collegiate level brings about. As public figures, criticism is likely to come at a higher rate. Waynesburg athletes are public figures, so some level of criticism is sure to come. Outside criticism should not affect athletes. The only opinion an athlete should care about is his or her coach’s. If they can’t handle the criticism, they shouldn’t play the game.
Continued from C1 Division I athletes face. At Waynesburg coaches do not have ESPN scorning them for a coaching decision. Skip Bayless is not on First Take ranting about the number of carries Bertrand Ngampa gets during a game. While we don’t have the attention of the national media or even the local media at Waynesburg, Twitter is available for fans to voice their opinions on Waynesburg sports. Although Waynesburg athletes don’t receive criticism from Bayless or his counterpart Stephen A. Smith, Twitter has provided a channel through which smaller athletic programs receive that criticism. I know Waynesburg’s student athletes receive criticism via Twitter. The beauty of social media is that everything is available to the public eye; so I have seen some of the messages people from the Waynesburg community have disseminated. Because Waynesburg does not receive the
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Men’s basketball on the rise Christner leads Jackets to best season in five years By Eric Bost Sports Editorial Assistant In Mark Christner’s third season as the Waynesburg men’s basketball head coach, his team didn’t just best its records from the last two seasons; it made strides that have put the Yellow Jackets on the radar in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. During the 2012-13 campaign, the Yellow Jackets improved both their overall record (10-17) and conference record (4-12) over the last two seasons combined. Christner said that going into the season he didn’t want the team to look at its record, but instead focus on how the team could improve game to game. “With so many new and young players it was a fresh start for us, and I thought we could be a group that got better as the year went on,” said Christner. “We tried not to get caught up in the number of wins; we just work on daily improvement and I thought our team did a nice job of focusing on that concept.” After losing six seniors from the year before, the team added more youth as it brought in the same number of freshmen. That, along with the six sophomores on its roster, made Waynesburg one of the youngest teams in the PAC this past year. Throughout the course of the year, the team played as a young, inexperienced team would, averaging 14 turnovers a game. Christner preached team play throughout the course of the year. During many of Waynesburg’s best games this season, no one man stood out. Instead, every player on the court for the Jackets was a scoring threat when the team played as a unit. “We talk at the beginning of the year about needing everyone and the importance of the team. The year is so long and such a grind; guys need to have a long term approach yet also compete like crazy each day,” said Christner. Christner added that his side made adjustments when necessary.
“Roles also change as the year goes on,” said Christner. “When Kurt [Bonnet] couldn’t continue to play, that opened the door for some other guys who did a nice job.” The Jackets turned the season around halfway through conference play. Led by sophomore Jason Propst and on the back of junior E.J. Coleman’s clutch freethrow shooting, Waynesburg upset the Bethany Bison 6764 for the first time with Christner at the helm. “The Bethany win was big on a few different levels. It stopped a losing streak and it gave our team a legit win to move forward during our season,” said Christner. “I think overall it’s a win that can change the culture of the program. Confidence to compete is huge; that win gave us a nice dose of that.” That win over the Bison was the second conference win at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse under Christner. The team improved its home record to 7-6 this year, a big step up from the 0-10 mark posted by the team just two years ago. The Jackets were just 1-4 in conference play until their upset of Bethany. After that, the team went 3-5 but lost close games to Saint Vincent, Washington & Jefferson, Westminster and Thomas More. After pulling away late in their PAC playoff game against Westminster, the Jackets were up for the challenge of playing eventual PAC champion Saint Vincent in Latrobe, Pa. Although the effort ended up being a losing one, Christner said that his players need more work in specific areas, but they are not far away from being a consistent contender in the PAC. “We need to get stronger and continue to improve our skills. Shooting 39 percent from the field as a team on the year is not efficient enough,” said Christner. “Lots of guys earned quality experience, so I hope a taste of what it could be will serve as motivation starting here in a couple of weeks when off-season work begins.”
Last Thursday, the Waynesburg track team participated in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Invitational that served as an unofficial indoor track championship meet. The men’s team finished second with a team score of 110 points. Returning to the track after his basketball season concluded, sophomore Byrum Louco won the 400 meters, finishing in a time of 50.22 seconds. Sophomore Zakk DeCarlo posted the fasted time in Waynesburg history in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 23.28 seconds. Senior thrower Tony Lamosek broke the school record in the weight throw with a heave of 9.91 meters. In addition to the individual records, the 4x400 and distance relay teams shattered the previous school records. On the women’s side, the Jackets finished second with a team score of 139 points. Senior Rhea Huwe shattered the school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.21 seconds. One more record was broken when the 4x400 relay team shattered the old record by completing the race in 4:21.60. Other notable finishers included senior Megan Fortna, third in the 800, sophomore Amanda Hobe, first in the triple jump, and sophomore Breanna Anderson, second in the triple jump. Both the men and women will take a few weeks off before beginning the outdoor portion of their schedule. The first meet for the Yellow Jackets is scheduled during the team’s mission trip to Coastal Carolina over Spring Break.
Women fall to Saints Continued from C1
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WINTER ALL-PAC AWARD WINNERS
Women’s Basketball Brittany Spencer (2nd-Team) Senior, Guard
Jessi Drayer (Hon. Mention) Senior, Guard
•Scored over 1,000 points during career •Led Jackets in scoring (11.4), rebounds 6.1) and minutes
•Two-time All-PAC pick •Led team in assists (2.1) and steals (1.9) •Averaged 9.1 points per game
Wrestling Anthony Bonaventura Junior, Wrestler of the Year •Team captain •PAC Champion at 174pounds •Compiled a 23-11 record
Ron Headlee Coach of the Year •Guided the Yellow Jackets to their third PAC Title in the last four years. •Three-time PAC Coach of the Year
Men’s Basketball Jason Propst (2nd-Team) Sophomore, Forward •Led Jackets in scoring (13.8) and rebounding (7.3). •Finished 11th in the PAC in scoring, fifth in rebounding and ninth in blocked shots.
deficit to 11. The Saints recomposed, though, and finished out the last 10 minutes of the contest by outscoring their guests 24-17 on the way to a 75-57 win in the conference semi-final. Waynesburg’s defense was ineffective against Thomas More during part of this matchup. The Saints shot 45 percent from the field, including 7-11 from beyond the 3point arc in the first half alone. Jones stated that when the Saints are hot, no style of defense can contain them. He said that a team that shoots as well as the Saints do takes seven players to defend. “They’re No. 6 in the nation for a reason,” said Jones. “There are some things that we could have done better, but they’re going to make some shots. What you have to do is try to eliminate your own mistakes, try to capitalize on their mistakes and [then] get a little lucky.” Jones said that it was Thomas More that got lucky on occasion, specifically noting a play where Devin Beasley banked in a 3-point try. “We played hard,” said Jones. “We fought the entire time and never gave up, but sometimes you need a little bounce like that.” Long did not think that Jones’ choice to play a 2-3 zone against the Saints was a bad decision. “It slows us down and takes us a second to adjust to it,” said Long. Having played in their final game as Yellow Jackets, Jones spoke afterward about how much this senior class means to him. “They were my first recruiting class, the first
girls to believe in me and believe in what we wanted to accomplish here at Waynesburg,” said Jones. “Those three will always hold a special place in my heart because of that.” Drayer, one of those seniors, led the Jackets with 13 points and five steals. Brittany Spencer and Paige Pearce, Jones’ two other seniors, were held to eight and four points respectively. Freshman Gina Rievel was second on Waynesburg’s roster in scoring with nine points, but she also led all athletes in turnovers with six. Unlike the Saints, the Jackets made slightly fewer than 35 percent of their field goals. Long’s 25-point performance led all scorers. “My teammates, I credit them for everything,” said Long. “I wouldn’t get the shots if it wasn’t for them.” Jenny Burgoyne had 14 point while Kitchen chipped in 12 for the Saints, who clinched their seventh consecutive conference title and a perfect record in league play with a victory over Washington & Jefferson on Saturday. With the win, Thomas More also earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Waynesburg will not apply for an ECAC bid, a tournament that the Yellow Jackets won during the 2010-11 season. The Jackets ended the 2012-13 year with a 14-13 overall record. “We just need to learn the lessons that we need to learn and try to get better next year,” said Jones. “Like I told them earlier in the week, we don’t work this hard to make the semi-finals. That’s not our goal. But it’s a testament to those girls [the seniors] that we’re to the point where that’s not good enough anymore, and that’s really the legacy they left behind.”
Thursday, February 28, 2013
‘Larger than 5’2” stage presence’ Fiddles, banjos, bass guitar, drums and more filled the GPAC By Matt Giardina Staff Writer
Photo by Jordan Mitrik
Lead singer and country girl, Natalie Stovall, rocked out the GPAC this past Wednesday.
The lights in the room dimmed and, suddenly, a light flashed onstage. The sweet twang of a banjo sprung out towards the crowd. An echoing boom of bass guitar emanated through the hall, filling every cavity with its deep, resounding beat. As cowboy boots
pounded the boards of the stage, a bombshell with bouncing blonde curls in a “dang cowgirl” tee grabbed the mike and let her mighty voice tear the air. The music’s thick vibrations resonated in the audience’s veins, saturating their souls, persuading them to soar. Last Wednesday, Natalie Stovall preformed in
the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. The trunout was not too great but that did not stop Stovall’s energy. Along with her band, she brought a country music, fiddle playing, guitar strumming and dancing experience to Waynesburg University. Stovall now rocks the stage all over the country due to her eager attitude
as a young fiddler in Colombia, Tenn. “I was four when I started,” said Stovall. “My grandmother told me I should start. She actually saw an article on it, asked if I wanted to take lessons and I said yes. I think it was mainly because I’d be on stage and I really didn’t know See BAND on D2
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Beethoven flashback The sounds of classic piano works filled the GPAC and wowed the audience last Tuesday when world-renowned pianist Teresa Walters’s performed. (Above) Walters performs one of the many Beethoven pieces she played during her concert. (Right) Walters not only played, but also spoke to her audience about Beethoven and all he did for music.
The Chamber Works series ‘WU’s Line is it Anyway’ performs percussion & jazz offers late-night fun for all By Abby Wernert Staff Writer Heavy beats resonated off the walls of the Marsh Center as the percussion ensemble opened with Thomas O’Connor’s “The Winding River” as the first performance of the semester’s Chamber Works series. The Chamber Works series, which is put on twice a semester, was started seven years ago by Dr. Rhonda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music and director of the music program. DePriest wanted to find a program that was schedule friendly and
could be used to hone the skills and techniques of any students practicing music in addition to allowing the students freedom to perform what they want. “I just love seeing the variety of things that happen,” said DePriest. Following the performance by the percussion ensemble was two performances by the jazz ensemble Amber Freeman, sophomore history and creative writing major, was especially nervous for her performance, as she was only told the night before that she was chosen to sing a solo. “It was stuck in my
head when my jazz teacher asked me what I wanted to perform,” said Freeman, explaining the reason for why she chose the song “Beyond the Sea” by Charles Trenet and Jack Lawrence. The Lamplighter’s Touring Choir ended the show, headed by Melanie Catana, instructor of vocal music and director of choral music. The group used the Chamber Works as an opportunity to debut the new song they have been working on, titled “We Will Glorify.” The various ensembles that perform in the Chamber
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Waynesburg University is bringing their own version of the famous show, “Whose Line is it Anyways” to campus this week. The Waynesburg University Players presents this year’s first, “WU’s Line Is It Anyways” performance. The show does not have a theme. It is an improv performance that can go wherever the actors take it. “WU’s line is a spin off of the improvisational comedy show ‘Whose Line is it Anyways’, See SHOW on D2 where we have a main
cast of performers who are given prompts to make up off the top of their heads,” said junior sociology major and director of the event, Briana Hozak. The show consists of a host who gives a random category, word or situation to the chosen cast who then has to do an improve performance. This situation usually ends with laughter. Hozak, along with nine other students, have been practicing for this performance for weeks. ‘The Wu’s line cast practices every Monday and Tuesday night,” said senior human services major and host of “WU’s
Line,” Kim Peters. “Briana Hozak has to come up with new and creative prompts for every rehearsal and show.” According to Hozak, the actors spend a lot of their time practicing how to think on their toes. The way the actors do this is by practicing different scenarios and games over and over again. “These student-actors intend to provide good, clean entertainment through improvisational comedy,” said Edward L. Powers, associate professor of theatre. The show is planned to See STUDENTS on D2
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Band plays with energy Continued from D1 what I was getting myself into. But the more I learned about it, the more I loved it.” Her talent with the fiddle launched her career in the beginning and always manages to draw a crowd to witness firsthand her unmatched ability. “I heard she played the fiddle, and I play the violin, so I became interested in it,” said Mindy Hooven, a freshman nursing major who attended Stovall’s performance.
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Stovall demonstrates her fiddeling skills as she and her band rock out on their own instruments for their Waynesburg University audience.
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Works series practice for the events throughout the year. They meet once a week with their respective instructors to discuss the pieces they wish to perform. Specific pieces are typically chosen based off of the students’ skill and techniques yet their instructors will work with them should they choose a
have a great time at the show. “The audience can expect to see new, fun games and of course they can expect to laugh,” said Hozak. “We have a very funny group of people.” The show will be taking place in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 10 p.m. this Wednesday.
way that will engage them in new ways. Despite the casual setting of the Chamber Works series, the audience was impressed by the skill level of the student performers. “The directors and teachers do a really good job at making our students as professional sounding as they can,” said sophomore public relations and digital design major Brittany Semco. “I didn’t feel like I was at school. I felt like I was at a real concert.”
Stovall’s love for the stage became obvious with her larger-than-5’2” stage presence that awakened and energized the audience. “I’m also a people person,” Stovall said. “At every show I get to meet new people and learn new things from them. I’ve had shows where I’ve met over 200 people at the merch table. But what matters more than the size is the way they react.” Hooven fully understood Stovall’s infectious, upbeat atmosphere that quickly spread once she hit the stage. “I think it’s fun coming to these events because you can tell the performers love what they do and you have a great time with them because their attitude and positive energy affect you,” Hooven said. That contagious personality and overwhelming aura continuously thrust Stovall’s career upward. After a few years performing for colleges, Stovall was named 2012 Entertainer of the Year by the voters of Campus Activities Magazine by the Readers Choice Awards. “It makes me feel awesome,” said Stovall. “It’s so cool to get recognized for doing something that you’re already doing and love. It has taken years; we’ve been working hard and went from having no clue what we’re doing to pounding the pavement for years. What makes it better is that its fan voted on. It means that the fans enjoy what we do and
took the time to vote for us.” Stovall stands not alone on-stage and joyfully shares her success with the four guys that perform beside her. Drummer James of Nashville, Tenn., was Stovall’s right hand man for over a decade. “James and I met in college,” said Stovall. “We formed a band together then lived in my parents’ house in the summer. We played around the area to get us started and then we graduated. James and I were the only ones to move to Nashville and we held auditions.” In lieu of auditions, the pair discovered their future band members through different circumstances. “We found Miguel on Craigslist,” Stovall said. “We found Zach through a friend and then Zach introduced us to Joel about three years ago. We’ve actually gone through 39 members since our start in college, but these guys, they’re it, this is the band.” Stovall and the guys want nothing more than an everlasting journey with music and to continue to bring adventure to all their spectators. “I really want to see it grow bigger. I want to continue making music that I’m proud of and have it reach thousands, to reach the masses. I hope to have the career that allows me to do this forever,” said Stovall. “I don’t have a plan B and that was a conscious decision. I never thought of one because I knew I just wanted to perform.”
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The Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Across 1 Medical amts. 4 Be accountable (for) 10 Remove, as coupons 14 Ernst collaborator 15 Electronic music genre 16 Spherical opening? 17 Titanic compartment on the lowest level 19 “All __”: 1931 tune 20 Height: Pref. 21 Lord’s Prayer opener 22 Arterial trunk 24 __ León: Monterrey’s state 26 Setup of a sort 29 Okay 31 Okay 32 Project, with “out” 33 Mediterranean capital 36 Farm female 37 Drive-in offering, and what 17-, 26-, 50or 60-Across has, in more ways than one 41 1% of a cool mil 42 Lethargic 43 Stein filler 44 Poet’s contraction 46 Discography entries 50 Country kitchen
design option 54 Wash softly against 55 Words after “What a coincidence!” 56 Muppet friend of Elmo 58 Poet’s preposition 59 Italian carmaker 60 Verify 63 “Poppycock!” 64 Find, as a frequency 65 Whopper, e.g. 66 Very dark 67 It has its ups and downs 68 Family guy
Down 1 Poolside structure 2 Springtime bloomer 3 Tapering tops 4 Wore (away) 5 Fiery emperor? 6 Clean with effort 7 Fingerprint ridge 8 Ambient music pioneer Brian 9 Parmesan alternative 10 A minor, for one 11 Didn’t quite close 12 Childish 13 Slapstick prop 18 Film Volkswagen with “53” painted on it
23 Singular 25 Mark on an otherwise perfect record? 27 Place in the earth 28 Hot time in France 30 Dawn-dusk link 34 Like the ‘80s look, now 35 Tabloid subj. 36 Spa treatment 37 Aspect of para-
noia 38 Person in the know 39 Therapists’ org. 40 Cultivate 41 Smidge 44 Unit of resistance 45 Official orders 47 Defended, as family honor 48 Brady Bunch girl 49 Fed the fire
51 Cartoonist Guisewite or her title character 52 Depleted layer 53 Blooms for lovers 57 “¿Cómo __?” 59 Justice Dept. division 61 Wish one hadn’t 62 Udder woman?
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