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Nine new faculty join Waynesburg's campus community By JENNY SCHOUPPE Chief Photographer
As the 2015-16 academic year gets underway, nine new faculty settle into their new positions within the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Taunya Tinsley is adjusting to her position as an associate professor of counseling and director of Graduate Programs in Counseling. She received her B.A. degree from Augsburg College, her M.A. degree from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. from Duquesne University. Tinsley is a licensed professional counselor and the owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultative services. One aspect that Tinsley is looking forward to with this new position is the ability to combine both faith and service into her teachings. “Here in Waynesburg I can cover all those areas [faith, service, learning] under one roof,” said Tinsley. “We can incorporate that spiritual and Christian perspective, we incorporate that multicultural perspective.” Waynesburg University also welcomes Robert Bonser to the staff. Bonser will serve as the Clinical Education Coordinator and an instructor of athletic training. He received his B.S. degree from Frostburg State University and his M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina. Kevin McClincy, an instructor of criminal justice, joined the university faculty in the Spring 2015 semester. He received his B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Waynesburg University, McClincy started off in the U.S. Army and then moved on to a po-
sition as a Special Investigator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State Ethics Commission. From there he was a police officer for the City of Altoona Police Department, and then moved on to a position as an adjunct instructor for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He then held positions as a Special Agent for the U.S. Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; was an adjunct instructor at St. Vincent College, then
NEW FACULTY AT A GLANCE ARTS ADMINISTRATION Dr. Xela Batchelder
ATHLETIC TRAINING Robert Bonser
WU women serve across the globe
2015 Vira Heinz scholarship recipients reflect on travels, service By RYAN SCHWERTFEGER News Digest Editor
Juniors Paige Carter and Addie Pazzynski were the recipients of the 2015 scholarship from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership, which enabled them to travel abroad over the summer. Carter, a pre-law major, and Pazzynski, a religion and philosophy major, took trips to South Africa and Jordan, respectively, to immerse themselves and experience the world through a
different lens while examining various parts of their area’s culture and history. For Carter, visiting South Africa was quite a wake-up call in seeing the effects still present from apartheid-era conditions the country faced for many years. “My high school education presented the concept of colonialism as almost a good thing,” said Carter. “My mind had been trained to associate ‘development’ and ‘success’ with the term, but I had never considered the effects of colonialism as I did in South Africa.” Carter said one of the more interest-
ing things she learned was about how apartheid really started in the early 1900s, when laws like the Natives’ Land Act seized the property of the indigenous people in order to mine for metals and other natural resources. Carter also volunteered at a nongovernmental organization that helped young adults achieve self-sustaining lifestyles and higher education. “The immersion of a different culture See HEINZ on A4
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Dr. Imac Holmes Dr. Taunya Tinsley
Junior Paige Carter spent her summer as a Vira Heinz scholar in South Africa, where she did volunteer work and learned about the effects of American colonialism on the nation.
WU students adapt to college life after home schooling
NURSING Coleen Cardamone Jessica Floyd Sheryl Ondrejko Sherry Parsons at California University of Pennsylvania; and then was a Senior Special Agent for the U.S. Treasury Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. McClincy looks forward to teaching the next generation. “I love being in a classroom,” said McClincy. “My career within law enforcement is done, it’s over. The sands of time have already started to cover my footprints. So now the best thing See FACULTY on A4
By LUISA SINGLETARY Copy Editor
For many students, the first day of college classes is a memorable one, full of nervousness, a little confusion and the wave of relief after successfully making it through. Three years later, as nursing major Madelyn Luhrman blazes into her senior year, she still remembers everything about her first day of classes, from the Superman t-shirt she was wore for a boost of confidence, to the anxious walk from Denny Hall to Stewart Hall for the first of five classes she had on that fateful Monday. “I’ll never forget my first class – walking down there to 8 a.m. Anatomy with [my
friends],” she said. “I was so nervous ‘cause it was my very first class in my entire life; I didn’t know what to do, so I just followed everyone and copied what they did and just tried to not freak out even though I was freaking out all day.” Luhrman’s story mirrors what many freshmen go through, with one major twist: this was not just her first day of college classes. It was her first day of classes – ever. Most incoming freshmen come to college with the usual nerves about new classes, a new environment and new people; however, homeschooled students come to college with an extra load – adjusting to a different set of social and academic
circumstances. Waking up on your own schedule and teaching yourself material cannot compare to the panic of being late to class or the mystification of finishing an assignment to someone else’s specifications – only to have it returned covered in corrections. There are many reasons parents choose to homeschool their children, however, according to a 2012 survey by NCES, a “safe school environment” was the most common reason. Other popular reasons are “to teach children from a religious or moral point of view” and “dissatisfaction with academic instruction.” Cait Tucker, a recent graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, was home-
schooled for a combination of these reasons. “My mom wanted to be involved in what we were learning rather than leaving that task up to someone else,” she said. Just as the definition of ‘homeschool’ is broad, so is the American homeschool experience. Some families choose to teach their children on their own, use supplement studies with community member or utilize clubs and co-ops – and this doesn’t even begin to encompass families who homeschool because they travel too often for their child to go to public school, or those who eschew the traditional school model and instead choose to eduSee COLLEGE on A4
Stewart renovations to continue throughout fall semester By JOHN LYDIC Staff Writer
One university building renovation will continue into the fall, with the science department seeing major upgrades as construction continues. Stewart Hall has been under renovation since early May 2013, and has seen many changes over what has become a multi-phase and multi-year project. Stewart has now moved into phase five of the renovation process, which includes improvements to the fourth
floor of the building, according to Terry Sattler, director of Facilities Planning and Management. The fourth floor has already been demoed and is ready to begin the upgrades that were laid out in the original plans. According to Sattler, the floor will house a brand new renovated data center, a new office suite for the biology department, an anatomy and psychology lab, a lab for cellular and molecular biology and some new teaching classrooms. The upgrades on the
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The newly renovated third floor of Stewart Science Hall features fully upgraded science labs for Biology students. The fourth floor is currently under construction. fourth floor will include the biology lab spaces and classrooms.
Phase four of the project, recently completed before the start of the 2015 fall se-
mester, included upgrades to the third floor of Stewart – which houses computer sci-
ence, math, physics and a few biology classrooms. The fourth floor was originally scheduled to be renovated before the third floor was complete, but according to Sattler, the revised plan was more conducive to class schedules. “It made, logistically from an academic standpoint, more sense to do the third floor first and then come back to [the third floor],” said Sattler. “After we got started on the third floor, the university See STEWART on A4
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Waynesburg celebrated its annual 50s Fest on Sept. 12 with a variety of family-friendly activites and attractions.
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September 17, 2015
Fundraiser planned for injured senior Service leadership By CHELSEY WITHERS Editorial Assistant
After a devastating car accident last May, efforts have been made to help Waynesburg University senior Kurt Detwiler and his family pay for his medical expenses. Detwiler suffered major injuries in the accident, but has made substantial progress. The efforts being made are to help Detwiler and his family raise enough money to supply him with a prosthetic leg. “The major fundraising effort we are going to do is a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 24; this is going to be our major push because we are going to have it at lunch time and after the football game,” said
“Our goal is to raise enough money to get a prosthetic that will allow Kurt to do whatever [he] wants to do.”
Detwiler Fundraising Coordinator
Erin Martin, fundraising director for Detwiler. “This is senior day, and we know for sure he will be here.” This season would have been Detwiler’s senior season with the football team. Senior day was found to be most appropriate because, over the last four years, fellow seniors have played side-by-side with Detwiler. On this day, the underclassmen will have a chance to honor all of their seniors and the accomplishments
they have had, and also honor Detwiler for the impact he left on the team – on and off the field. Along with the spaghetti that will be served on senior day, there will also be a silent auction and possibly a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go to Detwiler and his family. The other major fundraising effort currently happening is a bundle that is on sale. The bundle includes a tshirt and a bracelet for $20.
The bracelets – which are orange and read “I am in Kurt’s corner” – will also be on sale separately. “Our goal is to raise enough money to get a prosthetic that will allow Kurt to do whatever [he] wants to do,” said Martin. “If he wants to run, swim, bike, walk on the beach, there are so many different attachments to do these activities and we want to provide him with the best prosthetic so he can do these different things.” Between all the fundraising efforts, the fundraising team is looking to raise anywhere in the range of $60,000 to $100,000 for Detwiler and his family. This also includes any donations or sponsorships that are received.
program introduced By SHON MEADE Managing Editor
Waynesburg University has been trying to find more ways for students to continue to give back to others and do the work of God. This year, the Center for Student Leadership has added a new program in their ongoing quest to better the world around them. The Service Leadership Program is sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership and is “rooted within our mission of faith, serving and learning,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services. According to Hardie, this
new program aims to enable students to help with service projects both on and off campus. Any student is able to participate in this program; it isn’t designated to only Bonner Scholar students. “We have a lot of students that apply for the Bonner scholarship program that don’t meet the Bonner foundation requirements,” said Hardie. “However, they have a huge passion to serve.” These students are encouraged to participate in any way they can, which can help develop leadership skills within the students. During the activities fair, See LEADERS on A4
Katrina 10th anniversary brings reflection for professor By CHELSEY WITHERS Editorial Assistant
On August 29, 2005, a natural disaster tarnished the Gulf Coast of the United States that disaster is known as Hurricane Katrina. Waynesburg University’s Beth Merry, a communication professor, was one of the many citizens to go down and help after the disaster occurred. “When disasters occur our church often sends Mission trips out to serve. So we organized a trip of adults and college students with Project Rhino,” said Merry. “People from Presbyterian Churches were coming down from all across the nation to help, plus we met other groups of college students while we were there. It was heartwarming to see everyone so willing to help.” “We met the owners of a home that was right near a levy that broke. They had health problems and could not do the cleanup and demolition work that was
needed before the home could be rebuilt. When we went in, we could not believe what the force of the water had done. Sofas and the refrigerator had been tossed around rooms. Cupboards were opened and their contents scattered about. Mold covered the walls. Virtually everything was destroyed. We cleaned the entire house out and removed the drywall. The owners were so grateful that they cried.” When asked if anything unexpected happened while she was there, Merry told the story of how, when working in the Habitat for Humanity’s Musician’s Village in the Ninth Ward, she saw a familiar face. The woman who was painting the house nextdoor, turned out to be an actress who played her favorite nurse from the hit show, ER. Merry talked to her and learned that the entire team was comprised of cast and crew members from the show. They were helping during a break in filming the series. The story
Photo Courtesy of Beth Merry
This house demonstrates the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina after it devastated thousands along the Gulf Coast, espcially the city of New Orleans. shows that in times of real need, anyone can help and it is a blessing for those in need. Professor Merry can tell you plentiful stories involving service she has been involved in throughout her entire life. In her classes she relates these experiences to fit the topic she is discussing in class. She has started up the Department of Communication Mission Trip to Bonaire, which has had successful trips for the last
three years. She has also led and organized three trips to Malawi, Africa during the years she has been teaching at Waynesburg University. As the memories of Hurricane Katrina evolve and touch so many different hearts, it is also something that we can take away and learn from. That lesson is service. One can serve others in countless ways and not even realizing they are serving. Merry helped clarify that
by stating, “Whether you are on a mission trip or in your dorm room listening empathetically to another student, you are providing service. Whenever you use something you learn in class to help others, you are serving too. Another one of the unsung benefits of Service Learning and Mission trips is that you develop deep and lasting friendships with those that you go through the experience with, and that is a true blessing.”
In the last ten years countless amounts of people have gone down south to help serve and rebuild. When the Hurricane hit New Orleans 70% of the housing was damaged and 1,833 people lost their lives. The tragedy continued all across the Gulf Coast causing thousands of people their homes, losing loved ones, and incurring countless injuries. After 10 years of rebuilding, New Orleans has been put back on the list of 50 most-populous cities and made significant progress to being back to where it was. Even though the rebuilding has gone well, this made an astronomical effect to service and understanding that even our own country needs our help. “If anything ever happened like this again I would go in a heartbeat,” said Merry. “I would absolutely take a group of students. I think this is a life changing experience for people that go, because you always come away with more than you give.”
University offers ample local, WCTV students' hard work weekend service opportunities acknowledged with awards By REBECCA BURCHAM Copy Editor
Waynesburg University holds service to a high standard among its students, offering several different opportunities for involvement with service sites. Two of these organizations – World Vision and Produce to People – provide examples of how university students can make a larger impact through local and global-reaching service. According to their website, World Vision International is a Christian humanitarian aid, development and advocacy organization that seeks to “integrate lasting solutions to the root causes of poverty and share God’s hope for a brighter future.” World Vision also sponsors almost 3.4 million children in more than 1,660 communities worldwide. Produce to People, which is run through the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, is the food bank’s large-scale produce distribution program. Each qualifying family may receive 30-50 pounds of food at a distribution. On average, nearly three out of four food items are fresh produce. As stated on the website, families must meet certain criteria to qualify for food distribution, such as reaching specific household income guidelines or receiving government assistance. Both organizations have long histories with student volunteers at Waynesburg University. “I would definitely say [it’s been] over a decade we’ve been working with them,” added Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, regarding the university’s service partnership with
both Produce to People and World Vision. Students volunteering with World Vision perform a variety of different services, most of which involve organization. “World Vision [has] a very large warehouse, and they get donations from all kinds of different places and organizations,” said Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program. “They’ll package things and send it to different countries as donations, so they have things ranging from children’s clothing all the way up to adult’s clothing for all seasons." Tharp also said that one of World Vision’s activities involves filling backpacks with school supplies to ship overseas, and student volunteers often help with that process as well. On a more local level, Produce to People volunteers get a first-hand opportunity to assist the needs of their local community. “Basically what [the distributions] look like is students will unload the truck, they set up different stations and then each volunteer is responsible for distributing ‘x’ amount based on the cart that they have,” said Hardie. “That could be anything from carrots to potatoes to fresh fish to poultry, and they distribute that to the clients that come through.” Produce to People is a self-proclaimed additional resource to local pantries, and there are 17 distributions each month at 17 different sites. “It’s really neat that we offer the opportunity for students to serve locally with Produce to People, but with World Vision and the McK-
eesport Produce to People, students can experience an urban service exposure,” said Hardie. Both sites provide many community benefits but could also be demonstrative in teaching students more about their communities and the world they live in and seek to serve. “I think for students, especially if they’re here serving at Produce to People, they’re getting to meet members of the community that they might already serve in other capacities, but I also think it opens their eyes to the scale of need in the communities throughout Greene County,” said Tharp. While students can easily see the end result of serving in an organization like Produce to People, working through World Vision may offer a completely different perspective, said Tharp. “That site, I think, is a little bit harder because you do all this work and you don’t often see the end result, but you know the benefit of that end result," said Tharp. Local Produce to People food distributions are typically held on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The next distribution will be Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10:00 a.m. There are several upcoming World Vision workdays this semester as well, which are being held on three Saturdays – Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and Dec. 5. For more information about the services of World Vision and Produce to People, visit their official websites: www.worldvision.org/ our-impact and www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/programs/produce-to-people.
By CONNOR WALSH
For The Yellow Jacket
There is nothing quite like being recognized for hard work and time that one puts into any aspect of their life. Last spring, two students involved with Waynesburg University’s television station, WCTV, were the recipients of awards of incredible distinction after the station submitted two shows for two different awards. Nika Anschuetz and Stephen “Vic” Haynes both won awards from outlets that are internationally recognized. Anschuetz – who at the time was the news director of WCTV – was awarded the Communicator Award of Distinction, which is judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts in the category of Programs/News - Political/Commentary. The award was won for her work as producer of the show “The Waynesburg Effect”. The show, which launched last year, features roundtable discussions on current events and politics. The episode that was submitted was about the events and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Impressively, the show was up against material produced by notable and wellrecognized outlets such as MTV, The Ellen Show, Wired and BET. Winning the award was a thrill to Anschuetz. “Winning this award means a lot to me because of all the hard work that I and the crew put in during the semester, but on a bigger scale, I think it means a lot to Waynesburg University,” said Anschuetz. “Some of the other people that won are actual news stations and other well known professional outlets.
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WCTV General Manager Anthony Conn displays the Communicator and Telly Awards. He oversaw the productions and was the one who submitted them. Even though Waynesburg is tant stamp of approval within a small school, the quality of your audience as one of the work that the students put best at what you do.” out and the awards they win Originally, “The Greene can compete with anybody Room” was an in-studio anywhere.” show. The awards are deterHaynes, however, transmined on a points criteria formed it to an on-site show, and it is not relative to what highlighting and showcasother applicants submit. ing people locally in Greene Therefore, if none of the ap- County. plicants meet the criteria, WCTV General Manager there is no winner. Anthony Conn thinks it is For this year, Anschuetz wonderful that his fellow plans on continuing to pro- communication majors are duce quality work on “The competing for these awards. Waynesburg Effect” and “It is a fantastic feeling hopes to submit again for a to learn with these students different award. and then to teach new stuHaynes, who graduated dents and take what we have last year, was the mastermind learned and make a great behind “The Greene Room,” product that is respected which was awarded both a nationally among professionTelly and a People’s Telly. als,” said Conn. Winners of the Telly are As far as this year goes, determined by a panel of WCTV is hoping to continue judges and are scored on a to win awards. ten-point scale. With eight different shows The People’s Telly is voted slated for broadcast, Conn on by viewers online. As plans on submitting a show their website states, “being that has not been entered in named a People’s Telly win- the past. ner validates the work you WCTV can be found at do and gives you that impor- Channel 14 on Comcast.
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27 students showed an interest in the new program. After the first meeting, 12 of the people who initially signed up became dedicated to the program. According to Hardie, if students are interested in the programs, they should log on to the Service Tab on myConnect. There is an interest form that, once filled out, goes directly to Hardie. She will then let those interested know of the next meeting time. One of three proposed leadership opportunities will be inspired by a nationwide event sponsored by USA Today. Make a Difference Day, or “WU Make a Difference Day” as it will be called on campus, is a day of service that will be going on across the country. According to USA Today’s website, “Make a Difference Day is over 20 years strong and is the nation’s largest day of community service.” There will be ample oppor-
tunities going on throughout the day to help make a difference around the community in Waynesburg. Hardie says that the Center for Student Leadership is trying to get as many students to participate in the day as possible. The next two projects will help give Christmas gifts to those who are not as fortunate Operation Christmas Child, which Waynesburg has been participating in for the past few years, will be a chance for student leaders to step up and lend a hand. Another chance is the Angel Tree Program, which will pair a student with a child to receive a gift in time for the holidays. “[I] encourage any student with a servant’s heart and [who] wants to continue to serve and be a part of our mission to submit an interest form,” said Hardie. For more information on any service leadership opportunities, visit the Center for Student Leadership on the first floor of Stover, or visit the tab on myConnect.
allowed me to experience a nation progressing by much more than capitalist individualism, which is often defined as the keystone of the American Dream,” said Carter. When free time emerged, Carter conversed with the locals to ask their opinions on international issues and relations with other countries, in addition to exploring the area outside the city of Cape Town. She also attended a Parliament session and learned traditional South African dance. For Pazzynski, going to Amman, Jordan, brought with it a culture shock but also an inspiration to continue to grow and be more enriched in her faith. “My f ait h h a s b e e n strengthened beyond measure, for my Arab Christian and Muslim brothers and sisters have inspired me to remain faithful through their enduring legacies as people of faith,” said Pazzynski. “I had the opportunity of staying with a Christian host
family while in Jordan. I was initially disappointed since I was looking forward to experiencing daily Muslim life, but I grew to enjoy comparing and contrasting Jordanian Christianity with my own Christian experiences in the States.” In addition, Pazzynski took classes in Arab studies and learned the Arabic language at a university over the course of about a month. She also was able to visit and learn about various historic, cultural and modern sites throughout the country, including the prosperous city of Dubai – the location where John the Baptist baptized Jesus – and a prominent mosque in the capital city. Pazzynski also found it was a great learning experience living in Jordan during Ramadan, a very religious time for Muslims. In her spare time, Pazzynski got to explore the local shops and markets, learn calligraphy and also learned how to cook and bake Jordanian food staples. All in all, both women felt that their international experiences were incredible
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cate their children based on their own aptitudes. Luhrman’s and Tucker’s experiences are fairly common for today’s homeschoolers. Both were homeschooled their entire lives – neither attended public or private institutions – and both received the majority of their instruction from their parents. Though Tucker liked many things about being homeschooled, like not having to sit in class all day or being able to take a day off if she needed it, things changed in high school when she began to desire more time with kids her own age. “I was mostly at home with my mom and brother and only occasionally saw my other homeschooled friends or my friends from church,” she said. “As a kid, that was enough for me, but as a teen, I felt lonely and at times wished I was in school.” Often, Luhrman’s friends that attended public school would discuss homeschooling with skepticism and judgment. Comments like, “you’re not going to get to go to prom” and “you’re not going to have a boyfriend” bothered Luhrman, even though she did go to prom and many kids in her homeschool group were in relationships. She found herself questioning the validity of her high school experience. In time, she realized that the typical high school experience is often glorified, and she now feels thankful for homeschool. “I might not have done some of the stuff public school people did, but what I did do I loved,” said Luhrman. “Looking back now, 100 percent would not have changed a thing.” With high school coming to an end, both, like most high school seniors, were faced with the decision of attending college; however, homeschoolers face a unique set of challenges around the college selection process. Without the help of guidance counselors or other public school resources, homeschooled students and their families are tasked with preparing transcripts and finding scholarships, potential schools and other postsecondary resources all on their own. “Me and my mom just went into this blindly,” said Luhrman. “We didn’t know what to do.” After making their college decisions, both girls found themselves growing nervous as school loomed on the horizon. Luhrman worried about
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Madelyn Luhrman, a former homeschooler, attends class in a setting very unlike the one she grew up in. dealing with professors and completing assignments “their way” after years of completing assignments “her way.” Tucker was concerned with finding classrooms on her first day, something that is not an issue when your high school’s homeroom is actually a room in your home. “I knew what I was going to wear and what I would take to class, but I forgot to check where my class was,” said Tucker. “I was terrified I was going to miss my first class ever.” Throughout the first few months, Luhrman and Tucker worked to adjust to their new circumstances, sashaying between questions every freshman has and questions only they as homeschoolers would have: do you have to raise your hand to go to the bathroom? What do you do during a fire drill? Is food allowed in class? Do people have assigned seats? Do they have detention in college? However, the biggest change was the sudden addition of deadlines and due dates. Homeschooled students are allowed to complete their work as quickly or as slowly as they want, within the guidelines of their program. “Deadlines are the most terrifying thing in the world because they are completely foreign concepts to me,” said Luhrman. “So, in order to compensate and reduce my anxiety somewhat, I have Post-it notes everywhere, I have alarms set on my phone and I have friends around to remind me so I do not forget things.” Homeschoolers are not entirely without deadlines. At the end of the year, an evaluator from the state visits each student’s home to make sure they are caught up and are meeting schooling standards for the state. Luhrman remembers the misery of preparing for the evaluator’s annual visit.
“That is the night that every homeschooler in America is up until 5 o’clock in the morning, finishing the essays you didn’t finish, cranking out tests you forgot to do, and rewriting all of your math problems because no one can read them,” she said. “And now here I am dealing with that almost daily. Every deadline is a tragedy.” If deadlines are tragic to Luhrman, for Tucker they are a chance to triumph. “It was much harder initially in college, and sometimes I would be really stressed about the amount of time I had to complete my work,” she said. “Eventually I learned to use my stress to press myself to do better rather than to let it distract me from what I needed to do.” While homeschooling may not have prepared them totally for the expectations of school, it did provide them with a leg-up on their classmates when it came to certain academic skills. “In some classes, I think it was easier for me than for others, particularly when the professor did not fully explain a concept and then expected us to turn in homework on it,” said Tucker. “I was already used to teaching myself from a book, and I would figure it out from reading the book and explain it to my friends in the class.” Having heightened academic abilities in college is not uncommon for homeschool students. According to a 2009 study by the University of St. Thomas, homeschoolers graduated college at a rate of 66.7 percent – nearly 10 percent higher than public school students – and had much higher GPAs than their non-homeschooled classmates. “We never have problems with transcripts,” said Renee McElligott, senior associate director of Admissions at Waynesburg University.
“They are actually very bright individuals.” McElligott works specifically to recruit homeschoolers to Waynesburg and says there are very few problems with the students.“Homeschooled students are now allowed to become a part of and participate more in the school districts, so socialization is no longer a concern,” she said. Though the antiquated idea of homeschoolers being anti-social is a thing of the past, misconceptions are still alive and well. “[Some people think] I have 17 brothers and sisters, that my dad runs the household and my mother stays at home and cooks and cleans and teaches us and I wear skirts,” said Luhrman. Even friends still make remarks about the stereotypical homeschooler. “When I would do something that could be considered odd, one of my friends would tell me that ‘the homeschool kid in me was coming out’, which is a frustrating stereotype that implies if you didn’t go to school, you obviously won’t know how to function in society,” said Tucker. “I’ve gotten that from a lot of people.” But not everyone has the infamous “Mean Girls” perception of homeschooling. Many understand it and are even jealous. “Other people are like, ‘That’s so cool, I wish I were homeschooled and could do school in my pajamas and didn’t have homework,’ and those people deserve a hug,” said Luhrman. Though socialization is not an issue, neither girl was prepared for the exclusivity of the college social scene. “In the homeschool group, there’s no groups at all,” said Luhrman. “Everyone was on the sports teams, everyone was in [theater], everyone was in the choir, everyone went to all the activities.” Though homeschooling presented challenges, it also gave both girls the tools to succeed, and ultimately both transitioned to their new schools. “When I first started, I was stressed and thought I wouldn’t do well,” said Tucker. “But as I kept going, I knew that I could do well, and I always pressed myself to do my best.” Luhrman also grew comfortable with college and even though she was anxious about the change, she felt it was definitely worth it. “Knowing my personality I would have worried about it anyway, so I might as well have had an awesome childhood and been homeschooled.”
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Junior Addie Pazzynski experienced Muslim life during her stay in Jordan during Ramadan. learning opportunities and were very grateful for the chance they were given to go to the other side of the world. Carter and Pazzynski hope that other young women on campus who are interested in studying abroad
will also look into and take advantage of the Vira Heinz scholarship. For information on this scholarship, contact Pat Bristor at pbristor@waynesburg. edu. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.
Faculty: Professors welcomed across academic disciplines Continued from A1
I can do is to prepare the next generation that is going to walk in those footprints.” Similar to McClincy, Dr. Xela Batchelder hopes to make an impact here at Waynesburg. Batchelder is taking on positions as an assistant professor of arts administration and the chair of the Department of Fine Arts. Batchelder received her degree in English and Art History from St. Andrews University in Scotland, her M.A. degree in Theatre and her Ph.D. in Theatre from Ohio State University. “I look forward to really working with the arts administration program and increasing its awareness and growing its student body,” said Batchelder. Batchelder is currently coming from a position in Drexel University’s Arts and Entertainment Management Program, where she was integral in growing the program. Waynesburg also welcomes Dr. Imac Holmes, who will serve as an assistant professor of counseling. She received her B.S. degree from Philadelphia College of Bible, her M.S. degree from Cairn University and her Ed.D. from Argosy University. Meanwhile, the Department of Nursing has welcomed four new instructors. Coleen Cardamone has joined the university as an instructor of nursing. She received her B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and her M.S. degree from Chatham University.
As Cardamone settles into her new position, she is eager to work with students. “I want the absolute best for all my students,” said Cardamone. “I want them to be able to do well within nursing, but also serve the Lord. I love how Waynesburg University encourages having faith intertwined with learning.” Sherry Parsons will serve as an instructor of nursing as well. She received her B.S.N. and her M.S.N. degrees from Waynesburg University. Parsons joined the university faculty in the Spring 2015 semester. Jessica Floyd has also been named an instructor of nursing. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Waynesburg University and feels deeply connected to the university and its mission. “My roots are deep here,” said Floyd. “I firmly believe in the mission of Waynesburg University and I’m looking forward to help fulfill it.” Lastly, Sheryl Ondrejko has been named an instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. degree from Waynesburg University and her M.A. degree from Benedictine University. As Ondrejko begins teaching here, she hopes that she can give back to the university that helped her achieve her career aspirations. “When I got my bachelor’s degree here, it made a big difference in my life,” said Ondrejko. “I feel that the Waynesburg University community really wants their students to succeed. They care, and I want to be a part of that.”
Stewart: Science hall to be completed in 2017 Continued from A1
made a decision to accelerate the process and jump right into the fourth floor.” Sattler said the classrooms on the fourth floor are planned to be open for the spring term of 2016 and that he and the university are happy with the way things have gone, as progress remains consistent. “Everything has gone really well, we have been able to meet every schedule this
point and as to budgetary [plans], we have been able to meet every budget we have had,” said Sattler. “We are very pleased with the progress so far.” The project will continue as renovations to the first and second floor are planned to continue after the completion of the fourth floor, but no timetable has been announced, according to Sattler. The Stewart Hall renovations are planned to be completed in 2017.
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Fire academy provides unique opportunity
As gas drilling expands, mock well pad serves as training site for emergency crews By ANTHONY CONN Managing Editor
As the flames shot into the overcast September sky, members of the Washington County Fire Academy stood back momentarily with a sense of satisfaction before proceeding with their mission: to protect and educate. On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Washington County Fire Academy held a live demonstration of their new mock well pad to dedicate it for future use. The demonstration was intended to show all in attendance available technology and safety lessons. State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay oversees the State Fire Academy and its operations. Solobay said he sees tremendous value in this well pad. “All of the props on this sight are fed with gas and are the different props that we would see on a real well sight,” said Solobay. “In a very controlled and nonemergency situation, firefighters are able to look at, feel, touch, work with things that they would see on a real well sight if something bad were to happen.” Solobay said that the well pad is unique to Pennsylvania because of its various
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Local firefighters take part in a fire safety drill at the Washington County Fire Academy. Several exercises were performed for the public at the opening of a new mock well pad. components. Its rarity attracts first-responders from beyond the Keystone State. “It’s nice because we can cover three states,” said Solobay. “Emergency service providers from all over will be able to come and train.”
Such training must follow in line with safety code. Jeff Yates, director of Public Safety for Washington County, has been working to make this well pad successful for over a year. “What we really want to do is showcase this to emer-
gency first responders and to show them what’s here for future training,” said Yates. “It’s our goal to bring people up here at least and offer different kinds of training on flammable liquids, flammable gases and different equipment on gas wells to
show them what they can safely do and not safely do.” Yates says the gas well industry has given full support in making this well pad a success. Their funding has made the majority of the training grounds possible. Perhaps the most satis-
fied man in the crowd on Saturday was Mike McBride, the president of Washington County Fire Academy. McBride and his team had been preparing for this day for almost two years. Once the plan had been thought out, they needed to hire an engineer. After finding an engineer, they had to go through the process of receiving a permit to build. Once approved, the well pad was installed this past March. This training ground is open to those from other states, as well as those from various occupations. “This was initially for the first responders,” said McBride. “But we will be able to broaden out and bring in industry folks as well for the training.” The Washington County Fire Academy has been active in the Washington area for more than 30 years, and will now be busier than ever. After a successful opening day and dedication, the mock well pad is ready for future use. Online training classes will also be available to all interested. “I’m really happy we’ve gotten to this point,” said McBride. “It’s been a great experience. A long project, but an enjoyable one.”
5 Kidz Kandy welcomes new year, menu Waynesburg woman takes trip of lifetime By MITCHELL KENDRA Managing Editor
Tyler Wolfe, The Yellow Jacket
Now open for a year, 5 Kidz Kandy in Waynesburg has expanded their menu from soley desserts and treats to luunch items.
Candy store expands menu beyond sweets By TYLER WOLFE
As the last few warm days of summer come to an end, 5 Kidz Kandy, in downtown Waynesburg, is still open serving a large variety of ice cream, candy and drink. 5
Kidz Kandy, located at 78 E. High St, sells specialty candy, gourmet chocolates, fudge, Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream, along with other snacks, and just recently debuted there new lunch menu. Lunch options will be available from 11am – 4pm Monday through Friday featuring Chili Dogs, with a daily special that will range from, lemon pepper pulled pork, salads, and pizza. 5 Kidz Kandy has been open for business for a little
over a year now and business has been steady, even in the summer months with Waynesburg University out of session. “We get most of our business from the surrounding businesses, like the courthouse and green county business office, as well as a lot of students from Waynesburg University,” said Pansy McConnell, Co-owner of 5 Kidz Kandy. “We would like too see even more students from
Waynesburg University.” Waynesburg University students can receive a 10% discount at 5 Kidz Kandy if they show their student ID. “The Cappuccino Crunch ice cream is the best thing I’ve ever had, we went there almost every day during RA training in the before school started,” said Emily Mielcarek, junior international studies major. Despite having a successSee 5 KIDZ on B4
Some people dream of big things at a young age. While there are kids who set their mind on what they want to do with their life – whether it be working as a teacher, police officer, etc. – and follow through with these thoughts, there are other kids who want to be astronauts. You’d say they are crazy and that it won’t happen. Either way, those kids are the dreamers. Allyson Fordyce must have been one of those kids who grew up wanting to do the unusual. Fordyce commented on how much a cross-country trip with her friends has changed her life. “This journey for us was the opportunity for self growth, friendship, patience, acceptance, hard work, understanding the value of a dollar, educational, a chance to see what our country is all about and memories to last a lifetime,” said Fordyce. Fordyce, who was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and a group of friends decided that they needed to take some time out of their lives by taking a journey across the country, in order to find out what the next chapter in their lives would be. “A great influence as to
why we left is because we are so young,” said Fordyce. “We have all tried to do the 'standard' thing since graduating high school, but traveling is something you cannot learn in a classroom. None of us have any serious responsibility yet, so we are able to pack up and put our lives on pause for a few months.” The group of friends attended high school together in Benicia, California – except for Joshua Chrisman, who joined the group on the way. Fordyce, Chrisman, twins Rory and Arnold Cowger, Camden Cornell, Nick Camyre, Victoria Voigt and their dog, Ember, are currently in Worthing, South Dakota. They live in a bus, but not just any bus. The group travels and lives in a bus they purchased and fixed up. When the twins saw an ad on Craigslist for a bus in Oregon, they purchased it and started fixing it up because there wasn’t anything in it except for a wood-burning stove. After Fordyce, the twins and Cornell had been working on the bus for a year, they knew they would be finished soon and would be on the road in no time. When the decorated bus was ready See JOURNEY on B4
Railroad plans delay progress of road construction near McDonald's By TIM NERAL
The ongoing project to widen State Route 19 and 21 that began in the fall of 2013 is now officially behind schedule. The abutments to support the Waynesburg side of the bridge were set up over the summer but little else was accomplished. “We were on a delay waiting on plans to be approved by the railroad,” said Justin Simkovic, a project manager
for the Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation. “We were waiting on the railroad to approve the construction plans. It should have been done months ago.” With the delays, the completion of the project has been pushed back a year and is not planned to be completed until July of 2017. Norfolk Southern Railroad was not able to be reached for immediate comment. However, now that the plans have been approved, the next phase of the project
is set to begin. “Beams for the railroad are being delivered Monday and Tuesday. Starting Wednesday from 9pm to 5am, there will be detours,” said Simkovic. Due to the truck traffic, commuters trying to enter Waynesburg from Interstate 79 during late hours during these times will be instructed to take the Ruff Creek exit. The detours are scheduled to last through September 20. However, Simkovic says traffic delays should not increase with the added construction.
The next phases of the bridge expansion project involve the building of the new railroad bridge. Once the construction of the new railroad bridge is completed, ground crews will begin dismantling the old rail line. This portion of the project is expected to last the rest of the summer. “The hope is to switch traffic to the new bridge in the spring,” said Simkovic. With the delays, the construction of the roadway, which is expected to be ex-
panded to four lanes, will not be able to be completed until after the original scheduled deadline. Since the project began in 2013, the creek underneath the bridge has been diverted and the river bridge deck has been completed. Pier beams and abutments to add additional support to the railroad bridge have been constructed. Phase two, which includes the addition of the new rail line this week, required that pylons be put into the
ground and then surrounded with rebar and concrete. Now that the plans have been completed, crews can get back to work with the task of completing the railroad bridge. One thing about the bridge project is certain: everyone will be thrilled once it’s completed. Traffic will be less of a hassle for Waynesburg residents, Waynesburg University students and the continual flow of truck drivers to go in and out of Waynesburg.
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Let Change Happen Be flexible with the unknown
Four days ago, it was 57 degrees. Today, it’s 80 degrees, and tomorrow – who knows? The season is changing in western Pennsylvania, just as seasons of life are changing for every student at Waynesburg University. As autumn quickly comes into its own, so does a new academic year for the campus. The year will be wrought with adjustments and transformations, and the first step to dealing with them is to accept and welcome them with open arms. Freshmen have left behind the world they knew and are moving into a new, often intimidating life. Sophomores are entering a brand new realm of major-related classes and increased responsibility. Juniors are facing internships, capstone classes and leadership roles, uncomfortably aware that half of their college years are over. Seniors are staring the real world in the face, using their last precious months of school to prepare for yet another, even bigger change. All of these shifts are scary – but they’re unavoidable, and fighting to turn back time or ignore what’s coming will not help. Know that certain changes are coming at you, and you’ve been given the tools and resources to prepare for them. Every fluctuation in your four years at college will ultimately prepare you for a more successful life. The world is in constant flux; the only certain thing is that everything will change – and you’ll meet it when it does.
September 17, 2015
As Americans, it may seem like our country has been in existence for a long, long time. We haven’t always been perfect in our 239 plus year history (a young age for a country), but we do try and make amends when we are not our best. I could talk about slavery, Andrew Jackson and Native Americans or the Jim Crow South, but today marks the day many of America’s Founding Fathers came together one last time to revamp our governing document after the first draft was not good enough. It was 228 years ago on this very day in 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was ratified in Philadelphia after the country’s first governing document, the
Articles of Confederation, proved ineffective after a few years on the job. States operated almost like independent countries, judges had little to no power and the “central” government was so weak there was almost no point to its existence. The battle to write the Constitution was not easy. There were newspaper duels between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists as each tried to convince their fellow constitutional delegates, and the American people, which path forward was best for the country. The same could be said for our national leaders today, though not necessarily through the newspapers. It may be via talk shows instead of an op-ed essay, but we as Americans are always convinced that any given policy, idea or principle is better than the other side’s – and that is ingrained in the American
tradition for our entire history. Sometimes our political arguments become intense and can be hard to follow, while other times the debates are extremely trivial. Regardless of which type of dialogue is occurring, we should all be thankful that we are able to have these discussions in the first place and that we possess the ability to make potential changes because of what the Constitution spells out. It’s one of the reasons I am proud to be a Stover Scholar on campus and why I closely follow our political process and news. While I personally believe in a limited government, a government is necessary to govern - unless, as James Madison once wrote, men are angels, which is certainly not the case in our fallen world. It is our job as citizens to elect leaders who will have our best interests
at heart and abide by the document that has kept our country running effectively for over 200 years. And what is amazing is the foresight those Constitutional writers had all those years ago to create a process for changing the document so that we could adapt and change it when deemed necessary centuries after the fact. Whether our Constitution will look much different or even be replaced in the next 200 years is anybody’s guess, but I would certainly hope that Americans have pride, thankfulness and interest in this key document. If we want our country to remain the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, it is imperative that we pay close attention to our leaders in making sure that they abide by their oaths of office in supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States.
Smartphones aren't the only option NIKA ANSCHUETZ Columnist
I see it everyday: students running around with their heads down in their phones. We’re scrolling through Facebook or Twitter. We’re checking our texts or emails. We’re snapping photos of strangers to put on our Snapchat story, or we’re hiding behind the anonymity of an app to insult others. We’ve become so reliant on technology that we feel lost when we don’t have it. A recent Gallup poll reported that most millennials say they couldn’t live without their smartphones. How did we become so obsessed? IBM invented the first smartphone in 1992. It was like a computer and a phone mashed into one heavy object. It was only a prototype. Smartphones soared in popularity in 2007. Prior to the “popular smartphones” people car-
ried around the BlackBerrys, Pocket PCs, SideKicks, etc. They all promised to fulfill people’s desire to access the wonderful Internet remotely. People were yearning for the type of technology that is so readily at our disposal. Apple’s launch of the iPhone in 2007 skyrocketed people’s interests in smart devices. Such popularity brought much competition from Android and Microsoft. There is a glimmer of hope. Surrounded by a culture-loving technology, some millennials are choosing to use a dumb phone. Miles Doban, a senior English major at Robert Morris University, is among the few millennials who proudly carry a flip phone. He has had the same phone since 6th grade. He uses it religiously and it’s pretty reliable. He feels like his communication has gotten stronger because of his lack of a smartphone. “I work in a restaurant and all I see is couples that go out to eat and they all just sit around on their
smartphones and don’t even talk,” said Doban. “And I walk right past them and the guys checking his Instagram and she’s checking her Twitter, so because I can’t do that it makes it a lot easier to actually interact with people.” Abigail Oesterling, a 26-year-old Butler County native, enjoys her bridge phone. It’s not a flip phone persay, but it cannot access the Internet with ease. She owns a Kyocera Loft, a standard phone issued to her through Virgin Mobile. “I actually had a smartphone in Australia,” said Oesterling. “But it doesn’t work in the United States, so I just switched back to an old phone. I didn’t want to pay the extra money for a data plan.” Oesterling believes that millennials could live without their phones. “I’m sure they think that they can’t, but they definitely could,” said Oesterling. “It’s not near as hard as you would think.” Rebecca Lane, a recent alumna of Waynesburg
University, just switched to a smartphone. However, she’s been carrying her flip phone for years. She decided to live simplistically after her return from the Bahamas. “I’ve actually grown to like it,” said Lane. “The keypad is really big and it’s easy to text and I can just hold it and talk on the phone.” These millennials are trying hard to relinquish the stigma of “flip phone” users. Their simplistic lifestyle has reaped rewards. Doban only pays $30 per month for his cellphone plan compared to the astronomical $70 per month for a smartphone plan. Flip phones or dumb phones are used to communicate with people at the most rudimentary level. They can’t do much in terms of web surfing, emails or social media, but they offer something that smartphones do not. They allow people to engage in conversation with others. These millennials have reminded us about the perks of a more simplistic lifestyle.
Be a steward of campus Preserve our campus for the future
Waynesburg University is aesthetically pleasing. The brick buildings, quads of grass and trees and the beautiful parks surrounding the campus make the university an enjoyable place to walk through. The older buildings add a rustic element to the campus, and the newer buildings add a more modern touch, but don’t detract from the old-fashioned look. In fact, Waynesburg was recently named the 22nd on the list of “50 Most Beautiful Christian College & University Campuses in the World.” Therefore, as a student body, we must preserve our campus. We must make sure to be good stewards of the place where most of us will live for four years. It is a drawing point for the university. Furthermore, besides taking care of the campus for ourselves, we must preserve the grounds for future classes. The obvious points of not littering and picking up after yourself go without saying, but service projects in the parks are also great ways of showing support for the school and community. This is one great thing that some of the sports teams on campus do successfully: service projects. These types of projects should not be limited to sports or other service groups, but everyone should pitch in to take care of our beautiful campus. We want to be proud of the institution that we graduated from in a few years down the road. Taking care of, and preserving our campus will help lead to pride for our surroundings.
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Walking by Faith: Russ Schneider Editor's Note: The following is an interview with Russ Schneider, resident director at the university, as part of a series of weekly conversations with members of the campus community about living out vocational faith.
When did you first come to Waynesburg and what led you here? I came to Waynesburg in 2012. I am in my fourth year. I was an RA for 2 1/2 years at my alma mater and it wasn’t until I interviewed with Waynesburg through the CCO for an open RD position that I realized I could pursue full-time campus ministry through Residence Life. The interview went well and here I am four years later.
How do you demonstrate your faith in your position on campus? Without sounding elite, ever y area of our lives should reflect the goodness of Christ, His love, and His grace. But through being a Resident Director, I equip 5 Resident Assistants (RAs), 3 Campus Ministry Assistants (CMAs) and others on campus to pursue the Lord more faithfully. In being a disciple they’re also being equipped to do the same with others. I pray with students, study the Bible with students, and teach/model healthy communication, repentance, forgiveness, and encouragement. My hope is that when people look back to Waynesburg, specifically in Thayer Hall, that they remember that that was the place where God grabbed a hold of their heart, and not so much me.
If they remember me and the work the Lord has called me to, that’s great, but not necessary.
What do you find yourself needing to be reminded of? We should preach the Gospel to ourselves daily. It is so easy to forget God’s promises, His goodness, and of His faithfulness. That also reminds me of the need for community and fellowship of family and friends. We should surround ourselves
with others that want to grow similarly. Do you feel you are where God wants you to be? Yes. Since I’ve arrived at Waynesburg, there has not been a struggle of whether this is where I should be. The last 3 years have been wonderful and an amazing mission field. I love my students and I’m thankful for all of them.
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September 17, 2015
College life is hectic for everyone, but you can make it work KIMMI BASTON Columnist
The Yellow Jacket: an award-winning student newspaper since 1924, and the place where communication students come to prosper. As a freshman journalism student at Waynesburg, I knew I’d get involved with the Yellow Jacket. But for that first semester, I was extremely hesitant to devote myself to it. I’m just a freshman – how valuable can I really be? What if my work isn’t good enough? What if I don’t find my niche? How will I get my other work done? How will I have time to sleep? Two years later, as a
junior, I’m the Executive Editor for the Yellow Jacket. Some of these questions still eat at me – I don’t pretend to have all the answers. Regardless, I know this is where I’m meant to be. A lot of my work for the newspaper is behind the scenes, but I’m making my mark. And at the same time, the Yellow Jacket is making its mark on me. Here are three of the most important lessons I’m learning as Executive Editor, each of which has given me insight into my field, myself and my future. There CAN be enough time. The Yellow Jacket is issued weekly. I spend every Monday and Tuesday night with my staff, working far past midnight to create all 16
pages of the newspaper. Then, we spend the day on Wednesday (in between classes) with our advisor, finalizing everything and sending it off to print. I use Thursday and Friday to interview sources and write articles for the paper, and then I spend the weekend attending to all of my other schoolwork and seeing family and friends. Come Monday, I begin again, with classes and a job added into the mix. It used to seem impossible – and terrif ying. Now, it’s doable. So far, I’ve found time for everything – though it sometimes means I sacrifice a full night’s sleep. T he p oi nt is , e f fe c tive time management is a reachable goal and an essential skill for college
and beyond. The Yellow Jacket has shown me my strengths and my limits, and together, we’ve struck a balance. Flying solo isn’t an option. When I was named as t he next E xe c ut ive Editor, the most popular piece of advice I got was, “You need someone on your side.” I’m lucky enough to have a w hole supp or t team, without whom I’d be floundering. I have a staff at the Yellow Jacket who works with me every day to help make the newspaper a success and my life easier. I have two best friends who listen to all of my dilemmas, support all of my endeavors and drag me away from my work to relax with them at least once a week. I have an advisor who takes a genuine
interest in my life, future and well-being, in addition to guiding my every Yellow Jacket step. I’m an i nd e p e nd e nt person, but the Yellow Jacket has taught me that the best results arrive when you rely on others. The real world is coming - get ready. The real world doesn’t allow sleeping in until 10 on weekdays. The real world brings constant pressure from superiors to perform well. The real world means being professional, becoming a leader and establishing who you are. More than any experience I’ve had, the Yellow Jacket is getting me ready for that world. I can’t complain about getting up early – I know it’ll only get earlier when I graduate. I can’t crack
under t he pressure of responsibility – I have to learn to be at my best when there are people counting on me. I can’t be afraid to come into my own and be a leader – that’s what will lead to success in the future. I’m in training ever y day for how to interact professionally with my peers and my superiors, and I know I’ll be thanki ng t he Yel l ow Ja cke t when I leave school and those skills really count. From being a scared, shy, intimidated freshman to becoming Executive Editor, the Yellow Jacket is, more than anything else, responsible for showing me the way. I don’t know where I’m headed after May 2017, but I know this: the Yellow Jacket has changed me – for good.
Cheat Sheet: Several changes coming to standardized testing
Editor's Note: The following is a synopsis of a recent topic trending in world or national news. BY MATTIE WINOWITCH Staff Writer
The SAT (S chol ast ic Aptitude Test) is a “rite of passage” for most college students. Without these scores, the average American student’s chances of entering higher education are slim. This golden rule still applies to Malala Yousafzai,
the renowned 18-year-old Pakistani advocate for female education. According to Forbes, this young woman has recently expressed interest in attending Stanford University in Stanford, California. Yo u s a f z a i h o p e s t o study p olitical s cience a n d / o r p h i l o s o p hy a t whichever institution she ends up attending. These majors will help with her future dreams of being a political figure in her home country of Pakistan. According to BBC, she
is dedicated to making her country a better place. “If I can serve my country best through politics and through becoming a prime minister, then I would definitely choose that,” said Yousafzai. Howe ver, b efore she starts tackling these goals, she must tackle a minor obstacle first: standardized testing. Some may think that after being shot by a Taliban gunman for her passionate protests in 2012 and being the youngest lau-
reate of the Nobel Peace Prize, the SAT would not be necessar y for such a candidate; however, Stanford University insists that Yousafzai sit down to take the SAT along with the school’s 43,000 other applicants. India Today and Forbes alike claim that Yousafzai’s résumé makes Stanford’s reasoning seem arguably absurd. Nevertheless, going off the fact that she scored high on the UK’s equivalent to the SAT – the General Certificate
of Secondary Education – the test should not be an obstacle for her. This is a controversial topic at the moment, as the SATs have been reported questionable to the actual academic integrity of the student. According to the College B oard, the SAT is being reformatted in the upcoming year. This includes an “optional essay, easier vocab questions, and no penalties for guessing.” Along with her noted
intelligence, Yousafzai will be quite the applicant with her ongoing list of extra-curricular activities and personal accomplishments. This should be an inspiration for American college applicants and college students alike in the sense that all must persevere through testing, despite varying educational backgrounds and personal accomplishments. – FORBES, Sept. 10; India Today, Sept. 12
In the news: Ten headlines you need to know this week
actions, said the police. The note mentioned his regret for killing his girlfriend. Shannon Lamb, the shooter, said that he regretted his actions in the note and went on to kill himself following the murders. Police located his car, but after he had pulled it over, he shot himself. Police say they are still searching for a motive in both of the killings. -BBC News, Sept. 15
1. Utah flash floods prove deadly According to Fox News, authorities have confirmed that at least 12 people have lost their lives due to the flash flooding occurring in a town located on the Utah-Arizona border. The natural disaster, which occurred on Monday, swept away two vehicles that were carrying women and children. Heavy rains caused a wall of water and debris that smashed into the vehicles, which washed them downstream. Fox also reported that three of the victims were mothers and another victim was a 4-year-old. The water was reported being a foot deep. -Fox News, Sept. 15 2. Hungary seals border to refugees On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austria called for a European Union summit next week because of the continent’s growing immigration crisis. However, according to Fox News, the slow deliberations cannot keep pace with the rapidly growing expansion of the problem. Border controls are trying to accommodate the arrival of refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, sometimes reaching in the thousands on a daily basis. Germany has seen more than 60,000 newcomers since opening its borders in September. Hungarian authories say they have declared a state of emergency, as the border patrol has detained over 60 people trying to enter the country illegally. A state of emergency gives special powers to police and other authorities while allowing the country's army yo be deployed and assist police with border patrol. -Fox News, Sept. 15
3. Restaurant report raises red flags According to CNN, a new
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Hundreds of refugees and some migrants walk along the new fence set up by Hungarian authorities at the border crossing of Roeszke, closing all activity, on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Hungarian authorities have closed the temporary small border crossing point in Horgos, Serbia, and directed refugees to no-mans land between Serbian and Hungary. report on the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry supply chains of the 25 largest U.S. fast food restaurants has several health officials concerned. Most restaurants have no publically available policy to limit the regular use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry supply chains. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have repeatedly warned about the public threat of antibiotic resistance. The CDC estimates at least 2 million Americans contract antibiotic-resistant infections every year, with 23,000 of these infections being fatal. -CNN News, Sept. 15
4. Wolf calls for school reimbursements Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced his support for an appropriation to be included in a final budget to reimburse school districts, as well as nonprofit organizations for interest
payments from loans. He said, “I understand the situation that school districts and human service agencies are experiencing as a result of the budget impasse, and that’s why I am proposing that any final budget include an appropriation to reimburse districts and small nonprofits.” -Governor Wolf, Sept. 15
5. Status cloudy for Waynesburg principal According to the Observer-Reporter, assistant principal Bob Stephenson is the administrator in charge of Waynesburg Central High School while Principal Dave Mason’s status with the school is a mystery. According to the school board, there have been no changes of positions within the school administration aside from Stephenson as acting administrator. Central Greene Superintendent Brian Uplinger and district solicitor Kirk King both said that it was a personal matter that did not allow them to comment any
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6. Postmaster charged with threatening witness Pittsburgh Postmaster Daniel Davis, of Canonsburg, has been charged with official oppression and witness intimidation, amongst other charges, after he was witnessed tampering with packages and threatening witnesses. A criminal complaint said that a witness first saw Davis open an express mail package at the East Liberty Post Office in August. Davis threatened a second witness after he was seen opening sealed coffee bags containing drugs by saying that the witness “shouldn’t cross him,” according to the Observer-Reporter. -Observer-Reporter, Sept. 15 7. California wildfires rage on Nearly 600 homes have gone up in flames since a massive wildfire started over
the weekend. According to CNN, another 9,000 homes are threatened by the steadily growing flames. One person has died in the blaze, a woman who had multiple sclerosis who could not get out of her house. Over 24,000 people have been displaced from their homes Now at 67,000 acres, the fire crews are finally gaining some traction on the fire, but the process is going rather slowly. As of right now, containment sits at 15 percent. This is up from the mere 5% containment from Tuesday's report. Over 1,800 firefighters are battling the flames. -CNN News, Sept. 15
8. Campus killer left apology note for actions According to BBC News, the man suspected of fatally shooting his girlfriend and then killing a colleague at Delta State University had left a note apologizing for his
9. Facebook to add “Dislike” button People have been calling for one for many years, but according to CNN News, a “Dislike” button is finally coming to Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg said that the company hesitated to add such a button, but has since realized that people want to “express empathy” on posts regarding unpleasant or unfortunate news. Zuckerberg will be holding regular “town-hall style” meetings to use as a platform to inform Facebook and other technology users about new developments. -CNN News, Sept. 15 10. Connellsville man receives life in prison Craig Rugg pleaded guilty to first-degree homicide and numerous other charges in the murder of a woman in 2013. According to Trib News, had Rugg pleaded not guilty, prosecutors could have pressed for the death penalty. Rugg, along with his accomplice Paul Bannasch of Uniontown, strangled Margaret Kriek and dumped her body into the Youghiogheny River. An autopsy uncovered numerous injuries such as neck-bone fracture, bluntforce trauma and fractured ribs. Bannasch’s trial is set for October. He remains in the Fayette County jail without bail. Trib News, Sept. 15 Information compiled by Brendan Keany For the Yellow Jacket
September 17, 2015
Blast from the past Rain doesn't deter crowd at Wayneeburg's annual 50s Fest By BRITTANY MCGARY Multimedia Team
It was a cold, rainy day at downtown Waynesburg’s fourteenth annual 50’s Fest & Car Cruise, held on Sept. 12. 50’s Fest is a yearly event where nearly all of High Street gets shut down and residents andnonresidents alike come to celebrate the decade with family, friends, neighbors and strangers. The event had over 60 registered classic vehicles, with a steady stream of spectators throughout the day despite the rain. There were games and activities for attendees of all ages, including a bubble gum blowing and hula-hoop contest for kids. Adults could be seen testing their hula-hooping skills as well, also adding in a contest to see who can perform the best “twist”. The Greene County Community Church offered activities such
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(top left) Waynesburg's annual car show at 50s Fest on Sept. 12 drew a crowd on High Street. (above) Despite the rain, vintage automobiles were on display. (right) A man looks under the hood of a classic car. as photos next to an older car, face painting and coloring books. The church donates their time and effort every year to ensure that the kids are having a good time. Doug Wilson, a professor at Waynesburg and employee of WANB Radio, provided music on the steps of the Greene County Courthouse during a live broadcast. “The station donates air time to give a unique feel for those who cannot physically be at the event,” said Wilson. Wilson has been a part of 50’s Fest ever since it began 14 years ago. A committee was created to figure
out a way to showcase downtown Waynesburg and to get non-residents to explore the area. The committee invited Wilson in during the planning stages. Since Rain Day occurred during the beginning of the summer and the Christmas parade is at the end of the year, the town wanted to plan an event that could be held toward the end of the summer. “The plan was to get people to realize what downtown Waynesburg had to offer,” said Wilson. “A couple of ideas were kicked around until someone suggested a car show. It’s unique because we don’t demand
a registration fee or an admittance fee, and no trophies are given out.” Every year, a prize is given to the person who travels the farthest. Their prize is a car care kit, including a T-shirt and a hat that showcases cars from previous years. This year, even with the rain, people came from as far as Ohio. In previous years, a couple from England has made the trip, planning their vacation specifically around 50’s Fest. Challen Matthews, a proud owner of a 1950 Mercury, was in attendance at the event. “I go to many different car shows
all the time,” said Matthews. “It’s a time to kick back, be around people that have stuff in common with you, and pass on ideas. It’s nice getting out. The nostalgia of it all is what people like best.” All in all, many attendees labeled this years 50’s Fest & Car Cruise as a “success.” The rain did not hold anyone back from having a good time and sharing their love for classic cars and, most importantly, thefifties. Next year will be the 15th annual celebration of the event; plans are already being made to make it a special occasion.
Journey: Group's life on the road produces new sense of community
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to go, they decided to ask a few friends to tag along on what they hoped would be a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Fordyce said that their friends, “couldn’t refuse the offer.” The wheels on the bus started going round and round, taking off from Benicia, California and making their way across the United States. The trip will be concluded back where it started soon, after a couple more stops. The “Bus Fund,” as the group calls it, is the money that everyone contributed to the travel costs at the start of the trip. Because the trip has been so long and the group has to cover the cost of all eight individuals, when the “Bus Fund” runs low, the group simply looks to do different things in the community they stop in to get enough money until the next stop. Working a paper route, teaching someone how to ride a motorcycle and mowing a lawn are some of the numerous jobs the group has teamed up to complete to keep the journey moving forward. Being the creative group of individuals that they are, they said most of their money has come from doing renovations. “We worked on remodeling the inside of trailer homes in Pensacola, Florida,” said Fordyce. “We also helped Judge Farley Toothman and Lawrence Stratton
do some renovations in good ole’ Waynesburg.” During the group’s last stop in Michigan, they visited Voigt’s brother for a couple of days. They had to fix a gas leak in the bus as well as work on a deck that they are putting on the top of the bus. The group is fortunate to have two mechanics along on the trip for when they encounter problems with their bus. However, the bus problems have not slowed the trip and are not the main concern that the group has faced. “We’ve been blessed to have not had to face many problems,” said Fordyce. “The bus has acted up a few times, but luckily we have two mechanics on the trip. We have had to face problems with one another more than anything. It’s hard to live in a small environment with so many other people, but you learn to deal with it. We accept each other for who we are. We all try our best to do our part to contribute.” Fordyce believes that where she grew up has inspired her trip and has made her able to recognize the value of all she has experienced. “I think being raised in California definitely sculpted us into being the creative and enlightened individuals that we are,” said Fordyce. “It has also made us thankful that we can be so open-minded. Traveling allows us to see all different types of culture, and I’m glad that none of us are the type to judge. We can really appreciate any indi-
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Allyson Fordyce (right) and her friends have been traveling for seven months, venturing to new areas and creating bonds with new people. vidual.” Living in the bus with everyone took the group a little time to get used to, but the trip has been moving to each and every person in the group. “I am inspired every day by something new,” said Fordyce. “One thing that has inspired me most is the beauty we share within ourselves. We are close to the end of our trip now and we have met many people throughout our nation. I am so proud to say that the group of people I share my everyday experiences with are filled with so much wisdom and the courage to practice mindfulness.” Fordyce believes that
while changing the lives of everyone in the group, they have also changed the lives of others. “There is no doubt in my mind that we have inspired several individuals,” said Fordyce. “We have had so many different people donate, write to us on Instagram and Facebook and come up to us when we are parked. We’ve made friendships with different people who have told us that they are inspired by us to get out and see the world. What a serene feeling it is to bring joy into other people’s lives.” As the group has been on the road for about seven months, they have made
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ful first year, there were many bumps in the road on their first trip. “One of the hardest things when we first opened was trying to figure out the schedule for the town,” said Kristy Vliet, Co-owner of 5 Kidz Kandy. “It was very hard to predict the flow of customers throughout the week and it seems to change every week, making it had to staff at times. But we’ve come along
way and have high hopes for the future.” The store has expanded over the past year, with selling more for items for children, from stuffed animals, toys, puzzles and games, as well expanding there ground coffee selection. “About half of our sales come from food and icecream, and the other sales come from the other items in the story,” said McConnell. “Starting a business is always a struggle at first, especially in this area, we have added a lot
more merchandise over the past year in hopes of catering to more people.” Vliet said homemade items will continue to be a priority at 5 Kidz Kandy. “We hope to make more of our own merchandise in the future, we are all about trying to say as local with out products as we can,” said Vliet. 5 Kidz Kandy strives to have an open, and friendly environment in their store. “Its great to get to know our customers, from the regulars, to even the one that
come in just once,” said McConnell. “Being the owner and working for the majority of the day can get tiring but at the end of the day I enjoying coming into work everyday." 5 Kidz Kandy is open year round from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday. The best was to find out their lunch specials and other events is on their Facebook page; just search “5 Kidz Kandy.”
countless stops: Denver, Colorado; Venice Beach, California; Kansas City, Kansas; Worthing, South Dakota: New Orleans, Louisiana; Tampa, Florida; Blairsville, Georgia; Wilmington, North Carolina; Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; and the Grand Canyon – to name a few. The trip has covered many miles, and the group has commu-
nicated with many people who have spoken to them and said how they have been inspired by their journey and it has changed their lives too. “I could write a novel on all the lessons I’ve learned on this journey,” said Fordyce. “The best lesson I could have learned was to be able to love myself when others cannot. People from other parts of our country have never seen anything like us before. They aren’t able to be as openminded as we are and that’s okay. A lot of people would love for us to conform to what society wants us to be. I believe that unique people are what bring excitement to life.” Fordyce says that Mahatma Gandhi’s quote – “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with his or her dirty feet” – has motivated her. At the end of the journey, along with all of the knowledge they have gained, life lessons learned and fun times ,they have truly learned a lot about one another and also themselves. “The goal [of this trip] was to discover our inner strengths, become mindful, have patience and respect for everyone and to try and uncover our next move in life,” said Fordyce.
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Women's XC continues early season success Maryland native runs into WU's top three
Simonton’s running career started when she was in eighth grade when she The Waynesburg wom- ran track for her junior en’s cross-country team has high school in Waldorf, progressively found more Maryland, approximately success in recent years, and four to five hours away from upon further review, there the Waynesburg University seems to be a common de- campus. nominator. But Simonton did not reLast year, the Waynesburg ally start running seriously squad finished second out until the following year of 10 teams at the Presi- when she was involved in dents’ Athletic Conference cross country, indoor track Championships, and outdoor track, and 12th out of 52 and continued on teams at the Divithrough the rest sion III Mideast of her time in high Regionals, showschool. ing improvement Head coach from the previous Chris Hardie recyear’s 22nd of 52 ognized Simonfinish. ton’s talents, and Freshman Julie she quickly beGerber was the came a top recruit Simonton front-runner in as for the coach. many invitationals, includ“She had pretty early in ing a second place finish at the process become a recruit the PAC Championships, that we definitely knew was coming onto the team and going to be a top recruit for making an immediate im- us,” said Hardie. “Toward the pact. end of the process, [SimonThe coaching staff must ton] was my top recruit, just have seen the difference a getting to know her and unstud freshman can make, derstanding a lot about her and went out and got an- and where she came from.” other this year. Simonton has the utmost This year’s freshman has respect for Hardie and his already recorded a third- staff and has admitted the place finish at the Fisher In- transition from high school vitational and, most recently, to Waynesburg has been a bit another third-place finish at different, but not necessarily the Bethany Invitational and difficult. was the first Waynesburg “Coach [Hardie] has us runner to cross the finish focusing a lot more on enline with a time of 23:47. H e r n a m e ? Te g h a n See SIMONTON on C3 Simonton. By MATT KOLL
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The women's cross-country team, pictured here in a meet from last year, finished 2nd out of 17 teams Saturday at the Bethany College Invitational.
Simonton, Gerber, Loch finish in top seven at invitational By ROBERT MCKINNEY For the Yellow Jacket
This past weekend, the Waynesburg women’s cross country team impressed by finishing second out of 17 teams at the Bethany College Invitational. The Jackets were led by freshman Teghan Simonton, who placed third overall with
a time of 23:47, which was the best time posted by the Yellow Jackets. Simonton, who was accustomed to running 5K races in high school, spoke about her transition to running 6K's in college competition. “I feel stronger with the distance,” Simonton said. “I’m becoming used to it. Running is everything I do in my free
time.” Simonton, who was named Corvias ECAC Division III South Rookie of the Week last week, credited her teammates with helping her stay focused. She said the friendly competition and encouraging atmosphere of the event only enhances her running. “She maintains a great diet, maintains sleep and knows
her limitations,” said head coach Chris Hardie. Hardie raved about Simonton’s work ethic and claims she is one of the hardest working athletes on the team. Hardie wasn’t only impressed with Simonton, as he talked heavily about sophomores Julie Gerber and EliSee WOMEN'S XC on C3
Jackets fall to Saint Vincent for just second time since 2007 By RJ LEISIE
Inopportune penalties cost Waynesburg in loss
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Gray, ominous clouds hovered over Chuck Noll Field in Latrobe, Pennsylvania as the Waynesburg University football team walked off the bus. Even though the Jackets were coming off a victory and a good week of preparation, they did not seem to have drive within. “I thought we were a little flat,” said Waynesburg head coach Rick Shepas. “It’s early in the year so it’s a good time to learn a lesson. I just want to see how we respond as a team.” Ultimately the Yellow Jackets would lose to Saint Vincent 28-21. After Saint Vincent quarterback Evan Shimensky, who transferred from the University of Mount Union— and before that from Kent State University—rushed for eight yards on second down, senior defensive leaders Aaron Palmer and Jordan Voitus sacked Shimensky and forced a three-and-out to start the action. Waynesburg gained its first possession at midfield as a result of a 12-yard return on the punt from junior Tim Cooper. After a 4-yard rush by senior running back Wil-
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Junior defensive back Zach Sniadach gets blocked away from senior Bearcat running back Ryan Crawford. The Yellow Jacket defense gave up plays of 79, 36 and 29 yards in the loss Saturday. lie Leavell, the Waynesburg offense stalled out. Junior Jonathan Hager’s punt rolled into the end zone after falling through the hands of a couple men on coverage. “Hager had a great day for us,” said Shepas. “Unfortunately we could not down the ball and pin them deep in their own zone.” With the ball set up on their own 20, the Bearcats took advantage of a hurting Jacket secondary with junior Josh Mundell out with a bro-
ken thumb. On the second play of the series, Shimensky connected with senior wide receiver Dustin Lowman for 79 yards and a touchdown. “We had a miscommunication in the secondary,” said Shepas. “Those things happen when you’re a young team; it just happened on an explosive play.” Trailing for the first time in his young collegiate career, it was time to see how freshman quarterback Jake Dougherty responded. On
the first play, he tried a deep pass down the far sideline to Leavell but it slipped right through Leavell’s hands. The drive didn’t stall there though as Waynesburg got help from Saint Vincent with three penalties, two of them accounting for 30 yards. “We were just undisciplined,” said Saint Vincent head coach Ron Dolciato. “Our emotions were running high and did things that cost
In last season’s matchup, the Yellow Jackets and the Bearcats played a fairly close game, in which Waynesburg pulled away late and won 35-24. The same can be said for the game on Saturday; however, the opposite team came out on top. In the 2014 game, the Yellow Jackets went 10-17 and possessed a gaudy 59% third-down conversion efficiency. In 2015, the Jackets converted only 4-15. So maybe the third-down conversion dip threw off the time of possession, and Waynesburg could not establish itself on offense throughout the game. Last season’s meeting saw the teams play to almost identical time of possession numbers. The slight edge was given to the Yellow Jackets, as they possessed the ball for exactly 38 seconds longer than the Bearcats. However, Waynesburg in fact held the ball longer in this past Saturday’s meeting, as the Jackets beat Saint Vincent by four minutes in time of possession. The decrease in third-down conversions also means even less when examining Saint Vincent’s conversion rate of 10%. The second note that may catch attention is passing yards. In 2015, Saint Vincent dominated the passing game with a 317-yard performance, while Waynesburg could only muster up 189 yards through the air. This was to be expected as the Yellow Jackets had freshman Jake Dougherty replace the highly-efficient Carter Hill from last season, and Saint Vincent gained a former Division I athlete in senior quarterback Evan See PENALTIES on C4
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Senior McAuley leads way for men's cross country at Bethany By JOHN BABOS
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The Waynesburg University men’s cross-country team competed in its second meet of the year at the Bethany College Invitational placing seventh out of 17 teams. “Our message of the week was to compete hard,” said head coach Chris Hardie. “Since I have been coaching here we never practiced as hard as we did last Tuesday.” Senior Ben McAuley led the Yellow Jackets for the second week in a row, crossing
the finish line with die believes their a time of 28:50, freshman are proplacing 22nd out gressing and doing of 144 runners at well at competing the event. at every meet. “I want to see Freshman Joel the gap close Kuzminski was down,” said McAuthe second Jacket ley. “This starts to cross the finish with the person line with a time of who finishes first 29:34, placing 35th McAuley to the person who for the meet with finishes seventh. I want our freshman Jacob Pryor, who team to get out of the com- finished 57th of the 140-plus fort level and compete as a runners with a time of 30:31. whole.” “I am very happy with The cross-country team freshman runners Joel has a young roster, but Har- Kuzminski and Jacob Pryor,”
said Hardie. “Kuzminski really knows a pace and sticks with it the whole race. Pryor has a lot of potential and has been on a state championship team in high school.” The runner that stood out to Hardie the most was sophomore Eric Brownfield. Brownfield, a Waynesburg native, ran his personal best time of 32:12. Hardie credited Brownfield’s success thus far to a “great offseason in the weight room,” that allowed Brownfield to get stronger, thus getting faster. According to Hardie, It
took Brownfield a year to get where Hardie wanted him to get. Other top finishers for the men at the event included junior Cody Nail who ran to a time of 29:39, which was good for 38th place. Junior Justin Simmons was the fourth and final Waynesburg runner to break the 30-minute mark, finishing 20 seconds behind Nail, earning 47th place. Junior Casey Heimberger and sophomore Matthew Shinkle rounded out the seven runners for the Jackets
by placing 68th with a time of 31:31 and 71st with a time of 31:53, respectively. Point Park College won the team championship with 32 points, as it claimed five of the top 11 runners. Freshman Theodore Kioussis from Washington & Jefferson won the individual title, as the President newcomer crossed the tape at 26:51. The men’s cross-country team will travel to Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the Saint Vincent Invitational Saturday, Sept. 19. Start time is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
September 17, 2015
Despite tri-match sweep, volleyball sees improvements By ZACHERY ZALAR
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The Waynesburg University volleyball team settles in on their side of the court late in its match during the second game of the tri-match Friday night. Although they haven’t quite broken through, they are playing La Roche (4-2) tough. The ball is served. It’s set perfectly for junior Shannon Morgan, who takes the perfect pass for the kill. Although the team has gotten off to a slow start, more than 120 people are currently looking on. On this particular play, the crowd goes nuts. “A kill consists of a perfect pass and a flawless set from my teammates,” said Morgan. “So as a hitter, they are relying on me to do my part and score. The crowd celebrating with us makes it even better. I honestly can’t explain it, but it’s important to note that a kill consists of way more than just putting the ball away.” For the volleyball team, this has been what the season has brought so far. A strug-
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Senior Jessica Dorazio (middle) and juniors Rachel Lang (left) and Shannon Morgan (right), shown here in a match last year against Grove City, performed well in Friday's tri-match against Marietta and La Roche. gling team on the cusp of finding themselves, but they just have not broken through that wall yet. “It was awesome,” said head coach Stephanie Benkowski of the overwhelming support. “So far this year the
support for the volleyball program has been phenomenal in having fans there cheering the whole time. It is a nice surprise and a nice change. It was nice because the afternoon game barely had anyone because everyone
was still in class and parents still weren’t off from work.” Although they were swept in the tri-match, the team played both opponents relatively tough, but still could not break through and grab their first win of the year, los-
Young team experiencing early-season struggles Jackets lose 8-0 against Oberlin, get outshout 32-1 By RJ LEISIE AND JACOB MEYER Staff Report
Early season struggles continued for the Waynesburg University men’s soccer team when the Yellow Jackets traveled to Oberlin College Friday. The Yellow Jackets dropped the match 8-0, moving them to 0-5 on the year. “Competition has been very good,” said Waynesburg head coach Brad Heethuis. “Hopefully the guys will learn from this and not become too discouraged.” The scoring got started in the fourth minute of play when John Ingham scored
on a penalty kick to put Oberlin ahead 1-0. The scoring continued for Oberlin, as Timothy Williams scored his second goal of the season at the 12:54 mark. The scoring didn’t end there for the Yeomen, as Slade Gottlieb and Ingham scored only three minutes apart. Ingham would cap off the scoring for the first half with his hat trick goal at the 35th minute. The Yellow Jackets could not even mustar up a shot in the entire first half of the match. The story was completely opposite for Oberlin, as the Yeomen had 15 shots, nine
of which on target. Senior goalkeeper Nathan Ribar kept the game as close as he could by saving five shots. In the second half, the Yeomen continued right where they left off. Within the first two minutes, Oberlin totaled three shots. In the 70th minute Oberlin added to its total with a goal from Trenton Bulucea. Five minutes later, freshman Michael Dulac was brought in for Ribar to finish the game in goal. “We try to get him experience in games that are out of control,” said Heethuis. “Even though it might be difficult for him to stay into the game mentally, we expect his best.” Oberlin scored two more goals by Louis Naiman and Jonah Blume-Kemkes, respectively. In the second half, Waynesburg was able to
get off only one shot. Oberlin continued its dominance by having 17 shots for a total of 32 in the match. “Conditions were not the greatest,” said junior Josh Hennigh. “Not trying to blame the result on that, but it definitely didn’t help. In addition, we had some breakdowns on the field.” Heethuis contributes this and previous losses to multiple factors. “Every area of the game has something do with the outcome,” said Heethuis. “Ultimately it comes down to possession. If we are controlling the ball, then it doesn’t let the other team have as many opportunities as they have in past games.” The Jackets will host Baldwin Wallace University Saturday looking for their first win. The match is set to start at 4 p.m.
ing to Marietta 3-1 and to La Roche 3-0. “I hope so,” said Benkowski. “I think yes. I really do think that we are close. We have the ability to do it but it’s just actually believing we can do it and fighting to
believe until we are actually able to get that match. I hope it comes soon.” Morgan, who had a combined 15 kills in the two contests emphasized this point as well. “We are extremely close to breaking through the wall to win games,” said Morgan. “We have a team of rookies and veterans, and we are still figuring how to mesh with each other on the court.” Benkowski believes they must continue to push forward, and the wins will come. “I think right now we are just trying to fight the battle of young versus old,” said Benkowski. “I think that we have a good idea on who our starters are and just finding the meshing together and just keep fighting and finding that balance and that I am not lying to them and that we are close and have all of the components of a winning team and just finding that confidence.” The volleyball team will travel to Thomas More Saturday to face off in a tri-match against the Saints and Westminster.
Loss of DB Mundell reveals holes in defense KYLE DAWSON Assistant Sports Editor
The theme of the loss for the Waynesburg University football team Saturday against Saint Vincent College was explosive plays. The Jackets’ secondary was burnt on touchdowns of 79, 36 and 29 yards during the contest, and for that reason, the Jackets found themselves behind often during the loss. Back in week one at Muskingum, returning junior cornerback Josh Mundell suffered a broken thumb in the first half. The Carmichaels native went on to have it wrapped for the second half
and recorded an interception during the second half of the win against the Muskies. But a few days later, Mundell received news that the injury would put him out for a minimum of six weeks, and possibly end his junior campaign. After the loss Saturday, head coach Rick Shepas gave the notion that Mundell’s loss wouldn’t have mattered for the explosive plays the Bearcats made and he may be right. Perhaps even if Mundell was out there, Saint Vincent would still have burned three other Waynesburg defensive players. On the other side of things, maybe if Mundell was out See DAWSON on C4
PRESIDENTS’ ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROUNDUP MEN’S SOCCER
Thomas More Wash & Jeff Bethany Geneva Saint Vincent Thiel Waynesburg Westminster Carnegie Mellon Case Western Reserve Grove City
Conf. Overall 0-0 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-2
Saturday’s Box Score
SAINT VINCENT 28, WAYNESBURG 21 Waynesburg 14 0 7 0 21 Saint Vincent 14 7 7 7 28
First Quarter: SVC - Lowman 79 yd pass from Shimensky (Sherer kick), 11:24; WAY - Helsel 4 yd run (Lewis kick), 9:34; WAY - Barnes 13 yd pass from Dougherty (Lewis kick), 4:14; SVC - Martinez 29 yd pass from Shimensky (Sherer kick), 2:58 Second Quarter: SVC - Crawford 11 yd pass from Simensky (Sherer kick), 1:01 Third Quarter: WAY - Lawman 1 yd run (Lewis kick), 8:06; SVC Lowman 36 yd pass from Shimensky (Sherer kick), 4:55
Waynesburg passing COM ATT YDS TD Dougherty................. 16 34 189 1 Waynesburg rushing
ATT YDS TD Lawman................................ 20 90 1 Helsel...........................................6 36 1 Waynesburg receiving
REC YDS TD Barnes.................................. 6 73 1 Cooper........................................3 66 0 Saint Vincent passing COM ATT YDS TD Shimensky................ 19 28 288 4 Saint Vincent rushing
ATT YDS TD Dorsett.................................. 10 50 0 Craft............................................. 9 25 0 Saint Vincent receiving
REC YDS TD Lowman................................. 4 124 2 Craft............................................. 5 81 0
Saturday, September 12
Bethany 51, Thiel 16; Geneva 21, Grove City 16; Saint Vincent 28, Waynesburg 21; Thomas More 84, Hanover 7; Wash & Jeff 35, Westminster 31
UPCOMING GAMES Saturday, September 19
Westminster at Bethany - 1 p.m.; Wash & Jeff at Carnegie Mellon - 1 p.m.; Thiel at Thomas More - 1 p.m.; Saint Vincent at Case Western - 7 p.m.; Waynesburg at Geneva - 7 p.m.
Thomas More Geneva Westminster Wash & Jeff Grove City Bethany Thiel Waynesburg Saint Vincent
Conf. Overall 0-0 3-1 0-0 3-1-1 0-0 3-1-1 0-0 2-1-1 0-0 2-2 0-0 2-3 0-0 0-4 0-0 0-5 0-0 0-6
Friday’s Box Score
OBERLIN 8, WAYNESBURG 0 Waynesburg 0 0 0 Oberlin 5 3 8
First Half: OBL - Goal by Ingram, 3:03; OBL - Goal by Williams (assist by Ingham), 12:54; OBL - Goal by Gottlieb (assist by Ingham), 18:19; OBL - Goal by Ingham (assist by Bach-Lombado), 21:42; OBL - Goal by Ingham, 21:42, 35:00 Second Half: OBL - Goal by Bulucea (assist by Tuzzolino), 69:37; OBL - Goal by Naiman, 82:31; OBL - Goal by Blume-Kemkes (assist by Naiman), 86:13
Friday, September 11: Ohio Northern 9, Thiel 0; Oberlin 8, Waynesburg 0 Saturday, September 12: Lycoming 2, Geneva 0; La Roche 6, Saint Vincent 4; Defiance 3, Thiel 1; Wash & Jeff 0, Mount Union 0 (2OT); Alfred1, Westminster 0 Sunday, September 13: Bethany 3, Pitt-Greensburg 0; Hood 6, Saint Vincnet 0; Denison 1, Thomas More 0; Westminster 6, Penn College 2
Saturday, September 19: Bethany at Carnegie Mellon - 1 p.m.; Wash & Jeff at Frostburg - 2 p.m.; Fredonia State at Geneva - 3 p.m.; Heidleberg at Grove City - 3 p.m.; D’Youville at Westminster - 3 p.m.; Hilbert at Saint Vincent - 3:30 p.m.; Thiel at Mount Aloysius - 3:30 p.m.; Baldwin-Wallace at Waynesburg - 4 p.m.
PAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Jack Waters, Junior MF, Bethany Deffensive: Benny Wit, Senior GK, Wash & Jeff
PAC FOOTBALL LEADERS
PASSING YARDS: Carroscia, 497, GRO; Coughlin, 439, W&J; Shimensky, 399, SVC RUSHING YARDS: McKinley, 258, WES; Tarrant, 207, TMC; Benger, 204, CMU TACKLES: Beringer, 23, GRO; Quinn, 21, WES; Quinlan, 19, GEN SACKS: Darden, 3.0, TMC; Shane, 3.0, THI; Ravida, 2.5, THI INTERCEPTIONS: Lammers, 2, TMC; Jeter, 2, WES; Fiscus, 2, GEN
Geneva Westminster Chatham Thomas More Wash & Jeff Grove City Waynesburg Bethany Saint Vincent Thiel
0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
4-0 4-0 3-0 3-0-1 3-0-1 3-1-1 2-1 2-2 1-4 0-4
Friday’s Box Score
OBERLIN 8, WAYNESBURG 1 Waynesburg 1 0 0 Oberlin 5 3 8
First Half: WAY - Goal by Davis (assist by Byler), 8:45; OBL - Goal by Huzienga, 13:59; OBL - Goal by Gardiner, 21:22; OBL - Goal by Marshall, 23:05; OBL - Goal by Kovall (assist by O’Neil), 40:57; OBL - Goal by O’Neil, 43:31 Second Half: OBL - Goal by Gardiner (assist by O’Neil), 63:00; OBL - Goal by O’Neil, 69:00; OBL - Goal by Sloan (assist by Oehlerich/French)
Friday, September 11: Oswego State 3, Grove City 2; La Roche 3, Saint Vincent 1; Wash & Jeff 2, Franciscan 0; Oberlin 8, Waynesburg 1 Saturday, September 12: Defiance 2, Bethany 1; Chatham 1, Hilbert 0 (OT); Geneva 2, Marietta 0; Grove City 3, Fredonia State 2; Pitt-Greensburg 7, Thiel 3 Sunday, September 13: Thomas More 1, Aurora 0; Wooster 4, Saint Vincent 0; Westminster 3, Penn College 0
Friday, September 18: Grove City at Carnegie Mellon 7 p.m.; Bethany at Penn State Altoona - 7 p.m. Saturday, September 19: Geneva at Mount Union - 1 p.m.; Hilbert at Saint Vincent - 1 p.m.; Thiel at Mount Aloysius - 1 p.m.; Juniata at Westminster - 1 p.m.; Pitt-Greensburg at Chatham - 2 p.m.; Penn State Behrend at Wash & Jeff - 2 p.m.; Baldwin-Wallace at Waynesburg - 2 p.m.
PAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Kimberly Orihel, Junior F, Geneva Deffensive: Laura Page, Sophomore GK, Westminster
PAC VOLLEYBALL LEADERS
KILLS: Hughes, 106, GEN; Howell, 84, TMC; McKenzie, 81, BET ASSISTS: Fessler, 219, TMC; Lauber, 178, BET; Ayers, 170, WAY BLOCKS: Yoho, 23, WES; Sanders, 22, BET; Muhammad, 21, BET
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STANDINGS Conf. Overall Thomas More Geneva Wash & Jeff Grove City Thiel Westminster Bethany Saint Vincent Waynesburg Chatham
3-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-2
4-3 9-1 3-3 2-6 0-9 0-9 7-2 2-6 0-8 1-7
Friday’s Box Score
Saturday, September 12 BETHANY INVITATIONAL 2. Wash & Jeff, 71 pts.; 6. Bethany, 182 pts.; 7. Waynesburg, 199 pts.; 13. Thiel, 367 pts. Individual BETHANY INVITATIONAL: 1. Theodore Kioussis, Wash & Jeff, 26:51; 2. Brian Moore, Point Park, 27:00; 3. Harley Moyer, Wash & Jeff, 27:13; 40. Cody Nail, Waynesburg, 29:39
Saturday, September 19: Thomas More at Commodore Classic - 9 a.m.; Wash & Jeff at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Thiel at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Waynesburg at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Geneva at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Grove City at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Westminster at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Bethany at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Saint Vincent at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.
Friday, September 11: Bethany 3, Defiance 1; Bethany 3, Penn State Behrend 0; Geneva 3, D’Youville 0; Geneva 3, Frostburg 0; Carnegie Mellon 3, Thiel 0; Case Western 3, Thiel 0; La Roche 3, Waynesburg 0; Marietta 3, Waynesburg 1; Baldwin-Wallace 3, Westminster 1; Hiram 3, Westminster 0 Saturday, September 12: Bethany 3, D’Youville 0; Bethany 3, Frostburg 0; Grove City 3, Shatham 0; Thomas More 3, Chatham 0; Baldiwn-Wallace 3, Thiel 0; Hiram 3, Thiel 0; Carnegie Mellon 3, Westminster 1; Case Western 3, Westminster 0 Sunday, September 13: Thomas More 3, Saint Vincent 0; Frostburg State 3, Wash & Jeff 0
Friday, September 18: Bethany at DeSales - 3 p.m.; Grove City at Alma - 4 p.m.; Bethany at Averett - 5:30 p.m.; Grove City at Hanover - 6 p.m.; Wash & Jeff at Thomas More - 7 p.m. Saturday, September 19: Geneva at Franciscan - 11 a.m.; Saint Vincent at Frostburg - 11 a.m.; Thiel at Marymont - 11 a.m.; Waynesburg at Thomas More 11 a.m.; Grove City at Manchester - 12 p.m.; Geneva at Houghton - 1 p.m.; Thiel at Allegheny - 1 p.m.; Waynesburg at Westminster - 1 p.m.; Bethany at Juniata - 2 p.m.; Grove City at Defiance - 2 p.m.; Saint Vincent at La Roche - 3 p.m.; Westminster at Thomas More - 3 p.m.; Bethany at Christopher Newport - 4 p.m.
PAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Olivia Test, Junior Middle Blocker, Geneva
Friday, September 18: Wash & Jeff at Slippery Rock Invitational - 5:45 p.m.
WOMEN RECENT RESULTS Team
Friday, September 11 HARY GROVES SPIKED SHOE INVITATIONAL 4. Grove City, 100 pts. Saturday, September 12 BETHANY INVITATIONAL 2. Waynesburg, 57 pts.; 7. Thiel, 187 pts.; 9. Bethany, 227 pts.; 11. Wash & Jeff, 277 pts. Individual SPIKED SHOE INVITATIONAL: 1. Tori Gerlach, Penn State, 21:02; 2. Margo Malone, Syracuse, 21:11; 3. Elizabeth Chikotas, Penn State, 21:17; 17. Emily Rabenold, Grove City, 22:31 BETHANY INVITATIONAL: 1. Katie Guarnaccia, Point Park, 22:56; 2. Sydney Pineault, WV Wesleyan, 23:45; 3. Teghan Simonton, Waynesburg, 23:47
Friday, September 18: Wash & Jeff at SLippery Rock Invitational - 5 p.m.
PAC M. SOCCER LEADERS
POINTS: Proctor, 10, SVC; Juniet, 9, TMC; Gurgiolio, 9, WES GOALS: Proctor, 5, SVC; Waters, 4, BET; Juniet, 3, TMC ASSISTS: Runyon, 3, TMC; Curry, 3, GRO; Walker, 3, THI
PAC W. SOCCER LEADERS
Kevin Barnes Jr., Football Teghan Simonton, Women’s Cross Country
MEN RECENT RESULTS
LA ROCHE 3, WAYNESBURG 0 La Roche 25 25 25 Waynesburg 18 20 19
DIGS: Dickson, 179, GEN; Parker, 168, BET; Baer, 144, THI
WAYNESBURG ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
PAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Eric Blinn, Senior WR, Bethany Defensive: Jon Fiscus, Junior LB, Geneva Special Teams: Nate Cannon, Sophomore DB, Geneva
POINTS: Bruening, 20, CHA; Orihel, 12, GEN; Toohey, 12, W&J GOALS: Bruening, 8, CHA; Toohey, 6, W&J; Orihel, 6, GEN ASSISTIS: Politis, 6, CHA; Bruening, 4, CHA; Sieg, 3, CHA
Saturday, September 19: Thomas More at Commodore Classic - 9 a.m.; Saint Vincent at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Waynesburg at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Thiel at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Geneva at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Chatham at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Wash & Jeff at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Grove City at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Bethany at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.; Westminster at Saint Vincent Invitational - 9:30 a.m.
PAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Men’s: Theo Kioussis, Freshman, Wash & Jeff Women’s: Emily Rabenold, Senior, Grove City
September 17, 2015
Four set-piece goals hand women's soccer first loss of season By STEVE SAMEK
For the Yellow Jacket
The Waynesburg University women’s soccer team took a 2-0 record into a contest with Oberlin College Friday. The Jackets exited the match with a 2-1 record after an 8-1 loss. “It was a very challenging game, not only with the weather, but they have a challenging team,” said senior goalkeeper Ciara Scott. Rainy weather turned the field into muddy one, while the field conditions were made worse by having to play the second game of a men’s and women’s doubleheader. The Jackets looked to put these challenges away early. Waynesburg took a 1-0 lead on a goal by sophomore Nikki Davis, assisted by fellow sophomore Melanie Byler in the 13th minute of the
contest. time wallowing in Head coach the loss, according Laura Heethuis to Heethuis. said it was a “good “I told them team goal,” as the t he y c ou l d b e Yellow Jackets exfrustrated that ecuted four passes night and move in a row before on,” said Heethuis. Davis finished with “It’s just a game.” the goal to give the Many positives Jackets the lead. came out of the Davis “It felt good, but game as players I wanted another, but I don’t saw the defeat as a learning care who scored,” said Davis. experience. However, the Jackets “Even though the score would not find the net again was 8-1, it didn’t determine during the match and sur- performance; we learned a rendered the game-tying lot and [will] grow from it,” goal at the 18-minute mark. said Scott. Three minutes later OberBoth coach and players lin scored again as a Waynes- identified corner kicks and burg defender was beat to a set pieces as an area of weakthrough ball. A shot then ness from the Oberlin game, found its way past Scott to after four of Oberlin’s goals give Oberlin the lead for came off corner kicks. good. Oberlin would add six “We have to discuss about additional goals to clinch an all working on set pieces and 8-1 win. corner kicks, offensive and The Jackets spent little defensively,” said Scott.
Tyler Wolfe, Yellow Jacket
Sophomore Nikki Davis, pictured here in a match last year against Chatham, scored the lone goal for the Jackets against Oberlin. “We can play with any team if we stay focused with a positive attitude," said Heethuis.
The Yellow Jackets will take this philosophy into their next match when they host Baldwin Wallace Uni-
versity Saturday as a part of a men's and women's doubleheader. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
After loss to Westminster, women's tennis still searching for first win By JON SILVIDI
For the Yellow Jacket
The struggling Waynesburg women’s tennis team tried to get its first win of the season when it traveled to Westminster College, but the team fell to the Titans 9-0. “We have to identify who we are,” said head coach Ron Christman. “We have to keep working, and we will continue to do that.” The day started out with the Waynesburg’s one-two double’s duo of Klemash and Brown looking to put the Jackets ahead. They weren’t able to come, though, losing the match 8-2 against sophomore Gabby Eaborn and junior Sydney Sterner. The rest of the doubles matches continued the losing
Tyler Wolfe, Yellow Jacket
Senior Rachel Klemash, pictured here in a match against Thiel last year, took on Westminster's top players Tuesday in both first singles and doubles trend with scores of 8-0 and 8-2, respectively. This is the first time the team has been swept in all matches since the
Junior wide receiver Kevin Barnes Jr. and freshman cross-countr y runner Teghan Simonton were named Waynesburg University Athletes of the Week after notable performances on Saturday. Simonton Barnes had another Barnes Jr solid performance this weekend in a loss to Saint Vincent by leading the team in receptions with six and receiving yards with 73. The Kittanning, Pennsylvania native scored the only receiving touchdown of the day as he was falling down in the end zone. Simonton was the top women’s runner for Waynesburg at Saturday’s Bethany Invitational, earning a third-place finish with a time of 23:47. The Waldorf, Maryland native was the highest-finishing Division III runner. Her performance also helped the Yellow Jackets capture second in the team competition. The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its updated women's cross country regional rankings Tuesday. Waynesburg appeared on the list for the second consecutive poll, jumping up a spot to ninth from the previous ranking. The women’s cross-country team will compete at the Saint Vincent Invitational on Saturday. The race is scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. start. The Waynesburg football team will return to action on Saturday, September 19, in a night contest at Geneva College. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
match against Grove City last season on Oct. 20. Klemash took on Westminster’s Eaborn to start
singles play, but Klemash did not fare well, losing in straight sets 6-2, 6-0. “Every player did some
good things and some bad,” said Christman. “We just weren’t consistent enough on the court today.” Next up was freshman Aubree Brown, as she faced off against Sterner. Sterner won in straight sets 6-1, 6-0. However Christman had some encouraging words for the upand-coming freshman. “Brown is the number-two player in singles, and she is part of the number-one doubles team,” said Christman. “She has never played at this level, and she is doing well.” The rest of the singles matches suffered the same fate as Klemash and Brown. One of the key points Christman will address with his team is being aggressive on the court. “Each player has their own
thing that they need to work on as the season progresses” said Christman. “We had trouble today staying on our feet, and we need to be more aggressive on the court.” The loss came with the Jackets missing two key leaders in seniors Emily McDonald and Hannah Hixon. “I’m excited for the upcoming matches this Saturday,” said Christman. “Our whole starting line-up will be back on the court for the first time this year.” The Jackets will be back in action and back at full strength Saturday, as they will face both Geneva and Marietta at home looking for their first win of the season. The first match against Geneva will start at 9 a.m., while the match against Marietta will take place at 3 p.m.
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durance and running long distances and in high school I did a lot more speed work with shorter distances,” said Simonton. “But it hasn’t been that difficult because we had the whole summer to prepare.” That preparation and training has seemed to pay off almost immediately for Simonton, who has finished in the top three in both her events to begin her collegiate career and collected the Corvias Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Rookie of the Week laurels. “I knew the potential in [Simonton],” said Hardie. “But she is showing it a little earlier than I thought. But I do know what she is capable of, and I can honestly say she’s not anywhere near where her career will end.” Hardie is not the only one who shares this opinion about Simonton not yet being near what she could become as a runner, mostly from shear lack of experience. “I actually feel like I could have gone faster [at the Fisher Invitational],” said Simonton. “We got to the race late
and didn’t have any time to warm up and that was the first time I had run a 6K. So now that I’ve run it and I know how to pace myself for it, I’m excited to see what I can do.” Beyond just talent, Hardie believes that it’s Simonton’s demeanor that helps her excel. “She’s a competitor,” said Hardie. “From the beginning of practice to the race day she’s competes with herself, she competes with her teammates, she constantly strives to be better. She doesn’t like to fail. There’s no quit in her, I haven’t heard her yet say ‘this is too tough’ or ‘I want to back down,’ usually [Simonton] is the one at the end of practice that will come up to me and say ‘I don’t feel like I maximized the workout today, I want to do more.” For Simonton, a hard working attitude is channeled into a strategy of not letting the competition affect her during a race. “I just don’t want to let other runners get into my head,” said Simonton. “It’s different for everybody, but honestly I can’t think about the competition because it will psych me out, and I’ll get too nervous. So I always stay
focused and run my own race, and I don’t pay attention to anyone else around me.” Hardie believes Simonton has the talent and drive to be a standout for this season and beyond in a Yellow Jacket uniform. But, he has yet to see Simonton for a full year yet and observed how she deals with the stresses of the collegiate year, including exams and the length of the season. Hardie says he will know more about Simonton by the end of the year, but he already has high praise of her performances so far this season. “We don’t have a lot of runners in this program that have ever ran 21 or 22 [minute finishing times], and I think she’s in that category of runner,” said Hardie. “She’s got a good shot at NCAA Division III Nationals eventually. The elite runners make that, and I think she’s in that class.” A push for a PAC Championship is on the mind of both Hardie and Simonton, and both believe this year’s team is stronger than last year’s who just came up short of ending Grove City’s 26-year stranglehold of the conference title.
In the meantime, Simonton would like to increase her mileage per week this season to 45 to 50 miles and, of course, would love to see her times continue to improve. What ultimately speaks to Simonton’s talent, in Hardie's eyes, are the concerns, or lack there of, that Hardie has for Simonton moving forward. “I don’t know of a weakness that I would work on right now,” said Hardie. “She’s pretty well-rounded, usually with freshman you see an adjustment with the diet or hydration or an up in mileage. She has seemed to handle all that so far, but we have seven weeks left in the season, and I’m sure something will come up. But, at this point, I think she does a great job of preparation and adapting, and those are two things that will take her far.” After moving up to ninth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association regional rankings, Simonton and the Waynesburg women’s cross-country team will be back in action at the Saint Vincent Invitational in Latrobe, Pennsylvania Saturday, Sept. 19. Start time is listed for 9:30 a.m.
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nore Loch. Gerber placed fifth, while Loch placed seventh in Saturday’s invitational at Bethany with times of 24:18 and 24:24, respectively. “Loch is a runner to watch,” said Hardie. “Having her and Julie [Gerber] gives us an edge in competitions and gives us a lot to look forward to in the coming years.” Gerber, normally the team’s top runner, was coming off a victory at the Fisher Invitational at Westminster College. The top finishers weren’t
the only ones to “hardest practice post encouraging week in 6 years of finishes at the Bethcoaching.” any Invitational, as The meet was sophomore Angie run in tough conMarchetti placed ditions, as it rained 20th, junior Katie throughout the Latimer placed night before the 22nd and twin sismeet, as well as ter Emily Latimer during the day on Loch placed 23rd. Saturday. Hardie was pleased with Division II West Virginia the women’s effort overall but Wesleyan won the Bethany thought he team looked tired. Invitational with 36 points, Hardie said the team went but Hardie believes if his through a rigorous week of team was 100% they would practice leading up to the have came close to finishing meet that Hardie termed the in first place.
The Yellow Jackets scored 57 points to finish first among Division III schools. Point Park’s sophomore Katie Guarnaccia crossed the tape with a time of 22:56. Point Park scored 91 points to finish behind Waynesburg in third place. After moving up to ninth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association regional rankings,, the women's cross-country team will travel to Latrobe, Pennsylvania to take part in the Saint Vincent Invitational Saturday.
September 17, 2015
Week three football preview: Geneva
By JOHN LYDIC Staff Writer
Waynesburg travels up Interstate-79 to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania to take on the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes. This game marks the first official game that will count towards the two team’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference standings. Waynesburg is coming off a loss at the hands of the Saint Vincent Bearcats 28-21 last week. Senior running back Jerry Lawman rushed for 90 yards and touchdown to lead the Waynesburg offense, while senior linebacker Aaron Palmer paced the defense with nine tackles and recorded half a sack. Junior wide receiver Kevin Barnes Jr. grabbed six passes for a total of 73 yards and a score. Geneva needed a comeback effort against PAC foe Grove City to win last week
by a score of 21-16.
you’re dealt, and that stuff happens.”
Obey the Lawman Despite Waynesburg not winning the game Saturday, Lawman turned in his second consecutive quality game on the ground. Lawman added 90 yards rushing on 20 attempts and while pulling in three receptions for 31 yards. “We have been balanced,” said head coach Rick Shepas. “If you look at the stats we have been near perfectly balanced, which is good.” Lawman missed last season’s game against Geneva due to an injury but recorded 67 yards in 2013 on just nine attempts. Lawman is averaging 101 yards per game this season, which is good for fourth best in the PAC. Walking wounded The Waynesburg second-
Wild west shootout
ary suffered yet another injury when senior Dontae Gibson left the game due to a nagging groin injury. Gibson joins fellow defensive back Josh Mundell who suffered a broken thumb in week one on the injury list, according to Shepas. The injury will require
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us.” After the flags, the Jackets brought in freshman running back Zach Helsel to finish off the job. His first run was good for 15 yards and set up a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line. Helsel received the call and pounded his way up the middle to tie the game at seven with more than half of the first quarter remaining. On Waynesburg's next drive, starting right near midfield, the Jackets looked to repeat the previous drive. The Jackets had the ball on the Saint Vincent 13yard line, and—on thirdand-ten—Dougherty’s pass attempt landed in the hands of junior wide receiver Kevin Barnes. Thus giving Waynesburg a 14-7 lead with a little over four minutes remaining in the first quarter. Shimensky and the Saint Vincent didn’t waste any time, though, as they marched down the field. After a trick play that went for 29 yards, Shimensky completed two passes for 11 and 29 yards, respectively with the latter going for a touchdown. After the point after, the Bearcats and Jackets were tied at 14. “He’s our leader,” said Dolciato. “He understands football, which makes it easier for us on the offensive side.”
On Saint Vincent’s third possession, it was able to put together a drive that ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Shimensky to senior running back Ryan Crawford. The Bearcats took their 21-14 lead into halftime. Waynesburg received the ball coming out of halftime, and starting on its own 45yard line, the Jackets converted two fourth downs via a run from Lawman and a completed pass from Dougherty to Barnes, respectively. On third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Lawman showed his strength by forcing his way through the line and into the end zone. Waynesburg burned almost seven minutes off the clock and seemed to gain control of the momentum once again, tying the game at 21. “I thought that we had a great start to the third [quarter],” said Shepas. “Scoring helps, but with respect to the time of possession, I couldn’t ask for more.” Whatever momentum the Jackets had gathered, the Bearcats gained it right back. Shimensky converted a firstand-22 with a 37-yard pass to junior running back Shavonta Craft. On the same drive, Saint Vincent converted a fourth down with a touchdown pass from Shimensky to Lowman. Waynesburg couldn’t get anything together until
midway in the fourth quarter when it was given great field position after a shanked punt. The drive contained a personal foul on Waynesburg’s Nik Sappie and a pass interference against Saint Vincent that gave the Jackets a firstand-goal from the 10-yard line. The next play, Waynesburg senior Tyler Powell was called for holding and the drive stalled. Forcing a three-and-out, Waynesburg got one more chance at tying the game. Starting in the shadow of their own end zone, the Jackets drove all the way down to the Bearcats 20-yard line. On second-and-ten, Dougherty dropped back and fired towards Barnes, but the pass was intercepted by senior Bearcat defensive back Devin Anderson and the game was iced from there, giving Saint Vincent the 28-21 win over the Yellow Jackets. “I thought we rushed some things,” said Shepas. “Overall, I was just disappointed in the way we handled the fourth quarter and those final possessions.” Waynesburg will head into PAC play with a record of 1-1. The team will journey to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania to face the Golden Tornadoes of Geneva College, who won last week in comeback fashion, evening their record at 1-1. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
a cast and time off before Mundell may return. “We’re for sure going to lose [Mundell] for six weeks and depending on the decision he and the family makes, which is totally for them, he may redshirt and he may not,” said Shepas. “You just play the cards
When Waynesburg and Geneva get together, fans are bound to see a high-scoring shootout and lots of offensive plays. Four of the last five games have seen at least one team scoring 30 points, and three of the five matchups had both teams scoring 30-plus points. Last season’s game took 82 points and overtime before Carter Hill hit Zac Capan for the game-winning touchdown. Shepas said he wants to look for better defensive plays heading into the 2015 PAC season. “We’ve always been in shootouts with Geneva. For some reason they are always wide open games and high scoring games,” said Shepas. “Every game is always a high
scoring game. Obviously we want to limit explosive plays and points scored and then we want to be who we are and develop our young team.” PAC opener Waynesburg looks to get off to the right start in the PAC. In its last six PAC openers, Waynesburg owns a record of 5-1 and has averaged 34 points on offense in those contests. Waynesburg has also won those games by a combined margin of victory of 21 points. “If we do a good job maintaining the ball and limiting their possessions that would be ideal,” Shepas said. “Running the football well would obviously be the goal as well.” Waynesburg will look to get conference play off to the right start when it faces Geneva College at 7 p.m. Saturday at Reeves Field.
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there with his teammates, things would have gone more smoothly in the secondary. I—for one—believe they would have. Last season, Mundell was the anchor of the Jackets’ defense at the cornerback position. At the time of the release of the two-deep depth chart for the regular season this year, Mundell was the only truly game-tested player in the secondary returning. The Yellow Jackets are missing defensive backs Mitch Vacek and Mike Lopuchovsky, who recorded a team high 75 tackles, forced two fumbles and intercepted five passes during his senior season for the Jackets. Dontae Gibson, who was the cornerback opposite Mundell for the majority of last season, not only was listed behind junior Zach Sniadach to begin the 2015 season, but is dealing with what Shepas termed as chronic groin issues. So take Gibson away from the secondary on Saturday, which the Jackets had to do for the second half, and they lost both starting cornerbacks from last season’s tenacious defense. But even before that, with the Mundell injury, the Jackets lost the one rock they returned outside the front seven, and that rock was
often matched up Bearcats on Saturagainst the oppoday. nent’s top receivMundell was ing threat: the Eric one of the players Blinn’s of Bethany; Waynesburg wasn’t the Daniel Lis’s of hav i ng s e c ond Washington & Jefthoughts about at ferson; the Marcus the beginning of Johnson’s of Thiel; the season. and the Goose CoSure, Mundell Mundell horn’s of Thomas may not be the bigMore. gest and fastest corner on the You name the top receiver, team, but in terms of defendand Mundell defended him ing off the ball, recovering last season and held his own, on routes and in the grand recording 54 tackles, break- scheme of things, using the ing up 11 passes and grabbing mental side of the game to be an effective cornerback, he is the best that Shepas’ squad The loss of Josh Mun- has to offer at the position, esdell—if it is for the en- pecially after being named an All-PAC Honorable Mention tire season—will hurt at defensive back last season. the Jackets' secondary After losing the vast majormore than many people ity of starters last season, the Jackets went into this year not realize being able to afford the losses of what they did return to injury, and unfortunately, losthree interceptions. ing Mundell is exactly what Granted Eric Blinn still they couldn’t afford, and it is recorded over 100 yards going to show as PAC play through the air in the Betha- begins and then heats up. ny-Waynesburg matchup last Fans got a glimpse Saturseason, but Blinn is expected day of what the impact of to do that every week, as he is Mundell’s loss could be in one of the best wide receivers defending explosive plays. in Division III football. It’s time for players like The loss of Josh Mundell— S n i a d a c h , s o p h o m o r e if it is for the entire season— Christian Breisinger, junior is going to hurt this Jackets’ Roomel Reese, freshman Jussecondary more than many tin Willkow among others to people realize. It’s going to step up and fill a void that is hurt the secondary more a very underrated player in than it did in the loss to the Josh Mundell.
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Shimensky. Without much disparity in the stats, one has to go with their eyes to find the difference in this game. And the difference came from Waynesburg making mental mistakes at the most critical and inopportune moments of the game. Penalties, penalties, Penalties and more penalties were the story of the game. Head coach Rick Shepas noted the penalties and how uncharacteristic they are of a Waynesburg team. “I was disappointed with the way we handled the fourth quarter in the last couple possessions,” said Shepas. “Right now, I think at times we have some guys who think they need to make a play, or do something to affect the outcome of the game. You don’t have to do that. All you need to do is to do your job.” The coach went further in his explanation of the personal foul penalties his team made, and he is not sure that he completely understands the need to play beyond the whistles. “It’s a question that I’ve addressed, and I’ll share
the answer when I get it,” said Shepas. “I’m searching for the ‘why’ because I’m a ‘why’ guy, especially when it’s out of character for a guy or two.” Unfortunately, there isn’t even a statistic to prove the lethality of Waynesburg’s penalties because Saint Vincent had more. A combined 23 penalties for 236 yards from the two teams is all that needs to be known, but Saint Vincent was able to somewhat clean up their act in the second half. For evidence of this, look no further than a drive for Waynesburg that began at the Saint Vincent 18-yard line, due to a shanked punt. With 11:49 remaining in the game, the Jackets were essentially given a golden opportunity to tie the score at 28. On a second-and-ten, senior running back Jerry Lawman ran for five yards, but the play was called back thanks to a personal foul penalty, which backed the Jackets to the Saint Vincent 28-yard. The Jackets were handed another opportunity later as they became the beneficiaries of a questionable pass interference call on a fourthand-17.
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Senior running back Jerry Lawman logged his second straight impressive game in the loss to Saint Vincent. Lawman totaled 120 yards on offense with a touchdown. Next, on a first-and-goal at the Saint Vincent 10yard line, a holding penalty backed the offense up another 10 yards to the 20yard line. On fourth-andgoal from the 18-yard line, a false start backed the team up to the 23-yard line, and they weren’t able to convert on fourth down. This drive was a microcosm of the entire game, as mistakes negated positive plays.
Furthermore, considering Waynesburg’s historical struggles with athletic quarterbacks, the Yellow Jackets’ front seven statistically did a good job of containing Shimensky. However, it was the big plays due to blown coverage that hurt the Jackets. Saint Vincent opened the scoring with a 79-yard hookup from Shimensky to senior receiver Dustin Lowman. To tie the game at 14, Shimensky found a wide open
freshman wide receiver Ariel Martinez at the near corner of the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown, on which there was not a defender to be seen within 10 yards of Martinez. On Ryan Crawford’s 11yard touchdown reception, there was another blown c ove r age a s C r aw ford slipped to the left flat and could have walked into the end zone once he caught the ball. On Lowman’s touchdown
reception—the game-winning score for the Bearcats— it was simply missed tackle after missed tackle that allowed a fourth-and-four to turn into a 36-yard play. Shepas believes the team needs to limit the explosive plays because it affects more than simply the score over the course of the game. “Explosive plays are momentum plays that affect the emotion of the game,” said Shepas. “Our kick returns were explosive plays, but they were the only explosive plays that we had. That’s a key stat.” Head coach Rick Shepas thinks the team will be fine this season, as he noted the team played one of the worst games he has seen in years, and they only lost by a touchdown. Shepas also thinks the team may be too tense, or trying perhaps more than they should be, as opposed to focusing on each individual’s specific role for the betterment of the team. “I think everybody’s trying a little too hard to be perfect,” said Shepas. “Our defensive coaches and defensive unit are trying hard. Sometimes you don’t need to over-try, you just need to do your job.”
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 | WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY | THEYELLOWJACKET.ORG
'WU Idol' makes its anticipated return Artist's illness crafts unique work shown at exhibit “It will be very interesting to see how they perform with live music and people in the audience.”
By ANNIE MCGLAUGHLIN Multimedia Manager
The search for the next Waynesburg Idol is happening on campus once again. On Sept. 8 and 9, auditions for the popular Student Activities Board competition were held in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Judging the students were Mary Hoffman, Julie Wise and Anthony Jarrell. “It’s a very good group, not many returners, so it’s all new talent,” said Anthony Jarrell, WU Idol judge and resident director of Martin Hall. “It will be very interesting to see how they perform with live music and people in the audience.” There were ten studemts who came out to audition. The contestants were allowed to choose what song they would audition with, as they stood alone on the stage singing acapella. Students who passed the auditions would be rewarded a golden ticket to show that they were moving on to the real deal. Veronica Steen, a freshman children and youth ministries major remarked she had been singing since she was just two years old.
WU Idol Judge
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Brad Gillespie sings "Hey Brother" by Aviici during the tryouts for WU Idol. He will be participating in round 1 Steen performed a rendition of Hallelujah for her audition. The excitement of receiving a golden ticket is second
to none for some students. “It’s like an athlete’s first game. I was excited and everyone was pumped up around me, and I was so
nervous,” said Renee Watts, a senior early childhood and special education major. “But now it’s a like a rush of excitement now that I made it.” Some contestants thought it was now or never to compete in the singing competition and took a chance by auditioning. “I decided to audition for Waynesburg Idol because my two friends on SAB signed me up,” said sophomore nursing major Brad Gillespie. “I figured life is too short and I might as well go for it.” In the past, Waynesburg Idol has drawn heavy student interest and the Student Activities Board expects that to remain the same when the competition kicks off again this year. The first round of Waynesburg Idol will be held Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. in the GPAC.
By TEGHAN SIMONTON For the Yellow Jacket
E a c h y e a r, t h e D e partment of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University invites a modern artist to showcase their work in an annual Guest Art Exhibition. This year, the artist on display is Andrew Walker. “Every semester I try to find an artist that has something that can share with students that is a little unusual,” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art. “I’ve had artists that have ultrarealistic work, things that have spiritual messages… [Walker’s] work deals with environmental issues and also deals with healing.” Walker’s work features a variety of mediums, all addressing the shortcomings of the human body and the toll that humans have placed on the environment. However, what sets Walker apart is his tendency to use images of his own illness in his artwork. Walker has been plagued
with a disease since his teens, which cost him a kidney early on and continues to trouble him today. “Because of his disease and the issues he has, he has to take certain medicine to keep him alive, but that same medicine actually damages his body. He gets skin cancers all over his body,” said Heisey. Walker is known for taking digital images of scenes in nature, particularly the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, and superimposing them with images of the cancers that he has had. Though some may find these works somewhat disturbing, Walker introduces an uncommon take on disease and disability, as well as the faults of humanity. “I like it because it shows the healing process, that even with these issues – the disease, the pollution in the environment – healing is occurring,” said Heisey. “It certainly deals with that See WALKER on D2
Student debate event returns with discussion of Iran deal By JOHN LYDIC Staff Writer
Once again, Waynesburg University had the chance to debate a national topic within the campus community at the first Student Speak of the year. The history club was the host for the first event, and the topic focused on the Iran Nuclear Deal. The forum allowed the students a chance to talk about the issues surrounding the deal in a community setting. Amy Smith, junior secondary education biology major, thought the event was a great chance to learn more about the topic. “I thought the discussion brought many important topics up that I wasn’t educated about, like the whole treaty itself,” said Smith. “Now I know what the treaty is about and how it will benefit or ruin the country.” The students discussed
John Lydic, Yellow Jacket
Students gather for the first student speak of the semester on the third floor of Stover. The topic of the recent Iranian nuclear deal was discussed then debated between those who came out on Friday, Sept. 11. key facts while also stating whether they supported the deal or were against it; those that opposed it shared points on what they would change
about the deal if they had a say. Derrion May, senior biology major, also thought the Student Speak provided
a good educational format for students to learn while also debating their opinions. “For such a sensitive topic, the Student Speak was very
controlled and informative,” said May. “I have not been keeping up with the Iranian deal, like a majority of the students, but there was some
great dialect, and the facilitators did a great job giving us facts instead of opinions.” Smith said the educational factor was not only a great opportunity, but it benefits the campus by allowing students to come together for a friendly debate. “It was great to see a variety of students share their opinions about the subject,” said Smith. “By learning the others’ opinions, I was able to form one of my own.” The students were provided lunch while they debated the topic, and the history club printed fact sheets for students to be more educated on the issue they were discussing. Student Speaks are held once a month by one of the groups that meets in the allorganizations meeting room, and the next one will be held Oct. 23 on the third floor of Stover. The topic for the second Student Speak event has yet to be announced.
Flu Clinic offered AdVenture Crew lives up to its name Newly merged group kicks off year with trip to Laurel Caverns to help prevent sickness this winter By RJ LEISIE
Sports Convergence Editor
By AUTUMN FOUST
Assistant Advertising Director
Each year, the flu clinic brings in a plentiful amount of people. Influenza is a respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. It is extremely contagious and can be spread by coughing, sneezing or being in contact with a person that has the flu. The virus can even spread without an individual knowing that they are infected. It is recommended that a person be vaccinated at least once a year. Antibodies develop in the body about two weeks after being vaccinated and provide protection against the influenza A virus and the influenza B virus. There are many more types of flus, but the traditional shot prevents the most common types. For the flu clinic, the Waynesburg University Stu-
dent Health Services teams up with Rite Aid to ensure that students are safe this season. The clinic is open to any student and accepts most health insurance types, but does cost is $29.99 if uninsured. Jennifer Shiring, the nurse director of Student Health Services at Waynesburg University, believes that it definitely benefits the students. The clinic provides two different kinds of shots; one is the traditional, and the other is an internasal. Shiring states that it was very busy on the first day. Lori Widdup is a Waynesburg University graduate who was in charge of giving students their vaccines on Sept. 9. This is Rite Aid’s third year of doing flu clinics, and each year the turnout gets better.
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Waynesburg University’s two exploring groups have been combined into one. The Waynesburg Outdoor Experience (WOE) and Venture Crew 1849 have joined together and formed the Waynesburg Outdoor AdVenture Crew in a joint effort from both sides. “WOE was a campuswide program and Venture Crew [part of the Boy Scouts of America] was a university organization to which students and faculty would have to register to attend events,” said Taylor Garrett, president of AdVenture Crew. “This year, the administration decided to combine the two groups in hopes of creating one unified body of students and faculty that love the outdoors and are interested in participating in outdoor activities.” On Saturday, the Crew
Photo courtesy of Taylor Garrett
Those who went on the trip were able to experience the full effect of the caverns. Members of the former groups were able to come together as one. took their first trip as a new organization. They traveled to the Laurel Caverns in Laurel High-
lands, Pennsylvania. Laurel Caverns is the largest natural cave in Pennsylvania.
It is also the largest natural bat hibernation site in See CAVERNS on D2
September 17, 2015
Walker: Visiting artist's 'unorthodox' work challenges beauty of art Continued from D1
Christian theme: that no one is beyond hope, that everyone has the opportunity to heal, and in a sense to be renewed.” Walker’s condition takes a prime role in his pieces, as does his connection to the Schuylkill River. The gallery will not only feature digital images of his wounds, but also a sculpture as the focal point and projections displaying his source material. The sculpture is meant to look like an aquarium holding a catfish, which were once prevalent in the river but have decreased dramatically due to pollution. As for the projections, they are meant to display Walker’s creative process as images of his skin cancer and nature come together. “So when you come in, you’ll see the work on the walls, you’ll see the sculpture, and there’s also this video playing in the back,”
Kyla Wolper, Yellow Jacket
Freshman Isabella Cantafio admires some of the art work that was showcased. Andrew Walker's sickness is showcased within various aspects of his work. said Heisey. “And the video is mostly without sound, but once in a while sound will pop up that is sounds of nature, sounds of the Schuylkill River, sounds that he hears as he goes around taking photos.” “One of the symptoms of
his disease is hearing loss and in one ear he is completely deaf, and in the other ear he has a really strong hearing aid… and the reason he has sound popping in and out is because he wants you to experience a little bit what hearing is like
for him,” said Heisey. Walker takes it upon himself to engage and challenge observers, even if they become uncomfortable in the process. He uses the unusual to score viewers’ attention and convey his message.
“Definitely his work is a little bit more unorthodox or less traditional than we’ve had in the past… We’ve had painters, people who draw, sculptors; but we’ve never had somebody who works the way he does,” said Heisey, who is impressed by
Walker’s audacity and creativity. “I teach art history, and we look at all the masters of the past,” said Heisey. “But art is always changing and always different, so I’m trying to bring things that are different and unique to the gallery.” Heisey encourages students and faculty alike to attend the exhibition and see Walker’s work for themselves. “It kind of forces them to see mortality a little bit,” he said. “It will challenge them with the idea of what is beautiful. So much of our society is about looking great, being beautiful, being healthy. Your hair needs to be right; your clothes need to be right. And sometimes we need to face the question of what is truly beautiful.” The exhibition will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery, beginning on Monday, Sept. 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and continuing until Oct. 9.
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Last year, they recorded 180 visits from students. They hope to encourage more students this year. The next two clinics will be held on Oct. 6 and Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wiley Armory. A wide range of clinic times are provided so that busy students still have a chance to receive their shot. After the students receive their vaccine, they are entered into a contest for great prizes. Nursing students also take advantage of this opportunity. They are required
Kyla Wolper, Yellow Jacket
PAINT AND DIP On Saturday Sept 12, the Student Activities Board hosted the first paint and dip of the year. Students were able to show off their creativity and express themselves in their artwork.
Caverns: More actvities to come in the future
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Pennsylvania, and it is a site for tourists who are interested in caving or other outdoor pursuits, including rappelling and miniature golf, in addition to two different types of caving. As a part of the trip, they went lower-cave spelunking, which involves climbing and maneuvering through much narrower, wetter and more dangerous parts than upper caving. “ We w e r e c r a w l i n g through two-foot-deep crevasses filled with inches of water,” said Garrett. “We even learned how to navigate our way through parts of the caverns in complete darkness in the event all of our light sources went out.” More adventures are in the works for the newest organization on the campus of Waynesburg University. On Oct. 4, they are planning a flat-water kayaking trip to Rocky Gap State Park. At least two more events are planned for later in the semester after fall break.
Photo Courtesy of Taylor Garrett
After the caving trip, the AdVenture crew is planning numerous future trips, including travelling to Summit Bectel Reserve and other outdoor activities. One will be a service trip. “Some of the trips will be available to all students,” said Jacquelyn Core, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. “Others will require students to basically join the old Venture Crew which is $24. This is because these trips are covered insurancewise by the Boy Scouts of
America.” T h e or g an i z at i on i s working to continue their work to add experiences that make an impact on students’ lives in a positive manner. “Waynesburg Outdoor AdVenture Crew is really excited to offer a wide variety of outdoor activities to the entire campus,” said
Garrett. “We are excited about the success of the caving trip and are looking forward to having even more Waynesburg students get involved in future events.” For more information about certain events or about joining the AdVenture Crew, contact Taylor Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to have the flu vaccine before they begin their clinicals. Shiring believes that it is a “nice convenience” to have the clinic right on campus and is thankful Rite Aid is willing to take on most of the duties. Also, Students who don’t have a car do not have to worry about traveling to town and finding a doctor, and even students with a car may be unsure where a facility is located. The sign up can be seen on the myConnect tab, but walk-ins are also welcome. Students can call Student Health Services with questions at 724-852-3332.
September 17, 2015
ACROSS 1 Where to find screwdriv ers? 7 Buddhist teacher 11 Circle segment 14 Bold & Crispy Fries maker 15 Eagerly interested 16 Sea, in Marseille 17 *Six-time ‘30s-’40s N.L. home run champ 18 Zippo 19 Square root of IX 20 Relatives of gulfs 21 MD-to-be’s exam 23 Lightly burn 25 *Donny’s ‘70s TV cohost 27 Nickname for Ruth, with “The” 31 Strahan co-host 32 Coral island 33 One-named Nigerian singer 36 Bruins’ sch. 39 *Sense of duty, per one’s personal ethics 42 Baseball glove 43 Caustic cleaners 44 __-wip: dessert topping 45 Swiss river 47 School periods 49 *It’s often “burned” during exam week 53 Cases the joint for, say 54 Sunup point 55 Ingrid’s “Casablanca” role 59 Fashion initials 60 Apple computer 62 Record label founded
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in Detroit ... and, when divided into three words, where to find the answers to starred clues? 64 Where Antwerp is: Abbr. 65 “Uh-uh” 66 Banded together 67 “Bambi” doe 68 Daring exploit 69 Gets wise with
DOWN 1 Lay an egg, so to speak 2 Neck of the woods
3 Depend (on) 4 Hombres en la familia 5 Home alarm co. 6 Bruce Wayne’s alter ego 7 Island veranda 8 Striped quartz 9 Trendy, ‘60s-style 10 Andre of tennis 11 Protein building blocks 12 Sit on the throne 13 Bawled 22 Trio member with Stills and Nash 24 Ascribes 25 Pepper grinder 26 Calif. neighbor 27 When doubled, play
mate of Pebbles 28 Yours, to Yves 29 Italian pork sausage 30 Brazenly obvious 34 Ingredient in a black and tan 35 ‘70s clubs 37 Ore deposit 38 Spanish cordial
40 Cassini of fashion 41 Sea divided by shrink age 46 On the upswing 48 Acid or base indicator 49 Waffler’s word 50 “A Doll’s House” play wright 51 Oodles
52 “Be silent,” in music 55 “How sweet __!” 56 Oodles 57 __’Pea 58 Clause joiners 61 Stooge with bangs 63 “Cat __ Hot Tin Roof ”
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FILM REVIEW: GOING OUT TO THE THEATERS ISN'T WORTH 'THE VISIT' THIS TIME Tim NERAL
M. Night Shyamalan became a hit when 1999’s The Sixth Sense provided one of the biggest twists in cinematic history. Then came 2004’s The Village, one of many disasters to come – including Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and 2013’s After Earth. No matter how potent or impotent an idea is, no matter how much or how little talent he has in front of him, no matter how boundless or constricted his budget is, Shyamalan has time and time again demonstrated his undying consistency for creating boisterous failures of altitudes that many Asylum films – cheap projects that were meant to demonstrate absurdity – can applaud. Yet when the discussion of Shyamalan’s latest exploits arise, the continued question of, “Could he come back?” is pondered for the umpteenth time. With so little evidence of improvement or creative life in his work, it would seem hazardous, if not unprofessional, for me to answer in the affirmative; yet this is how I have answered every time. The Sixth Sense is
too strong, as was Signs, for Shyamalan to be a fluke. Well, today is the day I play my violin to a different tune because The Visit is Shyamalan’s final straw with me. I am done. To start with, enjoy found footage? The correct answer is no. The found footage technique made popular in the horror genre is by far
the laziest production tactic I have ever seen in any film pursuit. You could not care any less about your product unless you strapped that camera to a puppy and hoped by the grace of God he would travel in the direction you required him to – and in a stable enough manner that your audience could discern what was going on.
Yet I would wager that not only has this been done before, but it has been done to a higher degree than it has been done by some of the actors engaged in these projects. Having people jump in front of an immobile camera and make a scary face is not scary. That is a task anyone with a head on their shoulders could replicate. Well, put your hands together, because Shyamalan has completely given up on directing the lens for this endeavor. Shooting scenes is an art in and of itself, providing audiences with unique angles and perspectives that we wouldn’t have if our actors were to, say, have a GoPro on their head. We’re one step away from that here. One step. To call The Visit frustrating is putting it lightly, and more importantly, pleasantly. No matter how hard I tried, there is no way I could tell you how many times my fingers went through my hair in agitation and indiscernible angst. It is crippling how dumb this movie is. Your whole body just wants to quit. You can practically hear it screaming, “Free me!” as if it’s been imprisoned by a crazed fiend from an alternate dimension. There were
times when I contemplated breathing, contemplated life and my existence; but none of these things happened during my viewing of The Visit. No, what happened during The Visit was not philosophical, nor did it involve any level of thinking. I could feel the brain cells dying inside my head, and I could hear my head echoing because there was so little going on up there. I have not felt that empty-headed and that devoid of emotion in a long time. If The Visit succeeds at anything, it is through its undeniable ability to remain less interesting than a corpse. Shyamalan’s storytelling carries no tension, hook or delicacy to it. The solemnness, atmosphere and unsettling tinge that Shyamalan used to so easily create has never been rekindled. Shyamalan attempts to shoehorn comedy into the script, lows I never thought he would dive to – but evidently I was wrong. Cracking a joke lightens the mood and relieves all of that tension in one quick swoop. Shyamalan serves as an obstacle to his own film. It is a film removed from ominous decorum. Shyamalan mixes
such a contrast of off-putting humor and desperate scares that he creates a concoction that hinders anything it could have achieved. Its chemistry emits such an imbalance that it’s like riding an off-kilter seesaw. Bumbling up and down with no center of gravity and remaining directionless (play on words intended), the purpose is lost in the chaos and all you can think about is when you can get off this outdated charade of a contraption. This movie was so scarring I could feel my mouth hanging agape and saliva collecting in my mouth like a baby engrossed in a trance. My brain, had I been able to look at it, probably looked like scrambled eggs underneath a magnifying glass in the Orlando heat. It was roasting, and by the film’s conclusion, it was an ashtray. With more decomposition and negligence than most of Shyamalan’s films, The Visit is a strong candidate for the worst film of 2015. The film has gotten mixed reviews, some going so far as to call it a return to form for Shyamalan, but these same people are calling it cheap fun. In other words, no; no, it is not. Don’t plan a visit to see The Visit.
September 17, 2015
Where Are WU From?
Name Flight Date
By Rebecca Burcham Designed By Whitney Waters
Waynesburg University is a diverse place. Students come from all over the country – and even countries around the world – to find their place and earn their degrees from our small college in southwestern Pennsylvania. But how far have some of the farthest students come this year to be at Waynesburg? Take a look and mark where you’re from!
A. Briana Hedlund, freshman English Literature major – Casper, Wyoming
“I came to Waynesburg University because I was looking for a good Christian education, they offered good scholarships, the admissions counselors were darn good communicators and some naggings were pulling me this way.” “Waynesburg is different in many ways. For one, there’s hills and not a bunch of flat land everywhere. Wyoming has mountains, but not that many hills and not as many trees. There are tons of trees here and their leaves are huge... and so are the bugs.” “There’s also some slang that you guys have here that I haven’t caught onto yet… Otherwise, I’m learning that people are people no matter where you go. The world’s about the same in any place, but it seems strange to you because you’re different. I’m not certain of my path yet, but I’m grateful that I get to be spending this semester at Waynesburg.”
B. Trenton Bromenschenkel, senior Biochemistry major – El Dorado Hills, California
“I came to Waynesburg because of its great financial aid, strong academics, small class sizes and Leadership Scholars program.” “My hometown has a population of over 42,000 and includes a shopping center, movie theater, diverse restaurants and close access to water skiing (Folsom Lake) and snowboarding (Lake Tahoe). The weather is typically around 90 degrees in the summer and 60 degrees in the winter.”
Matthew Rinaudo, junior Criminal Justice major – born in Rochester, New York; raised in Orlando, Florida “I came to Waynesburg University for the hands-on Criminal Justice program and to graduate as an Officer in the Army through West Virginia University’s ROTC program.” “Orlando is different than Waynesburg because I have Disney right across the street.” [Wow! Lucky!]
D. Heidi Evans, junior psychology major – Anchorage, Alaska “I came to WU because I was looking for a small, Christian college with good programs, and I had the wonderful chance to come for a visit over Merit Day weekend; I was able to interview for a few scholarships and meet the Women’s Tennis team, and I knew right away that this was the school for me.” “Anchorage is much bigger than Waynesburg, and I am never without something to do; however, here I feel as though I know almost everyone, which is something I enjoy about the small town feel. I also do not enjoy the 90 degree days, and I definitely do not like the humidity. I prefer to spend my days with cooler temperatures and dry air.”
E. Sydni Ayers, freshman Sports Management major – Manhattan, Montana
“I chose Waynesburg because I wanted a small Christian school and I wanted to go away to college and play volleyball.” “Waynesburg is different because I’m used to flat ground surrounded by mountains, not hills everywhere. I also come from a very rural place and it’s different being so close to so many big cities.”