Monday, November 23, 2015

Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Walk for a Cure

Kaitlyn Hipple

Staff Writer

The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) sponsored a walk-a-thon to fundraise for St. Jude’s from 6pm till 12am in the Keiper Recreation Center on Friday, November 20. The walk invited students and faculty members to donate $5 to walk for a cure. Clubs and organizations had the opportunity to benefit as well and set up tables around the walk and sell products or simply inform walkers about their club while giving $10 to donate to St. Jude’s.

For over thirty years now, TKE has maintained a long-lasting relationship with St. Jude’s Research Hospital and its founder, Danny Thomas. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as found on their website is, “to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment” and their founder’s motto is that “no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.”

St. Jude’s was opened February 4, 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee because the survival rate for children with cancer was almost nonexistent. Shawn McCollum, president-elect of TKE, commented on what it means to him to raise money for such a powerful organization: “I really like fundraising. It’s a good feeling to know I’m helping a greater cause, especially something as influential as St. Jude’s.”

The relationship between TKE and St. Jude’s began when TKE member Elvis Presley used his talents to help raise funds for these cancer-stricken children. Then in 2008, TKE rekindled this devotion to St. Jude’s with vowing to “save the lives of children with cancer, sickle cell and other life-threatening illnesses. TKE chapters across the country are raising funds and awareness to support the dream of Danny that ‘no child should die in the dawn of life.’”

TKE not only supports fundraising for St. Jude’s but also Alzheimer’s Awareness. In 2001, TKE adopted the Alzheimer’s Association as an official philanthropy. The fraternity partnered with President Ronald Reagan and his Research Institute one year after Frater Reagan revealed he had Alzheimer’s.

Both causes are admirable and ambitious. TKE encourages all students to participate in these fundraising events to show compassion and empathy for those suffering, and to aid in finding cures. Alongside McCollum, another TKE brother, Jacob Quasius, commented and stated, “As one of our national partners, we take a lot of pride in raising funds for the hospital. This is the first time we are running the event, and we hope that the event is able to serve its fundraising purpose while also being a laid back, fun event.”

In addition to the opportunity to walk and for clubs and organizations to get involved, TKE is conducted a “Shave-Down” event at 9pm during the walk where the heads of five volunteers were shaved to a certain length, depending on how much money was donated. Their goals were $50, then $100, $150, and $200 or more. If any volunteer received $200 or more, they would completely shave their head. The participants were John Shaffer, Will Thomas, Andrew Shelly, Andrew Chase, and Dan Yoder. Quasius offers, “The brothers of TKE are really excited to bring this event to campus and hope to continue it in the future.” Looking ahead, keep an eye out for more TKE fundraising events to support “Hilarity for Charity.”

Lighting Up for France: The efforts of the Lycoming Community and beyond

Jordyn Hotchkiss

The world was struck with tragedy yet again in Paris, France on Friday.

The people and tourists of France were enjoying concerts, a big soccer match against Germany and Paris night life when terror hit as guns and bombs started going off in multiple locations around the city.

After hearing of the tragedies, the world was quick to show support. The Eiffel Tower was closed to the public and has turned out their lights to represent a time of mourning, which were still out as of press time.

When the Tower went dark, the rest of the world lit up with the blue, white and red of the French Flag.

Monuments around the world have shown their support and unity by recreating the French Flag on their well known monuments, including the White House, Sydney Opera House, the Seattle Space Needle, Christ the Redeemer in Rio and many more.

Monuments are not the only things changing colors to show their support.

Facebook users across the world have added a filter over their profile pictures of the French Flag to show that France is in their thoughts and prayers.

The college community has also shown their support.

After hearing of the attacks, Jeff LeCrone, Campus Minister, set up a Facebook group for students entitled "Lycoming College Responds to Terrorism."

This group allows faculty and students a place to express their thoughts and prayers for all of those affected by the tragedies in Paris as well as the rest of the world.

Together, the members of the group have tried to determine the best way the college can respond to acts such as this.

The first thing that students have done is set up a display in Pennington Lounge were anyone can leave a note to support the victims and loved ones.

The display is set up in front of the French Flag and includes candles set up in the shape of the Eiffel Tower Peace sign that has been seen on the Internet.

This display was set up by the Student Teaching Assistants from around the world, including Camille Le Teuff, the French TA.

Not only does the college community have the option of writing a note and/or lighting a candle, a candlelight vigil was also held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday on the Quad.

Overall, the outpour of support from the college community and the world has been tremendous and it does not appear that we are done yet.

Chamber Choir performs well: The Mozart Requiem comes to life

DC Keys
Photo Editor

The Lycoming college Chamber Choir performed the Mozart Requiem at 7:30 p.m. on November 6.

The venue was First Baptist Church, and the choir performed with an orchestra as a part of Williamsport’s First Friday.

It was free to the public and was well attended by members of the college community, the congregation of city alliance church and members of the general public.

The choir sang the Requiem in its original Latin language, performing all eight movements.

To assist the choir, Dr. Christopher Jackson hired professional singers to sing some of the solo parts, but four student soloists sang all soloist parts of movement six.

Junior Elizabeth Gallen was the soprano, Senior Andrea Burleigh mezzo soprano, Senior Timothy Vasey tenor and Senior William Thomas sang bass.

In fact, there were only two subdivisions of movement three that only the adult soloist sang. The thirty-seven members of the chamber choir worked hard for months to prepare the piece.

When asked why Jackson had picked First Baptist, he explained that every year he had been choral director at Lycoming College, the chamber choir performed at a local church with St. Boniface and St. Joseph being the previous ones.

When city alliance bought the building, they had the goal of making the space available for the community to use for art, performances and other outreaches.

"I think art should be for the good of the community," Jackson shared.

With their similar goals, it seemed perfect to hold the concert there and on First Friday. City alliance worked hard to make sure it could accommodate the choir and the orchestra, while also providing free audio recording of the concert.

Jackson had several reasons why he picked the Mozart requiem. The primary reason being it is a great piece of music and one of the classics. It also had the added benefit of not requiring a large orchestra. "I love it. It’s the right difficulty level to challenge the chamber choir."

The piece was originally commissioned by a Count who loved paying for music and then passed it off as his own. Mozart knew this, but was in need of money.

Jackson added that the story portrayed in the movie Amadeus is not fully accurate. Mozart did not write the piece because he was going insane or believed that it would be his own requiem. There is now proof that he knew his health was failing at the time of composition.

Mozart actually died before finishing the piece. It was completed by one of his students so that Mozart’s family could be paid.

Interestingly enough, Mozart considered the student stupid during his life.

Parts of the piece were performed at Mozart’s memorial, which may have added to the myth. There have been nine other attempts to finish the piece, most of which happened in the last thirty years.

The thought is to correct what some perceive as mistakes by the student. The choir performed the original completed version.

"It is the most often performed so it is seen as the traditional score," Jackson explained.

All of the people who attended seemed to be moved by the performance. Jackson hopes that people who don’t think they enjoy classical music would still be able to enjoy the piece.

I Do Declare

Kaitlyn Hipple
Staff Writer

Upon choosing Lycoming College as the place to call home for the next four years, the majority of this decision is based on the selection of majors and minors offered.

As most students should know, declaring a major is required by the end of sophomore year. However, many may not know what this process entails and may be unsuspecting to the significance of declaring a major.

To begin, the process of declaring a major starts with exploration and foresight. Students need to evaluate what they want to do with the rest of their lives and how their passions will be incorporated. This may be the most difficult part of this academic and, somewhat spiritual, journey. If there seems to be debate or struggle when it comes to making this decision, students should reach out to advisors, mentors, SOS leaders, Deans and professors. These professionals are here to guide and counsel students when it comes to planning for careers.

Next, Career Services advises students to job shadow or observe the intended career. If content with what is observed, then go ahead and plan a meeting with the college professional in that field. If otherwise dissatisfied with the observations, begin the process again with exploring and planning for the future career. Ask yourself: What do I want my legacy to be?

After meeting with the expert, or the chair of the department, map out the academic schedule for the next four years. Can a minor be added? Is there a specific program in which best suits your career path?

Questions like these, and many others, need to be asked when declaring a major.

Once the map is complete, academic advisors have given the go ahead and graduating within 4 years is possible, declare that major! This process is simple: go to the academic advisor or intended advisor and have them print off the "Declare a Major/Change a Major" form; fill in the appropriate information such as Student ID number, anticipated graduation date, the majors and minors desired, sign and date that form and turn it in to the Registrar’s office.

It may seem as though this process is riddled with logistics and paperwork but in the end, once the major is declared, the future will seem a little happier, brighter and clearer.

Having recently flipped my world upside down and declaring my major as Spanish with a minor in English Literature while still pursuing a K-12 Certification, I know all too well the struggles of what it means to declare a major. But, if there is any advice to be given, it should be that declaring a major is a process that is always changing. Most of all, when thoughts of changing a major arise, don’t be afraid: who are you going to disappoint? Personally, I knew if I didn’t become a Spanish major, I would be disappointing my future self.

Education is what you make of it, and I do declare that as scary as it is to decide what the rest of your life will be founded on, it can also be a liberating experience. If you haven’t declared your major yet or are debating a major change, don’t be afraid to reach out and seek guidance.

The latest from Student Senate: Budgets

DC Keys
Photo Editor

Treasurer Jeremy Chobot and the budget task force proposed a bi-law change. This comes as a direct result of the concert and budget fiasco of last school year. The proposed change would allow the Student Senate to create biennial events.

These would be events that happen every other year as a possible solution for the concert. The concert is not the only event that this bi-law would effect. They want it for any big ticket events that clubs might come up with.

Also Chobot stressed that clubs are not required to make an event a biennial event.

The written bi-law is intentionally vague to allow the budget committee the freedom to tailor the application.

When clubs apply, if approved, senate would give them half the funds for their event. Senate would then hold the funds for a year. At the next budget process the club can ask Senate for the rest of the money they need. Once approved you’ll get both amounts for the event.

The purpose of this is to shield the Student Activity Fee. Since big ticket items are essentially split into two it will allow Senate to approve more of them. Granted seniors will pay for events that the next year freshman will enjoy but when they become seniors the cycle repeats.

It will be announce at the Nov 30 town hall and will be voted on after January town hall. If it is approved the budget task force will work on the application. They should be ready by the February town hall to show it to the clubs.

The application only allows for it to become a line item during the budget process. The budget process is still the place clubs ask for a specific amount.

There are currently no rules on clubs will be allowed to use this. Also there is no set dollar amount that is encouraged to go through this process. If an event is rejected based on dollar amount the club can choose to go through this process between appeals to see if it will be approved then

Senior Class Update

Jenny Reilly
Entertainment and Opinion Editor

Dear Class of 2016,

Thanks to everyone who attended our Class Kick Off event on Tuesday! We’d like to thank the Office of Alumni Relations and Rusty Rail brewery for helping us make our event a success. We hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed watching Blood, Sweat, and Beer with everyone.

The Class Officers and Class Committee hope everyone is excited about our class gift proposal. We think that having the Warrior Pledge installed on campus will leave a lasting legacy on campus and encourage future Lycoming College Warriors who will it see every day to remember the pledge the was made during freshman convocation. The Warrior Pledge was created and implemented during our time at the college, and although we did not recite the pledge during our convocation, the class of 2016 has shown to the college community through our everyday actions that we have upheld all the Warrior Pledge stands for.

We will be hosting another event next semester in early February. This will be a networking event for seniors and alumni to gather together. Seniors will have the opportunity to get to know alumni and possibly discuss careers and life after Lyco. This will be held at the Lycoming College Downtown Art Gallery on 4th Street.

We’re extending our t-shirt sale through the end of the semester. If you or anyone you know would like a t-shirt, please contact a class officer.

Our Class Committee meetings have brought many new ideas to the table. We’ve discussed future events and plan to make them more inclusive of those seniors who are not of age. We’ve also discussed Senior Week events as well as more fundraisers throughout the rest of the year. If you’d like to join the class committee, feel free to get in touch with any of the class officers. We’ll be able to get you our meeting times!

Alpha Sigma Tau and Lambda do Thanksgiving

Victoria Vandervort
College Life Editor

Greek Unity has been an ongoing theme when it comes to sorority and fraternity life.

As college students, it can be easy to get carried away and absorbed by routine and forget about other organizations on campus.

Even though we are all Greek Life students who live near each other, living closely together is not enough unity.

With the holiday season rolling around, and Thanksgiving being the first time a lot of students return home since move-in, Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Sigma Tau will come together to celebrate November 26 a few days early.

Thanksgiving dinner has been a tradition between the two houses for as long as anyone can remember.

The brothers and sisters prepare and cook the food, set up the tables and chairs and enjoy a dinner inside East Hall Coffeehouse.

Sisters start cooking the feast around 10 a.m. at either a nearby sister’s house or simply on campus.

The traditional foods are prepared: cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn or another vegetable and of course, the turkey.

Social Chair Arissa Dickison is in charge of this years’ festivities. Dickison explains, "This is my first year organizing it, so I’m really excited to have the opportunity.

We keep it family style, something most people won’t get until they go home for break. It’s really great to connect two houses in such a festive way. We’re all looking forward to it."

This year, the event will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.

Unfortunately, this event is only open to brothers and sisters of the organizations, but it is strong evidence of the ongoing efforts of Greek Unity among our campus.

Surviving Finals Week

Victoria Vandervort

College Life Editor

1) Stain your papers with your tears at 3 a.m. because you accidently forgot about the assignment.

2) Accidently walk into numerous people throughout the day leading up to finals because you are so caffeine-induced you can’t walk straight.

3) You have one pen left as opposed to the 100’s at the beginning of the year, and you cherish that pen so much if you lost it, you’d lose all hope.

4) You have thought to yourself in class, "When are we going to study for finals though?" at least nine hundred times.

5) Food? What is actually food? Do you even have time to eat?

6) Cumulative? I can barely remember what building I’m in, and you expect me to remember a lecture from August?


7) Wasn’t I just eating turkey and cranberry sauce? How is it December? How is it finals week?

8) Study. Just kidding, you will cry. That’s the only way to get through finals week.

Rejoice Harry Potter fans

Danielle Myers
Copy Editor

Rejoice, Harry Potter fans! Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, an upcoming movie based on a textbook in the Harry Potter series, has been scheduled to premiere on November 18, 2016!

Although it’s a little more than a year away, information has been released in the past few weeks regarding the movie’s title design, as well as its plot to keep eager Harry Potter fans at bay.

David Yates, the director of the last four Harry Potter films, will join J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world yet again and direct Fantastic Beasts.

As mentioned earlier, the film will be about a faux textbook in Harry Potter that documents all of the magical creatures discovered by Newt Scamander.

Fans will be happy to know that the queen herself (J.K. Rowling), wrote the script, so we have little to worry about in terms of the quality of the film.

The film follows an American wizard named Newt (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his journey in New York with nothing but a weathered briefcase.

This briefcase contains the creatures and their habitats that he has discovered up to this point in time.

The reasons for his journey have not been released, but when he comes to the city, he realizes that American witches and wizards are in hiding from the No-Maj in America.

No-Maj is the American equivalency of Muggle, which is a faux word meaning non-magical people. Viewers will see Newt’s struggle to remain hidden from a non-magical community, which could be difficult when the beasts he has discovered are released from his magic briefcase.

Fans will recognize the movie’s main character as none other than actor Eddie Redmayne, who has been in other films such as Les Misérables (2012) and The The Theory of Everything (2015) and has given Oscar-awarded performances.

Other actors and actresses include Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012), Colin Farrel and Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs, 2015).

This is one of the many Harry Potter projects that has been announced this year. Other Harry Potter accouncments include a play called The Cursed Child will be playing in London, England in July 2016.

The play was written by the original author and will be the eighth Harry Potter story in the series. The play will contain two parts.

In addition to the play, J.K. Rowling has released a new addition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which contains beautifully illustrated images of the story for the first time.

Fans can fill the void in their hearts (thanks to the end of the Harry Potter series) through this new film and other annoucements that captivates the same wizarding world that we all fell in love with it years ago. Be on the lookout this next year for newly-released information regarding Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

Decker leads XC at Regionals

D.C. Keys
Photo Editor


The Lycoming Cross Country team charged through regionals this weekend. It was a windy day at Dickinson’s home course Big Spring High School in Newville, PA. The hilly course is well marked as it is used for 4K, 5K, 6K and 8K races.

The female wolf pack did well this weekend, posting their third best finish at regionals in program history. Senior Lindsay led the pack at regionals for the third year in a row posting a time of 26:00.4. Sarah Donovan finished second with a score of 26:46.3. Sophomore Rachel Fitz finished third with a time of 26:59.4.

Junior Victoria Wilison took fourth with a time of 27:20.0, while Junior Abigail O’Connor posted a career best time of 29:18.4 to clinch fifth place. This wrapped up the scoring part of the women’s team.

Seniors Anna Summers and Rachel Salmon ran their hearts out despite battling injuries all season long. For their final Collegiate race, they posted times of 29:49.4 and 30:50.4 respectively.

Junior Jacob Miller led the men’s pack with a time of 29:40.0. This was his third consecutive race of surpassing the thirty minute mark. Sophomore James Hamm was right behind his captain with a time of 29:58.8.

Freshman Andrew Dion had a great race completing a career best time of 31:43.6 to finish 3rd for the team. Fellow freshman Nick Pisani was next with a time of 32:16.0. The cubs on the team are quickly improving the future of the team looks good.

Sophomore Sean Hastings battled injuries to still finish with a time of 32:24.5. He closed out the scoring members of the team.

Junior Dan Yoder had a personal best at regionals with a time of 32:42.9 Veteran runner Senior Jacob McClain finished ran his last collegiate race with a time of 34:08.1. The team will miss he sage-like wisdom and calm demeanor.

The wolf pack plans to run together throughout the winter. Anybody who has any interest in running is encouraged to join the team for spring training. That is the best time since the team doesn’t compete. If they still want to run they can speak to Coach Regina Collins for summer training tips.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Swimming Splits vs Albright

Trevor Endler and Jordyn Hotchkiss
Lycourier Staff

In the season opener swim meet against Albright on Oct. 24, both the men and women Warriors went out with a splash. Unfortunately, the men lost with a final score of 128-77 but the women, for the first time in 5 years against the Lions, won with a score of 124-81.

The meet started off successfully with the 200 yard Medley Relay when seniors Felicia Sloyer and Jilly Flynn, junior Jess Wimmer and freshman Scarlet Ojeda came in first at 2:01.03 for the women.

For the men, seniors Trevor Endler, Josh Thomas and Dan Aposolu and freshman Callan Jordan came in at 1:40.37, winning the event as well.

Over the course of the meet, the college came in first in 10 of the 22 events with the women taking home a win in 7 of those events and the men with 3.

In the women’s 50-yard Freestyle, the Warriors took first and second with junior Morgan Black going 27.69 and sophomore Briana Zawadzki following closely behind coming in at 27.87.

When the women’s 100-yard Breaststroke came around, the women Warriors placed 1, 2, 3, with Flynn coming in first at 1:13.42, freshman Emilie Kramer following with 1:15.62 and sophomore Nina McGahey coming in at 1:23.72.

Finally, the women wrapped up the meet with the 200-yard Freestyle Relay. Junior Morgan Black, along with Wimmer, Ojeda and Kramer all swam well coming in first by 8 seconds. The women finished the raised in 1:30.48 with second place from Albright following at 1:38.55.

Despite the loss, the men had many good swims over the course of the meet as well. After starting off strong in the first relay, the men did not have a win until the 100-yard Butterfly in which Thomas came in first in 55.27 seconds. Then two events later in the 100-yard Backstroke the men took first and second with Jordan coming in first in 55.82 secons and sophomore Andrew Canavan coming in second in 58.85 seconds.

After the meet, Head Coach Jerry Hammaker reflected on the meet stating, "We had a nice start against Albright. It was a nice win for the women and the men had some nice swims. I am looking forward to more solid work at practice and continued improvement through MACs in February."

The Warriors next meet will be hosted at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Lamade Gym Natatorium against Stevenson.

Theatre Preview: Cabaret

Hannah DiMattia
Staff Writer

The Lycoming theatre department, in collaboration with the Lycoming music department, will be putting on a production of Cabaret at 8 p.m. on Wednesday until Saturday, Nov 14. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Mary L. Welch Theatre lobby or online at

Cabaret is a musical based on the play by John Van Druten and is a story about love and the struggles of a time of great social and political change. It is set in Berlin, Germany while the Weimar Republic was still in power, which is also known as the time right before World War II and the Holocaust. The main story focuses on the American writer, Clifford Bradshaw played by Christopher Moyer, who travels to Germany for inspiration for his next novel.

There he meets several interesting people who influence his time in Germany greatly; Ernst Ludwig, a German con-man who is smuggling goods from Paris when he meets Cliff played by Zane Jones. Fraulein Schneider, who rents rooms for a living played by Taylor O’Brien, and her Jewish suitor, Herr Schultz played by Erik Homberger. And, most importantly, Sally Bowls played by Asha Bryant.

Sally is a dancer who is kicked out of the club she works at, the Kit Kat Klub, the night she meets Cliff.

Afterwards, she convinces him to let her share his rented room with her, and they fall in love. Meanwhile, Herr Schultz convinces Fraulein Schneider to marry him but their engagement comes to a halt as the Nazi supporters become numerous and Schneider becomes afraid that marrying a Jewish man will not end well.

Schultz remains convinced that the whole thing will just pass over. Cliff also is worried about the political changes and wants to return to America with Sally. But Sally has just gotten her job at the Kit Kat Klub back and doesn’t want to give up her career. Cliff ends up leaving Germany alone.

Cabaret was specifically chosen so that the theatre and music departments could collaborate in a way they haven’t before.

There will be a live orchestra during the show and a professional choreographer, Megan Mizanty, has come from New York to help with the production.

Director Dr. Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissia says that the sheer amount of creative minds at work is why this particular production is so unique but it has led to challenges with scheduling. When you have so many people working on a production, it’s hard to find a time where everyone can meet; especially when the rehearsals are three and a half hours long. And that’s outside of actors rehearsing on their own time and meetings just for lighting, music, or costumes. "For every minute of stage time there should be an hour of rehearsal time," says Dr.Stoytcheva-Horissia.

Retail Me Not Too Soon

Victoria Vandervort
College Life Editor

Have you ever stepped into a store in October and they already have Christmas decorations up?

Maybe so. But now before I came back to school this year, that’s right in August, I saw Halloween costumes for sale.

The culprit was Costco’s, but they are most definitely not the only offender of this insane eagerness of seasons.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand retail is supposed to be ahead of the game and at least one season ahead of everyone, but to sell Halloween costumes meant for October 31 on August 10 is a bit excessive.

I think retailers are getting out of hand with this and are getting earlier and earlier each year. Do they not think we wouldn’t notice?

Whenever you want to buy a bathing suit in July, all you find are sweaters and knit cardigans.

This problem is happening everywhere and it is just ludicrous to me.

Sure there is an upside to this as some people like to get their shopping done early and if the retailer puts it out, they will buy it in an instant.

For instance, my grandmother shops all year round, buying little things for Christmas as she sees them. The problem with this is when buying so early in the year; things go missing and get misplaced very easily.

Overall, retailers need to slow it down a little and realize we are not on top of our game as they think we are. We would appreciate it if we could buy Halloween candy around October or possibly the end of September.

No one is stocking up in August. Allow for the seasons to be as they should be, not when you want us to buy for the next one.

Club Spotlight: Circle K

Chantelle Lutz
Staff Writer

Circle K International is the premier collegiate community service, leadership and fellowship organization in the world.

The club offers the opportunity for leadership training at conferences, as well as the ability to meet other college students from around the globe. Not interested in being a leader? That is quite all right because general members are always welcome.

Without the help from the members, Circle K would not be able to run its awesome events to raise funds for the Eliminate Project and other charities like this year’s FNB Bank car wash and the Halloween Masquerade that took place on Hallow’s Eve in the East Hall Coffee house.

The members of Circle K are developing social skills, meeting new people, and strengthening relationships constantly.

When asked what his vision for the club was, Sophomore President, Corey Ducharme replied, "Many people seem to look at Circle K as a community service club, and while this is true it simplifies it to the point that Circle K loses its true identity. Circle K is so much more than an ordinary club, service or not. Our entire purpose is to give help to those who need it, not because we are told we should but rather because we want to help the world grow into a better place for everyone. We try to nurture the best qualities in people so that they, in turn, can keep making the world a better place. I also encourage the idea that we are not a group of people but rather a family who looks out for one another. We may not be perfect, but we are all willing to try our best to overcome the obstacles we face together. I guess if I had one goal for our Circle K it would be to make people feel like they are part of something greater than just themselves."

Come out to one of the general meetings held on Mondays at 7:00 pm in Student Programs located on third floor Wertz student center to learn more. Help make our community and the world a better place.

Big Lies in the Big Easy: A Murderous Tale

Kaitlyn Hipple
Staff Writer

Campus Activities Board sponsored this year’s Murder Mystery Dinner on October 14. A Mardi Gras-themed night filled with laughter, balloons and a ghostly appearance, students were thrust into New Orleans and became the lead-investigators in a recent murder.

The suspects include: Madeline Broussard, the hostess of this year’s party, Marc Boudreaux, also known as ‘Captain Dictator’, Remy Castille, the local attorney, Sabine Doriocourt, a cousin of Marc’s and a physician’s assistant, Sebastienne Thibodeaux, the owner of the Cajun Cavern, Jeanne Trudeau, Marc’s girlfriend and a Voodoo Priestess, Vincent Chauvin, the real-life Superhero, and Toussaint Le Breton, the New Orleans City manager.

In order to be a good detective, students must fully immerse themselves into the night and act as though they are real guests of Madeline Broussard.

Sebastienne reveals his restaurant’s struggles with Marc’s shellfish shop and how as prices keep rising, Sebastienne continues to lose customers.

Meanwhile, we hear about a feud between Remy and Marc, as she was his representative in a minor traffic violation.

Vincent, an admirer of himself, finds that Marc was not the best choice for King of the parade, hinting to the idea that Mr. Chauvin himself would have been a better visual representative.

Conflicts reveal themselves and tensions begin to rise and most guests prove to have problems with Marc.

Jeanne breaks up with Marc, Sebastienne asks Jeanne out for dinner sometime, and there is a mysterious knife sitting on a vacant table.

Guests relax and make small talk as it is intermission when suddenly a shrill scream ends all conversations and Touissant returns to the party with a bloody knife in a Ziploc bag.

Remy follows behind mumbling and in tears. One by one suspects return to the ballroom, but one guest does not: Marc Boudreaux. The game is intense and there is work to be done.

The investigators begin sharing clues with others and developing theories.

Did Sabine kill her cousin so she could get her fair share of their family’s inheritance?

Did Jeanne kill her ex-boyfriend to reap the wealth of his Shellfish shop?

Everyone had a problem with Marc and it seems anyone is a suspect.

The night air was chilly and the balloons tied to chairs began to wiggle when we realized we were not among the living; the deceased Marc had made an appearance and would not leave until his murderer was identified.

The investigators sit down with the suspects and begin the interrogation. Questions surround Jeanne as she was the one who had brought the knife in the first place.

Coincidentally she cannot recall who asked her to bring it. Toussaint admits that he used the knife to cut some fruit for the party, Madeline suggests that her prints were on the knife as well because it’s her house and she helped set the tables.

A third set of prints are unclaimed. The suspects begin to turn on each other and finally the truth is revealed.

Vincent had asked Jeanne to bring the knife because he had planned on killing Sebastienne; he has an awful habit of snapping his teeth when he gets angry and Vincent couldn’t stand the sound anymore. It is true that Toussiant had the knife for some time but he left it at the bar after he had prepared himself a drink.

Sebastienne picked up the knife and committed the crime of killing Marc Boudeaux. His motive was on the ground of self-perseveration; he couldn’t stand to lose any more business because of Marc’s shellfish prices.

Over 10 investigators correctly pointed Sebastienne as the murderer leaving the one winner to be found through random draw. Sophomore Ben Coyner recieved a $25 gift card from CAB.

Ben remarks on his win, "I enjoyed getting to solve the mystery with my friends. At first the night was very awkward, but eventually as guests got more clues and became more involved the night definitely picked up!"

Although many students hoped Sebastienne wouldn’t turn out to be the killer, he shared after the event that it was his birthday and he really wanted to be the murderer that day.

In the end, each character took off their masks and stated their real names and day time jobs: ranging from being extras on The Walking Dead to being a stand-in for Cousin It, the actors do these performances for fun.

After talking with students, many feel the dinner is a great way to put a hold on their studies and have some fun.

Sophomore, Andrew Squires commented, "It’s a good change of pace. It’s not the caf or the lib, which I’m in those places often. This is something different."

Others agreed and reflected on the interaction and the participation aspects of these events. Stephanie Osczepinski remarks, "I love how involved it is. It’s such a unique experience that’s different from what you do every day."

Some mentioned how it’s a little difficult sometimes to get into character and become an investigator while others stated that it’s the whole fun of the event, being an investigator.

Corey Dushar notes that this is the second time he’s attended one of the mystery dinners and that "they’re like a live game of clue". He hopes that CAB continues to sponsor these events and encourages all students to participate.

Ben Coyner, ended with "I thought this was a great free opportunity to do something different on campus. I originally never planned on going and then a friend talked me into it.

Experiences like this go to show that students should take advantage of all the great events CAB hosts."

Hide and Seek in Snowden

DC Keys
Photo Editor

The lights were out in Snowden library as students played four games of Hide-N-Seek. The event was hosted by the Library Staff and Cosponsored by the office of the Dean of First Year Students, and with the exception of the offices and a few other places, participants were free to use the entire library.

The only light was the emergency lighting and flashlights brought by the participants.

Even though it was BYOF (Bring Your Own Flashlights), there were a few flashlights that could be borrowed from the staff.

At 9 p.m., people began to show up and fill out their liability waivers. There were also free doughnut holes and drinks for those who came.

At about 9:15, the first game was called to order. The general rules and guidelines were explained to those gathered.

The first game would be standard Hide-N-Seek.

Marylee Aruta volunteered to be the first seeker, once she found someone they were sent back to the circulation desk.

If a person could remain hidden for the whole fifteen minutes, they would be the winner of the round.

Over 40 contestants had thirty seconds to hide themselves before Aruta began her hunt.

Aruta was an efficient seeker, finding all but ten people. People shared stories of how they were captured and other funny antics that happened in the library.

The missing ten remained hidden until the Librarians called Olly Olly Oxen free.

For those who won the first round, their reward was that they were the seekers for game 2 ,which was manhunt. In this, if someone was found they became a seeker and helped to find others until only one remained or the fifteen minutes was up.

This game was way more chaotic because it forced people to change their hiding spot and also to not hide near other people. The risk of them getting you after they were found increased the risk of the game.

Through an ingenious hiding spot, Freshman Samuel "Sammy" Sherrard was the last man standing.

He then became the sardine in the third game of sardines. In this game one person hides and everyone else seeks. Once they find the sardine they must hide with them.

The library staff made everyone face the circulation desk and close their eyes while Sherrard hid himself. He was very considerate and hid in the Second floor North side study room. Even though it was a quite roomy hiding spot, it still got increasingly hot.

By the time the last person had packed in with the other sardines, the study room windows were fogging over. The librarians got a laugh over all the noise they could hear coming from the spot.

The Students were able to talk them into another game of normal Hide-N-Seek.

Since Darian Belton was the first man found in the first game, he became the seeker. A man out for blood, he hunted down every one of his friends.

Perhaps because of that eleven people escaped his gaze and remained out of sight until Olly Olly Oxen free was heard over the intercom.

The Librarians announced that the next event would be Harry Potter Night, to be held tomorrow.

After the announcements, the crowd scattered sharing stories of their adventures in the darkened Snowden Library.

XiTi is Back!

Danielle Myers
Copy Editor

The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta will be holding their annual Baked Xiti Fundraiser from 4 - 8 p.m. on November 14 in East Hall Coffeehouse.

The sisters will be selling tickets for $5 in the foyer of the Academic Center until Wednesday, but there will also be tickets sold at the door on the day of the event for $7.

Those who purchase a ticket have the option of dining in the coffeehouse for an unlimited amount of ziti, or they can receive a full takeout container of ziti.

All proceeds go to Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy, Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks, founded in February 2005, is an organization that advocates for autism awareness, as well as sponsoring research regarding autism.

The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta have been raising money all semester for Autism Speaks through dorm-storming, as well as selling treats at a Halloween-themed table.

Every little bit counts, but they are excited that their biggest fundraiser of the semester is just around the corner.

The philanthropy chairs of the Iota Mu chapter, Lauren DelGaizo and Courtney Hayden, plan this event early in the semester to ensure that things run smoothly.

When asked about her favorite part of Baked Xiti, Lauren DelGaizo stated, "My favorite thing about Baked Xiti is the atmosphere.

Courtney and I are always running back and forth from the kitchen to the coffeehouse, making sure everything is ready and that people are having a good time, but even in the midst of all that, we get to interact with the people that have come to support us and children with autism.

Watching our sisters interact with the campus, the community, and most importantly, the families and children we are directly affecting with this fundraiser is an incredibly rewarding experience."

This is a great way to not only support your fellow classmates, but also to raise money for autism awareness.

When asked about why people should come to this event, Hayden states, "A cliche answer as to why people should come to Baked Xiti is because it is not cafe food. But with that aside, it’s a fun time to sit down at dinner with friends or family and make an impact in our community.

All proceeds that Alpha Xi Delta raises goes towards Autism Speaks. It’s not only great to interact with the college community, but a larger community as a whole. By coming to Baked Xiti, you are advocating and raising awareness, while helping fund further research."

This fundraiser is a great opportunity to contribute to a great cause, as well as enjoying quality time with your friends and family.

#LycoHoCo a Major Success


Volleyball Starts it Off

Melissa Bilza
Staff Writer
This year’s homecoming festivities kicked off with an epic volleyball tournament on 9 p.m. on October 20 on the Quad.

Various clubs, organizations and classes competed against one another on teams of 6 to 10 players.

The intense games between clubs carried on for about an hour amidst the cold, fall night.

For all rounds except the final, the first team to score 11 points was the winner. One team walked away feeling victorious.

The Multicultural Awareness Group (MAG), was the winner of the bracket.

In the final round, MAG was the first to score 11 points against the Campus Activities Board (CAB).

MAG teammate Sergei Cole showed much excitement after the victory, jumping up and down in his camouflage garb. Even Dean Kilpatrick came out to support the event, representing the Class of 2019 team.

While not playing, viewers snacked on Parkhurst-provided churros dipped in chocolate and peanut butter sauce and sipped their hot chocolates.

Students conversed with one another and huddled close for warmth.

Announcers Jeremy Chobot and Jacob Afton helped keep the event running smoothly by announcing the teams playing and the court they were playing on.

Lyco Entertainment provided the fun music for the night and Student Senate organized the whole event.

It was no coincidence that MAG won the volleyball bracket. After all, the theme for this year’s homecoming is "All Around the World."


Day two means it’s time for a talent show

Victoria Vandervort
College Life Editor

Homecoming 2015 continued as Kelly Pankowski and Bryan McGinnis hosted Lyco’s Got Talent in Clarke Chapel on Tuesday, October 20.
Students were greeted as they walked in with chips and dip and had ample time to take their seats. Members of Student Senate hurried along to have people sign up if they were an act in the event.
The event started with the hosts dressed in formal garb, something not usually seen in past years. The first couple acts were students who had a hidden talent of singing.
The dance club performed a routine that incorporated almost every different type of dance. The group dressed up in Halloween attire and makeup.
The song choices were unique and did not fall into the cliché of Halloween songs. The audience roared in applause for the group.
It was not only the performers who gained the attention of the crowd. As a special surprise, one of the three guest judges for this year’s Lyco’s Got Talent was no other than alumni Mr. Greg Vartan.
His unique laugh and personality made talk among the crowd.
Freshman have heard stories about the man with the loud laugh and whenever he entered a room with "Hello friends!", they knew the man behind the mystery--an icon at Lycoming College, if you will.
The other two judges were Dr. Madreshee, and Sarah Fox.
Both brought laughter and sassiness to the event.
Before the event was over, all of the Homecoming King and Queen candidates were called to the stage and Prince and Princess were annouced.
This year’s Homecoming Prince and Princess are Ryan Orgitano and Nicole Calella!
The real entertainment came when senior John Monkham brought and assembled a seven foot "I am Lycoming" poster which showcased his face on it.
McGinnis and Pankowski went through numerous outfit changes, something never seen before at Lyco’s Got Talent.
From tie dye and overalls, to pajamas and ballgowns and everywhere in between.
The two hosts entertained the crowd by wearing ponchos and "making it rain" by throwing dollar bills off the balcony. This year’s hosts engaged the crowd by making them chant "L.C."
The performer who won over every emotion in the room was freshman Kysheem Johnson.
Johnson performed "Knock Knock" by Daniel Beaty. The raw emotion and underlying meaning in the poem blew the judges and crowd away.
The reaction from the crowd was quiet gasps and open jaws. For this delivery, Johnson became one of the winners of the night.
The other winner of the night was junior Evan Bennetch who, as well as last year, played the piano and won the crowd over.
Overall, the crowd was surprised and roaring with laughter at this year’s Lyco’s Got Talent and are eagerly waiting for what next year has to offer.


Day 3: Hall Crawl

Jacob Afton
Staff Writer
Lyco student organizations fundraised on Thursday, October 23 at Hall Crawl.

This annual event saw dozens of organizations participate, selling everything from Tau Kappa Epsilon’s walking tacos to Gender and Sexuality Alliance’s rainbow fudge.

The event, part of Homecoming week, was an opportunity for different organizations to get their message out and make some money in the process.

All manner of food and drink were served, including LEAF’s international tea selection.

There were also raffles, including the Class of 2019’s booth, where guessing the number of fortune cookies in a jar won the cookies and a $20 gift card to Jasmines.

The atmosphere was friendly as participants sampled each other’s wares.

At the end of the night, the organizations put some money away, and satisfied customers had a chance to get some unique treats.
Paint twister:

Paint Twister: A Mess for Day 4

Melissa Bilza
Staff Writer
Thursday, October 20, was a messy night for Lyco Hoco-goers. At 8 p.m. on the Quad, a number of Twister mats were set up, all covered in fluorescent paints just to make the game a little messier. The element of four strong black lights on the mats made the paint glow, as well as the bright colors worn on the people slogging around in it.

Various clubs and organizations came out to participate in the mess. This was a change from previous events like mud wrestling that were severely messy.

The change seemed to go over well with the student body.

The event was planned by the Student Senate and more specifically by Student Senate Vice President Rebecca Reed. After completing the game, players then hosed off their hands and feet to get rid of any remaining paint.

Music by LycoEntertainment and catered food from Parkhurst complemented the event. Freshman Thomas Van Patten represented the Class of 2019 during the event. "I had a lot of fun," said Van Patten. "I had suddenly realized that Twister was a lot easier when I was five."

Everyone in attendance enjoyed the reminiscent feeling of being a kid again.


Day 5 Road Rally: Taking the Streets

Jacob Afton
Staff Writer
It was a race to win when Lyco students and alumni participated in the first-ever Road Rally on Friday, October 23. This event saw contestants finding different locations, both on campus and in downtown Williamsport.

The first place prize was a $10 gift card to Jacks, and the second place team took home some Lyco Decals.

The event began on Crever’s steps. Every team got a clue. This clue led them to their first location.

At every station, a student or faculty member was waiting with more clues. These clues led teams to locations such as Honors Hall, Alabaster Coffee and The Brickyard. This event not only gave students a good chance to bond, but allowed students to see some places that they had not yet had the chance to go.

Students also had a chance to meet Greg Vartan and Megan Cunningham, last year’s Student Senate president and vice president.

There were cannolis and hot chocolate at one of the stops, and the event finished up at the beer and pretzel tent for seniors and alumni, and the rest had the chance to get some pretzels minus the beer. While the winner is still disputed, all teams had a great time, and it was just another part of the successful Homecoming week.



Alumni Conclusion: Beer and Pretzel Tent

Jenny Reilly
Entertainment and Opinion Editor
One of the most looked forward to events of Homecoming week was held on Friday night after the road rally.
The beer and pretzel tent was held on the quad with many alumni and seniors in attendance. "It was a fun event that allowed us current students to socialize with the alumni. It was a hit," said Rachel Bowman, senior.
This was the second year members of the senior class were allowed to attend the beer and pretzel tent. This was to allow seniors to get a taste of alumni events and an opportunity to network with alumni.
The beer was provided by Rusty Rail brewery. Rusty Rail was founded by Lycoming Alumni with four different selections of beer, including a coffee beer and the options were plenty. This year’s tent also was missing a key element, pretzels. However, instead of pretzels, international tapas were served to match this year’s Homecoming theme: Around the World.
Guests enjoyed mingling around the tent and getting a chance to talk with old friends.


Haunted Rec Center: Dare to walk through the Rec Center?

Hayley Pisciotti
Staff Writer

On October 28, the Recreation Center hosted their annual Haunted Rec. Together, the Rec Center Staff and Alpha Sigma Tau transformed the lower level of the building into a haunted walk-through of a series of scary themes. The volunteers were able to convert the Rec Center into a terrifying place, by using decorations and costumes in various rooms inside the Rec Center. Students, faculty, staff, and their families enjoy this Lycoming College tradition, free of charge.

This year the haunted tour began at the stairwell closest to the Lamade Gymnasium. Lowly lit and decorated as the descent to Hell, volunteers scared groups down to the first hallway. Next, one of the locker rooms was decorated with inspiration from the popular television show American Horror Story. Members of the Rec staff and AST dressed in costumes as killers and clowns from the show. The groups were then led into a class with an exorcist vibe. Black and white TV static replayed on the projector, while girls hovered around a table performing an exorcism. The next room was decorated as a haunted forest. Little Red Riding Hood would lead the group through a maze of large plants anticipating the Big Bad Wolf, who would chase the group to the end the room. After that room, the group was led through a dark hallway with the sound of creepy children singing and at a certain point, Rec staff in masks would chase the group down the hallway until the end of the attraction.

Halloween enthusiasts look forward to the scares that Haunted Rec offers each year, but the students who have the most fun are the ones running the show. The Rec Center staff is assigned small groups who collectively work on a room to make it a part of the Haunted Rec. Their collaboration helps the staff with team-building and supports the college community. Senior and staff member for three years, Kaitlyn Gulotta, had this to say about the most exciting part of working the Haunted Rec, "When you get to take a group of people through the rooms and scare them. I think the staff enjoys it and we always share stories on who scared the most or the best afterwards." Likewise, Alpha Sigma Tau helps set up and scare every year. Mary-Katherine Yarish, a junior and member of Alpha Sigma Tau as well as the Rec Center, shared why AST loves working the Haunted Rec, "To AST, the Haunted Rec is one of our favorite traditions. We love that we not only get to work together, but we also get to collaborate with the Rec Staff to make a fun and spooky night for everyone."

Other years, the people who run the event have stocked up and reused props and decorations. Costumes are the responsibility of the Rec staff and members of AST. However, this year’s Haunted Rec had help with scary make-up. Senior, Nigel Barnes, volunteered his time and materials to create gashes, cuts, and burns on the faces of the people working each room. For texture, Nigel used rice crispies mixed with latex and layered it with fake blood. This formed a realistic injury, perfect for scaring people. The effort Nigel took to make everyone appear menacing did not go unnoticed by the groups venturing through the Haunted Rec.

This year’s Haunted Rec was the most successful the college has ever seen. It could not have been done without the help and support of the Rec Center staff, members of Alpha Sigma Tau, Kelly Henrie, Nigel Barnes and everyone who came to walk through. The Haunted Rec had 296 people go through, which is the biggest turn out the college has ever had at this event. Keep the college tradition alive and go next year, if you dare!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Football Running at Full Power

Trevor Endler
Sports Editor

After just three games, the rushing attack of the Warriors has yet to be slowed by any of its opponents.  While there was expected to be a slight drop off in production from the running back position after Craig Needhammer graduated last year, none is showing just yet.

Needhammer was possibly the greatest running back ever in program history, holding the records for both career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

Coming into the season, Blake Bowman had played largely as Needhammer’s backup and Scott Palmer had no offensive snaps.

However, the combination of Bowman and Palmer has combined to produce a 100 yard rusher in all three games of the season so far.

Palmer kicked off the season with 112 rushes on just 15 rushes in a losing effort against Stevenson.
Bowman now has two straight 100 yard games after 111 against Susquehanna and 140 against Wilkes on Saturday.  Bowman has also scored in all three games for the Warriors including twice this past Saturday in the home opener.

The rushing attack continues to get stronger every game as the offensive line starts to come together as a full unit.  Most of the line has now started all three games with a shift at the right tackle and left guard positions after Saturday.

With each game played , there has been an increase in rushing efficiency and a dramatic decrease in sacks as well.

With the combined power of Bowman and Palmer starting behind an increasingly successful offensive line, the offense could be firing at full speed very quickly.