Thursday, October 9, 2014

These heels were made for walkin’

Jordyn Hotchkiss
Entertainment Editor

On Sunday the men of the Interfraternity Council hosted the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event on College Place where the men of the college wore high heels to walk a mile around the campus. This is an international men’s march to stop sexual assault, rape and gender violence, as well as a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for the sexual violence of men against women. It raises awareness and money for the local Williamsport YWCA. The YWCA is currently focused on issues such as homelessness, sexual assault, child advocacy and domestic violence and the men of the college were happy to support this cause.

The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon show off their high heels.  From left to right: Jake Merkel, Mike McLaughlin, Alex Branam, Rob Hodes, Evan Mundie, Jack Abbate, Mike Magner, Jeremy Chobot, Mike Tusay, Adam Beacker, Ben Pauley, Jeff Andrews, Kyle Petchock, Mark Munford.
Many of the fraternities as well as some of the independent men participated in the walk by finding a pair of high heels that fit well enough to walk a mile in.

Senior Danny Woods and junior Dan Apostolu “walk a mile” in high heels.
Sophomore Mike McLaughlin tapes his heels to his feet.
Senior and second-time participator Kyle Petchock says, “When I did walk a mile in her shoes, I thought it was an excellent way to raise and spread awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence against women. It definitely hurt wearing the high heels, which is supposed to show how women feel and how traumatized they are after an incident such as sexual assault. The pain doesn’t go away easily.”

There were approximately 30 to 35 people in attendance this past weekend to raise awareness.
Petchock concluded by stating that it was “definitely a fun time while at the same time raising awareness for something that needs to be put to an end.”

Overall “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” was a successful event.

Photos by Tracy Robinson/LYCOURIER

Theatre department opens season with controversy: "The Distance from Here" review

Dan Zebrine
Editor in chief

“What the hell has this world come to?” an older audience member mumbled as he and his group left the theatre not even a quarter way into the show.

While the man was expressing his disappointment in the extreme vulgarity of the play (and, possibly, a character’s assertion that the Vietnam War was not a real war,) he ironically captured the point of Neil LaBute’s “The Distance from Here” with this sentiment: this difficult-to-stomach play is, to some, not a play, but is a story of their life.

The story is centered on Darrell, a troubled high school junior angry at the world that does not give him a chance.

Other characters include Tim, a friend whom Darrell constantly harasses for working a part time job and trying in school, and Jenn, Darrell’s girlfriend with a suspiciously strained and awkward relationship with Tim.

Over three days, the relationships of these three are pushed to the breaking point as secrets are revealed and Darrel struggles to control his anger towards the reality of his situation.  This builds to the climax in the 12th of 14 scenes in which all questions regarding Jenn’s suspicious past and Tim’s involvement in it are answered, and Darrell is forced to face his reality and must decide to confront it or continue running.

In the background of this is Darrell’s home life, offering insight into the source of his issues.  Here is his disinterested mother Cammie who freely admits to forgetting much of Darrell’s childhood, his single-mother step-sister Shari with semi-incestuous interests, and Cammie’s boyfriend Rich who is at least the third man Darrell has seen his mother with.

A common complaint – other than the excessive obscenities – is that the ending still left many questions unanswered, creating more problems than it solved.  While frustrating to the viewer who anticipates complete resolution, this aspect is important to LaBute’s point in writing the play.  The world does not always allow for problems to be solved.  For teens such as Darrell, Jenn, and Tim, there is no easy solution to their lives.

The story itself presents an excellent depiction of what is for some families a harsh reality.  As the departure of several audience members mid-show suggests, it is not a reality easy for everyone to handle – and these people being only observers.

LaBute’s portrayal of Darrell’s struggle with his situation surrounded by a dysfunctional family and a cruel world offering no kind future is an excellent drama despite its troubling subject matter, reading like a contemporary version of Eugene O’Neil or Arthur Miller.

The Lycoming College Theatre Department’s production of “The Distance from Here,” directed by Dr. N. J. Stanley, was a wonderful interpretation of LaBute’s story.

Senior Nathan Bahn led the cast as Darrell, with sophomore Christopher Moyer and senior Emily Early filling the roles of Tim and Jenn respectively.

All three delivered excellent performances initially portraying stereotypical troubled high schoolers.  Where they truly shine, however, is the climax of the show, when revelations lead to explosions of anger and sorrow embodied perfectly by the actors.

Senior Sarah E. Beddingfield fronted the cast of Darrell’s home life as Cammie, and was flawless in her representation of the inattentive mother.  Isaac J. Conner and senior Taylor Granger also gave strong performances as Rich and Shari.

Making their college debuts were freshmen Matthew Reinhart as Boy, Emily Marie Christy as Girl, and Cody Losinger as Employee, all of whom filled their roles well.  Christy was particularly excellent in capturing her character’s awkwardness around and interest in Darrell.

The set design was nothing intricate, being restricted for the most part to only the most necessary props.  The recurring living room, a minimalist representation composed of a few pieces of furniture and two door frames on a moveable platform, was the most involved set.

Despite the lack of complexity in set design, it worked well with the play.  Without any specificity, physical location was secondary to the story and the interaction of the characters.  This gave the production a more universal feeling, as opposed to being a portrayal of one specific family.

Overall, the production was very enjoyable and well done.  Excellent performances complimented a great controversial story, providing a fantastic start to the theatre department’s 2014-2015 season.

Can’t kick the reign: Soccer remains undefeated

Trevor Endler
Staff Writer

On Sat., Sept. 27, the men’s soccer team faced off against their strongest opponent yet and still pulled out the win against fifteenth ranked Rochester in overtime.

The Warriors played a strong defensive game to keep Rochester’s potent offense in check.  Throughout the game the defense and senior keeper Connor Keenan were tested.
Senior Ethan Wilston makes a pass in the game against Rochester.  Tracy Robinson/LYCOURIER

However, the Warrior’s offense was able to strike first and put the team ahead early in the game.  The goal came on a corner kick taken by Abdullahi Abdi and he put the ball to the far post where freshman defender Kyle Thomas was able to get a head on it and score.  The Yellow Jackets responded thirty seconds later with their own goal to tie the game up.  This was also the first goal allowed by Keenan all season.

Both teams then followed up their goals with a few quality chances but neither could bury any shots into the back of the net.

In the 41st minute a controversial hand ball in the box was called by the referee, which led to a penalty kick for the Yellow Jackets.

Keenan was ready for the kick and came up with a huge save leaving the game tied at one.
The game stayed tied until the end, leading to a golden goal overtime period.

Both teams had multiple chances to put the game away in regulation time but neither could convert the opportunities due to the great defense and goal keeping by both sides.
Freshmen Keenthy Yeboah and Abdullahi run the ball down the field.  Tracy Robinson/LYCOURIER

 At the start of the overtime period there was a surge of offense from the Warriors leading to two chances within the first five minutes.

There was a small counter from the Yellow Jackets but it led to the game winning goal from the Warriors.

After a missed opportunity by Rochester, the Warriors pushed the ball forward with force.
Sophomore Dom Haynes was able to take advantage of the chance given to him from freshman Jordan Logan and bury the shot in the back of the net giving the Warriors the win.

This lifted the Warriors to 8-0-2 which is the first time in program history that the team has been undefeated through ten games.  It is also the first time since 2006 that they have defeated a ranked opponent.  The next home game will be Tuesday October 14 against Lebanon Valley.

Bump, Set, Spike of the season

Trevor Endler
Staff Writer

The women’s volleyball team hosted their second weekend tournament of the season from Oct. 3-4 in Lamade Gymnasium.

The Warriors pulled out an even 2-2 split over the weekend bringing the team to a 12-9 record overall.

Senior Kristin Whitehead recovers the ball during.  Tracy Robinson/LYCOURIER
In their first match of the tournament, the Warriors faced Montclair State.  They started off strong in the first set but after a long run by Montclair they fell 17-25.

The Warriors made up for the points scored by the Red Hawks to close out the first set, by opening with a big run of their own.

The Red Hawks had a small run to try and get back into the game but the Warriors crushed that and went on to win the second set 25-22.  The women then went on to win the next two sets 25-19 and 25-23, winning their first match of the tournament.  In the second match of the tournament the women had a hard match against St. Mary’s.  The Warriors lost in three straight sets 22-25, 17-25, and 22-25.

The first set was a tough loss as the Warriors charged back from a 14-24 deficit to close the game down to 22-24 but after a St. Mary’s timeout the Warrior run was stopped by game point.
The other two sets were very even with the teams trading runs with the Seagulls getting the final runs to close out both sets for the match.

During the game senior Kristin Whitehead reached 1,500 career digs and is only the third player in school history to reach this milestone.

On the second day of the tournament the Warriors had two more games and split the games again.  In their first game the women played Misericordia and lost a close game that went to a tiebreaker set.  The team had three players who posted double-doubles in the game, sophomore Lauren Fink, sophomore Maggie Slawson, and freshman Catherine Burger.

The Warriors and Cougars traded sets until the final tiebreaker set.

Junior Bethany Richardson spikes the ball back, scoring a point for the Warriors.  Tracy Robinson/LYCOURIER
The Cougars got off to a small run at the start of the game and the Warriors were not able to make up for this losing 7-15.

The women’s team finished off the tournament with a sweep of Penn College in three sets.

They won each of the three sets handily with Fink posting a second double-double in the day.

At the end of the tournament Slawson was named to the All-Tournament Team while averaging 1.93 kills and 1.33 digs per game.  The Warriors will be back at home against Alvernia on Tuesday October 14.

Real men wear pink: “Pink out” game ends in victory as Warriors crush Stevenson 31-10, remaining undefeated.

Trevor Endler
Staff Writer

On Saturday the Warriors faced off against fellow undefeated team,  Stevenson at David Pearson Field in the middle of their long MAC conference run.  The Warriors, decked out in pink for Breast Cancer awareness,  symbolized the rigorous fight behind the hue.

This battle of unbeatens is the first of a string of tough games leading up to homecoming against Widener.

It was also another record day for the Warrior offense led by seniors Craig Needhammer and Tyler Jenny.

The defense was able to hold Stevenson to under 200 total yards on the way to a 31-10 win to keep the team undefeated at the halfway point of the season.

The Warriors were able to get on the board quickly scoring on their first drive led by Needhammer with Jenny throwing a strike to Pat Whalen for the touchdown.

On the drive Needhammer had two rushes for over twenty yards that set the tone for the game.
On the ensuing kickoff however Stevenson’s returner, Devonte William, took the kick back to the house for their only touchdown of the game.

The rest of the quarter had the teams trading field position in a defensive battle.  Stevenson had a long field goal attempt at the end of the first quarter but was missed wide left giving the Warriors their best field position so far.

They couldn’t convert it into any points but it kept Stevenson deep in their own end.

Halfway through the second quarter the Warrior offense kicked it in and started to pull away from Stevenson.

This drive was led by Jenny and the passing attack and aided by big penalties deep in Stevenson territory.

Needhammer was able to punch the ball into the endzone from the two yard line putting the Warriors up for good.

Senior Craig Needhammer takes a leap over the Mustang defensive line into the end zone.  Photo courtesy of Lycoming College Athletic Department
The score also tied him for most career points ever in school history.

 After the score, the defense stepped up and forced a three-and-out, then had a big return to set the offense up at the 14 yard line with less than two minutes to go in the half.

After two straight runs from Needhammer, Jenny threw a small pass to Nick Mongiello for the score to put the Warriors up 21-7 at the half.

The second half started off with a bang for the defense with Matt Malecki intercepting quarterback Daniel Williams on the first drive of half.

The Warriors then started with the ball near mid-field and drove down the field to set up for a field goal try that was missed wide right.

The Warrior defense clamped down with authority coming out of the half holding Stevenson to 79 second half yards with the majority of them coming on one 60 yard drive.

The defense also came up with another pick this time from Ryan Mihoci and a fumble recovered by Caleb Robbins on a kickoff to finish with three turnovers on the day.

The single drive that ended in points for Stevenson was six minutes and resulted in a field goal.
The Warrior drive directly before the scoring drive for the Mustangs resulted in a field goal and the drive after resulted in a touchdown from Needhammer.

This was the final score of the game but it gave Needhammer the record for career points alone to himself, as well as becoming the third ever running back to reach 3,000 career rushing yards.

With the win the Warriors advanced to 5-0 for the first time since 1999, but to keep the undefeated run going they will need to beat another undefeated team next week at Delaware Valley.

The next home game for the Warriors will be Homecoming against Widener another top MAC opponent.

The Warrior defense will continue to be tested over the next two weeks but so far they have appeared to be up to the challenge.

Gone Greek

Jenny Reilly
Staff Writer

For the fraternities and sororities, Sept. 26 was one of the biggest days on campus: it was Bid Day.
After two weeks of recruitment the greek houses gave out their invitations to potential new members and excitedly waited for the big day to arrive when their bids would be returned.

Rebecca Reed, sophomore, of Alpha Xi Delta was excited to be taking part in bid day for the first time as a member rather than a potential new member.

She commented, “experiencing bid day for the first time on the ‘other side’ made me realize how much I love my sisters. It’s an exciting day for everybody!”

As per tradition, the sororities on campus chanted and cheered around the campus welcoming their new members to each of their houses.

Dressed in their Bid Day shirts or dressed up in badge attire, the greek houses each wanted to make the best first impression on their new members.

In an effort to show greek unity, the sororities took a huge group picture behind Wertz Student Center with their large lawn letters.

The picture turned out wonderfully and showed everyone’s excitement.

“It was a fun day, I’m glad people went greek” commented Katie Davis, junior, of Alpha Rho Omega.

During fall recruitment only sophomores and above can participate. Freshman who wish to join Greek life will have the opportunity in the spring semester.

Congratulations to all of the greek houses on their new members.

Kissing away cancer

Victoria Vandervort
Staff Writer

Annually, October is commemorated as Breast Cancer awareness month. To advocate for this cause, the campus has pulled their efforts together into tackling the disease.

Pink ribbons and streamers decorated the banisters and hallways, numerous clubs and organizations had informational tables, basket raffles and items for sale to raise funds and awareness in hopes of finding a cure. The Streeter Campus store debuted their wide selection of pink apparel ranging from t-shirts, socks and ribbons.

The sorority Alpha Sigma Tau and fraternity Phi Kappa Psi teamed up to “Kiss Away Cancer.”
Their table was stationed in Pennington Lounge all week. They sold homemade pumpkin spice, chocolate, and vanilla cupcakes made by junior Darrian McClellan. As a member of Alpha Sigma Tau and founder of Darrycakes, an in-home bakery she founded, McClellan was more than happy to donate her baked goods for the cause.

“It’s always so great to partner up with other greek organizations for a cause. Donating the cupcakes was the least I could do,” said McClellan.

The organizations received donations from local businesses such as Brewster’s, Digiplex Cinema Center, and Merle Norman Salon to include in their two baskets.

The two greek organizations also created a “date-night” themed basket and a “girls-night” themed basket to raffle off.

The purchase of either raffle tickets or cupcakes allowed the buyer one ‘kiss’ on their sign.

Numerous students, both female and male, applied the various shades of lipstick to “Kiss Away Cancer” on the giant banner.

Pink Week was kicked off with the “Pink-Out” football game against Stevenson at the David Person field this past Saturday.

Is that thunder I hear?: Station manager Kaitlyn Gulotta welcomes twelve new DJs to the campus radio station, WRLC 91.7

D.C. Keys
Photo Editor

With the Fall Semester well underway, Williamsport Radio Lycoming College, or WRLC 91.7 the Thunder is officially up and running.

Junior Kaitlyn Gulotta has taken the position of Station Manager after Chelsea Watts graduated last spring.

Gulotta has planned to expand the radio station as she has two years to plan and maintain events.

Her expansion plans are going well so far as 12 new DJs have signed up for WRLC this semester.

“We are branching out more this year by stepping into the community and hopefully doing more campus events. We have also gotten more interest in sports broadcasting and the home football games,” Gulotta said.

Each DJ has a two hour show that they picked to fit best with their schedule.

As far as content, it’s up to each individual DJ to put on a show of their liking.

Some like to do their shows together, while others go solo. The genres range from Classic Rock, Eletro House, to sports; making the radio station a viable option for all involved.

“The popularity of live sports broadcasting is really exciting to see and I’m hoping to see that continue into the winter sports as well,” Gulotta said.

Even when a DJ is not in the studio, music is always available on 91.7.

Underwritings, a not-for-profit version of an advertisement, can be purchased for $300 and the company or organization will have coverage until the end of the academic school year.

As WRLC is an educational, not-for-profit organization, this $300 investment is also considered a tax write off for local businesses and companies.

On campus however, student run clubs and organizations can receive a slot on the radio station for just $5.00 a semester.

Senior Shannon Bolin, assistant station manager, can take requests or inquiries regarding underwritings.

Freshmen Mary Radel and Darian Belton DJ together on Wednesday nights from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m.
“I like working for the radio, it’s a lot of fun playing music I like. It is one of my favorite clubs on campus,” Radel said.

“Since we pick our own music, the station allows us to express our creativity,” Belton added.
Because the radio station is student run, the best time to tune into the variety shows is in the afternoon and throughout the evening, but there is something on the station 24/7.

With new shows every day, WRLC 91.7 The Thunder is an upcoming and expanding club on campus, so tune in!

For old times’ sake

Sarah Jaran
Copy Editor

On Sept. 28, members of the Creative Arts Society and the History club met outside Williams Hall to take a trip to the Renaissance Faire of PA.

Located in the Lancaster area, the Renaissance Faire is open from early summer to late fall.
The two clubs went because they were trying to experience a different era of living.
The faire offers a wide array of activities for participants to engage in, from riding an elephant to seeing the final joust of the day.

Anything that could be tied into a medieval era item has the ability to be sold there.
In fact, the vendors that occupy the faire rent out the spaces that they set up shop in for the season so every season there are new vendors arriving.

In addition, the theme for the faire was recently changed from Elizabethan times to King Henry VIII pre-divorce of Catherine of Aragon.

Therefore, the plot has been completely redone and faire goers are able to experience a brand new age.

To enhance the experience even more, each weekend from August to November has a special theme.
The weekend that CAS and the History club went the theme was Oktoberfest, the older events tending to be focused on drinking and drinking games.

One exceptionally popular act was the Rakish Rogues, five men who sang pub songs and used adult humor to entertain the crowd.

There was also a female version called The Sirens, with four women whose names all related to water.

Additionally, there was a band that consisted solely of drums and bagpipes. The variety of activities was endless there were shows directed towards all ages.

It is appropriate for the old, the young, and everything in between.

With delicious foods, and lots of it, and constant entertainment, it would be hard to be bored at such an event.

Whatever the Letter

Victoria Vandervort
Staff Writer

On Wed., Oct. 1 students gathered around a table in Pennington Lounge when Whatever the Letter, a local screen-printing business came to the college.

Whatever the Letter is located in Montoursville, PA. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. the two employees took orders for Greek sewn apparel, gave out quotes for screen-prints, and offered students the chance to customize their own designs.

Sophomore Emily Loomis explains, “It was great to see organizations around Lycoming come together to support a local business while showing their spirit across campus.” NPC, or National Panhellenic Council, set up the event.

Senior Kelly Blasi said, “I was happy to welcome them on to campus to make things easier for greek life. The business itself is really stepping up its game with new technologies such as online ordering that helps them compete with other services that we use normally. I think it was a huge success and can’t wait to have them back in the spring!”

Brick program recognizes exceptional members of the campus community

Sam Ferraro
College Life Editor

For those who may not have known about it, the Office of Residential Life offers a program for recognizing the campus community for doing good deeds and building a better foundation for the college. The Lycoming Brick Program was established more than eight years ago to recognize students, faculty, and staff that have gone above and beyond their duties to better the campus and surrounding communities.

The Brick Program itself was established to reward and recognize those who help to improve the college community through various efforts, such as bringing awareness to campus activities and exceeding the expectations of either a campus job or through varying activities on campus.

“Traditionally, Residential Life focuses on ‘building community’ so I think it began as an effort to reward/recognize anyone who ‘goes above and beyond’ in an effort to ‘build community’ through their good deeds,” stated Lorri Amrom, administrative assistant to Residential Life The Brick Program awards students, faculty, and staff on a rolling basis, per an application that is submitted to Residential Life. When someone is nominated to receive a brick, the department processes the request immediately and sends the recipient a small commemorative brick along with a certificate expressing the reasoning behind the nomination.

“The frequency of awards just depends on the nominations. When I send out the email about the program, I get a flood of nominations and then, in between, people seem to forget about the program,” added Amrom.

In the past, there was a committee involved in deciding which nominations received a brick based on the merit of the deed done, but today, every nominee receives a brick for their good deeds and efforts.

“I think it’s a unique program and although it’s just a small token, recipients usually get pretty excited when they receive a brick. I’d like to see more nominations, particularly from students. I know there are a lot of ‘unsung’ good deeds out there on a daily basis, but I don’t think people realize there is a fun way to ‘secretly recognize’ them,” said Amrom.

The secrecy of the brick program adds an element of mystery to it, because you do not always know who sent in the nomination, which means that someone, somewhere, simply wanted to recognize a particular person for their efforts to improve the campus community.

Amrom added, “I consider the secrecy to be part of the fun, but it drives some people CRAZY when they don't know who did it. I NEVER tell.”

The bricks themselves are actual tiny bricks sent in from Ohio with a Lycoming College stamp on them. According to Amrom, there have been over 40 nominations this year alone and almost 1500 nominations in the eight years that she has been a part of the Residential Life Office.

Nominations for The Brick Program can be submitted through the Residential Life website.

Snowden celebrates banned books week

D.C. Keys
Photo Editor

Sept. 21 through 27 the John G. Snowden Memorial Library recognized banned books week. The library does this to celebrate the freedom to read.

This year they had a display of banned and challenged books from their own collection and held contests for prizes.

Most of the books celebrated during the  week were classics, such as “Tale of Two Cities” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,”   that were banned at some point in their history.  Some newer books, such as “The Hunger Games,” that are being challenged due to subject matter were also included.

Books are considered challenged if a person or group thinks that they should be pulled from a library or curriculum for whatever reason. A book is considered banned when the school board actually goes through with removing the book.

Associate Professor and Instructional Services Librarian and Coordinator of Reference and Web Services  Mary Broussard commented, “To be fair most books don’t go all the way to the banned stage, but we love our alliteration.”

The whole point of the week is to talk about why these books were challenged in the first place.  Some, like “The Hunger Games” series are easier to guess, because kids killing kids is a bit graphic, but others on the list, like the Harry Potter series are less obvious..   This series is on the list because of the use of witchcraft throughout the storyline.

Broussard stressed the fact that people who challenge books are not bad people. They had a reason that they thought the book was inappropriate for children. Part of the banned books week discussions are regarding which ages these books appropriate for students to read.

The interesting thing is that a lot of the books on the list are good books. “Huckleberry Finn” is the story of a boy rejecting the stereotypes of his society; it is on the list for the use of racial slurs.  Another good read on the list is “Brave New World,” which has sexual content in it. Some of these books have or will stand the test of time because of the very things that get them challenged.
Broussard added that “librarians like to say that a good collection needs to have at least one book that someone doesn’t like.”

Admissions hosts first open house

Jenny Reilly
Staff Writer

On Oct. 4, the college hosted its first Admissions Open House of the school year. Despite cloudy skies over 50 families came to visit Lycoming’s campus.

The program began with opening remarks from President Kent Trachte and Jason Moran, director of admissions.

From that point on, the families were off attending different programs suited to their needs.
Faculty members gave presentations on their various programs, offering the visiting families a taste of the many academic programs offered.

Associate dean of student success and academic services, dean of first-year students, and director of Lycoming College Prep Andrew Kilpatrick and junior Michael Tusay also presented about the freshman year experience and how incoming students thrive once they arrive at school due to the many programs aimed at setting them up for success.

“I really enjoy presenting to the families, it lets me connect with them more,” Tusay commented
The campus tour guides were also ready to greet all the families. Before the day began they mingled with the families making them feel welcome and answering any questions they might have.

Tours were given throughout the day at the families’ leisure and despite the rainy weather, the tour guides made the campus shine.

“I think that having a good tour guide is very important in the college decision process, everyone here at admissions and the tour guide staff really tries to show prospective students that we love it here at Lyco, it’s also fun showing people around and sharing our own stories” says tour guide Julie White, junior.

The Office of Admissions hosts several of these open houses throughout the year and encourages families to visit in a large group setting as well as returning for a more personalized visit.

Troiano challenges bipartisan politics

Dan Zebrine
Editor in chief

Nick Troiano, a native of Pike County, Penn., has been drawing national attention in recent months.  At the age of 25, Troiano is the youngest candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the upcoming mid-term elections, hoping to represent the 10th District of Pennsylvania.

If his age were not impressive enough, Troiano is also running as an independent with funding solely through donations from citizens.  He is the only Pennsylvanian running for the House of Representatives as an independent this year, and the first ever independent running for the 10th district.

“I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I could win,” Troiano said, addressing skepticism regarding his age and citizen-funded campaign.  He believes that a change in government is coming, and said that “this is the year for it to happen.”

Although in terms of pure monetary value Troiano’s campaign funding is far less than that of incumbent Republican Tom Marino – Troiano’s Williampsort-based campaign raised about a fifth of what Marino’s raised – the young candidate stresses that how he is raising the funding is what matters.

Marino’s campaign is funded by special interest groups, while Troiano’s citizen-based funding makes him responsible only to the citizens.  And, although a fraction of Marino’s funding, the $100,000 that Troiano’s campaign has raised through citizen donations is impressive.

Troiano believes student turn-out will be key in this election against Marino and Democrat Scott Brion.

“Students are dissatisfied with politics,” Troiano said.  He personally attributes his ultimate break from traditional parties – Troiano was formerly a member of the Republican Party – to the government shutdown last year caused by party divisions, and believes that many younger citizens are similarly frustrated with this behavior of government.

In addition to addressing issues with bipartisan politics, Troiano is largely concerned with the federal budget. He co-founded The Can Kicks Back, a program that educates the public about the budget problem and what can be done about it.

Another focus of Troaino’s campaign is debates – or, the lack thereof.  Troiano expressed frustration with Marino’s avoidance of public debates.  So far, Marino has agreed to one debate.
“You can’t cover everything in one hour,” Troiano said.

Although Troiano is an underdog in this election, some polls have shown him just a few points behind Marino in a hypothetical head-to-head election.  This prompted Troiano to call for Brion to drop out of the race in order to present a bigger threat to Marino, to which Brion responded by saying he could beat 25 year old.

When asked about this response, Troiano could only laugh, explaining that ageist ideas such as these exemplify the problems with government, that focus is on labels and not the issues.

Whether Troiano is truly a threat to Marino’s seat in the House of Representatives is difficult to say.
A victory for the young independent would certainly be historic and mark a shift in the functioning of government, but he would likely be influential even in defeat.

Being able to run such a threatening independent citizen-funded campaign as a 25 year old candidate is, if nothing else, a reflection of the public’s disillusionment with the current state of politics which, win or lose, should influence elections to come.

Bored? BINGO!

Jackie Croteau
Opinion Editor

If you have any spare time on Thursday evenings, you might consider heading down to East Hall at 8 p.m. for CAB sponsored Bingo. It is currently being run by sophomores Sophie Herzing and Devon Dietrich, and they are frequently assisted by senior Patrick Kiernan. You might be in for some tasty excitement if you win, because many of their exciting weekly prizes are food-based.

In the past they have offered movie night baskets, gift cards to restaurants like The Olive Garden, and snack food baskets. On a non-food related note, they’ve offered board games, DVDs, and even a dorm supply basket. These types of prizes are raffled off on a weekly basis and your chances of winning at the end of the night increase with the number of bingo games you win and the number of raffles you incur. You can also increase your chances by buying more game boards for a quarter each; your first board is free when you come in each week.

Fear not, even if your name doesn’t get called at the end of the night, your raffles still get put in for the grand prize at the end of the semester. You could still win it, even if you only attend one week and win one game! The winner will be called at Bingo the week before Thanksgiving Break. Past prizes have included a TV and a Keurig; this semester’s have not been announced yet.

Sophie Herzing said, “It sounds really lame… but it’s really very fun! Everybody gets really hyped up about it.” According to Herzing, at least 15 to 20 dedicated Bingo-goers show up each week, and make it a blast for those around them.

Manhunt continues for alleged cop-killer

Jenny Reilly
Staff Writer

It has been four weeks since Eric Frien of Canadensis PA, allegedly murdered Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson and severely injured PSP Trooper Alex Douglass, on Friday September 12, and the Pocono area is still on edge.

Frein has been hiding in the woods of Monroe County causing schools to be shut down and neighborhoods to be on high alert.  Frein, a self-proclaimed “survivalist,” has trained with a military group that reenacted Vietnam War battles and has extensive knowledge of bombs and weaponry.
The search to find the thirty one year old in the wilderness has been  slow and extensive, as police are concerned with booby traps and homemade pipe bombs planted by Frein. Two of these homemade bombs were found and authorities are concerned with more being planted.

Though law enforcement has found used diapers, abandoned cigarettes, food wrappers and a rifle, no definite signs of Frein have been found.  They suspect he is now beginning to run low on supplies and will soon make a mistake, revealing himself.

Police say that Frein has been planning his attack on the state police for months or potentially years using his skills as a marksman to prepare.

Though law enforcement officials seem to be closing in on Frein, there is still no definite end to this search. Hunting season is just beginning in the area and authorities have not allowed hunters into the area.

Though civilians are  living in this dangerous area, police feel that Frein will make no attempt to injure them as his sole target has been law enforcement. However, as the weeks of searching continue, authorities are warning residents of the search area that Frein, desperate for supplies, may begin breaking into rural cabins or foraging in trash.

Even in here in Williamsport, the manhunt for Frein has affected college students and residents of the local area. Signs along the golden strip have warned residents of Frein and offered rewards for any information, and the screens at Rite Aid have shown his face for days.

Several students from the area have had their old high schools shut down.

“My high school was shut down and my field hockey coach’s husband, who is a state trooper, is currently aiding in the search. He really hasn’t been coming home so my coach has to bring him supplies” commented Allison DeHaas, sophomore.

Frein has made the top ten most wanted list by the FBI bringing a dark notoriety to the Poconos area.  Hopefully the manhunt for Frein will end soon and life in Monroe County can finally go back to normal.

Editor’s note: information in the article is current as of Oct. 6

Microsoft experiments with Xbox One price drop in the U.K.

JohnPaul Keith
Staff Writer

Microsoft has officially dropped the price of the Xbox One in the U.K. This Kinectless version, which originally cost 429.99 Pounds ($695.88), is now only 329.99 Pounds ($534.05).
The price drop now makes this version of the Xbox One cheaper than the PlayStation 4, which currently costs 349.99 Pounds ($566.41).

Microsoft told, “We are always looking at ways to offer the best value for our customers. This is a U.K. only retail promotion which coincides with our upcoming releases including Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.”

It’s should come to no surprise that Microsoft has decided to make yet another price cut for the console, as it continues to be dominated by the PlayStation 4 in total sales.

With the last update on numbers for the Xbox One being five-million shipped, not to be confused with five-million sold, the PlayStation 4 is outselling it by more than 2:1.

Now, why is this relevant to you, the student? Well, by testing out the elasticity of demand, or the ratio at which consumer demand for the console changes depending on the price, in a small territory like the U.K., Microsoft can gauge whether or not it would be worth it to drop the price in all of Europe.

This could eventually lead to a price drop in the U.S.

So, if you are a student who has yet to buy an Xbox One, you may just want to hold on a bit longer.
Hopefully, for their sake, the price drop works. Sony has been on the ball lately and has a strong backing from the core gaming audience.

However, at the end of the day, price can be a huge factor in consumer choice. If this price drop works, we could see Sony follow suite with a price drop of their own, and that’s good for everybody.

Student Senate updates

Jackie Croteau
Opinion Editor

Student Senate is celebrating its 20th anniversary and, yes, there will be cake! President Greg Vartan opened the meeting on September 22 with this bit of excitement, and proceeded to praise the senators for their “immense strides” on the list of goals.

From there, Vice President Megan Cunningham stood front and center to discuss Homecoming preparations, which includes the cancellation of the senate meeting on October 20, for “Volleyball on the Quad.”

Cinnamin Quattlebaum, parliamentarian gave a brief reminder about how to send in excuses and Rebecca Reed did the same concerning committee meetings.

Class reports included announcing Alex Meyers as the temporary secretary for the Class of 2017, as well as the “Embrace Your Class Meet and Greet” for the Class of 2018.

The Interfraternity Council discussed Fall Recruitment, as did the National Panhellenic Council. Campus Activities Board is welcoming the comedian, Matthew Brusard, to campus on Saturday.
The Commuter Club will be organizing cemetery clean-ups on Saturdays in the upcoming weeks. They meet at 8:45 a.m. outside Pennington Lounge.

Dan Miller had no formal report, but he did say that Penny’s Plaza should be done soon! The senators focused on a club application for Lycopella, potentially a college recognized a Capella group, to be voted on at the next meeting. The meeting was adjourned after a quick open floor.

On September 29, the senators were welcomed with the good news that Penny’s Plaza is now complete and ready to be used. President Vartan announced that the Board of Trustees supports the senate’s list of goals, and that Ryan Gibson, representative of the Penn Tech Student Senate, will be coming to speak at the college in a few weeks.

The class of 2015 will be doing a pork roll fundraiser on the morning of Nov. 1 in Jack’s Place, and the Class of 2017 will have more information about a “Rent-A-Warrior” fundraiser soon.
CAB is introducing Change for CAB to help contribute to making programs and activities better. IFC announced the badge attire fashion show occurring today, and NPC will be showing “Miss Representation” on October 13.

Student-Athelete Advisory Committe commended the cheerleading squad and the lacrosse teams for gathering and donating items for the students at Albright who lost their house and one of their peers.
Dan Miller encouraged students to go see Don McFearson’s presentation about Sexual Misconduct and Bystander Intervention, on October 15. The Sustainability Committee had only positive things to say about hosting the first annual Food Recovery Network conference the previous weekend.
Two representatives of Lycopella came to speak about their intentions for the club, and answer any questions.

They are very interested in being affiliated with the campus, and know the responsibility of being so. They would perform on and off campus, and push those who “can’t sing” to see that they can. The formation of the club was voted on and passed by the senate.

The senate then moved on to look at the Secular Student Alliance club application which raised questions to be discussed with representatives of the club in a future meeting. The meeting ended shortly after.

Vs. Victoria: Should we be excited for seasonal Pumpkin Spice?

Elizabeth Gallen
Special to the Lycourier

YES!-Fall is my favorite time of year. The leaves change, the temperature drops to perfect sweater weather, and it means it’s the time of year for PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES!

You can get a regular latte any time you feel but it’s only during the Fall that you can order a Pumpkin Spice Latte. There’s something about the taste and warmth of a Pumpkin Spice Latte that trumps all other steamy, caffeinated beverages. Maybe it’s the sweet pumpkin taste that warms your mouth when you take that first sip, or the aroma from that perfect mixture of coffee, smooth cream, and a hint of spice, or possibly it’s the toasty feeling you get when you cup the Latte in your chilly hands on that perfect Fall day.

The possibilities are endless, but what I know is the taste and comfort you feel when you sip that first bit of Pumpkin Spice Latte is like no other.

Victoria Vandervort
Staff Writer

UGH!-With fall quickly approaching, there is nothing better than the brisk mornings, crunchy leaves on the sidewalk, and not sweating in class from walking to the third floor of the AC. But what happens to absolutely ruin the season of autumn is when Starbucks releases their Pumpkin Spice lattes. 

I’ve never been so elated at the term “for a limited time only”. The growing trend is more like an epidemic, spreading to Oreos, Eggo waffles, Country Crock spread, and cream cheese (that’s right cream cheese). Has pumpkin spice gone too far? If you answered no, you might be basic.  What’s next? Pumpkin spice pizza? Milk? Nothing is sacred anymore. The 10 year old trend has been taking over food that has no business being pumpkin spice flavored. What’s even worse is pumpkin spice is most foods that are pumpkin spice flavored have no trace of pumpkin at all. 

Where do the lies end? Maybe I’m not too big on mainstream trends or I simply don’t fancy this fake liar of a spice that is overtaking the season of candy corn, apple cider, and regular pumpkins.

Oh captain my captain, don’t go!

Shannon Bolin
Sports Editor

I’m a firm believer that football season doesn’t officially start until the World Series ends. Although the Yankees didn’t even make it to the playoffs, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster after Derek Jeter announced he was retiring earlier in the season.

I’m not sure what was more emotional, watching Jeter hit the walk-off single winning his last home stand in Yankee Stadium against Baltimore in the top of the ninth, or watching the Yankees get rocked, losing 10-4 against the Boston Red Sox in the second to last game of the season.
The Yanks did, however, come back to win in their last game against the Sox 5-1. Regardless of which Yankee end-of-season event was more tear-jerking, it’s no doubt that Derek Jeter did an exceptional job in his twentieth season.

I think my favorite part of the game was all the signs at Fenway Park saying “Boston Respects” and “Thanks for the memories, Captain –Boston.” How crappy would it be to be a Red Sox having the home stadium root against them? Talk about the worst karma ever. I guess the complete shut out against the Yankees probably helped ease the pain a little.

As the last single digit, unretired, number left on the Yankee’s team, I’m really hoping to see Jeter’s famous “2” retire along with him. Ending his 2014 season with a batting average of .256, four homeruns, 50 RBI’s and 47 runs it’s no doubt he’s an exceptional player.

He deserves to carry the “2” around with him for the rest of his life. Let’s be honest, if they don’t retire it, those are some pretty big freaking shoes to fill after Jeter’s bout in New York.
Although some argue that his stats are only as impressive as some of the Yank’s that went down in history, like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra because of his long reign as a Yankee, his dedication is something to consider.

With the political aspects of professional sports, it’s unlikely to see another baseball player remain loyal to one team for 20 years like Jeter has. It’s just not a dedication seen very often in professional sports and it’s incredibly honorable. Although I don’t know Jeter personally, I know, it surprises me too, he seems like such a great guy. He never had a negative spotlight shed on him from the tabloids or was in trouble with the law. He never hit his wife, sorry NFL, and is famous for dating the most beautiful and intelligent women on the planet. His integrity both on and off the field makes him deserving of retiring his number with him.

As my roommate and diehard Oriels fan Kelly Blasi says, “He maintained the image that baseball is and always will be, America’s favorite past time.”

Even though they didn’t make it to the play offs in Jeter’s last season (thanks a lot Baltimore) which was one of their goals, I think they successfully ended their regular season and Jeter had a nice end to a fantastic 20 year reign. Even if you’re not a Yankees fan, you’re a Derek Jeter fan. Shannon Bolin-Jeter doesn’t sound half bad; a girl can dream, right?

U2 “Songs of Innocence”: iTunes’ free album

Sam Ferraro
College Life Editor

In case you were unaware, if you have an iTunes account, you also have the new U2 album. You’re welcome, everyone.

For those who did not know, U2 released their album “Songs of Innocence” early to all iTunes users for free, and though many people may be unfamiliar with the Irish, classic rock band, the album is definitely worth looking into.

Though U2 may have fallen under the radar for a while within our generation, their offering of their CD for free may help them to make more of an impact with their latest release, because who doesn’t love free things?

Though free things are spectacular, some people were opposed to the idea of iTunes adding music to libraries across the country. Perhaps if it had been a free release of Maroon 5 or 2 Chainz, people would have been more enthused about it.

“I thought that the marketing aspect was very clever that they even thought to release the album for free like that. It’s a great way to get people to talk about it, and in an age when people are more concerned with singles rather than the whole album, it was a really clever idea for U2. I think it was very smart,” stated senior Kelly Blasi.

However, those of us who value classic rock, and grew up listening to what our parents forced us to, may have more of an appreciation for this album, though it is different from many of their past releases. “Songs of Innocence” has a softer tone to many of its songs, namely “Sleep Like a Baby Tonight,” which is slightly hypnotic and a bit haunting.

U2 is known for their depth within lyrics and meaningful tunes, such as their song “Ordinary Love” for Nelson Mandela, and though I haven’t listened to the cd quite enough to dissect these lyrics quite yet, I’m sure they have some hidden meaning beyond just sounding good.

“I personally didn’t appreciate iTunes diving into my music library to add songs that I have no intention to listen to, but that’s just me,” said junior Victoria Vandervort.

If nothing else, the album is at least  worth a listen, because at the cost of nothing, why not give it a shot?

“Final Fantasy X HD Remaster”

Ryan Krebs
Staff Writer

As I write this review, I have not finished my current play through of “Final Fantasy X.” I played the game all the way through ten years ago and remember quite enjoying it, in contrast with the more recent “Final Fantasy XIII” which I hated when I first played it when it came out and hated it even more when I tried it again last year. Now returning to “Final Fantasy X” with a more refined taste in video games and a deep hatred for more recent “Final Fantasy XIII,” I have discovered that while I did encounter a large number flaws that did not bother me as a kid, I found an equal number of little details that made me enjoy the game as much as I did when I was younger. So let’s dive right into it.

“Final Fantasy X” tells the story of Tidus, a famous blitzball player who lives in the futuristic utopia of Zanarkand. Tidus’s idyllic life ends one day when a mysterious being known only as Sin destroys Zanarkand and somehow flings Tidus a thousand years in the future to the primitive, fantastical, and highly religious world of Spira. There he meets a young woman named Yuna, a summoner that is going on a pilgrimage to the ruins of Zanarkand to gain the power to destroy Sin. The story has a few problems.

For one thing, the main character Tidus is really annoying and often comes off as incredibly stupid in the early parts of the game, though he does get much more tolerable as the game goes on. Another big issue is the writing that shifts between being rather good to downright awful, particularly in the first fifth of the game.

However, the game makes up for many of its faults with it’s strong themes of religious fundamentalism and some really strong side characters. The character of Auron in particular I would say may be one of the best video game characters I have ever had the pleasure of being on an adventure with. All in all, the game’s story has highs and lows that balance each other out and ultimately enjoyment of the story is based on what you consider important in a story.

On the gameplay side of things “Final Fantasy X” has both massive highs and massive lows. On the positive side of things, this game has the single best turned based combat system I have ever played. In most turn based games I have played, it is hard to determine when it is the player’s turn and when it’s the enemies turn. Also, my turned based role playing games have woefully unbalanced character with some being game breaking and other being totally useless.

However, “Final Fantasy X” has a convenient counter at the top right corner of the screen that always keeps you informed on when it is your turn and when it the enemy’s turn. Also, every character in the game is useful in some way or another and enemies are designed in a way that requires you to switch out characters constantly to adapt to enemy strengths and weaknesses. While the game has a strong combat system, I can say with certainty that this game has some of the most boring side quests and minigames I have ever played.

Blitzball in particular is one of the worse minigames I have ever played in any video game. The game’s cutscene makes it out to be some fast paced underwater version of soccer, but when you actually play it you instead find an overly complicated stat based thing that I tried my hardest to understand. But no matter how hard I try I simply can’t find any enjoyment out of it. All in all, the core game of “Final Fantasy X” is great, but is dragged down by the downright horrible side activities.

On the technical and aesthetic side of things “Final Fantasy X” has never looked better. The HD Remaster for PS3, is for the most part, beautiful and runs smoothly all the way through. There are a few leftovers from the original PS2 version of the game like clothes fading into bodies and some weird character animations that look jarring when compared to more recent games. However, I will say right now I would rather have a good game with a few technical problems then a technically perfect game with absolutely nothing else to offer (I’m looking at you, “Final Fantasy XIII”).

“Final Fantasy X” for all its faults has aged rather well and  if you are in the mood for an old school role playing game you can’t really go wrong here.

A preview game review: Anticipating “Alien Isolation”

Ryan Krebs
Staff Writer

Anyone remember “Aliens: Colonial Marines,” that game that was hailing itself as a true sequel to James Cameron’s “Aliens” and a rich cooperative first person shooter experience from the same people that made “Borderlands,” that then turned out to be a blatant cash grab piece of crap sold on half-truths and outright lies? The “Aliens”  franchise in general hasn’t been doing very well with recent media entries ranging from decent to incredibly horrible.

However, the latest game set in the “Alien” universe is going out of its way to divorce itself from James Cameron’s movie and the mountains of mediocre games it has spawn, to instead return to the franchise’s horror roots with the upcoming game “Alien Isolation.”

“Alien Isolation” is setting out to create an experience more in line with the original Ridley Scott’s “Alien” and seeks to horrify players rather than bore them with mediocre shooting like the last “Aliens” game.

“Alien Isolation” is a first person survival horror game that takes place fifteen years after the original movie.

You play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, as she travels to the remote Sevastopol Station to recover the flight recorder of the Nostromo, the ship her mother served on before she disappeared, in the hope she can finally learn what happened to her.

However, she soon finds herself trapped on the station with only one single Xenomorph hunting her. In stark contrast to “Aliens: Colonial Marines” where you mow down Xenomorphs by the hundreds without any problems what so ever, the sole Xenomorph in “Alien Isolation” cannot be killed and attempting to go in guns blazing will only result in instant death. Amanda must hide and sneak past the creature to have any hope to survive. If any of you think this is just going to be like “Amnesia: The Dark Descent,” but with a Xenomorph, you are wrong.

Unlike the predicable patrol patterns of the monster in “Amnesia,” the Xenomorph has no set patrol pattern and will not always be in the same places whenever you play. Also, the Xenomorph is highly intelligent and hard to trick. Lock a door and it will climb in the vents into the sealed room with you. Use a noisemaker to draw it away one too many times and it will look for you instead of the noisemaker.

The Xenomorph’s AI is meticulously designed to keep you on edge and have you second guessing your action constantly. If spending an entire game living in constant fear of the alien doesn’t sound appealing to you, fear not because it is not the only enemy in the game. Paranoid human survivors that shoot on sight and homicidal robots that are hard to take down are also threats that you will have to contend with in the game.

“Alien Isolation” is shaping up to be the Anti-”Aliens: Colonial Marines,” a game that seeks to do the franchise justice and give it a truly memorable experience at last. However, I must stress that after the unmitigated disaster that was “Aliens: Colonial Marines” it is important to exercise caution.

There is still a chance that this game will turn out like that other game, but I do seriously doubt that it will be due to the monstrous amount of press that have played the game and said it was good, contrasting “Aliens: Colonial Marines” which had a heavily suppressed press opinion until release. “Alien Isolation” was released Oct 7, I will have  a proper review in the next issue.

Wrestlemania: A recap of “Raw” wrestling

JohnPaul Keith
Staff Writer

Opening Segment: The show started off with a great segment that dealt with the awkwardness between the Authority and Paul Heyman following Night of Champions. Seth Rollins stepped up for the Authority and apologized on their behalf which helped put him closer to the main event scene. Dean Ambrose then appeared on the Titantron, and their interaction continued to what surely was the best feud of the year.

Triple Threat Intercontinental Title Match – Cesaro vs. Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler: I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of the Intercontinental title being defended so frequently, that is, unless they planed on making it akin to some sort of t.v. title, in which it’s defended on every Raw. The match itself was pay per view quality though, as these guys were putting on one heck of a match. Miz and Ziggler have worked incredibly well together as of late, and the introduction of Cesaro only made it better. Ziggler picked up the victory, and hopefully we’ll see more of this at the upcoming pay per view.

Rosa Mendez vs. Layla: It seemed time for the Total Divas segment of the show, as Natalya and Summer Rae were in their corners. Tyson Kidd was also there to build heat between him and Natalya. I didn’t really buy it, though. Tyson Kidd was a horrible actor with no charisma or personality whatsoever. The match itself was nothing special as Rosa Mendez had no in-ring ability to speak of. Layla picked up the victory.

Ambrose and Rollins Segment: After hiding in the back, Dean Ambrose made his way to the ring carrying a bag full of WWE shirts. He had begun throwing them into the crowd, when Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble came out to bust up his fun. I really liked these two being used in this lackey role. It suited them well, and it gave us a break from having to see Kane and Randy Orton do the Authorities’ dirty work. Eventually shenanigans ensued and Dean Ambrose gave Seth Rollins his stolen briefcase back, only this time with more green slime exploding from the insides and onto Rollins face. It was a good segment, and both Rollins and Ambrose’s expressions were priceless. The crowd was hot for Ambrose the whole time, as these two had incredible chemistry together. They surely built their main event careers off of each other. Believe that.

Bo Dallas vs. Mark Henry: I would seriously be okay if Mark Henry took Bo’s finisher, ended up in a coma, and never showed up on my t.v. screen again. That guy has way outlived his purpose, and his current jabbing to Bo Dallas only proves this. This match ended up being a quick squash with Bo getting the victory. I’m certainly a Bo-liever, as this dude’s gimmick was money.

Rusev Segment: Up next, Rusev and Big Show had a confrontation in the ring, ending with Big Show tearing down the Russian flag. Apparently they’re going to have a match next week. I didn’t really understand the direction they went with Rusev. I felt like they were just wasting time with this Big Show nonsense. Rusev should be moving on to bigger things, like a United States title match. It fits his gimmick and it’s the next logical step for his ascension to the top.

Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus: Speaking of the U.S. title, out came Sheamus to take on Damien Sandow. Now that I think about it, Rusev not taking on Sheamus could have been the WWE trying to protect Sheamus from having to take a loss. He is a Triple H guy after all. Also, I know that some people may have been upset that Sandow was being used as a comedy attraction, but honestly, he filled the role perfectly. Not everyone can be world champions, and he’s better off flourishing as a comedy act, rather than floundering in the upper-midcard like Sheamus. Unsurprisingly, Sheamus picked up the victory, possibly sowing the seeds for a conflict with the Miz, who sat on commentary for this match, and drew us closer to a reality in which the U.S. and I.C. title are merged.

Hulk Hogan Segment: Out came Hogan, and what was he here to do? He was here to talk about breast cancer awareness. Oh, well, that wasn’t what I thought he was going to talk about, good on him and the WWE. And there wasn’t one mention of the WWE Network or 9.99.

Main Event – Randy Orton and Kane vs. John Cena and Dean Ambrose: It was impossible not to notice how out of place John Cena felt here. He barely had any reason to be fighting with the Authority, and the lack of a steady main even challenger left him as a filler for Roman Reigns, who was out on injury. Although, I suppose this was just a consequence of WWE’s inability to capitalize on momentum and build new stars as of late. Though I guess I can’t complain, as the match has been great so far.  However, it ended abruptly, as Seth Rollins interfered, causing a brawl between the wrestlers. It all eventually ended with Dean Ambrose and John Cena taking a beating at the hands of the Authority to end the show.

Overall, the show was pretty good. The first and third hour were the best, with the middle being very forgetful, and even cringe worthy to watch. I left out the other diva segment, as well as the Adam Rose segment, as both were terrible and not worth mentioning. Consider them a great time to take a long bathroom break. However, the triple threat match for the I.C. title was a great example of how the midcard should add to the show, instead of just being filler until the main event. I’m not sure how I exactly felt about the ending. I realize it was great to make the Authority, especially Seth Rollins look strong in beating down the biggest faces in the company at the moment, but if they were not careful, they could have ended up making Dean Ambrose look too weak and not credible. Either way, the show was definitely better than last week, and I’m excited to see what happens next. I give Raw a 7 out of 10.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Family weekend fun

D.C. Keys
Photo Editor

Sept. 19 through 21 was the annual family weekend, a time when the students’ extended families are invited to campus to participate in fun activities together.

The festivities kicked off with the Hiawatha Wing Cruise. This year, unlike in previous, there were two cruises families could sign up for. This allowed more families to enjoy the cruise.

Kearsten Kreitz ‘15 and the family of Elise Matalavage ‘16 enjoying the football game during family weekend.
The choir, band and other solo performers performed in Clark Chapel. After the concert, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” was shown in Heim G-11, followed by a “Frozen” sing-along. The movies were sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

Family bowling night at Faxon was available for families that RSVP’d in advance. At the same time Quizzo was being played in East Hall Coffee House.

On Saturday President Kent Trachte gave a state of the college address in the Jane Schultz room to start off the day. Families had several options that they could choose to spend the morning. Andrew Kilpatrick, associate dean of student success and academic services, dean of first-year students, and director of Lycoming College prep, gave a state of the freshman class address.

Families could choose to go on a bike tour with dean of students Dan Miller or go to the study abroad information session. They also could attend the Brandy Lee Sudol auction hosted by Gamma Delta Sigma. Also Saturday brunch was being served in the dining hall.

Throughout the day families could go on walking tours around downtown Williamsport with faculty and staff. There was also a faculty open house in Pennington lounge.

The choir hosted an open rehearsal in the Clarke Chapel to show the parents what a day in choir looks like. They also practiced the songs that they would perform for the Sunday service.

All registered families got free tickets to the football game. They were able to enjoy the Lycoming Warriors’ win against King’s College Monarchs. It was an exciting game with great plays by both teams.

For dinner there were three college-sanctioned choices. If a reservation was put in early enough, the Bullfrog and 33 East were an option. Otherwise, families could eat at the dining hall or any of the other eateries off campus. The third option was the Trachtes’ invitation to the seniors and families to their house.

For the evening, comedian Michael Dean Ester entertained the audience in Clark Chapel. The performance was sponsored by student programs. He mixed comedy and advice to make a memorable night that made the audience laugh and think about what college is really about.

To close out the night was a family bonfire in the upper quad. Unfortunately high winds forced the bonfire to be canceled.  Instead people drank hot apple cider and talked. “Frozen” was at 8 p.m. and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” was at 10 p.m.

Sunday, families were invited to worship in the chapel as Jeff Lecrone preached and the choir led the hymns and performed a few songs. Sunday brunch closed out the official family weekend activities.

Photo by Jenny Reilly

Students enrich education experience in Europe: Study abroad offers opportunities for learning around the globe

Jordyn Hotchkiss
Entertainment Editor

This past year many students traveled across the oceans to other parts of the world to further their education. The college had students go to Germany, Sweden, England, Honduras and many other places around the globe. Students went for various reasons, ranging from an archaeological dig to a marine biology diving experience.

Senior Emily Grusholt spent a semester at the University of Bamberg in Germany. When asked why she wanted to study abroad she said, “I’ve always wanted to travel and the best time to do it is when you’re young and the best way to do it is through the school.”

She explained how the university is a sister school to Lycoming and how much the college helps you manage payments, classes and traveling.

Grusholt is a double major in psychology and criminal justice and while abroad she was able to take several psychology classes that counted for her major.

 All of her classes were in English, which was helpful because according to Grusholt the hardest part about being abroad was “the language barrier, meaning not only the people that spoke German, but the international students who had English as a second language.”

Grusholt spoke about how she was able to travel to different places such as London and Italy, her two favorite trips. When asked if she had any final comments about her trip she responded with: “It was a lot of fun; I made a lot of friends from different countries. It really changes your view on the world and the people in it. You learn to be more open minded.”

Jumping across the sea to Sweden, Junior Julie White spent her summer with the Gotland Archaeological Field School. White is an archaeology major so when explaining why she decided to spend the summer in Sweden she said, “In addition to having to complete field school or an internship for my major, I was more interested in doing field school and it was northern archaeology and was different.”

While there, White’s favorite part about the trip was the actual physical labor of the dig, explaining that it helped her to “soak up different people and experiences.”

White was abroad with a few other students from the college as well as with students from around the world.

When asked for final advice to students or are planning on studying abroad she finished with, “Don’t be afraid to go somewhere that’s off the beaten path.”

These two students spoke extremely highly of their experiences, recommending study abroad to anyone that is. There are a few upcoming trips and May Terms for this year and next.

There are three upcoming May Terms including the Institute for Management Studies, the psychology May term and a new embedded course May term. This year the IMS Trip will be going abroad to the U.K. and Belgium, while the psychology trip will “explore being Irish” as they look at the Irish identity and what it means. Finally, this year’s new trip is an embedded course in music and modern language studies where they will be studying Romantic music and literature in Germany and Austria.

These three May Terms are only a few of the options that students have available to them to take a journey through education.

Adding to the ARC

D.C. Keys
Photo Editor

This year Professor Christopher Reed joined the Academic Resource Center team as assistant director of the Academic Resource Center and director of the not-yet-established mathematics center. He is designing the math center to be a part of the Academic Research Center by fall of 2015.

Reed commented, “The vision for a math center on campus took hold a couple of years ago when the faculty began their evaluation of the distribution program at the college.  As part of that discussion, certain ideas emerged that were designed to strengthen the academic program at the college – for example, establishing a math center.  The faculty held a vote last year that approved a number of changes at the college which included the creation of the math center.”

The math center will work similarly to the writing center. Students can bring their math-related work in to be looked over, even if it isn’t from a math class.  Any discipline that uses math at all can benefit from the math center. The usual math tutoring will still be taking place as well.

The physical location of the math center is yet to be determined. Professor Reed is open to suggestions and ideas from faculty, staff, and students. He is planning on sitting down with whole departments to decide how to make the math center the most effective. He invites people to email him at or visit his office in D308.

Football remains undefeated

DC Keys
Photo Editor 

The warrior football team won 28-13 against King’s College Monarchs on Saturday.  The stands were packed as Family Weekend participants were in attendance, increasing the energy at David Pearson Field.

Senior running back Craig Needhammer scored the first touchdown for the warriors, and with the extra point by freshman Devon Flynn the Warriors lead 7-0 with 7:49 left in the quarter.
The monarchs tried to answer but the warriors defense held them in check. On the fourth down the monarchs missed the field goal attempt.

The warriors kept the second quarter rolling with forward progress, leading to the Warriors second touchdown. Senior QB Tyler Jenny threw a 34 yard pass to senior Cam Kriner. He then found junior Corey Talerico for a 30 yard pass. Junior Ryan Umpleby caught the final pass to score the touchdown.

The score was 14-0 with 13:29 left in the half when the monarchs finally got their opportunity.
Senior Dan Kempa returned the kick to Lycoming’s 11 yard line. After a series of plays junior Patrick Robinson scored the kings only goal of the game and sophomore Mikhail Kniaziewicz  secured the extra point making the score 14-7 with 10:59 remaining in the first half.

Above, senior Craig Needhammer maintains possession through the tackle. Below, sophomore Keeghan Morrison eludes monarch defense for forward progress.  
The warriors responded immediately with Needhammer returning the ball to King’s 38 yard line. After a series of plays junior Pat Whalen caught the third touchdown. The scoreboard read 21-7 with 7:41 left in the half.

A shagged punt leads to the monarchs getting possession on their 42. Lyco’s defense went into overdrive checking the King’s advance. Kniaziewicz is forced to score a 20 yard field goal to make the score 21-10 with 20 seconds left. The warriors take a knee and the half ends with the warriors up 21-10.

The second half was underway with the Warriors forcing a punt receiving at their own 20 yard line.
Jenny was forced out of the pocket but was able to find senior John Sibel for a 45 yard pass.
A few plays later Needhammer scored the fourth and final touchdown making the score 28-10.
This TD tied Needhammer with wide receiver Tim Dumas (1996-99) for most career touchdowns at 35. The third quarter ended with a score of 28-10.

In the fourth quarter the Kings made it all the way to Lycoming’s 1 yard line but the warrior defense checked all further advances forcing Kniaziewicz to score a 29 yard field goal.

The warriors'

offense ground down the clock holding the ball for almost 9 minutes. The final score 28-13, giving the team the edge they need to take on Wilkes this Saturday.

Photos by Tracy Robinson

Tennis looks up after loss

Shannon Bolin
Sports Editor

The Men and Women’s Tennis team refuse to let the losses to Kings define the remainder of their season.

Men went down 0-9 and Women lost 3-6. Despite their loss, both teams are looking hopeful for their next match is 3 p.m. Friday at Bruce Henry Park.

With the season just beginning, they are hopeful for a prosperous and challenging season. Senior Miranda Giraldo projects the team’s upcoming success and trials.

“It’s early in the season, but I think we’re going to have a good year. A lot of players are returning, and we have strong new players as well. The chemistry on the team is great, and I think that will translate into us playing well. The boys already have a win, so I’m pretty excited to see how the rest of the season goes.

“It’s hard to say who our biggest rival is this year. We used to have a tough time with Elizabethtown but they were moved out of our conference. Hood is always a close match so we get a little worked up when that match is approaching. We usually play them towards the end of our season so we will facing them sometime in April,” Giraldo said.

“It’s early in the season, but I think we’re going to have a good year. A lot of players are returning, and we have strong new players as well. The chemistry on the team is great, and I think that will translate into us playing well. The boys already have a win, so I’m pretty excited to see how the rest of the season goes,” Senior Shannon Sheridan added.

Zachary High, a freshman from Lock Haven, Pa. and junior Zackary Collevechio from Summit Hill, Pa. recently joined the Men’s Tennis teams’ endeavors.

The women’s team also welcomed two freshman, Kaitlin Hallabuk from Towanda, Pa. and Ashley Stover from Bel Air, Md.

“It’s always exciting welcoming new players on to the team. Seeing their drive is refreshing and it provides a great energy to work with. We have a lot to work on and everybody is striving to be better every day,” Giraldo said.

“Everyone always wants to get better! At this point, it’s all about honing our skills,” Sheridan noted.
Sheridan and Giraldo, as seniors, are both glad to see the team continue to thrive knowing that this will be their last season.

“It’s been quite the ride! I think we’ve gotten a lot closer as a team the past three years. We’ve said goodbye to a lot of good players and people, and welcomed great new people. I’m proud of how we’ve progressed, and I hope after we’re gone, the team will keep getting better. I’m going to miss my team so much when I graduate. My teammates have been such a huge part of my life here at school. I want to wish the rest of the team tons of luck, both this season and in the seasons that they have yet to play. I know they are going to do great and make us all proud!” Sheridan said.

With their next home game less than 24 hours away, the team is excited to see blue and gold support at the courts.

“It would be really awesome to feel the support of Lyco at our home matches, especially against FDU, it’s going to be a great match. Our matches are just as exciting as the other fall sports so I’m excited to see some Lyco representation,” Giraldo said.

A sweet trip off campus

Jennifer Reilly
Staff Writer

The Campus Activity Board sponsored its annual trip to Hershey Park on Sunday, Sept. 14.
Under clear, sunny skies roughly 40 students enjoyed a day of thrilling rides and, of course, some Hershey’s chocolate.

Junior Rachel Salmon, CAB’s travel and leisure chair, organized this event. “I think the trip was really successful, I had a lot of fun planning it but I’m really happy I got the chance to go on all the roller coasters especially ‘The Great Bear’.”

Students were able to go on this trip for free, saving them money for food, rides, and maybe a five pound Hershey bar.

Students had a full ten hours to explore the park. Many students headed right toward the thrill rides, eager to ride one of Hershey Park’s many roller coasters.

Jessica Mosinak, junior, describes herself as a “huge adrenaline junky” and really enjoyed getting to ride “Storm Runner,” a roller coaster that goes from 0-72 mph in just two seconds, propelling riders over a nearly 200 foot drop.

Some of the most popular roller coasters for the students were Storm Runner, Fahrenheit, Great Bear, and Sky Rush.

While thrill rides attracted many of the students, Hershey’s Chocolate World was a stop that couldn’t be missed for many on the trip.

Lindsey Decker, junior, enjoyed taking the tour of the chocolate factory and getting a chance to stock up on some chocolaty treats. “It’s really interesting to see how the chocolate is made, the ride even smells like chocolate, what’s not to like!”

The Hershey trip was a wonderful time and students enjoyed a fun filled day off campus.