Thursday, April 23, 2015

Warrior Extreme Challenge

Sam Ferraro
College Life Editor

On Sunday, April 12, the campus community gathered together to participate in the Warrior Extreme Challenge. Accepted students were present on the campus that day, putting the college in a good light among future students. People from all over, alumni and otherwise, arrived at the college around 10:30 a.m. for registration. Meanwhile, volunteers for the event had begun set-up at 8 a.m.

This year marked the 3rd Warrior Extreme Challenge. The idea was created by alumni, JR Wolff, who came up with the idea in 2013. According to Kelly Henrie, Physical Education Director, to get involved, sign-ups for the Warrior Extreme Challenge are held in Student Programs about 3 weeks prior to the challenge.  Here, students, faculty and staff and public can register.  Also if there are alumni or public that live too far away to come to Wertz to sign-up, there is also registration forms on our website where they can register.

This year, about sixty-four people participated in the Warrior Extreme Challenge from the community and the campus alike.

Preparations begin in either late January or early February. Many people are involved in making this event possible, including Buildings and Grounds, Rec Center Staff, Intramural Staff and many volunteers from the different organizations around campus.

The event itself consists of many different obstacles that teams of participants have to work through, challenging them physically, emotionally, and mentally. Teamwork plays a big role in this challenge, and requires a lot of physical activity. Once teams reach the end, they are awarded with a t-shirt and snacks to celebrate completion.

This year, a new station was created in the pool section, adding some extra difficulty to the challenge as a whole. The most popular event is variable by who you ask, but I would say that would be the new event in the pool.  Buildings and grounds rigged wrestling mats atop of the water in succession and participants had to run across them without falling in the water.  Its harder than it looks!  I would say that new event was the most talked about.  The other event that was newly added was the tunnel.  The participant had to army crawl under a low tarp with water on top.  The participant had to push up on the water to persevere through the tunnel.   It was quite fun to watch especially because participants had to crawl through mud, said Henrie.


The event as a whole ran very smoothly and was a lot of fun for those who participated. Its awesome to see the amount of camaraderie present during times like this on the campus. 

Honors Convocation shows Lyco’s brightest

DC Keys
Photo Editor

The college celebrated its annual Honors Convocation at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The ceremony is held to honor student achievements throughout the year. It also hosts awards for faculty and staff.

The band played as parents arrived and award recipients found their seats. After the processional of faculty and staff, Rev. Jeffery LeCrone read the prayer for the college.  Provost and Dean of the College Philip Sprunger did the introductions and explained how the process would go.

The first set of the awards were the departmental awards. Each department gave awards to the student or students who best fit the description of the award. Students had their name called and went on stage to receive it.

Next came the Faculty Commencement Awards. First was the Bishop William Perry Eveland Prize. This award goes to a senior (or seniors) in the top half of the class, for progress in scholarship, loyalty, school spirit, and participation in school activities. The award went to Emily Schumann and Greg Vartan.

Class of 1907 prize went to Shannon Sheridan for contributing to the campus through sports and other activities.

The Faculty Prize went to Rita Sausmikat,  a commuter student in the top half of her class who is involved in student activities.

Next were the Scholarship awards. First was the Phi Kappa Phi nominee. The college selected Rory McAtee to be our representative.

For the M.B. Rich Endowed prize, sixteen freshmen received perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Lycoming Scholars Senior Awards went to the twenty six seniors who successfully completed five  scholar seminars, higher distribution requirements, and a senior scholar project they present to the other senior scholars.

Institute for Management Studies also recognized its seniors.  IMS scholars hold a major or minor in the accounting, business, or economics department. They successfully completed two semester seminars, on top of completing a project or internship.

The Student Senate Presented the Rose Pfaff Scholarship. It is to recognize outstanding service to the college. The recipients were Sophomore Rebecca Reed and Junior Oluwatosin Fayinminu.
The Ada Remley Memorial Scholarship Award is given for academic excellence and service.
Junior Johanna Hripto received the award.

Jack C. Buckle Scholarship goes to a junior male and female student who make an unusual contribution to campus life. Juniors Michael Tusay and Hannah Dulovich shared the honor.
Leadership and Service Awards were the next category.

The Bishop D. Frederick Wertz award goes to a senior (or seniors) who display selfless service. Kearsten Kreitz and Casey Manion were the recipients.

Bridget Bellmore won the Ethel McDonald Pax Christi Award. She was chosen for her personal integrity and compassion showed in daily life.

Alpha Xi Delta won the Torchbearer Award. They had the highest cumulative GPA of all the Greek houses.

 The next generation of IRUSKA Honor Society members were revealed. They are Paul Sweet, Julian Jones, Brooke Adamski, Rob Hodes, Oluwatosin Fayinminu, John Monkam, Maggie Hervey, Michael Tusay Amanda Kellagher, and Elise Matalavage.

The Makisu award presented by Student Senate went to Glenda Eiswerth of Parkhurst.
For Athletic Awards, the most outstanding male and female students were Craig Needhammer and Danielle Loiseau, respectively.

The Sol “Woody” Wolf award went to Chelsea Henderson for her improvements in three years.
The faculty teaching awards go to excellent teachers who have taught more or less then ten years at the college.

Dr. Pearl of the history department won the 2015 Junior teaching award. The 2015 Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence went to Professor Tran of the art department.

The title of Chieftain was bestowed upon Taylor Kendra. By receiving this award, faculty, staff and students acknowledged the contribution she had made the last four years. She graciously accepted the award and thanked  her fellow candidates for their contributions to the campus.
The was a light reception after the ceremony concluded.

Senior Art Show a success

DC Keys
Photo Editor

The Senior Art Show was held at the new gallery on 4th Street, on April 10. The show is the final requirement for all senior art majors. They showcase a piece that they worked on for the entirety of senior year.

To decide who and what pieces get into the show, the art department invites a third party judge. This year, all sixteen graduating seniors had work selected for the show. Patrons were free to move through the studio, viewing the art and asking questions.

The first piece by the door was a series of sculptures made out of trash in the shape of humans.  Senior Benjamin Leinaweaver was the artist. This piece makes a statement that as humans give more and more into consumerism, we produce trash and slowly become it.

Senior Charles Marshall also did a sculpture. Since he is from a rural area he decided to take the flat forms of urban life, in this case steel, and instead transform them into something more organic. The end result is a simple yet elegant piece that reminded the viewer of rolling hills.

Along the wall was a series of four self-portraits. Depending on the order that you viewed them the pictures in series would go from a classic self-portrait to being broken down into abstract drawings, only to be reassembled when viewed in reverse.

Senior artist Kyle Petchock said, “I see identity as a construct. My current work explores issues of identity and the challenges that arise with how each of us manifests the self that we project to the rest of the world.”

Sarah Logue did a series of paintings representing intersectional feminism, showing the viewer has to look at things and women from multiple angles.

Laura Cinicola’s work explored the whimsical world of imagination. She challenges the person looking at the piece to be like the heroine in the painting and see where their imagination takes them.
Emily Schumann’s work comes from her ongoing Endangered Species Project. It explores the relationship between humans, animals and the environment.

“Ink sketches and acrylic paintings of critically endangered species on 54 playing cards arranged in poker hands suggests that we are, in fact, gambling with nature” Schuman explained.

Erin Cieniewicz wanted to demonstrate how each part of the body is connected and how it is dependent on the other parts and must compensate when something goes wrong. She mainly focused on athletes and how their muscle groups react when they are injured.

Nicole Silvia’s piece is an installation that demanded to be interacted with. Made from recycled crates and painted with homemade walnut ink, the viewer literally walks into a forest and kicks leaves as they move. They will be quick to notice trash spread about the area.

“The separation between man and wild is imaginary: Nature refuses to keep its distance.”

Katherine Valencia stepped out of her comfort zone and did a series of nude black and white photos. She challenged the notion that the human body can only be sexualized. She instead sought to capture the thought that people hide their true feeling through body language, like insecurities and negative emotions, and instead make them beautiful.

Matthew Amendolara did a series of paintings that explore how consumer and authentic extreme sport culture developed. For example, one painting explores the difference between indoor and outdoor rock climbing, and another, surf culture. It ultimately is the struggle to find an authentic representation of self in the world.

For Lucas Wisniewski, dance is the ultimate form of expression. Unlike other art forms, it is always moving and is powered by momentum. He sought to capture that in his pieces.

Gabriel Riggs explored reality. He combined the history, myths and present reality of places he visited. Mixing that with his own personal experiences he sought to show the true essence of the place, hopefully creating a view of the city that is more real than real.

Heather Seppelt took a heavy look at flaws. She realized that the flaws you can’t control in photography are the same as the flaws in people. These flaws are what make people unique. She purposefully allowed the flaws in order to show that flaws can make something beautiful.

Sarah Sipe had people write their struggles and insecurities. She then painted a part of their body. Combining the two creates a powerful effect. The anonymous portraits fused with the subjects own handwriting helps to convey that even though we don’t know it, other people have the same struggles we do and we are not alone.

Combining her art and psychology majors, Kelsey Rawson painted disorders in such a way to challenge stereotypes. She combined empirical studies she had done with art to show the dangerous effect of negative stereotypes. In doing so, she hopes to raise awareness of mental illnesses.

Scattered Memories is a series by Laura Brennan that looked at memory and how it affects a person. She had volunteers focus on a dominate memory and took photos of them. Using wet plate collodion the memories come alive in the subject’s eyes. As the viewer stares at the picture it feels as if they can see a part of the person’s soul.

Warriors win Senior Day

Trevor Endler
Staff Writer

The Women’s Lacrosse team won their ninth game of the season against Albright  last Saturday at the Shangraw Athletic Complex 14-13.  The Warriors pulled out a close victory after falling behind early against the Lions.

Junior Meghenn Jackson took a free position shot and buried it in the back of the net to give the Warriors the lead for good.

Jackson led the Warriors on the offensive end all day with seven goals and two assists to bring her season totals to 58 goals and 12 assists.

Both junior Savannah Fox and freshman Jordan Lazarich scored twice on the way to victory against the Lions. Casey Maguire, Jenna Hudson and Erin Cieniewicz all scored to round out the goal scorers for the Warriors.

The game started with two quick goals from Albright before Jackson scored on the man advantage to close the gap.  After an immediate response from the Lions, the Warriors went on a small run to take the lead at 4-3.  To close out the half, however, the Lions went on a 6-1 run, putting them up 9-5 at the break.

On Senior Day, the Warriors were not to be denied the win and came out strong from the half to take the lead.  In the first six minutes of the half the Warriors scored five unanswered goals to take back the lead.

The last fifteen minutes of the game had the lead going back and forth between the sides.  With five minutes remaining in regulation, the Lions tied the score on a goal from Corinne Donohue.
With just 1:35 remaining in the game, Jackson took a free position shot and scored in the lower right corner to give the Warriors the lead.

After winning the draw control the Warriors carried the ball into the offensive zone and never gave the ball back to Lions before the final whistle.  The win was vital in keeping the team’s playoff hopes alive with their second in conference victory.

Junior attacker Savannah Fox said of the game, “With the season wrapping up, it was good to get our seniors a win on Senior Recognition day.  The win was also crucial in keeping us eligible for the playoffs starting in a week.

The team really came together and kept fighting back to make sure we got the win.”
Sophomore goalie Nicole Gerling made ten saves, including a key save to keep the game tied with three minutes remaining in the game.  Emily Hutson made five saves in net for the Lions.

The Warriors have their last home game of the season today at four against Keystone.  The women then finish their regular season at Alvernia before entering the conference tournament.

Warriors come up one short against Hood

Trevor Endler
Staff Writer

The Men’s Lacrosse team fell to Hood College last Wednesday at the Shangraw Athletic Complex 8-9 after a furious comeback.  The Warriors started off hot before Hood hit their stride offensively and took over the game for the win on the road.

Offensively, the Warriors were clicking to start the game, opening with a 5-2 run lead by Junior Mike Cooper, who contributed on all five goals.  Cooper had a hat-trick in just the first 17 minutes of the game and assisted on the other two goals.

The Warriors went into the half up 5-4 on the Blazers, but momentum had already started to switch to the other side.  After the goal by Cooper, the Blazers went on a 7-1 run that put them up for good.  The final goal for the Blazers by Malik Brown was the game winner that beat senior keeper Alex Wylly high in the corner.

Cooper led the Warriors for the day with a final total of four goals and two assists for his best game of the season.  Seniors Trevor Williams and Steve Campaniello also scored on the day along with freshman Garrett Huff and sophomore Kyle Armstrong.

The Warriors outshot Hood 34-22, but Joey McCulloh was able to make nine stops in goal to give Hood the win on the road.  Wylly made six saves of his own to keep the Warriors within striking distance, but it was just a little short of giving them the victory.

This Saturday, the team will wrap up its regular season at home against Alvernia.  The Commonwealth Conference tournament will then start on Monday if the Warriors are given a seed in the playoffs.

Take Back the Night

Jordyn Hotchkiss
Entertainment Editor

The college took part in a Take Back the Night event on Friday, April 17. Take Back the Night is an organization dedicated to creating safe communities and putting an end to domestic violence and all forms of sexual violence. They have been holding events throughout the United States since they came from Europe in the late 1960s. This was the first time the college has ever participated in Take Back the Night.

The night began in Heim, with Victoria Goodwin, president/founder of Revolution Against Rape (RAR) and head of the event, introducing the event and explaining what the night will entail.  Goodwin’s goal for the night was “to give survivors a voice on this campus and let them know they are supported.” Goodwin planned the event, but she had members of RAR including Taylor Kendra, Danielle Grega, Brittany Wynn, Rachel Miller and Mel Harcum help out with aspects such as advertising, creating a playlist, coming up with ideas and more.

She introduced President Trachte, who spoke about the importance of educating students about sexual assault. Next, Dr. Richmond was introduced, and she presented a slideshow providing the facts about sexual assault. She educated all who attended on the prevalence and the statistics of sexual violence in the United States. The statistics listed come from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2011) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2004).

After Dr. Richmond completed her presentation, the walk around campus began. During the walk, participants carried posters that shared quotes and facts about sexual assault. The group first walked from Heim to the East Hall Coffee House. While at the Coffee House, an anonymous story was shared and members of Kappa Delta Rho and Tau Kappa Epsilon discussed how the blame and responsibility needs to be taken off of the victims and onto the offenders. They spoke as representatives of not only their own fraternities, but for Greek Life everywhere, saying that it is not the woman’s fault and she is not asking for it. They declared that men need to take responsibilities for their actions.

Once Greek Life was represented, Dr. McClain was invited to speak. She is the chair of the Sociology Department and is one of the advocates for victims of sexual assault. She explained how she is there for any student that has been a victim. She is there to listen while they talk and tell however much they want to share.

Once Dr. McClain was done speaking, the group moved from the coffee house to the library. While at the library, Professor Haase gave a presentation regarding sexual assault of the LGBT community. She discussed how sexual assault is more common among the LGBT community than it is among the heterosexual community.

After Professor Haase’s presentation, a sample of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf” was performed. This play is a collection of poems from seven women who have been oppressed through racism or sexism. The poem they performed was “Latent Rapists.” Three of the cast members from the performance stood in three different sections of the crowd and recited the poem discussing rape and how it is committed by someone you know.

The library presentation ended with Jessie Knouse speaking about his story and the transgender process. He discussed and explained what the process entailed and enlightened students on what it really means to be transgender, and then he answered any questions that the group had. He also handed around notecards for anyone who had questions but did not feel comfortable asking in front of the group.

After the library presentation was over, the group headed to the Chapel for the final part. While at the Chapel, the Contemporary Dancers performed to start. Once the dance was done, Victoria Goodwin invited survivors to tell their stories as well as had people share anonymous submissions. Everyone listened intently to the stories and clapped at the end of each.

The night was completed after everyone told their stories, and Goodwin thanked everyone for their support and invited them to the fundraiser later that night.  The turn out for the event was more than expected. All of Heim G11 was filled, with some standing. When asked about how she felt about the turnout, Goodwin responded with, “I was very surprised. I did not expect the amount of people that showed up and it made me so incredibly happy, especially as a survivor.”

Film and Video Annual

Sam Ferraro
College Life Editor

Members of the campus community, friends of those participating and several professors came out to the Community Arts Center to pay tribute to the those who had their videos showcased in the Film and Video Annual on Tuesday, April 7.

The Video Annual itself is put together by Leah Peterson, associate professor of digital media. She secures the venue, which is typically (this year included) the CAC, puts out the request for students submissions, and puts the word out around campus and also around the region. Students interested in information about next year’s Film and Video Annual should look at the college website around the time of the show.

According to Peterson, the categories for the video annual are narrative and documentary, experimental, and animation. Awards were given out for each aforementioned category, as well as the Tom Woodfuff Jr. Grand Jury Prize, which was awarded to the best submission by a Lycoming College Student.

To be eligible to submit a video to the Video Annual, participants needed to be a student currently enrolled in a Pennsylvania School. The other criteria included a run time of twelve minutes or less and have been completed in the last two academic years, as well as be in an acceptable downloadable format. Students were allowed two submissions for consideration without a submission fee, and videos entered in previous years were not allowed to be submitted again.

This year, around 56 submissions were made, with only 20 being accepted. This year’s participating schools were Lycoming College, Point Park University, and Temple University. The films selected were chosen by a panel of judges who pick which submissions make the cut and which do not. The selected films were shown at the event at the CAC. From there, the winners of each category were presented.

This year’s winners included Karisa Calvitti, winner of the Tom Woodruff Jr. Grand Jury Prize, for her film “Meet Them at The Woods.” Jeff Poshkus won Best Documentary Film for his submission, “Synesthesia.” Best Animation was won by Gabriela Burch for her film, “Morning Routine.” Garrett Kennell from Point Park University won Best Narrative Film for his submission of “Milkman.” Lastly, Zachary D Van Heel won Best Experimental Film for his entry, “I Need Water.”

“Receiving the Tom Woodruff Jr. Grand Jury Prize was really exiting. It was a surreal experience after spending four years learning about filmmaking and then receiving such a high honor,” said Calvitti, senior at the college and recipient of the highest honor of the night.

Peterson concluded, “The festival itself is exciting because students get to view their work on the big screen and in a beautiful historic theatre. Also, it’s great to see films from different schools.”

Student Senate update

Jackie Croteau
Staff Writer

The month of April was eventful for Senate. President Greg Vartan opened the Town Meeting on Apr. 6 cheerfully with, “It’s a beautiful day to be alive, and it’s a beautiful day to be warrior.”  This optimism carried through the month as the current Exec Board (four of which are seniors) worked to wrap things up for the year. Vice President Megan Cunningham reminded everyone to apply for the Rose Pfaff scholarships, as the last of the awards that were later announced at Honors Convocation.
Pierce Lawver and the Senate discussed appropriations and finalizing the budget, which occurred at the meeting on Apr.13; the proposed budget, modified by some appeals, was passed. The entire Exec Board thanked all of the students that participated and shared their voice in the debate and process by which the events came about, especially the Budget Committee for their hard work in making decisions they thought would benefit the student body the most. Secretary Cinnamin Quattlebaum-Thompson was in charge of cords for graduation, which were presented to the senior class Senators at the final meeting on Apr. 20, with great amounts of applause and well wishes from the underclassmen.

PCT’s student governing process has also been in full-swing. They hosted their Silent Auction, President Gibson participated in a drag show, and they held their elections for positions. For the first time in a while there was more than one candidate for president and they set a new record for most votes. The new president, Ryan Lepetry, attended the meeting on Apr. 13 with the former, and his new vice president.
The class of 2015 has been very active in raising money for their class gift, which will be new outdoor seating. They have raised the most money out of any senior class so far, and are looking to also attain the highest percentage of class participation, so if you are graduating, support your class’s legacy at Lyco. The class of 2016 is also beginning to gear up for their final year. They had a Send-Off to Senior Year gathering last night.

CAB has been active with exciting campus movies; this weekend will be The Wedding Ringer. They have also hosted events like Skydiving and their Spring Bash. They were very active in the discussions about the budget, and the voices and opinions of CAB’s members were much appreciated, especially when the senators had yet to vote.

Dean Miller spoke a couple of times about the Senior Leadership Capstone Experience at Gettysburg in the last couple of meetings, as well as the Student Lobby Day. The first turned out to be an exceptional trip and the school is looking to expand it next year so more students beyond seniors can attend. He advocated for students to attend Lobby Day on April 21, especially for residents of Pennsylvania, because it gives students an opportunity to speak with their legislators. He also wishes all students good luck on final exams, and an enjoyable summer.

Food Committee, Health and Safety Committee, GCAA Committee, and ResLife Committee all met this month. Food Committee has been sending out surveys to make the dining experience better in years to come, while Health and Safety spoke about it being the “Year of Marijuana” and investigating the intersection where a student was recently struck by a car. The intersection has been a problem before. New committee leaders were elected by the last meeting.
In Old Business, President Vartan spent a lot of time reviewing the list of Goals. The only thing the Senate really didn’t discuss much was a Senate grant fund, but almost everything else was accomplished. Representatives from the potential new club, K-Break, also met again to answer questions and agreed to rewrite their constitution. The club was not yet voted on, and that will be a task for the New Exec Board in the fall semester.

The New Business for the meeting on Apr. 20 included hearing from the new President, Allison DeHaas, who is excited for what the new school year will bring and is appreciative to all the Senior Senators who were role models to her and the younger members of the Senate. This was echoed by the applause each senior received as they received their cords.

During Monday’s Open Floor L.E.A.F. reminded everyone that this week is Earth Week. Tomorrow, they will be planting a Cherry Tree outside of the Library at 6:30 p.m. Before the meeting concluded, Greg Vartan had some parting words before handing his gavel over to the new president.

“I have laughed and cried and laughed again. Thank you all for everything. This has been the greatest pleasure of my young life. And it is my most sincere wish that the future leaders of this campus not write a single word in this book out of fear.”

Faculty meeting update

Jackie Croteau
Staff Writer

Dr. Barbara Buedel called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. in Heim G-11 on Apr. 11 and invited Jeff LeCrone to start off with some positive thoughts. Since it’s nearing the end of the year, LeCrone felt that it would be appropriate to pray or think positively on the graduating class of 2015, which has been a source of welcome “frustration and joy,” like the classes before it.

The minutes from the last meeting were approved and the assignments of new faculty member appointments to committees and positions were announced.  Next, Professor Leiter spoke for GCAA and opened discussion on three changes to be made in the 2015-2016 Course Catalog.  The first thing brought up were the changes made to a multitude of areas since the last time they were presented. These changes were considered to be too minor to be brought up in front of the entire faculty at this time, but they were deemed acceptable.

There was a paper ballot vote request for MATS courses which count as freshman seminars toward the math distribution.  There was dispute over adding these course as requirements because they didn’t apply towards all major distributions, such as those in the natural sciences. There was uncertainty about how to help guide freshmen who tested out of certain mathematics classes into these seminars. Some members questioned whether or not it was right to add another course to the basic requirements, especially if students already have a tough time fitting in all of the requirements for their majors, such as biology. Those who were in favor of continuing the discussion were not certain if these courses would be advantageous to students, even if they were offered a chance to state their preferences in which classes they want before entering. This started to open a larger discussion about the Freshman Seminar plan in general, however the vote was called for again. The faculty recognized that a vote of “No” would not eliminate the MATS courses, but delay the distribution question. With that in mind, the members voted and the motion for the specific MATS courses to apply to the distribution as part of the Freshman Seminar was approved.

They then focused on the Scholars portion of the Seminar, where Dr. Knauth noted five different corrections she thought needed to be made in terms of grammar or consistency. There was some extensive debate on a couple of these, and then there was a vote to approve the final changes to be made to this section in the catalog for the coming year. The motion passed.

In addition to this, the FEC motioned to require committees to send reports to the FEC after they met. It also moved to give the Catalog Committee the authority to review friendly amendments on minor grammatical matters and to make the changes without waiting to pass them at the general faculty meetings. This authority would only last throughout the summer. The faculty were in favor of granting this authority.  Sandra Kingery is in charge of the catalog committee, and she spoke on the matter and was also recognized for her hard work, along with that of the rest of the committee members so far.

Next, Dr. Sarah Silkey spoke on the arrangements made for three affinity groups in Wesley Hall next year. There will be two half floors and one full floor. There will also be structural arrangements made for co-ed “clustered living” for freshmen living in Wesley and Asbury. In addition to funding for supplemental activities on each of the affinity floors, there is also a new position opening, in order to aid RAs and the professors who are advising each floor. The Resident Student Mentor will also live on the floor and act as a liason between the students and professor who won’t always be present.
Phil Sprunger also talked excitedly of the plans for the First Year Seminar plan, as well as the nine new hires. He noted that there are many inconsistencies between the new calendar and the Faculty handbook which will be on the agenda for the FEC in the fall semester. He also spoke about encouraging more students to apply for Haberberger fellowships and Honors projects because interest was down this year.  He also congratulated Dr. Gabe and Dr. J Stanley formally on their retirement. There will be a Retirement dinner for faculty members on May 11 in their honor,

Dr. Trachte was the last to speak. He explained that the Faculty Compensation has been moved to the median for the next five years, which reflects well on the faculty and their salaries by putting them ahead of other institutions. He also spoke of hiring a Director of Outdoor Education, who can help to utilize the campuses outdoor facilities more effectively in and out of class settings. Finally he somewhat begrudgingly stated that ACT 153 will be implemented and followed at Lycoming College, so the faculty will have to be fingerprinted annually, as dictated by the Association of Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (ACUP).Though there is still some dispute on how college students are looked on as legal adults in Pennsylvania, the act will go forward anyway. They are currently working with Human Resources and Jeff Bennett on a plan to do so efficiently.

Lyco Hosts Accepted Students

Jenny Reilly
Staff Writer

The college hosted its annual Accepted Students Day for all admitted students.

This event was an opportunity for admitted students to check out Lycoming and attend various sessions about academics and student life at the college.

Under warm, sunny skies, the families enjoyed seeing what Lycoming has to offer.

While families began registering for the day’s events, many of the organizations on campus had tables set up around the track in the recreation center for the admitted students to explore the many groups that they could get involved with on campus.

The day officially began with remarks from Vice President of Enrollment management, Mike Konopski, current Student Senate President Greg Vartan, and President of the college, Kent Trachte.
Each spoke about the many merits of the college and Greg fondly recalled his accepted students day, when he knew his choice to attend Lycoming was the right one.

President Trachte went on to highlight some of the notable members of the class of 2015, discussing their high impact and their high reward experiences, such as Katie Bathgate, senior, study abroad opportunity in Germany which led to her Fulbright Scholarship where she will return to Germany this fall.

After the speeches, the accepted students broke off into groups that attended sessions based on their interests.

Some of the families chose to take campus tours and were delighted to find the quad full of people enjoying the sunny day.

Many accepted students took this opportunity to finalize their enrollment and commit to becoming the next generation of Warriors.

Groups of tour guides and SOS leaders aided the families in getting to each of their sessions and welcoming them to campus.

The day ended with the families, tour guides, and SOS staff all enjoying an ice cream social complete with peanut butter sauce.

Veteran tour guide Megan Cunningham, senior, reflected on her last Accepted Students Day saying,
“The class of 2019 seems like they have a lot of positive energy and even though I won’t be here, I look forward to coming back and seeing what great things they’ll do for our school.”

Taking Steps Toward a Safer Campus

Dan Zebrine
Editor-in-Chief

Students on campus, as well as alumni of the school, have been talking about the safety of students.
Rumors regarding the steps taken to promote a safer campus have been spreading over the past few weeks.

Kat Matic, associate dean of students, oversees the process of investigating and resolving violations of the code of conduct.

She stressed the importance of confidentiality in the matter of conduct violations.
Students and organizations have the right confidentiality and must sign a release for administration to reveal information regarding violations to uninvolved parties.

Matic discussed reasons as to why confidentiality is important.
For a small school, especially, anonymity and potential retaliation from the community are a concern.
These issues mean repercussions for students that are not under the control of administration.
The process for investigating code of conduct violations is meant to be prompt and thorough.

Matic also stated that transparency is a priority in investigations.
Any evidence or information uncovered through the process is shared with the student or organization under investigation.

Another important aspect of the process is what Matic refers to as “educational” repercussions.

 If an investigation determines that a violation likely occurred, the process moves on to the sanctioning stage.  During this stage, the student or organization may receive a formal warning, probation, suspension, or another sentence.

 Matic calls these “static” measures, as they do not require any action by the student or organization.
Educational repercussions, such as reflective essays, are designed to have students evaluate what they have learned, in an effort to help them avoid future violations.

These repercussions are part of the formal process, which has potential violations evaluated through a hearing process.

The hearing can be held by either an administrative board or a student conduct board.  The latter is made of one student, one faculty, and one staff.

There is also an informal mediation process that is favored in certain cases.  This process has any involved parties resolve conflicts through discussion, hopefully avoiding the need for formal discipline.

For matters such as sexual assault, mediation is not an option.  These matters must go through the administrative hearing board.

The focus of the entire process is not to punish students or organizations, but to educate and counsel them in order to avoid future violations.
The right to confidentiality is an integral part of this, as it may protect students and organizations.

Vs. Victoria: 18 and Over Nights are Back...Yay?

Jenny Reilly
Opinion Editor

The Cell Block brought back their infamous 18-and-over nights.  They brought this back last Thursday.  The announcement made quite the stir around campus, and many under-agers were excited to see what the Cell Block had to offer.

As a 21-year-old, I could think of two words to describe the rebirth of the 18-and-up parties: huge mess.  The Cell Block had stopped these events for a reason. They got too rowdy, and many were getting served alcohol despite all their efforts to separate those who were of age from those who weren’t. Besides all of that, some of my 21-year-old peers and I were annoyed that we had waited so long to have the privilege of getting into the Cell Block, and all of the under-agers could just pop on in on Thursdays.

I was genuinely nervous to see what this event would be like. The Cell Block, despite being the biggest nightclub in town isn’t exactly the posh hotspot many people idealize clubs as. It’s a much more casual venture. Sure, you can dress up, but most of the time jeans and a nice shirt will suffice. I could just picture 18-year-olds dressed in their heels and body con skirts teeter-tottering around the cell while middle-aged men looked on. The thought made me cringe.

 When I got to the event, it was fairly organized. People over 21 paid a $2 cover while those who were under paid $8. There were numerous bouncers making sure that people with wristbands, denoting their age, were allowed upstairs to the bar area and those who had an “X” on their hand stayed on the lower level. For the most part, people were dressed appropriately and not over done with their outfits. Many people, a mixture of both over- and under-age hung out and danced to the tunes of DJ Ikon.

Still, I can just imagine with the continuation of these nights that younger people will continue to try to get into the 18-and-over nights. A Lycoming student from the Williamsport Area noted that on Twitter, many of the kids from her high school had tweeted about sneaking in.
Since finals week is just around the corner, I think this was a one and done experience but hopefully this event continues for a little bit longer so more people can enjoy a night of music and dancing with their friends no matter their age.

Victoria Vandervort
Staff Writer

This past Thursday, the Cell Block opened its doors to eighteen-year-olds. This gave those who don’t want to wait for their twenty-first birthday to get the experience of going out. While everyone was expecting madness to ensue, the party-goers had a fun time and enjoyed the night. 

Was this a good idea to have eighteen year olds at the Cell Block? Most would say, “No.” But I don’t think there was anything wrong this. By allowing under-agers into the Cell, you are decreasing the amount of fake IDs. Why spend countless amounts of money if you can get into the Cell just for being eighteen? This decreases the amount of incriminating and scummy hooligans trying to sneak in. 

This also allows kids to have something to do on Thursdays in this boring town known as Williamsport. While the only thing recreational within a reasonable radius is bowling, dancing is a good form of exercise and a way to pass the time.  

I wasn’t concerned with the hot mess that was predicted. While the crowd was filled with seniors in high school and college students, they are not wild animals that have never been in public before. I’ve seen more messes on Lycoming’s campus on a Friday night. 

As a twenty-year-old, I thought bringing this special back was a good choice. Those who aren’t of legal age get the opportunity to experience the big-kid world of the Cell. Many people told me, “Going to the Cell when you’re underage ruins the experience of going for your twenty-first birthday.” Well, my birthday is in July, and I will not be traveling to the Cell at midnight. And we are talking about an old jail made into a club in the town of good ol’ Williamsport, so there’s really nothing spectacular about it. My town back home has many eighteen-and-older clubs which operate smoothly.

Jazz at Jack’s: A Great Night of Great Music

Samantha Ferraro
College Life Editor

Last Monday evening, those who decided to venture to Jack’s Corner on that cold, rainy night were treated to a pleasant surprise: a jazz performance by the Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble. Those present got to enjoy their delicious snacks with a side of spectacular jazz music.

There was quite a turnout that evening, nearly every table was full and some people were standing around to watch from a closer vantage point. There was a large ensemble of musicians present, including several alumni, and Dr. Len Cagle, Associate Professor of German.

The performance was very high energy with a lot of fun, upbeat jazz pieces. There were many solos, highlighting the talent of particular individuals, and group pieces that demonstrated the skills of the group as a whole.

Headed by Dr. William Ciabattari, director of the bands, the Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble began their concert around 8 p.m. The wonderful sounds of trumpets and saxophones could be heard halfway across the quad.

Much to the pleasure of many students, including  select members of the theatre department, Dr. J Stanley, associate professor of the theatre department, sang her own renditions of “Blue Skies” and “Blue Moon.” During “Blue Skies,” their was a wonderful trombone solo, which captivated the crowd. Dean Miller was even in attendance

“Having Jazz at Jack’s was a wonderful experience. It brought a fun and lively atmosphere,” said sophomore Emily Loomis.

Another student, junior Paul Ferrante, said, “It was a great escape from the last few weeks of class.”
The performance itself was an overall enjoyable experience. Paired with the lively atmosphere of Jack’s and the talent and enthusiasm of the Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble, it was a snazzy night of jazz for the campus to enjoy. The music was great, the snacks were delicious as always and the crowd was lively. It was a great experience that I hope to see more often with an even larger turnout of students.

Music played in an intimate setting such as Jack’s makes for a more personable concert. Members of the audience got up to dance, swayed in their seats, snapped along, and really felt the music that was being played for them. It was a really cool connection between the musicians and the audience that was apparent from the very start of the show, which is always really great to see and be a part of.
“Getting to play for the student body is part of what makes being in the jazz band fun.

Music is all about connecting with people and playing at Jack’s is a great way to reach out to the rest of the Lycoming community. This was a great way to close my senior year with the group,” said Andrea Burleigh, senior member of the Jazz Ensemble.

The New Snapchat is Whack

Jenny Reilly
Opinion Editor

Don’t get me wrong, I love Snapchat as much as everyone else. I spend a chunk of my day trying to see how many chins I can fit in one screen with peace of mind, knowing that the ugly face won’t last more than three seconds unless someone with fast fingers can screenshot it.

At the last update, Snapchat got rid of the Best Friends feature where you could tap on anyone of your “friends’” names and see who their best friends are. The new update has brought back the best friends feature but this time with a twist.

The new update for Snapchat is just plain ridiculous. For those who haven’t updated their app yet, the newest addition to the app features cryptic emojis next to people’s names. From digging around on the internet, the symbols represent how much or how little you snap people. I’ve looked at the little chart about a hundred times, but the only one I actually know is that the yellow heart means you’re mutual number one best friends on Snapchat with that person. Whoop.

Another little emoji featured is the fire symbol which means you’re on a “snap streak” with the other person, or have been snapping back and forth with the same person for “x” number of days. I’m pretty sure I already know who I’ve been snapping back and forth, thanks Snapchat.

Snapchat already introduced some of the Snapchat Live features in prior updates, but with the newest update, the Snapchat Live is going a little wild. Each day features a new event almost every day, and snaps from people enjoying Coachella, The Star Wars Convention, and other big cities around the globe. I get it, people are leading fabulous lives and aren’t stuck in Williamsport, but does Snapchat really have to rub it in my face?

I’ll still be using Snapchat regularly despite having to decode emojis and curb my jealously over those attending various events across the globe.

For Colored Girls: A Review

Sarah Jaran
Copy Editor

“For Colored Girls” was an intense play that included incredible talent. If anyone missed the play, they should be seriously disappointed that they were not witness to the masterpiece that it was.
The piece was created by Ntozake Shange, meaning to be made up of a series of poetic monologues that were to be accompanied by dance moves and music in order to express the oppression felt by the seven main characters.

The play’s poetic monologues were originally simply poems that Shange performed with friends outside a woman’s bar in Berkley, California.

From rape to HIV and AIDS to abortion to domestic violence, each character deals with some horrific example of pain in a sexist and racist society. The only way to tell the difference between each character is through the color that they wear. Each character is literally called “lady in green” or “lady in yellow.” This allows for the audience to not focus solely on the character being portrayed but rather the problem being addressed.

With an amazing cast and fantastic director, junior, Nigel Barnes, this play translated extraordinarily well onto the Mary Welch Theater’s stage.

 It was a very interactive play, with each woman traversing the stage and the entrances to the theater. The joy and pain that each woman brought to their character was amazing to witness, as many do not usually take the time to think on such serious issues unless it directly affects them.

The show has been nominated for a number of awards through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Though an eye opening play and extremely enjoyable to experience, audiences must be cautioned that this is a serious play. It deals with mature content and should not be considered something that would be acceptable for children to attend.

The subject matter is important to be brought up in conversation, but parents should be cautioned in letting younger ones to search this piece out, like its film adaptation by Tyler Perry, which changes many aspects but still is rated R.

Bloodborne: A Souls Game Review

Ryan Krebs
Staff Writer

Bloodborne is my first Souls game. What I mean by that is that it is the first game I have played in the style of From Software’s other major projects which include Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2. The Souls games are known for their incredible difficulty and distinct lack of hand-holding new players through their rather complex mechanics. Bloodborne is a Souls game in all but name and sought to bring that type of experience to the new generation. Did it succeed? Well let’s find out.

Bloodborne is set in and around the neo-gothic city of Yharnam, home to mysterious kind of medicine known as Blood Ministration. The city is currently in a very sorry state due to being overrun by a terrifying sickness known as the Scourge of the Beast. This sickness causes anyone or anything afflicted with it to turn into bloodthirsty beasts that kill anything on sight. You play as an outsider that has come to Yharnam to learn the secrets of Blood Ministration to cure their illness. However, you are forced into some kind of contract that forces you to participate in a hunt tasked with clearing the streets of Yharnam of the various beasts that now inhabit it, while also trying to uncover the greater mysteries surrounding Blood Ministration and the Healing Church that controls it.

Bloodborne is very light on details when it comes to its plot and lore. You are given only the most basic of information on what you have to do to progress in the game and even fewer details are given regarding why you are actually doing it. But the details are there for people willing to look for them. By talking to friendly characters in the world, reading the descriptions of the various items you find, and even simply observing the environment around you you’ll be able to put together details about the city of Yharnam and the world surrounding it. That world in question takes a lot of inspiration from classic gothic horror, and the latter half of the game takes more than a little inspiration from the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Dark Souls used this method of storytelling as well and I feel it is an excellent form of narrative design that takes full advantage of gaming unique interactive elements.

One thing that everyone that is interested in Bloodborne should keep in mind is the fact that it is an extremely hard game. Bloodborne is built on the same foundation as Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls where death is common and will result in major setbacks if one isn’t careful. Common enemies can kill you within seconds if the player isn’t careful and boss fights require you pay close attention and think about every single move you are going to make. On top of all that every time you die you lose all of your Blood Echos (the game’s currency) and if you die trying to get back to the place you died to get them back, they are gone forever. If you ever sense a powerful enemy or a boss fight coming up and you have a lot of Blood Echos, then you should head to the nearest lantern and head to the Hunter’s Dream (the game’s hub area) and level up your character, buy useful items, or upgrade your weapons. Doing this should steadily increase your odds of overcoming the horrible beasts you come across. This might sound overwhelming, and at times it is, but Bloodborne is a game that wants you to take your time and work on getting better at it over time. Bloodborne is hard and unforgiving, but it never wants to you give up, which is what I feel makes it so great.

At the beginning of the game you pick a trick weapon and a firearm that will serve as your primary means of beast killing. Trick weapons are your primary means of attack, and each one functions a little differently. For example, the Kirkhammer is a long sword that can deal light damage quickly to single enemies and can be turned into a giant hammer to deal heavy damage to groups of enemies at the cost of speed, while the Threaded Cane is a short sword that is great at attacking single enemies that can be turned into a chain whip that can attack groups of enemies at the cost of reduced damage. Firearms take a more secondary role. Rather than being used to take out enemies at a distance, they are used to stun enemies and open them up for devastating visceral attacks. However, finding these openings can be difficult, as most enemies can only be stunned while they are in the middle of doing a powerful attack. If your timing is off even a little you will get damaged. Luckily, getting damaged isn’t the end of the world. You are given a brief window of opportunity after being damaged to gain back your lost health by attacking nearby enemies, though if they miss this window they can still heal with consumable blood vials. The player also gets their hands on a vast variety of tools over the course of the game ranging from molotov cocktails, to poisoned throwing knifes, to bizarre spells I won’t dare spoil. All of these different systems working off each other combined with a stat building system that will require players to focus on creating unique character builds makes for an extremely deep system with lots of incentive to play through the game multiple times.

Another great aspect of the game is the multiplayer. Throughout the game you will find these messenger creatures carrying notes written by other players that can either help or hinder you. You can also leave your own notes to help or hinder other players with the notebook item. If you are having trouble with a boss you can spend a currency called Insight that you gain by finding bosses or consuming certain items and ring a Beckoning Bell that will call other players into your world to help you or use another kind of bell that allows you enter other player’s worlds to help them. However, later in the game you will have to deal with other players invading your world and trying to kill you. However, you can also invade the other player’s world and try and kill them. The bell items that let you participate in the multiplayer are found in a hidden store in the Hunter’s Dream that uses Insight as a currency. Later in the game you’ll find convents that you can join that make the player versus player more interesting and meaningful.

When I started Bloodborne, I died all the time and felt like I could never beat it. But eventually I memorized enemy tactics and environmental hazards enough to know exactly what to do to survive. By the end of the game I was skilled enough that only the most powerful enemies the game had to offer were a threat to me. And when I finally beat the game, I felt a massive sense of accomplishment, and I can’t wait to see what the new game plus has in store for me. This game is so good I can’t really come up with any major criticisms. The load times are atrocious, the hilarious rag doll physics can undermine the dark and unsettling atmosphere, the randomly generated chalice dungeons don’t really live up to their full potential, and having to grind low level enemies to get blood vials and quicksilver bullets whenever I run out is really tedious. But I don’t care about those few negative points because the positives make up for all of those problems tenfold. This is the first truly great next gen game that delivers on every promise it had. If you have a PS4 and like hard games like Dark Souls then go buy this right now.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chieftain Award - Information and Nominees

Donald Keys
Photo Editor

Voting for the Chieftain Award has been going on all week. Voting is being held in Pennington from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Students can also vote in the dining hall during dinner, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  Today is the last day for voting.

The Chieftain Award is the highest honor that a student can receive. The origin of the award goes back to the 1951-1952 academic year.
According to college historian Dr . John F. Piper’s Jr.’s book “Lycoming College 1812-2012: On the Frontier of American Education,” the award was the idea of student Ralph Marion Jr. He felt that the college should recognize an outstanding graduating senior.
President Long proposed the idea to the board of directors who approved to fund and establish the award. The award is to go to the senior who “contributed the most to Lycoming College through support of school activities,” as voted by faculty and students.
Things that are looked for in a Chieftain recipient include getting along well with fellow students and faculty, good moral character, and good scholastic standing.
The student body nominates four candidates. Then the students and faculty vote on these four. The votes of each group carry equal weight.
The first ever Chieftain was Nancy Hall ’52, showing from the beginning that the college had no problem with a female chief.
This year, the Chieftain candidates are Emily Schumann, Taylor Kendra, Pierce Lawver and Megan Cunningham. All of them are involved in many leadership roles on campus. From Student Senate to Campus Activities Board, to Creative Arts Society and Greek Life, they have left a positive mark on this school during their time as students.

What does being nominated for the Chieftain mean to you?

Emily Schumann

The Chieftain award is one of the highest awards a student can receive at Lycoming. Being nominated for the Chieftain Ballot means other students have recognized when an individual steps up and takes on roles to actively work for the betterment of the campus and college community. Personally, it's a testament to how hard I've worked in the past four years to take on leadership roles and improve campus life for multiple aspects of the general student body.

Megan Cunningham

To me, being nominated for the Chieftain means the long days and late nights of working hard were totally worth it. I am flattered that my peers think highly enough of me to nominate me for this prestigious award.


Taylor Kendra

Being nominated for this award has been such an honor. I know that sounds cliché. Still, it means that I have made a mark on Lycoming College. As much as my time here has shaped me, perhaps I have been able to help shape this wonderful place as well, even if it was only a little bit. I think that would be pretty great.

Pierce Lawver

   I think being nominated for the Chieftain is very special. To be one of four students who the senior class feels best exemplifies Lycoming College means a lot. Being voted as one of these four by your peers makes it much more meaningful, and shows that I have impacted at least a few students while on campus.

How do you feel about being nominated?

Megan Cunningham

Being nominated for the Chieftain award is a huge accomplishment and I'm completely delighted and honored to have been nominated. There are so many accomplished and successful individuals that have received this award in the past and to be considered, as a nominee, as accomplished as those individuals is a great honor. 

Emily Schumann

I am so honored to have been nominated for this award. It's one of the highest honors a student can receive based on their involvement in student life, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to share the ballot with three other tremendous leaders on campus. 

Taylor Kendra
It's quite exciting to be nominated.  I'm thrilled!  My general emotion is one of blind excitement and disbelieving enthusiasm.  I don't have much else to say on it.  I'm just so excited, flattered and honored!  Even if I don't end up getting the award, just the recognition has been so incredibly delightful.
Pierce Lawver

I am extremely honored to be nominated for the Chieftain award. I remember the great individuals who have won, and have been nominated, in the past and it’s hard for me to believe that I am being thought of in the same light. I am honored just to be nominated for the award, especially considering the great students in the Class of 2015, and couldn’t be happier with the choices that the senior class has made in the other three nominees.

What is the legacy you feel you have left on the school?

Taylor Kendra

I think it's a little soon to say what legacy I'll leave behind. I don't think I'm done! I hope that I have encouraged people to be a little kinder to each other and a bit more whimsical. If I can leave behind a tendency toward enthusiasm, involvement, and activism, I will feel like I have made a difference.
Emily Schumann

I am proud to have spent my four years at Lycoming being involved in all aspects of student life, from Student Senate, the Campus Activities Board, to Intramural Sports. I've worked very hard to balance general student interests with the realities of programming, and the politics of the governing body. I think I've made a positive impact on a lot of people and continuously made it a goal to represent my fellow students in the best way possible. I believe I've taken on numerous leadership roles in a fair, genuine, and passionate way, and I hope I've inspired others to do the same. 

Megan Cunningham

As the longest serving Vice President in the Student Senate's history, I have had a chance to try things over and over again. Sometimes you only have a position for one year and you try to accomplish so much and sometimes you fail. I have been fortunate to have been the Vice President of the Student Senate for the last three years, so I have had the opportunity to fail many times and try it all over again. My hope is that the Student Senate Executive Board and I have left a lasting impression on the student body and the Student Senate through leadership and dedication to Lycoming.

Pierce Lawver

I feel that because of the size of Lycoming it is very possible for individual students to make a difference. The opportunities presented to me here would most likely not have happened if I were at a larger school. I feel that I was able to meaningfully contribute to the organizations I was involved in, and to the campus as a whole.

Holocaust survivor speaks

Jenny Reilly
Opinion Editor

The college and CAB hosted guest speaker Esther Bauer, a holocaust survivor on March 19. Members of the college community as well as the local Williamsport area attended the talk in a packed Clarke Chapel. Kristen Whitehead, senior, CAB’s Travel and Leisure chair, made opening remarks and thanked Esther for coming to speak and for attending dinner with some campus leaders and members of the administration earlier that evening. The audience, combined of both young and old gave Esther a standing ovation at the end of her talk, moved by her courage and resilience.
Esther began her talk discussing her childhood in Hamburg, Germany. Born in 1924, as Esther Jonas in a beautiful German city, Esther’s parents were professionals. Her father was a school master and her mother a doctor. Both were respected in their social spheres. Everything changed for the Jonas  family in 1933 when Hitler came to power. Her parents wanted to shield young Esther from the new regime. There was no way to completely protect their daughter from the new policies implemented for  the Jewish people. The Jonas family wore the yellow Star of David on their clothing and it was placed outside of their home. Kosher food was becoming more and more scarce, and Esther’s parents
had to give up their professional careers. Esther’s father, the headmaster of the school, was forced to close down his school in 1942 and the entire family was relocated to the ghetto. Esther recalls of those  years that she, “never learned how to cook, for there was nothing to cook with.”
From  Hamburg the family was moved to Terezin in Czechoslovakia. The former garrison for the Czech military had been converted into a concentration camp. Originally meant to house 6,000 people at its maximum, Terezin held 60,000 prisoners of the Nazis. Esther and her mother were
separated from her father and he was sent to shovel coal. He died six weeks later of meningitis, but according to Esther he “died of a broken heart.” In Terezin, Esther met her first husband who helped provide her family with medicine and extra food. They were married for only a few days before he  was transported to Auschwitz where he later was killed. Esther followed him to Auschwitz a couple
of weeks later and said goodbye to her mother for the last time. She recalls that, “it is always hard to say goodbye to your mother, but I never regretted my decision to follow my husband.” This was the  last time Esther was to see her mother.
Esther was then transported to Auschwitz, she descried her experience as “hard to explain in a few
words.” It was October in Poland and the Jews who had been transported from Terezin had only a suitcase as they entered the infamous camp. The group was split up in two lines directed by Dr.  Joseph Mengele, one group would be gassed while the other group Esther was a part of would endure many more horrors of the camp. Esther survived her time in Auschwitz, hearing the screams of the others who had been sent to the gas chambers, which haunts her every night, even to this day. She was then transferred to another camp near Dresden and worked in an airplane manufacturing facility. There she made a friend, Charlotte, who would be her companion throughout her time at the factory. Although she couldn’t sabotage any of the planes extensively, her small act of rebellion was creating rivets that were too short or too long telling that, “any airplane I built would never fly."
After the Dresden bombings, Esther and the other women workers were transported to Mauthausen. Along the train ride to their new camp, Charlotte made a daring escape and Esther feared she had lost her friend. It was at Mauthausen that Esther was finally liberated. One day all of the Nazi soldiers disappeared and over the hill came a tank flying a white flag. The tank was American. She describes this day as “the happiest day of her life,” saying that once she was liberated her first thoughts were;”Now I want to live; now I want to have fun.” After being liberated, Esther learned English and discovered her Uncle Siegfried lived in America and she began the process of immigrating to the United States. In a displaced person camp, she discovered an ex-boyfriend trying to find her and with him, she returned back to Hamburg. It was in Hamburg that she discovered that both her husband and mother had been killed by the Nazis. In 1946, Esther immigrated to America, living in New York with a girlfriend. The 22 year old's first taste of America was an ice cream and at that ice cream parlor is where she met her second husband, who she would marry in 1948. Esther and her husband were married for 46 years and had one son. During those early years she found it difficult to talk about her experience.  The first 20 years after I couldn’t, the second 20 no one asked me, and the  third I could talk about it without hurting,” commented Esther.
Now at 91 years old, she travels from place to place telling about her experience. She does not forgive the people who killed her family but she does not hate, saying that “hate makes you sick, hate makes you ugly.” As for God, Esther abandoned her religion after her harrowing experience.“If my husband and mother came out, maybe it would be different, but I’ve suffered too much for my religion.” Esther surrounds herself with friends and family and lives with her “boy toy” Bill. Charlotte, her friend from the camps, amazingly survived and emigrated to Israel. The two had a happy reunion in 1970.  Her final parting words to the audience were this: “You have the power to never let it happen again, you may be the president or senator, do your work to prevent another holocaust from ever happening.

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.