Thursday, August 28, 2014

Crever follows Rich in residence hall renovations

Sarah Jaran
Copy Editor

Crever Hall had a complete renovation over the summer in order to create a better living space for students. New ramps for those who are disabled, more energy efficient lights and completely new plumbing are just
a few of the improvements completed since last semester. Crever has improved drastically from the sight it
was just a few months ago.

Margot Rankins-Burd, sophomore, reminisces about Crever’s previous image by describing it as “the smelly jock dorm” and “the dorm that they punched the ceiling tiles out.” As a new resident of the residence hall, she is “excited about having whole ceiling tiles, new paint, and new mattresses.”

The feeling seems to be pretty similar across campus. For instance, Erin Szogi, junior, a resident of Rich Hall, said “they learned from their issues [from the] Rich [remodel] and created an even more livable environment.”

Rich Hall was remodeled
before the start of the 2013-14 academic year. She believes this renovation to have been a bigger success than the previous work.

Some of the problems that she says have been fixed from the renovation of Rich to that of Crever include
having toilet stalls in each individual bathroom and having linoleum floors instead of carpeting, which is
easier to clean.

Another huge benefit to the renovation is having brand new common rooms and a new kitchen. There are
three commons rooms, including a main large one that is similar to the common room in the basement of Asbury but without the kitchen.

The other two common rooms are smaller and more closely resemble study rooms. The kitchen is in a room by itself and has an oven, microwave, and refrigerator.

Each room is designed as a place where the students can live comfortably and use for their own enjoyment.

Tim Vasey, junior, calls the renovation an “upgrade.” He hopes that “the students can be more respectful
of the building” and would be willing to “help keep it nice for future residents” since he remembers the issues
that occurred last semester in Crever when the department of safety and security restricted the building to residents only.

CAB announces fall concert

Jordyn Hotchkiss
Photo Editor

On Sunday Aug. 24, 2014 the students all gathered on the quad for the campus movie: “Captain America:
The Winter Soldier”. However, the question on everyone’s mind was “what is this year’s concert going to be?” and they got their answer.

On Oct. 24, 2014 the school will be host to one of the most popular new country stars: Scotty McCreery.
McCreery was the winner of American Idol Season 10 in 2011. He will be featuring many songs from his recent album including “See You Tonight” and “Feelin’ It.” Concert attendees can also expect to hear old favorites such as “Trouble with Girls,” “Water Tower Town,” and “I Love You This Big.”

The college is only one of McCreery’s many stops on his “See You Tonight” tour. The tour kicked off in January with over 50 U.S. stops planned. He began his journey on Jan. 24 in Ashland, KY and will finally end in Wallingford, CT on Dec. 4, 2014.

McCreery’s opening act will be Season 4 winner of “The Voice”, Danielle Bradbery. Bradbery, like McCreery, is a new and young artist who has had a successful start to her career already with multiple
number 1 hits on the iTunes Country Singles Chart.

The new star’s self-titled debut album includes the lead singles “The Heart of Dixie” and “Young in America.”

This year is the school’s first time hosting a country singer and concert chair Caroline Lapano explains why.

According to Lapano, country has always been something that many Lycoming students have expressed interest in and enjoy listening to, so it was time to cater to those students. The school has represented rap/
hip hop, pop and rock, but have yet to represent country.

Larry Mannolini added to Lapano’s comment and stated that Campus Activities Board has been very purposeful the past few years in selecting concerts since every student pays the activity fee and they want to make everyone happy. Mannolini states “We can’t forget about everyone else that likes different things” explaining why CAB has tried, and succeeded, this year in booking Scotty McCreery.

When determining who and when the concert will be, Mannolini and Lapano stated that they always aim for a fall concert and with McCreery, things just fell into place.

McCreery was looking for fall dates to add to his tour for his first official date with Bradbery and the location was perfect for them while the date was perfect for the college. When CAB was given the date of Oct.
24 they were thrilled when they received permission to have the concert to go along with Homecoming activities.

Mannolini and Lapano are hoping to sell out by hosting the school’s first country artist and combining it
with Homecoming weekend.

As usual, CAB has the wonderful opportunity of offering free tickets to all college students who have paid their student activities fee, an opportunity not offered by many other colleges and universities. This exclusive pre-sale will begin on Monday for all Lycoming students and faculty.

Tickets to the general public will be available starting on Sept. 8, 2014 online with a credit card, and cash sales will also be offered at the Dairy Queen in South Williamsport.

“I’m just really excited. I hope that the entire student body comes and haves fun and even if they’re not
the biggest country fan, I hope that they still come and have fun” says Lapano. The goal this year was to
be bigger and better than any other year, so we will have to wait until Oct. 24 to find out if the goal was achieved!

“Penny’s Plaza” and Pennington in progress

Jordyn Hotchkiss
Photo Editor

On July 14, 2014, the school broke ground outside of Pennington Lounge on the south side of campus. The the idea to renovate was brought up when the brick wall separating the concrete from the grass started bowing out and needed to be replaced.

When discussion about replacing the wall began Jeffrey Bennett, vice president for finance and administration, and the student senate discussed the infrequent use of the area and decided it would be best to renovate the entire courtyard.

The plans for the courtyard include an outdoor eating space for students to come and go as they please. There will be a concrete walkway on both the upper and lower levels with a wide stairway in the center that lines up with the center doors leading into Pennington Lounge.

On the upper level of the courtyard, there will be tables with shaded seating to give students a more comfortable and friendly outdoor place to eat.

The new courtyard and the renovation of Café 1812 seem to be going hand-in-hand, and it is the goal to keep the center doors unlocked during Café 1812’s hours so students may pass freely between the two. By connecting the two renovations, the school has made it a much more welcoming and inviting place.

New grass and plants will be planted this fall when renovations are completed so that by spring semester the
school will have a pleasant landscape to go with all of the events held both inside and outside of Pennington.
The transition from concrete to grass will have a grading scheme as it naturally goes from the walkway to the
grass where students can lay out a blanket to eat, do homework, or just relax.

In addition to making the south side of Pennington look more welcoming, several structural issues were addressed as well.

In recent years it has been noticed that there are leaks in the concrete above the planetarium. Due to these leaks the rubber membrane under the concrete needed to be replaced so that what will soon be the old planetarium, after the completion of the new science building, can be repurposed as extra storage or
even another classroom.

Furthermore, another structural issue that is gradually being worked on as renovations to the college continue
is making it more handicap-accessible. The stairs to the foyer door on the south side have been replaced with a ramp. The plans also include making the center door handicap-accessible for easy access to and from the courtyard.

By making these changes to the front the college has fixed two of the three areas and, according to Bennett, there are plans to rework the existing ramp from the parking lot so there is no longer the step at the bottom.

To complete the renovation there will be a sign placed in the courtyard acknowledging those who donated to the building of this courtyard. The courtyard will be named for an alumni donation and will have a sign welcoming everyone to “Penny’s Plaza.”

There will also be a sign showing that the Class of 2014 donated money to the courtyard as their class gift.
Thus far, students and staff have expressed excitement and given positive feedback about the plans for the courtyard and cannot wait for the main structure to be finished by the last week of September.

Dining hall updates layout

Dan Zebrine

For returning students, entering the Wertz Dining Hall for the first time this semester may have brought surprise. The dining hall staff reorganized the area to prepare for the new year.

Most noticeably, the center seating in the front section has been moved to allow for more room to walk. The
utensil and condiment stations that were at the sides of dining hall last year have also been moved to this section.

Another major change is the combining of the deli with the Bravo station. Leslie Ekstrand, general manager of dining services, explained: “the Bravo area was a large space that was underutilized. The area is still under construction and will have a high speed panini press to make toasted sandwiches in just a few seconds.”

The space that was the deli has been converted into the new allergy station designed to provide students with food allergies a safe area to avoid common allergens. Among the features of the station are refrigerators stocked with allergen-free products, microwaves, and toasters.

Student demand has also led to the return of a coffee station in the back section of the dining hall. “With the renovation of Cafe 1812, we were able to repurpose a cabinet unit to become that station,” Ekstrand said.

Menus are also in the process of being updated. The grill station will be trying new items to provide more
variety. Students will still be able to get the normal offerings of burgers, Boca burgers, and hot dogs.

Jack’s Corner has also been updated over the summer, adding more equipment and increasing staff size. Menu items including an expanded pizza selection were added based on student surveys from last year, and a new line of Freshen’s smoothies expected on the menu in October.

Dining services will also be launching an app allowing students to find nutrition information for items at the
dining hall, Jack’s Corner, and Café 1812. Anticipated release is late fall semester or early spring semester.

For more information about dining services, including menus and updates, like LycoDining on Facebook and
follow @LycomingDining on twitter.

Clark’s secret weapon

Shannon Bolin
Sports Editor

The football team has big shoes to fill after last years’ MAC championship reign.

With preseason underway, the Warriors will welcome Susquehanna to the David Person Field on Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. to kick off the season.

With a 2013 record of 7-3, the Warriors hope to continue their roll after taking the MAC championship last season.

“The coaches are very pleased with where the team is right now. We came into camp in great shape and our
practices have been very competitive,” head coach Mike Clark said.

“I think the team is looking really good. Our offense has 9 starters back for this season and the defense has 7 returning starters and both sides of the ball have good depth at each position. We were ranked first in the MAC preseason poll. The team looks awesome and we are only going to get better from here on out,” junior John Ciurlino said.

The team’s first game against the Crusaders has raised the stakes for a good start to the season.

“I love that we’re playing Susquehanna first. A high intensity game will be a great way to start off the season and hopefully a win if we play the way we are capable of playing,” Ciurlino said.

Hard work and dedication have raised the Warrior’s rank, upping the competitive spirit between schools. “We seem to have made good strides in terms of our leadership. The seniors are really invested in the program and they want this to be an outstanding year,” Clark said.

“I mean we have a nice target on our backs. Every team in this conference would love to beat us this year, that is a fact. But the reality of it is that we aren’t in this position because we are a bad team. We are ready to play hard every second of every game. We aren’t going to roll over for anyone. We are going to take this season one game at a time and kick butt,” Cirulino said.

“Based on our history, one of the goals for our team is always going to be a MAC Championship. This year,
with the talent that we have returning with think we can be very good. If we play the way we are capable of playing and stay healthy, we should be tough to beat,” Clark said.

With the season swiftly coming, students are preparing for the first game. “Football season is the best. I love going and cheering on the guys, plus the Campus Store has some really cool gear for this season too,” sophomore Cydnei Crust said.

“I’m mostly excited for football because it means fall weather is coming. Hot chocolate and screaming at the
top of your lungs at football games is the best,” senior Katie Valencia said.

The team’s schedule is posted on and allows viewers to check live stats, video and audio for each game.

Clark feels confident in watching his team grow and mature throughout the season.

“This could be our best team in a long time,” Clark said.

Just kickin’ it: Women’s Soccer

Shannon Bolin
Sports Editor

On Saturday the Women’s soccer team will travel to Utica College to challenge the Pioneers in their first game of the season.

With their first home game still a week away against Susquehanna, the Warriors project their season to be
successful despite starting with away games.

With 10 new players and 8 returning starters, the Lady Warriors are confident in their abilities this season.

“We are looking a lot better. The team came into preseason with a new attitude and a ton of excitement for the season. At practice you can tell everyone wants to be there by how hard we work and how focused we are. To us, this is our season to change and we aren’t going to let anything get in our way,” junior Kaitlyn Gulotta said.

“After a building year under our new head coach Eric Lewis, this season looks promising. We are trying a
new formation this year that exemplifies our individual strengths, and allows us to move numbers up on the
attack. In addition, team dynamic is stronger and more positive this year than previous years. This is attributed to the lack of a senior class which has made it easy for any individual to stand out as a leader on any day, regardless of class rank,” Captain Riley Zimmerman said.

A new dynamic to the team has boosted the repertoire to the Lady Warriors and helped turn preseason nerves into confidence. With no seniors,the team has the opportunity to stick together for the next two seasons.

“We are all a little nervous but we are really focusing on our shape on the field and our fitness. Off the field, we are taking care of our bodies and mentally preparing ourselves to step on the field. Our goal is to stay motivated and make sure what we practiced translates into the game,” Gulotta said.

“I am personally looking forward to a fresh beginning. Our team is very young, and with half of our team preparing for their first year playing for Lycoming, every game will be a positive challenge,” Zimmerman said.

“Our team seems different this year. Our assistant coach has a motto that our team has really lived up to, ‘Put the work in now, so it’s easier later.’ We practice hard so a game seems easier. The practices we have more fitness, we see it as one less thing we have to worry about in a game. Better fitness means we can play at a higher intensity for longer. Every teammate wants to make this team and season the best. So each player pushes themselves to be better which results in our whole team working harder. It’s a great atmosphere and
I can’t wait to see how this season turns out,” Gulotta said.

The battle continues

Dan Zebrine and Sam Ferraro
Lycourier Staff

Annually first year students compete against one another to win the prestigious Skasbury Cup. The gentlemen on second floor Skeath take the trophy and glory for the class of 2018.

Every freshman Resident Advisor rallies their team (comprised of the residents on their floor) in an effort to
raise excitement for the competition.

Teams were given the opportunity to pick their own team names, as well as wear representative bandannas
to show off their floor pride and earn spirit points towards their team efforts.

Throughout the course of the weekend, freshman were asked to participate in a series of events to give them
a better understanding of campus and get to know one another. Through these activities, the teams earned points based on participation in the actual events, attendance from members of the team, and spirit and enthusiasm for each of the events.

Some new events were added to the schedule this year, including activities such as a water balloon toss, according to Andrew Kilpatrick, dean of freshman students.

Another change to this year’s Skasbury Cup competition was the presence of Lycos, the college’s new

“Lycos endured the heat to bring joy to the students by posing for pictures with them during the events,” Kilpatrick added.

405 fresh, new takes on campus

Sam Ferraro
College Life Editor

On Fri., Aug. 22, carloads of anxious and excited freshman students pulled into the Wesley and Skeath parking lots, prepared to begin their new journey at the college.

1st weekend has changed over the years - that is, the welcoming events and team-building activities have
changed - but the sentiment has always been the same.

The idea behind 1st weekend is to give the freshman a chance to interact with each other and with the campus before diving right into classes on Monday.

The weekend prior to classes is a good opportunity to scope out the campus. Upon arriving at campus,
the new students and their families are greeted in the parking lot by student volunteers participating with
the move-in crew to help the moving-in process, which for first-timers, can be quite the daunting experience.

Once all settled in and unpacked, new students met up with their resident advisors to participate in some get-to- know-you activities with floor mates. After moving in, the funfilled and exciting first weekend activities began. First, parents and first year students
were separated.

Students were asked to represent their Lyco pride by wearing their blue and gold Class of 2018 shirts to a
freshman meeting. Following the meeting, students took their class picture before the procession from Sykes Gates back onto campus for New Student Convocation, which according to Andrew Kilpatrick, dean of freshman students, has changed in a meaningful way.

“This year, the class was invited to stand as the Provost officially presented them to the President,” he said.

Afterward, the first year students and their families were welcomed with food and drink at the presidential
reception where they could talk with Dr. Kent Trachte, president of the college.

It’s a truly meaningful day for everyone involved. “First year students get to walk through the gates, like
so many have done before them—all the while thinking of that next set of gates that will open for them in four
years,” Kilpatrick added.

After the presidential reception ended, families departed from campus, which is always an emotional time
for students. However, it is always a time of newfound independence and friendships.

Resident Advisors and summer orientation staff team members planned unique activities to help new students adjust to college and gain respect for their classmates. Students were advised to wear sneakers to the Playfair that followed later in the evening before the ice cream gathering at twilight.

It was a relaxing ending to an eventful day where students were given the opportunity to mingle with each
other and discuss their experiences during 1st weekend. Resident Advisor for the third floor of Skeath Hall,
Cinnamin Quattlebaum, senior, said, “this is their first time officially being college students. They’re still unsure of what to expect and what’s expected of them, but through activities like the Playfair, they get the chance to relax and meet new people in a short amount of time.”

The following day, freshman were up early and ready to go for day two of 1st weekend.

Day two is designed to give students the opportunity to get to know the campus, faculty, and staff through a series of activities based around the college.

Broken down into groups by residence hall, new students made their way to the library for orientation. They were given the opportunity to get to know the library staff and learn the layout of the library, which has
been updated for the optimal study experience.

“The Resident Advisors made the transition to campus much easier and helped make us feel welcome right
from the start,” Mateo Velasquez, first year student, said. They were also greeted with college expectations
and how to succeed in classes through tips given by staff of those respective areas.

Following the orientations, campus-wide activities, and dinner, Matt Bellace gave a presentation titled “How to Get High Naturally” to show students that there are always more positive options than drinking and drugs on campus.

On Sunday, students were proceeded through another set of activities, including various community service
activities and the chance to retake the algebra placement test.

The day ended with a screening of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on the quad, where the campus
concert was announced. Please see related story for more information regarding this year's concert.

Move in crew welcomes the class of 2018 into Skeath, Asbury, and Wesley

Sam Ferraro
College Life Editor

As summer break drew to a close, the college’s Class of 2018 began its preparations for arrival and beginning a new chapter of their lives.

On Thursday, loads of upper class volunteers arrived on campus to assist the first year students in the process of moving into their dorms. These students unpacked their belongings and then met up for an Olive Garden dinner in the East Hall Coffeehouse where they reminisced on their first year move in experiences
with a personal story from Greg Vartan, senior, and a praise from Dan Miller, vice president for student life
and dean of students.

The volunteers were broken up into two groups; one for those arriving in the morning and the other for those arriving in the early afternoon.

Each of these sets of upperclassmen helped move in the eager first year students and their families.

Every family seemed grateful to have extra help when moving in, especially those
with students on the fourth floor with heavy refrigerators and copious other heavy objects.

“It was basically like burning eight hundred calories without even having to set foot in the recreation center.
It was great,” stated Paul Ferrante, junior.

The general consensus from the student volunteers was that it was a rewarding experience that reminded
the students of their first moments on campus as actual students.

Amanda Barrett, senior added, “move in crew is always a fun experience to be a part of. We all laugh and
bond while doing something nice for other people, which is always rewarding in itself.” Everyone seemed to be in agreement that the day was an overall success.

Overall, it was an enjoyable experience for everyone as the camaraderie of the upper class students and first
year students was a great moment to witness.

Foolproof freshman advice

Shannon Bolin
Sports Editor

Campus continues to buzz as the first week of classes dwindles down. As a senior, I’m wrapping up every student’s lifelong dream of going to college. I can’t help but reminisce on my freshman year knowing what I do now. So while the Class of 2018 settle into their rooms and begin their academic journey, they should keep some advice in mind for their time at Lyco.

Get as involved as possible. Being a private, liberal arts school gives you amazing leadership roles and opportunities. College is a great time to try new things and figure out what kinds of interests individuals hold. Anybody can spend their nights watching TV and being lazy. This is really the only time you can join clubs like Raging Stitches and Crossing the Frames. It’s true, time really does fly by so make the memories here as outstanding as possible.

Be nice to the resident advisors. RA’s are actual angels here to help transition freshmen from teenage life to campus life. They will be a first friend, someone to sit with in the caf, and help sort out forgotten passwords
when every computer on the floor is in remediation. They put so much time and effort into making sure that
freshman feel welcome and at home, so appreciate their efforts and have fun with all the cool events they plan for the floors.

Take pictures. Take so many pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words and will provide a visual aid
when recalling stories with your friends. How are you supposed to have any good throwback photos your senior year if you don’t take them now? So take that selfie and go do something fun with your friends.

Get a job on campus. Work study is a blessing, the departments will work with schedules distribute appropriate hours and give you money. Being broke in college is no fun, so get a job on campus and be less broke. Plus you can work just about anywhere on campus from the Streeter Campus Store, to Admissions, to the Rec Center, to the Library. It’s a great opportunity and can help you get to know both students and faculty on campus.

Take your classes seriously. That being said, go to class. Cutting class is lame and there’s a good chance
you’ll miss something really important. College is a magical wonderland of endless fun and friends. But class is a big part of being a college student and there’s no point in screwing up your future because you’re too lazy to roll out of bed in the morning and get to class. Plus there will be no time for fun if you tank your grades your first semester and spend the next seven semesters trying to save your GPA.

Get help from a tutor. It doesn’t make you stupid, it does the exact opposite. Being a liberal arts school,
students have to take classes outside of their major to create “well rounded students.” I know what you’re
thinking, I thought it was a trick when I first started here, too. Why should I have to take a chemistry course
as an English Major? Because Chemistry of Cooking is an awesome class and we even made peanut brittle. I learned so much from that class and being able to step outside of my comfort zone and ask for help taught me how to study in a new way. It’s all the same class. You’re never going to take a class that doesn’t relate to another class, teach you a new way to study, or just be plain awesome. So go see a tutor if you need to, that’s what they are there for.

Take it easy on the dining hall. Every day is an all-you-can-eat buffet. Unlimited meal plans exist, and so does the freshman fifteen. You’ve been warned. Having the option to eat ice cream for breakfast 3 days a week is pretty magical but all good things should be in moderation.

This last piece of advice is specifically designed for Lycoming College. Don’t feed the squirrels. They already outnumber us 100 to 1. That might be a dramatized ratio but then again it might not be. The last thing we need on campus is basketball-sized rodents chasing hordes of students around because you thought it would
be cute to share your cookie with them. Also, beware of the one without his tale, he is fearless.

All in all, I have to admit I’m insanely jealous of the Class of 2018 because they are just getting started. They
say your college years are the best years of your life and I really hope that’s not true. I hope there are still
some good times left after I receive my diploma in May but I know my experiences here will definitely give the rest of my life something to compete with. Welcome Class of 2018, enjoy your college years,
Jackie Croteau
Opinion Editor

For those of you not new to Lycoming, you’re probably familiar with the common habit of visualizing the number of stairs between class and your warm inviting bed and blankets. If you look to the south of campus there are mountains and to the North, Grampian Hills. The truth is that it’s very unlikely that you will get anywhere around this campus without being faced with a flight of stairs.

The student body has been made aware that Lycoming College is not particularly handicapped accessible more than once. The topic has been brought up repeatedly at Senate meetings and there have been efforts to increase accessibility, such as the new ramps leading to Pennington and the AC on the south side of the building, and those leading to Crever and Rich Residence Halls. Many appreciate Lycoming for its classic and traditional design, but I don’t think increasing the number of elevators would take away its particular aesthetic appeal.

I, like many, was aware of the varying elevation at this school, and a few extra stairs during the day didn’t typically bother me. I just saw it as helpful to staying in shape. Not that I wasn’t sympathetic to those whose day it impacted further, but it didn’t often come to mind while I was busily running about campus. Then, I sprained my ankle.

Suddenly, getting where I needed to go was much more of a challenge, particularly when I was looking for short cuts. In order to get to my own room in Williams, I have to climb a large set of stairs to get into the building, and then climb back down another couple of flights. For students with mobility struggles the school tries to offer them rooms on the first floor, which is helpful but does not solve a slew of problems.

For starters, what about the students whose injuries are only temporary? Going up and down stairs may not be helpful to healing, and it’s also not practical to ask a student with a broken leg on fourth floor Skeath to move to the first floor with all his or her stuff for a couple months. And for all who have an issue with elevation it impacts their ability to make social connections. It’s less likely that they will visit and make friends
with those on the third floor of their own building if they are on the first floor for medical purposes. Isn’t it also a hazard for those with difficulties getting around to escape the building quickly in case of an emergency, should they find themselves above ground level?

There are a few elevators in some of the buildings on campus, but is it enough for the number of us who attend this college? Particularly in residence halls we can still see major gaps in accessibility. While the college is still in renovation mode they might want to place a higher priority in how students get to class
and extracurricular activities, before they focus on making sure each building has its own wireless connection.

Staff opinion: What challenge are we accepting?

A phenomenon known as the “ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge” is sweeping the nation and bringing awareness to the disease that slowly paralyzes the body as motor functions deteriorate. So far, this “challenge” has raised over 15.6 million dollars in donations for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research. However, now that society is hyper aware of this disease, the challenge has morphed from
a creative fundraiser to a fun way to opt out of donating to a charitable organization and show off one’s body while nominating others to do the same in the process.

When the challenge first started, the main idea was that if you accepted, you still donated money, just a sufficiently smaller amount than those who were nominated and did not accept. While a small amount of people kept that in mind and donated even though they completed the challenge, a majority of people
have decided that as long as ice water was poured over their heads, they performed a good deed and therefore could seal up their wallets. This idea defeats the purpose and integrity of the challenge. Further,
the people that don’t rise to meet the challenge tend to not donate.

Even if it’s only a small amount of money that is being donated, five dollars per person who completed the challenge and posted it to Facebook would have raised much more money than the 15.6 million already raised. Instead, teens and young adults are using it an extra excuse to wear bathing suits and show off their muscles and figures and then tell their friends that they should do the same. The point behind the ALS challenge is slowly being forgotten, as people are aware that they are completing it for ALS but do not actually understand what it is, how it effects the body, or anything other than that it is the disease that took Lou Gehrig’s life.

As the ice water challenge became viral, people decided that it would be a great cause to support, but very few people know what ALS is. ALS is a disease that affects motor neurons in the patients’ brains and spinal cord. The neurons eventually die leaving the affected person with complete loss of muscle movement and in later stages, paralysis and eventually death. However, the challenge continued to grow in popularity and few people actually learned about the disease. Therefore, although it has raised a sufficient amount of money for
a great cause, the challenge did not meet the goal that its founders had in mind, which was to make society of aware of ALS, what it is and how it affects people, and to raise money.
Makenzie Smith
Entertainment Editor

By now most people have heard the song “Rude” by MAGIC!. The lyrics portray a young man who is in love with a woman. In other words it has the basis of every other love song, especially since their love is forbidden by the woman’s father. The young man then refers to the father as rude for not granting him permission to marry the woman. He continues to say that he will marry the young woman regardless of the father’s wishes. Not everyone is thrilled with the message of the song.

Youtube user Benji and Jenna Cowart posted a video entitled “Magic! RUDE Cover (The Dad’s Side of the Story)” and it is everything that a dad and daughter duo would want. The video calls out the young lover from the dad’s point of view and explains that the reason that he will never give consent to the man is because the man is 28 and still living in his mother’s basement, works at a fast-food joint, and has no future and is therefore not worthy of marrying his daughter. The dad also claims that while he might be a Christian,
he would have absolutely no problem murdering the young man if he went against his wishes and married his

This video was shared on Facebook walls everywhere. It received a lot of traffic as the general public tends to agree with the father’s point of view. On top of that, the parody was portrayed in a creative and hilarious way and the dad can sing, which makes the skit that much more awesome. This father expressed what a
lot of fathers think while being asked permission for their daughters to be married off and deserves props for finding a fantastic way to do so.

Romantic thriller jerks tears as teen contemplates life during a coma

Sarah Jaran
Copy Editor

Released on August 22, the book-turned-movie starring Chloe Grace Moretz and called “If I Stay” is a heart-wrenching teen romance that battles with a sense of responsibility, family, and tragedy.

Set in Portland, the movie alternates through flashbacks and out-of-body experiences for the comatose Mia, played by Chloe Grace Moretz. The audience is able to learn how Mia lived before the accident through various nonsequential flashbacks, from going to her father’s band’s shows when she was an infant to her first
date with Adam to when she lost her virginity.

Sprinkled between those flashbacks, the audience sees how out-of-body Mia reacts to learning the fates of her family and to what the people who visit her do when they are not sure she will survive.

One of the repeated lines in the movie was about how Mia has the ability to fight for life or to give up on it. It gives a sense of hope to the situation that she was placed in, which is an aspect that many people seem to enjoy.

Overall, the movie will satisfy most people’s hope for an entertaining and tear-jerking evening. It is entertaining since many people can connect to the high school romance and the problems that come with going to college or pursuing dreams while in a relationship. Also, the movie is able to make the situation over
exaggerated from what most people would experience and that makes it even more entertaining.

The movie can be considered tear jerking as a result of not knowing whether Mia will choose to live or die and being confronted with how that will affect the rest of her friends and family. One of the most heart wrenching scenes was when her grandfather spoke to her comatose body to let her know that if she decided to go, he would support her decision because he loves her enough to let her go.

More critical audiences will probably say that the movie is too cliché and Adam and Mia were too stiff with each other when they were supposedly into a year and a half of their relationship. Critics may see the lines as overused and too typical, a failed attempt at following the hype of "The Fault In Our Stars," an earlier young
adult book-turned-movie. This reviewer, though, did not have any problems with the movie, as it satisfies the
idea of a good movie and it follows pretty closely to the book.

Listen up: A review of full studio albums

Makenzie Smith
Entertainment Editor

An alternative rock/hard rock band known as The Pretty Reckless released their first album, “Light Me Up,” in August of 2010. The singles on the album were “Make Me Wanna Die,” “Miss Nothing,” and “Just Tonight” and they were recorded between two studios: House of Loud Studios and Water Music Studios.
34 minutes and six seconds long, the album was released under Interscope Records and producer Kato Khandwala.

The band worked with Khandwala and Ben Phillips to create a fantastic album. Every song contains deep
lyrics that dare the listener to think beyond the typical first-listen-limits. Lyrics are paired with wholeheartedly
authentic track music that anyone could enjoy if it was given a chance.

In other music news:
Jack Johnson released his sixth studio album “From Here to Now to You” on September 13, 2013. Johnson
wrote all lyrics and musical components for every song except “Radiate” and “Ones and Zeros” where he had a little help from a few other musicians. The album was released under Brushfire and Republic records and is a total of 41 minutes and 15 seconds of pure folk and soft rock awesomeness.

“From Here to Now to You” is filled with feel-good music with a Hawaiian influence and is paired with genius, thoughtful lyrics. Every track is perfect for relaxing or just hanging out with friends, but if one is ever feeling mildly thoughtful, one could spend hours decoding lyrics from “Shot Reverse Shot” and other songs on the album.

Cancer-stricken teens find love and life: A review of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Jordyn Hotchkiss
Photo Editor

In January of 2012, John Green released “The Fault in Our Stars,” a young adult novel about two teenagers
who fall in love and the challenges they face as cancer patients. It begins with the normal routine of miracle survivor Hazel Grace Lancaster whose life quickly gets turned upside down when she meets cancer survivor Augustus Waters.

Their love story grows as they try to live a full life in a shortened amount of time. Although the two characters
tend to have extremely different ideas about good literature, both find a connection to “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter van Houten. They both feel such an attachment to the novel that they use Augustus’s
unused dying Wish to go abroad to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, to meet van Houten.

Throughout the novel the couple encounter many difficulties, including worsening illnesses that risk canceling the trip, but love and perseverance overcomes all and the two are able to make the journey. Hazel and Augustus quickly realize that Peter van Houten is not the man they imagined him to be until tragedy hits eight days after the couple return home. At the end of the novel Hazel must overcome a devastating event that changes her life.

Green wrote a novel directed at young adults, but the writing is significantly simpler. “The Fault in Our Stars”
is an easy read but has an in depth plot line. The most difficult aspect of the novel was the seriousness of the content, but it is also what made it so intriguing. Cancer is not a topic that is taken lightly and Green does a wonderful job addressing it.

He explains briefly the different types of cancer that each character has and how it affects their lives, giving back story to how long they were given to live, death scares, and treatment plans. However, he does not dwell on it. Green is able to portray how cancer can affect the life of a teenager, but he also shows that cancer patients can have a normal life.

Through the trip to Amsterdam and all of the trials that Hazel and Augustus have to overcome, their love prevails. Though living with a constant fear of dying, they did not let that fact bother them.

Both Hazel and Augustus were able to feel like normal teenagers after having most of their childhood taken
away from them by chemotherapy and death scares. “The Fault in Our Stars” is a heart-wrenching novel that
makes the reader more grateful for their lives every day.

Theatre department releases schedule

Dan Zebrine

The theatre department has released the schedule for their 2014-2015 season, the production choices will without a doubt make for an exciting year of shows.

“The plays we chose this season are all bold and really diverse,” said Dr. N. J. Stanley, theatre department chair. “Our goal is to stimulate our audiences as well as entertain, and I believe this season will accomplish that with gusto!”

Dr. Stanley will be opening the season Oct. 1 as director of a production of “The Distance from Here” by Neil LaBute. Described by Dr. Stanley as “a disturbing portrait of the 21st-century blue-collar family,” the show is sure to kick off a great year for the theatre department.

Tickets for shows in both the Mary L. Welch Theatre and the Dragon’s Lair Theatre are free to students with I.D. For more information and to reserve tickets, call the box office at 570-321-4048. Curtains for all shows are at 8 p.m.

2014-2015 schedule

Mary L. Welch Theatre

“The Distance from Here” by Neil LaBute
Directed by N. J. Stanley
October 1-4, 2014

“In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Professional Guest Artist and Alumna Bridget Leak
November 19-22, 2014

“A Spicy Sausage Sandwich” by Tiffany T. Dwiel
A Commedia dell’Arte Theartre for Youth Production
Directed by Tiffany T. Dwiel
February 26-28, 2015

“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange
Directed by Nigel Semaj B. ‘16
April 8-11, 2015

Dragon’s Lair Theatre

Showcase of One-act Plays
Directed by Nigal Semaj B. ‘16 and Nathan Kaczmarek ‘16
December 5-6, 2014
Titles will be announced and auditions held in October 2014

“Proof” by David Auburn
Directed by Tobias Anderson ‘15
March 27-28, 2015

Information courtesy of Dr. J. Stanley and the theatre department

Science center construction forces parking changes

Dan Zebrine

While the construction of the brand new Lynn Science Building is an exciting time for the college, the process is proving to bring negatives as well, namely issues with parking. Throughout the course of the project, the popular Williams lot will be closed.

To accommodate the loss of the popular junior and senior lot, the commuter lot on Mulberry St. has been converted to a general lot, open to any registered vehicle. The Bennet St. lot is now a faculty lot to replace
the faculty section of the Williams lot.

In addition to the changes in lot designations, the college has also purchased a new lot below the faculty-only Academic Center lot, which will provide an additional 33 spaces for any registered vehicle. This purchase was not originally intended to be a parking area that would replace the Williams lot. “The College is continually looking for potential opportunities to add parking when appropriate,” said Jeff Bennett, Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Student reactions to the temporary loss of the Williams lot have been mixed. The lot was a favorite for residents of Williams, Forrest, and Crever Halls as well as the Commons. Without it, convenient parking for those students is limited to the Ross St. lot already popular among apartment residents. This will force many of the junior and senior students to park across campus from their residences, either in the
upper Skeath lot or the Mulberry St. Lot.

Despite the inconvenience, improving the college seems to be an appropriate reason for it. “It’s annoying, but there isn’t any way around it. I’m not mad at the administration for closing a lot that needs to be torn up for the expansion,” senior Jared Richardson said. The parking issues will not last long, however. The Williams lot is expected to reopen in August 2015 albeit a smaller version of it to accommodate the planned entryway to the Lynn Science Center which is slated to open at the same time.

Science center under way

Dan Zebrine

On June 18, construction began on the Lynn Science Center. The building will connect to the Heim Biology and Chemistry Building and house the physics and astronomy department. 

In addition to new classrooms, faculty offices, computer labs, and research labs, the building will feature a brand new multimedia planetarium. “I have visited the company which will be supplying the planetarium and what they had to show us was nothing short of awe inspiring,” Dr. Christopher Kulp, astronomy and physics department chair, said. “The new planetarium can be used as for multimedia presentations in a variety of disciplines, not just the sciences.”

Junior physics major Jeremy Chobot shared his excitement for the building, saying, “We are not gaining much in space but what we are gaining in usable space and organization is incredible. Being able to have labs that were built as physics labs will be an immense benefit for the department.”

Beyond benefiting current students, the building is expected to draw new science majors to the college. “The new building will improve the visibility of the Department of Astronomy and Physics,” said
Kulp. The building, by joining the astronomy and physics department to the biology and chemistry departments will also open up possibilities for interdisciplinary research.

Although still early in construction, there have been no delays and the building is still expected to open in August 2015.

New look, new system, new taste: Café 1812 officially reopens

Jacqueline Croteau
Opinion Editor

The college spent the summer under construction, which included revamping Café 1812 into an even more convenient and delicious place to grab a bite. It won’t take long to notice the difference when you walk into Pennington. The café has expanded to wrap around one of the walls and it includes new bar seating in its arrangement.

Glenda Eisworth is the woman in charge and she spoke enthusiastically about the café she is working hard to get up and running efficiently. “I think it’s it beautiful! We have so many new options.” When asked about how her staff responded to the changes Eisworth said, “I have a wonderful returning staff. When I finish training them in all of the new options, I think this will be a great place to work and be!” Eisworth’s crew gave me a thumbs up behind her back and they have also been working extremely hard so that students can take advantage of all the café has to offer. Eisworth described some of the new selections, as well as what hasn’t changed.

Starting this year the café will offer made-to-order sandwiches; the order forms can be picked up near the register and filled out by the consumer in dozens of combinations. The choices appear to reflect Lyco Dining’s continuous effort to incorporate healthier selections without sacrificing taste. The café also still offers a variety of dairy, fruit, and vegetable platters, as well as various bottled drinks, which can be grabbed on-the-go as students plow through busy schedules. Favorite salads and special sandwiches will also be available.

We may have said good-bye to Starbucks on campus, but Café 1812 will still be offering brewed coffees and teas. Coffee is provided by a small, organic, family roaster! In addition, there is a new selection of smoothies and milkshakes to enjoy. Most of the smoothie blends feature fresh bananas, mangos, coconut, apples, other fruits and fruit juices, and yogurt. The milkshake choices are both traditional and surprising. Order a chocolate shake or try a peanut butter cup milkshake!

The Lycoming Cross Country team was enlisted to try some of the products and many opted for one of these tasty refreshments after some intense running. There were many excited exclamations of “Cool” and “I want try that!” as they perused their options. After selections were made a collective “yum” could be heard from some of the girls as they sipped their drinks. I was one of the lucky runners to get to try something and I opted for a very satisfying Mango Banana smoothie that has me excited to return and try some of the other creations. I also enjoyed a couple of the milkshakes which were equally delicious. The Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake reminded me of a Friendly’s Frenzy!

Café 1812 will now be accepting meal swipes for those who have the Unlimited or Commuter meal plans. This has generated the most interest on campus and it is a great opportunity for those who have been looking for an alternative to going to the cafeteria due to tightly packed class schedules. There is a money equivalent to the swipe which is slightly different depending on what time you order something. The morning hours equate one swipe to $4.25 and specific afternoon hours raise that to $5.75. If you use as swipe at the café, you won’t be able to use one in the cafeteria within that same meal period, but it does increase students’ options.

Sam Stropko, a Senior and Cross Country runner, summed it up excitedly in saying, “I thought there were a lot more options and many more healthy options. The order form is really neat and I think it will be very helpful.” She also added, “The “bar” area is nice, and I think I will be going to 1812 a lot more this semester with the meal exchange plan too.”

The renovation of Café 1812 shows a lot of promise for a more pleasurable dining experience at Lycoming, and sets a great tone for other changes at the school still to come.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lockdown: Crever building access restricted to residents-only

D.C. Keys and Tory Irwin
Lycourier Staff

Last Friday, Dean Miller sent an email to the college community informing students that student access to Crever has been restricted. Until the end of the semester, only Crever residents can access the building with campus security checking people entering the building.

After consulting with Donn Troutman, Director of Safety and Security and Kate Heiser, Director of Residential Life, Dean Miller made the decision to impose a “no guest or visitor” policy, forbidding gatherings that include people who are not residents of Crever.

The ruling came as a response to numerous acts of vandalism in the building. Crever residents stated at meetings that it was non- Crever residents who were mainly responsible for the damage.
Students and faculty agreed that the vandalism had to stop.

“Prior to the lottery, Kate (Heiser), Rachel Manchester (Crever SLC) and I met with nearly all the Crever residents,” Miller said. “The residents agreed the damage was a problem and had been a disruption to their community. The two weekends after these meetings there was damage in the building.”

Photo Credit: Nicole Kaye
Nicole Kaye and Brian Campbell pose outside of 
Crever Hall sporting their “Free Crever” T-shirts.
After seeing the damage, the faculty didn’t see any other options to control the damage.

“It is unfortunate this type of decision had to be made but property damage is unacceptable and the building community should not be subject to such disruption,” Miller said.

Miller addressed the residents of Crever in an email.

 “It is unfortunate but to be clear this decision was made because no student has taken responsibility nor given information (anonymously or in person) about those responsible for the damage and these acts have been disruptive to your community,” he wrote to the Crever residents.

Some students felt the decision to cut off outside access to the residence hall was too harsh. Sophomore Nicole Kaye responded to the ruling by organizing a “Free Crever” movement.

“Everyone has had personal issues regarding the sanctions,” Kaye said. “I had two myself. I think it’s a little too much of a restriction for juniors in college.”

She created posters and shirts bearing their message.

“Everyone I made a shirt for wore their shirt,” Kaye said. “I’ve been hearing people around campus say ‘Free Crever!’ I liked that.”

On Monday, Kaye spoke to Dean Miller and arranged a Tuesday meeting with more residents to try and reach a mutual agreement about possibly reversing the restricted access, or lessening its effect.

“I think we will come to some sort of happy medium,” Kaye said. “I don’t think anyone will be one hundred percent happy, but I would hope to see some changes on the sanctions on Crever.”

(Additional reporting by Shannon Bolin)

Relay For Life nearly reaches fundraising goal

Makenzie Smith
Entertainment Editor

Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) hosted Relay for Life in Lamade Gymnasium on March 28th from 6 pm to 6 am. This year’s theme was the 1990’s.
Photo Credit: Karissa Calvitti
During the event, students donated their hair 
to go toward making wigs for cancer patients. 
Above,  junior Karisa Calvitti holds up the hair 
she donated. 

Various clubs and organizations from campus set up tables in the gym and sold food, beverages, make-your-own stuffed animals or sold chances to play games like ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Skip It’ in order to raise money for Relay.

Other activities such as a clothes swap between partners, and getting slimed. CAC held basket and people raffles throughout the night, each of which provided another opportunity to donate to the cause. By the end of the night, a total of $26,635.16 was raised for Relay for Life, which was only $364.84 below this year’s goal.

Stephanie Engle/LYCOURIER
Alpha Rho Omega sponsored a CatDog table where students 
could pay $1 to be tied to their friends and walk. Above, junior 
Sydney Fondi and senior Alicia Novack are tied together to do 
a lap. 
Cancer survivors came to the event to share their stories and led the first lap around the track. Shortly after, many women chopped their locks to donate a minimum of eight inches of hair to make wigs.

A luminaria ceremony was also held to honor those fighting cancer.  The cermony featured a video compiling pictures and stories of people either fighting or those of the families or friends that are also being affected.

Students get colorful during Kappa Pi and CAS Palette Run

Robert Christian and Tory Irwin
Lycourier Staff

On March 22, Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity and Creative Art Society (CAS) presented the 1st annual Lyco Palette Run.

This casual run is an adaptation of the famous Color Run, a 5k race that takes place all over the world. The event was organized by President of Kappa Pi, senior Sifa Blackmon, as a fun run rather than a race.
Photo Credit: Sifa Blackmon
Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity and Creative Arts Society 
hosted the first ever Palette Run. Participants had color powder 
thrown on them as they ran, dying their skin and clothes.

“We decided to do this event because as an Art Honor Society we were completely bored with just inducting members and then not doing anything for the whole year,” Blackmon said.

“We wanted to be an active and positive influence on campus, give the students a fun event that doesn’t usually come close to Lyco and we wanted our current and future members to have something to look forward to as Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity members.”

The run was open to all Lycoming students, but not to the public this year.

The event served as a fundraiser for both Kappa Pi and CAS. The art department made a donation toward the event to help make the run possible.

Blackmon considered the run to be a success, saying that many of the participants were very enthusiastic.

“We had a blast during the event! Even though our staff was a bit short and the set up was a bit stressful, the color party at the end and the looks on our participants’ faces was so worth it,” she said.

“We will definitely be doing this again next year so look out for us!”

‘Old City Project’ to change the face of downtown

Jackie Croteau
Staff Writer

The Williamsport city government recently decided it is time to redevelop parts of Williamsport, in what is called the “Old City Project.”  The area consists of a large portion of the city east of Market Street. The hope is that the area will be as productive as the already updated “West End.”  This is the area that many students frequent to visit the Cell Block, the Bull Frog Brewery, the Community Arts Center, as well as other successful businesses.

According to Dr. Trachte, from the 1970s to the early 2000s, the city saw an economic downturn, but in its current upward swing the Economic Revitalization Committee applied for and received a state grant to hire a consultant to discuss how to redevelop the city. They are debating what shops, galleries, restaurants and other businesses would attract Williamsport’s general clientele and the college community.
This pertains especially to the area south of campus, which includes the area between Basin Street and Third Street, and from Market Street to Via Bella.

“There is a conversation between the city government, private developers, and the college, about designing this area to have a college town feel,” said Trachte. He referenced the setup at Franklin and Marshall, to describe what he thought this area could be for the college.

In addition, this area is known as Old City, because it includes the town’s oldest intersection, which held the Lycoming County seat in the 18th century at the Russell Inn.  They hope to keep the historic significance preserved, though potentially in a way similar to how it was done at the Cell Block.

It is important that over this 24- month planning period the city gets most of their input from the resident and business community, which includes Lycoming students.

Currently, Dr. Kolb, professor of business administration, and Dr. Williamson, professor of political science, are arranging proper research methods to receive student feedback about what they would like the area south of campus to become. Working through the Center for the Study of Community and Economy, Kolb and Williamson are arranging a commissioned study including focus groups of students, alumni, and faculty.
Williamson explained that they are trying to determine what the business sector needs to make their decisions, because economic development typically goes along with community enrichment.  “By encouraging economic development, the business community will see success, and the college will see… a way of making the campus more attractive to current, past, and prospective students,” Williamson said.

As vice president of the city council, Williamson believes it’s important for the college to tear down symbolic fences between the city and the campus. He feels that this will be accomplished by students and faculty doing their part in the planning process.

Though the focus groups have been delayed by normal political procedures, he says that they should be in full swing these last few weeks of the spring semester, as well as in the fall.

Williamson encourages students who are not a part of the study to email him with any of their ideas of what they would like to have located most conveniently near the college. He makes no promises that they will all come to fruition, but a diverse pool of ideas encourages excitement over the next few years.
He credits Dr. Trachte for taking the lead with his active strategic planning. One idea that both mentioned was the chance of new off-campus housing for upperclassmen in the area.

Students who would like to see this changed are encouraged to vocalize their support.
Though current students will most likely not be here to see the results, they will be considered a part of something tremendously important to Williamsport as well as to those who will pass this way in the future.

Brotherly love: College hosts students’ younger counterparts for ‘Little Siblings Weekend’

Tory Irwin

Last weekend, the college hosted its annual Little Siblings Weekend, held by Campus Activities Board Special Events committee.

Students with siblings age 6 and older were able to invite their younger siblings up to spend a weekend with them in their college residence. An optional weekend meal plan was available for siblings to eat three meals in the cafeteria for a fee.

According to Special Events Co-Chair, junior Jared Richardson, about 30 students and siblings took part in the special weekend.

The event began with registration between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday. After siblings checked in, they could participate in a host of activities. CAB set up tables for Create-A-Critter, a concept similar to the ‘Build-A-Bear’ chain where students and siblings could stuff their own bears and other animals. Other activities at the registration included face painting, coloring, games and make-your-own pixie stick.

On Saturday, students and their sibs had the option to watch three different screenings of the Disney mega-hit “Frozen” at 1, 3, and 8 p.m. in Heim G-11. For older kids, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was shown at 10 p.m.

CAB also hosted a kickball game for the event at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Students and their siblings were encouraged to attend Lycoming sporting events on Saturday and Sunday and to attend any religious service of their choice.

The event went over well with students and their families. The students organizing the event also enjoyed the chance to bring siblings together.

“Little Sibs went very well this year,” Richardson said. “The whole point is to give the college students, who often are away from their families for long periods of time, a chance to spend time with their little siblings. Every interaction between the siblings that I witnessed led (to) smiles and laughter, so I would definitely consider this weekend a success.”

Students face their fears in CAB sponsored competition

D.C. Keys
Staff Writer

On March 19, the student body learned that fear is not a factor for Max Lamport and Josh Allabaugh.
The pair of sophomores took the title in the college’s Fear Factor and each took home a $75 Visa gift card. Zach Kling and Dan Yoder came in a close second.

Sophomore Lindsay Decker, the Wilderness and Adventure Chair of CAB, planned the event in Lamade Gymnasium.

“Our goal was to challenge the competitors’ ability to cope and tolerate fear and stress,” Decker said.
Dr. Chandler and Dr. Pearl emceed the event.
Photo Credit: Lycoming College Facebook page
The final challenge had Zach Kling and Max Lamport chained 
to chairs waiting for their partners to find keys to free them.
CAB representatives poured live meal worms onto the two 
while they waited.  

Teams of two competed in three challenges. In the first they had to put a bitter, fluid in their mouth and crawl through a mix of oatmeal, syrup, miracle whip and cottage cheese among other things.

“The point was to test their ability to keep going even though they had no idea what was in their mouth or what they were crawling through,” Decker said.

The second challenge was an eating challenge. Here, each set of partners were given four hot dog buns that had been soaked in a combination of pickle juice, apple juice, tuna fish oil and olive oil. The buns were filled with canned spinach and a combination of food-grade dung beetles, bamboo worms, and barbeque-flavored flavored mole crickets that Decker ordered from Thailand.

Decker maxed out the fear for the third challenge. One partner was chained to a chair and had live meal worms dumped over their heads. Meanwhile, their partner was blindfolded and had to search through containers of live meal worms and freshly-donated cow parts from a local farm for blue or orange Easter eggs that contained the keys to unchain their partner.

Decker said the event had a good turn out and participants and spectators enjoyed themselves.

Pterodactyl’s Nest By Brianne Charnigo

Students ‘dreamed a dream’ of perfect trip to see ‘Les Miserables’

Julia Cuddahy
Staff Writer

On March 22, Campus Activities Board (CAB) sponsored a Broadway trip to see “Les Miserables.”  The show took place in the Imperial Theatre in the heart of Times Square.

Students had the unique opportunity to see the show during its last day of previews. “Previews,” in Broadway terms, means that the show is in the final stages of rehearsal. The main cast is still in full costume, surrounded by fantastic sets and a well-prepared pit orchestra.
Photo Credit: flickr user ensign_beedrill
Students traveled to New York City to see “Les Miserables” in the 
Imperial Theater. The revival features Ramin Karimloo as 
Jean Valjean, a casting choice many students appreciated. 

 “Previews are super intense dress rehearsals,” senior and organizer of the event, Tory Irwin said. “They help work out any bugs the show might have, but we definitely got to see the full production.”

“Les Miserables” follows the story of Jean Valjean from the time he was released from prison until his death. Valjean cares for Cosette, daughter of Fantine, while being tracked by Javert, his parole officer. All the while the French Revolution is starting, and the audience sees the beginnings of an uprising and its impacts on the community.

Many students were excited to see Ramin Karimloo who played Jean Valjean for this production. Karimloo played the role previously for London’s West End. His performance as the phantom in the 25th anniversary of “The Phantom of the Opera” was also well received.

“I was excited to see Karimloo because I saw him in the concert as Enjolras. He was really good in this too,” junior Maggie Guzman said.

Karimloo is not the only famous actor featured in “Les Miserables.” Andy Mientus, who plays Marius, has acted for the NBC musical drama “Smash” as well as the FX comedy “Anger Management.” Nikki M. James has already won a Tony award for Best Feature Actress in a Musical for “The Book of Mormon.” Caissie Levy, who plays Fantine, has played everything from Elphaba in the Los Angeles and Broadway productions of “Wicked” to Maureen in the national tour of “Rent.”

“I loved the show,” junior Hannah Halter said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen a Broadway show, and it was as good as I was hoping for. I was surprised at how well they used the stage to tell a complex story.”

The show was ultimately selected by Tory Irwin, but she gathered feedback about potential plays from members of CAB as well as students across campus. When the school purchased the tickets, the show had not even started yet.

“I was interested in the show, and got a lot of positive feedback from CAB members as well as other students,” Irwin said.

Next semester sophomore Rachel Salmon will take Tory Irwin’s place as CAB Travel and Leisure Chair next year.

“I know she will do an excellent job. We talked about what goes into the job, and she’s really enthusiastic. You can expect great things from her,” Irwin said.

The trip is not just about Broadway. A lot of the experience simply comes from spending the day in New York City.

“I love New York City because there’s so much to do. That’s why I enjoy planning these trips. You get to see the show and explore New York City. You can go there over and over again and still find new things. It’s a cultural experience,” Irwin said.

Students have many options when looking for entertainment in New York City.

One can visit museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Modern Art. For those more interested in nature, they can explore Central Park, with its peaceful lake in the center of the city. The restaurants seem boundless. One can find anything from Korean barbeque to Tex-Mex to diner food. Times Square, where the Broadway shows are located, is a major hub for shopping, including Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters, and even M&M’s World. No matter what someone’s interested in, they can always find something to do in New York City.

Student spotlight: A McAtee twin takeover

Cory Trego
Staff Writer

Few can argue that it is easy to solidify one’s place in their respective field shortly after finishing an undergraduate degree.

It takes years of dedication and commitment to excellence to gain the expertise necessary to become admired and respected by peers.

Most students do not seek the opportunity to get involved in Keystone research until after they have walked across the stage and received their undergraduate diploma.
From left: Chris McAtee, older brother 
Pat McAtee and Rory McAtee pose 
for a photo in front of their research 

However, numerous students have taken the initiative and successfully engaged in advanced research within their respective fields early in the college career. Look no further than the McAtee twins, Chris and Rory, for a prime example.

Both Rory and Chris, currently juniors, developed their interests in the sciences early in high school.
Chris’s interest flourished when he began to shadow surgeons at Warren Hospital, near his hometown of Easton. Rory cites his sophomore AP chemistry class as his first significant exposure to the sciences.
“I found the class challenging, but my teacher facilitated students’ success and pushed me in the right direction. The class opened my eyes to the opportunities available in chemistry,” Rory said.
While attending Wilson Area High School, both developed an interest in medicine.

They noted that their school lacked opportunities for those considering careers in the medical field, so together they founded the school’s first Pre-Med Society. The club flourished during their time at the helm. They were even able to bring in a few physicians and a resident from Yale’s School of Medicine to talk with members of the club.

While still in high school, Rory and Chris visited the campus to see what the school had to offer within the science departments. Their older brother, Pat, was a current student at the time.

Both enjoyed their tours of the laboratory spaces in the chemistry and biology departments, and were impressed by the quality of the equipment that was available to undergraduate students. After  and decided to enroll.

Neither wasted any time seeking out research opportunities.

“I approached Dr. Morrison during the spring of my freshman year and asked to work in her research group. Working in her lab group gave me a better understanding of how research labs function,” Chris said.

Rory also approached Dr. Morrison during the spring of his freshman year. He noted that he had read about her post-doctoral work at Columbia and her research on Purkinje cell development and he wanted the opportunity to become involved. Later that year, Rory also sought out opportunities for research in the chemistry department.

He began working in Dr. Charles Mahler’s lab at the end of his freshman year studying physical properties of transition metal complexes, and stayed on campus throughout the summer to continue research.

When sophomore year rolled around, both McAtee brothers enrolled in organic chemistry classes taught by Dr. Chriss McDonald and Dr. Holly Bendorf. They liked the material and soon shifted their research focus.
“I enjoyed the idea of being able to synthesize biologically relevant compounds,” Chris said.

He soon contacted Dr. McDonald and was afforded the opportunity to work in his lab group beginning in the Spring of 2013 and then into the proceeding summer as a research fellow.

His research focused on finding a substitute to the SmI2 activator, HMPA, which is a known carcinogen. He has continued this research throughout the current school year.

Rory has also shifted his focus from medicine to chemistry. He spent this past summer researching how metals interact with biological systems under the direction of Dr. Kathy Franz at Duke University, yielding a manuscript for publication.

He continued his work in the field of organometallics when he returned to campus this past fall. Rory currently assists in Dr. Bendorf’s lab, where research is aimed at developing novel rhodium catalyzed hydroacylation type chemistry for the construction of biologically interesting and complex molecules.
This summer, Chris and Rory will continue expanding their range of connections and broadening their research experience. Rory plans to work at the University of Michigan researching the application of photoredox chemistry to complex organic synthesis and novel reaction design, under the direction of Dr. Corey Stephenson.

Chris will be working at the University of California at Berkeley under the direction of Dr. Richmond Sarpong.

His research will be a part of a broader cooperative effort under the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization. This project’s goal is to discover ways to functionalize usually unreactive carbon-hydrogen bonds.

Once they graduate both Chris and Rory plan to enroll in graduate programs.

Rory hopes to matriculate to a Ph.D. program in organic methodology with an emphasis in catalysis, while Chris plans to enroll in a Ph.D. program focusing in natural product synthesis. Research has been an integral part in both of their lives.

Their research has taken them around the country participating in lab research and conveying their findings to peers at various national and regional conferences.

“As a researcher, you not only have the ability to read about something in a textbook, but you also have the ability to push the boundaries of current human knowledge, and contribute to something that will one day become a part of the science curriculum.” Rory said.

The brothers share this drive for chemical research in order to add to the current chemical community and body of knowledge, but more importantly to help society.

The possibility of discovery is what propels these two motivated students and many others to go beyond mediocrity, and to strive for greater proficiency in their respective field.

For entertainment purposes only: Sophomore Vincent Clay introduces ‘Lycoming Entertainment’ as they make their debut as the newest club on campus

Alex Dvorshock
Staff Writer

On March 3, sophomore Vincent Clay received an email from the Student Senate confirming the newest organization on campus, Lycoming Entertainment. Meetings are scheduled on Wednesdays at 8:00 in Clarke Chapel room 10.

The organization is seeking new members who can offer ideas to better the club and make the club better and who are eager to display their own musical talent and abilities.

As president, Clay has been planning the specific details of the club since August.

Clay has experience has a recording artist and when he realized that the campus didn’t offer anything that would allow him to record, he thought others would share his interest on campus. Later in the semester, he began to write the constitution, select officers, and raise awareness on campus for support and recruit students to sign the petition.

Finally it was submitted to the Student Senate for approval, earning a passing vote in early March.
After a long semester of submissions, the club finally passed.

“It kept me motivated, going to all the meetings, and having so little time left makes me want to get everything done quickly and start to plan for next semester,” Clay said.

As the final weeks of the semester dwindle down, the club will draw out the plans for semesters to come.
Some prospective plans include rock, R&B, and pop styled projects and renovations to the recording and performance room that will be used in the chapel.

Lycoming Entertainment is also exploring the idea of reaching out to the community and plans to include local bands in their projects.