Saturday, September 26, 2015

Football Running at Full Power

Trevor Endler
Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thunder Buddies are Back!

Hayley Piscotti
Staff Writer

The Thunder Buddies are back! After fan praise and rave reviews of Ted (2012), Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane revive their roles as childhood best friends, in which MacFarlane’s character is a foul mouthed teddy bear. In the first film, their relationship survived the threat of Ted being kidnapped, and now they are back for another crazy adventure. The sequel was released in theaters earlier this summer with much anticipation from fans of the first film.

The movie focuses on Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, and his life after he marries Tami-Lynn, the love interest from the first movie. Ted discovers the government does not see him as a person in the eyes of the law.

This causes problems when the newly-wed couple wants to have a baby. In order to save his marriage and his own rights, Ted hires the only lawyer he can afford, Samantha, acted by Amanda Seyfried, who is  a recent law school graduate. She confesses that Ted’s case is her first; still, Ted and John, performed by Mark Wahlberg, remain confident in her abilities to represent Ted justly. The three characters begin their journey from Boston to New York in order to receive help from Patrick Meighan, played by Morgan Freeman, and his law firm. Meanwhile, Donny, played by Giovanni Ribisi, the antagonist from the first film, is back with another plot to steal Ted. He now works for a New York City toy company and suggests going after Ted to create a new toy that he could advertise to children and ultimately make money. In the Big Apple, John and Ted must thrive on their friendship to save Ted’s independence and make sure he stays alive.

Along with Morgan Freeman, stars like: Tom Brady, Liam Neeson, Sam Jones, and Jay Leno appear throughout the film, giving the audience inside jokes to enjoy. Seth MacFarlane stars in this film but also serves as director and writer. An interesting dynamic about this film is its use of animation with live action.

This technology allows films, like the Ted movies, to be believable and broaden the creative side of comedy. Ted was MacFarlane’s first feature film, which makes this franchise a special part of his career. His creative mind introduced shows like Family Guy and American Dad, so of course Ted 2 has plenty of crude humor.

A controversial theme brought to the audience’s attention emphasizes America’s blindness in seeing every citizen as a person in the eyes of the government. Seth MacFarlane’s conflict for the film translates into a long comparison while mixing it with comedy.

In my opinion, Ted 2 is not as good as the first one, but it does have funny moments. MacFarlane gives the audience plenty of good jokes that would be expected from his type of humor, while giving ties to the first Ted film, which fans will enjoy watching. It has a good mix of jokes and a heartwarming plot. Ted 2 is a  typical sequel that anyone would expect from a film with good characters and well-timed comedy.

Ted 2 is rated-R and runs for an hour and 55 minutes. The film received a 6.6 on IMDB and 46% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is playing at 8 p.m. on Friday Oct. 2, Saturday Oct 3 and Sunday Oct 4 in Heim G-11.

Benefits of Living in the Internet Age

Hannah DiMattia
Staff Writer

The Internet is a relatively new concept having only been invented 45 years ago and having only entered households around twenty years ago. Yet, there are some who have never known life before the internet.

Even for our generation, the millennials, we only have a few years’ worth of memory before the Internet took an active role in our lives.

We are living in the information age, a new wave of technological advancement that just keeps coming.

Some, however, aren’t so happy about the daily use of the Internet; the dependence on it. They argue that the new generations have trouble communicating, that something was somehow lost when we started googling instead of browsing the library.

I think this point of view comes from people who simply don’t fully understand the internet’s role, at least not in its present state, because they learned to live a different way growing up. And that’s understandable, once you get used to living one way it’s hard to change; my laptop is six years old and three versions of windows behind the current.

Simply because the new ‘mobile’ layout of the newer operating systems bother me, probably because I’ve spent my whole life on non-mobile devices, having only obtained a smart phone 2 years ago.
Just because it’s understandable, however, doesn’t make it correct. Nothing has been lost in the information age, it’s simply evolved.

Because of the Internet I have friends in Europe, the Netherlands, and China. I can communicate easily with them through email and Skype. If I had somehow made these friends 20 years ago, I would have had to send letters and wait weeks for a reply.

New age communication also lets me see my family and extended family through video chatting when I can’t visit. 20 years ago my communication with them would be limited to one or two visits a year.

The truth is, most things on the Internet are avenues of communication; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Gmail, Reddit, etc are all ways to share information and media with other people quickly and easily. We’ve never been so communicative in our lives.

We have also never been so picky about information in our lives. A lot of the people who lived without the Internet remember well the transition period; they remember being warned against unreliable information on the internet.

But, here’s the thing; books can contain unreliable information, too. There is no sort of screening process with books; you can publish anything you’d like as long as you have the money to do so. The internet, however, frequently screens information.

Administrators and website employees check to see if information is properly sourced, and if it isn’t, it gets taken down.

Numerous websites where you can check information’s reliability, like, have cropped up. And beyond the built in filtration, there is personal filtration.

Almost every millennial has learned over the years how to check the reliability of information; making sure it comes from a .org, .gov, or .edu website, checking for sources, and then cross referencing to make sure the information is the same in other sources.

All this is quicker and more reliable than a search at a library. Which, by the way, have been vastly improved by the internet as well; libraries can now catalog all their books, which ones have been checked out, and by who in a matter of seconds.

People can visit a library’s website and check to see if they have a certain book without having to actually go and search for hours. Online catalogs will tell you exactly where something on the shelf is with the click of a button.

The Internet does have its drawbacks, of course, but they are far outweighed by the benefits.

Faculty Spotlight

Jacob Afton
Staff Writer

Dr. Cagle has been a professor at Lthe college for 10 years.  When he started in 2005, it was his first position after he completed his Doctorate at Brown University.

He arrived as a visiting assistant professor of the struggling German program.  At the time, the program was in danger of shutting down, the previous professor, Dr. Mackenzie having passed away after over 30 years at the college.   Dr. Cagle reinvigorated the program, increasing the number of German majors and making tenure in 2011.

The professor was responsible for creating the college’s affiliate study abroad program in Bamberg, Germany.  He examined multiple programs and said that Bamberg seemed like the best fit for the college.  He even went so far as to write up the agreement himself.  The Bamberg program has been a great success, and at least 2 or 3 students travel yearly.  As a result of the agreement, Lycoming gets students from Bamberg every year as well.

Dr. Cagle likes the program because students are able to immerse themselves in the German culture. He added that many of his students actually stay abroad after graduation, and he currently has a handful of alumni studying in graduate programs or teacher certification programs.

From basic German to 400 level courses on fairy tales, this Lycoming professor teaches a wide range of courses.  He enjoys being able to teach such a wide range of classes.  He said that even before he completed his doctorate, he had taken a liking to small liberal arts colleges.  Lyco has allowed him to teach a diverse collection of classes, while connecting to students and other faculty in a way that professors at large research universities simply cannot.  

The doctor explains he also likes the fact that he can really get to know the faculty that he works with and the students.  He says that working in such a small department allows him to collaborate with professors from other disciplines who see the world in different ways.  Outside his classes, he is also involved with other organizations on campus.  He is heavily involved in the scholars program and organized this year’s content on satire and free speech.  He enjoys doing activities with the German Club, like going to an Austrian restaurant in State College.  Dr. Len Cagle is certainly a vital part of the college’s community.  Dr. Cagle also plays with the school’s jazz ensemble, and is working on his Bachelor’s degree in music.

Brandy Sudol Auction Successful

Victoria Vandervort
College Life Editor

The 24th Brandy Sudol Auction sponsored by Gamma Delta Sigma occurred on Saturday in the East Hall Coffeehouse.

With more than 40 basket themes ranging from Girls Night, Cigar and Bourbon, New England sports, and Gourmet popcorn, there was something for everyone. Bidders had the choice of buying raffle tickets or to participate in the actual auction. Among the auction items the big sellers were an autographed copied of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which sold for $375. The other big sellers of the night were the Demarco Murray and Darren Sproles signed jerseys, the cigar basket with 600 cigars in it, and the beer basket.

Some of the raffle prizes included handmade Afghans, a signed Pittsburg Penguins hockey puck, gift cards to The Sticky Elbow, Brickyard, and Gustonian Gifts, a necklace and earings from Crystals Creations, an autographed football from Riley Cooper, 2 tickets to the U.S. Open, a gift basket from Dunkin Donuts, and a school starter kit from the campus bookstore. One lucky table in the back filled with GDS alumnae won a lot of the raffle pickings.

The sorority received a great amount of generous donations from their alumnae and local businesses. Otto’s Bookstore donated Harry Potter, alum Nancy Goldberg donated the signed Eagles sportswear, and alumni and current sisters made many of the baskets.

The proceeds of this event will be split between the Brandy Sudol Scholarship fund, benefiting an incoming student in the Biology or Pre-Med major, and the Mario Lemieux Foundation, raising money for Hodgkin’s disease research. This fundraiser is done in memory of a sister who passed away 25 years ago from Hodgkin’s disease, a disease that attacks the immune system. For the past 24 years, the sorority has been honoring their sister and has organized the auction during Family Weekend.

The highlight of the auction was the battle and tension when President Trachte bidded on a basket compiled of at least twenty different beers, Slim Jims, beef jerky, and Combos snacks. After some serious bidding wars, the President took away the basket for a generous amount of money. All was in good fun.

Senior Mallory Kern thanked everyone at the end of the event by saying, “Thank you all for coming out and for your support. I really appreciate it.” Kern also stated that “so many people came out to support our cause, and to me that was the biggest success from this year’s auction. Alumni, a few of our founding sisters, several members of other Greek organizations, and other members of the campus community all came out in honor of Brandy; it was truly an amazing experience.”

Kern also shared that Brandy’s parents were at this year’s auction and said that Brandy would have loved to be there and they were so proud of all the hard work that went into the auction this year.
Overall, this was the most successful auction the girls of GDS have ever hosted, raising close to $4300.

Changing the Stigmas of Mental Illness

DC Keys
Photo Editor

Equality Affinity Community Housing held an event on September 12, 2015 in Heim G-09. The event was a Discussion on Mental Health Stigma and Suicide Awareness and Prevention with over twenty people in attendance. It was a part of suicide prevention week.

Quinten Foster, Affinity Community Facilitator for the EACH side of 2nd floor Wesley led the discussion. He started off by asking the audience what came to mind when they heard the word depression. He wrote their responses on the chalkboard.

The list included things like exhaustion, lack of motivation, loss, isolation, hopelessness, crying, fatigue and shutting down. He then asked them what kind of stigmas that they have heard associated with depression.

On a separate board he wrote things like: looking for attention, laziness, not real and over-reacting. People then shared personal stories on how they experienced people interacting with the stigmas.
Foster then explained that this program was about erasing the stigma on mental illness. This talk was about breaking the silence and educating people.

He then moved on to the next word: anxiety. He repeated the process he had used for depression. The group gave words like: heart racing, over-thinking, fear and panic attacks.
The stigmas ranged from being told to calm down, to people trying to patronize them by saying that they understood, or it was all in the person’s head. By looking at the two lists, it became clear that some of the stigmas overlapped with each other.

“The stigmas are similar even if the symptoms are different,” Foster commented

Next, they moved on to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. By its clinical definition, it is caused by a terrifying event that forces you to change how you view the world. Foster had them talk about things that could cause PTSD. Rape, abuse, and going through or witnessing traumatic events could all cause PTSD. Large scale events like war, natural disasters, and events like 9/11 could also cause it.
Symptoms of PTSD include, intrusive memories, avoidance of anything that reminds them of the event, negative changes in thinking and mood and changes in emotional reactions.

Foster explained, “All these reactions are normal. The only thing that makes it an illness is the length of time.”

Next, the discussion moved on to self-injury. The group talked about the different reasons that might make people self-harm. The reasons were as varied as the method, not wanting to feel, needing something to control, and forcing them to feel or care about something. The biggest reason was a way to release.

Most of the time it has nothing to do with being suicidal. Also, most people will go to great lengths to hide the marks. Stephanie Fortin, Assistant Director of Counseling Services, commented, “If they are going around telling people they self-harm and show off the scars, it might be a different underlying condition.”

Bipolar disorder was next. This time Foster had them explain what they thought the definition of Bipolar was. The first one was mania and depression with little in between . This was the most accurate definition but still isn’t fully accurate. The other ones were the usual assumptions, pin drop mood swings without a trigger, flip-of-the-switch mood changes. These definitions are occasionally accurate but they aren’t always the case.

There are three types of Bipolar disorder and the duration of time that a person spends in a manic or depressed state is what determines which one they are diagnosed with. Also, what separates Bipolar disorder from a person just having a bad week is that Bipolar disorder affects how the person’s day will be, as opposed to the person being affected by the day: the highs are higher and the lows are lower

The next portion of the discussion covered Eating Disorders including: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder (BED), with anorexia being the deadliest. Side effects from anorexia include dramatic drop in weight, loss of periods, hair loss, heart and kidney problems and muscle loss.

Bulimia involves binging and purging and results in a more average body weight than anorexia. The symptoms include teeth corrosion, skin sores, esophageal issues, and guilt. They also have high levels of reinforcement since people compliment them on not gaining weight.
BED, characterized by bingeing without purging, was the last disorder they discussed. All three types of eating disorders are common among athletes.

After talking about the disorders, they moved on to discussing how to break the stigma of mental illness. First, they watched a Buzzfeed video entitled “If Physical Health Problems Were Treated like Mental Health Problems.” The video demonstrated how strange it was to view mental illness in a negative light.

This brought them to the discussion on the stigmas that go along with taking medication. Campus Minister, Jeff Lecrone, stressed the importance of “Meds that relieve symptoms vs, meds that bring balance.”

Fortin added that in her experience, prescribing medication isn’t the default answer. “Some people just need to talk,” but she made it clear that if someone has a family history, then medication might be the best option.

They watched another video that showed celebrities who were open about having some mental health concerns. Then they discussed not using disorders as adjectives. For example, calling someone bipolar or OCD is as bad as calling them cancer or another physical illness.
Foster showed a map of global suicide rates by country from 2012, published by the World Health Organization. This is important since according to, suicide is the second leading cause of death for college age students.

Next, the presentation moved on to where people could find support. Foster also showed different movements that promoted awareness and worked to break the stigma on mental health and suicide.
They then discussed signs to watch out for so that those in attendance could potentially notice if people they knew may be considering suicide. Ultimately, the importance of taking action was stessed if concern was raised for someone’s safety. Foster’s main point being it’s better to lose a friendship then a friend.

Lastly, Foster shared resources on campus for those who are struggling. The list included friends, RAs, Counseling Services, and the Campus Minister. There are also person of concern forms that can filled out online. Finally, they took an action pledge to appropriately intervene if someone’s safety was a concern.

New Study Abroad Option

Jacob Afton
Staff Writer

The college is getting a plethora of new options for students who want to experience other cultures. Mr. Philip Witherup, the school’s study abroad coordinator was excited to announce these new programs.

Every year, the college has a variety of short travel experiences, May terms and travel courses.
Travel courses have a class component in the spring and a required travel course that takes place either during spring break or after the completion of the semester.  May terms allow students to take an intensive month-long course that takes place in another country.

This year’s travel courses include diverse topics with destinations in Europe and the Caribbean.
A Spanish course will include students traveling to Spain over spring break.

A history class focusing on the British Empire will bring students to the United Kingdom to see many of the historical sites that were covered in class.  Finally, a political science class will allow students to put their knowledge to good use in the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Witherup also shared that the college will be getting a new affiliate program in Puebla, Mexico.
This new program will allow Spanish students to fully immerse themselves in the Spanish language and the Mexican culture.  There are also course opportunities in English.  This program, being an affiliate, means that a student pays their normal tuition rates and all current scholarships and other aid apply.

Mr. Witherup also emphasizes that students have many options when studying abroad.  The college’s programs aren’t the only ones that students can attend.  There are so many other opportunities, like Bridge. Connect. Act. (BCA) and CAPA, the global Education Network, that many students attend every year.

Mr. Witherup also explained that the college is trying to build other partnerships in other countries such as China to provide students with more options and a diverse selection of programs to fit different students’ needs.  Students can also seek their own opportunities. If the college doesn’t offer a program where students want to go, Mr. Witherup will work with that student to find a program that suits them.

Constitution Day Celebrated

Jacob Afton
Staff Writer

In 2004, Senator Robert Byrd inserted a provision into a Senate appropriations bill.  This provision legalized Constitution Day as a federal holiday.  This holiday requires any educational institution that receives federal funding to take time on September 17 to educate about the Constitution.  This year, Dr. Daniel Tagliarina, visiting assistant professor of political science, and his constitutional law class fulfilled this requirement by having some cake and a discussion with Librarian Melissa Correll in Snowden Library.  The main topic?  The constitutionality of the day itself.

Dr. Tagliarina gave some background on this day.  Senator Byrd had a love of the Constitution and wanted more widespread education about it.  He was able to do so by adding a rider to the appropriation bill.  A rider is a part of a bill that often doesn’t have to do with the main bill, which the author inserts with the hope that the bill will pass along with the main bill.  This is a common practice in Congress, but in this case, a federal holiday was created that instituted a new mandate for government-supported educational facilities.  This relatively unknown holiday had been previously recognized under different names, such as Citizens Day, but in 2004 it became law and with it came a mandate that has the potential to cut education funding for schools that don’t cooperate.

So far, there are no such examples of schools losing government funding due to lack of compliance with required programming on  this holiday.  The holiday even seems to be largely unknown.  Some students hadn’t even heard about it before the discussion.  This didn’t stop the students of Dr. Tagliarina’s class from discussing the potential legality of this law.

One argument was that this law constituted compelled speech, which is prohibited in the First Amendment.  In this argument, the government is basically mandating schools to talk about the Constitution, threatening to withhold federal funding if schools do not cooperate. The general consensus, though, was that this particular law is relatively benign.  The law doesn’t state what must be talked about, so teachers and students are allowed to have discussions.

It was agreed upon though, that this law could theoretically set a dangerous precedent for the government to infringe on speech rights by threatening to withhold funds if a school doesn’t comply.

One student drew a comparison to how North Korea requires its people to worship their leader.  The government certainly isn’t telling America to start calling Obama “Dear Leader,” but when the government starts telling the people what to say and when, argued the students, this creates a situation where the federal government has a precedent to use money to get the states to bend to its will.  One student saw a similarity between the Constitution Day law and America’s drinking age.

There is no federal drinking age, because setting the age is a state right.  In a similar way to the Constitution Day law, the government has the ability to withhold highway funds from states if their drinking age isn’t 21 or older.

CCThe discussion highlighted the fact that governing a country is difficult.  Robert Byrd, a Constitution fanatic, introduced a bill that many people think is against the very Constitution.  Dr. Tagliarina doubts the law’s constitutionality, as did many from the group.

Family Weekend a big hit

Jenny Reilly
Entertainment and Opinion Editor

Hiawatha River Boat Cruise

Family Weekend kicked off Friday and with it, the annual Hiawatha River Boat Cruise was held. The event had two separate sailings and many families opted for the later cruise to enjoy other Family Weekend Events. The families who set sail at 6:30 p.m. enjoyed a special treat and watched the sun set over the mountains. Michael Competiello, senior, commented, “This was my first Family Weekend Riverboat ride, we had a really nice time, and the sunset was absolutely beautiful.”

The cruise was accompanied by a Wing dinner on the boat provided by Parkhurst. Families enjoyed quesadilla cornucopias, pigs in a blanket, pasta salad and their choice of mild and barbeque wings. There were also cookies and drinks provided.

The cruise is a favorite among families of first year students who use the two hour long cruise as a chance to catch up and spend quality time together as a family. Upperclassmen also use this as a time to spend with their families, enjoying the scenic ride.

The Wings cruise was hosted by the office of alumni relations and once again it was a success due to great planning, good food, and wonderful weather.

Jordyn Hotchkiss

Friday Night Bowling

To help kick off family weekend, families came together at Faxon Bowling Alley starting at 9:00 p.m. on Friday. With a small registration fee, families of all sizes could come, grab a pair of shoes and a bowling ball and bowl for two hours. The lanes were mixed families, depending on the size of families. The goal was to have 6 people per lane and the college filled most of the lanes. The families could bowl endlessly until the game shut down at 11 p.m. Not only was it endless two hour bowling, but families were also provided with pizza and drinks over the course of the evening. Senior, Bryan Mcginnis attended the event and said, “I come from a bowling family so bowling again with my mom was a ton of fun! For the record I beat her, but only by a few pins!” People of various skills enjoyed a fun filled family event.

Senior Reception

Towards the end of family weekend, the seniors joined President Kent Trachte and Dr. Sharon Trachte[D1]  at their home for the Senior Reception with their families. The Trachte’s welcomed students and families into their homes with a large tent in the backyard and had different types of deserts to enjoy. They also allowed families to tour the first floor of their home, which features artwork created by faculty and students.

President Trachte spoke, welcoming seniors and their families and thanking everyone for coming. He then introduced the senior class officers who spoke briefly of the plans for the year. There was a lot of mingling between students and parents as the seniors kick off their final year.

Jacob Afton
Staff Writer


On Saturday,  hypnotist Paul Ramsey performed for students and families in Clarke Chapel.  Ramsey begun his show by assuring the audience that hypnosis is a safe, natural state.  He then conducted a series of simple exercises to gauge who can easily go into the suggestive state that is the basis for hypnosis.  Some people are more suggestible than others, and therefore are better able to be hypnotized.  After some participants had been selected, the audience was treated to some interesting scenarios.  The audience even got to vote for what they saw.  A man had a baby, Idina Menzel performed “Let it Go” and there was an impromptu ballet recital.  The audience laughed all night and the participants were good sports.  The demonstration not only disproved some misconceptions about hypnosis, but provided some great entertainment.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

College Football is Back

Trevor Endler
Sports Editor

College football season is back now and the experiment phase of the playoff format is over.  Last year the NCAA decided to revamp the decision making process for picking a national championship.
They moved from the BCS program to creating a playoff committee that decided the top four teams in the country.

Coming into the year there was an enormous amount of criticism about the playoff system because it was untested.

The old BCS system simply used a computer algorithm to decide who the two best teams in the country were and had them play for the title.

However every year there were issues with who the BCS picked as the two best teams and those problems led to the creation of the playoff system.

The initial year of the playoffs was considered a great success by just about everyone who had any input after its showing.

The two teams coming into the playoff that were expected to contend for the championship, Alabama and Florida State, both lost in the first round.

Every year before that, these two would have played in the national championship even though the results of the playoff system showed otherwise.

This year the playoffs are back and knowing generally how the committee looks at a season the race is on to get to the championship weekend.

Coming into the year the reigning champions, Ohio State, are still considered the overall favorite to hold the national championship but season is a long and difficult journey that could give any result.
With only a week down in the season most teams have not done much to change their preseason rankings but some have already gotten their first loss to possibly push them out of playoff contention.
The biggest favorites to make the final four in the playoffs are Ohio State, Alabama, TCU and USC.
Both Ohio State and Alabama look to be almost virtual locks for the playoffs coming into the season but in the SEC it is always a difficult journey.

The Auburn/Alabama rivalry appears to be the deciding factor on which team will represent the SEC in the playoff format.

TCU has the next best odds and looks ready to get revenge for their snub last year.
The high-flying offense has gotten a year older and more developed which makes them all the more dangerous for the rest of the college football world.

The last spot is open for either the winner of the PAC-12 or the ACC but with the apparent decline of Florida State this season the PAC-12 should get the nod from the committee.

The most likely winner is Oregon, who even with the loss of quarterback, Marcus Mariota looks as quick as ever with the same high-scoring, fast-paced offense.

This leaves a very similar playoff picture from last year but even with three of the same four teams, two of the three could not look any more different from the teams that dressed just last year.
Also the inclusion of a Big 12 team will stir up the picture more than expected because they are looking for blood after being left out last year.

Just a year later and the successes of the playoff system are already being praised by everyone in the industry.

The season has begun now though and the process is starting up all over again.  All we can do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the show that is the college football season.

Putting out Cigarettes on Campus

Melissa Bilza 
Staff Writer

There are two sides to every argument or topic, just like there are in this situation. There are the first-hand smokers -- the students who take a stroll around campus leisurely inhaling and exhaling thousands of chemicals, not really bothering anyone, or at least they perceive that to be the case.
And then there’s the non-smoking student, the one in his or her dorm room studying with the window open, when a giant waft of smoke comes rolling through the window screen. Typical? Maybe not, as most smokers are cognizant of the 25-feet rule, and at least attempt to choose an appropriate distance, but does it happen? You bet.

I am new to the college, and if there’s one thing I’ve noticed it’s the lack of any restrictions on cigarette smoking and the lack of common courtesy that accompanies it.

I do not appreciate having to hold my breath every time I encounter cigarette smoke, nor do I appreciate the several cigarette butts I have seen scattered around campus.

This is not a new issue. In 2008, The Pennsylvania state legislature signed into law the Clear Air Act, a document that would revolutionize restaurants and public places as we knew them, erasing any previous divisions like “smoking” and “non-smoking” sections. But what people don’t know is that Pennsylvania’s 14 state schools are also under the same policy.

The PA Education Board banned smoking anywhere on campus within its state-owned institutions -- Bloomsburg, Kutztown, Shippensburg -- just to name a few. Now I am not suggesting that the college enforce the same policy, for I personally believe that such a notion would be unconstitutional, even in the name of education, but the principal is still the same. Unregulated smoking is a crucial issue, leading to secondhand smoke and undesired “storm clouds” of exhaust.

Here is my solution: Most smokers and nonsmokers are aware of the law in which all outdoor smoking may not occur within 25-feet of a building. This regulation is extremely difficult to enforce -- as if every smoker were to carry around a tape measure and physically measure what exactly satisfies the threshold; instead, they guesstimate.

However, if we were to build designated smoking facilities, no guesstimating would be necessary, unwanted smoke would be isolated from buildings and even passer-bys, and those smoking could do so together in a comfortable environment.

Most amusement parks, such as Hersheypark in Hershey, PA, have designating smoking areas called smoking gazebos or shelters. The mission is to segregate the smoke from the general non-smoking park goers.

Now of course the impact is heightened due to the presence of young children, but again, the principle is the same. The installation of designated facilities would solve a major issue on campus. Other schools are catching on and creating these areas, and Lycoming should too.

But don’t think I am neglecting the other side of the spectrum. I would not propose a solution if it weren’t actually a solution, meaning both parties were not satisfied. Alex Dvorshock  is a casual cigarette smoker.

When asked about the effect of his smoking on other students, Dvorshock responded with, “It’s difficult at times to remember to be conscious of it [smoking] because it’s so habitual and ingrained in my life at this point.”

And Dvorshock is quite valid with his statement. Often times, we forget the effect that something so natural to us might have on other people. Notably, though, he is open to compromise; “I think designated smoking areas are very reasonable”, he said. “Proposing the idea of gazebos or painted in areas for people to smoke is an essential step for our campus.”

Dvorshock also went on to say how cigarettes can be a cultural phenomenon at the college, with our large percentage of international students representing various types of cigarettes from all over the world and fostering the groundwork for friendship. This was a point that I entirely overlooked initially, though it certainly is another channel of globalization, a key component of a Lycoming education.

But don’t attack me with your rebuttal just yet. I am aware that a hindrance to the proposition is the budget limitation. Where will the funds come from to begin this project?

One possibility could include funding from The Student Senate. The Student Senate is allocated a specific amount of money to distribute amongst all clubs on campus, one of which is L.A.C.E.S; a club “established for the sole purpose of bettering the community.” What better way to improve the community than to terminate the evils of secondhand smoke?

By teaming up with other service organizations, specifically those environmentally-themed, interest could be sparked, both mentally and financially.

The money could be fundraised, or even a case could be made to the Pennsylvania Board of Education, who clearly has a strong opinion on tobacco use.

 And if the funds were to be received, then perhaps the construction of these facilities could be turned into a service project option for next year’s freshman class or other organizations that focus on construction.

The methods of getting to the solution are open for discussion, as well as the solution itself. But the problem is not. It is imperative to the student body and faculty of Lycoming College that changes be made to correct this epidemic.

Bowling in the Stacks: Right up Your Alley

Kaitlyn Hipple
Staff Writer

Snowden Library held a bowling tournament on their second floor at 9 p.m. on Friday. Assistant Professor and Instructional Services Librarian, Melissa Correll, introduced the event to the college after learning about a similar activity from a public library.

Some may think the idea of bowling in a library is a contradiction, however, as Correll states, “We wanted something that could make a good sound.” The night was co-sponsored by the Dean of First Year Students and Student Programs.

Director of Student Programs Larry Mannolini made a comment about this creative kickoff to the new school year and added “Student Programs is always looking to co-sponsor with other areas and departments on campus and when approached with the idea, I thought it was a neat way to offer a fun program while also bringing people into the library.” Correll would like to thank her co-sponsors, because “without their help, the night wouldn’t be possible.”

There was some curiosity on campus as to how the event would be run; students suggested the night would consist of bowling with library books and possibly the pins being books, too. But, with three indoor bowling sets at hand, a catchy playlist streaming in the background, the staff running the event set up three lanes on the second floor and waited for teams to arrive.

Soon enough, the library was transformed into a regular hot-spot and became a bowling alley.
Junior Coral Chiaretti expressed her excitement for the night by stating, “I think it’s awesome the library staff members want to do these events with the student body. It’s great how they take their own time to hang out with us and get to know us outside academics.”

Many students chimed in and said they loved how the atmosphere changes from day to night and was filled with energy and excitement. Sophomore Emily Carson observed “It’s events like these that truly transform the library and make it the place to be on a Friday night.”

Students from the Panhellenic Council volunteered their evening by being score keepers and pinsetters. With over 40 students in attendance, each game had five frames and each team could have up to six players. The winner for the evening was Rosa Rodriguez, setting the bar high with a score of 95 points. Rosa commented on her win by saying, “It was fun to participate in the event. I haven’t gone bowling in a while, so it was funny to win. I had a great time and I hope they repeat the activity before the semester is over.” Rosa will receive a $10 gift card to the Campus Bookstore. Following close behind was Jessica Miller with 93 points, winning a $5 gift card to CafĂ© 1812 and Jake Miller with 92 points, receiving a Snowden Library goodie bag.

As many students have come to learn that the library houses various events throughout the school year, such as; Hide and Seek, Snowden ‘til 2, Easter Egg Hunts, and Quizzo.
Library Circulation Desk  student worker and Junior, Abbi O’Connor commented on the library’s events overall and exclaimed, “It’s great to see so many students come out and have fun together. I love the library’s events!”

Likewise, many First Year Students echoed this claim; Brittany Lenze and a group of her friends patiently waited for a lane by playing an intense game of a Scooby Doo version of Trouble and remarked “This is a good way to meet new people and get to know your friends.”
The night ended with high spirits leaving students excited for the next time bowling comes to the library. Melissa Correll concluded the evening by revealing, “It may have only been our first, it’s definitely not our last.”

Always Write at the Writing Center

Hayley Pisciotti
Staff Writer

Located on the third floor of the Snowden Library, the Writing Center opened last Wednesday to all students. The trained staff assist students looking for help with their writing, as well as the opportunity to receive another opinion about their essays. It is a free resource for all students to improve their writing skills.

The first week of school passed by quickly and now every student is staring at their accumulated syllabi wondering how they’ll ever have time to write all their papers. Instead of staring at the blank Word document on the computer screen, a student can head to the Writing Center to brainstorm ideas with a tutor. The Writing Center tutors are also available if the first draft of the essay is not meeting up to a professor’s standards.  The tutors can help develop the essay further. It doesn’t matter how long a student has been at the college, the Writing Center welcomes everyone to use this wonderful resource.

The Writing Center’s director, Shanna Wheeler, commented, “The Writing Center is a place where writers of all skill levels can interact with real, in-the-flesh readers. They can test out their ideas and their communication of those ideas; then they can make changes that will improve not only a specific writing project, but also the writer.” Keeping that in mind, she has hired a smart and welcoming student staff. Every tutor is happy to look over current writing projects for any class at all stages of the writing process. Andrew Shelly, Alex Fedigan, Caroline McMaster, Christopher Cizek, Diana Cavaliere, Erin Szogi, Georgie White, Kaitlyn Hipple, Krysta Corliss, Lauren DelGaizo, Pat McGinley, Rebecca Reed, and Sam Raup represent the returning staff. The Writing Center also greets new employees: Brandon Conrad, Ben Thompson, Danielle Myers, and Sarah Donovan.
Tutors must be referred by a professor in order to start an application for the Writing Center. The student must also submit three different examples of their own writing. Once that has happened, the student will be interviewed by Shanna Wheeler to go over basic guidelines of the tutoring job. Once the tutor is hired, the staff goes through a training process, which is intended to help strengthen their skills as editors throughout the year. The staff takes their responsibility seriously at the Writing Center. When asked why she wanted to work for the Writing Center, Danielle Myers, sophomore,  explained, “The Writing Center really helped me my freshmen year. It’s a comfortable environment, which makes it less intimidating than going to the professor. I just want to help students, plus editing is fun!”

Along with new staff, the Writing Center made other adjustments. There is now a system for scanning College IDs, which quickens the check in/check out process and allows information to update straight to the Writing Center’s data; the new Math Center has also added this innovative technology.

Tracking who is actively visiting will help the staff understand who is taking advantage of this resource at the college. The Writing Center will continue to inform the professor about the student visit, which shows the initiative of the student, and is another reason to visit the third floor of the Snowden Library.    

The process of visiting the Writing Center is simple. The student must bring their ID, the guidelines assigned by the professor, and a printed copy of what they have written so far. The staff member and student will sit down one-on-one and read the work out loud. This technique helps catch small mistakes the writer has missed. Afterwards, the tutor might ask how the student wants to continue the essay or express some ideas to make their writing stronger. The staff is always approachable and they feel it is important to make the student feel comfortable. One of these friendly staff members include, Kaitlyn Hipple, sophomore, who said, “I love the job and being able to talk to students about writing. I love brainstorming thesis ideas with them and having a student come in thinking of one idea and leaving with totally different and developed one.”

The Writing Center teaches students to be better writers, editors, and overall better communicators.  Lauren DelGaizo, senior, stated, “As a staff member, the Writing Center is the ultimate customer service job: some days you’re tired, you’ve got your own papers to write and places to be, but you still have to commit yourself to giving a consistent stream of people what they’re asking for, right on the spot. You really learn how to put all that aside and work with other people, especially with the help of your team.”

Visit the Writing Center anytime to look over an essay or express an idea in which help is needed. The Writing Center is open Monday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 7:00 p.m.  until 10:00 p.m.. No appointment necessary.

Remembering September 11th

Jacob Afton
Staff Writer

Few events in contemporary American history had such an impact on the world as the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  These attacks took the lives of thousands of American innocents and sparked a chain of events that would lead to new safety standards, the Patriot Act and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.  U.S. Forces were soon sent to Afghanistan to dismantle the Taliban, where thousands more American lives would be lost in the War on Terror.  As tragic as an event as it was though the attacks were, it raised awareness of the radical Islamist movement and helped give America the tools it needed to thwart similar attempts, of which there have been several.  So let’s take a look at just what happened on that day and how the world has changed because this is not just a story of loss.  It’s a story of bravery and sacrifice, and the story is still being told.

According to, it was a beautiful, cloudless day in New York on September 11, 2001.  The unsuspecting city of New York was just going about its daily business.  At 8:45 a.m. that changed.  A Boeing 767 impacted the 80th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center, and at 9:03 a.m., another plane hit the south tower.  Professor Charles Mahler remembers it well.  “Must have been a Cessna,” he had thought when he first heard that a plane had hit the Trade Center, and his Physical Chemistry lab continued on.  Information travelled slower in 2001, as cell phones were simpler, and people had to log on to a computer to access the internet.  There was a period where it was unclear what happened.  A Cessna hitting the trade center would have certainly been a tragic accident, but after the second impact, it became clear that something was much bigger had occurred.
An internet search proved difficult and high traffic made for an unreliable connection, creating uncertainty and confusion .  Images of the smoking towers disheartened those looking for answers.  Mahler received the news of the first collapse by phone.  National Public Radio  provided more information, and as it became apparent that America was under attack, his brave students carried on.  America felt terror as another plane hit the Pentagon.  The brave souls aboard another flight fought the hijackers on their plane, and ended up sacrificing their lives when the plane crashed in western Pennsylvania. According to many speculate these hijacker’s target was the White House or Capital Building., both in Washington, D.C.

These events, now universally known as 9/11, shook America.  All flights were grounded for days.  Over 3000 were killed, including hundreds of first responders.  Police, firemen, and paramedics bravely plunged into the burning towers in an effort to save the thousands of trapped civilians, forfeiting their lives so that others could live.  Mere hours later, the site of the towers was reduced to rubble.  Courageous rescue workers toiled night and day, combing the wreckage of ground zero for the few survivors of the collapse.  They exposed themselves to harmful substances in the process, and today, many surviving 9/11 first responders are dying of lung cancer and other diseases.  A group of first responders recently shared their story with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. Fourteen years later, there is still no law mandating that these heroes receive health care aid, so many who can’t afford costly treatments are dying prematurely.

The attack shocked America.  A colleague of Mahler’s flew commercially about a year later  and said that people looked around nervously before the plane took off, worrying about another hijacking attempt.  Americans who are old enough to remember will never forget the day the towers fell.  The attacks hit home at the college as well.  Three alumni perished at the trade center that day.  Angela R. Kyte, ’73, Jon C. Vandevander, ’79, and Justin J. Molisani, ‘81 were among the dead as the dust settled.  Current students generally do not remember the attacks; they only remember bits and pieces of stories from those who do remember.  I was four when it happened, and most underclassmen were close to my age.  Some older students shared their stories.

Joe , a junior, remembers it being story time in his third grade class when the towers were hit.  He recalls that people were confused and calling home.  His school was on lockdown for hours, which extended late into the evening.  Tony, a senior, remembers that he was eating lunch.  His story was similar; confused teachers and parents trying to figure out what was going on.  His father, employed by NCIS, was at the Pentagon the day before.  Patricia, another senior, grew up in the Pacific Time Zone, and she remembers going into school early to work on her spelling.  She walked in on her teacher watching the second impact on live TV; the woman was paralyzed with terror.  Patricia, being so young, didn’t understand.  She thought that what she was seeing was a movie.  Later, she asked her mother what happened.  Her mother responded with, “Bad guys hurt the country today.”
They certainly did hurt the country, and America’s response was swift.  Two months after, explains, Operation Enduring Freedom saw American forces enter Afghanistan to quell the Taliban, the organization that claimed responsibility, and Osama Bin Laden, their leader.  The Taliban waged an insurgency campaign for years after, and Bin Laden avoided his death until 2011 when Navy Seals finally took him out.  So far, there have been over 6,000 American serviceman killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Brian Lasher, a retired strategic planner with the Navy Multi-National Forces Iraq.  The Department of Homeland security was formed on November 25, 2002, according to their website.  The DHS was created to protect America from future attacks.  Since then, many terrorist attempts have been foiled.  The Transportation Security Administration, now a branch of the DHS according to their website, has been screening passengers since 2001. It may seem like the TSA’s agencies methods can be extreme, but they are the ones charged with preventing objects that could be used in another hijacking from making it onto a plane. These precautions haven’t been without their flaws.  According to CNN, in 2009, a Nigerian terrorist smuggled a bomb onto a flight in his underwear, according to CNN. The only reason his plan failed was that his bomb malfunctioned.

The world has obviously changed since 9/11.  Joe , who I mentioned earlier, can see the difference from the pre 9/11 world and today.  Brian Lasher, a retired strategic planner with the Navy Multi-National Forces Iraq, who now teaches social studies in one of the highest ranked high schools in Pennsylvania, worked as a note taker during the Shi’a and Sunni reconciliation in Iraq.  I asked him how he thinks the world has changed since 9/11.  He responded, “As I see it, the world has become more dangerous,”  He argues that since 9/11, radical Muslims have become “more emboldened,” as is the case with ISIL.  He has a point, considering the current situation with ISIL in Syria and Iraq, which has been covered frequently on CNN and other major news outlets. When asked the same question, Dr. Caroline Payne, professor of political science here at Lyco said that the 9/11 attacks have caused America to focus on Islamist Terrorism, largely ignoring other forms, putting us at risk to attack.

So why did I write what I did here? It may seem that I wrote a history article rather than a simple commemoration to 9/11.  I wrote what I did because many Americans, mostly people my age and younger, simply don’t understand the tragedy of what happened that day.  Thousands died, and the attacks sparked a chain of events that would take even more lives and plunge America into an ongoing war on terror.  This brand of terror is spreading through the world, popping up in the Middle East and Africa.  CNN has covered such groups, like ISIL and Boko Haram in Nigeria.  People are flocking to Iraq and Syria to take on ISIL’s banner.  When we were attacked, the world changed, and now people make light of it.  “Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” is now a popular running joke online.  I wanted to remind people that 9/11 is no laughing matter.  Too many people died that day and are still dying because of it.  The world is different today because of the attacks and America’s response.  Tony  could have very well lost his father at the Pentagon that day.  Joe ’s grandfather worked at the Trade Center and thankfully wasn’t at work during the attack.  Thousands of people are without parents, children, or spouses because of the evil that transpired that day.  We need to stay strong as we stay vigilant, remember those lost, and honor the brave few that gave their lives that day trying to save others.

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.