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.

Greeks compete ‘through the decades’

Phi Kappa Psi wins their second consecutive Greek Week trophy after a week of ‘decade’ themed challenges

Sam Ferraro
Staff Writer

Greek organizations stormed campus from March 17-21 participating in various events and competitions for the trophy. The Greek Week chairs, Alex Branam of the Inter-fraternity Council and a brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon and Kelly Blasi of the Panhellenic Council and a sister of Alpha Sigma Tau teamed up and created the events that Greeks participated in.

The theme of this year’s Greek Week was Through the Decades, requiring that each house pick a fitting time period. Each house created banners and skits that matched the themes of the decade they picked.

Kappa Delta Rho, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Psi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Rho Omega, Gamma Delta Sigma and Beta Phi Gamma all donned their Greek spirit in a variety of ways from wearing their letters proudly across their chests to creating colorful and fun Greek Week shirts to wear on various days of the week.

“I think there was more excitement for Greek Week than my other years on campus. It’s always more fun when all the houses are in the spirit. It’s a fun way to bring us all together, even though we compete with one another. It reminds us all why we joined Greek life, and that we all have something in common, regardless of which sorority or fraternity we joined,” said Danielle Loiseau, a sister of Beta Phi Gamma.

The order of the events for the week consisted of banner presentations and a toga race on Monday, Capture the Flag on Tuesday, Chapel Skits and the Greek God and Goddess contest on Wednesday, Greek Olympics on Thursday, and a volleyball tournament and the commencement and announcement of the winners on Friday night.

To gain interest and determine what events people would be most excited to participate in, the Greek Week chairs looked at events from other schools who partake in Greek Week or similar types of activities.
The top choices were then sent out in a survey to narrow down the options and compile a list of five or six events in which Greeks could participate.

There was no fundraising required for this event, though numerous staff members assisted in planning the events including members of the Recreation Center staff, Greek Life Coordinator, Candy Rivera and various students who assisted in judging Chapel Skits and banners.

A winner was selected based both on participation of the houses and how well they performed in each activity.

“I thought that the week went really well, we got to add some new events this year that put an interesting spin on things. The houses did great participating and putting a one hundred percent into making Greek Week great. I can’t wait to see what next year’s is like,” Blasi said.

“I think this year’s Greek Week was significantly more successful than last year and it was a lot of fun overall. A few events had a couple hiccups but they were still fun, and there was a lot of participation and interest by most of the house,” Branamsaid.

A big congratulations goes out to this year’s top three Greek houses—Phi Kappa Psi in first, Alpha Xi Delta in second, and Gamma Delta Sigma in third—and thanks to all houses for their participation and good spirits during the week.

‘Insert Witty Title Here’: Senior art exhibit to debut tomorrow

Shannon Bolin
College Life Editor

The 2014 Senior Art Show will run from April 3 to May 6 in the Snowden Library art gallery. The best work of the 21 participating seniors will be showcased from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Like the name of the show suggests, these students have been working too hard on their art to create a ‘witty’ title.
Senior Tori Cox poses with some of the pieces she has worked 
on over the semester. 

“All of us worked our butts off and made some super cool art so come make a title for the show yourself,” said senior Tori Cox.

The exhibit will be open daily for the public, students, faculty and staff to observe.

Each senior was required to create a cohesive body of work as well as a professional artists statement.
Their work was then sent to the director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Rhode Island, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, who reviewed the material and selected the pieces for the exhibit.

Matthew is also a photography professor at the University of Rhode Island and represented by SepiaEYE, New York City and the Tasveer Gallery, India.

“There are so many seniors and we all have completely different styles and work in different mediums so there’s going to be a tone of nifty stuff to look at,” Cox said.

Seniors Ethan Bierly, Sara Anthony, Brittany Bicchetti, Sifa Blackmon, Megan Brad, Sarah Banatoski, Erica Snyder, Amaraja Sholder, Annie Wegman, Jessica Szuchyt, Alysia Williams, Briana Riddick, Kelly Ciesla, Tori Cox, Faith Emrich, Kristi Costantino, Brooke Long, Jessica Schote, Lauren Karol, Gabriela Gorka and Stephanie Engle will all be featured at the exhibit.

Interested students can check out the art exhibit tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

Free Crever, but also, stop breaking things

D.C. Keys
Staff Writer

“Free Crever” posters have been spreading across the campus. Now as funny as that is, let’s be honest here: I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner.

Vandalism has started to become a weekly occurrence this school year. From destroyed exit signs in the Commons to vandalized bulletin boards, the signs of drunken partying are everywhere.
Shannon Bolin/LYCOURIER
“Free Crever” protesting was done mainly through posters; 
some passionate students even made t-shirts for the cause.

The vandalism itself isn’t the only problem.  How it’s being handled is also an issue.

When they restricted access to the Commons last semester most of us didn’t care. We were still allowed to visit people even if we couldn’t key in ourselves. The difference is that unlike the Commons, Crever isn’t an independent living facility. It’s a residential hall, which means it is meant to foster a community. This is kind of hard to do when only Crever students are allowed to go to any gatherings, which we all know is Administrative speak for a party, in Crever.  A “no gathering restriction” was specified in the mass e-mail sent to students regarding the issue

Instead of dealing with the symptoms, can’t we deal with the root of the problem? People get drunk and do stupid stuff. The way I see it there are two ways to fix this. The first is arguably the hardest: convince people that they don’t need to be drunk to have fun. Our society says otherwise, and as much as we might like to think we can change this, that’s not realistic.

So let’s look at option two: make doing stupid stuff punishable. The rules are in place, but the enforcement falls through.     Now, this isn’t Safety and Security’s fault. People see stuff all the time but choose to keep quiet.  Students need to know that they can report incidents without being a snitch, and small incidents need to be punished appropriately before they become a big deal.

Without a proper system of reporting and enforcing, nothing will be solved.  At this rate, it won’t stop at Crever.  It’s only a matter of time before all the residential halls start getting slapped with restrictive access.

Editor’s note: The Crever point of view

Dan Zebrine
Opinion Editor

Perhaps the most important perspective in the recent restriction of access to Crever is that of the residents of Crever.  This is not a point of view that we have within our staff, but I did talk to residents and regular visitors of Crever and got their opinions on the matter.

They agreed that the damage – broken ceiling tiles were the main concern, they said – is stupid.  As college students, there is no reason for such behavior beyond intoxication.  They admitted that this should stop.
The “Free Crever” movement, then, is not a demonstration of Crever residents’ lack of remorse for their actions.  Instead, they are upset with how the administration handled the issue.

The students mentioned two main concerns with the college’s actions.  First, they expressed fear admitting to causing any damage.  They said that no student would feel comfortable admitting to breaking one ceiling tile for fear that others would throw them under the bus, and that student would then be blamed entirely when they just wanted to do the right thing.

Their second issue is with the severity of the punishment.  The restricted access, they said, is unnecessary so soon.  They feel that, especially since this is the first punishment given for the vandalism, the administration should not have reacted so strongly.  Instead, increased security in the building would have sufficed at this point.  This, they believe, would have been enough to decrease, if not eliminate, the vandalism and destruction problem.

I, personally, cannot comment on the issue itself; I simply do not know enough information to make any sort of fair judgment.  I can say, though, that Crever residents bring up very valid points.  Especially with less than a month of school left, I doubt the restricted access will be revoked this semester.  However, I do hope that the residents of Crever and the administration can, in the future, work out a way to reduce vandalism without having to resort to such drastic measures.

Staff opinion: It’s spring (maybe)

Okay, seriously, this is not something we should be complaining about anymore.  It is April.  It has been spring for two weeks.  Why do we still have to worry about snow?

Granted, it could be worse.  All that Williamsport had to deal with since the end of winter was a dusting last week.  Other areas, however, have not been so lucky, suffering a significant winter storm Sunday night.
And it wasn’t like the most northern parts of New England that are used to such late snow.  Areas even just 20 minutes away from Williamsport experienced more snow than they should in spring.

We’d be more okay with this if  the weather would just make up its mind.  It seems like since that big snow a few weeks ago, we’ve been submitted to a vicious cycle of taunting by the weather.  For a few days, it’d start getting warmer.  Then, just as we let ourselves believe spring had finally come, weather destroyed all our hopes and dreams.  Temperatures would plummet, wind would pick up, and it would be winter again.
But then weather would apologize.  “Sorry, everyone, that was mean, but for real now, it’s spring,” it told us.  It gave us a few more days of warmth and sunshine.  We believed in it, because we wanted to believe in it.  More than anything, we just wanted winter to be over.

And maybe it was because we wanted it so badly that it hurt so much the next time the weather yanked spring from out of grasps and thrust us right back into winter.  It kept at it, and we became cynical.  We accepted that it would just be winter all year, every year, until the end of time.

Everything changed March 20th.  Winter was over, if only in name and not weather.  Once again, we had a reason to believe in spring.  It was here, winter was over.  No matter what the weather said, it was officially spring.

And, for a few days, the weather seemed to submit to this.  It was nice, it was warm, we could see the sun.  We were so, so, SO close to freedom.

By the time, then, that we saw those few snowflakes falling on our walk to dinner that evening, when we woke up to a dusting covering the ground, we had had it.  Weather, we are angry, and we are done with you.  We are done with your taunting.  We are done with your games.  We will not tolerate your behavior anymore.  It is spring, and it is damn well time you start acting like it.  You can make snow again next winter.  Until then, we expect, nay, demand better weather.  We want warmth!  We want sunshine!  We want a pleasant spring breeze!

But on a serious note, as angry as we are with the weather refusing to get with the seasons, we’d like to acknowledge the incredible work by Buildings and Grounds through this past rough winter.  We students loved to complain about the snow, but all we had to do was walk through it,  which was significantly less difficult thanks to B&G.

And it’s not just the already-hard-enough task of clearing snow from the entire campus that B&G took on.  Especially on the morning of the delayed start, they were out working before many students were even in bed, trying to make the sidewalks as safe as possible for students to walk to class that morning.  They even went so far as to help some students clear out their snowed-in cars.

B&G really went above and beyond to help us students out this winter, and we are extremely appreciative of that.  Now we’re just hoping we won’t be needing their help again until next winter.
Seriously, weather, it’s spring.  Accept it.

Madness, indeed

Dan Zebrine
Opinion Editor

Every March, when I pretend that I know about college basketball for a month, I have one thing in mind: I want to do well to win money.  I expected nothing more out of this year’s March Madness tournament when I sat down to fill out my bracket, but it turns out I’ve gotten something more important than money this year.  Yes, through this March Madness, I accidentally learned a life lesson.  And it’s a good one.

What this year’s tournament – and, more specifically, the pool at my dad’s work that I enter yearly – has taught me is that it does not matter how hard I try in life.  What is really important, what my success is really dependent upon, is the failure of others.
Photo Credit: flickr user Jason Dean
For gamblers and college basketball fans alike, the March 
Madness bracket becomes a month-long obsession.

In the past, I’ve tended towards being a risk-taker when filling out my bracket, and it has often served me fairly well.  There would, however, always be that one risk that didn’t pay off – a risk that cost me first place.  To rectify this, I decided to play it safe this year.  I had a few upsets picked in the first round, but only two teams seeded worse than four made it into my Sweet Sixteen.

If you’ve been following the tournament, you’re aware that this is bad news for me.  Of course, the one year I play it safe, there are more upsets than should ever happen.  Going into the final weekend of the tournament, only two of the Final Four really have any business being there.  Yet there they are, Connecticut as a seven seed and Kentucky as an eight seed, forcing upset after upset to make it to the Final Four.

 Meanwhile, the bracket in my desk drawer is half-covered with orange lines indicating my failure.

Here’s the amazing part: despite this being one of my lowest-scoring brackets I’ve ever had, the standings my dad forwarded to me Monday had me at the top of the list with myriad scenarios for me staying there.  Points are awarded for each correct pick in the 64-team single-elimination tournament, with more points awarded in later rounds.  Amazingly, my bracket is atrocious this year, yet going into the final weekend of March Madness, it’s looking certain that this will be the year I win.

For as poorly as I’m doing, others are doing worse, and that’s what matters.  It’s irrelevant that I failed miserably, as long as everyone else fails even more miserably than I did, and I may win because of that.  This situation is exactly like that whole joke about outrunning a bear: you don’t have to be faster than the bear, but just faster than the slowest person around you.  You don’t need to do your best in life; you just need to do better than your competition.  It’s the only reason for my success through March Madness this year.

Males dominate romantic comedy

Sarah Jaran
Staff Writer

    Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller, “That Awkward Moment” takes the average romantic comedy plot and morphs the view into the male perspective. Do not be fooled however: it is still a romantic comedy and females will probably enjoy it more than males. Yes, there are dirty jokes and semi-crazy nights, but in the end, each male character realizes the importance of enjoying the company of a girl he cares about.
    Since the movie is rated R, audiences can expect explicit content. This includes viewing the naked butts of Efron and Teller in a certain scene. Also, the use of Viagra and dildos pop up within the movie a couple times.  This is because it is supposed to poke fun at the idea of this romantic comedy being from the male perspective. Therefore, certain audiences may be too young to view such a movie, but as always, it is up to the discretion of the guardians and viewers.
    Most publicity articles reviewing the movie describe it as a movie discussing the very important “so…” moment that defines every relationship. However, that moment is only really mentioned a couple times throughout the movie. The actual theme is defining what a relationship really is. As one of the girls says, “Being there for someone, that is all a relationship is.” That moral is why the movie is a memorable one.

Theatre rocks the cradle

D.C. Keys
Staff Writer

    “The Cradle Will Rock” in the Mary Welch theatre April 9-12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available in the box office and are free to students with their ID. This musical will be a co-production with the Lycoming College Music Department.
    “The Cradle Will Rock” will be directed by N.J Stanley, with music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein, and music directed by Gary Boerckel.
  The Musical is set in 1937 in the fictional town of Steeltown, U.S.A. Local tycoon Mr. Mister owns the town and everyone in it. Larry Foreman wants to organize a union and Mr. Mister will stop at nothing to see him fail.
   Blitzstein’s play is the first American musical to fight for the underdog. The play has serious subject matter but is also extremely funny. It does have some adult situations and is recommended for mature audiences.

Sex addicts find their paths to sobriety in 'Thanks for Sharing'

Qiana Hill
Staff Writer

    Sex. Bet you didn’t think this movie review was going there, did you? I didn’t. But here we are. “Thanks For Sharing” stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Pink, Josh Gad and Tim Robbins. In the trailer, Gwyneth Paltrow asks Mark Ruffalo if sex addiction is just something guys say when they get caught cheating. Now, whether guys do that just to get off easy (no pun intended), sex addiction is a real thing. Its main characteristics are compulsive masturbation, extensive use of pornography and/or other sexual related acts.
    In the beginning we are introduced to a Sexual Addicts Anonymous (SAA) meeting. Here we meet Adam (Mark Ruffalo) who is a sex addict. He has been sober for 5 years up to this point. His sponsor, Mike (Tim Robbins) has congratulated him and has just given him one of his “touchy, feely” rocks as Adam calls it. Adam’s sponsee, Neil (Josh Gad) is looking to get a rock as well, but he has yet to do any of the work to obtain one. He’s not helping himself in any way and he continues to give in to his incessant sexual desires. Throughout the movie we follow these three men, but mostly Adam and Neil, on their journey to and throughout sobriety.
Photo Credit: Olympus Photos photographer Anne Joyce 
“Thanks For Sharing” shows addicts struggling to find their ways to 
healthy relationships.  Qiana Hill gives it a 7 out of 10 rating.
Trouble comes when Mike pushes Adam to start dating again saying that he’s done good for 5 years, and at the least, talking to a woman again wouldn’t kill him. Enter Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow). She starts a relationship with Adam, not knowing that he has this addiction. When his secret finally comes to light, things get a bit shaky for them but it seems like they take the precautionary steps to keep Adam from relapsing.
    Now we meet Dede (Pink). She has joined the SAA meetings and has lived her life connecting to men through sex, using her body to relieve her desires, even sometimes by force. When Neil tells his story about having lost his job, for filming up his boss’s skirt he finally admits he’s out of control with his sexual behavior and that he needs help. Dede finds meaning in this and they strike a friendship.
    From this point on, both Neil and Adam take drastic turns. Adam, having difficulty with Phoebe, tries hard to keep himself from relapsing. When they have an argument and he breaks up with Phoebe, things go from bad to worse in a matter of minutes. Neil on the other hand, helps Dede as his higher power which keeps both of them on the straight and narrow. During all of this Mike, Adam’s sponsor, is going through some struggles of his own. He is not only a sex addict but an alcoholic and violent abuser as well. His mistakes ultimately put his son (who is also a recovering alcoholic and drug addict) in the hospital.
    Each character’s breaking points are specific to their individual problems but can be connected across their collective spectrums. Everyone struggles with something whether it’s an addiction or just insecurity. The point of having a group or safe place you can go to talk about it is so that you don’t fall into constant despair about getting out of it. The meetings are organized specifically so no one has to feel alone in their struggle. There are always people you can lean on and even when you have fallen, there will always be someone there to pick you back up to help you start over.
    At the end of the movie, Neil celebrates 30 days of sobriety, Adam is back to trying to get through 24 hours, and Mike has resolved to be a better father.
Mark Ruffalo’s restraining performance was amazing, given that he is recently known for being the uncontrollable Hulk in the Marvel film series. His character of the Hulk helped him to prepare for this role as well. In order to gain control over something you have to lose it first. In losing control, you see the true  importance of having the choice in the first place. The bad feeling may still be there, but you learn to control the degrees to which you respond to it. In realizing your anger or sexual desires don’t control you, but that you control them, is the very instance you cease to remain a victim of your problem. Maintaining restraint is hard, but you can only deal with things one day at a time.
    Josh Gad gives a hilarious performance, and Pink also gave a stunning performance. Based on the fact that it was the first movie I’ve seen in which she didn’t seem like a new actor or out of place. Her ease of the role and stability in the character was what surprised me the most. I hope she continues to do films and broadens her range of talent.
I gave the movie a 7 out of 10 rating and would definitely recommend it- not just for couples but for anyone struggling with any addiction, not just a sexual one.

New Bioshock DLC surprises gamers

Ryan Krebs 
Staff Writer

    It has been over a year since “BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea” came out and let me just say that the gaming community’s view on it is still very divided. Some people see it as an absolute masterpiece that will be talked about for years to come, while others hate it without reason or compromise. This two part expansion pack leaves the floating sky city of Columbia for the underwater city of Rapture, which differs from the first two games in the series. While I can’t say whether this expansion will change the minds people who hated “BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea,” I can say for certain that people who enjoyed the main game will love this expansion.
    The game’s story is set on December 31, 1959 in the underwater city of Rapture, one day before the civil war that would turn the city into a nightmarish place that players of the original “BioShock” game will remember. In the first part, you play as Booker Dewitt, the main protagonist of the main game, who has been hired by a femme fatale version of Elizabeth, the secondary protagonist of the main game, to find a lost little girl named Sally.
Photo Credit: Bioshock user
“Burial at Sea” is a fantastic expansion of the original Bioshock. 
Staff writer and video gamer Ryan Krebs thinks this game is a 
can’t miss.
Their journey to find this girl takes them from the ritziest parts of Rapture to a sunken department store turned prison, and has them run into many familiar characters from earlier “BioShock” games. After many twists and turns, the second part of the game puts players in the shoes of Elizabeth as she struggles to save Sally from a very familiar villain in the “BioShock” series. To say more of the plot would spoil the story. What I can say is that this story does a fantastic job of connecting the world of the original “BioShock” and “BioShock” Infinite and giving a fitting end to the entire series.
    The gameplay of “Burial At Sea’s” first half is almost identical to the main game with a few minor alterations.  Ammunition is far scarcer than in the main game and you will find yourself relying more on sneaking around the environment to take down your enemies.
In the second part of “Burial At Sea” where you play as Elizabeth, the gameplay shifts almost entirely from combat to stealth. Elizabeth cannot hold herself in combat like Booker can and must rely on using her own set of stealth-focused abilities to survive. The game also gives players a set of new tools to experiment with. The first half gives us Old Man Winter, a power that lets you control ice, and the Radar Range, a bizarre weapon that lets you turn enemies into explosive blood bombs. The second half gives us Peeping Tom, a power that lets you see through walls and turn invisible, and the Crossbow, a long range weapon that comes equipped with three different kinds of non-lethal bolt types. All in all, “Burial At Sea” is a fun game to play through and gives you many new tools to experiment with.
    “BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea” is the final game made by “BioShock” creators Irrational Games and I personally feel that it is one hell of a great game to go out on. “Burial At Sea” requires the main game in order to play and both parts individually cost $15 to buy. However, you can get both parts for only $20, plus the combat focused Clash in the Clouds arena mode, by purchasing the season pass. “Burial At Sea” is a real treat for “BioShock” fans and it would be a shame if you missed it.

Four consecutive wins puts Warriors at No. 4 in the MAC

Kendra Bitner
Sports Editor

A 15-5 victory over Commonwealth Conference competitor Alvernia totaled four consecutive wins for the Warrior men’s lacrosse team.
After a close match against fellow MAC team Lebanon Valley on Wednesday, March 26, the Warriors went on the road seeking yet another victory that following Saturday. Victory is exactly what the Warriors found in this conference matchup.
The Warriors, now 4-5 overall and 2-0 in the conference, headed to Reading where they faced the Alvernia Crusaders (now 2-8 overall, 0-2 in the conference). Coming off a three-game winning streak, the Warriors were confident in their ability to take home the win.
Starting with a goal each from seniors Matt McCaffer and Christian Jacobs within the first three minutes, things were looking up for the Warriors. However, the Crusaders responded with two goals. With the addition of another Warrior point from junior Sean Reilly, the first quarter ended 3-2.
Photo Credit: Lycoming College Athletics
Junior goalkeeper Alex Wylly earns MAC Defensive Player 
of the Week for his outstanding saves.
In the second quarter, the Crusaders did not find the goal, and the Warriors increased the score to 6-2. Warrior goals were made by McCaffer, Reilly, and freshman Jake Wanamaker.
After the half, the Warriors stepped onto the field hot, scoring six goals in the next period. Three of those were scored by McCaffer. Alvernia attempted to battle back scoring twice in the period with a score of 12-4 as the buzzer sounded.
One last period laid between the Warriors and their first MAC victory. Without stopping, three unassisted goals led the Warriors to a grand total of 15 points. Alvernia snuck one more into the net before the final tally with a match score of 15-5.
It was an all-around solid game for the Warrior offense and defense. A total of eight different Warriors successfully put the ball in the net led by McCaffer with five goals, followed closely by Reilly with three. The team totaled 35 ground balls led by Reilly and sophomore Mike Cooper with five each. Junior John Scarponi won 13-of-18 faceoffs, and 10 total turnovers were caused.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Wylly made eight saves, allowing for only five goals. This performance, along with those previous in the week, resulted in Wylly being honored as the Commonwealth Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
After winning four out of five games on the road, the Warriors will look to continue the streak at home against the Messiah Falcons.

Softball strikes out against ‘spring’ weather

Kendra Bitner
Sports Editor

The “spring” weather has not cooperated with spring sports here in PA. Six straight doubleheaders have been postponed for the Warrior softball team.
After great success in their spring break tournament, the team returned from South Carolina and was welcomed by winter weather.
Photo Credit: Lycoming College Athletics
The Warrior softball team anxiously awaits to start 
their season after setbacks due to chilly weather.
Freezing forecasts have caused six out of seven games to be postponed. With only a few weeks left in the school year, this accelerated game schedule could cause problems for the team and their opponents.
“We are really frustrated, but there is nothing we can do about it except take the extra days of practice and prepare,” junior Hannah Smith said.
“It’s clear that everyone is itching for some competition.”
Within the next two weeks, the team is now scheduled to play nine games, all being double headers. Playing 18 games within 13 days is a feat for any athlete.
“The scheduling of the games has become a big problem for a lot of the girls,” junior Katie Pugh said.
“If we can stay healthy and strong, it will be very beneficial for us to see live pitching day after day.”
With the pros and cons of the scheduling situation, the team must persevere and make the best of it.
“We are excited for the season to get into full swing!” Pugh said.

Do you have the Warrior in you?

Kendra Bitner
Sports Editor

On Sunday, April 6 the Campus Activities Board along with Intramurals are hosting the second annual Warrior Extreme Challenge.
Similar to the “Tough Mudder” or “Warrior Dash” the WOC tests skills of strength, stamina, and perseverance. Warriors will be tested by a series of physical skills including a 1.1 mile run and 11 obstacles.
Obstacles for the event include an arctic swim, hay bale climb, and farmer’s walk.
The challenge will start with the Mad Ice event where competitors smash blocks of ice with a sledgehammer. It concludes with an over-under obstacle where participants crawl under and hurdle over long poles.
“Lycoming Intramurals and CAB wants to challenge faculty, staff, and the public to engage themselves in an all around great time, discover what they never thought possible and truly unlock a sense of accomplishment,” said Kelly Henrie, Director of Recreation and Intramurals.
Registration for the event is as low as $12. Donations by non-participants are also welcome. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Last year over 100 participants completed the challenge. A goal of 200 participants was made for this year, but most importantly the event hopes to raise more money than last year’s donation total.
All are welcome to participant or cheer for those who are participating. Not only will the WEC show physicality, but also heart. Do you have the Warrior in you?

Senior Spotlight: Maureen Heagy

Kendra Bitner
Sports Editor

From Drexel Hill, Pa. Maureen Heagy is entering her fourth year as an attacker for the Warrior women’s lacrosse team.  As a freshman, Heagy played in all 16 games and started in all but one. She had five season goals and two assists. It was easy to see that Heagy would be an integral player for the Warriors as she grew as a player.
Maureen Heagy, #22, is an attacker for 
the Warrior women’s lacrosse team. 
This year she is third on the team in 
goals scored.
The next year, Heagy started all 17 season games and scored 22 goals. With a .611 shot percentage, she finished first on the team. She grabbed 23 ground balls and forced 11 turnovers. As a junior, Heagy continued to impress scoring 38 goals and notching 10 assists. She had five games over the course of the season where she scored three or more goals.
Heagy entered her senior season as the top returning scorer for the Warriors, and was looked at as a leader on the team. So far this season, Heagy has started all 10 games scoring a total of 21 goals. She scored a season high of four goals against Bard.
Aside from her success in athletics, Heagy is a hardworking business administration major with a track in finance. After graduation, she will be working with eMoney Advisor which is a financial software company based in Conshohocken.
 When she isn’t on the lacrosse field, Heagy enjoys being involved in community service with her sorority Beta Phi Gamma. She also is a Penn State football fan and enjoys attending games in the fall.
As her final season as a Warrior comes to an end, Heagy reflects on her experience.
“Lacrosse has been such a major part of my life since middle school. It’s been a wonderful experience playing lacrosse at Lyco these past four years, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to share my final season with.”

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Relay returns!

Samantha Ferraro
Staff Writer

Photo Credit: Lycoming College Facebook Page
Last year’s event, shown above, was a great success. 
The college raised more than $24,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Photo Credit: Lycoming College Facebook Page
Luminaria line the track at last year’s event in
 remembrance of those who lost their battle with cancer.  
Every spring, students from all different clubs and organizations come together to honor those who have been affected by cancer at Relay For Life. This fundraising event occurs at schools all over the country where students rally together to raise money to fight for the cause. This helps to show that those  who have struggled with or have been affected by cancer are never alone.
The 12 hour event itself is put together by the campus’s chapter of  Colleges Against Cancer (CAC). Organization members put this activity together by raising money to support cancer research. Many clubs and organizations outside of CAC form teams to assist in the fundraising, giving all students a chance to contribute to the cause. These efforts will culminate in the final event next Friday.
To prepare for the event, CAC participates in various fundraisers all year long and has weekly meetings to update on progress and discuss plans.
“We make decorations nonstop the week of Relay and (the) day of is an 18-hour day for the committee,” said senior Meghan Cox, president of CAC. The committee’s goal this year is to reach $27,000.
Each year, the theme changes; this year, it will be based on the 90s. The theme was chosen after last year’s Relay for Life, and the events will be focused on the memorable decade.
For 12 hours, each club and organization has members alternate on and off to walk around the track in the Lamade Gymnasium to show their support. Many participants sport team and event T-shirts throughout the night. Activities are set up around the gym as well, giving participants something to do as they hang out and continue to fundraise up until the final hour of the event.
According to Cox, CAC sponsored events, such as volleyball and Mr. and Mrs. Relay, will also take place at the event with prizes for the activities. Other activities include Jeopardy and those sponsored by the various organizations around campus. Prior years’ events have included activities such as making stuffed animals and playing Wii games for prizes.
An important moment of the night is the Luminaria ceremony where a pre-prepared slideshow is presented to honor those affected by cancer. It is a very emotional time for Relayers to reflect on the purpose of the entire night and to show just how important it is to find a cure for a disease that kills 8 million people worldwide each year, according to the CDC. Luminaries are placed on the track, displaying the names of friends and family who have faced cancer, and during the slideshow, the luminaries are lit up as everyone does a lap to honor those named.
Overall, Colleges Against Cancer puts forth so much effort to make Relay for Life a huge success on campus. The event supports a great cause and raises money to help find a cure for a disease that has affected so many people, both Lycoming students and otherwise. There are always some new things at Relay to keep it fresh and exciting and to relate to the theme.
“We hope everyone will come and check it out! It is a lot of fun and a truly inspirational night,” Cox said.

First annual Lyco Hunger Games crowns its first victor

By Tory Irwin

Above, the tributes gather around the cornucopia before the games begin.

The odds weren’t exactly in Stephanie Engle’s favor going into the college’s first annual Hunger Games.
The senior missed the training day the night before, and almost immediately after entering the arena, she “lost” an arm.

But Engle was able to push past these disadvantages and was crowned the Games’ victor.
“I didn’t think I was going to make it past the first two rounds, to be honest,” Engle said. “I’m just really excited, because I didn’t expect to make it this far.”

Stephanie Engle (center) poses with Nigel Barnes 
and Taylor Kendra on the cornucopia after winning
 the Hunger Games.
Engle represented District 11, a combination of two campus religious groups, and was one of 24 tributes who took part in sophomore Nigel Barnes and junior Taylor Kendra’s re-imagination of the popular book and movie series.

With Barnes acting as President and Kendra as head gamemaker, the two faithfully adapted the elements of the fictional world to fit a college environment, with a charitable twist. The games raised money for Project Hope Alliance, a national charity that fights poverty and hunger on a global scale, and gathered canned food to be donated locally.

Along with a team of five other gamemakers, Kendra and Barnes transformed the college’s Recreation Center into an arena for the competition.

They designed rounds to challenge the competitors, employing elements from the books like “mutts”—genetic mutations that threaten the tributes’ lives (but in the College setting, friends in masks who chased the contestants)—and annoyances to speed the killing along like playing viral song “What Does the Fox Say?” until 5 tributes were killed or $50 was donated to Project Hope Alliance.

“Sort of like how the actual games in the movies, how the gamemakers call the shots, we’ve designed the rounds so they’re not one hundred percent concrete that that’s what’s going to happen,” Barnes said.
Of course, there was also the pesky issue of tributes not actually being allowed to kill each other, as they do in the source material.

To get around that, the two masterminds gave tributes nine flags: three around the waist, one for each limb, one on the heart and one on the neck. Losing one of your “vitals” (the heart or neck) or losing all three of your waist flags equaled death. If an arm or leg flag was pulled, tributes had to compete in the rest of the games without using that limb.

“It’s like battle royale flag football,” Kendra said.

To help tributes, lifelines were made available through sponsor points, which friends of the tributes and observers could build up through their donations.

“We’ve got sponsors that can help make things better for the tributes in the arena, and maybe it will be giving them back an extra flag they’ve lost or if they need something else that will help them in the arena for something that we throw at them,” Kendra said.

“And as the games go on, certain things that they want or need will cost more sponsor points. And each district has provided a mentor that will be controlling when the sponsor points will be used for them. And some things they can’t be helped with. You know if you get your heart ripped out, we’re not saving you…but a limb, yeah, we might be able to buy you a limb again.”

Engle benefitted from the sponsor points, regaining a waist flag and eventually an arm flag.

Going into the games with a strategy was just as important as it is in the books, and the tributes were eager to play along.

“At first I wasn’t going to go in as an alliance, but it just kind of happened,” Engle said.

Engle teamed up with her fellow District 11 tribute Peeta and Katniss style and tried to help her stay in the games, but was unable to help her teammate secure a pair of goggles needed to avoid an airborne “poison” in one of the rounds.

The games will continue next year with planning already in the works for the event. points, which friends of the tributes and observers could build up through their donations.

While the games may seem divisive, they served in uniting the college campus and raised $305 for Project Hope Alliance and 115 lbs of canned goods for local shelters.

At the end of the day, that was Barnes’ goal.

“One of the main things that I really wanted to stress is that even though it’s all these clubs and fraternities and sororities competing against each other, it’s also a chance to bring the entire campus together in one event for something that’s bigger than everybody, really,” he said.

The games will continue next year with planning already in the works for the event.

CAB announces concert

By Tory Irwin

Last Tuesday, Campus Activities Board Concert Chair Sara Anthony announced that the campus concert will feature AWOLNATION.
Anthony made the announcement during dinner at Wertz Dining Hall that the Billboard chart-topping band will be performing at Lycoming on April 11.
Anthony’s announcement was greeted by cheers and a flurry of social media updates.
During the announcement, Larry Manolini, Director of Student Programs and Leadership Development, noted that finding an act has become more challenging over the past few years.
Before revealing the act, Anthony shared that the pair went through close to 200 acts before booking AWOLNATION.
Reaction to the announcement is positive, though not all students are excited by the concert.
“It’s better than Mac Miller,” senior Sarah Fetherolf said, “but I’m not super excited.”
While some are excited by the choice, others are unaware of the band’s music.
To raise enthusiasm for the concert, CAB has shared some AWOLNATION tracks on its Facebook page.
“The Spring Concert is... AWOLNATION!!Excited? So are we:) Everyone knows Sail, but here’s a taste of some of their other fantastic music,” read a caption linked to the song “People”.
AWOLNATION was formed by Aaron Bruno in 2009. The project rose to popularity when their single “Sail” climbed the Billboard charts in 2013.
As always, students will be able to use their ID to pick up a free ticket to the concert from Student Programs. Public tickets will be available for $25.

Theatre, criminal justice departments host “The Letters Behind My Name”

Julia Cuddahy
Staff Writer

Last Thursday, the theatre and criminal justice departments as well as the women and gender studies program hosted the College and Community Fellowship’s Theater for Social Change (TSC) original play, “The Letters Behind My Name.” The play is based on true stories written by the performers themselves, who have experienced the criminal justice system fully.
“Theatre for Social Change is genuine proof that the theatre is a living art form that can have an incredible impact on people’s lives.  The performers in ‘The Letters Behind My Name’ aren’t acting in the sense that they are creating fictional characters.  They are enacting themselves and their own experiences.   I found the production very emotionally moving because the performers were so authentic; their joy, their pain was real and raw,” said Dr. J. Stanley, theatre department chair and coordinator of the women and gender studies program.
TSC hopes to use “The Letters Behind My Name” as a way of making the public more aware of the discrimination and injustices against incriminated women, as well as ex-convicts who must try and reintegrate themselves into the communities from which they were taken.
“The play highlighted how women’s experiences [during their time in jail and afterwards] are unique, and how they experience different barriers than men,” said Kerry Richmond, assistant criminal justice professor.
These issues include stigmas placed on convicts and discrimination they face in the work force, and overcoming these barriers. One story followed the life of a woman who had to hand over her baby to her mother while she was in jail as a result of a $10 drug deal.
“The biggest theme [of ‘The Letters Behind My Name’] was that people can change,” Richmond said. “We put a stigma on criminals, but it’s so important not to give up on people. These women are a great example of how people can turn their life around.”
One of the major methods suggested by TSC toward erasing this stigma was through education.
“People released from prison who only have a high school diploma are generally restricted to minimum wage jobs where they face discrimination. It is difficult for them to support themselves, and often leads them to return to criminal behavior. With higher education and more degrees, there are more opportunities for them to support themselves and be self-sufficient,” Richmond said.
The performance was followed by a question and answer period in which the audience members asked the women about their experiences and opinions regarding the criminal justice system.
One student asked what the women considered to be the ideal re-entry program. The group suggested that the best program would begin in prison and that after the prisoners’ release housing and employment would be provided.
“The problem with re-entry programs is that each person’s experience is different, but everyone needs support,” Richmond said. “I agree that re-entry programs should start in prison, by giving the inmates a chance to make connections with successfully reintegrated inmates and services prior to being released. I also agree that housing and employment are the most immediate needs, and if not met, it’s hard to be successful.”
The play helped raise awareness not only of larger issues concerning the criminal justice system, but also smaller ones that are often overlooked.

Bring on the green!: Sustainability efforts in dining hall continue

Jackie Croteau
Staff Writer

Before the spring semester of 2014, asking for a “to go” box meant contributing to the disposal of roughly 1,500-1,700 plastic containers per week.  This number adds up to around 24,000 disposable containers in the dumpster each semester! With the switch to green reusable boxes, the college will continue to prevent the use of this much plastic each semester. But they would like to further the preservation of resources on the campus.
The student senate, in coordination with the Sustainability Committee, is currently discussing implementing sustainable cups which would serve the same purpose as the reusable boxes. Although the design is not settled on, the idea is for each student to receive a reusable cup at the beginning of the year that he or she would be responsible to bring to Wertz for each meal. Unlike the boxes, students would be responsible for washing their own cups, as they would their personal water bottles.
The current statistics for usage of to-go cups are more outrageous than the boxes.
Leslie Ekstrand, General Manager of Dining Services, gave her opinion on this potential change.
“I would be happy to implement [the reusable cups], because it’s better for the environment,” she said.
The evidence that she is right about the impact on the environment is in the numbers. About 6,000 to 8,000 cups are disposed of each week, making at least 96,000 disposals in one semester.
Despite the clear benefits of this change, the discussion has been met with a fair amount of resistance from students. The greatest concern is that the students will not clean their cups properly and promote the spread of germs among their peers.
Other colleges that already use sustainable cups have responded to these potential health risks.
Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts was one of the schools to implement “sustainable mugs” a couple years ago. According to their website, the school did not permit any part of the cup to touch the nozzle of the liquid dispenser to prevent the spread of germs. It also said that it takes 31,000 gallons of water and 5 tons of paper to make the 322,700 paper cups that the college used to use per year. (Lycoming College uses about 200,000 cups a year.)
Ekstrand’s former employer, Chatham University, has this same rule.
“In my last life, it was easy for us there, so I think it could be easy for us here,” she said.
Perhaps the student senate would consider implementing this rule in order to make the students feel more secure, as well.
Students had similar negative opinions of the sustainable boxes, before they began to circulate.
Ekstrand described a short time period of initial pushback concerning convenience, but after that she was not approached about the decision.
There are currently 600 boxes in circulation.
When asked about the effect the change might have had on usage, she said that it was hard to gauge an increase or decrease in student use since this is the first semester it’s been done. However, she did have records showing that about 100 to 125 students used to-go each day, and this semester the range was 110 to 140 students. There does not appear to be any effect on student to-go practices.
“People don’t necessarily handle change well,” Ekstrand said.
This could foreshadow a similar pattern for sustainable cups as well. People may not initially appreciate it, but they may also choose to get over it.
There are also other supporters who see the value and contribution to the environment that such a change would have in making this campus a “more green” community.  

Cafeteria upgrades: Dining Services makes changes to flex dollars, to-go cup systems

By Robert Christian
Staff Writer

New dining policies have been added since the return from spring break.
For starters, there has been an upgrade in the flex dollars system. If a student runs out of flex dollars, he will get 10% more flex dollars if he purchases at least $50 of flex dollars, according to an email sent out by Dining Services.
Leslie Ekstrand, General Manager of Dining Services, said that this change was added to benefit students because dining services noticed that students had been running out of flex dollars before the end of the spring semester. The decision was made in cooperation with College administration to be more helpful to students.
Dining staff also moved the location of the to-go coffee cups behind the counters. This decision has since been reversed, with cups being returned to their original location by the coffee makers for student use.
Ekstrand sent an email to students Monday outlining the issue.
“There were some students that were using the disposable hot cups in place of the green reusable to go containers and others that were using them to ‘grocery shop’ in the dining hall,” Ekstrand wrote.  “Since we moved them behind the register we have gone from using between 6,000 and 8,000 cups per week to only using 2,500 this week.  Even taking into account that many students may have skipped using them due to perceived inconvenience, this is not a small difference.”
The decision to return the cups was influenced by Student Senate, according to Ekstrand’s email.
“Student Senate has persuaded us that students will use the cups responsibly and not as a substitute for the green carry out containers or for ‘grocery shopping’ in the dining hall,” she wrote.