Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11

Jacqueline Croteau
Opinion Editor

New York City is approximately three and a half hours away from Williamsport. From the distant perspective, it is easy to feel far removed from the place where an event of terrorism devastated our nation thirteen years ago on this day. Factor in the equally significant results of Flight 93’s heroic, fatal landing in Pennsylvania, and it may seem a little closer to home, geographically.  Sept. 11, 2001 holds meaning to many currently at our school and those who came before us.

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In terms of regional diversity, many of the students are from somewhere in the northeast, and more specifically Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and New York. Though there are not many from the New York Metropolitan area, this event still had a far reaching effect on those attending the college. If you are walking towards Heim past Crever Hall and Forrest Hall, you might casually look to your right and notice a tree with a small plaque beneath it. This plaque commemorates three of the college’s alumni who were lost due to the attacks. It’s easy to overlook. Remembering the event itself is getting progressively harder, because the current students were so young when it happened.

The classes of 2017 and 2018 may hold some of the last students who actually remember the event. They were in the first grade and kindergarten at the time. I tried to talk to some students to see what they remembered from the day and what their experience of the day might have been like.

Madison Ramsey, a sophomore and resident of Pennsylvania, said, “I don’t really remember anything about the day. I think they made us watch what happened on TV, but that’s it.”

I am the same age as Madison, but she and I had different experiences, because I was much closer to the event being a native Long Islander. They would not talk too much about what was happening while we were in class, and many of my classmates were taken out of class without explanation by their families. Many of the communities around me contained families in which parents may have worked in the buildings or were called to the emergency to help. The families were left to explain what was happening to the youngest of us and so much of the day was filled with pressing fear and confusion.

Sean Hastings, a freshman from Pennsylvania, also said that he didn’t remember anything, and I would predict that many freshmen would say the same. Proximity and age were important factors to the experiences of current students, and at ages five and six most of our minds had not developed enough to really understand what was going on. It was perceived more on an emotional level as we watched older people react.
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Liz Perez is the president of Silent Ranks and a senior from NY whose town borders the city area. Perez said, “A large part of my town was directly affected by the event, because so many of my neighbors worked in the city, and we also have a high population of service men and women who were called to help that day. My mom was an emergency volunteer who was called in.” She made a point to say, “I feel sympathy for the ROTC members who signed up the day before the attack, specifically intending to stay Reserves, and the next day were called to active duty.” Perez recalled one of her professors explaining to her that some of the members sent to New York were from Lycoming College. In the wake of the disaster the four hours was nothing, and the attack was brought more directly to campus.

Katy Gryzwinski, ‘04, said that being at school, away from her home in central New Jersey, felt weird.  She felt like all that was happening at home, and she was three hours away, unable to do anything about it.

“There was never an attack on the U.S. of such shocking magnitude before or after September 11,” said Perez. And it’s something we should keep in mind. Although it’s difficult for current students to recall exactly what happened on that day, we all can feel the lasting effects, and it will be up to us to help future generations understand and remember the day’s importance.

Students thanks alumni donors

Sam Ferraro
College Life Editor

On Aug. 29, a tent was pitched by several members of Long Hall and some faculty and staff, on the grassy patch between the academic center and Heim. 

Large tubs of ice cream and around two-thousand post cards filled the two tables there, drawing the attention of many students. Many wondered what the occasion was that called for so much ice cream, and they were greeted by an always cheerful Amy (Dowling) Reyes, director of alumni relations, who explained that the college is looking to bring awareness and gratitude to the alumni donors who make the growth and the expansion of the college possible. “It’s a nice way to raise awareness for donors, and it’s also a great chance for students to give back and say thank you,” said Drew Boyles, assistance director of alumni relations.

As a part of the “We <3 Donors” program, the alumni relations and development offices are working to give students a better idea of where the alumni donations go and how they are used to help both students and the college as a whole. In doing this, students not only get a better understanding of the importance of the alumni donor base, but they also get a chance to see how important their future donations will be.

“It’s a great opportunity to give back and raise awareness for such an important group within the campus community. They’re oftentimes overlooked because they are no longer present on campus, but this event was a great way to remind us students that we should be grateful for all that the alumni body does and filling out a quick post card is a simple gesture, but I think it can go a long way,” junior Paul Ferrante said. “It feels great to have an alumni base that’s so strong and supportive to every student. It’s a wonderful feeling,” he added.

On the warm afternoon, students lined the sidewalk to fill out their own post card and get some free ice cream in the process. Not only was it a good chance to show gratitude, but also for the student body to ask questions about the Lycoming Fund and what the donations really go towards as far as campus and student use.

Several familiar faces around Long Hall, such as Chip Edmonds, vice president for college advancement, Erin Miller, director of annual giving, and Boyles were a few of the many members of the administration there to interact with the faculty and students that had stopped.

The “We <3 Donors” program will continue to hold similar events in the future to keep reminding students of the impact that alumni donations have on the campus. Some events to look forward to are Krispy Kreme doughnuts and hot chocolate in the fall and a Valentine’s Day theme sometime in spring.

“I think it’s great. It’s nice to be able to recognize the alum for all that they do for us on and off campus. It means a lot,” stated senior Cassidy Coveleski.

Hammering towards the win: Record day for senior Craig Needhammer leads to a season-opening win for the warriors

Trevor Endler
Staff Writer

This past Saturday, the football team kicked off their season at David Pearson Field with not only a win but also a record day for the offense.  The game started off with a quick three and out but after that all sides of the ball quickly picked it up and went on to win in a 42-13 rout of Susquehanna.  The first drive for the defense let up a few quick first downs but they clamped down before giving up any points.  The rest of the first quarter ended with no scores from either team.

The Warriors started off their big second quarter with an 80 yard drive that resulted in the first score of the game.  Senior running back Craig Needhammer made up for an earlier fumble in the game with a one yard run for a touchdown. 

The Warriors were just getting started with their scoring in the second quarter.  On the next possession for Susquehanna, the scoring continued after a quick three and out the special teams came through and blocked the punt.  Junior Phil Schron got through the blockers and blocked the punt, giving Senior John Sibel the easy scoop and score to put the Warriors up 14-0.

When the Crusaders got the ball back it was the defense’s time to contribute to the scoring.  On their second play of the drive Kyle Sullivan intercepted Nick Crusco and ran it all the way back to the two dragging a defender with him in his attempt to score.

Sophomore Blake Bowman took the ball on the two and got into the endzone after just missing on his first attempt on the last scoring drive.

On the ensuing kickoff, Susquehanna’s return man, Tommy Bluj, took the ball to the nineteen yard line against the warriors.  However after a defensive stop the Crusaders attempted a short field goal and missed wide so the defensive shutout was still in place.  The Warriors took over and drove down the field to score one last time before the half.  Needhammer was fed the ball for the entire drive and kept coming up with big plays resulting in his second touchdown of the afternoon and put the Warriors up 28-0 with less than six minutes left in the half.  Just before the end of the half a drive stalled for the Warriors leading to punt.  The snap was put over the punter’s head and Susquehanna was able to recover it deep in Warrior territory.

This led to a quick score before the end of the half to end the shutout.  However, the kicker’s troubles continued as he missed the extra point leaving the score 28-6 at the half.

Midway through the third quarter Susquehanna drove down the field to score for their final time aided by key penalties on the home team.  The Warriors responded immediately with a score of their own.  This drive was orchestrated by the team’s senior quarterback Tyler Jenny, effectively leading the offense down the field ending with a 16 yard strike to wide receiver Ryan Umpleby for the touchdown putting the Warriors up 35-13.

However, the offense was not done scoring just yet.  They started with the ball in the fourth quarter and took this drive all the way down the field again.  There was a balance of run and passing before Needhammer punched the ball into the endzone from the two yard line for his third score of the day. 

This final touchdown tied him with Tim Deasey for most career rushing touchdowns at 29.  The Crusaders then came back with a long drive of their own but the defense was solid in the redzone yet again and stopped the score.  Junior Matt Malecki came up with a big interception on the three to seal the win for the Warriors. 

The offense took over and went into run heavy mode to kill the clock.  The drive stalled but took five minutes off the clock, leaving only two and a half minutes for Susquehanna to score.  The clock ran out on their offense and the game ended with a decisive victory for the home team.

All three parts of the team were dominant in this win making it seem like the Warriors are picking up where they left off last year as MAC Champions.  The Warriors kept penalties to a minimum on both sides of the ball but gave up a couple key penalties keeping opposing drives alive and killing their own momentum.  Other than those few penalties, the Warriors were a model of efficiency converting on over half of their third downs and scoring on all red zone possessions.  The Warriors had six minutes of possession less than Susquehanna but were still able to defeat the Crusaders handily. 

Both Needhammer and Tyler Jenny broke into some very exclusive company with their performances in the game. 

Needhammer is only the fourth running back in school history to reach 2500 career rushing yards and is alone at third with eleven 100 yard rushing games.  He also has the rest of the season to climb higher in all these categories. 

“I’m not so much worried about all the individual honors and am more concerned with the team winning. We struggled in the last two season openers and getting the win was big for the teams’ morale which I think will help set the tone for the rest of the year,” Needhammer said.

Jenny became the eighth player to have 4000 yards of total offense in his career and is closing in on the top five passing yards in the school’s history. 

Both players get a chance to improve on these career marks next Saturday at Albright for their first conference game.  The team’s next home game is Sept. 20 against King’s for Family Weekend.

Kicking out a win

Trevor Endler
Staff Writer

The men’s soccer team started their season the best way possible; with a win.  It was a hard fought ninety minutes but the Warriors came out with a 1-0 win against Ursinus.

The team came out at the start with a little rust but quickly got back into the groove and took control of the first half keeping the ball mostly in the offensive half.  The first half ended with the Warriors getting a few chances on goal with Ursinus’ goalie, Daniel Cartwright, well outside of the box.

The Lycoming offense couldn’t convert any of these chances but the momentum was clearly building for the second half.

The second half started with a small charge from Ursinus that was quickly stopped by the lone goal of the game. 

Two freshmen combined to give the team the edge needed to win the game in the sixtieth minute.  Keenthy Yeboah buried the ball in the back of the net after a pass from Abdullahi Abdi. 

This led Lycoming to put on a large charge and had multiple shots on goal with a few missing just wide of the outside post.  At the close of the game Ursinus gave the warrior defense all it could handle and nearly scored.  With a bunch of key saves from senior keeper Connor Keenan the Warriors were able to come out with the win.

After the game I spoke with Coach Nate Gibboney about the game.  He was pleased with his team’s effort in the contest and is looking forward to the rest of the season.  He thought it was a typical first game of the season, the team came out a little slow but once they got into the game it changed the flow.

Coach Gibboney was hoping for a few more goals with so many close calls but will happily take a shutout win.  Even with the win however he understands that it is only the first game of the season and there are still areas for improvement on both sides of the ball.

The men’s soccer team will play again September 14th at home against Westminster College.

XC invitational foreshadows season

DC Keys
Photo Editor

Cross Country is off and running. On Aug. 30 2014 the self-proclaimed ‘wolf pack’ ran its first race. With 3 runners placing in the Top 10, a new era has begun.

For the Women’s Team Sophomore Sarah Donovan finished 5th with a 6k (3.7 mi) time of 25:34.80 a personal best. Junior Lindsay Decker finished 8th with a time of 26:09.04 a personal best on the course.

For the Men’s Team Freshman Sean Hastings finished in 10th place with a 8k (5.1 mi) time of 28:18.85. In total 4 of the Men’s team Runners finished with times under 30 minutes.

Sophomore captain Jacob Miller finished in 13th place with a time of 29:08.75; Freshman James Hamm 16th with a time of 29:09.95; and senior T.J. Guminski took 19th posting a time of 29:40.73.

Overall 13 runners had career best runs with the women taking fourth of 10 teams and the men placed third out of six, a first for the team.

The runners are very optimistic about the season and are looking forward to competing and continuing to improve.

“I’m truly looking forward to an exciting season for the Lyco Cross Country team!  Our top five women have returned and been joined by a talented group of freshmen as well as a strong group of upperclassmen who have been working hard to bring down their times.  The men’s team has been joined by a large group of fast and experienced runners as well as several members of the swim team.  We’re already seeing some big improvements early in the season but our goal is moving up at MAC’s on November 1,” head coach Regina Collins said.

Lyco runs on alumni gifts

Sam Ferraro
College Life Editor

The college’s funding is based heavily on the donations of many alumni who aim to assist the college through monetary contributions. This form of funding goes toward the Lycoming Fund and the college’s endowment.

Gifts made to the general Lycoming Fund are used where the administration determines the need is greatest – often financial aid. Donors can also direct gifts to specific designations within the Lycoming Fund including scholarships; academic programs; research and internships; study abroad; academic, residential or athletic facilities, leadership development, tour choir or band. There is also a fund called the Warrior Club for each of our varsity sports teams. Donations to scholarships within the Lycoming Fund fall into two categories – a scholarship fund where the money is pooled and then disbursed to students and named annual scholarships, through which one donor can give the full scholarship amount.

The money that the college receives can be used for a multitude of projects, such as building new facilities on campus, as well as covering part of a student’s tuition for a year or more, depending on the type of scholarship.

 Other funding to the college comes through as endowments, which are often larger sums of money that can be contributed to certain campus organizations or programs that the donor may specifically wish to support. Students can also assist in fundraising efforts.

According to Erin Miller, director of annual giving, students who work on campus through phonathon are active participants in the fundraising efforts at the school. Alumni, parents, and college friends are also contacted through mailings, emails, and advertisements in the Lycoming Magazine.

Miller goes ahead to describe the structure of the donors in a pyramidal shape, stating that “at the base of the pyramid, you have the annual fund donors, who make up the majority of our donors. A person might work their way up to creating a scholarship through the endowed funds, or maintain their support of the college through Lycoming Fund donations. And towards the top of the pyramid would be those who donate at a level which the college recognizes through the naming of a building, such as the Lynn Science Center.”  These funds go towards the cost of the new facilities, or experiences within that area.

It is also important to note that everything that goes into the annual fund is put right back into the college and out to the students within the following academic year. So essentially, the fund is emptied every year and replenished again over time.

The endowed scholarships work a little differently in that they earn interest over time and the interest earned is what is set aside per year to function as the actual scholarship. “Ideally, [the endowed fund] exists in perpetuity,” adds Miller.

The administrative offices of Long Hall all pull together to become a unit to work towards the alumni engagement fundraising efforts. These offices include alumni relations and development. According to Drew Boyles, assistant director of alumni relations, the office of alumni relations and development work hand in hand.

Development does the actual monetary and fundraising side, while alumni relations keeps in touch with graduates to ensure that they remain connected to, and updated on, what is going on at the college, which is an important part of engaging alumni.

“We at the alumni relations office really partner with everyone here to make a positive experience for our alumni and maintain their connection with all the exciting events that are happening on campus and in the lives of our students and graduates,” Boyles said.

The development office and major gift officers go out and visit with alumni to not only seek donations, but also to keep alum connected to the school and vice versa. Each student that graduates from this institution will become a member of the expansive group of alumni, which is a strong base on which the college functions and it is important to recognize that funding for many organizations, new equipment, buildings, and many other useful tools that the campus utilizes comes greatly from the alumni donors.

“The Lycoming Fund contributes to the college’s budget, essentially, with the money that is raised on a yearly basis going back into the college to allow it to function. Meanwhile, the endowment is more of a savings account on which interest is earned, which is then used for the purpose of scholarships and further assistance to the operating budget,” Miller stated in summary of the types of funds that are given to the school.

Overall, alumni donors contribute greatly to the campus and all its functionality, whether it be in the form of the Lycoming Fund or as an endowment.

College mourns loss of Dr. Marshall Welch, Jr.: Longtime friends of the college passes away at age of 85

Dan Zebrine
Editor in Chief

On Aug. 27, 2014, the college as well as the entire Williamsport community lost an important member when Dr. Marshall D. Welch, Jr. died.

Welch was born March 18, 1929 in Williamsport. He graduated from Gettysburg College, then went on to receive his D.D.S from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry and served in the United States Navy before
returning to Williamsport to open an orthodontic practice in 1958. For 47 years he served the area before retiring.

“After he retired, he set as a goal helping his community,” said Dr. John F. Piper, Jr., professor emeritus of history and dean of the college, emeritus, and college historian. Welch’s philanthropic efforts were numerous, and included gifts to Pennsylvania College of Technology and the James V. Brown Library, for which he facilitated the addition of the children’s wing.

His support for the college includes two major gifts. The first was for the naming of what is now the Mary L. Welch Theatre, which he named for his wife. With the theatre having already been built, the gift represented Welch’s interest in the arts, and was used for the continued support of the arts at the college.

The second gift provided was for the building of the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. This project involved purchasing the land as well as the buildings already there – a house on the corner of Basin St. and Third St. that was torn down and an auto parts store where Honors Hall currently stands.

Although the original plan was to tear down the auto parts store and create a new building on the land, the architects deemed the building in good structural condition, and so the building itself remained. Welch’s contribution was used to redo the exterior of the building into what is seen now. Prior to being an auto parts store, the building was also a church, and was originally built in the late 1800s as a Turnverein, a German athletic club.

As a college building, Honors Hall began as Lindsay Chapel – named for Mary Welch’s father – and was intended to be used as both a chapel and a place for community service. It was later converted to a space to celebrate the various honors societies on campus and hold induction ceremonies.

A memorial service for Welch was held on Saturday in Clark Chapel. Family, friends, and members of the college community were all in attendance. The service was officiated by family friend the Rev. Dr. John A. Brindger, who spoke of Welch’s love of philanthropy and advised those in attendance to follow his example.

The service also included hymns and readings from scripture selected by the Welch family. A rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” was performed by Jennifer Wilson, accompanied by Gary Boerckel. The Williamsport Area School District Faculty String Quartet provided the prelude and postlude.

A reception was held in Honors Hall following the memorial service, where attendees shared stories about Welch. “You wouldn’t find a room full of more respected people in Williamsport, which I think is a tribute to his life,” said senior Greg Vartan. “Many people also lined up to pay respects but also to thank [Mary L. Welch] and her husband very sincerely for how they impacted the lives of various people on campus.”

Welch is survived by his wife Mary, married in 1954. Oct. 9 would have marked 60 years of marriage for the couple. He also has three sons, including Marshall D. Welch III who is on the college’s board of trustees,

College Republicans recognize 9/11 with flag memorial on quad

Shannon Bolin
Sports Editor

While walking to class this morning, students may have noticed something different about the quad. That’s because last night the College Republicans, campus organizations, faculty, staff and student volunteers were hard at work  setting up 2,977 flags at 11 p.m. as a way to commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11.

Brooke Adamski, the current president of the College Republicans organization took over the responsibility of the club to set up the flags for the third year in a row. The flags, both donated and borrowed from the Lycoming County Veterans Administration were put neatly into place with a banner on the quad.

“It’s always great to see that there are so many people that want to come out and help us. It is a great feeling to see everyone come together and pay tribute to those affected by the 9/11 tragedy,” said Adamski, reflecting on last year’s event.

“I think the quad looked beautiful and the red, white and blue only made it better. I’m so grateful to be part of an organization that stands for such great causes. It was an awesome way to get the campus to come together and help out,” Junior Darrian McClellan said.

The College Republicans have kicked off a heart-wrenching start to their busy and patriotic schedule for the school year.

“We have many speakers that would like to come to campus and talk to us about helping with campaigns. We also have  many luncheons that the Williamsport Lycoming County Council of Republican Women invited us to and there are usually speakers, candidates, elected officials, and many others from the community. In the spring we would like to take a trip to Harrisburg or Washington, D.C,” said Adamski.

The flags will remain on the quad for the next few days as a reminder to all who pass to never forget the lives that were lost 13 years ago today.

 “It is important that 9/11 is recognized, because our country, our family, and our friends were affected by this tragedy. This is one way in which everyone comes together as a whole to remember that as Americans we are strong and we can get through both the fortunate and unfortunate times together. I would also like to thank everyone that has helped and supported the College Republicans with the 9/11 Flag Memorial. It is our biggest event on campus and all of your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated,” said Adamski.

Getting involved: Incoming students introduced to clubs and community

Jordyn Hotchkiss
Entertainment Editor

The Campus Carnival has been a tradition of the campus for over 25 years and continues to be a success as clubs and organizations gathered together once again in the Rec Center on Aug. 31, 2014.

Every student was able to get into the carnival by showing their student ID and receiving a blue wristband along with 10 free tickets.

This was a “come one, come all” event as children and other guests could join in the fun at $10.00 per adult, $6.00 per child, and children 5 and younger were admitted at no charge.

This event was a wonderful opportunity for the clubs and organizations to get their names out there while being able to raise money.

Each club had a different game or activity for the carnival goers to play for a ticket or two.

The many different types of games this year, including mini basketball, mini soccer, corn hole, knock down the milk jars, laser tag, and an inflatable obstacle course.

The attendees of the carnival were also able to eat free with admission.

The day began at noon and went until 6 p.m. with a total of 866 people in attendance.  With all of these people, a total of 6,200 tickets were used in raising money for the clubs and organizations.  At $0.25 a piece, that is a total of $1,550.00 raised just through playing games and having fun.

Each group will receive money directly from Student Programs based on the amount of tickets that were turned in for their organization.  The inflatable obstacle course hosted by Circle K was the most successful of all of the games.

The carnival was extremely popular among the students, staff and family members which created a fun time for all.

Tradition continues on

Jordyn Hotchkiss
Entertainment Editor

The Campus Carnival has been a tradition of the campus for over 25 years and continues to be a success as clubs and organizations gathered together once again in the Rec Center on Aug. 31, 2014.

Every student was able to get into the carnival by showing their student ID and receiving a blue wristband along with 10 free tickets.

This was a “come one, come all” event as children and other guests could join in the fun at $10.00 per adult, $6.00 per child, and children 5 and younger were admitted at no charge.

This event was a wonderful opportunity for the clubs and organizations to get their names out there while being able to raise money.

Each club had a different game or activity for the carnival goers to play for a ticket or two.

The many different types of games this year, including mini basketball, mini soccer, corn hole, knock down the milk jars, laser tag, and an inflatable obstacle course.

The attendees of the carnival were also able to eat free with admission.

The day began at noon and went until 6 p.m. with a total of 866 people in attendance.  With all of these people, a total of 6,200 tickets were used in raising money for the clubs and organizations.  At $0.25 a piece, that is a total of $1,550.00 raised just through playing games and having fun.

Each group will receive money directly from Student Programs based on the amount of tickets that were turned in for their organization.  The inflatable obstacle course hosted by Circle K was the most successful of all of the games.

The carnival was extremely popular among the students, staff and family members which created a fun time for all.

A sweet treat: softball brings Bruster's to the quad

Shannon Bolin
Sports Editor

Women’s softball has started their fundraising early this year with a fun, end-of-summer fundraiser through the local business Bruster’s Real Ice Cream.

Manager and Alum Nick Grimes (’13) partnered with the women’s softball team in an effort to raise funds for the upcoming season.

On Sept. 8, Grimes hoisted the Bruster’s trailer into the middle of the Quad and allowed students to support the team by selling fresh, home-made ice cream made with all real ingredients.

Grimes has made it a point to have his franchise stay as involved in the community as possible as well as giving back to campus.

The team was excited to take advantage of such a unique fundraiser.

Senior and pitcher Caroline Lapano worked with Grimes to set up the fundraiser.

“We chose ice cream because it’s something that almost everyone enjoys, especially on a hot day.  It’s a sweet treat that makes everyone happy. Working with a Lyco alum is just an added bonus. Nick has been great to us with coordinating dates and times and he’s been very flexible. We really do love and appreciate working with him,” Lapano said.

“We host numerous fundraisers with multiple organizations. From ‘Pint for Pint’ with the American Red Cross, to supporting local autism groups, and Relay for Life, we stay plenty busy. I think it’s important to reach out as much as possible and it’s an honor to come back and work with the campus. Hanging out on the quad is always better with ice cream,” Grimes said.

The success of this fundraiser is largely based on Bruster’s popularity. Bruster’s has over 200 stores in 18 different states.

With over 200 recipes made right in the store with real ingredients, it’s hard to say no to fresh made ice cream.

In 2014, Bruster’s was ranked number 8 out of 100 by National Restaurant News, beating out brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Dairy Queen, Baskin Robbins, and many more.

Prepping for a new year with try-outs underway, the team is looking forward to a prosperous season.

“We have a few incoming freshman that will add to the existing talent that we have. The returning players are very excited to get to work with them and hopefully they will give us the edge it takes to be successful in playoffs,” Lapano said.

“We’re already planning for an exciting season. Although we don’t have any more fall events planned at this time, we will most likely be doing a few in the spring, as well as one exclusively for Relay for Life,” said Lapano.

Grillin' with the greeks

Jenny Reilly
Staff Writer

The National Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils hosted the second annual greek barbeque on Aug. 29.

Under sunny skies in front of East Hall, members of the college’s fraternities and sororities gathered together to meet other students who are interested in going greek.

Students enjoyed hamburgers and hotdogs cooked by the grill master, junior Alex Branam. The toppings and salads provided by Parkhurst.

The leftover food was donated to the Food Recovery Network, which provides meals to people in need in the Williamsport area.

The barbeque was planned last semester and throughout the summer by seniors Kelly Blasi, and Elizabeth Perez, and junior Alex Branam.

Together with greek life advisor Candy Rivera, the National Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils hosted a great kick start to the semester and the fall recruitment season.      

According to Rivera, “The greek BBQ was an idea that came from the National Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils to welcome back the fraternities and sororities to campus after the first week.

The idea was then taken a step further to invite unaffiliated students so they could get to know the chapters.  They wanted to gear it towards first year students so they could get excited about the concept of greek life early on.”

The turnout at this year’s barbeque was bigger than last year and as this event continues into the future, coordinator Blasi hopes that the event will continue to get “bigger and better every year.”

With fall recruitment just around the corner, this event showed off greek unity in its best form as all the houses joined together to welcome the new students while spending quality time intermingling with all the different houses.

“I had a lot of fun getting to know some new people and getting a chance to see my friends from other houses, and the music was pretty fun too,” commented sophomore Alysha Ardell.

The event truly proved the time-honored mantra of the greek community “no matter the letter, we’re all greek together.”

Staff Opinion: Praise for the cafe and a brief farewell to Starbucks

The meal replacement option at Café 1812 has become a great daily meal option for the Lycourier staff.

During the periods when the cafeteria isn’t serving meals we now have the ability grab a quick bite to eat without having to cut into our flex dollars.  Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to get to the cafeteria in between classes and we have to use our flex dollars or even worse, skip a meal all together when our flex is dangerously low.

Now skipping meals and worrying about flex dollars appears to be a thing of the past. As the day progresses exchange budgets increase so students are not limited to small snacks. Students are allotted $4.25 for breakfast and for lunch and in the mid-afternoon it goes up to $5.75. This is helpful as an early dinner. A hearty sandwich and a juice can be covered by the meal equivalency.

The options at Café 1812 are also healthier and fresher than the cafeteria. With the made to order sandwiches and the huge selection of salads, there is always something fresh to eat. The smoothie and milkshake options have been a refreshing addition to the menu during these hot and humid days.

The new set-up of café 1812 has opened up more room for seating at the café and with two registers the line tends to move at a quicker pace than in previous years. In addition, the preprinted order forms make ordering a custom sandwich easy and fast. The new seating area installed this summer has given Pennington more work spaces for people to grab lunch with a friend or finish up readings for class over a hot cup of coffee.

Clearly, students are responding very well to all the new food and drink options at Café 1812 and hopefully the new meal equivalency policy will extend to Jack’s in the future. Although the fresh options and delicious food is a definite perk of the new and improved menu, we still miss the Starbucks brand drinks. Nonetheless, Café 1812 will continue to draw the business of us working on the Lycourier. 

Who's bigger -- the burger... or the guy eating it?

Dan Zebrine
Editor in Chief

Last week, I was really hungry, so I went to Burger King for lunch.  I ordered a chicken fries meal, because the chicken fries are delicious.  I got a medium, because an order of small fries – while having way more calories than some potatoes should have – is a tiny amount of fries.  Then I was handed my “medium” cup, “medium” being used loosely.

Sure, technically, the size is medium.  It is in fact the middle size, larger than a small and smaller than a large.  But at a whopping 30 ounces, in what universe could that drink truly be considered medium?

Yes, 30 fluid ounces, just under four eight-ounce servings in one cup that is supposedly the average.   That amounts to just under 300 calories.  In one cup, Burger King is offering patrons one sixth of their daily recommended calories, and that is without even eating anything.

Now, I am all for freedom.  People should be allowed to eat whatever they want, and as much of it as they want.  I am less thrilled, however, about the dominating cultural perception on what proper portion sizes are.

The fact that in these days it is considered normal to have one drink provide such a significant portion of their recommended calorie intake is just deplorable.  According to, beverage sizes in the 1950s included a seven-ounce serving – the only option at McDonald’s – and a 12-ounce small and 16-ounce large at Burger King. 

That 16-ounce serving, which is actually two serving sizes for sodas, is now the standard small option.  12-ounces are still offered, but generally as a children’s size.  The seven-ounce serving, despite being just one ounce under the actual serving size, would be laughed at in today’s society.

Like I said, people should be allowed to consume whatever they want.  If they want to drink 30 ounces of soda per meal, that is their choice.  If they want to order Kentucky Fried Chicken’s 64-ounce size, great.  This is America – they have that freedom.

I am in no way suggesting that fast food chains should stop selling such sizes.  As one of the primary sources for food for many Americans, however, I do believe they have a responsibility to help educate consumers and establish healthier perceptions and trends.  This responsibility begins with deflating the idea of normal portion sizes by not passing a giant 30-ounce drink as “medium” and calling their bloated sizes what they are: buckets of sugar-water. 

"The Last of Us: Remastered": A game review

Ryan Krebs
Staff Writer

Part of me feels that writing this review is pointless. This game has won over two hundred game of the year awards. It sold over seven million units and is one of Sony’s highest selling games of all time. But on the off chance someone hasn’t played this game or even heard of it, this review is for them.

The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic survival horror game from Naughty Dog, the creators of the Uncharted series. It tells the story of Joel, a survivor that has had the world take far too much from him, and Ellie, a girl that may hold the key to saving humanity, as they travel across a post pandemic United States that has been ravaged by a cordyceps fungus infection that has left most of the population as mindless monsters. Joel and Ellie are two of the most well realized characters I have ever seen in a video game and their journey is one of the best told stories I have ever seen in any video game. I don’t want to say too much about the story, but it is one hell of a ride that grabs you almost instantly and never lets up. Plus, the ending, while it will leave you emotionally drained, will also leave you satisfied and content once the adventure is completed.

I have been blathering on about how great the story is, but what about the actual gameplay. Well I am happy to say that it is also equally great. The Last of Us combines the smooth controls of Uncharted with stealth and survival horror elements to create some excellent gameplay sections.

The game has two types of enemies, namely, hostile survivors and infected.

Both have unique behaviors that you will have to learn in order to survive; because once they see you it only takes a few hits before you are killed. While Joel and Ellie can craft items like nail bombs and molotov cocktails to increase their odds, resources to make them are hard to come by, forcing you to use them sparingly.

Ammunition for your weapons is rare as well, which means more often than not you will need to use stealth to sneak up on an enemy or simply charge and beat them to death with a lead pipe.

The Last of Us is challenging, brutal, and even thought provoking at times. I would only advise not giving this game a shot if graphic violence upsets you.

Other than that, the game is a fantastic experience that you simply must try to experience. It is available for both PS3 and PS4. I personally recommend the PS4 version because if plays better technically and it comes with the Left Behind story downloadable content for free.

When two worlds collide: A review of "Neighbors"

Lindsay Darrow
Staff Writer

A new film comedy hit “Neighbors,” starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen and directed by Nicholas Stoller, was shown at 8 p.m. at the college from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7.

When Mac and Kelly Radner, played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, buy a house in which to raise their new daughter, life seems like it could not get any better.

Then a fraternity, Delta Psi Beta, moves into the house next door.

To try to win Mac and Kelly’s trust, Teddy Sanders, president of the fraternity and played by Zac Efron, invites them into the party.

At the party as Mac and Teddy bond over batman and sword fights, it seems like they will become friends. But as in all friendships, it is wrong to break a promise.

Teddy tells Mac “make sure if we’re too noisy, call me first, don’t call the cops.”

An all-out war between Delta Psi and the Radners is on the moment that Mac breaks his promise to not call the cops.

With pranks involving Robert De Niro parties and air bags in couches as well as unbelievable parties many viewers might wish they were in the movie going as crazy as the frat boys with all the nudity, fireworks and booze.

Just be careful to not be tricked by a hot mom into sleeping with your best friend’s girl, as it will ruin your friendship; and in the case of Teddy and his best friend Pete, played by Dave Franco, it might damage the fraternity as well.

The final prank of the movie is when Mac and Kelly trick Delta Psi into thinking they are off probation and can throw the biggest party in the history of the fraternity.

Teddy realizes it’s a fake letter only after the party is in full swing and calls for the immediate shut down of the party.

Mac and Kelly then realize that they are losing their chance to get rid of the frat house so they sneak in and attempt to restart the party.

Teddy catches them and gets into a comical fight with Mac but by the time he gets to Kelly, it’s too late.

She lights a firework, which hits a cop car, while another member of the fraternity restarts the party.

Teddy and Pete have a moment of brotherly love as Teddy tells him to take all the other brothers and run so they do not get in trouble.

At the end of the movie, it shows Teddy and Mac meeting up at Abercrombie & Fitch, where Teddy is now working as a model.

The movie was overall a good comedy but the trailer made it seem as though it.

Joan Rivers: A tragic loss

Sarah Jaran
Copy Editor
Joan Rivers, famous comedian, died on Sept. 4, 2014 after being on life support for about a week. Rivers, 81, went on life support when she reportedly suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine surgery on her throat.

The Medical Examiner’s office said that Rivers’ autopsy report was inconclusive. The New York Department of Health is still investigating her death since the procedure performed was commonplace.

However, one must consider that age is a big factor in making routine procedures that much more dangerous. Older patients are less likely to be able to handle the stress as easily or the recovery process as easily as a younger patient.

Also, when a procedure is supposed to be routine, it does not necessarily mean that the risk is much lower. Therefore, though Joan Rivers’ death was a shock, one cannot necessarily blame the medical center she used and swear off medical procedures. As it is not known what exactly killed her as of yet, her memory should simply be honored and her life celebrated.