Thursday, September 25, 2014

Family weekend fun

D.C. Keys
Photo Editor

Sept. 19 through 21 was the annual family weekend, a time when the students’ extended families are invited to campus to participate in fun activities together.

The festivities kicked off with the Hiawatha Wing Cruise. This year, unlike in previous, there were two cruises families could sign up for. This allowed more families to enjoy the cruise.

Kearsten Kreitz ‘15 and the family of Elise Matalavage ‘16 enjoying the football game during family weekend.
The choir, band and other solo performers performed in Clark Chapel. After the concert, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” was shown in Heim G-11, followed by a “Frozen” sing-along. The movies were sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

Family bowling night at Faxon was available for families that RSVP’d in advance. At the same time Quizzo was being played in East Hall Coffee House.

On Saturday President Kent Trachte gave a state of the college address in the Jane Schultz room to start off the day. Families had several options that they could choose to spend the morning. Andrew Kilpatrick, associate dean of student success and academic services, dean of first-year students, and director of Lycoming College prep, gave a state of the freshman class address.

Families could choose to go on a bike tour with dean of students Dan Miller or go to the study abroad information session. They also could attend the Brandy Lee Sudol auction hosted by Gamma Delta Sigma. Also Saturday brunch was being served in the dining hall.

Throughout the day families could go on walking tours around downtown Williamsport with faculty and staff. There was also a faculty open house in Pennington lounge.

The choir hosted an open rehearsal in the Clarke Chapel to show the parents what a day in choir looks like. They also practiced the songs that they would perform for the Sunday service.

All registered families got free tickets to the football game. They were able to enjoy the Lycoming Warriors’ win against King’s College Monarchs. It was an exciting game with great plays by both teams.

For dinner there were three college-sanctioned choices. If a reservation was put in early enough, the Bullfrog and 33 East were an option. Otherwise, families could eat at the dining hall or any of the other eateries off campus. The third option was the Trachtes’ invitation to the seniors and families to their house.

For the evening, comedian Michael Dean Ester entertained the audience in Clark Chapel. The performance was sponsored by student programs. He mixed comedy and advice to make a memorable night that made the audience laugh and think about what college is really about.

To close out the night was a family bonfire in the upper quad. Unfortunately high winds forced the bonfire to be canceled.  Instead people drank hot apple cider and talked. “Frozen” was at 8 p.m. and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” was at 10 p.m.

Sunday, families were invited to worship in the chapel as Jeff Lecrone preached and the choir led the hymns and performed a few songs. Sunday brunch closed out the official family weekend activities.

Photo by Jenny Reilly

Students enrich education experience in Europe: Study abroad offers opportunities for learning around the globe

Jordyn Hotchkiss
Entertainment Editor

This past year many students traveled across the oceans to other parts of the world to further their education. The college had students go to Germany, Sweden, England, Honduras and many other places around the globe. Students went for various reasons, ranging from an archaeological dig to a marine biology diving experience.

Senior Emily Grusholt spent a semester at the University of Bamberg in Germany. When asked why she wanted to study abroad she said, “I’ve always wanted to travel and the best time to do it is when you’re young and the best way to do it is through the school.”

She explained how the university is a sister school to Lycoming and how much the college helps you manage payments, classes and traveling.

Grusholt is a double major in psychology and criminal justice and while abroad she was able to take several psychology classes that counted for her major.

 All of her classes were in English, which was helpful because according to Grusholt the hardest part about being abroad was “the language barrier, meaning not only the people that spoke German, but the international students who had English as a second language.”

Grusholt spoke about how she was able to travel to different places such as London and Italy, her two favorite trips. When asked if she had any final comments about her trip she responded with: “It was a lot of fun; I made a lot of friends from different countries. It really changes your view on the world and the people in it. You learn to be more open minded.”

Jumping across the sea to Sweden, Junior Julie White spent her summer with the Gotland Archaeological Field School. White is an archaeology major so when explaining why she decided to spend the summer in Sweden she said, “In addition to having to complete field school or an internship for my major, I was more interested in doing field school and it was northern archaeology and was different.”

While there, White’s favorite part about the trip was the actual physical labor of the dig, explaining that it helped her to “soak up different people and experiences.”

White was abroad with a few other students from the college as well as with students from around the world.

When asked for final advice to students or are planning on studying abroad she finished with, “Don’t be afraid to go somewhere that’s off the beaten path.”

These two students spoke extremely highly of their experiences, recommending study abroad to anyone that is. There are a few upcoming trips and May Terms for this year and next.

There are three upcoming May Terms including the Institute for Management Studies, the psychology May term and a new embedded course May term. This year the IMS Trip will be going abroad to the U.K. and Belgium, while the psychology trip will “explore being Irish” as they look at the Irish identity and what it means. Finally, this year’s new trip is an embedded course in music and modern language studies where they will be studying Romantic music and literature in Germany and Austria.

These three May Terms are only a few of the options that students have available to them to take a journey through education.

Adding to the ARC

D.C. Keys
Photo Editor

This year Professor Christopher Reed joined the Academic Resource Center team as assistant director of the Academic Resource Center and director of the not-yet-established mathematics center. He is designing the math center to be a part of the Academic Research Center by fall of 2015.

Reed commented, “The vision for a math center on campus took hold a couple of years ago when the faculty began their evaluation of the distribution program at the college.  As part of that discussion, certain ideas emerged that were designed to strengthen the academic program at the college – for example, establishing a math center.  The faculty held a vote last year that approved a number of changes at the college which included the creation of the math center.”

The math center will work similarly to the writing center. Students can bring their math-related work in to be looked over, even if it isn’t from a math class.  Any discipline that uses math at all can benefit from the math center. The usual math tutoring will still be taking place as well.

The physical location of the math center is yet to be determined. Professor Reed is open to suggestions and ideas from faculty, staff, and students. He is planning on sitting down with whole departments to decide how to make the math center the most effective. He invites people to email him at reed@lycoming.edu or visit his office in D308.

Football remains undefeated

DC Keys
Photo Editor 

The warrior football team won 28-13 against King’s College Monarchs on Saturday.  The stands were packed as Family Weekend participants were in attendance, increasing the energy at David Pearson Field.

Senior running back Craig Needhammer scored the first touchdown for the warriors, and with the extra point by freshman Devon Flynn the Warriors lead 7-0 with 7:49 left in the quarter.
The monarchs tried to answer but the warriors defense held them in check. On the fourth down the monarchs missed the field goal attempt.

The warriors kept the second quarter rolling with forward progress, leading to the Warriors second touchdown. Senior QB Tyler Jenny threw a 34 yard pass to senior Cam Kriner. He then found junior Corey Talerico for a 30 yard pass. Junior Ryan Umpleby caught the final pass to score the touchdown.

The score was 14-0 with 13:29 left in the half when the monarchs finally got their opportunity.
Senior Dan Kempa returned the kick to Lycoming’s 11 yard line. After a series of plays junior Patrick Robinson scored the kings only goal of the game and sophomore Mikhail Kniaziewicz  secured the extra point making the score 14-7 with 10:59 remaining in the first half.

Above, senior Craig Needhammer maintains possession through the tackle. Below, sophomore Keeghan Morrison eludes monarch defense for forward progress.  
The warriors responded immediately with Needhammer returning the ball to King’s 38 yard line. After a series of plays junior Pat Whalen caught the third touchdown. The scoreboard read 21-7 with 7:41 left in the half.

A shagged punt leads to the monarchs getting possession on their 42. Lyco’s defense went into overdrive checking the King’s advance. Kniaziewicz is forced to score a 20 yard field goal to make the score 21-10 with 20 seconds left. The warriors take a knee and the half ends with the warriors up 21-10.

The second half was underway with the Warriors forcing a punt receiving at their own 20 yard line.
Jenny was forced out of the pocket but was able to find senior John Sibel for a 45 yard pass.
A few plays later Needhammer scored the fourth and final touchdown making the score 28-10.
This TD tied Needhammer with wide receiver Tim Dumas (1996-99) for most career touchdowns at 35. The third quarter ended with a score of 28-10.

In the fourth quarter the Kings made it all the way to Lycoming’s 1 yard line but the warrior defense checked all further advances forcing Kniaziewicz to score a 29 yard field goal.

The warriors'

offense ground down the clock holding the ball for almost 9 minutes. The final score 28-13, giving the team the edge they need to take on Wilkes this Saturday.

Photos by Tracy Robinson

Tennis looks up after loss

Shannon Bolin
Sports Editor

The Men and Women’s Tennis team refuse to let the losses to Kings define the remainder of their season.

Men went down 0-9 and Women lost 3-6. Despite their loss, both teams are looking hopeful for their next match is 3 p.m. Friday at Bruce Henry Park.

With the season just beginning, they are hopeful for a prosperous and challenging season. Senior Miranda Giraldo projects the team’s upcoming success and trials.

“It’s early in the season, but I think we’re going to have a good year. A lot of players are returning, and we have strong new players as well. The chemistry on the team is great, and I think that will translate into us playing well. The boys already have a win, so I’m pretty excited to see how the rest of the season goes.

“It’s hard to say who our biggest rival is this year. We used to have a tough time with Elizabethtown but they were moved out of our conference. Hood is always a close match so we get a little worked up when that match is approaching. We usually play them towards the end of our season so we will facing them sometime in April,” Giraldo said.

“It’s early in the season, but I think we’re going to have a good year. A lot of players are returning, and we have strong new players as well. The chemistry on the team is great, and I think that will translate into us playing well. The boys already have a win, so I’m pretty excited to see how the rest of the season goes,” Senior Shannon Sheridan added.

Zachary High, a freshman from Lock Haven, Pa. and junior Zackary Collevechio from Summit Hill, Pa. recently joined the Men’s Tennis teams’ endeavors.

The women’s team also welcomed two freshman, Kaitlin Hallabuk from Towanda, Pa. and Ashley Stover from Bel Air, Md.

“It’s always exciting welcoming new players on to the team. Seeing their drive is refreshing and it provides a great energy to work with. We have a lot to work on and everybody is striving to be better every day,” Giraldo said.

“Everyone always wants to get better! At this point, it’s all about honing our skills,” Sheridan noted.
Sheridan and Giraldo, as seniors, are both glad to see the team continue to thrive knowing that this will be their last season.

“It’s been quite the ride! I think we’ve gotten a lot closer as a team the past three years. We’ve said goodbye to a lot of good players and people, and welcomed great new people. I’m proud of how we’ve progressed, and I hope after we’re gone, the team will keep getting better. I’m going to miss my team so much when I graduate. My teammates have been such a huge part of my life here at school. I want to wish the rest of the team tons of luck, both this season and in the seasons that they have yet to play. I know they are going to do great and make us all proud!” Sheridan said.

With their next home game less than 24 hours away, the team is excited to see blue and gold support at the courts.

“It would be really awesome to feel the support of Lyco at our home matches, especially against FDU, it’s going to be a great match. Our matches are just as exciting as the other fall sports so I’m excited to see some Lyco representation,” Giraldo said.

A sweet trip off campus

Jennifer Reilly
Staff Writer

The Campus Activity Board sponsored its annual trip to Hershey Park on Sunday, Sept. 14.
Under clear, sunny skies roughly 40 students enjoyed a day of thrilling rides and, of course, some Hershey’s chocolate.

Junior Rachel Salmon, CAB’s travel and leisure chair, organized this event. “I think the trip was really successful, I had a lot of fun planning it but I’m really happy I got the chance to go on all the roller coasters especially ‘The Great Bear’.”

Students were able to go on this trip for free, saving them money for food, rides, and maybe a five pound Hershey bar.

Students had a full ten hours to explore the park. Many students headed right toward the thrill rides, eager to ride one of Hershey Park’s many roller coasters.

Jessica Mosinak, junior, describes herself as a “huge adrenaline junky” and really enjoyed getting to ride “Storm Runner,” a roller coaster that goes from 0-72 mph in just two seconds, propelling riders over a nearly 200 foot drop.

Some of the most popular roller coasters for the students were Storm Runner, Fahrenheit, Great Bear, and Sky Rush.

While thrill rides attracted many of the students, Hershey’s Chocolate World was a stop that couldn’t be missed for many on the trip.

Lindsey Decker, junior, enjoyed taking the tour of the chocolate factory and getting a chance to stock up on some chocolaty treats. “It’s really interesting to see how the chocolate is made, the ride even smells like chocolate, what’s not to like!”

The Hershey trip was a wonderful time and students enjoyed a fun filled day off campus.

The Graffiti Party was smokin’

Sam Ferraro
College Life Editor

Each year, Lambda Chi Alpha puts together what to some students is known as “Highlighter” and to others is known as “The Graffiti Party.” Almost as legendary as their annual “Toga Party,” this get-together was unforgettable after a small fire broke out in the fraternity’s lounge.

Whatever the name, many students gather together in the Lambda lounge to take a break from the rigorous life of a college student to dance and enjoy one another’s company.

Lambda hosts this party annually and this year it started off like it always had in the past. Guests arrived and made their way into the lounge, and for the majority of the evening, things were running smoothly.

However, at around 1:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, the fire alarm began to go off, sparking an evacuation of all of East Hall, including the source of the commotion.
The party-goers were led out onto the sidewalk and down to the quad, which is the evacuation location for all East Hall residents.

Once the students were cleared out of the building, security arrived to do a sweep to ensure that everyone had cleared out upon hearing the alarm.

Many students stood by, waiting for the okay to return to the building.

Zackary Collevechio, junior and president of Lambda Chi Alpha, did a walk-through of their lounge at around 1:30 a.m. to ensure that everyone had cleared out.

Oddly enough, as the walk-through was taking place to ensure that everyone had been evacuated from the false fire alarm, “a black light in the middle of the lounge fell from the ceiling, shattered, and sparked a flame on the ceiling,” stated Collevechio.

The small flame that was created from the shattered light was luckily able to be extinguished by use of a fire extinguisher by one of the brothers of Lambda Chi, and since the building had already been evacuated due to the false fire alarm, no one was really threatened by the small fire.
Once the incident was reported, security circled back to the west wing of East Hall to inspect Lambda’s lounge for further danger.

“We informed security of the incident and after inspecting the light, they determined that it would be a smart choice to call the fire department to make sure that there were no additional hot wires in the ceiling,” added Collevechio.

Once the fire department arrived, they did an inspection of the lighting and decided that it would be the safest idea to shut down power to the lounge to ensure that no further electrical fires occurred that evening, which would again set the fire alarms off, sending students out to the quad for a third time that night.

Students were happy to finally be allowed back into the building, thankful that everything seemed to be okay.

Many students took refuge on the chilly night in Wesley Hall, filling the small lobby to keep warm. Brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon also welcomed students onto their floor in Wesley to get people out from the cold.

“All in all, it was extremely coincidental and lucky that the fire alarm was pulled falsely, then a real incident occurred after everyone was out. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the incident and East Hall was not in any danger,” stated Collevechio.

Questioning campus

Sarah Jaran
Copy Editor

Collin Rice joined the college’s faculty in the fall of 2013 as the new philosophy professor, teaching courses that involve logic and ethics.

He is a philosopher of Science and the Mind, choosing to incorporate two extremely different disciplines in order to try to decipher truths in life.

Rice discovered the importance of interdisciplinary study at his undergrad, Simpson College, a place very similar to this college.

He attended Simpson with the intent of studying Physics but like a true physicist, was open to changes in his grand plan.

“I would always ask why the universe worked a certain way, and that is not something physicists are interested in answering,” Rice said.

The place he found interested in such questions was the Philosophy Department, so he double-majored in Philosophy and Physics, with a minor in Math.

After undergrad, Rice attended the University of Missouri for a Philosophy of Science and Biology degree.

He then went on to the University of Pittsburgh for a Post-Doctorate at the Center for Philosophy of Science.

That is when he found this campus as a place where he wanted to teach logic, focusing on how the mind relates to the body and using science to learn true things using false assumptions.

In essence, Rice enjoys talking and thinking about the uncertainty of fundamental ideas.

Rice also has an interest in ethics, which explains why he teaches the Introduction to Moral Philosophy course at the college.

He says that most of his students have problems with ethics because there is “no real truth” or a right answer in his class.

It is all based on discussion and, because there is no correct response, he says the goal is to make progress.

His goal is in helping each student to realize the ideas out there and to discover which he or she believes to be more realistically true.

That is why the introduction class starts with memorization of the different theories of ethics.
Once the different views are clear, the arguments he teaches are used to start the discussions.

Some other activities hat Rice participates in are a reading group at Bucknell and being a part of an Institutional Review Board, where he helps to make sure any experiments on humans are ethical.

Rice also hopes to start a reading group with students at this college soon, which Dr. Douglas Young, another philosophy professor on campus, will be helping to run.

There will be an Introduction to Philosophy of Science course that Rice will be teaching starting within the next couple of years.

Rice is extremely passionate about interdisciplinary work, saying how philosophy needs science and other fields and vice versa.

Part of the liberal arts education is to explore numerous facets of multiple disciplines.
By incorporating philosophy into the curriculum, Rice and his colleagues offer a unique and thought-provoking course of study.

This is why he loves to have many different majors in his classes, to give a wider variety of backgrounds to the discussions.

He also loves the idea of interdiscipline, by giving talks in Science Departments and reading Science journals.

Rice feels that a classroom, and even further, a community becomes more fulfilling when people disciplined in numerous, various content areas come together.  

What’s the rush? Greek life makes a statement on campus

Dan Zebrine
Editor-in-Chief

Last week began the recruitment process for Greek life.

This process involves a period of about two weeks during which fraternities and sororities hold events for interested students to meet current members and get a feel for what Greek life is about.
These events are often informal gatherings for current members and interested students to meet each other.

Fraternity events included Kappa Delta Rho’s video games and pizza night, Lambda Chi Alpha’s wing night, Tau Kappa Epsilon’s glow-in-the-dark frisbee game, and Phi Kappa Psi’s steak and cigar night.

Sororities hosted events such as Gamma Delta Sigma’s mocktails and cheese night, Alpha Sigma Tau’s bingo and ice cream, Alpha Xi Delta’s country-themed night, Alpha Rho Omega’s  “Minute to Win It” games, and Beta Phi Gamma’s game night.

During the recruitment period, interested students can sign a grade release form for a fraternity or sorority to confirm that they meet the respective minimum grade point average requirement.
Fraternities and sororities can then decide to whom they want to offer invitations on bid day, which is tomorrow.

This semester, bids will only be offered to sophomores and above.

Freshmen will not be able to join Greek life until spring semester due to the GPA requirements for entry.

Treasure ahoy: Stickers!

Sarah Jaran
Copy Editor

At 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, pirates in all shapes and sizes met in the Creative Arts Society (CAS) lounge in Williams Hall. The location was changed from years past, which was outside the ramp to the CAS lounge, as a result of the rain that came throughout the day.

Taylor Kendra, senior and president of CAS, said, “We were not too sure about the rain, but the smaller turnout worked much better when we had to move the hunt inside.”

Normally the CASians, members of CAS, will split the pirates into a certain number of teams, or crews, according to the amount of captains present. Then the captains and their crews will decide on a name for their team, in order to build up morale. Usually, the leader of the pirate scavenger will then start the scavenger hunt with some skit to explain why the hunt is taking place. This year was not much different, except that all this had to happen inside.

However, Kendra considered the hunt to be a success.  “It is always really awesome to see who turns out, since it tends to bring about the most people who are not regulars.”

The actual hunt consists of clues placed around campus in different order based on the color of the crew a person is a part of. For instance, a pirate on the blue crew will have the same set of clues but in a different order than a person on the red crew. Each clue leads to the next and all must be held onto in order to win the treasure at the end.

Last year a sword fight broke out at the finish area, a common occurrence among pirates. Luckily, no sword fighting disturbed the participants this year.

This year the clues were solely within Williams Hall because of the rainy weather.
Winners of the scavenger hunt gained the right to boast and a double helping of stickers, a truly rich reward.

United Campus Ministry gets colorful

Sam Ferraro
 College Life Editor

On Friday Sept. 12 around 3 p.m., members of United Campus Ministry gathered on the quad to set up for their tie-dying event. The organization invited the campus community to bring whatever they wanted to tie-dye that afternoon. Students brought a slew of unique items such as shoes, socks, and handkerchiefs.

Margaret Daubert '15, UCM campus programming chair.
The idea behind the event was to promote UCM in a fun and creative way, allowing students to hang out outside on a warm afternoon, creating cool color patterns on whatever articles of clothing they provided. The event was free to everyone.

“We thought tie-dye would be a great way to provide a free, fun activity for the campus community,” said Bridget Bellmore, senior and UCM president.

“We strive for excellence in shirt making,” joked Margaret Daubert, senior and UCM campus programming chair. The environment was friendly with music in the background, providing an inviting atmosphere for students to be a part of.

UCM is heavily interested in maintaining a fellowship among its members and reaching out to the campus community. They hold weekly 4Fs meetings, standing for fun, food, faith, and fellowship. Meetings are held on Thursday nights.

The organization also participates in many community service activities to keep themselves involved around the community. They do events such as God’s Love Day where they provide free cookies and lemonade to the campus, providing an uplifting reminder that life is great and cookies are delicious, the Super Bowl Party, and celebrating Christmas by handing out candy canes.
The organization is also know for their annual SEARCH retreats, which are held in the spring semester. They are hard at work to prepare for this event as well as making an effort to go to the Jubilee Conference, which is held in February.

“We are now working with other faith-based organizations on campus and local churches to go to the Jubilee Conference,” added Daubert.

The organization is making strides to be more involved with the campus community through their recent events, such as tie-dying to ensure that they remain a known presence on campus.

Photos by Sam Ferraro

Theatre department offers lots of laughs at Monologue Wars

Sarah Jaran
Copy Editor

Alpha Psi Omega, the thespian honor society, sponsored the first ever Monologue Wars at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the Mary L. Welch Theater.  The event was created and organized by  Katie Buffum, senior and historian of the society.

The night consisted of having people put their names into a bag to have it later picked out. Once a person was picked, his or her job was to choose a category that was on the whiteboard in the middle of the stage. Some examples of the categories were “soccer mom… with a dark side”, “#selfie”, “The Fall of Rome”, “From the archives”, “unnecessary expletives”, and “Like Nessie.”
Each category gave a little hint to the content, but most monologues were huge surprises and extremely funny.

Once the person chosen had picked a category, they were given the monologue to read. Then they read. Every single person had no idea what the monologue they were reading said and it was a completely cold reading. This made the person rely completely on their instincts in how they should act out the monologue.

After the laughs were over, the Alpha Psi Omega society invited all participants and watchers to the lobby of the theater to enjoy some ice cream. Buffum thought the whole event was an incredible success, “We’ve been planning since July, so it was great to have that work pay off.”
Buffum was really proud of the turnout.  “We had over 30 attendees, including people from outside our department and the feedback was all really positive.”

GDS holds charity auction in honor of lost sister

Victoria Vandervort
Staff Photographer

On Saturday, around 10 A.M. you probably noticed a packed East Hall coffeehouse.
Families, students, and staff gathered for the annual Brandy Sudol auction held by the sisters of Gamma Delta Sigma.

For over twenty years, the sisters have honored the memory of their lost sister Brandy Lee Sudol.
While at Lycoming College, Brandy was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
As the disease progresses, the body’s immune system becomes compromised.
The sorority holds the auction during family weekend.
Sisters of Gamma Delta Sigma, from left to right: Erin McKernan, Maly Kongsynonh, Samantha Rothka, Julian Jones, Trang Tran, Clarissa Smalling, Lyndsey Peterson.  Photo by Victoria Vandervort/LYCOURIER.
The money raised at the auction also goes towards a nursing-directed scholarship in Brandy’s name and generosity.

The event was successful in its turnout and those in attendance had a fun time while also honoring a strong, enthusiastic sister gone too soon.

Student senate and sustainability committee updates: Sept. 8 and 15

Jackie Crouteau
Opinion Editor

Student Senate met at 9 p.m., on Sept. 8 and Sept. 15.

At the first meeting, President Greg Vartan spoke on sending out an email to all students with the names of the people belonging to various senate committees, such as the Food Committee or Public Relations Committee.

He the introduced the elected officers of the Class of 2018. Cinnamin Quattlebaum reviewed the protocol for missing meetings. The Campus Activities Board, Interfraternal Councel, and Panhellenic Councel made announcements.

The Technology Committee also reported that there will be double the amount of Wi-Fi on campus by this time next year. The Food Committee introduced the topic of Iron Chef, but there will be more on that in future meetings. Dean Miller opened up a Q&A on the security incident concerning a student right outside campus the previous week.

Following this, President Vartan made an announcement about Pennington Lounge. It will soon be furnished with tables and chairs made of recycled materials.

On the subject of the [Honor] blue umbrellas that will be decorating the patio, the President said this:  “The honor will shield us from the light of the sun.”

The Strategic Plan was discussed in preparation for a vote on senate endorsement of the plan the week after. Some topics that were discussed included the new Student Welcome Center, the Old City renovation’s impact on the college, and optional dorm clustering by major.

President Vartan also outlined the new Career Services program directed toward “preparing, launching, and sustaining” students during and after graduation.  One way it aims to do this is by focusing on helping students create the best resume.

The Strategic Plan’s goal to further interactions between downtown Williamsport and “the college on the hill” was also briefly discussed. The overwhelming concern of the student body representatives was that it might be too much change at once, but Dean Miller reassured that the process would be very much about easing into all of the new things to come. After closing this discussion the meeting adjourned.

The following Monday, Vice President Megan Cunningham announced the Homecoming private dining reservation that will be held Oct. 4. Two members of each club should attend as representatives to pick up their packets and enjoy a more formal meal.

Treasurer Pierce Lawver announced the end of appeals, and the class officers announced any pending fundraisers they are currently working on.

CAB announced the opening of LycoFlix and a “Frozen” sing-along. IFC praised successful recruitment events, and announced the start of a Greek study table in the library. They also talked about this year’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, hosted by Tau Kappa Epsilon and scheduled for Oct. 5.

President Vartan read the proposed resolution to endorse the Strategic Plan and the senators voted on it. The resolution was passed.

In the last act of important new business, the president appointed senators to the new budget task force and Senate Election Committee, before opening the floor and concluding the meeting.
In the course of the last two weeks the Sustainability Committee has been busy with more than TerraCycle and the Food Recovery Network.

They have been preparing for the first Food Recovery Network Eastern Regional Conference to be hosted on Sept. 26 at the college.

They have been given the honor of hosting the event  because of their efforts to recover over 8,000 pounds since January.

They are expecting representatives from at least 30 colleges and universities. All of the representatives are preparing to discuss how to positively impact and preserve the environment on a collegiate level.

Snaps for slam poetry: The Asia Project entertains students

D.C. Keys
Photo Editor

At 7 p.m. on Saturday September 13 students gathered in the East Hall coffeehouse. They came with one goal to hear slam poetry sponsored by CAB. They got that and much more with the Asia project.
The Asia Project is novelist/poet Asia Samson and his guitar player and brother in law Jollan Aureilo. Samson was named 2006 performer of the year by the Association of the promotion of Campus Activites, and took first place in the 2008 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Championships. He is one of the few poets to say he honestly makes a living touring the country performing poetry.

Without a word, Samson began with his slam poem As I Am. This poem’s combination of humor and vivid realism summed up how the entire hour went. Asia would make the audience laugh, cry and really think about life, sometimes all with the same poem.

Introducing himself and Jollan, he gave some background on how they became The Asia Project. After finding out he had cancer, he made a promise to God and himself that if he survived he would live his life to the fullest. So he quit his job and started doing slam poetry.

 He commented that the audience of around 25 is his favorite size. He had only one rule: that we treat the performance like we would sex.  “If I do something you like make some noise so I know. This is only fun if we both fully participate.”

The audience gave him their full attention and he gave a great show in return. He performed several poems off his album “Bleed,” and one about his newborn son that was only his second performance.
He closed with the poem Awakening which he wrote after the death of his sister. The poem talked of the events leading up to her death and the aftermath leading many in the audience to tears. It then lead to smiles as he talked about finding faith and hope through it all.

All in attendance really enjoyed the performance. He stayed after the show to answer questions and take pictures.

Freshman Trenton Jones said “When my RA brought me I thought it was going to be lame. I am so happy I came this changed my life.”

Larry Mannolini, director of student programs, commented, “I hate slam poetry but I loved these guys.”

Editorial: Business woes in the video game industry

JohnPaul Keith
Staff Writer

Videogames are a huge industry. They’re bigger than movies, television, and music and since their inception they’ve managed to grow bigger and bigger thanks to advancements in technology and now appeal to much broader demographics. But even with the industry’s overall massive success, it’s hard to ignore all the studio closures that have been happening in recent years. In this case it seems that rising tides do not lift all boats, and a flaw in the videogame business model may be to blame.
Over the years, as videogames evolved from 8-bit side-scrollers to fully explorable, 3-D worlds, development costs have risen into tens, and even sometimes, hundreds of millions of dollars. Along with this increase in scope and development cost comes the marketing presence. No longer just relegated to game magazines or the occasional television commercial, videogame advertisements are everywhere. Giant banners are hung throughout cities and preview trailers can be seen anywhere from Super Bowl commercials to YouTube ads. And with this increase in advertising surely comes an increase in awareness.

But, does this equate to an increase in profits? In March, Japanese game publisher Square Enix revealed the initial sales of Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs, announcing that both games underperformed, as they did not meet sales expectations. The official numbers at the time were 3.4 million units shipped for Tomb Raider and 1.75 million sold units for Sleeping Dogs. Strangely, the one thing these games had in common was their big marketing push. Both Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider had huge marketing campaigns, both online and on television, before and during their release. Yet, they still managed to underperform. Meanwhile, games like Minecraft and Dark Souls have gone on to succeed, allowing for the creation of more editions and sequels, all with virtually no marketing.

Happenings like this seem to be a usual occurrence in the industry today. This March Titanfall’s hype train crashed horrifically when it received less than expected reviews and was unable to help Microsoft’s Xbox One outsell Sony’s PlayStation 4 for the month. It’s no wonder there’s been a decline in the amount of AAA developers and increase in indie developers and titles, since it seems the massive risk of making a huge AAA title rarely tends to payoff. But is it really due to bloated marketing budgets? Call of Duty has a massive marketing campaign every year and continues to be the highest selling franchise every year. And, the recently released Destiny is currently dominating television ad space with their high quality, live action game trailer, fully equipped with a Led Zeppelin track that I’m sure cost them a lot to make. That game just broke a European sales record by selling 500 million dollars worth of units in the first day.

If these games can succeed with big marketing budgets, and most likely do succeed to an extent because of them, why can’t others? Why couldn’t Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs succeed? Without having specific profit numbers I can’t say for sure what the returns on those games were, but since Tomber Raider is receiving a sequel next year, and Sleeping Dogs is rumored to have one in development as well, I would say that both games probably did make a profit. The problem wasn’t with the marketing budgets and their inability to produce sales, but with Square Enix’s unrealistic expectations. 3.4 million shipped units and 1.75 million units sold are traditionally held as great numbers for new or rebooted franchises. My guess would be that Square Enix needed those games to perform unrealistically well sales wise in order to make up money lost due to their bad decisions with their other Japanese properties, and that can’t be blamed on marketing. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that those games wouldn’t have sold nearly as well without their marketing campaigns.

I don’t think that marketing budgets are a problem that plague the videogame industry, but there certainly is something wrong, and I think the problem has to do with the price of videogames. Your standard console videogame cost about $60. Some people may claim that $60 is too expensive, but I’m of the mind that it’s too cheap. Don’t get me wrong, as a consumer I’d like them to cost as little as possible, but you can’t ignore the business realities of the situation. Games have increased in cost over the years, but they’ve stayed the same price. Back in the 80’s and 90’s when games still came on cartridges they could cost anywhere from $60 to $100 depending on their chip size. If you factor in the value of the dollar at the time, videogames have actually never been cheaper to buy, yet they’ve also never been more expensive to make. And in this lies the root of the problem. Bloated marketing budgets don’t help the situation. Developers have to market games more in order to increase sales numbers to make up for lower profit margins. And unless prices rise in the future, bigger studious will continue to close, leaving only a handful of AAA developers.

 It seems inevitable that AAA studios are destined to fade away, as gamers seem pretty reluctant to pay more money for games or consoles, lack luster sales of the Xbox One is just one example of that. But maybe it’s not so bad, as this opens the door for more indie developers to flood the market place with inventive titles that have never been seen or thought of before. Maybe the old guard has to die so that new that a new order can thrive.

Editorial: Why are we here?

Jackie Croteau
Opinion Editor

“…the rituals and patterns of life in college—entirely separate from the classroom have consistently overwhelmed the curricular experience for most students. And that extracurricular life has displayed aspects of anti-intellectualism that directly contradict and undermine the stated academic ideals...” 

This quote was part of the section of the Strategic Plan which was addressing future dorm clustering based on interests and themes. It’s an effort to bring more of the academic atmosphere into residence halls, so that students will have a more scholarly and enriching experience. I’ve heard some students refer to it as being like Hogwarts; Lycoming wants to implement the sorting hat, but just like the Sorting Hat tells Harry, they take your opinion into account.

According to Leon Bolstein, President of Bard College, there is something unsavory about the types of activities that students choose to partake in, which don’t overlap with academic scholarship. It is evident that he considers that time spent to be wasted and devastating to college ideals.
This quote raised issue for some at Lycoming. Many students were offended by this statement, which seemed to undermine many of the activities that students were especially passionate about. But, I don’t think Dr. Trachte meant to discredit the clubs and organizations. He seems to strongly support students in these endeavors, and sees the academic and overall value of the goals and achievements that are set and attained by each group.

What I think he may not be in favor of is the evidence of classic, “trashy” Friday and Saturday night behavior at Lycoming. This is reasonable for any administrator, and frankly, I’d be more concerned if it didn’t bother him. We’ve all heard the stories of what “so-and-so” did last weekend, and it is pretty apparent that there are plenty of shenanigans across this campus. But, is it not within reason?
This seems like an intriguing concept, but also a shaky one. Part of the hope is that by encouraging to students to explore topics of interest with their equally passionate peers, this will discourage them from other typically inappropriate behaviors. One might still get the chance to meet others with different majors but it does take out a degree of randomness. It also won’t end the traditional weekend social element on the campus. Why? Because first and foremost, college’s main responsibility is to teach you to think, and everyone does that differently.

We will all take different types of risks which will serve toward diversifying our identities. I think eliminating a specific kind of questionable extracurricular performance would do more harm than good.

Getting stopped by security may lead to some harsh consequences, but the situations also teach people a lot about day-to-day living. College is the last best place to make mistakes and have the negative effects slightly cushioned, so students will know not to make specific errors out in the uncensored world.

Yes, there are some mistakes that have full-force consequences, but these are the outliers which can be dealt with. So let students make the forgivable faux pas that come with an academic and extracurricular campus life, because your life won’t only be about your career. Your undergraduate years are significant; they teach you how to deal with the other 16 hours, when you are done with your nine-to-five work day. We do not need to be entirely trapped in an academic bubble to come out as people who will accomplish great things.

Staff Opinion: Swiping left to Yik Yak and Tinder

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of or even dared to download apps such as Yik Yak or Tinder. Yik Yak is an anonymous forum exclusively for text posts, which cannot exceed 200 characters, and the only people allowed to posts are within a 1.5 mile radius. Yes, that means Wilpo townies too, if that doesn’t make your skin crawl even more. Yik Yak’s posts are mediocre, inappropriate, and how our generation calls it “thirsty”.

Tinder on the other hand is far less anonymous as it serves as a dating site and we do loosely define “dating”. Tinder ideally matches people with local users who can only interact if both parties swiped right or “Yes” to each other. Unlike other dating apps or websites, others must make their opinion about you based off six pictures. If that doesn’t scream shallow, you haven’t seen anything yet. We would loosely define Tinder as a dating app because it is mainly used for hooking up. They say first impressions are everything, but the men on Tinder are bold when it comes to talking to women, asking right off the bat to have intercourse with them. Swiping right only proves we are in fact a generation of instant gratification. Will you swipe “Yes” for Tinder? For us, we’ll pass and swipe left.

A game review: Destiny

Ryan Krebs
Staff Writer

“Destiny” is a good game; let me say that right up front. Because, in spite of all the problems I have with this game, it’s still a really fun game that has a lot of content to experience both alone and with friends. Plus, the developer of the game, Bungie, has promised to update the game continuously and respond to fan input as often as possible.

“Destiny” is a game that is designed to grow and expand over the next ten years so it will undoubtedly fix a fair deal of the problems I have with it at launch.
However, as it is right now, “Destiny” has a solid foundation for something great, marred by a lot of little flaws that build up into something that simply can’t be called masterful. So my fellow readers let’s get to it shall we.

The story of “Destiny” starts when some moon-sized space orb called the Traveler comes to our solar system and helps humanity usher in a golden age of space exploration and scientific discovery. Things were great until the Traveler’s ancient enemy the Darkness came and did something that nearly drove humanity to extinction and caused the Traveler to sacrifice itself to save humanity.
Hundreds of years later, agents of the Traveler, called the Guardians, are now going back out into the world to reclaim what they have lost and fight against the forces of the Darkness; that is “Destiny”’s story described almost in its entirety. There is a plot, but it is so thin and barely focused that there might as well not be a plot at all. Non-player characters exist solely to be stores to shop for new gear at with no kind of conversations to ask questions to learn about the world and connect with it. Even your Ghost, a companion robot voiced by Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” fame, exists only to open doors and say everything you find is “extraordinary” or “incredible” and feels like a failed attempt at making a cute endearing robot sidekick. The lore of “Destiny” is really interesting, but there is no way to hear or read about it in game. You have to go to Bungie’s website and read about it there and that just seems backwards and counterproductive to being immersed in the world. All in all, the story is the most disappointing part of “Destiny,” especially since Bungie previously made the Halo games which had really good story to play throughout.

The gameplay of “Destiny” in contrast to the story is much, much better. “Destiny” is basically the Halo franchise mixed with “Borderlands” and “World of Warcraft”. You can play as three different classes, each with their own subclasses to focus on. While all classes can use all of the weapons in the game, each class has different abilities and gear to find, equip, and level up. The gameplay is smooth, responsive and easy to learn and the enemies are diverse enough to keep things interesting for quite a while. The various planets and locations you visit are also fun to explore and beautiful to look at, and the various missions you can do create many diverse combat scenarios. “Destiny”’s multiplayer is top notch as well, giving challenging but rewarding corporative missions in the form of Strikes and Raids. The game’s competitive multiplayer, called the Crucible, is also a treat with well-designed maps and varied game modes that have special events every weekend.

However, for all “Destiny” gets right, some little issues quickly start boiling up over after long hours of play. For one thing, the ability to choose your alien race at the beginning of the game has absolutely no effect on overall gameplay. Also, while the classes do a decent job feeling distinct from one another, the fact that all classes can use the same weapons feels kind of bland and I would have liked it better if each class had a weapon type exclusive to them. Finally, while the Strike, Raid, and Crucible levels are really fun, most of the Story, Patrol, and Bounty Missions feel repetitive and add little to the experience.

On a technical level, “Destiny” is amazing. Not only is the game graphically gorgeous, but the game runs as smooth as silk with no frame rate issues that I could find.

Also the fact that this game has to have a constant internet connection was something that scared me when I first heard about it because the reputation of games that are always online is that they have huge issues at launch. Over my twenty hours of experience with the game, however, I was only forced out of my game once. Plus, when I reloaded it did not reset any of my progress. That is something I thank Bungie enormously for, and it is a great feature.

So in conclusion I must say that for all its faults – and it has a lot of faults – I greatly enjoyed “Destiny” and plan on playing much more of it. I just want to cushion to blow for people that were really looking forward to this game thinking it was going to be the best thing ever. But, “Destiny” simply doesn’t live up to the enormous hype it built for itself.

It may one day be a masterpiece of interactive art that Bungie is claiming it will become over the years, but right now it is simply a fun game to play. “Destiny” is available for the PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, and Xbox One. I highly recommend getting the PS4 version if you can as that is the version Bungie is primarily focusing on.

Microsoft buys Mojang for $2.5 billion

JohnPaul Keith
Staff Writer

So, it seems the rumors were true. Mojang has confirmed on their website that they are being acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion.

In wake of the acquisition, the three co-founders, Marcus “Notch” Persson, Carl, and Jakob, are all leaving the company. Notch has been very vocal about not wanting the work for a big company. In a statement it was noted that “‘Minecraft’ has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what ‘Minecraft’ has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big.”

Since Notch was the majority shareholder and could no longer bear such hefty responsibilities, he made the decision to sell the company to Microsoft, stating that “There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow ‘Minecraft’ on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We’re confident that ‘Minecraft’ will continue to grow in an awesome way.”

Speaking of Microsoft, the company has announced that they plan on breaking even by the end of next June. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is quoted in saying “Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year.” Nadella added, “‘Minecraft’ is more than a great game franchise - it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

Despite Microsoft’s purchase of Mojang and “Minecraft,” soon to be released versions of the game for Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita are still set to happen, so there’s no reason to worry if you game exclusively on those platforms.

Back to school with Schmidt and Jenko: A review of "22 Jump Street"

Lindsay Darrow
Staff Writer

It’s back to school for Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko, played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, except this time they are college students.

After failing to arrest the drug dealers on the dock, Schmidt and Jenko are sent back to the Jump Street program run by Captain Dickson, played by Ice Cube, but it is now across the street at 22 Jump Street.

Their case is to stop the spread of the new drug WHYPHY and they are told to do it in the exact same way as in the first movie.

When in doubt about what happened in the past go to the people you have imprisoned and have them point out what to do first.

After they are kidnapped by a frat house, while tripping on WHYPHY brownies, they decide to investigate different people.

Now pay close attention, it might seem like fun to hook up with your boss’s daughter, but be prepared he just might taser your nuts.

When family weekend arrives, Schmidt realizes he’s not just dating a hot, art major but he’s also dating Captain Dickson’s daughter.

Back on the case after getting a shot with a taser, Schmidt gets a lead that lands him in the library and he sees the dealers from the beginning of the movie.

Like with any action comedy, a comical chase ensues and many expensive things get destroyed.
The case is finally solved in Mexico, where a bunch of colleges happen to be having spring break.  
This movie was as funny as you would expect it to be after seeing "21 Jump Street."

If you ever want a good laugh with some cops that always end up tripping out on the drug that they are supposed to be putting a stop to then "22 Jump Street" is the movie to see.

Make sure to keep your eyes open though because even if it might look like the same exact case as before it really isn’t.

You’ll find that the frat guy is the buyer, the dead girl is the seller and her crazy roommate is the supplier and daughter of a cartel runner. Contrary to what the Police Chief said "22 Jump Street" turned out to be even better then "21." The relationships are even more genuine and the comedy has more layers. I recommend for everyone to head down to Jump Street for a good time.

Love, music and a broken vacuum: “Once” review

Makenzie Smith
Staff Writer  

The story behind “Once” is a spectacular love story.  A man in Dublin, Ireland has completely given up all hopes of becoming a musician and America because the past love of his life moved away from him and broke his heart. He lost every ounce of inspiration and passion that he had previously used to make music worthy of a vast audience.  He was ready to abandon his guitar and dreams when a good-natured, Chez woman overheard him singing to himself and asked what exactly he was planning to do with the guitar. When he revealed his plans of abandonment, she used her charming, witty reasoning skills to invent a reason to see him again.

Girl, played by different actresses depending on the show date, said she needed her vacuum fixed and that he needed to repair it because he worked in his father’s repair shop. At first he understood that she wanted to spend time with him in order to restore his faith in his abilities, so he would make up excuses as to why he couldn’t repair her Hoover. Eventually, he gave in and agreed that he would fix her vacuum as long as she would pay him in music. She found some of his sheet music to use to help her with the payment, but she told him that she would only play the piano and sing if he would sing too, since it was his music after all.

After singing a duet, Guy and Girl felt an undeniable connection although both of them tried to hide it from each other. Instead, Girl became Guy’s inspiration and he began to write music again. When he had enough music together, Girl convinced him to get a loan to put an album together. With everything in place, all he needed was a band.

Girl got a band together and they recorded the entire album in twenty-four hours. After the recording session, Guy knew he was going to America and had only thing left to do:  convince Girl to go with him.  After a long, tear-filled conversation she happily agreed to relocate with Guy and her daughter and the rest is musical history.

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.