Collegian Show me the money

What’s a Herzog?
Should you worry?
Pg 9
February 17, 2012
The Grove City College Student Newspaper
Show me the money
A closer look at the SGA budget
Love Songs
Valentine’s Day
Mary Rachel Robbins
Collegian Writer
“Everything I Do”
Bryan Adams
“Anyone Else But You”
The Moldy Peaches
“I Will Always Love You”
Whitney Houston
$54, 060
$43, 930
“You’re Still the One”
Shania Twain
“How Do I Live”
Trisha Yearwood
“It’s Your Love”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Karianne Irwin
Contributing Writer
It’s no secret that college students are poor. So, it is natural
to wonder where our money
Every year students pay a
large sum of money to attend
Grove City College, but what
does that money actually accomplish?
Obviously, students pay for
tuition, meal plans and housing
costs. But the money is also
used for less obvious purposes.
Unlike most colleges, the
College does not charge a
student activities fee. Each year
Student Life and Learning is
given a certain percentage of
student fees, and the money is
placed in the Student Activities
Fund. These funds are divided
among different campus organizations, including Orchesis,
The Collegian, Residence Life
and the Student Government
Mr. Larry Hardesty, vice
president for Student Life and
Learning, tries to ensure that
the money is allocated properly.
Granted amounts are decided
based on an organization’s budget request and needs for the
upcoming year.
The SGA requests a certain
amount each spring and the
granted amount for the fall is
dispersed mid-summer. The Executive Committee of the SGA
divides the gross amount among
each committee.
Most SGA costs remain
unchanged from year to year.
The Gala is an exception, as it
only occurs every other year.
The costs for the Gala are offset
by Student Life and Learning
printing costs.
Hardesty implemented this
cost-effective policy when he
started working at the College.
Certain publications are only
printed on Gala off-years, such
as the Crimson.
Organizational budget details
are rarely discussed among students, but the SGA welcomed
the attention.
Leslie Virnelson, the vice
president of social affairs, said,
“I think if people want to know
[about the budget] then that’s
fine. I’m in favor of transparency. If people don’t like what
they see, they are free to voice
their opinions. It could be a
good opportunity for students
to really understand
what we do.”
The truth about eating disorders
I sat down with my counselor,
Kara Weber, and another counselor,
Sara Brubaker, at the Grove City
College Counseling Center to talk
about some issues concerning eat-
The Collegian
ing disorders.
First, I asked if there are many
men with eating disorders that
come into the counseling center,
since so many people assume EDs
are a female issue.They said they
have seen one or two clients come
into the Center this year; however,
symptoms in men are not always
identical to those in women.While
some men restrict their food intake,
they more typically become addicted to body building and exercising,
using such activities to hide their
fear of getting fat. Many men may
appear to have these symptoms
but, according to Weber,“You can’t
look at someone and tell if they
have an eating disorder. Until you
know what is going
on, you can’t judge.”
“You Belong With Me”
Taylor Swift
“Just the Way You Are”
Billy Joel
“Ain’t No Mountain High
Diana Ross
Nat King Cole
“My Girl”
The Temptations
“I Want to Know What Love Is”
“God Must Have Spent a Little
More Time on You”
“Crazy for this Girl”
Evan and Jaron
“I’ll Be”
Edwin McCain
Vol. 72 No. 13
“Would you rather...?”
questions are the focus of a
popular podcast hosted by
GCC’s own.
Read about it on pg 4.
Looking for a good tearjerker? Like the look of
“The Vow”? Read the
review before you bring
your tissues. Pg 7.
The circus of the primaries
now rivals reality TV. Where
did this go wrong? Marc
Davis shares his thoughts on
pg 11.
Not even Grove City’s weather
can keep this freshman down.
This player of the week and his
team have set their sights high
this season. Pg 12.
Obama policy causes
religious revolt
Hopeman seminar series
Abigail Lepsch
Contributing Writer
AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan gave an interview at the North American College in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. The top U.S. bishop has vowed
legislative and court challenges to President Barack Obama’s compromise on
exempting religiously affiliated employers from paying directly for birth control
for their workers.
Kristie Eshelman
Collegian Staff Writer
Last week, President Barack
Obama announced a controversial change in his policy regarding health care coverage for
“No woman’s health should
depend on who she is or where
she works or how much money
she earns,” he said.
Under Obama’s new policy, all
employers would be required to
provide access to birth control.
While churches were exempt,
many church-related institutions,
such as hospitals and universities,
were not.
The new policy ignited an
immediate firestorm of dissent,
especially from those in the
Catholic community who complained that the measure would
threaten religious and economic
liberty throughout the nation.
Supporters of the measure
argued that most women use
contraception pills for health
problems other than birth control and that women deserved
coverage for these concerns.
Some reasoned that a woman’s
choice to use certain drugs
should not be controlled by employers or politicians. Those who
opposed the bill said it encroaches on the employer’s freedom of
Republican presidential
candidate Rick Santorum said,
“It’s not about contraception;
it’s about economic liberty; it’s
about freedom of speech; it’s
about freedom of religion; it’s
about government control of
your lives. It’s got to stop.”
The outcry raised by Catholic
leaders pressured the president
to modify his plan. On Feb.
10, Obama acknowledged that
religious liberty is “an inalienable
right.” In defense of his policy
he said, “Nearly 99 percent of all
women have relied
on contraception at
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Feb. 17, 2012
The Hopeman Student
Research Seminar Series takes
the question, “What did you
do with your summer?” to a
new level. Grove City College
students have travelled across
the country, conducting research in the natural sciences,
engineering, computer science
and mathematics. The seminar
series capitalizes on students’
experiences by allowing them
to share their work with faculty and fellow students.
The series introduces students to the opportunities
available for research experiences at the College and other
institutions. With the expertise
and affiliations of the faculty,
students at the College are
establishing connections to research programs at prestigious
universities including Harvard
University and Vanderbilt
University. These experiences
provide opportunities that are
not available at the College,
due to the limited role of research in the College’s focus.
Dr. Christaan Gribble, one
of the program directors,
emphasizes the importance
of the research experience in
students’ development.
“Research is a process that
requires you to stretch your
mind and be creative in finding the best way to solve a
problem,” he said.
Undergraduates have limited responsibilities and find
support in the research setting
for learning and growth.
The seminars on campus
also provide an outlet for
students to practice their
presentation and collaboration
skills, since clear and accurate
exchange of information undergirds scientific progress.
These presentations require
the attendees to think deeply
about the topics that are presented. After a recent presen-
tation, Gribble said, “As an
attendee of the talk, I haven’t
thought about math at that
level in a long time. I had my
mind stretched in ways that I
don’t on a daily basis.”
Sophomore Libby Carbone and senior Adam Moyer
studied students’ difficulties in
understanding physics topics
with the end goal of creating
an appropriate standardized
test. S
enior Nate Hough dealt
with weapon targeting systems. He found his project
particularly rewarding, saying,
“It is motivating to work on
projects that will help soldiers
in theatre.” Junior Drew Archibald and senior Joel Miller
worked on a wind turbine
design that eventually needed
to be placed on a tower 95
feet tall.
A schedule of the upcoming lectures is displayed on a
large blue poster in the HAL
from page 1
Breakdown of budget by committee
President’s Committee:
• Homecoming Parade
• Leadership Development
• USA Today Readership
• SGA Shirts
• Administrative
• Senior Class Events
• Junior Class Events
• Sophomore Class Events
• Freshman Class Events
• Thank-you gifts
Academic Affairs Committee:
• Speaker Fees
• Campus Scholarship
• Election Spending
Managing Editor
News Section
Life Section
Entertainment Section
Perspectives Section
Sports Section
Chief Copy Editor
Copy Editors
Layout Chief
Social Media Manager
Photography Manager
Advertising Manager
Business Manager
Distribution Manager
Staff Adviser
Social Affairs Committee:
• Student Welcome Picnic
• SGA/Administration
• Fall Food Fest
• Homecoming Tent
• Steelers/Browns Game
• SGA Fall Retreat
• SGA Christmas Party
• Superbowl Party
• SGA Farewell Party
• Coffee Concerts
• Unplanned Events
Communications Committee:
• Bookstore Supplies
• Copy Center
• Digital Communications
Student Affairs Committee:
• Leadership Banquet
• Moonlight Breakfast
• Physical Plant Improvements
• School Spirit Initiatives
• Question of the Week
Monetary Requests:
• Money intended for
campus organization
needs brought before the
SGA senate
• Re-established in 2010 as
a line-item to free up the
monetary request budget
from this expense
Emily Kramer
Emily Perper
Soren Kreider, Emily Mishler
Kirby Sampson, Helene Royster
Elise Homan, Elizabeth Zargan
Nick Freiling
Gary Horvath, Elsa Klingensmith
Anna Barnes
Paul Brant, Gabrielle Lepensky, Grace Murtoff, Kristen
O’Hara, Marissa Candiloro
Sarah Zimmerman
Rachel Brockhage
Ryan Hammond
Kevin Hanse
Andrew Shakely
Alex Simcox
Rachel Stephens
Susan Crowell
Feb. 17, 2012
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some point in their lives. And
yet, more than half of all women
between ages 18 and 34 have
struggled to afford it.”
In the end, the president
bowed to the concerns of
religious leaders, rescinding his
initial policy and replacing it
with a requirement that health
insurance companies pay for the
coverage. The White House said
that the compromise “accommodates religious liberty while
protecting the health of women.”
Many within the religious
community remain concerned.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan
called Obama’s reversal “a first
step in the right direction,” and
said that it provided “opportunities in preserving the principle of religious freedom.”
Yet Dolan expressed concerns
that higher premiums would
still result in religious people
paying for contraceptive services indirectly.
John Kohn, director of public
relations for the Archdiocese of
Detroit worries about the economic impact of the new policy.
“The absence of various details
about the funding... still raises
concern,” Kohn said.
The White House has not yet
addressed whether the accommodation will apply only to
church-related institutions or
will extend to include private
business owners who also wish
to be exempted from directly
providing contraception.
College rethinks Greek Unity Week
By Soren Kreider
Collegian News Editor
In order to minimize the
likelihood that Grove City
College’s Greek groups would
run afoul of the comprehensive anti-hazing policy
contained in the Crimson,
this year Student Life and
Learning implemented several
new means of informing the
Greek community of the
College’s policies and the
relevant aspects of Pennsylvania state law. In addition to
meeting with the fraternity
and sorority officers, who
were required to sign a legal
statement of liability, Student
Life met with the incoming
members to ensure they were
aware of the school’s policies.
Larry Hardesty, vice president
for Student Life and Learning,
said, “Unfortunately, we have
dealt with violations of the
Greek Unity Week policies each
year since my arrival. This fact,
our acknowledgement that we
could do a better job of communicating these policies and
our desire to care well for our
students led me to the idea of
hosting two meetings: one with
fraternity and sorority officers
and a second meeting with our
The initial reaction to these
changes was mixed. Junior Mike
McDonald, president of the
Epsilon Pi fraternity, said, “The
administration has changed
the language of the guidelines
for Greek Unity Week, but if
anything, they have cleared up
a few gray areas that really help
group leaders in understanding what you are and are not
allowed to do.”
Sophomore Kenneth Vinyard,
a Pan Sophic social member,
go into pledge with a scared
Senior Kappa Alpha Phi
member Ron Templeton said,
“I like the fact that Hardesty
desires to be more open about
regulations and expectations
with leaders of the Greek community. However, this should be
coupled with an extension of
trust and a reduction of enforcement, not forcing all Greek
We can only hope that this will lead to good
things for the future.
Gary Horvath
said, “I remember sitting in the
meeting for potential Greeks,
and instead of simply providing
insight as to what qualifies as
hazing, the meeting unintentionally gave off a ‘join at your
own risk’ vibe of mild disapproval.”
Allison Seelman, a sophomore
officer in the Sigma Theta Chi
sorority, said, “The school made
us sign a new waiver of legal
liability and made it clear that
rules would be enforced much
more this year. Plus, sharing
horror stories of people who
have died in other schools in
other states makes our freshmen think terrible things will
happen to them, and, thus, they
groups to conform to unrealistic
rigorous standards and effectively eliminating the perceivable
value of Greek groups.”
By changing its methods
of communication, Hardesty
and Student Life and Learning expressed the desire to
support the Greek system and
to develop a higher degree of
trust among the administration,
Greek groups and potential new
members. But not everyone in
the College community has
been as supportive.
Several of this year’s new
Greeks, who will remain anonymous, described how their
resident assistants often hovered, asking them to divulge
privileged information and even
telling them that they had no
self-respect because they were
joining a sorority.
Several other members described the withering criticism
from professors who were critical of their “lifestyle choices”
and who threatened to turn in
their groups for hazing or to
administer academic punishments.
Yet such incidents are the
minority, and despite the initial
changes, Greek Unity Week
progressed in a similar fashion
to previous years. In preparing
for next year, Hardesty expressed his desire to hand over
the new meetings to the PanHellenic and Inter-Fraternity
Councils, hopefully leading to
better communication in the
Gary Horvath, junior officer
in Omicron Xi fraternity, said,
“After looking back over Greek
Unity Week, the enforcement of
the policies seemed to be pretty
similar to that in years past. I
think the biggest difference
was that there was more twoway conversation between the
administration and the Greek
system. It seemed that this was
done in an attempt to better
understand the Greek system
and why we operate the way we
do. We can only hope that this
will lead to good things for the
Burst your Bubble
Better run, better run
Outrun my gun
Often, runners are highly
committed. Sometimes they can
verge on insanity. A group of
six athletes in Fairbanks, Alaska
braved temperatures of 49 below zero to run the Chilly Buns
Run, an annual 6.5 mile race.
According to reports, all runners finished safely and in good
spirits. Winner Dirk Nickish
finished the race in 50 minutes
and 14 seconds.
Some parents ground their
teenagers for disobedience and
ill behavior. North Carolina
father Tommy Jordan had other
ideas. When his 15-year-old
daughter Hannah posted a
rant on Facebook complaining in strong language about
her parents and the chores
they required of her, he posted
an angry eight-minute video
response culminating with
him firing eight bullets into
his daughter’s laptop. The
video has since gone
viral and sparked worldwide discussions on his
unorthodox parenting
news from
around the
Helene Royster
Life Editor
Photos from the
Associated Press
Love stinks
Major Tom to ground control
Ever tire of the traditional
roses and chocolates on Valentine’s Day? On Tuesday, a sewage
plant in Brooklyn, New York
offered special Valentine’s tours of
their facilities for lovers wanting
something more than the typical
Hallmark holiday. In addition to
the romance of watching waste
treatment machinery, attendees
received a free Hershey Kiss
candy and ended their tour with a
breathtaking view of the plant and
the Manhattan skyline from 130
feet up.
“People in general say, regardless of any other holiday time, that
it’s strange to go see a wastewater
plant,’’ plant superintendent
and tour director Jim Pynn
said.“But by the end, every
person leaves with an appreciation and an understanding of the facility. It
seems strange to depart
from the hearts, flowers
and romantic candlelight on Valentine’s
Day, but I think New
Yorkers are always venturing out to do new things. It
makes a good story.’’
The latest astronaut to be
launched into space was only
four centimeters tall. He was, in
fact, a Lego.
Toronto teenagers Matthew
Ho and Asad Muhammad
decided that it would be neat
to send a Lego man into space
and film the incident. Rigging
up four cameras, a hand stitched
parachute, a GPS enabled phone
to some weather balloons, the
teens launched their man into
Patriotically clasping a Canadian flag, the Lego made it to
near space at 80,000 feet before
plummeting back to the
ground. Fortunately,
the cameras and Lego
landed unscathed. The
video footage, featuring the smiling
Lego man’s face
media attention.
Left Field
Mary Rachel Robbins
Collegian Writer
If you wrote a candy
conversation heart, what
would it say?
“Ring by Spring? ”
Arianna Sternadori,
“It’s Not You, It’s Me.”
Mitch White, junior
“Get It.”
Lindsey Hobson, senior
“Nice Teeth.”
Anna Dunsworth, junior
“Plz Give Me Dark
Chocolate Nxt Time.”
Abi Lepsch, senior
“Wolf Creek.”
Matt Jockers, sophomore
“Awkward Silence.”
Francis Ridge, junior
“Right Atrium/Left
Tiffany Yost, sophomore
“Run Away with my Heart.”
Kara Cremean, freshman
“Hot Tamale.”
Brittany Peachey,
Student films bring the Gospel to life
Chelsea Dicks
Collegian Writer
T.S. Eliot once said, “A job of
a writer is to turn blood into
ink. The job of a preacher is
to turn ink back into blood.”
This is the desire of junior
Grove City College students,
Wes Sames and Marc Davis,
for their planned website and
theological video project. They
wish to inspire new religious
Sames and Davis met freshman year when they lived on
the same hall. They quickly
realized that they shared a love
for movies and for God and
became good friends. Sames
and Davis have taken on this
project Ammar. The two chose
the series’ name from the
Hebrew word Ammar, which
means “He said.”
“The theme to the videos
is to give everyday people
the ability to hear the true
scriptures the way the authors
meant them to be read,” Sames
Sames and Davis both believe
that through many centuries
of biblical revision, much of
the Bible’s meaning and power
were lost in translation. Sames
focuses on preaching and
“Je t’aime.”
Katie Kling, junior
Vespers, “The Royal Law”
Carolyn James, founder and
president, Synergy Women’s
Special Event: Carolyn James,
Crawford Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Gretchen Landin ‘12, Red Box
Mission to India
Chelsea Dicks
Juniors Wes Sames and Marc Davis prepare to launch their new theological movie series.
presenting the scriptures in
Hebrew, while Davis works to
visually portray Sames’ preaching.
“I have invested everything
into this project; my time, my
money, even my blood, because
I believe that this could go
somewhere,” Sames said.
Sames and Davis believe
that if this video series takes
off, their whole lives will be
Sames explained how the
word “angel” in Hebrew is
“seraphim”, which comes from
the root word “saraph” meaning “on fire” or “burning”.
Through visual description,
his view of angels completely
changed. He pictured the
forms of God’s humble servants
around his throne on fire and
spreading the flame of passion for the Lord. Sames states
that the angel story is a good
example of what people can
expect from the video series.
The videos Sames and Davis
have planned will take more
resources than they presently
have. They have created a fundraiser which you can access on
their website to donate. They
are working towards a goal of
ten thousand dollars.
Ninjas vs. Podcast
Patrick Hoover, freshman
In chapel this
Feb. 17, 2012
Student and alumni start successful comedy show
Kirby Sampson
Life Editor
“Hello, welcome to Ninjas
vs. Podcast, where once a week
we hash out that old chestnut,
which is better ‘x or y?’ Also, a
chestnut appreciation podcast.”
So begins each episode of
Ninjas vs. Podcast, an online
podcast produced by senior
Tyler Crumrine and his two
friends, Jordan Zimmerman ’10
and Kevin Gaul ’10.
For the uninitiated, a podcast
is a form of online media produced and released in episodic
format via iTunes. Crumrine,
Gaul and Zimmerman started
recording Ninjas vs. Podcast
in September 2011. They were
inspired by other podcasts they
enjoyed, particularly comedy
advice show My Brother, My
Brother and Me and decided,
“Why don’t we try our own?”
“Tyler, Kevin and I were
listening to an episode of [My
Brother, My Brother and Me]
and were like ‘We can do this,’”
Zimmerman said. “We wanted
something topical that we could
use listener input on and a comedy debate show seemed to be
a good option that hadn’t really
been done yet.”
The questions on Ninjas vs.
Podcast are submitted by listeners
and vary in tone. Some questions
are simple, like regular soda vs.
diet soda or hamburgers vs. hotdogs. Other times, they are more
unusual, like “Would you rather
be able to listen to every animal’s
speech but they are constantly berating you, or wake up spooning
a leprechaun every morning who
then follows you through your
morning routine?”
“We figured we were arguing
these ‘would you rather’ questions
anyways,” Crumrine said. He and
Zimmerman met and worked
on a radio show together for
WSAJ called “Closing Time with
Tyler and Jordan.”They enjoyed
doing the show but also wanted
to branch out and to be able to
include more of their own humor;WSAJ prefers its hosts keep
banter to a minimum.
The typical Ninjas vs. Podcast
episode is about five questions
long. During the week, Crumrine
checks on the show’s email and
social media sites for reader questions, picks the ones they plan to
use and asks the questions as they
record. Since all three hosts live
in different locations, they use
Google Hangouts or Skype to
record. Crumrine sets the timer
of his cell phone, they all press
record, and the show’s on. Each
member records his own audio
track, which Crumrine then
syncs into one.
According to Crumrine, Gaul
and Zimmerman, the listener
response has been fantastic.The
show was on iTunes New and
Notable podcast list for about two
months and has about 60 regular
subscribers and 73 Facebook fans.
The most recent episodes have
had between 200 and 260 downloads each.
Their family and friends have
been supportive as well. “My
mom listens to it religiously and
has suggested questions,” Crumrine said. It was exciting for them,
however, when fans began show-
ing up who weren’t friends or
Grove City College students.
What is the trio’s goal for the
show? “Six seasons and a movie,”
Crumrine said.
“Ideally, the show will keep
growing in listenership and eventually maybe we get picked up by
a podcast network like Maximum
Fun,” Zimmerman said.
Gaul, who is currently pursuing comedy in New York City,
appreciates being able to share
this outlet with good friends who
have a similar sense of humor.
“To share a sense of what’s
funny and what’s not with Jordan
and Tyler and to turn that into
something that can bring God
and other people joy is a really
significant thing for me,” he said.
“Even if no one listened to it
we’d keep doing it,” Crumrine
said, whose time working on the
podcast has helped inspire him
to consider a future career in
radio. “We’ll keep going as long
as possible. Ratings and reviews
are helpful, but we mostly just ask
people to share the show with
someone they love.”
Feb. 17, 2012
The truth about eating disorders
Part 3
from page 1
Another factor in eating
disorders is comorbidity, or the
presence of one or more disorders in addition to a primary
disorder. Brubaker and Weber
said that of eating disorder
patients (both male and female),
at least 50 percent suffer from
depression, 50-75 percent suffer
from substance abuse and 43
percent suffer from anxiety and
post-traumatic stress disorder
This includes OCD, at 10-13
In my case, my anxiety and
perfectionism led to my eating
disorder symptoms, but my
depression was the result of
internal mental chaos.
Tying this idea of co-morbidity into Grove City College
specifically, my third question
pertained to why eating disorders seem so prevalent on our
campus. Many College students
performed well in high school
because they were perfectionists
or displayed OCD-like symptoms; however, when they came
to college their behaviors got
out of control. At any college,
students cannot always excel in
the way they are used to and
sometimes turn to disordered
eating as a means of control.
While eating disorders are
present at any college, Grove
City College does stand out.
“At other schools people
can just be real, but at Grove
City people aren’t as laid back,”
said Brubaker. “We draw more
people with anxiety issues,”
she said, especially those trying
to be the “perfect Christian.”
Many students at the college
tend to put on a front of false
perfection so everyone will
believe their life is in order.
In Fitness and Wellness
classes, some students find the
nutritional and body image
information controversial. The
counselors from the Counseling
Center are welcomed by the
FitWell staff to discuss eating
disorders with both male and
female students in the fall semester. According to Brubaker
and Weber, this is a good time
for self-referrals, as well as a
chance for people to become
aware of their friends’ question-
able eating behaviors.
Also, while some students
may view the nutritional information as a trigger for girls to
obsess about their caloric intake,
many have never heard this
information before. For example, facts regarding the food
pyramid, daily exercise, and
good fats versus bad fats may
seem basic knowledge to some
students, but others are learning
it for the first time. Some have
never exercised before. In a
sense, there will always be positives and negatives. As always,
you can get an excuse from
these FitWell lectures if they
make you feel uncomfortable.
Finally, how do you address
someone with an eating disorder? Know the person well. If
you do not, you will not appear
genuine.You also must know
their personality style. For me, I
needed someone to be “straight
up” with me during my stage
of denial. While some may
need to hear “get on the scale
and tell me how much weight
you’ve lost,” others need a
gentler approach, such as “how
many times a day do you think
about food?” While it is almost
impossible to give an acceptable
amount of time to be thinking
about eating and exercising, if it
interferes with their daily functions or life, it is too much.
Once the body is low
enough in nutrients, the mind
begins to distort. This makes
the confronter’s job harder.
But, because of this distortion,
people with eating disorders
cannot save themselves, and
therefore you are more necessary than ever. Distorted
thoughts originate before the
behaviors, and they continue
after the behaviors stop.
It’s not about the eating or
the exercising – it is all mental.
That is why counseling is so
crucial. Along with Brubaker
and Weber, I recommend
setting up an appointment
with the Counseling Center
by emailing Mrs. Hummel at
[email protected]
Look for part four of this
series in coming issues of
The Collegian.
Dr. Richard Allen Farmer preaches Gospel through music
Bethany Blain
Staff Writer
Dr. Richard Allen Farmer
chose a different life not only
for himself but also for his
During his three chapel lectures given at Grove City Feb.
7 and 8, Farmer discussed our
change of identity through
Christ, the good life through
Christ, and our ability to impact the future.
He has experienced how
Christ uses our pasts to affect
our futures. Farmer’s father
left his family when he was a
child, Farmer then made the
commitment not to follow in
his father’s footsteps.
“God transformed me
through Christ; I am a new
person,” Farmer said. “[My
past] made me a very intentional father and husband. I
want to provide better memories and resources for my own
family, and I am determined
that my son will not have
what I had.”
Farmer earned both a Bachelor of Music degree and a
Master of Divinity degree and
fuses both of these interests in
order to form a music minis-
try which expressess Christ’s
message through music. This
ministry began when Farmer
started piano lessons at 11
years old and was hired to play
for his church choir at 14.
“I began to look at the
power of church music,”
Farmer said. “It was a potent
vehicle of communication that
reaches a lot of people.”
After many years of performing and ministering to
people through music, Farmer
said he would like to think
about the quality of influence
and wants people to take their
crafts seriously.
“I would like people to
make a greater commitment
to excellence because they
have seen my commitment to
excellence,” Farmer said.
In addition to his music
ministry, Farmer has traveled around the world to give
inspirational and informative lectures and speeches.
Farmer acknowledged Jesus
as the ultimate Word and very
thought of God that should be
“Every time I speak I am
reminded by the power of
language,” Farmer said. “We
can set a person in a good di-
rection, and how we speak to
someone can forever change
their life.”
Through his lecture series
at the College, Farmer said he
wanted students to learn to
live intentional lives of faith.
His own accomplishments,
passion and enthusiasm for
Christ testify to the message
he preaches.
“I argue for living a life that
matters; living a godly life that
even the next generation can
learn from,” Farmer said. “We
are the new people of God,
made new by Jesus Christ.”
Married with classes part 3
Mary Rachel Robbins
Collegian Writer
Senior David Cole met his
wife Cassie Narbe Cole during
his freshman year at Grove City
College. They began dating his
sophomore year, were engaged
in December 2010, and were
married on July 23, 2011.
They got married last summer because they felt the Lord
leading them to invest in their
marriage during David’s senior
year, before he started dental
school in the fall of 2012.
The Coles live in a duplex
near campus and constantly
welcome visitors. They maintain
an open door policy and want
their home to be a place where
people can come and enjoy
good fellowship. Marriage has
led David to be more intentional with his friends on campus.
It has been a blessing for him
and Cassie to have the support
of people at the College during
their first year of marriage.
David said that, while on
campus, “college is your life”
but when you’re married,
“College is just a part of your
life.” His priorities have clearly
changed since his marriage.
He said he gets his work done
faster than ever before in order
to have more quality time with
Cassie. Time together is incredibly important to him, and he is
willing to give up other things
for it. In this way, David is sacrificing things in the present in
order to build a strong foundation for his marriage’s future.
For David, marriage has
proven to be much easier than
dating or engagement. He said
that the kind of security and
love a married couple experiences cannot begin to compare
to any other relationship. He
noted that before marriage
there is no promise or commitment to your partner, but, after
marriage, you are committed
to loving your spouse for the
rest of your life. David said that
being married to Cassie has
helped him to understand God’s
grace and love in ways that he
could not have understood it as
an unmarried man.
Feb. 17, 2012
Grove City crushes Waynesburg 82-64
1. Senior Megan Gebrosky drives
past a Waynesburg defender on
her way to the basket. Gebrosky
scored 10 points and managed
three assists in women’s conference action Wednesday.
2. Head Coach Steve Lamie substituted an underclassman team,
including freshman Christian
Locher, in the last two minutes of
the game. Locher managed one assist and two rebounds in that short
3. Center Kris Verderber, a senior,
extends toward the basket for an
easy layup. Verderber distributed five assists, a team high for
Wednesday’s game.
4. Waynesburg point guard Casey Hope unsuccessfully attempts to
wrest the ball from senior Brett
Matson. At the conclusion of the
game, Matson accumulated 24
points, propelling him to 22nd
place in Grove City’s 1000 point
Photos by Kevin Hanse
Feb. 17, 2012
The Vow
Is it one worth keeping?
Josclin Campbell &
Shannon Burden
Contributing Writers
Sometimes, you need to cry.
One of the best remedies is a
sappy movie in a dark theater, a box of chocolates and a
handful of tissues.
“The Vow” promised a
combination of heartbreak,
healing, and unconditional
love to throw the tearducts of
the most cynical patron into
Unfortunately, “The Vow”
did not deliver.
The film’s protagonists,
Leo and Paige, are played by
Channing Tatum and Rachel
McAdams. Both actors are
alumni of films written by romantic drama kingpin Nicholas Sparks.
Inspired by the true story of
Kim and Krickitt Carpenter,
Leo and Paige’s blissful marriage is interrupted by a terrible car accident, injuring Paige
severely. Paige wakes from a
coma to discover she suffers
from retrograde amnesia. She
has no memory of having met
Leo, let alone marrying him.
Paige tries to remember who
she is and why she made the
decisions that led her to Leo.
Meanwhile, Leo tries to win
back Paige’s affections through
gestures he intends as romantic
and caring but are insensitive
and overwhelming. Adding to
this tension are family secrets
and an overeager ex-fiancé.
“The Vow” has a forced, unconvincing script that fosters
predictable conversations and
plot developments. “How do
you look at the woman you
love and walk away?” leads to
“Wait, Leo! Don’t go!”
The audience spends the
majority of the movie feeling
terrible for characters with
whom they cannot empathize.
The car accident in the opening scene grabs the attention of
the audience but strips Paige’s
memory, along with any hope
of character development.
From then on, the film tries to
endear the audience to characters to whom it is unattached.
After the accident, Paige
reverts back to her “old self.”
For the majority of the movie,
she acts completely unlikeable.
Since the audience has only a
few flashbacks to remember
the pleasant Paige whom Leo
married. the audience dislikes
her and wonders why Leo
wants her back.
It is painful to compare the
“old” Paige to the free-spirited
and charming woman in Leo’s
memories. The Paige presented
to the audience is an arrogant
socialite who has no identity
outside of the strict world created for her by her parents.
Ultimately, “The Vow” has
many unpleasant and uncomfortable scenes and few meaningful, happy ones to balance
the pain.
If you are looking for a romantic drama starring McAdams to release those bottled-up
emotions, stick with “The
Notebook.” If you need an excuse to hate a character played
by McAdams, watch “Mean
Girls” or “Midnight in Paris.”
Better yet, read the real-life
version of this tragic story by
the Carpenters in their book
of the same title.
Top 10 Valentine movies
Mary Rachel Robbins
Collegian Writer
“When Harry Met Sally”
In this candid, amusing
romance, Billy Crystal and
Meg Ryan seek to answer the
age-old question: Can men and
women really be just friends?
“Pretty in Pink”
Molly Ringwald plays a
quirky high school girl torn
between two different romances
and the worlds they represent.
“Becoming Jane”
Anne Hathaway portrays Jane
Austen in the story of her bittersweet romance and the life
her writing career thrust upon
“Crazy, Stupid, Love”
Steve Carell plays a newly
single father who struggles to
regain his identity and to keep
his family together, with the
help of wingman Ryan Gosling.
“Paper Heart”
In typical Michael Cera
fashion, this movie follows an
endearingly awkward couple
as they film the love stories of
those around them and deny
their own budding romance.
“Catch and Release”
Jennifer Garner is a widow
learning her late husband’s
secrets and discovering herself
while surrounded by a group of
unlikely friends.
“Garden State”
Zach Braff and Natalie Portman portray a romance so odd
it’s believable, as they encounter
the eccentricities of life together.
“You’ve Got Mail”
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
have undeniable chemistry in
this exploration of the world of
Internet romance.
“Blue Valentine”
Ryan Gosling and Michelle
Williams illustrate a heartbreakingly real story of a couple
struggling through a strained
“Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind”
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet
portray a romance gone wrong
and struggle to fix themselves
before it’s too late.
Tender loving care at the
Managing Editor & Contributing Writer
It’s almost midterms.You’re in the
Breen Student Union, cramming for
your Science, Faith and Technology
exam.You decide to take a quick Facebook break.You get on the Internet,
but something feels ... wrong.
Suddenly, your screen is blue – a
cruel blue, not the rare cerulean of the
autumn sky or the slate blue foreshadowing snow. No, it’s a harsh, blinding
blue. It is your least favorite color.You
forget about the ethical implications
of cloning and cradle your machine in
your arms as it crackles pitifully.
There is only one place to go.
Many Grove City College students
have made their way down to the
Technological Learning Center in
search of answers to technical conundrums. “Blue screen of death” aside,
according to the Help Desk many
problems can be fixed easily and save
the walk to the TLC.
Printer problems might be the most
common, stressed junior Help Desk
employee Ben Nau. Often the printers
are not synced properly to a student’s
computer. If this problem occurs, the
easiest solution would be to remove
the TLC printer from your computer
and then re-add it. Current and future
freshmen should not have this problem;
now, the TLC printers are configured
before the freshmen receive their
Contributing Writer
Tomorrow, Stonebridge Concerts will host an afternoon of music.
Bridgefest celebrates multiple musical
genres and supports local music within
the Grove City community. Through
this event, Stonebridge hopes to cater
to a broader student audience than in
the past.
Senior Emily Long, a Stonebridge
member, said, “Grove City College
has some really talented acoustic acts,
but we want to provide students the
opportunity to hear different genres of
Bridgefest will host local musicians
and artists from out of state. Senior
Joel Ansett will open the show with an
acoustic act, followed by a band with a
strikingly different sound.
Third from First is a Christian rock
band of four Slippery Rock University graduates dedicated to serving the
From 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Stonebridge Concerts will host
Bridgefest in the Little Theater, a
fundraiser supporting local music.
The Help Desk website (helpdesk. offers a large amount of
common problems that students have
and the step-by-step solutions to those
But sometimes your computer is
too sick for your limited technological know-how. If your computer runs
slowly or you would like to have the
hard drive wiped of your own volition,
visit the TLC.
Preferably, your computer should be
wiped once a semester; if not monthly,
annually. Screen difficulties and missing
keys also require a trip to Buhl’s basement. Different parts of the computers
have warranties that expire after different times. For more information on
these warranties, visit the Help Desk.
Take it to the Bridgefest
Brittany Saylor
Emily Perper & Grace Brauteseth
Feb. 17, 2012
Lord through music.
If these styles of music don’t appeal to you, do not fear: there will be
indie rock bands, hardcore electronic
bands and more. Due to the vast array
of genres, people may come and go as
they please.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. until
9 p.m., and admission is free. For more
information check out or visit the Stonebridge
Facebook page to check out the featured bands’ biographies.
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This weekend, the Guthrie is showing
“We Bought a Zoo” at 7 p.m. and
matinee showings. “Contraband”
will show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6.
The Grove City swimming and diving teams will compete in the PAC
championship meet today and
tomorrow in the James E. Longnecker
The blood drive will be on Monday
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the PLC IM
Katie Lynam
Contributing Writer
Woodpigeon: A species of bird in the
Columba genus in the Columbidae family.
Woodpigeon: An independent rock
group from Calgary that released an album called “For Paolo” on Jan. 23.
Go outside to hear woodpigeons. Tune
into WSAJ 91.1 to hear Woodpiegeon.
There are only six songs on “For Paolo,”
and each one carries the soul on a folk
journey through grassy fields. “By Lamplight,” my personal favorite, is a love ballad
with featuring Mark Hamilton on vocals.
His grainy, rich voice breathes life into the
lyrics. “If all the lights in Paris went out,
you’d still be there to guide me,” he sings,
and the listener is swept to the streets of
Paris where love, lights and hope direct
wandering souls.
Beyond Hamilton’s voice and the song’s
lyrics, mystical, airy flute mixes with piano
in the beginning, soon joined by resonant
guitar chords and drumbeats.
The album’s namesake song, “For
Paolo,” is more upbeat and features guitar
and drums. Strings add depth and emphasize the subtle lyricism. This track focuses
on impressions, rather than intricate lyrics.
Each song on this album has a very
unique quality to it, but all songs are tied
together by a sense of wandering souls.
This album would be a great choice for
accompaniment on a long car ride. Tune
in to WSAJ in order to hear “For Paolo”
anytime this week.
Feb. 17, 2012
Album Review
Cleveland rockers Herzog release sophomore album
Tyler Crumrine
Staff Writer
After releasing a split 7-inch
with now-famous London
rockers Yuck and re-releasing
its debut album “Search” in the
United States last year, Cleveland-based local rock outfit
Herzog is finally gaining steam.
Last year, Herzog garnered
positive reviews from NME,
Pitchfork and Insound. Now,
“Search”has found its way to
the top of several year-end
best-of lists, including a spot
in NPR’s All Songs Considered’s best songs of 2011. With
a growing fan base, Herzog
returns with its second LP,
“Cartoon Violence,” an album
that expands the late success
of “Search” and a sign of the
band’s continued potential.
Frequently compared to
“slacker rock” bands like
Pavement and Modest Mouse,
Herzog is far from lazy. Like its
’90s forerunners, the majority
of Herzog’s songs have a calculated relaxation and a looseness
of musical thought, approach
and execution that captures the
aloof disillusionment of the aging middle class.
Troubled by such subjects
like unrequited love, the
crippled job market and the
contradictory aspects of human
relationships, Herzog’s lyrics
attempt to confront modern
feelings of inadequacy, nonfulfillment and sadness. These
feelings persist, seven though
the band members live lives
that, in the grand scheme of
things, really aren’t that bad.
Still, the band approaches these
subjects with the same sense
of irreverence and cynicism
our generation is known for,
making the brief but recurring
windows of sincerity all the
more powerful.
More impressive than the
band’s tight production and
insightful lyricism is its effortlessly spanning of genres and
styles. Although it operates
mostly in a classic/punk rock
mode, it incorporates elements
of power pop, country, punk
and folk as well.
“You Clean Up Nice” starts
as a driving, rhythmic punk
ballad but ends by stripping
down to a single soulful organ
and some fantastically executed
Beach Boys-esque harmonies.
Likewise, “Dreaming Man
II” successfully taps into a
Crosby Stills & Nash aesthetic,
bringing harmonica and twang
guitars to the forefront while
maintaining punk appeal. The
band members listened to their
parents’ vinyl growing up; they
have a firm grasp of America’s
musical history. In “Cartoon
Violence” this knowledge
shows more than ever.
At its core, Herzog believes
the punk generation may
grow old and jaded, but strong
melodies never do. Although
it addresses dark subjects, its
songs are universally catchy,
with soaring melodies at the
forefront of each track. It’s the
kind of music you wish the
radio played, so you can sing,
tap the steering wheel and bob
your head in time.
“Cartoon Violence” functions exactly as an album
should, engaging the listener
from start to finish while offering songs more than capable of
standing on their own.
Available for download via
iTunes and and
physically via Exit Stencil Records, both albums are worth
their approximately $10 asking
My advice? Take the twohour trip to Cleveland, and
catch Herzog live while you
still can. I expect it will tour
farther away in the coming
Feb. 17, 2012
‘Thin-slicing’ relationships
First impressions are hardly reliable
Drew Martin
Contributing Writer
How accurate are first impressions?
‘Thin-slicing’ is the subject
of Malcolm Gladwell’s famous
book “Blink: The Power of
Thinking Without Thinking.”
The book opens by retelling the events surrounding a
Greek kouros (statue) deemed
fake by two sources: scientific
and legal analysis and highlyexperienced archeologists. The
time required by each party
to reach the same conclusion,
however, differed dramatically.
The scientific and legal
analysis took 14 months to
reach a firm conclusion. The
archeologists, on the other
hand, only took two seconds.
They knew, instinctively, that
something about the kouros
looked wrong.
These archeologists ‘thinsliced.’ They had a hunch that
enabled them to “understand
the essence” of the kouros and
come to an accurate conclusion in a single glance.
Thin-slicing is something
we all do. But how does our
thin-slicing affect the relationships we have with the opposite sex? How do we respond
to someone we’ve just met?
Whether you’d like to admit
it or not, something happened
in those first few moments.
You thin-sliced. You reached a
conclusion. You liked her. Or
perhaps it was an awful few
minutes that you couldn’t wait
to be over.
Regardless of the impression, after five minutes of
interaction, we literally know
nothing about the other
person. That’s just not enough
time to get to know someone.
Of course, that’s more than
enough time to thin-slice. Is
this bad? It can be.
Back to the kouros: The
archeologists had Ph.D.s and
were highly trained and had
worked for many years in the
field. As a result, they could
thin-slice accurately. Acting
intelligently and instinctively
in the moment is only possible after extensive education
and wide experience. Forming
accurate opinions requires the
wisdom of a lifetime. College
students lack the deep knowledge necessary to accurately
thin-slice, particularly in regard to relationships.
We’re all young adults and
still learning a lot about the
opposite sex, regardless of relationship history. Yet we make
broad, defining judgments on
character and personality with
our under-developed abilities
to thin-slice. This immediately
boxes people in. Thin-slicing
often subconsciously controls
our opinions of and actions
toward people we barely know.
We place far too much
emphasis and value upon
thin-slicing, when we aren’t
qualified enough to thin-slice
accurately. Countless men and
women have said a relationship just “didn’t feel right” or
“the chemistry wasn’t there”
when they first met someone.
This attitude often keeps
both parties from becoming
better acquainted; if they do
become better acquainted, the
relationship is tainted by the
first thin-slice. The sad fact is
that the source of that feeling
is unreliable – it’s often based
on an inaccurate judgment of
the person in question.
This is important to recognize because our culture
worships feelings. We must be
able to identify the subver-
sive, sub-conscious qualities
of thin-slicing; we may not
even realize how much we’re
damning ourselves by listening
to our mis-informed feelings.
This self-awareness is unspeakably important.
We need to give each other
more grace. Right now we’re
quick to judge, and the source
of our judgments is not accurate or effective. In time
our accuracy will improve as
we continue to learn from the
relationships we have with
others. We must put thin-slicing in its place – a place where
it does not govern how we
interact with our brothers and
sisters in Christ.
Self-awareness is critical
– we must be aware of the
holes in our judgment and
our hearts. The most successful people understand how to
combine rational analysis with
instinctive judgment, a lifelong process we have only just
Thankfully, God does not
relate to us according to how
he feels. Rather, he does so
according to his sovereign
choice to love us. May we
be gracious to each other as
Christ has lavished His inestimable grace upon us through
his work on the Cross.
This week’s award goes to senior Kirby
Sampson for her article on the Ninjas
vs. Podcast and for her dedication to
excellence in The Collegian throughout the
The Collegian Green Eyeshade Award
honors student contributors who have
demonstrated consistency and excellence
in their work.
Each week, The Collegian advisers
select a reporter, photgrapher or business
Kirby Sampson
personnel member who has made a
valuable contribution to the paper. Winners
receive a $5 voucher to the GeDunk.
Instituted in 2006, the award is sponsored by the College’s
Communications Office. It makes a valuable addition to a portfolio or
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Feb. 17, 2012
The drug war is unbiblical
Renowned homeschool activist is wrong on drugs
Kyle Latham
Collegian Writer
Renowned home schooling
activist Mike Farris is wrong
about drugs.
On his Facebook profile, Farris recently posted, “Libertarians support the legalization of
drugs. Ron Paul does too. That
is contrary to a biblical worldview.” I will spare readers a rant
about Congressman Ron Paul
and libertarianism, but the “biblical worldview” part concerns
me. I am skeptical that all Biblebelieving Christians should
support drug prohibition.
Farris’ view not only requires
Christians to believe drug use
is wrong, but it also requires
Christians to believe the state
has a significant role in limiting political freedoms. On one
hand, the state must protect our
freedoms. On the other hand,
the state must limit our freedoms when people abuse them.
The freedom from law the
apostle Paul talks about in Galatians is not a license to do anything. The question is: should
Christians apply this precept to
civil government?
Our freedom in Christ influences the way we understand
political freedom, but where do
we draw the line? As a Christian, I feel morally obligated
to help people when they act
in a self-destructive way. Does
the Bible command me to feel
the same moral obligation as
an American? Conflating the
two is problematic. We subvert
the proper role of the church
by trusting the state to cultivate and to defend specifically
Christian morals.
If a biblical worldview really
forces us to use the state to help
people, we should not stop with
drug prohibition. The real killers in America are heart disease
and other chronic conditions,
so we should fund government
healthcare, right?
Christians like Farris believe
the government should keep
out of education because it is a
blundering, bureaucratic mess;
yet, it should prohibit drug use
because it is a benevolent and
judicious system. Christians like
Ron Paul and me think the
government faces serious incentive and calculation problems,
whether it is delivering mail,
providing healthcare, teaching
kids, managing the economy or
prohibiting private consumption.
The same reasons many
Christians think the government should not outlaw alcohol
can be applied to drugs. Recall
the history of Prohibition in
America. Alcohol producers and
distributors went from trusted
brewers to criminals overnight.
Alcohol consumption became
more hazardous. Gang violence
erupted as notorious bootleggers fought for turf. Even if we
have a Christian duty to suppress drug use, we must recognize that outright prohibition
makes the situation worse.
The claims of Farris and
others that a biblical worldview
demands federal drug prohibition are ludicrous. If they are
true, we must conclude the
same government that classifies
pizza as a vegetable is intelligent
and honest enough to protect us
from ourselves. Worse, we must
conclude that waging an expensive, violent war on drugs is
better than letting pot smokers
watch cartoons and eat Fritos
all day.
Think of the benefits if
legitimate businesses sold drugs.
It would be easier to identify
people with a serious problem.
The money spent on drugs
would go to companies instead of criminal organizations.
SWAT teams would not break
into houses in the middle of the
night for an ounce of marijuana.
America could save the billions
it spends on the drug war.
Perhaps we can appeal to the
health of a society that legalizes drug use. I am unconvinced
society would break down if
the government legalized drugs.
Portugal decriminalized drugs,
and drug use among teens has
Who would rush out to start
a heroin
habit if the
government made
it legal? Just
like our
streets are
not littered
with pornographers
and alcoholics, legalization does
not mean
the influx
of door-todoor crystal
meth salesmen.
Even so,
are the high
school students smoking weed
after school a
bigger threat
to the AmerHSLDA
ican public
than a family
torn apart by Defense Association.
a long prison
safer and better place if drugs
sentence? Similarly, is a man
are legalized.
shooting up in his basement a
If you remain unconvinced,
bigger threat than a drug cartel
imagine your friend has a drug
killing tens of thousands on the
problem. Who do you call: their
United States-Mexico border?
family and pastor or the police?
Farris is unfair to the bibliI hope the biblical answer is
cal worldview. Christians lose
nothing if a country legalizes
drugs, as we are still free not
to use drugs. America will be a
Come see the greatest show on earth
Popular politics descends into farce
Marc Davis
Collegian Writer
Despite the general consensus that the Republican presidential field is relatively weak
this year, it has been deeply
entertaining. It would be quite
the media disaster if instead
of sex scandals and televised
debate “insult wars,” the public
was forced to reason through
boring issues like policy, economics and the future of the
Of course, the media pretends that policy and real issues
are the core components of
their coverage and that they are
attempting to create an informed public. This is ridiculous; but what is most surprising about this particular round
campaign shenaningans is how
thin the façade is.
Consider the 26 Republican debates so far. (Since
September there has been an
average of one debate every
week.) If one were to consider
the purpose of these debates,
one could speculate that they
would be useful to help people
understand each candidate’s
position and how they defend that position. Given this
knowledge, the average voter
could make an informed decision at the ballot box and select
the candidate of his or her
In reality, the debates are
framed by a slew of media coverage that gives lip service to
the policy issues. The media exerts most of its efforts towards
creating exciting new storylines
and personal intrigue. Who will
have the best snarky quip in
tonight’s debate? How much
will the contestants (excuse
me – candidates) harp on each
other’s personal lives? Who will
invoke the name of the great
Ronald Reagan most? How
will the men attempting to
secure what is quite possibly
the most influential political
position on the planet handle
the surprise question about
pizza topping preference? Stay
During and after the debates,
the media coverage occupies
itself with a detailed analysis
of how people react to the
action onscreen. While public
opinion is certainly newsworthy, the level of obsession the
media has with these figures is
strange. The meta-narrative has
an additional layer of oddity:
Reporting on public opinion
changes public opinion.
The type of coverage of the
debate meta-narrative highlights the true motives of the
media. Often reporters will
gather a small, diverse group of
people together on a soundstage with a television to watch
the debate and to comment
If these discussions are legitimate, the most important
issues to the American people
are how “presidential” the
candidates appear, how well
they recite their points and
how often they punctuate their
points with witty remarks. The
carefully chosen and demographically diverse participants
talk about their feelings for the
candidates. One might think
they are discussing a reality
To the media, the primary
race is a reality show – the
genre characterized with a
premise of reality, yet dismissing reality when it inconveniences the pursuit of good
television drama. While factchecking sources do an admirable job of analyzing nearly
everything the candidates say,
the media geberally ignores
the matter of truth. This is true
unless the truth ties into the
intriguing storyline of the day
or helps a political commentator score points for his side.
If one strips away the flashy
distractions and analyzes the
methods, ideas and goals
behind media coverage of the
presidential contest, it becomes
painfully clear that truth is
simply another piece on the
chess board. Democracy should
be cherished because it gives us
the opportunity to have meaningful public discourse. When
discourse is destroyed in such a
fundamental and complete way,
democracy is wasted.
As college students acquiring a liberal arts education,
we should be appalled by this
travesty. We should demand
that truth be the primary
focus and motivation behind
all action, especially with the
media; they give us information. If truth is not a motivating factor, what is the use of
As individuals we ought to
consider it our duty to address
this travesty. If enough people
speak up, perhaps the way
truth is perceived in popular
media will change.
Is this likely to happen?
Probably not; but if a movement demands a reconsideration of this country’s political
discourse, it will be entertaining to watch, at least.
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Feb. 17, 2012
Club Sports Preview
Men’s Lacrosse
Emily Durant
Collegian Writer
Ian Mikrut
Contributing Writer
The dark clouds of February are rolling into Grove
City. But the conditions
haven’t cooled down the
Grove City men’s basketball
team and freshman guard
Mitch Marmelstein, from
San Juan Capistrano, California.
“I’ve just had to buy a
bunch of sweaters and pants.
It’s way too cold here,”
Marmelstein said. “I feel like
I’ve adapted quick.”
The Wolverines have also
started this season well with
a three game winning streak.
Marmelstein was the
President Athletic Conference’s player of the week last
week and gained national
recognition as a member of’s Team of the
“I feel truly honored and
blessed to [...] be playing
college ball in the first place,
but also being able to be
recognized at the same time,”
Marmelstein said. “It feels
great to have worked your
entire life for something and
The Wolverines hope to
ride this winning streak out
to the finish, and Marmelstein is confident of the
team’s future.
“We’re looking good
because we have put in the
time to be great,” he said.
The Wolverines have
worked hard to reach their
current position.
“Our defense has picked
up as well as our shooting
percentage,” Marmelstein
said. “I hope to keep this up
until the PAC championship. We’re going to win the
whole thing.”
It may be cold now, but
the Wolverines are heating
up. The sun, and perhaps a
PAC championship, may be
right around the corner.
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Photo provided by Gary Horvath
Gary Horvath
Collegian Sports Editor
If the men’s lacrosse team
wanted to make excuses,
they would have a long list.
Former head coach Mark
Sandvig ’07 stepped down
at the end of last season.
All-American goalie Andrew
Dymski graduated. Freshmen will be relied on to
play substantial minutes. The
team hasn’t seen game action
in 10 months.
But the team isn’t making
excuses, especially when it
comes to its motivation for
The Grove City lacrosse
team practices, plays and
carries itself on and off the
field by the motto, “As One,
for an audience of One.”
They expect unity as a team,
and its main purpose is to
do everything to the glory
of God.
This year, new head
coach Andrew Stimmel will
remind the team of their
A 2011 graduate of the
Ohio State University, Stimmel was formerly a captain
and defensive Most Valuable
Player for the Buckeyes. His
extensive knowledge of the
game has already proven
invaluable to his players.
Sophomore goalie Chris
Dymski spoke about the difference he has seen already
in the defensive unit.
“The addition of Coach
Stimmel’s scheme and phi-
losophy has really allowed
[the defense] to expand their
cognitive process and really
understand offenses,” Dymski
said. “It’s really entertaining
to watch them dissect opposing offenses right before my
Much like the Grove City
College team that found
itself in the National Championship tournament two
years ago, this team will rely
heavily on its defense. Senior
co-captains Jordan Markley
and Bill Sigmund are returning to start at their positions,
along with junior starter Matt
Freshman Ryan Colby is
filling the other defensive
position. Already, Dymski has
high praise for Colby’s skill
and how he fits in with the
other defenders.
“The addition of Ryan
Colby will do wonders for
us,” he said. “I feel so comfortable with him, [Sigmund],
[Markley] and Erdley in front
of me. Those four men bring
an incredible amount of lacrosse knowledge to the table.
They are so smart.”
One of the weaknesses that
led to last year’s disappointing
season was a lack of continuity in the offensive box.
Fortunately, Grove City is
returning five of its top seven
scorers from last year.
Senior co-captains Tim
Irwin and Kellen Quackenbush lead that group. Irwin
led the team last year with
30 points, tallying 21 goals
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and nine assists. Quackenbush
was third in scoring with 14
points, but second in goals
with 13. Sophomores Ryan
Cypher and Ryan Althausen,
and senior Luke Stoltzfus
also hope to add to last year’s
point totals.
Quackenbush expressed
confidence that the offense
will continue to make strides.
“Under coach Stimmel’s
leadership, the offense is
working better than it ever
has,” Quackenbrush said. “Instead of six individual players we have one dangerous
offense which will be able to
get lots of looks at the cage
this year.”
Irwin echoed those feelings.
“The offense looks good
this year. A number of our
new guys are gaining a lot of
confidence and are looking to
be contributors this year,” he
said. “I am excited to see how
our offense develops throughout the season and am excited
to see who steps up too.”
The team is setting its sights
on a trip back to the National
Championship tournament
this year in Greenville, S.C.
The first step to that goal is
an away game this Saturday,
Feb. 18, against the team’s
non-conference rival Pitt
With an inspiring coach, a
stronger defense and a growing offense, the Wolverines
look forward to the new
Blood. Sweat.Tears.What
does each of these words have in
common? Sports. From football
to curling, sports bring people
together all over the globe.
Grove City College students
are among the fans. From intramural sports to varsity, they love
to watch and to participate in
Junior Katie Kling said she
likes watching IM basketball. “It’s
exciting! And I love cheering
my friends on.”
Sophomore Sarah Asher
enjoys it for similar reasons. “I
always go to the guys’ games,”
she said.
A close second to IM basketball was varsity men’s soccer.
Junior Kaela Landis said, “It’s intense.The level of play is higher
than the IM sports.” For Landis,
going to games is a social affair
and she enjoys the time with her
Many other students also
enjoy cheering on the men of
the soccer team. Sophomore
Paulson Domasky said it is his
favorite, “Those boys always put
on a nice show,” he said.
A common theme among
fans is the enjoyment of watching friends on the field, court or
Sophomore Klara Burger
explained why she attends sporting events, “It’s because I know
people on the team,” she said.
“I enjoy watching the sports
in general but I enjoy it most
because I’m actually cheering
for my friends.”
Many students also relish the
competition and the energy, and
– the shorts. Sophomore Anna
Horn’s favorite sport to watch is
rugby, particularly men’s because
of “the pain, the gain, the testosterone.”
Sophomore Dan Adams likes
the competition in basketball
because, “It feels awesome to be
a Crimson Crazy.”
For Sophomore Stephanie
Swaney, the uniforms are what
matters. Swaney says she enjoys
watching cross country because
of “the short shorts and really fit
Updates from last week
Swimming and Diving
Fri. 10:00 a.m. PACS
Sat. 10:00 a.m. PACS
Women’s Basketball
Washington & Jefferson 74, Grove City 67
Men’s Tennis
Fri. 4:00 p.m. Penn State
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Men’s Basketball
Grove City 87, Washington & Jefferson 67