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Performers took 'Leap of Faith' for annual show
Liz Buechele
Staff Writer
On March 21-23, Wallace Memorial Chapel was filled with music, miracles and merriment as the Office of Faith and Spirituality
presented the annual chapel drama. This year’s
show was entitled “Leap of Faith,” was based
upon the motion picture of the same name.
Sophomore music education major
Ariana O’Donnell directed the show, having been a member of the cast last year.
“For it being my first time directing
a show, I couldn’t ask for a better group
of people to work with,” O’Donnell said.
“They’ve been with me through both successes and mistakes alike, and they inspire me.”
Reverend James Mohr and Diane Gabriel,
Office of Faith and Spirituality secretary, are
in charge of the show, but the students are
the ones who handle the production itself.
Junior Lauren Thayer has been in
chapel drama for three years as a cast
member her first year, last year's director and this year's music director.
“I loved working with the guys in the
pit,” Thayer said. “They are so talented and
they make the show more awesome. I also
love working behind the music with the cast
and watching them discover things about
their voice that they never considered trying to do; it’s a really cool experience.”
The story chronicles a con man by the
name of Jonas Nightingale, played by senior
Aaron Crider. Having dealt with his share
of problems in the past, Nightingale and
his younger sister Sam, played by sophomore Rachel Hedges, find themselves in
the conning business, hosting religious revivals in different towns across the states.
When they break down in Sweetwater,
Kan., Rev. Nightingale is challenged by sheriff Marla McGowan, played by senior Annette
McHaddon. When the two become romantically involved, the Reverend is forced to re-evaluate his life and change his unscrupulous ways.
“I really feel I was cast in a role I can relate to,” Crider said. “I lost my dad at a young
age, and so did Jonas. That commonality really created a bond for me with my character.”
First-year Jeremy Roberts played Jake
McGowan, the sheriff’s son. The rest of the
cast included Kendall Williams playing Isaiah Sturdevant, Antonia Flamini playing Ida
Mae Sturdevant, and Ashley Galore playing Ornella Sturdevant. The Townspeople/
Angels were played by Emily Martin,
Keely Mohn and Matthew Younger. Martin also did public relations for the show,
and Younger was part of the stage crew.
The rest of the production team was filled
in by sophomore Deborah Heyl as stage manager, Ariel Clifford as costumes and set design
and Stephen Bendig as sound and light crew.
The pit ensemble was comprised of Thayer
on piano, junior Scotty Webler on percussion,
senior Aaron Sutton on guitar, senior Sam Mellon on bass and junior Zack Harper on trumpet.
For O’Donnell, picking one favorite
highlight
was
a
challenge.
“From the show perspective, seeing everybody in the group numbers having fun.
From a director standpoint, seeing it from
the other side because I’ve never directed before," O'Donnell said. "From my standpoint,
seeing my friends and peers do things that
they didn’t know that they could do before.”
“Antonia [Flamini] draws you in and
makes you feel like you are a part of the
show,” sophomore Natalie Merola, who
attended the show Friday night, said.
OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE
Clinton email, not nomination, compromised
Jamie Linderman
Staff Writer
In recent national news, information
emerged indicating that Hillary Clinton used a personal email address while
serving as Secretary of State. Concerns
regarding the security of the information
sent to and from the address, as well as the
legality of the issue, have appeared.
In a press conference on Mar. 17,
Clinton confirmed the use of the personal
account and provided a detailed explanation to the public about what some news
sources are referring to as the "scandal."
Clinton began her statement by saying that she opted to use a personal email
account rather than one that state department had issued her for “convenience.” It
is not illegal to do so, and Clinton argued
that when she made the decision, she was
thinking about the advantages of carrying
only one secure device versus two. Several former Secretaries of State have also
chosen to use a personal email account.
In fact, John Kerry is the first to rely on a
government-issued account.
During the second point of her argument, Clinton clarified that the majority
of the work-related emails that she sent
from the personal email account were to
government employees with governmentissued email accounts. According to Clinton, the correspondence was “captured
and immediately preserved by the system
at the state department.”
Next, Clinton reasoned that when the
state department asked her and several
other former Secretaries of State for copies of their work-related email correspondence, she was quick to provide them with
the requested information. The correspondence totaled 55,000 printed pages, which
contained information the state department already had electronically stored.
Clinton admitted to deleting any per-
sonal emails she received through this
account from the files that she sent to the
state department, as per their request.
The criteria for such emails included
personal notes of sympathy to friends,
yoga routines, notes written for the planning of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and
anything else she regarded as private.
Clinton concluded her explanation
by announcing that she has asked the
state department to make all of her workrelated email correspondence available
for public viewing. Also, she stated the
server that captured the emails, which
was originally for former president, Bill
Clinton, has not experienced any security breaches.
Critics of Clinton have asked her
how the American people can be certain
that when she deleted personal or private
emails that she did not also delete workrelated material. To this, Clinton was
quick to respond that she has “taken unprecedented steps” to provide the state
department with all of the necessary
information and that she has “met all of
the requirements.”
Some news sources have taken her
succinct response as a cover-up to some
sort of scandal. According to Dr. Edward
Cohen, chair of the political science department, the type of response that Clinton issued is typical of her communication style.
“The Clintons have always been
cautious,” Cohen said. “They like to
control the information that is shared
about them, which can make it seem like
they are hiding something illegal when
they are not.”
For Dr. James Rhoads, professor of
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“Take the tram,” our cab
driver, whose name we never
learned, answered. “Most
people go to Old Town - it’s
a touristy place with little
shops and everything - but
you absolutely have to take
the tram into the mountains.”
Six of us literary types
arrived Albuquerque, New
Mexico with only vague
ideas of what the convention
weekend would hold. I was
somewhat of a veteran, having attended the convention
last year, but even so, this
trip was my first foray so far
southwest. All I knew ahead
of time was that we would
be greeted by a desert and
hundreds of English majors.
So much more awaited our
sextet.
Beth Csomay, Haley
Barger, Olivia Martin, Phill
Howells, Dr. Bethany Hicok
and I managed to achieve
mobility in most of its forms,
boarding planes, taxis, trains,
cars and trams as well as
striking out by foot daily.
With the help of all this transportation, we ended up seeing Santa Fe and the Sandias
Peak aside from downtown
and Old Town Albuquerque.
Our primary purpose presenting the critical and
creative pieces that had won
acceptance into the convention - was not forgotten in the
midst of sight-seeing.
Three of them spoke
the same day we landed.
Three of them left their fellow panelists in awe of their
scholarly work. Barger, for
example, fielded questions
from a nettlesome audience
member with her trademark
humor, and one could tell
that she had charmed the rest
of the room.
Two of us did not read
until Saturday, when we
sat on panels for our poetry. Howells, whose knees
knocked nervously before,
during and after his turn,
channeled his energy into his
presence, tossing each poem
over his shoulder after reading it. One eager audience
member collected his pile
afterward.
Westminster was a hit at
the Hyatt Regency on Tijuanas Avenue.
When the work of academia was done, each day
was spent tumbling through
the streets in the Land of Enchantment.
Led briskly by Hicok,
we managed to have some of
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the most memorable dinners
of our lives. Saturday night
we sauntered around Santa
Fe until we acquired a table
at Chez Mamou. The French
restaurant shared space with
a jewelry store, so I looked
across the table at ropes
of beads and endless glass
counters. Another charming
feature of this spot was the
musical accompaniment to
dinner, provided by a Hispanic guitarist named Antonio
Mendosa. Barger convinced
him to ask Hicok for a song,
and our table was treated to
the clear soprano of our professor, whose talent was not
lost on the other diners. She
received applause and praise
from grateful strangers.
We managed to make
good on our cab driver’s
advice, and the first suggestion we received in the city
became our last adventure
before leaving. On Sunday
morning we stood atop the
Watermelon Mountains, hair
frisked by a chill breeze that
maintained snow on its summit and in its crevices.
Reciting poetry and
gasping over the terrain’s
texture, we enjoyed moments
of sublime awe that would
tide us over for the return to
the lower lands of Pennsylvania.
Maggie is a senior English major who is currently
student teaching. She is the
proud owner of a new baseball tee displaying grammatically correct owls.
Can we #RaceTogether?
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Starbucks: the brand most likely
to be held in the manicured fingers of
a well-groomed white girl. Well, stereotypically, at least.
Recently, the Seattle-based iconic
company launched an initiative to get
their customers to begin talking about
race. What was originally perceived
to be a joke by critics and customers
alike was in actuality a proposal made
by the company to break down racial
barriers and an attempt make their
customers more knowledgeable and
less one-sided on the topic of race in
America.
Unfortunately, after less-thanstellar review, Starbucks has rescinded the #RaceTogether campaign.
Why the need to talk about race?
Before I dive into this I must insert
a disclaimer: I am a white, uppermiddle class young woman. But I
believe that I have a moderate (at the
very least) understanding of the extent
of my white privilege. Alternatively,
I also understand that to some it can
be rather condescending when white
people, who will never fully understand the extent of the racial problems
in America, talk about race, but I will
try my best to do so in an appropriate
manner.
An aside: if there was something
I could have done better, please let me
know!
Racial tension in the United States
is arguably higher now than it has been
in the past decade. Earlier this year,
Ferguson, Mo. was a war zone. After
the shooting of black teen Michael
Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, the racial divide among
blacks and whites became national
news. This incident spurred a new level of racial division in the South, but
also shed light on institutional oppression and racism.
Another less talked about racial
stigma that’s widely held in the United
States is that of Muslim Americans.
Islam extremists and the rise of ISIS
has fostered an undue amount of racism towards Muslim Americans.
Islamic extremism is an extremely
rare sect of Islam. Films like “American Sniper” helped to perpetuate
misconceptions around it, though. As
“American Sniper” grew increasingly
popular, so did a lot of racially charged
tweets echoing anti-Muslim sentiment.
ISIS is a huge problem, but we must
remember that this is truly a small segment of an otherwise peaceful religion.
While this is just the tip of the iceberg, these are two common examples
of the racial problems in our society,
and even on our campus.
Talking about race is important,
but Starbucks was quite far from hitting the nail on the head.
For starters, let’s think about who
are the (stereotypical) Starbucks customers: affluent, [primarily] white
people. It takes a lot to be able to afford a five dollar cup each day. While,
yes, absolutely these are the people
that need to be talking about race, how
much perspective can they really give?
Even though the #RaceTogether
program has now been eliminated and
had many flaws, the sentiment remains
true. By not talking about race we are
not talking about what we can do to
combat the racial tensions.
Let’s all take a hint from this idea
and recognize and celebrate the differences of other races and other cultures.
Liz is a senior sociology major
who spent part of the week crying
over her capstone.
Letter to the Editor:
Dear Editor,
I love animals. My dog might be my most treasured possession, I support organizations like A.R.F. (Animal Rescue
Force) and you might catch me throwing food to squirrels
and chipmunks on campus. I have begun eating less meat in
my diet due to the moral qualms I have with the conditions
in which animals are raised and slaughtered as presented vividly in documentaries such as Food Inc. Needless to say, I
care deeply about treating animals well. However, the recent
campus-wide vote to select the Lawrence County Humane Society as the SGA philanthropy forces us to consider an ethical
dilemma. Apparently, a plurality of Westminster College students believes that fighting animal cruelty and sheltering animals in need, unquestionably a good cause, is more important
than fighting heart disease, the number one cause of death in
the United States, treating cancer patients, or helping inner-city
youth. I would never argue that Westminster College students
would refuse to support any of the three alternative causes but
my original contention still stands. The value of human life
is not something I can easily argue for in such a short space/
time. However, I will make two short appeals. My first appeal
is directed at Westminster College students who are Christians.
From Genesis 1:27, when it is said that God created humankind in His own image, to the ethical injunctions of
Jesus in passages like Matthew 25:31-46 where we are
told to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, give shelter to the stranger, etc., the Bible is littered with commands to help those in need. My second appeal is for the
secularist, though I do not endorse this view, and will be
deficient in its brevity and lead to unintended conclusions.
If the evolutionary model, via natural selection, is accurate, then I suppose Dawkins’ selfish gene theory should
dominate our altruistic behaviors. The only species about
which we should be concerned is that which will preserve
our own genes through reproduction. However, such apathy toward other creatures is not my desired perspective.
My purpose in writing this letter is not to assert my authority in the subject of the ethical treatment of animals.
My purpose is to stir up critical thinking and debate about
this subject. I invite and encourage anyone who reads this
to respond with a concurring or contradictory argument.
Sincerely,
Kevin Suchcicki
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An Eye-Opening Experience
Kim Moore
Recognition Columnist
The first time I set foot in the Prince of Peace
Center in Farrell, PA, I found a small church-like
basement, with various tables filled with assorted
non-perishables. A volunteer of the center ushered
us to stand behind tables with instructions to hand
out food—one can of cream of mushroom soup per
family, two if they have three or more members on
their card.
I was there, at this small food bank near Sharon,
with some of my classmates, both to observe and to
help. The purpose of the class, Social Class in America, is to understand and qualify income inequality
as it operates in America. Part of that understanding
is fulfilled by service learning, which explains why
we were all opening boxes of macaroni noodles and
suggesting that some people take the extra cans of
green beans.
Hunger is a huge issue in the United States. According to Feeding America, a nonprofit that focuses
on food banks, 49.1 million Americans lived in food
insecure households in 2013. This is about 1 in 6
Americans.
I consider myself to be a middle-class American,
and one of the things I have learned in this class
specifically is that my class status sometimes affords me skewed views about the state of affairs for
classes lower than mine. Sometimes the middle and
upper classes forget that our society allows problems like this run rampant, but for me, and for my
other classmates who joined me, volunteering at
the Prince of Peace Center was an eye-opener.
When the center opened at 9:30 a.m. that
Thursday morning, the throng of people lined up
outside began to filter through the distribution line.
At times, it was hard for the volunteers, including
myself, to keep up with unloading boxes and cans
to hand out. At times, I couldn’t believe just how
many people in our own community needed these
resources just to keep afloat.
But the experience wasn’t just sobering; it was
also a truly positive experience. One of my classmates, Anna Cooper, a senior history major, was
kind enough to talk about her experience at the
Center.
“It definitely gives me more of an insight into
hunger and inequality in this country and it makes
me want to help in other ways," Cooper said. "Everyone is so nice and willing to tell their story and
really it's just a comforting and friendly atmosphere. Food pantries are important because they
provide a basic necessity to those that do not have
the ability to gain access on their own. If food pantries were not readily available, I am positive that
hunger and inequality would be an even bigger issue than it already is.”
I wanted to take this specific class because understanding my own place in the world makes me
better suited and more knowledgeable to help others. I am part of a generation that is actively working to be a solution to the problems that our predecessors have bequeathed us. I’m learning to do that
not only as a student, but also as a volunteer, an
active force of support.
Cooper agreed with this sentiment.
“My main reason for taking this class was because it counted as an elective for my minor, but
I was also very excited to take the class because
of the volunteer experience that came along with
it. I like being able to put what I learn into action,
and this class seemed like a great opportunity to do
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Food pantries are important because they
provide a basic necessity to those that do not
have the ability to gain
access on their own. If
food pantries were not
readily available, I am
positive that hunger and
inequality would be an
even bigger issue than it
already is.
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that,” Cooper said.
Sometimes, we talk about this college as a “bubble,” and I really want to encourage us to step away
from that definition. One day, all of us will be active members of society, and part of learning how to
exist as a part of the whole involves learning about
those around you.
Please, don’t just spend your college experience, your first step into adulthood, in your comfort zone. Learn about the world. Volunteer. Study
abroad. Have incredible and fantastic experiences
that guide you towards goodness. And most of all,
be the change you want to see in the world, because
without that passion, we are stagnant and without
hope.
Budgeting for Global Conflict
Pano Constantine
Controversial Columnist
The home of the brave expects to continue its trend of exorbitant spending which
has led to the $18+ trillion debt it currently
faces by spending an estimated $555 billion
in 2015.
While our military spending is greater
than the next 15 nations combined, our
government continues to spend obscene
amounts of money (approximately 55 percent of the nation’s overall budget) developing weapons and continuing its policy of
being the world’s watch dog. People have
become anguished by this recurrent trend.
A poll was conducted by the Center for
Public integrity, the Program for Public
Consultation and the Stimson Center asking about defense spending and what the
general public believed was necessary. The
"Huffington Post" reported that these results
showed a consistent decrease that surprisingly transcended partisan lines; the average
decrease was over $100 billion.
In line with these thoughts, I too feel that
the budget should be decreased. But why
stop at $100 billion?
On the right is a pie chart of the current breakdown of our government’s
spending. My proposition is that we as
a nation cut our spending by 50 percentage points of the overall budget. Our nation does not need to be focused on the
world. It needs to first be financially responsible within its own borders before
it can fix the rest of the world.
America is falling behind. We spend
a paltry 6 percent of our budget on education. It shows. Our comparative intelligence in math, the sciences, history,
and geography have fallen dramatically
in the national eyes. On the PISA international literacy scales we fell behind in
every area of the test and were surpassed
in each category.
Arguments in favor of the morosely
excessive military spending center on
it protecting our nation from foreign
threats. Since 9/11, arguably the worst
attack on the U.S. in its history, our military spending has started multiple wars
overseas, thus creating our enemies.
It can be arguable that ISIS is a response to American military spending.
We took out al-Qaida, and ISIS, which
claims to hate the West, took their place.
Do we expect to create allies by tearing up innocent communities, killing
people’s sisters, brothers, mothers and
fathers? How much do we expect the
world to tolerate in the name of democracy?
At home, we ignore the pressing issues like lack of education. The number
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one cause of homelessness in America is
the lack of affordable housing (the National Coalition for the Homeless) yet we
spend a mere 5 percent of our budget on
housing and community development.
When will we learn that the best investment of our time and money is in education – the thing that makes better human
beings and a better economy?
If we decrease the spending to 5 percent, we will have enough money to protect us but we will also not have as many
enemies. The world will move on regardless of our involvement, if we invest in
education and our economy, our country
will stand as a beacon to be emulated,
not an obelisk to be feared and hated. If
our nation invested less in its military
then it would not need as large a military – it would have fewer enemies to
protect against.
There are people suffering in the
United States today. There needs to be
a shift – a paradigm shift in the priorities of this nation. This country needs to
focus on the real issues at hand. World
policing is not the biggest issue. There
are people, there is hurt. Let’s invest in
what really matters.
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political science, the Clinton email controversy does not qualify as a scandal.
“It is much ado about nothing,” Rhoads said. “It was not against federal law,
though the law has recently changed, and from what I have seen when looking at
recent polls, this hasn’t affected her standings. This is not going to derail her as the
nominee for the Democratic Party.”
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Symposium facilitates networking
Aaron Wilson
Staff Writer
On Saturday, Mar. 22, the Business Department
hosted the Professional Networking Symposium.
Registration began at 8 a.m. and the event ran until
about 1 p.m., when it concluded with a lunch in the Witherspoon Rooms. During registration, companies from
many different areas came to set up a small table where
students were allowed to inquire about each business.
Most of these businesses had alumni representatives.
After the opening words were given by Dr. Daniel Fischmar, attendees were dismissed to listen to
their panels. The panels were divided into three,
one hour sessions, with at least three panels running at one time in different locations. The panels
were moderated by a member of the faculty, and the
speakers that talked about their experiences and advice were comprised of many people from different
career paths, not all of whom had graduated from here.
Some of the many panels that participants could
attend were: Public Relations, International Business
and Study Abroad, Résumé Building, Humanities
and Social Sciences and Interview Tips and Tricks.
Dakota Marti, a senior business major, is heir to
The Cheese Factory that can be found just up the road
from the college, and he had his own table at the symposium. His grandfather built the factory that is next
to The Cheese Factory. Marti knew he wanted to take
part in the family business to keep it in the family
and because he liked the idea of being his own boss.
Marti identified his idea of the key to success.
“Always
having
a
goal
and
doing your best to achieve it,” Marti said.
The symposium had at least 250 people
pre-registered. Karen Coulter, business department secretary, and Ben Nelson, an alum, estimated that around 300 people participated.
“30 people who were not alumni came here
looking to hire students from our college,” Nelson said.
Nelson was one of Fischmar’s students.
The two stay in touch and spearhead the symposium twice a year, one in fall and one in spring.
Nelson also said that the panel was start-
ed three years ago by a few friends in the business department. In those three years, the symposium has grown from its original 15 colleagues
to 300 participants from all majors and careers.
On top of the increasing participation,
more students are benefitting from the symposium and finding jobs because of it each year.
“Creating
relationships
is
the
heart
of
the
event,”
Coulter
said.
On the program that was passed out during registration, Fischmar leaves his advice.
“Establishing a long term relationship with professionals in your field is one of the most helpful
things you can do as an undergraduate,” Fischmar said.
The atmosphere was relaxed, and the panelists seemed eager to answer questions.
“This is really something special. I encourage more
students to come. It’s very comfortable,” Fischmar said.
The symposium added a business twist to most majors and how they can help in business but all students
are encouraged to go because not everything in the
symposium is about business, but it is all about helping students find a good job once they leave campus.
Adapted housing process in place
Marc Williams
Staff Writer
With the upcoming changes in student housing for the 2015-16 school year, there
are some alterations coming to the housing process. Students will be able to choose
their rooms as they have in previous years, but they will need to have backup plans
ready in case their first choice is not available.
Just as in the past, students will still be assigned lottery numbers, but this year
instead of two separate processes for men and women, there will be a single process
for all genders.
The lowest lottery numbers will be assigned to seniors and the highest numbers
will be given to underclassmen. Each building will have different ratios of men:women.
For example a 50:50 ratio for Eichenauer, but a higher men:women ratio in Galbreath.
Other buildings on campus will have higher numbers of women with Browne and
Ferguson Halls remaining entirely female.
"It is important for students to understand the designations for buildings are based
on math," Stephanie Reed, Director of Residence Life, said.
Browne remains a completely female building due to the fact that it is the smallest
residence hall in use. Ferg also remains entirely female to remain with the tradition
of sorority suites. Galbreath has a higher ratio of men:women to make up for Browne
and Ferguson.
According to the current enrollment predictions for the upcoming school year, the
housing plans proposed by the college will remain applicable. However, according to
Reed, "if enrollment exceeds predictions by over 150 students, we will need to reconsider opening either Hillside or Jeffers hall."
A fluctuation of plus or minus 15 students will have little effect on the housing
structure for next year. The biggest things for students to understand for the upcoming room draw process are prioritizing and having backup plans. Up to this point, few
students have come forward with questions for the upcoming school year.
"If you have concerns, we are here to answer your questions," Amanda Ries,
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs said. "Returning students cannot expect the same
things as previous years. Be sure to ask ahead of time because once the process is
done, it is done."
The goal of the housing changes is aimed at increasing choices for students and
making things equal for both men and women. There still will be opportunities for
themed housing for sports teams, academic groups and Greek life. One thing that will
change is that single rooms will be more difficult to get than previous years. Men will
have more opportunities for single rooms than previous years, but women will have a
fewer, making the numbers roughly equal. However, unlike previous years, it will be
very unlikely for a double room to be utilized as a single.
"It is important to remember that housing continues throughout the summer,"
Reed said. "Even if you are wait listed for your top choice, that room may become
available in the summer."
Another room draw tip is to have the roommate with the lowest lottery number get
the preferred room. All rooms are first come, first serve. The higher the lottery number
is, the more backup plans are needed.
Both Ries and Reed are very excited for the practical point of the coed housing
model. It has been discussed for several years as an idea, but only now can the model
finally be applied to the entire campus.
If you have any questions about the housing changes for next year, feel free to
direct them to Amanda Ries or Stephanie Reed.
Hair to be snipped for service
Erin Scott
Staff Writer
Alpha Phi Omega will host a
Locks of Love event on Apr. 18
from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Berlin Lounge. Kappa Delta, Phi Kappa
Tau, Phi Mu and potentially some local
high schools are supporting the event.
The event is open to the public, so participants can walk in that
day or sign up for an appointment in
the T.U.B. during the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the event.
“The stylists are all excited to
come up,” Laurel Michalek, Vice
President of Service for Alpha Phi
Omega and event coordinator, said.
“They’re all local, within 30 miles.
It’s a professional haircut for free!”
Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization whose mission “is to return a
sense of self, confidence and normalcy
to children suffering from hair loss by
utilizing donated ponytails to provide
the highest quality hair prosthetics to
financially disadvantaged children.”
While Locks of Love provides
hairpieces for children who have lost
their hair to cancer treatments, their
most numerous requests come from
children with a condition called alopecia, an incurable condition with an unknown cause. They also provide pros-
thetic hair for burn and accident victims.
According to the Locks of Love website, “the hair prostheses provided are
custom-made from donated ponytails and
would retail between $3,500 and $6,000.”
Each hairpiece is made from real hair
and may consist of as many as 10 ponytails, or 10 different hair donations. The
pieces are custom-made for each child
and seal firmly to their head so that they
won’t fall off, even while playing sports.
“We’re required to do a service
event that involves youth,” Michalek
said. “Locks of Love is perfect because its goal is to help children who
have lost hair for medical reasons.”
Alpha Phi Omega chapters across
the nation are required to participate in
Global Youth Service Day, which takes
place on April 17-19. Global Youth Service Day aims to get young people involved in service to others through philanthropy and volunteer experience.
Hair that has been bleached cannot be accepted, and each ponytail must
be at least 10 inches long in order to be
used to make the prosthetic hairpieces.
For those who do not wish to,
or cannot cut their hair, but who still
wish to support the event, there will be
computers set up so items can be purchased from the Locks of Love website.
In addition to supporting Locks
of Love, attendees will be able to purchase items in support of Relay for Life.
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MAD
Dan Swank
Sports Writer
March is a time of year in which
people ritually do a variety of things
- ensuring that their Christmas decorations are down, getting their last skiing days of winter in and filling out
NCAA March Madness brackets.
These brackets, found online or in paper form, represent the climax of the college basketball season. As the NBA season
continues to drag on with its slower paced
style, college basketball speeds up to its
highest rate and entertains the masses.
I listened to a March Madnessthemed podcast last week, and the host
of the show offered some fair advice that
came in two parts. One: don’t ever shape
your bracket around the liking of your
favorite team or alma mater. Two: don’t
ever expect to have a perfect bracket.
ESPN went on the record and said
that they would pay one million dollars
to anybody who ended up with a perfect
bracket. As of Saturday, Mar. 21, there
were no perfect brackets remaining.
Kentucky seems to be the favorite to
win this years “dance.” The Wildcats are
a flawless 36-0 and on their way to the
Sweet Sixteen. One of my professors offered students one extra point added to
their end of the year grade if they were to
pick the winner of this years tournament.
Hopefully, Kentucky makes it as easy as
I think it will be to obtain that extra point.
Senior Bret Zimmerman arranged his own local tournament.
“Everyone fills out a bracket
and picks the winners of each game.
The scoring system is that you get
points for every game that you pick
right," Zimmerman said. "The more
wins you get, the more points you accumulate. Wins in later rounds are
worth more points than early rounds.”
Three Titans
compete on
national stage
Megan Romocean
Sports Writer
The women’s Track and
Field team sent two athletes
to nationals in Winston-Salem, N.C., over spring break.
Sophomore Cassidy Shepherd
and junior Marissa Kalsey were
listed fourth and fifth, respectively, on the national qualifying list.
Last year, Kalsey was named
U.S. Track and Field and Cross
Country Coaches Association
(USTFCCCA) NCAA Division
III Midwest Region Field Athlete
of the year. Shepherd received the
award this year. Shepherd was also
awarded the PAC Women’s Most
Outstanding Performer after winning the long jump with a mark of
15 feet, 11.75 inches and finishing
as the runner-up for the pole vault
with a mark of 11 feet, 9.25 inches
at the PAC Indoor Championship.
“Receiving the Field Athlete
of the Year award was a shocker,”
Shepherd said. “I feel so honored and grateful to receive it.”
Kalsey left the JDL Fast
Track with second place in the
pole vault for the second year in
a row. The first place vaulter and
Kalsey both cleared the winning
height of 13 feet, 1.50 inches, but
due to overall misses, Kalsey became runner-up. This finish for
Kalsey earned her a third straight
All-American title in women’s
pole vault. Kalsey’s mark also
broke her own school record that
she made last year at SPIRE Midwest Indoor Track and Field Open.
“My teammates push me to
do my best and are always cheering me on,” Kalsey said. “Also,
my coach is the one who keeps
me on track. I am so grateful to
have a coach who cares so much.”
Shepherd placed twelfth with
a mark of 11 feet, 7.75 inches out
of 17 total vaulters. The Track
and Field teams now start their
outdoor season and look to send
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Shepherd and Kalsey to another
outdoor nationals competition.
Last week, the men’s Swimming and Diving team sent senior Steven Brooks to the 2015
NCAA Division III Men’s
Swimming and Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Tex.
Brooks earned the PAC Swimmer of the Year award for the third
year in a row, which led the Titans
to win their sixth PAC title. He also
swam on the winning 400 free, 200
medley and 400 medley relays.
Last year at nationals, Brooks
nearly missed earning an AllAmerican Honorable Mention title
after placing 17th in the 100 backstroke. He set a school-record time
of 1:49.39 in the 200 backstroke
with a twenty-first place finish and a
forty-third finish in the 50 freestyle.
“Qualifying last year, I was
just excited to be there,” Brooks
said. “This year, I had a goal of
not only swimming well, but
also making it to finals at night.”
Going
into
nationals,
Brooks was ranked seventh in
the 100 backstroke with a time
of 49.35 and fifteenth in the 200
back with a time of 1:48.59.
He competed in his first
event on Wednesday which was
the 50 freestyle. This was his option event, but he placed fortyfirst with a time of 20.99. Brooks
earned All-American Honorable Mention after placing eleventh overall in the 100 back. His
time of 48.90 broke his previous
school record which he set at the
2014-2015 PAC Championships.
The next day, he earned his
second All-American honor after
placing tenth in the 200 backstroke.
He once again broke another school
record with a time of 1:47.78.
“I give Coach Klamut and
Coach Pat a lot of credit because of how much time they
spend with me working on and
perfecting the smallest parts
of my races,” Brooks said.
Zimmerman states that the prize of
the tournament is simply “bragging rights
among friends.” This type of tournament
is common amongst college students.
Personally, I believe that Duke will
fall to Kentucky in the final. With this being said, it’s important to remember that
I’ve been wrong more than I’ve been right
when it comes to predicting the title game.
To gain a wider perspective, I asked a
few students what their predictions were.
“I’m picking Duke," Junior Paden
Jones said, "I don’t believe in perfection, and someone is going to upset Kentucky - so it might as well be
the only team left that can do so.”
Sophomore
Doltyn
Snedden went with a surprise pick
“Notre Dame is going to win it all.
They had a good season and they’re
an underdog kind of team," Snedden said. "Everybody likes an upset.”
First
year
Natalie
Paoletta is sticking with the top dog.
“My pick would be Kentucky," Paoletta said. "You never know though, because
Kansas, a number two seed, just lost.”
It seems that Kentucky is the
overall favorite to win. Some other
teams to keep an eye on are Wisconsin and Duke, as well as number one seeds Gonzaga and Arizona.
It is clear that this years tournament
has the entire campus buzzing. The televisions at WOW and the T.U.B. seldom
show anything other than tournament
games. Walking through the halls, it’s
suddenly common to hear shouts and
screams from the excitement of a late game
three pointer or a bad call by a referee.
March Madness is arguably the
most exciting post-season event in major sports. Even non-basketball fans
tune into the major networks to watch
the games. As the excitement continues, trash cans across the country will
fill with more shredded up brackets.
The Reality of
Fantasy
Matt Nystrom
Sports Writer
Doctors do it. Lawyers do it. Teachers do it. College kids study it. Magazines,
newspapers, TV shows and radio podcasts
dissect it. What is the common link here?
Fantasy
sports.
Nearly 40 million people in the United
States participate in the growing behemoth
each and every year. It went from fad to
phenomenon in a short period of time,
more similar to the way the internet took
off as opposed to the Furby burning out.
From football to golf, almost every
sport is now used as an arena for fictitious
general managers to battle for their league
championships. Speaking of GMs, just
a quick rundown of how a general fantasy sports league works: a dozen or so
people join together and draft their respective teams of players in the sport in which
they are drafting. Depending on the scoring system, players earn points or are measured by some type of metric and help the
team along throughout the season. The best
team at the end of the season is awarded
the championship which can be achieved
through a combination of both good gambling luck and knowledge, wherewithal and
attentiveness to assemble a solid squad both
on draft day and throughout the season.
Although some might discount the
fantasy industry as recreation, it has become one of the fastest growing entities in
the market. According to a Forbes study
in 2012, by 2017 the fantasy industry will
almost eclipse $2 billion. Forbes contributor Tom Van Riper discovered that
from 2007-2012 there had been a steady
12 percent growth in the fantasy industry.
To help garner this steady increase
in popularity, various media outlets have
invested heavily in fantasy entities such
as hiring sports writers to analyze fantasy and have them conduct TV shows
that help equip fantasy players with helpful knowledge so they can dominate their
leagues. ESPN, Yahoo and CBS Sports
are all popular outlets to host your league
and help make it easy to keep score and
keep track of your team. These venues also
have various talented writers and bloggers
who not only assist in roster questions, but
also bring a unique personality to fantasy.
Matthew Berry has become synonymous with fantasy football, and he brings
a witty yet sophisticated dynamic to fantasy sports that other people emulate. He
is considered to be one of the godfathers
of the industry and developed several web
sites specifically tailored for fantasy advice
and database. He sets the bar for the industry and, just as LeBron James promotes
the NBA, he promotes fantasy sports.
The most interesting aspect of fantasy
nowadays is the arrival of daily fantasy
sports (DFS). Two companies, FanDuel
and Draft Kings, have developed a system
for fantasy players to join big money tournaments with thousands of people each day
where winners are paid daily. FanDuel advertises that it has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars each year over the past few
years and has attracted mass appeal based
on the minimal entry fees. This bypasses
gambling laws because it is not considered
a game of chance, but rather a recreational
activity that takes a bit of skill. Nearly $70
million was invested into FanDuel from a
company development standpoint which
shows how popular DFS has become.
Some members have actually quit their
jobs and made a living off of DFS. One
man said, “I can definitely do this full
time, I’m only getting better every week.”
This is a scary aspect of fantasy sports
because people will become addicted to
daily leagues just like gambling at casinos.
Winning money from the daily leagues
is impressive, and I have played in some
different pools over the past few months
in both football and basketball, but it
does not satisfy me as much as regular
weekly fantasy leagues that contain some
close friends and last the whole season.
Daily leagues have been a catalyst
in the growth and even though it is immensely profitable, it does not offer the
same amount of nostalgia and camaraderie
that regular fantasy leagues offer. For me,
I will always love meeting up with ten of
my close friends every August, October
and March to draft our respective football, basketball and baseball fantasy teams
as we embark on a competitive season.
Fantasy is a way for work colleagues
to connect and unwind from the stresses of
the day in order to foster a more productive
and positive work environment, for old college buddies to stay connected for years to
come and for new friendships to be made
over your beverage and appetizer of choice
while you draft at your local Buffalo Wild
Wings. The incentives to get together with
close friends helps to give it such a positive connotation, so gather your boys (or
lady friends) and set up a league today!
Happy drafting!
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LIVING
the DREAM?
Mike Annarella
Sports Editor
$107,000 might sound like a
lot of money to the average American. Let’s face it: to a college student, it sounds like hitting the lotto.
But is $107,000 a fair salary to pay
the best female professional basketball
player in the world? I’d say no, and Diana Taurasi apparently feels the same.
For anyone who follows the game
of basketball, Taurasi is as talented
as she is tough. The California-native
has been a winner her entire career.
At the University of Connecticut, Taurasi was a three-time NCAA
champion, a two-time NCAA tournament MVP and was twice named
the NCAA Player of the Year.
With Team USA, she’s won three
Olympic gold medals and two World Cups.
In the WNBA, Taurasi has been
a three-time champion, a seven-time
All-Star, the 2009 regular-season MVP
and a two-time WNBA Finals MVP.
So isn’t it ironic that one of the
most accomplished Americans in
WNBA history would choose to forego
the 2015 season and live in Russia?
Maybe, but once you hear Taurasi’s
side of the story, it’s understandable.
Taurasi typically spends her
WNBA offseason playing basketball
in Russia’s Premier League. Her salary overseas is $1.5 million - approximately 15 times her WNBA salary.
This season, Taurasi’s Russian team offered to pay her more
money than her WNBA salary to
not play for the Phoenix Mercury.
Taurasi spoke to a "New York Times"
reporter last week and explained her de-
Springing
into action
Amanda Sloan
Sports Writer
With warm weather making its way back, flowers won’t be the only thing making an appearance
on the field. The baseball and softball teams took to
the diamond two weeks ago to start their seasons.
Softball enters this season with seven returners and
one senior, Ashley Smith. Coach Jan Reddinger and
the Lady Titans welcomed 10 first-years to their roster.
The Lady Titans made their way to the Sunshine
State over spring break to start their season and returned home with an overall record of 6-4. They are
8-4 after a two-game sweep over the Hiram Terriers.
Coach Tim Mulligan and the baseball team enter
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cision to sit out the 2015 WNBA season.
“It was a very personal choice. My
agent said it would be financially irresponsible not to do it,” Taurasi said. “And
you know, that’s very taboo for athletes.
It’s like, you’re an athlete—you shouldn’t
think about that. Oh really? I shouldn’t
think about when I’m 40 and can’t walk
‘cause my knees are busted? Who’s going to want to hire me in the business
world? I have no work experience. And
this is my profession. Why shouldn’t I
try to make the most money I can?”
I guess the bigger question, though,
is why can’t a woman like Taurasi live
the “American Dream” in America?
While Taurasi and other superstar
female athletes struggle to secure their
financial futures, male athletes continue to break the bank. For example,
the highest paid NBA player, Kobe Bryant, makes $23.5 million per season.
According to Forbes magazine, the
alarming trend of women being paid less
than men is especially drastic in professional sports. Soccer player Cristiano
their season with 21 returners and four first-years. The
seven seniors, Jake Haubrich, Jason Avery, John Jones,
James Shelby, Duncan Watt, Chase Whelan and Jared
Heck round out the roster. Sophomore catcher Kellen
Gursky is expecting big things out of his team this year.
“The expectations of this team are first to have
a winning season but we want to go beyond that,"
Gursky said. "We want to make conference tournament; once you’re there anything can happen.”
The Titans got to get out of the snow and into
the sunshine for spring break as they traveled to
Florida, where they came home with an overall record of 4-6. The Titans began their PAC play
this week against Saint Vincent, where they came
out triumphant, winning two out of three, giving
them an overall record of 8-7 and 2-1 in the PAC.
The men’s tennis team is back on the court this year
with a new coach; Chivas Whipple took on that role.
Six players made their way back this year with Mark
Andino and Mike Matisi rounding it out as the seniors.
The Titans welcomed three new first-years to the team.
Whipple and his team got out of the snow and
onto the beach as they headed to Hilton Head, South
Carolina for spring break. The outcome is not one
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Ronaldo, for example, makes 83 times
more money than Alex Morgan, the best
U.S. female soccer player, each year.
While I realize female sporting events
may not draw the fans (and therefore, the
revenue) of male sporting events—there
is still a level of inequality I can’t grasp.
Why can an oppressed country like
Russia appreciate the talent of Taurasi
and her peers, when America cannot?
Why does a country that pledges
“liberty and justice for all” continue to
undervalue women?
These are questions I may never be
able to answer.
Nonetheless, I respect Taurasi’s decision and hope she will one day receive
the respect (and pay) she deserves in this
country.
Mike is a senior public relations
major with a minor in media art
and design. He's a Pittsburgh Penguins media relations staff member.
they had hoped for, coming back with an overall
record of 0-3. They hope to turn that around with
their first match this Friday against Saint Vincent.
After not finishing the indoor season how he
planned, coach Tim McNeil hopes to get back on
track for the outdoor season. The men’s and women’s Track and Field teams enter this season with
eight seniors, Leah Domhoff, Alaura Hanssen, Jenny
Jones, Brittany Majors, Megan Romocean, Christian Friday, Justin Smith and Anthony Thomas.
The Titans fell just short last season at PAC’S, but junior Taran SifontesLavine believes this season will be different.
“The end of indoor was a bit disappointing for both
the men and women," Sifontes-Lavine said. "It kind
gave us a chip on our shoulder which makes us go even
harder at practice to get back to the top of the PAC.”
For spring break, the teams jumped on over
to South Carolina to compete in the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The men’s team finished there with
an overall record of 0-4 while the women went 0-5.
McNeil and the rest of the Titans will travel to
the College of Wooster this Saturday to compete.
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Baseball
The senior hit a walk-off single on
Sunday to lift the Titans past Penn
State Beaver, 4-3, in 10 innings of play.
The top athletic performance of the week
as selected by The Holcad Sports Editor,
Mike Annarella.
On Sunday, The Steelers
signed linebacker James Harrison to a two-year contract.
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Fey's Still Funny
Jordan Locke
A&E Writer
I miss “30 Rock.” I miss “30 Rock”
real bad.
I miss how expertly the show’s writers, episode after episode, were able to
walk such a fine line on countless polarizing issues like racism, feminism, and
politics with a deftness that was unlike
anything else out there. I miss the jokes
that were often so fast you needed to
watch the show with closed captioning.
I miss all the show’s unabashed silliness,
its love of strange names, (I’m looking at
you Dr. Spaceman) and all those weirdly
specific cultural references.
But I think most of all, I missed the
show’s creators Tiny Fay and Robert
Carlock. So when Netflix announced
that they picked up the distribution rights
for “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
from NBC, I was more than excited. Not
only was there the promise that I’d get
to see something that maybe possibly
resembled the genius of 30 Rock, but I
would get to watch all 12 episodes in one
shameless binging session.
The premise for the show sounded
solid enough: four women are trapped underground somewhere in the midwest as
part of a doomsday cult for 15 years before being rescued and brought to the nation’s attention who, through every possible media outlet, want to follow their
perilous journey back to assimilation into
2015 society. Even the show’s star, “The
Office’s” Ellie Kemper, sounded promising. But for some reason I didn’t take to
it as fast as I thought I would.
As interesting as the show’s premise
sounded at first, as I got a few episodes
I felt like it was one 90’s teen reference
away from becoming a front runner for
driest sitcom of the year. Kimmy would
marvel at how strange people dressed,
that “Friend’s” wasn’t on TV anymore,
and then there’s my cringing at all that
outdated teenage slang.
But the premise is even darker if you
remember that case in Ohio a few years
ago, the so called “Ariel Castro kidnappings,” in which a man kidnapped three
young girls and held them prisoner in his
home in Cleveland. It’s true, Kimmy is
often obnoxious and unbearable at times
but she’s also lovable and when you
consider what her character is based on,
there’s something very real in her story.
Of course her story isn’t exactly pulled
from the headlines; it’s the way Fey and
her team were able to take Kimmy and
her fellow abuductee’s trauma and poke
fun at it – like the mystery crank that
they feel strangely compelled to turn or
the imaginary toys they’re forced to play
with – playing them up in such a way that
they feel completely ridiculous but also
grounded in reality.
Though the show’s writers have
done a good job making Kimmy’s story
strangely believable, there’s also the
show’s strange and sometimes misguided
dealings with race, especially in the now
infamous subplot in which Jacqueline,
Kimmy’s out-of-touch billionaire boss,
is revealed to be a Native American who
chose to give up her family and heritage
completely to live as a white women in
New York City. Or when the character
Dong, who is a Vietnamese immigrant,
unexpectedly becomes Kimmy’s love
interest. Both storylines are thin at best
and at worse tiptoe on the brink of utterly
offensive.
Unlike Kimmy’s roommate Titus,
himself a gay black man who, on paper,
could be the most offensive stereotypical gay black man possible, Jacqueline
and Dong become instantly dry, cliched
stereotypes. Neither attack these stereotypes head on and play with them and
mock them, instead they go a them with
boring predictability. Those two missteps aside however, “Kimmy Schmidt”
is actually a very redeeming show and
gets a number of things right, including
a lot of fast-paced dialogue and a lot of
witty humor a la 30 Rock.
There’s definitely some obvious parallels to the show that preceded “Kimmy.” Of course, there’s the out-of-touch
Jack Donaghy-esq character in Jacqueline, whose relationship builds much in
the same way as Liz did with Jack. At
first the two seem soulless, unredeemable human beings at first only to find
that they can learn a thing or two about
relationships and life from their new
“proteges.” Titus is obviously the new
Jenna, while Lillian, the pair’s landlord,
fills (admirably) Tracy Jordan’s shoes
as an eccentric New Yorker who lived
through the 60’s and 70’s as the city tore
itself apart, always getting the most insane lines.
But maybe comparing the two
shows isn’t necessarily important. “Kimmy Schmidt” will never be “30 Rock”
and maybe that’s a good thing. I’ll admit I didn’t want to like it at first for the
show’s few stumbles, I kept going guiltily going back for more and more and I
believe this show has the makings to be
an exciting new series.
For Love of the Game
Haley Barger
A&E Editor
Baseball has always been a part of
my life, though in the past few years, my
interest has been put on the back burner
for the simple reason that I simply haven’t
had anyone to throw around with.
Before I came to college, I played in
several recreational leagues, as I had for
the vast majority of my childhood. Every
day, even when I wasn’t required to go to
practice, I would walk across the street
from my house, bat and glove in hand, to
practice hitting on my own. I loved – and
still do, the sound and feel of the cowhide
and cork thudding against wood.
A few weeks ago, two things called
all of my baseball memories back to me:
my grandfather, who once played in the
majors, died, and I saw for the first time
a remarkable 1989 movie called "Field of
Dreams.”
When I got the call from my cousin
saying that our grandfather had finally
passed, I was on a bus heading back from
New York City, and consequently, could
do little to nothing about the situation until I reached New Wilmington. Not wanting to think about the fact that I hadn’t
gotten to see him before he passed, I decided to sit back in my seat and do some
homework.
I am quite fortunate to be enrolled in
an independent study of screenwriting,
and so part of my homework was to watch
Phil Alden Robinson’s baseball-centric
dramatic comedy “Field of Dreams.”
Based on a novel of the same name by author Ray Kinsella, Robinson’s film stars
Kevin Costner as Ray, an Iowa farmer
and life-long baseball fanatic whose father had a stint in the minor leagues and
taught his son all that he knew about the
game. Shortly after the film’s exposition,
Ray hears a voice coming out from his
cornfield telling him, “If you build it, he
will come.”
Following a brief period of uncertainty, it is revealed that what the voice expects Ray to build is a professional-grade
baseball diamond, and, not wanting to
turn into a stale old man, he obliges, only
to find the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson
emerging from the corn, asking if he is
allowed to play on the field. Ray affords
him the opportunity to return to the field
each day, and soon enough, Shoeless Joe
brings along a number of other famous
players, all of whom foster a love of the
game within the Kinsella household.
Things do not stay peaceful for long
though, and soon enough Ray’s brotherin-law, a banker, informs Ray that he
will need to either get rid of the field
and replant his crops or be forced to sell
the farm. Ray refuses to sell, and begins
hearing the voice again, this time with a
new message, saying that Ray is to “Ease
his pain.” While Ray has no idea whose
pain he ought to be easing, he continues
on with his life of family, baseball, and
small-town living. After attending a PTA
meeting led by a woman who wishes to
ban the books of Ray’s wife’s favorite
writer, Terence Mann, Ray begins doing
research on the author.
In his search, he uncovers Mann’s
childhood love of baseball and journeys
many miles to meet him in person. When
Ray meets the highly embittered aging
author, he and Mann journey back to the
field and find that the bank is threatening to foreclose on the farm. The bankers
cannot see the baseball players as Ray, his
family and Mann do, and therefore see no
reason to allow Ray to keep the farm.
Just as the bankers are about to formally foreclose on the Kinsella farm,
Ray’s daughter Karin, (played by Gaby
Hoffman), says that if the field remains
intact, tourists will come from all over
the country and pay to watch baseball be
played there. Following a momentous series of events, the ghost of Ray’s father
appears from the corn, and the two share a
game of catch as Karin’s prediction comes
true and the farm is saved.
While I sat in my bus seat watching
the film, I had to try very hard to keep
myself from crying, for I saw myself in
Ray, and his family reminded me quite
strongly of my own. My father and grandfather both loved the game; one of the first
things that I remember ever learning how
to do was throw a baseball, and my father
taught it to me. He and my grandfather
would tell me stories about his time in the
major leagues, playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, and when I began playing
myself at the age of four, I felt both the
weight and majesty of joining a legacy (I
have always been over-thinker). My family was a baseball family, and if you watch
this film, yours may become one too.
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Jessie Klousnitzer
A&E Writer
With my broken aux cord and hatred
of commercial radio, I had to rely on my
old collection of CDs to get me back to
school after spring break. None of them
were more than seven years old, but each
one I tried had at least one track skipping.
This made me think back to my recent
purchase of a record player. I bought some
new records, and I inherited my parents’
collection. A 40-year-old Steve Miller
Band vinyl was the same quality as my
brand new Lana Del Rey.
Things were made better “back then.”
It is an arbitrary statement, but it is so ac-
curate. I don’t want to continue to beat the
point that vinyl is amazing. It is, but I am
sure that the motley crew of Arts and Entertainment has done its job in convincing
you of its superiority to digital. There is
another case where digital is under attack
by its antiquated predecessors: photography.
There is a small and growing number
of professional photographers experimenting with old fashioned film photography.
It is not just single lens reflex (SLR) cameras, or if you don’t know much about photography, the ones with large lenses and a
lot of settings. A lot of the innovative and
creative works are coming from simple
disposable cameras.
SLR cameras are great. I was given
my mother’s 30-year-old Nikon and had
the pleasure of hand-developing the film
from it in a dark room. The amount of
control you have over an image is amazing, but I love the element of surprise that
comes with using film. The excitement
that comes with getting photos developed
is one of the reasons why people are still
using film. The other reason is that many
times it has superior quality and a crispness
that can’t be captured with digital photography.
Lomography is a type of art photography that seeks mistakes, which some think
ruins photos. The best way to describe
it is the filters are built into the pictures.
“Lomo” cameras are usually cheaper plastic film cameras. The lenses are usually
made of plastic, and often cause the vignettes and altered hues seen in Lomography pictures.
I own a Lomography fisheye camera, and I love the “mistakes” it makes.
I don’t use my Lomo camera to actively
take pictures because a lot of times it will
ruin it. Instead, I use it to spontaneously
capture the world around, and the pictures
that get developed literally show my surroundings in a different light.
If you enjoy photography, you should
experiment with film. You don’t need any
fancy or expensive cameras; a disposable
camera will do just fine. There are a lot of
tutorials online about ways to experiment
with film cameras that are easy and fun.
The Flair of Mary Blair
Meredith Douthett
A&E Writer
Walt Disney World, colloquially
referred to as “The happiest place on
Earth!” evokes pleasant images of Cinderella’s castle, Epcot’s massive Spaceship Earth, balloons, parades, turkey legs
as big as a man’s forearm and giddy children and parents alike donning big round
mouse ears belonging to none other than
Mickey Mouse himself.
But suddenly you feel it.
A strange buzzing rousing quietly
in the back of your cerebellum, vibrating along your brain and through your
nerves like a magnitude 5 shockwave,
gaining momentum that causes the hair
on the back of your neck to stand on end,
even shooting sparks from your follicles
into the atmosphere. It flourishes, making itself known, louder and louder as if
the heavens themselves have split apart
to herald the cacophonous arrival of that
so wretchedly known melody, chiming
through the galaxy until it becomes visible redshift light.
The gravity of the chorus nearly pulverizing the very quantum particles holding your bones intact as you bellow out,
to the nearest person, “It’s a small world,
after all!” To which that person might say,
“Stop that, you’ll get that stuck in my
head.”
Despite the garish soundtrack, the
Small World ride is a marvelous sight to
behold. Crisp, geometric, patterns in lavish and rich colors beckon guests of Fantasyland into a true land of fantasy. The
interior features glittering cutouts and
splendid fabrications of all types of climates and cultures. The animatronic dolls,
all identical in facial expression, size, and
shape, portray gleeful children speaking
their native languages. Jungle animals of
every color traipse across the land as a
smiling sun warms the soul. As the guests
visit each room, the breathtaking amount
of visual detail can be just as overwhelm-
ing as the thematic jingle drowning out any
thoughts they may be having.
Who is responsible for the maddening
warehouse of whimsy that is such a Disney
World staple? Her name is Mary Blair, and
she is a genius.
Born Mary Robinson, Blair's distinctive watercolor works showcase her master grasp on color, creating depth in her
graphically-styled paintings. Each piece of
Blair’s work expertly tells a story through
heavy shapes representing multifaceted
characters with a life of their own.
“Beneath her deceptively simple style,
lies enormous visual sophistication and
craftsmanship in everything from color
choices to composition," John Canemaker
said in a short biography of Blair. "It would
be difficult for anyone not to enjoy the
witty, utterly charming art of Mary Blair, a
dazzling and prolific sorceress of color and
form. She saw the world in a fresh, new
way and brought a special childlike beauty and gaiety to the works of print, theme
parks and movies.”
Mary’s passion for her life and her
work resonate through a letter she wrote
to her husband, fellow painter Lee Blair,
in 1933.
“We are artists, dear, in love with art
and each other. We must make these loves
coincide and melt into a beautiful, happy
and rich life --- that is our future…. we’ll
live to be happy and paint to express our
happiness,” Blari wrote.
Every vibrant ounce of Blair’s talent
and charm comes to life in Small World,
saturating the viewer with an indescribable sense of unity and vigor. There are
so many carefully considered and lovingly constructed elements to Small World
that with every visit through each unique
room a new treasure is uncovered in the
trove of magnificently detailed magic.
In this world of laughter, this world of
tears, this world of hopes and this world
of fears, there’s really so much we share.
Blair made it apparent in her life and
her work so that we’re all aware: It’s a
small world, after all.
A Beach and a Book Recommendation
Kat St. Pierre
A&E Writer
For those of you who read my articles
earlier in the fall, you will know already
know about my last summer. For those of
you who do not read my article every week,
shame.
I cannot help but thinking about the
beach this week. I had my sixth amazing
summer at the beach. I have decided to
spend this upcoming summer in Pennsylvania because of several state exams and an
impending tonsillectomy, for which I am
extremely sad.
The first night I spent in North Carolina, I found a book under a cabinet. It was
slightly dusty and thin, but I picked up the
compilation of short stories titled “This
Was Supposed To Be Simple…” by Buchanan Moncure, an author from Charlotte,
NC. I spent the entire twilight at the beach
sobbing over how honest, genuine and relatable these stories are.
He examines relationships between
families, couples, dates and our own minds.
Each story fills the page with a complete
feeling of emptiness that somehow left me
feeling whole.
I sat on the beach reading page after
page, wondering if the author was behind me because of how well the short
stories captured my life. As my summer
went on and I became consumed in the
ocean’s happiness, these stories continued to fill the pages with emptiness; but
on the other hand, they left me feeling
empty because I could no longer relate
to them.
I took a break from this book until
last night. I felt the need to be inspired
and instantly thought of these short stories. I sit here still mourning last summer. I clearly remember and feel how
cold the sand was in mid-May while reading these for the first time.
I strongly recommend this book to
anyone that has suffered from any sort of
sadness or loss. Actually, I recommend
this to anyone who has known anyone
who has been sad or lost to understand
how raw emotion is. Moncure perfectly
changes feelings into words, which is a
difficult task. He is not afraid to display
raw emotions and uncomfortable situations, and for that I am incredibly grateful.
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HOROSCOPES
ARIES
There will be instances this week that feel like remembering a place you've never been. The dynamic is
eerie, but don't worry too much about it. No matter how long you ponder the nature of existence, you won't
(March 21-April 19). come up with definitive answers. You have better things to do with your time -- like enjoy it!
will get a more solid sense of your true potential when you stop judging yourself based on what you
TAURUS You
are good at or not so good at. Being good at something is beside the point. Instead, focus on progress. Are
(April 20-May 20). you getting better? How well are you doing compared to yesterday? Last week? Last year?
GEMINI
Many people work very hard to become financially successful, but it takes more than hard work to manifest
abundance. Congruence is the key. When all parts of your life are aligned in the same direction, that's when
(May 21-June 21). the real momentum will start to build. This week, pinpoint incongruence and root it out.
CANCER
You are developing quite a list of things you want to try. Just be aware that the experts often make things
look easy that have, in fact, taken long hours of hard work to perfect. Stop expecting yourself to get it right
(June 22-July 22). the first time. When you recognize bad choices in time to make better ones, give yourself credit for it.
LEO
You don't like to give your moods too much sway over your schedule because you prefer to make decisions
based on your overall vision of your life, not on the moment-to-moment minutiae of emotions. However, it's
(July 23-Aug. 22). wonderful when a string of good moods lifts you through the work of the latter week. It's like your heart
has wings.
VIRGO
You have limitations that you feel duty-bound to outgrow, and then there are limitations you are better
off respecting. Knowing the difference takes wisdom. You don't shy away from goals just because they will
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22). push you and you'll feel uncomfortable in the process. Deep down, you know what's worth doing.
LIBRA
In order to be creative, it helps to have a high tolerance for boredom. Many of the tasks necessary to become great in the arts and sciences are repetitive and require deep wells of patience. Also, boredom allows
(Sept. 23-Oct. 23). room for reflection. This week you'll discover and develop yourself by moving toward the stillness.
SCORPIO
Try not to make assumptions about people. Just because a person has something doesn't mean he or she
feels good about it, appreciates it or is even remotely confident in it. When you go forward with compas(Oct. 24-Nov. 21). sion, realizing that you have no idea how others feel, you will make connections and create understanding.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, 27 March
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Open Door Reflection (Chapel) - Sarah Ferguson (East
Liverpool, OH) Environmental Science
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM MEN'S TENNIS v.
SAINT VINCENT*
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM BSU 90's Party
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Movie in Mueller The Hobbit
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM Movie in Mueller Son of a Gun
Saturday, 28 March
Men's & Women's Track & Field @ The
College of Wooster
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Habitat for Humanity
Work Day
You have a starring role in someone's thoughts this week, and this person's casting of you may be a bit
unrealistic. Still, you can have fun stretching yourself into the part as long as it's not too far from who you
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21). want to be. The story gets more interesting when you make plans or take on a project with this person.
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Baseball @ Thomas
More (KY)*
CAPRICORN
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
AQUARIUS
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM SOFTBALL v. WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON* DH
SAGITTARIUS
Whatever it is you feel you lack, chances are you don't need it. Feeling successful isn't a result of having it
all. Confidence means getting comfortable with the potential for feeling hurt, embarrassed, rejected and at
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19). a loss. Growth happens when you accept that potential and go for the win anyway.
Handling criticism well requires maturity and perspective. If you're reading this, chances are you're a human being and thus, by nature, a fallible creature. When others point out what they think you did wrong and
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18). offer suggestions for improvement this week, it's a stellar opportunity to learn and grow.
PISCES
When you make productivity your goal, you may be cutting yourself off from the real pleasure inside this
week. The goal of being present (instead of productive) in the moment will result in shining, tender and
(Feb. 19-March 20). playful times. Concentrate on being instead of doing.
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THIS WEEK'S
BIRTHDAYS:
Oddly, happiness doesn't always make you feel like smiling. It comes in different forms this year. It has a
hoot-and-holler form, a tearful appreciation form, an overwhelming-waves-of-joy form and more. The best
part is that you recognize the wisdom in staying flexible and accepting happiness however it shows up.
Something you romanticized last year will come to fruition in May. Travel as much as possible this year,
because the wisdom and opportunities you gain on the road will be invaluable.
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Movie in Mueller Son of a Gun
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM Movie in Mueller The Hobbitt
Sunday, 29 March
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Baseball @ Thomas
More (KY)*
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Westminster College
Studio Oboe Recital
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Movie in Mueller Son of a Gun
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Westmisnter College
Percussion Ensemble Recital
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Open Door Worship Palm Sunday
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Movie in Mueller The Hobbit
Monday, 30 March
Meredith Douthett/The Holcad
CROSSWORD
SUDOKU
Answers for the crossword and sudoku
puzzles can be found on page B4
ACROSS
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1 Mil. address
4 Curl
9 Dance step
1 Foot part
2 Water sport
3 Gem
4 Boasted
5 Town in New Mexico
6 With it
7 Reward: arch.
8 Is determined
9 Mere
10 Opposite: prefix
11 Just average
13 Cheer up
15 ___ Loa
20 River in Belgium
21 Haul
24 Accumulate
25 Churchman
26 Another 27 Across
27 Is indisposed
28 Goddess of peace
29 Belgian marble
30 Little endings
32 Political division
33 Hustle
36 Has at
37 Portraysl
39 Askew: Scot.
40 Town on the Wabash
42 Cut up
43 With impudence
45 Put off
46 Discard
47 Hillside cave
48 Dramatist Coward
49 North: Fr.
50 Sporting mules
51 ___ the line
52 All: prefix
53 Network
12 Ring element
14 Rajah's wife
15 Single: prefix
16 Social group
17 Water mammal
18 Aardvark food
19 Movie house?
22 Town in Korea
23 Particle
24 Thrown
27 Another 57 Across
31 Senior
32 Kind of tie
34 Hair pad
35 Gulf of ___
36 Appendages
37 Depression
38 Bro or sis
39 Buenos ___
40 British money
41 Dipped in flour
43 Homes on the range
44 Plural suffix
45 Indira Gandhi's garment
46 Terpsichorean
teacher
54 Reed
55 Bareheaded
56 "Drink ___ . . ."
57 MacMurray or Waring
58 Fish
59 Forwarded
60 Thread: Fr.
61 ___ enough
62 Cube
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Open Door Reflection (Chapel) - Bryan Greig (Teal Rocks,
Newtonards, Northern Ireland) Business
Adminstration
11:40 AM - 2:00 PM Single and Triple
Room Draw
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Gospel Choir
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Westminster College
Faculty Jazz Quartet
Tuesday, 31 March
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM Faculty Meeting
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM SOFTBALL v. CHATHAM* DH
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Sweet Things Swipe+
Gourmet Desserts
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Chapel Staff Meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Second Chance Praise
Team Rehearsal
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Film Club Meeting
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Westminster College
Horn Ensemble Concert
Wednesday, 1 April
Residence Halls Close 10 p.m.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Drinko Center Poster
Preparation Assistance
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Stations of the
Cross
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Softball @ Case Western Reserve (OH) DH
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Men's Tennis @ Penn
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Christian Na, representing Sigma Kappa, applies eyeliner to create the dramatic effect that helped him own the stage. Na,
fitted in four-inch heels, danced his way to the title of Miss Titan 2015.
Stephen Bendig, representing Phi Kappa
Tau, became a diva with nothing but sass for
his competition.
John Marshall, representing Alpha Sigma Phi, glitters beneath a fresh
"snowfall" that was part of his act.
NEWS BITES
KAPPA DELTA SHAMROCK 5K
Join Kappa Delta on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 1PM at Westminster College for our 2nd Shamrock 5K Run benefitting Prevent
Child Abuse America and The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County.
FINE ART // MEDIA ART + DESIGN SENIOR
SHOWCASE
The art work of seniors Gabe Ferraro, Sarah O'Malley, Katie Pallone and Rebecca Treimer will be featured in Foster Art Galler from
April 6 - May 9, with an opening reception on Tuesday, April 7 at 6
pm. The show will remain open until commencement.
A-PHI-O TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE
Alpha Phi Omega will bring another blood drive to campus, arranging with Central Blood Bank to set up the drive on Apr. 9
from 12:30-5:30pm in the Berlin Lounge.
Members of the service organization will be TUB sitting before
Easter break as well as the week of the drive. People can also sign
up online by going to centralbloodbank.org and searching for the
drive.
Answering a series of questions allowed Phi Mu representative Brett
McElroy to display his personality.
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Outdoor Club takes
advantage of spring weather
Hannah Branscome
Staff Writer
The Outdoor Recreation Club is an
on-campus organization that promotes
outside activities and physical games. A
lot of students on campus remember the
Titan Traverse Club, but rather than having an organization that people thought
focused on rock climbing, it is open to
every outdoor activity one could imagine.
While many people on campus love
activities such as rock climbing, white
water rafting, hiking and camping, they
do not know about the club offered on
campus that provides all of these opportunities.
First-year club member and public
relations manager, Alina Clough, explains
more on this subject.
“Students haven’t been particularly
active in joining the club," Clough said.
"People think they have to stop doing the
activities they love when they come here,
because they think they aren’t accessible
here. People don’t know the climbing wall
is open. We have camping gear here at the
school, and nobody knows it is available.”
For the students involved, the club
benefits personal motives. Senior member
David Starr expresses the importance for
the individual.
“Outdoors is a great place to clear
your mind and to be active. It is important to appreciate nature and see a side of
yourself that you usually don’t when you
are constantly inside,” Starr said.
Nobody needs training in any of the
activities with the club. If a student finds
a spark of interest, they can join and learn
how to do each of the activities.
“Things are entry-level. You don’t
have to have a background in anything we
are doing," Clough said. "We have taught
people to do things they have never done
before. You have an opportunity to learn
about things and immerse yourself in experiences that are outside your comfort
zone.”
Most members of the club participate
in indoor competitive climbing, which
anyone can actively compete in as well.
When asked where they would like
to see the Outdoor Recreation Club head,
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Two members enjoy a warm day on Lake Britain.
the answer was the same for all members;
they want people’s interest in the club to
grow.
“I would like to see the club gain
more popularity through campus. We
have around 10 to 20 people, and to have
more students join us would be great,”
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Starr said.
Members of the Outdoor Recreation
Club want people to know that the resources many students love are available
on campus. The climbing wall has open
hours weekly and emails are sent on behalf of the club, informing all students of
Campus Ministry
enhances student spirituality
Troy Abbott
Features Editor
Something college students are no stranger to
is the phenomenon that can only be referred to as
procrastination.
Waiting until the last minute and working hard
to barely meet a deadline might not be the best recipe for quality work, but that doesn’t deter students
from doing it. Procrastination is a plague that is incredibly hard to avoid.
When mixing extra-curricular activities with
athletics on top of all your academic work, time becomes an issue. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing
there were a few more hours in the day.
I am a procrastinator with a capital "pro." The
art of procrastination (yes, it most certainly is an art)
is not simply learned, and to be able to produce quality work in a short amount of time right before a
deadline is surely something you’re born with.
Not to brag, but I’m really good at working under pressure, maybe even better than when I have a
lot of time. This is because of two things. One, I’m
forced to finish quickly so I focus better, and two, I
have to make the deadline so I’m obligated to get
started without distraction.
Technology has contributed to a lot of the procrastination in college. In a world where social media reigns supreme and you can access thousands of
websites through a little device in the palm of your
hand, distractions are everywhere. I get distracted
by a bird flying out my window, so getting work
done in a timely fashion is always a struggle.
Other times, though, it is simply not possible to
put off work. Capstone is the pinnacle example of
a time when you shouldn’t procrastinate. Speaking
from the experience of an English major, it is near
impossible to get all your work done the night before
it’s due. Capstone requires tons of research alongside good, analytical writing, and when I say good,
I mean it should be really good. Your graduation
weighs on the balance of how well you do on the big
senior project, after all.
The point of this column, and it’s something
I definitely need to realize and put into practice as
well (no matter how good I am at procrastinating),
is that it never hurts to take more time and work a
little longer on assignments. Don’t turn in your first
draft like I do most of the time; spend some time and
refine your writing or check over those homework
problems.
If you already do this and are able to work days
before the assignment is due, kudos to you. I’m
jealous. If you’re not that type of god-like person,
try setting aside some time to do just a little extra
on your assignments. Make sure you have the correct decimal place or the correct comma placement.
Your professors will love you for it.
Troy Abbott is a junior English major with a
minor in writing. He should probably get working on his capstone if he wants to graduate any
time soon.
Students join in fellowship in various groups on campus.
Thomas Kanyarusoke
Staff Writer
This college boasts more than a few groups,
clubs, organizations, societies and teams, so it
would be easy for any of them to get overshadowed by another. A group that should not be
overshadowed is Campus Ministry.
Campus Ministry is unique because it is
an umbrella term that includes several campus
groups with different audiences but an overlapping mission of growing or building a relationship with God.
“If my back hurts, I go see the chiropractor. He adjusts me and gets everything in alignment, and when things are in alignment I feel
pretty good. Faith opportunities on campus
(worship, fellowship groups or service) are all
about getting your life in alignment," Reverend
James Mohr said. "It’s about trying to figure
out the body, the mind and the soul.”
The college’s Campus Ministry communes
with students and creates opportunities for
worship. These groups include Fellowship of
Christian Athletes (FCA), Seekers, Newman
Club, Gospel Choir, the annual chapel drama,
Praise & Worship team as well as Bible studies
and small groups.
Newman Club, which meets on Wednesdays from 8-9 p.m. in the Maple Room of
McKelvey, is an organization for Catholic students to help them grow their faith in an environment that supports a Catholic identity on
campus. The group engages in social gatherings, retreats, prayer and fun.
Seekers is a group more akin to a youth
group type setting. The group meets on
Wednesdays from 9:15-10:15 p.m. in the Berlin Lounge. These meetings include praise
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singing, small group discussions, testimonies,
Bible study and even guest speakers.
“In Seekers, we play more games than the
other groups, and there is always some sort
of lesson that we try and incorporate into the
games,” junior Becky Weaver said.
FCA meets on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. in
the Maple Room of McKelvey. FCA engages
in weekly meetings and features talks by professional athletes, student athletes, coaches
and fans. The group also engages in open gym
nights and bonfires. FCA is open to athletes
and fans, so all are welcome.
“I love meeting new people, especially
those who are strong in their faith. I also love
mentoring people because I know how tough it
can be. I’m still going through the journey as
well so it’s cool to meet people who are on the
journey with you,” sophomore Britt Mavrich
said.
For students looking to serve others in
their journey with God, Campus Ministry features a Habitat for Humanity chapter. Habitat
meets biweekly on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. in
Mueller Theater. Students will get an opportunity to partake in local workdays on Saturdays
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., projects over Spring Break
and more. Habitat for Humanity is the only
campus ministry group that costs anything, but
the $25 fee for the whole year pays for transportation to and from worksites, lunches and
a t-shirt. Students who want to join during the
spring semester pay $10-15 and can still get a
t-shirt if there are some leftover.
There is no shortage of faith opportunities
on campus. For more information on the various groups and organizations, visit the Office
of Faith and Spirituality on the second floor of
the TUB.
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Westminster Through Time
Book Showcases History of College
Annaliese Speck
Staff Writer
Director of the Graduate School, Dr.
Robert Zorn, recently published a book,
"Westminster College through Time."
The book explores the history of
Mother Fair through the comparison
of photos taken over 50 years ago with
modern photos.
Zorn is a Westminster graduate and
has been working in the graduate program for several years. Familiar with
publishing, Zorn has written 14 books
that have focused on the history of a particular place.
However, the idea for this book happened when a company approached Zorn
directly about writing another local history book on the history of Poland, OH.
Zorn refused, due to the fact that he had
already published several on the same
subject. Instead, he convinced the company to let him write about Mother Fair
and to give all of the proceeds to the
Alumni Association.
“The purpose is to tell a story of the
college through time, through 150 years,
so let’s try and walk them through and
show them that it’s a story of the college
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and how it has evolved,” Zorn said.
In 2013, Zorn received the go-ahead
confirmation he needed to start. In 2014,
he began researching and compiling the
book together. On Mar. 9, 2015, “Westminster College through Time” appeared
in full print.
While relating a little of his experience while doing the research, Zorn
agreed that the time spent on the topic was
extensive. He spent hours upon hours in
the library searching through old photos,
deciding which ones would be used.
His main focus was on picking
events, places and traditions that have
stuck with the college throughout the
ages. His granddaughter came along and
found the places where the pictures were
taken. She would then find the places the
pictures were taken and recreate them. Afterwards, Zorn put the pictures together,
added captions and put his final touches
on everything.
Unlike the past four books that have
been published about Mother Fair, this
is the first one to take a “then and now”
pictorial approach. Thus he is showing
the college in a whole new light. Zorn
also agreed that he found lots of tradition
rooted in the college.
“When you dig through a topic you
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Dr. Robert Zorn is a Westminster graduate and
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get a sense, a flavor, and Westminster has
a lot of tradition, a lot of history and a
lot of feeling by alumni and students of
caring for their Mother Fair,” Zorn said.
“There is some of that strong feeling when
you go through and that’s what I was try-
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One can find and purchase this book
at Barnes and Noble, online on Amazon
or at the campus bookstore.
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We intend to print anonymous comments from people of the Westminster College community so that they have a voice in the paper, but we
have defined criteria for which submissions will be printed.
So what are we looking for?
We want:
• compliments & complaints
• appropriate humor
• feedback on the college
• thoughtful commentary relating to events inside and outside "the
bubble."
The Sixth Sense
M. Night Shyamalan
Shyamalan's big time movie showcases the creepiness of innocence. Cole (played by Haley
Joel Osment) has the innate ability to see the dead. Although, the ghosts he sees don't actually
know they're dead, and Cole helps put them to rest. Starring big names such as Bruce Willis
and Toni Collette, this classic film is worth the revisit.
Have any suggestions for Of The Week?
Know a song, book or film that deserves the spotlight?
Send your suggestions to Troy Abbott at [email protected] All photos are contributed.