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The Holcad’s senior sendoff
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WC’s got talent
By Allie Addoms
Staff Writer
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Senior Will Armentrout receives his honors medallion from President Dorman during Honors Convocation.
Students honored for academic accomplishment
By Morgan Smith
Staff Writer
Six women and four men
from the first cohort of students
in the new, four-year All-College
Honors Program finished their
theses and will graduate in May.
These 10 students entered the
All-College Honors Program at
its inception four years ago. They
have done their research and defended their theses and are now
done with the entire program.
“I feel privileged to be a part
of the first cohort to graduate in
the honors program,” honors student Casey Schmidt said. “All of
the senior members have put
forth so much time and effort
into our projects and it's really
exciting to see our hard work pay
According to Dr. Kang Na, the
Honors Moderator, students can
only enter the All-College Honor
Program before or during their
freshman year of college. In order to be eligible to apply after
high school graduation, a student
must have a 3.7 GPA and a 1300
SAT or 27 ACT. Na said that the
student comes to the college,
goes through an interview and
writes an essay to be accepted
into the program.
Michael Gorman, honors student and Omicron Kappa Sigma
president, stated that a student
can also enter the honors program in the spring semester of
their freshman year. He said
they must meet the GPA requirement of 3.7 and receive good recommendations from all of their
professors from the fall semester.
The students still need to go
through the interview process
and write an essay.
Na explained that the honors
program accepts 20 students per
class. Only 15 students are accepted before their freshman
year, leaving five spots open to
those incoming students who
meet the criteria and can apply
during the spring semester. Na
said that in order to stay in the
honors program, students must
keep up their academic eligibility
with at least a 3.5 GPA.
“It’s one of the toughest, most
rigorous criteria we have to get
in, and stay in, the honors program,” Na said.
After entering the honors program, the students all have to
complete certain courses. According to Na, those who enter
before college must take Honors
“Upon entering the program
the student must complete an
honors version of the Inquiry and
Writing courses, three Honors
Designated Elective Courses, an
Honors Seminar Course and 814 credits of Honors Research,”
Gorman said.
A few of the honors students
have had trouble scheduling
these specific courses. Honors
student Schmidt admitted that
she had difficulty when scheduling because many of the honors
courses overlapped with her labs.
“Scheduling was especially
difficult because it adds a whole
other element on top of major requirements, minor requirements
and Westminster requirements,”
honors student Jennifer Edder
Na stated that the honors program is a fledgling program and
that they are still making adjustments to the program as time
goes on. However, even with
some difficulties of being the first
cohort of students to go through
the All-College Honors Program,
the students were able to finish
their projects.
Edder explained that the project consists of an original topic
and thesis, year-long research, a
proposal, a draft, a formal defense in front of the honors board
and the final submission of the
According to Na, during the
fall semester of sophomore year,
the students pick their topic, advisor and honors board. The honors board consists of the advisor
and two or three other members;
one of them has to be outside of
the student’s discipline.
Na stated that the students
must submit their proposals by
April 15 of their junior year and
they defend their thesis in front
of their honors board in March of
their senior year. The advisor
and honors board follow the student through their entire project.
“I am thankful to the long
hours that many professors have
generously given to this program,
seeking nothing in return,” Gorman said.
Not only do the honors students produce a project, they
have a more social aspect of the
honors program through Omicron Kappa Sigma (OKS).
“Omicron Kappa Sigma is the
social group attached to Westminster's All-College Honors Program,” Gorman said. “Its basic
charge is to facilitate an atmosphere that values knowledge as
well as friendship in an attempt
to turn the honors program into
much more than a few extra
classes and a longer senior thesis.”
Na said that OKS is more of
the social networking group of
the honors program. It allows
the students to bond and have
more experiences outside of the
Edder explained that OKS
supports many activities such as
‘Musings at Mugsies,” which is
where the students gather at
Mugsies and talk about current
issues. OKS also goes out to eat
at different foreign food restaurants which they call ‘Eating Outside the Bun.’
According to Gorman, OKS
also holds philanthropy events
which help to support “Hands for
Haiti.” The organization also
holds regular meetings and study
“I am sad, but gratified and
pleased with the work, research
and perseverance on the students’ part,” Na said.
“The Honors Program was a
struggle, but I have absolutely no
regrets about my decision to stick
with it. I know that I am better
for it. I am definitely confident
about my academic abilities as I
graduate from the program,” Edder said.
Westminster’s Got Talent, sponsored by Phi Mu, featured some of
the campuses talented students
competing for the title and ultimate prize package.
The event took place on April
25 at 8:15 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.
All proceeds benefited the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
which provide support for over 170
children’s hospitals in North America.
The CMNH is Phi Mu’s philanthropy, with special focus on the
Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
The event was hosted by Margaret Box, Sarah Waszyn and Assunta Goretsky.
Jessica Cromer is the philanthropy chair for Phi Mu. She explained that this was the first year
for the event, but they hope to
make it an annual spring event.
Cromer said her philanthropy
committee and herself thought of
the idea.
Cromer expressed her thoughts
on the acts, saying that they were
all great.
“I thought that all the acts were
great and everyone did a great job
and were very creative,” Cromer
said. “Although the juggling was
pretty creative and exciting in my
Each contestant was given up to
seven minutes to perform. Acts
ranged from singing to comedy to
There were a total of six acts at
the show.
“I sent an email asking for volunteers and the contestants responded,” Cromer said. “I did not
hold auditions but I did require
that my committee approves their
talent before we put them on the
The show opened with junior
Andria Alessio from Sigma Kappa,
who sang as well as Kristen Basista representing Zeta Tau Alpha.
From there the show included a
juggling and guitar act, a solo musician/guitar act, a comedy act, and
a band.
The judged included three of
Phi Mu’s phi guys including Milt
Constantine, Ryan Nicklas and Andrew Scott Miller.
“They were chosen because I
knew that would be entertaining
and fair when judging the contestants,” Cromer said. “I told them
they were allowed to make [nice
or constructive] comments as long
as they kept it clean.”
Box further explained about the
“They had asked ahead of time
if they could mimic or emulate
America's Got Talent judges and I
think the first few rounds, Ryan really got the feel of being Simon
Cowell,” Box said. “By the end of
the night, I think all the boys just
decided to be more of themselves
and give constructive criticism. Regardless, all of the contestants
were really talented and did a fantastic job!”
The contestants were judged on
creativity, showmanship, originality, audience reaction, overall performance.
The winner of the event was
Evan Patterson who represented
Sigma Phi Epsilon. His talent was
Patterson received the grand
prize package which included a
Sheetz gift card and other various
prizes donated by local businesses.
“It was really exciting seeing
Evan juggle; it's not often you see a
talent like that,” Box explained.
“And Aaron on guitar was a great
addition to make the act even
more interesting. The won a few
gift cards to local restaurants, just
in time for the end of the spring semester when Titan dollars are getting a little low.”
Junior Katie Grandy was in the
audience and enjoyed all of the
“Westminster has so many talented people,” Grandy said. “I’m
just glad I got to go out and see it
in action.”
Cromer said she enjoyed holding the event and wants everyone
to start practicing for next year.
“I’d like to thank everyone who
came out to support the talent we
have on campus and help raise
money for CMNH,” Box said. “It's
always appreciated.”
Fraternity protests sexual assault
By Allison McKinney
Staff Writer
On Tues. April 24, Theta Chi
fraternity hosted their annual
event, “Take Back the Night,” for
the seventh time on campus to
help promote awareness of and
prevent the occurrence of sexual
This event hosts a variety of
different activities that attendees
can participate in. From a selfdefense course taught by sophomore Jake Brown, a speaker
from the Lawrence County Crisis Shelter, and a candlelight vigil on the quad, the theme of the
event is overall one that holds
great importance to many of
those who attend. Whether they
themselves were victims, most
people on campus are connect-
ed to someone who has experienced sexual assault, whether
they know it or not. Every two
minutes, someone in the U.S. is
sexually assaulted—a sobering
Starting with the self-defense
course, Brown covered techniques geared toward women to
help them protect themselves.
These moves were meant to
help avoid a potential attacker
and even fight them off if
women find themselves in a difficult situation while alone.
Having skills such as these are
important—people may think
that these types of attacks
wouldn’t happen in a small
town, but that type of naivety
won’t help women if they find
themselves face to face with an
attacker one night.
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“To me, Take Back the Night
means just raising the awareness that rape and sexual assault can happen, even here,” junior and Theta Chi philanthropy
chair Tim Skero said. “It's about
remembering those who lives
are affected by sexual assault
and supporting other students
who have loved ones affected by
The speaker from the
Lawrence County Crisis Shelter
wanted to create a sense of
awareness and understanding
for those in attendance. The
speaker discussed the effects
that rape can have on its victims,
as well as ways to prevent rape
from happening. It was emphasized that creating awareness is
crucial, even in small towns
were occurrences like rape and
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sexual assault aren’t often talked
about, such as New Wilmington.
There are many statistics regarding rape and sexual assault
that go unknown to people. For
instance, approximately twothirds of assaults are committed
by someone known to the victim, and thirty-eight percent of
rapists are a friend or acquaintance of the victim. Over half of
all sexual assaults are not reported to the police, often times
because of these reasons. It is
important to create an atmosphere that allows victims to feel
as though they can report these
assaults, and awareness is the
first step to creating a place such
as that.
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The Holcad — Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.
May 4, 2012
By Derek Lynch
Based on a true story...
Any regrets?
Pat Sylves
Lookin good, Scrawl!
I’m gonna miss a certain
someone who’s graduating.
Remember when the cable
didn’t go off when the fire
alarm did? Yeah, neither can
Miltiadis Constantine
This is it; my final lead for my
Can we start some kind of pefinal
column. It wasn’t until this
tition to get the radio turned
that I gained a new appreoff (or turned down) in the
for the meaning of finals
week. It’s more than a conglomerate of exams and presentations.
Last chance to complain
about the 1-ply toilet paper! For the class of 2012, finals week
is exactly what it sounds like: a
week full of final moments as TiMore news in the school
tan students.
newspaper, please.
We have noted our final lectures,
passed our final exams, eatMore newsworthy stuff on
final TUB tasters, attendcampus please!
ed our final meetings,
How about those new paper participated in our final events,
and are about to take our final
towel dispensers?
walk across the senior terrace of
Old Main. This finals week, howOh I like that, it tastes like
ever, is not an ending. It’s called
wood generally.
commencement because it’s a
new beginning. After our high
Something funny.
school graduations, we shared
our first experience together as a
He bit me!
class with our summer reading
Cats and dogs in the lounge The Girls by Lori Lansens. Our
summer reading program was
appropriately titled “The Next
None of these tubes contain Chapter.” After four, five, or for
some of us three years, this week
any organisms.
of finals is merely the transition
Find somebody else to take to the next chapter of lives.
Over the course of the year, I
photos. I’m done.
admit there were times I felt like
Muffins. Nobody likes the bot- I had little left to say. I’ve published over 15,000 words in this
toms. Only the tops.
column, yet today there isn’t
There were some sad peanut enough space in this entire newsbutter and jelly sandwiches in paper to describe the feelings
and emotions I wish to express. I
the TUB today.
left you last week after sharing
He’s a greasemonkey I would my personal path before I entered the Westminster Way. This
week, I will leave Westminster
I’m beyond asking.
Sobriety can be amusing. Occasionally.
I’ve become disenchanted
with Westminster. It’s like
when you’re at Disney World
and see Winnie the Pooh with
his head off.
Did I mention that cats and
dogs are here today?
Spider-man is mine!
Avengers assemble!
Your sass is undeniable
Business casual wear in the
club room from now on!
If you don’t hate this place by
the time you graduate, you
did something wrong.
ant to Rant &
Rave? Email
with RNR as the subject.
Note: Rants and
raves appear unedited
watched, every comedian I
laughed with, and for the Gateway Clipper.
Thank you Holcad for bringing me on as a writer and putting
up with my column’s tardiness.
Thank you brothers of Alpha Sigma Phi for being the best brotherhood I could have hoped to
join. Thank you friends (you
know who you are) for being
there for me through my ups and
downs each of the past eight semesters. And finally, thank you
readers. Thank you for putting
up with my tangents, reading my
opinions, and providing me with
much-valued feedback. Without
you, this paper would cease to exist.
Remember, most of us enrolled at this school in pursuit of
a diploma. In the end, it is nothing more than a piece of paper.
Pat is a senior public relaWhat we will have truly earned
major and broadcast
on commencement day is so
communications minor. He’s
much more powerful. We have
each emerged with the values of
legitimately happy with the
a Westminster Titan. We will face
quality of this year’s Holcad,
greater challenges much larger
and will leave campus with no
than soggy French-fries and inadregrets for this publication.
equate toilet paper. Our lives will
experience greater chaos and cacophony. However, we are now
prepared to face any obstacle that
lies ahead.
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We have been taught how to
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now sealed in a history that started in 1852. It’s called the West- Editor-in-Chief
Pat Sylves
minster Story, and it is Glorious,
Managing Editor
Brendan Moulton
Grand, and True.
Thanks for reading!
News Editor
Courtney Crown
The Holcad
Miltiadas Constantine is a senior public relations and political
science double major. He plans
to attend graduate school for religious studies before pursuing a
PhD in international politics.
Open letter to the seniors on The Holcad staff
Delores Natale
Faculty Advisor
I’ve used up all the funny...
prepared and protected for the
future to come.
I will look back on my undergraduate experience with warm
feeling. It’s passed us faster than
the blink of an eye but its impact
will last a lifetime. Sure, we’ve all
had plenty to complain about.
Life is as imperfect as the soggy
French-fries and 1-ply toilet you’ll
find here. Despite the meaningless complaints, I have so many
people to thank for the past four
years. If you remember back in
November, I wrote a column
about being thankful in which I
pledged to thank everyone who
has impacted my life. I still
haven’t accomplished that feat so
I will take some space in my final
column to thank you now.
Thank you Admissions Team,
for accepting my application and
permitting me to enroll. Thank
you public relations department
for teaching me how to write, research, adapt, implement, strategize, and evaluate. Thank you political science department for
teaching me to think critically,
analyze, philosophize, debate,
and form interest in further
schooling. Thank you studyabroad office for giving me my
most treasured experience
through the Westminster in London program.
Thank you Westminster staff
for preparing my food, maintaining the grounds, cleaning my
bathrooms, and healing my ailments. Thank you administration
for leading this institution, for being approachable, and for solving
student dilemmas. Thank you
chapel office for being so openminded and sensitive to other expressions of faith. Thank you athletic department for creating
Titan pride, winning PAC championships, providing entertainment, and employing my workstudy position. Thank you
student government for your
dedicated service to the student
body and for volleyrock. Thank
you CPC for every movie I
This has been a year of great
experiences for me. As I read
each week’s edition of The Holcad, I am filled with pride at the
variety of stories we cover: campus activities, sports, film reviews,
editorials, and features, to name
a few.
I would like to thank our editors for their hard work, particularly the editor-in-chief Pat
Sylves. Working for The Holcad
as EIC is more than an exercise
in journalism and free speech, it
is an experiential exercise in
managing people. I am so proud
of the way Pat has handled this
tremendous responsibility.
As a journalism teacher and
Holcad adviser, when I read
“hard news” articles in our student paper, I first appraise the
technical basics: AP style, grammar and sentence construction,
and the five W’s in the lead. Next,
I look at the content. Did the
writer use interesting quotes,
conduct enough research, and
maintain objectivity? Finally, I
often re-read the articles for their
ability to capture and hold the interest of our publics. By contrast,
the emphasis on reviewing fea-
tures, editorials and opinion
pieces is less about technique
and more about relevance and
connecting with the reader.
A highlight of this year was
the College Media Association
conference in Orlando, Fla. which
I attended with seniors Pat Sylves
and Sam Killmeyer. While I was
able to network with other advisers and learn from their experiences, the real highlight was seeing Pat’s excitement over the
workshops he attended and the
educational benefit of those sessions. As many of you know, Pat
came back from Orlando with renewed energy and countless
ideas for improving our paper.
He implemented many changes
upon his return, from design elements to feature stories, and I believe the campus benefitted
greatly from his enthusiasm.
This year has not been without controversy and difficulty, including some events that occurred on campus while we were
in Orlando. Every Monday, Pat
meets with his staff and every
Wednesday, we meet to discuss
the previous week’s edition, plus
any other issues we need to address. Often, the issues are related to staff management, quality
Do I have any regrets? Not
really. This position provided
me with an opportunity to
shape and influence a prominent campus publication: a
chance I never thought I
would have. I remember working as a staff writer for The
Holcad, never even dreaming
of working on the editorial
staff, much less serving as Editor-In-Chief.
But, it somehow happened.
I mustered up the courage to
question Olivia Sweeney (our
about the position, and ended
up applying for it. Why not, I
asked myself? If I got rejected,
so what. At least I gave it a
Somehow, someway, I
proved myself to the Student
Publications Board and ended
up as the 2011-2012 head Holcad honcho. I literally shook
with excitement upon receiving the SPB decision. No one
had ever placed me in charge
of such a prestigious organization. It scared me.
So, I spent the summer
preparing. Trying to organize
everything I needed for my
staff, as well as setting up
training dates and budget information. Scary stuff. But
somehow, it seemed to work
Somehow, we came together in the beginning of September and put together an edition of The Holcad. Was it
intimidating? Hell yes. I left
the office exhausted, both
mentally and physically, after
publishing the first edition.
Yet, it was a sense of accomplishment. A feeling I’ve felt
after every edition, no matter
what readers have responded
with. We have not published a
single edition which I’ve been
ashamed of; I’ve walked out of
the office every evening with
pride in both my staff and tomorrow’s paper.
Now, it all comes to a close.
It came out of nowhere. I’ll
miss The Holcad. Despite controversy and public outcry, I
think we’ve had an amazing
Major changes in both topicality and layout occurred during my tenure, both of which
I’m proud of. Yet, the paper
now enters the stewardship of
someone else. Miss Hannah
Paczkowski will take the reins
of Editor-In-Chief for the 20122013 Holcad.
I have absolutely no doubt
in Hannah’s capabilities. She’ll
take on a challenge of new
staff and new software, but
she’s more than competent.
This newspaper is her project
now; my time has come to an
Yet, The Holcad will always
hold a special place in my
heart. I’ll look back fondly as
an alumnus student and remember the time spent crafting a weekly collection of
news for students.
I’ll remember the complaints and compliments
which drove me to look at
every week as a new challenge. I’ll remember the people who pushed me to work
harder and believed in me. I’ll
remember the helpful words
passed down to me by my advisor, Mrs. Natale, every week.
And most of all, I’ll remember
the pride I felt in seeing the
campus community reading
The Holcad every week.
Enjoy the edition. Thanks
for the opportunities: I hope
you enjoyed the ride as much
as I did.
of stories submitted, and failure
of writers to meet deadlines. In
addition, topics related to the
budget and to advertising often
arise in our meetings. We were
very fortunate this year to have
Milt Constantine as our business
manager and Sean Schachner as
the advertising manager. They
each created a system for their
particular area of responsibility
that can be used by future managers in those positions.
Most importantly, the we try
diligently to follow the Code of
Ethics of The Society of Professional Journalists. The highlights
of the code are listed below:
Seek truth and report it
Minimize harm
Act independently
Be accountable
In closing, it was a pleasure to
be a part of this year’s Holcad
and to become better acquainted
with our wonderful staff. The
newspaper has received numerous notes and expressions of
thanks from faculty and staff,
and praise from students. We
have also received laudatory emails from two previous editorsin-chief who are each in the publishing business. Who could ask
for more?
Layout Editor
Kelly Gould
Photography Editor
James Bonetti
Public Relations Coordinator
Caroline Lippl
Sports Editor
Nate Horgan
Sports Writers
Liam Halferty,
Bradford Arick, Reuben King, Emily Kompare,
Eric Shumaker, Tara Ott
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Addie Domske
Arts & Entertainment Writers
Laura Milanak,
Rose Selby, Melissa Williams,Travis Kellar
Features Editor
Sam Killmeyer
Copy Editors
Katie Ellison, Kathryn Merolla,
Emily Pitzer, Dan Stephenson,
Kristina Scanlan, Leanna Julian
Staff Writers
Melissa Dubrawka,
Hannah Paczkowski, Morgan Smith, Britt
Stock, Allison McKinney,
Allie Addoms
Miltiadis Constantine,
Katie Ellison, Nicole Crumbacher,
Alexandra Pasquarelli, Bryce Beeghly,
Kara Knickerbocker
Laura Milanak, Alyssa Hanna,
Megan Salinetro, Harry Bittle
Operations Manager
Casey Kennedy
Advertising Manager
Sean Schachner
Distribution Manager
Mike Gorman
Business Manager
Faculty Adviser
Miltiadis Constantine
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The Holcad — Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.
May 4, 2012
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Let’s live up to the Responsibility
Sam Killmeyer
Features Editor
Two weeks until I don those
ridiculous black robes and I can
feel the graduation goggles begin
to slide down my forehead onto
my eyes…graduation goggles,
that nostalgic feeling one has
about a time or someone in their
life when it is about to end. I’m
stealing the reference from “How
I Met Your Mother,” but the point
is that we’re all susceptible to the
misleading goggles, they’re like
beer goggles, bridesmaid goggles, breakup goggles…and you
can’t really trust any of them.
I keep trying to pull my graduation goggles off, throw them in
the trash, and look to the future
with clear eyes. Towards the reality of a graduate school community that is coming into focus and
an escape from the place we so
lovingly call the Westminster
But I can’t seem to just throw
off the melancholy that comes
from realizing that an important
chapter of my life is about to
I remember arriving here four
years ago incredibly grateful for
the community that held my
hand through the transition from
my parents’ home to dorm room
and offered friendly smiles and
hugs along the way. Although I
think most of us sighed through
fresh start, or tried to skip it,
there’s definitely something special about how the community
welcomes each and every new
student, makes them feel important, needed, and special.
Freshman year was challenging in so many ways—I discovered how terrible I am at living
with women (three brothers will
do that to you). I discovered late
classes and how people act when
they’re inebriated. Met the ice
cream bar in the café and fell in
love with college literature courses. I was introduced to the hours
after midnight, sorority chants,
and fraternity houses.
In short, I shoved the traditional college experience into my
first year and came out deciding
that I really am an old person
who likes to read, listen to folk
music, and see a maximum of
about five people at one time.
The experiences the graduation goggles keep forcing me to
see in sepia tones with “I Will Remember You” playing in the
background exist in some secluded spot not recorded by Facebook photos or the stories told
too many times. They’re the moments curled in my favorite library study room, tiny Brown
door room, old apartment with
bowing floors and leaking radiators. The moments spent in stairways and TUB booths talking
about everything and nothing
with people you’re learning to
I coasted through sophomore
and junior year writing papers
and poems, loving my friends
and community, succeeding in all
the ways that make parents happy and proud. I think if I could
somehow take a snapshot of myself somewhere in the spring of
sophomore year I could be that
perfect poster child for the college
experience and Westminster Way.
And I thought at the start of
this year I would continue in
much the same way, perhaps
with a bit more stress over finishing my capstone and completing
student teaching, but generally
smooth sailing until walking
across the senior terrace.
I’m not sure what other members of my graduating class think
about their year in retrospect, but
I can honestly say that I have had
a year that I never would have
imagined or expected or thought
I could make it through.
The kind that both makes you
want to destroy graduation goggles and pull them tight over
your corneas.
I was challenged in ways that
made me think about who I am,
what I stand for, and what I want
to do with the rest of my life.
I have always wanted to be a
writer, since about the second
grade or so when I wrote and illustrated what I thought to be an
incredible picture book about an
alien and his planetary exploits.
What I learned this year is that
words, especially when they go
beyond the campus audience,
my family, and my professors
and friends, have immense power.
As an avid book worm, I always instinctively knew this, but
I was taught this year that it is
not only my favorite poets and
novelists who possess such power. But anyone can wield the
power of words—even little me
with my small platform of
SCRAWL Days and a student
When I write, I write mostly
for myself. And maybe sometimes imagine that some small
audience of people who love me
are reading and taking something from my words.
But once words are out there,
you have absolutely no control as
to how someone will interpret
them, take them into their lives,
love or hate the writer.
And that’s precisely the power
of it all.
What I love about writing is
the craft—the way in which I
process my life through what I
While some have the gift of
being able to argue clearly and
persuasively in person, I usually
always find myself without the
right words when confronted
with an emotional or important
situation. I fumble, flounder, and
return to my desk to write what I
really wanted to say.
But writing this way puts a
distance between the writer and
the eventual reader that allows
for poorly chosen words, for unintentional interpretations.
I have this tightness in my
chest, this weight between my
ribs, where all the words I have
taken in and all the words that I
need to say are being held.
However narcissistic, I know I
have a lot to say. And the beautiful thing is, most of the words are
beyond the touch of graduation
So here’s to reaching forward,
here’s to discovering what needs
to be said, and here’s to learning
to how to choose those words
that will define our lives. It’s our
true vocation.
Let’s hope that we can live up
to the responsibility.
Thanks for reading.
Sam Killmeyer is a senior
English major, secondary education minor. Thank you
Westminster for teaching me
that being responsible is
messy, difficult work and for
giving me a loving community that has helped me grow
in ways I never expected.
Making your coffee an experience
Kelly Gould
Layout Editor
When I imagine enjoying a
cup of coffee, I see myself sitting
on my back porch looking out
over the lake. My mug whispers
to the wind as I pull it closer to
my lips. At first, the sharp dark
liquid stings my lips, but slowly
slides down my throat. Each sip
dances my mouth, sending it to
places like Kenya, Italy, or Columbia. Unfortunately, this is not
the case for most Americans.
Most people spend long minutes waiting in a line. With a
phone to their ear and an American Express in their hand, customers spout off their order:
“triple grande half-caf, skinny, extra caramel-caramel macchiato
with whipped crème.”
After spending an exorbitant
amount for their sweet drug, customers wait impatiently at the
other end of the counter. The
weary caffeine-deprived workers
behind the counter look like an-
gry race horses as they run from
one end of the counter to the other. Pouring, steaming, shouting,
the baristas seem to be sprinting
as opposed to carefully crafting a
cup of coffee.
Starbucks is one of the largest
companies in the world. Starting
as a small shop in Seattle, Washington in 1971, the narrow storefront served only coffee. After being open for ten years, a man by
the name Howard Schultz took
the company to new heights,
serving specialty drinks, pastries,
packaged foods, and more. He
travelled the world searching for
the best, which is what Starbucks
claims to be.
Starbucks’ website states,
“From the beginning, Starbucks
set out to be a different kind of
company. One that not only celebrated coffee and the rich tradition, but that also brought a feeling of connection. Our mission to
inspire and nurture the human
spirit – one person, one cup, and
one neighborhood at a time.”
Speaking from experience as
a barista at Starbucks, this is far
from the truth.
We are constantly updating
what to focus on. Currently, Starbucks’ promotion is to make
each cup of coffee the freshest it
can be by grinding the beans
right before we serve the coffee.
Sure this makes the coffee fresh
and enhances the “flavor,” but
Starbucks is no longer that little
store in Pike Place Market, Seattle. Now, Starbucks is an overproduced, corporate monster
dominating 50 countries with
over 15,000 stores.
The customer wants their coffee quickly, while the barista’s are
told to spend almost five minutes
doing a “pour over,” or brewing
the coffee by hand. A barista that
is focused on connecting with a
customer mixed with someone
who is rushing to get to work is a
recipe for disaster.
Though customer service is
important, Starbucks has lost its
once café charm. Connecting
with every customer is difficult
when there is a line of seven people going through caffeine withdrawal, itching to get their fix.
“Starbucks is an addiction,”
Eric Durant, Starbucks barista,
said. “People pay for the name of
Starbucks, then they pay for the
mediocre quality.”
Starbucks does provide average quality coffee and products,
but it is certainly not the best.
The unfortunate truth is that this
coffee conglomerate has compromised quality for higher sales.
Starbucks started as a business
appreciating coffee, but grew into
a company that constantly draws
up marketing strategies to make
more money.
The next time you step into
Starbucks, think again. If you
want to seriously enjoy a cup of
this devilishly good drink, go to
an independent coffee store and
ask for the daily roast. Better yet,
try brewing your own freshly
ground coffee at home.
We often forget what our
sweet, creamy drug from Starbucks is made of: a tiny bean.
Each bean tells a story. Coming
from lands all over, each bean reveals a different flavor, experiences a different roasting process,
and is grinded to a particular size.
Each cup fills us with energy,
ready to start the day on a good
note. Starting with just one sip
could change your entire interpretation of a world classic drink.
Kelly is a senior communication studies major. This is
her first Holcad column
(thanks, Pat). She’s not sure
if she’s excited because of
the column or becauses of
the coffee she drank this
morning...anywho, she wants
to thank her beautiful frriends, family and Kappa
Delta sisters for their support
over the past 4 years.
Scrawl in review I’ve always wanted to write a column
Casey Kennedy
Operations Manager
As Editor of Scrawl, I’ve
learned a lot over the last year,
especially the difficulties associated with being the editor of anything. Working for The Holcad
and Scrawl simultaneously has
shown me that Pat Sylves has
one of the hardest jobs on campus. But working without the
support of a staff and an official
advisor has challenged me beyond my expectations.
In the fall, the Student Publications Board dismissed Scrawl’s
advisor, Mrs. Evann Garrison
over a budget discrepancy and
internal politics. I feel, however,
the SPB unfairly dismissed her
under the direction of the administration.
Garrison’s ouster became one
of the many events on campus
that has been swept under the
rug but deserved publicity.
Luckily for me, the Chair of
the SPB, Dr. Eric Forster, became
the de facto advisor for Scrawl.
Thanks to him, I contacted Theo
C. Theoharis, who presented at
the Writers’ Festival in November. Eric has given more than his
fair share to Scrawl, helping me
to buy a new computer for the office and with layout of the annual publication.
With all the turmoil of the first
semester, the preparation for the
publication surprised me at how
smoothly it went. The fear of not
receiving enough submissions
kept me awake at night, but I
was relieved to see a large
amount of work from students
and staff. I was happy to see great
works of art and literature. Poems, prose, photographs, and artwork represented the talents of
Westminster, and I am proud to
be the editor of such a publication.
I hope that readers of the Holcad will pick up a copy of
“Scrawl” and spread the word
about it, so everyone can read the
fine work of Westminster.
Thank you to all who have
supported Scrawl.
Casey Kennedy is a senior
English Major. He is very excited to graduate and hopes
to find a job in the publishing
industry. If you know anything about jobs please let
him know.
Derek Lynch
Carto...I mean Columnist
I decided to write a column
this week. I have never actually
written a column before, and,
when I got the chance, I jumped
on it immediately.
Perhaps I should elaborate: by
“when I got the chance,” I actually mean, “when I invited myself
to do so.”
It seems that, ordinarily, the
columns are reserved for the editors; but I like to consider myself
an editor. You know, in the same
way that a cartoonist is an editor;
which, I suppose, is the same way
in which an elephant is a quadratic equation.
I can imagine this process becoming tedious after a while. I
don’t know that I would care to
think of a different topic for a column every week, but I don’t have
to do that; so, this is fun for me. I
tend to write very concisely, and I
usually cover several unrelated
topics in the span of about two
pages (a predisposition that my
professors tend to discourage, but
to no avail because I just go
ahead and do it anyway. (Honestly, I’m still amazed that I passed
capstone. (Perhaps I shouldn’t
publish this to the entire campus,
but then again, what are they going to do, fail me retroactively?
(Wait … can they do that?)
I also have a habit of letting
my parenthetical asides become
substantial enough to merit entire paragraphs, so just ignore
I actually find that I enjoy
writing this far more than my audience will probably enjoy reading it. I realize that that sort of defeats the purpose of creating art,
but I’m not too concerned about
that (considering the likelihood
of people actually reading this …
and caring.) Hopefully, at the
very least, you find it amusing.
Another habit that I have
(you’ll note the absence of any
sort of transitional sentence) is
my tendency to begin writing
academic papers without first
thinking of where I want to go
with them.
Generally, introductions and
body paragraphs are supposed to
culminate toward a conclusion,
or a thesis, or a point … or an attempt at one of the three. Not
mine, though. I just write.
Often, I don’t even write anything worth reading, and those
are the times that I regret submitting my work. I usually feel
the sting of remorse hit the pit of
my stomach just as the final term
paper leaves my hand to join the
amalgamation of other students’
works, most of which are clear
and distinctly better thought out
than my own. I legitimately feel
bad … not for the sake of my
grade, but for the sake of my instructor’s precious time. Oddly
enough, these seem to be the
times that I receive full credit on
said academic writing, and I immediately cease to care.
Sometimes I wonder.
Derek is a senior English
major with a film studies minor. He enjoys quirky fun,
long walks around campus
and the companionship of interesting folks.
The Holcad would like to thank all of its readers for
their support during the 2011-2012 year.
The Holcad will return in the fall semester of the
2012-2013 year.
Have a great summer!
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Senior Send-Offs
Daniel Stephenson
Megan Salinetro
Sup Westminster? My name is Daniel Stephenson, and I am one of Megan Salinetro was a staff photographer for The Holcad. I went
the Holcad's copy editors. In all honesty, I have no idea what I
on every kind of assignment such as sports, concerts, fundraisers,
want to do with my life after college; I just want a job!
etc. Since I will be graduating I plan on getting a job at some kind
of magazine. If you need your photo taken, I’m your girl!
Derek Lynch
Derek Lynch is arguably the greatest person that ever lived. He is
also arguably the worst person that ever lived, but we’ll leave that
up to you.
Milt Constantine
Miltiadis Constantine is a PR and Political Science Major from
Poland, OH. Served as Business Manager and also was the weekly
columnist. He plans to attend grad school for religious studies and
then pursue a PhD in international politics.
Tara Ott
Tara Ott is a senior commincation studies major and worked as a
sports writer. She loves all of her Alpha Gamma Delta sisters and
Alpha Sigma Phi brothers for their unwaivering support.
Bryce Beeghly
Bryce Beeghly is a senior Spanish major who has served as the
diversity columnist. He is a handsome fellow, isn’t he?
Alyssa Savatt
Alyssa was one of the hilarious, talented, and humble cartoonists
for the Holcad. After graduation, she will be working at VITAC in
Canonsburg, PA
Britt Stock
Britt Stock is a senior public relations major and served as a staff
writer. She love fashion. She was honored to work as Director of
Recruitment this past year and looks forward to what the future
Emily Kompare
Emily Kompare is a senior English major and has been a sport
writer for the Holcad. She has a beautiful obsession with the
Pittsburgh Penguiuns and hockey in general.
Katie Ellison
In my time at the Holcad, I have been a feature's editor, copyeditor
and political columnist. I plan on attending American University
in the fall for Political Communications and would one day like to
marry and take the job of Jon Favreau.
Nate Horgan
I was a sports writer for the Holcad as a junior and the sports
editor as a senior. I will graduate with a degree in public relations
and a minor in marketing. I am currently aspiring to work in
public relations in professional sports.
Sean Schachner
Sean Schachner is a senior public relations major. He was the
advertising manager this year. Sean is a real rad guy who makes
all the girls swoon.
Leanna Julian
Leanna Julian is a public relations major. She served as a copy
editor this year. Her friends call her ‘Ted’. It’s a cool name.
Travis Kellar
Travis Kellar is an A&E writer who enjoys writing about video
games and The Walking Dead.
Kristina Scanlan
I have been a copy editor for The Holcad for the past two years.
My future plans include beginning medical school in the fall.
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Senior Send-Offs
Sam Killmeyer
Happily served the Holcad as Features editor this year and wishes
she had been involved in the paper for more than the past two
years. She has loved writing her weekly column and is grateful to
all those who have read it and supported her newspaper endeavors.
Rose Selby
A&E writer focused on films and Bruce Springsteen. I am unsure
of what the future holds. Ideally, I will have my doctorate and be a
college English professor by 30. Quixotically, I will have Anthony
Bourdain's job (and be his best friend) by the time I'm 50.
Laura Milanak
My plans are to search all corners of PA (and maybe VA) for a job
teaching English while catching up on my hobbies of reading,
sunning, and running. If nothing works out and I remain
unemployed, I suppose I will take up farming and live in a van.
Nicole Crumbacher
Words can't begin to express my joy when I think about the past
four years. I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity to do so
much in just four years. I will always cherish the time I've spent
here. As for my future; I'm taking it one step at a time!
Mike Gorman
Mike Gorman is a senior Philosophy and Economics Double
Major who served as the Distribution Manager this year. He is
planning to pursue a legal education at Cornell University Law
School upon graduation.
Kelly Gould
After four years of blood, sweat and ink, Kelly Gould has finally
reached her final edition. From young, naive staff writer to Layout
Editor, it has been quite the ride. Thank you to everyone who has
supported her in this newspaper voayge.
Addie Domske
Addie started as a young type-editor and worked her way up to
A&E editor. After graduation, she'll roam around Italy before she
heads to grad school for an MDiv. and M. of Social Work in
Chicago! She can't wait to live in a city with her bestie, her cat.
Kara Knickerbocker
She couldn't be more grateful to have been the first relationships
and sex columnist for The Holcad and wants to thank all those
who shared their intimate secrets that lead to the column's success.
Kara plans to move to and work in Pittsburgh after graduation.
Pat Sylves
Pat leaves behind a legacy of change at The Holcad. He’s amazed
at how much variety his staff could bring to this campus
publication, and is thankful for the support provided by his friends,
fraternity brothers and girlfriend. Future plans? Living the dream.
Casey Kennedy
Casey is the Operations Manager and the Editor of Scrawl. He
started working for the Holcad as a photographer. He hopes to one
day be the “Face” of Westminster College.
James Bonetti
James is the Photography Editor and has been on staff as a
photographer since freshman year. He thanks the Holcad for the
opportunity it has given him to go out on campus and meet the
many people that comprise it.
Alyssa Hanna
Allison McKinney
Alyssa Hanna has worked for the Holcad as a photographer for the
past 3 years. She is hoping to move somewhere that isn't
Pittsburgh in order to find a job with a company that allows her to
film documentaries and travel around the world.
Allison has been a staff & features writer for 3 years. She plans to
move to Pittsburgh and take the field by storm...eventually.
Thanks to all of Westminster & the Holcad staff for a great 4 years-best of luck to all!
Bradford Arick
Morgan Smith
Bradford spent his first year writing for the Holcad covering various Morgan is graduting this spring with a degree in History. She has
campus sporting events. He is looking for broadcasting jobs across enjoyed her time as a staff writer for the Holcad and has covered
the nation after graduation.
the hard news stories for our campus.
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Campus News
From Assault, A1 flag pole on the quad with candles in order to fill up the
“Events like Take Back the darkness with light and give
Night make me proud to be at everyone a chance for a silent
Westminster and to have and private moment to gather
friends that care deeply about their thoughts and take in all
important issues like overcom- the things that had been dising domestic violence,” senior cussed during the evening’s
Marissa Burdett said. “Kappa previous events. Women and
Delta supports Prevent Child men alike are able to take into
Abuse America and the consideration the instructions
Lawrence County Crisis Shel- given to shield against sexual
ter, so we are grateful for assault, as well as the details
Theta Chi's event and hope we shared with them about the
can work with them in the fu- victims of rape and sexual asture to make it an even bigger sault.
success to raise awareness and
No one knows in what ways
put an end to this terrible is- all these people are affected by
sexual assault—maybe they
During the candlelight vigil, have been a victim themattendees gather around the selves, or maybe they have a
loved one who experienced
this tragedy. Whatever it is,
this time promotes consideration and deep thought regarding the issue. For many people, this time is solemn and
“The part that means the
most to me is the candlelight
vigil that we held on the
quad,” junior and Theta Chi
public relations chair Scott
Braden said. “It’s a time when
everyone can collect their
thoughts about the issue of
sexual assault and really think
about what the victims have to
deal with, as well as the things
they can do differently to help
stop sexual assault when they
see it happening.”
Undergraduate Research
and Arts Celebration
Alyssa Hanna / The Holcad
Sorority hosts singing bee
James Bonetti / The Holcad
Senior biology major Hunter McClevish explains his research on ants at the Undergraduate By Hannah Paczkowski
Research and Arts Celebration on April 25.
Staff Writer
Eighteen students worked
their vocal skills at the Alpha
Gamma Delta Singing Bee on
April 26.
The sisters raised $2000 for
the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation supporting Juvenile Diabetes Research and Education.
“I love supporting other philanthropies on campus,” Singing
Bee participant Brittany Colosimo said. “It felt really fun to go
up with everybody and have a
great time.”
Students competing had to
work on their memorization,
dance and vocal skills to take
home the title of Singing Bee
Champion. Each participant had
a chance to step up to the microphone and finish the lyrics to a
song in the most creative way
“It is a blast,” 2012 Singing
Bee Champion Christy Basso
said. “I did not win last year, so I
just wanted to try again.”
Alpha Gamma Delta Philanthropy Chair Hope Schrott chose
the music based on the performances from previous years.
“I took a lot of the country out
because a lot of the people do not
know country as well as songs
played on the radio,” Schrott said.
Schrott began planning the
event during Easter Break. During that time, she sent emails
around campus recruiting stu-
dents to participate.
“I emailed every sorority and
fraternity to see if they wanted
representatives,” Schrott said.
“During the final round, we had
six people from the crowd come
Each sorority and fraternity
had at least one member participate to represent their organization.
“It felt great. I knew they were
all excited and screaming in the
audience,” Basso said. “It was
awesome to have their support.”
Participants hit the stage with
about 200 audience members
ready for a show. Some say their
major fear was the uncertainty of
what song is coming up next.
“It is super nerve-racking because I am always afraid it is going to be that one song I have
never heard in my life,” Basso
said. “It is kind of terrifying, but
awesome at the same time.”
Though Basso had some stage
fright, she still came out on top
for every round of the Singing
“It felt awesome. I did not see
the win coming at all,” Basso
Other than her rookie shot at
the competition last year, this is
the only time Basso has participated in anything like the
Singing Bee.
“I just sing everywhere all the
time,” Basso said. “It is a naturalborn talent.”
Basso had some stiff competi-
tion. Senior Jordan Zabo and junior Ashley Durham made it to
the final round against Basso.
When it came down to the
two Kappa Delta sisters against
one another for the win, they
made the best of it and came out
“I did this last year with my
big, Ashley Durham,” Basso said.
Colosimo came in second during her round against Durham.
Though she did not come out on
top, Colosimo said the experience was worth it.
“I thought it was really funny,”
Colosimo said. “Everyone just
gets up and has a great time
while still helping other philanthropies.”
Colosimo owes her favorite
artist for getting her through to
the final round against Durham.
“The best part was getting
every Christina Aguilara song,”
Colosimo said. “Christina Aguilara is my idol; I am obsessed with
her, and it was great to know
every single word to her songs.”
The Alpha Gamma Delta
Singing Bee is an annual event
on campus. Schrott said it gives
students a chance to relax and
have an enjoyable experience
during a stressful time.
“Right before Volley Rock people are excited for the weekend,
and it is a fun event to take a
break from classes and finals
coming up,” Schrott said.
Brendan Moulton and Emily Pitzer
Brendan is a senior PR major. Emily is a senior neuroscience major. They are currently dating.
Brendan and Emily have all the cutes. Their future goal is to get a cat.
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Titan Sports
A Titan will never forget
Alyssa Hanna / The Holcad
Titans clinch playoff berth
By Liam Halferty
Sports Writer
The Titan baseball team
clinched its third playoff berth
in a row with an 8-4 victory
last Monday over the Saint
Vincent Bearcats.
Trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, senior first baseman Tim
Wiand singled to bring in the
tying run.
The Bearcats retook the
lead in the bottom of the inning when junior Grant Krally
doubled down the left field
line, bringing in two runs to
give the Bearcats a 3-1 advantage.
In the top of the seventh,
the Titan hitters finally turned
around a hitting slump that
had been haunting them for
several games.
After junior center fielder
Tyler Robinson singled to center, junior second baseman Ty
Miller hit a two-run homerun
to left center field to knot the
game at three.
The Titans were not done
there. Senior shortstop Steve
Perrotta and senior left fielder
Justin King hit back-to-back
singles, before a single from
junior right fielder Kyle Allen
brought them home.
After a Bearcat pitching
change, Wiand drove Allen
home with a base knock, giving the Titans a 6-3 lead.
Junior Nick Grow took the
mound in the seventh inning
for the Titans, relieving sopho-
more Ron Sullivan. Sullivan
went six innings, surrendering
three runs on five hits.
Grow allowed one run
across three innings of work,
while striking out four.
The Titans were able to
plate two more runs in the top
of the ninth, sealing the 8-4
win and a PAC playoff berth.
Sullivan earned the win on
the hill for the Titans, improving his record to 4-1 on the
Wiand led the Titans with
four hits and 2 RBI’s. Allen,
Miller, and Robinson all had
two hits apiece as well.
Bearcat shortstop Brad
Burkhardt had three hits and
two RBI’s for Saint Vincent.
Jared Huller suffered the
loss on the mound, hurling six
and two-thirds innings, giving
up five earned runs on nine
The Bearcats fall to 21-16
with the loss, with an 11-13
record in league play.
The victory over the
Bearcats capped a 2-2 week
for the Titans. The Bethany Bison took two of three games
from Westminster last weekend.
In game one of the series,
the Titans put on an offensive
clinic, defeating the visiting Bison 14-4.
Wiand once again led the
Titans at the plate, posting
three hits and four RBI’s on
the day. Perrotta had three hits
as well, while driving in one
Justin King went 3-4 on the
afternoon, plating three runs,
and senior third baseman
Ethan Yeager drove in two
runs to go along with two hits.
Senior pitcher Justin Prejsnar took the ball for the Titans
on the bump. Prejsnar went
seven innings and struck out
four in the effort, good enough
for the win. Prejsnar improves
to 6-1 on the year. Grow and
freshman reliever John Jones
both tossed scoreless innings
in the win.
In game two of the series,
the Titans struck early, as Tim
Wiand singled to bring in Kyle
Allen to give the Titans a first
inning 1-0 advantage.
The host Bison evened the
score at one when the Titan
defense committed an unforced error.
Bethany took the lead in the
fourth inning on another error
from the Titan defense.
The Bison tacked onto that
lead when Dylan Wassel singled to left field, bringing in
Brad Kubis.
The Titans were able to
shrink the lead to one in the
seventh on another Tim Wiand
RBI, but the Bison held on for
the 3-2 win.
Senior Pat Mulligan took
the loss for the Titans. Mulligan went six innings, giving
up no earned runs while striking out five.
Ryan Styche earned the win
for the Bison, going six in-
nings and giving up just one
earned run.
Brad Kubis also posted the
save, his sixth of the season.
The Bison continued their
win streak in the rubber
match of the series, defeating
the Titans by a score of 3-0, behind a stellar performance on
the mound from Ryan Meier.
Meier tossed a completegame shutout, giving up just
one hit, and striking out three.
Senior Vince Iosue took the
mound for the Titans. Iosue
lost his fifth game of the year,
only giving up three earned
With this one-hit shutout,
Iosue now has four losses
where the Titans have a combined ten hits across those
four starts.
The Titans are riding their
emotional win against Saint
Vincent into this weekend’s
season finale showdown with
the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets.
While the Titans have already punched their ticket into
the PAC playoffs, the Yellow
Jackets need to win against the
Titans to keep their postseason
hopes alive.
The Titans will host the Yellow Jackets on Friday May 4th
at 4 P.M., and then will travel
to Waynesburg for a twinbill
on Saturday May 5th.
Game one of the doubleheader is slated for 1 P.M.
Westminster popped up on
my career path when I was a
senior in high school. There
was something about the
school and the football program that felt right to me. At,
the time, I was recently told
that I was not good enough to
play football at the college level, and the recruiting visit by
Westminster took me by surprise. Other schools made recruiting efforts, but there was
something different about
Westminster. I was immediately drawn to the school and the
football program, and after four
years I know I made the best
decision of my life.
This school and the football
program provided players the
opportunity to work their way
onto the field. No matter how
many years on the team, the
hardest working players
earned their spots on the field.
Unfortunately, it was not always easy to work hard. One of
the most eye-opening experiences I had while being an athlete here was training camp.
The most vivid memory I have
is the heat. Not the feeling of it,
but the sight. As freshmen, we
had all been put through two-adays in high school, but it did
not compare to this. Just when
we thought we could not go
through another practice, we
took the miserable walk down
from Russell Hall to the field
house, while the heat waves
visibly rose up from the turf almost as if they were taunting
As intimidating as it was
back then, we finished camp,
and for some of us, went on to
make it through three more
training camps. No matter how
much my body hated me year
after year, I looked forward to
returning to campus and seeing my teammates after a summer of preparation for the upcoming season.
Regardless of the physical
stress we went through as
freshmen, camp helped us transition into college because we
were on campus two and a half
weeks before any other students moved into their dorms. I
was able to make great friendships before ever taking a class.
There was never a point that I
felt out of place. Those friendships did not simply form after
a few weeks of being the only
inhabitants on campus, but also
from what we went through on
the field together.
Football is an interesting
game, and you can debate me
Nate Horgan
Sports Editor
on this, but it is also the most
team-oriented sport. At any moment, during any given play,
each player must trust and depend on the other 10 players on
the field with him. From that
experience, you begin to rely
on each other not just on the
field, but also off of it in everyday life.
Words cannot describe the
role that football has played in
my life. Westminster has been
great to me, and I would not be
here if it was not for football. I
would not have met the great
people that I befriended or experienced the amazing memories that I made on this campus
if I did not continue my dream
of playing sports.
That is what is beautiful
about being a Westminster athlete and playing sports at the
Division III collegiate level.
Those who continue playing
their sport have no other motivation to do so other than their
love for the game. For most,
there are no multi-million dollar contracts or endorsement
deals to sign. There are no exceptions for putting athletics
before academics. The only
thing that fuels an athlete to
continue putting their body at
risk is the love for the sport and
the love for his or her teammates.
Through my transition from
a naïve freshman to an experienced senior, I took the field
with a countless number of underclassmen and upperclassmen that have impacted my
life for the better. Through the
roller coaster seasons, the season-ending injuries, and the
countless hours in the film
room, training room and on the
field, playing for Westminster
led to the best four years of my
life. I appreciate my experience
so much because of the lifelong bonds that I have formed
with the people on this campus.
Looking back on my time here,
if I had the chance to go back, I
would do it all again. Thank
you, Westminster. You have
been great.
SAAC Athlete of the Week
Titan track wins dual PACs
By Reuben King
Sports Writer
The men and women’s track
and field teams both won the
Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Championships for the
first time in campus history.
The women’s team won seven events. Sophomore Haley
Gabor was awarded field MVP,
making her the first Titan ever
to win the award. Gabor
placed first place in the 400meter dash with a time of
57.96 and placed second in
pole vault with a 3.1. Gabor
also took first in the 200-meter
dash with a time of 26.11.
“It’s great when the team
sets goals and accomplishes
them. We worked so hard in
the off-season and it’s an
amazing feeling when that
pays off,” sophomore Anthony
Thomas said. “ We are all happy to bring the PAC title back
to Westminster, not only on
the men’s side but also on the
The 4x400-meter relay team
who won with a time of
4:09.11 consisted of Gabor, Senior Tyler Dever, Sophomore
Kristen Basista, and Senior Alisha Slater.
Senior Emily Dolsak won
her fourth-straight PAC title in
discuss. Dolsak also broke the
PAC Championship record
with a toss of 41.71 meters. Senior Merrissa Malcom won her
third straight pole vault title
with a mark of 3.4 meters. Basista won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.52.
Slater won her second straight
long jump with a jump of 5.27
and was also part of the firstplace 4x100 meter relay team
that placed a time of 49.45.
The 4x100 team also consisted
of Senior Hayley Ebersbacher,
Senior Mallory Mack and Basista.
Basista also placed second
in the 400-meter hurdles with
a time of 1:08.67. Third place
finishes were from senior
Bridget McCray in the javelin
with a toss of 35.82. Slater
placed third in the 100-meter
dash with a time of 12.95 and
also in the 200 with a time of
The Titan men won six
events which included the
4x100-meter team setting a
school record with a time of
42.62. The team consisted of
sophomore Zac Henry, senior
Forrest Minteer, junior Adam
Carswell and senior J.J. Faltot.
Other tea, champions were
senior Ryan Bell who won the
team’s first ever PAC title in
the javelin. Bell had a throw of
66.42 meters. Faltot won the
100-meter and the 200-meter
with times of 11.41 sand 22.83.
Junior Mark Saylor won in
pole vault with a record mark
of 4.6 meters. Adam Carswell
won in the 400-meter dash
with a record time of 48.87.
Westminster occupied five
of the top seven spots in the
pole vault competition. Senior
Caleb Smathers and freshman
Natty Schramm were second
and third at 4.45 meters, also a
stadium record.
Three Titan men placed second in their respective events.
They included the 4x400 meter relay team of Carswell,
Henry, Faltot and Smathers
with a time of 3:27.66, Thomas
in the triple long jump with a
mark of 13.29, and sophomore
Jason Frawley in the shot put
with a toss of 13.37
Several Titan men placed
third in their respective events.
They were sophomore Henry
in the 100 meters with a time
of 11.48, Carswell in the 200
meters with a time of 23.03, junior Derrick Orloski in javelin
with a throw of 52.43, Thomas
in the long jump with a mark
of 6.52, sophomore Aaron Sutton in 1,500 meter run with a
time of 4:02.19, and junior
David Wright in shot put with
a toss of 12.86.
Coach Tim McNeil also won
coach of the year in the PAC.
This was the fourth of this
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Women’s Track & Field
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Titan Sports
Men’s and women’s golf teams
wrap up their season
By Eric Shumaker
Sports Writer
James Bonetti / The Holcad
Lady Titans fall to second
place after loss to Bearcats
By Tara Ott
Sports Writers
On Friday, April 27, the Titan
softball team traveled to Saint
Vincent College to compete in a
PAC double header game vying
for the first place position. The
girls lost both games; 0-1 and 3-6,
dropping to 10-6 in the conference standings.
The team’s prime pitcher,
Chelsea Brown and Saint Vincent's Emily Lauterbach, both
pitched a complete game. Brown
gave up one run off six hits,
while Lauterbach only gave up
three hits in the shutout win.
Brown struck out three batters,
while Lauterbach fanned one.
“The St. Vincent game was a
true test for us,” Senior Erica
Kimmick said. “Looking at their
statistics, we did not find them intimidating. We just knew if we
played our game, hit when we
needed to hit and played our defense we would win the games.”
Saint Vincent's RBI-double in
the top of the fourth inning from
Shannon Baczek scored the lone
run of the game. The Titans left
five runners on base throughout
the game.
Down 5-0 in the sixth-inning
of game two, Westminster struck
back with a three-run home run
over the right field fence off the
bat of Kimmick, her first of the
season. Sophomores Kelsey
Squelch and Erika Pamer scored
on the play. Kimmick went two
for three at the plate with three
“I believe they are the best
competition we faced in the PAC
for the title,” Kimmick said. “We
have this quiet confidence on this
team and when something is not
going our way we rise above it
and fight back. We never hand a
team a game; they have to earn it
from us.”
Carly Wallock, freshman,
pitched for the Titans and is credited with the loss. Wallock
pitched two innings and gave up
two runs off five hits. She walked
none and struck-out one.
On Sunday, April 29, the Titans traveled to Bethany College
to compete in the last double
header of regular season.
Bethany won the first game 11-5,
but the Titans rallied to win the
second game 6-3.
In the first game of the day,
Squelch hit a homerun in the
bottom of the first inning to take
an early lead against the Bison.
The next sequence of batters was
not able to bring in more runs
and three runners were left on
The team had a hot fifth inning by scoring three runs on
three hits. They were not able to
match Bethany in the final innings when the Bison score six
runs to increase their gap 11-5.
Olet Stasko and Lauren
Stoczynski went two for four at
the plate and Stocyznski had a
team high two RBI.
In the second game against
Bethany, with the score tied 1-1
after the first inning, the Titans
had a huge second inning scoring four runs on five hits.
Squelch went two for three
with two RBI, and Katie Hughes
went three for four at the plate.
Kimmick also had two RBI.
Carly Leffakis earned the win
at the plate and is now 3-2 on the
year. She pitched a complete
game and only gave up three
runs off seven hits. She struck-out
one and walked the same.
One of the team’s main goals
was to host the PAC tournament,
although they did not reach that
goal, they did make the playoffs
as the number three seed.
“We wanted to win/host PACs,
but in the past four years I've
played we were never in the running to win/host PACs,” Kimmick
said. “Instead of, seeing that as a
disappointment, I see that as an
accomplishment because we are
a young team and we were projected to place fifth this year.”
This week the Titans clenched
a spot in the top four teams that
are to appear in the PAC playoff
tournament. Also this week, Kimmick was named the SAAC Titan
Athlete of the Week. In six
games last week, Kimmick hit
.500 (8-16) with four RBIs, three
runs, three doubles, and a home
run. She finished the week with a
.875 slugging percentage.
The PAC tournament will begin Thursday, April 3 at Saint
Vincent College. The Titans will
play the number two seed, Thiel,
in the first round of the playoffs.
“Our goal for the PAC tournament is simple: we want to win,”
Kimmick said. “So, we will prepare like we always do: Field, Hit,
and build our confidence up in
each other knowing that we can
make that extraordinary play or
hit and win it all.”
Men’s tennis team finishes
season in third place
By Emily Kompare
Sports Writer
The men’s tennis team
wrapped up their season with a
third-place finish at PACs on
April 21. They finished with a
record of 5-10 overall and 5-2
against conference opponents.
Four players received All-PAC
The Titans’ season got off to a
slow start back in February with
a string of seven consecutive losses. The first loss came on February 19 against Edinboro, then
again on February 24 against
Mount Union. The next four also
came against non-conference opponents at a tournament at
Hilton Head Island, S.C. held
March 4-8 over spring break.
The team ended their losing
streak with a 6-3 win at their first
home match of the season
against Waynesburg on March
From there, the Titans flipped
back and forth between the win
column, losing to Franciscan on
March 20 before notching backto-back 8-1 victories against
Bethany on March 26 and Washington & Jefferson on March 31.
The Titans split their last four
matches of the season, suffering
losses to Allegheny on April 3
and Grove City on April 13.
Their wins came against Thiel on
April 11 and Thomas More on
April 15.
The team’s only losses to conference opponents came against
St. Vincent on March 16 and
Grove City on April 13. These
two teams were the only two to
outscore the Titans at the PAC
Championships, as well.
The Titans finished third out
of eight teams at the PAC championships held April 20-21 at the
Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie.
Junior Ryan Carr earned AllPAC Second Team for his in singles competition for the second
straight year.
Freshman Mike Matisi and junior Marshall Finelli also earned
All-PAC honors in singles, but in
the honorable mention category.
Matisi was awarded All-PAC
honorable mention in doubles
competition as well, along with
his doubles partner, junior Sean
Drew Trifelos, the lone senior
on the team, ended his collegiate
career with a 14-35 singles
record and a 13-40 doubles
record. He placed fourth in
men’s doubles competition at
PACs in 2009 alongside Mike
Codita, third in men’s singles in
2011, and fourth in men’s singles
in 2012. A three-year letterman,
he was named last year’s team
MVP as voted by his teammates.
Additionally, he was named to
the PAC Academic Honor Roll in
2010 and 2011.
With the loss of Trifelos, the
team will look to its junior members – Black, Carr, Finelli, and
Brad Thomas – for guidance next
Black, a two-year letter winner, began the season 11-19 in
singles and 13-19 in doubles. He
finished 13-32 overall in singles
and 20-27 in doubles.
Carr’s records stood at 10-7
(singles) and 9-7 (doubles) prior
to this season. Not including
PACs, he finished with a record of
18-13 and 17-14.
Finelli started off the season at
0-1 and 0-2 but finished 4-2 and
Thomas, also a two-year letter
winner, began 11-18 and 11-14
and finished with records of 1529 and 14-22.
The Titans look to continue
building upon the success of this
season next year at PACs and
throughout the competition season.
The men’s and women’s golf
seasons have both effectively
ended. While the men’s golf
team will still compete in the
McBr ide-Behr inger-Allen
"MBA" Tournament on Monday, April 30, the PAC Championships have already been
decided. The 36-hole Spring
PAC Championship match set
for April 23-24 at the Cedarbrook Golf Club in Bell Vernon, PA, was cancelled due to
poor course and weather conditions. Thus, the results from
the Fall PAC Championship
match have been used for both
the fall and spring sessions;
the men finished in fourth,
while the women finished in
Both teams were disappointed about the cancellation
of the spring PAC Championships. Men’s coach Gene
Nicholson said, “All of our
players were looking forward
to the PAC championships.
Weather was something beyond our control.”
Women’s coach Debi Roud
added, “It was somewhat disappointing to have the spring
PAC championships cancelled,
but you cannot control the
weather. My girls were very
disappointed not to be able to
play. Many of them were not
only playing for team championship placement but for
medalist play as well. Because
of unpredictable weather in
the spring, the PAC coaches,
Athletic Directors, and Joe Onderko (head of the PAC) specifically set up this format where
both fall and spring championships count for scoring, but
if one or two of the days gets
rained/snowed out in the
spring, we still have scores
available to count towards
overall team championship.”
The men’s golf team started
out its season on Sept. 14
when it finished fifth of seven
teams at the Grove City Invitational. They competed at the
Kuhn Classic (finishing sixteenth of eighteen teams) and
at the Penn State Behrend Invitational (fifth of nine teams).
Subsequently, they finished
fourth in the Fall PAC Champi-
onships at the Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex,
PA. The final results were
Washington & Jefferson (600),
Saint Vincent (605), Thiel
(618), Westminster (625),
Grove City (627), Thomas
More (661), and Bethany (671).
Leading the Titan men in
the PACs was senior Dave Mlinarich who finished fourth individually (150). Mlinarich’s
fourth place finish qualified
him for first-team All-PAC
honors. He had never previously received All-PAC honors.
First-year Ross Montanti followed with a 155 and tied for
fifteenth place. Senior Nate Silvis (159) finished in twentieth,
and sophomore Dave Paladino
(161) finished twenty-first.
The men’s team finished its
fall session at the Westminster
Autumn Classic (third of nine)
and the Carnegie Mellon Invitational (fourth of five). The
spring session was highlighted
by a second place finish (out of
four teams) in Myrtle Beach,
SC, during their spring break
trip and a first place finish (out
of three teams) at the Thiel Invitational. Nate Silvis was
named the PAC Men’s Golfer
of the Week (Mar. 26-Apr. 1)
for finishing first with a 78 at
the Invitational. He had to win
a one-hole playoff against Matt
Eshelman of Thiel.
The men’s team will finish
their season at the Grove City
Invitational/“MBA” on Monday, April 30 at 12:00 p.m .
They will face PAC opponents
Grove City, Bethany, Saint Vincent, Waynesburg, and Thiel.
The women’s fall session
began on Sept. 11 at the Mercyhurst Invitational, a twoweekend event in which they
finished eighth of nine teams.
Eight days later, the Titan
women finished fifth out of six
teams at the Saint Vincent Invitational. The women closed
out their fall session by finishing first after two rounds of
the PAC Championship. The final results were Westminster
(758), Washington & Jefferson
(760), Grove City (783), Saint
Vincent (826), and Thomas
More (1276).
Senior Pam Bonneau (183)
led Westminster; she finished
in a tie for fifth place. Sopho-
more Morgan Pierce (186) and
junior Jenna Huston (193) followed her in seventh and
eighth respectively. Junior Becca Shuster (196) tied for ninth
place. Having four golfers so
high in the top ten allowed
Westminster to squeak by
Washington & Jefferson.
The top four Westminster
golfers received All-PAC honors. Pam Bonneau received her
fourth-consecutive First Team
All-PAC. Morgan Pierce, Jenna
Huston, and Becca Shuster all
received Second Team All-PAC
accolades. It was Shuster’s second time receiving the honor,
while it was unprecedented for
Pierce and Huston.
The women’s team finished
its spring session with four
matches. First, the team placed
fifth of six teams at the Grove
City Invitational. Pam Bonneau led the team with an 86
and earned the PAC Women’s
Co-Golfer of the Week (along
with Grove City’s Esther Durling). Second, they finished
fourth of eight at the Mary
Cleland Eckles Invitational (at
the New Castle Country Club).
Third, they were last of five at
the Mercyhurst Invitational. Finally, the women’s team finished fourth of four at the
Washington & Jefferson Invitational. Pam Bonneau earned
the PAC Women’s Golfer of the
Week (April 23-29) and the
Committee’s Titan Athlete of
the Week award for her performance in the match. She finished first with a 90, five
strokes ahead of the runnerup.
Both of Westminster’s golf
teams ultimately improved
this year. The women’s team
won the PAC Championship,
whereas they finished third in
2010-2011. This improvement
may have been a large reason
why Coach Debi Roud received the 2012 PAC Women’s
Golf Coach of the Year. It was
the third time she has received
the honor. The men’s team finished fifth in 2010-2011, and
finished fourth this season.
Both teams will be losing key
seniors, but they have young
talent that will continue to improve next year.
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Baseball at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM *UPDATE*
Waynesburg (2)
Movie in Mueller -- Safe
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Celebrity
Series: The Golden Dragon
Acrobats, Direct from Hubei,
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM *UPDATE*
Movie in Mueller -- The Vow 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM *UPDATE* Movie in Mueller -The Vow
8:45 PM - 10:15 PM CRAM
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Catholic
Monday, May 7
Thursday, May 10
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Combined
Band Concert
Final Period
Final Period
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Men's
Baseball vs. Waynesburg
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Combined
Band Concert
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Westminter College Combined
Bands Concert
to change)
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Jazz Ensemble Concert
May 4, 2012
Men's and Women's Track &
Field at Slippery Rock Open
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Employee
Recognition Lunch
Tuesday, May 8
Friday, May 11
Final Period
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM *Update*
Movie in Mueller -- The Vow
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Westminster College Jazz Ensemble
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM (5/5)
*Update* Movie in Mueller -Safe House
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM *Update*
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Against Cancer Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
Reading Day
Saturday, May 5
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM (5/6)
*Update* Movie in Mueller -The Vow
Relay For Life
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Drinko
Center and IMU4 Event: Diversity Programming
Sunday, May 6
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Senior
Voice Recital-Alexandra Patterson (Date and time subject
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Westminster College Intern Pro-
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Celebrity Series: The Golden Dragon
Acrobats, Direct from Hubei,
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Open
Door at the Half - Time of
Quiet Prayer & Reflection
Closing Hours - Duff Student
Restaurant - 1:15 p.m.
Closing Hours - Titan Club 1:30 p.m.
Closing Hours - TUB - 3:30
Final Period
Men's and Women's Track &
Field Gator Invitational
Residence Halls Close at 6:00
p.m. for Non-Seniors
ARIES (March 21-April 19).
You can’t be aware of your emotions before they begin; it doesn’t
work that way. You feel first, and
you’ll recognize the feeling anywhere from half a second to a
decade later, depending on your
level of awareness. Disapproving
of your feelings makes awareness more difficult, so strive for
of acting out of fear of being
alone, go the opposite direction.
Revel in solo time. You’re excellent company! That’s what makes
people want to be with you.
You’ll be in high demand.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). “The
past, like time itself, transcends
good or bad. It just is. Memories
are like stones that are part of a
fence; if you start throwing aside
the stones that don’t please you,
pretty soon the whole fence falls
down.” This passage from Edward M. Hallowell M.D. applies
strongly. Accept the stones that
lead you here.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20).
You’ll execute many routine actions, things that are so much a
part of your day to day that they
do not stand out as being important. It’s these same habits that
help you develop into precisely
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
who you want to be. Give yourRunning from your fears only
self credit. You’re right where
makes them chase you. Other
you’re supposed to be, doing extechniques will work better. Ofactly what’s needed.
fering compassion and friendliGEMINI (May 21-June 21). ness to the frightened part of you
You will be much busier than will lessen fear’s grip. Welcoming
usual, and the way things are fear wholeheartedly works, too.
looking, this may very well be- And a face-to-face encounter with
come the new “normal” for you. your fear could make it vanish
Your main focus will be on build- completely.
ing relationships. Networking
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
takes time and energy. It won’t
Stay in the present. Sure, you
be worth it to you unless you rehave goals. But to fantasize obally know what you want from
sessively about a romantic future
people. Get clear on your goals.
in which you’re more successful
CANCER (June 22-July 22). than you are right now is hurtful,
You may feel helpless over your as it’s a form of self-rejection.
romantic destiny, but you’re not. Now is good. It is, after all, the
You’re extremely powerful, much only moment you can do anymore so than you realize. Instead thing about.
1 7 6
9 7 2
6 2 3
8 9 6
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).
You’re a generous soul, and you
are usually more than willing to
share your methods and resources with those who could
use help. However, you’ll wisely
refrain from sharing with those
who aren’t quite ready for what
you have to offer. You could do
more harm than good in that
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21). You will be as comfortable with left-brain dominated
activities as you are with rightbrain dominated activities. You’ll
be a kind of translator for the less
versatile, bridging communication gaps between highly analytical people and highly creative
people. You’ll be a vital member
of your team.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). Take your time in communicating with others. Everything
does not have to be decided in a
day. Some conversations are
meant to simply put a topic on
the table for further investigation.
Your immediate response to a situation may be strong, and it will
take extra thought and effort to
frame it in the best way.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). Men and women both need
praise, though the men may not
be as comfortable with this need
now and may try to hide it from
you. You won’t be stingy with
your compliments. You’ll let people know your feelings, and
you’ll be constantly on the lookout for new things to appreciate
and new ways to express it.
PISCES (Feb. 19March 20). You know how to follow, and that’s what will make
you an excellent leader. When it’s
your turn to assert your leadership, you don’t want to be imperious. You have excellent listening skills and are highly
empathic. These are the qualities
that will endear you to those under your command.
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Arts and Entertainment
Redemption in “America’s Next Top Model:” a Capstone addendum
Addie Domske
A&E Editor
Let the reminiscing begin.
I’ve worked at this newspaper
for the passed three years, as a
young type-editor, a writer,
and finally the editor of this
fine section. I’ve written paper
after paper for my English and
religion majors, and read book
after article after magazine
over these four years. This
week I turned in my nearly
19,000-word Capstone. What
do I have to offer you after all
of that? The ridiculous idea
that “America’s Next Top Model” is actually worth your time.
The CW show begins its
network ad, “TV to talk about.”
Ok, CW, challenge accepted.
I had just ended a day
teaching high school students
about British culture through
the Language in Motion program, when I returned to my
lovely townhouse, kicked off
my flats and settled down for
22 minutes with my Hulu
It was then that the TV gods
decided to have “America’s
Next Top Model: British Invasion” pop up on the home
screen, and as I had just taught
my students about “American
Idol’s” Simon Cowell bringing
the “audition-show culture” to
America from the U.K., I really
had no choice but to click on
the show and watch what was
my first Tyra Banks production since sick days with TLC
and Bravo! in high school.
The show began in usual
“Top Model” spirits—everyone
hates some girl named Kyle
and they can’t believe that Az
went home instead of her! I’m
talking deep stuff, Westminster. The Brits have just won
their first challenge and the
ladies are now huddled
around their TyraMail to read,
“beauty is in the smize of the
beholder.”(Don’t worry, you’d
not behind on your vocab—
Tyra just made that word up; it
means, “smile with your eyes.”)
The women leave for their
first photo shoot, a PSA with
young girls for Tyra’s B.I.O.
(Beautiful Inside and Out)
campaign, what a contestant
describes as an “anti-bullying
campaign.” The show doesn’t
go into too much detail about
the campaign, but a quick look
at its Facebook page describes
the campaign with this message to young people: “Whoever you are, whatever you look
Photos from (top) and (left, showing “America’s Next Top Model’s” Laura)
like...your body isn't wrong, society is. What makes you different makes you beautiful.”
The group’s mission is listed,
“To love ourselves, inside and
The two countries are pitted
against each other for the challenge, with the prize of their
ad being broadcast on the CW
and a bonus of a special family video message delivered to
each member of the winning
The shallowness, however,
turns a bit deeper when the
models are paired with their
young women. American,
Eboni, remarks on being bullied when she was younger
and not having the mask of
fashion to hide behind, “You’re
nose is big, you’re lips are
big…on top of that I was poor,
so like, I didn’t have clothes, I
didn’t have shoes to compensate for those things.”
British Sophie realizes
when she sees the young girls,
excited to be in the presence of
women so beautiful, “Yes, it’s a
competition; you know, I want
to be able to come over and
work in the states, but now it
feels it’s a bigger cause than
just the prizes on the surface.”
And of course, like every
season of “America’s Next Top
Model,” there’s that one normal girl who seems so out of
place amidst the drama of the
show until you see her striking
photographed and you realize the
talent of modeling can actually
exist. American, Laura, is this
season’s level-headed contestant, and her thoughts on the
PSA were worth hearing, “It’s a
huge thing for me to be working on this PSA right now because I was not always pre-
“I really had no
choice but to
click on the
show and watch
what was my
first Tyra Banks
production since
sick days with
TLC and Bravo!
in high school.”
senting myself in a way that
would show others my inner
beauty as well as my out. I just
remember being in that hole
and to think that tons of little
girls out there feel the exact
same way as me, like, I want
them to know that it can be
The contestants spent their
time with the young girls discussing the question of what
makes them feel beautiful.
One of the younger girls remarks, “I think beauty is when
I get good grades and get
awards and make my parents
proud,” to which Laura replies,
“Oh, my God, I love you!”
Laura continues her home
life story, “I remember coming
home to the smell of rotted,
stale, beer, and like, I guess I’m
not good enough for them to
stay sober…I needed to get
out. I needed to get out of that
shell and step back and see
myself out of that situation.”
British Alisha asks her
young partner, what makes
you feel not so beautiful?
“When I look at the color of
my skin and my hair…because, when I really look at
princesses, they’re all pretty,
and they have like different
hair, and… [tears up]”
Alisha counteracts with a
tearful, “But you are so beautiful…this is how God made
you and this is how he wants
you to look, you are so beautiful.”
In her confession interview
afterwards Alisha remarks,
“I’ve been there; I’ve done that;
I’ve felt that way. I know how
it feels when kids at school
bully you, for these stupid, minor things, the things that you
can’t actually change about
yourself. It was not a nice feeling, it kinda, kinda took me
back to that place that I didn’t
wanna be.”
Is this show Emmy awardwinning? Let’s hope not. Is it
catty and self-absorbed most
of the time? Definitely. Is creating a word “smize” to mean
“smile with your eyes”
strange? Yes, Tyra, you’re
ridiculous. But rather than dismissing the show based on its
apparent shallowness, if we
take a second to see what it is
really doing, the cynic’s life
might be a little easier to encounter each day.
Tyra is self-absorbed and a
little fruity at times, but does
she make an honest effort to
empower women each day?
Actually, yes. Did those “dumb
blonde models” actually care
about those little girls? For
that moment, yeah, they really
did. They realized the types of
people who would be viewing
their product and they cared
for a second how that affected
them. They became people,
not models.
I wrote my 80+ page Capstone on finding Biblical
themes of redemption in censored television shows like
“Skins,” “Dexter,” “True
Blood,” and “The Simpsons,”
and I had much to say on the
subject. Perhaps, an addendum
could be made to all television,
however. Television is home to
this generation’s storytellers,
after all. If our cultural narrative involves redemption, then
mostly all of the television we
enjoy should as well.
From the depths of “America’s Next Top Model” to the
heights of award-winning teleseries’, we as a culture yearn
for redemption—from bullying,
from ugliness, from insecurities. And as I sign off for my
last article, I would urge you to
look for the good around you,
everywhere, Westminster. Redemption is something we
yearn for—everywhere—and
what I’ve come to learn is that
we’ll tell that story wherever it
can be heard. To assume that
those same narratives of liberation cannot be told to the
theme of British Invasion is
perhaps a little naïve. Now go
watch some British Tyra, Westminster. Cheers!
Addie is a senior English
and religion major. She decided on grad school, finished her Capstone, and
completed her last Holcad
layout this week. Phew!
Bonnie Raitt’s great soul continues
Photos from
“Slipstream” on April 10, 2012.
This bluesy, daring album,
with lively slide guitar and
Bonnie Raitt – a living leg- soulful vocals designate it as
end – released her new album authored by the one and only
By Laura Milanak
A&E Writer
Raitt. This is her first album in
seven years, debuting under
the brand new record label,
Redwing Records. The majority of this hot album is self-pro-
duced, but four songs are created by the dazzling Joe Henry
and showcase his extraordinary group of musicians. Other guests on the album include
Al Anderson, Maia Sharp, Bill
Frisell, and Ireland’s Paul
Brady. This album contains
twelve tracks, a few of which
are covers or Raitt’s renditions
of classics.
First of all, this album is the
auditory journey of the artist,
Raitt, returning to her routine
after a long silent spell. Raitt is
one of America’s most iconic
and important musicians, and
it’s comforting to know that
her album feels like home.
Since it has been seven years
since her last album, 2005’s
“Souls Alike,” it’s a different
pitch of the usual Raitt. Her
last seven years were unfortunately filled with tragedy: the
loss of her brother, best friend,
and parents. This is certainly
cause for some soul-searching.
But the losses do not ruin the
music. No, this music comes
with a joyful edge, crafted for
the simple delight of crafting
itself. This is of great interest
to her long-time followers. It
may not sound like complete
radio hits, but that’s not the
point of this album. It is for
long-time listeners pleasure,
and certainly, fans will be
So what is this album? Lots
of soul, lots of blues, lots of
just plain old Bonnie Raitt. Just
like a fine wine, her music improves with age. Her first track
on the album is “Used to Rule
the World,” which is a little
funky but talks of soul music
and artists who leave the profession too soon due to distractions. Her playing is loud and
boisterous, and fun to listen to.
“Take My Love With You” is
more melodic, but still a lovely
folk/soul type song. It has a
silky consistency that soothes
your ears. It showcases her
quiet passion as a vocalist.
A wittier ditty is “Marriage
Made In Hollywood,” an upbeat tempo song that leans towards the pop genre, that
sings of the selfishness in Hollywood, and of celebrities being the news with war as entertainment. This song reflects
her history as an activist and
contains a political agenda.
Other tracks on the album
are still just as good as new,
and while they are less of my
type of music, are still pleasant
to listen to. With "Slipstream,"
Raitt resurfaces in radiant,
surefooted fashion, confident
in her abilities, hungry to
record new tunes and hit the
road to play them for audiences. After 40 years in the
business she retains a disproportionate amount of soul, vigor and longing. Listeners are
blessed to have her.
Raitt is a cornerstone of today’s music industry. Popular
in the 90’s for songs such as
“Nick of Time,” “Something to
Talk About,” and the ballad “I
Can’t Make You Love Me,” she
is still going strong at sixtytwo years old. She was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of
Fame in 2000. American Songwriter Magazine praises “Slipstream” as being “her best album in years and one of the
best of her 40-year career.”
She is currently on tour,
playing the New Orleans Jazz
Festival on May 6th. The closest showing to campus is in
Akron, OH on May 23, 2012.
Her tour extends into October
of 2012, so if you are a fan and
want to see her, check her
website for tour locations.
As the Spring semester here
at Westminster winds down, I
would just like to take a few
words and thank all of you
readers for your support and I
appreciate all of the feedback
I’ve received on my articles
and reviews. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Since I
don’t have finals this semester,
I’d like to wish YOU good luck,
and have a great life. Thanks.
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Summer Video Game Outlook
By Travis Kellar
A&E Writer
Finals week separates us from
sweet, beautiful freedom of the
classroom. No more exams to
study for, no more papers to
write, and no more hitting that
snooze button for another five
minutes of sleep. Personally, my
summer is surely to be consumed by my part-time job, and
hopefully, a full-time job before
too long. In the mean time? I
plan to game.
Unfortunately, this summer
does not have too many big releases to look forward to. Sure,
there have been a number of
huge announcements such as
Grand Theft Auto V, God of War:
Ascension, and a new Super
Mario Bros. game for the Wii-U.
So what’s the problem? All of
them are coming out in 2013,
and aside from some screenshots
and videos from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3),
there is little more to do than
Despite the lack of big releases, there are some titles coming
out sooner rather than later that
have me excited. Rockstar is finally releasing “Max Payne 3” on
May 15th after nine years since
the release of “May Payne 2: The
Fall of Max Payne.” Considered
the start of a new chapter for the
series, screenshots have shown
two things: the game looks awesome, and it is bloody.
SEGA is releasing two titles
worthy of note, most prominently being “Sonic the Hedgehog 4:
Episode II.” Sonic’s adventure
from the first episode continues,
as Dr. Robotnik (or Dr. Eggman,
whichever you prefer) is up to no
good again. To make matters
worse? Metal Sonic is also back
to take out Sonic. SEGA has been
desperately trying to recreate the
magic they had with Sonic on the
Sega Genesis, and while Episode
I was a valiant effort, I would not
be surprised to see Episode II
also fail to hit the mark. Will I
still buy it? You bet. I started
gaming with “Sonic the Hedgehog” on a 16-bit Sega Genesis, so
Sonic has a near and dear place
in my heart.
Along with Sonic, SEGA has
finally listened to the fans and is
releasing “Virtua Fighter 5 Final
Showdown” sometime this summer. Basically, SEGA has added
two fighters to the roster; namely,
the sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi,
and karate specialist Jean Kujo.
Not impressive enough? PlayStation 3 users will finally be able to
go online and compete with
fighters all over the world, and
SEGA has said that 10,000 pieces
of customizable costume pieces
will be released via DLC. They
are also overhauling character
animations, victory poses, stages,
and music. This game has me
pretty stoked. Virtua Fighter is
easily my favorite fighting series,
and tournaments in arcades can
draw in huge crowds in Japan.
Otherwise, the summer is littered with a ton of releases but
not too many real standout,
must-have releases. “Call of Duty:
Black Ops 2” was just an-
nounced, but as per any “Call of
Duty” title, it is on tap for a November release. “Assassin’s Creed
III” is also on tap to hit the
shelves in October, and this is another game to keep an eye out
for. Stepping away from Europe,
the next installment is set during
the Revolutionary War, and
George Washington and Benjamin Franklin have been confirmed to play major roles. I am
having a hard time deciding
which is cooler; the fact that
there’s a game being set in the
Revolutionary War, or that Washington and Franklin will play
prominent roles. Either way, it is
looking to be epic!
I think the lack of releases this
year is due to all of the companies beginning to look to the
next generation of consoles. With
the Wii-U coming out this holiday season and rumor swirling
about the xBox 720, all that
needs to happen now is for Sony
to come out and announce the
PlayStation 4, or as rumors have
stated, “Orbis.” Sony has been
adamant in keeping to a ten-year
lifecycle for the PlayStation 3,
and if that is the case, there are
still four more good years left in
it. Then again, the limited release
of games may be due to a solid
Photo from
three years of blockbuster titles. I
mean, think about it. “Red Dead
Redemption,” “God of War III,”
“Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”, and “Final Fantasy XIII” all came out
within the last three years. That is
not taking into consideration the
lengthy list of games that have
came out alongside those notable
With E3 just a few months
away, there will surely be some
announcements worthy of note.
Big game announcements, more
juicy details on games coming
out within the next year, and perhaps some new console an-
nouncements are not farfetched.
For this summer, check out those
reliable sites, see if there’s something coming out that I have not
included, and go for it. It may be
a slow summer to be a gamer,
but given the beginning of a new
generation of consoles coming
up, things will surely pick up.
In the mean time, any one up
for some gaming fun this summer on the PlayStation 3 console,
feel free to add me, DarkWolf316.
I know, it is not the most creative
name out there, but it serves a
Summer Dance Premieres
Photo from
By Melissa Williams
A&E Writer
If you haven’t yet heard
about FOX’s reality dance
competition show, “So You
Think You Can Dance,” you
need to. NOW. Honestly Westminster campus, you are going
to love this show, and let me
tell you why.
You like music, right? And
especially the singles on the
top charts? Well, “So You
Think You Can Dance” features the top dancers from
around the country, doing
choreography from the top
choreographers around the
country, dancing to the most
popular music in the country.
There’s nothing better than
that. This show is no “Dancing
with the Stars,” where amateurs dance to awful remakes
of your favorite songs, I can
promise you that. Make a
mental checklist of the following songs: “Outta Your Mind,”
by Lil Jon and “LM*AO,” “My
Chick Bad” by Ludacris and
Nicki Minaj, “Whatcha Say” by
Jason Derulo, “No Air” and
“Battlefield” by Jordan Sparks,
“Mad” by Ne-Yo, “Bleeding
Love” by Leona Lewis, “Set
Fire to the Rain” by Adele,
“Gravity” by Sara Bareilles,
and “Collide” by Howie Day.
All of these songs have been
performed in the past, and if
you live in this century, you
should be familiar with all of
In this show, aspiring
dancers perform single auditions for four esteemed judges.
Rounds of callbacks ensue until 20 of the best aspiring
dancers in America are left
standing. From there, they are
paired up with previous winners and perform as couples
for America, who determine
the length of their stay with
their votes. One or more couples are eliminated each week
until one person is left standing to be crowned “America’s
Favorite Dancer.” The couples
draw their dance style from a
hat each week, which could be
anything from the standard
Contemporary, Ballet, Lyrical,
Broadway, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, Quickstep, and Jive to the
less familiar Krumping, Popping, and Bollywood. Each
week, viewers see and learn a
little more about each contestant, whether it be their personal background or quirks.
Backstage footage and interviews with the choreographers
are shown, so you really get to
see the steps it took for dance
to make it to the stage in its final form. Often times there is
a backstory and props that go
with each routine, so the performance is not just about the
dancers, the choreographers,
or the song individually, but
how they all come together.
The show has been nominated
and won so many awards that
there are too many too list
them all, however, it does need
to be mentioned that it has
won “America’s Favorite Summer Series,” multiple years in
a row.
Sometimes the culmination
of the choreography, dancing
ability, and music is so intense
that it is actually breathtaking.
I’ve teared up multiple times
because of this show, and actually forgot that I was in my living room watching television –
that is how intense and incredibly amazing the talent is on
this show. Young people, who
would not be able to follow
their dreams otherwise, are
able to because of the opportunity this show gives them. Additionally, last year, the show
succeeded in running tests
with Nike that officially
named dancing as a sport, and
many rising music artists have
broken out onto the music
scene because of their appearance on the show. Take new
popular artist Christina Perri,
for instance. She was singing
in bars until her song “Jar of
Hearts” became a nationwide
single in the span of one night
- the night her song was featured on the show.
With a campus as into music and dance as this one, I
don’t think it is too far of a
stretch to say that students and
staff alike will enjoy this show
– if they give it a fair chance.
The season 8 premiere is
Thursday, May 24 at 8/7c.
Check it out, and if you can’t
wait that long, watch the previous 7 seasons online. I won’t
be surprised when you claim
with the rest of America that
“So You Think You Can
Dance” is your new favorite
summer series.
Other shows premiering
this summer include, “Last
Resort,” “Gilded Lillys,” “Malibu Country,” “The Family
Trap,” “Zero Hour,” “Devious
Maids,” and “Beauty and the
Beast.” Check out the Huffington Post for more info.
What to watch for the remainder of 2012
A comprehensive list of the best movies you won’t want to forget between the semesters...
By Rose Selby
A&E Writer
So far, 2012 has offered us a
few decent films: “The Hunger
Games,” “The Lorax,”
“Titanic 3D,” etc. Okay,
okay – besides “The Hunger
Games,” 2012 has offered us
sheer bollocks in the way of
The rest of 2012, though,
seems a little more hopeful.
Here’s what to look out for the
remainder of this apocalyptic
year, should you survive:
TBA: “On the Road,” directed by Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries,” “Paris, je
t’aime”), starring Garret Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, and Viggo Mortensen.
Based on Jack Kerouac’s famous novel of the same title,
this film will (hopefully) place
us in the heart of the beat generation as we join Sal Paradise
(Riley) and Dean Moriarty
(Hedlund) in their gonzo road
trip across the USA. I am
100% skeptical of Kristen
Stewart’s role as Mary Lou, but
try not to let her pouty face
ruin this one for you, folks.
May 25th: “Moonrise Kingdom,” directed by Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,”
“Rushmore,”), starring Bruce
Willis, Edward Norton, and
one of Anderson’s favorites,
Bill Murray. Set in New England 1960s, this film will show
us a local town’s search for a
young-and-in-love boy and girl
runaway. Anderson tends to
put forth quirky characters,
skillful cinematography, and a
killer soundtrack.
June 22nd: “To Rome with
Love” – writer and director
Woody Allen is back in full action, ladies and gentlemen,
cast and all. Feels like old
times. And what competition
he has this time around: Ellen
Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, and
Allison Pill. As you might
have guessed, the film takes
place in Rome and zeros in on
the lives of its people, indigenous or not. I predict this
won’t stray far from Allen’s
usual loosey-goosey plotline,
but will maintain incredible
insight and entertainment,
July 20th:
“The Dark
Knight Rises,” directed by
Christopher Nolan, starring
Christian Bale, Joseph GordonLevitt, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, and Anne Hathaway. At
last, the third and final film of
Photos from and
Nolan’s Batman series. Not
much needs to be said as to
why this is a must-see. I will
say, though, that Joseph
Goron-Levitt should prove a
worthy addition to the cast for
his role as John Blake.
Sept. 21st: “The Perks of
Being a Wallflower,” starring
Emma Watson, Logan Lerman,
Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd.
The story of this naïve, introverted freshman should play
out true to the novel, as
Stephen Chbosky (the author
himself) wrote and directed
the film. Chbosky also helped
write the film version of
Oct. 5: “Frankenweenie,”
written and directed by Tim
Burton, starring Winona Ryder,
Catherine O’Hara, and Martin
Short (voices). This film seems
to be everything Burton-esque:
comedy/horror, claymation,
creepy, and swirly. The only
missing pieces are Helena
Bonham Carter and Johnny
Depp. “Frankenweenie” first
released in 1984 as a short
film, but this one will be feature-length.
Nov. 2nd: “Seven Psychopaths,” written and directed
by Irish filmmaker and play-
wright Martin McDonagh (“In
Bruges,” film; “The Pillowman,” play), starring Woody
Harrelson, Colin Farrel, Abbie
Cornish, and Christopher
Walken. This dark comedy
may be hard to find in theaters, but it would benefit you
to witness Martin McDonagh’s
work with the underbelly of
Dec. 14th: “The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey,” directed
by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen,
Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Elijah
Wood, and the rest of the fabulous company that constitutes
the Fellowship from “The Lord
of the Rings” trilogy. Adapted
from J.R.R Tolkien’s prequel to
this trilogy, this film will tell
the story of Bilbo Baggins’
journey “from caverns deep
and dungeons old” with a
group of Dwarves to reclaim a
stolen treasure from Smaug
the dragon.
If this is sold out on opening
night, check out “Les Miserables,” directed by Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), starring Hugh Jackman, Russell
Crow, and (don’t be discouraged:) Anne Hathaway.
Dec. 25th: “Django Un-
chained,” directed by Quentin
Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction,”
“Reservoir Dogs”), starring
Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, and
Don Johnson. After years of
using subtle conventions of the
Western genre in his films
(specifically with music),
Tarantino is finally offering us
an outright Western, ascots
and all. Also, if you hadn’t
guessed, violence is surefire.
If this is sold out on opening
night, check out “The Great
Gatsby,” directed by Baz
Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”),
starring Leonardo DiCaprio,
Tobey Maguire, and Carey
TBA: “Skyfall,” directed by
Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Jarhead,” “Revolutionary
Road”), starring Daniel Craig,
Ralph Fiennes, and Javier Bardem. If not because this is a
James Bond film, give this one
a go for its actors and director.
Some other considerations
you might make are “The Dictator” (May 16) starring Sacha
Baron Cohen, “Cloud Atlas”
(TBA) starring Tom Hanks;
and “Prometheus,” (Jun. 8) directed by Ridley Scott (“Gladiator,” “Thelma and Louise”).
Happy viewing!
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Is your bucket list empty? ...Of The Week
By Brit Stock
Staff Writer
As the weather warms up
and the school year comes to a
close, students spend a lot of
time reflecting on their accomplishments of the school year.
Did you make dean’s list? How
many movies did you see in
Mueller? Did you complete the
infamous campus crawl?
There is always that mental
list that one compiles of tasks
they would like to complete
before their four years here
come to a close. You can even
go as far as to call it a bucket
list. So, what things are still
left on your bucket list? You
have only a short time left to
complete them, so now’s the
time to evaluate.
“The only items still left on
my bucket list are watching
the sun rise over Lake Britain
and going on the balcony of
McKelvey,” senior Katie Moga
According to USA Today,
every college student needs a
bucket list. Some of their recommendations include, painting the campus rock, visiting
every fraternity house, riding
in a homecoming float, taking
a picture with the school mascot, and going sled riding with
a tray from the café.
Sound like fun? Then get to
work! If you are an underclassman, grab a pen and paper
and brainstorm your Westminster bucket list. If you are a senior, there is no time to waste.
Pull out that metal list you
have stored in the back of your
head for safekeeping and
make it a priority. After all,
who knows when you’ll need a
study break?
“I have made it onto the
roofs of three campus buildings,” says senior Rich Ligo.
“My goal is all of them.”
A good way to cross off
some of your bucket list agenda is to attend the SGA Tour of
the Unknowns. A few rooftop
balconies, secret rooms, and
uncharted corridors an be conquered on this one hour excursion.
Another popular bucket list
task at Westminster seems to
be the infamous campus
crawl. What is a campus crawl
you ask? It is the act of visiting
all five of Westminster’s fraternity houses in the same
evening. It often requires travel by the Happy Bus and completion of a campus crawl can
be validated through the collection of the “Over 21” wristbands.
Senior Leanna Julian states,
“I feel like I have surpassed
my Westminster bucket list
over the past four year. I would
however, like to complete one
last campus crawl.”
Sometimes, bucket list
items can be difficult to complete due to one setback or another. Junior Casey McDonald
knows a little something about
difficult tasks to complete.
“I’ve always wanted to put
my head under the soft serve
machine in the café,” says McDonald. “I asked the guy who
works there my freshman year
if I could and he said no, and
now he watches me every time
by Features Editor Sam Killmeyer
I was Here
Beyonce Knowles
Cheesy, yes, but I think we
can all use some cheesy
sometimes. Plus it’s hard to
deny that Beyonce has an incredible voice. While repetitive, Beyonce makes each chorus feel fresh. Check it out.
“I just want them to know
/ That I gave my all, did my
best / Brought someone some
happiness / Left this world a
little better just because / I
was here”
What will you write on your Westminster bucket list?
I am there. If I run out of time,
I guess I will just have to do it
in front of him.”
So, whether your bucket list
is close to completion or still
being written as we speak, the
important thing is that you
took the time to set goals and
accomplish them. The creation
of a bucket list allows you to
experience things you sometimes only dream of doing.
With a little bit of determination and guts, you’d be surprised how far you can go and
how many once in a lifetime
experiences you can have
along the way.
As Mark Twain so poetically
wrote, “Twenty years from
now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn’t do than by the ones you
did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the harbor. Catch the trade winds in
your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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YouTube Video
Monty Python - Woody and
Tinny Words
I love this Flying Circus
sketch. It contains a few
naughty words, but mostly just
five and half minutes of some
Monty Python guys being
ridiculous and enjoying words.
Caribou Gorn! What a woody
sort of phrase…
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Ines of My Soul
Isabelle Allende
I know everyone is busy
studying whatever texts they
need to know for finals, but
when summer (and free reading time!) arrives, pick up this
goody from Allende. Ines
Suarexz, a seamstress who
sees herself condemned to a
life of hard work, flees Spain
to seek a new life in Chile.
She begins a fiery romance,
builds a new city, wages war
Chileans…all the makings of
a thrilling story. It is a work of
breathtaking scope and a
beautifully crafted novel. And
maybe you’ll be convinced to
try out a few other Allende
novels afterwards!
Donnie Darko
I watched this film again in
between Volley Rock games
last weekend and realized
what an incredibly well crafted film it is! If you’ve seen it,
see it again, and if you
haven’t, well you just aren’t
living yet : )
Scary, strange, thoughtful,
definitely worth a watch.
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over 400
Mahesh Kumar A.—AP
Photo of the Week. April 26. An Indian shepherd woman carries a lamb as she walks across a dried pond on the
outskirts of Hyderabad, India.
the size of this year’s
graduating class (the
largest in Westminster
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What are your summer plans?
By Melissa Dubrawka
Staff Writer
A week from now, the semester will be officially over,
and that means one thing: it
will officially be summertime.
Whether the thought of it is
distracting you from studying
for your chemistry final or motivating you to crank out those
last three pages of your history
paper, it is safe to say that
summer is on the minds of the
majority of students. The only
thing in the way is those pesky
finals. The real fun can finally
begin once those are over
Three and a half months of
freedom await us all. There
will be time to relax, time to
travel, and time to live out
those long-awaited summer
plans with long-lost friends
from home. And of course,
there will also be time for responsibilities like jobs, internships, and summer classes. Either way, summer is quickly
approaching. explains the phenomenon that
students can experience on
their summer breaks from
school: “Your time in college—
during the academic year, that
is—is, of course, filled with
stressors like classes, papers,
lab reports, and exams. It is
also happily filled with the fun
stuff, like friends, parties, going out, and a seemingly endless schedule of upcoming
events and activities. During
the summer, however, the social scene in your life can drastically decrease, especially if
you're no longer on campus
and spend your days at a job
or internship.”
Many students were willing
to share how they plan on preventing this and keeping busy
over their time away from
Freshmen Kate Foster was
one who was willing to share
her plans.
“Over the summer, I’m going to Maryland,” Foster said.
“It will be a pretty fun trip.
And my cousin will be getting
married, so I’ll be helping out
a lot with that. It should be a
really fun time.”
An article on explains that many college students plan to go on
some kind of trip over their
summer breaks. It also shares
some helpful (and cost effective, which is always a plus)
tips that help with planning
your perfect summer vacation.
Some tips the article mentions are consider staying with
family or friends to save on accommodation costs, researching and always inquiring
about student discounts, which
most places will have if you
ask, or finding a job or an internship in the place you
would like to visit.
Speaking of money, jobs are
also highly desirable for college students during their
summers. Whether it is a paid
internship or taking orders at
the drive-through, most students will typically have some
means of money-making set
up for them when they arrive
Sophomore Johanna Anderson explained how she has
done just that.
“I’m taking three summer
course here, but I’ll also be
helping coach a kids soccer
team at home for my job,” Anderson said. “I’ll be like an assistant coach, so it should be
Anderson, who plays on the
soccer team, explains that she
thinks this job will help her in
the season to come.
But sometimes summer
work is not as easy to come by.
Foster explained her troubles
in the same area.
“I need to get a job,” Foster
said. “I’ve never had one before. It seems like everybody is
looking tiresomely for work.
Getting your first job is very
Even with difficulties, like
finding work, students still
manage to find the good in
Junior Lauren Foltz explained what her favorite
things about summer were.
“I love that there’s no homework,” Foltz said. “There’s lots
of free time, and the weather is
Summer break means
many different things for
many different people. For
some it is a way to blow off
steam from the stress of
school. For some (usually the
ambitious) it is a way to get
ahead and take some extra
classes. And for others it is a
way to do things they could
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Maybe your summer plans will involve running through a
huge field of sunflowers...
not do otherwise during the
nine months of school. also
gives a list of possible ways to
keep busy and have fun during the summer in an article
called “50 Ways to Stay Entertained Over a College Summer.” Some of the ways include: joining a community
sports team, going on a camping trip, taking a class in
something you typically would
not , volunteering somewhere,
and of course, catching up on
your reading.
However you choose to
spend your summer, it seems
the best way to do it is to do
what is best for you. There are
plenty of options. If you do not
know how yet, you better decide soon because it will be
here only a week from now, or
even sooner for those of you
that are lucky enough.
So break out the flip-flops,
the SPF, and bikinis, and be
happy. Summer is almost here!
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