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In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:25 am

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Special Report: The Inside Scoop on Juicy Campus

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 at 5:20 am

page5girlsArcadia is a University built on diversity and acceptance.  There is a diverse amount of clubs, everything from volleyball to Quidditch. The student body is geographically diverse with students from other countries studying in quiet Glenside, and Arcadia also houses a large LGBTQ community.  The differences in people are supposed to be not only accepted at Arcadia but learned from, like a forum for not only education by books but through life.

Spring break trips to different areas in the United States and around the world work to inform students of the way people live around the world, just like FYSAE and other study abroad destinations do for college life.  On campus, Arcadia celebrates this idea of harmony amongst difference with a symbolic Civility Flag.  But  unfortunately for many students of Arcadia University a website has given others a chance to speak out against the differences they don’t like or can’t understand. Throw in some other personal happenings orpossible facts and you have the dilemma that is Arcadia’s JuicyCampus.

JuicyCampus.com is an anonymous gossip website started by 2005 Duke University alum Matt Ivester.  In a New York Times article Ivester talks about JuicyCampus as “gossip 2.0”.  JuicyCampus acts like a virtual bathroom wall according to Ivester a place to write what someone wants about whoever the want.  For example a post might say something like “John Doe banged so and so in the Hienz bathroom last Friday.”  Other prevalent posts are list style like “Top Ten Pot Dealers at (insert school name here).” The site has caused quite a stir in campuses across the nation since its inception in august of 2007, and brought about clone websites in small instances like high schools.  At Arcadia the site has been used one of two ways, for the already mentioned gossip and for all out hatred.   This has been the problem with JuicyCampus in general.  The private gossip, finger pointing, and secrets told haven’t brought flack to the JuicyCampus or Ivester but going beyond intothreats of violence or outright hatred has.

In December of 2007, a student at Loyola Marymount University posted a threat to kill as many people as he could on the campus’ Alumni Mall building.  Resulting in JuicyCampus’s biggest headline to date. At Pepperdine University students moved to block JuicyCampus from the schools servers, other campuses have gone the route of blocking JuicyCampus from their network without a vote, even though it can be seen as a breech of the Constitution’s First Amendment protecting free speech.  Ivester has gone as far as to compare the blocking of JuicyCampus to China’s censoring of the Internet.  All in all, JuicyCampus has name its name on the dismay of the people mentioned on it making its infection of a campus the size of Arcadia University even more surprising.   The schools clashing with JuicyCampuses and Ivester in the headlines have 8,000 or more students as opposed to Arcadia’s smaller more tightly knit 3,600 plus.  The site had been blocked by three schools as of January 2009, Texas Christian University, Tennesee State University, and High Point Unversity.  JuicyCampus expanded over 500 niversities at its pinnacle in late 2008.

JuicyCampus became a problem on Arcadia’s campus causing dean of students Jeff Ewing to bring the issue up to Arcadia’s Student Government Organization, or SGO.  “I did approach SGO to discuss the issue because students had raised it with me and I wanted to see if the students involved with SGO wanted to address it.  The students who spoke to me were concerned about how others were being treated on the site and felt it was something we should address somehow.  From what they shared with me, there certainly seemed to be no positive purpose to the site.” Said Ewing

Unlike at other colleges and universities Arcadia’s issues with the site were resolved without much effort or trouble.  On February 5, 2009 JuicyCampus was shut down due to financial problems effectively ending the sites run at Arcadia or anywhere for that matter.  Some say the site or one like exists at another address but for the most part the online gossip site is dead at Arcadia University for now, but the sting from the things written will be felt for some time for those mentioned.

KNIGHTS of the WEEK

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 at 5:03 am

page8caitCaitlin Sparks  ‘GR, 09
Women’s Basketball

Fifth year player Caitlin Sparks became the new all-time scoring leader for Arcadia Women’s Basketball during this Saturday’s 57-38 loss to Commonwealth Conference opponent Lycoming College at Lamade Gymnasium in Williamsport.  Sparks entered the game needing 13 points and set the new program record (1297 points) on the free throw line with 2:11 remaining in the game, as she sunk the front end of a one-and-one chance to displace 2007 Arcadia graduate Katie Lynch, who held the previous mark of 1296.  For the week, Sparks averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, both above her season averages (13.9ppg/8.1 rpg) while her 27 steals leads the squad.

page8damienDamien Palantino ’10
Men’s Basketball

Junior gaurd Damien Palantino led his team in a tough winless week in Commonwealth play, providing many offensive sparks to keep the Knights in contention against strong teams in Widener and Lycoming.  Averaging 13.1 points per game, Palantino poured in 21 at home in a 68-62 loss against conference leader Widener before hanging a team high 15 on Lycoming in a unsettling 82-63 loss in Williamsport.  He shot the lights out with a team high 63% average from the floor, 50% from beyond the arc, and 86% from the charity stripe while adding 4 steals and dishing out 3 assists and surpassed senior Bobby Mulholland(12.1 ppg) as the season scoring leader.

Arcadia hosts Mid Atlantic Swim Championship

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 at 5:01 am

page8yellowthingsThis past weekend, February 13th thru 15th, Arcadia’s Men’s and Women’s swim teams participated in the 2009 Middle Atlantic Conference Swim Championships. The conference, which was held at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center, included rival teams from across the area, including Kings, Albright, and Lebanon Valley Colleges.

Leading AU’s Men’s team was senior John Konieczny, who placed 14th in the 200 meter Breast Stroke.  In addition to Konieczny, who shaved close to 7 seconds off his qualifying time, was fellow swimmer Steve Haasis, who also beat his best time by 7 seconds for the 200 meter backstroke. By far, however, the most impressive personal time was that of Jason Sharpe, who improved his qualifying time by 11 seconds in the 200 meter butterfly.

Arcadia’s Women’s team also proved successful over this past weekend, with Kayla Kroll placing 19th in the 200 meter Womens Butterfly, as well as Stephanie Bartolotta, who hit a personal best of  2:51:       34 in the 100 meter breaststroke.

A congratulations to all swimmers, both men’s and women’s, as well as to head coach Stephen Rote, on a job well done during this year’s conference and a great overall season this year.

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 at 4:59 am

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Arcadia’s Music Department: Marching to the Beat of broken Drums

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2009 at 2:15 am

page5doorWhen it comes to Arcadia, the term “Liberal Arts school” is thrown around a lot. Well actually Arcadia defines itself as a “comprehensive university”. But just for the sake of arguement, the Encyclopedia Britannica Concise defines “liberal arts” as a “college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum.”

When it comes to Arcadia, this definition rings true, for the most part. Yet, when going down the list of undergraduate fields of study, it is obvious that not all programs are created equal at Arcadia.
The program that is  perhaps most disregarded is the music program — or lack thereof — here at Arcadia.

Dr. William Frabizio, Chairman of Arcadia’s music department, knows first hand the problems that Arcadia’s music program faces,  “We lose students all the time-we lose students who are already here to study music, and we lose our potential students who come and take a look and I have to level with them that there’s not much support, and really, it’s a shame, it’s really a shame,” says Frabizio.

“It’s always a puzzle as to why administrators are against something. It really is. I wonder why. And, they mention liberal arts eighty-some times in the catalogue. Music was one of the first seven liberal arts as established in the 800’s,” added Frabizio.

Every year, fresh faces enter the University ready to take on the challenge of the college life.

Freshman Alyssa Reiner has noticed the lack of support for music at Arcadia, especially when compared to her friends’ choices for college. “A bunch of my friends went to other colleges and I came here and was incredibly disappointed at the lack of musical groups and any kind of focus on music,” says Reiner. “Maybe make it from a minor into a major because there’s so much focus on fine arts with theatre and everything, and music is so closely related to those, yet there is barely anything.”

Freshman Michael Cunnane agreed with his classmate. “The music department is pretty much nonexistent and I don’t understand that. I find it really strange that you can’t major in music here,” says Cunnane.

Cunnane says he is happy at Arcadia overrall, yet he sees room for improvement.

“I’m already in the school-I’m in too deep.  Music should definitely be something we can do here-at least get a major in.”

Problems in the music Department seem to come fast and often.  Music Professor Alvin Byer had a class he was giving rescheduled from Room 114 in  Boyer Hall to Stiteler Auditorium.  “That big open room behind the auditorium which is not a very pleasant room to give private lessons in. It’s very big, it’s totally open, and people can walk in and out,” says Byer.

According to Byer even the instruments supplied to the ailing Music Department fail to meet basic standards. “Both those pianos, the one in Boyer and in Stiteler are in very poor condition. They have notes that don’t play, and when the student is playing something for me and I don’t hear a note, I think it’s because they missed playing it but in fact, she hit the key and it didn’t respond,” says Byer. “I get the strong impression that the music program is given lowest priority. It’s very embarrassing and discouraging. We get the crumbs that are left over.”

Freshmen Andrew Hutz echoed Professor Byer’s sentiments. “I think that one of the major problems with this school’s music department is the fact that there seems to be a fundamental lack of respect for musicians and what they need in order to work,” says Hutz.

President Jerry Greiner points to a lack of student interest for the decline of the program. “I think there was a point in the history of Arcadia where there was a very active major program and there was a number of students who participated in it,” says Greiner. “Then it began to dwindle, became smaller and smaller, so that the decision was made to reduce the major down to a minor in order to make it more economically feasible to have a music program.”

According to Greiner, Arcadia has made few changes to the budget of the program since its transition from a major to a minor.

Dr. Frabizio remembers it slightly differently.

“When I first came here we had a music major, we had two music majors undergraduate. And, for some reason, they lifted me out of the chairmanship for a year, rerouted a lot of money that had been developed for music into other fields, and ultimately eliminated the music major,” says Fabrizio.

Greiner also points to a lack of space as a limitation for a more developed music program. “My hope would be that in our next building, which is the University Commons, we would be able to find space within that building that could be dedicated, or nearly dedicated, for the use of students. We’d have to work on the design of that space to make sure that it’s soundproofed in ways that would make it possible for students to practice there without disturbing the offices that are above or next door to the space,” says Greiner.

But even with more space Greiner still does not see the need to create an undergraduate Music Major. “I’m not getting the impression from people that I’ve talked with that there’s an interest in having a major,” says Greiner.

Dr. Frabizio suggests making it easier for students to let their voices be heard about the program. “I had suggested to the president  that it would be a good idea to have, for lack of a better term, a series of town meetings, where just the president of the college and students met, without any other administrators or faculty or anybody there and field questions from people and comments from them and he would have a pretty good idea of what’s going on,” says Fabrizio. “I think the student voices are the ones that would be heard. I’m not trying to incite anything, but I think students are the ones who can say ‘Hey, we want this’.”

Frabizio feels losing the music program entirely would be a great loss to Arcadia. “If we exclude it from education, in favor of what they’d like to call the three R’s, or the basics, or fundamentals, or something like that, we’re skipping a large part of communication that they don’t think about.  I don’t know of any other subject that people can be so passionate about what they’re doing.”

Feeling the Squeeze: How Arcadia is Feeling the Economic Crisis

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 at 10:59 pm

For the most part college students expect to be poor. We understand that while we are off earning our degree we might have to drive a hand me down car, wait until Christmas to update our wardrobe, or settle for Ramen  noodles instead of a night out.

This is all part of the trade off we make for our future, because after we graduate, we expect to be able to make enough money for the things we want.  But with the economy in the state it is now, many students are starting to wonder if the grass is actually greener on the other side. Instead of preparing for a lucrative career in the workforce, many Arcadia students are wondering if they will even be able to land an entry level position coming out of college.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers these last few months have shown ominous signs for college grads. There was a decreased expectation in college hiring across almost all sectors of the economy in the months of August, September, and October. The only sector that saw a rise in hiring was government.
For some students, this bleak outlook has made them turn to graduate school as a way to wait out the troubled economy while developing a specialty to use for a job upon graduation. The problem with graduate school is that it adds another two years of college debt to many students that are already in the red financially.

“I’m thinking I’m going to have to work a year since I can’t afford to go to grad school,” says Arcadia senior Alex Timmons. For Timmons and others graduating this year, they feel that grad school might be the best option, but it is a costly one. “Grad school is my ultimate goal, but we don’t always get what we want,” adds Timmons.

Other seniors are looking to go into high paying jobs in medicine or law. Mark Keller is a biology major looking to get into medical school after graduation. “I’m going to medical school right after, so there will always be jobs there unless things get so bad where they have to start closing hospitals,” says Keller. “My big concern would come if I didn’t get into med school and then trying to get a job in the mean time.”

According to a recent ABC News  article, some college graduates can hope to slip into vacant spots left by retiring baby-boomers.  The article points to positions for students with Engineering and other applied science degrees as being sought after currently, despite the state of the economy. For those at Arcadia where there is not even a Physics degree offered, let alone Engineering, many students wonder if a degree in English, History, or some other social science will be able to land them a job.

“I’m worried about getting a job with any relevance to why I went to school,” says sophomore Political Science major, Chelsea Christiansen.  Christiansen and fellow underclassman, junior Christie Shaub, are worried even if they have a year or more until graduation.

“I’m $52,000 in debt, and I currently plan to go to grad school, so I don’t know how I’m going to pay for loans,” says Shaub. In addition to their worries about getting a job and student loans, both students saw their college funds almost disappear because of huge losses in the stock market. Shaub estimates her loss at around $13,000.

Perhaps some of the students most nervous about graduation are those that chose the Arts as a field of study. Although Art majors were never known for making huge salaries right out of college, things are starting to look especially bleak in today’s economic environment.

Senior Angela Kent is an Interior Design major graduating in May. “Just last summer trying to get a simple job at a restaurant was hard because a lot of older people were looking to pick up a second job to pay the bills,” says Kent. “Interior Design is already a hard job to get because it’s so competitive, but [with the economy] it’s already hard to get any job.”

Senior art education major Nicole Polizzi has similar worries. “With a lot of schools’ art budgets being cut, it’s going to be difficult,” says Polizzi. “I’m not trying to worry about it yet, I have another semester to come back to,” adds Polizzi.

To be sure, anxiety is natural among seniors no matter what the state of the economy, but the current situation only adds to the stress. Banking on the retirement of baby-boomers seems like a long-shot, and unless you are one the few students lucky enough to be interested in a job with the government, the best many of us can do is hope for some improvement between now and May. Until then we might just have to start getting used to the idea of driving that beat up Honda or Toyota and eating that steady diet of Ramen noodles.

Arcadia’s Evolution: The New University Commons

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 6:12 am

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Frances Halsband knows Arcadia. Her architecture firm, Kliment-Halsband, designed the Landman Library’s expansion and her design for the University Commons will soon come to life in front of the Kuch Center. We spoke with  Ms. Halsband about her vision for Arcadia and the future of Beaver Beach.

Tower: This is the second major project Kliment-Halsband has designed for Arcadia. What architectural themes have you maintained or improved upon from the Landman Library?

Frances Halsband:
For the Landman Library we were designing a building that wouldn’t compete with the castle, but would hold its own as an anchor on the other side of campus. The library is kind of a serious limestone building. When we got to thinking about the University Commons, we were trying to make a building that would connect and reach out to the library and the grey towers castle. So the building as a design, and an architectural organism, is meant to connect the campus. There is a bridge that connects the castle to the upper levels, there is an entrance on the ground level near the soccer field and a rear entrance, so we’re hoping it connects the different areas of the campus. The goal was to make this building permeable and welcoming visually.

Tower: Does Kliment-Halsband specialize in a particular architectural style?

Frances Halsband: Most of our work is on university campuses, so we specialize in the problems of college life. We needed to make this building a place of the future. Focusing on making it a green building and letting a lot of natural light in.

Tower: What specific elements about the design make it a green building?

Frances Halsband:
Well, the obvious ones: using as much light as possible, and as many recycled materials as we can. Right now, we’re doing a study to see if the building could be geothermal. We will drill under the soccer field to see what type of heat could be collected for geothermal uses.

Tower: The soccer field is a beloved landmark on AU’s campus, becoming a social center (lovingly nicknamed Beaver Beach) during the warmer months. What steps have you taken to respect or enhance that environment?

Frances Halsband: Well, first of all, let me just say if the building is geothermal, it will all be under the grass. They will not prevent anyone from playing soccer. Soccer players will not disappear into the wells. But, more than that, the student lounges all look out on the field and there is an outdoor deck that we really see as a place to watch games, or hang out and watch whatever other event is going on. So we really see the University Commons as an extension of Beaver Beach.

Tower: Arcadia has a long history with distinctive architecture, the Castle being the most obvious example. What do you think makes the University Commons distinctly Arcadian?

Frances Halsband:
Well, when we started designing the library the curve design came up as a way to tie the buildings together. It had a resonance in the circular shape of castle. When we looked at the student center, we thought doing another curved building would be too much, so we tried not to make such a drastic curve design. But the roofline is still a distinctive curve. The curve on the inside is actually a delineator between the lounge areas and the meeting rooms. We’re also using similar materials to tie the buildings together. Near the castle, we are using the same grey stone the castle is made out of. Then near the library, it changes to glass along with a similar stone as the library, but it’s a darker stone.

Tower: Glass is also a major element in the University Commons’ design. Why did you decide to use glass?

Frances Halsband: Well, for two or three reasons. First, bringing daylight in. And second, making connections with things inside the building and outside. It’s really about making connections between the different sections of campus.

Tower:
Is there anything else you would like Arcadia students to know about the building?

Frances Halsband:
I would just tell them there will be many smaller meeting rooms of various sizes, but I think what will make the building useful are big rooms that can be designed by students over time. There is a big student activities space on second floor and considering the nature of student clubs I think it will really evolve and develop in the future.

Late Game Scoring Ensures Knights’ 3-1 Win over Griffins

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2008 at 1:25 am

A pair of scores, just under three minutes apart, late in the second half, broke a 1-1 stalemate and gave Arcadia University Women’s Soccer some breathing room, with an insurance goal going on to defeat local Division II rival, Chestnut Hill College, 3-1 Thursday afternoon in Glenside, PA.  Thursday’s win is Arcadia’s second straight as they improve to 8-5-2 (1-1-1 Commonwealth).  The Griffins drop to 5-11 overall.

In a game that Arcadia controlled from start to finish, the Knights took thirty-nine minutes before senior Jamie Bradford rifled a shot, from 25 yards out, that hung just enough over Griffin keeper Kelly Evans for the opening score.  It was Bradford’s third goal of the season.  The Knights retained their 1-0 advantage well into the second half before the Griffins took one of their only offensive possessions of the second half.  The game-tying goal from Chestnut Hill came off the foot of junior Julie Treen who poked home the shot to the left of Arcadia keeper Jacquelyn Eckert.  Sophomore Lauren Riff assisted on the goal by Treen at 52:34.

Caitlin Lafferty, who started the contest playing the field for the Griffins, took to between the pipes to replace an injured Kelly Evans, coming up big on numerous Arcadia shots on goal, but could prevent Arcadia sophomore Jenni Groves from playing a through ball from Janelle Jablonski, which Groves poked in the short side past Lafferty for the go-ahead tally at 76:30. The goal was Groves’ third of the year.  Under three minutes would go by with Arcadia leading 2-1, maintaining the momentum the Knights converted on a pretty cross pass from Groves to sophomore Stephanie Edson, heading home the Knights’ insurance goal at 78:54. Edson’s goal was her second of the season.

Lafferty prevented the Knights from taking a 4-1 lead with 4:15 remaining as she robbed the Knights at point-blank range, finishing the contest with 7 saves.  Evans finished the game with 10 saves before leaving due to an injury.  Eckert made 3 stops for Arcadia, picking up her 5th win of the season.

Arcadia returns to their Commonwealth schedule with undefeated Messiah College on Saturday at noon in Glenside.

All Knights’ Athletics articles courtesy of Arcadia University Athletics, photos courtesy of University
Photographer Josh Blustein

Controversial Game Winner Pins Loss on Knights’ Conference Record

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2008 at 1:23 am

An Albright College free hit that was ruled a goal off of a deflection sparked the Lions 2-1 come from behind win over host Arcadia University in Commonwealth Conference field hockey Wednesday afternoon in Glenside.  The Knights, who remain winless in conference play, opened the scoring in the first half, only to have Albright tie it up with under minute remaining before the controversial goal in the 43rd minute of play.  Arcadia falls to 5-13 overall (0-3 CC), while the Lions of Albright pick up their first Commonwealth win of the year (1-3), improving to 4-12 overall.

Senior Kristin Conrad sparked Arcadia’s first goal, feeding sophomore Caroline Champi for the score and the Arcadia 1-0 lead.  The Knights, who outshot the Lions 9-4 in the opening half, had some other fine looks, but Albright converted on the next goal to tie it up at 1-1 at 33:53, scored by Michelle Pomante from Kimberly Hummel.

The Lions would go on to outshoot the Knights in the second half 12-7, but not before a free hit that would turn out to be the game changer.  Gia Boscola stepped up for the free hit, which made it’s way past Arcadia keeper Brittany Rasmussen and in.  Albright’s Beth Moran was credited with the deflection and the eventual game winner.

Albright held the slight advantage in corners 7-6 and shots wound up even at 16 apeice.  Rasmussen was solid in goal, making 10 stops through regulation.

The Knights travel to Widener next Tuesday and then Lebanon Valley on Nov. 1 for their final two Commonwealth and regular season matchups for 2008.

All Knights’ Athletics articles courtesy of Arcadia University Athletics, photos courtesy of University
Photographer Josh Blustein