Elizabethtown College Introduces Men’s Volleyball



    It was announced in July of 2017 that Elizabethtown College would be starting a men’s volleyball program along with the woman’s.  This past week, the team had their first meeting as they try to recruit players for the upcoming 2018-19 season.  This will be Elizabethtown’s 24th Division III sport.

    Elizabethtown College will now be giving more students an opportunity to play in college.  In a previous interview on the Elizabethtown College website, President Carl J. Strikwerda said that, “The College is pleased to expand the opportunities for our students to compete in varsity sports by offering men’s volleyball and enjoy the full benefits of our scholar-athlete model.”

    Amy Frasch, a former swimmer at Elizabethtown College, really likes the idea of DIII athletes.  She mentions the importance of making friends and also adding that, “Being involved in sports helped me stay focused and on top of things.”

   The team will be coached by Alex Hinsey.  Hinsey is no stranger to volleyball and coaching.  In his three years of coaching for Upper Saint Clair, he lead the girls team to a 46-12 record and numerous births into the state playoff berths.  Getting the team there for the first time since 2007. He was also the boys varsity head coach at Steel Valley High School from 2013 to 2017.  The team would win 35 games with Hinsey as their coach.

    Elizabethtown has always had a club team, but Hinsey will be basically starting from scratch with this new job.  “When I was in high school there weren’t as many opportunities to play college volleyball at the varsity level.”  Hinsey thought the opportunity to start a new program from the ground up was a huge opportunity for him.

    Compared to girls volleyball, there are not many options for boys to play volleyball at a varsity level.  When ask about this, Hinsey said, “Most people see volleyball as a girls sport.”  He also added that the sport of boys volleyball is a growing sport at the college level.  Elizabethtown College will be the 102 Division III school to have a men’s volleyball team.

    There are 90 different high schools throughout the state of Pennsylvania with high school volleyball teams.  On the contrast, only 22 colleges in Pennsylvania offer a Men’s team.  Only 2 of those colleges are a Division I school.  That only gives 303 kids an opportunity to play men’s volleyball at the next level.  Only 13.5 of those student could receive a scholarship.

    Hinsey was in a similar situation when he took over another newly started high school team in the Pittsburgh area.  Within the first two years of coaching that team, they won a league title.  Coach Hinsey is looking for that same success in the coming years here at Elizabethtown.

     “We want to compete.  Wins and losses will take care of themselves.  We want to be the best team we can be.”

    Elizabethtown College will also be hosting a boys volleyball clinic in March for high school students.  The camps main focus is to teach kids the basics of volleyball and improving their skills.  It is also an opportunity to get kids to come to Elizabethtown and see how they like it.

Volleyball will hopefully be a fan favorite here on campus.  Danielle Hudicka, a student at Elizabthown, played volleyball in high school and says it was a great sport to play.  She says that, “It was a great hobby.  Being able to be around a Buch on girls,” was her favorite part about playing.

     The team will be joining the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) this coming year.  The conference is expanding to 12 teams, adding 3 new schools this year.  This conference includes schools such as Rutgers University-Newark, and Southern Virginia University.

The Baby and the Bird

Kenneth Berkenstock


Introduction to Writing Across the Media


The Baby and Bird

The onlookers eyes lay glazed in the vision of the speaker. A 7 P.M. class was less than ideal for most of the students attending. Although the speaker and the presentation was quite interesting. The speaker, Dr. David Downing, gave a presentation detailing the accounts of WW1 and the effect the war had on some of the greatest literature ever written. Narnia and Lord of the Rings are considered some of the most cherished literature, but how much is know of the authors.

These great tales begin in the dark, barren lands of Europe and its trenches. Both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis would see these unimaginable terrors up front. “Having both been at Oxford, the demand to fight for their country was there” Dr.Downing stated in the presentation.

“ Though neither were actually from the British mainland,” Downing chuckled at this statement. With being transferred to the front lines, the foundation of both books would be laid. When asking a fellow student James Vernon about how he viewed the presentation his response was simple “Downing brings life into a simple presentation, what may be perceived as a simple lecture has a greater means with him speaking.”

Downing touched upon the importance Oxford would play for both these writers. When they returned from the war, each learned of their own intentions of writing about these “fantasies”. The writers would eventually come together and meet at their favorite bar, The Baby and Bird. Their group would eventually expand and included others to look upon the writings and have their own input. Dr. Downing would go on to explain the importance that this would play in shaping each chapter, for the better or the worse. Caleb Clements also a fellow student felt that “What may seem like an uninteresting topic for a bio major still grabbed my attention with great interest.”

One of the key aspects of both stories would be how Christianity was tied into each of the writers stories. Multiple aspects for each writer’s life is deeply entwined with the writings. WW1 would be the push that opened up each authors ideas and truest feelings. With J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing, the characters are also perceived as being a band of brothers, just as him and his fellows in the unit were considered. Each character has strengths and weaknesses that were key to making the group complete. With C.S. Lewis the same could be seen with his writings, though there would be an aspect that would be seen with darker emotions. Battles would carry the same erie strategies of WW1, large mass charges towards the enemy lines would be seen in particular battle scenes. The groups would be mercilessly mowed down with no success, just as in WW1.

Ultimately, these findings played a big part in allowing students to have a deeper understanding of what these great stories stored. Often it is thought that key events give true depth to what the author is writing of. The events that are felt or seen are redistributed through the words of an author. This attempt at giving fuller meaning may not always be transferred exactly as wanted. Overall emotions can only be shared so much, it is the skill of the author that is able to capture this moment and pass it.


Relay for Life

     On March 23, 2018, Elizabethtown College will be hosting relay for life to promote cancer awareness. This event will be held at Elizabethtown College, at the Thompson Gymnasium.  There will be luminaria available to anyone who makes a donation. These luminaria represent those who have been battling with or have lost their lives due to cancer.

 The event will be featuring an opening ceremony where someone will talk about the event in detail and its purpose. After that, there will be a walk in which people who donate to the organization, can participate. At the end of the event, there will be a closing ceremony in which someone will honor all of those who have been affected by cancer in any way.

Colleges against Cancer is an organization which is located at Elizabethtown College and is in charge of organizing the event. The organization is made up of students who are to attend meetings in order for everything to get done before the event in the spring.

When AJ Calabrese was asked what he was doing to prepare for the event,he responded by saying, “ I attend meetings and I am told to attend these meetings every monday at 9 PM. “ Calabrese also then went on to discuss the goals of the organization, as to how much money they plan on raising. “ Our goal this year is $55,000 but we have only been able to raise $5,000 this year so far.” When asked how much money he has raised so far, Calabrese said,” I’ve personally raised $15, but I plan on raising more before the deadline.”

Some of the sports teams here at Elizabethtown are involved in Relay for Life. The softball team for example, has its own team for relay and all of the players were told by their coach to raise $15 each. When asked how much money she raised Amber Sergas said, “ I’ve personally only raised $15, but some of the other girls on the team have raised a lot more. “ Sergas also then went on to say, “ the coach strongly encourages us to raise as much money as we can.”

Bree Komiskee, who is also apart of the Colleges against Cancer foundation was asked how much money she has raised so far and she said,” I have personally raised $25 and I am happy with that amount!.” The students who are involved in this organization, have all had to donate some amount of money in order to be apart of the organization.  When asked how the organization going to be sure that it meets its donation goals, Bree said, “ everyone is going to have to step their game up and try to raise more money. I personally am going to have to start asking more of my friends and family to give donations.”

With all of this being said, Relay for Life is going to be here before we know it. There is a lot to still be done, as well as a lot to look forward to in this upcoming event.


Etown to host speakers on opioid epidemic

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA—Elizabethtown College on Thursday announced that it will be hosting a group of speakers on Monday, Feb. 19 who will discuss in detail the extent of the opioid crisis in central Pennsylvania.

The symposium will be held in light of the current state of opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, which has the fourth-largest overdose rate in the United States. In early January, Gov. Tom Wolf declared the opioid epidemic a statewide disaster, which was done to provide greater access to aid for the state.

“I knew like three kids that went to my high school that died from [overdose] in the past year,” a former Elizabethtown High School student said. “I wasn’t friends with them, but I knew who they were.”

“Almost every night you hear the firetrucks or ambulances going to respond to overdoses,” an Etown college student who lives off campus said. “It’s a real issue around here.”

Issues to be covered at the symposium include the science behind addiction, treatments for addiction, and the sociological ramifications of the opioid crisis.

On the speaking panel are Mary Dolheimer, a board member of York County’s drug-awareness organization ‘Not One More,’ Kate Eberz, a social worker at the Naaman Center for drug treatment in Elizabethtown, Tom Hagan, an associate professor of Biochemistry at the college, E. Fletcher McClellan, a professor of political science at Etown, and Gail Viscome, executive director of Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care, which focuses on the promotion of drug-abuse prevention as well as physical and emotional wellbeing.

The Masters Center at Elizabethtown College, where Esbenshade Hall is located.

The symposium, which is free to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Esbenshade Hall. Additional information on the event can be acquired from Susan Mapp, a professor of social work and a department chair at Etown college, by calling 717-361-3766 or by email at mapps@etown.edu.

Posing For Your Health

Yoga. Tai chi. Zumba. Water polo. These were all classes held for the employees of Elizabethtown College. They wanted to have a way to destress and unwind during their lunches.

The yoga class for staff and faculty is held in Royer Basement Fitness Studio. The class was organized by the Employee Wellness Team, in an effort to get the employees healthy and active during their lunch break.

There are two different sessions throughout the semester; the first one starting in January 2018 and the second one starting in March 2018. Both sessions last about seven weeks of the semester. The registration fee for the sessions is $30.

The class is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:05-12:50p.m. Anyone is available to join, regardless of your experience with yoga. Tammie Longsderff, the Assistant Director of the Learning Zone, recently joined the class. “There was a lot going on last semester, and I felt like I needed something to help clear my head.” She said. Tammie has never taken a class like this before.

Susan Krall, an employee of the Employee Wellness Team, remarked that they started the class to help the employees, and that yoga was the only class they tried that stuck around. “We had a lot of people sound interested in yoga. We have anywhere between 17 to 20 people in a session.” Ms. Krall has been doing yoga since the program started here on the campus. She’s been doing it for stress reduction and for better flexibility.

Bex Williams, a sophomore art student at the college, took a yoga class last semester. They enjoyed learning new poses and attempting to get flexible and healthy. “It was a challenge, but I liked it. I only started yoga last semester. And I’m not the best at it.”

Ms. Krall had some encouraging words for those that want to try yoga for the first time. “Give it a try and don’t give up. It’ll be hard and will take some time, but you will get better.”

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Citizen Journalism