Refugee Life in President Trump’s Administration

The Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia
The Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia

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“We left our property, land, house, everything as it was, and we just ran for our life.” 18 years waiting for freedom. 18 years, looking for a new chance in life.

“We had no hopes, no dream, no nothing, our dream was to be alive the next day.” When Milan Neopaney was just one year old, he and his family were forced to leave their homeland of Bhutan. They fled to India and were then sent to Nepal. It was there that Milan grew up–in a refugee camp.

“Thirty to 50 people were dying everyday from diarrhea, dissenttaria, vomiting, malaria.” Like all other refugees, Milan and his family had to go through a five stage vetting process before they could enter the United States. Regional Director of Bethany Christian Services, Mark Unger said “you have homeland security, you have FBI, you have CIA, you have retina scans and blood tests. And so all kinds of background checks to make sure there is no relation between you and any terrorist.”

In 2010 they finally made it to the U.S. Milan now works at Bethany Christian Services in Lancaster, where he helps other refugees who are trying to start a new life here. “I don’t charge them anything, I just volunteer here.”

The organization just started its Lancaster refugee program last May. But with President Donald Trump’s Executive Order, there will have to be some changes.

“if this 120 day halt takes place, many people don’t realize that’s a four month hault in our programs.”

“Bethany Christian services had originally planned on resettling about 180 refugees this year from around the world, but with the executive order that number will be more than cut in half.”

“Yes, I understand the need for us to keep our borders strong and to not let illegal immigrants come in this country especially those who are bent on violence and harming people. We don’t want that in our country we need to protect our people, but refugees aren’t the people who are doing those things.”

After those 18 years in a refugee camp and five years in the U.S., Milan just got his U.S. Citizenship. He says he will definitely be voting in the next election. In Lancaster, Irene Snyder,

Mad Cow: First Performance 2017

Elizabethtown College’s popular improvisational theatre troupe Mad Cow held their “Leffler” show at 8 p.m. on Friday at Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.

The 14-member group consists of students across a diverse range of class standing and academic backgrounds, two of which function as “techies,” responsible for the technical aspects of the show. The other 12 members act out various games that require them to create scenes, dialogue, stories, actions, and characters on the spot, without script.

Mad Cow performs one show every month, with some of the shows taking on different themes, locations, or content. This month’s show (January) was held at Leffler Chapel which provides a very different setting than the usual Gibble Auditorium in Esbenshade, an academic building on Elizabethtown’s campus reserved primarily for engineering, mathematics, and occupational therapy students. While normally maintaining a strict “family-friendly” atmosphere, one of Mad Cow’s spring shows, the ‘After Dark Show,’ relaxes this rule and allows for more10714319_820452111319522_4169874599509782575_o adult themes to be present in games.

The group’s current president, senior student Kevin Hughes thought the show went well. “The audience seemed to have a good time, and I’m entirely satisfied with the group’s performance, he said.” Senior student, Samantha Eisdorfer was recorded as having enjoyed the show as an audience member, despite selling merchandise for the event. “I’m always a big fan of Mad Cow, and I especially enjoyed some of the later games this show.”

Mad Cow’s February show, the ‘Vote-In’ show, where the audience votes for the games played, will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Gibble Auditorium.

Super Bowl Ads

Allison Hauser, Cat Papili, Sam Jarvis, Carly Thompson

Some people tune into the Super Bowl for the game, but many more tune in to watch the commercials that air throughout the broadcast.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, the 2017 Super Bowl aired at 6:30 p.m. on Fox with the Atlanta Falcons facing the New England Patriots

There were many different types of commercials throughout the broadcast, ranging from heartfelt to comical, and everyone seemed to have one or two favorites.

The “Super Bowl Babies” commercial was mentioned by many, including Jerica Shuck and Melissa Spencer, as being a favorite. Shuck explained that she found the images of the babies with mustaches and cowboy hats incredibly adorable.

Another commonly mentioned commercial was the Skittles commercial, which was the favorite of two separate Elizabethtown College students. Other mentioned commercials were the Tide commercial with Terry Bradshaw, the 84 Lumber commercial, the Coca-Cola commercial, and the Bai Antioxidant Infusions commercial.

What was the most interesting moment of the Super Bowl?

On February 6, 2017 a random poll was conducted on Elizabethtown College asking for the participants’ favorite moment of Sunday night’s Super Bowl. The results were a near 50/50 split between the actual game and the half-time show.

Many people were shocked by the results of the big game, most everyone expecting the Falcons to win. Some were mad, like Ryan Sagedy, junior, said, “The Falcons had a huge loss and I really expected them to win.” Others were generally surprised. Artist-in-Residence, Mr. Cullen’s favorite moment was the Patriot’s comeback.

For those who had no major interest in the game itself were invested in Lady Gaga’s Half-Time performance. Sarah McCollum, senior, was delighted by ‘the Face Guy,” the guy who’s face was zoomed in on during the show. Dr. Badgerow enjoyed Lady Gaga’s close to the show when she jumped off stage and caught a ball.

All in all, the general consensus is that the Super Bowl this year was quite a memorable event.

-Kenyon Tarquinio, Pleasant Sprinkle-Williams, Colin Friel, and Maggie Boccella

Etown Faculty and Students Respond to Super Bowl Questions

Article by: Kim Morris, Lauren Poland,  Jamie Verrekia, Brandon Wolf

Super Bowl LI took place on February 5th, 2017 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.  Kickoff happened at 6:30 PM in the NRG Stadium in Huston, Texas. The final score was 34-28 with the Patriots winning in overtime. According to proximately 111.3 million people watched the game, including some Elizabethtown College students and faculty.

At halftime, Lady Gaga performed a mix of her old and new tracks, surrounded by thousands of lights and drones. She dropped from the stadium’s roof into the stadium to perform her solo set. Britani Graver, a sophomore at Elizabethtown said, “I loved the halftime show, I love Lady Gaga!” According to Andy Williams, Director of Broadcasting at Elizabethtown College, “the opening portion of the show was shot a week before-hand due to a no-fly-zone within 35 miles of the stadium.” Gaga used 1,000  drones to illuminate her as her backdrop for her opening.

68 ads were shown between the quarters, several of which were repeats of the same products. Some of the ads shown included Mr. Clean, Skittles, The Nintendo Switch, T-Mobile, and Avacados from Mexico. Matt VanCleef, a junior, didn’t watch the whole game, but he enjoyed watching the ads. “My favorite was the Chrysler Alfa Romero ad.” Williams said, “my favorite was the Kia Motors Eco-Hybrid commercial.”

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Citizen Journalism