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Humans of Etown: Nicole Blyth

“Mainly I just want to travel and explore the world while getting paid” first year student Nicole Blyth said when asked what her goal was at the end of the next three years. For the International Business student from Mars, no not the planet, but the town right outside Pittsburgh, coming to Elizabethtown College was almost a no brainer. The International Business program at Elizabethtown cannot be compared to other schools of the same size, so despite having to travel about four hours every time to go home, the program made the train ride well worth it.

Home in Mars includes a mom and dad, Patty and John, as well as brother Steven who is 22. He may be her only biological sibling, but as for “adoptive” ones, Nicole has another brother Daniel. Daniel is a sixteen year old foreign exchange student from China. After Nicole headed to college, her parents added him to their family for the school year and he has quickly made his way into everyone’s hearts. If you ask her to talk about her family and favorite people, Daniel is bound to come up.

Most days, Nicole can be found in the library after class, or working in the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, but her favorite place on campus is her bed; “Ummm I don’t know where I like the most, my bed i guess” she said with so much laughter that we both ended up tearing up. When she cannot be found studying hard or taking a nap, she can be found at Bible Study on Wednesdays with Campus Crusaders for Christ (Cru) or at large group with the organization on Thursdays. Besides being involved with Cru, Nicole is heavily involved with helping the local environment with the schools sustainability project. The project is composed of mostly business students who are looking for a way to make the college as a whole more sustainable. This includes information flyers and tables that give information to students about how they can easily recycle right on campus. Each of the organizations she is involved with shows her desire to help the community both locally and globally.

On nearly every Elizabethtown tour, students hear about the close and homey vibe of the school and Nicole would have to agree; “I think my favorite part of the school as a whole, besides the business program, would have to be how close I’ve gotten with professors” she said. Nicole described the school as truly being her second home because she can not just head home on weekends like some students. Not only has she created close bonds with her professors but has also formed bond with many Cru ladies and recalled her favorite memory so far as the woman’s weekend trip that took place a few weekends ago, in Ocean City, New Jersey. Nicole has seemed to settled in to her first year with grace, and has a bright future that will likely consist of traveling the world and getting paid, as well as making a difference wherever she lands.

Nicole near the Community and Civic Engagement Office

Humans of Etown: Katie Freed

Katie sitting in the Community and Civic Engagement Office

“One time I was at the beach with my family and I wasn’t getting a lot of attention so I was going to be upset I was like this is so annoying, I just wanted to get attention. So my mom and my cousin Jody were like do you want to come with us to the pier? I was like wow, I’m so cool and I felt like such an older kid I was probably 6 or 7, I was like: yes I wanna go to the pier with cousin jody, cause I always looked up to her. I was like a chubby kid just generally so it was like a far walk, so I’m like huffing and puffing and weezing and we are walking down this pier and I fall and my toenail comes off so now there’s just blood gushing everywhere and we are about 6 miles from our house so they have to carry my chubby bum. All the way back to our house and it’s just gushing like the whole toenail came up and some cause I stepped on it, like I stubbed my toe on a nail and so they like carry me back with assistance obviously but both my arms around their necks. and came back all about all the showers were taken except for the bathtub with my twin sister so they just plopped me right in, the water turned red very quickly and she freaked out and then I put my toenail under my pillow that night and got a dollar.”

Check out Bree Komiske’s interview with Eli Perry here: Humans of Etown: Eli Perry

Check out Lizzie Zonarich’S interview with Izzy Fondelier here: Humans of Etown: Izzy Fondelier


The film “Love, Simon” can simply be described as a spectrum of emotion. The audience experiences every emotion ranging from anger to sadness and pure complete happiness. The one hour and 50 minute film captivated me in its entirety.

“Love, Simon” fits itself into a category of movie that is hard to come by today. As a romantic comedy that tackles modern day scenarios, it is a movie that has the possibility to becoming as iconic and well known as that of “The Breakfast Club,” “Clueless” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Each of these movies captivated audiences of their time and “Love, Simon” has done it again.

Director Greg Berlanti  known for his work with series such as; “Riverdale”, “The Flash” and “Supergirl” combines his work with the writers of “This is Us” Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker to exemplify this one of a kind narrative first formed by Becky Albertalli in the acclaimed novel. Albertalli, who worked with at risk LGBTQ youth before curating the novel, makes it possible for the audience to rest in knowing the plot as accurate.

The plot point that formulates the movies unique plot is that Simon, the obvious main character, is gay. Not yet out, the plot follows along with his journey of finding love in high school, while remaining anonymous and going through his journey of coming out. This journey is what makes the movie so engaging. Simon faces high school bullies, an unsure father and close friend conflicts to for this engaging plot.

I myself am a hopeless romantic, just like Simon, so watching him have his happy ending gives hope to every hopeless romantic, dealing with unique struggles each of us face. The loose ends that are neatly tied at the end of the hour-fifty, left the filled theater on opening day in a literal standing ovation, yes I cried. In case you were wondering.

Because a journey of discovering one’s true self is something nearly every person can attach themself to, the film rounds itself out in the most satisfying of ways. In order to prevent myself from giving too much of the plot away, all I can say is that I laughed, cried and felt every emotion in between, leaving me emotionally fulfilled in the end.

The cast including big names such as Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford and Nick Robinson combines a diverse group of acting styles that make the viewer able to connect more fully to the plot of the film. For a movie about high school kids in today’s world, the storyline within is something that could connect to nearly any generation. The struggles that are illustrated throughout have a way of being relatable to someone who is not even going through something nearly similar.

In today’s digital age, the storyline cohesively combines modern technology and former nostalgia becoming popular once again. Through email chains, a relationship everyone hopes for one day is formed, while a vinyl spins on a record player in the background. Oh and did I forget to mention, the soundtrack has been on repeat since nearly minutes after finishing the film.

A soundtrack filled with modern soon to be classics about romance and teen freedom fits into this movie nearly perfectly. I mean who would have thought that Bleachers, Whitney Houston, Jackson 5 and Troye Sivan would round out to create the perfect soundtrack and illustrate the sense of adolescence throughout the film. I also believe that the soundtrack is a part of what makes the movie so empathetic for the diverse audience that it has reached. Overall, “Love, Simon” has created its own genre of movie and is something that will influence generations to come.


The Blue Jays Men’s Baseball team were defeated by the Penn State Harrisburg Lions in the eighth inning on Saturday at their home opener of the season.

The stands were packed on the first warm Saturday in quite some time. The previously scheduled games had been postponed due to rain, so the large attendance came as no surprise “I had plans to go to the other games, but at least the weather is nice today for the game” said first- year Emily Webb.  

The game started off slow, with a 0-0 score through to the top of the fourth inning until a hit by number 19, Casey Winters, for Harrisburg made the score 1-0.

The Blue Jays did not back down holding out until the bottom of the ninth when sophomore number 33, Derek Manning, hit a double sending junior number 10, Taggart Hess, home; tying up the score.

The game would not stay tied for long, Manning would help the Jays take the lead, making the score 2-1 Blue Jays.

However, the Jays were not able to hold on to the lead for much longer, and by the top of the ninth, the Lions took over the lead and the win scoring two hits back to back making the final score 3-2.

Post-game, players were optimistic about the future. Senior Nick Lorenz said,  “The loss was disappointing, but it was a good team effort for the most part.” The pitching for the game overall by players Anthony Lippy, Jared Witner and Kelly Holdren, but the hitting left something to be desired.  “We were missing the final piece” said Lorenz.

Colin Slenker had similar remarks, “We had good pitching performance. We are better at the plate,” he said.  

Even with the loss, the team remains strongly bonded. Sophomore Tommy Armstrong, who is out for season with a knee injury said, “They are my brothers. We are brothers from another mother.” Armstrong was also disappointed by the overall loss, but sees that there will be hitting improvements in the future.

The Blue Jays are still early in the season. Continued hitting practice will grow the team and should lead to improvement. Then the hitting game will line up with the good pitching performance.

A beautiful day for baseball!

Check out our short podcast on the game!

New Placement Opportunity for Education Majors Coming Spring 2019


Coming in spring 2019, Elizabethtown College will advance its relationship with U-Gro Learning Centres out of Harrisburg. The three million dollar building will be located at the entrance of the Masonic Villages of Elizabethtown, about a mile from campus.

The new center offers opportunity for students here to gain real-world experience in the education field. Aside from using the learning center as an opportunity for observation of a classroom they will be able to see the relationship between a student and teacher, as well as an opportunity for students to try different teaching techniques in the real world.

Because the U-Gro is an expansion on the already existent lab-school learning environment, it can expose education majors to young learners.

Sara Lechner, first year early education major, discussed the blended model of curriculum that is coming with U-Gro “At such a young age, it is great to let them explore and discover on their own while also introducing them to concepts through direct teaching,” she said. U-Gro offers an opportunity for hands on work and Lechner believes, “The more experience you have, the better off you’ll be as a teacher,” which is the main goal of the partnership with Elizabethtown College and U-Gro.

Katey Mowery, junior secondary math education major, found that U-Gro would come in hand during first year placements.  “I think the U-Gro would be a useful alternative to the pre-existing early childhood placement,” Mowery said. She also believes the new placement opportunity would help when first year students spend three weeks in each level of education; early childhood, middle school and high school.

Courtney Talbert, first year secondary education major, believes that the U-Gro addition will even be helpful for her because “It would be beneficial for me to see where my students came from,” she said.  “How they grew to be the students they are now when I have them in high school” she said.  

Lechner said that by having a placement only a mile away would be very convenient stating that “Some placements are 30 minutes away.” Having a car on campus has been useful for her when it came to getting to and from placements. Mowery had similar feeling about the location of the new center, “Sometimes we have placements that may be over 20 miles away,” she said. With multiple students working at U-Gro there would be an opportunity for carpooling.

Despite the U-Gro Learning Centre being a primary advantage to the early education majors, it appears as though they could be beneficial for a larger variety of people and can be used as a new opportunity for future teachers to be fully submerged into their future careers. As well as open a new location for the care of the children for those that work here on campus.