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Humans of Etown: Stepf Diaz

Stepf Diaz [center] surrounded by her student workers at the Mosaic House. [photo taken December 2017]
Every friend group has the mom friend and every girl scout troop has its den mother. A large group of students here at Etown have a campus mom. Stepf Diaz, the coordinator of multicultural programming and residential communities, is in charge of the Mosaic House on campus. The Mosaic House is a safe space, being the home away from home for people of different races, sexualities, and whatever else. Stepf, in charge of it all, became like the mom away from mom for many students here.

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A Story Without Limits: My Hero Academia Goes Plus Ultra!

Imagine a world full of superheroes, where everyone you know has some kind of power, even if it’s something borderline useless. Now, imagine you are the only kid you know who doesn’t have any powers. This is the life of Izuku Midoriya, the protagonist of the manga-turned-anime series created by Kohei Horikoshi, My Hero Academia.

This is Izuku Midoriya, the protagonist of My Hero Academia

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Silver Linings: Blue Jays Lose to the Saints, while Thompson Scores 100th Goal

Through blinding sunlight, blisteringly cold wind and the loud voices of both spectators and benched teammates, the women of Elizabethtown College’s and Marymount University’s women’s lacrosse teams were kept warm from the heat of battle alone on Wednesday February 28.

The Blue Jays and Saints fought keeping spectators on the edges of their seats, not knowing who was going to win the game until the very end. When the clock hit zero, it was the Saints who took the match, with a lead of 18-13 in their favor.

Etown and Marymount’s women’s lacrosse teams came to this game unfamiliar with each other, never having faced off before. The Saints came in with a record of 2-0 undefeated while our Blue Jays were 1-1. The Blue Jays, however, had the home field advantage on their side. It was hard to tell at first just how this match would wind up. Spectators rooting for Etown and Marymount alike were worried.

“Normally, when we go up against teams out here in the country, those kids are fast,” A spectator said before the game started. “So hopefully, they aren’t that fast!” The spectator declined to giving his name, though he said he was a family member to a Marymount player.

As the match begun, Etown got control of the ball first, although that control would be taken away. Marymount’s Abby Wescott, 26, would score the first goal unassisted. Etown got the second goal, then Marymount got the third. The first half of the game would continue on like that, both teams going back and forth the whole time.

In the thick of the first half, the Blue Jays’ Carly Thompson, 8, scored her 100th career goal, tying the game at 4-4 at 14:34. Thompson, a senior here at Etown, went on to say how the announcement caught her off guard.

“I tore my ACL last season,” Thompson said in an interview after the game. “I knew I was very close at the end, but then I mean … I wasn’t really worried about it to be honest; more worried about team winnings and getting back to normal, so honestly had no idea.”

In the second half, the Blue Jays and Saints continued their back and forth of points, until Blue Jays’ Kate Ziegler, 6, tied the game 11-11 with 19:46 left. After that goal, the game changed. Marymount scored six consecutive goals. Etown’s score stagnated at 11 goals for the majority of the second half. The final three goals were scored by Thompson, Marymount’s Bridgette Stacom, 9, and then Ziegler. The Blue Jays lost 13-18.

Thompson continued to get a team high for the game, scoring six points (three goals and three assists) by the end. Ziegler scored her first four goals of her college career. Madelyn Baker, 7, had a hat trick for Etown this game.

“I would have taken a win after that instead of an announcement, but that’s okay,” Thompson said.

God and Jackie Robinson: Long Hits It Out of the Park

Tuesday, February 6— I rushed to the Hoover Center of Business far later than intended. At 7 p.m. on the dot in Hoover 212, the case study room was filled to brim with people and Dr. Monica Smith, director of diversity and inclusion, was already introducing the man of the hour himself. As luck would have it, there was a seat in the front open and with just enough time to get settled, the lecture began.

Dr. Michael G. Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies, is considered one of the best scholars on the life and faith of Jackie Robinson, having written and co-written multiple books on the subject.

“God and Jack Robinson: A Lecture by Michael G. Long” is in part to talk about Long’s research for his most recent book, “Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography,” which he is a co-author of.

The other point of this lecture was obvious; its Black History Month.

Long was invited to share his work, talk about Robinson’s life, not just promote a book. Humanity has a tendency to idolize the past. Robinson was a multifaceted human being, but you only hear about his baseball career, only see photos of him smiling during those years.

“What we tend to do as whites is focus on 1947,” Long said “While Jackie Robinson is turning the other cheek.”
Robinson is defined by more than just baseball or his smile.

“We all, throughout history romanticize some of these people,” Smith said, after the lecture. “But [Long] really showed us Jackie Robinson, the man, and I appreciate that so much. It gave me a greater appreciation of him.”

Yes, Long was teaching the audience that Robinson was just as human as the rest of them.

Long is a teacher. He teaches what he is passionate about and he’s passionate about a lot of things. When someone is enthusiastic about something, it makes people want to listen and that shows.

Although the lecture itself was informative on Robinson’s life, the question and answer section was where it truly shows just how knowledgeable Long is on Robinson and how much he thrives while discussing him.

“This is really interesting to me, too.” Long said, interrupting his own story to give the audience a disclaimer and laughing as he did. “Actually, I find everything about this story interesting! Sorry about that.”

Long was answering a question given by his own son, Nate, asking about how often Robinson when to church. Long answered the question itself quick, but it lead him to a story of Robinson that he could share, so he shared it. He ended up doing that with most of the questions asked.