All posts by Erin Garrett

Love, Simon: The love story for a new generation

Coming out to your loved ones is hard. Especially when you don’t know how they’re going to react. Luckily, everyone in the LGBTQ+ community has some inspiration: Love, Simon. The movie came out on March 16, 2018.

Love, Simon focuses on Simon Spier, a closeted gay kid in high school. He learns on the school’s message board that there is another gay kid at school and they start emailing back and forth, using pen names. Simon’s world starts spinning out of control when the emails get leaked onto the school’s message board. But in the end, Simon finds out who the other gay kid is.

I really enjoyed Love, Simon. I thought it was a great movie and it is the first major studio film to focus on gay teenage romance. I know from experience that coming out is a difficult thing to do. I wasn’t sure how my friends and family would react when I told them that I was bisexual. But just like Simon’s friends and family, they are very supportive, which I’m grateful for.

Love, Simon has helped a lot of teens (and adults) come out to their families. They know they have something they can identify with. A very close friend of mine has only come out to two people, her brother and I. Her brother took her to see the movie the day after it came out, and they both loved it. It helped her know that it is okay to be who you are. It also showed him what being an ally is like and how he can support her.

The soundtrack for the movie was good as well. I knew about four songs in the movie, but listening to the rest really fit the concept.  The songs are upbeat and fun, but they are also about romance. Artists include Justin Bieber, Troye Sivan, Khalid, and The 1975, all of which are current in the pop music today.

One of the things that really stuck out to me during the movie was how Ethan, an openly gay man at the school, was being treated by his classmates. They were bullying and harassing him, taunting him, and even asking if him and Simon were together. It made me think about my high school and how there weren’t a lot of openly gay kids. The one transgender kid at my school was bullied though. I also really like that they made him a person of color. There are a lot of books and comics and musicians out there coming out as gay, which is great, but there aren’t as many people of color coming out. Which makes it hard for them to have someone to look up to.

Simon also must face daily struggles of being a teenage boy. He tries to figure out who the other kid is while dealing with keeping his friends by his side, his family close to him, and the torments from the school bullies. I thought it was nice to show these different aspects to high school life, especially since that’s what most teens go through after coming out. When they see the movie, they will see that Simon, even though he is a fictional character, had to go through it as well.  It gives them hope.

All in all, I thought the movie was amazing. It showed what it was like to be in the LGBTQ+ community and what being an ally is like. The soundtrack is upbeat and fun. The actors are talented and made you believe what was going on, as well as how diverse they are. The storyline is relatable and positive.

Blue Jays take lead, only to end in loss



Inning 8. Elizabethtown Blue Jays are down 0-1 to Penn State Harrisburg. Derek Manning, sophomore, doubled which resulted in a RBI, allowing Taggart Hess to score, tying the game 1-1.

Anthony Lippy, number 17, was the starting pitcher for Elizabethtown, while Brandon Riggs, number 34, was the starting pitcher for pitcher for Penn State Harrisburg. The first inning ended with zero hits from either team, making the score 0-0.

In the second inning, Casey Winters, number 19 pitcher and first base, got a single for Penn State Harrisburg, which was then followed by Miguel Torres, number 1. Penn State Harrisburg left the bases loaded after their final strike. Now it’s time for the Elizabethtown Blue Jays to bat. James Kantner, junior, was able to give the Blue Jays a single, but that was as far as they got. The end score of the second inning was 0-0.

In the third inning, Riley McGinley, a sophomore, was able to get a single for the Blue Jays. He later steals second and tags up to third base. At the end of the third inning, the game was still tied 0-0, with Elizabethtown having one guy on third base.

Casey Winters was able to get to first base during the fourth inning. He advanced to second base during a wild hit later on in the game. While Miguel Torres doubles the RBI, Winters scores for Penn State Harrisburg, taking the lead 1-0 over Elizabethtown. Once the Blue Jays were up to bat, Nick Lorenz walked to first, eventually stealing second base. The score was 1-0 at the end of the fouth inning.

Penn State Harrisburg didn’t get any hits during the fifth inning. Riley McGinley, of Elizabethtown, walked to first, while Taggart Hess singled. By the end of the fifth inning, the score remained 1-0.

Ryan McSorley, from Penn State Harrisburg, singled in the top of the sixth, with Mike Christy, from Elizabethtown, throwing error. Everyone was safe, with Penn State having guys on first and third base. Christy, a junior, reaches first base on error, but no score. This ends the inning 1-0.

Tyler Aug, a sophomore at Penn State, in the top of the seventh inning, eventually stealing second base. Elizabethtown didn’t get any hits during the inning, keeping the score the same.

In the eighth inning, Jared Witner, a junior, became the pitcher for the Blue Jays. Taggart Hess singled, while Colby Smith, senior, sacrificed a bunt. That ultimately led to Hess advancing on second. Manning  doubled the RBI, allowing Hess to score. This tied the score 1-1 for Elizabethtown. Brennon Snyder, a senior at Etown, tripled the RBI, leading Manning to score, Etown leading 2-1 at the end of the eighth inning.

Winters singles at the top of the ninth inning. Torres tripled the RBI shortly after that, tying the game 2-2. Chris Iocca, a senior at Penn State Harrisburg, walked up to first, with Scott Angstadt, a junior, doubled the RBI. This gave Penn State the lead over Elizabethtown.

The game ended with Penn State taking the lead 3-2. Elizabethtown had six hits in the entire game, while Penn State Harrisburg had nine.

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.”