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Humans of Etown: Sarah Hasenauer

Sarah enjoying the sunshine on campus.

Sarah Hasenauer, a first year student majoring in occupational therapy (OT), has settled in nicely at Elizabethtown College. Like most high school juniors and senior, Sarah was right there with them, stressing and struggling to find the right college to spend her next four years. After going through the painful application process and committing, Sarah couldn’t be happier.

Etown’s appeal

“I chose Etown because, as cheesy as it sounds, it felt like home the moment I stepped foot on campus” Sarah said.

After numerous emotionless tours of different colleges, Sarah was pleased to finally feel that thing that everyone talks about, the “home away from home appeal.” She was drawn to the personalities of the students; everyone was so welcoming and she could see that people actually cared about each other, not simply putting on the “welcome to our campus” façade that she felt at the other colleges she looked at. There was also a huge limiting factor for which schools she could look at: her major. There are only a few schools in Pennsylvania that offer OT, let alone a fifth year program that doesn’t require an application for the fifth year. The combination of personal touch and education made coming to Etown an easy decision for her.

Major choices

As a high schooler, Sarah struggled to find what she wanted to major in. She felt the pressure building as college became closer, but couldn’t find what she wanted to commit to. Physical therapy seemed to have some of the aspects Sarah enjoyed, like helping people heal and improving their lives, but she cringed at the thought of having to inflict pain on patients. In order to stay in rehabilitation services, Sarah looked into OT. With college application deadlines approaching, she warily declared OT as her major. Looking into it more, she organized an internship with the occupational therapist in her school district.

“I’d spend two hours every morning with her and would help with some of the planning and grading. This is when I fell in love with OT and I knew I chose the right major” Sarah said.

Life at Etown

When taking a break from studying for biology or her other OT courses, Sarah is usually off at dance practice. In her first semester, Sarah performed in a variety of dances at the Emotion Showcase. This semester, she has taken on the lead as a choreographer of her own dance to “Praying” by Kesha. She is excited to perform next Thursday and Friday at the showcase.

She is also a member of the dance team and just elected treasurer for next year.

“I love dance! It is a great way to destress and forget about all my obligations for a while.”

An average day for Sarah consists of her going to class in the morning, working at the college bookstore, then going to dance. Free from her weekly obligations, Sarah tends to go home on the weekends. She knows that her family are always up to something, and doesn’t want to miss out.

Sarah is excited for her coming years at Etown, but coming to the close of her second semester, she is realizing it is going by much faster than she would like.

Humans of Etown: Eli Perry

Eli enjoying the sun on the BSC patio.

“Ok so, at my old house in Maryland. We had a pool and a turtle swam into the pool filter one night…two turtles. So we tried to keep the turtles as pets in the kiddie pool, but one of the turtles escaped. And we kept the turtle as a pet, with water and leaves and grass and dirt in the kiddie pool and we fed it worms that we dug up from our backyard. Ummm, yeah, so then, we moved to Connecticut and kept the turtle for a while and my friends and I we would feed it and watch it eat. And sometimes we would catch frogs in our yard and put it in our kiddie pool and watch the turtle chase it around until he frog got tired and then the turtle would eat the frogs. And it would eat it from behind and squeeze all the guts out the mouth. Then, one winter, we put the turtle in the garage for winter so that it could hibernate and we didn’t really look or try to take care of the turtle for the whole winter because it was hibernation. Then, in the spring, we take the kiddie pool out of the garage on a sunny day to make sure it’s alive. And, when we take it out, its head it sticking out the shell and its front legs are hanging out of the shell, but its back legs are in the shell and it’s not moving. We think that maybe it is still asleep for the winter, but after a while it is still not moving and we realize it is dead. Turns out we didn’t give it enough dirty and leaves to hibernate in, so in the freezing cold Connecticut winter, it froze to death. Then, we took the turtle and buried it in the backyard and marked its grave with a rock.”

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Troublesome Tender Tuesday

Chicken tender Tuesday, what a day. After glancing at the menu options for that meal, people stampede to swipe into the Marketplace, eager to get their fair share of a full plate of chicken goodness. Timing is key on this day. If you are the unfortunate soul who happens to have a class that runs past 2:00 p.m., forget it, you’ll be too late. Yet, hopeful, you rush out of class, shove your ID at the person sitting to swipe you in, push past anyone in your way, RUN TO THE PLATTER… and gaze into the empty steal bin that once held the glorious fried sticks of meat.

I can’t relate to this sad sap. Chicken tender Tuesday gets a turned up nose and a face of disgust from me. See, I’m a vegetarian, a difficult position to be in on this day. I wish I was one of those folks who drooled over the excellent display of stacked tenders, but I can’t stand the texture of meat. Ever since I was young, I turned away from it and would be forced by my parents to “eat at least one bite.”

Here at college, the food doesn’t really suit my dietary desires. On this Tuesday, I find myself standing alone at the peanut butter and jelly bar, spreading my peanut butter over a wilted piece of wheat bread, yum. After tossing my pathetic sandwich on an orange plate, I head over to the soups, hopeful for something to add some flavor to my meal: chili and chicken noodle are the options, nothing I will enjoy. One glance at my sad little sandwich sitting all alone on my tray and I head to the salad bar, my only saving grace. Thankfully, things are looking up over here. I fill my bowl with fresh green spinach, crisp iceberg lettuce, an excessive amount of green peppers, and overfill the bowl with as many cucumbers as I can grab before the person behind me starts to judge.

The issues lies with my options available at each meal. I understand that my opinion, especially on this Tuesday, is the minority, but I can’t eat cucumbers and bread for every lunch. Glancing at the menu for the week, anyone can see the sheer amount of green highlighting, signifying the vegetarian options of the day. Looking closer, however, shows the lack of real meal options. For example, Wednesday lunch’s vegetarian options are steamed peas, broccoli and cauliflower, not much to fill up on.

The only positive about my lack of main dish vegetarian options are my developed relationships with Lori, who makes the omelets, and Bob, who works at the grill. I am a very active person and I need a lot of protein and iron to maintain my lifestyle. Peas and cauliflower aren’t going to cut it. So, almost every day I go to either Bob or Lori. From the grill, I get their black bean burgers. After making eye contact from across the room and a little nod of the head, Bob knows to start cooking up a patty of rice, beans, corn, and a little extra spice to make the flavor something to indulge in. If I shake my head no, that means I’m headed to see Lori. She knows my order too: regular eggs, spinach, green pepper, broccoli, feta cheese and salsa on the side. Thankfully, these options are available every day allowing me to get my full serving of protein.

Still, my options are always limited to a few select items. Etown is a small school. So I understand the Marketplace cannot hold or manage many more food options. But imagine, one day I walk in, and there is a whole new array of Italian, and Mexican, and Thai, and Chinese, and gourmet salads, and all the broccoli and cheddar soup I could ever have!!!… I wouldn’t be complaining. For now, I will sit quietly eating my peanut butter sandwich as my friends rave on about how excited they are it is tender Tuesday, in between shoveling chicken tenders into their mouth.

A chicken tender lover’s lunch.

Harrisburg’s late run steals the win away from Blue Jays

Etown junior Mike Christy up to bat with the score tied at 2-2

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa.–After a one day weather postponement, men’s baseball fought hard against Penn State Harrisburg, but were unable to pull through with a victory.

In the crowded bleachers, students and parents got riled up with the team as they warmed up to their favorite pump up songs. With a low scoring game unfolding, every pitch brought a suspenseful pause between pitcher and batter.

At the top of the ninth inning, Etown was leading 2-1. Harrisburg had a man on third with player junior Miguel Torres up to bat. Torres had been hitting well, so Etown prepared in the field. Torres hit a triple sending first-year Casey Winters home tying up the game.

With senior Chris Iocca on third, a hit down centerfield sent him home making the score 3-2 Harrisburg.

“Harrisburg was able to steal two late runs to steal the win away,” said Chad Holdren, father of first-year Kelly Holdren.

The first inning left both teams with no hits, no runs and no errors. At the top of the second inning, Harrisburg had bases loaded and two outs. Harrisburg hitter bunted the ball sending a runner home, but Etown pitcher, senior Anthony Lippy, threw to first base making three outs, keeping the score 0-0.

The score remained 0-0 until the top of the fourth. Harrisburg was able to send a man home making the score 1-0. With the upset of the point, Etown third baseman was able to work with first baseman to get the runner out on third and also at first.

“Our first baseman made that play. I didn’t do anything other than my job,” said third baseman junior Mike Christy.

At the bottom of the eighth inning, Etown brought home two runners, tying up the score. With a man on second, sophomore Derek Manning hit a double sending him home. The next batter hit a triple sending Manning home, making the score tied at 2-2.

Unfortunately, Harrisburg was able to pull out one more run in the top of the ninth inning winning them the game.

“It was definitely disappointing, but there was good team effort, just missing that final piece,” said senior Nick Lerens.

Players walked off the field disappointed, but happy to hold Harrisburg at only three runs. Players agreed that their defense was there, but the offense was struggling to keep up.


Shaking off the Winter Blues

Caption: [from left to right] Rachel Duckwork, Abby Williams and Anne Marie Williams, talk as Truman poses.

The Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) organized a healthy Monday, “Shake the Winter Blues,” in the KAV from 5-7 p.m. to inform students on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The event had many tables with different activities to engage students in embracing their mood. One table encouraged students to paint their mood. The paper was filled with emotion words as well as swirls, lines and designs students felt captured their moods.

Cassie Gordon, a junior mass communications major, came to the event for a class assignment, but quickly found herself lingering at the paint your mood table. “I was given the option between many different events for my class assignment, but I choose this one because it seemed very interesting,” Gordon said. Instead of words, Gordon drew birds flying in swirls of blue and green paint. Before leaving, she was sure to enter herself in the raffle to win a sun inspired alarm clock.

This event offered students resources from counseling services, stress-relieving activities, meditation and visits from therapy dogs.

Students walking by couldn’t resist stopping to pet the dogs. One of the four therapy dogs there, Bella, a three year old corgi beagle mix, rolled over happily for students to give her belly rubs. Her owners, Kate and Dave Domel, rescued Bella from the Delaware Puppy Rescue after their first therapy dog passed away. Living locally, the Domel’s come to Etown frequently, as well as making visits to Lebanon Valley College.

Senior SWAG member, Laura Job, welcomed each student coming to the event. “We really want students to be as open and honest as possible about what they are feeling,” Job said. “We want students to understand why they may be feeling down in the winter months and understand that it is okay.”

Each table had an activity to embrace “shaking the winter blues”. At the “Attitude for Gratitude” table, coloring pages were laid out. Students came to sit, color, listen to music and just relax. Mixed throughout the event were tables informing students about SAD side effects and ways to embrace the feelings that come with each season.

The winner of the raffle will win the sun inspired alarm clock. The clock gradually gets brighter, mimicking the sun rising. Instead of a shocking noise disrupting your sleep, this clock slowly warms up your body to waking up and starting the day. This prize was chosen to hopefully brighten the morning of the winner.