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HUMANS OF ETOWN: MADDIE LASKO

Maddie Lasko, a junior Psychology major, works on homework in the fourth floor of High Library.

“My favorite Etown memory was when I became the top 200 breaststroker on my swim team. I had only swam the 200 breaststroke twice before and I was going to have to swim being the only member of my team since one of my teammates was sick. I was super nervous but it was better that no one else from the other team wanted to swim it either. After I finished the race I didn’t understand why my teammates were so excited since I was in so much pain I thought I did terrible. But I actually ended up dropping ten seconds off my best time. This time had me ranked as the top girl on my team for 200 breaststroke which had never happened before and it made me super excited.”

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HUMANS OF ETOWN: HARRY INGLIS

Harry Inglis, a sophomore education major, hanging out in his dorm room.

Listen to Harry’s story here.

Transcript:

 What is your name, year, and major?

 “Uh, I’m Harry Inglis. I’m a sophomore and I recently switched to education.”

What made you choose to come to Etown?

 “I came to Etown cause I talked to Skip (head coach of the men’s soccer team) and he said, you know, he’d give me a spot. He’d give me a tryout for the team and I said okay. Um, and I started out in bio allied health and I got into a really good program here and with Thomas Jefferson and so everything, everything, came together and so I decided to come here.”

What’s been your favorite memory so far at Etown?

 “Uh, my favorite memory is probably just a combination of all the times I’ve hung out with my friends and all the memories we’ve made since then.”

What do you want to do once you leave Etown?

 “Um, I don’t know yet. It’s just kinda like up in the air as of right now, but, uh, with my major I’m just gonna be a teacher and maybe coach a couple teams. Who knows, who knows.”

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HUMANS OF ETOWN: NATE BLEDSOE

Video of Nate Bledsoe, a sophomore business administration student in his dorm room.

Transcript:

 What is your name, year, and major?

 “I’m Nate Bledsoe, I’m a sophomore, and I’m a business administrations major with a concentration in finance.”

What made you choose to come to Etown?

 “I thought Elizabethtown had a lot of opportunities for me. It was a chance for me to see somewhere outside of New Jersey and it’s still close enough to home that if I wanted to go home I could.”

What’s been your favorite memory so far at Etown?

 “Uh, I have a ton of favorite memories. I guess I make new memories every day and I really couldn’t even rank what my best one was.”

What do you want to do once you graduate from Etown?

 “Uh, I just want to be successful and happy. Those are just my two goals for life.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale

A photo taken after a squad win on Battle Royale.

By Tommy Kulikowski

April 16, 2017

Imagine the most satisfying moment of your life; whether it be winning a trophy, getting a good test score, or meeting the love of your life. Without ever picking up a controller or turning on a gaming console you already know what it feels like to win Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Fortnite is a third-person shooter that takes place on a contemporary Earth where you must survive to win. The game itself has two different game modes, Battle Royale and Save the World, but based on popularity amongst players I’m only going to speak about Battle Royale. One thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that Fortnite has managed to take popular concepts from successful games and tie them all together into the perfect game. One hundred players get dropped from a bus in the sky onto the same map at the beginning of every game. Much like The Hunger Games, once you step foot on the ground you either have the option to survive or die. Each player starts with 100 XP (health) and weapons and additional health are scattered throughout the map. Shortly after players land a circle forms on one section of the map and if they are not inside of the circle within a certain amount of time you will get caught in the “storm”. As the game continues, numbers dwindle and you are forced on top of the remaining players until one player is crowned the winner. What makes the game interesting is that you have the ability to build shelters and stairs, much like Minecraft, all while getting the shooter gameplay and weapon variety of games like Call of Duty and Halo.

Over the course of my life I’ve played close to a hundred different video games across all platforms, but none as entertaining or addicting as Fortnite. Immediately after being introduced to the game, I found myself spending hours not only playing, but watching others play online. I’ve yet to figure out what about the game sets its above everything else I’ve played, but recent online numbers have suggested I’m not alone. Fortnite now has close to 50 million players and recently set a gaming record with three million concurrent users.

The gameplay on all platforms is exceptional. Although my preferred gaming device is a PlayStation 4, I spent a few hours getting a feel for it on the Xbox, PC, and my phone. I was amazed at how smooth the game ran on all servers and found that the lobby time was consistent on all platforms.

To my understanding, the game is a couple years old but didn’t skyrocket until late December 2017. For a small-scale free download, Fortnite’s creators and developers have done a fantastic job at managing the updates and fixing any problems with the game. It wouldn’t surprise me if Fortnite’s popularity continued to grow. Nearly every week the developers introduce new content to the game, including weapons, map locations and outfits that you can unlock by leveling up or buy. Players can purchase a battle pass that allows them to level up as they acquire XP, creating an incentive to reach level 100 by the time the season expires and everything is reset. This is where the addictive nature of the game stems from.

Personally, I don’t have the battle pass, but I still spend countless hours every day playing and looking to level up. Every time I lose, it is by such a small margin that I continue to tell myself next game will be better. The game itself never changes, but the players, scenarios and circle drops do and that’s why I would not only recommend Fortnite, but encourage you to download it and become a part of the greatest game ever developed.

Second Half Struggles Lead to Loss at Home for Women’s Lacrosse

Image taken during the second half of the game.

By Tommy Kulikowski

February 28, 2018

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA– Kate Ziegler scored back-to-back goals, tying the game at 11-11 before the Marymount Saints went on a late six-goal scoring streak, holding women’s lacrosse to an 18-13 non-conference loss at Wolf Field on Wednesday evening. Ziegler scored the first four goals of her career in the loss and Blue Jay senior Carly Thompson recorded the 100th goal of her career.

Abby Wescott scored 1:43 into the game to put Marymount up early, but Carly Thompson took control of the next draw, scoring roughly 13 seconds later to make it 1-1. Marymount responded quickly, taking back the lead and adding two more to go up 4-1 with 22:03 left in the game.

A shot clock violation on Marymount seemed to cause a momentum shift in favor of the Blue Jays shortly after. Emily Garvin, a freshman forward, blew defensive coverage immediately after the violation, sparking a bit of hope for the Blue Jays, who soon went on a two-goal run to make the game 3-4. Under a minute later, Carly Thompson received a pass from Blue Jay senior Madelyn Baker and put it in the back of the net to score her second of the game and 100th of her career.

“It was a great accomplishment, but I knew the work hadn’t been done yet and I had to forget about it in the moment,” Thompson said. Thompson’s goal was followed by two back-to-back goals scored by Baker, putting Elizabethtown up by two, 6-4, with ten minutes to go in the half.

The Saint’s broke their scoreless drought soon after, tying the game 6-6 with two goals in under a minute. Both teams went back and forth for the rest of the half, but not before a lone goal by Katie Thompson and two last-minute goals for Marymount gave the visitors an 8-7 lead going into halftime.

Marymount came into the second half fired up, making an early 3-1 run and putting themselves up 11-8 with 11:48 left to play. Kate Thompson scored another unassisted goal to bring the Blue Jays to within two, and Kate Ziegler added two more goals to tie up the game.

“It was a crazy feeling scoring my first hat trick ever to tie up the game,” Ziegler said.

The momentum shift forced Marymount to take a timeout and allowed them to take control of the game late on. Soon after, the Saints netted six straight goals to take a 17-11 lead with eight minutes left in the game. The Blue Jays fought hard to close the gap, but late goals by Carly Thompson and Kate Ziegler were not enough, leading to an 18-13 loss at home.

“Luckily this wasn’t a conference game,” Garvin said. “Losing is never fun, but a lot of the girls played really well tonight and I think it’s a good sign going forward.”