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College closes campus for winter storm

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Elizabethtown College was expecting a few inches of snow here yesterday, but got an ice and snow filled mess instead. The storm started in the early stages of the morning and continued on through the entire day.

“Yesterday’s storm caught a lot of people off guard. Elizabethtown College closed its campus at 12:30 yesterday and didn’t resume class until 11:00 this morning.”

The maintenance crews worked overnight to make sure the campus was safe for the students and faculty to walk and drive on. Snow was plowed into large piles all over campus and salt was poured on all the walkways. While the maintenance crew had plenty of work to do, students were able to take a break from their normal schedules.

“I knew that there was gonna be snow, but I had no idea that we were gonna get enough to have classes cancelled. Both of my classes that I had scheduled yesterday were after twelve so I missed them and I got to go hang out with my friends and enjoy the weather.”

With the school year coming to an end and deadlines closing students saw the storm as a time to relax and get into the holiday spirit.

“Well school has been really stressful so getting a little taste of Christmas spirit really brightened up my day.”

In some places around campus unmoved cars sat covered in snow, untouched since yesterday. The road conditions offered drivers a difficult test in their travels.

“I thought it was really pretty, but it was inconvenient because I got my car stuck.”

In Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Tommy Kulikowski, Wetown.org.

Elizabethtown College Trunk or Treat

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Yesterday, Elizabethtown College hosted their annual trunk or treat.

The event is put together by Student Senate. Classes and clubs from around campus are given the opportunity to design their own trunk.

“Every year the college hosts this event to give back to the community, give professors the chance to bring their kids to the school, and just to have a good time.”

Elizabethtown has been hosting trunk or treat for several years now. All members of the college and town community are invited to the event. We spoke to the president of the class of 2019, Cassandra Hoben, to get her thoughts on the event.

“This is a good way for us to give back to the community and partake in some festivities as part of the season. It’s fun to see all the children dressed up in a safe environment and get to experience something special.”

Every vehicle at the event had a different theme. Some of the themes included Dr. Seuss, Disney, Harry Potter, Ninja turtles, and just plain Halloween themed looks. The trunks are voted on after the event ends. The winner receives bragging rights for the year and one hundred dollars for his/her club.

The trunk or treat not only offered an atmosphere that kids can enjoy, but the students involved as well.

“I like seeing all the kids dressed up,” said Cece Sadek, a member of the freshman class. “Everyone is getting together and everyone is really excited about it and all the cars look really awesome.”

Despite the cars being the main attraction, there was also small games set up for the kids to enjoy. The event ran for two hours and acted as a kick-start to the Halloween season.

From Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Tommy Kulikowski, Wetown.org.

HUMANS OF ETOWN: BEN DIGGAN

Ben Diggan, a junior communications major, playing with his dog Rosco.

Ben Diggan is a junior communications major at Elizabethtown College. He grew up in Watsontown, Pennsylvania with his mother and his grandparents. Despite early setbacks and a difficult family situation, he managed to mature at a young age and overcome all the obstacles in his life thus far.

Ben’s childhood wasn’t a typical one. He was born with profound hearing loss in his left ear and it made making friends in elementary and middle school very difficult. He struggled with accepting he was nearly half deaf and it didn’t help that he was the only child in grades K-12 with a hearing issue. Kids at school didn’t think he was able to hear at all because of his aid, but luckily that unknowing led him to meet one of his life-long best friends. In second grade, he sat next to a girl named Chloe in the back of the classroom and every day she would repeat what the teacher was saying because she thought he was unable to hear him sitting all the way in the back. Eventually, she found out that he was perfectly capable of hearing, but they continued to form a friendship based around the sincere gesture.

Even though Ben had Chloe to get him through his days at school, his family life wasn’t ideal. His mother is completely deaf and it forced him to grow up at a much quicker pace then the kids around him. At seven years old, not only did he have to fill the male role in his household, but he also had to assist his mother in communicating to people outside the house. Ben didn’t let these challenges stand in his way, and although they may have slightly hindered his childhood, he continued pushing on in in a positive direction.

Throughout his middle school and high school years he developed more friendships and started to form into the person he is today. He became interested in teaching education and went into college with that as his main focus. Unfortunately, a bad job shadowing experience turned him away from teaching early on. At the time, Ben was upset because he didn’t know what path he wanted to take his career in, but now he looks back on it as the defining moment in his future.

Ben’s growing discontent led him to call his uncle, a Princeton graduate, for advice about his future. His uncle started to ask him questions relating to marketing and Ben found that he was able to answer the questions remarkably easily. After helping his mother communicate to people his whole life he decided that he wanted to pursue a career that combined his marketing knowledge and social skills. Soon, he spoke to his advisor and two of his best friends about his interest in marketing communications and began on the path to his future. It would’ve been easy for Ben to give up at an early age, but he persevered, helped his family, and in his words, “hasn’t looked back since.”

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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