All posts by Lily Doerschuk

Lawson delivers her sixth game winning goal against Scranton

Elizabethtown, Pa. — Last Saturday, the University of Scranton Royals traveled to Elizabethtown to take on the Blue Jays. After an even matchup with less than 15 minutes to spare, Elizabethtown senior, Lydia Lawson, took the game winning goal to defeat the Royals in a 3-2 victory which gave Scranton their first conference loss of the season.

It was homecoming weekend and the stands were full of families and alumni to cheer on the Blue Jays. Junior Blue Jay soccer player, Christine Fox, said having their former teammates in the crowd attributed to their success.

“I think it helped having our alumni there because they know how much a win against Scranton meant to us,” she said. 

After a quiet first half from both teams, the Blue Jays and the Royals exchanged the lead twice in less than five minutes. Etown sophomore Leigh Ungerleider boosted the Blue Jays into the lead with the first goal of the game in the 49th minute. 

Their lead was short-lived, however, as Scranton’s Teresa Hegarty brought the game back to a draw three minutes later when she found an opening just inside the 18 and capitalized. Energized by their first goal, the Royals stole the lead with a second goal just 54 seconds later when Callie Deola found Stephanie Lowrey on the far left goal post.

Scranton maintained the lead for the next 15 minutes, but the Blue Jays fought back. They tested Scranton’s defense as Lawson crossed the ball inside to find senior Natalie Nye. Nye collected herself as three defenders sprinted back into position to stop her. 

Before they had a chance to contain her, Nye placed the ball in the upper right corner of the net. With her first goal of the season, Nye matched the score at 2-2. 

A Blue Jay spectator, Alexa Habermehl, commented on the environment in the stands. “From there, the energy changed,” she said. “We were all on the edge of our seats.”

Both teams were on the attack. For the sixth time this season, Lawson delivered a game-winning goal late in the 75th minute. 

Scranton continued to press forward in search of another goal. They had a glimmer of hope when the ball found Hope Drewes off of a corner kick, but Blue Jay sophomore Kelli Olsson got in front of the ball and cleared it. 

The clock winded down and the Blue Jays secured the conference win.

“This win is huge for us,” Lawson said. “Scranton is always a great team, so getting the win means a lot. I’m really proud of our effort today.” 

An audio recap of the Elizabethtown Women’s Soccer game.

The inevitable fate of our ecosystem: how to take action against climate change

Elizabethtown, Pa. — What to expect in the next 30 years: a rise in the number of extreme weather events, rise in temperatures and humidity, and a sharp decrease in the comfortability of living for all organisms. Why? Two words: climate change.

For years, the topic of climate change has been regarded with mixed opinions. Climate change skeptics argue that it is a process that occurs naturally as time progresses, and therefore does not require urgent attention from society. However, recent scientists suggest that temperatures and humidity are rising at a much faster rate than ever before and demand our attention now.

Elizabethtown College professor of both geoscience and engineering, Dr. Michael Scanlin, said there is no one to blame but ourselves. He has been studying climate change and its effects for over 20 years. “The evidence strongly implies that human activities are responsible for driving climate change,” he said in an email interview.

On a national level, Dr. Scanlin believes that the administration in Washington, D.C. is failing to do their part in alleviating the effects of climate change. In fact, he believes the current administration is intentionally trying to reverse the activism of previous administrations.

Local legislator, Sen. Ryan Aument, said in an email interview that the expansion of carbon in our atmosphere poses a threat to our ecosystem and has taken action. He was the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 150, which recognized nuclear power for its contribution to Pennsylvania’s zero-carbon energy production.

Sen. Aument is also the co-chair of a bicameral bipartisan Nuclear Energy Caucus that fights for reasonable options to combat climate change that would benefit the environment and the economy. In his words, “there are economically responsible ways to address this issue that will benefit both our environment and our wallets.”

According to researchers at UN.org, the Earth must persist in a relatively similar climate in order to remain habitable. Dr. Scanlin and many other professionals assert this can be done by reducing our carbon footprint.

Elizabethtown College senior and biology major, Taylor Herman, has taken steps to reduce her carbon footprint. Simple changes such as drinking from a reusable water bottle, swapping out plastic straws with reusable straws and turning off lights when she leaves the room are all ways that she has minimized her footprint.

As a college community, we can try to limit our carbon footprint by being more conscious of recycling and conserving energy. This could include carpooling, riding bicycles or walking to places within close distances and trying to limit the lengths of our showers.

Students who are interested in learning more about climate change and its projected impact on the fate of civilization can attend Dr. Scanlin’s seminar on October 9. 

The Susquehanna room, located beside Myer Hall.

The discussion is from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held in the Susquehanna Room located by Myer Hall. Tickets to attend are $17.50.

To learn more about the event, contact Dawn Bracken at 717-361-1489 or brackendawn@etown.edu.

Education Excitement

Name: Alexa Habermehl

Major: Early Childhood Education

Minor: Spanish

Year: Sophomore

Why did you pick your major?

After graduation, Alexa is excited to work in the field right away. She also enjoys going to placement because she likes being around kids.

What are you looking forward to this year?

This year, Alexa was hired to be a peer mentor, so she is excited to see her peer students flourish.

 

By: Katie Lock, Olivia Gaughan, and Lily Doerschuk