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Grace Childs: Hardworking, Dedicated and Right Where She is Supposed to Be

Grace Childs smiles in front of a Christmas tree in Ober hall.

Grace Childs grew up in Orange, Vermont, and was taught at a young age the importance of getting a good education. When she began looking at colleges she knew she had to find the perfect school that would meet her academic and social needs. She also wanted to find a college with a well-accredited chemistry department because she wanted to major in chemistry. During her junior year of high school, she toured Elizabethtown College with her parents and immediately fell in love.

A Home Away From Home

Childs chose Elizabethtown College because she really liked the chemistry professors, she enjoyed the community vibe of the college and she liked that it checked off a lot of her boxes of what she wanted in a college. Additionally, she was thankful that she was able to leave Vermont and explore a new state. She said it was a bonus that Elizabethtown’s school colors are the same as her high school’s colors because it reminds her of home.

Childs, like most incoming freshmen, had a bit of a rough start as she learned how to adjust to a new state and make new friends. Luckily, she met a lot of her best friends through her FYS class and was able to navigate the college quickly because it is a small campus.

Childs is currently a sophomore and works as a peer mentor when she is not studying for her rigorous science classes. Childs said that her favorite memories at Elizabethtown College have been June peer mentor orientation and last spring’s chemistry department picnic. She loved June peer mentor orientation because she spent a whole week bonding with the other peer mentors through activities like outdoor laser tag and capture the flag. She also loved the chemistry department picnic because she was able to take a break from classes and play volleyball and canjam with her peers and professors.

The peer mentoring program and the chemistry department have really played a key role in making Elizabethtown College feel like home to Childs. She said the people in the peer mentoring program and the professors in the chemistry department are all so helpful, caring and accepting that it makes her feel right at home.

College Aspirations

Childs is even more committed to her academics than she was when she was young. For example, she plans on expanding her education by studying abroad in New Zealand next spring. She wants to study abroad in New Zealand because they have a great chemistry program. Furthermore, she has always wanted to experience New Zealand’s unique culture and wants to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Childs will be ecstatic if she is able to accomplish her goal of studying abroad before graduation because it is something she is very passionate about. It’s hard for her to believe that her first two years of college are almost over, but Childs plans on jumping at every opportunity that comes her way. By the time she graduates, she hopes to be the best version of herself and have made a positive impact within the Blue Jay community.

The One That Made an Impact

Friends is available to stream on Netflix.

Picture this: it’s 1994 and you’ve just heard about a new NBC television series that’s about to air. It’s all anyone can talk about. The show is about six friends who live in New York City and shows how even when life gets tough, good friends will always be there for you.

Flashforward twenty-five years and this television series is still insanely popular. Yep, you’ve guessed it right. The television series is Friends.

This hilarious sitcom was filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California and first aired on September 22, 1994. There are 10 seasons and 236 episodes filled with lots of friendship, classic lines, great love stories and timeless humor. The last episode aired on May 6, 2004.

The main cast of Friends includes Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani).

Rachel is the strong-headed female who fearlessly shares her own opinions. Monica is the know-it-all who loves to cook. Phoebe is the caring, but crazy friend who beats to her own drum. Chandler is the extremely sarcastic friend who always has a witty comment to make. Ross is the science enthusiast and has a doctorate in Paleontology. Joey is the slow-witted ladies man. While these characters are vastly different from each other, it is their friendship that brings them all together.

Fans from all over the world have fallen head-over-heels in love with the main characters and the relationships they have with one another. For instance, everyone adores Chandler and Joey’s bromance because it is so genuine and funny. In fact, their friendship has been trending online under “friendship goals” for a while now. This means that younger generations look up to Chandler and Joey’s friendship in hopes of one day having a similar friendship with their own friends.

Not only has Friends impacted millions of people around the world but it has also become a major part of America’s pop culture. Since the show premiered, it has only become more and more popular. It’s no wonder why everyone wanted “The Rachel” haircut in the ‘90s and why almost every generation knows the theme song by heart today.

Even though times have changed, it is amazing to see how a show from the ‘90s is still one of the most-watched television series in America. According to, over 16 million people watch reruns of Friends on a weekly basis. That is thanks to the help of reruns on cable networks such as TBS and streaming services such as Netflix.

This beloved, pre-smartphone series will be leaving Netflix in the spring of 2020 and will be going on WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming service. It is unclear what the price of this streaming service will be but Netflix’s most basic plan is $8.99 per month.

So if you’re ever looking for a good belly laugh, then I would highly recommend watching Friends. This timeless, feel-good show will continue to be The One That Made an Impact and helped make the world a better place!

Renewed Strength in the Second Half wins the Blue Jays the game

Elizabethtown College women’s soccer team celebrated their victory over Scranton after the homecoming game.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa.- The women’s soccer Landmark Conference game between Elizabethtown and Scranton had a slow start with no goals in the first half, however the Blue Jays kicked in a new gear in the second half and beat the Royals 3-2.

The game took place at Elizabethtown College at Ira R. Herr Field on Saturday, Oct. 19. Alumni, family members and friends were at the game because it was Elizabethtown College’s Homecoming weekend.

While there were no goals in the first half, the Blue Jays and the Royals put up a good fight in the second half.

Leigh Ungerleider, Elizabethtown sophomore, scored the first goal of the game. The Blue Jays fan section was ecstatic.

Scranton freshman, Teresa Hegarty, scored the second goal of the game. She was assisted by sophomore Steph Lowrey, and together they helped tie the game.

Lowrey also scored the third goal of the game with an assist from sophomore Callie Deola. The Blue Jays fan section was devastated after the back to back goals.

However, Elizabethtown seniors Natalie Nye and Lydia Lawson made a swift comeback and scored the fourth goal of the game.

Between the energy bouncing off of the Blue Jays fan section and the Blue Jays bench, Lydia Lawson scored the fifth and final goal of the game bringing the Blue Jays to victory.

The Blue Jays fan section gave a standing ovation and shouted “way to go” and “what a great game!”

Evan Schwab, Elizabethtown freshman, stood in the stands clapping as the final buzzer went off.

“It was insane. It was a really really hard fought game,” Schwab said. “At first everyone was like, oh this is just another game but at the second half everyone figured out that this is an amazing game.”

Sydney Detky, Elizabethtown freshman soccer player, was beyond happy about the win.

“Scranton has always been a really good team, and one of our goals this year was to beat them so we went out and did our best,” Detky stated. “Even though there were moments where we weren’t connecting quite right, we still held ourselves together so we could accomplish it.”

Detky believed that they won the game because of how supportive her teammates and the Blue Jays fan section were.

Christine Fox, Elizabethtown junior goalkeeper, was also excited about the win because the Blue Jays haven’t beaten the Royals in seven years.

“It was good for us to beat them while the alumni were there so they could experience what it’s like to beat Scranton,” Fox said.

The Blue Jays made two shots and three corner kicks, and the Royals made five shots and two corner kicks in the first half.

In the second half, the Blue Jays made three goals, nine shots and six corner kicks, and the Royals made two goals, 16 shots and ten corner kicks.

Scranton’s record was 6-4-3, 3-1-0 LC and Elizabethtown’s record was 8-3-1, 3-1-0 LC.

The Blue Jays will face Scranton again in the Landmark Semi-finals on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at Ira R. Herr field.

Click on the link below to hear the beginning of my interview with Sydney Detky.

E-motion: Another Chance to Dance your Heart Out

Alexa Habermehl, sophomore education major, smiled when she thought about her time in E-motion.

E-motion, the largest club at Elizabethtown College, held dance auditions in the BSC dance studio for the winter showcase the week of Monday, September 16.

E-motion, the campus’s dance club, offered dances of all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

This semester, there are close to twenty different types of dances. For example there are jazz, hip-hop, partner, Irish, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatic, swing flags, tap and ballet dances.

Elizabethtown College students may audition for as many dances as they want, but are only allowed to participate in three E-motion dances per semester. 

Every E-motion dance began practicing the week of Monday, September 23. Practices lasted for an hour and a half.

Lindsay Fisher, senior education major, is a four-time E-motion choreographer and dancer. She choreographed a contemporary dance to “Breaking Down” by I Prevail for this semester.

Fisher believes that E-motion is the most popular club on campus because of the “family feel” the dancers established over the years. 

“E-motion is a place where people of all levels can express themselves through dance and just have fun with so many great people,” Fisher stated.

Caroline Piergiovanni, senior education major, is this year’s E-motion president. “Ever since I was a freshman and got involved in E-Motion, I knew one day I wanted to be able to run such a wonderful, inclusive, and dynamic club,” Piergiovanni said.

Piergiovanni’s love for the club is never ending. “Being the President of E-Motion is not about the title of President,” she said. “It’s about combining my love of dance with my leadership and organizational skills so that I can be a mentor to everyone in the club.”

Alexa Habermehl, sophomore education major, participated in two E-motion dances last semester: “You Can’t Stop the Beat” choreographed by Abby Goodman and Jill Benedetti and “Pineapple Skies” choreographed by O’Livia McIntosh.

Habermehl’s favorite memory was opening night of the spring showcase. “Everyone got to hang out together backstage and watch the dances on the big screen,” she stated.

If Habermehl’s friends hadn’t convinced her to join E-motion, then she wouldn’t have made so many great friends and fun memories. For these reasons, Habermehl would encourage other students to join E-motion too.

While E-motion auditions are over for the fall semester, it is not too late to join the club for the spring semester. Don’t miss the chance to express yourself, make new lifelong friends, and dance your heart out!

By: Olivia Gaughan