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Humans of Etown

By Katie Lock

Sarah White is a junior Social Work major here at Elizabethtown College. She is a very active student. She enjoys her life here at Elizabethtown. 

Making The Switch

Sarah began at Elizabethtown College as an Occupational Therapy student with a minor in Human Services. Sarah made the switch from Occupational Therapy to Social Work and dropped her minor the summer before her junior year. 

Sarah switched majors because she lost interest in the scientific part of Occupational Therapy, but she knew she still wanted to help people. After speaking with the head of the social work department, Susan Mapp, she knew it was a decision that would make her happiest in the long run. 

Switching from Occupational Therapy to social work made Sarah feel happy and like a weight was lifted off of her shoulders. When she joined her new major, Sarah felt a sense of belonging and comfort in the Social work major. Currently, she is doing much better in her classes which makes her feel that she is where she needs to be.


Sarah was working at a foster care in Harrisburg called The Bair Foundation over the Fall 2019 semester. She started her internship at the end of September. Susan Mapp, head of the Social Work department, helped her find the internship.

Sarah described her internship as “okay.” She said that the communication within the Bair Foundation agency wasn’t the best because they were so busy with the work and couldn’t make much time for her. 

During her internship, Sarah attended court hearings that decided the placement of the child in question and went to hearings for parents to see what the judge would like the biological parents to work on so they can get custody of their child again.

Sarah successfully finished her internship at the end of November. She had to complete 40 hours.

For next semester, she will be interning at Water Street Mission, a homeless shelter, in the mental health unit. She will be shadowing the counselor during group therapy as well as seeing how the shelter runs.

Working Student

Sarah works at the smoothie shop, Fresh Nest, in the Bowers Center, the Starbucks coffee shop at the Blue Bean in the BSC, and is also a secretary for facilities. She also works at the Elizabethtown Child Care Center daycare. She has worked at the coffee shop since freshman year. She has worked for facilities since sophomore year, and she has worked at the smoothie shop starting this year when the new Bowers Center opened.

The coffee shop is her favorite because it is the busiest out of all of her jobs. She mostly works in the morning hours, which is the busiest time for the coffee shop. She likes interacting with all the students that come in, often meeting new people and making friendships with those she meets.

The smoothie shop is Sarah’s least favorite because it’s slow and when there are no customers, she just has to stand around which is not something she does not like doing.

Sarah and Katie at the Jonas Brothers concert in Hershey, August 30, 2019

2019: The Year of the Killjoys

My Chemical Romance, otherwise known as My Chem or MCR, has recently gotten back together. The band broke up six years ago in 2013. 

The band consists of lead singer Gerard Way, brother and bassist Mikey Way, guitarist Ray Toro, and guitarist Frank Iero, who are the original band members. They are bringing in drummer and good friend Jarrod Alexandar for their reunion show on Dec. 20 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. 

As a fellow member of the Killjoys, a term coined from their album “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” to address MCR fans, I can say that I am absolutely ecstatic about the reunion. 

I became a Killjoy maybe a year or two after the band broke up. Although I was late to the party, I still explored their music deeply and fell in love with them. Their music spoke to me on a different level, to the point where I got a tattoo of a lyric from their song “Famous Last Words.” Needless to say, I wanted the band to get back together.  

Lead singer Gerard Way has always fantasized about the band’s future, saying that he wanted MCR to follow the same path as the Smashing Pumpkins, who broke up for six years and then got back together. This is why the MCR reunion is so big; Gerard’s vision for the band came true. Ever since the band split, fans have been awaiting the year 2019, dubbing it the year of the Killjoys. Now the year has come and the Killjoy’s dreams came true. 

In the years leading up to 2019, numerous rumors have been spread of an MCR reunion, but Gerard always shot them down, claiming it didn’t feel right. 

The last time the band was active before the reunion was in 2016 when they released their studio album “The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts.” The album was in celebration of the ten year anniversary of the original “Black Parade” album released in 2006. When the release of the anniversary album was announced on MCR’s Twitter page, they gave no captions or hint as to what it was about, just a picture of a black X on a white background. Fans started speculating that it was a reunion, trying to guess what the meaning behind the X was. Again, Gerard shot down the idea of an MCR reunion and explained that the X was meant to be the Roman numeral for the ten year anniversary of “The Black Parade.” 

The band first announced their reunion via Twitter with a picture captioned, “Like Phantoms Forever…” on October 31, 2019. Halloween was definitely a fitting day for the band to get back together because of how the band has always presented itself. As a punk rock/heavy metal band, MCR always portrayed themselves as dark. The MCR reunion was everything it should’ve been, in my opinion, and I couldn’t be happier with it, as I’m sure this is how my fellow Killjoys feel. 

The first photo of MCR since the reunion

Breaking Housing Agreements

By: Katie Lock

Elizabethtown College has recently upped its prices for students to break their housing agreements to the school and move off campus.

The announcement was made during the Spring 2019 semester along with announcements about housing and the construction of the Hackman apartments.

Every class had a separate class meeting regarding these changes as there were different regulations for each class.

Before the change was made, the price to move off campus was half of the price to live on campus.

The new price is different for all classes, but mostly affected rising sophomores and rising juniors. For rising juniors, the price to break the housing agreement is now higher than the price to live in an on-campus dorm, making it more difficult for juniors to move off campus. The cost obviously upset the majority of the class.

However, there is a possibility for this fee to be waived if a student’s reason to move off campus is deemed worthy by the Office of Residential Life.

“The college views residential life as an important part of a student’s personal growth,” according to the Elizabethtown College Office of Residential Life webpage. Many of Elizabethtown’s students, however, eventually have the desire to move off campus for different reasons.

The rules for moving off campus are simple: “All full-time undergraduate students must live in college-owned residential facilities for the entirety of their undergraduate enrollment,” including the on-campus dorms, Hackman Apartments, and the Quads, according to the Office of Residential Life webpage, “except commuters or are granted permission for an extenuating circumstance by the Office of Residential Life.” Any exceptions must be approved by the Office of Residential Life.

Harry Inglis has recently moved off campus into a house with four of his close friends. This is his first year living off campus and he loves it. “I have more freedom and don’t have to deal with RAs.”

I asked Harry if he agreed with the college’s statement of residential life being an important part of a student’s personal growth: “Yes, it’s important to meet new people and get a sense of community. If I hadn’t lived in Founders my freshman year, I wouldn’t have met my friends that I still hang out with today.”

However, Harry believes that juniors and seniors should be able to move off campus for free to get a feel for “real life living,” and learning to cook and clean and take care of yourself in a separate, more private house.

As living on campus is important to build friendships and community, it is also equally important to live off campus to get a feel for the real world and supporting yourself.