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The Scranton Royals dealt the Elizabethtown Blue Jays men’s soccer team their first conference loss of the season, brining an end to the Blue Jays three-win streak with a three-win streak of their own. Following the game, the Blue Jays record stands at 9-4-1 overall and 3-1-0 for conference games, while the Royals record stands at 8-4-2 overall and 3-1-0 for conference games.

For the first 13 or so minutes of the game neither team appeared dominant, as aside from the fact that no goals were scored, the pace of the game was fairly back and forth, neither team seemed to be applying more pressure than the other. The game played out as a match of endurance, or arguably a war of attrition. After about 15 minutes the possession of the ball appeared to be changing less frequently, this being said no team really stood out, instead the pace of the game just seemed to change a bit.

The aforementioned change of pace soon changed to what seemed like the Blue Jays favor, as they appeared to be maintaining possession of the ball and applying significant pressure on the Royals defense. Approximately 25 minutes into the game there was a penalty kick quickly followed by a corner kick. The Blue Jays still seemed to be putting a significant amount of pressure on the Royals until about 31 minutes in where the Royals began to apply more pressure to Blue Jays loosening their foothold. Less than 10 minutes remained in the first half when Christian Acros, freshman scored the first goal of the game for the Royals. The remainder of the first half was relatively uneventful.

The second half started out similarly to the first, but just over 15 minutes in Blake Hammert, senior managed to score the Royals’ second goal.

Conner Rathsam, senior managed to score the Blue Jays’ first goal via a penalty kick with less than 10 minutes remaining, however the Blue Jays were unable to tie up the game.

Hackman Apartment Renovations

Elizabethtown, Pa. – The Hackman Apartments are currently being renovated.

Hackman Apartments

The Hackman apartments are currently being renovated. There have been a number of concerns regarding the Hackman apartments on campus in recent years.

These renovations have already begun to have an affect on the students, as these renovations have already influenced this past round of the housing selection process. Currently only one of the two Hackman apartment buildings has occupants.

One areas of interest is why these renovations are happening now, and if there is some sort of general timeline these renovations are intended to follow, furthermore the flexibility of markers on this timeline or the renovations as a whole. Should students expect delays on the project, are the funds and resources required for this project already appropriately allocated or could future events and or circumstances potentially lead to the reallocation of these funds and resources.

While we know that there the Hackman apartments are currently being renovated, we do not have a clear understanding of what the goal of these renovations is. Is the goal simply to allow more students to live in on campus housing, or is there going to be a focus on the diversification of on campus housing such that there are more significant differences between the housing options to appeal to different groups of students. Or is the goal strictly to improve the quality of existing housing.

A further point of interest is whether the plans for these renovations have been in the works for some considerable length of time, and if so for how long. Or are we to assume that the reality is these renovations are a reaction to more recent events and or circumstances. Or could the timing of the renovations actually be a combination of long existing plans that have been expedited as a result of more recent events and or circumstances.

The aforementioned are all of interest to the students who are both currently being affected by these renovations, as well as the students who would or could potentially be affected in the future. Unfortunately, whilst these are areas of interest the information is not necessarily the most available.

I, in an attempt to learn more about the Hackman renovations, reached out to Michelle Henry, Amy Berra, Celestino Limas and Stephanie Rankin via email. Of their responses to my email the only information I had gathered was that I should probably attempt to reach out to Mark Zimmerman, as he supposedly would be able to answer my questions. From here I emailed Zimmerman, I never heard back from or received an email from Zimmerman.