All posts by Tim McParland

STEVEN ROLDAN:

Elizabethtown, Pa. — Steven hails from the mound of sand that is Las Vegas, Nevada, Steven began playing the piano in the first grade and has now been playing for 16 years. He graduated from the AMSAT program at Clark High School in 2015. Steven Roldan is an Elizabethtown College graduate from this past spring, he graduated with a BA in Music with concentrations in Piano, Piano pedagogy and Composition.

Before Elizabethtown

In 2014 Steven was the Nevada All State Choir Tenor 1 section leader, Vice President of Choir Council and Co-founder of Skyline student led Pop Choir.

Involvement on Campus and Locally

While Steven has since graduated he is still fairly active on campus, for instance this past October Steven played the piano at president Cecilia M. McCormick’s inauguration. Steven worked as the Organist at Riverside Methodist Church for two years until it closed in Spring of 2018. Steven also worked as the Pianist for St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Steven was also involved in the organization of praise and worship nights every few months on campus. In addition to the aforementioned type of work Steven also works as a Piano instructor and has taught students ranging from children in elementary school to individuals who are of retirement age. Some of his students have gone on to perform on campus in the preparatory division recitals. In 2018 – 2019 Steven took over the role of Music director of Vocalign co-Ed acapella group. Returning to be a host for the MVP Homecoming Show in 2019. Steven was also the President of the Bachelor of Arts in Music Organization (BAMO) from 2018 – 2019 after his time as Vice President from 2017 – 2018. As such he played a role in performances at soul cafe as well as the annual Ryan Sagedy’s Night in the City featuring BAMO. Additionally Steven would arrange songs for Melica, Vocalign and Phalanx performances which have been performed at the ICCAs. Finally Steven was also a member of the Concert Choir for seven semesters as well as the Community Choir for six semesters.

Recitals

Speaking of recitals on campus Steven has had a roll in several, he gave two recitals on campus featuring music by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Ravel, Scarlatti and Kapustin. In addition to his own recitals Steven accompanied junior recitals on campus for Gabriella Clarizio in 2019 and A.J. Gaudreau in 2017. He also accompanied for the Music Therapy Fall recital in 2018 at the Masonic Village. He also accompanied PCMEA for their annual trip to Meadow Ridge retirement home. Steven also managed to win first and second prize in the PMTA’s 2019 statewide Keystone Composition Competition where he also performed the piece “Waltz of Irrationality” at Penn State for the winners recital in November.

In the Future

Steven is not currently aware of what exactly he will be doing in the future, however it is quite possible that he will no longer be on campus this upcoming semester, as he might be returning to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Taco Bell’s Menu: Dull or Reliable?

Taco Bell, while loved by many, seems to have a worse reputation than most of its competitors. Many claim Taco Bell is not only unappetizing and disgusting, but that it’s flavors are lacking and that you will find yourself sick the following day if you are to consume their food. Some argue that Taco Bell’s menu is an uninspiring, disorderly mess of seemingly countless items consisting of the same five ingredients. I imagine most Taco Bell connoisseurs would be the first to concede this point. Taco Bell’s menu absolutely has some weaker entries. One such entry is the Cheese roll-up, is legitimately just melted cheese rolled up inside a tortilla. Others assert that Taco Bell’s inauthentic menu is why they don’t like the food. I would argue that Taco Bell’s menu is one of it’s strengths and cements their position as one of the more, if not the most, reliable fast food chains in North America.

Another of Taco Bell’s short coming is easily the consistency of the food, the most egregious example being none other than their hard-shell tacos. The issue with the tacos is that the shells seemingly have a half-life no longer than the time it takes for the employee to wrap the taco and pass it through the drive through window. This of course is disappointing as you will typically find yourself with the contents of the taco between two halves of a seemingly disintegrated shell. Not to excuse the disappointing shells, but Taco bell’s menu has a solution to this problem, this solution of course being the Cheesy Gordita Crunch. The Cheesy Gordita Crunch standard hard-shell taco sheathed within a flat bread filled with their melted three cheese blend. This flat bread sheath serves to secure the contents of the taco in a way that the hard shell simply cannot, without the need to sacrifice the satisfying crunch of the shell like you would, should you opt for a soft-shell taco. Additionally, this newfound robustness opens the Cheesy Gordita Crunch up to near limitless substitutions, modifications and additions making it an optimal platform to expand on. Fortunately Taco Bell allows it’s customers to add, remove or substitute any ingredient on any item. Additionally, the inclusion of a hard shell opens up the possibility of substituting it for any of the Doritos locos taco shells offered by Taco Bell, adding another dimension of both flavor and texture to the Cheesy Gordita Crunch. Unfortunately, the Cheesy Gordita Crunch is adorned with a spicy ranch sauce that you must remove or substitute with something like chipotle, fire or Diablo sauce. The aforementioned substitution is required as it is a ranch derivative as the name implies, additionally the spicy ranch lacks anything that could potentially be interpreted as spice. This is absolutely necessary if you wish to taste or smell anything other than ranch in the near future, if you are a fan of ranch I suppose you could opt to keep it but you’re wrong.

Cheesy Gordita Crunch featuring a nacho cheese Doritos Locos Taco shell and chipotle sauce.
Cheesy Gordita Crunch featuring a nacho cheese Doritos Locos Taco shell and chipotle sauce.

Taco Bell while not something everyone can appreciate, has without doubt earned itself quite the reputation among the masses, whether this reputation is good or bad seems to be open to interpretation. Most seem to be able to agree on what Taco Bell is like, but they can not seem to agree on whether or not Taco Bell is among the best or the worst fast food chains in North America.

UNFORTUNATE FIRST LANDMARK CONFERENCE LOSS FOR THE BLUE JAYS

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.