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Elizabethtown College’s 14th Annual A-T Benefit Concert

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Elizabethtown College’s Education department hosted their annual A-T Benefit concert this past Saturday.

The concert is to help spread awareness and crowdfund support for Ataxia-Telangiectasia, also known as A-T. A-T is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects a variety of body systems and appears almost entirely in toddlers when they begin to walk.

Many groups came out to help at the concert, such as Phalanx, Emotion, Elizabethtown College’s Dance Team and so many more.

Josh Folk, president of Phalanx, spoke to us about the benefit.

“So Phalanx is super happy to be able to perform for the A-T Benefit again, run by Ed Org. It is such a great concert that supports those children that are going through A-T so it is just really awesome to be able to be here and perform.”

I also interviewed Jenna Hansell, an education major who helped organize the event.

“So the A-T benefit concert is benefiting kids who have a rare childhood disease and all the money that we are raising is going to help their children’s project.”

“All the benefits from the concert go towards helping those suffering from A-T.”

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Etown Fashion Show News Story – Quintin George

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Elizabethtown College’s next guest lecturer is Ibtihaj Muhammad, a former Olympic athlete and current fashion designer.

Before her lecture, the college is holding a fashion show for Muhammad’s fashion line.

Quinten Yonkers and Rehana Persaud are involved in the fashion show. I was able to speak to them about it.

Yonkers stated “I’m going to be host the fashion show as an emcee, and this fashion show is all about Ibtihaj Muhammad’s clothing line that celebrates modest fashion. And basically, she is trying to prove that fashion especially for women doesn’t have to be revealing or ostentatious to be beautiful.

I’m going to be hosting from over here, Austin is going to be hosting from that side, and the models are going to one-by-one walk down the runway and turn around back. And as they walk down, I’m going to talk about what they are wearing and kind of talk about the clothing line in general.”

Rehana Persaud is a senior at Elizabethtown College and is helping out at the fashion show by modeling the dresses by Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Persaud said “We will be modeling Ibtihaj Muhammad’s fashion line to show its beauty and modesty.”

The fashion show is a preview to the November 7th lecture by Ibtihaj Muhammad regarding modest muslim fashion and muslim involvement in sports.

The fashion show is November 7th at 11 am in the KAV and the corresponding lecture is that night at 7:30 pm.

Reporting from the Elizabethtown College KAV, my name’s Quintin George at Wetown.org.

 

Humans of Etown: Miranda Vares

Miranda Vares

“When I got to Elizabethtown, I fully intended to be a teacher. That’s actually why I picked this school, because I thought I wanted to do Elementary Education. I’d picked it because I love kids, and I loved working with kids. Plus, people always used to look at me and just kind of assume that’s what I was going to do, you know? But anyways, I got here, and just first day of classes dropped out of the Ed major. Now I’m doing Social Work and it feels a lot more right. Like, I’m really excited to get out into the field now, and I’m excited to go to classes. Plus I don’t need to be good at simple math to be a social worker…. Which is good.”

Miranda Kaniela Vares was born to Gwen and David Vares on June 13th, 1997. She grew up in Dauphin County her entire life, going to the county’s elementary school, middle school, and high school, ultimately heading off to Elizabethtown College.

As stated in the above paragraph, Miranda initially hoped to become a teacher but quickly realized it was not the career choice for her. In place of this, she took up social work because she wanted to help others in the community and she realized she could assist more in issues that she is truly passionate about, unlike a teacher whom has certain restraints. She also currently is working on a minor in Women and Genders Studies.

Miranda has a multitude of hobbies in her life, but one she has always pursued is dancing. She started dancing at the age of four, specializing in ballet. She was once asked to do tap dance but she simply described it as “noisy ballet.” Even now at Elizabethtown College, Miranda still dances in the school’s highly popular group, Emotion. Her favorite performance thus far has been for the song ‘Sparkling Diamonds,’ choreographed by Kendra Fix and Kayla Hall.

Another passion of Miranda’s is her beloved cat named Kismet. Miranda adopted Kismet at the age of 7 while she was in first grade. Ever since, they have been an inseparable duo when she is at home, constantly caring for and entertaining the cat. Miranda also has a lovely dog, a puli, whom she got in third grade named Zuzu who double-times as the home’s local mop.

In accordance with Miranda’s dedication to wanting to help others, she is also a lifeguard at two separate pools, Spring Valley and The Reserves at Hershey. She became a lifeguard at the age of sixteen.

In her relaxation time, she loves watching movies, especially with her all-time favorite actor/singer the late David Bowie. She has had her heart broken once in her entire life, and that came last year with the passing of the musician’s death. She sort of misses Prince too.

All-in-all, Miranda is a very passionate person when it comes to helping others. This is clearly present in her social work major, utmost care of her cat, and her summertime career as a lifeguard for multiple swimming establishments.

Humans of Elizabethtown: Hannah Burleigh, Jacob Gross, & Jen Gorel

Group: Justin Shurr, Quintin George, & Cam Wirth

Hannah Burleigh

Hannah Burleigh: “My name is Hannah Burleigh and I am a sophomore OT major at Elizabethtown College. I’m from Kempton, Pennsylvania which is in Berks County. I have two brothers, Nathan and Andrew, and two cats, Fluffy and Sherbet and I also have a boyfriend named Kody, who is also at home.

I started my E-town looking process around 7th grade. I actually knew that I wanted to go to E-town for a while. And then I applied to the OT program and I actually got waitlisted. And that was really hard for me because E-town was always in my heart and I always wanted to go there.

So, I looked at Alvernia University and I was going to go there but then I got taken off the waitlist so that was really awesome. And ever since I’ve been at E-town I’ve gotten many opportunities. I have two jobs now and I’m just really thriving here so I’m really happy that I got off the waitlist.”

Jacob Gross

Jacob Gross: “So, went out with two of my friends and we went to Wawa, because my one friend was looking for something there. We get to Wawa because my one friend is looking for something and it is taking a while and it has been ten, fifteen minutes. I was like ‘Andrew, what are you looking for?’ and he says ‘I am looking for the microwaves,’ and we were just like, ‘Andrew, they do not sell those here.’ So we end up leaving and going to his house and his parents are right there and they’re like ‘So did you get any microwaves?’ And that is that.”

Jen Gorel

Jen Gorel: “So when I was little, I had gone to Disneyworld with my family and the way they used to have it setup was that the characters would walk through a section of the place as a parade and they would come in a two story bus. And I was so excited as soon as I saw the bus because they were all on the top and they were all waving and everything. And I was completely obsessed with Minnie Mouse as the time and I actually had a Minnie Mouse hat on and so she just came up to me and she took my hand and I just walked away with her. And at the end of the parade they congregated all together at the bus. They announced over the loudspeaker: “If your children had walked away with any of the characters, you can come get them.” Because I walked away with Minnie Mouse and didn’t tell my parents, they had no idea where I was.”

The Killing Joke that was The Killing Joke

“The book is better than the movie,” a cliché phrase uttered by every 20-year-old condescending hipster whom must assert their dominance through an aura of arrogance, typically heard while exiting a crowded theatre of a major motion production. As one can assume, I abhor this filth of a phrase. Yet, with more embarrassment than a nerdy teenage boy at a middle school dance, I must sit here and reluctantly admit that I stand by this (putrid) phrase.
In 2016, DC Animated Studios released a movie adaptation of the famous DC Comic, The Killing Joke. This comic, written by Alan Moore, captured an era of DC Comics that set the standard across the entire franchise for years to come. Then one day, an anxious intern at DC plotting to move up in the company, pitched the idea to make it into a movie, “Splendid!” shouted his boss, and it was from this point the idea fell apart quicker than my 5-year-old cousin’s Jenga tower.
As most adaptations do, they took their liberties in “adjusting” the story from its source, and this in itself is not inherently a problem. Sometimes these liberties can result in Forrest Gump, but, sadly, other times you could get The Cat in the Hat. Inferring through my heavy morbid tone, one can realize this situation resulted in the latter.
To start, the movie began by tacking on the studios horrible idea of what the first 30 minutes of the movie should be. Not only was this “prologue” overly long and not within its source material, but it left the viewer (me, your disgruntled writer) pondering if I was watching the correct movie.
The conflict of this prologue was spearheaded by a villain that was reminiscent of a Joker that went through a copier that was unplugged in the process, leaving behind an unfinished, one-dimensional villain. This antagonist was clearly intended to come off as charismatic and sharp, but I can only assume the writers asked a young boy what he thought someone “cool” was like, and went from there.
If this was the beginning, I cowered at the thought of what was to come next. As Aristotle once said, “Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil,” and hot dang if evil was not on its way. The malevolent writers of DC Animated Studios oh so cleverly decided that no story is complete without a forced romance that seems to have ham-fisted its way into the plot. This plot spider spun a web of romance between the likes of Batgirl and Batman, two heroes who work together to save the city of Gotham. Not only did Batgirl not exist at the time the comic was created, but the relationship found in the comics between the two heroes has more of a “I’m proud of you, kiddo” fatherly tone to it, and not this misappropriation of an attempted “hot-and-steamy” romance.
Once this vaguely incestuous scene was over and the heroic duo put an end to the crime spree of the antagonistic Mr. One-Dimensional, it seemed the true story was about to begin. The movie finally began the mythic tale pulled from the ancient DC lore known as The Killing Joke. It was from this point that the movie seemed that it was to hit its stride. It started off strong by hinting at the tragic backstory of the deranged lunatic and arch nemesis of the Batman, known simply as the Joker.
I finally clung to the edge of my seat, painstakingly waiting for DC’s famously colorful and beautifully visual comic to come to life on the silver screen. But as Simone de Beauvoir once said “If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.” My last remaining sliver of hope, a lone auburn leaf on the tip of a wilting tree, was quickly and harshly blown off by the cold near-winter wind that DC called animation. The graphic novel is known for its stunningly illustrated panels that are topped off perfectly with oddly exuberant, but fitting, colors, yet this animated movie enlisted the illustrator’s infant child to animate the movie in place of him. The characters who are so well drawn in the comic, now appear as cut-outs waddling across the screen from scene-to-scene. And the aforementioned exuberant colors are nowhere to be found, in their wake are dull colors that could be loved only by the Addams Family.
The movie ravaged a masterfully crafted plot by including an unnecessary 30-minute prologue that changed the context of the entire story; accompanied by this brutal plot murder was devastatingly, heartbreakingly bad animation. The name “The Killing Joke” has never been more fitting, for this movie was a joke that killed all my hopes and dreams.

The Killing Joke Photo I Took

Panel excerpt from The Killing Joke taken by Quintin George