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God and Jackie Robinson: Long Hits It Out of the Park

Tuesday, February 6— I rushed to the Hoover Center of Business far later than intended. At 7 p.m. on the dot in Hoover 212, the case study room was filled to brim with people and Dr. Monica Smith, director of diversity and inclusion, was already introducing the man of the hour himself. As luck would have it, there was a seat in the front open and with just enough time to get settled, the lecture began.

Dr. Michael G. Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies, is considered one of the best scholars on the life and faith of Jackie Robinson, having written and co-written multiple books on the subject.

“God and Jack Robinson: A Lecture by Michael G. Long” is in part to talk about Long’s research for his most recent book, “Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography,” which he is a co-author of.

The other point of this lecture was obvious; its Black History Month.

Long was invited to share his work, talk about Robinson’s life, not just promote a book. Humanity has a tendency to idolize the past. Robinson was a multifaceted human being, but you only hear about his baseball career, only see photos of him smiling during those years.

“What we tend to do as whites is focus on 1947,” Long said “While Jackie Robinson is turning the other cheek.”
Robinson is defined by more than just baseball or his smile.

“We all, throughout history romanticize some of these people,” Smith said, after the lecture. “But [Long] really showed us Jackie Robinson, the man, and I appreciate that so much. It gave me a greater appreciation of him.”

Yes, Long was teaching the audience that Robinson was just as human as the rest of them.

Long is a teacher. He teaches what he is passionate about and he’s passionate about a lot of things. When someone is enthusiastic about something, it makes people want to listen and that shows.

Although the lecture itself was informative on Robinson’s life, the question and answer section was where it truly shows just how knowledgeable Long is on Robinson and how much he thrives while discussing him.

“This is really interesting to me, too.” Long said, interrupting his own story to give the audience a disclaimer and laughing as he did. “Actually, I find everything about this story interesting! Sorry about that.”

Long was answering a question given by his own son, Nate, asking about how often Robinson when to church. Long answered the question itself quick, but it lead him to a story of Robinson that he could share, so he shared it. He ended up doing that with most of the questions asked.

Guest Lecture on Solving Problem of Incivility in American Democracy

Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Center of Global Understanding and Peacemaking at Elizabethtown College hosted a guest lecture in Gibble Auditorium on conflict in today’s political climate and how to improve civility in political discourse.

The speaker for the lecture was the president of the Gettysburg Foundation, Dr. Matthew Moen. He opened the lecture by talking about the horrors of the battle of Gettysburg, before speaking of the reconciliation and unity that followed in the aftermath. Nurses had cared for the wounded of both sides, regardless of which side they had fought for.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was more than just a moving tribute to the soldiers that died — it also spoke of redemption, forgiveness, and resilience. Dr. Moen compared the words of Lincoln with the rhetoric of today’s politics.

“Consider what’s conspicuously absent from his speech: triumphalism,” Dr. Moen said in his lecture. “[Lincoln] doesn’t gloat or malign the other side, doesn’t mention victory, or either side.”

Dr. Moen noted that the next generation of citizens must earn our democracy, as generations before have done. He argued that we must look for solutions to the problems we face today. While democracy is durable, it is not guaranteed, evidenced by how in recent years the United States has gone from a “full democracy” to a  “flawed democracy,” according to The Economist’s rankings of democracies.

“Hearing him list off all of the things that have happened in America within the last year, and hearing it all within a span of a minute or two, is rather alarming,” senior Sean McCubbin said. “But I think he did a good job of presenting a more optimistic tone and a list of realistic things that we could do.”

Dr. Moen gave many suggestions on how to improve civility in our democracy. To start with, he noted things people could do on an individual level, which included finishing their education, to embrace the world’s complexity, and to have a greater sense of personal humility in their political views.

“I think colleges should be models of civil discourse,” Director of the Center of Global Understanding and Peacemaking, Dr. Kenley, said. “If we cannot have disagreements in a respectful manner on a college campus, I’m not sure it’ll happen anywhere.”

Dr. Moen’s other suggestions were directed towards Congress. They included the removal of the one-minute speeches that often begin the legislative day, having citizen commissions draw districts to remove gerrymandering, and to make a switch to a system to publicly finance elections. He also made a call for tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to do a better job policing violent content, and to consider the possibility of regulating them as media companies.

“He not only talked on the level of civilians, but on the level of politicians and corporations and even included the tech aspect, which I think is really neat,” junior Amanda Ralff said.

Dr. Moen said he doesn’t expect every solution to work, but believes experimentation is key. With so much at stake, it is important to try, and he has faith in the new generation to do just that.


Preview of the 2017 Elizabethtown College Homecoming Celebration

Open to alumni, faculty, students and their families, the 2017 Elizabethtown College Homecoming and Family Weekend takes place on the weekend of Oct. 20-22.

The weekend activities are highlighted by the homecoming parade on Saturday. Following 23 years of college tradition, the 11 a.m. parade will carry along Hickory Lane, Willow Street, Spruce Street and College Avenue. College senior Andrew Smith, who will be working on the ECTV-40 production bus under Director of Broadcasting Andy Williams said, “The homecoming parade is always at the beginning of the day. I get to see my friends, get to rekindle relationships. It should be great! I look forward to coming back to the college as an alum.”

Different social opportunities are available on and off of campus throughout the weekend. A family opportunity will take place on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Gibble Auditorium with the Mad Cow Improv show.

The Saturday schedule is packed with more than 17 hours of action. Following the parade, Etown President Carl J. Strikwerda will open the events of the day. Alumni games are available for most sports teams, beginning with the women’s lacrosse game at 9 a.m. at Wolf Field. Senior lacrosse player Kyle Coats said, “Definitely one of my favorite parts of homecoming is how we always have our alumni game on it and we get to see everyone that we have played with and battled with from classes before.” Direct alumni game information for all sports is available at 717-361-1137. Registration forms can be found at

Brinser Field serves as the location of the Fourteenth Annual Oktoberfest Party and Class Reunions Extravaganza, which begins at noon. Sponsored by Lancaster Brewing Co., the event welcomes faculty, alumni and their families. The gathering will feature delicious all-you-care-to-eat food and drink along with live music. Oktoberfest will feature the classes for every five years from 2012 to 1972.

Throughout the day, individual department reunions will be held in their respective buildings. These reunions will take place in the early evening on Saturday. Prior to department reunions, the entire college family has the opportunity to attend the Brethren Heritage Festival in the Academic Quad at noon. This event will offer a look at the past and what homemade ice cream and apple butter look like in person.

The Seventh Annual Homecoming Melica, Vocalign and Phalanx Spectacular will take place in the Leffler Chapel at 8 p.m. The a cappella sounds are available for people of all ages. After the busy day, Munchie Madness will take place from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Brinser Field. This event is open to current students.

  The Leffler Chapel and Performance Center is pictured above.

The Sunday schedule is family-oriented and open to all members of the College, both past and present. The fifth edition of the Blue Jay 5K Run/Walk begins on Brinser Field. The event benefits the Etown Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Chuck Wells ’90 can be messaged for a discount at

Different worship services and masses will be open between the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren and the Leffler Chapel. The Catholic Mass will take place at 7 p.m. in the Chapel following the campus worship service at 5:30 p.m.

The college store in the Brossman Commons will be open on Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Etown Dominates on Senior Day, Wins 17-1 Against Goucher

Buffeted by wind and cheered on by crowds of parents, the Elizabethtown College women’s lacrosse team pulled off an impressive victory during Saturday’s game against the Goucher College Gophers, winning 17-1 and leading a shut-out for most of the first half.

The Blue Jays opened the game on a strong note, with senior Allison McLamb scoring within the first minute of the game, and continued their streak throughout the game, scoring twelve points in the first half of the game. Goucher’s Alyssa Long, a freshman biology major, scored once with 14:52 left in the first half, but couldn’t get a leg up on the Blue Jays, who scored twelve points before

Goucher’s first-year Alyssa Long, scored once with 14:52 left in the first half, but couldn’t catch up to the Blue Jays, who scored twelve points before halftime, and rounded up five more before the end of regulation.

The Blue Jays lacrosse battles both the wind and the Goucher Gophers
The Blue Jays women’s lacrosse team battles both the wind and the Goucher Gophers during their April 1 game

The women’s lacrosse team at Elizabethtown, established in 2002, has had an impressive season, racking up eight wins in nine games with their victory against Goucher, who has been a tough opponent in previous years.

“Our team is doing so well,” said junior Carly Thompson of the season. “This game last year, we won by one goal, it was 5-6…it was crazy.”

Thompson scored one of two hat tricks during the game, along with senior Addie Stang. Ultimately, Thompson scored five goals over the course of the one and a half hour game, but credits her success to the hard work of her teammates.

“I score because our team gets it back to me,” Thompson said. “And our goalie does crazy good saves, and our defense holds up…without the defense I wouldn’t have the time, I wouldn’t have the chances to score.”

Coach Danielle Taylor expressed confidence in her team, saying that they had drilled the team well after the tight win last season.

“We were pretty confident going into it that we would have the end result that we did,” Taylor said. “Not only that, but their emotions were pretty high because it was Senior Day, and so they were ready to show up and give a good show.”

Assistant coach Taylor Frombaugh agreed with Taylor, noting that their plans ultimately worked out in the Blue Jays’ favor.

“After watching film and preparing the girls,” Frombaugh said, “I think our game plan, we executed it very well.”

Taylor also noted that her team has succeeded in spite of hardships, after the team suffered a rough period for the last several seasons.

“This team has gone through so much in the past four years,” Taylor said, “That I think they just take every game for what it is…I think they’re still just focused on the next one that’s coming and treating each as its own.”

The women’s lacrosse team will play their next games on Wednesday, April 5, at home against Stockton University, and Saturday, April 8, at Drew College.