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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.

How popular are the ads compared to the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl 51 was played last night to an average of 48.8 rating and 72 share according to Nielsen ratings.
Super Bowl 51 was played last night to an average of 48.8 rating and 72 share according to Nielsen ratings.

On Sunday February 5 , the Super Bowl was viewed by 70 percent of the country according to In-between all the balls passed, the touchdowns, and halftime show, commercials were shown to sell their products to the viewers of the game.

According to, 111.9 million people in the U.S. watched the Super Bowl last year, and each year more and more commercials are added to showcase the company’s’ different ways of persuading us over to their side. After looking around different articles about “Best Super Bowl commercials”, these few stuck out due to the year and views on each video.

Older viewers of the Super Bowl might remember the Bub Bowl ads or even Apple’s first commercial back in 1984, while the newer generation recognize Volkswagen’s “The Force” and the Ebates baby commercials. Volkswagen and Ebates have a total views of 87 million on YouTube where the first Bud Bowl and Apple’s first commercial only have a combined view total of 888,000

With the advent of the internet, the newer the generation the more views older and more modern ads receive. While viewing, four out of the ten ads listed were ones made for Doritos: Crash the Super Bowl contest with views ranging from 28 million to 56 million views on YouTube.

This year commercials had a tougher time to be sell their products due to each 30 second commercial costing $5 million. Most if not all the commercials were longer than 30 seconds, so companies were shelling out $5+ million just to get us to buy their products. The ads that stand out to the media sources after the game are the ones that tell stories in them (not counting movie trailers due to them having a story in a two hour film.) and gets us connected to the people in them.

When talking to a someone who know little about football, but loves to watch the big game for the excitement of the event and the commercials that come with it a few questions pop up, such as, which commercials do you remember the most, what makes a good commercial to you, why do you enjoy the commercials and what commercial was the best this year?

Alison Parsons, a sophomore at Elizabethtown College was the only person to respond to these questions out of the three people asked. When asked about what makes a good commercial Alison said “A good commercial must be unique and positively focused. I also like commercials that have a family friendly humor that makes them memorable.” Out of all the ads shown last night she lists the Buick-Pee Wee Football, Honda- Yearbook of celebrities, Bai-Justin Timberlake and Christopher Walken, and Mr. Clean-Cleaner of your dreams as the ones she remembers the most. With different people enjoying different ads Alison enjoys them because “They’re creative and display humor that makes me chuckle.”

That wraps up the Super Bowl. Here’s hoping more ads make an impact next year.

Other Desert Cities, In Lancaster City

On February 7 the Elizabethtown College Theatre Department took a trip to the Fulton Theatre to view the production of Other Desert Cities, a five-time Tony nominated play and finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. These classes were asked to read the play prior to watching it.

Other Desert Cities is a family drama production that is about an author who returns home to her family after seven years, but she is coming back with some news that her family does not want to hear. After “pulling the skeletons out of the closet,” the family from Palm Beach has a very important decision to make.

Kate Galvin, director of Other Desert Cities, visited with Etown students after the production. When asked what the most challenging aspect of directing this production was, Kate said “The show is very dense and there’s a lot of information within, actually getting a handle on what happened to this family and figuring out how to portray it was very difficult.”

Etown College has a track record of visiting the Fulton Theatre, located in downtown Lancaster. “Visiting the Fulton Theatre allows us to get out of Etown and broaden our horizons, especially when it comes to learning about and watching Theatre,” said Dan Bednarik, a junior at Etown. “Watching a play and reading a play are two different things. Being able to watch a play come to life at the Fulton Theatre is a feeling like no other,” said Brandon Wissler, a sophomore at Etown.

Fulton Theatre’s production of Other Desert Cities will continue to run through March 6 in their fourth- floor studio.