Humans of Etown Story #2-

Interviewer: What is your name?

Tom: Tom Mahoney

I:Where are you from?

T:Hillsborough, N.J.

I: What major did you choose?

T:I started off as Engineering major, but recently switched to a Information Systems major

I:Why did you choose Elizabethtown College?

T:I chose it for the lacrosse team and also the fact of the smaller community and I enjoy smaller colleges so I can have a bigger social life and I thought it would be better for me because of class room sizes.

Humans of Etown Story #3- Kristin Halliday

Interviewer: What is your name?

Kristin: Kristin Halliday

I: Where are you from?

K: Florida

I: What is your major?


I:Why did you choose to come to E-town?

K: I chose to come to E-town because I was looking for a small school in the north cuz I’m not a big fan of the florida heat and E-town was just the best fit for me.

I:Why’d you choose your major?

K:I’ve always been interested in Japanese and the culture and the pop culture.

I:Thank you


Humans of Etown Story #4




“It was 1965, I was 7-years-old and my dad was relatively healthy and my mom was pregnant with my brother Chris. We didn’t think anything was wrong. He was thin, very fit, but he was getting tired all the time, so he went to the doctor. After he saw the doctor he was referred to a cardiologist. Today you can just do a simple operation but back then it was unbeknownst. They were trying to figure out what to do and eventually his heart just stopped working. He died of a faulty heart valve.”


“I was very young so I didn’t really understand what was going on or how serious it was. For me it was just my dad had to go to the hospital. I stayed with a friend of my mothers, her name was Mrs. Mueller, who is still alive today, for about a week. Now it was June, so I didn’t have to go to school. I spent at least a week there because my mom had to keep going back and forth from my home to the hospital. I don’t really remember where my sister Beth and Joanne stayed. To tell you that, I’d have to call them.”


“I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting in their living room and I remember how she told me. She came up to me and said, ‘You know how your dad is in the hospital, well I’m sorry to tell you this but he won’t be coming home.’ She seemed a little uncomfortable when she told me but she was a very strong person and very sincere. I can’t remember the time of day but it was the day after the fourth of July and I remember I knew exactly what she meant. There wasn’t much I could do but cry really. His funeral was three days later Koller’s funeral home.”


“My mother fortunately had a lot of help. Especially from my grandfather and grandmother. All my aunts and uncles helped too. My grandparents did a lot, they would take me down to their house every once and a while. I remember my grandfather took me to a Phillies game. I also remember my cousin Andy took me to a 76ers game as well. My Uncle John helped a lot too, he was a great guy.”


“Six years later my mom met her current husband through my Aunt Fran, who was his sister in law. My mom and Aunt Fran had kindled a friendship a little after my dad died. His wife died and he had two boys and a girl. They met in 1970 and got remarried in 1971. Since our house was bigger, they moved into our house. So, after they got married, we had to combine families. We had to get used to each other, which wasn’t easy because everyone was kind of at odd ages. Most of us were in high school so you know how they could be. We were all getting used to each other. When I look at it now it was kind of funny, but it wasn’t back then. Now the boys had to live in the basement and the girls lived on the second floor. It was tough but we got through it.”


“Everybody goes through tough thing in life but if they have a good family they can get through. Sure, it was tough for me but I couldn’t imagine how hard it was for my mom. I can’t stress enough how important family was in all of this, if our family wasn’t as strong as it was I don’t think we could have gotten through it.”

(Malvern, PA)

Humans of Etown (Story 3) – Brice Ryschon


Listen to Brice’s Interview here:


(Colin): “So what is your biggest struggle right now?”

(Brice): “I’d have to say my biggest struggle is time management because I have so much stuff to do with my Junior work, I have a lot of homework to do, a lot of projects and presentations that I have to do. I also have two jobs here on campus, one of them is a student patrol officer for campus security, as well as being a Jay Walker for the Admissions Office, and so it’s just like I have so much to do and I’m also a drag queen on top of all of that so I have people who are asking me to come to these gigs, and all that kind of stuff, going to clubs and all that kind of stuff, so I had my first gig on Wednesday night, so it was a lot a lot of fun but just a lot of work to do.”

(Colin): “Alright cool, uh thank you!”

(Brice): “Oh that’s everything?”

(Michael): “There’s another question there Colin.”

(Colin): “And then, uh, how have you been enjoying your college experience?”

(Brice): “I’ve been loving my college experience, here at Etown. It’s just been very very interesting seeing how everything has been, um, what’s the word I want to think of, um… Coming about, I’m not sure how else to explain them, because there’s just been a lot of different things that have been occurring here on this campus, um that have really helped me grow as a person. Um, the people I’ve met, the events that have occurred, just everything on this campus has just changed me as a person, so I’ve really enjoyed the experience.”

(Colin): “Okay, thank you.”

(Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania)

Michael Wong & Colin Friel

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Citizen Journalism