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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.

Student Senate town hall meeting with Carl Strikwerda

Student Senate held a town hall style meeting with Elizabethtown College President Carl Strikwerda in Hoover 212 on February 11, 2016 where he answered questions concerning the recent rise in tuition. The opening statements were concerning the bias-related incidents that took place on campus recently, the “It’s On Us” campaign and the increase in tuition costs.
Collin Davidson, president of the executive cabinet of Student Senate, called the meeting to order and introduced Strikwerda. The meeting began with roll call for the Student Senate members. Strikwerda then took the floor with a question and answer period.
Strikwerda then continued to discuss the events at Mount St. Mary’s institution and their staff and remarked that the College staff works hard for the best community that they could have. He also spoke of the advantages to the cost increase, such as the rising price to maintain a prestigious school. There is an option to go to a financial aid officer to go over a specific case.
At this time the floor was opened to the students so that they could voice their concerns with Strikwerda. These questions ranged from the topic of the field house construction, the distribution of scholarship money between the classes, the importance of the tuition model, minimum wage for students and how the money from tuition will be used and what students will directly see its benefits. Strikwerda answered every question that was asked of him. Around five o’clock Davidson called for a recess. The president then left and Student Senate resumed their normal meeting procedures.
Maddie Rutherford, secretary of the Class of 2018 and the executive cabinet, stated, “It was really nice to see students coming out to learn about topics, like tuition, that really matter to them.” There is a lot of emphasis that there should be more involvement from the students because they can be directly involved with the decisions that affect them.
Sean Fiedler, president of the class of 2018 and treasurer of executive cabinet, said, “I think there may be an outcry from the students, but we need to have faith in the administration. They’re trying to do their best for and are working hard for this community.” He elaborated, communication between students and faculty is essential to understanding one another to achieve the best community for higher learning.
Blair Hendricks, sophomore International Business and French double major, attended the meeting as a student and remarked, “Student Senate was well-run. The student opinions were adequately acknowledged and there were respectful interactions between students. It was a conversation.” She then continued, “It felt good to voice my opinion as a student, especially to the president of the college.” For this student, the meeting was helpful and insightful to the ideas of the administration and why the tuition increases are happening as they are.
The meeting was an opportunity for the students to voice their concerns over the school with Student Senate and the President. Many students were pleased with the process. Members of Student Senate were satisfied with the outcome of students.

Interview with Maddie Rutherford


Students exercise their right to vote

Young Americans for Liberty, a political club on campus, held a voter’s registration event in Hoover 110 on Wednesday February for all students who are eligible to vote. Along with YAL, the Political Science department also helped sponsor the event. In total, around twenty people were in attendance, including faculty from the Political Science department.
The voting registration event was around two hours long. Students in attendance needed the allotted time to obtain and fill out all the information needed to register. President of YAL, Jenn Feagley, said, “this is the first time a voting registration event has been done at the college, and it went well. Jenn was also asked about what she thought of the turnout of students, she said, “any number of students that came out would have been great. So around twenty people is a solid number.”
The event was originally suppose to be held in Hoover 212, but due to a Student Senate meeting that was already taking place in the room, the Political Science department moved the event to the M&M Mars Room in Leffler Chapel. Once everybody knew where the registration was taking place, students started filling out voter applications.
Dr. Kopko and Dr. Fletcher McClellan, the faculty members who were present from the Political Science department, helped students who had any problems registering. Some students in attendance had trouble with gathering evidence some of the information needed to fill out the applications. Therefore, some students had to save the information they already filled out, and finish the application after the event.
Members of YAL who were present were very proud of the turnout and results of the events. Kyle Schuaffer, Vice President of YAL, said, “voting is a very important thing. Everyone who came out is exercising their right to vote, and it’s a good thing to see.” When the event was over, light refreshments were served to both students and faculty in attendance.
One of the main goals of YAL is to encourage political activism on Etown’s campus. Jenn commentated on the topic of political activism by saying “it’s a daunting subject to talk about if you don’t know how to do discuss it.”
` YAL is Etown’s most known political group on campus, and the main officers of the club are very active in holding weekly. Along with the voting registration event that YAL sponsored, the club is meeting weekly to discuss the main points of the upcoming presidential election, which is right around the corner.

Alumni Lunches: the sports and entertainment world

Interview with Evan Roche:


Alumni Lunches: the sports and entertainment world

                On Wednesday February 17, three Elizabethtown College alumni returned to have lunch and discussed what they do with a small group of current Etown students. In attendance was Dan Lauletta, Brian Sipe and Dan Connolly who are all currently in some field that relates to the sports or entertainment industry.

Dan Lauletta is currently working with media/public relations at Wilimington University in Delaware. He works directly with the student athletes, website work, keeping live stats and also shooting videos for the athletic department. Brian Sipe is the General Manager of the Mohegan Sun Arena and his responsibilities consist of day-to-day operations and booking for all entertainment. Dan Connolly covered the Baltimore Orioles for 15 seasons through various news sources including York Daily Record and the Baltimore Sun.

The lunch began with the three alumni giving a quick introduction of themselves and what a typical day is for them at their jobs. Each alumni was in a slightly different field but all surrounding sports or entertainment in one way or another. Each of them had a slightly different advice to give due to the various work they do and also the difference of age as well as lifestyle. Some of the advice given consisted of being as a diverse person as you can, be ready to work long days for little pay at first, networking is crucial to your success as well as start taking steps towards your future career path as early as possible. Brian Sipe discussed how while at school he worked in the box office at the Giant Center and got see the ins and outs of the entertainment, most importantly the planning and ticketing processes.  Dan Connolly said “Love it and enjoy doing it” in order to succeed in any career path that you choose you have to enjoy the work that you do.

One of the questions brought up during the lunch was “What is the biggest mistake you have made in your professional career?” Brian Sipe responding to this by saying “Every mistake is a stepping stone to the next step.” Everything you do is a learning experience learn from it and move on.

This event is sponsored by the Communications department and it is organized by the students who are currently in Com 412 Advanced Public Relations. Two of the students that helped with this event I had a chance to interview. Evan Roche, senior communications major and also junior communication major Caroline Novak. I got to sit down with a video interview with Evan and I got to have an interview over text with Caroline after the event was done. Caroline said “I thought the lunch went very well.  The alumni gave some great advice to the students and created a friendly, laid back environment with their humor and fun personalities.”

I also had the chance to sit down in a video interview with Evan and got to discuss the lunch. He thought the lunch went great! He thought that the alumni were extremely personable and also extremely willing to help with whatever they could possible do for the students.  When asked what was one thing that stood out to him he said, “how willing they were willing to stay after and talk to our students… they stayed maybe twenty or thirty minutes after giving out their business cards and taking questions.”

Thank you to the alumni for returning and also the communications department for setting this lunch up.