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Election Coverage in the Elizabethtown Community

Tuesday, Nov. 4 marked the end of the longest presidential campaigning.  Although Senator Barack Obama won by a huge margin, the Elizabethtown College Democrats and Republicans along with local party committee members attempted to spread awareness of the election and make voters more knowledgeable of each candidate and their platforms.  Obama’s victory in Pennsylvania, after all, could not have been accomplished without the determination of those dedicated to informing local voters.

Lois Herr, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee, ran for Congress in 2004 and 2006.  Since then, she has been working for the Democratic Party in the office in Lancaster, sending out welcome packets to new Democrats and working to spread knowledge and understanding of the candidate.  She also became increasingly active in her own precinct when she became a committee person, which, in the structure of the party, makes her the “Sheppard for the Democrats” of this precinct.

Herr’s Republican counterpart, Mary Ann Ober is an Elizabethtown Area Republican Committee member and is currently serving her sixth term.  Ober also serves as a state committee member.  In order to do her part, Ober made phone calls to many people; the majority of whom she says guaranteed her their vote for McCain.

On campus, the College Democrats and Republicans did their part to make the College community more aware of each candidate and strongly encouraged, and made it possible to, register to vote in the Elizabethtown area.

Kevin Busher, campus Coordinator of Elizabethtown College for Barack Obama for America went door to door in the residence buildings and although, “we made a few people angry, we largely accomplished our goal.”
Although the president and treasurer for the College Republicans were not available for comment, Alex D’Angola, College Republicans Secretary, was happy to be their spokesperson.  D’Angola oversaw and spoke at the College’s “Rock the E-Vote,” a party for students to be entertained by different student groups as well as watch the results of the election.  Afterwards, she mentioned that although the surrounding area is very conservative and very much, she thought, for McCain, “the group of students here are more liberal and a little more loud about who their voting for.”
In the following presentation, hear what each of these people had to say about their part in spreading election awareness.
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Reported by Jennifer L. Tarr
Click here to see a YouTube video relating to the campaign.

As College Costs Rise, Local Students Try to Save Cash

The cost of college is rising nationwide, as MSNBC reported last week.  Local universities are no exception.

Click the video below to learn more, and hear from some students* from Elizabethtown College and Millersville University on the matter.

* (Last names not given in order to protect students’ financial privacy)

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See Elizabethtown College’s tuition information.
Visit CollegeToolkit.com’s Elizabethtown College page.

See Millersville University’s tuition informaion.
Visit CollegeToolkit.com’s Millersville University page.

Are you a college student?  What ways have you found to save money on tuition?  Leave a comment below!

 

Reported By: Sara Sandhaus, Elizabethtown College Senior

Economy Troubles Affecting E-town?

 

 

Over the past couple of months, the economy has caused the whole nation to be more frugal with their everyday spending. The economic plunge is believed to be the result of a multiple of things, according to economic experts.

Associate Professor of Economics from Elizabethtown College, Dr. Sanjay Paul believes it is because of “insufficient lending practices of financial institutions”. These institutions, such as Fannie Mae and will make money available for mortgage lending. These high-risk loans that are given out are called “sub-prime” mortgages. As a result of the borrowers, borrowing too much, they defaulted on their mortgages and could not continue making payments. This resulted in the collateral being the houses, often leading to auctioning or foreclosure. 

To cut down, many people have eliminated everyday things from their shopping lists. With the holiday season coming up, it may be even harder for people to spend money on gifts for their loved ones. Car sales are ending leases and going up because of it being harder to get exports. Even companies such as Apple have dropped production. Their product, the new and improved Iphone 3G will lessen production by about 40% in the next quarter according to analysts for Apple. Consequently, Apple’s stocks are down 40% from its level three months ago, according to an article found at MarketWatch.com.

We are also cutting down on spending on groceries, traveling, and energy. “Americans, perhaps more than other countries, have not been efficient users of energy and have been reluctant to eat more meals at home/shop at less than full service grocery stores, cut coupons,”says Assistant Professor of Economics at Elizabethtown College, Dr. Scheidling. “There is a great deal of evidence that consumers are doing these things.”

The future of the economy is yet to be determined. However, Dr. Scheidling says that economists have predicted that it will be in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2009 that the recession has ended.  “Firms are not sure when the demand will pick up, so they are cutting back on hiring people, “ said Dr. Paul. “Unless government spending picks up the slack, we are in for a long recession.”

To understand the nation’s economy and why it has ended up in such a terrible state, it is important to know about the region around you and what they might be facing. Businesses in the Elizabethtown area, such as Salon Bella, currently with a for lease sign outside its window and vacant inside are starting to feel the heat.  The Beef and Beef is another shop in town that has gone under because of economic troubles. As for the education expenses in the town of Elizabethtown,  “Spending on schools may take a hit,” said Sanjay. Colleges and schools have had less money coming in and more financial aid being given out. “As students and parents find themselves in more dire economic situations, the college is forced is forced to discount their tuition further (offer more financial aid) and/or transfer to less expensive public schools, this translates into less tuition value,” said Dr. Scheiding.

It all isn’t bad news for Elizabethtown shop owners though. Gringo’s, a new Mexican Grill on Market Street opened in the beginning of September seems to be doing fine. Memoirs, who sells gifts and flowers have moved and doubled their space. “Mars just made a huge commitment and completed a 75 million dollar expansion to downtown Elizabethtown and Masonic Village added over 120 apartments to their property recently as well,” according to Beth Wood Bergman, executive director of Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce/Main Street. “Many people that are shopping today are looking for a relationship so that I say hello to you, they are looking for that customer service,” Bergman says. “It takes a lot to have a healthy environment in the downtown, but a lot of us have our own unique character and it comes from the visuals, the relationship experiences you have with other people, and the events we have created downtown.” “We’re here and I think we have a lot of good memories that have been created in downtown.”To check your county’s economy click on the link below and follow instructions

Community Economic Toolbox

To hear quotes from Executive Director of The Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Beth Wood Bergman click on each of the links

Business Closures

Investments in E-town

The Amtrak Station

 

Reported by Heather L. Edmonds

Economy has direct effect on library usage with E-town no exception

People across the nation and even the county are turning to their local, public libraries as a means to save money. The Elizabethtown Public Library has seen an increase of 2,000 people coming through its doors, with the most popular item being movies.

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Click the links below to visit the sites of organizations mentioned:

Elizabethtown Public Library
Library System of Lancaster County

Yard Signs Down So Soon?

Election day is over. But what about those signs that we have all put in our yards to support candidates?  If your yard was sporting an Obama sign, or another sign of a winning candidate you may be tempted to leave it there to celebrate.  However, Elizabethtown Borough requires its residents to take their yard signs down five days after the election.

Roni Ryan the Assistant Borough Manager explains that Elizabethtown residents may put as many signs as they desire in their yard. Some restrictions regarding the signs are that they may not exceed six square feet wide or no more than five feet high. This regulation of the borough is part of the zoning ordinance . If any signs are left up after the five day limit the Elizabethtown Borough can ask you to take them down.

Lorinda Holmes a resident of the Elizabethtown Borough commented that ” after tomorrow it doesn’t really matter if they are up or not.” About the signs coming down soon, “I wasn’t aware that they wanted them down,” Holmes said.  She also mentioned that her McCain/Palin sign had been stolen and she had to replace it.

Another resident who wished to be kept annoymous remarked that, “I’ll keep my sign up as long as I want. It’s not like they can arrest me.” The resident said “It’s not hurting anyone if I keep it out there.”

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Reported by: Keira P. Feagley, Elizabethtown College Junior