Injury Can’t Stop the Toughest of Jays

Over Winter break, most students at Elizabethtown College enjoyed going out and catching up with family and friends. It’s a time for student athletes in particular to take a much-needed break from schoolwork and just relax. However, for sophomore lacrosse player Arielle Harris, Winter break involved extensive surgery on her ankle.

Harris first injured her left ankle during the summer before her freshman year at E-town. She was playing badminton in the backyard and took a wrong step. Upon going to the emergency room, she found out that she had torn her tendon and was on crutches for weeks.

When she arrived to school in the fall of her freshman year, she was already on the team. However, on Dec. 24, Harris got surgery on her damaged ankle, leaving her in a boot and having to rely on crutches again for months.

“Getting surgery on Christmas Eve was probably the worst gift I could have received,” Harris says. “It was the only time the doctors could preform the surgery though, so I had to go with it.”

After her freshman season out of the way, Harris was eager to come back sophomore year with more intensity and stamina than ever. She trained extensively all summer and was ready to go. She played all of Fall Ball and was training with the team for their spring season. However, as luck would have it, right before the official season began she injured her same ankle. This time it was just a sprain, but it still left her on the bench for a few weeks.

Now, Harris is back on the field and in good health. She is ecstatic to be back playing with her team as they look forward to the MAC championships in the next few weeks.

For more information on the Lady Jays, visit the links below.

Women’s LAX Team Looks to Win Consecutive Title

http://www.etownbluejays.com/index.aspx?tab=lacrosse2&path=wlax

Women’s LAX Team Looks to Win Consecutive Title

Last year, the Elizabethtown College Women’s Lacrosse Team scooped up the league title as Mid Atlantic Conference champs. They had an impeccable season, and it was truly a group effort.

Since winning the conference, the Lady Jays have been working hard all year to make sure they have the best chances of regaining their league-winning status. They have been practicing all fall and winter long to ensure they have what it takes to win the title again.

The team’s record is 13-3. They had a tough start to their season, losing their first two games to Salisbury and Gettysburg. They then went on a nine game winning streak, scoring an impressive total of 157 goals.

Top scorers this season for the Lady Blue Jays are freshman Bari Rosenstein, sophomore Becky Porter, juniors Katie Scheuric and Samantha Redles, and senior captain Sarah Cullinan.

The team’s most recent victory against Lebanon Valley on Tuesday, April 26 2011 ensures them at least the No. 2 seed in the MAC championship. E-town will host a semi-final game next Thursday. Until then, the team will remain focused on the goal they have had their eye on all year long.

Click the links below for a summary of the Lady Blue Jay’s season as well as a video on perhaps the Lady Blue Jays’ biggest obstacle.

Season Re-cap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-1mENu7bt4

Djs And What They Love About WWEC

The Elizabethtown College radio station WWEC 88.3 has been operating since the 1960s and has been giving out plenty of entertainment throughout those years but the radio station would be nothing without the student DJs. Every semester, any student is welcome to start his or her own radio show. There is range of reasons why students start a radio show. Some start to host a show just for fun and to be involved in something, some may be required to have a show, and some have them for experience for a future in radio after college.

Why Start A Show In The First Place?

There were a few different reasons why students first decided to start a radio show. “I love music. It’s my passion, and if you love something, why not surround yourself with it,” said Shelby Meyerhoffer, who has her own radio show and is the music director at WWEC. Shelby also says that having a radio show helps to broaden her musical interests because it lets her hear artist she may not have heard before. While some started a radio show because of the love of music, some also started because of experience. “I thought it would be good experience and it would benefit me for my career,” Colin Jones said. Some students first decided to have a radio show for the pure joy of music and to be able to share their musical tastes with the world. “Music is such a beautiful thing and I really just wanted to share my electric/hipster music taste with the campus,” Allison Rohland said. Some students also started a radio show because it was required for a class.

For Fun Or For The Future?

To gain knowledge of the radio business from someone having their own radio show is one of the important advantages of having a radio show. There is a wide range of what people want to get out of doing a radio show. Some want to just have fun and maybe not think of it as a knowledgeable type of experience. “I can’t think of anything I have gained, except just having a lot of fun doing it,” Nathan Derr said. Some students hope to gain a basic knowledge of a radio station and how it works. “I just want to gain some general knowledge of how a radio show actually works and just have fun doing it,” Michael Galanek said.

However, some DJs take a more serious look at their experience as a part of WWEC. Some of the people who start a radio show may be interested in pursuing a career either in being an on-air DJ or working at a radio station for production. “One day I hope to be a news anchor or have my own radio show so everything I do for WWEC is practical experience,” Colin Jones said. Students who not only are DJs for WWEC but also are a part of the student run board have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience not only on the air but also behind the scenes. “It’s taught me a lot about managing people and situations, while also remembering to abide to FCC regulations, operate audio equipment, and to survive logistical and technical difficulties,” says Chelsea Decker, the co-station manager for WWEC.

“I pretty much just love having a jam session for a hour every week where I can de-stress,” Allison Rohland said. The student’s favorite parts of doing a radio show ranged from just being able to play great music to being able to make shout outs to friends listening in. Even though each DJ may have a different reason why they started their show or what they plan to get out of a radio show, the one thing that seems to be constant is the amount of fun each DJ has running their own show.

Check out an Interview with the Co-Station Manager:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrlUCBTOamo

Dr.Helb Spearheads Reorganization of WWEC

     WWEC 88.3 The Sound of Elizabethtown, the college’s own radio station, is undergoing a transition period in which it is becoming more legitimate and relevant. This organization period is being lead by Dr.Helb, a Communications professor.
     Helb, whose official role is the Faculty Advisor, acts as the general manager to the completely student-run radio station. This entails overseeing the operations as necessary,but not actually running the station. “I’m more of the conductor of the orchestra than an instrumentalist,” said Helb.
     Among the biggest objectives Helb had for WWEC was reinforcing regulations to keep the station running legally under FCC guidelines. Last year the station was very lax in maintaining ordinances and many of WWEC’s djs were playing unauthorized music from illegal sources. Other goals WWEC set out to meet were “streamlining the operations, improving the quality of the programming, improving scheduling, improving campuses relationships,” said Helb.
     With all these changes came some setbacks and opposition. Many students saw the enforcement of regulations as the station stripping them of their programming freedoms. Dr.Helb was insistent that he was not enforcing rules just to enforce rules, but rather to keep the station legal.
     One of the biggest changes was a centralized music library that contained legally purchased music. Last year many of the station’s djs played music via their iPods or laptops. This was stopped for the three following reasons: there is no record of what song was played (law requires a record of songs played), artists get paid by what is played, and that many personal mp3s were not broadcast quality or legally purchased.
     The setbacks were roadbumps in the road to progression for the station. “Playing in the Jay’s Nest was huge,” said Helb. WWEC airing in the Jay’s Nest was a goal that has been unattainable for the past few years, and the 2010-2011 school year was the first year Elizabethtown College permitted its own station to do so. Helb also gives credit to the current staff of djs who have had successful programs that the student body has embraced in the Jay’s Nest. “The current crop of djs are doing an absolutely amazing job. All credit goes to to the students running this,” said Helb.
     There is also physical changes waiting in the wings for WWEC. There will be a huge overhaul, also lead by Helb, that will move the station from the backmost corner of the Steinman building to the current ECTV room, making it more visible.
     Helb has one simple goal for next year : keep getting better. “It is trial and error. There isn’t a manual on how to run a college radio station…We are learning all the time,” said Helb. Many of the other goals include improving underwriting/sponsorship, adding to the music library, podcasting, social networking, live in-studio music, and improving visibility for the station.
     “If you don’t like what you’re hearing get a radio show,” said Helb. Helb also said he welcomed all students, staff, and even the high school students to getting a show.
     There are many changes coming for WWEC,and Dr. Helb is leading the charge. The 2010 – 2011 school year has been successful in making many changes, and looks forward to doing the same next year.

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History of WWEC Radio Station

What is that sound you hear when you tune your radio to 88.3 in Elizabethtown, PA? It is of course the Elizabethtown College’s radio station WWEC 88.3 the Sound of Elizabethtown. WWEC radio station is a student run radio station that is running 24 hours a day and has live student DJs scheduled throughout the week. Every radio show is individually run by the student and may consist of anything the student’s wishes. The different types of shows range from sports shows to all music shows with many genres of music played. The radio station has always been a major part of the college and the communications department at the school.

Beginning of Radio at E-Town

The radio station at Elizabethtown College started back in 1961. A club of just students first started it and the club was located in the Baugher Student Center (BSC). The Student Senate funded the club and radio station. The first way the Elizabethtown College radio was broadcasted was with a carrier current, which means those radio broadcasts can run through the already existing building wires on the campus. With the carrier current, the station did not have to apply for FCC licensing since the radio just broadcasted through the wiring at the school. However, in 1963, WWEC first hit the air on 640 AM because of a generous class gift from the class of 1963 (Helb, 2010).
In the early 1970s, the station was stopped as a student club operated radio. The station then became part of the Department of Communications, which at the time was called Program in Communication Arts. Once part of the department, the radio station would become a critical part of the courses that immerged from the mass communications and radio production classes (Helb, 2010).

WWEC Finally On FM

Finally in March of 1990, Elizabethtown College applied for an FM license for WWEC to be available on FM radio. It was granted to the station and WWEC was moved to 88.3 FM. WWEC was only the third student-operated FM radio station in Lancaster County. Once granted the license, a 76-foot antenna was put on top of Nicarry Hall and at the time making the station have a seven to fifteen mile radius. The station broadcasted seven days a week, 11 am to midnight (Helb, 2010).

First Online Streaming and Beyond

In 2000, WWEC for the first time was streaming its broadcast live to the Internet by using ShoutCast. The stream had a strength of 96 kbps between 2000 and 2010. However in 2010, in order to try and increase the online stream’s quality and reliability, the online stream was stopped. The stream is now currently running on the radio station’s website at www.etown.edu (Helb, 2010).

The Elizabethtown College radio station WWEC 88.3 has always been a very proud and important part of the Department of Communications here at the college. When the beginning of the Fall semester in 2011 starts, the radio station will have celebrated their 50th year anniversary with 50 years of radio at E-town (Helb, 2010).

Reference: Helb, Colin PhD. (2010). WWEC Operations Manual. BETA 1.0. p. 7

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Citizen Journalism