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Education Excitement

Name: Alexa Habermehl

Major: Early Childhood Education

Minor: Spanish

Year: Sophomore

Why did you pick your major?

After graduation, Alexa is excited to work in the field right away. She also enjoys going to placement because she likes being around kids.

What are you looking forward to this year?

This year, Alexa was hired to be a peer mentor, so she is excited to see her peer students flourish.

 

By: Katie Lock, Olivia Gaughan, and Lily Doerschuk

E-Town Senior Designing her Future

By: Andrew Westacott, Mike Garvey, Maddie Chiaravolloti

Name: Kim Morris

Major: Graphic Design and Corporate Communication

Year: Senior

Why did you pick your major? Kim knew what field she wanted to go into and she planned for it.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Kim is appreciating senior year and spending time with friends. She also is currently looking for a job.

 

MGMT ventures deep into ‘Little Dark Age’

Now ten years since releasing chart-topping songs including “Time to Pretend” and “Electric Feel,” MGMT, well removed from popular music, emerges from its experimental rabbit hole with a nostalgically vintage sound in Little Dark Age, its fourth studio album.

MGMT, composed of the dynamic indie-rock duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, rose to fame in 2008 with the tracks “Time to Pretend,” “Kids,” and “Electric Feel,” all of which were satirically composed—“Time to Pretend,” in particular, mocks the band’s potential meteoric rise to fame with them buying islands, having more women than necessary and overdosing just because, for rockstars, its par for the course.

Following Oracular Spectacular, MGMT left the soundscape of popular music and moved to the more fringe indie realm with their sophomore record Congratulations, which was more introspective in nature with a narrative dissecting the pressures and emotions the band faced while ascending to the heights of pop culture. This album was then followed by their self-titled album, composed entirely of unusual and often improvised melodies as the band played around with their sound.

However, with their move to making music in untested waters, both Congratulations and MGMT did not reach the critical acclaim of their debut record. In fact, MGMT experienced a critical descent following their strong debut despite the fact that both Congratulations and MGMT are great albums in their own right, particularly Congratulations, which many critics retrospectively view as the pair’s best record to date. Now, with Little Dark Age, MGMT applies the same awareness they did with Congratulations to the cultural paradigm of what is defined, for lack of a better term, as the Trump Era.

Leading to the release of Little Dark Age were four singles, the first being the title track which rides heavily the gothic aesthetic inherent to the dark ages. As the title track, “Little Dark Age” serves as a thematic guide to the rest of the album, but not necessarily restricted to the sound of the record. While “Little Dark Age” is a haunted synth-pop tune with motifs of fear and uncertainty, the first track on the album, “She Works Out Too Much,” is an ironic homage to ‘80s pop with the feel of Olivia Newton-John if her sound was influenced by psilocybin.

The second single accompanying the album was “When You Die,” a song that’s lyrically aggressive but melodically tender. “When You Die” displays an annexation between themes from Congratulations and the ideas which Little Dark Age attempts to convey all through the guise of ego. While Congratulations felt more personalized in the sense that the album focused more on the struggles of the “artist” (to put it pretentiously), “When You Die” is able to universalize similar themes in a somewhat symbolic way—death, as a great equalizer, serves as an unambiguous messenger of a message regarding the volatility of ego.

The fourth single released was “Me And Michael,” a cover of a song of the same name by True Faith, a rock band from the Philippines. It’s the closest the band will ever get to writing a pop song of the same caliber as their previous chart toppers, and the band is so aware of this that they mock stardom in the process. In the music video, VanWyngarden and Goldwasser are in different parts of the country (as they were before working on Little Dark Age since the band was on hiatus since 2013) and they share the song with each other, both falling in love with the innocent and compassionate sound of the song. VanWyngarden then says “It’s beautiful. We should steal this song” and the music begins. The rest of the video is a rapid dramatization of achieving fame, falling under scrutiny for stealing a song, then landing destitute before apologizing to True Faith for stealing “Michael.” Basically, it’s the themes of “Time to Pretend” rehashed and matured.

Finally, the third single, and the last song on the album, is “Hand It Over,” which is a spacey elegy to MGMT’s stardom. Like “Congratulations,” which comments on the band’s contributions to culture not mattering so long as “the tickets sell,” “Hand It Over” is the band exiting its little dark age by coming to terms with their place in the musical universe. The band’s denouement comes at the hands of record companies not rewarding experimentation but profit instead. However, the general theme of the song is the conflict of authority (a “king”) milking his constituents, who are responsible for his power as they grant it to him.

While it may not be the last record for MGMT, Little Dark Age could serve as a manic finale to the duo’s career together. It is holistic to the motifs the band has played with from day one and is, as such, a climax and resolution to the artistic arc of MGMT. After entering their own dark age following critical panning of their work, the band has created a beacon and encapsulated the inner-most conflicts of the infantile 21st century with Little Dark Age, all while the band grabs hold of the light at the end of their tunnel and resurfaces both anew and accomplished.

Second Half Struggles Lead to Loss at Home for Women’s Lacrosse

Image taken during the second half of the game.

By Tommy Kulikowski

February 28, 2018

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA– Kate Ziegler scored back-to-back goals, tying the game at 11-11 before the Marymount Saints went on a late six-goal scoring streak, holding women’s lacrosse to an 18-13 non-conference loss at Wolf Field on Wednesday evening. Ziegler scored the first four goals of her career in the loss and Blue Jay senior Carly Thompson recorded the 100th goal of her career.

Abby Wescott scored 1:43 into the game to put Marymount up early, but Carly Thompson took control of the next draw, scoring roughly 13 seconds later to make it 1-1. Marymount responded quickly, taking back the lead and adding two more to go up 4-1 with 22:03 left in the game.

A shot clock violation on Marymount seemed to cause a momentum shift in favor of the Blue Jays shortly after. Emily Garvin, a freshman forward, blew defensive coverage immediately after the violation, sparking a bit of hope for the Blue Jays, who soon went on a two-goal run to make the game 3-4. Under a minute later, Carly Thompson received a pass from Blue Jay senior Madelyn Baker and put it in the back of the net to score her second of the game and 100th of her career.

“It was a great accomplishment, but I knew the work hadn’t been done yet and I had to forget about it in the moment,” Thompson said. Thompson’s goal was followed by two back-to-back goals scored by Baker, putting Elizabethtown up by two, 6-4, with ten minutes to go in the half.

The Saint’s broke their scoreless drought soon after, tying the game 6-6 with two goals in under a minute. Both teams went back and forth for the rest of the half, but not before a lone goal by Katie Thompson and two last-minute goals for Marymount gave the visitors an 8-7 lead going into halftime.

Marymount came into the second half fired up, making an early 3-1 run and putting themselves up 11-8 with 11:48 left to play. Kate Thompson scored another unassisted goal to bring the Blue Jays to within two, and Kate Ziegler added two more goals to tie up the game.

“It was a crazy feeling scoring my first hat trick ever to tie up the game,” Ziegler said.

The momentum shift forced Marymount to take a timeout and allowed them to take control of the game late on. Soon after, the Saints netted six straight goals to take a 17-11 lead with eight minutes left in the game. The Blue Jays fought hard to close the gap, but late goals by Carly Thompson and Kate Ziegler were not enough, leading to an 18-13 loss at home.

“Luckily this wasn’t a conference game,” Garvin said. “Losing is never fun, but a lot of the girls played really well tonight and I think it’s a good sign going forward.”

The Deciding Shot

The Christian Youth Organization game at the Nook athletic facility always seemed to have an interesting ending. The teams consisted of a solid mix of skill, often leading to a close game ending. The teams, were made up of younger and older players. Will Riva, Richard Riva Jr. and Chris Carl were the top scores of the game, all on the blue jersey team. Although recently deciding to start playing for the CYO catholic team, they were an unstoppable group. Will Riva, the team’s main point guard, said “ The CYO events give me the opportunity to show my skill. Being at a collegiate level at Villanova, I can’t play unless I make the team. With my major being in accounting, I just don’t have the time.”

The game would be the blue jersey team against the white jersey team. Although the white uniform dressed team didn’t look like much, they were fast. They would start off the game with two three point shot bringing the game to a 6-0 lead within 30 seconds. Though this lead would be lost within the next minute. Riva Jr. would go on to knock down three two-pointers with two rebounds in the process. Though, this would only be the beginning for the white team. Will, Richard, and Chris would go on 22 point drive. Six rebounds, two steals and a plethora of points, the white dressed team appeared to have control of the rest of the game.

The white’s lead drive couldn’t go on forever. With sinking a clean three-point shot through the net, Richard celebrated. The distaste could be seen in the face of the competitors in blue. They were motivated for some revenge. They would return with a 8-2 run, attempting to at least get close to even the score. The board read 24-14 white. Chris Carl, a 14 year-old player, showed little emotion “We were going to beat them, it doesn’t matter by how much, I just know I am walking home another victory heavier.”

Going into the second half of the game, there was intense defense. The game went on in favor of the blue team due to the large amount of players they had on the bench. The score tied going into the last 20 seconds of the game. With the white team heading up the floor, Chris Carl would complete the unusual strategy. With Riva heading up the court, the chance of winning fell upon his shoulders. Chris charged towards Will, in an attempt to try and confuse the opposing team’s player. It worked perfectly, the defender started to rush towards Chris’s open corner, only to turn and see that Chris was the one yelling “I got point!”

Will Riva drained the deciding three. When asked if there was any doubt, Will responded “When I play golf I don’t think about my swing, and it goes in with my skill. It’s no different when it comes to shooting in basketball.” That was that, the white team was walking away a winner, a win heavier. There was no cheering or celebration. The team simply said their thanks and quietly walked out as a band of brothers. They knew they were good, there was just the want to be humble.