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Youth Football Without the Competitive Stress

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Lancaster Recreation League Flag Football players in action.

Sponsored through a grant from the NFL “Play 60” initiative, the Lancaster Recreation Commission promotes sportsmanship and teamwork in their flag football league.

Nearly 200 young men and women came out for the league this year. The league gives children between six and twelve years old an opportunity to showcase their talents. Intramural games take place Saturdays at McCaskey East High School.

“I like football because I don’t have to sit at home all the time and I get to be with my friend,” Eagles quarterback Oliver Tongel said.

Eagles Quarterback Oliver Tongel attempts a pass during Saturday’s contest versus the Giants.

Coaches act as leaders for the players both on and off the field.

“Planning on having a good season out here and we hope everything goes good,” Eagles Coach Anthony Henson said. ” Always get your kids out, sports gets them motivated, keeps them in shape and it’s good overall health, both mentally and physically.”

Eagles Coach Anthony Henson watches the game with his players by his side.

Grouped into two divisions based on age, leaders stress fundamentals before game outcomes and scores.

With one game and practice each week, players can have fun without competitive stress.

While other sports leagues continue to increase competition, this league chose another path.

Recreation officials are excited for another fruitful year in 2020.  In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Christopher Tongel, Wetown.org.

The student becomes the teacher

Spin class bikes located on the second floor of the Bowers Center.

Elizabethtown, Pa. – At the beginning of the 2019 fall semester, Elizabethtown College students began attending and leading fitness classes at the newly constructed Bowers Center.

A wide variety of group fitness classes are offered every week that accommodate different fitness needs. These classes include body weight workouts, core conditioning, running techniques, Tabata, HIIT, pound, spinning, Zumba and yoga.

Fitness sessions last for 30 to 60 minutes. If interested, one can sign up through https://www.etown.edu/bowers-center/group-fitness/schedule.aspx to see a full schedule of available classes. Anyone can reserve a spot in a fitness class up to a week in advance.

If an individual is looking for high-intensity workouts, they should check out student-led classes such as Full Body Tabata, Group Fit HIIT, Spin and Escape Move It.

The Tabata method alternates between 20 seconds of maximum effort movement and 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated eight times to create an exhausting full body workout.

HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a mode of training where participants work hard for intense bursts of exercise followed by short recovery periods. The goal of this workout is to keep the heart rate up to burn more fat in a shorter period of time.

Move It provides a high intensity functional training program that engages members of every fitness level. The class is created to achieve maximal post exercise benefits of HIIT training.

Anajulia Blanch, Group Fitness Coordinator and Instructor, teaches Move It and wants everyone to explore every fitness class offered.

“I totally encourage people to try something new when it comes to their fitness journey, so you don’t conform to one way of fitness,” Blanch said. “I love seeing people push themselves. It takes a lot of courage to try something new, so seeing them mold into a new fitness style and to see them feel accomplished after getting a move right is very rewarding.”

Spin class is a high intensity cycling workout that uses stationary bikes. This class focuses on endurance, strength and high intensity intervals.

If anyone wants to enhance their strength and flexibility, they can register for Pilates or yoga.

Pilates focuses on controlling one’s movements in order to increase flexibility and gain strength.

Emily Spangler, Pilates fitness instructor, notes that the class is mostly focused on stretching and strengthening one’s body.

“It’s not super high impact, but you’re still getting a full body  workout and feel good when you’re done,” Spangler said.

Yoga classes focus on body alignment and implement relaxation techniques to increase awareness of the body and healthy movement.

Cassidy Dunn, sophomore at Elizabethtown College, has taken many of the above classes and highlights the best parts of being involved in fitness classes.

“I love being able to exercise with friends and meet new people through the new classes,” Dunn said.

To find out more information, ask questions or clarify any concerns, contact fitness@etown.edu.

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.