Jerica Shuck: Humans of Etown

By Miranda Fedor and Brianna Titi

Miranda: “Hi, what is your name?”

Jerica Shuck: “My name is Jerica Shuck.”

Miranda: “And what year are you?”

Jerica: “I’m a senior.”

Miranda: “What is your major and minor?”

Jerica: “So my major is english and I have a concentration in professional writing and my minor is in communications.”

Miranda: “And what is a memorable memory you have had at Etown?”

Jerica: “There are a lot. I’m in Mad Cow, the campus improve group, and last year I got to experience the senior show and be a part of it. And that’s essentially whenever all of the seniors in the group get to plan, and place all of us in whatever games they want to play. And on our last game last year, last year, I like did my thing and then went off to the side of the stage and joined all of the other members of the group and I got to watch as all of the seniors did like their last scenes and it was really, really emotional. It was like the first time I’ve ever cried in front of an audience that big or in front of like a lot of people generally. Just looking at them as their like finishing their scenes kind of makes me think that’s going to be me this year too, but also how thankful I am that I could be a part of that experience for them.”

Miranda: “Thank you!”

Jerica: “You’re welcome!”

Watch Jerica’s interview above.

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Sustainability at Etown

Etown’s solar field is the largest in Pennsylvania. The solar array accounts for 20% of the campus’s energy. Built with a half million dollar grant, the solar panels offer research and educational opportunities across campus.

Professor of Engineering and Physics, Dr. Kurt DeGoede, explains how Etown measures the panels’ energy production.

“On any given day, we’ve got weather report data in there and then also production in— I think it’s like in five minute intervals, so you can look at exactly what’s going on. A cloud goes by and you can see the effect on the array at any point.”

Professors and students are able to monitor live data about the solar fields. However, some students still wonder how effective they really are. Junior Andrew McGowan feels like the benefit of sustainable energy does not outweigh the cost.

“What we have does not power nearly enough to be worth what it cost to put in.”

However, Dr. DeGoede explains that our energy from solar panels can account for a larger percentage simply by conserving power. “Just by reducing the amount of electricity we use in a given year, right, then the percent that the array would offset of our energy use would go up without adding any sort of photovoltaic.”

Things like turning off lights, switching fluorescent bulbs out for LEDs, and unplugging electronics would give the solar panels a bigger role.

But Etown wastes more than just energy. Senior student David Callahan also suggests reducing paper. “I think we’re doing, like, a pretty good job, but also, I feel like we could use a lot less paper.”

While the solar fields are a step in the right direction, Elizabethtown still needs to make massive strides to become a truly sustainable campus. For the Beak, I’m Tara Siano.

Diversity Podcast Episode 2 Part 1



Welcome back!

This is Elizabethtown College’s very own diversity podcast. Created to highlight and inform current members of the college community on the diverse campus that is Etown.

This on this months diversity podcast we will be hearing from two students who share their experiences with diversity and discrimination at Etown.


Tune in for Part 2 tomorrow!



OSA Students Working to Entertain ETown, S-W-E-E-T,  had their annual Midterm Meltdown on Wednesday night six to nine p-m in the Blue Bean.  S-W-E-E-T student programmer Mary Kondash shared what theme it was this year.

Mary: “Every year there’s a different theme. This semester our theme is Breakfast at Etown, which is a Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired theme. We have a lot of blue, we have a lot of pearls.”

Not only were there food to munch on and coffee to drink, OSA also included a coloring table. This table allowed students to make colorful cards for the children staying on the Pediatrics floor in Lancaster General Hospital. Senior Bryn Yunick explains what you can do for them.

Bryn: “The cards are for the children there and students here can fill a card out, put a fun happy saying on them, make a little picture drawing. Then we will collect the cards and bring them when we go visit.”

The Blue Bean was filled with student studying and enjoying all the free food and treats. These included a table filled with veggies, yogurt, fruit, granola, tea, and of course coffee.  Freshman Austin Hall .  Bum-bray is explains why she enjoyed her first midterm meltdown.

Austin: “This really helps because the coffee helps you study if you’re trying to stay awake when you’re studying for an exam or trying to write a paper late at night. Also, the fresh fruit because it’s a healthy snack to eat.”

Cat: Because of the stress of midterms, SW-E-E-T puts on this event called Midterm Meltdown. It’s a nice way to destress with fruit and coffee and to chat with some friends. Reporting for ECTV-40, I’m Cat Papili.

If you missed this semester Midterm Meltdown don’t worry. Check next semester for a new theme and a new arrangement of treats.

Changing Temperatures On Elizabethtown Campus

Temperature in the dorm rooms at Elizabethtown is always an interesting debate, especially the time between Fall break and the start of Winter. JayTalk’s Zach Klinedinst has more on this.

ZACH KLINEDINST: As Spring changes to Fall, and the temperatures outside go through unpredictable changes, the comfort of students at Elizabethtown College becomes of a much greater concern. Some students become creative in how they keep themselves warm, while other attempt to keep themselves cool once the air conditioning units are removed over fall break.

CAM WIRTH:  “Uh I don’t think it’s too terribly cold. Um, initially when they took the A/C’s out it was really, really hot. I don’t think…I don’t think they should like them out. They should just leave them in and just let ’em use them…let you use them whenever you want to. ”

KLINEDINST: Because of the changing weather, it is difficult for facilities management to keep control of the temperatures in the dorms, so they fluctuate from day to day.

MIRANDA FEDOR: “But I mean the one night I did get cold. But then like last night it was really hot so I can tell, or at least I can understand how it would be like frustrating to sit there and like play around with it all the time. ”

KLINEDINST: The policy at the college is that the heat does not turn on until the daytime averages reach into the sixties. This can cause major differences in temperature. Some nights it may even drop down into the fifties in students dorm rooms. This can make students very uncomfortable.

GENE WERLEY: “I see where they’re coming from but you have to look at it from the student standpoint. That if you know, if it’s forty degrees outside the walls are pretty thin it’s going to be pretty cold in your room, so…”

KLINEDINST: The school’s energy policies are in place to save as much electricity as possible. New LED lights have been installed, as well as other energy-saving devices such as occupancy sensors. The temperature standards are part of this policy.

As students struggle with temperatures the heat will eventually turn on and make sure everyone has a slightly more comfortable winter.

For now it’s up to students to regulate their temperature in any way they see fit. For JayTalk, I’m Zach Klinedinst.

Hopefully students on campus can find some different ways to cope with the changing temperatures.