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Blue Jays Gearing up for Redemption After Loss Against Scranton Royals

Elizabethtown College’s men’s soccer team lost 1-2 during their homecoming match against Scranton at the Ira R. Herr field. Elizabethtown College is celebrating the 30th anniversary of winning the 1989 Men’s Soccer NCAA National Championships. 

“The ‘89 championship is important because it was the teams first,” Senior Will Connolly explained. “It drives you to get back to that winning tradition, which is something this program has begun to get back to.” 

Midfielder, Christian Arcos, scored the first goal for the Scranton Royals with 9:20 left in the first period. 

Royal’s forward, Michael Donnelly, scored with 29:32 left in the second period. 

Forward for the Blue Jays, Connor Rathsam, scored a goal against Scranton during a penalty kick. Rathsam scored the only point for Elizabethtown with 8:51 remaining in the second period. 

“I wasn’t thinking about my goal but more on how to tie the game,” Rathsam said.

Etown’s effort to tie by making another goal proved futile against Scranton’s ruthless defense. Goalie, Jake Hodlofski, blocked every shot attempted by the Blue Jays. 

The Royals maintained possession of the ball while running down the clock during the final minutes of the match.

“It’s definitely frustrating, but it’s part of the game,” Connolly said.“ We would have done the same thing if we were in their shoes”

Elizabethtown’s loss against Scranton was their first defeat in the Landmark Conference thus far. 

“It was a tough loss for us to swallow because it took us out of being tied for first place in the league,” Rathsam said. 

Senior, J.D. Haaf is part of the Elizabethtown Men’s Soccer starting lineup. He sees the loss against the Royals as a valuable experience for his team.

Both schools are competing in the Landmark Conference, which was established in 2006. Elizabethtown Men’s Soccer team is currently ranked third in the conference, while Scranton is ranked second. Last year, the Men’s Soccer team won their first Landmark Conference Championship title. 

“It was a wake up call that we aren’t as good as we want to be,” Haaf said. 

Haaf is confident the team will emerge victorious.“On Tuesday we will be back against Scranton at their place and this time things will be different,” Haaf said.

Abroad Range of Options for Blue Jays

View of the Study Abroad Fair from BSC second floor

Blue Jays flocked to the Brossman Student Commons to gather information on studying abroad.

Etown’s annual Study Abroad fair was Wednesday, September 25 in the BSC Concourse.

Representatives from Elizabethtown’s affiliated programs distributed information to students regarding the study abroad programs their companies offer.

Megan Bell is the advisor for the Elizabethtown study abroad program and an Etown College alumnus. She put a lot of effort into preparing the event, which ultimately paid off.

“Attendance was higher than last year,” Bell said. She was particularly excited about the large turnout of study abroad providers and eagerly pointed out the number of affiliated programs increased since the year prior.

Representatives from familiar affiliated programs BCA, SOL Education Abroad, CIS, KCP International, and ISA were at the Study Abroad fair. New partner programs, API and ISEP, also sent representatives this year.

The commissioners from each program were well-prepared to answer questions about going abroad, provided students with an arsenal of informational booklets, and were excited to share their own experiences.

“I have heard so many people said they regret not going abroad in college,” said Shannon Gillen, a representative from API. Gillen went abroad in college, and loved her experiences enough that she now works for API Abroad, where she can help students have the chance to change their worldview.

A group of Elizabethtown College students who have recently studied abroad will talk about their experiences and answer their peers’ questions about the application process, finances, and the available programs.

The student panel will take place in the Brinser lecture room at the Steinman Center on October 1, 2019.

Affiliated programs often provide students with financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Elizabethtown College senior, James Dal Santo,  was awarded a scholarship from BCA Study Abroad. During the spring semester of his junior year, Dal Santo attended the University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ. He recommends students planning a semester abroad to “go for a reason – travel, meet new people, and expand your horizons.”

Elizabethtown College offers study abroad programs in 35 countries. This semester, the Office of Study Abroad added 14 more countries to the program list: Bulgaria, China, Estonia, Ghana,  Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, and Vietnam.

Affiliated programs offer students the chance to select the duration of time they wish to stay abroad. Students may go abroad for a quarter term, semester, or a year. Certain programs take place during the May or January term.

Going abroad on faculty led programs allows students with busy schedules to go abroad for shorter periods of time.

The annual trip to Prague, sponsored by Etown’s business department, takes place over spring break.

Elizabethtown College is offering numerous trips abroad during May term of 2020. Faculty members will be taking groups of students to countries such as Ireland, China, Japan, and South Africa.

A group of Elizabethtown College students who have recently studied abroad will talk about their experiences and answer their peers’ questions about the application process, finances, and the available programs.

The student panel will take place in the Brinser lecture room in Steinman.

The deadline for applying to go abroad during the spring semester is October 15. Students can schedule one-on-one appointments with Megan Bell for more information regarding Elizabethtown’s study abroad programs, and attend the study abroad student panel on October 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

What are Blue Jays doing for Turkey Day?

The table has been set hours in advance, with the good tablecloths and dining wear that only come out on special occasions. All of the forks, spoons and knives are placed in their evening dinner positions, and the glasses sparkle in the lights from overhead. There are candles set in the center of the table not yet lit, just in case someone were to bump the table and send them crashing. A second table has been set up for the food of the evening—this is where all of the new and classic favorites will be set.

Can you smell it yet? The potatoes being mashed and mixed with some salt, pepper and parsley? The rolls being brought out of the oven and set on the counter for a moment to cool before they’re put into a serving basket? Can you smell the turkey as it is finally pulled from the oven after hours of cooking, waiting on the counter to be carved and prepared for the evening’s meal?

You’ve waited all year for Thanksgiving dinner, and now it’s finally here. Your family bustles around you, trying to finish preparing all of the food for the dinner only a half hour away. Your younger family members either play amongst themselves or sit on their phones, not wanting to get in the way of the adults. Going to your grandmother, or perhaps your mother, you ask how you can help. She tells you to start taking food and placing it on the table downstairs. You do as you’re told and take in the magnificent sight that begins to form before your eyes. All of the food being gathered on the table, glasses being filled with drinks to save a person’s spot at the table, the candles being lit. It’s a beautiful day and Christmas isn’t even here yet.

Every year time is set aside for Thanksgiving. For those that attend school, whether it be kindergarten through 12th grade or college, a Thanksgiving break is, more often than not, looked forward to. Families take the time to visit one another, and college students get the opportunity to go home. As Thanksgiving takes place on Thursday—as it always does—this year it will be on Nov. 24.

Different families can have different traditions from one another. What one family considers tradition another family may not. While one family goes to see relatives, another could visit family friends instead. Depending on who you ask, you can get different answers. So the question is: “What do Blue Jays do over the holiday weekend?”

“[We] prepare the food at my house, and then the whole family gets together down the street at my aunt’s house. Everybody brings their own dish and we celebrate there, eat dinner there, and then go out afterward,” said Tyler Gamble, a freshman. “In the small town I lived in, they would do little events in town at night, little fireworks or things for kids.”

Nathan Alspaugh, a junior at Etown, has a different tradition. “We have dinner at my house, my immediate family comes and we also go play football at my dad’s friend’s [house].”

When asked about Thanksgiving traditions on campus, Alspaugh had this to say: “We, a few friends, [and I] usually go to the dinner. I usually go to the [tree lighting] afterward.”

Zach Riche, a freshman, said, “Traditions are spending time with family at my aunt’s house, she usually cooks a big mean, and we spend most of the day there. After we usually watch the football games.” He also said that his friends and he were going to have a special dinner together amongst themselves as the start of a campus tradition. Riche also said he is unsure if they will be attending the tree lighting.

No matter who you ask on campus, more often than not you will hear a tale of family tradition during this holiday season. Whether the traditions be something the family does year after year or something that is only just beginning, there is no lack of things to do for this Turkey Day holiday.

The plates have been cleared away, you helped carry what you could upstairs, hoping that your aid would not be needed further so you could rest your bulging belly. The kitchen still smells of all the food that was prepared only hours before, and the deserts were torn into the moment they were uncovered. You watch your family settle into their after-dinner routines, rinsing dishes for the dishwasher, putting away leftovers, keeping little cousins occupied and out of the way or simply sitting with their phones out of the kitchen.

It has been an eventful day, with lots of food and plenty of chatting time. As you stand and ponder what could happen next, your mother hands you a container of leftovers to put on your pile of things to take home, and you are left to wonder as the day comes to a close.

The life of the bakery: Abigail Stump

She greets customers with a cheery smile and gracious hello.

“Can I help you with anything,” she aks as you enter the store. Her genuine smile warms the bakery as much as the oven it seems.

Most people smile and say no thank you politely, then look for an adult who is working. She turns back to the job at hand, her smile still glowing. Dressed to impress, her apron shields only a small portion of her attire from the splatter of cake batter, the puffs of flour or, the inevitable, resting your hand or arm in some kind of mess.

But aside from a young baker, Stump is a high school junior, whose schedule is rife with AP classes and college courses, friends and family obligations and the demand of a part-time job. Despite some peoples’ attempts to write her off and look for an “authority figure,” Stump is actually a long-term employee, unlike some of the adults who work with her.

She says she started working at the bakery the summer before her sophomore year of high school and enjoys her position. Her favorite treat to make at the bakery is buttercream. And her favorite treat to enjoy are the bakery’s signature cookie dough cupcakes.

“I really like all of the flavors that buttercream comes in,” Stump said. “I love that you can change just one little thing, experiment even a bit and get something entirely new.”

The bakery lights up with Stump there and no one could dispute her success in the position. When you walk into the bakery, for community night or simply for your sugar fixe, take the talk to the young woman with the bright smile and you will have met the life of the bakery.

“My favorite part of the job is getting to talk to everyone. I know so many people in the community, that it is fun to be like ‘Oh, I know them. Hi.’ and I get to meet new people.