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Marketplace: Now Serving Disappointment for Dinner

My parents took me and my twin sister to an open house at Elizabethtown College during our senior year of high school. Among the amenities offered at the open house were free tickets to eat at the Marketplace. I recall eating a slice of pepperoni pizza while listening to my parents argue with my sister. They knew I was interested in attending Elizabethtown College, and they begged her to cooperate long enough for us to take a campus tour. I can still remember how hard I laughed when I saw the exasperated look on my twins’ face as she declared “I’m not going here!” 

Three years later, my sister and I are now juniors at Elizabethtown College. I have been to the Marketplace countless times following my first visit, and I am impressed that the menu has remained consistent, though the food is consistently unsatisfying. I have never considered myself to be picky – I will eat just about anything. However, the dining hall at Elizabethtown College serves food that tastes bad, lacks menu variety, and does not meet the needs of the students.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you have not had the opportunity to grab breakfast at the Marketplace, I highly recommend going. The breakfast options are generally the same every morning: eggs, potatoes, baked oatmeal, sausage, and bacon. A slew of cereal options are available as well, though they are present at every meal. 

While the food at breakfast is not the worst, it could drastically improve if there was a bigger variety of options. I always want to get something to eat before my morning classes, yet the options are usually the same slew of foods I had for breakfast the day before. There are ways to remedy this situation, such as adding variations to the standard menu, opening the omelet bar during breakfast, and opening the pizza station early to have breakfast pizzas available. 

The Marketplace offers only the finest foods for lunch and dinner: chicken fried chicken, sloppy joe, and everyone’s favorite, baked fish of the day. More often than not, students pause to look at the main dishes served during meals then go over to the grill or deli to order a wrap.

While students are free to decide what they want to eat, I am concerned by the amount of food that ultimately goes to waste. The demand for the deli and grill is higher than the want for the main dishes. Besides the deli or grill, students favor the omelet station, salad bar, pasta bar, and pizza. 

Since the beginning of the semester, the Marketplace has stopped staffing the deli or grill stations during the weekends. To rectify the issue, the Marketplace now lays out all the sandwich options “self-serve” style on one of the salad bars, and places food from the grill on the bar by the pizza station.

Students making their own sandwiches at the makeshift deli will reach into bags of bread with unwashed hands, breathe all over the deli meats and cheeses, and increase the risk of spreading bacteria and germs to their peers. The makeshift grill station is equally as bad as its’ deli counterpart, but for different reasons.

 While the Marketplace has bathrooms, hand sanitizer, and that fancy hand washing device in the main room, there are many students that do not wash their hands before or after they get their food. I go to the Marketplace on weekends and worry the CDC might put Elizabethtown College under quarantine. 

The Marketplace cannot rely on students to wash their hands, refrain from breathing over the provolone cheese, or avoid cross contaminating the food. Preventing the spread of germs and bacteria should be of utmost importance to Elizabethtown dining services, particularly with cold and flu season already underway. 

As a proud Elizabethtown Blue Jay, I believe the food in the Marketplace is at least somewhat palatable. However, the meal options are bland and repetitive, and could benefit from a revamped menu. The lack of student and full-time employees in dining services has become an issue for the college, particularly on weekends. This problem may only be fixed if Elizabethtown hires additional staff members. Finally, I believe everyone at Elizabethtown College would benefit from dining services taking the time to observe how students interact with the food served at the Marketplace. This will allow the college to form a better understanding of what students like to eat. Furthermore, Etown dining services will be able to figure out which foods will be eaten if they are served. 

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.