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Winter Weather in Elizabethtown

A snow day can mean many things to different people. For working adults, it means having to consider if conditions are safe enough for them to try and make it to work, or if they need to take a day for the sake of staying home with children. For those students high school-aged and younger it means a day that they don’t have to go to school and can stay home and play in the snow. College students get to wait with bated breath for the email that notifies them if the campus will be closed or not.

If the schools close and parents need to stay home with their children, the thought arises of: “but what will we do with the day?” Depending on different situations there are different ways to occupy one’s time on a snow day. Parents with young children who get to stay home from school have the opportunity to bundle their little ones up and send them outside to play in the white blanket that covers our little town. They can also attempt to set them down with a movie or TV show to while away the hours.

Students in high school can do much of the same thing, bundle up to go outside or stay inside with video games and Netflix—though the latter is much more likely if they don’t have a mode of transportation or desire to be outside.

Courtney Schwanger, 20, is a resident of Elizabethtown. When asked what she and her friends did during snow days she responded immediately with, “We always take the trucks out and go play.” When asked to elaborate she went on to explain that she and her friends would take their 4-wheel drive trucks out and go for drives around the area in the snow.

High Library in the snow
High Library in the snow

Students at Elizabethtown College could have a different experience with a snow day—depending on if the campus is closed or just delayed. In the event of a delay, only a section of the morning classes cancel. Even if the campus closes, students may receive emails from their professors with assignments to complete in place of meeting as a class.

“On snow days I usually mingle in the lobby playing games with people,” Tyler Gamble, 21, a student at E-town College told WeTown.

A walk around campus will also reveal other things that students are up to on a snowy day. There will be a few snowmen scattered around the College grounds. They vary in height and appearance, ranging from two to four feet tall—though one in recent times has been at least five or six feet tall! With little in the way of decorations, students have used candy, sticks and nut shells to give their snow-people facial features.

Myer snowman
A snowman built by students outside of the Myer resident building

Rachel Szivos, 19, a student at Millersville University shared that where she lives in E-town is at the bottom of a hill and with a car that doesn’t do well in the snow she often becomes “trapped” in her own home. “If it’s during the semester I get school work done. Otherwise I usually just relax and take advantage of the day off.”

Whether Blue Jay, Marauder or resident of E-town there are many possibilities for things to do on a snow day. From staying inside to watch Netflix, play games or catch up on school work to going outside to build snow-people, take a drive or take pictures, there is no shortage of things to do. With little time left until March 20—the first official day of spring—we may be in for more snow and more opportunities for a snow day.

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Elizabethtown College Commencement Saturday May 16th — Record Number of Graduates in 2009

Elizabethtown College’s 106th Commencement will be held Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 11 a.m. A record number of students, 524, will be participating in this year’s commencement, held in the Dell on the E-town campus. The event is the culmination of a week of special activities for seniors at Elizabethtown College.


Ms. Mary Ellen McNish, General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), will address this year’s graduates.  AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to peace and justice in the U.S. and around the world.  The organization is a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in post-World War II Germany. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University and Johns Hopkins, Ms. McNish has served as General Secretary since 2000.  During that time she has represented AFSC on peace delegations to North Korea, Iran, and Israel/Palestine, as well as at Nobel Peace Laureate Summits. 



Mary Ellen McNish


During her tenure, the organization has been active in community building in Bosnia, enhancing the education system in Afghanistan, peace advocacy regarding the Iraq war, and flood relief in the gulf region, Honduras, and areas affected by the Tsunami.  She oversees an array of ongoing programs, including those addressing economic and social justice, immigrant rights, African development, and Israeli-Palestinian peace.  She is a frequent speaker on issues regarding human rights, economic justice and conflict transformation.