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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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Unnecessary Farce, a performance to remember


Elizabethtown College student actors brought the audience to their knees in laughter at the spring play Unnecessary Farce on Sunday at 2:00 pm. in Tempest Theatre.

The slapstick comedy production was directed by Terri Mastrobuono who has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Division of Theatre and Dance for over 20 years.

The seven member cast of Unnecessary Farce consisted of students Jason Mountain, Suzy Al-absi, Kaitlyn Tothero, Luke Smith, Nick Loschiavo, Nathaniel Marlowe and Amber Mangabat.

The audience members each found a seat to wait for the start of the play. The house lights came down and the stage lights burst into life. The show began promptly at 2:00 pm.

Mountain, as Eric Sheridan, made the first appearance on stage answering his motel room telephone. His partner in fighting crime, Billie Dwyer, played by Al-absi, came on next. As the rest of the cast members gradually made their way on stage throughout the show, the audience responded with a cheer of recognition.

The first half of the play left the crowd rolling in their seats around 2:50 and it was time for a ten minute intermission to stretch and recollect.

The second half of the show started similarly to the first with Mountain onstage again answering the motel room telephone.

As the plot line thickened and the story progressed, every eye was on the stage and every knee was slapped multiple times.
The final lights were shone on the seven cast members as they took their bows and simultaneously slammed their respective doors onstage to close the performance. The audience roared with cheers and applause.

“I thought it was really great. I know that a lot of the cast members are friends in real life, and I think that their chemistry and comfort really showed in their acting so they could really get into character because of it,” junior Vicky Metal said.

Kevin Hughes, junior, said “I enjoy the proximity the audience has to the actors. It allows for a more immersive show, in my opinion.”

Senior student actor Luke Smith, who played Mayor Meekly in the play, said they had been preparing for this play since the end of November.
“I’ve been acting since I was 12 years old. My first play was ‘Footloose.’ I tried it and haven’t stopped,” Smith said.

Smith’s senior project for his theatre major is going to be an hour long program of story-based standup comedy he wrote that will take place in the KAV March 12 and 13. The next big production at Tempest Theatre will be a musical next fall that’s yet to be decided.

Interview with Luke Smith

Local Youth Center Gets a Major Facelift

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An organization in Elizabethtown is working to better the lives of local youth.

Cornerstone Ministries was established in 1998 and made its transition to a Youth Center in 2004. They offer homework help, recreational activities, and a large indoor skate park to local youth to give them a fun, safe environment.

The past few years have been filled with major construction at their facility, which was originally a large warehouse. They were able to raise over seven-hundred-fifty-thousand dollars from the community to renovate and customize the space.

Cornerstone’s Executive Director John Myers explained just a few of the renovations that took place.

Obviously there was a major facelift to the outside of the building as well as raising the ceiling in the skate park, and actually a brand new floor as well so that they would have a smooth surface to skate on.

The ministry can be contacted through their website at www.cornerstoneetown.org.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast Cancer in their life. According to the UPMC Cancer Center “Each year, an estimated 207,090 women and 1,970 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.”

Breast cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, is “A disease in which malignant cells form in the tissue of the breast. The damaged cells can invade surrounding tissue; with early detection and treatment, most people have a normal life.”

Breast cancer is most common in females. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, “Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.”

Even though breast cancer is more common in females, it does not mean it cannot occur in males. Less than one percent of all breast cancer cases develop in men. Only one in one thousand men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast cancer can happen to anyone; cancer does not discriminate. According to Unity Point Health, breast cancer is the second most dangerous cancer in females behind lung and bronchus cancer.

October is breast cancer awareness month. This month each year is dedicated to spreading awareness about breast cancer; therefore there will be an abundance of pink around the community and on television this month. The National Football League, for example, puts accents of pink around the league, as well as on the players’ clothing to promote awareness.

Why pink?

During 1991 pink ribbons were given to survivors of breast cancer and whoever took part in the Komen New York City Race for the Cure. In 1992, editor-in-chief of Self-magazine Alexandra Penney wanted to make popular the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness month issue. She did this by creating a ribbon and having beauty stores distribute them in NYC stores. That is how the ribbon got its name and claim to fame.

What does Elizabethtown College do to create awareness for breast cancer?

Etown offers pink hair extensions that raise money for breast cancer. Etown also has a walk that is being held on October 20 where current breast cancer survivors, along with people currently fighting the disease and members of the Etown community, walk together to raise awareness.

Etown students have various actions they would like to take to create a stronger awareness for breast cancer outside of Etown. Olivia Fryberger said “I would definitely set up some sort of fundraiser to help pay for the expenses of chemotherapy or a mastectomy.”

To create awareness about this type of cancer Kelly Moore said, “I try to participate in the multiple different events that are around Etown’s campus, such as participating in Relay for Life every year.”

Every little bit helps when a person is suffering from cancer.  There is never too, little one individual can do to make a change in someone’s life.