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Are You Excited About the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well Being Facility?

The new Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well Being has been in progress since the groundbreaking ceremony held on February 2. According to President Carl J. Strikwerda, the new addition will be “the largest facility to be constructed on our campus since Leffler Chapel and Performance Center was added over 20 years ago.”


The new building is being built with the idea that it is for “every student, every day.” With the idea of the new edition to the college, Madeline Bender, who is a first-year student, commented on her views. She admitted she did not know much about the facility before the groundbreaking ceremony. She thinks it is a great idea because the current fitness center, the Body Shop, can become a little cramped, preventing her from going. “I think it will also be very valuable to all the athletic teams we have on campus,” Madeline said. She thinks she will use the facility once it is completed.


Dante Allen, a junior, will have graduated when the building is complete. He believes it is a waste of money and will not be a good addition. He explains that since Etown is not a Division 1 school, the money should be put towards academics. “I think the students are looking forward to it foolishly, but I would like to believe the faculty sees the problems with the new structure,” Dante said. He does not currently use the Body Shop and said that he would not use the building given the opportunity.


Dr. Kirsten Johnson, professor of communications, hopes that the new fitness center will be a critical focal point to possible incoming students. Johnson currently uses the Body Shop but is not happy with the facility. “I’m excited for it to open, to be able to use a state of the art facility that’s less dingy,” Johnson said. She feels the new facility will give her more opportunities to workout since the Body Shop is usually overcrowded.


In the email sent to the students by Strikwerda, the building will be, in total, 78,000 square feet. There will be room for the wellness and athletic programs that can use the new group fitness studios, wellness classrooms, spin studios, training treatment areas, and office spaces. There will also be a demonstration kitchen that can be used for health programs or courses.


For the athletic teams, there

Current Fitness Center

will be six team locker rooms, three courts and a 180-meter track. There will be no competitions held since the track is not to regulation. Instead, the building will be used for practice, strength and conditioning. “The price tag went up millions when we looked into expanding the track,” said Johnson.


The new building will not only be a fitness center but will also have a café and smoothie bar to offer healthier snacks to students. Hopefully, students will be attracted to the relaxing fire place located in the new living room. There will also be a fire pit outside.

Humans of Etown 2017

Jordan Petersen and Christopher Tongel spoke with three members of the Elizabethtown College community. Information gathered from those interviews can be viewed below.


“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” (Michael Jordan) “As college students we all go through rough patches and we have to just keep going! Personally, I hit rough patches it seems like every other week and just like the quote says, you have to find a way to manage.”
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” (Michael Jordan) “As college students we all go through rough patches and we have to just keep going! Personally, I hit rough patches it seems like every other week and just like the quote says, you have to find a way to manage.”


A transcript of the interview with Steve is below.

Steve: “Hi, my name is Steve and I am an English major, English literature concentration. I chos the major because I enjoyed the information and it somehow chose me in some respects. I just struggled with other disciplines and I found the most joy with English literature.”

Christopher: “And what do you plan to do with your English major?”

Steve: “You can teach, obviously go to other countries. You can go to law school. I even had an accounting job where I was writing up reports. So I think it’s about being open-minded. But most of the time an English major gets kind of a shroud put on them like you have to work for a newspaper, you have to be a teacher but it’s not always the case. It’s kind of what you make of it.”


A picture of Kelly.
A picture of Kelly.

We also interviewed Kelly Knorr. The podcast interview can be heard here. A transcript of the podcast interview is available below.

Kelly: “I’m a senior corporate Communications major and religious studies minor here at E-Town. My journey to E-Town started in about eighth-grade when I decided I wanted to go away for college. A lot of people from my hometown of Bloomsburg decide to go to the university that’s just 3 minutes away from most people’s houses and I knew that wasn’t what I wanted to do and it wasn’t for me. I started to look for colleges and at the time Shippensburg was my dream School. I had everything I thought I wanted in a school and I was so excited to visit there and when I went to visit Shippensburg, I hated it. It just wasn’t the right environment and then I continued my search and kind of stumbled upon Elizabethtown. I didn’t hear of it before. I was just searching around and I didn’t know anybody who want there, but the moment I stepped onto campus I fell in love. I knew that it was a place I wanted to be. It was the program for me. Looking at the communications program was just very exciting and meeting the faculty and staff really got me excited. It took a little bit of bargaining with my parents because of such a high price tag, but I absolutely knew that was a place I needed to go to school. Now that I’m finishing up my senior year looking at all the debt makes me a little nervous to figure out how I’m going to pay it all off, but I wouldn’t change my decision for anything I absolutely love that I chose Elizabethtown.”

Jordan and I would like to extend a special thank you to Jessica, Steve and Kelly.


An usung hero

A young, auburn haired man straddles the southern shore of Lake Placida with his Penn Battle 2 fishing reel and rod combo in his hands. He keeps quiet in his white Elizabethtown College lacrosse shirt that he recently bought through a fundraising effort. Many people might assume that he is a student taking a well-deserved break between classes. Who is this man that never reveals his identity?

Born on July 28, 1995, Joshua Tyler Hagen was raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Growing up in a  family familiar with the medical field, Josh knew from an early age what he wanted to do as a professional.

“I chose a medical career path because of my parents, both of my parents are involved in medicine,” Hagen said. “With my mom being a nurse and my dad being a radiologist technician and hearing them talk about they do really interested me as a kid, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t really consider anything else.”

A picture of Josh Hagen.
A picture of Josh Hagen


After graduating from Lancaster Catholc High School in 2013, Hagen enrolled at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in order to obtain his certification as an emergency medical technician. His Irish twin brother, Zachary, joined the Marines following graduation.

“I think learning something new everyday motivates me whether that be reading something or having something shown to you,” Hagen said with a smile.

Sleeping at work every other week in accordance with his schedule, Josh knows that he is there to help another person who needs him for common steps that many take for granted. Currently working out of a home for disabled individuals, Hagen must be there to keep them safe.

“What drives me to give back to the community is that everybody needs help at some period of their life,” Hagen said. “That’s what I like about medicine, you get to help other people.”


When he is not caring for others, the former football player and wrestler enjoys enjoys his experiences in the outdoors while fishing or hunting.  He is also a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan. If he had to pick a favorite player it would probably be James Conner. Along with appreciating Conner’s battle against cancer while competing for the University of Pittsburgh, Hagen played a game against Conner during his time at Lancaster Catholic High School.

A fan of Christmas music, he is especially joyful at the holidays. His favorite Christmas songs are Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” and “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” from Band Aid.


Many people in Josh’s shoes go by without any form of recognition from others. They go to work each day and come home after a shift that may have had several life or death situations. Maybe they will get a discount here or there with proper identification.

While he is not a surgeon, people trust Josh with their safety the same way that they do with a doctor. Hagen does not help others for increased notoriety and he likes it that way. He is excited for the opportunities ahead as he continues his journey in the medical field.

Do we know any unsung heroes?

Preview of the 2017 Elizabethtown College Homecoming Celebration

Open to alumni, faculty, students and their families, the 2017 Elizabethtown College Homecoming and Family Weekend takes place on the weekend of Oct. 20-22.

The weekend activities are highlighted by the homecoming parade on Saturday. Following 23 years of college tradition, the 11 a.m. parade will carry along Hickory Lane, Willow Street, Spruce Street and College Avenue. College senior Andrew Smith, who will be working on the ECTV-40 production bus under Director of Broadcasting Andy Williams said, “The homecoming parade is always at the beginning of the day. I get to see my friends, get to rekindle relationships. It should be great! I look forward to coming back to the college as an alum.”

Different social opportunities are available on and off of campus throughout the weekend. A family opportunity will take place on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Gibble Auditorium with the Mad Cow Improv show.

The Saturday schedule is packed with more than 17 hours of action. Following the parade, Etown President Carl J. Strikwerda will open the events of the day. Alumni games are available for most sports teams, beginning with the women’s lacrosse game at 9 a.m. at Wolf Field. Senior lacrosse player Kyle Coats said, “Definitely one of my favorite parts of homecoming is how we always have our alumni game on it and we get to see everyone that we have played with and battled with from classes before.” Direct alumni game information for all sports is available at 717-361-1137. Registration forms can be found at www.etownalumni.com.

Brinser Field serves as the location of the Fourteenth Annual Oktoberfest Party and Class Reunions Extravaganza, which begins at noon. Sponsored by Lancaster Brewing Co., the event welcomes faculty, alumni and their families. The gathering will feature delicious all-you-care-to-eat food and drink along with live music. Oktoberfest will feature the classes for every five years from 2012 to 1972.

Throughout the day, individual department reunions will be held in their respective buildings. These reunions will take place in the early evening on Saturday. Prior to department reunions, the entire college family has the opportunity to attend the Brethren Heritage Festival in the Academic Quad at noon. This event will offer a look at the past and what homemade ice cream and apple butter look like in person.

The Seventh Annual Homecoming Melica, Vocalign and Phalanx Spectacular will take place in the Leffler Chapel at 8 p.m. The a cappella sounds are available for people of all ages. After the busy day, Munchie Madness will take place from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Brinser Field. This event is open to current students.

  The Leffler Chapel and Performance Center is pictured above.

The Sunday schedule is family-oriented and open to all members of the College, both past and present. The fifth edition of the Blue Jay 5K Run/Walk begins on Brinser Field. The event benefits the Etown Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Chuck Wells ’90 can be messaged for a discount at 2athlon@comcast.net.

Different worship services and masses will be open between the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren and the Leffler Chapel. The Catholic Mass will take place at 7 p.m. in the Chapel following the campus worship service at 5:30 p.m.

The college store in the Brossman Commons will be open on Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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IMG_0653 Video 1 Olivia Fryberger

IMG_0658 Video 2 Kelly Moore

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.