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Connecting to the Professional Network

In today’s world of the internet and connectivity, it’s not hard to believe that there are online platforms for almost anything. For the working world, where networking and connectivity play a vital role in the dynamics of the workforce, an online tool to aid in making these connections exists by the name LinkedIn.com. This professional networking website is similar to the social media platform, Facebook, in that users create profiles, make connections and share content. With these profiles, users can search for and connect with others on LinkedIn to expand their networked connections.

“Every CEO of a fortune 500 company is on LinkedIn. You have more access to opportunities than you ever have in the past,” said Tina MacKenzie, assistant director of internships in Career Services at Elizabethtown College.

Through this network, people have the opportunity to learn about positions that those in their connections may have heard about. Employers also take a peek through LinkedIn looking for potential employees.

A set of tips has been compiled for users of LinkedIn to go through as they create their professional profile to help make the most of the professional networking site. These tips are to aid in beefing up their profile as well as create a guide for first-time LinkedIn users.

When you first navigate to the “Join Now” section of the LinkedIn website, there is a textbox that prompts you to get started.

LinkedIn Join Now
LinkedIn Join Now

Areas are open for you to fill in your intended email and password. Once these are all filled in click the “Join now” button to finish getting started by filling out your first and last name.

LinkedIn Name
LinkedIn Name

A page will load that greets you and intends to get to know you more so your profile can start to be fleshed out. It asks for your country/region and postal code.

LinkedIn Region
LinkedIn Region

The next page asks your most recent job title and company—but there is also an “I’m a student” option that lets you fill out your school, intended degree and years you’re attending said school.

LinkedIn Recent Job
LinkedIn Recent Job

Importing your email contacts is also an option. Next, you can skip this if you’d like or you can go ahead and import them. To try and broaden your network LinkedIn will give suggestions as to whom you can connect. These will be a variety of people, though the website will try to give you people you may already know—such as others at your school or workplace. After making a few connections, you’ll be prompted to add a profile picture. This picture can also be from your Google or Facebook account.

LinkedIn Profile Picture
LinkedIn Profile Picture

You’ll want to make sure to add a photo to your profile. This photo doesn’t have to be fancy or over-the-top, as long as it’s appropriate, you’re smiling, and have a modest background any photo taken with your phone camera could work just fine.

LinkedIn wants to know what some of your interests are! This is to help populate your home page feed with posts and articles. At least a dozen hashtag buttons will be presented on this next page. When you click on the hashtag, another box will drop down with suggestions on who else you could follow.

LinkedIn Interests
LinkedIn Interests

For instance, if the “#motivation” button is on your suggested interest page, some of the profiles you may see in its recommendation tab are Bill Gates, Wounded Warrior Project or LinkedIn Daily Rundown. By following these tags and profiles, you’ll have more things populating your home page. You’re brought to your home page after you select an interest! Congrats, you’ve now completed the basic LinkedIn profile set-up.

With this barebones profile now created, there is an opportunity to add more. On your new profile page you can add a headline, a summary, your experience, any organizations you’re part of, your education, any volunteer experience and causes, your skills and expertise, any honors and awards you’ve received, courses you’ve taken, projects you’ve been part of and any recommendations from connections in your network.

Each of these pieces serves a different purpose on your LinkedIn profile page. The headline is among the first things seen when someone pulls up a profile on the networking site. This acts as a way to catch people’s attention and state what your titles are in your most current position. The summary follows the headline and acts as exactly as it implies, it encapsulates your experience, describes what motivates you and what your skills are.

The experience section is much like the experience section on your resume.

“Build your resume, then [students] come into Career Services and we can work with you to represent the items properly on LinkedIn. We want to showcase the skills people have and organizations are looking for,” MacKenzie explained.

In many ways, LinkedIn is like an online resume, but with the opportunity to expand upon it. With this professional networking site, you can add as many professional experiences you’ve had; you don’t have to leave any of them out for the sake of page length restrictions. Much like on a resume, you can also add your educational background.

“You’ll always want to keep your profile updated,” Brian Sacco, dining services and students human resources recruiter for Ann’s Choice in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

On your LinkedIn profile, you can also add skills that can be validated by your connections. Your connections can also give you recommendations, as you can for your connections. Beneath these good words are your accomplishments. These accomplishments can be anything from having an article published to a test score. Below the accomplishments section is the interests section; this piece is where you can follow organizations or people—much like on Facebook.

From having this account, you gain access to tens of thousands of people, job postings and internship opportunities. When reaching out to potential connections, be sure to make the optional message a more personal one. By using a customized message, the recipient is more likely to remember your message.

MacKenzie’s most important piece of advice? “It’s not enough anymore to just apply for a job.”

The Sweetest Place on Earth is getting a face-lift.

Changes are coming to Hersheypark’s entrance and some are larger than others. The first thing guests will notice when they arrive at Hershey this summer is the construction equipment and the new temporary entrance. This construction is making way for the newest installment coming to Hersheypark in summer 2020.

Chocolatetown Constructionv View from 108 CW Way
Chocolatetown Construction View from 108 CW Way. This photo was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

“We are incredibly excited to enter this next chapter in the rich history of Hersheypark. Hershey’s Chocolatetown will mark the true intersection where fun meets chocolate,” said John Lawn, president and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R). “Chocolatetown will be a place where chocolate-inspired attractions will transform the guest experience in new and engaging ways.”

Hershey's Chocolatetown Map
Map of the new Hershey’s Chocolatetown and the locations of the new establishments. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

Hershey’s Chocolatetown will add to the year-round fun that can be had while visiting the sweetest place on Earth. In this new expansion will be a new restaurant, bar and patio, ice cream parlor, confectionary kitchen and a Starbucks store. These establishments will be open all year and guests will not need a ticket to Hersheypark to enter them.

Chocolatetown Front Gate
Image of the new entrance coming to Hersheypark in summer 2020. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

There will also be a new Hersheypark merchandise store coming with Hershey’s Chocolatetown.

“The previous shops were smaller and specialized. This flagship 10,000-square-foot space will be open year-round and allow our guests to shop the largest collection of apparel, personalized souvenirs, toys, and more – exclusive to Hersheypark,” said Quinn Bryner, director of public relations strategy for Hersheypark and ZooAmerica.

Chocolatetown Retail
Image of the digital rendering of the new retail and restaurant establishment coming as part of Hershey’s Chocolatetown in summer 2020. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

With this investment of $150 million dollars also comes the addition of the largest kettle corn location at Hersheypark—and will be located outside the gate, so visitors can take home their favorite treat without needing to purchase a ticket.

Chocolatetown Kettle Corn Location
This is where the newest station for kettle corn will be in Hershey’s Chocolatetown. This image was originally published on the Hershey’s Chocolatetown website.

All of these new experiences are just what’s waiting for guests outside the gates! The entrance to Hersheypark, however, will not be in the place that it once was. It will be remodeled and moved closer to where Hershey’s Chocolate World stands today. This new entrance will feature lines for season pass holders and guests of the Official Resorts of Hersheypark to help smooth admission to the park.

Chocolatetown KISSES Fountain
Image of the digital rendering of what the Hershey’s KISSES fountain will look like. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

Once inside the park guests will see a new fountain in the iconic shape of a Hershey’s Kisses chocolate—this will also act as a new gathering place for the Hershey’s Characters. This fountain is not all that will be different about the new entrance. Hershey’s iconic Carrousel will be moved and become part of the Hershey’s Chocolatetown experience. This Carrousel—built in 1919 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and brought to Hersheypark in 1945—will be celebrating its 100th year in 2019.

Chocolatetown Carousel Location
Image of the digital rendering of where the Carousel will be, inside the park and near the new restaurant location. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

For thrill-seekers, there will also be a new coaster coming to Hersheypark in summer 2020. This will be the 15th coaster at the park and will be the “fastest, tallest, longest and sweetest” addition to the coaster collection.

15th Coaster at Hersheypark
Image of the digital rendering of the 15th coaster coming to Hersheypark summer 2020. This image is a still from the video published by the Hershey company.

“This will be a definitive project for Hersheypark, HE&R and our destination,” said Lawn. “Inspired by our visionary founder, we are so proud to be able to leverage our remarkable history and our shared iconic brand in creating a sense of place that you can only find in Hershey, Pa.”

Chocolatetown Aerial
Image of the digital rendering of an aerial view of Hershey’s Chocolatetown. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

January 9, 2019, marked the groundbreaking for the newest expansion coming to Hersheypark, and construction will continue throughout 2019 and into 2020 to reach the deadline of opening for the 2020 Hersheypark season. Hersheypark will remain open during the construction and a temporary entrance will be constructed for guests to enter the park. In 2020 there will be an official grand opening for Hershey’s Chocolatetown.

Groundbreaking of Hershey's Chococlatetown Photo
Photo of the groundbreaking ceremony for the newest expansion coming to Hersheypark. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.
In the photo (from left to right): Hershey’s Bar; Derry Township Supervisor Susan Cort; Derry Township Supervisor Matthew Weir; Derry Township Supervisor Richard Zmuda; Representative Tom Mehaffie; Milton Hershey School student Valerie Heydeman; Executive Director of The M.S. Hershey Foundation Don Papson; Hershey Entertainment & Resorts CEO John Lawn; Vice President, Hershey Experience, The Hershey Company Suzanne Jones; Milton Hershey School student Gavin Meyers; Senator John DiSanto; Derry Township Supervisor Justin Engle; Reese’s and Kiss.

“We are always focused on the future and offering more areas and attractions for our guests to enjoy. It’s essential for us to continue to reinvest in operations in order to stay competitive. And based on our guest feedback, we are thrilled to offer more attractions and chocolate-inspired experiences,” said Bryner.

Below is a virtual fly-through recreation of Hershey’s Chocolatetown. This video was originally published on the Hershey company’s YouTube account and can be found at the bottom of each press release pertaining to Hershey’s Chococlatetown.

All images and videos used in this publication were given permission for use and can be found on Hershey’s Latest Stories page, Hershey’s Chocolatetown website and within the press releases hyperlinked above.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Actual Special Edition?

After being introduced to Bethesda’s, the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim game in my early video-gaming days, I became infatuated with the game and refused to put it down. I would play on the Xbox 360 and would play whenever I could. I thought it was an incredible game with loads to do and a fair amount of replay value, meaning I wouldn’t mind playing the game over and over again because of all the different things you could do within the game.

As with most games, there are flaws and bugs, though they may be small. With the original Skyrim game, as far as the PlayStation 3 was concerned, there were excessive loading screen wait times, subpar graphics and wonky framerates as your save file got larger.

With the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, there were very high expectations. For example, gamers were expecting every bug and issue in Skyrim to be fixed; they wanted better graphics, an improved frame rate and shorter loading times. To a degree, this is exactly what we got, as well as a few other features.

The special edition includes all three downloadable content packages: Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn. The special edition also showed an improvement in the detail of the graphics of the game, but mostly in details of scenery, not in the more lifelike ways gamers had hoped characters would be improved. In the past, due mostly to technical advancement, console games could not download modifications to their on-console games, this could only be done on the computer version of the game if there was one. Now, on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, players can download modifications for their console games. For the PlayStation, these “mods” are much more limited than its Xbox One counterpart.

On the computer-based version of Skyrim, since 2011, players were able to fix all of the bugs on their own, and stuff the game with graphics modifications and other such things to make the game better. Today this is still the same, though now it is possible on the consoles as well, as stated above, so PC gamers may or may not notice the changes made to the game.

In the first hour of gameplay, while playing on the Xbox One, I noticed some of the changes that had been made, such as the improved graphics and faster loading times. What could be considered laughable, however, were the many bugs that remained. These bugs being the flaw in physics, where your character or the horse your character is riding can stand at almost a perfect 90-degree angle against the side of a cliff and not fall.

Compared to games that have been released more recently, Skyrim still leaves much to be desired in the way of graphics and the fixing of bugs, but overall the special edition is still an excellent game. I still feel that the game has the potential to be fixed, but in the meantime, I’ll be sitting at home with my multiple character files exploring the realm that Skyrim calls home.

To those looking to purchase the game, but already have the original Skyrim game, you may want to consider a PC based game if you’re looking for a completely modified and near-perfect game. To those looking to purchase the game for the first time, I recommend the special edition. No matter the decision you make, I find it best to do research on the game before purchase, to ensure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

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.

Souderton Indians poach the Tennent Panthers in a 20-38 game

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, the William Tennent High School Panthers went head-to-head with the Souderton Area Senior High School Indians at the William Tennent Alumni Stadium for the William Tennent homecoming match-up.
“If we play the way we need to play we should be able to finish the game strong,” Taylor Hession, senior middle linebacker for the Tennent Panthers said when asked how he thinks they’d play on Friday. “I feel prepared,” Hession added.
Junior wide receiver, Drew Gresley, agreed, and added; “I hope we play the whole game strong.”
In the first few minutes of play, the Souderton Indians scored the first touchdown and achieved the extra point, but this did not deter the Panthers, as they scored a touchdown and extra point with five minutes remaining in the first quarter. From this moment on the student, players moved the line of scrimmage back and forth up and down the field.
The second quarter began with Panther’s number 11 player down, only a minute into the play. This player, Dan Collier, is removed from the field and the Indians took the lead once more with another touchdown and an extra point, with only six minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Refusing to give in, the Panther’s player, Ryan Savage, broke away from the scrimmage formation and took the ball to the end zone, causing the Tennent stands to erupt in screams and applause.
By the end of the first half, the score is 13-21 with Souderton leading by eight points. The game continues with more fumbled passes and plenty of tackles as the Indians carry the lead to the end of the fourth quarter, leaving the game at a wounding 20-38.
“As a team, they need to play better together…trust one another and help each other out more,” Jim Rittinger, Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Back and Wide Receiver Coach said after the game. “As far as a coaching staff, we hope that we’re doing the best that we can to show them what they need to do,” Rittinger added when asked about the team’s performance.
The Panther’s next game will be against Pennridge High School on Oct. 14, 2016. This will be an away game and it will also begin at 7:00 p.m.

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