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  • Thursday, October 16, 2014

    The Etownianwww.etownian.com Vol. 111. Issue 5

    CAMPUS LIFE Senior reflects on study abroad experience | PAGE 9 SPORTS Mens golf ends fall season with strong finish at Chestnut Hill Invitational | PAGE 12

    Sophomore forms geocaching club

    Sophomore and president of the new geocaching club Matthew Hornbaker found the pictured geocache. He hopes to share his hobby with other students through the club.

    Photo: Matthew Hornbaker

    International dance encourages cross-cultural experiences

    People from all over the world have their own unique ways of dancing. The International Student Services Team at Elizabethtown College wanted a way to bring all these culturally-different dancing styles together so that Etown students can experience them first-hand.

    Kristi Anne Syrdahl, director of international student ser-vices, has been working on this idea for over a year. In the summer of 2013, I attended a three-week intensive Peace and Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Workshop at the School for International Training, Syrdahl said. While there,

    Syrdahl studied with people from all over the world of different ages, religious and political backgrounds and sexual orientations.

    We were as diverse a group of people as one could possibly put in one room, and while we shared stories of our respective countrys personal stories of struggle and perseverance, we grew to consider ourselves brothers and sisters, Syrdahl said. My story of conflict was certainly not as challenging as those of my brothers and sisters from nations either actively in conflict or those who have a history of conflict, yet my heart was open, and I grew to appreciate the lives of those in other countries on a much deeper level.

    After her intensive three-week study, the last evening was

    reserved for a talent show. While the talent show was a blast, it was the gathering after that stuck with me, Syrdahl said.

    The gathering turned into a dance party of international proportions as favorites were selected on YouTube, and the dancing became more culturally diverse. We gradually moved from nondescript hip-hop moves appropriate for Thrift Shop to dance moves appropriate for Bengali pop music or Kenyan rap, she continued.


    Department of Modern Languages welcomes new French professor

    Dr. Vanessa Borilot, Assis-tant Professor of French, is a native of the Guadeloupe Islands and has recently joined the Elizabethtown College staff. Those French-speaking islands are located in the Ca-ribbean and are known for their rich literary history, which has resulted in many authors, poets and professors like Borilot. She specializes in French and Francophone, or French-speaking countries, literature and culture.

    In 2005, Borilot applied to be a language assistant in the United Kingdom. After her application was accepted and she experienced another


    Sophomore retreat focuses on strengths, leadership qualities

    Last weekend, 12 students participated in a sopho-mores-only retreat at Allen-berry Resort Inn and Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pa. The retreat, which is a component of the new Sophomore Experi-ence program at Elizabethtown College, featured two days of vocation-related activities.

    Stacey Zimmerman, the assistant director of Called to Lead, facilitated the retreat. Ac-cording to her, some students from last years sophomore class participated in a pilot trip to Allenberry in Feb. 2013.

    In addition to Zimmerman, Dr. Kristen Waughen of the

    Colleges computer science department and Professor Ty-ler Grimm, an adjunct faculty member in the English depart-ment, were among the faculty and staff who presented their vocation stories to students and interacted with the Class of 2017 in small discussion groups. Topics included how the term vocation is defined, how careers can differ from vocations and self-reflection as a method to determine purpose in life.

    Prior to the retreat, Zim-merman asked students to interview a professional who they want to emulate.


    Hillel celebrates Sukkot, builds Sukkah outside Brossman Commons

    Last week, Elizabethtown Colleges Hil-lel Jewish club celebrated Sukkot, a holiday commemorating the forty-year period during which the Israelites wandered in the desert and lived in temporary shelters. Hillel built its own Sukkah, a tent-like structure, on the BSC patio. The celebration began on Thursday, Oct. 7 and concluded yesterday.

    Sukkot is also a harvest festival and is some-times referred to as Chag Ha-Asif, the Festival of Ingathering. Dr. Amy Milligan, the advisor of

    the club, explained the history of Sukkot and how Hillel celebrated this holiday. Sukkot is a joyous holiday, Milligan wrote in an email. After the initial dedication of our Sukkah, it can be used for a variety of purposes. Traditionally, families and communities eat inside of their Sukkah and spend time there with each other. On campus, our Sukkah is used for meals, office hours, class meetings and any other gathering of students, faculty and friends! Its a great place to just enjoy being outside during beautiful fall weather!

    The first day of Sukkot involves a special prayer service, but the remaining week (Chol

    HaMoed (festival weekdays) are filled with just spending time in the Sukkah. Traditionally, each day a blessing is recited over the lulav and etrog, Milligan wrote. The lulav and etrog are the Four Species that the Jewish people are commanded to take to rejoice before the Lord. An etrog is a citrus fruit that is native to Israel and similar to a lemon. The lulav is the bounding together of a palm branch, two willow branches (aravot) and three myrtle branches (hadassim). It is called the lulav because in Hebrew lulav means palm branch and the palm branch is the largest part in the bounding of the branches.

    With the four species in hand, they are to recite a blessing and wave the species in all six di-rections (east, south, west, north, up and down), symbolizing the fact that God is everywhere. At the dedication ceremony of the Sukkah on campus at Etown, they also performed the etrog and lulav ritual. Along with helping build the Sukkah and hosting the dedication ceremony, throughout the week there were opportunities for Hillel students to use the Sukkah or spend time with their faculty Hillel advisers there.


    Nation speaks on Ukraine

    In the latest Ware Lecture, Dr. Craig Nation spoke on the conflict in Ukraine. This talk took place in Gibble Auditorium last night.

    Photo: Luke Mackey



    The Geocaching Club, headed by sophomore Matthew Hornbaker, is one of the newest additions to the list of Elizabethtown College clubs.

    I formed this club to bring a unique, fun, world-famous hobby to the students of Etown, Hornbaker said. I want to educate and show peers the joy of geocaching.

    According to Hornbaker, the outdoor activity yields several benefits, including social ones. It teaches values in respect for the environment, it develops GPS and navigational skills, and it gives the opportunity to learn about local geography and history. In addition, geocaching can help develop social skills. For example, it promotes cooperation and communication. I am hoping many friendships can be made within the club as well. It has many lasting benefits which I hope to bring to Etown.

    Hornbaker discussed his plans for

    holding meetings and geocaching trips. He intends to schedule meetings every two weeks, to go on outings and Mount Joy in search of geocaches and start a Facebook page.

    His long-term goals for the club include placing a geocache in town and attempting Pennsylvanias most famous geocache. Dr. Matthew Willen,

    associate professor of English, advises the group. The clubs first meeting was on Tuesday, Oct. 14. It was pretty successful, and the group is developing, Hornbaker said. Students of any year and major are welcome to join the group. Interested students should contact HORNBAKERM@ETOWN.EDU.



    Sophomores participate in retreat experience, explore idea of vocation


    country for the first time, she was excited and nervous. After deciding that she could live on her own in another country, Borilot moved to the United States to attend gradu-ate school. She received her masters degree in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Delaware and her Ph.D. in French and Francophone World Stud-ies from the University of Iowa. She chose to study and eventually teach in these disciplines, explaining why she liked that her curriculum focused on French history and culture.

    Class of 2015 gift revealed at class dinner

    The Class of 2015 class gift was an-nounced at the senior class dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The gift will be a grand-father clock.

    When deciding, we wanted to choose a gift that was timeless and would serve a purpose for years to come. We want to be remembered and forever present. What bet-ter way to remain everlasting than to choose a grandfather clock adorned with the Class of 2015? said the senior class senate in a letter distributed to all seniors through on-campus mail.

    Each year, the graduating class gives a gift to Elizabethtown College to give back to the campus community at the end of their time at the College. The gift is funded through donations from the members of the senior class. The Development Office organizes the class gifts as part of the annual fund umbrella. The gifts serve as an acknowl-edgement of gratitude from the senior class.



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    Jays dance to the Global Beats of international music


    It was the most fun I had had in years, and I danced with abandon, Syrdahl said. It was a night I would not soon forget, given we were such a diverse group of people, yet music and movement was so natural and universal that on our final night together, we shared something so intimate and organic with one another. We embraced the music of foreign lands and followed the call to dance. It was truly magical.

    Since that night in June 2013, Syrdahl has been dreaming of a way to bring that sense of community to Etown. One of my goals as Director of International Student Services is to internationalize the campus on the co-curricular level, Syrdahl said. In my mind, doing this through music and dance would be well-received and fun.

    Junior and International Leadership Assistant for I n t e r n a t i o n a l S t u d e n t Services Gianni Lombardo brainstormed with Syrdahl about offering some sort of dance lesson, but the idea never was completed since they both worked on other programs.

    However, after Lombardo returned from teaching dance all summer long in her home country of Paraguay, she was eager to continue working on the idea. They then came up with the name Global Beats and offered the first class in late September of this year.

    Lombardo, who works to assist international students adapt to the College, now choreographs the dances for Global Beats. Global Beats meets every Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Royer dorms basement. You can think of it as Zumba, but its not exactly the same, Lombardo said. Zumba is more like a workout where you dont

    move from your row, and its mostly just the same kind of music, but this group is more like an actual dance where people move around and do formations, so I usually choreograph for the first half hour, and then we go over it.

    Every week Lombardo comes up with a dance from a different part of the world. During the first week, participants danced to music from the United States with a Beyonc-themed night. By

    the second week, they danced to a song by a popular artist in Central America named Daddy Yankee.

    Its open to everyone, Lombardo said. You dont have to bring an international student to go, and you dont have to be a dancer to go. Its just for fun. Everything is really simple. Im not trying to make you do a split or turns; its really easy. In that way, its kind of like Zumba where you can forget about schoolwork for an hour.

    Global Beats is also open to faculty and staff. Lombardo is open to requests for songs or dances.

    If you want to come out and have fun with your friends and roommates, come by, Lombardo said. You may even find another international song or dance you may like.

    Milligan, Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jonathon Coren, Assistant Chaplain Amy Shorner-Johnson, Assistant Professor of Music Education Dr. Kevin Shorner-Johnson and two Hillel students read the necessary prayers as well as other readings at the dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 8, the second day of the celebration. About seventy people came to watch and participate in the dedication.

    During Sukkot, Jews build

    temporary dwellings to remind us of the time spend wandering in the wilderness, Milligan wrote. Our Sukkah on campus reminds us that it is important to bring everyone to the table. Even though we may not literally be wandering in the wilderness, there are still many people who are living on the fringes; our Sukkah represents not only our history but also a commitment to radical hospitality and giving [a] voice to those who are silenced.

    National Science Teachers Association brings science out of classrooms

    Sukkah acts as location for meals, office hours


    The Elizabethtown College chapter of the National Science Teachers Association has been actively engaging the local community in a variety of new science-based activities. Etowns chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) hosted the first meeting of the Science Explorers Club last Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Elizabethtown Public Library. The Science Explorers Club provides fourth through eighth grade students with an opportunity to delve into current issues in science.

    This year the theme is alternative energy, chapter president and senior Bethany Otwell said. We did a basic lesson on electricity last night, and we actually used lemons to make a battery to power a light bulb. Otwell said the citrus-based electricity activity was a pretty big hit with the students.

    Education majors at Etown are involved in planning and teaching lessons to the Science Explorers Club. Designed to require creative thinking, the lessons inspire open-mindedness among the children. In the following weeks, the NSTA plans to write lessons and teach students about wind energy, hydroelectric power and thermal energy. Each lesson uses principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to investigate

    alternative energy.We hope to achieve more interest,

    especially in younger ages, in STEM by engaging with the community, Otwell said.

    The Science Explorers Club meets Thursdays in October and November at 6:30 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Public Library.

    While the Science Explorers Club is geared towards older elementary school students, the NSTA also aims to involve younger community members...