Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Etownianwww.etownian.com Vol. 111. Issue 9
FEATURES Eli Hastings discusses trauma writing, narrative therapy | PAGE 5 SPORTS Alwine earns roster spot in NFHCA Senior Game at Washington & Lee | PAGE 10
Panel discussion connects study abroad alumni and prospectives
In an effort to encourage students to study abroad, the Study Abroad office created a panel of six study abroad alumni to address frequently asked questions during a discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sabina Post, study abroad director, assembled the panel, which included se-niors Justin Ahmad, Caitlin Hogan, Kellie Lotkowski, Haley Diener and Brittany Pressley and junior Gates Failing.
Each student spoke about a different aspect of the program that he or she attended before opening the floor to questions. During their presentations, photos from their trips were projected on the screen, so that the students in attendance could visualize the places and people being discussed.
I think the panel helps students get in touch with study abroad alum, hear stories and ask questions in an informal and laid back way, Hogan said. Theres no pressure to participate, but its
informative.Topics ranged from what classes were
available to how to live with a host family. Students discussed excursions that were hosted by their colleges and the culture shock they met in their new locations.
My study abroad experience was the first time I had left the United States, so its not a stretch to say I was overwhelmed, Diener said.
by SAMANTHA WEISS
Boretti, Scannapieco receive Academic All-District honors
Young Americans for Liberty Club showcases Civil Liberties Graveyard on Academic Quad
Elizabethtown College fall athletes mens soccer player and senior defender David Boretti and womens volleyball player and senior middle hitter Kelci Scannapieco were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team for their respective sports.
Photo: David Sinclair/ Athletics Department
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Photo: Luke Mackey
Photo: Tiana Ferrante During Halloween, the Young Americans for Liberty club created the Civil Liberties Graveyard. It was displayed on the campus academic quad as a creative way to promote the club to the public.
by TIANA FERRANTE
While other Elizabethtown College clubs handed out candy from tables at the Academic Quad during Halloween, Elizabethtown Colleges Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) group did it from the ground. YAL President and senior Justin Greiss set up a bag of candy next to what he called a Civil Liberties Graveyard, which included several headstones with specific liberties written on each.
The purpose is to spread awareness and promote our club, Etown YAL President Justin Greiss said. We are a club based on the philosophy of liberty and one issue of ours is the deterioration of our civil liberties in America. As the stones suggested, we view the elimination of gun rights, threats to the first amendment, loss of freedom in health care, et cetera as detrimental to our country.
According to Greiss, a civil liberties graveyard is a creative idea suggested by YAL national.
We thought it would be a creative way to express our ideas and have some fun doing it, Greiss said. We participated in the Senate trick-or-treat on Wednesday and displayed our project and then wanted to continue it on Friday.
Greiss also said that some YAL members walked by a few times during the day and saw several people taking pictures of the display.
I participated to get the name of YAL out into the public, first-year Kyle Schaeffer said. I thought it got our points across in a sarcastic and funny way.
Once they were done with the political cemetery project, four members of YAL attended the Students for Liberty Philadelphia Regional Conference. The conference was held at the University of Pennsylvania last week.
Education department offers new seminar focused on Philadelphia
by KELLY MOORE
New schedule generator available through Jayweb
Elizabethtown College recently debuted the Etown Schedule Generator, a tool that incorporates c ur rent cours e l i s t ings into a customizable online schedule format.
The new program can be found on Jayweb under the Quick Links tab and features course drop-down menus organized by department. It also allows users to type in a search bar to find specific courses and any courses dates, times, meeting location and other basic information.
The introduction of the Etown Schedule Generator coincided with Etown students registration period for the spring 2015 semester. This means that f irst-years , such as computer engineering major Patrick Durofchalk, and upperclassmen alike have another option for organizing and registering for courses. I believe
it could be useful, Durofchalk said. It decreases the amount of time the students need to schedule their classes around course closings.
First-year Corinne McCarthy also took a look at the schedule generator, although she felt it was not as necessary for her planning as for others preparation for registration, since she will take 16 credits next semester. I can see how it would help someone who is taking more than 16 credits or trying to fit in a semester abroad, McCarthy said.
Some students, like sophomore Skye McDonald who had to go through the registration procedure although she will study abroad in England next semester, simply planned for registration the traditional way. I always used scheduling worksheets and talked to my advisor, McDonald said. First-year students, the last to select courses, registered yesterday.
by TIANA FERRANTE
Elizab ethtown C ol leges Educat ion Department is offering a new course for its students. ED 371: The Philadelphia Urban Seminar acts upon the second pillar of the departments mission statement, social justice.
Faculty have been exploring many ways to create unique experiences for their pre-service teachers which emphasize social justice concepts of peace, equity, inclusion and diversity. Associate Professor of Education Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman spoke about the new program. The opportunity for the college to partner with other teacher preparation programs across the commonwealth is very exciting, as we consider the potential networks for our students with these colleges and universities and with the School District of Philadelphia, she said.
This new course book ends with the departments Peace and Integrated Education in Northern Ireland course, which is offered in opposite May terms and offers an opportunity to travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The purpose of the course is to immerse students in the urban context, promoting theory into practice through field placement and service learning projects, Dr. Finley-Bowman said.
Students experience blended learning strategies throughout the course, with the first week being an online study of urban education. The following two weeks, students will stay at LaSalle University and complete
an intensive field placement with the School District of Philadelphia, attend seminars and lectures, tour cultural events in the city and complete a service learning project.
This course explores the pol icies , experiences, relationships and practices of urban schools, utilizing the case study of Philadelphia. Emphasis is given to the categories of race, ethnicity, class, gender, language, religion, sexuality and ability as social relations of power that impact urban school experiences and the urban context on students, teachers, parents and the community, Dr. Finley-Bowman said.
The course also includes an intensive field placement in the School District of Philadelphia.
Study abroad alumni shared their experiences overseas with students who are considering trips of their own at a panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
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The purpose of the course is to immerse students in the urban context, promoting t h e o r y i n t o p r a c t i c e through field placement and service learning projects.
~Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman
November 13, 2014page 2 NewsDay of the Dead altar built to celebrate cultural diversity
This year, Elizabethtown College made a point of celebrating Da de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in addition to Halloween. Set up on the second level of the BSC, display tables dedicated to Da de los Muertos featured decorate your own skull crafts, as well as several other traditional decorations and candies. Students could also pick up some pamphlets that explain the history of the Mexican holiday and the symbolism of each item on the tables.
Photo: Tiana Ferrante
International education week events, activities celebrate diversity
A Mariachi band set the mood as students sampled desserts from dif-ferent countries in the Blue Bean Caf, bought T-shirts from the No Boundaries Club and bought Fair Trade Equal Ex-change items from a table in the Brossman Commons. This celebration of the diver-sity of Elizabethtown College was called International Education Week, sponsored by the Office of International Student Ser-vices (OISS), the Study Abroad Office, the Office of Diversity, the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, Career Services and the High Library.
It runs from Monday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Nov. 14 and informs students of the various programs Etown offers to
international students and those wishing to learn more about different cultures. The week kicked off with the Global Village event in the Brossman Commons that provided information about all of the weeks events and all of the international clubs. At the first table students went to, they were given a passport that they were told to fill with signatures obtained at various booths at the fair or from various activities offered throughout the week. If they filled the passport up with enough signatures, they could enter a contest to win a prize from the OISS.
Students got a chance to learn more about various international clubs, such as No Boundaries. They learned about Mehndi a Hindi art form that involves painting symbols on the skin using paste
from the Henna plant and even got a few Mehndi symbols painted on their skin. Some bought raffle tickets for the Rice for Refugees raffle sponsored by Act for Humanity. There was also a table that provided information about scholarships and fellowships to fund study abroad, independent research and graduate studies.
The other events offered throughout the week included a Global Dinner on Monday night in the Marketplace, a Study Abroad Panel Discussion on Tuesday, a two-part International Peace Building lecture with Dr. Robert Johansen, professor emeritus at Kroc Institute-University of Notre Dame on Tuesday and Wednesday and a Drumming Circle in Zug Wednesday night. The fest ivit ies wil l conclude
tomorrow night with a Global Talent and Fashion Show in the KAV at 7 p.m.
The OISS describes International Education Week as an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education worldwide. The celebration was a hit with the students. First-year student Michaela Kim said, I think its really cool that Etown has a world fair, and there are so many sponsors that came out. She liked the passport signature competition and said that she was encouraged to go and talk to all the people at the different tables to get her passport signed.
by CORINNE MCCARTHY
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I did a lot of things that I wouldnt have necessarily experienced if I were alone. It is easier with come back to America and take inventory of the many ways we are privileged. I certainly didnt value drinking water that didnt need to be boiled or warm showers until I went without them, Diener continued.
Each of the students attended a dif-ferent study abroad program for vary-ing lengths of time. Lotkowski spent spring break taking a business class in Prague, Czech Republic. Hogan, Diener, Pressley and Failing studied in Florence, Italy, Cusco, Peru, Quito, Ecuador and Serekunda and The Gambia, respec-tively. Ahmad spent both semesters of his junior year in Xalapa, Mexico.
I decided to go to a country where I didnt speak the language, and I went alone, which was very scary. Although it was scary, it was also very rewarding, Hogan said.
The students also discussed how their experience affected them and their edu-cational goals. Each pinpointed things they had learned that were not neces-sarily from their textbooks, but helped them to grow as individuals.
Independence. I had to coordinate many aspects of my daily life, such as my internship, acquiring transportation, and making contacts with other people, Failing said. In order to succeed, I had to be an advocate for myself and over-come unexpected obstacles that I would not have encountered while in the US.
One worry that many students have when studying abroad revolves around ones living situation.
Most of the students on the panel
stayed with host families. Of those stu-dents, each had stories to tell about their time with those families.
Some are even planning on visiting their host families over school breaks. Other students cited similar experiences with host families.
Other students identified home-sickness and completing independent research as the most challenging parts of their experiences. Despite the differ-ences in the programs that each student attended, all had one thing in common: the overall experience was rewarding and had a positive impact on how they saw the world. These students explained their volunteering experiences and the impact those had during and after their programs.
The College offered these programs through several affiliate study abroad organizations, including Brethren Col-
leges Abroad (BCA) and Center for In-ternational Studies (CIS). Each program followed a different pattern for study, dependent upon where the students chose to study.
Excursions and day trips are built into most programs, so that students get a chance to experience the culture of the country. Pressley explained the ease of planning excursions among her group of friends, when the location they wanted to visit wasnt offered by the College.
Lots of other people want to travel too, Diener said. I did a lot of things that I wouldnt have necessarily expe-rienced if I were alone. It is easier with like-minded people.
All of the panelists encouraged other students to consider studying abroad, saying it was a valuable experience.
Dont think about it, Ahmad said. Just do it.
Brethren C ol leges Abroad (BCA) recently added a short-term study abroad option to their program choices. Led by Exeter native Dr. Stephen Burwood and Dr. Linnea Goodwin Burwood, students will experience British culture and history through a short term stay in London and Exeter.
A four-credit class titled Living with History: History, Culture and Contemporary Life in England will include part of the stay in England, where students wil l studying practical history.
Class work will focus on field work, so that...