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Vol. 86 No. 14
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania
April 28, 2005
“Take Back the Night”
Learning to fear everything but fear itself
ness of poverty, the dangers of
being single and female prostitution. In 1978, the first Take
Back the Night march was held
in San Francisco and has continued to raise awareness ever
Upon first glance, the
quad looked no different than
normal. Tables were set up with
information about how to protect yourself against a predator,
what to do if you have experienced any type of domestic violence and what you can do to
help someone that has. A table
was set up with candles, which
seemed to serve as the centerpiece of the event, the serene
counterpart to the tables beside
it. Amanda Stermer, a freshman
Psychology major was “disappointed that more people did
not show up because this is a
women’s issue.” The hour was
Linda Misiura | Photo Editor
early and this was the first
Liz Walsh and Erica Govan light candles in preparation for the silent walk around campus as a vigil to those who are the
victims of abuse. year of the official event, so the
turnout was fair, yet it seemed
like less because of the silence of those that had gathered.
Alison Capik
Dean Laffey opened the evening from the steps of the
Staff Writer
Admin building and expressed her praises to those who had set
The steps of the Administration building serve as the cen- up this event and those who were in attendance. “Think of night
terpiece for many of Cedar Crest’s traditions including as a metaphor for fear, coercion and violence,” she said. “If we
Commencement and the Open Door Ceremony. After April 21st all come together to realize what we fear in our own lives, we
another can be added to the list; a small and quiet rendition of can make a difference. Think about the stand you can take
Take Back the Night, a march to display women’s determina- against the things that fear you.” Sarah Kersh, a representative
tion against domestic violence and sexism.
of the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council, spoke of their
Take Back the Night was held for the first time by the services and their mission to prevent violence and educate peoArt department a few years ago, but this year received wide- ple about being safe, even in their own neighborhoods. One day
spread attention and may become a yearly tradition. The march she hopes that events like these will not be necessary, for it will
started in England in the 1870s as an attempt to raise conscious- mean that crimes like domestic violence will cease to happen.
In this issue
A reading of several domestic violence statistics followed, such as one in six men are victimized by domestic violence in their lifetime and when it comes to women, it rises to
one in four. By this time, everyone had been invited to take a
candle from the table and light it in respect for those who have
not been rescued from violence or cannot speak up about what
they have witnessed. The march took the group around the
entire campus and even though the cool wind grew harsh, the
candles flickered but did not burn out.
The march was the turning point of the event, where
silence was golden but the candles symbolized the fire and the
voice within each person holding them. The speak out, an open
mic set up so that students and guests could share personal stories, poetry and opinions, followed. It was the perfect time to
reflect on the march and express anger or observations towards
violence. Many shared their poetry based on general support for
the event and one from the point of view of a child subjected to
this type of abuse. Linda Marquis shared her horror story, a
moment in broad daylight that changed her whole life. Walking
out the exit of a mall, having to park as far away as possible,
Linda went to put her key in the door and suddenly found herself on the ground. No one came to her rescue or heard her
scream, and when the man was finished with her, he took off
into the mall. Even after she arrived home and reported her
story to the police, they began to question her attire and the way
she was walking, as if she brought on this abusive attention.
Now, she holds school assemblies and is honored to speak at
events such as Take Back the Night because she can give everyone advice as to how to protect yourself against these types of
people. Always try to walk out of a mall with another group of
people, be aware of your surroundings and do not be afraid to
stand up for yourself, she said.
The most important message that this rally established was the strong sense to promote violence awareness on
our campus. Being that Cedar Crest is an all women’s college,
the bond between everyone in the crowd seemed to be full of
determination and at times hatred of the statistics being heard.
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Pulitzer Prize winning poet visits college
Opinions 2-4
Out lines: Rose’s Farewell
Just blowin’ my mind...
News 5-10
Computer programming team
takes second place
Five faculty promoted at Promotion and
Tenure Ceremony
Lifestyles 11-13
Slam Jam
Home for the summer
Tanning special: getting that golden glow
Sports 14-15
Lacrosse team ends season on high note
Softball season wraps up
First Annual Iron Woman triathlon
Arts & Entertainment 16-20
The Sound Booth: Ray LaMontagne
Concert review: Tori Amos
Reel reviews: Star Wars: Episode III
Musikfest 2005
Courtney Lomax
Co-Copy Editor
Poetry month was celebrated Monday,
April 25 as Pulitzer Prize Winner Jorie Graham
read her work in the Oberkotter Center.
Graham, the author of 12 poetry collections, is currently the Boylston Professor of
Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University.
She received her MFA from the University of
Iowa and served as a Chancellor of The
Academy of American Poets from 1997 to
Prior to the reading, Graham presented
sophomore Rebecca Pancoast with the annual
poetry scholarship. Pancoast is majoring in
English and has a minor in writing. She is a
three time Alyssa Katon Writing Contest
After presenting the award, Graham told a
story about when she was an undergraduate
and asked her professor if she was wasting her
time. He asked her if she would stop writing if
he said yes. Graham told Pancoast to keep
Pancoast said receiving the scholarship
was very affirming.
“I love writing
more than anything
else in the world,”
“Anyone who puts herself out into the world
is vulnerable and that
can be frightening. It
means a lot to have
respect affirm what
you love.”
When asked why
she writes poetry,
“Because the words are
always in my head.”
Graham met with
a group of English
majors before the reading for a question and
answer session. She
told the students that
she doesn’t believe
poets ever finish
poems, they just abandon them. She also
commented that it is
Linda Misiura | Photo Editor
Graham was honored with a dinner prior to the reading of her poetry.
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The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 2
The Campus Corner:
What are your plans for the summer?
Maura Townsend �05
Lizz Nagle �08
Megan Kees �05
Candace Mallow �05
Biology and Psychology
General Science
“Working as a kennel assistant.”
“Getting an apartment and a
“This summer I plan on working,
spending time with my family,
taking road trips to Jersey, and
having as much fun as I can with
my friends who are coming home
from school.”
Canine Studies
“I am going to get married, work,
and apply to vet school.”
Editor’s note: See page 4 to read more about
adopting Brutus.
The Crestiad
Spring 2005 Staff
Opinions Editor
Sarah Magner
Managing Editor
Jennifer Woytach
Lead Copy Editor
Sarah Magner
Photo Editor
Linda Misiura
News Editor
Jennifer Woytach
Lifestyles Co-Editors
Stacey Solt
Iva Tchomakova
Co-Copy Editors
Courtney Lomax
Lisa Stewart
Boomerang generation
A&E Co-Editors
Tonesha Baltimore
Jillian Dawson
Business Manager
Tonesha Baltimore
Sports Editor
Jennifer Woytach
Elizabeth Ortiz
Megan Ammons
Allison Capik
Beth Coulter
Ashanti Davenport
Alexandra Dorward
Lori Gallagher
Amanda Goodman
Jennifer Kumetz
Gillian Maffeo
Rebekah McClure
Cara Nicholl
Lakena Outlaw
Kristian Parchinski
Compiled by Nicole Rubertelli
Nicole Rubertelli
Jessica Smith
Rose Strong
Amanda Swartz
Alison Vande Bunte
Andrea Zajac
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end of a college career and the beginning of
not knowing what’s next. Six months, sometimes sooner, after graduation, we are expectI’m graduating May 14 and, no, I do not ed to start paying off our student loans. At this
have a job.
point, we are also kicked off of our parents’
We, the graduating seniors, are consid- health insurance and are no longer eligible for
ered to be members of the boomerang genera- student discounts. But, without a job, how are
tion; we go to college and then boomerang these things possible?
right back to our parents’ house – jobless, I
The boomerang generation moves home
might add.
because of necessity, not because of desire.
This title is unfair. How many graduating Even if students are lucky enough to get jobs
seniors actually choose to move home? My right after graduation, they still might not be
guess is not many. We all want to get jobs or able to provide for themselves. Let’s say a first
get into grad schools, but
job pays $30,000 a year. That’s
sometimes it is not as easy as
about $2,500 a month or around
“I will be moving $600 a week – not including
it seems.
I will be moving back
taxes. Rent prices can range
back home after
home after graduation to live
graduation to live anywhere from $500 to $1000 a
with (or off of) my mom until
month. If rent, including utiliwith (or off of) my ties, totals $750 a month, that
I find a job and can afford to
live on my own. This, clearly,
mom until I find a leaves you with $1750. The
is not my first choice and I
job and can afford remaining money needs to be
have done everything in my
used to pay for food, gas, car
to live on my own. insurance, car payments, and
power to avoid this situation
including maintaining a high
This, clearly, is not student loans. At the end of the
GPA and having an internmy first choice...” month, there will not be much
ship. But, despite my efforts,
money left to save and there
I will contribute to the
might not even be enough
boomerang generation statismoney to pay all your bills. If
college grads live at home for a couple of
Students of varying majors will join me years, they cut down on a significant amount
in contributing to the statistic. Many Cedar of expenses.
Crest students majoring in English, art, psyNo, most of us do not want to move home
chology, communications, biology, genetic after spending four years away. And yes, most
engineering and others will be jobless after college grads want jobs right after they gradugraduation. These same students have partici- ate, but the truth remains, the reality is not as
pated in internships and have been applying glamorous as the dream. We can’t afford to
for jobs. So why are we moving home?
live on our own and struggle to land that first
Most students cannot afford to live on job. We boomerang back to the once empty
their own without having a job – and health- nest and mooch off of our parents until we are
care – to fall back on. Graduation marks the financially stable.
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To t h e e d i t o r :
Out lines:
Rose’s farewell
Rose Strong
Crestiad Columnist
Since I’ll be graduating on May 14, this
will be my last column entry for The Crestiad,
and as such, I hoped to indulge myself and use
it as my farewell. I hope you can bear with me
as it won’t be necessarily a GLBT-centered
In the spring of 1995, my partner and I
were doing some college searches for me in
the Lehigh Valley area and after several stops
at other institutions, we drove up the tree-lined
driveway of Cedar Crest. I hadn’t even gotten
out of the car and I knew this was the place. I
like to follow my gut instinct, as it usually
knows what’s best for me.
It’s now spring of 2005 and for the past
20 or so semesters that I’ve taken classes here,
I know my gut was right. This college has
been a constant source of inspiration, learning
and opportunity for this Lifelong Learning student.
I’ve lived my life in semesters for these
past years. Past and future events are referred
to by, “that was last semester,” or “I think
that’s next semester.” That’ll be a hard habit to
I changed majors twice and then took a
class in art and was immediately summoned
again by my gut instinct to change majors
once more. I have never looked back. It was a
decision based on my desire to simply gain a
college degree. It wasn’t important to me what
field my degree was in, but more for the joy of
learning something that wholly interested me.
A quality education is more than what it can
do for you monetarily, and my gut was telling
me that art was going to be satisfying in more
ways than one. Art has taken me through the
gamut of all subjects.
Through the years my attendance here
has afforded me opportunities that I would
otherwise never have had. I can’t express my
gratitude for such enriching, thought provoking and often times, life-changing opportunities.
I’ve had the chance to see the Names
Project in Washington, D.C., a tribute of quilt
panels dedicated to those who have died of
AIDS. Several of the quilt panels came to
Cedar Crest and I had the chance to volunteer
to assist with guarding the panels and honoring some of the victims by reciting their names
throughout the day.
The honorary degree ceremony for
Holocaust survivor and author Elie Weisel was
a profound occasion. Weisel’s stories were
provocative and harrowing. He was also filled
with a phenomenal sense of humor; proving
that with courage life must go on despite horrific events.
Always a fan of Jimmy Carter and his
work for peace and justice through deeds and
actions, I was eager to sign up for volunteer
work with Habitat for Humanity. Although not
inclined to work with power tools, I summoned up my nerve to put on my work boots
and pick up a hammer. The weeks of working
on a house in center city Allentown taught me
to nail down sub-flooring, tear up linoleum,
install studs for a wall and learn the fine art of
wiring a house from top to bottom.
The chance to take an elective one semester took me to Hawk Mountain to learn about
raptor migration. At the time, I was a smoker
who was out of shape and afraid of heights, so
it was quite the challenge to keep up with the
class, but I did. The magic of sitting on that
mountain was exhilarating and proved to be a
chance to fight my demons of fear.
A class in Religions of South Asia coin-
cided with a visit of Tibetan Monks from the
Drepung Gomang Monastery in India at a
friends’ Aikido Dojo. It was with great curiosity that I visited them and encouraged
Professor Richardson to come along. Cedar
Crest brought the monks to campus for a nearly week long visit that included the building of
a sacred mandala out of colored sand and visiting classes.
In a broadcast journalism class the syllabus stated we would have to produce a radio
piece and collaborate on a news magazine
show to be aired on campus TV. At times, I
thought that a course in nuclear physics would
have been less of a challenge, but I was able to
successfully finish the course with a radio
piece on odd jobs and a fascinating look at the
campus squirrels for the news magazine!
Through the years I have had nothing but
the best in professors, both in my general education courses and the art department where I
almost feel like a member of the family. In my
lifetime I’ve had the chance to take classes for
various courses of study at other colleges, and
Cedar Crest instructors have been the most
welcoming and approachable. The classes
have been nothing less than engrossing, intellectually challenging and truly pleasurable.
I’ve had three job changes, euthanized
several of our pets after lengthy illnesses,
tackled and beat Joanne’s breast cancer, struggled with my own fibromyalgia and carpal
tunnel syndrome. I’ve been on the Dean’s List,
filmed squirrel activity, made handmade
books, admired the works of great artists,
become a freelance writer and have taken
leadership roles in various parts of my life.
As a Lifelong Learning student, I’ve had
to live a multi-faceted life. I was a part-time
student, a full-time employee and the other
half of a couple whose immediate family consists of companion animals. Without the help
of my partner, Joanne, none of this would have
been possible. Together we have lived through
the changes and challenges that confront a
family when one person is going to school.
She has been a source of assistance (squirrel
filming, among other things) and encouragement. For this I am forever grateful.
I’ve found it amazing the doors that have
opened for me while I’ve taken classes at
Cedar Crest. Part of that is because I have let
people know I’m attending college, but the
other element is the courage and self-confidence my years here have given me.
Writing this column was a monumental
and daring step. I’ve been out for many years,
but to actually put my opinions in print along
with my photo (not a very good one, either)
has helped to empower me. I hope it’s done
something for others, too. My gratitude goes
to all the very talented women of The
Crestiad, who have been accommodating and
helpful and have allowed me to speak my
mind and write my heart out.
A word of thanks to each and every person here at Cedar Crest with whom I’ve had
the privilege of sharing a classroom or a brief
moment of time when I needed help or advice.
You have all taught me something and I cannot be more grateful than I am right now.
Graduation will be a tear-filled day for
me. They will be tears of joy and accomplishment, but a few will fall from sadness. I look
forward to shaking President Blaney’s hand,
getting my diploma and feeling the incredible
sense of accomplishment. Cedar Crest
College, I will miss you.
Out lines: Events and notices
see page 4
“We want to truly be a multicultural club on campus...”
Sometimes when I look around this campus, I think about the reasons that I chose to
come to Cedar Crest. It seems as though many
of my friends did not choose CCC as their first
choice college, unlike my self. The sense of
community that I felt the first time I walked
onto this campus made me instantly fall in
love. Carrie Wiragh, my admissions counselor
since my junior year of high school, made me
feel as if I was already a part of this community of strong, dedicated women. My heart was
a part of Cedar Crest before I was even accepted.
My first days on campus were full of
interest in and wonder of the clubs I wanted to
become a part of. I ran for vice president of my
class, and yet still wanted more. I advocate for
diversity with FADED. I am a proud member
of the Rhythmic Diva’s Step Team. I will be a
student ambassador as well as an Orientation
Assistant next fall. However, the one group on
campus that has given me the most knowledge, support, love, and commitment, would
be Sister’s Inc.
Many people I have come across on campus have given me a puzzled look when I tell
them that they should come support Sister’s
Inc. at different events that we have on campus. Their main reasoning behind not wanting
to come is because they are not black and do
not want to feel uncomfortable.
To be of color on this campus, to be of a
different sexual orientation or different religion etc., takes a lot of strength and openmindedness.
The mission statement for Sister’s Inc.
“To preserve and respect all cultural
backgrounds. To eliminate stereotypes associated with groups. To acknowledge and make
aware the similarities and differences on campus. To sponsor programs exhibiting the cultural and ethnic backgrounds on campus. To
sponsor programs exhibiting the issues and
concerns on campus. To make a positive
impact at Cedar Crest College.”
I believe that Sister’s Inc. has the ability
to bring forth all types of people from this
campus, not just black women, and to put our
mission statement to work. The amount of talent, strength, diversity, commitment, and love
that this student body, faculty and staff have
needs to be seen and heard, and not just something that is spoken about.
If you would like to become a part of this
sisterhood, or just support the events sponsored by Sister’s, please let someone know.
We do not want this to be another small, quiet
group on campus. We want to truly be a multicultural club on campus, and truly make a positive impact at Cedar Crest College.
-Leni Johnson
Class of 2008
Looking back and looking ahead
Sarah Magner | Opinions Editor
Jessica Smith, who is majoring in history, stated, “my professors have taught me to take pride in myself and
my work.” She smiles outside of the building holding the Humanities Department, where many offices of
her professors are located.
Jessica Smith
Staff Writer
The time has come; it is the end of the
year. We are all in the process of collecting our
things, finishing projects, papers, and exams.
As I see this year come to an end, I am
shocked to see how fast my time here at Cedar
Crest flew by and am thankful for all that this
community has given me.
I am a junior so I still have one year left,
but I know that it will be gone before I know
it. Over the last three years I have struggled as
a commuter and as a resident. I know the trials
of cramming for exams and the yearning for
the last day of classes.
I look back and wonder at the amazing
people I have met and the lifelong friends I
intend to keep. My professors have left a profound impact upon me and without knowing;
have influenced my future plans for myself.
There are teachers here who really love
what they do. They come to class intent upon
giving their students as much information as
they can. While students gripe about the work
load, they fail to realize that it is with the best
intentions that our professors do this.
I have realized that unlike our past teachers in high school, the teachers at this small
community care about us and want us to succeed. I have learned from watching them that
you can find something you love to do and get
paid to do it. My professors have taught me to
take pride in myself and my work. I find
myself appreciating assignments more
because I know the work involved behind it on
behalf of the teacher is quite substantial.
Putting my teachers aside, this college
has taught me to understand, accept, and
appreciate this diverse society I live in. My
fellow students have taught me how wonderful
it is to be a little different. I feel that the
school’s liberal arts program is strongest in
student relations.
I have learned the value of an opinion and
the merit it holds. I am no longer afraid to give
myself a voice. I no longer cower at criticism.
I have grown into a woman who is proud of
who she is and where she came from.
It bothers me when I hear rude comments
or get odd looks after stating that I go to this
all-girls institution. I feel that it has been the
best thing for me. Cedar Crest and its faculty
teach students to be proud women and to have
no fear in the face of animosity.
I feel sorry for those who laugh at our
school. They obviously are not comfortable
enough in their own skin to stomach a large
number of confident and intelligent women all
congregating at one institution. As my third
year comes to a close, I am thankful for everything Cedar Crest has given me.
I am looking forward to my last year here
with excitement and some sadness. I will miss
the accepting and progressive atmosphere that
I have found here at school. My only regret is
that the rest of society isn’t like this wonderful
community we all call home for nine months
out of the year.
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 4
Mr. Chemist’s Neighborhood
Just blowin’
my mind
David Raker
Crestiad Special
Beth Coulter
Crestiad Columnist
Out lines: events and notices
continued from page 3
Check out Equality Forum’s Action Alert
in response to anti-gay protesters at the
National Celebration. Fred Phelps, who I
wrote about in an earlier column, is coming to
Philadelphia along with Repent America.
Equality Forum is taking donations as a
response to their actions to show how much
money these anti-hate groups can help raise
for equality. Check them out at
On June 19, stop by Pride in the Park,
sponsored by Pride of the Greater Lehigh
Valley and visit me at the Kid’s Tent. I’ll be
representing my company’s GLBT employee
resource group. For further info on this and
other happenings in the Lehigh Valley check
What Brutus
has to say
Brutus the dog (pictured with Megan
Kees in this edition’s Campus Corner) calls
the Northampton County SPCA home.
According to Kees, “he was here for the
Lutz Center for Community Service Pet
Therapy Session.”
According to, “this
awesome little fellow” is a Bluetick Coonhound. For information about adopting him,
contact the Northampton County SPCA,
located in Easton, PA at (610) 252-7722. statesthat “his picture says it all.
Stop by and get to know him today and you can
make his wishes come true.”
Greetings all,
and acknowledged in almost every person on
I would like to tell you about my speak- earth.
ing experience at Elizabethtown College April
Anger is a façade. It is a cover for one of
three emotions; hurt, frustration or fear. When
My anxiety had reached a fever pitch by you get to the root of your anger, you are able
the time we were leaving my home. My heart to free yourself from an emotional prison. A
was pounding and my mind was spinning. I false front not only shuts people out, it shuts
had to practice breathing for the two-hour one in.
One woman asked how I overcame my
Elizabethtown has a beautiful campus anger at my abusers, and if I had forgiven
complete with a chapel by a lake. My first them for abusing me. I replied about anger
comment though was, “boys!” It was so being a cover, and as far as forgiveness goes,
unusual to see guys playing football in front of well, that is beyond my power. I cannot forthe dorms. Males make up one quarter of the give anyone. Only God, or Nature or the
student population. The Dean of Student Universal Energy can do that. I can only forAffairs remarked it was probably due to the give myself for being too small, or weak, or
feminine name that male
vulnerable. Instead of forenrollment isn’t more.
giveness, I find that trying
We were shown to
to understand why people
our “suite,” which was a
abused me brings me
dorm room with bare
more peace. My epiphany
bunk beds, and a student
on this subject came when
anxious to get back into
I realized it wasn’t
the room to retrieve her
because of being me that I
phone. My boyfriend and
was abused. My abusers
I looked at each other in
needed someone, and I
shock as I said, “you get
was handy. To understand
the top bunk.”
this, and forgive myself
Our host promised to
for being in the wrong
have the room set up
family has brought me the
before we returned and we
peace I craved.
left for dinner.
Personal responsibilThe cafeteria was
ity has disappeared in this
amazing. It was set up like
current “don’t blame the
a mall food court, with
victim” climate. Anyone
made to order pasta bar,
can claim victimship and
deli, grill and an enorget carte blanche on their
Beth Coulter | Crestiad Columnist actions. Anything they do
mous salad bar in the center of the room, not to
is forgiven due to their
mention the dessert bar A poster from Elizabethtown College,
past and present abuse. I
advertising Beth’s presentation.
with fresh, made on camthink this is wrong and that
pus pastries.
it perpetuates the violence and abuse rampant
I was incredibly honored to see it was a in our current society. People must have perdinner in my honor, in a lovely alcove. There sonal responsibility for their actions. No matwere about twenty people present, including ter what, hurting another is never an approprifaculty and students, and our own Liz Ortiz ate way to express ones own pain.
and Guy Gray, communication instructors.
After the questions were answered, we
Guy was kind enough to come out to film my had a candlelight vigil and sharing session.
talk. He’s making a DVD for me that I can use Some prepared writings were read, and a few
as a resume to speak at other schools, etc.
people volunteered their own stories. One of
After a wonderful dinner, we headed over the most moving came from a young woman
to the before-mentioned chapel on the lake. whose mother survived years of emotional,
The room I was speaking in was set with domestic abuse, only to end it four years ago
chairs and a podium. After conferring with the by killing herself.
camera crew (Guy and my boyfriend), I
It was an extremely powerful evening. I
escaped to a little alcove. While watching the was pleased that many of the people there felt
rain pour down, I was able to center myself, comfortable enough to speak with me aftercalming my heart and mind. When asked how wards. However, the biggest compliment
I was doing, I could only answer, “I’m there.” came from Guy.
“There” is a place I go before any perform“I came out [to film] to be nice,” he said,
ance, the quiet place in my soul.
giving me a hug, “but I feel privileged to have
This room had about forty people, a few heard you.”
males sprinkled among the largely female
That is a compliment I will carry with me
audience. I was pleased that they stayed, but always.
that may have been due to the ankle monitors
After a stop at the campus coffee shop,
required by the probation officers.
where I found myself facing a huge poster
I began my talk by asking everyone to advertising my speech, we were given the key
breathe. I explained that I felt we were going to our new suite.
to have an intimate conversation as opposed to
Before the speech, bare bunk beds. After
me speaking at them, therefore I needed the speech, we were given the Willy Brandt
everyone relaxed.
Suite, a three-room apartment where the forI spoke for about 20 minutes, relaying the mer President of Germany had stayed during a
highlights (or lowlights) of my life. I talked visit, 40 years ago. It was better than I could
about my suicide attempts, my diagnosis of have dreamed, truly a first class experience.
Multiple Personality Disorder and my battle
I am so incredibly honored to have been
for recovery. Then I opened it up to questions, given this experience. I can only hope that I
and was really able to delve deeper into my touched people enough with my story that they
philosophies regarding pain, anger and per- find hope and peace for themselves.
sonal responsibility.
Thanks for reading me this year. I’ll be
Pain is pain. There are no gradient levels back in the fall.
of pain. What hurts more, a broken toe or a
broken finger? Some pain is fresher and/or
Until next time,
deeper, but no one hurts more than someone
else does. Pain is pain and must be respected
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 5
Professors promoted at tenure ceremony
Amanda Rachel Goodman
Staff Writer
On April 21, Cedar Crest
College celebrated the accomplishments of five faculty members on
campus during a Promotion and
Tenure ceremony. Dr. Kent
Fitzgerald and Dr. Richard Kliman
were promoted to Associate
Professor with tenure, while Dr. Kim
Spiezio, Dr. Alan Hale, and Dr. E.
Allen Richardson were promoted to
Full Professor. The ceremony began
processional by The Cedar Crest
College Flute Ensemble, and an
opening prayer by Dr. Allen
Richardson. Dr.Dorothy Gulbenkian
Blaney welcomed all, followed by
greetings from Board of Trustees
member, Ruth Spira, and an introduction of honorees by Dr. Carol
The night’s first honoree and
speaker was Fitzgerald, Associate
professor of Biology, and Director of
the Neuroscience Program. His presentation
Interesting Case of William James: A
19th Century Psychologist Speaks to
Fitzgerald spoke of how in 1964 the
first neuroscience program was
introduced at University of
California at Irvine. In his presentation he spoke of the connection
between an amputation and the ghost
sensation of the missing limb. With
this he spoke of the memory connection in psychology and neuroscience.
History is important, Fitzgerald
warned. “Don’t get cocky,” he said.
“If you think you have a new idea,
read old books.”
The night’s second honoree and
speaker was Kliman, Associate
Professor of Biology and Director of
the Bioinformatics Program. His
presentation was entitled “The
Ethical Obligation to Teach
Evolution.” Kliman said “my goal is
to have one of the best undergraduate research programs in the country.” From this he spoke of evolution
of which he said “[is the] most thoroughly tested idea in science.” With
Lisa Stewart | Copy Editor
Drs Kliman, Speizio, Hale and Allen listen attentively .
the controversy surrounding evolution, Kliman felt that “science is
agnostic, not atheistic.” Overall,
Kliman spoke of how it is our ethical
obligation to be honest and teach
The night’s
third honoree and
Spiezio, Professor
Chair of History,
Law, and Politics.
His presentation
Pope and Hope,”
“democracy is an
framework.” He started
his speech by stating, “before promotion it was
what do I have to
prove, and now
Lisa Stewart | Copy Editor after promotion it
is what do I have to
Dr. Blaney, Dr. Pulham and Dr. Fitzgerld listen to the presentation of a colleague.
Second Health and Wellness
Conference Embraces New
Lisa Stewart
Co-Copy Editor
For the second year, the Health
and Wellness Conference will be
held here at Cedar Crest. This year,
the theme of the conference is The
Art and Science of Wellness and it
will attempt to bring together the
arts and sciences as a way of displaying a �more integrative conceptualization of health and wellness,’
according to the information
Committee. The Committee, consisting of professors from many different departments proposed and
designed the creative and artistic
presentations that will be shared at
the conference,
This year’s conference will feature art, music, dance, and theatrical
performances directly relating to
various aspects of health and wellness. The presentations will demonstrate how other aspects of life, such
as art, help shape and express who
we are, This year’s more integrated
style takes cues from last year’s
inaugural conference, which dealt
with the challenges facing people in
health and wellness and how integration within the self is much needed.
One such presentation that inte-
grates the arts and the science of
wellness is an original play by
Psychology professor Micah Sadigh
entitled “the Fragmented Self,” to be
performed by Amanda Laigle ’06,
Allison Kazaras ’07, Karen Babson
’05, Joanna Craig ’07, Melissa
Donigan �05, and Nicolette Amico,
daughter of Performing Arts Chair,
Roxanne Amico.
The conference, held May
fourth and fifth, will also feature
performances by Dr. Carol Pulham
and Amy Reese, The Flute
Ensemble, and selected Cedar Crest
dancers under the supervision of
Robin Gerchman as well as presentations by Art professor Jill
Odegaard and Erika Ventura �??,
under the supervision of Dr. Alan
“My hope is that one day we’ll
become a nationally recognized college that deals with women’s health
issues while integrating different
departments,” says Sadigh. This second annual conference aims to
“move away from a linear view of
health and wellness and add a
greater dimension of who we are
and what our struggles are all
about,” according to Sadigh, and
will give the attendees a unique perspective of health and wellness
accomplish?” He also felt that the
“only safe place in higher education
will be vocalism.” Spiezio ended his
speech stating that we need to “tap
into the valuable assets at college,
which is excellence in teaching.”
The night’s fourth honoree and
speaker was Hale, Professor of
Biology and Chair of Biological
Sciences. His presentation entitled
“Tomorrow: Are We Really an
Intelligent Species?” was one filled
with many interesting topics. Hale
spoke about the “one thing that hasn’t changed is fear” in our society.
He brought up Osama Bin Laden and
how Bin Laden is truly a smart man
due to the fact that he is considering
the use of biological weapons. Hale
made an interesting point on how
just a small amount of a disease
could cause a catastrophe across the
nation, ranging from the area infected to the stock market. He also spoke
of how “11 million third world children die before the age of five, and
most of those deaths are preventable.” Hale concluded that he “has not
been impressed by the intelligence of
The night’s fifth and final honoree and speaker was Richardson,
Professor of Religion and chaplain.
His presentation entitled “Where
Distant Gods Collide: American
Religion in Transition” spoke of a
secular world, where God has abandoned the world. He spoke of how
“Americans have a new awareness
of religion” but how “we do not seek
history, but the mystic chords of
memory.” He also felt that the “secular paradigm is dead” and that this
“creates an illusion of America that
is not quite correct.” He concluded
his speech by saying that “what we
see beyond ourselves, is also within.”
Blaney gave the closing
remarks of the ceremony, stating
how the “the power of the ideas of
our colleagues” is what will produce
a powerful college student and give
overall campus success. We congratulate all five of the night’s honorees
and their accomplishments.
20th annual LVAIC undergraduate psychology
research conference to be held on Saturday
There will be approximately 100 papers and posters presented from students representing 9 different colleges.
The conference begins with a speaker from the University of Delaware. Her talk will take place in TCC’s Samuel
Theatre from 9:00-10:15. Paper and poster sessions run from 10:30-11:45, 1:00-2:00, and 2:15-3:30. The sessions
will be held in the Science Building, Miller Building, and Oberkotter Building. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. in
the Tompkins College Center.
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Samuels Theater, TCC
Dr. Carol Pulham,
Provost, Cedar Crest College
9:15 – 10: 15 a.m. Keynote
Samuels Theater, TCC
Dr. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff,
University of Delaware
“A Life of Research: Challenges
and Triumphs”
10:30-11:45 a.m.
Paper Session 1:
Miller Building 20
Paper Session 4:
Social Psychology
Science Center 139
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Poster Session 1
Oberkotter Center Lounge
12:00 p.m.
Lunch, TCC
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Paper Session 5:
Social Psychology
Miller Building 33
Paper Session 6:
Clinical/Health Psychology
Science Center 136
Paper Session 2:
Cognitive Psychology
Miller Building 33
Paper Session 7:
Social Psychology
Science Center 139
Paper Session 3:
Developmental/Clinical Psychology
Science Center 136
Paper Session 8:
Social Psychology
Oberkotter Center 1
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Poster Session 2
Oberkotter Center Lounge
2:15-3:30 p.m.
Paper Session 9:
Social Psychology
Miller Building 33
Paper Session 10:
Social Psychology
Science Center 136
Paper Session 11:
Social Psychology
Science Center 139
Paper Session 12:
Oberkotter Center 1
2:15-3:15 p.m.
Poster Session 3
Oberkotter Center Lounge
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 6
New Dean’s List requirements raise
academic bar
Stacey Solt
Lifestyles Co-Editor
In the spring 2004 semester,
over 700 students made the Cedar
Crest College Dean’s List. Students
were surprised to learn that this was
the reason behind new Dean’s List
“I didn’t realize how many
people made the Dean’s List,” said
sophomore Carissa Okie, with an
expression of disbelief. “That’s not
that special.”
With this in mind, the faculty
voted unanimously in September to
raise the requirements for Dean’s
list. Full-time students must now
earn a 3.65 GPA; part-time traditional and non-traditional students
must earn a 3.65 while taking at
least 12 credits within one academic year.
Last year’s requirements
included a 3.55 GPA and no minimum number of credits. As a result,
over 40 percent of students made
Dean’s List last spring, including
many part-time students taking less
than 12 credits.
“The faculty is much more
comfortable with this,” said
Associate Provost Marie Wilde.
“We have established a GPA that
maintains the quality of the Dean’s
List honor.”
With the new requirements,
approximately 15 percent of the student body achieved Dean’s List last
Many students were curious to
know how the faculty chose 3.65 as
a distinguishing grade point average. Faculty members consulted
graduation requirements; a 3.65
enables a student to graduate magna
cum laude (with great honors). The
previous cutoff of 3.55 allowed
Dean’s List students to graduate
cum laude, or with honors.
Wilde said that today’s students have higher expectations for
good grades. Whereas a C was once
considered “average,” many students are not satisfied with average
and consider a C poor. “Students
want very high grades,” she said.
“You’d like to know that you’re part
of an elite corps” if you make
Dean’s List.
She compared Dean’s List to
Olympic tryouts: while there are
many good students at Cedar Crest,
only so many should be allowed to
make Dean’s List. “You want that to
be a corps of the best,” she said.
Imagine if every Olympic hopeful
got to compete! There would be
nothing left to strive for, no pride in
making the cut.
“Some students were disappointed,” said Wilde. They were
upset that the bar had been raised
and eliminated them from the list.
Still, she seems glad that the faculty
agreed to raise the bar. “We took it
to the next level, magna cum
laude,” making Dean’s List an even
higher honor. She sees the new
rules as distinctive between good
grades and outstanding grades.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said
sophomore Meaghan Nedderman.
“There were too many people on
the Dean’s List that didn’t deserve
it.” She expressed concern over
those students taking one class and
earning the distinction.
Part-time student Michelle
Cawley agreed that students acing
one class should not immediately
earn Dean’s List, but she did not see
the situation as completely cut-anddry.
“When you look at a part-time
student or Lifelong Learner, you’re
looking at people with family, a
full-time job... it [school] can’t be
their primary thing.”
Full-students, fresh out of college, have the time and energy to
focus on schoolwork, she said.
“That’s their �job.’”
“I would not say for myself
that I should be on the dean’s List”
this semester, said Cawley, who is
currently taking four credits.
Her biggest concern was for
students taking an active courseload, such as the night and weekend
nursing program, that falls below
12 credits. “Do I deserve to make
Dean’s List then? Yes.”
If you didn’t make the list this
semester, all is not lost. While
Dean’s List can be a nice addition to
any resume, most employers do not
hire based on this recognition. In
the end, Wilde said, “Your transcript speaks for itself.”
Traupman promoted
to Executive Director
of College Relations
Amanda Swartz
Staff Writer
Michael Traupman has recently
been named Executive Director of
College Relations. In addition to his
current responsibilities for media
relations, marketing and publications, Traupman will now be the senior officer for planning, coordinating
and implementing special events.
“We’re hoping to continue the
uniformed look of the college’s publications and events,” Traupman said.
“We hope to take all that we do to the
next level.”
A graduate of Moravian College
with majors in English and journalism, Michael held positions at the
Pennsylvania State Company before
coming to Cedar Crest as an associate in College Relations in 1993. A
professional actor and singer,
Traupman is currently the Civic
Theater Board Vice President for
Theater, as well as serving on the
Film Board.
An entirely in-house agency,
College Relations has its hand in
nearly all aspects of the college.
“Our office strongly supports all
the college’s initiatives,” Traupman
said. “We have always worked closely with Admissions, the President’s
Office, Alumnae and Development.
Because of this, there is a consisten-
cy in message and tone in all of the
work that we do.”
Traupman, along with his very
gifted colleagues in College
Relations, has always put the input of
Cedar Crest students on the top of his
“Students have always been
very honest,” Traupman said of the
constructive criticism students will
offer regarding various publications.
“There is a direct relationship
between what they tell us and what
we produce.”
At a time when many colleges
and universities utilize outside agencies for their promotional items,
Cedar Crest’s College Relations staff
enjoy working within the environment they help make look as good as
it truly is.
“There’s always a challenge
about what to do next,” Traupman
said. “Our staff continues to find new
ways to capture our audience. And as
each generation changes, our publications evolve.”
Traupman and his colleagues
realize the tremendous competition
within their field. But as a unit, and
now under the supervision of a new
Relations continues to present an
honest and excellent representation
of what Cedar Crest College is all
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 7
Cedar Crest celebrates Earth Day
Cedar Crest College celebrated the 35th Earth Day on Friday, April 22. A picnic was held on
the TCC veranda and a group of children from the Allentown Boys' and Girls' Clubs joined in
the fun.
Alpha Psi Omega performed “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and the Reader’s Theatre performed “Diary of a Worm” in the Greek Theater.
Spring fling fun
The Lehigh Valley Zoo had a Birds of Prey Exhibit and there were animals from Wildlands
Conservancy and Lehigh Wildcare on the TCC lawn.
There was face painting and t-shirt tie-dying, children’s story book time, a plant sale and a
paper making workshop with recycled materials.
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had the opportunity to win a club t-shirt, a beta fish, or a bag of candy. Amanda Skelton had just won
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The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 8
Serfass named
“Student Worker of the Year”
Ashanti Davenport | Staff Writer
Student Worker of the Year Jessica Serfass with her boss, Athletic Director Kelly
Ashanti Davenport
Staff Writer
On April 26, 2005, the Student
Worker of the Year Award for the
2004-2005 school year was given to
Jessica Serfass, a senior here at Cedar
Crest. The award was given by the
Northeast Association of Student
NEASEA has declared that the
second week of April should be set
aside to recognize the value of the
student employees. According to
NEASEA this week, "Is to enhance
awareness of student employment
and its important role in higher education experience, to recognize students who perform outstanding work
while attending college, and to thank
the employers who hire students, for
part-time positions and make the student employment program such a
At 11:00, Serfass was presented
the award by Lori Williams from the
financial aid department. The event
took place in Kelly McCloskey's
office. Dean O'Neill and Dean Laffey
were also in attendance to watch
Serfass receive this award to honor
her achievement. Serfass worked in
the athletic department for her four
years at Cedar Crest, and she also
worked hours over the summer for
the athletic office. Serfass plans to
complete the Masters in education
program here at Cedar Crest.
When Serfass was asked how it
felt to receive the award, she
responded by saying, "It is a very big
honor. I did not realize it was so big
of a deal. I was surprised to be chosen
out of all the student workers at
Cedar Crest." It was a bit of an emotional time after receiving the award
for Serfass as she reflected on her
working in the athletic department,
growing close to McCloskey, and her
softball career. The award included a
plaque with Serfass' name on it, a certificate, and a savings bond.
Jorie Graham
continued | page
important for poets to work
through their poems rather than
trying to work around them.
Senior English major and
psychology minor Amanda
Skelton said that Graham’s
poems have a real sense of place.
Normandy by her words and
description,” Skelton said.
Fleming agreed. “The way she
read brought out the emotions in
her work,” Fleming said.
“I thought the reading itself
was great,” Skelton said. “Jorie
Graham uses very long lines in
her poetry which I do not typically do or enjoy, but I found myself
loving the lines. She told us that
in her earlier writing, she used to
write much shorter lines. So, I
was inspired to write or try a
poem with longer lines,” Skelton
Communications major Stacey
Frank agreed that Graham’s
poems were not what she is used
to reading. “I did not agree with
all topics,” Frank said. “I enjoyed
the way she read poems. I learned
a lot from the reading.”
Graham said that she feels
like the country is in a state of
panic and often writes in the
dark. When the sun comes up,
she said, she realizes that she has
written line on top of line and
cannot read her poems.
Linda Misiura | Photo Editor
Poet Jorie Graham with Rebecca Pancoast, CCC poetry prize winner.
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CCC computer programming team takes second place
Norm Lippincott
Crestiad Special
Cedar Crest has been competing at two
competitions per year for the past five years.
Some semesters we have taken two teams. This
semester we took only one. Teams consist of
three students per team. I serve as "coach" for
the team, which makes me the contact point at
the contest for the contest officials, and the one
who prepares them for the competition. I cannot have contact with the team during the competition,” said Lippincott.
The fall competition we attend is the
ACM International Collegiate Programming
Contest. (ACM is the Association for
Computing Machinery). We attend the MidAtlantic regional competition which consists
of about 150 schools extending from North
Carolina to Pennsylvania. I believe my teams
have finished in the top half in that contest
twice, and all but once have always finished in
the top 100. It is a big competition held simultaneously at 5 to 7 sites (depending on the
year). This event includes some powerhouse
schools including Virginia Tech, North
Carolina, Duke, and Drexel to name just a few.
The spring competition is a small contest
that is locally organized. I met Prof. Grant
Braught of Dickinson at an ACM contest five
years ago (the first one I attended). He had the
idea of organizing a local contest, and I told
him I would bring one or two teams, which I
did that following spring. It has been an annual event since. One of the purposes of these
small competitions is to give students more
competition experience. To my recollection,
Dickinson, Messiah, Lebanon Valley,
Shippensburg, and Cedar Crest have attended
this contest every year it was held. There have
always been two or three other schools each
year as well.
This year was Cedar Crest's best finish in
this event - 2nd place. Two years Cedar Crest
had its best finish to that time - 4th. Our first
year attending, with two teams, we finished
12th and 13th out of 14.
An interesting thing about these contests
is that they are largely male dominated (as is
the computer science field). There are very few
female competitors, and an all-female team is
quite rare. At this contest there were 12 teams,
36 competitors. There were only 6 women
competing, half of which were the Cedar Crest
team. This is typical of the number of women
competing at these contests.
The three members of this year's team are
all seniors. Vanessa has competed in two contests prior to this one. Marjorie and Heather
have competed in probably three or four each
(prior to this one). They are all very good programmers, and have really matured in the way
they approach these competitions. Younger
teams will tend to work together on one problem at a time - sort of like working as one.
These three have reach a point where the know
their individual strengths, and trust the others
on the team to apply their individual strengths.
As such, they will break out parts of problems,
or entire problems, and work on them individually. Then, come together to complete the
problem. They are doing some of the work in
parallel, which I think you really need to do to
be successful in these competitions.
When the students compete, they use one
single workstation. They are allowed to bring
Courtesy of Norm Lippincott
On Saturday, April 16, the Cedar Crest College computer programming team competed in the Spring
Programming Contest at Dickinson College. The Cedar Crest team finished in second place. Twelve teams
from seven schools participated in the competition. For the past five years, Cedar Crest has participated in two
competitions per year, with this being the best finish in the team's history.
Team members were Marjorie Cloak, Heather Cook, and Vanessa Villaverde.
In the contest, the teams were presented with a set of six problems of varying difficulty. The team solving the most problems during the four-hour contest wins. The Cedar Crest team correctly solved four of the
six problems, as did the winner, Lebanon Valley College. The total time taken for each problem is used as a
tie-breaker. Third place went to Hood College with best time to solve three problems.
Other schools competing were Dickinson College, Messiah College, Penn State Harrisburg, and
Shippensburg University.
printed reference material, but no electronic
resources. Problems must be solved by writing
computer programs. They may program in one
of three programming languages: C, C++, or
Java. The Cedar Crest team programs in C++.
The team practices every Friday in Curtis
101, The Networking Lab. This room is
equipped with Linux workstations, which is
the operating environment in which they compete.
Take Back the Night
continued | page 1
Generally being fearful of them did not
place you out of character and the support
from the guest speakers, the students and the
faculty was overwhelming. Being a victim of
domestic violence is nothing to be ashamed
about, but knowing how to protect yourself
and being informed on what to do if you are
attacked are some of the first steps in accepting the fact that violence is out there and it
always will be. This event was a small step
towards worldwide prevention and eradication
of something that should know longer instill
fear in the lives of all women.
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Sacred artifact returns home
Cara Nicholl
Staff Writer
April 18th, 2005, marked an auspicious
day in history for the people of Ethiopia. For
almost 70 years, they have been waiting for
the return of a sacred 1,700 year old obelisk
looted by Mussolini’s troops in 1937. Until
2003, the obelisk stood in the center of Rome,
however, bit by bit, it’s being returned to
Ethiopia. The return of this 80-foot structure
marks not only a return of Ethiopia’s architectural history, but it also signifies a deeper
meaning. Archeologist Teckle Hargos told The
Associated Press, “The obelisk is a symbol of
pride, of civilization and part of the Ethiopian
identity. People outside of Ethiopian often
think of famine, of war, of drought and don't
realize the wealth of heritage that this country
does have.”
Wealth of heritage is indeed correct. The
obelisk was constructed around 1000 B.C. by
the Axumite Kingdom, and although it originally crumbled due to a Muslim rebellion, it
was repaired when metal rods were inserted
into its concrete once brought to Rome. It was
disassembled once again to transport it by
plane back to Ethiopia (the mid-section of the
obelisk was transported first, and the top and
bottom will follow in the next few days).
Ethiopian Abebe Alenayehu, 81, who
watched the Romans confiscate the obelisk so
many years ago, commented to the Associated
Press news agency, "The memory still leaves a
bitter taste in my mouth. Every day for the last
67 years I have thought about the obelisk."
The Ethiopian minister of state for information, Nesanet Asfaw commented, "We have
waited too long for this day."
Does the return of the obelisk pave the
way for other countries to return artifacts they
looted? Britain doesn’t think so; recently, they
denied requests from Greece for the return of
their Elgin Marbles, fragments of Athens'
Parthenon temple that were stolen in the early
19th century. Perhaps though, the growing
sentiment for returned national treasures will
convince Britain to have a change of heart.
The sentiment against looting has spurred
many ethical questions, some even stemming
from a shipwreck two miles under the sea.
Since the discovery of the wreck in 1985, people’s fascination with the Titanic’s wreck has
spawned many expeditions, some that go
down with the specific purposes of retrieving
artifacts some argue should just remain at the
bottom of the ocean forever. Is it okay to take
artifacts from a shipwreck, to take from the
dead? Is it okay to take a religious artifact
from a warring country? Is it okay to take over
a weaker country for a stronger country’s
gain? And where should we draw the line?
Perhaps with the return of this obelisk
and the creation of a UN committee that looks
to return looted treasures to their original
countries, a new era can be spurred, piecing
back countries missing a part of their heritage.
And maybe, just maybe, the sacredness of different artifacts and their meaning to the deep
history and heritage of the country will finally
be recognized.
Linda Misiura | Photo Editor
Students march around the campus in a silent vigil with lit candles.
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 10
Going places with Cedar Crest clubs
This spring, several clubs attended conventions or conferences
specializing in their interests. Here are just a few highlights.
Courtesy of Linda Misiura
Courtesy of Missy Sturtevant
Ness Johnson and Missy Sturtevant during a presentation called “Pans and Trans go
Hand in Hand,” a workshop that covers more recent terms that are brought up in the
queer culture like genderqueer (an individual whose gender identification does not
reflect the socially acceptable polarized system) and pansexual (capable of being
attracted to all, or many genders).
Who: sixteen members of The Crestiad staff
What: Spring National College Media Convention
Where: The Roosevelt Hotel, NYC
When: March 17-19
The CMA convention is the largest spring meeting for college journalists in the
world and included 200 educational programs including keynote addresses, breakout
sessions, discussions, critiques and media tours.
Who: Members of OutThere: Kristen Strasnick, Jess Balk-Huffines, Natalie
Hadjiloukas, Amanda Muffley, Ness Johnson, and Sierra DeMulder
What: The True Colors Conference, the largest queer youth conference in the nation.
Where: Central Connecticut State University
When: March 18-19
Courtesy of Kristen Kuloy
Who: Dance company members and other students involved in the dance program
What: ACDFA is an annual festival divided into regions. CCC is part of the
Northeast Division and attended the festival with schools such as Point Park,
Slippery Rock, Wagner, Hofstra, SUNY Brockport and SUNY Buffalo.
Where: SUNY Buffalo (the festival is held at a different school each year)
Courtesy of Nicole Kollar
Who: four members of the Student Nurses Association: Nicole Kollar, Tiffanie Kulp,
Alissa Ardelean and Mariana Bodalita and two faculty advisors: Sandra Leh and
Sharon Statue
What: The National Student Nurses Association Convention
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
When: April 6-10
This year the Convention theme, “Breaking the Mold: Breakthrough to Nursing,”
commemorates the 40th anniversary of NSNA 's Breakthrough to Nursing project.
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 11
Washburne, Alumnae ring scholarships awarded
Lisa Stewart
Co-Copy Editor
Last year, the Cedar Crest
College Alumnae Association began
awarding one ring scholarship to a
deserving candidate. The Connie
Lisa Stewart | Copy Editor
Lauren Galbreath, winner of the the second annual Connie Parkes Washburne
Ring Award.
Parkes Washburne Ring Award covers the entire cost of any style Cedar
Crest College Ring that the winner
chooses. This year, the Alumnae
Association awarded two scholarships, one Connie Parkes Washburne
Ring Award and one specially funded alumnae ring award, sponsored
by Stephanie Zimmerer ’72.
The first ever specially funded
alumnae award was awarded to
Becky Cornelious, a social work
major who expects to graduate in
2006. Cornelious, a single parent
with a full time job, described in her
application how she coordinated a
fundraiser for Thanksgiving baskets
to be sent to soldiers in her army
According to Susan Seccombe
Cox, Executive Director of Alumnae
Affairs, the ring scholarship began
last year in response to the drop in
the number of students purchasing
rings and participating in the Junior
Ring Ceremony. The Alumnae
Association was “saddened by the
number of students purchasing the
Cedar Crest rings,” and wanted to
provide them to those students that
desired to be involved in the tradition. Cox also hopes that there will
be two awards given next year, in
hopes that other alumnae like
Zimmerer will want to fund a ring
The second annual Connie
Parkes Washburne Ring Award was
given to sophomore elementary education major, Lauren Galbreath.
Galbreath found out about the ring
scholarship from flyers posted
around the residence halls and on
campus. According to Galbreath,
who is originally from Dover,
Delaware, the financial strain of trying to purchase the ring in her junior
year combined with finances for
school contributed to her applying
for the scholarship.
The application required that
the candidates supply a list of activities in the community and at Cedar
Crest, a short paragraph describing
what characteristics they have in
common with Connie Parkes
Washburne, what Cedar Crest
College and the ring mean to them,
and finally, what makes them the
best candidate for the Washburne
Ring Award. The application supplied information about Washburne
to allow the candidates to get to
know the person who would be giving such an important gift to one of
The application, due February
15, included a short paragraph about
Connie Parkes Washburne that
described her personality and values,
stating that she “was that unique
woman who lit up a room when she
entered… she questioned authority,
even when she was a member of the
team in charge.” The application
also described how Washburne
“grew older, thoughtful, smart and
dedicated to Cedar Crest, to
women’s rights, and women’s education. She loved her family, her
friends, her family’s friends, and her
friends’ friends. She was an active
and generous alumna and a tribute to
her alma mater and those who knew
and loved her.” Galbreath wrote
about how she plans to “donate
money to our school and Ring
Ceremony” when she graduates,
much like Washburne has done.
Cox, who personally called
Galbreath to tell her that she was
chosen for the award, also helped the
recipients make contact with Cyndi
Taubler, the Alumnae Affairs administrator, in order to choose all of the
details for their rings. Galbreath
received the news of her award via
her cell phone while she was in a history class and expressed her joy in
being able to participate in such a
great tradition, but also added that
she was “glad the phone was on
More information on Ring
Ceremony and ordering Cedar Crest
rings can be found by contacting the
Alumnae Affairs office at 610-6064666, ext. 4609.
Home for the summer:
Survive the transition and moving day
Jessica Smith
Staff Writer
It’s that time again! It is time to
pack up our stuff and move ourselves home for the summer. While
looking forward to lazy days on the
beach or summer jobs, we will miss
our friends and neighbors here at
Although we have worked hard
and stressed over exams and papers,
we will miss those who have shared
the experience with us. We will say
goodbye these close friends for the
This transition is often hard
because we have changed as people
and we will be moving back into an
atmosphere that remains unchanged:
The first step to moving back is
collecting our belongings. It would
be a good idea to start about two to
three weeks before moving day.
Start packing your winter clothes
and stuff you will not be using in the
last few weeks. At least start collecting boxes or bags in which you will
use to carry your clothes and such.
Saying goodbye to your friends
would have to be the next step. For
most of us, we will see each other
come next August. Some of us are
going on to better lives in the real
world of day jobs. Make a point to
exchange numbers, addresses, and
email addresses if you have not
already done so. This helps you to
reach closure if you are graduating,
and it gives you a sense of fulfillment to move on to the next step in
your life.
For those of us who have at
least one more year here left, we
will be moving home for just three
months. This transition can be hard
on family back home, especially siblings. If you have small brothers and
sisters, it has taken them all year to
become accustomed to not having
you around to follow.
To prepare them for your move
back, call them a few times before
you move home. Include them in
your move and talk about any plans
you will make with each other. Be
sure to make time for them. They
may have felt left out by you leaving
Corinne Tartaglia | Crestiad Special
Are you ready to leave yet? Start packing early; it might be a good idea to start
two to three weeks before moving day. Incorportating your family into moving
plans can ease stress.
for so long, so take strides to spend
time with them over the summer.
Your parents may have felt sad,
happy, or a little of both when you
went off to college. Their baby is off
on her own for a bit, yet she is coming back for the summer. Talk to
your parents before the move home.
Do not believe that you will move
back and life at home will be as it
was before you left. You are an adult
and your parents need to treat you
that way.
Start by suggesting any work
you may do around the house or any
responsibilities you can take on to
help them a little. Make plans with
your parents to spend much needed
time with them so they can get to
know you again.
The last step, and sometimes
the most complicated, is reconnecting with your old friends from back
home. You may have kept in touch
with them, but your relationship is
not what it used to be back in high
school. You may have evolved into
different people with different
Keep in mind that your friends
have not been included in your life
and do not know of the experiences
you have gone through the past nine
months. Make time for them, but
give them space. Tell them of your
year and listen to what they have to
say as well.
If you go back home and your
friends are not at all what you
remember, or they are exactly the
same and you feel that there is no
friendship left to keep, think of your
new friends. Friends are people who
stick together through the best and
the worst. Do not be afraid to admit
how you feel, but do not think that
you have changed so much that you
can forget your past.
Moving home can be fun and
exciting. It can also be lonely and
depressing. Make sure you keep
yourself busy during the summer.
Get a part-time job or help out
around the house. Do not try to go
back to the person that you were
when you left. Include your family
and friends into the new you. School
may be your home away from home,
yet there is no place like your true
Linda Misiura | Photo Editor
Are you a “cookie monster”? Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster will now be teaching
kids that cookies are a sometimes food, not an everyday snack.
Cookie Monster combats
child obesity
(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON Sesame Street’s infamous Cookie
Monster is eating fewer cookies,
and his Internet home page now features a "healthy habits" section, picturing the familiar blue, furry monster eating -- an apple? Yes, Sesame
Street rang in its 36th season last
week, featuring a segment for its
new health initiative at the beginning of each episode.
Due to the rising child obesity
rates in America, Cookie Monster
has decided to lay off the cookies
for a bit. He's not going on a diet,
per se, but he is advocating a healthier eating style. His new song,
replacing the favorite "C is for
cookie, that's good enough for me,"
teaches that "a cookie is a sometimes food."
In keeping with the new theme,
each episode now opens with a
health tip. New characters, such as
talking fruits and vegetables, will
make their debut to entice children
to a new healthy lifestyle.
"The preschool years are a crucial time in children's lives to foster
healthy habits. Recent data reflect
both the immediate and long-term
consequences of poor dietary
behaviors," said a recent press
release from the Sesame Workshop
Cookie Monster is the leading
man behind this new initiative and
is transitioning to a healthier, more
well-balanced diet. But don't worry,
he's not giving up his cookies altogether.
"We are not putting him on a
diet," Rosemarie Truglio, the show's
vice president of research and education, told the AP. "We're teaching
him moderation."
Cookie's new eating plan will
include fruits and vegetables, but
also "healthier" cookies that stray
from his standard chocolate chip.
Other aspects of the "Healthy habits
for life" include staying in shape
with "Grovercise" and lessons on
personal hygiene and getting a good
night's sleep.
Politicians have recognized the
importance of this initiative. More
than a dozen U.S. senators taped
public service messages with
Sesame Street characters Elmo and
Rosita, with topics including nutrition, to fitness and personal
hygiene. Participants include such
high-profile politicians as Hillary
Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Bill Frist
(R-TN) and Christopher Dodd (DCT). In fact, a recent episode featured Frist jumping up and down
with Elmo in a lesson on exercise,
and Clinton discussing the tastes
and textures of different foods.
"These messages unite the
trusted characters of Sesame Street
with the respected voices of more
than a dozen members of Congress.
I'm confident that our message of
embracing healthy habits for life
will resonate with children and
adults alike," said Sesame
Workshop President and CEO Gary
Knell in a recent press release.
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 12
Fun in the sun or your local tanning salon
One step away from a brighter hue and a new you!
Ashanti Davenport
Staff Writer
Tanning is a craze among teens and
young adults as not only a summer fetish,
but a year round fad. Celebrities are showing
their bronzed skin all over the red carpet as
well as at other formal events.
White ghostly skin is out and the
bronze tanned look is in. Patrice Hyde, MD
said, “In the 19th century and earlier, being
as pale as possible was desirable in certain
countries, particularly the United States and
some European nations.”
If an individual was tan, that meant they
were laborers working in the sun all day. The
rich would be distinguished by their pale
white faces. In some cases they would apply
white powder to make themselves look even
This pale phase of history changed in
about the 1920’s in the U.S. when the
famous designer Coco Chanel came home
from a summer trip to the French Riviera,
bringing back a little color in her skin. The
tan craze rocketed in the fashion industry,
and bright white powdered faces disappeared. Women finally came out of their
houses to enjoy the sun and attempt sunbathing, which is perhaps why the swim
suits for women changed in shape and
Some may wonder how the body tans.
When your body is exposed to any UV radiation it produces melanocytes; these cells
give the skin a brown pigment. Melanocytes
make more melanin to protect your skin (the
largest organ of the body) from the sun.
Depending on the amount of melanin your
skin produces, skin is lighter or darker. The
amount of melanin in our skin can be affected not only by tanning, but through ethnic
background or race.
There are six different skin types and
knowing your skin type and how long you
can safely be exposed is the key to a healthy
tan. Eye wear is also a necessity for a safe
tan and can be purchased at most salons,
some even offer disposables.
The trend of indoor tanning finally
came around in the 1970’s. Today it is estimated that there are 20-40 thousand tanning
salons listed in the yellow pages. Around 22
million Americans tan in a tanning salon
every year. “I first decided to go tanning
because I work for a special needs camp,
which is outside throughout the whole summer,” said Cedar Crest sophomore Krystina
Cassidy. “Usually I get really sunburned the
first two weeks that we are there, so I just
decided to get a base tan, so this wouldn’t
happen this year.”
Many of the salon tanners said they
feel more attractive when they are tan. “I
definitely like having some color before the
summer months,” said Cedar Crest senior
Iva Tchomakova. “Indoor tanning definitely
provides a good base color for your skin
color for when you go out tanning during the
warmer months.”
Tanning indoors is also sometimes recommended by doctors, as was the case with
Cedar Crest junior Magdalena Pritz. Her
doctor recommended she boost up her vitamin D levels by attending several indoor tanning sessions. This proved as a good idea,
because it boosted Pritz’s spirits as well as
helped her out with her medical problem.
“Tanning makes me happy. I like the feeling
of warmth and the sun that’s not present during the winter,” said Pritz. “It just makes me
feel better all over.”
There are many great tanning salons
around the area; one is Oasis Sun Spa in the
King’s plaza.
An individual session can run from $5$8 dollars depending on the bed. Packages
for tanning are usually around $50, and
sometimes less for a whole month. If you’ve
never gone tanning before, give it a try! It is
invigorating and relaxing and makes your
body look even more ready for the summer
bikini months around the corner.
Iva Tchomakova| Lifestyles editor
A typical tanning bed allows you to lay and enjoy the rays.
Best picks for your sunkissed...
or self induced tan
Gillian Maffeo
Staff Writer
Yes, it’s that time of year again. The sun
is at its peak and your social life is kicking
back up again with barbeques, parties, and
night life.
This time of year, everybody is trying to
get that “perfect” golden bronzed tan; if
you’re not into the fake-and-bake tanning
booth deal, then try a tan in bottle!
So here’s the deal, you want that nice
tan and don’t know what products to get.
Well, take notes because detailed below are
ten superb self-tanners to keep your look hot
and get that tan without spending a lot of
cash. Keep in mind that before you apply any
self tanner, always make sure to exfoliate!
Bibo’s skin care line makes a great self
tanner called Life’s a Beach, for those with
medium to dark skin color. It’s a pomegranate sunless tanner for your face and body. It
will allow you to get a golden glow anytime
very quickly. It’s also oil free and has a hint
of shimmer. Another plus to this awesome
self tanner is that when you apply it, it comes
out dark so you can see if you missed any
Ban de Soleil makes a product called
Streakguard Self Tanning CrГЁme. It comes in
several shades and prevents streaking
because the company claims, “It’s vanishing
tint shows where it goes.” This crème lasts
for about 5-7 days, looks natural, and the tint
really helps to express that bronzed look.
This self tanner works great and is only
Benefit’s Aruba in a Tuba is a self tanner cream that you can find at Sephora or any
department store. It contains a walnut and
cedar wood extract that gives a gorgeous
golden tone and each application deepens the
This cream gives you the look of a
Malibu Barbie (if that is what you’re aiming
for!) and is excellent for deepening your skin
color. Aruba in a Tuba is a little bit more
expensive at $24, but it’s worth it.
Neutrogena Sunless Tanning Foam is a
light, non sticky foam that applies evenly and
easily. This self tanner provides a completely natural looking tan and it fades like a real
tan. It’s very moisturizing, yet oil free. It
glides on smoothly, dries quickly (less than
five minutes!) and has a fresh, light fragrance
that is long lasting.
Neutrogena Sunless Tanning Spray is a
liquid self tanner with a fast drying formula
that dries in less than five minutes, just like
the foam. It works with most skin tones to
Gillian Maffeo | Staff Writer
Pharmacies and your local Wal-Mart have a wide selection of tanning products easily available and readily
give you that golden, natural color that isn’t
orange or streaky. The spray can be applied
at any angle to help reach tough spots.
Coppertone Endless Summer Sunless
Tanning lotion brings out a good bronze on
any type of skin color. It’s a dual-chambered
lotion that blends a tanning protein accelerator and an Alpha Hydroxy lotion to guarantee that you are left with a deep and natural
color. It comes in multiple shades at only
$10.99 a bottle, but beware of staining your
clothes with it, because it’s hard to come out!
LancГґme Flash Bronzer Self Tanning
Body Spray is a liquid self tanner that creates a rapid and streakless tan. But it takes an
hour for the color to show, even with sun
exposure. It contains 100% Botanically Pure
Vitamin E, delivered by a patented
Nanocapsule technology that defends
against environmental causes of early skin
aging. It also has a gentle hydroxy acid that
makes the tan even with a totally natural
color result.
Au Courant Sunless Tanning Spray is a
liquid that creates a 100% even and natural
toned tan. It is also offered in many shades.
If you use this product with a lotion before
applying it, the color will deepen even more.
It smells good, doesn’t streak, and doesn’t
give you that bad brown or orangy color.
No-Ad Sunless Tanning Lotion allows
you to get a golden tan a couple of hours after
application. You don’t need to spend time in
the sun with the self tanner either. It absorbs
so quickly that you can even put your clothes
on right after use.
No-Ad is a convenient gel and lotion
formula that is cheap and will give you a
great look.
Banana Boat Sunless Tanning CrГЁme
with Color Indicator is $6.99 and Banana
Boat has taken all the work out of this self
tanner and making it easy to apply the crГЁme
without getting streaks or blotches. It contains a mild henna, which when applied
gives the skin a light brown color.
This makes it easy to tell if you have
applied it correctly on your body. A few minutes later, the brown color fades and you are
left with a new bronzed tan that shines right
Next time you’re going to a formal,
party, social, or just hanging out, and want
that nice tan but don’t have enough time to go
tanning, check out these ten products that
will make your life a little easier and make
you look gorgeous and bronzed for the summer!
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 13
Slam Jam makes Cedar Crest “howl”
Kristian Parchinski
Staff Writer
This series of original works put together by Cedar Crest students made the audience
want to read and write poetry, stand up and
sing, or get up and dance. Some listeners
were not poets; some were just people who
like to listen to poetry recited, and some only
came out to see their children or friends perform. Whether they came for the singing,
dancing, or poetry, this first ever Slam Jam
was all together moving, educational and
exciting for everyone.
Arranged and directed by Linda Baas,
and choreographed by Ellen Doyle, the performance honored National Poetry Month in
a diverse Cedar Crest way.
The show opened up with the Slam Jam
Dance Ensemble performing hip-hop choreography, and dancing to Body Movin’. The
Dance Ensemble included: Devon Caraballo,
Fernando Quinones, Tesha Olivas, Dawn
Sadler and Angela Romano. This group of
talented dancers made audience members
want to get up and move around to the hiphop techno style dancing.
Even the songs that Sound Design
Technician, Julianna Van Harskamp, selected
for for when the play started, at intermission,
and post show, were songs that you hear
everyday on the radio, making it a comfortable atmosphere.
Even the everyday street clothes set the
mood for a casual setting, along with the
urban-like brick wall backdrop and chain link
fenced stage set. Bongo drums and strums of
the guitar were also played during the show,
which had the entire audience feeling
Act One consisted of two parts called
“Individuality” and “Frustration and Anger.”
These specific parts of the play portrayed the
ensemble’s personal feelings on different topics such as poetry, racism, immaturity, trust,
politics and how they see themselves, as well
as others. Cedar Crest students Karen Babson
and Sierra DeMulder performed to Taylor
Mali’s How to Write a Political Poem, and
held the entire audience’s attention through
the back and forth recitation.
The Entre Act consisted of the
Photo courtesy of Roxanne Amico
Poets, performers, dancers and comedians on the set of Slam/Jam: Wanna Hear a Poem?
Earthquakes Step Team. It was now their
turn to do a little “body movin’,” with their
in sync stomps and claps. Then, it was time
for “Life Observations with Mel, Jaime and
Leni,” for some comedic relief. Alyssa
Bedard, freshman, said, “I’ve never laughed
so hard in my life!”
Seniors Melissa Donigan and Jaime
Karpovich spoke about menopause and
depression, acting as two old friends from
fat camp, in a comedic, entertaining fashion.
Leni Johnson had her own skit using a very
humorous video she made on her personal
discovery of discrimination from an
African-American’s perspective.
Act Two consisted of two parts, the first
being “Love and Lust.” The ensembles emotions poured out during these two very moving sequences. There was heartbreak, feel-
ings of betrayal, wishes, hopes, and of
course, love and lust. Vanessa Taylor
Johnson sang along with her guitar to a piece
she had written herself, called Your Love.
The second part, “Alienation and
Unification,” showcased feelings and views
of being alone in the world, but also not
being the only person who feels that way. It
helped others feel more unified in their
thoughts and beliefs. Music was also a main
factor of this scene, and Yet Still I Rise, performed by Ana-Kay Rhoden, surprised many
as her strong voice and amazing talent
emerged through this beautiful song written
by Yolanda Adams.
This year’s theme was Howl, an original poem written by Allen Ginsberg.
Freshman Julianne Winters said, “I liked
how they used Howl as the overall theme of
the show. It did a good job encompassing the
entire work.”
Even Cedar Crest faculty members were
excited. Michael Donovan, chair of both
Business and Math Departments, said, “All
day long they [students] listen to us, and it’s
amazing to hear what they have to say. If you
miss it, you will miss something that defines
what we do here. Dance, poetry, raw, gritty,
and yet uplifting. At times hilarious.
Beautiful singing.”
Performances took place on April 14, 15
and 16 at 8:00 p.m., and April 17 at 2:00 p.m.
If you missed Slam Jam: Wanna hear a
Poem? this year, don’t fret; you may catch it
next year. Hopefully, Slam Jam will become a
Cedar Crest tradition for National Poetry
International Corner: Study Abroad Programs
Christa Hagan
Guest Writer
When thinking of school, many imagine leaves crunching underneath sneakers,
back packs and the droning voices of teachers and professors. However some may
have gorgeous images of Crete and Big Ben
towering over them or a new and foreign
language flooding their ears.
Study abroad has become more and
more popular option to discover a culture
and country through learning. Often, colleges have some sort of program which
allows their students to travel to other countries to study, learn and experience education in a way they never would have been
able to do while sitting in their regular classroom.
Two Cedar Crest students, Iva
Tchomakova and Emily Pulham are among
the many who are jumping on the foreign
learner’s band wagon. Tchomakova is senior communications major who had the
opportunity to study in Greece over the summer between her sophomore and junior
years. The month she spent there she
described as “amazing.” When in Greece
she took economics, conflict management,
Tchomakova said that it was completely
possible to take those courses here, but taking them in Greece offered her something
completely different. “In Greece, most of
Iva Tchomakova| Lifestyles Editor
The Greek Island of Crete, famous for its myths, legends and hospitable folks
my professors were pretty conservative,
which was an interesting contrast to the
fairly liberal professors we have here.” She
commented that having the difference
allowed her to see a new point of view and
introduced her to different ideas. When
asked what her favorite thing about her
study abroad experience, a smile spread
over her face and an affirmed answer of
“experiencing a different culture in an
atmosphere of young people all on their
own” escaped her lips. The whole experience was different, sunshine all the time, no
rain, a beautiful island with plenty to do and
a different language. When speaking about
the language, Tchomakova said that most
people there spoke English, but some
“either refused to speak it or they could not
speak it.”
Being the people person Tchomakova
is, she met and hung out with a lot of different people. Keeping in contact with friends
can be difficult but she said that it is easier
for her when she returns to her home in
Bulgaria. Tchomakova strongly recommended studying abroad on the basis that it
gives students a chance to meet a lot of new
people and to be in new situations they
would never be in. In her case, there were
also several merit based scholarships avail-
Pulham is a freshman who just transferred to Cedar Crest in January. She left
her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania
to study in England for two months before
returning back and enrolling at Cedar Crest.
Her father is from London, so England was
not a strange land to Pulham, who often
vacationed there. She describes it as her
“favorite place in the world.” Originally,
she chose to go to London over a school in
the States, because after spending all her
life wanting to live there she figured just
graduating from high school, embarking on
a journey of higher education was the perfect time. She knew she wanted to study
art, and there was a huge difference
between the school she studied at in
England and most art schools in the United
While she would normally have to
undertake art along with math, science and
English, in England this was not the case.
From nine o’clock in the morning until four
she studied art. She said that was different
because instead of being the treat of her day
as it is here, it ends up being her entire day.
When asked if it was difficult to come back
here, she admitted that it was, and that she
missed her friends in England horribly.
When asked about language differences
Pulham laughs. Tchomakova had a slight
barrier at the times, but for Pulham it was
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 14
First CCC IronWoman competition a success
Corinne Tartaglia
IronWoman individual winners Angela Vialotti (third place, 20:22); Renee Crane (second place, 19:53) and Katie
Brown (first place, 18:10).
Corinne Tartaglia
Steph Nowartowski cheers on her Bio Babes teammate Teresa Yax.
Jennifer Woytach | Sports Editor
Corinne Tartaglia
Individual racers Todd Greb and Lauren Stewart bike three miles in the Fitness Center.
Colleen Ford kept track of times throughout the evening.
Corinne Tartaglia
Steph Nowartowski
swam the 150
meters in the
Rodale Aquatic
Center for fourth
place team finishers, the Bio Babes.
Nowatarski, like all
of the other competitors, had been
training for her part
of the triathlon for
the past several
Brett Rackoff (our highest-finishing
male and reigning IronMan)
Todd Greb
Lynn Faryniak
Lauren Stewart
Dr. Carol Pulham
Winners in the team catagory
1. The Killers (Ziegler, Stefani,
Skinner) 14:02
2. Chem Femmes (Landou, Ellery,
Mohr) 16:08
3. Team Tri It (Rowlands, Bechtel,
Donohue) 17:12
Finishing teams
Bio Babes (Nowartowski, Yax,
Swing Kids (Scannavino, Teodecki,
Golden Apples (Kulakowski, Saul, D.
Procrastinators (Wiragh, Howanitz,
Dynamic Trio (Laffey, Hall, Shaffer)
Iron Maidens (Goss, Hashagen,
Falcons results through April 25
4/16 v. Eastern*
18-3 L
4/15 v. Marywood (DH)*
23-11, 6-3 LL
4/18 v. Immaculata*
18-9 W
4/20 v. Arcadia*
17-16 W
4/16 v. Immaculata (DH)*
8-2, 1-9 LW
4/20 v. Chestnut Hill
20-5 W
4/22 v. Cabrini (DH)*
8-0, 8-0 LL
4/25 v. Alvernia (DH)*
8-7, 7-0 LL
*indicates PAC contest
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Lacrosse wraps up season with exhilarating win
Linda Misiura
Photo Editor
In a season full of ups and
downs, the Falcons lacrosse team
ended on a high note winning the last
game of the season against Arcadia.
“It was the most amazing game—not
only because we won, but because
we played intensely as a team,” said
Melissa Gasparovic. She wasn’t the
only one who felt the exhilaration on
the field that day. Senior Bri O’Neill
said her favorite moment of the season was “scoring the game winning
goal in the last game against
Arcadia. Our whole team worked so
hard this season, it was great to go
out with a big win like that.”
The game was full of excitement to the very end, when the
scoreboard stopped working. “All of
the coaches and fans were screaming
different times and scores, so we
really had no idea,” said senior
Courtney Lomax. “When we realized the score was tied, we just
brought it together as a team. We
wanted to win…we needed to win.”
Lomax, who will be graduating in
May, has played for the Falcons for
the past four seasons, and felt pride
for her team after the game. “I know
this sounds weird, but I could feel
my heart soar. I was so proud of us. I
was proud to walk off as a member
of Falcon lacrosse.”
At the team wrap up on
Monday, Coach Kelly McCloskey
thanked the girls for all of their hard
work and dedication in the past season, encouraging them all to play
again next year. “This was probably
my favorite season,” McCloskey
said. “We should have won some
games that we didn’t, but it was
enjoyable and each and every one of
you contributed something to the
team. That’s what matters.”
Offensive player Kirsten Gustafson
agreed with McCloskey on one
point: “It was just a great season
whether we won or lost,” Gustafson
Another high point of the season was the game against Chestnut
Hill. “Our offense was literally
unstoppable,” said O’Neill. “It was
so fun when everything we had been
practicing finally came together.”
There will be four seniors leaving the team this year, girls who
played key positions and held the
team together: Courtney Lomax, Bri
O’Neill, Rachel Lightfoot, and
Corinne Campbell. They all agree
that they will definitely miss being a
part of the team next year. “I couldn't have asked for a better group of
girls to share my last season with,”
said Lightfoot. Lomax agreed,
although she admits there are things
she won’t miss: “Can’t say I’ll miss
6 a.m. practice too much, or Kelly
saying �get on the end line and put
your sticks down.”
Linda Misiura | Photo Editor
Seniors Courtney Lomax, Bri O’Neill, Corinne Campbell, and Rachel Lightfoot share a hug in front of the goal.
But though the seniors will be
leaving, both Lomax and O’Neill
plan on coming back to see some
games next spring.
Softball looks forward to strong team next year
Andrea Zajac
Staff Writer
This week the Cedar Crest
Softball team officially ended their
season, but will have a lot to look
forward to for next year.
The season started with a very
positive outlook, and even though
they had to face some hardships they
still managed to hang on to that attitude. Some of the not so pleasant
things the Falcons had to deal with
were not having a home field and
filling a vacant pitching position.
The expectations of the season may
not have played out like the softball
team would have liked, but they still
stuck together as a team. Sometimes
that is more important than a winning record.
“The team did well with the
various circumstances we had to deal
with this season. It was a tough season overall, but I believe we did as
well as we could with the current situation we were in,” Jess Serfass,
Senior Softball Captain, said. “We
definitely have come together as
teammates and more so friends.”
Forging friendships wasn’t the
only highlight of the season for the
Falcons. “I think the best moment
was against Misericordia when we
went ahead of them in the first
inning. We ended up playing probably the best game of the season
against them,” Stef Harrington,
Junior Softball Captain, said.
“Another would have been the
comeback from 10 runs down in the
first against St. Elizabeth’s.”
The best moments of the season
stand out for the players, but that
doesn’t mean things could have gone
differently for the Falcons. In softball, the leading position is a pitcher
something the team had a tough time
with, not to mention the field situation. “I wish we had more experience at the pitching position,”
Harrington said. “We had three first
time pitchers out there and they did
the best they could.”
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By now, everyone should be
aware that the softball field wasn’t
ready for the team this year, but this
was something that hit even harder
for the players themselves. “The
field problem made our season a little more hectic than it usually is so
by having a stable home field would
have made everyone feel a little
more at home,” Serfass said.
However many ups and downs
the Falcons faced, this season it isn’t
over yet. Next year presents a new
opportunity for the softball team to
take a whack at it again. It is just
another chance for them to bring
their high expectations to the plate.
“Next year I look forward to the
incoming pitchers and the maturing
of the young team that we had this
year,” Harrington said. “With only
two graduating seniors this year we
keep the core of the team. Combined
with a new field and new players,
next year should be a great competitive season. I can’t wait!”
Linda Misiura | Photo Editor
Softball seniors Megan Kees and Jess Serfass.
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The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 16
Senior Art
Brittany Wolverton and Lisa Stewart
Now through May 14, this exhibition, which features our very own
classmates, is open in
Tompkins Gallery.
The artists include:
Patricia Cilwik
Felix L. Cruz
Stacy Pletz-Teresavage
Lisa Stewart
Rose Strong
Emily Truax
Vanessa J. Villaverde
Brittany Wolverton
Blair Zimnoch
Make reservations
now—and let
your parents
pick up the
tab one last time!
There are
3,501 Reasons
to love
Grille 3501
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 17
Bet you didn’t know...
Meet Dr. Charles McAnall, Music professor here at Cedar Crest
TC: Do you have a favorite book and what
is it?
CM: Not really, it changes depending upon the
book I am reading at the time.
Jessica Smith
Staff Writer
The Crestiad: Where did you attend college?
Charles McAnall: I attended undergraduate at
Oberlin College, Conservatory of Music. I also
attended University Theological Seminary,
Julliard, and New York University.
TC: As a music teacher, what kind of music
do you listen to in the car?
CM: It changes depending upon the traffic and
my mood. I cannot listen to heavy rock in
heavy traffic.
TC: Have you always wanted to be involved
with music?
CM: Yes, I always wanted to be involved in
the arts.
TC: Who do you think would make a great
president come 2008?
CM: Honestly, Bill Moyers is extremely intelligent. He is a television journalist for PBS. He
is culturally and socially aware.
TC: How long have you been here at Cedar
CM: I have been here since 1966.
TC: Do you enjoy teaching here at Cedar
Crest, and it being mostly a female population?
CM: I always have thoroughly enjoyed teaching here. I have had offers to move but I feel
that I have a better impact teaching here. There
is a major decline in this country in the interest
of culture. By teaching women, I feel that I am
indirectly influencing the future leaders of our
country - their children.
TC: Do you have any regrets about the
music program here?
CM: No. Since I have been here so long, I
have a lot of influence in the program and how
it is run.
TC: Do you have any hobbies or special talents?
CM: I love gardening.
TC: If you could have dinner with any three
TC: If you could change something here at
Cedar Crest, what would it be?
CM: Improve the college-wide art requirements.
Jessica Smith | Staff Writer
Dr. Charles McAnall has been with Cedar Crest
College for almost four decades!
people throughout the world, living or dead,
who would it be?
CM: Stravinsky, Picasso, and I would love to
have dinner with my parents.
TC: If there was one lesson you want your
students to never forget, what would it be?
CM: Art is important and it affects your everyday life.
TC: How do you feel about reality television?
CM: It isn’t real.
TC: How do you feel about the loss of music
programs in public schools?
CM: A travesty. The state and federal government need to enforce education requirements.
TC: What quality in a teacher is most
important do you think?
CM: Teachers need to be well versed in their
discipline, but they also need to have a wide
range of knowledge outside their subject. So
many teachers and professionals stay inside
their discipline and they find themselves bored
with their job years down the road. People
should not be afraid to branch and and indulge
their interests.
Crossword Puzzle!
Doctoral degree
First woman
Rain cats and dogs
Estimated time of
African antelope
Bird portion
Central intelligence
Russian ruler
Long-term memory
Answers to last edition’s puzzle
Newton filler
Distress call
Dog food
sea eagle
Answers to this weeks puzzle
Big Apple
Positive vote
More elevated
Metric weight
French “yes”
Guiding principles
Rainy mo.
Extremely high fre
Title of Italian woman
quency (abbr.)
Narrow openings
Pod vegetable
And so forth
Wall plant
Ca. University
Executive director
Licensed practical
Cell stuff
That (possessive)
Rolled chocolate
candy brand
Served uncooked
Jillian Dawson
A&E Editor
WB stars get hitched, Rapper’s
accident in NYC, Reality
television show for Fred, and
passing down Chitter Chat!
It’s a beautiful time of year right now.
The flowers are blooming, the weather is
warm, and happiness seems to be floating
through the air. What a wonderful time to get
married. Well, at least some celebs think so!
Chad Michael Murray, the cutie from
One Tree Hill and A Cinderella Story, is off
the market. He and WB co-star, Sophia
Bush, married this April at the Casa del Mar
Hotel in Santa Monica, California.
Alan Thicke, one of America’s favorite
television dads, will tie the knot for the third
time. He and Tanya Callau plan to have the
ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
But not everyone in Hollywood these
days are love birds...
Las Vegas star James Caan and his
wife Linda are calling it splits after nine
years of marriage. The couple has pledged to
stay close friends and great parents to their
two children – James Jr., 9, and Jacob, 6.
In other divorce news, Grey’s Anatomy
star Sandra Oh has filed for divorce from
her Sideways directing husband, Alexander
DMX was arrested for driving with a
suspended license in early April. It seems as
though the rapper was the cause for a major
New York City car crash involving two
police officers and another driver. No one
was hurt.
Apparently, the latest trend for celebrities is developing their own reality television
shows. We have Cameron Diaz’s on MTV,
Britney Spears’ with her new hubby, and of
course Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s
The Simple Life. Now Fred Durst, the
frontman of Limp Bizkit, is jumping on the
bandwagon. His show, tentatively titled My
Life With Fred Durst, will be a one-hour
talk show/reality show. What a combo, I
know! “I just want to have a spontaneous
platform to have good conversations with
people, who aren’t necessarily on the show
to sell a movie or product. I’m not interested
in being controversial and pushing
envelopes,” he told Vanity.
Well folks, this will be my last Chitter
Chat here at Cedar Crest College. It’s now
time for me to graduate, and possibly pass
around more gossip as I go about my travels.
This column has been one of my favorite
creations, and I have decided to pass it down
to Nicole Rubertelli, an awesome and gossip savvy writer! I’m sure she’ll give you
your fill of celebrity sticky situations, love
matches, and breakups. Have a great summer
everyone! It’s been fun!
Passing the �torch’ down to Nicole
North American nation
Lawyer’s title
Holy cup
Sun’s name
Paper towel brand
Extra-sensory percep
Type of wood
Tender loving care
Often poetically
Collar attachment
Type of dressing
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The Sound Booth
Bring on finals week! Ray LaMontagne can sooth
the nerves of even us college students!
Jillian Dawson
A&E Editor
“Sometimes I swear it feels like this
worry is my only friend,” sings Ray
LaMontagne on track one of his debut
album, “Trouble.” But even though many of
his lyrics evoke hardships and desperation,
he erases his listeners’ worries with his
incredible and soothing voice. If you were to
close your eyes and take in LaMontagne’s
set of pipes, you would find his voice to be a
mixture between Van
Morrison, a tad of Otis
Redding, and a
small splash of
from the
up as a loner
from Utah to
New Hampshire,
found him-
self trouble behind every door that he
opened. But one morning, as his alarm clock
sounded him to wake up for work, he had an
epiphany. He was to be a singer.
“So I quit my job. I knew I wanted to
sing, which was really crazy, because I never
even talked to anybody. I just had this feeling
that it was somewhere inside me, and I had to
find it and let it out,” said the thirty- something year-old singer to his major record label,
RCA Records.
His album is packed with ten songs that
fall between contemporary folk and blues, and
is one of those albums you can listen to when
you want to relieve a stressed soul, or if you
need something relaxing to fall asleep to.
Also, if you’re a fan of Nickel Creek, Sarah
Watkins is featured (vocals and fiddle) on
track seven’s “Hannah,” and track ten’s “All
the Wild Horses.”
The only downfall of this album, which
was released in September, is that come track
five or six, the songs begin to sound repetitive. But of course, LaMontagne can only
grow from here.
With his track “Trouble,” which was featured in the Amanda Peet, Ashton Kutcher
movie “A Lot Like Love,” and a recent performance on “The Late Show with David
Letterman,” LaMontagne seems to be on the
road to stardom. AIf you want to find out more
about Ray LaMontagne, or to listen to more of his music, check
Happenings Around Town
Musik in the Valley: 2005 festival sure to be
an exciting summer event!
Jennifer Kumetz
Staff Writer
Looking for some great concerts to attend
this summer? Check out Musikfest in
Bethlehem, PA. This music festival, which
began in 1984, has been drawing crowds year
after year with performers, art, vendors, and
food for everyone’s tastes. Held this year from
August 5 through
1 4 , 2 0 0 5 ’ s
Musikfest features
performers from a
variety of styles.
This ten day
event consists of 13
both indoor and
outdoor, many of
which are free. The
2005 theme is “The
Spirit of Music.”
Over 300 musicians
will be showcased
throughout the day
and night.
Some bands to
look for include the
Steve Miller Band, Donna Summer, George
Thorogood and The Destroyers, REO
Speedwagon, and returning artists The Beach
Boys and Clay Aiken. Ticket prices are reasonable ranging for most shows between 15
and 40 dollars depending on whether you want
seats or lawn tickets. They went on sale to the
public on April 20 and can be purchased
through website. These Musikfest
performances will be held in RiverPlace,
which is one of the few areas for which tickets
must be purchased; all other performances are
The festival is broken down into 19 different “platz” areas depending on what type of
music and merchandise is there. They are all
located in Historic Bethlehem down to the
Handwerkplatz to check out handmade crafts,
artwork, and wares, not to mention food.
Americaplatz showcases music including
rock, big band, blues and funk and will be the
site for the Star of Bethlehem competition to
be held on August 11 to find the most talented
individual or band in the Lehigh Valley. Plaza
Tropical focuses on cultural music including
Latin and African music and dance. KNBT
Banana Island offers
families and children
opportunities to make
crafts and listen to children’s music. Also,
Main Street is closed to
traffic so pedestrians
can meander through
the street side vendors
for food, art, or leisurely shopping.
All platz’s are
open from 12 noon to
11p.m. Alcohol vendors
10:30p.m and ticket
booths (you need tickets
to purchase any food or
beverages) will be open
until 10:45p.m. Parking is available in city
lots for an average of ten dollars per day, but a
“Shuttleplatz” service is available to those
parking for free in three different lots including the Lehigh Shopping Center at Club
Avenue and Union Boulevard. This service
costs 3 dollars for adults. Shows go on rain or
shine (and it usually rains at least one day),
unless there is lightening involved.
So if you’re ready to hear some music
and try some great ethnic cuisines in the
process, or are looking for a piece of handmade jewelry or artwork, make a trip to
Historic Bethlehem to spend a day at the festival. Pack your umbrella, a few dollars, and
your Musikfest mug to enjoy local and international performers alike.
Leisurely Reading
S t r o k e o f M i d n i g h t brings three sassy stories together
Jillian Dawson
A&E Editor
Ah, finals week. It’s seven days full of
sleepless nights, stressful tests, and the occasional clammy hand syndrome. So, to get
away from the anxiety, how about taking a
breather by relaxing with a book filled with
fluffy romantic stories. It might be the perfect
substitute to your Chemistry text!
“Stroke of Midnight” is a compilation of
three short stories, all written by individual
authors. The first steamy story by New York
Times bestselling author, Carly Phillips, is
titled “Midnight Angel.” The plot revolves
around two high school sweethearts, Dylan
North and Holly Evans, who abruptly broke
up after graduation when Dylan decided to
move to California to become Hollywood’s
newest heartthrob. Now, over a decade later
Dylan comes back to his hometown in New
England to win back the love of his small
town ex-girlfriend.
To get a better feel as to what this short
work is about, Phillips has admitted she got
the inspiration to write “Midnight Angel” after
seeing the teen flick “Win a Date with Tad
The second story, written by Janelle
Denison, is “Meet Me at Midnight.” It deals
with two best friends who have been crushing
on one another for years, but they haven’t said
anything. You know, the old “I don’t want to
ruin our friendship” thing. But pizzeria owner
Shane Witmer and his professional buyer best
friend, Alyssa Harte, find themselves flirting
over coffee, “Twilight Zone” marathons, and
the ever so popular technology of instant messenger. At the stroke of midnight on New
Year’s Eve, the two finally see if the spark
between them will cause a fire. But will it ruin
their friendship?
The final story, “Mine at Midnight,” is
written by USA Today bestselling author
Jacquie D’Alessandro. The main characters
are Merrie Langston, who’s a spunky and
vibrant party planner, and her dull, yet handsome, accountant Tom Farrell. The two are
complete opposites, but when Tom has to fill
in to play Santa on short notice for one of her
parties, love is in the air! But it’s not always
smooth sailing and cookie baking for these
two. Read on to see if opposites attract! B
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 19
Reel Reviews
Star Wars Episode III-Revenge of the Sith
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S i d e w a y s : Does it live up to the hype?
Nicole Rubertelli
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answers as well as the plot, at times, seems
never-ending. This film was given great
reviews and Oscar nods, but it seems hard to
understand why. There are some humorous
moments thrown in with all of the drama,
which help the film greatly, but overall it is a
little dry and very slow-paced. It has the
potential to be an interesting slice of life from
two drastically different male perspectives,
but unfortunately never quite makes it off the
ground. C+
The long wait is almost over, as the premier of the final Star Wars episode draws closer. This episode will tie up all the loose ends in
the Star Wars story. Many fans can’t wait to
see this movie as it has been subject to some
very big hype. Episode III is advertised as the
darkest episode and for having the most serious storyline. If you know the plot of this
movie, you know that this darkness has to
occur in order to show how Anakin Skywalker
becomes Darth Vader.
Something exciting to look forward to in
the movie will be the introduction of a new
character, General Grievous, who is an alien
within a droid shell. When you see the movie
you’ll get to see what trouble he will cause.
On the Jedi side, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan
McGregor) passes his “Star Wars mullet” on
to Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan
starts to look more like his ghost. Also look
for the Wookiees, as you will see their home
planet and find out how Chewbacca’s allegiance with the Jedi came about.
One thing that you know is that Padame
will become pregnant and give birth to her and
Anakin’s children, Luke and Leia.
Gina Vargas, a Cedar Crest student wonders, “How will they show the birth of Luke
and Leia and what decisions were made that
decided how the two were separated?” It
makes you wonder what will happen to
Padame, as she obviously cannot die from
childbirth. This is so because in the old trilogy
Leia told Luke about a faint memory that she
had of their mother.
Another question on people’s minds is,
“why is it that Leia has memories of Padame,
and Luke does not?” I think perhaps this had
to do with the separation of the children. Of
course the most common question is “How
will Anakin turn to the dark side?” But unless
you watch spoilers on the Internet, you’ll just
have to wait until May 19th to answer that.
In this movie, you’ll see both new and
your favorite old characters. Working for the
Republic, Yoda (no shocker there), Bail
Organa (Jimmy Smits), Mace Windu (Samuel
Jackson), Owen and Beru Lars, and Mon
Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly), all will make
an appearance in the film. Those on the dark
sidelike, Grand Moff Tarkin (Wayne Pygram),
Chancellor Palpatine/ The Emperor (Ian
McDiarmid), Count Dooku (Christopher Lee),
General Grievous, and even Jar Jar Binks
made it to the list. Of course R2D2 and his
sidekick C3-PO will be there, for their last
performance. This time, though, C3-PO
(Anthony Daniels) gets a shiny gold exterior
unlike the dull ones he has had before.
Surprisingly it stayed shiny despite the many
falls Daniels had on the set.
Since there’s so much hype over the
movie, I went around asking students and staff
who their favorite Star Wars character is. This
is what I got.
Sophomore Ebony Pardo, Neuroscience
major, said her favorite is “Little Anakin
Skywalker; he was so cute!” Not all share that
view. David Raker, Instructor of Chemistry,
said his favorite is “Darth Vader/ Anakin
Skywalker; he has the red lightsaber of
course.” Personally I like the droids better,
mainly C3-PO; what is better than a robot with
a British accent?
The biggest question is “Are you excited
to see Episode III?” Pardo said “ABSOLUTELY!” when asked. Vargas’s answer was more
discreet. “Yes, because the other movies left
me hanging.”
No matter if you are a fanatic, fan, or just
a general movie lover, all will like Episode III.
Fanatics, you will finally get those tiny tidbits
that no one else will even notice within the
movie. As for the fans, this movie will finish
up the Star Wars story. As for the general
movie lover, the animation and special effects
were the most worked on for the movie. Plus,
if you really like fighting, blood and guts, and
good verses evil then Episode III: Revenge of
the Sith is something you’ll enjoy.
“She has the best palate of any woman
I’ve ever known.” –Miles Raymond (Paul
In the film Sideways, directed by
Alexander Payne, Paul Giamatti plays Miles
Raymond, a down-on-his-luck writer and wine
connoisseur. Miles sets out to take his close
friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) to
California’s wine country for their last big outing before Jack gets married.
Miles is there to drink and savor varieties
of wine while Jack is there to find one last
fling before he ties the knot. Frustration
ensues as Miles finds himself attracted to a
lovely waitress named Maya (Virginia
Madsen), while still coping with his two-yearold divorce from a woman he just cannot seem
to get over. Jack on the other hand has no trouble finding temporary “love” in a wine merchant named Stephanie (Sandra Oh), a friend
of Maya’s.
As the story continues, Jack feels that he
is falling for Stephanie and becomes torn
between his new love and the woman he is set
to marry in mere days. Miles muddles through
with Maya, sometimes turning awkward
moments into scenes that are almost painful to
watch. Things do start to improve for Miles,
until he slips up when talking to Maya and the
information about the pending wedding is
Will both their relationships be over?
Will life work itself out, or is Miles destined to
be alone forever?
There are answers to these questions in
the remainder of the film. However, it is necessary to mention that the suspense of the
The Crestiad - April 28, 2005 - Page 20
Concert Review
Tori Amos
Beth Coulter
Staff Writer
“This is a very grown-up place,” Tori
Amos said during her concert at the Kimmel
Center, Philadelphia, on April 11. “And it’s
very nice to be grown-up.”
Indeed, it was a very grown-up concert.
Amos, alone with her Bosendorfer Grand
Piano, two organs and a synthesizer, played 15
of her own songs and three covers in the hour
and a half long concert.
As usual, prior to the soundcheck, Amos
did a “meet and greet” with her fans. Even
though she was behind a locked gate, she still
spent time with each of the twenty-five or so
“Toriphiles” signing books, posters and CDs,
connecting with each person she spoke to on
an individual level.
Amos took the stage a little after 9p.m. in
the sold out Verizon Hall. The acoustically
perfect space is shaped like the inside of a
cello covered in deep rich wood, and is the
ultimate venue for the flame-haired
She began with Original Sinsuality from
her newest album The Beekeeper, a bluesy
piano number with a catchy lyric, “Original
sin, no I don’t think so…” followed by the
epic closer from her second album, Yes,
Anastasia. This tribute to the lost daughter of
the last Czar of Russia was a glorious
resounding of beautiful chords off the wooden
beams of the hall.
Amos also pulled out another song from
Under the Pink, the rare Space Dog, long an
unfulfilled fan request.
Tracks from almost every album found a
place on stage that night, including Winter,
Happy Phantom and Tear in Your Hand from
her first solo album, Little Earthquakes.
During the “Tori’s Piano Bar” section that
marks the half-way point, Bruce Springsteen’s
Streets of Philadelphia was sung by Amos
“for the very first time!” followed by
Landslide, a beautiful cover of Stevie Nicks’
The final encore consisted of Etienne
from her long-lost first album Y Kan’t Tori
Read, a haunting ballad with an Irish feel, and
Toast from her current CD. “I raise a glass,
make a toast, a toast in your honor…” she
sang, gesturing to the loyal Toriphiles crowded at the foot of the stage.
Like every great performer, she left them
wanting more.
Tori Amos will return to the United
States this summer after a European and
Australian tour. She will perform with her
band, Matt Chamberlain on drums and Jon
Evens on bass. You can keep up with the latest Tori Amos news at:
“A Dent in the Tori Amos Universe” at
Week of May 1, 2005
ARIES (March 21 to April 19)
A problem in getting a workplace project
up and moving might upset the Lamb,
who likes things done on time. But be
patient. The delay could turn out to be a
blessing in disguise.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)
Your instincts are usually on the mark, so
if you feel uneasy about being asked for
advice on a certain matter, it's probably
a good idea that you opt not to comply
with the request.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20)
You might have two minds about a proposed change (which often happens with
the Twins), but once all the facts are in,
you'll be able to make a definitive decision. Good luck.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22)
The Crab's frugal aspect dominates, so
while you might be reluctant to pay for
technical repairs, the time you save in
getting things back on track could be
well worth the expense.
LEO (July 23 to August 22)
While you Leos and Leonas continue to
concentrate on doing well in your workrelated ventures this week, consider
reserving the weekend for sharing good
times with family and friends.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)
This is a good week to take stock of the
important personal, professional or familial relationships in your life and see
where you might need to do some intense
shoring up.
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)
Your sense of justice makes you the likely person to help deal with a work- or
family-related grievance. But you need
to have any doubts about anyone's true
agenda resolved first.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November
21)The Scorpio passion for getting
things done right and on time might rankle some folks. Never mind them.
Others will be impressed, and they're the
ones you want in your corner.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to
December 21)
Finances could be a mite tight this week.
And, while things will ease up soon
enough, you savvy Sagittarians will want
to keep a prudent eye on your expenses
at this time.
Left: Tori Amos performing
Top right: Eager fans trying to
get a glimpse of Amos during
her Meet and Greet.
Bottom right: Tori and her
bodyguard at the Meet and
Greet April 11.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to
January 19)
Although a technical malfunction could
cause a temporary delay in getting things
up and running, you could use the time to
recheck your operation and make
changes where necessary.
Pictures by Beth Coulter
Article picture: Courtesy of
Epic/Sony Records
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AQUARIUS (January 20 to February
18) You might find it difficult to resist
making a snap judgment about a colleague's behavior. But stick with your
usual way of assessing situations and
wait for the facts to come out.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20)
Asking for help with a family situation
might be the wisest course to take right
now. Just be sure you turn to someone
you can trust to do and say the right thing
for the right reasons.
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