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									                         PENN STATE GREATER ALLEGHENY                                                                   A P R . 2 2 , 2 0 07




           Collegian
                                        SENATOR OBAMA VISITS PSUGA
                                  Presidential Candidate speaks in “Town-Hall meeting”
                                                   By: Monica Michna
   In a quick race to cinch the victory for     his campaign is funded by everyday people       extremely young girl in the audience to
the presidential preliminaries, Senator         like the audience. He assured the audience      name “one bad and good quality about
Barack Obama made appearances Mon-                                                              himself.” In true political fashion, Sena-
day, April 21, 2008 across the western                                                          tor Obama addressed his good qualities
side of the state. Due to arrive at 6:00PM,                                                     first and directed the audience to his wife
Senator Obama graced the Penn State                                                             Michelle for the bad ones.
Greater Allegheny stage at around                                                                  A female volunteer for the campaign
8:00PM Monday Night in the Wunderly                                                             shared with Sen. Obama that the previ-
Gym. Introduced by Michelle Obama,                                                              ous day she had been talking with an-
Senator Bob Casey emphasized the true                                                           other woman who was part of the 6%
testaments of Senator Obama’s no-                                                               undecided in the political race. She ex-
nonsense term serving in the United States                                                      plained to the Senator that the woman’s
Senate.                                                                                         biggest concern was healthcare and
   As Senator Obama took the stage, he                                                          asked him to describe his plan versus his
thanked a list of people including Senator                                                      opponent Sen. Clinton’s for the woman.
                                                       Photo courtesy of Linda Curinga
Casey as well as PSUGA’s very own                                                                   In an effort to change minds one vote
Chancellor Dr. Curtis Porter for making                                                         at a time, Sen. Obama explained ap-
his trip to the campus possible. Senator        that he does not take money from oil com-
                                                panies or federal lobbyists and instead         proximately 95% of his healthcare plan
Obama assured the audience that just be-                                                        was the same as Sen. Clinton’s. How-
cause he was running late did not mean he       would rather work for the everyday Ameri-
                                                can people that believe in his ideas.           ever, there is one major difference. Sen.
would not stay to take questions. He com-                                                       Clinton’s healthcare plan will have a
pensated for his late start by shortening his      For the conclusion of Senator Obama’s        mandate in which everyone will be re-
speech so that he was able to hear con-         brief speech, he conducted an open forum        quired to purchase healthcare. Sen.
cerns of the audience.                          in which he asked the audience for ques-        Obama further discussed that his oppo-
   The Senator started his speech with          tions. In an attempt to relate to the audi-     nent’s idea was not a bad one, but that
facts and figures including unemployment        ence, Sen. Obama set-up the question for-       his would work better, would not force
rates in the area and the price of gasoline.    mat to rotate “boy, girl, boy, girl, starting   citizens to purchase healthcare from the
He assured the audience he would take           with the girls” and taking five questions.      government, and would not force Ameri-
care of both issues if elected as the next          Some questions turned out to be com-        can taxpayers to compensate for citizens
U.S. President.                                 ments of praise rather than questions, but      who show up in the Emergency Room
    Prior to the countywide visit, Senator      within the forum, Sen. Obama dispelled          without coverage.
Obama did not believe he would win the          rumors of practicing Islam. He also con-            For final thoughts, Sen. Obama ex-
primaries in Pennsylvania. However, he          demned mainstream media that had por-           plained to the audience that he “will not
continued to campaign all across the state      trayed him as Muslim saying that doing          be the perfect President,” but promised
this week to promote his idea of change         this would only strengthen some Ameri-          to the public that if he is elected, he “will
and honest-politics.                            cans’ hatred for the religion. Sen. Obama       spend everyday in the White House
                                                said that he does not go out of his way to      thinking of how he can make life better
   The Senator, unable to avoid address-        confirm that he is Christian because he
ing his opponents’ campaigning tactics,                                                         for every American citizen.”
                                                feels people should elect him as a Muslim,          As the forum came to a close, Sen.
Obama dispelled rumors in what he re-           Christian, or a believer of any religion.
ferred to as “untrue campaign ads” pro-                                                         Obama welcomed the audience to meet
moting Senator Hillary Clinton. The ads,           The Senator assured the audience he’ll       each other in person. Senator Obama
which claimed Senator Obama had taken           work hard to provide funds to mass trans-       had an appointment later that night to
money from particular lobbyist, were            portation systems to combat emission fail-      appear at the University of Pittsburgh in
deemed un-factual by Obama saying that          ures in the U.S. Obama was asked by an          a very similar setting.
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             CAMPUS & ENTERTAINMENT
                   DEPARTING MEANS MOVING FORWARD, NEVER BACK
                                                    By Vince Gibbons

   As the weather begins to change, we       For those that remain at the campus and        alumni and reminisce on their time
come to an end of another semester at        the freshmen class welcomed in the fall,       at this campus. Their stories from
Penn State Greater Allegheny. A senior       opportunities are endless and greater          here will continue on to their
class will be graduating this May and        than ever. PSUGA is changing lives.            workplace and leave them here to
opening themselves up to the work-           Communication students are working             permeate through classes to come.
place. Other students will leave for Uni-    hard with the community to improve the             Move forward, never back.
versity Park to conclude their studies.      lives of senior citizens. The campus’          Help others. Better yourself and
Some faculty members may bid farewell        sports teams are on the rise as they wel-      take away from PSUGA an appre-
and explore other opportunities.             come new coaching staffs in baseball           ciation for your community. An
    All in all, the campus as a whole is     and basketball. The campus will con-           education is a priceless gift. No
moving forward. Enrollment continues         tinue to enrich students’ lives with edu-      one can take it away from you.
to climb and exciting new academic           cation of cultural and economic situa-         Always remember that what you
enrichment programs are taking shape.        tions in second and third world areas in       will do with that education here
It is striking to see how much the cam-      South Asia, Africa and China. The cur-         will help define your life.
pus has evolved in the last four years.      rent seniors will take the envied title of

           MEET PSUGA’S NEW FOOD AND HOUSING SERVICES MANAGER
                                                      By Ada Jamison

    Doug Powell is the new manager of                                                      gheny. While in his current posi-
housing and food services at Penn State                                                    tion, Doug hopes to offer healthier
Greater Allegheny. Doug has fourteen                                                       selections along with vegetarian
years a food service experience, coming                                                    options. Since he has started manag-
to us as a former assistant kitchen man-                                                   ing, all foods offered at the servery
ager from the restaurant chain TGI Fri-                                                    are now being cooked in trans-fat
days. He has always had a love for Penn                                                    free oils as a step towards a health-
State and earned his B.S. in Hotel and                                                     i e r        a p p r o a c h .
Restaurant Management at the Univer-                                                           Doug also mentioned how help-
sity Park campus, where his father is the                                                  ful it would be to get more feedback
Physical       Plant      Supervisor.           Penn State Greater Allegheny’s Servery     from the students regarding new
    When asked what Doug liked most            that will undergo a name change and other   ideas        and      concerns.
about his new position here at PSUGA,               makeovers such as a menu change            On an ending note, Doug was
he stated that he enjoyed the interaction                                                  able to share some new endeavors
with the students and how the shift hours      housing aspect includes various             for this next upcoming school year.
were much better than he was use to.           maintenance duties such as: replac-         The biggest change is the new name
Doug also went on to say that it’s nice to     ing lost keys, changing locks, fire         for the servery, which as of fall ‘08
work in a position allowing more creativ-      safety measures, power outs and stu-        will be called “Café Metro.” With
ity with menu planning instead of having       dent regulations etc. Doug assured us       the new name comes new pin up
a corporate team dictate everything.           that this was a mere challenge and          menu sign boards and a revamped
    Next, we asked Doug about some of          that he has already adapted to all of       menu, which will be in the making
the challenges he expected to encounter        his new responsibilities.                   over the summer. The campus is
with this new position. He replied that           His ultimate goal is to, one day,        looking forward to the new changes
he was going into uncharted territory          become the director of food services        that have come along with Doug
with the housing aspect of the job. The        here at Penn State Greater Alle-            Powell.
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                               SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING’S EASY
                                                    By Zach Schmidt

   “Schools out the nights roll in, just over 10 years. Coming with Dave and burgh. They plan to light up Heinz
like a long lost friend you ain’t seen in a the band this summer will be State Ra- Field on Saturday, June 14th.
while, you can’t help but smile.”                                                                       The Police – Also
Words spoken in Kenny Ches-                                                                         making an appearance
ney’s hit song “Summertime”, tell                                                                   at the Post-Gazette
of how it feels to be fresh out of                                                                  Pavilion will be rock
school and ready for summer.                                                                        legends The Police,
Along with the amazing feeling of                                                                   with opening act Elvis
being out of school, and sleeping                                                                   Costello. This is their
until noon, comes the feeling of                                                                    first major tour since
your favorite band rolling into                                                                     the Synchronicity tour
town for one hot night of music                                                                     in the summer of 1984.
and excitement. The summer of                                                                       Making a stop in Pitts-
2008 is packed full of big-budget                                                                   burgh July 28th, one of
concerts in the Pittsburgh area.                                                                    35 cities they’ll visit.
    Thrice - Growing in popular-                                                                        The Vans Warped
ity with their rock sounds, Thrice                                                                  Tour- Making their
continues to play for bigger                                                                        yearly venture to Pitts-
crowds each show. Playing at                                                                        burgh is the Vans
Club Zoo on Wednesday, May                                                                          Warped Tour. Best
14th, the growing band will be                                                                      known for their large
sure to sell out the small venue.                                                                 diversity in styles of mu-
                                                       Photo courtesy of Business Week
    Dave Matthews Band - Known http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/12/1229_rocktours/image/dave_ sic, the all day concert
for their crowded, two day shows,                               mathews.jpg                       consists of around 50
The Dave Matthews Band never                                                                      bands from different
seems to disappoint the enormous dio, an up and coming band out of Bos- backgrounds. Traditionally, the
crowd. Opening their 2008 summer tour ton, whose singer, Chad Urmston, is warped tour is bands from the rock
at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in nearby well know for contributions in Dispatch. and punk genre, however rap and
Burgettstown, Dave Matthews and the            Kenny Chesney - The biggest hip-hop bands will be present this
band will be in town May 30th and 31st. names in country music in Pittsburgh on year. Some headliners of this
Best known for hit songs such as one night at Heinz Field. Kenny Ches- year’s concert are, Angels and Air-
“Crash”, “Lie in our Graves” and “Ants ney, Keith Urban, Leann Rimes, Gary ways The Gym Class Heroes, Re-
Marching”, The Dave Matthews Band Allen and Luke Bryan, look to keep the lient K and Reel Big Fish. This
has been selling out huge concerts for Pirates and Poets tour alive in Pitts- concert is planned for July 29th.



      *UPCOMING EVENTS AT GREATER ALLEGHENY*

                                 May 1st– Faculty Senate Meeting
                                 May 1st– Ace Awards Ceremony
                             May 2nd– Withdrawal deadline, classes end
                                    May 5th-9th– Final Exams
                                 May 17th– Graduation Ceremony
                                                                                                                            PAGE 4


                                 HEALTH & SPORTS
   LUX ET VERITAS PRESENTS: QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION ON ALCOHOL
                    Emmanuel Yacoub, Author; Michael   Pitzer, Levi Benson and Bill Randazzo, Editors

   Question: I was an angel my first 3      longed ethanol consumption: 1) fat          ics can also experience a condition
years of college. Now I’m a Senior, and     cells infiltrate the liver resulting in     called Wernicke-Korsakoff syn-
you can probably see where this is go-      “fatty liver.” This change has been re-     drome, which is characterized by a
ing! Lately, I find myself drinking more.   ported to occur after as little as one      decrease in IQ (memory and learn-
I always drink with friends, but now it     drink. 2) after prolonged bouts of im-      ing problems), lack of coordination,
seems like it’s 3 or 4 nights a week, and   bibing, the liver becomes chronically       and mental confusion.
on a lot of those nights I drink more       inflamed. This is alcoholic hepatitis.         The best choice is to drink mod-
than I should. The alcohol isn’t affect-    By this stage, liver function has de-       erately and appropriately because
ing my schoolwork, but I’m worried          creased, but all the liver damage done      most health hazards that result from
about the health consequences. When         so far is reversible. 3) Cirrhosis of the   alcohol are the direct result of re-
will my liver start to go bad? What         liver. This is irreversible damage done     duced inhibition. An alcoholic is
other problems can result from drinking     to the plumbing of the liver and the rest   someone that is dependant on drink-
so much? When am I an alcoholic?            of the story is obvious: gallstones,        ing. Alcoholic behavior includes,
    The problem you describe is com-        jaundice (yellow skin), bleeding eso-       but is not limited to, drinking alone,
mon among college students. The health      phageal varices (bleeding from inside       in the morning, against your will,
consequences of drinking ethyl alcohol      of your esophagus!), ascites (enlarged      during work or school, feeling
(ethanol) are numerous. Things that         abdomen), coma, and death. Drinking         guilty about drinking, or exhibiting
have effects on the way your body func-     to toxic levels, drinking with Tylenol,     abnormal behavior in order to drink
tions, aka drugs, get chemically changed    and prescription drugs are ways to ex-      (such as making excuses just to
at least once in for your body to get rid   pedite your journey to liver disease.       drink). In general, if alcohol be-
of them. The liver is the organ where       Females are also known to metabolize        comes or causes problems, then one
most drugs get metabolized, and conse-      ethanol slower than males, and this can     ought to seek help.
quently, liver problems are commonly        cause cirrhosis more quickly.
associated with drinking. Although             Other problems include pancreatitis
there is no correlation between a certain   (inflammation of the pancreas), high        Note: This article is not meant to serve as a
number of drinks and liver failure, the                                                 substitute for professional medical advice of
                                            blood pressure, heart disease, stomach      a physician or other medical personnel. Lux
liver eventually goes through three ma-     ulcers, and cancer. Long-term alcohol-      et Veritas, Penn State College of Medicine
jor transformations with enough pro-

            UPCOMING SPORTING EVENTS, CANCELLATIONS, AND UPDATES
                                      Information also available on ga.psu.edu
                                                   By Monica Michna

Senior Sasha Kaclik (McKeesport,            ceived national recognition for her         With an extremely successful sea-
PA/Woodland Hills) has been                 efforts on and off the basketball           son, PSUGA’ s men’s baseball team
named USCAA Softball Player of              court. Wygonik, who led the Lady            have gained national recognition.
the Week. Kaclik was 4-0 in the             Lions Basketball team in scoring            The y will be entering a national
circle last week, allowing only 12          and rebounds, was named to the              tournament that only eight total
earned runs and striking out 12.            USCAA’s All-American and Na-                baseball teams in the entire na-
She leads the team in hits (22),            tional All-Academic teams. Wygo-            tion are admitted to. Best of
RBI's (18), and stolen bases (12).          nik is the first Penn State Greater         luck to the team and coaching
                                            Allegheny Student-Athlete to re-            staff in the tournament.
Sophomore Ashlee Wygonik (Port              ceive these awards. For more infor-
Vue, PA/ South Allegheny) has re-           mation, http://www.theuscaa.com/.
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          WORLD & COMMUNITY CONCERNS
                               COMMUNICATION STUDENTS WIN AWARDS
                           Corporate Comm students make difference in Senior Citizen lives.
                                                       By Vince Gibbons

    In what is an astonishing accom-       ior citizens through the implementation Allegheny students are showing the
plishment for our campus, students         and adaption of technology. The group elderly how to live 21st century lives
from Penn State Greater Allegheny          of seniors won best in show in the cate- by having technology at their finger-
captured first place at the                gory of course based research, placing t                  i        p        s         .
Schreyer’s Undergraduate Research          over competing projects from University            While these first place awardees
                                           Park, the Schreyer’s Honors College, were proud of their recognition of ac-
                                           PSU York, Penn State Altoona, and complishments, it perhaps was more
                                           P S U             D u b o i s . rewarding and inspiring to simply im-
                                              The six month project was done in prove this group of seventy-
                                           participation with McKeesport based something’s lives. As one student put
                                           Blueroof Technologies to analyze the it, “Just waking up everyday and
                                           participation rate of senior citizens when knowing you can look the elderly in
                                           put in touch with computer based tech- the eye and realize your making their
                                           nology to shrink the ‘digital divide.’ lives better is a remarkable feeling.”
                                           The study is expected to continue for This project is making a difference
 Photo of winning students, Dr. Kathleen
 Taylor Brown and Dr. Porter around the    some time to come with students teach- both in the community and at our cam-
Lion Shrine at PSUGA. Photo courtesy of    ing senior research associates, at Blu- pus for the student body. “It takes a
              Linda Curinga
                                           eroof Technolo-                                                        small group of
Fair on April 9th at University Park.      gies, to use com-                                                      dedicated in-
    It was the first such award for        puters and allow                                                       dividuals     to
Penn State Greater Allegheny and           seniors to instruct                                                    touch a larger
its students, who compete in the           their peers on the                                                     base and from
undergraduate exhibition annually.         wonderful tech-                                                        that is where
The group, under the direction and         n o l o g y .                                                          the real differ-
guidance of Dr. Kathy Brown, As-              The research                                                        ence is made,”
sistant Professor of Communica-            analyzed topics                                                        the      student
tions, presented their work to a           such as commu-                                                         concluded. In
panel of judges in the form of an in-      nication       and                                                     many regards
depth paper, analytical model, sev-        health care                                                                 this ex-
eral handouts, poster board, and           education             Smart Cottage at 400 Spring Street in McKeesport      emplifies
power point presentation. Corporate        through                   Photo courtesy of Blueroof Technonlogies          learning
Communication students Ashley              technology                                                                  from      a
Kowalski, Dion Harris, Amanda              use, to im-                                                                 w i d e
Mospan, Vince Gibbons, Ada Jami-           prove senior citizens self esteem and scale perspective and without question
son, Scott Varner and Crystal Out-         empower them to lead more active lives. has made Penn Stater’s better students.
law competed against students from            Through the discovery of email com- But perhaps what we can all take away
all over the commonwealth with             munication and websites designed to from this study the most is it has made
their research project on empower-         answer questions about health and pre- both the senior participants and student
ing active citizenship amongst sen-        scription medication, Penn State Greater teachers more well-rounded people.
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   FEATURE & LETTER FROM EDITOR
                                   DYING PROFESSOR INSPIRES AMERICA
                                          BY: VINCE GIBBONS


        Randy Pausch is a simple lecture at Carnegie Mellon last fall strike his core the most. Within a
man. In a perfect world, where attracted national acclaim and was few months he will be gone, but his
health is a certainty and happi- universally publicized. The lecture teachings will carry on- and it’s not
ness prevails above all, a man has made its way into book form just the information students
such as this would be praised for and is set for release at month’s learned in his classroom at Carne-
his accomplishments, not pitied end.                                                  gie Mellon University in Oakland.
for his suffering. Or maybe, just                                                           Upon his passing, there is
maybe, he can have both?                                                                      sure to be numerous hon-
        Dr. Pausch, a pro-                                                                    orary scholarships, memo-
fessor of computer science                                                                    rials, and stories about the
design at Carnegie Mellon                                                                     professor. But it’s the
University is dying of can-                                                                   words of wisdom to enjoy
cer. You may have even                                                                        every day as if it is your
heard       his      story.                                                                   last that we can take from
        Within the last eight                                                                 afar.    Sometimes doing
months, he has gone to                                                                        what is hard and achieving
Steelers practices and                                                                        what is great is our true
caught the pigskin with su-                                                                   test. Randy Pausch has
perstar receiver Hines                                                                        done this, will you some-
Ward. He has even made a                                                                      day? Randy Pausch did
cameo in the upcoming re-                                                                     enough. Have you al-
lease of Star Trek, a J.J. Randy Pausch making his last national lecture at Carnegie Mellon r     e     a     d    y     ?
Abrams prequel to the                               University.                                      This can be an ex-
popular series and mega                                                                     tremely huge inspiration for
hit motion picture en-                     Pausch’s life story was re-                      the Communication students
deavor. He has met with Presi- cently profiled on ABC by Diane that have recently won awards at
dent George W. Bush and re- Sawyer in an hour long special. He the Research Fair at University
ceived numerous honors that de- has taken his fight to Washington, Park. Their research is being put to
fine his legacy as that of a Nobel where he has testified before Con- the test as Dr. Kathleen Taylor
laureate. Yet he would surely gress to enhance funds for cancer. Brown’s Communications 471 class
trade it all for more time.                How could any man, let works with senior citizens on a
        Pausch, who is married alone one whose time is limited, weekly basis. Their goal is to help
and has two children, isn’t ex- care about such things in his wan- the seniors write their own life sto-
pected to make it to the end of ing days? It takes a special person ries. With stories about the passing
summer. His pancreatic cancer to care or act in situations like this. of loved ones, the history of the
has advanced to a state where the          Dr. Randy Pausch is an in- Mon-Valley, and other useful infor-
treatment remedy cannot over- spiration to us all. When asked mation, these seniors (like Randy
take the growing mass inside his what he wanted to be remembered Pausch) will be able to provide in-
body. Yet he is living a life by, the distinguished professor spiration for generations to come.
looked upon by many, if not proclaimed that his children’s
most, as inspirational. His final memories and opinions of him
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MONICA MICHNA
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


                       COLLEGIAN STAFF:
Monica Michna                   Editor-in-chief            mlm5102@psu.edu
Vince Gibbons                   Asst. Editor               vzg104@psu.edu
Ada Jamison                     Content Editor             aaj117@psu.edu

Adam Davies                     Staff Writer               ajd5073@psu.edu

Stewart Brown                   Staff Writer               slb441@psu.edu

Zach Schmidt                    Guest Writer               zjs5026@psu.edu

Dr. Kathleen Taylor Brown       Faculty Advisor            ktb2@psu.edu

								
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