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Earth Day celebrations raise awareness on campus

By Danielle Shaver, Assistant Editor On April 21, 2014 students and faculty of Harrisburg Area Community College’s (HACC) Lancaster campus celebrated Earth day. Students and faculty got the chance to check out earth friendly vendors, listen to speakers, and learn how local companies are doing their share to help our environment. Among the speakers was More »

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Meet Paul Krushinski, the man who walked Japan

Danielle Shaver, Assistant Editor When walking around campus, especially towards late afternoon, you may notice the grounds and facility employees keeping our campus clean. Paul Krushinski, 58 has been employed at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Lancaster campus for 6 years and has been a regular fixture in the main campus building. Krushinski is More »

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Netflix to raise prices for new members

Investor report reveals company’s stances and future plans Robert Beiler – Tech Editor The Q1 investor report released by Netflix on April 21st, 2014 indicates that the streaming movie company plans to raise their prices by as much as $2 a month. The company did not release specific details on when this would be executed, More »

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Allies: A new era

Allies gains a new president Shawn Reed – Editor-in-Chief Casey Davies, 22, computer science major, recently became the president of the Lancaster campus of HarrisburgAreaCommunity College’s (HACC) Allies club. Allies, has traditionally been a club of acceptance, a safe space where students are free to be themselves. “A common misconception about Allies is that we More »

Confessions of a registered nursing student

A student’s personal journey through the nursing program Shawn Reed – Editor-in-Chief I think that in the final semester of nursing school there are two, deeply opposite emotions – relief and dread. Relief because the end is so in sight most of us can taste it. We’re applying for jobs, thinking about the state boards, More »

HACC turns 50

Daniel Bell – Managing Editor   HACC’s 50th Anniversary! This year marks Harrisburg Area Community College’s (HACC) 50th year of service. Established February 14, 1964 in Harrisburg HACC was Pennsylvania’s very first community college. That first year HACC had a class of 426 students. This year there are some 22,000 students attending college across all More »

Earth Day celebrations raise awareness on campus

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By Danielle Shaver, Assistant Editor

On April 21, 2014 students and faculty of Harrisburg Area Community College’s (HACC) Lancaster campus celebrated Earth day. Students and faculty got the chance to check out earth friendly vendors, listen to speakers, and learn how local companies are doing their share to help our environment.

Among the speakers was renowned wildlife photographer, Chuck Rineer, who works closely with Speedwell’s Wolf Sanctuary. (465 Speedwell Forge Rd, Lititz, Pennsylvania)

Rineer brought volunteers from Speedwell along to encourage students and faculty to visit the sanctuary. A silent auction was held for a limited edition wildlife print and the proceeds benefited the Speedwell Wolf Sanctuary.

Iggy Azalea: Put her name in bold

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Australian bred, Atlanta crafted, “The New Classic”

Daniel Bell, Managing Editor

On April 14, 2014 on of the albums I was most anticipating this year was released. “The New Classic” by Miss Amethyst Amelia Kelly better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea. Australian bred, Atlanta crafted, Iggy brings new life and a southern drawl to a seemingly generic mainstream hip-hop album.

In an interview with Hunger magazine Azalea reveals her stage name was crafted the same way most of us came up with funny fake names on the schoolyard, her first pet was a dog named Iggy and the street she grew up on was Azalea.

Having already been a huge fan of the singles Azalea has been steadily pumping out I had ridiculously high hopes for the album. I was not let down. The album has equal parts “chill-out” tunes as well as insane club beats. She even adopts a Jamaican patois on “Lady Patra” a throwback dance-hall song.

This album has a bit of everything for every one. Azalea definitely shows her knowledge of the rap game with references to Biggie Smalls and Nas, and showcases her talents with her aggressive line delivery.

The standout songs on the album are Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora), Fancy (feat. Charli XCX), Goddess, and Work. Work is something that has definitely been put in to this album. Eagerly anticipating the arrival of this album has had me checking Iggy’s social media sites often, and upon every visit there was always some new update about her excessive time in the studio crafting this album.

After our long grueling winter here in Pennsylvania, “The New Classic” ushers in summertime feelings like no other. Picking up a copy now will give you the opportunity to learn the songs you’re undoubtedly going to be hearing on the radio this year.

“Winter Soldier” breathes new life into Marvel

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Captain America squares off against a villain with a tortured soul

Daniel Bell, Managing Editor

Yet again readers it’s another Marvel movie review. This marks the third? Fourth? But once again it is totally warranted. This movie has easily secured itself as one of the best films Marvel has put out to date. I have always liked Steve Rogers, “Captain America,” but he was never one of my favorite superheroes. This picture changed everything.

In the first film I felt for Captain America (Chris Evans) and his hopeless love story with Peggy (Hayley Atwell), and for his friendship with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). In “The Winter Soldier” there are so many more personal connections made that really make you empathize with Steve. Most notably are his friendships with Natasha Romanov/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie).

Bullying: How far is too far?

A personal account of violence against the disabled

Danielle Shaver, Assistant Editor

Bullying is something we are all familiar with whether because we were the bully, the one being bullied, or know others who were. Personally I was what my mother called the anti- bully. In recent years; however, bullying has escalated at an alarming rate. “Kids will be kids”, only goes so far these days. I find myself asking how far is too far and the more I read in the news about bullies getting off with nothing and the bullied getting punished I find I am more compassionate to the victims. I like many others know that school violence is wrong and bring a weapon to school is out of the question, yet I find I am able to understand the why behind the devastating, horrendous acts.

Meet Paul Krushinski, the man who walked Japan

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Danielle Shaver, Assistant Editor

When walking around campus, especially towards late afternoon, you may notice the grounds and facility employees keeping our campus clean. Paul Krushinski, 58 has been employed at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Lancaster campus for 6 years and has been a regular fixture in the main campus building.

Krushinski is laid back with and has calming presence and enjoys his job and meeting new people. A former United States Marine Core Veteran, Krushinski spent a year stationed in Okinawa, Japan. “[Japan] became like home to me. It took me a long time but I walked from one end of the island to the other,” Krushinski said.

George Michael – Symphonica

George Michael

Shawn Reed – Editor-in-Chief

 

There is something about listening to George Michael that demands the listener wear a smoking jacket and hold a glass of merlot. “Symphonica” is the first album released by the former Wham! member in ten years however the album serves to remind fans just how amazing Michael is live. “Symphonica” is an album best listened to with high quality headphones to appreciate the mature style in which Michael breathes new life into classic arrangements.

 

The album available in both standard and deluxe versions features Michael during his “Symphonica” tour. Michael backed by a full orchestra does a fine job reminding the listener of how lush arrangements suit the cool tones of his voice, however no new material appears on the album.

 

“Symphonica” contains mostly covers, and a few new arrangements from 2004’s “Patience” album (“John and Elvis Are Dead” and “Through”) but the album also offers an amazing cover of “Let her down easy” originally released by Terence Trent D’Arby in 1993. Michael’s voice with the ballad seems far more natural than the original D’Arby version.

 

With the release of “Patience” in 2004, Michael told fans it would be his last album. It seems that not only has the success of “Symphonica” reinvigorated a career that has spanned decades, but Michael is heading into the studio to write and release an album of new material due for release in late 2014, to early 2015.

The war on wolves

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Cruelty backed by the government

Danielle Shaver – Staff Writer

While most of us are aware of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), not all of us are aware it is under attack, and the first species under fire are wolves.

Groups with deep pockets are spreading misinformation about the American wolf. The Cattlemen Association, big game hunting organizations, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are seeking to encourage the hunting of wolves in the wild.

The DNR is a government agency responsible for a lot of the carnage, and have few guidelines to follow. Wolves are blamed for cattle loss, killing humans, and depleting herds, such as elk, deer, and caribou. Frankly, it makes me sick how quickly we forget the past.

            Wolves were reintroduced in 1995 to Yellowstone National Park to restore balance. The park was beginning to suffer because too many herds were overgrazing. When the wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone the over grazing stopped, and slowly the park came back to life.

            Wolves are known as a keystone species because they keep the balance in the ecosystems. Herds can sense them and instead of remaining in the same location consistently, they will move frequently, ending overgrazing. Wolves will only hunt as a pack, and as a pack they will only take a single kill, not an entire herd as special interest groups would want you to believe. They generally will single out the weakest animal in the herd, which in fact helps the herd remain healthy and strong. The reason these groups blame wolves for killing the game is because the hunters now have to work a little to track the herds. They no longer stay in open meadows where they are easily shot.

            Where cattle are concerned, wolves rarely kill these animals. A wolf can smell what the animal has eaten and cattle smell of the chemicals that they are fed. The fact is a mere one percent of cattle are killed by wolves. Put into perspective 60 percent of cattle die from disease and lack of care, also known as human error. According to an article in the Billings Gazette John Steuber, director of U.S. Wildlife Services for Montana said, “Wolves were the suspect in the deaths of 61 cows, 378 calves, three guard dogs and two herd dogs investigated by U.S. Wildlife, Steuber said. But coyotes were a force. Coyotes killed five adult cattle, 449 calves, 228 adult sheep, 3004 lambs, 35 goats and 18 chickens.”

            These interest groups are so far gone with fear and hate they have paid large amounts of money to lobby congress in order to remove wolves from the ESA. Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming and other wolf hating states use taxpayer money to hire professional snipers to shoot entire packs from the air. Some wolves are hunted and ripped apart by up to five dogs when already injured from being shot or caught in traps. Some wolves suffer a slow painful death, caught in traps and snares eventually dying from exposure, shock, dehydration. Some hunters believe in playing on the wolves instincts to protect pups and make recordings of pup murders to lure wolves out of the parks protection. They may be set dens ablaze, where mothers nurse their new born pups, or fill dens with lethal gas. These methods are all supported by DNR, and this is part of our taxes at work.

            The sad truth is, these traps also kill pets and humans alike. Traps are allowed to be set anywhere, including private property, without the owner’s consent or knowledge. If an unwanted trap is found and disassembled the person who interfered with the trap could face fines. This is the truth behind these cruel acts. These actions take us from 2014, back to the 1800’s where we did not know the important role this keystone species truly play within the ecosystem.

 

While doing research, I ventured onto the anti-wolf sites and found them physically sickening. People actually enjoy shooting a wolf in the gut and watching bleed to death in obvious agony. The mentality and comments about their actions comes close to that of serial killers. Please do not misunderstand; I am not against hunting in general. I come from a long line of hunters, but the point of hunting is to feed your family, not inflict as much pain as possible for the sake of killing. The majority of hunters will tell you to shoot to kill make it as quick as possible.

            This is happening right now, and has been for nearly two years. The United States government does not want the majority of the public to be aware, because the groups who know and are fighting on behalf of the wolves are making the process of driving the species to extinction much more difficult. Some of these groups such as, Wildlife Defense have taken it to the Supreme Court armed with thousands of signatures and scientific data that the hunters and ranchers do not wish to acknowledge.

            Our wildlife should not be for sale. What happens if the wolves are lost forever this time? What happens when the national park is destroyed because all the predators were killed off? This war is not just wolves, but with all predators those who truly keep the balance. We as citizens have a right to know what our government is doing, and we have a right to be heard and listened to when we see actions we believe are wrong.

            We can all make this change happen by doing our own research, signing petitions, and joining national rallies that are taking place across the country and the capital. We as students have a responsibility to inform ourselves about what is going on in our own country. We are the future. What will the future be like for us or our children if we let our wildlife be destroyed because of ignorance? We must band together and grow stronger and louder.

            Last spring there were multiple rallies held across the country, as well as a national rally that met in the capital city and ended in the front of the White House. Thousands of petitions have already been signed, and thanks to the internet and social media sites a platform has been given to those who seek to educate the public.

            Through sites like Facebook, I am able to keep in touch with others from around the globe where wolves and other animals are under attack, as well as being part of another national rally at Yellowstone National Park planned for the weekend of June 27- 29, 2014. If you are interested in learning more about the ESA attack, or the war that the wolves are now facing, I encourage you to do your own research. I have been following this issue since it first began in late 2011 and I am horrified it is not only progressing in favor of money but also in violence.

 

            The cold hard truth is if things continue in this way wolves will be extinct in the wild in a mere 5- 10 years tops. That is not such a long time away, and the effects from losing a keystone species will be devastating. Is money really worth the loss of a wilderness icon and the parks in which they live?

 

Myself, and thousands of other Americans, do not think so.

Netflix to raise prices for new members

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Investor report reveals company’s stances and future plans

Robert Beiler – Tech Editor

The Q1 investor report released by Netflix on April 21st, 2014 indicates that the streaming movie company plans to raise their prices by as much as $2 a month. The company did not release specific details on when this would be executed, but CEO Reed Hastings is quoted as stating it “would be a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country”. He also stated that existing members would stay at their current price for a “generous amount of time” which will be between one and two years.

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