Monthly Archives: February 2012

Lancaster Campus Gains Grounds

By Heidi Detweiler                 Staff Writer

To expand its prop­erty, HACC Lan­caster has recently pur­chased a sig­nif­i­cant amount of land sur­round­ing the cam­pus build­ing. The newly gained prop­erty will improve the qual­ity of stu­dent ser­vices. The pur­chase is a result of a $5.1 mil­lion law­suit that occurred approx­i­mately eight years ago. Accord­ing to “Lan­caster Online,” in the fall of 2004, Lan­caster HACC faced a law­suit against Pit­ney Road Part­ners for caus­ing a dis­pute over the cost of a War­fel Costruc­tion Co. project. Pit­ney claimed that HACC vio­lated the lease agree­ment, approv­ing addi­tions for the col­lege that had not been laid out in the orig­i­nal plans. Such addi­tions included a class­room, addi­tional win­dows, a radi­o­log­i­cal test­ing room, and brick band­ing, all of which led to a delay in Warfel’s com­ple­tion and an over­all increase in costs, reported “Lan­caster Online.” Also accord­ing to “Lan­caster Online,” the esti­mated amount owed to the sub­con­trac­tors of War­fel that HACC refused to pay was $5.1 mil­lion in over­runs, which exceeded the $26 mil­lion bud­get of the project.  The col­lege claimed that because the build­ing was not com­pleted by the dead­line of July 1, 2004, regard­less of the fact that stu­dents were able to attend class by the sched­uled start of the semes­ter, that they were not respon­si­ble for rent pay­ment for the first six months of the lease. HACC then pro­ceeded to pay rent based upon the bud­geted cost of the project, but not the actual cost of the project.

Luncheon & chat with the Vice-President

By Emma Carr-Gardner                 Staff Writer  

Early last Octo­ber many stu­dents were able to attend an infor­mal lun­cheon with Dr. L. Mar­shall Wash­ing­ton, the vice pres­i­dent of the Lan­caster cam­pus.  Dr. Wash­ing­ton holds these lun­cheons as a way to directly hear from the stu­dents. Dur­ing this time stu­dents are able to inquire about var­i­ous issues and con­cerns that face the aver­age stu­dent on a daily basis.      “It’s impor­tant for me to get a pulse from stu­dents on how well the fac­ulty is doing and what are some things that can be improved,” Dr. Wash­ing­ton explained. “I like to hear it straight from them… I like to get in front of [stu­dents] and inter­act with them because they’re the ones that are, ulti­mately, why we’re here.”

Most of the stu­dent con­cerns focused on ade­quate food being pro­vided for stu­dents, and the hours in which this provider would func­tion in order to serve both day and evening stu­dents.  Another pop­u­lar issue was that of safety and secu­rity on cam­pus. Stu­dents were inter­ested in know­ing who they can rely on, espe­cially when it relates to the park­ing lot at night. And of course, one issue that always comes up is the ques­tion of whether or not there are enough park­ing spaces. While Dr. Wash­ing­ton did acknowl­edge that the issue is not nec­es­sar­ily the total num­ber of spaces but instead the spaces avail­able close to build­ings, this issue is con­sid­ered a non-issue.  “Unless HACC-Lancaster cam­pus expe­ri­ences a sub­stan­tial increase in enroll­ment, there is no need for addi­tional spaces,” explained Dr. Washington.

D2L replaces WebCT

By Bri­anna Ger­ber and Abre­ham Are­hart                 Con­tribut­ing Writer

On Jan­u­ary 11, 2012, HACC launched its new online course sys­tem proces­sor. No more freez­ing, glitches, or annoy­ing browser check pop­ups. The spring semes­ter includes a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment to HACC’s vir­tual cam­pus. D2L or, Desire to Learn, isn’t only faster and more capa­ble of han­dling doc­u­ments, but it includes an instant mes­sen­ger sys­tem and a “web app” ver­sion for smart­phones. Though it still oper­ates on Java, D2L allows stu­dents to view mul­ti­ple PDF’s at a time, and it comes equipped with a reli­able email and mes­sag­ing system.

A team includ­ing admin­is­tra­tors, stu­dents and fac­ulty, chose D2L from some twenty other con­tent man­ag­ment sys­tems. This process took place over a three to four month period. Fea­tures were com­pared and sur­veys were taken to deter­mine what seemed to be the newest and most improved pro­cess­ing sys­tem for HACC.  Where the old WebCT Black­board proved to be an out­dated sys­tem, incom­pat­i­ble with mod­ern browsers, D2L beat the competition.

Louis C.K. performs at Beacon Theater

By Bren­dan Krick                 Staff Writer

Since his first hour-long spe­cial, “Shame­less,” pre­miered on HBO in 2007, Louis C.K.’s fame and fan­base have steadily increased. He has released sev­eral excel­lent spe­cials, includ­ing a con­cert film that pre­miered at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val. His newest spe­cial, “Live at the Bea­con The­ater,” con­tin­ues his record of con­sis­tent excel­lence. Though his hon­esty is not quite as shock­ing as it was in “Chewed Up,” “Live at the Bea­con The­ater” eas­ily meets its unrea­son­ably high expectations.

C.K.’s career can be com­pared to the strug­gles other come­di­ans have endured.  Rod­ney Dan­ger­field strug­gled for years to find an audi­ence as a come­dian, never truly mak­ing it as a per­former until he was well into his 40’s. Exas­per­ated by fail­ure, Dan­ger­field decided to rein­vent him­self as a per­former to be more relat­able and sym­pa­thetic, becom­ing an unlucky clown who gets “no respect.” After a 1967 Ed Sul­li­van per­for­mance, his career exploded, and his pop­u­lar­ity con­tin­ued to grow until peak­ing in the 1980’s.

Louis C.K. is in the midst of a sim­i­lar late-career wave of crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial suc­cess. Though both men revel in self-deprecation, C.K. dif­fer­en­ti­ates him­self from most other come­di­ans by pre­sent­ing him­self in a shock­ingly hon­est and vul­ner­a­ble man­ner. C.K.’s ear­lier work found humor in sur­re­al­ism and fan­tasy, but since his 2008 HBO spe­cial “Chewed Up,” much of his com­edy springs from a dark, almost painful self-awareness. His strength lies in his will­ing­ness to explore the most fright­en­ing exten­sions of his thought process. He says not what we’re all think­ing, but what we’re afraid to think, or are embar­rassed to think.

Shooting at Farm Show Complex closes HACC Harrisburg campus

Har­ris­burg Cam­pus and The Pub­lic Safety Cen­ter closed on Feb. 3, 2011, because of a shoot­ing at the Farm Show Com­plex, which is located nearby the cam­puses. Accord­ing to the col­lege e2campus safety alerts, classes on those cam­puses were can­celed late in the after­noon. Safety and Secu­rity directed traf­fic as the cam­pus was evac­u­ated.  The cam­pus alerts, sent out by text and email mes­sages, read: “Be vig­i­lant. Report any sus­pi­cious activ­ity.”  At the time of the clos­ing, police did not have a sus­pect in cus­tody, accord­ing to the college’s web­site, www.hacc.edu.  All events sched­uled for that Fri­day at the Har­ris­burg cam­pus were also canceled.

Accord­ing to WPMT, FOX 43 news, at about 10:44 a.m, “secu­rity at the Penn­syl­va­nia Farm Show com­plex was noti­fied of a shoot­ing in the park­ing lot at 2300 N. Cameron St., Har­ris­burg.  A Har­ris­burg City police offi­cer responded to the scene and dis­cov­ered a female gun­shot vic­tim.  The shoot­ing vic­tim was removed from the scene and trans­ported to a local hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.”  The police were look­ing for 62-year-old Beau Gay­lord Robin­son, from Spring­field, MO, as a sus­pect in the shoot­ing. WGAL, chan­nel 8, reported that the vic­tim was Robinson’s wife. Robin­son was pos­si­bly trav­el­ing with two other peo­ple. FOX 43 reported, “Sev­eral peo­ple were inside the Farm Show Com­plex, set­ting up for this weekend’s East­ern Sports & Out­door Show, when the inci­dent hap­pened. Streets around the Farm Show remain open, but access to the back park­ing lot of the com­plex is closed.”

Year of the Dragon celebrated

By Shawn Shaknitz             Editor-In-Chief

On Jan. 26, 2012 S.G.A. (stu­dent gov­ern­ment asso­ci­a­tion) and the Mul­ti­cul­tural Depart­ment invited stu­dents and fac­ulty to cel­e­brate the Chi­nese New Year.  From noon to 1 p.m., stu­dents gath­ered in East 203 to par­take in the cel­e­bra­tion of the “Year of the Dragon.”  Stu­dents sat at tables dec­o­rated in tra­di­tional orna­ments while eat­ing Chi­nese food and lis­tened to sto­ries told by Linda Fang.

Linda Fang is a Chi­nese sto­ry­teller focused on folk­tales and anec­dotes from her cul­ture.  Accord­ing to Fang’s biog­ra­phy, she started her career as a young child.  At the age of ten, a teacher wanted to help her with a shy­ness that impeded her abil­ity to speak up in class.  The teacher handed her a book and told Fang to return tomor­row and tell her a story.  After that day, Fang never stopped telling sto­ries, which led to her profession.

At the begin­ning of the event, HACC stu­dent Tina Tran gave open­ing remarks wel­com­ing every­one and telling them how happy she was to be able to cel­e­brate a part of her cul­ture with every­one.  After a brief syn­op­sis of the Chi­nese New Year, Tran intro­duced Linda Fang.

Christine’s Café looks to open in Footnotes along-side Subway

By Car­o­line Hill                 Staff Writer  

A new food and bev­er­age option has arrived for the spring 2012 semes­ter at the Lan­caster Cam­pus of the Har­ris­burg Area Com­mu­nity Col­lege. Christine’s Café, located on Green­field Road, recently installed a con­ve­nient snack bar in the lobby of the East build­ing. The stand offers rea­son­ably priced cof­fee, bagels, donuts, grain bars, juices, and scones. The snack bar opened on Tues­day, Jan. 17, 2012. The hours are 7:30–11:00 a.m.; how­ever, hours and prices may be adjusted based upon demand in the future.

Peo­ple are very excited about just hav­ing a dif­fer­ent vari­ety than Sub­way, and to have some­thing in the East build­ing because they’re tired of hav­ing to walk from East to Main build­ings in between classes,” said the owner of Christine’s café, Chris­tine Helwig.

Bri Ben­fer, a sec­ond year HACC stu­dent, pur­chased a bagel break­fast before class. “[Christine’s Café] was really fast, con­ve­nient,” said Benfer.

Anti-piracy laws cause public outcry

By Dan Myers                 Staff Writer

How would you feel if the gov­ern­ment were given more power to shut down sites that com­mit online piracy? How would you feel if the gov­ern­ment had the power to shut down YouTube as it is now? Accord­ing to a large mul­ti­tude of angry inter­net users, this is exactly the sort of thing that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would give the gov­ern­ment the power to do if it were passed. As of now, the bill is shelved, but chances are it will be back for another round in a dif­fer­ent form.

The Stop Online Piracy Act is a bill that was announced on Oct. 26, 2011, by mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and backed by the Hol­ly­wood lob­by­ists to try and revive an inter­net “death penalty,” accord­ing to an arti­cle in CNET News. The bill itself is 79 pages long and aims to give the gov­ern­ment the power to block or shut­down whole web­sites that have any copy­right infringe­ments. With so much copy­righted cre­ative work being down­loaded with­out a sin­gle cent of it going to their cre­ators, the gov­ern­ment has been explor­ing a way to inter­vene and help these musi­cians, actors, movie pro­duc­ers, etc. get proper credit and pay for their work. What ensued over the com­ing months, how­ever, was a his­tor­i­cally neg­a­tive inter­net reaction.

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