Monthly Archives: May 2012

HACC debate team places in 2012 Ethics Bowl


The chal­lenge was issued by the Com­mu­nity Col­lege Ethics Bowl hosted by Bal­ti­more City Com­mu­nity Col­lege. In the HACC his­tory it will be recorded as fourth place, but to the par­tic­i­pants of the 10th annual Ethics Bowl, it will be remem­bered as the tough­est com­pe­ti­tion the stu­dents had seen in its ten year his­tory. For the mem­bers of the HACC phi­los­o­phy forum debate team, it was an impromptu invi­ta­tion. Prior to the request of team coach Pro­fes­sor K. Mis­chke, none of the phi­los­o­phy forum mem­bers had thought of putting their ideas to the test; until the day the chal­lenge was issued, meet­ings were sim­ply a way to exer­cise what had been taught in the class­room. For team mem­ber Tara Machovec, a phi­los­o­phy major, this was the oppor­tu­nity to dis­pute actual cases and expound on real issues in soci­ety by apply­ing her eth­i­cal beliefs.

Student Art Show


Stu­dent sum­mer art show now avail­able for view­ing at HACC Lan­caster East main build­ing. The show may be viewed May 14th through August 8th  Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm. Art show includes work from stu­dent in Arts draw­ing I and II, Paint­ing I and Fun­da­men­tals of 2D design.

Pieces of art­work were cho­sen by Art pro­fes­sors based on assigned cri­te­ria and abil­ity. Ruth Bernard art Pro­fes­sor explained “stu­dents who met the require­ments of assign­ments and did the best to their abil­ity were cho­sen to have their pieces dis­played in stu­dent art show.” The art fac­ulty mem­bers chose up to ten pieces of art­work per class and then decided on which art pieces should be dis­played in art show. Angela Kost fine arts major “this is the first semes­ter I did paint­ing and I really enjoyed it I have 3 pieces on dis­play.” Kost is plan­ning on trans­fer­ring to Millersville to pur­sue art edu­ca­tion in the fall. The art fac­ulty is also in charge of putting together show, Ilene Rosen­berg explained “I am in charge of how art is dis­played and pre­sented.” The art space is a won­der­ful place for stu­dents to present their work it is def­i­nitely worth check­ing out.

Jes­sica M. Roth, Con­tribut­ing Writer

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning”

On Jan­u­ary 17, 2012, I, like many other gamers, was brows­ing through upcom­ing games and demos on xBox Live before start­ing a ses­sion of “Skyrim.” And like many other gamers, I stum­bled across a down­load­able demo for “King­doms of Amalur: Reck­on­ing.” Hav­ing received mul­ti­ple e-mails from EA Games adver­tis­ing the game, I decided to down­load the demo and check it out. After play­ing through the demo, I was intrigued by the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the game, mainly regard­ing com­bat, which I’ll get to later. I wasn’t over­whelmed by the game. So I stored it away in the back of my mind as a rainy day pur­chase. I’ll admit I paid “Reck­on­ing” no atten­tion upon its release Feb. 7 of this year, with Mass Effect 3 on the hori­zon. It was only after a friend with sim­i­lar taste in games rec­om­mended it to me that I bor­rowed a copy to see for myself what all the buzz was about.

Student Advocacy Day

April 3 marked Lobby Day, where stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives on behalf of the HACC Lan­caster cam­pus went out to lobby the state gov­ern­ment for an increased edu­ca­tion bud­get. The stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives, myself, Kellee Brown, and Emmanuel Jean-Philippe, were selected by War­ren Bair, the Direc­tor of Stu­dent Affairs.

The prepa­ra­tion of the event required two weeks of meet­ings with David Carl, the Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Offi­cer, and the stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Time was spent review­ing the mate­ri­als, includ­ing the cur­rent pro­posed bud­get for edu­ca­tion and the talk­ing points for the meet­ings themselves.

The Capi­tol build­ing in Har­ris­burg was full of stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives from com­mu­nity col­leges from across the state, and aside from a brief press con­fer­ence, the stu­dents were dis­persed through­out the offices of the var­i­ous state sen­a­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Dr “Ski” Sygiel­ski and Dr. Wash­ing­ton met with our group briefly to offer their sup­port. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives from our cam­pus in par­tic­u­lar met with State Sen­a­tors Lloyd Smucker and Mike Brubaker, as well as State Rep­re­sen­ta­tives John Bear and Gor­don Denlinger.

A sit down with Dr. Washington


Many col­lege stu­dents can be frus­trated with their fast food, food serv­ing, or mall job, won­der­ing how, or if, things will change when they are out of col­lege. Some are unsure of their next step in edu­ca­tion. Not every suc­cess­ful per­son has had their edu­ca­tional road paved in gold. In fact, many have taken detours and changed their minds to bet­ter fit their passions.

Start­ing his col­lege career with a job at Wendy’s, Dr. Wash­ing­ton made his way through school by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pre-college pro­gram called, “Upward bound,” which focused on help­ing high school stu­dents under­stand col­lege. He also worked as the res­i­dent assis­tant for his dor­mi­tory on cam­pus. Dr. Wash­ing­ton started on the dean’s list with mostly A’s and B’s, but sci­ence hit his GPA. He received a D in geol­ogy the sec­ond time he took the class. “That was my weak point. I don’t like rocks,” said Washington.

HACC gets hacked, 280k+ DoS attacks

A com­puter virus at Lan­caster HACC cam­pus causes some incon­ve­nience for stu­dents this semes­ter. Gre­gory Seitz, direc­tor of tech­ni­cal sup­port of HACC Lan­caster, explained, “The type of virus that was found at Lan­caster HACC was a flash drive virus called Tro­jan mal-java virus. Accord­ing to Syman­tec it tried to do a denial of ser­vice to a web­site and was more inter­ested in trav­el­ing from flash drive to computers.”

Syman­tec is a web­site that peo­ple can go to get infor­ma­tion on com­puter viruses. Symantec’s def­i­n­i­tion of this type of virus is that it is a low threat level com­puter bug. Seitz also said, “At one point about a month ago it had used all of 280,000 pos­si­ble ses­sions. Two machines on cam­pus had used 260,000 of those ses­sions, so Har­ris­burg noticed an attack on the main frame fire­wall and blocked the address the virus was try­ing to attack to stop it from bring­ing down the site.” The web­site, explains, com­puter virus pro­grams are placed into a com­monly used pro­gram, so that pro­gram will run the attached virus pro­gram as it boots; there­fore, it is said that the virus “infects” the exe­cutable file or pro­gram; even though this is a low threat virus with the amount of trav­el­ing involved, it can be over­whelm­ing to com­puter sys­tems. Joseph McLl­hen­ney, the HACC Lan­caster library direc­tor said, “The one major virus that was in the library was a flash drive virus; it started out as a nui­sance virus but it became more mali­cious. The virus was rec­og­nized by library staff when they noticed some­thing strange, so I con­tacted the I.T office imme­di­ately. It wasn’t that much of an issue in the library because it was caught early on.”

HACC Celebrates Earth Day

Earth day was cel­e­brated at HACC Lan­caster cam­pus on April 18, 2012, in the East build­ing. Many stu­dents attended Earth Day and enjoyed the events and ven­dors offer­ing a vari­ety of choices from Rita’s Water Ice to free chair mas­sages. Jack Hub­ley brought his rap­tors to col­lege for a spe­cial show. Heather Pasewicz, a math pro­fes­sor, brought her son Adam. “I am so impressed with all the activ­i­ties today. They did a great job. We both really enjoyed Jack Hubley’s rap­tor show,” said Pasewicz. “It’s impor­tant to keep the envi­ron­ment good so ani­mals and peo­ple can live,” said Pasewicz’s son.

The North Museum was also there with giant hiss­ing Mada­gas­car cock­roaches. Some stu­dents were actu­ally brave enough to hold them. Kim Dickey, an agribusi­ness major, con­quered her fear of bugs. “…awe­some,” said Dickey, “The birds were great and the bee­keep­ers were very infor­ma­tive, but the cock­roaches were my favorite. I used to be afraid of bugs, but I decided to learn about them and now I’m get­ting to hold a cockroach.”

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