Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Science Behind Smoking

Shawn Reed

Assistant Editor

 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 19.3%, or 45.3 million, American adults continue to smoke. The campaign to urge Americans to quit smoking has never been more of a central focus than now with healthcare costs rising. “Smoking-related diseases claim over 393,000 American lives each year. Smoking cost the United States over $193 billion in 2004, including $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in direct health care expenditures, or an average of $4,260 per adult smoker,” according to the American Lung Association.

 

The Killing Fields
cszar / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Tips for Completing College without Going Broke

Katherine Gardner

Are you finding it difficult paying for college? Do you feel overwhelmed with rising college loan debt? College is supposed to be for someone to become more educated, not create severe amounts of debt. If you figure out how to be wise with your money, then you will feel more confident and relaxed. The feeling of graduating with no debt to pay off will be a financial burden lifted from your shoulders.

Graduating college without debt is something to be excited about. Here is some money saving tips that I have discovered to be very useful.

 

Piggy savings bank
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Voices of Heather Roark

Tracy Rennecker

Editor in Chief

Heather Roark is a busy woman. She is a mother, a student, and a contributing writer for “Live Wire,” and last but certainly not least, editor of “Voices,” the campus literary magazine. In her spare time, Roark plays co-ed softball both in the fall and spring, she loves listening to music and plays the guitar. Her son also keeps her busy playing football and baseball. When asked what she does for relaxation, Roark said, “Hanging with family and reading for pleasure. I like reading everything; in fact I sometimes read what I want to read even though I should be reading a book for a class.” But her passion for as long as she can remember has been writing. This is her fifth semester at HACC, where she is working towards her Associates in Humanities degree. Roark will be graduating with her Associates degree in May 2013 and intends to transfer to Millersville University, majoring in English. She would like to eventually obtain a Masters degree in creative writing. With her degree in English, she would like to possibly teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in foreign countries, in part because of her love for travel, or she would love to explore using creative writing as healing therapy. Roark said, “I would like to fuse creative writing and healing together for therapy in hospitals, prisons, rehabilitation centers, that sort of thing.”

As Editor of “Voices” literary magazine, she is able to indulge in creative writing while at the same time gaining the opportunity to provide an avenue for other students to express themselves.

Scholarships Awarded

Shawn Reed

Assistant Editor

   

On October 4 the HACC Foundation honored scholarship recipients and donors at the fourth annual scholarship awards dinner. According to literature distributed by the HACC Foundation, “The HACC Foundation endowment consists of more than 245 funds totaling over $28 million, making the HACC Foundation one of the wealthiest community college foundations in the nation.” In total, fifteen awards were recognized throughout the evening with remarks from Dr. L Marshall Washington, vice president HACC Lancaster; James E. Grandon Jr, HACC Foundation board of directors chairman; and Dr. John Sygielski president of HACC.  “Tonight is a great celebration. It brings generosity and scholarship together. The generosity of people who believe in the college, believe in students, believe in scholarship, are contributing to funds that will allow so many students who otherwise wouldn’t get an education to change their lives. On the student’s side it’s just great to have that scholarship rewarded,” said Dr. Sygielski.

Tribulations of our student government

David Solt

Staff Writer

At 12 p.m.  on Fridays, the parking lot looks mostly empty, and the halls of the campus seem deserted. But this lack of activity is deceiving. In a small room in the East building meets a small group of students who will decide the fate of $279,000 of school money. This is the meeting of the Student Government Association (SGA). As of Oct. 19, 2012, the SGA had room for 18 student senators, and it is open to any student of the Lancaster campus with at least a 2.0 GPA.

“[The SGA] serves as the voice of the student body,” said Abraham Arehart, 27, the former SGA president who was elected this past May, adding that the SGA functions as a part of the school in a   hope to improve both the lives of students and the overall community. Each year the SGA allocates funds to various college organizations and to fund events, acting as a mediator for the students between the faculty and staff Arehart said.

The money is first allocated to the SGA by the college on a per student basis: “Its four dollars per credit hour. For every credit you register for, you’re paying four dollars that goes to a student activity fee,” said Warren Bair, the director of student activities.  “So if you take 12 credits you’re paying $48 in student activity fees, which goes directly to student government to decide and determine how that money will/can best be spent to benefit all the students,” said Bair.

Borderlands 2

Luke “Brawl” Brahl

Contributing Writer

Gearbox Software, the minds behind the original “Borderlands,” in cooperation with 2K Games, released a sequel to their 2009 phenomenon in September of this year. The people at Gearbox Software returned to the formula that made the original “Borderlands” so successful: shoot bad guys, get loot, rinse, repeat. Prior to, and upon its release in 2009, “Borderlands” was marketed as a strange amalgamation of first person shooters like “Call of Duty,” and loot-fests like Blizzard’s “Diablo” series. And somehow it worked. “Borderlands” became a cult classic that only seemed to become more popular as time went on.

To fully understand what is happening in the game you’ll need some of the back story. The first game begins with a group of four Vault Hunters, basically people seeking the fame and fortune associated with finding and opening the Vault. These are the four playable classes of the game. Pandora was once owned by a number of mega-corporations that used convict labor to mine for resources and search for the Vault. Eventually these corporations gave up and abandoned the planet, setting the prisoners free and leaving the other residents of Pandora to deal with it or die. In your search for the Vault, the player comes to help many of the peaceful inhabitants of the Borderlands, and kill many more of the less peaceful ones. While there was a story to follow, many players really didn’t care much about it. The game was more about the guns. Gearbox Software was awarded a Guinness World Record for the most guns in a videogame at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). It took so long because every piece of loot in the game is randomly generated, and difficult to keep track of. That means two players with the same gun in name could have drastically different guns in terms of damage, fire rate, reload time, accuracy, elemental effects, and even magazine capacity.

Sinister

Dan Bell

Contributing Writer

After reviewing last month’s film, I was a bit worried about going to see another in fear that it would be just as terrible as the last one. But I had heard good things about “Sinister” and that kept my hopes up. It’s a good thing, because “Sinister” will probably end up being the best horror movie of the season.

The director, Scott Derrickson, who has written and directed quite a few horror movies himself such as “Hellraiser”, “Inferno”, “Exorcism of Emily Rose,” proves his mettle once again with this tale. Ethan Hawke (“Training Day, Gattaca”) stars as Ellison, a man whose life’s work is writing true crime novels. He moves his family in to a home where a family was gruesomely murdered and the family’s daughter then disappeared.  His mission is to figure out what happened to this family and why, while simultaneously writing his potential future best-seller. He gets some help in figuring out what happened in the form of a box of home movies left in the attic by the family.

Confessions of a Registered Nursing Student

 Shawn Reed

Assistant Editor

 

When I spoke last month about perception and experience I think it was some sort of cathartic crystal ball that I was looking into. I had planned on an entirely different article, one where I would come out of the closet and talk about my addiction to smoking, how it started, and how I felt about the struggle to quit over the years, but then we started our labor and delivery rotation and everything changed.

 

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