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
Alan Cleaver / Foter / CC BY


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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