Monthly Archives: October 2015

Campus Players, Youth Ballet To Perform at Fall Harvest

By Kimberly Crone

Media Club Reporter

The Central Penn Players Drama Club is primed for the curtain to rise in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre in The Underground at Fall Harvest on Saturday.

Central Penn Theater Director Janet Bixler said she is especially excited about this year’s lineup.

Grace in Motion

Pennsylvania Regional Ballet youth between the ages of 6 and 18 will present duets and group performances from noon to 12:30.

“I think it’s great that we as an East Penn Township nonprofit can give back to the community and to the Central Penn community with this performance,” the ballet’s executive director, and Central Penn marketing and merchandising alumna, Kathryn Aumiller said.

Drama, Please!

Also, from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m., the Central Penn Players will stage a play the members created.

The play, Mysterious Golden Rose, is particularly suitable for children 2 to 8.

Ashley Walker plays "The mysterious stranger".

Ashley Walker plays “The mysterious stranger”.  Photo by Christine Fusselman.


Bixler said she’s especially proud of the drama club students for creating the play, and is excited about the performance.

Danielle Farber plays the antagonist in the play, the Witch and Daniel Blichasz plays the dragon in Mysterious Golden Rose.

Danielle Farber plays the antagonist in the play, the witch, and Daniel Blichasz plays the dragon in Mysterious Golden Rose.  Photo by Christine Fusselman.

In the play, two best friends take a walk through Fairyland and encounter several challenges. A stranger suddenly appears with a magical golden rose, leaving one friend to believe the rose will solve all their problems.

Will it?

Bixler’s lips are sealed, so people will have to see the play to find out.

Have a Few Laughs

Giggles and guffaws will be sure to fly when standup comic Earl David Reed returns to Central Penn, taking center stage at 1:45.

Reed, a local favorite, and also popular in cities such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City, has performed at over 100 colleges and comedy clubs.

For more information on Reed, go to

Also, find more about Fall Harvest, alumni weekend and Central Penn College at

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Fall Harvest to Feature Brews Tent and Buffet

By Norman Geary and Kristopher Ortega

Media Club Reporters

New to this year’s Fall Harvest event lineup Saturday is the Alumni Feast and Brews Reunion Tent.

Wine and craft beer samples will be available from several local breweries owned and operated by Central Penn College graduates, including Zeroday Brewing Co., Pizza Boy Brewing Co., and the Vineyard and Brewery of Hershey.

There will also be an Oktoberfest-style buffet.

The Brews Reunion Tent and the buffet will be on the patio of the Knight and Day Café, previously called Scoozi’s, on the bottom floor of the Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) building, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for lunch, $20 for lunch and beer sampling, and $7 for a child’s lunch.

“It’s going to be just people getting together and having a good time, reconnecting,” said Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenshein.


Some foods to be served at the Oktoberfest include beef hotdogs, sauerkraut, sirloin angus beef burgers, BBQ chicken quarters, German potato salad, smoked gouda and penne pasta salad.

No Last Call, Tinsel Wigs and Jason Barshinger will perform a variety of music.

“We are going to have security on site,” Blumenshein said. “They are going to be checking IDs. We’re going to have wristbands to enter into the tent. You need to have a wristband. If you’re purchasing the lunch ticket, you will have a certain color. If you are purchasing a lunch, beer and wine ticket, you will have another.”

Central Penn College adheres to a strict zero-tolerance alcohol policy, but an exception is being made for this year’s Fall Harvest to help draw alumni to campus to participate in events. Current students who have not previously earned a Central Penn degree will be permitted to buy or to drink alcohol, or to enter the tent.

“Alumni who are current students, who have already earned a degree here, are allowed to go into the tent, but they have to be 21,” Blumenshein said.

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Second Season Brings Men’s Soccer High Hopes

By Nicholas Tschinkel

Media Club Reporter

The Central Penn College men’s soccer team will be closing the season with two home games this month – one on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Berkeley College of New Jersey and one on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. against Williamson Trade.

Sunday’s game will be played on the East Pennsboro Middle School soccer fields. The Oct. 24 game, part of Central Penn’s homecoming and the team’s final conference game of the season, will be played on Central Penn’s home field, at East Pennsboro High School.

Head Coach Tom Birch says the team is especially looking forward to the homecoming match, saying it offers, “Nothing to lose, everything to gain.”

The Knights are in only their second season of existence and regardless of what they do in the final two games, they have already raised the bar from last season.

The very existence of the team finalized abruptly in 2014, which gave the coaching staff little time to recruit and train players from the school. However, the team has seen significant improvements in its sophomore year, scoring 16 more goals to date than last year.

This year, the team has scored two victories – a 9-0 match against Mid-Atlantic Christian University, which forfeited its second game with Central Penn. The team won no games during its first season.

More goals and one on-field win are likely direct results of the practice and workout sessions Birch and Assistant Coach Andrew Welker hold for their scholar athletes. The team begins to practice in late spring, and eases into more physically demanding sessions as the days grow warmer. Mandatory practices then begin one month prior to the team’s first game.

When asked to describe a typical practice, both coaches and players agreed: The practices are challenging and just like games.

“Intense. We work hard,” says team co-captain John “Jt” Lumbard when asked about the way practices normally run.

Birch and Welker look to train the players with the fundamentals they need to continuously improve individual athletes’ skills and the quality of the men’s soccer program as a whole. Their coaching style is to run practices hard so the men are ready and in shape for games.

Soccer pic -- men's team

The Central Penn Knights men’s soccer team was out for a morning jog before its game against Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. From left are Daouda Bamba, Jesse Berger, JT Lumbard, Ricardo Leader, Greg Walker, Jadon Buser, Dino Santiague, Zach Sprague, Matt Wright, Mark Swope, Steve Osungo, Keon Williams and Marnel Cherentant. Photo by Tom Birch

Intense practice sessions can certainly prepare the team for big matchups such as the upcoming game against Williamson Trade, a game many Knights have talked about and looked forward to.

“Williamson Trade is the big one for us,” Birch says. “They beat Central Penn 2-0 last year.”

He says the team wants nothing more than to “flip the script” and show that Central Penn has improved, and is a team worth paying attention to.

The physically demanding practice sessions may very well have given the team the conditioning it needs to come away with a victory in the final conference game.

The Knights’ Mark Swope echoed his coaches’ comments, saying, “If we can implement what we do at practice and in drills, we’ll be very prepared for the conference final (against Williamson Trade).”

“The team is hungry – hungry for wins,” says player Steve Osango. “I see potential. I see victories.”

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College Community Recalls 9/11

By Kimberly Crone

Media Club Reporter

On the evening of Sept. 11, a group of about 10 Central Penn students, faculty and staff gathered at the flagpole in front of the school’s Summerdale campus to mark the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, and the crash of a jetliner in Western Pennsylvania that was headed to attack Washington, D.C.

Kathy Andersen, director of compliance, read a timeline of events from Sept. 11, beginning with the first plane that struck the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at around 8:45 a.m. Community-service sorority Gamma Beta Phi helped organize the event.

After reading the timeline, Andersen asked whether anyone had thoughts or a story to share.

Kathy Andersen provides a timeline for the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, at a remembrance at Central Penn on Sept. 11. Photo by Christine Fusselman

Kathy Andersen provides a timeline for the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, at a remembrance at Central Penn on Sept. 11.
Photo by Christine Fusselman

Adjunct professor Matthew Brown recalled that he was in a new section on the third floor in the Pentagon when the jet flown there crashed into the floors below.

Despite watching the New York City events unfold on TV, it didn’t readily occur to Brown that the Pentagon had also been hit by a jetliner. He thought it was a bomb. He said everyone’s computers exploded and the room immediately began to fill with smoke.

Safely evacuated, it was only after arriving home in Alexandria, Virginia, that afternoon, that he learned exactly what had happened.

Though he said he certainly understood why most of the attention was focused on the attacks and subsequent heroism in New York City, Brown said acts of heroism at the Pentagon didn’t get enough attention.

Central Penn student Ashley Bartlebaugh lived in Fairfield, Pa., near Gettysburg, at the time. She recalled seeing helicopters everywhere and hearing rumors that President Bush was hiding out at Camp David, in northern Maryland, 20 minutes from Ashley’s home.

A fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, which hijackers intended to fly into the U.S. Capitol, crashed in a field in Somerset County, about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh, after passengers overpowered the terrorists. A memorial, operated by the National Park Service, was built there.

Ben Doan, also a Central Penn student, said he was in high school during 9/11, and was able to watch the second attack on a classroom TV.

“It is absolutely heart-wrenching, but comforting, to know that American survival instinct is to go help the less fortunate,” he said.

Nate Burgess recalled that his office at the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism in New Cumberland had a multimedia system, so he and his coworkers were able to watch the carnage as it transpired.

He was supposed to fly to Dallas the next day, but the flight was cancelled as security tightened. Burgess, a Central Penn senior, recalled the increased presence of military personnel – a sight commonly seen in other countries, but foreign to the United States.

Even today, Burgess said, some people are skittish about getting on airplanes because of the attacks.

Though the events of 9/11 happened 14 years ago, the devastation is still fresh in many people’s minds. Nearly everyone can recall what he or she was doing on that fateful day. We all had the rug ripped out from beneath what were once steady feet. We all had to work through our nightmares, trying to make sense of something that made absolutely no sense.

Al-Qaeda’s attempt to destroy the fabric of America failed. On that day, the terror group appeared to have won the battle, but ultimately lost the war to break the American spirit. On that day in the days that followed, Americans proved our strength and determination to overcome adversity.

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