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Humanities Film Series and December Events Discussed on Final Fall Podcast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In the final episode of the Knightly News Podcast for the Fall term (Episode #44), we are pleased to be joined by Dr. Brant Ellsworth, associate professor of Humanities, and Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman.

During our time with Ellsworth, we discuss the upcoming Humanities Film Series, a unique opportunity for faculty.

The Humanities Film Series will be a quarterly event in the Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College, that will feature commentary by faculty about a movie of their choosing.

Save the Dates for the following films in the series:

  • January 26 – Professor Jared Rife – JAWS
  • April 27 – Professor Paul Miller – The Big Lebowski
  • July 27 – Dr. Marcie Rovan – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Ellsworth also discusses his current American Civil War course and his time spent on The Price is Right.

On our segment with Thoman, we discuss several important events taking place in the month of December, while also discussing the Student Government Association election that took place earlier in November.

Thoman discussed the following events in the “Adrienne’s Featured Three” segment of the program.

  • Dec. 12 – The Color Code Leadership Training, please register by emailing adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu
  • Dec. 14 – Late Knight Breakfast
  • Dec. 17 – Cram Jam

The Knightly News is thankful to our guests for another term of fantastic podcasts, and looks forward to returning in the winter term.


This podcast can also be heard at our SoundCloud page:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-44-dr-brant-ellsworth-and-adrienne-thoman

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Media Club donates journalism resources for Central Penn students

Knightly News gives Learning Center and Library Associated Press stylebooks

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College, publisher of The Knightly News and its podcasts, earlier this month donated copies of the 2017 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Guide to Media Law to the two out-of-classroom anchor writing-support facilities at Central Penn.

Club members presented one copy of the book to each the Charles “T” Jones Leadership Library and to the Learning Center.

Media Club Vice President, reporter and videographer/photographer Sarayuth Pinthong presents Lilbrary Director Diane Porterfield with a copy of the AP stylebook. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

Media Club Vice President, reporter and videographer/photographer Sarayuth Pinthong presents Library Director Diane Porterfield with a copy of the AP stylebook. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

“The library has at least one copy of the manual, but we had a couple of extra copies of the stylebook, and I thought the library could use an additional stylebook as a resource for COM and students in other majors who may need it for projects,” club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi said.

The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook, and staff were unfamiliar with the book.

“I figured the Learning Center should have one,” Lear-Olimpi said. “COM majors are familiar with the book, which they use in at least 60 percent of their COM classes — those in which they primarily produce writing projects, and many in which they must write in AP/journalism style, but the Learning Center didn’t have a copy. I believed it was important for the Learning Center to have a stylebook for COM and students in other majors who may be producing assignments that include journalistic or public-relations-style writing, and who may want support for writing in the somewhat different style those genres demand apart from Standard Written English.”

Media Club member Darren Greene helps Learning Center Director Megan Rehm display the AP stylebook the Media Club donated to the center. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

Media Club member Darren Greene helps Learning Center Director Megan Rehm display the AP stylebook the Media Club donated to the center. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

The 613-volume reference is a compact dictionary of words and phrases, punctuation and diction, along with scores of other usages standardized for use in journalistic writing, which is typically more economical than other forms of writing, such as essays or research papers.

The stylebook is divided into a lengthy section of alphabetically ordered word listings, and separate sections for specialty usages, such as in religion, fashion, business, sports, food and business writing and reporting.

Punctuation and a section on media-law considerations are included in sections in the second half of the book.

For consistency, to promote and maintain accuracy and, in doing so, trustworthiness in its product, The Associated Press employs some spellings and other usages, including punctuation, in ways different from usages in Standard Written English. Some of these differences have historical bases, but most of them are purely practical for stories produced locally or nationally and shared with scores of thousands of members of The Associated Press cooperative, which includes media outlets and public-relations departments, divisions and agencies around the world.

“Thank you, very much,” Learning Center Director Megan Rehm said. “I welcome this donation. I’m sure it will be a valuable resource for Learning Center clients.”

The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook. Prof. Lear-Olimpi had provided a copy to The Writing Center, on which he was an informal adviser when it was being created in 2013.

The copy in the library is a reserve book and can used in the library for a set number of hours, but does not circulate outside the building.


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Prof. Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club and editor of the Knightly News blog.

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Students seek opportunities at job fair

About 20 organizations showed what they have to offer

By Kathleen Tarr and Michael Ademola

Knightly News Reporters

On Nov. 1, representatives of several companies and businesses visited Central Penn for the quarterly job fair to offer interesting insight, information and opportunities for those nearing graduation in search of a job or an internship opportunity.

Among the 20 or so different businesses with table/booths inside Central Penn’s Conference Center were representatives who could appeal to any student’s major.

About 30 students attended, with most present from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Some of the businesses offered opportunities to multiple majors. Some offered different jobs to a single major, and the rest had only one job or internship opportunity for a single major.

Central Penn College Career Services Director Steve Hassinger and Associate Director Rubina Azizdin organized the event to give students the opportunity to bridge the gap between their collegiate and professional careers.

This wasn’t the first job fair the college has offered, and it definitely won’t be the last. If you’re a student who missed out on the opportunity to build relationships with potential employers, make sure you’re at the next job fair!


To comment on this story or to suggest one, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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Breaking News: Littleford wins SGA presidency

Candidates for the other three offices were unopposed

By Brian Christiana

Knightly News Reporter

The Student Government Association (SGA) last week had its 2018 elections. The student body decided who they wanted to see them represent their voice.

Morgan Littleford, Central Penn's SGA president-elect. She will assume office, with the new vice president, secretary and online delegate, at the end of the fall term. Photo courtesy Central Penn SGA

Morgan Littleford, Central Penn’s SGA president-elect. She will assume office, with the new vice president, secretary and online delegate, at the end of the fall term. Photo courtesy Central Penn SGA

The students voted for president, vice president, secretary and online delegate.

The president nominees were Morgan Littleford and Johnathan Noss.

The other three positions were for only a single contestant each.

Vice president was Isaiah Scott, secretary was Christine Donaghy and online delegate was Angelina Stillman.

Littleford and Noss were looking to replace 2017 President Yuliani Sutedjo. Sutedjo had done many great activities during the 2017 school year. She brought many great ideas, and was really involved on and off campus. She will be dearly missed at the school, and we all appreciate the service she has done.

 SGA speech panel

The students had an opportunity to meet the candidates on Nov. 7 in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The candidates were trying to persuade the audience about why they deserve votes.

Littleford brought up how she has a lot of experience with being the 2017 vice president and being involved in SGA since she has been on campus.

Noss talked about how he has been devoted and committed to many organizations, which include: Christian church groups, grocery store manager and construction.

They both talked about how they are for the on and off campus students, and how the candidates want to make the school better.

“I think the SGA kickoff went exceptionally well,” Littleford said. “Each candidate articulated what they can do for the campus. This school would be lucky to have any of us represent them.”

Noss thought that the panel was a very good experience for not just the students, but for the candidates as well.

Noss said, “We all have unique stories of successes and failures, and for me, it was inspiring to hear those stories being told today.”

They both said that they are committed to work with future and current faculty, and they want to find a way to make the students happier with the cafeteria.

“One of the main things I would do as president is to make sure the quality of food is better in the Knight & Day Café,” said Littleford.

Littleford added that she will work closely with Sutedjo to make sure she picks up where the outgoing president left off.

Results

The voting started on Nov. 7, and ended on Nov. 10, at midnight.

Littleford defeated Noss to become president.

Scott, Donaghy and Stillman each won the positions they ran for – vice president, secretary and online delegate.

According to SGA adviser Adrienne Thoman, Littleford got 63 percent of 43 votes cast for president, for a total of 27, leaving 16 for Noss.

Scott received 41, and Donaghy and Stillman each received 42 votes.

Thoman said the candidates will have a formal inauguration by the end of the term, and assume office then.


To comment on this story or to suggest one, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.  Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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Knights finally return to the court

First game is tonight in York

By Brian Christiana, Paul Jones and Ian Kemmerer

Knightly News Reporters

The Central Penn basketball teams will have their opening games tonight at Penn State York, with the women starting at 6 and the men at 8.

The men’s team started playing on Oct. 27 when they traveled to Pikesville, Ky., to compete in the University of Pikesville Tip-Off Tournament.

The Knights are coming off a very successful season in which they finished 25-9 and had a long United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) tournament.

The Knights, however, have lost many key players due to graduation. The players include Tyree Tucker (21.4 points per game), Tyrie Orosco (20.3) and Rafeeq Bush (9.5).

The Knights have many key players returning to the team this season. The Knights are excited to have Noah Baylor, Daylin Davis, Randy Dupont, and Joel Zola return to the floor. They are depending on these guys to help lead the team to another tournament appearance.

The team has brought in many first-year players who could help. The team welcomed Justin Kellman (Reading, Penn.), Juwan Gooding (Boston, Mass.), John Blanc (Hillside, N.J.) and Ryan Lawrence (Lakewood, N.J.).

Facing a tough lineup

The Knights will be going up against some heavy NCAA Division I competition this season. They will be traveling to the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Nov. 16, Winthrop University on the 18th, Howard University on the 20th, University of Buffalo on Dec. 9 and Cornell University on Jan. 5.

“I think we have a hungry group of guys this season – the chemistry we have is really helping us,” Zola said.

He also said that the main goal for this season is to bring Central Penn its first-ever USCAA championship.

“The coaching staff has really done a great job to prepare us and push us really hard,” said the sophomore. “We have a new group that are always willing to work all year-round.”

First-year player Ryan Lawrence was eager to start the season, too.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Lawrence said. “We have a new coaching staff that will help with our new players. The new faces around here will help bring a new culture to the team.”

John Blanc said some good things as well.

“The coaching staff is doing an excellent job of making sure we are practicing and playing well,” he said. “Even when Coach Archer isn’t there, the assistants are really stepping up.”

Blanc also said the team’s energy could lead to a championship.

An interesting off season

In the summer, some current and former Knights got to show their own and see others’ talents at the summer league games played on the basketball courts behind Kathi Hall. The summer league gave players Daylin Davis and Zola a good look at who is going to be coming to the Knights’ program.

Head Coach David Archer is also excited to see the team tip off. He talked about how the team still has the same standards even with one senior. He wants his players to step up, so they can fulfill their goal of winning a championship.

“The team will continue to work hard in the classroom, on the court, and in the community,” Archer said.

He then said: “We are not just building basketball players, but the future leaders of tomorrow.”

 Not many home games

The Knights have only eight home games in Enola this season, so make sure you get a chance to see them play. The Knights play home games at East Pennsboro High School.

The first home game is on Nov. 17, when they go against Penn State Lehigh.

Here’s the schedule.

To comment on this story or to suggest one, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.


Edited by Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi, Knightly News co-adviser.

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Media Club fall soup sale returns

Popular fundraiser will liven your lunch.

Order now!

By Megan Smith

Knightly News Reporter

Have you been feeling cold lately?

Warm up with the Knightly News Media Club!

The Fall Annual Soup Sale fundraiser supporting the Knightly New Media Club is returning to Central Penn College on Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The soup sale will be held near The Capital BlueCross Theatre, in The Underground.

In addition, delivery will be available to any location on campus during the sale.

The club is offering, vegan vegetable, chicken noodle and Italian wedding soup for $3, and Maryland crab soup for $4.

The soup sale will be run by the club’s members, including the club’s co-advisers, professors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.

Pre-orders have already started, so order your soup now by contacting Prof. Miller

Please pre-order your soup by Wednesday at noon, and let Miller know what type(s) of soup, where it should be delivered to and the time you wish the soup to be delivered.

Payment for the soup is not required until Nov. 2 when it gets delivered to you.

Soup Sale


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Edited by Knightly New Co-Adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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Men’s Leadership Retreat and Upcoming General Election Subjects of Podcast #39

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College is excited to release our most recent podcast, Episode #39, featuring Admissions Counselor Curtis Voelker discussing the recent Men’s Leadership Retreat and Associate Residence Life Director Dillon Epler talking about how students can get involved in the Nov. 7 general election.

During the first segment, Voelker is also joined by Knightly News Correspondent Daylin Davis, a student who attended the Men’s Leadership Retreat.

They discussed the event, held at Diakon Wilderness Center in Boiling Springs, PA, with the theme of “leaving a legacy at Central Penn”.

Davis noted, “As a leader (on the Knights Men’s Basketball team), I have to give the work ethic that my teammates demand…I have to set an example and set the tone on the team.”

Davis was also quick to note that this opportunity provided him with a great deal of experience that he will be able to use immediately, both on and off the court.

Voelker and Epler led the retreat, something that means a lot to both of the individuals on both a personal and professional level.

During the second segment of the show, Epler joined the podcast to discuss the upcoming general election on Nov. 7, as well as discussing what Central Penn College is doing to promote participation in the election for our students.

Epler noted that while this isn’t a presidential or midterm election, making important decisions about your state and local officials has a much clearer impact on our students.

The Office of Residence Life will also be distributing information about the candidates on the ballot, will offer a shuttle to take students to the polls, and has plans for an open-forum event prior to the election to educate the students about the process.

Those looking for more information about the upcoming ballot in their area can search the links below for more information.

Vote 411:  http://www.vote411.org

BallotPedia:  https://ballotpedia.org/Pennsylvania_elections,_2017


 

This episode can also be found on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-39-curtis-voelker-and-dillon-epler

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New club fair format scores again!

The change has brought more students to the event – with no classes missed.

 By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-adviser and Editor

At least 100 students attended the second club fair that has been held at the beginning of a term, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, in ATEC. About 15 clubs set up tables with information on mission and activities.

“I think it’s working better,” Activities Director Adrienne Thoman said about halfway through the fair. “I printed 100 passports, and they’re gone.”

Students get the paper passports stamped at each club table they visit. A full passport entitled its holder to a ticket, which was traded for wings with hot, Buffalo or Thai sauce, and french fries, in the Knight & Day Café.

In the summer, Thoman moved the club fair from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of a term to 4 to 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday in a term to allow more students – commuter, continuing-education and on-campus – to attend, because no classes are held then.

Prior to the change, some students – even club advisers – couldn’t attend the fair because they were in class. Even though some professors took or sent their classes to the noon club fairs, sometimes for class credit, not every professor did so, with some noon classes requiring the in-room time on club-fair day.

“We’ve had sign-ups, and we’ve had a lot of students stop by,” Britany Raber, president of the PTA Club, said around 5 p.m. “We’re different from some clubs, because members must be PTA majors.”

Raber agreed that more students can attend club fairs in the late afternoon and early evening.

Club Vice President Phalen Hazel and member Timothy Weaver staffed the table with Raber.

Officers and members of other clubs also saw brisk traffic.

“Yes, we’ve had people sign up,” Ashanti Conover, a member of the Central Penn Players theater club, said as she stood by the club’s table, which was topped with a dramatic poster. “They want to express themselves.”

Officers of Central Penn’s newest club, the Garden Club, were expecting a growth spurt.

“The club formed a little over two weeks ago, right before the term break,” President Carolyn Rodriquez said. “We’re going strong. People have joined today. We’re going to teach people about gardening, and help them grow plants. We’ll also talk about bees, composting, plants native to North America – different aspects of gardening.”

Interest in the gardening club wasn’t confined to students. Matthew Vickless, dean of the School of Professional Studies, joined, as did some faculty members.

Knight & Day Café staff said they prepared about 1,500 wings and “a lot of french fries.”


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Upcoming Job Fair Highlights Visit from Harrisburg Regional Chamber VP of Operations

Kara Canale shares advice and opportunity for our students.

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Podcast offers our fans a special bonus edition over our break, welcoming Harrisburg Regional Chamber VP of Operations Kara Canale to the show.

Canale came to campus during the summer term to Professor Miller’s COM270:  Writing for Broadcast Media class to discuss opportunities in the community for students nearing graduation.  There were four students in the class that would be graduating in the next six months.

Canale started off discussions on the podcast be detailing her work outside of the classroom during her college career, which included a variety of internships.

In the second segment of the podcast, Canale discusses her role with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC, a role she took on earlier this year, as well as how the local chamber can benefit local businesses.

Finally, discussions focused on Experience Harrisburg, a unique job fair happening in downtown Harrisburg on Sept. 28.

The job fair begins at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts at 3rd and Market Streets from 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and also offers an opportunity to meet with the Harrisburg Young Professionals at Federal Taphouse from 6 p.m – 8 p.m.

More information about the event can be found by clicking here.  Local job postings, cost of living statistics, and many other opportunities are located at http://thelifeyouwantpa.com/

Experience HBG

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President Scolforo resigns

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

Karen M. Scolforo, Central Penn’s ninth president, resigned Friday morning.

Scolforo, who was appointed president in mid-2013, said in a posting on her Facebook page, and later in a special edition of the college’s employee newsletter, Central Station, distributed at 10:20 a.m., “the Board (of directors) has agreed to accept my resignation, and to enact a well-thought out transition plan.”

The announcement was also made Friday in the student email newsletter Student Central.

Scolforo announced in an email to faculty and staff during the first week of September, and also in Central Station, that she had applied for a job as president of a university in New England, for family reasons.

“Many of you have heard me tout a family first mantra, and many have appreciated the support I’ve provided in this regard for all of our Central Penn College family members,” Scolforo wrote in the special edition of Central Station on Friday. “You’ll recall that on September 5th I published a special edition of Central Station to notify you of my decision to apply to a position closer to my family.”

On Friday afternoon, after she had left campus, Scolforo told The Knightly News: “My mother is sick, and I want to be closer to her, and help my family. I miss everyone (at Central Penn).”

Scolforo had applied to Castleton University, part of the Vermont university system, which has about full-time 2,000 students, in Castleton, Vt. She is one of three candidates, according to Castleton’s website.

Carol Wilson Spigner, D.S.W., chair of Central Penn’s board of directors, also told The Knightly News on Friday that Scolforo decided to resign for family reasons.

Scolforo declined Friday to address her candidacy at Castleton, but she said in her early-September message to the Central Penn community that the Castleton board of directors plans to make a decision by Oct. 1.

“Dr. Karen M. Scolforo has resigned from the presidency of Central Penn College for personal reasons,” the board of directors said in a message in Central Station Friday. “Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, vice president of academic affairs and Richard Varmecky, chief financial officer will serve as interim co-presidents and Carol W. Spigner, D.S.W. will serve as executive director of the college on behalf of the board. This team will provide continuity and stability during this period of transition. The Central Penn College board of directors will begin the process of selecting the next leader immediately.”

Scolforo applied to Castleton in late June. From Sept.11 through 13, she visited Castleton University, and gave a live presentation on the 13th. Some Central Penn College faculty and staff watched the Web broadcast of Scolforo’s presentation.

During her tenure, according to her curriculum vitae, Scolforo achieved many accomplishments for Central Penn, including:

  • Building The Underground, which includes the Capital BlueCross Theatre, a dance studio she sponsored, a weight room, student lounge and student government and other offices
  • Installation of a health-sciences building
  • Appointment of the school’s first diversity officer
  • Appointment of the school’s first Title IX and compliance officers

Yuliani Sutedjo is Student Government Association president and vice president of the Knightly News Media Club.

Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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