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The Knightly News celebrates Episode 50 of the Podcast

The landmark episode features Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

On this edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we are proud to feature Interim Co-President and Provost Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams to discuss her time at Central Penn College and answer questions from Knightly News reporters.

During the episode, Fedrizzi-Williams talks about her rise in academia over the years, what Central Penn means to her, and some important initiatives that her team is currently working on.

“There’s been a lot happening.”  Fedrizzi-Williams said.  “One of the biggest things I noticed when I came (to Central Penn College) was that we needed additional support for our students and faculty.”

Fedrizzi-Williams discussed the expansion of the Learning Center and the Center for Teaching Excellence during her time here, as well as additional initiatives currently in the works.

During the second segment of the episode, we are joined by Knightly News President Brian Christiana and Reporter Michael Ademola for a Q & A session with Fedrizzi-Williams.

At a recent Knightly News Media Club meeting, Christiana tasked the club to come up with questions for the interview.  The group came up with many solid questions that were posed on the podcast, with frank and honest answers from the co-president.

The group was mainly interested in increasing student engagement in sporting events, how social media has changed the job search, and how communication factors in to career success.

The Knightly News Media Club would sincerely like to thank our fans on this momentous occasion and hope to continue delivering high quality audio, video, and written work for you to enjoy.


This podcast can be found on our SoundCloud page during the months of February – April:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/knightly-news-podcast-episode-50-dr-linda-fedrizzi-williams

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Knightly News Celebrates Episode 50 of Podcast

By Brian Christiana

Knightly News Reporter

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with the 50th episode of the club’s podcast.

The first episode of the podcast featured co-host Paul Miller, Career Services Director Steve Hassinger and the late Nasir Harris. The 50th episode featured Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, interim co-president and provost, as the guest.

Episode 50 will be released Feb 20.

The episode focuses on different accomplishments Fedrizzi-Williams has achieved since taking over the position last fall.

Miller talked to her about many topics, which included: current initiatives, upcoming commencement as co-president and her most proud achievement at the school (listen to our podcast to hear what that is).

Media club member Michael Ademola and this reporter talked about many questions the student body had for her.

Fedrizzi-Williams was very honored and appreciative to be featured on the milestone.

“I was honored to be a part of the 50th podcast episode with Professor Miller, Brian Christiana and Michael Ademola,” Fedrizzi-Williams said. “I look forward to listening to the next 50 episodes.”

Because we are celebrating two years, we would like to look back at important moments in club history, including: The Bill Gladstone Project, Moving to the Boyer House and the Nasir Harris Studio Dedication.

The Bill Gladstone Project was an opportunity for the communication students to help a local real estate man with hands-on work. The students made a video that included his bobblehead.

The Knightly News made a huge splash and moved the podcast studio into the historic Boyer House in February 2017. The moving process was easy, and the club started working a week later. An open house was held at the building and over 30 faculty, staff and students showed up to celebrate this event.

The studio was dedicated in the summer of 2017 to honor the late Nasir Harris. He was one of the founding members of the club, and he really had a huge impact on the creation of the Knightly News. Harris was on the inaugural episode of the podcast and appeared on several other episodes.

In September 2017, the Knightly News decided to give thanks to him by naming the studio after him. The current members had a celebration with his family and members of the Central Penn family. There was a video presentation that included interviews, and quotes from his family. There were tears and smiles for the celebration.

The Knightly News wouldn’t be here also without the constant support from the community and fans. The goal of the club is to reach out and make a positive impact on the college.  The Knightly News wants to thank all the listeners of each podcast, and reader of each story.

A piece of trivia: Do you know who is the most frequent visitor on the podcast?

Please submit your answers to this trivia question by commenting below.


Brian Christiana is president of the Knightly News Media Club.

Edited by media club co-advisers Professors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.

 

 

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Knightly News to help with lung association gala

By Yuliani Sutedjo and Kathleen Tarr

Knightly News Reporters

The Knightly News Media Club will volunteer with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania to help with its 27th Annual Sapphire Gala on March 3.

The purpose of the gala is to raise money and to support the association’s vision, mission and goals.

That mission is “To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.” The association’s vision is “A world free of lung disease.”

Members have sought to achieve their goals through many events, such as the LUNG FORCE Walk, Pasta Run and the gala.

The 27th Annual Sapphire Gala will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, from 6 to 11 p.m.The Sapphire Gala will include a variety of games, a live and a silent auction, and other entertainment.

Entertainment options will be provided by Famous Rumors. Participants from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio will perform a tango.

Some of the silent auction packages are San Francisco Wine Country; Alaska – The Call of Wild; The Wine, Wonder and Romance of France; and tropical Costa Rica.

The live auction will include trips featuring castles of Ireland, a Greek Island adventure and James Bond’s secret hideaways.

The Gala marks the largest philanthropic endeavor for the Knightly News

The Gala marks the largest philanthropic endeavor for the Knightly News.

The games will include heads or tails, wine pull, and Leitzel’s Jewelry lock box.

For the heads or tails, audience will purchase a flashing bracelet for $20 to participate. Audience members who participate will be asked to stand up. If a guest participating has the right side of the coin, then he or she will remain standing. The last person standing wins.

The wine pull will cost $20 and audience members can pick any number, and based on that number, they will get wine that matches the number.

For the Leitzel’s Jewelry lock box, there will be approximately 200 keys, and any member of the audience can purchase a key for $20. Then they will try the keys they bought to see whether they open a box. If the box opens, then the owner of the key wins the jewelry inside.

“We currently have approximately 200 participants to date (as of Feb. 7),” according to Kayla Juba, development coordinator at the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. “We are anticipating approximately 300-350 attendees and more than a dozen local businesses to participate in this year’s event.”

Gala tickets cost $125 each. They can be purchased online. Once on the page, click on the Register Here link, in the left column..

Knightly News media club members say they are looking forward to volunteering at this the event.


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

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

 

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A Day in New York City

Students visit United Nations, seek their own adventures

By Brian Christiana and Paul Jones

Knightly News Reporters

On Nov. 3, Central Penn Chief Diversity Officer Romeo Azondekon took several students to New York City for a visit to the United Nations.

The students traveled around the city and had to interview another person of a different culture or ethnicity.

“It was a very cool and an eye-opening experience. I had an opportunity to go into the United Nations, where many people don’t get to go,” said corporate communications major Michael Ademola.

The students were from the Student Multicultural Advisory Board, and Hispanic American Student Association.

 

Jones poses in front of the New York City skyline.  Photo courtesy of Paul Jones.

Jones poses in front of the New York City skyline. Photo courtesy of Paul Jones.

Corporate communications major Morgan Littleford said, “I was happy to learn about all the different things about the United Nations and all the different cultures that are involved.”

The students went to different stores, such as the clothing outlets H&M, Forever 21 and other clothing stores.

The entertainment from street performers really helped brighten the mood. Littleford said that she really enjoyed them, and they made her laugh.

For information about these type of trips, contact Azondekon at romeoazondekon@centralpenn.edu or (717) 728-2437.


Brian Christiana is president of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

To comment on this story or to suggest a story, contact TheKnghtlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

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

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Reporter to talk about the niche-news trade

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

SUMMERDALE – Gillian Branstetter, a reporter with the Central Penn Business Journal, will talk to Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi’s COM220 (Journalism I) class on Thursday, from 11 to noon, in ATEC 308.

Gillian Branstetter briings her expertise to Central Penn College's Summerdale campus on Feb. 8.

Gillian Branstetter brings her expertise to Central Penn College’s Summerdale campus on Feb. 8.

Branstetter, who covers business in the Susquehanna Valley, specializes in reporting on and has expertise in technology, social media, media theory and politics.

She has reported for such popular online media outlets as The Daily Dot, and has written for The Atlantic.

Branstetter also has interest in social-justice and equity issues.

She has also written opinion articles.

Branstetter will talk to students about:

  • How to cover a beat
  • What it’s like to report for a business publication
  • Staying in touch with sources
  • Working with public relations practitioners with
  • Places to hang out while developing sources and stories
  • How to find a story
  • How to parse information you collect into a story
  • Skills you need

Branstetter worked in layout and was a copy editor for The Capital Times, at Penn State Harrisburg, where she studied secondary education.

She will also take questions from students and other attendees.  All are welcome to attend.

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by | February 7, 2018 · 7:54 pm

Sexual assault can happen anywhere

Even at Central Penn, but awareness is power.

 By Sarayuth Pinthong

Knightly News Reporter

Sexual assault is very common on our nation’s college campuses.

Unfortunately, Central Penn is not exempt, but reports of sexual assault and sexual misconduct at Central Penn are rare.

Even though such reports are rare at Central Penn, with the help of Megan Peterson, Title IX officer and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator, students can receive the knowledge that could prevent sexual assault, and possibly save the life of their friends and themselves.

Well developed policy

“Central Penn has an extensive sexual assault policy,” Peterson said. “In our sexual misconduct policy, we go through definitions of different types of sexual misconduct, what constitutes the action and the process that we would go through if a person would bring forward a complaint of sexual misconduct.”

According to Peterson, depending on the type of complaint and how the individual wants it to be handled, sometimes individuals come forward for only resources and support. Sometimes someone comes forward to report to ask for an investigation and hearing, or an informal resolution.

“We have a process for each, depending on how the complainant is comfortable moving forward,” Peterson said. “Our goal is to never force a complainant to handle their case in a certain way if they’re not comfortable.”

Unfortunately, there is an exception. According to Peterson, if a person were to be involved with a violent assault, Central Penn has an obligation to take action for the safety of the campus community.

About our campus

In 2016, Central Penn College had four reports of sexual misconduct, Peterson said. Compared to the amount of sexual assaults occurring on college campuses nationwide, four is a very low number.

2017 had fewer reports.

“If we are strictly talking about sexual assault/misconduct and not other things falling under the Title IX umbrella (harassment, dating violence, etc.), then there were two reported cases of sexual misconduct in 2017, and none so far in 2018,” Peterson said in an email on Feb. 2.

The college publishes an annual security report made available on the college’s website.  Students can view the reported numbers of different types of crimes or sexual misconduct. Individuals can use the report, along with other resources on campus, to be vigilant during their everyday life and better recognize the warning signs of sexual misconduct.

The 2016 report lists two reported violations, under the heading of “Sex Offenses, Forcible (Rape, Sodomy, Sexual Assault w/object and Fondling).” The other two misconduct reports may have been incidents that did not have to be included in the report. Disclosure of reported campus crimes investigated must be reported to the campus community and the public, according to the state’s Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

“One in four women are likely to be a victim of sexual misconduct while they’re a student,” Peterson said. “Seventeen percent of men are also likely to be a victim of sexual assault,” she said.

Being aware of sexual assault and the possibility that it could happen can benefit the Central Penn community.

“Alcohol is the number one drug of choice during sexual assault,” Peterson said.

On Jan. 24, the Central Penn College Diversity Committee and the Title IX Office held a discussion forum in the Capital BlueCross Theatre called “Food for Thought: An open, facilitated conversation about sexual harassment,” with two outside experts on the topic – one from the Carlisle YWCA and one from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape . Chief Diversity Officer Romeo Azondekon and Peterson also participated, with Peterson moderating. Dave Baker, Central Penn’s retention officer and athletics director, took Azondekon’s seat when Azondekon had to depart the panel discussion for a previous engagement.

A universal responsibility

The responsibility of sexual-assault prevention falls on everyone, experts say.

“If you don’t know that sexual assault is a risk, then you don’t know to be mindful and protective of yourself and your friends,” Peterson said. “From an awareness standpoint, we want to bring that issue to light. The more people that talk about sexual assault, the more people feel comfortable to address it.”

According to research, there are only two reasons sexual assault doesn’t happen. One, the person decided not to not move forward with the assault, or two, a bystander decided to intervene.

“If we’re not raising awareness and not having these conversations telling people what red flags to look for,” Peterson said, “the likelihood of knowing what to do and how to intervene is drastically lower than having an informed population.”

Peterson said changes to campus sexual-assault investigation standards from a preponderance of evidence to reasonable doubt that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has discussed implementing since her confirmation last year haven’t been put in place yet, and it isn’t known when they might be.

For more information, contact Peterson at (717)-728-2398 or meganpeterson@centralpenn.edu.


This episode of the podcast is also available at our SoundCloud page during the month of February at:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-49-megan-cline-and-megan-peterson

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

Edited by media club co-adviser Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi, who provided some update reporting.

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Themed housing event brings students together

By Brian Christiana and Dylan Kleintop

Knightly News Reporters

The residents of townhouse 135 held an event on Jan. 30 in the cafeteria lounge to study for midterms.

The theme of 135 is UBalance, which deals with managing time between school, work and other activities.

The event was for all students and the highlight of the night was the free Buffalo chicken dip.

“The whole point of this was to help bring the student body together, and to prepare for the exams along with scheduling their classes,” Sophia Charles, student residence assistant, said.

Charles is majoring in entrepreneurship and small business.

Fifty to 60 students showed up. Several people noted that it was good for the students to come study for different types of classes.

The students involved were Sophia Charles, Ashanti Conover, Nikolas Hollomon, Kyrin (KEYE-rin) Lloyd and the authors.

Charles, who decided to do a study hall, really did well with helping students with scheduling and homework.

A 2.0 GPA is required for students to live in a themed house. The students must participate in one event related to the theme of the house, and have an article presented in Student Central.

“I feel like this event had a very good vibe to it. It really helped bring students together and they all enjoyed some good food,” said Lloyd, a business administration major.

Ian Kemmerer, a corporate communication major, really enjoyed the food.

“I was really blown away by how much the themed house members put into this activity,” he said. “I hope there is another event like this.”

Another themed house, UCare, townhouse 147, focuses on community issues, and will hold a clothing drive soon during which members will set up boxes for clothing donations.

For more information on themed housing, contact Dillon Epler, associate director of residence life, at dillonepler@centralpenn.edu.


Brian Christiana is president of the Knightly News, and Dylan Kleintop is secretary.

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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Students spend snowy night on gridiron

By Brian Christiana

Knightly News Reporter

Some students recently took advantage of wintry weather by enjoying touch football in the snow on campus.

The game took place between the townhouses, starting at townhouse 165 and ending at townhouse 181.

The baseball team and several other students were involved. Gabe Arellano and Max Thorpe gathered many baseball and several other residential students.

“The game really helped me relax from all the stress that has come from school,” said Malcolm Fox.

The football game lasted from around 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The snow started coming down around 4 p.m.

Students involved were Ian Kemmerer, Jared Rivera, Todd Cook, Jerry Biller, Malcolm Fox, Gabe Arrellano, Max Thorpe, Kahmal Moore, Cain Caesar, Luis Padilla, Emmitt Enslin, and this reporter.

Several flag football games have been played this school year, but this was the first one in the snow.

“I was really happy to spend my evening playing football and hanging out with the baseball team,” Kemmerer said.

There were many spectacular plays that really made the event fun. Todd Cook and Gabe Arrellano had catches right along the corner of the end zone that had really had people in shock.

The highlight of the night might have been how many people kept falling from the snow.

Many great plays were held short, because of people falling. It really helped lighten the mood as it also had students laughing.


Brian Christiana is president of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

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

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

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Podcast #48 features scholarship talk and February events

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News podcast is pleased to release episode #48, featuring Central Penn College Education Foundation Director of Development Sandy Box and Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman.

Also featured on the podcast are Knightly News President Brian Christiana and Knightly News Vice President Ian Kemmerer.

Box focuses her discussions on the deadline of the Education Foundation Essay Contest.  Twice a year, students can submit an essay about a specific subject in order to apply for scholarship monies from donors to the foundation.  Box plans on awarding up to $100,000 in scholarships to our students this term.

The subject of the essay that students will write about is as follows, “Describe areas in your life where you demonstrated leadership and overcame obstacles either through your school, social, or family life.”

In addition, Box discusses tips for success on the essay and important areas to focus on when writing.

Students have until Friday, Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. to complete and submit the essay in order to be considered.  The application can be found at http://foundation.centralpenn.edu/.

On our second segment, the show welcomes Adrienne Thoman, discussing some of the tremendous events that we have on campus during the month of February.

Being Week 4, she specifically notes the importance of meeting with advisors and attending scheduling workshops provided on campus.

The Records and Registration office will hold workshops at the following times in the 2nd Floor ATEC lobby:

  • Feb. 1. 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 6, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Professor Paul Miller will also be holding registration workshops at the following times in ATEC 300:

  • Jan. 31, 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Thoman also discussed “Adrienne’s Featured Three” events for February, including the upcoming Super Bowl party on Feb. 4 and Knights Basketball doubleheader on Feb. 9.


This episode can also be found on our SoundCloud page during the month of February:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/the-knightly-news-podcast-episode-48

 

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Rife ready to make history with the Humanities Film Series

By Brian Christiana

Knightly News Reporter

Professor Jared Rife will be making history on Jan. 26 at the Capital BlueCross Theatre when he presents the film Jaws in front of faculty, staff and community members.

This is the first film to be included in the Humanities Film Series, which will include other instructors from the department. It is a historic event because it is the first humanities film series Central Penn has ever offered, according to college sources.

Professor Paul Miller will present “The Big Lebowski” during the spring term, Dr. Marcie Rovan will present “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” during the summer term and Professor Thomas Davis will present “Airplane!” during the fall term.

The facilitators will offer commentary on the film during the first half hour, will screen the film and will offer an opportunity for questions after the film.

The event is scheduled to run from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Admission is free.

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Brian Christiana is the president of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

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

Edited by media club co-advisers professors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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