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Brian Christiana Elected Knightly News President for 2018

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

Congratulations are in order to Knightly News Reporter Brian Christiana, as he was elected the Knightly News president in a vote at a recent club meeting, held on Dec. 7.  Ian Kemmerer was elected vice president in the same election.

Christiana, a Shamokin native and graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Coal Township, is a residential student in his sophomore year.

The positions became available due to the graduation of current Knightly News Club President Sherri Long, and the impending graduation of Knightly News Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo.  Sutedjo will continue to serve in a mentor role to the new club officers until her graduation in March.

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Brian Christiana is honored to be the fourth President of the Knightly News Media Club.

Christiana discussed several initiatives that he hopes to achieve in 2018 during a speech given to club members prior to the vote, including an increased emphasis on breaking news and the future for sports commentary for our basketball and baseball teams.

During his time with the Knightly News, Christiana has shown a tremendous dedication to club functions and activities, especially taking the initiative to encourage involvement in the club from peers and starting his own fantasy football podcast with Kemmerer.

While it is bittersweet to see our current club officers turning to the next stage of their lives, the club believes they are in good hands for 2018 and beyond.

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A place to pray

Interfaith prayer room to open soon

By Yuli Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

After almost a year and a half, the Interfaith Prayer Room has found a home — in the Boyer House.

The room will be used by students, faculty and staff to pray, and to hold religious or spiritual programs.

There will be different programs that will allow faculty, staff and students to learn about different religions, Chief Diversity Officer Romeo Azondekon said.

Making it comfortable                                                                                                             

Facilities put furniture in a room on the first floor of the historic building, on the northeast corner of campus along Valley Road, around the end of October.

The search has taken a while because space is limited on campus.

Members of the Student Multicultural Advisory Board (SMAB) will be coming in to arrange the furniture and to shelve books by the end of fall term.

Furniture includes a table for a student worker to use while on duty, possibly a beanbag chair, a sofa that the board and the Diversity Committee expect to be donated, and some other pieces from offices and other locations on campus.

The books, which were donated, include such works as the Bible and the Quran.

Schedule, and getting in

Once everything is set up, the interfaith room will be open three days a week and staffed by financial aid counselor John Steindel.

Steindel will supervise use of the room, and when and what day the prayer room will be available, said Azondekon.

To use the room outside of the yet-to-be-established office hours, faculty, staff and students need to schedule an appointment with Steindel. After that, Steindel will have the option to schedule the event and let security know about it, so that the room will be open when the group needs to use the room.

Azondekon said the room should be ready for use by the winter term, which begins in the second week of January.


Yuli Sutedjo is vice president of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

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

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

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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.


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

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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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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