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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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The Knightly News Podcast Returns for Episode #45

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Podcast returns to the airwaves for 2018, with Episode #45 featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman discussing January events at the Summerdale Campus and Professor Maria Thiaw talking about her upcoming “Reclaiming My Time” program in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

The show features Knightly News Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo as co-host and is hosted by Professor Paul Miller.

During Thoman’s time on the show, she discusses several unique events that are coming to campus in January, including the Winter Club Fair on Jan. 10 and the debut of the Humanities Film Series, featuring Professor Jared Rife discussing the eternal classic “Jaws”, followed by a screening of the film on Jan. 26.

In addition to those events, she also discusses three major events in January in her segment “Adrienne’s Featured Three”.  The events are listed below:

  • Free Ice Skating for Central Penn Students – Twin Ponds West, Jan. 14 from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • The Debut of Karaoke – Capital BlueCross Theatre, Jan. 25, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Common Hour Series – Ron L. James – Capital BlueCross Theatre, Jan. 31, 12:10 – 1:10 p.m.

For more details on any of these events, or to register, contact Thoman at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu.

In the second segment of the episode, we are joined by Professor Maria Thiaw, discussing her upcoming performance “Reclaiming My Time”, held in the Capital BlueCross Theatre from March 8 – 11.

The performance stems from extensive research that Thiaw has done on the American Griot Project, something that started as an oral history of those who were a part of the civil rights movements in the United States.

According to Thiaw, “(The American Griot Project is where) history, poetry and performance all come together to honor women’s role in our society.”  Read more about the American Griot Project at Thiaw Blog:  https://mariathepoet.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/american-griot-project/

Auditions for “Reclaiming My Time” will take place in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on Jan. 17 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and on Jan. 18 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Interested parties should contact Theatre Director Janet Bixler at janetbixler@centralpenn.edu to set up an audition or to express interest in joining the crew.

The performance will offer four different showtimes:  March 8 – 10 at 7:30 p.m. each evening and March 11 for a special 2:30 p.m. matinee show.


This podcast can also be found at our SoundCloud page for the month of January:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/the-knightly-news-podcast-episode-45

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Thank you, Dr. Scolforo

Editor’s note: The following is an editorial by Student Government President Yuliani Sutedjo. The opinion is hers, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Knightly News or its staff, and is not an endorsement. Sutedjo is also vice president of The Knightly News.

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Karen M. Scolforo, the ninth president of Central Penn College, resigned on Sept. 15.

She said in several communications to faculty, staff and students that she decided to resign because she needed to live closer to her mother, who is ailing.

“I made the decision to apply with the goal of moving closer to my ailing mother, and to provide some support for my sister, who serves as her sole care provider,” Scolforo said in Central Station email on Sept. 4.

Scolforo will become president of Castleton University, in Vermont, in early December.

During Scolforo’s tenure, from 2013, she accomplished many things.

Below are a few of those accomplishments listed on her curriculum vitae (CV):

  • She built The Underground, which provides students the ability to relax and have some fun. The building consists of the Capital BlueCross Theatre, offices, a gym, the Student Government Association office, a dance studio and the student lounge.
  • She also redesigned the new health science building, called the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Health Sciences Building.
  • Expanded academic programs, including four new medical bachelor degrees and three graduate-level options.
  • Established the Center for Global Education and Cultural Inclusion.
  • Increased underrepresented populations by 30 percent in staff and faculty.
  • Installation of a gender-neutral restroom.

Besides these achievements, she received many awards for being involved in the community. Below are some of them listed on her (CV):

  • Century Link Business Woman of the Year, 2017.
  • YWCA Woman of Excellence, 2017.
  • Central Penn Business Journal Executive Leadership Team (president and cabinet) nominee, 2016.
  • Women’s Conference Care to Share, 2017.
  • Central Penn Business Journal Woman of Influence, 2016.
  • Carlisle Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year nominee, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • West Shore Chamber of Commerce Prestigious Visionary Luminary, 2015.
  • U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Women Who Thrive, 2015.

As the president of the Student Government Association, I want to thank you for all the work you did.

Your accomplishments and awards have been helpful for our students and made Central Penn College grow bigger with the many connections you made.

Thank you for making The Underground a reality. Students get to experience the world of theater, are able to exercise and have a place to hang out.

The time you took to have monthly meetings with the Student Government Association was helpful for us to allow direct communication with you about student concerns.

Thank you for taking time to support the events that happened on campus, such as coming to many basketball home games and some away games, coming to see the student-created play and some other plays held at the Capital BlueCross Theatre, coming to some of the poetry contests in The Underground, and other events.

I wish you all the best at Castleton University, and reuniting with your mom and sister.


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Theatrical showcase ‘Passions’ set to premiere on campus

By Darren Greene

Knightly News Reporter

Students, staff and community members are working on a theatrical showcase called “Passions,” set for Sept. 6-9, in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, discussed at length in our most recent podcast, episode #37.

A free preview for the Central Penn community will be presented at 5 p.m. on Sept. 6.

The rest of the shows, on Sept. 7, 8 and 9, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 general admission.  Tickets for the individual shows are available by clicking here.

A dinner-and-a-show combination will be available on Sept. 9, starting at 6 p.m., in the Knight and Day Café Lounge. The cost for the Italian-food dinner is $10 for students and $15 general admission.  Tickets for the dinner-and-a-show are available by clicking here.

This is a production of monologues and short plays on the theme of passion. Each performance lasts 10-15 minutes. The overall play will be 75 minutes long, without an intermission.

The cast consists of eight students. There are also three staff members and three community members, for a total of 14 people acting in this play.

When asked if this showcase is similar to the monologue play “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant And A Prayer,” performed in the winter term, Theater Director Janet Bixler made it clear that it is not.

Bixler explained that the monologue done in the winter term “consisted of a production of staged readings that was written from public authors and it was to raise awareness of violence (against) women and children.”

 

“Passions” consists of monologues, scenes and short plays from a variety of famous authors on the theme of passion.

There is going to be content from Shakespeare to contemporary playwrights.

This will also be a more playful and comedic showcase but also have serious moments.

When asked why make a theatrical showcase, Bixler explained why this was a better idea for productions in the future.

“The creation of a traditional-run play has … become difficult due to … students’ daily schedules,” Bixler said.

By making a theatrical showcase, not all students involved have to rehearse together as they would in a traditional play. This makes it flexible for the students to be able to come to practice and not have it conflict with their other commitments.

In the second segment of our podcast, Adrienne Thoman joins the show with Knightly News Reporters Ian Kemmerer and Michael Ademola discussing September events.

Thoman is also starring in the upcoming “Passions” production, and features this in Adrienne’s Featured Three.

For more information on “Passions,” visit the Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College’s Facebook page.


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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