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Common Hour focuses on Knight & Day Cafe meal plan, food choices

By Darren Greene

Knightly News Reporter

Central Penn College had a weekly common hour town hall meeting in August with representatives of The Knight & Day Cafe, and results of the meeting left students with mixed emotions.

This town hall meeting was a way for students to voice their concerns about the cafe. Kathy Christopher, general manager of the cafe, was there to answer questions.

She addressed nine students at a table in the cafe.

Christopher started the conversation by talking about the meal plan at Central Penn College. She explained that a basic meal plan of $690 is not enough for most of Central Penn students. She said her research of “hundreds” of college meal plans found the lowest was $3,600.

Christopher then discussed student complaints about the removal of snacks and bottled beverages.

She then said that the beverages are the main reason students run out of their meal plan quickly. She said she would see students “load up on snacks and bottled beverages.” Getting rid of the snacks and bottled beverages would be “budget friendly” for the students, Christopher said.

This left most students with mixed emotions. Some found the meeting went as planned and some said the meeting “didn’t go anywhere.”

“We were just making talk and nothing was said or done,” Kathleen Tarr, a corporate communication student who lives on campus, said.

Other students, like medical-assisting major Isaiah Dorsey, felt the complete opposite.

“All the points that needed to be addressed were, and it was a step in the right direction,” Dorsey said.

For more information about the Town Hall in The Knight and Day Café, watch the video footage on YouTube.


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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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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The Knightly News Podcast Returns for the Summer Term

Episode #30 discusses major Central Penn events upcoming

By Paul Miller

Co-Adviser to the Knightly News

The Knightly News Media Club is excited to release Episode #30 of the Knightly News Podcast, featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

During our segment with Thoman, she discusses a jam-packed July calendar for student events with co-host Darren Greene, including the newly revamped Summer Club Fair on July 12 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Club Fair, traditionally during the Common Hour time period of 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. has been moved to the afternoon slot due to the growing number of students with classes during that time.

Thoman hopes this will boost attendance for the fair and has many new features that she outlines in the podcast.

In addition, the upcoming White Water Rafting trip (July 17 – $15) and the SGA Pool Party  (July 20 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.) were discussed.

For more information, or to register, email Adrienne at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu.

Go can always find more information and the July events calendar at http://www.centralpenn.edu/college-services/clubs-activities/.

In our second segment, we welcome Blumenschein and Knightly News Media Club President Sherri Long to discuss alumni events for the summer term, both on and off-campus.

During her time with the show, she outlined three major events on the Alumni Calendar for the summer term:

July 21 – Senators Baseball Game with Picnic

August 16 – Young Alumni Happy Hour – Public Fare – Weis Market in Enola

August 22 – Alumni Leadership Conference – The Conference Center at Central Penn College

For more information about any of these events, you can email Sarah at SarahBlumenschein@centralpenn.edu or view http://www.centralpenn.edu/alumni.

The Alumni Calendar is full during the months of July and August.

The Alumni Calendar is full during the months of July and August

 

 

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The Knightly News Releases Podcast Episode #28

Talks June events on campus and welcomes former Senior Deputy Attorney General

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College is proud to offer our newest podcast, as we welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and former Senior Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania Jon Butchar.

In our segment with Adrienne, we outline several June events happening on the Summerdale campus and are joined also by Knightly News Correspondent Darren Greene.

These events include:

June 1 – 2016-17 Athletics and Activities Banquet – Conference Center at Central Penn – Noon – 1:30 p.m.

June 7 – Business Partner of the Year Breakfast – Conference Center at Central Penn College – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Register here.

Adrienne continued with her segment “Adrienne’s Featured Three” where she talks more about the Carnival/Block Party in the Quad on June 1, the ATEC Dance and Casino Night on June 2, and Cram Jam on June 18 – 19.

To find out more information about any of these events, or to sign up, contact Adrienne Thoman at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu.

In our second segment of the week, we are honored to be joined by the former Senior Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania Jon Butchar.

Butchar has been a part of Professor Miller’s Media and Politics class in the past, discussing state and local government with our students from his wealth of experiences.

Butchar recorded several segments for future episodes, but in this segment discusses the importance of college students to be engaged with the political process.  He said, “In some areas (during the primary election held in May), turnout was under 8%.”

He went onto discuss the need for our colleges across the nation to educate and share the importance of politics in our daily lives with students.

You can look forward to hearing future segments with Jon about our current issues with North Korea and other topics.

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The Knightly News Podcast Welcomes The Cast of Truth and Professor Maria Thiaw

The third annual student-created play opens May 17

By Darren Greene and Paul Miller

In the first segment of the podcast, Central Penn College Theater Director Janet Bixler along with some of the cast joins the Knightly News to discuss her upcoming student-created play.

Spring is kicking in and the third annual student-created play is back at the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

Last year, the production was “Dreams and Nightmares.” This year, the play is entitled “Truth.”

The play is centered around a small group of friends that all deny their truth about themselves.

We are all eager to see how “Truth” plays out with this cast of students.

Show times are from May 17-19, starting at 7:30 p.m., and May 20 for a matinee showing, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket price is $3 for students and $5 for general admission and tickets are available at the box office or online.

The box office will open one hour prior to the show and online tickets along with additional information about the show are available here.

In the second segment of the podcast, the Knightly News is joined by Professor Maria Thiaw to talk about the American Griot Project that she has been working on over the last two years.

During her time on the show, she discusses what the American Griot Project is and how she envisions the future of the project.

To learn more about the project, you can go to Thiaw’s blog about the topic and find out how you can help.

In addition, Thiaw discusses the club she advises, the Knight Writers, a creative writing club on campus that promotes self-expression.

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The Knightly News Media Club Releases Podcast Episode 19

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

The Knightly News Media Club is excited to release our newest podcast, as we had the opportunity to welcome several members of the Central Penn College family into our new podcast studio.

In the first segment, we are joined by Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman for her monthly appearance to discuss important events on campus in March.

In “Adrienne’s Featured Three”, Thoman discusses Resources, Education, and Comprehensive Care for HIV (REACCH) coming to campus on March 1, the Central Penn Knights Men’s Basketball team and their trip to the USCAA National Tournament, and the Student Ambassadors’ Big Man on Campus event on March 15.

Thoman also previews the Cram Jam during Finals Week as well as gives students some excellent tips on preparing for their final exams coming up in March.

In the second segment of the show, Knightly News Reporters Darren Greene and Destani Matthews welcome Siani Hunter, coordinator of the recent Central Penn College Fashion Show, held in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the Summerdale campus at the end of January.

The discussions were focused on the vast success of the show, with Hunter giving us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the trials and tribulations that occurred in putting together her first fashion show.

Hunter went on to discuss future fashion shows on campus and hopes to have another such event in the summer term.

The Knightly News Media Club is proud of Hunter and everyone affiliated with the event for a job well done.


Background Music:  (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

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