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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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Humanities Film Series and Alumni Events Among Topics on Podcast Episode #46

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In this week’s edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we welcome Assistant Professor of Humanities Jared Rife and Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

In our conversations with Rife, the main focus is the upcoming Humanities Film Series, in which he will present Jaws.  This event takes place on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the Summerdale campus of Central Penn College.

The Humanities Film Series is a collaborative effort between Rife, Brant Ellsworth, and other members of the department.  The goal is to have an open discourse about films that were important in the lives of the individual faculty members.

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During the show, Rife discusses his own journey with film in his life.  He specifically discusses influences from his mother, a short film that moved him called The Red Balloon, and his affinity for Steven Spielberg and his films.

Rife goes on to discuss how film can be used as a teaching tool, and how he implements using film in his classes at the college.

In our second segment of the podcast, we are joined by Sarah Blumenschein to discuss alumni events for the winter term.  The podcast is also joined by former Knightly News President Sherri Long in her last episode as a student at Central Penn.

Blumenschein features two major events, the CPEC Job Fair on Feb. 20 and the Easter Bunny Breakfast on March 24.

According to the CPEC website, “The CPEC Board is comprised of representatives from sixteen south central Pennsylvania colleges and universities and nine business/corporate members.”

The job fair is one of the largest in the central Pennsylvania area and is the largest job fair affiliated with the college.  For more information on this event, please contact Career Services at (800) 759-2727 or email Career Services Director Steve Hassinger at stevehassinger@centralpenn.edu.

Blumenschein also takes time to discuss the Easter Bunny Breakfast, held at the Knight and Day Cafe.  This annual event also occurs on the same day as East Pennsboro Township egg hunt, so attendees could make a day out of the events if they choose.

For more information about these events, continue to the web links below:

CPEC Job Fair:  http://www.cpec.info

Easter Bunny Breakfast: http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/easter/


This episode can also be found on our SoundCloud page throughout the month on January:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/knightly-news-podcast-episode-46

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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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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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