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A group of gallant Knights explores Toronto while lending a helping hand

Four-day odyssey is a learning and living

experience of culture and service

Part one of two.

Story and photos

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

Day 1

TORONTO – Hi, everyone. Follow me in my story on the four-day journey I took with other students and some staff to Canada in April.

Eight Central Penn students, all from the Summerdale campus except one from the Lancaster center, rendezvoused at the college on a day in early April, at 6 a.m., for the annual alternative term-break trip run by the diversity office, to provide community service— in Toronto. Two Central Penn staff members also went on the trip.

It was windy and chilly, and not fully light.

By 6:15 a.m., we hit the road to Canada.

On the way up Interstate 81 through Pennsylvania and into New York state – up, up, up toward Niagara Falls, and Canada – we passed towns and cities, mountains, farms, rivers, lakes and windmills.

We drove on and on, in two cars.

After about 300 miles, we arrived at the Canadian border at about 11:37 a.m.

When we reached the border crossing, the Canadian border guard at the gate asked Megan Cline, Central Penn counselor, some questions such as, where we were from, what we would be doing in Canada, and where we would stay and where we would go while in Canada. The officer’s tone was intense; she seemed like a drill sergeant.

Once through the grilling, and the gate, it took another hour and a half to arrive at the College Backpackers Hostel, in Toronto’s Kensington neighborhood.At 1:30 p.m., we got our room, had a quick nap for an hour, and then came back to meet up around 2:45 to have lunch at the Toronto Eaton Centre mall.

View from hostel window

This is the view from my hostel room window.

Some of us ate Chinese food and others had Indian food, while still others had food from Tim Hortons, a fast-food bistro. After a quick lunch, we explored the mall. The mall has a UNIQLo clothing store, among many others. I looked for some items, and then went to hunt a bubble tea at a place called Chatime. We went back to the hostel around 6.

The day was done. Some of us decided to rest or go to sleep, and some of us decided to watch a movie with Romeo Azondekon, Central Penn’s chief diversity officer. I decided to go to bed around 10 p.m., and skip the movie.


Day 2

It was like the day before when we left Pennsylvania – cloudy, windy and raining, but we set out for our destination. The group of us arrived at the North York Harvest Food Bank around 9:50 a.m. We were greeted by Leslie Venturainol and Kadian Clarke. In the food bank, we had the chance to volunteer. Our task was to look for a good can of food, make sure the food was not expired and then to put it in the right storage box. We were proud to volunteer and feed 100 families.

At the North York Harvest Food Bank with Kadian Clarke and Leslie Venturainol.

At the North York Harvest Food Bank with Kadian Clarke and Leslie Venturainol.

The day wasn’t over then, though. We were very hungry and decided to buy lunch at the Eaton Centre, around 1 p.m. Right after lunch, Belinda Rivera, Jasmine Harvey, Danielle Gilbert, Sovit Adhikari, Paul Jones, and Romeo went to the Casa Loma landmark and museum. Megan, and Linda Brown, Johnny McGee, Tiyana Butler and I went back to the hostel. Casa Loma is beautiful. It looks partly like an old castle. My favorite part is the top tower. I was there on another trip.

Around 5 p.m., the group went back to the hostel. An hour late, Romeo, Belinda, Paul and I went to a nearby supermarket to shop for dinner. We came back around 6:45 and started to cook. We had chicken, rice, soup beans, green beans and boiled potatoes.

Sovit Adhikari, Jasmine Harvey, Tiyana Butler, Linda Brown, Paul Jones and Danielle Gilbert make supper at the hostel.

Sovit Adhikari (background, left), Jasmine Harvey, Tiyana Butler, Linda Brown, Paul Jones and Danielle Gilbert make supper at the hostel.

During dinner, we talked about who our favorite actor and our favorite singer is, and discussed what we liked about Central Penn College. Right after dinner, Belinda, Danielle, Johnny, Jasmine, Linda and Tiyana decided to go to the Ripley Aquarium. The aquarium closed at 11 p.m., so they wanted to get going.

When they were finished touring the aquarium, the students were waiting to get picked up around 11 p.m. Meanwhile, I stayed at the hostel to get some rest. All of a sudden, my phone vibrated. It was a text from Central Penn student Mbuyi “Steve-O” Osango, who had already been in Toronto. Steve-O came to visit, and spent two and a half hours at the hostel. During his visit, around 11:15, Tiyana called Steve-O so she could talk to me, because she couldn’t reach me – my phone was out of data.

“Is Romeo on his way?” she asked me.

“I guess so,” I said.

Because I wasn’t sure if Romeo was on his way to pick the group up at the aquarium, and my phone was no use, I went to the guys’ room, where Romeo was staying for the trip, to confirm that he was on his way to pick the students up.

“Yes,” they said.

Another phone call came in around 11:25. Romeo still wasn’t there, and it was cold. That’s when Megan decided to pick the group up.

Some people, including me, didn’t have data, so we were depending on the Wi-Fi.

As Megan went to pick them up, I kept in touch with everyone in the group chat and Steve-O decided to get some food at Subway. Fifteen minutes later, Romeo came in with Steve-O, whom he met outside the hostel, where he had been waiting for the call to pick the group up.

It turned out there were some miscommunication and technology issues. Eventually, though, we all settled down, and things were cleared up.

Editor’s note: Watch for the next installment of this story!

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

Yuliani Sutedjo is vice president of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

She is also Central Penn College Student Government Association president.

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

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Central Penn Campus Culture

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a three-part series on Central Penn’s campus culture.

Dynamic and Diverse

By Sherri Long

Media Club Reporter

History 411

The family campus culture of Central Penn has a rich history that can “be traced back to 1881 – when the Pennsylvania Business College opened its doors on Market Street in Harrisburg,” according to the Central Penn website.

Front pages of newspapers found during renovation of the over-200-year-old Boyer House, where the president’s and president emeritus’s office are, line the hallway of the West Wing of Milano Hall, telling important stories from the past.

The iconic and historic Henszey’s Bridge connecting ATEC to the campus “was lifted from its home of 100 years and traveled to Greiner Industries in Mt. Joy, where it was restored,” the website states. “On May 6, 2002, the newly-refurbished historic bridge traveled across three counties to finally rest on the campus of Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pa.”

Central Penn’s accelerated four-semesters-per-year timeline is linked to its business-school days, with a class scheduled tailored to people who “work all year,” faculty said. The college dropped its business-attire dress code for students a few years ago. Professional dress for presentations and an emphasis on professionalism, though, are traits that remain.

The historic Henszey's Bridge serves as a pleasant backdrop and an interesting analogy for our students. Photo from Centralpenn.edu

The historic Henszey’s Bridge serves as a pleasant backdrop and an interesting analogy for our students.
Photo from Centralpenn.edu

Lots to do

The plethora of activities for students during the day allows the commuter day students to be an integral part of the culture. Online and evening students also receive the “Student Central” e-newsletter so they can read about what is happening and participate in the campus culture. Several activities are offered in the evening or on the weekend that online and evening students can participate in, and bring their families.

Central Penn has over 20 clubs for students to better connect to causes, join activities and display talents they are passionate about sharing. Evening and online students can be part of this by submitting work and ideas, participating in plays and musicals, or attending the events to support other students.

Students at the fall term Club Fair Oct. 5 check out the offerings and activities of the Student Ambassadors Club. Photo by Sherri Long

Students at the fall term Club Fair Oct. 5 check out the offerings and activities of the Student Ambassadors Club.
Photo by Sherri Long

The college also has sports teams.

Offerings are listed on the Clubs & Activities website and on the Athletics website. The link at the end of this sentence provides a self-guided online tour of pretty much everything Central Penn is about.

The online Blackboard discussion forums for on-ground and online classes, and online group projects in either type of course, help students – particularly students who take all or most of their classes online – feel as though they are a part of Central Penn culture. The “introduce yourself” requirement during the semester’s first week helps students get to know others. Commenting on others’ assignment posts also helps students share thoughts, adding to the overall family-community feel.

Lilyan Levan, a first-term Health Care Administration commuter student, said she does “feel a part of family” and that it’s “easy to make friends.” Levan is active in the Colleges Against Cancer Club and is a member of the volleyball team.

 Come back later this week for the final installment of our series on Central Penn Campus culture.

Edited by Media Club co-adviser Michael Lear-Olimpi


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