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Knightly News Celebrates Episode 50 of Podcast

By Brian Christiana

Knightly News Reporter

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with the 50th episode of the club’s podcast.

The first episode of the podcast featured co-host Paul Miller, Career Services Director Steve Hassinger and the late Nasir Harris. The 50th episode featured Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, interim co-president and provost, as the guest.

Episode 50 will be released Feb 20.

The episode focuses on different accomplishments Fedrizzi-Williams has achieved since taking over the position last fall.

Miller talked to her about many topics, which included: current initiatives, upcoming commencement as co-president and her most proud achievement at the school (listen to our podcast to hear what that is).

Media club member Michael Ademola and this reporter talked about many questions the student body had for her.

Fedrizzi-Williams was very honored and appreciative to be featured on the milestone.

“I was honored to be a part of the 50th podcast episode with Professor Miller, Brian Christiana and Michael Ademola,” Fedrizzi-Williams said. “I look forward to listening to the next 50 episodes.”

Because we are celebrating two years, we would like to look back at important moments in club history, including: The Bill Gladstone Project, Moving to the Boyer House and the Nasir Harris Studio Dedication.

The Bill Gladstone Project was an opportunity for the communication students to help a local real estate man with hands-on work. The students made a video that included his bobblehead.

The Knightly News made a huge splash and moved the podcast studio into the historic Boyer House in February 2017. The moving process was easy, and the club started working a week later. An open house was held at the building and over 30 faculty, staff and students showed up to celebrate this event.

The studio was dedicated in the summer of 2017 to honor the late Nasir Harris. He was one of the founding members of the club, and he really had a huge impact on the creation of the Knightly News. Harris was on the inaugural episode of the podcast and appeared on several other episodes.

In September 2017, the Knightly News decided to give thanks to him by naming the studio after him. The current members had a celebration with his family and members of the Central Penn family. There was a video presentation that included interviews, and quotes from his family. There were tears and smiles for the celebration.

The Knightly News wouldn’t be here also without the constant support from the community and fans. The goal of the club is to reach out and make a positive impact on the college.  The Knightly News wants to thank all the listeners of each podcast, and reader of each story.

A piece of trivia: Do you know who is the most frequent visitor on the podcast?

Please submit your answers to this trivia question by commenting below.


Brian Christiana is president of the Knightly News Media Club.

Edited by media club co-advisers Professors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.

 

 

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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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State journalism organization appoints Lear-Olimpi

By The Knightly News

Michael Lear-Olimpi, assistant professor of communication, has been appointed ethics and diversity chair of the Keystone Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Michael Lear-Olimpi. Photo by Roman Lear-Olimpi

Michael Lear-Olimpi.
Photo by Roman Lear-Olimpi

SPJ is the nation’s largest and oldest journalism professional-development and freedom-of-the-press advocacy group. Ethics and diversity are among the group’s focuses, and are among Lear-Olimpi’s areas of media interest and expertise.

The Keystone Pro Chapter covers all of Pennsylvania, except for the western third of the state.

Lear-Olimpi has been a member of SPJ since the mid-1980s. He served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter from 1998-2001, and as a member of the board of directors from 1995 until 2007.

He will also be helping reorganize the Philadelphia chapter, which disbanded recently. Philadelphia is the nation’s largest city and largest media market currently without an SPJ chapter.

Through his years in SPJ, Lear-Olimpi has been involved in journalism ethics and diversity matters. He has also been involved in similar roles with the American Society of Business Publication Editors, the editorial ethics code for which he has helped revise.

In his position with the Keystone Pro Chapter, Lear-Olimpi will be responsible for designing and implementing ethics and diversity efforts, such as training workshops, and education and outreach initiatives, along with offering members ethics and diversity advice.

SPJ offers professional and student journalists support in a variety of areas. Students can join SPJ, which has chapters on campuses of universities and colleges across the nation that offer journalism and communication degrees.


Michael Lear-Olimpi is c0-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College, and the editor of our online content and quarterly publication.

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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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The Knightly News Offers Students Major Opportunity

Students can now create podcasts about matters important to them

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In a new initiative for the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College, the club now offers The Knightly News Presents, a way students can create their own podcasts about important subjects or issues in their lives.

While nearly all members have had the chance to be a part of the Knightly News Podcast, many students were interested in starting their own programs.

By starting their own podcasts, they understand the aspects of a producing of such a show.  This ranges from creating an agenda of topics to be discussed, booking talent for the episode, editing the audio, and promotion of the episode on social media.

Two podcasts have begun thanks to this initiative, The Greene Room and the Fantasy Football Strategy Guide.

The Greene Room is hosted by Darren Greene and features Quinyece Walker and Destani Matthews.  According to Greene, “If you like everything pop culture, The Greene Room is the show for you. It is a show that talks about everything that caters to millennials.”

For links to The Greene Room, click below or go to https://soundcloud.com/thegreeneroom.

Another show created as part of Knightly News Presents is The Fantasy Football Strategy Guide, hosted by Co-adviser Paul Miller and features Knightly News Reporters Brian Christiana and Ian Kemmerer.

All of the cast members are avid football fans and play in several fantasy football leagues.

This show is mainly for beginning fantasy players, offering advice and insight for those looking for line-up advice.

Click the links below to listen to recent episodes of this podcast.

Episode #1 – Preseason Preview

Episode #2 – Week 7 Preview

The Knightly News looks forward to future student-led podcasts and will continue supporting this initiative.

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Central Penn All-Star Kendra Elliott Joins Podcast 36

Former SGA President now works in the non-profit sector

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

In the latest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, the show welcomes Central Penn College alumna and former SGA President Kendra Elliott.

Elliott is currently the Director Of Program & Development, Lebanon County at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, a position that she says is extremely rewarding.

She claims that her non-profit requirement while in school directly influenced her decision to spend her career in non-profits.

She said of her time volunteering at the college, “I didn’t really do a lot of work with non-profits prior (to coming to college).  It was an opportunity to connect with people, and there are opportunities to meet people who can help you.”

Elliott has three different degrees from the college:  an associate degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Human Resource Management.

Also joining the podcast is current SGA President and Vice President of the Knightly News Yuliani Sutedjo.

Sutedjo discussed her first initiative in detail, having the lunch and dinner menu available everyday on the Central Penn College SGA Facebook page, located at https://www.facebook.com/CentralPennSGA.

The two also discussed the current state of the SGA, how the SGA was reincarnated over the last several years with the assistance of Central Penn College Professor Robert Donley, and future initiatives for student government.

The Knightly News would like to sincerely congratulate Elliott on her most recent position, as we are proud of the growth she has seen in her career.

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Podcast Episode 23 Features Women’s Leadership Conference Organizer

The conference comes to Central Penn College on April 24.

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News is proud to release our newest podcast, featuring two female leaders on the Central Penn College campus.

The first segment of the show features Rubina Azizdin of Career Services to discuss next week’s Women’s Leadership Conference, taking place on the Summerdale campus on April 24.

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During the show, Azizdin discusses the importance of networking and the need for leadership for our aspiring professionals.

Azizdin is the conference organizer and has received a great deal of support from local organizations like PSECU, and spoke about the process of putting together a conference of this scale.

Registration for this conference ends April 18at 5 p.m. and is free to Central Penn College faculty, staff and students.

To register or for more information on presenters, check out this link.

In addition to Azizdin, Knightly News President Sherri Long stops by the studio to discuss upcoming initiatives of her recently elected presidency.

Long has been working on a Knightly News media kit as well as our first print edition of our quarterly newsletter style publication.

The Knightly News Media Club is proud of Sherri, as she does many wonderful things to support the growth of our organization.

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by | April 17, 2017 · 5:47 pm

Media Club Commissioned To Produce Promotional Videos

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College will be doing a video project during the summer term on the Summerdale Campus to promote a local real estate group and to give communications students an opportunity to have hands-on marketing experience.

The real estate group is donating money for the project to cover operations, prizes for videos the students produce and for the club’s treasury.

The Bill Gladstone Group, of Wormleysburg, a commercial-industrial realty office, contacted Central Penn Education Foundation Director Matt Lane and asked whether some Central Penn students would be interested in getting involved with a marketing project that involved a bobblehead figurine of Gladstone that will be used in the company’s marketing projects on social media and other channels.

The idea is for the students to make videos featuring the bobblehead in various locations, such as by industrial and commercial properties. The Education Foundation will match Gladstone’s grant, with foundation money earmarked for student needs.

Gladstone said he wanted to give students an opportunity to get some hands-on marketing experience they will use in the field of communications.

Cutline: A media club video project that the Bill Gladstone Group will use in promotions will feature this Bobblehead figure of Gladstone. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi.

A media club video project that the Bill Gladstone Group will use in promotions will feature this Bobblehead figure of Gladstone. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi.

How did the project get to the desks of club advisers Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi and Prof. Paul Miller?

“Bill Gladstone approached the Education Foundation about a way for his bobblehead, which is a brand for his business, NAICIR The Bill Gladstone Group, to be featured in some promotional material,” Miller said.  “He asked the media club to have a video project club competition.  The Gladstone Group would provide scholarships or money to the winning teams, and also make a contribution to the media club.”

Three teams were set up: Christine Hoon, media club president, and Yuliani Sutedjo, media club secretary, will be one team; Lawrence Wilson and Nasir Harris, who are active in the club’s podcasts, are another team; and Norman Geary, vice president, and Keith Gudz, advertising and promotions,  are the other team. Club member Sherri Long, graphics specialist, will assist the teams with final editing. The club advisers will guide the teams.

The faculty support center will play a role in helping the club teams polish their videos. The marketing department is also helping by lending the club some equipment.

“We appreciate both contributions from marketing and the faculty support center,” Miller said.  “They have been invaluable to the Media Club’s work and will certainly be an asset with this project.

The project deadline is Week 8 of the summer term, and will be presented to the Gladstone Group in Week 10.

“The media club welcomes Mr. Gladstone’s offer and support,” club co-adviser Michael Lear-Olimpi said. “The contribution to our treasury the Gladstone Group is making for prizes for the videos and for general funding will go a long way in building our inventory to provide learning opportunities for club members. Bill came up with a great idea. Good marketing! And we thank the Education Foundation.”

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