Wednesday, February 29, 2012

14th Annual Deep Creek Dunk

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, over 900 people ran screaming into the 32 degree water of Deep Creek Lake for the 14th annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk.
Huddled behind Uno’s Bar and Grill were hundreds of men, women, and children, college students and alumni, first time dunkers and experienced dunkers alike (as well as a mixture of sober and intoxicated). Some grouped around each other in blankets in an attempt to shield the bitter wind, while others bravely walked in bathing suits. Still more bizarre was the variety of costumes being paraded for the traditional costume contest, from a middle-aged man dressed as Dorothy (with his faithful friends completing the cast of the Wizard of Oz) to four frat boys in teletubbies suits. The teletubbies consisted of Frostburg students Mike Parsons, Joe Trimper, Jordan Smith, and Joshua Blatchley, who announced they chose these costumes because “We’re Frostburg’s finest!”  The atmosphere was charged with excitement and fun as people danced, sang along to the music blasting through the speakers, and screamed in anticipation.
For those who became too cold or needed to change, there were mercifully warm heating tents (one for men, one for women). People socialized in these extensive white havens, either to talk excitedly about the approaching dunk time or to wonder aloud what madness inspired them to sign up for this. Still more were to be found in Uno’s, as dunkers were given a meal ticket on top of a sweatshirt for their help raising money for the cause.
As 2:00 finally arrived, the registered dunkers were herded in groups of around 50 to the designated area. Everyone charged into the numbing water, screaming, splashing, and falling. Some only went in to their knees, while others submerged completely as the crowd cheered. Observers gave high fives and shouts of encouragement to the shivering, stumbling (sometimes inebriated) souls making their way to the sanctuary of their towels and heating tents.
As incredible as the actual dunking is, it is nothing compared to the good it does for Special Olympics, as well as the local economy. In the Deep Creek Area, the event fills up hotels and gives business to restaurants and stores. Tom Waite, who works full time for the Special Olympics, has been coordinating the event for its entire 14 year duration. He says, “We didn’t know 14 years ago what it would be,” in reference to how popular it has become. This year had more dunkers than last year. When asked why so many signed up every year, he admitted, “I don’t know, you’ll have to tell me. This will be the warmest dunk ever though, so enjoy it,” he laughs. Even in the warm conditions, they had to clear 5 inches of ice away earlier in the week. Whether the conditions are relatively warm or cold, however, does not dampen the dunkers’ spirits in the slightest. In preparation for and during this day, dunkers raised $133,920, according to the Dunk’s website (!

Frostburg’s Alpha Sigma Tau (Gamma Zeta Chapter) sorority before the dunk

Ash Wednesday Service at Cook Chapel

              Ash Wednesday at Cook Chapel
by Kate Molander

            Cook Chapel, the on-campus church for students, faculty, and members of the community, held a service for Ash Wednesday on February 25th at 6:30 pm. As you entered into the very small chapel, you walked from the noise of the outside world into the quiet and gentle sounds of music playing. Music for thought; everyone was asked to remain silent to allow everyone a chance to think and reflect.
            The service was led by Chaplain Cindy Zirlott and Pastor Jennifer Webber. Chaplain Cindy welcomed everyone, familiar and unfamiliar faces, to the Ash Wednesday Mass. The mass included readings from the bible, songs from a small student band, a student written poem, and a sermon explaining the meanings behind the Lent season. George Buchanan, a sophomore at Frostburg State University candidly mentioned that “Chaplain Cindy did a great service.”
            The service was intended for multiple Christian denominations and had a mixture of traditional and modern qualities. The words of the music were projected onto the wall from a slideshow for the congregation to see. The readings, offertory, and prayers of the service, however, were mostly traditional. This left some of the students attending the service with mixed thoughts. Gabe Ruiz, a sophomore at Frostburg State University, felt that “they should separate the Catholic and Protestant services.” Whereas, Eric Hoffmaster, a junior at Frostburg State University, said “It was a nice service. I like when different denominations can get together like that.”
            A common act among Christian denominations during an Ash Wednesday service, the signing of the ashes on the forehead, was performed after the readings of the service. The Chaplain asked people of the congregation to line up pew by pew, to receive their ashes. The presenter of the ashes stood next to a table covered with crosses: wooden crosses, metal crosses, organic-looking crosses, and ceramic crosses. After the presentation of the ashes, the people of the congregation returned to their seats and were given time to reflect with only the sound of gentle music filling the chapel.
            At the end of the service the congregation was asked to write down what they were giving up for the Lent season and place it in the offertory. This was meant as symbolically offering your sacrifice of Lent. A big metal bowl was passed to each person for them to give their Lent offering and to offer money to the church if they chose to do so. The service was dismissed and the congregation was given a chance to talk with the Chaplain and Pastor or quietly exit the chapel.
            Cook Chapel, which is run by the Frostburg State University Catholic Campus Ministry, stays open every day from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm for those who want to simply stop by and pray. The chapel is located under Frost Hall. For more information on the Catholic Campus Ministry and their programs and services, visit

Third Annual Bridges to the World International Film Festival

Third Annual Bridges to the World International Film Festival: “The Tender Trap”

By Jenny Toke, ENGL 336.002

            During the months of February and March, Frostburg State University has been and will be showing foreign films as part of the Third Annual Bridges to the World International Film Festival. Show times are Tuesday evenings at 7:00 in the LUC room 111 and are free and open to the public. This year the film festival has included movies from Brazil, Japan, Austria, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. All films are shown in their native language with English subtitles.
The first film kicking off the festival was shared on Tuesday, February 14th and the second on February 21st. Last week’s showing, the film “Hula Girls,” was originally titled “Hura Garu” was filmed in Japan and is based on the true story of a coalmining community. It gathered an audience of around 10-15 members. This time around, “Sankranthi,” or “The Tender Trap,” was presented and baited in around 11 viewers, mostly community members. “The Tender Trap” is a Sri Lanka film based on a love triangle full of suspicion, suspense, and surprisingly beautiful scenery. The three main protagonists consist of Dr. Diran Gerard and his youthful assistant, Sunimal, of whom the doctor suspects adultery with his also young and very beautiful wife, Pam.
The doctor bases many of his experiments on monkeys and often makes comparisons between humans and monkeys, especially pertaining to male dominance. Although the film is in another language, the film actually consisted of much silence. Within that silence, the director showcased the natural beauty of Sri Lanka and also made use of body language rather than dialogue between the actors. To some, “The Tender Trap” may have overall been a confounding movie. It is never confirmed until the very end that Sunimal and Pam may have actually been having an affair after the doctor fulfills his experiment but has a tragic end because of it, as audience member Fred Smith summarizes as his “flawed thesis.” He goes off alone into the jungle and disappears to prove that the female spouse will become protective of her mate and true loyalty will show in times of danger. This angers Sunimal as he had to stay the night in jail under the accusation of hunting monkeys at night. He becomes fed up with the doctor’s antics and packs his things to leave; however, the doctor makes one last ditch (half-hearted) effort to talk Sunimal into staying, causing Sunimal to push him out of his way. The doctor lay on the ground wincing for a lengthy time while Pam and Sunimal exchange wordless stares for about five minutes. Sunimal marches out into the pouring rain but doesn’t get too far when he hears the doctor cry out in agony: Pam had stabbed him and we are left with a vague cliffhanger as to what will happen to the two rebellious lovers, if the doctor was killed, and did they really have an affair behind the doctor’s back?
Nan Smith commented on the “weird movie” that she “enjoyed seeing what Sri Lanka was like, such as the terrain and the jungle.” “The music is very different too,” as the film incorporates cultural aspects differently, in a good way, from our own. Fred Smith addresses this as unaffected by “western ideas of civilization.” So, if you are an avid movie-watcher these films are not a waste of film or time, because although they differ from our movies consisting of Brad Pitt-like actors, they contain invaluable cultural insights into the beautiful land, music, and people that are not so different from us.

Go-Getters: National Society of Leadership and Success

Orientation for the National Society of Leadership and Success
By Michelle Queen
Eng 336

Fifteen minutes early, awkwardly standing outside the Atkinson Room in the Lane Center, I collected two sheets of information from a nearby table with the emblem of "National Society of Leadership and Success" printed on the header of each sheet. This orientation will be marked in Frostburg State University history because it is the first of its kind. For the first time, FSU will host a chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. But what is this organization about? I asked myself this question as I found a seat in the second row. The large room gradually filled, some people knew each other and others walked in solo, but all had a sense of curiosity. Some of the speakers were preparing up-front, chatting and laughing. Behind them on the PowerPoint rolled quotes from famous leaders with Adele's Rolling in the Deep reverberating in the background. The music was cut, and finally the orientation began.

The president of FSU's chapter of NSLS, Elizabeth Enaiyo Olawoye, grabbed the microphone and prepared to speak. She looked very fashionable and polished with a bright red blazer and a slicked back ponytail. With a giant smile fixed on her face, she seemed very excited and she should be.
"...this is very new to all of us, I am trying to formulate my words," she giggled.
Elizabeth is a very successful senior who orchestrated NSLS to be introduced to Frostburg; a true example of what this organization strives to do.

NSLS prepares students to be leaders. Along with listening to speakers, working within the community and campus, NSLS helps students build leadership skills to prepare them for the real-life working world. This organization has many benefits ranging from written letters of recommendation to future employers, a members only job bank, scholarships, and a nice looking bright spot on a resume.

A major theme to this orientation was student initiative: the importance of taking that extra step towards your dream. Douglas Baer, a teacher at FSU and advisor for NSLS, urged this message.
"Student initiative about being a leader is very important." He described that employers look for people who are go-getters, the ones who participate in internships and are a part of numerous organizations. And he was very proud that nearly 270 students have already signed up to join this great opportunity. "270 students have already paid their membership fees and many more can still join," he exclaimed.  To be truly inducted into the society, the students must attend 3 speaker events, 3 success networking teams (SNT), and Leadership Training Day, a 3 hour session in which students are given hands on lessons about leadership.  After completing these tasks the students will finally be inducted in a ceremony in May.  Cords can even be purchased to be worn on graduation.

As each of the speakers went through their laundry list of impressive majors and success, the audience could be heard making low-pitch oh's and ah's. And an instant spark went through the room: everyone in the audience could achieve all these great things. All it takes is that extra initiative, the intense heat that energizes a true leader.

Miss Krimson & Kreme Pageant 2012

Last weekend, on February 18 2012, 6:30 p.m., Lambda Mu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity presented the first annual Miss Krimson and Kream Pageant here at Frostburg State University. Combined with family, friends, and onlookers, the many people came out on that Saturday evening to support the six ladies that participated and competed in the chance to become the first Miss Krimson and Kream at this university. Walking in the Lane Center ARMAH, the anticipation started in the opening number when the ladies performed together to the theme song of the movie “Pink Panther” with it’s red and pink theme and introduced themselves personally. The ladies that participated this year were Shawna Watts, Myoni Jacques, Aisha Thomas, LaQuasia Burns, Kristin Brown, and Jocelyn Spraggins.

The show was very impressing because of the talent and skills that each of these girls withheld. The different categories of this performance were “Lifestyle and Confidence”, “Beachwear”, “Artistic Expressions”, “Evening Gown Presentation & Promenade”, and “Question and Answer”. The categories that gave the audience and the judges the most information about each of the ladies had to be the first category “Lifestyle and Confidence”. This category gave a short biography of the girls, including their classification, major, and their favorite hobbies. Myoni Jacques and LaQuasia Burns are both freshman. Shawna Watts was the only sophomore. Aisha Thomas and Jocelyn Spraggins are both juniors. Kristin Brown was the only senior. After the “Evening Gown Presentation & Promenade” category, the winners were announced. Shawna Watts was the winner of Miss Congeniality and 2nd runner up. Jocelyn Spraggins was the winner of 1st runner up. The winner of Miss Krimson and Kream 2012 was Aisha Thomas!

Interviewing one of the contestants, Shawna Watts, after the show was very intriguing. “It was stressful trying to decide what to wear and most things I had to buy brand new”, Shawna, admitted about the perks of being apart of the pageant. “I had to make up a dance for my talent, but the process was fun and a great experience.” The ladies of this pageant did have a wonderful job in picking out outfits for the different categories and being creative with their talents. Shawna also stated that she wasn’t “nervous until the day she was on the stage.” All of the participant’s friends and family that were there to support her made her nervous as well because of the fear of messing up on stage.

The audience gave the girls applause for being able to do what a lot of people cannot do, and that is performing and being as elegant as possible on stage for this occasion. The pageant was very enjoyable to watch and the ladies did a very good job. Everyone was a winner!

Romantic cuisine featured at Rocky Gap’s Valentine’s Day dinner event

by Shawn Pillai
Vanilla Bean Coeur a la Creme with Rasberry Compote. Photograph by Joshua Herrell.
Valentine’s Day suggests an exciting and engaging evening for the staff at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort’s Lakeside restaurant. Lakeside Sous Chef Tylor Dinteman has spent the past two workdays laboring to prepare for the event. “Valentine’s Day is an important holiday in fine dining,” he states. “You want to give the guests something special, something to remember. When people have a pleasant experience, they’ll likely decide to come back next year.”

This year's menu, a collaboration of classic and novel, features three appetizers and five elegant entrées to choose from. The menu is designed to offer a variety of choices to accommodate every guest's palate. Before the restaurant opens, the serving staff has an opportunity to sample the dishes featured for the evening. Tasting helps a server recommend which wines should accompany each plate. Lindsey Tyler is on staff as a server for the evening. “The prawns are my favorite,” she claims, referring to a dish of pan-seared jumbo prawns in a shrimp and sherry velouté served over linguine. “Seafood demands a light, crisp wine. Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio would be perfect for this meal.”

Server Chelsea Merritt says that though she is married, she doesn’t mind working on Valentine’s Day. “My husband and I can plan a special evening any day of the year. I’d much rather be here on Valentine’s Day. Big holidays present an opportunity to make a lot of money in this business.” Couples seeking to impress each other often leave larger-than-normal tips on checks that are already expensive. Food and wine expense can total over $150 for one table. “I’ll make about twenty-five bucks from each table. If I have twenty tables tonight, I’ll make enough money to take care of my bills for the entire month.”

Red Velvet Cheesecake. Photograph by Joshua Herrell.
For romantic occasions, dessert is arguably the most crucial part of the dining experience. This year’s desserts were designed by pastry chef Joshua Herrell. “Most of the time dessert is the last experience of a meal,” asserts Joshua. “For today’s selections, I attempted to combine alluring flavors with sensual textures to fully bring out the day’s focus on love and lust.” Desserts featured for the evening include Vanilla Bean Coeur a la Creme, Chocolate Black Forest Tower, and Red Velvet Cheesecake.

To learn more about upcoming dining events, visit the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort website.

The Many Faces of Beauty

The Many Faces of Beauty

            “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” or is it? Delta Zeta Sorority presented “The Many Faces of Beauty,” a Women’s Learning Circle at Frostburg State University in the Lane University Center, Atkinson Room. The sisters of Delta Zeta Sorority discussed the many issues facing women about beauty today on February 20, 2012. Over 50 students attended the event. The presenters of the program discussed the differences in beauty from hundreds of years ago until today.
            Briana Watson, Vice President of Programming for Delta Zeta Sorority and April Baer, Coordinator for University Wellness and certified Life Coach presented the event. Watson began by defining beauty as the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to someone’s mind. Over the years, there have been plenty of perceptions of what truly defines beauty. Throughout the slideshow Watson explained how society puts so much emphasis into physical appearance. Most people start to believe that if they are not the image society portrays then they are not beautiful. As she continues, females in the audience start to frown their faces and turn their heads when she explains how women in the 16th century used urine to dye their hair, tied corsets which damaged internal organs, and applied poison as makeup.
Watson explained, “Women practiced painful beauty practices in the 10th century by squeezing their feet into smaller shoes because they thought having smaller feet defined them as being beautiful.”  
After looking at the images on the Power Point, members of the audience mouths began to drop and the mood suddenly shifted.
            “If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her impossible proportions,” exclaimed Watson.
            In today’s society, young girls are taught by the media and other resources that they have to look a certain way in order to be accepted. It all starts with younger girls playing with Barbie dolls that are of unrealistic proportions by having a slim waist, large breasts and long legs.
            Watson stated, “ Society imposes an unrealistic perfect body at a very young age and we should not be striving for this as a society today.”
            Towards of the end of the program, Baer challenged the women in the audience to use a makeup remover cloth and remove their makeup to show their natural beauty. Many women in the audience looked around them to see who was brave enough to accept the challenge. Some females refused the challenge while others embraced the challenge. After participating in the challenge, all the women in the audience were asked to write what they liked most about themselves. Some of the women sat and pondered the question before writing down their answer while others were quick to put their answers onto paper.
            The final question proposed to the audience was, “What can we do to combat this growing epidemic?”
            “Stop saying [sic] certain unrealistic portrayal of beauty expectations that we can’t meet and stop equating people on weight because it doesn’t equate to their character,” according to Janet Adesina, member of the audience attendee.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

FSU's V-Day campaign features "The Vagina Monologues"

(by Xinpei Yu)
At 7:30 p.m. of Feb. 16 and 17, FSU students and residents in the neighborhood got an opportunity to enjoy the “The Vagina Monologues,” performed by FSU students at PAC Pealer Recital Hall, courtesy of the FSU's 2012 V-Day campaign.
After nearly half a year preparing, 23 casts of various majors put forward a wonderful play to all the people interested in women’s issue. Originally created by a playwright, performer Eve Ensler, "The Vagina Monologues" is made up of a varying number of monologues relates to the vagina.
Although this has been the 11th year since the monologues first introduced to the university, estimated around 600 audience attended the two-day performance, and many of them are long-lasting supporters.
“I just want to support,” said Sherry Nicol, who is working in the Emergency Department of the Cumberland hospital and drove 15 minutes here regardless of the rain. As a mother of daughters, this is the third year for Sherry to attend the V-Day since she heard the organization from her female colleague. Last year she bought and drew a pink T- shirt. “I came for educational purpose,” she said, “people need to be aware that resources are out there that they have the right.”
V-DAY is an organization, formed in 1998 by Eve Ensler, which is working to bring awareness to and end violence against women and girls. “Usually, women who have suffered these kinds of violence are asked to stand up,” said Dr. Amy Branam, a coordinator of V-DAY, “because most of them would have had such experience before.”
This year, V-Day's Spotlight Campaign is the Women and Girls of Haiti. Since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010, the rates of sexual violence have increased. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign are used to support a revolutionary national campaign in Haiti led by a coalition of women activists.
In addition to various inspiring organizations that tend to help women and the wonderful play, one thing happened during the play indicates that situation is still severe. In row D sitting four college male students: two blacks, one fat white guy and a good-looking boy. Throughout the whole show, they would giggle in a low voice from time to time whenever the word vagina appeared. Later, during the monologue “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vagina Happy”, they could no longer help themselves but burst into laugh which is so loud that annoyed all the audiences in the theater.
Before the performance, audiences were able to attend the Information Festival, which features the Scarf and Clothesline Project.
The Clothesline Project was designed to “air out society’s dirty laundry.” Both women and men are invited to create their own T-shirts to be put on display as a visual representation of real stories of violence against women. People can visit to see what various colors symbolize in order to make a T-shirt. The shirts are color coded to show the form of abuse and whether the victim survived the abuse they experienced.
Alongside the Clothesline Project is the scarf sale, otherwise known as the Scarf Project. “Nearly all the scarves are donated by volunteers from the neighbor city, like Cumberland and La Vale” said Rogers Edwina, the project leader. “like this one is from an alumnus, Kelly Vaden, in Louisiana,” said Dr. Branam pointing at a bag of a scarf, “she is the 2004 director of “The Vagina Monologues and she still remembered after so many years”.

The Dating Game

February, a month to celebrate love and all that goes along
with it. Everyone is looking for that special someone to spend this romantic
time with. That is why The BURG Peer Education Network took advantage of this
Valentine’s Day season in order to entertain and educate the students of our
campus. Rather than filling the room with uninterested yawning and boredom,
BURG induced laughter and smiles while still creating educational moments for
the audience. They did this with their Valentine’s Day themed program, The
Dating Game, held on February 15th. This event showcased a humorous
skit about a bachelorette seeking out her prince charming. However, this program
was not just about cheesy pick-up lines and the trials and tribulations of
dating. The real focus was on sexual health and wellness.

One particularly comical bachelor, played by Chris Lucas, amused the crowd with his line, “Are you a
magnetic cow? Because you’re moo-vin’ me closer!”. In between the flirting and entertainment,
BURG took the time to inform the audience about sexually transmitted diseases
and other sexual health issues. Chrissy DelloStritto, a senior psychology major
at FSU and the Vice President of BURG explained that her favorite part of the
program was being able to educate while still having fun. She added, “We were
able to let students know that peer education is not just a stuffy lecture, but
something enjoyable.” And I must say that the skit was quite enjoyable,
especially along with the free incentives given out after the show. BURG handed
out wellness packets, pamphlets, condoms, and rape whistles to those who

BURG is widely known for their work with alcohol and drug education, but this exciting
program shows just how versatile they can be with their important education
topics. Bobby Croft, senior fine arts major at FSU and the president of BURG
put this into perspective when we said, “Over the past few years, BURG has
really tried to branch out as much as possible to cover topics such as
relationships. This is just another great example of how we have been able to
do so.” Being able to discuss uncomfortable topics such as sexually transmitted
diseases and relationship issues while holding the audience’s attention with
humor is truly a difficult task that BURG accomplished with The Dating Game.
There were many amusing and entertaining moments, but the interesting
educational aspects added much more to the program. Laughter, interest, and
learning would best describe the atmosphere of this event.

Even though Valentine’s Day is over, there is still much to be appreciated about
BURG’s program. Relationships, dating, and sex can be important aspects of life
all year round. Students should know how to keep themselves safe in many circumstances
of their love lives. BURG was able to use The Dating Game in order to provide
this crucial information, while drawing in a crowd with the comedy and chance
for fun entertainment on a Wednesday night. After a night of enjoyment, fun,
and learning experiences students left with more than just a couple of cheesy
pick up lines and a few free handouts. They left with useful information that
can help to keep them safe during their time here as students.

If you would like to learn more about The BURG Peer Education Network you can visit their website at this link --> BURG

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The N-Word: Who can use it?

By Tavarsha Timmons Engl 336.001

To kick off Black History month at Frostburg State University the brothers of IOTA PHI THETA Fraternity INC. had a forum on the N-WORD; A very controversial topic in America today. The brothers of the Fraternity, Christopher Inskeep, Dwayne Winslow, Indiana Addison, and Craig Thomas, showed videos of racial slurs, talked about the meaning of the racial slurs, showed people of other races using these slurs, and left the crowd with one question.
The brothers started the forum with a clip from the movie Clerks 2 were a fast food employee uses the word porch monkey not realizing that is a racial slur against black people (link provided below). After the clip they asked what racial slurs had people heard about any race? The crowd responded very enthusiastically with terms such as koon, cracker, oreo, bunny, spic, wetback, jungle bunny, etc. The brothers then brought up the N-word term and what everyone thought of the word.
 Kenyatta Malloy, a sophomore mass communication major, answered “No one should use the term unless they know the history.”
William Harris, a junior accounting major,  responded that he uses the word “When greeting friends, I’m not saying nigger, I’m saying nigga. To me there is a difference between the words.” He then went on to say “It also depends on how you grew up.”
Dwayne Winslow, a junior psychology major, then used Harris’s point to segue into the next point of discussion by playing the video of a white rapper named VNasty from Oakland who uses the N-word and defends her right to use it (link provided below).
Winslow then asked audience members “Did you feel ok with Vnasty to use the word.”
Brandon Ragin, a senior exercise and sports science major, responded “it has less to do with the racial aspect and more with the intent.”
Chris Inskeep, a senior marketing major (who is also white), responded back “So your saying its ok for me to say it,” the whole room explodes in nods and yes. Inskeep responds back, “but I wouldn’t say it anyway some words just aren’t meant to be said. For example I don’t have a problem with any other white racial slurs like cracker or wonder bread, but I hate the term honky. To me that is the most offensive thing you can call me.” He then goes on to explain that he grew up around people who used the N-word but that he would never use it.
The topic was then bought back around to whether there is a difference between the words Nigger and Nigga.
Kenyatta Malloy said “I would rather not use the word at all. If your meeting someone new and the first thing that you say is that word then that could put a bad judgment on you.”
 Winslow responded, “If someone judges me right away without getting to know me for one word I use, then I don’t need them as a friend.”
DeAndriea Norman, a senior theater major, responded “you never know who the person is. You have to be mindful of your surroundings because that person may be your future boss.”
 As the forum came to its close the brothers decided to leave the people with one last thing a poem called “Nigger, Niggas, Niggaz” by Julian Curry.  (The poem below).
So as the students filed out of their seats the four brothers of IOTA PHI THETA INC left them with something to think about. Is it ok to use the N-Word.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shawn Pillai: The New 'Non-Traditional' Student

By Linda Stewart, ENGL 336.001

Shawn Pillai sits down with a quiet repose and friendly smile as he offers his hand in introduction. His dark hair and eyes match his dark, well-trimmed beard. Shawn is part of a new group of students - the new non-traditional student. Most traditional students enter college immediately after high school, graduate and seek a career. For non-traditional students, getting an education can take different turns. Initially enrolled as an English major, because he enjoyed writing, Shawn found he "liked cooking more" and wanted to explore the field. He left FSU to obtain a two-year degree in Hospitality and Tourism from Potomac State University and is currently working at Rocky Gap Lodge. He has now returned to finish his degree in English because he "found that to move up in management in a culinary career, you need a four-year degree".

Shawn's goal is to combine the two disciplines of cooking and English. He is interested in using the Internet to communicate do-it-yourself information about cooking that would include segments on traveling and eating. When asked what his favorite food is, he quickly replies, "The simplest food is the best food. An example is Saltimbocca, a classic Italian dish that literally means jump in your mouth. Made with thinly pounded chicken or pork layered with prosciutto, it is pan seared and served with a sauce created by deglazing the pan with port wine and stock". Shawn also enjoys creative writing and reading science fiction. When asked what he would cook as a science fiction meal he answered, "I would probably pan sear a deep sea critter, such as an angler fish".

But, even more quickly does he talk about his three-year-old daughter, Jacqueline. He enjoys reading to her and cooking for her, and often creates a story to get her to eat non-favorite items such as meat. Stories might include broccoli disguised as dinosaur trees or goldfish pasta shells and an octopus hot dog. When asked how to make an octopus hot dog he says, "You cut strips into the hot dog creating the tentacles and leave one end un-cut for the head". Jacqueline is the reason he is staying in this area to complete his education. Like so many new, non-traditional students, Shawn is seeking to successfully combine his educational goals with his personal life.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Leon Etienne, Illusionist

 By Megan Collins, ENG 336. 001

At 8:00 p.m. a free show called, Illusionist Leon Etienne, took place at Frostburg State University. The mood was already being set as you walked into the ARMAH at the Lane Center. The lights were roaming, greenish-blue, yellow, and pink swirls that sends you back to your childhood, dry ice fog that crawled across the floor, covering the room. Anticipation was at an all-time high before the show even started, with a full house, lots of music and plenty of jokes. The crowd’s expectations were not disappointed in the least as loud laughter and the occasional “NU-UH!” and “NO FREAKIN’ WAY!” were heard amongst the tricks and treats. 
Kaiya Duppins, a senior with a Math major from PG County Maryland said her favorite part of the show was “the end with the soda can.” This was when he made an already empty, and completely crumpled, soda can look brand new and even refilled the contents. Josh Sparks, a Junior Accounting major, from Sykesville, Maryland said “my favorite part was with Wey, (a Resident Assistant in Allen Hall) when he was showing the point of view by throwing the toilet paper.” Evangeline Cade, a Senior with a major in Foreign Languages from Colmar Manor, Maryland said her favorite part of the show was “the cards,” she had no preference as all the card tricks were amazing. Megan Fisher, a Junior with an Interpretive Biology major from Myersville, Maryland said her favorite part of the show was “the fact that he kept things entertaining. There were no dull moments. I also really liked his straight jacket escape. Not only did he get me to laugh my butt off to the point of almost crying while it was being put on, but watching him figure out how to get out of it was fascinating ” All agreed that the show was entertaining, funny, and at some points unbelievable.
27 year old illusionist, Leon Etienne started when he was 12 and has been doing it ever since, his inspiration? Pure boredom. “I was grounded by my mother, bored out of my mind, so I read a magic book.” Leon said, while mentioning an incident he was lucky to have survived, “when I was 13 I was struck by lightning, and that’s why my hair sticks up this way. You can see it on YouTube, well not me getting struck by lightning but afterwards when I was interviewed for it.” His favorite trick to perform is a trick that, unfortunately, was not performed at the show at Frostburg State University. This trick is called Snow Storm; this is his favorite because it is about “family and his dad and snow, and what’s not magical about snow?” Snow Storm is performed in his larger theatrical show. His favorite out of the illusions he performed was the bowling ball trick at the beginning of the show, where he drew a bowling ball, closed the notepad, dropped a bowling ball out of thin air, and then went on to show that the bowling ball that he drew had indeed vanished from the paper. He has been working with illusions for 15 years now, and in 2011 won campus entertainer of the year.

Straight Jacket Escape, video by Megan Fisher.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Frostburg New Day: A Good Cook Loves Reading

The Frostburg New Day: A Good Cook Loves Reading!

A Good Cook Loves Reading By Xinpei Yu, ENGL 336. 001

Tavarsha Timmons, a Baltimore girl, is now on her third year in the Frostburg State University as English major transferred from Biology. It is the birth of her first little brother that aspire her tendency of delivering babies. “It was so interesting and moving to see a baby born,” she said. “So I wanted to get a doctor’s degree.” However, after one year’s struggling through her classes and saw few good results, she made up her mind to study English literature instead. “I love reading. Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is my favorite,” she said. “And I’m doing well on all my courses now.” She studies very hard. ”I spend 20-40 hours a week,” she told me, pointing at one of her thick reading materials. “As an English major you know, a lot to read.”
In addition to her large amount of reading, her reading speed amazes her friends all the time. “I can finish the whole harry potter series within a week recently.” She said, smiling pleasantly. During the free time, she always watches dramas on TV and movies for entertainment. She is fond of little prince (1993 version) and Moulin rouge so much that even her DVD couldn’t bear the too-much-time play and went on a “strike” then.
As an assistant in the music department for 3 year, she enjoys the job very much, even for some simple work like sticking posters and picking phone calls. “Because I can meet people who love what they are doing and I can have the chance to see concerts free most of the time and the wonderful Christmas dinner.” She said, laughing as a kid, “I also buy the 10-dollar-a-year Friends of Music, which is really cool for a music fan like me.” She is fond of all types of music, but Korean Wonder Girls and Girls’ Generation are the best to her.
Her favor for the music starts from 13 years ago when she began to play the flute with a lady in her church. “My preacher bought me the first flute, because we were too poor to buy one ourselves.” She said gracefully. “I also want to learn piano now.”
Like her Italian grandmother, who taught her cooking pastas at her young age, she is a good cook too. She learned to cook various kinds of chicken all by herself and cooks a lot at dorm for her friends and roommates. “If you go to my Facebook, you’ll find all the pictures I took of my work.” She said, proudly, laughing again.

The Amazing Alex

                “The Amazing Alex”  By Julian Gates
Alexandra Bowen is a sophomore at Frostburg State University.  She is perusing the path to become a high school English teacher.  This is a good choice for Alex considering her favorite subject is English.  Alex transferred to Frostburg from College of Southern Maryland with a major of general studies.  When asked why she chose Frostburg Alex replied, “My best friend goes here and he said it was a good school.” That was a good enough reason for Alex to pack her things and come to Frostburg.  Alex enjoys attending Frostburg and currently resides in the dorms with her roommate Jasmine.   “I like her I just don’t like her stuff” Alex laughingly says to describe her living arrangements.     Alex wants to teach seniors English because of the personal accomplishment of seeing students you have personally taught graduate. A bachelor’s degree just will not do for Alex she is planning to receive her masters in English and to teach in Maryland.  Alex is a happy person that seems to have the right attitude to become a teacher.
                Alex is the oldest of three children. She explained that her younger brother who is 18 graduated high school a year early. Upon graduation, his father encouraged him to join the military, which he did, and gained much needed discipline and maturity. After he graduated, he joined the military to guide him in a successful path.  Her brother is stationed in Georgia, at Fort Stewart that is three miles east of the Mississippi River.  The youngest of Alex’s siblings is her 16-year-old sister.  She is currently still in high school.   Alex’s Dad lives in Florida where he is retired.  Alex stays with her dad over the summer and works at the Abercrombie&Fitch. ( When in Florida she rides around in her car, which is a mustang.    Alex told to me that on one of most tragic days in America that she lost her mother.  She was in the Pentagon the day the plane struck on September 11, 2001.
                When Alex is not attending class or studying she is engaged in her favorite hobby, reading.  Alex says she enjoys reading books that deal with crime because of the suspense of the story.  When asked what was her favorite book was and why she replied, “Twilight, I like vampires I think they are cool.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

From Carousels to Literature: Jenny Toke

“I have always liked reading and writing, especially after taking a
creative writing class”. Jenny Toke began her pursuit of English when she was
young. She started writing poetry, at first, and then found a love for fiction.
Some of her first writings were posted online to a fan fiction site. Although she
was young at the time, she was proud to show her level of competent writing
at such a young age. One of her most outstanding accomplishments was the
completion of a 125 page book for her senior project in high school. 

Jenny is from Bedford, PA and graduated in 2009 from Chestnut Ridge High School.
She was born October 29, 1990 which makes her 21 years old. “Although that
is the year everyone parties it up, I’m not a hardcore drinker.” Jenny prefers
being the designated driver and says she fits the profile of a DD pretty

Jenny grew up with an older sister and younger half brother. Her
older sister currently works at a bank and her younger half brother is doing
mechanical work. Her mother, Beverly, was a biology major in college and is currently a
home health care assistant. Her father, Lou, has his own business on their deer farm.  " I love animals, thankfully, and loved riding horses since I was a little girl... ever since my first ride on a carousel, actually." Both of her parents had expectations for her to someday pursue a career in a science-related subject but found that those subjects were her weakest. 

Jenny also learned to play piano and played soccer as she was growing up. She still plays soccer sometimes just for fun but says she has unfortunately not touched a piano in years. She also really enjoys singing but not necessarily as a soloist, as she is "kind of shy".

 At 21, Jenny has already graduated from ACM with associates in Secondary Education and an associate’s degree in English. This is Jenny’s second semester at Frostburg State University and is continuing to pursue English. Jenny would also like to continue learning Spanish, as she took a few courses through high school, and would like to eventually travel to a Spanish-speaking country.

   From here, she plans to graduate from Frostburg State University in 2014 with a master’s degree in English/Literature, hopefully find an English teaching job on the high school level, and marry her boyfriend of two years, Ryan. "Ryan is my best friend and believed soul mate”.

More information regarding Jenny's family's deer farm and to read some of her written works:

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Katie Deal: More than Meets the Bull's-Eye

Katie Deal: More than Meets the Bull's-Eye
By Scott McDonough, ENGL 336.001
Music, guns, and ice cream—just three of the many interests that make up Katie Deal’s interesting world. Even more interesting is how the many fascinating aspects defining Katie Deal come as a sudden surprise given her cool, calm, and collected demeanor and humility during a normal interaction.
With her reddish-brown hair down and relaxed, a modest height of 5’0”, an assured but not-at-all flamboyant style, and an unassuming vibe about her, one would never guess that the description of twenty year old Katie Deal includes “steady with a shotgun.” As a result, a rare and powerful effect is felt when Katie drops a bombshell about herself such as “I’m a certified expert marksman.” Still, as Katie elaborates on her unexpected hobby involving guns and firearms with the expertise of a professional gunslinger, discussing the technical aspects of her sport including her favorite firearm, a SIG SAUER P250 9mm, she does so as casually as if she was discussing the daily weather. Even as a certified expert marksman, Katie explains the development of her gun-toting skills with modesty, “I come from a very redneck school and marksmanship was our sport. It’s basically just target shooting.” For Katie, shooting guns on the level of an expert marksman is no big deal, because as she nonchalantly puts it, it is simply just “good for stress.”
Speaking in a consistently laid-back manner, the topic of conversation transitions from guns and ammunition to music and musical instruments as Katie reveals her musical talent and passion. From teaching herself viola, keeping rhythm on the bass guitar, creating melodies on the keyboard, playing with many bands, to rounding everything off with “a little bit of drums” for good measure, Katie reveals how her steady hands, talent, and skills in marksmanship extend to steady hands, talent, and skills in musicianship on a variety of instruments.  Likewise, Katie keeps her taste in music diverse as she enjoys listening to various musical genres including indie rock and heavy metal. 
Aside from her intriguing hobbies, Katie holds a particular liking for Quentin Tarantino films and ice cream. Although her favorite ice cream flavor is Ben & Jerry’s Clusterfluff with caramel cluster pieces, marshmallow, and peanut buttery swirls, Katie is quick to make one very important point, “I’m not really picky, just a little bit when it comes to guns.” Most importantly, Katie makes sure to keep her aim focused on academics. Graduating in May with a degree in Law and Society, Katie plans on using all of the law knowledge gained through her studies at Frostburg State University to become a paralegal and perhaps, “attend grad school far off into the future.”  Of course, such plans following graduation will have to wait a short while as Katie would first like to take a month or so off in Pittsburgh, a place she likes to visit often.  Regardless of her future plans, Katie is just excited to leave her hometown of Salisbury, Pennsylvania which she describes as a “very small town with a very high Amish population.”
At first glance, an initial impression of Katie Deal would most likely include her calm demeanor, laid-back disposition, and humble attitude. While such an impression correctly describes Katie on the surface, underneath all of the modesty lays the real description of Katie Deal—expert marksman, talented musician, hard-working student, enthusiastic fan of ice cream and Tarantino films, and all-around very interesting individual.

what we stand on

What we stand on
Author: Aric Wilkinson

                Its an unusually warm and sunny day in Frostburg, Maryland Thursday February 2nd, 2012 ; the type of day when the sun warms you up, but the cold radiating from the snow forces you to cover up. In room 124 of Dunkle hall on the campus of Frostburg State University Ly-anh McCoy an eighteen year old freshman studying mass communication, sits leaning slightly backward in her chair scribbling down notes to herself about her next assignment, sunlight glinting off the gold bangles and bracelets dangling from her wrist as she writes. Ly-anh hails from Baltimore, Maryland where she went to primary school at the private institution Our Lady of Victory, and then proceeded to attend the public school Baltimore Polytechnical high school from her freshman through her senior year When asked about why she switched from the private school to the public school, she responds that she believes that “the quality of an education  isn’t based on the price of admission to the institution,  but to the teachers and an individuals willingness to learn”, and that she desired the social diversity offered by public schools .
   She speaks eloquently with a soft hint of the unique central Maryland triangle accent.  She sits upright and confidently with a tone of relaxed contentment , as she describes what is most important to her; her family,  her mother and father, as well as her two siblings and two step parents. Ly-anhs mother, was a Vietnamese immigrant who fled the country at the age of nine with her sister and  “wont talk about it “, she left Vietnam without her parents, and has only spoken to her Family in Vietnam once since she came to America, Ly-anh has had only one conversation with her grandparents in Vietnam at the age of four, but this is not the case with the rest of her loving family. Her parents are no longer together, but she often sees and has a close relationship with both of them. “I was so young when they split up, that I didn’t know, so it couldn’t effect me the way that it would an older person who could understand the situation”, only four when her parents were divorced, she loved both of her parents, and all that mattered to her was to be with them. “ It only became difficult when I got older having to cope with two different sets of rules every two weeks, It got confusing , but I still had all of my family”. Both parents are re-married, and Ly-anh speaks very highly of both her step-parents, and loves to spend time with all of her family, “unless dad is going to best buy, he'll just look at one thing from every angle for hours, and then put it down, to pick it back up and examine it again. Everyone knows not to go to Best Buy with dad”. Besides her mother and father Ly-anh’s Siblings, Brian, who is 25 and lives in New York, and O’brina 7 “and spoiled” are all very close. When asked to pick a favorite Ly-anh passionately proclaims her Grandmother as “my love, my heart”
                Outside of Ly-anhs family life she is very active in the social community on campus at Frostburg.  Working for the Social Marketing Committee at the school and pledging to a sorority, she remains highly involved in campus activities as well as volunteer work contributing to the community as much as she can.  “ I’m very social but…inside I feel I’m a shy person, it takes me a while to be more than just friendly and open up to anyone”. Studying mass communication with a minor in event-planning  She hopes to  hold a career  as an event-planner in D.C. close to her family. Over the summer she wants to intern at the Food Bank, a firm in New York  , where her brother works as the head coordinator for the volunteering department. However she has no plans to remain in New York as it is too far from her family, and it is of the utmost importance to her to remain close to be there for her family.
                Though very busy pursuing her dreams Ly-anh still finds time for her second passion in life, shoes, “shoes! Oh my God!, Oh my God!, Oh my God!, Oh my God! Shoes!” She shutters  in excitement just a the mere mention of shoes. She looks down at her feet and rubs together her ugg boots as she describes how she gets her boyfriend to buy her 225$ rain boots, instead of jewelry and flowers.

Megan Collin’s: FSU Junior and Animal Lover

        Megan Collin’s: FSU Junior and Animal Lover

                                                   By: Ian Shaver, ENGL 336.001

                       Megan Collin’s is currently a third year student at Frostburg State University. She is pursuing a degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, along with a minor in Business Management. Megan is planning on getting her certificate in professional writing, and hopes her business management minor leads to the opening of an animal shelter.

              Megan has a loose plan for her animal shelter which she is planning on starting with her current roommate, also named Megan.  While attending college Megan has actually volunteered at the local animal shelter in Maryland. When asked about any specifics for the plan Megan replied “I don’t really have a set location but I’d like to set it up somewhere where there are no shelter nearby or completely full where they have to euthanize or don’t have the resources.” Megan said when asked on start up goals, “The plan is to incorporate any animals that actually need shelter that don’t always have a welcoming community or shelter.” Megan said she planned on being to pit bulls, Rottweiler’s, and other breeds that have a negative connotation that may limit their ability to find suitable shelters, or homes, or unwillingness for anyone to work with them. It was also described as a perfect working relationship as Megan’s roommate was described as her best friend “We have a similar background, and even physically look similar enough to be mistaken for sisters, so she’s pretty much my doppelganger.”

          On the Frostburg State University campus Megan lives in Frederick hall and spends most of her time doing recreational activities on or near the campus. A favorite spot for Megan is the woods near the practice fields, or walking through the arboretum. When asked if her parents had any impact on the decision to go to Frostburg, or in the choice of major “Frostburg State University was my college choice for Megan due to the tuition cost and proximity to Laurel, Maryland where I went to high school.” While her parents do still live in Laurel, Megan has become completely independent of them in most aspects of life.

For information on the local animal shelter Megan volunteered at you can visit

Future Famous Scriptwriter: Brandon Larkin

            Future Famous Scriptwriter: Brandon Larkin

                       By Emily D'Atri
                           ENGL 336

Brandon Larkin was born on March 17, 1992 in Cumberland, Maryland, where he has lived all of his life. After high school, he decided to continue his education at Frostburg State University, located about 10 miles from his hometown. When he first started out at Frostburg, his intent was to get the easiest degree and then head straight into the military.

After four semesters, Brandon's plans have dramatically changed. His unofficial major—he plans on officially declaring it by the end of this semester—is Mass Communications with a double minor in film studies and journalism. In explaining how he ended up with such a rigorous major and two minors, Brandon states, “I love movies, and writing is scholastically the only thing I have ever been really good at. It just seemed right.” Brandon was certain he wanted to make a career out of what he loves—movies and writing—after taking a class with Professor McAlexander, an instructor in his university’s Mass Communications department.

Brandon is well on his way to making his dreams screenwriting come true. He’s already completed two screenplays, and even submitted one to a company in Los Angeles. He was offered $200 for his submission for the script, but he thinks his work is worth much more than that and said, “thanks, but no thanks.” Psychologial thrillers are Brandon’s genre of choice—to both write and watch. Sometimes after watching a movie, he thinks he could come up with something much better. Brandon states, “If you miss the first ten minutes [of a movie] and can still understand what’s going on, it’s no good. I hate that.”

For now, Brandon works as a Sever at a popular restaurant in LaVale, Maryland. Like most others in his current position, he can’t wait to land a “real job”—one that you go to school for. He didn’t hesitate to share his feelings about being a server: “I hate everything about it. You bust your ass for an hour trying to make your guest’s experience perfect, and you end up getting three dollars.”

Somehow between going to school and working most nights, Brandon finds time for something he could absolutely not live without: going to the gym. “It’s the only thing that keeps me sane,” Brandon very seriously stated. He goes to the YMCA five or six days every week, and cherishes the time he spends there. It helps him get away from the stresses of life and burn energy.

Although this area is “home” for Brandon, you may not be able to find him here in a couple years. After graduation he hopes to move to California to start his career. He knows that getting his dream job right away is very unlikely, so he plans on starting out doing journalism or working for a production company, but working hard to eventually make is dreams of screenwriting come true. 

Caitlin Megongial: You Name It She Has Done It!

          Caitlin Megongial: You Name It She Has Done It!

By Katie Newlin, Engl 336.002

            Caitlin is a 19 year old Junior at Frostburg State University.  She comes from Dunkirk, Maryland where she returns to at the end of every semester. At home she lives with her small but quaint family which consists of her mother, father and younger brother. Her family is very important to her and she loves them very much. Her mother is a High School chemistry teacher and her father works at the Smithsonian. Caitlin took this science upbringing and applied it to her own schooling by starting out her college career as Biology major. She soon realized that even though she has been spoon fed science her entire life that a career in it was not for her. Caitlin took it upon herself to change majors into a field that interested her even more than science which was Mass Communication, while in this field Caitlin plans to explore her love of audio and video documentaries. Caitlin knows that she has the love and support of her family but said, “Though he denied it, I know my dad was a little disappointed but he will still support me.”
           Caitlin Megonigal is a very interesting person who has achieved so much in her short adult life. She had managed to graduate a year early from High School and was immediately accepted into Frostburg State University. Caitlin is taking the opportunities that college life offers and running with them. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha which is a recognized on campus sorority. She enjoys the benefits that being in a sorority brings like the friendships and relationships she is gaining, all of the volunteer work she takes part in and of course all the new people she gets to meet along the way. She is also taking advantage of the location of FSU and is applying it to her love of sports and outdoors. She loves the warm weather and being outside and with that she loves to travel. She has been in a number of different countries, she said, “It is cool seeing all of the different cultures and different ways of life.” With all of Caitlin’s travels and experiences she is still a young adult with much to learn and she is excited to see what life is going to bring. Caitlin was last quoted as saying, “I don’t know where I want to end up but can’t wait to get there.”
Here is a link that demonstrates the importance of science in her upbringing.