Monday, March 31, 2014

Why We Need More of "Enough is Enough"

On Monday night the first installation of the nationally recognized campaign “Enough is Enough” was kicked off in the Hall of Fame room located in the Cordts Physical Education Center on campus. The preliminary event of the week long endeavor, “No More Violence in My Life” was led by Ms. Robin Wynder, the director of the Diversity Center. Ms.Wynder used the first night of an informative five days to get FSU students to recognize violence as a while.
  The workshop under the leadership of Frostburg Alum Robin Wynder and her apparent apprentice Jennifer Cruz, proved to be more like an open discussion than a lecture on violence. The dialogue began with a definition of violence, to which we, 6 young women and 1 young man found to be "anything in which suffering is caused." Shortly after, we were prompted to share our names with each other as well as one good thing we thought about ourselves. After pleasantries we as a small and yet intensely intrigued group were able to identify the types of violence in everyday life.
Though the workshop was only a hour preview of an usually 8 hour seminar, the attendees were still able to grasp the way violence is able to affect us without much effort at all. One attendee, Okisha Wheeler observed that, “pretty much everyone whose ever been violent with someone has had someone be violent with them," and with this observation, we all sat momentarily in silence and meditated on the simple truth. As we all we regrouped, we were met with an easy smile from Ms. Wynder, and continued on, now with the grueling fact on our mind.
  As a group we were able to identify the roles of people involved in violence: Perpetrators, Victims, and sometimes Witnesses, and then asked to share moments in our life where we considered ourselves to be placed in one of the roles established. The educational nature of the workshop allowed the participants to realize that most of us, if not all, have been placed in roles that we did not consciously place ourselves in. As we shared our stories of being the "bully" the "bullied" or simply the "unsuspecting spectator" a sense of solidarity was established, one that is surely needed here on our homely campus.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Controversial Finish: Frostburg Women's Lacrosse Falls to Christopher Newport

Senior, Malory Brunett
            The Frostburg State woman’s lacrosse team lost a nail-biter in double overtime to a tough Christopher Newport team. Despite the constant falling of rain, Frostburg came out strong, leading 5-2 going into halftime thanks to two first half goals by senior captain, Malory Brunett. Marissa Howk, Megan Hart, and Megan White each added a goal to the scoreboard in the first half. The Christopher Newport Captain’s weathered the Bobcat’s momentum and scored six second half goals. As the fourth quarter neared its conclusion the lady Bobcats were trailing the Captains 7-8. With just under a minute left in regulation, senior captain Megan White tied the game with a well-placed shot. Following the draw won by Christopher Newport, the Captains attempted to run the clock out by stalling, but freshmen defender Emani Byrd made an athletic play to cause a turnover which led to another transition goal by freshmen midfielder, Megan Hart. After what appeared to be the game-winning goal, the referees checked Megan Hart’s stick and determined that it was illegal according to NCAA regulations. The would-be game-winning goal was waved off and play was continued in overtime. After another stalemate in the first overtime, the Bobcats eventually were defeated in the second overtime by a final score of 10-8.

            The referees’ decision to wave off Megan Hart’s game-winning goal in regulation caused a bit of controversy in Frostburg. Players, parents, and fans at the game audibly expressed their disapproval at the game-altering call. Malory Brunett, who finished the game with a hat-trick, voices her grievances: “Obviously if you press a ball hard enough into a wet stick when it’s been raining the entire game it will become illegal. We tighten our sticks after almost every practice to make sure it’s legal.” Malory then went on to credit her teammates for never giving up and playing with a lot of heart. Malory says, “Megan White played really well and scored a big goal to send the game into overtime. Megan Hart scored the “game-winner”, and Emani Byrd caused the turnover that led to Hart’s goal.”

              Tied for second in goals scored with 14 this season, Megan White once again proves her worth in her efforts against Christopher Newport. Megan finished the contest with an assist and two goals, one of which was at the most crucial time with 58 seconds left in regulation. Although Megan would have liked to win the game, she still remains optimistic going forward into the season. Megan says, “We proved that we can play with anyone. They’re a really good team that we should have beaten, and I think that we give us confidence.”  

            Senior midfielder Brittney Miller also took away the positive aspects of the game. Miller says, “We came out and played the entire 60 minutes. There was never a moment where we could have said ‘I wish we tried harder or ran faster’ because we gave it our all.” Brittney should feel proud with the way they competed against Christopher Newport as the Captains have finished first in the IWLCA conference nine consecutive times. Although the Bobcats are currently 1-9 on the season, playing Christopher Newport so closely gives them hope going into their next game against Southern Virginia.  


FSU Women's Lacrosse Edged by Christopher Newport (March Event)


              On a cool, drizzling Saturday, with 69 fans in attendance, the Frostburg State Bobcats women’s lacrosse team was smoked at the end by the visiting Cristopher Newport Captains.

This roller coaster of a game started off with a goal just 51 seconds in from junior captain, Malory Brunett, who finished with 3 goals from the Bobcats. Four minutes later freshman, Megan Hart scored her first goal of the game. Brunett then scored her 14th goal of the season, followed by Marissa Howk’s first goal of the season to make the game 4-0.  CNU then posted 2 goals to bring it within 2, until senior Megan White scored her 8th goal of the 2014 campaign to bring home the first half with the score at 5. 

I was talking to my friend and fellow spectator Jackie at the game and she stated, “The weather isn't having too much of an effect on the gameplay, luckily”. This barnburner of a game came down to 2 overtimes with a thrilling finish. Coach Megan Foy seems to be focused on her team playing good, hard-fought lacrosse for 60 minutes. 

The second half seemed to be spectacular as the FSU women’s lacrosse team extended their lead to 6-2 thanks to Burnett’s 15th goal of the season. CNU cut the Bobcat lead back with goals from Sam Puglisi, Erin Callahan, and Meaghan Galvin, making the score 6-5. Megan Hart then scored again with her 9th of the season on a free position shot, extending the lead back to 2. Newport then scored 3 goals to take the lead with 1:28 left in the half. Those goals were provided by Ashton Marshall, Meaghan Galvin, and Erin Callahan. But, senior midfielder Megan White was not going to let the Captains take the game easily, as she slotted her 9th goal of the season past CNU goalie Hanna Slough(9 saves), with 58 seconds left on the game clock, equalizing the score at 8-8. 
                                                               College women’s lacrosse has (2) clock stopped overtimes that are each 3 minutes. There is no break in between, only time to allow switching of sides.  CNU started out the OT scoring with the 3rd goal of the game for Meaghan Galvin, with 12 seconds left in the first OT. Galvin then scored an insurance goal 9 seconds later with 3 seconds left on the first OT clock. Emani Byrd then scored her 5th goal of the season to pull the score within one, but it was too late as time expired. The Bobcats fell to 1-9 (0-3 CAC), as the season keeps falling apart. The Captains rise to 6-4 (2-1 CAC). 

Statistically, there was no advantage in shots, as both teams registered 24 apiece. 10 saves were made by FSU goaltender Dylan Teitalbaum. Ground balls seem to be the true difference as the Captains dominated with 22-15. The Bobcats get back into action on Tuesday in Buena Vista, VA. when they face Southern Virginia(1-7) at  5:00 PM in a very winnable match up.

A Night to Remember- Event Coverage (March)

A Night to Remember
By Sharron Duncan, ENGL 336.001

Friday, Mar. 28, 2014 marked the night of one of Frostburg State University’s most anticipated musical events of the year, All Campus Sing, hosted by Sigma Alpha Iota and the FSU music department. The event was held in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, filled with an audience of supportive and anxious people waiting to see 12 acts compete for a grand prize of $250. The night kicked off with much energy as the Mister and Mistress of Ceremony and FSU alums, Kristen Brown and Andre Wilson, graced the stage with their infectious personalities. The pair kept the crowd going with their lighthearted jeers and impromptu singing numbers.

The stage was a platform of diversity as students of different races, genders, majors and musical genres showcased their talents.  Some of the eclectic sounds included: John Legend’s “All of me,” Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” and Bastille’s “Pompeii.” The audience was especially interactive during a performance of “The Gospel Truth” from Disney’s Hercules. The dynamic trio, Sakkara Turner, Michelle Gibson and Sierra Messam, had the audience clapping, singing along and laughing at their animated choreography. The ladies placed third in the competition and received an award of $75. Second place winner, Robert Brown, wooed the audience with his exceptional vocal range in his performance of “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys; he was awarded $175. First place winner, Kay, walked away with the grand prize.  The audience was captivated by her flawless rendition of “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. The People’s Choice award was given to Raven, who emotionally walked off stage in the middle of performing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” The audience voted Raven people’s choice to show support and encouragement. “I would have hated for her to just walk away feeling defeated,” one audience member said in reference to Raven. “Even though she walked off, she was good. You never know, she could be the next Adele.”  

In addition to the competing acts, there were three exhibition acts that the crowd enjoyed. One in particular, Ratchet Dynomite, left some audience members amused and others confused. The group of four sang a variation of songs, impersonating a traditional quartet. However, their off key notes and boisterous singing was intended to be humorous. One audience member felt as though the guys were “making a mockery of singers.” On the other hand, another commented that, “they were funny.” Regardless of the response to their amateur performance, Ratchet Dynomite was one of the most memorable acts of the night.

However, nothing was more memorable than the finale tribute to Mr. Bernard Wynder. His late wife, Mrs. Robin Wynder, opened the tribute with a speech about her husband’s legacy, referring to him as “Mr. Frostburg” and thanking everyone for their love and support. Following, a musical selection of Beyonce’s “Halo” was performed by a select few contestants, FSU students, and the brothers of Omega Psi Phi, the fraternity that Mr. Wynder pledged his life to and advised here at FSU. Various members of the audience, and even a few people on stage, were tearing up, remembering how much Mr. Wynder meant to them. “I think the night was successful,” stated contestant Otega Okurume. “The rehearsals were really productive and the tribute in itself was touching.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Frostburg and the Relationship with the Community

Frostburg and the Relationship with the Community
By Jordan Smith
Frostburg, Md. -The Frostburg community, including students, faculty, land lords, and local business owners, gathered Thursday night in the Lyric Theater on Main Street. This was one of many, Frostburg Community Dialogues, titled “Building the ‘Burg.” This dialogue was intended to bring people from the community together to discuss ways to build a relationship between the students and the surrounding area. On top of that, it was to encourage them to say after graduation and become part of the community.
The dialogue was led by Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski, chair of FSU’s Department of Communication Studies, and included many guest speakers from the Frostburg community. The night started off with a small introduction from everyone around the room. Each person was to say their name and how they try to sustain their relationship with the community. With many different individuals, with very different backgrounds, everyone had some sort of passionate connection with Frostburg. Some were from the other side of the country and world, but something about Frostburg brought them back to the area.
The first speaker was Daniel Witter, FSU alumni and assistant Main Street manager. Mr. Witter was very passionate about the community and its relationship with the future alumni of Frostburg. As an alumni, as well as a member of Frostburg’s community, he described his accounts of witnessing the separation throughout the community. He went into detail on how vital it was for the community to connect to the students, so that it becomes more of a college town, not just a historic place. With his role as the as assistant Main Street manger, he feels that there should be more shops that appeal to the students. This would not only spark an interest for students to stay in Frostburg, but it would also create more job opportunities.
The second speaker for the night was Sebastian Goldstein, Former FSU student and owner of Absalom’s Emporium on Main Street. Goldstein being a former student, as well a local business owner, he saw the opportunity to market to the students of Frostburg. When he saw that there was a lack of things to do for students, he jumped on the opportunity to start his own business. “I saw the gap between the town and the grown, and I hopped on the opportunity to create a place for the community to come together.” Absalom’s Emporium is a Hookah Bar, which is open to students and the public, as place to relax and enjoy fine flavored tobacco. Even if this does not appeal to all students, it is creating opportunities for more businesses like his to be created.
Coty Warn, a FSU alumni and owner of Mount city Center for the Arts, was the third speaker for the night. Growing up in Western Maryland, she has always had a passion for keeping up with the community. After graduation, she moved all around the United States, including New York, Pittsburg, and Los Angeles. Even with all the exposure of traveling, there was still something about Frostburg, which brought her back to Western Maryland. As a dance instructor and professor, she is very in tune with students and the community. She is also very passionate about bringing the students and community together. Warn noted “There must be some connection that we can make to break this gap, and have the school and the community come together.”
The Final speaker for the night was Corey Armstrong, project manager for Frostburg Grows. The Frostburg Grows project is more about sustaining the resources, while providing opportunities to the community.  Their project site is located on a five acre piece of land that has been stripped and deep mined. Their goal is to use natural resources to produce food for the community, trees for replantation, and the education of the issues and solutions here in Frostburg. “We are creating a valuable experience for students and the community. We want them to not only take the information they learned and use it here, but also to apply it somewhere else.”

In conclusion, it was a very successful night. Many issues, solutions, ideas, and concerns were brought up during the dialogue. Everyone there was involved and was very optimistic about the idea of connecting the community. It may be something that will take an extensive amount of time, but in the end, it will bring the community of Frostburg closer than ever.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tips On Managing Your Money

  Tips On Managing Your Money
By: Brittney Woods

  On Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Pullen Hall 149 there was a presentation called "Let's talk Finances!" This presentation was presented by Tamara Lowry, the Director of Student Support Services. Lowry's main arguments were figuring out a financial plan, writing out the plan, and building good credit.

  Instead of presenting a long, drawn out presentation, Lowry asked if there was anything specific the audience would like to talk about. It was interesting she asked because most of the time you expect a presenter to just give you facts and wait until after their presentation for questions, mainly concerning them. However, Lowry was very interested in her audience's concerns about finances and was willing to help in any way. The vast majority of people wanted to learn more about how to build good credit and how to start financial planning. Lowry stated, "I find it way easier to manage money because it's so limited."

  Lowry broke down a three step process and explained in detail tips on starting your plan. Her first main argument was called "Financial Planning." She talked about defining our goals, making a plan, and taking action until our goals become reality. "If you have a goal and you never drive out a path, then it's just a dream," Lowry said. Judging by the audience's response they took this advice and became even more excited about their future. One person from the audience responded to Lowry and said "I completely agree! You can't just say you're gonna do something and then leave it sitting there."

  Her second main argument was "Writing the Plan." She told us we must identify our income, list expenses, compare our income vs. expenses, and set priorities. Lowry explained, "you have to always ask yourself is it a need or want?" What I found interesting was she had us draw out a three circle graph. In the first circle was the "stuff I want," the second circle was the "stuff I need," and the third circle was the "stuff I have the money for." This was very thought-provoking because it made you really ask yourself what are your true needs vs. your desires?

  Finally, her third main argument was "Building Good Credit." In doing so we must pay expenses on time, make loan payments on time, apply for the credit we need and can afford, and bouncing checks or overdrawing is never good. Lowry went on to talk about the importance of finances and gave us multiple scenarios of how to avoid being in debt.

  Tamara Lowry's presentation was very helpful and was easy to understand. Sharing these tips with students, especially in college, made a huge impact and you could tell the audience is now more prepared for life after graduation. Lowry gave many encouraging words and left off by saying, "don't get a joint account if you get married!"

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Richard M. Nixon County Park's Nature Center Hosts "Ocean Days" Event

On Saturday, March 22nd, the Richard M. Nixon County Park's Nature Center hosted its Ocean Days event. Nixon Park actually hosts a number of events. "Every other fall there's either dinosaurs or rock and mineral weekend," said Mrs. Amber Carothers, naturalist and employee at the Nature Center. "Starting April through October, we have events every other Sunday from 2:30 to 4," she says. As for the Ocean Days event in particular, she says, "we have programs, crafts, a swimming pool with sand... It's just a way to get people outside."

Volunteer Lisa Lieberknecht and Carothers went on to tell me about the storybook walk, which was a trail where there was a post every so often and each post contained a page of the book. People walk the trail and enjoy nature in order to finish the book. It is primarily intended for children. There was also beach combing, which was basically a small swimming pool filled with sand and meant for children to sift through the sand to find different objects. There was also a table where one could look at different kinds of plankton under microscopes. There a volunteer would talk about the different types of plankton, from phytoplankton to zooplankton.

Down one hallway there was a table with crayons and pencils and a table with a sign on what to write on the "I love the ocean because" papers on the wall. The signs contained a variety of sentiments, such as "I love the ocean because it has cool sharks" and "I love the ocean because I can go fishing with my dad".

Further down the hall, there is a room with crabs and glass shrimp in tanks and taxodermy animals. There was a woman in the room - Ms. Mary McCumber - who explained some of the goings on. "We talked about life under the sea... from the top down," she said. "We talked about the Barrier Islands and how they were formed," she went on to say. A plankton discussion and plankton racing also took place. From 9:30 to 9:50 AM, there was discussion regarding the life of your average sea turtle. From 2 to 2:30, the Living Like a Jelly discussion took place.

Up the hall and around the other way there was a board with pictures of shells, starfish, and sea horses and x-ray pictures of them, which are meant to be matched up to the original photograph and stuck onto it (with the little fabric fastener pieces).

Other activities that took place include fish printing (where a rubber fish is painted and pressed onto paper), and Recycled Crafts. There was also a sample example of what you could find in the river outside in a big tub with a filter. Inside of this tub were minnows, Crane fly larvae, Caddisfly Larvae, and Water-Penny Beetles. The volunteer at the table, Maddie, explained that Crane flies look like big mosquitoes and are often mistaken for them and thus squished.

There were also scuba divers there from a local group. They explained how they do dives in the Susquehanna River at Bainbridge Scuba Center and how they have sessions where they teach you the basics of scuba diving and let you try it out in a shallow pool. "The coolest (dive) would be the night dive I did in Key Largo," says diver Eric Strock. "We saw lobsters, a nurse shark in the distance..."

This event was mainly meant for children and their parents. Most of the activities were aimed at children. This does not mean, however, that all of Nixon Park's Nature Center events are this way. They have a myriad of events throughout their year. Examples include the "Bee Keeping: Is It For You?" event that took place in January, or the Eastern Penn Mushroomers Club Meeting which will be taking place on the 29th of March starting at 10 am. Nixon Park is located in York, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Something that just might make you want to stay a little longer at Frostburg State University



        On Tuesday March 4, 2014 on the main floor of Annapolis Hall located on Frostburg's campus, there was a open Question and Answer session hosted and led by the Vice President of Student Support Services Dr. Tom L. Bowling in place for President Gibraltar in his absence. This informational forum and Q & A session was held to allow students and staff to ask any questions or voice any concerns they had pertaining to the University.

          A medium sized group of staff and students of different organizations , including members of the Student Government Association all gathered to .fellowship and discuss important issues surrounding the University. Pizza was served along with light refreshments. Dr. Tom Bowling is the longest serving Vice president at the Frostburg. He started by explaining " Black Out Day " as the time of the year when state schools are at their highest level of dependency for funding. Dr. Bowling went on to explain the additions and plans the university has in the coming years. More programs are supposed to be added in the growing Health Sciences field. Additional public safety buildings that can accommodate the staff ,equipment , vehicles etc. which is supposed to be located closer to the beginning of campus. Eventually all the current residence halls will be renovated along with the plan to build a new apartment style housing option to be built in place of what is currently Sand Springs Hall. All the departments, staff and offices located in what is currently Sand Springs  Hall will be moves to Pullen. Lastly, the re-paving of all the parking lots and new study abroad opportunities will be available.

       The most appealing change to students would probably be the new food company that the university has signed with, That's right no more AraMark. A new Mexican " Chipotle " style place by the name of Moe's Southwest Grill is supposedly entering the Lane Center. The replacement of Java City by either Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, or a Bagel Shop.

With all these new , exciting changes students did have concerns with how these changes might have possible effects. " With the new residence hall on campus wont that effect space on campus? " one student asked. Bowling quickly addressed this concern by saying, " No the space on campus won't be effected it will expand the campus and allow the other residence halls downhill on campus to be renovated more efficiently and will provide a place to displace students. There is a commitment to maintaining the upper quad and none of the new buildings will change perimeter parking.

A student asked if a garage parking unit will ever be built on campus. Bowling explained that covered parking versus uncovered parking suggest a significant difference in expense. Finally , he addressed the need for more recreational space. This in which he stated would have to come out the activity fee of students and since its geared toward athletics it would be lead by the Student Government Association .

This event was a good way to inform and enlighten students on things they may or may not have been aware of taking place on and around campus. These exciting changes and more in the near and upcoming future just might convince you to spend a little more time at Frostburg or make your stay a little bit more comfortable its definitely something to think about !

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Public Forum Provides News on FSU Changes and Additions

With the hope of creating an on-going discussion between Frostburg State University (FSU) students and the administration, a public forum was held for FSU President Jonathan Gibralter to answer questions from students in a Q&A format. Due to a family emergency, Gibralter was unable to attend; Dr. Tom Bowling, Vice President of Student and Educational Services, took Gibralter’s place. Bowling gave an overview of the plans for the university and then opened the floor to questions. Discussion points included additions to the building plan, plans to develop more academic programs, and changes to FSU’s food service provider.

“We are in the process of completing the largest capital project the university has had,” Bowling said on the Center for Communications and Information Technology (CCIT) building. Bowling stated that the original plan was for the CCIT building to be in FSU’s hands at this point, but the construction is slightly behind schedule. He affirmed that it is “not unusual” for that to be the case for such a large building. The building will be the home of several departments, including mass communications, math, and computer science. The planetarium, a multimedia center, FSU-TV3, and FSU’s public radio station, WFWM, will also be housed in the building.

Noting that FSU’s current public safety building was built in the 1950s and is now outdated, Bowling stated that plans for a new public safety building are being developed. Its replacement will better accommodate a modern police force. In addition, SafeRide may have an office located in the building.

A new apartment style residence hall is also in the works, though its location has not been decided on. Bowling stated that the hall will likely be on the downhill side of campus. Also among the building plans is a building for Education and Health Sciences. Plans for this building are being developed.

Possibly housed in this building is a pharmacy technology program that may be developed soon. This is one of several programs that may be started at FSU. There are also discussions of offering a master’s program in nursing. The experiential learning programs will also see an increased emphasis.

“There is a committee looking at, as a graduation requirement, being involved with experiential learning,” Bowling said. He continued, “Employers are looking for people with hands-on experience. This would give great meaning to ‘A world of experience.’”

Bowling also spoke on recent, on-going, and future renovations to the residence halls. “The uphill halls have been renovated, and a quarter of Cambridge hall has been renovated, but the downhill halls are in desperate need of renovation.”  

Bowling announced that FSU has found a new dining service provider. The university will be parting ways with Aramark. Chartwells will be the new provider of dining services. Not all of the details have been announced, but it is known that a Moe’s Southwestern Grill will be located in the greenhouse area of the Lane Center, and a survey will be taken to decide which vendor will replace Java City. The three possible replacements are Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Einstein Bros.

Several students attended the forum and voiced their support of the discussion. “I think it’s important that students know what is happening on campus so that they are more invested,” said Howard Fooksman. He continued, “We hope this can become a regular event.”

Jordan Jones, who worked with Fooksman to organize the event, stated, “I think [having a public forum] is important for students.” Fooksman and Jones would like to continue this forum and feature a rotation of various other administrators to answer student questions.

“Dr. Gibralter is incredibly honest with students who want to ask questions, and he will answer them,” said Fooksman. “We hope this is the first of a series of events where students can talk directly with administrators.”

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Theatre and Dance at Frostburg State University Presents: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    February 28th was the first performance of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Frostburg's Drama department and the first of six productions. The performance made by the production's cast was nothing short of amazing. The show went on smoothly and without a hitch. The actors made their story believable through the speech they used and the clothing they wore. It was very relate-able to the time period Tom might have lived in(if he and his friends were real). It was an enjoyable work for the young and the old.

    Surprisingly enough, there was a rather large group of children present at this play as far as ratios are concerned. The whole audience laughed so much that at one point the players had to stop speaking for a moment to give the observers time to stop laughing. The main players, along with the whole cast, did a spectacular job of bringing Mark Twain's story to life. These main players consisted of Austin Jacobs(Tom Sawyer), Eric Brown(Huckleberry Finn) and Sara Danley as Becky Thatcher. They pulled off a convincing and very real show.

    The only problems near the end of the play were the general settings and that the male protagonists playing boys were 6 feet tall. The attempt to simulate a cave environment was not very convincing. Except for the darkened room and candles, the atmosphere didn't really become a cave.

    However, it was overall a sterling play that should be seen by everyone one, young and old. The next dates for the show are as follows. Showing on March 1st 2:00pm, 7:30pm and March 6th, 7th and 8th at 7:30pm.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Friday Night Lights

            The YMCA of Cumberland, Maryland hosts a handful of recreational sports teams from soccer to basketball to volleyball; they even have their own cheerleading squad!
            Friday, February 28th at 7 in the evening, Unleashed (in pink) and #ABC (in green) took the field at the YMCA of Cumberland’s indoor soccer arena. These teams are part of the Y’s Adult Women’s Soccer League.  There are seven teams total made up of college age kids all the way up to moms. The teams signed up late December and play for about nine weeks. With the game starting a little late, the spectators were getting anxious. Included in the crowd waiting for the game to start were families, children, friends, and Delta Omicron supporting their sisters in this extremely close game. Throughout the first half, pink dominated the offensive line. The leading scorer was Jackie Boor who completed three goals in the first half alone. Along side her, Delta Omicron was there supporting Frostburg State senior, Kylie Oosterink, and Junior Chelsea Brotemarkle along with the rest of the Unleashed team. Brotemarkle and Boor played a forward striker position while Oosterink covered midfield. With many shots fired at the goal, the first half ends with the score 4-0, Unleashed.
            Catching up with Oosterink during halftime, she reveals, “It’s a lot tougher with out any subs!” Every player on Unleashed played the entire game due to some absent team members.  
            Talking with some of the spectators for the green team, it was noticed that most of them were mothers and had their young children there to support them. One father comments, “The kids love coming and they’re not even here for the game!” That really says something about the atmosphere of the YMCA. Children of mothers from both teams could be found playing together under the bleachers without a care in the world!
            Unleashed started the second half strong with Boor in the goal and everyone else in their previous positions. One member arrived late making Unleashed and #ABC even in number. Shortly after the start of the half, #ABC scored two quick, back-to-back goals. That didn’t stop Unleashed from playing their hearts out. Oosterink saw an opportunity and she ran with it, firing a ball hard to the back of the net. Team members on Unleashed enjoyed running around the field with their arms spread like wings to celebrate their recent goal. With the game coming to an end, the score was close. Unleashed, 5, #ABC, 3.  Spectators could see the excitement throughout all of the members on Unleashed as a win for them was within reach. With just four minutes to go, both teams had their game faces on; they were ready to work. Green had the ball which was quickly stolen by pink’s #3. GOAL for Unleashed!

            The buzzer buzzed to sound the end of the game. Players both pink and green lined up to congratulate each other on a good game. Coming off the field, a young lady from the green team comments to Oosterink, “You guys had a nice little cheering section! I loved the signs! Great game!” Oosterink thanked her and then turned and thanked her sisters and brothers for coming out to support herself and her fellow sister, Chelsea.

Snow Tubing on the Mountain Top

Snow Tubing on the Mountain Top
By: Brandon Richardson, ENGL 336.001

“For those who never been you will fall in love with snow tubing,” said Frostburg State University undergraduate student Bernard Agyakwa at the end of Edgewood Commons Apartments annual snow tubing event on Wednesday, February 26. It was his first time, along with other students who attended the trip who fell in love with snow tubing. Bernard also later stated how he would come back to snow tube. “This trip always uplifts the resident’s spirits,” said Amare Armstrong. This statement was proven true by the reactions of everyone who went on the snow tubing trip.
            Edgewood Commons Hall Council sponsored the event. Hall Council is a student led organization that governs where the money of the student activity fee each resident pays within each respective hall will be spent. “Hall Council is a great platform to meet other residents in your dorm or apartment and if the programs are fun it builds communities,” said Resident Peer Mentor Mike Ojiere, who is one of the advisors for Edgewood Commons Hall Council. Hall Council was able to take nineteen residents to Wisp Ski Resort. Edgewood Hall Councils receives $300 each month for programming and purchasing new amenities for their building.
            Wisp Ski Resort is located in Mchenry off of Marsh hill road. Wisp is approximately 40 minutes away from Frostburg State University. The residents were eager to get there so they can have the maximum time allowed for snow tubing. Once they arrived to Wisp Ski Resort the residents faces lit up with so much happiness and excitement. “I can’t wait to go down the slope…I hope I go really fast,” said Taliyah Walker. Her friends agreed with her by shouting, “Edgewood in the house…We are about to go too fast down this mountain,”.
            Wisp Ski Resort was full of thrills and excitement. Once the participant picks out his or her tube the fun will soon commence. The only pitfall was the weather. “It feels like -30 degrees out here,” said Bernard Agyakwa. He commented more while shivering and breathing into his hands trying to become warm again.
            Snow tubing is suitable for all ages. Adults of any age can take part in the fun. The park opened in December 2001 with each lane being 750ft. long.  Make sure you dress appropriately with warm clothing. You do not need lessons to participant in this winter fun. It’s all the thrills of sledding without the long hike back up the hill.

  Snow tubing is one of the fastest growing winter sports in America because everyone can do it. All you have to do is hob in the tube and step on the Conveyor Carpets and up the mountain you go. With twelve lanes to slide down the fun never stops. Wisp Ski Resort has their own snowmaking and grooming machines to keep the lanes slick so you do not have to worry about going slow. Wisp’s Snow Tubing Park is one winter attraction you don’t want to miss!