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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Student Starts Photography Company In a Flash

Student Photograpgy CompanySenior year is when students often experience the dreaded “senioritis,” a slang term referring to the feeling most students get right before they graduate when they are over all of the work and responsibilities of school and college life. Senior music industry student Sam Bastone, however, has been feeling quite the opposite.

At the end of the 2015 spring semester, not only was Bastone elected as President of the University’s student run record label, Blue Hawk Records, but as her interest in taking pictures grew, she also added photography as her minor.

Throughout the year, Bastone and the others involved with Blue Hawk Records have been planning some pretty big things, not only for the campus but also for the Music Department. Each semester the record label helps the music industry class put together a compilation album and an EP release show.

Bastone and a selected group of music industry students are also planning a trip to Nashville, TN this summer to attend the Music Business Association’s annual conference. Bastone, along with other officers at the record label, are planning various shows on and off campus for this semester.

But along with being the president of Blue Hawk Records, Bastone has managed to start her own photography company, Bastone Media. She has taken pictures for numerous Blue Hawk Records events including Rock Cure Socks Off this past November, the Shades of Blue EP release show last semester, and the Light of Day festival show over winter break.

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Are We Too Hooked on Technology?

Hooked On TechnologyWe are often told to take the advancements in technology with a grain of salt. Although such advancements allow people all over the world to gain and share a myriad of information, they have also connected the globe in ways unmatched in any other time. Those who are critical of its effects, however, argue that it also means losing touch with one another, and ourselves.

Those who grew up without the Internet, cell phones, mobile devices – our parents, teachers, and people born before 1995 – boast an enchanted childhood chock-full of adventure, imagination, and skinned knees.

They shake their heads at toddlers playing games on iPads instead of climbing trees, at kids playing video games for hours on end while the sun is shining just outside their windows, at teens refusing to be torn away from their phones even for a moment to have a conversation outside of alternating little blue and green boxes on a screen.

“Where is their sense of wonder?” they implore. “Why aren’t they exploring the world around them?” they demand. It is almost as if we’ve become two different species, one perplexedly studying the other, while the other is sedated with Instagram.

Emily Nieliwocki, a freshman psychology student, believes that technology is doing some kind of harm to children. “My cousins, who are nine, seven, and five years old, are always on their own iPads playing Minecraft,” she said. “I definitely think it’s becoming a problem because they’d rather play games by themselves than with each other.”

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Taking Care of Business

Companies Begin to Address the Lack of Female Entrepreneurs

Female EntrepreneursIt’s no secret that women have almost always been given the short end of the stick. They don’t make as much money as men, childcare is expensive, and they are constantly fighting for the rights to their own bodies. Debates about these issues are typically at the forefront of the discussions that revolve around gender politics, but it seems as though many people forget, or are simply unaware of, the fact that women are virtually invisible in positions of power almost entirely across the board.

Regardless of the fact that women make up 50.8 percent of the country’s population and hold almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs, ladies in the U.S. make up only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners, and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs, according to the Center for American Progress.

No one seems to talk about the severe lack of females who have “CEO,” “Project Manager,” or “President of the United States” written on their business cards.

Although women like Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina may be fighting to get a hold of that last title, the other millions of women in America remain, for the most part, completely unseen in authoritative positions, even at levels much less significant than what The White House has to offer.

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In Latest Trend, Plus-Size Labeling is Out of Fashion

Plus Size LabelingThere’s a makeover of sorts sweeping the fashion industry, but it’s not about what clothes look like. Instead, it’s about how retailers are talking about them.

ModCloth, the e-commerce site specializing in vintage-inspired fashions and accessories, recently announced that it’s removing the “plus” section of clothing from its home page, and is in the process of eliminating plus-sized language from its website.

Shoppers will be able to find sizes for a range of body types all in one place on the site, or there will be a way for them to search for pieces that come in sizes above XL via a filter to be called “extended sizes,” which someday could also include petite, tall and other size variations.

“ModCloth’s mission is to help women feel like the best version of themselves, and we believe this is another way we can promote inclusivity,” co-founder and chief creative officer Susan Koger said in a statement.

Koger, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate, started the company in 2002 with Eric Koger, who is now her husband. Employees are based in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The online retailer conducted a survey about the experience and perceptions of plus-sized fashion. It involved about 1,500 women ages 18 to 35 in the U.S. who identify as wearing a size 16 or larger.

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Changing the World One Hashtag at a Time

Millennials InfographicOur generation is about to change everything. We have adapted to endless new technologies, progressive reforms, and new ways of thinking. We are the largest generation in U.S. history; with about 80 million millennials, our numbers are surpassing those of the Baby Boom. As we leave college behind, how are we going to leave our mark on society?

Unlike Generation X and the Baby Boomers, we have countless ways to share our opinions with the world. You don’t have to write up a letter to your town paper to have your voice heard.

Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, and a number of free forums online, it’s easy for millennials to express their beliefs, especially during monumental social events or tragedies.

When riots broke out in Ferguson, MO and the Black Lives Matter campaign took off, we were able to contribute with a hashtag. “Social media gave us a platform to express how passionate we were about these controversial issues,” Samantha Marella, a junior business marketing student, explained.

With the presidential elections looming ahead, we’re using our voices more than ever on social media to debate over candidates.

“Many millennials are using social media to spread awareness of social injustices and important political issues,” Robert Scott, a Specialist Professor in the Communication Department, said. “And doing so in an immediate fashion often leads to mobilization and positive change.”

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Dealing With the Loss of Music Legends

David Bowie Memorial“And the stars look very different today,” David Bowie wrote in his 1969 hit “Space Oddity;” with the recent loss of some major icons in the world of music, like Bowie, the stars do look different to the fans who followed these artists. Legendary performers leave their mark on society and the hearts of fans, so it’s no surprise that the recent losses in the music industry have left many people heartbroken.

On Dec. 28, 2015, Lemmy Kilmister, founder and front man of heavy metal band Motorhead, passed away from cancer. Andrew Jackle, a junior music industry student and a fan of Motorhead, said, “Lemmy was such an iconic figure in the rock music world that even great stars like Dave Grohl, who don’t play metal music, were influenced by him.”

Along with Kilmister and Bowie, who passed away on Jan. 10, family, friends, and fans were also forced to say goodbye to Glenn Frey of The Eagles on Jan. 18.

The deaths of these rock stars has certainly shaken up the music world. I remember first hearing about Bowie’s death: I just started my car to go to work and the first thing I heard on the radio was that he had passed away at the fairly young age of 69.

Dave DePaola, a junior music industry student, explained, “Bowie is one of those musicians that you thought would never die. He made amazing music right up until the end of his life.”

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The Downfalls of the College Diet

College Food PyramidThe “freshman fifteen” has become a common expression among college students in this generation. The notion that students will gain weight in college has become widely accepted simply by adapting this term. But what exactly are students eating that creates this phenomenon?

Pizza, beer, fries and coffee is how Kristine Simoes, a Specialist Professor in the Communication Department, would describe the typical college student’s diet and the reason as to why the “freshman fifteen” is usually gained.

Students tend to eat things that are readily available, cheap and that taste good. While it’s hard to generalize a typical college student’s diet, it’s safe to say that junk food is favored by busy students on the go.

“I try not to generalize diets and food choices, because those things are so personal, even among a collective group such as college students. However, I do see, more often than not, that students are surrounded by an abundance of processed foods, sugar-loaded beverages, and not-so-healthy choices,” Mary Harris, a Specialist Professor in the Communication Department, commented.

Students are, in fact, consistently surrounded by unhealthy food choices. Whether that be in the dining hall, student center or fast food restaurants that deliver in the area, it’s easy for students to eat an unhealthy meal.

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He For She: An Open Invite to Fight Gender Inequality

Emma Watson He For SheI am a feminist, and I recently participated in a campaign where other feminists and I attempted to get male students at the University to take a pledge stating that they were “He For She.” The pledge was simply about making a commitment to stand for gender equality. However, there were a few male students who made excuses for not taking the pledge, and there was one in particular whom I will never forget.

This student declined to pledge with assurance. He looked us in the eyes and said, “I believe in gender equality, but not in...feminism.”

For three milliseconds I stood there, confused, and it was just enough time for him to make a getaway.

I will always regret this lapse in my motor skills, because I never got the chance to enlighten him. I did not get to tell him that a feminist is someone who believes in gender equality, and that the two are synonymous.

For centuries, the fight against gender discrimination and gender-bias has been a burden on the shoulders of those it mainly affects: women. I have come to realize that this is due to the fact that men, and some women, misunderstand the true definition of feminism.

According to a poll taken by YouGov in 2014, 75 percent of Americans do not consider themselves feminists. However, when asked if they believed that “men and women should be social, political, and economic equals,” 60 percent said yes.

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Through the Lens of a Pro: Tips for Beginning Photographers

Pro PhotographyWhen I held my first “real” camera, all I wanted to do was shoot, shoot, shoot. I would shoot a photo of that bug on the ground, the clouds in the sky, or my sister in awful outfits I thought were fashionable at the time. I was drawn to photography because it has the ability to tell a story with no words and capture a moment in time forever.

The art of photography has gone from sitting still in front of a camera for an extended amount of time to get a single photograph in the 1800s, to using your phone to take multiple selfies at a time. We are so saturated in images today that we forget that much more goes into a photograph than just pointing and shooting. People dedicate their lives to the craft of photography in order to perfect it, and share a different perspective of the world that we often look past in our busy lives.

So, what should you know if you want to pursue photography as a career?

First, it is good to know some statistics on photography as an occupation. According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2012, 136,600 people were employed as professional photographers. That includes everyone from studio photographers, to product photographers, to photojournalists. The average salary of a photographer is $28,490 per year, but of course, that depends on the photographer’s level of success. Their income always fluctuates as well, since their jobs depend on clients and assignments.

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The Stress of Student Loans and College Tuition

College students are subject to many sources of stress throughout their time in school; homework and projects for classes, trying to make money by having a job, maintaining a social life, and attempting to balance all of these things at once. On top of all this pressure, students eventually begin to realize that they must think about their future after graduation.

A college student’s biggest fear is being swamped with student loans after graduating. Many undergraduates receive a great amount of help from their parents when it comes to paying the bills and loans. However, there are students who have to deal with the stress and burden of student loans all on their own.

Tom Gargano, a sophomore business student at the University who is paying his own way through college, said, “It has its rewards and downfalls…because I have to work throughout the week I have less time for social activities and homework. I have to manage myself properly and according to my work and class schedule.”

He explained that this kind of balancing act is hard for any student, but it seems to be even more difficult when your college student job is the only way you are getting through school.

I am a junior transfer education student here at the University. When you were in high school, I’m sure one of the parts that you were most excited about in regards to going to college was getting the full away-from-home experience. I felt the same way; I even remember thinking about going away to school since my freshman year of high school.

I had always known that I wanted to be a teacher, so some of my favorite schools with great education programs were West Chester University in West Chester, PA and The College of New Jersey in Trenton, NJ. But I remember always thinking, “How could I ever afford to go away to school?”

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Winter Celebrations: Not Just Christmas

Winter Celebrations 1December is one of the most important months of the whole year. Not only does it signify the end of a year but it is also filled with many different holidays. While some people are getting into the Christmas spirit, it is important to focus on all of the other significant holidays that December brings.

One of the most celebrated holidays is Hanukkah. For those who practice Judaism, Hanukkah is an important celebration of a very historical moment in their religion. Heide Estes, a professor of English at the University explained, “The holiday commemorates a time when the Assyrians and the Jews were at war, and the Jews were driven out of the Temple in Jerusalem.”

Estes continued, “Eventually they defeated the Assyrians and regained control of the Temple, and prepared to rekindle the ‘eternal light’ that is always burned in the Temple, but discovered they had enough oil to last only for one day. It takes eight days, apparently, to make new olive oil. By a miracle, the original oil lasted until new oil could be obtained.”

This is why those who practice Judaism light the Hanukkah Menorah for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah and say the blessings. “You have eight candles and one taller candle called the Shamash. Each night you light it starting from right to left and you always start with the number candle that represents the night it is. For example, on the second night of Hanukkah, you would light the second candle in from the right first and then the new candle to the right of it,” said Dr. Michael Schwebel, a Coastal Resilience and Climate Adaptation Specialist at the University.

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