Previewing Eastern’s Fall/Winter Sports: A look at the Eagles’ upcoming seasons.

The wait is finally over, as many of Eastern’s fall sports are gearing up to begin their seasons.

Eastern’s soccer team started off their season 4-0, including an exciting game with a game-winner by junior Emmanuel Hewitt against Farmingdale State College. They follow up with a three-game away stretch against Cairn University, Cabrini University and Swarthmore College, which is their longest stretch away from St. Davids for the rest of the regular season. They return to St. Davids on Sept. 25 for a game against Lycoming College before taking on Catholic University on Sept. 29.

The men’s cross country team opens the season with four straight away events in Lebanon, La Plume, Philadelphia and Frederick, Md. before the MAC Championships in Center Valley, Pa. Returning team members include Billy Dykes, Solomon Rios and senior Milan Sharma, and they are welcoming first-year student William Housworth to the team.

For fans of the lacrosse team, the maroon-white scrimmage game will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The men’s basketball team also looks to have a great season, and their season kicks off with a scrimmage on Friday, Nov. 20. There is a slew of first-year players on the team, with only ten out of twenty-four players being upperclassmen. 

Eastern’s women’s volleyball team may be made up of mostly first-year students, but that has not stopped them from a red-hot start to the year, beginning 8-1. After a game at Stevenson, they return to St. Davids for a four-game homestand against Franklin and Marshall College, Rowan University, Goucher College and Albright College respectively.

The women’s golf team began their season on Sept. 24 at the Arcadia Invitational. They will then have five invitationals in the next month following that. Marin Dremock and Elaina McGarrigle return, with Julia Leo joining the team as a first-year student.

The women’s field hockey team had two road games against Swarthmore College and Alvernia University before they returned back to St. Davids on Sept. 22 to take on Elizabethtown College. While much of the team is made up of upperclassmen, Joel Groff, Grace Wise and Rebecca Webb all join the team as first-year students.

The women’s cross country team will have two meets to prepare for their MAC Championships, one on Oct. 9 and another on Oct. 16. These come awhile after their Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 contests at Lebanon, Pa and La Plume, Pa., respectively. While four of the six team members are upperclassmen, there are two first-year students on the team in Madison Moylan and Hailey Shreffler.

It will be another great year of sports for Eastern University’s Eagles. For each team’s full schedule, visit Eastern University’s athletics website.

Source: Eastern University Athletics

Unstable Patterns Of Fast Fashion: The struggle between quality and affordability.

Fast fashion is one of the easiest ways for college students to get cute, affordable clothing for cheap prices compared to name brand companies. Fast fashion, as said by Rashmila Matiti, is described as “cheaply produced and priced garments that copy the latest catwalk styles and get pumped quickly through stores in order to maximize current trends.” This may seem like a great way for college students to save money when they are already spending so much for school with textbooks, tuition and supplies, but fast fashion does more harm than good for the environment.

 

H&M, Zara, Shein and Forever 21 are well known fast fashion companies that many people shop at, especially college students. While the clothes may be cheap and fashionable, the way they are produced is harmful. These companies, according to the UN Environment Programme, are the second biggest water consumers and they are responsible for 8-10% of global carbon emissions. To put this in perspective, they produce more carbon than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. 

 

Ngan Lee says that “these companies use 700 gallons of water to produce one cotton shirt and 2,000 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans.” They also dump the water from the textile dyeing factories into the streams and rivers leading them to pollute the water.

 

Not only do these companies have a negative impact on the environment, they also are made of low quality materials to make production cheaper. College students may be saving money, but the odds of these cheaply made clothes lasting a long time is slim. Since trends are constantly changing, consumers are buying more clothes than they need to “fit in”, says Lee. The clothes that go to waste are then sent to a landfill and then burned, releasing pollutants into the air. At the end of the day, these companies have unethical production practices and there are better alternatives for college students to save money by buying name brands. 

 

Since sales racks have such good deals, they are a great place to check out when shopping. In addition, the clearance rack is another great way to save money on clothing. Thrift stores are another way to save money and thrifting is a huge trend in the media currently which appeals to college students. If students have found themselves not wearing certain clothing items, they can sell them online to get more money to save and spend. These ideas are easier ways for college students to save money, support ethical brands and buy cute clothing. 

Is It Really Pro-Choice?: A critical review of the pro-choice movement.

  Recently, Texas passed its controversial “heartbeat” law, banning all abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. As usual, with any law involving abortion, the winning side, conservatives, praised the law, and the losing side, liberals, criticized it. The usual phrases, murder, constitutional right, fetus, child, pro-choice, pro-life, have all been thrown around in the media. As I drove home from college, I turned on NPR, and heard reports of doctors crying because they could not complete the number of abortions demanded at the last minute by mothers. “What will these desperate women do?” a worried NPR anchor said. What she seemed to be saying was, “these women will be forced to raise their unwanted children”. 

 Our society has decided that abortion is the best option for an unwanted pregnancy. According to Planned Parenthood, 4 in 10 women with unplanned pregnancies choose an abortion, and 1 in 4 women have an abortion by the age of forty-five. Abortion is considered normal, rational, and even loving, as suggested by Planned Parenthood’s website. But is it really? Many women regret their abortions and suffer emotionally from their decision for years. There has not been a clearly defined statement released by the government as to when a human becomes a human and is given rights. The legal question remains: up to what point can an abortion be performed? Can a full-term newborn baby be killed if the parents do not want it? Finally, the actual facts about what an abortion is, how much pain a fetus suffers, and what is used in the process of aborting babies, is often not explained to the mother receiving the abortion. In addition, the physical pain, health hazards and emotional fallout for the mother are mostly ignored. 

Despite these facts, our government continues to put abortion first and foremost in its funding. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Planned Parenthood receives 543.7 million dollars through a combination of title X, Medicaid, and multiple other government programs. By contrast, the government’s main way of funding adoption, which many argue is a better option to abortion, is through tax credits.  Parents who adopt a child receive a onetime $10,000 tax credit, but the government gives very minimal, if anything at all, to the adoption agencies themselves. In a nation where 47% of the population identifies as pro-life, according to Gallup polling, the government continues to direct most funding solely towards abortion. If the government is going to spend millions of dollars on unwanted pregnancies, maybe they could distribute it a little more evenly between the options of abortion and adoption. A private adoption costs around, $20,000- $45,000, while an abortion costs between up to $1,500. 

     Many women struggle to find alternatives to abortion. The very name pro-choice would suggest offering more than one choice.  But how can a woman make the right decision if she is faced with the option of only aborting or raising her child alone? If we are going to become the pro-choice, open society, we are encouraged to be, we must first, be honest and open about what abortion really is, and second, we must give women alternatives to abortion, so that they have all the information and options to make an informed and ethical decision.