INQUIRING MINDS: Keeping college community takes guts

This campus is full of bold, action-taking students, as the Waltonian has taken note of in its last two issues. We have future Olympic athletes, national news reporters, patriotic heroes and Broadway stars.

But what has impressed the editorial staff the most about this community is the community itself. Within the first month of the semester, we have seen inspiring action in student support.

First-year Chris Slininger is called to serve in Iraq, only days after starting classes and bonding with his hall. Not only do his hall-mates throw him a last-minute worship service, but about 100 other week-long acquaintances also show up to support him.

Senior Matthew Guire is diagnosed with cancer over the summer and, due to hospital bills, cannot return for the fall semester. A core group of Guire’s friends sacrifice their time by going door-to-door, and sitting through shifts in front of the Jammin’ Java selling t-shirts; the proceeds will go toward their Guire’s treatment costs.

At a university that so strongly emphasizes community, it is encouraging to see students so readily putting it all into practice.

Though students have consulted administration, administration has not been able to do much to help the mentioned students in need because such matters do not fall under any of their job descriptions. In spite of this, Eastern’s strong Christian support was still shown. That says something about the students.

For all the times that the “Eastern Bubble” seems too difficult to escape, it is such students who help us to at least look beyond ourselves within the community, who prove this university’s mission statements to be well kept.

Eastern seeks a community “which embodies values of caring and compassion, justice and integrity, competence and affirmation…[and seeks to] treat each member of the campus community with fairness, dignity and respect, seeking a spirit of unity and harmony as we join together to achieve our common mission,” (pg 5, Eastern University 04-05 Undergraduate Catalog).

Not every student has made such a bold commitment, but plenty have already modeled it beautifully. So thank you to those of you who have taken action and embodied true community for the rest of us. We applaud you.

Library gets new loan service

Just before school started this semester, Warner Library added a new system called PALCI E-Z Borrow that makes interlibrary book loans quick and easy.

PALCI is an online catalog that allows users to search over 50 member colleges and universities for books.

“It’s much more self-service oriented,” said Dan Iddings, PALCI executive director.

According to reader service librarian Jodi Van Meter, users can directly order books online instead of going through the librarians in the traditional interlibrary loan.

“With PALCI you are more in control,” Van Meter said.

The loaned books typically arrive at the library within four to five business days.

“The problem [with traditional interlibrary loans] is they’ve always been very slow,” said Jim Sauer, library director.

“E-Z Borrow has made a quantum jump for us.”

In order to borrow a book, the user locates the book on the search engine, which can be accessed through the E-Z Borrow button on the library webpage, and hits the Request button.

Then an email is sent to the user as soon as the book arrives at the library. Books can be borrowed for four weeks, and can be renewed for an additional four weeks. There is no cost to the user except the usual late fees.

The system is also a good deal for the library.

“You’re getting a 36 million book library for less than a penny a book,” Sauer said.

Currently, only books can be borrowed through PALCI. Articles must be borrowed through the traditional interlibrary loan system, according interlibrary loan technician Ellen Mergner.

All the colleges and universities that participate in E-Z Borrow are located in Pennsylvania, except for Rutgers and the University of West Virginia, according to Iddings.

Although the service is new, it is becoming popular with the students.

There has been an increase in E-Z Borrow loans and a decrease in the traditional interlibrary loans, according to Mergner.

She predicted that use will continue to increase as students begin to write more papers.

Overall the library staff is very pleased with the addition.

“I think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread,” Sauer said.

Student to start first ever pre-law club

The American legal system is more than just Atticus Finch or Law & Order, and students will have a chance to learn all about it when Eastern gets its very first pre-law club later this year.

Junior communication studies major Adrienne Cleveland has begun the process of getting approval and official club status from SGA. The club will be open to anyone who is interested in law.

Cleveland, who plans to attend law school after Eastern, hopes the club will be helpful to other students interested in attending law school after graduation.

“There’s too many people wanting to go to law school and nothing to help them get there,” she said.

She noted that Eastern has no official pre-law program, though there is a minor in legal studies listed in the interdisciplinary studies section of the course catalog.

Cleveland has a broad vision for the club. She hopes it will serve as a forum for general discussion of the American legal system, as well as a venue for holding mock trials.

For those interested in going to law school, one service the club will offer is preparation for the LSATs, the law school entry exams.

As part of the process of starting the club, Cleveland drafted a constitution, which she submitted to SGA along with a petition with fifteen signatures of interested students. Dean of Students Daryl Hawkins then had to sign the petition. The club will go to a vote in the SGA senate in order to get final approval from SGA.

SGA treasurer Adam Brittin was one student who expressed interest in the pre-law club.

He said that he hopes that the club will be a forum for “whatever opportunities we may find that we can share and help each other in the pursuit of legal studies.”

Political science chair Dr. Kathy Lee will fill the role of faculty advisor. Lee also holds a juris doctor degree from Temple University.

Lee hopes that the club will broaden students’ perspectives on what the legal system is all about.

“I think we’re stuck with these TV images of what it’s like to be an attorney,” she said.

“I hope the club challenges students to think broadly about the law.”

More homecoming coverage

Alumni honored, share memories-by Ruth Robinson, Staff Writer

Memories, achievements and change were all honored at the homecoming alumni luncheon on Saturday.

Relationships were the focus of many alumni memories.

“It’s nice to come back and see people,” said Kathy Furlong ’94. “The best part of my college experience was the relationships.”

“The best part about Eastern is the warmth and the one-on-one,” Merrill Hendler ’79 said.

Diversity also characterized the luncheon. The graduating years ranged from the class of 1964 to the class of 2003. The graduates have gone on to diverse careers all over the United States, from Carolivia Herron ’69, who wrote the controversial children’s book Nappy Hair to Furlong who is a homemaker and freelance writer. Nearly all the graduates agreed that the biggest change at Eastern is the addition of buildings to the campus.

“I’m not quite sure what it all is,” Jennifer Metzler ’94 said.

Some also pointed out a greater focus on justice present at Eastern. According to Herron, there are more peace groups associated with Eastern now than when she attended.

“They’re committed to helping people. The commitment is to something higher than the government,” she said.

The achievements of the graduates were honored in a Lamplighter Society induction and in the the Alumnus of the Year award. The Lamplighter Society was founded to honor “those whose lives and work have been exemplary in Christian service,” according to Derek Ritchie ’89.

The inductees this year were Dr. John Ruth, a previous English professor at Eastern, and Carol Tatta, whose nursery school has provided Eastern students with internships for over 25 years.

The recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award was Danny Cortes, the senior vice-president of Nueva Esperanza.

“It was a surprise. We don’t get anything for just doing our work, so it’s kind of cool,” he said.

His focus, however, was not on fame.

“It’s about the work, not the recognitions,” he explained.

Every alum had the same piece of advice for current students; enjoy the time spent at Eastern.

“It’s a great time of formation. Don’t squander it,” Cortes said.

Homecoming Court-by Shannen Shadel, Staff Writer

Wild applause erupted from the crowd as Sarah Chaffe and Jarmaine Fisher were named this year’s King and Queen during half time at the men’s soccer game.

“I am honored, although I feel all the people on the court were good representatives of the community and are gifted individuals,” Chaffee said.

“It will be a positive memory of Eastern,” she said.

“I am so glad I was able to do it. The best part of being at Eastern is the support from my peers and the real love they show; I love the community,” Fisher said.

A well-known Eastern Homecoming tradition, the Homecoming Court is organized by the Student Activities Board

The purpose of the court is to honor seniors who have contributed positively to the Eastern Community.

“It’s a nice way to recognize some model seniors,” said Shannon Hartsock, director of SAB.

The voting began two weeks before Homecoming weekend. The student body picked eight potential candidates for court and then voted once more for the King and Queen.

This year’s court nominees were: Sarah Chaffee, Shellie Mtika, Frenika Mudd, Suma Stephen, Jarmaine Fisher, Tyrone Holland, Jonathan Marshall and Nathaniel Stutzman.

“It is a privilege to be on the court this year. And I had fun dressing up Jarmaine,” Stutzman said.

After the ceremony, Fisher reflected on his participation.

“I am so glad I was able to do it,” he said.

“The best part of being at Eastern is the support from my peers and the real love they show. I love the community.”

Tennis team loses to rival Cabrini, 8-1-by Sara Parisi, Staff Writer

Eastern’s womens tennis faced a tough match against Cabrini this Saturday. The women played with a lot of heart and conviction.

“Our biggest rival is always a fun match – especially at homecoming,” said senior Christine McCaig.

During the doubles matches, the girls worked hard and showed great team work. There was a large crowd of family and friends offering support.

Senior Sheri Mease and sophomore Danielle Schildt faced a tough match where they stayed ahead the entire match only to have Cabrini come back and win the match 9-7.

McCaig and junior Krista Sirois lost 5-8, but played hard and fought throughout the very close match.

Sophomore Jamie Barnickel and freshmen Ellie Gallagher faced a tie breaker that ended in a loss for Eastern.

While they faced an equally difficult match, they played with a great deal of determination.

“It was frustrating. We played their game, not ours,” Barnickel said.

Gallagher added, “We beat ourselves.”

Assistant coach Angela Sprock said, “I see their heart and they have a lot of passion, not just for tennis. Win or lose this season, it’s a great team.”

During the singles matches, the tennis court began to heat up. The tension between Eastern and rival Cabrini was apparent.

Once again, the girls played with everything they had and demonstrated a great deal of skill.

Despite the valiant effort and the supportive crowd, the girls unfortunately lost all of the singles matches, except for one win by McCaig.

“I’m proud of the way all the girls played. We played well but they played better,” McCaig said.

“We played with a lot of heart today,” Schildt said.

Mease added, “We tried really hard and everyone played well.”

Head coach Gershwin Sandberg said the girls were having a tough day and Cabrini was a very difficult opponent. He commended the girls for their hard work.

“We fought to the very end. The score is going to be an unfair reflection of the game,” Sandberg said.

The final score was in favor of Cabrini, 8-1.

“We’re struggling a bit this year, but still playing with all our heart,” Sirois said.

“We’ve come together as a team so this is not as big of a let down as it could be.”

HOMECOMING: Eagles beat PAC number two seed Misericordia, 4-1

Friends, family, alumni and pets spread out along Kea hill to cheer Eastern’s men’s soccer team to victory against the number two seed in the PAC, College Misericordia.

The final score of 4-1 turned out to be an important victory for the men’s team.

“It was huge for us,” said senior Kent Metzler, one of the soccer team captains.

“We haven’t beaten these guys in the three years I’ve been here.”

According to head coach Mark Wagner, Eastern has tied Misericordia the last three games they played against them.

“I thought we played a complete game,” Wagner said

“We played well for 90 minutes.”

Eastern was able to keep the ball on Misericordia’s side of the field for the better part of the first half, but they were not able to score until five minutes before half time.

Metzler scored the goal off of a free kick by junior Mahaish Alexander.

A mere three minutes later, Metzler made Eastern’s second goal, assisted by junior Jon Ruiz. Eastern ended the half with a 2-0 lead.

Misericordia broke through to score their only goal early in the second half, but they were unable to close the gap.

Senior David Carvalho made Eastern’s third goal with an assist from Alexander. With less than a minute remaining on the clock, sophomore AJ Enck scored the last goal, assisted by junior Shane Rineer.

As the last seconds ticked away, Eastern fans began cheering for their team’s clear victory.

Both teams played a hard and physical game, taking many shots and fighting each other for possession of the ball.

Two Eastern players, junior Manan Abdulai and freshman Aaron Tritch, went down in the second half after taking big hits. Abdulai was able to limp off the field after only a few minutes, and Tritch was able to stay in the game.

This victory brings the men’s soccer team’s overall record to 8-3 and their PAC record to 4-2.

OPINION: You too can help protect the President

Since the first day of my Advanced Placement U.S. Government class in tenth grade, I have had an interest in politics. I remember listening to my teacher discuss the political spectrum and having no idea what he was referring to, let alone what my views were. However, I did know how to argue and I wanted to be right. From then on, I learned as much as I could to defend my beliefs. I read magazines and newspapers, and I took advantage of every opportunity to discuss political issues.

As soon as I discovered that there was a College Republicans club at Eastern, I knew I wanted to be involved. I met the club president at a convention with the head delegate of the PA delegation for the Republican National Convention. Then I attended two CR meetings and went to the Radnor Republican Committee office to help with a phone bank.

Two weeks later, the CR president told me President Bush would be visiting the area on September 22 to speak on education for his campaign. I envisioned the meeting to be an orientation for the people attending the event regarding decorum or something related. I had no idea that I would be standing only a few yards from the President of the United States and the First Lady the next day.

When we arrived, I realized that I was one of about 40 volunteers for the event. Everyone was instructed as to what to wear, how to act and what to do upon encountering protesters or hecklers. The feeling that came over me as I realized what I would be doing is hard to describe. I was not only helping to keep the event running smoothly, but I was also protecting the President of the United States in my own small way. I felt honored, excited, responsible and patriotic all at once. My job was to escort the press straight to the press box.

Though I was not very important, I definitely felt it as I took reporters from national publications to their seats. Volunteers did not have seats during the speech, but were told to watch for any suspicious activity amongst those seated.

I have seen the President speak three times now, and, for me, the most exciting moment is when the speaker announces his name. There is a contagious feeling of anticipation and exhilaration when he suddenly appears.

At the most recent speech, the President walked in and, after saying a few words, sat on the seat farthest to right, only a few yards away from me! To my surprise, Laura Bush was also there; I had not seen her in person yet. It was awesome!

I snapped a roll of film as I listened to the President speak for an hour about his No Child Left Behind Act as well as a few other platforms.

Once the President finished his speech and got on his plane, I immediately felt ordinary again. The President was gone and my duties had been fulfilled.

Volunteering for the event was one of the most exciting experiences of my life so far. If you are interested in politics and want to show support for your candidate of choice, volunteer for their campaign. You meet people who believe the same things you do, people with political connections and people high on the political ladder.

Sometimes you are lucky enough to get really close to the candidate. Most importantly, you are doing something to help your candidate become elected.

I highly recommend volunteering on any level at all, whether for an event, a phone bank, or even handing out literature door-to-door. If you truly believe in a candidate’s cause, actively show your support. You will not only have fun, but also become a more experienced person.

Opinion: Vote for Bush will secure U.S.

The election is closing quickly and the yet undecided voters are examining the presidential candidates more closely. As it looks now, the margin of the election is going to be miniscule.

The difference of leadership between the major party candidates is becoming more apparent. American citizens remember the President on a mound of debris at Ground Zero just days after the attacks, assuring the American people that our attackers would “hear from all of us soon.”

The assurance of a defended country was comforting to the people. The next week Bush stood at the joint session of Congress and notified the world: “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” The firm stance that he took for our country in those times of peril was strengthening to all.

In October 2001, just weeks after the Afghanistan bombing was underway, Bush decided to go to New York City and throw out the first pitch of the World Series. The security was almost chaotic, especially since law enforcement had not had an abundant amount of time to prepare for proper security measures.

Despite this, Bush went to Yankees Stadium to throw the first pitch before 60,000 fans and millions around the world.

His decision to put his life in danger to prove that the citizens needed to carry out their lives as they did before the 9/11 attacks was fruitful.

The bold stance the President took to prove he was not scared of terrorists sent a strong message around the world about America’s resolve to embrace freedom and not cower when times get rough.

Bush retains the mindset of being strong in the midst of hard times. When it came to the global war on terrorism, he said citizens of the United States “will not tire, will not falter, and we will not fail.”

*Shawn Murphy is the president of the Sophomore Class and leader of the College Republicans.

Opinion: Vote for Ralph Nader not a vote for Bush

If you genuinely support George W. Bush or are one of the twelve Americans tickled pink by John Kerry, I wish you and your candidate all the happiness in the world.

For the rest of you, I have good news: you can, in good conscience, vote for Nader. You won’t “actually” be voting for Bush, as many have ignorantly claimed. You also won’t be throwing your vote away. What’s more, you probably agree with much more of his platform than you do Kerry’s.

I am voting for Nader this November-even if I have to write him in-and you should, too. Here’s why.

By now, everyone knows we we went to war in Iraq on the basis of lies. Every attempt to refute this fact has been ridiculous and bullheaded. Even worse, we went to war with no clear exit strategy or plan for reconstruction. To declare our resolve to “stay the course” is to chant a meaningless slogan. Our course in this war has always been misguided and myopic. Staying the course means continuing to do wrong.

Unlike the other two candidates, Nader realizes that the United States has demonstrated utter incompetence in leading the war and reconstruction. He suggests control should be turned over to the U.N. and peacekeeping forces from the Middle East; while owning up to our responsibility in Iraq by supplying troops and continued funding.

Nader’s strategy has a long list of benefits, whereas Bush’s and Kerry’s have long lists of excuses and contrived justifications. It is pointless to vote for Kerry rather than Bush over the issue of Iraq. In four years, we will still be entrenched in Iraq. Kerry has made it clear he would have voted for the war even if he knew then what we know now.

For millions of Americans, however, Iraq is not the only issue of life or death in this election. Fifty-five years after President Truman called on Congress to create universal health care in the U.S., it still hasn’t happened.

Kerry’s plan would only cover 70 percent of presently uninsured Americans and also retain the deeply problematic HMO industry. Seventy percent is not good enough for millions of uninsured who cannot get the care they need when they or a family member is desparately sick or injured. A vote for Kerry, the “least worst” of the two major party candidates, is a vote against the well-being of millions of Americans who cannot afford healthcare.

Only growing support for Nader will force Kerry to take firm stances on issues that Democrats, liberals, and progressives ought to fight for.

Kerry calls himself a progressive, but he never underlines how important it is for the world’s most prosperous nation to take care of the staggering 12 percent of its citizens who live in deep poverty. Even with the knowledge that Martin Luther King, Jr. had begun pressing the the U.S. government to adopt such a campaign when he was assassinated in 1968, Kerry seems unwilling even to talk about this emergency.

Nader is the only candidate who strongly advocates tough enforcement against corporate fraud, a set of white collar crimes that has drained trillions of dollars from workers. It is this issue-the unjust partnership between corporations and government-that most clouds any differences between Bush and Kerry. Both have relied heavily on corporate support throughout their political careers and continue to do so. Do you really think your voice counts as much in the American democracy as the voice of AOL/Time Warner or General Motors?

The most compelling reason to vote for Nader is not because you think he will become president but because you think a man like him should have the opportunity to become president.

The Democrats have been doing everything in their power to deny Nader this opportunity through fierce and ridiculous legal battles in every state where the Nader/Camejo team is working to get on the ballot. Apparently Kerry’s party doesn’t believe in the democratic process. Why should the participants in that process believe in him? Just because he is less terrible than Bush? Thinking that way is like believing that we should thwart the devil but not actively love our neighbors.

Real change is needed in our democratic system, and Kerry will not affect that change. He and his colleagues will work hard to preserve a system that would allow another George W. Bush to be elected. We must think long-term, or else the most we may get is four years of slight improvement before a relapse into another Bushian oligarchy.

The Republican party does not build its hope of “four more years” on Nader stealing votes from Kerry. This was proven recently by the Center for Responsive Politics, who revealed that only four percent of Nader contributors also gave to Republicans, and these contributors gave much more ($66,000) to the Democratic ticket than they did to Nader ($54,000).

“For all their talk about free markets, the major parties do not tolerate competition very well,” Nader wrote recently in the Washington Post. A vote for Nader is a vote of no confidence in the current two-party system, a system largely controlled by corporate money. It is simultaneously a vote in favor of something that neither Kerry nor Bush have the courage to promise-truer democracy, humbler foreign policy, improved infrastructure, more just distribution of wealth, and health care for every American.

*Daniel Klotz is campus coordinator for the Students for Nader campaign. His email address is dklotz@eastern.edu. Nader’s complete platform is available at VoteNader.org.

Students, faculty voice opinions on voter registration

Voters will voice their opinions this November on issues gripping the country and world. From the war on terror to same sex marriages, from abortion to cloning, Americans will play a part in the course of these issues as to who will fill the Oval Office for the next four years. But before they can get through the door to vote, Americans, including Eastern students, must be registered.

“We encourage students to vote,” said Bettie Ann Brigham, vice president of student development.

“It is critically important for students to be aware of what the government is up to. Eastern students should have the privilege to use their voices,” she said.

According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State, a student can either register from his or her school or house residence.

The tricky part is if a student lives on campus but intends on returning home after graduation, he or she must register via absentee ballot. An application can be retrieved from the Department of State’s website at www.votespa.com. Students must qualify for a ballot first, and if approved, they will be sent a form to fill out and send back to the Delaware County board of elections.

The Pennsylvania application deadline is 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to election day on November 2.

Students registering apart from the absentee ballot can do so with ease by visiting www.rockthevote.com. In case students want to retrieve a registration form in person, they can go to any governmental agency, including PENNDOT photo license centers, the Office of Special Education and Armed Forces Recruitment Centers.

Eastern political science professors are hopeful that students will not only convey their opinions this election, but engage their educational careers with political issues.

“I would welcome the creation of an Eastern debate team,” said political science professor Paul Brink. “Something like this has the value of forcing students to think deeply about their political decisions, consider the issues, evaluate the positions and make a final and responsible decision,” Brink said

The furor for young voters to voice their opinions in politics seems to be catching on. According to a Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Voter Registration Requests Up,” the one million applications released just last month shows that demands for absentee ballots are skyrocketing.

In fact, the numbers are so high that registrations would surpass the near 200,000 from 1992, a turnout that showed 83 percent of Pennsylvania was voting, according to Bob Lee, voter registration administrator in Philadelphia.

According to the Federal Election Commission, students can meet one another at the voting polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 2. Places to vote include Radnor High School on King of Prussia Rd. and the Radnor Memorial Library on 110 W. Wayne Ave.

“Christians are called to be salt and light in all aspects of life, including the political realm,” said Dr. Kathy Lee, head of the political science department.