To Spain, Love Signe

So far this summer, I’ve been travelling around the world. The destination was Madrid Spain at first since that was the first place I flew into. I loved it since there was so much to look at while we were walking around such as buildings and the sights within the cities. Such as the larger buildings that were obviously built before many of the other buildings.

After Madrid was Segovia Spain, it was so cool and the people there were awesome! I loved that we were treated so well! I feel as though Spain has a place for me and I want to come back so bad! First thing we saw was the large castle which was super cool since it was made a long time ago and used for battle. It was awesome since I loved seeing the whole castle and I just feel like it was the coolest thing ever. I got many photos from the castle in my Harry Potter shirt and it only seemed right. After the castle, we met Salvador who played music as we walked behind him, in a procession. I thought it was really cool since everyone stopped to watch us walk by them, we were treated like royalty since we were the one’s visiting the city. It went on for quite some time and I enjoyed every second of it. I felt that we were highly respected during that time and everyone was so happy. We stopped at Salvador’s store and I bought a present for my teacher. I then met his wife and baby who I kissed. We also saw the Roman Aqueduct which was really cool since it was really large and ancient. The musical procession continued and I loved walking through there and it was awesome to be respected in such a way.

Spain seemed to be quite the country and I really liked to see everything again since most of it was new such as Torla Spain which was more my style. I felt as though it was more wooded since there were more trees there and I had the chance to see the trails as well as the cows that sometimes obstructed the path. I loved hiking and I felt disappointed when some of the people in my group did not want to keep going. I felt as though the sights I saw were really cool since I would not see them ever again, my favorite part was the cave paintings since they were made many years ago. They were so rich in detail and looked as though they had only been there for a week.

After Torla, was Barcelona which was a place where there was a lot of art that pertained to Gaudi which was interesting since there was much evidence that he lived there. I saw a lot of the art that existed there at Park Guell which was an park where there was gingerbread houses. They were made by Gaudi and it was interesting to see those along with other interesting structures. The only thing I did not like about Barcelona was the risk of people stealing my belongings since there were so many people there. I loved my trip and it was really fun and I’ll for sure go back to Barcelona. There was the mighty Segrada Familia which blew my mind since it was so pretty and it was a church for sure. There were certain stories being told within the church itself within the stained glass windows and I loved seeing the beauty of it all. I got many cool photos from it and I loved every second. I hope I get to return and get more pictures of the awesome place. Camp Nou stadium was a place that was also really cool since that is a place where the players of Barcelona play. It is an important place because sports is a big part of Spanish culture. I learned that there is a clear rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid, since I wore the wrong jersey to the game.

Mayor Facing Potential Prison Sentence for DUI

Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz could face ten years in prison for intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.
Sheriff Deputy Gordon J. Slivovitz responded to an incident just after 1 p.m. The incident occurred on Saturday at the intersection of State Highway 117 and Fonebone Road in the town of Frontenac, located in Schuylkill County.
The Deputy responded to dispatch report of 911 call for a traffic accident. He arrived for inspection shortly after 1 p.m. He observed two vehicles at the scene, both upright in a farmer’s field on the east side of Highway 117. One of the cars was a 1997 Buick Le Sabre. The other car involved was a 2006 Ford Explorer. The Buick had sustained heavy damage to its driver side and was inoperable. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
The driver of the Ford was at the wheel of his vehicle, conscious but disoriented. He was not wearing a seat belt. Front and side airbags had deployed. He did not appear to have received injuries, but his speech was slurred.
An open, half-empty bottle of Fleischmann’s vodka was found on the passenger-side on the vehicle floor. The smell of alcohol surrounded the interior of the vehicle. The driver was asked if he had been drinking.
“You’d be drinking too, if you were me,” he said. “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

Following that statement the officer determined the driver of the Explorer was Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, mayor of Kittatinny.
Petykiewicz consented to a breath test, which indicated a blood alcohol content of .14. The legal limit for intoxicated driving in Pennsylvania is .08. He also failed a field sobriety test, stumbling to the ground several times.
He was examined by paramedics at the scene and placed under arrest.
Alice Q. Margarian witnessed the incident and was driving northbound on State Highway 117 behind Doane’s vehicle.
Margarian said the Buick was proceeding northbound in a prudent fashion, approximately fifty-five miles per hour. The Ford approached from the west on Fonebone Road, appeared to hesitate at the stop sign, and then pulled into the intersection across the road and collided with the Buick’s driver side.
The driver of the Buick was identified as Kittatinny resident Robert H. Doane.
Paramedics were concerned that Doane might have had a spinal injury. A Flight for Life helicopter arrived at the scene at approximately 2 p.m. The helicopter crew removed Doane from his vehicle through the passenger-side door and secured him to a back board. He was flown to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre.
A nursing supervisor at the hospital in Wilkes-Barre reported that Doane is in satisfactory condition with several broken ribs, a broken jaw, and various abrasions and contusions to the head, chest and abdomen. He did not suffer a spinal injury.
Petykiewicz was transported to the Schuylkill County Jail in downtown Kittatinny. He was booked and fingerprinted, and mug shots were taken. He exercised his right to remain silent but did not wish to call an attorney.
His wife, Gloria Petykiewicz, arrived at the jail two hours later and posted the cash bail of $500.
A preliminary hearing will be held in Schuylkill County District Court Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Petykiewicz could face a charge of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum prison term of ten years.
The mayor was released to the custody of his wife. When contacted by reporters, she refused to comment.

Students in Project Assist Lab struggle to find volume balance

By: Signe Trewyn
The Project Assist lab at the Center for Students with Disabilities in the Andersen Library provides a welcoming environment for students to come in and work individually or with a tutor. However, as with many organizations and academic facilities it too has an issue of its own.
There are many who visit the P.A. lab on a daily basis who seeks help and a quiet place to work that replaces the bustle of the library main floor. The environment can become quite crowded at times with the one-one one meetings with tutors.
There is a temptation to chat with others while waiting for a computer to load or the top of the hour to arrive.
Two of the biggest rules of the P.A. lab include: Tutors are not allowed to complete work for students, tutors will also help students to the best of their ability, but academic success is the student’s responsibility. Students and tutors must let each other know of a cancellation at least 24 hours prior to the meeting time.
This is where the P.A. lab main issue arises which is when students and tutors engage in social conversations while in a meeting with each other instead of focusing on what they were meeting about.
Senior and Drop-in Tutor Kirsten Lamm admitted that it is nice to engage in social conversations while being with a tutor but it is important to keep it at a minimum since it can be distracting to those who are trying to work. Lamm does her best to keep students on track with what they are working on whenever she sees them straying off track.
“The issue of the side conversations has always been here in the P.A. lab.” Lamm said.
The Center for Students for Disabilities does try to control the issue by emailing students to remind them to keep it down.
Senior and drop-in tutor Aimee Leonard said “The P.A. lab is a more complex place for students to come in and talk and it is made for much more than just schoolwork, it is a place for students to schedule appointments with their counselors.”
Because of this there can be a lot of talking and sometimes it is difficult for students to handle it since they may need a silent place to work.
Leonard made it clear that although tutors and students talk it does not always mean that they are not on task and wasting time.
Leonard said there was an email sent out by the Project Assist Tutor Coordinator, Nina Mallory reminding students to be courteous of other who are trying to work after a recent complaint by a student who thought individuals in the P.A. lab were not being respectful
“The tutors are working with the support staff to make sure that both sides are happy with the environment so that it is equal for those who want it quiet and those who want it louder.” Leonard said.
CSD is monitoring the issue closely and raising awareness that everyone must be courteous to each other to make sure that the P.A. lab continues to be a welcoming environment for all.
CSD and the tutors strive to make the P.A. lab a welcoming environment to all the students visiting the lab for its services. By educating and accepting others with unique and individual needs, this issue can be resolved.
Nina Mallory said it is hard for students to sometimes be quiet since there needs to be a balance for those who like it quiet as well as those who need some noise.
“I work with drop-in tutors and students and use open communication to keep the noise level down such as email.” Mallory said.
Mallory made it clear that students are being more respectful of others who need the lab to be quiet in order to study, those students have been going to the library to find a quieter spot.
Mallory has suggested to students who need a quiet environment to go to a quiet floor outside of the P.A. lab, the P.A. lab is not designed to be free of noise.
“If the issue continues, I have to make an official noise policy that prohibits loud conversations but also affirms the fact that student should not expect the lab to be like the quiet floor.” Mallory said.
Mallory said the way to solve the issue is to have much cooperation with students who with disabilities who cannot take the noise and to be respectful to everyone in the P.A. lab Together every one can work toward a productive and welcoming environment.

Steve Jobs gives advice to Stanford graduates

50-year old Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs spoke to the graduating Stanford class. Jobs addressed his way of connecting the dots and his own take on love and loss, while assuring every person in attendance that contemplating death can act as a true motivator.
Jobs told the graduating class three stories on many subjects that most people would only consider briefly. He admitted he dropped out of college after six months.
“You cannot connect the dots moving forward, you can only connect them looking backwards,” Jobs said. “So you have to trust that the dots somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something-your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down.”
He covered the first theme by telling everyone he was put up for adoption and not wanted when he was young. He stated that it was not easy for him to make a living while he was young.
The second point Jobs addressed during his speech was the subject of love and loss, by talking about how he was fired from his original company.
“I really didn’t know what to do for a few months,” Jobs said. “I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down, that I had dropped the baton, as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly.”
Jobs made it clear that being fired ended up being the best thing that ever happened to him. When he was successful, there was a weight that rested on his shoulders. He was given a blank slate where he could become a creative individual once more.
“I began a new company called NeXt and another named Pixar and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife,” Jobs said. “Pixar went on to create the world’s first computer animated film, Toy Story, and is the most successful animation studio in the world.”
Jobs said he returned to Apple when it bought NeXt. He said the technology the company developed at NeXt is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance.
Jobs made it clear that none of this would have happened if he had not been fired from Apple. Saying that sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick, he was convinced that the only thing which kept him going was that he loved what he did.
“When I was 17, I read a quote stating, ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right,’” Jobs said. “It made an impression on me, and for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”’
Jobs said remembering that he will be dead soon is the most important tool he ever encountered to help make the best choices in life.
“All external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure-these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important,” Jobs said. “About a year ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. The doctors told me it was almost an incurable type of cancer and should not expect to live much longer.”
Jobs assured the crowd that he had a biopsy which showed a few cells that existed in the tumor. They were viewed under a microscope, which revealed the cancer would be cured with surgery.
Jobs closed the speech by saying that life is short and there is limited time.
“No one wants to die,” Jobs said. “Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best motivation of life.”
He also said there were several publications of the Whole Earth Catalog which served as Google in print form in the 1970s. When it stopped being published, he was the age of the graduates he was speaking to.
Beneath a photo of an old country road, on the back page of the last Whole Earth Catalog, were the word: “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” Jobs made sure the crowd knew that he had always wanted that for himself and wished it for the new graduates.

Pet therapy offers relief to students’ daily stress

Kristine Yesbeck is one of the many people who brought in her English mastiff, Peaches, to the Andersen Library on Monday Oct. 6.
*The dogs relieve much of the stress which students experience on a daily basis during the semester. There are many different breeds that come through the library during the months of the semester, including an Italian greyhound, whippet, Newfoundland and the mastiff.
“The dogs help students relax,” Yesbeck said. “Peaches just turned three last week, and she is already over 100 pounds. She is the only dog I bring and own; she has a good personality.”
The dogs are never alone while in the library because they get plenty of visitors.
“There are people who come regularly to the library to see the dogs,” Yesbeck said.
There is a way for the dogs to become certified therapy dogs. The dog goes through a test with many observers, which is the deciding factor of whether or not the dog will be certified.
Yesbeck’s mastiff is not the only type of mastiff that exists.
“There are many different kinds of mastiffs,” Yesbeck said. There is the bull mastiff which can be more aggressive but the English mastiff is not.”
Yesbeck said the mastiff breed almost went extinct during the world wars.
“The mastiff was originally bred to fight lions and bears,” Yesbeck said.
Librarian Brenda Neumeister described what the students feel when they experience the dogs for themselves.
“The dogs give students a break from studying while making them feel good,” Neumeister said. “They make the students smile. My favorites are the big dogs, and everyone is amazed by their big size.”
Neumeister said there are two dogs twice a week in the library.
Freshman Alexus Allen stopped by to enjoy the pet therapy event.
“I just like animals, and I would recommend it to a friend,” Allen said. “This is the first time I have been here and the therapy relaxes me.”
Allen heard about this event via her campus email and decided to check it out.
“I like calm dogs and either large or small dogs,” Allen said.
Pet therapy has been a campus favorite for many years since it began. It is a place for students to come and experience pets that they might have left at home, while relieving stress at the same time.

Kittatinny in financial emergency

Gustavus Petykiewicz, mayor of Kittatinny, Pennsylvania, released the proposed budget this Monday.
Petykiewicz’s opening statement was, “I come to you with a heavy heart; these are not actions I take lightly. The financial emergency of Kittatinny has caused us to lose $100 million in taxable property, not to mention 600 jobs which might never come back. We are taking it personally, and anyone who wants to speak their mind about this, my door is always open. I welcome your suggestions.”
“I aim to help with transition and to offer job programs that are partnered with state officials for those 600 that were laid off, and I look forward to meeting with the state,” Petykiewicz said.
Petykiewicz said that assisting with the tax increase is not a good idea. He proposed to raise the tax rate to 4.3 mills.
Petykiewicz is not planning on staffing the police for a third of the day. Sheriff Deputies will be available for emergencies when they arise. However, there is no direct route through the mountains, and response time will be delayed because of the location.
Petykiewicz also gave details about there being a litigation on spending because he knows the employees will become unhappy and eventually end up in court.
“The average household makes $200 a year which is $16 dollars a month,” Petykiewicz said.
Roman Hruska, Kittatinny chief of police, had his own opinion on the situation.
Hruska wanted everyone in the county to know that he could not stand by idly and watch a city of this size be deprived of regular police protection for a third of a day.
“It is important to have many police officers for backup, and it is difficult to do when we do not have reliable police cars,” Hruska said. “That is why I want to have more.”
“I enjoy buying a new car, and to have more police cruisers available would be helpful when we need backup,” Hruska said. “It is dangerous for someone who called to not receive the backup.”
Denelda Penoyer, president of Kittatinny City Council, shared her own concerns.
Penoyer said that if a pay cut was taken, there would be no issues with the council members.
Penoyer’s and the mayor’s plan is to increase taxes. Penoyer proposed a tax increase of three tenths of a million, which is one hundred dollars more a year in home value.
“I suggested that there will be a $5 million tax increase for police and fire protection,” Penoyer said. “It is unclear whether I can pay the one hundred dollar increase since the police chief does not like the budget.”
Martha Mittengrabben, president of AFSCME Local 644, had her own things to say about the situation.
“I know that this proposed budget will lay off many employees, and there are colleagues in the union,” Mittengrabben said.
Mittengrabben said there are alternatives to which she does not control, but she will talk to the union members. However, she does not like to open up contracts.
Bjarne Westhoff, president of Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34, discussed the proposal further.
“I am confident that the council will look at this, and they will see this as bad idea,”Westhoff said. “The police do not like each other, and the mayor tried to solve the issue.”
Westhoff made it clear the mayor did agree that the police department must have two operational police cars. The older police cars do not work as well.
“If the proposal goes through, it is me and two younger people in the force,” Westhoff said. “Penoyer suggested raising taxes to four or five million, but I am not a member of the council.”
The budget will be reviewed further by the City Council on Dec. 1.

Prof Inspired by Global Ed

Signe Trewyn

Many students in college go about wondering what to do with their lives, under pressure to find a job and keep up with grades, and only the lucky few take the initiative to take the plunge by studying abroad. For those individuals, there is always someone or something that inspired them to do so whether it is a travel advisor, friend or even a professor.
Communication professor Susan Wildermuth is no stranger to the travel abroad experience in fact, she has been to more places than the average college student.
“The Galapagos islands in South America was my favorite because they focused on nature.” Wildermuth said. “While in Korea, I stayed with a host family and their kids which made it not so touristy.” Wildermuth said.
As a professor, travelling abroad has greatly impacted the way Wildermuth lectures because she can be more empathetic toward students along with exposing them to many examples from her many journeys.
She credits University College Dublin as having a traditional teaching style when she was required to stand up and read from notes while in class. She says that style has led her to lecture much more during her classes.
Wildermuth teaches cultural communication which she said has been greatly enhanced due to the many cultural experiences she has participated in first hand by recognizing culture shock and ethnocentrism.
“I’m required to teach units on different countries and it is much easier to relate to them once I’ve visited the country itself such as Africa.” Wildermuth said.
While looking at the average trip itinerary while still in the United States may not look that daunting, Wildermuth has had plenty of difficulties throughout her travels such as language barriers and finding her way around.
“Sometimes I would be afraid of insulting someone while in a conversation abroad since I didn’t speak their language.” Wildermuth said.
Wildermuth had the opportunity to travel to Italy which differed greatly to South American geography because of Ecuador’s unique cloud forests.The excursion to Italy provided her with beautiful scenery and the chance to learn Italian.
If there was anything else Wildermuth would choose to do again in her lifetime it would be to return to the French Alps along with visiting Thailand for the first time.
“I highly recommend studying abroad it is a life changing experience.” Wildermuth said.


Hello! My name is Signe Trewyn, I’m a person who has loved to read and write since I was young. I still love it now since I can write so much about anything I want. That includes what I’m interested in which is music, especially Michael Jackson.

I also love to travel to different countries since I love to learn about many different aspects of the country including the people who live there, architecture and if applicable, the flora and fauna. So far in my lifetime I have been to Ireland, Ecuador and Spain. I would love to see more of the world.

This semester I’m a junior studying broadcas/print/web.