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Hope alone isn’t enough
Election 2020, MAP, Writing

Hope alone isn’t enough

by Jake Aferiat John Birkner really liked his chances. A former three-term mayor of a suburban New Jersey town, Birkner ran as a Democrat for a seat in the New Jersey State Assembly for the 39th District in 2019, seeking to flip a seat which hadn’t been represented by a Democrat since 1981. Still, that…

Proud to vote
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Proud to vote

by Erin Hogge Coronavirus concerns should not take priority over one’s civic duty Like countless young people in America, I will vote in my first-ever presidential election this November. But with COVID-19, I do not know what the next few months will hold. Certainly, more people will become infected and others will die from the…

Home Delivery
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Home Delivery

photos and text by Haley Galliano The first order I ever shopped for was at the start of the state-wide shut down in Pennsylvania. I got in the tan 2015 Toyota Sienna I currently drive and decided to take on a job delivering groceries to support myself after the restaurant where I waitress was forced…

A New Normal
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A New Normal

Photos and text by Lily LaRegina The most frightening and uncertain event that Carol LaRegina has lived through before the current COVID-19 global pandemic was the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant’s partial meltdown in March, 1979. But that situation came under control and all threats were cleared within three days. Children continued going to…

Caring for Mr. Frantz
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Caring for Mr. Frantz

While life in quarantine looks different for many people, for Bob and Nancy Frantz, it looks a lot like their normal, daily life. ~ photos by Lexi Elder It’s been very restrictive that I can’t get out and get my own errands done. I’ve had lots of people from family and even the drug store…

French citizens broadly support ‘public health war’ against COVID-19
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French citizens broadly support ‘public health war’ against COVID-19

Across the U.S., protesters have been demonstrating in recent weeks against stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns. But in France, where President Emmanuel Macron declared a “public-health war” against the coronavirus early in March, citizens have expressed mixed emotions toward quarantine restrictions. While some want more freedom, others want even tighter restrictions to ensure limited spread…

Mom Guilt
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Mom Guilt

by Amelia Alexander Angela Alexander walked through the doors of Penn State Brandywine with a bump in her belly, feeling ashamed and defeated. Three years later she walked out motivated and empowered with a nursing degree in her hand.  “I was so embarrassed because of the stereotype surrounding young pregnancy. But once I had a…

Stretching the Supply
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Stretching the Supply

by Jenny Leader On March 12, 2020 the first patient with COVID-19 in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania was 55-year-old, Carmine Fusco. Six days later, his death would be the first recorded COVID death in Pennsylvania.  As of April 28, 2020, there have been 4,470 COVID cases in the valley and 105 deaths from the virus….

Down the Middle
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Down the Middle

Bergen County voters have been willing to vote for both Democrats and Republicans in both presidential and gubernatorial elections over the past 40 years. by Jake Aferiat Karen Kosch was born and raised in northern New Jersey, taught in northern New Jersey and still resides in northern New Jersey. So it makes sense that the…

Five Straight and Counting
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Five Straight and Counting

In 2016, Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania finally got on the same page by Megan Swift Until Republican Donald Trump came along four years ago, Pennsylvania voters as a whole were going in an opposite direction from the way its citizens in Westmoreland County were casting their ballots for president. The 2016 election marked the fifth…

Protesting the Closures
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Protesting the Closures

by Audra Laskey 04.20.2020 Like many states, Maryland has enacted a shutdown of non-essential businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing shutdown has prompted some residents to protest in Maryland’s capital.

Hands Off Learning
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Hands Off Learning

by Charles Hart 4.20.2020 Nursing students around the country have had to change their ways of learning due to the coronavirus. This includes transitioning their crucial clinicals to an online setting.

A View From Inside the Beltway
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A View From Inside the Beltway

by Jake Aferiat 3.25.2020 Robert Cline enjoyed a roughly 41-year in the federal government, getting his start as federal bank examiner in 1973 in the Richard Nixon administration before retiring as a Treasury Department employee in 2014. A lifelong Republican and resident of Washington, D.C. since the 1970s, Cline performed audits on many different financial…

A Proud and Happy Republican
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A Proud and Happy Republican

by Maddie Aiken 3.24.2020 The 2016 presidential election was the most surprising for lifelong Republican Howard Hill — and it was also the election he was the proudest to vote in. Hill, who grew up in Arnold, Pennsylvania, is a retired technical sales engineer and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. The registered Republican resides in…

Finding Faith Safely
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Finding Faith Safely

by Delaney Flynn 4.5.2020 As a deacon, Rob Flynn assists the priests in holding most masses. He writes and gives homilies, explaining the gospel in modern terms with personal anecdotes. He also can perform most of the sacraments such as baptisms, marriage, and anointing of the sick. He spent eight years studying to be a…

When Sports Stop, It’s Real
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When Sports Stop, It’s Real

by Erin Campbell 4.8.2020 Julie Vilanova’s job has shifted drastically during what would have been the busiest time for her career. Just weeks ago, Julie was a News Producer at CBS Sports in Manhattan working in the control room. Now, Julie is a CBS Sports News Producer overseeing the coronavirus coverage regarding sports remotely from…

Parenting in a Pandemic
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Parenting in a Pandemic

by Jenny Leader 4.8.2020 On Monday, April 6, 2020, Erin Forney had five Zoom meetings on her calendar, but only one of them was for her work. Her 4-year-old son had a call with his preschool class, her 6-year-old daughter had a call with her kindergarten class as well as two calls with her dance…

Chickens Come Home to Roost
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Chickens Come Home to Roost

by Audra Laskey 4.7.2020 As people rush to the grocery store to stock up on food during quarantine, egg shelves are empty in some places around the country. This egg shortage has led to a spike in people raising their own chickens. Reporter Audra Laskey has the story.

Voting in person
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Voting in person

Voters were required to cast ballots in person today at the Grand Chute Town Hall proceeds after Gov. Tony Evers’ attempt to postpone the election was blocked by the Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. With only two polling places open in Grand Chute, the Town Hall saw a regular stream of people coming in and out, only…

From Blue to Red
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From Blue to Red

by Megan Swift Dr. Eric Swift, 49, grew up in a blue-collar Democratic family. He went to nine different schools, moved around a dozen times and lived in four states, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Texas, growing up. His political colors changed after hearing the wife of a politician speak on “why she was conservative” during…

A Hole Lot of Distance
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A Hole Lot of Distance

by Jack Hirsh 4.4.2020 The coronavirus has shut down golf in Pennsylvania, but not other states. The President of the PA Golf Course Owners Association wants to change that. Jack Hirsh looks at how the sport can still be played amid social distancing.

Frank Gilliam: A Vietnam Era Voter
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Frank Gilliam: A Vietnam Era Voter

by Erin Hogge 4.1.2020 Frank Hines Gilliam is a 79-year-old Vietnam War veteran who hails from Hinsdale, Montana, where he grew up working on his family’s ranch. He graduated at the top of his high school class of 10 and later studied at Montana State University. A registered Republican, he typically votes for the Republican…

Double the Loss
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Double the Loss

by Megan Magee 3.27.2020 Lindsay and Elena Gerrato had their lacrosse season cut short by the coronavirus Not only sisters, but teammates, Lindsay and Elena Gerrato’s season was just getting underway for Union College’s women’s lacrosse team when their season was abruptly cut short. After receiving an email that a staff member tested positive for…

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