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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
Election 2020, MAP, Writing

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…

Excited about voting in November? Not everyone is.
Election 2020, Writing

Excited about voting in November? Not everyone is.

by Maddie Aiken Some Americans consider voting to be a duty.  Brad McGowan, however, describes it as a “futility.”  At age 39, McGowan, a leadership development consultant for the American Automobile Association, has never voted and never plans to. The Colorado Springs resident said he feels it’s a “waste of time” to go through the…

Why Not To Vote
Election 2020, Writing

Why Not To Vote

by Megan Swift According to the Pew Research Center, only 55.7% of Americans voted in the last presidential election. That means that almost half of the eligible voting population didn’t show up to the polls or mail in their ballots in 2016. What’s their reason for not voting?  As it turns out, there are many….

Not Worth Their Effort
Election 2020, Writing

Not Worth Their Effort

With Biden as the nominee, these 3 voters will stay home by Alexandra Ramos When it comes to the 2020 presidential election, many Americans will be driving to the polls to place their votes for whom they feel will do the best job leading the country. But for some, disappointed that Joe Biden is the…

French citizens broadly support ‘public health war’ against COVID-19
MAP, News, Writing

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…

Five Straight and Counting
Election 2020, MAP, Writing

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…

A View From Inside the Beltway
Election 2020, MAP, Writing

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
Election 2020, MAP, Writing

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…

Double the Loss
MAP, sports, Writing

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…

Long way from home
MAP, sports, Writing

Long way from home

by Christopher Hess 03.26.2020 Russian hockey player reflects on PSU career cut short From Yaroslavl, Russia, to Scranton, Pa., to Des Moines, Iowa, to State College, then back to Scranton with his host family, Nikita Pavlychev has been able to stand out in any setting.  The 6-foot-7-inch forward for the Penn State men’s hockey team…

Coronavirus outbreak leads Penn State’s Pitch Exploration Lab to alter its tune
MAP, Writing

Coronavirus outbreak leads Penn State’s Pitch Exploration Lab to alter its tune

~ By Maddie Biertempfel 3.17.2020 After coronavirus concerns ended in-person classes and campus meetings for the rest of the spring semester at Penn State, members of the Pitch Exploration Lab have found new ways to continue their research.              Instead of their weekly Wednesday meeting in the music building on University Park’s campus, the roughly…