Walking through a day with UC EMS

Aliki Torrence

An EMS worker is a certified first responder, basic, or intermediate emergency medical technician (EMT), or paramedic. Being an EMT worker at Ursinus College is a little bit different. Senior William Haussner has a standard daily routine for an Ursinus EMS worker.
Haussner came into Ursinus four years ago wanting to become a doctor when he “grew up.” Freshman year, he thought it would be smart to get involved with EMS and learn the ropes on campus in order to fulfill his dream. He took a class to receive his EMT certification the summer after his freshman year.
The 200 hour class was tough, but allowed Haussner to learn how to use many different skills to deal with life and death situations.
At home Haussner works on an ambulance, which is different from what Ursinus EMS is like, but only contributes to his experience.
A night on duty as an EMT at Ursinus can be dull at times but may also get surprisingly exciting, according to Haussner. Each EMT carries a pager while on duty and are notified when there is a call.
“When I am on call it’s like I’m just going about my life,” said Haussner. “It’s not like I’m sitting in the EMS office waiting for a call, I’m student first and EMT second. I’m not just an EMT.”
The pager gives all the information about the patient that the EMT who is on duty needs to know. They will also receive an automatic text from Campus Safety, who works closely with the Collegeville Police along with the State Police in order to keep the campus safe.
According to the Ursinus website, UC EMS is in service 24/7 during each term and occasionally during summer and winter breaks.
“The pager is incredibly loud, especially when I am sleeping,” said Haussner. “I can receive a page any time of day, whether I’m in class, sleeping, doing homework, I may even be running on the treadmill. It’s completely unpredictable.”
There are currently only four certified EMTs. There are a number in training but only a few who are allowed to provide care by themselves. This creates even longer hours for the certified EMTs.
A typical call involves leaving whatever the person on duty is doing and taking the EMS truck to the scene. The type of call will determine what type of equipment is brought to the scene. The EMT will go to the call, do treatment, and finally determine if they need to go to the hospital or not.
If the patient needs to go to the hospital for additional treatment, the Trappe paramedics will be called and take over.
At that point, once the door on the ambulance shuts, Ursinus College EMS is finished and is ready to care for another patient.
“My job is pretty fun, it is really enjoyable to treat people; especially students,” said Haussner. “It’s really different at Ursinus treating people; I’m just another student coming to treat my fellow peers and it’s pretty cool in that respect. It’s just overall really gratifying because the people on campus really appreciate what we do.”
Being an EMT at Ursinus is strictly a volunteer job; the workers are serious in the job they perform.
“Being an EMS responder is about being there for the worst day of a person’s year or life and trying to make it just a little less bad.,” said Brian Kennedy, a senior EMS responder.

Twin brothers host 5 hour study marathon

Yongshi Li

One Saturday at noon, 10 or so Ursinus students gathered in a room in Pfahler. They separated in groups to study their own subjects. It was quiet unless someone discussed presentations or problems they encountered. “Thirty minutes to go,” said one of them. Half an hour later, they started to have a one-hour break, watching “Blue Mountain State.” Soon after this period of fun time, they returned back to their work for another two hours.
This five-hour study marathon with a one-hour break was carried out by twin brothers-Robert Bandstra and Brian Bandstra, which helps them and their friends boost study efficiency. They started to do this study marathon last year once a month, and still continue now because of the benefits of this mechanism.
Friends were invited to join the study marathon project. They gathered in one of the Pfahler rooms on Saturday at noon, and then divided into groups according to their subjects. They studied for two separate two-hour sessions, with a one-hour break in between, when they can do anything to relax. After this study marathon, they could either hang out together at night or go back to study.
The most essential part in the study marathon is that everyone makes a commitment to each other. No one can leave early or indulge themselves in social media.
“We don’t want anyone to walk in, Skype or Face Time their friends. We can have some fun time, but study is serious. People leaving in the middle are a huge distraction, ” said Robert Bandstra.
At first the twin brothers invited their friends, but their friends were shocked. “This is not gonna work. This is crazy. I’m not gonna study for five hours,” said one of their friends.
However, it turned out that people loved this idea. Their friends invited their friends, and then they started to see some new faces.
They studied in different groups, such as biology, economics, chemistry and law. They could either work on their own or discuss with others. As students come from different classes, they can seek reference from someone who has finished the same courses.
“Robert has a friend taking a class in the business department that I have already completed. It’s really an asset to have a diversified group of students, which can really help each other feed off the knowledge, like having a personalized tutor all Saturday, free of charge. It’s amazing,” said Brian Bandstra.
Other benefits of the study marathon include high efficiency, socializing and better time management. During the intense period of study, students focus on their work, while they can socialize with each other during the break. After completing their work on Saturday, not only can they move on with their weekend, but also they have “a sense of achievement”, according to Brian Bandstra.
The idea of study marathon is spoken highly of by assistant director of the center for academic support, Jan Levengood. The two elements she valued most, group study and relaxation, were included in it.
“I think it’s important to make a commitment to each other, which helps them stay disciplined… The model they came up with is wonderful,” said Levengood.
Study marathon is strongly recommended by the Bandstra brothers and Levengood. For those who want to join this efficient study marathon, Levengood shared a few tips. “Reserve a room so that you can use the digital appliances, help out with each other, study in a group, when you’re telling someone about something you’re actually teaching yourself,” said Levengood.

Midterm election results

Brian Thomas

Despite the national trend towards Republicans, Pennsylvania has elected a Democratic governor. Tom Wolf won on Election Day by double digits, unseating incumbent Republican Tom Corbett. Wolf was the only Democrat statewide candidate in the country to defeat a Republican incumbent. Corbett became the first Pennsylvania governor in modern history to not be elected to a second term.
Despite Wolf’s large margin of victory, the Pennsylvania state house and state senate saw their Republican majorities increase. In the Senate, the majority was increased by three seats, giving them 30 seats to the Democrats’ 20. The Republicans picked up eight seats in the house, increasing their majority in the lower chamber.
Incumbent Republican Mike Vereb defeated Democratic challenger David G. McKenzie to represent House District 150, where Ursinus sits, in Harrisburg. Vereb earned 63.84 percent of the vote.
In the State Senate, incumbent John G. Rafferty beat Democrat Kathi Cozzone by similar numbers, earning 61.38 percent of the vote. Ursinus sits in Senate district 44.
In the race to represent the sixth district of Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives, Republican Ryan Costello defeated Democrat Manan Trivedi. Costello earned 56.23 percent of the vote compared to Trivedi’s 43.77 percent. The race, which was considered early on to be one of the most competitive in the country, was the closest House race in Pennsylvania. Costello won Montgomery County, where Ursinus is located, by about 10 points.
Montgomery County voters appear to have split the ticket while voting. Wolf, who won the county by nearly 20 points, was the only Democrat the voters elected. Vereb, Rafferty and Costello all won by large margins further down the ticket.

Feminists in Action club tackles the issue of gender inequality

Jaime Bocanumenth

Before the Feminists in Action club was formed in 2013, there was no formalized space to dicuss feminist issues on campus. In 2013, a group of students formed the organization to “promote and foster leadership development among the women and men at Ursinus College,” according to the group’s webpage.
The Feminists in Action club here at Ursinus discusses feminist issues through a bi-weekly Thursday meeting in the Bomberger Meditation Chapel. They tackle topics regarding gender equality, race, and sexuality issues. Their goal is to encourage the campus community to consider gender issues in their daily lives and decision making
Club secretary Olivia Keithley broke down the origins of the Feminists in Action. She explained that the idea for the club first sprouted her freshman year and after a long process, finally became reality in November of 2013.
“We became a club because we wanted to create a space for students to talk about different issues related to gender, inequality, and how femininity and masculinity are constructed in the U.S.,” said Keithley.
The founders felt that there were many clubs that highlighted a variety of issues, but not one that focused on gender primarily.
“The definition of feminism is the belief in equal rights for men and women,” said Keithley. “So we talk a lot about how both genders can work towards that mission together.”
Their meetings take on the form of an open discussion based on current news, discussion questions, or pieces composed by the media such as documentaries.
The club’s success in this short time can be attributed to its prioritization of diversity issues, particularly those pertaining to gender. The Feminists in Action club strives to bring together all groups on campus to discuss these issues from a diverse variety of perspectives.
“Having the boys there was really great,” said freshman Julia Crozier-Christy. “We were having talks about the masculinity ideal and having guys there made it such a more well-rounded discussion”.
Senior Lauren Marano furthered this point by explaining her nerves after hearing her boyfriend, junior Connor Murphy wanted to join her at one of the meetings.
“I was kind of anxious when Connor told me he wanted to come along,” said Marano. “I wasn’t sure how many boys would be there. I was actually surprised at the amount of males that showed up.”
The atmosphere of the meetings is also something that seemed to resonate among the members.
“I’ve gone to both of the meetings this year and I just really like the environment that is set up,” said Crozier-Christy. “Having a forum to discuss all of these things is really important and it’s actually one of the reasons I decided to come to Ursinus.”
Marano expanded more on the physical aspect of the meeting.
“We were all arranged in a circle and in chairs without the obstruction of a desk,” said Marano. “It was just a very unifying vibe. I also loved the fact that meetings are discussion based and not dominated by just one person or the officers. The discussion is furthered by bouncing off ideas and asking questions”.
Both students agreed on the fact that the atmosphere was very comfortable and distinct from a typical classroom setting.
Although some may be misguided by thinking that feminists are a group of extremists with picket signs and urges to protest, Keithley stresses the contrary.
“There are so many different ways and so many little choices that you can make in your life that reflect how you view equality,” said Keithley. “Calling somebody out when they call a girl a slut for example. We just want to raise awareness on those everyday small choices we can make.”
Keithley hopes that the club can become self-sustaining by the time she graduates and that it will start to make an impact in the choices the student body makes on a daily basis.
If you’d like to have your voice heard and discuss some of the gender issues facing our world today, do not hesitate to attend a meeting in the near future. The first step to change is awareness.

International Perspective Learning to embrace American foods

Justin Zheng

In the fall of 2011, I arrived at Chicago O’Hare airport for the first time in my life. After two and a half hours, I got to my high school dormitory, Ella Dye, in Beaver Dam, WI.
I felt extremely hungry and the dinner that I wanted was some hot soup and regan noodles, which are traditional, spicy Chinese noodles with sesame sauce. However, I ended up eating toasted bread and cold milk, because the cafeteria was almost closed.
The whole night I was starving and for the first two weeks I could not get used to the food in America. After I finished all the food that I brought from China, I had no choice but to eat in the cafeteria.
Since regan noodles are my favorite Chinese food, I started to try some similar food, such as pasta and spaghetti in the cafeteria. It was not bad!
I began to eat with my roommate who was an American. More and more food went onto my “waiting list,” and I started to like them. After months, I could even make my own personal favorite salads and sandwiches.
Time traveled fast. Two months ago I started my new life here at Ursinus College. As a student who has studied in the Midwest US before, I did not have any hard transitions, especially with food, compared to other international Asian students.
I have seen a lot of students who, like the “old me,” struggle with American food, and some of them were even crazier. They have gone to Wismer only once or twice this year.
Other than that, they eat instant noodles or instant rice in their room. The result of not eating fresh food might make them sick. Therefore, I have thought a long time about how to solve this problem.
Either people change the environment or the environment changes people. I think there can be two solutions. The first would be that people change the environment. If I were in charge of Wismer, I would open an Asian food section in Upper. This thought would not only benefit the Asian international students, but also improve the diversity in Upper Wismer.
I think the second solution would be that the environment changes people, which seems more realistic than the first solution. For instance, students get up in the morning to have breakfast.
Three options are croissants with American cheese and sausage, bagels with American cheese and bacon or only fruits. Since those are my personal preferences, international Asian students might be more likely to have a taste for them as well.
Saying the environment changes people encourages Asian international students to get rid of their traditional thoughts about American food and really try something new every day in Wismer. By trying different foods at Wismer, students may be able to find their own favorites.
I think my solution would also be a good way for some of the American students who are not used to the food in Wismer yet, since this is the first time that they are attending a boarding school. Food in Wismer may not be the same as the food that is made by parents, but it is always good to give it a try.
How I got used to American food is by doing this. If all of the international Asian students thought like this, I believe that everyone who is not used to the food in Wismer would become used to it.

Author Bio

Justin Zheng is an international student from Wuhan, China. He is planning to be a business major. Justin is a member of Meistersingers and the Southeast Asian Student Association.

Senate changes organization

Deana Harley

The Student Senate was formed last year after Reimert Hall was shut down for a weekend in January. The senate formed in response to the shutdown, calling students in to discuss how to come up to solutions to the problems that caused the shutdown.
This year, though, the senate is aiming to become more political and be more representative of a broader spectrum of student life. Although the senate was disciplinary last semester after the Reimert shut-down, this year they hope to be more collaborative and governmental.
“Our initiative is to create student governance that is fit for our school,” Tony Sierzega, president of the senate, said. “Essentially that means serving as a place that’s open for dialogue and debate.”
Sierzega goes on to say the senate really wants to acknowledge and incorporate student ideas this year. He said the group is interested in hearing the problems that students see around campus, and what they think the best solutions are.
One thing the senate changed so far this year is their executive board. They added one class representative for each class in hopes that those four people would be mediators and middlemen for students and the senate.
Brian Kennedy, vice president of the senate, said he thinks the representatives are a key aspect to forming relationships between student government and the student body.
“The big change this year is that we have representatives for each grade,” Kennedy said, “so we want the student body to know that that’s a place where they could go with an issue they have, an idea they have, or anything they’d like to see changed.”
Kennedy said when an issue is brought up to a representative or to anybody on the executive board, something will be done about it or it will at least get talked about if something can’t be done.
One of the programs that the student senate implemented this year was the Reimert Courtyard Clean-up Program. When the student senate formed last January in response to problems in Reimert, trash was one of those problems and has continued to be an issue since.
In response, the senate formed a program so that when a suite registers a party, they are randomly assigned a weekend of courtyard clean-up. The senate did this last semester, but it became an actual program this semester.
One of the major changes the senate made this year was adding “senators,” which are representatives from each organization on campus. Greek organizations and clubs each have a representative that attends the meetings and discusses on behalf of that organization.
Another change the student senate made this year was the format of their meetings. Previously, meetings ran similar to a Town Hall meeting, meaning they became more of a question and answer format, according to Kennedy.
Now, Sierzega says the meetings will begin with a few agenda items from the senate then there will be time for the senators to raise any issues they have, and a discussion to follow. This makes for a more communicative group and a discussion that will hopefully lead to solutions to any problems raised.
Both Sierzega and Kennedy have big hopes for the growth of the student senate. Both agree that the student senate should be a governmental organization that all students can come to and discuss ideas, concerns, and suggestions. Sierzega said he hopes the student senate will be the “most deliberative student government this school has ever had.”
Kennedy said he hopes the senate will be a place where students know they can go to see real changes made, or, at minimum, real discussions.

Graduates granted campus housing

Dysean Alexander

Finding a place to live and start a life after college is commonly the top struggle for students after graduation, but for Ursinus Alums John Lawrence and James Valentine, this confrontation has been delayed due to their being granted dormitory space for a ninth semester as they finish out their student-teaching requirements.
Lawrence and Valentine have both been granted rooms in North Dormitory in order to help lessen the strenuous commutes from their respective hometowns to the local schools of the Collegeville area. According to Lawrence, who is currently student teaching at local Spring-Ford High School, it allows him to work more efficiently since he lives more than an hour from the school.
“Since I live a little too far away, Ursinus was very accommodating, and let me choose whatever single I wanted in North Hall,” said Lawrence.
Students select rooms each spring semester in the annual housing lottery which goes in order by year. Lawrence and Valentine, being part of the 2014 class, were able to select their rooms ahead of time spring semester 2014 due to circumstances of their situation.
Melissa Sanders-Giess, who aside from being assistant dean of students, also assists in providing leadership and direction for the assistant director and resident advisor programs including housing selection and assignment processes.
Giess assisted these fellow alumni in their needs for student teaching and in order to fulfil their jobs.
“During fall housing lottery, we offer early placements to students who are members of a cohort that already graduated,” said Giess, “Note that some students complete student teaching during their consecutive eight semesters, so this would not apply to them.”
Although Lawrence and Valentine have been granted this privilege, and being graduates no longer have to pay tuition, they still must pay the cost of room and board, along with the credit cost of student teaching.
Student teaching is a requirement for students seeking to be certified in education and is a crucial part of these student’s curriculum. Being able to have secure, convenient living makes the process more accessible and manageable without the constant concern/worry, but living back on campus after graduating can present separate challenges that Lawrence and Valentine each dealt with in many ways.
“It definitely feels a bit weird for me to be living back on campus again. Once you get the taste of four years of undergrad, coming back again isn’t really the same,” said Lawrence “You’re basically a student, but not the definition of a true undergraduate per-say.”
Although the feeling may be uncomfortable at times Lawrence spoke that his undergraduate and graduate friends give him constant support in his efforts of becoming an English Teacher.

Campus Safety handles thefts

Brian Thomas

A number of people have reported theft and vandalism over homecoming weekend at Ursinus. With the high number of alumni and community members taking part in the events, there are few opportunities for repercussions and punishment for the culprits. While the number of reported incidents appears to be down from last year, some students have still fallen victim to theft and vandalism.
Last year, Lucas Bricker, who was living in Reimert at the time, had his Xbox gaming console stolen. According to Bricker, a number of other residents’ Xboxes, were stolen as well.
“The protocol was to essentially report it and wait to see what happens. They never did find the culprit, so I never found out about repercussions,” said Bricker in an email. “The only thing [campus safety] really did was say sorry, tell me to lock my doors next time, and say that they’d let me know if they found anything out.”
Alex Wiltz, assistant director of campus safety and community standards, was not at Ursinus last year. His first homecoming saw little reported incidents of theft or vandalism.
“I can’t think of anything that was reported,” said Wiltz.
The protocol for handling reports of theft and vandalism on homecoming is the same as on normal weekends at Ursinus.
“We establish a time frame of when and where the incident happened, were the doors locked, who was around, stuff like that,” said Wiltz.
After that, according to Wiltz, the locksmith can pull the card swipe records if the incident occurred in a room or building that requires an identity card to enter.
The next step is for Wiltz or another member of the staff to continue communicating with the student.
“I’ll follow up with the student to see if it has been found, and then investigate any leads,” said Wiltz.
Typically, students are also encouraged to file a police report with the Collegeville Police Department as well. The campus safety staff helps to facilitate this. “We will walk them to the station if we can,” said Wiltz.
A new program implemented by campus safety involves having the officers carry business cards that read “This could have easily been stolen…Make sure you secure your belongings,” along with the campus safety phone number.
This program was established in hopes of not only preventing theft, but encouraging students to be more wary of where they leave their items.
If a campus safety officer sees a personal item lying around, they will take it to the campus safety office and leave the card where it was. This lets the student know that their property is safe, where it is, and that they should be more careful about securing it.
Bricker, who no longer lives in Reimert, said that he did not experience anything similar during this year’s homecoming.
Jonathan Vander Lugt, who had his GPS stolen from his car last year, found his car vandalized again this year. [Full Disclosure: Vander Lugt is the sports editor for The Grizzly.]
Vander Lugt found a group of men hunched over his car, appearing to be trying to remove his license plate. Once they realized that he was there, however, they left. His license plate was damaged from the incident.
According to Wiltz, there is a campus safety officer assigned to patrol the parking lot during homecoming.
On normal weekends, officers “go out” and patrol where they like, said Wiltz. On homecoming weekend, however, the three officers on duty during the night are assigned to carefully monitor specific areas.
“We make sure we are fully staffed,” said Wiltz. “We have our RAs, myself, and our officers out responding to calls.”
One officer is assigned to Reimert, another is at the main campus, and another is mobile on Main Street.
“We like to know where we are during homecoming so we can back each other up,” said Wiltz.
The officer assigned to Reimert patrols the parking lot as well. Later in the night, however, the officers tend to end up at Reimert responding to calls, according to Wiltz.
Campus Safety encourages students who have fallen victim to theft and vandalism at any time to report the incident.
“If they’re not reporting anything, we can’t do anything,” said Wiltz.

Berman receives large grant

Phoebe French

A $200,000 donation to be given over two years was made by the Berman Foundation to the Berman Museum of Art last Thursday.
The Berman Foundation, based in Los Angeles, is headed by Nancy Berman, daughter of the late Philip and Muriel Berman. Philip Berman attended Ursinus College briefly from 1932 to 1933.
Berman Museum of Art director, Charles Stainback, appointed in April of 2013, said that the donation will be used for exhibitions and other related expenses. “It’s a matching grant,” said Stainback, “so we will be trying, over the next two years, to raise an additional $200,000 to match that. That’s our big challenge.” Stainback says that he’s working with the advancement office and is excited to take on this challenge.
“Philip Berman had a real connection to the college,” Says Stainback. “In the late 1980’s, it was decided that it would be good to have an Art Museum on campus, so he helped with some of the renovations of this building, gave an endowment to pay for the directors salary, and at that time, put over 2,000 works on long term loan to the Berman Museum from his collection.” In the Fall of 2013, the works that were on long term loan were permanently donated, amounting to around $2.2 million.
He is excited for the exhibitions that this donation will make possible. “We’re being very ambitious and looking to do a lot of interesting exhibitions,” says Stainback. “We want to start a dialogue [on campus] about ideas and artworks.” Stainback is working with the philosophy department’s Nathan Rein to get next year’s CIE students involved with the museum.
“We’re trying to program the exhibitions so that there is a bigger connection with the students.”
“It is the goal of the Berman right now to draw in more people, students and the public,” says senior Mallory Vukovic, “This [donation] will definitely help them accomplish that.”
The Berman Museum’s current exhibition, Good Neighbors, will be displayed until Jan. 11, 2015. Good Neighbors features a variety of works by 11 artists based in Philadelphia. The exhibition touches on themes of family, intimacy and nostalgia, and is “an effort to highlight an open, vibrant community of artists.”
Upcoming exhibitions include A Stratigraphic Fiction (Time Before Time), opening Februrary 3, 2015, which will feature works from 1970 to the present, along with Museum Studies, also Opening February 3, 2015, which will feature 10 internationally-renowned contemporary artists.

Dr. Peter Small appointed as interim dean

Deana Harley

After the untimely death of president Bobby Fong, dean Terry Winegar was appointed as interim President for Ursinus College. Taking on that position, Winegar could no longer serve as dean of the college, so Dr. Peter Small was appointed as interim dean of the college. Before being appointed as interim dean, Small was, and still is, chair of the department of biology and a professor of biology.
Small received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee. After getting his bachelor’s degree, Small went on to East Tennessee State University to earn his master’s degree.
After that, Small received his PhD at Miami University in Ohio. After earning his PhD, Small taught at Miami University for one year.
While at Miami University, Small saw an ad for Ursinus College. He says the description of the ad immediately attracted him to Ursinus. Small is an ecologist, and that is exactly what was being advertised when he saw the ad.
“I drove over the day before the interview and just checked out the area and the campus without anything official,” Small said, “and I loved it”.
Small started his career at Ursinus as a professor of biology with a specialty in ecology, and that has remained since. Now that he is interim dean, this will be Small’s last semester being a professor and chair of the department of biology.
Before being appointed as interim dean, Small was actually planning on retiring in two years. Now that he has been appointed as interim dean, Small plans on staying for an extra year. Small says Winegar needed somebody who had practical administrative experience, and that is what Small had.
Small is now finding himself essentially corresponding to himself since he is filling both positions of chair of biology, and interim dean. Therefore, he will also need to find a new chair of the biology department.
Small says he will miss being a professor and seeing his students in a classroom setting, because students are his favorite part of Ursinus. Small’s research lab studies Diatom Population Dynamics, and he says working with students on that research is what he will miss most about being a professor. According to his research website, the research group has “recently focused their work on populations dynamics, periodicity, and annual cycling of diatoms”.
“To me, there’s nothing better than being in a room with 20 bright students,” Small said, “or having one on one work with a research student. That’s why I came here and that’s what I’ve been doing for years.”
Small says that was his biggest fear when Winegar asked him to serve as interim dean, that he would be away from students.
“I wish there was a way to do this job and still teach,” Small said, “but there isn’t, and I’m finding that out right now.”


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