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Alex Weidenhof, News Editor

Alex Weidenhof is a senior history major and an ardent defender of the serial comma. Oddly enough, though he enjoys journalism and has been on The Campus for three years, he has not taken a class on it, mainly because he forgets to during registration every semester. Alex mainly covers topics around Public Safety, which he enjoys because, like history, it gives him a cynical, pessimistic view of the world. He has also reported for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, writing on important subjects such as professional cornhole, tugboats and Wild West reenactors. As a former copy editor, he is a pedant who is precise about commas, subject-verb agreement and dangling modifiers, though as this bio shows, he cannot edit his own writing.

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Allegheny’s newest competitive team? It could be esports.

November 15, 2018

A group of Allegheny College students plans to bring a new competitive team to the school, and with it, physical changes to parts of campus. Its competition? E-Sports. Though its constitution was tabled...

Matt Platz, candidate for director of Public Safety, during his presentation Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018

Matt Platz, candidate for public safety, speaks to students, staff

November 8, 2018

Since August 2015, Allegheny College’s Office of Public Safety has had two permanent and three interim directors. Wednesday, Nov. 7, marked the final stages of the search for a new permanent director. Jeff...

Graduates ask college to rescind Graham civility prize

October 25, 2018

A group of Allegheny College graduates are calling on the institution to rescind South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Prize for Civility in Public Life, which the college awarded him in 2013. In a letter...

Nesset reaches settlement with child pornography victims

October 18, 2018

Kirk Nesset, a former professor of English and creative writing at Allegheny College who pleaded guilty to charges related to child pornography, has reached settlements with eight victims who filed a civil...


Former counselor Pereira found guilty

September 27, 2018

Luiz Heleno Pereira, 53, was found guilty on two counts related to his having sexual contact with an 11-year-old boy, court records show. Pereira was Allegheny College’s associate director of admissions...

Students protest handling of racial bias incidents

September 20, 2018

Over 25 students joined in a protest against the college’s racial discrimination and sexual assault policies in front of the main entrance of the Henderson Campus Center at noon on Monday, Sept. 17. The...

New additions to campus: MicroFridges aim to cut cost

September 13, 2018

Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, Allegheny College has provided students living in traditional-style dorms with MicroFridges — a microwave and refrigerator combo. For those not living in a traditional-style...


Students pay tribute to Smith’s work, legacy

September 13, 2018

Andrew Bloeser, assistant professor of political science, and Allegheny students held and helped organize an hour-long discussion on the final work of Bruce Smith, the late professor emeritus of political...

Not only did this year’s incoming class set a record for international students — at six percent of the class — it also saw an increase in the number of countries represented. Pictured in the graph above is the number of countries represented by students during year of matriculation.

Class of 2022 most diverse, selective in admissions process

September 13, 2018

Setting and tying records for metrics measuring the incoming class’ diversity, Allegheny College’s 494-student class of 2022 has been one of the most competitive in recent history. Cornell LeSane,...

The crisis of America

September 13, 2018

The United States is in the midst of three separate — but not wholly discrete — constitutional crises. One crisis, perhaps the most obvious and largest, was something neither members of the Constitutional...

Allegheny to find new, permanent public safety director

September 6, 2018

Allegheny College has formed a search committee to find a new leader for the Office of Public Safety, which has been without a permanent director since fall 2017. Title IX Coordinator Gillian Ford heads...

Former Allegheny student sentenced to up to 2 years in correctional facility, probation

September 5, 2018

“Society expects better and there’s got to be punishment for it,” President Judge Anthony Vardaro told Moses Alcantara Garcia, 21, during his 30-minute sentencing for an April on-campus sexual assault...

Courtesy of Crawford County Correctional Facility

Former student pleads no contest to assault charges, faces jail time

August 30, 2018
Moses Alcantara Garcia, who has been incarcerated in the Crawford County Correctional Facility since his arrest with a $40,000 bail, will be sentenced Sept. 5. He faces up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
This photograph, taken by William Bulger in 1937, shows Bentley Hall just a decade after its 1925 renovation.

Renovated Bentley to blend old and new

August 30, 2018
We want to make (Bentley) a 21st-century building and one that’ll get us through the next century.” —CLIFF WILLIS Director of Major Capital Projects, Allegheny College

The Campus was there for the last Bentley reconstruction

August 30, 2018
The two renovations — this year’s and the one nearly a century ago — share many similarities. At that time, modernization meant electric lights and indoor plumbing, not geothermal climate control and adding elevators.

ASG president, vice president discuss goals, challenges

August 23, 2018

With the 2018–19 academic year about to commence, Allegheny Student Government’s incoming administration is eager to begin its role in governing and advocating for the student body. ASG President...

Former associate director of admissions is arrested

February 1, 2018

Allegheny College’s former associate director of admissions and coordinator of international recruitment has been arrested on charges that he engaged in sexual contact with an 11-year-old. Luiz Heleno...

Baskan, college resolve discrimination lawsuit

January 25, 2018

Altay Baskan, '20, and Allegheny College reached an agreement Thursday, Jan. 25, to resolve a lawsuit he filed against the college and Assistant Dean of Students Joe Hall. Hall was dismissed as a defendant...

Federal Title IX investigation ends after lawsuit

January 25, 2018

A Department of Education investigation into Allegheny College’s handling of Title IX cases, which was opened June 3, 2015, has been closed upon request of the student who filed it. One investigation...

Government sends request to garnish Nesset’s accounts

January 25, 2018

The federal government has sent the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania a request to garnish Kirk Nesset’s retirement accounts to pay his restitution due to victims as a result...

Lawsuit against Allegheny College to enter mediation

August 31, 2017

A lawsuit filed against Allegheny College in United States District Court — the second in 2017 — will proceed in front of a federal magistrate judge. The college is accused of and denies charges of...

Crime logs misidentified some sexual assaults

April 20, 2017

Allegheny College’s daily crime log has misidentified some sexual assaults and omitted others entirely. The college is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime...

City of Meadville supplied ballistic vests to public safety

April 20, 2017

After discussing the issue of arming public safety officers in a June 21, 2016, meeting with Meadville officials and reportedly several times afterwards with students, Allegheny College acquired ballistic...

Police respond to suspicious person in fraternity house

March 15, 2017

Allegheny College Public Safety and Meadville City Police were called to investigate a report of a suspicious man entering the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house on Highland Avenue around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday,...

Residence Life reallocates funding for RA positions

March 9, 2017

The Office of Residence Life will reallocate funding for the 2017–18 academic year to hire a fourth assistant director of residence life, restructure the current resident adviser positions, add four...

For the 2016–17 academic year, the former Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house was leased by the college to house first-year female students. The college, according to Associate Director of Residence Life for Housing Gretchen Kerr, has no plans to continue to use the house for the 2017–18 academic year.

Fraternity proposes return to campus

March 9, 2017

Members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s national organization met with Allegheny College community members to discuss the possible recolonization of the fraternity to the college’s campus on...

Investigation continues into assault of students

March 9, 2017

The two men who assaulted Anza Kisyanto, ’17, and Mike Eltma, ’20, outside of Ford Chapel on Feb. 22 have not been apprehended yet by the Meadville City Police Department, though the investigation...

Director of public safety researches security cameras

March 2, 2017

Director of Public Safety Ali Awadi has brought forth the possibility of installing security cameras to Allegheny Student Government’s Student Life Committee, according to Sens. Alexia Porche, ’19,...

Nesset responds to civil court suit

February 23, 2017

Former Allegheny professor Kirk Nesset has filed a motion to have a civil case against him dismissed, according to court documents. The motion, which included a letter from Nesset to the U.S. District...

Special Report: Sexual assault survivors share stories of college process

February 17, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on sexual assault at Allegheny College. The first installment was published last Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. The U.S. Department of Education’s...

The Association of American Universities reports that 23.1 percent of female undergraduate students experience rape or sexual assault while in college. 5.4 percent of male undergraduate students also experience rape or sexual assault while in college. Nobody in this photo illustration is a subject in the story.

Special Report: Sexual assault survivors speak on Title IX experiences

February 10, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article is the first of a two-part series examining sexual assault on Allegheny’s campus. The second installment will be published next Friday, Feb. 17. Allegheny College is currently...

College holds discussion on executive orders

February 2, 2017

Allegheny College students, faculty and administrators gathered in the Pelletier Collaboratory at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, to discuss implications of President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders...

New lighting to be installed on North Main

February 2, 2017

Allegheny College’s efforts to improve student safety continue after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recommended a number of changes be made to the portion of North Main Street that runs...

Populism led to Donald Trump’s presidential victory

February 2, 2017

President Donald Trump was elected by running on a campaign of populism—that is, promising to empower middle America. Yet, despite some significant accomplishments of populists, it is necessary to remember...

College crime log fails to meet federal guidelines

December 2, 2016

Allegheny College’s daily crime log, which in accordance with federal guidelines is supposed to include crimes which have occurred in the last 60 days, has not fully complied with these guidelines regarding...

Car-sharing company replaces missing vehicle on campus

December 2, 2016

A new Zipcar vehicle arrived on campus on Nov. 21, replacing a car that had been removed from the college by the company earlier in the month, according to Dean of Students Kimberly Ferguson. Ferguson...

Jonah Raether, ’18, reacts to President-Elect Donald Trump's lead prior to the final outcome of the election in the Grounds for Change coffee shop early in the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

National election stuns campus

November 10, 2016

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The business mogul and reality television star defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of...

Jonah Raether, ’18, reacts to President-Elect Donald Trump's lead prior to the final outcome of the election in the Grounds for Change coffee shop early in the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.


November 9, 2016

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The business mogul and reality television star defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of...

Editorial: The duty to vote

November 8, 2016

The Founding Fathers had a revolutionary idea in 1789. Every four years, American citizens would have the opportunity to peacefully overthrow their government. Nearly 8,000 men died in the revolution...

Sixth District representative candidates Peter Zimmer, the Democratic nominee, Brad Roae, the incumbent Republican nominee, and Lester Lenhart, a write-in candidate, stayed after the forum to speak with audience members on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

CPP holds forum for sixth district candidates

November 3, 2016

Three candidates vying to represent the 6th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District—encompassing Crawford County and parts of Erie County—met to debate on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Tippie Alumni...

College creates new counseling position

November 3, 2016

Allegheny College opened a search for a multicultural counselor, a new position, to work in its Counseling Center, posting the job opening on its website on Oct. 21. Applications will be accepted through...

Critical thinking: A needed skill in political discourse

November 3, 2016

“The current view is that liberals have a whole set of statistics which theoretically may be right, but it’s not where human beings are,” said Newt Gingrich in an interview with CNN during the Republican...

Library staff works to control mold infestation

October 27, 2016

A sheet of plastic hangs across a section of Pelletier Library’s first floor, indicating that the section is closed. This area, containing the compact—or mobile—shelving units and approximately 25,000...

College digitizes Ida Tarbell archival collection

October 21, 2016

Paula Treckel, professor emerita of history, delivered the 21st annual Pelletier Library Lecture, entitled “The World of Ida Tarbell” in the Collaboratory on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Vice President for Information...

PennDOT holds pedestrian traffic forum

October 21, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the City of Meadville and Allegheny College hosted a public meeting to solicit input regarding traffic along the North Main Street corridor in Schultz Banquet...

College could face further fees for car-sharing program

October 13, 2016

Allegheny College’s contract with Zipcar, a vehicle-sharing program that began on campus on Sept. 13, sets a monthly guaranteed revenue to Zipcar of $3,000, according to a preliminary copy of the contract...

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