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Celebration Day prepares to highlight student work

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer April 13, 2017

Celebration Day has replaced Gator Day for the spring semester 2017. Instead of hosting Gator Day in the middle of the semester, Celebration Day is scheduled for May 2, 2017, the day after classes end. Terry...

Investigative Journalist Shane Bauer speaks to students, staff and faculty in the Tillotson Room of Tippie Alumi Center on April 8, 2017, as part of a conference titled “The Injustices of the Justice System.”

Shane Bauer visits Allegheny to speak on undercover investigative reporting

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer April 13, 2017

Shane Bauer, a senior reporter for Mother Jones, visited Allegheny College to give two talks on April 7 and April 8 as part of “The Injustices of the Justice System” conference hosted by the Student...

Softball team prepares for upcoming 2017 season opener

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer March 9, 2017

The softball team will begin its season on Saturday, March 11 in a doubleheader against Washington and Jefferson College. This season’s captains are outfielder Taylor Massart, ’17; first baseaman Abrianna...

Lundell wins award for conservation film

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer February 23, 2017

Levi Lundell, ’17, won the People’s Choice Award for PPFF’s Stewardship Video Contest on Jan. 30. The project was due Jan. 17. The film, titled “Leaving the Right Mark,” can now be found on...

Shannan Mattiace speaks on her federal government work

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer February 16, 2017

Shannan Mattiace, chair of the political science department, edited part of “The Handbook of Latin American Studies,” volume 71, which was recently released in fall 2016. This handbook is used as a...

College receives grant to construct greenhouse

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer February 9, 2017

Allegheny College received the E2 Energy to Educate grant in 2016. The grant awarded the college $37,500 to build a greenhouse for the Carr Garden—often called the “Carrden”—this upcoming summer....

Email challenge aims to promote student and staff well–being

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer February 2, 2017

Allegheny faculty, staff and students were invited by the provost’s office and Year of Mindfulness organizers to participate in a challenge from Jan. 23 through Jan. 27 to not correspond through email...

Victory hired as assistant coach

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer February 2, 2017

Campus: Why did you decide to coach? Victory: I grew up with my mom coaching. I always loved that side of things. She was a basketball coach, so she always joked that when I would walk into the gym, I...

Allegheny senior to spend semester with legislature

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer December 8, 2016

Heather Bosau, ’17, has been accepted to participate in the Pennsylvania Legislative Fellowship in Harrisburg from mid-January to early April, making her the third student from Allegheny College to be...

The Edible Trail at the Meadville Area Recreation Complex offers students and community members a chance to explore and contribute to their local environment.

Students, faculty build ‘Edible Trail’

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer November 18, 2016

Allegheny students and staff have  created a trail of edible plants along land owned by the Meadville Area Recreation Complex. This “Edible Trail” provides food for the community and college students...

Students gather in the Steffee Hall as part of a Gator Day event on Tuesday Oct. 25, 2016 to learn about chemistry courses and curriculum.

College decides the future of Gator Day programming

Rachel Belson, Staff Writer October 27, 2016

According to an email sent to Allegheny Faculty on by Associate Provost and Director of the Gateway Terrence Bensel on Dec. 9, 2011, Gator Day was first implemented into the academic schedule for Tuesday,...

Gator athletics welcomes new coaching staff

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer October 13, 2016

Campus: Why did you decide to coach? Holko: Well, I played basketball for four years at Westminster College, and I was a history major with a secondary ed [education] minor. I didn’t really want to...

Eileen Petula joins administrative staff

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer September 29, 2016

At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sue Stuebner left Allegheny to take a position as president of Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire....

To stand or not to stand, for the anthem

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer September 8, 2016

Standing for the national anthem shows that a citizen supports the United States of America, the military, the government, and what the country believes in.  Many people agree that if you are not standing...

Earth Day: forgotten child of holidays

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer April 28, 2016

Earth Day this year fell on April 22.  Admittedly, I had to search online to see whether Earth Day is the same day every year—and apparently, it is.  I wonder, why is this date not ingrained into my...

Leo fights bears, crosses frozen rivers, wins Oscar

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer March 11, 2016

It finally happened!  After more than 20 years of acting, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally received an Oscar.  He earned his long-awaited award for best actor in a leading role as Hugh Glass, in “The...

Questions of religious freedoms take off at NASA

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer February 26, 2016

Over the years, NASA has hosted a variety of non-NASA-affiliated organizations and group conferences in its buildings, so long as NASA employees hold these meetings and events on their own time. These...

Beyoncé brings divisive performance to Halftime Show

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer February 11, 2016

Beyoncé, singer extraordinaire, shocked Americans by performing her new song “Formation” during the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. Many viewers cheered her on. Yet others were dismayed and angered by...

Keeping ‘the box’ allows ex-cons to show integrity

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer November 12, 2015

The ability for employers to require potential employees to submit whether they have committed a felony in the past on a job application is in the center of a national debate.  It is wrong to ask this...

Hold thy judgment: intent matters in cultural Halloween costumes

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer October 29, 2015

In America today, many people find certain Halloween costumes to be culturally offensive.  While some costumes are ridiculed for being too sexualized or revealing, the most ardent opposition concerns...

Historical context should not be forgotten

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer September 17, 2015

Before debating whether the Confederate flag should be removed or allowed to fly, we must first look at the importance of the flag through a historical perspective.  Did you know that the flag considered...

Despite overcrowded student lots, many Gold Lot spaces remain empty after hours.

The real cost of a parking permit that no one wants to talk about

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer September 4, 2015

Allegheny College’s Safety and security, for the 2015-16 school year, has decided to add a few rules for the locations for parking. This is disparaging to students because it is already difficult to...

The first painting session of the mural took place over Homecoming weekend. Students are invited to come on Sunday Nov. 2 to finish the painting. As it is family weekend, the Resident Life staff welcomes students to bring their family and friends to paint as well.

Student Art Society leads ‘free-form mural’ in North Village II

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer October 30, 2014

After three years of effort, the Student Art Society and North Village Residents Staff collaborated and began painting a mural on the first floor of North Village 2. This idea came from a student who...

Ebola virus spreads to U.S.

Rachel Belson, Contributing Writer October 2, 2014

CBS news reported that Thomas Eric Duncan was confirmed to have the Ebola virus on Sept. 30, four days after he arrived in Dallas, Texas, on a flight from Liberia. Because he did not exhibit symptoms while...

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