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Sam Stephenson , Co-Editor-in-Chief

Sam is a senior, majoring in English with a focus in Journalism and minoring in Economics. A member of the Varsity Tennis Team, he has a passion for telling stories that might otherwise go untold.

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Nesset pleads guilty to all charges

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 9, 2015

Former Allegheny English Professor Kirk Nesset faces at least five years in federal prison following his guilty plea in Erie federal court on April 6. Charged with possession, distribution and receipt...

Not guilty plea reconsidered

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 26, 2015

Former Allegheny Professor, Kirk Nesset, is set to change his not guilty plea in an Erie, Pa. federal court on April 6. Nesset, 57, made his original plea of not guilty on charges of receipt, distribution...

Nesset’s pretrial motions extended to February

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 5, 2015

A motion has been granted to extend any pretrial motions until Friday, Feb. 6 in the federal child pornography case involving former professor of English, Kirk Nesset. Nesset, an award-winning writer,...

Editorial: Reviewing Allegheny’s past semester

Sam Stephenson and Amanda Spadaro January 22, 2015

Allegheny’s fall semester no doubt yielded challenges to the Allegheny community almost from the start. Across the board from student government to the administration, things went wrong and the community...

International voter turnout for Gator update

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 22, 2015

The 2014-2015 academic year has already seen its share of controversies, though none has been as vocal and widespread as the decision of updating Allegheny’s Gator mascot, Chompers. After an announcement...

Why the increase to the student activities fee is vital for the campus community

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 5, 2014

This past week, three Allegheny Student Government cabinet members (President Larry Hailsham, Parliamentarian Mary Grace Warren and Treasurer Miguel Lirian0) presented a proposal to ASG to potentially...

Former student arrested on terroristic threat charge

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 4, 2014

A former Allegheny student, Luong Phan, was arrested at his Erie home on Nov. 23 by members of the Erie State Police on a charge of a terroristic threat. Phan allegedly posted a string of threatening posts...

Allegheny ranks the lowest of its competitors on the students activities fee. Members of the Great Lakes College Association have SAFs that are double or triple that of Allegheny.

ASG proposes to increase student activities fee

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 4, 2014

Allegheny Student Government cabinet members presented a proposal on Tuesday, Dec. 2, to ASG to increase the Student Activities Fee. Last time the SAF was increased was during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. ASG’s...

Disturbing Facebook posts lead to campus wide email

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 24, 2014

This story has been updated since its original post: Last update: 12:22 a.m.  Dean of Students Joseph DiChristina sent out a campus wide email tonight addressing concerns about a former Allegheny student’s...

Allegheny senior not selected for Rhodes Scholarship

Sam Stephenson and Meaghan Wilby November 23, 2014

Senior Jacqueline Coplen, a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, found out last night, Saturday, Nov. 22, that she did not receive the prestigious fellowship. In a text message to The Campus...

Giving Thanks

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 21, 2014

Allegheny Student Government has had an emotionally taxing semester thus far. Both President Larry Hailsham and Vice President Autumn Vogel came into the year with a plan; a platform of goals for the student...

Dr. Wasif Syed, the founder and chief executive officer of Ivy League Advisor, spoke to students about personal development and reaching their academic and life goals at the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Syed talks how to develop student human capital

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 21, 2014

One of The Huffington Post’s five people inspiring peace, Wasif Syed spoke to Allegheny students on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Syed, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ivy League Advisor, hosted a workshop...

Coplen selected as Rhodes Scholar finalist

Sam Stephenson and Meaghan Wilby November 20, 2014

Jacqueline Coplen, ’15, has been selected as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. If Coplen is selected, she will be the first Allegheny student to be a Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes scholarship, one...

College updates required courses

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2014

Allegheny College’s Curriculum Committee’s proposal to change the current distribution requirement passed 90-34 in the faculty meeting on Nov. 13, according to Amelia Carr, secretary of the faculty...

Due Diligence

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 14, 2014

This week I'd like to talk about the art of fact checking, or what I like to call, doing your due diligence. For any story, cross checking facts is the most important thing you can do. Not only to prove...

Nesset pleads ‘not guilty’ to charges

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 13, 2014

Kirk Nesset, former professor of English at Allegheny and an award-winning writer, pleaded not guilty on Oct. 14 to three child pornography charges, despite admitting to the crime to federal law enforcement...

Hard Decisions

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 7, 2014

This last week's student government meeting was different than any other meeting I've been to thus far. Not because it was in the campus center lobby instead of on the third floor, not because two guests...

Student conduct report presented to ASG

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 6, 2014

Allegheny experienced an increase in expulsions in the last academic year, according to Joseph DiChristina, dean of students. From 2009 to 2013, there were no expulsions and an average of less than five...

Relevance of relationships

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 31, 2014

My last several blog posts have broached more serious topics, ranging from reporting on Kirk Nesset to the importance of student journalism. I wanted to take the time in this post to talk about the importance...

Dean of students dispels campus rumors

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 30, 2014

Dean of Students Joseph DiChristina presented and discussed several items at the Oct. 21 Allegheny Student Government Meeting. DiChristina dispelled rumors of the Meadville Police and Safety and Security...

The Bigger Picture

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 24, 2014

I'd like to think over the past several weeks it's become clear why it's important to have someone covering student government. Especially here at Allegheny, the student body is so out of touch with its...

Survey says students doubt ASG influence

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 23, 2014

A recent survey conducted by The Campus found that 46 percent of the students polled feel that Allegheny Student Government does not have an influence on campus while another 24 percent are unsure. The...

Co-Editor-in-Chief gives student government a C letter grade

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 16, 2014

After the four or so weeks I have covered ASG thus far, I feel like I have a very solid grounding in how ASG has worked this year. Because of what I have observed and learned, I have given ASG a C in its...

Student government plans changes to existing structure

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 16, 2014

A group of Allegheny Student Government senators and cabinet members are looking to make the most radical changes to ASG’s constitution since the spring of 1970, when the framework for the current structure...

On reporting on the Kirk Nesset story

Sam Stephenson, co-Editor-in-Chief October 8, 2014

While this blog will, in the future, be about my experience reporting on ASG, I thought it would be important and enlightening to the campus community about how I went about reporting on the Kirk Nesset...

Students raise concerns directly to administration

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 3, 2014

Allegheny College canceled classes Friday in order for the community to meet and express concerns to administrators and each other over Professor of English Kirk Nesset’s arrest. The meeting, originally...

Faculty cancel classes following federal scandal

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 2, 2014

Allegheny faculty and administrators have canceled classes on Friday, Oct. 3, following the arrest of Kirk Nesset. Nesset, professor of English, was arrested on federal charges of obtaining and distributing...

Security cameras require ASG vote

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 2, 2014

Allegheny Student Government (ASG) passed a motion to create an ad-hoc committee to discuss security cameras on campus. The ad-hoc committee was formed to ratify and potentially pass a resolution that...

A federal search warrant was executed on Oct. 1, 2014 authorizing the search of Kirk Nessets residence in Meadville, Pa. His computer was seized and approximately 550,000 jpg or movie files containing child pornography were found, according to the United States District Court For The Western District of Pennsylvania affidavit in support of criminal complaint.

Professor charged with obtaining and distributing child pornography

Sam Stephenson and Meghan Hayman October 1, 2014

Updated at 7:07 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2014. Kirk Nesset, professor of English, 57, was charged with one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography...

Allegheny Student Government funds decrease

Allegheny Student Government funds decrease

Sam Stephenson, Co-Editor-in-Chief September 25, 2014

With enrollment in this year’s freshmen class down by 112 students, Allegheny Student Government’s budget saw a sharp decrease in approximately $20,000. Because the revenue for ASG fees is dependent...

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