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Tyler Stigall, Science and International Editor

Tyler is a biology major and a writing minor. When he's not snooping around the science buildings or administrative offices around campus, he enjoys answering ontologically troubling questions regarding arthropods and mass extinctions.

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Focus on the solvable and be stress free during finals

April 20, 2017

Earlier this week, I stumbled bleary-eyed out of an official Educational Testing Service testing center, having just finished my first go at the Graduate Record Examination — better known (un)affectionately...

President-elect Donald Trump has insinuated time and again on the campaign trail that he is interested in rolling back federal regulations on the coal industry. Now, he stands poised to build an administration that may not consider environmental issues as seriously as did his predecessors.

Water, Earth, Fire and Air: how Trump can change the world

December 9, 2016

In the wake of the election night upset victory of Presidential-elect Donald Trump, conversations abounded over the implications of the new administration with respect to identity politics and minority...

Pokémon franchise is back with a new world

December 8, 2016

Alola Pokémon trainers! It seems that after the nuclear ending of the six generations of Pokemon games—set in some caricature of France—the Pokemon franchise has washed up on the shores of Hawaii. Wait,...

Noah Dawgiello, ’19, offered a traditional yodeling performance.

[Photo] International Foods Dinner turns bazaar

December 1, 2016

Noah Dawgiello, ’19, offered a traditional yodeling performance.

Bee research progresses, new questions emerge

November 18, 2016

With boxes of bees in hand, Paige Hickman, ’17, paid a second visit to Sam Droege, wildlife biologist, at the USGS Bee Identification and Monitoring Lab in Beltsville, Maryland as part of research they...

International students share perspectives on the 2016 race

November 10, 2016

Miharu Koh “I’m frustrated, at the same time frightened,” said Miharu Koh, ’20, of the recent election of Donald Trump to the office of president of the United States of America. “Even though...

Paige Hickman, ’17, and Kaye Moyer, ’19, check out bee samples in the United States Geological Survey Bee Identification and Monitoring Lab in Beltsville, Maryland, while Sam Droege, wildlife biologist and lab head, examines their samples during the summer of 2016.

New bee or not new bee: that is the question

November 3, 2016

Paige Hickman, ’17, and Erica Moretti, ’17, will travel to the United States Geological Survey Bee Identification and Monitoring Lab in Beltsville, Maryland this Friday, Nov. 4. There, Sam Droege,...

College pushes safe partying tips

October 21, 2016

The Dean of Students office hosted a presentation on tips for safe partying on Monday, Oct. 17. The talk, titled “Party Smart,” featured speakers who offered advice on all aspects of party culture...

James Coxon, a produce gardener, and his son, Ryan, examine their stock at the Meadville Market House farmers market on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.

Mobile market to benefit Meadville produce farmers

October 20, 2016

For gardeners and farmers in the Meadville area, October brings the beginning of the end of the harvesting season. For Kerstin Martin, garden manager at Allegheny College, it means assessing the success...

‘Non-secular’ America deserves better than Republican nominee

October 17, 2016

On my drive back to Allegheny from my home near Washington, D.C. after Fall Break—the seeming epicenter of more political infighting and fractured party lines than I have ever experienced in my adult...

Helga Edwald, ’83, and her two children, Victoria and Thor, speak to a crowd of students about her experience as a translator and Allegheny student at Grounds For Change on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016.

Icelandic alumna shares experience as medical translator

October 13, 2016

Translating a thought—any thought—between two languages takes skill and practice. Translating among multiple languages, more so. But translating the experience of moving between two languages, two...

David Kung, professor of mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, demonstrates mathematical principles with a violin melody in Quigley Auditorium on Monday, September 26, 2016.

Math professor gives back-to-back talks

September 29, 2016

David Kung, professor of mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, gave two separate talks to students, staff and faculty on Monday, Sept. 26, one in the Pelletier Library and one in Quigley Auditorium. Kung...

2020: the year Allegheny achieves climate neutrality

September 15, 2016

Under President Richard Cook in 2007, Allegheny College signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, overseen by the nonprofit organization Second Nature. The goal was set...

Pokémon no

September 15, 2016

I was standing on a platform, waiting for a train to come and take me into the heart of Washington, D.C., when I received the text from my friend. “Plenty of Magikarp down by the waterfront,” he said....

During their study-to-work tour, Allegheny faculty and staff hike a glacier located along the southern coast of Iceland.

Allegheny’s only Icelandic alumna invited to speak

September 8, 2016

Speaking is something of a forte for Helga Edwald, ’83. The Allegheny alumna speaks five languages—four Nordic languages plus English—and works as a medical translator for the European Union. This...

Harper Zimmer, ‘18, and Anastasia Georgiades, ‘16, read information on the hypothetical time period, the Anthropocene, in the campus center lobby on April 5, 2016.

‘Stone Aged Animals with Space Age Technology’

April 14, 2016

Every Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. a group of six students gather in the first floor of Steffee Hall to explore, discuss and debate the existence of one of the most controversial, contentious topics in earth...

Single Voice Reading takes a spooky turn

March 10, 2016

A few weeks ago, in a dimly-lit chandeliered chamber, I heard the name of a ghost. “I’ve never wanted to tell this story because where I come from, we believe that to speak the name of a ghost is...

‘We have lost the art of dying’

March 3, 2016

Daniel Hall, associate professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, delivered the 11th annual Lehman Ethics Lecture this Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Quigley Hall auditorium. His chosen subject for...

Pokémon celebrates 20 years of loyal fans

March 3, 2016

The Japanese video game series Pokémon turned 20 years old last Saturday, Feb. 27. Of course, “Japanese video game series” feels like a complete cop out and loss of journalistic integrity. The name...

Pope Francis calls for mercy and life for felons and fetuses

February 25, 2016

Speaking from St. Peter’s Square, this Sunday, Feb. 21, Pope Francis called upon world leaders to abolish the death penalty worldwide for the duration of the Holy Year of Mercy. “The commandment ‘Thou...

Alumnus helps detect gravity waves

February 18, 2016

On Sept. 14, 2015, detectors at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory facility in Livingston, Louisiana picked up a curious signal from the background noise of the universe. 10 milliseconds...

Grounds for Change drops the mic

February 18, 2016

Allegheny College’s student-run, non-profit coffee shop, Grounds For Change, hosted its first open mic night of the semester on Saturday, Feb. 13, and I dearly hope that nothing about that sentence surprised...

Rabies vaccination: for when things get a little batty

February 11, 2016

Two weeks ago, on a Tuesday morning around 8 a.m., while walking to the laundry room in Walker Hall’s lowest corridor, I was surprised by a pair of wings that swooped down from above, fluttered around...

Spoiler Alert: The Force is Awake

Spoiler Alert: The Force is Awake

February 4, 2016

BEGIN SPOILERS. The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise is, as we all suspected it would be, formulaic, reminiscent of the originals and enjoyable. The plot was never bogged down by confusing...

On the difficulties of defining a drug by its danger

January 28, 2016

A recent display in the campus center lobby involving recreational drugs has stirred a range of responses among Allegheny students, from the tepid to the irate. The display presented short blurbs on several...

Single Voice Reading revives meaning of poetry

December 3, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Single Voice Reading event which, contrary to the title, featured two discrete voices at the podium: Brian Barker and Nicki Beer. The readings were engaging; the poets,...

Allegheny receives top award for undergraduate research

November 19, 2015

Allegheny College has been selected by the Council of Undergraduate Research to receive the Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment. The award is offered to the top three schools in different classification...

Professors receive GLCA award

November 12, 2015

Aimee Knupsky, associate professor and chair of the psychology department at Allegheny College, and M. Soledad Caballero, associate professor of English, were selected this past May to receive a three-year...

Nobel Prize winner delivers Lord Lecture

September 24, 2015

Allegheny students and faculty gathered at Ford Memorial Chapel to experience a different kind of speaker on Monday Sept. 21. Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert Howard Grubbs, professor of chemistry at the California...

Cody Kinneer, ’16, works on ExpOse, a software he has been developing, in Alden Hall on Wednesday Sept. 9 2015.

Student conducts signifcant computer research

September 10, 2015

Cody Kinneer, ’16, a computer science major and political science minor, has recently published two papers on his research regarding the evaluation of the performance of software. Both of his papers...

Caitlyn Jenner’s changing opinion on marriage equality and traditionalism

September 10, 2015

Let’s plant a flag here. No one should be told who they can or cannot marry, and no one should be told as to what gender they should or cannot identify as. With that in mind, let’s talk about Ellen...

Brown wins fellowship for Stanford University

Brown wins fellowship for Stanford University

April 23, 2015

Erin Brown, ’15, a physics and mathematics double major and Goldwater scholar, was recently awarded the 2015-16 Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics...

Ronald Mumme’s students inspired by research

April 9, 2015

Dr. Ronald Mumme, professor of biology at Allegheny College, describes himself as a behavioral ecologist and field biologist. “My job is to learn new things about the natural world,” he explained....

International students travel for spring break

March 26, 2015

Every year, the week of spring break presents an interesting challenge to many of Allegheny’s international students: what do you do for a week when you have no easily accessible home to return to? In...

Since 2009, Meadville resident Cindy Thompson has operated the Market House Grill in downtown Meadville. As most of its regulars agree, there are few places like it in Meadville or anywhere nearby. Thompsons staff of mostly women do their best to make the establishment a gathering place with good, home-made food and friendly faces. Photo by Andy Colwell

Controlled Chaos

March 11, 2015

At 6:30 a.m. a neon “OPEN” sign flickers red and blue in the window against the morning sky. Jennifer McGowan, a server at the Market House Grille, writes the daily specials on two whiteboards and...

Retiring artist-in-residence performs with string quartet

March 5, 2015

On Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ford Chapel, Alec Chien, professor of music, will play his last performance with the Alexander String Quartet before he retires. The following afternoon, Saturday...

Reverend believes in ‘power of the people’

Reverend believes in ‘power of the people’

February 26, 2015

“Unless the lion has its story told, the hunter will always be glorified.” These words belong to an African proverb and were spoken by Rev. Pamela Lightsey, associate dean for community life and...

Katherine Heckman (front right) studies bedforms with other geology classmates during her junior year at Allegheny.

Geology alumna provides opportunities for students

February 26, 2015

Katherine Heckman, ’07, is an exemplary model of what she believes alumni ought to represent: she spends time with students in the geology department, goes on field trips and offers the occasional internship...

Since the discovery that neurogenesis definitely occurs after development, French has incorporated research into her classes of the neurogenesis of crayfish in order to find out if there is a way it can relate to the human brain.

Lauren French encourages neurogenesis research of crayfish

February 19, 2015

The laboratory of Dr. Lauren French, associate professor and department chair of biology at Allegheny, has a conspicuous lack of lab mice. French’s model organism of choice is a slightly less common...

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