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Opinion: Puzzle pieces & disabilities

Feb 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

This essay was submitted by Jerry Shenk. Jerry Shenk is a Dauphin County-based writer whose work is featured at  He can be reached at His work occasionally appears at American Thinker online and is published weekly in the Lebanon Daily News. Beginning in mid-February, the Elizabethtown College Democrats began distributing all-white pins in the shape of puzzle pieces. They are intended to be worn only by white students to make them more introspective about race and remind them of their “white privilege,” — “especially in a predominantly white area of Lancaster County.” Where to begin…? Snotty, self-superior, out-of-town[Read more...]

Thoughts from a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, Nov. 4

Oct 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From E-town NOW by Ashley Reeb “Vietnam’s population is aging faster than any country in the world,” according to Peggy McFarland, professor of social work and Director of Field Instruction at Elizabethtown College.  Involved in elderly care, practicing geriatric social work since 1990 and a recent Fulbright Scholar in the Southeast Asian country, she  intimately understands the situation. With her social work experiences as co-founder of Senior Management Services, a firm that provides eldercare management; her research on Alzheimer’s; and her scholarly work at E-town, McFarland was honored as a 2014 U.S. Fulbright Scholar. As a Fulbrighter, she traveled to[Read more...]

A personal view of President Spiegler

Sep 11th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From E-town NOW Gerhard Ernst Spiegler, the first non-Brethren president of Elizabethtown College, died Monday, Aug. 24, after a brief illness. He served the College from 1985 to 1996, overseeing transformation of the campus and curriculum. This is a remembrance. Like many others, I suspect, my relationship with President Spiegler was complicated. In his first year in office, 1985-86, he decided to change my employment status from a terminal contract to tenure-track. If not for him, I would not have received tenure and promotion to associate professor of political science at Elizabethtown.  In his final year as president, 1995-96, I[Read more...]

Poem by Jahne Bell

Sep 3rd, 2015 | By | Category: Essays

2 Worlds as 1, Jahne Bell These 2 Worlds Keep coming together The Black One The White One Was there ever racial “Harmony” between the 2 Surely these 2 worlds go waaaaaay back Eons, centuries before such a “Tragic” thing as American Slavery What strife manifested in human hearts To calculate the Horror of the past 500 years What devastation of the moral code n compass That would allow another to trample On the Rights of the other Will there ever be racial harmony in our future Will something suddenly fall from the sky Descending into our hearts that will[Read more...]

Kanagy Prepares Research for Mennonite World Conference

Apr 10th, 2015 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

From E-town NOW Almost two years ago Dr. Conrad Kanagy, Elizabethtown College professor of sociology, began research on global Mennonites with data gathered from 18 countries and 22 church conferences. His research concludes just in time for the Mennonite World Conference held in Harrisburg this July. The conference, a reunion of the Anabaptist-Mennonite worldwide family, is held every six years in a different country. The research being prepared for this gathering is a larger sample than similar research Kanagy conducted on Mennonites from 2008 to 2010. It consists of survey questions pertaining to Mennonite attitudes on topics including homosexuality, the[Read more...]

Elizabethtown College Only Spot in PA to View Shakespeare’s First Folio

Apr 3rd, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Out of more than 100 applicants accepted in October 2014, Elizabethtown College was chosen as the only stop in Pennsylvania for the Shakespeare and His First Folio: A Traveling Exhibition, which brings the original printed copy of William Shakespeare’s work to Elizabethtown College. Over the course of 2016, the Folio will travel to 53 locations – one site in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The First Folio, a book consisting of 900 pages of material printed on some of the first paper ever produced in Europe = it was[Read more...]

Elizabethtown Alumna Wins Special PA House Election

Mar 26th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Special by Donna Talarico from E-town NOW At 26 years old, Elizabethtown College business administration graduate Martina White ’10 will serve her Northeast Philadelphia constituents in Harrisburg. Earning more than 56 percent of votes, she won Tuesday’s special election for a vacant seat in the 170thDistrict; the opening was a result of Rep. Brendan Boyle heading to the U.S. House. In her victory speech, as reported by, she said: “We all want to live in safe neighborhoods. We all want good-paying jobs to support our families. We all want quality schools that prepare our children for a successful future.[Read more...]

Etown High School Senior Wins Honors at Football Camp

Sep 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Jared Gilger, a Senior on the Elizabethtown High School Football team, earned high honors this summer when he placed among the top performers at the Jimmy Smith & Marlon Brown football camp.  The camp was hosted by Sports International.  Gilger was able to out play nearly 100 campers to be selected as part of the program’s prestigious Gridiron Elite club. Gilger also earned The Sports International Football Camp Certificate of Excellence for his performance on the Defensive Line. The football camp, held at Towson University in July, featured daily instruction, lectures, and demonstrations by Jimmy Smith and Marlon Brown of[Read more...]

A Poem

Nov 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Essays

 Forgotten  When your not around my smile turns into a frown. When I see your face I’m disgraced with a bitter taste, Time with you is a waste that I can not seem to escape, Moving on is the right action to take , But instead I sit and wait, feeling guilty about any forward step I take. For now I’ll wallow in my selfish sorrow. I can not help hoping one day I’ll be able to grasp the bright light of tomorrow.   -David Steelton

On peace and war

May 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Essays

On peace and war A Poem by Irene Ciocirlan, 7th grade, Hershey Middle School The promise of peace touches our lives breaking our inner complex structures making us free and happy for a second. Yet when we are promised the touch of war the ears of our tangled souls perk up for a minute And with the spark of true greed we take action… That’s what makes us truly messed up for a lifetime.