Penn State is Movin’ On

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By Megan Malkus

Penn State University held their forty-second annual Movin’ On music festival which is free for students and guests of the university on April 28.

This year’s lineup included local battle of the bands winner Zach Wade & The Good Grief, Love and Theft, Clean Bandit, D.R.A.M., All Time Low, and Two Door Cinema Club. The festival started at 3:30 p.m. and went until 10:30 p.m.

“I was most excited to see All Time Low,” Storme Aksomitus, 21, a Grand Valley State University student attending the festival, said. “I am from the Towson area just like the boys of All Time Low so I feel a personal connection to the band and I enjoy seeing them play.”

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Movin’ On is one of the largest student-run music festivals in the country. Since 1975, Movin’ On has provided a fun farewell to graduating seniors with diverse music and food trucks.

This year’s student emcees were Alisa Vasquez and Jason Hu. They came on stage between acts to keep the crowed entertained and energized while stage crews rearranged equipment for the next performer.

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Behind the scenes of Movin’ On were Executive Director, Katie Mischler, Director of Production, Erin Cleary, and many other students who worked hard to promote, plan, and pull off the entire festival.

“I can’t imagine how much work it must have taken to pull this off,” Molly Robinson, 19, a Penn State student, said. “Just finding people to play must have been hard and they got some pretty big acts to perform. Not only did they get great performers, they planned the whole festival.”

Movin’ On has a rich history of impressive acts. In previous years lineups have included Fallout Boy, Run DMC, Jimmy Eat World, and Bowling For Soup.

“I went to the festival last year to see Walk The Moon,” Robinson said. “I wish I was able to see Misterwives but I had class. I had to sit through Nelly before I could see Walk The Moon just like I had to sit through D.R.A.M. this year before All Time Low.”

Clean Bandit is an electronic music group from England. They performed before D.R.A.M. playing their hits Rockabye and Rather Be, among others.

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“This is our first time in this part of the country,” Grace Chatto, 31, Clean Bandit’s cellist and vocalist, said. “It’s very nice here and we like you guys a lot.”

Though Two Door Cinema Club was the main headliner, people seemed to be talking more about All Time Low. Not just about their musical performance but their comments between songs as well.

“Their [All Time Low] comentairy was on point,” Penn State student, Brandon Smith, 19, said. “They are some funny dudes. A little inappropriate but better than D.R.A.M. was. Then Two Door came on and just played music which was fine.”

As students walked back to dorms and apartments they were talking about the performances and singing songs that had been performed that night all while dancing in the rain that started to fall just after the last chord was played.

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Alison Sansone Breaks Stereotypes as a Sorority Girl Going into the Medical Field

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By Megan Malkus

After months of preparation, Alison Sansone, 20, drove herself to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine campus in Greenville, South Carolina for an interview with the admissions staff.

Sansone is currently a junior at Clemson University majoring in biology. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA during her three years at Clemson and plans to work hard to graduate at the same level.

“When I called my mom to tell her I got into med school she told me that I am the smartest person in our family,” Sansone said. “It made us both cry with joy. There were a lot of tears that day.”

Even though she spends a lot of time studying, Sansone is also involved in many clubs and programs on campus. She is a principal undergraduate student studying functional vertebrate biomechanics in turtles and Clemson University’s honor student of the year. She is also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority where she holds the position of Chief Financial Officer.

“I like to have fun and I like to take cute Instagram pictures,” Sansone said. “I hope that I’ve broken some boundaries and inspired other people to do the same.”

Along with these clubs, Sansone has participated in different speaking events on and off campus. She was a guest speaker at a Woman’s Conference where she spoke about stereotypes placed on women in sororities and she was chosen to give a TED talk focusing on women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“Theta’s tagline is ‘Leading Women’; so it kind of helped me a lot in being able to know how to present myself as an advocate or a leading woman for somebody else,” Sansone said. “Theta really emphasizes being able to take this social aspect that we live in and make it into this place where you can lead and be the best version of yourself to represent you and your sisters well. I think that has helped me to find my own self confidence and my own ability to be passionate in who I am and what I stand for and that helps you to speak well in interviews and have the confidence to go after applying to med school.”

Being a leader in so many areas of her life, as well as all of her public speaking experiences, prepared Sansone for the tough interview portion of the medical school application process.

“The toughest question I was asked had to be ‘why do you want to be a doctor,'” Sansone said. “Everyone going through this process wants to help people and likes science so it’s hard to differentiate myself. In answering this question, I took the approach of wanting to be an advocate for patients who don’t understand how to help themselves.”

Medical school is a big, life changing step for a young girl to take. Sansone didn’t always know she wanted to be a doctor and it is still unclear to her what type of doctor she wants to be.

“I think it’s honestly been a growing process,” Sansone said. “I decided on the field of biology and maybe the idea of medicine in my freshman year of high school after taking freshman biology but I think my love and passion for medicine didn’t come until my sophomore year of college when I got more experience in that field.”

Sansone will graduate from Clemson University in May of 2018. Her journey to higher education begins the following August at University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

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Enjoying Weekends at the Winery

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By Megan Malkus

About 90,000 people attend special events at Boordy Vineyards in Baltimore County every year for wine, food, and music.

Winter weekends are for Trucks ‘n’ Tunes, an event held each weekend from February to May in the 19th century barn. A busy winter weekend sees 400 to 500 people, according to Kayla Williams, Boordy’s hospitality manager. Summer months bring Thursday farmer’s markets, Friday and Sunday wine tastings and tours, and Saturday evening concerts.

“I love going to the summer concerts with my family,” said Debra Griffith, a frequent visitor of Boordy. “We always run into friends from church and my husbands cousins.”

The Boordy name is on 24 different wines, all made in Hydes, Maryland. According to Williams, 50 percent of the wine grapes are grown at Boordy Vineyards’ two locations while the other 50 percent are imported from California and Washington. Some wineries import grape juice to make their wine, while Boordy imports whole grapes to make wine completely from scratch.

Boordy has three different series of wines. Their Landmark Premier wines are award winning dry wines. Their most recent winners are the Albariño, winning the Governor’s Cup Best in Show, Best in Class, and Double Gold Medal, and the Cabernet Franc, winning the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Chesapeake Icons are a mixture of dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wines. Each Chesapeake Icon wine has a Maryland themed name including, Diamondback Terrapin, Assateague Ponies, and Blue Crab, among others.

The third wine series is made up of six fruit wines. This series is called Sweetland Cellars, the sweetest of all Boordy wines with six percent sugar.

“The Sweetland wines are some of my favorites.” Williams said. “They are great for making cocktails.”

 

Boordy Vineyards is the oldest and largest vineyard and winery in Maryland. Located on the historic R.B. Deford Family Farm in rural Baltimore County, Boordy has been growing grapes and making wines since 1945.

The current wine maker, Tom Burns, lives in a farmhouse just a few yards away from the winery on the Boordy property in Hydes, Maryland. His cat, Little Bit, roams the grounds and joins many of the tours around the vineyard. Tours are led by Allan Schrendender, a very well informed employee of Boordy Vineyards.

Schrendender not only provides facts about the current operation of the vineyard, he shares facts about the history of the brand. Historic facts that Schrendender shares include the origin of the Boordy name.

The daughter of the original wine makers, Philip and Jocelyn Wagner, when asked what kind of wine her parents made, answered “Boordy”. She meant to say Bordeaux but could not pronounce the French word properly.

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