Lower Burrell Parking Lot to Hopefully Become Home to New Tenant

By Monica Fiore (Copy Editor)

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – What was once a popular retailer in the United States is now not only an abandoned retail complex in a small town, but is rather a “delicacy.” And no, we’re not taking about Blockbuster Videos.


The Montgomery Ward sign in Lower Burrell (Courtesy of Flickr.)

Montgomery Ward, whose doors were opened in 1872 by Aaron Montgomery Ward, opened its doors in Lower Burrell in the late 1960s.

Wards left Lower Burrell in 2001 when the whole company went bankrupt and closed all of its stores that same year, but the business wasn’t the only thing that left Lower Burrell. The parking lot also consists of a closed J.C. Penney building. J.C. Penney’s closed its doors in Lower Burrell in  2005 and moved its business to the Pittsburgh Mills mall in Frazer Township.

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“Let the Games Begin”: Penguins and Capitals Battle in Round 2 of Stanley Cup Playoffs

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – The late 1990-1991 Pittsburgh Penguins coach Bob Johnson once coined the phrase, “It’s a great day for hockey!” and Thursday, April 27, when the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals began their battle in Round Two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the rivalry between the two teams truly gave off the playoff vibe.

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Penguins’ defenseman Justin Schultz and Capitals’ center/right wing Evgeny Kuznetsov. (Courtesy of The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Facebook Page).

The Penguins’ welcomed in Game 1 of the second round in their rival’s arena, the Verizon Center.

“We have good numbers against Washington in the playoffs, which makes me think we’re going to keep up the trend,” said Penn State New Kensington student and avid hockey fan Carly Duncan. “Washington isn’t going to let us win without a fight, so we have to be as prepared as we can be.”

The Pens’ line-up included goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, right wing Phil Kessel, center Evgeni Malkin, left wing Conor Sheary, center Nick Bonino, center Jake Guentzel, and of course, #87 on the ice, but #1 in your heart; the one and only, Captain and center Sidney Crosby. Left Wing Chris Kunitz returned for Game 1 after a lower-body injury sustained during a March 31 game against the New York Rangers.

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Journalism Ethics During the 2016 Presidential Election

By: Isabella Bordonaro

Managing and Online Editor

Each year Penn State New Kensington holds a Research and Creative Expo where students have the opportunity to do research on things they find interesting, and share them with faculty, students, and members of the community.

As an honors student, I am required to submit a project based on one of my classes, and share it at the Expo.

This year, I am taking a media ethics class with Abhinav Aima, Instructor of Communications at PSNK. In the class, we talked about how elections are covered, and how sometimes the practices that journalists use are not what would be considered ethical, according to the SPJ codes, which is basically the 10 Commandments for journalists.

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The Don

By Sam Elliot

Staff Writer & Reporter

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Born out of the darkness and into the light, an insult comic to brighten up life, has passed away at the age of 90, will be forever missed, that is true, therefore Don this one’s for you.

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The Next And Last Frontier

By: Nathan Traini

Copy Editor

Right now, it seems hard to imagine, but we are on the cusp of a great adventure. By “we,” I mean the 7.3 Billion people that live on this planet. The adventure of space, the final frontier, is more complicated than anyone is prepared for. There are various world problems that need to be solved and there are solutions in the works to solve world thirst/hunger, climate change, and terrorism. There will always be crime, but war between nations must stop before we embark on this adventure to end all adventures.

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“Anything But a Statistic”: Remembering Laura Hoover

By Monica Fiore (Copy Editor)

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – “She was a free spirit. She just loved life” is how Steve Hoover described his daughter, Laura.

In 2016, Laura Elizabeth Hoover was a Burrell High School student, but

Laura Hoover
Photo Courtesy of TribLive)

she wasn’t any ordinary student.

“She got it,” said Burrell High School World Cultures teacher, Adam Rossi. “She understood what life was about. She was an extremely old soul. She was mature beyond her years. She saw the big picture with everything. She was a force, a quiet force. She was the embodiment of everything that is good about humanity and that can’t be lost. We talked about everything; environment, politics, music, art, religion, spirituality. You name the big topic and we discussed it at length. You can tiptoe around those topics with other students her age, but she really had an understanding of those because she was well-read and she was well-versed; she knew what she was talking about.”

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Women Cannot Climb the Mountain if Society is Holding the Rope

By Monica Fiore (Copy Editor)

Most likely, we’ve all heard the saying, “boys will be boys,” implying that it is okay for boys to act in ways that women cannot. For example, I’m sure in your life, you’ve heard somewhere that it isn’t okay for women to sleep with a lot of men (what number exactly is “a lot”?) because it establishes them as slutty, but it is okay for men to do it because they’re men. That’s what they do.


Courtesy of The Naked Convos)

My father showed me a prime example of this inequality two Christmases ago. I was telling my dad how I wanted to see the movie Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. He said it wasn’t appropriate for me (I was 17) and I believe he said something along the lines that Schumer’s character was trashy because she slept with so many guys. Of course, I had to fight this sexist argument that I knew would unravel. I most likely said something along the lines of “but men do the same thing.” And I’ll never forget what my dad said back. He stated that women should know better because they’re smarter than guys.

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