Our Parents’ Problem With Our Social Media

By Monica Fiore

Copy Editor

At least once in your life, I’m sure you’ve had an adult say to you, “We didn’t have that stuff when I was your age.” We mostly hear this when talking about technology; computers, iPods, smartphones, and the Internet, but we also hear it when talking about social media.

Jumping right into the problem, yes, it is true that these technological advances were not invented when our parents were young and yes, they had to do things we do in a more confined way. My question is: is that our fault? Is it our fault that Steve Jobs did not introduce the first iPhone until 2007? Is it our fault that Larry Page and Sergey Brin didn’t found Google until 1996? Was it up to us that Facebook was not created until 2004?

Taking into consideration this question, I have proposed a few reasons for why parents may have a problem with social media, aside from it being an unsafe place for teens to communicate with ANYONE.

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Students and Teachers Share Thoughts on Trump Administration

By: Nathan Traini

Copy Editor

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa.- Students and teachers at Penn State New Kensington conveyed their thoughts on the border wall and the ban on immigrants from   seven majority Muslim countries.

The Trump administration has enacted several executive orders and general policies, some of which the public is calling into question.

One of the major policies is the beefing up of America’s border with a wall. Questions as to whether or not the wall would prevent enough illegal immigration to justify the cost of the wall  is a concern shared by teachers and students of all political affiliations. When asked if a border wall would be the most effective way to stop illegal immigration there was agreement across the political spectrum and age range from students to teachers.

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The Perks of Nothing

By: Sam Elliott

Staff Writer & Reporter

People are busy.  Just look around.  Our constant activity is noted and brought to light in a Samsung   Galaxy Note 7 commercial starring Christoph Waltz.  The commercial says that we are constantly working, get more things done before eight in the morning than the rest of the world, and even bring work on vacation.  Life is hard. Life is temporary.  Therefore, life gets divided into years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds to help in our planning process.  Everything is scheduled before it even happens!  With all this on one’s plate, in creeps stress.

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PSNK Students Travel to Puerto Rico for Alternative Spring Break

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By: Isabella Bordonaro

Managing and Online Editor

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Penn State New Kensington students traveled to Puerto Rico during the 2017 Spring Break to spend time volunteering in a foreign land.

Every year PSNK creates an Alternative Spring Break to give students the opportunity to travel, and not only experience new places, but also engage in humanitarian activities. This year, the trip was planned to Puerto Rico where the students would do work in San Juan to rehabilitate mangroves.

Shannon Josefoski, Savannah Smith, and Hannah Albright were three of the students who took part in the trip, that were interviewed for this story. They each shared their unique experience abroad, and shed light on the work they took part in while in Puerto Rico.

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A Philanthropic Home Run

By: Isabella Bordonaro

Managing and Online Editor

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa- Penn State New Kensington’s new official Varsity Baseball Team spent their winter break giving back to those in need in their local community.

Penn State New Kensington has had a club baseball team for many years, but finally during the 2016-17 academic year, they have become a Varsity sport. This means that the team will no longer be playing the game just for the fun of it, but now will have the chance to win the PSUAC title.

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Ridener’s Tale

By: Nathan Traini

Copy Editor and Staff Writer

NEW KENSINGTON Pa.- Fred Ridener is an Associate Professor of science at Penn State New Kensington who teaches under the radar as a minor scientific historical figure concerned with educational funding.

Ridener is well respected by his students in Physics 211. “I have been enjoying Ridener’s class, mainly because the way he teaches the class is engaging and not to hard to understand” said John Rottschaefer, a student in 211. “He is an overall nice guy and definitely knows his physics.”

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Safety Officer Secures and Guards PSNK

By: Millie Brasser

Contributing Writer 

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Penn State New Kensington, one of the many branch campuses of Penn State University, is not only a small campus for students to learn and become well acquainted with one another, but, according to many, it is also a safe campus.

Penn State New Kensington’s Chief of Police and Public Safety Manager at the New Kensington and Fayette Campuses, Wesley Sheets, works hard to ensure the campus has an excellent safety record. Throughout his time as Public Safety Manager, Sheets has become rather knowledgeable on the initiatives that make up campus safety.

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