Penn State Students Support THON

By: Lauren Lizik
Contributing Writer

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. – Paulina Iniguez, a junior at Penn State New Kensington, takes charge as a THON Co-Chair by creating events to help  fight pediatric cancer.

Paulina Iniguez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo to be exact.  About six years ago she came to America.  She now resides in Murrysville Pennsylvania, where she lives with her family. Continue reading


PSNK Welcomes a New Student Government President

By: Kierstin Flickinger

Staff Writer

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Raven Brunner, a senior at Penn State New Kensington, took on the important role of SGA President in order to better both the campus community and herself, after being elected at the end of the 2017 spring semester.

A communications major, Brunner has always had an interest in advocacy and believes that her SGA presidency helps her with her communications skills, especially because she is in charge of planning events, giving introductions, and giving speeches. Continue reading

Review: Lorde’s Sophomore Album, Melodrama

By: Broderick Gerano

Staff Writer

Following the release and widespread success of her debut album, Pure Heroine, Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor (more commonly known as Lorde), decided to stick with what she knew and made an album that encompasses her lyrical genius and alternative music.

Green Light

The album was set into motion following her private breakup with a long-term boyfriend, and so the impact from that separation had a large impact on this album. Starting with the first song, listeners hear Lorde in the immediate aftermath. She wrote for the website Genius that this song is “that drunk girl at the party” who’s “dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend.” Maybe that’s why this song is so joyous- it’s a brief moment of relief for her.

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Review: Harry Styles’ Self-Titled Debut Album

Kierstin Flickinger

Staff Writer

Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album is better than almost anyone thought it would be. My boyfriend (an avid “I don’t like One Direction” guy) said “Each time I listen to the album, I realize a bit more just how good it is.” That’s saying something.

The album easily ranks among the best albums released in the first half of 2017 (number 4 on Rolling Stone’s top 50) for its soft rock sound and powerful vocals. So, here’s my breakdown of all 10 songs from the album Harry Styles.

Meet Me in the Hallway

This song is a solid starter for the album. Realistically, there’s no better song to show just what Harry Styles is all about. The song shows the raw vocals that Styles showcases throughout most of the album and has standout lyrics (‘cause once you go without it / nothing else will do). Plus, the way he sings the first ‘maybe’ of the song is my favorite bit of the entire album.

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Major Change in 2017-2018 Penguins Roster

By Monica Fiore (Copy Editor)

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – June 11 brought great pleasure to Pittsburgh fans as the Pittsburgh Penguins went on to defeat the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals, claiming their fifth Stanley Cup and second consecutive win of the Cup. However, little was it known that many players raising the Stanley Cup would not be returning to the Penguins’ bench for the 2017-2018 season.


Former Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury raising the Stanley Cup with the Penguins one last time. (Courtesy of Google Images)

Nick Bonino – The 29-year-old center who played for the Anaheim Ducks 2009-2014 and with the Vancouver Canucks 2014-2015 left as a free agent and signed a four-year $16.4 million contract with the Nashville Predators after two seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Matt Cullen – The 40-year-old center who has been a member of many teams, including the Anaheim Ducks, the Minnesota Wild, and the Carolina Hurricanes is not only returning to a previous team, but his home state as well to play for what is believed to be his final year before retirement. The father of three, who was known as “Dad” by Penguins fans, signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Wild on August 16, 2017.

Trevor Daley – The 33-year-old defenseman, who played with the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2015-2016 season and the Dallas Stars 2003-2015, signed a three-year $9.534 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings on July 1. Daley played with Penguins for two seasons.

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The Military Industry’s Dirty Secret

By Nathan Traini

Online Managing Editor

Is the US military spending your money wisely and do they use it only to do what’s best for the American people? The short answer is no, on both accounts, and very easy to prove. The military, and the industries that support it, have gotten out of hand and nothing has been done to reel in their unchecked waste and power.

In Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address he highlighted one point which stood out from others in his speech. He warned of a new partnering between a permanent industry of war and military. A marrying of private interests and public interests in the arena of war was never done on the scale America did it, at that time. He was worried that if the citizenry wasn’t “alert and informed” the military industrial complex would overstep its democratic constraints.

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought by the military industrial complex,” said Eisenhower.

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Equifax Data Breach; Serious, Unknown Problems

By: Broderick Gerano

Staff Writer

On July 29th  of this year, data experts at Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies in the U.S., noticed something peculiar. Traffic from their online website was deemed suspicious, and shut down the questionable webpage immediately. A quick investigation showed a vulnerable portion of the site’s code left a hole for potential hackers to enter, leaving open information for more than one-hundred million Americans.

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