Joseph Smeltzer

Program assists parents struggling with addiction

At the start of the new year, the Greene County Family Center started a new initiative aimed at assisting parents struggling to balance parenthood and addiction. The “Families in Recovery” classes began Jan. 8 and are part of a pilot program held across Pennsylvania. The classes will run for seven weeks, with new classes beginning … Continue reading

Column: Standout athletes show excellence amidst mediocrity

The year before Jake Evans started wrestling at Waynesburg University, Yellow Jacket sports were flying. The football team capped off a three-year stretch in which it went 25-8, culminating with an overtime win over Washington & Jefferson that will always be remembered as one of the greatest days in Waynesburg sports history. The men’s basketball … Continue reading

Administration, students react to canceled classes

“Waynesburg University rarely cancels classes.” These were the words of Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. The evening of Tuesday, Jan. 28, students hoped the sub-zero wind chill would lead to one of those rare class cancellations. At 7:36 p.m., however, they received an email from the Rev. James Tinnemeyer, dean … Continue reading

Chapel worship team gains new leaders, is ‘close family’

Bryce McGarvey and Mandi Pascarella have been involved with Waynesburg University’s chapel Worship Team, which plays every Tuesday morning at Roberts Chapel, since early in their freshman years. Over time, they worked their way into leadership positions, with each running respective “teams” that rotate every week. This May, McGarvey, a senior biblical studies major, and … Continue reading

Area nonprofits rely on volunteers to manage tasks

The staff at the Corner Cupboard food bank is, to say the least, small. “I’ve been the director here for three years,” Director Candace Webster said, “and I can tell you we’re a two-person staff.” Webster and Jessica Cole, operations manager, have a lot to handle running the food bank, but the reason it can … Continue reading

Be careful what you decide to tweet

It’s not hard to clean up your social media. As a matter of fact, it’s simple. Go on Twitter, type in your handle and follow that with the offensive word/slur of your choice, and if anything comes up, delete that tweet regardless of when it was written or how old you were when you wrote … Continue reading

Faith on campus

Two years ago Ezekiel Olagoke, associate professor of sociology, was teaching a lesson on religion in one of his classes when, at the end of his lecture, a student approached him. The young woman, who Olagoke described as “blonde-haired and blue-eyed,” was silent for the entire lecture, but afterwards, thanked Olagoke for the lesson, before … Continue reading

Bouncing back

After season-ending injury, Smith is back in pivotal role

The biggest shot of Brennan Smith’s college career—a shot that basketball players dream of making—turned into a nightmare. Waynesburg University was playing a crucial game at Chatham nearly two years ago. The Yellow Jackets were fighting for a conference playoff berth. The team trailed by two points in the game’s final seconds, and Smith hit … Continue reading

Yellow Jacket wrestling sweeps PAC opponents

With the opportunity to win its third-straight Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship, the Waynesburg University wrestling team faces an uphill battle. Along with having the target on their backs as defending champs, the Yellow Jackets are also facing injury problems, the most significant being that of national qualifier Ken Burrs, a two-time defending PAC champion in … Continue reading

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