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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

COWGIRL UP


Hannah Grundon

P2 pharmacy major Hannah Grundon spends her summers as a wrangler at one of Colorado’s premier ranches. Her love of horses started at a young age and has grown ever since.

BY ANTHONY DORUNDA

She wakes up at 5:30 every morning nearly 2,000 miles from her hometown.

But Hannah Grundon will tell you that waking up before the sun rises is definitely worth it.

Grundon, a P2 pharmacy major at Wilkes University, holds a summer job as a wrangler on the Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, which is nestled in the White River National Forest. Despite the frosty early morning conditions, she springs to life for her daily routine of prepping the horses for tours through the scenic wilderness of the Colorado back country.

Her shift from pharmaceuticals in northeast Pennsylvania during the school year, to leading vacationers through the shadows of the Rocky Mountains in the summer can be traced back to her elementary school days.

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MAINE ATTRACTION


Angles Hosts
High school sweethearts Austin Loukas and Kirstin Cook knew they were taking a risk when they both enrolled at Wilkes University, but the risk is paying off for the Maine natives.

BY MICHAEL CIGNOLI

If high school guidance departments had their own version of the Ten Commandments, “thou shalt not follow your significant other to college” would probably be somewhere in the top five.

But even after hearing horror stories about high school sweethearts who broke up in the first semester of college, Kirstin Cook and Austin Loukas decided to take a risk and enroll in the same university.

“People were saying we were making a mistake, you know, the ignorance of youth and everything, but we thought it through,” Cook said. “We knew that there was a chance that we would change and we’d break up, but
we talked about that. We knew that we’d still be friends.”

Now in their sophomore year at Wilkes University, the two are a lot more than that.

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GRAY MATTERS (VIDEO)


Photo Courtesy of Matt Hannon
Mike Klimek isn’t just an integrative media major. He’s a juggler. He balances work, school, and extracurricular activities with trying to produce a full-length motion picture that features a cast and crew entirely of volunteers. Not only that, he’s doing it in record time.

BY ANTHONY DORUNDA

Alfred Hitchcock. Martin Scorsese. Francis Ford Coppola. Mike Klimek.

Chances are you’ve heard of the first three. The fourth? Probably not. But that’s about to change.

That’s because Klimek, a junior integrative media major, is not only going down in Wilkes University history – he’s creating it.

With his upcoming film “Gray,” which is a modern-day adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s infamous 1890 short story, “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” the Wyoming Valley West alumnus will become the first Wilkes undergraduate to direct a full-length motion picture movie.

And by the premiere on May 5, he will have finished the 90-minute film in just over four months.

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TEAM SPIRIT


Wilkes University's cheerleading team.

Whether its rowdy opposing fans or people who don’t consider them athletes, Wilkes’ cheerleading team deals with a lot of negativity. But the women have learned to master not only their routines, but the ability to tune out the haters.

BY MICHAEL CIGNOLI

Officially, Wilkes University doesn’t recognize them as student-athletes.

But they wear their blue and yellow uniforms at every home football and men’s basketball game and sacrifice hours of their free time every week for practice, constantly coming up with ways to improve their performances on the field and court.

The Wilkes University cheerleaders have heard both sides of the “Is cheerleading a sport?” argument more times than they’ve shaken their pompoms, but the eight young women on the basketball cheerleading team don’t really care if Wilkes – or anyone, for that matter – considers them athletes.

The distinction isn’t going to change the women’s passion for what they do, the sense of camaraderie the group possesses or the relentless support they provide the university’s athletic program. The latter was particularly apparent during the men’s basketball’s Feb. 23 playoff game at Delaware Valley.

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MY HOMETOWN


Before students came to Wilkes University, they were kids growing up back home. Some of the 2,000 undergraduates are from down the block, but others came from far and wide to pursue their Wilkes education. These are their hometowns in their words.

Marj Gelso – Are, Sweden 

Are (pronounced ooh-ray) is located about eight hours north of Stockholm, near Sweden’s border with Norway. It’s the hometown of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. “That’s why I’m a Rangers fan, actually, is because of Henrik. I used to follow him in the Swedish Elite League,” Gelso said.

What do people like to eat in Are?
Reindeer. Whenever you see steak on a menu, it’s not beef. It’s reindeer. And sushi, they freaking love sushi. There’s not really Swedish cuisine, but they love everyone else’s cuisine.

What are Sweden’s biggest sports?
They’re real big into skiing and of course hockey, but apparently they’re real into soccer, which I didn’t know. I thought when I went to shops there that I would find tons of hockey stuff, but no, I found tons of soccer apparel and no hockey stuff. They’re actually quite bad at soccer, but I guess it’s an European thing. They love the sport.

What’s one big difference between Sweden and the United States?
If somebody’s walking behind you and you’re going into a building, you hold the door open for them, right? Here, of course you do. Over there, you never do. I would hold the door open for somebody and they could totally tell I was visiting from America.

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