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Communication Students Form Student-Run Public Relations Agency to Benefit Local Organization



by Laura Maginley

Five public relations majors are navigating their way through a fundraising campaign for the duration of the semester, despite hefty workloads in other classes, part time jobs and juggling internships.  As a requirement for their “COMM 452: Campaigns” course, they created a student-run public relations agency, entitled “Blossom Public Relations.”  The senior-level students were then assigned real positions as account executive, research director, creative director, media planner and copy editor/ writer.  To top off the semester, these girls have an objective to raise between $1,000 and $2,000 dollars for their client, which is Church World Service (CWS) of Lancaster.

CWS Lancaster is a branch of the CWS national organization, but Lancaster’s branch specifically helps to resettle refugees and immigrant families in the Central Pennsylvania region.  All of the proceeds from the student’s fundraising campaign will go toward the Resettlement Program at CWS of Lancaster.  

“We have been marketing on campus through various media channels, and our biggest challenge has been to have people take a second look at our project.  We already know donating to CWS of Lancaster is a great cause, the trick is to have other people think so too,” explained Kristen Bergmaier, account executive of Blossom Public Relations.

Four more years for President Obama


by Laura Maginley

The race for the presidency came to a close on Tuesday, November 6 with Barack Obama winning a prize of another four years in The White House.  Despite Tuesday’s arctic weather, Millersville University students were standing on street corners with signs that read, “Vote Today!”  Conversations consisted of “Did you vote?” instead of inquiring about candidate choice.  Just incase Millersville students didn’t get the message, an MU van equipped with red, white and blue balloons and the word “VOTE” on it drove around the crowded campus.

“But despite all our differences, mot of us share certain hopes for America’s future,” Obama explained in his speech in Chicago after his win.  He also expressed deep interest in sitting down with this opponent, Governor Mitt Romney, and discussing how to better steer America.  Just like on Millersville University’s campus, there was emphasis in Obama’s speech about voting- no matter what the choice.  “Whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference,” Obama stated.

In Boston, Romney (206 electoral votes) gave his concession speech after losing to Obama (303 electoral votes), in which he mentioned that he congratulated Obama via telephone.  “I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady, and their daughters. This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” shared Romney.

Danielle Kreider - News in a Snap!


Danielle Kreider, an English major with a Print Media concentration, is no stranger to the newsroom. She is the News Editor of Millersville University's student-run newspaper, The Snapper, and can be seen around campus at almost every event. When hard-hitting news occurs, Danielle is there, notepad in hand, getting the scoop! 


How long have you been involved with Millersville University’s newspaper, The Snapper? 
For 3 and a half years, ever since I was a Freshman. I started off as a writer, then became Associate News Editor and now I am the News Editor.

What are your responsibilities as Editor of the News section of The Snapper?
My responsibilities include covering all major events that happen on campus or in the community/area, interviewing prominent and important people who come to campus or are apart of MU, covering any breaking news that is happening in Millersville whether it be good or bad, making sure the student body, faculty and staff are well-informed of any major changes happening at MU, assigning stories and events to be covered by my writers, designing the layout for my section of the newspaper, and I also take photographs as well.

What is your favorite part about being involved with a student-run newspaper?
My favorite part of the Snapper is the staff! We have a great group of people who all work very hard and well together. I have some of my best moments in our Snapper office - it's as though we are one big family!

Marissa Incitti - '13





Name: Marissa Incitti
Age: 22
Relationship Status: Taken
Hometown: Mountain Top, PA
Year: Senior
Major: English
Campus activities: Peer Mentor, Features Editor for the Snapper, and Office Assistant for Career Services.
Hobbies: Reading, writing, and dancing - the cool kind.

What’s a funny story your family always tells about you? - There's this huge hill in my back yard that we always went sledding down in the winter. It stretches all the way to my front yard and goes right past the side of my house. When I was in kindergarten we had a huge snowstorm that covered my town with 2 feet of white fluffy snow-perfect for sledding. I had just seen one of the James Bond movies and thought it was really cool to get as close to my house as possible without hitting it. Unfortunately, the saucer I was on started spinning. I ended up cracking my skull on my chimney. To this day, you can still see a chip in the cement - and I'm still called hard-headed.

What’s your favorite thing about Millersville? - My favorite thing about MU is how friendly and eager everyone is to help. The people here really make you feel like family.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Millersville and Lancaster? - My favorite thing to do in Lancaster is attend First Friday. My favorite thing to do in Millersville is walk around campus - there's always something or someone to see.

What’s your favorite food? - My favorite food right now is my mumsy's meatloaf. Nobody can top that.

What is your ideal vacation? - My ideal vacation would be a world tour, but if I had to pick one place it'd be Italy.

What’s a song that describes your life? - That's a tough one. I'd say Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap.

Gina Masciantonio - '14


by Laura Maginley

Fully versed in time management, Gina Masciantonio, a junior speech communication: public relations major, is vice president of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a communications intern at the University and involved in Civic and Community Engagement and Research Project.

You’ve been a speech communication: public relations major since your freshman year. How did you know that this is what you wanted to do so early on?

I knew I wanted to do something in communications but was still indecisive on my option. During an orientation session, the president of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) approached me and suggested I should come to a meeting. I joined the organization after only my second week of college and fell in love with public relations.  From there I went on to taking the first out of four public relations classes as only a second semester student and was also elected as the youngest executive board member for PRSSA as secretary.

What do you think is a common stereotype among public relations majors that is totally not true?

A common stereotype for communication majors in general is that it’s an easy major, when in reality it is the complete opposite. But I personally don’t believe that an easy major exists in college.

Tell us about your recent trip to San Francisco for the national PRSSA conference.

More Than Just Awareness




by Danielle Kreider

 October was the month for all things pink, celebrating breast cancer awareness.  On October 17th, Millersville University held its second annual Breast-A-Ville, which is a wellness fair that focuses on breast health and breast cancer education. 

     The Breast-A-Ville is a part of the Breast Health Initiative that was started by retired Millersville University professor, Dr. Dennis Denenberg in honor and remembrance of his sister, Diana Denenberg Durand.  Diana was first diagnosed with cancer in one of her breasts in 1989 and had a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy.

     Five years later, she was declared cancer-free.

     Then in 1996, a bone biopsy revealed she had cancer in her sternum, which doctors treated with chemotherapy and radiation.  In 2000, doctors discovered cancer in her other breast and she had another mastectomy. Two years later, she was diagnosed with liver cancer and she was loaded down with all sorts of drugs that produced some dreadful side effects. She lost her hair and some of her nails; she suffered mouth sores, dry eyes and her hands and feet split open as well.  Things looked optimistic in the fall of 2005 when she was again deemed cancer-free. 

     But this was only for a brief period of time. 

Millersville University's new recording studio


For the past two years, six months, and 12 days, Marauder Music Productions held their weekly meetings in a cramped classroom in the basement of Jefferson Hall. They recorded bands from inside a closet, which acted as a makeshift sound booth, and used one computer with an outdated version of ProTools to record. The ceilings were a shocking yellow and the water fountains almost touched the floor. The ceiling panels had painted handprints and fluffy, sponge-painted clouds over every square inch.

Wait a minute; Millersville University has a recording studio on campus? And they record in a closet?

The student-run record label and music organization Marauder Music Productions (previously called “First Dimension Records”) has in fact been around for several years. Since the groundbreaking of the new Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center went underway, the studio (previously located in Lyte Auditorium) moved to the basement of Jefferson Hall, which has always been used as a daycare center.

The Music Business and Technology students had to adjust to this dynamic change – how many other colleges were recording bands from inside a congested closet where little children used to hang their coats and snacks?

Probably not very many.

The MB&T students at Millersville adjusted quite nicely, producing a few albums for local and student bands and holding a concert every semester to raise money and awareness of their organization. Many Millersville students are not aware of MMP’s existence, which is about to change this year.

Millersville student bands play the Chameleon Club


Mike Stipe, a Music Business & Technology major at MU, of the band "Morse Coda"

"Morse Coda"

 Rory Flynn of "Chaos Thompson"

"Chaos Thompson"

October Album Releases


October brings chilly weather, boots, corn mazes, pumpkin carvings, and scary movies. 

But this October is also full of new album releases. 

Make sure to check out these new albums on iTunes throughout the month of October and let us know in the comments below if you would give them a thumbs up or a thumbs down!

October 9, 2012

1. The Wallflowers - "Glad All Over" 


2. Ellie Goulding - "Halcyon" 

3. The Black Keys - "Tour Rehearsal Tapes"

October 16, 2012

4. A Fine Frenzy - "Pines"

October 22, 2012

5. Taylor Swift - "Red"

Incredible Story of the Arts at Millersville


On Friday, October 12, the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center officially opened after two years, six months, and twelve days since its groundbreaking. The VPAC is the new home of the arts at Millersville and the entire community is talking about it.

The VPAC has a dance studio, state-of-the-art recording studio suite, scenery workshop for theater productions, an art gallery, ensemble and percussion rooms, music library, a 40-station piano lab, and three performance spaces, which includes a 300-seat concert hall, 150-seat recital hall, and a 650-seat performance hall. 

But that's not all.

Sure, the building is visually stunning, but the opportunities that are now available to the students and the community are endless. Creativity, innovation, and engagement are the characteristics surrounding the arts at Millersville - this new building will enhance how the students learn, what they learn, and how they will take their knowledge and create opportunities for themselves. 

At the opening, Ms. Laura Kendall, Director of the WVPAC, said that the building was "second to none" and she's hoping it will help tell the "incredible story of the arts at Millersville." 

Along with Kendall, Dr. Vilas Prabhu, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Diane Umble, Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Paula Batdorf, a Music Education major, Stephen Kepchar, Chair of the Capital Campaign, Gregory Lefever, Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the VPAC, and Dr. Francine McNairy, President of Millersville University gave brief speeches expressing their excitement and gratitude.