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Waynesburg University Dorm Room

Exactly one month from today, all of you new Waynesburg University students out there will be moving into your dorms to begin the next chapter in your lives. I'm sure there's plenty for you all to do before orientation starts Aug. 24, and that includes lining up all the items needed for your dorm room. Below are the top 10 bigger-ticket items you may want to think about getting your hands on…

10. Nightstand. It doesn't have to be your traditional wooden nightstand or anything too elaborate; heck, it could be a cardboard box you top bunk people hang from the ceiling. But whatever the case, it helps to have something to put your cell phone, alarm clock and/or whatever else you won't want to climb out of bed to grab.

9. Mattress pad. This isn't a must because the mattresses provided are already pretty comfortable on their own. You will be here for a good eight months out of the year, though, so a little extra cushion to sleep on sure wouldn't hurt.

8. Surge protector, extension cord(s), Ethernet cable and longer cable cord. These will give you the opportunity to set up anything electronic anywhere throughout the room. And it allows you to rearrange whenever you want throughout the year. (Just a heads up...extension cords do need to be UL approved.)

7. Fan. School starts in August and ends in May, so the first and last few weeks can be a bit toasty. With no A/C in the traditional dorms, especially if you're living on the higher floors, a fan can help you beat the heat.

6. Carpet. Tile can be a little chilly on the bare feet, so having a carpet combats that. Plus, it makes it more comfortable to lounge on the floor. And in this same category, you may even want to think about a small mat or piece of carpet right by the door where you can put your shoes or wipe them off after coming in from the rain, snow or mud.

5. Lamp. Sometimes the overhead light can just be too much, especially if you have to wake up for an 8 a.m. Whether it's big or small, some sort of alternative lighting is always nice to have.

4. DVD player and/or gaming system. There are plenty of times you'll want to just sit down and watch a flick with friends, so you need something to watch said movies on. And whether you're all about Mario Kart, Madden, NHL or CoD, it's nice to have some type of gaming system to take advantage of in your free time.

3. TV. Well, if you heed my advice from No. 4, you'll need a TV to watch your movies and play your video games on, so it makes this an easy one. Plus, WU provides cable in all the dorms, so you might as well take advantage of that!

2. Fridge and microwave. Snacks and drinks are a MUST, and you have to keep them and heat them up in something. Whether you sleep through breakfast, nap through dinner, or are just hungry late at night, it's always nice to have a cold drink and some Easy Mac handy in your room. (Another heads up...refrigerators should say two cubic feet or less, while microwaves have to be 900 watts or less.)

1. Computer. There are plenty of computer labs on campus that you can utilize, but you can't beat the convenience of having one right there in your room. I'd certainly recommend a laptop, but a desktop isn't completely obsolete yet, so it'd work too. With e-mails to check, papers to write and, of course, Facebook to check, a student's need for a computer makes it simple to name this the No. 1 item needed for your traditional dorm room.

In two weeks, I'll give you a list of lesser-thought-of items that may come in handy as a student at WU. But that's for another time, another post! Until then, happy shopping!

P.S. If you need one more look at the dorms before arriving on campus, remember you can check out our virtual tour online at

Dave Floyd is an Admissions Counselor at Waynesburg University, whose travel territory includes Westmoreland County, Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northeast states. He is also a 2012 Waynesburg alumnus.

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Hey guys!

So I have been in New York City for two full weeks now and we started taping shows last week. It's been crazy busy every day especially shoot days where the normal work day lasts 12 hours or more! Shoot days are stressful because we have to test the pictures I format to make sure they look correct on camera. Sometimes I have to make some minor adjustments before the show. Once we start rolling, I have the chance to watch the show from behind the scenes and listen to the director, assistant director, co-executive producer, coordinating producer, and other staff via the control room headsets.

The studio we are in is located near the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station. I actually take the subway everyday to and from work through Grand Central and then have to transfer to another train to get back to Brooklyn. The building we are in is EUE Screen Gems on 44 Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

"The Newlywed Game" is on three different floors. My office is shared with casting so they can layout contestant pictures for shows. I was provided a company computer with Photoshop on it that I use along side my own computer some days.

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This is the third week of work, which means I only have three more weeks after this. It's hard to believe that I'm almost halfway done. Time is going way too fast. I'm learning a lot and can't wait to bring back my new knowledge to Waynesburg University and WCTV.

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I'll check in with everyone soon!

Kelly Witas is a junior Communication major and General Manager of Waynesburg University's television station, WCTV.

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Bible Study Waynesburg University

Sometimes, do you wonder how to make sense of the Bible? Do you feel a bit intimidated about where to start reading scripture? Because reading scripture can seem like a daunting task, it is helpful to remember that the writers of scripture often provide us with clues to understand what they have written. I have been thinking and reading through some of those clues that may be found in the Gospel writings. While not an exhaustive list by any means, the following readings (seven…one for each day for the next week…how handy!) are helpful introductions, summaries and/or hinges for the story the Gospel writer is telling. Read and reflect on these stories with that thought in mind. Ask yourself: how does this passage introduce the rest of the Gospel? Or, in what manner does this passage provide a summary of Jesus' teaching? Feel welcome to post your reflections and questions. Hoping and trusting that you will find hope and encouragement as you engage the Word!

Mark 1:9-15
Matthew 5:1-12
Luke 4:16-30
Mark 8:31-38
Matthew 16:13-20
John 1:1-18
John 3:1-15

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Tom Ribar is the Waynesburg University Chaplain. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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CSI Camp Students in HAZMAT suits

Hello All!

I'm back! So as I promised in my last blog entry, here's an update for the past day or so.

On Wednesday, the campers started off their day with a little burial excavation - dirt, sunshine, skeletons, and shovels (What more do you need?!) After being taken through the steps of how to excavate a burial site, the students were split into teams, and allowed to uncover their own sites, figuring out what happened to the body in the ground (insert second disclaimer here - no real bodies were used!)

After the excavation, the campers were given some free time while we had a cookout. They played some games and enjoyed the amazing weather that we have had this week.

It was after the fun and sun that the real work began though, as the students had to put on their HAZMAT suits (also known as hazardous materials suits - picture giant ghostbuster looking outfits, minus the air tanks and fancy equipment) and begin processing arson scenes. The students were required to use everything that they learned from the ATF and the Pennsylvania State Trooper/Fire Marshal that they talked to earlier this week. The campers really seemed to enjoy that, and having taken a class this past semester on responding to biological and chemical weapons, I could definitely relate to them - for class, we had to wear the suits, and while they were super hot inside, it was pretty awesome to walk around in crime scenes covered head to toe in the suits. Plus they look pretty ridiculous in a totally awesome way.

On Thursday we spent most of the day at the FBI CJIS Division in Clarksburg, WV. Without giving everything away, we were able to tour some of the facility, speak with FBI profilers, learn about biometrics (and seeing where exactly your fingerprints go when you get entered into the system ), watch the bomb squad dogs sniff out explosives, and learn about some of the hardships that officers face in the line of duty. We even got to go to the gift store too and stock up on our FBI souvenirs - parents, if you are lucky, maybe your camper brought you something back!

CSI Camp arson scene processing

Last, but certainly not least, we spent the past 2 hours listening to Dr. Cyril Wecht, a world reknowned forensic pathologist. Dr. Wecht has completed over 18,000 autopsies, and has consulted on major cases.

I would just like to take a minute to thank our presenters! We are so fortunate to have professionals from such diverse backgrounds and fields represented at CSI camp.

Stay tuned for more!


Caiti Fillipi is a student blogger and the Waynesburg University CSI Camp coordinator. She is a junior in Forensic Science.

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measuring a crime scene at the CSI house
Hi everyone! My name is Caiti Filippi, and I am writing to you as the Coordinator for this year's CSI Camp! To give you a little bit of background about me, I am a senior from Huntingtown, MD, and I am studying Criminal Justice here at Waynesburg University. This is my 5th year with Waynesburg's CSI Camp - my first two years I was a camper, my third year a camp counselor, and last year I helped out behind the scenes. This year, as coordinator, I have had not only a bigger role behind the scenes, but I have helped our Camp Director (Mike Cipoletti) plan the camp from start to finish, which has been so cool! To go from being a camper to now helping organize the entire week has been pretty awesome to say the least, but enough about me! I want to give you an inside look at some of the things that we have been doing this past week, but first a little background on this years camp. We have 54 campers from a variety of states, including:

• Pennsylvania
• Ohio
• Maryland
• Virginia
• Michigan
• and even ones from Florida and Arizona! How cool is that?!

In addition to the campers, we have 20 camp counselors who are all current Waynesburg University students, majoring in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Forensic Accounting, and Computer Forensics. I just want to say how awesome our camp staff is - we could not run this camp without them!

And now for the good stuff - crime scenes, arson investigations, profiling, cybercrimes, surveillances, and search warrant executions! Those are just a handful of things that we have done the past few days here, and we are nowhere near done yet!

The campers arrived on Sunday, and while they were given a small idea of what to expect for the week, I don't think they had any clue just how much we had planned for them. After the first few hours of move-ins, introductions, and getting to know each other, we jumped into the swing of things by kicking things off with scavenger hunts, movies, and ice cream socials - the campers really seemed to enjoy the first night and were so excited to get started the next day!
The second day of camp was definitely jam-packed with activities and presenters, and the students loved it! We brought in so many professionals including, an expert in forensic psychology (Waynesburg University professor Dr. Keith Reider), an FBI agent from the FBI-CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services) division in Clarksburg, WV, and agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF for short) - Pittsburgh Division, just to name a few. The campers were able to learn how to properly process crime scenes, how to conduct arson investigations, how to profile suspects (including what it takes to profile serial killers - scary stuff!), and how to determine the different types of explosives used... this was just all in one day!

Day 3 (which is probably my favorite day of camp) was definitely active to say the least. The night before, myself and two other counselors showed the campers what it means to conduct a surveillance, and gave them some tips for successfully following other suspects. Yesterday was the campers turn to give it a try, and see how hard it is to follow someone for a few hours without them even knowing. As I am sure they can tell you, it is not an easy task! Here at Waynesburg University, students in criminal justice and the forensics have to participate in surveillances as a part of a class that we must take in order to graduate - so we decided to give the campers a taste of what that is like for us, and we ask University students to act as role players (aka drug dealers) and be followed around by the campers for a few hours. The role players make fake drug deals, and the campers are asked to move in, make arrests, and conduct interviews in order to collect enough info for a search warrant. When all is said and done, at the end of yesterday, fake drugs were sold, arrests were made, search warrants were executed, doors were kicked down, and evidence was collected - all in all, a pretty awesome day!

If that sounds exciting, wait until you hear what the campers are doing today. Burial excavations!!! We set up scenes for the campers to dig up, using the proper techniques shown to them so that they can uncover remains and figure out what happened to that person. Before I continue, let me just insert a major disclaimer here and say that no real bodies were used in this!! (Just in case you were concerned about that - I know I would be!) We use fake skeletons, and bury it with evidence, so that the campers have to fit the pieces together and solve the puzzle.
That is all I have for now, but feel free to ask any questions, and stay tuned for more updates throughout the camp!

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