Waynesburg University’s student-run radio station, WCYJ-FM, hosted its annual Pumpkin Bowling event in conjunction with Harvest Fest put on by the University’s Student Senate Thursday, Oct. 31.

According to junior sports broadcasting student Brandon Rainelli, the general manager of WCYJ-FM, it was the 21st time the radio station hosted one of the campus’s favorite events.

“Pumpkin Bowling has been a Waynesburg tradition for some time now,” said Rainelli. “It is the biggest event [WCYJ-FM] puts on each year.”

While normal bowling consists of a bowling ball, Pumpkin Bowling substitutes the ball for a pumpkin. Participants bowl just as they do in normal bowling, except it’s outside and with a five-pound, orange sphere.

Rainelli said the money raised goes towards the radio station’s annual fundraising efforts for Relay for Life which takes place each year in the spring.

“[Pumpkin Bowling] is our second biggest fundraiser behind the 24-hour broadcast we do,” said Rainelli. “Last year our goal for the year was $2,500. The cause overall is great and we are increasing our goal this year.”

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who bowled against students, said the event is a great showing of the University’s spirit of service.

“[Waynesburg] has extraordinary students,” said Lee. “These students have a real heart for service and caring for other people.”

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The Fall Semester Student Art Exhibition will be on display Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Dec. 6 in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibition includes the best student work produced in art courses throughout the fall semester and will showcase a variety of mediums including drawings, prints, ceramics, sculptures and a variety of two- and three-dimensional pieces. The pieces on display are selected by the Waynesburg University art faculty.

The Art Program at Waynesburg University exposes students to the creative process and provides them with practical experience in using the tools and techniques of the visual artist. Students develop self-awareness, as they find opportunities to progress according to their own abilities.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information, call 724-852-3274.

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir, featuring approximately 20 Waynesburg University students, will present a fall concert Sunday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Performing annually since 1961, The Lamplighters come together and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each semester, the students tour numerous local nursing homes and churches to spread the gospel through song, testimony and community service.

No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, contact Melanie Catana at 724-852-7639 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Experience a variety of musical talents Thursday, Nov. 14, as the Waynesburg University music program offers the second Chamber Works concert of the semester. The concert will be held at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert will include performances by the Chamber Orchestra, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Beauty Shop & Barber Shop Quartets and the Lamplighters Touring Choir.

“The performance happens in a very relaxed environment,” said Alejandro Pinzon, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University. “The audience is not expected to do anything but enjoy a variety of ensembles, different types of instruments or voice and diverse musical styles.”

The audience is encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the hour-long event. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-852-3420.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kenya4194-handing-over-2.jpgSeveral hundred people in Kenya have access to clean water because of Alex Tenenbaum and his drive to positively affect those dying due to a lack of basic needs.

The junior information technology major at Waynesburg University led the EcoStewards Club in raising several thousand dollars for The Water Project in an effort to provide clean water to a primary school in Bukhaywa, located in western Kenya. With a population of 760 students, 18 teachers and three sub-ordinate staff, the school had previously gotten water from a stream.

Water collected from the stream was not clean, and it was two kilometers away.

The project involved the repair of a hand-dug well, which served the community and school from 1994 to 2006, when it was contaminated and later vandalized.

Co-sponsored by the EcoStewards Club, Tenenbaum and other members of the organization raised $5,050 within three months, and within three months from reaching their monetary goal, they had confirmation of project completion in pictures.

“The whole project was a challenge,” Tenenbaum said, “but I just kept in mind my goal. It was all about the kids there – not about me and the struggles I went through to make this happen. When I saw the pictures, the smiling faces of all those people over there, it really hit home.”

With one of those pictures now adorning the wall of his dorm room, Tenenbaum needs only to look at it for motivation for his new project – another well in another part of Africa. As he manages his busy schedule of classes, preparing to study abroad in Italy next semester, working ten hours a week and attending EcoStewards Club meetings, Tenebaum continues to reserve time for his passion, in hopes of funding the repair of another well by the end of this semester.

“When people ask me, ‘Who are you impacting?’ My first thought is the world.” Tenebaum said. “It might sound crazy, but we really did. We made a difference.”

Tenenbaum has hopes it will be easier for him this time around – he is enrolled in fundraising and environmental biology courses with the goal of learning more about how to reach his goal and of the effects his project could have.

“Plus, I can tell people, I did this before. I already raised $5,050 once. I can do it again,” he said.

One of Tenebaum’s life goals is to use his God given talents and the knowledge he gains at Waynesburg University through his information technology major and sociology minor to help the disadvantaged.

“I want to use technology to make a difference,” Tenebaum said. “I’m not sure how I’m going to do that yet, but I’m confident I’ll figure it out.”

Some would say he already has.

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