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Recession and Barber Shops

Posted by Andrew on April 2, 2009

Thanks to the tireless efforts of CNN and a million other news stations, we know how the recession is affecting AIG, Citi and other big industries but how is it affecting barbershops and hair salons. I know that barbershops are not on the Wall Street Journal`s radar, but they do serve a very important purpose in this fine country. Everybody needs to get their hair cut. Nobody likes walking around and looking like a bum. So I took to the Internet and the phones and I decided to see how the recession is affecting barbershops.

I hit up Facebook and SOHH.com and asked people if they are changing their routines when it comes to getting their hair cut. The most popular response that I received was that people are waiting longer to get their hair cut. Some guys have even learned to cut their own hair to save a couple of bucks. While speaking with Juan from After Hours Cuts in Marshall`s Creek, I asked him if business has slowed down. He told me that while the number of people has pretty much stayed the same, the amount that they tip has gone down.
I asked my cousin Justin about tips as well. He said that if he likes the barber he always tips his normal amount, but if its not his normal barber he only tips a dollar or two for a 15 dollar fade.

Barber shops may not be as important as Citi or AIG in the grand scheme of things, but they do serve a purpose in our society and so they deserve to get some attention as well. Business may stay at or around the same level it was before the recession, but if tips start to suffer then they feel it.

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Important Health and Safety Message

Posted by Andrew on March 29, 2009

EDIT: 3/30 11:20 AM

Looks like something is going around in the state of Pennsylvania. Penn State also had a case of a student being hospitalized for Bacterial meningitis and 200 students from Coolbaugh Elementary were out sick on Fri 3/27. The sickness isn`t just focused on schools either. The Shawnee playhouse canceled performances on Sat 3/28 and Sun 3/29 because of what they termed a mystery illness.

Posted on the ESU Website.

An off-campus male East Stroudsburg University student has been hospitalized at Pocono Medical Center with a case of bacterial meningitis. East Stroudsburg University and Pennsylvania State Health Department officials are working with his family to identify any person who may be at risk as a result of close physical contact. Students and faculty members who were in the student’s classes are being contacted individually. Current students who live on campus were required by Pennsylvania law to either be immunized against meningococcal disease or complete a waiver of exemption.

If you are experiencing any of the Symptoms of bacterial meningitis described below, you should go to a hospital emergency room or your personal physician immediately. Bacterial meningitis is a serious condition that can be life threatening if not properly treated. The important symptoms are:

– A rash
– Fever
– Headache
– Neck/back stiffness
– Vomiting
– Sensitivity to light
– Mental changes such as confusion
– Lethargy and fatigue

ESU’s Health Center will be open tomorrow, March 29th, from 10 AM to 4 PM to provide information and preventative medication to students, staff and faculty who may be at risk.

Updates will be made on the University’s web site as more information becomes available. Go to ESU`s homepage and click on the ESU Today icon at the top of the page.

For more information you can visit the Center for Disease Control website or the National Foundation for Infectious Disease website which contains substantial information on the disease.

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ESU Lawsuit heading to Federal Court

Posted by Andrew on March 25, 2009

From the Pocono Record

The sexual harassment lawsuit filed against East Stroudsburg University, its trustees and current and former administrators is moving to federal court.

The state’s attorney general, which is defending ESU, its trustees and the administrators still working there, filed a motion on Friday asking the case to be moved to U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

“There’s no way state court can deal with federal issues,” said Nils Fredrickson, a spokesman for the attorney general. “It’s a matter for federal court — or it’s not a matter at all.”

I`m so proud that I spent a lot of money on tuition. Nothing like a gigantic clusterfrak to bring out the school pride. Time to throw the ESU hoodie into the back of the closet.

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Video from the Protest

Posted by Andrew on February 26, 2009

Here are some videos that I shot during the day`s protests. As I mentioned earlier, the protest was very peacefully and orderly. Attendance was pretty good as well and their was a variety of people there.

Here is Dr. Nancy Van Arsdale speaking on the quad.

Here is Dr. Allan Benn

Gov. Ed Rendell speaking to the students inside the new Science and Technology building. I had a problem with my batteries so I missed a couple of seconds of him talking and the video is in 2 parts.

Click here to see the pictures of the protest that I took.

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ESU Protest

Posted by Andrew on February 26, 2009


I got tons of pics and a bunch of video. Right now Youtube is going extremely slow so I`m gonna start off with the pictures and I will post the videos as soon as I am able.

Here is a link to my Flickr set.

Here are a couple of quick thoughts on the protest. This was easily, the most peaceful protest I have ever seen. Nobody did anything stupid and everything went extremely well.

It was also extremely polite for such a touchy subject. Governor Ed Rendell also did a great job in my opinion. In my humble opinion, the Governor really did not need to take time out of his busy schedule and address the student body. He really didn`t  say much, partly because of the open litigation and also because he didn`t have all the facts in hand, but he did a good job in comforting the student body. It was also nice that he addressed us first since we did interrupt his scheduled press conference.

The faculty of ESU also spoke to us and as a student it is great to see that our teachers care about this touchy subject as much as we do. Dr.  Benn did a great job addressing the students and didn`t dance around the subject. I can imagine that it would be tough, speaking out about your boss in a public environment and Doctors Van Vanarsdale and Benn as well as Prof. Nash deserve alot of credit for speaking out on our behalf.

All in all, it was a very uneventful day and hopefully, the powers that be are more forthcoming in the future and we won`t need to protest anymore alleged cover ups.

EDIT: The Pocono Record just updated their site with a story on the protest and Chancellor Cavanaugh gives his official statement.

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President Dillman needs to go.

Posted by Andrew on February 23, 2009

East Stroudsburg University Logo

East Stroudsburg University Logo

As chronicled in the Pocono Record here, here and here, ESU is having some image problems. Dr. Robert J. Dillman is the president of the university and is one of the people being sued because of Issac Sanders`s alleged misdeeds.  I am not going to get into detail about what Sanders may or may not have done because all the facts have not come to light yet.

As the title of this post says, I want President Dillman to go. He needs to take a long sabbatical someplace far away from East Stroudsburg. Pres. Dillman has survived two votes of no-confidence, but he needs to fall on his sword because of this scandal. The accusations of cover ups is a serious crime and I firmly believe it is not in the school`s interest to have him in charge during this crisis. If Dillman, and by extension the university, are innocent of the crimes they are accused of, then I would have no problem welcoming him back. Until such time as they are proven innocent, Dillman needs to go.

The school needs to clean house and allow investigators total access so that the scandal can be put to bed. Having Dillman remain as president while he is under investigation allows for the possibility that the investigation can be tainted. This school needs answers, no matter how bad they may be, and to get the answers it needs, Dillman needs to sit on the sidelines and let the process play out.

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