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What They Said: October 2008

The elk herd is a huntable population, and the PA Game Commission is also investing more toward the state’s elk herd. There are several ongoing research projects, and the PGC has recently changed the organization of its elk management. According to the PGC, the state’s elk herd is healthy and growing. Current PGC research is being conducted in conjunction with Dr. Jeff Larkin at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IUP graduate student Melina DeVivo has collected four years worth of data regarding elk calf survival and calf-cow habitat usage. She is also studying the habitat selected by cow and calf elk during the calf's first few weeks of life. ‘We have very high survival during the critical first few weeks of life. I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, but I have yet to document one case of predation,’ DeVivo said. According to DeVivo, of the 13 calves lost during their first year of life, two were hit by cars, two legally harvested, two illegal kills, one was shot for crop damage, one died of pneumonia, one from brain worm and four died of unknown causes. ... DeVivo hypothesizes that it could be due to the cow elk’s stronger maternal instinct and the proximity to which the mother stays to her calf. DeVivo is currently analyzing her data for use in her Master’s thesis. Larkin summarized the studies. ‘Jason Kougher is looking at multi-scale resource selection by adult elk. First, he is looking at what habitat characteristics elk use to select a home range and second, where in their home range they spend the most time and why,’ Larkin said. ‘Lindsey Heffernan, another IUP graduate student, is using a pellet analysis to determine elk diet by season, age, sex and in the different parts of their range.’ 

—“Herding More Data: Projects to Help
Learn More About Elk Population
Centre Daily Times, State College, Pa., Oct. 12, 2008

Democratic strategist James Carville and Republican strategist Mary Matalin don’t agree on much when it comes to politics, but the dueling husband-and-wife team agree on one thing about the 2008 presidential election.

‘When you try to talk about this race, people say it’s historic, it’s fascinating…it’s incomprehensible,’ Carville said during a presentation he and Matalin gave Wednesday night at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Fisher Auditorium. Carville and Matalin’s presentation was the inaugural First Commonwealth Endowed Lecture at IUP.

—“Carville, Matalin dissect ‘incomprehensible’ period of U.S. history
Punxsutawney Spirit, Oct. 2, 2008

When it’s dinnertime at George Washington University, most students head to the dining hall. Not Rebecca Slotkin. She and her roommate are more likely to be in their room, cooking everything from veggie burgers and pasta to fresh vegetables. ‘College food is usually described as ramen noodles and Easy Mac,’ says Ms. Slotkin, a sophomore. ‘We’ve just taken it to a whole new level.’ ‘Most students still trend toward making junk food in the microwave instead of anything healthy,’ says Shawn Farner, a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He pleads guilty himself, noting that his refrigerator’s tiny freezer compartment is full of Bagel Bites.

—“College Cooking Beyond Ramen,”
Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 1, 2008

(Dr. Steven) Ender said students are attracted by the college’s articulation agreements with institutions such as California University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hill University, which allow for students to smoothly transfer their credits. ‘As people begin to see they can take the first two years (at WCCC) and save literally tens of thousands of dollars, it just makes a lot of sense to families,’ Ender said. 

—“WCCC Enrollment High Despite Dispute,”
Greensburg Tribune-Review, Oct. 1, 2008