PSC Men’s Lacrosse Update

by Cody Brazil

The Potomac State College Men’s Lacrosse team begins the season with a streak of 3 losses. They played at Delaware Technical Community College on February 21, resulting in a score of 19-10 in favor DTCC. They then played at Harford Community College on February 24, ending in favor of HCC with a final score of 17-3. The most recent game the Catamounts have played was at home against Hudson Valley Community College on February 26. The game ended in the final score of 10-5 in favor of HVCC.

The 2018 team roster is filled with players from all over. There are 7 players from Maryland, 6 players from West Virginia, 2 players from Pennsylvania, a player from Massachusetts, a player from Missouri, a player from Delaware, a player from Virginia, a player from Ohio and a player from North Carolina. The team is led by head coach Josh Seese, who is coaching for his second season at PSC.

Upcoming games include a home game against Mercyhurst North East on March 3 at 5:30 p.m. and an away game at Howard Community College at 4 p.m. Be sure to head out and show your Catamount pride.

For more in-depth data on the scores of the games that have already been played you can check out the Men’s Lacrosse page on the PSC website.

The STEM Festival Returns to PSC

By Cody Brazil

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David Miller tinkers with his drone before the STEM festival. Photo by Cody Brazil.

The time for the Potomac State College student body to showcase their knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math is almost upon us. The STEM festival, which is a day for the community to learn about many interesting topics in those fields from the students themselves, will be taking place on March 24, 2018 from 12-4p.m.

Past favorites such as green screen technologies and Rubik’s Cubes mosaics will be making a return this year, but some new and exciting demonstrations will be on display this year. One of these displays will be the drone demonstration put on by David Miller of the PSC library.

Miller explained that he will be setting up an obstacle course for people to fly a training drone through, so that they may learn the basics of operating a drone. Miller went on to talk about how bigger drones have built-in GPS to keep them level in the wind and smaller ones do not. Teaching people to fly on a smaller drone helps them to build the skill to manually keep their drone level if the GPS were to ever go out.

Drones are going to play a bigger part in industries, such as shipping, so it is important for people to get comfortable with the use, and soon we will have to decide laws on how drones will be allowed to be operated. So it is important for people to gain experience in order for them to make informed decisions,” said Miller on why it is important to learn about drones at a young age.

“Hands on Anatomy” is a display that will be returning this year that aims to teach the public a little more about their bodies. The display consists of posters that will be created by the Anatomy and Physiology 2 students. Each poster will cover a different organ system that the students will be on site to explain. Along with the posters there will be actual dissected organisms on display for viewers to interact with. This display is put on by Sheri Chisolm the PSC Anatomy and Physiology professor. Chisolm explained that she loves the STEM festival because she enjoys interacting with the public and seeing her students be able to teach the materials that she taught them.

“A lot of what we will be teaching transcribes to human health, so hopefully you’ll be able to be your own advocate at the doctor,” said Chisolm

The engineering department is doing a Moon Racers Robotics Obstacle Course and a Solar System Rocket Launch. There will also be a display on identifying different kinds of trees and a math activity about triangles.

“It’s a can’t miss opportunity for families to explore all aspects of science,” said Andrea Schafer, STEM Festival organizer. The event is free.

Greenback Observatory Researcher Lectures at PSC

By Matthew Timbrook, Contributing Writer

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Andrew Seymour gives his lecture in the Davis Conference Center. Photo by Matthew Timbrook

The students and guests gathered in the Davis Conference Center to experience a close encounter of the third kind, but it wasn’t an extraterrestrial who had come to deliver a message.

Dr. Andrew Seymour, a researcher from Arecibo Observatory and Green Bank Observatory, came to share a presentation on the subject of radio astronomy.

Seymour is an experienced astronomer who has worked as a research associate at Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico made famous as the setting of the 1997 lm “Contact” starring Jodi Foster. In addition to working on the cutting edge of radio astronomy, Seymour attended Potomac State College in 2002 and was a research assistant in the Department of Physics at West Virginia University from 2010 to 2014.

In his presentation, entitled “Fast Radio Burst: The Eagles of The Universe,” Seymour showed the relative size of the massive satellite dishes used in radio astronomy, discussed some of the techniques currently being applied to discover pulsars and explained how radio waves can be identi ed by likening them to bird calls.

The students in the audience asked questions about some of the technical aspects of scanning the skies.

Seymour emphasized the importance of passionate students offering fresh perspectives “Radio astronomy is a eld that still has engineering puzzles to be solved,” he said “Finding new solutions to these problems will quickly result in great scienti c advances.”

At the end of the presentation, the students were given details and directions on how to sign-up to further their education through research programs.

For more information on the Arecibo Observatory and Green Bank Observatory, you can visit and

PSC Fly-Fishing Course Coming Back this Spring



Students and community members will get the opportunity to learn the aspects of fly-fishing in PSC’s returning Spring course. Photo by The New York Times.

By Levi Linn


Students and members of the community can take a course that isn’t about hitting the books — it’s about learning how to fly fish. Potomac State College’s Introduction to Fly-Fishing course returns this spring.
Professor Tom Sydow is co-teaching with Charlie Laffey who has extensive knowledge of the Savage River watershed and regional Brook Trout streams. “He’s like a walking encyclopedia,” said Sydow regarding his colleague.
In this course, students will gain all the tools and knowledge they need to pursue this unique hobby. Students will learn about the equipment used, knot tying, entomology (the study of insects), how to read the water and on-stream tactics. All equipment for this course will be provided by the instructors.
“I’m always excited,” said Sydow when asked how he felt about the class starting soon. Sydow has been fly-fishing for almost 30 years and still enjoys it. “It means spring’s here.”
Sydow describes fly-fishing as far more advanced than regular fishing. It’s more difficult but more rewarding and far more interactive as opposed to sitting and waiting for a fish to bite. “Students will be interested because it’s an entirely different style of fishing than most people are used to,” said Sydow, “It’s interesting and takes a lot of skill.”
As for teaching with his colleague Laffey, Sydow can’t wait to get started. “It’s always fun with Laffey,” said Sydow, “We’re both easy going and very enthusiastic about teaching this subject.” Sydow and Laffey have fished together for years.
The fly-fishing class starts on March 8, with meetings every other Thursday in Science Hall 120 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $99, and the course fills up quickly. The course is open to both students and the public, and registration is available on the PSC website. For more information on the course, contact
Sydow at

PSC’s “Willy Wonka” Opening on March 16



Photo from Potomac State College Website.


by Sevohn Hunter

On Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., Potomac State College’s theater program will present its spring production of “Willy Wonka” at the Church-McKee Arts Center.
This production of “Willy Wonka” is based on Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and will include all the songs from the 1971 movie. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tells the story of Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who lives in a tiny house with his parents and grandparents. Charlie and four other children find the five golden tickets placed in Wonka Bar wrappings and win a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
The cast and crew are comprised of college students and community members. The five golden ticket winners are played by middle and high school students: Elizabeth Badillo, Dylan Dolley, Brendon McCabe, Clayton Muir and Brielle Windle. The adult roles are played by community members who have participated in other productions or are parents of children participating. Willy Wonka is played by Robert Godfrey, who is a veteran of PSC productions.
Sean Beachy and Debi Beachy are the music directors for the production. Debi Beachy teaches vocals, and Sean Beachy provides accompaniment. Kimberly Rowley is a co-director who also creates and teaches all choreography.
Jordan Kline is the director the show. Kline previously directed productions in Frostburg and Cumberland, Maryland. Kline also performed in previous productions at PSC. Brian Plitnik is the producer of this production and chooses each year’s show. Plitnik said he cannot credit himself for the idea of recreating “Willy Wonka.” Rowley originally proposed the idea, and she and Plitnik agreed that “Willy Wonka” would be a great success for PSC.
Cast members shared how much they love the story of “Willy Wonka” and how eager they were to join. McCabe auditioned because he “loved the book, movie and any work by Dahl.” Windle said her dreams are coming true because she “always wanted to play the role of Veruca.”
“Willy Wonka” will be showing from March 16-18 and March 23-25. General admission tickets are $12 for children and $18 for adults. Regular VIP tickets include a backstage tour and priority seating. VIP Golden Tickets also include a chocolate reception as well as other VIP benefits. To reserve tickets, call the PSC Box Office at (304)-788-6855.

PSC’s Lady Cats Beat ACM in Women’s Basketball


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2017-2018 PSC Women’s Basketball. Photo from Potomac State College Website.

The Potomac State College Lady Cats brought in an exciting win for Women’s Basketball Monday, Feb. 5, against Alleghany College of Maryland. This home game marked the 10th win in their season of 18 games at this point in the season.


Going into the game Sydney Lyons stated they anticipated a win but were sure to be cautious because there is always a chance of losing.

During the entire game, PSC had a strong lead against ACM. After the first quarter PSC was up 24-10, and by the end of the first half, they were leading 65-22. PSC managed to break the 100th point mark by finishing the game with a final score of 118-65. “We were excited afterwards because we nearly doubled their score,” stated Lyons

PSC’s top scorers of the game were Kaliyah Creasy, Johnee Durham and Hayley Butcher all of which scored 17 points. Other high scorers were Katlyn Tichnell and Lyons both scoring 14 points. ACM’s top scorer was Jayln Whitlock with 23 points.

As of Feb. 18, PSC is at 11 wins and 10 loses for their season, and ACM stands at 10 wins and 13 loses.

Men’s Basketball Recap

The 2017-2018 Potomac State College Catamounts’ Men’s Basketball Team. Photo courtesy of Potomac State College Website

The Potomac State Catamounts’ Mens Basketball team will be competing against Garrett College and Frederick Community College in the upcoming weeks in two home games. The team will face Garrett on Feb. 28 and Frederick on March 3.

Since the spring semester started, the Men’s Basketball team has played 12 games, and six of those games resulted in a victory. The Catamounts are currently 14-12 overall. The largest of those victories occurred this weekend in a game against CCBC Dundalk, where the Catamounts secured a 26 point lead, winning 88-62.

The 2017-2018 statistics for the team show that the team has scored 398 points as of writing, with an average of 16.6 points per game. The team’s roster includes many West Virginia natives, as well as six players from Virginia and one from Delaware. Head coach Shawn White and assistant coaches Russ Clay and Lindy Shank manage the players.

276 people have attended the Catamounts’ games so far this season, for an average of 28 people per game. For comprehensive photo coverage of the Catamounts’ games, be sure to visit the PSC Flickr. Photos from the Catamounts vs. Dundalk game are below.