Stage of Life, The Spartan & Girlboxer1970 Unite

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Everyone is in a stage of life.  

And they are all personal.

What stage of life are you in?  My life as a college student has grown.  I was hired as an intern at Stage of Life LLC, a company that privately hosts a website to promote writing in and about any stage of your life.  The Spartan is my college’s newspaper.  I write articles and also serve as the online editor of The Spartan.  And last but not least, I am Girlboxer1970, mastermind of writing about my life and finding people who care.

A blog was the best idea Dr. Travis K. ever suggested to me.

I’ve been combining my Spartan articles with my blog since mid 2012.  Now my work as an intern at Stage of will be combined with the written and online version of the Spartan  As a student I have to blog about my experiences in each of the ten main life stages of the website.  In YCP’s Creative Nonfiction class I have to keep a journal.  I write for the newspaper.  I write.  And then, I write some more.

Ever think about writing a blog?  Or an article for a campus or local newspaper?  Soon I will have a column on and will be prompting story ideas, writing about personal experiences, choosing finalists for contest submitted stories, randomly choosing bloggers to feature, and advising on how to write a blog someone will be interested in reading.  That’s what it’s all about.  When people begin to read what you write.

I encourage everyone to check out the Stage of Life blogging community.  If you have a blog, it will give you exposure as you share your stories.  Don’t have a blog?  No excuses…follow me to a membership FREE, AD FREE, and FREE CONTEST website that I am honored to become part of.

Like Stage of Life  and YCP The Spartan Newspaper of Facebook.

Follow onTwitter:  @StageofLife  Follow me: @girlboxer1970

Rock it out, write it now, submit….it’s legit.


YCP squirrels are fearless photo M. Adams

YCP squirrels are fearless  photo M. Adams

Classes resume at York College of PA. I’m ready for another series of great Spartan Newspaper and a more active online paper. Send me your campus pictures, stories, story ideas, videos from improve shows and anything else you can think of related to life at York College of PA!

Document Design at YCP

The Doc Design class at YCP was very helpful.  Here are a few designs I did or worked on.  The Spartan poster was mine alone and I hope it goes to print for the Fall 2012 term!



Thanks for checking them out!


Rape, Aggression, Defense

Ready to kick ass

Ever get that gut feeling you are being watched?

How can you lower your chances of being attacked?

Do you know what to do if you are attacked?

York College of PA is offering a free self-defense course to all female students. The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. This system is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

The class includes self-defense techniques including defensive stances, punches, elbow and knee strikes, kicks, breaking chokes and holds and ground defense. The final day includes simulation scenarios where you can test your new skills on campus safety officers playing the part of aggressors. This is a perfect opportunity to vent any anger over parking tickets.

The courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D.

Thursday, February 16th 6-9 PM

Friday, February 17th 6-9 PM

Saturday, February 18th 12-3 PM

Sunday, February 19th 12-3 PM

Once the course is completed each female student gets a R.A.D. t-shirt to wear around campus!

Interested in taking the R.A.D. System self-defense class, contact the campus safety office at 815-1403 or stop by in person in Manor Northeast.

Be prepared,


Writing a Recommendations Report

York College course Writing in Professional Cultures requires preparing and submitting a recommendation report.  The first step was to choose a topic of concern that interested me.  I chose The Spartan newspaper to determine why the campus newspaper is not circulating and every week there are copies remaining from the previous edition.

The most important part of research is to have an adequate sample of the people affected by chosen topic.  My first attempt was disappointing.  I emailed students with a questionnaire and had a dismal 17 responses.  Because I did not have enough responses to be a sample of the students at York College, I failed.  See how important a fellow students input is when it comes to creating a rec. report?

My second attempt to survey people was successful.  I set up a table outside the student union building one day and another day I set up in the commuter parking lot.  With candy as a reward for filling taking my survey and the possibility of winning a prize of Nestle cocoa, Folgers coffee or a giant margarita glass filled with snacks and a Spartapalooza t-shirt I had 360 responses.  Conclusion:  Bribery works!

Winner of the margarita glass/t-shirt was Sasha Vanegas. 

Freshman Sasha Vanegas



Freshman Ryan Manger















Spartan Staff Questioned

The staff of The Spartan newspaper at York College of PA has been requested, by me, to answer some serious questions concerning the campus news.  This is a writing assignment for my Writing in Professional Cultures class.  I will eventually write a recommendation report to the college administration.


Spartan Staff Questionnaire

  1. Should The Spartan discontinue the entire print process and focus on The Spartan website (Please state your reason for Yes or No.)




  1. Would having more newspaper racks on campus improve circulation?
  2. If all the dining locations on campus had copies of the newspaper available, would this improve circulation?
  3. Should newspaper be delivered to all teaching staff with mailboxes?
  4. Should the Spartan subscribe to the Associated Press news releases?
  5. Should cost of advertising in the Spartan be adjusted to increase ad sales?
  6. Should local businesses receive a discount to
    place ads?
  7. How can we get more articles submitted?


  1. What does it cost YCP to print The Spartan?
  2. Has anyone who wrote for The Spartan and
    graduated become “famous” for their writing career?
  3. Would you be more likely to read The Spartan online if the information was current? (Currently the website has stories from 2009 with upcoming articles for 2010. All pages appear to be from 2009 and ends there.)
  4. Were you aware the website was last updated in 2009?
  5. Would making The Spartan one hundred percent virtual in 2012 have benefits?
  6. If so, what would they be?
  7. What would the negatives be?
  8. How would you feel participating in making 2012 the year York College of PA stopped printing the “hard copy” of The Spartan and focused on reaching out
    to other online college papers, online advertising, and endless opportunities
    that are now available since 2009?




Thank you for answering my questionnaire.


Pattie Crider

This is the questions The Spartan staff were emailed.  I’ll keep you posted on what I find out.  I think focusing on the website should be the priority of the campus paper, we will see what responses I get.

Feel free to comment your thoughts and ideas concerning this issue.  I can’t use it in my report but I’m curious to hear your thoughts!

Paper vs web,


overwhelming response

Today was the first meeting for the York College newspaper, The Spartan.  Usually we meet in the Spartan newsroom to talk over upcoming events, assign articles and discuss what is “going down” on campus.  That was not the case today.

Mid-day we received an email directing us to Humanities room 218.  This is a large auditorium type room for lectures, visiting speakers etc.  The overwhelming response of new people interested in becoming involved in the college paper was fantastic!  The majority were freshmen, but there were newbies that are currently juniors and seniors as well.

We are all looking forward to publishing The Spartan for our fellow classmates, professors and campus staff.  I will also publish my articles on my blog site. (possibly other writers, with their permission)  Next Tuesday I am participating in a workshop offered by the York Daily Record for freelance writers looking to be published in York’s newspapers.  I have to miss half a day of school, but it will be worth it!

Soooooooo excited,


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