CELEBRATING MORAVIAN STUDENTS
(Part I of 2)
Two Moravian students take off for new climes this summer
For the next couple of years,Emily Shertzer 02 will be living in the dusty environs of Fort Sam Houston, outside San Antonio, Texas, building up to a chance at an Olympic gold medal.
Shes been invited to train with other athletes who hope to make the U.S. team for the pentathlon event of the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.
Formerly called the military pentathlon, this competition requires contenders to be proficient target shooters, fencers, swimmers, horseback riders, and runners. In some events, such as the 200-meter freestyle swim, the athletes compete against the clock; in others, such as the fencing bouts and the 3,000-meter run, against each other.
Those invited to train already have demonstrated prowess in four of the five categories, which is where Im at, Shertzer said. The Hershey native is a prize-winning rider and an all-American runner; and she has qualified for the air pistol and swimming events. Now she must learn the art of the epée.
Shertzer came to the notice of U.S. Olympic officials when, as a high school rider, she competed in a tetrathlon organized by the Pony Club, an international association for riders between the ages of 6 and 21. When the U.S. tetrathlon team went to the British Isles in 1996, Shertzer came in ninth overall and was the top American finisher.
For the pentathlon, her partner is Sting, a 14-year-old Appaloosa that shes ridden since eighth grade. In the spring semester of her first three years at Moravian, Sting came to college with her and boarded at a local stable. But with Shertzers busy schedule of senior activities, Sting has stayed home in Hershey this year.
Shertzer is a biology major and a music minor. An oboist, she played several solos at the 2001 Christmas Vespers and is in the orchestra for the Moravian College Choir concert this weekend (see Datebook).
She expects to be in San Antonio through the summer of 2003, when selection trials for the 2004 games are held. The pentathlon team consists of two women and two men, and seven women are competing for the two slots.
In June, Stacie Roos í03 will
head for Cape Town, South Africa, where she has a two-month internship as a reporter on a newspaper for the homeless called The Big Issue.
The paper is part of a chain, the International Network of Street Papers, begun in Great Britain to address the increasing numbers and concerns of homeless and unemployed people.
Roos, of Lehighton, is majoring in history, though she says she may declare a double major in political science. She found the internship with help from her friend Christopher Colley 03, Easton, and visiting assistant professor of history James Meier, who wrote his dissertation on the squatter colonies that ring Cape Town.
Colley, who has relatives in Africa, is majoring in history and political science and has completed an honors project on the unending war in Angola.
Rooss interests dont stop with Africa. She, Colley, and three other Moravian students spent spring break backpacking through Peru and Bolivia.
The South African edition of The Big Issue, launched in 1996, is edited by Glenda Nevill and sold by more than 2,400 vendors, most of them homeless and employed, who buy it for 3.5 rand per copy and sell it for 6.5 rand.
As it originated in England, the idea is for the vendors to retain the profits and earn their way out of poverty. The newspaper company also offers an array of support services, from counselors to computer classes to savings accounts, for its vendors.
For more information: www.bigissue.co.za.
Photo courtesy Stacie Roos
Editorís note: The final issues of InCommon for the academic year 2000-01 feature the achievements of Moravian students, which include not just book larniní but also Olympic-level athletics, global interests, travel plans, artistic and musical gifts, and financial acumen.