<![CDATA[Jose's Blog - Jose's Blog]]>Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:34:30 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Freshman transitions to college life on and off field ]]>Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:50:18 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/joses-blog/freshman-transitions-to-college-life-on-and-off-fieldPictureFreshman Josh Hershey is in his first year as a midfielder for the Cal U Men's Soccer team
For California University of Pennsylvania freshman Josh Hershey, 18, his transition to college is a bit different from other freshmen because Hershey is in his first year as a member of the Cal U Men’s Soccer team.
Since beginning to learn the game at 4, Hershey, of Lancaster, has had success throughout his playing career. He earned First-Team All-County honors and served as a varsity starter for three years while playing at Manheim Central High School in Lancaster. Through all of this, Hershey’s love for the game clearly stands out, even after 14 years of playing.   
            “After gradually competing at a higher level, I find that the game opens doors for me,” Hershey said. “It has created most of the friendships I have. It always gives something to look forward to during a tough day.”
            What also stands out about Hershey is his work ethic. To prepare for games in high school, Hershey would take part in lifting sessions, shooting drills and a cardio session known as “Insanity.” This insanity workout is a total body workout that is considered to be one of the most challenging, fast-paced training regimens on the market. Though his high school workouts helped him achieve greatness at that specific level of competition, he knows that the collegiate level is more intense and that the love of the game is what separates some players from each other.
            “The difference is, in high school, people played soccer because they liked soccer and wanted to play a sport,” Hershey said. “In college, people love soccer and have a passion for the game. Because of that, it becomes more intense in workouts.”
            Aside from staying in shape to stay at the top of his game and enjoying every moment playing the game he loves, Hershey also understands that every day is a new day to prove that he belongs at the next level.
            “Being new to a collegiate soccer team is tough,” Hershey said. “You have the pressure of proving your worth or showing how you got to the collegiate level, day in and day out. I give all I can to show that I belong at the level that I am trying to compete at.”
            Another fan of Hershey’s happens to be his new head coach. Emedin Sabic has been working with young soccer players, both men and women, for ten years at Cal U, serving as an assistant with the women’s soccer program for three years and serving with the men’s program since 2010. Immediately, he has seen a huge impact from the young freshman.
            “It was obvious from the first preseason session that he has a lot of potential to become a very good student-athlete at this level,” said Sabic. “So far he has contributed minutes in every game this season and has done an excellent job. He is very coachable, meaning that he can process information very quickly and implement it into a game situation.”
The story of Hershey’s quest to become a key component to the success of the Cal U men’s soccer team also has a lot to do with family. As his brother Jon, 19, spent his first year on Cal U’s campus last year, Hershey felt as if that is where he wanted to be – at a university in which he has a lot of people, including his older brother, cheering him on.
            “It’s awesome to see him play at the college level,” Jon said. “He’s my brother and I want him to be successful. Being able to watch him during every home game is an incredible experience.”
            Hershey is not your regular freshman at Cal U. Hard work, knowledge and love for family are what drives the first-year Cal U soccer player to continue his higher education and to continue his quest to make an impact on the soccer field day in and day out. The belief he has in himself is obvious when speaking to him, but his hard work is also seen from those who are closest to him.
“This summer he trained so incredibly hard,” Jon said. “I would often have to tell him that he was going to injure himself and should skip a workout, but he would continue to train hard every day. His work ethic is something that I have never seen before.”

<![CDATA[My Internship]]>Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:13:44 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/joses-blog/my-internship
This summer, I am interning at TribLive Radio. Check out my blog post on their website and be sure to listen in to shows online at sportstalk.triblive.com
<![CDATA[Living the dream]]>Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:08:27 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/joses-blog/living-the-dreamMy entire life, I've always switched through various ideas of what I wanted to do for a living. Not a lot of them made complete sense, but like any child, my early aspirations included being a firefighter, a baseball player, and a chef. Heck, at one point I even had the early dreams of becoming a real life power ranger. (I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish that was still an option). After 16 years of wondering what I could do with my future, I stumbled into my eleventh grade journalism class at Norwin High School. It was a class I took, not because I had any aspirations to become a professional journalist one day, but because it seemed like an interesting way to get an automatic A. What I didn't know, was that this was a class that would lead me to a love that I never knew I actually had. 

I learned a lot throughout my first year of taking a journalism class. Most of it had to due with journalistic integrity and how not to be an idiot when it comes to grammatical errors, but I also learned about taking advantage of opportunities. I was the only Junior in my Introduction to Journalism class, mainly because I waited two years to take it with freshmen who were two years younger than me. My teacher, Ms. Thompson, allowed me to write stories for the monthly newspaper, even though most Intro to journalism students didn't get that opportunity. I made the most of it and used what a had learned (not a whole lot at that early point in the year) in order to do the best that I could and write stories that my peers would enjoy reading. Most of my pieces were about sports. I was a member of a couple of sports teams in high school and it was always a huge passion of mine. Whether it was baseball, basketball, football or cross country, I enjoyed putting pen to paper, typing my words on a computer screen, and seeing the final product right in front of me

Fast forward a year later to my senior year at Norwin High School. I am now entering my second journalism class, Journalism production. Here, not only did I get the opportunity to write sports pieces, but I also got to help work on pages for the school yearbook as well. The yearbook stuff was fun, but it was then that I knew that the newspaper aspect had won my affection. Ms. Thompson played a huge role in a huge part of my decision, regarding my future. While looking at an abundance of schools, I chose to spend my next four years at California University of Pennsylvania, a small college in California Pa, a mere 45 minute drive from my home. It was a difficult decision, knowing that there were a lot of other great schools that I considered, but there was one decision during the entire process that was entirely too simple. Choosing my major. Ms. Thompson and many of my high school English teachers always gave me a ton of confidence when it came to my writing. I knew for a fact that I wasn't the best, but I also knew that I was more than willing to learn. There was nothing I enjoyed more than seeing my name under an article in our school paper, and I knew this was the right choice for me. 

As we fast forward three years, I couldn't be more happy with the decisions I have made in the past four years. I still have a long way to go in order to be the best writer I can be, but progress is being made. Since my high school days of wondering what my journalistic future had in store, I have never been more sure about what I want to do with my life. I have spent the last three years writing for my campus newspaper, and have even served as sports editor of the California Times. (I told you I loved sports). My college experience has been even better than I would have ever expected. I have made so many incredible memories with amazing friends and have gotten involved with various clubs around campus. I don't know everyone on campus, but it's a small community. There are countless amounts of people that I have encountered throughout my journey and I am so thankful for the people I have met along the way. 

As I sit here babbling about the last few years of my life, I realize that my four years at Cal U are almost finished. I begin my final year in a little less than three weeks, and I've gotta tell you, it's a bittersweet feeling. This year, I will get the opportunity to serve as the Editor in Chief of the Cal Times Newspaper and help produce a quality weekly newspaper. Not too shabby for a guy who waited two years of high school to take his first journalism class, huh? I also get the chance to some big things with a couple of other clubs on campus, which I could not be any more excited about. 

The point of this incoherent babbling known as a blog post is to encourage people to dream big. Everything happens for a reason and you will stumble upon success. So, take part in something you enjoy and take advantage of every opportunity that you get. You never know when intentions such as getting an easy A in a class will turn into something even bigger. ]]>
<![CDATA[Where do my loyalties lie?]]>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:18:45 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/joses-blog/where-do-my-loyalties-lieThis, I attended a Society of Professional Journalists conference in Columbus, Ohio. While in Columbus on Friday, a buddy of mine and I decided to attend the Columbus Blue Jackets game against the Chicago Blackhawks. This had been the first time I had ever witnessed a National Hockey League game that didn't include my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and wasn't happening at CONSOL Energy Center. 
I was eagerly anticipating puck drop between these two talented squads, but upon entering the spacious and glamorous Nationwide Arena, I didn't know how I was supposed to watch two teams play that I didn't necessarily care about. The game of hockey is an extremely passionate sport for players, coaches, and even fans. There is nothing like being able to surround yourself with people who share love for the same team and celebrate with people around you after your home team scores a goal. In this instance, I cheered, but I felt a sense of emptiness inside. I felt out of place not cheering for the Pens and instead cheering for two teams that I have never had experience cheering for before. Out of the two teams playing, I guess I went with the majority of people and cheered for the home team. Even though the Blackhawks were very well represented. There's always talk about "bandwagon" fans and to be honest, I didn't want to be "That guy." 
As the night went on, i started to have a lot more fun and realized that I could just enjoy the game of hockey. I talked to fans sitting around me and just talked about the game. I'd be lying if I didn't mention to them that I was a Penguins fan and boasted about what a great team we have this season. On this particular night, the Blackhawks ended up storming back to beat Columbus on a final second goal that left the home crowd stunned and disappointed. While I was sent home having thanked the hockey gods that not only did I have a good time watching a well played hockey game by two great teams, but for the fact that after briefly questioning myself, I still understand where my loyalties lie. As my hometown team now plays the Blue Jackets in the NHL playoffs, I have more of a respect for them as a hockey team. This should make for a much more interesting playoff series]]>
<![CDATA[AP Style: A complicated format? ]]>Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:42:12 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/joses-blog/ap-style-a-complicated-formatPicture
Using AP Style is much more complicated when the writer is not used to using it. When writing essays, writers are used to using formats such as MLA or APA. I feel as if I have gotten used to using AP Style as a writer and using it so often, it sometimes comes natural, but not completely natural. It gets tough trying to know what has to be capitalized in a story and what needs edited and abbreviated. I tend to check my style guide on a constant basis to understand AP style in a much easier way and to make sure I am not making simple mistakes. Using AP Style takes some getting used to and sometimes it may seem like a difficult format to use when writing. Differentiating these three formats is important when writing and knowing the rules of each can make you a much stronger writer. 

<![CDATA[PNC Park: Home of quality dining]]>Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:21:35 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/joses-blog/pnc-park-home-of-quality-diningby Jose Negron
staff writer

There are variables that get factored into a successful day at any Major League Baseball ballpark. Aside from the play of the respective teams, the overall atmosphere that the everyday baseball fanatic gets to experience is what can really be the deciding factor. Many baseball fans base their feelings on a day at the ball park on things such as views from their seats, weather on game day, in game entertainment and, of course, the food.

PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. was recently voted America’s best ballpark by sources such as tripadvisor.com and ESPN.com. The various food options that have become available to the fans that attend Pittsburgh Pirate games at PNC Park have grown within the past seven years. It is not a coincidence that this growth in the menu began around the time of the arrival of PNC Park’s current head executive chef, Adam Holt.

Holt, a Butler, Pa. native, his been working as the head executive chef at PNC Park and with Levy Restaurants since 2006. He trained at the International Culinary Academy and has used his skills to provide each and every fan that comes to a ballgame with an extraordinary dining experience in the many different areas of the ballpark. He puts the fan’s experience before anything else by interacting and receiving input from fans and enjoying his favorite things about working at the ballpark.

“I love working in a beautiful ballpark with great people and creating foods that go far beyond guest expectations,” said Holt.

Every year, PNC Park looks to enhance many elements of the ballpark and now they’re enhancing the dining element with the help of Holt. The different types of suites in the ballpark, including the World Series Suites, Cambria Suites, Club Suites, Lexus Club and Pittsburgh Baseball Club all contain different dining options to accommodate the appetite for every baseball fan that visits PNC Park. Fresh local ingredients as well as seasonal offerings and ballpark favorite choices inspired the new menu that has been incorporated by Holt and his culinary team.

The World Series and Cambria Suites are both suites where fans can watch the ball game and eat gourmet-catered food with just the purchase of the ticket. The World Series Suites, seven in all, were made in honor of the Pirates seven World Series appearances. The Cambria Suites, which are relatively new to the ballpark, are a combination of four one-room club seats that were combined together.

The Lexus club is the most luxurious club in the entire ballpark with seats located behind home plate and a restaurant-style atmosphere and bar located in the indoor area. This club level is strictly for Lexus Club members only and is the only one of the clubs in which other club members in the other suites cannot have access to.

The Pittsburgh Baseball club is the biggest of the five main club options and contains various different dining options for fans. The food is not included with the purchase of a ticket in this area. The new concepts located in the club are Bridges Burger Company and BBQ Pit. Bridges Burger Company, which takes on a theme dedicated to the various bridges located in the Pittsburgh area, contains a menu with various delicious burgers such as the “16th Street Burger,” which is your double bacon cheeseburger served with lettuce and tomatoes.  The new BBQ Pit concept tries to allow the fans to experience BBQ from different places around the U.S like Texas and Carolina style BBQ with items including brisket, pulled pork, and pulled chicken sandwiches. Holt and his team have also introduced different side item choices with this concept like tater tots with a twist. Fans may purchase tater tots either plain or with a seasoning that includes ranch and BBQ.

Aside from the various specialty items that the Pittsburgh club includes, there are also traditional “ballpark foods” such as hot dogs, burgers and nachos served at places such as PBC Grill and Bierbauer Grill.

Gunners Grand Slam sausages is also a fan favorite in this part of the ballpark, serving foot long hot dogs, kielbasa and Italian Sausage provided by Silver Star meats. This option also provides fans with a variety of different toppings that they may put onto their food choices.

In order to satisfy the sweet tooth, the Pittsburgh Baseball Club has also incorporated Wagner’s Pittsburgh Ice Cream Company stations in honor of Honus Wagner. This stop is where fans can choose from soft serve ice cream with a choice of toppings, ice cream sundaes and gourmet popcorn.

The gourmet menus that PNC Park contains as well as the always-popular ballpark favorites are characteristics that go into making the ballpark experience special for each and every fan that visits the park, which is something that is also special to Holt, who is known for his experience working in various different venues.

“It is all about the details,” said Chef Holt. “Using the best and freshest ingredients, creating food options that guests may be surprised to find at a ball park and the creative process of nailing every single detail that creates a one and only experience for our fans.”

Levy Restaurants is known as a company that looks to exceed the expectations of guests and fans at ballparks all over the nation, with PNC Park being a prime example of a venue with an outstanding menu and various elements that have a main goal of redefining what fans think of as ballpark food.

<![CDATA[Traits of a good editor]]>Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:35:09 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/joses-blog/traits-of-a-good-editor
Having a good editor in any news room is vital to producing a quality newspaper. The goal of an editor is to be a fresh pair of eyes and to see things that the writer in particular may not have seen. A good editor is ethical and avoids bias at all costs. An editor is basically the test run before the final product is revealed to the public. They are the first person to read the story, besides the writer, and a good editor must know the basics to editing a story, be accurate when editing, and must be able to question a piece as to whether it is ethical or not.