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Message of Hope Echoes Loudly as Fans, Teams ‘Yell(ow) It Out’


This week’s Yell(ow) It Out observance, held during a basketball doubleheader in Bardo Gymnasium, once again put a public face on a too-often-private issue. A collaboration of Community and Commuter Assistants, Resident Assistants, Greek Life and student-athletes, the evening focused on the warning signs of suicide and Penn College’s ongoing commitment to education and prevention. “Yell(ow) It Out” started as an initiative by Josiah Stoltzfus, a construction management student, and it’s been amazing to see how hard he has worked to bring it to campus and get the support of other students, faculty and staff,” said Mallory L. Weymer, Penn College’s coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist. “It’s so powerful to see so many of our students and campus community come together to stand up for suicide awareness.” If you or someone you know is considering hurting themselves, please call Counseling Services at 570-327-4765 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

– Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

A common cause turns adversaries into allies: The Penn College Wildcats and Bryn Athyn College Lions gather in solidarity (and the night's signature color).
A common cause turns adversaries into allies: The Penn College Wildcats and Bryn Athyn College Lions gather in solidarity (and the night’s signature color).

Educational materials and other giveaways spread the word.
Educational materials and other giveaways spread the word.

Alicia N. Ross, of Williamsport, edges ever closer to a Lady Wildcat career scoring record.
Alicia N. Ross, of Williamsport, edges ever closer to a Lady Wildcat career scoring record.

Adding to the sartorial sunshine are student Everett B. Appleby, of Wilkes-Barre, and Catherine E. Gamez, a Residence Life coordinator in Rose Street Commons.
Adding to the sartorial sunshine are student Everett B. Appleby, of Wilkes-Barre, and Catherine E. Gamez, a Residence Life coordinator in Rose Street Commons.

Construction management students don safety vests and share a photo op with friends.
Construction management students don safety vests and share a photo op with friends.

Madeline P. Wenk, of Biglerville, is a picture of determination and drive.
Madeline P. Wenk, of Biglerville, is a picture of determination and drive.

A two-fisted tribute to the home team
A two-fisted tribute to the home team

Twenty Penn College servicemen and women walk onto the court, representing the number of veterans lost to suicide every day.
Twenty Penn College servicemen and women walk onto the court, representing the number of veterans lost to suicide every day.

The Penn College mascot watches the game while observing the bigger picture.
The Penn College mascot watches the game while observing the bigger picture.

Game-night assistants launch swag onto a golden, supportive sea.
Game-night assistants launch swag onto a golden, supportive sea.

A member of the Wildcat Dance Team is frozen at the peak of gravitational defiance.
A member of the Wildcat Dance Team is frozen at the peak of gravitational defiance.

Erik L. Perry Jr., of Waldorf, Md., moves the ball downcourt.
Erik L. Perry Jr., of Waldorf, Md., moves the ball downcourt.

Nursing student Taylor D. Brooks (left), of Cogan Station, celebrates winning a tablet during "Hoopspalooza."
Nursing student Taylor D. Brooks (left), of Cogan Station, celebrates winning a tablet during “Hoopspalooza.”

The dance team's yellow hair ribbons accentuate the ambience.
The dance team’s yellow hair ribbons accentuate the ambience.

The Wildcat joins the Cheer Team in the stands.
The Wildcat joins the Cheer Team in the stands.

Jesse L. White, of Harrisburg, takes to the sky.
Jesse L. White, of Harrisburg, takes to the sky.

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