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Peterpank Diner

April 29, 2014

Diners are a staple of New Jersey, providing a place to get pancakes, disco fries and milkshakes at most hours of the day. The Peterpank Diner, located in South Amboy, however, offers customers more than just an array food.

The diner, which has been family owned and operated since 1957, according to its website, serves as a restaurant, bar, weekend car meet spot, bakery, place to buy lottery tickets and stuffed animals, and a low-key place to grab a burger for cops in the area.

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On this particular Saturday night, the diner is empty and quiet, with the exception of a man with dirt-stained jeans eating with an older man, an old couple, and a seemingly drunk man and his female friend, who is vocally unhappy with her “burned” burger.

The plastic booths line the walls of the oval-shaped restaurant, leaving room in the middle for empty tables in the middle, as three waitresses ranging in age from 25-50 with high, blonde ponytails atop their heads scurry from the kitchen to the tables they are serving. Each of the tables has hand-written signs on them encouraging the customers to try their wine.

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Tammy has been a waitress at the Peterpank Diner for two years. Despite the slow evening, she cheerfully records orders in her notebook and makes small talk with customers, informing that many of those who come in to dine don’t know that they can get pancakes with fruit on the inside.

“The Pank has its share of regulars, mostly old people who like our specials,” Tammy said. “The cops like to come in, too. They are regulars.”

The Pank’s sweet potato pancakes with strawberries on the inside also come with a few strawberries thrown on top, along with whipped cream that seeps into the hot pancakes.

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About 10 minutes later, Tammy disappears and Janine, another waitress, makes rounds to the tables. She apologizes to customers about her eye.

“I lost my contact a little while ago and I’m embarrassed about my lazy eye,” Janine says. “So, my boyfriend is on his way to bring me my glasses.”

The Peterpank Diner is not a 24-hour diner, closing at 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 12:30 a.m. during the week. Showing her Easter spirit, which happens to be the next day, one of the older waitresses wears bunny ears as she cashes customers out.


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Lamp Post Diner Knows how to Appeal to Students

April 29, 2014

by Kyle Phillippi

ImageThis is why a stack of pancakes topped with fresh strawberries attracts the young generation and make the Lamp Post Diner a hit among students.

Located on Little Gloucester Road in Gloucester Township, the Lamp Post Diner knows how to attract its customers, taking traditional breakfast food and turning it into a dream creation.

The diner’s selling point has to be its pancakes. These hot cakes are not your run-of-the-mill golden brown hot stacks. Anybody who glances over the menu will be quick to notice the enticing options under the Signature Pancakes section.

Names such as Obsessed with Chocolate, Hawaiian Pancakes and “You Must Be Nutz” provide eye-catching, taste bud-teasing titles for an assortment of pancakes. For example, the Hawaiian Pancakes are baked with pineapple and topped with whipped cream while other selections offer arrangements such as apple filling with cinnamon sugar on top or blueberry stuffed hot cakes with ice cream and whipped cream resting on top.

This is why college kids love to come for the breakfast food.

“There’s nothing like having Nutella covering your pancakes,” said diner-goer Bionca Davis. “The pancakes are just so good.”

According to Davis, this was her first trip to the place, which opened last September.

“Considering it was my first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Davis. “The food was delicious and the service was quick. That was a plus. I will definitely be going back.”

While digging into her strawberry and Nutella pancakes, Davis couldn’t get enough on her fork at one time. Making it taste even better is the reasonable price tag of $7.50, which features three fairly large hot cakes that share a plate with numerous toppings. As Davis pointed out in between bites, it’s hard to eat it all because of how filling the ingredients are.

In addition to the enticing pancake selection, the Lamp Post Diner offers all the cornerstone diner breakfast food, including waffles, omelettes and French toast. The restaurant also has a variety of specials to choose from.

ImageLooking on the menu, No. 8 in the specials box is entitled, “Hungry? Lamp Post 2+2+2+2.” This deal gives customers a wide range of food. The plate includes two pancakes or French toast, two eggs, two strips of bacon and two sausage links. All of that only costs $7.25. If that doesn’t hit the mark for those scanning the menu, No. 14 – Lamp Post Delight – offers pancakes or French toast topped with cinnamon, walnuts, strawberries, bananas and whipped cream for $7.95.

It’s options like these that really can attract the local students. The diner is located just down the road from Camden County College and a little more than 10 minutes from Rowan University, making it easily accessible for kids who are looking for a delicious meal at a fair price.

While most students have Nutella stocked somewhere in their cabinets, often times they don’t think about using it as a spread on a traditional breakfast item. That’s why the Lamp Post Diner is the perfect spot for college kids who want a twist on breakfast.

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News 2 at Rowan U

June 11, 2012

Welcome to the weblog of the Spring 2012 News Reporting 2 class from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Students in the class reported on a single day in the life of Rowan – April 19, 2012. Each student was assigned to report, photograph and video a different hour (or two) in the 24-hour period. One of the most frequent places they went was the Student Center, the main hub of Rowan’s campus.

A main theme was the Tent State University protest that was ongoing at Rowan during that week. But the News 2 students also reported on commuters, musicians and artists. There was even time to skip once or twice.

For questions about the blog or the journalism program at Rowan University, contact Prof. Kathryn Quigley at quigleyk@rowan.edu

Enjoy the blog!

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11 p.m. Engineering Building

June 11, 2012

There’s a total of twelve cars in the gravel lot across from Rowan Hall, the Engineering building.  Next to it, one of the emergency posts is blinking its blue light – perhaps someone’s idea of a joke.

Rowan Hall at 11 p.m.

At 11:05 p.m., there are five students standing on the observatory deck of the building. I can hear their excited voices, but I can’t make out what they’re doing up there. Above me, the American flag whips in the wind. This side of the building is brightly lit, despite the late hour, and there’s fresh trash bags and mop buckets propped against the windows on the inside. The janitors are definitely out.

Walking around the building to the scenic fountain, I found the only things active here at this hour seem to be the sprinklers. I found out a little too late, as I was already in their midst when one sprayed me in the face. I had no choice but to time myself and dart between their varying heights and patterns of water. Leave it to Rowan sprinklers to aim more water at the sidewalks than the plants.

At 11:11 (make a wish!), the fountain is still spraying away in solidarity. The water seems to be a little higher on the steps leading to the pond, perhaps because of the recent rainfall. There’s some abandoned coffee cups on the bottom steps, maybe some late night dreamers, insomniacs or skateboarders were here shortly before.

By 11:20, the yellow coats of the student police can be seen flickering through the leaves of the trees that surround the fountain’s manmade pond. Their rounds started a little early tonight. Their distant presence is in stark contrast to the peaceful hum of an uninhabited pond.

-Story, photo and video by Catherine Kustra

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10 p.m. Route 322

June 11, 2012

Rowan University is constantly bustling with students, pedestrians, animals, and cars roaming in the area. But what happens when class is not in session and the sun goes down?

Life on Rowan’s campus is a lot different after the sunsets and almost is as if all the activity disappears. A brisk walk around the quiet campus could definitely show Rowan in a different light.

A silent campus at 10 p.m.

Sprinklers all around campus begin spraying the grounds a little after 10 p.m. Empty parking spots around academic buildings are abundant at 10 p.m. The best parking is found at night, anyone can get a close spot to their building if they have some late night studying to do.

The lighting around campus makes a sense of security and well being. Not too many corners are dark and there are almost always Rowan Police vehicles in the area.

Along Route 322, cars buzz through the heart of campus stopping occasionally for pedestrians in the cross walk. Quite a few people are seen walking towards Delsea Drive as if they are heading to the Landmark bar.

A group of people got out of a car in the parking lot next to Westby Hall, with beer bottles in hand.

Overhearing their conversation, a night drinking at Landmark is in their plans after the mile walk from their location. Drinking in public is not acceptable and against the law. Upon further investigation, they were not Rowan students.

There are plenty of empty benches around campus and the next time the sky is clear at night, they are a perfect spot for star gazers. Although the light pollution seems to sound like a problem, it’s a unique experience looking up. Quiet alone time could be achieved at any random bench as long as it’s not near the student center.

Dozens of students come in and out of the student center with food, snacks, and sometimes prizes from Rowan After Hours.

Rowan turns into a whole different experience at night with less people, less cars, and more silence.

-Story, photo and video by Darryl Saul

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9 p.m. Rowan After Hours

June 11, 2012

Rowan Boulevard is a deserted wasteland with the only signs of life being the streetlamps that light the apartment complex and the lights that shine out of the various apartments. Most people will spend their time getting ready for the big parties that most fraternity’s will host on Thursday nights, showering and choosing the right outfit to impress the right guy. It’s quiet and peaceful this time of night at Rowan Boulevard, but that will all change in an hour as drunken students navigate away from the apartment complex and on to Carpenter street.

While some students enjoy going to parties and dancing until the wee hours of the morning, other students take a different approach and attend programs that Rowan provides. From Thursday to Saturday, students can attend Rowan After Hours, which occurs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. On this night, Rowan hosted an Asian Cultural Festival that was co-sponsored by the Asian Cultural Society. Rowan students watched traditional dances and listened to various guest speakers who ranged from comical to serious.

Other programs that RAH offered on Thursday was special novelties such as taking pictures in front of a green screen, decorating fish bowls and getting a henna tattoo. A midnight food bar was served and offered different kinds of macaroni and cheese. Rowan University junior Julia Osadchy, who is apart of RAH’s staff and worked the events that night, thinks that RAH is a great option for kids who need something to do on the weekends.

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“RAH is great for kids who need something to do because we offer really fun activities and make sure that everybody is being safe and having fun.”

When it comes to working for RAH, Osadchy is thankful for the job and all the great opportunities it has given her.

“I’ve worked at RAH for the last two years and it honestly has been such a great experience. I’ve made great friends and have learned various skills that will help me when I graduate school and enter the workforce.”

 –Story, photo and video by Tracy Ascher

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8 p.m. Outside the Student Center

June 11, 2012

Students traded in their dorm rooms for tents, camping along  the pathway between the Rec Center and Mimosa Hall in protest of the current state of higher education. With signs that read, “Fight for good jobs, stand up to corporate greed,” the event resembled the Occupy Wall Street movement. Jamie Kifferly, a senior finance major and coordinator of Tent State at Rowan was outside with other students, talking about what the Tent State is all about.

“We are fighting for the student rights, the student voice,” Kifferly said. “We want people to get more involved in the political system. Most people don’t know that our professors don’t have a contract, and they desperately need to get that contract signed. Most people don’t know that our secretaries don’t have a contract, which they desperately need.”

Lewis Bivona, a 22-year-old planning and political science major, summed up Tent State in four words: “For students, by students.”

Just a short walk away at the student center patio, hard rock fans were treated to “With Legions,” a local heavy metal band. The band’s performance was also part of Tent State, which has featured local bands and artists all week. The loud, monster-like screams from the  band’s lead singer could be heard all the way from the science building, where, as the sun was setting, a student walked around, passing out flyers for a Ron Paul event in Philadelphia.

–Story, photo and video by Christian Hetrick