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Immigration forum enlightens students Workshop transports students into the lives of U.S. immigrants Jonathan Bergmueller Staff Writer “That’s not in my department.” “You’re wasting my time, come on!” “Don’t you know any better? Move on, move on!” shouted the faculty at the students. The lines were clustered and inconvenient, and the process was confusing. This was a simulation of what it is like to be an immigrant in the United States of America. Last Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Shippensburg University Social Work and Gerontology Department hosted four informational sessions during an immigration workshop in Reisner Dining Hall’s Tuscarora Room, aiming to educate students about the complexities of immigration in the U.S. The first session was an introduction to immigration, explaining the reasons why the topic matters to social work students. The workshop opened with a game of myth versus fact, where the faculty made several statements about immigration, which were either proven
as a fact or debunked as a myth. This included ideas like “All immigrants are here illegally,” or “A wall along the southern border will stop immigration.” Both of which are myths. The faculty then showed a TED Talk speech delivered by Jose Antonio Vargas called “Actions are Illegal, Never People.” Vargas said he was unable to become an American citizen because of the constraints of the U.S.’s current immigration policies. The second session was a hands-on activity. Students were given a name and a brief background of a “character” as they trudged through the process of becoming an American citizen. The social work faculty portrayed immigration officials and occupied several tables that made up the intense bureaucracy of the immigration system, complete with an obnoxious help desk. They asked questions pertaining to wealth, abilities, fame and assured employment in the U.S. and gave a star or a cross to indicate whether the immigrant
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An SU professor talks to students about the challenges U.S. immigrants face when entering the country. The workshop addressed topics including the immigration process, its reform and methods of advocacy. passed that stage of the immigration process. The activity was incredibly telling of the process — the faculty members were either polite, dispassionate or downright rude depending on the character the student was portraying. Across the room, you could
hear the faculty demeaning the immigrants from Mexico or India, while in other situations, the faculty were asking famous singers for autographs. The process was confusing, and was not helped by the sprawling lines that stretched across the room,
Female saints remembered as leaders
intersecting with one another. The final two sessions discussed immigration policy, as well as ways that students could get involved and advocate for immigration reform. Social Work Department Chair Deborah Jacobs said the event began last year with
TLC star to visit SU, promote body positivity Drew Lovett Asst. News Editor
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Professors examine how specific women saints showed leadership during their time, and how they impacted history. The members of the panel co-wrote chapters of a book about female saints. Shannon Long Asst. News Editor Four professors discussed women saints and their abilities to break through gender norms and patriarchal hegemony Wednesday in Shippensburg University’s Old Main Chapel. The panel was led by SU English professor Shari Horner, SU sociology professor Barbara Jones Denison; Shepherd University asso-
ciate history professor Sally Mayall Brasher; and University of Baltimore’s assistant criminal justice professor Patrick Hughes. The professors wrote chapters of a book titled “Women, Religion and Leadership: Female Saints as Unexpected Leaders.” The book focuses on different female saints and how they are portrayed as heroes. Often women saints are written about in terms of piety, sanctity and
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virgin martyrdom, whereas male saints are written about in terms of what they did, according to Denison. The panel instead looked at how female saints were leaders and what lessons they left behind. “What could we learn about how to achieve things under the heavy weight of patriarchal and gender norms that these women dealt with in the context of the times they lived in,” Denison asked.
During her segment of the panel, Horner discussed how St. Katherine of Alexandria, St. Margaret of Antioch and St. Cecilia were female martyrs that Joan of Arc looked up to. These women could all debate issues for which they felt passionate, had intense spirituality, could command public space and faced public executions. See “PANEL,” on A2
the topic of racially-motivated police brutality. Jacobs said the idea of educating students stemmed from the current political climate in the U.S. “We felt our students did not have a strong enough basis in this topic,” Jacobs said.
A TLC television personality is bringing her “Big Fat Fabulous Life” to Shippensburg University on Nov. 14. As part of the Love Your Body Day festivities, Whitney Way Thore will be hosting three events in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB), which are free and open to the public. Thore became a viral sensation when a YouTube video of her called “A Fat Girl Dancing” got more than 9 million views. She then became
not only a reality star, but also a fat acceptance activist. Thore will be promoting positive body image during her visit at SU. No Body Shame will begin with a dance session hosted by Thore, followed by a meetand-greet at 5 p.m. in McFeely’s Coffeehouse. Thore will then host a presentation at 8 p.m. in the CUB Multipurpose Room. The activities on Tuesday are co-sponsored with the women’s & gender studies minor and a grant from the SU Office of Social Equity.
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Sorority’s fundraising suspended for lack of proper documentation Drew Lovett Asst. News Editor
Shippensburg University’s Student Government Association (SGA) approved the fundraising suspension, or “tabling” privileges, for SU’s chapter of the Kappa Beta Gamma (KBG) sorority during SGA’s Nov. 2 meeting. The senators voted unanimously to defer the fundraising efforts of KBG. The organization broke SU guidelines when it hosted a homemade bake sale outside of the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library and failed to complete the proper documentation in order to collect money. Last week, KBG was scheduled to host a fundraiser for ovarian cancer outside of the library. The fundraiser was cancelled following SGA’s decision to suspend the sorority’s fundraising efforts. “To hand out food, the group needs to go through Chartwell’s, or use prepackaged or storebought food,” SGA Treasurer Raven Francis said. The Student Government Affairs Council (SGAC) found that the suspension and a $100 fine were appropriate consequences in light of KBG’s disregard for SGA policy. “[KBG’s members] were very disrespectful and refused to end said fundraiser when asked by multiple members of [SGA],” Francis said. KBG member Amanda Taylor said KBG will continue its fundraising efforts off campus while the suspension is in place. “Kappa Beta Gamma takes our philanthropy very seriously and will continue to fundraise off campus to raise money,” Taylor said. KBG will tentatively be allowed to fundraise on campus in the spring of 2018.
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The Slate’s Editor-in-Chief Troy Okum and News Editor Jenna Wise attended the 2017 Collegiate Media Summit at Bloomsburg University last weekend. On Saturday, they spoke on a panel and discussed their experiences reporting on the October 2016 faculty strike. Students from Clarion University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania also attended and served on the panel.
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• President Madison Scarr, Vice President Crystal Hartman and Senators Alexis Wright and Frederick Horn were excused from the meeting. Senator Roneka Jones was unexcused.
• Almond milk is now being served in Reisner Dining Hall.
• A healthy eating event for vegans will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Reisner Dining Hall, with a $5 admission fee.
• The facilities department is beginning work on a trenching project and renovations to Stewart Hall.
Technology Committee • An update to D2L will be completed next summer.
• Motions were approved to grant funds to Circle K and the SU Anime Society to attend conferences. • Voting rights were granted to Senator Makayla Glass.
SU attempts self-check world record to benefit testicular cancer awareness File Photo/The Slate
Last year’s Veteran’s Day ceremony featured a speech by Lt. Col. Christopher Morton. Previous Veteran’s Day activities have included the presentation of a wreath, as well as the release of balloons outside of the Ceddia Union Building.
Annual Veteran’s Day festivities to be held at SU Jenna Wise News Editor Shippensburg University’s Army ROTC Raider Battalion kicked off its annual Veteran’s Day festivities on Monday, and will conclude with a ceremony on Friday in acknowledgment of the sacrifices made by current and former members of the U.S. military. This year’s ceremony will feature Lt. Col. Christopher Morton, chair of the department of military science. The ceremony will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB). “PANEL,” from A1 Brasher told the story of St. Catherine of Siena and how her actions could be seen as political. When Catherine was in her 20s, she received a vision from God to spread His word to the men in power. She was the leader of a movement and her political action spanned over a decade, although it is not successful. “I think it’s phenomenal that there is a woman in this incredibly male-dominated
Each year, the ceremony’s speakers discuss their experiences in the military and express gratitude toward those who have served. At the end of the event, a ceremonial wreath is presented in honor of the holiday. Throughout the week, the ROTC is staffing a table in the CUB where members of the Shippensburg community can write notes of appreciation for veterans. The notes will be shared at the Boulder Crest Retreat, a non-profit organization that supports veteran health and wellness.
political sphere who is being taken seriously,” Brasher said. “She’s leading followers in this covert action and she’s influencing people.” Catherine McAuley was the subject of Hughes’ section. He told the story of how McAuley created the Sisters of Mercy and Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. After noticing how poor and sickly women did not have an opportunity to advance themselves, McAuley created Baggot Street. It was a small building where women could
live, get educated and take care of other sickly women. The Sisters of Mercy and Baggot Street still exist. “Her mission is still alive and well today,” Hughes said. Denison was the last to speak and discussed St. Hilda of Whitby and how she used transformational leadership and pushed gender roles as the “mother of bishops.” Hilda founded an abbey that still exists today, and made abbeys become recognizable for European status.
Shannon Long Asst. News Editor Shippensburg University set out to break a Guinness World Record for the most testicular cancer self-checks performed at one event Monday evening in the Ceddia Union Building Multipurpose Room. The event began at 7 p.m. with “Shave the Date” where men shaved as part of no shave November. SU cheerleaders were in attendance to cheer on the men.
The self-check began at 8 p.m. with speakers including SU alumnus Justin Birckbichler and Bruce Levy, a retired principal from the Shippensburg Area Senior High School. Evidence of the event will be sent to Guinness where it will be determined if the record was broken. To break the world record, 209 men will have had to participate. Jason Greenspan, an SU student and survivor of testicular cancer, hosted the event. He is on the board of
directors of the Testicular Cancer Foundation and has been working on the event since last December. The event was sponsored by campus organizations, including SU’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Activities Program Board, Ship Dining, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, The Slate, SUTV, WSYC and the Women’s Center. Check The Slate for updates to find out if the world record was broken.
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About 200 participants wait to check themselves for testicular cancer.
November 7, 2017
Your World Today
Collegiate press faces unique challenges, strives to garner support and respect
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deliver student bodies and campus communities relatable and truthful information, and it prevents the press from turning into the public relations arm of the administration or the faculTroy Okum Editor-in-Chief ty union. Like many other college newspapers, The Slate has a faculty adviser to guide students in making decisions, Collegiate student media but the editor-in-chief is ulorganizations are funda- timately responsible for all mentally important for the decisions. That point was well-being and education of brought up over the weekstudents, but their contin- end by the Indiana Daily ued existence is being put Student (IDS) editorial to the test. board. On the surface, these orIDS is the student newsganizations seem simple — paper at Indiana University students pursue stories and (IU) in Bloomington, Indipublish them — but they ana, which is known for its are actually complex and high-caliber media school. are under a lot of pressure. In the letter from the editor Different colleges can have “The IDS must maintain edvastly different ways they itorial independence,” the fund and support student editorial board addressed media. its frustration with the At Shippensburg Univer- forced resignation of their sity, The Slate is a volunteer adviser and IU’s Director of organization and is recog- Student Media Ron Johnnized by the SU Student son. Government Association. The letter, which is posted The recognition means the on idsnews.com, explains student government allo- that the student newspacates money, which is gen- per is experiencing fiscally erated from the student challenging times and that activity fee, to The Slate. Media School Dean James Nearly half of The Slate’s Shanahan forced its adviser funding needs to be given to retire for financial reaback to the student govern- sons and find an interim ment by generating adver- director. tising revenue. Unlike with The Slate, Because SU student me- IDS’s funding stems from dia organizations are fund- the IU Media School, meaned directly by students and ing Johnson’s salary and through the student gov- IDS’s funding comes from ernment they can operate the same pot of money. without oversight from the The IDS editorial board administration. A free stu- recognizes that the newsdent-run press is critical to paper is not getting the
Haley K. Luckenbill, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, reported to SU police officers on Oct. 23 that an item had been stolen from her vehicle while it was parked along Adams Drive. Luckenbill reported that sometime between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. that day, an unknown individual had removed a Duke Blue Devils magnetic emblem from the rear of her silver 2014 Hyundai Elantra while it was parked in the C-9 commuter parking area along Adams Drive. The missing emblem is valued at approximately $20.
Student charged with underage drinking Carly M. Alvarado, 19, of Germantown, Maryland, was charged with underage drinking in connection with an incident that occurred on Oct. 21. An SU police officer stopped Alvarado at the intersection of Old Main Drive and North Earl Street after observing her staggering as she walked along the roadway in the grass. Alvarado was found to be intoxicated, and was given a portable breath test, which confirmed the presence of alcohol in her system. Alvarado was escorted back to her residence off campus, and was advised that she would be receiving a citation for underage drinking.
Non-student visitor charged with possession of marijuana, underage drinking Sean J. Bologa, 19, of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, underage drinking and scattering rubbish in connection with an incident that occurred on Oct. 22. SU police officers observed Bologa walking through the G-1 storage parking lot carrying an open can of Rolling Rock beer. The officers found Bologa to be intoxicated and in possession of additional alcohol as well as a small amount of marijuana. Bologa was released at the scene and a criminal complaint was later filed charging him with the offenses listed above.
Non-student visitor charged with underage drinking Trevor D. Firestone, 19, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was charged with underage drinking in connection with an incident that occurred on Oct. 22. SU police officers were called to the lobby area of Lackhove Hall to assist residence hall staff with an intoxicated male who was sleeping on one of the couches in the lobby, who officers identified as Firestone. Firestone was found to be intoxicated and was given a portable breath test which confirmed the presence of alcohol in his system. Firestone could not locate the friends that he was staying with on campus, and was transported to the Cumberland County Prison where he was turned over to prison personnel. A citation was later filed charging Firestone with underage drinking.
Naugle Hall resident charged with underage drinking, disorderly conduct Matthew A. Tobash, 19, of Naugle Hall, was charged with underage drinking, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident that occurred on Oct. 20. Tobash fled the area of Rowland Hall on foot after being apprehended by an SU police officer in the area around the Huber Arts Center. The officer found Tobash to be intoxicated. Tobash was given a portable breath test which confirmed the presence of alcohol in his system. Tobash was transported to the Cumberland County Booking Center by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and was charged with the offenses listed above.
funding and advertising revenue that it once did — a brutal reality many college newspapers are trying to cope with. What the editors found intolerable was that they did not a get a voice in the dean’s decision to have Johnson retire. Their point was that if the editor-in-chief is responsible for decisions made about the IDS then why was she not included in the decision? The letter caught the attention of the College Media Association (CMA), which seeks to serve collegiate student media programs and their advisers. CMA President Chris Evans sent a letter of his own to Lauren Robel, IU’s provost and executive vice president, telling her that IU should tread carefully or risk having the prestige of its renowned journalism program suffer. Evans supported the student editors and urged Robel to listen to their concerns. “We urge you to listen to your students. Your national reputation is in jeopardy,” Evans said in his letter, which can be found on collegemedia.org. The unfortunate circumstances at Indiana University are a wake-up call that student input is wise and even necessary at schools around the world. It is also sends a clear message that the collegiate press is an important institution at universities and it should not be ignored or neglected or mistreated.
Non-student visitor charged with underage drinking Kylan L. Barry, 20, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was charged with underage drinking in connection with an incident that occurred on Oct. 21. SU police officers observed Barry walking through the L-2 storage parking lot with a group of individuals who were openly carrying liquor bottles. The officers discovered that Barry had been drinking, and that he was under the age of 21. Alcohol was confiscated from another individual in the group who was 21 years old, and was disposed of at the scene. Barry was released at the scene and a citation was filed charging him with underage drinking.
The Shippensburg University administration does not censor or control student media groups — a characteristic not all universities have in common.
Pennsylvania expands gambling capabilities Lawmakers seek expansion to increase state’s tax revenue Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania, the nation’s second-largest commercial casino state, is taking an even deeper plunge into gambling and will allow people to bet online, in airports and at truck stops. With government leaders searching for money to plug holes in the state’s tattered finances, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed legislation authorizing a major expansion of gambling. Under the measure, the state will become the fourth to allow online gambling, joining Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. It also makes Pennsylvania the first state to allow online play for both commercial casinos and its state lottery, as both go in search of newer and younger players. Wolf, a Democrat, had not been enthusiastic about expanding gambling, but he entertained the idea in dealings with a Republican-controlled Legislature that saw it as a better option to balance the state’s
deficits than a tax increase. While lawmakers also saw a gambling expansion as a way to bring tax revenue to their districts and pet projects, Wolf had focused on ensuring a gambling expansion wouldn’t damage the state’s existing tax collections from casino revenues or receipts from the struggling Pennsylvania Lottery. “There’s been a lot of pressure from a lot of places in the commonwealth to actually expand this, and we do need some recurring revenue,” Wolf said. “Again, the goal has been all along to do what’s prudent, not cannibalize existing gambling revenue coming to the state, and I think what we’re settling on will actually do that.” Besides online play, the new law will pepper Pennsylvania with games of chance. Ten of the state’s 12 existing casinos can bid on a license for a new, smaller casino with hundreds of slot machines. Bidding would start at $7.5 million, with a table games certificate costing an extra $2.5 million, for a casino limited to 750 slots and 30 table games. Currently, the
state’s larger casinos can operate up to 5,000 slot machines. Meanwhile, casinos will be able to offer interactive gambling parlors in eight airports, including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, while qualifying truck stops can operate up to five slot machine-style monitors called video gaming terminals. Only Nevada and Puerto Rico currently allow airport gambling.
“Again, the goal has been all along to do what’s prudent, not cannibalize existing gambling revenue.” Gov. Tom Wolf Lawmakers expect the gambling legislation to produce $200 million or more annually from casino license fees and taxes on higher gambling losses. The legislation was years in the making, and the compromise came together after House leaders dropped their long-standing de-
mand that a gambling expansion favor bars and other liquor licensees, rather than casino owners. The Northeast’s slow population growth and big post-recession casino expansions have drawn warnings that the region is so saturated that new gambling opportunities are cannibalizing existing ones. Chris Grove, a gambling industry analyst at California-based Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, said Pennsylvania’s expected haul of cash from the online licenses, potentially above $100 million, will not go unnoticed by lawmakers in neighboring states. But Colin Mansfield, a gambling industry analyst for Fitch Ratings, said he did not expect Pennsylvania’s move to spur much competitive response from other states. Still, he said, he could envision benefits for casinos and internet poker players if the law leads to an expansion of player pools joining Pennsylvania with New Jersey, which has the nation-leading internet gambling market. Pennsylvania’s casinos rake in more gross revenues than any other state’s except Nevada’s, American
Gaming Association figures show. But Pennsylvania is the No. 1 state in tax revenue from the casino industry, netting $1.4 billion in the most recent fiscal year. Pennsylvania’s lottery is one of the nation’s biggest, delivering $1 billion in profits on $4 billion in sales. The bill emerged last week and won passage within 18 hours in both chambers of the Legislature despite opponents’ protests that they barely had a chance to read it, warnings that it carried unforeseen consequences and complaints that it was packed with sweetheart deals for casinos. The gambling bill passed as part of a broader package designed to break a four-month budget stalemate over how to wipe out a projected $2.2 billion deficit. Wolf also signed other elements of the Legislature’s package to bail out the state’s finances, a $1.5 billion borrowing measure and a grab-bag of tax adjustments that could net $140 million annually.
November 7, 2017
French students make annual trip to SU
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The students of families who housed SU students last summer make a visit to SU’s campus through a partnership with SU and a school in Northern France. Nate Powles Asst. Sports Editor Eight students from a school in Northern France visited Shippensburg University as part of a partnership with SU that allows students from each school to experience what it is like attending school in different areas of the world. Adam, Antoine, Cindel, Chloé, Guillaume, Justine, Tiphanie and Valentine came from the Lycée Privé St. Joseph school in Boulogne, France, and are members of the latest group of students to participate in an annual exchange program between their school and SU. Professor Géraldine Rénier is the program coordinator, and marked her fifth year visiting SU with her students. The students who came to Shippensburg were members of the families who had housed the SU students that visited France last summer. The SU students were glad to see their friends from the summer, and spent a lot of time with them during the little more than a week that they were on campus.
A trip to Pine Grove Furnace State Park gave the French students a glimpse of the beautiful rural American landscape when they went on a hike. They also made trips to Baltimore and Frederick, Maryland, in order to experience contrasting environments. The students participated in multiple classes while at SU, including marketing and social work, as well as one class in every French course offered this semester. The students were impressed with the level of French many of the students spoke in class, because many students in France do not learn English as quickly. They said the overall experience was very different than what they were used to in France. SU students were very curious about French culture and were willing to ask questions to learn more. This was unexpected for the exchange students, as this is not very common in France. Students at SU were willing to welcome the students with open arms, showing them around campus and eating meals with them at Reisner Dining Hall.
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The students felt more at home because of the warm reception they were given. They said the culture at SU and the surrounding area was very different compared to the one they experienced in New York City and Washington, D.C., before arriving on campus. Rénier thought it was important to point out that just as Paris is not representative of France as a whole neither is New York representative of the entire U.S. The time they had in the city was much more fast-paced and exciting than the calm, more relaxed atmosphere of Shippensburg. Rather than a hotel, the exchange students stayed with host families. This gave them the opportunity to learn about the life of an average rural American family. The students said their families were very welcoming and receptive. They brought the French students into their homes and shared their culture and lifestyle as much as they possibly could. There was a language barrier in some of the homes, but not every American family has someone in the house who could speak
French and the French students are not fluent in English. Rénier said she feels at home every time she returns to America, especially when she arrives at SU. Students from past trips to France remember and talk with her when she comes back to SU, and several faculty members in the modern languages department have relationships with her. The students were very pleased with their visit to the U.S., and most said they plan to return at some point in the future. They said they made some memories they would never forget, thanks to all the people who greeted them. The SU Modern Languages Department offers several study abroad opportunities every year, and stresses the importance of learning about cultures in different areas of the world firsthand. “C’est important d’élargir votre opinion du monde par les yeux des autres” — “It is important to widen your view of the world through the eyes of others.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Opinion The Slate Speaks
To stop devolution of our political system, we need more participation Celebrities engaging in politics is nothing new. Dating back even before former-actor-turned-president Ronald Reagan, famous athletes, actors and the like have used their platform to toss their hats into the political ring. Just in recent memory we have seen Arnold Schwarzenegger become governor of California for two terms, former Saturday Night Live writer and media personality Al Franken become a two-term senator for Minnesota, and entrepreneur and reality TV star Donald Trump become the U.S. president. Many of these folks — and those not mentioned — have done well in office. Unfortunately, having a high public profile and big personality does not always fare well in the political realm for others. That’s why when Robert Ritchie — better known as Kid Rock, the artist behind songs such as “Bawitdabaw” and “Cadillac P***y” — confirmed the website kidrockforsenate. com was real on Twitter in July, some were shocked. The site appeared seemingly out of nowhere, offering merchandise with “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate” emblazoned on it for purchase. Ritchie’s irreverent, hard-partying image is what makes him so appealing to his fans. It would also make him appealing to would-be opposition researchers. His lyrics frequently reference his sexual exploits, and his abuse of drugs and alcohol. He has also been in a sex tape and gotten into fights at a club and a Waffle House, according to Politico. Then there are his less-than-savory comments he has made in interviews, like with the New Yorker where he gave his stance on gay marriage, saying “I don’t give a f**k if gay people get married. I don’t love anybody who acts like a f***in’ f****t.” He has since announced that his senate run was a joke, saying in an interview with Howard Stern two weeks ago, “F**k no, I’m not running for Senate! Are you f***ing kidding me? Like, who f***ing couldn’t figure that out?” according to The Washington Post. Apparently, some could not figure that out. Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon kept in touch with Ritchie about his possible run, he was given an endorsement by a former New York Governor and was urged to run by a super PAC leader, according to The Washington Post. Though Ritchie has played his potential candidacy off as a joke,
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The U.S. Capitol building serves as the arena where polarization in politics has been on full display as of late. some do not believe it started that way. al song and dance of Washington politicians So how did a politically toxic man such who only seem to be interested in getting reas Ritchie become a serious candidate in so elected. But celebrities, just like career politimany people’s minds? It is indicative of the cians, are capable of lying, as is indicated by political apathy of the American public. The Ritchie’s senate website. average American does not engage in politics Ritchie, first of all, lied about his potential the way they should in a democracy, as sim- candidacy for publicity preceding his new ply turning out to vote seems to be too much album. He also originally said he would use of a task. We rank 31 out of 35 developed the proceeds for merchandise sold on his countries in votkidrockforseer turnout, so it nate.com web“Our lack of participation in the very is not too much site to invest in democracy we tout to the rest of the a program to of a long shot world has led to a polarized system get people regto suggest that that only allows us to choose the maybe we do not istered to vote. lesser of two evils.” put enough effort Still, no one into choosing our knows where candidates. that money has — The Slate Staff The fact of the gone. Buzzfeed matter is, people reached out to see celebrities as a good alternative to poli- representatives of Ritchie’s, but was unable to ticians when they feel disenfranchised. The receive comment as to where the money has authenticity of a celebrity’s brand seems so gone. Overall, the man who dubbed himself much more when it is put up against the usu- the voice of the blue-collar worker seems to Management firstname.lastname@example.org Troy Okum.................Editor-in-Chief
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have screwed over the people that believed in him. Though we can sit around and complain that Washington does not represent the average citizen, we as voters fail ourselves. Our lack of participation in the very democracy we tout to the rest of the world has led to a polarized system that only allows us to choose the lesser of two evils. It has also left us vulnerable to incidents like that of Ritchie’s, which embarrasses our political system and shows our lack of respect for it. For those who do not cast a vote out of protest, you are part of the problem. It is time for average citizens to step up and use their power to run for office or just simply make their voices heard by voting. The more engagement we get out of the average citizen in our political system, the more representative of the average citizen it will be. It is time to get off of our butts and make change happen.
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Action needs to be taken to help Ukraine
November 7, 2017
Caleb Huff Columnist Do you ever get so preoccupied with life that certain events just fade away and are forgotten about? For far too long, the crisis in the Ukraine has been neglected in favor of other headlines. This is exactly the type of opportunity in which Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping for. It is only a matter of time before something drastic happens that could change the world virtually overnight. Since the conflict began in early 2014 with the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, more than 1.6 million Ukrainians have become refugees in their own country, according to The New York Times. Almost 10,000 lives have been lost and almost 25,000 wounded. But why does this matter? Some may say this is just a regional conflict that doesn’t require the attention of the rest of the world. However, this is simply not the case. This has the potential of turning into a much broader conflict, due to the positioning of the Russians and their president, Vladimir Putin. Russia has been conducting military exercises in the Baltic region since the middle of September, in what is seen as the largest military exercise since the Cold War, according to NBC News. Russia claims to only have 13,000 troops participating, but Western intelligence agencies predict that number to be much closer to 100,000. Russia may only be saber rattling as a response to U.S. sanctions because of their ongoing investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. They could however, be preparing for something much larger in the future. Russia has had historical interest in the Ukraine beginning in the time of Peter the Great in an attempt to expand their navy and gain warm harbor ports. This was the strategy by Putin in the recent Crimean War. Yet, his greater goal of rebuilding the Russian Empire is being ignored because of to tensions in Korean Peninsula and the war against the Islamic State. Therefore, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) needs to intervene before this problem becomes any worse. NATO holds the military power in Western Europe. Nearly every major country is a member and would be able to stand up to Russian aggression should it arise. By admitting Ukraine into NATO, it would not only put pressure to stop the conflict there, but it would also give Russia a pause if they wished to conduct further operations against their former satellite. Russia is selling natural gas to more than 20 countries in Europe, with Germany being their biggest buyer, according to the Bloomberg Report. Germany receives almost 40 percent of their natural gas from Gazprom, a Russian-state owned natural gas corporation. Russia will not risk open war with a large proportion of its buyers if they were to be potential enemies in an armed conflict. Without Ukraine being in this crucial alliance, Russia will be an even greater strategic position for the future. If something is not done, then Europe could see an armed conflict, to the likes of which it has not seen since the Second World War.
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Matthew Bourgault was escorted off campus last week per his request after his demonstration sparked a protest.
Response to demonstrator raises questions about our values at SU Brianna Petitti Columnist
What I saw unfolding before my eyes on Oct. 25 started to look like yet another recent headline. Young, upstanding college students silencing another person who dares to believe the first amendment is real. Does freedom of speech truly apply to everyone or does this freedom only apply when people espouse views similar to your own? Religious Demonstrator Matt Bourgault decided to aggressively preach his personal religious views. He was met with anything but tolerant champions of the cause for freedom and peace. Instead, he was met with intense hatred, malicious language, and objects being hurled at him.
In contrast to what I witnessed, I’ve read the President’s email, as well as other commentary on the event. Does anyone but me see a problem here? Has our University truly found itself in such dire straits that it no longer understands the grounds upon which it was founded? The very students that claim to stand for peace and freedom were the same ones’ throwing full water bottles at the speaker, spitting on him, pushing him, shouting sexual obscenities about him and his family, throwing ice at him, shoving their middle fingers in his face, as well as many other “peaceful” gestures. Are these the people promoting freedom and peace? If you cannot openly discuss your personal views on a college campus where open discourse is necessary, then where can you? Isn’t the point of college life to invite differing viewpoints and debate? There was the widely held view that
students in fact allowed him to speak. Standing in the inner circle that closed around him and grew tighter each minute, no one truly had any interest in conversing with him. Posts on social media regurgitated the same words I heard but in a different order, “Shippensburg unified against a hateful radical Christian.” It is amazing to me that college students across the country, including many at Shippensburg, are following a political agenda and embracing censorship and intimidation when dealing with opposing views. Real life is not a safe space where the company around you will always hold the same values as your own. If the situation were flipped and you were the one being encroached upon and silenced, how would you feel about the treatment received?
Freshman who poisoned roommate should be charged with hate crime Erica Mckinnon Columnist
Brianna R. Brochu, a freshman of the University of Hartford was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace. Normally, when you hear of a freshman getting arrested, it may be due to a citation for underage drinking, but rarely third-degree criminal mischief or second degree breach of peace. In Briana R. Brochu’s case, she was charged for intentionally violating, bullying, and poisoning her African-American roommate, freshman Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe. Both students weren’t attending the university for more than a semester and already they were experiencing roommate trouble. Tension grew worse over the course of weeks when Rowe started noticing pain she assumed was brought on by a cold that lasted for a month. Rowe stated her pain “...got to the point I had extreme throat pain that I couldn’t sleep, to the point I couldn’t speak,” according to Blavity.com. Even though, Brochu and Rowe did not argue, Brochu would make Rowe feel unwanted in her own space. For example, there was an incident when Rowe was studying and Brochu entered the room, rudely shut off the lights and left the room leaving Rowe in frustration and anger. There is only so much a person can take. So, Rowe being the bigger person and refusing to engage in her roommate’s tormenting, finally moved out. It was not until Brochu took to the social media platform, Instagram, and informed her followers of all her disgusting
doings that light was shed on the matter. Apparently, she secretly messed with Rowe and her belongings so she would leave for good. Her Instagram post explained how she spit in Rowe’s coconut oil, placed Rowe’s toothbrush in an unsanitary area of her body, put moldy clam dip in Rowe’s lotion and even smeared used tampons on Rowe’s backpack. The level of evil in a person has to be extreme for them to strategically think of a plan to utterly dehumanize a person and negatively affect their well-being. Imagine how traumatized Rowe is for doing nothing at all, but being black and trying to adjust to her new life as a college freshman. Now, she has to adjust to the reality that her ex-roommate tried to poison her because she was black. Do you realize how traumatizing that is to be intentionally hurt and embarrassed because of your skin color, and knowing there is nothing you can do about it but endure it and hope that those full of hate get the punishment they deserve? If you do not believe this humiliating incident should be seen as a hate crime, then you are just as wrong as Brochu for believing the choices she made were acceptable. Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe could have died from the bacteria that were present because of Brochu’s heinous choices. To make matters worse, Rowe was informed by the public safety that she might not hear anything at all about the case, which shows how common African American people — especially women — have the door closed in front of them when they are in desperate need of help. Through her resilience, Rowe took to social media and many people mentioned the University of Hartford’s twitter account in her defense and demanded action to be taken place. Action took place, and as a result, Brianna R. Brochu is arrested and banned from the university. Hate will not win.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Student musician releases album Alexia Christian’s latest album, ‘Nothin’ 2 Lose’ came out in August Madeline Walsh Ship Life Editor Many people dream of being pop and rock stars when they are kids but Shippensburg University senior and iTunes published artist Alexia Christian has turned this dream into reality, releasing two rock-pop fused albums during her college career. Christian’s most recent album, “Nothin’ 2 Lose,” released this August, the main single on the album is a sassy break-up song called “Say It’s Over.” “All my songs kind of convey just being strong and moving on and becoming a tough woman, just learning not to take crap from people and just being really strong in yourself and building up a lot of confidence,” Christian said, dressed in a pink leather jacket with teased shoulder length punk styled hair. Christian’s rock-pop musical style is inspired from years of listening to artists such as Avril Lavigne, The Beatles, Joan Jett, Heart and Led Zeppelin. The visual art major has been singing since she was a child. Her parents realized her talent early on, and enrolled Christian in private voice lessons. “I took a huge liking and passion for music. I’ve been writing songs
for over 10 years,” said Christian. “I just love it so much.” In addition to singing, Christian also plays rhythm guitar on all 12 of the original tracks on her album. “I wrote a lot of things when I went to Pittsburgh, Georgia and Nashville,” Christian said, adding that she was inspired by the sites she saw during her travels. “Nothin’ 2 Lose” took more than two years for Christian to create, recording the songs in chunks as she wrote them. Her first album, “Shadows Turn to Reality” was released when Christian was a freshman, and is also available on iTunes. “It was a little bit challenging at first,” recalled Christian, “developing a local crowd is great to start off with and branching out and just getting a lot of gigs is really important and just performing, being really comfortable on stage.” Christian’s music is intended for young adults and teens. “If the audience can connect to my songs on an emotional and deep level that would really mean the most to me,” Christian said. “If I could get two more albums out before I’m 30, that would be great,” said Christian. “I would love to be on a record label.” Christian advises artists who are just starting out to perform as much as they can, and grow their skills as a live performer. “That’s where the art really forms a lot, to be able to do that live in front of people and gain confidence,” she said. The artist professed her excitement for the album with sparkling eyes, “I’ve just been dreaming about this since I was really little. I hope it goes somewhere great.”
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Shippensburg University student and musician Alexia Christian performs rock-pop songs.
How to make personal-style French toast Madeline Walsh Ship Life Editor
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A Raider’s View Raider Muse We are slowly approaching the holidays, and for those who celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can be a stressful time of year. Those who do not still have to endure the hustle and bustle of the commercialism that holidays have become. It is a commonality to witness shoppers, retail professionals and even state workers on metros, trains and at the DMV act out in ways that are any less than festive under the name of stressors from the holiday. Although, sometimes it only takes one
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‘Paying it forward’ can get you through holiday season
person to change someone’s mood or positively affect a situation. A way to do that is “paying it forward.” The term “paying it forward” takes after a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, essentially incorporating chains of generous behavior in succession. For example, there is a line at Starbucks, and you are ordering your drink, and when you get to the cashier they inform you that the person in front of you has already paid for your drink. Out of generosity, you offer to pay for the drink of the person behind you. This elicits a change that continues down the line in a spark of repetitive generosity.
Sometimes, paying it forward can happen in an isolated situation. Say an elderly woman is having trouble stepping off a curb, being a good Samaritan, you ask her if she needs help. Upon helping her, you are under the impression that you will never see her again, but in a perfect world where this situation can make sense, you may run into each other at a dinner and she may pay for your dinner because you helped her across the street. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily struggles of handling estranged parents, holiday dinners, cost of gifts and food as well
as others who are simply having bad days. It is also easy to act out in a negative reaction, according to Newton’s 3rd Law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” It may be catered to explain the laws of motion, but it can also be a way of looking at the behavior of individuals. One person’s bad day can and most likely will affect someone else, leading them to have a bad day as well. So while you are out and about this holiday season, as well as non-holiday times of year, take a few seconds and make someone’s day. You may find that there is an exuberant feeling to being the reason someone has a good day.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Soccer Seniors, D3
Field hockey falls to West Chester in PSAC tournament Blair Garrett Asst. Sports Editor
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The SU men’s cross-country team captured its third consecutive Atlantic Region title on Saturday at Lock Haven. Three Raiders finished in the Top 10, including Rob Moser who was the regional champion.
XC reclaims Atlantic title William Whisler Sports Editor With the success that Shippensburg University’s men’s cross-country team has had under former Olympian and head coach Steve Spence, it may soon be time to rename Shippensburg “Title Town.” The men’s cross-country team used an unbelievable effort by Rob Moser and Top 5 finishes by Alex Balla and Calvin Conrad-Kline to pace the Raiders to their second straight Atlantic Region title. Moser covered Lock Haven University’s 10K course in 30 minutes and 51 seconds, edging out Edinboro University’s Austin Pondel by a second to become SU’s first individual regional champion in 37 years. To come away with a championship, individual performances are great, but having a strong core that can finish near the top is exactly what has made SU so strong in recent years. Balla’s day was impressive, as he finished third-overall on Saturday, just four seconds behind Pondel. The senior’s finish in 30:56.7 matched his third-place finish at the 2016 regional championships. Balla finished in fifth place as a sophomore in 2015. Conrad-Kline covered the course in 31:02.2, good enough for fifth place at the meet. Conrad-Klines’ finish is his best at the Atlantic Region meet and it was his third-straight All-Region performance. Perhaps more impressively, Dominic Stroh and Sean Weidner both ran to big finishes for the Raiders, despite the duo battling injuries throughout the season. Stroh finishes in 10th while Weidner finished 16th in his first Atlantic Region meet as a member of the Raiders. Weidner finished in 15th last season for Lock Haven before transferring to SU. The team’s younger runners, sophomores Connor Holm and Brian Iatarola, also ran to strong finishes in their regional 10K debuts, finishing in 27th and 44th, respectively. Holm’s 27th-place finish was two spots shy of earning him an All-Region honor. Moser’s first-place finish gave him SU’s first Atlantic Region individual champion since Gregg Sanders did so back in 1980. It is the second All-Region finish for Moser, who finished in 17th-place last season as a freshman. See “MEN’S XC,” D2
A slow start dropped the Shippensburg University field hockey team out of contention for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships on Friday, falling to West Chester University, 1-0. The Raiders were forced to battle back throughout most of the game, allowing the first goal in a game for just the fifth time this season. The Golden Rams kicked off the scoring after deflecting a shot in front of goaltender Ally Mooney off a penalty corner to give West Chester a lead it held onto for the rest of the game. Penalty corners are an area SU has found success scoring on all season, but the Raiders struggled to maintain clean possessions to put effective scoring chances toward the net. Shippensburg finished the game with 12 corners. After an early push by West Chester in the second half, the Raiders gained some traction and some breathing room, finally sustaining offensive pressure. SU forced the Golden Rams to make several crucial defensive saves to keep the game tipped in West Chester’s favor. Shippensburg’s best chance came from a flurry in front of the West Chester goal, with a shot from senior Lauren Zengulis getting denied by a defender just before crossing the goal line. Zengulis finished tied with a team-high three shots. Both teams traded chances throughout the remainder of the game, but neither team could crack the other’s defense. The Raiders had one final push at net on a partial breakaway after senior Mary Spisak out-muscled her defender, but the shot sailed just wide. Shippensburg finished the game with 18 shots, tied with the Golden Rams, but was ultimately unable to beat West Chester goaltender Marissa Elizardo. Mooney made nine saves in the loss and broke up several key plays throughout the game to keep SU afloat. For Shippensburg, Friday’s loss does not spell the end of the team’s season. The road to the NCAA National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, now runs through Stonehill College, the host school of SU’s 2016 national title. Because of the Raiders’ success against in-conference opponents, Shippensburg grabbed the No. 3 seed in the nation to host No. 6 seed Stonehill for Saturday’s NCAA Quarterfinal matchup. A win on Saturday for SU would punch the team’s ticket for Louisville. See “FIELD HOCKEY,” E2
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Rob Moser became SU’s first individual regional champion since Gregg Sanders did so in 1980.
Rosalia Cappadora steals possession from WCU’s Sophie Ruppert in SU’s 1–0 loss in the PSAC playoffs.
SU defense shuts down Huskies William Whisler Sports Editor
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SU’s Colin McDermott rushes through a hole in the Bloomsburg defense on Saturday at Seth Grove Stadium. McDermott rushed for 65 yards in the win.
Shippensburg University played its worst second half offensively this season on Saturday against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division rival Bloomsburg University, turning the ball over four times and converting just 3-of-17 first downs in the game. Luckily for the Red Raiders, they possess one of the best defenses in the nation — one that held the Huskies to a 1-of-17 success rate on third
down — holding Bloomsburg to just six points and snapping its streak of 125 straight games with a touchdown in a 20-6 win. The win was SU’s first win over Bloomsburg since 2013. “We knew coming in that Bloomsburg was going to play us tough,” SU head coach Mark Maciejewski said. “Thank goodness we were able to get up at the beginning of the game. I’m real proud of our defense and what they did, because their backs were against the wall for most of the day and they got out of it.”
SU’s defense held Bloomsburg to just 1-of-4 on fourth down and forced Husky quarterback Chris Palubinsky into three interceptions. Defensive backs Chavez Cheatham, JT Hopple and Richard Sheler all intercepted passes. The Red Raiders struggled after the opening kickoff, as quarterback Ryan Zapoticky threw a pass that was right at Bloomsburg’s Dexter Johnson, who came away with the interception at the SU 21yard line, returning it inside the 10. See “FOOTBALL,” D2
November 7, 2017
From “FOOTBALL,” D1
The SU defense made its first valiant stop of the day, forcing Bloomsburg to go three-and-out. The Huskies settled for a 21-yard field goal by Ryan Abbott. The Huskies led 3-0. Much like last week, the Red Raiders found themselves trailing after a huge opening play. SU once again shook it off immediately, scoring a touchdown on the next drive. On third down, Zapoticky got outside the pocket, and ran for what was sure to be a first down, but never went out of bounds, catching Bloomsburg off guard, as he tight-roped the sideline for a 54-yard rushing touchdown. SU would never trail again. Just five minutes later, Zapoticky connected with one of the PSAC’s most electrifying receivers, Winston Eubanks, for an 83-yard score. Eubanks shed his defender at the line of scrimmage, catching a short pass and taking it the rest of the way to the house. On their next offensive possession, Zapoticky found Eubanks once more, this time for a 64-yard touchdown pass. SU led 20-3 and the defense carried that lead into the half. “Offensively we came out on fire and it was awesome,” Maciejewski said. “They have a really good defense and they made adjustments.” Bloomsburg struggled to get anything going offensively, largely in part to the pressure from SU’s front seven. The Huskies finished with 103 rushing yards, but
Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.
Richard Nase and the SU defense suffocated Bloomsburg University on Saturday in SU’s 20-6 victory. 44 of those yards came on a rush by Alex Gooden. Palubinsky was suffocated by the Red Raider defense, getting sacked three times on the day. SU defensive end Richard Nase finished with two sacks, with the third being credited to defensive linemen John Durkin and Dakota Thompson. “We go by the saying, bend don’t break,” Nase said. “We can give a little bit and they move the ball, but when it comes to the red zone that’s our house and that is what matters. That’s when we play our hardest and get those stops.” The Huskies did have their chances, however, as Zapoticky threw an interception deep in SU territory
in the third quarter, giving Bloomsburg a first and 10 at SU’s 12-yard line. The defense once again stood tough, stuffing the Huskies on four straight plays, as the Huskies turned the ball over. Later in the quarter, Zapoticky was strip-sacked at midfield by Bloomsburg’s Chris Gary, who recovered the fumble to give the Huskies another opportunity to capitalize. The Red Raiders again shut the door, failing to give an inch, as Bloomsburg gained no yards on threestraight plays and were forced to punt. Bloomsburg scored on a 36-yard field goal off the leg of Abbott in the second half, but could draw no closer.
For Nase, and SU’s upperclassmen, the win over one of SU’s biggest rival was monumental. “Today was more than just a game for us,” Nase said. “We came out with a purpose bigger than just getting a W in the win column. It’s a rivalry game and in my entire time here we hadn’t beat Bloom. It was big to make a statement and earn some respect for us to make a playoff push.” SU came away with the victory despite an uncharacteristic day by Zapoticky, who finished the game 13-of24 for 236 yards, three-total touchdowns and three interceptions. The interceptions matched Zapoticky’s season total entering the game.
Eubanks finished the game with three catches for a career-high 174 yards and two touchdowns. “Our coaches always preach starting fast,” Eubanks said. “The coaches put us in a great position to win games and it comes down to us executing. I was able to do that and the O-line did a great job protecting Zap and he made my job easy.” SU’s defense picked up its starting quarterback, registering the fourth game this season where they refused to give up a touchdown. Safety Dennis Robinson led the defense with a career-high 13 tackles, while linebacker Steven Cain had a career-high nine tackles. “We feed off each other,”
Cain said. “We have a great defensive front and they do a great job opening up holes for linebackers, and our defensive backs keep getting interception after interception. It’s a great thing to have.” The Red Raiders also spent most of the day scoreboard watching, hoping for West Chester University to fall at Millersville University to earn a spot in the PSAC Championship Game, since the Golden Rams hold the tiebreaker over SU after defeating the Red Raiders 3727 on Oct. 7 at Seth Grove Stadium. It was not meant to be however, as West Chester drove 90 yards down the field and punched in a touchdown with 1:18 remaining to seal the victory — and the right to host the PSAC title, or State Game against the undefeated Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The win puts SU right in the thick of things in the postseason picture though, as the Red Raiders, who already hold the seventh seed in the Atlantic Region rankings, should be able to continue to climb the rankings if they win next week and West Chester or Slippery Rock University loses. “9-1 is great but we need to get to 10-1 to try and achieve some of our goals here,” Maciejewski said. “We have a vision of where we want to be and what we have to do in order to get there.” SU will face Seton Hill University on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Seth Grove Stadium. The Red Raiders will honor their 12 seniors before the game on Senior Day.
XC second at regionals, earns 10th straight NCAA Championship appearance
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SU’s Alex Balla had another outstanding performance, finishing third overall. From “MEN’S XC,” D1 Moser was running just his third-career collegiate cross-country 10K and took advantage of a relatively flat and fast Lock Haven course to improve his PR by 2:35.
With the win, SU won its third straight Atlantic Region title, and will advance to the NCAA Division II Championships for the seventh time in the last eight seasons under Spence. SU’s appearance at the championships will be
its 20th in school history. SU finished 16th last season at the national championships in St. Leo, Florida. The 2017 National Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, in Evansville, Indiana.
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Shippensburg poses with its 2016 Championship trophy at Stonehill College. From “FIELD HOCKEY,” D1 PSAC schools Millersville University and East Stroudsburg University both made the tournament, with Millersville taking the No. 5 seed and East Stroudsburg getting a first-round bye. SU will face off against the top goal scorer in the nation, Kacie Smith, who recorded 40 goals and 17 assists for the Skyhawks this season, tying the Division II single-season record. Stonehill (13-6) enters the match on a three-game losing streak. The game begins at Robb Sports Complex Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Jackie Kinkead paced SU with a 10th-place finish at the 2017 regional meet. William Whisler Sports Editor The Shippensburg University’s women’s cross-country team was out for revenge on Saturday after falling to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival Edinboro University in the closest finish in conference history. Edinboro got the better of the Raiders once again, this time in more decisive fashion, but SU’s second-place finish at the Atlantic Regional Championship was one to remember. SU excelled at the 6K Lock Haven University course over the weekend, earning multiple Top 25 finishes. SU had three runners earn All-Atlantic Region (Top-25) honors in junior Jackie Kinkead, senior Bryanna Dissinger and senior Lizzie Manickas. Kinkead paced SU with a 10th-place finish with a time of 21:40, while Dissinger was three places and three seconds behind. Both Kinkead and Dissinger recorded their top regional finishes, and their second All-Region selections. Manickas finished 23rd in 21:59, to earn her third All-Region finish in four years. She placed 18th last season, 32nd in 2015 and ninth as a freshman — marking all four of her finishes in the Top 32.
Lydia Cagle finished just one place away from her first All-Region performance, finishing in 26th in 22:09 to improve six positions from last season. Freshman Jenna Robbins rounded out SU’s scorers with a run of 22:18, to finish 28th. Senior Emily Kachik finished in 36th — an improvement of 26 places from 2015 — with a time of 22:33. Natalee Serwatka rounded out the Raider field, finishing in 60th. The Raiders earned 95 total points to finish in second-place, while Edinboro took the win with 67 points. California University of Pennsylvania (Cal) had the region’s individual champion in Julie Friend, who finished in 20:36, as well as the third-place finisher in Summer Hill, who covered the course in 21:18. Cal finished third with 112 points to round out the teams advancing to nationals. With the strong finish, SU earned its 10th-consecutive bid to the Division II National Championships, despite failing to defend its 2016 Atlantic Region title. The Raiders finished in 24th last season in St. Leo, Florida. SU will head to the Division II Cross-Country Championships on Nov. 18, in Evansville, Indiana.
November 7, 2017
Red Raiders bond over mustaches William Whisler Sports Editor
The Shippensburg University football team improved on what has been an incredible season already for the Red Raiders, as SU now sits at 9-1 overall, and 6-1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division — its best mark in East play since 2013. The Red Raiders defeated Bloomsburg University, 20-6 on Saturday at Seth Grove Stadium, in large part to an SU defense that shut down the Huskies, limiting them to just 1-of-17 on third downs, and 1-of-4 on fourth down. SU’s defense leads the PSAC in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, passing defense and opponent first downs. But what has made the SU defense and the rest of the Red Raiders so successful this season? One would say that the family environment that the team preaches each week has allowed the team to endure success, as head coach Mark Maciejewski has always preached the importance of playing together as a Red Raider family. But one other thing was
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SU’s Steven Cain (No. 58) and his teammates pose with their mustaches after a 20-6 victory over PSAC East rival Bloomsburg. more apparent this week as players took the practice field and celebrated Halloween on Tuesday. SU linebacker Steven Cain came to practice sporting a mustache that he dyed. His teammates loved it. “I don’t want to take all the credit, but we were going to do No Shave November, so I shaved everything off and
thought I kind of like the mustache,” Cain said. “My buddy had hair dye left over from Halloween, so I dyed my mustache and came to practice and everybody loved it. Everyone who had a mustache kept it, so that was pretty cool.” Shortly after, multiple players got on board, including linebacker Tyler Emge,
fullback Mike Cassidy, running back Cole Chippialle, safety JT Hopple and numerous other players. On Thursday, Emge headed to the practice field, mentioning that nearly 20 players were sporting mustaches this week, as he jogged out with the dye still stuck to his upper lip. After SU’s win against
Bloomsburg, Cain laughed at Emge’s attempt to copy his mustache. “Emge doesn’t have much hair to make a mustache so he did the best he could,” Cain joked. Whether the mustaches will carry into SU’s final game against Seton Hill University continues to be a mystery, but one thing is for
certain — it is a fun time to be a Red Raider. “Ever since I’ve been here it’s been a family atmosphere,” Cain said. “That’s the reason I came here. Everyone is so close, we hang out together, and it’s the same with the mustache. I come in with that and everyone is like, let’s do it too. That’s how it’s always been.”
Seniors honored for men’s soccer Nate Powles Asst. Sports Editor
It was the end of an era last week, as seniors for the Shippensburg University men’s soccer team bowed out in style. Three players were celebrated in the season finale against Slippery Rock University last Friday and were thanked by the rest of the team and the coaches for their dedication to the squad. Defenders Jamie Blair and Jan Striewe played their last game for the Raiders, ending two years of dominance in front of goalie Matt Harder, who is also graduating. Blair and Striewe were named two of the captains of the squad at the beginning of the season by head coach Jeremy Spering who had no doubt in their leadership capabilities. The two had formed a rock-solid partnership in defense for the Raiders since they both made their debuts last season. Both are exchange students: Blair from Scotland and Striewe from Germany. They became a reliable duo who were very hard to get past for opposing offenses. Striewe was also a big part of the Raiders’ offense as well, scoring 11 goals in his two seasons.
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The Raiders honored their four seniors last Saturday before a contest against Slippery Rock University. His scoring ability became a useful secret weapon for Spering, who at times last season would put Striewe in a more forward position later in games if the team was in search of a tying or winning goal. He had a knack for finding
the back of the net, whether it was from a header off a corner or a screamer from outside the box. Blair started every game for the Raiders in both his seasons and Striewe only missed two games as a starter his first season, but was
in the starting lineup every match this season. Harder was also a big part of the squad in three seasons on the squad. He became the Raiders’ starting goalie in 2015 as a redshirt freshman, posting a 1.46 GAA in 12 starts, earn-
ing a record of 5-7-0. Harder made 53 saves that season. He was not as busy the following season, as he only made three appearances, making 10 saves total. Harder made 11 starts this season, finishing with a record of 4–6–2, including two
clean sheets, with a 1.90 GAA. His 73 total saves are a career high and many of those saves were crucial in keeping the lead for the Raiders or in preventing a game-winning goal for the opposition. Spering said that losing the three would be a hit to the squad, but he thought the players would be up to the task of filling the holes on defense. All three said they have fond memories of their time at SU and on the soccer team. They said that their final game against the Rock was up there as one of their favorite memories. Earning an overtime win with less than a minute to go was definitely a great win to end their careers, they said. Looking to the future, all three generally knew what they wanted to do after graduation. Neither Blair nor Striewe intend to return to their home countries, but they envision their futures differently. Blair intends to pursue a career in his major in the United States, while Striewe has hopes of becoming a professional soccer player. Harder had the same idea as Blair and will search for a job in his area of expertise.
Swimming slips on Senior Day Nate Powles Asst. Sports Editor
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Quinton Beck is Shippensburg’s only senior on the 2017 men’s swimming team.
The men’s and women’s swim teams of Shippensburg University celebrated the careers of several of their senior athletes Friday at a dual meet against Clarion University. For the men, the lone senior was Quinton Beck, who placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke and second in the 200-yard medley. He was one of the top performers for the men on the day. Coach Tim Verge had good things to say about Beck’s leadership on the team this season: “Quinton’s done a great job this year being the lone male senior and keeping the guys focused.” Jeff Beyer was on fire for
the Raiders and took first place in two individual events and was part of the team which took first in the 200yard free relay. His times for the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:07.01) and for the 500yard freestyle (4:45.18) were both good enough to qualify for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) standard. Beyer’s times were just two of the 11 PSAC-qualifying times. Joe Deemer also had two PSAC times, taking first in the 100-yard butterfly (53.23) and second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.30). Hunter Keck contributed to the tally as well, taking first place (22.27) and second place (48.58) in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard free-
style, respectively. Eric Zimmerman, Emmett Langan, Shane Kaliszewski, Nick Bloom and Adam Fox all got PSAC-qualifying results in their respective events. The results were not quite enough, however, as the Raiders fell to Clarion by a tight score of 105–100. The women performed well, but could not get the win, dropping the contest by a score of 124–81. Several women had great individual performances on the day. Seniors MacKenna Angert, Erin Fife, Nollaig Noll, Rhyan Rodriguez, Sarah Strause and Jeanette Welch were all honored before the event started. See “SWIMMING,” D4
November 7, 2017
Raiders drop exhibition to La Salle
Explorers use second-half surge and free throws to edge SU William Whisler Sports Editor
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SU’s Dustin Sleva, led the Raiders with 15 points against La Salle College, but the Raiders dropped the exhibition against the Division I foe, 74-60, in Philadelphia.
Volleyball drops weekend matches to conference foes
Fresh off a school record 27 wins in 2016-17, head coach Chris Fite decided it was in the best interest of the Shippensburg University men’s basketball team to face a tough stretch early in the new season. The Raiders started a difficult stretch of games against top opponents with a matchup against La Salle University — one of the original Philadelphia Big 5 schools — as a tune up for the upcoming season. Star SU forward and preseason All-American Dustin Sleva had an uncharacteristic day, shooting just 4-of-12 from the field in SU’s 74-60 loss to the Explorers inside Tom Gola Arena at TruMark Financial Center in Philadelphia on Saturday. La Salle, a Division I program, held SU to just 31.6 percent shooting from the floor in the exhibition. La Salle got off to an early seven-point lead after a short jumper from freshman Miles Brookins with 12:47 left in the opening half. La Salle pushed its lead to 28-15 after a 3-pointer by Isiah Deas. Deas finished with 14 points in the game. The Raiders trailed by six points with just less than six minutes left in the half. Deas added two more threes and the Explorers grabbed a buzzer-beating layup by Amar Stukes, giving La Salle a 37-28 lead at the intermission. SU caught fire after the half, scoring the first five points of the second half on a 3-pointer by Sleva and a jumper by Justin McCarthur to cut the La Salle lead to 43-40 with 13:30 left to play. La Salle began to use its length and physicality to get to the foul line, and took advantage of its opportunities, converting 16-of-17 attempts at the free-throw line in the second half. The Explorers pushed their lead to double digits with seven minutes left and held it the rest of the way. Sleva led SU with his 15 points, while Antonio Kellem had 10 points. SU entered the contest as the Preseason No. 8 team in Division II basketball. La Salle’s B.J. Johnson had a double-double with a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Stukes had 18 points.
“We played a very experienced team with four or five starters back from last year’s 27-4 team,” La Salle head coach John Giannini said to goexplorers.com. “Those kids expected to win, we knew they could beat us. That’s why we played them. We did not want a confidence builder, we wanted to play legit Division I competition but we’re not allowed to play a Division I school [in an exhibition],” Giannini said. “So, we had to go out and find an elite Division II team and they gave us all we could handle.” While SU did not come away with a win, it can be happy with its success against an extremely solid Division I program that reached the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA tournament. The Explorers then fell to Wichita State University, which advanced all the way to the Final Four and was the preseason No. 2 team in all of Division I basketball. “It’s fun for our guys. It gets them up against a high-profile team to see how we measure up,” Fite said before the scrimmage. “We’ve been watching them on film and they are pretty good. We will see what we can do. Their athleticism and length is something we haven’t seen in a while, and it’ll be good preparation leading into the following weekend where we will play some athletic teams, too.” SU will open its season on Friday Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. with a matchup against a strong Shaw University program in the Wolf’s Bus Line Classic tipoff tournament, before hosting Virginia Union University on Saturday at 8 p.m. in a rematch of SU’s opening game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. “We thought this year was a good year to load up our schedule and see how we measure up,” Fite said. “We have two high level teams coming in for that tip-off tournament and we’re going to be challenged right off the bat.” “There have been some times when I’ve questioned why I made that decision,” Fite joked. “But I think it will be great for us to get out there and compete.” SU’s season begins on Friday at Heiges Field House at 8 p.m. when they take on Shaw.
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SU’s Erin Fife took first in the 100-yard butterfly on the Raider’s Senior Day.
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The Raiders’ Morgan DeFloria became the ninth player in school history to reach 1,000 kills on Friday against California University of Pennsylvania. Brendan Gates Staff Writer A tough weekend road trip for the Shippensburg University volleyball team saw junior Morgan DeFloria become the ninth player in school history to record 1,000 kills in a career on Friday night as the Raiders fell to California University of Pennsylvania (Cal) in a fourset match from the Cal University Convocation Center. The Raiders had to tweak their lineup this weekend due to an injury to starting setter Emily Hangen as junior Courtney Malott has stepped up to assume the role. Malott had a strong performance in her new role, totaling six kills, eight digs, and 31 assists in the match. SU’s lone set victory came in the opening frame with the Raiders having 22 of their 44 kills come in the set. The Raiders scored the final three points to win the set, 26-24. The Vulcans used a strong 13-1 run to overpower the Raiders, as they won the sec-
ond set 25-9. After the score was tied in the third set, Cal went on a 5-1 run to take a 2-1 match advantage. Another well-executed run helped seal the match victory for Cal in the fourth and final set, as the Vulcans used a 10-1 scoring run to eventually pull away from the Raiders for good. Earning a start once again for SU was freshman Gianna Sigado as she finished the night with six kills, nine digs and three assists. Raider sophomore Samantha Webber led all players in the match with 13 kills. DeFloria recorded her third straight double-double and 13th overall this season with 11 kills and 14 digs. The weekend woes carried into Saturday for the Raiders as they failed to record a set victory against regionally-ranked Seton Hill University, dropping the match in straight sets, 21-25, 18-25 and 9-25. A closely-contested first set was surrendered by SU, despite the Raiders jumping
out to an early 4-1 lead. The Griffins opened up the second set by taking a 7-1 scoring advantage, which they used to eventually win the set 25-18. Seton Hill once again used a strong start in the final set, as the Griffins scored the first seven points and ultimately took an 11-2 lead. The lead was insurmountable for the Raiders as Seton Hill scored the final four points to close out the match. Six different Raiders recorded a kill on the day including a team high seven from DeFloria. Sophomore Kendall Johnson was close behind, as she tallied six of her own. Malott continued to play in the setter position as she recorded 12 assist in the contest. SU will look to turn things around as the Raiders get set to host their final regular season home match on Tuesday against Millersville University. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at Heiges Field House.
Jeanette Welch contributed with a PSAC qualifier in the 100-yard freestyle. From “SWIMMING,” D3 Verge was very thankful for and proud of the work the seniors had put in over the years. “They’ve done a lot for us and the number of points scored through the conference meet over the years has really been pretty high. They’ve had some ups and downs in that group, and they’ve really hung well together.” Fife and Welch together took three PSAC-qualifying finishes of the nine total earned by the women’s team. Fife placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (25.67) and first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.50) and Welch earned a third-place finish with a time of 55.41 in the 100-yard freestyle. Stephanie O’Toole continued her dominant career with three first-place PSAC-qualifying finishes. She competed in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.05), the 100-yard freestyle (53.93) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.68). Gracee Tothero also earned two PSAC
times, finishing behind O’Toole in the 200yard IM in second (2:17.73) and two spots behind O’Toole in the breaststroke (1:11.89), contributing to the impressive day overall by both squads. Coach Verge was sad to see the seniors leave, but he was glad he got to coach them over their time at SU. “I’m gonna miss them. You get attached to people and they’ve done a really good job for us and represented us very well. The goal is to have a great conference meet and hopefully we send them out on a great note there.” The next event on the schedule for both teams is the Patriot Invitational at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Talking about the event, Verge said, “We’ve always swam very well at that meet, the team loves it and we’ve had some of our best performances ever there. I really know they are going to be excited.” The meet starts Nov. 16 and runs through the 18th.
November 7, 2017
E2 Answers from last week’s puzzles
“Ragnarok” avenges past two Thor movies The film saw many changes to the typical style the Marvel Cinematic Universe uses in its movies. And it particularly tapped On they swept with threshing oar. Their into Hemsworth’s comedic ability as an only goal? To save Asgard from its past. actor. However, its light-hearted humor is Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston slightly reminiscent of the Guardians of the returned to theaters Nov. 3 as Thor and Galaxy movies. Loki in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Hemsworth and “Thor: Ragnarok” is a fun and fast-paced Hiddleston were accomfilm, where the viewer is panied by guest Mark seldom given the down “Thor: Ragnarok” is a time to be bored. Director Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk, fun and fast-paced film, Taika Waititi pioneered where the viewer is and a whole slew of othseveral of the changes seldom given the down that made Ragnarok the er characters, to stop the time to be bored.” Ragnarok doomsday and movie it is, such as the save their home, Asgard. absence of Thor’s hamJonathan Bergmueller “Thor: Ragnarok” cenmer as well as a complete Staff Writer ters around Thor and revamp of the God of Loki as they struggle to Thunder’s appearance. stop their powerful oldThe movie received er sister, Hela, the Goddess of Death from praise from Rotten Tomatoes, but came unlaying waste to the Nine Realms. Along the der fire from IGN for relying too heavily on way, Thor’s mythical hammer, Mjolnir, is the Planet Hulk comic books when it was destroyed, and the God of Thunder is en- a Thor movie and overdoing itself by foslaved to fight against his old friend, the cusing too much on the gags. While “Thor: Hulk, in an arena for the amusement of a Ragnarok” used Planet Hulk as guidance hedonistic, yet charismatic, “Grandmas- for the plot of the film and allowed humor ter.” to be a constant element throughout its Thor, with help from old and new entirety, neither impinged on the ability to friends alike, manages to escape and re- engage the audience with subtle chuckles turn to Asgard, but is forced to improvise and a fresh take on style. to curb Hela’s power and save his people. Jonathan Bergmueller Staff Writer
‘NBA 2K18,’ a franchise that is still improving Kevin Taylor Guest Writer NBA 2K is known for its ability to improve and provide a better and more realistic gaming experience for its fans every year and this year is no different. This year, “NBA 2K18” is the game that fans of the basketball simulation game have been waiting for. The newest game leaves many with no doubt as to why NBA 2K is the second most popular simulated sports game in the world. And as a fan, it is hard not to see the continued effort of the game series to provide game play that is more realistic than ever. On the court, 2K18 is an incredibly crafted experience for gamers and its graphics give gamers the ability to really feel as if they were watching an actual National Basketball Association (NBA) game. Another unique aspect of 2K18 is players in the game are given the ability to have their own individual attributes, much like how the players they represent do in real life. Each player can be handled differently, which means that by knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each player in the NBA, a fan can be more successful in the game. Like most previous 2K games, “NBA 2K18” offers gamers the ability to play in many different game modes, including managing a team in MyGM and MyLeague modes, and creating a player and his career in MyCareer. MyCareer is the only game mode where there is a storyline that plays out through the created player’s career on court and his activities off court. Other game modes in the game include, MyTeam, MyPark and a new addition to the 2K franchise,
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With a franchise built on the foundation of 18 years, “NBA 2K18” considers user feedback and suggestions to improve its video game every year. One notable improvement included in the new NBA game is updated graphics that mock the visuals of watching an NBA game on TV. Neighborhood. “NBA 2k18” is a crafty simulation. In order to get better at the game, gamers have to spend a lot of time working on their craft, whether it is by practicing the player’s jump shot, dribbling, defense, or their ability to get to the basket. Luckily, the game gives players the ability to work on and improve player’s specific skills in the Neighborhood mode. The major time investment to improve a custom player’s skills is the only real negative aspect of the game since for most 2K18 players, time is of the essence when
competing against friends online. Overall, 2K18 provides an amazing gaming experience, and is everything many faithful 2k fans could have asked for. From graphics, to on court play and the many off court activities, NBA 2K18 is an excellent improvement from previous 2K games while still remaining true to its NBA 2K basics. It draws in the interest of new players with its ability to keep the gamers interested in the basics of the game while also giving them the opportunity to add their own individuality.
1. Rockstar - Post Malone ft. 21 Savage
6. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato
2. Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) - Cardi B
7. Havana - Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug
3. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
8. Mi Gente - J Balvin & Willy William ft. Beyonce
4. Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man
9. Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith
5. Thunder - Imagine Dragons
10. Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Movie Showtimes Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 7and 8 at AMC Classic 7 in Chambersburg
Show 1. Thor: Ragnarok
Times 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.
2. A Bad Moms Christmas
4:15 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
4. Thank You for Your Service
4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
6. Blade Runner 2049
4:15 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
SU brass and string ensembles take the stage Jonathan Bergmueller Staff Writer
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Trever Famulare, SU director of bands, leads the SU Brass Ensemble in its musical journey through legato pieces such as “Salute to the USA” and others that were less familiar to the audiences ear, including “Wedding of Kije.”
Shippensburg University’s Brass and String Ensembles filled SU’s Old Main Chapel with beautiful music during their Fall Recital Sunday afternoon. The brass ensemble, directed and conducted by professor Trever Famulare, opened the recital with the song “Salute to the USA” by Gordon Jacob. The song was a pleasant fanfare and was followed by two slow and beautiful legato pieces — an arrangement of “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” and “Abide With Me,” a more traditional piece. Famulare then shifted gears and moved onto the “Wedding of Kije,” a piece he described as different. Sure enough, the piece’s distinct melody featured many irregular intervals between the notes that sounded odd, but at the same time still man-
aged to be, musically appealing. Its ending, which did not feature a definite resolution in its final chord, left the audience perplexed and yearning for that last note. “I told you it was a little different,” Famulare grinned. “It’s a tricky one,” he said, clearly proud of his students’ performance. The brass ensemble closed its portion of the concert by capturing the beauty and emotion of the piece “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” written by Lowell Mason and arranged by Camp Kirkland. After the stage was reset, the string ensemble began its repertoire. Mark Hartman, SU’s director of the University-Community Orchestra and who played the viola along with the group, said, “We’re small, and so we like to explore our individualism,” as he introduced the group. The string ensemble fea-
tured innumerable solos spread among the six players, which they played with ease. It was very evident that they were focused yet enjoying themselves based on their facial expressions and the way their bodies swayed to the music. The ensemble began with an upbeat jazz tune, titled “De Blues,” which included a piano solo, a guitar solo and several violin and viola solos. This was followed with an arrangement of Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” arranged by Regis Iandiorio. Finally, the string ensemble ended with a John Reed arrangement of “Hotel California” by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glen Frey, which built from a sad and reflective mood toward a satisfying and grandiose end. Read the full story at theslateonline.com
Brit Floyd reinvents Pink Floyd music Sylvia McMullen PR Director Brit Floyd lived up to its name as “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show” Thursday night by giving audience members a nostalgic taste of Pink Floyd’s musical library. An older generation donned in Pink Floyd memorabilia filled the H. Ric Luhr’s Performing Arts Center. Faithful fans such as these provide an obstacle for tribute bands. They are challenged to not only be musically talented, but also capture the soul of the band being covered. Because of this, Brit Floyd had to do more than play a show — they had to create a Pink Floyd experience. The performance opened with the iconic Pink Floyd lyric, “Is there anybody out there?” resonating throughout the auditorium. Other sound effects from Pink Floyd’s music followed, such
as the beeping phone from “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” and the chiming cash register from “Money.” Brit Floyd suddenly broke into their opening song “What Do You Want From Me,” as dozens of multicolored lights danced over the crowd. Video and light effects played a key role in Brit Floyd’s performance. A giant screen displayed images and videos mimicking the 1982 movie “The Wall,” which follows the story of Pink Floyd’s album sharing the same name. Multicolored lights danced over the audience as well, extending the stage into the entire auditorium. Brit Floyd’s musical talent paired perfectly with their theatrics to create a true “Immersion” experience, which is an essential theme in the “Brit Floyd Immersion World Tour.” The guitar solos for “Comfortably Numb”
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Brit Floyd bass guitarist Ian Cattell fills the place of Pink Floyd’s original bass guitarist Roger Waters.
and “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” were excellently replicated, and the saxophone solo in “Money” was one of the biggest highlights of the show. Brit Floyd went beyond simply playing the notes and clearly focused on imitating the exact tone and style of Pink Floyd’s music. Even with slight deviations from the original songs, such as adding backup vocals to the chorus of “Wish You Were Here,” Brit Floyd stayed true to Pink Floyd’s sound while adding their own flair. Brit Floyd also paid special tribute to Pink Floyd’s song “Dogs.” Unsettling scenes from the 1982 animated film “The Plague Dogs” flashed on-screen to provide the perfect sinister, yet thought provoking backdrop for the number. The performance could be easily judged by the overwhelmingly elated audience reaction. Cheers, whistles and shouts rang out between songs, and multiple standing ovations erupted throughout the show. The show peaked with astounding performances of “Wish You Were Here” and “Comfortably Numb.” An encore of “Not Now John” and “Run Like Hell” ended the night with a final standing ovation and overwhelming cheering from the audience. Brit Floyd created a true immersion experience by entwining outstanding musical talent with theatrics akin to Pink Floyd’s live performances. They expressed the political and social ideologies that inspired Pink Floyd’s music while adding their own occasional twists that fit perfectly into place. Brit Floyd took audience members back to the first time they put a Pink Floyd vinyl on their record player. Their musical talent and soul reminded fans how Pink Floyd’s songs are more than just music and lyrics — they are other-worldly audio experiences.
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SU’s theater practicum class teaches students skills important to a theater-related career and their practical applications. Theater students will apply the skills they obtained in class in the performance of “An American Daughter.”
SU theater department practicum class to perform ‘An American Daughter’ Molly Foster A&E Editor Shippensburg University theater students currently enrolled in professor Paris Peet’s practicum course will bring their classroom-obtained skills to the stage this week in the performance of “An American Daughter.” SU’s Theatre and Music Arts Departments’ performances of “An American Daughter” will take place in SU’s Memorial Auditorium Nov. 8 to 11 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Doors will open an hour before the performances begin. Tickets for the show are $15 at the door or $10 online at https://ship.ticketleap.com/. “An American Daughter” is a drawing room comedy show written by American playwright Wendy Wasser in the late ’90s. The show takes place in Washington, D.C., and tells the story of a senator’s daughter who was appointed to a cabinet post by the president. Soon after being appointed to the position, she realizes that the past is still capable of haunting the future, as a scandal surfaces within the media. “It’s something theater practicum has never done before,” said Halle Shank, a senior SU student in the theater practicum course who doubles as the public relations director for the show. Shank said the most noteworthy aspect
of the upcoming “An American Daughter” performance is that the actors and the audience will both be on stage while the show is going on. Ignoring the conventional seating in SU’s Memorial Auditorium and arranging seats on the left and right of the stage will limit available attendees to approximately 80 per show. However, Shank said the seating arrangement will allow the actors to intimately connect with the smaller-scale audience, which can aid in fostering a powerful and lasting impact on those who attend. With the performance of “An American Daughter” run entirely on the efforts of students in Peet’s practicum course and other students within SU’s music and art departments, an abundance of time and effort has already been invested into the show. And with a limited crew, many individuals involved in the production are wearing multiple hats to ensure that things run smoothly, Shank said. Peet is the sole director of the show and Shank said she and her peers bear an immense amount of gratitude for their professor for all the guidance and assistance he has contributed in the production of “An American Daughter.” “The passion and work he has put in the show gets students excited to learn, to act and to perform,” Shank said.
Published on Nov 7, 2017