FOURTH ESTATE October 17, 2016 | Volume 4 Issue 6 George Mason Universityâ€™s official student news outlet gmufourthestate.com | @IVEstate
Scalia Law School protest
Two country stars collide
3 Club sport of the week: Field Hockey
Letter from the Editor
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Natalia Kolenko Over the past two issues, Fourth Estate ran two articles with incorrect information. Fourth Estate, like all outlets, prides itself on accuracy. We’re not proud of this mistake, and we’ve added corrections in this issue.
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One of the best things about student media is that it’s a learning experience. Many of our staffers are new this year—not just to the paper, but to journalism itself. We’re growing and changing with each issue, and sometimes, that means we get things wrong.
If you see something inaccurate, don’t hesitate to contact our managing editor, Sosan Malik, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll pass it on to the appropriate editor so we can run a correction in the next issue.
A Sept. 26 article in Fourth Estate regarding NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra’s visit to campus misstated the title of Paul So. He is a professor, not an associate professor. He is also the chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
ON THE COVER A group of student protestors gathered in front of Antonin Scalia Law School. Photo by Julian Berger.
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Letter to the Editor Student Senate’s opposition to Meals Tax misguided Dear Editor,
A Sept. 26 article on the closing of the JC Cinema misstated the Office of Student Involvement’s connection to the cinema. The office reserved the space on weekends for movies. The cinema itself is not closing; groups can still reserve the space for screening films. Free tickets are only eligible to be redeemed for movies, not special shows.
2016-031675 / Bomb Threat
Megan Zendek We’ve updated our fact-checking and corrections policies to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.
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Mason received a bomb threat from different sources targeting Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center. A search of the premises by multiple K-9 teams yielded negative results. Case referred to Criminal Investigations Division.
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2016-031007 / Simple Assault
The GMU Student Senate’s recent opposition to a Fairfax County meals tax, while laudable in its intentions, is misguided. The Honorable Senators expressed concern regarding the impact of the meals tax on the poor without acknowledging its minimal magnitude (less than $1 per week on average for lower-income households) or its progressive nature (more than 95 percent of revenues would come from Fairfax County households with incomes above the national median and from commuters and other visitors). The Honorable Senators failed to recognize that GMU students, if they purchase meals from the University, would be exempt. Nor did the Honorable Senators recognize that those students who venture into the City of Fairfax already pay a meals tax (4 percent) when dining there. The Fairfax County meals tax would merely help equalize dining out tax rates across local borders.
Finally, and most importantly, the Honorable Senators failed to appreciate that increases to investments in education produce significant returns in achievement, especially among students from lower-income households. Seventy percent of the net revenues from the meals tax would go to Fairfax County Public Schools. Thus, for a small, discretionary investment, many lower-income households would reap great rewards in terms of increased access to opportunity. My understanding is that the Honorable Senators did not take these important factors into consideration. If they had, I doubt they would have taken such a short-sighted position that could harm lower-income households more than the meals tax possibly could.
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Combatting substance abuse in Virginia Mason partners with the commonwealth to bring in substance abuse programs HAMNA AHMAD | STAFF WRITER
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced a new partnership with Mason that will bring the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment program to the commonwealth to combat substance abuse and fatal drug overdoses. The initiative, dubbed VA-SBIRT, will be led by Mason professor Lora Peppard from the School of Nursing and is funded by an $8.3 million federal grant received by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Peppard, who has worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner for over a decade, said she will lead an interdisciplinary team of seven composed of Patty Ferssizidis from the Center for Psychological Services; Molly Davis, Carol Cleaveland and Valerie Cuffee from the Department of Social Work; and Robin Brewster, Cathleen Scully and Elizabeth Idris from the School of Nursing. According to the project grant abstract provided by Peppard, SBIRT will serve approximately 100,000 patients from diverse backgrounds at 11 practice sites throughout the state. The abstract adds that each practice site will have a three-person team that will train the personnel and work to integrate SBIRT data into existing electronic health records, though the infrastructure of this technology is still being developed. VA-SBIRT started in Virginia Oct. 1, 2016, and the first group of practice sites will be screening patients by Feb. 1, 2017, Peppard said. The project will continue for five years, she added. SBIRT is an evidence-based procedure produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the project grant abstract. It has been implemented in 29 states since 2003, many in partnership with state universities, and in the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.
“I fully recognized the need for the SBIRT public health approach in my practice and enjoy training the future workforce through our training grant,” Peppard said about the program. “The state grant allows our team an opportunity to make a different type of impact by supporting primary care clinics and emergency departments in their integration of SBIRT, which has lasting benefits.” There are three general components to the SBIRT program, according to the abstract. First, patients are screened to identify the existence and severity of a substance abuse disorder. After the screening, patients are educated about the abuse and the possible consequences and are then referred to appropriate treatment programs or advised on how to change their behaviors. SBIRT is considered a public-health alternative to treating substance abuse, as opposed to a criminal justice approach. A 2015 report from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services found that alcohol is the most used and most abused drug across the country and in the state of Virginia, with over 6 percent of the population needing but not receiving treatment. Almost 8 percent of Virginians used illicit drugs in the last year, and almost 5 percent used pain relievers for nonmedical reasons. According to the report, the most common source of referral to treatment was from the criminal justice system. McAuliffe has been proactive in the past about combating the issue of substance abuse in the state, and established a task force in 2014 to combat heroin and prescription drug abuse. “Prescription painkiller and heroin abuse is a nationwide problem, and is spreading rapidly across the Commonwealth. We must take immediate action in Virginia, or these terrible trends will continue to ravage our families, our businesses and our economy,” McAuliffe said in a press release in 2014.
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Earthquake alert Mason will be taking part in the largest earthquake drill the school has ever seen NATALIA KOLENKO | CAMPUS NEWS EDITOR
This Thursday, Mason will be taking part in the largest earthquake drill in the school’s history. This drill is part of the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, “a regional opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes” for communities, schools and organizations, according to the Great Southeast ShakeOut’s website. The 2016 drill will take place Oct. 20 at 10:20 a.m. Mason Alert will send out an announcement at 10 a.m. Following the drop, cover and hold method, the Environmental Health and Safety Department’s Earthquake Guide instructs people to do the following in the event of an earthquake:
When indoors Drop to the floor and find something sturdy to stand near or under. Cover your head and neck. Hold onto something sturdy, as objects may shift during an earthquake. When outdoors Move away from buildings, overhangs, trees and powerlines and find a clear, open area. If driving, pull over and find a clear, open area. For more drill information, go to http://ehs.gmu.edu/ guides/earthquake_guide/
Police Chief search Mason searches for a new Chief for the police department FAREEHA REHMAN | STAFF WRITER
news, I want to hear it from a university official,” Diamond said.
In the last week of September, Mason held candidate presentations as an opportunity for the community to see who could be their next chief of police on campus.
The chief of police is responsible for administering crime prevention programs that could better prepare students for dangerous situations. They are also responsible for overseeing the investigation of crimes on campus, according to the Mason Police Department’s website.
The presentations offered the chance for people to ask about issues, like how the new chief will better prepare campus for bomb threats or active shooter situations. “Hiring a high-caliber police chief is a top priority for the university. We are looking for a candidate who understands the importance of maintaining a safe campus. At the same time, the chief should have a visible presence on our campus and see community engagement as a key part of the job,” Mike Sandler, the director of strategic communications at Mason, said. There are currently three candidates in the running for the position. The first candidate, who presented on Sept. 26, is James Tate. He previously worked for the University of St. Thomas Police Department and has been a police officer since 1993, according to the resumes emailed to the Mason community. The second candidate, who presented on Sept. 28, is Marc Limansky, who previously worked with the University of Maryland Police Department. Limansky has been a police officer since 1988. The final candidate for Chief of Police is Kenneth Calvert, who also worked for the University of Maryland Police Department. He presented on Sept. 30. Calvert has been a police officer since 1985. The hour-long presentations, held on three different days in Merten Hall, were open to the public. Comment cards were given to each attendee so the search committee selecting the new Chief of Police had the input of Mason staff and students. In addition, prior to the presentation, the three candidates’ resumes were sent out to the Mason community. Keandra Diamond, a senior at Mason and a member of Mason Student Government, attended all three presentations and asked questions about the bomb threats and active shooter situations. “Members of the PD [sic] were shocked that a student would ask something so specific, but I really wanted to know in those situations […] how [officers] intend on being more transparent with the student body. I don’t want to hear about a bomb threat on my campus on the
“My freshman year, someone threatened to kill me,” Diamond said. “If Mason’s PD [sic] didn’t have such a good relationship with the students, then I probably wouldn’t have reported it, because I wouldn’t have thought that I’d be taken care of the right way.” Diamond praised how advanced Mason’s Police Department is compared to other colleges, mentioning that we even have police escort services that other campuses do not. Whoever is selected as chief of police does affect the students, she said. Sandler also believes the chief needs a strong relationship with the members of the community. “We are looking for someone who can develop positive relationships with stakeholders in our community, someone who is comfortable meeting with students, faculty and staff and working together with them to find solutions to problems,” Sandler said. Mason’s former Chief of Police, Eric Heath, left for a position at University of Chicago in September of last year. Since then, Mason has had two interim Chiefs of Police, Thomas Longo and the current interim Chief, Carl Rowan Jr.
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Scalia Law School protest Mason students protest lack of transparency at the law school’s ceremony SARAH BASSIL | STAFF WRITER
On Oct. 6, students and faculty gathered outside the newly-renamed Antonin Scalia Law School, formerly known as the George Mason University School of Law, to protest “Charles Koch’s undue influence at GMU and call for faculty review of donor agreements,” Samantha Parsons, the UnKoch My Campus organizer, said. The protest was held outside the Antonin Scalia Law School opening ceremony on Mason’s Arlington campus where six Supreme Court Justices and countless dignitaries were in attendance. In March of this year, Mason accepted a $10 million donation from Charles Koch in addition to $20 million from an anonymous donor. These donations sparked a huge controversy, as many members of the Mason community do not approve of the huge donation from Koch and say they feel that it is not leading the university in the right direction. While the Koch Foundation has donated just
more than $109 million to universities and institutions from 2005–2014, Mason has received a record high of $77.7 million from 2005–2014 alone, according to the Polluter Watch website, a project of Greenpeace. In addition to the donations that Mason has received from the Koch Foundation—which are given in installments over a period of time, should the University implement the Foundation’s guidelines—the foundation also has a significant role in the Mercatus Center, as Charles Koch himself is a member of Mercatus Center’s Board of Directors, according to the Mercatus Center’s website. Undergraduate students and co-presidents of Transparent GMU Janine Gaspari and Mark Hammond, who organized the event in coordination with UnKoch My Campus, rallied the support of people across the community, including Mason students, faculty and Virginia State Delegate Marcus Simon (D-53rd). Several individuals made speeches, including Mason professors David Kuebrich and Craig Willse, Gaspari, Hammond and Simon.
Transparent GMU is a student-run organization that aims to shed light on donor influence on Mason’s administration, which has received a substantial increase in donations. UnKoch My Campus is a nationwide campaign aimed at supporting students and professors at Koch-funded schools in the fight against Charles Koch’s influence on universities. When asked about the desired outcome of the protest, Hammond said, “We want a faculty oversight body to be formed that would review all donor agreements that have been made in the past, as well as those made in the future, to be made public records.” Gaspari also said, “Community concerns haven’t been heard or acted upon.” Bethany Letiecq, an associate professor at the Department of Human Development and Family Science who serves on the Faculty Senate said, “We as faculty must begin to assert our influence to protect academic freedom and this influence of these dollars on the academy is scary to me.”
Traffic and construction update Everything you need to know about traffic and construction at Mason ROSHAN MIRAJKAR | STAFF WRITER
Sandy Creek Shuttle Stop: The shuttle stop remains open, but construction continues and it will likely reopen mid-November. Be advised that some sidewalks may be closed. The new stop will house six buses and accommodate more riders. George Mason Boulevard and University Drive intersection: Expect frequent lane closures and traffic congestion at the George Mason Boulevard and University Drive intersection as roadwork finishes up. The intersection is set to open sometime this month. Academic VII Building: The foundation and concrete work has begun for construction of the new Academic VII building. Expect the possibility of delays near the building as construction continues. The building is set to be complete in August 2017. EagleBank Arena Event Traffic: Future events taking place at EagleBank Arena that will have an effect on traffic are Disney on Ice Oct. 19 and 20, Jeff Dunham Nov. 2, The 1975 Nov. 9, Brand New Nov. 10 and Troye Sivan Nov. 17.
Sandra Cisneros wins Fairfax Prize Author aims to give voice to voiceless KELLY FOSTER | STAFF WRITER
On Sept. 30 at Harris Theatre, Fall for the Book capped off with its Fairfax Prize winner, Sandra Cisneros. The prize is offered to outstanding authors for their written achievements and contributions. For Cisneros, the international world is a topic she takes seriously. Her writing aims to capture her people’s unheard voices. Cisneros is a dual citizen of both Mexico and the United States, and metaphorically, she considers herself a bridge between these two countries. She hopes that someday the U.S. and Mexico can peacefully live beside each other without violence or hate. With this topic in mind, she mentioned how
often she admires journalists because they speak for unheard voices. Cisneros’ works emulates the work of these journalists, as she speaks for her people and their unheard sufferings. One such voice which has made its impact on the world for almost 30 years is the fictional protagonist Esperanza from Cisneros’ “The House On Mango Street.” Esperanza’s moving story is told in vignettes and captures adolescent emotions and what it feels like to be a young Hispanic woman growing up in America. Somewhat like Esperanza, Cisneros grew up outside of Chicago hoping to be a writer so she could inspire other young women to better their lives. So far Cisneros’ work has been a major success in inspiring young adults
and, especially, women. Her books are continually taught in classrooms throughout the country, and she has been published in multiple languages across the globe. Her work’s mission in this “age of global fear,” as she called it, is to encourage respect for our Hispanic neighbors. On the night of her acceptance, Cisneros had a Q&A session with Mason students, most of whom were aspiring writers. Many students expressed to Cisneros how much they appreciate her work and how often they return to her books because they speak relatable themes. Cisneros advised the young audience simply to write and let the words lead them. Cisneros’ understanding of
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writing derives from her ability to tell stories in the dark. This method allows her thoughts and ideas to carry her off into whatever genre of poetry or fiction she desires to explore. Most of her pieces experiment with and merge the fine lines between fiction and poetry. Cisneros described writing as fishing, and that on most days she is not the creator of the fish, but the fisherman who waits for words to come. “Some days are better than others for catching fish,” Cisneros said. On her final note, she discussed her purpose as a writer, and possibly the purpose for all writers. Her greatest literary feat is taking on the voices of her students, young Hispanic women and her people. Writing gives the author
a certain kind of power which, in turn, ends up empowering the world. Her one other inspiring note to young writers was to use their “beautiful gifts.” “What beautiful gifts,” Cisneros said, “that you can give to the world.” Her other piece of advice was to “use your sensitivity for power. Everyone has a story; turn your sadness to light. Don’t stop writing until you’ve transformed your demon into a plant.” Cisneros’ lyrical advice was indeed almost transformative to the audience. To find out more about the award-winning Cisneros, you can visit her website at sandracisneros.com. Her latest work is “A House of My Own: Stories From My Life,” a memoir published in 2015.
Two country stars collide Alabama Southern Drawl Tour pairs up with Charles Daniels BENJAMIN LAWLER | STAFF WRITER
On Oct. 8, Alabama and The Charlie Daniels Band took the stage for a three-hour show. Both are icons in the country music genre, and both of them playing at the same place was an opportunity not to be missed. Alabama is a top-rated country band with more than 40 songs that have hit No. 1 on a number of charts throughout their 47-year career, and they have been called the most popular country band of all time. Charlie Daniels has had an illustrious career for almost 60 years and is known for his skills with the fiddle. Daniels opened the packed concert with a mix of older songs and some songs from his more recent albums, such as “Nightrider,” released in 1975, and “America, I Believe in You,” released in 1993.
At 79 years of age, Charles Daniels was a quite capable performer, and his skills with the fiddle during his most famous song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” brought the crowd to its feet. He left the stage to the classic Western song “Magnificent Seven” by Elmer Bernstein. This song capped an excellent performance from a man whose career is still going strong.
Teddy Gentry were in high spirits and interacted with the crowd throughout their performance, instructing the crowd to sing along as well as clap and stomp along with the music. The band played older hits, such as “Dixieland Delight” and “Song of the South.” The band also played songs from the early ‘80s such as “Close Enough to Perfect” and “The Closer You Get.”
After the intermission, Alabama arrived on stage and played for the rest of the night. The band had a more extensive set piece than Charlie Daniels, and they had rock ’n’ roll themes to highlight their country and bluegrass roots. During Charlie Daniels’ performance, a spotlight was the only light provided. However, Alabama had the full rock-concert experience, with strobes, flashing colors and a huge banner.
Alabama also performed songs from their recently released album “Southern Drawl,” the first album they have released in 14 years. Songs from the newest album include “American Farmer” and “Back to the Country.” All in all, it was a fantastic show.
Bandmates Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and
“Stranger Things” have happened A review of the Netflix hit PETER ECCLESTON | STAFF WRITER
The very first production directed by the Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things” debuted last July. In typical Netflix Original fashion, all of the episodes were released at once to allow eager fans to binge watch it. The show is a combination of horror, drama and mystery. (If you’re worried about ruining the series for yourself by reading this review, don’t worry. This review is spoiler-free.) Set in a small town in the ‘80s, our story begins the night a young boy disappears after being chased by something… strange. In order to find the boy, it will take the efforts of the boy’s family, the sheriff and the boy’s friends in order to discover the mysterious circumstances of that night. The special effects are among the most disgusting and horrifying special effects I have seen in any horror movie—in a good way. The monster in this series might as well be ripped directly from one of your night terrors. It’s a sneaky monster, so when it finally attacks, you don’t know where it is coming from. This makes the jump scares throughout this series legitimately frightening and not just cheap shots at horror. What’s more is that the mystery of the series
is thoroughly engaging. The series gives you enough hints about the true nature of what’s going on to make you want to know more. However, every reveal leads to even more questions. In fact, the series makes a point about ending episodes on cliffhangers that almost force you to binge watch the series. To make matters worse, the main characters of this show travel in isolated groups, separate from each other. So, one group could hold the answer the other group needs, and they never get together for multiple episodes. However, the most compelling aspect of “Stranger Things” is the cast of characters and the efforts of the actors to portray them. You couldn’t have asked for a better group of talented actors. Even the child actors manage to play very important and engaging parts in the overall story. The series does an outstanding job of portraying the real-life effects that an abduction of a child can have on the community around it. You can really feel the pain and confusion of the main characters who all suffer from the loss of the child in the beginning. Winona Ryder, who plays the missing boy’s mother, shows the torment a mother goes through with the loss of a child. But the series is not without issues. One of the largest issues is caused by the mystery of
the series itself. With three or four groups of main heroes working on this mystery, sometimes a group will find information that could help another. The kicker is that each group doesn’t know that there are other groups working on the same problem they are. Another issue caused by the mystery of the series is the constant cliffhangers at the end of each episode. It is especially upsetting for someone who is not looking to binge watch this series to have a very terrifying cliffhanger at the end of each episode to goad you into watching more. it is frustrating when you need to take a break from binge watching and the last scene you see is one of the main characters getting chased by something in the dark. However, despite these issues, does “Stranger Things” deliver on a stellar ending? Absolutely. The ending of this series is more than worth the wait, with unexpected twists and turns, high stakes and likeable characters going through hair-raising ordeals. If you are at all a fan of series with high drama, suspense and mystery, then do yourself a favor and check out this series as soon as possible, at least before the second season comes out in 2017.
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Club sport of the week: Field Hockey MITCHELL WESTALL | STAFF WRITER
Like some of the other club sports at Mason, field hockey isn’t what many consider a typical college sport. But, also like other club sports, Mason’s field hockey team is a hard-working, motivated team that suffers from a lack of funding. In fact, the team does not even have a head coach. The team instead looks to Shannon Violetti, the team captain, who leads practices and runs the scheme from the field. Violetti said, though, that “we prefer not to have a coach because then it becomes more of like a high school kind of thing.” Violetti played at one of the best field hockey schools in the nation (Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey). “It’s really different going from a really tough school [where] the coach didn’t care if you were hurt, if you had a bad day or if you had a death in the family, you had to be at practice no matter what. So it’s kind of cool now being able to come to practice, and be more relaxed and do your own thing.” Taylor Caufield, another member of the team, added that “some days I want a coach and some days I don’t. There is a good and bad to it.”
Caufield does enjoy the players’ ability to have “more control” over what happens, but wishes it were more organized. The field hockey club has put in plenty of effort to secure funding not just to support the program, but to be able to play in tournaments at Mason and at other schools. This past week, for example, the team held a fundraiser with Krispy Kreme with the intent of raising $300. Not only did they meet their fundraising goal, they also donated some of the proceeds to Play4TheCure, an organization that connects sports and breast cancer awareness. (All club sports at Mason have to match the money given to them in their budget by the department with dues and fundraisers to be able to keep the program afloat.)
When considering the season as a whole, the team is working especially on “rebuilding itself,” Violetti said. They did not play many games last season, and there was a “shift in leadership” due to both captains from the previous season graduating. They were also unable to attend the National Field Hockey League Spring Tournament in Virginia Beach. “[The tournament] is the main thing we look forward to, so this year I’m really hoping we get our name back out there.” Shannon added that the rebuilding aspect brings the team closer together, and that they’ve put a huge
focus on team building from day one of this season.
the end of high school, she was unsure of what she wanted to study.
The club field hockey team has also done its part to attract students to Mason.
Gist said the biggest difference, besides having a coach, between playing at a Division-III school and for the club team is that “it’s a lot more widely known that the team exists [and] you get a lot more school support. You’re playing because you love the game. There’s not nearly as much pressure” when compared to playing Division-III.
Rachel Gist is a student and club field hockey player who transferred from Randolph-Macon College after her freshman year. She had to transfer to a school that had her major, and if Mason didn’t have the club field hockey team, Gist said she “would have reconsidered where I went.” In fact, Gist attended Randolph-Macon primarily to play on their Division-III NCAA field hockey team. When she made her decision regarding college at
So far this season, the team has a 2-0-2 record with both of their wins coming from their annual Play4TheCure tournament at Mason Oct. 8.
“Our budget was kind of low this year, but I do plan on fundraising more [so] we can go to more tournaments in the spring,” Violetti said. The team will be doing a fundraiser at the Panda Express in Merten Hall Oct. 21 from 12–4 p.m. Violetti said the team “would like to get new uniforms” from that fundraiser, since their current ones are starting to get old, and there is not enough funding for the team to buy an entire set of new ones.
The club field hockey team in action during practice on Oct. 14.
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Washington sports recaps Capitals drop season opener DAVE SCHRACK | SPORTS EDITOR
The Washington Capitals fell 2-3 in their season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 13. It was a tight, defensive battle that ended in shootouts. The Capitals struck first with a goal by Andre Burakovsky 59 seconds into the first quarter, but their lead slipped in the second
quarter when Pittsburgh scored two unanswered goals. Burakovsky, however, scored the tying goal in the third quarter. Despite both teams taking a combined 26 shots (six of which missed and seven of which were blocked), neither could score the go-ahead goal. The game went into overtime, but still no one could prevail. In shootouts, Pittsburgh outscored Washington 3-2 and clinched the game.
Nationals fall short in postseason BEN CRISWELL | STAFF WRITER
The Washington Nationals fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Oct. 13 in the deciding Game 5 of the National League Division Series. Twenty-year-old Julio Urias picked up the win in two innings of relief for the Dodgers. In an hour-long seventh inning, the Dodgers scored all four of their runs through five Nationals pitching changes. Chris Heisley drove in the final two runs for the Nationals on a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Clayton Kershaw, who threw 110 pitches during game four, recorded the final two outs and picked up the save—the first of his career. The Dodgers advance to face the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. The winner will go on to face either the Toronto Blue Jays or the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. The Nationals, who won the National League East with 95 wins, have not advanced past the National League Division Series in any of their three postseason appearances..