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The Oakland shuttle service will continue usual operation next semester, but at a reduced capacity. Two shuttles will loop between the Student Center lot and the original Pittsburgh Playhouse every half hour instead of the current 15-minute loop. A schedule provided to The Globe from Chris Hill, Vice President of Operations at the Physical Plant, states that shuttles will run Sunday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight. The shuttles’ fate beyond spring 2019 remains a mystery as administration anticipates the new Playhouse downtown will result in a decrease of future students living in Oakland. Michael

Gieseke, Dean of Student Life, said that it’s possible that students will begin looking into living in the downtown area, Mount Washington and the North Side instead of living in Oakland. “If we think more of our students are living downtown than not, then we may not need a shuttle at all,” Gieseke said. However, living downtown may come with a higher cost to students. According to Zillow, estimates for the median rent for a two-bedroom rental in the Central Business District is $2,466 per month as of February 2018. The estimate for Oakland is $1,260 per month, and Mount Washington is even lower at $1,159. Data is not available for the North Side neighbor-

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Speaking before Point Park’s United Student Government (USG) meeting Monday, Dr. Paul Hennigan, university president, fielded questions from senators about changes over the next year to Point Park facilities. One such space, the coffeehouse at 100 Wood Street, is set to open in time for the start of the fall semester. “We’re looking to do a ‘soft opening’ in August, probably

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right before the term starts is the goal,” Dean of Students Keith Paylo said Monday. “The grand opening will happen when students return [from summer break].” Hennigan said the “big news” for the upcoming semester is the opening of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse, attached to the University Center. “It will be a building for the entire university to use,” Hennigan said in the Student Center Monday. “We did not build such an elaborate, state-of the art facility to hand over to a relatively thin slice of our university, meaning just the Conservatory [of Performing Arts]. So we chal-

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REED CELEBRATES EP RELEASE

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Gabe Reed performing at the Club at Stage AE last Thursday during his EP/music video release show. Reed won this year’s Pioneer Star competition held by Point Park’s Pioneer Records. “Take a Note” was premiered as Prince, Logic, Stevie Ray By Robert Berger prior to Reeds acoustic set. Vaughan, John Mayer, SteCo-News Editor “I’ve been auditioning vie Wonder and others, Reed for Pioneer Records since my blends each genre into his own Pioneer Records artist and freshman year so this was my musical style. senior musical theatre major fourth year auditioning,” Reed “I am really into rap right Gabe Reed performed at Stage said. “I’m super happy it hap- now, but also into the songwritAE last Thursday to celebrate pened now instead of back then ing aspect behind rap, kind of the release of his debut EP and because I was really able to per- like singing with a flow,” Reed music video. fect my craft.” said. The four song EP titled Reed’s musical backAs part of his Pioneer Star “Chasing Grey” was released as ground started in third grade deal, Reed recorded “Chasing part of the annual Pioneer Star when he began playing guitar, Grey” at Pioneer Record’s Red contest held by Pioneer Re- later learning to play piano Caiman Studio. cords. Each fall, the Point Park and saxophone in fifth grade. “It was great to work with label awards one artist with a It wasn’t until the eighth grade professionals and I learned a contract, EP and music video. when he began writing music. lot,” Reed said. “From a muThe music video recorded by Drawing influence from a GABE REED page 2 the music video workshop class range of different genres such lenged ourselves years ago to try and figure out how to make this building a university asset and work for all the students.” Hennigan said that every “project” at the new Playhouse - which he defined as everything from Conservatory shows to speaker series and concerts - will

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POINT CLOSET HOSTS FIRST POP UP

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Over 150 students stopped by Point Closet’s first ever event, the Pop Up Shop, on Thursday to shop and donate clothes.

Second annual GSSA bake sale supports Planned Parenthood By Lauren Ortego Co-Opinions Editor

The smell of cookies and muffins filled the air as dance majors fresh out of class walked by, with the phrase “I would, but I don’t have cash” leaving their lips. Credit and debit cards were accepted, though. The Gender and Sexuality Spectrum Alliance (GSSA) raised $210 for southwestern Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood locations last Thursday through the group’s second bake sale in the Lawrence Hall lobby. “We can’t donate, at least that I could find out, to a very specific one,” Silmari Muñoz, president of the club and senior instructional studies major, said. “So, we try to do western PA so it can at least hit a little closer to home.” The bake sale started last year, and raised a total of $250 with help from students and faculty alike. Muñoz and

her girlfriend, but mostly her girlfriend according to Muñoz, hand-made many of the goodies for sale including muffins (vegan and non), brownies and Rice Krispies treats. The sugar cookies and macaroons, however, did come from Costco. “My girlfriend made most of it and I just stood by with a measuring cup like ‘Ok, how much?’” Muñoz said, sitting at the table. “So I just put it together, because she baked all of it. Same as last year.” All of the baked goods had no set price, with the minimum donation being a dollar. The GSSA has found that students, especially at Point Park University, a traditionally liberal arts institution, enjoy giving money to support causes they find close to their hearts - and Planned Parenthood fits neatly into that category of cause.

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LOCAL Dr. Robert McInerney, associate professor of psychology and founder of Confluence Psychology Alliance, was featured in the April 2018 newsletter of the Society of Humanistic Psychology for receiving the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award. According to the university website, McInerney was presented with the award for his work in Confluence at the 10th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology held last April at Point Park. ---The Office of Title IX organized an installation in the Lawrence Hall lobby called “What Were You Wearing?” held on Tuesday. It features recreated outfits from student survivors of sexual assault. According to PointSync, the installation “provides a tangible response to one of our culture’s most pervasive rape myths.” ---The university held its First Graduate Student Conference on April 14 in West Penn Hall, according to the university website. The conference showcased graduate student work within their field, ranging from business administration to environmental sciences to psychology, as well as their community service efforts. Alumnus and Executive Director of the Center for Theater Arts Billy Hartung appeared as the Keynote Speaker on “Advancing Professions and Serving the Community.” ---The Conservatory Dance Company will hold its final performance of the semester from April 1922 in the George Rowland White Performance Center. According to the Pittsburgh Playhouse website, the show will feature works from artistic directors and creative directors such as Joshua Peugh, Jennifer Archibald, Sidra Bell and Matthew Powell. Performances begin at 8 p.m. with weekend matinee shows at 2 p.m.

sic stand point just what goes into a song and how much. I also learned that you have to be eclectic when writing a song.” According to Reed, having the chance to record in a professional studio is an invaluable experience. “For them to support me and give me the opportunity to go to a real studio and learn from it will benefit my career from this point on because I’m eager and I know how a studio works,” Reed said. Prior to the release show, Reed hadn’t watched his music video. “I’m so grateful they did that for me and I love the way it turned out,” Reed said. “It’s definitely a great start.” Performing opening acts before Reed’s set was Luke Wood and Samurai Velvet. Sports, art and entertainment management (SAEM) sophomore Toni Miladinov also joined Reed on stage for a song during his acoustic set. A beatboxer from Pittsburgh, Miladinov performs regularly around the region and other a number of other cities. “I pretty much run the beatbox circuit,” Miladinov said. “It’s New York City, Columbus and Toronto so I’ve performed in a lot of different places.” Miladinov says he met Reed the week before after

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Philip Droulia poses for a photo taken by friend Andrew Secrest at Point State Park. By Nicole Pampena Co-News Editor

Philip Andre Droulia, a senior public relations and advertising major, passed suddenly on Sunday, April 8. He was 22 years old. According to an obituary from Slater Funeral Services, “Philip was born March 10, 1996 in Greeley, Colorado to Gabriel and Melinda (Williams) Droulia, loving brother to Kara (Osterman) Schaefer (Gerard Schaefer), loving Grandson to Eunice (Hoffer) Lohr, Daniel Lohr and Flora Villere, loving nephew to Michell Williams, Lorraine (Droulia) Abercrombie (John Abercrombie), George Droulia (Jen Droulia), Veronica Droulia and beloved uncle to Connor Schaefer. He is preceded in death by his Grandfather, William Andre Droulia.” Dean of Students Keith Paylo made the following statement last Thursday on behalf of the university: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Philip Droulia. He was a senior in our Department of Communication, and should be in the midst of planning the next big stages of his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Philip’s family, as well as his fellow students and the faculty members with whom he formed close relationships over his time at Point Park.” Friend and former Point Park student Andrew Secrest said Philip began as a photography major and was set to graduate in December. “That was his thing,” Secrest said. “He loved taking pictures.” Secrest recalled his fondest memory of Philip from

early fall around two year years ago. Philip was taking photos for a project at The Point. “He was the kind of person that wanted to make it about you, but make sure it was also about him,” Secrest said. “He turned the camera around and was like, ‘alright, you’re going to learn how to take pictures too.’” Of the three portrait shots Secrest took of Philip, one ended up being widely spread by friends and family after his death. “His family said no one has ever been able to capture every personality Phil had in one picture,” Secrest said. Visitation and funeral services were held at William Slater II Funeral Home last Thursday, for which Philip’s family requested donations be made to Little Wings of Hope in lieu of flowers. According to the Little Wings of Hope website, the nonprofit works to provide financial assistance and raise awareness of youth struggling with and seeking treatment for chemical dependency. Philip contributed to the organization by writing its press releases and taking photos while his mother, Melina Droulia, serves as its director and creative officer. “I hope it’s eye opening to people because you look at him and you’d never think he was a drug addict,” Secrest said. “It doesn’t matter. Addiction does not discriminate - color, race, gender - it doesn’t matter.” Robert Berger contributed additional reporting.

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Freshman dance major Bailee Brinkman snags a last slice of pizza at Pizza Palooza Monday night in the LH Ballroom. Students had the opportunity to sample pizza from a variety of shops in Pittsburgh.

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watching Reed’s performance at the Pittsburgh iHeartRadio studio. Miladinov was attending the concert with an SAEM class. “We started talking and I told him I loved his playing,” Miladinov said. “Hearing him live really made me want to perform with him.” With limited time to rehearse, the two created a song together called “Redesign” and debuted it at the show, according to Miladinov. “After one session on Tuesday we weren’t able to meet Wednesday, so on Thursday I picked him up from downtown and we went over the song four or five times before and during soundcheck,” Miladinov said. “The crowd loved it.” Reed is set to perform Friday night at Mr. Smalls Funhouse opening for fellow Pioneer Records band, and last year’s Pioneer Star winner Chase and the Barons.

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Shuttles’ future dependent on student use in 2018-19 year from SHUTTLES page 1 hood. Gieseke stressed that no long-term decisions have been made and that any change in the shuttle schedules will be made based upon how often students use the shuttle over the next two semesters. He also said it was possible that the shuttle could begin running to other neighborhoods if a large influx of students moved to different parts of the city. “I’m sure we will reach out to students and determine if students themselves believe there are other areas that might be better,” Gieseke said. Some young students are still planning to move to Oak-

land regardless of the Playhouse’s move. Megan Clista, a freshman sports, art and entertainment management major, said she is planning to move in with her brother in Oakland her junior year. Comparing Oakland to downtown living, she said “it’s a lot more lively and accessible,” pointing out that the convenience stores and restaurants in the neighborhood campus are open later than those downtown. Emily Cofer, a freshman acting major, said she would rather live downtown. “I wanted to be as close to the school and as cheap as possible,” Cofer said. She expressed that the housing search was difficult. Pete Halapatz, who has

been driving shuttles for Point Park for 11 years, expressed hope that the shuttles would continue. He has received offers from friends to be a driver at Chatham University, but said he would rather stay at Point Park, where he is more comfortable. With no definite future, the shuttle service remains in limbo until concrete data is produced during the 20182019 school year. According to Gieseke, the final decision on the shuttles will be made between Bridget Mancosh, Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations and President Paul Hennigan.

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Factoring in holidays, there were approximately 40,860 shuttle trips taken this year, compared to next year’s limited 12,172.

Long-awaited “coffeehouse” set to open for fall semester from USG page 1 have an “interdisciplinary group of students” managing it. “It’s a really cool way to bring together a wide variety of students from a wide variety of disciplines to work on these interdisciplinary teams to do these projects,” Hennigan said. “I think the building itself is fabulous and it’s going to have great potential beyond what we could possibly imagine right now and I’m really excited about the programming that will take place around the new Pittsburgh Playhouse.” In addition to the Playhouse making its move Downtown, Point Park is in the process of completely vacating the Patterson Building on Third Avenue. The university currently leases the fifth and first floors of the building, but by the start of the fall semester, the edit suites will be moved to West Penn Hall and the offices occupying the first floor will move to the eighth floor of Lawrence Hall. Hennigan backed the university’s commitment to offering shuttles to and from Oakland for the next school year and that service beyond that will be dependent upon usage. Accord-

residential opportunities downtown.” The opening of the new Playhouse will not have a large impact on tuition. According to Hennigan, the cost associated with running the new Playhouse was already factored into the 2018-2019 budget year. “That will not have a significant impact on the operating budget for the university,” Hennigan said Monday. “There is a slight increase in the operating budget in the new Playhouse beAlexander Popichak | The Globe cause of the efficiency of the new President Paul Hennigan. Playhouse, but it is much less ing to Michael Gieseke, dean than you would expect it to be.” The construction of the of student life, the shuttles will $60 million Playhouse is being operate on a once-per-half-hour paid for through a fundraising schedule. campaign - funded by outside Hennigan said he expects donors. According to Hennigan, a demand for more on-campus the university has raised $46 housing to increase with the million so far. Playhouse moving Downtown “There are basically three and that the university is seekpieces in that $14 million,” Hening lease options for residential nigan said. “There is a foundaspaces to offer as student houstion that lent us money, intering; however, the university has est-free, there is a small piece of yet to secure any new leases. bank that funded the building “We’re always looking at which we will pay off as soon as residential opportunities downwe get our next big gift, and we town,” Hennigan said. “We have some university cash. We have nothing to report today in have a board-designated reserve terms of actual opportunities to pursue. I know Dean Paylo and that we borrowed from that the our C.F.O. are always looking at campaign will pay back to the

university.” USG will tour the new Playhouse following its last meeting of the academic year next week. Hennigan also addressed the vote of no confidence passed by the Full-Time Faculty Assembly at the beginning of the school year in August. The Board of Trustees conducted an independent review, and ultimately redoubled their support of Hennigan. In the months since, Hennigan said the faculty assembly has been working to define its role with administration under its contract also ratified in August. “The relationship [this year] has been as good as it always was; I’ve always had a good relationship with the faculty, so that hasn’t changed at all.” Hennigan said. “I think the faculty is engaged right now in a really serious process to figure out their role in what is known as ‘shared governance,’ which is in the contract with the administration.” In addition to its discussion with Hennigan, USG addressed the vacancy left by the resignation of Hayley Hoffman as President Pro-Tempore. Matt Bauman, USG Parliamentarian, discussed the matter with the executive cabinet and moved to

leave that position open. According to Bauman, the new administration led by vice president and president-elect Kaylee Kearns will be installed at next week’s meeting, making a vote for a President Pro-Tempore to serve for one week would be “unnecessary.” Additionally, Bauman said the Rules Committee is reviewing the drafted constitution of a new club, and hopes to have that club recognized at the next meeting. The Student Concerns committee met with CulinArt, Point Park’s food service provider, on Saturday. According to Recording Secretary Hannah Steiner, the committee addressed cafe hours and the hours of the coffeehouse set to open this fall. Steiner said CulinArt is no longer allowing students to only provide ID numbers at checkout, and must have their ID card in hand when using Flex or a Meal Plan. President-Elect Kearns has not announced a cabinet yet, but will be sworn in as president at USG’s final meeting for the semester April 23.

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Friez brings varied background to cinema chair By Kayla Snyder

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As a Pittsburgh native, Cara Friez always knew that the city of bridges would be her home. Even after moving away from the city for school and taking on different jobs in different cities around the east coast, Friez would eventually find herself back in Pittsburgh. “I’ve kind of been all over,” assistant professor in the cinema department, Friez said. “I lived in New York City for a while; I went back to North Carolina for a while and then I did come back here. I’m a typical Pittsburgher; it seems with the boomerang where I left for a good period of time, but I came back.” Friez graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Media Production. Eventually, she went back to school at the Academy of Art University to obtain a M.F.A. in Filmmaking and Television. Some of her video production credits include working in different sectors such as marketing roles, corporate freelance and video production. Friez explained she learned the crossover with communications and cinema when she worked on the American soap opera, “As The World Turns,” in New York City. She credits her job as a digital production

coordinator and digital imaging technician as the biggest credit to her name. However, she eventually became more passionate about the editing side of video production. She said she’s done a little bit of everything, but didn’t really enjoy shooting and producing. She really found her niche in editing. After finding herself back in Pittsburgh, a friend suggested she reach out to the Point Park Cinema chair at the time because they were looking for an assistant professor. From there, she became a visiting artist. In the Conservatory for Performing Arts (COPA), visiting artists are hired for one to three years, but they are not on tenure track. Visiting artists fill a temporary role until a position is available. Friez is now a professor who oversees the editing concentration within the cinema department. Senior cinema production major Kelsey Myers and junior cinema production major Keith Tucker said that Friez feels more like a friend than a typical professor. “She’s very hands-on and very much willing to help with anything,” Myers said. “If you were to email her about post-production or a job, she’s willing to look at a resume or portfolio and give feedback. She’s willing to sit down outside of class and help you.”

Tucker sounded off similar responses saying that Friez’s teaching style is laidback and informal. “Her classes are always great and she explains concepts wonderfully,” Tucker said. “Usually professors will give you a concept and have you do homework, but she gives you a concept and makes you do it in class and then have you critique each other. It’s very practical.” Friez told Tucker a story once about parents being skeptical of the cinema industry and job market at Pioneer Experience. “She would ask the parents, ‘Have you watched a video today?’” Tucker said. “The parents would say, ‘Yeah,’ and she would say, ‘People made that. Someone was hired to make that.’” Recently, Friez also took control of Point Park Cinema’s social media and Tucker said the new presence has made a difference in getting student work out there. “There’s a lot of things are made really well in the school, but no one really knows about it,” Tucker said. “Unless you read about festivals, you don’t really know. With social media, it’s cool that people can see the work we do.” Her assistant professor role comes to an end on May 1 when she steps into the role of full-time faculty chair for the next three years. Over the

Kayla Snyder| For The Globe Future cinema chair Cara Friez poses in her office.

last couple of years, the cinema department has filled this role with interim chairs. The last interim before Friez takes over is Fritz Kiersch, who also serves as the assistant vice president of academic affairs for the university. As the full-time faculty chair, she will be responsible for overseeing recruitment, admissions, budgets, equipment, event planning and alumni relations. Friez said as the full-time chair, she will still be teaching two classes instead of her usual four. In this position, she will be able to communicate with faculty members to really hone the learning experience for students within the cinema department by teaching what’s new in the industry but also sticking to the core of the learning principles. “It’s about reaching out the faculty and seeing what

they’ve heard to see what we can do to improve the program,” Friez said. “I think what we have right now is solid, in that the majority of everything that we have here, you’ll be able to get outside, really easily.” Tucker said Friez is going to be “amazing” as the cinema chair. “She sees the improvement,” Tucker said. “She’s on top of the new trends in the industry and she sees that things can be better.” Although Myers will be graduating this spring, she said Friez will use the power of being in the chair position for the betterment of the program. “The more she pushes, the more it will benefit students,” Myers said.

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Quintet shares passion in art By Dara Collins Co-Sports Editor

Kelsee McHugh|For The Globe The GSSA selling treats and giving out wristbands during its bake sale.

GSSA gives back from GSSA page 1 “We actually had a really good reception [last year],” Elliot Bereit, vice president of GSSA and senior criminal justice major, said. “I figured it would be mostly positive, I think especially because of the time after the election and inauguration, people were even more vocal about being supportive of [Planned Parenthood].” Bereit volunteers with Planned Parenthood, and provided the table with literature regarding health concerns and Planned Parenthood’s services along with free condoms and GSSA bracelets, free of charge. Hannah Hepler, a senior psychology major, donated five dollars to the table and while eating one of the baked goods, expressed her belief that more groups and organizations on campus should hold fundraisers similar to this and commended the donation-based pricing. “I really like the donation aspect, that you don’t have to pay a set price, you just have donate a minimum of a dollar, which I don’t think is unreasonable,” Hepler said. The idea of accepting credit cards was Muñoz’s

idea, who kept in mind that students don’t often carry around cash, but still might want to donate. “About $80 of our donations [last year] were through credit cards, so that’s why I have this,” Muñoz said, gesturing to the square attached to her smartphone that runs debit and credit cards. The location, right in the middle of the Lawrence Hall lobby, a popular walkway and only way to exit the Hall, was originally given to the GSSA as an accident, when their sale last year was set to overlap the paint job Academic Hall was getting the same day. The GSSA has found a cause and means to help that cause that resonate not only with their group but with the students of Point Park, and the small crowd that gathered around the table throughout the afternoon proves that. “I think it’s great that every single dollar will be going to Planned Parenthood,” Hepler said. “None of it is being kept to themselves, which I think is very generous.”

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Five friends from four different cities joined forces because of their similar passion to do one thing: create. Known as “Chilling My Dude,” the quintet of four freshman and one sophomore began promoting their group for photography and videography in Dec. 2017. The crew and their work can be found on Instagram and full videos are posted to YouTube. “We shoot whatever we want and whatever we’re passionate about,” Downingtown, Pa. native Nick Jones said. “Adventures, creative passion and leisure.” The friendship began at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester when four of the five members moved onto the sixth floor of Thayer Hall. The squad quickly became friends and learned of each other’s similar interests. The fifth member, Kendall Ree, joined later down the road because he meshed with the existing group’s personality. Gabriel Sunderman, the lone Pittsburgh-native of the group, originally created the name as the title for his radio show on Point Park University’s radio station, WPPJ. The show has been running since he first became involved at WPPJ in the fall of 2017. Sunderman admitted the name specifically came from a ten-volume playlist on his cell phone called “Chilling My Dude” and adapted to the group. Progressing to a photography and videography group, the squad altered the name to “CMD Productions” to differ from “Chilling My Dude Radio.” Photography-wise, their preferences range from portraits to landscapes and ev-

erything in between. As a group with different tastes, the photos always have a new flavor depending on the photographer. Jones photographs a wide range of subject matter including cars, people and landscapes. “I started with cars,” Jones said. “Then I moved to Pittsburgh and got more into portraits because that’s what my friends shot.” Jones prefers urban style photography and landscapes, especially sunsets. Similarly, Edison Peterson brought his love for portraiture to Pittsburgh from Charlotte, N.C. “The people I shoot with, I try to get a story out of them,” Peterson said. Peterson’s story began with his grandmother. “I used to have this fear of forgetting things,” Peterson said. “My grandma had Alzheimer’s, and I thought people remembered more when they saw pictures.” While Peterson feared memory loss, Max Behr began snapping photos because it was fun. “It was just something I enjoyed doing,” Behr said. Behr’s personal Instagram page displays landscapes and portraits, similar to the other group members. Sunderman also began to enjoy photography while growing up with a father who donned a camera around his neck everywhere he traveled. The crew likes to call Ree the “hype man.” Originally from Atlanta, Ga. Ree has multiple Pittsburgh ties that allows Chilling My Dude to embark on serious projects with clients of local organizations. “I recently had a job with Hines Ward and his restaurant...to shoot a video

to help promote his restaurant on a social media platform to bring in more customers,” Behr said. The quartet of photographers post their work to Chilling My Dude’s Instagram page as well as their personal accounts. As for videography, CMD Productions’s YouTube currently displays two videos. The squad created a trailer to kick off their work and reads, “They say to follow your passion, and you’ll always ends up in the right place. For us, that place was Pittsburgh – a city full of creators and innovators striving to be the best that they can be.” The second video recaps four of the five members’ experiences at the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl parade this past February. “It was a split second decision to buy the tickets,” Ree said. “The next thing we knew, we were on the Greyhound on our way to Philly at one in the morning.” Chilling My Dude promises more projects will come but will be kept secret for the moment. In the midst of creating content, the students balance school. Ree, a biology major with a business minor, hopes to follow his parents footsteps in medicine and business. Sunderman studies mass communication, and Jones public relations and advertising. Jones will carry his love for cars into his career. Behr and Peterson are alone in their endeavor to continue their work into a career. Behr recently switched his major to multimedia, and he wants to create music videos following graduation.

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Dancers balance physical and mental health By Carley Bonk Editor-Elect

Kimmie Prokurat feels her best when fully rested, prepping plant-based meals for the week to align with her vegan lifestyle and writing in her gratitude journal. Mark Burrell made the switch to a vegetarian lifestyle about 10 months ago because he wanted to have a better, sustained energy throughout his busy days as an assistant dance professor. Taylor Eriksen stays energized, happy and focused by cross-training outside of her ballet classes, snacking on smaller meals throughout the day and reminding herself of her best qualities often. Dancers have a demanding schedule that can wear on both physical and mental health, but Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) students have found many ways to stay positive and healthy through methods that work best for their personal lifestyle. “Your diet is one of the first things that can lead to better living,” Prokurat, senior dance major with a jazz concentration, said in an interview last Wednesday. “Once you really value your food and what’s coming from your environment means you’re valuing yourself. It leads to a greater sense of self-confidence and appreciation for all the things you have. More gratitude equals happiness.” Prokurat has been dancing since she was eight-yearsold and has had a plant-based diet for the past two years. She tries to incorporate a balanced diet through oats, seeds, greens and even energy-boosting supplements like adaptogen maca powder. “Overnight oats are my go to,” Prokurat said. “I do about half a cup of almond milk or hemp milk, the oats and a teaspoon of flax seeds or chia seeds… a banana and peanut butter. Maca powder is actually great for women to help regulate their estrogen levels. It’s not caffeine, but a different kind of energy booster I like to have in my breakfast.” Lindsey Clements, dance major with a senior ballet concentration, has been dancing since she was five, and also incorporates vegetables

PIONEER PUBLIC Zachariah Szabo By Lauren Clouser Co-Features Editor

Zachariah Szabo has had an interest in photography ever since he was a teenager. Now, Szabo is a part-time instructor at Point Park, and teaches Introduction to Digital Photography and two sections of Photography for Non-Majors. Szabo said his favorite part of his job is watching students figure out photography. “I think my favorite part of teaching photography is when the students really understand how photography works,” Szabo said. “I mean most students are used to taking pictures on their phones, and I don’t think they really think about how

as a central part of her diet since her freshman year. “For health reasons as well as the ethical and environmental reasons, I decided to become a vegetarian,” Clements said in an interview last Friday. “It’s been an incentive to eat more fruits and vegetables but also become more knowledgeable about sources of protein and cleaner ways of eating. It’s given me more energy. The key is just to find foods that work for your own system.” Burrell, assistant COPA jazz professor, said he started to notice a difference in his energy levels around three weeks in. He’s learned a lot from his students in preparing vegetarian meals. Overall, Burrell feels that conscious eating habits are becoming more central in society than ever before. “I think it’s just become more of a topic of conversation now,” Burrell said in an interview last Tuesday. “It’s trendy to be called organic, it’s trendy to be called farm-to-table, whatever that means. I call it sustainable, educated human beings that are finally catching on.” Meal prepping is another major way dancers are able to stay healthy whilst being so focused on their studies and training. Chelsea Raymond, junior dance major with a jazz concentration, started dancing when she was three-years-old. She recognizes that school can make it a challenge to stay conscious about her dietary choices as a vegetarian. “I meal prep on Sundays for things I can take with me to school,” Raymond said in a phone interview last Friday. “I get a lot of inspiration from the tasty video recipes on Facebook and actually get a lot of ideas from my friends. My new favorite is a quinoa or brown rice dish with peppers, onions and paprika.” Bree Springer, junior major with a jazz concentration, has been dancing for 19 years. She also relies on meal prepping to stay healthy, finding inspiration from Pinterest. “I use a lot of grilled proteins in my meals,” Springer said in a phone interview last Friday. “I’ll pair grilled salmon or steak with quinoa or the image is made...And so once they get that lightbulb moment of ‘this is how it works and this is what I can do with it,’ that’s the most rewarding part for me.” Szabo said his own work centers around his childhood and memories. “My grad school work was a series of self portraits based on my childhood photos. So I would kind of recreate the outfits and poses from them and juxtapose them in these more adult environments,” Szabo said. Szabo is currently working on a series of still life photographs that reference his childhood. “Basically the objects and patterns and materials in all the still lifes reference some sort of memory from my childhood,” Szabo said. “So it’s a less direct reference but it’s still rooted in nostalgia and memory.” Szabo said the project was a work in progress, but that he was considering making them into large scale installations. Additionally, Szabo is a

Kelsee McHugh|For The Globe Junior dance major Taylor Eriksen makes strides to stay healthy, like cross-training and remaining positive while in college so she can excel in her future career.

brown rice. Sometimes meal prepping can be difficult to find different ways to mix it up. I love Pinterest, especially in finding new ways to cook my vegetables.” Prokurat said meal prepping is one of the best way to make a dietary shift. “Meal prepping is like my best friend,” Prokurat said. “I think making a grocery list for yourself and planning what you want to eat for the first week is the best way to start. On Sundays I’ll take the shuttle and do the whole Trader Joe’s thing. I pair everything [ahead of time] so they are ready to grab quickly through the week.” In addition to balanced diets, dancers also rely on cross-training to keep their bodies in shape outside of their daily dance classes. Eriksen enjoys exercising with others when she can. She likes to do water aerobics with her mom when she’s home. Despite the long days, morning gym sessions help her get focused. “My roommate and I made a goal to get up and go to the gym in the morning before class and I loved it,” Eriksen said in an interview last Wednesday. “It was an awesome way to start the day. I could focus more instead of trying to wake up my body as I was going along.” Prokurat finds cross-training essential to her regime as well. “I’ll do a power yoga class to strengthen my muscles, do a high intensity interval sprint session on a treadmill or lift weights in the gym,” Prokurat

said. “I sprinkle little workouts like that throughout my training so I’m not neglecting certain parts of my body.” Dancers utilize a plethora of methods to keep their bodies, the instrument of their craft, in prime condition. In addition to their bodies though, keeping a fresh mind and positive body image is essential to their discipline. Burrell said he encourages students to take time to rejuvenate. “You have to take care of yourself and with that comes rest,” Burrell said. “I am such a believer in a mental health day. If you just need to have a day for you, then damn it, do it. So many people forget the mental health aspect of living.” Prokurat said reflection helps her keep a healthy mindset. “Mental health is top tier, I even put that ahead of nutrition,” Prokurat said. “For me personally, it sounds kind of hippie, buopt meditating has helped me a lot with those issues. I also keep a gratitude journal. I jot down a few things that went right in the day to stay positive.” Eriksen reminds herself to not linger on a critical body image, but celebrate her strongest features. “Wearing a leotard and tights is not flattering at all,” Eriksen said. “I’ll pick leotards that match my mood that day. So I’ll think, ‘This one makes my legs look good so I want to emphasize that today.’” Raymond likes to take some time for herself to re-

fresh and reflect. “One thing I do to stay mentally healthy is journaling a lot to get all my thoughts out,” Raymond said. “Another thing that I find important is to spend time with myself. Having ‘me time’ is always important for a healthy, stable mind.” By staying aware of maintaining harmony between both body and mind, dancers are able to remain focused, energized and confident throughout their busy days, according to Burrell. “In every walk of life and every job, you have to put the best part of yourself forward,” Burrell said. “You look different when you take care of yourself. There’s a glow to you, a light to you, an air about you, a presence.”

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part of a theater on ice team in Virginia. Szabo started figure skating when he was five years old, and has been doing it ever since. “I started competing when I was 11, and thereafter, my teenage years, it was the main thing I did. I traveled regionally, I went to junior nationals, sectionals and stuff, so it was kind of intense,” Szabo said. Now Szabo teaches ice skating at the Robert Morris University Sports Center. “I should probably use those skills I spent a good chunk of my life working on, try to give back,” Szabo said. Szabo said he is looking at Neville Island, where the sports center is located, for his next project. “It’s funny, I go there to teach but I’m really interested in doing a photo project on Neville Island, I think it’s a really unique spot. I haven’t really made any work towards that but still in my head,” Szabo said.

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Summer concert season packed with a variety of acts

From classic rock to art rock, hip-hop to pop country, the summer offers diversity By Amanda Myers

prose on society’s state as only Kendrick can pull off.

We’re in the final stretch of the semester, which can only mean one thing: summer concert season is finally on the horizon. After hearing announcements on the near-daily for months, enduring scorching sunburns and heat exhaustion will soon become second nature to lovers of pop, rock and everything in between. This comprehensive list checks off the biggest draws and more intimate sets to make sure every week of your break is spent in sound.

Radiohead: July 26 at PPG Paints Arena. After a 21-year absence, it looked like Thom Yorke and company were never going to return to the steel city. Their most recent release, “A Moon Shaped Pool,” revealed a softer side of the band, and it will be a treat to see Yorke croon out these tearjerkers while spazzing out to fan favorites.

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David Byrne: May 13 at Benedum Center. Abstract punk pioneer Byrne returned this year with album “American Utopia.” He’ll be playing these tracks, as well as hits and deep cuts from the Talking Heads catalogue for what he is calling his “most ambitious show since the shows that were filmed for ‘Stop Making Sense.’” Kendrick Lamar: June 16 at KeyBank Pavilion. The reigning king of hiphop finally makes a Pittsburgh stop with SZA, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and more as part of the TDE: The Championship Tour. The concert follows an earth-shaking Grammy performance. Expect plenty of pumped-up

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Shania Twain: July 17 at PPG Paints Arena. Queen of country pop long before Taylor Swift came to be, Twain will be touring behind the album “NOW” after supposed farewell shows in 2015. Expect plenty of soul and sequins. Foo Fighters: July 19 at PPG Paints Arena. The last time they were in town, Dave Grohl was sitting atop a rock throne with a broken leg. Grohl will now have the whole stage to showcase his stride and powerful stage screams. Except cover jams, epic singalongs and material from last year’s “Concrete and Gold.” Eagles: July 24 at PPG Paints Arena. The sudden loss of Glenn Frey in 2016 was devastating for the band of broth-

ers. They returned last year with the additions of Vince Gill and Frey’s son, Deacon, proving that their melodies are still sunrise-worthy, even when they play indoors venues. Arctic Monkeys: July 31 at Petersen Events Center. An upgrade from Stage AE to a bigger stage is fitting for a band whose last release, “AM,” was a commercial and critical slam dunk. With a new album set to come out in May, it’s fair to say Alex Turner’s sexy hip shakes will continue to mesmerize audiences this go around.

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Real Estate: June 5 at Mr. Smalls. The indie rockers that hail from New Jersey will release spacey specks of guitar-tuned fairy dust on Pittsburgh audiences this year. They fill a void while bands like Death Cab for Cutie hide out in the dark. AE.

Ween: July 27 at Stage

You may know them thanks to the catchy end credits of “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.” Beyond that, Ween have even wackier songs that highlight their routes in parody rock and epics that border on Beatles-esque, “Sgt. Pepper” territory.

The Flaming Lips: Aug. 24 at Stage AE. Front man Wayne Coyne returns to his birthplace after a five-year hiatus that last saw his band opening for The Black Keys. The Flaming Lips’ live show is a true trip thanks to fluorescent visuals and crazy on-stage antics.

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS

June 1: Dave Matthews Band at KeyBank Pavilion, Code Orange at Mr. Smalls Theatre and Justin Timberlake at PPG Paints Arena. Now this is an eclectic bunch. It’s unlikely you’ll find hardcore fans of all three bands, but each are worthy of praise. Dave Matthews performed a solo set at Farm Aid last year at the venue and is sure to show the lawn at KeyBank Pavilion another drunken good time. Hometown punk heroes Code Orange will deliver a seething set after being nominated for a Grammy. And if witnessing JT bring sexy back isn’t going to fit into your summer schedule, there is always a second show at the arena on Sept. 25. June 2: X Fest at KeyBank Pavilion, Kenny Chesney at Heinz Field, Def Leppard and Journey at PPG Paints Arena and Hayley Kiyoko at Mr. Smalls Theatre. An upgrade in stage size

is fitting for X Fest’s 20th anniversary. Guitar wizard Jack White is the headliner, with Cold War Kids, AWOLNATION, Sir Sly and more on the bill. Prepare for the North Shore to be littered in beer cans and the occasional couch. Chesney is a concert some dread and others await on an annual basis. Either way, it’s bound to be a party. A double bill of aging rockers might not be every college student’s first choice, but Def Leppard never disappoint when it comes to delivering 80s anthems. The smaller artist of the mix may be Kiyoko, but that doesn’t mean she should be discounted. She has plenty of style and swagger. If this date doesn’t work, she’s an opener for Panic! At The Disco’s show at PPG Paints Arena on July 18. July 10: Weezer and Pixies at KeyBank Pavilion and Arcade Fire at Stage AE. Perhaps the most difficult choice for fans of alt rock. One is a great doubleheader with each group having the hits and deep cuts to please an audience of all ages. The other is a festival mainstay taking the rare small stage to deliver soaring songs from their impressive back catalogue.

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The A&E editors pick movies to see for the summer

Movie-goers can expect a slate of sequels, spin-offs and sleeper hits this year By Nick Horwat and Mick Stinelli Co-A&E Editors

From remakes to sequels and few original intellectual properties, summer of 2018 looks to have a stacked line up for movies. Here are some of the highlights of what to look forward to in the next few months of film.

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Yet another superhero movie coming to big screens across the globe, and this one is predicted to be the biggest one of all time. With a reported budget of $500 million that would make it the highest budgeted film of all time, the expectations are high and it is more than likely that Robert Downey Jr. and company will not only meet but surpass those expectations. “Avengers: Infinity War” is releasing on April 27.

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Ryan Reynolds is back, dawning the red and black suit of the sarcastic, charismatic “Merc with a Mouth” better known as Deadpool.

The first film was released in early 2016 to much critical acclaim, and people are expecting much of the same with this sequel. “Deadpool” is the superhero movie for people who don’t like superhero movies, and “Deadpool 2” seems to be a bit more on the superhero movie side but is still expected to bring laughs. “Deadpool 2” comes out May 18.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Another inclusion to the long line of Star Wars films, the Han Solo origin story. Starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, this is arguably his biggest role to date in his career. Other notable names starring in the film are Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett and Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra. Most of the talk, however, centers around Donald Glover playing Lando Calrissian. “Solo” will premiere May 25.

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A documentary about Mr. Rogers and the great effect his show, “Mr. Rog-

ers Neighborhood,” had on the world. Set for a limited release June 8.

OCEAN’S 8

John Mulaney had a bit a few years ago in which he stated that “Ocean’s 11” could never work with women. Director Gary Ross has taken on that challenge with “Ocean’s 8,” which is stacked to the brim with A-list talent. Of course, Matt Damon is set to reprise his role from the “Ocean’s” franchise, though there is no word on whether or not George Clooney will make an appearance. Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and Mindy Kaling are among the eight women who will be performing the heist of the century on June 8.

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People have been waiting 14 years for this sequel, and the time has finally come. Pixar Animation took its time in hopes of making the best sequel possible, and judging by the trailers, the animation looks incredible. This could very well be

the best animated film of the year, much like its predecessor winning the Academy Award for best animated film. “Incredibles 2” is set for release June 15.

math of the events in “Infinity War,” which co-director Joe Russo said would leave fans heartbroken. It comes out July 6.

Chris Pratt and his crew are continuing to save the recreated dinosaurs and keep them from taking over the world. This is the fifth film to be released in the Jurassic Park film series, one of the most popular and top grossing film series ever. “Jurassic World” alone accumulated over $1.6 billion at the box office. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” hits theaters June 22.

self. After appearing in “Get Out,” “Atlanta” and Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” music video, he is starring in “Sorry to Bother You.” Stanfield stars as a telemarketer who rises through the ranks by pretending to sound white. It’s sure to be a biting satire when it hits wide release on July 6.

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU JURASSIC WORLD: Lakeith Stanfield has FALLEN KINGDOM made quite a name for him-

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Ant-Man was a surprise hit in 2015, much thanks to a talented cast featuring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. Its sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” is the first Marvel movie following the massive “Avengers: Infinity War.” It will be interesting to see how the characters in this film deal with the after-

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Ewan McGregor stars as the titular Robin in this adaption of the classic “Winnie the Pooh.” Mixing the storybook animals with Christopher Robin’s bleak nine-to-five life is sure to bring out the tears for children and adults alike. It hits theaters Aug. 3. These and many more movies to be released. It is looking to be a record breaking summer at the box office.

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Courtesy of Janelle Monáe’s Facebook Page

Janelle Monáe’s next album, “Dirty Computer,” is set to cap off a trilogy of classic albums, after “The Electric Lady” from 2013 and “The ArchAndroid” from 2010. The singles so far have been a celebration of women, femnimity and Monáe’s musical heroes.

Janelle Monáe demands to be heard on new singles By Mick Stinelli Co-A&E Editor

Janelle Monáe has so far released four singles from her upcoming album, “Dirty Computer,” out April 27. Judging by the album’s current offerings, it’s shaping up to be on par with “The ArchAndroid” and “The Electric Lady,” her previous two offerings and genuine modern classics. The first single she released, “Django Jane,” found Monáe in a rare state. She raps with the force of a veteran, with a hunger heard in few of her contemporaries. It’s all bars and no hook, she takes on tour-deforce of subjects, ranging from her origins in Kansas City to the strength of black femininity via “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Scandal.” Feminine pride courses through the track, with lines like “We gave you God, we gave you earth / We fem the future, don’t make it worse.” At the end of the song, she leaves the listener with a question: “If she the

G.O.A.T now, would anybody doubt it?” It’s hard to argue with her. “Make Me Feel” somehow finds a way to top the bold bombast of “Django Jane.” Monáe shocked fans when she revealed that the song wasn’t just influenced by Prince; the Purple One himself contributed a synth line to the song. According to Monáe, Prince worked extensively on the album, and it’s undoubtedly clear on “Make Me Feel.” The guitar licks are straight out of “Kiss,” and the sexy lyrics call back to “Dirty Mind” like few songs today can. It’s an incredible homage to the late, great funk icon. “Prince was actually working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency,” Monáe said in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. One can only imagine what kind of influence Prince will have on the album as a whole, but that will remain unclear until the album’s liner notes are released alongside the album. Grimes - who featured

Monáe on her “Art Angles” album on the impossibly catchy “Venus Fly” - appears on “Pynk.” It’s pure pop, and full of less-than-subtle references to the female anatomy. The synth arpeggio under the snaps is the perfect backdrop to the airy melodies in the verses. The song builds to an explosive hook, where the pair sing “’Cause boy, it’s cool if you got the blue, we got the pynk.” It’s the perfect track for a topdown drive in the summer. “I Like That,” her most recent cut released from the album, continued to shock. It takes on a starkly different tone than any of the previous singles. Stuttering hi-hats over 808 snares and kicks gives it a contemporary beat, but the melody seems to have come from some other place entirely. Monáe shows over her incredible vocal chops, then drops into a rap breakdown with burns such as, “I remember when you laughed when I cut my perm off and you rated me a six.” It’s a continuation of the

feminist themes that have run throughout “Dirty Computer’s” previous singles. It’s not a subject that Monáe hasn’t touched on before. She was a lead in the rousing “Hidden Figures,” a story about the black women who shaped the Space Race. That film, alongside her stunning performance in “Moonlight,” earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the BET Awards. Her previous album, “The Electric Lady,” featured appearances from icons like Erykah Badu on “Q.U.E.E.N.” and Solange on “Electric Lady,” both of which carried strong feminist themes. But it’s an idea that carries heavier weight following the defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016 and the #MeToo and #TimesUp revelations of 2017. Monáe herself spoke up at the Grammys in February, saying: “Just as we have the power to shape culture, we have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well.” Monáe has always made an effort to shift the culture

into her own space. Her afro-futurist vision sets her apart from any of her contemporaries; it’s an aesthetic that is purely her own. “Dirty Computer” couldn’t come out at a better time. “Black Panther,” with its own afro-futurist concept, ruled the box office. Cardi B released her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” to unanimous acclaim from critics and fans. Beyoncé owned Coachella with a career-defining performance. These women are among the many that Monáe herself has called to action. They’re the ones who are shifting and shaping the culture, setting a standard for a generation of new performance and acting as role models for generations of young women. Monáe has become even more empowered in her dedication to lifting up women through her art, and this diligent mission has finally come to fruition amidst a culture that needs it more than ever.

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A summer sign-off from us The time we’ve all been yearning for is finally upon the horizon. We are another year older and perhaps a little wiser. We’ve developed portfolios, created works of art and expressed ourselves through our various talents. Now it’s time to say goodbye for the summer, and for some, to start their journey. We’re not at the corner of real and world, anymore, we’re right in the middle of the intersection. Many of us are still finalizing our summer plans - figuring out where we will be interning, waiting anxiously for passports to begin traveling, getting ready to start back at our trusty summer gigs, ordering books to get ahead with a few extra class credits or looking for real jobs with salaries and 401Ks (hopefully). While summer is a time to relax and refresh, it’s not the same as our summers of childhood in the past. We are still students, but should be prudent in maintaining some sort of mental stimulation through the dog days of summer. If you don’t have any plans, make some. No internship? Free-

lance for yourself to build up that cherished portfolio to get you ahead of the competition. Not jet setting? Take a spontaneous road trip, buy a cheap Megabus ticket or have fun being a tourist in your own hometown. No summer credits? Sign up for that community yoga or abstract art class at your nearest community college. Not ready for a “real” job yet? Look into some potential dream jobs and come up with a concrete way to get there. Relaxing is important, yes. But the point is, you’ll feel a lot better for being productive rather than sleeping the heat away. When you come back, you’ll be focused and hopefully have some lively stories to share with friends. At the very least, read that book you’ve been itching to that’s collected dust on the shelf. Or if you’re feeling extra ambitious, maybe you could write one. We’ll see you next semester, Point Park. Thanks for reading.

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America and Syria: an ongoing saga By Jordon Slobodinsky Copy Editor

In the wake of a questionable decision to attack Syria with airstrikes, the internet has gone a little crazy. Now, I am not a supporter of President Donald Trump nor am I defending him, but was the decision to conduct airstrikes in Syria all that different from attacks that former President Obama had ordered on ISIS territory in 2015?

“The man is certainly no military expert and he is by far not a great president.” Jordan Slobodinsky Copy Editor The Globe

Many people have gone ballistic saying that World War III is on the horizon, when in reality, Trump made a tough call. So let’s look at what lead to this decision and then compare it to President Obama’s airstrikes three years ago. On Friday, April 13, 2018, the United States, Britain and France attacked Syrian comThe Point Park Globe plexes under the control of globe@pointpark.edu President Bashar al-Assad. In

the international community, Assad is a textbook dictator and lunatic. In his most recent stunt, he used chemical weapons to murder his own citizens. This is not the first time this has happened, as Assad has continuously used chemical weapons against a rebel army that opposes his regime. I am rather glad that we came to Syria’s aid, as to truly end the reign of a man like Assad, it is going to take force. This is not even the first time Trump has done this. Just one year ago, Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria after Assad used chemical weapons to murder 80 people. If you have never watched someone die from a chemical weapon, then I implore you to look it up and find the “60 Minutes” episode where they show people dying from the use of Assad’s weapons. It is truly terrifying, and completely unacceptable to attack anyone this way. Starting in 2014, there were over 3,000 U.S. led airstrikes on Syria. Again, the Obama administration approved this and were fighting for the same reasons. ISIS held territory in Syria and was at the height of their power. In fact the famous Paris attacks had recently occurred causing France to join the U.S. in these attacks. Attacking radical groups like ISIS or terrifying leaders like Assad is something that we have to do, it is almost an obligation. War is an ugly

thing, and I hate it, but we cannot allow terror to ruin the lives of the citizens of the Middle East. What the internet is going crazy over is the fact that Trump ordered an attack. The man is certainly no military expert and he is by far not a great president. But the man is human, and I believe after he sees footage such as those being murdered by chemical weapons, he feels compelled to do something when he has so much power. Maybe that isn’t what the internet fears. Maybe it’s the fact that Russia has publicly announced their support for Assad and his decisions. Funny how that works. Crazy dictator Vladimir Putin supports crazy dictator Assad? It is scary that we could be on the brink of war with Russia, but are we going to war for the wrong reason? Despite what the internet will tell you about the U.S. going to war in order to seize control of Syria’s oil, is it that hard to believe that we want to go after this lunatic who is murdering innocent people? I’m not condoning war, but madmen like Assad cannot be allowed to freely decimate innocent people. Trump may have made a controversial decision, but every second we get closer to the end of Assad’s reign, the closer we get to a better world.

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What does it really mean to be an American? By Dylan Kersten For The Globe

I have been told it is something to be proud of. I remember getting emotional as a second-grader in an assembly where “God Bless the U.S.A.” was booming along to a light show in the gymnasium. I used to sport the flag on matching Old Navy shirts with my brothers, and I would even get a new shirt every time I grew out of one. Then I got to college, where critical thinking about one’s place in the world is encouraged just far enough into life that the threat of discomfort discourages diving deeply into this question. It was here that I asked myself - about 18 years too late - “What does it mean to be an American?” For a while, I thought that it meant to love and support democracy. Gradually, I have realized how little this system of supposed collective decision-making is actually played out in our government. While many of us are consumed with picking the right side of the deeply corrupt two-party system and told that voting third-party is a waste, the voices of the rich and the sound of incoming cash are always drowning out the voices

of those who desperately need systematic change. Democracy seems like it would encourage diversity and that diversity in government would fight against racism and discrimination, but we saw atrocities such as police brutality and deportation of immigrants only grow even when the president himself was a man of color. For a while, I thought it was about pursuing my dreams. But I realized most of my dreams were indoctrinated, leaving me like a toddler running after a ball down an endless hill, not because I wanted it, but because I thought it was the only ball in the world. I started to see that the idealized American dream seems to change with the needs of industry. I have realized many American people do not have the privilege of living for their dreams as they can only wish to escape their nightmare of everyday life. I have realized solely focusing on chasing my dreams effectively prevents me from actually caring about those people. For a while, I was told America was a Christian nation. This is the one point I have long rejected even before college. Jesus taught his followers to unconditional-

ly care for and feed the poor and needy, not to tell them to “Get a job!” as they die from hunger. Jesus taught his followers to love and pray for enemies, not to hate them and celebrate when they are killed. Jesus taught his followers to worship God only, not to worship a flag whose significance is inconsistent from person to person and falls light-years short of the cross. Jesus laid down his life for the restoration of all. America wages war for the security of the few. For a while, I was told that to be an American meant to love freedom. Slavery was abolished in 1865, women were given the right to vote in 1920 and in 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed that finally gave everyone equal freedom (on paper, at least). But I find myself asking, “How did all of the occurrences that necessitated such legislation even happen in a country that has boasted of ‘freedom’ since its inception?” I have learned that the profit accumulated from African-American slavery was foundational to the economic freedom that many of us enjoy. This foundation was built on the stolen ground of someone else’s home. Mass incarceration is the

new U.S. slavery. People are denied humane treatment daily based on their race, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. Corporations are thriving off of low-wage/slave labor overseas, and on the other end, we are made slaves to consumerism. Much of our taxes fund constant war, putting innocent people into lives of fear or into their graves as our military is sent to fight for corporate interests. I never wish to disrespect the American military lives lost in war. So it feels like freedom for many of us. It feels like we are almost constantly driving down the highway with the windows down and our hair blowing in the wind, but maybe if we turned the music down for a second, we would hear the screams of the people unwillingly giving their lives to keep the engine running and wheels turning. I think what it means to be an American is to constantly ask yourself what it means. You ask it enough until you can transcend it and come to asking yourself, “What does it mean to be human?” Then it does not matter so much what it means to be an American, and you no longer have to convince yourself that America actually stands for

“life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” To be an American might not mean much of anything once you ask more than one person, but to be human in large part is to worship, to love and to work for something. We can subscribe to what we have been told, and we can worship, love, listen to and work for only things that keep us comfortable (physically and emotionally). Or, we can use those human capabilities to live out this American fantasy in our own lives, where we see our neighbor - American or not and love them. And we hope and fight for their voice to be heard, for their dream to be possible and for their freedom to be true. The lost arts of compassion and empathy start to overtake that hatred that has been clinging to our bones. And you realize to be human does not mean to seek convenience and personal prosperity at the cost of inconvenience and struggle of someone else. I do not know what it means to be an American. But whatever it means, I know it will always be but a mask of what it means to be human.

Dylan Kersten drkerst@pointpark.edu

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CROUP’S CORNER By Josh Croup

Sports Columnist

Good night, and good luck I really can’t believe this is the end. There have been several “lasts” this month and there will be even more this week for me and the rest of the graduating class of 2018, but the end of Croup’s Corner is extra bittersweet. I’ve spent weeks trying to figure out how to write my 100th and final column that I’ve had since I was a second-semester freshman. In that brainstorming process, I did more reflecting than preparing for this moment that came around far too quickly. I read a lot of my old columns, including my first. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I said no initially to the offer, considering that I was hesitant to get too deeply involved during my first year. No, it wasn’t my idea to start a sports column in The Globe, for those who have asked. The Globe’s sports column has been a staple in the publication for more than a decade, with titles ranging from “Column as I See ‘Em” to “Word from the Weiss.” Croup’s Corner over the past seven semesters has told the stories of Point Park’s finest people and analyzed team’s trending statistics. It’s also told the story of my progression as a writer and a storyteller. I cringed reading some of my early work and wondered why the editors at the time took a chance on me. I smiled looking back at some of the stories I told in the corner about athletes at the university who do more than compete on the scoreboard. I remembered debating whether or not I would click the send button on my transfer application during my second semester on campus, doubting my ability to succeed at Point Park. I recalled thinking, “Because, why not?” constantly when battling with myself over the decision to accept or decline the offer to have this column. I laughed at the decision to name the column “Croup’s Corner” - which wasn’t my idea, but that of my freshman dorm neighbor - instead of my ideas that reflected first-level creativity including “The Pioneer Playbook.” (By the way, I still don’t understand why everything on this campus has the words “Point,” “Park,” Pioneer,” or “Bison” in the title, but that’s for another column.) I had flashbacks to the internal struggle I had when I became editor-in-chief for the 2016 calendar year, wondering how I would continue writing my column every week while also juggling a million other duties. I found a couple of thank you messages sent by athletes regarding the way I covered them and teared up. I dug up the awards “Croup’s Corner” has won from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and grinned. I’ve had every emotion possible over the last several weeks, as I’m sure most of the

graduating seniors can relate. I had no idea how to end what has been the greatest pleasure, struggle, honor and joy of my college career. I’m terrible at goodbyes and am more a fan of “see you later.” I didn’t want to say goodbye and I wanted to thank too many people. A simple thank you list of names would take up the entire sports section. I’ve been overly blessed during my Point Park career for the athletes, coaches, administrators, editors and everyone in between who has contributed to or supported my work in some way. So, I end with the biggest cliché lesson I’ve learned during my time writing this weekly column exactly 100 times now since 2015. Everything happens for a reason. No, it’s not unique, but I believe it with everything in me. Everyone is placed in your life for a reason. You never know why you meet someone, why someone treats you a certain way, or why someone rejected or accepted you into their organization. With the benefit of hindsight, we realize why certain people come in and out of our lives. Opportunities are presented to you for a reason. Some of them are handed to you on a silver platter, but most require active outreach and perseverance. Again, with hindsight, we can connect the dots to life’s events and our experiences to see how they eventually played out and led us to where we are now. In the moment, we don’t know how things will progress. CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley said at a talk I attended earlier this year, “Say yes before the reasons for saying no creep into your head.” That’s not how I approached my early college career, but I wish that was my mindset. Most of the time, I am a yes man, but I think of ways to decline offers far more than I should. Everything really happens for a reason. I didn’t know why I was handed down the column when I was, but I’m forever grateful for the opportunity it has presented me. I’ve learned more in my week to week expedition writing this column than I realize. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to occupy this section of this paper that holds an even closer place in my heart. I owe more to The Globe than I can give. With all of the lasts that are still to come, this one hurts the most. With the lasts will come even more firsts. I’ll owe many of those moments to the reader and this publication. I leave this week with a resounding thank you and the hope that you’ll chase every opportunity that is within reach. Until we meet again, good night, and good luck.

Josh Croup jdcroup@pointpark.edu

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Midway ends baseball team’s perfect RSC record, takes 2 of 3 By Robert Berger Co-News Editor

The Pioneer baseball team dropped two games to conference opponent Midway University this past weekend ending an 18-game winning streak in conference play. “It was a big blow,” head coach Loren Torres said. “Having to bounce back from actually losing a weekend is going to take some character.” Tensions were high through the weekend as Point Park faced an ejection and the clearing of benches after a play at the plate Saturday. Junior Nicholas Beardsley took the mound in game one and lasted five and one third innings. He gave up five hits and was charged with four earned runs, resulting in his second loss of the season. The first was a 1-0 loss in the season opener against Warner University in Florida. Senior Addison Domingo was brought in to relieve Beardsley and only pitched one and one third innings after being ejected with no warning after throwing an inside pitch. “There was a miscommunication between our catcher and one of their hitters and they got in an argument,” Torres said. “If he would have handed the warnings out things would have settled down and it would have been a lot smoother. As a result of the ejection, Domingo now faces a fourgame suspension. After sitting out both games Saturday, he still has two games to serve. Point Park originally was set to face Seton Hill University Tuesday, however both games were canceled due to the weather. “I wanted to set him up for

the curveball and go up and inside to brush him back a little and throw the curveball on the next pitch. Unfortunately it got away from me and it was close to his head,” Domingo said. “I pitched the game we lost last year to IU Southeast that ended our season so I’ve got a chip on my shoulder.” Sophomore Daryl Pino and senior Keenan Smith pitched in relief following the ejection. Midway scored twice in the top half of the ninth with the runs charged to Pino. On the offensive side, Point Park only totaled four hits on the day but managed to score three runs. Brandon Aoki of Midway took a perfect game into the sixth and a no hitter to the seventh. “He had an outstanding day on the mound. He was pitching in and out and getting his off speed over and just pitched very well,” Torres said. “We could have swung the bats better based on the pitchers ability, but it didn’t happen.” Senior Jake Horew broke scoring open in the sixth inning when he drove in Billy Kidd on a ground out. Senior Chris Hernandez also had an RBI single in the sixth inning, bringing Reynaldo Adames across the plate. The final scoring efforts for Point Park came in the seventh inning off a sacrifice fly from Adames. The final two games of the series were played Saturday and Felix Castillo started game one. While lasting six and one third innings, he gave up seven hits and allowed three runs. The Point Park offense struck early notching three runs through the first three innings. Midway however answered back, scoring one run

Robert Berger | Point Park Athletics Junior Felix Castillo earned a no-decision in Point Park’s 10-9 loss in extra innings Saturday against Midway. The Eagles handed the Pioneers their first losses of the season, taking two of the three games in the series.

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each in the third, fifth and seventh innings, eventually tying the game at 3-3. Point Park responded in the bottom half of the inning and scored on a single to left field off the bat of senior Stefan Mrkonja. With junior Ryan Huber on the mound, Midway tallied four more runs in the top of the eighth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Point Park loaded the bases and tied the game when Hernandez was hit by a pitch. A double play followed and Point Park left the bases loaded. Huber hit the lead off batter in the tenth and junior Anthony Savarino was brought in. Savarino gave up two hits and one run, giving Midway an 8-7 lead. Point Park went three up three down in the bottom half of the inning to end the game. The team totaled 15 hits through the contest and left 15 men on base. “I think game two we should have one,” Torres said. “We just stranded a lot of runners… we just didn’t get the big hits.” Junior Nick Bucci started the third game and Midway made quick work putting up three runs in the two first innings. Point Park answered back in the first inning with one run and six more in the bottom of the third, Mrkonja led off the third with a solo home run and later senior Ben Herstine drove in three on a homer. More runs came in the fourth and fifth as Richard Perez scored two on a double and Herstine hit a three-run homer in the fifth. Tensions rose again with the ending of the fourth inning as Richard Perez was tagged out at home forcefully. The tag resulted in a verbal altercation and the clearing of benches. Bucci lasted three and two thirds innings for Point Park and was relieved by sophomore Cole Horew who finished the game while not allowing a hit. Point Park won the final game 13-4. Offensively, the team tallied 16 hits. Point Park will continue conference play this weekend against IU Southeast. Point Park is currently tied for first in the River States Conference with the team. “It’s the biggest regular season series of the year and we’re excited about it. I think pressure is a privilege… with pressure there is a huge opportunity in front of you,” Torres said.

Robert Berger raberge@pointpark.edu


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Weather finally clears for home softball games, Pioneers improve to 6-2 in RSC By Jordan Slobodinsky Copy Editor

The Point Park softball team swept Asbury on Friday in a conference doubleheader, however, the Pioneers were unable to complete the sweep against Midway the next day. The Pioneers ended up splitting the series with Midway, leaving the home weekend with a 3-1 record. It was the second time in 2018 that the Pioneers played on their home field and the first weekend with a pair of home series. Point Park played its home opener against Carlow on March 31 and had last weekend’s home games postponed due to weather. In the first contest against Asbury, the Pioneers earned a 3-0 victory. They did what they do best and came out with an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. The run came after senior Alyssa McMurtrie singled, and then stole second base. Junior Shannon Davis followed the steal with a single that pushed McMurtrie to third base. Freshman Bailey Myers proceeded to put down a bunt that allowed McMurtrie to come home. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Pioneers extended the lead to 3-0. Sophomore Courtney Blocher singled and senior Kim Corcoran did the same, putting runners on first and second. Senior Jess Beitler then hit a deep fly ball that was mis-played by the Eagles center fielder, allowing Blocher to score. Freshman Maddie Horn scored later in the inning running for Corcoran. Junior pitcher Ashley Iagnemma went six innings, giving up four hits and striking out four en route to her fifth win of the year. Sophomore Katie Tarr relieved Iagnemma in the seventh inning, striking out two and earning the save. The second game of the doubleheader was a different story for the Pioneers. Junior pitcher Tiffany Edwards pitched a perfect game until the top of the sixth inning. A close baserunning call at first

Robert Berger | Point Park Athletics Senior infielder Lily Pruneda dives for the ball during the first game against Carlow on Saturday. Pruneda appeared at bat four times during the double header and registered two sacrifice hits. Point Park is 1-1 in RSC play.

base ended the perfect contest, however, it was the only hit Edwards gave up en route to a complete game shutout. Edwards ended the game with four strikeouts and gave up no walks while picking up the victory. The Pioneers won the game 8-0 thanks to an offensive spark in the bottom of the fourth inning. Corcoran started the rally by drawing a walk, and she was replaced by Horn who came in to pinch run. Beitler stepped up to the plate and hit a triple to bring Horn home, making the Pioneer lead 1-0. Sophomore Amber Cook then singled and Beitler made her way home to extend the lead to 2-0. McMurtrie bunted and made it safely to first base and Cook made it to second base. Davis sacrifice bunted to move two both runners into scoring position. Junior Brittany Zeigler then hit a deep sacrifice fly that scored Cook. Myers drew a walk and stole second base, then senior Lily Pruneda doubled to bring in McMurtie and Myers, giving the Pioneers a 5-0 lead. The Pioneers added two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and one run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The following day the Pi-

LAST WEEK’S SCOREBOARD APRIL 10 - 16 BASEBALL (31-4) (19-2)

POINT PARK 12, CLARION 4 ...............................................................April 11 MIDWAY 8, POINT PARK 3* ................................................................April 13 MIDWAY 8, POINT PARK 7 (10 Innings)* ..........................................April 14 MIDWAY 4, POINT PARK 13* ..............................................................April 14 Next: April 20-21 @ (RV) IU Southeast*

SOFTBALL (9-13) (6-2)

POINT PARK 0, URSULINE 6 ..............................................................April 11 POINT PARK 2, URSULINE 3 ...............................................................April 11 ASBURY 0, POINT PARK 3* .................................................................April 13 ASBURY 0, POINT PARK 8 (6 Innings)* .............................................April 13 MIDWAY 3, POINT PARK 0* ................................................................April 14 MIDWAY 1, POINT PARK 3*.................................................................April 14 Next: April 18 @ Ohio Christian*, April 20 @ WVU Tech*, April 21 @ (RV) Rio Grande

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

WESTMINISTER INVITATIONAL.......................................................April 14 Wicks: 7th, discus (36.38 m); 9th, shot put (11.63 m) BUCKNELL BISON OUTDOOR CLASSIC............................................April 14-15 Shields: 1st, 800 m (2:07); 2nd, 1,500 m (4:17) Next: April 19, Slippery Rock Open

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

WESTMINISTER INVITATIONAL.......................................................April 14 Harris: 4th, 400 m hurdles (56 seconds); 6th, 110 m hurdles (16.11 seconds) BUCKNELL BISON OUTDOOR CLASSIC............................................April 14-15 Lowery: 4th, long jump (6.90 m) Next: April 19, Slippery Rock Open

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GOLF

WESTMINSTER SPRING INVITATIONAL (Men) - Cancelled..........April 16 RSC TOURNAMENT (Women).............................................................April 16-17 Next: April 23-24, RSC Tournament (Men) *River States Conference Game

oneers hosted Midway University and were unable to complete the weekend sweep. In game one, Midway scored in the top of the fifth and sixth inning and Pioneers offense was unable to counter that. The Pioneers were held to just four hits in the 3-0 loss.

Iagnemma pitched the entire seven innings, giving up six hits, three runs and striking out seven. The second contest between the Pioneers and the Midway Eagles went in Point Park’s favor. The Pioneers took a 1-0

lead in bottom of the first inning. Horn singled to lead off the frame and Pruneda bunted her to second base. Corcoran hit a fly ball that put Horn at third base. Beitler singled that brought Horn home. Point Park added another run in the bottom of the second inning after Myers hit a sacrifice fly ball that scored McMurtrie and gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead. Midway was able to come back with a run in the top of the fourth inning, but the Pioneers extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Edwards picked up her second win of the weekend, allowing one run, three hits and striking out four. Point Park will make up its game with Ohio Christian that was postponed earlier in the year on Wednesday. The Pioneers then head to West Virginia Tech on Friday and Rio Grande on Saturday.

Jordan Slobodinsky jeslobo@pointpark.edu

Track and field teams make final preparations ahead of conferences By Dara Collins Co-Sports Editor

The men’s and women’s track teams split up this past weekend to showcase their talent at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic and the Westminster Invitational. “It was a tough decision,” head coach Kelly Parsley said. “I think it worked out best for the team to split up and give my top-end athletes a little bit better of an experience to compete at a higher level.” Junior Anna Shields shined when she broke another school record and personal best of 4 minutes, 17 seconds in the 1,500 meters. Her previous top national time in the event was 4 minutes, 21 seconds. Shields is now 10th in collegiate rankings in the 1,500 meters. Shields led for most of the race before Bucknell’s Christine Bendzinski passed to finish just a second ahead at 4 minutes, 16 seconds. Both runners fell below the previous facility record in the race. “I knew that Christine Bendzinski had an awesome kick,” Shields said. “I knew it was coming in the race, but I did my best to just run my best race, so I’m proud of that.” Shields notched a second national best with a time of 2 minutes, 7 seconds in the 800 meters on day two of the NCAA Division I meet. Freshman Reba Bartram ran in the same event and finished first in her heat with a time of 2 minutes, 19 seconds. Returning from a concussion, Olukemi Olugbakinro finished with a time of 26.84 seconds in the 200 meter dash. Freshman Lindsey Archibeque raced in the

400 meter hurdles to place 25th at 1 minute, 8 seconds. Junior Kara Rohlf ran a personal best and placed 10th in the unseeded 10,000 meters at 39 minutes, 10 seconds. Sophomore Mackenzie Mangum finished 25th in the javelin with a throw of 35.13 meters, her best throw of the season. More women recorded school records and personal bests at the Westminster Invitational. Freshman Jasmine Wicks placed seventh with her season-best throw of 36.38 meters in the discus and placed ninth in the shot put with a distance of 11.63 meters, a new school record. On the track, freshman Selena Canello finished 12th in the 400 meters with a personal best of 1 minute, 1 second. The men’s jump squad featured senior Jryi Davis in the finals of the triple jump. Davis finished ninth with a leap of 14.17 meters, and sophomore Chance Callahan placed 15th with 13.53 meters. Junior Michael Morris finished in 20th place after clearing a height of 1.91 meters in the high jump. Junior Andre Lowery’s 6.90-meter jump earned him a new school record and fourth place in the long jump, the highest Pioneer to place in the event. Callahan finished 16th with 6.42 meters, and Davis finished 27th with 6.18 meters. “Saturday was great weather,” Davis said. “It was perfect weather for jumping, but then it comes down to Sunday...the temperature is so cold. We know we can do better when it’s hotter.” Sophomore Xavier Stephens competed in the unseeded 1,500 meters and finished in 4 minutes, 5 seconds.

Junior Bryan Partika finished fourth in his heat and 33rd overall in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 59.19 seconds. At Westminster, the men finished 11th of 22 teams. Junior Malcolm Harris highlighted the day with a school record of 56 seconds flat in the 400 meter hurdles. The time earned Harris fourth place, and he also placed sixth in the 110 meter hurdles at 16.11 seconds. Other top-15 finishes on the track included junior Andre Bennett in sixth place in the 800 meters, sophomore Dannys Marrero in eighth place in the 1,500 meters and senior Aaron Barlow in 14th place in the 100 meters. Freshman Brady Corklin cleared 4.26 meters to place ninth in the pole vault and claim a school record. The 4x100 relay team finished fifth with a time of 42.71 seconds. The team consisted of Barlow, Harris, Tyrone Robinson and Aramis Wright. The 4x400 relay team of Barlow, Harris, Corklin and Robinson placed seventh with 3 minutes, 29 seconds. The Pioneers will compete this Thursday at the Slippery Rock Open, the last scheduled meet before the River States Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship April 27.“It is definitely crunch time for my athletes,” Parsley said. “This is the worst weather we’ve had in all my years of coaching, but to persevere and do some of the things we’re doing without facilities is pretty amazing, so I’m pretty proud of everybody.”

Dara Collins dmcolli2@pointpark.edu

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