November 2019 Magazine

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Inside This Issue:



Big Pink Week, 2020 Presidential Election, Tips For Remote Internships & "El Camino" Review

Setonian Staff Editors-in-Chief: Steve Dumnich

Online Editor: Caitlin Srager

News Section Editor: Annie Meyers

Staff Writers: Abrianna Karg, Austin Shaw, Chelsi Havko, Karlyn Simpson, Mark Nealon & Mikaela Fitzpatrick

What's New This Issue Big Pink Week Raises Awareness. . . . . . . . . . 3 Griffin Talk Series: Human Trafficking . . . . . . 4 Police Blotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 SHU Student shares PCA experience. . . . . . . 6 Athlete travels to Guatemala for Olympics. . . 7 Comic: Griffin Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 SHU and Transgender Community. . . . . . . .


Campus Police: SHU First Responders. . . . .


Five Tips for Remote Internships. . . . . . . . .


Social Media Coordinators:

Fall movie suggestions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Ally Riddle

2020 Presidential Election . . . . . . . . . . . . .


"El Camino" movie review . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Contributors: Faith McDowell & Phoebe Walczak

Cartoonist: Rebecca Scassellati

Layout Staff: Steve Dumnich, Annie Meyers,


Setonian November 2019 Magazine

Caitlin Srager & Rebecca Scassellati

Advertisement Staff: Annie Meyers

Advisor: Dennis G. Jerz, English

Cover photo: Rebecca Scassellati

Featured in cover photo: Haley Pomaibo (left) Gabriella Elliot (right)


Student goes to PCA conference


Top Movie Suggestions for fall season

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Big Pink Week Raises Awareness for Breast Cancer From Oct. 21-24, Seton Hill’s Residence Life hosted Big Pink Week, featuring multiple events on campus to encourage breast cancer awareness and raise funds for Westmoreland Walks. Westmoreland Walks is a local organization that contributes towards breast cancer research and supports men and women through their diagnosis. To kick off the week, the seventh annual Big Pink volleyball tournament was held in the McKenna gym. This year, there were twelve participating teams. The winners, The Empire Spikes Back, claimed their title for the third year in a row. The members on this team were Matt Sanchez, Abe Gibson, Brendt Billeck, Rocco Kempa, Emily Hazlett and Abbey Sitko. “I participated in Big Pink because it is a wonderful way to interact with other students in a new, fun, and competitive environment, while supporting a community that values breast cancer awareness and advocates for both breast cancer fighters and survivors,” said Abbey Sitko, winning team member and Seton Hill resident assistant. On Tuesday, pinwheels were placed on McKenna lawn to honor those affected by breast cancer. There was also a 50/50 raffle at the volleyball game between SHU and Fairmount University. Students paid $5 to participate in a Paint ‘N Sip event on Wednesday night in the Greensburg room. The week ended on Thursday with Pink Swag in the Maura Solarium, where donations were collected. “Big Pink Week is important because the community comes

Oct. 21-24, the SHU Residence Life hosted Big Pink Week. The week featured multiple events on campus to spread awareness to breast cancer and raise funds for Westmoreland Walks. The week started off with the seventh annual Big Pink Volleyball tournament in Mckenna gym. Photo from B.Marks.

together to unite against breast cancer,” said Gabrielle Oglesby, a resident assistant at Seton Hill. “From just the volleyball game alone, we raised a lot of money and we were able to have someone from Westmoreland Walks inform everyone about breast cancer, while having fun,” Oglesby said. Not only was Big Pink Week filled with fun activities and events.

Participating students contributed funds and raised awareness for breast cancer!

KaRLYN SIMPSON is a junior marketing and HR major. Karlyn also has a hospitality and tourism minor.


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Griffin Talk Series shares insight on Human Trafficking “There are many benefits of informing the Seton Hill community about trafficking. It may help people consider looking into the ethicality of the companies and brands they shop from, so that they are not perpetuating human trafficking,” said Taylor Sabol, a senior social work major at Seton Hill University. “It may help people to be more aware of potential victims around them, so they could inform law enforcement if they see something suspicious.” Oct. 18, students of the gender and woman studies special topics: human trafficking course taught by Jen Jones, a professor of communication, at SHU hosted a Griffin talk series about human trafficking. The event was hosted by an employee of the FBI who stated, “They prefer to remain anonymous.” “It may help people to be more aware of potential victims around them, so they could inform law enforcement if they see something suspicious,” Sabol said. “It also just helps more people to be talking about it in general, so we can advocate for victims and press for more consequences for traffickers.” The event was one of five events in the Griffin Talk series. “Starting small is the key to stopping the epidemic. So, starting by spreading awareness to the small Seton Hill community is key to helping and moving onto a larger scale,” said Luke Hudson, freshman global studies major with a specialization in human rights, peace and justice. The talks are centered around informing the SHU community about social justice issues. “I was delighted that every seat was taken. It shows me that Seton Hill students care about social justice issues and that they want to


learn about them,” said Jones. “I think it is important to the community because these are kind of co-curricular activities where students can make connections among their classes and events like this to further their liberal arts education.” The FBI employee presented information to the group of students in attendance where Oct. 19 an FBI agent came to SHU as part of a Griffin he stated that Talk Series on human trafficking. Pictured above is a human trafficking, shot of the myths that surround the topic of human trafficking. Photo by S.Dumnich/Setonian. “is one of seven civil rights issues Students learned about the push we cover.” and pull factors of human trafficking The FBI’s definition of sex traf- within the United States. ficking is defined as, “commercial Push factors of human trafficking sex acts induced by force, fraud, include discord at home, homelessor coercion or in which the person ness, mental health and addiction induced to perform such acts is a are some of the issues victims have minor.” The talk series covered in- to deal with. formation that covered the different The pull factors of human trafaspects of human trafficking: force, ficking include better paying jobs, a fraud and coercion. “loving” partner, availability of drugs Students listened to the FBI or alcohol and food or shelter and employee as he provided insight to sometimes material possessions. the issue and that human trafficking The presentation moved to focus does not just lie within sex acts. on trafficking outside of the U.S.: Human trafficking can take place foreign nationals. through fraud which is the condi“My perspective on human traftions of work or promises of immi- ficking is that it is one of the most gration or travel documents. silent yet horrifying industries in the Trafficking may also involve co- world,” said Sabol, “It happens evercion where the victim is engaged erywhere, and it is so important for in a kind of debt bondage with the people to speak up about it more. It trafficker or they are sometimes even happens in our own commuwithheld documents. nity, whether we blatantly see it or The victims are also threatened we do not.” with their own pictures used against The FBI employee stated that, the victims. “Some of the biggest push factors

Setonian Magazine are the origin of the victims’ transit countries where there try to escape war, repression and economy.” The most at risk persons for human trafficking are females from the age of 13-16, transgenders, especially youth and people who lack a family structure. Students were informed that not only females are at risk but also males as well. “I consider myself very knowledgeable about human trafficking, and I have been since high school. I think it’s overlooked because it makes people uncomfortable to hear about,” Sabol said. Moving towards the end of the talk, students were engaged in an open discussion with the FBI employee to share their thoughts on the subject and ask questions. “Just like everyone else in society, I knew of human trafficking but I was so "desensitized" to it or even felt as if "this could never happen to me" that I often overlooked it just as the rest of society does each and

every day,” Hudson said. “Now, however, I am way more knowledgeable on the topic and have the intellect to spread awareness and teach other people about it."

“Human trafficking is a worldwide issue so immense that it can not be tackled head-on at a global level.” - Luke Hudson The Griffin talk series is not the only way students are being informed about social justice issues such as human trafficking. “For example, the Red Sand

Campaign, which you may see the jars around campus and Seton Hill students fill the cracks outside with red sand,” said Jones, “I think that’s how these issues exist, it’s a good metaphor cause people are falling through the cracks and it’s not something that’s getting noticed but is so wide spread.” To report on any suspicious behavior make a report to one of the numbers below: FBI PGH: (412) 432-4000 ChildLine: 1 (800) 932-0313 National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-4000 National Center fo Missing & Exploited Children (NCME): 1 (800) 843-5678. STEVE DUMNICH is a senior journalism new-media major. He enjoys fishing and hiking in his spare time and is also very into photography, 2K and NHL.

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News Section

Seton Hill Student reflects on PCA conference experiences and future endeavors

During the “The theory essenlast weekend tially discusses treatof September, ing others as an end SHU senior and not a means to Communication something else,” said major Brittaney Pietrangelo. “Kant’s Pietrangelo prephilosophies discuss sented at the ethics and morality not 80th annual as a means for personal Pennsylvania benefit, but just for the Communication purpose of doing good. Association In terms of leadership, (PCA) conferit should be viewed as a ence at the role to create a change, P e n n S t a t e Seton Hill senior communicafor the betterment of Berks campus tion major Brittaney Pietrangelo not only oneself, but in Reading, Pa. presented at the 80th annual something greater that This confer- Pennsylvania Communication is important.” Conference at Penn State. Photo ence is hosted from B.Pietrangelo. Her presentation, ofannually to proficially titled “A Kantian mote philosophy, research, service, Approach to Leadership,” was preteaching and development in all sented during the last panel on Sept. areas of interpersonal communica- 28th. It was showcased during the tion. It also provides undergradu- last poster session of the evening. ate students with the opportunity “I met Ronald Arnett, a scholar I to meet influential scholars and phi- actually referenced in my paper relosophers in their respective fields. garding qualitative and quantitative “I attended this confer- research. It was an experience I will ence to present my studies from never forget,” Pietrangelo said. Communication Research,” said She, alongside hospitality and Pietrangelo. “I discussed the topic tourism major Hannah Long, even of leadership because I feel that it had the opportunity to take a picture should be taken more seriously in with this notable scholar. the professional world. It’s not about “It was actually amazing having being a boss or a dictator; it means the opportunity to present to a comso much more than that. Leadership munity outside of Seton Hill and is about being a role model.” receive feedback from scholars, phiPietrangelo attended this con- losophers and other professors from ference and put together her pre- across the state of Pennsylvania,” sentation with the guidance of Dr. Pietrangelo said. Jen Jones, an associate professor, In terms of professional develthe Communication Department opment, Pietrangelo stressed that Coordinator of Seton Hill and the this conference allowed her the op2019 president of the PCA. portunity to go out and present her Pietrangelo’s research focused research, without relying on notes or on Immanuel Kant’s philosophies her poster as a crutch for the discusof the categorical imperative and sion of her ideas. moral theory. “I really want to be a broadcaster,”


said Pietrangelo. “So, I feel that this conference helped me to gain confidence in what I can say and what I can do in when discussing topics from my own knowledge and understanding on the matter.” Since this conference, Pietrangelo has started an internship with CBS KDKA. She will be doing news reporting and sideline sports reporting, and she will have the opportunity to broadcast live on the air.

Featured left to right: Brittany Pietrangelo (left), Ronald Arnett (middle) and Hannah Long (right) pose for a photo at the 80th PCA conference at the Penn. State Berks campus in Reading, Pa. Pietrangelo and Long are both students at SHU. Photo from B.Pietrangelo. MIKAELA FITZPATRICK is a junior communication and English double-major. She is also a member of the Honors program and cheerleading squad.

Athletics Section

SHU’s Nichole McClendon travels to train for the Olympics with Guatemala’s national team Seton Hill “I’ve watched Junior cyberswimming, mainly security major because my family and Spanish is really big into minor, Nichole swimming, and McClendon, my cousin was an outfield actually in the pitcher on Olympics at Rio.” the Seton Hill softball team, How long Seton Hill university junior cybersecuhad the opdid you go to rity major and Spanish minor, Nichole portunity to McClendon (bottom right) poses with Canada for? train for the wth Guatemala national softball team “Over the Olympics with in Canada. Photo from of Coach Pelle. summer I went Guatemala's to Guatemala to national team. train with them for two, two andMcClendon discusses her experi- a-half weeks, and then to train for ence with the Guatemala national this tournament, the tournament team, which can be read below. was roughly about a week long.” Tell me a bit about your trip, where did you go? “So, we qualified to go and try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Surrey, Canada.” Was it just you or you and a team? “It was the Guatemala national softball team.” How did it feel going to Canada to train? “It was definitely really interesting. I was really nervous because I knew I was going to be playing these big D1 softball players from the United States, and just knowing the competition I was going up against, but it was also really exciting because even if we didn’t qualify, it was still a cool experience to be able to go and try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.” Have you ever watched the Olympics, what’s your favorite thing to catch up on?

What was your schedule like while there? “We got there, kind of just practiced, and then played I’d say about everyday. We got a break in between one of the days, I don’t remember which one, but we got a break in between and was able to go sightsee, and then we had a couple more games. After that I think we stayed one more day and I think our host took us around Canada.” What inspired you to want to play softball? “Since I was little, I kinda started up T-ball, my parents always kind of told us - me and my siblings - that they wanted us to play a sport, they didn’t care which one it was, they weren’t going to force one on us but as long as we were playing something, staying active." "So, I started out in T-ball, after T-ball I went swimming, because like I said, my family’s big in swimming and then my dad kind of got laid off so we couldn’t afford it anymore so I

went back to softball and just kind of played softball, started travel ball… My dream was always to play softball at a college level, never would I thought I’d be on a national team playing at that level.” Are you excited about the Olympics? “We didn’t qualify, but it was exciting to play, I mean I got to play against Meghan King, who pitched at FSU, I’m pretty sure they recently won the D1 championship so… I got to face Aleshia Ocasio who was a big pitcher at UF, so it was really cool.” Do you plan on continuing softball after college? What’re your plans? “That’s a good question, it just depends on everything, I’d love to easily say yeah, I’ll graduate and I’d go over there for a couple of years maybe if they want me to continue practicing with them all the time and then play in tournaments when they need me, but also just depends on the job I get, if I get a job… but if not." "I hope to still play with them. Best case scenario, I can live at home, work out with my dad, practice with my dad while I”m working and just do the same thing I am now- just kind of fly over when I need to be with the team a couple times a year and then play in tournaments with them.” ANNIE MEYERS is a senior English major. She enjoys reading, writing and participating in theater in her free time and would like to someday write a novel.



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REBECCA SCASSELLATI is a junior graphic design and creative writing major who enjoys writing and illustrating stories and comics. She also enjoys the performing arts.


Lifestyle & Entertainment Section

No Matter How Different, We’re All People: Seton Hill and the Transgender Community Everyone who does not identify Gender neutral restrooms, also more accepting, it's still a tough conas cisgender (one whose gender called all gender restrooms, are be- versation to have, just like any other identity aligns with the gender they coming more common across the time I have to come out to someone. were assigned at birth) is faced with country, however they are not in It's hard to predict how people will their own unique challenges and dif- every building and are less popular react,” J Schatz said. ficulty as we live in a world built for outside of major cities. There are many positive forces cisgender individuals. and allies around Seton Hill Still there are many unifying University's campus despite struggles which most trans inthe discomfort many trans dividuals face daily. Things like students may encounter. housing, bathrooms, pronouns, “We [Setonians] have come clothing and transitioning are a long way at being more inall tumultuous elements of the clusive toward people in the transgender experience. trans community and need to There are many transgender continue trying to learn and identities represented on the grow as people to make this a Seton Hill campus in our stusafe and welcoming space for dent body, and a couple students everyone,” said Dani Hegyes, agreed to share some of what head resident assistant and their experience at Seton Hill has contributor of the Setonian. been like. Elise Michaux, Director “I came out in June so this of Student Leadership and is my first semester with a variInvolvement, is a vocal ally to ant gender identity. I identify as the trans community. non-binary, but express more as “It is so important that we gender-fluid,” said junior English respect one another no matter major Luke J on their idenity where we’re from, how we talk, and experience. “I get stares and or what we look like. One of whatnot, but I haven't received my favorite ministers Joyce any outright hostility. In fact, The Safe Zone symbol is hung by various staff Meyer’s says, ‘Love God. Love I feel decently welcome on the and faculty on their doors to show that they are people.’ Ever since I heard her LGBTQIA+ allies. The safe zone symbol is a SHU campus.” say that, I have really taken “Sometimes I do feel confined message to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender hold of that phrase. Trans folks to the gender-neutral bathrooms and intersex students and colleagues. Photo by are people too and we should P. Walczak/Setonian. in Reeves, and sometimes it feels recognize that although their weird to walk in to the men's struggle may be different than bathroom elsewhere when I wear “I think that adding more gender ours, their existence and presence a skirt, for example,” Luke J said. neutral bathrooms is a great idea for matters as well,” Michaux said. “At this point in my transition, campus,” Luke J said. there just isn't a right answer as to Trans students can also experiwhich bathroom I should use. I've ence discomfort in the classroom PHOEBE WALCZAK is a junior art history major had confrontations in both female when it comes to informing profeswith minors in gender and male restrooms. I use gender sors about their name and pronouns. studies and 2D studio neutral bathrooms when I can, but “Sometimes, a student can be art. They can be found around campus working that just isn't an option in most afraid to express their pronouns to a as a resident assistant places,” said senior English Major teacher, out of fear of confrontation and art history tutor. and staff writer of the Setonian, J or embarrassment,” Luke J said. Schatz on his experience. “Even if I know the professor is


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Campus Police: Seton Hill's First Responders take on their careers and daily service Campus police have jumped my car, given me ride, and responded to a fire alarm in my building, but what else do they do on campus? Campus police are the Seton Hill first responders. National First Responders Day is on Oct. 28. Around 4.6 million career and volunteer firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians and paramedic workers serve communities across the United States. In 2017, Congress designated the Oct. 28th as a day to honor our nation’s first responders. On campus, we can appreciate and recognize the hard work that they do. Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Officer Howard and Officer McElfresh are two of our campus police at Seton Hill University and they spoke about how they entered the career of law enforcement. A: Officer McElfresh: “I went to the police academy in 1991. I was with the state police for 25 years mostly as a detective. Once I retired in 2017, I went to the Sheriff’s Office for a year and I have been here for a year and I am also a private investigator too.” A: Officer Howard: “I started my law enforcement career in 1986 with DCNR as a State Park Officer. I then started working for Ligonier Borough Police in 1993. I am still there part-time and I have been here at Seton Hill since 2015.” Q: What is your daily schedule like? A: Officer Howard: “I work four to midnights typically depending on how many officers there are here. Sometimes there are two, sometimes there are three. There are

TOP FIVE ODDEST/ MOST EXCITING CALLS 1. A sink exploded off of a wall over the summer causing the fire alarms to go off because of steam. (Sadly, this is not caused by any ghosts) 2. In the past, there was a former student trying to live inside the locker rooms. 3. Sometimes people see what looks to be a sick Photo of Officer Barbie animal in a field and ask campus police to take care Howard. Photo from of it. F.McDowell/Setonian. 4. Back when SHU was a women’s only college, girls liked to play pranks on some of the guys who came to visit campus. Some pranks even included trying to put Havey up for sale. It was all in good fun, but there were some very odd calls. 5. Anything from putting down basketball hoops to having lights turn on right after you just turned them off. (Turns out someone was just trying to save electricity and following the officer, turning them back on.)

two patrol vehicles, so the two of us, usually Officer Brant and I will take the vehicles and Officer Newhouse will stay in the interior. Basically we patrol outside and he patrols the closed buildings. Typically if we get a call two of us will go, depending on what it is.” Q: What is your favorite part of working here at Seton Hill? A: Officer McElfresh: “One thing I like about the campus is the community. It is a nice community to be a part of. It is a good work environment and people are friendly.” Q: How do you recommend staying safe on campus? A: Officer Howard: “Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t have your earphones in walking with your head down. Keep your eye out for anything suspicious, and if you see anything, call us.” A: Officer McElfresh: “Make sure you lock your doors and have a buddy system in place." "If it is late at night and you feel unsafe or unsure, you can always

call one of us and we can give you an escort.” Our Campus Police work very hard to keep Seton Hill students safe, 365 days a year, 24/7. They deserve a lot of respect. This was a fun way to learn a little more about the officers and hear some of their stories. Next time you see an officer on campus, ask them how their day is going, or thank them for what they do! Q: What Can You Call Campus Police For? A: You can call campus police in any situation you aren't comfortable in dealing with. They can help with anything such as room or car lockouts, jumpstarts, escorts if you feel unsafe and medical emergencies. FAITH MCDOWELL is a freshman music education major. She enjoys reading, drawing, writing, walking and playing music in her free time.


Opinion Section

Top Five Tips for Remote Internships

As college students, it is important to find internship opportunities that fit into our busy schedules. A great way to balance school and an internship is by working a remote internship that you can complete at whatever location is easiest for you. However, remote internships can have some challenges of their own, such as staying focused and productive. Here are five tips I have learned through a remote internship with The Bachrach Group, a national recruiting firm.

1. Dress to impress! Although you won’t be going into the office, you can still dress like you are. Changing out of pajamas into more office appropriate clothes will help you get into a more professional mindset. When working remotely, you may have an increase in video calls with your bosses, coworkers or clients that will require you to be dressed similarly to other professionals in your field. Waking up a little early to dress the part will make you feel more prepared to perform your daily intern duties!

2. Get out of bed! While staying in your blankets to do your work sounds like a major plus to being a remote intern, it can do more harm than good! Your bed should be your space to relax after a day of work, so completing your work in your bed could affect how quickly you destress in your bed. Finding a place such as a cafe, library or a desk out of your room can improve your productivity at work. Dedicating one space solely to


work will help you transition more effectively from relaxed, normal college student to young professional or intern.

3. Take strategic breaks! When working alone, it is easy to fall into the Youtube or social media traps for small breaks. Being more strategic with your breaks will help you stay on track with work and feel healthier too! Stepping away from your laptop to take short walks to refill your water bottle or grab a quick snack is ultimately better for you. Spacing these breaks out after a certain amount of time or tasks have been completed will also encourage you to check things off your weekly to do lists!

allows you to still remain focused on your studies and gives you time for self care. Sometimes it is harder to find your balance and determine what you should be focusing on while having a remote internship because you are now going to classes, socializing, doing assignments and working all on the same campus. While getting experience in the professional world is important, remember that you are still a busy college student!

4. Utilize Linkedin! It is hard to get to know your coworkers while working remotely. By connecting with people from your company on Linkedin, you can connect face to the emails you are receiving Pictured above is a screen shot of The Bachrach Group, a national recruiting firm, throughout the week. on Linkedin. Caitlin Srager, online editor of It also helps you build rela- the Setonian, currently has an internship at tionships that you would make Bachrach which inspired her remote internships tips. Photo from C.Srager/Setonian. in a traditional office. These professional connections could even help you later in life when job hunting!

5. Find a good balance! Like any job, you need to find your balance between school, work, and your social life. Work with your supervisors to find a schedule that

CAITLIN SRAGER is a junior communication major with minors in English and pyschology. She is the class of 2021 secretary, CFO of the Communication Club and VP of Enactus.

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Fall Movies to watch during study breaks The fall season is a busy time in the semester for faculty and students on the Seton Hill campus. It is crucial for everyone to take a break from the books and teaching. A great way to relax during the fall season is to check out some Photo from imdb. of the best fall com. movie suggestions of the season! “Corpse Bride” (2005) This movie by Tim Burton has become an undeniable fall classic. The animation tells the story of a young man - Victor Van Dort who accidentally married a corpse. He is then transported to the underworld where he finds out the corpse belongs to a bride whose soul had been waiting to find a husband. Victor must try to go back to the surface and to the woman that he really is supposed to marry. This movie may not seem like it, but will leave you with tears at the end; with Helena Bohman-Carter Photo from imdb. and Johnny com. Depp. “Corpse Bride” is perfect for those who like creepy, but not scary things. “Dead Poets Society” (1989) Everything about this movie emanates fall.

The story about an English teacher who arrives at an all-boys boarding school and inspire their lives through his teaching of poetry; this is a tragic and touching story about the power that words can have as well as the importance of “seizing the day.” It is impossible to watch this movie without feeling inspired after watching it. “The Craft” (1996) This movie tells the story of three young witches as they unravel the secrets of witchcraft and become extremely pow- Photo from imdb. erful after the com. arrival of the fourth witch. Throughout the movie the young women become blind with power and soon began to forget the main rules of witchcraft and it is up to the newcomer to stop them. This movie is a classic horror film and perfect for those who love witches, being cozy and scary fall nights. “Sleepy H o l l o w ” (1999) It is impossible to choose Photo from imdb. only one Tim com. Burton movie to put on this list, but this underrated gem deserves a place on this movie list.

This is Burton’s take on the legend of “the headless horseman." It follows the story of Ichabod Crane, a young man passionate about forensic science in 1799, is sent to the town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of depictions. There he is met with the Photo from imdb. legend of the com. headless horseman which plagues the town. Crane then falls in love with local beauty Katrina, and tries to solve the crimes. It is the perfect mixture of drama, supernatural horror, and romance. “The Witch” (2015) Perhaps the scariest movie on this list, this movie is based on real records about witchcraft around the 17th century. The family’s newborn suddenly disappears, only for them to find out that it was kidnapped by a witch after the were banished from their village and are forced to live by themselves near the woods. However, strange things began to happen such as their animals disappearing or dying, strange sights and the children claiming to be able to talk to one of the goats. CAMILA do NASCIMENTO is a Brazilian junior English major with minors in communication and gender and women's studies. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, exploring new places and face-timing her family as much as possible.


Opinion Section

Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Presidential Election (So Far…) In just under a year, the 2020 Presidential Election will be upon us and we as citizens of these United States will have a duty. Nov. 3, 2020, we will head to the polls as voters and cast a ballot for who we wish to lead our country over the next four years. Will be stay the course and re-elect President Donald Trump to his second term in office? Or will we instead choose a brand-new candidate that will usher in a new era of leadership? So many things are up in the air right now that it is truly impossible to gauge exactly what our race will look like in these upcoming months. However, staying up to date with important election info and being a well-informed voter is an integral part of our democracy. In this rundown, we will discuss exactly what you need to know up to this point on both sides of the isle in order to know where you stand as a voter.

Democratic Party Back in March, I wrote a piece for the Setonian highlighting eight prominent Democratic candidates running for their party’s respective nomination. While only highlighting eight, in actuality, there were 26 candidates predating the first democratic debate in June. However, after months of campaigning and debating, we are down to 18. While this may not seem like a huge change in numbers, only 12 of these candidates qualified for the last debate in October. Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden,


To the left are the 18 Democrats and four Republicans running in the 2020 Presidential Election. Photo from New York

Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Julián Castro, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard and Kamala Harris each reached a certain polling threshold and also a certain donation threshold that were required to be in the October debates. In the months to come, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) plan to have several more debates and in turn more debate requirements that will attempt to thin the herd by increasing polling and donor thresholds alike.

Republican Party In contrast to the democratic primary, the Republican party is fairly decided when it comes to their candidate for President. Current President Donald Trump, while not alone in the primary, is seemingly cruising to an easy win for his party’s nomination. In fact, certain states have actually decided to forgo their primary voting procedures and declare their delegates for President Trump. Even so, Republicans Bill Weld, Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford have decided to challenge the sitting President for the nomination and have campaigned all over

the country attempting to siphon Republican support from President Trump’s base. However, there will certainly be some hurdles for President Trump to jump while running for re-election in 2020 as current Ukrainian scandals and impeachment inquires have muddied the waters for his campaigning. Current approval ratings for President Trump show a 56% disapproval rating as calls for impeachment echo more and more from both the democratic and independent parties. The President’s impeachment inquiry opened on Sept. 24 due to a governmental whistleblower complaint surfacing. The whistleblower was claiming President Trump withheld aid from the Ukraine unless they agreed to investigate one of President Trump’s potential rivals Joe Biden.

Read the full article by Mark Nealon at MARK NEALON is a junior political science major from Dunmore, Pa. He is the president of the Griffins for Human Rights Club and a resident assistant.

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El Camino Movie Review: The Return of Jesse Pinkman

"El Camino" is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2008 AMC "Breaking Bad" series written by Vince Gilligan. "El Camino" takes place right after the events of the television series. Fans can expect to see exactly where Jesse went when he escaped in his el camino. "El Camino" was released on Netflix and select theatres on Oct. 11th. "El Camino" stars Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman and fans can expect to see familiar faces return to the big screen. Photo from

The world was blessed with one of television's greatest shows in 2008: “Breaking Bad.” From 2008-2013, “Breaking Bad” aired on AMC. The last time people saw Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, was on Sept. 29, 2013. He was driving an el camino, finally freed from capture. It took just over six years to finally get closure of what happened to Jesse Pinkman, after the finale of “Breaking Bad”. Netflix teamed up with “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, to create “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” that began streaming to all Netflix subscribers on Oct. 11. The movie begins right where Breaking Bad ended; with Jesse driving in the el camino. Without giving away any spoilers, “El Camino” is essentially closure for Jesse Pinkman. The only character who hadn’t been wrapped up by Gilligan. He felt that “Breaking Bad” fans needed closure for Jesse Pinkman.

There were many familiar faces in the movie. We get to see some new faces too. One thing that remained consistent was the feel of Gilligan’s writing. “El Camino” feels like a longer episode of “Breaking Bad”. But the underlying question is, was this all necessary? Did we need this film and this closure? Or should we just had been left to imagine where Jesse went driving away in the el camino. “El Camino” is without a doubt a well done film with a very strong Breaking Bad feel. The formula Gilligan uses is very familiar. As usual, you will not know what is going to happen next. If you are a “Breaking Bad” fan, this is a must watch. Unless you truly do not want to know what happened to Jesse Pinkman, don’t. But, you will find out where Jesse Pinkman went in that el camino. How he recovered from being in captivity and most importantly what

was happening in the world after the end of Breaking Bad. If you haven’t watched Breaking Bad and made it this far, watch the show. From personal experience, I regret not watching it sooner. It embodies one of the most interesting character developments television has ever seen. It also gave us some of the highest rated episodes of television ever, according to “Breaking Bad” is one of the greatest TV shows to ever hit the small screen. Vince Gilligan transitioned from small screen to the big screen without skipping a step. Rating: 89/100 AUSTIN SHAW is a senior English secondary education major. He is also a member on the SHU Griffins wrestling team.


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