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Friday, October 18, 2013 • Volume 97, Issue Number 7 • Slippery Rock University's Student Newspaper

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SRU students volunteer at Special Olympics

NEWS Three New Clubs

Recognized By SGA The Student Research Organization, Leadership and Physical Activity Club, and Competitive Gamers' Initiative were approved by SGA.

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Evive Machines Have Left SRU The Evive Company removed their water bottle machines from SRU's campus. We contemplate why that might be.

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Men's Soccer Cracks Top-10

The Slippery Rock University men's soccer team moved up seven places to No. 8 in national rank among Division II teams. Page C-2

CAMPUS LIFE Healthfest Debuts

New Performances Along with the organizations and booths, the dance teams performed routines to show the fun in staying active. Page D-3

Ribbit, Ribbit A new professor of the biology department discusses the potential for undergraduate student research using frogs. Page A-2


Slippery Rock University students volunteered at a variety of activities held as part of the Special Olympics event that took place on campus Sunday. Students got the opportunity to interact with some of the participants during the opening ceremony. In the photo above, volunteers (green) high five participants from a soccer team (yellow). Scan the QR Code (at right) to view a video from the event or visit our Youtube channel at

Police well-trained to handle shootings on campus By Jonathan Janasik

On the other hand, SRU’s campus police are trained and ready for the threat of an “We don’t mandate [active shooter] active shooter. training [for faculty]”, SRU Director of “Our university police trained extensively Environmental Health and Safety Paul with neighboring law enforcement,” Novak explained. “We only mandate Novak said. “They have trained with training if it’s tied to the Pittsburgh legislation, like safety SWAT team, training if you’re an and they’ve electrician. I don’t know also trained of any initiative right now w it h other where the president has said, PASSHE police ‘you have to take this.’” departments in SRU has an emergency terms of active operations plan and each shooter training Part 3 of 3 academic department has and what they a document that outlines would do if an evacuation plans for each individual active shooter was present on campus.” building, as well as the contact information As prepared as the campus police are, for each faculty member of the Novak does not believe that they can have departments. Over the last two semesters, a specific plan of what to do if an active there have been multiple optional training shooter was on campus. sessions for members of the faculty, that “The police know what they’re going to they are strongly advised to attend. do, but not specifically because it depends,” News Editor

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Novak explained. “Is there one shooter or two shooters? Does he have single firearm or multiple? Is he inside or outside? Those things are situational. They will develop the best course of action based on the situational information that they have at the time.” Novak added that even with a welltrained police and faculty, the university is still unable to promise safety. “When you go to a doctor for a physical, they take your blood pressure and test your blood. In the end, they don’t tear off a piece of paper that says you’re healthy. There are a lot of different components that go into that. There’s your genetics, your lifestyle, your dietary intake. All of those things factor into your personal health status. Like with health, safety is the same way. No one institution can [guarantee] that.” This semester, the department of Environmental Health and Safety SEE ACTIVE, PAGE A-2

Evive water stations eliminated on campus By Jonathan Janasik News Editor


The Evive water refilling stations in the ARC and Robert M. Smith Student center were removed from SRU on Wednesday Oct. 9. Evive’s company sent an email to customers that said, “Evive Station is a young business and we are still trying to discover what markets work the best for our product. The road to success is not a linear path, rather a bumpy road of trial and error. Unfortunately, we have learned the public university setting is not a sustainable juncture for our business at this time.” The Evive stations were installed in April earlier this year. Students or faculty members who bought the official Evive water bottle could sanitize and fill their bottle with filtered water. “Your Evive Bottle is yours to keep,” the email stated. “Please continue using it at water refill units across campus. If you have paid for a membership, we will reimburse you for the full amount and

convert your account to access the entire Evive Station network for free.” ARC employee Taylor Buhler explained that although the Evive stations were not extremely popular, he did see a lot of people with the Evive bottles. According to Buhler, students often had problems with the station itself. One problem that frequently occurred was that the machine wouldn’t be able to read the sensor on the bottle once it had been placed inside of the machine. The bottles would become stuck and locked inside of the machine until somebody else with an Evive bottle would scan their bottle’s sensor. Even though the company is removing the stations from SRU’s campus, they are still an active business with other stations at other locations. “Most of our stations are placed in corporate settings and you will have the opportunity to use them again in your future internships/job placements,” the email said.









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ROCK NOTES AASHE Sustainability Day

A national webinar will be shown from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in a classroom at the Smith Student Center. Sustainability clubs and organizations such as the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator and Students for Sustainability will also be present on the second floor from noon until 3:30 pm. with information.

SLAB Halloween Tarot Card Reading

SLAB is hosting a Tarot Card reading in SWC room 30o from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday October 29. The price of admission is $10. Other activities include pin the tail on the pumpkin, Frankenstein poetry, and a costume contest with prizes.

Rockin' Ribbons for Recognition

Dr. Pease-Hernandez's FYRST Seminar class will be selling pink ribbons for $1.00 in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in the Smith Student Center during common hour.

No Issue of the Rocket October 25

The Rocket will not be printing an issue on October 25 due to their participation in the CMA/ACP NOLA Conference. The next issue will be printed on November 1.

To submit a Rock Note please send your announcement by 6 p.m. Wednesday to Jon Janasik at or to The Rocket does not guarantee that all requests will be published in the paper.

INDEX Rock Notes...............A-2 Sports...................C-1 Blotter.................A-3 Campus Life.............D-1 Opinion...............B-1

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Active shooter training offered to students Continued from Page A1

is planning three sessions focused on violence prevention on campus. Novak related violence safety to fire safety. Although the buildings may have fire alarms and sprinklers, those measures are a response rather than a form of prevention. If the alarms or sprinklers are used, then there has been a fire. Prevention measures such as banning smoking indoors and removing combustible materials are just as important as the response. In February, President Cheryl J. Norton and on-campus leaders underwent advanced disaster simulation training at Butler College, which helped teach them how to respond to emergency situations through the use of a virtual reality simulation. PIMA provided the grant that allowed the group to participate. Eventually Novak hopes eventually hold a drill on campus with outside agencies in order to get more practice handing emergency situations. “You have plans, the best way to determine how good your plan is, is to actually test it,” Novak said. “The best way to test it is to move resources like the police, the fire department, and perhaps the Red Cross. It’s easy to make a plan, but it’s different to actually see how long it takes to happen.” Much like preventing fires, finding ways to prevent violence before it happens is also important. In order to do that, the department of Environmental Health and Safety is holding a campus violence initiative open to all students and faculty. This initiative consists of three sessions, each occurring on Fridays. The first session is this Friday Oct. 17, and a training video about violence prevention called “Flashpoint” will be shown. According to Novak, the video was recorded on a campus and is useful information for everyone on campus, and not just faculty members. On Friday Oct. 25, a session about stalking and intimate partner violence will be held and a video called, “Silent Storm” will be shown. Novak explained that with the rise of social media, the issue of stalking

has become more prevalent. He also stated that stalking is a form of violence and it affects men and women equally. The training will teach students how to recognize stalking, and what to do if they think that they are being stalked. The third and final session will be on Friday Nov. 1, and will show a video called “Shots Fired.” It explains how to survive if an active shooter is present. Novak believes that the movie is important because it gets people to think about what they would do in an active shooter situation before it happens. More sessions are being planned and will be announced in the future. “You can’t argue with the statistics in terms of the fact that violent acts do happen on campuses. That’s been documented. We’re holding [these sessions] as a training measure, and we’re doing that to provide everyone in SRU campus community an opportunity to become as prepared as possible.” The behavioral intervention team hopes to increase awareness on campus by beginning a new advertising campaign. Their goal is to teach students to recognize dangerous situations and how to let someone know that help is required. “In many of the incidences of documented acts of violence on campus, comments have come out from individuals who were on that campus at the time knew the individual who said, ‘I had concerns,’ or ‘something seemed to be wrong.’ But, there wasn’t a sense knowing of what to do with that information,” explained Novak. Even though these specific programs have not started yet, Novak believes that SRU is still prepared to deal with the potential of active shooters. “I believe that [SRU] is prepared,” Novak said. “I believe that like with any other situation. We can only enhance our preparedness. The university police are prepared, and it is our hope and belief that if these trainings are embraced by the campus community, that will only enhance their specific preparedness. We think these programs have a lot of benefits and that’s why we brought them to campus.”

Biology professor hopes to bring frogs to SRU By Kevin Squires Assistant News Editor

Student faculty research is an opportunity at Slippery Rock University for a multitude of departments with many different professors. Dr. Paul Falso, assistant professor of biology, hopes to add endocrine system research with frogs to the opportunities already present in the department and at the University. Frogs work really well as an indicator for environmental affect and health, Falso explained. Studying the endocrine system in frogs is very similar to studying humans and many of the techniques are borrowed from veterinarian studies. “The endocrinology is all regulated in a very similar way. So, testosterone in you is the same as in a frog,” Falso added that frog research is important “as an indicator of both their own health and humans.” “We’re not living in swamps, but at the same time we’re drinking water that may have come from the same source.” Falso plans to begin conducting student research in the coming months or within the next year. “I am setting up a research

laboratory, hopefully more sooner than later.” The research is expected to begin by examining commonly used chemicals for agricultural pesticides and their affects on the endocrine system. “We tend to use many many more chemicals than we even think about. The amount that remains in the environment is just staggering when you think about the combined usage,” Falso explained. Frogs, and amphibians in general, are becoming increasingly more threatened, another reason Falso is interested in studying them. “Frogs themselves are in a lot of trouble right now,” Falso explained. “One in every three amphibians is threatened by extinction.” Habitat destruction is attributed as the biggest reason for this, but that destruction can be caused by a number of factors including invasive species and pollution. “Amphibian species in general are disappearing faster than any vertebrate species.” Relating back to his research interests, Falso said, “In some ways, we may be exposed to these same signals that are leading to these issues with the amphibians.” Falso was hired as a professor for Slippery Rock University’s biology

department, effective starting for the fall semester. Falso said one of the most enjoyable components of working at Slippery Rock is getting to have personal interaction with many students. While only teaching anatomy and physiology courses this semester, Falso makes effort to introduce his specialties. “I’m teaching primarily just about human health but I like to bring in these other factors that are just so connected.” He also said that while he enjoys teaching the course, he would not mind teaching other topics. “Down the road I would like to branch out into some of the more specialized topics.” Falso, reflecting on his own educational experience, advised students to make the most of their undergraduate degrees, observing that learning what you do not like is just as important. “Looking back at my education, my advice to students is to take advantage of as many opportunities as you can. Try things to see what the outcome will be for you,” Falso said. Introducing the additional student research opportunities for students is one way Falso has the ability to present students the chance to make the most of their degrees.


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POLICE BLOTTER Borough Oct. 3 - Graeme Frye, 20, was cited for disorderly house after being observed with possession of an alcoholic beverage this department at the West Cooper Street apartments after police responded to a complaint of people breaking taillights. Oct. 3 - Jody Madison was cited for defiant trespass after he and his vehicle were found on the property of McDonalds restaurant after being advised he was not permitted to be there. Oct. 3 - A resident of West Cooper Street Apartments reported the taillight of her vehicle as broken. Oct. 8 - A resident of the South Rock Apartments on South Main Street reported that sometime overnight his parked car was struck causing significant damage Oct. 9 – A delivery truck at Coffaro’s Pizza parking lot was reported as on fire. The fire was from overheated brakes and extinguished by the police department

Campus Oct. 7 - Police responded to a report of damage to a university sign at the Egli Soccer Field. Oct. 7 - An individual was transported to Grove City Hospital after police responded to a medical call at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium. Oct. 7 – Meridia Sanders, 22, was cited with possession of a small amount of drug paraphernalia after a report of a drug violation at Watson Hall. Oct. 7 - Edwin Holland, 21, was cited with possession of drug paraphernalia after a report of a drug violation at Watson Hall. Oct. 10 – Police responded to a report of possible fraud (false documentation) at North Hall. The case is under investigation.

Oct. 12 - Curtis Paul Panick, 20, was cited for Disorderly House after being found intoxicated at Sheetz.

Oct. 14 - John Craff, 19, and Shawn Lutton, 19, were cited with underage alcohol violations after a report of alcohol at Building B.

Oct. 13 - Terry Lavelle Patrick Jr. was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Charges are pending.

Oct. 12 – Luke Nicklow, 18, was cited with underage alcohol consumption after an officer observed Nicklow intoxicated at Maltby.

Oct. 15 - Rasaun Terrance Prince Gilmore was charged with retail theft for an incident relating to an incident that occurred at Sheetz Sunday.

Oct. 13 – Craig Allison, 21, and Mark Southlea, 20, were cited with disorderly conduct when police responded to a report of individuals on the roof of Boozel Dining Center.

Magistrate Oct. 9 – John Neumont, 47, of Cranberry, was seen for two counts DUI, an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle/property, careless driving, failure to use safety belt – driver and vehicle occupant. Oct. 9 – Nathaniel Brown, 21, of Vandergrift, was seen for three counts DUI, possession of a small amount of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, exceeding the MPH in a residence dis. by 20, possession of a controlled substance, purchase of an alcoholic beverage as a minor. Oct. 9 – Timothy Eubanks, 63, of Butler, was seen for simple assault and harassment. Oct. 9 – Tracy Yeager, 40, of Prospect, was seen for three counts of DUI, duties at a stop sign, careless driving.

Oct. 9 – Nathan Saul, 32, of Butler, was seen for two counts DUI, failure to use a safety belt, and careless driving. Oct. 9 – Thomas Punchur, 55, of Butler, was seen for use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance by a person not registered. Oct. 9 – William Stoughton, 74, of Slippery Rock, was charged with three counts of corruption of minors over the age of 18 and three counts of corruption for minors under that age of 16. Compiled by Kevin Squires

Homecoming king and queen nominees announced by Student Government By Kevin Squires Assistant News Editor

The nominees for the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen were announced at the Slippery Rock University Student Government Association’s general senate meeting Monday which began at 8:47 p.m. The homecoming theme is “Legends of the Rock.” Nominees for King were Josh Johnson, Brett Brown, Jared Stanley, Alexander Merida and Monte Chapman. Nominees for Queen were

Tesin Gnalian, Olivia Giger, Maria Montaro, Laura Ordaz and Sarah Hammond. Dr. Robert Watson, Vice President for Student Affairs, congratulated the court for being selected and thanked everyone who ran. “In keeping with the theme, you are very much parts of the legends of the rock, so congratulations to all of you,” Watson said. The Student Research Association was recognized as an organization Monday evening as well, beginning as a

group primarily focusing on psychology research. The group hopes to eventually be more open to research amongst a variety of fields. The Leadership and Physical Activity Club was also approved as a recognized organization, as was the Competitive Gamers’ Initiative. The Competitive Gamers’ Initiative will primarily partake in PC and console gaming activities. John Coulter was named “liter” (leader) of the week. The “liter” of the week receives a water bottle from the executive board in recognition

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of their contribution to the Student Government Association. Casey Squires was also given the “Peppy Le Plank” award. “I’m not going to lie, I’m not really sure why we gave that out,” SGA President Buddy Clements said after handing Squires a decorative plank. The meeting was adjourned at 9:31 p.m. The next senate meeting will be Oct. 28 at 8:45 p.m. in the theater of the Robert M. Smith Student Center. Meetings are open for the entire student body to attend.

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Evive left in the dark, students use other resources On October 9, 2013, the two Evive Stations located on SRU’s campus were permanently removed. The Evive Stations are high tech water bottle filling and cleaning stations that are said to be ‘healthy, sustainable, and convenient’ to users. The Evive Company decided that, as a startup company that is just beginning to get a feel for its markets, the public university is not a suitable setting for their business and product. According to an e-mail from the Evive Team, “Evive Station is a young business and we are still trying to discover what markets work the best for our product. The road to success is not a linear path, rather a bumpy road of trial and error. Unfortunately, we have learned the public university setting is not a sustainable juncture for our business at this time.” But what made SRU unsuitable for the sustenance of their business? We think that falls back on two key factors: the location of the stations and the other available water filling stations on campus. The Evive Stations made their debut on campus last spring, so they have been around for less than one year, and not even for a full semester.

The two stations that were on campus were located in the Aebersold Recreation Center (the ARC) and in the Robert M. Smith Student Center, on the second floor near the student development office suite. The ARC is a great location for such a water bottle cleaning/filling machine because gymgoers obviously drink water while they partake in physical activity. The second floor of the Student Center, however, was not an ideal location for students other than those involved or who frequently visit that office suite. When going through the path of a student on an average day, however, both locations aren’t very convenient. Most students go to various classroom buildings and go about their business, and would be unwilling to go out of their way just get water from a special machine, especially because there are water bottle filling units (or water fountains made specifically for filling bottles) located in most buildings. The 22 other machines for filling water bottles are much more accessible to students and also feature clean, cooled, filtered water. While they don’t have a cleaning mechanism for water bottles or offer viewer-specific advertisements; they get the job done

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and count how many plastic water bottles the university saves each year by opting to use the refill station. According to a SRU September press release, “The reusable water bottle filling stations that started sprouting up around the Slippery Rock University campus in 2011 have already succeeded in avoiding the use of more than an estimated 250,000 disposable water bottles.” With the success of the existing machines on campus, there was never going to be room for such a business, no matter how novel an experience they created for the user. The Evive Company did, however, provide all SRU students who bought bottles with a full refund, as well as access to all the machines in the Evive network, in case students were to come across a machine in future job/internship experiences. While the company can be applauded for their excellent customer service, we believe that they were doomed to fail from the start. In the future, SRU can continue to install the reusable water bottle filling stations and advance with the success of their sustainability efforts without the competition of outside companies.

This week’s question: Do you think it was necessary to install the Evive water stations on campus?

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“It was affordable. You bought one water bottle and it could be cleaned and filled up for you each time you used the machine. It was a good decision to install them.”

“No, they were unnecessary because we already have water filling stations.”

“No, we didn’t need them. We have other water fountains that we could have added filters too. They were cool, just not what we needed.”


October 18, 2013

People should spread kindness, not pass misery on to others

Ashley Cook Pixie Posts Ashley Cook is a senior English major from Gibsonia, Pa. “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” – Henry James Working at a worldwide fast food restaurant for the last four years has made me realize how far a little common courtesy and kindness can go. Every day I am amazed at the ability of a mother in a minivan with her three children in the back to feel the need to exert her miniscule power over a lowly crew member. Okay, maybe she was right. I put nine ice cubes in her coffee instead of the eight she requested or the workers in the back accidentally let one little slice of onion slip onto her burger. But did she really need to scream at me and call me a degenerate idiot? If working fast food has taught me anything, it is to be kind. It really is amazing how many more flies you can catch with honey than vinegar (perhaps I shouldn’t reference flies and fast food in the same sentence). I think this rings true in all aspects of life; what is so hard about just being kind? It is truly astonishing the things that people will do when

they feel as if they are more powerful than another person. But power does not mean you have the right to degrade a fellow human being, because after all, we all are humans here. There’s a saying that goes “you can know the character of a man not by how he treats his equals, but how he treats those beneath him.” I find this shockingly true more often than not, especially in my current line of work. At my job, there is a man that comes in daily that tells me I look lovely. In these simple, kind (and more or less untrue, my uniform is certainly less than flattering) words, he makes me smile. This man restores my faith in humanity that is challenged daily by belligerent customers yelling about onions and ice cubes. Such a simple act brings me such immense joy. The funny thing about power is that the people below have it as well. More often than not, I attempt to make the customer’s lives at my work as easy as possible and I try to make their order as cheap and fresh as possible. It is my job to be a friendly face for my place of employment and yelling at me does not help anyone. Please, don’t give your bad day to someone else. You won’t feel any less miserable knowing that you have made someone else just as unhappy. Misery loves company but company does not reciprocate. In my life, I find that you will find yourself very alone and unhappy if you spread misery rather than kindness. Some people take kindness and courtesy for granted, but I am finding it rarer and rarer in my life. I implore you, be kind. It’s easy and fulfilling.

Society approaching teen bullying issue the wrong way Jim Garrity Commentary

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The views expressed in the “Letters to the Editor” section are those of the writer(s) alone. The Rocket cannot verify all facts presented in a given letter, but if we are aware of an error or omission, we reserve the right to include an editorial note for accuracy’s sake.

Students should consider effort that goes into running Boozel As a Boozel student employee of three years, I found the “AVI gets sloppy on the weekends” article in the Opinion section of September 27 issue of the paper to be very offensive. In the past three years, I have had the privilege of meeting numerous amazing people in that building. Those people that bust their humps daily to feed students that treat them like dirt. Just the other night my boyfriend was harassed by a man simply for asking him to take a basket he had already touched. He was sworn at and told that he is just there to “look pretty.” We endure rudeness, cursing, and downright disrespect on a daily basis. A lot of the people in there are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. For example, Sharon and Liwu serve hundreds of pizzas all day along while pressing roughly 100 pounds of dough a day. Mark and Marlene use every free minute they have to prep ingredients for the next day’s service. Jason is a cook in the back who is constantly playing catch up and prepping for when the food gets low. They are always there when you need them to be. The people in Boozel have become my incredible,

dysfunctional family. I can guarantee most people that come to eat there would not last a week’s worth of shifts. It is a hard job. We serve over 1300 people n i g ht l y du r i n g t h e week and roughly 800 people for dinner on the weekends. Students forget that Boozel is a business. There is an allotted budget just like in all other businesses and it costs a certain amount of money to feed every student that walks through those doors. Most nights, especially in the beginning of the semester, we are so understaffed that many of us work multiple stations. As I stated previously, most people cannot handle working there. Many hires quit before they even start, people quit after one shift, and some last a little longer. From my observations, the average length of employment is, at most, one semester. If you work closing shifts you are there until approximately 10:30 every night. Combine that with having classes all day, and it doesn’t leave time for much else. You also stated that there are limited hours at Boozel over break. I understand that it may be inconvenient that Boozel is the only open

Jim hosts a talk program during common hours Tuesday and Thursdays, appropriately titled “Common Hour with Jim Garrity.”

building during breaks, but it affects us too. Not only do we get all of the student traffic that remains on campus with limited food to serve, but we also are stuck there serving people instead of enjoying our break like the rest of you are. In the last three years, thanks to serving all of you fine people, I have missed nu m e ro u s h o l i d ay s , my sister graduating from basic training, my nephew being born, and an accumulation of other things. Because Boozel can’t afford for any people to not show up to work, it is almost impossible to not be there. Instead of complaining you should consider the sacrifices people make to be there ser ving you the limited, poor quality food. Consider the chefs that constantly have people insulting their food when they are constantly trying to do their best with what they are given. Perhaps instead of complaining you could think about all the time, hard work, and effort that goes into running that building. This is NOT a reflection of the opinion of AVI or Boozel Dining Hall. It is my own opinion. Amanda Klein

Americans can justify buying animal Halloween costumes

Jim Garrity is a commentator on WSRU 88.1 FM and a senior

Being a fat kid in middle school isn’t easy, trust me. I was fat. I won’t dance around it and say “pudgy” or “chubby”, I’ll be honest and say fat. As a result, being made fun of is a large part of my history, and I have a place in my heart for any young person who has to go through it. But as I’ve gotten older and slimmer, bullying has certainly slowed down, but it hasn’t completely disappeared. So, when I read an article in Time Magazine saying that anti-bullying programs aren’t even close to affective, I ask myself if we have the right idea about how to tackle the “bullying” issue. Essentially, these anti-bullying campaigns and programs are presenting the utopian situation that there can be a world without bullying. As great as that sounds, it’s tragically unrealistic. I’m 21 years old, and I deal with bullies every day. I deal with them in class, at work, and occasionally in line to get some Sheetz at one in the morning. People are inherently mean sometimes (myself included), and they will take that out on others. So, why are we lying to children and teasing them with the idea of a world with no bullying at all? Doesn’t it seem a little mean? We promise them that relief will come, but then it doesn’t, and they’re left desperate and not knowing what to do. Couldn’t we save a couple extra lives by being more realistic? Let’s be honest and tell children that they will be bullied, and it is possible that they will always have a bully in their life, but it doesn’t have to ruin their life. In retrospect, I wish someone would have told me growing up that being bullied was never my fault. The kid on the bus calling me fat could have been yelled at by his mother that morning, or maybe his dog died the night before. Maybe his parents didn’t give him the attention he was looking for. Whatever the reason was that he was putting anger towards me, it was never my fault. Keep the children strong, less they end up too weak to handle the real world.


Casey Young Casey’s Corner, Consider This Casey Young is a sophomore Communication-Journalism major from Orchard Park, NY.

Halloween costumes for animals, you either love them or you hate them. It has been reported according to Time Magazine, that Americans spend $370 million on our pets’ costumes. Recession? What recession? If we can spend money on costumes for pets, then surely our economy is doing just fine. That’s a ridiculous amount of money that goes towards one holiday just for our four legged friends. So why do we do it then? More than 15 percent of our population participates in dressing up our animals, and I am proudly part of that statistic. I should be asking myself, why do I spend money on a Halloween costume for a dog? The costumes you find at a pet store like PetCo or PetSmart are not cheap, so why do we essentially throw money down the drain on an animals’ costume?

Reason number one, it’s adorable! I have a little white dog that I love to dress up and this year he’s going to be a pumpkin. Don’t tell me that this isn’t cute; you know it is. According to Time, 95 percent of pet owners reported that their pet makes them smile at least once a day. Dressing up your pet is a great way to not only smile, but to relieve stress. I can always count on my dog Fleury to make me feel better and if I saw him in a Halloween costume, how could I not smile? Reason number two, it’s a holiday, so why not go all out and have some fun with it? Halloween is a major holiday in the U.S and Americans spend millions of dollars on candy. If we can spend all this money on candy, why not on an animals costume? Pets have status now and to keep your furry friends’ status high, you need to keep them in the loop and up-to-date on all the latest fashion trends, like Halloween costumes. The final reason, is that we feel that we need to nurture our pets. Most Americans treat their pet as a family member and if they’re a family member then they deserve to dress up for Halloween too. Last year, $11 billion was spent on pet supplies. According to this one statistic alone, we nurture our pets and want them to be a member of our families. Whether you’re into dressing your pet up or not, be prepared to see some fashionable little furry legged monsters trick-or-treating this Halloween because the statistics show, we love to dress our pets up.

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October 18, 2013

Ride the Happy Bus this Saturday from 10:52am until 9:44pm. This bus will follow the usual on campus route.

Voting for Homecoming ends Friday at 4pm!

The Conjuring Show Times: Sunday 4pm & 8pm Monday 4pm Beware! The show times have changed.

Senate- October 28th at 8:45pm in the Smith Student Center Theater Co-op- October 25th at 12:30pm in 321 Smith Student Center

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Men's Soccer

Men's and Women's XC

Slippery Rock earns seventh straight victory and moves to No. 8 in national rankings.

Both men's and women's cross country squads win team titles at SRU Invitational.

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SRU moves into national rankings Rock ends IUP's undefeated season with a 42-16 win. By Kristin Karam Assistant Sports Editor

The Indiana University of Pa. football team was ranked seventh in the nation. They had the top defensive unit in Division II football. IUP was also undefeated with a 5-0 record. It seemed like the perfect season, until they came to Slippery Rock. The SRU football team came out with a dominating performance, winning 42-16, and handed IUP their first loss of the season. Both teams now hold 5-1 overall records (2-1 in the PSAC). The American Football Coaches Association poll dropped IUP from 7th to 22nd in their national rankings and cast SRU 13 votes. The poll, however, pushed Slippery Rock into the 24th

spot and dropped IUP to 25th. The last time SRU was nationally ranked was in 2011 when they went into the PSAC Championship Game versus Kutztown University. Head coach George Mihalik felt the team’s mindset going into the game was a crucial part of the win. “You could feel throughout the week that the team was prepared,” Mihalik said. “We wanted to prove that we’re as good as anybody in the country and we did it.” The Rock defense held IUP to 59 rushing yards on 28 carries, earning them PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Week. Typically, the weekly honors from the PSAC highlight don’t highlight entire units. “They shut down a very productive running game,” Mihalik said. “It was so well deserved that the entire defense was recognized.” IUP’s Mike Box was sacked for a loss of 12-yards by junior defensive end Matt Peacock and intercepted by redshirt senior cornerback Brandon Burley. Senior linebacker Gary Allen, redshirt junior safety Isaiah Coleman and senior nose tackle Tony Papley each recorded seven

tackles in SRU’s defensive stand against the Crimson Hawks. Allen recovered a fumble forced by junior defensive back Austin Miele in the second quarter. Coleman forced a fumble in the third but IUP recovered. Up until the fourth quarter, the Green and White had let the Crimson Hawks score a field goal. IUP scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and failed to complete a two-point conversion. While the fourth quarter was the most productive for IUP’s offense, it was the only quarter SRU didn’t post points. The Green and White posted seven points in the first, 21 in the second and 14 in the third. The IUP defense had previously held their opponents to an average of six points per game and 213.4 total yards. Redshirt junior offensive guard Bill Whitaker said that the line was very serious in their preparation for IUP. “We took it on ourselves to watch more films than usual,” Whitaker said. “We knew they have an athletic defensive line and would create

pressure on Nigel. We also had the scout team give us a good look at what their defense would bring.” The offensive line was named the Division II Offensive Line of the Week in recognition of the 676 yards in total offense and 42 points SRU posted. This was the most ever allowed by a Crimson Hawk defense. Texas A&M-Kingsville previously held the record when they earned 659 yards against the IUP defense in the 1994 national semifinal game. “We have good chemistry on the line,” Whitaker said. “We know that if we give Nigel time in the pocket and holds for the running backs that they will take advantage of the protection and get us in the end zone.” Whitaker, redshirt sophomore Kyle Henderson, redshirt junior Kirk Nypaver, redshirt sophomore Cory Tucker, and redshirt junior Omarr Finn were credited with the award by Beyond Sports Network. “It’s always the skill players that get recognition,” Mihalik said. “On paper, IUP was the number one SEE SRU, PAGE C-3



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Rock defeats Kutztown 2-1


Freshman forward Dara Demich takes the ball down the field against Kutztown University at Wednesday night's match. Demich had one shot on goal during Slippery Rock's 2-1 win over the Golden Bears.

By Matthew Morgan Rocket Contributor

On Wednesday, the 21st ranked SRU women's soccer team snapped Kutztown's Seven-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory. Both teams came into the match ranked in the Atlantic Region TopFive, the Rock being third and Kutztown being fourth. The Rock (9-2-1) didn’t

wait long to take the lead as freshman Andrea Felix buried a pass from senior Lauren Impey in the back of the visitors net in the 5th minute for a 1–0 lead. Felix leads the Rock with eight goals on the season. Megan Fraller netted the equalizer for the Golden Bears (8-4-0) in the 28th minute off a misplayed ball in the Rock's goal box.

In the 63rd minute, junior Nicole Krueger powered a shot from 30-yards out, just over Kutztown’s goalkeeper. Felix supplied the assist on Krueger’s fourth goal of the season. “What makes Felix such a great player is that her work ethic is phenomenal. She is always looking to get her teammates involved in the play,” head coach Noreen

Herlihy said of Andrea. “(Wednesday) she got one good look and she finished it brilliantly. She has a fantastic future ahead of her. Krueger’s goal was absolute class as well.” S enior Dana O’Neill recorded two saves and gave up one goal in her seventh win of the season in goal, bringing her season record to 7-2-1. “Dana, as a fifth year senior, has all the experience in the world,” said Herlihy. “We have the ultimate confidence in both of our goalies, Dana and freshaman Annabelle Hegeman." Impey had several vital go a l - s av i ng cl e ar an c e s t hroug hout t he game, acting as almost a second goalkeeper. The score would remain the same for the rest of regulation time, giving Slippery Rock their ninth win of the season. The Rock has outscored opponents 12-1 in the past four games and won eight of their last nine contests. Since the beginning of the regular season, SRU has outscored their opponents 25-7. Last Saturday afternoon, the Rock held Lock Haven University scoreless, 2-0, on their own field to record their third straight shutout victory. The Rock has six total shutouts on the year. Junior Nicole Krueger scored the initial point for

Slippery Rock in the 37th minute of regulation on a penalty kick. Lock Haven would go on to outshoot SRU 6-3 in the first half, but fail to put any balls across the goal line. The Rock would outshoot the Bald Eagles 5-1 in the second half, limiting Lock Haven’s opportunities to tie the match. In the 59th minute, junior Leslie Henny netted her first goal of the season and second goal of the game for the Rock, bringing the score to 2-0 with nearly 30 minutes remaining. There would be no more goals scored for the remainder of the game. Goalkeeper Hegeman recorded her second straight shutout victory and has yet to allow a goal in her first season as a college athlete. "We're trying to gather experience along the way. We have a lot of youth so that comes with some ups and downs,” Herlihy said. “We just have to keep looking to improve everyday. Were proud of the effort and that’s all we can ask for.” This weekend, the team will be celebrating their 20th year of collegiate competition. Following the homecoming game against the Mansfield Mountaineers, there will be a celebration held in the Robert Smith Student Center. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at James Egli Field.

Green and White Cross country teams shuts out Gannon take first at SRU Invite By Ryan Barlow

Rock moves to eighth place in rankings By Brian Hepfinger Rocket Contributor

The Slippery Rock men’s soccer team broke into the nation’s top-10 on Tuesday when they moved from No. 15 to No. 8. The No. 8 ranking is the highest in the program’s history and marks their third consecutive week being nationally ranked. In 2010, SRU was ranked No. 9 early in the season. “I think it’s great for the players and the program to be nationally ranked,” head coach Michael Bonelli said. “It shows that hard work pays off.” Bonelli said that while the team is honored by their current placement, they are focused on improving throughout the season and their final rank. After moving up seven places, the Rock shut out Gannon University 3-0 Wednesday night for their seventhstraight win. Senior midfielder Zach Hall got SRU off to a 1-0 lead in the third minute of the game off of an assist from senior defender Joshua Gray. The goal was Hall’s fourth of the season. Hall said that the team’s national recognition is pushing them to work harder and set higher goals for themselves. “We’ve reached a ranking that no previous team has before,” Hall said. “There’s a target on our backs now and every team we play is going to be a challenge.” Senior forward Michael Ramirez scored the second goal of the game for SRU in the 29th minute. Gray was

credited with the assist. Ramirez now leads the Green and White with six goals. Ten different players have scored goals for Slippery Rock this season. “We have a lot of attacking threats this year and have capitalized in many goalscoring situations,” Ramirez said. “That puts a lot of pressure on the opposing defense. There’s not just one goal scorer to shut down.” Junior defender Declan Brennan pushed the lead to 3-0 with a goal in the 71st minute of the game off of an assist from Gray. Gray now has a team-high nine assists on the season. SRU goalkeeper Chris Zier recorded his fourth shutout of the season with six saves in the game. He has the region-best goals against average with 0.54 and also has the region-best save percentage of .902. Gannon had a higher total shots number with 10, while SRU had nine. Both teams had six shots on goal. The Rock faced Lock Haven University Saturday and won 3-1. SRU junior forward Stephen Donnelly scored the first goal of the game in the 10th minute off of a free kick; his fifth goal of the season. Brennan scored the second goal of the game in the 71st minute off of a 50year free kick from sophomore defender Ryan Boylan. Ramirez scored in the 79th minute off of a throw-in from Gray to put SRU up 3-0. Lock Haven’s only goal came from freshman forward Troy Amspacher off of a penalty kick in the 85th minute. Slippery Rock will face Mercyhurst University tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Mercyhurst (10-3) is undefeated on the road and on a four-game winning streak. Despite losing the PSAC title game to the Lakers last season, Bonelli said the game isn’t meant to be a revenge game. “It’s an important game and we’re going to give it our best shot,” Bonelli said. “It’s a different season, a different year.”

Rocket Contributor

The Slippery Rock University men's and women’s Cross Country team dominated last weekend at the SRU Invitational. Both teams took first place in the Invitational, each finishing with at least four runners in the top-10. Senior Morgan Elliott led the men’s squad finishing first overall with a time of 26:37. The team won the invitational with a dominating performance, finishing with mere 16 points. Robert Morris finished in second with 51 points, and Thiel took third with 93 points. The men’s team top four runner’s also placed in the top four overall positions. Senior Alex Koksal finished second overall with a time of 26:56, senior Michael Beegle in third with 27:08, and sophomore Ryan Thompson in fourth with 27:19. Freshman Ryan McGuire finished sixth overall at 27:38, junior Chris Grooms seventh at 27:42, and junior Theo Reynolds ninth at 27:55 to round out the Rock runners. Freshman standout Sarah Wirth finished the fastest time for the women's team with a second place overall finish, with a time of 24:13. Four placed in the top ten of the women’s race, which helped SRU secure the team victory with 36 points. Robert Morris finished second with 58 points and Clarion took third with 68 points. “This weekend was a pretty big confidence booster for our teams,” Elliott said. “It really nice to see our lower classmen step up in this race. It’s great to know that we feel a lot better as a team than we did before.” Head Coach John Papa was thrilled with both of his team’s performances, and is even more excited heading


Freshman Sarah Wirth picks up the pace as she heads to the finish line. Wirth placed second at the SRU Invite with a time of 24:13.

into the PSAC Championships next weekend at Kutztown University. “Cross Country is such a great team sport, and our athletes understand that,” explains Papa. “The PSAC’s will mentally prepare us heading into the Atlantic Regionals at Lock Haven. Both the men's and women’s teams have what it takes to compete and finish in the top three for a trip to Spokane, Washington for the National race.” The teams will rest this weekend before competing at the PSAC Championships on October 26.

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SRU set to host Clarion for Homecoming Continued from Page C1

defense. We weren’t intimidated, we embraced the challenge and it’s a well-deserved recognition.” S e n i o r q u a r t e r b a c k Ni g e l Barksdale was named a Division II Offensive Player of the Week, as well as PSAC Offensive Player of the Week. Barksdale threw for 425 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while rushing for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a 24yard pass from redshirt senior wide receiver Robert Joyce. Joyce also had two catches for 54 yards. Redshirt senior wide receiver John Schademan caught six passes from Barksdale for 170 yards and two touchdowns and redshirt junior wide receiver Ken Amos had nine catches for 85 yards. In addition to the 449 passing yards, Slipper y Rock’s offense totaled 227 rushing yards on 48 attempts. “The passing game continues to get a lot of attention and we still have an effective, productive running game,” Mihalik said. “That’s a tribute to the offensive line.” Redshir t f reshman Shamar Greene ran for 101 yards on 17 carries, junior running back Teddy Blakeman totaled 55 yards and two touchdowns, and redshirt sophomore Brett Crenshaw also ran in a touchdown. Despite the recent success, Mihalik is keeping his team humble. “We learned our lesson early in the year (with the loss to Gannon),” Mihalik said. “In this division, you


Senior wide receiver LaQuinn Stephens-Howling moves past Indiana University of Pa. defenders to gain extra yardage at last Saturday's "Pink Out" game. Stephens-Howling had one catch against IUP for 18 yards.

better be ready every Saturday. We’ve worked hard to put ourselves in this position and we can’t mess it up.” Mihalik said that while SRU was anxious for the opportunity to play a nationally ranked team, that other teams have a similar feeling towards them.

Slipper y Rock plays Clarion University (3-3) tomorrow at 2 p.m. for their Homecoming Game. Tomorrow is also the fourth annual Milk-Jug Game, which features a traveling milk-jug trophy between the teams. Clarion is currently on a threegame losing streak but Mihalik said

each opponent is taken as seriously as the next. “You prepare and respect your opponent,” Mihalik said. “We relished the opportunity to play a nationally ranked team and Clarion is going to say the same thing. They’re going to want to make a statement.”


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Review of Gravity

This week's ROCK 'N Fashion is all about pink! Katie Ellis takes a look at retailers giving a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer research.

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock's zero-gravity boxoffice-hit Gravity is the focus of Jimmy G's Rock Reviews this week. Check it out!

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The Legend of the 2013 Homecoming Court

In the land of Slippery Rock, five young men and five young women competed to ask the question...

Who will be the fairest of SRU?


Brett Brown Senior 21 Mathematics and Physics major and coaching and actuarial studies minor Green and White Society, President of Math Club, SRU Incline Hockey, Student Advisory Board

Monte Chapman Junior 20 Secondary Education Physics major and mathematics minor

Tesin Gnalian Senior 21 Early Childhood and Special Education major SGA, Best Buddies, Council for Exceptional Children, Up 'Til 2 for St. Jude, Community Service Corps, WOW Weekend volunteer, Green and White Society, President's Commission on Disability Issues, Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta, Rock Catholic, Golden Key, SRU TOMS

Olivia Giger Senior 21 Psychology and Early Childhood Education major and exceptionalities and business administration minor

Fellowships of Christian Athletics secretary, SRU Track Team, Jumpstart Program mentor, Peer Leader, First Year Transition Services Peer Mentor

President of Colleges Against Cancer, Keeper of Ritual and vice president of academic development for Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, vice president of adminstration and judical affairs for Panhellenic, Treasurer for Order of Omega Greek honorary, Honors Program, Works for SRUSGA Childcare Center

Josh Johnson Junior 20

Sarah Hammond Junior 20

Early childhood education major and exceptionalities minor

Communication Emerging Technology and Multimedia major and art and French minor

Kappa Delta Pi honors fraternity, Swim Club, Early Childhood Club

President of ARHS, RockOUT, No Fills Conference Chair, NACURH Universal Advocacy, Internations Club

Alexander Merida Senior 22

Maria Montaro Junior 21

Information Technology and Information Systems major Shamrock Rugby Club, Student Government Association, Special Olympics

Jared Stanley Junior 20 Early Childhood and Special Education major FLSP Peer Mentor, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Interfraternity Council President, Green and White Society, Peer Educator in Women's Center, Honors Program, President's Leadership Academy, 125 Committee, Lambda Sigma Alumni

Social Work and Professional Studies major SGA, UPB, ARHS, ProLife of SRU, Students for Sustainability, NRHH, No Frills Bidding Team, Gymnastics Club, Social Workers Association, Student Nonprofit Alliance

Laura Ordaz Junior 20 Physics and Engineering major Student Trustee, President of SRU TOMS Club, SGA senator



October 18, 2013

Emeritus Pink is the new orange for fall Professor shares her artwork

Katie Ellis "ROCK'n Fashion" Katie Ellis is a junior journalism major and a regular contributor to The Rocket. Looking around the average classroom, in the cafeteria and at work, it’s easy to spot at least eight women. Shockingly enough, at least one of these women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to, a nonprofit organization focusing on early detection of breast cancer in young women and supporting high risk individuals. With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, now is the time to become proactive and join the fight to end the disease that affects millions of women across the globe. There are thousands of products available to purchase with a portion of the sales going to support the organizations committed to finding a cure. Founded in 2007 by Lindsay Avner, Bright Pink is one of the country’s premiere organizations that seeks to educate women about their chances of being diagnosed based on family

history, how to check for breast abnormalities, and raise funds through charity events across the country. They have partnered with a number of retailers to donate money from the sale of their products to sponsor many of Bright Pink’s events. The charity also sells shirts, sweatshirts, and baby clothes emblazoned with their logo, “Be brilliant, be bold, be Bright Pink”, and a more humorous saying, “on Wednesdays we wear pink”. From their website, www., you can buy their official black tank top with original logo for just $20. If you want to get your hands on an item with the “Mean Girls” quote, visit to find a sweater for just $22 that fits in perfectly with the infamous dress code. Aerie is one of the brands that are joining with Bright Pink to fight cancer this October with the creation of the limited edition Bright Pink Bridget bra that retails for $29.95. In the brand’s signature hue, this pushup bra comes in sizes AA-DD to accommodate a wide range of sizes. Sold in-stores and online, all proceeds from the sale of this bra goes to support the charity that inspired it. The NFL is a big proponent of breast cancer research, and has officially licensed apparel for sale that benefits A Crucial Catch, an element of the American Cancer Society. Whether you’re a fan of the Steelers or another team in the league, there is a wide variety of products available for purchase for both men and women from hats to rain boots. For just $36.95, you can get your hands on the Tri-Blend

V-neck T-shirt in pink that has your favorite team’s name and logo on it, with all proceeds going to benefit the NFL’s charity. If you’d rather have something to show your commitment to end breast cancer and your team throughout the year, choose the Silver Laser Tag license plate for $34.95. They’re also auctioning off items worn by players like signed helmets and footballs, with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Before you splurge on new workout gear at the mall or your favorite sporting goods store, check out Adidas’ latest apparel line, All Fight. The line features pieces in coordinating shades of black, grey, and pink and range in price from $25 to $60. With 10 percent of the proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Aktiv Pink Ribbon Tights retail for $55, and are made for running around the gym or across campus. A small breast cancer ribbon stands out against the black background of the pants, and marks your support for the fight to end cancer. The pink and grey Aktiv long-sleeve tee features a hood that will keep you dry for the days when you want to run in the rain or simply when you’re walking to class, for just $45. Whether you buy a t-shirt to support the cause, or make a donation to your favorite charity in support of the fight to end breast cancer this month, it’s important to remember that every dollar counts. When one in eight women are diagnosed in their lifetime, it’s vital that we do everything we can to put an end to breast cancer.

Gravity movie is out of this world

Jimmy Graner "Jimmy G's Rock Reviews"

5 Stars

Jimmy Graner is a junior journalism major and film and media studies minor and a regular contributor to The Rocket. At a young age, children are asked what they want to do when they grow up. Some of the jobs that stand out from the rest are jobs like an actor, firefighter, police officer, doctor and of course…astronaut. But I believe that if any child watches the film Gravity, that dream job of theirs will quickly diminish. Alfonso Cuaron, director of films such as Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, directed this one-of-

kind masterpiece about astronauts working on a space station who are quickly interrupted by debris which not only crashes into their space station but also sends them floating into space. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star as astronauts who tend to a space station while taking orders from mission control. Clooney’s character, Kowalski, floats around the station on a thruster pack as Bullock’s character, Stone, remains attached to the space station working on the necessary adjustments. Soon, they are interrupted by mission control with whom they immediately lose contact before getting the message that debris from a Russian missile strike on a satellite has caused a disturbance and might be in collision course with them. Within minutes, the station is hit and the two astronauts are catapulted in opposite directions into space. Eventually, Kowalski flies over to Stone and the two gently begin their route back to what is left of their damaged space shuttle But when something unexpectedly happens, thoughts and decisions regarding one of the characters will hurl you into a deep emotional journey that will hopefully end in solitude. I’m not going to spoil anything, Although it may seem just like any other space movie, the different perspectives and first-person

shots from inside the characters suits give the audience the feeling of what it’s like to be floating in space and also show us how one person can turn a bad situation into a guide of survival. We’ve seen bodies floating in space without a space suit before from long distances in films like Star Trek and Armageddon, but not up-close like Cuaron shows us in this film. There are not a lot of things that can happen when you’re just sitting, watching a person float in outer space, yet the storyline moved along very well and kept me asking for more. I didn’t know what was going to happen next and that’s what I liked about the movie. I thought it was brilliant how they filmed the objects in or around the spacecraft floating. Things like a chess piece, a pen, a Marvin the Martian doll, or the lonesome tears of Bullock’s character when she cried added to this brilliance. It’s without a doubt, one of the most visually stunning films of the year. If there’s something about the film that isn’t done correctly, please point it out to me, because I was too busy enjoying the picture too much. After all is said and done, we have to ask ourselves if anything of that nature is truly possible in real life. I say, “Feel free to man a shuttle and try for yourselves, there’s nothing to be scared of.”

By Carly Thorne Rocket Contributor

For 2013 Pittsburgh Artist of the year Akiko Kotani, her ideas are best expressed in abstract art. Kotani visited SRU Tuesday afternoon to share her techniques and styles of art with students and faculty. Born in Hawaii, Akiko Kotani grew up with a passion for drawing. In addition to being the 2013 Pittsburgh Artist of the Year, Kotani is also a former SRU Professor Emerita. She used a plethora of diverse materials in her artwork such as silk organza, glass, bamboo threads, paper and plastic. She strives to create a new language of art with her choice of materials. Kotani’s exhibition also focuses on the element of space. Her artwork emphasizes space and allows it to appear to her audience as nothing. Her gallery has four featured parts. The entrance of the gallery features a four-layered ceiling piece called Silk Clouds. It consists of silk organza and has stitched curved lines, which can be a very difficult skill to master, Kotani said. “It takes much discipline, “ she explained. Her second gallery consists of four different sized panels. It was nature that inspired her to name these panels Wind, Clouds, and Reeds. They each have their own magnitude. The third gallery called Soft Walls presents thousands of square feet of plastic. The plastic bags such as the traditional Wal-Mart or grocery store bags have been cut and looped together into this masterpiece. The plastic flows off the walls that are 18 and 13 feet long. The massive walls create an image of thickness to the piece. Her walls are symbolic in representation of the strength of femininity and motherhood. Her final gallery features two parts of her work called Views of the Bosphorus. To develop these pieces, she stitched bamboo threads on paper. Her piece is a scenic view of Istanbul’s waters called the Black Sea, something Kotani said she was fascinated by. Kotani taught in Istanbul for over two years and noticed the beauty of the village where she lived. Kotani said it took her over two and half years to create all her pieces. Akiko Kotani encouraged students to take a chance with their artistic ideas. “If you have an idea, do not be afraid to try it,” she said. Experimenting is a good thing not only in art but also in life, she explained. In her imagination, she believes, there are no rules and everything is up for grabs. This inspired her to start to play around with unusual materials that are not common in art, she said. According to Kotani, there were days that she wanted to give up, but her motivation and discipline helped her to get through. She would also spend two hours in the morning, two hours in the afternoon, and two hours in the evening every day working on her art. Many art professors and faculty members at SRU were in attendance at Kotani’s presentation as well as some students such as senior art major Chelsea Grubbs, 24, who said she was interested in the materials Kotani used in her work. “I wanted to learn more about the focus of fiber art and learn more about her experience and working with it,” she said. Sophomore art major Summer Weinheimer, 19, was also interested in Kotani’s work, especially the abstract. “Coming to see well established artists helps me to get the feel of how they take normal matters and make them into creative ideas,” she said. Many students in attendance said they were surprised by Kontani’s work. Kontani closed her presentation encouraging all students, “Go where your instincts take you.”

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Healthfest shares tips on wellness information By Stephanie Cheek Assistant Campus Life Editor

Where can someone go to find out information about local health care companies, on campus health organizations, a condom lubricant demonstration, and a dance performance all at one event? Every year the Aebersold Recreation Center (ARC) holds the annual HealthFest that encourages students to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “Students take for granted their health until someone they love or themselves encounter a health problem,” Brian Mortimer, the Coordinator of Wellness and Russell Wright Fitness Center, said. “HealthFest is about being an informed individual.” According to Mortimer, the booths provided fantastic information about the consequences of bad choices. Also this event showed where students could get help for health related situations, explained Mortimer. “A lot of the exhibitors do a fantastic job of making the booths interactive,” Mortimer said. This resulted in a higher participation rate and making the students more involved in the event, Mortimer said. The booths included demonstrations, quizzes, handouts, free merchandise, and a way to learn with fun, according to Mortimer. Some of the booths and organizations on campus included the American Heart Association, the Fit Club, the Student Counseling Center, Brandon’s Dad booth and the HOPE Peer Educators. Samantha Parks, 21, senior Secondary Education English major, is a HOPE Peer Educator whose booth focused on lubricants and the difference between oil and water based lubes on a condom. "After the first few weeks of FYRST seminar programs and Residence Hall booths, we noticed an increase in incorrect answers when we asked about lubricants and latex condom,” Parks explained. “A lot of students were saying that Vaseline and other oil-base lubricants were

okay to use with their latex condoms” According to Parks, instead of just explaining the difference between oil and water based condoms, the students got a chance to see the affects during Health Fest. “Students had to choose between a water based lubricant, oil based lubricant and Vaseline, which is also an oil-based lubricant,” Parks said. “After they chose their lubricant they rubbed it onto a blown up condom to watch the effects. Students’ who chose the oil based lubricants saw their condom explode after a short amount of time because oil-based lubricants break down latex condoms.” Along with the interactive experience, the HOPE Peer Educators also handed out free lube and condoms along with candy and pamphlets, explained Parks. The HOPE Peer Educators are an organization on campus that focuses on informing students topics on safer sex, drugs, alcohol, the importance of sleep, and even interactive games such as the Safer Sex Olympics, explained Parks. According to Mortimer some organizations like the Slippery Rock University Student Center was giving out free flu shots to inform students as well as provide a service right in the ARC. Something new this year was the introduction of presentations and performances throughout HealthFest, explained Mortimer. “Health can be affected by dance and music, by giving students a way to REBECCA DIETRICH/THE ROCKET have fun with activity,” Mortimer said. One performer was the SRU community members shared helpful information to students Tuesday during Rock Dance Company, common hour such as hydration at Healthfest held in the Abersold Recreation performing two dance pieces. Center (ARC). “Dance contains a lot of cardio movement. It is also a great way and want to pass on the health university community and the triRuss explained. county community,” Mortimer said. to improve flexibility, balance, and information, “I feel that by Rock Dance While the event does continue to coordination,” Michelle Russ, 19, a sophomore Dance major and member performing, we were able to show that grow with this year having about 50 of Rock Dance Company, explained. staying active can be fun,” Russ said. organizations and booths participate, HealthFest has been part of the according to Mortimer, the goal is to get To prepare for a performance the dancers rehearse every Slippery Rock community for 28 more active participants and students. “Our goal for next year is to Wednesday night and have a weekly years and the goal is continue to make discussion about the health benefits the event grow, explained Mortimer. increase marketing efforts, and “We want to make a large get a higher student and faculty of dancing, according to Russ. Mortimer said. The dancers care about health event for a variety of ages in the participation,”

Miley Cyrus' Bangerz CD is 'so turnt up'

Harmony Kasper "Side Notes" Harmony Kasper is a junior journalism major and a regular contributor to The Rocket.

3.5 Stars Miley Cyrus is a household name in this generation. She began her career as the innocent and talented pop sensation Hannah Montana but has morphed so far away from her past identity that we can almost hear Montana yelling, "sweet nibblets!" Just recently, Miley, who will turn 21 in a about a month, made headlines across the world with her provocative performance on the 2013 VMA Music Awards. If you haven't seen this performance, then you must not use the Internet, watch television, or speak to anyone. I have numerous professors who have seen her "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines" mash-up with Robin Thicke. For someone

who has been a fan of Miley Cyrus from the beginning, I was even confused and even a little violated. Let’s not even discuss the foam finger… This "new” Miley is portrayed in her recently released album, Bangerz. Cyrus' album received countless favorable reviews from music critics and has topped the charts. Produced by up-and-coming Mike Will Made It and featuring guest vocals of artists such as Nelly, Future, and Big Sean, this album is far from the Miley we all knew five years ago. There is no "Best of Both Worlds" or "Hoedown Throwdown" featured within these tracks. Each song has its own style and ranges from slow ballads like "Adore You" to dance music like "Love, Money, Party". Cyrus has writing credit on all but four of the sixteen songs included in the deluxe version of Bangerz. The first single off the album and one of my favorites "We Can't Stop," recounts a series of actual nights that Cyrus experienced. The single created a lot of controversy with its lyrics of "dancing with Molly" (the popular drug) and concept of heavy partying. When Cyrus hosted Saturday Night Live to promote the release of her album, she and SNL cast member Taran Killam created a parody video where they portrayed John Boehner and Michele Bachmann in "We Did Stop

(the Government)". It seems that “we can’t stop” this song. I admire Cyrus, but not for her lyrical writing. For the first time we hear Miss Cyrus rap on “Do My Thang” and I can’t help but think of Nicki Minaj. The lyrics “I'mma do my thing” are repeated with some versus from Miley that don’t amount up to really anything. It sounds like random sentences thrown together. The song is similar to “We Can’t Stop” with its partying lyrics and references to drugs such as “getting wild up in here” and “oh shoot, pass that shit around”. Track 10 titled “FU” featuring French Montana sounds like circus music mixed with rap and digitalized vocals from Cyrus. Lyrics featured in these songs are ones that we have never heard from Cyrus before. She has no problem cursing and going against everything she was probably taught when working with the Disney Channel. Miley may want to break away from her previous image and create new, but I’m not sure if she is doing it the right way. And let’s not forget that Britney Spears is also featured on Bangerz in the song “SMS (Bangerz)”. I can’t help but see an amusing parallel between the two: Spears and her complete meltdowns in the past and Cyrus who may be on the verge of one. Not all of the songs on Bangerz are wild and crazy. Most are

calmer with raw lyrics that were influenced by Cyrus’ now exfiancé Liam Hemsworth. The second single released from the album titled “Wrecking Ball” is exactly one of those: “Don't you ever say I just walked away; I will always want you; I can't live a lie, running for my life; I will always want you”. I can’t help but think these lyrics predicted the split of Miley and Liam, who were together since making The Last Song in 2010. The video is another interesting creation from Cyrus, as she straddles a wrecking ball while naked. Maybe the tears that came while performing this song at the iHeartRadio Music Festival a few weeks ago finally showed the pain she may be in. I can’t say that I agree with every move Miley Cyrus has made with her life recently. I was distraught when she cut her hair, but its hair. I don’t think it hit me until the VMA performance how much she has really changed. Bangerz shows the complete 180-degree turn Cyrus has done with her musical direction. Most have simple lyrics that I could have written if I tried. Although, Cyrus did create a fun album that I know many of my friends and I do listen to. If I were to rate Bangerz, I would have to agree with Rolling Stone and give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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