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Slippery Rock University Student Newspaper
Volume 94, Number 5
SRU gathers to say goodbye
Search for new president continues
By Kaitlyn Yeager
By Will Deshong
Rocket Staff Reporter
Chancellor John C av a n au g h f r o m t h e Pennsylvania State System of Hi g h e r E du c at i on (PASSHE) showed concern about the economic state of Pennsylvania in front of a large crowd Wednesday afternoon in the Alumni House. Cavanaugh, who has been the chancellor of the PASSHE since July 2008, praised the system for their recent efforts in the Bloomsburg area, which has suffered a large amount of damage due to flooding. The city of Bloomsburg was closed for over a week. “Institutions all over the system reached out in all kinds of different ways, lending help to students and lending them their support,” Cavanaugh said. “That’s really one of the great things about our system.” The chancellor went on to discuss the situation of our state economy. Pe n n s y l v a n i a’s s t at e revenue does not look good, due in part to the funding of the disaster relief taking place in Bloomsburg. Cavanaugh is hoping that there may be a jump
The Slipper y Rock University Presidential Search Committee is in the process of finding the next president of the university. President Robert Smith, who has held the title since 2004, intends to retire from the position in January 2012. The committee is composed of 15 members representing university executives, f a c u l t y, a lu m n i, stu d e nt s and non-instructional staff. Representatives were chosen by their respective unions. Tw o consultants, C h a r l e s B u nt i n g a n d Vicki Henderson, are also assisting the committee. Bunting ser ved 15 years as chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges and is a member on the board of trustees of Hampton University, lo cated in Hampton, Va. “We have reps from all corners of the campus,” Eric Holmes, who serves as chairperson of the search committee, said. “It’s a diverse committee in race, ethnicity, gender and age, and everyone is committed to finding the best president
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Slippery Rock University students gathered in the quad Thursday night to pay their respect during a candlelight vigil for Jack Hill Jr. and Tyler Stufflebeam, 21-year-old seniors who died on Saturday, September 10. Stufflebeam died in a car accident on Branchton Road and Route 8, and Hill died after collapsing during a basketball practice. Stufflebeam was a physical education major, and was involved with the Green and White Society. Hill was an information technology major, and was also a member of Building Bridges.
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Career fair gives students valuable experience, good opportunity By Catie Clark Rocket Contributor
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Slippery Rock University safety management major Matt Shearer, 21, talks with a potential employer at Thursdays job and internship fair in the University Union Multipurpose room.
A career fair was held in the University Union Thursday for Slippery Rock University students. At the Job Search 101 event, more than 50 companies were on hand to network with students, who were invited to sign up for jobs and internships. Many of these companies were looking to employ SRU students and had specific characteristics they looked for in a potential employee, including Dollar Bank, MidAtlantic Youth Services, Glade Run Lutheran Services, the Pa. Board of Probation and Parole, Comcast, George Junior Republic and the Polk Center Department of Public Welfare. Almost all companies expected SRU students to be dressed professionally, come prepared with resumes, and to have researched the company and know about its history. According to Jennifer Matcuk and Carol Moon, recruiters from Dollar Bank, a firm handshake is also very important. “It’s important that students introduce themselves and ask what positions we are hiring before they hand us a resume, because a lot of times students are interested in a job
that isn’t available,” Matcuk said. Other companies, such as Mid-Atlantic Youth Services, look for students to have leadership qualities and be a good role model, because that is what their work primarily deals with. Lynn Grinder, from Glade Run Luther Services, a social service agency, said that she goes to 15 to 20 job fairs a year, so its important that students can stand out from the crowd. Comcast representative Mark Smith said that he looks for students to be energetic, confident, and have good eye contact to leave a lasting impression. “Energy is huge,” Smith said. For Tom Jones from human resources at George Junior Republic, dependability is one of the top issues. “Ninety percent of life is showing up,” Jones said. Students, however, had mixed reviews of what they expected to get out of a job fair, and used different tactics to hit it off with various professionals. Sarah Ardeno, an accounting major who is graduating in May, came to the fair looking for a job. The students who attended the fair said SEE STUDENTS, PAGE A-3
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Second Annual Rocktober Open 2011
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"All Black for Jack" Basketball Tournament
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possible.” Holmes, who is on the university’s Council of Trustees, served on the search committee that hired President Smith nearly a decade ago. While the committee has been intact since June, the search for the new president is still in the early stages of the process. “We’re still in the process of receiving applications and resumes,” Holmes said. Although still in the early stages of the search, Ho l m e s b e l i e v e s t h e committee in place will be successful in finding highly qualified candidates. “We’re moving forward,” Holmes said. “President Smith has done a phenomenal job and we’re looking for someone to continue that.” An advertisement for the position is currently
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running in The Chronicle of Higher Education, a popular and hig h ly resp e c te d publication focused on news, information and jobs for college and university fac u lt y memb ers and administrators. “We spent a fair amount of time developing a profile for the university so candidates can learn about it,” Dr. Bradley Wilson, a professor of philosophy and one of the two faculty representatives on the search committee, said. “At this point, the job is advertised, basically allowing people to learn about it.” Review of the resumes is expected to begin in October once a large pool of candidates is collected. “We’ll evaluate all of them collectively to make comparisons,” Wilson said. “My understanding is that we’ll have a very good pool. Our university has a lot
that would be appealing to a candidate.” With a strong pool of candidates, the committee looks to find very qualified individuals who possess a certain set of skills and abilities. Numerous specific qualifications are listed on the official job posting, but Wilson outlined a more general outlook on what the committee is seeking. “One of the key things we want is someone very student-oriented, which isn’t surprising because SRU is ver y studentoriented,” Wilson said. “We want someone open in dealings with faculty and staff, and also someone who can work well with the state legislature, who supplies a lot of the school’s funding.” The tentative schedule of the committee would have t he p o ol b eing narrowed down by midNove mb e r, w it h of f -
campus interviews with semi-finalists beginning in early December. Finally, public interviews of 3-5 candidates are planned to take place on campus in early February. The committee hopes to finish their search by t h e s ch e du l e d B o ard of Governors meeting scheduled for next March, in which the committee and the Council of Trustees will ultimately recommend the best candidates to the chancellor and the Board of Governors. Wh i l e t h e u lt i m ate de cision of t he next president will not be made directly by the search committee itself, Wilson is grateful to be a part of the process. “I feel like I represent the views of the faculty very well,” Wilson said. “It was an honor to be elected as a representative.”
Bus route to change due to construction "Happy bus" won't be stopping at Watson Hall for 12 working days By Steph Holsinger Assistant News Editor
Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month Events
*To commemorate Hispanic/Latino(a) heritage month, the following events will be held in the month of October: Slippery Rock University’s Hispanic-Latino Cultures Series Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at El Compadre’s Mexican Restaurant, 1809 S. Center St. Ext, Grove City, from 7:00 pm—8:30 pm. Admission is $6.00 per pre-sale ticket. No tickets are to be sold at the door; only 75 tickets are available. Contact Dr. Itzi Meztli at x4933 for further information and/or to purchase pre-sale tickets. Featured Speaker is Wendy Bolivar, and her presentation is entitled: “The increasing relevancy of Hispanics in the United States." *Latino/Hispanic Independence Days Celebration/Games will be held on Tuesday, October 18th during common hour in the University Union lobby.
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T h e S l ipp e r y R o c k Un ive r s it y Student Government Association (SGA) announced at their meeting Thursday that the Happy Bus will not be stopping at the Watson Hall stop starting on Monday, October 3rd. Ac c ord i ng to Kat i e Campbell, vice president of campus outreach, the on-campus (white) Happy Bus route will change on Monday due to construction in the University Union commuter parking lot. “The bus will stop at t he Ro ck Apar tments stop, turn left on Green & White Way, drive past the stadium, turn right down the road between the ARC
and East Lake, and then turn right onto the Central Loop to stop at the Union and continue with the route as usual,” Campbell said. “A portion of the Union parking lot will be enclosed by a fence, and the bus will not be able to make the stop as usual,” she said. “These steps are being taken to allow for the bus to stop at as many of its normal stops as possible, and we apologize for the inconvenience.” The portion of the union parking lot will be closed starting Monday for 12 working days, two of which will include fall break, according to Cathy George, SGA faculty advisor. “They will tr y to complete the construction b e fore Hom e c om i ng ,” George said.
Also at the meeting, SGA announced the first “Senator of the Month,” which is a new program that was implemented this year. Each month, the Senate will vote on a particular senator that they feel deserves the title. The winner will be announced at the last meeting of every month. According to Carmen Fortunato, SGA’s speaker of the senate, the criteria are based on the individual’s involvement and contributions to SGA through attending senate and i n for ma l s e nate, committee meetings and other SGA related functions. Michael McCarter, North Hall senator, was chosen as “Senator of the Month” for the month of September.
“Mike was chosen by his peers because of his innovative ideas, hard work, knowledge of t h e c ons t itut i on an d his positive attitude,” Fortunato said. The annual “Up ‘Til Two for St. Jude” fundraiser was also discussed at the meeting. According to Kim Sloan, vice president of internal affairs, SGA will be teaming up with the University Program Board (UPB,) Association of Residence Hall Students (ARHS,) The Green and White Society, and WSRU to form one large team for the St. Jude fundraiser. “Any other organization is welcome to join our team,” she said.
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in revenue because of the aftermath of the flood damage. The community will need to buy supplies in order to make repairs to their damaged homes and town, thus creating more revenue. “The spike doesn’t last a long time, but sometimes t he y have a w ay of offsetting each other,” said Cavanaugh. On a federal level, Pell Grants, which are need based grants given to lower income students, will likely look to change within the next few years. The Higher Education Act (HEA) will either keep the maximum amount of Pell Grants allowed and cut the
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eligibility, or the HEA will leave the eligibility and cut the grant money given to students. Cavanaugh reassured the audience that no significant changes will be made in the near future. “The good news is that there is going to be no major slashing of the Pell Grant if the committee cannot come to an agreement,” he said. Bradley Wilson, chair of the philosophy department, asked Cavanaugh about the lobbying efforts for the proposed 50 percent budget cut last spring. Pa. state schools actually experienced no more than an 18 percent cut. “The total spend number for the budget decreased by $300 million,” Cavanaugh
said. “That was the biggest variable of the equation.” The chancellor does not believe in screaming and yelling in order for state schools to make a point that they are angry. Instead, Cavanaugh encouraged faculty to proceed by rebuilding trust with legislation and also focusing on relationships amongst PASSHE. “Politics, like a lot of t hings, are ab out relationships,” Cavanaugh said. “There are other ways to solve a problem.” Chancellor Cavanaugh will return to Slippery Rock University in December for commencement.
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Police Blotter Magistrate Sept. 21st - Derek Shawn Lowers, 19, of Slippery Rock, was seen for three counts of DUI and one count of purchasing alcohol by a minor. He was released on his own recognizance. Sept. 21st - Robert Charles Hayes, 43, of Slippery Rock, was seen for two counts of DUI. He was released on his own recognizance. Sept. 21st - Brandon Allen Feese, 25, of Brackenridge, Pa., was seen for two counts of DUI. He was released on his own recognizance.
Sept. 21st - Michael Leroy Snow, 36, of Clintonville, Pa., was seen for two counts of DUI and driving an unregistered vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance. Sept. 21 st - Wayne Alexander Barry, 22, of Boyers, Pa., was seen for two counts of DUI and driving an unregistered vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance.
Sept. 21 st - Archie E. Harding, 64, of Boyers, Pa., was seen for recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief with damage to property. He was released on his own recognizance. Sept. 21 st - James M. Roberts, 45, of Irwin, Pa., was seen for unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance. Sept. 21st - Eric Anthony Berdis, 22, of Erie, was seen for two counts of DUI. He was released on his own recognizance.
the presentation held in the Eisenberg auditorium on Tuesday made the fair a lot easier. “The information session that was on Tuesday was very helpful,” Ardeno said. “It prepared me for today and answered a lot of my questions.” When asked about what she would lie about at a career fair, Ardeno said that, if anything, she would lie about her time management skills. “I work best under pressure, so I tend to procrastinate,” Ardeno said. Vanere Maynard and Phillip Pesko, senior
Sept. 21 st - Merle E. Hemphill Jr., 49, of Slippery Rock, was seen for two counts of DUI. He was released on his own recognizance. Campus Sept. 21st - There was a report of harassment in the Strain Behavioral Science Building. The officer issued a no contact order to the victims and no further action was taken.
Sept. 23 rd - Emily Schubert, 18, Kaitlyn Cavanagh, 18, Ben Cobb, 19, Royce Copeland, 19, and Brett Crenshaw, 18, were charged with alcohol violations in Building E. Sept. 24th - Joshua Butler, 18; Brian Pfister, 18; Meleak Potter, 18, and Kyle Tarpley, 18, were charged with alcohol violations after a traffic stop on Keister Road.
Sept. 25 th - Patrick Gaudino, 19, was cited with a DUI after a traffic stop on the East Central Loop.
Sept. 25th - Jeffrey Grace, 19, was cited with a DUI, and Jacob Stasko, 19, was cited with an alcohol violation after a traffic stop in the West Lake parking lot.
S ept. 24 th - Luke Newstrom, 22, was cited with a DUI after a traffic stop on Route 108. Compiled by Stephanie Holsinger
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Sept. 21st - Harold Leroy Denbow, 53, of Grove City, was seen for two counts of DUI. He was released on his own recognizance.
computer science majors, came to the job fair to investigate potential salaries, and would never lie in an interview. Jeremy Feehan, a job fair veteran, didn’t go to the information session offered Tuesday, and mostly utilized the fair for networking purposes and to see what was available. Junior accounting major Nick Miller came to the fair with few expectations. “I am here mostly for networking,” Miller said. “But if I could get an internship out of it, that would be great.” According to Miller, if he were to lie about anything in an interview, it would be about being confrontational. “I’m
not actually that up front with people, but I know that is what some employers want to hear.” Cory Johnson, senior accounting major, and David Jenkins, senior political science major, came to the fair looking for both internship and job opportunities. Both students recognized the importance of image at career fairs. “How you present yourself is half of the battle,” Johnson said. Neither said they were nervous or that they would lie in an interview. “Anything you would lie about would eventually come back to you,” Jenkins said.
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Out with the old, in with a new president The search has officially begun. O ver the summer, the Presidential Search Committee was formed, with its sole task being to find Slippery Rock University’s next leader. Cu r re nt pre s i d e nt , Robert Smith, announced last spring that he will be retiring from SRU in January 2012, an announcement that stunned many, and saddened us all. Over the years, we’ve all gotten to know President Smith pretty well. We see him riding around campus on his Segway, always greeting everyone with a smile. We’ve l i s te n e d to nu m e r o u s s p e e c h e s , b eg inning wit h our orientations, all of which included his patented catch phrase, “It’s a great time to be at Slippery Rock University!”
President Smith held fast to those words, even during the bleak moments. Through every obstacle in the construction of the new student center, which was proposed in 2003 and is set to open in February 2012, President Smith stayed optimistic. He continuously fought for the building, which is why it was officially christened the Robert M. Smith Student Center earlier this month. Through Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed budget in May that cut state funding of PASSHE schools by 50 percent, President Smith played a large role in advocacy efforts. Thankfully, only 18 percent of the state funding to PASSHE schools was actually cut. And President Smith is there now, during contract negotiations between
PASSHE and the union that represents our professors, APSCUF. What we are trying to say is that President Smith’s successor, whoever he or she may be, has large shoes to fill. The question, now, is who will be asked to fill those shoes? We hope that whoever steps up to the challenge shares some of the same qualities as President Smith, as well as some unique qualities of their own. We think the next president of SRU should be multilingual. That might seem like a large demand, but we think it’s necessary. The next president must be able to speak several different languages, from administrator-speak, to professor-speak, to mediaspeak, to student-speak. Without those credentials,
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he or she won’t be able to communicate with the entire campus family, which is essential to being a great president. The new president must also be honest. We don’t want to hear any sugar-coated comments or see any dancing around the tough subjects. We want the truth. We can handle it. Creativity is another quality that is a must for the next president of SRU. We want to see someone with new, innovative, unique ideas to solve not only the big problems, but the everyday ones, as well. Come up with a solution to our parking struggles, the lack of quarter machines in the dorms or our nonexistent snow days, and you’ll earn some major brownie points with most students. Come up with a unique
way to bring down the cost of tuition, books, meals or basically anything we have to pay for and we’ll love you forever. Last, but certainly not least, the next leader of our fine institution must have a signature mode of transportation. We don’t want to just see him or her merely walking around campus. The next president must be just as recognizable as President Smith. Here’s an idea we’d just like to throw out there. The Segway has become so synonymous with President Smith that it would be a shame to see it leave, as well. Perhaps President Smith could hand the Segway down to his successor, as a passing of the torch, but in this case, it would be a passing of the Segway. Just a thought for President Smith to consider.
This week’s question: What qualities do you want to see in Slippery Rock University’s next president?
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“I want the next president to have a solid work ethic and take serious time to address the issues that effect this campus and its students.”
“I think that transparency is a good quality in a president. He needs to say what he is going to do and always communicate and be open with students.”
Peter Katsafanas Junior philosophy and creative writing major Hometown: Erie, Pa. “Enthusiasm. They need to look good on a Segway and write phenomenal emails. Basically, someone like President Smith because he did a really great job.”
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Energy Conservation Committee saves Being silent for a day easier said than done SRU money by reducing energy costs sudden, I remembered about my vow of silence.
Julie Snow Guest Commentary The following commentary is in response to the article “SRU going green to save some green,” featured in the Sept. 9 issue. Over the last three years, SRU’s Energy Conservation Committee (ECC) volunteers have been working hard to reduce energy consumption on campus. Our efforts are driven by the need to reduce SRU’s carbon dioxide emissions (to improve our environment and help fight climate change) and to reduce energy bills to help us address the budget shortfalls. These efforts come with direct support from the administration and follow suggestions made in the Strategic Plan trend on natural resources, helping us achieve a more sustainable future. The ECC is using many methods to reduce energy consumption. Until this year, energy reduction has been primarily through physical building updates such as new windows, new light bulbs, and smart classroom scheduling--- saving SRU about $250,000 last year alone. The ECC has also written a new energy policy for SRU, which was passed by the President’s Cabinet in August. The energy policy
is a written document that outlines all policies regarding energy usage on campus. The document is accessible for any campus community member to read at www.sru. edu/president/Sustainability/ Pages/Index.aspx. In addition, the committee and the facilities department continue to research future alternatives for the coal burning boiler system. But starting this fall, the committee is focused on a strategy of saving energy through modifying the behaviors of the people who inhabit the campus: faculty, staff and students. After a great deal of research and planning, the ECC developed an energy conservation campaign and pledge, which was launched this fall. “Small Steps. Big Payoff. SRU’s Energy Action Campaign” asks faculty, staff and students to participate in energy conservation by pledging to take three energysaving actions. These actions can be simple tasks like turning out your lights when not in use or using the stairs instead of the elevator. And these actions are your choice, so making the commitment is comfortable. The campaign also includes education components for all members of the campus community. By taking the pledge, you will be helping SRU meet our goal of a three percent reduction in campus energy use over the next year. Three percent translates into about $100,000 and would reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 1,335 tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to protecting 13 acres of old growth forest each year.
While this goal is small, we plan to build on it every year, working towards a zero carbon footprint, described in the Presidents’ Climate Commitment signed by President Smith in 2010. The ECC has carefully laid out a plan to track the reduction in energy usage. We have, over the last three years, installed electricity meters in almost every campus building and installed a new software package that allows facilities to view energy usage across campus. With these tools, we can calculate the success of the program and compare our energy savings and environmental benefits year to year, even with campus buildings coming on and off line. If you are interested in helping SRU meet these energy challenges, reduce its carbon footprint, and save SRU money in the process, take the pledge. Go to www. sru.edu/energypledge and pick your three easy action items. Once you’ve taken the pledge, pick up your green bracelet at the union, which you can wear as a point of conversation for other faculty, staff and students who may be interested in participating in energy conservation. Together we can make a difference for our campus and our environment.
for reinstatement and full benefits. The overturning of this law was a definite victory, but sadly the fight for equality is far from over for the gay community. The gay community will still be refused full military benefits for their partners. Furthermore, when the Navy tried to train its chaplains years ago to perform samesex unions, it was purposely halted on the objection of lawmakers. So while the repeal of DADT is a success, it is far from the larger issue here. In this country, which is still the wealthiest and most developed nation in the world, our government continues to deprive certain Americans of freedoms that the rest of the country enjoys. Gay marriage is a sticky issue for people. I once heard a student on this campus say that “being gay is evil and you are going to hell if you’re gay.” The close-mindedness and ignorance that permeates even into a college campus can be overwhelming. The fact that we are at an institution of higher learning and these sort of backward, offensive and sickening opinions can go unchallenged is absurd. I am sorry if I offend any of you who may think this way, I truly do like to take all opinions into consideration. However, I draw the line when an opinion dictates that you think another human being is ‘evil’ because of the way they were born. I am a staunch believer that being gay is not some lifestyle choice or some personal expression. For a person who is gay, choosing
to love whomever you want is as natural as breathing. In this country, our government dictates that these people, who willingly want to commit their lives to one another, are expressly forbidden to do so. While some states allow gay marriage, virtually no state allows gay married couples the full benefits of a traditional married couple. The government cannot and should never force churches to open the door to gay couples, but it is certainly the duty of the government to open the courthouses and grant to all married couples the many benefits only traditional marriages enjoy. Addressing this great injustice has become taboo in our country today, but it is an issue that has to be addressed. I have no fear or ill intent when I say that if a courthouse can perform a marriage for a willing couple, then a courthouse should perform every marriage for every willing couple, regardless of sex. I am overwhelmingly happy that DADT has been repealed. The military reports that 97 percent of the armed forces have been fully readied for the repeal of DADT, and the upper echelons of the military have concluded that the repeal of the law will do nothing to undermine the resolve and combat readiness of our troops. So while there are still many battles to be fought in the struggle for total equality, at least we can celebrate one victory.
Silent Majority Civil disobedience is an American pastime, as dear to us as baseball or apple pie. When a great injustice is observed, it has to be fought. From the earliest days of the country all the way up to Rev. Martin Luther King, injustice was fought and it still must be diligently and persistently combated. Thankfully, 18 years of injustice were overturned this past week. A small victory in a battle for equality was happily won. The rights of gay and lesbian servicemen and women have been impeded far beyond what military code should have ever allowed. They were forced into hiding by a law commonly known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). The policy was part of a number of governmental policies which expressly banned gay and lesbian citizens from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military. Under this program, soldiers were asked not to reveal their sexual orientation, and conversely, they were never to be asked. The law was like walking on eggshells, and it led to the discharge of many servicemen and women, who will now be eligible
Dare and Share Pass me the duck tape and shut my mouth, because not even my own willpower could stop me from talking. I guess I should start by saying that, upon explaining my experiment column to a few classmates, they suggested that I go a whole day without talking. Well, this was much easier said than done. Talking is like breathing. It’s an intrinsic function of life that we all too commonly take for granted. Humans need constant communication to survive, especially chatter bugs like myself. Without interaction and conversation, everything on our minds is kept inside, bottled up, locked away in the secret vaults of our subconscious. As a very open person, attempting to go a day without talking was nearly impossible, but I was open to giving it a try. My day started off normal, until I walked into class and realized that I couldn’t say “Good morning” or ask how my friends’ weekend was. It was almost as if society was rejecting me. Anything I wanted to say was irrelevant. Since I couldn’t talk, no one could listen. But I wasn’t ready to let my feelings of alienation deter me just yet. Once I returned home, I dove into a pile of homework. Diligently distracted, my friend Rob walked into the living room and initiated a conversation. We began talking when all of a
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Music lyrics misleading for young women
Dr. Julie Snow, Chair of the ECC
DADT repeal is a step in the right direction
I blurted out, “Profanity! I’m not supposed to talk today!” It had been but three hours and I already had failed. I kept my mouth shut the rest of the day as I finished attending my classes. But I couldn’t help feeling ostracized. Even though I silently listen to my iPod every other day as I walk through campus, the fact that my lips were sealed was simply unbearable. By about 4 p.m., you know, after lunch and a nap, I was ready to call it quits. I needed attention. And it doesn’t help that my lovely roommate Abbey is the best listener that God has graced the earth with. Needless to say, we were literally dying to talk to each other. So I threw in the cards. In regards to the ‘dare’ that my classmates had presented me with, I did not succeed. In fact, Abbey and I ended up going for a long walk where we talked, and talked, and talked. It felt so comforting to communicate again! I did learn a few things from this experiment, though. For one, I realized that talking is a gift that I should not take for granted. Words are a beautiful thing and should be chosen wisely. Besides, I’d rather spend my time saying something meaningful than not saying anything at all. In addition, I’m going to try to be a better listener. Communication is a two-part process - sender and receiver. I need people to listen to what I have to say in order to feel accepted and appreciated. Therefore, I must pay others the same respect, attentively listen, and play the communication game like a boss. Talk about winning.
Jeannene Jones FMLA Many of us, as young teenagers, listened to the pop music of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, as these artists and songs were what helped shape our perceptions of who we should be and how we ought to act. Many of us young girls remember blaring the latest songs from our radio, sang by the trendiest groups such as the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Destiny’s Child and Britney Spears. As a young teenager, I took the lyrics of these groups to be the truth on every matter and nothing but, because I idolized them. Looking back, I have begun to grasp that these same lyrics I belted out with a hairbrush microphone are some of the same lyrics that I have grown to be offended by as a woman, and more importantly as a feminist. After listening to many of these songs from my past, I now understand why many women of my generation have no idea how to be in a successful and healthy relationship. While growing up hearing inconsistent messages about a woman’s value and a woman’s part in a relationship, it has become apparent that the music industry and our idolized pop stars have an immense responsibility for many of our failures in the world of dating. Recently, while listening to a popular song from my teenage years, “Cater 2 U” by Destiny’s Child, I began to realize how many contradicting messages
women and girls receive about their worth and role in the world. The song “Cater 2 U,” I will admit, has graced my iPod undetected by my feminist self for years, but upon finally hearing it again, I heard it for its true message. Within the first few lines, the statement is made that without a man, a woman’s life is purposeless. It’s not appropriate to communicate to young women and girls that their life is purposeless without a man in it. Throughout this song, there are descriptions of the things this woman is doing to cater to her man, but never once is there anything communicated about having a relationship that is 50/50. I agree that women should do nice things for their significant others and appreciate them, but making every one of that person’s wishes come true without the acts being reciprocated, just means you’re letting that person walk all over and take advantage of you (i.e. you’re a doormat). Also mentioned in this song is the fact that if you’re not a doormat and willing to cater to your man’s every wish and need ever, then it is perfectly acceptable for him to find some other woman who is willing to do so. And in another song, “Girl,” again by Destiny’s Child, the woman being cheated on blames herself for her man not being faithful to her. In the video, this woman has dinner on the table waiting for him all night (clearly doing something nice for her man) and he is out with another woman. If a man is cheating on a perfectly great woman, it is NOT her fault, end of story. I remember the days when Destiny’s Child’s message was to be an independent woman, especially when they came out with their song “Independent Woman Pt.1.” This song
describes that woman should be, “always 50/50 in relationships.” This I agree with immensely. While I don’t think that women should cater to every man’s wish and need, I also don’t think that women should sit on their butt and expect to be taken care of and given the world just because they have a vagina. The new slogan Beyonce (former member of Destiny’s Child) likes to advertise is that women now run the world with her hit song “Run the World (Girls).” This song is just as ridiculous as saying that women should cater to their man. Women DO NOT run the world, nor should the message be given to young women and girls that they do. This is a sense of self-entitlement that is outrageous and unfounded. No one should run the world. I am pretty sure the last time I checked, the United States is still a democracy, as is the majority of the world. Many women have this sense of entitlement that their man should take care of them and buy them everything their little heart desires, again, just because they have a vagina and their daddy called them princess when they were a child. That is just beyond outrageous. When you’re a young teenager, young woman or even an older woman, you should not expect every Gucci purse, Tiffany&Co. piece of jewelry and Chanel perfume from your significant other. Healthy and stable relationships are a give and take, 50/50 from both parties involved. Anything less than that makes one person a doormat, and who really wants dirty feet wiped on them?
Jeannene Jones is a junior parks and recreation major from San Diego, Ca. She is also the public relations chair for FMLA.
CORRECTIONS: Sept. 23 - The photograph in the “New dining options until ‘Fluh opens in spring” story was taken by Liana Pittman. - The photograph in the “Heart walk at SRU helps vicitims and raises student awareness” story was taken by Lexi Kovski. - The SOL (Student Organization for Latinos(as)/Hispanics and Allies) Events for September featured in RockNotes are sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Culture Series Planning Committee; the Office of the Dean of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Dept. of Modern Languages and Cultures, the Dept of English and the Office of Multicultural Development, as well as SOL.
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Defense leads Rock past Indiana
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Senior quarterback Cody Endres finds a hole in the defense and scrambles for a nice gain against Indiana University of Pennsylvania Saturday night at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium. Endres rushed six times against the Crimson Hawks 6 times for 24 yards.
By D.J. Vasil
The defense put together a great performance for Slippery Rock University (3-1 overall, 1-0 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) in its opening game of conference play
Saturday night at MihalikThompson Stadium against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2-2, 0-1) in a 20-6 victory. The Rock defense forced four IUP turnovers while holding the Crimson Hawks to 258 yards and recording three sacks.
All four turnovers were interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by redshirt sophomore Brandon Burley. “It felt great scoring against IUP,” Burley said. “Everyone got their blocks. Z ach Sheridan did a great job of blocking the
quarterback which was the block that let me get in the end zone.” Burley had two interceptions in the game and was named the PSAC West defensive player of the week. “ It w a s a g r e a t accomplishment,” Burley
said about the award. “I think the defense as a whole gets the award.” Senior Brandon Watters recorded his third interception of the year by catching the ball in the back of the end zone to end IUP’s drive. “They were driving and
we didn’t panic, their quarterback just threw the ball up and I ran under it,” Watters said. “Obviously, we don’t want to give up a touchdown, but the turnover killed their momentum.” Fellow senior Jayson Nickson recorded his second interception of the season with just over two minutes to play to give the offense the ball, which led to a rushing touchdown by redshirt junior running back Akeem Satterfield. Senior linebacker Zach Sheridan recorded a teamhigh 15 tackles. While the conference’s leading rusher, IUP’s Harvie Tuck, may have registered 126 yards on 28 carries, he was held out of the end zone by the Rock defense. The Green and White also shut down IUP leading receiver Terrill Barnes, holding him to just three catches for 48 yards. “Barnes is a great receiver,” head coach George Mihalik said. “He had some drops but when he did catch the ball, we held him to minimal damage.” SRU started off the scoring with a 59-yard pass from senior quarterback Cody Endres to senior wide receiver Devin Goda. Kurt Brackman added the extra point to make it 7-0 SRU. Endres finished the game 17-for-29 for 175 yards with one touchdown and one interception. “I blocked out the extra stuff during the game,” Endres said. “My focus was SEE INTERCEPTIONS, PAGE B-2
After two losses, SRU rebounds over Clarion By Tim Durr Sports Editor
ALEX MOWREY/THE ROCKET
Senior linebacker Jake Wickline grabs Indiana University of Pennsylvania running back Harvie Tuck in Saturday night's game as sophomore cornerback Admire Carter provides backup incase Tuck breaks through Wickline's tackle.
SRU defense ready for Clarion By D.J. Vasil
Slippery Rock University (31, 1-0) continues Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West play Saturday against Clarion University at 6 p.m. at MihalikThompson Stadium. The Rock defense has played very well to start the year and has gained significant attention as the defense is ranked second nationally in Division-II football.
SRU is ranked second in overall defense behind Harding University (Ark.) with a total of 778 yards allowed so far this season. “We are playing very well defensively,” head coach George Mihalik said. “And that’s at all three levels, defensive line, linebackers and secondary. What I like is how we run to the ball, and our aggressive style of play.” The defense will have to continue their strong play
Saturday against Clarion. Clarion’s offense is led by quarterback Ben Fiscus, who is also their leading rusher. “He causes some concerns for our defense,” Mihalik said. “Anytime you play against a quarterback that is mobile and athletic, it creates more problems for a defense as a whole. He hurt us last year with his running ability and we know he is a threat to make plays.” Redshirt sophomore
cornerback Brandon Burley, who will look to continue his good play Saturday, is already familiar with Fiscus. “I played him in high school, he went to Indiana High School,” Burley said. “We lost to him once during the regular season, but beat him in the second round of the playoffs. He is all about the run. He can pass, but he is known for his ability to run.” SEE GREEN, PAGE B-2
After winning 14 straight to start the season, Slippery Rock University women’s volleyball missed its chance to tie a school record for most consecutive wins by one game. Last Friday, SRU battled Mercyhurst on the road and fell 3-1 in four sets. After winning the first set 25-21, the Rock dropped the next three sets by finals of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-15. After slipping to Mercyhurst and ending its winning streak, SRU faced Gannon University on Saturday, looking to rebound after its first loss of the season. That wouldn’t be the case for the Green and White as they lost in straight sets to the Golden Knights,25-18, 27-25 and 25-18. With its second straight loss, the Green and White had to wait until Tuesday night when it returned home to face Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Head coach Laurie Lokash said the team was aware that it had to rebound from its struggles from the weekend and that beating Clarion was a major accomplishment. “It’s huge for us to bounce
back,” Lokash said. “We’ve struggled the last few years, so to come in and beat one of the top PSAC schools is a big deal.” Junior opposite Sarah Cadwallader said that the team played well against the Golden Eagles and it was a great accomplishment to rebound with a win against Clarion. “We played great the first couple sets against Clarion,” Cadwallader said. “We fell apart a bit in the third set but brought it back together to get the win in the fourth.” It would take four sets, but SRU found its name back in the win column and improved its overall record to 15-2 and 3-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Cadwallader led SRU with 16 kills, two blocks and one assist, and was one of four players with 10 or more kills on the night. The Rock played four close sets with Clarion, winning the first set 25-22, the second 25-20, losing in the third set 25-27, and finally coming back to win the final set, 2521. SRU will stay home for its next match against Edinboro University of Pennsylvania tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
Sports Junior forward leads SRU past Charleston B-2
September 30, 2011
ALEX MOWREY/THE ROCKET
Junior forward Shelby Ward battles against a West Chester University of Pennsylvania defender Sept. 10 at Egli Field. Ward has one goal and three assists this season on a total of 19 shots. The Rock is averaging 1.44 goals per game as a team on offense this season.
By Madeline Williams the Rock (4-3-2) off a pass earning the shutout for the Rodgers to set them up 1-0 each in the game for the Assistant Sports Editor
T h e S l ip p e r y R o c k University women's soccer team snagged a 1-0 win over the University of Charleston on Tuesday in their fifth consecutive road game. Junior Shelby Ward scored the lone goal for
from sophomore Izabel Scott in the 83rd minute of the game. Each team tallied nine total shots and five shots on goal. However, SRU held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Ju n i or go a l i e D an a O'Neill stopped five shots on goal, three in the first half and two in the second,
Rock. Last Saturday, the Rock fell 1-0 to Kutztown University of Pennsylvania on a goal scored by the Golden Bears with only 1:02 left in regulation play. The two teams played an even game until the 89th minute of the game, when the Golden Bears put the ball past senior goalie Lisa
with about a minute left. Ward had two quick chances to score in the final seconds of the game, but neither attempt was successful, having one deflected by a Kutztown defender and one lastshot effort sailing high. Sophomore Kara Mullins and freshman Luc y Hannon added three shots
Rock's offense. The Rock posted an 11-7 advantage in total shots and held an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks. Rodgers recorded three saves in goal, but let one past during the final minute. She was credited the loss for the Green and White. SRU ' s d e fe ns e a l s o
registered a team save. Although the team has a winning record, the season is not going entirely the way Ward had expected. "The season has been a little more challenging than I anticipated," Ward said. "We got off to a slow start, but hopefully the next few games are exactly what we need to get us back on our feet." The Green and White will be back at home this weekend for the first time in three weeks as they host Bloomsburg University on Friday at 1 p.m. and East Stroudsburg University on Saturday at 1 p.m. O'Neill explained what the team needs to do this weekend to pick up two p otent i a l ly imp or t ant wins. "Ideally what needs to happen this weekend is that we need to work extremely hard as a team and finish any opportunities we may get," O'Neill said. "Two wins this weekend would be a huge boost for the team and a major help for the conference standings." He ad coach Noreen Herlihy expressed the importance of the up coming games t his weekend. "These are two PSAC games, and each one is significant," Herlihy said. "We're happy to be back at home, after having almost the entire month of September on the road. It will be good for the girls to be back to comfortable surroundings."
Green and White defense prepares for Golden Eagles Continued from Page B-1
Clarion averages more yards rushing, 174.2, than passing, 155.2. “They have a strong running game,” Mihalik said. “They run the option offense and the key to their offense is Fiscus.” Defensively, Clarion is giving up an average of over 300 yards a game, something that coach Mihalik believes is misleading. “Clarion has played a very strong schedule so far,” Mihalik said. “They have played Bloomsburg and Cal U, both of which are nationally ranked.”
Offensively, the Rock will have to contend with Clarion’s defensive end, Barrington Morrison, who was a preseason all-American selection. “He is very quick off the ball, he is a high energy player,” Mihalik said. “He is strong against the run and can disrupt the pass.” Senior Rock quarterback Cody Endres continues to play at a high level and will need to stay at that level Saturday against Clarion. “We just have to play our game,” Endres said. “I think our offensive line will handle
Morrison, and our offense will dictate the flow of the game.” “Having a balanced attack is always the key,” Endres said. “It limits what the other team can do defensively.” Running back Akeem Satterfield has had three 100yard games this season. “I have got to play to my full potential,” Satterfield said. “I am hoping for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.” SRU will go on the road to face Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (4-0, 1-0) Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Interceptions lead to Rock win Continued from Page B-1
getting the play in during the game and knowing where to go with the ball when I saw the front the defense was in.” Goda recorded his second straight 100-yard game with eight catches for 104 yards and one touchdown. “I had a good game,” Goda said. “I feel more confident in my game and it shows, and I think it will continue to show as the season goes on. The touchdown got my confidence high. I feel I can play at a high level no matter who it’s against.” Minutes later, Burley recorded the Rock’s first interception of the game off IUP quarterback Pat Smith and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown, but Brackman missed the extra
point to make the score 13-0 SRU. IUP finally got on the scoreboard with the opening drive of the second half with Brett Ullman kicking a 30-yard field goal. During IUP’s second drive of the second half, the Rock defense knocked out IUP starting quarterback Smith who was later diagnosed with a concussion. The ensuing IUP drive saw the Crimson Hawks quarter Mike Box throw his second interception of the game as Burley recorded his second interception of the game. With less than 10 minutes left in the game, the Rock defense came up big by stopping IUP inside their own 20 to force a field goal by Ullman to make it 13-6. After a Rock fumble that
was recovered by IUP on the ensuing drive, the Rock defense came up big with their fourth interception of the game by Nickson. Satterfield, who had been pounding at the IUP defense for the whole game, finally broke free for a 36yard touchdown scamper to put away the Crimson Hawks. Satterfield finished the game with 115 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown. “It was great rushing for over 100 yards, especially against our rival IUP,” Satterfield said. “It was a tremendous effort by the whole team.” The Green and White will host Clarion University of Pennsylvania (0-4, 0-1) Saturday at 6 p.m. at Mi ha li k-Thomps on Stadium.
September 30, 2011
MLB season decided in two hours SRU loses to Lakers,
Sports Sense At 7:10 p.m. Wednesday night, four major league baseball teams had their entire seasons resting on what would happen over the next five hours of baseball. The Boston Red Sox had a nine-game lead in the American League Wild Card race heading into the month of September over the Tampa Bay Rays. In the National League Wild Card race, the Atlanta Braves had an eight-and-ahalf-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals six days into September. At 7:10 p.m. Wednesday night, both of those leads had been evaporated and the Red Sox and Braves were tied with the Rays and the Cardinals, respectively. What would ensue over the next five hours was some of the most amazing baseball that I have ever seen. Out of the four different games that these teams were playing, only the St. Louis Cardinals won by more than one run, as they dominated the Houston Astros in an 8-0 victory. With the Cardinals winning, it forced the Atlanta Braves to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, which would force the Braves
and Cardinals to play a onegame playoff on Thursday. At 8:03 p.m., it looked like the Braves were on their way to having that playoff game as Dan Uggla hit a 3-run homer to put the Braves up 3-1. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, the Red Sox were tied with the Orioles until Dustin Pedroia hit a solo home run thirty minutes later as the Braves took a 3-1 lead. At this moment, it appeared that the Red Sox were well on their way to making the playoffs because the Tampa Bay Rays were down to the New York Yankees by seven runs. Fast forward almost two hours, the Boston Red Sox were still up 3-2 and in a rain delay in Baltimore, the Braves were tied with the Phillies and in extra innings, and the Rays just put together a sixrun eighth inning to pull back within one run of the Yankees. As the rain subsided in Baltimore shortly before 11:00 p.m., Dan Johnson took the plate to pinch hit for Sam Fuld with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. After two strikes and two balls in the count, Johnson got a pitch down the middle of the plate from Yankees pitcher Scott Proctor and made contact, sending it down the right field line and into the stands for a home run. Johnson’s blast sent the game to extra innings just before 11 p.m. as the Red Sox game resumed in the bottom of the seventh inning. At this point, the pressure was on for the Red Sox and the Braves. What seemed to be a guarantee that the Rays would
lose to the Yankees has turned into a tie game that’s going into extra innings, and the Braves lead over the Phillies, just like its lead over the Cardinals in the Wild Card, had evaporated. Over the next hour, madness began. The Phillies’ Hunter Pence hit a blooper in the top of the 13th inning, which ended up being the winning run for the Phillies, completing a total collapse for the Atlanta Braves and knocking them out of the playoffs. About 20 minutes after the Braves failed to hold onto its last hope for making the playoffs, it was time for the Red Sox to show if they could hold their 3-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. With Jonathon Papelbon pitching, Red Sox fans had to feel safe. Papelbon is arguably one of the top two or three closers in the game and has come through in the clutch many times for the Red Sox. Tonight was different, though. This September was different. The Red Sox weren’t the same team that pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history in the 2004 AL Championship Series down three games to the Yankees. They were the Red Sox who had found a way to blow a nine-game lead in one month of play. Just as it seemed in the beginning of September, the Red Sox looked to have a victory locked down with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and nobody on base. After giving up a double, Papelbon had to find a way to get Nolan Reimold out to end the game. He couldn’t. Reimold hit a ground-rule
double and tied the game at three, one minute before midnight. At midnight, Robert Andino stepped to the plate and just two minutes later, he would hit the pitch that broke Red Sox fans’ hearts around the Red Sox Nation. Andino hit the gamewinning single to give the Orioles a 4-3 victory. It wasn’t over yet for the Red Sox. They still had hopes that their most bitter rival, the New York Yankees could beat Tampa Bay and force a onegame playoff. In the top of the 12th inning, the Yankees had that chance. There were no outs and runners on the corners for New York, but a ground ball to third base and bad decision making led to the man of third getting out. A double play ball later, and the Rays had avoided trouble. Five minutes after midnight, the glass slipper was fit on Cinderella’s heel. This time the heel belonged to Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays. A mere three minutes after hearing that the Red Sox had lost, Longoria sealed the fate of both his team and the Red Sox for the 2011 season. Longoria hit a walk-off home run that barely cleared the left field wall, but distance didn’t matter. The ball barely clearing the fence was perfect symbolism for how the Rays had snuck into the playoffs in the last seconds of the season. In just over two hours, the 162-game Major League Baseball regular season was decided by the outcome of four games.
prepares for Huskies By Kristin Karam Rocket Contributor
The Slippery Rock men’s soccer team has been on the road for the past three games, resulting in a win a g ai n s t S h ipp e n s bu r g University of Pennsylvania, and losses to both California University of Pennsylvania and Mercyhurst College. The most recent loss to Mercyhurst was last Thursday, September 22nd. Freshman for ward Christopher Davis scored the first and only goal for Slippery Rock against Mercyhurst at the 17:24 minute mark of the game, with an assist from junior goalkeeper Timothy White. The assist credited White with his first collegiate point. With five seconds left in the half, Mercyhurst’s Patrick Gehring was able to sneak in a goal, tying the game. It appeared that the game was going into overtime, but Mercyhurst was able to score in the final 25 seconds of the game to secure the win. The Rock has a current record of 3-3-0 for the season. Their three losses have all been determined by only one goal and came against nationally ranked teams, which has caused the team to place more focus on the defensive side of the game at practices. “I think we are doing very
well and are about to hit our peak,” says freshman forward Stephen Donnelly. “We need to keep more focused in the dying minutes of every game, and when we get the chance to score, we have to take them chances.” This weekend, the team faces off against Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. With the advantage of playing at home, the team hopes to have a big weekend and gain two PSAC wins. “In the past, we played ver y strong ly against Bloomsburg, managing most of the game and getting the better opportunities, but Bloomsburg has always found a way to get their scoring chances against us, so we can’t back down when they come here on Friday,” s ophomore midf ielder Zachary Hall said. Davis leads the Rock offense in points with 5 (1 goal and 3 assists), while senior forward Kenneth Fultz has a goal and an assist on 16 shots this season. As a whole, the Rock is averaging 1.2 goals per game this season and holding opponents to one goal per game. The Rock has to focus on finishing the game as strongly as they start it if they intend on defeating Bloomsburg (1-4-1) on Friday.
September 30, 2011
CAMPUS LIFE C-1 September 30, 2011
Owner reveals eerie history of North Country Brewing Co. By James Meyer
Assistant Campus Life Editor
LIANA PITTMAN/ the rocket Saxophone artist Matt Corey plays an assortment of songs on stage at Rock Café Tuesday evening in the MPR. Playing a saxophone along with turntables and an electronic wind instrument (EWI), Corey played his interpretations of various songs by artists such as Cee Lo Green, Lil Wayne and Michael Jackson.
Taking the stage at Rock Café
Students showcase their talents during open mic night By Courtney Tietje Rocket Contributor
“I’m sorry if you came here expecting something boring,” saxophone artist Matt Corey unabashedly told the audience after his first song during Rock Café Tuesday evening in the MPR. Rock Café is an event presented by the University Program Board (UPB) that grants students opportunities to
perform onstage before a live audience, according to UPB's Vice President of Cultural Arts Terrell Foster. Throughout the evening, Corey, along with various student performers, stepped onto the stage to showcase their talents. Students agreed that the performances put on at the Rock Café were anything but boring. Foster was in charge of the planning
and production of this year’s Rock Café. “Rock Café is basically a chance to give students the opportunity to perform and showcase their talents while also having a guest artist come in to ease into student performances,” Foster said. Students were allowed to sign up to perform whatever they wanted, and SEE SAXOPHONE, PAGE C-3
The sound of classic rock permeates the brewing room, but the sound doesn’t reach down the short flight of stairs to the basement where the kegs are stored. This musty basement of the North Country Brewing Company also happens to be where mortuary work was done in the past. Bob McCafferty, the owner of North Country Brewing, said that he found makeup, combs and other accessories that were used to dress corpses when he bought the building in 1998. The building, which is one of the original structures of Slippery Rock, has a long and unique history. The main bar area was once a barn to a log cabin home, constructed around the year 1805 by Peter Uber. By 1835, the building was a tavern and inn, run by Peter’s son, William Henry Harrison Uber. In 1835, Peter and William went into the business of furniture and cabinet making, which led to coffin making during the Civil War. The business continued to flourish under the name Uber and Sons Undertaking and Furniture Dealers. The last funeral to be held in the building took place in 1974, under the ownership of Elton North Uber. From 1974 on, Elton continued to run the place as a furniture store until 1994. The building is now returned to its roots as a tavern called North Country Brewing Company, known simply as “the Brewery” to patrons. Interviewed at the Brewery on SEE LOCAL, PAGE C-3
University encourages student use of protection to prevent contraction of STI's
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Junior public health major Brian Rice, 19, participates in the annual Safe Sex Olympics, sponsored by HOPE Peer Education Programs to inform and educate students on safe sex practices.
By Rebecca Marcucci
The McLachlan Student Health Center on campus, located in Rhoads Hall, is often utilized by SRU students needing physical care. The Health Center, providing students with a range of available services, also offers specialized ser vices in safer sex practices through the Protection Connection and
Healthy Outreach through Peer Education (HOPE) programs. Statistically, one out of four teens in the United States contracts a sexually transmitted infection (STI) each year, according to a study conducted by the American Social Health Organization. To prot e c t a g ai ns t widespread infections, the workers at Protection Connection have coined the phrase, “Abstinence
is best, but protection is next,” according to Health Promotion graduate assistant and HOPE peer mentor Jessica Kaack. “That’s our motto,” Kaack said. Kaack, 23, is working toward her master's degree in school counseling at SRU. She said she also believed most SRU students are continuing to make responsible decisions in safer sex practices. Kaack said she suggests
for students who are pursuing the second option in Protection Connection’s phrase to be careful. “Make sure to use a condom to protect against STIs,” she said. The programs offered through the Protection Connection and HOPE aim to protect against STIs by providing pregnancy t e s t s , w om e n’s c are , contraceptives such as male and female condoms, and STI screenings, some of which are offered for free. Birth control is offered as well. Students interested in receiving birth control must first attend an educational session entitled “Options”. This is conducted by the Health Promotion Office. After attending the sessions, students will be able to decide which contraceptive option, if applicable, is best suited for their lifestyle. The Protection C onne c t ion has a ls o provided condom vending machines for students on campus in the Student Health Center and the University Union. Their mission at the Protection Connection is to provide students with safer sex supplies at low or discounted prices, with condom prices ranging from 25 cents to one dollar, and many other items offered at
prices most SRU students can afford, according to health coordinator Renee Bateman. “We’re all about making students feel comfortable when they come to us,” Bateman said. “We do this by ensuring that everything is done confidentially. Our services are offered twenty-four-seven during the academic year at SRU and they are very open to students," Bateman said. “We have a lot of programming and resources available for students to utilize,” she said. HOPE peer education programs are available to all student groups, organizations, Residence Life, Greek Life, FYRST S eminar, and academic classes through presentations, condom bingo, and many other activities to make students aware of their services as well as safer sex practices. Senior environmental science major and HOPE peer mentor Quinten Cameron, 22, had much to say about the services offered by the Protection Connection and HOPE. “HOPE Peer Mentors give a presentation to freshmen during WOW weekend,” C am e ron s ai d. “ T h e students usually respond pretty immaturely, but we get a positive response from them.”
According to Cameron, students have consistently said that the presentations are effective at inspiring them to practice safer habits. “Students seem to be utilizing our services pretty well,” he said. HOPE also sponsored this year’s annual Safe Sex Olympics which was held in the University Union MultiPurpose Room (MPR) Wednesday evening. The event was in partnership with Adagio Health, who helps to provide many services, such as STI testing, to HOPE and the Protection Connection. During the Olympics, teams of five to seven students completed obstacles such as a pregnant belly race and a NuvaRing toss, just to name a few. Students took part in these activities while also obtaining factual information on safer sex practices. The Protection Connection and HOPE’s weekly hours in the Health C e nte r are Mond ay Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students can contact these services at (724)-738-4888. To schedule an appointment or testing, call Student Health Services at (724)-738-2052.
September 30, 2011
Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and their impact on fashion
Katie Ellis "ROCK'n Fashion" Over the years, there have been many women in the history of film that have impacted the lives of people today, but so few of them can be considered truly iconic. An icon, by its very definition, is “a person that is regarded as having a special status as particularly representative of, or loved by, a group of people.” Two women in particular have the great honor of being considered icons, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Audrey Hepburn, one of Hollywood’s most cherished actresses, has played a defining role in the lives of women for decades. Revered as one of the most glamorous women in the history of film, there is no question as to why she can be considered an icon. With simple beginnings on the London stage and a few small parts on the silver screen, Ms. Hepburn made her debut on the American stage with a leading role in the Broadway production, “Gigi.” This role forever changed her life, and just a few years later,
she landed a role in the classic film “Roman Holiday,” for which she earned her Academy Award. From that moment on, Hollywood couldn’t help but notice the girl with remarkable looks and promising talent. The year 1954 brought on the collaboration of Audrey Hepburn and designer Hubert de Givenchy. After choosing three of his dresses to wear in the film “Sabrina,” he exclusively dressed her for the remainder of her film career. Before their collaboration, never had a designer and their muse had a creative vision that was so in sync. Two movies in particular define Ms. Hepburn’s fashion icon status, “Funny Face” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” As a bookkeeper turned fashion model in the movie musical “Funny Face,” she is transformed from an ugly duckling of sorts, to a beautiful swan. The aweinspiring wardrobe created by Givenchy brings out her beauty and grace. Whether she is dressed in a simple black dress holding a bouquet of balloons, posing in front of the Arc de Triomphe, or in an elegant red gown strutting down the stairs of a famous French landmark, her look is breathtaking. By far, her most iconic look was showcased in the 1961 classic, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The floor-length black gown accessorized with long black gloves, pearl and diamond necklace, and black sunglasses
feel comfortable and confident with you. If she is the touchy type, watch what you say around her for a while. This could be a phase which will subside soon if you can find different ways to approach her about it.
Dear Ana, Why is Boozel food so weird? They can’t ever just make normal food. I mean they try so hard to make gourmet food and it’s just nasty and gross looking. I miss the Fluh. Reluctant Meal Plan
Dear Ana, Lately my girlfriend seems sad all the time. Nothing can cheer her up for long, and she seems like she is unhappy because of me. This makes me worry, but makes me annoyed too because I don’t know what she expects of me. I’m about done with her moodiness. What can I do to make her stop feeling this way? Giving Up
Answer: Dear Giving Up, To solve this problem, you need to get to the root of the issue. If it seems she is unhappy because of you, there could be a few explanations. One, she could be unsure of how she feels about your relationship. This is a feeling that will only quit whenever you two either talk about it or break up. Or she could be in a rut right now, unsure about life and her feelings and if things will ever go right. She can probably tell that you are getting annoyed, which could make her even more upset, especially if she doesn’t want you to feel the same. A vicious cycle can start when one half of a couple is unhappy. The way to stop this cycle is by enforcing a positive attitude in her about your relationship. Make her
Answer: Dear Reluctant, I must agree with you that I miss the Fluh, as well. During my first semester as a freshman, when Boozel was being renovated, I spent a large chunk of my time at the Fluh and will always have a personal preference for it. But don’t diss the fine folks of Boozel, as their problem is with mass production. The goal is to make quality, interesting meals, but they must be watered down a bit because they have to make so many. Therefore, the dishes are still “interesting,” but not to the level of quality that they desire. The concept of a cafeteria as a quality restaurant is an impossible concept to perfect. That is why I always, personally, stick to their pizza.
Question: Dear Ana, I find it hard to stay motivated in order to do my class work. Obviously this is a major part of college.
is one of the most famous ensembles in the history of fashion. Not only was Ms. Hepburn a great actress, she was an inspiring activist for UNICEF, as well. By working to save war-torn nations and countries suffering from famine, she became a hero. Audrey Hepburn isn’t just a fashion and film icon, she is an iconic figure to those whose lives she touched in the struggle to make our world a better place. In 1926, Norma Jeane Mortenson, the woman who would become Marilyn Monroe, was born in Los Angeles, Calif. The woman known as Norma Jeane faced numerous struggles on her path to stardom. After growing up with a mentally ill mother and time spent in foster care, she decided it was time to make a change in her life, and at the age of 16, she married her first husband. She was discovered working at a factory in 1944 and became a fashion model after her discovery. Modeling was not enough for the bright young ingénue, she aspired to become an actress. After divorcing her husband and dying her hair blonde, she had a whole new outlook on life and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. After a stint in a number of “B” movies, she began transitioning to major motion pictures. In the 1950s, she shot two of her most famous films. “How to Marry a Millionaire” and “Gentlemen Prefer
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(From left) Producer Jack Warner is seen with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, the stars of the 1964 musical, "My Fair Lady." The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Blondes” garnered her the sex symbol status that is associated with her even today. With every professional triumph that she achieved, there was personal turmoil. While filming “The Seven Year Itch,” the iconic photograph was taken of her in a white dress in New York. With a gust of wind and a camera flash, history was made. The photograph of her in her wind-blown skirt is by far her most remembered image, and one of the most famous in
the history of film. After failed marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller in the years following the iconic photograph, Marilyn made history again when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy in 1962. There is no question that it is the most famous rendition of the song in history. Her light was extinguished far before its time, and at the age of 36, Marilyn Monroe died from a drug overdose. Although she died too soon, she is still
revered as one of the most iconic sex symbols of all time. Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe have impacted pop culture for over 50 years, and will continue to impact the lives of people in the years to come. Their kitten heels and stilettos are shoes too big to fill, and never again will the world see two stars as iconic as they are. Katie Ellis is a freshman journalism major and a regular contributor to The Rocket.
What can I do to keep my eyes on the prize? Two Times A Sophomore
Answer: Dear Two Times, It’s funny that you use the word “prize,” as I think that the easiest way to stay motivated is the stick-and-carrot method, or the reward system. Think of it in the way that PS3 gamers play video games, through a trophy system. Successful completion of your major and graduation are like completing every part of a game, along with winning it. Successful completion of a PS3 game gives you a platinum trophy. But a game contains several gold, silver and bronze trophies for the achievements you reach on the way. What I’m suggesting is that you provide yourself with some gold, silver and bronze trophies of your own so that you will keep being motivated to achieve platinum. I don’t mean literal trophies, unless you happen to have an odd hobby of collecting trophies, which, by all means, is okay. I mean those little goals, like, “If I finish this large assignment well, then I can party with my friends until three in the morning one Tuesday night.” Or, “If I get an A on this test, then I can sleep in all day.” The sleeping in one always works for me because I love to sleep and sometimes I have to force myself to not take naps when I need to be studying. But I do it because I know that once I get my studying done, I’ll be able to sleep much more. Give yourself a big goal for the end of the semester, too. Gifting yourself for no reason is great, but gifting yourself because you achieved another goal through hard work is even better. "Ana Graham" is a senior public relations major and a regular contributor to The Rocket.
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many did so eagerly. For others though, it took a little encouragement from friends and the audience before they were comfortable enough to get up on stage and perform. For elementary education major and senior at SRU, Matt Far ward, 21, the support of the performers from others students was his favorite part. “No matter how good or bad anyone else was, people still supported them,” Farward said. “It was a good vibe, just really good energy. It made it easier for some of [the students] to go up and perform.” Farward performed a rap that he had written himself. He said he began writing back in middle school,
and while he said he is no stranger to writing music, performing on stage is a new concept for him. “It definitely helps me to see how different it is to actually get up and [perform],” Farward said. “You see it, and you’re like ‘Anybody could do that,’ but it’s actually really hard.” Farward said he brought along some friends for support. “I don’t like that I get a little nervous sometimes,” he said. “I know I’m capable of [putting on a good performance] but you always get a little nervous right before you go on.” Other types of acts performed on stage this year included spoken word and singing. S eventeen students performed, in all, at the
Rock Café. The number of students involved in the production of the event, from those helping with planning and sound, to the fans in the audience, was around 200, according to Foster. This year’s special guest artist was saxophonist Matt Corey, who, while on his college tour this past year, has visited over 200 colleges and universities. Corey puts an innovative twist on old music, combining tur nt ables, s axophone and an electronic wind instrument (EWI) to create a whole new sound. Foster said the University Program B oard chose Corey to play at SRU. “We usua l ly t r y to find something out of the normal, something that’s different,” he said.
“This year, we’ve got the saxophone player [Matt Corey]. Last year, we had ‘Sonos,’ an a capella group. We try to get new faces and acts you wouldn’t normally know, but things that you would see and go ‘Oh, I like this!’” Corey showed up with the enthusiasm and humor of someone who loves his job. “I come from a musical family,” he said. “My mom is a classical pianist. My brother is a jazz trumpet player. My dad plays the radio.” Some of the songs on his playlist at the Rock Café included Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You,” Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” a few Michael Jackson hits, and more. About playing for his
current tour, Corey said he enjoys performing for the college-aged most of all. “I love it,” he said. “I think that the college age group is probably more influential on the direction of music than they actually even realize. There’s kind of a correlation to music and fun and that whole college spirit thing.” Corey said he feels playing on college campuses is more enjoyable because of the energy given off by the audience, and because he is only a couple years older than the majority of audience members. “I just feel like I’m much more in touch with the pulse of things when I’m playing on a college campus as opposed to playing theatres or venues where, being a saxophonist,
it tends to draw an older crowd, which I don’t relate as well to,” he said. “I can play for anybody, but I enjoy playing for people closer to my own age.” Students showed their support with feedback. The audience clapped, grooved, danced and sang along not just to Corey’s music, but with the music of the student performers, as well. Foster s aid he was content with the outcome of the event. “A lot goes on, on campus,” he said. “But I feel that there’s always that student who has that special talent, and I want to give them that opportunity to shine. [Rock Café is] also a great time to have fun and to get students involved in campus.”
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his 44th birthday, Bob McCafferty enjoys a tall glass of his namesake, McCafferty’s Ale, brewed on site. McCafferty said that during building renovation, he found horseshoes from the horses that carried the hearse back when the place was a funeral home. “The actual embalming room is the men’s room,” McCafferty said. “You can still see the doorway. The
bodies used to get brought right into where the men’s room is.” As a tribute to the legacy of the place, a converted ambulance is used as their beer delivery truck, the slogan being “Beer, not bodies.” Purchasing an old ambulance was a convenient choice for McCafferty, who wants to convert the truck to biodiesel. “If I could start processing [biodiesel] on site here, then it would fuel our fleet vans,” McCafferty said.
McCafferty laughed as he recalled other drivers giving him the right of way as he drove the delivery truck. “I was just driving around, and people were ducking off to the side,” McCafferty said, “The lights were off ! But I felt bad.” Also true to the building’s legacy, stories of hauntings abound among the staff and patrons of the Brewery. The building has been investigated by both the Butler Paranormal Research Society and the Pittsburgh
Paranormal Society. Mc C af fe r t y re c a l l e d an incident when he was painting in the building after hours and the name ‘Roy’ appeared in the paint. “The name did show up in some of records that [Roy] was a tenant here, and he was a carpenter,” McCafferty said. Keith Kolarosky, the general manager of the Brewery, said that he was skeptical of the stories at first. “A lot of people that
work here work nights, and have doors shutting and slamming,” Kolarosky said. “I’m always the kind of person who thinks there’s another reason, but I don’t know what the reason is.” Kolarosky said that his wife, Deanna, also an employee of the Brewery, will no longer work in there after hours. “She can’t work here at nights by herself,” Kolarosky said. “She won’t come into this place. It freaks her out too much. Too much
activity, too much sound, doors opening and closing, lights turning on. She’d hear running or walking upstairs, and there’d be nobody else in the building.” The Brewery continues to draw a sizable lunch crowd and to fill its tables from dinner time on. Whatever the source of the strange activity in the building, it does not seem to deter the patrons from coming in night after night to get their fill of live music, food and beer.
September 30, 2011