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Volume 64 No. 17


March 6, 2012

Ship Idols show their country side, C1 SU spotlights John Ellerbach, C4

Loretta Lynn graces the H. Ric Luhrs stage, D1


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What’s Inside...

The Slate

Celebrating 55 years as Shippensburg University’s student-run campus newspaper.


SU sorority to hold prom dress donation, A3

Chelsea Wehking / Editor-in-Chief Cara Shumaker / Managing Editor


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When: Wed., March 7 Where: Orndorff Theater Time: 9:30 p.m.


SU baseball uses 20-hit outburst to win on Sunday, E4 & E5

1899: Bayer patented aspirin. 1475: Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists was born. 1970: The Beatles released “Let it Be” in UK.


Loretta Lynn leaves a good impression at SU, D1

A&E Laura Hoffstetter / Editor Sarah Eyd / Asst. Editor

Sports Nick Sentman / Sports Editor Samuel Stewart / Asst. Editor Photography Leslie Douglas / Editor Jenn Shimandle / Asst. Editor

Ship Life

Ship Idol participants sing favorite country songs, C1

Opinion Katrina Panasiuk / Editor Samantha Noviello / Asst. Editor Ship Life Danielle Halteman / Editor Natalie Schwind / Asst. Editor

Gas prices continue to rise, B4

News Jessica Acheson / Editor Colleen Bauer / Asst. Editor

1967: The Second Academy of Country Music Awards. 1902: The Census Bureau formed.

PR & Circulation Ashley Jones / Director Christina Pooler / Asst. Director Meaghan Ellis / Asst. Director Copy Lauren Cappuccio / Editor Lauren Miscavage / Asst. Editor Advertising Colleen Mee / Director

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Weather Forecast

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Thursday 65 Few Showers

Friday 49 Mostly Cloudy

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Sunday 61 Mostly Cloudy

Monday 61 Few Showers

NEWS March 6, 2012


SU senior donates 13 inches of hair to Locks of Love Shippensburg University senior Courtney Moyer has not had her hair cut since her sophomore year in high school. Recently, she ended that streak when five of her friends divided her hair into five separate ponytails, cut them off and then she shaved her head. It was not an attentiongetting prank. It was a selfless, public gesture of

“It was a selfless, public gesture of support to her great-aunt and grandmother who have both been battling cancer.”

support to her great-aunt and grandmother who have both been battling cancer. “We’ve had two cancer diagnoses in my family in six months,” Moyer said.

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SU student Courtney Moyer showed support for her family who are battling cancer. “My great aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer and my grandmother was diagnosed with colon cancer. I wanted to show my support to them and everyone else that’s facing cancer,” Moyer said. She said her grandmother was moved by her decision. “She has only seen pictures

of me. I won’t see her until spring break, but there were lots of tears. Happy tears, though,” Moyer said. Moyer, majoring in both art and psychology, is donating her hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children

in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. She said the hair donation had to be in a ponytail and be at least 10 inches long. According to Moyer, her ponytail was about 13 to 14 inches. Moyer has long

been a supporter of the American Cancer Society and participates in Relay for Life every year. “They have the head shaving booth there and I’ve always thought about doing it,” she said, but when cancer hit so close to home, she decided it was time to do it “to show support.” She admits walking around campus with a shaved head is a different experience. “I was expecting a lot more weird looks. And I am getting comments, but not like I thought I would. Some people tell me that I look like Natalie Portman and that’s OK,” she said with a laugh. “Other people tell me I have a nicely shaped head.” Moyer said the experience is one that is in line with her psychology senior seminar on prejudice. One of her class assignments includes journaling and she has written about her decision in her journal. “We’re looking at societal norms and especially those

that affect women. It’s been very interesting,” Moyer said.

“When cancer hit so close to home, she decided it was time to do it ‘to show support.’”

Moyer encourages other students to think about donating their hair as well. She plans to eventually attend graduate school to become an art therapist but, in the meantime, she’s re-growing her hair in anticipation of another future donation. -Courtesy of Shippensburg University

Time to get rid of your old prom dresses and support a good cause ERIN FLICK

Staff Writer Many girls are guilty of buying a gorgeous prom dress, wearing it once, and then leaving it in the closet never to be worn again. Now is your chance to not only free up some space in your closet, but to do a good deed as well. With prom season right around the corner, the search for that perfect dress will soon begin for many high school girls. Tau Kappa, Shippensburg University’s

Tau Kappa is in need women’s athletic sorority will be hosting its second of gently used dresses, and accessories. annual Project Prom Dress. shoes Any formal gown, including homecoming and bridesmaids’ dresses are “Project Prom able to be donated. Dress raised A total of 245 dresses $974 last year, were donated to last year’s event and organizers are which was hoping to receive even more donated this year. Project Prom to charity.” Dress also raised $947 last year, which was donated to charity. “It was nice knowing The dress drive helps girls who need a prom that what we were doing dress by offering prom wear impacted the girls in the for much less than dress community in a positive manner and that they will boutique prices.

be able to attend prom in beautiful dresses that they might not have been able to purchase brand new,” Laura Henzy said. Henzy is the organizer of last year’s Project Prom Dress. Tell your friends and family members about the event and help Tau Kappa to reach their goal. Organizers are collecting dresses now through March. Donations can be made by emailing projectpromdress2012@ The event is scheduled for March 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Dollars and Cents: All Millersville cuts costs, track-andAbout Cash and Credit field and cross-country teams Series Note: This is a part of a series of legal information that college students can use. For more information, please visit

When banking, it is important to find a financial institution that best fits your needs. Most institutions offer a student banking account, without monthly fees or minimum balance requirements. It is important to remain vigilant. Keep track of your transactions and any purchases made online to avoid fraud or theft from your account that could ultimately result in identity theft. Many young adults get caught up in the pitfalls of credit which lead to financial problems. Know what you can afford as a minimum monthly payment or whether or not your credit card has a fixed or variable annual percentage rate (APR)

prior to making major purchases. Making constant purchases or living your entire life on credit will put you into a steep financial hole without significant monthly payments.

your ability to get a job or find a place to live. If your financial situation continues to worsen, bankruptcy may be an option. This should not be the fall back option and should not be considered until you’ve talked to an attorney or a financial adviser. “Many young If you file for bankruptcy, adults get caught some debt, such as college up in the pitfalls loans, cannot be eliminated. Bankruptcy also stays of credit on your credit report for 10 which lead to years. For more information on financial consumer banking, credit problems.” and bankruptcy information, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Banking at 800-PA-BANKS or Determining what is a visit www.moneysbestnecessity, such as grocer- ies or rent payments, and what is a want, such as Disclaimer: This inforconcert tickets or movie mation was compiled and tickets, is important when written by Shippensburg dealing with your financial University graduate stusituation. dents in the CommunicaIt is important to keep tion Studies program and up-to-date on your credit is intended for general use report because it can im- and not as a substitute for pact future loan rates and legal advice.

SU’s Women’s Center sponsors activist to speak at SU tonight Women’s rights activist Shelby Knox will appear at Shippensburg University at 7 p.m. tonight in Memorial Auditorium. Knox is director of organizing women’s rights for Knox advocates not only for women’s rights, but also youth empowerment and promotes sex education.   Knox first came to prominence after she was featured in a documentary “The Education of Shelby Knox.” The film followed her as a 15-year-old high school student as she worked to bring comprehensive sex education to her Lubbock, Texas, high school, which

at that time, taught only abstinence. Shocked by the high number of pregnancies and STDs in her high school, she fought for adequate sex education and gay rights in her Southern Baptist community. The film won numerous awards, including an award at the Sundance Film Festival for best cinematography in a documentary. Knox travels across the country as a  feminist organizer, doing trainings, workshops and civil disobedience in the name of reproductive justice and sexual health. She specializes in designing work-

shops for youth leaders, has appeared on television and in magazines and is an advocate for comprehensive sex education. Her appearance is sponsored by the Women’s Center at Shippensburg University. The Women’s Center seeks to promote equity for women by addressing issues such as sex-role stereotyping, networking, self-defense, women’s health, domestic violence and sexual assault.  -Courtesy of Shippensburg University

as ending a legacy. Thirty men participate in the Staff Writer programs and now have to consider the possibility of Millersville University transferring. has announced its plans to cut the men’s cross-country and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Budget cuts have forced the school to decrease spending on athletics. The cut will save the school $200,000. MU hopes that this will help to strengthen existing teams and ensure a stable Photo courtesy of financial future for the athletic department. The men are not just losThe school decided that ing their sport though; they as of July 1, it will go from are losing friendships, opsupporting 22 intercolle- portunities and livelihoods. giate teams to 19, and all The dynamics of a trackthree teams are the track and-field program is differand cross-country teams. ent from most sports. The track-and-field team While some may see this has been in existence for as just taking away a team, 52 years. Cutting the pro- others see it as tearing gram is thought of by many apart a family.

Erin Flick

“In track and field, the women’s and men’s teams thrive off of and depend on one another. This means that taking away one team will also have an impact on the other,” said Bill Morgal, Shippensburg University’s sports information director. At the PSAC Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 25., other schools showed up wearing yellow shirts and ribbons to support MU in its fight to save their team. Even though MU may be an opponent, at the end of the day teams just want to compete, and losing an opponent is sad to see. The men’s track team will finish its outdoor season before bringing the program to an end for good.


NEWS March 6, 2012


2012 Leap Day was wettest ever Wednesday’s Leap Day was the wettest ever in Shippensburg, according to a Shippensburg University faculty member. Timothy W. Hawkins, associate professor of geography-earth science, said records have been kept at the university since 1933 and there have been 20 leap years in that time. Hawkins said 1.66 inches of rain was recorded Feb. 29, making it the wettest ever, eclipsing the record of 0.65 inches in 1968.

He said that in 20 of those leap years, 14 had no precipitation. Winter 2011-12, consisting of December, January and February, had an average temperature of 36.7°F, the fourth warmest on record. The three warmer winters were 2001-2002 (38.3°F), 1997-1998 (37.7°F) and 1948-1949 (37.0°F). According to Hawkins, a total of 15.1 inches of snowfall was recorded,

making winter 2011-2012 the 19th least snowy winter on record. “Historically, March has produced large snowfalls so this statistic may change,” Hawkins said. Through February, the least snowy winter was 1949-50 with 5.5 inches and the snowiest winter through February was 1995-96 with 85.2 inches. -Courtesy of Shippensburg University

SU students produce legal guide, website hosted by PA Bar Association The Law and U, a legal guide for college students, created by Shippensburg University communication/ journalism graduate students has moved beyond the classroom and is providing needed information to students across the Commonwealth. The classroom project produced a booklet, newspaper series and website, all designed to provide basic legal information for college students. “I’d say this is a project that has been a couple of years in the making, combining the efforts of two different classes of communication/journalism graduate students. It was originally published as a booklet but has been updated to reflect modern communications trends by creating a web site,” said Jeffrey T. Bitzer, a lawyer and associate professor of communication/ journalism. Eighteen graduate students, over two classes, researched, wrote, updated and designed the booklet and created a website hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association at http://www. comlaw/Law.html. “We are most grateful to the Pennsylvania Bar Association which agreed to partner with us on this project by hosting it on

their web site. It is consistent with PBA’s goals of community education about the law,” Bitzer said. According to Matthew J. Creme Jr., president of the association, “The Pennsylvania Bar Association has a long history of providing useful information about the law and the legal profession to the public and ‘The Law and U’ is another helpful tool in the toolbox. It just makes sense to have this guide posted on the web for easy access by students across the state.”

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Bitzer said that the topics are subjects that collegeage consumers typically have questions about. “As a professor and attorney I frequently have students come to my campus office with questions about these topics, especially leases.” He said the project attempts to educate students on their rights and responsibilities in such areas as off-campus housing, student relationships, drugs

and alcohol and the Internet. The project is also different this year because the graduate students created a series of installments based on the material and offered it to student newspapers throughout the state. Shippensburg University’s student newspaper, The Slate, is publishing the information, as well as student publications at Gettysburg College and the Boyce Campus of Allegheny Community College. One of the goals was to make the information assessable to as many college students as possible, while keeping in mind that the information was not a substitute for actual legal council. According to Bitzer, the project was both a learning experience and a public service. “This is the perfect type of university public service . . . those with knowledge sharing that knowledge with the greater community to improve life for all. Our graduate students should be commended for digging into these difficult topics and presenting this material in simple accessible language.” -Courtesy of Shippensburg University

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Winter 2011-2012 was the 19th least snowy winter on record.

Q & A on Financial Aid This is a weekly column will address Financial Aid questions. If you have a question you’d like answered, please email your question to with the subject line of “SLATE QUESTION”. If your question is chosen, it will be featured in that week’s publication. Please note that all questions will be answered, but only some will appear in the paper. Q: How do I utilize aid for summer? A: By March 26, there will be a form located at under “forms and links” called “SUMMER LOAN APPLICATION.” Please print this form and return it to the Financial Aid Office. You may only get aid if you are taking at least 6 credits. Q: I get PA State Grant. Can I get that for summer? A: You may appeal to PHEAA to get a reduced summer state grant. However, the grant guidelines state you can only get PHEAA State Grant for a total of eight terms. So if you use a reduced state grant in a summer session, you may lose full eligibility in your last term in senior year. Also, you must be enrolled in two of the three summer terms in order to get the reduced award from PHEAA funded. If you have specific questions about your account, please contact us directly. Q: Last year, my FAFSA was selected for verification and my parents sent in our tax copies. This year, I see that you are requesting a “tax return transcript.” What is the difference? A: In prior years, we used to be able to take copies of your tax return directly from the tax payer. Now, we must obtain official copies of your taxes directly from the IRS. This is called a “tax return transcript.” To avoid having to order this form from the IRS and wait for them to send it to you to turn in to us, you may use the “IRS TAX RETRIEVAL TOOL” on the FAFSA. After filing your taxes, simply go to to link your tax information directly from the IRS website into your FAFSA form. As long as you do not make any adjustments to the data, your tax requirement will be waived. Q: I have a hold on my account and can’t register for summer classes. Why is that? A: There are multiple reasons a student can have a hold on their account. Our office assists students when their hold is financial as in having a balance owed to Student Accounts or outstanding paperwork requirements. If you find you have a hold, please check your account at the SHIP Portal to ascertain what issue, if any, you have missing documents, balance due, etc. Then please call the Student Accounts office and/or Financial Aid to determine what your next course of action will be to get your hold removed. If you have a non-financial hold, please contact the issuing office housing, library, police, etc.



Author to speak March 22 at SU’s annual Day of Human Understanding S h i p p e n s b u r g University will celebrate its annual Day of Human Understanding on March 22 with workshops, classroom experiences, exhibits and performances that reflect on diversity, inclusion and cultural competence.       The keynote speaker will be Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law. He will speak at 3:30 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building.  Yoshino’s landmark book, “Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights,” fuses legal manifesto with autobiography and marks a move from more traditional pleas for civil equality to a case for individual autonomy in identity politics. In it, March 6, 2012

Yoshino argues that the demand to cover can pose a hidden threat to our civil rights. Though we have come to some consensus against penalizing people for differences based on race, sex, sexual orientation, religion and disability, we still routinely deny equal treatment to people who refuse to downplay differences along these lines, according to the book. An overview of his book on Yoshino’s website says that his argument draws deeply on his personal experiences as a gay AsianAmerican. He follows the Romantics in his belief that if a human life is described with enough particularity, the universal will speak through it. The result is a work that combines one of

the most moving memoirs written in years with a landmark manifesto on the civil rights of the future. Yoshino has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, Village Voice and the Los Angeles Times as well as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, Stanford Law Review and Columbia Law Review.  The annual Day of Understanding will take place in the CUB with workshop sessions, poster displays, musical and theatrical performances, creative writing, art exhibits, videos and films.  -Courtesy of Shippensburg University

Police Logs THEFT On Monday, Feb. 20, the university police received a call from Sierra B. Boles of Enola, Pa., reporting that her wallet had been stolen while she was visiting campus on Feb. 18. Boles said that she was visiting a friend in Lackhove Hall and when she left that friend’s room, she left her purse which contained her wallet in the room. When she realized that she had left her purse in the room, she called the friend and told her that she would return to retrieve the purse. Boles’ friend apparently hung the purse on the door knob of the room in the hallway so that Boles could retrieve it when she came back. However, when Boles returned, the purse was gone. Boles checked at the front desk of Lackhove Hall and found that the purse had been turned in but her wallet was missing. The missing wallet contained $18 in cash along with Boles’ birth certificate and Social Security card. UNDERAGE DRINKING On Friday, Feb. 24, at approximately 11:49 p.m., a university police officer was on routine patrol in the area of the steam plant parking lot when he observed a female run into a wooded area between the steam plant and Old Main Drive. The officer went to the wooded area to check on the female and found her attempting to urinate in the bushes. The female was told to come out and speak with the officer. The female was identified as Krista Lee Kapp, 20, of Dillsburg, Pa. Kapp showed signs of intoxication, admitted to consuming alcohol and did submit to a portable breath test which showed positive results for the presence of alcohol in her system. Kapp was issued a citation for underage drinking and was then released. PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS On Saturday, Feb. 25, at approximately 12:26 a.m., a university police officer was on routine patrol in the area of Dauphin Drive when he observed a male staggering on the sidewalk and street and almost falling into the path of the patrol car. The officer stopped the male to check on his condition and his welfare and found that he was highly intoxicated. The male was identified as Imad Alasibi, 23, of Stone Ridge Commons. Alasibi was taken into custody and transported to the university police department. While at the police station, Alasibi vomited on himself and onto the floor of the conference room where he was being held. An ambulance was dispatched to the station and Alasibi was transported to the Chambersburg Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. Alasibi was cited for public drunkenness. While at the Chambersburg Hospital, Alasibi became uncooperative and combative with the hospital and ambulance personnel and the Chambersburg Borough police were called. They responded to the hospital and cited Alasibi a second time for public drunkenness and had him committed to the Franklin County Prison. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE On Friday, March 2, at approximately 3:58 a.m., a university police officer observed a vehicle being operated on Old Main Drive with an inoperable headlight. The officer stopped the vehicle in the area of North Prince Street and Richard Avenue. Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with the driver, the officer found that the driver was intoxicated. The driver was identified as Cory Paul Reube, 24, of Bethlehem, Pa. Reube had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and admitted to consuming alcohol prior to operating the vehicle. Reube was given field sobriety tests at the scene of the stop, and was then taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Reube was transported to the Chambersburg Hospital for a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content and was later charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and a vehicle code violation for the inoperable headlight on his vehicle. Reube was released and the charges were filed via a criminal complaint. UNDERAGE DRINKING On Saturday, March 3, at approximately 12:32 a.m., a university police officer was on routine patrol in the area of the South Storage parking lot when he observed a male walking in the area. The officer observed that the male was staggering and observed that the male nearly fell several times. The officer made contact with the male and stopped him in the area of the Spiritual Center parking lot. The male was identified as Nicholas P. Guarracino, 18, of Naugle Hall. Guarracino was found to be intoxicated, admitted to consuming alcohol and was given a portable breath test which showed positive results for the presence of alcohol in his system. Guarracino was issued a citation for underage drinking and was then released to his residence hall.

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Pregnant MTV reality star Controversial ice cream needs a reality check, fast flavor pulled from shelves Katrina Panasiuk Opinion Editor

If the latest reports are true, it appears there may be another “meatball” joining the “Jersey Shore” family tree. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the diminutive, party-hard 24- year-old star of the hit MTV show is pregnant, as multiple sources such as TMZ, the New York Post, and E! news have confirmed. “Snooki lied she’s preggers” and “Yes, it’s true. SNOOKI IS PREGNANT!!! mazel tov!!!” were a few of the headlines and tweets by the NY Post and E! new’s reporter Marc Malkin, respectively. She is said to be about three months along and if indeed it is true, the child will be the first for Polizzi and longtime boyfriend, Jionni LaValle. She reportedly shot down the rumor earlier last month for multiple reasons, the main one being “jinxing the baby.” She even addressed it on a taping of “Live! With Kelly” with her close friend and cast member, Jenni “JWoww” Farley. “I definitely want kids, but I’m not pregnant,” Polizzi said, earlier last month. Sources say the “meatball” denied the onslaught of pregnancy rumors. “Does this mean that I’m getting fat again?” Polizzi also joked on the subject. The star has been struggling with weight issues prior to her role in the reality show. Whether the show and added pressure forced her back into her struggling habit, it appears that her weight has consistently gone up and down. Perhaps the denial was in fact the star’s superstitious way of protecting her unborn baby, but lying about being pregnant seems just as “jinxing” as it

is to affirm the rumor within the first trimester. With her new reality spinoff of “Jersey Shore” featuring her and JWoww, one must wonder how or what kind of halt a pregnancy may put on those plans. This evidently opens an entirely different can of worms. The mere thought of Polizzi being pregnant could bring many different reactions, the obvious one being that if she behaves like she does on the reality how, what kind of mother will she be?

“Whether the show and added pressure forced her back into her struggling habit, it appears that her weight has consistently gone up and down.”

On the contrary, if Snooki is denying that her behavior on “The Jersey Shore” is in fact all an act, will that not go against the concept of the show being a “reality television series?” Without entirely bashing the star and her maturity, or lack there of, being paid to get drunk and collapse in bars is not exactly the proper example to be spreading to mothers-to-be. She is more often than not portrayed in “Jersey Shore” as a heavy drinker, with episodes featuring her being so intoxicated that she cannot even walk or function. Let us face the given facts — getting arrested, wearing hardly any clothing and being kicked out of virtually every night club on the Jersey beaches are a staple of her identity. She is also heavily promiscuous on the show, hav-

ing sexual relations with several male members of the show’s cast, including Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, with whom she cheated on her boyfriend Jionni Lavalle. The same Lavalle who is allegedly fathering her unborn child. It begs the question to be asked, whether or not Polizzi is mature enough or responsible to be able to care for a child, while demonstrating childish acts herself. A simple Google search prompts multiple forums with comments that show what the common public’s reaction and thinking on the subject are, including — “Best argument I’ve seen yet for no-cost abortions,””Is she qualified to be a mother?,” and “I heard the baby just got its first modeling gig. It will be the new face of fetal alcohol syndrome” are just a few of the comments listed on the search engine. Part of the growth process and life itself include just that — growing up and maturing. Who is to say that Polizzi is not taking this as a reality check that, indeed, it is time to grow up. She may actually use this to her advantage and realize she has another life to take care of in addition to her own. Perhaps MTV ruined Polizzi’s reputation while molding her into a role that viewers could heavily identify with, or perhaps simply laugh at and mock. Her immaturity and drunken behavior have definitely sold us. She has become a role that with the very mention of her name, the image of a drunk, overly tan, short girl dropping to the floor arises. More than the reality show itself, this girl needs an indefinite reality check ­ — fast.

Samantha Noviello

Asst. Opinion Editor Everywhere we look we are faced with stereotypes. Many think stereotypes are just used for humor, but that is not true; they are used in media production every day. Last week, the ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s released a frozen yogurt flavor dedicated to New York Knicks starting point guard Jeremy Lin titled, “Taste the Lin-Sanity.” This new product was made with lychee honey swirls and fortune cookies. As you can probably guess, the product produced a lot of media uproar and some of the customers of the company to voice their opinions. Many costumers thought that the fortune cookies in the frozen yogurt were used as an Asian stereotype, connecting all Asian people with fortune cookies. Among all the other stereotypes and racial slurs for Asians, ESPN has already been in trouble for producing a headline that called out Jeremy Lin as a “Chink.” The Ben & Jerry’s episode does not make the public any happier than ESPN did. Ben & Jerry’s only produced the flavor to sell in their Harvard Square location in Boston, Mass. In their apology last week, they stated they were just using it as a dedication to Lin in all his accomplishments, they wanted to show their sportsmanship and essentially praise him. They were not trying to be racist, they were being supportive. The company released an apology that said, “We are proud and honored to have Jeremy Lin hail from one of our fine, local universities, and we are huge sports fans. We were swept up in

the nationwide Linsanity momentum. Our intention was to create a flavor to honor Jeremy Lin’s accomplishments and his meteoric rise in the NBA, and recognize that he was a local Harvard graduate.” If that is not a wellrounded apology, I do not know what is. Asian people around the world have been tied in with Lin as someone they can look up to and follow in the NBA and the media.

“But among all the stereotypes that are already brought forward about Asians, we cannot assume that just because a fan is Asian, they are going to watch and follow Lin.”

But among all the stereotypes that are already brought forward about Asians, we cannot assume that just because a fan is Asian, they are going to watch and follow Lin. That would be saying just because someone is African-American, that they will watch the NBA and follow Kobe Bryant. It does not work that way and it essentially offends many people to actually think it does. After the commotion of Ben & Jerry’s “racist” frozen yogurt flavor, the fortune cookies were removed and replaced with pieces of waffle cones; this was sold until the entire flavor itself was sold out recently. An Asian-American sports fan and sports editor for ESPN named Lynn Hoppes presented his side of the story by declaring, “Please don't automatically assume that every Asian-

American is rooting for him to become a star and help the Knicks make the playoffs.” Hoppes was born in Viet Nam and has lived most of his life in the United States. He said, “I don't know how to use chopsticks. I don't know any Chinese words. I can't tell the difference between Korean, Chinese or Japanese — when it comes to the spoken word, the written word or physical appearance.” Hoppes felt very strongly about the hype of Lin and how the media is portraying that every Asian is following him for his race. He quickly and bluntly contradicts this statement by saying it is not in the least bit true. I think that he is right and that people in this world are a little oversensitive about what is being put out in the media about them and their ethnicities. As a celebrity, people are going to talk about you, that is normal. Although a young fantastic star such as Lin should not be getting this negative attention in the light of his race, he did not seem to comment on this product or seem offended. Stereotypes should be wiped out of the media so that maybe the uproar of people in our world, will not feel the need to be so oversensitive and think everyone is out to talk down on them. The media shines light on so many celebrities and it would be a shame to only broadcast their race over their abilities. Lin is a basketball player. He is not in the media for his race or the way he handles the stereotypes. He is there because he is a professional. Everyone should be treated as a person, not a specific race or a specific gender.



In My Opinion:

Cohen’s sense of humor is

lost through stereotypes

The Price of Student Teacher Relations Ashley Price

Staff Columnist Teachers mentor children and teenagers while helping them to learn about the world. Because of this, teaching is an honorable career. A successful teacher must be approachable as well as responsible. They must understand their students while remaining an authority. Unfortunately, in today’s society, some teachers use their positions of authority irresponsibly.

“She has also contacted Nancy Grace with the hopes that Hooker’s unacceptable actions would be publicly persecuted.”

The most recent example of this is James Hooker. Until the beginning of 2012, Hooker was an average, middle-aged teacher. At 41- years- old, he was married with children and had been teaching computer and business classes at Enochs High School for 15 years. In January, Hooker left his family to move in with a student. Jordan Powers, 18, was a student in Hooker’s classes since her freshman year of high school. They moved in together shortly after she turned 18 and within a few weeks, a full police investigation led to him being banned from

contacting students and staff at the school. He, with Powers at his side, claims that their relationship was nothing more than an innocent studentteacher relationship until Powers turned 18-yearsold. In each interview, Powers looks up at Hooker and smiled before tilting her head and claiming, “He’s my best friend. He’s more than a lover.” Hearing those words come from a high school senior is laughable to many. She has yet to step foot into the world after high school. She lived with her mother up until the day she left home to live with Hooker; another authority in her life. While sitting together they appear to be a father and daughter. She does not look nearly 18 years old, while he looks every bit his age. The sight of them even holding hands is disturbing. Even more disturbing are the facts being exposed by Power’s mother, Tammie. When she learned of her daughter’s relationship with Hooker in early January, she began looking through text messages on cell phone bills. She found more than 8,000 text messages between the two from last summer and up to 32 texts a day during the fall. Late night phone calls and lengthy emails were also uncovered in her search. Tammie’s findings spurred the police investigation currently in progress, but she refuses to stop there. She has even dedicated her Facebook page to spread March 6, 2012

terview, Cohen explained to Seacrest that Kim Jong Asst. Sports Editor Il wanted his ashes to be scattered on the red carYou know what really pet at the Oscars and to be grinds my gears? sprinkled over Halle BerPeople who just cannot ry’s chest. take a joke. Edgy comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, known for his movies “Borat” and “Cohen was “Bruno,” was at the Oscars accompained by promoting his new film “The Dictator.” two beautiful girls Cohen was told by the dressed as academy that he was not “bodyguards” of his allowed to wear any type and he was holding of outfit relating to his new a fake urn of the film. So, being the radical codeceased North median Cohen is, he decid- Korean dictator Kim ed to dress up in his “DictaJong II.” tor” outfit and pretended to be his new character, Admiral Aladeen. Cohen was accompanied by two beautiful girls Sounds like a great last dressed as “bodyguards” wish to me. of his, and he was holding Yet, as he was explaina fake urn of the deceased ing this to Seacrest, Cohen North Korean dictator Kim spilled the ashes all over Jong Il. Seacrest and on the red carpet. Now, I just have to say these were not the real ashes of Kim Jong Il, even “The National though those quite possibly Network of Arabcould have been his last American wishes. Communities Cohen who was already in trouble for just dressing director Nadia Tonova said, up, just went over the top. He did not actually at“Routinely, we are tend the Oscars ceremony profiled as unsavory and did not even attend or sultry characters; any sanctioned after parties. generally We all know that Cohen terrorists, dictators, likes to pull crazy stunts, sheiks, oil tycoons or and he loves to take comBedouins.” edy to the next level. The Academy knew this too and is now extremely upset and merely offended Now, this already seems by his actions. bad enough, but Cohen The most likely thing thought that it would be they will do is ban him even better to go and dump from comedy for a set numthe ashes on non-celebrity ber of years. and the world’s second faThey told him if he pulled mous leprechaun Ryan this stunt he had to sit out Seacrest. of the ceremony, and he lisDuring his red carpet in- tened.

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the word about Hooker’s inappropriate behaviors, complete with photographs and captions that state his name as well as a description of, “a perverted man in his 40s who has taken advantage of a little girl.”

“They moved in together shortly after she turned 18 and within a few weeks a full police investigation led to him being banned from contacting students and staff at the school.”

She has also contacted Nancy Grace with the hopes that Hooker’s unacceptable actions would be publicly persecuted. This man’s actions are simply disturbing and immoral. Even if his claims that no physical relationship occurred before Powers was 18 are true, he was nonetheless pursuing a minor though phone calls, texts and emails, possibly from the time she was 14- yearsold. How many others like James Hooker are teaching in our schools? How many other men and women in authoritative positions are preying on young, impressionable teenagers? This is not to say that this one man’s faults should spur accusations of innocent teachers, however, his story should be a wake- up call to parents and teachers alike.

He was attempting to generate buzz for his film and now he is getting attacked, not just by the academy, but now by the Arab-Americans. Yes, the Arab-American community is outraged by his impersonation of their culture and actions. You would think it would have been the North Koreans, but they have a very good understanding of comedy because they were ruled by a dictator who looked like my great aunt for years. The National Network of Arab American Communities director Nadia Tonova said, "Routinely, we are profiled as unsavory or sultry characters; generally terrorists, dictators, sheiks, oil tycoons or Bedouins. But it is not just Hollywood that perpetuates this imagery. These stereotypes are promoted everywhere.” OK Nadia, I have an answer for you. Why would you not take the joke and leave it alone? I mean, are Arab-Americans really the only people getting stereotyped? African-Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics, Asians, you name it, each of these races all get stereotyped every day. Newsflash to the ArabAmerican community: America is home to the melting pot of stereotypes. Watch a Tyler Perry film to see a black person with a watermelon, or listen to Weird Al’s song “White and Nerdy.” Watch “The George Lopez Show” to see how lazy Hispanics really are, and we all know Jackie Chan’s only real weakness is Godzilla. So, I say lighten up, he was just joking.

opinion March 6, 2012


Education diversity not covered for SU students Winter Trabex Staff Writer

During my time here at Shippensburg University, whenever I proposed any positive change, I always heard, “this is a conservative area.” The more I heard that phrase, the more upset I became. Do people give up before they even begin, just because others hold viewpoints that differ from their own? Just about everyone I talked to approached matters with a mere defeatist type of attitude, something I have since come to understand. In order to understand this, let us define the word “conservative.” Simply put, a conservative person is someone who believes in the traditional way of doing things. The word is often used to describe people of strong religious belief.

“A crucial part of education diversity will go unmentioned as students will not have the opportunity to meet people unlike themselves.”

Unfortunately, there have been so many examples of marginalization and discrimination from those who hold conservative viewpoints that the word conservative itself has become a pejorative. As a result, when people say Shippensburg is a conservative area, I substitute “discriminatory” and “bigoted.” These two words might seem strong,

but I believe they are not inaccurate. When I first came to Shippensburg, the university did not have a policy for transgender students living on campus. Three and a half years later, they still do not have designated living areas for transgendered students.

“When I first came to Shippensburg, the university did not have a policy for transgender students living on campus.”

Nor does the Swataney explicitly state that the LGBT community is protected from bullying; despite many other minorities being listed. The university does produce a pamphlet about diversity, but the information inside reads as though it was written in 1985. Simply put, SU as a whole does not do a very good job with minority rights or addressing diversity. The institution is becoming increasingly white, increasingly heterosexual. Diversity is not welcome here. Despite all that I have heard, this has nothing to do with the community. Shippensburg does not have a director of LGBT services on campus. Its Department of Social Equity only has a handful of people working there. The Women's Center and the Multi-cultural Student Affairs Center (the MSA) are both over-

loaded with work. From the top down, Shippensburg has not invested in the resources necessary to make sure students from all walks of life have the support systems they need outside of class to succeed. Because of this problem, I will not be returning in the fall of 2012. While there are many reasons for this, the biggest reason is the conservative nature of the town and the campus as a whole. After challenging the administration on many fronts and finding it unresponsive at every level of authority, I finally decided that this university is not a place I feel comfortable spending my money in. The world is made up of more than white, heterosexual males and females. As long as the university's administration refuses to create policy — or even consider what policies might be appropriate, problems like these will continue. Students who feel marginalized will leave to attend other institutions. A crucial part of education diversity will go unmentioned as students will not have the opportunity to meet people unlike themselves. There is really no reason for it, not even the culture of the surrounding area. The administration can choose another path. People can stand up for themselves. Conservative does not have to mean discrimination. As I prepare for life outside of the Shippensburg area, I sincerely hope these things I have presented become true. Everyone deserves better.


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B4 March 6, 2012

Combating rising gas prices throughout the country Dana Rothermel Staff Writer

Once again, and for reasons that are often unclear to the public, gas prices are rising weekly. What can we, as a country, do to become less dependent on foreign oil? What can we, as consumers, do to ease this burden, and potentially prevent prices from rising outrageously? One of the primary concerns when gas prices rise too quickly is if they will level off while the consumers can still afford to drive their vehicles. Another concern involves prices failing to level off soon. Will this have a devastating effect on the U.S. economy? According to the Anchorage Daily News, economists are not yet concerned that the current rise in prices will have an impact on the

U.S. economy at this time. It points out that when gas prices rose significantly about a year ago, “the squeeze was really put on the household budget of many Americans. We spent less on clothes, food and everything else.” I am not necessarily comforted by the fact that it is not yet time to worry. We often hear talk these days about alternative energy sources. The general consensus is that any transition from oil as the primary energy source, to renewable energy sources such as solar power or wind, is many years away. Since it appears that the U.S. is going to be depending on oil for many years, what can we do to become less dependent on foreign oil? There are often rumors involving oil reserves underneath our own country. One of the most prevalent of these concerns the Bak-

ken Formation, underneath the Dakotas and eastern Montana. The rumor that tapping into this large formation would completely remove our dependency on foreign oil is simply not true.

“One of the primary concerns when gas prices rise too quickly is if they will level off while the consumers can still afford to drive their vehicles.”

But tapping into it should be considered as possibly one piece of a larger long range plan for our independence in this area. Another part of the nation that often arises in this discussion is Alaska. There are both pros and

cons for drilling there. The pro is obvious; the more oil that we produce and keep for ourselves, the less we need to import. This would lessen dependency and possibly lower prices somewhat. The various negative aspects involve problems such as pollution of the area and effects on animals of the region due to the underground explosions that are needed to penetrate deep into the earth. Native Alaskans who depend on these different animals for food could be endangered. “To reduce our dependency on foreign oil is to simply use less of it, starting with the cars and trucks that we drive. Nearly 70 percent of our oil use is for transportation, and more than 65 percent of that amount is for personal vehicles,” Nobel Physicist Steven Chu said. In addition to this, he states that we need to develop various liquid biofuels

that will someday replace our current gasoline and diesel fuel. In my opinion, this is a critically important part of our long range planning as a country. So, how do you and I reduce our fuel consumption, as Chu suggests? There are numerous ways by which this can be achieved. One of the more obvious would be driving a vehicle that is more fuel efficient. It would be quite helpful if the federal government mandated better fuel economy standards. Other ways to conserve fuel include avoiding high speeds and using cruise control in the car whenever possible. Other possibly less obvious ways to improve fuel economy include lessening the overall weight of the vehicle by keeping unnecessary items out of the trunk and keeping the vehicle in good working order with regular tune-ups.

Also, keeping tires properly inflated is a good way to improve fuel economy. Finally, simply changing bad driving habits can save at least 10 percent of fuel consumption. Bad driving habits include aggressive driving and tailgating, which often involve having to hit the brakes frequently, and thus followed by hitting the gas pedal. It certainly appears that we the consumers can do quite a bit to reduce our personal fuel consumption and therefore our nation’s dependence on imported fuel.

Special editorial on education budget cut from BU Gov. Tom Corbett has recently announced that there will be more budget cuts, which will leave the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) with $330 million as opposed to the $412 million from last year for working-class and middleclass students to receive a higher quality education. Since Corbett has taken office, there has been a loss of almost $175 million, according to the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF). Corbett plans to cut $82.5 million from PASSHE, which will cause tuition to increase at many of the state-owned schools, APSCUF said. This past year, Bloomsburg University students had to add $436 to their bill to cover

the 18 percent cuts. While the students need to pay more, the salary for Corbett and his workers has been increasing.

“Students can barely afford upperlevel education as it is by increasing the cost, and fewer students will continue to go to school.”

Last year, the Associated Press reported that state lawmakers received a 3 percent raise, which put Gov. Corbett’s salary at $183,000. He decided to stay at $175,000 and donate at

charity, AP said. With the recent cuts, Corbett still employs 55 workers who in total make $4.3 million a year, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. We at The Voice believe in the mission of PASSHE for state schools to supply accessible, affordable, “high quality education at the lowest possible cost to students.” We do not think Corbett is providing this. According to APSCUF, “The average PASSHE student graduates with over $23,000 in student loan debt.” We at The Voice believe this system will cause the opportunity for students to receive higher education to deteriorate. Students can barely afford upper-level educa-

tion as it is by increasing the cost, and fewer students will continue to go to school. We at The Voice believe, as students, if we are paying more for education, we should receive the quality we are putting in. This university is accepting more students than it can provide for, which is discouraging the quality we strive to have. Students are overpopulating classrooms, eateries and shuttle buses. As Eric Hawrelak, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, pointed out in a “Letter to the Editor” last week, classroom capacities have gone from a comfortable learning environment to a fight for the last available seat. With Sutliff still closed, open classrooms in general

are difficult to find. We at The Voice believe there should be better accommodations made for students paying an extra $436 because of the budget cuts. Even common eateries on campus have taken a turn for the worst. Places like “Roongos” and “The Husky” have excruciating long lines since they have about the same number of employees as they did with students from before over acceptance. The shuttle buses have been overflowing with students as well. The environment we live in throughout the university should provide the quality we are putting our money into. Overall, we believe students need to become more aware of the budget cuts.

Students need to take action by writing to the governor, uniting with other students and going to rallies if they do not want the prices to increase even more than they already have. It is important for students to unite because one voice alone cannot send a message.

This is the third of a series of editorials being written and exchanged by PASSHE newspapers.

-”The Voice” Bloomsburg Newspaper


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Ship Idols sing their favorite country song Natalie Schwind

Ship Life Asst. Editor Hopeful singers tapped into their southern side as they sang country songs for the fourth week of Ship Idol on Tuesday, Feb. 28. It was a night full of plaid, revenge and girl power, which created a rather upbeat atmosphere. The night kicked off on a sassy note with Alexis Matthews as she rocked out to “Red High Heels” by Kellie Pickler. She had the crowd bobbing and clapping along and she strutted around the stage pretending she was in red high heels. Judges said it was obvious that Matthews was having fun and that country music suits her. Following Matthews was Conor Kennedy who slowed the mood down a bit by singing “Man of Constant Sorrow,” by the Soggy Bottom Boys. Kennedy added a comedic touch by wearing a fake moustache and a hat while strutting around the stage. This had the audience cheering and wanting more.

The judges said that he fit the character of the song well and loved that he acted silly and had fun with it. Bringing the show back to a feisty mood was Gillian Dolen singing “Homewrecker” by Gretchen Wilson. Dolen used her strong voice for this big song which reminded the judges of Miranda Lambert. Following Dolen’s song about cheating was Kaneisha Stern who sang another song on infidelity, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood. Stern used a lot of power to sing the song and seemed as though she was having a good time. She made the song her own and really shined on the big notes. Keeping with the angry country theme was Emily Bentzle who sang “You Lie” by The Band Perry. Her soft and pure voice charmed the judges and the audience, along with her constant smile. It was obvious that she was enjoying herself on stage and loved the song. Emily Keen kicked the mood up a notch with the powerful song “Last Name”

by Carrie Underwood. She worked the stage and even flirted with the judges as she pretended to be experiencing a loss of memory from the night before. The judges said that she looked like she belonged on stage and deserved to be there. Ending the night on a high note was Briana Blewett who slowed things down by singing “Landslide” by the Dixie Chicks. The judges were very impressed and said that she accepted a challenge without even knowing it because she was the only one to sing a slow song and she rocked it. The song suited her very well. All of the contestants did a great job with their country songs, but as in every competition, someone must go home. Unfortunately, this week that someone was Kaneisha Stern. Her fellow idols acknowledged her efforts and supported her as she sang her final song. The idols return to the stage Tuesday, March 6, where they will be singing Broadway songs.

Photos by Leslie Douglas

After the elimination of Kaneisha Stern there are six ship idols left. This week’s theme the contestants will be singing broadway songs.

SU reaches out to kids in Dominican Republic Stephanie Decarolis Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Decarolis

SU students dance during Zumbathon to raise money for children in the Dominican Republic.

Shippensburg University’s Reach Out Honor’s Program hosted its fourth annual Zumbathon last Friday in the Recreational Center. Zumba is a combination of dancing and aerobic movements, such as hiphop, salsa, samba, mambo and belly movements. There are instructors who perform different dance moves and participants follow. It is a fast-paced exercise done by both women and men. Zumbathon lasted for

two hours with 15 different instructors throughout the night. These instructors are teachers from both Shippensburg and Chambersburg areas, and they each instructed a song or two. Gretchen Pierce, faculty sponsor of the Reach Out program and former Zumba instructor, and the rest of the team have been preparing for the event since the beginning of the semester. On a poster in the gym, Reach Out was defined as, “a leadership initiative providing educational materials and funding for the Pathways of Learning School in Santo Domingo,

Dominican Republic.” All of the proceeds from the fundraiser are going to the program to help support the children in need. Pierce said that she and her students go to the school for a week in January and hand out curricular materials to both the students and teachers. The students pay to go on the trip, and they stay in a house in the Dominican Republic. If you would like more information on the application process, go to www. Applications are due March 8.


C2 March 6, 2012

SAAC raises $5,000 for make a wish foundation

Sara Small

Staff Writer Granting a wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation is no small feat. Just one wish, on average, costs $7,205 as of March 2010. However for the past few years, the student athletes at Shippensburg University and (The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) SAAC have done exactly that. On Friday, March 2, about 170 student athletes came together at Heiges Field House for the first One Night, One Wish event. Spearheaded by Brittany Harlacker and Julia Brownrigg and sponsored by SAAC, student athletes were asked to raise a minimum of $25 to participate in the event. The event would last for six hours, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Participants were to

stand on their feet all night and take part in various events that would carry them through the night. “I was extremely nervous just at the thought that we wouldn’t raise enough money,” Harlacker said. “But once we got rolling, I realized how much fun everyone was having and how aware they were that this was going to an amazing cause,” she said. The event was made into a great night by some sponsors like Student Senate, Suave Brothers, Reisner Dining, The Hair Cottage and many other generous sponsors.

At the beginning of the night, two families spoke about how the Make-AWish Foundation has changed their lives. One young child’s wish was to meet Ty Pennington of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.”

The other, to take a trip to Hawaii. Student athletes were able to hear and see exactly how their fundraising impacts others for a happy, hopeful experience through their respective treatments. The events throughout

the night included a pudding eating contest, dodgeball, man hunt, capture the flag, a belly flop contest and many more. Students signed up for each event and the winners of each event were awarded extra raffle tickets. Raffles were sponsored by University Grille, Sheetz, Before and After Cafe and other places around town. At the end of the night, gift cards to each place were raffled. A highlight of the night included Paul to the Wall. Women’s softball assistant Coach Paul O’Brien ped to the wall

Photo courtesy of Sara Small

by students who bought pieces of duct tape for a dollar each. Another highlight included 14 girls cutting their hair and donating it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Challenge. These girls were required to cut off at least 8 inches of their hair. The donated hair will be sent in and made into wigs. Among the 14 girls who donated their hair was Ashley Grimm, Shippensburg University’s acting assistant director of athletics. The name for the event, One Night, One Wish, was able to be turned into a reality. Students were able to raise a total of $5,800. SAAC reached its goal, but still plans to raise as much money as possible at its next event, Athlete Auction, on April 22 in the Tuscarora Room at 7 p.m.

True Life: I met my celebrity idol Lauren Cappuccio Chief Copy Editor

I am not the type of person who makes rash decisions. I calculate, consider and often decide on taking the easiest and least risky ways of doing things. However, when it came time to making a decision that would involve a road trip to see one of my favorite authors and celebrities, there was barely any hesitation. On a list of people I would like to meet, meeting John Green was easily at the top of my list. His books are amazing, but he is also one of my favorite celebrities because he started an online community with his brother, Hank, which I am a large part of, called Nerdfighters. With three good friends and fellow fans from Shippensburg University, we

packed into a car and traveled to the closest place that the “Tour de Nerdfighting 2012” would go, Bethesda, Md., which is right outside Washington, D.C. The last time the two brothers went on tour was in 2008, when John released his last book. Nerdfighters are people who watch John and Hank’s videos on YouTube and embrace their nerdiness through literature, movies and other outlets. Personally, I had never met another Nerdfighter until I came to SU.

Lauren was able to meet her “Tour de Nerdfighting 2012.”

Some of the friends I was going to the event with were some of those who were the first other Nerdfighters I had ever met. Watching John speak and read from his latest novel, “The Fault In Our Stars” was surreal. It was so amazing seeing him speak and read from his newest book and relate his theories and ideas to the audience. Hank was equally as funny as he sang some of his original songs. Meeting John was unbelievable. The line of fans to get books signed Photo courtesy of Lauren Cappuccio and talk with him celebrity idol John Green during had at least 400

people. Despite the wait and the fact there were so many people, John gave as much attention to each person as he could. He took the time to sign my books and talk to me about being a Nerdfighter. He seemed like a generally thoughtful and caring person. There is always the fear when meeting someone you idolize. Will they be the person you thought they would be? How will you act? I can honestly say that meeting John was everything I thought it would be. I found out that he was exactly the type of person that he appears to be and wants to make the world suck less. After meeting him, I made a goal that I would try and help others more and do little acts of kindness as often as I could. March 6, 2012



Marc Lamont Hill fights against the war on youth Olivia Vellner Staff Writer On Wednesday, Feb. 29, Marc Lamont Hill was the guest of honor at Old Main Chapel. Hill’s speech, “The War on Youth,” spoke about the idea that people today are under the impression that today’s youth are worse than young generations before them. Before hearing him speak, I was confused. I heard about the war on drugs and the war on terror, but the war on youth was a new one to me. The phrase, “When I was a kid…” takes a whole new meaning when he talked about legislation in Louisiana that criminalizes anyone wearing baggy pants because according to officials, “pants worn low enough to expose underwear poses a threat to the

public.” ics written by Jay-Z and light, he showed the good Then he talked about He also mentioned the speeches from Martin Lu- that young people could do Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Both were attack on hip-hop and rap ther King Jr. in the same for society. important music saypeople in hising that tory and both older gendied young. erations see Both people the music were born into as violent a society in and dewhich young structive to people were society. discriminated Hill shed for their age light to the but grew into point that when talksome of the most influening to the tial people. youth of the And what society or could be the about the youth, we cause of this replaced lisyouth hating cycle? tening, unAs a sociderstandety, we tend ing and to focus on love with only the good a tone of and not the blame and bad when disgrace. reminiscing And while Marc Lamont Hill spoke on how people are under the assumption about the past. he quoted lyr-

As a society, we want to make our generation seem better than it actually was. Although Hill did not know this was what he wanted to be doing, he knew he was destined to do something to help others. Through his journey to inform everyone on the changes they can make to help end the war on youth, he has taught at Temple University and more recently Colombia University, appeared on Fox News and The O’Reilly factor, and has appeared on numerous college campuses just like Shippensburg’s. Hill’s time here at Shippensburg left the students, faculty and residents of the Shippensburg area more aware of their daily actions when judging a succeeding generation. He made people think, “How can we end the war on youth today?”

that the current generation are worse than their generation is.

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C4 March 6, 2012

The experience of having class with Ellerbach

Stephanie Miller Staff Writer

For students who have never had the pleasure of experiencing one of John Ellerbach’s classes, it should be on a list of things to do before graduation. Ellerbach is a professor in the communication/ journalism department at Shippensburg University and has quite the colorful approach when it comes to teaching. Ellerbach’s hometown is Dubuque, Iowa. He has done everything from coaching baseball to teaching advertising in Lima, Peru. Some would be surprised to know that Ellerbach is

fluent in Spanish, is a good baseball player and as a child he had aspirations to become a priest. Aside from teaching, Ellerbach’s hobbies include creative writing, especially his creative movie scripts. Ellerbach even did an experimental class in creating independent films. Ellerbach specializes in public relations and has been teaching at SU since fall 2006. “I like to consider my teaching style a combination of confrontation and craziness,” Ellerbach said. “I find it to be effective when students write to me a few years down the road telling me they are successful in the profession.” Some students might-

consider Ellerbach a rather challenging professor, but one that teaches the material on an effective level to which students can relate. Some people know Ellerbach by the name of “Dr. Charisma.” Jimmy Reilly, a student and advisee of Ellerbach, said that Ellerbach is “one of the hardest professors I’ve had at Shippensburg. But on the other hand, he has taught me more than book knowledge and has taught me how to be a professional in the field of communications.” Whether a student has an interest in communication/journalism or not, Ellerbach is a professor who is sure to make an impact.

Pet of the Week

Hello, my name is Spencer. I am an extremely excitable and fluffy Old English Sheep dog. My hobbies include tormenting my family’s cats and pretending that I am still a lap dog.

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John Ellerbach enjoys creative writing especially when it comes to writing creative movie scripts.

A&E March 6, 2012


SU audience left Lynn performance in awe


Country music revolutionary, Grammy Lifetime Achievement award winner and national songwriters Hall of Fame member, Loretta Lynn performed on Friday, March 2 at Shippensburg University to a sold-out Luhr’s Performing Arts Center. Lynn’s career took off in 1967 when she charted her first of what would be 17 No. 1 singles. Throughout her career, Lynn was a powerful voice for woman’s rights and equality among the genders. Her straight-forward approach and delivery cemented her place as one

Peggy and Patsy Lynn

of the legends of country music. The show started at 8 p.m. as Lynn’s eight-member backup band, Burt Hansen and The Coal Miners took the stage. After playing two songs, the band introduced Lynn’s daughters, Peggy and Patsy. Before starting their own three-song set, Peggy and Patsy talked about their mother and what this particular tour meant to her. “Tonight we are celebrating five decades of Loretta in music,” Peggy Lynn said. The crowd’s reaction to that statement was louder than any it produced during the five songs that were performed before Loretta Lynn walked on stage.

Wearing a sparkling blue dress, Lynn performed her first song of the night, “They Don’t Make Them Like My Daddy Anymore,” over the cheers of a standing ovation. Proudly boasting of her rural roots, after the song, Lynn said, “If you are looking at me, you are looking at country.” Throughout her 22-song set the self-titled queen of country music played hit after hit from her famous career. Lynn,76, possessed a quick wit that often left the crowd and her band chuckling to themselves. At one point early in her performance, Lynn asked the crowd for requests, saying, “This is your show. Whatever you want to hear, holler it out.” She paused for a second, then said, “Doesn’t mean I’ll sing it.” Lynn was able to mix in some of her lesser-known songs into the set. The crowd was treated to the first song Lynn ever wrote, an upbeat twangy Photos by Grimaldo Berrios track titled “Honky Tonk perform Friday at SU. Girl.”

The diversity of Lynn’s work was on full display. There were a lot of honky tonk friendly country jams, but Lynn also showed off the songs that made her one of the most controversial and revolutionary figures in country music. Her powerful Vietnam War protest song “Dear Uncle Sam,” had lyrics that could have been written for this generation. After playing “Dear Uncle Sam” Lynn took a brief break while her band played a cover of “Oh Brother Where Art Thou.” Lynn also played her song from 1975, “The Pill” which comically depicts the happiness of a housewife who discovers birth control. At the time of its release the song was considered quite risqué and banned on many country music radio stations. It appears that the song has lyrics that could easily apply to this generation. Following the break of “Oh Brother Where Art Thou,” Lynn entered into the final stretch of her set. As the crowd sensed that the show was coming to an end, it fed on the singer’s energy and reached some of its loudest points of the night. When her band queued the music for the country star’s most popular song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,”

Lynn’s daughters, Peggy and Patsy, performed with Loretta at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on March 2. SU was extremely impressed with the performance. the audience lost it. As all who could stand, did, Loretta gathered her strength for what would be the final song of the night. As the crowd sang and danced along, Lynn put on a performance worthy of their excitement. After the song, Lynn thanked the fans then left the stage to prepare for her show the next night in Verona, N.Y. Her band mates stayed 10 minutes longer to sign autographs and interact with fans. They also seemed in awe of Lynn. “Working with her is a blast, a dream come true,” said the lead singer and

Loretta Lynn fashions a unique dress on Friday.

Original Score for Music, Directing and Costume Design. Interestingly, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” won for Best Original Screenplay, while Alexander Payne, Net Faxon and Jim Rash’s “The Descendents” won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Overall, the night of Oscars was a dazzling, elegant, hilarious, yet inspiring event that honored the many actors, actresses, designers and directors who throw their careers into drama and all its subsets so passionately that their ideas take wing and with arduous hard

work, coalesce onto the silver screen for viewers like to be suspended in time as we are catapulted into a new theatrical world. So, here’s to a night full of star dazzle, gold trophies, acceptance speeches and the thrilling moment of anticipation right before the presenter opens the envelope for each award while five nominees hold their breath as they hope and anticipate their name listed amongst the greatest movie entertainers of our modern era. All in all, I found that the Academy Awards were very impressive and deserve proper recognition.

guitarist of Lynn’s backup band, Bart Hansen. “Loretta is a great lady. She is just what you think she is.”

Academy Awards make an impact for 84th year AIMEE TROUTMAN Staff Writer

As each 2012 Academy Award winner at the 84th Annual Academy Awards took the stage to receive its gold Oscar, the excitement in the crowd was palpable. Actress Octavia Spencer stood out to me as an outstanding supporting actress in “The Help,” a movie centered on AfricanAmerican maids in the South. Octavia shed light on the unspeakable abuse these women took from their white female employers, and exposing it all in a book,

written by Emma Stone’s character, Skeeter Philan. Octavia stood radiantly as she received her trophy, beautiful in her shimmery white gown, barely able to formulate the right words in her acceptance speech, but dazzling nonetheless. She deserved this prize, not only for all the energy and enthusiasm she put into her role, but also for the fantastic actress that she has become. In addition, Meryl Streep dazzled as she elegantly graced her way to center stage to receive her Oscar for her starring role as Margaret Thatcher in the movie “The Iron Lady.”

The male actors’ awards went to Christopher Plummer (“The Beginners”) for Best Supporting Role and to Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) for Best Leading Role. Additionally, I found myself laughing as Chris Rock introduced the animated movie award, joking about having the easiest job in the world. “All I have to do” he cajoled, “is sit in a booth and repeat my lines. Someone tells me to say: its getting dark outside” and he gets the easy task of repeating it, only with more enthusiasm. Also, the movie that won the best film was “The

Actor,” a black and white silent film that challenges modern cinematography in its unique facial expressions and actions that dazzle and awe the audience, giving even more weight to the phrase “actions speak louder than words.” In addition, the animated movie “Hugo” won several awards, including: Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. The animated feature film that won the Oscar was “Rango” and the Foreign Language Film winner was “A Separation,” from Iran. “The Artist” also won several awards including:


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Dr. Seuss books come singing to Shippensburg Seussical is written by Broadway veterans Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Once on This Island,” and the film “Anastasia”). The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and allaround mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. When the sweet, goodnatured elephant Horton hears a small cry for help coming from a small speck of dust, he promises to rescue and guard it because “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” On that small speck of dust lives JoJo, an imaginative young Who. JoJo has astounding “thinks,” in which anything’s possible, but his parents believe this creativity is inappropriate for the son of the Mayor of Who-Ville. Meanwhile, the onefeathered bird, Miss Gertrude McFuzz, Photos courtesy of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center desperately wants Horton

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Seussical, March 17 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reserved tickets are $15 and are now on sale. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Seussical is the Theatreworks USA musical production based on the works of Dr. Seuss. And it comes at a terrific time,

as the world celebrates the 75th Anniversary of “And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” the first book published by Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. “Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in this unforgettable musical caper. Adapted from the Broadway version,

Underwood continues her musical success ALAINA RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer

Carrie Underwood has taken many angles in the music world since her appearance on American Idol. Although most people think of her as a top-selling country artist, she has also had songs that have featured her rock and pop roots. In her new single “Good Girl”, Underwood manages to take her country flare and mix in some rock sounds and pop like lyrics to take her fans by storm. Underwood premiered the song on Feb. 23 at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, but this week the song finally hit the radio waves. The song is about a girl who is falling in love with a boy and Underwood is trying to warn her that he is no good for her. The country diva brings her familiar girl power attitude out as soon as the song starts and it

does not end until the last note, similar to “Before He Cheats.” “Good Girl” features powerful, infectious lyrics and a catchy chorus. The song starts off strong with guitar licks, drum beats and a contagious hand clapping sound, immediately drawing the listener into the song. The exciting beat continues the entire song, even after an intermission with an amazing guitar solo. Not only is the song going to be played on just about every country music radio station, the song will also probably drift over to the Top 40 radio stations too.

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Underwood’s fans ate the song up immediately to help it net around 108,000 downloads in just three days of its release. The download numbers also helped “Good Girl” become the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Digital Country Songs chart. “Good Girl” is the first single off of her much anticipated fourth album, due in stores on May 1. If the release of the single is just a glimpse into what we can expect from Underwood’s new album, the album may be another huge success for her young musical career.

to notice her. Maybe, she thinks, she just needs a more impressive tail. At the same time, the lazy Mayzie La Bird connives, cajoles and convinces Horton to sit on her egg while she goes off on a spree. Will the planet of Who survive? Will Horton pay attention to Gertrude? Will Mayzie ever return for her egg? Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous “think” ever save the day. Seussical, with music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Ahrens and Flaherty, and conception by Ahrens, Flaherty and Eric Idle (Monty Python), was adapted from the works of Dr. Seuss. Ahrens and Flaherty’s first professional job together was writing The Emperor’s New Clothes in the early 1980s.

The production is directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. The scenic design is by Narelle Sissons and the costume design is by Tracy Christensen. The production is recommended for audiences age 4 and up. After playing on Broadway in 2000-2001, Ahrens and Flaherty condensed their musical into a one-act version appropriate for young audiences, which

premiered at the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. Theatreworks USA’s production of Seussical began its national tour in September 2006 and was presented at OffBroadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York in summer 2007 as Theatreworks USA’s annual Free Summer Theatre program. This production received 2008 Lucille Lortel Award nominations for Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Costumes, in addition to a Drama League Award nomination for Outstanding Musical Revival. Seussical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717-477SHOW (7469) or online at -Courtesy of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center March 6, 2012



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If you began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance payments in 2011, you could have a problem when you file your tax return and end up paying too much. Here’s why: Since it takes so long to begin receiving SSDI benefits, it’s possible that you’ll receive a one-time lump-sum payment that includes back payments for previous years. Those benefits are taxable income, and you could pay taxes at a rate up to a whopping 50 percent. The calculation to determine your income includes any other income you have. According to a news release by the Allsup Disability Life Planning Center, an average SSDI benefit is $1,073, which comes to $12,876 for the year. For a couple, a total income of more than $19,000 (or $9,950 for an individual) requires that a tax return be filed. However, if you receive a large lump-sum payment and report that, as well as any other income, you could end up paying too much in taxes. This is where you’ll need the help of a tax preparer or tax preparation software to complete your return: You’re allowed to spread that lump-sum income out over previous years. You’ll receive a Form 1099 show-

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ing the amount of SSDI income you received, with the amount showing in Box 3. If you want to complete your return yourself or read about filing to get an estimate of the tax you might owe, go online to the Internal Revenue Service website at and search for Publication 915. The name is “Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits.” Look for the Lump-Sum Election on page 11 for detailed instructions on the Worksheets 1 through 4 that need to be filled out. Scroll down and look for the examples of the worksheets. The result of the calculations on those worksheets determine which election method will get you the lowest tax. Publication 915 contains other helpful information as well. If you receive a FORM SSA-1042S Social Security Benefit Statement and don’t understand the numbers in the various boxes, the publication explains each one. If you receive railroad retirement benefits on FORM RRB-1099, this publication explains the figures in each of the 11 boxes. If you do your taxes yourself and have a question, you can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Your best bet, however, if you’ve received a lumpsum benefit, is to get help from a tax preparer. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to

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Who’s Hot? Judging by the advance ticket sales, box-office observers and exhibitors are expecting the new film, “The Hunger Games” to hit $100 million during its opening weekend. The novel-based flick will land in theaters on March 23.

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Michael “The Creeper” Claudy has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of burglary. Sources say Claudy, 56, has also pleaded to one count of indecent assault, including loitering or prowling during the night. He may face five years in prison in accordance with a plea he —14— settled with Cumberland County prosecutors. March 6, 2012




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The Hit Parade

SU Baseball wins 2 over Concord University, E4-E5

SU women’s basketball falls to Bloomsburg University in PSAC Quarterfinals, E3

Sam Stewart, Sports Editor Nick Sentman, Asst. Sports Editor Contact:



The Hot Corner March 6, 2012

Nick and Sam debate the recent wild card expansion in Major League Baseball this year The Hot Corner is going to be away for a while but for this issue we decided to sit down and debate the expanded playoffs in baseball. Major League Baseball has officially announced that it is adding another wild card team The team is going to play a one game series with the other wild card team to determine who moves on. This is a big move in the ever changing plans to major sports, and baseball is going to be changing again next season. To fans though, is this a good idea or a bad one? Will the expanded 10-team playoffs help or hurt the game of baseball. All things seem a little different the first time, but we will not know until we get into October. So, which side are you on? It is about to get heated up in here when you enter The Hot Corner with Sam and Nick.


I think that the expanded playoff system is good for baseball. Last year we had two teams that would have been slotted in that final spot, and the intrigue heading into the final games of the season was really great for the sport. Both the Red Sox and the Braves were struggling at the end of the season but things could have changed drastically had they had the chance to fight in a one -game playoff to head into the division series. This is going to be the last season in which the leagues are split into three divisions. Next year, they will go to 15 teams per league with the Astros moving to the American League. So, the extra wild card is going to be a great success for baseball. I wish they could let the two wild card teams play a three-game series in a neutral

SU to host intramural SU Sports basketball championships Upcoming The Betty White Boys look for a state title on Saturday, March 24 Lauren Mease

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field to make things even more interesting, but I will take the one-game playoff. It will be so exciting because now teams that are hot at the right time can fly through the playoffs and really make October baseball fun. I cannot wait to see two teams fight so hard just to make it to the next round and be reliant on one game to make or break their chance to be champions. This is what the game needs. Especially when the teams are a lot more competitive. With so many teams being able to win, the extra wild card scenario is going to bring more fans into the sport and hopefully bring baseball back to the top of the sports world.


What I think Nick is forgetting is that the MLB hosts a marathon of a season. The 162-game format would have to be reconfigured for this addition to ever work out. The drama that unfolded last year was unparalleled to any of the events that occurred in the recent past. With the addition of a wild card team to each division, those games last year would have been for nothing. Boston and Atlanta would have gotten in and the late-inning dramatics by the Rays and the Orioles would have meant zilch. Secondly, the new format is plain horrendous.

The Pennsylvania Intramural and Recreational Sports Association is hosting the state intramural basketball championships at Shippensburg University on Saturday, March 24. Men’s team The Betty White Boys and the womPhoto by Leslie Douglas en’s team the Hot Shots won the Shippensburg InWith two wild card teams tramurals last week. They vying for a spot in the Di- will be participating in the vision League Series, there state competition. Second is an extremely unfair ad- -and third-place teams are vantage. For example, welcome to participate as the Braves have a record well but, they will have to that is five games better cover the registration fee. than the Reds, but since The Betty White Boys are both these teams produce pumped for the competiplayoff caliber records, the tion. SU junior Matt MurReds have a shot to knock ray of the Betty White Boys off the Braves in order to said, “I personally am very advance to the divisional excited for the tournament. series. On what planet is I know that my felthat fair? The one-game low teammates are also playoff takes away the pumped to play and most meaning of the marathon of them have continued of the season and replaces playing basketball in their it with which team is on spare time to keep their a hot streak, and which skills sharp for the games.” team is luckier. The oneAny university is allowed game playoff gives no clear to participate as long as its indication of which team is team has played in its inactually better. tramural competition. EarLastly, the overall play- ly registration for men and off format for this year women’s teams started on is terrible. For this year only, the playoff format changes to the dreaded 2-3 format. Higher seeds will now be on the road for the first two games and then will return home for the final three. What is this? Reward the lesser quality team for mediocre play while division winners have to open on the road? Bud Selig, what are you thinking? The addition of a wild card team will wreak havoc on the baseball world this year. Let us hope that they fix the chaos for next year because this new format will end the drama that is the MLB season. ShipRec will be hosting

Wednesday, March 8, and late registration with an extra $25 fee is on March 21. Mellisa Hazzard, assistant director at the SU Recreation center is in charge of organizing the event and contacting the various university teams. She has been looking for student volunteers to assist with team registration, score keeping, and cleaning up. Shippensburg University has been hosting the tournament for the past three years. The event will take place in ShipRec Arena and will be an ongoing event starting at noon till late in the evening. Teams must sign in and bring their student identification cards prior to the start of the tournament before 11 a.m. Students are highly encouraged to watch their fellow students play. “I certainly hope a lot of people will watch, but it’s doubtful in my mind that people will. It’s early on a Saturday morning; most SU students will be going to bed by then from studying all night of course,” Murray said.


home games in

CAPS Lacrosse March 7 at Seton Hill 4 p.m. Softball March 10-14 Rebel Spring Games Kissimmee, Fla. Baseball March 10 GANNON (DH) noon March 11 GANNON noon Wrestling March 9-10 NCAA Divsion II Championships Pueblo, Colo. Indoor Track March 8-10 NCAA Indoor Championships Mankato, Minn.

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the state intramural championships this March.

SPORTS March 6, 2012


SU falls to Bloomsburg in SU enjoys successful regular PSAC playoff quarterfinal season but falls in playoffs Senior Monae Baker ends her SU career with a 17-point performance The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team forced 22 turnovers and held a strong shooting team to a 36 percent effort from the field, but it was not enough on Tuesday night as the Raiders dropped a 69-61 decision to East No. 1- seed Bloomsburg University in a PSAC quarterfinal matchup from Nelson Field House. The Raiders put three players in double figures, including a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double from senior Monae Baker in her final collegiate contest. Baker was also 5-of-5 at the free throw line, as she finished up her career by making 22 consecutive attempts and shooting a career-best 77.5 percent from the charity stripe for the season. Sophomore Sarah Strybuc contributed 16 points, 12 in the first half, on 6-of15 shooting. Junior Dana Wert struggled from the field but still managed 10 points thanks to a 5-of-6 effort at the free throw line.

Dana Wert also recorded a career-high six steals and was a major factor in a defensive effort that forced 22 Husky turnovers. Junior Shawna Wert was also 5-of-6 at the free throw line and finished with eight points and four rebounds. SU trailed at halftime, 33-28, despite shooting just 25 percent from the field in the opening frame. The Raiders had a lot of active hands in the passing lane and did their best to stagger the ball movement of the Huskies, forcing 13 firsthalf turnovers from a group that averages just 18 per game. The Raiders also managed to contain some of BU’s main scoring threats. Senior Kelsey Gallagher was scoreless in the first half and finished with just nine points. Junior Dana Wieller, the conference’s leading three-point shooter, was held to 11 points and was in foul trouble most of the evening.

BU, which entered the game having made the fourth-most 3-pointers in Division II, was vigilant in its effort to shoot from long range. The Huskies attempted 37 three-pointers in the game, making just 12. Helping the cause was Catherine Noack, who was 5-of-8 from 3-point range and tied a season high with 19 points. SU managed to shoot 42 percent from the field in the second half, but the team overall was just 4-of-17 from 3-point range in the game. SU did finish the year by limiting opponents to shoot just 28 percent from 3-point range. The game was also the final collegiate contest for seniors Lindsay Howard and Erin Varley. Howard scored two points off the bench in eight minutes, while Varley got in the game for two minutes during the first half. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information

Photo by Dana Rothermel

SU’s Dana Wert scored 116 of her 311 points in the first half of the season, Dana was a solid contributer for the Raiders this year.


The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team ended its season after a loss to Bloomsburg University in the first game of the PSAC playoffs on Tuesday night but SU still enjoyed a successful run throughout the season. SU opened its season with three straight wins against Saint Michaels College, Chowan University, and California (Pa.) University. Monae Baker led the team in scoring in the first two games and continued to lead the team in scoring 10 more times. Baker also led the team in rebounds in the second and third games of the season. With three straight wins to start, SU won only three of its next 10 games, aver-

aging 61.5 points per game in this stretch while giving up 62.3 points per game. Dana and Shawna Wert led the team in scoring in seven out of 10 games. During this stretch, Dana scored 116 of 311 points for the season. SU crawled to a 6-7 record in the first half of the season. The second half of the season was a see-saw event for the Raiders as they struggled to put together a win streak. However, SU won eight of its last 13 games, outscoring opponents by 13 points per game. SU’s strong performance in the second half of the season earned the team a spot in the PSAC playoffs for the first time since 2008. SU was not able to get best BU, losing, 69-61. Although the Raiders forced 22 turnovers and limited the Huskies hot shooting to

a mere 36 percent from the field. The loss was the final collegiate contest for seniors Baker, Lindsey Howard and Erin Varley. Baker scored 17 points while Howard scored eight points off the bench in the second half. Despite its loss, SU finished one game over .500 with a 14-13 record overall. SU finished fourth in the PSAC East with an 11-11 record in conference play. Team leaders on the offensive side of the ball included Baker with 401 points and 257 rebounds, while Dana finished the season with 110 assists. Sophmore Sarah Strybuc will become the new team leader next year with her aggressive playing and hot shooting. Strybuc led the team with 45 steals.

The magic of 5 SPORTS

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SU scores 5 runs in both games, goes 1-1 on Saturday afternoon The Shippensburg University baseball team scored five runs in both games of a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with regional heavyweight Concord University (W. Va.) but ultimately wound up with a split. SU dropped the opener, 7-5, before rebounding with a 5-1 victory. SU got a strong start in the nightcap from senior Jimmy Miller who went six innings and earned the victory. He allowed one unearned run and struck out four. CU, a team that has reached the NCAA regional tournament in two of the last three seasons and is the defending West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, used a couple of bloopers and some timely hits to plate six runs in the fifth inning of the opener en- route to its victory. Junior Simon Beloff had a monster day at the plate for the Raiders, going 5-for7 between the two games with a solo home run and a double included in that tally. All nine Raiders had least one hit on the day, including eight that had mul-

tiple hits over the course of the doubleheader. In Game 1, the Raiders got out to a 3-0 lead in the opening game. SU got a first-inning RBI single by sophomore first baseman Pat Kregeloh to start the scoring. In the second inning, junior catcher Tyler Shover led off with a double and scored two batters later on a squeeze bunt by senior shortstop Ben Miller. Junior designated hitter Steve Sulcoski singled in the at-bat after Shover and eventually came around to score on a fielder’s choice. Senior Nick Umberger had just one bad inning but ended up with the loss. He threw five innings, with sophomore Austin Bartley relieving him in the sixth. The striking blow was a two-out, three-run homer by senior catcher Ian Humphrey in that fateful fifth inning. SU did have a rally going in the top of the seventh, scoring one run on a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Tyler Basso and getting the tying run to the plate before the Mountain Lions got the final out.

In Game 2, CU scored an unearned run in the opening inning but the Raiders scored all five of their runs in the final three innings to complete a comeback. Beloff and Sulcoski went 3-for3, with Beloff contributing his home run in the sixth and Sulcoski scoring in the fifth and the seventh. Basso went 2-for-3, clubbing a two-run home run in the fifth after failing to get a bunt down on his first two pitches of the at-bat. He also hit an RBI-triple in a two-run seventh inning, giving him three RBIs for the contest. Ben Miller drove in the game’s fifth run with an infield hit. Jimmy Miller scattered seven hits in his six innings of work, walking just two. He stranded runners in scoring position in the third and fifth inning but got out of an even bigger jam in the sixth. After allowing a double and a single to lead off the inning, Miller induced three straight groundouts to quash the threat. SU improved to 8-5 overall and begins PSAC play next week. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information

Men’s Baseball PSAC Standings


East Kutztown West Chester E. Stroudsburg Millersville Shippensburg Bloomsburg Mansfield

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

7-2 2-0 7-2 6-3 8-5 4-4 4-4


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Pitcher Jimmy Miller from the stretch during a contest last spring.


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Furious attack SPORTS March 6, 2012


A 20-hit outburst helps SU take Game 3 against Concord University The Shippensburg University baseball team had all nine of its starters record at least one hit on Sunday afternoon from Anderson Field en route to a 15-8 victory over Concord University. SU took two of three games this weekend to win the series over the defending West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Mountain Lions. SU and CU may have been physically cold, as the teams dodged snow flurries for the majority of the game, but the bats were certainly alive. The squads combined for 23 runs and 35 hits, with the Raiders clubbing seven extra base hits (including two home runs). Junior left fielder Simon Beloff capped off a torrid weekend at the plate by going 2-for-5 with a home run, double, three RBIs and three runs scored. In the three-game series, Beloff was 7-for-12 at the plate with two homers, two doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored. He also reached base in seven consecutive plate appearances this weekend, a stretch that spanned from the fourth inning of Game 1 to the fourth inning of Game 3. Junior third baseman Tyler Basso was one of three

players to go 3-for-5 at the plate along with freshman second baseman Jimmy Spanos and junior center fielder David McKolosky. Basso had two doubles, a triple and three runs scored. All five of the hits he recorded this weekend went for extra bases. Spanos had an RBI, walk and two runs scored while McKolosky, who made just his second start of the season, contributed an RBI and scored one run. Junior catcher Tyler Shover hit a two-run single in the first inning and launched a two-run home run in the third inning to give him four RBIs on the afternoon. Fellow junior Steve Sulcoski contributed RBI-singles in the first and third innings before lining out in the fourth, ending a streak of five consecutive plate appearances with singles. Junior Cody Kulp hit a two-run double in the fifth before Beloff hit a two-run homer in the next at-bat. Senior shortstop Ben Miller set the table from the leadoff spot with two hits, two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored. Freshman Cody Ezolt made his first career start at first base and went 1-for-

3 with an RBI-single in the third inning. Senior Jimmy Miller pinch hit for Ezolt in the sixth after a pitching change and delivered an RBI-single. SU scored three times in the opening inning and raced out to a 7-2 lead after three innings before the Mountain Lions chased sophomore starting pitcher Shawn Patterson with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Pat Kregeloh stopped the threat and earned the victory in relief, allowing two runs in 4.1 innings of work. Senior Kody Kibler pitched a scoreless ninth. The Raiders countered Concord’s four-run fourth by scoring six runs in the top of the fifth, a frame capped off by Kulp’s two-run double and Beloff’s two-run homer. SU added single runs in the sixth and the ninth. SU returns home to Fairchild Field next weekend for a four-game series with PSAC Western Division opponent Gannon. SU is and Gannon have similar records coming into the weekend. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information

Upcoming SU Baseball Schedule Saturday, March 10 SU vs. GANNON (DH) noon Fairchild Field, Shippensburg Sunday, March 11 SU vs. GANNON noon Fairchild Field, Shippensburg

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Eric Herman lays down a drag bunt in a contest early last year.


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HITS RBI’S 2 0 3 1 1 2 2 3 2 2 2 4 3 0 1 1 3 1 0 0

BB 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

SO 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 0

LOB 0 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 0

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Really Bobby V.? Nick Sentman

Asst. Sports Editor

The greatest rivalry in sports is debated every year and in every sport, but what match-up could honestly beat the Yankees and Red Sox. This winter after a horrid collapse by the Red Sox and another division title for the Yankees, the Red Sox decided to fire manager Terry Francona for ex-Mets manager Bobby Valentine. Valentine is a colorful character in the game, but his comments against the Yankees since being named the skipper have made me dislike the man. First of all, Valentine thought it was a great idea to start his tenure in Boston by saying he hates the Yankees. Hate is a strong emotion, one in which Bobby knows because his Mets lost to the Yankees in the 2000 Fall Classic. Yet, he felt obligated to say he hates them in order to gain respect or trust. Now, Valentine has pushed his Yankee comments a lot further. Recently, Valentine decided to take a stab at Yankee captain Derek Jeter, and third baseman Alex Rodriguez. It seemed to him that Jeter’s 2001 flip play against the Oakland A’s is recent news and needed to be discussed; 11 years later. The play in question was a flip Jeter made to home plate in the 2001 Division series against Oakland. The A’s had a 2 games to 0 lead, and the Yankees needed the win. As Oakland’s Terrance Long doubled down the right field line, Yankee March 6, 2012

right fielder Shane Spencer overthrew the cutoff man and it seemed the A’s Jeremy Giambi was going to score. Seeing the play develop, Jeter ran to back up the throw over first and flipped to catcher Jorge Posada for the out. The Yankees went on to win that game 1-0 and won the series. Valentine said that Jeter had no business being there, and that the Yankees said they practiced the play but it was just luck. In Valentine’s words, Jeter was just lucky to be in that spot and the Yankees wanted to make it seem better by telling people they practice the play. Little did Valentine know, but the Yankees do practice that play in spring training. Then, with the recent retirement of long-time Red Sox catcher and captain Jason Varitek, Valentine decided to mention his fight with Alex Rodriguez. This happened in 2004 when Valentine was in Japan. After these barbs both Jeter

and Alex decided to take the high road and refused to fight back. So I will speak for them. Valentine is adding fuel to the fire that ignites every summer between the Yankees and the Red Sox. He was a former commentator on ESPN so all of this could be a media ploy to get more people to watch his games and to follow him on Twitter, FaceBook; etc. I know he is trying to get in the good graces of Red Sox nation by blasting the Yankees, but not even Red Sox fans sound this ignorant when they talk. Valentine, here is an idea. Win some games before you start talking. Even Terry Francona did not talk smack and he won two championships. I know you think you can talk like you did with the Mets, but you never won anything in the states and will not if you keep opening that giant trap of yours. If you win you can talk all you want, but until then please do us all a favor and stifle it.

New Orleans in the news for all the wrong reasons

The Saints have fallen under scrutiny for its bounty programs, but is it news? Sam Stewart

Sports Editor

The New Orleans Saints have been making headlines all week; first for the Drew Brees contract negotiations, and now for former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ bounty program that rewarded players for taking out players on the opposing team. Only one of those stories can be classified as news, the other can be relegated to the trash. The bounty program run by Williams is not new. It is not unusual. Despite being a tad bit inhumane, it is part of the game. Williams and the Saints have fallen under scrutiny because of this bounty program that rewarded players for season-ending injuries, knocking them out for

a game, or even a couple of plays. However, I thought the general concept of playing defense was to be hard, aggressive and downright brutal. Alas, that used to be the National Football League. Now it is riddled with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for breathing on a quarterback or “defenseless” wide receiver. Pigs will fly before James Harrison or DeMarcus Ware get away with a decleating hit without serious monetary fines and possible suspensions. Since football has changed dramatically under the reign of Roger Goddell, the “bounty program” is regarded as scandalous and immoral. Injuring players is now considered a taboo by the big brass in the corporate headquarters of the NFL. While the bosses sip on their chardonnay and count how many gold watches they currently own, NFL players, especially on the defensive side of the ball, are tiptoeing around to avoid fines and suspensions. Players have played soft. New Orleans was doing the NFL a service by run-

ning a bounty program. All teams do it. Injuries may not be rewarded by cash, but teams across the league focus on the injury report every week. Players see who is banged up on the report and they target them. The Saints fall into even more scrutiny because their bounty program was run during their Super Bowl championship year; the same year that Brees took down Brett Favre in an epic showdown. Favre, who ESPN has a love affair with, was taken down hard by the Saints defense multiple times throughout the game because of the “bounty” that linebacker Jonathan Vilma placed before the game. If defenses are going to be penalized for doing what it was designed to do, then the NFL should consider ridding defenses all together. In an attempt to make the game safer, the NFL has become nothing but a league that punishes hard hits and aggression and rewards high scoring, pre-madonna quarterbacks and wide receivers who are too afraid to catch passes in the middle of the field.

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Sean Payton and the Saints have fallen under major scrutiny.

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Brees contract negotiations leave a bitter taste for some


Ward-ed Away

The Saints have placed the franchise The Steelers release Pro Bowl wide tag on their star quarterback this year receiver Hines Ward on Wednesday Dave Brown

Staff Columnist

The New Orleans Saints have slapped the franchise tag on Drew Brees. The man is the best quarterback in football. The Saints should be willing to pay him, or be willing to let him go. He is the face of the franchise.

Last season, Brees set NFL single-season records for completions (468), passing yards (5,476), and completion percentage (71.2). This is not only very accurate, but also consistent. While some credit should go to his offensive line that was responsible for providing pass protection, Brees’ consistency and accuracy allowed the Saints to put up tons of points each week. The man is classy, and genuinely good for the game of football. The man finds a way to help his team win, and does not bring any unnecessary attention to himself. (Yes, Tom Brady, this means you, and your supermodel wife). The only thing

that Drew Brees does wrong is get a cold a few times a year and take some NyQuil, but seriously, everyone does that. As it stands now, Brees and the Saints are about $5 million per season apart in negotiations. For a guy who brought the city of New Orleans 13 wins one season ago, the Saints should pay the man what he is worth. Drew Brees is the city of New Orleans. Drew Brees embodies Saints football. With coach Sean Payton and Brees at the helm, the Saints are promised success and power; however, without Brees, the paper bags will be over the heads of many in New Orleans.

Michael Shipman Staff Columnist

If you are an avid sports fan and watch SportsCenter on a daily basis, there is no doubt you heard last Wednesday that the Steelers have released 15-year star wide receiver Hines Ward. If you are a Baltimore Ravens fan, then you probably would have found yourself mimicking that infamous ear-to-ear grin of his. This is sad and somber news for Pittsburgh fans, but very welcome news for Ravens fans. Since Hines Ward was drafted in 1998, he has been labeled as a chief enemy to the Ravens, both players and fans alike. So it is easy to see Baltimore basking in the sadness of Pittsburgh. Ward had been a key part of the Steelers’ hard-assteel offense. He was a fourtime Pro Bowl selection and 2006 Super Bowl MVP that amassed 1,000 catches, 12,083 yards and 85 receiving touchdowns. Looking at those solid statistics, how will his absence affect the Steelers in the future? How will they fare in the AFC?

The Steelers have been known for many seasons as a relentless group of athletes. In most recent seasons, no matter what setback they have experienced, they have adapted and have always come out on top in the AFC North during crunch time. So why would that change with the absence of one wide receiver when it is loaded with many other fearsome weapons in the Steel Curtain’s arsenal? Some of these weapons include James Harrison, Heath Miller, Troy Polamalu, and of course, Big Ben Roethlisberger to name a few. The rest of the NFL knows better than to underestimate these very dangerous players and they have often learned the hard way. Roethlisberger is a stingy quarterback who works well under pressure and is extra dangerous when down only a few points late in the game. Harrison and Polamalu, despite both not exactly having hallmark seasons this past year, are two of Pittsburgh’s greatest defensive threats. Offensively speaking, the Steelers have Antonio

Brown, Jerricho Cotchery, Rashard Mendenhall, and Emmanuel Sanders to help fill the void of the departed Ward. The Steelers have had their share of setbacks, but they have an irritable habit of working past these roadblocks and coming out on top in the end. This past year was not their best, being burned by the Ravens twice (the first time since 2006), finishing second in the AFC North standings, and getting their taste of “Tebow Mania” in the Wild Card round, but look for Pittsburgh to hang around and be a serious threat from opening day all the way through the playoffs for years to come. The Steelers have too many weapons on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Roethlisberger will find a new target to go to during crunch time while the defense will continue to live up to its “Steel Curtain” glory days back in the 70s. Losing Hines Ward will deplete the Steelers of toughness on the offensive side of the ball, but it will not hurt their record or its stance in the AFC North.

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Hines Ward spent 15 years in a Steeler’s uniform before being cut.


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