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SU president looks forward Jenna Wise News Editor Carter’s Journey to Presidency Seated in a conference room in the Shippensburg University president’s office, President Laurie Carter discussed her past as well as her professional experiences, and the challenges still facing SU midway through her first semester as the university’s 17th president. Carter is both SU’s first permanent female and African-American president, and is the official replacement to former SU President George “Jody” Harpster, who retired in January. After Harpster’s retirement, Provost Barbara Lyman served as SU’s interim president until Carter’s appointment in August. Recalling her life just after finishing high school, Carter said it was the attention she received from staff and faculty members as an undergraduate student at Clarion University that inspired her to dedicate herself to the collegiate world.

“I think my preparation for this role started when I was an undergraduate student at Clarion,” Carter said. “I was an out-of-state student, I was five-and-a-half hours away from home, and I was just there. It was the staff, the faculty and the other students that really helped me have a full and wonderful collegiate experience.” After graduation, Carter took a job at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, as the university’s residence life director. Two years later, Carter saw an advertisement in The New York Times seeking a director of student affairs at The Juilliard School. Carter, who has been interested in the arts her entire life, applied and was hired for the position. “I said to myself, ‘Wow, this is a really interesting way to bring together my passion for the arts with my skill set,’” Carter said. At Juilliard, Carter authorized the construction of a residence hall, created student activities, oversaw

Community mourns loss of wrestling, Little League coach Jenna Wise News Editor The Shippensburg Area School District’s elementary school wrestling coach died on Oct. 1 in the Las Vegas shooting. Bill Wolfe Jr., 42, of Shippensburg, was one of 59 people killed on the third day of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, according to PennLive. Wolfe graduated from Shippensburg University’s physics program in 1998. He was known for his presence in the Shippensburg community, serving as Little League coach and president of the booster club in addition to his responsibilities with the wrestling team. Wolfe and his wife, Robyn, attended the threeday country music festival in celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary. As the shooting began, Wolfe became separated from his wife, leaving his condition


unknown for two days following the shooting, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Shortly after 10 p.m., Stephen Paddock, 64, armed with 23 semi-automatic weapons, began shooting at festival-goers from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort on the Las Vegas Strip, just across the street from the festival, according to The Washington Post. The Newburg First Church of God in Newburg, Pennsylvania, held a prayer vigil on Wednesday for Wolfe, his family and the shooting’s other victims. The Shippensburg University Marching Band performed the song “Amazing Grace” before the football game against West Chester Sunday afternoon in his honor. He is survived by his wife and their two sons.

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international student advisement and led orientation and educational outreach programs, all while attending law school part time. “I was prepared to go off and become a prosecutor, but the pull of my work with students was what eventually led me to make the decision to stay at Juilliard,” Carter said. Carter’s time at Juilliard ended abruptly when her mother was in a near-fatal car accident and suffered a brain injury, forcing her to move into Carter’s home. “I could not continue the intense work I was doing and care for her,” Carter said. Instead, she left Juilliard and took a position at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the third largest arts education center in the country, according to Carter. When her mother was well enough to return home, Carter received a call from a friend, offering her a position as executive vice president of university counsel of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). During this time, EKU be-

came increasingly strong academically and saw historically high student enrollment rates, according to Carter. “We were just breaking records for success,” Carter said. “There was a united effort.” Carter’s Vision for Improvement Prior to her arrival at SU, Carter worked in numerous collegiate settings that led her to make some of her earliest decisions as president, including the reorganization of SU’s administration and the addition of new positions. Carter said her time at EKU helped her to recognize the issues facing SU, and prepare better solutions to solve those issues. She said one of SU’s roadblocks to success is a lack of unity among the university’s administration. “Everyone needs to step away from their silo and put students first,” Carter said. “Every student deserves to have a quality academic experience.”

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Carter reflected on how her past led her on an unexpected path to become SU’s 17th president. Throughout the majority of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities, a decline in enrollment rates has continued, causing Cheyney University to lose more than half of its student population since 2010, according to the

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Carter placed the majority of the blame for PASSHE’s declining enrollment rates on a national decrease in the number of students

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New focus on students, tuition Jenna Wise News Editor Amid a transition period within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and its universities, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) is prepared to continue its focus on students and lowering the cost of the state’s tuition. At the beginning of September, PASSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan retired, leading to the appointment of former Clarion University President Karen Whitney as PASSHE’s interim chancellor and a national search for Brogan’s permanent replacement. APSCUF President Kenneth Mash said he is prepared to work with Whitney to accomplish each of the union’s goals; specifically, the issue of rising tuition rates. “We think we should collaborate with issues on campus and making tuition affordable,” Mash said. “It’s becoming increasingly expensive and the ramifications we are facing will last well beyond our time.” Mash said the union is not in favor of PASSHE’s current per-credit tuition model, and said it benefits PASSHE financially while hurting students. “The model may be of financial interest, but it’s a model we’ve been opposed to because from our perspective, we’re supposed to supply quality education at the lowest cost to students,” Mash said. As tuition rates rise, PASSHE en-

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rollment rates have shown a continued decline over the last several years. SU President Laurie Carter said the cause of the decline is due to a nationally low number of high school students graduating each year, and will mean that PASSHE schools must look to groups such as graduate and international students to fill the hole left by undergraduates. “Enrollments are down — having said that, that was predictable because that number was inflated so we’re not as far down as we were 10 years ago,” Mash said. While SU has been affected by a declining number of high school students, no school has been affected as much as Cheyney University. Cheyney lost more


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than half of its student population since 2010 and has been fighting to maintain accreditation in recent months. Other universities, including Mansfield and Clarion, issued letters of retrenchment last spring that created the potential for faculty layoffs at the end of the 2017–18 academic year. Of the five letters submitted, Cheyney’s letter is the only one to not have been retracted. “We continue to believe Cheyney has an important mission,” Mash said. “We believe there is an important audience here. The responsibility [to help Cheyney] is shared by a lot of institutions, including PASSHE.” Read the full story at











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SU prepares to begin multi-million dollar project Drew Lovett Asst. News Editor

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SU students meet more than 130 organizations during Thursday’s career fair. The CCEC hosts several career fairs a year and allows students to provide feedback on which employers they would like to see in attendance.

CCEC hosts year’s largest career fair Shannon Long Asst. News Editor More than 130 organizations filled Shippensburg University’s ShipRec on Thursday afternoon to speak with undergraduate and graduate students about internships and job opportunities at the fall Career Fair. Students were greeted at the door by signing in, creating a name tag and downloading the fall Career Fair app. There was also a LinkedIn photo booth for students to have professional photos taken of themselves. The Career Fair was hosted by SU’s Career and Community Engagement Center (CCEC). A unique addition to this

year’s fair is the app. Associate CCEC Director Sarah Shupp met Paul Stierer, one of the creators of the app, at the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers Conference. Stierer was approached by a college looking to do more than just telling students to bring multiple copies of their résumé to a career fair. The app is operated by the company Know Careers and is a free, cloud-based career fair platform. Students can upload resumes, find out more about employers that will be at the career fair and view a virtual map of the fair. There are about 15 colleges using the app, but about 20 to 80 more will be using it in the spring, according to

Stierer. “There are a number of companies charging an arm and a leg to do what we’re doing,” Stierer said. “We’re about higher education.” SU junior Taylor Sieg downloaded the app before she came to the fair and uploaded her resume. Sieg was looking for an internship in marketing and talked to a few organizations at the fair. “I think getting your foot in the door with an internship is the best thing you can do,” Sieg said. SU alumna Sarah Hunt attended the fair in search of a job relating to data analysis or business. Before attending, she had in mind a few organizations she wanted to talk to, but talked to more

Student Government Updates Attendance

• All senators were in attendance, except Benjamin Greenberg who was excused.

Budget & Finance

• A motion was approved to allocate more than $1,000 to members of Student Government to attend a state conference.


• The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library recently hired three new libarians.

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once she got to the fair. “It was good to talk to [the organizations] and get my résumé in there,” Hunt said. The CCEC also hosts a spring Career Fair, and this year it held an on-campus and part-time job fair. The CCEC advertises the fairs on its online database of 2,000 employers that show interest in Shippensburg. There are also many alumni recruiters who participate in the fair. After the fair, students are encouraged to take a survey and are asked what employers they would like to see at the next career fair, influencing the organizations that are invited, according to Shupp.

Beginning this winter, Shippensburg University will undergo changes to the electrical and telecommunications wiring in places around campus. The $9.9 million project, set to begin in December, will improve the electrical and telecommunications wiring at SU. Commonwealth Capital Dollars donated $7.1 million to the project, while SU contributed $2.8 million. The project should be finished around May 2019. The new wiring is expected to last for at least 50 years, according to Lance Bryson, assistant vice president for facilities. The transformers in Old Main, the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, Wright Hall, Heiges Field House, Stewart Hall and the steam plant will all undergo replacement in each building’s infrastructure. “This project should change the distribution of electricity throughout the campus,” said Bruce Herring, the facility department’s assistant director for planning and design project manager. “This should modernize and standardize the campus.” SU will experience four days of power outages during this time. “This will

most likely happen when students aren’t around,” Bryson said. If there are outages while SU is in session students will receive “updates on email, Twitter and Facebook,” Bryson said. “One of the main points we want to get across is the digging,” Bryson said. The trenches dug will be 5 feet deep and 5 feet wide — much smaller than the construction from fall 2015, according to Bryson. There will be alternate pathways established and students should be aware of the fences, trucks and other equipment at construction sites around campus. “The whole campus will be powered by an emergency generator for 10 days and we are anticipating this will be when students are away,” Bryson said. This will help with construction and ensure the seamless transfer of new wiring, he added. The information technology network will be replaced and this will repair the infrastructure and create a “loop system design,” which will ensure the “redundancy throughout campus,” Herring said. The next large construction project will be the renovation of Stewart Hall, which is tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2018.

Business students mingle during innovation hour

• The college is working to create a better relationship between SU and the town of Shippensburg.

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• The public relations committee is preparing for SU’s National Coming Out Day activities.


• A motion was approved to formally change the name of “Student Senate” to “Student Government Association.” • A motion was approved to have students vote on the name “Student Government Association” before it it is officially approved.

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At the Career and Innovation Hour on Tuesday evening business students mingled with local business leaders. The event was hosted by the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation.


October 10, 2017 ‘CARTER’ from A1 graduating from high school, and said SU needs to think creatively to recruit new students. “The enrollment puzzle is not just about undergraduate students,” Carter said. “It’s a pie, not just one piece.” Although SU faces financial concerns similar to other PASSHE schools, Carter said the per-credit tuition model, which has been in place for the last several years, has helped to solve the university’s budgetary issues. “Part of the reason the model was put into place was to help with the budget, and it did. We’re looking at data right now to see if it’s working with the student body, and so far we’ve received re-

ally mixed reviews [from students],” Carter said. “There are always possibilities that things can be reformed if they’re having a negative impact on the student body.” On Oct. 2, Carter sent an email to all SU students announcing a reorganization plan, including the creation of the enrollment management and student success division and a shuffling of responsibilities between administrators. “[This way], we can have more boots on the ground, and be more visible in other parts of the state,” Carter said. “When you looked at the reorganization, we shifted some things around and added a vice president for student success, which is absolutely essential to [the uni-

versity’s] success.” Throughout the remainder of the year, Carter plans to make herself accessible to students through a “pizza with the president” event, as well as an event that will allow students to create artwork to hang inside the president’s residence, the Martin House. Additionally, a newly formed student advisory council is scheduled to periodically meet with Carter to discuss student concerns. “I want to bring the university forward for the benefit of our students,” Carter said. “That will remain my vision during my entire tenure, which I hope will be long.”

Police Briefs Playstation, controller, video game stolen from Seavers Hall Sean R. Smith, of Seavers Hall, came to the SU police department on Wednesday to report items stolen from his dorm room. Smith reported that sometime between the hours of 11 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 11 a.m. on Wednesday someone entered his dorm room and removed his Sony Playstation 4, a red controller and a FIFA 18 Playstation soccer game. It is believed that the door to the room was unlocked at the time of the theft. The missing items are valued at approximately $400 and the investigation is ongoing. Money stolen from Naugle Hall Christopher Harootunian and Alec Aspray, of Naugle Hall, came to the SU police department on Wednesday to report a theft in a dorm room. Harootunian reported that someone had taken two $20 bills from his top dresser drawer, and Aspry reported he had a $50 bill stolen from his wallet. The two individuals reported that the theft occurred between the hours of 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. while the door to their room was left unlocked. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Money stolen from Shippen Hall Faculty member Marcy Douglass called the SU police department on Friday to report that $160 had been stolen from her office in Shippen Hall. Douglass reported that the money had been in her wallet in a backpack inside of her office when it was stolen between 12–9:30 p.m. Douglass said the door may or may not have been locked at the time of the theft. The investigation is ongoing at this time.


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SU President Carter to tackle declining enrollment rate Commentary

Troy Okum Editor-in-Chief

With a little more than two months at the president’s desk, Laurie Carter is setting her sights on Shippensburg University’s major problem — a declining enrollment rate — but this is not going to be an easy beast to take down. SU’s problem is not unique. It is a problem throughout the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and at other universities and colleges. Schools are getting fewer students, meaning there is less funding via tuition to support academic programs and institutional services. The problem primarily stems from a decline in the number of people graduating from high school. It is important to be careful with this fact though. Nationally, the average graduation rate is hitting an all-time high in recent years, according to National Public Radio. Pennsylvania comes in about the same as the national average, which is at

83 percent for the 2014-15 academic year, according to the most recent data from The National Center for Education Statistics. The issue lies with a declining number of high school students. From 2006 to 2016, the number of students enrolled in Pennsylvania high schools plummeted from 126,926 to 116,123 students, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. With more than 10,000 fewer people who potentially could have been university students, it is not hard to figure out why SU’s enrollment has fallen. A harder question to answer is, why has SU’s enrollment fallen so dramatically in a matter of a few years? During the fall 2013 semester, 7,548 undergraduate and graduate students were enrolled at SU, according to SU’s Enrollment and Compliance Report, which is made available on Enrollment for the current semester crashed to 6,581 students. At its current rate, enrollment would drop to fewer than 6,000 students by the end of the decade, and the financial repercussions would be felt from Old Main offices to every classroom. In words everyone can understand, this ship may

be sinking in the near future. Impending doom aside, there is still time to take action — but not much time. Carter has recognized this issue and is looking to tackle it head on, according to the letter she sent out to the campus community last week and to The Slate’s interview with the president. Carter’s strategy is twofold and includes reorganizing administrative structures in Old Main and opening up avenues of conversation with students. In a nutshell, talking with SU students will help Carter and her team know the positives and negatives of SU. That information can be used to keep the good aspects of the university while trying to improve the less appealing characteristics. But talking to SU students will not be enough to find out why some students choose SU and others do not. It is critical to talk to the people who reject SU — the people who were interested in SU, visited its campus, spoke to its faculty and administrators and then chose a different university. Whatever their reasons were to not attend SU is exactly where the administration needs to focus its attention to get enrollment numbers back up.

Bicycle stolen from Dauphin Humanities Center Aaron M. Webb, of Saratoga, Pennsylvania, came to the SU police department on Oct. 3 to report that his black mountain bike was stolen. Webb had parked the bicycle outside of the handicapped entrance to Dauphin Humanities Center at approximately 5:30 p.m. When he returned at approximately 6:28 p.m., he discovered that his bicycle was missing. Webb said the bicycle has red lettering outlined in yellow, bar ends, a speedometer on the handlebars and a bright yellow braking system. The bicycle, which is valued at $850, was not secured to the bike rack at the time it was stolen.

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Collapse of budget talks leaves higher education in limbo Marc Levy Associated Press The collapse of budget negotiations left state aid to five Pennsylvania universities in limbo three months into the fiscal year, and a quiet and empty Pennsylvania Capitol on Thursday ensured that the schools will have to wait longer for the money, if they ever get it. House Republican Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said the state needs the money to pay for the aid before the chamber will send the legislation to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. However, House members have been unwilling to deliver a tax package that Wolf deems large enough to help

deal with Pennsylvania’s entrenched post-recession deficit. The House has no plans to return before Oct. 16. Meanwhile, the budget stalemate has stalled nearly $600 million in aid to Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln universities and the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school, plus authorization for another $52 million for Penn State’s agricultural research and extension programs. House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, said the five universities have a lot of private-sector qualities, including multibillion-dollar endowments at Penn State and Pitt, and are difficult for students to get into.

“At a minimum, they should be promising that they will not increase tuition for in-state students,’’ Turzai said. “They need to make a commitment for ’18-’19 that they are not increasing tuition for in-state students.’’ Asked about the fate of the state aid, Turzai said he needed to first see the details of Wolf’s surprise move, announced Wednesday, to borrow $1.25 billion against profits from the state-controlled wine and liquor store system. That amount is not nearly enough to cover the state’s projected deficit, never mind the university subsidies. If Pennsylvania does not make good on the aid, it would represent a new cut to state

higher education aid, which was about $400 million, or 20 percent, higher a decade ago. The schools provide public services or tuition discounts for in-state students, or both. In a statement, Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher warned that going without the $147 million about 7 percent of its budget would hurt thousands of students, faculty and staff and undermine the school’s role in driving education, innovation and the economy. “The much talked about rebirth of Pittsburgh depends on investing in a highly educated, talented workforce that draws the attention of new industry,’’ Gallagher said.

Penn State’s president, Eric Barron, said losing the money would leave the school unable to run agricultural extension programs and potentially force it to increase tuition for in-state students. Penn’s veterinary school, the state’s only such school, said it has trained better than two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s veterinarians. The work of its faculty and students, it said, has daily implications for all Pennsylvanians. ”From drastically reducing the incidence of swine disease, increasing the health and productivity of dairy farms, virtually wiping out salmonella in eggs and being on the front lines of preventing avian influenza, Penn Vet

has always answered the call to serve the Commonwealth and protect her food supply,’’ the school said Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said ending state aid will force the universities to make difficult budget decisions and carry farther-reaching implications for the public. Penn State has received state aid since 1855. Without it, Penn State could simply fill its campus with more students who are from wealthier families, other states or other countries, Corman said. “I think the public needs to be thinking about and be concerned about what it means to not fund these universities,’’ Corman said.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Opinion The Slate Speaks

Are we as divided as we think when it comes to gun control? A lone gunman fired shot after shot from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel last Sunday toward a crowd of 22,000 attending a country music festival below, killing 59 and injuring more than 500 others. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the U.S., according to NBC. The second deadliest shooting occurred a mere 16 months ago when a deranged gunman murdered 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando. The third and fourth deadliest mass shootings have both occurred since 2007, as well. Those being the horrific events at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary, respectively. Are these mass shootings really the price of the freedom to bear arms as some right-wing pundits have suggested? We don’t think it needs to be. Unfortunately, though, these sorts of events have become ingrained in American culture. And thus — to varying degrees — we have become desensitized to this brand of senseless violence and the ensuing partisan debates that erupt in their wake. Since the Las Vegas shooting, Democrats have attempted to garner momentum behind gun-control measures, and Republicans have — rightly so in some cases — accused them of politicizing the tragedy. But who is right and who is wrong in these scenarios does not matter because nothing has gotten done regardless, and people continue to die because of gun violence at an alarming rate. All these debates serve to do is feed into the perception that gun control is a polarizing issue.

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The Palmetto Armory BH15A1 is an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle. It is not clear which weapons the Las Vegas shooter used during his assault, but AR-15 style weapons have been common in recent mass shootings. The divide on the gun control debate is not as wide as some may think, though. A recent survey from The New York Times (NYT) showed that a majority of those who responded supported 28 of 29 gun regulations NYT proposed, such as universal background checks, universal licensing for sellers

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been unable to research gun violence because of an amendment made to a 1997 bill that barred it from conducting research that will “advocate or promote gun control.”

and bans on gun sales for those convicted of violent crimes. While many states require licensed dealers to perform background checks, unlicensed sellers — those whose livelihood is not dependent on gun sales — are not required to. Those who would trade or give a gun as a gift are also exempt from performing background checks. How many guns are purchased or obtained through these means is unclear, as data on the subject is unreliable. But, what is for sure is the fact that this loophole allows people to purchase or obtain guns who would otherwise not pass a background check. When New York City police went undercover to try to buy guns from private sellers in 2009, it found that 19 of 30 sellers agreed to sell guns after the buyers told them they “probably couldn’t pass a background check,” according to NYT. It is evident that something needs to be done. Most Americans would like to see action taken on guns, but unfortunately, the influence of the gun lobby and the polarized opinions of politicians at the national level has prevented any progress from being made. The Slate staff supports the Second Amendment, as some of us are proud gun owners ourselves. We uniformly agree that Management Troy Okum.................Editor-in-Chief

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it must be more difficult to obtain a gun. We would like to see loopholes, like those listed above, closed so that laws that are already on the books can serve their original purpose. We also would like to see more efforts in place to register guns so that people are not able to stockpile weapons like the Las Vegas shooter, who had purchased some 33 guns in the last 12 months, according to USA Today. Had there been a database accessible by police, this rate of purchase would surely be a red flag. Overall, we do not think that stricter regulation of things such as magazine sizes or silencers helps prevent gun violence. But, we would like to see a ban on bump stocks, which were used by the Las Vegas shooter to increase the rate of fire of his semi-automatic weapon to nearly that of an automatic weapon. These bump stocks circumvent assault-weapon bans because the weapon is still considered semi-automatic. We think this is yet another thing many Americans can agree on regarding gun control. Much like voting, owning a gun is both a right and a privilege. And like felons are denied their right to vote or DUI offenders denied their privilege to drive, we think certain people should be denied the right to own guns.

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When is it an appropriate time to talk about the issue of gun control? Andrea Stock Columnist Imagine you fly out to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway. You’re up on your feet, dancing as Jason Aldean is rocking out on the stage or you are walking down the strip, exploring the city. Now, imagine a catastrophic shift from electrifying to petrifying in the blink of an eye. Nearly 500 people were injured and 59 died in the deadliest mass shooting the United States has ever seen. A major question that arises from this mass shooting is, “Is this an appropriate time to talk about gun control?” “The thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference.” Sen. Chris Murphy said, This is as good a time as any to sit down and discuss gun control laws. In the past 10 years, the U.S. has experienced some of the deadliest and senseless mass shootings including: Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Pulse Nightclub and recently, Las Vegas. When you factor in all of the mass shootings in that time, it is almost too many to count. It is certainly too many to comprehend, yet it is so many that we are almost finding them

to be expected. Is it time? Do we owe it to these innocent men, peace and security of our nation. women, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers as well as children Obviously, something needs to be done about the gun laws to put an end to the slaughter and find out once and for all if in this country. stricter gun laws can decrease the chances of events like these There have been too many mass shootings. If we create from happening. stricter background checks, significantly increase the price There are no permits necessary to purchase rifles, shot- of guns, implement mandatory trainings before being able to guns or handguns, register firearms or carry around rifles own the gun, it will not completely stop people from illegally and shotguns in the state of Pennsylvania, according to the purchasing them, but it could decrease the number of guns National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. in the hands of those who should not have them. This could The only permit necessary is ultimately lower the chances of if a person wants to carry a yet another mass shooting from “Something needs to be done now. handgun. occurring. No more excuses, no more fighting.” The 2nd Amendment Something needs to be done does say Americans have the now. No more excuses, no more — Andrea Stock right to bear arms; however, fighting. A change needs to be Columnist the full context of the 2nd made soon. If it does not work, Amendment is as follows: try something different, al“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of though Americans should not be living in fear of going to see a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, their favorite artist play in crowded venues. Nor should they shall not be infringed,” according to have to live with the sorrow that comes with the loss of all The amendment specifically has been interpreted in so those who have already been lost in one of the countless mass many ways that we have forgotten the actual meaning. To me, shootings in recent U.S. history. the 2nd Amendment is not our forefathers telling us that evPeople are afraid of change. Many believe nothing good will eryone has the right to stockpile personal arsenals, with free come of it, so they want no alterations. Nevertheless, if we do reign to carry them wherever they please. not make a change, how do we know it is not going to work? It speaks of a well-regulated militia formed to maintain the

Read between the lines when consuming media Mackenna Angert Columnist Media conquers our lives. It absorbs into our subconscious thought and affects our day-to-day activity and social interactions. In the first seconds of our day, we reach over hit off our alarm clock and start to scroll through our phones and search through the media we missed. The problem with this is that what you are seeing is a misrepresentation of minority groups. When riots or protests occur around the U.S., media coverage has two different ways of reporting them. Black protesters are labeled as the bad guys, wild animals, criminals or thugs. White rioters are claimed to be young adults dancing and getting a little out of control. Sixty percent of news stories were crime-related, according to Trina T. Creighton’s study in Omaha, Nebraska. Black males were the focus of 69 percent of those stories. Yet, the majority of people arrested in Omaha and the U.S. are white. The difference affects more than just the majority’s ideas of minorities. Research shows that when black boys continually see themselves in the media as lawbreakers it creates a self-fulfilling prophecy that this young boy is meant to be a criminal. Muslims are commonly labeled as others, violent or radicals. A study by Saifuddin Ahmed found most media stories about Muslims focus on migration, terrorism and war. As a result, Islam is known as a violent religion. Fox News reported on Muslim migrants relocating to Europe. The opening tagline was, “New video surfaces online showing why some are worried Europe is opening its door to potential terrorists.” The video played showing Muslims chanting, “Our God is great,” as words across the bottom of the screen read, “Terrorists inbound?” and “Terrifying chant.” There is more at stake here than just the misrepresentation of minority groups. This affects the entire state of how institutions are organized, how the world looks at each other and how “Understanding how we look at ourselves. the media misrepresents Institutional racism efminority groups fects who is elected for is a fundamental part office, school systems, of media literacy.” economic standings and more. It instills inequalMackenna Angert ity over minority groups Columnist that lead them to have a higher likelihood to partake in criminal activities. This leads the media to report more news on the “bad guys.” I do not believe that the media is purposely stereotyping minority groups. The Top 6 media conglomerates are led by white males. The media is led by the majority and white culture is dominated by a hidden bias for their own race. Understanding how the media misrepresents minority groups is a fundamental part of our media literacy that must be taught in a school’s curriculum. Especially due to the fact that every day we wake up to read another horrifying incident all over the world from either natural disasters, mass shootings or racial discrimination, we need to remember the real truth behind what you are reading.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Ship Life

Tulips planted for new life Annual ceremony recognizes victims of domestic violence Ali Laughman Copy Editor Shippensburg University community members met around the Janie Fecker Garden outside Lackhove Hall on Tuesday for SU’s annual Tulip Planting Ceremony to remember those who have been victims of domestic violence. Kind words of encouragement resonated from the speakers as individuals took the microphone to speak out against violence. “All people have ultimate worth and value,” said the Rev. Jan Bye, SU campus minister, before the start of the ceremony. Guest speakers were then

introduced, such as Kyra Paules from the Domestic Violence Service of Cumberland and Perry Counties and Nicky Rakintzis who interns there. Elainna Keim from Women In Need and Bye spoke on matters such as believing the victim and not being a bystander. As the ceremony progressed and the tulips were planted ideas of banishing victim blaming and taking the stigma away from those who are too afraid to seek help filled the air. The entire ceremony provided a safe space for people to gain knowledge on how to find help if they or someone they know are, or were, victims of violence. “I think that we need to bring

awareness to sexual violence,” SU sophomore Daya Day said. In regard to dialogue being brought to campus, events like this shed light on topics that may seem taboo to some.

“All people have ultimate worth and value.” The Rev. Jan Bye Campus Minister “[People] don’t want to seem like problem starters,” Day said. Bye brought the crowd together for a moment of silence. It allowed everyone to take solace in each other in not only

the bouts of domestic violence that occur in communities everywhere, but also the acts of violence that occurred the night before in Las Vegas. As the ceremony ended, the men in attendance lined up at the starting line as Tom Fizzano began the progression of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to benefit victims of violence. If you or anyone you know have been victims of domestic violence, relationship violence or need to talk to someone about any of the previsously events, SU’s University Counseling Center and the Women’s Center can be reached at (717) 477-1481 and (717) 477-1790 respectively.

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SU’s Adventure Club President Collin Gardner is covered in dirt after exploring Carnegie Cave.

Student Spotlight

SU senior lives for adventure Austin Stoltzfus Staff Writer

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Students stand in remembrance of the victims of domestic violence during the annual Tulip Planting Ceremony.

The Slate adopts, cleans highway The Slate staff adopted a twomile stretch of Route 533 last week and completed their first cleanup on Saturday. From beer cans to fast-food packages, Route 533 had its fair share of trash. Slaters picked up two bags worth of debris over the course of about two hours. The stretch of highway starts at the intersection of Route 11 and Route 533 and continues to Valley Quarries Inc. The Slate will conduct its second cleanup during the spring semester. The following Slaters helped with the cleanup: Katy Gentile, Sylvia McMullen, Troy Okum, Tope Osunsana, Meghan Schiereck and Abrihet Zegeye.

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Abrihet Zegeye (left) holds a trash bag open for Katy Gentile to put in debris.

A Raider’s View A Raider’s Muse Staff Columnist A famous poet by the name of Langston Hughes once wrote, “I went down to the river / I set down on the bank / I tried to think but couldn’t / So I jumped in and sank.” This poem rings in the ears of the same people struggling with the constant battle of depression. The sinking that Hughes refers to coincides with the feeling that people on the brink of diving deeper into depression live with daily. Ideally, people with depression or various forms of anxiety find it within themselves to seek help. The worst case scenario leads to

From rock climbing to archiving, senior Collin Gardner is far from the average college student. The 21-year-old Boyertown, Pennsylvania, native is the president of the Shippensburg Univeristy Adventure Club as well as a fashion archives employee. Majoring in history, he aims to receive his bachelor’s degree this May. Gardner joined adventure club as a freshman with a love for the outdoors. His involvement and enthusiasm for the club allowed him to gain his current position of president. “I joined because I love doing stuff outside and it was the people who really drew me to it. They are the nicest people and still my best friends today,” Gardner said. As president, he helps organize trips and events involving hiking, rock climbing, caving and even white-water rafting. One of those events is called bridge day, when the club travels to Fayetteville, West Virginia, to watch people base jump off the New River Gorge Bridge. Gardner said the white-water rafting at bridge day was one of his most memorable adventure club experiences. “My favorite moment was white-water rafting, I had never gone before and was not expecting that, but it was amazing,” Gardner said. Along with his duties as adventure club president, Gardner also works twice a week at the SU Fashion Archives where he places new artifacts into the software program, PastPerfect. His duties at the archives also include writing descriptions and inspecting the quality of artifacts. His work at the Fashion Archives relates to Gardner’s current goal of continuing museum work using his history degree. Gardner is considering attending graduate school here at Shippensburg University. Gardner believes that other students could benefit from joining adventure club as he has. “We give people opportunities they might not have otherwise such as white-water rafting and you’re going to meet some of the best people on campus and make amazing friendships,” Gardner said.

Signs of suicide, depression

them succumbing to the depression. Not to say it can always be avoided, but there are some steps you, as a friend of someone struggling with depression, can take to ensure you are doing the most to be someone they can reach out to. The number one thing you can do as a friend is to always make them feel as if their feelings are valid. The worst feeling is to be under the impression that your feelings do not matter and that your depression is invalid. Asking them simple, non-invasive questions like: “How was your day?” “Have you eaten today?” or “How did you sleep last night?” can implement a bond that could allow a person who is struggling with de-

pression find trust in you as their friend and build up the confidence to confide in you. Along with listening and giving your friend validation, taking them seriously is a big part of being a good friend. Look out for behavioral changes like change of eating habits, sleep schedule or the lack of wanting to do the things they normally enjoy. Stay with your friend if they are feeling down. The company may curb their idea that no one cares. Lastly, if a friend or someone you know confides in you, listen. Make sure to let them take their time and do not interrupt or make them feel as if they are a burden. Show in your body language that you are

patient and accepting. Avoid giving advice on first glance. Asking them what they need or how you can help could provide them with better outcome over insisting on ways to get past those feelings. Understand, though, that this does not always work for everyone — read the situation and do what is best for your friend. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression the Counseling Center can be reached at (717) 477-1481, The Trevor Project (an LGBTQ youth crisis hotline) can be reached at (866) 488-7386 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Former Slate PR director displays art at SHAPE

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The Spinners and Little Anthony and The Imperials give the Luhrs audience an upbeat and enjoyable performance by singing their hit songs from the 1950s and 1960s with high energy and passion.

Duo band performance gets Luhrs swingin’ Lane Alleman Guest Writer Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands The Spinners and Little Anthony and The Imperials shared the audience during their performance at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Thursday. The Imperials took the stage before the Spinners with a strong set list including “Tears on My Pillow,” “Hurt So Bad,” “Take me Back,” and one of the songs that contributed to the band getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Going Out of My Head.” “People know the songs, they sing along, they applaud, but as wonderful as you all are, not many of you know who we are,” Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine said. Little Anthony proved to be quite the entertainer throughout the night as he kept the crowd involved between songs by cracking jokes and inquiring where the subway was in downtown Shippensburg. While few members from the early Imperials are still performing, “Little Anthony” was grooving like no time passed since he joined the band. Former members of The Imperials

have since been replaced with well-qualified individuals including “La La Land” star Johnny Britt. As soon as the Spinners claimed the stage following Little Anthony and The Imperials, the band remained true to its name with tightly choreographed dances to hit songs “Working My Way Back to You,” “I’ll Be Around” and “Mighty Love.” In comparison to Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Spinners chose to fill their time with more music and less banter. Tenor Ronnie Moss was challenged by bass singer Jessie Peck to break the spotlights with the final high notes in “It’s a Shame.” While the spotlights did not break, Ronnie still managed to impress the crowd with his crystal-clear falsetto. The Spinners saved “The Rubberband Man,” its most energetic and anticipated song, for last to end with the crowd on its feet. Henry Fambrough, the last surviving member of The Spinners, much like “Little Anthony,” could hit the high notes with ease and keep up with the energy of the slightly younger replacement members, showing the crowd that good R&B and Soul music can keep people feeling young.

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Darin Robillard, a class of 2016 alumni at Shippensburg University, displayed two photographs at Shippensburg Arts Programming and Education’s (SHAPE) Creature Feature exhibit this weekend. Robillard aimed to provoke shivers of both fear and awe with his photographs by skillfully embodying the dark and mysterious theme of the exhibit. Pictured is one of Robillard’s two photographs on display, “Reluctant Pursuit of That Which Eludes Me.” (Below)

Terry Fator performs in tribute of Las Vegas shooting victims Brennan Jackson Guest Writer

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Terry Fator’s performance hits close to home for the Luhrs audience as he takes a moment to acknowledge the life and loss of Bill Wolfe Jr., who was killed in last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Terry Fator, winner of Season 2 of “America’s Got Talent,” entertained a thrilled H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center audience on Saturday with impressions, puppets and singing. Fator made an unexpected decision to open the show without his puppets and just his voice. He covered several songs during the opening medley including Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The show was told as a story of his life before, during and after “America’s Got Talent.” About 10 minutes into the performance, Fator introduced his first puppet, Winston the Impersonating Turtle. Winston and Fator then performed one of the highlights of the show, “What a Wonderful World.” This was a song Fator covered on “America’s Got Talent.” What was truly impressive was when Fator sang in four different voices during one song. Fator wowed the audience by alternating between his, Winston, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney voice during a cover of “The Girl Is Mine.” A mid-show standing ovation occurred after Factor performed a tribute to Las Vegas, Nevada, and all of the people who were affected by last week’s mass shooting. The topic was close to Fator because he has a residency at The Mirage on the Las Vegas strip. Fator also acknowledged that the tragedy was close to the Shippensburg community, as Bill Wolfe Jr., a Shippensburg resident, was killed during the attack. He performed a touching rendition of “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Audience members were brought to tears after an im-

age of Bill Wolfe Jr. was put up on the video screen. Fator himself was brought to tears by the end of the song and expressed his gratitude for all of the first responders who saved lives during the attack. Throughout the show Fator mentioned to the audience how many times he almost gave up on his dream. “I remember that moment at a state fair where one out of 1,000 seats were filled for my show,” Fator said. “I still did the show but was feeling defeated.” Fator also reminisced on his highpoint of being on “America’s Got Talent.” “I didn’t think I would make it that far yet alone win,” Fator said. “How crazy is it that now three ventriloquists have won the show?” The crowd loved the performance and there was a good reason behind their adoration — what was there not to love? Fator managed to make his dreams come true after years of trying to make it in show business. His performance not only showed that he is talented but also humble in the fact that he loves to give back. All of his merchandise proceeds go to numerous charities supporting the military. Fator had mentioned that years before “America’s Got Talent” he auditioned in front of Las Vegas producers who told him he was “not the Vegas type.” Fator has proved those producers completely wrong.

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October 10, 2017

Luhrs Center among the Gettysburg Times’ Pick of the County winners

Answers from last week’s puzzles

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Molly Foster A&E Editor Shippensburg University’s H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center was voted one of the top three local performance venues in the Gettysburg Times’ 2017 Pick of the County this month. Ranked above Luhrs Performing Arts Center were Majestic Theater and Gettysburg Community Theatre. The places eligible for pick of the county nomination had to reside in a county sur-

rounding Adams County Community members who submitted ballots to the Gettysburg Times determined the Gettysburg Times’ Pick of the County winners. Each individual was allowed one ballot during the voting process and could only vote once per category, but had to submit votes for at least 10 categories for his or her vote to count. There were 105 pick of the county categories this year.

Boger lets viewers in his mind with expressionism Molly Foster A&E Editor Zachary Boger, a senior art major at Shippensburg University, explored the subjective emotions aroused in everyday life through expressionistic artworks in his exhibit “In My Head.” “In My Head” is currently on display at SU’s Brindle Gallery. Boger’s exhibit consists of seven pieces of canvas artwork. Four of the seven pieces were created as an art series, while the other three are standalone artworks that flow well with the exhibit through the use of a common theme and abstract expressionism. The exhibit title “In My Head” was carefully crafted by Boger to give individuals a taste of the theme present in the exhibit. “I chose pieces that worked well [together] and represented the mind to hand mentality that I was trying to put forth and emulate,” Boger said. “Many expressionists use [this] as a method to react to their contemporary issues.” The four pieces in Boger’s exhibit series are “Reflection,” “Rage,” “Euphoria” and “Depression.” During the creation process of the series, Boger said he focused on the natural aura of reflection, rage, euphoria and depression, while also aiming to maintain a strong sense of form in his compositions. Each piece of art that de-

rived from an emotion or state of mind, transformed it to art in a distinct way. Boger produced rage with fiery strokes of chalk and charcoal and depression with harsh pen and ink markings — both approaches interpreted the correlating emotions in a meticulous way. “My inspiration for my work streams from various sources including my own experiences, my readings and my studies,” Boger said. “The series in the gallery was based on both reading about Plutchik’s wheel of emotions and the experiences of being at the bottom of the iceberg for each.”

“My inspiration for my work streams from various sources including my own experiences, my readings and my studies.”

Zachary Boger SU art major Plutchik’s wheel of emotions aids individuals in visualizing the broad spectrum of emotions and how they each intertwine and relate to one another. The three artworks in the exhibit that stray from the series are “Music Mädchen,” “Self Portrait” and “Tiffany.” “I decided to use these drawings due to the unconscious drawing that took

place with them. They also met my theme of coming directly from creativity and not from intense over thinking,” Boger said. “Even though ‘Musik Mädchen’ is a poster with crisp lines, it still has my underlying theme within it.” Boger enjoys experimenting with art in medium and form, which is why he favors the creative freedom that expressionistic and abstract art allows. “The reason I prefer to use abstract art is because it is not only classical to the German expressionist movement, but it is essential to the way I distort reality or change it to fit current artwork or a concept I am focusing on,” Boger said. While expression is one reason why Boger appreciates art, it runs deeper than this for him. Art is a passion that Boger plans to pursue professionally once he graduates from SU. “I hope to continue working as an artist within the media of ceramics and drawing, and setting up my own shows and exhibits showcasing that work,” Boger said. “Overall I hope to continue studying my concepts.” “In My Head” will remain on display in The Brindle Gallery through Oct. 19. The exhibit can be viewed during gallery hours, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or by appointment.

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Movie Showtimes Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 10 and 11 at AMC Classic 7 in Chambersburg

Show 1. Blade Runner 2049

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Student artist Zachary Boger, deviates from reality in his expressionistic artworks, but connects the pieces back to reality with a clear theme of emotion.

Times 7 p.m.

2. The Mountain Between Us

4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

3. It

4:05 p.m. & 7:05 p.m.

4. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

4:10 p.m. & 7:20 p.m.

5. The LEGO Ninjago Movie

4:30 & 7 p.m.

6. My Little Pony: The Movie

5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

7. Flatliners

4:15 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Field hockey rolls on, E2


Swimming beats IUP, E3


Red Raiders fall to Golden Rams, 37-27 William Whisler Sports Editor

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The Shippensburg University offensive line celebrates with Charles Headen III (No. 3), after he scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game Saturday.

XC wins Carnegie Mellon invite

The Shippensburg University football team faced its first real test on Saturday against West Chester University and the Red Raiders (5-1, 2-1 PSAC East) were sharp on their opening drive, going straight down the field in less than two minutes for a touchdown. SU quarterback Ryan Zapoticky looked especially sharp on the drive and it looked like the beginning of what could have been a special day for SU. Instead, the Golden Rams (5-1, 2-0 PSAC East) adjusted quickly and their defense stepped up late, as SU’s 3-of-14 conversion rate on third down and a 63-yard rushing touchdown by West Chester running back Jarel Elder with 4:07 left to play proved to be the backbreaker in SU’s 37-27 loss. Zapoticky hit four passes in the opening drive, including a 34-yard pass to Cole Chiappialle who ran the ball down to the West Chester 12-yard line before Zapoticky hooked up with wide receiver Charles Headen III for a touchdown. “We had some things going on out there but later in the game we just couldn’t connect,” SU head coach Mark Maciejewski said. “I want to make sure people understand we did more good than bad, there were just some mistakes that hurt us.” West Chester marched right back down the field, using an impressive 18-play 79-yard drive to get on the board; however, the Red Raider defense did what it did best, holding the Golden Rams to just three after taking 8:13 off the clock. SU kicker Billy Deane would add a 26-yard field goal to give the Red

Raiders a 10-3 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter is what turned the tide for the Golden Rams. SU wide receiver Winston Eubanks showcased his big play capability in the quarter, hauling in a 47-yard pass to the West Chester 31-yard line, but unable to capitalize, SU turned the ball over on downs. Later in the second, the Red Raiders found themselves backed up in their own territory and Zapoticky made an uncharacteristic mistake, throwing the ball right to West Chester’s Jarey Elder to set West Chester up with remarkable field position. The interception was only Zapoticky’s second of the season. West Chester’s Jarel Elder wasted no time making the Red Raiders pay by finding the end zone on a 7-yard rushing touchdown on the very next play to give the Golden Rams a 17-10 lead. The misfortune snowballed for SU as West Chester increased its lead to as much at 17 points after quarterback Paul Dooley found Marcus Snydor for a 41-yard touchdown. With potentially the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division hanging in the balance, the Red Raiders responded valiantly, scoring 17 unanswered points to surge all the way back to tie the game with 12:18 left to play. Zapoticky faced endless amounts of pressure on the Red Raiders’ first touchdown drive, but his poise and ability to get outside the pocket proved to be extremely valuable as West Chester had tremendous coverage down field. Zapoticky scampered to his right and found a gaping hole that he followed straight in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown. See “FOOTBALL” E2

Raider battles leukemia

Nate Powles Asst. Sports Editor

It was a special day on Saturday for the Shippensburg University men’s cross-country team, as it placed five runners in the Top 10 and two more in the Top 16. The performance was good enough to give the Raiders first place in the Carnegie Mellon University Invitational in Pittsburgh. The race was the final preparation before the PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) Championships. The team placed first through third to pull away from the rest of the pack, earning a total of 24 points. Dominic Stroh returned to the lineup after missing the previous meet and claimed first in a dominant performance of just 26:12.3. Calvin Conrad-Kline followed him in second just three seconds behind at 26:15.8. Harrison Schettler rounded out the Top 3, finishing another three seconds after Conrad-Kline in 26:18.1. Division I competition like the University of Pittsburgh was unable to stop the Raiders. The team was at the top of its game, looking forward to the championships. Rob Moser also put in a great effort, placing eighth in 26:29.0. Alex Balla was the final scoring Raider, as he claimed 10th in a time of 26:32.6. The unusual heat for an October day failed to slow down the SU squad, as Connor Holm and Sean Weidner, finishing 12th and 16th, respectively. See “CROSS,” E3

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Shippensburg University’s Megan Hart, (No. 31), is undergoing inpatient chemotherapy treatments in her battle with leukemia. Hart has kept her spirits up with the support of her coaches and teammates, and has been inspired by how the team has supported her. William Whisler Sports Editor It is hard to imagine a time where hearing that your daughter was diagnosed with leukemia would be a relief. For Megan Hart, the diagnosis was the last thing her mother, Michelle Hart wanted to hear, but it did provide one thing — an answer. “I know I was relieved to finally hear a diagnosis,” Michelle said. “I’m sure that may sound strange, but after weeks of knowing there was something wrong, but no one could tell us what, it was a relief. “No parent ever wants to hear their child has cancer. As a parent, you want to make it all better and this is one of those things you cannot. We were flooded with emotions that something is happening that is so out of control and we could do nothing to stop it or slow it down.” Megan, a 2015 graduate of East Juniata High School and a standout field hockey player, struggled to shake a cold in August and started to become sick. At first it seemed like it was just a common cold and she returned to Shippensburg University, where she plays field hockey. Upon returning to SU, she joined the team in

hopes of traveling for its NCAA foreign tour to Bermuda. Hart underwent testing for several infections including Lyme disease and mononucleosis, and after two colds lasting about six weeks the doctors felt like it was just running its course, Michelle said. At the time, her blood counts were a little off, but it was not alarming. Megan went on the trip and was fine, but shortly after returning her health quickly declined. Two weeks later, Michelle noticed that Megan was walking with a limp, had lost weight and was struggling to use her left arm. “We decided at that moment she needed to come home with us and return to the doctor on Monday,” Michelle said. “She was tested for all the viral and bacterial infections, mono, Lyme disease, and this time an arthritis panel and several autoimmune diseases. “The doctor started her on antibiotics for Lyme disease and a steroid shot to help with her painful joints and muscles. All the blood work came back negative for all the diseases and her blood counts were not too out of range again except for her inflammatory factors.” Hart returned to school for a week after Labor Day, until Sept. 14, when she was kept awake all

night with severe knee pain. Her father, Bryan Hart, picked her up from school and took her to see a rheumatologist. Shortly after, she suffered from a sore throat and ear pain. Her heart rate also increased. It was then the family finally found a diagnosis. “The doctor knew she was having issues for the last several weeks and with her fever and extremely high heart rate sent her to the emergency room. We were taken right in once we arrived in the emergency room and they drew blood right away and within an hour the doctor came in and told us she had no white count and placed her in isolation,” Michelle said. “They also saw some abnormal looking cells. They said that could be caused by a severe viral or bacterial infection or leukemia.” Megan was transferred to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital for further tests, and within 12 hours, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Hart continues to battle to build up her immune system — she currently does not have one — and is undergoing inpatient chemotherapy treatments. See “HART,” E2



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Field hockey reclaims No. 1 ranking, downs Slippery Rock Shippensburg continues to rack up wins against Top 10 opponents, knocking off West Chester University and The Rock Blair Garrett Asst. Sports Editor The win streak continues. After a combative first half, the Shippensburg University field hockey team held on tight on Saturday to defeat No. 5 Slippery Rock University, 3-1. The Raiders (10-1, 5-0 PSAC) now extend their win streak to eight games, good for the top mark in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Shippensburg took the No. 1-ranked spot in Division II earlier this week after wins over the previous No. 1 East Stroudsburg University and previous No. 2 Millersville University. SU relied heavily on its veterans to win its second matchup of the season against The Rock, with senior Mary Spisak tallying the first for the Raiders off a reverse shot to beat the keeper. The Raiders defeated Slippery Rock 5-2 on Sept. 16. Capitalizing off penalty corners has been Shippensburg’s bread and butter this season. Kylie Huffman’s shot sailed through the Slippery Rock defense to give SU a comfortable two-goal lead. The Rock stormed back though, cashing in just a minute later to cut SU’s lead to one just before halftime. From “HART,” E1 She refused to let her diagnosis break her spirits, however. “OK, I have cancer, now what?” Hart said, echoing her initial thoughts. “How do I get back to how I was?” While continuing to fight, Hart is determined to make a full recovery. “I’m determined to get back to my full heath, but I must put my trust in God and doctors to get me through this,” Hart said. “I hope to come back stronger, faster and more aggressive than ever to prove to myself that anything is possible. With this I hope to show others who are struggling with leukemia or any kind of illness, that there can be a good outcome in anything.” The family has received a lot of support from the Four Diamonds Fund — something that the family now has high regard for, as well as Penn State University’s Thon, which raises money for the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Because of the Four Diamonds Fund, the family will not have to

The Raiders are 7-0 this season when taking a lead into the second half, and Saturday’s match was no different. SU spent a considerable amount of time in the offensive zone in the first half, garnering eight penalty corners and conceding just one, but The Rock pushed back in the second frame, looking to fire shots past SU goalie Ally Mooney. Slippery Rock’s six second-half penalty corners did not amount to much though, only squeaking two shots through the tight Shippensburg defense. Mooney was up to the task, turning away all chances on net to shut down The Rock’s hopes for a comeback. With Slippery Rock focusing on trying to solve the Raider defense, SU’s top scorer, Emily Barnard, slipped through the cracks to bang home her 13th goal of the season. The goal gave Shippensburg a lead it was prepared to protect for the rest of the game. Barnard’s 13 goals lead all PSAC players in goal scoring. The Raiders closed out the win to bolster the team’s strong in-conference play, leading the PSAC in winning percentage. Shippensburg finished the day with a 13-5 advantage in shots and an pay what their insurance will not cover in Megan’s recovery. “We didn’t even know what this charity was prior to Megan being diagnosed with leukemia. This charity means so much to us,” Hart said. “The support they provide for every family with a child diagnosed with cancer is just unbelievable. It’s hard to put into words what this means to a family going through this.” The Shippensburg field hockey team also has taken it upon itself to support Hart, wearing orange T-shirts with the saying “HartStrong” on them, while also collecting donations for the Four Diamonds Fund for Megan’s recovery. Megan’s church has sent her numerous cards and get well wishes, while her high school is selling T-shirts for $5, with the proceeds going to the Four Diamonds Fund. The support from the team, as well as the local community has meant a lot to the family. “Letters from family, friends, my teammates, and my church help so much,”

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Midfielder Jazmin Petrantonio buried the opening goal against West Chester for her fourth of the season. 8-7 advantage in penalty corners. SU has held its opponents to one goal or less in six Megan said. “I love opening a new letter every day. My family has been here nonstop and never left my side. I love watching the [Shippensburg field hockey] games and talking to my visitors when they come. It just takes my mind off things. My room is decorated with balloons, cards and pictures, and it helps to see the love that I have from everyone.” While Megan continues to fight, her battle has brought the family together. “We were a close family prior to Megan’s diagnosis, but this has drawn us even closer. We’ve also learned that we have a huge extended family with our home community and with our Shippensburg family,” Michelle said. “In a world that often seems to be driven by unhappiness and hate, it’s heart-warming when you find the love of a community offered to you in time of need.” To donate to Megan’s recovery, donations can be made to the Four Diamonds Fund at www.fourdiamonds. org.

out of 11 games this season. The Raiders now head back to Shippensburg for a

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in a non-conference match at Robb Sports Complex on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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Field hockey decorated its home field with the team’s new motto, Hart Strong. From “FOOTBALL,” E1

SU’s Cole Chiapppialle reached the end zone after weeks of battling injuries.

lengthy homestand, turning its sights toward an undefeated Messiah College squad

Less than three minutes later, Zapoticky found Eubanks once again, this time for a 54-yard completion all the way down the 1-yard line. Chiappialle punched in his third touchdown of the season on the next play. Deane launched a 20-yard field goal through the uprights to tie the game. “I’m proud of those guys. They did fight,” Maciejewski said. “They could have just folded up the suitcase there when West Chester scored in the second half but they kept believing. West Chester is a good football team but I’m not sure we played up to our potential today.” West Chester added a field goal with 6:44 left to play, but each of the remaining SU possessions stalled out after each looked promising. With just more than four minutes left to play, it seemed like SU’s stout defensive line had Jarel Elder stuffed for a five or six-yard loss, but he

quickly regained momentum and made a magnificent cut to get to the sideline. He then sprinted 63-yards for a touchdown, taking the air out of Seth Grove Stadium in stunning fashion. Elder finished the day with 149 yards and two touchdowns for West Chester, while wide receiver Tyler Karpinski caught eight passes for 130 yards. For SU Zapoticky finished 17-of-40 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. With his 299 yards, Zapoticky passed 1997 graduate Mike Carver for fourthplace for career passing yards at SU. Eubanks currently leads the PSAC receiving yards with 762, yards per catch with 28.2 and receiving yards per game with 127. Eubanks finished on Saturday with seven catches for 176 yards. With the loss, the Red Raiders no longer control their own destiny when it comes to the PSAC Championship or “state” game, but

with SU focusing on improving, the playoffs are not out of reach. “A lot of people would give a leg to be 5-1 right now,” Maciejewski said. “We’ve got a lot of season left. We just need to get back to work, put another brick in the foundation and keep fighting one game at a time. We just need to take care of business at hand.” The Red Raiders would benefit from a West Chester loss, but with the Golden Rams holding the tiebreaker, they would realistically need to lose twice while SU would need to win its remaining games to end up in the PSAC title game. Next week SU heads to Cheyney University to battle a struggling Wolves football team, while West Chester hosts Bloomsburg University. The Red Raiders and Wolves will kick off at 1 p.m. at O’Shields Stevenson Stadium at Cheyney.


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Men’s soccer shuts out Pitt-Johnstown Nate Powles Asst. Sports Editor After a rough previous week, the Shippensburg University men’s soccer team bounced back with two wins in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) against the Bloomsburg University Huskies and the Mountain Cats of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The wins improved the Raiders to 3–3 in the PSAC. The Raiders traveled to Bloomsburg on Wednesday, looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to East Stroudsburg University and a 4–1 loss to Seton Hill University. The match was a tough, defensive battle for the entire first half, with both teams only mustering seven total shots. SU was unable to get a shot on target in the half. The second half was just more of the same for both squads, as they went on to combine for 10 total shots in the period, four of which were on target. Bloomsburg had the majority of the chances, but a sturdy SU defense kept the Huskies at bay. Garrett Watson was stellar in net for the Raiders, saving all six shots he faced, keeping his team in the game and earning his fourth-career shutout. The Raiders came close to a breakthrough in the 72nd minute when defender Jamie Blair connected with a header that was cleared off the line by a Bloomsburg defender. That was as close as either of the teams would get

to scoring in regulation and extra time was needed for the fourth time this team for SU. Both teams registered a shot on goal in the first period of overtime, but it was not until the second half that there was a winning goal. SU’s breakout star Cole Kropnick was the overtime hero for the squad as he picked up his second game-winning goal of the season and his ninth overall. The ball fell to Kropnick after a deflected free kick and he calmly beat the Huskies’ keeper to send the fans home. The Raiders left Bloomsburg with regained confidence to take on a winless UPJ at home. The team scored in less than a minute after a great assist from defender Jan Striewe found Kropnick, who finished the move for his 10th of the season. Kropnick has now scored the most goals for the Raiders since alumnus Derrick Roy scored 11 in 2013, a season which saw SU reach the PSAC quarterfinals. “He’s [Kropnick] massive for the team. Cole’s really, really stepped up,” head coach Jeremy Spering said. “He and I had a big talk and he’s made some fantastic changes and approaching the game more professionally,” Eleven minutes later, the Raiders added to their lead with Striewe adding a tally of his own after finding the loose ball in the box. Striewe did not disappoint from five yards out, collecting his fifth of the season. Striewe is now only one goal away from his

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Junior Cole Kropnick sent home his 10th goal of the season Saturday, scoring in back-to-back games. season total from last year. The referees made several calls throughout the game and were inconsistent in their rulings on fouls. Officials were lenient when it came to cards but still issued four yellow cards during the game. Kropnick, the team’s leading scorer, has now accumulated five yellow cards, forcing him to miss SU’s next game.SU crushed UPJ in the shots category, racking up 32 total as opposed to UPJ’s five.

The Mountain Cats’ goalie was up to the challenge, making 12 saves on the Raiders’ 14 shots on goal, doing his best to give his teammates a chance to make a comeback. UPJ almost grabbed one back with less than 10 minutes to go when it had a oneon-one with Watson and the ball was pulled just wide of the net. Watson earned his second shutout of the season and his second in a row in the win. After the game, Spering was pleased with the win, but

admitted it was not one of the team’s stronger showings. “I don’t think it was our best performance, however I think we got the job done and got the three points and that’s what matters,” Spering said “We’re ahead of where we were in points last year.” Looking ahead to SU’s remaining schedule, the team has tough matchups against West Chester University, who is undefeated in the PSAC so far this season, and Millersville University. The team has hopes of

reaching the playoffs and should split its last five games if it wants to have a chance of achieving that goal. “We’re in the picture, that’s the big thing. Just as a coach, you hope that at this point, you’re in the picture,” Spering said. The Raiders will face the California University of Pennsylvania Friday at 1:30 p.m. at home in a must-win game. The Raiders will have two more home matches after its matchup with California.


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Swimming splits season opener with IUP William Whisler Sports Editor The Shippensburg University swim teams opened their 2017 season with a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) crossover meet with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) on Wednesday evening at Donald N. Miller Pool inside Heiges Field House. The women’s team raced out to a narrow 133-129 victory over the Crimson Hawks, while the men’s team fell 150.5-104.5 to IUP. The women’s team won eight events on Wednesday and benefitted from strong nights by juniors Stephanie O’Toole and Carly Alvarado. The dual-meet came down to the 200-yard freestyle relay, where SU’s team of Erin Fife, Jeanette Welch, Madeleine Verby and Alvarado posted a time of 1:42.70 to win the meet. O’Toole won all three of her individual events, while setting a new pool record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:11.13. She had three of SU’s eight PSAC qualifying standards, completing the 50-yard freestyle in 25.13 seconds and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.11. Alvarado won both of her individual events, including the 50 and 100-yard backstrokes. Alvarado and O’Toole book-ended the opening 200-yard medley relay and with Gabriella Johnson and Rhyan Rodriguez, SU won the event with a time of 1:51.60. Verby impressed in her first meet with a win in the 1,000-yard freestyle and a PSAC-qualifying performance in the 500yard freestyle with a time of 5:26.10 — one that was good enough for second place. “We did some terrific things tonight,” SU head coach Tim Verge told SU Sports Information. “That is a very good team, and to get a close win at home with the women against them was just wonderful. I asked them to race hard and smart, and for the most part, they did.”

The men’s team, while taking the loss, performed exceptionally well in the opening meet. Jeff Beyer started SU off with a win in the 200-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle, while finishing the night with three PSAC cuts. Freshman Eric Zimmerman impressed in his debut with a PSAC qualifying time in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.37. Other solid freshman performances came from Ely Fryer and Joe Deemer, who both qualified for PSAC meet in the 100-yard butterfly with times of 53.25 seconds and 54.41 seconds, respectively. The night ended with an unbelievably close 200-yard freestyle relay, as Beyer, freshman Hunter Keck, Deemer and Adam Fox finished just .02 seconds behind IUP with a time of 1:30.22. “Our men swam very strong. We were very Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info. competitive at the top end of things,” Verge SU’s Steph O’Toole edges out an IUP swimmer at Wednesday’s season opener. told SU Sports Information. “It was good to see really strong early-season swims.” While SU posted 16 PSAC-qualifying times in its opening meet, Verge stressed that the times will improve as swimmers recover from the grueling preseason workouts. “A lot of the times come with resting,” Verge told SU Sports Information. “I’m very proud of them after the week of work we’ve been having. I am sure IUP was tired too, and they looked sharp and ready to go. It was a fun, early season meet. That was a great way to kick off the year.” SU will return to action this weekend, when it hosts West Chester University and Southern Connecticut State University on October 13-14 from Donald N. Miller Pool. The Raiders will have just one more home meet when they return home for a PSAC match against Clarion University on Nov. 3. The Nov. 3 meet will serve as SU’s Senior Day and it will be the last meet before the Patriot Invitational at George Mason UniversiPhoto courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info. ty.

SU’s Jeff Beyer had a fantastic first meet of the season, winning the 200-yard freestyle as well as the 1,000-yard freestyle at Wednesday’s dual-meet.

Volleyball remains unblemished in PSAC play Brendan Gates Staff Writer The Shippensburg University volleyball team continued its roll through conference play this past weekend with dominant home triumphs over East Stroudsburg University and Kutztown University as it remains unbeaten in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) including a seven-game win streak. With three weeks of conference play in the books, the Raiders now stand alone as the only team to remain unbeaten in the PSAC. During the week, sophomore Samantha Webber became the third consecutive Raider to earn the PSAC Central Division Athlete of the Week. She joined junior Morgan DeFloria and sophomore Kendall Johnson to earn the nod over the past

three weeks. It was the first time since 2007 that SU had three straight players to earn the athlete of the week award. The first game on the weekend saw SU control most of the match against East Stroudsburg as the Raiders did not trail in the first two sets and won them easily 25-14, 25-19. In the first set, freshman Emily Hagen recorded three service aces for SU during a 9-0 run. The 9-0 run came as the Raiders had a slim 5-4 advantage over the Warriors. East Stroudsburg attempted to slow down the Raider’s attack as they called a timeout with the score 9-4 in favor of SU. The timeout did not help, however, as SU continued to pull away as it took a 14-4 lead. The Raiders were in cruise control the rest of the first set as they would win the set by

a score of 25-14. The 11-point set advantage for SU matches the largest set victory so far this season as the Raiders accomplished the feat twice against Notre Dame (Ohio) and Urbana in early-season non-conference action. The second set saw much of the same dominance by the Raiders as they again did not trail during the set. After the scoring was tied 1-1, SU never allowed the Warriors to tie the set as the Raiders took a 2-0 match advantage with a 25-19 second set victory. The Warriors would not surrender, however, in the third set as they would find their first lead of the match after a service ace by East Stroudsburg’s Tina Predojevic gave them a 6-4 advantage. The 6-4 Warrior lead would not last long as SU used a hard-hitting 7-0 run

to turn the the deficit into a 11-6 advantage in favor of SU. The Raiders won the final set 25-20 and led the rest of the way through by at least three points or more after the 7-0 run which kept any comeback by the Warriors to a minimum. SU controlled the stat sheet in the match as it had a 41-23 kill advantage over the Warriors. Leading the charge for the Raiders was DeFloria who had a match high 12 kills. DeFloria was one dig away from recording a double-double (10 or more kills, and 10 or more digs). Other strong performances for SU came from sophomore Megan Forstburg with a team high 16 digs. From her setter position, Hagen recorded 14 digs of her own to go along with 31 assists. Junior Courtney Malott continued to shine with both

six kills and digs, respectfully, and added two powerful aces. Johnson made her presences known with five kills and nine digs. The Raiders had a quick turnaround for their second match of the weekend with an afternoon contest against Kutztown, for the second match of the weekend. After the score was tied 5-5 in the first set, SU went on a quick 4-0 run to take an 8-5 lead capped off by a DeFloria service ace. Back and fourth action continued in the first set but again used a strong 5-0 run to turn a slim 18-16 lead into a 23-16 advantage. A kill by Webber sealed a 2518 first set victory for SU. Kutztown would win the second set in the match which was the first set SU surrendered since loosing the second set against Gannon on Sept. 22. The second set was tied 18-18 but the

Golden Bears would outlast SU to win 25-22. The Raiders would take the final two sets of the match, 25-15 and 25-20, to capture the match victory 3-1, which saw SU score the final five points in the third set after leading 20-15 and saw the Raiders flip a fourth set 15-14 deficit into a 25-20 win. Leading SU in the match was Webber as she had a match-high 14 kills. Other Raiders to record double-digit kills were DeFloria with 12 and Johnson with 10. Three Raiders recorded 19 or more digs as Forstburg led the way with 20. Both Malott and DeFloria had 19 of their own, respectfully. The Raiders now embark on a three-game road swing with trips to Millersville, Cheyney, and West Chester, which begins Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Millersville.

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The Shippensburg University men’s cross-country team finished the Carnegie Mellon Invitational with a first-place finish.

Holm finished in 26:38.4 and Weidner had a time of 26:50.1. The women’s team also performed well in Pittsburgh, taking third in the competition. The team had four runners in the Top 20, giving it 67 total points. Jackie Kinkead had another strong performance, continuing her impressive 2017 campaign with a fifth-place finish, which was the top place for the Raiders. Kinkead had a time of 18:45.2. Bryanna Dissinger was the next Raider to finish, posting a solid time of 19:18.0 to earn her spot in 14th. Lizzie Manickas and Lydia Cagle then took 15th and 16th, respectively. Manickas finished in 19:19.8, while Cagle was less than a second behind with 19:20.6. Jenna Robbins took 22nd as the last scoring runner for the Raiders with a time of 19:44.6. Rounding out the Top 40 for the Raiders were Emily Kachik in 33rd and Lindsey Gerlach in 39th. SU was just behind Division I schools Duquesne University and Pitt in the standings, earning the top spot for a Division II squad. Both the men’s and women’s teams will now look to the PSAC Championships Oct.21 at California University of Pennsylvania. The women will start at 10 a.m. and the men will follow at 11 a.m.

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