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ZZ Top brings blues & boogie to Luhrs, E3


Community marches in solidarity


Card game trances students C1

• Rock group performs at Shippensburg University during musical tour • Alabamian guitarist Austin Hank opens for sold-out show

Basketball claims PSAC title D1

Bathroom ban incites outrage



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SU Army ROTC hosts annual dinner, Homecoming committee inducts war veteran into hall of fame dissolves, merges with APB

Jenna Wise

News Editor Shippensburg University’s ROTC program inducted a new war veteran and Shippensburg University alumnus into the William H. Burkhart Hall of Fame during its annual dinner on Feb. 24. During his time at SU, World War II veteran Joseph Giacobello was a standout football and basketball player before being drafted into the Army following his junior year of college. Giacobello began his career in the U.S. military in July of 1944 after attending basic training, as well as Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Throughout the remainder of World War II, Giacobello became the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantry Badge. Giacobello earned his first Silver Star and Purple Heart just after being assigned to the 35th Infantry Division when he led an attack to outflank the enemy in Normandy on July 13, 1944. In December of that year, Giacobello earned the Distinguished Service Cross in a battle in Sarreguemines, France, against two German infantry companies. After the battle, Giacobello and his men were successful in liberating 995 allied prisoners. At the end of World War II, Giacobello returned home and became the owner and operator of his family’s business, J.S. Giacobello Distributors. He is a lifelong member of the Mt. Union American Legion and VFW,



Drew Lovett

Asst. News Editor Student Government officials announced at its Feb. 16 meeting that Shippensburg University’s homecoming committee has dissolved and merged with the Activities Program Board (APB) due to a lack of student participation. SU’s homecoming committee was responsible for organizing the school festivities around homecoming at the university, whether it be Battle of the Campus, housing decorating or lip sync battles. APB is responsible for many of the activities held on campus, such as movie screenings in the Ceddia Union Building’s Orndorff Theatre, holiday bingo nights and hosting nuPhoto courtesy of merous bus trips each semester to locations around the state. SU’s ROTC officers and cadets induct World War II veteran Former homecoming committee Joseph Giacobello into the William H. Burkhart Hall of Fame. vice president Amanda Partner said the committee is being dissolved beand remains active in the veteran cause of new management. community. World War II Facts “I don’t think it will be a big difAs a result of his numerous awards ference to students,” Partner said. and honors, Giacobello is considered “I think APB will continue with the one of the most highly decorated vet- • About 60 million deaths homecoming traditions.” erans in central Pennsylvania, acoccurred worldwide Partner said the merger is a poscording to an SU news release. during World War II. itive one because APB has access “Inducting Mr. Giacobello into our to more resources and money which Hall of Fame is truly an honor, as he • More than 12.2 million will benefit campus and student life and his World War II brethren are Americans served in the in the weeks leading up to homecoma national treasure,” said Lt. Col. military in 1945. ing. Chris Morton, chair of SU’s military science department. “His patriotism, Look for updates service and courage are something • The average American after Spring Break. serviceman served for our cadets can and will emulate, and Follow us on Twitter: 33 months. he is somebody in whom our univer@ShipUSlate sity can be proud.” Source:

















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Women’s March promotes peace Jenna Wise

News Editor Shippensburg University men and women united for a march Thursday afternoon in an effort to protect women’s and minority group’s rights. SU’s first Women’s March, sponsored by the Women’s Center, was developed by the center’s interim director, Kelsey Roman, and her graduate student intern, Andrew Melendez. SU’s Women’s March followed similar nationwide marches and protests. The office of Multicultural Student Affairs’ Rev. Diane Jefferson and assistant MSA Director Kapri Brown were also involved in the development process of the march. “They have been a huge piece of pulling this together,” Roman said. Carrying handmade banners and signs, students, faculty and members of the community marched from Horton Hall to the Ceddia Union Building’s amphitheater. During the march, participants chanted phrases such as “Whose campus? Our campus.” and “The people united will never be divided.”

Upon arrival, students were welcomed to share their thoughts during an open mic session. March attendees were also welcomed to write what the word “courage” meant to them on a foam tile to add to the Wall of Courage that the Women’s Center will continue to build throughout the remainder of the semester in Horton Hall. SU sophomore Ali Laughman was the first to speak and spent her time at the mic describing what the word “peace” meant to her. “Peace is a foundation, a destination, a calling,” Laughman said. “Peace is loving the outcome and knowing tomorrow the sun will rise and the birds will chirp.” SU senior Jonathan Quann said he attended the march in support of the women in his life, and emphasized how important he believes women’s rights are. “This really hits home because I have a mother [and] a niece, and women’s rights should not be taken lightly. They’re sacred,” Quann said. SU’s march comes on the heels of a series of Women’s Marches across the nation in the days following Pres-

Photo by Kayla Brown

Students and faculty march from Horton Hall to the Ceddia Union Building carrying signs and shouting chants of support. An open mic session was held at the building’s amphitheater. ident Donald Trump’s inauguration. Male and female protesters alike have said they worry for the future of women, immigrants and various other minority group rights under a Trump administration. Many pro-

testers believe the ability to obtain birth control at a low cost or have an abortion are now at stake. Stephanie Erdice, interim director of the office of social equity, said people need to keep marching to create a

conversation throughout society and make a difference in today’s world. “Marches are the reaction of political action,” Erdice said. “If we want a movement, we have to move.”

Professor offers new perspective, teaching styles for World War I Shannon Long

Asst. News Editor A local professor shared his insight with Shippensburg University students and faculty last Tuesday as to why World War I is taught incorrectly in classrooms. Michael S. Neiberg, professor of history at the United States Army War College at the Carlisle barracks, explained to the audience gathered in Old Main Chapel that historians have done a bad job studying World War I, and have not given the war enough scholarly attention. When World War I is taught, former President Woodrow Wilson is often the focal point, Neiberg said. Instead of focusing on Wilson, Neiberg examines the war from the bottom up and takes the focus away

from the president to view the situation from the eyes of American citizens. The American people followed the war intently from the moment it began, and continued to watch it unfold, Neiberg said. While there was a desire to stay neutral, a majority of America blamed Germany’s government for the war. This neutrality, however, resulted in the U.S. becoming more dangerous. Eventually, Americans agreed the U.S. needed to enter the war, according to Neiberg. Neiberg emphasized how it is important to recognize the complexity of the decision to enter the war, and that it was more than a president making a decision. “I think this is so important to understand what the American people

actually thought they were fighting for,” Neiberg said. The lecture allowed students to view historical events from different angles that may have not been taught in the classroom. “I realized how complicated history is,” SU freshman Luke Ashberry said. “I wanted to learn more because it is an important part of American history.” When educating students about World War I, Neiberg said there is a 15-minute method to educating students about the war in a semester-long class. He admitted even he taught the war the 15-minute way. Photo by Kayla Brown “You can’t get into the complexity that you would like to get into,” Michael S. Neiberg explains why World War I should be taught Neiberg said. “The first world war is differently in classrooms. The lecture focused on the such a complex topic that we’ve been American people’s perspective instead of Woodrow Wilson’s. much happier to just reduce.”

March 7, 2017

This Week on Campus



Shippensburg University will host its annual spring star show located in Franklin Science Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 for adults and 50 cents for kids under 12.



Lambda Chi Alpha is hosting Pups and Putts in the Academic Quad from 12–4 p.m.






The Counseling Center and psychology department will host standing meditation from 11–11:55 a.m. in Franklin Science Center Room 336 as part of the Mindfulness Series.



Spring Break begins for Shippensburg University students. The Slate staff hopes you have fun and stay safe.



A Lawilowan American Indian Festival will be held in ShipRec from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

State neglects federal water regulations Budget cuts result in inadequate staffing, reduced Pennsylvania water quality Marc Levy

Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal official’s warning that Pennsylvania is not adequately enforcing safe drinking water standards after years of budget cuts has prompted a bipartisan environmental council to advise lawmakers to boost funding to protect the environment. The warning, in December, was just the latest from a federal agency that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is not adequately staffed to carry out its mission. The state agency also has been warned in recent months about inadequate staffing for air quality and mining pollution programs. Created by state law, the Citizens Advisory Council suggests in a Feb. 22 letter to top lawmakers that cuts to Pennsylvania’s deficit-strapped budget have reached a critical point. At the DEP, council Chairman William Fink wrote, the cuts over the last two decades have “reached an unsustainable level.’’ Eventually federal agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, could take enforcement duties away from Pennsylvania, the council warned. To try to compensate for the cuts and better protect the environment, the DEP has pursued fee increases on industries it regulates. It is currently proposing five fee packages, including $7.5 million in new annual fees on public water systems. The money would be used to hire more drinking water inspectors, and the fees likely would be passed on to Pennsylvania’s 10.7 million water customers. Thousands of public water systems in Pennsylvania, including big water utilities and wells that supply villages or campgrounds, must meet environmental standards on bacteria levels, chemicals, nitrates, lead and other contaminants. But because of a lengthy rulemaking process, the department could not start hiring and training new inspectors until September 2018. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s bud-

get proposal seeks a small increase in state funding for the department, but the $32.3 billion plan otherwise does not ask the Republican-controlled Legislature for money to resolve federal concerns over safe drinking water enforcement. “The governor’s budget is an initial proposal and we will continue engaging the General Assembly on the importance of addressing this challenge,’’ Wolf’s press secretary, J.J. Abbott, said. Environmental advocates, including the department’s secretaries, have warned for years that the agency is dangerously underfunded. Those warnings have fallen on deaf ears in a state Legislature that has preferred spending cuts to tax increases to get through a stubborn post-recession deficit. David Hess, who served as department secretary from 2001 to 2003 under Republican Govs. Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker, said the agency is getting 40 percent fewer dollars from the Legislature since its high water

mark 14 years ago. official warned that inadequate staff“To me, it is just a crime what hap- ing had caused the number of unadpened to the DEP’s budget over the dressed Safe Drinking Water Act vilast 14 years,’’ Hess said. olations to nearly double from 4,298 The department is continually un- to 7,922 over five years. The EPA has not responded to the der pressure to more quickly process construction or stream-crossing per- department’s plan to raise permit fees. mits for commerJohn Brosious, cial builders, pipe- “To me, it is just a crime deputy director of line companies what happened to the the Pennsylvania and other indusDEP’s budget over the Municipal Authortries. The waiting ities Association, period for a comlast 14 years.” said the water utilimercial developer –John Brosious, ties are experiencing to get a response deputy director of the some “sticker shock’’ to a storm water Municipal Authorities with the fee proposmanagement plan Association als. has tripled over “They’re taking a the years to nine months, according to a spokesman good hard look at this and saying, for Associated Builders and Contrac- ‘Well, where did this new fee come from and why is it being passed onto tors, an industry association. Hess said the squeeze should be on us and what created the shortfall for the lawmakers themselves and gov- the DEP that this money is not availernors who cut funding for staff who able to them anymore?’’’ Brosious said. handle permit applications. In a Dec. 30 letter to the DEP, an Environmental Protection Agency

February weather breaks record

Photo courtesy of Tim Hawkins

Temperatures last month reached a historic high, nearly reaching the average for March.



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Your World Today America remains divided post-election Commentary

Troy Okum


paramedics, The Washington Post reported. Whose fault is it? Well, that’s not exactly the point. It would be bad enough to have Americans attacking each other on the streets during a presidential campaign, but it’s another thing to have it happen over a sitting president. But what’s worse is that what happened in Berkeley is not an isolated event. Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; and Erie, Pennsylvania, are among a list of cities that saw pro-Trump rallies and marches, and in many cases, anti-Trump activists, according to The Chicago Tribune, Associated Press and The Washington Post. The confrontations are a telltale sign that America is divided. Obviously the country was divided during the election, but the split is deepening and widening. Thousands of people are still battling for the soul of America and there is no end in sight. Twitter wars and Facebook rants

are not enough for people to blow off steam. Blood was spilled this weekend to argue over what the future of America should look like. There are fundamental differences Americans have with each other that no one can fix. Some people will continue to support Trump while others will continue to oppose him. The vast number of Americans are not a part of this fight. They are the silent majority, and while they may have an opinion of Trump, they are not so quick to march in the streets. Many people who just want a good job and a house for their family will get increasingly caught up in a war of ideologies. America, as a culture and country, is heading down a road it may never quite be able to turn back from. Whether the road is good or bad is not the point. What matters is if the division grows there will be a fork in the road and Americans, silent or not, must choose which prong to walk down.

The United States is more unified under President Donald Trump than ever before, but not in the conventional sense. Americans from coast-to-coast are increasingly sharing the same thought: “The U.S. is entering a new era, and I am going to be a part of it.” But the part each person plays can be vastly different. For Trump supporters, the U.S. is finally claiming its right to the royal throne of the planet. America and its people have sacrificed for the benefit of foreigners and now it is time to garner respect. But Americans want more than respect — they want a government that works for them and not for everyone else around the world. A new age is dawning where America comes first and national pride can be ignited like never before. The pride some Americans are feeling recently translated into a movement. The movement was not just Trump’s presidential campaign, but his actual presidency. About 500 Trump supporters marched down the streets of Berkeley, California, over the weekend to support the president, but the rally ended in violence, according to The Washington Post. While police officers clad in riot gear showed up to the demonstration, the real violence started when counter protesters and Trump supporters confronted each File Photo/The Slate other. Smoke bombs, pepper spray and punches left at least two men Trump and anti-Trump supporters remain at odds with one injured, who received help from another more than one month after the inauguration.


Police Briefs College Park Commons resident charged with criminal mischief Toria K. Mcleod, 22, of College Park Commons, was charged with criminal mischief in connection with an incident that occurred Wednesday. After ordering food from Dunkin Donuts in the Ceddia Union Building Wednesday morning, Mcleod attempted to pay for the purchase by flexing money from another student’s ID card and dining hall account. The cashier did not allow the transaction to go through and notified the food service manager, who then contacted university police. Following a brief investigation and interview with Mcleod, she was released at the scene and a citation was later filed charging her with criminal mischief. Theft reported in the C-1/steam plant parking lot An individual reported the removal of a metal “No parking” sign from an SU parking lot on Friday. The sign had been placed in the C-1 parking lot to prevent vehicles from parking in the dumpster and construction areas of the lot. It is unclear how long the sign was missing before the theft was reported. The value of the missing sign is approximately $50. Naugle Hall resident charged with marijuana possession Aniyah L. Petway-Edwards, 19, of Naugle Hall was charged with possession of a small amount marijuana in connection with an incident that occurred Friday. University police were dispatched to the building in response to an active fire alarm in the residence hall. After tracing the alarm to Petway-Edwards’ room on the fourth floor, officers found evidence of controlled substances and contraband. Because Petway-Edwards was the room’s only resident, officers charged her with possession of marijuana. A criminal complaint was later filed with Shippensburg’s magisterial district judge. McLean Hall resident charged with underage drinking Tyler J. Nguyen, 20, of McLean Hall was charged with underage drinking in connection with an incident that occurred Friday. Nguyen was staggering through the V-1 parking lot when he was stopped by university police officers to check his welfare. After showing obvious signs of intoxication, Nguyen was given several portable breath tests by officers at the scene. Based on the test results, the officers concluded Nguyen may need medical attention and an ambulance was dispatched. Nguyen was transported to Chambersburg Hospital for evaluation and a citation was later filed charging him with underage drinking.

Cleaning The Slate

The Slate staff strives to provide readers with the most accurate content, but sometimes we miss the mark. Here you will find corrections to fact errors we made from the previous week. The Slate staff apologizes for these errors. In the Feb. 28 issue, The Slate incorrectly printed in “Democrats seek party unification” that there are eight Democratic trifecta state governments according to Ballotpedia only officially lists six Democratic trifectas on its website.




March 7, 2017

Battle heats up between state officials over veto



In a brief to the high court in July, lawyers for the Senate said the Fiscal Code amendments do not release money from the treasury, so they may only be vetoed en masse. The lower-court decision, they argued, would clear the way for governors to reject individual elements of other budget-related bills, such as the Judicial Code, the Public Welfare Code and the Administrative Code. Wolf did veto Fiscal Code amendments last year because of how they divided money for schools, borrowed $2.5 billion, affected greenhouse gas emissions and regulated oil and gas drilling. A month later, he let the next version go into law without his signature. When he was sent the 2016–17 budget legislation in July, he let it go into effect without its signature, but did sign the Fiscal Code amendments. The Legislature’s concerns about a gubernatorial power grab were mirrored by the governor’s lawyers. In Photo courtesy of an August brief, they said the chief executive would be the loser in “an Wolf has the ability to veto individual budget provisions folunconstitutional and unwarranted lowing a unanimous vote made more than a year ago. expansion of the Legislature’s power’’ if the courts say he can’t use lineitem authority on the Fiscal Code amendments. Wolf’s lawyers wrote of a scenario in which lawmakers would limit the main budget vehicle, the General Appropriation Act, to “high-level appropriations,’’ while spelling out in other bills how funds are to be spent. The effect, they said, would make Legislature’s budget decisions “immunized’’ from the line-item veto. The case also raises a technical issue about the kind of notice governors have to provide when they make a veto, and whether lawmakers can adjourn to avoid being formally notified. Write a little. It is far from clear how a court ruling either way will affect future budget deals. Crompton said the Legislature has been refining how it phrases the Fiscal Code amendments to make it more difficult for a governor to exercise his line-item veto. “We try to write our directive lanContact us at guage in the Fiscal Code with no tachment to appropriations,’’ he said. The governor’s office declined to for more info comment on the pending case.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A case that pits Pennsylvania’s governor against the Legislature in a battle over the line-item veto could soon rebalance how power is wielded during the state’s annual high-stakes budget negotiations. The state Supreme Court recently announced it will hold oral arguments early next month in the challenge brought by state senators of both parties against then-Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014, after he blue-lined millions of dollars in spending, including special funds controlled by top legislative leaders. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who inherited the case from his Republican predecessor, won a unanimous decision from Commonwealth Court more than a year ago, a ruling that governors have the authority under the state constitution to veto individual provisions in what is a major budget bill–amendments to the Fiscal Code. Those amendments, a grab bag of seemingly unrelated items that end up packaged together, have proven to be very helpful in crafting a budget that can pass the General As-

sembly, according to House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor, a Republican. Most bills may only address a single subject, but appropriations bills are a major exception. Letting the governor strip out discrete elements of the Fiscal Code amendments, Saylor said, would change the dynamic by weakening legislative power. “I may not give the governor certain discretion, if I know he might veto the Fiscal Code,’’ Saylor said during a recent break in the ongoing marathon of budget hearings. The timing of the court argument raises the possibility the case may be decided while Wolf and lawmakers are working on the next budget, due June 30. “I do believe that in this case the Corbett people went too far,’’ said Drew Crompton, a top aide to the lead plaintiff, Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. “And I think it has huge ramifications, which I have tried to stress to plenty of legislative Democrats — that this gives an unfettered advantage to the executive.’’ He said directing spending through the Fiscal Code over the past two decades has had the effect of giving people more information about spending than was previously available.

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David Hall hypnotizes students through comedy Maddie Walsh Staff Writer

The hypnotist then woke the volunteers and asked them if they would like to go to a dance party. “I don’t dance,” one of the participants told Hall as they glared at him, offended. But much to the audience’s delight, as soon as the words “do the ‘Harlem Shake’” played through the speakers, all of the volunteers leaped to their feet for a full body dance. When asked about their new-found love for music, the participants played their dance moves off as something else. “Let’s call it a muscle spasm,” a volunteer responded curtly, avoiding eye contact with Hall. When asked about the show, the hypnotized and non-hypnotized responded alike. “It was really fun, I can’t believe half of the stuff I did on stage,” SU student Dakoda Taylor said, “but it was pretty awesome,” “It was hilarious, really funny,” SU student India Zumbo said. The hypnotist ended the show by thanking the student volunteers for their part. “Tonight, you were truly a star of the show,” Hall told the participants. “We couldn’t have done it without you.”

Shippensburg University students were laughing out loud Thursday when comedy hypnotist David Hall blended hypnosis with every college students’ favorite game­— Cards Against Humanity. Hall, who has hypnotized Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, explained the normalcy of hypnosis to the students sitting in the Ceddia Union Building multipurpose room. “Everything you see up here tonight is completely natural,” Hall told the buzzing audience. “Hypnosis itself is a state of mind that we experience every day.” The hypnotist likened this state of mind to driving the same route every day so often that you no longer think about driving, and your mind goes into auto-pilot but you still reach your destination. “Your subconscious is driving the car, you don’t have to think,” Hall explained. Hall selected several students from the audience to participate in the show. Photos by Maddie Walsh The hypnotist performed deep breathing exHypnotist David Hall congratulates a volunteer on winning the dance contest. ercises with the volunteers on stage; playing soothing music and suggesting the participants concentrate on and relax individual parts of the body as he asked them to. “With every breath you take, and every word I say your body will become more and more relaxed,” Hall said, guiding the students into a hypnotic state. The volunteers on stage began slouching in their seats as they listened to Hall’s voice, some with heads hanging in their laps, mouths agape. A student in the front-row audience was also taken by Hall’s enchantment, slumping forward in her chair with eyes closed. Once all participants were fully hypnotized, Hall invited the audience to play Cards Against Hypnosis. Each round of the game began with Hall throwing a Frisbee into the audience. Whoever caught that Frisbee was then shown two cards, one was a black scenario card and the other a white card with two choices that the Frisbee holder had to choose from. The selected situation was then acted out by the hypnotized volunteers, who dutifully performed every action Hall suggested to them. One card combination read, “You hate dancing until you hear the words do the ‘Harlem Shake.’” “You’re going to realize that you hate dancing,” Hall told the hypnotized, “until you hear The hypnotist introduces Cards Against Hypnosis. Students slowly fall asleep to the sound of Hall’s voice on stage. the words do the ‘Harlem Shake.’”

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Slater of the week: Thomas Witmer Sylvia McMullen

Asst. PR Director Thinking outside the box can be difficult, but for Shippensburg University junior Thomas Witmer, it is all in a day’s work. Witmer is a communication/journalism major with an emphasis in public relations. While many students in the major enjoy writing, Witmer breaks the mold with his talent in design and illustration. Witmer became assistant graphic designer for The Slate in spring 2015 and moved up to chief designer in spring 2016. Each week he creates graphics, advertisements and the front cover for The Slate. When Witmer is not creating graphics for the newspaper, he is usually designing on his own. Sci-fi and fantasy are Witmer’s favorite genres to illustrate, and he particularly enjoys creating original fantasy creatures. “I like fiction in general just because it’s so interesting with different worlds and concepts and realities in general,” Witmer said. “There’s so many interesting things in them and about them.” Witmer has enjoyed drawing his entire life, and his early teen years awakened his desire to illustrate as a career. After playing the video game “Adventure Quest Worlds,” Witmer aspired to work for the game’s company, Artix Entertainment. “I’m not really sure that’s my set goal anymore, but it would be a good place to work, even as a stepping stone or to stay there a while,” Witmer said.

Witmer is also a video game enthusiast, and his favorite game series include “Halo” and “Pokémon.” Although he wishes to design games like these, Witmer’s inspirations for drawing come from many sources. “Sometimes, I have the idea,” Witmer said. “Sometimes, I put thought into it, and sometimes I draw a random shape on a piece of paper and see where it goes.” While Witmer may one day design video games for companies like Valve Corp., Bethesda Softworks or Artix Entertainment, he continues to bring inspiration and creativity to The Slate every day.

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried cinnamon bananas Yvette Betancourt Ship Life Editor

I woke up Sunday morning with the intent to try out a new recipe this week. My initial goal was to attempt to make Almond Joy cookies from a Facebook video. From the title of this recipe, I clearly did not make Almond Joy cookies. I tried and failed. After disappointedly glaring at my atrocities of cookies, I panicked as I thought of a new recipe. Then, some fresh bananas shined on my kitchen counter. My eyes shifted and the cinnamon caught my eye and a light bulb went off. I decided to turn one of my favorite fruits into a dessert. I checked my kitchen and found some other ingredients and threw them into a saucepan. I have never been more proud of my experimental impulses.

Ingredients: 1 banana 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon butter confectioner’s sugar

Instructions: 1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. 2. Slice the bananas into approximately 1/2 inch pieces. 3. Melt the butter in the saucepan, then stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. 4. Add the banana slices and let cook for 2-3 minutes, then turn and cook the other side. Make sure they are completely covered in the mixture. 5. Remove from heat and drizzle confectioner’s sugar over the top.

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*Note* • Although I mixed the ingredients directly in the saucepan, I found that it may be easier to make the mixture in a bowl and dip the bananas in it before cooking. • The bananas I used were slightly under ripe to keep the shape. Bananas get mushy when heated, so ripe and overripe bananas can be messy.

Photos by Yvette Betancourt

Ship Life Editor Yvette Betancourt turns daily nutrition into a fun dessert in less than 10 minutes with ingredients typically already found in the kitchen.

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Looking through another’s eyes, inside Muslim culture Natalie Eastwood Staff Writer

Eyes, dark brown, almost black, peered between two sheaths of fabric. She said nothing that was not said through her gentleness as she took each of our hands in hers. The mother. Eyebrows that crept toward dark eyes and a soft smile on a round face. Her hijab crept low on her forehead, covering her hair and her neck, but not her words, her words she spoke from brown-pink lips. The daughter. Hair, thick, inky black and wavy like seaweed. She was Muslim, too. She had much to say. The woman. Burnt red, sunshine orange and honey brown hair falling straight and curling haphazardly. My two sisters, my cousin, my aunt and myself — none of us Muslim. We mostly listened. Walking toward Times Square in New York City, we stopped by a table on the street where women were giving free henna tattoos. To the right, men managed a table stacked with Qurans while five or six children played, dodging people on the street. They were all a part of the same Muslim family, and they came to the city every Saturday to teach people about Islam. While we huddled under my aunt’s umbrella with the mother and the daughter, we talked as henna ink crumbled on our skin. The third woman, who was not a part of the family, stopped to argue with the daughter, to

Henna tattoos on the body are a large piece of the Saudi Arabian culture.

Photos courtesy of Natalie Eastwood

Natalie Eastwood, second from right, and other members of her family meet a 17-year-old Muslim girl while walking the streets of New York City, sharing an umbrella and experiences of their lives in different cultures. say the mother was wrong to cover herself in the name of Islam. Three women, one religion, three interpretations, many questions. Five months later, I am sitting with two women, asking my questions. Sarah Abdulgaffar and Esraa Alhawsawi moved from western Saudi Arabia in 2013 and spent a year in Philadelphia learning English before they began their master’s programs in the Shippensburg University Communication/Journalism Department. Sarah wears a dark blue hijab and Esraa keeps her crinkle-cut curls loose. They are both Muslim, however, they do not identify themselves as Muslims but as people. “I don’t know why people always try to identify someone by his or her religion,” Sarah says, her earnest eyes like white cups filled with black tea. “We all are human beings. This is a man, this is a woman. It doesn’t matter if you believe in something. What matters is your attitude or how you behave with other people and how you treat other people.” I am surprised by Sarah’s answer. I expect her to say she puts her Muslim identity before everything else — Muslim woman, Muslim student, Muslim whatever career field she chooses, Muslim everything. How wrong I am. How wrong the world is. When I stood under my aunt’s black umbrella in New York City, I thought I was talking and listening with three very different Mus-

lims, but what I should have realized was that I was with three different people. Identity is not about the religion, but the faith and principles behind it, Esraa tells me. Esraa says she is a “reflection” of her faith, not the faith itself. Within Islam, there are many different reflections of the religion shining through people. “Each person has their own perspective,” Sarah says. “Maybe we have the same belief, but how we apply this belief is related to how we see, our perspective.” In New York City with those three women, the point of contention was the mother’s dress, which covered all but her eyes and hands. The black-haired woman told the daughter she and her mother were practicing their faith incorrectly. The daughter was 17, still in high school, but she never lost her composure. This was not the worst confrontation she had been a part of, the daughter said. “How important is the hijab in Islam?” I ask Sarah and Esraa. “There is hijab in Islam, but there is no Islam in hijab,” Sarah says. Some people wear a hijab but don’t always follow the Islam faith in a good way. Often times people confuse tradition and principle when they wear a hijab or a burka because that’s what the women before them did, Sarah says. No, it is a choice, and a choice

that should be made based on religious principles. The Quran asks Muslim women to “make” hijab, not wear it because hijab is more than just clothing; it is the ideas behind it that are important, Esraa tells me. “The real hijab is our faith, and our moral in acting with each other,” Esraa says. “I really do believe that hijab is not only clothes. It’s in our hearts and our thoughts, ideas, opinions.” The 17-year-old daughter in New York City wears a hijab so that when she talks, people focus on her words not her beauty, because what she has to say is more important than her appearance, she told us. The woman with loose hair could not see past the hijab as she talked over the daughter’s words, but I was listening. Hijab or no hijab, I was listening to a girl more similar to me than different. After the henna dried on my hand, I was left with a dark orange vine sprouting delicate leaves that wove across my hand and down my index finger. The henna began to wash off by the next day, first fading from my finger until it dissipated completely from my hand. Water and time had washed away the ink, but the tattoo still burns orange on my hand, across my arm, through my veins, to my heart, forever in my mind.

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Tuesday March 7 2017


William Whisler, Sports Editor / Blair Garrett, Asst. Sports Editor / Nate Powles, Asst. Sports Editor


Raiders win first conference title since 1991 William Whisler Sports Editor

With every champion, comes a story. That story usually involves hard work, dedication, adversity and sometimes luck. But for the Shippensburg University men’s basketball team, winning the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship game was no fluke. The Raiders used an endless amount of hard work, dedication and learning from the lowest of lows of a grueling 3–23 season just three years ago to turn the tide for the program. On Sunday, the Raiders were crowned champions, knocking off Kutztown University 73–63 in the

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship. “It’s tremendous,” SU head coach Chris Fite said. “I am so happy for our guys and the work that they have put in. Kind of the trials and tribulations that we have had over the last couple years, we’ve certainly been moving in the right direction, but it’s certainly great to get over that hump. It’s hard to win a championship and for us to have done that, it just says a lot about the character of our guys.” Kutztown gave the Raiders everything they could handle early on, but SU finished the game on a 23–9 scoring run with 7:30 left to secure the double-digit win. SU struggled to find its shot from the floor, shooting less than 38 percent, but the Raiders knocked down 6-of-9 shots and went

9-of-9 from the charity stripe in the final seven minutes. The Golden Bears focused their efforts on Dustin Sleva and held him in check, as Sleva turned in his lowest point total of the season, finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds. Despite a frustrating night for Sleva, the Raiders would not be denied. Abe Massaley stepped up for SU, scoring 21 points — 16 of which came in the second half — in the win. Massaley has been a leader for SU since he arrived, and was the only player to have gone through the struggles of a three-win season alongside Fite. “It’s an amazing feeling,” Massaley said. “It’s a humbling feeling. It just shows what hard work and believing can do. When you believe

in something and put the work in, things can really happen.” Sunday’s performance by Massaley was typical of his usual playoff performance, as he was clutch for the Raiders in last season’s PSAC Tournament, knocking down a game-winning shot at Kutztown before silencing the Golden Bears once again with a phenomenal second half. “Some guys just give me more fuel, and when it comes to [Kutztown], they just bring that fire and that dog out in me,” Massaley said. “I don’t like them guys and I’m pretty sure they don’t like me, but that’s how it goes.” This season has been a historic one for the Raiders, who spent part of the season in the Top 5 of the Division II Rankings, going 26–3 to set

the single-season win record, while knocking off two Top 5 teams in back-to-back days in Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Kutztown to win the PSAC Championship. “It’s nice to be making history with the team,” Fite said. “One of the things we’ve done all along is that we have tried to remain focused on the next game, and not get distracted by bigger, grander things and that has served us well up to this point. We’re hoping we can continue to break new ground here in the national tournament.” The Raiders earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and received the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Region for their efforts. The Raiders will battle Virginia Union University Saturday in the first round.



March 7, 2017


Raiders drop PSAC Semifinal in OT Blair Garrett Asst. Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University Women’s Basketball team fell just short in overtime against Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Semifinals, 67–58. SU lost one of its most important players early in guard Logan Snyder when she landed hard after driving in to score for the Raiders. But Snyder’s injury gave a spark to Shippensburg, injecting the team with emotion throughout the rest of the first half. Capitalizing on IUP’s turnovers in the first half allowed Shippensburg to pull away. The Raiders took a sizable 31–18 lead into half, looking like a team that could not be denied. But as the game had been all day for SU, no lead was safe as IUP went on a 13–0 run to start the third to pull within two points. From then, it was a battle for supremacy between two strong defensive teams. Stephanie Knauer stepped up for SU, potting 21 points and an 82 percent shooting percentage that lead the Raiders. Shippensburg’s starters found ways to contribute that did not necessarily include scoring. SU’s Morgan Griffith was an assist machine in the second half, constantly keeping the Raiders within striking distance with penetrating passes. Griffith finished the day with a game-high 12 rebounds and five assists. “Morgan’s always been the one to do the job for us on the boards,” head coach Kristy Trn said. Griffith was assigned to guard one of IUP’s top players, Megan Smith, who burned the Raiders for 25 points in the team’s last matchup. Griffith held Smith to just nine points in Saturday’s contest. “Sometimes it’s very difficult when you have to be faced with tasking the top player defensively to then also be able to turn over to the other side and be asked to lead offensively as well, but I thought Morgan did an outstanding job defensively for us today,” Trn said. As the game wound down, the Raiders found themselves trailing

by two with 14 seconds left. Colleen Young put the game in her hands and sank two free throws to give Shippensburg a shot to send the game into overtime. IUP then had a chance to take the final shot to win the game, but another crucial technical turnover gave the Raiders one last chance. With just one second on the clock and the game again in Young’s hands, Young drove the lane to throw a shot up that hung in the air for what felt like hours before hitting the back of the rim and falling out of the basket. “I don’t know how Colleen’s layup at the end of regulation came back up out of the rim ’cause it seemed like it was down and game over, but sometimes that’s [how it] breaks,” Trn said. IUP seemed ready to take over in overtime, and the team executed its game plan well. “We just feel very fortunate to be sitting right here right now at this time to have a quality win against a really well-coached basketball team,” IUP head coach Tom McConnell said. IUP went perfect from the line to close out the game. Photos by Kayla Brown “We have a team full of huge SU’s Stephanie Knauer puts up two of her 21 points on the day to push the game to overtime. hearts, and we’ll do anything out on the court for our team members,” Knauer said. “Losing Logan early definitely hurt us, but we’re ready for the next game.” For the Raiders, the team can now look past the PSAC playoffs and focus on to the NCAA Tournament. The Raiders earned a No. 4 seed and will face Mercyhurst University at California University of Pennsylvania Friday. Despite the loss to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the PSAC Semifinals, SU has played well of late. The team had not lost a game in two and a half months on a remarkable 19-game win streak. As the season winds down, this setback may be the wake-up call the Raiders need to create their legacy. Trn stressed a team first mentality, and it showed with how the team dealt with adversity during Saturday’s contest. “All the credit has to go to them, and their unselfishness to just come out and work together on the floor,” Shippensburg’s Colleen Young drives the lane in to battle back for the lead against IUP. Trn said.

C3 Sports Baseball splits weekend series with SNHU Slate

March 7, 2017

Photo courtesy of Jason Malmont

The Raiders’ offense was in full force over the weekend, putting up 35 runs over four games. They put up 12 in the first game despite snowfall causing delays.

Nate Powles Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University baseball team welcomed the No. 4 Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) team to SU this weekend for its home opener, splitting the series to get its first wins of the season. There were four games spread across three days, with a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Raiders took the first two games on Friday and Saturday, winning 12–4 and 19–18, respectively. They dropped both games of the Sunday doubleheader, 9–3 and 6–1. Game 1 It was a freezing, snowy start to the game Friday afternoon, but that did not slow down the Raiders’ bats. SU scored three runs in the first inning and then three more in the second. Senior Jake Kennedy started the scoring with a two-run home run for his fourth homer of the season. The game was delayed twice because of snowfall, including once

during the second inning. Immediately after play resumed, junior Dalton Hoiles hit a two-run single to extend the Raiders’ early on. He went 2-for-3 on the day with three RBIs. The game was quiet until the fifth inning, excluding a run scored by the Penmen in the third. The Raiders scored two more runs in the fifth, including a solo home run by sophomore Jack Goertzen, to make it an 8–1 game. Senior Ryan McMillen went 4-for6 on the day with two stolen bases and three RBIs, including a home run in the seventh inning. It was his second home run of the season. Pitcher Zack Sims kept the Penmen quiet all afternoon, only giving up five hits and one run while striking out eight, a career-best. Game 2 It was another cold and windy day at Fairchild Field for what turned out to be a thrilling game which saw the Raiders come away with a 19–18 win in extra innings. There were a combined 40 hits and 37 runs in the game, which lasted more than four hours.

Hoiles had another impressive game, going 4-for-7 with one home run and five RBIs to give him eight RBIs in two days. Goertzen also had a good day and reached base six times, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and walked three times. Both teams started hot in the first inning, with the Penmen getting three runs immediately and then the Raiders taking the lead in the bottom of the inning with four runs. It was a back-and-forth affair all day. Whenever one team would take the lead, the other team would almost immediately come back and either tie the game or take back the lead. SU scored five runs in the sixth inning, only for SNHU to come right back in the seventh and score seven runs to take the lead again. It was 17–11 at that point. The Raiders then scored four runs in the bottom of that inning to narrow the gap. The Penmen scored one more run in the eighth and the Raiders scored three to tie the game up. No team scored in the ninth, so the game had to go to extra innings. Junior Grant Hoover pitched a scoreless 10th inning to set up the possibility of a walk-off victory for

the Raiders. It was none other than Game 4 Hoover who stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second The final game of the weekend sewith two outs. He delivered a single up the middle of the field to score the ries would not go any better for the runner on second and gave SU the Raiders. They were only able to rack up five hits in the effort, only scorwin by a score of 19–18. ing one run. The Penmen’s pitcher dominated SU all game and posted a Game 3 complete game. The only Raider to have more than After a good start to the weekend, the Raiders dropped both games on one hit was Hoover, who had two hits and scored the only run for the team. Sunday against the Penmen. After scoring 31 runs in the first The game ended with a score of 6–1. Another problem for the Raiders two games, they were only able to manage four runs in the doublehead- in the final game was errors. The team had four errors in the game, er while giving up 15. The Raiders were down 6–0 in the which led to unearned runs. A positive from the weekend was fifth inning of the opening game before being able to bring in some runs. the team picked up its first wins of Hoover again started the action, hit- the season, and they came against ting a single to score SU’s first run a nationally ranked team in SNHU. of the day. Two more runs came in Shippensburg is now 2–8 on the sealater in the inning on a single and a son. The next action for the Raiders groundout to make it 6–3 with two will come Friday as they welcome innings to go. That was as close as the team LeMoyne University to Fairchild would come to catching up with Field for another weekend series. SNHU, as the Penmen added three more runs in the sixth and seventh to ensure their first win of the weekend.

C4 Sports Lacrosse remains undefeated


March 7, 2017

The Raiders celebrate Allison Fugate’s (No. 18) game-winning goal against the Rams on Tuesday.

William Whisler Sports Editor

It has been a great two weeks for the Shippensburg University women’s lacrosse team, as the team started its 2017 campaign with three consecutive victories. The Raiders defeated Wilmington University of Delaware in their season opener Feb. 25 before winning Feb. 28 against Shepherd University in dramatic fashion and blowing out Alderson Broaddus University March 4. On Tuesday, the Raiders hosted Shepherd to open their home schedule and won a thriller, scoring a free-position goal with 27 seconds left to shock the Rams, 9–8. Max Barkley won the ensuing draw and the Raiders held possession for the final 27 seconds on the way to the win. The Raiders led 8–5 with 19 minutes left in regulation, but Shepherd came roaring back with three goals to tie the score with 9:14 left to play. The team’s exchanged scoring opportunities, but neither team could find the back of the net, with the Raiders hitting the post twice.

SU’s Allison Fugate crashed the net hard and capped off the game for the Raiders with the game-winning goal. The goal was Fugate’s second goal of the game. Amanda Frank was spectacular for the Raiders once again, notching her second hat trick of the season against the Rams. Frank scored two of her goals on free positions and was also key on defense, adding a pair of caused turnovers and groundballs. Ali Harclerode scored twice in the Raider victory. The Raiders then hosted Alderson Broaddus on Saturday, shutting the door on the Battlers early with 11 first-half goals en route to a 16–3 win. Frank led the way for the Raiders scoring four goals Saturday while tallying two assists, as one of five Raiders with multiple goals on the day. Harclerode, Barkley, Fugate and Morgan Whiteside each scored twice. The defense was the story of the day for the Raiders as Valerie Hertz had a remarkable day, recording an incredible seven caused turnovers and six draw controls to go along with three groundballs. Hertz’s seven caused turnovers are the most by

a Raider since Gayle Kuntzmann Photos courtesy of Jason Malmont had seven on April 26, 2008. No Raider has registered more than Amanda Frank drives to the goal against Shepherd University. four caused turnovers in a game over the last seven years. Annemarie Cericola had six groundballs, while Makenzie Magnotta and Kyra Shank each had three. Frank had a nice all-around effort, adding three groundballs in addition to her six points. Other goal scorers on the day included Jordan Kengor, Kathleen Mirgon, Madi Newman and Morgan Stone. Mirgon’s goal was the first of her career. In goal, Bridgette Morrissey made one first-half save en route to the victory. Laney Ballard made three saves in the second half and yielded just one goal. The Raiders edged the Battlers 38–8 in shots, held a 30–16 advantage in groundballs and won 13 of the 20 draws in the match. SU also forced seven errant clears by Alderson Broaddus. The Raiders, 3–0, will return to the field Friday when they face off against Findlay University. The opening draw is set for 3 p.m. at Robb Sports Complex. The Raiders are currently 3-0 under head coach Nicole Miller.




March 7, 2017

Weaver ends career on the right foot

Photos courtesy of Bill Smith

Ashley Weaver was a leader on the field, leading SU with six goals this year.

William Whisler Sports Editor

The closing of a players’ collegiate career is often times used for reflection and an opportunity to start looking toward the future. For Shippensburg University women’s soccer player Ashley Weaver, her playing career with the Raiders may have come to an end, but the Raider standout is looking to move forward with her playing career as well as her professional career. Weaver hopes to continue playing soccer professionally, if possible. Weaver also has a dream to pursue a degree in psychology by attending a graduate program with a focus on applied behavioral analysis, in the hopes of becoming a behavioral specialist. This summer, Weaver plans to continue playing soccer with the semi-professional Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Hershey FC women’s soccer team. Weaver has played for WPSL Hershey FC since

it was established two years ago. This season with the Raiders, Weaver scored six goals, helping lead the team to a record of 10–7–1. Weaver believes the season was a successful one. “I thought this season, as a team, we really developed a better team culture and it showed in the way we played,” Weaver said. “We were able to beat, or come so close to winning against some of the toughest teams in the conference.” Weaver also discussed the team’s ability to succeed off the field. As a team, the Raiders were among the top of the list nationally for team cumulative grade point average. As a team, the Raiders finished the fall semester with a team GPA of 3.4, Weaver said. During the season, Weaver was named PSAC Athlete of the Week for women’s soccer, becoming the first Raider to be honored in seven seasons. Weaver scored crucial goals that week, including the game-winning goal against Seton Hill University.

Ashley Weaver (No. 17) scores a goal against Lock Haven University. Weaver finishes her collegiate soccer career with 11 goals as a forward for SU.

“To be honored as the first PSAC Athlete of the Week for Ship women’s soccer in seven years was simply a feeling I cannot describe,” Weaver said. “I’m extremely grateful for this recognition, and I am especially grateful for the people that unconditionally encouraged me to reach my fullest potential.” As a team, the Raiders were extremely successful Weaver’s freshman season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament before falling in the first round. “As a freshman, I never expected us to go as far as we did,” Weaver said. “I still talk about how awesome it felt to experience the PSAC playoffs and the NCAA Tournament.” Weaver’s freshman season is also her favorite memory of her playing career at SU. “The rush of eight overtime wins, going to penalty kicks with [California University of Pennsylvania], and qualifying for the first round of the NCAA Tournament was all I could have asked for. There is nothing more I could have asked for there

than the dedication and heart that led us there. It was truly a thrill,” Weaver said. Moving forward with her career, Weaver will miss her teammates and coaches the most. “I think the part I loved most about playing is seeing how much my teammates and even my coaches progress throughout the time I’ve been with them,” Weaver said. “I definitely hope to catch some of their games next fall to see some of the older girls finish out their careers.” After the season ended, Weaver was recognized for her performances on and off the field, receiving an AllPSAC Second-Team selection while also being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of American All-Atlantic Region team. “I felt really grateful to receive these honors for myself, my team, my coaches, family and any others that lead me to become the player I am today,” Weaver said. “Given that I was named the All-PSAC Second Team and the NSCAA All-Atlantic Third Team near the end of my col-

legiate career, it felt like the cherry on top after playing and unconditionally loving the game for the past 16 years.” Weaver now looks to her professional career, where she has high aspirations to become a behavioral specialist. With certification, Weaver could continue at the Bureau of Autism Services where she has interned before, and could continue to work and assist individuals over the age of 21. “My job would be to develop individualized plans to help [people with autism] live more independently, while also allowing them to integrate with society,” Weaver said. Weaver has also considered pursuing psychology in the form of criminal behavior. One thing is for certain—while Weaver has scored a lot of goals in her life, her aspirations and ability to find the back of the net and achieve her goals, on and off the field, is one of her most valuable assets.



March 7, 2017


Fite named PSAC Coach of the Year William Whisler Sports Editor

Shippensburg University men’s basketball coach Chris Fite was named the 2016–17 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year, the league office announced Thursday afternoon. Fite is the first SU coach since Dave Springer to earn Coach of the Year honors, and is also the first coach in SU history to win 20 games in multiple seasons. This season is the second-consecutive year the Raiders have won at least 20 games. “It’s great, it really is a collective award,” Fite said. “We have a great staff, I have four assistants who do a great job for me, and obviously, we couldn’t do any of it without the players. It’s nice to be recognized but it just means we’re heading in the right direction with this program.” Fite, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Raider basketball team, has flipped the program from when he first arrived. The team went 3–23 in his first season as head coach, but since then, the team has gone 57–26 under Fite.

“It’s been tremendous,” Fite said. “You come in with a vision and you feel like if you recruit a certain type of player you’ll be able to turn things around. I never envisioned that it would happen this quickly, but like I said before, it’s really down to the young men that are playing for us and what they’re doing.” Among those players is Abe Massaley, who endured the hardship of going 3–23 before flipping the script to this season’s 24–3 record. Massaley believes the team’s ability to believe and to continue to work hard has led to the turnaround. “Just believing, working hard and trusting the process,” Massaley said. “I’m a believer, I come from a strong Christian background. I believe in God and I believe in hard work and that’s what happened these last four years.” Alongside Fite, Massaley was recognized for the second-straight season as a PSAC All-Conference player, earning a spot on the second-team with teammate Justin McCarthur. Dustin Sleva was named PSAC East Player of the Year, and was named to the first-team. The team’s 24-win season thus far

ties the SU single-season record. The team also started out the season on an 18-game win streak, the longest winning streak in school history. Sleva believes if injuries had not affected the team the way they had, the team may have run the table. “It was an exciting time,” Sleva said. “We had a couple guys get hurt after that, and I feel like if that hadn’t happened we could’ve won them all, but we’re back to full potential.” “That was fun, it was a good ride,” Fite said. “I was really proud of the way we were able to just take it one game at a time and not get too caught up in it. It was a shame it had to come to an end, but I’m happy with where we’re at in the season and we’ve got a lot left to play for.” The Raiders won Wednesday in the PSAC Quarterfinals against East Stroudsburg University and followed up with wins in the semifinals against No. 2 Indiana University of Pennsylvania and in the finals against Kutztown University. The Atlantic Regional Championships begin Saturday. The Raiders will Photo by Jason Malmont battle Virginia Union University at Chris Fite wins his first-career Coach of the Year award at SU. Fairmont State University.

“It’s a great personal accomplishment, but I’m more worried about the team and getting a PSAC Championship this weekend,” Sleva said. Sleva currently leads the PSAC in rebounding and is fourth in points per game. Sleva’s 18 double-doubles also put him in the Top 5 nationally for double-doubles Sleva scored his 1,000th career point this season at Lock Haven University on Jan. 14, and currently has 1,279 points, which places him 14th in SU history with one year left of eligibility. McCarthur has been sensational this season alongside Sleva, averaging 15.9 points per game and sits third in the PSAC in 3-pointers with 86 this season—an SU record. McCarthur averaged 3.2 3-pointers per game, tying him with Zay Jackson

of Gannon University for second in the conference. McCarthur also shot just less than 40 percent on 3-point attempts. “I think it’s a good accomplishment and it shows that all the work I’ve put in during the preseason is showing,” McCarthur said. For Massaley, this is his final season at SU. Massaley sits just shy of a career-best in points per game with 13.2, while he has showcased the ability to pass the ball, including numerous flashy assists. Massaley currently sits in second place for assists in SU history with 472 assists, including a career-high 138 assists this season. “It is a good accomplishment and I’m proud of it, but I’m all about the team,” Massaley said. “This weekend going down to IUP is my main

Dustin Sleva grabs Player of the Year William Whisler Sports Editor Shippensburg University forward Dustin Sleva was named the 201617 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Player of the Year, the PSAC office announced Thursday afternoon. Justin McCarthur and Abe Massaley were also named to the AllPSAC East Second Team. Sleva has led the Raiders in points, rebounds and blocks this season. Sleva averaged 21.8 points and 11.1 rebounds, registering 18 double-doubles on the season. Sleva also shot more than 53 percent from the floor, including more than 39 percent from 3-point range.

focus. All the individual stuff is good, but I’m all about getting the championship right now and that’s all I’m worried about.” All three players were instrumental in SU’s 18-game winning streak — the longest in school history — to begin the 2016–17 season. The Raiders, 26–3, 19–3 PSAC, will head to the NCAA Tournament after earning a No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Region and coming away with the PSAC Championship title at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Sunday. The Raiders defeated Kutztown 73–63 Sunday, to come away with the team’s second ever conference title. The Raiders also broke the single-season wins record with 26 wins this season. The previous SU sin-

gle-season win record was 24 wins. SU coach Chris Fite was also recognized for the Raiders’ success this season, as Fite was named PSAC Coach of the Year. Fite joins SU women’s basketball coach Kristy Trn with Coach of the Year honors, while Stephanie Knauer joins Sleva in Player of the Year honors. The awards mark the first time a PSAC school has had a Player of the Year and Coach of the Year from the same school in both men’s and women’s basketball in the same year since California University in 2004. The team now looks forward to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Championships, which will take place Saturday.




March 7, 2017

The Slate Speaks

SU Women’s March highlights proposed free speech limitations

‘Bathroom ban’ ignores, fuels violence toward transgender individuals Ali Laughman Copy Editor

transgender individuals must use the bathroom that matches their biological sex. Arguments that patrons use to justify the bill focus on people born male who identifiy as female. These arguments claim that it would be easy for a sexual predator to say they’re transgender just to be able to sexually harass women in bathrooms. “As a trans person ... it’s hard not to take it personally when people are comparing trans people to child predators or saying that we’re somehow dangerous,” said Alison Gill, vice chair of the Trans United Fund. A notion that has not been considered is the violence and ridicule that a transgender individual could face when using the bathroom identifying with their biological sex — especially for those who have begun their transformation. Although those who are not considered passing may not have to deal with physical violence. The inner turmoil they are subjected to still exists with having to use a bathroom that does not identify with their correct gender identity. This bathroom bill may be a protection for women and children from being sexually assaulted in bathrooms, but it is also taking away protection for transgender individuals, which leaves the bill inept and one-sided. We come to the reality that chances are, most people have shared a bathroom with a trans individual at least once. To make regulations over something that, in the end, harms the individual whom the bill is posed against leaves the door wide open for even more discrimination and violence in the future.

When it comes to the list of things you probably do in public bathrooms, most likely, you start by looking for the cleanest stall. After that, you make sure the latch actually locks. Once you have completed the objective, you most likely wash your hands, fix your hair or make sure that your appearance meets your standards. Things are similar for those who identify under the umbrella term transgender (trans). Trans individuals use the bathroom just like cis gender individuals. The only difference is a trans individual is more at risk of being a victim of violence. There were at least 21 deaths in 2015 in which transgender individuals were the subject of hate crimes and violence was inflicted upon them, according to While homicide is an issue for all who identify Photo by Kayla Brown as transgender, 72 percent of homiSU students march to support “the rights of all marginalized people” at Thursday’s Women’s March. cides inflicted in 2013 had transgenShippensburg University students kicked off Women’s ing to The Hill. In Tennessee, legislation would expunge der women as victims, according to History Month by taking to the streets of campus Thurs- liability from motorists who accidentally hit protesters This was evident in the case of day for the Women’s March. The march was organized who are, “deliberately blocking a street,” according to the Reecey Walker. Walker was a transby the SU Women’s Center with the goal of supporting NYT. “the rights of all marginalized people,” according to the While we agree that all demonstrations should remain gender woman from Witchita, KanWomen’s Center’s page on Moreover, though, peaceful, we question the motives behind these laws. It sas, who was fatally stabbed in May, the march was another example of freedom of speech is our belief that protesting is, by its nature, disruptive. according to A 16-year-old that we all enjoy in this country. If it were not, then why would anyone protest in the first boy has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murUnfortunately, that freedom is now under scrutiny place? from lawmakers. Following a protest-heavy beginning Think about how Vietnam War protesters were de- der. Even with the spotlight on transof 2017, exemplified by Black Lives Matter and Dakota monized before the Pentagon Papers. Think about hisgender violence, the government Access Pipeline (DAP) protests — along with the Wom- toric events like the Boston Tea Party. Do you believe seems to turn a blind eye, especialen’s March on D.C. — light has been shone on proposed the British were fond of that demonstration? bills that would further criminalize protesters. This is a While we acknowledge that these situations may be ly with North Carolina’s passing of slippery slope that we do not care to go down. different from the one we are in today, we also acknowl- House Bill 2 (H.B.2), which states Laws aimed at protests have been proposed in 16 sepa- edge that history would not have been made had people rate states at this point, and in North Dakota, Gov. Doug not assembled and stood up for what they believed in. Burgum has already signed four bills using emergency While you are free to question the merit of someone’s The opinions expressed in signed editorials and provisions following the evacuation of the DAP protest gripes, they are just as free to assemble in mass to make camp, according to The NYT. a statement. That is democracy. columns are not directly the opinions of The Slate. Some of these laws aim to curtail violence by strictly To begin limiting the ability of citizens to express No opinions expressed in these pages are those of punishing rioters. Others seem to simply exist because themselves freely is to head down a slippery slope toShippensburg University. they discourage expression of First Amendment rights. ward tyranny. Demonstrations have laid the foundation South Dakota’s governor recently passed a law that with which this country was built on. The right to asConcerns or letters to the editor can be emailed to gives him the power to enact a “safety zone” where he semble is fundamental, and to impede it is an attack on sees fit. Anyone who enters the zone can be fined, accord- free speech.




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Trump’s proposed budget puts arts in its crosshairs Maxwell Stephens

Staff Writer In my junior year of high school, I was a state finalist for the Poetry Out Loud competition. Though I didn’t win, I was able to spend a day at the governor’s mansion in Harrisburg reciting and listening to poetry. It was a great experience, and I know others involved would agree. Unfortunately, a new budget memo from President Donald Trump’s administration suggests eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which sponsors Poetry Out Loud and hundreds of other educational programs. While only amounting to 0.004 percent of federal spending, this and similar federal programs provide an important service to society. Robert Redford told the New York Post the memo was “another example of our democracy being threatened…arts are essential, they describe and critique our society.” Meanwhile, the military receives more than 50 percent of the federal budget. That’s more than the next seven largest militaries combined,

according to usgovernmentspending. com. The sad reality is, cutting the NEA and other small programs like the Public Broadcasting Service will have almost no effect on the budget whatsoever. It’s just Trump pandering to supporters to maintain the image that good ol’ Donald is trimming the fat of government spending. In fact, Trump is not trimming the budget at all. He plans to increase military spending by almost $50 billion, despite 120 retired generals and admirals signing a letter to Trump in opposition. The generals suggested that diplomatic agencies like the State Department get a boost, while military spending be curtailed, according to CBS News. Trump is also using warmongering speech that should have the country outraged. “We have to start winning wars again,” Trump said, according to The New York Times. “I have to say, when I was young — in high school and college — everybody used to say we never lost a war. We never lost a war, remember? And now we never win a war. We never win. And don’t fight to win. We don’t fight to win. We’ve either got to win or don’t fight at all.” This kind of speech is indicative of how much our current president

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President Trump’s proposed budget would increase military spending and decrease art spending. is out of touch with the public. The Washington Post has polls that show the public opinion toward the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is not favorable. Not only are they not favorable among the public, but the opinions of servicemen have shifted as well. The Washington Post’s poll from 2013 found that 53 percent of servicemen thought the war in Afghanistan was worth fighting, while 44 percent

thought the Iraq war was worth fighting. Yet the military industrial complex must have such a grip on Trump that the dollar signs of war are too appealing to avoid. If you aren’t frightened by Trump yet, start to be now. Going to war in Syria or another Arab country would be disastrous for the entire world, and here’s our president, just begging for a fight.

To sum up how I feel about Trump’s budget plan, let me explain it in Trump-tweet form so even Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos can understand. The tentative Trump administration’s budget is a MESS. Cutting the arts and foreign spending? SAD! Ignoring 120 retired generals? DISHONEST. Looking for wars? SO DANGEROUS! IMPEACH THE

Trump continues unconventional approach, skips White House Correspondent’s Dinner Evan

Shircliffe Staff Writer T h e White House Correspondent’s Dinner is a longstanding tradition in Washington, D.C., that brings the press and the president together. In recent years, this dinner has become more Hollywood-esque, with a growing presence of A-list celebrities. The dinner has transformed into a meeting of political and journalistic insiders that represent the establishment of our country’s capital. After his shocking victory last No-

vember, it is no surprise that Presi- overtly negative coverage toward dent Donald Trump is skipping out President Trump and the annual dison the annual White House Corre- play of insider excess that exists in spondent’s Dinner. Washington, D.C., Trump had a tu- “By refuting this din- the White House multuous relation- ner, Donald Trump is C o r r e s p o n d e n t ’ s ship with the media maintaining his outsider Dinner, is the exthis past election act opposite of what status...” year. After clear evDonald Trump cam–Evan Shircliffe, idence of the mainpaigned for. Trump Staff Writer stream media colludran on a ticket to ing with the Hillary “drain the swamp” Clinton campaign that was leaked and to return the country’s political from WikiLeaks, President Trump power back to the common citizen. has every right to return the nega- By refuting this dinner, Donald tive attitudes toward the media. This Trump is maintaining his outsider past election was one of unprecedent- status and his ability to not be held ed and open support for one political hostage by annual Washington traparty over the other. ditions. If we mix together the media’s




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Pennsylvania schools need to start testing water supply’s for lead

Graphic by Tommy Witmer

Kayleigh Purcell

Asst. Opinion Editor Houston, we have a problem. Flint, Michigan, is not the only area in the United States that has to worry about a contaminated water supply. Pennsylvania received a failing letter grade in taking action to prevent pipeline lead from reaching faucets in schools, according to Jan Murphy, a writer for PENN LIVE. Contamination in drinking water is expanding in schools all over the state and this, in turn, affects the health of children. The problem is there’s no law that requires water to be tested for defects, nor is there a law that deciphers the level of drinking water permitted in schools. Pennsylvania is avoiding finding a solution to the dangers of lead pollution in schools’ drinking water. Its lack in effort of tackling this situation can potentially result in death among students.

Flint has been dealing with contamination of its water sources since 2007 and issues haven’t been resolved to this day, according to CNN. Flint is at least addressing the problem by setting limits on lead consumption and spending the money to rebuild pipelines to turn around the crisis on its end of the spectrum. Lead consumption can lead to developmental problems, such as behavioral issues and decreased hearing. Unfortunately, there’s no diagnosis for lead poisoning, so anyone who consumes it automatically is at risk. Pennsylvania’s government will have to do some serious prioritizing because we’re talking about someone’s life being on the line. If children continue to consume this poisonous substance, their developmental skills will fall backward, defeating the initial purpose of school. Reconstructing the pipelines, dictating laws and spending necessary funds will help take a step in the right direction to a safer, more stable school environment for children across the state of Pennsylvania.


E1 Sheeran breaks records, boundaries with ‘÷’


Molly Foster

Asst. A&E Editor Five years and three albums ago, Ed Sheeran revealed his heart was just as fiery as his hair with love song anthems “Lego House” and “Give Me Love” from his debut album “+,” followed by 2014 fan favorites “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph.” As Sheeran made a habit of outdoing himself with each new release, it is no shock that many fans could barely control their excitement and anticipation for what he could possibly bring to the table with “÷.” Sheeran teased fans with singles “Castle on a Hill” and “Shape of You” in early January to leave them with something to curb their hunger until they finally received their full fill Friday. While two months was an excruciating amount of time for diehard Sheeran fans to wait, for many, this record-breaking album was well worth the wait. According to Forbes, “÷” broke Spotify’s record for the album with the most plays in a single day, with 56.73 million plays on March 3. The record was previously held by The Weeknd’s “Starboy,” with 29 million daily plays. Sheeran is also the first artist in U.S. history to debut two songs to simultaneously make the Billboard

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mellow love songs with “÷” to explore new sounds. It is almost like when you go to a restaurant and have no idea what to get, so you order a sampler because you are bound to like at least one thing on the plate. Sheeran gives fans a lot of variety to choose from with “÷,” and you will end up liking at least one song from the album. Sheeran steps outside of the box by incorporating rap with a folky beat for a unique sound in songs “Eraser” and “Galway Girl.” The song “Biba Be Ye Ye” switches it up yet again with a Mediterranean meets pop and dance sound that makes it hard to resist the urge to dance when listening to it. But for those who are drawn to Sheeran for his love songs, he did not forget about his roots. “Perfect” will likely become a first dance favorite like “Thinking Out Loud,” with lyrics that breathe life into love. The musical diversity that pieces together “÷” is an eye-opener for fans and even those who were not previously fans, as it shows Sheeran is more than just a love-struck muPhoto courtesy of Drew de F Fawkes (Wikimedia Commons) sician. Sheeran took a risk with this Ed Sheeran debuts different sounds with “÷,” which features rap, dance, pop and love ballads. album, but one that proved to be rewarding in its success. Top 10 with “Castle On The Hill” and ularity may not come as a shock However, some of the album’s craze Follow us on Instagram “Shape of You.” because of the large and dedicated is likely linked to the fact that Sheerat shipuslate His latest album’s booming pop- fan base Sheeran is known to have. an stepped out of his comfort zone of

Billboard Top 10 1. Shape Of You- Ed Sheeran

Carmike 7 Showtimes

Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7 and March 8 at Carmike Cinema 7 in Chambersburg

2. Bad And Boujee - Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert 3. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) - ZAYN ft. Taylor Swift

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4. That’s What I Like - Bruno Mars

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5. Closer - The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

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6. Paris - The Chainsmokers

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7. Love On The Brain - Rihanna

4. Moonlight 5. The Shack

8. Chained To The Rhythm - Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley

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7. Lego Batman Movie

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8. Before I Fall

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9. Bounce Back - Big Sean 10. Bad Things - Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello

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Poetry GBLUES to bring dinner theater Corner Marissa Merkt A&E Editor

It is a Saturday evening and you are in your dorm room trying to decide if you should microwave some Ramen or eat leftovers, but on March 11 your options expand to dinner and a show. Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School (GBLUES) will host its annual spaghetti fundraiser from 4–7 p.m. in Kriner Dining Hall. In addition to a meal, the school will be having a talent show for guests to enjoy. The acts include everything from singing to short skits. This is the second time the school has included a talent show with its spaghetti dinner. In addition, GBLUES will be having a silent auction with items donated from indi-

viduals, families and local businesses. Bids can be made throughout the evening. The spaghetti dinner is put together by the GBLUES Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and is typically its largest fundraiser. Proceeds are used for school equipment and activities, like Camp GBLUES. Camp GBLUES is a two-day hands-on environmental experience at Camp Penn United Methodist Church Camp in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. “GBLUES appreciates the support it receives from all parts of the Shippensburg University community. SU students are a vital part of the GBLUES family, too,” PTO member Heather Wadas said. “If you are around that weekend, you need to eat anyway, might as well help the school as you do so.” Dinner includes spaghetti, salad,

“Season Edge” Marissa Merkt A&E Editor

Mother Nature stands on the edge Time to leave the past behind And move on to a new hedge Mother Nature awakens form her nap Reflecting on her dreams Ready to close the widening gap

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GBLUES will hold its annual spaghetti dinner to raise school funds. During the dinner students will perform for the guests.

Mother Nature packs away her coat For there is no more need Soon her friend Sun will gloat Mother Nature takes a tiny step

bread and dessert and costs $8 for under. To purchase tickets, call the Preparing for the future ahead adults and $4 for children, ages 6–11. GBLUES office at (717) 477-1612, or And then she jumps There is no charge for children 5 and purchase at the door on Saturday.

Poetry reading kicks off Women’s History Month Jake Rohm

Guest Writer Every seat in the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center Chapel was filled with students and faculty taking in the fascinating art of poetry Thursday during a poetry reading hosted by Shippensburg University’s Women’s Center. “A Celebration of Female Voices: Poetry Reading” brought together three poets who each shared her personal take and experiences on the topic of women. While discussing a serious and sensitive topic such as violence against women and women empowerment, the poets found ways to break the ice and make the audience less tense. Between readings, the poets talked to the audience and explained the meanings of their poems, while trying to have fun at the same time. The first poet of the evening was Shara McCallum, who read from her new book “Madwoman.” The poems McCallum read were deep and thought provoking as she explained the three developing stages of a

woman’s life: girl, woman and mother. Poet Nin Andrews followed McCallum’s reading, and also read poems from her own book “Why God is a Woman.” In Andrews’ book, the roles between women and men are flipped, making women more powerful than men, which in turn made individuals question society’s ideals. “On the island where I come from, women rule,” Andrews said in one of her poems.   Andrews especially grabbed the attention of the audience by using her poetry to emphasize how men actually treat women. For example, men have an unequal and higher pay in jobs compared to women. Jan Beatty was the final poet and read from her new book “Jackknife.”   Beatty’s poems showed the audience a darker side in comparison to the other two poets, as many of her poems were about anger.   Beatty discussed some of the horrible things women go through, such as rape and assault, in one of her poems.  Her powerful and poetic voice wrapped up the poetry reading with Photo by Calvin Talbott a bang, and began Women’s History Month off as well. Shara McCallum, a poet and author, shares poems from her recent book “Madwoman” with SU.

E3 A&E Magical creatures terrorize New York


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Thomas Witmer

Graphics Chief Designer You have taken a trip to another country, only to discover your bag has been lost. This scenario can be a horror to experience for just about anyone, but imagine if you knew your bag was filled with magical beasts. Directed by David Yates, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is based on the book of the same title, which was published in 2001 by author J.K Rowling who was also the movie’s screenplay writer. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the story of Newt Sc-

amander, a wizard and zoologist of magical creatures. He comes to New York City in the 1920s with the intention of releasing one of his creatures back into the wild. An escaped creature from his suitcase begins to draw attention to him by the United States magical community. During his attempts to recapture the first magical escapee, a human by the name of Jacob Kowalski becomes aware of the hidden magical world and accidentally switches his own suitcase with Scamander. The escaped beasts are not the only issue at hand, though, as a dark and powerful force has developed in the city. Scamander is drawn into a conflict

that risks the exposure of the magical society to the world. The published book itself is based on a fictional book from the Harry Potter series, which was fictitiously written by Scamander. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Scamander, Katherine Waterson as Porpentina ‘Tina’ Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski and Alison Sudol as ‘Queenie’ Goldstein, the story is set within the same fictional universe as the Harry Potter movie series. The events of the movie take place before the birth of the titular protagonist Harry Potter. I attended a showing of the movie on Saturday in Orndorff Theatre.

The movie was quite enjoyable, and I have a fascination for animals myself, so I was enchanted with the prospect of magical zoology. Many of the characters and scenes were endearing, such as a scene where Scamander attempts to lure one of his creatures back into the case through the use of the mating dance performed by males of its species. Of course, other antics attempted to contain many of the creatures that had escaped Scamander’s case. I did think, however, the background of a relationship between Tina and another character named Credence Barebone was rather unexplained,

with details being scarce and the event itself practically mentioned in passing. Credence was part of an event in Tina’s life before the movie took place, and a simple reference hardly seemed like it was enough. I have not read any of the books in the Harry Potter series, or seen any of the movies. However, I was able to enjoy the magical world and storyline portrayed in “Fantastic Beasts.” If you enjoy fantasy worlds and magical creatures, you may want to give “Fantastic Beasts” a chance. And if you ever take a trip, do your best not to lose your suitcase.

New Jersey singer releasing album at Thought Lot

Photo courtesy of Emily Barnes

Emily Barnes is performing at The Thought Lot on Friday for a special release of her recent album, “Let in the Light,” which explores feelings of confusion.

Marissa Merkt A&E Editor

College can be a period of confusion and darkness, but Emily Barnes is going to “Let in the Light” with the release of her new album at The Thought Lot on Friday. “The songs ebb and flow from the uncertainty of the darkness to the finally coming out on the other side,” Barnes said. Barnes has been singing for as long as she can remember. After receiving a guitar for Christmas when

she was 16 years old and listening to Brandi Carlile on a mix-tape, she morphed into a singer/songwriter. Soon her hobby became a profession as her time became completely devoted to writing songs and playing at open mics. Barnes’ debut album, “Beautiful Goodbyes,” was released in early 2014 followed by her duo album “Closer to Home” with Mike Herz in 2015. “The best advice I could give anyone going into this is to be aware that it is not going to be easy. It is challenging, it is frustrating, it can be

utterly defeating at times,” Barnes Thought Lot in July of 2016. said. “But at the heart of it all are the “Let in the Light” has a calming, songs.” folksy feel to it. The New Jersey The songs are alnative has been “It’s not going to be easy. It most lullaby-like touring the nation. is challenging, it is frus- with Barnes’ soft She started out voice and peacetrating, it can be utterly with only a duffel ful strumming of defeating at times.” bag and tent, but her guitar. The –Emily Barnes, now drives a van. album opens with Barnes described “Into The Dawn,” singer/songwriter a thirst for travel. which is a short Whenever she is and simple melody at her home she longs to be touring. that ends with wolves howling into Barnes previously performed at The “Uncertainty.” “Uncertainty” trans-

ports listeners to a coffee shop with the rattling of cups and plates. Barnes ends with the upbeat revelation in “Don’t Know Who I’ll Be.” She sings about how she does not know where she will be when she is 28, or 33, or 45, or 64, but she hopes she gives a lot to the world and enjoys the ride. In addition to Barnes’ performance, Sarah Fiore, from Indian Summer Jars, and Brendan Fletcher will be playing. Tickets are $8 with a Shippensburg University ID and $10 for the public. Music begins at 7 p.m.




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ZZ Top sells out High schoolers unveil their ‘retrospectives’ Lane Alleman Staff Writer

The album is a great country-rock record with everything from songs to party, cry and sing along to. ZZ Top took the stage shortly after Hanks finished and the crowd was immediately on their feet. They asked the crowd what they wanted to hear, to which the audience responded with songs like “Legs,” “Tush,” “La Grange” and even one brave soul shouted, “Play some Skynyrd!” Billy Gibbons settled them down by telling them they would play “something old, something new and everything in between.” The “Tres Hombres” may be in their 60s, but they still have the energy of a 21-year-old student at a frat party on a Saturday night. They were jumping around the stage, dancing in unison and “giving each other some skin” after every blazing guitar solo, bluesy bass break and impressive high note hit. The drummer, Frank Beard — ironically the only member without a beard — was getting the audience to laugh by lighting a cigarette before starting each song. The band kept true to its word by playing hit songs from all of their albums and even doing a bluesy cover of “Foxey Lady” by Jimi Hendrix and “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley. ZZ Top and Hanks put on an incredible show for the packed Luhrs auditorium. The musicians did not disappoint and everyone in attendance got their money’s worth for one of the Luhrs Center’s most expensive shows this season.

Marissa Merkt A&E Editor

Vivid owls representing different forms of hard drugs and ceramics showing the feud between individuals and society filled the Shippensburg Arts Programming & Education (SHAPE) gallery Friday evening. This year marks SHAPE’s 15th year hosting the “Retrospective” exhibit, which features artwork from 10 Shippensburg Area Senior High School (SASHS) advance placement studio seniors. Artists included Ally Coleman, Liana Culbertson, Chloe Daywalt, Emmy Erisman, Sarah Herlia, Elissa Marzzarella, Mae Morris, Anna Neil, Breanna Rife and Lauren Taylor. In addition to creating self-portraits and other individual projects, throughout the year students were assigned to produce a collection centered around a single theme. Themes ranged from cats to consumerism and were displayed in an array of forms. Culbertson’s piece “A Night Out” represented the products of her daydreams and imagination. The central focus was a singer who Culbertson listened to while working. In the singer’s brain Culbertson showed a party scene in Philadelphia. Additionally, she included items she used that morning, such as bananas, a book and the people sitting around her. Piece by piece, a colorful abstraction was created. “When I put pencil to paper or brush to canvas or finger to the shutter, I think my goal is to capture visual poetry,” Culbertson said. Culbertson is a SHAPE junior board member who helps manage SHAPE’s social media and sell artwork. Her father is Shippensburg University Art Professor Ben Culbertson. Marzzarella originally planned on creating portraits that exaggerated features of ethnicity. Her first piece was a girl with an abstract, long neck. “From there they got longer and then they became more stylized,” Marzzarella said. Other artwork was inspired by past experiences. Morris visited the United Kingdom two years ago and Photo by Lane Alleman decided to create a fictitious travel magazine called “Explore” to motiZZ Top members jam at their sold-out performance. Shippensburg University warmly welcomed “That Lil’ Ol’ band from Texas,” ZZ Top to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center for a soldout performance Saturday. The band has kept its original three members — Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard — for four decades. ZZ Top is currently in the midst of “The Tonnage Tour” with Outlaw Country newcomer, Austin Hanks. Hanks opened the show with his song “This Ain’t No Jukebox,” making sure the crowd knew they were in for some live music. Hanks was a pleasant surprise to all the ZZ Top fans. The young man from Alabama impressed the audience with his bluesy guitar solos, incredible vocal range and catchy choruses. His band mates were technically impressive, but were not as fun to watch. While Austin was jumping around the stage hyping up the crowd and making the most impressive “blues guitar face” I’ve ever seen, his guitar and bass players seemed to be cemented to the same spot showing no emotion. I was able to speak with Hanks after his performance and he told me he and Gibbons from ZZ Top “go way back.” Gibbons approached Hanks one day and said, “We need to get you a record.” Days later Hanks was in the studio recording “Alabastard” with Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimmy Hall of Jeff Beck and Gibbons himself.

Photos of art by Marissa Merkt

SASHS students showed off their abstract, central themes through a variety of art forms at the SHAPE gallery. vate others to explore the world like her. After graduating from SASHS, Morris plans to pursue her art passion at the University of Illinois with a graphic design major. Both Herlia and Taylor featured scenes from a farm with chickens and grassy meadows. “While I find winter dreadful, dreary and depressing, thinking of summers at the farm fills me with the scents, sounds and serenity that I find there,” Taylor said. For many of the young artists, this was their first time exposing their work to the eyes of the public. The students helped hang their pieces in the gallery and greeted guests who came into their imaginative world. SASHS’s art teacher Sarah Maclay did not see any of the work leading up to the night, due to being on maternity leave. After Thanksgiving, Jessie White stepped in as a longterm substitute teacher and helped oversee the creative process. The exhibit will remain up until March 24 and can be viewed from 5–8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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