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Pizza House reopens doors 12 years later Molly Foster A&E Editor After a 12-year hiatus, several months of renovations and the initiation of new owners, Pizza House re-opened its doors to Shippensburg residents last week. The Richardson family of Shawn, Tricia and Te’hayenish are known in the Shippensburg community for the tasty, sweet treats they serve at Cabin on King, but they will be challenged to diversify their culinary skills with savory foods while co-owning Pizza House. In addition to the completed renovations on the Pizza House building located at 100 E. King St., which included a new ceiling and the installation of a ventilation system in the kitchen to accommodate frying food, the Richardsons also have modest upgrades in mind that they plan to gradually incorporate into the business. The original Pizza House was opened in the late ’60s by the Pililis family, and the Pililises ran the pizza shop for a short period of time before husband and wife Ioannis “John” Panagos and Maria Panagos, of Shippensburg, took ownership. After John died in 1997 and Maria in 2000, their children took over the Pizza House business until its 2006 closure. The building remained vacant for several years before Polly and Stone moved into the location in 2014. But Polly and Stone’s run was short, and the business shut down this past October — leaving the building empty once again. As a friend of the Panagos family, Richardson said the death of John and Maria and the closing of Pizza House that followed, emotionally stirred him. Because of the connection he had with both the owners and the shop, he never entirely gave up on Pizza House, even when the build-
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Customers enter Pizza House, located on East King Street, after the restaurant reopened last week. The restaurant closed in 2006, sat vacant and then was taken over by Polly and Stone for a few of years. However, Pizza House has now reclaimed the space and is working on perfecting old recipes, as well as adding new menu items such as vegan meals. ing sat dark and quiet for years. “In 2006 I actually wanted to keep the business going, but the timing wasn’t right,” Shawn said. When Shawn learned of the recent closing of Polly and Stone, it prompted him to revisit the idea of keeping Pizza House alive. After some consideration, he decided that unlike in 2006, the timing now seemed right. So he reached out to his childhood friends Viki
and Tim for their blessing, and touched by his persistence to honor John and Maria in re-opening the pizza shop, the two gave more than a blessing. “They always had their own special recipes, so without those it really wouldn’t be Pizza House,” Shawn said. “So I asked them to think about it [for] a couple days, if they were willing to relinquish them to me, and they got back to me and said they were willing to do so
Awards help fund student business plans Hannah Pollock Asst. News Editor Shippensburg University hosted the seventh annual Student Business Plan Competition Awards ceremony on Wednesday evening in the Tuscarora Room at Reisner Dining Hall. The winner of the $10,000 first-place prize was Clarion University senior Logan
Chernicky, with his business “Enhanced Visual.” “Enhanced Visual” is a system that allows construction site managers and engineers to compare actual progress on their projects with pre-work projections to help keep them “on track and under budget.” Second place went to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) senior Amanda
Layden with her “Organtick,” all-natural tick repellent with sunscreen protection. Layden was awarded $5,000 for her business. Zachary Waldman and Nick Neely, also students at ESU, received the $2,500 third place prize for their development of “Falchion Systems,” a cybersecurity company that is designed to help companies secure their
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Logan Chernicky (second from right) wins first place and is awarded $10,000 for his business that allows construction managers to keep track of their projects.
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computer networks. The annual Business Plan Competition is designed to give students and future entrepreneurs a real-world opportunity to pitch their own business plans, and to win funds to assist in the creation and further development of their businesses. All students at universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) are invited to participate in the yearly competition. This year’s competition drew about 199 students and student teams. PASSHE Interim Chancellor Karen M. Whitney commended the participants efforts. “Talk about student success; just look around this room tonight. Each year, this competition brings out the best in our students. I’m confident that trend will continue. This isn’t the last you’ll see or hear from this group of budding entrepreneurs,” she said. See “AWARDS,” A3
because of our history.” The owners largely intend to maintain the building’s historic feel and preserve the same distinctive taste that Pizza House served the community before it closed, because for Shawn, the Panagos family and locals alike, Pizza House is the home to many memories.
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Cheyney drops PSAC and Division II status, affects SU’s sports schedules Shannon Long News Editor At the end of March, Cheyney University announced that it will withdraw from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) at the end of the 2017-18 academic year and drop its National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II status. The decision was made to help the university achieve financial sustainability. Cheyney will look to join another athletic conference for its men and women’s basketball teams as well as its women’s volleyball team. The teams will have an independent status for the 2018-19 academic year, according to a press release from Cheyney. “These are extremely difficult but necessary decisions that are being made on behalf of our entire student population, and to help ensure the university’s future,” Cheyney President Aaron A. Walton said in the press release. “We want to continue to provide our student athletes the opportunity to participate as part of the overall college experience. Unfortunately, we cannot continue to do so at the current level of competition.” Cheyney was one of the charter members of the PSAC, according to Shippensburg University Director of Athletics Jeff Michaels. SU teams that will be affected by Cheyney’s decision include football, volleyball, men and women’s basketball, cross country and track. See “CHEYNEY,” A3
Lecture emphasizes role of sports culture, social justice
April 10, 2018
Local TV personality speaks about opioid crisis Jessica Knapp Staff Writer
Coroner and medical legal death investigator, Graham Hetrick, spoke about drug addiction in America and the opioid crisis during his lecture at Shippensburg University on April 2 in Old Main Chapel. Hetrick’s presentation “A Look at America’s Insatiable Appetite for Drugs: Does addiction discriminate?” addressed the causes behind America’s opioid crisis from a unique perspective. For more than 27 years, Hetrick has been working to uncover the how and why behind a person’s death. Currently, Hetrick serves as the elected coroner of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and has done so for more than 25 years. During those years he has certified more than 13,000 deaths, investigated nearly 600 homicides and performed 3,000 autopsies. One can watch Hetrick live and in
action on his television show “The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead” on the Investigation Discovery channel. The presentation started with a short clip from Hetrick’s television show, featuring the reaction of a mother who was just informed that her son had died from an opioid overdose. The video showed the mother struggling to believe that her son had died. “No parent should turn a blind eye to it, no one is immune to this,” she said while wiping away tears. Hetrick added how people are quick to ignore the problem until it happens to them or someone that they love. He defined addiction as repetitive action that has a negative consequence. Hetrick went on to ask the audience “Why are the richest and freest people in all of history needing to anesthetize themselves?” Hetrick believes the root of America’s addiction problem comes from the way that our
society operates. As a society, we have failed to take care of the people that we bring into this world and as a result they are more likely to develop addictive behaviors throughout their lives. “If we are going to talk about addiction, we have to talk about how to treat our bodies,” Hetrick said as a call to action. He discussed the benefits that eating healthier, working out, meditating and doing breathing exercises can have on people’s physical and mental well-being. If Americans really wish to end the country’s addiction problem, they would spend their time and energy helping those around them better themselves and not continue to turn a blind eye. “After all these years of listening to the dead I believe that there is something beyond this,” Hetrick said. People are all interconnected as human beings and need to start treating each other that way.
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English professor Sharon Harrow hosted a lecture about sports culture’s ability to create social justice on Thursday evening. During the lecture, Harrow touched on Daniel Mendoza who advocated for a stop to violence against Jewish people in England during the 1800s. At the end of the lecture, she shared that she used to be a boxer, but now fights for social justice instead. “PIZZA,” from A1 While its employees focus on perfecting Pizza House favorites such as its classic pizza and grinders, the selections on the menu will be limited for some time, Shawn said. “We want to hone in on certain things and do that well,” Shawn said. “I think that restaurants that try to do every different food, everything can’t be fresh and they can’t be doing everything well.” Some of the new items that will be added onto the menu once the basics are mastered will include a spaghetti meal, sides such as French fries and even a small selection of vegan dishes. With the Pizza House sign vibrantly shining in the building’s window again, this piece of living Shippensburg history will have the opportunity to re-welcome those who remember the times they once spent at Pizza House, and building lasting bonds and memories with new customers. “To bring it back after 12 years in the same location with the same recipes, to me is just unfathomable,” Shawn said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen, but here we are, opening back up.”
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Graham Hetrick speaks to the audience about America’s opioid crisis and how many ignore the problem until they are personally affected by it. He proposed that Americans develop a healthier lifestyle and spend time helping others.
SU hosts lecture on communist era in Romania and Bulgaria Rachel Nazay Staff Writer
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Tim French shows evidence of the communist era in Romania and Bulgaria. During his lecture, French shared that Romania had little evidence of communism while Bulgaria has many pieces of evidence from their communist era.
Communist churches, statues and museums are some of the evidence of the communist era in Romania and Bulgaria, according to an instructor of history who spoke at Shippensburg University in the Dauphin Humanities Center on Wednesday night. Traveling through the Iron Curtain, Tim French, adjunct instructor of history at Lord Fairfax Community College, was on a mission to understand the role of communism in Romania and Bulgaria and the evidence that has been left from this era. Communism, French found, was still lurking throughout both of these countries. Romania, with a long and harsh history with the Soviet Union and communism, has had very little evidence of communism throughout
the country. The only lasting evidence of communism is the statue of communism, according to French. “The people seem more real, more authentic,” he said. Nicolae Ceausescu, also known as the “King of Communism,” was the ruler of Romania from 1965 until his execution on Christmas Day, 1989. His execution was put on every television and played on a loop on that day, French said. Bulgaria, appreciating communism, has kept the stores, tire plants, chemical plants, monasteries and many other pieces of that era. “Bulgarians are happy about the communist era, for the most part,” French said. The communism churches through Bulgaria have a hint of religion, French said, that would have “the bodies of religious figures and the heads of communist lead-
ers.” These churches are few and far between, but are still major reminders of that time period for the citizens. French met two women in Bulgaria who held communism tours, also sharing their experiences with communism first hand. “Their parents had to wait 10 years for a car. You would put 10 percent down first, then you are expected to [pay] the rest when you eventually get your car, ” he said. French also toured throughout the Czech Republic, another country that showed significant signs of communism, such as different statues and Wenceslas Square In Prague, the effects of the communism era are still hovering. Throughout his talk, French also advocated for studying abroad. “If you can study abroad, do it.”
April 10, 2018
Noam Chomsky addresses possible end of humanity Michaela Vallonio Staff Writer World-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky joined Shippensburg University via Skype to discuss the major threats to the planet’s future and human existence. The sociology and anthropology department arranged the lecture, “The End of Humanity?” held on March 26 in SU’s Old Main Chapel, which was open to all students and faculty. Chomsky started the lecture by considering the first major threat being world peace and the increasing number of nuclear threats. He cited an international poll conducted by Gallup to determine which country was the biggest threat to world peace. “The answer was the U.S., by a huge margin,” Chomsky said. “The question was never asked again.” Chomsky also discussed the Doomsday Clock and the fact that it is creeping closer to midnight. The Doomsday Clock represents the probability of a man-made global catastrophe. The first time the clock was published in 1947, it read seven minutes to midnight. In recent years, it has crept closer and currently sits at two minutes, the closest it has ever been to midnight. The only other time it was this close was in 1953, the age of nuclear weapons. Chomsky believes, due to recent appointment of political positions, such as the national security adviser, specific actions can lead to horrendous consequences. “Under any circumstances, particularly so, not because the consequences would be horrendous, but because there are clearer options,” Chomsky said. “AWARDS,” from A1 Before the winners were announced, previous award winners gave testimonies of how the competition impacted their businesses and lives. Bri Nellis, last year’s second place winner, shared what this past year has been like for her. Nellis shared her experiences as a photographer with Clarion University, Spark Designs and with the “Legends of Pittsburgh” cruise. “This competition has completely fast-forwarded my business and given me so many
Chomsky’s second existential threat is global climate change. He discussed the expanding use of fossil fuels and other unprecedented changes will lead to severe ecological destruction. Even slightly warmer temperatures can accelerate the melting of ice caps, glaciers and permafrost. “It will also accelerate other margins like the rapid melting of the polar ice caps, it’s happening right now,” Chomsky said. “West Antarctica alone contains enough ice to raise sea levels by 10 feet.” Chomsky brought up the question of ‘how are we reacting to this’? While many U.S. states have taken some action, the federal government has the most power to make changes. Chomsky referred to the lack of action taken by the federal government as outrageous. “It should be a screaming headline on every newspaper,” Chomsky said. “There’s been nothing like it in human history.” Chomsky believes the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, and increasing the use of destructive fossil fuels and greenhouse gases, is a huge step backwards. Multiple companies determined global climate change is a serious problem. Chomsky specifically discussed one of the companies, ExxonMobil, and the company’s continuous use of fossil fuels. Toward the end of Chomsky’s lecture, he said climate change is a real problem and that there is no case for global climate change deniers. Chomsky believes that without action, the human race is at the beginning of the end. “Conscious decisions are driving the human race to disaster,” he said. new opportunities,” she said. SU was represented in this year’s competition by Jonathan Burton, who was a finalist in the competition with “Awakened Wellness.” His business would offer massage therapy, floatation therapy and mindfulness meditation. Also representing SU in the competition was Jeffrey Dillon, with “Brew Crew Labs,” a business that would provide first-time professional brewers with materials without a major risk. The Student Business Plan Competition is sponsored by PASSHE.
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Noam Chomsky speaks to the audience of students through Skype about human existence and the possible end to humanity. Chomsky explained existential threats, such as the Doomsday Clock and global climate change.
Financial aid session offered for students Financial Aid Office Shippensburg University April is National Financial Literacy Month! Join the Financial Aid Office on Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Orndorff Theatre for a short presentation and Q&A session with representatives from the Shippensburg University Financial Aid Office, and a representative from Citizen’s Bank regarding issues facing students about student loan debt and good financial practices in general. Topics to be discussed include (but are not strictly limited to): how good/bad credit affects me, student loans (How much debt do I have? Who services my loans? How do I pay it back? Is refinancing right for me?), what does identity theft really mean and how to help prevent it from happening to me, as well as how to develop a budget and savings plan. Light snacks and door prizes will be provided. To register, follow this link: https://www.ship.edu/financial_aid/debt_management/financial_literacy_workshop What: Financial Literacy Workshop Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Place: Orndorff Theatre - CUB “CHEYNEY,” from A1 In December 2017, Cheyney dropped its football team from the conference, which left a hole in SU’s football schedule. Head coach Mark Maciejewski was able to find a game to fill the hole in the schedule with a game against Long Island University Post, according to Michaels. “That’s the biggest impact for us right now, is that we have teams that normally have conference schedules [and] divisional opponents no longer there,” Michaels said. Bloomsburg University announced that it was adding volleyball as a varsity sport beginning in the fall of 2018, so Cheyney’s withdraw will not affect their season. However, other sports do not have it as easy.
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“The basketball [teams] are the challenge now,” Michaels said. The PSAC in basketball has an east and a west division, and SU and Cheyney both play in the east division. SU would play Cheyney at home, and they would have an away game at Cheyney. This leaves the basketball teams with two open games until the PSAC is able to add a new member. Michaels said he feels bad for the student athletes at Cheyney, but he understands what they are going through. “Hard times lead to very difficult decisions, so I understand where the school came from,” Michaels said. “As an athletic director, you hope that you don’t have to make those types of decisions, but the reality is that they had to for the betterment of their institution.”
A reception that included dinner was held before the awards. Students from PASSHE schools came to the awards to present their business plans. Jonathan Burton represented SU and was a finalist with “Awakened Wellness.”
Student Government Updates
• Senators Jack Goertzen, Crystal Hartman, Madeline Mulhall, Taren Swartz, Isaiah Smith and Amanda Morelli were excused from the meeting.
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• The international studies program will be showing “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Dauphin Humanities Center Room 51.
• Kim van Alkemade will be reading from her new novel “Bachelor Girl” on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Old Main Chapel.
• There will be a violin and piano recital on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Old Main Chapel.
• The men’s lacrosse team will be playing Dickinson College on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Robb Sports Complex turf field.
• Phi Sigma Sigma will be hosting a 5K on Sunday at 8 a.m. at the student recreation complex pavilion.
• The Social Inclusion and Social Justice conference will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. in the Ceddia Union Building Room 103.
• The parking lot next to Mowery Hall is now additional parking for the Ceddia Union Building. • The cycling club is taking over the Ship Share program, and was given $500 for bike parts and tools. • A discussion has begun at SU about improving campus safety. • Senator elections will be held this week from Monday until Thursday at 4 p.m. Voting is open to undergraduate students only. An email about voting was sent out last week and contains a link for students to vote.
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Chomsky creates discussion about power of the wealthy Commentary
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When famed-scholar Noam Chomsky spoke to the Shippensburg University community via Skype a couple weeks ago, he wasted no time in letting people know how bad off things are for humanity. “Maybe God decided this was a bad experiment and he wants to be done with it,” Chomsky said, referring to humans as a species. The University of Arizona linguistics professor felt strongly that certain doom was looming over the world if societies did not organize. The inevitable doom he discussed was global climate change and nuclear threats, but they are far from the only problems our society faces. The problem with doing anything about it is that the majority of people, at least in the United States, have little to no control over the policy-making process, he said. “Elections are pretty much bought,” Chomsky said, talking about the power of the extremely wealthy.
He believes, as many scholars do, that the American people usually only get what they want from their politicians when it aligns with what the elite want. For example, creating traffic laws for the sake of efficient and safe travel sounds like common sense legislation, and it is. But why does the same mentality not apply for laws to prevent pollution and climate change? There is scientific evidence that traffic laws help save lives, just as there is scientific evidence that pollution laws also save lives. The difference between the two is that traffic laws do not impede, but help business operate more efficiently, while regulations to prevent pollution often times result in a loss of profit. That is the key. Profits, and money in general, are the lowest common denominators throughout society. Nearly every aspect of society is shaped because someone, somewhere made money from it, not because that part of society was created with altruistic intentions. This is certainly true when it comes to student-loan debt. Many people are disillusioned into thinking that tens of thousands of dollars of student-loan debt is acceptable because it is a personal
choice and personal investment. It is anything but personal. Just as the science is clear that traffic and pollution laws are beneficial to society, it is also clear that a more educated public with lower debt is going to be more productive and active in the economy and in solving societal problems. Student-loan debt, which many media outlets and pundits are now referring to as a crisis, could be wiped out in a similar way that big banks were bailed out during the Great Recession. Despite the fact that shady and illegal actions occurred on Wall Street, and that deregulation of the financial system turned the New York Stock Exchange into a Las Vegas gambling house, that broken system was saved. In the past 10 years the U.S. took $4.6 trillion of taxpayer money, and handed it over to the elite to save their failing business empires. Why is it so unreasonable to ask the elite to now hand back $1.4 trillion and bail out the 45 million Americans who have student loan debt and are struggling to make a living in an economy in which they have little say. $4.6 trillion is a figure attributed to a 2015 Forbes Magazine article. Student-loan debt figures are attributed to studentloans. net.
Student Government Association Senator Elections are this week Positions to vote on include: • • • • • • • • • •
College of Business Representative College of Education and Human Services Class of 2019 Representative Class of 2020 Representative Class of 2021 Representative Multicultural Student Association Representative Residence Hall Association Representative Non-Traditional Student Organization Male Athletic Representative Female Greek Life Representative Voting is open until Thursday at 4 p.m.
SU social work student group to advocate for environmental justice MacKensy Rafferty Guest Writer A student group from the social work and gerontology department are participating in Shippensburg University’s Campus Earth Day Celebration during StewardShip Week. The social work students are currently enrolled in the course Practice with Organizations and Communities, and their objective is to ed-
ucate SU students about environmental justice and why it is an important movement to the social work profession. The group invites fellow students to stop by their booth during Campus Earth Day to learn about environmental justice issues, why social workers are involved and ways you can become an advocate. The group will have complementary flower seeds and biodegradable pots available
for planting when visitors complete a simple pretest and posttest; and will also be hosting a picture scavenger hunt for interactive learning. The booth will be set up in the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library Academic Quad from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 26. For more information, contact MacKensy Rafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 10, 2018
State Police Briefs Shippensburg man arrested for DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident A 74-year-old Shippensburg man was arrested for driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident on March 24. Police responded to a vehicle crash in Shippensburg Township at approximately 8 p.m. The man attempted to flee the scene, but was stopped by police. He was then arrested and charged with driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident. Shippensburg man charged with disorderly conduct Aaron Z. Criswell, 31, of Shippensburg, was charged with disorderly conduct on March 31 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Criswell caused a disturbance by initiating a loud verbal argument and created an offensive condition at the Wal-Mart on Conestoga Drive in the checkout and parking lot areas. He was then charged with disorderly conduct.
Republican Senate candidates speak at annual state gathering Marc Levy Associated Press CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) — Without any debates scheduled, Pennsylvania’s two Republican U.S. Senate candidates came as close to each other as they’ve been in public on Friday, speaking separately at the state’s largest annual gathering of conservatives. Before a crowd of about 200 people at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in suburban Harrisburg, state Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton answered questions separately from conservative commentators. While Barletta focused his criticism on the man he wants
to unseat, second-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Christiana attacked Barletta at several turns. Friday’s stage might be the closest the men get to each other — and it might be their biggest audience — before the May 15 primary election. Christiana said that he has asked Barletta for debates in every Pennsylvania media market, and received no response from Barletta’s campaign. On stage, Christiana criticized Barletta for voting for last month’s $1.3 trillion budget bill that Casey also backed and for using inflammatory rhetoric on immigration. Christiana also suggested Barletta would be indebted to Senate Republican lead-
ers, rather than Pennsylvanians. Told by moderator and radio host R.J. Harris that the Senate leadership expects campaign cash and voting cards from newly elected senators, Christiana shot back that he wasn’t recruited to run by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell. “I don’t owe the people in Washington anything, but I have a sense of urgency and a passion to start fixing these problems so that my kids and my grandkids someday don’t have to inherit them,’’ Christiana said. “So they aren’t getting my voting card. Thirteen million Pennsylvanians will have that and that’s the only people I’ll owe if I get elected.’’
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Opinion The Slate Speaks
Changing name of women’s center up for discussion If the Women’s Center at Shippensburg University works toward empowerment, equality and ending violence for all of the members of the Shippensburg University community, then why does the title of the center exclude everyone except women? In a time of turmoil all students should feel that they have a safe haven to which to retreat. But in the case of many universities across the country, men do not have a specific place that they can go to for comfort, whereas women do. Recently, various women’s centers have initiated more gender-inclusive programming. Many believe that the next step in making women’s centers more accepting would be replacing it with an inclusive name. Different schools across America have already changed the name of their women’s center to create more inclusivity among students. On Feb. 16, Boise State University changed the name of their women’s center to the Gender Equality Center. The campus and community had been requesting the name change for nearly five years. “The new name will help clarify that campus members who are LGBT, gender non-conforming and male are welcome in the space,” said the associate director, Adriane Bang. Currently, there have been no se-
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Various American schools are changing the name of women’s centers to include males, non gender conforming and the LGBT. rious discussions about changing the name of SU’s Women’s Center, but that could change in the near future. For years there has been an ongoing stigma that men are the only predators of sexual violence, but this is inaccurate. The National Crime Victimization Survey analyzed the answers of 40,000 house-
holds and found that 38 percent of men are victims of sexual violence. In the past two years, many female sexual assault victims have stepped forward with many of these women naming outright those who assaulted them. In a poll by the Post-Kaiser Family Foundation they found 1 in 20 men are victims of sexual assault. If so many men are being
sexually assaulted, and so many female sexual assault victims are publicizing their stories, then why are so few men coming forward to name their assailants? Due to a lack of acceptance and safety net, male sexual assault victims believe that they will be made a mockery of, so they continue to hide in the shadows.
More colleges should change the name of their women’s centers so that men, non-gender conforming and LGBT feel that they have a place to share their stories. If people are more open to speaking about their experiences with sexual assault, then maybe we could find a better way to combat sexual violence.
Letter to Teachers carrying guns could be solution the editor Abby Cunningham Guest Writer After the tragic, deadly mass shooting that occurred on Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there have been continuous debates on whether or not teachers should be armed with guns. The school shooting attack in Parkland, Florida, left 17 innocent and defenseless students and faculty members dead. In the world we live in today, students no longer feel safe going to school. No child should ever be scared about whether or not he or she will be safe going to school, and no parent should ever have to worry about whether or not their child will make it home that day. As a freshman education major at Shippensburg University who is studying to become a kindergarten teacher, I am concerned with the safety in schools. In order to make school shootings less frequent and catastrophic,
teachers should have the right to access a firearm in their place of work, along with restrictions and limitations. I believe in the Second Amendment and that people have the right to bear arms should they choose to. However, there comes a point where there has to be certain gun law restrictions, such as in-depth background checks and a medical analysis. Not just anyone should be able to get their hands on a gun. Also, these restrictions should be put in place to ensure potential gun owners are not only mentally stable, but that they are not susceptible to crime. I do not think people who are mentally unstable or dangerous should ever be allowed to walk into a gun shop and easily obtain a firearm; however, that is what our country has come to. I think certain assault rifles, such as the AR-15, should not be available to civilians. There is no explanation as to why people would need
weapons of war on a day-to-day basis. There has been a significant rise in fear and desire to find an effective way to protect our country’s students and teachers. “Since Columbine in 1999, there have been 25 fatal, active school shootings at elementary and high schools in America,” said Matthew Diebel of USA Today. As a future elementary school teacher, I was deeply affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting because I immediately envisioned myself in the role of the teacher during the attack. The tragedy took place on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut. The victims were students in kindergarten and first grade. Classes were underway at the elementary school, with about 700 students present when the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, entered the school, according to a CNN news article. He was able to get past the newly implemented security system by
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using an assault rifle to “(shoot) an entrance into the building”, according to CNN. Lanza shot and killed 20 children, all ages 6 and 7, as well as six adults. Lanza then took his own life in a classroom as law enforcement officers were approaching. This horrific attack left the world completely shaken, and it will continue to be known as one of the worst school shootings in United States history. Teachers should not be mandated to carry guns; however, they should be given the opportunity if they choose to. There would be intense regulations and restrictions on these chosen teachers in order to ensure safety in the classroom. For example, guns would be locked away in a safe with a password that only the firearm-bearing teacher would know. This way, children would not be able to access it or accidentally bump into it. Read the full story at theslateonline.com
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Relay for Life fundraiser exceeds goal Madeline Walsh Ship Life Editor Students shuffled sleepily out of Shippensburg University’s ShipRec at 6 a.m. Saturday after a 12–hour night of games, activities and walking the track for Relay for Life, an event which aimed to raise $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. Colleges Against Cancer members spent the last two months organizing this event, which exceeded its goal and raised $30,559. Co-administration chair Andrew Martin explained the process of collecting donations for relay. “We don’t get direct donations,” Martin said. “People sign up as a group, and then their organization or team can raise money.” Club members prepared an array of activities for students to enjoy throughout the night. “We had a bunch of volleyballs out there, we had dodgeball, we had a lip sync battle [and] a moon bounce,” said fundraiser chair, co-administration chair and club secretary Hugh Rainey. “We had a Miss Relay competition.” Rainey said club members had been working since 10 a.m. Friday decorating and preparing ShipRec for the event. Many of the students participants explained their personal connection to the fight against cancer. “Currently my grandmother is suffering from cancer,” said freshman Parker Bispels. “So it made it extra special to be here tonight.” Junior Kaitlin Kartzer explained that her hometown puts on a Relay for Life each year, but that she normally is not able to make it. Kartzer added that three years ago a close family friend died from cancer, but before she passed away she participated in their hometown relay opening ceremony. “She actually did the opening ceremony for our relay at home,” Kartzer said. “She got to hold the torch and everything.” Senior Dan Dorfler has gone to Relay for Life almost every year he has been at SU. He said each person who comes to the event has been affected by cancer in come way. Colleges Against Cancer President Gianna Uzzo was proud of Saturday’s event. “It was really fun,” Uzzo said. “We did reach our overall goal which is awesome.” “Thanks to everyone for coming out,” staff advisor Kaz Sortino said. “ It was a really great event for us.”
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Students marched and rallied in support of ending sexual assault, relationship and domestic violence.
Students march, rally for Take Back the Night Justin Hawbaker Guest Writer Victims, fellow students and community members gathered at Shippensburg University’s Old Main Chapel on April 3 in solidarity and awareness of sexual and domestic violence for the Women Center’s “Take Back the Night” (TBTN). The event took a moment to highlight major movements to end sexual assault and violence such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. TBTN featured survivors and activists telling their story of what happened to them, as well as information on what they could do afterward. Examples given included talking to a trusted individual, utilizing local resources and learning to love and forgive oneself. “As it stands right now, things are not equal,” graduate student Emily Ott said. SU Vice President of Student Affairs, Roger Serr, spoke at the event for his
final time as vice president. He related his feelings of pride of the many students that showed up and took interest in such a serious topic. “There is no place for physical or sexual assault on this campus,” Serr said. Several students from In-Motion Dance Troupe took over the stage to perform a dance routine before continuing with speakers. SU Student Luke Belski gave encouraging words saying it is time to end victim blaming. Belski continued by informing the audience that victims’ feelings should be made to feel validated, and that there is no right or wrong way for them to feel after being assaulted. After the formal portion of TBTN ended, students marched across campus to the hockey rink to talk about their experiences with sexual and physical violence. Students shouted a chant along the way to encourage more people to help end the violence: “What do we want? No more violence! When do we want it? Now!”
Children’s Fair gives children opportunity to build bridges Drew Lovett Asst. Ship Life Editor Shippensburg University’s Heiges Field House overflowed with frolicking children of all ages for SU’s 34th annual children’s fair and egg hunt Saturday morning. The event was sponsored by Target and SU’s First Year Career Experience and Community Engagement program, which aims to bridge the community and the campus. Children’s laughter and the sound of squeaky sneakers on the gym floor filled the arena as Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played in the background of the fair. “Bum! Bum! Bum!” adults and children crooned along as the Shippensburg Town Band opened for the Shippensburg Area Middle School 6th grade Jazz Band.
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Heiges Field House was filled with children Saturday.
Community members were freely admitted, exploring the 48 booths operated by student organizations, Greek life and local businesses and organizations. Children engaged in unique activities like connect four, milk-can toss, bean bag toss, and could even get an immediate lesson with a member of SU’s NCAA Division II National Championship field hockey team. Education Professor Dawn Manetta talked about how participating in the fair children serve as the connector for SU and the local community. “I think it’s important the university community offers these experiences to families,” Manetta said. “It builds relationships and puts children in the center.” Face painting, balloon animals, blow ups and food were present to entertain children, and a photobooth came in handy for pictures with Big Red and Disney princesses Elsa and Anna from the SU Children’s Theatre. The gym emptied out as children and parents crossed the street to enter ShipRec for the egg hunt. An assortment of pastel plastic eggs full of candy, Twizzlers and Laffy Taffy were scattered across three basketball courts coordinated by age. The 3 year olds and under hunted first, with some waddling to collect their loot and others sitting and receiving treats. In the next two courts, the older children waited in anticipation with their buckets, preparing to sort through the special bags that spelled out “SU” in hopes of finding the individual bags with a note that indicate a special prize. Large baskets full of treats were given out to those who found the special bags, and the courts were opened to all ages to pick up the remaining candy. The floors were bare as children left ShipRec with a combination of goodies after a full day of playing and learning at SU.
All members of the SU community are welcome to use the Women’s Center services and resources. The Women’s Center can be found on the first floor of Horton Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
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Students also performed at TBTN.
A Raider’s View
Keeping up with the media, what really matters today? Raider Muse Staff Columnist It’s been a few weeks since the March For Our Lives (MFOL) rally that halted the nation and forced everyone to think carefully about gun control, though it has been lacking in the news after the fact. Noticing the decline in popularity of mass media can be a direct result of something “new” happening, making what is happening now obsolete. The only thing about that is it fades reality from the media. Instead of worrying about what the hot, new clothing line is, we as students need to be mindful and acknowledge the fact that things do not stop happening just because we do not see them in the media. Things do not stop mattering just because they stop being the first thing we see on our Facebook and Twitter timelines.
Emma Gonzales, however, has participated in various interviews where she remains in the spotlight to talk about the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and how her life and others’ changed and why activism matters. However none of those stories show up on the front page of Bing or Yahoo unless you look for them. Therefore, it has been placed onto us to take a moment of our time to keep up with the media to make sure important media like the attack in Florida and the fact that Flint, Mich., has been without water for over three years. But recently Michigan is allowing Nestle to pump more water out of the state’s reserve and extend into California. Things like these need to be consistently exposed to keep the important things in the light of media instead of pushed into the darkness of yesterday’s news.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
SU senior opens first video art exhibition on campus
Stan Honda displays night sky photography at SHAPE Gallery Molly Foster A&E Editor
Hannah McMullan Guest Writer Halle Shank, a senior art major at Shippensburg University, has created a video production art exhibit called “Ink in Motion” that is on display in the Brindle Gallery, and will let viewers experience art in an entirely new way. A video production exhibit is new to SU’s Art and Design Department, and Shank was chosen to experiment with this newly discovered technique. The exhibit will feature a television monitor shown in the art gallery with Shank’s pieces displayed across the screen. Her pieces are videos of entrancing clouds of ink as they flourish in water. They appear to be slow explosions of silk that create brilliant currents in an empty space as music plays in the background. Shank created such striking work by simply dropping paint in a bowl of water and filming the effect at a micro-scale level. What initially inspired her was how fascinating the clouds of ink were as she painted one day. So, she decided to capture the beauty up close and personal — the simplicity made it beautiful. Shank said her favorite part of creating this piece was discovering what the ink looked like on camera, and the result blew her mind. Her goal was to share the amazement in her discovery. She wanted to give students a new perspective of art and a chance to experience it differently. “In our society, we tend to overlook things,” Shank said. “It is absolutely stunning that it created a piece of art itself.” It took her about two weeks to film and edit. She started her process by envisioning the product she wanted to create, and then wrote down notes. She spent the rest of her time filming in the studio after studying her notes. Shank knew she wanted to be an artist ever since she was young, but her journey began at SU, where she tried to find her medium. More than anything, she wanted to separate herself from the group. She ultimately found her skill in video production and instantly fell in love. “Ink in Motion” will remain on display in the Brindle Gallery through April 19. The exhibit can be viewed during gallery hours from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, or by appointment.
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Award-winning photographer Stan Honda mingles with Shippensburg residents during the opening reception of his “STARLIGHT” exhibit on Friday.
A patchwork of starry photographs coated the walls of the Shippensburg Arts Programing and Education (SHAPE) Gallery Friday night during the opening reception of Stan Honda’s “STARLIGHT” photo exhibit. Honda, a New York-based photographer, has worked as a photojournalist for more than three decades, and during the course of those years captured a variety of subjects from behind the lens of his camera. Some of the topics that he has explored through photography include breaking news, politics, economics and human-interest stories. Honda even documented the distress and mayhem that erupted in New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and these photographs of his have been widely republished. But lately, Honda has been pursing other interests by pointing his camera toward the sky, and he gave Shippensburg a taste of this
helped was I’ve been able to do a few of these artist in residence programs at national parks where they select artists who work for two or three weeks at the national park,” he said. “The parks are great places to see the night sky.” Hidden in the depths of the sky are phenomena and mysteries that begin to unfold before the eyes of sky searchers when the night is lulled with darkness. But not everyone can look up and see the views that Honda has captured with his camera, which is why he shares his photographs with others. “Where most people live they can’t see the Milky Ways, so I’m hoping that people can see in the pictures what they can’t really see where they live, and that they might be more interested in going out to places and seeing the night sky,” Honda said. “STARLIGHT” will remain on display at SHAPE through April 28. The exhibit can be viewed during gallery hours from 5–8 p.m. Wednesday– Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
SU Music Department welcomes spring concert season
String ensemble, wind ensemble, concert band, instrumental choirs debuted with 3 performances last week Jonathan Bergmueller Asst. A&E Editor The Shippensburg University String Ensemble, Flute Choir and Saxophone Choir brought their spring rehearsals to a close on Saturday with a concert in Old Main Chapel. The string ensemble, which was directed by Mark Hartman, opened the concert with four songs. “Daydream” by Randy Sabien and Bob Phillips was a song in which each of the members of the ensemble traded off the melody to the next person. They then followed “Daydream” with an Eric Gorfain arrangement of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” The ensemble wound down with another Gorfain arrangement of an Elvis Presley song — “Love Me Tender.” This piece featured a love theme while a background part lurked behind the main melody, as if it were a forgotten lover trailing behind. The group ended with the Cole Porter classic “Anything Goes,” which they played with skill and poise. Perhaps it was best that this Mimi Rabson arrangement was purely instrumental, because the double-entendre-laden, or sexual lyrics may not have been well received in the somewhat reverent setting of Old Main Chapel. Next was the flute choir, led by Suzanne Thierry. The group opened with a Gustav Holst classic arranged for flutes by Robert Rainford. After that, they played the second movement of “Memories of East Tennessee” and “The White Frame Church Near Tater Branch,” by Austin Alan Scott.
They followed this with “Prayer for Saint Gregory,” and “Flute Cocktail.” The three seniors of the group Katya Nolder, Jessica Chernich and Megan Spicuzza, stood in front of the other members to perform “Flute Cocktail.” “Flute Cocktail” is a Harry Simeone piece that Thierry transcribed to the flute instrumentation. The song was a touching way for the three to end their senior concert, and during one of the bouncier sections of the tune the three had fun by playfully dipping toward the group by bending their knees. Before the concert, they gave Thierry a picture of the three of them for her office. The group finished their portion of the concert with the “Gershwin Favourites,” which featured tunes like “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Strike up the Band” and “I got Rhythm.” The saxophone choir tied the show up by performing “Placid” and the “Latinizations Suite.” The Suite included different takes on famous musicians, such as Stan Getz and Henry Mancini, and was composed by Hirsch. “Whatever Stan Wants” is a jazzy and upbeat tune, and harmonies of the different instruments resemble an accordion. “Mancini Digs that Mambo” is a confrontational piece that feels just as much a knife fight as a dance, where the baritone “Mancini Digs that Mambo” is a confrontational piece that feels just as much a knife fight as a dance, where the baritone saxophone grooved underneath the dancing alto and tenor saxophones. Read the full story at theslateonline.com
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creative and curious pursuit with “STARLIGHT.” “Since I was a kid I was interested in astronomy, so a few years ago I started experimenting with taking pictures at night of the night sky and they turned out better than I thought. So, I started experimenting with different methods,” Honda said. The night sky photographs on display at SHAPE were taken around the world from New York City to New Mexico, Oregon, Norway and Australia. Even though New York City is overflowing with artificial light sources and pollution that clouds the view of the night sky in comparison to more dark and remote areas, Honda discovered that the night sky, offers some fascinating things to photograph, regardless of location. However, to obtain a clear photograph of the sun, moon and stars dancing among each other during the Earth’s daily rotation, Honda said he travels to the north west and places where the hushed lighting and dark skies offer a much different view than New York City. “One thing that really
The senior members of the string ensemble, flute choir and saxophone choir are recognized with flowers at the end of their performance on Saturday.
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The Shippensburg University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band bring a repertoire of after life and death to the Luhrs stage for their spring 2018 concert. Some of the songs that the groups performed during the show included “One Life Beautiful,” “Paradiso” from “The Divine Comedy,” “An American Fanfare” by Rick Kirby and Rossano Galante’s “Afterlife.”
PASSHE BoG visit SU campus In addition to their concert on Saturday, the Shippensburg University Flute and Saxophone Choirs gave a warm welcome to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) presidents and Board of Governors during their campus visit on Wednesday by performing selections from their concert repertoire to the representatives of the 14 state universities. The flute choir performed “Prayer for Saint Gregory” and the “Gershwin Favourites.” Meanwhile, Christopher Ritter directed the saxophone choir in playing two of their concert songs. The choir showed off “Placid” and “Mancini Digs that Mambo.” Even though the short demonstrative concert preceded the dinner for PASSHE administrators and guests, Suzanne Thierry, director of the flute choir, said the attendees listened intently to the talent that the musical performers had to offer.
April 10, 2018
New student group eases on down to MA, benefits young women in Kenya
Poetry Corner “A Written Cadaver” BreeLynn Myers Guest Writer
I wrote to you today for the first time in months. Because, well, your dog died and I felt bad. They say a death can bring people closer. But were we even close in the first place? I can’t answer that anymore.
Answers from March 27
Like death, your absence is this long awaited ……………pause. This trigger that I want to pull and say “Why the f**k don’t we talk anymore!” My wound is starting to fester. I’ve moved on… I really have. From you, from my old life. I never thought we would be the last standing. Then again, I never thought… you would be the one to drive the nail into my coffin.
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Dorothy, Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man all sought self-bettering gifts from The Wiz, but were taken aback by what they received at the end of their journey. Jonathan Bergmueller Asst. A&E Editor “The Wiz” was brought to the stage of Shippensburg University’s Memorial Auditorium (MA) Friday and Saturday nights — ushering forth the first production of SU’s Productions for Progress, a new student group with a mission. “The Wiz” is an adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz,” set in New York City in the context of modern African-American culture. The movie originally
starred Motown hits like Diana Ross and the King of Pop — Michael Jackson. It also featured an all-black cast, a trait that Productions for Progress upheld. The impact of the show transcended “The Wiz” and the mystical land of Oz. From its conception, Productions for Progress planned to donate all of its proceeds to a lesser-known charity that is not frequently donated to. This year, the group chose the Zana Africa Foundation, a charity that educates young
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Dorothy, played by Alexis Wright, serenades Robert Rainey, who played the (cowardly) Lion.
women in Kenya on reproductive health and delivers sanitary pads to them. The goal is to test whether these approaches to reproductive health keep Kenyan girls in school, according to their website. The organization, recently approved by the Student Government Association, began the ambitious undertaking of putting a show on the stage of MA in early February. Director Malick Sokunbi, a junior political science and criminal justice dual-major, helped pioneer this year’s show. The Monday after Thanksgiving break, Sokunbi had five different meetings trying to entice sponsorship. “A lot of people were hesitant,” he said. “We knew people were going to doubt us because we were new to this.” But Sokunbi rallied up 40 people to help him put the project in motion — 10 production staff members and a cast of 30. While they were at first hesitant to express their creativity, Sokunbi said they eventually opened up to radiate their talents. “Hearing my cast sing every night at rehearsal — I remember my first time hearing them sing — I was just like, mesmerized by how good they were.” Putting on a show for the first time is a very ambitious feat. The campus, faculty and staff rallied to help Productions for Progress, according to Elizabeth Yoder, MA’s assistant director for technical and event services. Yoder said the student group Act V Theatre Co. helped get Productions for Progress’ feet off the ground by lending them props, costumes and microphones. “They wanted any suggestions they could get, but at the same time, they did it all on their own,” Yoder said. “The founding members of this group have set the bar really high for future members of the group.”
Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11 at AMC Classic 7 in Chambersburg
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Ramos grapples with greatness, E2
Baseball suffers set back, E2
Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.
SU’s Dustin Sleva arrived at SU when it was fresh off a 3-23 season. He departs leading the Raiders to 85 victories in a four-year span, the most wins for a senior class in school history. Sleva also leaves as SU’s all-time scoring leader with 2,071 points, the leading rebounder with 1,140 while also adding 334 assists.
Sleva leaves a legacy on the court William Whisler Sports Editor With 2:33 remaining in overtime of the biggest game to date of Dustin Sleva’s life, his killer instinct took over. Sleva caught the basketball at the top of the key, spun to his right like a running back in open field to blow by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s (IUP) Devon Cottrell, earning a clear path to the basket to score a layup and draw a foul. The 6-foot, 8-inch 220-pound junior at the time, had just scored a clutch basket before contributing six of his team’s 12 points in the overtime period of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament Semifinal to give Shippensburg University a 90-87 victory and a ticket to compete for its first title since 1991. The Raiders returned to the hardwood to take on rival Kutztown University in the 2017 PSAC Championship the next day, defeating the Golden Bears 73-63 on IUP’s court. The Raiders celebrated the incredible feat by cutting down the nets and embracing senior point guard Abe Massaley, who just three years earlier, battled through the lows of a 3-23 season. “It was a euphoric moment,” Sleva said. “It was surreal that we won it with what happened my freshman year and before that. It kind of was just something where all the pieces fell into place.” It was equally as fitting for Sleva, a Pittsburgh native, who had an average high school career until his senior year at Montour High School for an above-average team. It was also fitting that IUP, being a school in close proximity to Sleva’s home, did not feel like he fit the mold of the Crimson Hawk program.
“Every team I play I think, did they recruit me? No, so I’m going to play that game with a chip on my shoulder,” Sleva said. “I remember IUP [coaches] being at a high school game of mine and I think I had like six points. I didn’t play that well; the team was doubling me. I remember [SU coach Chris Fite] specifically saying, I know you didn’t score that much but I saw the way you played on defense and offense. You’re not going to have a good night every night. So, I remember that and the IUP coach never talked to me. I put that in my head.” And the rest is history. That chip on his shoulder carried Sleva throughout his college career after scoring around 500-point career as a Spartan. Sleva helped the Raiders flip the trajectory of the program, while becoming the SU all-time leader in points with 2,071, and rebounds with 1,140 while contributing 334 assists. He also hit 187 3-pointers. It was not always easy for the SU star, however, who struggled with basketball in high school, where Sleva said coaches pushed him to a breaking point his sophomore year. “I had good coaches at Montour and they really pushed me, but they pushed me to the brink at times,” he said. “With constant running, the constant pressure, the constant beating from older guys — we were a state championship team and we had a guy that plays at Virginia Tech [now] and others who are high level players, so that year made me realize how hard I had to work.” Playing in high school as a 5-foot, 10-inch guard, the game was also much different for Sleva on the floor, before a growth spurt leading into his sophomore year of college helped transform Sleva from what he says was an awkward, scrawny point guard, to the dominant All-American forward. Sleva’s senior year at Montour proved to be enough to get
him to college, as most of his success came in his final season, after suffering from injuries in earlier years and growing five inches from his freshman year. “I had a good year and averaged about 20 points and 10 rebounds, basically my same stats here and I’m only getting recruited by lower Division II schools and prep schools,” Sleva said. “If I wasn’t going to come to Ship, I was going to go to prep. I saw what Coach Fite saw in Shippensburg that really resonates to where we are today, where you had the opportunity with the facilities and the backing with the school. I saw the vision of where Fite was going and where our team could go.” It was in his sophomore season at SU that the Raiders finally started to experience a turnaround in the program. Coming in after that tough 3-23 season, Sleva learned from the likes of Dylan Edgar and Massaley and their struggles. Under the leadership of the brilliant basketball mind of Fite, the Raiders won 15 of their last 19 games in the 2015-16 season, to earn a spot in the PSAC Semifinals against Mercyhurst University. The Raiders ultimately fell 79-68, but in advancing to the PSAC Final Four and finishing 20-9, SU had arrived on the scene as a team to be reckoned with, after defeating Bloomsburg University and Kutztown on buzzer-beating shots in back-to-back games. In 2016-17, the Raiders came into the season looking to build on the success of the past year, but nobody could have expected SU to begin the season on an 18-game winning streak and to climb all the way into the Top 5 of the National Basketball Association Coaches Poll the way that it had. Read the full story at theslateonline.com
Davis ready for next chapter of success William Whisler Sports Editor With tipoff just a few minutes away and warmups occurring on the court behind him, Shippensburg University assistant coach Chuck Davis walks up to the scorer’s table. Davis approaches with a friendly smile followed by a reluctant question, “How many points does he need?” referring to SU All-American Dustin Sleva’s point total and how far away Sleva was to breaking Davis’ record. While the answer at the time was not many — Sleva surpassed Davis for career points with his 1,826th point on a hook shot from the low post on Feb. 7 against Mill-
ersville University — the two are cemented as No. 1 and 2 in the record book, but the duo is also linked off the court. “As great of a player as he was, to be able to pass him is special,” Sleva said. “Chuck was a special player and the way he shot the ball and the things that he did is similar to what I’ve been able to do. To personally know the person I passed is extremely special and I’m extremely proud.” Davis, who spent his collegiate career at SU from 2003-04 to 2006-07, returned to SU — after playing professional basketball in Turkey, as well as the NBA Developmental League — as an assistant coach, and in-
stantly formed a tight bond with Sleva on and off the court. “Ever since I have been a part of the coaching staff here at Ship, me and Dustin have built a great rapport,” Davis said. “I’m someone he talks to about basketball and he picks and pokes at me about different things, whether it’s shooting, things he has done good in a game, things he can improve on. We have a really tight relationship on and off the court. I’ve always told him I am here to help him in any way, shape or form that I can, and he can always use me as a resource if he feels the need to.” See “DAVIS,” E2
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SU men’s basketball assistant coach Chuck Davis instructs players during a pre-game warmup. Davis was a force on the court in his time as a Raider.
April 10, 2018
Ramos looks to future after stellar career
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Evan Ramos will graduate in May with his degree in criminal justice. He hopes to become a police officer and potentially continue wrestling on the national stage. Nate Powles Asst. Sports Editor A kid from Hawthorne, New Jersey, could never have dreamed that he would become one of the most successful and storied wrestlers at his university over a four-year career. Evan Ramos came to Shippensburg University after a decent high school wrestling career. He only placed once during his four years at state championships and was not expected to transform into an All-American wrestler. “It’s not easy to win a lot in college,” Ramos said. “I only got fifth in states in high school so I was a one-time placer and I wasn’t really expecting much coming in here.” He and his twin brother, Ethan, who wrestles for the Tar Heels at the University of North Carolina, were constantly wrestling growing up, with their cousin being a big influence on their desire to begin the sport. “We sat in on a practice and we liked it a lot,” Ramos said. He and his brother were 7 years old at the time and they have been wrestling ever since. Ramos was a consistent athlete at Hawthorne High School, compiling a 44–7 record with the Bears over three seasons of competition. His best year came in his senior season, in which he earned 30 wins compared to only three losses. He also had 13 wins by pinfall. Even with these stellar numbers, Ramos came to SU withFrom “DAVIS,” E1 Pursuing a master’s in organizational leadership, Davis has spent his last two seasons as a part of a Raider coaching staff that has helped turn SU into a national powerhouse, as SU went a school record 27-4 while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “For Coach Fite to give me that opportunity to be a part of the coaching staff, I love basketball, I love teaching it and being around it,” Davis said. “So being a part of the coaching staff and learning from Coach Fite and Gem-
be, Coach Miller and Coach Bupp, they all have a ton of experience coaching and it’s an honor for me to be a part of what they have and what our program has become.” Davis was an outstanding player in his own right at SU and was awarded for it, being inducted into the SU Sports Hall of Fame in 2017, an accomplishment that Davis is extremely proud of. “It was awesome. Basketball has been my life for years. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a successful basketball player and Shippensburg gave me the opportunity to
out big expectations, but quietly transformed into one of the best athletes the Raiders have claimed in recent memory. The SU wrestling program went from an underappreciated part of the athletics family to a relevant program with the arrival of Ramos in 2013. Ramos does not want to take all the credit for the revival of the wrestling team, but was proud to contribute to its return to relevancy. “Once I started seeing success, I just wanted to get more, not just for me,” Ramos said. “It’s nice. I came in here and the program’s not really recognized. I’m not saying I took it somewhere, but seeing someone can have success in this program can help them keep continuing.” Ramos finished his Raider career this semester with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships, also earning a second-consecutive All-American nod. Earlier in the season, he also claimed the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title at 197 pounds for the second year in a row. Ramos is only the eighth Raider to finish his career with multiple All-American seasons, and the first in 10 years. With an outstanding 98–17 SU record, Ramos finishes his collegiate career as one of the most decorated and most successful wrestlers in school history. Ramos made it to the national championships three straight years, improving his finish every season — did not place in 2016, fifth in 2017 and
fourth in 2018. He also had two seasons in which he did not lose to a Division II opponent in the regular season, and one other in which he only lost to one. Ramos also defeated seven Division I wrestlers in his four seasons. It was a strange feeling for Ramos when he completed his final competition as a Raider. “It was kind of weird at first, knowing you’re probably not going to practice after class,” Ramos said. He was not completely happy with his finish at the championships because his goal was to not lose at all. “I didn’t regret anything, but definitely not where I wanted to be,” he said. With his degree in criminal justice, Ramos plans to one day join a police force. He plans on staying around Shippensburg for the time being, while his girlfriend finishes her last year of graduate school. While he stays in the area, he wants to help out with the wrestling squad and be an assistant to coach Seth Bloomquist. He also shared that he hopes to not be done with wrestling completely, citing his hope to wrestle one day for Puerto Rico’s national team, potentially competing to make it on to the roster for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. “I was just happy I got the opportunity to wrestle here. I had a lot of ups and downs, but definitely kind of molded me to be who I am.”
pursue my education and continue to play basketball,” Davis said. “It was an honor to be honored by the university. I have great pride for Shippensburg so just being inducted and a lifetime member of the university is definitely an honor to me and one of the best achievements of my life so far.” Davis broke Keith Hill’s all-time scoring record of 1,780 points against Slippery Rock University on a 3-pointer. He finished with 16 points before increasing his point total against Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Davis led SU to the NCAA
showed up in several blogs as well as The Patriot for his success against the Nittany Lions. DeChellis offered up
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Davis scored a game-high 29 points in SU’s 67–61 victory over Penn State in an exhibition contest at the Bryce Jordan Center, prior to his senior season.
Tournament in his first season as a Raider, while also helping the team get to a then school record 24 wins. His biggest accomplishment however, may have come on Nov. 6, 2006, when he scored a game-high 29 points to help SU defeat the Penn State Nittany Lions, 67-61, at the Bryce Jordan Center in an exhibition game. In the game, SU trailed Penn State 37-28 at halftime, before Davis scored 17 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that gave the Raiders their first lead with 7:27 remaining. “I played my heart out and I had a really good game,” Davis said. “The biggest thing though was that we won the game. I could’ve scored two points or zero points, but the fact that we beat a Division I team that night on their court, that was the best experience.” For SU, it was a monumental win, especially for Davis, who was recruited by then Penn State coach Ed DeChellis when he coached at East Tennessee State. Davis did not receive an offer while DeChellis moved to Penn State. For Davis, it was all the motivation he needed. “That Penn State game I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder. The coach at the time recruited me and for some reason he didn’t think I would fit at his team at East Tennessee State,” Davis said. “After my freshman season at SU they were inquiring to me about playing at Penn State my sophomore year because of the success I was having, but I decided to stay here, and I think that was the best decision. I wanted to prove that I was a Division I talent.” After the success in the game, Davis was a hot commodity when it came to sports media, as his name
pensburg I would love that, but I have to see what my options are. I would love to continue to be on the coach-
“We told them that Chuck Davis was a very good player, and that he could probably play anywhere in the country, in any league.” Ed DeChellis Former Penn State men’s basketball coach some kind words as well. “Well, Shippensburg was just better than us tonight. We made a million mistakes out there. We couldn’t pass and catch the ball. We told them that Chuck Davis was a very good player, and that he could probably play anywhere in the country, in any league. We didn’t change defenses on purpose,” DeChellis said postgame, per gopsusports.com. “We stayed in man-toman to show them that we had to guard somebody,” DeChellis continued. “We could have gone into zone and try to camouflage some things, but I thought it was important for us to just come out and play. He was a very good player. He is the type of player that we are going to play all year. Hopefully, we will learn from it.” Davis’ SU playing career ended with a then school record 1,825 points and a school record 203 steals. Davis now shifts his attention to graduation, but he has not ruled out that he will continue to coach basketball someday. “Graduating is going to be awesome. Again, as of right now I don’t know what the next step is,” Davis said. “Of course, I will have to start applying for jobs and everything and if there is an opportunity to work at Ship-
ing staff, but I’ll have to see what happens before I can make a final decision. Coach Fite has been awesome to me, he has welcomed me into his program and has treated me as one of his own.” Sleva now looks to Davis, as well as SU coach Chris Fite for advice as he tries to further his career following graduation in May. Davis’ special skillset, as well as a knowledge of the professional levels overseas — along with Fite who played professionally for 11 seasons internationally — should provide Sleva with some helpful insight in the next few weeks. “Coach Fite has a lot of connections with different clubs overseas,” Sleva said. “He has a lot of friends he made over there. Chuck played a couple and played in the D League, so he’s going to work me out. That aspect is huge, especially in this area where there aren’t many things around here. To have two guys that have been there and have experienced that is huge.” Davis will leave SU as one of the best players to ever put on a Raider uniform, as well as a member of a coaching staff that has helped turn SU basketball into a national name. Whether on or off the court, Davis’ Hall of Fame resume will carry him to success wherever he ends up.
April 10, 2018
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Gabe Mosser struck out 10 West Chester hitters in his solid efforts against the Golden Rams in SU’s 6-5 victory on Thursday afternoon. Over his last four games, Mosser has given up only six earned runs in a span of 26 innings, earning wins in three of those four games. On the season, Mosser is 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA.
Raiders bested by Golden Rams in four-game series Matthew Gregan Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University Raiders (11-16, 2-9 PSAC) struggled in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) competition against the defending national champion West Chester University Golden Rams (17-7, 6-4 PSAC), winning just Game 1 of a four-game series last week. Game 1 on Thursday afternoon at Fairchild Field at SU was headlined by a dominant pair of seniors, pitcher Gabe Mosser and outfielder Dalton Hoiles. Hoiles provided the heroics with a walk-off RBI single to give Shippensburg the 6-5 victory. He finished the game with two hits, including a double, two walks and an RBI. Hoiles has been one of the Raiders’ best hitters this season. He is currently leading the team in doubles (12), home runs (5), RBI (19) and slugging percentage (.648) while also hitting .341. The senior has always hit for a high average, but this season he has discovered some newfound power that has helped elevate his game to the next level. Hoiles has nearly surpassed his career-highs in both doubles and home runs in just 27 games thus far. The Raiders are going to need the senior to continue hitting at this high of a level for the rest of the season if they are to make it deep in the playoffs.
On the mound, Mosser pitched a complete game while striking out 10 West Chester batters. He gave up five runs, with only four of them being earned, while earning his fourth win of the season. After getting off to a slow start to the season, Mosser quickly rebounded and has since been stellar on the mound for the Raiders. In his last four games, the senior has gone 3-1, allowing eight runs (six earned) in 26 innings. Mosser is currently 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA through seven games so far this season. West Chester soundly defeated the Raiders in Game 2 on Thursday afternoon 16-2. It was an ugly game all around for Shippensburg, which gave up runs to the Golden Rams in each of the first four innings. However, the lone bright spot was a two-run homer by Hoiles, who is now second in the PSAC in home runs with five. The two teams battled once again on Friday afternoon. Shippensburg provided the heroics in Game 1 on Thursday afternoon, but West Chester responded by providing their own heroics on Friday. After falling behind 3-0, the Raiders slowly began getting back in the game. In the top of the fifth inning, Hoiles put SU in front 4-3 with a two-RBI double. However, West Chester responded in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game on an RBI double by junior Jared Melone. In the sixth inning, a fielding error by SU shortstop Cash Gladfelter resulted in the
game-winning run for West Chester, which won the game 5-4. The Raiders got off to a hot start in Friday’s nightcap, scoring runs in each of the first two innings. Junior Drew Bene knocked in three runs in his first two atbats, and junior Jack Goertzen added a three-run home run to increase SU’s lead to 6-0. However, things spiraled down from there. West Chester got on the board with a two-run homer by junior Drew Jarmuz in the bottom half of the second. The Golden Rams then exploded for four runs in the third inning to tie the game at six. SU had to go to the bullpen quickly in this game, relying on a strong effort from junior Michael Hope to keep them in the game. Hope made it through four solid innings, keeping the game tied up at six. However, West Chester finally got to him in the ninth inning, scoring the game-winning run on an RBI single by Jarmuz that crushed SU and gave the Golden Rams a 7-6 victory. This was the first time that Hope had given up an earned run since his first appearance of the season, a gap that spanned 11 appearances out of the pen. The Raiders return to action today as they host Shepherd University in a non-conference nine-inning game at Fairchild Field.
April 10, 2018
Lacrosse picks up PSAC road victory at Seton Hill, 12-7
Kyra Shank led the Raiders offensively in their 12-7 victory over rival Seton Hill, notching her first hat trick of the season and the third of her career. Courtesy of SU Sports Info. The Shippensburg University lacrosse team limited host Seton Hill to just one goal in the second half on Saturday to pick up its second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) victory of the season, defeating the Griffins by a score of 12-7 on a chilly afternoon from Dick’s Sporting Goods Field in Greensburg. Shippensburg (6-5, 2-4 PSAC) maintained a 7-6 lead over Seton Hill (2-9, 1-6) at halftime but out-scored the Griffins 6-1 over the final 30 minutes of play. SU’s defense forced 17 second-half turnovers and limited the hosts to six second-half shots on goal despite collecting just one draw control after halftime. The Raiders snapped a six-game losing streak to the Griffins, achieving their first victory over Seton Hill since the 2011 season. Junior Kyra Shank notched her first hat trick of the season and the third
of her career to pace the SU scorers. Shank has now totaled seven goals in her three career games against Seton Hill. Senior Allison Fugate converted twice on free-position attempts, recorded three groundballs and had two caused turnovers. Freshman Jessica DeMarte also scored twice for the Raiders, including a tally with 10 seconds left in the first half that gave SU the halftime advantage. The goals were the third and fourth of the year for DeMarte. Senior Jordan Kengor scored the first goal of the game and had an assist. Freshman Jena MacDonald had a goal and two assists, while Kami Holt also had a goal and an assist. Junior Madi Newman and freshman Alana Cardaci also scored for the Raiders, while junior Morgan Stone provided an assist. Junior Valerie Hertz notched six caused turnovers, had six of SU’s 10 draw controls, and recorded
two groundballs while committing just one turnover of her own. Hertz and freshman goalkeeper KiKi Brasher were among the staunch defenders for the Raiders — Brasher made eight saves and SU did not allow a goal on a free-position attempt in the contest. Senior Makenzie Magnotta was among the Raiders with multiple caused turnovers in the game — she recorded three from the back lines. Magnotta has recorded multiple caused turnovers in five games this season. Freshman Madi Jones, Newman, Fugate and freshman Maddy Siejk each had two caused turnovers. SU matched Seton Hill with 26 groundballs. Newman paced the Raiders with five, while Jones collected four. Fugate added three from her attack position. Shippensburg hosts nationally-ranked West Chester at 4 p.m. Wednesday from Robb Sports Complex. The team is conducting a food drive at the game.
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KiKi Brasher made eight saves in SU’s victory over Seton Hill. She did not allow a goal on a free-position attempt on Saturday. Brasher has recorded 115 saves thus far in the 2018 season. Brasher is tied for third in the PSAC in saves.
Jessica DeMarte added two goals in Shippensburg’s solid effort against Seton Hill. The freshman scored the go-ahead goal for SU heading into the half.
This is the April 10, 2018 edition of The Slate.