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Stress relieved at Wellness Fair C3

Celebrating 60 years of service

Red team wins spring game D1

Syrian airstrikes send mixed signals E1


WSYC to pull all-nighter



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Celebrating 60 years as Shippensburg University’s student-run campus newspaper.

Management Troy Okum.....................Editor-in-Chief Catherine Amoriello....Managing Editor News Jenna Wise....................Editor Drew Lovett.........Asst. Editor Shannon Long......Asst. Editor Opinion Jamison Barker................Editor Kayleigh Purcell.....Asst. Editor Ship Life Yvette Betancourt....Editor Sofia Perzan...Asst. Editor Sports William Whisler.............Editor Nate Powles..........Asst. Editor Blair Garrett.........Asst. Editor A&E Marissa Merkt...........Editor Molly Foster.....Asst. Editor Graphics Thomas Witmer......Chief Designer Laura Phillips..........Asst. Designer Multimedia Kayla Brown.....................Editor Cal Talbott................Asst. Editor Meghan Schiereck....Asst. Editor Copy Ali Laughman......Editor Yvonne Wagner....Editor Olivia Riccio........Editor Public Relations Brooke Ready.................Director Sylvia McMullen...Asst. Director Logan Wein...........Asst. Director Web Michael McCullough...Director Nolan McGraw....Asst. Director Advertising Alex Balla.....................Director Abrihet Zegeye....Asst. Director Loni Myers..........Asst. Director Adviser Dr. Michael Drager.......Adviser Contact Us Phone..........................717-477-1778 Mailing Address The Slate -Shippensburg University CUB Box 106 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257

The Slate is a weekly student-run newspaper that welcomes everyone to attend its meetings, which are held on Sundays at its office located in the CUB. The Slate welcomes submissions from all students. All columns and opinion articles are those held by the author. Only unsigned editorials represent The Slate’s position. The Slate uses art from various sources, which are credited within the paper. Advertisements are organized and approved by The Slate, but do not represent any position of The Slate. Advertising deadlines are the Tuesday before the next publication date at 4 p.m. Letters to the editor should be concise, and become property of The Slate and will not be returned once submitted. The Slate will not print anonymous letters and reserves the right to refuse to print it if the Editorial Board feels it is inappropriate. Email for the advertisement department or for letters to the editor and general information.

Doctorate program to be introduced Business program expected to boost student enrollment Jenna Wise

News Editor Shippensburg University’s John L. Grove College of Business will be opening itself up to a wider array of students in the fall of 2018 with the introduction of a new doctorate program. In September, a team of SU faculty members submitted an executive summary proposal to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors (BoG), outlining the benefits of introducing a business doctorate program to SU, as well as the resources that would be needed in order for the program to be successful. The BoG meets at least four times a year, and approved SU’s proposal during its last meetings on April 5 and 6. “This committee worked very hard and very quickly to submit an approval to our administration,” said Blake Hargrove, SU business professor and chair of the faculty team in charge of creating the program’s proposal for the BoG.

“We feel we have the best college of business within the PASSHE schools.” –Tracy Schoolcraft, acting provost In addition to the proposal, letters of support from companies such as Volvo Construction Co. were submitted to assist in obtaining approval. Hargrove said Acting Provost Tracy Schoolcraft worked diligently with PASSHE throughout the winter and



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SU’s John L. Grove College of Business will introduce a business doctorate program in the fall of 2018, with the expectation of increased student enrollment and prospective faculty interest. spring of 2017 to amend the faculty team’s proposal. The dean of the college of business, John Kooti, was also closely involved with overseeing the program’s conception and evolvement. “We have faculty who were interested in developing [the doctorate] program, and were capable of it,” Schoolcraft said. SU’s college of business first received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1981 — an accreditation that has been renewed every year since. “We feel we have the best college of business within the PASSHE schools,” Schoolcraft said. “The fact

that we offer a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is attractive — it will help us attract future faculty.” Hargrove said he believes the introduction of a doctorate program for the college of business will attract an influx of business undergraduate students, as well as strengthen the college’s future capabilities. “I think the program will attract undergraduates. It’s a quality indicator,” Hargrove said. “Our capability in regard to research really sets us apart.” Not long after SU’s DBA program is introduced, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) will be introducing a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.)

program, according to Schoolcraft. “The difference [between the two programs] is ours is meant for the working professional, or someone that may be looking to become a faculty member. Their [IUP’s] main audience is folks who want to become faculty,” Schoolcraft said. “It always helps when you are the first, even if you are in different places geographically.” SU programs in mechanical engineering and sustainability will face the BoG for approval in July. Anyone with questions about SU’s business doctorate program may contact Hargrove at

















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Amadou Koné recalls his childhood experiences that led to his passion for writing. Kone is a professor at Georgetown University and has published six novels throughout his career, including “Le Pouvoir des Blakoros,” which won the Leopold Sedar Senghor Foundation’s Best African Novel Award.

French writer visits SU

Author, researcher, literary critic discusses childhood experiences, writing perspective throughout department-sponsored lecture Shannon Long

Asst. News Editor An African writer and literary critic shared his experiences and problems with African literature Wednesday in Shippensburg University’s Grove Hall Forum. Amadou Koné is a professor at Georgetown University who researches African oral and written literature and has published six novels. His novel, “Le Pouvoir des Blakoros,” won the Léopold Sédar Senghor Foundation’s Best African Novel Award. Koné’s lecture was sponsored by the French cultural studies minor, the English and sociology/anthropology departments and the interna-

tional studies program. When Koné was young, he enjoyed creative writing and playing soccer. He said he was not playing soccer to become a professional, but he was simply enjoying himself and there was nothing on his mind other than what he was doing. “Listening to traditional folktales in my family and reading when I went to school had a similar effect on me,” Koné said. “These activities gave me a deep sense of pleasure. The pleasure to dream, to imagine, to stimulate my mind.” Koné said he began writing his first novel in middle school and finished it in high school. His goal of the novel was to write about his friends and himself, as well as their goals, concerns and dreams in life. He did

not care if his novel was published or if anybody would ever read it — he wrote it because it gave him the same feeling that playing soccer did. Koné’s third novel, “Le Pouvoir des Blakoros,” was written about the lives of peasants and corruption of politicians and civil servants of the political administration in Africa. “My intent was to wake them up so they could refuse to be exploited,” Koné said. However, the people Koné was talking about did not speak or read French. He began to think about why one would write and who they write for. Instead, Koné wrote “Les Coupeurs de tête” which was directed at the peasantry of Africa. Because of its simplicity, Koné said this novel is

now read in middle school classes. press the culture and imagination of The novel describes Africa in the people in a foreign language,” Koné 1980s and problems in politics at the said. Koné reiterated how it is importtime. ant to ask who is writing and who the “It is practically impossible audience is. Some writers talk about themselves as an African writer from to express the culture and an outsider’s perspective. The Afriimagination of people in a can public is small, he said, and to be known outside of Africa you need to foreign language.” write in a European language. –Amadou Koné, “The African writer is, in some author ways, an exotic writer,” Koné said. “What does it mean to be an African It is not easy being an African writ- writer? Well, it is an African who er, Koné said, because it is necessary writes.” for writers to express their culture in foreign languages. The difficulty is Follow us on Twitter: some concepts of African culture can@ShipUSlate not be expressed in French. “It is practically impossible to ex-




April 18, 2017

This Week on Campus



Ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held for Shippensburg pedestrian bridge Shannon Long

The modern languages Asst. News Editor department is hosting a poetry reading from A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 6:30–8 p.m. in the Cora I. new Cumberland Valley Rail Trail Grove Spiritual Center.



FUSE is hosting a free milkshake social in McFeely’s Coffeehouse from 7–11:30 p.m.



The Environmental Club is hosting an Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the academic quad.



(CVRT) pedestrian bridge and trail extension connecting Shippensburg Township Park to Shippensburg University will be held on April 23 at 12:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be in conjunction with the 11th annual Race, Run, Ride and Ramble fundraiser. The fundraiser will bring together the community and benefit the Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails Council (CVRTC). CVRTC is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization and relies on membership dues, contributions and fundraisers to develop and maintain the trail. Events leading up to the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Shippensburg Township Park and include two running races, a bike ride, a hike, live music and lunch. The bridge over Fogelsonger Road, which completes the last mile of the


The African American Organization is hosting the UMOJA Statewide block party in the Ship Deck Amphitheater from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

11-mile Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, was installed March 24 and was made possible through a state grant. The new macadam trail extends to Earl Street. “These developments on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail provide fantastic new opportunities for the university in terms of attracting and retaining new students, enhancing potential academic, service-learning, and social activities and better connecting the university to the surrounding community,” said Allen Dieterich-Ward, associate professor of history and member of CVRTC, in a CVRTC press release. The Shippensburg Rotary Club and Shippensburg Township are also developing a trailhead facility at Fort Street adjacent to Eckles Field. The facility will include restrooms and a concession area, and the work to create the facility will begin this summer. For the past 19 years, CVRTC has developed and maintained the former railroad tracks with the trail which allows walking, jogging, bik-

ing, horseback riding and other rec- new bridge and trail extension into reational use. Their goal is to pre- Newville. A goal is set to extend the serve the history and beauty of the route another 11 miles into Carlisle. Cumberland Valley. Work is already underway for a

lions of dollars that ratepayers will otherwise foot in the coming decade to keep nuclear plants open longer. Perhaps nuclear power’s biggest nemesis is the cheap natural gas flooding the market from the northeast’s Marcellus Shale reservoir, the nation’s most prolific gas field. Meanwhile, electricity consumption hit a wall after the recession, while states have emphasized renewable energies and efficiency. “You put all of this together and it’s a perfect storm,’’ said John Keeley, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry group. Opposition to a so-called nuclear bailout is uniting rivals and the natural gas exploration industry. The potential for a hit to utility bills is

drawing pushback from AARP and manufacturers. Subsidizing nuclear power could chill investment in lower-cost energy sources and erode competitive markets, critics say, and, with natural gas prices expected to stay low for some time, shutting down nuclear plants may have no impact on electricity bills. In Pennsylvania, the nation’s No. 2 nuclear power state after Illinois, it could mean propping up five nuclear plants to help feed the sprawling mid-Atlantic power grid that stretches from New Jersey to Illinois. The industry’s pitch is part economic, part environmental. Nuclear waste and water consumption issues aside, zero-carbon nuclear plants are

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Shippensburg’s CVRT pedestrian bridge will open April 23.

Nationwide natural gas usage sends energy companies into financial decline

The Slate and WSYC are Marc Levy celebrating their 60th Associated Press Writer anniversary with a reception on Friday and a dinner SatHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The urday in the Tuscarora Room natural gas boom that has hammered coal mines and driven down from 6–9 p.m.


utility bills is hitting nuclear power plants, sending multi-billion-dollar energy companies in search of a financial rescue in states where competitive electricity markets have compounded the effect. Fresh off victories in Illinois and New York, the nuclear power industry is now pressing lawmakers in Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania for action. Lobbying efforts are bubbling up into proposals, even as court battles in Illinois and New York crank up over the bil-

better suited than natural gas or coal to fight climate change, they say. The closure of nuclear plants would not necessarily drive up costs in the mid-Atlantic grid and Swami Venkataraman, a Moody’s Investors Service analyst, said he did not foresee it having a noticeable impact on electric bills. The Chicago-based nonprofit Citizens Utility Board estimated it would shave $15 a year from the average residential electric bill, executive director David Kolata said. “Our advice for other states is you have to get into the details,’’ Kolata said. “Energy issues are holistic, and you have to make sure that what you do is best for consumers.’’



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Your World Today

Anniversary symbolizes The Slate’s dedication to SU Commentary

Troy Okum


of the issues students faced in the ’70s and ’80s are still prevalent today. Increasing tuition rates, class schedule changes and dorm policies are among a long list of classic college issues. There are some things, however, students today simply can’t relate to. As the Vietnam War raged in southeast Asia, shockwaves reverberated back to college campuses. The Slate published stories about the draft and when soldiers gunned down students at Kent State University, SU responded. In the days following the shooting, The Slate put together an extra issue for the end of the semester. It was all about the war, the draft, the dead students and the solidarity SU administrators, faculty, staff and the student body formed. The Slate stood as a beacon of unity during SU’s darkest times, but it also shined bright during the school’s successes and proud moments. Indiscriminately, The Slate publishes the news that affects SU students the most, whether it isgood

or bad. Only by providing a full picture of the events and opinions of SU can the community truly stand together. After 60 years of service, The Slate’s commitment to providing the highest quality news and entertainment remain as strong as ever. As technology constantly changes and evolves, The Slate seeks to adapt and embrace new mediums of communication, while improving the tried-and-true methods. Whether it be social media, websites or the newspaper, The Slate is here to deliver news to its readers in a variety of ways. In an age of impatience, fake news and boiling tempers, the need for civil communication is only rising. As The Slate looks toward the next 60 years, it hopes you will take part in its mission to report the news and create a vibrant marketplace of ideas. Only with enthusiastic and diligent editors and writers can The Slate continue to make a lasting impact on the community.

While many students are looking forward to the end of the semester because they are graduating, getting ready for an exciting internship or just as a time to relax, The Slate is celebrating. Sixty years ago, a group of students got together and created Shippensburg State College’s second student-run newspaper. That’s right, there was at least one newspaper on campus before The Slate first went to press in 1957. The Reflector began publication in 1923 as a newspaper, but by 1948 the president’s council declared it could no long call itself a newspaper because it was geared more toward literary pieces and not news. Today, The Reflector continues to publish as Shippensburg University’s literary journal. But for nine years, the school went without a newspaper, until The Slate picked up the torch in 1957 as your trusted campus news source. Though The Slate faced its challenges throughout the decades, its dedicated staff never failed to come back every semester and provide coverage of the campus and community. In the late ’50s, The Slate produced a bi-weekly, four-page paper that covered topics ranging from student enrollment rates to social activities. Throughout the ’60s, the paper began to flourish, growing in size and breadth in coverage. With the addition of opinion articles, The Slate became an outlet for students to express their alternative, and File Photo/The Slate even subversive, ideas and culture. Looking through the countless Asst. PR director Sylvia McMullen interviews an SU faculty archived papers, it’s apparent some

member during APSCUF’s strike, which lasted for three days.


Police Briefs Hit and run in the F/S-1 parking lot A staff member from the athletics department came to the university police station April 10 to report damage to his black 2013 Kia. The victim’s car was parked in the F/S-1 parking lot from 1–4 p.m. when he discovered the driver’s side outside mirror was knocked off the vehicle, leaving the mirror hanging from the car by its wires. There were also some scratches and paint residue on the victim’s car from the striking vehicle. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and no damage estimate is available at this time Hit and run in the F/S-5 parking lot Rachel Bartlett, of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, came to the university police department April 11 to report damage to her blue Toyota Corolla. Bartlett reported her vehicle was parked in the F/S-5 parking lot when she discovered a large dent in the driver’s side rear quarter panel. There was also some white and gold paint transfer from the striking vehicle. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and no damage estimate is available at this time. Banners stolen from Horton Hall A coach from the athletics department filed a theft report with university police April 12. The coach reported multiple NCAA Honors banners were stolen from the basement level hallway of Horton Hall. He said the three red banners and two blue banners honoring the cross-country and track teams were stolen around March 9, but delayed reporting the incident with the hope that whoever stole the banners would eventually return them. The banners are about 8 feet high and 4 feet wide. Felony charges of burglary, theft of movable property and receiving stolen property are pending against those responsible for the theft, should they be identified.

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 April 11 issue, on C3, The Slate published a breakout box which stated Tra-C David placed third in the high jump. The athlete’s name is actually Tra-C Davis.




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The Slate celebrates 60th year Giving you Ship for 60 years... The first issue of The Slate was published on March 21, 1957. “Behind any publication there is always an energetic staff responsible for the work and management. The Slate is well-equipped with such a staff,” The Slate editors wrote in their first issue. The same holds true 60 years later — an energetic staff is here to serve you. Through our combined decades of hard work The Slate became, and remains, a necessary part of Shippensburg University. To celebrate our past and present staff and organization, The Slate is teaming up with campus-radio station WSYC to hold an alumni-centered event this weekend. We feel, however, the entire SU community should get a taste of The Slate’s long history. Thus, two pages have been devoted to describing the initial launch of The Slate and its changes in the past 10 years. Troy Okum Editor-in-Chief

Teachers in training start newspaper Naomi Creason

Former Managing Editor It was 1957. Shippensburg University was still known as Shippensburg State Teachers College. The campus had only recently expanded from the newest building, Kriner Hall, to Memorial Auditorium. The top two floors of Old Main and most of Horton Hall were dormitories, the Huber Arts Center acted as the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library and Stewart Hall was just replaced by Henderson Gymnasium as the main gym. It was at this time The Slate began its run. “We were shocked that we didn’t have a newspaper,” said Ann (Miller) Lehman, who was The Slate’s editor in 1957 and had worked on her New Cumberland High School newspaper as a sports and fashion editor. As one of the leading members of the group of students interested in working on a college newspaper, Lehman became one of the first candidates. “I stuck my neck out,” Lehman said. “I agreed to do it.” Despite the college being primarily a teaching school, the students were still willing to be a part of the staff. Lehman and her freshman associate editor Kay (Keener) Benson were elementary education majors. Though many students wanted to join a newspaper staff, the main priority for the lobbying group was to find an adviser. English professor Mabel Lindner became The Slate’s adviser for the first two years and helped with the paper’s namesake. According to Lehman, the paper’s title came from its association with teachers. When a student thinks of teachers telling you something, you think of them writing on a slate.

“She was a very dramatic, animated, for The Slate for a long period of time, she still enthusiastic person,” Lehman said about enjoyed her experience working on the paper. “[It] was my first shot at management skills,” Lindner. “She built up your self-confidence and Lehman said, who eventually went on to have a 31she expected you to make mistakes.” After setting up the organization and receiving year teaching career at the York Suburban School did a lot an adviser, Lehman set her eyes on finding a staff, District. “My kids [students] most of which were recruited through Lindner’s of writing. To me, it was a very important skill for classes. “We were all in training,” Lehman said of the them to learn. As one first group of editors and writers. “Our knees student said, it’s ‘talk writ down.’” were kind of wobbly when we got started.” Sixty years “It was very difficult to get everything set up,” Benson said. “I can remember [working] late later, the staff has nights trying to get everything to fit [on the page]. evolved into a weekly Wouldn’t a computer have come in handy back publication with its own website. The staff has then?” At that time, production at Gilbert Hall grown into a team of 30 included articles typed on a typewriter and photos students who publish articles in calculated and sized by hand onto the page. five different sections and utilize Scrambling through production, the first Slate video for the ever-changing staff produced its first two issues in spring 1957. digital media age. However, Lehman admitted that it wouldn’t have been possible without a number of other people. As most of the staff were at college only to learn how to teach and not how to make papers, none of them had the technical abilities to start putting a newspaper together. Lehman had to enlist outside help from her high school colleagues on the paper and from the local newspaper, the Shippensburg News-Chronicle, which also printed The Slate. Benson became the editor of the campus yearbook the year after and Lehman had only been with The Slate for its first two issues in March and April. Though Lehman (Above) Slate editor – 1986 had not worked

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as your student-run newspaper

The Slate enters world of digital journalism Wehking-Pinci, editor-in-chief in 2012. “One clear response was so simple and obvious, but Copy Editor none of us thought of it — the broadsheet paper is too large to read at your desk while waitIn the past decade The Slate grew into a ro- ing for class to start.” Switching to tabloid was also an effort to bust, multi-platform news outlet. One major difference is that now The Slate keep up with the latest trends in image heavy is a 24-hour newspaper with the addition of a formats, according to Cara Neil, The Slate’s editor-in-chief from 2013-2014. professional website. The event that propelled The Slate from a The first website launched in the early 2000s, and it was provided through Shippens- small university student newspaper to state burg University, but it was the same template prominence was the 2016 faculty union strike. The Slate covered the contract negotiations that all clubs and organizations were given. It between Pennsylvania’s State System of Highwas simply not designed for a newspaper. In 2006, The Slate staff decided to put to- er Education (PASSHE) and the Association gether a better working website. The Slate’s of Pennsylvania State College and University adviser, Michael Drager, registered the URL Faculties (APSCUF) starting April 25, 2016. Troy Okum, The Slate’s current through GoDaddy. com and with the help of Mira Mattern, an SU tor-in-chief, was news editor at the time and website designer, created The Slate’s first pro- led the reporting. Okum said he felt the negotiations were worth covering in April even fessional website. The website was a great success, but it was though no one took the threat of a strike senot without its problems behind the scenes. riously. Then in September, the members of APMost students had no website coding experience and had difficulty using Adobe Dream- SCUF voted to authorize a strike that would take place on Oct. 19. weaver. The night before the strike date, The Slate In 2011, The Slate began looking for other options. Drager’s professional contacts recom- staff met to discuss how they would handle mended Detroit Softworks’ Gryphon software, the strike as they would be running the paper without an adviser. a content management They divided the staff system that automatically coded uploaded content “I’ve never been prouder of a into groups to work on rofor internet use. The soft- group of people, and I have had tating shifts to cover the picket lines. ware is currently providmany proud moments of The When the strike was ed through SNworks, a Slate staff over the years.” announced at 5 a.m., Troy student-founded compaOkum and former ediny backed by Michigan –Michael Drager, tor-in-chief Mary Grace State University. adviser of The Slate Keller were waiting at “They created a wonthe Prince Street picket derful new website for us,” Drager said, “and now all we had to worry line for half an hour. The news first broke via about was, with a little bit of training, how to Twitter, and within two hours a full story, phoproduce content for it. Video content, audio, to gallery and video was on The Slate kept 24/7 coverage of the strike podcasts, photo galleries, all kinds of stuff that we couldn’t really do easily with Dreamweav- up for three days with constant updates to its website and social media. Many professional er.” At the same time the website was being news organizations began requesting permisoverhauled, the old newspaper design was also sion to use The Slate’s coverage for their own use. thrown out and reborn as a tabloid. “I think I’ve never been prouder of a group of In spring 2011, former editor-in-chief Carissa Llewellyn switched the paper from a tradi- people, and I have had many proud moments of The Slate staff over the years,” Drager said. tional broadsheet to a tabloid format. The Slate staff was awarded for its cover“Our publication relations team conducted a survey to collect ideas about how to improve age of the strike in the 2016 Student Keystone The Slate and boost readership,” said Chelsea Press Awards, receiving first place for “ongo-

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ing news coverage.” “The fact that they were able to win that award for all the hard work they did was a testament to what they can do and what they did as professional journalists,” Drager said. The Slate staff won several Student Keystone Awards over the years. The first two times its writers won was in 2012, beating both Pennsylvania State University and Temple University, then winning a third in 2013. The Slate staff won two other awards in the 2016 contest. Keller received an honorable mention in “public service/enterprise package”

for her in-depth coverage of “Ship Says No More,” SU’s program against discrimination and sexual violence. Okum won first place in “news photo” for his photograph of a protester being jeered at in a Trump rally in April. “I think it showcases the talent of the students we have who work for the Slate,” Drager said, “and it really helps, I think, in demonstrating to prospective students and to alumni that we do a good job here not just teaching the basics but also the importance of journalism in our society.”

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A8 News Employee drug testing creates holes in workforce April 18, 2017

Michael Walton

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review PITTSBURGH (AP) — A cover letter, an interview and a trip to the bathroom with a small plastic cup. Companies across Westmoreland County drug test in the workplace, either before offering jobs to candidates or after accidents involving employees. Advocates of the practice contend it boosts safety and productivity as well as cuts personnel problem costs. That’s especially true in accident-prone industries or professions such as health care, where clients have access to controlled substances or others’ homes. But pre-employment drug testing also complicates the already difficult task of hiring good people, business leaders and experts said.

Jeff Pfeifer, director of sales and business development at Scottdalebased MLP Speciality Metals, appeared on a local radio show five years ago and announced his company was struggling to fill jobs. “We had a line of people here the next day,’’ he said. “Oddly enough, two-thirds of those people failed (drug tests).’’ MLP makes wire products and heavy-duty grating. It’s industrial work where one mistake can lead to injury or worse, hence the need to screen for drug use, Pfeifer said. While finding candidates with proper education, expertise and technical skills remain MLP’s biggest hiring hurdles, drug testing has become one more challenge. Pfeifer worries the hiring process will only become harder as baby boomers continue to retire and the region’s pool of qualified laborers further shrinks.

County Commissioner Ted Kopas said stories like MLP’s suggest the region’s economy “is yet another victim of the opioid epidemic.’’ “I’ve heard it often enough to believe that it’s true, where qualified folks have shown up for a job interview, went through the process and seemed to be good candidates,’’ he said. “Then they were told they need to take a drug test, and they miraculously disappear.’’ People in the Pittsburgh area who were administered drug screens by Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation’s largest for-profit drug testing firms, tested positive for heroin at three times the national rate in 2015, according to company data. Nationwide, 0.04 percent of Quest Diagnostics drug tests were positive for heroin. In the Pittsburgh region, the figure was 0.12 percent. Oxycodone’s local detection rate was 1.15

Local woman arrested, charged with embezzling money from PASSHE Women’s Consortium Jenna Wise

News Editor A Shippensburg woman was charged with embezzlement on April 11, after reports were received of her alleged criminal wrongdoing while employed by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)’s Women’s Consortium. According to information received by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Colleen A. McQueeney, 56, stole approximately $40,000 of the Consortium’s funds through a series of ATM withdrawals and checks between October 2015 and January 2016. McQueeney allegedly tried to hide her actions by submitting false reports to the Consortium’s Board, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Justice press release. A plea agreement has been filed, which, hinging upon the approval of the Court, will lead McQueeney to plead guilty to the charges against her and pay full restitution. The maximum penalty for an embezzlement charge is 10 years in prison, a term of super-

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PASSHE’s Women’s Consortium dedicates its time to fulfilling the needs of women. vised release following imprisonment, as well as a fine. The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

percent compared to .75 percent nationally. Opiates, the derivative of drugs like morphine and codeine, was found in .66 percent of local drug tests compared to .49 percent nationally. Quest Diagnostics reported nationwide workforce failure rates hit a 10-year high in 2015, the most recent year with available data. Four percent of 9.5 million urine drug tests performed in 2015 were positive. The company recorded a 10-year-low positivity rate of 3.5 percent in both 2010 and 2011. Michael R. Frone, a senior research scientist at State University of New York at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions, said in an email that there’s little “good scientific data’’ about the prevalence of drug testing in U.S. workplaces because the subject isn’t widely studied. Still, he and other experts put

the rate at about 40 percent. Edward Yost, an employee relations expert with the Alexandria, Va.-based Society for Human Resource Management, said pre-employment drug testing helps companies avoid bad hires, absenteeism, safety problems and productivity issues. Employers also can receive discounts on workers’ compensation and liability insurance if they implement a drug testing policy, he said. But drug testing policies come with certain risks. Policies must be applied without exception to avoid potential claims of discrimination or favoritism. “If you’re going to do a drug-testing policy, you have to recognize that your best employee might have to get fired under that policy,’’ Yost said.

Ship Life B1 Students relieve stress at Wellness Fair


April 18, 2017

Austin Stoltzfus Guest Writer

The 2017 Wellness Fair was hosted on Wednesday by the Shippensburg University’s Counseling Center and the Human Resources Department in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Ceddia Union Building. The fair was intended to educate students on all kinds of health issues by allowing vendors and organizations to display their profession and intended goal. Linda Chalk, a psychologist in the counseling center, explained the goal of the fair. “Our goal is to provide information related to health and to give participants a chance to learn more from physical, mental and nutritional health exhibits,” Chalk said. However, Chalk was not the only representative from the counseling center present. Many counselors could be found working stations and greeting people as they walked in.

Students were encouraged to check out all of the stands by being given a Wellness Fair bingo card at the entrance. Participants could check off each box on the bingo card after visiting each designated stand and redeem the completed card for a chance to win various prizes. As Chalk explained, there was a variety of stands from chiropractors offering back massages, to health clinics, to health insurance companies and student organizations handing out informational pamphlets. Upon entering the MPR, one also found dogs providing students an uplifting feeling and improvement to emotional health. Throughout the fair, students were offered free samples of a wide variety of teas, all providing different health benefits as well as healthy snacks. One stand stressed protection against HIV and other STI’s by distributing free condoms to students

and having students sign a document to swear their commitment to practice safe sex. Other on-campus organizations were present such as the exercise science club which grabbed participant’s interest by offering tests like body mass index, body-fat percentage and flexibility tests. Senior Jason Greenspan, a volunteer for the Testicular Cancer Foundation, described his thoughts on the fair. “Not many people think about health so it’s important to get the word out and raise awareness among college students,” Greenspan said. Greenspan described how college-age males never think about things like testicular cancer affecting their lives. Greenspan also plans on breaking the record for organizing the largest testicular cancer test among college students.

Students were able to interact with and pet different varieties of animals.

Photos by Kayla Brown

Dogs were used at the Wellness Fair in order to bring students an uplifting feeling and improve emotional health.

Certified chiropractors visit SU offering massages to students at the fair.

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April 18, 2017

A Raider’s View: Intolerantly home for the holiday Raider Muse

Staff Columnist The holidays are over and we have all returned back to classes for the remainder of the semester, but one thing is certain — some of us are happy to be back. Holidays are always stressful, especially with having to see relatives you only see once or twice a year. There is often the aunt who does not know how to season anything, or the uncle who will only talk about sports and politics. A cousin brings home their significant other and the family does not approve. Suddenly, the entire family turns into a scene from any classic gladiator movie you can think of. While you are just trying to get your helping of sweet potato pie, it is clear arguments are inevitable. There is no doubt that holidays are rough, but they can be detrimental to those from the LGBT community. Bringing home significant others is a limited option, and you always get asked the question you have heard for years, “Are you seeing anybody?” Finding it in your soul to not ruin dinner by coming out over the ham and mashed potatoes, but knowing there is only a matter of time before that cousin you came out to in high school knows something is up. Going home to unaccepting households for the holidays can provide a sense of dread to persons in the LGBT community, and can cause a great amount of stress. Setting limits with yourself as well as your family is a great self-help tool for the holidays.

Knowing what you can handle and when to walk away may save you from an explosion of mass proportions. If walking away is not an option, finding outlets in conversations may give you an escape plan you need to evacuate the situation. Changing the conversations around to talk about family members is an easy way to keep topic of discussion from being you and your personal life. At the end of the day, the greatest feeling is knowing that you avoided your aunt’s gluten-free cookies that she made at the last minute and burned, and your uncle spent the entire time talking about politics with that cousin you came out to. Just remember, you made it through the holiday, and there is comfort knowing that ones after this will emulate the past. The day will end, and things will fall back into a cycle of normalcy. Finding techniques like conversation aversion and leaving conversations before they get hostile can make dinner with the family slightly more tolerable. For future reference for anybody that may know someone or are subjected to being in an unaccepting household that may need additional support, you can contact the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860, and the National Suicide Hotline for any sort of crisis by texting CONNECT to 741741 or call 1-800-2738255.

Recipe of the week: Homemade mango sorbet Yvette Betancourt Ship Life Editor

I love ice cream, but I recently learned the hard way that too much dairy is not always good for my body. However, I refuse to remove sweet treats from my consumption so I started looking for healthier alternatives and I came across a recipe for raspberry sorbet. It seemed easy enough, but I’m not too crazy about raspberries so I opted for my personal favorite — mango. The initial recipe I found called for water or sugar syrup to help blend the mangoes, but I decided to try out fresh orange juice for added flavor. I also tossed in some lemon juice to compliment the other fruit flavors and voila. I have a great new ice cream substitute.

Ingredients: 1 cup frozen mango 1/2 lemon

2 fresh oranges *optional* crushed ice

Instructions: 1. Place a cup of mango in blender and blend until mango is broken up. 2. Squeeze orange juice into blender [optional] toss the oranges into the mixture 3. Squeeze 1/2 lemon juice into the mixture 4. Eat right away or freeze until you’re ready to eat.

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Ship Life Editor Yvette Betancourt finds a new ice cream substitute to help with her healthy eating, creating a sorbet recipe with her favorite fruit.

B3 Ship Life Student steps up to secretary position


April 18, 2017

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ings in which she gets to help decide what goes on the curriculum. Asst. Ship Life Editor “It’s a lot of meeting new people and sitting on the board of a lot of things. It’s really fun,” Junior Kelly Logan, College of Education Logan said. and Human Services Senator, has been elected as the Student Government secretary. Logan is majoring in middle-level education “I get extraordinary opportunities I with a concentration in math and science. never thought I would have.” She is aiming to have a career as a middle school teacher somewhere in New York, Penn– Kelly Logan, sylvania or Virginia. College of education and human The 21-year-old from Media, Pennsylvania, services senator has been a part of Student Government for two years. Logan was asked to take part in Student Government without original interest, but then found herself loving it. While Logan is away from Student GovPhoto courtesy of Kelly Logan For her current position, she had the oppor- ernment, she is also a part of the women’s tunity to choose the new dean. She also meets track-and-field team as a javelin thrower. OthKelly Logan, with the dean a couple times a month as well er clubs she is a part of include Circle-K, the College of Education and as sitting in on teacher education council meet- technology committee, Tau Kappa and she is Human Services Senator

the outdoor track-and-field representative and Make-A-Wish committee co-chair for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She is also a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. “Secretary was the perfect fit for me. I like to observe more,” Logan said. When she begins the secretary position, she will be responsible for taking minutes for meetings, be in charge of the public relations committee and also host different events on campus like holiday dinners. Logan’s new position as secretary will take effect on Thursday. She would like to see a lot more equality on campus as secretary, as well as more communication. “I get extraordinary opportunities I never thought I would have,” Logan said.

Professor emphasizes environmental history like to see a prop… “This is the college thesis I wrote in college Copy Editor on this community called Egypt Valley. I did a bunch of oral histories and interviews. And The first thing one notices in Allen Di- then that led me to pursue history as a deeterich-Ward’s tiny office is his unusual collec- gree and I followed that through into graduate tion of old coal mining artifacts. His largest is school.” a deep black image of a mining shovel called “The Gem of Egypt.” “I’ve always loved teaching. “The story I always tell is when I was a My life was really transformed kid my grandparents always told the story of by the college I went to.” the community they grew up in, called Egypt – Allen Dieterich-Ward, Valley,” Dieterich-Ward said. “It was stripped mined out of existence.” SU history professor Egypt Valley was a country crossroads with a general store and a post office that served about 100 people on nearby farms. Dieterich-Ward, 38, was born in Wheeling, After coal was discovered, the farmers were West Virginia, and grew up in Barnesville, forced into exodus and the entire region was Ohio. stripped bare. He earned his undergraduate degree in “I grew up interested in those kinds of sto- history at the College of Wooster in Wooster, ries and then I followed that interest into col- Ohio, in 2000 and his doctorate in history from lege,” Dieterich-Ward said. the University of Michigan in 2006. Currently an associate professor specializ“I’ve always loved teaching. My life was reing in environmental history, Dieterich-Ward ally transformed by the college I went to,” he is also the president of the Pennsylvania His- said. “I was always naturally inclined toward, torical Association, editor of the Pennsylvania sometimes annoyingly so, to helping other peoHistory Series, board member on the Cumber- ple and to learn.” land Valley Rails-to-Trails Council and memDieterich-Ward has been teaching at Shipber of the Rotary Club. pensburg University since 2006. As he stood to remove a thick, green-bound “They offered me a job,” he said simply. “The book from his shelves, he said, “If you would reason I came to Shippensburg was because

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initially I was finishing my dissertation, which is a difficult time because you’re applying for jobs based on a dissertation you don’t have done yet.” After being rejected for his first job application, he was invited to teach as a temporary faculty member a few months later. “I didn’t have any better prospects at the time so I said yes and I came,” Dieterich-Ward said. “I worked really hard. I got good feedback from my students and from my colleagues. So the next year they had another position open up. The second time I applied for this permanent position, I got it.” Dieterich-Ward is extremely active on campus. He helped rebuild SU’s undergraduate research committee since he joined in 2007. He also helped develop the student research conference held in the spring. He also started the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience grant (SURE). Published in 2016, Dieterich-Ward authored the book “Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America.” In addition to being a full-time professor and active in the historical community, Dieterich-Ward is involved in nature activities. He is also the overseer of the Tuscarora Trail for the Potomac-Appalachian Trail Club. He spent the weekend of April 8 being certified to use a chainsaw. When he is not on campus or futhering his

research, Dieterich-Ward is homebrewing his own beer and hard apple cider, trail hiking, bike riding or sailing on one of his two boats. Dieterich-Ward married his wife, Amanda, in 2004.

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Allen Dieterich-Ward, SU history professor

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April 18, 2017

Slater of the Week: William Whisler Brooke Ready PR Director

William Whisler is a communication/journalism student who has a love for the world of sports. Whisler spends his days working with The Slate and has been the sports editor for two years. Whisler extended his passion for sports and student media by joining WSYC. Whisler has covered a range of sporting events throughout his years on The Slate and has even been in attendance for memorable championships. He has covered Shippensburg University football, the NCAA Division II men and women’s basketball tournaments, the field hockey team’s national championship and the men and women’s swimming at the

PSCAC Championships all within the 2016-2017 academic year. As Whisler travels and runs from game to game, he has enjoyed getting to know the coaches, players and the Shippensburg information staff, as well as his fellow Slaters. “The Slate has been something that has been great to be a part of, and I am grateful to Dr. Drager and The Slate staff for what we have been able to accomplish here,” Whisler said. Whisler is very grateful and appreciative of Bill Morgal, Shippensburg University’s Sports Information director, and Perry Mattern, Shippensburg University’s Sports Information assistant, for making what his section does possible. Whisler created a video series called Slate Sports Live this semester.

He started the series to put together video highlights of the teams on campus and chose a new team to spotlight each week. The project lasted four weeks and Whisler hopes to continue filming the videos to promote the accomplishments of Shippensburg’s sports teams. In his future career he would love to work as a national college football beat writer, or as a national college basketball writer. He would also enjoy covering any of the four major professional sports leagues. With Whisler’s go-getting and determined personality, he will be one to remember in the sports news industry. Follow us on twitter @ShipUSlate

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William Whisler, Sports Editor for The Slate

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William Whisler, Sports Editor / Blair Garrett, Asst. Sports Editor / Nate Powles, Asst. Sports Editor Photo courtesy of Jason Malmont

Baseball completes weekend series sweep

Nate Powles

Asst.Sports Editor The Shippensburg University baseball team swept a four-game series against Mansfield University over the weekend. SU played the first two games on Friday on Mansfield’s campus, but the teams came back to Fairchild Field at Shippensburg for Alumni Day on Saturday. Both games on Friday were tightly contested until the last couple innings when the Raiders took the advantage. In the first game, the score was tied at three going into the top half of the ninth, but the Raiders scored nine runs in the inning to win the

game 9–3. The second game was much closer, with the Raiders being down one going into the sixth, only for the offense to score one in the sixth and one in the seventh to earn the win. SU had multiple players with impressive games on Friday, including Ryan McMillen and Drew Bene. McMillen went 5-for-7 with three RBIs and Bene was 4-for-9 with three RBIs, which all came from a threerun homer in the ninth to really seal the victory for SU. Nick Spangler was also efficient at the plate, going 5-for-8 with two more RBIs. Both starting pitchers for SU earned the wins after strong performances. Gabe Mosser took the first game after only giving up three runs

in eight innings and throwing nine strikeouts. It was Mosser’s fourth consecutive win in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) match-ups. Jacob Menders took Game 2 behind three strikeouts and only three runs on five hits in six innings of work. The Raiders were tied in the seventh inning of Game 2, but Jack Goertzen stepped up to the plate and delivered a solo home run on a 3–1 count to give Shippensburg the lead. Michael Hope pitched the bottom of the inning to earn his third save of the season and his second of the day. Saturday brought more of the same for the Raiders, with the team picking up two more wins, including a blowout 22–7 victory in the

second game of the day. McMillen and Spangler once again performed well at the plate, with McMillen falling just a triple short of the cycle in Game 2. The team had 17 hits in that game leading to 22 runs. Jake Kennedy added to his school-record number of home runs with his 15th of the season in Game 2 on Saturday. He went 2-for-3 in Game 2 with three RBIs, which came from his latest homer. The Raiders needed late-game heroics once again in the first game of the day, scoring one run off the bat of Spangler and scoring another from a throwing error. Hope stepped up to the mound for the seventh again, and earned his third save in two days with a clean inning. Mark Cur-

tis started the game for the Raiders and earned his third win of the season behind six innings of three-hit ball and three strikeouts. The runs came early and often for the Raiders in Game 2, with the team scoring four runs in the first and then eight in the second. Eleven Raiders had at least one hit in the game and five had multi-hit games. Grant Hoover started the game and earned his second win of the year, only surrendering six hits and two runs over four innings. The sweep saw the Raiders improve their record to 17-16-1 for the season. SU will face Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) on the road today in a PSAC doubleheader.




April 18, 2017

Sheibley receives Strous Scholarship

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Former head coach Bertie Landes, left, presents SU’s Brooke Sheibley, right, with the first Amanda Strous scholarship.

Blair Garrett

Asst.Sports Editor The first ever Amanda K. Strous Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship is to be awarded to a player who embodies the character and love of field hockey that Strous left with the team. That player, as selected by former head coach Bertie Landes and SU’s field hockey program, is junior Brooke Sheibley. Sheibley received the scholarship during a ceremony at Shippensburg Field Hockey’s Spring Tournament, but perhaps the best gift of all is the new uniform she will be wearing the following season. Sheibley will wear No. 22, Strous’ former number, for her senior year at SU. Since 2007, No. 22 has represented leadership, dedication and love for the game at Shippensburg, and SU’s 2016 team returned the favor, draping Strous’ jersey over the NCAA trophy the team won last November. The players chanted, “22! 22! 22!” as streamers littered the field in celebration. Now, Sheibley gets to continue that legacy through the end of her Raider career. “It was a really big surprise to me,” Sheibley said. “Obviously, we were all talking [about] who was going to get it and my name didn’t cross my mind for a second, but it’s a really big honor, and I was pleasantly surprised.”

Sheibley played an integral role in the team’s 2-1 victory over Long Island University-Post in the national championship game. Sheibley connected with Emily Barnard for the team’s first goal of the game, marking two games in a row the pair factored in on huge goals for SU. The team seemed destined for a championship after the summer’s tragedy brought the players and coaches closer than ever before. “The fall was an emotional rollercoaster up and down,” Sheibley said. Photo courtesy of Andrew Katsampes “Everything just seemed multiplied by 10, and I think that honestly SU’s Brooke Sheibley, left, will wear Strous’ No. 22 jersey next year as part of the scholarship. helped us because we were so committed and so close to one another that we just wanted to do it for each other.” For Sheibley, being the first recipient of the scholarship is an honor, but it is also a consistent reminder to hold close the characteristics that made Strous so loved, which will continue even after Sheibley finishes her Shippensburg career. “I think it’s really going to push people to be their best and be the best person they can possibly be on and off the field,” she said. “That’s what it did for me.” The scholarship was formed by Strous’ family with the help of former head coach Bertie Landes and the Shippensburg field hockey program. Strous’ contributions to the program are endless, and creation Photo by William Whisler of the scholarship in her memory assures that her legacy will live on. The 2016 SU field hockey team celebrates after winning the national championship last season.



April 18, 2017


2017 football spring game Multiple Raiders impress in annual spring Red-White game

Photos courtesy of Jason Malmont

Running back London Whitfield (No. 45) carries the ball for the White team.

William Whisler Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University football team’s roster features an array of talent, and that talent was on full display Saturday in SU’s annual Red-White game, with the Red team winning the game, 14–2. Quarterback Ryan Zapoticky was sharp in the spring tune-up, completing 14-of-27 pass attempts for 169 yards and a 2-yard touchdown pass to Shea O’Donnell, while defensive end Richard Nase recorded five sacks on the day. “It felt great to get back to game speed,” Nase said. “It was great to get out here and compete. We’ve been working hard in practice and it’s a little different than game speed. It was good to get out here with my friends and get a little friendly competition going. Competition never hurts anybody and it was a good day overall.” The passing game was a clear fo-

cus in the first half, as the Red team, which consisted of the first-team offense and second-team defense, came out firing with an aggressive passing attack to spread the field. “We’re working on things we need to continue to get better at,” said Mark “Mac” Maciejewski, SU’s head coach. “That’s what this is all about. We tried to get through our playbook to get reps in all the different situations and formations like that. We did a good job and just need to continue to work and get better.” Overall, Maciejewski was pleased with the production from the team’s offensive and defensive stars in Zapoticky and Nase. “Zap is healthy and he’s doing a great job for us,” Maciejewski said. “He’s a senior, he knows our offense, he’s comfortable. All that translates onto the field and its good. “Richard Nase was really going hard today coming off the edge and we need to fix some protections and get better at that, but Richard is really making tough on them.”

SU’s Alec Patrillo (No. 65), and Cole Chiappialle (No. 33) celebrate a Red team touchdown in the first quarter. Chiappialle finished last season with 14 scores.

The Red team got on the board first, as running back Cole Chiappialle followed his blocking up the middle, surging across the goal line less than four minutes into the game, giving the Red team a 7–0 lead after a Billy Deane extra point. The White team responded quickly, after the Red team was called for holding with 5:40 left in the first quarter. The hold occurred in the end zone, resulting in a safety. The Red team led 7–2. The safety was all the White team, which consisted of the first-team defense and second-team offense, could muster on the day, however. Zapoticky’s 2-yard touchdown pass came midway through the second quarter to round out the scoring. Defensive standout performances on the day included defensive lineman Dakota Thompson and Tim Bradley who each registered two sacks, while defensive back Jailen Harmon intercepted a tipped pass before returning it 26 yards, setting up Chiappialle’s touchdown run.

Harmon finished the day with seven tackles to go alongside multiple pass breakups. Along with Harmon, the SU secondary showed its depth, as Hasan Sharif showcased his abilities with five tackles, while registering five passes defensed. Harmon and Sharif should add to the depth in the secondary alongside senior corner Kevin Taylor. Offensively, O’Donnell was impressive, pulling in three receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown. Along O’Donnell as a member of the Red team, Winston Eubanks had four catches for 61 yards, while Charles Headen III had three catches for 65 yards as a member of the White team. London Whitfield led the way on the ground with 49 yards on a game-high nine carries. While the game does not show up in the win-loss column, Maciejewski expressed the team having fun as one of the most important takeaways from the day. “I think everyone had fun,” Macie-

jewski said. “We work hard and we have 14 practices and this is the fun part now to come out in a game situation and just fly around and have fun. We are one big family here and we just need to make sure we take care of each other, but we’re going to play hard football and compete.” While the game signifies the end of spring practice, the team will still look to improve in the weight room as well as in agility exercises. “This is the end of practicing on the field but we’ve got two weeks of work left before finals,” Maciejewski said. “We’re going to work hard these next two weeks with lifting and agilities and continue to get better every day and take the next step up.” The Red Raiders will open preseason camp in August before taking the field for its season opener against American International College, at Seth Grove Stadium, Sept. 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Sports Softball picks up key conference wins April 18, 2017



William Whisler Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University softball team needed a stellar weekend to keep pace in the extremely competitive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division over the weekend. The Raiders did just that, picking up three PSAC East wins on the weekend. SU swept East Stroudsburg University in a home doubleheader at Robb Field before traveling to Kutztown University, where the Raiders split a doubleheader with the Golden Bears on Saturday. Against East Stroudsburg, the Raiders used a huge sixth inning to come from behind to win Game 1, 8–2. SU used the momentum from the late inning comeback to knock off the Warriors 6–4 in Game 2. In Game 1, SU trailed 2–1 entering the bottom half of the sixth inning, before the Raider offense erupted. Pinch-hitter Kayla Bonawitz started the rally with a one-out walk, before Maddie Mulhall singled and Macy Luck doubled to score Bonawitz and tie the game at two. With two outs, the Raiders added Photos courtesy of Perry Mattern- SU Sports Information multiple insurance runs, as Tara Bicko singled in a pair of runs to SU’s Macy Luck (No. 1), celebrates with assistant coach Emily Goshorn after scoring a run on Friday against East Stroudsburg. In Game 2, the Raiders once again give SU the lead. From there, it was which was earned — while striking in order, before the Warriors rallied Remaining games out nine East Stroudsburg hitters. to score two runs in the sixth inning. struck first by taking a 2–0 lead, but all SU. In Game 2, it was more of the Smith finished the game, giving the Raiders were unable to hold Kendall Geis followed Bicko with at Millersville April 22 an RBI double, Chloe Collins sin- same for the Raider offense, as SU up four runs — two of which were the lead to earn a huge PSAC East sweep. The Golden Bears scored gled, Meghan Klee hit an RBI dou- used a strong first two innings to get earned — while striking out five. The Raiders used the momentum four runs on four hits in the second ble scoring two runs while Micaela the best of the Warriors. at Wilmington April 23 In the first inning, the Raiders from Friday to take a game from the inning to come away with the win. Ghanayem picked up her second The Raiders, 22–17, are currentRBI of the day on a single, as the got on the board after an RBI dou- PSAC East Division leading KutzRaiders ended the inning, leading ble in the first inning by Klee, before town Golden Bears on Saturday. The ly sitting in third place in the PSAC at East Stroud April 28 Ghanayem drove Klee in with an Raiders earned their sixth-straight East Division, trailing Kutztown 8–2. “We have the capability to do RBI single to put the Raiders on top, win with a 2–1 decision in Game 1, and West Chester universities. The West Chester April 29 before falling 4–2 in Game 2. Raiders also are third in total wins that a lot and bust some innings 2–0. Later, in the second inning the Wilson was fantastic again, in the PSAC. open with big runs like that,” said “The PSAC is tough in general SU head coach Alison Van Scyoc. “I Raiders kept pouring it on, using an throwing her second complete game PSAC East standings think I told them in our post-game RBI double by Collins to give Ship- of the weekend, limiting the Golden across the board, but I think the talk that I was happy they didn’t pensburg a 3–0 lead. Klee followed Bears to just one run on three hits East consistently puts together Kutztown 8-2 settle for the tie, they kept the ral- with an RBI single that scored Col- with two walks while striking out strong softball programs,” Van Scyoc said. “I want our program to be in West Chester ly going and that was big. They say lins and Geis to put SU up 5–0. The five batters. 6-2 SU scored its runs in the third the No. 1 or 2 spot but I am proud of hitting is contagious and it really Raiders added an insurance run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Collins inning, after Bonawitz, Anna Warf- these girls for the energy and effort Shippensburg truly is.” 5-5 ield and Bicko each singled to load they’ve put in from day one.” SU’s Taryn Wilson was fantastic to give SU a 6–0 lead. In the circle for Game 2 was Nicole the bases in the inning. A Kutztown The Raiders will return to action East Stroudsburg 3-7 in the circle, completing the complete game to shut the door on Game Smith, who delivered an outstand- error in the inning plated two runs, Saturday against Millersville Uni1. Wilson threw seven innings in ing performance. Smith set down giving SU all it needed to take Game versity. First pitch is scheduled for Millersville 2-8 1 p.m. which she gave up two runs — one of East Stroudsburg’s first 14 batters 1.



April 18, 2017


Men’s track and field earns multiple NCAA marks Nate Powles

Asst.Sports Editor The men of the Shippensburg University track-and-field team competed at the Bison Outdoor Challenge at Bucknell University over the weekend, and three athletes also went to the Mondschein Multis on Thursday and Friday at Kutztown University. The Mondschein Multis is a decathlon competition and three Raiders represented SU at the event. David Brantley put on an impressive performance over the two days and led his teammates with a total score of 5,679 points, good enough to finish 12th. Brantley set new PRs in the 110-meter hurdles (16.11 seconds) and the discus (92 feet, 6 inches). Also competing were Danny

Meyer and Matthew Merritt. Meyer posted a score of 5,414 points to finish not too far behind Brantley. Merritt put in a great effort, scoring 4,775 points. Both Meyer and Merritt were impressive in the pole vault, reaching heights of 11 feet, 10 3/4 inches, and 11 feet, 3 inches, respectively. The rest of the team performed at the Bison Challenge. There were many NCAA provisional qualifiers over the two-day event. An event that has been strong for the Raiders is the high jump. The impressive performances continued with Jalen Ramsey finishing first and Tra-C Davis finishing third. The field included multiple Division I competition, which made the two efforts even more impressive. Ramsey is only the fourth jumper in Division II to clear 6 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

Dominic Stroh posted a PR that was four seconds better than his previous best in the 1,500 meters. The time of 3:50.75 was good enough for an NCAA provisional qualifier. Connor Holm also put up an impressive 3:56.71 in the same event and he earned a new collegiate best. The throwers put on a show once again, with Bryan Pearson and Alec Rideout performing the best in the discus. Pearson had an NCAA-provisional throw of 171 feet, 7 inches, to place third and Rideout reached 158 feet, 8 inches, to take eighth. The javelin throwers performed well with Derek Nothstein taking second with 213 feet, 10 inches, and Ben Hurda taking fourth with 205 feet, 7 inches. Both marks were good enough to be NCAA-provisional qualifiers. There was an equal number of

strong showings on the second day of competition. Athletes on both the track and the field put in their best efforts. There were nine Top 8 finishes for SU on Day 2. Chris Craig continued his hot streak, taking first in the 200 meters with an NCAA-provisional run of 21.46 seconds. The 400 meters was also a top event for the Raiders, with Kier Miner taking second with a time of 47.81 seconds for another NCAA provisional mark. Miner’s time was within a half of a second of the school record time for the event. Two Raiders finished in the Top 6 in the 3K race. Harrison Schettler finished in 8:38.20 to take third and Connor Holm finished in 8:48.21 to take sixth in the event. The 400-meter hurdles yielded another NCAA-provisional mark from Austin Shupp, who finished second in

53.05 seconds. The team of Shupp, Craig, Calvin Dennis and Dreux Stamford took first in 41.48 seconds in the 4x100 relay. Pearson performed well on the second day as well, taking second in the shot put and fifth in the hammer. He reached 56 feet, 6 1/2 inches, in the shot put and 191 feet, 2 inches, in the hammer. Both throws were NCAA-provisional marks. Caleb Bartlett excelled in the hammer once again, placing third with an NCAA-provisional throw of 198 feet, 10 inches. For the first time in the 2017 outdoor season, the Raiders will come home and host the SU Track and Field Invitational tomorrow at Seth Grove Stadium starting at 3 p.m. The Raiders will have their first weekend off of the outdoor season this weekend.




April 18, 2017

The Slate Speaks

Syrian airstrikes send mixed signals about future foreign policy decisions

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An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter flies alongside the U.S.S. Porter in the Arabian Sea in 2012. President Trump authorized the airstrikes during a meeting The U.S.S. Porter and U.S.S. Ross were the guided-missile destroyers that carried out the strike. with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago golf club. On April 4, President Donald Trump responded to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical-weapon attack on the Syrian people by authorizing an airstrike on the military base where al-Assad’s weapon-carrying planes took off, according to The Washington Post. The president’s move was the first direct attack by the U.S. military since Syria’s civil war began six years ago. Trump acted unilaterally in this decision, utilizing gray area in the War Powers Act — something the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations have all done, according to The NYT. The attack received bipartisan support because the use of chemical weapons violates international agreements and norms. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called

the attacks “the right thing to do,” while senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham released a joint statement that said, “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action,” according to Newsweek. We agree Trump’s response was swift, necessary and proportional. It was also nice to see him face the nation in a prepared, deliberate statement regarding the attacks. But where do we go from here? Trump’s attack is a complete 180 degree shift in his policy toward Syria. During the election, Trump made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with American intervention in Syria, saying Hillary Clinton’s policy would cause World War Three. He also said that he disagreed with then Indi-

ana Governor Mike Pence when he backed strikes against al-Assad in the Vice Presidential debate, according to the NYT. President Barack Obama was hesitant to attack Syria for the same reasons Trump cited during a presidential debate in October, according to Vox. “We don’t know who the rebels are. If they ever overthrow Assad you may very well end up with worse than Assad.” To be fair, during the campaign, Trump said the U.S. foreign policy must be more unpredictable. But an anonymous foreign ambassador told The Washington Post this unpredictability is troublesome. “I don’t know what will happen. You had a president who took three months to make a decision, and now

you have one who takes three seconds.” Many U.S. allies supported the move, but others in the international community who did not — mainly Russia and Iran — pose a significant interest to the U.S. How are these strikes going to escalate international tension, and how do they affect Trump’s desire to mend relations with Russia? What is the policy toward Russia? Moreover, does this strike indicate anything about how the new administration will handle other situations like North Korea? Just last week North Korea fired another ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, a U.S. ally, according to NBC news. We also think there is a lack of consistency in Trump’s motivation for the strike. He cited the images he

saw on TV of “beautiful babies” that were killed during the attack, but his controversial travel ban refuses to allow Syrian refugees into the U.S. What we want from the president and his administration is more consistency, not a fly-by-the-seatof-your-pants approach. As a world power, it is necessary to be deliberate, and calculated in our efforts internationally. But what we’re hearing from anonymous ambassadors suggests the international community does not feel this administration has done that to do this point. Though we are morally behind this attack, we hope this instance is not indicative of a haphazard approach to complicated situations in the future.

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips, family costing U.S. taxpayers millions

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The White House is President Trump’s home throughout the week, but he has spent a lot of weekends at his Mar-a-Lago club.

Maxwell Stephens Staff Writer In his first 80 days as commander in chief, President Donald Trump has spent 21 days at his Mar-A-Lago golf club, costing taxpayers $21.6 million, according to The New York Times. If this keeps up, Trump is on track to surpass Barack Obama’s travel cost for an entire four-year term in a matter of only one year. Ironically, when Obama took a trip to Hawaii in 2011, Trump tweeted “President [Barack Obama’s] vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars — Unbelievable!” Meanwhile, Trump and his family are the most expensive the country has ever seen regarding their burden to tax-payers. Security to protect Melania and Barron Trump is estimated at almost $150,000 a day, according to CNN. There is no reason those two should be leeching off the American people to live in New York city, when they could be enjoying the honor and luxury of living in the White House. It should be noted that Barron and Melania have not once been visited by Trump in New York city. One has

to wonder just how much Donald is despised by Melania and Barron for him to avoid his family like the plague. Another aspect of all this that has not been touched on frequently, is how Trump’s entire extended family, children and grandchildren have to be protected by the Secret Service — which reportedly is now woefully understaffed, according to CBS News. I can only imagine how many millions a day the Trump family is costing the American people. For all the Trump sympathizers who say “Trump is just a guy doing his best,” or “he’s at least better than Obama,” consider this — President Trump spends 31 percent of his time on vacation, playing golf, flying his private jet and eating on the taxpayer’s dime. In many ways, he is the epitome of someone taking advantage of government assistance. He’s a true hypocrite who is setting himself up to be remembered as one of the worst presidents of all time — if not the worst. If you don’t believe me, just look at his approval rating. At the time I’m writing this, it stands at a measly 40 percent, the lowest of any new president in history. I’m just patiently waiting to see if he can reach George W. Bush lows.




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Motivations for Trump’s Editorial Cartoons flip-flop regarding Syria are not clear, may never be ufacturing facility in Khartoum, Sudan. He contended that it supplied chemical weapons to al-Qaida, although there has never been any actual proof of that. What is a fact is that it took place on the day that Monica Lewinsky was scheduled to testify before a grand jury in connection with, well, you know. Suddenly, the intense news focus shifted from a Washington courthouse to across the world. To this day, we don’t have any idea how the Monica factor influenced the Clinton calculations, any more than we do about Trump’s incentives.

as so buffoonish. It didn’t take long, though, for the ones who hadn’t been totally caught up in the personalities of this administration, or the lack thereof, to start raising substantial questions about the long-term effects this jolt of decisiveness would have. Would it hasten the tattering of U.S.-Russian relations, even as charges continued to swirl about The Donald and The Vladimir colluding to push the election Trump’s way? Would the We don’t know if President Doncruise-missile attack cause Assad ald Trump was purely motivated to think he had to prove his manto fire cruise missiles at a Syrian hood with another attack, either military airfield. Was he genuinely on U.S. forces or with some other horrified by the nerve-gas attack on horrific provocation. As a a rebel-held town ordered defiant gesture, he quickly by dictator Bashar Assad? His strongest critics in- “[Questions] about motivation, as we learned launched another bombsist that Trump saw the with Bill Clinton, will probably never be an- ing attack from the same airfield, which was no big revulsion at the deaths of swered to the satisfaction of everyone.” deal, but could all this esthe innocents, including – Bob Franken, calate out of control? children, really and cyniAs it stands now, the columnist cally, as an opportunity to vengeance for the war boost his approval ratings, crime and the grotesque which have spiraled ever downward As a distraction, it ultimately deaths it caused has amounted to a during the constant embarrassments that have defined the earliest didn’t work; four months later, Pres- few blown-up Syrian jets. Some opdays of his administration. There is ident Bill Clinton was impeached. timists contend that it could even As for President Donald Trump, become a basis for some diplomatic no way to know. He wouldn’t be the first president the early positive responses liter- negotiation that ultimately could whose commander in chief actions ally gushed. Suddenly, the pundits hasten an end to a bloody war that raised that same woeful question. couldn’t be ecstatic enough about has claimed a half-million lives, to In August 1998, Bill Clinton ordered how Trump had been so commander say nothing of creating a flood of refa missile attack of his own, against in chiefish, even the ones who had ugees. How can we forget that the the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical man- just moments before described him President Trump who was so moved by the Syrian victims of nerve gas is the same President Trump who tries to block any of them from entering this country? The opinions expressed in signed editorials and Some of these questions will be answered only in the days and columns are not directly the opinions of The Slate. months ahead. The ones about moNo opinions expressed in these pages are those of tivation, as we learned with Bill Clinton, will probably never be anShippensburg University. swered to the satisfaction of everyConcerns or letters to the editor can be emailed to one. The fact that they are asked at all speaks volumes about our politics.



E1 Poetry WSYC to be ‘Up All Night’ Corner


Molly Foster

Asst. A&E Editor

Shippensburg University’s campus radio station, WSYC 88.7 FM, will be on air for 24 hours nonstop from 8 a.m. April 21 to 8 a.m. April 22, for its fourth “Up All Night” broadcast event. The idea of “Up All Night” was pitched as a public relations project in 2012 to promote an increase in listenership for WSYC over the 24-hour period. According to WYSC General Manager Samuel Fritz it has been a tradition that has stuck with the station ever since. “So many students say to me — wait we have a radio station?” Fritz said. “This event allows us to remind students that there is a campus radio station, because a lot of people seem to forget.” Unlike last year’s, “Up All Night” event in which half of the broadcast was held in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) Multipurpose Room (MPR), this year it will be broadcasted solely from the WSYC studio. “We will be focusing on 24 quality hours on air,” Fritz said. According to Fritz, centralizing the broadcast will also give the station a better chance to rebuild by doing a really good in-studio broadcast. Throughout the night numerous student DJ’s will take shifts in the studio, giving listeners a well-mixed musical variety. More than $3,000

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worth of prizes will also be given away to lucky student listeners every hour on air. “The prizes have definitely gone up in value this year,” Fritz said. Some of the prizes that will be given away during “Up All Night” include gift cards to places such as Wendy’s and Sheetz, tickets to music festivals and concerts and Bluetooth speakers. However, WSYC is still finalizing the details for some potential prizes. “Don’t expect to just call in and win,” Fritz confessed. “It’s up to the onair DJ as to how the prizes will be given away, but prepare to be adventurous for the prize. I might say to meet me outside of the CUB and the first one there gets the prize.” This year’s WSYC “Up All Night” broadcast will also run through WSYC and The Slate’s 60th anniversary celebration on April 21. With student-media alumni on campus, WSYC

Billboard Top 10 1. Shape Of You- Ed Sheeran 2. Humble - Kendrick Lamar

hopes to recruit some alumni to come into the studio to DJ a few songs and share their stories with listeners. “Up All Night” is something that WSYC anticipates every year because it gives the station a chance to show listeners, who may not typically tune in to 88.7 FM, that WSYC takes their work just as seriously as other wellknown local stations. “Listenership doubles, if not triples during ‘Up All Night’ because we advertise it and give away prizes,” Fritz said. “Last year the phones were ringing off the hook, and that never happens.” Fritz encourages all students to tune into WSYC during “Up All Night” for good music, stories and what he thinks should sell everyone — free stuff. “A 24-hour radio broadcast is an experience that just about every college campus has the ability to do,” Fritz said. “But what makes WSYC different from the rest, is that we actually do it.”

5. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay 6. Body Like A Back Road- Sam Hunt 7. I Feel It Coming - The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk 8. Tunnel Vision - Kodak Black 9. Paris - The Chainsmokers 10. Rockabye - Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie

Molly Foster

Asst A&E Editor

The night holds tightly in her hands Endless candles of luster, Which in their might Refuse to burn out For anything sooner than Their destined moment of extinction And their light out lives us all, Paving the years With a conistent path through the darkness— And they burn Until the night decides It’s time To blow out her candles.

Carmike 7 Showtimes Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and April 18 at Carmike Cinema 7 in Chambersburg

3. That’s What I Like - Bruno Mars 4. iSpy - KYLE ft. Lil Yachty

“Burning Candles”



1. Smurfs: The Lost Village

6:30 p.m.

2. Beauty And The Beast

6:50 p.m.

3. The Fate of the Furious

7:00 p.m.

4. Power Rangers

7:30 p.m.

5. The Boss Baby

7:30 p.m.

6. Going in Style

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Jazz orchestra throws Thought Lot back to ’30s Justin Lee

Staff Writer The Thought Lot displayed a throwback show of jazz and Dixie music Saturday with the Keating Jazz Orchestra, which showcased its skills to a packed house. Jessica Jellen and Mark Burke opened the event as an acoustic and piano duo, giving a basic spin on jazz tunes. The relaxing tone was established by the two, as members of the audience kept pouring in the room. Every note screamed emotion and passion that set the stage for the Keating Jazz Orchestra. After a few songs, the orchestra squeezed onto the small stage, with percussion, an upright bass, a brass section, singers, stringed instruments and a tap dancer. It was refreshing to see a group of young professionals embrace the authentic style that is Dixieland. The twang of the banjo and the bravado of the horns were expertly blended to give a rich, old-styled experience. The band’s songs were inspired by the legendary jazz musicians of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, like Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman. The pieces revolved around good times, love and an appreciation of the city nightlife, specifically Chicago. Members of the audience danced along with the orchestra as

Photos by Justin Lee

(Left) Rebecca Schrom and Lee Howard from the Keating Jazz Orchestra sing legendary jazz songs from famous singers. (Right) Duo Jessica Jellen and Mark Burke opened the evening with a laid back atmosphere on Saturday. they were thrown back to a simpler time. Vocalists Rebecca Schrom and Lee Howard were the frontrunners of the group, who sang into old-fashioned microphones that properly fit the aesthetic. Their involvement varied — some songs they would sing while other times they would let the rest of the group show off. In those instrumental moments, the Keating Jazz Orchestra shined.

Each player was smooth and on point. The best part of it all, though, was that the group was having fun. The percussion section was able to bounce off of the string and brass sections, going back and forth between moments of improvisation. In the middle of it all was Kara Checote, who tap-danced her way to whatever sounds the rest of the group was creating. Pure joy emoted from every member of the Keating

Jazz Orchestra, and the audience ate it up. Additionally, a group of flapper dancers named the Ladybirds danced for the audience during one of the intermissions. The ladies also danced to some of the songs the orchestra was playing, making the experience all the more authentic. The small venue of The Thought Lot could not contain the grandiose nature of the group. Despite that,

the orchestra has had a history of playing for weddings, community theaters and corporate events throughout southern Pennsylvania. After three years of getting an ensemble together, the Keating Jazz Orchestra is more than prepared to play for an enormous crowd, with a large stage that can complement the massive sound.

Class poems jump off paper, onto library walls Nolan McGraw

Asst. Web Director

A new poetry exhibit, featuring the work of multiple English students, opened Thursday afternoon in the Shippensburg University Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. Located in the bottom floor of the library, the exhibit collects the writings of students in Nicole Santalucia’s advanced poetry class. Each student selected a piece of poetry and put together some artwork to go with it, creating poetry in action or mixed media poetry. The wide variety of styles featured in the exhibit

brought each poem to life and gave a sense of what the writer intended with their work. For Thursday’s grand opening of the exhibit, students had the opportunity to read their featured work. Some of the students even shared additional poems that were not featured in the exhibit. Following the readings, Santalucia and the presenters mingled among fellow students and faculty who had come to view the pieces. Santalucia was excited for her students as they got the chance to present some of their best work of the semester. The exhibit itself is still young after starting last year, but Santalucia hopes to continue the event annually and spark more

interest in poetry and the English major. Senior Ryen Radcliff was one of a handful of presenters at the reception. Despite being relatively new to poetry, he has really enjoyed the craft so far. “It was sort of a gamble for me,” said Radlciff. “I never considered myself a poetry person, but I’ve been really enjoying it and it’s been a great outlet.” The poems and their accompanying artwork can be found on the wall and in glass display cases at the bottom of the steps in the library. The exhibit runs until Friday. Photo by Marissa Merkt

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library. This is the second year the event has been held.



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