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Journalist shares lessons from covering war Abby Tiska Staff Writer There are no ATMs in war zones. Kim Barker learned that the hard way. Barker, a journalist for more than 20 years, spoke at Shippensburg University on Wednesday night about her experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan as the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009, and the memoir she wrote afterwards — “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” The lecture was sponsored by the SU history and philosophy department, the international studies program and other SU departments. Barker’s book went on to become the movie “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” starring Tina Fey in 2016. “I’m guessing the real reason that the university invited me here tonight is that they thought they were getting Tina Fey,” Barker joked. “But it’s just me, The New York Times reporter played by Tina Fey in the movie.” On a more serious note, Barker said she felt despair in talking to the audience today as she gave background information on the war in Afghanistan — the longest war in history at 17 years old. “For almost as long as you have been sanctioned human beings, there has been a war in Afghanistan, and there is

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Kim Barker speaks to the audience about her time in Afghanistan and Pakistan and her book she wrote about it. She shared five lessons from her experience. no foreseeable way out,” she said. Barker said Afghanistan was ranked the fourth most corrupt country in the world by Transparency International, and also mentioned 2015 parliamentary elections that still have not been held. A recent suicide attack that killed 57 in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, was the country’s fourth attack in a week on the country’s voter registration centers. Since the beginning of the war, more than 30,000 Afghans have been killed directly in fighting, more than 30,000 other Afghan soldiers and police have been killed in fighting and about

2,400 U.S. troops have been killed, according to Barker. “To put this at some level of perspective, that’s as if Ship University and Lancaster were wiped off the face of the earth,” she said. During her presentation, Barker provided the audience with five lessons taken from her experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

central leader in a country that never really knew strong, central leadership. “Like America, I learned that I didn’t do enough research the hard way. I spoke no foreign languages, I hadn’t even been to Europe. Yet, I volunteered because I wanted to see if I could do it, and I wanted a challenge,” Barker said.

1. “Do your research” Barker said Americans did not know what they were getting into when they went into Afghanistan, nor did they know much about Pakistan and its motivations. She also talked about America’s part in the formation of a strong,

2. “Adapt to the culture” “You have to do certain things in an Afghan way or you’re not going to get anything you want,” Barker said. She learned that she could not discuss business over food. See “BARKER,” A3

A state-commissioned study by the RAND Corporation provided five possibilities for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities to combat the issues of rising tuition and falling enrollment rates. The study offered these options: keep broad state system structure, including current individual universities, but with improvements; keep broad state system structure with improvements accompanied by regional mergers of universities; merge state system universities and convert to state-related status; place the state system under the management of a state-related university; merge state system universities into state-related universities, according to the study. Under the first option, universities would modify the governance structure so that institutions will be freed from some requirements such as procurement and construction. This would allow authority to be more balanced across the system levels.

The second option would consolidate the 14 state system schools together to a smaller number such as 5–8. Weaker institutions within each region will merge with institutions that are fiscally viable. Some universities may not be merged because they have strong enrollment and financial prospects. This option would also come with a modified governance structure like the first option. The third option would eliminate the state system entirely and convert the universities to state-related status. This option would only be available to stronger universities or weaker universities that have merged with stronger ones. The fourth option would have the entire state system and its institutions managed by a large state-related university such as Penn State University or the University of Pittsburgh. The state system institutions would still receive state support, and labor union relations and faculty contracts would continue. The significant change in this option would be in governance and operations, according to the study. See “RAND,” A3

Week dedicated to increasing environmental awareness Jenna Wise Managing Editor Shippensburg University’s Environmental Steering Committee encouraged students to give back to the community during StewardSHIP Week, with the goal of increasing student awareness of the problems facing the environment. StewardSHIP Week is held each year and typically coincides with the celebration of Earth Day, according to geology professor Sean Cornell. This year’s festivities, which ran from April 19-28, included tree plantings along Burd Run, a clean-up of Michaux State Forest and spring planting at the SU campus farm. “That’s what we’re about here, to learn and serve,” Cornell said. “We’re not just about serving in the future, we’re about serving right now.” This is the third annual week that the activities were held in a week-long span, but have existed separately for much longer. This year, SU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) helped promote the event, with the Students for Environmental Action and Sustainability (SEAS) partnering to launch Thursday’s Earth Day celebration. The StewardSHIP celebration kicked off on April 19 with a table in the Ceddia Union


Building, where more than 260 people took SU’s sustainability pledge. Each student that takes the pledge promises to serve the community by using resources wisely and becoming informed on the resources, or lack thereof, in the surrounding area, according to Cornell emphasized that the committee is trying to make opportunities available to students who want to create a positive environmental impact. “By everyone doing one thing, that adds up,” he said. “When [students] get connected, they understand the connection. The more you’re connected to nature, the more helpful you are.” Cornell said one way students can improve their ecological footprint is by carefully choosing what foods they consume, based on the amount of energy certain foods release. For example, choosing grass-fed over grain-fed beef can significantly decrease the amount of energy that is released by consumers. Other lifestyle changes, like carpooling and taking shorter showers, are successful in saving resources when a large number of people make an effort, according to Cornell. He added that aspects of every day life are all connected to environmental service in some way. “Every discipline is connected to stewardship,” Cornell said. One of the main environmental problems

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on campus, Cornell said, is students’ lack of empathy for environmental issues, mainly because they do not understand sustainability. “Students are apathetic,” he said. “We know from research that SU students tend to be blind until we take their blinders off.” In addition to the work done by the Environmental Steering Committee, SU partners with the Center for Land Use and Sustainability to provide students with hands-on volunteer experience throughout the country.

Cornell described service as the connector that makes the other gears of the university operate. “Sustainability is the goal — we want to ensure social justice,” he said. “Stewardship is about the choices we make.” StewardSHIP Week concluded Friday with an Arbor Day tree planting around campus. For more information on how you can become more sustainable or get involved, visit

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SU’s StewardSHIP Week included an Earth Day celebration on Thursday afternoon in the academic quad. Campus groups set up tables and provided activities for students to participate in and help learn about the environment.


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Editor-in-Chief says goodbye to The Slate Troy Okum Editor-in-Chief

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Troy Okum has served as editor-in-chief of The Slate for the past year and a half. Okum became involved with The Slate during his second week of college.

After five years of having the privilege of serving The Slate, it is time to step aside and give that privilege to others who will follow in my footsteps, just as I have followed in those who came before me. Graduating is a bitter-sweet avalanche of emotions. On the one hand, I am so excited to start a new chapter of my life that I might just change my last name to “Aaakum” so I can be the first person to get my diploma and hit the road. On the other hand, I might just trip a few times as I walk up the aisle in the hope of getting a couple more pages out of this wild, wild chapter. At this point, life is inevitable. It is like floating down a fast-moving river; you cannot swim against the current and you cannot swim any faster than it either. I would be lying if I said I was not at least a little bit scared (or completely horrified) about what the future will hold. Before I let the panic set in, I think back to when I first started college. I can honestly tell you I was completely

horrified. But after every semester college life became easier. It was not because I magically found courage inside myself, or because I was getting used to my new life, or even because I found out there are no cover charges at Wibs on Thursdays if you bring your student ID (though that did help). It was because I searched deep inside of myself to find out what I am passionate about. And once I found it, I let it consume me. I let that flame grow into a bonfire and I worked tirelessly to feed it. That passion is two-fold: to be curious and to learn as much as I can; and to find out how to do something positive with what I learned. That is where The Slate came in. I got involved with The Slate in my second week of college and it was not long before I realized this was an organization worth believing in. So I invested my passion into it, and it was the best decision of my life. Years later, I am graduating from Shippensburg University with two degrees, a dump truck worth of awards and a resume that will stop an employer in his or her tracks. I am not trying to brag. In fact, I did not really work for

those things at all. I just let my passion grow and grow and everything else came as a result. If you are looking for a deeper meaning in this drab reminiscence of my college career, there it is. Find out what you are passionate about, take a deep breath and then dive in head first. If you are not sure what your passion is, then just keep trying new things until you find it. It is the only piece of advice I can honestly offer anyone. There is something else that came along with being passionate that I did not expect — something that has far more meaning than any piece of fancy paper could offer. Friendships. Without finding my passion, and without working at The Slate, I would never have made the best friendships of my life. Without all of you I would be nowhere, because when life got tough and I could not feed that fire, you were there to help me. This letter is not about me. It is about you. Whatever success I find in life, it will be because of all of you and The Slate. To the next generation of The Slate staff, I challenge you to find your passion and push it as far as you can.

ROTC hosts Cadet for a Day program Rebecca Masterson Staff Writer High school students got to experience a day in the life of a Shippensburg University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet during the Cadet for a Day program Thursday. The Cadet for a Day program provides current high school students with the opportunity to come to SU’s campus and assigns a cadet for them to follow around for a day. They are able to sit through college classes, tour the campus and ask questions. It gives students a taste of the college experience in hopes of recruiting them to SU and the ROTC program. It also recognizes SU’s cadets. The students participating are not just from Shippensburg. With approximately 40 high school students and around 90 ROTC SU students, they are hoping that they will leave with a little bit of interest and knowledge of ROTC and the university. Senior geoenvironmental studies major Cadet Sam Soliday said ROTC was the best decision he has ever made. “It is the smartest root to becoming an officer in the army. It truly trains one into

becoming a leader,” Soliday said. At the end of the program, the ROTC brought in military equipment including a Boeing CH-47 Chinook. Soliday called it an air bus used to transport soldiers. The helicopter can hold 29,000 pounds of equipment and can hook equipment to the bottom of it. It is used to transport vehicles and medical evacuation, parachute out of and land in water to get rafts in and out. The helicop-

ter will fill up with water in order for the rafts to float. “Hopefully this is the big event to hook them,” Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Wright said. Wright’s job is to train SU ROTC students, and he hopes to recruit more from this program. “They’re all going to be great leaders, they make my job fun,” he said. For incoming high school students, the exposure and getting rid of the possible intimidation factor about col-

lege is an important step. “We all put our pants on one leg at a time,” Wright said. The program is important to the university and ROTC for recruitment, but also for the high school students. “This is important, not only for the students, but the raider battalion,” Soliday said. “To spread the word and awareness of what ROTC is and the opportunities it offers.”

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Students planted between 240 and 260 trees last Monday as part of StewardSHIP week. The goal is to have 10,000 trees planted within the next year.

StewardSHIP week kicks off with tree planting Melissa Langdon Staff Writer

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The Cadet for a Day program included the landing of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook on the football field Thursday afternoon. The program allowed 40 high school students to follow ROTC students and experience SU’s campus for a day.

Students compete at weightlifting championships Kane Nelson Staff Writer Shippensburg University Olympic Weightlifting Team seniors Nicole Martorella and Devin Grove competed at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah, in the Under 25 Championships (U25) and University Nationals on April 21 and 22. Both lifters broke personal records in both lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk, as well as a Senior Nationals qualifying total posted by Martorella for the 53kg weight class. Martorella, no stranger to the national stage, set personal records in the snatch, 68kg, clean and jerk, 81kg, as well as her meet total,

149kg. Her performance earned her a bronze medal in the snatch and competition total for U25, as well as a 6th place finish for University Nationals. Grove, competing in the 77kg weight class, also had a spectacular performance with personal records in both his clean and jerk and competition total. He hit his opening snatch at 105kg, but missed his subsequent two lifts. He came back strong in the second half of his session and made a 136kg clean and jerk. The snatch, clean and jerk also gave Grove a personal record competition total as well. “Lifting at University Nationals was an amazing experience,” Grove said.

“It’s back to the drawing board to prepare for the future.” Coach Kyle Fields said he was made proud by his lifters, and they came prepared to make some big lifts. “They performed very well. Traveling, competing on a big stage and letting six attempts prove the months [of] hard work is a tough task and they stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park,” Fields said. “The experience gained is like no other.” Both lifters will not compete until the American Open in July. They will be joined by fellow students who are looking to qualify for next year’s University Nationals.

Shippensburg University students made a difference last week by partaking in a multitude of events strung together in what SU environmental enthusiasts called StewardSHIP week. Students gathered at Eichelberger Farm on Folgersonger Road with geography and earth science professor Sean Cornell to plant stream buffers for a local SU alumnus. Nick Eichelberger and his family own a farm less than a mile away from campus. Now, this has become the site of study for the environmental studies programs where students can get hands-on experience and partake in service learning projects. The goal of the project is part of a plan funded by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. All materials were donated by the foundation with the expectation that students would be able to use this as a learning experience and finish the project. In the end, it is hoped to have 10,000 new trees planted locally within the upcoming year. On April 19, Cornell and his students planted be-

tween 240 and 260 trees. “In order for us to be sustainable for our future population, we need to get the Co2 back into the ground,” Cornell said. Though this event was specifically in celebration of Earth Day, this was also a project that will serve the community for years to come, according to Cornell. “These trees will provide needs for us and protect the water,” Cornell said. Eichelberger allowed the planting of fruit and nut trees. This means in eight to 10 years, the resources will be available for harvest. “The produce from these trees will be donated to Ship produce and outreach centers, and the money made from them will be put back into programs for students just like this one,” Cornell said. SU staff, faculty and students have worked hard to make this campus “green,” and it is programs like this one that ensure it keeps moving in a positive direction toward making a difference, Cornell said. “We may be one drop, but together it’s an ocean.”


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Student government swears in new members Hannah Pollock Asst. News Editor The newest class of Shippensburg University Student Government Association (SGA) leaders was sworn in last Thursday. During the meeting, outgoing SGA President Madison Scarr swore in 2018-19 SGA President Logan Wein. Wein proceeded to swear in the new SGA Vice President Makayla Glass, former SGA senator and now Secretary Meredith Scarr, as well as incumbent Treasurer Raven Francis. New senatorial positions include: Amanda Morelli for the college of business; Benjamin Greenberg for the college of education and human services; and class of 2019 Senators Sarah Kistner and Bria Stevenson. Also sworn in were Logan Wert, who will represent the class of 2020, and Senator Jonathan Benner who will represent the class of 2021. Isaiah Smith and Ramses Ovalles

will represent Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) while Isaac Dietrich and Siara Gutierrez will represent the Residence Hall Association. Non-traditional students will be represented by Fredrick Horn. Jack Goertzen will represent athletics, and Lauren Grzyboski will be one of two representatives for Greek life. There are various senatorial positions available that will be filled next semester. Student trustee Evan Redding warned incoming student leaders about the position of leadership. “Leadership is not a pretty business, you have a long road ahead of you,” he said. However, he added that it would also be one of the most rewarding things one can do. The meeting concluded with a few SGA legalities and the passing of several budgets. The final SGA meeting of the 2017-18 academic year is Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building Room 119.

Student Government Updates • The undergraduate activity fee will remain $270 per semester. • An eighth computer lab with printing capability will be installed in Naugle and Seavers halls. • The fly fishing club is now an SGA recognized club. • Next semester, “Chop ‘n’ Wrap” will re-open with varying hours. • Papa John’s will most likely be replaced with a Mexican-style cafe. • The CUB will be undergoing decoration renovations over the summer. • The 2018 senior class gift is additional funding to ShipShare bikes and the SU first-year experience. • New exercise equipment will be installed at the Ship Rec by fall break of next year. “RAND,” from A1 The fifth option is similar to the fourth option, but the entire state system and its universities would merge with one or more of the state-related universities, according to the study. “It seems likely that tuition and fee rates at the state system campuses would rise to levels similar to the state-related branch campuses, potentially worsening affordability for Pennsylvania families if institutional financial aid is not also increased. Under this option, the current universities’ sovereign immunity would be lost,” the study said. Kenneth Mash, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), released a statement about the study. “There is a crisis in public higher education in this commonwealth, and one does not have to pay $250,000 for a study to see it. But the commonwealth did pay that amount, and Rand made no

recommendation to address this reality,” Mash said. The study’s recommendations would increase the cost of tuition for students, and would severely reduce opportunities for those who can afford tuition. The study also used interviews about the state system and presented opinions as facts. It also did not compare its recommendations to what other states have done, and there is no sourcing to any of the research, according to Mash. “It appears these recommendations are made solely to placate those who wanted the study,” Mash said. PASSHE Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney offered comments about the study in a PASSHE press release. “The state system is focused on doing the hard work necessary to redesign itself to be less bureaucratic and more student-focused,” Whitney said. “There is no instant solution. Instead, it will take intentional, persistent and strategic change,

and that is exactly what we’re doing.” PASSHE spokesman Kenn Marshall said the study validates the efforts of PASSHE to ensure longterm stability of the system and its universities. “We do have serious concerns about some of the recommendations included in the study because of the negative impact they could have on students,” Marshall said. The state systems believes it would be misguided to take such dramatic options that would be costly to students and their families without many benefits, according to the press release. “We must keep our focus on what really matters to students and their families — affordability and access to relevant academic programs. We must create additional academic opportunities — not limit them — so that we can continue to prepare students for success in their lives and careers,” Marshall said.

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Logan Wein gets sworn in as SGA President by outgoing SGA President Madison Scarr. Wein said leadership is one of the most important things one can do.

“BARKER,” from A1 Barker talked about meeting warlord Pacha Khan Zadran. When she showed up, she saw men, appearing to be in the military, in mismatched uniforms outside his home, but managed to find humor even in such a scene. “If I didn’t try to deal with this in an absurd light I’d be pretty much curled up in the corner, crying,” Barker said. Barker also talked about Pashtun hospitality, and how one could ask for protection and they would grant it, even to enemies. On the other hand, some lessons she learned went against who she was as a person. Raised as a feminist, Barker found herself in Afghanistan covering up in a burqa, wearing brown contacts to suppress her bright blue eyes. Barker said she found the experience liberating in a way. “For the first time I felt anonymous, and I felt like I could go anywhere and observe anything,” she said. 3. “Come up with a plan and stick to it” Barker said America’s foreign policy was largely driven by the military, and its goals were not very clear. She said America never really articulated its plan and what it was trying to accomplish. Barker said the original goal was to get Al-Qaeda, but then turned into nation-building in Afghanistan. However, there were not enough NATO troops on the ground to do so. She said the idea changed again to counter-insurgency, and then into counter-terrorism. Barker said

things often would go back and forth. “This really did not endear us to Afghans. Instead of supporting a real democracy, we decide to put all the eggs of our country, so to speak, in the basket of one man, largely a dictator,” Barker said of Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president at the time. 4. “Know how to get out” “There is a saying in Afghanistan that the Americans have the watches, but the Taliban has the time,” Barker said, discussing Obama’s addition of troops in Afghanistan and his plan to get them out. The combat mission officially ended in December 2014, but as of August 2017, President Donald Trump was discussing raising the number of troops in Afghanistan. Barker said she had to get out after The Tribune called the correspondents back, but was set to find a way to make people read about the foreign countries that she had come to love and did so through her book. 5. “Have Tina Fey play you in the movie” Although Barker was joking, she expressed her gratitude for the movie, the success of her book and all of the experiences that changed her life. “But really, the real last lesson I would say — it’s really difficult to change the world. It’s pretty much impossible. But you can change individual’s lives, and you can let them change you,” Barker said. “I guess there is a last lesson, which is to be grateful. And I know I am.”

Campus Police Briefs Seavers Hall resident charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Isiah A. Walker, 18, of Seavers Hall, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with an incident that occurred on April 21 in Seavers Hall. University police were called to the residence hall at approximately 8 p.m. to assist the staff with a strong odor of burned marijuana on the first floor. The investigation determined that the odor was originating from Walker’s room, where a small amount of marijuana and an item of drug paraphernalia were recovered. A criminal complaint was later filed with the local magisterial district judge charging Walker with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Harley Hall resident charged with underage drinking

This Week on Campus Film



• The international studies program is hosting the 18th annual international studies film series tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Dauphin Humanities Center Room 51.

• FUSE will be hosting Quadfest on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon in the academic quad.

• The Piano Guys will be performing on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.


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• Phi Sigma Sigma will be hosting the Rebbeca Melvin Foundation fundraiser today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the library.

• Reach Out will be hosting a bake sale on Wednesday from 12–3 p.m. in front of the library.

• APB will be showing the movie “Fifty Shades Freed” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. in the Orndorff Theater.

Talia E. Kosierowski, 18, of Harley Hall, was charged with underage drinking in connection with an incident that occurred on April 21. University police were called to the front patio area of Harley Hall at approximately 1 a.m. for a report of an intoxicated, unconscious female sitting in one of the adirondack chairs. Officers identified the female in question as Kosierowski, and found that she was highly intoxicated. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and Kosierowski was transported to Chambersburg Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. A citation was later filed charging her with underage drinking. Theft reported in Harley Hall Two residents of the first floor of Harley Hall reported to university police on April 24 at approximately 9 p.m. that they believed that someone had entered their room while they were out and had gone through their belongings. The residents reported that sometime between 5:30 p.m. when they left the room, and 6 p.m. when they returned, someone had entered their room and removed a hair dryer and hair straightener. The value of the missing items totals approximately $50. The incident remains under investigation. Harley Hall resident charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana Alexander Nobel, 19, of Harley Hall, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana in connection with an incident that occurred on April 25 in Harley Hall. University police were dispatched to the second floor at approximately 10 p.m. to assist the residence hall staff with an incident involving the possession of marijuana. Officers determined that the marijuana in question belonged to Nobel, who then admitted that it belonged to him. The marijuana was confiscated, and a criminal complaint was later filed charging Nobel with the possession.


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Life skills classes are essential for high school students The Pennsylvania school sys- standardized tests are achievetem does not measure the success ment tests and aptitude tests. An of schools on their student’s in- achievement standardized test is tellectual ability, but instead on used to evaluate a school’s effecwhether or not their students are tiveness, while an aptitude stanable to sit through and pass mul- dardized test is used to predict how tiple mind-boggling and strenuous a student will perform on the SATs tests. If a school’s standardized test or the ACTs. scores are high, then educators are But the real question is, have the praised for being effective. PSSAs and the newly-renovated But if a school’s scores are lower Keystone Exams actually prepared than average, then the school’s ed- children for the SATs, ACTs, or ucators are seen as ineffective. The even college? Pennsylvania System of School AsWhile the Keystone exams are sessment significantly (PSSA) easier than began bethe prior “It is a teacher’s ing implePSSA exams, responsibility to test the mented in the state of knowledge of students.” elementaPennsylvaThe Slate Staff ry schools nia should be across the focused on commonthe quality of wealth in students’ edPhoto courtesy of Iowa Department of Education 1998. These tests were adminis- ucation rather than if they pass a About 55 percent of students surveyed by Young Truth said they were unprepared for college. tered to students in grades third standardized test with flying colors. through eighth in English language Testing a student’s knowledge on a children stress over whether or not of more than 165,000 high school school in Pennsylvania should not arts classes. subject is very important, but isn’t they will pass an unnecessary test, students, administered by Young be standardized testing, but should In 2013, schools across Penn- that what our educators are for? the state school system should be Truth, found that 55 percent of stu- be to prepare their students for colsylvania switched from the PSSA It is a teacher’s responsibility to preparing students with essential dents feel that they are unprepared lege or gainful employment. exams to the Keystone exams. The test the knowledge of students. If life skills. High school is the final for college or a career. Many high schools focus solely state created the new exam to scale this is the case, then why does the check point before students either Most students coming out of on their students being academiback subject material, instead of state feel that it needs to involve it- make their way into the workforce high school do not understand how cally equipped but lack equipping covering 10 subject matter tests, self in a child’s personal education? or into some type of secondary to do their taxes, how to success- them with critical life skills so that students would now be required to Teachers know their students’ schooling. fully budget, how to manage their students can be socially, financially cover three. educational needs better than Results from a multi-year Col- time or how to write a resume. and emotionally prepared. The two most commonly used anyone else. Instead of having our lege and Career Readiness Survey The main focus of every high

Waffle House customer deemed a hero in tragic shooting

Erica McKinnon Co-Opinion Editor On Sunday, April 22, 2018, a lone shooter ambushed a Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tennessee, killing four people and injuring several others. Mass shootings have been happening more

frequently these days and most of the time, shooters intend to kill as many people as they can. The shooter, Travis Reinking, 29, managed to kill four innocent people. But with courage, James Shaw Jr., a customer at the Waffle House restaurant, retrieved the gun from Reinking before he got a chance to load more ammunition. “Police said James Shaw Jr., 29, rushed Reinking, wrestled him to the ground and was able to grab his weapon. Shaw’s hand was severely burned from grabbing the AR-15,” according to Shaw is deemed a hero for risking his life for the sake of other people, when simul-

taneously Reinking was doing everything in his power to take as many lives as he could. It is frightening that our society has come to a point where eating in public restaurants is dangerous and that we have the possibility of being shot and killed. There will always be fear

the reality that I’m hoping is only temporary. There is a famous quote by Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world”, and Shaw chose to be the change he wanted to see in the world by protecting himself and the people around him from potential harm.

“Shaw is deemed a hero for risking his life for the sake of other people.” Erica McKinnon Co-Opinion Editor

in the back of a person’s mind of the possibility of a shooting happening anywhere you go, because that has become

Shaw believed in himself enough to execute the situation with the best of his ability, and has the burns on his

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hands and other wounds to prove it. Witnesses from the shooting, like Chuck Cordero, expressed their gratitude toward Shaw for stopping the shooter from killing more people. “So I don’t know who this guy is. I talked to him afterwards and told him, ‘You are a hero, man’ because had that guy reloaded there was plenty more people in that restaurant that probably could have not made it home this morning,” Cordero said to CBS affiliate WTVF-TV. Shaw showed his humility and expressed how he does not believe he is a hero. “I didn’t really fight this man to save everyone else. That may be a popular thing.

I took the gun so I could get myself out [of the situation],” Shaw told CBS. Some may view Shaw’s perspective on the shooting as selfishness, but what it was is a transformation of selfishness to selflessness that saved many lives. To have seen the headlines in the media was both disheartening because of the lives lost and empowering because it is rare to see a black man be labeled as a hero. It was refreshing to see a tragic situation turn into a positive outcome, and as time goes on, hopefully there are more heroes who are willing to put their lives on the line like Shaw did.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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Roger Serr to retire after 23 years at SU Madeline Walsh Ship Life Editor As the end of the semester draws near and students prepare for finals, Roger Serr, Vice President of Student Affairs, prepares for retirement after 23 years of working at Shippensburg University. Serr said what he will miss most about the university are the students. “I’ve spent a lot of time with students over the years, having conversations and putting policies and programs in place to deal with social equity and justice issues,” Serr said. Serr explained that he relishes the supportive community SU embodies, as he has seen people pull together time and time again to support students no matter what issues they face.

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Roger Serr will retire from his position at SU after 23 years of service.

“That has always been a fun thing to be engaged in and to watch,” he said. Serr first came to understand the personality of SU when he interviewed for the position of dean of students 23 years ago. “I actually came in a day early and I just wandered the campus and talked to students,” Serr said. He explored the offices of the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) where he was met with friendly faces. “That set the tone very quickly,” Serr said. “People were nice. It was a place that had a focus on students. That was very evident and that was very important to me.” Serr grew up in a town of about 500 people on an Indian reservation in rural South Dakota, where the nearest doctor was about 80 miles away. “There weren’t a whole lot of social activities for us,” He said. “In some ways, there was a deprivation, but in other ways there was not because we had things we could do outside and we had a lot of freedom.” Serr first attended a small state school in South Dakota called Northern State University. From there, he obtained his master’s degree at Western Illinois University before moving to Michigan State for his doctorate. As an undergraduate student, Serr was involved in student government, which was advised by the dean of students. “We [Serr and the dean] were walking across campus one day after a meeting,and I remember looking at him and saying ‘how do you do what you do?’ and

so he said, ‘let’s get together and talk about it,’ and that kind of started it all,” Serr said. “He took an interest in me and one thing led to another.”

“I’ve spent a lot of time with students over the years, having conversations and putting policies and programs in place to deal with social equity and justice issues.”

Roger Serr SU Vice President of Student Affairs Although Serr enjoyed studying at Michigan State, his experience at the university of about 42,000 students showed him that he would be happiest in a smaller location. When he saw the job posting for dean of students at SU, he knew it was the right fit for him. “It was back in the East and it was the right size, so it just kind of had everything I was looking for,” Serr said. “Twenty-three years later, it’s home.” Serr’s wife, Konnie Serr, will continue to teach as a first-grade lab school teacher at SU after Serr retires, but the two plan to do some traveling when the semester ends. “We own some property down in West Virginia on the Cacapan River, so I’m looking forward to spending more time down there,” Serr said.

Tax refunds allow students to save and spend responsibly Katy Gentile Asst. Advertising Director

Tax season is upon us, and many college students are celebrating after receiving their tax refund, which seems like a nice bonus after hitting bank accounts. As SU finance professor Lee Fortenberry said, “There are many who act like they won a small lottery. Therefore, they treat it as a small windfall and will splurge with it [the refund].” According to USA Today, 80 percent of people who file taxes this year will receive some kind of tax refund. However, data from Principal Financial shows that 30 percent of millennials will blow their tax refunds on consumer products. Many Shippensburg University students surveyed do not meet the 30 percent of millennials that will frivolously spend their money on material items. “I put mine in my savings. I like putting any ‘extra’ money I get into my savings account,” junior Keri Barth said. Barth said she uses earnings from working over the winter and summer as spending money instead. Rather than splurging and spending like many Americans today, Fortenberry strongly recommends people save their tax refunds.

“Currently Americans have the lowest savings rates of the major industrialized countries at approximately 4 percent. Most experts, including the Harvard Business School, agree that it should be closer to 20 percent,” Fortenberry said. While some students are saving, other students, such as Megan Malinak, a junior communication/journalism major, are putting refund money toward practical expenses. Malinak said she is planning to pay off her credit card bill for the month with the money she receives from the IRS. As Fortenberry explained, tax refunds are distributed as a result of taxpayers withholding too many taxes throughout the year. When people receive their refunds, the amount they are given back does not include the interest that they would have made on the money if it was in their possession to begin with. While some may find it satisfactory to receive large tax refunds, others may find it more beneficial to not receive a refund at all. “With a little education, they can adjust their withholding to reduce their refunds,” Fortenberry said. By receiving a smaller refund, one has access to those funds prior to tax season and may add it to their savings or apply it to their expenses throughout the year. Ultimately, the responsibility lies with taxpayers to make sure they are not overheld on their taxes.

A Raider’s View Raider Muse Staff Columnist Summer is almost here, and that means it is shorts, T-shirt and bikini season. Many say there is a stigma that goes around that says you must look a certain way, be a certain body type and look appealing to wear bikinis or shorts. But sadly, they are mistaken. It is not just a stigma — body shaming is an epidemic. “Ninety-four percent of teenage girls have been body shamed,” according to This in result can influence young girls to divulge in eating disorders and be a can-

Senior creates sustainable bus Madeline Walsh Ship Life Editor

Have you ever felt like your home is too big? Do you want to live a greener life, but don’t know where to start? Are you interested in traveling, but feel too tied to the grid to truly let loose and explore? If you answered yes to any of these questions, living in a sustainable bus may be the lifestyle for you. Dustin McCorkle, a senior geo-environmental student, has worked tirelessly for almost a year and a half with the help of his partner and girlfriend Holly Helm to flip a bright yellow school bus into a fully-functioning tiny home on wheels. The pair is still working on their project, but they plan to engage communities on sustainability practices once they begin their journey. “I think in America especially, people just consume so much. If they have $5 they have to spend it on something,” McCorkle said. “For me this whole thing is about being less dependent on society,” Helm said. “Our only bills will be gas and propane for cooking.” The two traveled to Florida in December 2016, where they bought the $6,000 bus. They drove the bus back to Pennsylvania where they parked it at a friends’ house, who is also creating a sustainable bus. The bus will have everything you would expect to find in a normal home, such as a full-size fridge, toilet, bed, couch, sink, stove and television. The bus also has solar panels on it, which can slide in and out. “They slide the whole way out, so that way when we’re

parked we can pull them out,” McCorkle said. “If it’s hailing or something we can just tuck them in so they don’t get damaged.” The pair is confident that they will live a self-sufficient lifestyle once they move into the bus. McCorkle also hopes to create a rain-catching system outside of the bus. “We’re kind of winging it,” McCorkle said. “We’re finding that a lot of boat parts work really well for this.” The couple created a skylight from the old emergency exit in the ceiling of the bus using a window from a yacht. The skylight leads to a deck which will have seating and a projector to watch movies on. “We have no route planned,” Helm said. “There are places we want to see, we really want to get into Canada and see British Columbia.” Before the couple makes their move, they must give the bus a new exterior look to satisfy regulations. “We have to paint it a different color,” McCorkle said. “Legally we cannot leave it yellow.” As far as cost and time, Helm and McCorkle have learned a lot about what to expect when downsizing. When they started planning the project, they expected it to take about six months. “It’s also costing a lot of money up front, more than we initially thought,” Helm said. “Saving is the biggest thing you can do to help yourself downsize,” McCorkle added. To learn more about Helm and McCorkle’s project, visit

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Dustin McCorkle and his partner have worked on the sustainable bus for the last year and a half. The two plan to live in the bus once it is finished.

It is time to end body-shaming together

didate for chronic health risks. Not only is it dangerous to pick on somebody for their

“Ninety-four percent of teenage girls have been body-shamed.”

weight and dictate what looks good on them for your own personal gain, it is just rude. We see media that spews images of

models trying on bikinis and other types of clothing, and that in all honesty takes away from the population of individuals who have a high body mass index. Not only does body shaming affect women, but also men who are pushed into scrutiny if they do not have the typical body that the media portrays. It is definitely more seen in women, but men are victims of eating disorders, too. “In the United States alone, eating disorders will affect 10 million males at some point in their lives,” according to (NEDA). “But due in large part to cultural bias, they are much less likely to seek treatment

for their eating disorder.” So the next time you are with your friends at the beach and whisper, “She really should not be wearing that for her size,” or “He really needs to work out more. He’s letting himself go,” take a moment to reflect and ask yourself — do you think these individuals have heard that enough? Do you think they have understood that maybe what they are wearing is not typical for people to wear, that they are not what the media portrays as attractive? Do you think you should mind your own business and go about your day? Probably.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018


‘9 to 5’ takes feminism to the stage Jonathan Bergmueller Asst. A&E Editor

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Back: Justin Persicketti, Sophia Jones, Nick McKim, Hannah Famulare, Tyler Rock (Back, left to right) and Maggie Haynes and Mallory Kravitz (front, left and right) around Franklin Hart’s desk. The show revolved around strong female leads, both in the personality and in the vocal dynamic of the singers.

SU’s Act V Theatre Co. empowered females on the stage of Memorial Auditorium with the musical “9 to 5” that ran four shows April 26–28. Originally a movie, “9 to 5” follows three young ladies and their struggle for equality in their workplace under an oppressive and “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” of a boss. What all three have in common is that they have been mistreated or abused by men more powerful than them. The three women, Violet, Doralee and Judy, drove the plot in their journey to becoming strong and independent women in the workplace. The musical also focused on themes such as the gender wage gap, workplace discrimination and teaching women to stand up for themselves in the face of injustice. Director Tori Campbell discussed her thought process in selecting the musical. “I knew that I really had strong altos, and that’s where it started. I looked at shows with strong female leads,” she said.

The focus on female leads narrowed her options down to just a handful, Campbell said. “When I saw this one with the message it brought, and the humor it brought, it was something different that ACT V hasn’t done,” she said. Trent Bauer, an SU senior who has made a name for himself after advocating for LGBT acceptance on-campus and for being invited onto “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” was among many in the audience. “I think that this was a great musical to pick for the political climate,” Bauer said. “I really hope that we can carry it through and start seeing some powerful women rise to the top.” Bauer also congratulated his classmates whom he worked with previously when he performed in Act V’s “Heathers” last year. “You can really see the hard work that these students put in outside of class,” Bauer said. Hannah Famulare played Doralee Rhodes, which was one of the female leads of the show that helped Dolly Parton’s career skyrocket.

Rhodes’ coworkers suspected she was sleeping with her sleazy boss Hart, when she had refuted all of the man’s very aggressive advances. During the show, Famulare delivered a very strong and firm monologue correcting Hart’s sexual harassment when she found out he was the source of the vicious rumors. At the very end she belted to thunderous applause, “I’m gonna get that gun of mine and turn you from a rooster to a hen in one shot!” “You don’t really realize until you’re in front of a crowd and you hear the yelling and screaming. They felt it too, they understand, and they agree,” Famulare said. The antagonist of the show, Franklin Hart, was played by Nick McKim. Hart was the embodiment of the worst traits a male could have in the workplace. “What I take from it is that girls — no, women — need to be looked at as a higher power,” McKim said. “They need to be treated equally and with respect.” Read the full story at

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The art students used a distinct variety of mediums to express themselves and their messages, from paintings and drawings to statues and sculptures.

Students showcase individuality, representation with art Nia Primus Guest Writer Personality, diversity and meaning shined through the work of the students from Shippensburg University’s Art and Design Department during its 40th annual “Student Art Exhibition,” which held its opening reception on April 28 in the Kauffman Gallery. A panel of judges reviewed 155 pieces of art for three hours, then narrowed it down to 72 pieces from 38 artists to display in the exhibit. The judges included Deborah Sigel, chair and professor of ceramics at Millersville University, and Brant Scheller, professor of printmaking at Millersville University. SU art and design professor Michael Campbell recognized the students who received the cash awards for their pieces during the reception. The first place Best of the Exhibit recipient that

won $500 was Dylan Yoos for his mixed media sculpture. The sculpture contained a taxidermied rabbit that was altered into a half-robot and surrounded by pieces of army toys. Winning the second place award for $400 was Laura Weikel for her digital illustration and Yousef Almarshoud won the third place title and $300 for his embroidery pieces. Almarshoud’s artwork included three empty Marlboro cigarette boxes, that were all stitched with images that represented his emotions. Another one of Almarshoud’s pieces called “Reality of Being Alone” had two different sides. The front side of the image was an embroidered sunny beach that represented the times that he likes to be alone, which he called “Paradise.” The other side depicted the part of being alone that was more subdued, which was titled “Even

Lonewolves Cry for Help.” Almarshoud’s third piece named “If I Die I’m a Legend” was inspired by a Drake song, but also represented his feelings toward smoking cigarettes. “I see it as beauty — the smoke. The smoke is beautiful but it’s deadly,” Almarshoud said. Among the other slew of awards given to the artists during the reception included honorable mentions, which awarded four students a $100 prize. The 2-D Merit Award winner was Kathryn Harris and the 3-D Merit Award winner was Kevin Hess. Receiving the Mixed Media Merit Award was Isaac Gudgeon for his piece that represented child sex trafficking. It consisted of three boxes with young girls drawn on each with their bodies crouched as their hands are bound in front of their legs, their eyes covered and tied

with a money tag. Stamped on top of each box was the word “PAKISTAN.” Lastly, winning the William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing was Katrina Rucker. The judges said they liked the personality and individuality of the piece. Other standouts from the exhibit included Mitchell Kline’s “Safety First” metal piece. It was crafted like it could have been used as the hands for the Tin Man character from the Wizard of Oz, or maybe even Edward Scissorhands, but without the scissors. Liana Culbertson’s “Growing, Pain” was also attention grabbing. This piece depicted the artist in several different images — representing her coming to terms with who she is and what she feels emotionally. Different versions of her are drawn in this charcoal on paper piece by showing a different emotion and the images displayed

Two students investigate a taxidermized jackrabbit with plastic pieces attached to it. The rabbit is part of Yoos’ message that humans are destructive. were eerie, realistic, symbolic and powerful. The “Student Art Exhibition” will remain on display from April 28 through May

9. The exhibit can be viewed during gallery hours from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or by appointment.


May 1, 2018


Regan brings non-stop laughs to Luhrs Center Michael Smith Staff Writer Brian Regan, along with Taylor Tomlinson, brought down the house at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Saturday with their unique brand of clean and self-deprecating comedy. From the moment the night began to the moment it ended, Saturday night’s show can best be described in one word — hilarious. The night began with Tomlinson warming up the crowd by discussing topics including life after college, dating and her relation to the people around her. Tomlinson was able to relate well to the crowd as she has only been out of college for a short time. She described herself as an “old soul” and how she has difficulty relating to people her own age. Both she and Regan shared a comedy style that had people laughing all night. Following Tomlinson was Regan, who had people giggling in their seats before he even began to speak. There was not a moment of silence the entire night from the moment Regan stepped on stage, as he shared a series of stories and experiences that left the audience tearing up with laughter. Regan has built a 30-plus-year comedy career off his unique style of clean comedy that no other comedians are able to match. While some might view writing clean jokes as a challenge, Regan thrives on this type of humor, and has used it to propel himself far into the world of comedy. Throughout the night

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Comedian Brian Regan brings an hour worth of new and old family-friendly jokes to the Luhrs center during his Friday evening performance. Regan discussed a wide array of topics including obsessive compulsive disorder, politics, sports and his own dating life. Regan mixed things up by performing acts from his Netflix special, “Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers,” as well as some new material he prepared for the show. While Tomlinson discussed the struggles of being young, Regan talked about the issues of getting older, such as memory, which was one of the highlights of the night. The performances were two sides of the same coin, and acted as a very funny and real perspective to both ends of the spectrum. The end of the show met Regan with a standing ovation from the audience, which he followed with talking to the crowd about his experiences on his tour. He joked about how important it is to get

the name of the city you are performing in correct, or else the people there will never forgive you. Regan was surprised when he heard audience members asking him to perform some of their favorite jokes from his previous comedy specials. Instead of moving on, Regan was very appreciative that people knew his older jokes, and thanked the audience for being such great fans. Before leaving, Regan honored the request of the crowd and told one of his most well-known jokes about how he struggles to remember the names of people at parties, and his strategies on how he deals with that. The night ended with a final wave of applause as Regan thanked the audience one last time before exiting the stage with Tomlinson.

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‘Infinity War’ unites Marvel universe Jonathan Bergmueller Asst. A&E Editor After years of buildup, dozens of heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally converged into one movie in the biggest superhero film created yet. “Avengers: Infinity War” brought about 40 different Marvel characters — both heroes and villains — onto the same screen. The film cost Disney about $300 million to produce, which is only surpassed by “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” according to an article from The Wall Street Journal. The movie centers on Thanos, the mad titan prophesized by brief mentions and cameos throughout the rest of Marvel’s films, and his quest to unite the infinity stones. Infinity stones are magical gems that control the very fabric of the universe. Many theorize that with the stones, Thanos would be unstoppable in his grasp for power and could decimate half the universe with the snap of his fingers. “Infinity War” is a cinematic translation of the “Infinity War” series of Marvel Comics, though it had many differences and alterations that made it into its own separate story, like the relationship between the recent Star Trek reboot and the original movies. And

while “Infinity War” focused on a classic tale of heroism, it also implanted the audience with a firm reminder of mortality. The film is sequenced exceptionally well and never becomes stale. Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo bounced from drama, to humor, to action, and everything in between at a pace that left the movie focused in scope, yet diverse in content. The details of the plot could be confusing for those new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; however, those who have seen the other movies should slide right in and understand the motivations of the characters. Continuing Marvel’s trend of producing villains with compelling causes, Thanos is a relatable character whose dark methods are meant for the greater good of the universe. Though his servants fall on the side of stale minions, they are over-compensated by the omnipresence of the heroes, and the detail that was put into making their abilities and personality mesh together. Though prospecting viewers should prepare for a tragic ending, they will leave theaters emboldened with hope for their heroes for the untitled Avengers 4, the continuation of the “Infinity War,” which is set for release in May 2019.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Baseball, E3

Softball, E3

Zapoticky earns invitation to Buffalo Bills’ rookie minicamp William Whisler Sports Editor

Shippensburg University quarterback Ryan Zapoticky did everything as a member of the Red Raider football team, sitting second all-time in career passing yards, setting a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback and winning 10 games for SU last season. He now gets to realize his dream of playing in the NFL after being invited to attend Buffalo Bills rookie minicamp on Sunday, according to Steve Bennett of the Citizen’s Voice. Zapoticky waited patiently as 13 quarterbacks were selected in the NFL Draft that took place from April 26-28. At the conclusion of the draft, with help from his agent and quarterback coach Tony Racioppi over the past few months to prepare, Zapoticky finally got the call from his agent, Cary Fabrikant, on Sunday, who told

him Buffalo would be calling, according to the Citizen’s Voice. “I was watching the draft on Saturday, and there was no news going into Saturday night,” Zapoticky told Bennett. “Sunday morning I got a call from my agent, and I got a call from Buffalo. They told me they were inviting me to rookie mini-camp. They told me what I do from there will indicate whether or not I will make the team, and we will just go from there.” Zapoticky now hopes to relish the opportunity, after a strong 2017 season in which he threw for a career-high 2,952 yards and 25 TDs, while being named a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist, a trophy that is awarded to the best player in Division II football. Overall, Zapoticky threw for 7,102 yards and 62 TDs, while adding a school-record 1,259 yards on the ground by a quarterback. See “ZAPOTICKY,” E2

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Shippensburg University quarterback Ryan Zapoticky (center) saw his NFL dreams come to fruition on Sunday when he was invited to the Bills’ rookie minicamp. Zapoticky is first all-time in SU TDs scored.

Boxing Club finishes season at nationals William Whisler Sports Editor

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SU’s Tylik Guilford, left, finishes his SU boxing career as a four-time national qualifier, with two regional titles and a silver medal during the 2018 season.

Shippensburg University’s Boxing Club finished the 2017-18 season with three fighters competing at the 2018 National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) National championships April 5-7. SU finished the season strong as Tylik Guilford and Canar Morrison finished as Silver Medalists at the NCBA Nationals at Ike Hall at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Newcomer Cameron Hines also qualified for nationals and lost to the eventual national champion. “This is the most that I’ve ever sent to National finals,” volunteer coach Travis Wylie said. “When I reflect over the course of this season, it’s no shock to me that the three representatives I had at Nationals were there because these guys pushed themselves at practice every time I was there.” Hines received a tough

draw at nationals, having to fight the eventual champion in the first round of the tournament. Cameron had a breakthrough season this year and as he increased his commitment he found more success, Wylie said. “As far as matches go, Cameron had a tough firstround opponent,” Wylie said. “The truth is, at this level everyone is good, so all the matches about gave me a heart attack, but I couldn’t be more proud of the grit of my fighters.” Guilford went into Nationals for the fourth time in his career. Guilford, a decorated fighter that already had two regional championships to his name, battled through a cold and congestion in his chest to get through two matches to reach the championship before running into a tough draw, according to Wylie. “Even through all that he battled through two tough matches and ran into a buzz saw in the finals, but still had a great performance,” Wylie

said. “I wish he was feeling 100 percent, but that is life and you have to learn how to overcome adversity. He’s done that throughout his life, which is why I have no doubts that he will be a success in whatever he does.” Despite the silver medal, Guilford was not satisfied with second place, but is content with how the program has continued to build. “I wasn’t happy with my finish, but I am content even though I personally lost in the finals,” Guilford said. “Shippensburg finished with two fighters who placed second in the nation. That is a victory in its own right, knowing where this program has come from.” Morrison’s route to his silver medal was extremely difficult in its own right, as he faced a tough battle in the first round before advancing to the finals, where he lost on what Wylie thought was a tough decision. See “BOXING,” E2

Morgan named football coach at Millersville William Whisler Sports Editor The last time Shippensburg University offensive coordinator J.C. Morgan stood on the sidelines at Student Association Field at Seth Grove Stadium he called plays from the visitor’s sideline during the annual RedWhite spring game. The next time Morgan coaches at SU he will be toeing the same sidelines, after he was named the head coach of rival Millersville University’s football program early Monday morning by Millersville Director of Athletics Miles Gallagher. Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info. Morgan led an SU offense Shippensburg University offensive coordinator J.C. that has been a powerhouse Morgan was named Millersville’s coach on Monday. in the Pennsylvania State

Athletic Conference (PSAC), as the Red Raiders have averaged 31 points per game and more than 400 yards of total offense in each of his three seasons as offensive coordinator. Morgan has coached 14 All-PSAC East selections and as a running backs coach the SU offense has not had a season in which the team ranked less than third in rushing yards in the PSAC. With Morgan calling plays in 2017, the SU offense soared, averaging 35.7 points and 452.8 yards per game while ranking third in the PSAC in rushing offense and fifth in passing. The Red Raiders scored more than 40 points in five games and the team had just 13 turnovers

in 13 games last season. In 2016, SU was the only team in Division II football to lose just one fumble. “I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the football program at a great university,” Morgan said in a statement released by Millersville Athletics this morning. “Millersville has the support to return to prominence. There is a level of excitement in the athletic department and campus community. There is a hunger there for the football program to succeed.” Morgan’s high-speed offense is something that he expects to take with him to Millersville. “We are going to play an up-tempo, high-energy style

of football,” Morgan said. “We will be aggressive. We will fly around. We will have a level of discipline needed to play championship football. It will be an exciting brand of football to watch. Fans will get a product that is enjoyable and entertaining.” Morgan will have his work cut out for him, taking over a Marauder team that has struggled in past seasons. Millersville finished last season with a 4-7 record, including a 3-4 record in the PSAC East. Millersville ranked 10th in the PSAC in points per game with 24.5, 13th in rushing offense with 1,312 yards and ninth in passing yards per game with 201.8. See “MORGAN,” E2

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Wrestling names All-Academic athletes Courtesy of SU Sports Info. Shippensburg University junior David Reagan and sophomore Cole Rush were named Friday to the 2017-18 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II All-Academic Team. Reagan, a marketing major, competed 20 times at 125 pounds during the season and represented the Raiders at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships and the NCAA Division II Super Region I Championships. Rush, a biology major, posted an 11-8 record spanning 133 and 141 pounds. He produced six victories by fall, second-most on the

team, and won a pair of matches at the NCAA Division II Super Region I Championships. More than 300 individuals and 51 teams were represented in 2017-18, making this year’s class of Division II honorees the largest in history. In order for a student-athlete to be nominated to the Division II All-Academic Team, they must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, with that benchmark at 3.0 for those who qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. The athlete must also be in at least a second full year at their school, and have competed in a minimum of six dates of competition.

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Raider wrestler David Reagan was named to the Division II All-Academic team. From “ZAPOTICKY,” E1

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Zapoticky, who earned a practice tryout with the Buffalo Bills, owns the SU record for most career touchdowns, with 78 total rushing and passing scores.

Zapoticky rushed for 13 TDs and only threw 15 interceptions in his collegiate career. Zapoticky’s 78 career TDs ranks him first alltime in SU history for total TDs. “Shippensburg was a great experience, the offense was great and the coaches were great,” Zapoticky told Bennett. “There was a lot of good talent around me. Going down there, I expected to get on the field early from what they told me during the recruiting process. It worked out. I was able to have a solid career. It was more than what I could have asked for.” Working alongside Racioppi, Zapoticky progressed his footwork, as well as throwing mechanics. There Zapoticky met Giants backup quarterback Davis Webb, who brought in wide receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Evan Engram for work outs, according to the Citizen’s Voice. “'I felt a lot better from the time I got out of Shippensburg and working with Tony,” Zapoticky told Bennett. “We went over the kinds of throws you would make in the NFL It is a different language and different steps. The verbiage in the NFL is different from what you would use in college. There were five or six quarterbacks working there. Davis came in and got his work in. Davis was not in the draft prep part, but he would be with us in the meeting rooms talking plays and fronts.”’ From “MORGAN,” E1

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J.C. Morgan becomes the Millersville coach after 13 years with the Red Raiders.

From “BOXING,” E1 Canar’s first match in the quarterfinals was fantastic,” Wylie said. “I think it may have been his best performance I’ve ever seen. There was no one in the nation who could have beat him that night. He beat a guy from PSU in the semifinals and had a great fight in the finals. I thought he landed the cleaner shots, but perhaps wasn’t quite active enough. For him to get this experience in only his sophomore year is amazing. I’m looking forward to two more seasons with him and truly the sky is the limit.” For Morrison, who competed at the 165-pound weight class, the experience was amazing and something that he believes allowed him to accomplish the goal he set for himself this season. “Nationals this year was an amazing experience,” Morrison said. “Although it’s a busy schedule, there’s nothing quite like being with your teammates and be surrounded by people who love boxing as much as you do. We all want to win and be No. 1, but after reflecting on the tournament, second is still very good and I still have two more years to go after the belt.” While Morrison will return, Guilford wraps up his career, happy to see that the team has become one of the best in the East Region. “Something that I happy about is the fact that I can look back and say I was an influential part in the Shippensburg Boxing Club’s progression, and that I loved every second of fighting for and alongside Coach Travis [Wylie] and Coach Isaiah [Varisano] and my teammates throughout my career here at Shippensburg,” Guilford said. Morrison also thanked his volunteer coaches for everything they do for the boxing club. “We wouldn’t have a team without them,” Morrison said.

Overall, Wylie was pleased with the 2018 season and where the team ended up. “Overall, I’m very pleased with the season we had,” he said. “I had a couple new guys that have a lot of potential. It was one of our most active seasons as far as the number of competitions that Shippensburg had a boxer representing the university.” Alongside the three boxers at nationals, former boxing club member Brett Pastore had a strong April as well, finishing second at the New York Metro Golden Glove Tournament, while getting to fight in the finals at legendary Madison Square Garden, which has played host to some of the biggest fights in boxing history. “Brett is a one of a kind person,” Wylie said. “I’ll never have a workhorse quite like him. Just an all-around genuine person with a drive that is second to none. I’m not surprised at all that he had the success he did and to have one of my fighters make it to the finals and compete at Madison Square Garden is quite an honor. I’m looking forward to seeing where that guy is going to go because I know he is going to be a success.” Wylie commended his three fighters competing at the national stage for the work they have put in this season, as well as the relationship he has formed with them outside the ring. “I’m thankful to have these guys on my team,” he said. “They are great young men and I’ve established a great relationship with them and love these guys as if they were a younger brother. Being their coach, I get to see them develop as boxers and as human beings during their time at Ship. I have no doubts that all three of these individuals are going to be successful in life and I truly feel boxing is the greatest development tool there is.”

Millersville is 17-71 dating back to 2010. The Red Raiders have also dominated the series as SU has not lost to Millersville since a 27-19 loss on Sept. 16, 2000. SU has also outscored Millersville 217-36 in the last four meetings. In addition to Morgan’s on-field success, he takes with him the ability to serve as a recruiter and an academic coordinator, as he had both jobs as a member of the Red Raider staff. “What I will bring to Millersville is a positive energy, knowledge of football and ability to bring people together,” Morgan said. “I will

Zapoticky had previously worked out at Penn State University’s Pro Day, throwing passes to wide receivers DaeSean Hamilton and tight end Mike Gesicki — both of which got drafted by teams in this year’s draft — but it was at Villanova’s Pro Day that Zapoticky got his personal work in, according to the Citizen’s Voice. Zapoticky will now look to prepare himself once he reports to camp on May 10. The Bills enter the 2018 season having just drafted quarterback Josh Allen out of Wyoming, while also having acquired former Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron as well as Nathan Peterman on their roster. Zapoticky will be competing with them for a chance to make the Bills roster after camp. Zapoticky will also look to make a roster as a Division II quarterback, along with Texas A&M Commerce’s Luis Perez who is an NFL hopeful after winning a national title and the 2018 Harlon Hill Trophy. No Division II quarterback was on an NFL roster in 2017. “This was the goal for me to do this coming into college,” Zapoticky told Bennett. “Going to Shippensburg gave me a chance to play football. I stuck to it and went through the process and good news came. It was really tough, frustrating at times. It was exciting when I got the call. Everything just changes on the switch of a dime. The scout from Buffalo told me I have a decent chance. As long as I do well they will take another look.”

motivate young men to succeed on the field and in the classroom and in the campus community.” Morgan looks to join the list of SU offensive coordinators who went on to have successful careers after their time at SU. Former offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich was hired by Oklahoma State University to the same position in 2013 and has transformed a Cowboy offense into one of the best offenses in the nation. Along with Yurcich is former offensive coordinator Joe Davis, who has made many stops at different universities including Northern Iowa and Fordham and is now the offensive coordi-

nator of Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school University at Albany. It is unclear on who may replace Morgan’s play-calling duties at SU. Current assistant coach Pete Lee served as SU’s offensive coordinator from 2006-10 and had success calling plays for the Red Raiders while assistant coach Jeff Tomasetti is the only other assistant coach on staff on the offensive side of the ball. The Red Raiders will open preseason camp in August. SU’s season begins with a road game against Clarion University on Sept. 1, 2018.

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Cameron Hines, left, had a tough first-round opponent in the national championships, but he had an impressive breakthrough campaign overall.



May 1, 2018

Raiders fall to Warriors, still alive for playoffs

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Senior Nick Spangler, left, had an RBI single in the team’s 7-1 loss on Saturday to PSAC rival East Stroudsburg. The Raiders have a massive four-game series this upcoming weekend against Kutztown University. The series will go a long way toward clearing up the currently crowded PSAC Eastern Division playoff picture. Matt Gregan Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University Raiders lost three out of four critical games against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival East Stroudsburg University this past weekend. The Raiders (22-21, 11-13 PSAC) began the four-game series at Fairchild Field in Shippensburg on Military Appreciation Day. The day began with an excellent pitcher’s duel between SU’s Gabe Mosser and East Stroudsburg’s Connor Johnson. Mosser had an impressive game, pitching a complete game while striking out nine Warriors. However, a two-run home run given up to redshirt junior Mike Sulcoski in the sixth inning doomed the Raiders in their 2-0 loss to open the series. SU was

hitting the ball well in the opener, but the ball was just not finding any grass. East Stroudsburg’s (21-20, 10-14 PSAC) Johnson threw a complete game despite striking out just three Raiders. Zack Sims picked up the ball for SU in the second half of Friday’s doubleheader. Sims, who has been having a career season, continued to dazzle the home crowd as he tossed a complete-game shutout to help the team recover from its 2-0 loss earlier in the afternoon. In addition to another dominant performance on the mound, the Raiders’ bats exploded for 10 runs to help Sims to his PSAC-leading eighth win of the season. Leading the charge at the plate for SU was junior Drew Bene. Bene led the team in hits and RBIs with three of each in the team’s 10-0 win over East Stroudsburg. Ju-

nior Cash Gladfelter also added two hits and two RBIs in the winning effort. Sims has become one of the PSAC’s top pitchers this season by taking a massive leap in strikeouts and hits allowed. Last season, Sims pitched 66 2/3 innings, gave up 68 hits and struck out 55 batters. With only a couple of starts remaining this season, Sims has pitched 67 innings. He has improved his strikeouts from 55 in 2017 to 78 thus far in 2018. He has also taken a leap in hits allowed, going from 68 hits allowed in 2017 to only 50 hits allowed in 2018. Taking a look specifically at the amount of extra-base hits Sims allows, he has made significant leaps in both overall hits allowed as well as the quality of hits that he is giving up. In 18 appearances and 10 starts in 2017, Sims gave up nine home runs and

17 doubles. In 2018, Sims has limited opposing hitters to only three home runs and five doubles. The lack of good contact that Sims is giving up this season, combined with his improvements in strikeouts, has a direct correlation as to why he has become, arguably, Shippensburg’s top pitcher this season. The redshirt junior is 8-3 with a 2.55 ERA through 14 appearances and 10 starts this season. SU headed into the second half of the four-game series against the Warriors on Saturday needing to win to keep pace in the PSAC playoff race. However, the bats went cold and they lost both games on Saturday by a combined score of 11-2. Gladfelter continued his momentum from Friday’s 10-0 win by leading off the third game of the series with a home run, his third of the season. However, that

proved to be the lone bright spot of the game for the Raiders, who dropped the game, 4-1. Senior Andy Crum received his fourth loss of the season, making it through 5 1/3 innings while giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out seven. In the final game of the four-game series against East Stroudsburg, the Raiders once again scored first. Senior Nick Spangler hit an RBI single in the third inning to open up the scoring. However, junior Michael Hope, who was making his second straight start, was not able to hold the lead. He gave up the lead later in the third inning by allowing a threerun homer to redshirt junior Christian Rishel. SU was not able to produce at the plate, resulting in a 7-1 loss to end the weekend series with East Stroudsburg.

Losing three out of four games against East Stroudsburg this past weekend definitely hurt SU in the standings, as the Raiders dropped from third place. SU currently sits in a tie for fifth place in the PSAC, with that coveted fourth and final playoff spot in the PSAC Eastern Division still within their reach. Kutztown University (18-17, 12-11 PSAC) currently sits in fourth place in the Eastern Division, and they hold a four game lead on the Raiders. However, SU has a four-game series with Kutztown next weekend that could prove vital in clearing up the crowded Eastern Division playoff picture. The Raiders return to action against the Atlantic Region’s No. 5 ranked Shepherd University for a single nine-inning game today at 3 p.m. at Shepherd’s Fairfax Field.

Lacrosse edged on memorable Senior Day by The Rock, 11-10

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Shippensburg University women’s lacrosse celebrated its 2018 seniors with Senior Day from Robb Sports Complex on Saturday. The senior class with coach Nicole Miller from left to right: Jordan Kengor, Makenzie Magnotta, T.J. Johnson, Allison Fugate, Kathleen Mirgon and Caroline Carbonaro. The Raiders finished the 2018 season with a heartbreaking 11-10 loss to Slippery Rock University. The Raiders finished the 2018 season with a final record of 7-10 and 3-9 PSAC. Courtesy of SU Sports Info. The Shippensburg University lacrosse team honored its seniors Saturday as it completed the regular season with the home finale, but the Raiders were edged by Slippery Rock, 11-10, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup that took more than three hours to complete from Robb Sports Complex. Shippensburg (7-10, 3-9 PSAC) and Slippery Rock (13-4, 8-4) each held a sin-

gular three-goal lead on the other at some point during the contest, but the majority of the game was played with just a one or two-goal margin between the squads. SU held leads of 3-0 and 6-4 in the first half. The pace of the game was not one of efficiency, particularly after halftime. The Rock used a 4-0 run to take a 10-7 lead before a rogue bolt of lightning caused the teams and fans to retreat for a weather delay with 14:01 remaining in regulation. At that point, the game was al-

ready more than two hours old. Play resumed around 3:35 p.m. and lasted into the 4-o’clock hour. SU scored twice in a 12-second span shortly after the resumption of play, but the Raiders were never able to find an equalizer. A late Raider rally came up just short in the final minute. Three of SU’s seniors scored two goals — Jordan Kengor, T.J. Johnson and Allison Fugate. Johnson added two assists to total four points, while Fugate also

added an assist on the day. Senior Caroline Carbonaro and Makenzie Magnotta each recorded a caused turnover and groundball along the back lines, while classmate Kathleen Mirgon made her first career start in the midfield. Junior Valerie Hertz completed a dynamic campaign with five groundballs, five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Hertz led the Raiders this season in groundballs (76), draw controls (67) and caused turnovers (51). She finishes

second, third and first in SU single-season history for the respective categories. Magnotta, a fellow captain and defender alongside Hertz, etched her place high in the SU record books for numerous categories as well. She finished fourth in SU history for caused turnovers (83) and seventh in groundballs (148). Junior Madi Newman and freshman Maddy Siejk each had a goal and an assist. Newman had three groundballs, two draw controls and a caused turnover. Siejk

had four draw controls, two groundballs and a caused turnover. Freshmen Kami Holt and Alana Cardaci also scored for the Raiders. Defensively, sophomore Morgan Schantz added three groundballs. Freshman KiKi Brasher made nine saves for the Raiders. Brasher finished her debut season having made at least eight saves in 13 contests. The seniors were recognized pregame along with teammate and manager Bridgette Morrissey.

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This is the May 1, 2018 edition of The Slate.

The Slate 5-1-18  

This is the May 1, 2018 edition of The Slate.