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SGA to hold meetings in rotating locations for 2021-22 year Conner Niszczak Guest Contributor

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Charles Patterson and Noel Miller, Slate EIC, discuss his vision for the university in Old Main last Tuesday.

Get to know the president Interview with Charles Patterson

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Shippensburg University is going through a very transitional time. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is in the middle of redesign, the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world and the U.S. has been going through social and political upheaval over the last few years. Despite this, the world still turns, and the SU community is faced with another change. In March 2021, Laurie Carter, then SU President, announced she would be leaving the university in the summer. Charles Patterson, then president of Mansfield University, would take her place as the interim president while the search for a new president began. Students would not meet Patterson until the fall 2021 semester when they returned to campus, fully in-person. As Slate editor-in-chief, I sat down with Patterson last Tuesday for an introductory interview.

Patterson started his work as interim president in July and spent the summer preparing for students to arrive. Patterson, his wife, Colleen, and their two dogs, Oliver the goldendoodle and Sweety the “small fluff of cotton” Cavachon moved into the Martin house. Their son is attending SU and lives on campus. Locals will often walk their dogs on campus at SU, bringing joy to their pups and the busy college students who sometimes get to pet them. Patterson said their dogs would be making an appearance on campus quite a bit. “We’re always walking them and sometimes we’ll bring them to events.” Only a month into the school year, Patterson and Colleen have taken part in campus life. “We have made it to the first football game,” he said, “and we dotted the ‘I’ with the band. That was a great event. We’ve been to First Fridays briefly and have just been making the rounds around the community. A lot of events that you’ll see on campus with our students, Colleen and I will be in at-

tendance.” Another important back-to-school tradition Patterson was asked about is the weekly Raider Bowls served in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) each Wednesday. “Yes, I’ve had a Raider Bowl, and I would say it’s quite good.” Patterson said. The conversation moved to topics of less annual tradition but still vital to the start of the fall 2021 semester. Over the summer, SU announced those on campus no longer needed to wear masks — an important COVID-19 milestone brought about by the opening of vaccines to all — one step towards the university’s “return to normalcy” the school said. However, amid rising COVID-19 rates and the low vaccination rates of the campus and surrounding area, a mask-mandate was put back into effect one week before students returned to campus.

The Shippensburg Student Government Association (SGA) held its first public meeting of the academic year in the ShipRec this past Thursday. Riley Brown, SGA president, opened the meeting with remarks celebrating the start of a school year far closer to normal than what the campus community endured last year. “We are excited to begin the year where the student experience is back. Student activities and groups are back, academic opportunities await...the ability to connect with old friends and make new ones is back,” Brown said. Brown explained that SGA will hold its meetings in different locations across campus throughout the year to increase engagement and “meet students where they are at.” Chase Slenker, vice pres-

ident of finance, presented information about the mandatory budget training for student groups. Training sessions will be Nov. 1 though Nov. 5 in CUB 226. Two student leaders from every SGA-funded student organization and one representative from each SGA-funded department are required to attend. An email sent on Sept. 12 communicated further information about the training. Additionally, the Food Service Committee shared that the university’s dining services are “very much in need of student workers” and that the newly opened campus Chick-Fil-A is unable to open for breakfast until they hire more employees. Information on where and when SGA’s next meeting will be held can be found on the @ShipSGA Instagram.

The next SGA meeting will be held on: Sept. 23, 4 p.m. MSA, Gilbert Hall


ROTC remembers and honors 20th anniversary of 9/11 Adam Beam

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Ethan Rosenberry and Kennedy Holt gave speeches last week in McFeely’s in preparation for the first-year senator elections which take place this week.

On the Monday following the 20th anniversary of 9/11, SU community members gathered in remembrance. The event was a brief ceremony held outside of the Ezra Lehman Library, where 20 years ago it was the site of a candlelight vigil held the night after the attacks. The memorial saw speeches from ROTC members and leaders who were

impacted by the events of the day, as well as a message from Interim President Charles Patterson. The campus also commemorated those lost with American flags adorning the academic quad at the heart of campus. Each one represents someone who perished, from those in the buildings, to the first responders and volunteers, and the 44 passengers of Flight 93 who heroically diverted the plane from it’s initial target of the U.S. Capitol.

First-year students give speeches for Class of 2025 senator elections Heather Ross

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Ethan Rosenberry and Kennedy Holt, the freshmen candidates for the class of 2025 senatorial race, gave introductory speeches last Thursday night at McFeely’s. Voting for the class of 2025 elections opens Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. and closes the following Thursday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. The class of 2025 can access voting via the link

emailed to them in their university email. Rosenberry has a lengthy history of student government involvement. He served on the student council at Shippensburg Area Senior High School, where he spent two years as a council member and two years as president. He served as president for the class of 2021 at his high school. During this time, he contributed to getting the auditorium remodeled and

the addition of a new statue to the front of the school. Rosenberry chose Shippensburg University because he grew up in the area and is fond of the close-knit community, he said. He has high hopes for his SGA role if elected, as he has seen the impact an involved student government can have on students. See “ELECTION,” A2

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Flags were placed in the academic quad to remember those who died on 9/11.



Many students were left wondering if a “return to normalcy” was in the cards for the 2021-2022 semester. “I’m hopeful that we will [have a return to normalcy],” Patterson said, “and it really is going to depend on the trends that we see in the community and on campus. “So those trends of vaccination compared with the trends that we might see in our community could allow us to unmask in some settings,” Patterson added. “We’d have to look at the classroom setting to say ‘Is there a greater risk being in a classroom for an hour or so unmasked?’” The university will have to see if the risks can be mitigated as the semester progresses and address possibilities of unmasking as they proceed, Patterson said. “Normalcy is about as normal as we can get right now. I don’t view masking as normal necessarily but that means we can come together in instruction in a classroom and still engage with students outside of the classroom by being masked.” Patterson said. While planned before the mask mandate was put back in place, SU is addressing the pandemic in another way by offering vaccination clinics on campus throughout the semester. SU community members can stop by one of the several clinics to receive both doses (with an appropriate amount of time between each one) of the Pfizer vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine recently received approval from the Food and Drug Administration, a moment many American have been waiting for before getting vaccinated. “Trust the science,” Patterson encouraged those who have held off from getting vaccinated. “You see so many people walking around today that have been vaccinated without the adverse effects of the vaccine. I’m one of them, and my wife is one of them.” Patterson has a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and his doctorate in biomedical sciences, according to his biography on the SU president’s office website. “I can say as a scientist, [and] having studied this area it’s really [that] you’ve got to put your faith in those that are developing the vaccines,” Patterson said. “As we now know [the vaccines] don’t really prevent someone necessarily form contracting COVID-19, but it definitely lessens the impact COVID-19 has on those who are vaccinated. So we strongly encourage vaccination because the symptoms we’re seeing just aren’t those life threatening symptoms that we see in unvaccinated individuals,” Patterson said. After completing his doctorate, Patterson went into university administration. This path led him to hold several roles like dean, president, foundation executive director and chair person and executive in the U.S. Department of Education Financial Aid. “It’s a call to service really,” Patterson said when asked about why he decided to go into higher education. “In short, I found that I value seeing individuals be successful, faculty and students, more so than I value myself being successful in that pursuit. I found early on in my career [that] I could have a larger impact in my life and through the lives of others and their successes by being in administration.” This path eventually led him to SU. Even as an interim president, Patterson is tasked with navigating the university’s path during his time here and leave an impact on the campus. “Honestly, I think this is a great institution. The bar is high, it really is,” Patterson said. “What I would aim to do is to create a culture that is stable. One where people feel they are part of the conversation, [that] they are a From “ELECTION,” A1

“I want the student body to do more than succeed, I want them to thrive,” Rosenberry said. Holt has a passion for activism and has been involved with Reach Out, a service-learning project that provides curricular materials and support for the Pathways of Learning School in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Holt’s priorities include diversity, inclusion and battling systemic racism. She began her speech with a quote from James Baldwin, an American writer and activist. “It comes as a great shock…to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance…has not pledged allegiance to you. Holt wants SU students to know that she sees and hears them. She emphasized the importance of addressing cultural and economic disparities, expressing her desire for everyone to have

part of moving the university forward, [and that] they feel included doing that. They feel like their voice matters,” Patterson said. He has spoken about listening to other voices even before coming to Shippensburg, Patterson said. When meetings to handle the transition of presidents began in May, Patterson talked with stakeholders, students, faculty, staff and alumni to identify barriers to success, he said. Part of the legacy he wants to make is leaving SU better than when he found it. Part of that is identifying opportunities for advancement and making them into part of the strategic plan, he said. “That [identifying barriers to success] is an important component of any institution because that plan will determine where we put out resources. That plan will determine how we move the institution forward in a very methodical way,” Patterson said. Unfortunately, like many other universities across the nation, students and faculty alike are faced with hard and challenging times. Over the past several years the SU community has faced racial injustices and incidents, financial burdens and even a deadly shooting. In order to work through these issues and grow, members of the community often come together. The fatal shooting in the fall of 2019 is an unfortunate marker on the college timeline for many students in the class of 2023 and 2022. In the hours and then days following the shooting, students struggled to get answers and turned to each other for support and comfort. Many still remember getting an “all clear” from the university the night of and then having classes canceled for safety the next day. When asked how he would support students when issues, injustice and crises occur his immediate response was to have proactive communication. “There is nothing more fearful than not knowing what transpired,” Patterson said, “And so being as open and communicative as possible is making sure that students understand an event that might have happened. And then providing the resources of the institution to resolve that issue but also to support our students that might be feeling adverse feelings.” Making counseling and other institutional resources “entirely available at the earliest convenience” to the campus community is a part of that response, he said. Patterson noted he has already addressed issues on and off campus that have happened at the earliest convince and as openly as possible, he said. During his time at SU, Patterson said he wants to have effective and transparent communication in his administration. This will help move institutional governance forward and allow him to work closer with faculty “If we’re not all working together, if we’re not providing seamless communication in an open and transparent environment, then we don’t have the trust necessary to move the institution forward, and that’s going to be a big priority for me,” Patterson said. Looking into the future of the school year will include being involved with campus life. Patterson is looking forward to homecoming and to having it in-person this year, although some COVID-19 risk mitigation procedures will be in place, he said. Patterson was asked about the age-old debate in this region of the state — “Sheetz or Wawa?” “I have frequented Sheetz. I don’t think I have frequented a Wawa, not because of choice just because my travels have not brought me to a Wawa yet. Right now, I’m a Sheetz person. I will go on record saying that.” Patterson explained.

the same opportunity for success. “We as a society have learned to view those different to us as trivial or inferior, let’s change this narrative.” Holt said. An audience member asked Holt what a change she wants to advocate for is. Holt said she would like the campus to become involved with the Innocence Project. “As your senator I vow to create effective, beneficial reform to our campus. I will undertake these callings graciously and in a progressive manner.” Holt said. Rosenberry also spoke on change he wants to see. “I want to push people to go outside of their comfort zones, try new things.” Rosenberry said. He spoke about how pursuing new opportunities and pushing himself led to personal growth, growth he desires to share with the community of SU. Time management is a skill many students learn to develop while in college, and both candidates were asked

how they will manage their time. Rosenberry prioritizes tasks by their due date and emphasized the importance of seeing professors during their office hours and using programs offered on campus, he said. Holt keeps God first, uses a planner and prioritizes commitments by importance, she said. Candidates were also asked about their greatest weaknesses and how they planned to improve. Holt’s greatest weaknesses are pessimism and guilt about not doing enough, she said. She plans to address this by remembering to value herself and the work she has accomplished. Rosenberry’s greatest weakness was being too passive at times and plans to combat this by putting his ideas out there instead of relying on someone else, he said. The class of 2025 can vote for senators using the link in their university email.

September 14, 2021

Your World Today

Commentary: The Newseum housed the roots of journalism

Noel Miller Editor-in-Chief

If you’ve been to Washington, D.C., you’ve likely also been to the Smithsonian museums. These museums showcase the colorful history of our country and our world. From science and ancient animals to the military and great works of art, the Smithsonian museums are a way society preserves American values and identity. However, there was another museum in the D.C. area that might have piqued your interest — The Newseum. Until just recently, Dec. 31, 2019, to be exact, the Newseum had its doors open. Positioned on Pennsylvania Avenue between the Whitehouse and the Capitol building, it was one of my favorite places in the world. The Newseum was more than just a museum, it was the starting place of my career in journalism. It had three floors of exhibits and galleries chronicling the timeline of news media in America. I first visited the Newseum as a senior in high school. At the time, I knew I wanted to be a journalist, but understood almost nothing about the field itself. When I walked into the Newseum, I felt I had found my place in the world. Maybe it’s a sappy sentiment, but its honest.

The Newseum had some of the most impressive and impactful exhibits I’ve encountered in my life so far. I could spend hours at a single exhibit that had rows of framed front pages from the last century. I saw some of the darkest and most haunting events humans are capable of in the Pulitzer prize photo gallery, but I also saw the pure, unaltered expression of joy and triumph there as well. Eventually, I found myself face to face with several panels of the Berlin Wall. Mere feet away from me was living history — a sobering testament of time. While I stood awe struck by the display, I thought to myself “How did I end up here?” What reason did a high schooler have to be in the presence of history? I encountered this feeling again and again as we toured the Newseum. While taking in the 9/11 memorial — which included hundreds of front pages from the day after and a large portion of the antenna that had been on the North Tower — while looking at the handcuffs of the Boston Bomber, as I stood in front of the cabin the infamous Unabomber lived in and as I stared at the journalist memorial wall, the feeling persisted. Clearly, I remember looking at the walls covered in the faces of journalists who had been killed and thinking “Why?” It was an honest but naïve question. I had never considered the job particularly dangerous and wondered why someone would go to the lengths of killing a reporter. The Newseum will remain an integral part of my growth and education as a journalist. I gained pur-

pose in my career path from my visits to the Newseum. There are hours of classroom lessons that can be absorbed from the Newseum, but by no means is it a replacement for my degree. The news media is incredibly imperfect, however, what the Newseum always reminded me is that the news is necessary. It is one of the most powerful methods of giving a voice to those who do not have one or are unheard. The Newseum also reminded me to not get complacent, and not to get too comfortable and content with life. It has always been a powerful reminder to rebel (when needed). The Newseum is set to reopen in future years; however, it will be smaller. I was incredibly sad when I heard of its closing and future shrinking. To me, the Newseum is a haven for the empowerment of voices. I hope that someday the funding will come through to bring back the Newseum to its former size because without it, we might forget our roots. While the physical building is closed, I encourage everyone to visit the Newseum website, https://www. There is a handful of displays available on online and a new resource, NewseumED which is a collection of information about the First Amendment and media literacy. Even if you google ‘Newseum Displays’ you can find articles that go more in-depth ab0ut some of the displays. The history of news and journalism is not just a timeline of the industry but a necessary tool for journalists, reporters and the people.

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Opinion Opinion Commentary: Why Legal Abortions are the Current Pro-Life Answer

Elizabeth Peters Copy Editor

As I have no doubt you’ve seen in the news, Texas passed a new law that makes it illegal for a woman to terminate her pregnancy after six weeks. On September 1, Politician Greg Abbott tweeted how “Texas will always defend the right to life,” in celebration of this. However, I believe this course of action is far beyond correct and is actually harmful to the success of the Pro-Life movement. By taking away access to legal abortions, Texas is not stopping people from ending their pregnancies. Rather, they are pushing these individuals to find other options. It is no secret that back-alley abortions happen just as frequently as legal ones do. According to a 2009 journal article cited by the National Center of Biotechnological Information, out of the 42 million annual unwanted pregnancies worldwide, 20 million are terminated unsafely. These procedures put women in harm’s way and increase the risk of maternal mortality. This means while the woman may try an abortion method on her own, she could die due to the aftereffects of her unsanitary procedure. Personally, I would much rather at least have one person survive these operations than end two lives for the sake of social acceptance. It is highly important that we consider the safety of the women in these situations. They have dreams and aspirations, and unfortunately the societal stigmas around pregnant women, particularly those who are unmarried, make it much harder than it should be for them to find peace in having their child. Adoption and the foster care system are not perfect answers either. Both have flaws, and in order to become the primary option would require a lot of change. All that said, I don’t believe abortion is the

perfect answer. Once again, I am pro-life, so I would much prefer that the life of a child was not up for contestation. However, I am also a realist, and I understand that we live in a society of prejudices and violence just as much as we stand for justice and peace. In my perfect world, all pregnancies would happen to willing mothers who feel comfortable enough in their relationships with their communities that they can raise their child happily. In order for this to happen, however, we need to change all social prejudices against unmarried mothers. Instead of judging women for having sex, congratulate them on having the maturity and want to become a mother. We should be celebrating life, not making people feel unworthy of love. We also need better access to birth control and sexual education so some of these accidents can be prevented. Not everyone is called to be a parent, and it is important that we make alternative options available for everyone. Additionally, birth control does more than just prevent pregnancies. It can help regulate menstrual cycles and reduce PMS symptoms, according to Bleeding irregularly can have serious side effects, so the availability of birth control is not a dispute on the basis of sex, but of medical need. Finally, we need to properly punish all sexual predators. It is once again not a secret that our current judicial system is not always the best in making sure these sick individuals are brought to justice. As a woman, I know three people personally who have been victims of sexual assault. It is sickening to imagine how many women I’ve spoken to daily who have gone through the same experience but have not said anything. What we can do as a community to help protect survivors and others who might become targeted is to hold our friends accountable and listen when someone says something. Friends don’t let friends sexually assault other people, and true friends don’t associate with another friend’s attacker. Sexual assault is one of the major reasons people decide to terminate their pregnancies, so this is the most important factor we need to change. The only way we can make the illegality of abortions a viable option is by stopping sexual assault, preventing unwanted pregnancies, and providing better access to birth control. I know we can make these changes towards a more Pro-Life community, but for now, abortion must stay legal.

Opinion Commentary: That’s what it’s all about: a conversation about racsim

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On August 27th while I waited for the SGA retreat in the lounge outside the MPR, I sat down at a table. At a table over sat another student. He was on the phone with his aunt, begging her to come pick him up. Alas, she wasn’t able to make it to Ship until 10 pm, so he told her that he’d take the bus to Harrisburg and get a train back to Philly from there. This was at 3p.m. He looked over at me, exasperated, and asked if I was from around here. I replied saying that I was a Shippensburg native. He asked me, “How do you do it? How do you live here?” What followed was a conversation – nearly two hours long – revolving around the culture here at Shippensburg the dynamic between black and white, gay and straight, and the disconnect between different cliches and subgroups. We talked about the

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demographics of the area and how badly people treated one another. This student was an 18-year-old person of color from Philadelphia. As we spoke, I learned that he graduated from his high school a year early and was valedictorian. He came to Ship for the low-tuition and its proximity to home, and he was hoping to complete a triple-major here at Ship. Yet, after his first week, he was begging to go home. Why? He told me how alone he felt, how disconnected, and how dehumanized. He said a white student told him he didn’t belong here as he was walking from one class to another. While shopping at Wal-Mart for groceries, he said a local purposefully bumped into him, shoving him. He told me some of the terrible things said to him and about him, things I won’t repeat here. Since his aunt couldn’t make it until 10 pm, he resolved to take the bus. To make sure he didn’t miss the bus – which could come earlier or later than scheduled – he left the CUB thirty minutes early, and for those thirty minutes, he stood at the bus stop in the pouring rain – determined to get off this campus. He didn’t feel safe or secure enough to stay another five hours. How is it that in

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2021 Shippensburg University has a campus where a black freshman from Philly becomes so traumatized after just a week that they have to find the quickest route of escape? As the conversation progressed, I learned that he was going to transfer to Temple. They couldn’t take him this semester, but he had been automatically accepted to begin in the Spring. He decided to spend the fall at Community College of Philadelphia. We had a student who had the potential to do great things – to do great things here at Ship-- and we let him slip away because we’re too afraid to effectively combat the racism and homophobia on our campus and in our community. Those of you who have been around for a while know this is not a new phenomenon. Shippensburg has never been devoid of stories like these, nor has it ever been free from racism and other forms of prejudice. It’s going to take a lot of work – this is not an easy problem to solve. But for the sake of our community, our campus, and above all else, our students, we need to put in the work to make this campus and community truly diverse and inclusive. How many times does this sort of story have to play out before we deal with it?

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Social media can help or hurt job Perspectives for young professionals Heather Ross

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Kyle Heim, an SU communication journalism professor sat down with a Slate staff member on Monday to lay out some professional advice for students using social media. Heim specializes in print and online media and teaches social media strategy. Having a social media presence is important for students in communications and business majors, but all students should be conscious about how they post. Future employers might think a prospective employee has something to hide if they do not have any social media presence or profiles, Heim said. While most students see social media as a way to express themselves personally, they should be aware of how they’re expressing themselves professionally, he said. Posts about coming to class late or hungover can damage a student’s future career prospects. Heim said to consider how employers would see that content, “What would your boss think? What would your coworkers think?”

Employers even look at posts someone has shared as a potential reflection of their personality, Heim said. “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” he added. When evaluating a post, students should check who posted it originally, check what else they’ve posted and do a Google search of the source. The trustworthiness of a source will reflect back on the person who shares it, Heim said. Social media users should consider if the source of a post has an agenda because their name will be associated with the source by future employers, he said. When it comes to a person’s social media, pictures are just as important as text content, Heim said. Heim noted that one of his former students, who was interviewing for a position with a public relations firm, was not hired because their profile picture on social media was seen as provocative, he said. Anything posted on social media may be viewed by not only employers but family, significant others, friends and complete strangers. As young professionals, social media can be a great tool for students when created and used responsibly.

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SUPD holds annual cookout for students on Horton Hall Lawn

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The Ceddia Union Building food court was packed during the lunch hour last Thursday on Chick-Fil-A’s opening day. At one point, the line stretched out of the doors to the food court.

This past Tuesday, the Shippensburg University Police Department hosted a cookout on the lawn in front of Gilbert Hall. SU students in attendance had hot dogs, hamburgers and other traditional cookout snacks while they mingled with SUPD. Each student received a raffle ticket for a chance to win various prizes, including

a brand-new bike, T-shirts and Giant gift cards. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to look around inside one of SUPD’s Ford Explorer police vehicles and ask questions about the police department. SUPD Chief Michael Lee said what he hoped students got out of the event was collaboration. “The biggest thing is collaboration. This is just one of the things we’re going to do in order to bridge the gap be-

tween police and everyone so there is not a division.” SUPD is looking to host more events throughout the semester, and is looking forward to taking part in activities in residence halls to interact with students more often. Shippensburg University Police is located at the Reed Operations Center, and can be reached by dialing 717477-1444.

Recipe of the Week: Jambalaya


- 1 lb. chicken - 1 lb. andouille sausage - 1 lb. shrimp - 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning of your choice - 1 tsp. cayenne powder - 1 tsp. red pepper flakes - 4 cloves garlic - 2 stalks of celery - 2 bell peppers - 1 1/2 cups of rice - 3 tbsp. cooking oil - 1 can diced tomatoes - 4 cups of pozzole or chicken broth

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Recipe courtesy of Heather Ross


1. Cut chicken into 1 in. cubes, place in greased pan on medium-low heat. Season with 1 tbsp. cajun seasoning. 2. Slice sausage into 1/2 inch rounds, brown in a separate pan from chicken 3. Chop celery, peppers, garlic. Add celery and peppers to the sausage. 4. Add garlic to browned sausage, stir, wait 30 seconds until fragrant 5. Add diced tomatoes to chicken and stir. Turn heat to medium-high 6. Combine sausage and garlic to chicken and add rest of seasonings 7. Stir in pozole or chicken broth and rice. Bring to boil and then turn heat back to medium. Stir occasionally until broth is absorbed, about 20 minutes. 8. Add shrimp and stir for 5-6 minutes

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SUPD faculty stand in front of a police cruiser and pose for a photo at the cookout. The event is a time for students to get to know SUPD out of uniform.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021



Review: ‘Slime Rancher’ brings players nostalgia with recent launch on Nintendo Switch Austin Trevino Asst. A&E Editor

“Slime Rancher” is an indie farming game developed by Monomi Park that was released early in January 2016. Players assume the roll of Beatrix LeBeau, a rancher who moves to the planet known as the “Far Far Range.” Players are allowed to farm and explore the open world at their own pace. The game’s main objective is to collect “plorts,” a farmable resource compiled from the game’s main cattle: “slimes,” which are gelatinous creatures that come in many shapes and sizes. The player sells the plorts and gains money for better gear to further explore the world. The main game loop can become repetitive for those who do not enjoy farming games. Since new areas open throughout the world and on the ranch as the game progresses, the game always has something new to experience. Even after the credits roll, players may find it hard to leave this peaceful and colorful world. With so many side adventures, this game is one I check in on from time to time.

“Slime Rancher” is a visual wonderland in a cartoonish and straightforward way. While the art style is simple, it, along with the musical score, makes the world a playful and non-threatening experience. The music mostly consists of string instruments, with a few synths. The musical score is one that encapsulates the feeling of the game’s different areas, from the ranch’s pleasant and familiar tune to the Ruins whimsical and mysterious aura. After over 15 hours of gameplay, I never found my time with “Slime Rancher” dull. Whether it was managing my farm or discovering new areas, the game always gave me ample things to do. I recommend ‘Slime Rancher” to anyone who is looking to relax and have a pleasant experience. “Slime Rancher” is available on all major gaming consoles and PCs, including the recent release on the Nintendo Switch. Have something you want to see reviewed? Send us an email at and your article could be featured in a future edition of The Slate.

Meet The Reflector Staff Editorial Team Hannah Cornell Position: Associate Editor Major: English Other positions held in The Reflector: Head Prose Editor (2020-2021) Favorite book: “Kingdom of Ash” by Sarah J. Maas What inspires you: I feel that the act of loving reading and writing are inspiring in themselves. I love hearing writers talk about their work and love listening to readers gush about their favorite pieces of literature. Favorite thing about working with The Reflector: Seeing the diversity and the unity of creative minds under one “roof.” It amazes me how our club members and those who submit to our main publication and spawning pools come from a very wide range of academic and personal backgrounds, and it is incredible to see that diversity reflected within the writing and art we receive and publish.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Gallery, E3

In Memoriam

Photo courtesy of SU Sports Info.

SU track-and-field member sophomore Brooke Emery died on Friday, Sept. 3. Emery was a hurdler for the Raiders and was a PSAC championship winner. Isaiah Snead Sports Editor

Shippensburg University is mourning the loss of Brooke Emery, a sophomore exercise science major and hurdler on the women’s track-and-field team. Brooke died on Friday, Sept. 3, and her funeral was held on Saturday Sept. 11, in Brookville, Pennsylvania. Family and friends could also watch a live stream of the service. Memorial contributions can be made in Brooke’s name to the Brookville Track Booster Club. On Friday, Sept. 10, the Shippensburg community held a vigil on the track for Brooke where students and faculty could stop by and pay their respects. SU offered friends and family of Brooke their condolences and those on campus help from one of their many on-campus counseling and support services. Shippensburg University interim pres-

ident Charles Patterson sent an email to all SU community members regarding Emery’s passing. “Brooke will be deeply missed by her teammates, friends and all those who knew her,” said Patterson. Emery was a member of the 2021 SU women’s outdoor track-and-field Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship team as a freshman. She placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at the Outdoor Trackand-Field Championships in May. Emery recorded a personal best 13.61 100-meter dash at the IUP Invitiational last season and a personal best 15.27 in the 100-meter hurdles at the Paul Kaiser Classic. A graduate of Brookville Jr./Sr. High School, Brooke was also a PSAC scholar-athlete while studying to become a physician’s assistant. Emery will be missed not only on the track but in the Shippensburg community and by her friends and family.

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Members of the SU community gather to grieve at Brooke’s vigil on the track.

Soccer draws tie with Lock Haven kick for the Bald Eagles. In the 83rd minute, Lock Haven’s Rachel Morris was given a yellow card after a foul. However, the Raiders were not able to capitalize on the free kick opportunity. The Raiders had six shots in second half, but the Bald Eagles outshot them with eight shots. The game was tied at the end of regulation and then went into overtime. In the first overtime period, the Raiders did not have many scoring opportunities and were only able to produce one shot. The Eagles did not have many opportunities either and the game was still tied after the first overtime session. In the second overtime period, neither team was able to score, and the game

ended in a draw 1-1. In total, the Bald Eagles outshot the Raiders 23-11. The Bald Eagles also committed more fouls than the Raiders 19-14. SU sophomore Kendra Barlow made 12 saves and only allowed one goal in 110 minutes in net for the Raiders. The Raiders will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Bloomsburg to play the Huskies at 4:30 p.m.

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Senior Mackenzie Mitchell pushes the ball upfield for the Raiders vs LHU. Isaiah Snead Sports Editor

On Saturday the Shippensburg University women’s soccer team faced Lock Haven University. Lock Haven (2-0-1,0-0-1) struck first in the 26th minute when Hunter McClellan scored a goal to give the Bald Eagles a 1-0

lead. The Raiders (1-2-1,0-0-1 PSAC East) were not able to respond in the first half. The Raiders were outshot in the first half 12-3, despite having two chances for a corner kick. In the second half, both teams went back and forth until the 76th minute when Alyse Caffrey put in a header from the corner to tie the game at 1-1. Caffrey’s goal was her first of the season. After the goal, Shippensburg freshman Jenna Folmer, was given a yellow card after a foul. The foul resulted in a corner

SU’s Alyse Caffrey scored the Raiders lone goal of the game with Lock Haven.



September 14, 2021

Football blasts Edinboro 30-9

Photos Courtesy of Bill Smith Sports Info. Junior quarterback Brycen Mussina (above) threw for two touchdowns and running back Bill Williams ran for two more in a big win over Edinboro University. Isaiah Snead Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University football team picked up its second win of the season on Saturday, defeating Edinboro 30-9 at Sox Harrison Stadium. SU was led by its offense that put up four touchdowns, including two on itys first two possessions, to extend the Raiders winning streak over Edinboro to four games. Redshirt-junior quarterback Brycen Mussina went 20-28 passing for 257 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. Redshirt-sophomore running back Bill Williams had 22 carries for 89 yards and two more touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Ian Sheehan reeled in six catches for 143 yards and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 40-yard throw from Mussina. Redshirt-senior Kyle Evans had four catches for 43 yards and caught the other Mussina touchdown. Redshirt-junior David Balint III had four receptions for 29 yards and graduate student Evan Morrill caught four passes for 52 yards. The Raiders led 20-6 at halftime and led

30-6 after three quarters. The lone Edinboro second half score was a field goal in the final two minutes. The SU defense turned in another stellar performance as it held the Fighting Scot to just 146 yards of offense, including a miniscule 25 yards rushing. Shippensburg had five tackles for loss (TFL) and five pass breakups with one sack credited to sophomore Jacoby Sherard. Senior Trey Paul racked up a team-high six tackles and forced a fumble that was recovered by redshirt-freshman Matt Feeney in the third quarter. Redshirt-junior Josh Russo and junior Demetrius Hudson each tallied five tackles apiece. Freshman kicker Jaxson Montross, who nailed a school-record 50-yard field goal last week, made one field goal in the game from 30 yards out. Redshirt-sophomore running back Khalid Dorsey, who led the Raiders in rushing yards last game, did not play against the Fighting Scot this week. This was Shippensburg’s first game played at Edinboro since the 2015 season, when they won 20-13. The Raiders will return to the field next Saturday at Clarion University at 1 p.m.

Running back Bill Williams rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the win.







Wednesday: vs. Belmont Abbey 3 P.M.

Wednesday: vs. Bloomsburg 4:30 P.M.

Wednesday: vs. Bloomsburg 7 P.M.

Saturday: vs. Clarion 1 P.M.

Friday: vs. Bentley 7 P.M.

Saturday: vs. Limestone 12 P.M.

Saturday: vs. Millersville 4:30 P.M.

Saturday: vs. Millersville 7 P.M.

Saturday: vs. Queens 1:30 P.M. vs. Jefferson 4 P.M.


Saturday: Division II Challenege 9 A.M.


September 14th, 2021

SU Soccer Gallery

Carmine Scicchitano / The Slate SU’s women’s soccer team fought Lock Haven to a draw on Saturday afternoon in its first game of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play. Junior Alyse Caffrey scored the lone goal of the game for the Raiders in the 76th minute to tie it. The nifty header into the corner was Caffrey’s first goal of the season. SU sophomore goalie Kendra Barlow made 12 saves while allowing just one goal in 110 minutes of play. Lock Haven’s Hunter McClellan scored a goal in the 26th minute to give her team the lead starting out. The Raiders fell to 0-1 in PSAC play and will travel to Bloomsburg next to take on the Huskies on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Heather Ross / The Slate Like the women’s soccer team, the men’s soccer team also drew a tie on Saturday in their game against Chestnut Hill. Sophomore Seth Crabbe scored the Raiders only goal of the day in the 22nd minute to give them a brief lead. SU took 12 shots in the contest but only five of those were on goal, while Chestnut Hill landed eight shots on goal in 16 total shots. Chestnut Hill freshman Andrey McIntyre evened the game in the 77th minute with an individual goal. Crabbe was nearly the hero of the contest in overtime as he shot a header that bounced off the crossbar. SU will return to the field Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Bloomsburg.

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