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Etta James dies at age 73, D3

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NEWS January 31, 2012


SU to be first PASSHE university to S.A.L.E. changes begin degree to train science teachers for future years Shippensburg University will begin a master of arts in teaching degree this summer to meet a growing need for more highly qualified high school and middle school science teachers. The program was approved Jan. 19 by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, of which SU is a member. The program is the first for a PASSHE university and the only one in the region focusing specifically on science education. The first cohort of students is expected to start this summer. “In our ever-changing world, the importance of science is seen more and more everyday,” SU President Bill Ruud said. “By offering this program, we will provide teachers in grades seven through 12 with the skills they need to help students reach their goals in the sciences.” The 18-month program will lead to both a teacher certification (pending approval) by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as well as a master of arts in teaching degree. Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in

a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline. The program will target recent college graduates, current and retired STEM professionals and military personnel. The curriculum is designed to meet PDE’s postbaccalaureate guidelines as well as accreditation standards for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Science Teachers Association. The program will consist of a sequence of seven, eight-week courses to be completed by cohorts of students through face-to-face, online and videoconferencing instruction. It will include training in areas such as lesson planning, safety and classroom management, assessment, accommodating students with special needs, research methods and history and philosophy in science education. The program was proposed by Christine A. Royce, associate professor of teacher education and department chair, and Joseph W. Shane, associate professor of chemis-

try and science education, and chemistry department chair. Both have extensive experience and expertise in science education.

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“The program will provide a rigorous and efficient pathway for individuals who already hold a degree in a scientific discipline to obtain licensure via the Pennsylvania Department of Education,” Shane said. “The program is designed so that students can maintain their employment until the capstone, 12-week student teaching practicum. The program will also prepare students to serve as school leaders in addition to being exemplary science teachers,” Shane said. Royce said the experiences and course work have been designed to allow students “to draw on their own

content expertise while at the same time build a solid foundation in instructional strategies and theory. Successful science educators need to be able to connect the theoretical aspects of research and content which relate to aspects of quality teaching.” If successful, the program may be expanded and instituted at other PASSHE universities as has been done with SU’s MBA program offered at East Stroudsburg University. Work has already started on collaborations with other PASSHE universities but expansion will take place only after the program receives NCATE accreditation. The program had earlier received a $150,000 PASSHE grant to develop the program in response to current and predicted shortages of highly qualified science teachers in the Commonwealth and region. National data predict a shortage of nearly 200,000 science and math teachers in the next decade nationwide. -Courtesy of Shippensburg University

Conference on Feb. 3 plans to improve students’ leadership skills The Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) at Shippensburg University is hosting its second annual WILL Conference from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in Dauphin Humanities Center. The conference is also open to students at Wilson College and Penn State Mont Alto. Tiffany Conde, McLean Hall Residence Director, said the inaugural conference last year was devel-

oped by a committee that included representatives from the Women’s Center, International Studies, fraternity and sorority life and other departments. “After recognizing the need to develop leadership potential in undergraduate students, WILL was born,” Conde said. The program is designed to help students recognize and build on their own leadership potential, including the keynote workshop led

by Stephanie Erdice, director of the Women’s Center. Conde said participants will have time to network and attend workshops on such topics as event planning, stress management and avoiding burnout, career development, volunteer services, conflict resolution and feminist theory. SU staff, faculty, students and administrators will lead the workshops. “We hope to attract a diverse population of stu-

dents who are looking to develop new leadership skills or bolster existing ones,” Conde said. The conference is free, however registration is required and continues until Feb. 1. Students may register by email at mclrd@ or at the Women’s Center in Horton Hall. For more information, call 717477-1790. -Courtesy of Shippensburg University


The SU organization Students Advocating LGBTQIA Equality (S.A.L.E.) is currently undergoing changes for next year, including a new constitution and a new name, according to Kyle Jones, president of the organization. LGBTQIA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Allies. S.A.L.E. strives on campus to bring awareness and acceptance of those in the LGBT community and provides support and help for allies. The new name proposed, OUT, is due to the confusion that the present name has caused with the public. “People don’t know what S.A.L.E. means,” Jones said. “They are confused and don’t understand what the organization is.”

He hopes that the proposed name change will make the organization’s mission clearer. The organization holds events during the year to help the community and hold an annual themed drag show. This year, the event raised money for The Trevor Project, a national organization created to end LGBT bullying and bias, and bought Safe Space kits for the local schools. Safe Space kits are media packets with posters and stickers designed to provide a safe and unbiased environment for students who identify as LGBT. The changes are scheduled to take place next year. Meetings this semester take place on Thursdays at 8 p.m. at CUB room 239. Any questions about the organization or information in joining the organization can be sent to

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A4 January 31, 2012

Stand with Ship seeks precinct location change

Police Logs UNDERAGE DRINKING On Sunday, Jan. 22, at approximately 1:14 a.m., a university police officer was on routine patrol in the area of the Spiritual Center parking lot when he observed two males in the parking lot acting suspiciously. The officer continued to observe the two males and formed the opinion that they may be intoxicated. The officer stopped the two males in the area of Adams Drive and at that time confirmed his suspicions that they had been consuming alcohol. The two males were identified as Brian Richard Hoffman, 18, of Kieffer Hall and Michael Steven Moyer, 19, of Kieffer Hall. Both individuals showed obvious signs of intoxication, were found to be in possession of alcohol, and admitted to consuming alcohol while being under the age of 21. Both were issued citations for underage drinking and then released.

Students, faculty and members of the community of all political parties have united together in Shippensburg to form “Stand with Ship,” which has petitioned the Cumberland County Board of Elections to have the voting precinct UNDERAGE DRINKING relocated. On Sunday, Jan. 22, at approximately 2:31 a.m., the university police were disThe location would be patched to the fourth floor of McLean Hall to assist the residence hall staff with closer to the Shippensan intoxicated male who was bothering other residents by banging on doors and burg University campus. causing a disturbance. Officers arrived and identified the male in question as Tyler The current location is the Robert Zink, 19, of McLean Hall. Zink showed obvious signs of intoxication, admittownship building at 81 ted to consuming alcohol, and was given a portable breath test which showed posiWalnut Bottom Road, and tive results for the presence of alcohol in his system. Zink was issued a citation for the group feels the location underage drinking and then released to his residence hall room. is not a good one. Stand with Ship points UNDERAGE DRINKING / DISORDERLY CONDUCT / PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS to an article in the Dec. 14, On Sunday, Jan. 22, at approximately 3:41 a.m., the university police were dis2010, Sentinel that says patched to the fourth-floor study lounge of Mowrey Hall to assist the residence hall the Cumberland County staff with an intoxicated male who had passed out in the lounge. Officers arrived Bureau of Elections recomand identified the male in question as William Joseph Marks, 18, of Mowrey Hall. mends a municipality offer After the officers were able to wake Marks up, he became combative with the officers one precinct for every 1,200 and had to be detained and handcuffed. Marks was found to be highly intoxicated registered voters. and admitted to consuming alcohol that evening. Marks received minor injuries to Shippensburg Township his wrists while he was resisting the officers attempts to restrain him with handcurrently has 3,727 regiscuffs and was treated on the scene by local EMS personnel. As a result of the incitered voters at the precinct, dent, Marks was cited for underage drinking, disorderly conduct and public drunkand 1,938 of them are regenness. Marks was released after being processed and receiving his citations. istered on SU campus. While state election law UNDERAGE DRINKING would prohibit an addiOn Saturday, Jan. 28, at approximately 12:47 a.m., a university police officer was on tional precinct during this routine patrol in the area of the South storage parking lot when he observed a male year, the group hopes to walking in the parking lot carrying a bottle of beer. Upon seeing the officer, the have the precinct moved male dropped the bottle of beer and continued to walk away, ignoring the officer’s closer to campus starting requests to stop. After several requests the male did stop, and at that time he was with the upcoming presiidentified as Christopher Black, 18, of Kieffer Hall. Black showed signs of intoxicadential primary. tion and admitted to the officer that he had been consuming alcohol. The bottle that Residents who live at or Black had been carrying was identified as a 12-ounce bottle of Bud Light Platinum near Old Main Drive have beer. Black was released from the scene and a citation was filed charging him with about a 35-minute walk to underage drinking. the precinct each way, and Stand with Ship says it is UNDERAGE DRINKING not a safe area with WalOn Sunday, Jan. 29, at approximately 1:17 a.m., a university police officer was on nut Bottom Road not havroutine patrol in the area of York Drive and North Earl Street when he observed a ing a sidewalk. male walking in the area. The officer observed that the male was staggering and that he nearly fell several times. The officer also observed the male flashing his middle finger to passing traffic. The officer stopped the male in question and found that he was intoxicated. The male was identified as Michael Jesse Thomas, 18, of Mowrey Hall. Thomas showed signs of intoxication, admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the incident, and was given a portable breath test which showed positive results for the presence of alcohol in his system. Thomas was transported to his residence hall where he was issued a citation for Underage Drinking and then released. UNDERAGE DRINKING On Sunday, Jan. 29, at approximately 3:34 a.m., the university police were dispatched to the second floor of Naugle Hall to assist the residence hall staff with an intoxicated male student who was vomiting. Officers arrived and identified the male in question as Frank T. Cohoon II, 18, of Naugle Hall. Cohoon had bloodshot and glassy eyes, a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and his shirt was covered with vomit. Cohoon refused to speak with the officers or answer any questions that they asked him. Cohoon was released to return to his room and was advised that a citation would be filed against him charging him with underage drinking.

The group believes the voting precinct should be easily accessible to all people, especially where the majority of voters are registered. Stand with Ship Coordinator Chuck Black said, “While much of the debate has centered on college students, all voters should be treated equally. How can we encourage voters to stay engaged when the current location discourages participation by making it very hard for those without cars to get to? The public transportation also is not convenient on Election Day. The parking at the Township Building is not sufficient especially for presidential years, and without a crosswalk near the building it is very dangerous for people to park by Kmart.” Stand with Ship has proposed several locations that are not only easily accessible, but would be more encouraging locations. If it is pouring down rain and the current precinct has a long line, people may decide just to leave. In locations such as the Shippensburg University Foundation Building, the location is big enough to accommodate people waiting to vote. Many people within the township are familiar with these buildings; they are handicap accessible, and are in a location that a ma-

jority of voters are able to go. These locations provide many conveniences not just to the students, but the entire community. The conveniences include accessibility, lighting, parking, safety, volunteers, and more. The group recognizes that the statistics show that college students do not usually vote in high numbers in our precinct. However, they say that can be attributed to the uneasy access for students to get to the polling location. Once students have better access to voting, there is no telling what the actual voting statistics will be. Stand with Ship believes that it should not matter if a voter is an 18-year-old student or a 75-year-old senior citizen. All voters should be treated equally. The group presented a petition of more than 100 signatures to the Board of Elections in December 2010, and two meetings have been held subsequently. The group also submitted letters from SU President Ruud, College Republican and Democrat presidents, and other members of the community showing support. A fourth hearing has been slated for Feb. 2nd. -Courtesy of Stand with Ship

OPINION January 31, 2012

Apple’s inceasing sales Designated smoking increase workers’ hours areas ignored on campus KATRINA PANASIUK Opinon Editor

Even the brand itself carries a catchy name — Apple. Billions of people acknowledge the success of the company through not only buying the products it shelves, but simply using the products and being familiar with the brand. With success, still comes a lot of effort and time. Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs introduced this billion dollar company with the intent of having it grow into a success. But did anyone including Jobs, believe it would grow into an American multinational corporation? A series of New York Times articles were published this week which shed light on a much darker reality lying behind the silky peel. Charles Duhigg and David Barboza of the Times wrote sympathetic words devoted to the reality behind the success of the company and its connection to the employees producing the products. Manufacturers of the icon in China are strenuously working 12 hours a day and six days a week just to keep up with the demand. With China’s unbelievable growth rate, comes an unbelievable growth rate for Apple as well. What began as the typical full-time work week of 40 hours has now conceptualized the idea of, well, a part-time position. Apple has recently introduced its newest product called the iPad. This tablet form has inspired many other brands to market their own. Now competing with the iPad are electronic readers including “Nook,” and “Kindle,” among others. The thin innovative,

lightweight tablet carries a convenient leisure for one to carry on trains, planes and automobiles. It fits perfectly in backpacks and are perhaps the hottest item currently on the market. With such high demand for the latest and greatest, someone has to devote the time to keep up with the demand. Apple was marketed originally as “Apple Computers, Inc.” though the company dropped the “Computers” from its titles as its original focus on computers shifted a bit to include an array of consumer electronics. July 2011 marked an incredible milestone for the company as it reached 357 retail stores in 10 countries, including an online store. The mutlinational corporation has built an empire through taking ExxonMobil’s spot in the market in becoming the largest publicly traded company in the world by capitalization. In addition, it has been acclaimed as the largest technology company in the entire world by a combination of revenue and profit. Sources claim as of the third quarter of 2011, the company had 60,400 permanent full-time employees and 2,900 temporary full-time employees worldwide. After the sudden passing of Jobs, senior vice president Phil Schiller focused on making Jobs’ desires a reality. Schiller introduced iBooks and an iBook Author as a way to reinvent the textbook and education wish that Jobs’ biography lists as a wish for the company. Perhaps the first indepth controversial look at the company was in 2006 when “Mail on Sunday” alleged that the iPod manufacturers, Foxconn and In-

ventec operated sweatshop conditions in the China factories. The same article revealed the ugly truth that one of the iPod factories contained more than 200,000 workers doubled as tenants of the factory. Though living in the factory might make it appear as though they save rent money, they are still required to cover these expenses through their $50 bi-weekly paychecks. It seems as though with each product release, the factory conditions worsen. With the latest release of the iPad, sources reported about a dozen suicides at the Foxconn complex. In 2011, Apple admitted to the alleged factory conditions and confirmed that its child labor practices in China factories had in fact, worsened. All of the hype surrounding the empire have driven sales to unimaginable numbers. These workers ultimately need to keep up with the demand by laboring more hours. Now, one must not feel guilty about financially supporting the company, though it is however different to morally support the the darker side of the company and the horrible working conditions the manufacturers are subjected to. “The American Dream” captures the image of a white picket fence enclosing two cars, two parents, two children, a pet and a large enough income to cater to summer vacatons at the family’s beach home. College funds are also prepaid in bank accounts and the words “overdraft fee” are never mentioned. But with the idea of having more, bigger and better, is “The American Dream” ultimately becoming China’s nightmare?


Asst. Opinion Editor No one has denied the rights of student smokers to smoke freely on the campus of Shippensburg University. It is a right they have some how acquired and use freely as they walk the sidewalks and walk ways to and from classes. Being one of the unhealthiest habits to attain, smokers light up their cigarettes with no regard to those surrounding them. This is not only a health risk to others but it is also one of the most irritating things I deal with as a college student. On every campus there should be special areas that every smoker should be required to use. Though this sounds simple, it is nothing but a dream to those of the students who are non-smokers. Our own Facilities Management and Planning Department has directed my attention to the many areas we have on campus that allow smoking. These have been entitled “designated smoking areas.” Some locations of these areas are: the sitting area outside of the Tuscarora

room in between Mowrey Hall and Reisner Dining Hall, the gazebo placed behind Franklin Science Center, as well as the one in the court yard of Seavers Complex, among many more. These were placed for convenience and to keep our campus as smoke-free as posible and clean of cigarette butts. Some colleges even tried banning smoking on their campus as entirely. As one of the most outreaching prohibitions in the country, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) made Time magazine with its release of a new policy in Pennsylvania’s legislature in June of 2008. The policy forbids smoking both inside, outside campus buildings and in all resident halls and parking lots. The PASSHE chancellor in 2008, John Cavanaugh, has said that he believed the ban of smoking would extend to all campus grounds, including athletic fields and courtyards. This may sound outrageous, but some schools thought this was the only way to help the cleanliness of their campuses and to accommodate the nonsmokers. I do not think that smok-


ing should be banned on all campus grounds, mainly because you cannot force people to leave campus to smoke, or for them to essentially quit; it’s unrealistic. So I strongly believe that the designated smoking areas should be enforced, just like they are in most amusement parks, recreational parks, etc. This bad habit is detrimental to a person’s health. Studies show that secondhand smoke leads to around 46,000 heart disease related deaths to nonsmokers, and accumulates higher asthma rates. Plain and simple, smoking is detremental to our health. I wish the ones who are smokers could see just how irritating it is to all of the non-smokers. I hear multiple complaints throughout my day of people having to walk behind smokers and just how angry that makes them. Statistics show that 21 percent of the American population smoke and 1-in5 students on a college campus smoke. Although this is a stretch to say, please stay in the designated areas. It is not as inconvenient as you may think. You’ll be saving people a lot of sickness and aggravation.

Photo By: Samantha Noviello

A designated smoking area outside of the Tuscarora Room.


B2 January 31, 2012

‘Wheel of Fortune’ hosts toast before set

In My Opinion: The Price of School Lunches ASHLEY PRICE

Staff Columnist With obesity topping the list of issues facing Americans today, one has to wonder when the slippery slope of unhealthy choices begins. In elementary school, we were taught that eating healthy foods was important. Teachers stressed the importance of eating vegetables and fruit and playing outside. The simple concept of the importance of choosing water and juice over soda as well as eating wellbalanced meals evolved in middle school. By high school, we were allowed to make more of our own food choices and were reminded that once we reached adulthood, those choices would need to continue. During our time in school, the government began to take the initiative in the movement for healthy habits among both children and adults. Schools began following suit and the removal of junk food began. Sodas were removed from vending machines and replaced with low-calorie drinks. Ice cream and cookies were replaced with granola bars and fruit snacks. Last week, first lady Michelle Obama, with the help of Agriculture Secretary

Tom Vilsack and celebrity chef Rachel Ray, launched a new campaign for healthy options for students in school. They hope to take popular school lunches and make them healthier. Pizza, for example, will be made with more whole grains, less sodium and more vegetables. Many argue that the government has no right to demand these requests, because they think these changes are estimated to raise the cost of meals at schools around the country. These regulations can be covered by legislation passed by President Obama in 2010. This legislation regulates the meals that can be provided to students for free or at a low-cost through government funding. These changes are based on studies that support the importance of healthy school lunches. These studies claim that, regardless of what children eat at home and elsewhere, school lunches have a large effect on children’s weight gain. A more recent study, however, disproves this belief. A study conducted by Jennifer Hook, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, found that with a group of 20,000 middle


Asst. Sports Editor school students, school lunches did not have a meaningful effect on weight. On the contrary, she found that eating habits at home and elsewhere are the cornerstones for children’s health. “Children’s environments at home and in their communities may provide so many opportunities to eat unhealthy foods that competitive food sales in schools have little influence on children’s weight,” Hook said. These findings support an ideal that should be a large part of children’s health choices: Parental responsibility. Rather than focusing on school food options, most of which are small portions with servings of each important food group, the focus should be put on parents’ responsibility to provide healthy options for children. That focus is commonly overlooked. The responsibility is often handed over to school programs, as well as teachers who are expected to encourage healthy food choices. The true problem remains with those families that do not encourage healthy choices at home. Childhood obesity stems from junk food availability as well as unhealthy breakfasts and dinners. For this country to step up and begin to fix the obesity issue among children, the focus will need to drift from school meal options to those at home. The problem is not what is available at school, but instead, the lack of families taking an interest in their children’s health.

When you get behind the wheel of a car, it is illegal to be under the influence of alcohol. Yet, what about getting behind a wheel that gives out prizes? The show “Wheel of Fortune” has been around for decades, and you would not believe hearing alcohol and the “Wheel” in the same sentence. Pat Sajak, the wacky host of the show, and Vanna White, the beautiful, silent letter turner of the show, have recently been brought under a bit of criticism for their drunken pasts. It seems as though they would get drunk before taping their last show of the day. In the past, the show was different and it was boring compared to the format most of us are used to seeing. The 1980s were a pretty crazy time. It seems as though with the lunch breaks they had, which were two and a half hours long, they would go across the street to a Mexican restaurant and drink about two to six margaritas. Then they would come back and do the show

so drunk that in Sajak’s words, he could not even make out the alphabet. In his interview with Dan LeBatard on ESPN2, Sajak confessed that he and White drank but said they do not do it anymore. Pat confessed with a smile on his face and was laughing out loud on set. I do not see why this should be a big deal or a surprise to anyone.

“The show ‘Wheel of Fortune’ has been around for decades and you would not believe hearing alcohol and ‘The Wheel’ in the same sentence.”

First off, Sajak is simply nuts. Any man who can do what he does for years had to have been using something to help him cope with the contestants he gets. Secondly, White never says anything, so it is not like it would cause her to act uncontrollably; she just turns letters over. The 1980s were full of rebellious people and there

was a lot of change going on. It is not surprising to think they would have a few drinks waiting on the final show knowing how horrible it was at that time. People did not win money to keep; they won money they had to bid on cheap prizes. It was not what you would imagine as fun. Regardless of what the media thinks about this act, I think the crew of the “Wheel of Fortune” is all right by me to drink. It is not like they were drinking on stage, being belligerent to audience members or contestants or even trashing the place. They were just trying to lighten up the experience by throwing down some margaritas. Most of us know that Sajak is a pretty wild guy to begin with. I mean, who can get as excited over buying a vowel as Sajak? I think we should laugh this one off and continue to watch the “Wheel of Fortune.” Sajak and White are good people; they just like to spice things up a bit. I think I would like to solve the puzzle now, Pat. Is it Happy Hour? Yes, it is. It is always Happy Hour at the “Wheel of Fortune.”


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OPINION January 31, 2012


Social media’s effect on social skills Republican leadership effects JORDAN KROM Staff Writer

There is no doubt in my mind that the numerous advancements society has made in the communications field of technology has helped many people around the world. That much is obvious, even in every day life. Options such as text messaging, FaceTime and Skype provide convenient ways in which to keep in contact with loved ones, and even ways in which to form new friendships. However, according to recent studies, the amount of this technology that is being used among the younger generation could very well be hindering the development of person to person social skills. Having to interact with someone over a webcam is not the same as interacting with a person in real life. I strongly agree with this. I do not believe that students of middle school age, and younger, should be exposed to so many ways to communicate via technology. I can remember being around 13 or younger, and the only reason I would use technology to speak with friends was in order to set up a play date. Now, though, cell phones

and computers are primary ways of speaking with supposedly close friends. It is understandable to want to use instant messaging and text messages to keep in contact, but to constantly be using these methods so that they turn into replacements for actual human interaction is completely unnecessary. In fact, I see this topic as being rather loosely comparable to placing one's children in public school or keeping them home to teach them there. Interacting with a person, face-to-face, is similar to being placed in a public school. You get placed in situations that you are then forced to deal with as they happen. From dealing with these situations, you gain a certain amount of experience that allows you to continue to grow when communicating with others in similar situations. With home school, meanwhile, the social interactions that public school students deal with is severely limited. This, then, aids in the prevention of the development of every day communication skills. Young people communicating via technology instead of face-to-face works much the same way. There are not many bene-

fits that come out of Skyping with your best friend from eighth grade while you are still in eighth grade. I believe it is much more beneficial to engage in faceto-face interaction, instead of having several devices and an Internet connection between two people. Basing my opinion on my own experiences, I always preferred being with my friends at that point in my life, instead of just talking to them over AOL instant messager, and because of that, I still find it more enjoyable to be with my friends to this day. Teenagers who are being inundated with every type of communication except for legitimate conversations will simply not place quite as much importance on said conversations as they should. These limitations not only affect their social lives, but also extend into possible future employment opportunities. Technology is highly used in many jobs today, but I believe that more jobs would find the ability to carry on a conversation in person more valuable than the ability to quickly type out and send an email. This is why I believe that the younger generation should put less emphasis on technology, and more emphasis on the real world.

women’s access to birth control WINTER TRABEX Staff Writer

Timothy M. Dolan is an unassuming Catholic official. Though he wears colorful ceremonial robes, he tends to blend into the background. His coat of arms reads “ad quem ibimus,” or “to whom will we go?” For three years, he served as the archbishop. What generally is unknown about Archbishop Dolan is that, according to the organization’s homepage, he is the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In a November 2011 article for the Huffington Post, Laura Basset described the group as “one of the quietest, yet most powerful lobbies on Capitol Hill, with political allies that have enabled them to roll back decades of law and precedent.” In 2009, deep dissatisfaction with President Obama’s administration led voters away from the Democratic Party. This led to a Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The Republican Party first made it a priority to hold up a health care bill over abortion, even though nothing in the bill had anything to

say about abortion one way or the other. Archbishop Dolan, among others, lobbied behind the scenes to restrict women’s access to safe abortion care, which is legal under the Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973. Congress attacked Planned Parenthood at every turn, endangering women’s access to the family planning services the organization provides. These services include help with pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), men’s sexual health and birth control, among others. These policy decisions in Congress had a trickledown effect to the various states of America. The state of Texas passed a law that required doctors to show images of the fetus they were going to abort prior to the procedure. In the state of Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 732, which requires abortion clinics to adhere to even more strict standards, some of which have little to do with patient health. In an implicit culture, Rick Santorum, a man seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2012, has gone on record saying that when women are raped, they should “accept what God has given them.” Rick Perry, the governor

of Texas, said he would oppose abortion after cases of rape or incest. Let us put this into perspective. No one is talking about restricting a man’s access to medical care that would help him deal with prostate cancer or gall bladder infections. A logical pro-life argument must include responsibility on the part of both partners; if it does not, it becomes an anti-woman argument. At the center of these arguments is Dolan, who apparently did not understand the purpose behind the USCCB’s Life and Dignity of the Human Person plan, implemented in 2009. Lobbying by the Catholic Church has caused all people to suffer — not just women who are personally affected by a restriction to safe, affordable health care. Their male partners must now shoulder the burden of increasing health care costs for services once taken for granted. Republican leadership in Congress and various Republican candidates for president have merely followed the beat of Dolan’s war drum. Going forward, everyone will be moving backward. No one wins in a scenario like this; not even the Catholic Church.


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Mens and women’s swimming qualify for PSACs in 13 events at Navy Invitational E4, E5 Men’s basketball dominates 2nd half against visiting Cheyney, cruise to victory, E6



The Hot Corner January 31, 2012

Athlete of the Week:

Herman Kirkland

Nick and Sam debate the Prince’s Junior track star jumps from the new deal with the Detroit Tigers PSAC Athlete of the Week to ours Nick Sentman

Asst. Sports Editor

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Nick Sentman and Sam Stewart

Asst. Sports Editors In a tough economy it is hard to imagine how professional athletes are able to make as much money as they do. Year after year each contract seems to exceed the previous year. When news broke of first baseman Prince Fielder’s enormous contract with the Detroit Tigers, a 9-year deal worth $214 million, most people felt that this was horrendous. How could someone get that much money, and how could Fielder get that much money when it seemed as though his options were running out. We decided to sit down and argue over whether or not this contract was good for the game of baseball or bad for the sport in this week’s version of the Hot Corner.

watched the New York Yankees start to hand out million dollar contracts in the ‘70s. Now, because we are in a rough economy, we tend to look at these types of signings as blasphemous. I believe this is great for the game of baseball, and even though it is not going to slow down anytime soon, I really do not want it to stop. I love seeing huge contracts, especially being a fan of the richest team in the sport. These multi-milliondollar deals make me smile because when the player gets injured or plays awful, we look at that contract and see what a mistake the team made. These guys are in the entertainment business and they should be paid accordingly. Alex Rodriguez set the bar for these gigantic contracts, and just like any other record, it too will be eclipsed some day.

Sam: Looking at the Contracts in Prince Fielder contract I see baseball have always been only one thing: greed. Scott an issue ever since we Boras has had a reputation Nick:

of getting players what they “deserve,” but with Fielder this is too much. Granted, he has one of the best bats in the game, but his defense ranks as one of the poorest in the league. Also, for over $200 million how much bang for the buck is Detroit going to get? The deal the Angels gave Pujols was absurd, but this deal went over the top. Detroit better hope that their $200 million man is still churning out homeruns and RBI’s in his mid-30s or else Detroit is headed for the cellar. The team aspect of baseball needs to come back. Instead of shelling out millions on one player, spread that money around. Take the Tampa Bay Rays standpoint. It just might lead up to a World Series berth. I would rather put out the best nine players that I possibly could than risk it with two “stars” and a bunch of nobodies. Find us on Facebook at

This past week Herman Kirkland, a junior at Shippensburg University, was named PSAC Athlete of the Week. Now The Slate has decided to bestow Kirkland as its athlete of the week. Kirkland, an indoor and outdoor track star recently broke his personal record for this semester in the long jump for indoor. Kirkland who is the No. 1 ranked long jumper in the PSAC and the second ranked jumper in Division II just jumped 24 feet 3 inches. His all time record in the long jump is at 25 feet 3 inches. I sat down with Kirkland to discuss what his thoughts were on being named PSAC Athlete of the Week. Kirkland said that this is his second time being recognized by the PSAC, and he feels

it is a great honor. Kirkland thanked his coaches who pushed him hard to always continue and compete on a high level each day. “The competition in the PSAC is very intense,” Kirklandsaid, “But it also gets harder once you head into the national level.” He did not always have this easy of a time, though. His first year of eligibility was very overwhelming. He said that nerves were definitely an issue as he made his first steps into a collegiate event, but it gave him the experience to become a record-breaking athlete. Kirkland said that outdoor track might be his favorite of the two, but he views indoor track as a way to get in shape for what he will experience in the outdoor competitions. As it turns out, Kirkland was a young man coming to

SU in high school and competing in the state championships here, so when he decided to move on from his junior college days at Shaw University in North Carolina, he knew SU was the place to come. Kirkland said he feels blessed to be in the situation that he is in. He said that no matter what struggles one might have outside of the sport or school, one has to tell oneself that other people would kill to be in the position he is in at SU. The university has been a blessing to Kirkland and he has reciprocated his love by setting records for it. Kirkland will race and jump again with his teammates at the New Balance Collegeiate Invitational held next weekend, Feb. 3 and 4 in New York, N.Y. at the Armory Track and Field Center.

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Herman Kirkland is the No. 1 long jumper in the PSAC and No. 2 in Division II.

SPORTS January 31, 2012

Raudabaugh shatters record, team qualifies in distance relay

SU becomes first Division II school to acheive NCAA qualifier in DMR

On Friday, Jan. 27, the Shippensburg University women’s track and field team sent a small contingent to the Penn State Invitiational where the distance medley relay squad came away with its first NCAA provisional mark. It was already considered a successful week. However, Saturday, Jan. 28, would be even sweeter. On Saturday, senior Amanda Raudabaugh capped off the weekend by breaking the 22-yearold indoor school record in the 500 meters at Gerhard Fieldhouse as the women’s indoor track and field team wrapped-up competition at the Bison Opener picking up 21 PSAC qualifying marks.


Raudabaugh, racing with just two other competitors in the second of two heats, blazed around the track in 1:16.16. The old mark was held by 400-meter specialist Tina Butcher, who posted a time of 1:16.60 in 1990. Later in the day, Raudabaugh anchored the 4x400-meter relay squad. At the throws area, sophomore Sarah Brotzman achieved season personal records in the shot and weight, posting respective marks of 37 feet, 1 inch and 47 feet, 8 inches. Sophomore Carenna Neely picked up a season personal record with a mark of 46 feet, 7.5 inches. Freshman Lauren Ellsworth and junior Caitlin Stuetz picked up their

PSAC qualifiers in the 400 meters with Ellsworth posting a time of 59.72 seconds. Stuetz ran 1:00.34 and freshman Briana Fells finished in 1:00.81. Senior Lindsay Bingaman and freshman Cassie Van Etten picked up their PSAC qualifiers in the 800 meters while junior Ashley Fornshell completed the mile in 5:24.95. SU will send squads to the New Balance Games at the Armory in New York City and to the John Covert Classic held at Lehigh University on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information

Lindquist goes undefeated, SU goes 2-1 at Mid-Penn Duals Sophomore 157-pounder John Lindquist won all three of his matches on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28, as the Shippensburg University wrestling team went 2-1 at the Mid-Penn Duals, defeating Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Millersville University before dropping a dual meet to York College, from Pucillo Gymnasium at Millersville University. SU won eight of 10 bouts in the opener, four by forfeit, to take a 46-9 victory over Thaddeus Stevens. The Raiders jumped out to a 25-0 lead in the dual meet versus MU and took seven bouts en route to a 28-12 win. SU lost the third match, 23-12 to York. Lindquist recorded a 16-1 technical fall in his first match versus Thaddeus Stevens before taking 10-4 and 4-3 decisions

in the next two matches. Lindquist has won eight in a row and is now 10-3 on the season Sophomore 133-pounder Cody Myers, senior 184-pounder Tyler Zittle and freshman 165-pounder Neil Grudi all won their latter two bouts after earning forfeit victories versus Thaddeus Stevens. Myers earned 11-7 and 7-1 decisions, Zittle earned 2-1 and 9-4 decisions and Grudi had a 7-1 decision versus York as well as a fall at 2:19 over MU’s Brandon Vernali that clinched the victory. Grudi has now won five of his last seven bouts, while Myers ran his record to 14-2 on the season. Lindquist, Myers, Grudi and Zittle were the only Raiders to earn victories against York. Junior 141-pounder Si-

mon Rice wrestled against Thaddeus Stevens and MU and won both, earning 8-0 and 3-2 decisions to give himself a 10-10 record on the year. Sophomore 149-pounder Kenny Stank earned a 2-0 decision versus Thaddeus Stevens and a 16-3 major decision versus MU before dropping an 11-4 decision to York’s Chris Gugliotti. Junior heavyweight Dan Estricher earned a 19-2 technical fall win over Thaddeus Stevens’s Jacob Sentz before dropping back-to-back overtime decisions vs. MU and York, 2-1 and 4-2. SU will head to Erie next weekend. The Raiders will face Gannon at 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 3 and Mercyhurst at 1 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 4. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information


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SU senior Amanda Raudabaugh broke a 22-year-old record on Saturday.


E4 January 31, 2012

Making the cut: SU swim teams

Seven Raider men’s swimmers qualify for PSACs at the Navy Invitational in weekend action The Shippensburg University men’s swim team took to the pool for its last regular season competition before the PSAC Championships on Saturday at the Navy Invitational and recorded seven PSAC cuts from Lejeune Hall. In what was highly regarded as a successful run at the invitational, the men’s and women’s teams were able to produce the results they have worked extremely hard for all season. Juniors Eric Naylor and Sean Minford along with sophomore Ryan Westley

each recorded multiple cuts that met the PSAC qualifying standard. Naylor, swam the 100yard backstroke in 55.16 seconds the 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.18, and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.41 seconds. Minford’s time was 55.43 seconds for the 100-yard backstroke and later finished the 400-yard individual medley in 4:21.94 for an eighth-place finish. Westley continued to swim well in sprint freestyle events finishing the 50 in 21.93 seconds and the

100 in 48.23 seconds. The next three weeks will bring about hard preparation and resilience in order to train for the PSAC Championships. It will also be the last time the senior class has the chance to improve on their PSAC qualifying marks. The PSAC Championships will be held Feb. 1619 at Cumberland Valley High School in New Kingstown, Pa.

PSAC Qualifiers

Eric Naylor

100-yard Backstroke 100 yard-Butterfly 200 yard-Backstroke

Sean Minford

100-yard Backstroke 400-yard Individual Medley

Ryan Westley

100-yard Freestyle 50-yard freestyle

-Courtesy of SU Sports Information

Photo by Grimaldo Berrios

SU swimmers dive into the pool for a 200-yard breaststroke event at a race earlier this season. The Raiders qualified seven for PSACs.

SPORTS January 31, 2012

qualify for PSACs in 13 events

Women’s team earns six PSAC cuts at the Navy Invitational on Saturday The Shippensburg University women’s swim team earned solid relay performances and six PSAC cuts at the Navy Invitational from Lejeune Hall on Saturday afternoon in its last regular season competition before the PSAC Championships. The 200-yard medley relay team of senior Kate Johnson, senior Rachael Ballard, junior Julia Brownrigg and sophomore Julie Brown took SU’s only first place finish of the day after swimming a time of 1:51.19. Brown, senior Nicole Capozzi, freshman Jen Flinchbaugh, and Brownrigg led the 200-yard freestyle relay

team to a time of 1:38.89 and a second-place finish. A quartet of swimmers earned fifth-place finishes in separate events, each swimming respective times that earned them PSAC cuts. Brownrigg swam a 1:01.43 in the 100-yard backstroke and a 4:44.97 in the 400-yard Individual Medley, Ballard swam a 1:09.82 in the 100-yard breaststroke and Capozzi swam a 25.11 in the 50yard freestyle. Brown earned another PSAC cut in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:15.63 and a seventh-place finish. Capozzi also earned a second PSAC cut, this one in the 100-yard freestyle

with an eighth-place time of 54.81. Over the course of the next three weeks, SU will rigorously train and taper in preparation for the postseason. The PSAC Championships will be held Feb. 1619 at Cumberland Valley High School in New Kingstown. Swimmers will try to make their mark in the PSAC championships in order to reach the NCAA Championships that will be held March 14-17 in Mansfield, Texas.


PSAC Qualifiers

Julia Brownrigg

100-yard Backstroke, 400-yard Individual Medley

Julie Brown

200-yard Individual Medley

Rachael Ballard

100-yard Breaststroke

Nicole Capozzi

100-yard Freestyle, 50-yard Freestyle

-Courtesy of SU Sports Information

Photo by Grimaldo Berrios

Members of the SU women’s swim team race during the 100-yard freestyle during a meet in Heiges Field House in action earlier this season.


E6 January 31, 2012

Raiders lead strong second half Raiders continue dominance over comeback, defeat Wolves 82-75 Cheyney, secure lopsided victory MICHAEL SHIPMAN Staff Writer

Shippensburg University played to the very end again, and this time, the final outcome resulted in a Raider “W.” Things got started at Heiges Field House on Jan. 28 when Cheyney University sophomore forward Tyreese Oden fouled SU senior forward Will Royal, in which Royal put up the first two points of the game. Immediately afterward, CU junior guard Jason Sabb answered with a layup to tie the game at two. For the next few minutes of the game, it was just foul after foul by both teams, which kept the game close for a couple of minutes. Then, the Wolves turned all business. Senior guard Brandon Baylor made two of three free throws at the beginning of a 7-2 CU run. But the Raiders rallied, and at the seven-minute mark, and Reggie Charles tied the game at 21. The Wolves were not

done. Hoping to go into halftime with a commanding lead, CU once again stormed over SU, putting up an 8-3 run and sinking several three-pointers, giving them its largest lead of 12. SU was able to stay in the game heading into the half, with the help of a Charles layup at the buzzer. At the half, SU trailed CU, 43-35. It took over halfway through the second half, but the Raiders put together a rally and outscoed CU 47-32. The crowd began to show some life and spirit when Charles made a layup to give the Raiders their first lead of the half, 59-58. They never slowed down once after that. They took advantage of the clock and out-rebounded CU 41-27 in the game. The win was sealed when CU’s Jerrod Johnson fouled Royal, and he completed two free throws with just under one minute to go. “We played better defense. We took advantage of the clock,” SU coach Dave

Springer said.We’re a 6-13 team and we know that we have to win games. We want to win these games.” SU fell to East Stroudsberg last week after keeping it close the whole game. The Raiders came out on top this week after another close game. “I think we played a great game that day. They [East Stroudsburg] just got it, that’s all,” Springer said. “Our guys work so hard, and today they were able to finish it.” Royal led the Raiders in scoring with 22 points, including a solid 10-10 free throw stand. As for CU, Jason Sabb led the Wolves, scoring 35 points. The Raiders will look to make it two in a row when they travel to Kutztown on Feb 1. SU will look to improve its rank in the PSAC conference. SU can move up to fifth place in the PSAC with a victory over Kutztown University Golden Bears on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Tip-off is at 8 p.m..

Photo by Alexa Bryant

Senior forward Will Royal drives in for two against visiting Cheyney.

Behind Baker’s domination in the post, SU women overcome early deficit Bryan Obarowski Staff Writer

The Shippensburg Raiders women’s basketball team won its contest against the Cheyney UniversityWolves Saturday afternoon Jan. 28 at Heiges Field House. SU entered the game alternating wins and losses in its last seven contests, while the Wolves had yet to win a game this season. Of the nine losses SU has had; five have been by five or fewer points. SU won both of its games against CU last season, and would look to extend its win streak against them to three games. The game started in favor of the Wolves, with guard Aerie DeJesus sinking two consecutive 3-pointers. CU went on an 8-0 run to start the game when guard Dana

Wert broke the scoreless streak with a 3-pointer. SU could not find its stroke from the outside in the opening, and fell behind by nine halfway through the first half. After tightening the defense and limiting offensive rebounds, the Raiders began to work the ball inside the paint, where Monae Baker dominated, capitalizing on eight of 10 shots, as well as converting on six out of six free throws. The SU defense held the Wolves scoreless for almost three minutes, at which point SU took the lead, but the lead would not last long. At the halftime buzzer, the lead had shifted three times, with SU taking the lead into the locker room 34-31. The second half was very different, with the Raiders dominating all aspects of the game.

Sarah Strybuc started the second half off with a 3-pointer, which was immediately followed with a 3-pointer from CU’s Aerie DeJesus. SU held its lead throughout the entire second half and SU’s defense held the Wolves to a six minute scoring drought early in the half. At one point in the half, SU held a 26 point lead and did not look back. SU went on to win the game 71-53. In the previous two SU vs. CU games, the final scores were very similar with SU winning both games 77-51 and 76-51. The Raiders will be in action again at Kutztown on Feb. 1, and will return home on Feb. 4 to face Mansfield. SU is currently placed fourth in the PSAC East and must win both games to stay alive for the playoffs.

Photo by Sky Wagner

Monae Baker and the Raiders secured a double digit win on Saturday.

SPORTS January 31, 2012


NHL All-Star game over, The stars must be aligned back to the regular season for this year’s Super Bowl DAVE BROWN

Staff Columnist

With a 21 goal outburst over the weekend, the NHL All-Star game did not disappoint. Fans were introduced to the league’s newest hero “Super Kane” during the breakaway competition, and were reacquainted with the power

of the “Z factor,” as Zdeno Chara broke his own record with a blistering 108.8 mph shot in the hardest shot event. Team Chara won the AllStar game on Sunday afternoon 12-9 in front of an Ottawa crowd that would have preferred to see a different outcome. In the game spotlight this week: Tuesday, look for the Sedin brothers to get back to business, as the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks take to the ice against “Super Kane” who is without line mate Jonathan Toews. The two Sedin’s may prove to be Kryptonite, and the Canucks win this one 3-2 at home. Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals face division rival Florida in a

key showdown with outright first place on the line, Capitals by a goal, 3-2. Thursday, the Nashville Predators, bring “Slashville” to Broad Street in a showdown of East vs. West. With star defeneman Chris Pronger still out for the Flyers, look for All-Stars Giroux and Hartnell to carry the team for a victory and pick up a win, 4-2. Saturday and Sunday will be a test for the defending Cup Champion, Boston Bruins, as they are at home to Pittsburgh, and then traveling to Washington on Sunday. Expect a pair of losses for the Bruins, 3-2 and 4-2 respectively, as Malkin is hot as ever, and Ovechkin will be fresh off his suspension and ready to go.



Guest Columnist There is no superior team when deciding between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. However, football nerds like myself can not resist an opportunity to dissect the strengths and weaknesses of both conference champions. When the two teams meet in Lucas Oil Stadium for Super Bowl XLVI, keep the following points in mind. The Patriots have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Tom Brady, and he is aided by two excellent offensive weapons, wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been the key member of New England’s running back-bycommittee approach, while guards Brian Waters and Logan Mankins have partnered up to form one of the most fearsome guard duos in the league. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is building a Hall of Fame career this season, while defensive end Mark Anderson has been the team’s most efficient pass rusher. Bill Belichick has proven once again that he’s one of the greatest coaches in history, creating masterful game plans every week for each team he faces. One has to expect that he and the seven remaining Patriots from 2007’s squad will be out for revenge after Super Bowl XLII, and having the tape of the Week 9 meeting between these two teams will be his most valuable asset. However, if defense wins championships, the Patriots are doomed. The team allowed more passing yards than any other team in history. Left tackle Matt Light was awful against the Giants in the last Super Bowl they played, and there’s no consistent deep

threat on the team since wide receive Randy Moss departed. The linebackers are slow, the secondary has regressed and the best defensive back is actually a wide receiver. Star free agents Chad Ochocinco and Shaun Ellis have been largely ineffective. The Giants must be salivating at the thought of these individual matchups. Quarterback Eli Manning is playing as well as he ever has, and he’s got a receiving corps that rivals that of the Green Bay Packers. Defensive ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora were devastating the last time around, while Jason Pierre-Paul is better now than Michael Strahan was then. The effectiveness of these pass rushers allows the Giants to rush four players while dropping the other seven into coverage while still generating pressure. They are not perfect though. Manning’s offensive line has been porous at best throughout the season. There has been an enormous impact from injuries to both teams, but the early loss of key players arguably affected the Giants more. Their secondary is as weak as the Patriots, with the safeties being particularly bad. Revenge for the last Super Bowl match between these teams is something Patriots fans have relished for four seasons. If Wilfork, Anderson and linebacker Rob Ninkovich have breakout games, Manning will not have a second to get rid of the ball. The most intriguing match-up will be whoever lines up across left tackle David Diehl, unquestionably the Achilles heel of the Giants. Brady can and will take advantage of the weak secondary and inept linebackers. If Gronkowski is healthy you can ex-

pect him to be targeted throughout the game. Unfortunately, there are too many ifs for the Patriots to contend with. During their last meeting, wide receiver Victor Cruz was open on every play, even when Manning did not throw to him. Cruz ca not be jammed (not that the Patriots have anyone who can jam a receiver) and he can not be covered one-on-one. Even if he and fellow receiver Mario Manningham are blanketed, tight end Jake Ballard will victimize the defense just like he did in Week 9. In fact, the only reason that previous game was so close was because New York was missing its two best offensive weapons, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Their return on Feb 5 will likely make the game incredibly difficult for New England. It hurts my New England heritage, but I can not pick the Patriots at this juncture. This game has too many signs of a blowout. I have been needlessly cynical of this team throughout the season, particularly Light, but the individual match-ups are too big to ignore. The Giants have Umenyiora, Tuck, Pierre-Paul and outside linebacker Michael Boley; the Patriots have Light and a rookie who’s better suited to third string tight end than offensive tackle. The Giants have Cruz, Nicks, Manningham and Ballard; the Patriots have Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, James Ihedigbo and a sock puppet. I have to pick the Giants to win this game, and I am going to predict them to win it big. If New York can post an early lead, it may become insurmountable for New England. I’m calling it, 37-20, in favor of the Giants.


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C1 January 31, 2012

The Bergamot perform organic pop at McFeely’s Lauren Miscavage Asst. Copy Editor

The Bergamont duo performed what they call “organic pop” with a more natural sound in McFeely’s Coffeehouse on Friday, Jan. 27. The duo consists of Nathan Hoff and Jillian Speece, originally from Indiana. By the way they present themselves onstage, it is obvious that they have an unconditional love for performing and entertaining others with their musical talents and enthusiasm. The Bergamot opened their show with a song called “Linen” followed by some songs called “Shit, My World’s on Fire,” “It’s Gunna Be Me,” “A Love Like You,” “Shake Your Brotha,” “Railroad,” “Me and Roscoe,” “Candy Wrappers,” “Smoke and Fire” and more. They also excited the crowd when they covered popular songs such as “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, “Hey Ya” by OutKast, “Stand by Me” by John Lennon and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. While Speece played the tambourine and Hoff strummed the guitar and played the harmonica, the audience began to get more involved by clapping and singing. The duo was very intimate with the crowd as they answered questions between songs and gave out prizes.

When one thinks of the word “bergamot” it would not be surprising to see a puzzled look on his or her face, but Hoff and Speece proudly described how their name surfaced. A bergamot is the name of a citrus fruit grown in Italy, and they mentioned that the oil, which comes from the rind of an orange, has many positive attributes to it such as relieving stress, enhancing immune systems, brightening moods and bringing peace. When describing how they create their music, they emphasized that it differs from today’s pop music for a reason. “Our music differs from other pop artists or popular music because we do not do all of the processing that most pop artists do,” Speece said. “When we go in the studio, there’s a big difference because we don’t put all the vocoders or processors on our voices to make them sound digital or animated. What you hear on our album is what you come and hear live,” Speece said. “We call ourselves ‘organic pop’ because it doesn’t have all the processors or pretenses of mainstream pop,” Speece said. “Part of the fun is that nothing is going to be perfect,” Hoff said. “What is perfect in life? We try to be more honest and real to our listeners and I think that people get that that’s where we really devi-

ate much from mainstream pop,” he said. The Bergamot tends to write songs based on universal themes in order to reach-out to their listeners as well. They believe with these certain themes, it makes it easier to connect and be able to relate to the audience. The themes they use are love, a spiritual undertone and hope. “Very rarely do we write a song that doesn’t have much behind it,” Hoff said. “We don’t write unless we are inspired,” Speece added. “We will meet families on the road, we will meet individuals on the road, we will meet people who change us, we will see scenes that are the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen in your life. Those things inspire us, and you will get a song out of those,” Speece said. For this upcoming year, The Bergamot has said that they are living by a couple of quotes. “Make good choices, do good things and change the world,” Speece said. “And the second one, ‘If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space,” she said. The Bergamot also released exciting news that they will soon be opening for rock/pop artist Gavin DeGraw in the future. For more information on The Bergamot, check out

Photos courtesy of Lauren Cappuccio

Nathan Hoff and Jillian Speece performed in McFeely’s Coffeehouse on Friday night. The Bergamont duo graced SU students with what they called their “organic pop” music.

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Pet of the Week

To nominate your pet for Pet of the Week, contact Danielle at Slate.ShipLife@

Hi, my name is Cassius. I am a 13-week-old American Pitbull Terrier. I am very energetic and love to play with squeaky toys, ropes and frisbees. I love going to to the puppy park and playing with the new friends that I meet. My best friend is Auggie. We love running around the house, stealing each other’s toys and taking long naps together. I already know how to sit and lie down. I’m excited to learn all the other new tricks my owners want to teach me.

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Ray Cressler at the finish line of the Appalachian Trail at Mount Katahdin, Maine.

Photos courtesy of Ray Cressler

This is what Cressler called home from March 13, until Sept. 13 of 2009.

Shippensburg man accomplishes his goal of hiking the Appalachian Trail Danielle Halteman Ship Life Editor

Beginning on March 13, 2009, Ray Cressler began his dream journey of hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT). The AT starts in Springer Mountain, Ga. and ends in Mount Katahdin, Maine. The AT’s path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and is managed by the National Park Service along with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The entire trail is roughly 2,184 miles. “Everyone I met on the trail is out there for the same reason, which is to enjoy nature,” Cressler said.

“There is a sense of likemindedness,” Cressler recalls the first part of his trip being cold and wet, he struggled through until he got to Pennsylvania where his good friend Tony Bonitz decided to join him for 600 miles into Connecticut to keep him company. While living out in the wilderness, things like food and shelter are a necessity. “You just walk and wherever you find a clean source of water, that is where your bed is that night,” Cressler said. As for food, every five days with the help of his trail guide, Cressler was able to find a spot where he

could hitchhike into a town not far from the trail. There, he would stock up on dehydrated foods. Some of the items he lived on were beef jerky, evaporated milk, pouches of tuna, trail mix and pasta. Some hikers that Cressler met along the way owned their own food dehydrators. This allowed them to dehydrate all their food before the trip, and as they traveled, they could have their food sent to the nearest post office, allowing them to not have to carry an abundance of food. Cressler did use the help of his parents before the Hundred-Mile Wilderness which is the last full section

of the trail where access to food is not available. Cressler had his parents send him a package of food which he said looked small but was able to get him through until the end of his hike. While hiking the trail, Cressler also got to experience “trail magic.” This can be described as an unexpected blessing at a time of need. While in New Jersey, hiking the “agony grind,” which is a section of the trail that consists of many steep hills— Cressler was at a moral low when he spotted a pay phone. He immediately called his parents who were able

to give him the moral support that he needed to keep pushing through. Cressler said that people living near the AT will sit along the trail with food, beer, candy or anything else to create “trail magic” for those in need of it. During his hike through North Carolina in early April, Cressler experienced a major blizzard. He was able to find a hostel but there was no room for him. Instead by paying the hostel owners $5 Cressler was able to sleep in their barn and get a hot breakfast in the morning. While passing through Tennessee, Cressler decided to stop in at a small town

called Hot Springs. It was here that he and his fellow hikers were able to buy tickets to a catfish fry, and they were able to eat as much as they wanted. They also were able to watch the local daycare center put on a production of “Where the Wild Things Are.” “I liked that town so much I spent two days there. I could have just stayed and lived there,” Cressler said. Cressler encourages everyone to visit the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club’s website for more information about the AT or to find out how to volunteer to help preserve the AT.

SU grad student Michael Fauser chosen for museum internship program Shippensburg University graduate student Michael Fauser has been chosen to participate in the Lipper Internship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan. Fauser is one of 16 interns this semester who will learn how to teach 20th-century Jewish history and the Holocaust to young people. Since the Lipper program started in 1998, interns have worked with more than 50,000 students from

around the northeastern United States. Fauser is a graduate student studying applied history. As part of his training, he will study the museum’s exhibitions, hear testimonies from Holocaust survivors and attend seminars led by museum scholars. Once they have completed training, “Lippers” share the knowledge they have obtained with their communities’ schools by giving presentations on Jewish heritage and the Holocaust. After introductory ses-

sions, the interns bring groups of middle and high school students to the museum, where lessons are complemented by tours of the Museum’s Core Exhibition. Lippers return to the schools to discuss the material, encouraging students to share reactions and insights. Fauser feels strongly about educating all people about the Holocaust. “We must start with the children and begin to dismantle this framework of prejudice before

these ideas become second nature,”Fauser said. Chris Klumpp, a teacher at Windsor High School in Windsor, N.Y., praises the program as “a fantastic opportunity. The Holocaust is only briefly studied in our high school and this allowed students to gain a more personal grasp of this horrible event.” The Lipper Internship Program is made possible by a grant from the EGL Charitable Foundation. The museum’s exhibitions educate people of all ages and backgrounds

about the rich tapestry of Jewish life over the past century; before, during and after the Holocaust. Current special exhibitions include: “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” on view through Jan. 16, “Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles,” on view through December; and “Let My People Go!: The Soviet Jewry Movement, 1967-1989,” on view through April 29. It is also home to the award-winning Keeping History Center, an interactive visitor experience, and Andy Goldsworthy’s memo-

rial Garden of Stones. The museum offers visitors a vibrant public program schedule in its Edmond J. Safra Hall and receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Lipper Internship Program and other opportunities for students, please visit www.mjhnyc. org. -Courtesy of Betsy Aldredge

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Clifford the Big Red Dog pleased elementary and college students LAURA HOFFSTETTER A&E Editor

A big, red, furry friend came to entertain at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 28. Celebrating his 50th anniversary this year, Clifford has provided happiness to many people over the years. The original children’s book series written by Jeremy Dobrish was first published in 1963. The show openedup in the wintertime. Emily Elizabeth, played by Christina Rose Rahn, wanted a dog for Christmas. She finally convinced her parents to go look at potential dogs to bring home. There were four dogs that she had to choose from, and she chose a red dog, that was the runt of the litter. After bringing this new friend home to her city house, Emily Elizabeth started to engage the audience into the performance. She asked the children what she should name her dog, and the majority responded loudly with the name “Clifford.” She thought that name fit very well, and so she started

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to play with Clifford around the house. Clifford, a small and potentially harmless dog, decided to have some fun and hid under furniture. Emily Elizabeth asked for some help finding the dog, which, of course, led to lots of excitement from the children in the audience. After an exhausting first day with Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford went to bed. When she woke up the next morning, Clifford was huge. Her parents started to understand the warning about Clifford being the runt of the litter, seeing that he was 9 feet tall and 12 feet long. Emily Elizabeth’s parents realized that there was no way Clifford could stay in a house in the city, and so they made a decision to move to Birdwell Island. It would provide Clifford to play and run. The musical number “On Birdwell Island” provided lots of entertainment, because along with the actors and actresses dancing, Clifford danced along. Photo by Grimaldo Berrios The big red dog dancing along during this number Emily Elizabeth shows provided lots of laughter. Shortly after the family her excitement when moved, Emily Elizabeth her father tells her went to school. that she can get a dog She met her first friends, Charley and Jetta. Both for Christmas. Soon after, they go shopping of her friends also had dogs, and so Clifford, Cleo for the perfect puppy. and T-bone became doggie

friends. Even though Clifford was a large and lovable dog, he often found himself in a lot of trouble. He broke a traffic light in town. Emily Elizabeth was then forced to be responsible and write a letter to the mayor explaining what happened. Emily Elizabeth brought Clifford in for show-and-tell. The teacher was amazed by his size, but enjoyed his lovable qualities. The school welcomed Emily Elizabeth and Clifford even though he was a huge and crazy dog. The show was certainly directed toward children,

but also taught many values that everyone needs to be reminded of–responsibility, friendship and love. After portraying these values in the show, the parents show their enthusiasm and pride in Emily Elizabeth for raising and training a unique dog. “Clifford the Big Red Dog TM- Live!” was an exciting show for the audience, but production stage manager, Derek Johnson, also found the performance exciting. “The kids are the most exciting part for me. When you get the kids’ reaction, it’s a reaction like no other for the adults. It’s emotional because it’s encouraging to see everyone’s initial reaction to Clifford,” Johnson said. The dynamic of the children’s show was intriguing because of the engagement that the writers put into the show. “Anytime we can break the fourth wall is incredible. I don’t think you should do a children’s show without talking to the audience,” Johnson said. The excitement that the audience brought only added to the enthusiasm of the cast, which made the performance very successful. Shippensburg University enjoyed Clifford’s presence and wishes him well on his next adventures to Canada.


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practice with the costumes and lights.” The last question I asked him was “How many kids see the show at one time?” He responded, “As many as 1800 kids when they have a school performance.” He told me that Clifford’s tail is hard and strong and it can knock a lot of stuff over. Derek even got hit in the head by Clifford’s tail three times. I learned that the show travels as far as Austin, Texas, and St. Louis, Mo. This show began on Jan. 6 and is a new story with new music. He told me that no one has ever heard this music before, which makes the show more fun.

On Saturday, I went to the Clifford show on campus with my dad and my little sister, Nora. It started at Christmas when Emily Elizabeth wanted a dog for Christmas. She asked her parents for a dog and they said, “No. A dog takes a lot of responsibility.” She asked them again and they gave up and said, “Yes.” In the pet store they had to pick between three dogs, but then she saw the runt. The manager said that was not the best choice for a little girl, but Emily Elizabeth insisted on it. She asked the audience “What -Karsten Braun is a should I name my dog?” and everybody yelled “Clifford!” third-grader at the Grace B. That night, while Luhrs Elementary School everyone slept, Clifford grew enormous. When they woke up they were very surprised to find Clifford was 9 feet tall. They could not live in the city anymore so they moved to Birdwell Island and that was the start of Clifford’s new life. The part that I thought was funniest was when they were chasing Clifford around the house (when he was still small). I liked T-bone and Cleo, too. They were controlled by people wearing black clothes. T-bone and Cleo were large puppets. They were funny, too. After the show, we went to talk to the stage manager, Derek Johnson. I asked him a few questions. I asked him, “How does Clifford see where he is going?” Photo by Grimaldo Berrios “I’m afraid that I can’t tell you that because it’s a trade secret,” Johnson said. Slate A&E Editor, But, he did tell me that Clifford is 9 feet tall and Laura Hoffstetter 12 feet long and that his and Karsten and Nora costume weighs about 110 Braun pose for a pounds. My dad says that Clifford in all weighs about picture after viewing the Clifford the Big 450 pounds. Another question I asked Red Dog performance him is, “How long does it take them to learn their at the H. Ric Luhrs Center. lines?” Derek responded, “About two weeks to learn lines then two more weeks to


D2 January 31, 2012

Everyone deserves a second chance He gives it all away for free BRITTON KOSIER Staff Writer

Keep that age-old rule in mind when you take my advice of giving 26-year-old rapper and Pennsylvania native Asher Roth another chance. Roth does not deserve that much blame for his critically-acclaimed, commercial hit “I Love College”, which sold over 1 million downloads in 12 weeks. The single spoke more for the person Roth was at the time. He was a budding artist who left West Chester University to pursue music. Many critics deemed Roth’s first album “Asleep in the Bread Aisle” as just a commercial summer CD designated for frat houses. The April 20 release, collegeparty based music videos and “I Love College” single was a testimony of good marketing to a targeted audience by Scooter Braun, the former vice president of marketing for So So Def Recordings and the man who discovered Roth. If you would ask anyone if they have grown as a person since 2009, I am guessing a majority of them would say they have in some way. Roth’s growth from early 2009 was apparent on the release of his EP, with underground rapper/ producer Nottz Raw, wittily titled “The Rawth EP.” Roth proved he truly found his style on “The

Rawth EP.” He continued to connect to the audience that relates to him so easily, but in a way where he asks you to grow as a person just like he did as an artist. On the track “Nothing You Can’t Do,” Roth asks, “But without all the bills in the mail, what would you do if you could not fail?” It was not long after “The Rawth EP” dropped that Roth announced in an interview he would be releasing a mixtape titled “Pabst & Jazz.” “Pabst & Jazz” was composed of three days worth of sessions he recorded with Chicago production duo Blended Babies and contains numerous underground features. “Pabst & Jazz” is exactly what it sounds like—a beer and some smooth horns over some even smoother

basslines. The lyrical roller coaster Roth takes you on over jazzy beat after jazzy beat is a lot to digest on the first listen. After a few replays and rewinds, you can see that Roth’s talent is undeniable with a style unmatched in today’s sometimes depressing state of hip-hop. Roth’s best attribute is his ability to accept who he is and to connect with his audience by just being real. Roth advocates honesty by using the sampled chorus in the song “Hard Times,” as it sings, “My mother told me never to tell, a dirty old lie…just to get ahead.” I recommend and endorse Roth’s “Pabst & Jazz” mixtape, but I almost feel wrong not calling it an album with the originality that oozes from start to finish.

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Electronic Dance Music has been sneaking its way into the mainstream recently. We hear it in commercials for cameras, movies and even make-up. Leaders in the EDM scene include Bassnectar, Skrillex, Avicii, Steve Aoki and Tiesto. One artist you will not find at the top of the iTunes charts is a man named Derek Vincent Smith, also known as Pretty Lights. Why will you not find his music at the top of the leading music provider’s charts? Pretty Lights does not believe in charging his fans for his music. That is right, it is free (a term you do not hear very often these days). His music is available on his website www.prettylightsmusic. com. Pretty Lights began making music in 2005-06 and started his own record label in 2010-11, Pretty Lights Music. His label holds other artists such as Michal Menert, Paper Diamond, Break Science, Gramatik, Paul Basic and Supervision. Within the year 2011, Pretty Lights has toured all over the United States. Playing at summer music festivals such as Bonnaroo in Tennessee where he dropped his hit “I Know the Truth” and displayed his new set and light show.

Rock band shows support of Shippensburg family Local rock band Big Marge and arts organization Post Now PA are pulling together their resources for a Benefit Rock Show to raise funds for the residents of 130 E. Garfield St. who lost their home and possessions in an early January fire. The event will take place Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at The Though Lot at 37 E. Garfield St., Shippensburg, Pa. Admission is a minimum $10 donation with larger donations appreciated and 100 percent of all money

raised going to the families of 130 E. Garfield St. The event will feature five local bands including Eighteen Hundred and Frozen to Death, Big Marge, The Lugosi’s, Shredfyre and The Civil. “The event is going to be awesome. There are a lot of people in need and it’s definitely going to help with everyone’s needs,” said fire victim, Shawn Keating. “I’m highly anticipating this event and am extremely thankful for

everyone’s generosity,” Keating said. If you cannot make it to the event you can still contribute. An account has been set up at F&M Trust and checks made out to “Fire Victims of 130 E. Garfield St.” can be mailed to: Ship Cares attn: “Fire Victims” 53 W. King St. Shippensburg, PA 17257. Additionally, The Thought Lot will be open all day Saturday, Feb. 4 to accept monetary or clothing donations.

Donations are open at this time. For more information, to RSVP and to help spread the word visit www.ShipCares. com. For questions or businesses looking to sponsor this event contact Anthony Adams (717) 5525182 or contact@ShipCares. com. -Courtesy of Post Now PA

He played for two hours over his set time and stated at the end, “I wish I could rock with ya’ll ‘til mutha f---ing lunchtime.” He also headlined Camp Bisco in New York and All Good in West Virginia, where he played another single, “Country Roads,” a tribute to John Denver. At Lollapolooza in Illinois, he was shut down during his set because Chicago has strict laws preventing outdoor music past 10 p.m. Pretty Lights ended 2011 with a two-day New Year’s Eve bash in his home state, Colorado, with the rest of his Pretty Lights Music crew. During the 2012 summer music festival season, he is booked to headline in Arkansas and Summer Camp Festival in Illinois.

Enough of the Pretty Lights history lesson though. Was it mentioned that his music is free? Pretty Lights releases short EP’s on his site instead of posting entire new albums. This way he can play new tracks at shows to keep fans coming back, because this is the way he makes a profit. “I feel like what I’m doing is going to have its part in the transformation of the music industry,” he said. “The whole music industry is on shaky ground. I’m just another person trying to find my footing,” Smith said in an interview with With the threats of SOPA taking over the Internet, maybe it is a good idea Pretty Lights is trying to change the way artists handle their music.

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Legendary soul singer dies at age 73 Erin Townsen Staff Writer

Legendary soul singer Etta James died on Jan. 20, 2012, at Parkview Community Hospital, Ca., from complications with leukemia. James, born Jamesetta Hawkins on Jan. 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, began singing gospel for her church choir as a child. By her teenage years she formed a girl-group by the name of The Peaches and begged Johnny Otis to audition them and take the group under his wing. The Peaches were signed to Modern Records and gave Jamestta Hawkins her stage name, Etta James. Over James’ prosperous 40-year career she recorded hits such as “Dance With Me, Henry,” “I’d Rather Go Blind” and “At Last”. James is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and 2008, and was ranked 22nd on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Funeral services were held for James on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena. The Rev. Al Sharpton was the officiator at the service for James and read a message from President Barack Obama at the end of his statements. Christina Aguilera, who said that she has been performing “At Last” on her tours throughout the past decade, paid tribute to James at the service. Stevie Wonder also paid tribute to James by performing three songs, including “Shelter in the Rain” accompanied by a harmonica solo. James died with her husband Artis Mills and sons Donto and Sametta James by her side. James is quoted as saying to CNN’s Denise Quan in 2002, “Most of the songs I sing, they have that blue feeling to them. They have that sorry feeling, and I don’t know what I’m sorry about. I don’t!” James didn’t have to be sorry about anything; she still made her way into the hearts and souls of people all across the world.


D3 / Who’s Not!

Katrina Panasiuk Opinion Editor

Who’s Hot? Matthew Broderick returns his iconic character Ferris Bueller for a Honda segment during the Superbowl commercials. The advertisement is already being aired on media sites, getting plenty of pregame chatter. Bueller’s unforgettable sense of humor makes this segment a must see that will briefly suspend some of the sport’s tension.

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Who’s Not! An unspoken race continues in the world of journalism to be the first to deliver the news. CBS blogger Adam Jacobi learned the hard way of the importance of fact checking. Jacobi tweeted Joe Paterno’s death 12 hours before the former PSU football coach died. CBS fired him shortly after the accusation. Perhaps the ex-blogger should look into fortune telling.


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