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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

SGA holds meeting in Shippensburg University’s Gilbert Hall Matthew Unger Asst. Web Director

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The annual ACT Rally was held during Diversity Week this year and ACT unveiled the “A Quilt to Cover Us All” project. The 100-panel quilt was created by different student groups to show SU’s diversity.

ANNUAL ACT RALLY: A quilt to cover us all is a ‘mosaic of diversity’ Henry Mooney Asst. News Editor

There was an air of appreciation during this year’s ACT Rally. ACT, standing for Ask, Communicate and Teach Tolerance, is a campaign at Shippensburg University that seeks to stimulate healthy conversations about race and confront racial injustice. This year’s ACT rally also coincided with Diversity Week, an event that seeks to represent Shippensburg University’s mantra of “One Campus, Many Cultures.” The focal point of this event was the 100-panel quilt put together by different student groups and organizations from the university. Outside Gilbert Hall, students and faculty alike gathered to appreciate the quilt

that had been sewn together by the many student groups and organizations at Shippensburg University. The ACT rally had a large variety of speakers this year, including SU President, Charles Patterson; Kapri Brown, Assistant to the Director in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs; Lance Hines-Butts, Shippensburg University student; Manuel Ruiz, Director for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity; and Diane Jefferson, Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Each speaker had their own remarks on Diversity Week and what it meant to them. Brown began the event with an opening statement about the quilt on display. “This quilt represents the unity at Shippensburg we

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have here,” Brown said. Next to speak was the Patterson. Patterson had insights and appreciation about Diversity Week. He also had specific remarks about the quilt that was the star of the event. “This quilt wraps itself around this family that I’ve become a part of,” Patterson said. Patterson gave advice on how students can become more connected to others on campus. “We have to have uncomfortable conversations, but good conversations,” Patterson said. He said it best when he called the quilt a “mosaic of diversity.” After the president, Lance Hines-Butts took the stage. Hines-Butts was the student who created diversity week on campus. At the event, he

recalled the amount of work it took to get Diversity Week off the ground and make it what it is today. He spoke about the long hours and huge amounts of work required to get Diversity Week to work. “Diversity Week isn’t an idea, it’s a vision,” HinesButts said. At the height of the rally is when Hines-Butts asked the crowd to form a circle and hold hands with someone they did not know. He used this circle as an example to demonstrate the diversity on campus. The final speaker was Diane L. Jefferson, the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs on campus.

Keeping with their initiative to “reach out to students where they are,” the Student Government Association (SGA) held their Oct. 7 meeting in Gilbert Hall, the home of Multicultural Student Affairs. Riley Brown, SGA president, began the meeting thanking members of the SGA for their continued work. “It’s great to be here in Gilbert Hall. I’m very excited that we were able to come here,” Brown said. “We are in Diversity Week, which is great to see as well, seeing our ‘one campus, many cultures’ theme throughout the week with all of the different events going on.” Brown reminded those in attendance that SGA is continuing to reach out to students to hear concerns and to create tangible solutions as part of SGA’s 12 committee structure.

During the officer reports, Chase Slenker, the vice president of budget and finance, said mandatory budget training for student groups is in November. Multiple items of importance were brought up during the meeting. The need for increased vaccination rates on campus, the need for more membership on the food committee and the importance of mental well-being among students on campus were all discussed. Four motions that passed during the meeting granted committee voting rights to members of the Student Life Committee, the Info Technology Committee, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee. Another motion approved a conference allocation request for the Disciple Makers’ fall conference. The next SGA meeting will be held on Oct. 28.

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The quilt, made of more than 100 hand-sewn panels, seeks to represent the vast diversity of Shippensburg University

Manuel Ruiz seeks to empower students and promote diversity Henry Mooney Asst. News Editor

Shippensburg University recently hired a new Director for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. Manuel Ruiz has worked in higher education for 20 years, and before coming to SU, worked at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. “I’ve been here for six weeks and I thoroughly enjoy it here,” Ruiz said. His office “handles all things diversity related,” he said. When asked why he wanted to work at SU, Ruiz spoke highly of the school. “It aligns with my interests. I love the institution. I like its mission statement of putting students first. Without students, we don’t run an institution,” he said. Ruiz shared the question that will shape the focus of his work, “We have some-

Manuel Ruiz thing good here, but how do we make it better? That’s what this administration is looking at currently.” He is very focused on making himself available for students to speak with and wants to build meaningful relationships within the campus. “I think students appreciate when you are authentic and transparent with them,” Ruiz said, “I think

it’s important that students see that human side of us.” Ruiz wants students to feel comfortable talking to him, and wants to create an open community for students and faculty on campus. “My mission is to empower students to step out of their comfort zone and be comfortable with the uncomfortableness,” Ruiz said. His mission is also to empower students to understand internationality on campus. To fulfill this goal, Ruiz will need the help of students.“I want students to be change agents,” Ruiz said, “I need students to be willing to engage in critical discourse and be transparent.” He wants students to “live and breathe the message of this institution.” Ruiz is very focused on student engagement on campus. Student involvement is important to him, and is

critical for Ruiz to reach his goals. Ruiz talked about what he plans to do during his tenure. He wants to instate the first social justice institution on campus for student leaders as well as faculty. In addition, he plans to introduce a new event on campus: “Social Justice Talks.” The talks will be confidential and provide students with a space to ask questions, share experiences and learn from each other. “It’s important to have a presence in any role. It’s important that you get out and listen to students,” Ruiz said. He plans to instate these Social Justice Talks after fall break, and they will be open to any and all students. Ruiz has a challenge and a piece of advice for every student here, “Do something that you’ve never done, and it will be life changing.”



October 12, 2021

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Commentary: Yes, your vote matters from presidential to municpal elections

Police respond to an accident on I-81 Police responded to a report of an accident on the left lane of I-81 northbound, Greene Township in Franklin County. At 11:36 a.m., the driver of an International Harvester LF627 stopped as a result of road maintence taking place. When the driver was able to move again, the vehicle rolled back 10 feet into the front end of the car behind it. There were no known or reported injuries, and both vehicles were able to drive from the scene.

Car accident requires vehicle to be towed from scene The state police responded to an accident on Rock Hill Road this past week. At 7:41 a.m., the driver, Craig Koons, veered off of the road and struck a utility pole on the east side of the road. The driver did not suffer any injuries as a result of this crash. The vehicle then had to be towed from the scene of the accident.

Head-on collision requires police reponse and hospitlization A crash occurred at 6:24 a.m. in front of a residence on Baltimore Pike in South Middleton Township. One driver attempted to pass the car ahead of them without checking if they could make the pass safely. As the driver attempted to make the pass, they collided with a vehicle heading toward them in the opposite lane. Both vehicles were undriveable after the accident, and both drivers were hospitalized with minor injuries.

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As municipal elections draw closer and closer, time grows shorter for voters to register and mail in their absentee ballots. Municipal elections put people into positions that affect our everyday life. The people elected are faces we see on the street. From school board to district attorneys, this election will determine the political course of our hometowns. This time last year, America was in a frenzy as it prepared for the 2020 presidential election. During the month leading up to the 2020 presidential election, The Slate had advertisement’s encouraging voter registration and participation. For three weeks last October, The Slate had a voting ad that spanned the length of its front page. As November approaches, I am worried that voters will not have the same fervor for municipal elections. This vote may not look as flashy and feel as high stakes as a presidential

election, but they are just as important. The changes and improvements we want in our daily lives can be determined during these elections. Right now, in my hometown of York, a battle over the Central School Board is raging. The current board banned several books about racism and racial justice, upsetting many people. A group of people running for school board have made reversing this ban one of the core pieces in their campaign. What youth in the Central School District will be allowed to read in their classrooms will be decided during municipal elections. This is the battle of just one county in the state, so how many others are raging as we creep closer to the Nov. 2 finish line? Issues from parks and recreation to issues of social justice are up in the air right now. Giving into the myth of “my vote doesn’t matter” or “my voice is just one in thousands, it won’t count” only serves to hurt our communities. That said, there are some who refrain from voting because of voter suppression or obstacles to physically getting to the polls, and other socially and politically complicated reasons. For those who do not vote because their singular vote

feels weak, I implore you to reconsider. One voice alone doesn’t win an election, but multiple voices do. Seek out others who are working toward the goals that you align with. Few things in life are accomplished by a singular person’s effort and willpower. You might be surprised by how many other people will vote the same way as you. In fact, just check out some of your local campaigns to see the number of people who have pledged to back them. No matter your part, get out there and vote. If your vote doesn’t end up on top, that’s not the end. While it is vitally important for Americans to exercise their right to vote, there are other ways we can contribute to democracy after the ballots are cast. One of the most interactive ways is to volunteer time and help out a local political campign. You can also read up about current political issues and debates. Then you can make informed decisions and engage in structured discussions. But for now, I hope you make it to the polls. Editors Note: The author is related to an individuall running for the Central School District school board.

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Last month was the 35th warmest and 8th wettest September in Shippensburg since 1932.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise among vaccinated in PA Michael Rubinkam Associated Press

The proportion of COVID-19

infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated Pennsylvania residents rose sharply last month, reflecting the fact that a higher percentage of the population has now gotten the shot but also likely that protection has waned somewhat, state health officials said Friday. The latest Department of Health data on so-called infections “breakthrough” shows that between Sept. 5 and Oct. 4, vaccinated people represented just over a quarter (26%) of more than 135,000 new infections and nearly 5,000 hospital admissions across the state. Death statistics for the last 30 days were not available because of lags in reporting and verification. When the Health Depart-

ment released its initial set of data on breakthrough cases Sept. 14, just 6% of cases and 5% of hospitalizations since January were among vaccinated residents. As more people get vaccinated, the number of vaccinated people who contract the virus and wind up in the hospital will inevitably represent a greater share of the overall total. State health officials cited that mathematical certainty but also the rise of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, along with waning immunity among some populations that have received the vaccine. “The vaccines were designed to prevent severe illness and hospitalization, but no vaccine is 100%,” the state’s acting physician general, Dr. Denise Johnson, said in a phone interview. “As we have more people vaccinat-

ed, there will be more cases in those vaccinated people. It doesn’t mean the vaccines aren’t working. They’re working as designed.” The situation in Pennsylvania mirrors what is happening nationally. Breakthrough cases accounted for 14% of U.S. hospitalizations and 16% of deaths in June and July, about twice the percentage as earlier in the year, according to a study released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At a press briefing Friday, Johnson said state officials are seeking to learn more about Pennsylvania’s breakthrough cases, including the length of time that people had been vaccinated before getting infected, whether they had underlying health conditions that increased the risk, and their age. She said the data reinforced

the case for booster shots. Last month, U.S. health officials approved a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for all Americans 65 and older, along with higher-risk younger people. “We know that the vaccines do give a great measure of protection,” Johnson said. “Even now, with the delta variant, with the waning immunity, the cases that we have, the hospitalizations that we have, people who are really ill, are still largely the unvaccinated.” Separately, Commonwealth Partners, a free-market advocacy association based in Harrisburg, released weekly Health Department data that it obtained through an open-records request that showed similar increases in cases and hospitalizations among vaccinated people, along with rising deaths. Those statistics covered a pe-

riod between late April and late August and showed the spikes were particularly pronounced after delta became the dominant strain of the virus. About a third of the state’s deaths from early July to mid-August were among vaccinated residents. Gina Diorio, the group’s public affairs director, accused the administration of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of seemingly concealing the more recent COVID-19 trends when state health officials released the first batch of breakthrough data last month. “In September, (the Health Department) had to know that the current numbers were different from what they were releasing. Why not give Pennsylvanians current info? What’s to hide?” Diorio said. “Ultimately, this is about transparency. It shouldn’t have taken a Right-

to-Know request for the Wolf administration to release this info to the public.” Johnson said the focus last month was on gathering and analyzing voluminous yearto-date data on breakthrough infections, which she called a “huge lift for us,” with a lot of manual work involved. She said it wasn’t a policy choice. “It was just a stepwise process for us, to get the huge backlog of data first and then try to analyze it and parse it out later. It just took us a lot of work to get there,” she said. Over the last month and since the beginning of 2021, the state’s data indicates that Pennsylvania residents who remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus were far more likely to contract COVID-19, become hospitalized and die than those who got the shot.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021



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Facebook’s outages show larger issues with those who rely on its services Social media, which allows us to keep in touch with distant friends and family, has now grown into an essential media and entertainment tool on a global scale. Which makes Facebook’s outages last Monday a big issue. Facebook‘s other apps Instagram and What’s App were also unavailable for several hours. Outages like this could lead to irreparable damage to small businesses that rely on these apps. Facebook‘s outage occurred when a line of code went awry during planned maintenance and led to a system shutdown and lockout that took several hours to fix. It also led to further outages throughout the

week with users still experiencing issues as late as last Friday. Normally it would not be such a big deal, as sites go down from time to time. The difference is that Instagram and Facebook are for advertising and businesses over the past decade. Instagram alone made an estimated $32 billion in 2020. This particular outage is estimated to cost Facebook billions in losses. From a media standpoint, this whole situation shows just how much power Facebook holds. With a touch of a button, it can take down two of the biggest social media platforms. It’s not only scary for journalists

and media outlets, but to advertisers and large corporations that invest millions into these platforms. An entire industry sprouted up around things like targeted ads for readers and creators on these sites. Social media is how most people get their news, giving these companies massive influence on news media. When you can post whatever you want on social media and the only governing body of these posts is a multi-billion dollar organization and its moderation team, there will automatically be a chance for minor manipulation. Going forward, hopefully Facebook will put more

precautions in place to prevent future issues like the outages. If outages continue, it may lead to irreparable damage to businesses that rely on social media marketing. This leaves us with a few big questions: Does Facebook hold too much power? Do we rely too much on social media? Do outages become a bigger problem as these social networks continue to grow, adding more moving parts? Ask people you know what they think about these outages and how it might affect them going forward. Because social media is somthing that is now a part of our daily lives.

Letter to the Editor: A response to “Covid-19: Does SU Really Care?” Connor Niszczak Guest Contributor

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the opinion piece published on Oct. 5, 2021, titled “COVID-19: Does SU Really Care?” by Emily Dziennik. I was shocked while reading this piece, I could not believe that a student was advocating for a return to the conditions of the 2020-2021 year, a time I’m sure all of us would agree was the most difficult of our academic lives. The student claimed that professors and students are “forced to be here in person,” but doesn’t this imply that a substantial portion of the SU community was fighting for an online option to remain in place? College students and faculty across the country wanted this academic year to be a return to normal, which was especially evident here at home by the initial plan to have a mask-free environment for vaccinated individuals for the fall semester. The author speaks of “cleaning my laptop and water bottle with Lysol wipes,” an extreme and unnecessary step as it is statistically rare for COVID to spread through surfaces. I can understand still worrying about the risks of COVID, but we are in a much better place than last year. If you truly feel unsafe on campus, there is always the option to take a gap year and return when COVID becomes less of a concern. No one is “forced” to be here. The author said that SU has “regressed to what campus looked like in spring 2020,” only now “we know what works to prevent [the] spread, we just aren’t doing it.” This is just not true. Of course, masks are still required indoors across campus. SU knows that vaccination is the key to fighting the spread of COVID. Seeing as the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, per an August article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, “maintains that its schools would need legislative approval to require vaccinations,” the most they can do is

continue to offer on-campus vaccination clinics. I believe that vaccinations should be mandated as the selfishness of those on-campus and throughout Pennsylvania that refuse to do the simple, safe task of getting vaccinated continues this now preventable pandemic, but that seems unlikely to happen. I wholeheartedly agree with this author’s claim that SU has “a weak mask mandate students don’t follow.” Every day, I see maskless students in Reisner common areas and have seen Freshens employees in casual conversation with maskless male students who clearly don’t care about their active violation. Dining services staff already have enough on their plate with staffing shortages, but they must be stronger in enforcing the mask requirement. SU has not handled COVID perfectly, but no one has. Canceling “big on-campus events,” putting “social distancing measures back in place in all classrooms” and reducing the number of seats in dining halls would unnecessarily prolong our suffering. Shippensburg University is moving forward; there’s no reason to look back.

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Unless you’re a member of the Audubon Society, you’re about to learn more about woodpeckers than you ever thought you’d know. Or care to. I hate those detective shows where they say, “I’m sorry for your loss.” But yeah, it’s like that. I’m REALLY sorry for your loss because, I don’t know how to break it to you, but Woody Woodpecker is dead. He’s been officially declared extinct by a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which keeps track of such things. Amy Trahan wrote the official report on the demise of the ivory-billed woodpecker the species that was the model for Universal Studios’ character Woody, of “Hehheh-heh-HEH-heh” fame. He (or she) is not to be confused with the pileated woodpecker, which makes more of a jackhammer sound as he scrounges for bugs (don’t we all) in a tree’s bark. This is the genuine Woody, an ivory-billed. He hasn’t been seen, that we know of, since back in 2005 in Arkansas. He (or she) was unmistakable. He was a big bird. In fact, (choose your pronoun) was nicknamed “The Lord God Bird,” because when people saw one they’d exclaim, “Lord God! What a bird!” But 2005 was the last time and long enough. “He no longer exists,” said Ms. Trahan. And she checked the box for “delist based on extinction.” Since 1973, when Congress passed the Endangered Species Act, 54 plants and animals have been delisted, but millions more are expected in the coming decade. That’s because of various human abuses, including hunting, property development, mining and the biggie, the double-C, climate change. Oh, thank heaven, you were worrying that I was writing an ornithology column, not a political one. But here I am on familiar turf, where everyone agrees that

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global warming is an urgent problem, a disaster, actually, except for the miners, energy conglomerates, all the other special interests and the mealy-mouthed politicians who represent constituencies they rely on to get them re-elected instead of trying to save the entire planet. Woody is just a canary in a coal mine (more like a woodpecker, really) a warning of pending doom. How about record-setting heat waves, hurricanes, floods and massive droughts at the same time, and glaciers falling off and slush where frozen oceans used to be? One problem is that climate is worldwide; it’s not a national issue. If one country decides to ignore it or doles out a weak response, particularly if motivated by economic concerns, another country cannot make up for it. If a demagogue leader can’t see the political or fundraising benefit of going against powerful special interests, the cheap shot artist can easily ridicule what’s necessary to reverse climate change. Donald Trump spewed carbon over the entire concept. Joe Biden turned around most of what Trump did, but it wasn’t nearly enough to change the relentless heating up of Earth. That is going to take genuine sacrifice or ingenuity. Otherwise, by midcentury (mid this century) our cities will be flooded with the melt from nonfrozen tundras far away, that are nowhere near as distant. And at the same time, the desert will be expanded. Unless we take meaningful action and by “meaningful” I mean universal solar and wind energy, along with hydrogen batteries, along with relocating where the coal is NOT and the whole gamut of traditional fuels and all of us, not just a few of us, think outside the box, we will wallow in fire. It will be too late to save Woody Woodpecker, or Sammy Salmon or, for that matter, Harry or Harriet Human. Bob Franken is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who covered Washington for more than 20 years with CNN.

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Pie an RA for SCRC Olivia Wilson

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Throughout the past week, resident assistants Alycia LaLuz and David Maldonado travelled across Shippensburg University campus selling $2 shaving cream pies in order to raise money for the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition (SCRC). The homecoming court announced its selection of the charity on Monday, Oct. 4, and dedicated all proceeds of their sales to the cause. Originally founded in 2010, the SCRC works to provide safe and accessible services and youth programs to communities. The members aspire to help each person in their community see their worth and reach their full potential. Since Shippensburg falls between

Franklin and Cumberland counties, community members can have a difficult time finding resources, and some of these county’s resources do not extend to Shippensburg. The SCRC works with existing stakeholders to meet educational and community needs not currently met. Some of the programs and service activities provided by SCRC include youth summer scholarship programs, youth food security programs, a teen leadership club and a food service called Hound Packs, which provides food-insecure students with backpacks of meals for each weekend. In order to raise money for SCRC, homecoming court members LaLuz and Maldonado have gone across campus holding their “Pie an RA” event. “I wanted to do a ‘Pie an RA!’ event ever since I became an RA in 2019. However, with

getting sent home early my first year and COVID restrictions my second as an RA it wasn’t until this year that I had the opportunity to combine that idea with raising money for Homecoming,” LaLuz said. They went to each dorm selling students $2 shaving cream pies, informing them they can pick any RA working at the table to pie. Though they are RAs for McCune Hall, they went to RAs from other dorms to help with the cause so that students can choose to pie their own RA. As well as selling pies to students, Maldonado set up a to raise money. Their goal is to raise $1,000 by homecoming weekend. To support the cause, visit: For more information on SCRC, visit: www.shipresources. org

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McCune residents pied the RA of their choice outside resident halls on Oct. 4 to raise money.

Recipe of the Week: Austin’s Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Austin Trevino

Ingredients: - Full rack of pork ribs - 1/4 cup garlic salt - 1 cup water - A 2 inch pan

Directions: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. 2. Wash ribs removing blood, fat, and any excess from the packing process. 3. Rub down both sides with a healthy coating of garlic salt. 4. Add the ribs to the 2-inch pan along with the cup of water. 5. Let the ribs cook in the oven for 3-4 hours. The ribs should have a crispy exterior. 6. Flip the ribs after 2 hours. 7. Serve over rice or with a side salad.

Horoscopes By Two Mean Scorpios

Aries: Give teamwork a try; your sole view is not the only correct answer. As four planets move into your seventh house it may feel better to release the reins a bit. Don’t jump into commitment during the Mercury retrograde (but maybe keep it casual for once). Taurus: This week is even busier for you than last week as four planets move into your sixth house of work. Declutter your unorganized life while the Sun in Libra moves into the sixth house of wellbeing. Mercury retrograde will cause challenges for you to overcome. Gemini: Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in retrograde, so avoid buying new technology until after Oct. 18. However, as the moon moves into Libra, your fifth house of leisure will open you up to new relationships. Mind your boundaries, we all know how you can be (and Mercury is the planet of communication). Cancer: Mercury is retrograding in the area of family and home, don’t be surprised if tension brews in the dorm or at home. Try not to be so grumpy. Stay flexible and you should be fine; expect to finish big projects this week. Leo: October will be quiet. Now that the spotlight is off you (for once), take time to plan a trip in solitude or with a significant other. Your desire to travel will become irresistible as your third and ninth houses of travel. Virgo: Finally, time for the stability (that you crave so badly). The Libra sun moves into the second house highlighting daily routines. Use your money wisely this month while Mercury is in retrograde. Libra: It’s still your season — but not for long. The Mercury retrograde in Libra will bring you many problems. Learn to be deliberate in your actions and try to sidestep the issues that the retrograde brings you. Scorpio: Be sure to take time to rest as you delve into creative projects as the Libra Sun moves into your twelfth house of privacy and isolation. You don’t need to worry much about the Mercury retrograde this month. Sagittarius: Take time to actually relax and accept the new friendships that await this week. The new moon appears by your eleventh house in friendship. Move away from focusing on money and work but try to actually focus on something. Capricorn: Uncharacteristically, the planets are in your favor. The planets in your moon, Sun, Mercury and Mars line up. Your ruling planet, Saturn, is in the second house of income, expect a boost in your career and professional interests Aquarius: Hold off on launching any new ideas you have while Mercury is in retrograde. Pace yourself and don’t rush into those impulsive projects and pipe down the ambition a bit until Mercury is out of retrograde. Pisces: While Saturn, the planet of stability, is in an ideal place for you this week, don’t get too comfortable. New opportunities this week will send your tight and busy schedule awry.

Six films to stream for this Halloween Season Katie Huston

Asst. Ship Life Editor

Halloween season is officially upon us, and there are many activities for students to look forward to this year to celebrate. While planning trips to the pumpkin patch and deciding what candy to hand out this year, individuals can enjoy the horror and thriller media available at their fingertips. This year, streaming services developed a lengthy repertoire of films and television for your enjoyment this month. Here are six Halloween films for the season: 1. “Fear Street” The “Fear Street” trilogy came out on Netflix this past July. The three-part series follows stories in 1994, 1978 and 1666. Through all three movies viewers can get their fill of teen drama and campy frights. Check out these movies featuring a diverse cast and a leading LGBT relationship. The first film, “Fear Street Part 1: 1994,” follows a group of teens after they disturb an unleashed old evil in their town. They desperately try to evade and defeat the evil through the duration of the film. The second film, “Fear Street Part 2: 1978,” takes place at a summer camp and recounts a massacre that occurred there. A group of teens band together in order to survive the murder spree of a possessed counselor. “Fear Street Part 3: 1666,” the third and final film, follows both the roots of the evil in

the town as well as the survivors of the group in 1994 trying to put the curse to rest for good. It is highly recommended for those who crave ’90s quality horror at modern quality. These films are a necessary trilogy for those looking for a five and half hour Halloween binge. 2. “Hocus Pocus” If one has not been forced to watch “Hocus Pocus” every year at Halloween, they should watch it as soon as they can. The movie can be found on Disney+ to stream at any time. Taking place in the haunting town of Salem, a boy accidentally awakens three truly mischievous sister witches from the 17th century. As the Sanderson sisters wreak havoc on the town, a group of kids embark on putting them to rest and saving the children of Salem. This film is a classic Halloween watch since the ’90s. Let the magic into life this Halloween season and stream “Hocus Pocus” with friends and family. 3. “The Houses October Built” This terrifying film will fill all horror needs. It can be found on Hulu. The horror film follows a group of friends as they road trip to find haunted houses across the country. As the group attracts attention from a disturbed group of individuals, the trip begins to go sideways. Some may find this film a bit traumatizing. It’s light on the gore and heavy on the psychological trauma. This film is a twisted concept horror movie — perfect for twisted holiday needs.

4. “Halloweentown” The movie “Halloweentown” is another witchy watch for this Halloween. Marnie discovers that she is from a family of witches and that her grandmother lives in a town where everyday is like Halloween. Her mother raised her and her siblings away from it all, but when evil threatens the lives of her mother and grandmother — Marnie and her siblings must save the day. This Disney Channel Original was a staple in many childhoods, and perfect for a Halloween watchlist. On Disney+ all four movies about the Cromwell family’s adventures can be found this season. 5. “The Conjuring” The first two films of “The Conjuring” trilogy can be found on HBO Max. Both films are required binges for any horror fiend. Legendary actress of the horror genre, Vera Farmiga, stars as a paranormal investigator that is followed by a spirit. “The Conjuring” takes place in the 1970s as two paranormal investigators discover the dark history of the Perron home as they investigate a supernatural presence there. In the second film, “The Conjuring 2,” the paranormal investigators travel to London to help a single mother when her daughter is possessed by a demon and the investigators targeted by a spirit. The third film in the series is not currently on any streaming service. This series also includes films such as “Annabelle” and “The Nun” that are fan favorites in the genre. This

haunted series is another perfect fit for Halloween activities. 6. “The Witches” The final recommendation for this season is a nostalgic film for many. Both the 1990 and 2020 version of this film is found on HBO Max. “The Witches” plot is based on the Roald Dahl book by the same name. In both renditions of the film, an orphaned boy and his grandmother encounter real life witches at a convention. The boy quickly becomes a target of the children-hating witches. Every witch fanatic will find interest in this movie. Both films cast talented stars, Anjelica Huston and Anne Hathaway, respectively, as the Grand High Witch. While playing the villain, both take different angles to make and keep the character iconic. A tame film to close out these Halloween recommendations. This film is cute, but a must watch for someone wo hasn’t already watched or read the story this season. Be sure to give these movies a watch during regularly scheduled festivities this month. Halloween enthusiasts won’t regret these spooky films. For those who live on campus, be sure to check out how to sign up for Xfinity to stream more Halloween films and movies.

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performed at the Luhrs Performing Arts Center Oct. 9. This was the first show held at Luhrs since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Luhrs Returns with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Austin Trevino and Piper Kull

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band literally brought the music back to the Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 9. The band’s performance was the first show held at Luhrs since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the spring of 2020. Like many other theaters and music venues, Luhrs was forced to suspend operations during the pandemic. The return of campus shows to Luhrs brought excitement to the community. The reopening was highly anticipated, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band attracted a large crowd. Luhrs functioned at full capacity, but attendees were required to wear masks, and the staff wiped down surfaces even as people filed in. Excitement filled the air of the performance area. Some attendees mentioned this was their first experience with live music again after more than a year of social distancing. Diehard fans and newcomers who jumped at the chance to

see a live performance filled the venue — Charles Patterson, Shippensburg University interim president included. The band played a 90-minute show and performed a threesong encore featuring the fan-favorite “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” As the band took the stage, the musicians excellent chemistry was apparent. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been performing together for more than 50 years and their songs were well-loved by the attendees. Jaime Hanna, the newest member and son of fellow bandmate Jeff Hanna, played seamlessly with the group. There was a remarkable sense of camaraderie on stage, and their performance displayed their love of music. Jeff Hanna expressed gratitude for the experience and for his opportunities as a stage musician. Hannah noted other big acts in the country music scene who had been an inspiration to him. Taking their camaraderie to the crowd, the band invited the audience to sing along when they played “Mr. Bojangles.” The room knew the lyrics by heart since the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

has fans committed to their music and memorable verse. Each band member shared their own talent and lead a song or two they had personally written. Jimmie Fadden captivated the crowd with harmonica solos, and Jaime and Jeff Hanna dazzled them with father-son guitar duets. Between each piece, Jeff Hanna gave a small personal anecdote about the songs or shared a story about a bandmate. The show was a unique and personalized experience for the audience. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performance showed that quality concerts can be held even when masking is required. The Luhrs Center has more performances on the schedule for this year. “The Nutcracker” will be opening on Nov. 17. For more information on upcoming Luhrs shows, visit the Luhrs’ website at For Nitty Gritty Dirt Band tour dates and ticket prices, visit their website at

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021



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Football gets big win over West Chester

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Shippensburg football picked up its first victory over West Chester University since 2015 when the score was 27-11. The Raiders won 34-18 this year. Isaiah Snead Sports Editor

Running back Bill Williams reaches out for a score.

The Shippensburg University football team picked up its first win over West Chester University in six years on Saturday, defeating the Golden Rams 34-18. SU (5-1, 2-1 PSAC) was led by its defense that forced five turnovers in the game and the offense scored 17 points off those turnovers alone. West Chester entered the game with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s (PSAC) No. 1 rushing offense and the No. 9 rushing offense in the nation. However, the Raider defense managed to hold the Golden Rams to just 100 rushing yards and just 239 total yards on the day. Shippensburg totaled eight tackles for loss (TFLs), forced three fumbles, intercepted two passes and broke up four other passes. Redshirt-sophomore linebacker Tyler Petucci posted a team high nine tackles and forced a fumble, and senior Trey Paul had seven tackles and an interception — his fourth of the season. Redshirt-sophomore Aaron Alphee also tallied seven tackles and led the

team with three TFLs. The Raiders had a successful day carrying the ball as fellow redshirt-sophomores Bill Williams and Khalid Dorsey combined for a net of 160 rushing yards. Williams ran 15 times for 96 yards while Dorsey had 19 carries for 74 yards. Redshirt-junior quarterback Brycen Mussina was 12-21 on the day with 168 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Graduate Evan Morrill finished with three catches for 83 yards, with most coming on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Mussina in the fourth quarter. WCU’s first fumble of the game came in the first quarter when the snap went over punter John George’s head and Raider redshirt-freshman Matt Feeney fell on the ball. Mussina found freshman fullback Jake Deluccia three plays later for a score. The Golden Rams decided to enter quarterback Zach Gilbert with 90 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but on his only play of the game he fumbled after a Petucci hit. The turnover led to Mussina scampering into the endzone from five yards out four plays later.

The game slowed entering halftime, but on the first drive of the second half junior Mike Brewer picked off a heave downfield from quarterback Desman Johnson. The very next drive for West Chester resulted in another forced fumble from junior Dante Witcher, but the Golden Rams fell on it in the endzone. With 13 minutes remaining in the game and West Chester hanging around only down five, Mussina found Morrill over the middle and Morrill did the rest, sprinting to the endzone to put SU up 31-18 and put the game out of reach. Freshman kicker Jaxson Montross finished 2-3 on field goals and is now 10-15 on the season. He has the most field goals in a single season since Billy Deane was 12-21 in 2016. Saturday, the Raiders will head to Kutztown for a 5 p.m. showdown with the PSAC Eastern Division-leading Golden Bears.

Field hockey blanks West Chester, gets past Kutztown in overtime

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The Shippensburg field hockey team celebrates after Jenna Sluymer scored in the first period of their match with West Chester. SU moved to 10-0 on the year. Isaiah Snead Sports Editor

The No. 1-ranked Shippensburg University field hockey team stayed unbeaten after picking up two wins over No. 2 West Chester and No. 5 Kutztown University this week. SU (10-0, 5-0 PSAC) got the first win over West Chester on Tuesday in a 4-0 shutout behind goals from seniors Jenna Sluymer and Jazmin Petrantonio, and the first collegiate goal from freshman Tess Jedeloo. The Raiders controlled the first half of the game, not allowing the Golden Rams to attempt a shot. At halftime SU led 1-0 thanks to a Sluymer score in the first quarter after a penalty corner taken by graduate Caitlyn

Wink. The third quarter saw Shippensburg score two more goals to extend their lead to 3-0. A restart and pass from senior Adrienne McGarrigle to Petrantonio at the top of the arc led to the first of those goals being scored. The second goal was tapped in by Jedeloo after a penalty shot by Petrantonio. The Raiders did not let up in the fourth quarter, totaling seven shots on goal and getting another goal from Sluymer after a Golden Ram deflected in her shot. SU had 14 shots on goal and 13 penalty corners in the game, compared to WCU’s two shots on goal and four penalty corners. This was just the fourth time in the last 40 years that Shippensburg has shut out West

Chester and equaled their largest margin of victory over the Golden Rams in modern history. On Saturday, the Raiders traveled to Kutztown to take on the No. 5-ranked Golden Bears and picked up a 2-1 victory in overtime. Three minutes into the contest, SU got out in front with a tip-in goal from Sluymer that was entered by graduate Anna Gruber. The score would stay at 1-0 all the way until there was just 1:08 remaining in the contest, when KU knotted the game at one and sent it into overtime. Three minutes into the overtime period Sluymer scored again off an assist from Petrantonio, giving Shippensburg the victory. Kutztown goalkeeper Katie Dotterweich

had 13 saves in net play for the Golden Bears. The Raiders finished with a 16-5 shots on goal advantage. This was the third straight game that these two teams have gone into overtime at Kutztown. Seniors Sluymer and Petrantonio sit at Nos. 1 and 2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in shots, goals, shots on goal, game-winning goals and points this season. The dynamic duo and the rest of the No. 1 ranked Raiders team will return to the field on Tuesday at home to take on Millersville University at 4 p.m.



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Volleyball sweeps weekend

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Shippensburg volleyball celebrates after a kill in win over Millersville at Heiges Field House on Friday. The Raiders totaled 54 kills in the match vs Millersville. Jack Ansley

Asst. Sports Editor

Freshman Emily Gardner looks to get a kill against West Chester University.

This weekend the Shippensburg University volleyball team took on Millersville and West Chester University. On Friday, the Raiders defeated the Marauders 3-1 in four sets. The Raiders also swept the Golden Rams on Saturday. The first set would not start well for the Raiders as they surrendered three points quickly. They responded with a three-point run of their own and the set was tied at 3. The teams would go back and forth but the Raiders would lose the set 25-22. Shippensburg had 15 kills and seven errors in the first set. The Raiders rebounded in the second set with multiple kills by Lily Letchwotth. The Raiders would win the second set 25-10. The Raiders had 11 kills and just one error in the second set. Millersville had seven kills and six errors in the set. The third set was closer as both teams went back and forth with the lead. The Raiders went on a three-point run to close out the third set with the win. The Raiders had 13 kills and nine errors on 37 team attempts in the third set. In the fourth set the Raiders closed out the match with a 25-21 win. The Raiders had 15 kills in the final set and had a total of 54

kills in the match. The Raiders also had five aces, seven blocks, 52 assists and 76 digs in the match. Raider junior Rachel Verhoef led the team in kills in the match with 13. Letchworth led the Raiders in assists with 24 and Alex Leitner had 22 digs in the match which led the team. On Saturday, SU faced off with another Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) foe — West Chester. The Raiders swept the Golden Rams in three sets. The Raiders struggled out of the gate in the first set with an early 3-0 deficit. They responded with a 6-2 run and would come back to take the lead 6-5. The teams went back and forth, and the Raiders would win the first set of the game. The second set was very competitive and the teams were knotted at 24. The Raiders got the next two points with kills from Chelsea Foulis and Verhoef. The Raiders closed out the match in the final set of the match with a five-point win to complete the sweep, 25-20. The Raiders had 43 kills, eight aces, five blocks and 58 digs in the match. With the wins the Raiders improve their record to 7-11. The Raiders will be back in Heiges Field House on Tuesday to take on University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown at 7 p.m.

Miller nets winning goal in overtime

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SU junior midfielder Sydney Miller (pictured above) netted the game winning goal for the Raiders in overtime against Mansfield University on Wednesday. Jack Ansley

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Shippensburg’s women’s soccer team rallied in the second half of its game on Wednesday and got past the Mansfield Mountaineers in overtime 2-1. SU junior midfielder Sydney Miller scored the game winning goal in overtime. The match started slowly as neither team would be able to score in the first half. The Raiders had seven shots on goal during the first half and the Mountaineers had five shots. The Raiders had eight corners in the first half compared to the Mountaineers two corner kicks. Mansfield committed

four fouls in the first half. In the 73rd minute, after a Raider foul, Mansfield’s Katelyn Rueppel scored to put the Mountaineers on the board 1-0. A few minutes later in the 87th minute, Raider senior K.K O’ Donnell scored to tie the game at one. The goal is O’Donnell’s 4th of the season and was assisted by Kelli Dunagan. Neither team was able to score in the remaining minute of the second half and the game went to overtime. The Raiders had a relentless offensive attack in the overtime period and had multiple shots that bounced off the crossbar. After the Raiders drew a foul, Sydney Miller put a shot past the Mans-

field goalkeeper to win the game 2-1. SU had 10 shots in the second half and four shots in the short overtime period. The Raiders outshot the Mountaineers 21-9 in the match. The Raiders had 12 corner kicks in the match and committed five fouls. Neither team received a card in the game. Shippensburg sophomore Kendra Barlow made three saves and allowed one goal in the net for the Raiders. Barlow recorded her fourth win on the season. With the win, the Raiders improved their record to 4-5-1 on the year. The Raiders will host the Bloomsburg Huskies on Wednesday at David See Field at 4:30 p.m.

Senior Allie Christman pushes the ball upfield.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

ACT Quilt Gallery ACT Unveils Campus Quilt of 2021 The ACT committee unveiled its 2021 “Quilt to Cover Us All” on Friday to cap off Diversity Week at Shippensburg University. The quilt was made up of 100 handmade panels which were sewn then sewn together. At the unveiling, Shippensburg University President Charles Patterson (pictured below), Kapri Brown (pictured left), and others spoke about what Diversity Week meant to them, and how it impacted the campus community. Read the full story on page A1, or at Photos by Heather Ross and Noel Miller

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