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Police tape remains at Coy Avenue behind High Street, near the location where a shooting occurred Sunday night that left one man dead and another critically injured. State police continue to investigate and say two Shippensburg University students are “people of interest.” SU officials canceled classes Monday afternoon.

Police search for SU students ‘Persons of interest’ sought for homicide near High Street Jonathan Bergmueller Editor-in-Chief;

Hannah Pollock Managing Editor

Police are looking for two Shippensburg University students who they believe were involved in the Sunday night shooting in Shippensburg Township that left one man dead and another in critical condition.

Police identified the students as Quentin Eric Furlow Jr., 20, and Clayton Steve Wilson, 20, both of Philadelphia, as persons of interest. At a Monday afternoon press conference, police said Furlow and Wilson are considered to be “armed and dangerous.” The two men allegedly were involved in a shooting in an alley behind the 200

block of High Street that killed Shakur Richard Myers and wounded Samir Rodney Stevenson, both 21 and both of Philadelphia. As of Monday night, police said they believed that Furlow and Wilson are likely not in the Shippensburg area and do not feel that residents and visitors in Shippensburg are facing an immediate threat. Police released photos iden-

tifying the vehicles of the two men. Furlow may be driving a gray 2011 Infiniti G37 with Pennsylvania license plate number KZJ4211 and Wilson a gray 2009 Nissan Maxima with Pennsylvania license plate number KYE0169. Police said they had received numerous calls Sunday night reporting gunshots in the area of High Street. State troopers searched the

area and strung police tape to keep local residents from wandering into the crime scene. When police first arrived, they found Myers dead lying beside a parked vehicle and Stevenson inside the vehicle with gunshot wounds. Shippensburg Area Emergency Medical Services transported Stevenson to an empty field near Seth Grove Stadium

where he was loaded into the Life Lion helicopter and taken to Holy Spirit Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, according to police. There was no update on Stevenson’s condition when The Slate went to press.

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SU APSCUF president concerned over university response to shooting Hannah Pollock Managing Editor

A member of the Shippensburg University faculty Monday voiced concerns regarding the SU administration’s response to Sunday night’s shooting that left one person dead and another in critical condition. Kara Laskowski, a human communication studies professor and the president of the SU Chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), said the university missed an opportunity to provide information to the community. “The university is understandably in a difficult position,” Laskowski said. She explained that the Pennsylvania State Police dictate when and what information is released to the public. “We’re all very sensitive to the fact that the university cannot engage in reporting on those events,” Laskowski said. However, Laskowski shared her and others’ frustrations with the timeline of response by the university. The original SU Alert went out to the campus community at 9:06 p.m. saying that the shooting had occurred and to avoid the area. A second alert went out at 11:18 p.m. saying that police reported no immediate threat to the public at the time. However, during the PSP press conference at the scene Sunday night, Lt. Mark

A. Magyar, commander of the state police Criminal Investigation Section, said anytime there is a random shooting there is a danger to the public until the suspects are in custody. Laskowski said, “There’s been some expression of concern, certainly about the university’s lag time of about 12 hours between initial reports and when the university issued a statement. “The university missed an opportunity to simply provide some reassurance to members of the community,” she said. She noted that all information may not be immediately available, however the university could have reminded its community of its resources. “I think going forward, the university has an obligation to the community and all of our constituents — our students, the staff and faculty and the local surrounding community as well as the parents of our students and beyond,” she said. Laskowski said she “could be sympathetic” to the idea that SU is in a difficult situation, but she believes there is a still a void. “When there is a void of information, people fill it with rumors,” she said. Laskowski said she saw on social media that people were making comments about the race of the victims of the shooting.


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Two Pennsylvania State Troopers stand guard over the entrance to Coy Avenue, which connects to Rotz Avenue, the location where Shakur Richard Myers was killed and Samir Rodney Stevenson was critically injured Sunday evening.

Charges filed against SU student for two racial slur incidents Jonathan Bergmueller Editor-in-Chief;

Hannah Pollock Managing Editor

Editor’s note: Obscene language is quoted in this story that may make some readers feel uncomfortable, though the word itself is omitted. The Shippensburg Uni-

versity Police Department filed six charges against an SU student on Monday for alleged racial harassment in two separate incidents on campus last month. Samantha Crouse, 19, of Newville, Pennsylvania, was charged with two counts each of ethnic intimidation, a second-degree misdemeanor, and harassment, a third-de-

gree misdemeanor. She also was charged with two summary counts of disorderly conduct. According to court documents, Crouse admitted to making the racial comments in both incidents, which occurred on Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 See “RACISM,” A2



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Award-winning journalist brings message of unity to Luhrs Hannah Pollock Managing Editor

Can an avowed racist learn to appreciate and love those he once irrationally hated? That is what Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow spent years trying to learn about one of the most prominent members of the white supremacist movement in America. Saslow spoke of that journey as the keynote speaker for the Shippensburg University community’s celebration of its “Week of Human Understanding” on Wednesday at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. The evening kicked off with a brief introduction and welcome from the representative of the Day of Human Understanding Committee, Daniel Velez, who is SU’s chief equity, inclusion and compliance officer and Title IX coordinator. “At Ship, we believe in fostering a welcoming community where deep civility manifests,” Velez said. “As we come together as a Ship family, I encourage you to lean into discomfort. To experience what you hear as an opportunity to challenge your world view through the lenses of another’s experiences,” Velez said. “Experiences

that may be radically and fundamentally different than your own.” Velez introduced SU senior and editor-in-chief of The Slate Jonathan Bergmueller, who introduced the evening’s topic, civil discourse and speaker to a nearly full Grove Theatre. Bergmueller stressed the important role everyone can play in civil discourse. “… It is down to us — the people who believe in equality — to bring compassionate, civil discourse to these people,” he said. “To, once more, civilly, challenge their beliefs. Help them see the error of their ways not by arguing, but by doing.” Bergmueller referred to his work as a student journalist, explaining how journalism allows him to learn more about the world. “I get to experience others’ interesting lives through my own. It’s about hearing other people. It’s about feeling what they feel. I would be lying if I said I didn’t learn much about myself and the world around me through listening to others, even those I don’t always agree with,” he said. Saslow, the featured speaker of the evening, focused his address on both his experiences and discoveries while writing “Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist” and


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Eli Saslow discusses racism in his book, “Rising Out of Hatred.” describing the experiences of the main character, Derek Black. Read the full story at

SU introduces health initiatives

Jess Quinn

Guest Contributor

Shippensburg University is aiming to help students stay healthy this semester through new programs and initiatives. SU President Laurie Carter is leading the campus community with a holistic wellness initiative that has many facilities on campus involved including the ShipRec and dining services. Carter addressed the wellness initiative in her back to school letter, published in the Aug. 27 edition of The Slate. She discussed providing avenues for students to successfully navigate stressors. The wellness initiative encourages students to focus on their mind, body and spirit. “It’s important for every person to define their own wellness plan that meets their needs,” Carter said. From “RACISM,” A1

SU police said a car full of people rode past three women near the ShipRec Center, yelling obscenities and the N-word. The driver was described as a brown-haired white male, while Crouse rode in the passenger seat. Several people rode in the back seat but were unable to be identified, the police report said. The man was driving a cherry red four-door car, possibly a Chrysler that may have had damage to the hood or paint missing in that area, according to the report. As two of the victims continued walking to McCune Hall, the car returned, heading in the opposite direction. This time, however, the occupants did not yell anything at them.

According to Carter, her wellness plan includes walking on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, indoor cycling and a balanced diet. She is personally involved with the initiative by leading a cycling class on campus. She said cycling has been a passion of hers for over 20 years. The ShipRec offers numerous fitness classes to students as well as intramural sports and access to fitness equipment. It offers a schedule of classes that is updated every three weeks. Yoga, dance fitness, Jumpfit, Kettlebell AMPD, PiYo, pound, spinning and Zumba are among the many group classes offered to the SU community. Aside from fitness classes ShipRec also offers the Heiges Field House Pool, intramural and club sports, as well as its multi-purpose facility. Marsha Bonn, director of the ShipRec, explained how wellness can be different

The second offense, which was widely discussed on Facebook and elicited an email from SU President Laurie Carter last week, occurred a week later. On Sept. 24 around 8 p.m., Crouse, surrounded by a group of four to five white males and three white females, shouted the N-word multiple times at two black students outside the Ceddia Union Building (CUB), according to the affidavit of probable cause. According to the affidavit, one of the victims watched in disbelief and Crouse responded, “Yeah we talking to you, n-----.” One of the victims began walking toward the group; however, by the time she had approached the UPS Store, the group had moved out of sight. SU police began investigating the

for everyone. “Learn who you are and what areas you would like to focus on,” she said. She added some people want to focus on fitness, while others focus on mental health and mindfulness. Bonn encouraged every student to “Find out what will make you feel better and get to it!” Additionally, SU Dining Services has been working to offer students healthier options all around campus. SU Dining Services Resident District Manager Terry Nahavandi discussed the local produce and healthy options. “We receive local produce through several suppliers. Dining services works closely with the on-campus farm to utilize their seasonal produce in the dining hall,” he said. Read the full story at

incident after they received a report at 8:30 p.m. They were able to identify Crouse after cross-referencing security video with university databases. Campus police contacted Crouse on Sept. 26 and she confessed to making the comments in both situations, according to police documents. The Slate reached out to campus officials Monday morning for comment. Chief External Relations Officer Kimberly Garris responded Monday at 10 p.m., saying charges had been filed in the case. The Slate is awaiting further comment from President Carter by email. Interim Special Assistant to the President Samuel Frushour said President Carter is willing to conduct an in-person interview, how-

SGA restarts VP appointment process Hannah Pollock Managing Editor

The Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Rules Committee (ERC) has restarted the process of filling its ERC opening, SGA President Aven Bittinger announced on Thursday at the public formal meeting. The position opened in late September when Logan Wert, former vice president of external affairs, resigned because of personal reasons. In an email, Bittinger said the process was restarted due to concerns raised by members of SGA that the officers were biased in decision-making following the internal release of who would be recommended for the positions. “In our decision making, we were joined by our adviser, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Barry McClanahan, to ensure this process was impartial,” Bittinger said. However, Bittinger said concerns were still raised. The application is now a blind application with specific questions, according to Bittinger. “We will have no idea who wrote what,” he said. Four applicants from the original process are being considered, according to Bittinger. Bittinger said, “The ERC will still oversee the applications, and will still make a formal nomination at our next formal [meeting].” SGA’s next formal meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 17. “It cannot be stressed enough that, just as last time, our adviser will be in the room to ensure no decision is made off of personal reasons,” Bittinger said.

“Gun violence is something that happens in communities of all sizes and all colors and all of our students belong here,” Laskowski said. “They are all welcome here and they will all be supported by our faculty no matter the color of their skin. If anyone takes an event like this and tries to use it as justification for their own racism, that is an indictment only on that person.” Laskowski also noted that stories can spread much more quickly today in the digital age than when she was in college. “You would have to wait for the newspaper or the 11 o’clock news,” she said. Laskowski said some of the high schools involved in the Ship Start program opted not to send their students to campus due to security-related concerns. She also said multiple faculty members had indicated that students were not attending class. Laskowski said she opened her introductory-level class today by asking students if they should talk about what was going on. “On one hand, this [situation] is scary and it’s happening right here. On the other hand, your generation has grown up with active shooter drills — they are almost numb to the idea,” Laskowski explained. She noted that she thinks there is a desire for normalcy among students. “The safety and well-being of our students is paramount,” Laskowski said. “It is our intent as faculty to support students however they need right now. I would strongly encourage any student who felt any degree of upset or concern or fear to reach out and get support.”

From “SEARCH,” A1

There was no update on Stevenson’s condition when The Slate went to press. As police conducted their investigation, residents stood on porches and in nearby streets watching as police cruiser after cruiser arrived at the scene. Some huddled in small groups talking among themselves, while others paced the sidewalks. One man at the scene seemed visibly shaken by what occurred. The flashing lights from police cruisers poured out onto Fort Street between houses like light through a grate. Fire trucks were called in to illuminate the dark streets so police could conduct their investigation. Police remained on the scene through early Monday morning. By midmorning, only remnants of the police tape remained as firefight-

ever Oct. 23 is the earliest she can meet. Donta Truss, SU vice president for enrollment management, student affairs and student success, sent an email to the campus community Tuesday afternoon addressing the incidents. “A full investigation is ongoing and misdemeanor charges have been filed,” the email read. “The University is also taking appropriate action including conducting a fair and impartial student conduct investigation as outlined by Shippensburg University Student Code and Conduct Process.” “The university’s department of public safety has been working to enhance security across campus by updating and expanding the security camera infrastructure. Installation begins this week. And, com-

ers from Vigilant Hose Co. washed off the street where the shooting occurred. Shippensburg University officials alerted the campus community of the shooting Sunday night through an SU Alert. The alert warned students of the shooting and to avoid the area around High Street. As the investigation continued, campus officials held meetings on how to respond to the situation. SU sent a series of emails throughout the day updating the campus community. After the state police press conference Monday at 1 p.m., SU officials decide to cancel all classes and campus activities at 2 p.m. Campus officials urged students to return to their residence halls and commuter students who live near campus were offered accommodations to stay on campus.

munity policing efforts will enhance our sense of community and build a culture of trust with students on and off campus,” Truss continued. “All students must abide by local, state and federal laws and with all published university policies, procedures and rules. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action through the university student conduct process and/or the appropriate civil or criminal proceedings.” Truss ended the email by reminding students that the university offers confidential support services for students, faculty and staff. Crouse is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge H. Anthony Adams on Oct. 28.

Student Government Updates • All senators were in attendance. • Three new senators were sworn in: Chase Slenker and Ashley Smith, Class of 2023 and Katie Fischetti, transfer students. • SGA will reschedule an outdoor meeting at Gilbert Hall. • The selection for 2020-2021 orientation leaders will begin in November. • All campus clubs and organizations should have attended Campus Groups training; those that have not will be penalized, according to Vice President Meredith Scarr.

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Man attempts to steal state police vehicle Pennsylvania State Police spotted a man attempting to gain entry to a state police vehicle at around 1:30 a.m. on Richard Avenue on Sept. 2. Police said they went into a foot pursuit but the man evaded capture. Another individual, who was later identified as Juet Duckworth, was found 20 minutes later, and ran when troopers attempted to make contact with him. Troopers eventually were able to capture him and take him into custody. Duckworth was determined to be with the unidentified suspect. He also had a small amount of THC edibles, according to police The investigation is continuing.

Alpha Week event educates students on ‘survival mindset’ Sam Fegan Staff Writer

Members of the Shippensburg University community discussed gun violence Thursday evening during Alpha Phi Alpha’s “End Gun Violence” forum. It was the fourth event of the fraternity’s Alpha Week. Officer Julie Clark, who has 18 years of experience with the Shippensburg University Police Department, talked about the necessary actions to take when faced with a situation involving a shooter. “Run if you can, hide if you must, and fight if you have to,” Clark said. Clark explained the potential reality of a shooting happening in Shippensburg. “Shippensburg is just as susceptible as any other place, and in this day and age if someone wants a weapon they will find access to a weapon,” she said. Clark shared tips to prepare for a situation like having an active shooter. “Give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes to come to class and take a different route. In the event of an emergency this will give your brain extra options with where to go,” Clark said. It is also important to have a survival mindset, Clark said.

One audience member asked Clark her thoughts on whether or not professors should be armed. Clark explained her concern for the measure. “I have a lot of personal hesitation with doing something like that,” Clark said. “Even with 25 years of experience with shooting firearms, a situation like this with fast-moving targets is a very high-stress situation and I would be worried about civilians making those decisions.” After Clark spoke, the “Back-To-School Sandy Hook Promise” commercial was played. The recently released commercial portrays kids using common back-to-school items as weapons and supplies needed in the event of a shooting. The commercial ends with a girl hiding in a bathroom stall texting “I love you,” to her mother. According to senior Deanna Hatcher, there has been 25 mass shootings where the range of deaths vary from 10-60 each, since the beginning of 2019 . Senior and Alpha Phi Alpha member Anthony Tarpeh said, “We hope this event will educate students on the safety measures we have on campus and what to do in case of a mass shooting happening on campus.”

Campus administration hears students in President’s Hour Hannah Pollock Managing Editor

Parking fees, campus accessibility and dining options were among the concerns voiced by Shippensburg University community members during the President’s Hour held on Oct. 1 in the Harley Multipurpose Room. SU President Laurie Carter, along with representatives of various campus services and departments, answered questions and addressed concerns for about an hour. The panel of representatives included Provost Tom Ormond; Dean of Students Donna Gross; and Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management and Senior Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Success Donta Truss. SU Police Chief Michael Lee addressed one student’s concern about increased police patrolling presence on campus “We are patrolling a lot more,” Lee said. “We had some issues in the last few weeks, there were several fights that took place in and around the area of the CUB and Naugle and Seavers as well.”

Lee said it is a good idea for students to know all officers and students will be seeing them more often in the residence halls. SUPD is also looking to assign certain officers to certain halls so both students and law enforcement can establish a better relationship with one another. The most frequently mentioned issues by students were directed to the SUPD, focusing on parking issues. Students expressed their distress over where the money for parking decals and tickets go. According to Scott Barton, Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance, parking revenues collected from the $75 parking permits go toward the upkeep of the parking lots. This includes repaving lots and repainting lines. The revenues collected through parking tickets go to the general fund and are redistributed to the police department’s initiatives, Barton said. Truss announced that additional funding was given to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs sponsored program, “Building Bridges.” Later in the evening, Car-


ter and Gross reassured students’ concerns of overscheduling of the counseling center. “This is not a Shippensburg University issue,” Carter said. “It is a national issue. Across the country students are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and stress and universities have to figure out how to help students deal with that.” Carter referred to the wellness campaign SU started this fall, which encourages and helps students to manage what they are experiencing while still being successful. Gross explained that the counseling center is only booked four weeks out, but staff will always try to make accommodations during emergencies. Other issues brought up during the discussion included sustainability commitments, the potential repurposing of an area beside the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library and funding for childhood education majors who have to travel to their student teaching placements. RHA-sponsored President’s Hours are held at various points throughout the semester.

Jonathan Bergmueller Editor-in-Chief

The response of the university administration to the homicide that occurred near High Street in Shippensburg Township leaves much to be desired. While the incident occurred at 8:15 p.m., according to police, I began receiving messages regarding the incident through various social media posts around 8:50 p.m. As 21-year-old Samir Rodney Stevenson was transported to a Life Lion helicopter at around 9:10 p.m., an “SUALERT” text message was sent to students informing them of shots fired off-campus on High Street. It advised students to avoid the area and contact state police if they had any information. We sent out several livetweets from High Street to inform our audience what was going on. Several friends flooded group chats with false or inaccurate information in the vacuum of legitimate communication from authorities and the university. Some indicated the threat had moved to many different off-campus housing areas. There has been no information released by any officials in any official capacity indicating these areas were at risk. For its part, The Slate reported as many facts of the situation it could at the scene until police were ready

to release information to the general public at 11 p.m., which The Slate livestreamed. It was only after the public announcement by the police that students received another “SUALERT” text at 11:18 p.m., stating: “Update to shooting off campus on High St. State Police report there is no immediate threat to the public at this time and continue to investigate.” It comes down to the individual to define what “immediate” in the context of an immediate threat means. However, two young men were shot. One was left in critical condition while the other was killed. And their assailants were still on the loose, and could have been anywhere. Perhaps the “immediate” threat was over, but students and members of the community still felt threatened. Parents, students and others took to social media to voice their displeasure with the university. APSCUF President Kara Laskowski aired her own concerns in an interview with The Slate. For six hours on Monday, hundreds, if not thousands of students made their way to classes. Meanwhile, several announcements with incremental updates to the situation unveiled themselves through emails sent by the university. First, they identified the victims — then, “persons of interest” — then, that the two police were seeking are SU students. Students didn’t care about what was going on Monday morning when they began receiving email updates — they cared when they had no clue what was

going on Sunday evening in the moment, and feared for their lives and the lives of those with whom they are here to learn. Shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, SU announced all classes and campus activities starting from 2 throughout the rest of Monday were canceled. Non-essential personnel were sent home while students were recommended to stay in their dorms. This seems like a kneejerk response to placate people who were upset with its response the night before. If the assailants posed any threat to the campus Monday afternoon, why were they not a threat Sunday night through Monday morning? SU should have been closed at the beginning of the day, not half-way through. Better safe than sorry. Tragedies such as homicides warrant an effective, reactive response from university administrations. But instead of being reactive to the incident itself, it appears the university was reactive to a public opinion that was not content with its handling of the situation. It is in the vacuum that was presented Sunday evening that the rumor mill spun off its axis and down the street. Students panicked — and rightly so. I have nothing but respect for Shippensburg University and the people that serve it as an institution, and thankfully no greater damage was done beyond the initial incident off-campus. But SU has an ethical imperative to revisit its strategies and plans in releasing information to students to find a better way of letting them know what is going on.

Hot and dry September sets temperature records

Graphic courtesy of Tim Hawkins/Department of Geography and Earth Science

According to Tim Hawkins, Shippensburg saw record high temperatures, including three daily record highs on Sept. 11, 12 and 28. The month was the 29th driest September on record.

This Week on Campus Thursday:

Get your flu vaccination in CUB 103 at 3 p.m.

Adulting101: Self Care at School & at Home in the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library LL106 at 2:30 p.m.



CLUS Climate Forum will be held in CUB 123 at 6 p.m.

George Thorogood and The Destroyers will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $46.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019


The Slate Speaks: Hate crimes rising, so too should activism for others Hate crimes are on the rise among college campuses and Shippensburg University is no exception. The most recent example was an act of ethnic intimidation that occurred on campus. SU student Samantha Crouse was charged with ethnic intimidation when she was caught repeatedly yelling the N-word at several black students on two separate occasions. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, national hate crimes in 2017 rose by 17 percent compared to 2016, according to the

FBI. FBI data shows that college campuses are becoming less safe. The Anti-Defamation League reports in the spring of 2019 there were more white-supremacist fliers, stickers and posters on college campuses than at any other time in the recent past. In the spring 2019 term alone, there were 161 incidents on 122 different college and university campuses, with 18 occurring in Pennsylvania. This is obviously a problem. But what response does this warrant from us as students, faculty, admin-

istrators and staff? What can one do in the face of rising hate. One of the biggest ways to combat hate crime is education. According to, creating awareness is one of the Top 6 ways to prevent hate crimes. When a government or educational institution fails to provide the necessary education, the responsibility falls onto students to keep their campuses free of hate, and a large part of this responsibility falls into the hands of students who do not belong to a minority group. Stories about how transgender

students are afraid to use the bathroom, or how black students are afraid to walk with a hoodie on at night are not fringe incidents. They are very real situations that people live through every day. Even when a hate crime is not in the news, racial bias and intimidation happens every day. Just because we are not the target of racism does not mean others are not. Those of privilege must use their voices to raise awareness and direct attention to the unsanitized ugliness of racism.

We need to educate others and tell the stories of those harmed by evil ideology so the world better understands the threat posed by racists and the consequences of their actions. It is so easy to pretend that racism ended with the conclusion of the American Civil War, or with the activism of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, as the events of last week revealed, racism is here and it is now. To read The Slate’s coverage on the incidents of racial slurs, see A2.

Ship Dining leads the way on student feedback, others should follow

Chase Slenker Staff Columnist

The executive team at Ship Dining truly works to improve quality of food service as well as continuously responds to student feedback. The team makes it noticeable and emphasizes that continuous feedback and student opinion defines most of its choices, including food selection, cooking methods, specialty food options and accommodations. From my own firsthand conversation with Resident District Manager Terri Nahavandi, he remarked that “food is really important, and we know that. We listen to you.” This continuous listening is evident through the company’s employment of Dining Student Ambassadors, their

Text to Chat feedback system, frequent surveys, dining listening sessions, and many student groups that meet with Terri regularly. Their responsiveness is extremely evident and happens quite quickly. One of the student groups that meets monthly with the heads of all of the dining facilities is the Student Government Association Food Committee. Their most recent meeting minutes on the Sept. 30 meeting noted they would be “bringing back chicken patties in Reisner and in [the] CUB.” Additionally, 500 steak knives were ordered for the facility as well as sherbet to be added to the ice cream selection for students who are lactose intolerant. The minutes noted that upon request from the committee, the dining group would be shifting vegetable cooking style away from sautéing toward steaming vegetables. These are just a few actionable items listed. If you take a walk around Reisner, you will see these changes already in place: Chicken patties, sherbet, berries in the fruit salad, more spices, and a change in cooking styles are already evident. Ship dining clearly takes student feedback as a priority and it responds in-turn. If only many of the other major administrative departments would value student feedback at the same level. This is not to say that administrative depart-

ments like the academic affairs office, facilities and maintenance department, and SUPD do not receive feedback and care about students, but it lies in their lack of intentional student-body wide correspondence. At President’s Hour on Oct. 1, many of the department heads mentioned committees in which students were on, but their campus-wide feedback is rather small. Committees are great, but a broader way of gathering information is necessary. When each official was asked specifically how they listen to feedback, no group even came close to comparing with Ship Dining’s student feedback systems and proven track record. However, this does not mean that progress is not being made. “You are stopping me and talking to me,” remarked Dean of Students Donna Gross, while Social Media Manager Meghan Silverstrim said, “… we really do listen to social media. We do listen and try to hear you in that way.” The provost office analyzes student course evaluations and the SU Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance conducts a campus climate survey every three to five years. These feedback methods are great, but many students feel they are not being heard enough. Many other departments in the campus administration should take a lesson from Ship Dining.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Ship Life

Annual SU tulip planting ceremony honors domestic assault survivors Chaela Williams

Asst. Ship Life Editor

Local organizations and Shippensburg University students offered their support to domestic abuse victims in front of Janie Fecker Garden outside Lackhove Hall on Oct.1. Arielle Catron, director of the Women’s Center at SU, hosted the event for the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Catron said she has been helping individuals end domestic violence, dating violence and sexual violence for her entire career. Before coming to SU, Catron worked in Philadelphia at the Women’s Law Project, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence navigate the legal system in the city. SU student Ariana Tomb volunteered to read a poem dedicated to a victim’s abuse in a relationship. Representatives from organizations such as Young Women’s Christian Association Carlisle, an organization pushing for elimination of racism and promoting the

empowerment of women, spoke about their resources to help others. These include free counseling and medical accommodations to UMPCCarlisle Hospital for anyone who would like a rape kit. Corinne Bennett, the direct service supervisor for the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties, spoke about the organization’s mission to help women who have been victimized by a sexual assault. Services include protection from abuse orders and educating victims on court proceedings. “We also have an emergency 30-day shelter for women and children if they need to flee a domestic violence situation quickly,” Bennett said. In the last year, the organization has helped 72 adults and 64 children for more thab 5,000 days combined, provided over 3,000 hours of counseling for victims and answered over 1,500 hotline calls.

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Students Ashley Jacobs and Thomas Morrow hold a motivational poster containing positive notes including “you are strong,” “you are brave” and “keep your head up” to support domestic abuse survivors.

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ShipTALKS: What do you do if you are feeling left out? College is the time to become a part of something that will make you happy and feel like you belong. On the downside, introverts, when not being alone, can sometimes feel left out like an outcast. It may be difficult to reach out and become a part of something, but it is definitely needed for mental health reasons. Feeling left out is sometimes a part of life, however there are ways to go about making sure that you are included and accepted the way you are. First of all, join organizations around campus to become part of a group. You may not fit in with every single one but you have to at least try and put yourself out there. The cam-

pus offers many great organizations for people with all sorts of hobbies and things they enjoy. Moving in to the classroom, get to know the people who sit beside you in class and ask to study with them. It may be awkward the first few times but this is how you will break out of your shell and become part of something meaningful. If worse comes to worse, talk to the counseling center in Naugle Hall for help on how you can become included. There are so many opportunities at your fingertips, you just have to go find them. Going along with that, you will need to reach out yourself without relying on others to help. No one is going to push you

along to get you to feel included. You’ll be waiting forever if you expect someone to help you in this situation. If you ever feel left out, know that you are not alone. You just need to search and find like-minded individuals who are going through the same things you are, which is a lot more common than you may believe. Be confident. You deserve to have friends who care about you. You deserve to feel like you are a part of the group. Do not give up and do not think you will be excluded forever because you will not be. Get out there and feel included. Sincerely, The ShipTalker

Recipe of the Week:

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Creamy Lemon Tomato Spaghetti This parmesan-styled meal is great for a weekend meal to de-stress after a long week of studying for midterms. -

1 lemon 12 ounces of chicken breasts 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise 4 ounces of grape tomatoes 2 tablespoons of cream cheese 1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs


1/2 cup parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 6 ounces of spaghetti noodles 2 cloves of garlic Salt and pepper Vegetable oil

Cooking takes 35 minutes. Serves 4. 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Boil a pot of salted water for pasta. Wash and dry all produce. 2. In a small bowl, combine panko, half the parmesan, and a drizzle of vegetable oil. Then season with salt and pepper. 3. Dry chicken and place on one side of baking sheet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper all over. In a small bowl combine mustard and mayonnaise then brush mixture on top of chicken. Sprinkle panko mixture onto brushed sides. Roast for 15 minutes. 4. Add spaghetti noodles into boiling pot. Cook for 9-11 minutes. In a medium-sized bowl, halve tomatoes and mince garlic. Toss both into the bowl with a drizzle of oil and season with plenty of salt and pepper. 5. Once chicken has roasted for 15 minutes, place seasoned tomatoes on empty side of the sheet and cook for 7-8 minutes. 6. Drain some of the water in spaghetti pot and add butter and cream cheese. Stir until smooth. Add half the tomatoes to pot with spaghetti. Season with salt and pepper.

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7. Divide pasta and chicken between plates. Top pasta with remaining tomatoes and parmesan.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Students present poetry in light of civic responsibility Tiana Thomas Guest Contributor

Shippensburg University’s McFeely’s Cafe served as a place for poetry readings on Sept. 30 for Open Mic Night. Led by SU English professor Nicole Santalucia, Open Mic Night was an event at which all poets were welcomed. Santalucia kicked the night off with a reading of “Pennsylvania on Fire.” She warmed up the crowd and then started calling names from the sign-up sheet. Nicole Potts opened with her two poems, followed by Em Bush with her poem, “How the U.S. Forgot Its History.” Luke Hershey, public relations chair of The Reflector, dusted off his old notebook and read some of his past thoughts from when he was 10 years old. Hershey’s repertoire included: “God’s Not Dead,” “I Love you Jesus,” and “Murder and Death.” He claims he is not a poet, but his composition says otherwise. Hershey said that he enjoyed the night because he grew up in Shippensburg, which was devoid of art, but the Open Mic Night showed that the campus is full of art. He also encouraged the audience to submit to The Reflector, which encourages written and drawn art.

After intermission, it was English major Maddison Mummert’s time to speak. She grew up in a wealthy household and people believed she was stuck up, so she wrote about it and performed at Open Mic Night. Mummert believes that one should get to know someone’s character before making assumptions. “You can’t know someone’s story just by looking at their face,” Mummert said. She doesn’t usually title her poems, but if she did, she would name it, “You See Me.” Anna D’Orazio, editor-in-chief of The Reflector, read “Wendy’s on Buckwalter Road,” where she gives a brief description of her working experience at Wendy’s. She believes that anyone can relate to it because it is about human understanding. “That’s what makes art so cool because it’s always that unified experience that people can relate to,” D’Orazio said. Communication/Journalism major Marissa Wright came in with hopes to get extra credit for her First-Year Seminar class from Santalucia. When she initially came, she was a little nervous, but once she finished her poem, she was relieved and happy that she got to perform and

to receive the extra credit. Dontae Harris, an SU junior, originally tagged along in support of his friend L.S.D. who performed, “Diary of a Mixed Black Woman.” Once he heard that anyone could sign up, he put his name on the list. He performed his interactive poem “It” where he asked us to listen to his words and figure out what “it” is. Once he started speaking, he dominated the room by walking around McFeely’s and interacting with his audience. His voice encaptivated the crowd while he talked about his past experiences through his cypher. He says he enjoyed it because he was able to perform and promote his fashion show that is coming up on Nov. 2. “I was able to have people see me under a different light,” Harris said. Harris also explained that he memorizes all of his raps by walking and talking, “I have the best conversations with myself. I don’t like to look at my phone… it’s more authentic when I don’t.” At the end of the night, the 18 poets had shown their creative side. There was no seat left untouched, poem unread and most of the refreshments were gone by intermission.

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Junior English major Luke Hershey read poems from his childhood memories aloud at the Open Mic Night on Sept. 30 in McFeely’s Cafe.

Influential country musician showcases talent at Luhrs Isabella Brignola Asst. A&E Editor

The masterful musician Ronnie Milsap, who was born blind, took the stage at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Friday. The concert marked the famous pianist’s first performance in Shippensburg. The audience was full of classic country fans talking about the performance. Some were friends, others were family and even a few couples sat in the rows of the theater. From the oldest to the youngest concertgoers, all reminisced about how the music had impacted them as the most popular melodies radiated from the colorful stage. To call Ronnie Milsap a model musician is an understatement. Milsap learned piano when he was 8 and showed

great musical talent at a young age. He attended the North Carolina State School for the Blind in order to assist him with his disability. As he took part in the school’s musical offerings, this great artist began to grow and prosper in his field. In fact, he went to a concert where Ray Charles performed. The established musician asked young Milsap to play and gave him the chance to become a professional. From there, Milsap went on to earn six Grammy Awards, as well as the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year. In addition, he has performed with stars such as Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley. Beyond the plethora of accolades, Milsap’s ability is clear in concert. Between some of the sets, he would begin to talk to his friend and fellow musician Jamie

Brown. This included playful banter about driving, how he came to fame and even the origin of a his number one song “Back on my Mind.” Laughter rippled through the audience at these quick conversations and the pleasure this gave Milsap shone through his smile. As the dialogue played out, a small melody emanated from the pianist’s instrument. Milsap would create soft music to his own stories to add to the ambiance of casual conversation. Milsap’s vocals were even more impressive. Throughout the night, Milsap would sing a song with a lower range but at the end of quite a few songs his voice would go up in a glorious crescendo for a much higher note.

See “MILSAP,” D2

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Theatre practicum students will perform “Everybody” by Branden JacobsJenkins in Memorial Auditorium starting Nov. 6 and ending Nov. 10.

‘Everybody’ encourages selfreflection for audiences Tyler Rock

Guest Contributor

The question of morality and what occurs after death has been discussed for centuries. And the discussion will continue in a play presented at Shippensburg University, Based off of the 15th century morality play, “Everyman,” the Pulitzer Prize finalist play “Everybody” attacks

the meaning of life head on. Following the character, Everybody, throughout their journey as they work through life’s most difficult and trying moments. “Everybody,” written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, is being directed by Shippensburg University Music and Theatre Arts Department professor Paris Peet. The ensemble is com-

prised of 13 SU students from the theatre practicum course. With moments that tug on the heart, and others that will hopefully make audience members throw their heads back laughing, the audience will be immediately immersed in Everybody’s battle of their life coming to an abrupt close. See “EVERYBODY,” D2

Leah’s Music Predictions: flor Leah Fuoco

Guest Contributor

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Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Ronnie Milsap performed at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Oct. 4.

This week’s prediction is all about the band “flor.” I am all about this band right now. Formed in Oregon in 2014, the band has been making music for a while, but I only found out about them in 2018 when I heard their single “Get Behind This.” The band just recently released a new album called “ley lines.” It’s a great mix of pop and indie. Their music is great because you can just relax and chill out to it or you can dance to some of it.

It’s a great mix. Some tracks that I love on the new album are “dancing around,” “white noise” and “aiming low.” The most unique thing about this band is the lead singer, Zachary Grace’s falsetto and vocal range. It’s absolutely amazing. The first time I heard it I could’ve sworn it was women but it’s not. In addition, if you love synthesizer or electronic beats you will love flor. The band is currently on tour on the West Coast. Overall, they’re just a really cool, different band. I’m hoping after their tour we can expect them to get back in the studio and create some new tunes.


October 8, 2019 From “EVERYBODY,” D1

For Katherine Hargrove, a junior history and interdisciplinary arts major, this is her first time in the Theatre Practicum course, but she is no stranger to the Memorial Auditorium stage. She has previously been in Act V Theatre Co.’s productions of “Tracks,” “Dear Harvey” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Hargrove has also written and performed, “Drama Whore,” a one-woman show in spring 2019. Hargrove plays the roles of God, Understanding and Usher in “Everybody.” With three roles, her characters surprisingly do not interact with many other cast members, which she said has challenged her as an actor. “It’s been really interesting to engage with others to the fullest in such limited circumstances,” Hargrove said. Excited to gather as much on-stage time with her friends as possible, Cassie Zaleski, a senior social work major, is thrilled to be playing the role of Kinship in the production. From “MILSAP,” D1

Despite the strain this would put on any singer’s vocals, he continued to sing with a deep, smooth country sound through the entirety of the performance. As talented as Ronnie Milsap is, it would be a shame to leave out the other musicians and the technical aspects of the show that allowed the concert to run so smoothly. Within the band, one amazing singer remained at the front of the stage, cheering on the audience to interact with the band. The performer, Rhonda Hampton, also sang the song “Walkin’ After Midnight” by Patsy


“While family is there for you, or at least should be there for you, you’re responsible for yourself, and you can’t always rely on family,” she said in reference to her character’s mindset on helping “Everybody.” “My character emphasizes independence and importance of being there for yourself,” Zaleski said. Zaleski can be seen playing Margot in an independent production of “Legally Blonde,” coming to Memorial Auditorium in March 2020. “Everybody,” will make its debut at Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 6, with a five-show run, concluding on Nov. 10. Tickets can be purchased online at ship., for $8 (plus fees), along with more information regarding the performance. Tickets for each performance are limited, so make sure to buy them in advance to ensure your attendance at the show. For questions, visit the SU’s Music and Theatre Arts Department page on, or contact Peet.

Cline and amazed the audience with her gentle, yet powerful voice. Another musician brought out smooth jazz blues in the song “Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)” with a melodic saxophone solo. To go with these beautiful musical elements, the vivid lights painted the theme of each song, adding depth to the visuals. Most notably, the design for the song “What Goes on When the Sun Goes Down” incorporated golden beams of light falling in symbolism of the song’s title. At the end of the concert the band gave a special note of praise to all those in the

army who keep the country safe and the police who work for justice. In a grand finale, Ronnie Milsap played the classic song “America the Beautiful” while covered in the strong colors of the American flag. A resounding cheer blasted through the standing audience as the curtains fell. The last sight was that of Ronnie Milsap grinning and waving to the audience as Rhonda Hampton stood by his side. Overall, the concert was well-executed and a pleasure for any classic country fan to enjoy.

Three-dimensional design class shows unique work in exhibit at Kauffman Rebecca Stewart Guest Contributor

Shippensburg University (SU) students filled the lobby of Huber Art Center awaiting the opening of the Kauffman Gallery’s newest exhibit “Fantastic Function” on Sept. 30. The exhibit features works of art by Shippensburg University students in three-dimensional design, a foundational course within the art major. This particular exhibit showcases unique clothing designs. At first glance, the room is filled with various articles of clothing, but here’s the catch; everything is made completely from recycled materials. Visitors walk around the art, smiling, taking snapshots and staring in awe. With music bouncing off the gallery walls, one could only think about being in the middle of designer fashion show. Steven Dolbin, SU professor of both sculpture and 3D-design courses, welcomed visitors to the gallery with a smile. “I wanted students to challenge themselves,” Dolbin explained. “I wanted them to think ‘who would think of using this material?’” Although the project might have been a challenge, SU artists displayed a variety of

different works. Visitors even had the opportunity to witness a dress completely fashioned out of tickets, like those found at a fair, being modeled throughout the gallery. Works of art also featured hundreds of coffee beans and colorful pool noodles to bubble wrap and metal bottle caps. One piece was even created with the use of used Little Caesar pizza boxes. Each design took about 40 to 60 hours to complete. Although the project is time consuming, it is a student favorite, and has been for the past 15 years, according to Dolbin. The project allows students to explore and experiment with different mediums other than typical paint, clay or ink. In fact, three past SU students who have completed the very same assignment are now professional fashion designers. While the exhibit returns every two years, it is always highly anticipated, and certainly does not disappoint. “Fantastic Function” serves as a constant reminder that art can be created anywhere, by anyone, with anything. The exhibit officially opened Sept. 30, and will be located in the Kauffman Gallery until Oct. 23. For gallery hours to view “Fantastic Function”, visit

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Field hockey, E2

Cross country, E3


Name: Gracee Tothero Sport: Swimming Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.

David Balint III (No. 12) is swarmed by a host of West Chester defenders on the Red Raiders’ “Hail Mary” attempt as time expired.

Football falls in final seconds Red Raiders drop heartbreaker on final snap No. 14 West Chester Chris Wurtz Sports Editor

For four quarters on Sunday, The Shippensburg University football team battled punch-for-punch with one of the best teams in the nation. But, injuries and missed opportunities eventually became too much to overcome as the Red Raiders (1-4, 1-1 PSAC) fell to No. 14 West Chester University, 29-21, at Seth Grove Stadium. “That’s all we ask from them all week as coaches; to play with heart and play with passion,” Shippensburg head coach Mark Maciejewski said. “And they did that today. So I’m really proud of them for that. Every single one of them, from the sidelines to the guys on the field.” Despite finding themselves in a quick 10-0 hole midway through the first quarter, the Red Raiders rallied back with two rushing scores from graduate student Luke Durkin to take a 14-10 lead.

West Chester (5-0, 2-0) leapt back in front with a rushing touchdown early in the second quarter, and that score would remain until late in the third quarter when Durkin added his third score of the game. The Golden Rams reclaimed a 22-21 advantage with under two minutes to play in the third before a defensive stalemate ensued in the fourth quarter. The teams traded punts for nearly the entirety of the quarter, at one point punting on six consecutive combined possessions. But West Chester finally broke through with 1:39 to play, taking a 29-21 lead. Shippensburg’s last-minute drive took it inside Golden Ram territory, but came to a screeching halt when redshirt sophomore Brycen Mussina’s “Hail Mary” attempt was swatted away in the end zone as time expired. “Our guys believed the whole way through, up until the final whistle blew,” Maciejewski said.

The SU defense continued to trend in the right direction, forcing five turnovers and making a sequence of enormous stops in the fourth quarter.

“We’re figuring out that if we fight, we’re pretty good. If we play with passion, we have a chance to be successful.” Mark Maciejewski Head Coach “This has got to be a confidence builder for the defense, and we need that,” Maciejewski said. “They put us in some really good positions to do some things on offense. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, they were not able to put those turnovers to good use. They scored off just two of those five turnovers. The other three possessions resulted in two punts and a missed field goal.

Individually, a number of Red Raiders notched landmark defensive performances. Redshirt senior Tig Spinelli finished with a career-high 13 tackles and one sack. Redshirt freshman Tyler Simon had two takeaways alone, and directly contributed to another. He recovered a fumble, made a juggling, acrobatic interception and forced another fumble that was recovered by redshirt senior Deionte Wilson. Wilson, who is a former West Chester Golden Ram, made a leaping interception in the third quarter as well. Offensively, the Red Raiders struggled to move the chains for most of the day. Matters were made worse when Durkin and Mussina each missed most of the fourth quarter due to injury. Durkin racked up the three rushing scores, but rushed for fewer than four yards per carry in a game where running room was hard to find. Mussina completed 16 of

37 passes for 154 yards as the Golden Ram defense largely bottled up the Red Raiders’ aerial assault. “Listen, he missed some reads early on. We gotta clean that up,” Maciejewski said. “We left a lot out there on that field offensively.” Redshirt sophomore Sean Judge led SU in receiving, hauling in three receptions for 61 yards. Redshirt junior Winston Eubanks, one of the premier receiving threats in the conference, faced double-coverage most of the afternoon and was held to just three catches for 20 yards. The Red Raiders are set to hit the road again this weekend to clash with Shepherd University at noon from Ram Stadium. It will certainly be a challenging task, but Maciejewski thinks this team is learning what it is. “We’re figuring out that if we fight, we’re pretty good,” Maciejewski said. “If we play with passion, we have a chance to be successful.”

Position: Breaststroke/ Individual Medley Class: Senior Major: Biology (Pre-Med) Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania Tothero led the Raiders with three individual victories in SU’s come-from-behind 133-129 victory over Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Tothero took gold in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.24 seconds. She later picked up a victory in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.63 seconds. To seal the Raiders’ win, Tothero won the 100-yard individual medley in 1:03.99.

Women’s soccer bested in close PSAC matches against ESU, WCU Isaiah Snead

Asst. Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University women’s soccer team played well in its two games this week, but its efforts were not enough to notch victories against two of the top teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). They fell in back-to-back conference matchups against East Stroudsburg University and nationally-ranked West Chester University. SU (4-6-0, 2-6-0 PSAC) first matched up against ESU at home and dominated the possession early and for most of the game. The Raiders led in shots on goal, 9-3, and in corner kicks, 7-3, but could not find the back of the net in the first half with a number of near-misses and even a shot bouncing off the post. Senior Izzy Weigel finally got SU on the board in the 63rd minute after she finished a pass from junior Mara Bowman. The squad was already down 3-0 at that point, however, and they could not muster a comeback, ultimately falling to the Warriors 3-1. SU coach Rob Fulton talked about the frustration of not getting some of those shots in the back of the net. “It’s just frustrating because the creation of opportunities was fantastic and we moved the

ball really well,” Fulton said. “We connected and played really well into the final third and we got great chances. We just have to stick some of those away.” Junior goalkeeper Delaney Shifflett had an uncharacteristic game, giving up three goals two of which she misplayed. She was relieved in the 66th minute by sophomore Kasey Doss. The Raiders then headed to Rockwell Field to battle with No. 12 ranked West Chester, but they could not pull off the upset, falling 2-1. The Rams came out hot with a goal in the sixth minute but Weigel answered just nine minutes later, rocketing a ball into the high net off a pass from sophomore Allie Christman for her fourth goal of the season. After each team scored a goal in the first 15 minutes, it took until the 77th minute for the next goal to occur, when West Chester’s Olivia Muha scored her second goal of the game. With the Raiders now on a three-game losing streak, Fulton spoke about what his team needed to do to get back in the win column. “I think we have proved that we can play with anybody in the PSAC East for sure,” Fulton said. “We’re a really young team and I’m proud of our efforts. If we play like this in games coming up and finish some more of our chances then we’re going to find some wins.” The Raiders’ next game is at Mansfield University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.

Lauren Ocker pushes the ball up the sideline during the Raiders’ 3-1 loss to ESU. Ocker took four shots, including one on goal, in the loss.


October 8, 2019


Raiders’ Corner Football falls to 1-4 after close 29-21 loss to West Chester - Luke Durkin ran for 95 yards and three touchdowns - Brycen Mussina struggled to the tune of only 154 yards passing and no touchdowns - Defense forced five turnovers and recorded three sacks Field hockey rebounds with 2-1 win over Mansfield - Jazmin Petrantonio finished with a goal and an assist on nine shots - Emily Stauffer, in the first minute of the

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info

Valen Alonso approaches the net and takes one of her four shots against East Stroudsburg. She scored the Raiders’ lone goal in the fourth quarter of a 2-1 loss to the No. 4 nationally-ranked Warriors.

game, scored her third goal of the season

Field hockey splits pair of PSAC games

- SU dominated Mansfield, outshooting

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them 29-8 (14-0 in the fourth quarter) Volleyball moves to 4-0 in games this season against PSAC competition - Gabriella Johnson totaled 22 kills and 34 digs over the weekend - Megan Forstburg recorded 35 digs against Seton Hill - SU is currently 12-3 overall and 4-0 in conference play, good for second in the PSAC Southeast Division

Men’s soccer falls to West Chester 3-0 - SU struggled to get anything going on offense, getting outshot 11-2 - Bradley Brickman made four saves and allowed three goals

Asst. Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University field hockey team split a pair of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) games last week, losing to East Stroudsburg University 2-1 and defeating Mansfield University 2-1. Against East Stroudsburg, the Raiders (5-4, 2-1 PSAC) struggled to get anything going for much of the game. A costly turnover deep in the SU zone within the first two minutes of the game led to an easy goal for ESU’s Celeste Veenstra. East Stroudsburg (10-1, 3-0 PSAC) further jumped on the Raiders, scoring another goal less than five minutes later to make it a 2-0 game. The Raiders’ performance in the first half, specifically the first quarter, could not have been worse. They were outshot 12-0 (9-0 in the first quarter) and had given up two goals. East Stroudsburg, ranked No. 4 in the nation, is not a team against which they could afford to fall behind and still win the game. It was not until the fourth quarter that the Raiders’ offense began to gain some momentum. Six of the team’s seven shots came in that quarter. In the 51st minute,

sophomore Valen Alonso netted her second goal of the season to make the game closer, 2-1. After the game, head coach Tara Zollinger highlighted the difference between the first three quarters and the fourth quarter. “We started to compete and actually play the hockey we know how to play,” Zollinger said. “I think for the first three quarters, we were back on our heels a lot. We didn’t go to the ball and we didn’t have our intangibles.” Despite the team’s struggles throughout most of the game, they still had a chance in the game’s final minute to tie the game. With under 10 seconds remaining, junior Jazmin Petrantonio connected with Alonso on a pass that went the full length of the field. Alonso had to get past one East Stroudsburg defender, but was unable to do so and her shot missed the net. Going into Saturday’s game against Mansfield (7-3, 1-1 PSAC), the Raiders knew they had to rebound with a good performance, and that is what they did. Junior Emily Stauffer got the scoring going early, within the first minute of the game, with her third goal of

the season. She deflected a shot by Petrantonio into the right side of the goal. Later in the first quarter, Petrantonio netted goal No. 13 on the season off of a penalty stroke to make the game 2-0. Coming out of halftime, Mansfield quickly made it a one-goal game. Dana Evans scored her 14th goal of the season off a scramble in front of the net. Despite outshooting Mansfield 15-8 through the first three quarters, Mansfield still was only down one goal. However, the Shippensburg offense clicked into a high gear in the fourth quarter, never allowing Mansfield to get even one shot off in the entire quarter. The Raiders effectively put together a rebound performance against Mansfield, outshooting them 29-8 (21-6 in shots on goal) and putting together a full, 60-minute effort. After the team’s loss to East Stroudsburg earlier in the week, coach Zollinger had some choice words about the team’s play up to that point this season. “Our biggest thing is we need to compete for a whole 60 minutes,” Zollinger said. “You can’t choose when you want to compete. If you

choose when you want to compete, the opponent is going to take advantage of that. I think our biggest thing is we need to decide who we want to be and what we want to become: A team that competes or a team that doesn’t.” The Raiders have a championship pedigree, winning the NCAA Division II National Championship each of the past three seasons. They have mostly the same team as last season (the lone exception was the graduation of goalkeeper Ally Mooney) and know that they have the talent to be one of the best teams in the country. However, they have not consistently played like it this season. The Raiders are 0-4 against the other nationally ranked teams they have played and have lost to each of them by one goal. Up next for the Raiders is a challenging stretch where they play three nationally ranked teams (Millersville University on the road on Tuesday, Kutztown University at home on Saturday and West Chester University on the road on Oct. 16). They will have a chance to right the ship and gain some momentum heading into the end of the season.

Volleyball remains perfect in conference with win over Seton Hill Courtesy of SU Sports Info.

The Shippensburg University volleyball team rallied Friday night, taking the final two sets to come from behind and defeat visiting Seton Hill in a five-set Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) barnburner from Heiges Field House. Set scores were 25-16, 18-25, 2125, 25-23 and 15-9. Shippensburg (11-3, 3-0 PSAC) and Seton Hill (5-6, 1-2) combined for 27 blocks on the night and mostly kept each other’s offenses at bay. The two squads also combined for more than 200 digs, as five players from each team finished with double-digit digs. The Raiders swung .119, while the Griffins swung .077. Despite each team’s relatively strong defense, aces were also prevalent on the night. Shippensburg served

10 aces — including four by junior Gianna Sigado — while Seton Hill had nine aces of its own. Redshirt-freshman Syera McCormick and freshman Maria Lucas each contributed two aces for the Raiders. Senior Megan Forstburg finished with a career-high 35 digs — marking the fourth time in her career she has recorded 30 or more digs in a match. She also had four assists. Junior Emily Hangen finished with 40 assists and 17 digs Senior Samantha Webber led the Raiders with 16 kills and hit .229. She also equaled a career high with six digs. Senior Gabriella Johnson posted her seventh double-double of the year with 10 kills and 17 digs, while Sigado knocked home nine kills and 16 digs. Senior Kendall Johnson had a hand in seven blocks

(three solo), while Webber and Gabriella Johnson each contributed to five blocks (each had two solo). Johnson also smashed seven kills. Friday marked the 27th career match in which Kendall Johnson produced five or more blocks. Junior Alana Pergine and sophomore Keri Gearhart each had important roles off the bench as outside hitters. Pergine had five kills and hit a strong .235 from the floor. Gearhart filled in during the fourth set and delivered three kills while hitting .167 overall. Seton Hill received another excellent performance from All-PSAC performer Viktoria Farian, who paced the Griffins with 16 kills and a match-high 36 digs. Farian hit .150 despite 60 attempts.

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info

The Raiders celebrate around defensive specialist Megan Forstburg (No. 2) during a set against visiting Seton Hill. After dropping two of the first three sets, the Raiders rallied to take the final two sets.



October 8, 2019

Men’s and women’s swimming win home openers against rival IUP Courtesy of SU Sports Info.

Photos courtesy of Abigail Lee

Madison Murtland finished as the Raiders’ No. 3 runner at the Paul Short Run. She has placed within SU’s Top 3 in each of its three meets this season.

Raiders fall short at Lehigh University’s Paul Short Run Abigail Lee

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The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s cross-country teams traveled to Lehigh University on Saturday to compete in the Paul Short Run. The course conditions were ideal for the meet. The day started off cold, but by the time the Raiders took the course it was ideal racing weather. It was a welcome change for the Raider athletes, as past renditions of the Paul Short Run had been plagued by intense heat and mud. The competition at Paul Short was steep, with schools from all around the country, including Tennessee, Geor-

gia, Utah, New Hampshire and Colorado. SU’s women, after winning the Brown race last year, took a big step back. The Raiders placed 42nd out of 44 teams in the 6,000-meter run. However, the team is young and there were many personal bests run by several athletes. Freshman Isabelle Gulgert led the Raiders, running 22:57. She placed 151st out of 370 runners. Sophomore Kyra Gerber, the Raiders’ No. 2 runner, improved her personal best time by 44 seconds, placing 175th with a time of 23:10. The SU men placed 38th out of 45 in the Brown race, an 8,000-meter run, and also had three runners in the

open race. Freshman Chayce Macknair was the first finisher for the Raiders and the 110th finisher in the Brown race with a time of 25:48. The Raiders’ second finisher was freshman Andrew Foster, who finished in 199th place. He ran 26:20, 12 seconds faster than his previous race. Three seconds behind Foster was freshman Zander Ermold in 211th place, running 26:23. Both the men and women will compete next weekend at Bloomsburg University for the chance to test out the PSAC Conference Championship course.

Jade Fry (left) and Amanda LaVana finished within four seconds of one another at the Paul Short Run. Each runner broke the 25-minute mark in the 6K run.

Tuesday - Field hockey at Millersville, 6 p.m.

The Shippensburg University men’s swimming team opened its 2019-20 dual meet schedule at home Wednesday by lapping a shorthanded IUP squad, claiming the fastest time in all 14 contested events and defeating the Crimson Hawks by a 140-90 score from Donald N. Miller Pool. Of the prevalent Shippensburg gold on the night included senior Jeff Beyer taking the 200-yard (1:47.33), 500-yard (4:57.01) and 1,000-yard freestyle (10:18.93) events and sophomore Andrew Hale touching the wall first in the 50-yard breaststroke (27.64), 100yard breaststroke (59.97) and 100-yard IM (54.15). Freshman Michael Hannig had the fastest time in the 50-yard backstroke (25.72) and the 100-yard backstroke (54.98). Fellow freshman Alec Burger was the first to touch the wall in the 50-yard butterfly (24.63 seconds), while sophomore Vin Salvatore achieved the feat in the 100-yard butterfly (53.17). Junior Hunter Keck impressed in the 50-yard freestyle, winning in 22.11 seconds. Sophomore Trevor Woolwine won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.60 seconds. Hannig, Hale, Salvatore and Keck teamed up to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:38.11. Keck, Woolwine, Hannig and Beyer formed

the 200-yard freestyle relay that swam 1:28.96. The Raiders swam exhibitions in the final five events of the night. The Shippensburg University women’s swimming team won eight of the 14 contested events Wednesday night in its 2019-20 home opener, including the meet-concluding 200-yard freestyle relay, to come from behind and defeat visiting IUP, 133-129, in a dual meet from Donald N. Miller Pool. Senior Gracee Tothero and sophomore Madison Breiner combined for five individual event victories on the night that proved pivotal for the Raiders. Additionally, SU won both backstroke events — junior Mari Reott in the 50 and sophomore Tomomi Nakano in the 100 — to help claim victory over the Crimson Hawks. Tothero had a remarkable night, for claiming gold in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.24. She came back later to win the 100yard freestyle in 56.63 seconds, and most importantly, touch the wall first in the 100-yard IM with a time of 1:03.99 that put the Raiders in position to wrestle away the victory with a win in the final relay. Tothero also swam a breaststroke leg on a 200-yard medley relay that started out the meet. Breiner, who has switched to more sprint freestyle events after primarily fo-

cusing on distance events last season, came through with the victory in the 50yard freestyle by swimming 26.10 seconds. Later, she enhanced her distance interval back up to 500 yards but still emerged victorious, posting a time of 5:32.94 for the win. The win was secured after senior Gabriella Johnson, Breiner, junior Kayla Sudbrink and Nakano beat IUP by more than a second in the 200-yard freestyle relay, posting a victorious time of 1:43.24. Johnson was lauded Wednesday with a Senior Night ceremony — the meet marked her lone opportunity to compete at home this season due to conflicts with her also in the midst of her volleyball season. She also got to swim against her sister, IUP’s Rachel Johnson — Rachel edged Gabriella in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events. Tothero’s swim in the 200 freestyle, Nakano’s swim in the 100-yard backstroke, and Johnson’s swim in the 100yard breaststroke all satisfied the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying standard in their respective event. Shippensburg is back in action in nine days when it heads to New Haven, Connecticut, for a tri-meet with Southern Connecticut and West Chester.

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Both men’s and women’s SU swimming teams opened the season with wins.

This Week in Raider Sports Friday

Saturday (cont.)

- Men’s/women’s swimming at Southern Connecticut, 5 p.m.

- Football at Shepherd, 12 p.m.

- Volleyball at Slippery Rock, 7 p.m.

- Volleyball at Clarion, 1 p.m. - Field hockey vs. Kutztown, 1 p.m.



Saturday (cont.)

- Women’s soccer at Mansfield, 4 p.m.

- Men’s/women’s swimming at Southern Connecticut, 10 a.m.

- Men’s soccer at Slippery Rock, 1 p.m.

- Men’s/women’s cross country at Bloomsburg Invitational, TBA - Tennis vs. Clarion, 11 a.m.

- Tennis vs. IUP, 2:30 p.m.

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