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APB to host spring concert experience Hannah Pollock Asst. News Editor The Shippensburg University Activities Program Board (APB) recently announced its annual concert through social media updates and drawings on sidewalks around campus. Rumors had been spreading across campus that the annual fall concert had been canceled because of a lack of funds in APB’s budget. APB concert coordinator Chase Fisher put those rumors to rest. “We’re not out of money,” he said. Fisher explained that the lack of a fall concert this year was because of APB’s busy fall semester schedule. “There’s so much that APB does. [We did] parents and family weekend, homecoming, along with all of our other smaller scheduled events and trips. It’s a lot.” APB has seen an increase in student participation in both on-campus and

off-campus activities. Fisher reported that more than 600 people attended the private, after-hours, SU-only event held at Target in Chambersburg. Fisher said the fall semester typically has more activities than the spring semester, but this year APB decided to change that. “We get to the spring semester and there’s nothing to do. So we thought ‘Why not move the concert?’ and we did,” he said. The concert is set for Feb. 2, 2019. The date is not the only aspect of APB’s concert to change. Students can expect major changes to the entire “Xperience.” “The Concert Xperience, Powered by APB” has appeared on sidewalks across campus and APB social media accounts, creating student interest. APB is excited to hold this year’s concert in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

“There are various positive aspects of using Luhr’s instead of Heiges Field House,” Fisher said. “We won’t have to spend extra money building the stage and transforming Heiges into a concert venue.” With a new date and venue, APB also decided to completely rebrand the annual APB concert. “We’re trying to change the entire concert experience. There will be a complete change in the atmosphere at Luhrs. There will be decorations and activities in addition to the concert. Students won’t recognize the theater,” Fisher said. For now, the artist’s identity will remain a mystery, but students are encouraged to follow @shipapb on social media, where the artist announcement will be made soon. When asked who the artist was, Fisher could only say one thing. “I think a lot of people will be really excited.”

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“The Concert Xperience, Powered by APB” appeared on campus sidewalks and on APB social media accounts to promote the concert in February.

A.C.T calls students together Drew Lovett Staff Writer

Echoes of chatter bounced off the walls of Shippensburg University’s Gilbert Hall as people gathered for a discussion about social issues and inequities faced on campus. Ask. Communicate. Teach Tolerance. (A.C.T) gathered SU administrators, faculty and leaders from across campus to participate in “A Call to Action.” The SU organization was created within the Office of Multicultural Stu-

dent Affairs (MSA) to encourage SU students and community members to have an open dialogue on campus. Student Government Association Senator and original A.C.T member Isaiah Smith explained that the meeting was called after a student made a Facebook post that described wanting to wear a Boston police academy sweatshirt, and how he frequently traveled with weapons on campus. “It was pretty much a threat to all black people,” Smith said. The organization was originally called

“facing your ignorance,” but members decided to change the name because of backlash. The organization presented a campaign, then a proposal to administration and staff to get into classrooms to build relationships and ultimately educate SU students. Smith described a picture of people in blackface and an alumnus’s Snapchat post with a racial slur in it as fuel for the organization’s leaders to bring problemsolvers together. See “A.C.T,” A2

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Students hold an open conversation and share their thoughts at the Ask, Communicate, Teach Tolerance (A.C.T) call to action that was held on Thursday afternoon. The event was held to address social issues on campus, including a Facebook post made by a student that threatened others.


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Democracy Day urges students to head to polls Shannon Long News Editor Shippensburg University hosted the second biannual Democracy Day on Nov. 5 to celebrate student voting. The event held in the Dauphin Humanities Center lobby featured a board for students to write why they were going to vote, food, dogs and speakers. Ship Votes had a table with information about the candidates and the rides to the polls program that was held the next day. SU sophomore Olivia Miller was volunteering at Democracy Day with the SU animal alliance club. It brought a dog to the event to provide moral support for students. Miller said it is important that college students are informed with what is going on in the government. “It’s important for people our age because we’re the next generation of people to get involved in politics,” she said. SU junior Thomas Fisher was participating in Democracy Day with Ship Votes. He provided non-partisan candidate information for students so they could make an informed decision at the poles the next day. “I think Democracy Day is important because it’s a demonstration of how all of us as students need to be involved in our democracy to make sure that what happens in our future is decided by us as opposed to other people,” Fisher said.











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Event honors victims of gun violence Shannon Long News Editor

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Students stand in front of the Old Main fountain holding candles to remember gun violence victims. The event was created to allow students to come together and know they do not have to go through the grieving process alone.

Members of Shippensburg University gathered together in front of the Old Main fountain to remember loved ones lost to gun violence at the Living Through You event on Nov. 6. The event began with a speech by Aliyah Mensah who organized the event with her friend Deanna Hatcher. Mensah spoke about her cousin, Nasim Alameen, who motivated her to create the event. Alameen was killed this year because of gun violence. Nov. 6 would have been his 22nd birthday. Mensah was also motivated to create the event to allow people who may be grieving for the same reasons to come together and support one another. One of her goals was to create a support system for students, and for them to know that they do not have to grieve alone. “This event isn’t to try to take away anyone’s guns,” Mensah said. “This is not a rally.” She encouraged people to take a step back when they get into an altercation and remember that there are more ways to settle an argument than turning to a gun, and to think of that person’s family. Candles were passed around to those in attendance in honor of loved ones. Mensah asked that anyone who knew Alameen or someone affected by gun violence to speak about it.

Students shared stories about people in their lives who they lost because of gun violence. Hatcher asked those in attendance to look at the people around them as she began speaking. She urged everyone to treat each other with honor, respect and superiority. Earlier this year, Hatcher hosted a gun violence awareness event in Philadelphia to educate young people about the harmfulness of gun violence. She believes her place in this world is to make an impact on others. “I want to make a huge difference in my community, but I can’t do this alone. That’s why I called you here,” she said. Hatcher asked the audience to make better decisions in their lives and to be aware of how they treat one another. “I encourage you guys to stay woke,” she said. Janet McKeithan-Janifer of the career, mentoring and professional development center encouraged students to reach out to the various resources on campus if they need help grieving. “I know sometimes in our culture we resist getting that level of professional intervention, but there is no shame in that,” she said. She commended Mensah and Thatcher for creating the event for students. The event closed with a balloon release, and the word “peace” was said as students let go of them.

Speaker addresses stereotypes created by media Marisa Cass Staff Writer

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Travis Dixon shares some of his background and personal experience dealing with stereotypes. He explained the idea that people’s reality is often influenced by the TV they watch, and how the media can create stereotypes.

What would you think was the most asked question Travis L. Dixon, an African-American, received at his orientation at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)? “Are you an athlete?” Dixon said was the most asked question he received as a new student at one of the topranked schools in America. “No one knew who I was, all they saw was my skin color. So, the assumption was the only way I could be in college is because I was an athlete,” Dixon said. “I was not the athlete guy, I was the nerd. My understanding of things was — this obviously came from the media.” During his freshman year at UCLA, Dixon had a white roommate, as well as white peers who would engage in “freshman geek conversations.” They would talk about their GPA, SAT scores and how many AP credits they had. He noticed while everyone was sharing their accomplishments, they seemed surprised when Dixon spoke about his. The stereotype was, “Black

ized as a problem with Muslims,” he said. People have seen recent examples of terrorism that include white men as the assailants. A white man opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, shaking the entire city. A white man mailed explosives to political officials, and another white man attempted to shoot up a predominately African-American church. An additional stereotype in the media includes a study of the perception of poverty between different races. In this study, black families are overrepresented as being poor by 35 percent, while white families are underrepresented as being poor by 49 percent. Dixon ended his lecture with the three predicted social media groups. The unconscious bias group is traditional media consumers. The stereotype confirmers group assumes their identity is being under attack and blames other groups, and the anti-stereotype activist group uses digital media tools to break down stereotypes.

Democrats promise gun control action

From “A.C.T,” A1 “Racism, microaggressions and overall lack of human understanding is a problem on campus that we’re adamant to fix,” Smith said. The group played an activity explained by junior Desiree Sourbeer in which individual cards were passed out and each number triggered a different social cue. People with ace through five cards could not be talked to; cards six through 10 could create pleasant conversation and people who received the royal sweep cards were to be bowed to. After playing for several minutes, Sourbeer separated the crowd and asked how the judgment exercise made everyone feel. “It just made me feel awful,” yelled one student from the crowd, another explained how it was hard to ignore people or know how to properly respond.

people are either not very smart, or they’re athletes, or both,” he said. Dixon is a professor and Communication Alumni Professorial Scholar at the University of Illinois. On Nov. 5, he gave Shippensburg University students the knowledge of stereotypes in the media sponsored by The Black Heritage Committee. The cultivation hypothesis is an idea that explains that the more TV someone watches, the more it begins to have an influence on their perception of reality. “Media begins to shape your reality,” Dixon said. An example of the cultivation hypothesis is if someone sees people getting killed, beaten up, or in fights on television, they might think the world is a violent place. When people regularly see African-Americans, Latinos, undocumented immigrants, or other minorities playing criminals, it forms an idea about those ethnicities, he said. “It’s how our minds make sense of the world,” Dixon said. Another way of stereotyping is how people perceive terrorism. “Terrorism is character-

Matthew Daly Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings, including a late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people. Measures including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons are likely to reach the House floor when Democrats retake control after eight years of Republican rule. “The American people deserve real action to end the daily epidemic of gun violence that is stealing the lives of our children on campuses, in places of worship and on our streets,’’ said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader who is running for a second stint as House speaker. Pelosi vowed to push for a range of actions to stem gun violence, including restrictions on high-capacity magazines and a measure allowing temporary removal of guns from people deemed an imminent risk to themselves or others. Dave Krovich/The Slate

Students participate in an activity as a part of the A.C.T call to action. The activity was created to teach them about judgment using playing cards.



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Students host shoe drive Program seeking donations for local school district for school food program Elizabeth Ziemba SU Social Work Student

Senior social work majors at Shippensburg University are conducting a shoe drive for Shippensburg Area School District, which aligns with their Practice with Organizations and Communities class. Angeliz Collazo, Josh Hager, Leah Rogers and Elizabeth Ziemba call their shoe and sock drive “Getting Their Kicks.” The idea came from a need raised by the school counselors that some families in the Shippensburg Area School District do not have the money to purchase new shoes and socks for their children. In the United States, about

21 percent of children live in poverty, while 43 percent of children live in low-income families, according to Shoes That Fit. Poverty is “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. When living in poverty, shoes are not the No. 1 priority for families. They will prioritize food, rent, and medical care first, before thinking of buying their children new shoes. The student group is looking for new or gently-used shoes, and new socks. They are collecting a variety of men’s and women’s shoes ranging from size 5 to 13,

From “CONTROL,” A2 The measures could win approval in the Democratic-controlled House next year but will face opposition from the Republican-controlled Senate and the White House, where President Donald Trump has promised to “protect the Second Amendment.’’ Still, gun control advocates believe they have the political momentum to make guns a central issue next year. The political calculus on guns is changing, said Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, whose Florida district includes the Parkland high school where 17 people were killed in February. “We saw it start on Tuesday and we’re going to see it accelerate in January,’’ he said. Gun control was a major issue even before the most recent shootings. Lawmakers debated action following the Parkland attack and a 2017 shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead, and ultimately took modest steps to boost school safety funds and improve compliance with the federal background check system for gun purchases. The Democrats’ new majority includes dozens of candidates who support gun control, including Lucy McBath in Georgia, whose 17-year-old son was fatally shot in 2012 and who made gun violence the centerpiece of her campaign At least 17 newly elected House Democrats back stricter gun laws, including Jennifer Wexton, Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria in Virginia, who defeated incumbents backed by the National Rifle Association. In Colorado, Democrat Jason Crow beat GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, who received an A rating from the NRA and more than $37,000 in campaign contributions from the group. “I do think there’s new energy’’ on gun issues, even before the California assault late Wednesday night and an Oct. 27 shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, said Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Our base is worked up, and people are reacting in a positive way at the ballot box,’’ said Brown, who campaigned

and different types of socks including mid-calf and ankle socks in all sizes. The group will be collecting the donations until Nov. 20. They are collecting on and off campus. On SU’s campus, collection boxes are in Shippen Hall Room 382, and on the main floor of the library. Boxes throughout the community are located at Jennings Chevrolet Buick GMC, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Chambersburg and Shippensburg’s Oasis of Love Church, Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Ziemba is a social work student promoting this event for her Practice of Organizations and Community class.

with the three Virginia Democrats in the final week alongside a stream of volunteers. “A large number of folks showed up and knocked on doors and said they finally have a candidate who will do something about gun violence,’’ she said. Wexton, Spanberger and Luria all made gun violence a central issue in their campaigns — disproving the notion that gun control is a “third rail’’ of politics that Democrats should not talk about, Brown said. “We’re finding candidates who aren’t afraid to talk about this issue,’’ she said. Spending to support candidates backing tougher gun control surged this year, even as campaign spending by the NRA declined. Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pledged $30 million for this year’s elections and continued to put new money into competitive races in the final days. A political action committee formed by Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman wounded in a shooting, spent nearly $5 million. Sixty-one percent of voters who responded to VoteCast, a survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press, said they support stricter gun laws, compared with 8 percent who said they should be loosened. Eighty-six percent of those supporting Democratic candidates backed stricter gun laws, along with 34 percent of those who supported Republicans. McBath said her victory over Republican Rep. Karen Handel sent a strong message to the country. “Absolutely nothing — no politician & no special interest — is more powerful than a mother on a mission,’’ she said in a tweet. McBath, an African-American, became a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety after her son was slain at a Florida gas station by a white man angry over the loud music the black teenager and his friends had been playing in their car. While encouraged by the election results, gun control advocates know that getting any kind of weapons or ammunition ban signed into law will be difficult if not impossible in the next Congress.

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Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition (SCRC) is asking for donations for the Hound Packs Program. Non-perishable items such as the ones pictured above can be donated at various locations on and off campus. Shannon Long News Editor The Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition (SCRC) is asking for non-perishable food donations as part of a food drive for the Hound Packs Program. There are two food drives — one on campus and one at Weis Markets in Shippensburg. Food being accepted at SU includes canned goods such as tuna, stew, soup, ravioli, boxed pasta, rice, macaroni and cheese, granola bars, peanut butter, cereal and oatmeal. There are nine collection boxes in Old Main,

Wright Hall, Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, Rowland Hall, Dauphin Humanities Center and the Naugle, Harley, Kieffer and McCune Hall lobbies. Donations will be accepted from now until the end of the semester. At the Shippensburg Weis Markets there is a collection bin in the check-out area. Signs are posted around the store with items that can be donated. The drive will run from now through November. Hound Packs provides weekend meals for students who experience food insecurity in the Shippensburg

Area School District. Poverty levels in Shippensburg are double the national average, and half of the students in the school district receive free or reduced lunches, according to a press release from the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition. Because Hound Packs provides individual meals, they ask that people do not donate bulk items. They also ask that no items packaged with glass are donated. If you have any questions, contact Troy Okum at vista@ or call (717)-4771710.

Democrats win U.S. House seats, races for governor, U.S. Senate Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania elected a state record four women to the U.S. House on Tuesday as Democrats smashed the state’s all-male congressional delegation, picked up three seats in the chamber and ousted a three-term Republican. Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will return for a second term, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey won a third term and Democrats chipped away at the huge Republican majorities in the state Legislature. In the U.S. House, Mary Gay Scanlon, Madeleine Dean, Susan Wild and Chrissy Houlahan stand to become the first women from Pennsylvania to serve full terms in Congress since 2014, while U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb beat three-term Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in a suburban Pittsburgh race pitting two incumbent representatives against each other. Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation will be a 9-9 tie, giving Democrats their most seats in eight years in a state President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016’s presidential election. The Democrats’ victories came amid a favorable election climate and the state’s highest midterm turnout in nearly 25 years. The party was aided by a backlash against Trump, the most U.S. House open seats in decades and new court-ordered congressional district

boundaries that made seats more competitive. Pennsylvania has never sent more than two women to Congress at any one time, according to information from Chatham University. Lamb, a former Marine and federal prosecutor who won a special election in March to an open seat in southwestern Pennsylvania, scored another victory Tuesday in a district that had backed Trump in 2016. Both Lamb and Rothfus live in a newly drawn district, a quirk of the state Supreme Court’s overhaul of Pennsylvania’s congressional boundaries after it ruled the districts had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans in 2011. Casey and Wolf had led polls by big margins for months, leaving little doubt about the outcome of their races Tuesday night. Casey, the 58-year-old son of the late governor, beat Republican Congressman Lou Barletta, a staunch Trump backer who had been endorsed in a state the president won just two years ago. Casey’s victory gives him a third six-year term in office and ensures that Trump will have another swing-state opponent in the Senate. The race was a far cry from Pennsylvania’s record-breaking $170 million Senate contest in 2016, likely coming in at under $40 million. Barletta, a prominent anti-illegal immigration hawk, campaigned on Trump’s record, but never gained traction against Casey.

Council of Trustees Updates • A proposal for a new master’s program in science and information systems was approved. • Shippensburg University is making sure students are fed over Thanksgiving break. They will also be bussed to local agencies to support them during the holiday. A community Thanksgiving meal will be provided at the Prince Street United Brethren Church. • More than 3,000 people attended SU’s parent and family celebration in September. • The 2018 retention rate is 72 percent, which is a 1 percent improvement from last year. • The six-year graduation rate is 53 percent, which is up 1 percent. • Applications for the fall of 2019 are up by 10.8 percent. • On Nov. 30 there will be a “Place For You” event for high school students to learn about SU.

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Pennsylvania elected four women to the U.S. House last week. Gov. Tom Wolf was re-elected for a second term, and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey won a third term.



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November 13, 2018

Your World Today

Trump’s disregard of news media leaves impact on U.S. Commentary

Jenna Wise Editor-in-Chief With each passing day, the relationship between President Donald Trump and the media worsens. Meanwhile, the president’s actions on Wednesday have shown that little effort will be put forth on his end to better the situation. Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, repeatedly questioned Trump that day about comments he made regarding the migrant caravan seeking asylum in the U.S. Trump immediately took offense and described Acosta as a “rude, terrible person,” according to NBC. The president told a White House intern to take the microphone out of Acosta’s hand; when she tried to do so, Acosta resisted. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders later claimed in a statement that Acosta acted inappropriately and put “his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” Later, when a video of the incident was released, it became evident

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Trees around campus have been changing colors and dropping their leaves recently. Temperatures have been dropping with the change in season, too.

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that Sanders’ claims were false, and that Acosta never touched the intern. When Acosta tried to return to the White House later that night, he was denied access and forced to turn in his press pass — all because the president did not like the questions he was being asked. This incident is only the latest in a string of attacks the president has initiated against media organizations that he has labeled “fake news.” Trump’s hatred of the media has transferred to his followers, many of whom are conservative Fox News-watchers who dislike CNN, NBC and others for their liberal slants. In recent months, journalists have been subjected to a newsroom shooting, pipe bombs arriving in their mailboxes and numerous threats from the public. It is a scary world to live in — one where the truth is labeled as fake because people do not like it, and exaggerating facts is considered normal. In today’s America, it is impossible to know what is true or false. Trump, by himself, has lied or exaggerated more than 6,000 times since his inauguration, according to the Washington Post. What is even worse is that the president’s supporters choose to believe him over the media, de-

spite his track record. Until recently, journalists were accepted as the gatekeepers of truth. If it was not for legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, for instance, Richard Nixon’s involvement with the Watergate scandal may not have been revealed as it was. What many people do not understand about journalists is the amount of hours that go into getting an accurate and well-written story. Reporters work long hours — including on weekends and holidays — all for the sake of informing the public about what is newsworthy. Many reputable news organizations have a slight political slant, but are still able to commit to unbiased news reporting. In fact, much of what Trump and the public has declared as “fake news” has never been proven as so. Sure, journalism does not involve medicine or law. But holding the truth is a powerful thing. It is what unites and destroys people — our president is proof of that. By shutting journalists out, the president is allowing America to become shut off from the truths of the world. Journalists are not the enemy of the people, Mr. President. But if you continue to create a vitriolic society, you will make yourself into an enemy.

Cell phone stolen from Deerfield Commons Megan Rinaldo-Lane, 42, of Shippensburg, reported that her cell phone was stolen from her Deerfield Commons residence on Nov. 3 at approximately 5 p.m. Pennsylvania State Police made contact with the suspect who returned the phone. No charges will be filed. DUI reported in Shippensburg Zada Z. Bookman was arrested for driving under the influence and drug possession on Oct. 20 at approximately 10:30 p.m. during a traffic stop at North Washington and East Earl Street. Bookman was processed and released at the Cumberland County Prison. Drug possession reported in Shippensburg Korey A. Coover, 22, of Shippensburg, was arrested for drug possession on Oct. 19 at approximately 9 p.m. during a traffic stop on North Earl Street and West Burd Street. Coover was processed and released at the Cumberland County Prison. DUI reported in Shippensburg Betty Brooks, 52, of Carlisle, was stopped for a traffic stop for violations on Nov. 4 at approximately 2 a.m. at North Earl Street and Middle Spring Avenue. Brooks was under the influence of alcohol and taken into custody. She was then transported to the Cumberland County Prison.

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President Trump refuses to answer CNN’s chief White House corespondent Jim Acosta during a press conference Wednesday and called him a “rude, terrible person.” This impacts America’s ability to know the truth.

DUI reported in Shippensburg A 19-year-old man was found under the influence of alcohol on Nov. 2 at approximately 3 a.m. during a traffic stop at North Queen Street and Coover Avenue. The investigation is ongoing.

Construction Updates • The Stewart Hall renovation project will result in the closure of the V-1 visitor parking lot located between Stewart and Rowland halls.

This Week on Campus Escape Room

Film Showing

Orchestra Concert

• APB will be hosting an escape room on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building Room 104.

• “Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)” will be shown on Tuesday from 6:30—9 p.m. in Orndorff Theatre.

• The University Community Orchestra and Concert Choir will be performing on Sunday from 3—5 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

Fall Play

Turkey Trot

Basketball Game

• Act V will present “Clue: On Stage” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8—10:15 p.m. and Sunday from 2—4:15 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium.

• The 2018 Wellness Turkey Trot will be held on Sunday from 2—4 p.m. on the rail trail. Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate.

• SU men’s basketball will be playing Wilson College on Wednesday from 7—9 p.m. in Heiges Field House.

• The C-1 commuter parking lot located on Prince Street will be converted to a visitor parking lot during this time. • Commuters will be permitted to park in the R-5 parking lot located along Earl Street. • Americans with Disabilities Act parking is available to those who require it. There are spaces in the A-2 parking lot between Old Main and Horton Hall and in the F/S-2 parking lot adjacent to Rowland and Shearer halls.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Opinion The Slate Speaks

SU’s new housing rules less than ideal Shippensburg University’s updated housing agreement for the 2019-2020 school year requires that students with less than 60 credits live on campus. The list of exemptions is not long — meaning the only exceptions are for students who have a 3.2 GPA, are over 21, are married, live with a parent or guardian within 35 miles of campus or have a dependent child at home. This requirement is intended to “enhance the academic and living-learning environment for students residing in the residence halls; which will increase the number of students living on campus and also will increase the number of students graduating from Shippensburg University,” according to an email from Danny Velez, interim vice president for student affairs. SU will join several other state system schools with the two-year requirement. Nothing about living on campus is cheap. The cheapest housing option and meal plan, a “B-suite” with a 15-meal per week meal plan, costs $11,768 a year. This does not include the cost of tuition and fees, textbooks, suite upgrades, dorm necessities and other additional costs. To put this in perspective, living off-campus rolls in at $4,095 for a 10-month lease at Rocktowne and $5,760 for a 9-month lease at College Park. The cost of living on campus is only increasing and with little reward for students. SU’s dorm perks like private bathrooms, double sinks and granite countertops may be nice on the sur-

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SU’s housing prices have increased in the last year, as the chart displays. face, but they do not make up for the fact that it costs more than a year of tuition to live there. Price is not the only disappointment of on-campus housing, either. Restrictions on decorations, noise, pets and recreational activities, 2 a.m. fire drills and mandatory room-checks make campus housing feel more like a punishment than the freedom that college is supposed to offer. The intentions behind the housing agreement are in the right place — retain-

ing students and improving the quality of students’ campus experience is something that deserves attention — but the two-year requirement suggests it is just a money grab for the university. A college student’s financial decisions stick with him or her well into the future, and mandatory housing requirements could be forcing unnecessary debt onto a vulnerable person. Students have little choice in the matter — either pay up, get the grades

or drop out. A 3.2 GPA standard would require a student to get all B grades or higher. College is a difficult transition for first-year students coming from high-school. A 3.2 GPA average is a lofty standard, even for upperclassmen. Only time will tell if the GPA standard and two-year housing requirement are effective enough to keep students at SU. Otherwise, higher housing costs and tuition rates may be in our future.

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Let’s be honest. No one likes to lose. And for those possessing a healthy ego, defeat is an especially unbearable prospect. Former President Richard Nixon espoused this point of view better than most. In a dated quote published by The New York Times, Nixon warned “You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing.” Suffice it to say, President Donald Trump has embraced the finer points of Nixonian philosophy. On Nov. 7, a day removed from the Republican’s midterm defeat, Trump held a combative press conference that challenged the norms of presidential decorum. After a tense and vicious exchange between Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta, White House personnel attempted to silence the veteran journalist by physically removing his microphone. The optics associated with this overt display of censorship was ugly. But remember that Trump had just lost. And he was angry. Hours after the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced Acosta’s press privileges had been suspended. In an effort to circumvent criticism, Sanders issued a patently false narrative via Twitter. “President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” To validate her claims,

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Conservatives committed to fooling Americans with cuts

To The Editor: talking about doing someI am writing to respond thing about how Medicare to the frequent claim made and Medicaid are defrauded by conservative-Republicans of tens of billions of dollars that Democrats in the Con- every year by those in the gress and in the liberal part health care/medical fields. of the news media support They are NOT talking about “RECKLESS SPENDING” by reducing spending on these the federal government on programs by lowering the exprograms that help people.  I orbitant cost of prescription want the conservatives to tell drugs/medications.  Oh no, the country which ones they that would be taking away want to CUT and REDUCE the precious “Constitutional spending on.  It certainly right” of the pharmaceutical can’t be defense/military industry to make obscene spending.  It has to be Social and immoral profits off peoSecurity because the federal ple’s illnesses and diseases government spends 24 per- and resultant misery and cent of all that it spends on suffering.  Their “ConstituSocial Security alone.  tional right” to total individTHAT’S what they want to ual liberty and freedom to rip cut.  What other programs off and exploit the American are the ones where they people must be protected by imagine that there is much the conservative-Republi“reckless spending” on? cans.  Medicare, Medicaid, food Simply put, when they talk stamps, college student loans about cutting and reducing and unemployment insur- “reckless spending,” they ance benefits.  are talking about wanting Of course, they are NOT to cut the Social Security re-

tirement benefits of not only future retirees but of current retirees as well. “Movement-Conservative” Paul Ryan has suggested a cut of 23-25 percent right at his website (notice that he has already selected the amount of the cut that he has dreamed of and craves for years). When conservative-Republicans such as Ryan talk about “saving” and “reforming” Social Security, other conservative-Republicans know all too well that these are simply codewords and buzzwords that really mean cutting and then eventually abolishing/eliminating Social Security in its entirety. Such sneaky, deceptive, and misleading “stealth” tactics are encouraged by many conservatives including the Koch brothers to seduce and hoodwink the American people. So, this is what you are all talking about when you say that you stand for “compas-

sionate conservatism.” If so, I would not want to see what a “heartless conservatism” would look like. You are all-heart. Sincerely, Stewart B. Epstein Rochester, New York P.S. I am a retired college professor of sociology and social work. I am very proud to have taught at West Virginia University and Slippery Rock University. It is my hope and dream to live long enough to see our country adopt (in gradual stages) a Canadian-style national health insurance program to cover all Americans and to turn college student loans into college student scholarships.  Our college students deserve it.  I cared about and admired mine very deeply.

November 13, 2018

Move backward, fall flat

Mornings are somewhat brighter, but it’s still a day of mourning. The switch from daylight saving to standard time is an admission that we can’t escape the predictable gloom of winter, with its icy weather. It might become less predictable once global warming fully wreaks its destruction — you know, the disaster that President Donald Trump and the corporate energy interests expediently choose to deny. On the other hand, the political season is nonstop, and the climate in that world inexorably deteriorates, too. While we’ve wrapped up the mid- terms and the creators of those incessant TV ads and robo calls, along with the social media trolls, all will go into hibernation, do not think for a moment that the campaign is behind us. On Nov. 7, we seamlessly moved from the midterms to the presidential race. Actually, there’s nothing seamless about the unseemly Donald Trump, who presumably will be up for a second four years. That “presumably” is based on the hypothesis that Trump will be around for seconds, that the Robert Mueller probe or any of the other investigations and lawsuits that swirl around him will not have revealed something so egregious that even he can’t survive in office. Or that he will not issue an executive fiat doing away with the elections. Assuming neither of those happens, just as our clocks were set an hour behind, we also can confidently look ahead to the near future. Don’t be surprised if rhetoric about that caravan of Central Americans — the thousands of “dangerous” invaders who were on their way to overrun the United States, to trample over our

borders — quickly evaporates. They were a handy foil to fool the bigots in his base, but they aren’t needed anymore. His followers’ fears won’t need to be exploited again until the runup to Nov. 3, 2020, which is when the polls reopen. Presto-change-O, the “caravan” will miraculously disappear. That is not to say that things will ease up with the Trumpster. Listen for what Ross Perot (look him up, kiddies) called the “giant sucking sound” of prominent members of the administration hightailing it. Some will be pushed out — like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and maybe Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Others will fly the coop. Defense Secretary Jim “MadDog”Mattis could bolt from the administration kennel. We shouldn’t be surprised if chief of staff John Kelly marches out at the first opportunity. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen could be nudged out the door, if for no other reason than she was brought in by Kelly. Then we have the ones who are under ominous legal clouds, the likes of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. He soon may be former Interior Secretary Zinke. The Democrats will scramble to find a candidate to rally around, and do it before they rip each other to shreds in their usual way. For both parties, the various political functionaries will be hard at work plotting their strategies. For Republicans, that will include operatives foreign and domestic. So do not for a minute believe there’s a break in the action. Like switching to standard time, look for the politicians to plunge our country further backward into darkness. Bob Franken is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who covered Washington for more than 20 years with CNN. © 2018 Bob Franken Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Ship Life

SU students take on Ship Tank to pitch business ideas to judges Marisa Cass Staff Writer

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Students present their entrepreneurial ideas to earn a grand prize of $300 for the first-place winner at the Ceddia Union Building on Thursday night.

Shippensburg University marketing major David Brantely took home a grand prize of $300 after winning first place in SU’s Ship Tank on Thursday. Cody Elliott, a member of the SU Activities Program Board (APB), hosted Ship Tank, which is a replica of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” for students who want to share their entrepreneurial ideas. One student pitched his idea called “Play-9,” an indoor dog park. “Not to be confused with a doggie daycare,” he said. Brantley has a dog of his own that has degenerative joint disease and cannot play outside when the weather is harsh. Summers are too hot, and winters are too cold for his joints. Brantley wants to bring outdoor dog parks inside, so owners can spend more time with their dogs while being active. When he was asked what he would do about liability,

Brantley suggested that dogs get their shots before becoming a member. Coming in second place was an accounting student who pitched her idea of a side business called “Joysticks and Sidekicks,’” which is a mixture of an arcade and comic book store. Her marketing strategy was to attract teenagers at shopping malls in small communities. In the end, she won $250. Third place of $100 went to “Surf’s Up” constructed by Josh Burda. His idea was foil boarding, which is associated with surf boards. Burda is a wakeboarder and decided to design a board made of hydrofoil. Typical foil boards, which are usually used competitively, run around $1,000 to $1,200. Burda plans to make his product from scratch and sell them for $250. Bryan Riley and his colleague, pitched an idea called “College Prep.” Their proposal was to create a course which will help high school students better prepare for

the debt of college. “Sixty thousand dollars for college, are you kidding me?” Riley said. The course would be an app or an e-book which will help students find opportunities to lower the amount of loans needed for college. “It simplifies the process and gets people really geared up for life,” Alex said. Another pitch was led by a team called SushI, which was an idea to create a kit for sushi. The idea is to have fun and learn how to make sushi. Shelley Morissette, an SU entrepreneurship professor; Misty Knight, an SU human communication studies professor; and Crystal Conzo, an SU adjunct academic adviser, were the judges of the event. One volunteer suggested that the Shippensburg University bookstore should allow volunteers. One other student pitched the idea to have a safe space for people to park who do not have a permit.

Students paint Northern Lights at Paint Nite

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SU students are led step-by-step in creating their own take on a painting of the Northern Lights in the Ceddia Union Building Friday night. Justin Hawbaker Asst. Ship Life Editor Shippensburg University students filled the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) Multipurpose Room Friday night to paint their own take on the Northern Lights. Before beginning to paint, students were asked to take an oath that they will not call their work “crap” or throw their paint across the room. Once the oath was taken, students were asked to wet their

entire canvas to prepare to paint. Throughout the night, music was played in between paint demonstrations, creating sing along moments. Starting the painting, students were asked to paint one-third of the canvas (from top to bottom) blue, which acted as the sky. They were then asked to mix blue and white to create a light blue to began making three swirls that went up the painting. Students continued the painting by adding green

A Raider’s View Raider Muse Staff Columnist

Thanksgiving­ — a time to be grateful for your friends and family, as well as a time of privilege for those who forget that their high school history books may have left out a thing or two about the “harmonious” day between the Native Americans (the Wampanoag), the settlers and the events that followed. Let’s start with the timeline of events that transpired from 1620, as the Mayflower brought the Pilgrims to North America, to 1830 when the holiday was made official by Abraham Lincoln: Thanksgiving is thought to be the celebration of Pilgrims and the Wampanoag in 1621 due to their successful harvest, which in some respects, is true. More than 100 people

throughout the middle of the swirls in an up-and-down motion. Following this, students added white to the top left and bottom right of the swirls followed by pink beside the white. Having finished the swirls, it was time to move on to painting the ground. For this, students were told to paint the remaining white space with black. While the black was drying, it was recommended

that students go back over the green to make it stand out more. Students then painted on the trees through the swirls also in black. As both the trees and ground were black, students were asked to use white to highlight the tree making it almost look like snow. The painting came to an end by adding the stars in the background. Students said they cannot wait until the next Paint Nite.

SU students put their art skills to the test in a night of paint, friends and fun on Friday.

What Thanksgiving really stands for

gathered, feasted for three days and played games. This is typically where the generalized version that is taught in history books ends, although it forgets to mention it was not actually called Thanksgiving. Before the Pilgrims met the natives, they raided villages for food- mostly corn- until they met Squanto, who became their translator and introduced them to the Wampanoag people had already had the concept of “Thanksgiving,” known to them as the autumn harvest, not Thanksgiving. This was only a preemptive tactic that would soon lead to greed, bribery and anguish in the eyes of the Pilgrims, who searched for more land and stopped at nothing until they had rid the land of anyone who was not useful and those who took “their”

resources, according to This eventually lead to the massacre of Native Americans, a time that they look at in great mourning. Due to the expansion of land, the Puritans came across conflict with the Pequots, who lived along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut. The colonists decided to push the tribes out by organizing a large military force under Gov. John Endecott to remove the Native Americans from the land. Then, on May 26, 1637, the colonists marched to the Pequot village and slaughtered its inhabitants. It is estimated that 400 to 700 Pequot women, children and old men were burned, according to The men were killed off and the women and children were enslaved. Acts of violence like this were not uncom-

mon throughout the expansion of land. Even more so when Columbus “found” North America. This inaccuracy has installed falsities in the education system that revolves around reading illustrated stories of how the Pilgrims and natives worked together, and seeing academics fall into the trap of misinformation. I’m not saying you cannot be thankful for your life, loved ones and future on Thanksgiving, but I would be remiss if I were to not inform you of the killings, torture and slavery that ravished the Native American community during the “Thanksgiving” we were never taught in elementary school.



November 13, 2018

Sigma Gamma Rho celebrates 10 years with annual Miss Diversity Pageant

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The contestants of the 2018 Miss Diversity Pageant perform a dance to a unique mash-up song of all of the contestants’ represented country’s traditional music. Hannah McMullan Ship Life Editor Shipppensburg University’s Sigma Gamma Rho sorority celebrated its 10th anniversary with the annual Miss Diversity Pageant on Saturday night in the Ceddia Union Building’s Multipurpose Room. Sigma Gamma Rho has put on this production since it first came to Shippensburg University in 2006, and continues to bring attention to the importance of diversity on campus through powerful performances by its chapter members. The pageant is the finale to its week-long celebration leading up to the day of its 10-year anniversary at SU. This year the sorority decided upon the theme “Don’t Forget Our Roots” in honor of each contestant’s heritage and the prominence of their families’ histories. The four contestants were Angel Bennett Money as Miss Brazil, Amriah Bolling as Miss Egypt, Diamond Watson as Miss India and Iesha Bullard as Miss Trinidad. The show kicked off with a unique mash-up dance that had derivatives from traditional music of each contestant’s country, while display-

ing the flags on a backdrop screen. The crowd went wild for the intricate choreography as the performers danced on stage under flashing lights. Later, the contestants were found on stage describing the great impact diversity has in everyone’s life and how people should revel in their uniqueness. The contestants reminded the audience that they should learn from each other’s differences. The relevance of this message and the prominence of history was reflected when the contestants performed a creative piece that gave a taste of what their country stands for. For instance, Bolling choreographed a violent scene that depicted the horrors between slaves and their slave masters to richly soulful background music. Suddenly, the music broke into modern Egyptian hiphop, and Bolling emerged dressed as an Egyptian queen to strike the slave masters down. She then beckoned the slaves and bestowed a crown upon their heads. “Regardless of where we may have been, we are from royalty. Remember that,” Bolling said. The contestants gave multiple performances through-

out the night, not only for the audience’s sake, but also the judges who were present to evaluate their routines. Some of the judges included alumni and professors, such as Jose Ricardo-Osorio, who is the chair of the modern languages department and a former salsa dancing instructor in Colombia. Briana Green, the head of SU’s Sigma Gamma Rho chapter, said the pageant is meant to educate SU’s campus about other races and cultures in an enjoyable way. “I would like to spread appreciation for each other and each other’s cultures, while honoring the women from each culture,” Green said. According to Green, Sigma Gamma Rho emphasizes serving the community and bringing everyone together to empower women. They participate in various community service projects throughout the year such as Project Reassurance, which focuses on healthy living, as well as activities for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The sorority holds “Study with Poodles” every Sunday, at which they provide a study time filled with help and encouragement throughout the academic year.

SU student Amirah Bolling, who represented herself as Miss Egypt, struts down the stage and discusses the importance that diversity has on SU’s campus.

goatspeak|Save your life, take a hike Nathan Goates SU Business Professor

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Baltimore Road is a scenic road used along the route to the destination on the Astronomy Trail.

Maybe you’ve seen some variation of that evolution cartoon — various early humanoid caricatures depicted on the evolutionary path from left to right, culminating in modern man and hunched awkwardly over a computer. The point is clear: the human body isn’t very well adapted to sitting around all day. We need to move. It’s probably obvious that physical activity helps prevent chronic body ailments such as obesity (which is a risk factor in just about everything you don’t want to happen to you), but also heart disease, diabetes, cancer and early death. Physical activity is also good for our mental health. Exercise is excellent treatment for ADHD. It tends to ward off long-term mental maladies such as dementia. Exercise decreases the likelihood of developing depression and anxiety, with some research suggesting that exercise is at least as good a treatment for anxiety as pharmacological interventions. Everyone can benefit from

a walk, but maybe students need it more than most. A 2013 study of college students found that 57 percent of women and 40 percent of men experienced “overwhelming anxiety;” 33 percent of women and 27 percent of men reported severe depression. And a 2012 study reported that 2–8 percent of college students, and 25 percent of students that receive disability services are diagnosed with ADHD. What’s more, where you exercise makes a difference. A 2015 study found that people who walked for 90 minutes in the woods, versus city streets, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with depression. So, take a hike. Astronomy Trail in Michaux State Forest, as far as I’m aware, is the closest marked trail to campus. (It’s also misnamed. Most maps, and all the mountain bikers I know, refer to the trail as Scientology. But the forest service people named it Astronomy. And, a few years ago, put up signs at either end indicating as much.) Google “Milesburn and Baltimore.” That will get

you there. It’s a 5.4-mile drive/walk/bike ride from Old Main. Turn off the main road onto the dirt road. This is Milesburn Road. There’s a pullout immediately to your right. Park there. Just up the road a couple dozen feet from the pullout there is a trail to the left. It’s not super well-trod, so if you’re not looking you could easily miss it. But there is a sign — four feet of painted post sticking out of the ground with “ASTRONOMY TR” printed in white letters down its length. The trail ascends quickly — 430 feet in one half mile — but after that first half mile the trail levels and you’ll find yourself along a ridge with lovely views of neighboring mountain ridges to both the left and right. That is, if you look up. Keep your eyes focused close by and there’s also plenty of cool stuff to see. You know, trees and leaves and rocks and things. It’s all there. Right now, the foliage is just the other side of turned. But there is still so much variation and color. Listen to the leaves crunch under your feet. This has always been, to me, a highlight of nature’s

soundtrack. Look for the little red maple leaves, the ones you might find on a tree as tall as your knee. These are a delicate treasure. Treasure is to be found all over, for those who are looking. Because here, just six miles from campus, and you’re in the woods. The anxiety and depression…feel it just sort of slough off. The world, your life, it all comes into a little better focus. These woods can heal. These woods are kind of magic that way. … Notes: Astronomy Trail is 2.0 miles end-to-end. Minimum elevation: 1,137’. Maximum elevation: 1,778’. Make a 4.2-mile loop by turning right on Gilbert Road (an old jeep trail) then right again on Milesburn (a proper dirt road). Turn left on Gilbert Road and in a half mile you’ll come to Ridge Road (at this point, elevation: 1,926’), a drivable dirt road. Another 0.2 miles and you’ll reach the Appalachian Trail.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018



Men’s Basketball, E2

Field hockey, E3

Red Raiders end the streak to close season Defense leads the way to victory over IUP in final game, ending a 30-year losing streak Nate Powles Sports Editor Although the season did not necessarily go as planned, the Shippensburg University football team can rest its hat on the fact that it clinched its eighth-consecutive winning season with a complete-game victory over Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West opponent Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), 45–21. The win over IUP was SU’s first since 1988, and every unit needed to perform at its best for the Raiders to pull off the win. SU had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the game — one from senior linebacker Tyler Emge and the other from redshirt-junior cornerback John Chaney III. The Red Raiders almost gave up a big halftime lead, as the Crimson Hawks were able to claw their way back from a 28–7 deficit to within seven points early in the fourth quarter. After giving up two consecutive scoring drives, SU came back to lead a nearly six-minute drive that ended with a field goal from freshman kicker David Shank to bring the score to 31–21. On the following drive for IUP, Chaney grabbed his 30-yard

touchdown on an interception to put the game out of reach for good, sealing the long-awaited victory. The SU defense had one of its best games of the season, limiting IUP quarterback Lenny Williams to 177 yards on only eight completions and forcing three interceptions. The unit also limited a potent IUP running game to just 96 yards on 40 carries. The two pick-sixes were at either end of the game, as Emge’s interception came on the first drive of the game and Chaney grabbed his with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Redshirt-freshman quarterback Brycen Mussina did not have his best game of the season, but he did enough to help the Raiders clinch the win. He finished with 207 yards on 14 completions with one touchdown, but threw two interceptions. Mussina finished his debut campaign with some of the best numbers in the SU football program’s history. His 3,376 total passing yards and 32 touchdown passes are both good enough for third on SU’s all-time list in a single season. Mussina finished as the top passer in the PSAC and was sixth in all of Division II football. Since Mussina did not

have the best day, it is reasonable to assume that the SU receivers did not have explosive games as well. Redshirt-junior phenom Josh Gontarek ended his season with an 81-yard performance to put him at just shy of 1,100 yards with 1,097. He finished his debut season for the Red Raiders with nine touchdowns and led the team in both categories, edging out redshirt-sophomore Winston Eubanks, who had 755 yards and eight touchdowns. Senior defensive lineman Dakota Thompson was constantly pressuring Williams in the IUP backfield, finishing with three and a half sacks. He finishes his collegiate career with 26 sacks, which is good enough for third in SU history. Fellow senior Richard Nase fell just shy of tying former defensive end Jake Metz’s school record, ending his career with 29 sacks for second on the all-time list. Senior quarterback Chase Yocum went out on a high note, grabbing two more rushing scores in his final game. Yocum entered Red Raider lore last week when he passed former starting quarterback Ryan Zapoticky’s school record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

Yocum finished with 1,312 total yards in his career. His touchdowns against IUP moved him up to 10 on the season — far and away the leader for the Red Raiders on the year (the next closest was Sirb with four). SU could ask for no better way to end the season than ending the 30-year drought against IUP and lifting the team to an overall 6–5 record.

Coach Mark “Mac” Maciejewski was proud of the team in the win and gave a lot of credit to the seniors who persevered through a rocky season to end it with an impressive victory. The sky is the limit for the Red Raiders next season, as they will look to build on the growth of Mussina and his rapport with Gontarek and Eubanks, while the defense will need to replace many

key graduating players like Thompson, Emge and Nase. Tryouts for the squad will begin at the beginning of next semester, starting on Jan. 31. Team hopefuls will need to fill out an online form in order to start the process before the Jan. 22 deadline. The form can be found on the athletics website at

Photo courtesy of Casey Saussaman/SU Sports Info.

Both the offense and defense came together for SU in a dominant display at IUP.



November 13, 2018

Men’s basketball opens season with comeback win against Virginia Union Noah Shatzer Staff Writer Despite a poor night of shooting, the Shippensburg University men’s basketball team out-hustled and out-gritted the Virginia Union Panthers to open its 2018-2019 campaign with a 65–60 victory. Virginia Union had surged ahead midway through the second half thanks to a 2813 run when SU’s starting center, senior Manny Span, checked back into the game. On three consecutive possessions, Span ate the Panthers alive in the paint, bullying VU’s interior defenders for two baskets in a row and then grabbing a huge offensive rebound and putting it back up and into the basket, cutting the Raiders’ deficit in half from eight points to just four. From that point on, SU put its foot on the gas. The Raiders slowly chipped the Panthers’ lead to fewer and fewer points before knotting the score at 52-52 as a packed Heiges Field House crowd roared in support. Shots had not been falling for Shippensburg the whole night, but the Raiders wanted it more and were not going to let VU steal a victory. With the game tied at 5454 and the clock quickly approaching the two-minute mark — another one of the

Raiders’ seasoned veterans — junior power forward John Costello, came up big in the clutch to keep Shippensburg afloat. After knocking down two free throws, Costello hit a one-handed floater to put the Raiders ahead by one. SU forced the Panthers into a turnover on defense, and sophomore point guard Jake Biss found Costello wide open in the corner on the other end for a three-point basket that hit nothing but net, giving the Raiders a five-point lead with just over a minute left, sending the crowd and the Shippensburg bench into a frenzy. Costello finished the game tied for the team-high in points with 16 on the night and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and three steals. “It’s awesome, our chemistry is just mixing great,” Costello said. “We have seven new guys who came in and it already feels like we’ve been playing together for a while. So it starts there, it starts with the teams and the coaches. And then the fans were awesome tonight, we had a great outing for the first game of the year and you can just feed off of that. The crowd is loud, your teammates are jumping up and down off the bench, you just feed off that stuff.” Junior Lamar Talley,

who knocked down a trio of three-pointers for the Raiders in the first half, went to the line with eight seconds left and the SU lead hovering at three points. Talley took a deep breath before stepping up to the free throw line and knocking down both free throws, all but icing the game. “The guys stepped up. It was going to be one of those nights where you just need somebody, especially going against the zone. The ball moves around and somebody has to attack it and make a play or create a look for someone else,” SU coach Chris Fite said. “Fortunately, our upperclassmen, the guys who have been on the block a little bit, managed to settle themselves and make the plays when we needed it.” In an attempt to break the stout Virginia Union zone defense they were facing, the Raiders opted to launch a long-range assault on the Panthers. In the first half alone, Shippensburg attempted 24 three-pointers, more than Virginia Union would attempt the entire game. Despite getting plenty of good open looks, the Raiders only knocked down five of those 24 three-point shots and shot 27.0 percent from the floor in the first. Fite said he was happy with the looks his team was

getting, despite the poor shooting numbers on the night. “I mean, we were generating good looks,” Fite said. “There were some stretches in the second half where we didn’t generate the looks we liked. And we did the same thing when we played these guys last year. We had a real poor shooting night, their zone is a real hard thing to get comfortable with and that’s a really good team.” The basket opened up for the Raiders in the second half, as they once again attacked the Panthers’ zone, hitting five more three-points on only 14 attempts. Senior Antonio Kellum, who struggled from the floor, finished the game with 12 points, enough to push him over the 1,000-point mark for his career. One of the leading players remaining on the squad, Kellum is a big piece in the team’s plans. “I think it’s just something that you learn from,” Kellum said of the team’s poor shooting night. “You’re going to have close, tight games, games where you’re not shooting well, and I think this was a learning experience for us for sure. But the 1,000 point thing, it’s nice to have, but at the same time, the win was more important and I think we played really well even with the poor shooting.”

Costello is one of the few remaining starters from the last few seasons for SU. He will need to become a vocal leader on and off the court for the team after the loss of stars like Dustin Sleva and Justin McCarthur.

Photos by Meghan Schiereck/The Slate

Junior Lamar Talley puts up a team-high 16 points, including several threes, in the opening win against Virginia Union. The mark was a new career-high.

Junior John Costello ties with Talley for the team lead in points, scoring 16, as well as grabbing an impressive eight rebounds to lead the Raiders to an exciting debut victory at Heiges Field House.

Volleyball drops out in conference semifinals

Hopes of PSAC championship come to an end, but team sets eyes on NCAA opportunity Nate Powles Sports Editor While the dreams of a conference championship have come to an end, the Shippensburg University volleyball team can be proud of how far it came. After pulling out a clutch match win in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) quarterfinals against Millersville University on Tuesday, the Raiders traveled to take on Seton Hill University in the semifinal round on Friday. The win over MU was a wild affair, featuring several lead changes and tense finishes in each set leading up to a five-set victory. The Raiders took the first set with ease by a 25–18 score, before the Marauders stormed back in the second, 25–22, to even up the match. SU was in a hole after the third set (25–18), but came back to claim the closing two sets for the win (25–18, 19–17).

The Raiders had to fight tooth-and-nail for the deciding fifth set, as they had to overcome seven ties and four lead changes. The match point was also backand-forth — SU claimed the first, but MU came back to force two of its own, before the Raiders forced the final match point and sealed the victory. Sophomore Emily Hangen was the catalyst all night for the Raider squad, racking up a career-high 60 assists as well as 17 digs. Her 60 assists were the most by a Raider since 2009 and they were the most by a player in the PSAC this season. Junior Megan Forstburg led the team with 31 digs on the night, while fellow junior Gabriella Johnson grabbed 27 to put her over 1,000 digs in her career. Johnson added 10 kills to grab her 12th double-double. See “VBALL,” D3

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.

The team celebrates its comeback victory over Millersville in the quarterfinals at Heiges last Tuesday night.


November 13, 2018


Field hockey dominates Mercyhurst Team claims 8–0 win in regular season finale as thoughts turn to playoffs Nate Powles Sports Editor

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.

Junior defender Mikayla Cheney has been solid at the back once again for the Raiders, contributing to an impressive six shutouts during the regular season. From “VBALL,” D2 Senior Morgan DeFloria was solid, clinching her 18th double-double of the season with 18 kills and 17 digs on .213 hitting. Newly-crowned PSAC Central Division Athlete of the Week, junior Samantha Webber, continued her good form, falling just shy of her career-high with 21 kills and a .386 hitting percentage. Redshirt-senior Courtney Malott had a few key plays in the match, including a pivotal kill that sparked the late Raider rally to force the match point in the fifth set. She finished with 14 digs and an ace. The semifinal appearance was the first for SU since 2015 — the season in which the Raiders captured their first conference title in program history — and the ninth overall under coach Leanne Piscotty. The first matchup between the Raiders and the Griffins ended in a straight-set victo-

ry for SU, but SHU only lost twice after that matchup on its way to the semifinal contest. It was not meant to end the same way for SU this time around, as the two teams were knotted up after two sets (25–20 SU, 25–22 SHU), but the Griffins went on to claim the final two sets (27–25, 25–16) and move on to the PSAC championship match. SHU totaled 13 blocks on the day — a season-high against SU — and the Raiders committed 16 service errors in an otherwise fairly even match. Gabriella Johnson was stellar again, co-leading the team with 15 kills along with 16 digs on a team-high .293 hitting percentage. Webber matched Johnson’s output with another 15 kills on .275 hitting. Her performance in the playoffs (36 kills across both matches) helped her break the 1,000-kill mark and move into 10th on SU’s all-time list. DeFloria grabbed a dou-

ble-double in her final conference contest for the second consecutive match with 12 kills and 19 digs. Hangen finished the playoffs with more than 100 assists, contributing 52 more in the SHU matchup and moving into sixth in assists on the all-time SU list. She also had three block assists. The week of new rankings continued as Forstburg moved into seventh on SU’s digs list after grabbing 28 more against the Griffins. Junior Kendall Johnson also climbed into ninth in blocks. The Raiders’ season is by no means over, as the team anxiously waited to find out its fate on Sunday night with the NCAA Selection Show. SU was ranked as the No. 4 team in the Atlantic Region, so the squad will face Clarion University in the opening round. The date of the matchup has not been determined yet, but the tournament will be held at No. 1-ranked Wheeling Jesuit University.

The No. 5-ranked Shippensburg University field hockey team completed its regular season with a dominant 8-0 win over Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opponent Mercyhurst University on a cold Saturday afternoon from David See Field. The Raiders, in a dominating show of offense, began the scoring before the end of the first minute of action. Freshman Adrienne McGarrigle tallied her fifth goal of the season to open the scoring for SU. McGarrigle had a big game for the Raiders, totaling two goals and one assist in the team’s win over Mercyhurst. The freshman forward/midfielder finished her rookie season with six goals and four assists. It did not take long for SU to add to its lead, as the team’s leading scorer, sophomore Jazmin Petrantonio, put one in the net off a de-

flection to make the score 2–0. Petrantonio would later add another goal on a penalty stroke in the 56th minute of the game. She finished the day with two goals and completed her sophomore season with 19. Raider sophomore Emily Stauffer also had quite a game. She scored her seventh and eighth goals of the season during the team’s 8–0 blowout win over Mercyhurst. Both of her goals on the day came with some good hustle, with the first coming on a long cross into the circle. Her second goal came on a rebound opportunity that fell right to her. From the very first minute of the game, the Raiders’ offense took control and dominated. The Raiders outshot Mercyhurst 37-8, and they had a 27-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Raiders offense this season has been known for its aggressive, attacking style. They finished the season ranked second in the PSAC

in goals scored per game with 3.76. They finished second in the conference in shots with 370. On Saturday afternoon, that style showed up. Shippensburg (14-3, 8-2 PSAC) finished the season ranked third in the PSAC, right behind rivals East Stroudsburg (15-3, 9-1 PSAC) and West Chester (15-2, 9-1 PSAC) universities. All three of the Raiders’ losses this season came against ranked opponents, with two of them coming against ESU. Their struggles against ranked competition will have to end if the Raiders have any shot at winning the PSAC tournament and making some noise in the upcoming NCAA Division II national tournament. Up next for the Raiders is a PSAC quarterfinals game against Bloomsburg University (11-6, 5-5 PSAC). The Raiders will be hosting the game at the Robb Sports Complex today at 4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.

Setter Emily Hangen (No. 6) was on fire for the Raiders in both games of the PSAC playoffs, finishing with 61 assists against SHU and 52 against Millersville.

Women’s basketball drops season opener, recovers against WJU Isaiah Snead Asst. Sports Editor

Photos by Noah Shatzer/The Slate

Sophomore Kryshell Gordy scores 23 points over the opening two games for SU.

The Raider defense plays stellar in the win over WJU, forcing 19 turnovers.

The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team (0-1) fell on Saturday evening to the visiting Bowie State University Bulldogs (1-0), 60-52, at Heiges Field House. The Raiders struggled all game with Bowie State’s physical full-court press and committed 26 turnovers as a team that directly led to 28 points for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Ariel Jones led the way for SU as she tallied 18 points, and sophomore Kryshell Gordy nearly tallied a double-double with 9 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The Raiders started three freshmen in the opener, as Aunbrielle Green, Lauren Pettis and Lauren Mills all made their college debuts. The Raiders left points on the board at the free-throw line as well, shooting only 58 percent on 15-of-26 shooting. The third quarter was a turning point in the game, as the Bulldogs outscored the Raiders, 24–13, in the period to take a commanding lead. Bowie State led by as many as 17 points. SU coach Kristy Trn spoke on the team’s high number of turnovers after the game, saying the team’s lack of experience was likely the cause. “Inexperience and youth. We started three freshman and two sophomores, so I knew coming out [of] the gate that we were going to have some nerves,” Trn said. The Raiders had little time to rest as they were in action Sunday.

“We’re going to have to defend the three much better and defend penetration,” Trn said, looking ahead to the next game. The Raiders returned to action Sunday, continuing the Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic at Heiges against Wheeling Jesuit University. SU had a complete turnaround against the Cardinals, demolishing WJU by a score of 85–53. Jones had another standout game, leading the team with 31 points with four steals. Gordy was active on the boards all game, grabbing 15 rebounds, including four offensive rebounds. She also added 14 points. The 32-point win was the largest margin of victory for the team in nearly two years, when the Raiders defeated Slippery Rock University on Nov. 19, 2016, by a score of 94–58. That win was before the departure of former star players like Stephanie Knauer, Lauren Gold and Colleen Young. The win was revenge for the defeat the Raiders suffered at the hands of the Cardinals in the first game of last season, dropping the contest, 72–63. The second quarter was a big boost for the squad, as it outscored WJU by 10 points to take a 14–point advantage into halftime. The team came out of the break on fire, again outscoring the Cardinals, 28–21. SU has a whole week off before returning to action next Tuesday against Jefferson University at home. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. from Heiges. The Raiders do not leave Shippensburg until Dec. 8, when they travel to take on IUP.



November 13, 2018

Men claim comeback win over Lincoln, 79–69 Noah Shatzer Staff Writer If the questions surrounding the Shippensburg University men’s basketball team roster had not been answered in its season-opening win against the Virginia Union Panthers, then perhaps its hard-fought 79-69 victory against the Lincoln University Lions provided some clarity. Just like their victory against the Panthers, the Raiders got off to a good start and held a lead going into halftime, but opened the second half shaky, allowing the Lions to surge back into the game. With momentum turned in its favor, Lincoln ripped off a 13–0 run midway through the second half to jump ahead of the Raiders by five points. With just over five minutes to go and the deficit still holding at five points, the Raiders clamped down and went to work on both ends of the floor. Sophomore guard Jake Biss found junior power forward John Costello for a big three-pointer to jumpstart the eventual game-winning run for the Raiders. Shippensburg forced a bad shot on the other end of the floor on the ensuing possession and the Raiders marched back down the floor with Biss hitting a three-pointer of his own to give SU a one-point lead. Lincoln called a timeout in an attempt to slow the Raiders’ run and scored to take back the lead, but SU answered again as Costello backed his man down in the post and found senior guard Antonio Kellum cutting to the basket for a quick lay-in. The Lions once again took back the lead while Biss came up clutch again, knocking down a mid-range jumper on the baseline to put the Raiders up for good with 3:48 to play. Biss would finish with a team-high six assists and a career-high 13 points on an efficient shooting line of 5–10 from the floor and 2–4

from beyond the arc. One of the more important parts of being a point guard is knowing when you need to get your teammates involved and when you need to step up and hit shots yourself — something which Biss excelled at in the victory against the Lions. “Being a point guard, you’ve gotta be a leader, it’s just like being a quarterback,” Biss said. “If I can find open shots and I can knock them down that’s great, but if I’m not hitting them I’m looking for whoever is hot to get them the ball.” After hitting the midrange jumper, Biss found Costello open for another three-pointer to push the lead to four. After Costello nearly got dunked on by one of the Lions’ forwards, Biss found Kellum streaking down the floor for a tough and-one layup that sent the Raiders’ home crowd into an explosion of cheers as a shouting Costello embraced Kellum. “That’s just love man,” Costello said of his celebration with Kellum. “That’s just some love right there. He and I are very close and obviously, he made a great play, a heck of a play, as he always does.” Kellum, who finished with a team-high 21 points in addition to six rebounds and five assists, would knock the free throw down to push the lead to seven and junior guard Lamar Talley would put the icing on the cake on the ensuing possession, pushing the SU lead to double-digits and all but sealing the Raiders’ victory. Kellum’s performances against Virginia Union and Lincoln earned him a spot on the Wolf Bus Line’s Classic All-Tournament First Team while Costello, who ended the game with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds on an efficient shooting night of 7-14 from the field, was named the tournament’s MVP. “I’m lucky I’ve got great teammates that kind of just

said, ‘Keep shooting the ball,’ and kept passing it to me because I was horrible in the first half,” Costello said of his double-double performance. “But they kept passing it to me and I got hot. And then everyone else cooked too so it was exciting there at the end.” Talley was the fourth Raider to score in double-digits, adding 11 points and three three-pointers in the victory and starting center Manny Span was active on the glass, pulling down nine rebounds, four of which were offensive boards. The Raiders finished the night nearly 50 percent from the floor at 26-60 (43.3 percent) and a much-improved 37.9 percent (11-29) from three. SU ended the night with 18 assists on 26 shots while Lincoln only had eight assists on the night. The Raiders also out-rebounded the Lions on both ends of the floor, grabbing 43 rebounds compared to 36 for Lincoln. Despite some rough patches in their first two games, the Raiders exited the Wolf Bus Line’s Classic with two hard-fought wins against two tough opponents, an opening to the season that head coach Chris Fite cannot help but appreciate. “It’s huge. Because this locker room, even though a lot of guys have been through it, there’s a lot of guys that haven’t,” Fite said. “And it’s a different dynamic, different chemistry, so it’s nice for this group to have been challenged and been through some tough situations and realize, hey, we’re just as capable as any of these last few teams. We just have to keep taking it one game at a time and believing in ourselves and see where it takes us.” The Raiders will be back in action on Wednesday, as they take on Wilson College at home from Heiges. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. as SU looks to keep its hot start to the season going.

Photos by Noah Shatzer/The Slate

Antonio Kellum earns a spot on the Wolf Bus Line’s Classic All-Tournament First Team after grabbing 21 points and six rebounds in the win against Lincoln.

Coach Chris Fite encourages his players on the bench during their impressive comeback against the Lions on Sunday in front of a raucous home crowd.

November 13, 2018


Poetry Corner

“I went on a run today” Megan Geilsinger Guest Writer

Billboard Top 10 1. Girls Like You - Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B

6. ZEZE - Kodak Black feat. Travis Scott & Offset

2. Sicko Mode - Travis Scott feat. Drake

7. Youngblood - 5 Seconds of Summer

3. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille

8. Drip Too Hard - Lil Baby & Gunna

4. Lucid Dreams - Juice WRLD

9. Without Me - Halsey

5. Better Now - Post Malone

10. Mo Bamba - Sheck Wes

Movie Showtimes Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 13 and 14 at AMC Classic 7 in Chambersburg



1. Bohemian Rhapsody

7:00 p.m.

2. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

6:50 p.m.

3. The Grinch

7:15 p.m.

4. Overlord

7:30 p.m.

5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web

7:20 p.m.

6. Halloween

7:40 p.m.

7. A Star is Born

7:10 p.m.

I went on a run today, With my dog, Just like any other day. Except today, I had a weird feeling In the pit of my stomach. Still, I went on a run. The rubber soles of my shoes smacked the pavement, wet with fresh rain, To the rhythm of a new song; That I had downloaded the previous night, After hearing it out at the bar with my friends from class. On my pot hole-filled road, That is more of a “travel if you live on it” road, Rather than a “travel to get from point A to point B” road, I ran up the hill. I noticed A silver Chevy SUV coming toward my direction. The vehicle (almost as if it were watching me), Slowed to almost a complete stop. It seemed like an eternity Before the vehicle and I Were finally side by side. My heart began to race And dropped to the pit of my stomach. A male- Caucasian, Short hair- brown, Freshly-shaven facial hair- brown, Slim face, About early to mid- forties, Craned his neck Toward the window Not taking his eyes off of me. Me, not taking my eyes off of him. I had heard enough about human trafficking, To know what it was about, In movies, On the News, On crime TV, In the newspaper, On Facebook, In magazine articles, Blog posts, Books, Textbooks, Scholarly articles, I see it everywhere. I live near Interstate 81, Which is the route That human traffickers Have been known to take. I’ve watched enough Law and Orderz: SVU To know that human trafficking and sexual assault IS NO JOKE. I am a woman. I always have to be on guard from predators of the male gender. Keep alert. “Beware of your surroundings at all times, Megan!” My mom would drill into my head, At an early age. Why wouldn’t she? She loved her daughter. She was also the warden of a prison. I’ve always been a very cautious and alert person because of this. But in that very moment, A moment that my life could potentially change forever, My mind went blank. I couldn’t think. I could only look at the SUV stopped at the top of the hill, While I ran down it. “What would I do if he came after me?” I asked myself. “What should I do now?” Trying to think of some defense tactic,

Mad at myself because I couldn’t. A.Pull 911 up on your phone. B. Run into someone’s driveway. C.Hop over the fence and run into the field right next to you. D.Keep running and hope for the best E. Call Dad I went with option d and e. Only dad didn’t pick up, He was in town with my grandmother. So I texted him instead, While still running away from the SUV. “There’s a silver Chevy SUV that drove by me and is stopped at the top of the hill.” A feeling of panic evident in my use of language. While running off of my road down to the nearest one lane bridge, I then turned around and headed back. I almost got to the bottom of the hill, When I noticed that the SUV wasn’t in sight. I wanted to feel a sense of relief, But I didn’t. Then I saw it. The SUV pulled off from alongside the road, And stopped at the top of the hill. Again. Only this time he was on the other side of the road. The same side that I was on. “Come on,” I commanded to Ellie (my dog), As I turned around And headed toward the opposite direction. Away from the man in the silver SUV I turned my music completely off, Listening to see if I could hear the vehicle. I felt frightened, confused and slightly angry. Thoughts of terror consumed my mind. “Why did this man think that he could do this?” “Cause me to feel this way.” “Was I overreaccting?” “Am I actually in danger?” “Could something potentially dangerous happen to me at this exact moment?” Yes. I called my dad. “Dad!” I screamed when he picked up, Still listening to see if the SUV was behind me. I looked back to see him still parked at the top of the hill. “I’m not kidding, this is serious.” I began, to get his attention, A quiver wavering in my voice. “This SUV is parked at the top of the hill again.” I said, choking back tears. “Where are you now?” He questioned. “Run in someone’s driveway. He demanded of me, realizing that this isn’t to be taken lightly. I heard the SUV driving behind me. Too scared to look back, I ran into the nearest field, Behind my neighbor’s house. He then turned off of my roadI didn’t see in which direction. I stayed on the phone until I got back home. I ran inside, immediately locked the door, and looked out the window. I opened my laptop. My hands are shaking as I write this. My heart beating in my stomach. I am a womanI’m reminded. I am proud to be a woman, But I am also fearful to be a woman. I find joy in running. I will not stop running. I will never let a man, or anyone else, take that bittersweet pleasure away from me. This isn’t how life should be lived. This societyThis worldNeeds a WAKE UP CALL. Be. The. Change.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018



SU choir, orchestra collaborate to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Olivia Riccio Asst. A&E Editor Shippensburg University’s concert choir and orchestra will come together to perform the oratorio, “Messiah,” by George Frideric Handel on Nov. 18, in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. The performance will be a challenge for the two SU musical groups, which came together in 2016 to perform Haydn’s “Mass in a Time of War.” When it came time to decide what work on which to collaborate, Elizabeth Lins Shoenfelt, director of SU’s choir and Madrigal singers said Handel’s “Messiah” was a natural choice. “It was life-changing for

many of our student musicians, and we wanted the opportunity to offer that again,” Shoenfelt said. “Handel’s ‘Messiah’ is one of the most widely performed and iconic works in history, so it was a natural choice for us to do this together.” It was also chosen because it has not been done by students at SU before, and is a work that Mark Hartman, SU professor and director of orchestra, feels students should be familiar with. “Students need to know some of these classic pieces, and it’s just a great experience for everybody,” Hartman said. In preparation for such a large performance, the students and professionals have been practicing since the be-

ginning of the fall semester. In addition to the students in Concert Choir, other singers that Hartman knows in the Shippensburg community will be joining in the performance, for a total of about 67 people in the choir. The orchestra will consist of student members and professionals from Dickinson College, as well as members of the Shippensburg and Chambersburg communities. Handel’s “Messiah” will deal largely with string players, although it will also be accompanied by the timpani in selected sections. Shoenfelt will be the soprano soloist for the performance, SU student James Barciz is the bass soloist and Hartman will be conducting. “We get this thing where

we have this combination of people from different slices of life come together and do this concert,” Hartman said. Orchestra president Ali Laughman said the practices were different than normal because of having to adjust to working with the choir but not actually getting to work with them in person until days before the concert. “I think the thing for me that’s been pretty cool preparing for all of this is hearing all the different parts that go into it, because in Handel’s “Messiah” for most of it, the violas could be playing one rhythm and the first violins and the cellos could be playing completely different things,” Laughman said. “It’s just cool to hear how everything goes together, and to

kind of think about what Handel was really thinking when he was splicing all these melodies together with the main theme.” Junior Lara Russell, who is the librarian for concert choir, is looking forward to performing with the orchestra because it shows what SU’s music groups have to offer. “I think it’s a great opportunity to show off collectively how great the music groups here at Ship are. It presents a unique opportunity to show how capable we are for higher difficulty music,” Russell said. For Shoenfelt, she is excited to see and hear the student’s reactions to practicing with orchestra and performing the concert itself.

“I think this is going to be something they will remember for the rest of their lives,” Shoenfelt said. “I am especially excited because not only did I get to prepare the choir, but at the concert I have the privilege of stepping into the role of soloist, so I get to work in my own art as well.” “I am looking forward to the hope that we get a really wonderful blend between the choir and orchestra working together,” Hartman said. “I’m hoping that we have people that just get really excited and go ‘man I didn’t know this was such a great piece.’” The concert is free to the public, and will take place in Luhrs on Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.

The Doobie Brothers revisit rock-and-roll history with SU Jessica Knapp Staff Writer Shippensburg University’s H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center was teleported back in time on Thursday night during a performance by The Doobie Brothers. The rock-and-roll band that made a name for itself in the 1970s is able to remain relevant after nearly 50 years of performing together due to the support of its devoted fan base. The show began with a performance of “Real Love,” from the band’s ninth studio album, “One Step Closer.” Following the opener were a handful of the Doobies’ top-ranking songs including “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “White Sun” and “Jesus is Just Alright.” After a short exit from the stage, the band returned once again to wrap up the show with a performance of “China Grove.” The Doobies’ sound goes much deeper than traditional rock-and-roll, as their music features soothing harmonies and a combination of both acoustic and electric instrumentals. The group released its self-titled debut album in 1971; however, it was not until the release of its second album, “Toulouse Street,” that the band’s career really took off. Some of the band’s most popular songs like “Listen to the Music,” “Jesus is Just Alright” and “Rockin’ Down the Highway” were released on its second album under Warner Bros. Records. Over the years, the band has overcome its share of hardships, including changes to the group’s lineup. The original members of The Doobie Brothers included Tom Johnston on guitar, keyboard, harmonica and vocals, Patrick Simmons on guitar, banjo, flute and vocals, Dave Shogren on bass guitar, guitar and backing vocals and John Hartman on drums, percussion and backing vocals. The Doobies’ current members are Tom Johnston on guitar, keyboard, harmonica and vocals; Patrick Simmons on guitar, banjo, flute and vocals; and John McFee on guitar, harmonica, pedal steel, violin and vocals. While on tour, the trio is accompanied by Bill Payne on keyboard, Marc Russo on saxophone, Ed Toth on drums and John Cowan on bass guitar and vocals. Despite the struggles, the Doobies are still on top in an ever-changing industry. Their newest album, “Southbound,” was released in 2014 and features more recent recordings of some of the band’s greatest hits, accompanied by some of country music’s top charting artists like Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton and the Zac Brown Band. Today, the Doobies discography consists of 14 studio albums, nine compilation albums and five live albums, including three multi-platinum, seven platinum and 14 gold albums. They have sold more than 48 million records worldwide, took home four Grammy Awards and have even been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. The Doobie Brothers continue to produce and perform timeless hits for their ever-growing, multi-generational fan base.

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Toto formed in 1976 in Los Angeles. Each individual member has been featured on different albums, according to The band has sold more than 500,000 albums since the ’70s.

Toto visits Luhrs on tour Jonathan Bergmueller A&E Editor World-renowned rock band Toto brought a booming crowd to Shippensburg University’s H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center Saturday night for a stop on their “40th Trip Around the Sun” concert tour. The group, composed of several of the original members as well as talented and long-serving musicians they met along the way, brought together many songs from Toto’s 40-year history. Several of the older songs were re-envisioned to keep things fresh and polished. The band was fronted by Joseph Williams Jr., famous in his own right, whose soaring tenor voice was backed by the energetic guitar virtuosity of Steve Lukather, an original member. Steve Porcaro, also one of the first members of Toto, who is a stellar synth keyboardist, was joined by Dominique Xavier Taplin, a talented pianist who replaced David Paich, one of the founding members. Paich is sick and was unable to make the tour. Though the other members of the band poked fun at Taplin for being so young, they praised him for his skill at the keys. The group was also joined by percussionist Lenny Castro, drummer Shannon Forrest and bassist Shem von Schroeck, who sang high harmonies over the rest of the band with his tenor voice. Finally, Warren Ham played soprano and alto saxophones, flute and harmonica to back the group up and bust out a few solos of his own. Ham also contributed vocal harmonies. Throughout the concert, Toto performed several wellknown songs of theirs including “Hold the Line,” “Rosanna,” “Make Believe,” “Girl Goodbye” and more. Williams Jr. left the stage for “Jake to the Bone,” a wicked number that featured each of the instrumentalists. Lukather and von Schro-

eck danced and played to each other, while Porcaro bounced around on his feet behind his keyboard like he did not care. Lukather expressively articulated a flurry of notes across his guitar. He bent notes with astonishing precision, to which the crowd booed enthusiastically. Make no mistake — the audience loved “Luke,” and booing him was a tongue-in-cheek way of expressing it. Lukather’s performance peaked when he performed a solo for Toto’s cover of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” He soulfully tore across the strings of his electric guitar and made use of a delay pedal to loop his music back while he continued to play a different line. This resulted in a full, layered sound that Lukather created harmonies with. The audience booed with approval. Toto offered a unique, 13-minute-long rendition of their immensely popular song “Africa.” Williams Jr. walked out onto the stage wearing Paich’s signature top hat in honor of their friend who could not make it to the concert. Williams incited the audience to sing the chorus of “Africa” back to the band throughout the course of the magnanimous extension of the song. This climaxed to the point where the band dropped out, and the room filled with fans cheering “I bless the rains down in Africa!” The song also featured a percussion solo by Castro on congas drums, backed by Forrest on the trap set. Before the concert, the North-Eastern High School marching band, led by senior drum major Trent Stauffer, 18, under the direction of Timothy Howell, played in front of Luhrs. They performed “Africa” and “Hold the Line,” two popular Toto songs, which were a part of their field show. Porcaro acknowledged the band and even revealed that he was a drum major for his high school band. “Thank you for coming to our 40th birthday!” Lukather shouted to the audience.

The Slate 11-13-18  

This is the November 13, 2018 edition of The Slate.

The Slate 11-13-18  

This is the November 13, 2018 edition of The Slate.