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Chelsea Wehking, EIC Dear Slate Readers, It is hard to believe this semester is already coming to a close, and the final issue of The Slate for the fall semester is out today. In what seemed like a fleeting second, I went from writing my welcoming letter to writing my semester farewell letter and saying goodbye to friends and classmates. This December, The Slate is saying goodbye to

three staff members: public relations Director Christina Pooler, Ship Life Editor Danielle Halteman and Assistant Copy Editor Lauren Cappuccio. Christina has worked with us in the public relations department since last year. She has been an essential asset to The Slate, and I know this publication will be forever thankful for her hard work and dedication. She is an incredibly driven woman, and I know she will succeed in whatever she sets her mind to. Lauren and I have been working on The Slate since we were freshman in 2009. We were both so wideeyed and curious when we started, that I barely even recognize those two girls compared to where we are now. She is another very talented individual who I have high hopes for in the future. Danielle has been with

The Slate for a few years now, and it will be strange no longer having her working as the Ship Life editor. She has pitched some great ideas during her time with us, and she has worked hard to get Ship Life where it is today. Every semester, new faces become friends, and in what seems like no time at all, those friends are replaced with new faces and the cycle continues. But every staff member who has walked through The Slate office doors has left an impression on The Slate, and I will never forget them. To the staff writers, photographers and readers who will also be graduating, I wish you all the best of luck and I hope each and every one of you achieve the happiness and success you are searching for. Thank you and enjoy your holiday, Chelsea Wehking Editor-in-Chief

Cara Shumaker, Managing Editor Dear Shippensburg, It is hard to believe the fall semester has come to a close. It seems like we were starting the year last week. But, it has been an eventful and fun semester. I want to first thank The Slate staff for all of its hard work this fall. Without the staff, the newspaper and the website would not happen.

I also want to congratulate the three staff members who are graduating in December and wish them the best of luck in the future. I also want to congratulate the rest of the Class of 2012. I wish you all luck in the future. I know you will all make Shippensburg proud as alumni. I want to single out the three graduating seniors on The Slate staff, though. Lauren Cappuccio, Danielle Halteman and Christina Pooler — the three of you have made such a tremendous impact on this organization. To Lauren: You started the copy editor position and we will miss your sharp eyes. To Danielle: You have done such a nice job with the Ship Life section and always manage to get unique content every week.

To Christina: You stepped into the public relations director position without missing a beat and did a fantastic job at getting The Slate known around campus. Thanks to all three of you. You helped make this organization what it is and for that, I thank you. I also want to thank everybody who reads the paper and the website. I hope everybody has a great winter break and a happy holiday season. Congratulations again to the graduating seniors and to everyone else, see you in 2013. Sincerely, Cara Shumaker Managing Editor

Biswas sheds light on challenges and opportunities of ethnic media Codie Eash

Staff Writer On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Professor Masudul Biswas of the Shippensburg University Communication/ Journalism Department. delivered his thoughts on ethnic media in 21st-century America in the CUB’s Orndorff Theatre. The focus of the presentation was on the “challenges and opportunities of online ethnic media,” and was sponsored by SU’s Ethnic Studies Program. Biswas spoke about where ethnic media has come from, where it currently is and where he

predicts it may be going, based on in-depth research he has done. Using several current examples of online ethnic media outlets such as “The Grio” and “Univision,” Biswas discussed the definition of ethnic media, while at the same time acknowledging that it is often unclear. “Is it an alternative media or a transnational media?” Biswas asked the audience. “If we suggest it is an alternative media, then we are saying it is an alternative to the mainstream media. But if it is a transnational media, then it reaches into many countries. It is allowed to

go across the borders,” he said. According to Biswas, New American Media reported that there are 2,500 ethnic media outlets as of 2011. “The reason, historically, is due to an absence of diverse perspective in the mainstream media…[It is] also an attempt to fight the stereotypes facing [ethnic] groups,” he said. Biswas said there are three broad functions of ethnic news — political, social and cultural — though he said that “not all ethnic media act in the same way.” He mentioned that what they almost all have in common is a form of a

“journalistic storytelling approach” that fits ethnic news stories. “The inverted pyramid limits the possibility to tell in-depth stories about the backgrounds of ethnic groups,” he said. Biswas said he feels those backgrounds are often lost within American culture, creating ignorance among white readers and viewers of mainstream media. According to Biswas, however, more than half of Americans will be nonwhite by 2045. Most of the opportunities available in ethnic media are on the Internet, according to Biswas. He showed this through several cases of cross-plat-

form partnerships, such as “Univision” and its 2010 decision to release a full newspaper on the web. Another major opportunity, Biswas said, is “the development of partnership…between mainstream and ethnic newspapers based on content sharing. Mainstream media will begin to feel competition from ethnic media.” The largest challenge for ethnic media, according to Biswas, is that it does not “play a proactive role on any policy issues, and it is still in the ‘political potential’ stage rather than being a real ‘political factor.’” Some other challenges ethnic media faces is its

large traditional, non-web audience, limited access to broadband, limited finances and resources, and a lack of recognition from established news sources, Biswas said. Hs recommends that ethnic media outlets “advance an active political and community policy agenda; target audiences using specific content interests; make use of the packaging of news, entertainment, interactivity, content sharing, and community activities; and update web and social media content regularly to keep the flow of visitors high.”


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Shooting suspect still at large Cara Shumaker

Managing Editor Saturday morning Shippensburg University students got a very early wake-up call when the university sent out an SU Alert around 1:15 a.m. The alert read: “Shooting reported at Sunbeam Court. Shooter, described as black male, may be feeling toward campus. Take precautions. Contact police with information.” The alerts were not over, though. About a half hour later, students received another SU Alert. This one read: “Shooter remains on the loose. Police say everyone should stay inside until further notice.” By this point, people who were near the house, 42 Sunbeam Court, made their way over to see what happened. SU senior Scott Clay was one of those students. “One of my brothers at the TKE house heard shots and sent a text to all of the

brothers saying he heard shots and not to go,” Clay said. “So, I ran over to the house and there were cops and dogs everywhere.” According to the Carlisle State Police, the incident occurred when a group of men and women approached the house wanting to start a fight with someone they believed to be inside. People inside tried to resolve the situation, but could not. A fight occurred and somebody threw a chair out of a first-story window. Police said a male pulled out a pistol and fired one shot through the broken window. The shot flew through the window and grazed a 20-year-old man in the torso and the shooter fled the scene. Although this is the first incident with a gun, this is not the first time an incident of aggravated assault has occurred this semester. On Nov. 6, a stabbing occurred on the 300 block of Fort Street. The victim, Nicholas Fortenberry, of

Shippensburg, came to the Shippensburg Police Station with stab wounds on his head and neck. In the past year, the types of crimes occurring in Shippensburg have changed, according to Shippensburg Police Chief Fred Scott. “We used to have disorderly conducts and domestic violence, but now it’s knives and guns and beatings,” Scott said. There have also been numerous break-ins and assaults, according to Scott. “The crime rate has not increased, but the types of crime have,” Scott said. Although it seems there are more crimes happening, Scott thinks it is from the Internet and social media becoming more popular. He said it is easier for news to get out faster, making it seem more frequent. The shooting remains under investigation and anybody with information is asked to contact Carlisle State Police Trooper Steven Nesbit at 717–249– 2121.

Burd Street residents victims of burglary over Thanksgiving break Colleen Bauer News Editor

Shippensburg police suspect that a burglary occurred at a home in the 300 block of East Burd Street while all the residents were away over Thanksgiving break. Resident Andrea Weller was the first to return to the house after break. When she returned at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, she found that several of her and her roommates’ belongings were missing. Among the items stolen were four flat screen TVs

from the bedrooms, jewelry, a Kindle, an iPod and other small items. The estimated cost of all the items is about $5,000, according to Weller. Although most of the items are replaceable, two of the residents had their grandmother’s jewelry, which was also stolen and cannot be replaced. Weller believes the burglar entered their home through a side window, which was cracked open when she returned to the house. The back door was also left unlocked, where she thinks the burglar exited.

“We never saw this coming. We live on a street with mainly families. We went through and checked all our windows to make sure they are now securely locked. We are also in contact with our landlord about getting new locks for the front and back door,” Weller said. There are currently no suspects. Police ask if anyone has information regarding the burglary, to please contact the Shippensburg police department at 717-5328878.

On the campaign trail 2012 Cliffhanger Giuseppe Macri

Staff Columnist As Republicans and Democrats continue to climb the mountain of political negotiations, and near the peak of 2013, the U.S. economy hangs dangerously close to the edge of the fiscal cliff. In the weeks following the November election, congressional Republicans led by Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Democrats led by President Barack Obama expressed positive perspectives in coming together to avert the fiscal cliff. The period of positivity seems to be eroding fast as the political capital earned fades to distant memory on both sides and is replaced by hardline partisan politics in a struggle that could define the balance of power until midterm elections in two years. The cliff threatens to plunge the slowly rebounding American economy back into recession in January of 2013 when a series of tax hikes and spending cuts are scheduled to automatically expire as a result of past bipartisan negotiations that were put in place to avoid a government shutdown. “I have got to tell you, I am disappointed in where we are and what has happened in the last couple of weeks,” Boehner said. House Republicans are calling for cuts to major entitlement spending programs and their rates of growth such as Medicare and Medicaid, as part of their compromise to go

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Speaker of the House John Boehner. along with the middle class tax cuts and upper class tax hikes proposed by Obama and Senate Democrats. Slashed taxes will affect 98 percent of Americans while the tax increase, opposed by Republicans, will apply to the wealthiest two percent. In a bid to corner Republicans into negotiations this past week, President Obama stated both sides agree the tax cut is crucial, and as such the House should vote to pass the bill and move on to remaining ‘cliff’ issues from there. “That is a disagreement that we are going to have and we have got to sort out. But we already all agree, we say, on making sure middle-class taxes don’t go up. So let’s get that done. Let’s go ahead and take the fear out for the vast majority of American families so that they don’t have to worry about $2,000 coming out of their pockets starting next year,” Obama said. Meanwhile, Boehner said that the congressional Republicans’ willingness to “put revenue on

the table” is proof enough that they are willing to compromise. Boehner’s revenue refers to the specific cuts to the deficit Republicans want to see before they agree to any tax change. According to a recent poll by CNN, 35 percent of Americans would blame the president if no compromise is reached before January compared to 45 percent who would blame congressional Republicans. Across the aisle, both sides agree $4 trillion in deficit reduction is necessary over the next 10 years through tax code changes, entitlement programs and general spending cuts. As political friction rises with only days to go before Congress recesses for winter break, agreements on cuts have only grown more divisive. If past is any indication, one side will be forced to turn away from this game of political chicken in order to avoid a head-on collision with economic recession for the American economy in January.


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Financial Aid FAQ

Planning on using your spring refund to pay for winter? A few reminders... This is part of a series of information from the Financial Aid Office. Although this is an FA column, any and all billing, payment and refund of fees questions should be directed to the Student Accounts office located in Old Main Room 100 or by calling 717-477-1211’ Students must take at least six credits per term to qualify for federal loans. If a student schedules six winter credits and only three spring credits, he or she will not qualify for aid for spring, which could create a full balance owed to Student Accounts. Please plan schedules accordingly. If one plans on moving into the new dorms

for spring, they should be sure to check their billing. The new dorms come with an increased cost, which could lower spring refunds or even create a balance owed. If you are planning on using spring to pay for winter, please be sure that you will get a spring refund first if your billing is going to change. On a satisfactory academic progress warning with Financial Aid? If so, please be sure to do well on your finals that will be coming up shortly. Failure to satisfactorily complete your fall classes could result in a full loss of funding for the spring semester. A financial aid survey was sent out last week.

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Police Logs UNDERAGE DRINKING On Sunday, Nov. 18, at approximately 12:47 a.m., the university police were dispatched to the fifth-floor study lounge of McLean Hall to assist the residence hall staff with an intoxicated male student. Officers arrived and identified the male in question as Marc Anthony Ranaudo, 18, of McLean Hall. Ranaudo showed obvious signs of intoxication, admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the evening and submitted to a portable breath test which showed positive results for the presence of alcohol in his system. Ranaudo’s information was gathered at that time and a citation was filed later due to pending calls. Ranaudo was charged with underage drinking in connection with the incident. UNDERAGE DRINKING On Sunday, Nov. 18, at approximately 12:31 a.m., a university police officer was on routine patrol in the area of Old Main Drive and North Earl Street when he observed a group of three males walking in the area. One of the males was carrying a silver can, and appeared to be attempting to conceal the can from the officer. The officer stopped the three males and found that the male who had been carrying the can no longer had it in his possession. The officer located a Coors Light beer can lying on the ground in the area. The male who had been carrying the can was identified as James B. Burns, 20, of York, Pa. Burns showed signs of intoxication, admitted to consuming alcohol, and was given a portable breath test which showed positive results for the presence of alcohol in his system. Burns was issued a citation for underage drinking and was released. POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA On Sunday, Nov. 18, at approximately 1:04 a.m., the university police were dispatched to the fourth floor of McLean Hall to assist the residence hall staff with an incident involving the possible use of marijuana in one of the rooms. Officers arrived and went to the room in question and upon entering the room discovered a small amount of marijuana in plain view inside the room. A 17-year-old juvenile visitor from York, Pa., claimed ownership of the marijuana. When asked if there was any other contraband in the room, the same male produced a marijuana blunt from his sock and turned it over to the officers. The juvenile will be charged through the Cumberland County Juvenile probation department with possession of a small amount of marijuana. The charge is a misdemeanor. DISORDERLY CONDUCT On Sunday, Nov. 18, at approximately 4:05 a.m., the university police were dispatched to Naugle Hall for a report of someone throwing glass objects out of one of the windows on the fourth floor of the building into the courtyard area. Officers arrived and were able to verify where the items were coming from, and then went to that room on the fourth floor of the building to confront the occupants of the room. As a result of the investigation, the officers identified the male responsible for the incident as Joseph T. McKavanagh, 19, of Naugle Hall. McKavanagh admitted to the officers that he had been throwing glass plates out of his window into the courtyard area causing them to break. McKavanagh was taken to the courtyard area and agreed to clean up the mess, rather than paying restitution for the grounds crew or custodians to clean it up. After he was finished cleaning up the broken glass, McKavanagh was cited for disorderly conduct and was then released to his room. HIT & RUN ACCIDENT On Tuesday, Nov. 20, at approximately 12:23 p.m., Andrea R. Skovira of Carlisle, Pa., came to the university police department to report that her vehicle had been damaged while it was parked in the C-6 commuter parking lot. Skovira reported that she parked her 1999 Volkswagen Passat in the parking lot on Monday, Nov. 19, at approximately 10 a.m. When she returned to her vehicle at approximately 1 p.m. that same afternoon she discovered damage to the right rear bumper and observed that her trunk latch was open. The vehicle had several cracks to the bumper where it was contacted by the striking vehicle. No damage estimate is available at this time and the incident remains under investigation.


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Getting along and living with roommates

Samantha Noviello Opinion Editor

The hardest transition for me when I came to college was learning to live with someone. I have never shared a room with a sibling at home, and I expected the worst. I have a very strong personality and if you do not mesh with it, problems tend to occur; but I am very kind and honest. I like to think of new things and beginnings as something great.

Coming to college was the perfect fresh start I needed and I was so ready to move into a new chapter of my life. Freshman year, you get a random person to live with unless you choose someone you already know. This is scary; do not deny it. Everything you have that is important to you for living is coming with you in one packed car, to be placed in one packed little room shared by two people. And you do not know this person, hence the scary part. Meeting new people is great. But meeting someone the same day you are going to be sharing living space with for nine months, not so great. Getting along with people can sometimes be easy. But

I have learned the hard way that you never know someone until you live with them. After you survive freshman year, you want to move on with your life and get off campus.

for an apartment or house; simple right? Wrong. Everything seems amazing with people and you are so excited to start a new year off great. But when we move in and realize that those “best

completely different than you thought they were, you are stuck in a dilemma. People surprise me every day. I am always learning something new about people or how certain people handle situations. But when it is someone you are living with, things are trickier. This is all a part of college. Finding out who your real friends are and who you can really trust; and you never really know those things until it is put on the line. Here is some advice. One, when choosing roommates, choose carefully. You really do not know people until you are forced to live in a Photo courtesy of flickr.com confined space with them. Two, do whatever You get your closest friends and begin searching friends” you once had are you can to get yourself your

own room. No one likes to share a room, let us be honest. And if you have to, make sure you get your own free time away from everyone, it is crucial. Three, never underestimate people. If you think something sketchy is going on, there probably is. Four, always know what is yours and what you are willing to share. The biggest problems I think come from sharing and miscommunication. Always man-up and confront your problems because there is nothing worse than not telling someone what is wrong, and never knowing. Pick good friends. That is the main point to this. Find good friends and stick next to them, and be a good friend in return.

A college student’s finals week blues

Ana Guenther

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I love Shippensburg University; however, I hate finals week. I cannot express words to formulate my hatred for this upcoming, god awful week. I am sure that everyone agrees with me, too. The worst part is how finals just creep up on us. The last I checked, it was Halloween, and now we have a week left.

Every semester I think that the week will fly by, and it will be smooth sailing. Could I be any more naïve? This semester everything is going to change. I plan on taking finals week by the horns. After learning my exam schedule, and hastily finishing assignments, I would like to offer tips that are, I think, will make everyone’s final week experience bearable. The first aspect of finals week that I hate, is when I have more than one test scheduled on the same day. This has happened to me every semester, and I have suspicions my professors are doing this to me on purpose. My roommate recently discovered that she has both her anatomy and phys-

ics finals back to back on the same day. After pacing around my apartment, having a minor mental breakdown and throwing a few things, she settled down and got to work. Her plan is to take

I have discovered that creating notecards a week or two in advanced for finals is best because it gives me the ability to put the cards down, and begin to study them each day leading up to the exam. This is exactly

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her tests one at a time. If anyone else is like me, after I am done making dozens of notecards, I am not in the mood to study.

what she is doing, for her exams, and it will guarantee her a good grade. Another point of finals week that I

hate is the distractions that so easily take me away from studying. I cannot study in my apartment. My television calls my name with all of my favorite shows. My refrigerator is full with food. My roommates are always stirring up some form of fun of which I do not want to miss out. What is great about SU is the numerous areas on campus that can be used to study. The library is one of my favorite spots on campus. The quiet study areas upstairs and downstairs are comfortable and create great work environments. The best recipe for a successful study session, is a comfortable seat upstairs, and a hot, steamy Starbucks.

There never seems to be enough hours during the day of finals week. I feel like I have to stay up all night in order to learn the material I need. However, anxiety, caffeine and erratic schedules cause high insomnia rates among college students according to Christine Clark, a reporter UC San Diego News Center. Creating a set schedule for sleep is the best way to maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Going to bed at the same time, and waking at the same time, are ways to avoid insomnia. By working diligently throughout the day, and going to bed at a reasonable time at night, will allow your brain to rest, and absorb the material you have been studying.


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What grinds my gears: The end of the semester

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Asst. Sports Editor You know what grinds my gears? The end of the semester. Every student understands that procrastination is a way of life in college; it is like second nature. I do not care if you think differently; you are just lying to yourself.

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We, as college students, have adapted into a method that the end of the semester should be a time of rest. It should be a calm winding down of sorts, so we can brace ourselves for the hell that is known as finals week. Out of the darkness though, we hear the faintness of words, almost haunting our dreams. “I am sorry little Tommy, you have four papers, three quizzes, a group project and a speech to give still, and we still have six chapters to go over before the final. Luckily we have two classes left to accomplish it all.” You can pinch yourself all you want, but this is real life. I hate that professors feel the need to cram every last

drop of learning into the by referring to the small final weeks of a semester. print at the bottom of the They have tortured us, bat- document young Charlie tered and bruised our minds signed to attend Shippensand even burg Unistolen a versity. There we few souls throughfind that all homework out the shall beyear. T h e y come due at once and no feed off more sleep our stress and our shall be allotted to frustration just students for the last few like a pack weeks. of hyenas on a zebra. It is all there; black We pay and white, for higher clear as education, crystal. and they Photo courtesy of flickr.com We are get paid mentally for teaching what is mostly understood. and physically drained at Let Willy Wonka help you the end of a semester, as

our professoric overlords stand by and drink from the tears of students’ pasts. They expect us to study for our finals during finals week. I want the chance to discuss our finals for a week and then be ready to take them. I would like time to be set aside to catch students up on projects and assignments and other things of importance. Let this be the one time where we can be in charge of things and have a say in our money. Let us get through the last week so that we can ride off into the sunset of finals week on our noble steeds with our hair blowing in the wind. Instead of now, where we stand in line waiting for Sa-

tan to call our number to let us know our time has come to enter finals week. It pains me to hear the horror stories while seeing the happy faces on the naive freshman as they seem elated that their semester is over. “Tis the time for merriment and debauchery as we prepare to enter our final week of the semester,” their faces say to me, but I know they are not ready for the end. Professors pack so much information for so many classes over the semester, and when we enter finals week, we always forget it all. This is why I feel we need that last week. One day, I hope students will regain that week and the learning will stop.

Vandalism fines at Seavers Apartments Tyler Fuller Staff Writer

According to an email sent out by the former Seavers Apartments residence director, every student will be charged $10 for the cost of the damages at the end of the semester. The director sent out an email to the Seavers residents on Oct. 8. The email was titled: “Seavers Vandalism-Charge Will Occur.” The email highlighted some of the damages that the building experienced over the weekend. The damages were somewhat minimal, to say the least. Some of the damages were stolen exit signs, damaged bulletin boards, trash cans that were thrown andgarbage left all over Seavers Apartments. the director went on to say that this type of behavior is childish and despicable.

Although I completely agree that vandalizing and participating in destructive behavior is a childish and despicable act, why should the entire resident body at Seavers be responsible? It was not my fault that a couple of students in a drunken stupor decided to leave garbage and destroy several trash cans. Why should I have to pay a $10 damage fee? I did not make those poor decisions and decide to act in an irresponsible manner. Let us assess these damages. A couple of exit signs that are missing, a couple of bulletin boards and a couple of trash cans have been damaged or stolen. To replace these items, it

would cost no more than $150. I have also noticed that the aforementioned items have not been replaced, or for that matter, there has been no acknowledgment of that. Where are the receipts of these items?

Where is my $10 going? Is it going to the university, or is it going to actually replace these damaged items? One wonders why officials would wait until the end of the semester to assess the $10

fine. Why would they even want to replace these items since Seavers will be demolished in the coming months anyway? It is a sawbuck. It is a Hamilton. It is the approximate price of two Photo courtesy of flickr.com foot-long subs from Subway. A $10 bill can go a long way. With approximately 360 students living in Seavers, according to SU’s website, everyone was assessed this $10 fine. Most of us would not take notice to the fine, and that is the problem. Most of us will take on an attitude that might say, “It is only $10.” This is the wrong attitude to have. We, as students, have a right to know where our money is going.

With approximately 360 students living in Seavers, and all of us being assessed a $10 fine, the university is getting a total of approximately $3,000. Should we assume that the trash cans that are being “replaced” are made of silver? Should we assume that the bulletin boards that are being “replaced” will be bordered with the finest gold? No, we should not. Where in the world would a couple of exit signs, a couple of trash cans and a bulletin board cost $3,000? I would like to know, Shippensburg University. We have a right as students to know what this money is used for, and where it will go if it is not going toward repairments or replacements, especially if the building is going to get knocked down soon. This is a question I can not answer, but it is one that I hope will be answered by this very institution.


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Clark Kent Quits Giuseppe Macri Staff Writer

Superman’s alter ego is making the front page for a change, and not just in the fictional world of D.C. Comics. America’s most famous fictional mild-mannered reporter captured headlines this past month when he decided to stop writing them. As of issue 13 in the newly re-launched ‘Superman’ series Clark Kent, Daily Planet journalist of over 70 years, has quit — and in not so mild fashion. “The truth is that somewhere along the way, the business of news became the news,” Kent said to the newsroom with glasses off and fists clenched, drawn more like Superman squaring off against an arch-nemesis than his usually meek secret identity. “Growing up in Smallville, I believed that journalism was an ideal, as worthy and important as being a cop, a fireman ­— a teacher or a doctor. I was taught to believe you could use words to change the course of rivers — that even the darkest secrets would fall under the harsh light of the sun.” “But facts have been replaced by opinions. Information has been replaced by entertainment. Reporters have become stenog-

raphers. I can not be the only one who is sick at the thought of what passes for the news today,” Kent said. The modern world of journalism is changing. Major media outlets are being bought up and absorbed into business publishing conglomerates. Free web presence and mass targeted advertising have become essential to survival. How interesting, and yet ironic, to hear such a dramatic criticism come from a work of fiction, and of all forms, a comic book, long reduced to “children’s entertainment ‘in the eyes of’ ‘legitimate publications.” That is exactly why we heard it. Exactly why Clark Kent’s words have been syndicated more at the end of his fictional career than ever before. Exactly why recognized journalists throughout the news media, long comfortable behind producer and editing desks, have railed against the man of steel in numerous op-eds and interviews. Clark Kent, in true superhero fashion, was brave enough to say what the rest of us never could. The truth can be frightening to behold. It can create or destroy, each as easily as the other. The truth is the reason

journalists across the world are censored, imprisoned or killed. The reason they are bought, paid for and silenced. In America, it can be reason to become unemployed. Maybe fear has taken ahold of the lifeblood of journalism, like some evil enemy bent on the destruction of a hero. Fear of the Internet, of political-correctness, of shrinking subscriptions and “a dying medium.” As journalists, we cannot be afraid to say “maybe,” in the search for truth, and in doing so, we cannot be afraid to share what we find — even if it only looked like fiction at first. We trust journalists to be the watchdogs of society. The existence of the free press our founders envisioned depends on the ability of the free to press, without the bonds of business or political agendas. Kent goes off to finish his dramatic monologue by saying he is going to stand up for “truth, justice and as cliché as it sounds, the American way.” Superman has long saved the world from every threat imaginable, and we have always been happy to fly with him on the journey. If we stand behind him this time, he may just do it for real.

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Former athlete shines on football field and battlefield Nick Sentman

Asst. Sports Editor The word hero gets thrown around a lot, but it has brought new focus to Shippensburg University. When you are a kid you think your hero is your dad or big brother, maybe a superhero like Batman. We look at police officers and firefighters, and sometimes even professional athletes. The word has stretched its meaning to the point at which we forget what makes a true hero, one that sacrifices their lives for the safety of others and rescues those in danger. Society seems to forget that heroes walk around each day and people never notice them. Joe Giacobello is a man who attends Catholic mass, is a friend to all in his community, and above all, a normal, everyday person. However, he is much more. He is a living hero in every sense of the word. Giacobello is a man who I only saw walk around my hometown. I never knew that he fought during World War II to drive the Nazis out of Europe. This 93-year-old man was Capt. Joseph S. Giacobello. His heroics might have only stretched to his local community in Mount Union, Pa., but Giacobello also was a student and member of

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the football and basketball memory after memory with corn field, and we would about how Seth Grove, who teams in 1938-1940 at then such detail as if they had sneak in there and steal the the current football stadium Shippensburg State Teach- happened earlier that day. farmer’s corn all the time” is named after, was still a ers College, now ShippensHe said there used to be Giacobello said with a sly professor at the time; how burg University. area schools, mostly With the war beginWilson College girls, ning, Giacobello was called Shippensburg swept up in the draft “Farmers’ Prep” and much like many other how intelligent and young men all over the strict his teachers country. were. Giacobello was origi“Times are different nally all set to go to now,” Giacobello said, a school in Washing“and when you got a ton, D.C., on a football grade in those classes scholarship. you deserved it.” After injuring his He wished he could leg, he came home and have finished, but the reconsidered his opdraft finally got him in tions. 1940. A man told ShipGiacobello, who pensburg Hall of Fame served five years in coaches Ed Gulian and the U.S. Army, led Vinton Rambo about his F Company 13th Giacobello’s football Infantry Regiment to skills at Mount Union victory countless times Area High School and in World War II. they quickly came to Giacobello’s compahis home and recruited ny was given the mishim. sion to seize an enemyHe was a force in the held factory across the backfield, but injuries Star River in France. and the draft cut that Always a leader, he short. made sure he stayed Giacobello rememahead of his men. He bers his time at ShipPhoto by Nick Sentman stormed the factory pensburg to be an exand killed the first citing and memorable Joe Giacobello was a two-sport athlete at SU playing wave of machine gunbasketball and football. experience. ners. His face lit up as he Upon entering the sunk into his couch, “I had a just the campus library grin and a chuckle while factory, they fought off and wonderful time when I went located where Kriner Din- referencing the location killed 12 more German solto Shippensburg, many ing Hall is now, the science of the newer building like diers, raided another buildgreat memories.” building and a few other Dauphin or Ezra Lehman ing and waged a three-hour From his tales of living in buildings such as Shearer Library. battle that ended in handOld Main Room 307 to bed Hall and Horton Hall on “We ate it though; had to-hand combat. checks by Dean Earl Wright campus back when he at- ourselves quite a few corn As the Germans set fire every night after study tended. boils.” to the building, Giacobello time, Giacobello rattled off “There used to be a big Giacobello reminisced ordered his men to stand

strong. Giacobello personally fought off two Nazi soldiers, killing both. At one point, he even jumped on to a Nazi tank and threw a grenade in to save his men. As the rest of his company finally arrived, he slaughtered the remaining enemy soldiers and claimed a win for the Allies. For his actions, Giacobello was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to go along with his two Silver Stars, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Giacobello, who returned home to work in his father’s business upon being discharged, did try a return to campus. He lasted all but two months. The pain of war weighed on his mind with so many close friends being lost, and school being furthest from his mind. He might not be an alumnus, he might not have finished, but Joe Giacobello did more for Shippensburg than many know. He made it possible to live in the world we have today. He brought freedom to those who were being oppressed, and above all else, he put his life on the line for people he did not even know. Giacobello is a real hero in every sense of the word and brings honor to not just Mount Union, or Shippensburg, or even his family, but to America.

Finals week causes stress as it approaches Sean McClellan Staff Writer

Finals are only one week away and for some students that means the studying will soon begin. Other students may not feel the same, but before long, they too will hit the books to make sure they do well and collect this semester’s credits. Across campus one can

see the signs of finals weeks. In Franklin Science Center, students can be seen sitting together in the hallways going over their notes and discussing lecture topics with one another. Many of the same signs can be seen in the CUB and the library. Some students begin to panic when finals approach while others remain cool

under pressure. Tisen Shrawder, a junior psychology major, does a little bit of both. “I’d say the week leading up to finals is the most stressful,” Schrawder said. “But during finals week, I calm down because I either know the material or I don’t.” Even though he is worried about some of his finals, Shrawder has a

plan. He studies by going over old tests and seeing what he did wrong, fixing it and then using the tests as study guides. This allows him to not only review the information, but also familiarize himself with his different professor’s testing styles. Connor Schneps, a sophomore dual majoring in biology and exercise science,

is beginning to stress over finals, but he is also doing his best to remain calm. The weeks leading up to finals are not Schneps’ favorite weeks of the semester, but they are not as bad as some people make them out to be. “I don’t think I’d characterize them as being stressful,” Schneps said. “Certainly daunting, but not stressful.”

However, all hope is not lost. While students are worried about what will happen in the next few weeks, many are also looking forward to the freedom the end of finals week promises. Some students will head home for winter break while others will hang around to spend time with friends before leaving Shippensburg.


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“Girls! Girls! Come out here, quick!” My mom shouted at my sister, Roxanne and me from the living room. We darted from our playroom and rushed to the window my mom was staring out. Outside was a gnarly raccoon, crawling on a bale of hay. “That’s odd; they’re supposed to be nocturnal. They should only be out at night,” my mother said as the creature disappeared. “Maybe it thinks it’s night since it’s so dark and gray outside,” I said confidently, unable to grasp a full concept of a nocturnal animal at such a young age. Sometime later, and no sign of the raccoon, Mom took my grandparents’ Rottweiler Tiffany, who we were babysitting, outside. Tiffany and Mom began to wander to the back of the house, but when they came around the back corner, the

raccoon was there. Instead of fleeing, the grimy and matted-haired raccoon charged at my mother and the Rottweiler that easily weighed 80 pounds. Wasting no time, Mom spun around and started sprinting back to the house. Tiffany stood her ground. Tiffany was always a protective dog. Only adopted a few months before I was born, she treated Roxanne and me like we were her puppies. She even bit my grandfather once when she mistook a tickle fight for an attack. Mom heard Tiffany and the raccoon fighting, and she began calling and calling her name, desperately trying to get her away from the deranged animal. And Tiffany, being such an obedient dog, finally broke away from the raccoon and quickly caught up to Mom. Once inside, we found Tiffany to be covered in blood and with no idea who the blood belonged to.

Mom, Roxanne and I all huddled around Tiffany, examining her for wounds. But before we even had enough time to recover, a loud scratching rang from

under the house. The raccoon was trying to break into the house. Our house had a crawl space that ran from one

side of the living room to the other. Recently renovated, we had a flexible duct work that the animal was tearing to shreds with the hope of finding an entrance.

the floor. Mom called my dad, who was taking an exam and too far away to help us in time as the heat vent continued to lift. Nothing would scare the lunatic away. Mom started banging on the vent with a spoon, Tiffany was barking and everyone was screaming. Mom hurried us into her bedroom with Tiffany to guard us. “Do not leave this room,” she said standing sternly over the heating vent, and she closed the door. Frantic, my mother called our friend Bill, who owned the fish store next to our house. “I’ll come hit it with a shovel,” he said casually and completely underestimating the gravity of the situation. After the second frantic Photo courtesy of flickr.com phone call, he brought his shot gun. And then the heating Before he arrived, the vent started to lift up. raccoon from Hell had disThe raccoon had torn appeared. Mom and Bill away enough duct work to went outside to search for push the heating vent out of the creature.

And once again, as they came around the back corner of the house, the raccoon charged at them from its hiding space in the basement stairs. Bill took aim and shot. Later that evening, animal control found the dead raccoon in my sister’s and my favorite playhouse. The officer lifted the animal by its tail and inhaled a long sniff. After seeing the disturbed look on Mom’s face, he explained that rabid raccoons tend to smell like cabbage after death. Although the raccoon did not smell like cabbage that night, test results proved the raccoon was rabid. Tiffany was, thankfully, up-to-date on her rabies vaccinations and was not injured. The whole family had to receive rabies vaccines, and nearly all of the duct work had to be replaced. And, to top it all off, we had to toss our playhouse as a precaution since the virus can live in the dark for quite some time.

Select another restaurant for dining in Shippensburg Sean McClellan Staff Writer

The Shippensburg Select Diner is one of the many places students can go in town to grab a quick bite to eat. It can be found on 2 W. King St; the intersection of Earl and King streets and is conveniently open 24 hours a day. I stopped in at the Select Diner for breakfast one morning with some friends. My expectations were not high, nor were they satisfied. While initial service was prompt, it was not the friendliest. Although, it was early in the morning so, I let it slide. The waitress mumbled

her way through our orders, making it difficult for use to confirm what we wanted. When my breakfast of cream-chipped beef over home fries finally arrived, my hope was restored. It looked and smelled delicious, well, as delicious as cream-chipped beef can look and smell. I took my first bite and my hopes were dashed yet again. The food was lukewarm at best and the texture of the cream-chipped beef felt off, seeing that it was very gritty. My friends ordered various breakfast dishes, most of them involving eggs, bacon and pancakes. While their experiences were not as bad as mine,

none of them were particularly blown away by the food. The Shippensburg Select Diner does have its positive features. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of certain holidays or in case of emergencies and has fair prices. My bill, which included my meal and a tall glass of orange juice, was less than $6. Perhaps it was just a bad day for the Shippensburg Select Diner, or maybe breakfast is not its specialty. I am not the end-all judge of restaurants, so if you are a fan of the Shippensburg Select or if you still want to try it out, be my guest. Photo by Danielle Halteman


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Local supermarket offers Giant salad bar Molly Hess

Guest Writer Being a college student typically involves reading endless chapters in textbooks, writing papers, studying into the wee hours of the morning and eating fast food because it is a quick and easy option. The fast food restaurants in Shippensburg include McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC and Sheetz, but did you know you can get an even healthier option at Giant? Giant Food Store, located on Baltimore Road, just up the street from Sheetz and McDonald’s, has an incredible salad bar which many people do not even know exists. The buffet of fruits, vegetables and salad toppings is located in the far left corner of the store. Four different salad container sizes allow you to be able to take a little or a lot. Basic salad choices include iceberg lettuce, ro-

maine, spinach mix and Caesar salad. After picking your foundation, next comes the endless array of toppings to choose from including a variety of vegetables, meats, cheeses and dressings. Not only are there more than 20 salad toppings, but Giant also has an assortment of premade salad spreads including ham, tuna, chicken or egg salad, broccoli and cheddar salad, penne pasta with pesto sauce, macaroni salad and artichoke autumn salad. All are available and can be purchased by the pound at the deli. Giant’s salad bar also has a wide variety of seasonal fruit choices including red grapes, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, peaches, pears and fruit dip to accompany any choices. Finally, a meal is not complete without dessert, and Giant does not fall short on its already-made options. Black Forest cherry de-

light, pumpkin walnut pudding, cottage cheese, raisin bread pudding and chocolate pudding are some of the sweet essentials to any meal. Some positives to using Giant’s salad bar is the use of fresh ingredients. The salad bar is a healthy alternative to traditional fast food and it has a large variety of vegetables, fruits and salad spreads. Customers also have the convenience of shopping for groceries at the same time as picking up their lunch or dinner. Some negatives to Giant’s salad bar are the high prices. Containers are $4.99 a pound, so the more you fill up, the more expensive it is. To fill up a large container would cost about $8. Another negative is the location. Giant is located a little more than one and a half miles from campus, which can be inconvenient for resident students without a car.

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Giant’s salad bar offers a large variety of different vegetables, meats, cheeses and dressings for those who want to avoid fast food.

Dance O’Grams: Spreading Christmas cheer one dance at a time Gillian Radel

more enjoyable for people to watch. The members go around to their friends and see if Every year SU’s In Mo- anyone wants to purchase tion Dance Troupe gets a Dance O’Gram. into the Christmas spirit by having its annual Dance O’Grams fundraiser. “It’s good to go out The troupe holds the fundraiser to help pay for into the community competitions and various for the dance because expenses throughout the it really helps people year. The dance is choreo- get into the Christmas graphed by the treasurer spirit.” to a Christmas song and is usually performed by the new members of the troupe and anyone who volunteers. The dance itself is on the When a person decides to shorter side, around 30 seconds. send a Dance O’Gram, they It is more of a character provide the name and addance where members act dress of to whom they want out the lyrics rather than a to send the dance. structured dance, which is Once all the names are

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In Motion Dance Troupe will host its annual Dance O’Gram fundraiser next weekend to spread Christmas cheer.

submitted, then the group picks a day and creates an itinerary of where they are going to perform the dances. These places can range from people’s houses, places on campus or even places in the community like Walmart. “It’s good to go out into the community for the dance because it really helps people get into the Christmas spirit,” said Zandy Binner, a senior on the troupe who participated her freshman and sophomore year. The troupe is getting ready to perform the Dance O’Grams next weekend. If anyone would like to purchase a Dance O’Gram, they can see any In Motion Dance Troupe member or visit their website www.inmotiondancetroupe.weebly. com.


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Lauren Miscavage Chief Copy Editor Lead singer Alex Gaskarth, lead guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson of All Time Low brought rocking music, jokes, the mascot, a small

child and even a collection of fans’ bras to the stage on Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Ceddia Union Building. The party was only getting started at 8 p.m. when opening bands Count To Four and Divided By Friday took the stage. All Time Low held a contest to determine one of

Mascot Big Red gets on stage with the band.

their opening bands for the night, and Count To Four was fortunate enough to grasp All Time Low’s attention and win them over. Around 10 p.m., All Time Low launched their set with the song called “The Reckless and the Brave” off their newest album “Don’t Panic,” which came out in October. The SU mascot made its way to the stage during the next song “Forget About It,” from the album “Dirty Work.” The mascot ended its concert appearance when it crowd surfed to the back of the audience. Fans went wild and yearned for more as All Time Low performed “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)” off their album “Nothin Personal.” Their next song, “Coffee Shop Soundtrack,” off their second album, “Put Up Or Shut Up” was an old one, but it was still an ‘all time high’ fan favorite.

The crowd was responding positively throughout the show, and some women in the crowd expressed their excitement by flinging their bras to the stage. The members took it lightly and made jokes about it as Barakat made a bra collage on his microphone stand. After “Coffee Shop Soundtrack,” the band performed “Somewhere in Neverland,” off their new album, “Don’t Panic.” After talking with the crowd for a little while, they went right into their next song, “Lost in Stereo,” off their album, “Nothing Personal.” The band dipped back into their second album, “Put Up Or Shut Up” with their song, “Jasey Rae.” A popular hit called “Poppin’ Champagne” off their album “So Wrong, It’s Right” was next, followed by “If These Sheets Were States,” off of “Don’t Panic.” As the show was winding

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A family-friend of the band is invited on stage. down, All Time Low said their goodbyes and thanked the crowd for coming as they announced their last song “Therapy” off the album “Nothing Personal.” Their involvement with the crowd was remarkable, as they provided an impromptu question-and-answer session with the crowd during the encore. During their final song of the night, “Dear Maria,

Count Me In,” a little boy was invited to the stage and was given a piggy-back ride from Barakat. At the very end of the show, All Time Low expressed their love for the fans and thanked the crowd again for coming out to support them. “Thank you all so much,” Gaskarth said. “You’ve been amazing. Absolutely amazing.”

Q&A with All Time Low

The Slate’s Chief copy editor Lauren Miscavage asked All Time Low band members about touring, albums and their influences. Q: Can you describe the creative process between your early albums to your more recent albums?

Q: What would you say was your No. 1 song that gained the most recognition in your musical journey?

Alex Gaskarth: The writing process has been fairly similar throughout with the exception of a couple albums where I wrote some songs with co-writers. Also, there was a process on two of the records where we split up the production of songs with multiple producers. We wanted to try and learn as much as we can from people and one of the big things that ended up happening was in a couple of the cases, we didn’t either have it was scheduling or a budget that just never lined up for us to get the one person we really wanted to do the project.

JB: I think [the song] “Weightless.” “Dear Maria” was really big for us; it was our first real single, but I think “Weightless” took us to the next level.

Jack Barakat: Mainly because we didn’t really want to be off the road because that’s where we belong. We would rather split it up and be on the road for most of the year.

Q: You’ve been on a lot of tours since you have established yourselves as a band. Who is your favorite band you’ve toured with so far? AG: I’d say it’s really hard to pick one, but the Fall Out Boy Tour really stands out to me. We were still fairly green at that point, and those guys took us under their wing and took care of us on that tour. The way they treated us was something that resonated with us for a long time, and since we’ve gotten into the headlining shows, we’ve carried it with us.

Q: In what ways have bands like Blink-182 directly inspired your music? AG: Between them and Green Day for me was when I saw their DVD, but their little documentary that they put out showed me the light on a band that takes their career and their music seriously, but not necessarily themselves seriously. Q: You just released “Don’t Panic.” What else can we look forward to seeing from you guys? AG: A lot of touring. We’re going to be on the road a lot. We are home for the holidays now but starting in January, we’re going to be traveling the world for the majority of next year. I think there will be a couple of exciting releases at some point, but it’s too early in the game to talk about now. We have a lot of cool things lined up like music videos and some interesting things.

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Poetry project unites SU with Tulane University Lauren Cappuccio

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The Poetry Exchange Project, or PXP, was a new and experimental collaboration between poetry classes between Tulane University in Louisiana, lead by Professor Andy Stallings, and SU, led by Zach Savich. Both classes looked at and discussed Julie Carr’s book of poetry “100 Notes on Violence,” Daniel Khalastchi’s book “Manoleria,” Kiki Petrosino’s book “Fort Red Border” and Shane McCrae’s “Mule.” First in the weekend came a creative writing class with Andy Stallings at Tulane University that focused on essays, poetry and fiction. Poets Kiki Petrosino and Savich spoke to students, answering questions about their work and about Petrosino’s choice to include poetry about her Afro.

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Originally, she had it straightened as a child and felt, she said, that her “natural hair wasn’t good.” Now, it adds to her confidence and she refuses to let it be tied to anything political. Questions about her character of Robert Redford in her book of poetry “Fort Red Border” came up, as well as her decision to include him, in particular. “Why not? At any given moment Robert Redford was on TV,” Petrosino replied, smiling as the students laughed. She went on to talk about one particular Redford film “Out of Africa.” “Scenes spoke to my internal dynamic between speaker and Redford and what he represents, like unattainability and masculinity,” she said. Student presentations on the work varied from student to student and were a culmination of their work

throughout the semester. One project focused on the idea of text-less communication and had communication entirely by videos. There was also a response to violence with words in images, a look into mental illness, children and violence and a discussion of violence and the ability to express it without the usual violent wording that resulted in original works of poetry. There were also several panels during the conference, including one on publishing, editing and community building within poetry. Representatives and poets came from all over, including Daniel Rosenberg from the online magazine “Transom,” Caryl Pagel from “Rescue+Press,” Nik De Dominic from “The Offending Adam” and Carolyn Webster from “Bayou.” Discussions included the idea of varying reading

styles, the idea of print versus online literary journals and magazines, as well as the idea of developing relationships within the poetry community. “Respect others’ work and help them. Feed each other first,” Petrosino said on the community. Daniel Khalastchi, poet of a discussed book and panelist, also spoke on the topic. “The poetry community encourages those who have been silenced to speak out,” he said. One of the books studied is Petrosino’s “Fort Red Border.” While developing her dialogue for her characters in the book, she used some interesting ways in finding her inspiration. “The best conversations are at meals,” she said. “I base a lot of it around food.” And on her character of Redford, she thinks of him as a “ghost of something,”

more than just a person. “He’s not as flat as a symbol or round as a person,” Petrosino said. She is currently working on another book of poetry, which will feature work inspired by Andrew Jackson’s “Notes on Virginia,” namely Query 14, in which he discusses the “scientific reasons” that white men are superior. “I found the most horrible line and decided to write poetry from it,” she said. The line she chose reads as, “They secrete less by the kidneys and more by the glands of the skin, which gives them a very strong and disagreeable odour.” Some have talked about her work being similar to fan fiction or stories written off of or based on real life or famous people. “I don’t think it’s fan fiction because fan fiction takes characters who are presented and corresponds

to the real world,” she said. “It is all about the speaker’s perceptions and version of Redford, not what Redford probably is like.” What is a main question she has for readers? “I want the reader to be curious about the speaker. Why are they attracted to specific parts? I want them to want to know more about her.” At the end of the conference came readings by Kiki Petrosino, Michelle Taransky, Blueberry Morningsnow and Daniel Khalastchi. At the end of the night, it was obvious that the conference and project had been a success. Poet and student alike sat together and talked about everything from writing to publishing poetry, to New Orleans culture, and most importantly, to the ideas that poetry brings up and what the future holds.

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Photography Editor Skippyjon Jones and his family performed ‘purr-fectly’ at Shippensburg University’s H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center this past Saturday. The show was a story about an adventure-seeking Siamese cat with an identity crisis that captured the audience’s imagination, which was filled with children of all ages, including a young boy named Trevor Wiser. Wiser is a junior reporter who represented his fifth-grade class from

Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School, located on Shippensburg’s campus. He observed the show and even got to meet the cast after the performance. The Theatreworks U.S.A. production has been touring nonstop since October all along the East Coast. The five performers played various roles following Skippyjon Jones on his latest adventure to Mexico. The musical was adapted from Judy Schachner’s children’s picture book series “Skippyjon Jones.” She tells a story of a little cat named Skippyjon Jones who has bigger dreams than

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a life of catnip and lounging around. Skippyjon (Jeremy Pope) finds himself in trouble, yet again, with his mother Mama Junebug (Bryan Miner) who sent him to his room to contemplate how to behave like the feline he is. Not long after Skippyjon was left alone, his imagination started to run wild. After a second look in the mirror, he started to think that with such a large head and big ears, he must be more like a Chihuahua. He’s not just an ordinary Chihuahua, he is Skippito Friskito, the best-masked canine sword fighter Mexico

has ever seen. As his room transforms, he finds himself amongst a pack of four fellow Chihuahuas who call themselves Los Chimichangos (Melanie Beck, Marcelo Pereira, Natalie Ramirez and Bryan Miner). Misconstrued by Skippyjon’s mask and cape, the canines accept Skippito as “the one” who can protect them from the evil Alfredo Buzzito, (also Bryan Miner) a terrifying bumblebee, who constantly steals their beans. Rosalita, the only girl in the pack, has a hard time believing Skippito is really who he says he is. Skippito and Rosalita share the same desire to be accepted and treated the same as everyone else. Skippito helps Rosalita accomplish her dream of playing fetch with the boys. After watching the performance, junior reporter Wiser said it was a good and funny show. He and his grandmother proceeded after the show to meet the whole cast and tour manager. The crew answered questions he and his class had prepared in Photos by Alexa Bryant advance. Jeremy Pope, who played

Trevor with the cast of Skippyjon Jones. Skippyjon, explained to Wiser that it takes a lot of energy to play his character, and it was hard at first, but he’s finally starting to enjoy himself and he really enjoys the cast as well.

Skippyjon Jones has little time to rest after his big adventure as he travels back to New York City to continue the tour and follow his dreams.

End of semester show rocks The Thought Lot Alexa Bryant

Photography Editor Four bands, friends and plush couches sound like a good time. As the bands took the stage, more and more people poured into The Thought Lot, which is a contemporary arts center on East Garfield Street in Shippensburg. The event was to help celebrate the end of the semester and was held by SU senior Rachael Oberman. The event was kicked off around 7 p.m. with a band named Mozo. The following band, Black Black Beast brought their own genre

that they call “experimental-wave-mythology-NESbicycle-beer-cow farm- postrock.” Band members Travis Kendle, Brian McDermott, Dan Schuchman, Kyle Clever and Andrew Pensinger from Chambersburg played a mixture of old and new instrumental songs that blew the audience’s mind. Dan Schuchman, guitarist, said the performance went really well, and since they were not able to perform last week, it was good to be back on stage. The indie rock show continued with The Classic Hunt, who came from Philadelphia to entertain a crowd with their mix of many different sounds. With gui-

tarists, a drummer, keyboard player and a trumpet player, you cannot really go wrong. The lead singer’s mellow voice filled the room with a mood of chill satisfaction. They closed the show with a few more upbeat songs. For the last band, White Like Fire the couches were taken away because you could not just sit and listen to their upbeat mix of indie, pop and rock. From Pittsburgh, the trio Blake, Tyler and Joe had an interactive rocking out party with band members jumping into the crowd and singing alongside their fans. Alysia Clawson, Blake and Tyler’s sister, said “see-

Indie rock band The Classic Hunt performing at The Thought Lot. ing White Like Fire is like seeing the world in a different way, like being born again.” She was obviously sup-

portive of her brothers pursuing their careers and doing something they love. They even made a promise that “hot people come

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Staff Columnist Action Bronson opens up his single, “The Symbol,” off his mix tape collaboration with The Alchemist, “Rare Chandeliers,” with the bold, yet true, statement that crowned him a vet in the hip-hop game after just one year. Technically more of a sophomore, Bronson continues where he left off on his 2011 classic, “Blue Chips,” on “Rare Chandeliers.” After listening to both, one could believe he has been doing it since day one, not that he was just a chef turned rapper after an injury took him out of the kitchen. Action cooked up another classic with legendary producer The Alchemist. The Alchemist again captured that grimy New York sound to complement a true New York emcee in Bronson, who lyrically glides as The Alchemist expertly lays down samples. “Rare Chandeliers” further adds to the character Action Bronson. At times, coming off as a crooked character from a ’70s exploitation film, Bronson discusses matters ranging from stashing drugs inside of dogs to being on “Maury” with his woman.

Creating characters was a tactic popular with artists such as the members of the Wu-Tang Clan. It gives an artist like Bronson the freedom to take his listeners to every corner of his imagination without having to attach the conception of reality to his rhymes. The Alchemist’s flawless production lets Bronson do what he does best; get ignorant in a cypher-like manner where he can just spit bar after bar. And of course Bronson keeps good company on, “Rare Chandeliers,” with features from Roc Marciano, Evidence, Styles P, Sean Price and Schoolboy Q. The anthem of the mix tape is, “The Symbol,” where Bronson gets his Prince on and wants just to be known as a symbol. With a feature from Sean Price on, “Blood of the Goat,” Bronson showed a side of his skills that prove he would be able to go line for line with the best emcees of any time period. One of my favorite tracks off, “Rare Chandeliers,” is the collaboration with Evidence called, “B---- I Deserve You.” The closest thing to a love song you will ever hear from Bronson, the duo tells the rap game how they deserve to be in the position they are and they do not plan on going anywhere any time soon.

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The Kansas City Chiefs recently experienced tragedy in their organization as 25-year-old linebacker Jovan Belcher committed a murdersuicide Saturday ending at Arrow Head Stadium. Belcher was a starter in 10 of the 11 Chiefs games this season after being signed by the Chiefs in 2009 after going undrafted. His death is hard enough for friends and family in the Chiefs organization, but to happen at the facility is another. Belcher took his life in front of head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli along with other coaches in the parking lot. It is a scar that will forever be branded in their minds, and to even think about playing on Sunday should have been a no brainer. The game went on as scheduled though, with the Chiefs beating the Carolina Panthers at home 27–21. The question still lingering though is should the Chiefs have played on Sunday?

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I believe completely that the Chiefs should have played. Sports have always been a comfort to those around the world. They allow you to remove yourself from the chaos of life and fall into a different state of mind. The tragic events that happened to Belcher and his girlfriend are saddening, and to think of his little daughter growing up without parents is also hard to imagine.

For the fans though, this is exactly what they need. Life moves pretty fast if you do not stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Belcher would have wanted his team to play for him and I am sure any other player would feel the same way. The Redskins moved on when Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor was gunned down in his home, and the Chiefs knew they had to do the same. Even though this particular incident came at the facility, the team had to make a quick decision and I believe any other team would have made the same choice. In war, soldiers do not stop a battle just because someone dies. They continue. Football is a battle, and each team is built with soldiers; soldiers who risk their bodies to serve the fans who cheer for them every week. The game resulted in a win for the Chiefs and brought out many emotions on the field. In a quote from ESPN, Romeo Crennel summed it up best when he said, “As far as playing the game, I thought that was the best for us to do because that’s what we do. We’re football players and football coaches and that’s what we do. We play on Sunday.” With tears in his eyes Crennel knew the best thing

to do was play. They won one for their fallen teammate.

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Through tragedy usually comes triumph and yesterday proved just that. We have seen this before — Brett Favre playing after his father’s death, the Penn State debacle leading to a triumphant season. Death is inescapable, no matter what profession, what age, or what gender you are. However, under these circumstances there should be a limit as to where the line between morally incorrect and correct becomes blurred. There is no way that the Chiefs should have played yesterday. The act was deplorable and disrespected a family and a team that was grieving. A murder-suicide that culminates at the team’s facility is an event that no one could dream of until it happens to them. Sports will always be around. Through thick or thin there will always be a pastime that our citizens have been blessed with. If sports can be postponed for hurricanes and inclement weather, then a game can be postponed for the tragic and untimely death of one of the linebackers. Come on NFL, you got your head so far up your bottom with limiting player injuries, yet you fail to take action at a moment like this.

Shippensburg University’s quidditch team, the Shippensburg Warlocks, had a tournament scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1. Although six teams were supposed to play in the tournament, most of them were unable to come. Kutztown University’s quidditch team was still able to play, so the Warlocks and KU played a best-ofthree series of games Saturday morning. KU won the first game 9040 after catching the snitch, which earned it 30 extra points. The Warlocks took the second game, which also ended in a score of 90 – 40. KU won the third and final game with a score of 110–50, taking the overall win over the Warlocks. The Warlocks consist of about 30 players, but not all were present Saturday. The Warlocks’ team captain is Jeff Hughes. The team is affiliated with the International Quidditch Association (IQA), which is a nonprofit organization that encourages people everywhere to take part in starting quidditch teams of their own. The IQA has three goals: to foster a culture of creativity, to create, connect and enhance communities and to facilitate competition. According to the IQA’s website, the sport of quidditch is now played at more than 300 universities and high schools in the U.S. and 12 other countries.

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Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team rattled off two huge victories over the weekend to extend its record to 6–1 on the season. The Raiders beat Clarion University on Saturday and Lock Haven University in Sunday’s game. This is SU’s best start since it started 6–1 in the start of the 2008–2009 season. Saturday’s 82–65 victory featured a 29-point effort by Sarah Strybuc who was 7-of-10 from behind the arc. CU tried to stage a comeback in the second half, but was cut short with the hot hands of SU. The Raiders were helped by Strybuc’s huge game. Her seven 3–pointers were one shy of the school single game record of eight, which is held by Lauren Beckley. SU seniors Shawna Wert and Dana Wert continued to be a force for SU as they each made threes from long distance as Shawna finished with 18 points on 5-of8 shooting and Dana contributed 15 points and also added four assists. Knauer also was in double figures as she scored 12 points, eight of which came from the charity

stripe. Knauer pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds against CU. The Golden Eagles were led by Hannah Heeter, who, off the bench, finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. The two-sport athlete played in her first game of the season after returning from CU’s volleyball team’s five-set loss at Wheeling Jesuit. SU was behind early with the score being 18–16 until Shawna Wert buried a three ball to put the Raiders up and started a 19–2 run. The Raiders never looked back. After being down by two, they were quickly up 35–20 six minutes later. CU went on a 10–0 run late in the game, cutting the lead at one point to 62–49 but, that was the closest it came to SU. Sunday’s game was a lot closer as the Raiders pulled out a close 87–82 decision over LHU. Knauer led SU to victory as she posted her second straight double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Knauer was near perfect from the free-throw line going 8–9. Shawna Wert shot 10-of11 from the free-throw line and finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Dana Wert scored 15 points while Strybuc added

12 points and a career-high six assists. The Raiders ended the game shooting 32-of-39 from the charity stripe, including a perfect 16-of-16 effort in the first half. SU began to stretch its lead midway through the first half, using an 11–0 run to break a tie and go up 22–11 at the 12:28 mark. The Raiders increased their lead to 17 points four minutes later and eventually went into halftime with a 47–35 advantage after a jumper from senior Morgan Taylor at the horn. LHU came out fired up for the second half and built a 7–0 run to cut the SU lead to 50–43 before twice getting to within two. Back-toback buckets from Strybuc, freshman Alex Gildea and Knauer pushed the lead back up to eight. LHU put together an 11–2 run, its first lead since 2:30 into the game, at 67–66 with 5:19 remaining. An and-1 play just 10 seconds later from Shawna Wert gave the lead back to SU. LHU chipped the SU advantage down to two several more times and even got it to one, 83–82, but free throws down the stretch helped the Raiders to finish off the Bald Eagles. SU opens up PSAC East play Saturday gainst Kutztown University.

Sophomore Reggie Charles scored a careerhigh 34 points — the most in a single game for a Raider in nearly six years — but the Shippensburg University men’s basketball team dropped an overtime contest at Lock Haven University on Sunday afternoon 94–87 at Thomas Fieldhouse. Charles set career highs in both field goals made and attempted, going 11-of19 from the field while contributing seven rebounds and three assists. His scoring effort is the most in a single game since Chuck Davis scored 37 points for SU in a loss at West Chester University on Jan. 6, 2007. Freshman Joe Lococo went 9-of-10 from the freethrow line and scored 12 points to go along with six rebounds. Freshman Tony Ellis collected a team-high 10 boards. Junior Dylan Edgar netted 10 points with seven

rebounds while freshman Jay Hardy also scored 10 points and collected five rebounds off the bench. The Bald Eagles were paced by Wali Hepburn, whose game-high 40 points tied for the fourth-most points in a single game in Lock Haven history. SU led for the majority of the first half, including a game-high 12-point advantage, up 28–16, with 5:55 remaining before the break. Lock Haven finished the half on a 13–7 run to cut the deficit to 35–29. SU remained in control and maintained its lead for a large portion of the second half, leading by nine with six minutes to go and eight with four minutes left. A 6–0 LHU run at that point cut the SU lead to 70–68 with 2:33 on the clock, but a layup from sophomore Sam Pygatt and a Lococo free throw pushed the lead back to five with 1:09 remaining.

Hepburn connected on an and-1 play on the next LHU possession before a Nate Walters steal and a Terrell Johnson layup tied the game at 73–73 with 22 seconds on the clock. Redshirt-freshman Tyhiem Perrin — who had seven points and five rebounds on the day — missed a jumper at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime. LHU scored eight quick points just a minute-anda-half into the extra session before eventually pushing its lead up to 11 with 2:28 left in overtime. SU returns to action on tomorrow night at Shepherd University for a 7 p.m. contest. The Raiders will return home on Saturday to host Kutztown University at 3 p.m. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information

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Shippensburg University field hockey player Bre White is continuing a trend that SU can get used to — she became the second SU athlete in three years to win the coveted Division II Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year. Joining 2010 winner Kristina Taylor in the ranks of the elite, White exemplified leadership and extreme poise in the clutch. “There were other girls who scored more goals than I had this season. I didn’t expect it [the award] at all,” White said. “I do think I deserved it and I’m really happy that I got the award this year.” White, also named the PSAC West Player of the Year and the NFCHA South Region Player of the Year, led SU with 43 points, while tallying 17 goals and 9 assists. Acting as a catalyst toward her team’s performance, White affirmed that her success was due in large part from her teammates. “As a team sport you have to work together,” White said. “I have so many oth-

er teammates that have performed well this year.” Those teammates, accompanied by White, helped SU blaze through a 17–3 season, reaching the PSAC semifinals and eventually the National semifinals at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. However, losses in both of those games left a crater in what could have been a magical year. “We thought that we were going to win it,” White said. “We played our hearts out. We just didn’t get our overall goal.” White is accustomed to achieving the overall success. Hailing from Lower Dauphin High School, a perennial field hockey powerhouse, the talented White earned three letters under head coach Linda Kreiser and led her team to a 2009 PIAA AAA state championship. Born as an only child to Paul White and Sabina Bulatovic, White has lived the traditional family life. Her parents have backed her 100 percent throughout her field hockey career. Guided by a strong family support system and her high school success, White has carried the torch, becoming yet another leader on a star-studded SU squad.

Throughout her three years at SU, the skilled forward has amassed 52 goals and 34 assists and has been named to the AllPSAC West First Team unit and the NFHCA First Team All-American squad an unprecedented three times. She was one of six players to start every game for the Raiders in 2012, notching multiple points in all but six of the team’s 18 regular season games. Despite the loss, White shined in the NCAA semifinals earning a spot on the 2012 All-Tournament Team It is just extra momentum to carry on in the offseason. White’s drive and leadership will be on full display as SU will use an advanced training sytem in the offeseason in order to prepare for making a run at the 2013 National title. “Unfortunately we didn’t win the championship but, we still have the potential next year to win it.” White said. “We have to work hard this offseason because every team in the PSAC is getting better.” With White as one of the major components of a solidlooking 2013 Raider squad, the Raiders are poised to make a run at the title that has eluded them for years.


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Trip to NCAA playoffs caps off a stellar year for the Raider team Nick Sentman

Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University Volleyball team ended its season on Thursday Nov. 29 and its run in the NCAA tournament, bowing out to California University of Pa., but it did not end the season without making some history. SU finished the season 27–12, and since the program began in 1980 this was the second time that the Raiders reached the NCAAs. The Raiders went to four sets with the Vulcans coming close, but ultimately could not prevail. This season showed a lot of promise for SU volleyball, but as every season comes to an end, so does the end of an era for five seniors. The Raiders say goodbye to a core group of seniors, who combined to win 77 games over their career. SU seniors Lauren Murphy, Erin Flick, Rachel

Smicker, Jenny Pry, and Andrea Heimsoth have been mainstays in the lineup. Heimsoth has racked up 1,229 assists on the season out of SU’s 1,452. That is a huge loss for the team’s kills leader junior Jill Edwards. Edwards, who does return, brings back 474 kills on the year. SU will also miss out on a combined 215 blocks from the senior class led by Smicker who had 82. The Raiders should not have that bad of a problem filling those shoes as freshman Rookie of the Year Taylor Gottshall will be back. Gottshall had 154 blocks this season to lead the team and Gottshall has thrived as a middle blocker, with 230 kills and hitting an impressive .239 from the floor. She is SU’s third PSAC East Rookie of the Year in the last six years, joining Edwards in 2010 and Cindel Young in 2006. SU also saw its head coach Leanne Piscotty take home

the PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year award. Piscotty led her team to its first win against the Vulcans earlier this season which was the first time that happened since 1996. Ironically, the Raiders won that match three sets to one and lost to the same score in the NCAA’s. The Raiders will miss the constant floor leadership of Murphy and Heimsoth who also received recognition on the All-PSAC First Team. Flick, also a great leader on the floor, leaves the team with 162 kills and 55 blocks on the season. Flick has always been a very consistent player since her sophomore year. SU will look to build off of this season and hope to take its run into the NCAA’s a bit further next year. With Edwards and Gottshall back, SU will have a formidable duo to contend in the PSAC’s next season looking to better its 14-5 mark this season.

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The men’s and women’s swim team had a solid performance at the Bomber Invitational in Ithaca over the weekend picking up 60 PSAC cuts.

Freshman Rikki Sargent broke the 5-year-old school record in the 200yard breaststroke on Sunday morning and swam the opening leg of the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay squad for the Shippensburg University women’s swimming team as the Raiders picked up 22 PSAC cuts at the 2012 Bomber Invitational hosted by Ithaca College. Sargent, junior Julie Brown, freshman Carolyn Meier and senior Julia Brownrigg touched the wall in 3:31.04 — an NCAA ‘B’ cut — to defeat the likes of Cornell and Colgate in the weekend’s final relay. Individually, Sargent placed fourth in the 200yard breaststroke of 2:22.12 — besting Jill Snyder’s mark of 2:22.62 set in 2007 — for an NCAA ‘B’ cut. In just two months of collegiate competition, Sargent Photo by Alexa Bryant has already broken school school history. records in the 100- and 200-

yard breaststroke. Brown (52.76), Meier (53.65) and sophomore Tara Yohe (55.53) picked up PSAC cuts in the 100-yard freestyle. Sophomore Jen Flinchbaugh (2:15.02) and junior Sarah Hanson (2:15.06) surpassed the PSAC qualifying standard in the 200-yard backstroke. The Shippensburg University men’s swimming team posted eight additional PSAC cuts on Sunday morning at the Bomber Invitational — bringing its weekend total to 38 — as it wrapped up three days of competition at Ithaca (N.Y.) College’s Athletic and Events Center. SU’s top finishes of the day came in the 200-yard backstroke. Senior Sean Minford, who specializes in the breaststroke and the individual medley, showcased his versatility with a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke of 1:54.16.

Senior Stew Conard achieved a PR with a fifthplace time of 1:56.12 and sophomore Tyler Robertson hit a PSAC cut of 2:01.55. Senior Eddie LaNoue led a group of four Raiders who satisfied the conference qualifying standard in the 100-yard freestyle, placing 10th in 47.49 seconds. Junior Chris Bankert finished in 49.51 seconds, freshman Stefan Szilagyi posted a time of 49.53 seconds and senior Mike Keefe touched the wall in 49.80 seconds. Sophomore Brennan Wolter swam the mile in 16:54.21 for a PSAC cut. The Raiders will have its next competition Jan. 11 with their second and final home dual meet of the season. SU will face Edinboro from Donald N. Miller Pool inside Heiges Field House. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information


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Sports Editor Head coach Mark Maciejewski stood in front of his players and with each tearjerking statement, the Shippensburg University football team knew its season had finally come to an end. Pride, grit and determination emblazoned on their sleeves, the Raiders exhumed the qualities of what marks a true champion and — more importantly — a true family. The demoralizing 37–14 defeat at the hands of Winston-Salem State University loomed largely over the heads of this special group on this night, but the bitter taste of defeat was overshadowed by resiliency — this team should not have been here. SU, picked to finish fourth in the PSAC East, was discounted from the get-go. How does this team get past an opponent it had not beaten in seven years to begin the season? How will this team handle an excruciating task in facing four quality conference opponents in four weeks? Preseason pollsters took into account the off-and-on success the Raiders built in 2011, but with success also came failure. The defense gave up the homerun play way too much. They were highly suspect in the running game and were hard-pressed at making stops when it mattered most. This team looked good on paper but would those previous flaws hinder the team’s success in 2012? Quarterback Zach Zulli was ready to prove the doubters wrong from the start. “I am looking forward to winning the PSAC and becoming a family,” Zulli said in a preseason in-

terview. “We need to do things right for Coach Mac, win 11 games and try to make it to Alabama.” That proving ground was established from the first week. A gut-wrenching come-from-behind 38–28 victory against Shepherd University, a team that had ransacked the Raiders for the past seven years, was the catalyst to this team’s success. Zulli and the offense, surrounded by a tremendous offensive line and receivers Jacob Baskerville and Trevor Harman, dictated that this Raider team may be unlike the rest. The wins kept rolling in — Slippery Rock University, East Stroudsburg University, Millersville University, Lock Have University — you name them, SU manhandled them. That four-game gauntlet that many predicted SU to have trouble with in the beginning of the year was swept away with ease. Huge victories against West Chester University and Bloomsburg University catapulted the Raiders to No.1 in the Super Region One rankings and signified that yes, this team was for real. The defense, which had been held suspect in 2011 annihilated its opposition. Led by leading tackler Cody Fleming and beasts on the defensive line, Jake Metz and Saeed Khateeb, the Raiders instilled fear in opposing offenses. Its best performance came from a 36–20 victory over LIU-Post — a game where the defense carried the team to victory. That tug-of-war between the offense and defense personified this team. This team formed the bond Zulli called for in the preseason. SU was not an offense and a defense. They were not a team. They were a family.

That family atmosphere carried the Raiders through a devastating loss to Indiana University of Pa. in the PSAC Championship game and into a 58–20 drubbing of BU in the first round of the NCAA Championship Playoffs. During the onslaught, Zulli threw for 479 yards and three touchdowns along with a receiving core that had three receivers with 90 plus yards on the day. A stout defensive performance forced five turnovers. It seemed as if the Raiders were making true of their quest to vie for a trip to Alabama. However, as fate had it, the Raiders’ season ended unlike it began — with a crushing loss. The loss cannot subtract from what the team accomplished this season. SU won 11 games (second-most in school history and most since 1981) and either broke or tied 73 school records, including Zulli’s historic 4,747 yards passing and leagueleading 54 touchdowns and Jake Metz’ school record of 11.5 sacks. Its playoff victory was the first since 1991 and it cemented a foundation for teams in the future. That team will look completely different heading into 2013 as the Raiders will need to replace an outstanding group of 13 seniors including Rodney Baltimore, Bryan Barley, Baskerville, Fleming, Frenette, Kevin Herod, Corey Hunt, Saeed Khateeb, Bobby Mullen, Chris Restino, Pat Schuhl, Mark Kahlil Smith and Jeff Tomasetti. With pride, true grit and determination emblazoned on its sleeves, SU walked out of Bowman Gray Stadium with a somber finish to what has been known as a remarkable and unforgettable 2012 season.

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Zulli finalist for Harlon Hill Shippensburg University junior quarterback Zach Zulli is one of the top three vote-getters for the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy — Division II’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy — and has become the first Raider to earn an invitation to the Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation, to be held Dec. 14 in Florence, Ala. Zulli is the only quarterback among the three finalists, but joins a tal-

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ented group that includes fellow PSAC star Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg and also Michael Hill of Missouri Western State — both of whom are running backs. The three emerged as the leaders from a field of eight finalists after voting was conducted by the sports information directors at the 169 schools that compete in Division II football. In 2005, the PSAC also had two of the three final-

ists for the Harlon Hill Trophy. Bloomsburg running back Jamar Brittingham was voted third overall, while East Stroudsburg quarterback Jimmy Terwilliger won the award. The only other PSAC player to win a Harlon Hill award is Irv Sigler, who was honored in 1997. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information


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