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Volume 63 No. 16

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

SU community gets sneak peak at renovated Stewart Hall Hannah Pollock Managing Editor

Members of the Shippensburg University gathered for a sneak peak of the newly renovated Stewart Hall on Friday. Attendees shared each other’s experiences while admiring the renovations of the historic campus building. Adam Roth, SU director of facilities management and planning, oversaw the project, which he said merges old and new at Shippensburg. Stewart Hall originally opened in 1894 and held a gym, dormitory and classroom space, according to Roth. “After renovations, the building will be used as a welcome center for members of the SU family – current and prospective students and alumni,” Roth said. The renovated Stewart Hall will provide a versatile

space for the campus community for new traditions, while honoring those who came before. The building boasts new technology including an elevator, television monitors and an SU welcome video. The original roof woodwork remains among subtle updates to bring the building up to code. The building is also now ADA-accessible and includes an all-gender bathroom. Modern updates also include a second-floor conference room, while Stewart’s historic roots are honored with flooring from a portion of the original track and exposed brick. Roth said it was important throughout the project to honor the history of Stewart Hall. Details in the building including its original foundation remain intact. See “STEWART,” A3

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Stewart Hall is one of the oldest buildings on Shippensburg University’s campus. The historic building originally opened in 1894, and served the campus as a gymnasium, dormitory and classroom space.

Gov. aims to redirect funding from horses to PASSHE students in new budget proposal Hannah Pollock Managing Editor

Most Shippensburg University students probably did not know that the Pennsylvania Governor gave his annual budget proposal – let alone that he wants to potentially give them more than $200 million. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) addressed the Pennsylvania General Assembly for his annual budget address on Feb. 4. Most notably for SU students, Wolf proposed a scholarship program for Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) students that would offer $204 million to students from lower-income families who are already eligible for federal Pell grants and state assistance. “The $204 million Nellie Bly Scholarship Program would close the gap after a student’s Pell Grant and other state grants to enroll in a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) university, allowing more students to graduate on time with less student loan debt,” the release said. Wolf’s budget, if approved, would also invest $12.9 million to support PASSHE’s ongoing system redesign and $30 million more for the Pennsylvania State Grant program. The program currently serves more than 130,000 students and Wolf’s additional allocation would increase the maximum award to $4,700, according to the release.

To be eligible, students must be PASSHE, full-time undergraduates who qualify for a federal subsidized student loan. Students must commit to living in Pennsylvania after graduation for the same number of years they received the scholarship. If a student leaves early, they must repay the money, according to the release. David Pidgeon, PASSHE director of public relations, said if Wolf’s proposal passes, it would mean financial support for 25,000 more students. “It’s certainty indicative of a renewed relationship between the State System and our partners at the State,” he said. “While we have a lot of work to do together, especially at the State System as we seek ways to ensure public higher education is affordable and relevant to today’s job market, we’re grateful for proposals like this one from Gov. Wolf.” PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein thanked the Wolf and his administration, praising the governor’s efforts. “Student success and affordability drive our ongoing effort to redesign our system of 14 public universities, and to accomplish reform at such an unprecedented scale, the State System is renewing our partnership with the Commonwealth. Wolf’s announcement today illustrates what’s possible with this partnership,” Greenstein said. Wolf reiterated during his address that Pennsylvania must be a place where students can pursue a college degree. “Most good-paying jobs require

training after high school, but too many students and families can’t afford the rising cost of college. The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program will help thousands of students to go to college, get a degree and start a career in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “Let’s bet on our kids instead of bankrolling racehorse owners,” Wolf said during his budget address on Feb. 4. However, not everyone is pleased with Wolf’s proposal. A group of “neigh”sayers, including members of The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, said the decision to repurpose funds from revenues from the Horse Racing Development Fund to benefit college students would “destroy” a $1.6 billion industry for the Commonwealth. “If approved by the legislature, this raid would result in the end of horseracing in Pennsylvania by eviscerating the primary funding source for the purses and breeder incentives that serve as the lifeblood of the industry,” said Pete Peterson, executive director of The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, an organization representing the six Thoroughbred and Standardbred horsemen and breeder associations in the state. “This scheme would destroy an industry that provides a $1.6 billion economic impact and supports an estimated 16,000 to 23,000 jobs in the agriculture, manufacturing, construction, retail and hospitality industries here in Pennsylvania.” See “SCHOLARSHIP,” A3

Scarr resigns as SGA VP Jonathan Bergmueller Editor-in-Chief

A second vice president has resigned from the Student Government Association (SGA). Meredith Scarr, vice president of student groups, resigned from SGA this weekend due to conflicts of time and disagreement with the direction of the organization. Scarr announced her decision last Saturday night. She later told The Slate she resigned because the SGA is going in a direction she does not want to be part of. “The future the SGA has is not what it had last year,” Scarr said. Scarr said she enjoyed every second spent in SGA over the past two-and-a-half years, however she also felt a calling to the sorority she leads, Alpha Phi. She said she could not fully dedicate to both at the same time. “I just had to pick where I had to invest my time. I have big goals for Alpha Phi and I want to have a more positive outlook for Greek Life on campus, so investing time there is what is best,” Scarr said.

Although Scarr says she agrees with many initiatives in SGA, such as the Raider Way initiative, she felt it was best she stepped back from the position. “I’m going to definitely be supporting them, but I’m going to be supporting them from the sideline,” Scarr said. Scarr is the second vice-president to resign from SGA this term. Logan Wert, the vice president of external affairs, resigned last fall. “Meredith Scarr served her time in SGA well for the past three years,” said SGA President Aven Bittinger. “I apologize for any impact this may have on student groups and we hope to continue to maintain the quality of service to those who elected us.” Scarr was first elected to student government as a representative for the class of 2021 during her freshman year, before she became the group’s secretary and later vice president of student groups. SGA will appoint a replacement for Scarr’s position with a two-thirds vote after elections for the current Executive Rules Committee (ERC) conclude next week.

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal would give more than $200 million to students who attend Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools across the Commonwealth, if approved by State Legislature.

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Business Expo brings SU students face-to-face with real-world businesses Blake Garlock

Guest Contributor

The Diller Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation hosted a business expo in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) on Thursday. Rebecca Gardner, assistant director of Entrepreneurship and Business Outreach, helped organize the expo. “This expo was designed not for businesses to sell their product,” Gardner said, “But for students to engage with businesses and to learn from them.” Of the 20 businesses scheduled for the event, 12 attended, including electrical contractors, trophy manufacturers and chambers of commerce. The Diller Center and the Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced the expo to its email base of about 500 businesses. The

businesses in attendance volunteered to come and share their knowledge with students. The expo was held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Gardner believed many businesses did not attend because the expo was in the middle of the workday. However, she said that the time slot was essential since many students were not in class. Georgina Cranston, executive director for the Greencastle Antrim Chamber of Commerce, represented the chamber at the expo. “Small businesses are the hum of our economy,” Cranston said. “Small business is vital, it’s important. So, what better place to promote it than a university?” Ultimately, the Diller Center strives to serve the students. “We try to provide students with opportunities to reach out to local businesses and learn the skills necessary for running a business,” Gardner said.

February 11, 2020

This Week on Campus Tuesday:


The International Studies Program will show “Plastic China” at 5 p.m. in Orndorff Theatre.

Reach Out will host a Book Sale at 8 a.m. in CUB100A.



The Reflector will host “Post-Love Open Mic” at 7 p.m. in McFeely’s Coffeehouse.

The Student Government Association (SGA) will meet at 4 p.m in CUB MPR. This event will be open to the public.



APB will host “Valentine’s Day Bingo” at 9 p.m. in CUB100.

The Women’s Center is performing “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer” in Memorial Auditorium at 8 p.m.

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Health Tips from Etter Health Center

Tips for National Heart Health Month Amy Gebhart

Nurse Supervisor at Etter Health

Your heart works hard for you nonstop for your whole life. So show it some tender love and care this month during national hearth month. Making small changes in your habits can make a real difference to your ticker. Even if you improve just one or two of these areas, you may be less likely to get heart disease. Of course, the more tips on this list you follow, the better you will feel. BLOOD PRESSURE

That cuff squeezing your arm at every doctor’s visit is important. It is the most common way of measuring the amount of pressure flowing through your blood vessels with every heartbeat. The heart is the powerhouse that pushes blood through these vessels, delivering blood (filled with necessary nutrients, electrolytes and oxygen) to all your vital organs. So measuring this pressure is essentially measuring how well your powerhouse is working. If your blood pressure gets too high, the extra force can damage artery walls and create scar tissue. That makes it harder for blood and oxygen to get to and from your heart. The heart has to pump harder and gets worn out faster. Some easy ways to lower your blood pressure: Cut back on salt, limit alcohol to no more than one to two drinks a day, favor healthy eating habits (think fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein) manage your stress and work out. These changes are often enough to bring your blood pressure back down into the normal range. If not, your doctor might recommend you also take medication. SLEEP

The next time you’re tempted to stay up later than you should, remember how comfy that pillow will feel and how good a full night’s

sleep is for your heart. In one study, young and middle-age adults who slept seven hours a night had less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who slept five hours or less or those who slept nine hours or more. The type of shut-eye they got was important, too. Adults who said they got good-quality sleep also had healthier arteries than those who didn’t sleep soundly. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night, or if you don’t feel refreshed after a full night in bed, talk to your doctor about what changes you can make to help. CUT THE FATS

To help your heart and arteries function best, cut down on saturated fats, which are found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options. Also, totally quit transfats, which are found in some processed foods. They drive up your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol level. Check ingredient lists for anything that says “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” — those are trans-fats. GET MOVING

To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, five days a week of moderate exercise. That includes any activity that gets you moving around and breaking a slight sweat. While there are many opinions of the type of exercise recommended, both cardiovascular exercise as well as strength training are important in building overall heart health and wellness. The easy answer is if you’re doing nothing, do something. And if you’re doing something, do more. Also, pay attention to how much time you spend seated, whether it’s at work, in your car or on your couch at home. You want to decrease the amount of time you spend sitting. Break up long

periods of sitting, and stand or walk while doing things like talking on the phone or watching television. CLEAN UP YOUR DIET

Your heart works best when it runs on clean fuel. That means lots of whole, plant-based foods (like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds) and fewer refined or processed foods (like white bread, pasta, crackers and cookies). One of the fastest ways to clean up your diet is to cut out sugary beverages like soda and fruit juice, which lacks the fiber that’s in actual fruit. College students drink a lot of their calories, and many of those drinks provide little, if any nutritional value. DITCH THE SMOKE (REAL AND ELECTRONIC)

Smoking and secondhand smoke are bad for your heart. E-cigarettes are popular with college students, but they’re not problem-free. While they can help some people wean themselves off of smoking, they still contain harmful levels of nicotine and other toxic chemicals, so your goal should be to quit completely. DO WHAT YOU LOVE

Lastly, during the month of love, and every day — try managing stress in a healthy way. Stress management is essential in lowering that blood pressure! This can be done with meditation, yoga, listening to music, a hobby, exercise or any other activity you find relaxing. Make it a point to spend time with people you are close to. Talk, laugh, confide and enjoy each other. It’s good for your emotional health as well as your heart. *The American Heart Association has designated February as National Heart Health Month. For more information, make an appointment at Etter Health Center or refer to aha.org.

Commentary: Keeping sex safer Kathleen Rundquist

RN at Etter Health Center

According to the Center for Disease Control, half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STI) each year occur in young people aged 15-24 years — the age group of most college students. STIs (sometimes referred to as STDs) do not discriminate. They can affect any gender, sexual orientation or race. The rates of these infections have been on the rise. College students are more likely to be infected because they tend to have more sexual partners and engage in sexual activity while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. While some forms of sexual activity are less risky, it can be spread during any type. This should be a concern of anyone on campus who is sexually active. Unfortunately, many STIs do not show symptoms. Chlamydia is a good example of this, because 70% of women and 50% of men that have it will not have symptoms. Other STIs, like HPV or HIV may take months or years to develop any signs. This means that many people may have these infections and may not know it. Abstinance (or not having) from sex (including oral, anal and vaginal sex) is the most effective way to prevent contracting an STI. Kissing and mutual masturbation (outercourse), are two forms of sexual activity that are less risky but some STIs, such as herpes, can still spread this way. For those who choose to engage in sexual activities, safer sex is a must. While no sex is “safe,” certain precautions can make it safer. • Discuss with any potential sexual partner their STI history and drug use. • Avoid drug use and drinking alcohol to excess. • Women should not douche after sexual intercourse because it can wash away any spermicide that was used that may offer some protection against STIs and push any bacteria further up into their reproductive tract.

• You should always use a barrier, from the start to end of the sexual activity. Barriers include female (internal) condoms. These condoms have the advantage that they can be inserted in the vagina up to eight hours before having sex, and can be used for both vaginal and anal sex. But they can be hard to find in stores and are expensive. Condoms can be used for vaginal, anal or oral sex and used on sex toys. The last barrier type is a dental dam. These also may be hard to obtain in stores, but can be made by cutting a condom to make a rectangle. These should be a used as barrier when there is going to be any skin to skin contact, such as in oral sex. Any condom used should be either polyurethane or latex. • Be alert for your partner having any sores or discharge. • Be alert for any sores or abnormal discharge that you may have. • Consider lower-risk sexual activities. • Have routine STI testing. Those in a monogamous relationship should be tested yearly. People with multiple sexual partners should be checked every three to 12 months. It is important to remember that you need to wait at least two weeks after having sex to be tested, or you may have a false negative. • If you do have an STI, get treatment. Correctly take any medication that is prescribed and follow your health care provider’s instructions. If students have any concerns about their sexual health, they should see their medical provider or make an appointment with a doctor at Etter Health Center. While Etter does offer STI testing, you will need to provide your insurance information so that the lab can bill it. There will be several free STI testing clinics this semester, provided by Keystone Health, at the Health Center. They will be: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 20 and March 26, and on April 15 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and also from 5 – 9 p.m. at the Pride Center.

Carmine Scicchitano/ The Slate Etter Health Center is located on the ground floor of Naugle Hall. The center is provided by Shippensburg University through tuition and fees.


February 11, 2020

Campus Police Briefs


Your World Today

Commentary: Coronavirus coverage shows importance of transparency

Seavers Hall resident to be charged with possession of marijuana Shippensburg University Police responded to a call from Seavers Hall about a marijuana smell complaint on Feb 5. When the officers arrived they questioned residents and smelled marijuana from Room 223. Nathaniel Bodenarine, a resident of the room, gave marijuana to the officers, according to police. Police charged Bodenarine with possession of marijuana. Harley Hall resident charged with possession of marijuana Shippensburg University Police officers were on patrol in Harley Hall when they smelled marijuana on Feb. 7. Officers questioned Raphael Robinson, of Room 349, who gave them permission to search his room. Police said they found marijuana during the search. Robinson was charged with possession of marijuana. From “SCHOLARSHIP,” A1

Liz Fisher, an SU social work professor, said members of the SU chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) expressed their support for Wolf’s efforts to further funding for higher education. Rachel Richards, SU associate director of financial aid, said she hopes the state grants will increase, citing the threat of the funds remaining stagnant in recent years. “Our hope is that enrollment will increase at all PASSHE schools due to now having more scholarship power that could align us with private schools in the state,” Richards said. However, Peterson said Wolf’s proposal would devastate the horseracing industry.

“This scheme would destroy an industry that provides a $1.6 billion economic impact and supports an estimated 16,000 to 23,000 jobs in the agriculture, manufacturing, construction, retail and hospitality industries here in Pennsylvania,” he said. Owners, breeders, jockeys and trainers expressed their concerns, including Renee Nodine, an equine vet at Horseshoe Valley Equine in Annville. “It would be a complete disaster if Gov. Wolf takes $200 million from Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry. He is turning his back on hay farmers, breeders, and small businesses — and those are some of the hardest working people there are,” Nodine said. The money that Wolf would divert to PASSHE

would possibly provide scholarships, grants and loans, which are determined by students’ FAFSA and PHEAA paperwork. “The FAFSA is the starting point for eligibility and most grant funds rely on the information obtained by the FAFSA to determine eligibility. Scholarships offerings are usually merit based, meaning students can qualify based on SAT and GPA scores from high school and cumulative GPA in college,” Richards explained. She continued, “Every student should complete the FAFSA each year as a lot of scholarship require a FAFSA on file even if the student does not utilize the aid offered by filing.” The Financial Aid Office is located in room 101 in Old Main and is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Jonathan Bergmueller Editor-in-Chief What happens when you muzzle the whistleblower? It turns out the people can’t heed their call. As the coronavirus sweeps China and, to a lesser extent, the world, the tale of its discovery hit media outlets. Li Wenliang, the doctor who warned the public about the new virus sweeping China, tried to warn the public before police shut him up on Dec. 30 by forcing him to sign a statement that said his warning constituted “illegal behavior.” He fought this by publicly discussing the virus with news outlets to try to help people. In a cruel twist of fate, the very infection Wenliang tried to warn the public about ended up silencing him for good. The Hubei health authority reported that 103 people died of the coronavirus in that province on Monday alone, according to CNN.com. The total deaths in mainland China is at least 1,011. Only two deaths have occurred outside the country: One in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines. According to the New York Times, the coronavirus “has sickened more than 40,500 people in Asia” and has slowly cropped up

in a few isolated cases in the United States. However, experts estimate the total number of cases are much greater than 100,000, according to the New York Times. Given the nature of the Chinese government’s reaction to Wenliang’s initial reports, it’s entirely possible they are obscuring the numbers to downplay the epidemic. But the virus has claimed more than a thousand lives and is expected to keep going. It is abundantly clear that the first thought for the Chinese government was not to take seriously the findings of Dr. Wenliang, but to protect the image of China itself to its citizens and to the rest of the world. Stories keep pouring in of extensive efforts to keep the virus in check. However, the coronavirus itself is little more than the typical flu that everyday Americans get. It is not highly lethal — merely highly infectious. But this difference is all the same to the Chinese populace, whose medical centers are now overcrowded with lines of sick patients waiting for treatment that China is unable to grant. China knows its healthcare system is unable to combat the virus, and it still chose to try to censor a medical professional. When those in positions of power place “order” and “image” above the safety and wellbeing of constituents, you no longer have a legitimate governance. You have a corrupt dictatorship. I frequently discuss the role of journalists in a free and democratic society. If you page over to B1 this week, you will read an un-

signed editorial discussing how members of Dickinson College’s campus petitioned, through a student newspaper, to see positive change come to Dickinson’s Title IX policies. A few days ago in that very newspaper, The Dickinsonian, Editor-in-Chief Drew Kaplan defined journalism as “… printing what someone else does not want printed…” I wholeheartedly agree. Although Kaplan makes no mention of the Title IX sitin protest at Dickinson in this letter-from-the-editor, I do not think it too speculative to conclude his musings are inspired, in-part, by Dickinson’s inability to provide transcripts of Rose McAvoy’s hearing so McAvoy could bring the process to task. Given the definition, which Kaplan attributes to George Orwell, I think calling Wenliang a journalist is nothing short of accurate. It was his actions that helped inform the public despite his government’s attempts to intimidate and silence him. Who knows how much worse China would be if Wenliang did not openly discuss the infection? No data can point to the impact of his actions, but I think it is safe to say Wenliang saved lives in warning the public the way he did after government officials intimidated him. This only speaks to the role of journalism in complex societies. In the face of pressure from governments and administrations, the everyday citizen must have the courage to stand by the truth and speak out on issues.

Student Leadership program to offer workshops Carmine Scicchitano/The Slate

Shippensburg University students, faculty and staff get a first look at renovations made to Stewart Hall during Friday’s sneak-peak. From “STEWART,” A1

Plans for the renovation began in 2014 with an extensive feasibility study. The anticipated completion date was October 2019, according to an SU official. SU President Laurie Carter attended the

sneak peak. She said she was pleased with the outcome of the renovation. Carter also said the building reflects on the past and future of SU as the old brick and the new wood brings everything together. “It signifies the vibrancy of our future,” she said.

Council of Trustees Updates • Provost Tom Ormond annonced that the John L. Grove College of Business was named to The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools 2020 list. • George McElwee was introudced as a new trustee. He will serve his first six-year term. • Stewart Hall is complete, according to President Laurie Carter. • Members of Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition presented their

Noel Miller News Editor

The art and skill of leadership is highly valued in the professional world. Across all majors, backgrounds and skill sets, past generations seek to hand leadership to the future generations. Even with good examples a person may still feel unsure of how to put these skills to practice. The bridge between having knowledge of leadership and being able to use that knowledge is what the Lighthouse Academy program seeks to build. The student-run program will feature a series of workshops, according to Steven Washington, student trustee for and one of the founding members of the program. A kickoff event for the program will be held in Orndorff Theater at 8 p.m. on Feb. 13. “The Lighthouse Academy program is focused around the belief that in order to be ef-

fective leaders, a person needs to know themselves first,” Washington said. The workshops are open to first- and second-year students and will focus around three skill sets: Communication, emotional intelligence and adaptability. While some college classrooms focus on leadership, the program will help introduce students to soft-skills they may not have learned yet. Being able to connect and communicate with others is part of the practical application the program offers. The Lighthouse Academy program is a first-time program, and while it is supported by the university and external partners, it was formed by SU students and will be run by them. There is already a leadership team in place for the program. However, those wishing to learn, lead and meet the team’s standards are welcome. Those interested in more information about the Lighthouse Academy can contact Washington at sw7418@ship.edu.

SUTV News Preview Check out this week’s coverage of:

community work including Hound Packs to the council. • The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center added new shows to its schedule, according to Kim Garris, SU chief external affairs officer.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Love Lines Members of the campus community submitted “love lines” for their significant others over the past two weeks.

Autumn, Thanks for always being there and giving your all, I really appreciate you Dave Katelyn, A hundred miles may separate me and you, but my love for you will always be true. Darkest night or brightest day, I’ll always be here to stay. Dork Emily Moglia, Thank you for supporting me throughout these couple of months. You’re the best! Ryan Cleary

Chase, You are the light of my life! Every day is brighter with you in it! Thanks for always being there for me. K Olivia Faenza, Hi Buddy! You’re an awesome person! Have an amazing day! Ryan Cleary Jake Rohm, Patrick Ramsdale, Nathan Farr, Antonio Decena, I love you all Chase Slenker, Have my children

Slate Editors, Journalists protect your right to know the truth. Truth is I love you guys! Happy Valentine’s Day! <3 ~ a friend

Alycia, Hey girl! I know this semester is bringing a lot to the table but you’re doing great! You got this queen! Noel Miller

Jon Berg, Roses are red, Violets are blue, Paper smells like paper, and I just completely messed up this love line. Ryan Cleary

David, Thank you for being the BEST Residence Director on campus!! Lackhove Staff

Steph, Sam, Heritage, Collin, Merle and Josh, You guys are killin’ it! You’re doing great work and I love you all! Your favorite newspaper gal Tommy E., Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you so much, thanks for everything you do! Maddie, Thank you for being such a supportive girlfriend and for always knowing how to make me smile! I love you! Brady WSYC E-Board, I don’t know what I’d do without you guys! Happy Valentine’s Day! Love y’all! Leah Meredith Scarr, You phenomenal and an amazing friend and person. Anonymous Breann Sheckells, I heard you did fabulously in your recital; I wish I could have been there! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I miss you so much and hope to see you soon. Sending all my love! Quinn Riley Michaela Vallonio, You’re Hawt From Double G The dorkiest guy I know, Thank you for all of the late-night laughs, fast food meals and swoonworthy snapchat messages. You make me so incredibly happy (even with your bad jokes) and I’m so lucky that things fell into place the way they did. I wouldn’t want anyone else by my side. :) Kanna, You are the best friend I could ask for. Thank you for keeping me sane and dealing with me. Stay awesome! Ace Mom and Dad, Thank you so much for raising me to be a kind and independent woman. Thank you for believing in my dreams and passions even though you thought some of them were too big (I’m looking at you mom). I love you guys so much and I hope I’m making you proud. All the Love, Chaela Williams Ashley and Emily Thanks for all you do at the cub! All of your hard work does not go unnoticed! Love you guys! Fran and Raven Big Red, It is so easy to get lost in your eyes. Come by more often! Anonymous

Meghan S., You’re my best friend and I love you so much. I’m so proud of the person you’ve become! Leo Tyler, I love you as much as you love being part of student media and teaching your LLC kids. Kayla Megan, Happy Valentines Day loser! xoxo K Bonnie Heming, Thank you for all you do for and on behalf of students and faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice. You are the Best <3 Melissa Jeff B., I love the way your fingers sweep across the keyboard to create a line of code. Thinking of you on this special day! <3 Love now and always, A.F. Kyla Bree Madara, You are so beautiful and sweet. I am so lucky to have you in my life. You mean more to me than you could ever possibly imagine! I love you with every piece of my heart. Forever and always, Mego Andrew, I’ve had a thing for you for a while now, bummed our timing is never right Ryan, You’ve made my life so much better. I’ve been going through a lot since March of last year and I truly believe that you’re the breath of fresh air I’ve been waiting for. Love you!! Emily Jon Berg, You’re the bee’s knees, haha. You’re a cool dude and a lot of fun to talk to! Emily News Crew, Thanks for all of your hard work! You’re the best crew I could ever ask for! Honk Dr. Drager, Thank you for your dedication and for all of the hard work you put in each week as adviser of The Slate! We appreciate you! The Slate Staff Breann Sheckells, Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope your last semester is going well! Love you bunches! Aunt Jen Jake Pettit, You live in my hall and I think you’re really cute, but you never seem

interested:/ Maybe we can do something in the future... S.M.

Calvin DiMaggio, Egg Anonymous

Gavin, I love you always. Michaela

Everyone, Marcelo would never leave you alone. Follow him @RETRY.MP4 for high quality and original content that would make your heart flutter.

Matthew Zemba / Sir Elton John, You’re such an amazing person!!! Love you bunches!!! Emily Moglia

Matthew Zemba, Much love to my tea talking lunch buddy! Abby Durand

All The Boys I Loved Before, You didn’t deserve me. Jon Berg, Dad?

Jon Bergmueller, You do so much for everyone, you’re truly an amazing person! Would love to know you better.

Dante Hollenquest, “This Valentine’s Day, here is my message to fiance: Working around the smell of grease and fast-food, I never would have guessed that at work, my heart would be skewed. We clicked right on the spot; I couldn’t believe it happen so fast, Cupid set both our hearts, forever in a cast. Our relationship grew bigger and feelings got stronger, My heart is celebratory victory, you have conquered. In this world, there is absolutely nobody else like you, Exploring both the high and the low, I might have never met you. My life was a spinning circle of madness, but you set it back into orbit. My love for you grows bigger than the universe, the space will never absorb it. I am so grateful to GOD that HE put you in front of me when HE did, Because to throw you away and find another, I very much forbid. The blessing of my happiness is you, and only you, Over exceeding expectations and making me smile, I am always happy because of being with you. You may not have much to provide, but money doesn’t mean anything to me, All I need to you, and that is more than enough for me, you see. Love is never measured by price, luxury, style, or looks, It is measured by the amount you will give to someone based on the passion and strength of their heart. Dante Hollenquest, you have all of me from head to toe, I will never find another like you, I know. With the beating in my chest, your love consumes my heart, Despite all the forces of this crude world, nothing will ever keep us apart. You are my world, my wildest adventure, not my first, but my last, my everything, And I promise with this ring on my finger, my tears of happiness will glow when those church bells finally ring. I love you so much my darling love, Happy Valentine’s Day, and Happy One Year Anniversary! Always and Forever!” Aurora Florek Jonathan Bergmueller, Love you Jon <3 - Joe Vincent Tinucci, You are beautiful, be my Valentine? Naughty Admirer Fam, You’re my dad! *boogie woogie woogie* Anonymous Vincent Tinucci, I love you, thank u for being my boyfriend Marna CUB EPIC Staff, Anything for the CUB! Happy V-Day! xoxo The Bachlorette Babes, “””RRRRRRRRYAN!”” “”Sarah, I’m sinking!”” “”You’ve been sniped””” One of your fellow babes HP, You’re the most beautiful person I know. Can’t wait to see you this weekend ;)

Emily Moglia, Happy Valentine’s Day! Catholic school for the win! XD -Matthew Nina, Thank you for being you Isaac Maddie Troy, Thanks for being such a great little and bachelor watching friend! Here’s to Peter finding love. Happy Valentines Day! Maddie & Joelle, You both have redefined friendship for me. I love you. -K Dear Women’s Ultimate, Thank you for making my senior season one to never be forgotten. I can’t wait to watch everyone grow on and off of the field once I’m gone. Much love Your Loving President Shippensburg Peers, Thank you for being such a phenomenal student body that we have the pleasure of representing. The Student Government Association Ace, The reckoning has come Anonymous Adora, You really are adora-ble! Me Desiree Jones, I’m so glad you’ve been one of my closest friends since 7th grade and I’m so glad that we stayed close all these years. You’ve been there for me through some of my toughest times in life you and I feel like I never thank you enough. I love you Dezzi!!! Jessica Oglesby Meg, UwU *notices you* I howpe this messwage dowsn’t embawwas u owo. In all seriousness I love you, thank you for tolerating me. Calvin The Slate Thank you for bringing me on and making me apart of the family Ryan Cleary Esther Nganinga, Happy Valentines day My love, continue to brighten everyones day with your laughter and hugs Someone who thinks you’re terrific Kallie Koch, Thank you for putting up with all of my crap, day in and day out ;) Jessica Oglesby, We’ve been through a lot but we always find our ways back to each other. So because of that I am glad and lucky to call you my best friend,I wouldn’t have made it this far without you babe. Terry Lite To The Slate, Thank you for being the best staff anyone could ask for! Jonathan Bergmueller Beeann, You light up my Thursday Nights babe Love you, annonomyous

Lackhove RAs, Thanks to all of you for making my on campus experience the best one in my college journey so far. You are the best staff on campus. Residents Brennan Moran, I still remember the day we met so distinctly, not because it was the first day of college but because it was when I first laid eyes upon you. I picked you out in a crowd of hundreds and felt determined to get to know you. I manipulated my way through the crowd for us to be able to meet, and that’s when we had our first dance. Yes, it was with 4 other people of which I can’t recall and amounted to a minute, however I felt an unexplainable connection to you. It took a few days before we tracked each other down, and from 4pm till after Midnight we spoke with such ease. Every day since then, I’ve woken up with such excitement knowing I get to see you. You are my motivation. The dances we’ve had since then, like Labor Day weekend, have manifested into everything I’ve ever wanted. You may be a statue, but you’ll always move my heart in ways no one else can. Sydney Huber Sydney Huber, You complete me as a person and have brightened up my whole existence. Every time I see you, I am feel this rush of excitement and overflowing joy. Every thing about you drives me crazy such as your passionate speeches, your cute nervous smile, and even the way you talk. You are the kindest and most emotionally intelligent person I know. When I hold you in my arms, I feel so lucky to have you. You are the most important person in my life and my one true love. Brennan Moran Dear Josh, You have my whole heart and I’m so thankful to know you Chaela, Thank you for being a good friend! Jake Petit, You’ve always been the love of my life. JJ daddy weaves Dante Morello, Hey boo just wanted to leave you a surprise to let you know you’re much I love and appreciate you. You’ve always been there for me and I could not have met someone as caring and good at fortnite as you. Keep up the good work and I’ll see you later. Luv you Js Breann Sheckells, We are so thankful and blessed to have a friend like you! Happy Valentines Day!! Maddie & Olivia Fast Michael, Words cannot capture how much I appreciate you, Michael. Keep being you, and that alone will take you to the stars :) -L The Zoey who works at The Slate, I think you’re really cute!


Tuesday, February 11, 2020


The Slate Speaks Student newspapers essential to defending campus culture Last week, students and campus officials at Dickinson College ended a days-long sit-in to see Title IX reform on campus. The sit-in was sparked by Rose McAvoy, a survivor of sexual assault who accused the college of mishandling her case. McAvoy, as well as more than 250 Dickinson College students, made demands such as a harsher minimum punishment for those found to commit sexual assault, a 60-day deadline for completing sexual assault cases, access by all parties to records involving the case and stricter enforcement of “no contact” orders. This movement was not carried by social media or long-winded discussions in Dickinson’s administration or student government, however. It was initiated when Rose McAvoy used her voice in the student newspaper, The Dickinsonian, to raise this issue when all other avenues failed.

In a column titled “I’m Done Waiting for Dickinson to Take Sexual Assault Seriously,” McAvoy explained her situation, and how the college took 209 days to resolve the investigation. During that time, she claims the same person who assaulted her assaulted two more students at Dickinson. McAvoy then discussed how when she asked for accommodations, professors told her to “get over it” and how after the attacker was found to be guilty of sexual assault, he was given a slap on the wrist in the form of probation for one semester, the same punishment students are given for underage drinking. Because he was not formally punished, the student transferred to another university that does not have access to any of his records. McAvoy continues in many paragraphs to express her disdain for the way Dickinson neglected her rights during and after her case,

and how she needed to turn to the student newspaper after official venues failed to defend her. After McAvoy’s call to action, Brenda Bretz, the vice president for Institutional Effectiveness & Inclusivity, replied in a column of her own titled “We do listen. We do make changes. We welcome your input.” Bretz claimed many details in McAvoy’s column were new to the administration, and also said the administration would listen and work with students to help address concerns. A few days after, students organized a sit-in demanding changes to the way sexual assault cases were handled on campus. Last Thursday, the sit-in ended and campus administrators agreed to concede to several of the students’ demands. This only highlights why student newspapers on college campuses are essential

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Young voters must take initiative

Maria Maresca Staff Columnist

The 2020 presidential election is approaching at rapid speed and calls to mind the position of voters and a dilemma that has plagued our country for decades: The absence of young voters. A mere 43% of 18-20 -year-olds voted in 2016, and only 16% voted in 2014, according to an article in Duke Today. Why is the voter turnout of young people so limited? Although there are innumerable contributing factors, both the misunderstanding of the government’s role and political polarization are to blame. Relying on formal academic institutions for political understanding is oftentimes insufficient, which further proves the impor-

tance of self-education. Both Founding Fathers Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson ardently believed that a literate and educated citizenry was necessary for the functioning of a democracy. Therefore, young people should invest time and improve their political comprehension instead of resigning to confusion because their votes shape the fate of the country. When people do not have a shared reality, they cannot have a shared democracy. The annual Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey found that only 26% of Americans are able to correctly name all three branches of government and an astonishing 37% cannot name any of the rights secured under the First Amendment. When voters fail to understand the basics of how a government functions, then it is reasonable to say voting is out of the question. The nature of politics must also include conversation and compromise, which has proven to be nearly impossible in contemporary times. President Donald Trump’s impeachment and the reactions during the 2020 State of the Union have been prime examples of the political po-

larization of Democrats and Republicans alike. However, this is not a new reality. In 2014, the Pew Research Center calculated that 27% of Democrats saw the Republican Party as a threat to the nation’s well-being and 36% of Republicans saw the Democratic Party equally as threatening to the nation’s security. As each party continues to demonize the other, political progress is halted and resentment and alienation only intensify. As shown through news media outlets, political polarization is a major turn off for voters who would rather not become entangled in political complexities and mindless bickering. However, despite the political discrepancies we face, I encourage young people to take the initiative and vote because it is our responsibility to maintain our country’s founding principles of independence, equality and freedom. Your future relies on your contribution and your individual opportunity to vote, which should never be thrown to the wayside. Our nation functions because of the vote, and we have a moral duty to be a part of the political process because of what is at stake.

‘Social Sorting’ signals decline of democracy, can be fought

Adam Friscia Staff Columnist

Social sorting on the basis of political identity is widening the gap between partisan ideology and deepening our collective divide. And while the pendulum of public opinion always swings from one end of the spectrum to the other, we have never experienced this level of dysfunction before. But despite my temptation to write an accusatory piece, one that assigns blame to a specific party, I will refrain from such dialogue. Instead, I will address the fallout spawned from this troubling social behavior. The issue of self-sorting is arguably the greatest obstacle to civil debate and is

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now more than ever. When campus administrators fail to hold each other accountable for their abuses, who will step up and bring corruption to light? Where will students go to use their voices and speak out against injustices that impact them? The role of journalism in a free and democratic society is to hold those in power accountable. Anything less than publishing what someone else does not want published, as Drew Kaplan, editor-in-chief of The Dickinsonian writes, is public relations. And in a Trumpian era of dismissing the parts of truth you don’t like as “fake” or “unbalanced and unfair,” college campuses need journalists and student newspapers now more than ever to advocate when student governments and campus administrators fail to act. Only then can our communities usher in positive change.

highly topical among political pundits. In her book “Uncivil Agreement,” Lilliana Mason discussed the vital role sorting has in shaping our political landscape. She identified the manner in which society is being sorted by social, demographic, and ideological means. As stated by Mason, “This new alignment has degraded the cross-cutting social ties that once allowed for partisan compromise. This has generated an electorate that is more biased and angry at opponents and more willing to act on that bias and anger.” The result of this outrage is a mob mentality fueled by parochialism. In an article published by The Federalist, journalist Brad Todd offered a drastic solution for political gridlock. According to Todd, “The only way to address this cultural disconnect is self-deportation.” Specifically, he called upon all Republicans to leave Washington, D.C. In his view, the lifestyle embedded in our nation’s capital “is disconnected from the nationally dominant GOP electorate.”

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Subsequently, conservatives would be wise to flee the liberal city and move to a more likeminded habitat. To be clear, this sentiment is not exclusive to conservative thought. In his book, “The Big Sort,” journalist Bill Bishop noted that liberals demonstrate similar patterns of social separation. Regardless of one’s political affiliation, the act of self-sorting is detrimental to our populace. When any group isolates themselves from ideas that oppose their belief system, the ability to grasp foreign concepts is lost. This estrangement creates a corrosive environment that erodes common decency and renders compromise null. Instead of limiting social engagements, we should pursue communal progress. This can be achieved by opening minds and expanding networks. If this occurs, a return to genial discourse is possible. And perhaps we’ll all get along. But until the increasing rise of tribalism reverts, our social quarantine will remain. And the ethos of our society will be strained.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Ship Life

Library offers resources, places for students to work on presentations Justin Hawbaker Ship Life Editor

Going to the library may be a bore for some people, but for others there is a world of resources to discover right at their fingertips. The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library offers many resources some students may not know about or use. These resources can be used for courses or general knowledge. Abdul Aden, the Collection Development and Electronic Resources librarian, said he still gets surprised and happy when students learn about resources in the library. Students are aware of the library homepage and research guides for specific courses, Aden said. Aden believes students have less knowledge about the special topics research guides, the interlibrary loans section and the recording studio. The special topics research guides allow students to dig deeper into subjects for special courses or general education classes. Research guides differ from the special topics

research guides because of the level of difficulty between the two. The interlibrary loan section allows students access to books from other libraries. The library would then borrow the book from the second library for the student to use. The recording studio is open for students for study sessions or to record, according to the SU library database. The recording studio can be found in Lehman Library 120. “LL120 offers a one-touch recording studio, where students can plug in a thumb drive and record a presentation,” Aden said. Reservations for the studio can be made on the SU library database. Students can check media equipment out from the Lehman Library Circulation Department. Media items include tripods, digital cameras, cassette tape recorders and more. Students must email libcirc@ship.edu to reserve the equipment. Students should ask their professor if a textbook is on reserve in the library when

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Student Adora Schmid studies in one of the study areas found in the library equipped with a binder, highlighters and pens to take proper notes for class. they cannot afford to buy the book. Books for class on-reserve can be checked out on a firstcome, first-serve basis and cannot be renewed. Undergraduate students may only

take out a book for a maximum of three days. Graduate students can take reserved books out for seven days. The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library is open from 7:15 a.m.-midnight Monday

through Thursday and 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays. Weekend hours vary. For more information, visit the library’s front desk on the left side of the entrance.

Carmine Scicchitano

“We wanted to do something different from our usual karaoke nights, hopefully getting more students interested in the event,” Wehr said. Freshman Dawin Sackie said he enjoys physical events such as karaoke. APB, found in CUB 228, hosts on-campus and off-campus events for students outside of the classroom. Previous events include a wellness event, bingos and mini golf. APB will show “Joker” on Feb. 27 and 28 from 9-11:30 p.m., Teddy Bears and Tye Dyes on Feb. 21 from 9-11:30 p.m. and will host an escape night Feb. 29.

Question of the Week:

What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day?

Aaron Mason, freshman “My favorite part of Valentine’s Day is that it gives us an opportunity to let the people know we care about them.”

APB brings karaoke, prizes to McFeely’s Asst. Multimedia Editor

Photos by Carmine Scicchitano/The Slate

Students Makala Jackson (left) and Deja Jackson perform for the audience.

Recipe of the Week: Barbecue Pork Chop



- Pork chop of any kind - Barbecue sauce of your choosing - Garlic powder

Recipe and photo by Jonathan Bergmueller

1. Season pork chop with salt, pepper and garlic. 2. Coat pork chop on all sides with barbecue sauce. 3. Place on cooking sheet in oven; bake at 450 degrees for 40 minutes. Check every 10 minutes and apply more sauce as desired. 4. Serve the dish. Add green beans and a baked potato to the meal if desired.

Singing in front of strangers may be nerve-wracking, but several students took the risk. Laughter, applause and music filled McFeely’s Coffeehouse in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) for the Activities Program Board’s (APB) “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” Approximately two dozen students came out for the event on Friday, Feb. 7. Singer Justin Bieber and rapper Eminem were two artists students had the option to could sing to. Coordinators gave participants two tickets for singing an entire karaoke song and were given one ticket for participating in “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” Among the prizes were a karaoke machine, Apple Air Pods, three $30 Spotify gift cards and a $100 Ticketmaster gift card. APB’s Kiayrah Wehr was grateful for the turnout.

Kady Keck, junior “My favorite part of Valentine’s Day is the candy.”

Paige Armstrong, junior “My favorite part of Valentine’s Day is the specialty chocolate the stores sell.”

ShipTALKS: What can single

people do on Valentine’s Day?

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone regardless of relationship status. Do not fret if you are single. There are ways to be included on Valentine’s Day without it being a huge pity party. This upcoming holiday can be spent through a variety of ways that do not include a significant other. You could take yourself out to eat, remind people you love how much you care about them or go hang out with friends in the Red Zone. The Red Zone, a place to play games such as pool and ping pong, is located in the bottom floor of the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) across

from the bookstore. Use Valentine’s Day as a reminder that love exists. Allow yourself to appreciate what you have and know love can be found in a lot of different ways. You can love your hobbies, your friends and even your job. While Valentine’s Day focuses on romantic love, those who are single can celebrate it in different ways. Spend the day however you please without others judgment. If you want to spend time with your single friends, then this is the best time to do this. You do not need to spend the day alone. Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday in 2020. Thus, stu-

dents can finish a week of classes and relax on the holiday. Take an afternoon off from studying to watch a movie or play games. Once the day is over, you can go back to doing what you do all the time. This special day is just a reminder that love is an essential part of life with and without a partner. You can also just treat the day like any other if you so please. Make the day whatever you want it to be.

Sincerely, The ShipTalker

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Carmine Scicchitano/ The Slate One of the 17 pieces created by SU students, Jordan Robinson’s piece displays the weathered texture in the mild steel pieces found at the location of the former Domestic Engine and Pump Co. plant in Shippensburg.

SHAPE Gallery displays student work in ‘Relics from the Rubble’ exhibit

Zoey Lomison Asst. A&E Editor

The SHAPE Gallery presented the student exhibit “Relics from the Rubble”, Friday, Feb 7. Members of the Shippensburg community filled the SHAPE Gallery. Shippensburg University President Laurie Carter also attended the exhibit. The lobby was filled with attendees hugging each other smiling, critiquing and commenting on the sculptures. The exhibit consisted of 17 student welded projects. Each sculpture is small scale and can be held in one hand. The exhibit was named based on the materials being used in the sculptures. SHAPE Gallery showed photos on the walls of the former Domestic Engine and Pump Co. plant, built in 1905 and demolished in early 2018. Steve Dolbin, SU professor of sculpture, encouraged students to always be looking for materials for their art in natural forms. Dolbin, who grew up in Shippensburg, said that after the demolition of the Domestic Pump works, the ground was like “a ruin on a beach.” In the soil were tiny pieces of reminders of the industrial age, which gave him the inspiration for his students’ sculptures. Dolbin brought his sculpture students to the ruins, and each had their own bag to collect metal pieces, nuts,

bolts and other elements. The students made their sculptures with the remains from the demolition. The sculptures are abstract and nonobjective with a reminder of an industrial past, making each piece unique in its own way. Dolbin told the attendees that his students learned about negative space and positive form, which gave the sculptures the appearance of movement. Some of the students pieces contain bronze and brass, both of which cannot be as easily welded. Most of the sculptures are mild steel which was melted down at the former casting factory. The exhibit displayed cast iron sculptures since some had to be mechanically connected. Dolbin gave the students more of a challenge with the final piece to each student’s sculpture. Dolbin showed students how granite was hard to break and had to be cut with a diamond saw. Each student incorporated the granite into their pieces, many used it as a mount for their sculpture. Each student spent 20 hours on their sculpture. They gathered their own materials from the former pump site, organized their plans, learned to cut and grind the materials, learned to weld mild steel together, clean and oxidize the pieces. Each student faced some struggles. Some students

feared their first time welding or forging metal. Dolbin supported each student and showed them how to weld. Students then developed a fine-touch toward welding. Dolbin, pushed the students to create mature pieces of art, which intimidated them at first. This gave the students the opportunity to submit a piece to the competition. Students can submit their pieces for the 42nd annual SU Juried Exhibition, held in Kauffman Gallery, for awards and a chance to win prizes. The 2020 judges are Amy Boone-McCreesh, an adjunct professor from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Ry Fryar, associate professor of Art at York College of Pennsylvania. Information regarding the exhibit dates and opening reception can be found in the Kauffman Gallery schedule at ship.edu/art. Student artists in the exhibit were: Davis Krovich, Haley Burk-Raymond, Addy Graybill, Isaac Gudgeon, Robert Jackson, Alexis Shockey, Katie Shover, Cheyenne Bass, Josh Burda, Liana Culbertson, Kiana Escueta, Samantha Harvey, Jenna Hevner, Stone Lampley, Whitney Morris, Jordan Robinson and Austin Shoop. The SHAPE Gallery, located at 19 E. King St., will host the exhibit until Feb 28. Gallery hours are 5-8 p.m. Wednesday–Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

Commentary: Tips for creating the ‘Perfect’ Valentine’s Day playlist Ryan Cleary

Asst. A&E Editor

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take your significant other on a date he or she will never forget. This could be an all-day date, or a simple dinner date. However, what is a date without music? Here are some go-to songs to play during your romantic day or dinner with your significant other. “Speechless” by Dan & Shay is a great song to jam out and sing to your significant other in the car. The song starts with a duet between a drum and piano and depicts how both Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney got married to their wives after seeing their brides walk down the aisle

for the first time. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars is not only a classic, but also another great song to jam out to in the car. The song is simple but also has a deeper meaning. The song gives the message that every single girl is beautiful. It is perfect to surprise your partner during your car ride to your destination. If you are more of the type of person who prefers a romantic dinner, then these songs should be on the playlist. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz is a classic song during this time of the year. This gives the song the advantage of being played in the background since it is an acoustic song. It will get in the way of your romantic dinner date.

The message of the song is to never give up on your partner because he or she will always be there in support for you. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran is the final song on this playlist. The British singer wrote the song about how he met his girlfriend, and how they fell in love and married each other. The song is a romantic ballad meant to be danced to. So, if you are done eating and have some space, it might be a good idea to show how much you appreciate your partner with a romantic dance. While these are only suggestions, you can add your own style of music to a playlist for you and your significant other.

Billboard Top 10 1. The Box - Roddy Ricch

6. 10,000 Hours - Dan & Shay & Justin Beiber

2. Life Is Good - Future ft. Drake

7. Dance Monkey - Tones and I

3. Circles - Post Malone

8. Roxanne - Arizona Zervas

4. Memories - Maroon 5

9. Don’t Start Now - Dua Lipa

5. Someone You Loved -Lewis Capaldi

10.everything i wanted - Billie Eilish

Movie Showtimes

Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11 and 12, at AMC Classic 7 in Chambersburg



1.Birds Of Prey

7:45 p.m.

2. Dolittle

7:30 p.m.

3. Gretel And Hansel

7:40 p.m.

4. Jumanji: The Next Level

7:35 p.m.

5. Bad Boys For Life

7:10 p.m.

6. Little Women

7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020



Women’s Basketball, E2

Wrestling, E3


Name: Aaron Arp Sport: Track and Field Event: Sprints Class: Redshirt Sophomore Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Arp won first place and set a school record with a time of 47.55 in the 400-meter dash at Penn State’s Sykes & Sabock Challenge. Arp’s performance was the sixth-fastest 400 time posted in the country this season. Arp now ranks sixth in the nation in the 400, tied for fifth in the country in the 60-meter hurdles, and 11th in the country in the 200.

Photos courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.

Carlos Carter makes one of the SU program’s record-tying 18 3-pointers in Wednesday’s win over West Chester University.

Men’s hoops routs PSAC foes to stay atop East Isaiah Snead

Asst. Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University men’s basketball team tied the school record for made 3-pointers in a game (18) in its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) 83-58 win against West Chester University Wednesday evening. SU scored well the entire game, shooting 45% from the field and a scorching 58% from beyond the arc. The Raiders also only missed two of their 15 free throws in the game. Coach Chris Fite talked about the importance of the team’s hot shooting. “We encourage our guys to be aggressive. When you play teams that play zone like West Chester, you get more perimeter looks and fortunately our guys were knocking them down.” The Raiders flexed their depth in the victory as they saw three players score in double figures and another

three score nine points. “Depth has been our story all season long, any night a different guy can and has stepped up and gotten 15 to 20 points,” Fite said. “We are very balanced and can take advantage of different matchups.” Junior Jake Biss led the way with a game-high 26 points to go along with eight assists and four rebounds. Biss shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. The bench duo of junior Kiyon Hardy and redshirt sophomore Dom Sleva combined for 26 points. Sleva tallied 15 points with five rebounds and five assists, and Hardy poured in 11 points. Starters Carlos Carter, Lamar Talley and John Castello each chipped in nine points in the victory. Shippensburg outrebounded West Chester by 13, even though WCU was the No. 3 rebounding team in the nation. SU also held the PSAC’s leading scorer Rob-

bie Heath to just 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting. The Raiders picked up their first season sweep of the Golden Rams since moving into the PSAC Eastern Division in 2008-09. Saturday afternoon against Mansfield University, Shippensburg used its balanced scoring attack once again as six players reached double figures in the 81-55 rout of the Mountaineers. SU used a long 36-11 run that lasted until 13:57 remaining in the second half to build a 33-point lead. Biss, Talley and sophomore Luke Nedrow each scored 11 points with Biss dishing out eight more assists. Carter added 12 points and Sleva scored 13 with nine rebounds. Castello scored 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. With that performance, he became the third player in school history to reach 1,000 rebounds and joined the 1,000/1,000 club

John Castello attacks the rim against West Chester. with 1,476 points and 1,002 rebounds. He joined Dustin Sleva (2,071 points, 1,140 rebounds) and the late Keith Hill (1,780 points, 1,118 rebounds) in the exclusive club.

The Raiders will hit the road again on Wednesday night as they travel to Millersville to take on the Marauders at 7:30 p.m.

Softball sets bar high for 2020 Matt Gregan

Asst. Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University softball team is set to head into the 2020 season with high expectations and a cupboard full of talented players. Coming off a season in which the team finished 2522 and was eliminated by rival West Chester University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament, head coach Alison Van Scyoc has set the goal at 30 wins for this season. The Raiders are led by their two seniors, outfielders Meghan Klee and Kayla Bonawitz. Both players are four-year starters and bring a lot of experience to an otherwise young roster. Klee is coming off her best collegiate season, batting .317 with one home run and 21 RBIs. She also got on base at a career-high level (.418 on-base percentage). Bonawitz, the team’s leadoff hitter, presents a combination of contact and speed at the plate. Last season, she hit .319 with 13 RBIs and a career-high 18 stolen bases. In addition to the two seniors, the Raiders have a plethora of talented players throughout the roster.

Coach Van Scyoc believes the Raiders have a dangerous offense this season led by Bonawitz, junior Courtney Coy and sophomores Hannah Marsteller and Morgan DeFeo. Coy, hitting third in the batting order, exploded at the plate last season, hitting a team-leading .395 to go with six home runs and 43 RBIs. She put in a lot of extra work throughout the offseason and focused on the mental aspect of the game. “Focusing more on the little things rather than just hitting home runs,” Coy said. “The things that usually go through my head are ‘OK, there’s probably a runner on first. How am I going to get it around?’ We get a lot of opportunities at practice, whether it is live, cuts or situation-based batting practice and that helps a lot.” She also talked about one of her weaknesses — hitting the outside pitch — and how she has put in a lot of work in an attempt to be able to cover the entirety of the strike zone. Marsteller, batting fourth, burst onto the scene during her freshman season. She batted .293 and crushed 10 home runs while driving in 46 runs. The combination of Coy and Marsteller in the

middle of the order presents a terror for opposing teams. SU has a swiss army knife of a second baseman in DeFeo. As a freshman last season, she hit .375 with 23 RBIs. While she did not hit a home run, she finished with eight doubles and one triple. On the mound, the Raiders will look like a completely different team. Stalwart Taryn Wilson graduated and the team has a handful of options to pitch throughout the season. “I think we will probably surprise a little bit of people. We plan to use Courtney Coy a little bit more on the mound,” Van Scyoc said. “We will use more of a pitch by committee approach to get us through ball games.” Coy, in addition to being one of the team’s top hitters, has a history of pitching throughout her high school career and a little bit in college. She has already totaled 32 innings in her two years at Shippensburg, most of them coming during her freshman season. The Raiders’ committee approach on the mound will be led by a combination of sophomores Tressa Kagarise and Hannah Johnson. Kagarise pitched to a 3.50 ERA and a 12-7 record in 112 innings last season.

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Coach Alison Van Scyoc talks to Morgan DeFeo (20) and Kayla Bonawitz (28) during a game last season. Van Scyoc set the team’s goal at 30 wins in 2020. She spoke before this season about some of the things she focused on working to improve throughout the offseason. “I started working on an off-speed [pitch],” Kagarise said. “I need to continue working on my changeup so I can have a change of pace from just throwing hard things after hard things so they kind of catch up to the speed. And just working more on throwing first-pitch strikes as well.” In addition to working on adding another pitch to her repertoire, she also will improve on the mound based off gaining confidence after getting her freshman season under her belt. She said she

felt intimidated when she first came to Shippensburg due to the heightened level of competition at the collegiate level. In addition to Kagarise and Johnson, the Raiders have some freshman recruits who have the ability to step up and produce this season. Freshman Hannah Palinkas will have a small role in the pitching rotation to begin the season. She finished her senior season at Emmaus High School 12-5 with a 0.95 ERA and 152 strikeouts, earning a spot on the second-team Eastern Pennsylvania Conference allstar squad. Overall, the Raiders have a lot of talent throughout

the roster, leading to a high potential for success this season. Even with the talent throughout the roster, playing and practicing with a consistent approach will be very important this season. “Being consistent with our day-to-day approach,” Coach Van Scyoc said. “We struggled a little bit with that due to our youth last year, so being consistent in how hard we practice every day will hopefully translate into gameday.” The Raiders open up their season next weekend in the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


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Women’s hoops clinches spot in PSAC tournament Matt Gregan

Asst. Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team clinched a spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament with a pair of wins over West Chester University on Wednesday and Mansfield University on Saturday. The Raiders’ (16-7, 13-4 PSAC) offense exploded to put up 83 points in Wednesday’s win over the Golden Rams at Heiges Field House. Juniors Ariel Jones (34 points, 5-of-9 from 3-point range) and Destiny Jefferson (22 points, 5-of-6 from 3-point range) led the way for SU. After getting off to a slow start on the offensive end, the Raiders found themselves down 12-9 with just under three minutes remaining in the first quarter. SU appeared to be in a bit of trouble, but then Jefferson began to get hot. She finished the first quarter with seven points, two rebounds and one assist while helping to give Shippensburg an 18-14 lead heading into the second quarter. The Raiders quickly built up a 10-point lead with 7:40 remaining in the second quarter after going on a 19-6 run which spanned back into the end of the first quarter. Jones began clicking and hitting threes from all over the court and, combined with Jefferson’s hot shooting, the Raiders effectively pulled away from West Chester. SU shot a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc in the second quarter en route to opening up what would become an insurmountable lead. Head coach Kristy Trn talked about the importance of the 3-point shot in helping the Raiders overcome their slow start. “We started to knock down some shots from three. Once we started hitting some shots from three, I think they re-

laxed and it opened them up a little bit,” Trn said. “We struggled a little bit this season from the 3-point line, so once we were able to get that feeling down we were able to execute better overall.” Shippensburg shot 10of-16 from 3-point range against West Chester. Their effectiveness from beyond the arc was what allowed the team to continue to build up the lead throughout the second half. It was a 12-point game at halftime, and after the third quarter the Raiders’ lead ballooned to 25 points. Wednesday night was truly dominated by the play of Jones and Jefferson, the Raiders’ potent backcourt duo. Jones, in scoring 34 points, passed Trn — who played at Shippensburg from 1989-1993 — for fifth in SU history in career points scored. “When you look at her career over the last three years, there’s been very few games — if any at all — that she has not been one of the dominant offensive players out on the floor,” Trn said when asked about Jones passing her on SU’s all-time scoring list. “That type of consistency day in and day out, year after year, is just amazing.” Jones is averaging 23.3 points per game over her career so far at Shippensburg. She has also finished in the top three in the PSAC in scoring, twice finishing in first, in all three of her collegiate seasons. Jefferson, who transferred from West Chester, finished with 22 points, four rebounds and four assists. She went 5-of-6 from 3-point range, tying her career high for most made threes in a single game. After scoring seven points in the first quarter — including one made 3-pointer — Jefferson said the rest of her offensive game opened up. Going up against her former team, Jefferson said she played with a little extra

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The Raider bench celebrates a shot made in SU’s convincing 83-61 win Wednesday night. SU extended its lead in the PSAC Eastern Division to two games after last week’s wins over West Chester and Mansfield. emotion on Wednesday. “It was very emotional — those were my old teammates — and I really look to compete when I go against them,” Jefferson said. “That’s what I really tried to do tonight.” Two of Jefferson’s better performances this season have now come against her former team. Wednesday night was the best performance by the Jones-Jefferson duo so far this season. The duo combined for 56 of SU’s 83 points while shooting a torrid 10-of15 from beyond the arc. When Jefferson transferred to Shippensburg, it allowed Jones — who had previously played point guard — to move to shooting guard while adding the all-around production Jefferson provides the Raiders. Jones after the win over West Chester talked about the transition to shooting guard as well as Jefferson’s impact on the team. “It’s different running the two [shooting guard] — I’ve been playing the one [point guard] my whole life — but I’m really grateful that she’s here and can take over the

Destiny Jefferson was hot from beyond the arc, shooting 5-of-6 from deep. point guard position,” Jones said. “She’s a great leader on the court and whether it’s talking to us, getting rebounds or hustling, she does everything for us. Jefferson’s impact is illustrated by her balanced season averages. The junior point guard is averaging 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The Raiders rebounded well after a close loss to PSAC

rival Shepherd University (17-5, 11-5 PSAC) on Jan. 29. The team is now on a threegame winning streak and two games ahead of the nearest team in the PSAC Eastern Division, which happens to be Shepherd. Coach Trn discussed the team’s mindset coming off the loss against Shepherd as well as for the remainder of the season. “We’ve learned from some

of those mistakes. We forget about it, move on and look to the next opponent,” Trn said. “We will take it one game at a time until we see Shepherd again here at home and hopefully we can make a different result.” Up next for the Raiders is a road matchup on Wednesday against Millersville University (7-15, 4-13 PSAC) and the PSAC’s leading scorer, Lauren Lister.

When did you fall in love with your sport? “I fell in love with the game in middle school when we had our first undefeated season.” Ariel Jones, Women’s basketball

“I fell in love with basketball when I was 10 or 11. I was playing a bunch of different sports at the time and I really gravitated to hoops more than anything else.” Jake Biss, Men’s basketball “I fell in love with the sport when I started looking forward to going to practices and games.” Alana Cardaci, Lacrosse “I fell in love with softball when I was just 5 years old. Having an older sister who played made it easy because I had a great role model to look up to.” Hannah Marsteller, Softball

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.

Tony Vavaroutsos picked up where he left off in 2019, going 6-for-13 in the series at Stanislaus State.

Baseball gains valuable experience from three-game series in California Chris Wurtz Sports Editor

Instead of opening its season with an early-February series in North Carolina as it has in years past, the Shippensburg University baseball team kicked off its 2020 campaign with a three-game set against Stanislaus State University in Turlock, California. The Raiders struggled to contain the high-powered Warrior offense, dropping all three games to undefeated Stanislaus State by scores of 10-6, 7-2 and 9-4. “We looked for a new opportunity for our program,” coach Matt Jones said. “We haven’t played out here before. We

have guys who have never been to California, and we have guys who haven’t flown. So we wanted to give them a new opportunity.” Reigning Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Freshman of the Year Tony Vavaroutsos led the Raiders with six hits in the series. The sophomore outfielder drove in four runs and scored two on the weekend. Junior Ben Werkheiser — a transfer from the University of Delaware — impressed in his first action with SU. The catcher hit three doubles and tallied three RBIs in his debut series. Although the pitching staff struggled as a whole against Stanislaus State, se-

nior Kyle Lysy had one of the best outings of his career in the Raiders’ 8-2 loss. Lysy went a career-high five innings, allowing just two earned runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked just one. Freshman Austin Labarre contributed three solid innings in relief in Game 3, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out four. With a cross-country road trip under their belt, the Raiders will travel to North Carolina this weekend for a threegame set against Catawba College. First pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.



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Derek Berberick finished Senior Day with an impressive 3-1 record. Being one of the team’s three seniors, he was honored in a Senior Day pregame ceremony.

DeAndre Reed faces off against an opponent in one of the two duals he competed in on Saturday. He defeated ESU’s Pierre Liciaga in his lone win of the day.

Wrestling drops three of four contests Courtesy of SU Sports Info.

The Shippensburg University wrestling team competed in four matches Saturday as the Raiders hosted a Senior Day and Alumni Day pentagonal with American International and Belmont Abbey along with Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opponents Millersville and East Stroudsburg from Heiges Field House. Shippensburg lost to ESU,

28-12, and then to Millersville, 25-16. The Raiders recorded a 37-12 win over American International before dropping a hard-fought 25-24 decision to Belmont Abbey. The visiting Crusaders went 4-0 on the day. Redshirt-junior Alexi Castro had the best day among the Raiders, winning all four of his matches. He began with a 9-3 decision over ESU’s Clayton Green before recording an 18-6 major de-

cision over Millersville’s Jack Files. Castro then scored a pin with 1:17 left over AIC’s Raul Martinez and concluded the day with a 7-4 decision over Belmont Abbey’s Brian Girard. Seniors Derek Berberick and Cole Rush were among the primary Raider winners. Berberick went 3-1 on the day, recording pins over ESU’s Isaac Cayo in 3:13, AIC’s Alex Britos in 4:20 and Belmont Abbey’s in 1:50.

Rush wrestled twice and won both duals, scoring a victory by fall in 3:33 over Millersville’s Alex Jablonski and an action-packed 11-9 decision over Belmont Abbey’s Andrew Morgan. Sophomore Colton Babcock scored three wins on the day, with a 9-5 decision over Millersville’s Malik Jackson being his first non-fall victory of the year. Babcock later scored his team-leading seventh pin of the year over

Belmont Abbey’s Andrew Pegram in 5:45. Redshirt-freshman Bodee Tolbert picked up an exciting pin over Belmont Abbey’s Lleyton Taylor just 15 seconds into the third period. Other winners on the day included sophomore Drake Brenize, who scored an overtime near-fall to defeat AIC’s Ahmad Sharif, and redshirt-junior DeAndre Reed, who scored a 6-2 decision against ESU’s Pierre Liciaga,

Redshirt-sophomore Austin Klucker notched an 8-0 major decision and sophomore Jake Downing won a 9-8 decision against Millersville. In exhibition action, freshman John Bachar scored pins over ESU’s Malachi Johnson (1:45) and Jackson Sindaco (5:20). Shippensburg concludes its regular season Wednesday with a PSAC dual meet at Kutztown.

Women’s indoor track-and-field team impresses at Penn State Invitational Courtesy of SU Sports Info.

The Shippensburg University women’s indoor trackand-field team achieved eight improvements to its conference-qualifying marks on Saturday at Penn State, including an improved school record in the 200 meters by freshman Leah Graybill, to highlight the day for the Raiders at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge.

Graybill ran 25.07 seconds in the 200 meters, improving her school record by .03 seconds and situating her third on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) performance list. She also missed out on tying the school record in the 60-meter dash by .01 seconds, finishing eighth in the finals with a new best of 7.73 seconds. Another highlight of the

track came in the 60-meter hurdles, where all three Raiders who competed achieved new season bests. Freshman Lieke Black improved her time to 9.55 seconds, while sophomore Carson Pennings ran just .01 seconds off her PR with a time of 9.62 seconds. Freshman Kayla Brooks ran 9.70 seconds. Read the full story at shipraiders.com.

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EJ Dorwil won the 60-meter dash in a personal best time of 6.80 seconds.The mark is tied for SU’s season best with a 6.80 that Roland Miles posted last month.

Arp’s record day highlights strong showing from men’s indoor track and field team Courtesy of SU Sports Info.

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Sara McKean finished fourth in the triple jump event with a distance of 28-10 1/2. Her finish was good enough to meet the NCAA provisional-qualifying mark.

Redshirt-sophomore Aaron Arp Jr. won the 400 meters on Saturday at Penn State and crushed the school record in the process to highlight a banner day for the Shippensburg University men’s indoor track-and-field team at the Sykes and Sabock Challenge held inside the Horace Ashenfelter III Track. Running the open 400 meters for the first time in his collegiate career, Arp ran

47.55 seconds — defeating three teammates and 15 Division I runners to claim the victory and situate himself sixth on the national performance list. Arp broke the 2014 record of Eric Bologa by more than a half of a second — Bologa’s time of 48.13 is a converted 48.89-second run on the flat Bucknell track at the 2014 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships. With two weeks of competition remaining before the

conference championships, Arp ranks sixth in the nation in the 400-meter dash, in a tie for fifth in the nation in the 60-meter hurdles with senior teammate Charles Bowman, 11th in the nation in the 200-meter dash, and eighth in the nation with Shippensburg’s 4x400-meter relay that will run again next week at VMI.

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