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Bursting pipes flood four buildings Shannon Long News Editor Four buildings on Shippensburg University’s campus were impacted by flooding in the past two weeks. Naugle, Harley, McCune and Mowery Halls were flooded because low temperatures caused pipes to burst inside the buildings. Water from the pipes caused damage to electrical, HVAC, smoke alarms, insulation and walls, according to Megan Silverstrim, communications and marketing media relations/social media manager at SU. Staff shut off the source of the water when the leaks were detected, and then worked to evacuate students, assess damage, solve the issue and begin repairs. Sixteen students from Naugle, Harley and McCune Halls were moved to temporary housing, Silverstrim said. Becca Entner was in her room in Naugle Hall on Jan. 24 when the fire alarm went off at 12:30 a.m. Upon reentering the building, Entner noticed a trashcan in the hallway catching leaking water from the ceiling. A second fire alarm sounded around 5:40 a.m. the same day.
When Entner walked past the trashcan in the hallway, water was gushing from the ceiling. Residents stood outside for about 10-15 minutes, but they were relocated to Seavers Hall. Everybody who lived on the side of Naugle Hall whose rooms were not affected by the flooding were allowed to reenter the building, Entner said. “We had left at like 7 [a.m.] once Reisner opened and just sat there for a while. As we walked past we could see the bottom floor was all flooded, and there was about two inches of water on the first floor,” she said. Entner and her roommate were told they could go upstairs to gather what belongings they needed around 7:30 a.m., but they had to exit immediately after. Her bathroom was flooded, but the rest of her room was mostly damp. Originally, Entner was told she would have to move to McLean Hall. Later in the day, however, her resident assistant told her that she had to move to Harley Hall permanently because the walls in her room had to be torn out. On Feb. 2 around 3:30 p.m., the fire alarm in Harley Hall went off, accord-
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McCune Hall was one of the four buildings on campus that flooded in the past two weeks. The flooding was caused by pipes bursting due to the persistent cold temperatures. Students whose rooms sustained water damage were permanently evacuated and moved to rooms in other buildings on campus. ing to Entner. “The second alarm went off and we heard it was another flood. We were freaking out because we had heard it was over near our room,” she said. Entner’s room was not affected by the second flood, but some students were evacuated.
Ni’Yailah Chance also lived in Naugle Hall and was affected by the flooding. However, she was moved to McLean Hall for about a week before being moved to Lackhove Hall. “It was an unexpected start to the semester. That time period did stress me out, but now that I’m settled
in a more comfortable place, I just got back on track with everything and hope to continue the semester without any more dramatic changes,” Chance said. She thought the university did well getting students out quickly, ensuring their safety and answering questions. “I hope students who filed
claims don’t have to wait long to be compensated for the damages done and that everyone is living comfortably and safe now,” Chance said. Entner and her roommate had to fill out claim forms for damage due to the flooding in Naugle Hall. See “FLOOD,” A2
Discussion sessions Commentary: Trump’s State of the to establish SU values Union address was a mixed bag after recent incidents Matthew Gregan Asst. Sports Editor
Nick Potter Staff Writer The recently-established Student Civility Initiative (SCI) will begin its campus outreach this week by holding four “Ship Values” discussion sessions. The meetings were to begin Monday, but the Monday session was canceled because of bad weather. The SCI was launched in response to several incidents in the fall semester that Shippensburg University President Laurie Carter said strayed far from the core values of the university. “I encourage you to attend the sessions that begin this conversation and share your vision on how we define what it means to be a Raider,” Carter said in the email. Dean of Students Donna Gross and Director of Multicultural Student Affairs Dianne Jefferson are co-directing the initiative. The second of the four sessions will take place on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 105, and Anchor Meeting Room 3 in the Ceddia Union Building. The third and fourth sessions will take place simultaneously on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Kieffer Hall Great Room and the Naugle Hall Multipurpose Room, respectively.
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Amidst a tumultuous couple of months in Washington, President Donald Trump stepped forward on Tuesday night to deliver the State of the Union Address. Things have not been going well for the president over the past couple of months. The government shut down because of a disagreement over the upcoming year’s budget, with the shutdown lasting a record 35 days, from Dec. 22 to Jan. 25. Trump demanded that $5.7 billion be allocated to his planned border wall, while the Democratic Party — which comprises the majority of seats in Congress — refused to pass the new spending bill with the billions of dollars that Trump required for his wall.
With that being said, Trump did well, or as well as can be expected, on Tuesday night. At times, he spoke of unifying the country and said he would work toward some bipartisan agreements. “The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda. It is the agenda of the American people. There is a new opportunity in American politics, if only we have the courage to seize it. Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country,” Trump said in his address. At other times, he attacked some of the ideals of the Democratic Party. He was both equally bipartisan and divisive. Overall, the State of the Union proved to be a mixed bag. See “ADDRESS,” A2
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President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Topics during the address included the border wall and abortion.
A2 “FLOOD,” from A1 The 2018-19 SU housing agreement Part VI states, “The university does not assume any legal obligations to pay for the loss of or damage to items of personal property of the student which occurs in its buildings, storage rooms or on its grounds, prior to, during or subsequent to the period of the contract. The student or parents are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover such losses.” When asked about stu-
“ADDRESS,” from A1 Throughout his speech, Trump hit on many key points, speaking about the economic boom, increase in energy, improved trade agreements and abortion. “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb,” Trump said when speaking about abortion. While Trump did a good job hitting all of those key points and bringing hope to the American people that the government would be able to agree to bipartisan agreements, the key issue of the border wall and the southern border still looms over everything. “The Congress has 10 days left to pass a bill that will fund our government, protect our homeland and
dents being compensated for losses or reimbursed for housing, Silverstrim said, “Housing is working with each individual student so there is not one specific answer in terms of loss and compensation.” On Feb. 2 around 6:30 p.m., the Office of Housing and Residence Life sent an email to residents in Lackhove Hall warning about the potential of a water leak. “As a result of the recent freezing temperatures within the past few days, and the outside temperature
secure our southern border,” Trump said. “Now is the time for the Congress to show the world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers and human traffickers out of business.” Trump has been adamant about getting his border wall, previously attempting to boost his argument by saying that illegal immigrants commit more crime than the average person. Statistics have proven this to be false, despite the Trump administration repeatedly presenting it as truth throughout his presidential campaign and since being elected. “A 2018 study by the libertarian Cato Institute, which reviewed criminal conviction data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, found that immigrants — legal or il-
warming up, pipe leaks are a current risk in Lackhove Hall. Please do not hesitate to notify a residence life staff member if you observe any water leaks in your residence hall,” the email said. Silverstrim said facilities are still working on measures that can be taken to prevent more pipes from bursting, and a completion date is not set. “We thank students for their patience in this process and those who have worked diligently in response to this issue.”
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legal — are less likely than native-born Americans to be convicted of a crime,” Priscilla Alvarez wrote in a CNN fact check article. While a border wall in some places, or some sort of added security measures, might be useful, many people believe that having one border wall that extends all across the southern border is not needed. On Tuesday night, Trump gave hope to the American people that there would be improvements made and that the government would be more effective. However, with the end of the temporary three-week agreement to reopen the government coming closer, Trump will have to show that he meant the things that he said about unity, by bringing the country together and making bipartisan agreements.
Jenna Wise Editor-in-Chief Virginia residents were left shell-shocked after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) admitted to wearing blackface were probably not expecting the situation to get any worse. Unfortunately for them, that is exactly what happened. Later that week, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) was accused of sexual assault by two women. Virginia’s attorney general, Mark Herring, admitted at about the same time that he also wore blackface, USA Today reported. The reactions to Northam’s confession were largely negative, as expected. But it was the reaction of Democrats after the first woman came forward against Fairfax that left me incredibly disappointed, but not at all surprised. Democratic senators — including Elizabeth Warren, who just announced a 2020 presidential run — stayed silent when the accusation first broke, despite the fact that just months ago they spoke up when similar allegations
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were raised against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Tina Tchen — Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff and co-founder of sexual assault movement Time’s Up — said she had “no comment” when asked about the allegations against Fairfax, according to Politico. She also said she did not know enough about Virginia politics, as if that has anything to do with allegations of sexual assault. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, meanwhile, told CNN Tuesday that “with respect to the situation with the lieutenant governor, I just don’t know enough information.” “Enough information?” Really? Where was this response with Kavanaugh, or any of the countless men who were accused of assault during the #MeToo Movement? It also makes one wonder how these same Democrats would have reacted if Republicans had said the same thing about Kavanaugh’s allegations. To understand why Democrats are acting this way means to understand the serious political dilemma that the party has put itself in. The party, for instance, was unsuccessful in electing Hillary Clinton as the first female president, and has not found any strong front-runners to lead the Democrats for years to come. Despite this, the Democrats — and
Republicans as well, in their own way — continue to use one-sided politics that lack any new inspiration or plans to improve bipartisanship. That brings us to present day Virginia, where it took a second woman coming forward for Democrats to finally condemn Fairfax — as opposed to their quick exile of Kavanaugh. If these politicians truly believed in the validity associated with #MeToo, they would either believe or not believe all accusers, regardless of the party of the politician being accused. It is clear from the Democrats’ handling of this issue that the party has no real way of reaching the entire American population; instead, the Democrats in power consistently come across as desperate to recover approval and maintain some sort of relevancy with younger liberals. The party’s selective condemnation of suspected abusers takes away from the seriousness of allegations, and plays into the hypocritical stereotypes that people have developed toward both sides. The Democrats can try to explain the difference between Kavanaugh and Fairfax until they’re blue in the face, but it is important to recognize the difference as what it really is — a huge double-standard.
This Week on Campus The Vagina Monologues
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• Professor Alison Feeney will be hosting a Brewing Lecture Series on Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel.
• The Reflector will be hosting “Post-Love Poetry Reading” on Friday at 6 p.m. in McFeely’s Coffeehouse.
• The English department will be hosting a book launch party on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Old Main Chapel.
• The global languages and cultures department will be showing “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Orndorff Theatre.
• APB will be hosting Valentine’s Day bingo on Friday at 9 p.m. in the CUB MPR.
• Mnozil Brass will be performing “Cirque” on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.
• APB will be hosting a trivia night on Feb. 21 from 9–11 p.m. in the CUB MPR.
• Phi Sigma Sigma will be selling carnations on Thursday from 1–4:30 p.m. in the CUB Great Hall.
• The Women’s Center will be hosting “The Vagina Monologues” on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at noon and 7:15 p.m.
• All senators were in attendance, except Sen. Bria Stevenson whose attendance was excused. • The Student Government Association will vote on its updated constitution this week. • Former provost Barbara Lyman is now the associate vice chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. There is now a national search for a new provost. • There were more than 1,000 attendees at the Bazzi concert last weekend. The artists said SU was the best college they have worked with. • The library is in the process of making the bottom floor of the library open 24 hours. They are also taking feedback from students about new events.
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Polar vortex draws attention to climate change, environmental responsibility Last week a chilling polar vortex enveloped North America, dropping temperatures in the Midwest as low as - 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This deep freeze slowed the operations of daily American life to a pause, with schools and workplaces across the country closing up shop until the cold weather passed. The absurd cold even drew the attention of President Donald Trump who said in a Jan. 28 tweet: “In the beautiful Midwest, wind-chill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!” Yet again our commander-in-chief touts his ignorance on basic atmospheric science, but his stance begs a larger question. Is it our responsibility as
members of society to get educated on climate change? And if so, is it our responsibility to act on what we know? Americans are generally less educated on climate change than their counterparts in foreign nations, which may be linked to other characteristics of American society.
“What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!” Donald Trump President of the United States Americans are considerably more individualistic than other societies. This means they accredit the majority of an individual’s life outcomes to the individuals choices, and reject the idea that people are products of
their society. This belief is reflected in the deferment of responsibility for addressing societal issues. By accrediting the outcome of each individual to no one but themselves, they make addressing larger societal issues someone else’s responsibility, and addressing them someone else’s prerogative. This is somewhat contradictory, as Americans are individualistic as much as they are empathetic. In terms of climate change in particular, the “accessibility” of being green is the easiest out for many members of society. It seems unfair to ask individuals who are barely meeting their basic hierarchical need for health to prioritize living green, which can often be more expensive and inconvenient. In this way they excuse the less fortunate from the responsibility of living green and, instead, place the bur-
den on those who are financially able to live green. This constant shifting of blame and responsibility is extremely irresponsible and negatively impacts our ability to address climate change for the problem that it is. It is crucial that every American accepts his or her individual role against climate change rather than bumping the responsibility to someone better off, someone more educated or someone with more resources. It is true, not everyone has the same accessibility to a green lifestyle. However, this is no excuse. The responsibility of addressing climate change is on the shoulders of every member of American society. Although the size and weight of their role may vary, it is imperative that all people must do what they can with what they have, should we ever hope to make a meaningful impact in reducing climate change.
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February 12, 2019
Political pendulum gives Democrats edge in 2020 election, but should still be wary
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Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are just a few of the candidates to throw their hat in the ring for the 2020 election. Their stark opposition to Trump and ideopoltical stance on the spectrum put them at risk of meeting the same fate as Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election. Aven Bittinger Guest Writer I grew up in Western Pennsylvania in a high school with a graduating class of 53. The marching band would take a trip to Kennywood Amusement Park in Pittsburgh for a parade each year. For six years my favorite ride was The Pirate, a boat swinging 60 feet in the air on a pendulum, exaggerating the effects of the rough Atlantic seas. Now, what does this story of my favorite Kennywood ride have to do with the Democratic Party in 2020? The answer, of course, is the
pendulum. Swinging back and forth, this ride is simply a metaphor for the last few decades of American politics regarding the presidency. Each time a president leaves office, the new party leader is farther out on the political spectrum than before. George H.W Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barrack Obama — these office holders reflect the ever-increasing polarization of the society we live in, as each pursued more polarizing policy choices than their predecessors. Now, after having an energetically-progressive Democrat, the pendulum
has swung farther out to the right than before with President Donald Trump. If the pattern is true, as I think it is, we are expected to see an even more liberal Democrat clinch the party’s nomination — which is exactly why we are going to lose. Now, make no mistake, I wear my “bleeding-heart liberal” badge with honor. But in the time of Trump, being too far left will only confirm four more years of President No. 45. Take Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren for example. Both Booker and Harris are equally progressive and have
made it expressly known by staring down Sen. Chuck Grassley during the Judiciary Committee vote on then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — rather than voting “no,” they remained silent to stare down those who voted “yes” in defiance. While this plays well for registered Democrats, an open resistance to the Trump presidency and his choices makes these candidates enemies of anyone who supports the president. Should any of these candidates receive the Democratic Party’s nomination, I can say confidently that Trump’s base will rush to the polls to
make sure they do not lose. As for Elizabeth Warren, who many hold as the candidate furthest left, her Native American controversy does not energize the moderate base and prevent it from turning out on Nov. 6. As for Kristen Gillibrand of New York? The Al Franken fiasco still follows her in the Rust Belt to this day, which holds states desperately needed to win in the electoral college. The Democratic Party believes it will win 2020 with ease, which is why so many Trump challengers have announced. But their past congressional action of the last
two years will come back to haunt them, and I fear will secure the Trump administration another four years. They need a moderate Democrat — one who is not as controversial — who can energize the moderate body in our country. The Democrats need a candidate who can win in the red states, while appeasingstill the blue states. They need someone who has conservative roots, yet won their election three times in a row, making them the first Democrat in Pennsylvania to win more than twice in a U.S senator seat. We need Bob Casey.
Colleges should better account for food intolerances
SU dining services currently offers few alternative options Hannah Pollock Asst. News Editor
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The Ceddia Union Building, one of Shippensburg University’s many dining options, lacks choices for students suffering from food intolerances and allergies.
College is typically a time in your life when you do not have to worry about what you are eating. Stereotypically, college students are constantly eating pizza, wings, fries and other junk foods, while simultaneously drinking massive amounts of coffee and alcohol. The Shippensburg University campus has multiple dining locations that boast a wide variety of foods. However, for someone with a food allergy or intolerance, there really is not that much to eat. Most dining locations offer the same basic foods — subs, pizzas and burgers or chicken tenders with fries. As a freshman, I came onto campus knowing that it would probably be very hard for me to find food suitable for my diet. I, like many other students, suffer from food intolerances. More specifically, I suffer from gluten and dairy intolerances. This means that I get sick when I ingest foods containing these ingredients. “Just avoid your trigger foods,” is what I’m often told when dining out. But things
are not that simple. When you are in an environment where you do not have access to a wide variety of foods, your health is affected. I lost 30 pounds my freshman year at SU. (Granted, I didn’t mind losing the weight, but would have liked the conditions to be different.) I struggled to find suitable options at dining locations. Most nights I would have some chicken and salad with a side of fruit for dinner. There is a small section in Reisner where gluten free products are offered, but the options are limited most days. I rarely ate the same amount of food as my peers. While they were having pizza and ice cream nonstop, I found it easier to go without food than trying to plan what I could eat based upon what was open. It was easier to just go hungry. This led to another problem at the end of the semester. I had lost a significant amount of money because I didn’t use my meal swipes. Even when using as many meal swipes as possible (mostly buying my friends the foods I couldn’t eat), I
was still left with more than 40 meal swipes. Money is already tight and a source of stress for college students. The frustration of paying for meals you do not eat only increases with dietary restrictions. Anyone who has been in the “health foods” section at the grocery store knows that foods labeled “gluten free” or “dairy free” or “vegan” cost significantly more and often do not have as long a shelf life. This editorial is not meant to trash dining facilities for not having options. I understand that these foods are more expensive and not in as high demand as pizza or fries. This editorial is meant to bring awareness. I know I am not the only person on this campus who has trouble being able to eat here. There is no need to have multiple dining locations on one small campus that serve the same greasy, non-allergen friendly foods. Bring some more variety to campus. Add dining options that are suitable for all.
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Students use positivity to maintain healthy mindsets when stressed
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The SU Counseling Center offers weekly programs to help students maintain a healthy mindset, such as the Mindfulness Meditation Group every Tuesday. Hannah McMullan Ship Life Editor Many college students can attest to the surreal sensation of dread course through their bodies the day before the beginning of the semester. Here comes another 15 weeks of a nonexistent sleep schedule and missing mom’s home-cooked meals. While college is a time to find your place in life, it can be the most challenging period of a young adult’s life. In fact, anxiety and depression rank as the top challenges American college students face each year. According to American Psychology Association in 2013, out of 4,763,517 college students in the country, 41.6 percent were diagnosed with anxiety and 36.4 percent were diagnosed with depres-
sion. These staggering statistics only continue to grow each year. The question remains: How can we stop this cycle? How can students defeat this overwhelming time and get the most out of their education? Studies have shown that positive reinforcement is proven to trick one’s brain into being happy. Social psychologist and professor of Harvard Business School, Amy Cuddy, stapled the concept of “fake it ‘til you make it.” Through research in non-verbal expressions, she discovered the magical effects walking more purposefully or standing straighter will have on the body. When a person demonstrates body movements that feel powerful, hormones such as testos-
terone are released to make them feel more confident and in control of their life, she said. Students can use this method to cope with anxiety, depression or simply when life becomes overwhelming. Practicing positive reinforcement offers a new perspective on their abilities and combat the relentless negative thoughts that often taunt their minds. Simply forcing a smile is an easy way to begin the process of positive reinforcement. SU graduate students Trevor Donovan and Robyn Swayne both work on campus at the counseling center and have given students tips on how to conquer this semester. They suggested students take time out of their schedules to spend time by them-
selves. Doing things such as coloring, spending time with family or reaching out to friends are great outlets to bring about positive energy. But above all, just remember to breathe. A big topic circulating within the mental health field is practicing mindfulness. According to Donovan, mindfulness is about being in the moment, as opposed to worrying about the past or future. It is a time to breathe deeply and slowly focus on each bodily sensation. This starts from the very tips of one’s fingers to the deepest crevice of their core and then stretching the sensations to their surrounding environment. Acceptance is the next held step. Accept your sensations.
Accept your thoughts. Accept yourself. “Mindfulness allows you to observe the stress, rather than be in the stress,” Donovan said. “It doesn’t change the stress, but it changes how you are able to handle it.” Mindfulness has been proven to help with medical conditions, trouble sleeping, improving test scores, reducing stress hormones and boosting the immune system. Swayne began practicing mindfulness in 2011 to help manage depression and anxiety in her life. “Since starting mindfulness practice I’m able to live a much healthier and more fulfilling life,” she said. Furthermore, students can also fight overwhelming feelings this semester by taking advantage of all the services
the counseling center offers. The counseling center welcomes everyone to Mindfulness Meditation in the Spiritual Center’s meditation room every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Students can further learn how to manage their stress and anxiety in the four-week Cultivating Calm workshop beginning Feb. 27. Donovan and Swayne also encourage students without a significant other not to fret as Valentine’s Day approaches. “Don’t forget it’s a Hallmark holiday,” Swayne said. “Buy yourself chocolate. Make it a day of self-care, because even if you’re single, you are definitely a worthy person to take care of.”
SU students take break from studying to party at Club Karma Chaela Williams Staff Writer
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Students enjoy the free food and live entertainment offered during Club Karma in the CUB MPR.
A Raider’s View Raider Muse Staff Columnist After an intense debate, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law in New Jersey that mandated education that accurately portrays those of the LGBT community. The bill ensures that what students are learning
in public schools portrays, “the political, economic and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people” in a manner that shines a positive light on those communities. “We often see in classrooms across the country the bullying of LGBT stu-
Students gathered in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) Multipurpose Room (MPR) to spend time with friends and dance to pop hits at Club Karma, an event created by the residence hall staff held Saturday night. It was the first time Club Karma was held. “I expected this event to be one where a lot of students showed up, and we all came together as a school to enjoy the weekend,” freshman Julia Ebersole said. There were activities such as tie-dying T-shirts, color-
ing and taking pictures at a photo booth. Students entered raffles throughout the night to win gift cards from Red Robin, Amazon and Starbucks. Club Karma had a playful atmosphere as tables were covered with Durex condoms and fidget-spinners. Students were offered free food such as cotton candy, popcorn and pizza. The Heritage Dance Co. made a short hip-hop performance to Nicki Minaj’s song “Good Form,” and earned cheers and shouts for an encore. By the end of the night, there was a dance competi-
tion where students could perform as a solo or a group. Laughs echoed through the MPR as students awkwardly danced to win prizes. The club’s main attraction was the mocktails handed out by senior resident adviser Nathan Favretto. “Doing mocktails was my idea as a contribution to this program,” Favretto said. “This whole program was thought of by the RA’s of Harley.” Many students showed up to take a break from studying and get out of their rooms. “My friends and I came [to] this event to try something new,” Ebersole said.
“It is nice to take a break from studying for a couple hours.” Senior Andrew Newton has lived in the dorms since his freshman year and wanted to support the event. “People seem to like [Club Karma] and socializing. I like community events,” Newton said. A few students felt that there are not enough opportunities for networking and believe the residence halls need to hold these events more often. “If I didn’t come to this event I would be in bed watching Netflix,” freshman Hannah Keller said.
LGBT history should be taught in schools dents, and this is a way they can incorporate into the curriculum that there are gay people that have made vast contributions to this nation,” Trenton, New Jersey Mayor Reed Gusciora told CNN. “[I] worked with opponents and have addressed their concerns about whether it is appropriate
for children to learn about LGBT history and the implications for religious freedom,” Sen. Heather Steans (D) said. Learning about the people that you share your classroom with can enhance students’ learning experience. Knowledge begets ignorance, which can combat
bullying for those who identify with the LGBT community. LGBT history tends to get overlooked, because it has been seen as taboo. Considering the recent war on LGBT rights the president of the United States has enacted in recent bills to not allow transgender people into the military, there has
been a long history of trans individuals serving in the military that tends to be overlooked. I personally believe there should be more incorporation of LGBT history in general history courses that make history a common topic to talk and learn about.
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In-Motion Dance Troupe performs a jazz routine to the song “Show Me How You Burlesque.” It was choreographed by SU alumni Keri Harne and Kate Howe.
In-Motion Dance Troupe sends off seniors during spring recital Olivia Riccio Asst. A&E Editor Shippensburg University’s In-Motion Dance Troupe gave seniors a proper goodbye during its 33rd annual dance recital, “An Invitation to Dance,” on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The recital was held in Memorial Auditorium. The show featured 17 dance performances choreographed by different dancers, ranging from freshman to seniors. Along with the dance performances, each member was highlighted in a video following each song.
The performances varied from jazz, lyrical, tap and hiphop. These were performed to songs like “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi or more fast-pace tap performances to the song “Royals” by Lorde. SU Heritage Dance Co., which is an affiliate of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, also performed “God is a Woman” by Ariana Grande. As much fun as the members were having, a sense of sadness was displayed to the audience as the slideshow got closer to recognizing the senior members of In-Motion Dance Troupe.
The three seniors graduating this year are Angelina Stewart, a biology health major and director of In-Motion Dance Troupe; Paige Arensmeyer, a communication/journalism major; and Haley Miller, a dual major in exercise science and psychology. “It was so bittersweet to perform my last Spirit Rally and have my mom and DT [Dance Troupe] alumni friends come too,” Stewart said. The three performed a dance titled “Seniors” as a farewell dance to mark the end of their time in In-Motion Dance Troupe.
Country women take Luhrs stage with song, comedy Michael Donegan Asst. A&E Editor Suzy Bogguss, Terri Clark and Pam Tillis visited the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center as part of their “Chicks with Hits” tour last Saturday. Guests packed into the venue, ready to listen to some country songs. Some enthusiastic audience members even wore cowboy hats. The ladies wasted no time pumping the crowd up for the show when it started. “We’re going to have the best time, so if anyone here doesn’t, it’s your fault,” Clark said. Humor played a big part in the performance. The show felt like a combination between music and stand-up comedy. Each woman had her own style — Tillis told stories, Clark quipped about her age and lunch and Bogguss made puns. The crowd laughed after each joke, which helped cement comedy into the performance. Each of the singers is accomplished in her own right. Thirteen of Tillis’ songs have hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Her hit song “Mi Vida Loca” peaked at No. 1 in 1995. Meanwhile, Clark’s self-titled debut album went platinum and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart in 1996. Bogguss sold more than four million records in the 1990s. Along with Tillis and Clark, she was an instrumental part of making country music so enjoyable during that period. One fan told Tillis that she played her hit song “Shake the Sugar Tree” every night at work. She then told Tillis that the woman was a stripper, much to the crowd’s amusement. The singers showed off their musical versatility by playing multiple instruments while singing throughout the show. Some of the songs they sang included Tillis’ “Let That Pony Run,” Clark’s “Girls Lie Too” and Bogguss’ “Drive South.” At times it seemed like all three performers were having just as much, if not more, fun
than the audience. The singers were surrounded by many instruments, which added onto the musicality of the show. Tillis made sure that the look and feel of the Luhrs Center did not go unnoticed. “We appreciate great venues like this,” Tillis said. “It makes us want to sing all night.” The audience was not afraid to yell in delight after each song. Many others took pictures and videos as souvenirs of the memorable experience. After the final song ended, the women stood up and addressed the crowd one more time. “God bless you. We love you, Pennsylvania!” Tillis said to a standing ovation.
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The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center opened to the public in 2006.
Luhrs center reports net profit during Council of Trustees meeting Jonathan Bergmueller A&E Editor
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Terri Clark (above) and the other two opened the concert with Nanci Griffith’s “Outbound Plane.” Clark sold 5 million albums in her career.
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center reported breaking even for the first time during the last Shippensburg University Council of Trustees meeting since its inception. Kimberly Garris, chief external relations officer of the council of trustees, delivered the report during the meeting on Jan. 31. “The Luhrs Center reported a profit last year, the first time in its 12-year history,” Garris said. Garris explained that Luhrs increased the number and variety of shows. Luhrs also collaborated with the Activities Program Board (APB) to bring Bazzi and Bryce Vine
show to the Luhrs stage. APB previously held its concerts in Heiges Field House. “It’s not ready-made for a concert,” said Mark Bodenhorn, director of communications and marketing for Luhrs. “And Vickie has worked really hard to work closely with the students to present the Luhrs Center as more of a student-friendly location.” “We’ve traditionally marketed to a core age group of 35-64,” Bodenhorn said. “It is definitely moving younger. We’d love to see more students coming to our shows, and along with that, obviously we need to program so it appeals to students.” Bodenhorn said Luhrs runs under a different business model now. As op-
posed to basing Luhrs shows around a season, the Luhrs center is now free to schedule events as they come up. This gives it a lot more flexibility and freedom in scheduling events. Vickie Hubbard, director of the Luhrs Center, said Luhrs has a much more robust roster of shows. “We want to keep the tried and true, but we also want to experiment,” Hubbard said. “Classic rock, comedy and country do very well here.” Almost a week after the announcement, the Luhrs Center announced on Friday that “NEEDTOBREATHE” will be coming to Shippensburg on May 5. Tickets will be available online at luhrscenter.com this Friday, Feb. 15.
February 12, 2019
Department of international studies brings awareness to effects of industrial harm Michael Donegan Asst. A&E Editor The department of international studies informed students of the harm industrial waste can cause in its showing of “Manufactured Landscapes” in the John L. Grove Forum last Tuesday. The latest film in the “Environment in a Global Context” series followed Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky, as he visited countries like Bangladesh and China. He sought to showcase the effects that major manufacturing plants have on the different environmental landscapes around the world. Jonathan Skaff, director of Shippensburg University’s international studies department, and professor Robert Stephens of the international business department hosted the film. Stephens was particularly eager about showing the film, saying that it will change students’ perspective on the world. The start of the documentary set a gloomy tone that it retained throughout the rest of the feature. The first five minutes of the film consisted of the sound of machines, and the sight of hundreds of people at work in a Chinese factory.
The film displayed many troubling scenes and images. These instances included pictures of trash that looked as if it spanned for miles, as well as video of factory workers sifting through heaps of dangerous metal scraps, looking for recyclable material. “We come from nature and have to understand what it is,” Burtynsky said. “If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.” Burtynsky described how he got lost in Pennsylvania one day and ended up driving into a coal mining town named Frackville. This experience inspired him to get involved with photographing different environmentally-affected landscapes across the planet. The film revealed that 50 percent of the world’s computers end up in China to be recycled and used for materials. China poorly discarded the e-waste, which caused the toxic materials inside the waste to end up in the ocean. This led to the contamination of China’s water table, which is the level below the ground’s saturation. The film took viewers to Bangladesh to show the harsh conditions of workers. The young men tore apart ships and had to remove sludge from the bottom of oil
tankers. Burtynsky explained how the mere need for oil can visually affect a landscape. “No matter what we do, we just can’t get enough [oil] to supply the world demand,” Burtynsky said. One of the last issues the film highlighted was the work that went into China’s famous Three Gorges Dam. The Three Gorges Dam is the largest dam in the world and took 17 years to build. Chinese workers labored for 30 yuan, or $4.45 a day to build the dam. “It’s just work. It’s all for our country,” one worker said. The Chinese government invested a lot of energy and resources into building the dam. They tore down whole cities to make way for the barrier. Clouds and fog obscured the sun, which was seldom seen during the movie. This contributed to the grim undertone of the documentary. The next movie in the “Environment in a Global Context” series is “Land of Hope,” a movie about a nuclear incident driving a family away from their home. The department of international studies will show the movie on Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Grove Forum.
Billboard Top 10
Movie Showtimes Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb.12 and 13 at AMC Classic 7 in Chambersburg
1. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
2. What Men Want
3. The Prodigy
4. The Upside
7. A Dog’s Way Home
1. 7 Rings - Ariana Grande
6. Thank U, Next - Ariana Grande
2. Without Me - Halsey
7. High Hopes - Panic! At The Disco
3. Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee
8. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille
4. Middle Child - J. Cole
9. Wow. - Post Malone
5. Sicko Mode - Travis Scott
10. Girls Like You - Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Men’s basketball, E3
Hart strong: The return
Photo courtesy of Megan Hart
While in the hospital, several Hershey Bears players visited Hart. William Whisler Contributing Writer The Shippensburg University field hockey team has had its fair share of formidable opponents in the last three years in its run to three-consecutive NCAA Division II Championships. When SU’s redshirt-junior Megan Hart was diagnosed with cancer, however, an even bigger battle began. Hart dealt with blood clots and illnesses that eventually led to a discovery of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She fought off a blood infection, a fungal infection, chemotherapy, allergic reactions and a painful skin disease. Like her teammates on the field, Hart persevered for an even greater result. She won. “Shortly after all of that, I got into rehab to basically learn how to walk again,” Hart said. “It’s been a long journey, but every step of the way I have been thinking about how I could get another stick in my hand and get back on the field.” Hart’s journey included a prolonged hospital stay over the course of her recovery. A long one: from Sep. 16, 2017, until Feb. 20, 2018. One hundred fifty seven days — she remembers every one of them — but one day in particular sticks in her mind. The Hershey Bears hockey team made a visit and instantly helped lift Megan’s spirits. “The one thing that helped me the most was when the Hershey Bears came in and brought some hockey sticks in,” Hart said. “I showed them some videos of hockey players and they were just amazed. It was really nice to relate to them on that level, where they are high-level athletes and I’m a collegiate athlete. That relationship, to be able to talk about that instead of your illness, definitely took away the mindset of being sick.” Hart is now back in Shippensburg playing the sport she loves from the sidelines, in hopes of returning to game action next year. Ultimately, Hart’s freedom is her favorite part. “It’s so nice. For a while I couldn’t really go outside, and I had to stay away from people because my counts were so low,” Hart said. “You’re going stir crazy just being inside all the time. Now I’m in school, I’m in my own apartment and I can do my own thing. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air. I was in the hospital for five months, from Sep. 16 to Feb. 20.” Hart’s workout regimen consists of running and conditioning to build up endurance,
lifting weights to get her strength back and doing stick work at practice to make sure she does not lose hand-eye coordination — all with the support of her coach, Tara Zollinger. When Zollinger met Hart, she was just being diagnosed with leukemia. But the special bond between the two has grown as Zollinger, who took over as SU’s head coach following the 2016 season, has always made sure Hart was a big part of the team and what SU is trying to accomplish. “When I first met Meg, she was very quiet and she was going through her own thing and I didn’t get to know her that well,” Zollinger said. “All of this happened and after communicating with her, going to visit and talking to her, she really opened up. She taught me more about who she was and what she believed in and I thought, wow, cancer doesn’t have a shot against this one. She’s a fighter, she’s so strong and she cares so much about
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Hart reunited with the field hockey team this season en route to a third title. the people in her life — that’s what makes her so special.” After SU field hockey’s magical 2017 season, Hart got to witness the magic once again in 2018 — this time on the sidelines, and not in a hospital bed. Zollinger recalled what Megan’s return meant to her and the team. “The first day having her back was just incredible,” Zollinger said. “Just seeing her step on the field for the first time in her practice gear just doing what she loves after fighting for so long was awesome. Every day she is out here, the team’s energy just lifts. She is motivating us even more now that she’s back. It’s been an incredible journey for all of us, being there for her and having her back where she belongs.” Hart received her individual national championship trophy with the rest of her teammates and celebrated post game with
her family. She now looks to achieve her own goals. Among them are finishing college, planning her wedding, and of course, playing in a national championship game. Hart now looks to establish her new “normal.” “I don’t think it will ever go back to normal or be the way it was before, so I need to create a new normal for myself,” Hart said. “Whether that is creating a healthier lifestyle and slowing down and not letting things pass me by, I think that is definitely my new normal. I don’t plan anything out and let things play out how they will.” Hart is in remission and will continue to get chemotherapy treatments over the next two years. With her new mindset of enjoying every day and stopping to enjoy everything — Hart has done more than beat cancer. She crushed it.
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Hart believes the Bears’ visit was one of the biggest motivators during her treatment and recovery process.
February 12, 2019
Mussina looks back on season
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Brycen Mussina had a great freshman season for the Raiders, throwing for 3,376 yards and 32 touchdowns while leading the team to a 6-5 record. William Whisler Contributing Writer Entering the season, Shippensburg University quarterback Brycen Mussina did not know that he would be leading the Red Raider offense in the 2018 season opener against Clarion. In fact, that decision was not made until the final second. “Coming into camp, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect,” Mussina said. “I knew there were some older guys and I just tried to challenge myself and do the best that I could to improve over camp. I’m glad I got here in the spring so I could get to know everybody. The guys brought me in really well and I really appreciated that. They respected me right away. It was kind of a late decision and I just tried to run with it, once things got started.” The choice ultimately paid off, as the redshirt-freshman transfer from Lafayette College not only was the only quarterback in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) to average more than 300 yards passing per game, he also led the conference in passing touchdowns (32) and passing yards (3,376). Mussina finished the regular season tied for second in all of Division II football in touchdown passes, while ranking sixth in passing yardage — resulting in a 2018 PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year Award. “Coming into the season, I didn’t expect that,” Mussina said. “I have to thank everyone around me because they were the ones who really made it happen. Coach [Jesse] Correll and Coach [Mark] Maciejewski were
doing an awesome job and my line was great all year. We were one of the lowest teams in the conference in sacks — and I’m not very mobile so that’s saying something.” Along with Mussina’s offensive line, having last season’s PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year in redshirt-sophomore receiver Winston Eubanks, along with fellow receivers in redshirt-sophomore Charles Headen and newcomer — the 2018 PSAC Player of the Year — redshirt-junior Josh Gontarek to throw to made Mussina’s Saturdays a lot of fun. “It’s unreal,” Mussina said. “We’ve got guys who don’t get the ball very much who would be No. 1s at other places. It’s pretty unreal but it’s pretty fun for me and it’s great for the team because those guys are making plays all the time. I give them a lot of credit. They all swallow their pride to produce for the team and that’s what you need to be successful.” The season was a rollercoaster for the Red Raiders in 2018, full of late-game heroics and heart-stomping defeats, but SU did eventually finish 6–5, winning its final game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to keep Maciejewski’s winning-season streak as SU’s head coach alive. It was SU’s first win over the Crimson Hawks since 1988. “I think that was huge, especially for the young guys,” Mussina said. “It was a great way to send out the seniors. I think they were happy with that, no matter what happened the weeks before. Coach was really happy to win that, and it made something out of the season. Everyone was a little disappointed on where we ended up, but we made something happen in that game.”
Mussina (No. 16) capped off his impressive debut season with the Red Raiders by winning the 2018 PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year award. The victory also drew attention on Twitter from one of the Red Raider football team’s most prestigious alumni — John Kuhn. “Been wating for this day for a long long time. Congrats to @ShipFootball and the men who finally ended the streak. I can hear The Horse playing proudly,” Kuhn tweeted after the game. “I think that was awesome,” Mussina said. “Everyone came together and John Kuhn mentioned us on Twitter. That was pretty cool for all of us, especially with how the season was going, and it was a really good way to end it.” Between Brycen’s impressive freshman campaign and his father, Mike Mussina, being induced into the MLB Hall of Fame a few weeks ago, it has been a successful and exciting year for the family. Brycen credits his relationship with his father as something that really helped him succeed in football, without the pressure of a now-MLB Hall of Famer in
his ear. “He doesn’t say all that much; he isn’t crazy like everyone might think he is,” Mussina said. “Everyone is always asking what my dad says about this or that, but he isn’t always in my ear about things. I call him every other night or so, to just talk about things and see how things are going. He gives me the basic advice and it’s the stuff that your dad tells you.” With all the success that Mussina had in 2018, the focus now shifts to 2019 with the momentum from the big 45-21 victory at IUP. While SU’s defense losses a batch of key seniors, the Red Raider offense should remain, for the most part, intact. “I’m really excited,” Mussina said. “I know a lot of other guys are really excited as well. We’ve got a lot to do and we left a lot on the table after being in so many close games. I think we can learn from those losses that we had as well as the success since we had a little bit of both. We should have a lot to offer.”
Jones leads women’s basketball past Warriors Isaiah Snead Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team saw all five starters score in double figures and shot a season-high 58 percent from the field Wednesday night as the squad soared past Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival East Stroudsburg University, 88–63. Three Raiders recorded a double-double in the win and Shippensburg kept pace with West Chester for third place in the PSAC Eastern Division. SU (11-12, 7-8) moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Warriors (8-13, 5-9), only a halfgame ahead of Lock Haven University and a full game ahead of Millersville University, before the Marauders take on the Raiders tomorrow. The Top 6 from the PSAC East will qualify for the PSAC tournament at the end of the season. Sophomore Ariel Jones posted a game-high 34 points on 56 percent shooting and going 15-for-20 at the foul line. She has hit double digit free throws in nine of her games this season, and it was
also her ninth 30-point game of the season. Jones scored 21 of her 34 points in the second half, and it is the 19th time in 23 games this year that she has scored more than 20. Sophomore Kryshell Gordy nabbed a game-high 16 rebounds, and also posted 10 points with a pair of assists and steals. It was Gordy’s fourth double-double this season and the eighth time she has grabbed double-digit rebounds. Freshman Aunbrielle Green totaled her sixth career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She also tallied two assists, two steals and a career high three blocks. It was the 14th time she posted double figures in scoring this season. Green took over in the second half, grabbing 16 of her points across the third and fourth quarters. She helped lead the charge in a dominant third period for the Raiders; SU outscored the Warriors, 31– 15 to take a big lead into the final quarter. Freshman Lauren Pettis fought through foul trouble to post her fifth double-double of the season, recording 13 points and pulling down
10 boards in 23 minutes on the floor. Fellow freshman Lauren Mills also recorded 10 points to go along with two assists and four rebounds. After her 34-point outburst Wednesday night, Jones has now set a new single-season career high in points with 606 and moves into seventh place in school history. She is the third player to post two 600-point seasons in a career. Jones is also nine free throws shy of the Shippensburg single-season record (219 in 1995-1996) and 13 free throws shy of the PSAC single-season record currently held by Miki Glen (223 in 2014-2015). SU lived in the paint all night, scoring 52 points from the key, opposed to ESU’s 24. The Raiders also won the rebound battle, 49–38, but the Warriors were surprisingly dominant on the offensive glass, claiming 23 boards to SU’s 12. The Raiders will return to action tomorrow from Heiges Field House against Millersville in a key PSAC Eastern Division matchup. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.
Jones drives past Warriors defenders on her way to 34 points in the win.
February 12, 2019
Men’s basketball rallies, falls short Chris Wurtz Asst. Sports Editor
The Shippensburg University men’s basketball team lost an intense conference battle away to rival East Stroudsburg University Wednesday night, 91-87. SU (17-6, 11-4 PSAC) led for much of the first half, even widening the margin to 11 with 6:41 to play until halftime. ESU (14-6, 11-3) then closed the first half strong, narrowing the deficit to two as the Raiders led just 39–37 at the break. ESU exploded out of the gates in the second half, using a 19–7 run to take a 10-point lead early in the second half. The Warriors appeared to put the game out of reach when they went on a separate 22–10 run to take a commanding 80–59 lead with just 8:55 to play. The Raiders would not go down easily and had one last surge in them, dominating for nearly seven minutes straight in the form of a 24–2 run. This gave them an incredible one-point lead with two minutes to go. While the original lead
should have never been given up, the squad did a tremendous job of clawing its way back into the matchup and retaking the lead. SU’s narrow lead did not last, as East Stroudsburg responded with a lay-up on the very next possession. A costly Shippensburg turnover followed by a strong finish from the free-throw line for East Stroudsburg put the Raiders away for good. Senior Antonio Kellem led the Raiders in scoring, pouring in 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting. It was Kellem’s ninth 20-point outing of the season, and his second-straight after an impressive 31-point performance against Kutztown University. Sophomore Jake Biss had one of the best games of his collegiate career, scoring 23 points on 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range while dishing out four assists. Redshirt-senior Manny Span played an important role in his 19 minutes before getting into foul trouble. He scored seven points, grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two assists. Junior Daylon Carter gave
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Biss (No. 11) records his second-best scoring output in his collegiate career, scoring 23 points at ESU. the Raiders a productive 20 minutes off the bench, putting up 14 points on a hyper-efficient 6-of-9 shooting. Carter also made his presence known on the defensive end, recording two steals. Redshirt-freshman Dom Sleva filled up the stat sheet in extended run off the bench, recording five points,
six rebounds and three assists. He also had three steals and one block. The Warriors did a great job limiting John Castello’s impact on the game. The usually explosive junior could only contribute four points with a solid eight rebounds on the night. SU shot just 61 percent (11-18) from the free-throw
line, while East Stroudsburg shot 82 percent (18-22). The loss drops Shippensburg to third place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division, behind West Chester University and ESU, respectively. The Raiders sit just a half-game behind the second-place Warriors
and two full games ahead of fourth-place Millersville University. The Top 6 teams in the East will qualify for the PSAC playoffs in early March. Shippensburg is back in action Wednesday when it hosts the Marauders at Heiges Field House. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.
Track nears finish at Bucknell meet Abigail Lee Staff Writer
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Shamar Jenkins grabs a triple jump NCAA qualifier.
The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s track-and-field teams were once again split this weekend with a chunk of the teams’ athletes at Bucknell University on Friday for the Bucknell Tune-Up meet. The Raiders’ throw squad represented the track-andfield program well with more than half of the qualifying performances. These performances included the women’s weight throw with sophomore Ashley Kerr throwing 15.83 meters, freshman Madisen Kling throwing 13.22 meters as well as freshman Kate Matrisciano throwing 13.21 meters. Kerr placed fifth in the event; all three athletes had Pennsylvania State Athletic
Conference (PSAC)-qualifying marks. In the men’s weight throw, junior Cam Strohe threw 16.60 meters and senior Tyler Hewitt threw 14.33 meters. The Raiders did well in the shot-put circle as well, with Matrisciano throwing 12.99 meters and Kerr throwing 12.35 meters. Matrisciano’s mark was good enough to take third in the event, while Kerr claimed eighth — both distances were PSAC qualifiers. For the men’s squad, freshman Yobani Moreno Estrada threw 14.44 meters and fellow freshman Brooks Bear was just behind with a top mark of 13.64 meters in the shot — both earned PSAC times. Senior Conner Oldt ran 8.56 in trials and 8.63 in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles for another confer-
ence qualifier. Junior Adam Warehime excelled in the triple jump, reaching a PSAC mark of 12.91 meters to place third in the event. He also took fourth in the long jump with a top mark of 6.39 meters. Senior Kali Dawson tied for fifth in the high jump for the women, claiming a top mark of 1.55 meters — another PSAC qualifier. Junior Jordan Higgins prepared for the outdoor 400-meter hurdles, completing the 500 with a time of 1:27.23. Junior Cirsten Kelly is taking steps in the right direction, running a 61.83 in the 400-meter race. Kelly also joined Higgins, redshirt-freshman Malayna Rowe and freshman Regan Craig in the 4x4 to claim fourth in 4:20.28. Sophomore Austin Howell and freshmen Josh Booth
and Matt Lenahan had impressive days on the track, with all three earning two qualifying times apiece in both the 200 and 400 meters. Howell took third in the 400 (50.95 seconds) and fourth in the 200 (22.95 seconds); Booth claimed fourth in the 400 (51.18 seconds) and third in the 200 (22.94); and Lenahan finished eighth in the 200 (23.14 seconds) and fifth in the 400 (51.37 seconds). The SU track-and-field team got a handful of extra qualifying times, and will have only one more opportunity next weekend at the Kutztown Last Chance meet before the conference championships. The championships will kick off on Feb. 23 from Edinboro University.
This is the February 12, 2019 edition of The Slate.