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Student initiative discussions rescheduled Nick Potter Staff Writer

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Shippensburg University scheduled discussion groups last week, but rescheduled them for this week. The Student Civility Initiative (SCI) will lead the discussions. Multicultural Student Affairs Director Diane Jefferson said the SCI is seeking input from students to determine the direction of the program.

Shippensburg University’s Student Civility Initiative (SCI) will kick off this week with student discussion groups after inclement weather postponed the discussions originally scheduled for last week. According to Multicultural Student Affairs Director Diane Jefferson, the discussion groups will serve as a “springboard” for the SCI, where input provided by students will be used to decide the future direction of the initiative. “We had a lot of discussion about having students at the center of what we do, and not doing this for them, but with them, because in order for this to be a successful program we have to have student input,” Jefferson said. Since the initiative’s inception at the beginning of the semester, Jefferson, Dean of Students Donna Gross and media relations and social media manager Megan Silverstrim have reached out to nearly every organized group

on campus, graduates and professionals to ensure that the initiative is both receptive to all voices and adept in facilitating improved relations on campus, as well as off. Regarding the outreach of the initiative to groups on campus Gross said, “If we didn’t reach out to them, if they want to have a session and provide feedback, we welcome that.” An initial part of the SCI’s campus outreach has been to place door hangers on campus to spread awareness of the initiative, as well as give tips for being a good neighbor, making responsible choices and providing safety information. The discussions will be led by moderators from various groups on campus, including Residence Life, Student Government Association and the Activities Program Board. In the discussions, students will be asked a series of questions regarding their values, “Raider Values” and aspects of campus life they feel do not align with these values.

Jefferson described the discussion groups as a “barometer of where we are with regards to not only diversity but respect overall and how we engage people.” The SCI will be hosting a number of these discussions between now and spring break. Three of the discussions will take place this week. The first will be at noon on Wednesday in the graduate student/non-traditional student lounge in the Ceddia Union Building Room 209, followed by two discussions at 8 p.m. in Naugle and Kieffer halls the same day. If students are unable to meet during these times, Gross encouraged them to reach out to set up a meeting at which they can provide input. Underscoring the integrity of student participation in the SCI, Jefferson said, “Students have to know that they are a primary part of this initiative, and in fact I don’t know if it can be successful without them.”

Lecture connects ties between Upcoming lectures in Old school, neighborhood segregation Main feature brewing, Shannon Long News Editor Kimberly Goyette from Temple University on Wednesday afternoon presented research in the Grove Forum that supports the theory that school segregation influences residential segregation. Seventy-three percent of students go to the school assigned to their home, according to Goyette. People choose their homes to be around people who are like them and to maintain their status, but they also consider things such as services, parks and crime rates, Goyette said. Local residents also perceive that school quality goes down as more minority groups integrate into predominately white schools. However, schools with less than 78 percent of white students did not see much change in quality. “Segregation is consequential. [It’s] consequential for learning outcomes. It’s also consequential for learn-


ing opportunities,” she said. Homes with good quality schools are worth more money, and people network with people of the same or higher status to find good schools. White middle class people are also more likely to choose their home around schools rather than other races or classes. Wealthy people are not as influenced by the school assigned to their area because they can afford to send their children to private schools, according to Goyette. White families with young children are more likely to move out of diverse neighborhoods. Goyette concluded her lecture with the idea that where people live and where their children go to school have effects on later life outcomes, and create further inequalities across social groups. “We have some sense that segregated schools might provide different learning opportunities. We know they lead to different outcomes from our research.”

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Women’s History Month Shannon Long News Editor

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Kimberly Goyette presented her research about school segregation’s correlation to neighborhood segregation. She found that most families move to neighborhoods with people who are like them.

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Two upcoming lectures will feature the science of brewing and a woman’s experience in the U.S. Army to celebrate Women’s History Month. Professor of geography and earth science Alison Feeney will be the first speaker of the Brew Science Speaker Series on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Feeney has been researching more than 350 breweries throughout Pennsylvania. During her lecture, she will discuss the craft brewing industry’s history, geography and cultural richness, according to Shippensburg University’s website. This will be an opportunity to learn about local breweries and how they have contributed to the revival of small urban communities by bringing in proceeds from local rail trails, waterways, animal shelters and community events. Feeney will discuss brewer’s recipes using local hops, fruits and grains. Feeney recently published “For the Love of Beer: Pennsylvania’s Breweries,” which highlights many of the breweries she will discuss. The books will be available to purchase at the event. To register for the lecture, visit U.S. Army Maj. Lisa Jaster will be speaking on Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. She is one of three women to graduate from the first integrated U.S. Army Ranger program. Jaster will speak about what she has learned from her experiences in leadership and the Army operational training course. The lecture is sponsored by the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps., Women’s Center, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center.











State Police Briefs Theft reported at Rutter’s in Shippensburg Township Hannah Fredrick, 20, of Shippensburg, stole lottery tickets and claimed the winning money from the tickets from Rutter’s, located at 1 Airport Road, on Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. The appropriate charges are being filed. DUI crash reported on I-81

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Your World Today Smollett attack shows harms of quick thinking with little research Commentary

Jashua Mosquera, 27, of Chambersburg, crashed his vehicle into another vehicle on I-81 South in Dickinson Township on Feb. 3 around 3 a.m. The other vehicle involved belonged to Justin White, 35, of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Mosquera fled the scene of the crash on foot, but was located a short time later. He was found to be under the influence of alcohol. The investigation is ongoing. DUI reported on North Queen Street Shane Houser, 21, of Nesquhehoning, Pennsylvania, was stopped for vehicle code violations at the intersection of North Queen Street and East Burd Street on Feb. 9 at approximately 1 a.m. It was determined that Houser was driving under the influence. He was taken into custody and transported to Cumberland County Prison. Hit and run reported on Bard Drive Abigail L. Ptak, 22, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was driving in the 200 block of Bard Drive when she hit a 2000 Ford Mustang that was parked on the side of the road on Feb. 8 around 12:30 a.m. Ptak fled the scene and was charged with duty to give information and render aid. Fence damaged in Southampton Township An unknown vehicle was traveling east on Walnut Dale Road when it left the south side of the road and struck a fence on the property of 211 Walnut Dale Road on Feb. 14 around 5 p.m. The driver fled the scene in an unknown direction, and no injuries were reported or visible at the scene.

The Slate wins three Keystone Press Awards Shannon Long News Editor Two members of The Slate won Keystone Student Press Awards for a total of three awards won this year. Molly Foster won second place for a personality profile she wrote about a Shippensburg University anthropology professor. Meghan Schiereck received honorable mentions for two of her photos. One was for a photo story of the Shippensburg Corn Festival, and the other for a feature photo taken at a Chris Daughtry concert in the fall. Last year, The Slate won five awards for its stories and photos. The Keystone Student Press Awards are awarded every year based on submissions. “The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/ responsibilities,” according to its website. The awards are distributed by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, which supports the newspaper industry and offers practical and money-saving solutions, according to its website.

This Week on Campus Lecture

Chapel Concert Series

Mardi Gras Celebration

• The Jay Vonada Quartet will perform on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel.

• A Mardi Gras Celebration will be held on Wednesday at the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center from 6­­—8 p.m.

Special Program


Film Festival

• The Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is hosting “BET Black Experience Tribute” on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium.

• “Country Unplugged” featuring Mark Chesnutt, Neal McCoy and Joe Diffie will be performing at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

• The International Film Festival Series will continue with a showing of “The Land of Hope” on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Grove Hall Room 101.

• Professor Alison Feeney will be hosting a Brewing Lecture Series on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel.

Jenna Wise Editor-in-Chief

Jussie Smollett may have poured gasoline on the president’s “fake news” fire. The entertainment industry was rocked at the end of January when “Empire” star Smollett was the victim of a racially-charged attack. New evidence, however, makes those who quickly jumped to his defense appear incredibly foolish. Last week, the Chicago Police Department announced that two Nigerian men who reportedly carried out the attack were no longer being treated as suspects, and are now cooperating with police, according to CBS. Smollett was walking down a Chicago street on Jan. 29 when he was approached by the two men — Ola and Abel Osundairo — who tied a rope around Smollett’s neck, dumped

bleach on him and shouted racial and homophobic slurs. The men also allegedly described the area as “MAGA country,” according to multiple outlets. The circumstances surrounding the attack are suspicious and call into question how the public disseminates information. One of the main issues with Smollett’s testimony is that he made it seem as if he did not know his attackers, when at least one of the men guest-starred on “Empire.” Some now wonder if the attack was staged because Smollett’s character is being written off “Empire,” CBS reported. The men are alleging that Smollett paid them to stage the attack. If true, the perception of Smollett’s attack is guaranteed to dramatically shift. Smollett received an outpouring of support from celebrities like Zendaya, Fergie and John Legend after the incident. Many celebrities used the incident to raise awareness of hate crimes like what Smollett said happened to him. Smollett even called out non-believers in an interview with Robin Roberts, and said “It’s not necessar-

ily that you don’t believe this is the truth, you don’t want to see the truth.” Is it Americans who do not want to see the truth, or Smollett himself? Including a reference to President Donald Trump was undoubtedly risky, stereotypical and will only push Trump supporters and non-supporters further apart. Trump supporters can use this incident as ammunition when talking to people who stereotype the president’s entire base as racist, homophobic and overly aggressive. The attack also opens a discussion on how quick American society is to believe anything that is reported, before an investigation can be completed. If Americans would have given this situation due process, it may not have been as shocking when information contradicting the “truth” came out. If Smollett did indeed lie about being attacked and staged a crime for a publicity stunt, the actual hate crimes that go unnoticed by our society are going to suffer — and with that, all of the awareness that Smollett has tried to raise in the last month against prejudice will be gone.

Uncertainty shadows state debate over nuclear power Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Four decades after Three Mile Island became shorthand for America’s worst commercial nuclear power accident, financial rescues of nuclear power plants are stirring the highest levels of government. In Pennsylvania, nuclear power plant owners have been working for two years to build support for the kind of financial packages already approved by New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Meanwhile, those packages have sparked legal appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court and a debate among federal energy regulators over protecting ratepayers from higher electricity prices. Those loose ends are shadowing Pennsylvania as state lawmakers prepare to decide whether to help their state’s nuclear power plants. “Anything that Pennsylvania does is going to be subject to a degree of policy and legal uncertainty,’’ said Christina Simeone, director of policy and external affairs at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. The nation’s aging and shrinking nuclear power fleet is being buffeted by a flood of natural gas plants entering competitive electricity markets, relatively flat post-recession electricity demand, and states putting more emphasis on renewable energy and efficiency. The pursuit of state guarantees has spurred questions

over why ratepayers should foot the cost to keep nuclear power plants open, and whether nuclear power provides an indispensable environmental benefit in the age of global warming. The spotlight moved in 2017 to Pennsylvania, the nation’s No. 2 nuclear power state. That’s when Three Mile Island’s owner, Chicago-based Exelon Corp., announced it will close the plant that was the site of a terrifying partial meltdown in 1979 unless Pennsylvania comes to its financial rescue. It set this Sept. 30 as the closing date. Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. also said it will shut down its Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in western Pennsylvania — as well as two nuclear plants in Ohio — within three years unless Pennsylvania steps up. So far, no rescue has been written into legislation. Rather, sympathetic lawmakers have issued a broadly worded memo saying they will introduce legislation to effectively give Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants the same preferential treatment as solar power, wind power and a handful of other niche energy sources received under a 2004 state law. The owners of Pennsylvania’s five nuclear power plants — primarily Exelon, FirstEnegy and Allentown-based Talen Energy — are backing that effort. PJM Interconnection, which operates the electric grid covering Pennsylvania and the 65 million people

from Illinois east to Washington, has said those four nuclear power plant closings — two in Pennsylvania and two in Ohio — won’t affect the availability of electricity. But, last summer, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in a 3-2 decision, ordered PJM to come up with a solution to protect the competitive market from what it described as a dangerous cascade of pressure on states to prop up otherwise viable power plants. PJM pitched an idea in October that, if adopted, could create new dilemmas, particularly for nuclear power plant owners. “At that point, do they come back to the state and ask for more? Maybe,’’ said Glen Thomas, a Pennsylvania-based consultant who specializes in utility regulations. “Do they go out of business because they don’t have enough revenue? Maybe. Does it suppress the market price for other generators? Definitely. It creates some problems for sure.’’ It’s a long-shot that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up appeals in lawsuits challenging New York’s and Illinois’ nuclear power subsidies, say lawyers following the cases. But FERC action still looms, and it’s not clear when or how commissioners will respond. Exelon said Pennsylvania must enact legislation by June 1 if it is to keep operating Three Mile Island, since fuel must be ordered months in advance.


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Hollywood can do more to represent minorities in roles Scarlett Johansson has built a name for herself as one of the most successful actresses in American history. She was the highest paid actress, in terms of nominal dollars, in 2016 and 2017, and has been nominated for 80 awards during her time in Hollywood. She has drawn considerable attention as of late, and not for her acting chops. The actress has been heavily criticized for her decision to accept roles portraying characters of color, despite being white herself. In 2017, Johansson was cast as the female protagonist in Paramount’s cinematic adaption of the popular anime series “Ghost in a Shell.” The character Johannsson was cast to play is portrayed in the comics as being of Asian descent. Critics called this decision by producers a glaring act of whitewashing in Hollywood. Whitewashing is a practice by the film industry, primarily in the United States, when a white actor or actress is cast in a historically non-white role.

This shameful practice stretches back to the earliest years of the film industry. Historically the lack of minority representation in Hollywood meant that roles calling for a minority actor or actress were played by a Caucasian who would attempt to pass as a minority using black-face or yellow-face. Johansson spoke out about her decision to accept the 2017 role. She attempted to reframe the issue from one of race to one of gender. In an interview with Marie Claire she explained that “diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”. She continued to justify her decision by suggesting it may be more important to increase female representation in films, by saying “having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity.” Criticism of the film only grew when it became public knowledge that producers of the film had opted to use CGI (computer-generated imagery) to alter the physical appearance of Johansson

and other whitewashed characters to make them “appear more Asian.” This decision draws attention to the true villains of the issue — producers. Although it is certainly the job of actors and actresses to consider their roles in increasing minority representation, whitewashing is primarily perpetuated by producers. Producers, directors, casting directors and others who choose the direction of film ultimately decide whether the final product will serve to increase minority representation, or maintain the institutionalized inequality experienced by minorities in the industry. It is certainly within the scope of film executives concerns to produce a film that will be a hit in the box office, this does not mean they must sacrifice representation. Casting big names like Scarlett Johansson will certainly draw an audience, but it is more important for film executives to acknowledge their roles in media and pop culture in order to use those roles as a tool for advancing societal good.

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Instagram, social media influencers perpetuate false perceptions of reality Abigail Lee Staff Writer Social media platforms allow for the display of false realities of how great individuals’ lives might be. Instagram may be the worst. Perfectly curated photos of life-changing trips, expensive styles and fake smiles. Only a select few accounts accurately portray real lives through photos. No one posts a picture in class with a caption explaining their daily life as a student. No one makes a post about the bad things that happen in their lives. Instagram profiles are not the only lie. Have you ever seen social media brand influencers? Brand influencers pollute your Instagram feed with content detailing how great the products they sponsor are. They say that they live by these products. Influencers representing these companies do not always stand by their products — it’s about the money. This does seem fair, however. Why would they

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SU student introduces yoga class to relieve stress in a judgment-free zone Hannah McMullan Ship Life Editor The scent of lemongrass and lavender seep from the humming diffuser. The fresh scent filters through your lungs as you deeply inhale — pause — and exhale the negative energy out of your system. The soothing ambiance in the room feels almost tangible, and the energy becomes in tune with the rhythm of your beating heart. Shippensburg University junior Alaina Auell is on a mission to open the minds of her peers and offer a peaceful outlet to relieve stress by instructing her own yoga class on campus. Auell’s hopes to attract a broad range of students to her class known as Mindful Movement, in which she teaches yin yoga. Yin yoga is a non-aggressive, relaxing form of yoga that focuses more on deep-breathing practices and easy-to-follow stretches. Auell believes it is a beneficial way for members of the SU community to cope with the stress of their daily lives. She first began her own yoga experience when she

was in high school. She initially became interested in the different stretches used for conditioning in her athletic practices. However, she quickly became accustomed to yoga’s natural healing capabilities and began using it as a way to cope with a stressful environment. “It was a nice little getaway,” she said. “I liked to use my body to escape the drama of my life. The great thing about yoga is that it gets as deep as you want it to, especially when you incorporate spirituality into it.” Above all, Auell stressed the importance of building a connection between the mind and body. When the two aspects of a person are united, it allows the body to naturally heal itself. “Working with those aspects of ourselves let us understand ourselves more. By learning what is going on in our mind, we can actually help our body and gain power over the pain by paying attention to negative thoughts,” she said. Auell believes in healing people by guiding them to a mind-body connection without being invasive. She does this by incorporating deep

breathing exercises that brings the room to a proper “Zen state.” She has noticed that these exercises visibly release anxiety and stress from her students’ bodies. Before all of her classes, she ensures that the space is a judgment-free zone and her students are safe to allow their deepest emotions to rise to the surface. She often encourages them to check in with themselves, place their hands over their hearts and feel their breath course through their body. While students focus on the inner parts of themselves, different parts of their body relax and become open, which can cause emotional breakthroughs, according to Auell. “It’s cool to look in people’s eyes and see how they transform from anxious, at first, to completely ‘zenned’ out,” she said. “To share that part of me with people brings me such contentment.” While Auell is not a certified yoga instructor, she used her position working at the SU recreation center’s help desk and saw an open space to hold her classes. It is an initial way to get her foot in the door to pursue opening a holistic healing center in the

future. Auell started her academic career at SU with an undecided major. She always knew she wanted to work to heal people, but was unsure about the financial gain it would bring. One day, however, she decided that money was not going to run her life, and quickly declared a major in psychology. Soon after, she knew exactly where her future was headed. She envisioned a business with a wide-spread number of holistic healing services, which members of the community could find in one building. The chase across the country for alternative medicine would be over, and Auell would build a community with her fellow practitioners and clientele. She found her purpose and passion. Ever since, Auell has been educating herself in different ways of healing and decided she needed a broad spectrum of knowledge from all sides of science. In addition to her psychology major, she declared a minor in exercise science to learn about western medicine to incorporate into her alternative medicinal prac-

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Alaina Auell teaches yoga classes in the ShipRec each week to give fellow students an outlet to relax. tices. In the end, Auell’s goal is to open as many minds as she can and educate the community on how to become complete with self-love. “Questioning the norm is what I do. There is a whole different side with different options a lot of people are unaware of. I want people to know, it’s not hopeless out

there — healing is possible,” she said. Auell encourages the SU community to give her class a try. She teaches Mindfulness Movement every Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. in the group fitness room in the ShipRec. You can email Auell at with questions.

‘The Vagina Monologues’ return to inspire curiosity at SU Justin Hawbaker Asst. Ship Life Editor

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SU Professor Misty Knight performs “Because He Liked to Look at It” during “The Vagina Monologues” on Friday and Saturday night at Memorial Auditorium.

A Raider’s View Raider Muse Staff Columnist President Donald Trump decided to call a state of emergency, amidst avoiding another government shutdown to get what he has been asking for — a wall. There is something students should know about what happens to schools

when the government shuts down. There are “1,200 school districts on federal land [that] will be immediately impacted by a government shutdown,” according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. While the schools are lacking funding, so are some military bases and Native

The Women’s Center presented “The Vagina Monologues,” a series of presentations with women portraying different experiences with womanhood in the Memorial Auditorium on Friday and Saturday. Ali Laughman, director of “The Vagina Monologues,” wanted audience members to enjoy the show and let their curiosity rise above. The event featured seven individual performances, as well as a few group performances and sporadic facts. Olivia DiBella and Eleanor Katherine Hargrove began the show with a performance of the introduction calling out names of what a vagina may be referred to as. The audience laughed when Hargrove mentioned that in Shippensburg a vagina is sometimes called a Raider Bowl. The next monologue, “Hair,” was performed by Jennifer Milburn. “Hair” detailed the overwhelming feel-

ing of hair located around the vagina. Poltitical science professor Dr. Sara Grove followed “Hair” with a “Vagina Happy Fact,” which is a fact on how to make a happy vagina. All performers then gathered throughout the auditorium for the next performance of the night, “Wear & Say.” The performers one by one shouted a word that would answer the question, “what would your vagina wear?” Some answers included high heels, emeralds and glasses. DiBella then returned to the stage to perform “The Flood,” which described a woman’s unfortunate experience in her boyfriend’s car involving her vagina. “My Short Skirt” followed “The Flood,” featuring students Jackie Bates, Debbie Bates and Karen Rundquist. “My Short Skirt” had three women taking turns presenting how their short skirts and everything underneath it belonged to only them. Assoicate Professor of Human Communication Stud-

ies Misty Knight performed “Because He Liked to Look at It,” also referred to as “Bob.” The performance detailed a women’s first time sleeping with Bob, and him wanting to study the women’s vagina. Following “Bob,” student Tori Campbell performed “My Angry Vagina,” going into detail about how a woman deals with vaginal pain. Student Leah Wolfinger followed by performing “Reclaiming C**t,” putting a positive spin on the word compared to its normally negative connotations. With two performances remaining, associate teaching professor Dr. Rebecca Ward performed “I Was There in the Room,” which detailed being in the room when a child was being born. The last performance brought Hargrove back to the stage to perform “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy.” The final performance showed a woman realizing she loved to make other women moan, finishing with several types of moaning.

Shutdowns negatively impact students

American reservations. Shutdowns like these also affect student loans, which immediately affect students’ abilities to pay for college. Money from the government is allocated toward low-cost or free lunches for children in need. Although they are funded until March, according

to CNN, “schools and families are worried about what could happen to school mean programs if [the shutdown] continues.” “Certainly, some schools and some school districts are likely to stop serving meals to hungry kids or make the meals worse or smaller or less nutritious,” said James Weill, president

of nonprofit Food Research and Action Center. “Other school districts will try and pick up the costs locally and hope that they’ll get paid back from the federal government.” It is important for students to understand the consequences of decisions made by the U.S. government, as well as knowing

the facts and statistics of who is affected. Students need to be aware of current events to make informed decisions when voting for who will be running the country in the future and who will be representing your state in the House of Representatives and the Senate.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019


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(Left to right) Lane Alleman, bass; Spencer Godlewski, guitar; Brandon Morgan, drums; and Tristan Sieben, vocals, are members of Nothing Planned. The band is planning a concert in Shippensburg to take place before spring break.

New plans for SU student band Nothing Planned Olivia Riccio Asst. A&E Editor

Beginning as a hobby without direction, Shippensburg native band Nothing Planned is beginning to grow in the heart of central Pennsylvania. The band formed and started performing at parties in 2018, when Shippensburg University senior and drummer Brandon Morgan, and senior Tristan Sieben, lead vocalist, were looking to start a band. They joined forces with Shippensburg resident and guitarist Spencer Godlewski, as well as former SU student Lane Alleman, bassist. With no plans for the band, the name Nothing Planned seemed to be the right fit. Nothing Planned has played at about six venues, including The Thought Lot, located on East Garfield Street in Shippensburg. The band is also moving on to bigger places, and is going to play at the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg on Feb. 23. The conference selects

bands to perform there from around the world. Nothing Planned will share the stage with Single By Sunday, a band from Glasgow, United Kingdom. “They bring in up-andcoming bands and showcase them at night. Then during the day, there’s panelists and everything for musicians to go to learn more about the music industry,” Alleman said. “All the bands that were selected get to perform at the showcases that are from venues ranging from Mechanicsburg all the way to Lancaster.” The 23rd annual conference will host 275 performances during its two-daylong event. Nothing Planned defines its music as “party punk,” with punk and heavy metal influences. Each member brings his own genre to the band so the band does not become pigeonholed into one genre. “My favorite songs to perform are ‘Hold On’ which is about suicide and trying to take the message out of like ‘hold on it will get better,’”

Sieben said. “And one Lane wrote the lyrics to called ‘Blast Off’ that one’s pretty much about trying to make it big and getting out of the every day routine you’re stuck in.” What Sieben also likes about those two songs is that they are different stylistically. “Hold On” is one of the band’s slower metal songs, whereas “Blast Off” is an energetic song that falls more into the pop punk genre. The band’s first single, “Arizona,” is Alleman’s favorite song to perform. He considers it his go-to song. “I wrote it three years ago about this girl that left and moved to Arizona. It’s such a really fun song. It’s fast and upbeat,” Alleman said. “Even when you mess up during that song it doesn’t even matter because there’s that much energy in it that you can just power through it.” Sieben enjoys seeing how the band’s music affects people when they are attending its concerts. Read the full story at

Austrian group ‘Mnozil Brass’ melds humor, music Jonathan Bergmueller A&E Editor The Mnozil Brass traveled all the way from Vienna, Austria, to entertain with its comedic musical concert Feb. 12 in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. “Mnozil Brass: Cirque,” which was divided into two acts, featured several smaller skits performed by the seven musicians. Each skit featured a small story or gimmick, accompanied by the brass instrumentalists. The show featured little dialogue — the actors either mimed their way through silent dialogue or sang lyrics to the songs. The first word of the show was not spoken until late in the first act. The music supplemented the action with its highs and lows. The musical ironies — such as “sforzandos” or “subitos,” which mean “suddenly” in Italian — helped define different actions and surprised the audience. The

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The performers marched around the stage in controlled formations. Some of the musicians traded instruments between songs for variety. show was not merely a music or comedy act with one separate from the other — it combined the two genres. Each of the actors wore outlandish makeup and absurd outfits, which perfectly tied into the kind of humor each brought to the stage. One actor, who wore a

top-hat and maroon jacket, did magic tricks. Later in the second act, the character that looked like a sad mime stole the top-hat and attempted several of the same tricks.

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4. Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Softball, E2

Field hockey gallery, E3

Men’s basketball picks up two wins Nate Powles Sports Editor The fight for seeding was in full swing this week as the Shippensburg University men’s basketball team took on two conference foes in Millersville University and Lock Haven University. Coming into the week’s contests, the Raiders were one game behind second-place East Stroudsburg University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Conference. Wednesday’s matchup with the Marauders offered plenty of action. Both teams fought valiantly at different points of the game, with the final several minutes of the second half featuring a couple lead changes. MU came back from a 12-point halftime deficit to eventually take a one-point lead with eight minutes left, but SU used an 8–0 run with just more than three minutes to go to put the game away for good, claiming the victory by a score of 81–76. The Raiders did not have their best day on the floor, shooting .426 from the field overall and just .292 from beyond the arc — well below their season average of .346 from three-point territory. SU did do a good job getting to the line all night, earning 19 free throws and converting on 16 — good enough for just more than 84 percent. Sophomore Jake Biss led the charge on offense for the Raiders, finishing with 24 points. Biss has been a big

piece to SU’s success this season, scoring more than 20 points in three consecutive games. There have only been two games this season in which Biss did not reach double figures. He has stepped nicely into the shoes left by alumni and past guards Clay Conner and Abe Massaley. The Marauders became just the fifth opponent to finish with more made three-pointers than the Raiders, claiming 11 to SU’s seven. Rebounds, however, were a different story. SU has been dominant in recent weeks on the boards, continuing that trend against MU with a 45–32 advantage in total rebounds for the game. Junior John Castello was reliable as always, finishing with a solid stat line of 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Fellow junior Lamar Talley impressed with his second career double-double, contributing 12 points — including a couple crucial three-pointers down the stretch — and 12 rebounds. In their following contest with the Bald Eagles, the Raiders were even more impressive, pulling away from LHU right from the start and never looking back. Biss was a machine once again, leading the Raiders to a dominant 100–70 win with a 23-point performance on Saturday afternoon from Heiges Field House. The SU offense was on fire in the first half, shooting 67 percent from the field overall and 75 percent from three-

point range (6-for-8). Coach Chris Fite was pleased with the first-half performance. “Our guys are very comfortable here at home and it showed, offensively. We really locked in the scouting report and did a good job of taking them out of the stuff they like to do,” he said. Biss could not be stopped, and finished a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. He shot 75 percent from the field and added three assists and two rebounds. The bench was strong in the game, contributing 36 points.

“Every game is as valuable as the next at this point.” Chris Fite SU Coach Redshirt-sophomore Derek Ford was the standout on the bench, scoring a career-high 11 points on 3-for4 shooting. He added two steals and a three-pointer. Ford has only missed one shot so far this season, sitting at an impressive 12-for13 and 3-for-3 from three. One of the highlights of the afternoon came on a beautiful play in the first half. Talley found freshman Carlos Carter on a breakaway with an alley-oop for a big slam. The Heiges faithful rose to their feet after the dunk — serving as an exclamation mark on a fun game for the Raiders. Castello chipped in a solid 16 points on .538 shoot-

ing with five rebounds and two assists. Senior Antonio Kellem played an all-around impressive game, grabbing 10 points and five assists. He also had a career-high four steals without a turnover. The Bald Eagles did not go down without a fight and came back much stronger in the second half, actually outscoring the Raiders, 49–46. Fite wished his team would have kept its foot on the gas coming out of the break, but he was still happy with the final result. “You get a lead like that and you want guys to still perform with the same purpose and intensity level, but we allowed them to do some stuff in the second half that made me a little uncomfortable even though we were comfortably ahead,” Fite said after the game. With the week’s wins, the Raiders head into the final stretch of the regular season before the conference tournament. The team will look to finish strong and start the postseason on a strong note. “We got to keep working and not be comfortable with anything. Even though it’s coach speak, it’s taking it one game at a time and understanding that every game is as valuable as the next at this point and hopefully we’ll be playing our best basketball over the next couple weeks,” Fite said. SU has to travel to Mansfield University on Saturday for the first of its last three games of the regular season. Tipoff is at 3 p.m.

Photos by Meghan Schiereck/The Slate

Lamar Talley grabs four rebounds in Saturday’s win.

Manny Span, No. 43, provides energy for SU’s lineup, pulling down 14 rebounds in the two wins.

Track-and-field gains momentum heading into championships Abigail Lee Staff Writer

Photos courtesy of David Bracetty

Adriana Baxter, above, finishes third in the 55-meter race and sixth in the 200-meter race on Friday night. Rachel Bruno, below, will look to play her part for the Raiders at the conference championships this weekend after earning a PSAC time in the 400 meters at last weekend’s VMI Winter Relays.

The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s track-and-field teams competed at Kutztown University for the last meet before the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships next weekend. The traveling athletes had different goals, but the same focus to perform at a high level. Some were looking for PSAC-qualifying times, some a chance to get NCAA national marks and others to just improve and gain momentum heading into the championship meet. Junior Zarria Williams jumped 5.87 meters (1903.25 feet) in the long jump, earning a first-place finish. Williams surpassed the NCAA-provisional mark by .22 meters and reached a personal best in the event. Williams — who competes in both jumps and sprints — believes both squads are ready for the conference championships. “The jumps squad has been looking great lately. Plenty of PR’s have been coming from both jumpers and sprinters. For sprinters, we are starting to run fast when it matters the most,” Williams said. Williams — along with many other athletes on the squad — is excited to compete and see how the team performs next weekend. Freshman Adriana Baxter and junior Cirsten Kelly ran fast when it mattered the most. Baxter ran 7.47 seconds in the 55-meter race,

grabbing her last chance PSAC-qualifying time and a third-place finish in the meet. Kelly ran 1:01.68 in the 400-meter race, just meeting the mark by .02 seconds and placing third in the meet. Senior Olivia Lee also jumped well in the women’s long jump taking third with a 5.29 meter (17-04.25 foot) jump. Senior Chris Craig ran 22.62 in the 200, taking first in the meet with another PSAC qualifier. Sophomore Ashley Kerr consistently threw well in the women’s shot put, reaching 12.38 meters for a PSAC-qualifying third-place finish. Kerr also threw in the weight, taking third on a throw of 14.91 meters. Junior Cam Strohe took second in the men’s weight throw with a top distance of 16.81 meters. The men took fifth through seventh place in the shot put, with sophomore Jacob Gieringer throwing 14.90 meters, followed by freshmen Yobani Moreno reaching 14.82 meters and Strohe throwing 14.80 meters. This weekend was crucial for SU’s track-and-field programs and allowed for many more entries in the championship meet. The squads grabbed several more conference-qualifying marks on their path to a ninth consecutive championship for the men and a third consecutive for the women. The SU squads will now look to grab another PSAC team championship next weekend at Edinboro University.


February 19, 2019


Softball wins three of four in South Carolina

Photos courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.

The SU offense picks up in South Carolina, scoring 27 runs in four games. Matthew Gregan Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University softball team completed a successful weekend in the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out, winning three out of its four games. The weekend began with the Raiders (4-4) defeating Le Moyne College, 8–3, on Friday afternoon. Senior Taryn Wilson began what would be a fantastic weekend for her on the mound by grinding through a complete game. She allowed one earned run, walked eight and struck out 10. Wilson received support from her bats, specifically sophomore Courtney Coy. The Raiders, after falling behind 2–1, took the lead with a two-run double by Coy. Coy finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. SU added some insurance runs in the fifth and seventh frames to cap off its first win of the weekend. The team next took on Felician University, grabbing a convincing 11–1 victory behind another good performance at the plate from Coy.

Coy had two hits and two RBIs in the win, and freshman Morgan DeFeo went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. The Raiders held the lead throughout, but exploded for four runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to secure the win. In their four-run seventh inning, sophomore Alyssa McKean hit a pinch-hit tworun single for the Raiders. It was her first hit and RBIs as a Raider. SU looked to continue its hot hitting into Saturday, but had to deal with a seven-hour rain delay that pushed its game against Southern New Hampshire University back to Saturday night. The Raiders looked as if they would not be bothered by the rain delay, totaling three hits in the opening inning, including an RBI-double by Coy. However, the team was only able to muster two other hits the rest of the game. Southern New Hampshire’s Maddy Barone tossed a complete game against the Raiders, striking out eight hitters. SU successfully wrapped up the weekend with a 6–1 win over Georgian Court on

Sunday morning. Georgian Court, which was undefeated heading into the game against the Raiders, presented Shippensburg’s biggest test of the young season. Coy led the way again for the Raiders, continuing her special weekend with a three-hit game, including one home run and four RBIs. The home run was the first of

Pitcher Taryn Wilson throws 23 strikeouts across two wins this weekend. her collegiate career. Wilson completed her weekend with a stellar performance, striking out 13 batters while tossing yet another complete game. Sunday’s game marked the second time this season and the 10th time in her career that she has finished a game with 10 or more strikeouts. The senior currently owns a

2–2 record with a 2.53 ERA, and she has tossed complete games in three of her four starts. The Raiders’ top performers at the dish over the weekend were Coy (.692 batting average, six extra-base hits, six runs scored, one home run and nine RBIs) and junior Meghan Klee (.583 batting average, six RBIs and

three runs scored). SU finished the weekend hitting .342 as a team, outscoring the opposition 26-12. Shippensburg has two weeks off before next taking on Alderson Broaddus University in a Saturday afternoon double-header on March 2 in West Virginia.

The Raiders have one more invitational in West Virginia before heading back to the Shippensburg area.

Women’s basketball drops two PSAC games at home Isaiah Snead Asst. Sports Editor

Photos by Meghan Schiereck/The Slate

Dah’Naija Barnes drives past a defender in Wednesday’s PSAC contest.

Aunbrielle Green looks to score in the post against a Lock Haven defender.

The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team could not keep pace with Millersville University on Wednesday evening, as the squad was defeated 83–74 in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) division contest at home. The Raiders got 22 points in the first half from Ariel Jones, but the standout sophomore went down with an injury at the end of the third quarter and did not return to the game. SU shot 58 percent in the final quarter despite Jones’ absence. However, the Marauders shot 67 percent in the quarter and 59 percent in the second half overall. Freshman front-court duo Aunbrielle Green and Lauren Pettis combined for 16 rebounds, with Green tying her career-high with 21 points and Pettis recording a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. It was Pettis’ sixth double-double of the season. MU was led by guard Lauren Lister as she tallied 38 points with 15 points in the final frame on 100 percent shooting in the quarter. Millersville also got contributions from Courtney Dimoff as she posted 21 points with five three pointers. Jones is now just 40 points

shy of alumna Tracy Spencer’s single-season scoring record with 630 points. It was her 20th game of the season eclipsing 20 points. Freshman Dah’Naija Barnes played a season-high 20 minutes off the bench for SU and posted two points, four rebounds, a pair of steals and an assist. Sophomore Kryshell Gordy added eight points, six boards and two assists. SU looked to get back on track in its next contest on Saturday afternoon from Heiges Field House on alumni day, but the Raiders dropped another PSAC game, this time to Lock Haven University by a score of 65-50. Shippensburg was playing without leading scorer Jones due to injury, and the Raiders struggled to score without her on the floor. They shot just 17 percent from threepoint range and 30 percent overall. The visiting Bald Eagles raced out to a 23–10 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended that to a 22-point lead at halftime. LHU had a 58–34 rebound advantage over SU in the contest, which included 25 offensive rebounds, leading to 24 second-chance points. The Bald Eagles were led by Rileigh Devine, who scored 14 points, and Bink Redman, who pulled down

an impressive 18 rebounds. The Raiders were led in scoring by Green, who posted 14 points along with five rebounds and three blocks. Pettis also recorded three blocks, while putting up 10 points and grabbing six boards. In her first career start, Barnes scored a career-high five points, grabbed three rebounds, and recorded a block and a steal. Gordy only played 16 minutes in the game as she was battling illness. Sophomore Emily Houck started in her place. Speaking on her team’s numerous injuries and the struggles to overcome them, SU coach Kristy Trn said, “We’re a young team and especially with Ariel Jones, who has been our leader off the floor, it was a little difficult for the young group to come together. Kryshell Gordy is another leader who has been battling illness for the past few days and it has sort of zapped the team’s energy.” There are two weeks remaining in the regular season, and the Raiders are holding onto the sixth and final playoff spot in the PSAC Eastern Division. They hold a half-game lead over East Stroudsburg University. SU will return to action this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mansfield University.



February 19, 2019

Field hockey’s season sealed with a ring Members of the team and coaching staff receive their national championship rings

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Members of the 2018 field hockey Division II National Championship team celebrate as they receive their championship rings. Jazmin Petrantonio (right) played an essential role in the team’s success last season, leading the team in goals (28), including five goals in the NCAA Division II tournament.

Some members of the team were a part of all three consecutive national titles and show off the glittering accomplishments of a successful program.

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