Beer lecture highlights hypocrisy of dry campus, B1
French Club fundraiser raises money for Haiti, C1
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New dining manager brings initiatives to Reisner Shannon Long News Editor Terry Nahavandi is the new resident district manager at Shippensburg University and is responsible for new dining service initiatives in Reisner Dining Hall. Nahavandi studied chemical engineering, but no jobs were available. He still loved cooking and interacting with people, so he soon got into the food business in New York. In 2003, his career in dining services began at Stanford University, but he did not expect to stay long. However, he ended up staying for 11 years. After taking a year-long break, Nahavandi worked at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and in 2013 he worked at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “I really fell in love with the idea of being able to support the academic mission through creating better food for students,” he said. Nahavandi is interested in bringing high-quality food to SU, focusing on Chartwells’ culinary standards and listening to student feedback.
He is constantly looking at ways to take advantage of all of Reisner’s dining stations. Fresh ingredients are a priority for Nahavandi, and he believes the quality of food starts where it is bought. Recently he has also been working in Reisner Dining Hall to promote healthy eating. “I care about food, so I try to instill that same thing with my staff to handle food with care, make sure that we use great ingredients [and] make sure that we handle it properly,” Nahavandi said. He is very happy with the feedback, and has heard great things from student groups, faculty and staff. His goal for SU’s dining is to be better than any other university. Nahavandi said he loves to hear from students, and it is the only way to improve. Reisner and Kriner halls both have Happy-or-Not kiosks for people to rate their satisfaction. This allows staff to detect trends. There is also a Text2Chat program that allows dining hall guests to send feedback, questions or requests through text message directly to the staff. Feedback can be texted
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New initiatives are being brought to Reisner Dining Hall by the new resident district manager Terry Nahavandi. These include using only fresh ingredients and focusing on Chartwells’ culinary standards. anonymously to 518-4904965. Student ambassadors are part of a new recruitment team to help communicate dining initiatives, promotions, programs and events on campus to other students. There is a student dining committee as part of the Student Government Associ-
ation. Members of the committee provide feedback and insight on dining issues such as food quality, customer service, healthy eating options and special events. A third-party dining services consultant called Campus Dining, Inc. reviews the dining program and reports back to SU. The company re-
‘#DeleteTheAdjective’ kicks off Women’s History Month celebration Nick Potter Staff Writer Shippensburg University’s Old Main Chapel was filled to near capacity as students and members of the community gathered to celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month and listen to guest speaker Army Maj. Lisa Jaster on Thursday. Jaster became the first female Army reservist to complete the Army’s ranger school in 2015. Jaster described ranger school as the Army’s premiere leadership school, which until 2014 only enrolled men. Jaster explained why the exclusion of women from ranger school bothered her. “I’m a leader, but I’m not allowed to even try to go to the Army’s premiere leadership school. I don’t understand that.” At the time of the Army’s policy change to allow women to attend ranger school, Jaster said she did not feel the urge to attend. At the time, she was in her mid-30s and working for Shell Oil as an engineer, as well as raising her children. She said she felt secure in life and did not need anything else. Jaster knew she was a leader, and felt confident that she possessed the physical capabilities to complete the grueling
viewed SU in the fall of 2018, according to Nahavandi. When asked about rumors about Kriner Dining Hall closing or Papa Johns closing, Nahavandi said he has heard the rumors, but nothing is concrete. “Ultimately it all depends on the university, its master plan and how the demand for
Candidates give speeches ahead of SGA elections Shane Kaliszewski Opinion Editor
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Army Maj. Lisa Jaster shared her experiences of being a woman in a male-dominated field. Jaster finished Army ranger training in 2015. training of ranger school. After encouragement from her former sergeant major, family and Facebook friends, Jaster decided to pursue ranger school. Between 2011 and 2015, the graduation rate for ranger school was 40.5 percent, with 31 percent of participants repeating at least one phase of the program. The average work day was 19.5 hours, and participants averaged two meals
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per day. Ranger school participants averaged nearly 3.5 miles traveled a day while carrying about 75 pounds in their rucksacks, Jaster said. After more than 180 days, Jaster completed her Army ranger training, becoming the third woman and the first female Army reservist to complete the training.
dining is on that side of campus,” he said. Reisner Dining Hall is currently in the process of bringing Denim Coffee and Goose Brothers Ice Cream to the dining hall. Both are local producers and run by SU alumni.
Candidates running for the 2019-20 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Rules Committee (ERC) pleaded their respective cases to the Shippensburg University student body Thursday night. Each took to the podium in McFeely’s Coffeehouse to explain why they believed they should receive student votes. The elections will reflect the newly-revolutionized Student Government Association structure. The race for president pits junior political science major Aven Bittinger against junior accounting major Makayla Glass. During their speeches, both touted their breadth of involvement in student
groups around campus. Bittinger’s platform was centered around “large-scale” programming on campus achieved through collaboration with other big campus organizations, such as the Activities Program Board and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA). He also expressed his desire to create a new feedback system that emphasizes talking to students to gain insight into their perspectives. More than anything, Bittinger explained that he believes the ERC needs new leadership, and that it will take each senator elected to the 2019-20 caucus to “forge change” and ensure they are acting as “true advocates” for SU students.
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Weekend snow delays classes
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The Student Government Association and Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union are offering eight student scholarships worth $500 each. Hannah Pollock Asst. News Editor The Shippensburg University Student Government Association (SGA) and Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) are partnering to offer scholarships to eight students. Applications are now available at the PSECU e-Center. The application process includes submitting an essay of 150 words or fewer on “How do you define student success? How would this scholarship help you achieve it?” SGA Treasurer Raven Francis encourages students
to apply for the scholarship. “It’s a great opportunity, which will help our students,” she said. SGA offers various scholarship opportunities throughout the year, including the bookstore scholarship offered at the beginning of each semester. “It’s a great way to interact with students and give back,” Francis said. Up to eight students have the opportunity to each receive $500. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be SU undergraduate students with an active PSECU mem-
“JASTER,” from A1 In her role as a public speaker, Jaster has popularized the saying, “Delete the adjective.” Jaster hopes for people to be measured by what they bring to the table, and laments the use of backhanded compliments like “strong for a woman” or “smart for my age.”
ber account. The application deadline is March 8. Scholarship applications and essays will only be accepted in person at the PSECU e-Center, Ceddia Union Building Room 22. The PSECU e-Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applications will be reviewed during spring break, and winners will be notified by March 25. Winners will be presented their awards at the March 28 public SGA meeting, which is streamed on The Slate’s Facebook page and held in CUB Room 119 at 4 p.m.
“Maybe these adjectives, maybe these parameters we put on people are limiting what we allow them to do,” she said. “You can’t judge me by those adjectives, you’ve got to go ahead and sit down and look at what I bring to the fight. And the chances are when you do that, you actually grow and build a diverse community.”
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Snow began to fall on Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. Sidewalks and streets were quickly covered. SU delayed classes until 10 a.m. on Monday morning.
“SPEECH,” from A1 Makayla Glass touted her experience with student government at Kutztown University, and expressed her eagerness to bring elements of its organization to SU’s SGA. Glass has been involved with SGA since she set foot on campus, she said, and has a drive to “strengthen SGA as a whole.” In terms of policy changes, Glass wants to update policies on the sale of food and fundraising. In particular, she wants to eliminate the statute that prevents student groups from fundraising with homemade baked goods. The remaining positions in the election are all new reflections of last week’s restructuring of SGA. As opposed to running for positions of vice president, treasurer and secretary, the candidates are competing for vice president positions subdivided into the specialty fields of finance, internal affairs, external affairs and student groups. The victors of each race will be the first to hold the respective offices under these new titles. Three candidates are running unopposed and only face a threat from potential write-in candidates. The race for vice president of internal affairs features only Isaac Dietrich, a junior international affairs major and public administration minor. Dietrich’s platform followed suit with those of
the presidential candidates and is centered around SGA doing more to advocate for students. Currently serving as the Residence Hall Association’s (RHA) representative in SGA, Dietrich lives among the students he represents and believes Student Government can do more to “impact culture and make [SU] feel like home.” The sole candidate for vice president of finance, Ramses Ovalles, was extremely critical of SGA and SU’s administration as a whole. Ovalles called some of the departmental budgets assigned by SGA shameful, and explained that he believes SGA has done more to advocate for university leadership to students than represent students to the administration. Ovalles currently represents MSA in SGA, and draws upon his background in finance from his tenure as treasurer of the Latino Student Organization (LSO). Logan Wert, junior management and marketing major, hopes to bring her extensive background in social media management to the office of the vice president of external affairs. She emphasized collaboration with different areas of campus to bring in ideas and rebrand SGA to campus. Spending the last year representing the Class of 2020, Wert said she has spent her time watching others and learning from them, and
thinks it will prevent her from making mistakes as she takes on more responsibility. The election for vice president of student groups is the only other race featuring two candidates. The first candidate is current SGA secretary Meredith Scarr. Scarr has “been involved since the beginning [of her college career]” after serving as the class of 2021 representative and the co-chair of the class council committee. As secretary, Scarr has chaired the public relations committee, and sits on the budget and finance committee. Scarr cited her rewriting of the SGA constitution and implementing SHIPLink, SU’s portal for student groups, as an example of the positive impact she can have on Student Government. Taren Swartz, a triple major in French, international business and management, seeks to challenge Scarr for the position. Swartz works at the information desk in the Ceddia Union Building, which she said has allowed her to meet and work with student groups on a daily basis. Like Scarr, Swartz believes she has been vital in helping student groups transition to SHIPLink, and said she “genuinely cares about the activities of student groups on campus.” Officer elections will be held March 4-7. Students can cast their votes through the SHIPLink portal.
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Campus Police Briefs Kieffer Hall resident charged with underage drinking SU police responded to a report of an intoxicated female in Kieffer Hall on Feb. 20. It was reported at approximately 10 p.m. that the female had been out drinking off campus, and when she came back she was stumbling around and having trouble walking. Upon arrival, patrol units met Olivia Ryan of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. In speaking with her, they observed that she had bloodshot, glassy eyes, a strong odor of alcohol and slurred speech. Ryan was transported to Chambersburg Hospital due to her intoxication level and received a citation for underage drinking.
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Harley Hall resident charged with possession of drug paraphernalia SU officers were dispatched to Harley Hall after receiving a report of an odor of marijuana on the third floor on Feb. 22 at approximately 3 p.m. Police detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from a room on the third floor, belonging to Tedd Jean. Upon opening the door, a strong odor of burnt marijuana was detected after the door was opened. Jean allowed officers to enter the room, and once inside provided them with a black and red striped glass pipe. Jean was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Student charged with paraphernalia, small amount of marijuana SU officers were conducting speed enforcement in front of Grace B. Luhrs Elementary School on Feb. 23 at approximately 1 p.m. Officers observed Michael Hatcher, of Harrisburg, driving a white Hyundai sedan on Dauphin Drive heading toward their location. Police timed the vehicle traveling at 34 mph in a 15 mph zone. A traffic stop was conducted on Hatcher, and when Hatcher put the driver’s side window down the officer could smell a strong odor of fresh marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Hatcher was asked for consent to search the vehicle and complied. During the search, officers found a small smoked cigar which contained marijuana in the top of the center console. They also found a glass multi-color pipe which contained marijuana residue, and a jar that contained more paraphernalia along with a small bag of marijuana inside the bottom compartment of the console. Hatcher was charged with possession of paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.
Jenna Wise Editor-in-Chief President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he will sign an executive order to require colleges to “support free speech” to be eligible for federal research funding. This is an odd statement from a man who has repeatedly shut down news organizations and individual reporters who have reported on Trump-related news that he finds to be unflattering. It quickly became clear, however, that the president decided to pursue this because of an incident at the University of
California-Berkeley where Hayden Williams, a conservative demonstrator, was punched in the face. The man who punched Williams was later arrested. During his speech, Trump even went so far as to say that the demonstrator, Williams, took a “hard punch to the face for all of us,” according to CNN. But who is “all of us”? In the three years that Trump has been president, the question of what is free speech, and who it protects, has grown more murky. Williams’ beliefs did not represent those of all of us; instead, the president used the incident as leverage to raise up conservative beliefs while attempting to silence liberals. Months ago, though, The New York Times reported that Democrats used online disinformation to campaign against Alabama’s Roy Moore in 2017.
Colleges do not need to be threatened to accept free speech, because they’re already doing it on their own. The real battle is discerning what is real and what is being used to manipulate what we believe. Free speech is not a hard concept to understand. The hard part for people to understand is their own role in diminishing the thoughts of others with whom they do not agree. In his own weird way, the president is right to raise a discussion about free speech. But the real focus should be on encouraging credible, bipartisan news organizations to report on topics that are being misconstrued by the very people who are supposed to be transparent with us, instead of helping demonstrators to go out and spread a certain base’s agenda.
Mock trial team competes at American University
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Nine members of the Robbie Oberly Mock Trial Team of Shippensburg University participated in the competition with many break-out performances.
State Police Briefs Theft reported in Shippensburg Total Lube Center Plus Inc. on Walnut Bottom Road reported to Pennsylvania State Police that Stella Eckard, 49, of Chambersburg, came into the shop on Feb. 21 around 4:30 p.m. and demanded a marijuana smoking device be returned. She claimed the device had been stolen by mechanics that recently worked on her vehicle. Criminal mischief reported in Southampton Township Hooke and Suter Real Estate in Carlisle reported trespass by motor vehicle to Pennsylvania State Police on Feb. 13 at approximately 6 p.m. Logan Lynch, 22, of Shippensburg, was charged for damaging a grass field with his 1997 Jeep Wrangler. Public drunkenness reported in Southampton Township Carlisle State Police received multiple complaints of a man staggering on and off the roadway in the 900 block of Baltimore Road on Feb. 18 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Vernon L. Singer was charged with public drunkenness and transported to Chambersburg Hospital to be evaluated.
Shannon Long News Editor Nine students of the Robbie Oberly Mock Trial Team of Shippensburg University competed at American University on Feb. 23 and 24. The team did not advance to nationals, but many firsttime team members had break-out performances, according to criminal justice
Driving under the influence reported in Shippensburg township Dontae Harris, 19, of Shippensburg, was stopped for traffic violations on Feb. 24 at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Walnut Bottom Road. Harris was found driving under the influence and in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody and transported to the Cumberland County Prison.
other for negligence. The schools competing against SU were the University of Pennsylvania, Howard University, American University, Elizabethtown College, Drexel University, Franklin and Marshall College, Patrick Henry College, University of Maryland and The College of William and Mary.
This Week on Campus Blood Drive
• A Circle K blood drive will be held on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building MPR A.
• The Global Languages and Cultures Department is showing “All About My Mother” on Tuesday from 6:30—7:30 p.m. in Orndorff Theatre.
• APB will be hosting karaoke on Thursday from 9—11:30 p.m. in McFeely’s Coffeehouse.
• Lisa Graley will be reading from her writing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Old Main Chapel.
• The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library will be hosting an APA formatting workshop on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Room 106.
• The Irish Tenors will be performing at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Criminal mischief reported in Southampton Township Logan Lynch, 22, of Shippensburg, was charged with criminal mischief in connection with an incident that occurred on Feb. 12 at approximately 11:15 p.m. at the Southampton Township Community Park. Lynch unlawfully entered the park in his 1997 Jeep Wrangler after hours and caused $1,500 worth of damage to the soccer fields at the park. Lynch was charged with one count of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, trespass by motor vehicle, careless driving and driving on roadways laned for traffic.
professor Stephanie Jirard. The case was about Danny Kosack, who was to appear on “Midlands After Dark” with Alex Grace and his chimpanzee. During the rehearsal, the chimpanzee attacked people in the room. The writer of the show was killed during the attack. The producer of the show, Midlands Television Studios Inc., and Kosack both sued each
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SU’s brewing workshops contradictory to ‘dry campus’ Shippensburg University held its first session of the Brew Science Speaker Series on Feb. 28 with earth science and geography professor Alison Feeney. As part of her research, Feeney has spent the last 10 years studying the social, technological and economic history of beer worldwide. Although there is no questioning the legitimacy of brewing and brewing science as an academic discipline, the place of such on campus is questionable. SU has a “dry campus” policy which prohibits all students, even those of legal age, from possessing or consuming alcohol on campus property. Whether it was intentional or not, this policy conveys a message that alcohol is unacceptable in any circumstance, even those that are legal, and has no constructive role in social settings or communities. However, choosing to conduct the Brew Science
Series is contradicting the policy. Feeney referenced the positive role that breweries have on local economies and communities. She explained that because local breweries are expanding and hiring, SU is trying to expand brewing education. What is concerning is the direct contradiction between policy and practice on SU’s campus. How can it be that alcohol has such a negative effect on the well-being of our campus that it is banned entirely, but have a positive impact on society? Furthermore, if a knowledge of the history and science of alcohol is something that can benefit students in the job market and the “real world” is attempting to isolate students from the substance really in their best interest? The dry campus policy is unrealistic and a poor reflection of the “real world” for which the university is attempting to prepare
students. Not only does the dry campus policy deter students from living on campus past the years required by the university, but it prevents those upperclassman students who choose to stay on campus from developing a positive relationship with alcohol. Rather than attempting to keep alcohol off the campus, the university should do more to show the benefits that healthy and responsible alcohol consumption can have on a community. The Brew Science Speaker Series is fun and informational, but it can also help create a campus culture that acknowledges the benefits of positive alcohol consumption. Keeping this in mind as the university looks to expand the series to more speakers and and courses can benefit students and the administration alike.
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Shippensburg earth science and geography professor Alison Feeny addresses the audience as part of her “Brew Science Speaker Series,” which are lectures on the art of brewing beer.
Cohen testimony does not bode well for Trump
Nicholas Sones Asst. Opinion Editor Michael Cohen testified before Congress for a second time on Feb. 27. The former Trump fixer and close ally is now confirming what many Americans knew — that the president of the United States knew about an active campaign by a foreign power to interfere in a U.S. election. This is damning, and it is possible that the gun here is smoking. Cohen admits that he
has no direct proof of collusion, but he did tell the committee that he had his suspicions about collusion with the Kremlin. The very emails that Trump asked a foreign power to locate and bring forth are the evidence that Cohen referenced in his testimony to the committee. In fact, the Kremlin attempted to find those emails the very night their candidate asked. The question now is will this be enough for Democrats in the House to use their power to vote on articles of impeachment? It is unlikely that House Republicans will stop de-basing the nation, and more likely that they will keep defending their leader. Some have argued that impeachment needs to be a bipartisan effort, but I would strongly disagree. Ideally, impeachment should be a bipartisan effort; however, if no Republican is willing to move on from Trump then the Democratic Party should do the work of re-
moving what is the biggest threat facing our democracy. A lot of Republicans made an effort to stress past falsehoods that Cohen told Congress in an attempt to discredit him and the entire investigation that is ongoing. This is to be expected during any testimony; however, the extent that the Republicans are attempting to suppress the truth is concerning and should be a major issue in the coming days. Why does a party that once respected and feared veterans, so much to the point that any criticism of the war was unpatriotic, defending someone who jokes about a service member who was tortured in Vietnam? Does it lead to the question of whether the Russians have something on certain members of Congress? The American people gave power to Democrats in November, and Democrats have the power to end the nightmare that occupies the White House. Management email@example.com Jenna Wise.................Editor-in-Chief Molly Foster............Managing Editor
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Some have suggested that members of the Democratic Party should proceed with caution when it comes to impeaching the president. The time for caution has ended. I am sure I am not the only American who will feel disserviced by the Democrats if impeachment does not occur soon. Impeachment of this president is now an act of patriotism and an act which is no longer a political question but rather an American Responsibility. Democrats must answer the call, and Republicans must join the cause to impeach a president who has openly attacked the moral foundations of this nation, or let it be the downfall of not only the Republican Party but this nation. Right now American democracy is burning and my soul is trembling, for we are unlikely to do what must be done as Americans. Hopefully we are not witnessing the twilight of our democracy.
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Cost, quality among many changes in Girl Scout cookie sales operation
Abigail Lee Staff Writer Heading to Sheetz last week, I walked past three little girls, who were probably 8 years old, selling Girl Scout cookies. The girls were standing outside trying to get some business. Walking toward them I could see there was hope in their eyes, because they knew if they sold 200 boxes they could get a cool stuffed animal or money for
a troop trip. I told the girls I would get some on the way back with the full intention of buying a box of cookies. Waiting on my food, I was reminiscing on the time 12 years ago I was in the same position. I was selling cookies at a table in my local grocery store with homemade signs, my brown vest covered in patches and an old decorated pretzel container we used as a cash jar. I got my sub and was headed back their way and the girls jumped with joy when I returned. They shot me a pleasant little smile and politely asked me with their sweet voices if I wanted to buy cookies. I bought a box of the tagalongs, and to my surprise, the box looked the same as I remembered. On the front was a picture of a red-headed
girl with a kayak. The photo looked like it was taken in the 1980s. However, it seems this imagery was the only thing that had stayed constant since my days in a troop. When I asked how much a box was the little girl told me it was $5. When I was selling cookies I remember each box being $3.50. Then I opened the box of cookies and saw that there were only 14 in the box. I recall the tagalongs being thicker and having more peanut butter, but that was not the case. After a little research, I discovered that 75 percent of the earnings goes to the Girl Scout National Council and only 10 percent of that fraction goes to the individual Girl Scout troop. The remaining 25 percent goes to the bakeries, which
use a dollar and some change to make a box. If they are expensive, why do we even buy them? Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, but the same exact products are made by the Keebler Co. You could get four times as many cookies for the same price, but there is an elf on the package instead of the girl in the kayak. We do not buy Girl Scout cookies because they are amazing. We could go to any supermarket and buy the same product for cheaper if we really wanted to. We buy them because it makes the girls happy, and it allows them to work hard for something, and we cannot say no. After all, kids are the future of our world. Playing to their strengths and using their cuteness to their ad-
vantage will just make them successful little business women. However, my research made me wonder what the Girl Scout Council does with 65 percent of the profits made from the cookies. When I was young and invested in selling cookies, my sister and I sold about 400 boxes. That would have been $2,000 today, and $1,300 of that would go to the council. Only $200 would go to the troop. What is all that council money used for? After even more research I found that out the 2016 CEO of the Girl Scouts, Anna Maria Chavez, made an annual salary of $393,380 after only making $104,000 as head of the Girl Scout council of Texas. What I could not find was where the funding for her salary comes from, but my
guess would be cookie sales. If that is the case, these 8-year-old girls have to sell 121,040 boxes of cookies yearly just to pay her salary as CEO. How is that right? Now that seems insane that there are 200 million boxes of cookies sold a year, and revenue for girl scouts is at $700 million. There are more than 100 councils across America with leaders being paid over $100,000 salaries. The CEO makes $393,380, yet the little girls who work their butts off selling cookies get so little of that. Who cares that the cookies are $5 because we only buy them for the kids. However, if they’re going to be that expensive, a higher percentage of that should be for the kids. After all, we buy cookies for the benefit of the kids, not for the organization.
House gun control bill a step in the right direction
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at the summit in Vietnam last week. The summit ended with no progress.
North Korea summit reflects false progress
Jeff Beyer Guest Writer As we round the corner finishing a bizarre start to 2019 filled with extreme winter weather, it is easy to picture what an emergency looks like. Record low temperatures and ice storms, or even the extreme hurricanes that rocked the south in 2018. All of these constitute an emergency. What does not seem like an emergency — the state of our security at the southern border. But according to President Donald Trump, we desperately need to allocate federal funds to create additional fencing for hundreds of miles. While the argument for increased border security is a polarizing issue, it should remain detached from the debate surrounding this move by the president. This is because the use of
national emergency funds for a border wall is simply a political move by a president eager to please his base. The wall has always been a central point of his campaign, and will likely remain so as we approach the 2020 election cycle. The president merely wants to add another talking point to his speeches about how he is fighting for a wall, while he is aware that this is an overreach. He even outlined this plan when he declared the need for these funds, by discussing how he was making this move with the knowledge that it would immediately be challenged in the courts, and likely defeated. What remains of this decision will be a stress test of our democratic institutions, as it is up to either Congress or the judiciary to strike down this unhinged use of executive power. What is beginning to unfold is the downhill slide of an administration that values media attention and political allegiance over substantive change and the testimony of experts. This issue is highlighted further with the collapse of the nuclear deal with North Korea. The president has made vast promises about a total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, banking on his
apparent working relationship with Kim Jong Un and his ability to strike deals. After two summits full of pomp and grandeur, no tangible progress has been made. The North Koreans demolished one nuclear testing facility for the attention of the international media, but this is another tactic they have used before. They still have an unknown array of nuclear weapons and testing facilities, and have made no promises that United Nation inspectors can enter the country to investigate their arsenal. Similarly, the Trump administration has made no concessions regarding the easing of sanctions or reduction in military presence in the region. Regardless of their media circus of summits and false promises, we are still mostly in the same stalemate with the North that we have been in for decades. The only positive change that can truly be accredited to Trump is that the mood of mutual nuclear annihilation has, for the most part, left the air. What remains to be seen is how this administration tackles these issues as its base supporters lose hope and their ability to make progress dwindles.
The U.S. House passed a gun bill, which is called the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019,” on Feb 27. What the new bill is and what it would mean for the average American is that now everyone needs a background check in order to start the process of buying a gun. Even though this is not exactly what I was talking about in last weeks commentary or maybe even what I was expecting, it is exactly what we need in America.
The number of incidents and casualties we have due to guns is not acceptable in the society we are in right now. If we want to improve our society and better the world, this would be the best thing to do. To me, the reason why I think this bill is so important is that it shows that now the House is trying to find ways to try to reduce gun violence in America, and this seems to be a very excellent step in the right direction. It seems that our politicians now realize that we should check the person who’s trying to buy a gun to see if they have a sketchy background. They can now just deny it and maybe prevent a tragedy from happening if they see or have found strange activity with someone trying to buy the gun. What I think we should strive for in the long term
is trying to eliminate having assault rifles or anything of strong power. It does not seem rational to have something of that caliber for self-defense, and you do not really use any of those types of guns for hunting, so I do not see why the average American citizen should have one. But that is something for later, and that should be the goal for now. Having this bill set in stone really speaks volumes, and even though it might seem annoying for people trying to get a gun, it will make a great impact and could prevent tragedy. We got the bill that we needed to improve our society and the dilemma of gun violence. Now hopefully we can keep moving forward and keep progressing not to just prevent guns, but to promote peace and safety in our society.
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SU’s French Club joins the community in food and dance to help raise money for the club’s next trip to Haiti, where they will serve those in need.
French Club celebrates Mardi Gras by raising money for Haiti village Chaela Williams Staff Writer Shippensburg University’s French Club danced to Caribbean music and tasted beignets for charity at the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center on Thursday night. The French Club hosted its annual Mardi Gras celebration. Students practiced their dancing skills by learning Zouk, a popular dance in Haiti, and competed to be crowned king and queen of Mardi Gras. The event was created in 2012 by SU French professors Blandine Mitaut and Jonas Celius to raise money to support Gros Mangles, a village in Haiti. “This event means a lot to me because I’ve always wanted to help people in need. I have many friends from Haiti and I wanted to support the country,” former French Club Treasurer Esther Nganinga said. The first project was building a playground for the village’s elementary school, l’École Presbytérale, in 2013. The French Club raised $10,000 to give the children
a better place to enjoy their lives. “The school was interested in building a playground because the children did not have a flat safe surface to play on where they wouldn’t get dirty or harm themselves or run around without stepping in animal feces,” Mitaut said. After the playground was built, the people of Gros Mangles asked the club to build a medical center so the entire community could benefit from it. The nearest medical center is two hours away. In 2015, the club started the foundation for the center, and as of January 2018 the floors inside were completed and electrical wiring was installed. Unfortunately, the hospital’s completion has been put on hold because of the heated political election in Haiti. Shippensburg University postponed students and faculty traveling to Haiti. “It was frustrating that we had to postpone and perhaps cancel [the visit] this year,' Mitaut said. “We do understand that Shippensburg
University wants students and faculty safe. We were looking forward on picking students to go but now we’re not sure.” The French Club continues to raise money in hopes of returning to Haiti soon. It is working on becoming a non-profit organization. “We have to come as a group, a community. [The French Club] does as much as we can from this small town, and it would be better if we had more of the university support to raise more money and to aid,” Nganinga said. Future projects will be consulted with the Gros Mangles community. The village committee has discussed how the project will evolve. There are some ideas on what to do next, including training local teachers and creating recycling and trash disposals. It is estimated that the club will finish the hospital by May 2019. Students can donate on the website www.projectgrosmangles.com/donate.
Spanish professor José Ricardo-Osorio spices up the French Club’s Mardi Gras celebration with one-on-one dance lessons on Thursday night.
Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Popcorn Mix Here is a fun way to satisfy your midnight cravings with the perfect combination of sweet and salty. This colorful, crunchy snack is great to cuddle under your favorite blanket and binge watch that Netflix series you have been dying to watch.
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2 bags of microwave popcorn or 1/2-2/3 cup popcorn kernels 12 oz. bag of candy melts (your favorite color) 2 cups pretzels 1 1/2 cups M&Ms Sprinkles
How to make it:
1. Pop the popcorn and set it aside. 2. Melt the candies at 30 second intervals in a microwave. 3. Combine broken pretzels, M&Ms and popcorn into a bowl and stir in 1/2 of the melted candies. 4. Spread mixture on a sheet of wax paper, drizzle remaining melted chocolate, and add sprinkles. 5. After the mixture dries, break up the pieces and enjoy!
March 5, 2019
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Krumpe’s Do-nuts has been serving the community since the 1930s, and continues the tradition by using its vintage machine to make the famous doughnuts.
Local donut shop keeps family tradition alive for generations Jenna Wise Editor-in- Chief
Krumpe’s Do-nuts features more than 30 flavors of its homemade doughnuts.
If it was not for the “DoNut Alley” sign at the end of a narrow, dimly-lit street in Hagerstown, it could be easy to drive by Krumpe’s Donuts and have no idea that it is there. But for many faithful locals, this has never been a problem. From the late evening to early hours of the morning, customers ranging from young families to fraternity brothers have frequented the standing-room-only shop, which has been open and passed down through the Krumpe family since the early 1930s. The building has an aged feel, with classic-colored paint and a walk-up counter. Rows and rows of freshly-made doughnuts of more than 30 flavors are lined up on cooling trays in the back— their smells wafting over the counter and into the cold
night air. The doughnuts are made at night so that they are as fresh as possible when Krumpe’s delivery drivers drop them off at local businesses the next morning. Owner Max Krumpe has carried on many of the traditions started by his great-grandfather, Rudolf, a German immigrant. Krumpe’s makes all of its dough and icing from scratch, using special flour and spices to give the doughnuts a signature taste. Max continues to make doughnuts with the recipe created by his great-grandparents, on an approximately decades-old machine that was used by his great-grandfather. Max’s father, Fred — who used to run the business — regularly helps him make the donuts. The shop’s rich history is evident all around the car garage-sized shop — in fact, that is exactly what the building used to be.
Max’s grandparents opened Krumpe’s at its current location after buying the house that the garage belonged to and converting it into a bakery. “I wanted to keep history going. I wanted to be a part of it,” Max said. What helps Krumpe’s stand out, he says, is the social media and marketing efforts that he brought with him when taking over the business. Krumpe’s interactions with the community may also help draw customers to the shop. These include sponsoring a Wounded Warrior run and a “Doughnut Drop” on New Year’s Eve. Max’s main hope for the future is that other family members will want to carry on the business’s legacy. “Hopefully it’ll still be here in 50 years and someone will take it over,” he said. “Or maybe we’ll still be working here, who knows?”
APB to host karaoke night Hannah McMullan Ship Life Editor As spring break approaches, students may be getting anxious for relaxation and fun. Shippensburg University’s Activities Program Board (APB) has come to the rescue with a night of singing and the sweet taste of a chocolate fountain on Thursday night. APB is hosting a karaoke night to send students off with peace of mind before heading home for spring break. APB Treasurer Trent Betham is coordinating the event.
“Our goal with it is to hold an event for students to wind down before big events like spring break or how we have ‘Relax with APB’ right before finals week,” he said. “It’s just a night to relax with some food.” Students will have the freedom to choose any song they want to sing. “We’re hoping that the students will be entertained by the attendees that decide to sing, and if not, I’m sure a brave APB member will step up and sing a song or two,” Betham said. APB is offering free food and drinks to enjoy as stu-
dents watch their peers on stage. Betham plans to provide a chocolate fountain with fruit, cookies, s’mores, Rice Krispie treats and other desserts to smother in chocolate. There will also be coffee and other drinks to accompany the food. Students are encouraged to take a break from studying and have fun with their peers in a night of karaoke and chocolate fountains. Karaoke night will be held in McFeely’s Coffeehouse, at 9 p.m.
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The cast of “On The Block” gathers around Rowdy, a stuffed dog used as a prop during the show. Like the other characters, Rowdy was an incomplete concept in the mind of the author, who never appears onstage.
Act V Theatre Co. unveils student-driven one act plays Michael Donegan Asst. A&E Editor Shippensburg University’s Act V Theatre Co. held its first One Act Festival in the Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2. Four student-written, directed and acted plays were brought to the stage. Act V presented “On The Block,” “Interview of a Lifetime,” “Surviving a Day in the Library” and “Trivial High School Problems” during the festival, which ran all four shows during each of the performance days. Act V presented “On The Block,” written by SU senior Andrew Houpt and directed by senior Kelsey Kohler, which is about how random people turn out to be unfinished characters in a struggling writer’s story. Next, the group put on “Interview of a Lifetime,” written by sophomore Emily Sterner and directed by
junior Michael Bradley. The show is a story about a gay woman who interviews for a spot in heaven. The next play, “Surviving a Day in the Library,” written by senior Casey Leming and directed by sophomore Kaitlyn Niski, is about a librarian’s stressful day at work. The last play of the evening was titled “Trivial High School Problems,” written by Niski and directed by Houpt, a tale about a girl skipping school and neglecting to study for a test with her friend. In addition to directing a play, Bradley coordinated all of the directors for the festival. Bradley said the auditions were the last week of January. This gave Act V a limited amount of practice leading up to the festival. “It was stressful, especially for myself and the directors, because we had three weeks before tech week to get this all together,” Bradley said.
“That’s not the easiest thing to do, but the directors all worked very well, and the actors worked very well.” In previous years, Act V chose one act plays written by known playwrights to perform. This year, students were given the chance to submit their own work and see their plays come to life. “This year we decided to do it differently, give the opportunity to have students write [the plays],” Bradley said. “It was a hard decision to decide which four shows we were going with.” Each director made their directorial debuts at the festival. A few actors made their debuts as well. Sophomore Noah Buckley was one of the actors. He performed in “On the Block,” “Interview of a Lifetime” and “Surviving a Day in the Library.”
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‘Live at the Apollo’ displays talent, culture for Black History Month Jonathan Bergmueller A&E Editor Shippensburg University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) collaborated with the Resident Hall Association (RHA) to host “Live at the Apollo” last Thursday in Orndorff Theatre, which was an event to celebrate black history and culture. The event was very laidback and informal — anyone present could participate. Some sang songs, while others danced. A few read poetry. Most of the acts and performances tied into black history and culture. SU freshmen Jordan Newsome-Little was the master of ceremonies for the event, and also read an impromptu poem. The event served as an outlet for attendees to express their talent. Because of the casual setting, there was a lot less pressure when performers made mistakes. Several stopped performing mid-song, and the audience clapped and cheered. In the same vein, other reluctant performers were goaded into performing with impromptu singing or dancing.
Movie Showtimes Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 and 6 at AMC Classic 7 in Chambersburg
Shows 1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
2. A Madea Family Funeral
3. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
4. Fighting with My Family
5. Isn’t It Romantic
6. Green Book
7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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SU sophomore Noah Steinfeldt performs “Halo” by Beyoncé during Thursday’s “Live at Apollo” event. Performers could walk up to the screen, pull up a song on YouTube, and sing or dance to the track. Those who sang did so to instrumental tracks. Junior Jaren Bittinger read the Langston Hughes poem titled “Let America be America Again,” which began as a celebration. This happy poem soon turned sour, and
the narrator questions how free America really is. Hughes, a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, was an activist who lived during the earlier half of the 20th century. Bittinger considered it an anthem for underrepresented people. Read the full story at theslateonline.com.
1. 7 Rings - Ariana Grande
6. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille
2. Without Me - Halsey
7. Sicko Mode - Travis Scott
3. Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee
8. Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored - Ariana Grande
4. Thank U, Next - Ariana Grande
9. High Hopes - Panic! At The Disco
5. Please Me - Cardi B & Bruno Mars
10. Wow. - Post Malone
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Basketball preview, E2
NCAA preview, E3
Men move into playoffs
Basketball closes out regular season with two strong wins
Photos courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.
Three seniors are honored before the game against West Chester University on Wednesday: (from left to right) Antonio Kellem, student manager Omar Jackson and Manny Span. Kellem had a crucial 21 points — 14 of which came in clutch in the second half. Span contributed a solid eight points and 10 rebounds. Chris Wurtz Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University men’s basketball team put an exclamation point on another 20-win regular season with a pair of wins this week over West Chester and Bloomsburg universities. As seeding for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships hung in the balance, Shippensburg (22-6, 16-4 PSAC) needed to win its final two games and have several other conference matchups fall in its favor to secure a first-round bye. Wednesday night, SU defeated PSAC East rival WCU (20-7, 16-4) by a score of 9186 on senior night at Heiges Field House. It was a backand-forth contest that contained 15 lead changes. WCU closed the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 38–37 halftime lead, and then went on to extend its lead to nine
early in the second half. But a 17–3 Shippensburg run midway through the second half gave the Raiders a 66-60 lead with 8:26 remaining. West Chester managed to take the lead back again, 70–69, on a 3-pointer from Malik Jackson with less than four minutes to play. But an immediate 8–0 run by SU – followed by a 9-of-14 finish from the freethrow line – was enough to close the door on the resilient Golden Rams. “These guys didn’t waver for a second,” coach Chris Fite said of his players after the game. “They stayed
together, picked each other up and kept encouraging one another.” Sophomore Jake Biss poured in a career-high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and an efficient 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Biss also dished out six assists and grabbed four rebounds. “The game’s slowing down for me a little,” Biss said. “[I’m] seeing the floor a little better, finding my spots, knocking shots down when they’re open.” Seniors Antonio Kellem and Manny Span each showed up big-time on Senior Night. Kellem scored 21 points, 14 of which came in the second half. He tallied six rebounds and four assists. Span filled up the stat sheet with eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists and
Jake Biss grabs a career-high 32 points against WCU.
Kellem puts on one of his best performances of the season on Senior Night.
two steals. On a night where the senior duo was honored for its contributions over the past four years, Fite rained down praise on his seniors. “I’m so proud of them as young men and individuals off the court, as well as for all they’ve accomplished on the court,” Fite said. “They’ve made my job easy.” Junior John Castello played his usual tough game inside, scoring seven points and grabbing seven rebounds. Junior Lamar Talley hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Talley’s four 3-pointers contributed to SU’s best performance of the season from deep. The Raiders hit a season-high 13 3-pointers, shooting at a 43 percent rate from behind the arc. Shippensburg then wrapped up regular season play Saturday at Bloomsburg (7-19, 3-17 PSAC) with a dominant 88-50 win over the
Huskies. SU took a commanding 42-24 lead into halftime and was able to coast the rest of the way. Biss scored 21 points in the first half on his way to a game-high 25 points on the afternoon. He was incredibly efficient from the field, shooting 11-of-14 while also recording four assists. The sophomore guard is on a tear as the Raiders head into the postseason. Biss has scored 22 points or more in six consecutive games, averaging 24.8 points per game over that span. He’s also shooting a blistering 54 percent (19-of-35) from 3-point range over that stretch. Kellem contributed in multiple stat categories, complementing his 18 points with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Castello had 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and a career-high three blocks. Span made his presence felt everywhere, scoring
eight points, notching nine rebounds and recording a career-high five assists. Freshman Carlos Carter and junior Daylon Carter each contributed seven points and five rebounds. SU dominated on the glass Saturday, pulling down a season-high 53 rebounds in the contest. The Raiders also matched a season high with 21 assists. “The atmosphere here is great. The fans and everyone that shows up – it’s amazing,” Kellem said after the win over West Chester. “It helps us get over the hump sometimes, like tonight.” The Raiders now set their sights on the postseason, which begins with the PSAC Championships this week. Shippensburg will host Lock Haven University on Monday at 7 p.m. at Heiges Field House, where the squad will look to feed off the home crowd.
Castello has his usual night against WCU with seven points and seven boards.
March 5, 2019
Women’s basketball season ends
Photos courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.
Ariel Jones sets the single-season school record for points in a season, with 690 points, passing the mark previously held by Tracy Spencer in 1995-1996. Isaiah Snead Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team dropped its final two games of the year and will miss the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) playoffs. The first game was a heartbreaking loss to rival West Chester University at home on Wednesday evening by a score of 69–68. SU (12-16, 8-12 PSAC) led at halftime by eight points and had the lead several times in the second half. However, the team could only score 25 points in the final two frames, shooting just 27 percent. With the game tied with 1:35 remaining, SU failed to score on three straight possessions. Freshman Lauren Pettis scored 18 points to go along with nine rebounds, while fellow freshman Lauren Mills scored 10 points along
with a pair of three-pointers. Off the bench, freshman Margarita Kilpatrick scored eight points while knocking down two three-pointers. Sophomore Kryshell Gordy only mustered three points but pulled down an impressive 14 boards, blocked three shots and dished out seven assists. West Chester (15-13, 11-9 PSAC) got a game-high 25 points from Destiny Jefferson. Shippensburg’s leading scorer, sophomore Ariel Jones, scored 22 points in the contest, marking the 21st time this season she has had 20 or more in a game. Her two free throws with 33 seconds remaining in the first half put her in first place in single-season PSAC made free throws. Jones has made an average of 8.4 free throws a game. On Saturday afternoon, the Raiders took on firstplace Bloomsburg Univer-
sity, desperately needing a win and an East Stroudsburg University loss in order to make the playoffs. The team fell by a score of 68–63. In the loss, Jones broke the SU women’s basketball team single-season record for points, passing Tracy Spencer’s record of 670 points set during the 1995-1996 season. Jones tallied 22 points and is now fifth all-time in PSAC single-season history, for scoring, with 690 points. Freshman Aunbrielle Green posted 21 points in the contest, including 14 in the first quarter, which keyed a strong start for SU. Green shot 7-for-8 from the freethrow line and grabbed seven rebounds. Pettis tallied four points but snatched nine rebounds and blocked a career-high three shots. Gordy and Mills combined for 12 points, with Gordy having eight rebounds and Mills going a perfect
4-for-4 from the free-throw line. SU shot just 32 percent in the game but hung in due to its efficient free-throw shooting, going 27-for-35 from the line. Bloomsburg got 15 points
and 14 rebounds from Taylor Montana, and on her Senior Night, Alyssa Mack scored 17 points. The Raiders were tied with the Huskies 63–63 with 3:37 remaining in the game, but were again held scoreless
down the stretch. The loss eliminated the Raiders from playoff contention. They will now look toward the offseason and the incoming freshman class to help boost a promising roster for the 2019-20 season.
Lauren Pettis scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds against West Chester.
Conference title hopes bright for men’s basketball Matthew Gregan Asst. Sports Editor
Photos courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.
Lamar Talley makes four three-pointers in a win against the Golden Rams.
Manny Span serves as a defensive specialist for SU heading into the playoffs.
The hard work of the Shippensburg University men’s basketball team this season resulted in the team being able to make it into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships tournament once again. The Raiders — coming off of a season in which they made it all the way to the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship tournament — are poised to try to make it to the national tournament for the second straight season. The easiest road for SU will be to win the PSAC tournament and guarantee themselves a spot in the DII national tournament. The Raiders (22-6, 16-4 PSAC) finished the season in third place in the PSAC Eastern Division, securing a home playoff game against the Eastern Division’s No. 6 seed, Lock Haven University (12-14, 8-12 PSAC), in the first round of the PSAC Championships. Being able to have a home playoff game is huge for the Raiders, a team that has been lights out in Heiges Field
House this season. SU went 15–1 at home this season, including a big 100–70 win in the most recent meeting between LHU and SU. One of the reasons for the team’s success at home is the raucous crowd that shows up and packs the stands for every home game. “The atmosphere is great; I think people showing up and the pep band up there really helps us out. This is amazing and it helps us really get over that hump sometimes,” senior Antonio Kellem said. The Raiders are coming into Monday night’s game against the Bald Eagles with a lot of confidence. They are on a five-game winning streak that includes wins over the Eastern Division’s No. 4 seed Millersville University and No. 2 seed West Chester University, the latter of which was just this week. “Just know that we are capable of beating teams like this. Every team can steal a win from you sometimes,” Kellem said after the team’s win against the Golden Rams. “On the road, we have been struggling but I think we win a game like this, it’s easy to get your confidence up and start locking in.”
Lock Haven is one of the teams that gave the Raiders some trouble this season. Before beating the conference rivals 100–70 in front of a home crowd at Heiges, the Raiders were knocked off by Lock Haven, 59–58, on the road. The importance of homecourt advantage should prove to be important on Monday, with both teams winning on their home floor. “It’s huge. I’m happy to be playing at home. We don’t care where we have to go. We are excited to be in the playoffs,” Coach Chris Fite said. “Last year, we went down to West Chester and won to get to the final four. If we have to go on the road, we will do it.” The Raiders will have to confront their struggles on the road this season if they beat Lock Haven. The winner of this PSAC Championship matchup will travel to take on West Chester (20-7, 16-4 PSAC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The Raiders take on Lock Haven University in the PSAC Championship First Round matchup at Heiges Field House on Monday at 7 p.m.
March 5, 2019
Raiders represent at nationals
Raiders’ Corner Men’s basketball’s 91-86 win over West Chester on Wednesday • Jake Biss: career-high 32 points • Antonio Kellem: 21 points, including 14 points in the second half • Lamar Talley: 12 points, including four threes Lacrosse’s 9-4 win over Shepherd on Wednesday
Photo courtesy of Kyle Ross
Bowman is one of four track-and-field athletes to make it to nationals, competing in the 60-meter hurdles. Nate Powles Sports Editor A couple different sports at Shippensburg University are about to kick off their national tournament seasons, and a handful of Raiders are preparing to put on their best performances of the season. The women’s swim team just ended its season with a fifth-place finish at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championships two weekends ago. Swimmers are selected individually to appear in the NCAA Division II tournament based on their performances throughout the regular season and conference tournaments. Only one member of the team was selected this season — junior Gabriella Johnson. This is the second consecutive year that a Raider has qualified for nationals and third in the last six seasons. Johnson claimed two first-place finishes at the PSAC tournament. She grabbed the title in both the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes on her way to another AllPSAC performance. Johnson is excited to join the competition at nationals, citing her teammates’ support as a big factor in her success this season. “It’s really cool to get the support of two teams,” Johnson said. “I get twice the family and twice the opportunity. I don’t feel a whole lot of pressure.” Coach Tim Verge has watched Johnson improve as the season progressed and is happy that she will have the opportunity to represent SU at nationals. “We’re just thrilled for Gabbie to have the opportunity to compete at NCAAs. To be among the Top 25 or so nationally in both events is such an accomplishment,” Verge said. “I know she will be tough as she always is. Gabbie is a tre-
mendous racer; she just shows up and doesn’t overthink things or let herself get caught up in all the ancillary stuff of competing. She’ll be focused on doing her best and executing her race.” The Division II swimming tournament kicks off March 13 from Indianapolis on the campus of Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis. Indoor track-and-field is also coming to an end, and the national tournament is about to begin. Several members of the SU squad performed extremely well throughout the regular season, grabbing NCAA-provisional qualifiers in their respective events. Redshirt-senior Abby Wagner, junior Zarria Williams, redshirt-junior Charles Bowman and redshirt-freshman Shamar Jenkins were all impressive across the season and qualified for the Division II tournament. Wagner will compete in the triple jump for the first time at the indoor championships after representing SU in the event for the outdoor competition the last two seasons. She ended her regular season on a great note, capturing first in the event at the PSAC championships with a new meet record. Her steady performances all season contributed to her selection. After starting her season injured, Wagner came back with a vengeance. “I came back at the Penn State meet and that’s where I set the school record [in the triple jump],” Wagner said. Coach David Osanitsch was impressed with Wagner’s effort all season and was proud to see her make it to her first indoor championship. “Abby is attending her first indoor national championship but is a seasoned vet with two NCAA All-American awards under her belt from NCAA outdoor championships. She is looking fan-
tastic and will look to add more hardware to her shelf,” Osanitsch said. “To give some perspective, Abby is currently fifth in the nation in the triple jump in NCAA Division II. Four hundred women competed in the triple jump at the Division II level. That’s pretty impressive.” Williams is making her debut at the national championships, competing in the long jump after an All-PSAC finish at the PSAC tournament, placing third with an impressive top jump of 18 feet, 6 inches. For the men, Bowman has been consistently at the top of the performance lists all season, most recently being named the Most Valuable Athlete at the conference championships with a firstplace NCAA-provisional time in the 60-meter hurdles (8.12 seconds). Teammate Jenkins was also strong all season, grabbing the titles in both the long jump and the triple jump at the PSAC competition. He was named the Outstanding Field Athlete of the tournament thanks to his double and will move on to the NCAA championships with momentum at his back. Osanitsch was proud of all four of his athletes, speaking about the quality of competition they have had to face all season. “I’m really excited for the trip and it gets even more special to qualify athletes,” Osanitsch said. “The fields have grown increasingly competitive with the addition of many NAIA schools who have converted to NCAA Division II status. These schools come equipped with full scholarships programs. We hope to have great success and bring home four NCAA All Americans.” The indoor track-and-field championships are held in Pittsburg, Kansas, starting March 8.
• Six second-half goals • Outshot Shepherd 38-17 • Kyra Shank, Alana Cardaci and Madi Newman each total two goals Women’s basketball’s 69-68 loss to West Chester on Wednesday • Ariel Jones: 22 points, seven rebounds • Lauren Pettis: 18 points, nine rebounds • Kryshell Gordy: 14 rebounds Men’s basketball’s 88-50 win over Bloomsburg on Saturday • Jake Biss: efficient 25 points on 11of-14 shooting • Team shot 41.4 percent on 3-pointers • 21 assists as a team
This is the March 5, 2019 edition of The Slate.