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Concerns raised over Pride Center Shannon Long News Editor The Shippensburg University Pride Center opened on Oct. 23 last fall, but many concerns have been raised about the current state of the center and its future, according to LGBTQ+ Concerns Committee Co-Chair Jayleen Galarza. The committee had always advocated for more inclusive services on campus, so it was a long journey to even get the Pride Center on campus in the first place. However, the recent battle has been staffing the center. It is important to have a safe space, but the space needs to be functional, Galarza said. After the hate crime committed against the S.A.F.E. office last semester, students were being directed to the Pride Center; however, the graduate assistant Dani Zinn only had so many hours that she was in the office. “We couldn’t even tell folks, ‘Go to the pride center, someone will be there at any time,’” Galarza said. Volunteers from the cam-
pus community sat in the Pride Center that week to assist students. After that, the LGBTQ+ Concerns Committee advocated for Zinn to have more hours, but she was still not a full-time staff member, Galarza said. This semester, the Pride Center was having a lot of problems with its budget and resources. The books in the center were predominately donated by the concerns committee, according to Galarza. “When you go into the Pride Center, it’s lacking. It still doesn’t have the resources you’d expect,” she said. The committee’s biggest goal this year was advocating for a director position. “We were assured a position part-time and there was a lot that happened with that that got basically pulled from us,” Galarza said. The director of the First Generation Student Engagement Office was also supposed to act as the director of the Pride Center, but those plans fell through. “One thing I’m really proud of with our committee
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Multiple campus community members are concerned with the availability of resources for students at the Pride Center that opened last fall. The center is located on the second floor of the CUB in Room 231. is that we’re so passionate about these issues that we don’t let things go,” Galarza said. The committee had conversations with key administrators, including President Laurie Carter, who agreed
to move forward with a fulltime coordinator position. Galarza would love a director for the center, but she said a coordinator is a good start. The committee has also been pushing for an inclusive bathroom policy and a gen-
der-neutral housing policy. The administration has been open to hearing these policy suggestions. “I will admit that there was a lack of transparency that was happening — a lack of communication. That didn’t
feel good on our end because, to me, silence speaks volumes,” she said. “If you’re not inviting us to the table — inviting us to the conversation — how is this meaningful?” See “PRIDE,” A3
Dominick takes reins as new boro police chief Matthew Gregan Asst. Sports Editor
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Dr. Ashlie Crewe, a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor therapy, discusses the importance of being informed in order to have successful sex.
Panelists aim to end stigma of discussing sex, sexual health Meghan Schiereck Multimedia Editor
Let’s talk about sex. A discussion about sex can be uncomfortable, confusing and even downright mortifying — but it does not have to be. The Women’s Center hosted a panel on women’s sexual health last Thursday in the Orndorff Theatre that aimed to make talking about sex and sexual health easier. The panel featured Jen-
na Wise, an SU senior and editor-in-chief of The Slate; Dr. Ashlie Crewe, a physical therapist from Drayer Physical Therapy; Kathleen Rundquist, a sexual health expert from Etter Health Center; and Jayleen Galarza, a social work professor and human sexuality researcher. The panel emphasized that simply talking about sex, knowing what is normal and what is not normal, and awareness about sexual con-
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ditions can make a difference in how a sexual experience goes. Notably, while there are a range of experiences that are normal, sex should not be painful. “When it comes to successful sex, it’s all about being informed,” said Crewe, who specializes in pelvic floor therapy. “The more educated you are, the better off you’ll be. You have to understand your anatomy and sexuality.” See “PANEL,” A2
Meredith Dominick came out of retirement to become Shippensburg Borough’s new chief of police. Dominick beat out many other candidates for the position in Shippensburg due to her lengthy experience throughout her career in policing. She served the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) in many different roles for 28 years before retiring. She was a lieutenant who supervised many different units in the MCPD when she chose to retire. Her background includes serving as a former patrol officer, corporal of the Elder Abuse Unit, sergeant in the Collision Reconstruction Unit in the Traffic Division, certified instructor for the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, deputy commander for Lieutenant Field Services and administrative lieutenant chief for the Investigative Services Bureau. Her experiences serving in many different roles for the MCPD played a big role in why she was hired by the Shippensburg Borough Council to be the new chief of police. After retiring from the MCPD, she worked as both an instructor and former coordinator of the Administration of Justice program at Hagerstown Community College.
The next step in Dominick’s career was to become a chief of police, and when she was offered the opportunity to step into that position for the borough of Shippensburg, she could not say no. Dominick has a passion for law enforcement that brought her back to policing. After retiring for a brief time, she made the decision to come back into her real passion — law enforcement — to pursue the one thing that she did not accomplish yet in her long career. “I’ve been trying to be a [police] chief for a while. I think some of the things that scare people away is the fact that I’m a woman,” Dominick said. “I’m very fortunate that I feel Shippensburg wanted to take the risk with me. “Don’t look at my sex, look at my qualifications,” she said. “Look at the things that I have done in my career, I’ve done everything except narcotics.” Dominick stressed the importance of Shippensburg taking a chance on her. Not that long ago, women had a very small role in law enforcement. In the 1970s, women were considered the “kitty police” and dealt mostly with juveniles, Dominick said. She worked her way up the ranks throughout her career, something that was made especially hard due to her gender. Dominick hopes to keep Shippensburg a safe town while attempting to reduce the amount of crime that goes on.
Students deliver speeches prior to recent election Jonathan Bergmueller A&E Editor Shippensburg University’s Student Government Association (SGA) held election speeches for its student representative positions in McFeely’s Coffeehouse last Thursday at 4 p.m. Representatives had to submit a petition with 25 signatures, write a short biography to be placed on the ticket and appear at a mandatory meeting to hear the rules of running for office. Voting began Monday morning at 8 a.m. and will conclude Thursday at 4 p.m. A member of the SGA Executive Rules Committee will call candidates and inform them of the results of their candidacy and will announce the results via social media. Representatives will be sworn in at the SGA transitional banquet with the officers who were voted in earlier this semester. SGA added several new positions this year. Greek Life representatives now include one office each for Inter-Fraternity Council, Women’s Panhellenic Council and the National Panhellenic Council. Additionally, SGA created one position for the Wood Honors College, one for commuter students and one for
international students. Two students will be elected from each graduating class, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (MSA) and the Resident Hall Association. There is only one seat available for all the other representatives. Five positions remained unrepresented at the point of publication: representatives of female athletics, the Class of 2020, transfer students, non-traditional students and exploratory students. Students interested in these positions may run for them using write-ins during the voting period. If no one successfully completes a write-in candidacy, SGA will opt to appoint individuals to these positions. No position will remain unfilled — 24 seats will be filled by the end of the election process. The following students are running unopposed for representative positions: Rob Giulian for the Class of 2022; Christina Rudy for the John L. Grove College of Business; Mike Lingard for male athletics; Ben Stein for commuter students; Alicia Hawkins for Panhellenic Council; Olivia Gregory for the Wood Honors College and Esther Nganinga for international students.
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Meet the Candidates Class of 2021 Representative
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Jonathan Benner, a computer/engineering major, wants to convey the wants and needs of undergraduates to the administration. He also wants to improve SGA’s representation on campus.
Jessica Muñoz, a junior criminal justice major, said she knows what it is like to not have a voice. She wants to hold open forums for the college and give others the push to be involved and have a voice.
Lucas Everidge, a political science major, said he bases his actions around honesty, diligence and accountability. He also wants to promote campus unity.
Kyla Madara, a sophomore early childhood education pre-k-4 and special education major, said she is a hard worker. She wants to step up for others and make sure communication between SGA and the college goes well.
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Nora Ormsbee, a junior biology major, seeks re-election and wants to unite a diverse College of Arts and Sciences. She wants to ensure that students are the priority of the administration, and that classes are always serving the interest of the students.
Sierra Gutierrez was scheduled to speak, but she had a time conflict and did not send anyone to speak for her.
Chris Connell, a sophomore finance and MIS major, has experience in philanthropy through his fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa. He wants to change how students and faculty see the Greek community on campus. Ryan Gandy, a sophomore marketing major, is a member of Pi Lambda Phi. He wants to bring out the positives of Greek Life and erase the stigma surrounding them.
Charles Cole, a freshman political science major, wants to improve upon himself and SGA. He hopes to bring transparency and open communication to the campus.
Jordan Newsome-Little, a freshman chemistry major, wants to inspire change at SU. From her perspective, SU’s campus is not very diverse, and she wants to bring more diversity to the campus. She also wants members of the campus to talk more with one another.
Danielle Williams, a junior communication/journalism major, wants to use her activism to empower others. She wants to promote diversity — not just by saying it, but by doing it.
Isaiah Smith, a junior human communications major, wants to return as an MSA senator to advocate for students. He said he is not afraid to hold his tongue or do what needs to be done.
*Candidates running unopposed can be challenged by write-in candidates
“PANEL” from A1
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The newest display at the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University features clothing from the 18th through 20th century, which portray the role of clothing and character in classic literature.
Exhibit displays clothing in literature Hannah Pollock Asst. News Editor The Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University recently hosted an open exhibit of its newest collection. Members of the Fashion Archives welcomed SU students and members of the public on March 20 from noon to 4 p.m. for an open exhibit of the latest collection. The collection, “The Fashions of Fiction: from Pamela to Gatsby,” explores the role of clothing and character in classic literature, according to Director Karin J. Bohleke. The pieces of literature in which the exhibit is centered on are Pamela, The Great Gatsby, Ourika, The Age of Innocence, Jane Eyre, Cranford and Madame Bovary. The exhibit includes donated pieces from the 18th through 20th centuries. More than 50 featured garments and accessories are on display from person-
al owners, the Chester County Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution Museum and the Maryland Historical Society. A major portion of the items comes from SU’s own collection. Every item originated from the era of each respective work of literature. No item has been made to look as if it is from the era. “It is truly amazing what wonderful condition these pieces are in,” Bohleke said. When entering the exhibit, visitors are met with a large room filled with mannequins, wearing hand made, intricately sewn dresses and suits. Each portion of the room is divided by book and era, with signs detailing the owner and story behind each piece. Bohleke admired the condition of most of the pieces, and the kindness of those who donated the pieces. “When you consider that the pieces are all hand made, the time and investment of the work that was put into making them,” she said while viewing a teal
lace dress from the Pamela section. The exhibit was partially made possible by a $40,000 grant to the Fashion Archives awarded by the Coby Foundation, as well as smaller donations from private donors. For this exhibition, students in the university’s Applied History Program, interns, graduate assistants and volunteers helped to install the relics. “It is a great opportunity for the students to work with these pieces,” Bohleke said. She said the next exhibit will include items worn for social dancing in America. “I try to develop exhibits that connect with curriculum,” she said. The current exhibit runs through April 11. The Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission for students with an SU ID is free. For more information, visit fashionarchives.org or call (717) 477-1239.
Crewe talked about vaginismus, a condition that involves the involuntary tightening of pelvic floor muscles, making penetration painful and difficult. It may or may not be experienced with all kinds of penetration, including the insertion of a tampon, or during a gynecological exam or intercourse. Even though vaginismus is undetectable on MRIs and ultrasounds, this does not mean it is not serious. “Ongoing, severe pain or inability to tolerate penetration is never normal. There’s always something you can do about it.” Crewe said. A wide range of physical therapy options can help with vaginismus, from stretching exercises to vaginal dilators. Crewe stressed that while the physical aspect of therapy is important, women are more than their pelvic floors. “Vaginismus is usually caused from a combination of physical and psychological factors. Vaginismus can be caused by menopause, hormonal changes, tissue changes, life changes or stress,” she said. Wise shared parts of her own experiences with vaginismus and sex. “I didn’t know what to expect about sex. I didn’t know if what I experienced was normal,” she said. Wise compared her experience to pulling a hamstring. “People wouldn’t make a big deal out of it if it was a hamstring,” she said. “They make a big deal out of it because it’s a vagina.” Wise stressed that people have to speak up if they have pain during sex. Sex can be uncomfortable, but it should not be unbearably painful. “It isn’t something that just goes away,” she said. “It’s something that a lot of people have, but they don’t speak up because they don’t know. There is treatment for it.” Rundquist, a registered nurse and sexual health expert from Etter Health Center, gave an overview of sexually transmitted infections and the importance of getting tested. “If you’re sexually active, you should be getting routinely tested,” Rundquist said. Some STIs show no symptoms, but can still be damaging. Rundquist also clarified that there is no medical need to shave pubic hair. Galarza touched on sex positivity and healthy sexuality. “We’re defined by the experiences and the things we grow up with. We often have a lot of shame and our culture is not open to talking about these experiences,” she said. Cultivating a shame-free, inclusive environment should be everyone’s goal when it comes to talking about sex, Galarza said. Finding accurate information and avoiding fearbased tactics are at the core of having a good mindset about sex. It is OK to talk about sex and sexuality, Galarza reiterated. “We should be able to say things like vulva and vagina and penis without turning red,” she said.
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March weather sees mix of highs, lows
Your World Today Alcohol puts students at risk, even in town deemed safe Commentary
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Temperatures in March ranged from 78 degrees to 24. The average temperature was 38.5 degrees. There were 9.5 inches of snow in March, with most of the snow accumulated on March 3. There were 4.29 inches of rain this month, mostly on March 21, which brought 1.73 inches of rain. “PRIDE” from A1 Galarza is trying to be hopeful that these next steps are going to move the university forward, and the beauty of the committee is being able to keep an eye out and be vigilant, she said. “I really try and push feedback, because I want this to be a student-run center where the students give me feedback and I try and advocate for whatever they want for the space,” she said. The number of students who come into the center varies. Sometimes there are no students, but as many as seven students have stopped by in one day, which is a big deal for the center because it is still trying to get its name out, Zinn said. Students who stop by the center sometimes ask about events, ways to get involved and internships in the LGBT realm. They also come to the center to ask about how to navigate difficult conversations and use the book resources. SU staff members interested in collaborating also stop by the center, according to Zinn. Zinn is graduating in May,
but she plans on applying for the coordinator position. “Regardless of what the outcome is, I have things that are set for the next person if they’d like to use them,” she said. “I think that whatever is to happen in the future is to be a positive thing. I think this center is going to continue to move forward and become a really great center that’s going to flourish.” Human communications professor Misty Knight said the Pride Center has dropped on the priority list at the university. When SU student Trent Bauer was featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in October of 2017, it was popular and exciting for the SU community to support the Pride Center, she said. “Since then, it’s sort of been set aside for things that deem to be more urgent,” Knight said. Priority went to the director of the First Generation Student Engagement Office, and as Galarza also said, that position stood as the director of the Pride Center. However, the administration said there was not enough funding for it to be a dual position, according to Knight.
“[Zinn] has been fantastic, and she’s doing everything she can with what limited resources she has,” Knight said. “I have heard nothing but good things about her, but at some point she’s gonna leave — she’s a student — she’s going to graduate.” The Pride Center deserves to have someone with a professional background or training in working with the LGBT community running the center, Knight said. She compared the Pride Center to other groups and centers on campus, such as the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Women’s Center. “It’s way past time to see that for our Pride Center,” she said. The concern as to why the priority of the Pride Center keeps dropping is something that has been brought up to the administration, according to Knight. “What is the reason?” she asked. “If it’s funding, well, we’re hiring in other positions, so why isn’t this the priority?” A&E Editor Jonathan Bergmueller contributed to this report.
Judge rejects lawsuit over Pennsylvania turnpike toll hikes Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit over Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increases to help fund the state’s transit agencies, saying Thursday that a truckers’ organization didn’t show the scheme violates constitutional protections over commerce and travel between states. The 56-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane elicited a sign of relief from a number of quarters in Pennsylvania state government, as well as from transit agencies whose payments had been held up during the lawsuit. The lawsuit had also asked the court to bar the turnpike commission from using tolls to pay off a massive debt stemming from the payments it is required to make under a 2007 state law designed to pump more money into Pennsylvania’s highways and public transit systems. The lead plaintiff, the Missouri-based Owner-Operator
Independent Drivers Association, said it will appeal. The organization had argued that the tolls, as user fees, far exceed the value of using the turnpike, far exceed the costs to operate it and support causes with “no functional relationship to the operation, maintenance or improvement of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.’’ But Kane said he agreed with the turnpike commission and Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration that the tolls are charged equally to in-state and out-of-state drivers, and do not unfairly burden commerce between states. Kane also wrote that turnpike tolls do not necessarily prevent someone from finding toll-free routes through Pennsylvania. The annual payments are $450 million a year, and are scheduled to drop to $50 million in 2022. To make the payments, the turnpike commission has ordered 11 straight annual toll increases. In 2008, before the an-
nual toll increases began, the most-common cash rate for passenger vehicles was 75 cents, according to the turnpike commission. Now, it is three times as much, or $2.30. More than half of the turnpike commission’s annual revenue of $1.2 billion now goes to debt payments and it is now shouldering $11.8 billion in debt. About half of its debt is attributable to the more than $6 billion that the turnpike commission has sent to the state Department of Transportation under a 2007 state law designed to pump more money into Pennsylvania’s highways and public transit systems. The turnpike commission had suspended its payments to PennDOT while Kane considered the lawsuit, forcing transit agencies to tap capital program cash to cover operating costs. On Thursday, it said it planned to make up the missed installments — a total of $337.5 million — by the end of 2019.
In less than a month, two college students were found dead after nights out — only a fraction of the number of college students whose lives are put on the line on nights that should be stress-free and funfilled. Maxmillian Carbone, 19 at the time of his death, was found by Boston police early Sunday morning. Police said they do not believe the circumstances of his death are suspicious or foul play-related, according to Fox News. Samantha Josephson, a senior at the University of South Carolina, was last seen getting into a car that she thought was an Uber she had called. CNN reported that she was later found dead in a field about 90 miles away. These instances — while completely unrelated in timeline and matter of death — show a concern-
ing pattern on the risks in which college students can find themselves late at night and when they may be under the influence. The death of Carbone and Josephson, and the robberies, overdoses and accidents of others cannot be traced to one exact issue; however, it does call into question how universities are educating students to handle themselves responsibly while off campus. We have all had substance abuse and safety training at one point or another, whether that be through the D.A.R.E. program in elementary school or in the online training that Shippensburg University requires us to complete as an incoming freshman. Unfortunately, online training can be vague to cater to a number of universities, and make it easy for students to zone out or click through the information quickly to get it over with. SU students are fortunate to live in an area with a very low violent crime rate. According to Neighbor Scout, the town of Shippensburg only has about two violent crimes a year. And while that may
lessen the odds of an SU student being assaulted by a faceless stranger in the community, there is an ever-present temptation amongst college students to party on the weekends, whether that be with drugs or alcohol. The Addiction Center estimates that 80 percent of U.S. college students have abused alcohol. SU offers a variety of resources on its website to students who are struggling, but unless you know where to go, it may be hard to find assistance for substance abuse. If I had a friend at SU who was struggling with addiction, I may direct them to the Counseling Center, but not with much confidence that I was pointing them in the most effective direction for their issue. It may seem impossible that something so terrible could happen here, but that is what those two students may have thought as well. Increased and handson training could go far in teaching students how to recognize the signs of abuse that plague far too many students, during a time when they should be headed toward brighter futures.
State Police Briefs Crash reported in Southampton Township Joseph D. Kilgore, 78, of Shippensburg, struck a 2007 Nissan Titan belonging to Arlin E. Martin, 58, of Chambersburg, with his 2008 Ford F-150 on Mud Level Road on April 8. Martin was traveling south on Britton Road around 1:30 p.m. when he stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Britton and Mud Level Roads. Martin did not make sure the intersection was clear before pulling out. Kilgore then struck Martin, and Martin was charged. Student assaulted on Richard Avenue Dane Fisher, 21, of Shippensburg, was assaulted by an unidentified person on March 23 at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Richard Avenue. Fisher sustained minor injuries but refused medical attention. Theft reported at Shippensburg Walmart A theft occurred at Walmart on Conestoga Drive on March 27 . A female attempted to leave the store at approximately 8 p.m. without paying for all of her merchandise, and was detained while trying to leave. The woman fled the scene before police arrived. The investigation is ongoing.
This Week on Campus Wellness Fair
• The annual Wellness Fair will be held on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CUB MPR.
• The International Studies Program is hosting a Fulbright student scholarship workshop on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Dauphin Humanities Center Room 208.
• The English department will be hosting a student teacher panel on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Dauphin Humanities Center Room 2.
• The Global Languages and Cultures Department will be showing “The Sea Inside” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Orndorff Theatre.
• Amy Diehl will be discussing “Barriers Women in Leadership Face in the Workplace” on Thursday at 4 p.m. in Old Main Chapel.
• Alpha Phi will be hosting Mr. Ivy on Friday at 2 p.m. in Old Main Chapel.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
The Slate Speaks
Letter to the Editor:
Pride Center resources leave much to be desired Shippensburg University’s Pride Center opened in the fall of 2018 after LGBT activists advocated for sometime on its behalf. SU alumnus and LGBT trailblazer Trent Bauer appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in the fall of 2017 to talk about his attempts to establish an LGBT resource — or Pride — center on campus. It was not until after Bauer’s appearance on the show that the university implemented a plan that would establish a Pride Center on campus. Flash forward to the present, and you will find a Pride Center that has been serving students for six months, but lacks the resources to do so effectively. The Article on A1 titled “Concerns raised over Pride Center” references the center’s lack of financial, personnel and informational resources. LGBTQ+ Concerns Committee Co-Chair Jayleen Galarza describes the center as “lacking,” and explains that the center “does not have the resources you would expect.” Without these resources, the Pride Center is little more than a room with some informational pamphlets that serves as a scapegoat for the university administrators when questioned on what it is doing to serve LGBT students. Though some may question the necessity of a Pride Center on campus, it’s necessity cannot be understated. Outside of university students who may not be sympathetic to LGBT concerns, Shippensburg’s location in rural Pennsylvania exposes LGBT students to a local population that has more conservative views than those in more metropolitan areas. Over the past four semesters alone, there have been multiple religious demonstrations on campus that have tried to tell students who identify as LGBT that their
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Shippensburg University’s Pride Center opened in October of 2018. identities are not valid, and their lifestyles will earn them eternal damnation. Just last semester there was a hate crime committed against the Students Advocating For Equality (S.A.F.E.).
“If you’re not inviting us to the table — Inviting us to the conversation — how is this meaningful?” Jayleen Galarza LGBTQ+ Concerns Committee Co-Chair In the wake of these events, it is important for LGBT students to have a place to go, feel safe and respected, and be reminded that they have a place in the community. This need for a safe space demonstrates the importance of a Pride Center on campus. However, the lack of funding and staffing rendered the center ineffective in assisting students through these ordeals. In the same Slate article previously referenced, Galarza mentioned that “We couldn’t even tell folks, ‘Go
to the Pride Center. Someone will be there at any time,’” simply because the graduate assistant in charge of the center had limited office hours due to her concurrent role as a student. The week after the hate crime was committed, the center relied heavily on volunteers from the campus community to help students who felt threatened and intimidated by the actions committed. Simply opening a Pride Center for the sake of having one is not enough. If anything, the Pride Center’s current state exemplifies the administration’s lack of commitment to the LGBT community. The university does not exert effort beyond the level needed to check the boxes that allow our campus to appear accepting from the outside looking in. A university that was truly sympathetic to this minority population would be more willing to adopt campus-wide policies, such as inclusive bathrooms or a gender-neutral housing policy, which reflect the validity of LGBT students’ concerns.
The administration has instead chosen to relegate the zone where LGBT students can feel valid in their identities to little more than a room. Galarza explains that “there has been a lack of transparency that was happening... That didn’t feel good on our end because, to me, silence speaks volumes… If you’re not inviting us to the table — inviting us to the conversation — how is this meaningful?” On the surface, the university’s opening of the Pride Center seems to speak to its commitment to inclusion. However, upon closer examination, this commitment is only superficial. It seems that the university wants to serve the LGBT community only to the extent that allows the school to reap the benefits of public opinion. SU’s touting of a Pride Center in the public eye does not paint an accurate picture. The center is on life support, and it feels like LGBT students represent little more to the university than a diversity requirement and a public relations stunt.
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Hard work worth more than college prestige As the Shippensburg University Alumni Association governing body, we felt we have an obligation to respond to your commentary from “Your World Today” in the March 19 edition of The Slate. The college admissions scandal says a lot about the state of things and reveals, most notably, a growing desperation to appear happy and successful at a time when real happiness or success can be hard to find. For young people, a college rejection can too often be mistaken for a prison sentence and seem to validate students’ worst fears about their own limitations. It’s easy to see why. Admittedly, there is a hierarchy of colleges in peoples’ minds, but the assumption that Ivy League acceptance is reserved for the greatest among us is the first thing such a scandal proves wrong. The pressure of others’ expectations can often overshadow students’ understanding of what they truly want. Many of us are pressured to follow the crowd these days, but the appearance of success, a connection to people of significance, or an illusion of status is rarely the same as actual success, significance or status. Students cannot allow the blanket expectations of others to push their gaze toward someone else’s idea of name recognition and away from the university that would set them on their own path with their own purpose. While there is a long list of Shippensburg alumni who have found their paths to success — as a CEO, governor, New York Times best-selling author, commander of the U.S. Central Command, TV star, U.S. senator, or Super Bowl champion — many other Ship alumni found opportunities to earn the titles they truly needed to be happy and successful — coach, officer, advisor, teacher,
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
APB’s Casino Night winners earn $100 in raffle tickets Austin Stoltzfus Staff Writer It is not every day you see college students slide thousands of dollars onto the blackjack table with nothing to show for it except excited smiles. However, thanks to Casino Night hosted by Activities Program Board (APB), on Friday night students were able to enjoy classic casino games like roulette, blackjack, the money wheel and craps without the fear of depleting their bank accounts. Held in the Ceddia Union Building Multipurpose Room (MPR), most of the equipment used, like blackjack tables, craps tables and more were contracted from Fantasy World Entertainment. APB also placed slot
machines in the corner of the MPR to create casino nostalgia. Amid the flashing lights and music provided by a DJ, students enjoyed free food, drinks and entertainment provided by a magician performing various tricks to the astonishment of the students. APB President Evan Redding, who ran the event, explained that Casino Night is an annual spring event. Upon entering the MPR, students were given their starting amount of chips, to which they could use at any of the games to grow their chip stockpiles. Once students cashed out, they were given one electronic ticket per $5,000 worth of Casino Night chips. Tickets were then entered into a raffle in which 10 people could win
$100 of real money. Many students seemed to favor blackjack, which APB prepared for with about eight different blackjack tables. One student, senior Zach Zirk, thrived at the blackjack table as he toted around a gallon-sized Ziploc bag filled with Casino Night chips. Zirk was happy to share his strategy with students looking to match his fortune. “I put in a lot of money to the university so it only seems fair I win some back,” Zirk said. With students like Zirk stockpiling a massive amount of chips, APB members were forced to constantly re-supply each table’s dealer with chips of various values. The dealers were all APB members who worked hard to regulate each game and reward students with the correct
amount of earnings. Senior Sam Tomlin also spent most of his night at the blackjack table, reaping the benefits of no-risk gambling and left during the event with nearly 250 tickets. “It’s pretty awesome that you can win real money from these games,” said Tomlin. “I’m an average college student — I could use a little extra cash.” Redding explained that APB’s goal was to swipe 300 students into the event, and with a few hours remaining the total was already up to 200. Casino Night operated until midnight and did not seem to slow down until closing, forcing most students to the cash-out tables where they learned the amount of tickets they had earned for the night. Hannah McMullan/The Slate
Millennials are choosing “none” to describe their religious identity; however, they consider themselves spiritual, according to a 2015 survey.
Millennials reject organized religion, cling to spirituality Hannah McMullan Ship Life Editor
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Students compete against each other in APB’s first “Ship Feud” event on Thursday in Memorial Auditorium.
‘Family Feud’ comes to SU Austin Stoltzfus Staff Writer Top five answers on the board. Name something fun to do on campus. This is “Ship Feud!” Laughter, excited shouting and the iconic soundtrack of ABC’s TV show “Family Feud” filled Memorial Auditorium Thursday night while the Activities Program Board hosted its first “Ship Feud.” Students contended against other students as four groups faced each other in a single-elimination Family Feud tournament, with the incentives of $100 Amazon gift cards per person for first-place winners and $20 Amazon gift cards for the runner-up. An abundance of enthusiasm was found both on and off the stage. APB provided newly-purchased answer buttons to accommodate the game’s
needs, while projecting the competition onscreen. The players showed no mercy to the buttons as they rapidly smacked them following each question read by “Ship Feud” host and APB member, Cody Elliot. Despite some technical issues at the beginning of the game, Elliot managed to retain the audience’s attention with humor by introducing himself with, “I’m not Steve Harvey, and this isn’t ‘Family Feud.’” During the “commercial break” — as Elliot referred to it — some audience members turned their energetic anticipation into a spontaneous chorus of “YMCA” while they waited for the game to begin. Although the overall event was a success, Elliot explained that APB’s first attempt at hosting the game show came with a few bumps in the road. He added that
hopefully if “Ship Feud” returns in the future, APB members will have time for a quick gameplay rehearsal, which Elliot attributed to the slight hold-ups. However, soon enough the game was underway, and teams worked together to defeat their opponents using wit and quick thinking. After winning two rounds of feud, the “Smooth Criminals” team took first place. One of the winners, junior Trent Betham, described how fun it was for him to play the famous game show. “This is definitely the highlight of my week,” Betham said. “Getting to be a part of it was just really cool.” The last question asked in “Ship Feud,” “Name a food that is just as good cold as it is hot” seemed to throw contestants for a spin, and Betham recalled hearing someone shout carrots during his turn, to which he ignored. Ironi-
cally enough, after the round was complete, the survey revealed that “carrots” was indeed one of the last items on the board, and it stirred up the classic “Family Feud” audience echo. Halfway through the game show, APB gave the audience the chance to participate in a “Family Feud”-style Kahoot. The winner of Kahoot received a $20 Olive Garden gift card. Advising the game show was graduate assistant and APB member Justin Brouse. Managing some behindthe-scenes work, Brouse explained that the game was first played among the APB staff as staff bonding. After enjoying the game themselves, it was decided to host the game for students. APB would like to make it a larger event and get even more students involved in the future, Brouse said.
Walking into a church on a Sunday morning when the air is bright and crisp, the sun seeps rainbows from the stained glass windows and the hum of a choir rejoices in the background. The minister at the front preaches the gospel and promises a life of eternity, if you follow the rules. The older woman in the back pew tugs her shawl around her shoulders to fight the drafty air as she bows her head and closes her eyes in silent prayer. A little boy reaches behind his mother’s back to tug his sister’s hair. He smiles devilishly. The community joins together in hymn and creates an ambiance that echoes toward the heavens. “God is here,” the minister says. “Bow your heads in prayer.” But the younger generation has said “enough.” More than one-third of Americans between 18 and 35 years old have checked “none” under claiming a religious identity, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. However, that does not mean they are without God. While millennials are abandoning organized religion, the numbers of their generation’s feeling of spirituality have increased. Anthropology professor Christopher Kovats-Bernat believes this shift from religiosity and spirituality has stemmed from the democratizing effects of social media. “There’s a much more public and free dialogue that exists for your generation that may not have existed,
say, for my generation anyway,” he said. “And I think too that there is that sort of democratizing ethos that exists because of the openness of social media.” Kovats-Bernat believes millennials’ ability to question authority figures on social media is creating a less tolerant environment for a hierarchical system, such as organized religion. Communication/journalism professor Kyle Heim suggested that there is a correlation between social media’s powerful abilities and the weakening of trust of higher institutions in our society. In his opinion, a major factor to this “none” phenomenon is that the increase of power that is placed in the hands of citizens leads to a decrease of their need for government and religious organizations. “People are not as reliant on those powerful institutions, and instead they are turning to other sources to satisfy their spiritual needs,” Heim said. Many have argued that another factor is the tools millennials have access to, to gain more information and reach like-minded communities. Heim noted social media’s ability to open a dialogue with people of different backgrounds and connect smaller communities to a much bigger world. “I think that being in contact with people from so many different believes may mean that people are less likely to adhere to one specific religious belief,” he said.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Kenneth Mosley presents a “kinky boot” to commemorate the new boot business. Mosley plays Lola, a cross-dresser who designed the boots.
Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ strut onto Luhrs stage Jonathan Bergmueller A&E Editor “Kinky Boots” hit the stage in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center for a sultry performance last Friday. The show originally premiered at the Chicago Bank of American Theatre in 2012 and is based on the 2005 film of the same name. Directed by Jerry Mitchell, “Kinky Boots” celebrated diversity and entertained the Luhrs audience with situational irony and gags galore. Charlie Price (Connor Allston) is the heir of Price & Son, a shoe company in Northampton, U.K., after his father dies. Charlie inherits a failing business, then teams up with Lola (Kenneth Mosley), a self-described “transvestite” and her troupe of “Angels” to save Price & Son. The musical explains themes such as living up to the legacy of parents, and what it truly means to be a man. The show’s first act drags as it sets up the impactful moments of the latter.
Allston, purportedly the star of the show, falls short of hopes in the first act. His voice was subdued in the first act, although he quickly rose to the challenge of the second for a great finish. His acting at times seemed forced and did not complement the energy of those around him. While so much of the musical focuses on Charlie and his business, the real star of the show is Lola. Mosley’s performance as a man in drag, (specifically boots) grabbed the attention of every scene he entered. His flamboyancy and energy were unmatched even by Allston, who seemed out of breath keeping up. Mosley did not stand alone — the ringing harmonies of Lola’s team of Angels and their complicated dances added silver linings to every scene they were in. The highly “masculine” Don, played by James Fairchild, brought an antagonizing tension that foiled Lola’s open charisma. The relationship here flowed as freely as a stream — a flamboyant flamingo prancing around a stoic and hot-headed rhino.
The choreography of the show was outstanding. It seemed that Mitchell, also the choreographer, did not invest much thought into the smaller and more subdued numbers’ dance. The larger numbers must have consumed all his energy; they were stellar. “Everybody Say Yeah,” a song celebrating the creation of the very first “Kinky Boot,” involved the Angels and factory workers in a dance which touted the use of mechanical conveyor belts. Allston and Mosley paced atop these machines as though they were treadmills while they collaborated in song. The show did pause briefly toward the end of the first act to resolve technical difficulties that were not overtly noticeable to the audience. After the pause, the show carried on as normal. “Kinky Boots” is a musical with a message some might not like, but everyone needs to hear: That of acceptance. As Mosley says through the red-painted lips of Lola: “Be yourself — everyone else is already taken.”
Orchestra joins with Philadelphia talent “Minas” for Sunday concert Michael Donegan Asst. A&E Editor The Shippensburg University Community Orchestra will perform with the Brazilian jazz group Minas to perform songs from its latest album, “Symphony in Bossa,” at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on April 14 at 3 p.m. Orchestra director Mark Hartman will conduct the show, and will be accompanied by Minas, the husband-and-wife duo of Orlando Haddad and Patricia King. Haddad and King met while they were students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). They started performing around campus as a duo before forming Minas and adding band members. Over the years the other members of the group left, leaving Haddad and King to now perform as a duo. Based in Philadelphia, Minas has released
six studio albums as a group. “Symphony in Bossa,” is notable for having been nominated for four Grammys in 2015. Haddad and King will be on the guitar and piano, respectively, while both will be on vocals. Minas has performed “Symphony in Bossa” about 10 times with other orchestras along the East Coast, including Moravian College as well as Haddad and King’s alma mater, UNCSA. Minas has performed at SU twice over the last eight years, but this will be the first time they perform with the orchestra. “Symphony in Bossa” was originally a music program created in 2004 by Minas and jazz arranger Bill Zaccagni. That collaboration turned out to be successful despite Zaccagni’s passing in 2007. Minas is known locally for its contributions to the Philadelphia music scene. They opened a samba school to help fellow musicians. Read the full story at theslateonline.com.
Movie Showtimes Showtimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10 at AMC Classic 7 in Chambersburg
3. Captain Marvel
4. Wonder Park
5. Five Feet Apart
6. Pet Sematary
Billboard Top 10 1. 7 Rings - Ariana Grande
6. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille
2. Wow. - Post Malone
7. Middle Child - J.Cole
3. Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee
8. Thotiana - Blueface
4. Without Me - Halsey
9. Sucker - Jonas Brothers
5. Please Me - Cardi B & Bruno Mars
10. Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Aunbrielle Green, E2
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Pitcher Taryn Wilson celebrates with catcher Morgan Fetter, after notching the save in a 4-1 victory over Millersville University to round out a doubleheader sweep. Wilson struck out two of the three hitters she faced in the final inning, marking just the second save of her career.
Softball sweeps Millersville for four-win week Matthew Gregan Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University softball team had a good week of action, winning four of its six games, which were capped by a doubleheader sweep of Millersville University on Saturday. The Raiders (19–13, 4–2 PSAC) showed their heart and desire to win when the team came from behind in Game 1 of Saturday’s Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) doubleheader to win, 6–5. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Raiders were down 6–1. Freshman Lacey Hunter began the rally with a double, then scored on a single by junior Kayla Bonawitz. Freshman Hannah Marsteller drove the ball over the center-field fence for a three-run homer that tied the game at five. It was the seventh homer of the season for Marsteller. Freshman Grace Palmieri then singled and — two batters later — was driven home on an RBI double from freshman Hannah Johnson to win the game. The Raiders followed up their Game 1 dramatics with an allaround solid performance in Game 2 against Millersville (16-21, 1-5 PSAC), winning 4–1. Game 2 was close until the fourth inning, when junior Meghan Klee drove in two with a home run — the fourth of her career. It was a good day at the plate for the Raiders, who totaled 18 hits and
struck out three times. Hunter and Bonawitz each finished the day with three hits, an RBI and two stolen bases. The Raiders’ pitching also had a tremendous day on Saturday. Senior Taryn Wilson pitched just more than seven innings, allowing four runs and striking out 14 hitters. She picked up her first save of the season in Game 2 and her 10th win of the season in Game 1. Freshman Tressa Kagarise had a fantastic outing in Game 2, tossing six innings and allowing no earned runs while striking out eight Marauders. SU’s week began with a non-conference doubleheader split on Tuesday against Lock Haven University. The team’s bats struggled in Game 1 against Bekah Slattery, Lock Haven starter and two-time PSAC Central Division Pitcher of the Year. The team only managed to get three hits against Slattery, but two of them were extra-base hits that came from sophomore Courtney Coy. Coy hit a solo home run and later doubled in the seventh inning. Down 3–2, the Raiders were not able to push Coy across to score and tie the game. Slattery struck out the final two batters of the game to preserve the 3–2 win for the Bald Eagles in the first matchup of the day. Shippensburg responded in the rematch, winning 4–2. The team tacked on runs in the second, third and fourth innings of the game, beginning with a two-RBI double by Johnson. In the third, Coy drove in
a run with another double, her second of the day. Wilson threw every inning of the doubleheader against Lock Haven, allowing five runs while striking out 18. The Raiders continued their week with a split of a conference doubleheader against Kutztown University (20-13, 5-3 PSAC) on Thursday. The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Friday, but due to inclement weather, the games were moved up to Thursday. Shippensburg won the first
game, 6–4, behind strong efforts from Bonawitz, Hunter and freshman Morgan DeFeo. They each totaled three hits, combining for all of the team’s hits in Game 1, and stole a combined five bases. The second matchup of the tie was a different story for the Raider offense. It struggled to the tune of only two hits, losing 6–0. The team’s only hits were a single by Palmieri and a double by Marsteller. The Raiders’ bats over the last couple of weeks have been led by Hunter and Bonawitz. Hunter, over
the last 10 games, is hitting .370 and has driven in five runs while also stealing four bags. Bonawitz — who is hitting .364 and has scored eight runs over the last 10 games — has been a rock at the top of the order for Shippensburg. She now has a career-high 11 steals as well. Up next for the Raiders are two road doubleheaders, one against Shepherd University on Tuesday and the other against PSAC rival East Stroudsburg University (18-16, 1-3 PSAC) on Friday.
Tressa Kagarise strikes out eight batters in six innings of one-run work against Millersville.
The Raiders celebrate Hannah Marsteller’s game-tying, three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. SU went on to win later in the inning on a walkoff double from Hannah Johnson. The 7-6 victory was the first of two in a sweep of Millersville University for Shippensburg.
Baseball struggles against Bloomsburg Courtesy of SU Sports Info. The Shippensburg University baseball team ended up with a split of its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division doubleheader at Bloomsburg on Saturday, winning Game 2 by a 15-3 score after losing Game 1 in walk-off fashion, 9-8, from Litwhiler Field. Shippensburg (12-15, 4-6 PSAC East) took a 3-0 lead in Game 1 before Bloomsburg (15-8, 5-5) countered with five runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead. The Raiders rallied in their final at-bat, scoring four times in the top of the seventh to take an 8-7 lead, but the Huskies scored twice in the bottom half for the win. In Game 2, SU held leads of 5-0 and 6-3 before breaking it open with a seven-run sixth inning. The Raiders finished the doubleheader with 25 hits, including four doubles and four home runs, and hit .357 on the day. Senior Tommy Baggett was red hot at the plate, going 6-for-8 with a home run, two doubles, four RBIs, a stolen base and four runs scored. Baggett had 11 total bases and reached base in seven of his nine plate appearances, as he was hit by a pitch in his final at-bat of the day. Sophomore Scout Knotts had a strong day as well, going 4-for-8 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs. Knotts singled in the top of the seventh to plate the goahead run for the Raiders in Game 1 before the Huskies rallied. Junior Zack Zoller scored five runs. Zoller was 4-for-9, including a two-run homer in Game 2, and drew a walk. Sophomore Chase Zurawski had three hits, three runs and four RBIs, including a run-scoring triple in Game 2. Senior Ty Painter got a Game 2 start; hitting a tworun homer, scoring three runs and dropping down a sacrifice. Sophomore Logan Williamson and freshman Anthony Vavaroutsos each finished the doubleheader with three hits and two RBIs. Senior Cole Backenstose got the Game 2 victory on the mound, scattering three runs on five hits over 4.2 innings with four strikeouts. Sophomore Dalton Oates pitched 2.1 shutout innings of relief. Senior Zack Sims pitched into the seventh in Game 1,
allowing three earned runs and striking out seven over six innings. SU was bested in a pair of home games on Sunday, as visiting Bloomsburg rallied in Game 1 and threw a shutout in Game 2 to sweep the Raiders, 5-3 and 2-0, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division doubleheader from Fairchild Field. Shippensburg scored three runs on 11 hits in Game 1 and took a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning, but Bloomsburg (178, 7-5) scored four runs with two outs in the sixth. The Raiders loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but could not plate the tying runs. In Game 2, Husky pitcher Chad Cooperman limited the Raiders to a pair of singles while striking out nine. SU’s starting pitchers had solid outings. Redshirt-sophomore Noah Inch retired 11 consecutive hitters during his Game 1 start, yielding just one hit over 5.2 innings with five walks and eight strikeouts. Three of the four runs charged to Inch scored after his departure with two outs in the sixth. Senior Michael Hope allowed one run on six hits in six innings of work in Game 2, walking three and striking out seven. The outing marks the fourth consecutive quality start for Hope, who has allowed just two earned runs and fanned 21 batters over 19 innings in his three starts against PSAC East opponents. Sophomore Scout Knotts reached base five times in Sunday’s doubleheader, including a 3-for-3 effort with a walk in Game 1. In the four-game series against Bloomsburg, Knotts finished 7-for-13 (.538) at the plate with four extra-base hits and five RBIs. He reached base in nine of his 15 plate appearances for the weekend. Knotts delivered an RBI-double, junior Jacob Pollock hit an RBI-single, and senior Tommy Baggett had an RBI-groundout for the Raider runs in Game 1. SU’s first run of the day came on a hustle double from junior Zack Zoller, who later advanced to third after a good read on a pitch in the dirt and then scored on Baggett’s groundout. Pollock also stole a base in Game 1. The Raiders stranded 10 runners in Game 1, while the Huskies equaled the feat in Game 2.
April 9, 2019
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Green was named the PSAC Freshman of the Year after a consistently stellar freshman season for SU.
Green looks to build on debut Isaiah Snead Asst. Sports Editor
Several injuries, an absence of veteran leadership and a lack of team experience led to a difficult season for Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Freshman of the Year, Aunbrielle Green, and the Shippensburg University women’s basketball squad. Green played high school basketball at Central Dauphin East and was named First Team All-Conference her senior year. “It was different because of the amount of work you had to put into the game and the pace of the game was challenging as well and I had to go out of my comfort zone and try new things,” Green said. Green battled numerous injuries during her freshman campaign, including
knee, hip and back injuries. She said her back injury was the most severe and was the toughest for her to play through. The women’s basketball team was very young and inexperienced this season, with three freshmen in the starting five and no seniors on the team. Green said it was hard to play as one unit at certain points of the season, but leaders rose from the young ranks. “It was difficult because we were all new playing with each other and all inexperienced, so there was no chemistry,” she said. “We did not have any seniors, so we had to set the tone for ourselves.” The Raiders finished the season with a 12–16 overall record and an 8–12 conference record, missing the playoffs — a disappointing ending for a young team with
high aspirations. “We could have done much better and I had many regrets after games, but I learned what to do and what not to do in certain situations as a team and figured out what works and what doesn’t work going forward,” Green said. She also spoke of her individual performance this past season. Green said she pushed herself to become better, and her great season is just a preview to what she believes she can do in the future. “I am just scratching the surface of my potential,” she said. When it was announced that she had won the PSAC Freshman of the Year award, Green said that she was surprised and happy at the same time. “It was humbling to get the award, but it shows that my
hard work paid off and I was really happy about that.” Green averaged 12.8 points, seven rebounds and one block per game while shooting 44 percent from the field in her freshman season. Looking forward, she said she wants to expand her game. “Dribbling more and taking more shots, and as my confidence grows shooting more threes. I want to win a Player of the Year Award by my senior season, so I just want to keep getting better and better,” Green said. As for the team, Green expects the unit to gel as time goes on, becoming more comfortable with one another and ultimately playing better as a result. “I think this team will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Aunbrielle Green pulls down a rebound for SU. She averaged seven rebounds per game during her freshman season, one in which the team did not have much success.
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Noah Inch has a 3.52 ERA for the Raiders this season.
The Raiders, despite Green’s excellent freshman season, finished only 12-16 and fell short of making the playoffs. Green was an integral part of the team, averaging 12.8 points per game this season.
April 9, 2019
Track-and-field has strong split meets
Charles Bowman, Abby Wagner and Morgan DeFloria led the way for track-and-field
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Tommy Haas is one of the top Raider performers out of Millersville over the weekend, claiming second in the javelin with a national-qualifying distance. Abigail Lee Staff Writer The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s outdoor track-and-field teams were split this weekend at the College of William and Mary for the Colonial Relays, and at Millersville University for the Millersville Metrics. The Colonial Relays kicked off with a bang for the Raiders, as senior Johnathan Stiles placed first in the 400-meter hurdles, running 52.13 seconds — the second-fastest time in all of NCAA Division II. The time was a new personal record for the senior. Redshirt-junior Charles Bowman was close behind, taking second in the event with a time of 52.70. His performance places him ninth in the nation in the event. Bowman finished less than half a second behind his PR in the
400 hurdles. Both athletes earned NCAA-provisional qualifying times. Stiles and Bowman competed on Saturday in the men’s 4x400 meter relay. The team successfully earned first in the meet in 3:10.85 with freshman Stiles, Aaron Arp Jr., sophomore Austin Padmore, and Bowman in the lineup. The finish satisfied the national-qualifying standards in the event. With this race the team grabbed an NCAA Division II provisional mark, just .33 seconds away from an automatic time and .42 seconds from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) record previously set by SU in the 2014 national championships. This race puts the team at third in the nation at the DII level. Bowman’s weekend was still not over, as he competed in the 110-meter hurdle
championships. The consistent Raider continued his streak of impressive finishes, claiming fourth with a time of 14.38 seconds for another national qualifier — his third overall for the weekend. At Millersville, junior Tommy Haas took second in the javelin with a top throw of 61.27 meters. The mark was a national qualifier. Freshman teammate Josh Herbster placed fifth with a distance of 54.32 meters, earning a conference-provisional mark. Senior Abby Wagner took third for the Raiders at the Colonial Relays on Saturday with her 11.90-meter triple jump. It was yet another performance that earned NCAA-provisional status. Junior Zarria Williams also continued her impressive season at William and Mary with a first-place finish in the long jump. Her top distance of 5.60 meters was a
PSAC-qualifying mark. The majority of the women’s squad traveled to Millersville, as multiple Raiders had national and conference qualifiers. Sophomore Bella Marchini took first in the 1500 meters with a PSAC-qualifying time of 4:53.25. Senior Morgan DeFloria stood out once again in the javelin, reaching 44.51 meters on her top throw for another first-place finish. She met national standards for the third-straight meet to open the outdoor season. The Raiders will next split up once again, as some will compete Thursday and Friday at Kutztown University for the Mondschein Multis. The rest of the team will travel to Bucknell University for the Bison Open. Sports Editor Nate Powles contributed to this story.
Raiders’ Corner Track impresses at Richmond • Cam Strohe: PRs in shot put (14.66 m) and hammer (54.49 m) • Johnathon Stiles: first in 400 hurdles (53.17), NCAA mark • Abby Wagner: PR in triple jump (12.71 m), NCAA mark
Softball sweeps doubleheader against Millersville • Taryn Wilson: 7.1 innings, 14 K’s, 4 hits allowed • Hannah Marsteller: 3-run, game-tying home run in bottom of seventh in 7–6 win • Hannah Johnson: Walkoff double in bottom of seventh against Millersville
Baseball drops doubleheader against Bloomsburg, 5-3, 2-0
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Morgan DeFloria has not slowed down for SU since the start of the season, grabbing another national spot.
• Noah Inch: 5.2 innings, 4 runs allowed, eight K’s • Michael Hope: 6 innings, 1 run allowed, 7 strikeouts • Scout Knotts: 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, 2 walks
Lacrosse falls to Millersville, Seton Hill at home • Alana Cardaci: 4 goals, 2 assists against Seton Hill • Kyra Shank: 2 goals versus Millersville • Jena MacDonald: 3 assists versus Seton Hill, bringing season total to 20 Photo courtesy of Ethan Hulsey/Millersville University
Kate Matrisciano takes fifth in the shot put at Millersville for a PSAC-qualifying distance (12.69 meters).
Lacrosse falls twice at home Chris Wurtz Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University lacrosse team dropped Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) games against Millersville University and Seton Hill University last week at Robb Sports Complex by scores of 15–12 and 18–10. Tuesday’s battle against Millersville was close throughout, as neither team led by more than four goals at any point. SU (4–6, 2–4 PSAC) arguably won the statistical battle, taking 25 shots on goal to the Marauders’ 23. The Raiders also recorded fewer turnovers (16) compared to MU’s 20. The Raiders held the lead for most of the first 10 minutes of action before Millersville tied the score at three, with 20:50 remaining in the first half. The Marauders then scored four consecutive goals and held the Raiders scoreless for over 20 minutes to take a 6–4 lead into halftime. SU kept it close in the second half, scoring eight goals to Millersville’s nine behind multiple second-half goals from sophomore Alana Cardaci and freshman Sydney Costanza. The Raiders got one goal apiece from four different players — junior Kami Holt, senior Madi Newman and freshmen Hannah Seifried and Gabby Savarino. Sophomore Jena MacDonald contributed a season-high four assists. Senior Valerie Hertz is on the verge of making Raider history. The senior defender’s four groundballs pushed her career total to 204, mak-
ing her one of only three players in program history with more than 200 career groundballs. Hertz needs just three groundballs to move into second place on the alltime list. The Raiders struggled in their Saturday contest against Seton Hill, finding themselves trailing 4–0 after just eight minutes of action. The Griffins widened their lead to 9–2 before an SU scoring streak at the end of the first half made the score 9–5 at intermission. Cardaci netted four more
goals and tacked on two assists to record her fourth consecutive hat trick. The sophomore’s 36 goals are ranked fourth in the PSAC. Savarino and Holt each scored twice against the Griffins. MacDonald notched three more assists, moving her to fifth in the PSAC with a season total of 20. The Raiders are back in action Wednesday for a road game against the conference’s second-place West Chester University Golden Rams.
April 9, 2019
Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/SU Sports Info.
Alana Cardaci leads SU in goals and is fourth overall in the PSAC with 36.
This is the April 9, 2019 edition of The Slate.