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Catty comments take over election, B1

How out-of-state SU students can deal with voter ID laws, A4

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Five tips to survive freshman year, C1 Recipe of the week: zucchini casserole, C2

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President Ruud welcomes back students Byte Into Dear Ship Students,

Welcome to the start of what I know will be another outstanding year at Shippensburg University. For our returning students, welcome back as you continue your Ship adventure. For our new students, welcome to the Ship family as you begin your Ship adventure. Whether you are returning or just joining the community, you see a SU that is changing and improving for you. For example: ­—We will complete our Academic Master Plan this fall as we also being new degree programs in Computer Engineering and Software Engineering. ­—We will soon complete the final phase of expansion of the Ceddia Union Building (CUB), including a UPS store that will provide additional services to

you. With the expansion and renovations, the CUB is an even more vital part of student life. We will officially cut the ribbon to reopen the CUB at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2012 and I hope you will attend. ­—A new Veterans Resource Center will provide our students who served our country with needed services and opportunities to make the transition from soldier/sailor/marine to student. The grand opening is on Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. ­—Great progress continues on the three new residence halls. Yes, there is still construction noise and disruption of roads and walking, but the new halls will dramatically change the way you live and interact on campus. The halls will open for the spring semester 2013 and if you are thinking about making the change, please contact the Dean of Students’ office to

get your name on the list for a room. Work also starts in the spring of 2013 on the second phase of the project. ­—Student groups continue to be at the heart of the university and several earned honors for their work on and off campus. SUTV was nominated a second time for two Emmy Awards; our chapter of Kappa Beta Gamma sorority was awarded the group’s national Chapter of the Year Award in part for its volunteer and fundraising efforts; and our chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, won the “Best Chapter” award for 2011-2012.    These are but a few examples of the many opportunities here that will serve you well now and wherever your Ship education and experience take you. Getting involved is a great way to learn leadership skills,

share your interests with others and have an impact on the campus and community. The key, of course, is your participation and willingness to challenge yourself. You have high expectations and so do we. By working together these expectations will not only be met, but also exceeded. The beginning of the new academic year is a special time on a university campus. It is a time of hope and opportunity coupled with challenge and change. At SU, it is truly a special moment in your life and in the life of the university. Please enjoy the year and I hope to see you this semester on campus at the flagSHIP of Pennsylvania’s state universities, Shippensburg.

- William N. Ruud, Ph.D., President

Editors look forward to a new year Dear Slate Readers, When I found The Slate during the SIS Fair three years ago, I had no idea I would be in the position I am in now. All I knew was that I wanted to be part of the newspaper and find my way in some form of journalism. Never did I think I would be sitting in the Editor-inChief’s chair, overlooking the tables of The Slate staff, writing my final welcoming letter. Last year, I could not have been more proud of The Slate and everything the staff have accomplished. I spent countless hours in the newspaper office, working and brainstorming to further improve The Slate and I will do the same this year. This newspaper is my pride and joy. My goal is to make every one of you as proud of

it as I am. Last year we launched a new website, fully integrated and took advantage of our new design and won four high-level awards. And we were just getting started. This may be my final year at Shippensburg University, but I still will pour my heart and soul into this publication to see it conquer and succeed even more than last year. I have the most incredible staff, who are always pouring their hearts into this newspaper, and together, the potential of The Slate is unimaginable. Thank you for your continued support, and welcome back to another fantastic year at SU.

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I hope everybody enjoyed summer break. I hope you all made wonderful memories and got to relax for at least a few days. Now that school is back in session, we are looking forward to a great year, not only here at The Slate, but also for the university as a whole. The new year brings new students, new faces, new friends, new professors, new classes and new experiences. We are also starting fresh this year at The Slate. It is a new year, which means a new staff, new writers and new routines. As we adjust to our changes, we hope you adjust as smoothly as we do. I, for one, am looking forward to all of the newness. Yours, I am looking forward to the Chelsea Wehking new classes and new chalEditor-in-Chief lenges. I am excited about

the news stories we are going to cover this year. I am excited about our website and the different ways we can get you involved with us more. This year, I want you as involved with us as possible. My goal is to cover as many campus events and activities as possible, but we cannot do that without your help. We want to know what is going on, where it is at, who is sponsoring it and when it is. Hopefully, you help us achieve this goal because it is not possible without you. I hope everyone has a fantastic semester, does well in class and has fun. I wish you all the best of luck whether it is your first semester or your last. Cheers, Cara Shumaker Managing Editor


Five must-have backto-school student apps Zachary Davis Staff Columnist

achieved on assignments and exams. While it does not have an Android app or Blackberry app, it does have a mobile web version that works fairly well. This app’s best feature, though, is the ability to set up email and/or text message reminders for any assignments that you put into its system.

After a nice long summer, I am sure everyone is dreading going back to classes and having to deal with homework, papers, notes and the like. These five applications will make this coming’s dicter a little easier for you tionary app is certainly to handle. a must-have for anyone Evernote is the app who will be reading any that gets the honors at sort of educational matethe top of the list. It works rial, as it is easy to mix great on iOS devices, An- up the meanings of words droid devices, Blackber- sometimes. You might not ries and computers (both use this app every day, Mac and PC). With this or even every week, but app, you will be able to when you need it while take your class notes and reading over your study access them anywhere on guide for your midterm any device inside of Ever- the next day, you will be note’s easy to use inter- glad you have it on your face. If you like Evernote phone. and have an iPad, then Epicurious comes last, Evernote Peek is also worth a look, bringing but not least. It costs a lot flashcards to the note tak- of money for students to go out to eat all the time, ing platform. and the dining hall food Dropbox comes in sec- can get old at times, enter ond on the list, working this cookbook app. This on all sorts of devices as app is not for the lazy stuwell. It is basically a USB dent who does not want device on the Internet, to buy ingredients and giving you access to your cook, but for those that files wherever you go so are willing to make their long as you have Internet own food once in a while. access, storing everything Epicurious has a slew of features for looking up in the “cloud.” new and easy recipes. TrackClass is a great There are many other web-app and iPhone app that allows students to apps for smartphones stay completely up-to-date that can really make your with anything in their student life much easier, classes offering calendar but these are the five baviews of upcoming events, sic ones that are musta space for notes and even haves. a place to input grades



August 28, 2012

SU offers students valid ID to comply with new voting law

William Kauffman News Editor

Something is different about this upcoming election than any other in US history, and it does not have to do with the candidates. It has to do with the electorate. Eight states are signing strict voter identification laws into effect, including Pennsylvania. SU students are among the affected voters. The law was passed by Republicans with the support of Gov. Tom Corbett. When Corbett approved the law, his administration estimated that only about one percent of voters will be affected by this change. After the law was passed, research was done and it was found that 758,939 voters lack a valid driver’s license or card issued to non-drivers, which is 9 percent of voters. The law was passed in an effort to fight voter fraud, although there is no documented case of voter fraud in Pennsylvania.

Those findings and state Rep. Mike Turzai saying, “Voter ID, which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done,” caused uproar among opponents accusing Republicans of trying to disenfranchise poor, senior, student and minority voters. The NAACP held a rally on July 24 to protest the law on the day before the beginning of a lawsuit brought by the Advancement Project, a Washington-based civil rights organization; the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia; to challenge the constitutionality of the law. On Aug. 15 Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson upheld the law, and an appeal has been filed since. The state Supreme Court agreed to expedite the appeal, and arguments from both sides will be heard by six justices on Sept. 13, just 54 days before the presidential election. If the law remains in ef-

fect going into the election, then there are some things that SU students need to know. First, with the new voter ID law, voters must present a driver’s license; nondriver photo ID, available from the Transportation Department; a valid U.S. passport; current local, state or federal government employee ID, with specified expiration dates; current military ID; photo ID, with an expiration date, from a licensed care facility or current student identification, with a specified expiration date, from an accredited Pennsylvania college or university. SU students with no other form of ID, particularly out-of-state students residing in Pennsylvania, could use their school-distributed ID card if it has an expiration date. Most SU ID cards do not currently include an expiration date. That is why, thanks to cooperation between Vice President of Student Affairs Roger Serr, who determined the process for undergraduate students;

Associate Provost & Dean of Graduate Studies Tracy Schoolcraft, who determined the process for graduate students; Vice President of Information Technologies & Services Rick Ruth, who provided the backend configuration and programming necessary to print the expiration date on the card and Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Peter Gigliotti, who designed the cards; all new SU ID cards will include an expiration date. Students who currently have an SU ID card that lacks an expiration date can go to the SU Police Office located in the Reed Operations Center and visit the ID room to obtain one with an expiration date. If a student does not have a Pennsylvania driver’s license, and needs a student ID for the purpose of voting, it will be provided for free and the student just has to turn in his or her old ID card according to Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police Cytha Grissom. If a student already has a driv-

Despite tuition increase, PASSHE tuition remains below national average Heather Leasure Staff Writer

It should come as no surprise to anyone in Pennsylvania’s System of Higher Education (PASSHE) that funding has been a topic of controversy for some time now. In the 2011-2012 academic year, Gov. Tom Corbett proposed to cut higher education funding in half, causing many students to fear for their education. The proposed budget for the 2012-2013 academic year seemed to look a bit better than the previous year, however it still took a toll on education. Under

Corbett’s original proposed budget announced in February 2012, a 20 percent cut in funding would have been given to state-owned universities, giving PASSHE $330 million in funds. The four state-related universities, Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University and Temple University would have received a 30 percent cut. The proposed cuts in funding would have also affected public education, which would have put a stop to funding for programs such as kindergarten, pre-k, and tutoring, as well as put the jobs of many teachers in jeopardy.

Due to increased revenues and the objection of many, a counter-proposal put forth by the state senate restored funding to education. The overall budget for Pennsylvania this year is $27.66 billion, which is half a million more than the governor’s proposed budget. $11.34 billion of this budget is being put toward education, which is about 40 percent of the overall budget. There was a 0.9 percent increase to $9.3 billion in public school funding. More than $39 million is being put towards helping 16 distressed school districts. The increase in funds

will also go toward public school transportation, special education and teacher evaluations. However, the funding level for PASSHE, as well as the state-related universities, remained the same as last year, at roughly $413 million. With this restoration of funding came a three percent, or $188, increase in tuition for PASSHE schools for the 2012-2013 academic year, keeping it at the rate of inflation. With this increase in tuition, the total cost of attendance for PASSHE will remain below the national average, allowing the system to remain an affordable option for higher education.

er’s license, but still wants a new ID with an expiration date as a replacement, they will have to pay a $10 fee. The ID Room has limited hours. It operates 11 a.m.6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. on Fridays. The ID Room is not available on weekends. Many people may not be aware of the new law and all of its stipulations. SU is striving to help students keep up with the

requirements of the law and provide them with access to proper ID. It is up to voters to keep informed and get what they need to vote. More information about the new law is available from the Pennsylvania Department of State, at 1-877-868-3772 during weekday business hours, or online at www.votespa. com. Remember, Oct. 9 is the registration deadline for voting, and Election Day is Nov. 6. Do not forget to bring your ID.

How To Register to Vote:

In person: At a county voter registration office, at a PENNDOT office or various government-affiliated offices. By mail: Mail a voter registration form to county voter registration office (310 Allen Road, Carlisle, Pa. 17013 for Shippensburg residents). To find more information and voter registration forms visit

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August 28, 2012

Two SU ROTC Cadets are commissioned Second Lieutenants

Shippensburg Sheetz awaits PLCB liquor license approval Hannah Wolfe Staff Writer

Photo by Gene Mizdail

Lt. Nicole Capozzi is flanked by her parents, Amy and Dave Capozzi, after receiving her Army commission. On Saturday, Aug. 25, Cadets Seth Cantler and Nicole Capozzi were commissioned second lieutenants in the United States Army at a ceremony at the Luhr’s Performing Arts Center. Seth Cantler was raised in Waynesboro, Pa. He recently graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor of science in criminal justice. Second Lt. Cantler will serve as an active duty ordnance Officer. After completing his initial officer training,


he will be stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Nicole Capozzi was raised in Mount Pleasant, Pa. She was a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship recipient earning a bachelor of science in exercise science degree at SU. Capozzi was also a member of the swim team earning All American honors each of her four years. She will serve as an active duty ordnance officer. She is awaiting assignment. The SU Army ROTC Raider Battalion started

commissioning officers in 1981. Prior to 1981, the ROTC program at SU was under the oversight of the Blue Mountain Battalion headquartered at Dickinson College in Carlisle. SU has commissioned 471 officers. Anyone interested in finding out how ROTC at SU can help them obtain their goals please contact Gene Mizdail at 717-4771896 or -Courtesy of Shippensburg University

Photo by Gene Mizdail

Second Lt. Seth Cantler is flanked by his mother Rebecca Cantler and Fiance Heather Sauter after receiving his Army commission.

Shippensburg’s Sheetz is awaiting the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to approve them for a pending license to sell beer at their store on King Street. The Shippensburg Borough Council voted “yes” to Sheetz’s request at a July 17 meeting in a fiveto-one decision, The Carlisle Sentinel reported. According to the PLCB, the license is still pending its approval. Sheetz employees estimate the remainder of the licensing process to take up to

a year. The Sentinel reported that, if approved, the Shippensburg convenience store would be the second Sheetz to sell beer statewide. The other store is located in Altoona, where beer is sold until 2 a.m. at a limit of two six-packs per customer. According to The Sentinel, several Shippensburg residents have filed protests against the store’s potential license. Members of the student body do not view the liquor license as having a negative impact on the community. “I don’t think it would have much effect on the

town,” senior Lisa Snader said. Other students said the idea may be costly to moral responsibility in the town. Evan Hallman said that the idea of Sheetz selling beer “straddles the line between personal and corporate responsibility. While Sheetz can’t be directly blamed for any increased drunkenness, the idea itself brings about images of increased drunk driving.” Sheetz also plans to expand its store within the next year. Depending on the PLCB’s decision, the new, larger Sheetz may include beer as well.



Catty comments take over election SAMANTHA NOVIELLO Opinion Editor

Picking a man or woman to be the leader of our country is never an easy task. Debates occur, speeches are given and strong words for our country are declared. But the worst part about the election process is the catty bicker that occurs back and forth between the two men or women running for presidency. As a part of running for office, candidates make it a point to talk about what they will do for our country and why it would be an admirable decision for the country to vote for them. But that is not all they talk about. In the 2012 election of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, comments fly back and forth between the two about what they’re doing wrong, not doing at all and what they could do better than the other if they were chosen for office. There is nothing I hate more than people belittling one another to get ahead in this world. But the scary thing is that politics have become this way in 2012. Instead of bad-mouthing one another, why not try a little harder to make yourself sound presentable and worthy of our country in the things you will do on your own, rather than pick at all

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Incoming freshmen begin new experience

the things the other candidate is doing wrong or not doing? Few times in politics do the candidates really have original material to argue and make points with because usually old arguments are put back into play. Let the past die, please. Also, taking words and phrases out of context is a huge factor in the election that I cannot stand. Romney and the Republican Party have lifted words Obama has said and taken them out of context more than once. The phrase, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” was stated by Obama in a thorough speech about business and success that was taken out of context. Romney took hold of this statement and presented it in a way that made Obama sound like he was foolish and that his words were hinting on the fact that, “Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple Computer or that Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft.” When it is put back into Obama’s speech, the phrase makes perfect sense and does not suggest what Romney stated at all. This is a key example of why I hate politics. You cannot turn on the television without seeing

commercials of both candidates belittling one another or campaign pitches that point fingers at someone doing wrong. Both candidates are responsible for doing this every year, and I really think it continues to get worse as the years go on. Spending time reevaluating the issues in the country today, working forward and strategically to find solutions to the problems we are all dealing with, would be time well spent. This constant bicker back and forth and “who did this” and “who did that” is not a way to be spending time and energy throughout the election. People like myself, who do not like to get involved in politics, find it extremely irritating to see people constantly pointing fingers, never owning up to what has happened and seeing the world bad-mouthing either one of the candidates. Every four years we have to pick a president; that’s just how our system works. It is never an easy task and the political system wastes a lot of valuable time making the country hate or love one of the candidates. Someone should change the way this all works, come in strong, proud to be there and is reliable. They should provide just straight facts, not belittling comments.


Asst. Opinion Editor For the 2012-2013 academic school year, according to Shippensburg University directories, an estimated 1,500 freshmen students arrived here on campus this past Thursday. That is 1,600 some students who are about to embark on a rollercoaster of a year bound to bring unexpected turns. In 2011, Michigan Live. com reported that an estimated 3.4 million U.S. students will enter an institution of higher education after receiving a high school diploma. The ACT, a college admissions testing company based in Iowa, reported that of that 3.4 million, one out of three students will not return to an institution of higher education for their sophomore year. So this means, through some simple calculations of my own, that 495 freshmen students will not return to Shippensburg University for the 2013-2014 academic school year. That is 33 percent of the current freshmen class. A percent I find too high. I would like address the freshmen class here at SU. First and foremost, get organized and realize that you have an opportunity to better yourselves and create a better future for yourself. Receiving an acceptance letter to any University is a privilege. Keep in mind there could have been another student who did not receive the letter in the mail they wanted. Do not waste a given opportunity. Studying is never exciting, but working at a minimum wage job for the rest of your life won’t be either. Finding a way to balance the activities in your life will do wonders for your grades, and creating a strong work ethic now

will only benefit you for a future career. The professors here at SU are not only extremely knowledgeable in their fields, but they are also very accessible. Unlike some major states universities, Shippensburg is relatively small with about 8,300 students, with around 7,200 undergraduate, and around1,200 graduate students, according to SU’s website.

“Finding a way to balance the activities in your life will do wonders for your grades, and creating a strong work ethic now will only benefit you for a future career.

The small campus size, creates the opportunity for a close knit feeling in class. With small class sizes comes a 19-to-1 ratio between professors and students. This gives every student the chance to communicate with professors on a one on one basis, something I highly encourage. I have found that my professors are very willing to work around scheduling conflicts to help students when asked. If they see that you are putting in the work, they will help you. Go to class, don’t skip and realize that some professors penalize students for poor attendance. Why study diligently expecting to receive an A, and then receive a B, because skipping class was too tempting? You have come to college for a reason, and failing out will hurt you academically and financially. Advisers help in more

than one way, and creating a relationship with yours will benefit your time here at SU. Keeping contact with them regularly can keep you on track with general education classes and deciding what major or minor you may be considering. Listen to them and discuss what your plans are for graduation. Also keep in mind that your adviser or professors may have contacts in the career field you are interested in. One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give is to learn to create balance between your school and social life. We all know what happens during the weekend while in college. Making friends and creating your own kind of fun while at school is a huge part of a college experience. However, receiving an underage drinking citation will penalize you and your future, and can lead to expulsion from the university. This is something that will haunt you on your permanent record for the rest of your life and something you will always regret. Freshman year is an exciting experience that can change you for the better. You will mature, grow and learn more in one year than you ever thought possible. I have loved my time here at Shippensburg University and look back on my freshman year with fond memories. Granted, it may be difficult at times, surrounding yourselves with support group of friends can be one of the greatest assets you can create for yourself while here at Ship. Good luck with classes and the year to come, and remember that starting on the best note possible will only make Shippensburg everything you hope it will be.

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Colorado shooting


Unheathy world


causes viewer overractions creates unhealthy people NICK SENTMAN

Asst. Sports Editor Another summer is over and a new school year begins. Insert clichéd “welcome back” phrase here. I want to make sure that for my last year I make my opinion known a little louder than last semester. It has been a crazy summer filled with some huge stories. Let me take the time to start the year the only way I know how. You know what really grinds my gears? Idiots with guns. I am not a gun totting redneck, even though I did go to high school with some. Using a gun for hunting, war, or even for your own personal “protection” is one thing. Killing people for no reason other than morbid pleasure is another. Yes, I know that innocent people do die in wars, but that is not the point I am making. I am talking about those sadistic maniacs that feel the need to shoot up a movie theatre, a courthouse, or even a place of worship. I can use many colorful words to describe these people but I will stick with the black and white.

This has been a summer to forget for many families throughout our country. James Holmes, Jeffrey Johnson, Wade Michael Page; these names do not sound threatening; these men were neighbors, friends, brothers, sons. Now they will forever be synonymous for what they did and not who they were. I have no sympathy for these people. They are morons, regardless of what their intentions were. They will never feel the pain that the family members of their victims feel. The media loves to feed fear into the hearts of its viewers, so when events like these transpire, it becomes Defcon 1 in America. Everyone is suddenly afraid to do anything, go anywhere or talk to anyone. Face it, America overreacts like the father of a 16year-old girl. Everything is blown out of proportion. Seriously, people were saying that going to a movie theater was too dangerous. No one wanted to run the risk because if some punk kid could ambush that many people then what was going to stop a copycat killer? People, we need to relax a little bit here. Stuff happens.

What we need to do is just live our days as best we can. If we are in the wrong place at the wrong time then those are just the breaks. If we live in fear, then we will never truly live. I know that this summer has been rather tragic. No one deserves to die the way those people did. No family member deserves to suffer the loss of loved ones that way. Yet, we can learn from this as a whole. We can make sure to be aware of our surroundings, protect our women and children and alert authorities as quickly as possible. Guns might be the cause but getting rid of them is not the answer. As much as we fight the NRA about gun safety, these psychos are going to get ahold of them one way or another. We cannot take away guns and we will never get to that point so we should end that fight. If we took guns away it would last about as long as when we took cookies away from the cookie monster, and we all saw how that turned out.


“Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool.” If that is not a classic song, I do not know what is. In case you are unaware, this song is Adam Sandler’s “back to school” song which he sang as Billy, the main character from Billy Madison. Whether you are trying to prove to your dad that you are not a fool, or you are just looking to better yourself in finding a job in the real world, the reality of it all is that the school year of 2012 to 2013 has just kicked off. By the way, what is the next line to that song? I think it goes something like, “I got my lunch packed up.” That reminds me, the start of the school year means that I have to start eating school food again. Now that is something that I am not all that excited about. And this has nothing to do with the lunch ladies, the cooks or anyone else who is involved with the school meals; they are all wonderful people and I really appreciate everything they do for us. The problem really comes down to the fact that the

food is unhealthy. I do not even know that I would go as far as to put the blame on the management and the school, because what it all boils down to is that we live in an unhealthy country. The management is just doing their job, and the school is just trying to save some extra cash while trying to keep our tuition as low as possible. Who can blame them? The food industry has become a complete and utter mess over the past century. As the technology has surged beyond unimaginable points, so has the food industry. Most of our food today is made through the act of chemistry related means. Our food is also processed, injected with hormones and smothered with pesticides. It allows us to eat more for less money. But at the same time, the end result represents unhealthy individuals, which equates to enormous medical bills. It is odd that out of nowhere two man-made killing diseases, commonly known as cancer and heart disease, came roaring into the picture. I have read studies that show the two biggest killers in the United States were

almost non-existent before technology and the food industry erupted. Another problem that has become more and more prominent involves food allergies. And by food allergies, I do not just mean a peanut butter allergic reaction. I am sure you have heard of the term gluten before? I am astonished of the amount of people that I have run into who are allergic to gluten and need to eat a gluten-free diet. I just happen to be a new victim to gluten. As a student who needs to eat a gluten-free diet, I find myself sitting between a rock and a hard place. There is not one place where you can go to eat gluten-free food on campus. Obviously, I could drop the meal plan completely and make my own food at home, but as a student-athlete I am left with absolutely no time to even consider making my own food. I know for a fact that I am not the only one who has a problem with gluten, and even if I was, an excess amount of gluten is not healthy for anyone. Slippery Rock University can enjoy gluten-free cooking, why not SU?


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August 28, 2012

Top 5 tips to help survive freshman year Danielle Halteman Ship Life Editor

Freshman year can be scary and exciting, but confusing. As freshmen, finding equal balance between independence without forgetting about schoolwork can be challenging. To help all the freshmen in this situation, here are five tips to help survive freshman year. 1. Go to class, do the homework and follow the syllabus. In college you might not have homework every night to turn in the next day, but you are responsible for keeping up with the notes provided in class. Use those notes because chances are they will end up on a test at some point. Excuses like “my dog ate my homework” may have worked in high school, but in college, it different.

You will be provided with a syllabus by all of your professors at the beginning of the semester, and you 1. Go to class, do the are expected to follow that syllabus throughout the se- homework and follow mester. the syllabus. Check the syllabus regularly to know when upcom2. Go to your profesing assignments and projects are due and when tests sor’s office hours. and quizzes will be held. You are going to be held 3. Get involved in responsible to know these dates. It is not the profesextracurricular sor’s responsibility to reactivities. mind you. 2. Go to office hours. Professors have office 4. Go easy on the hours for a reason­—to help partying. their students. If you have any questions about anything involving 5. Realize you are not one of your classes, you can stuck on campus. go to your professors’ office hours. If you are unable to make it to those office hours, you can give your professors Also, realize that you can a call during that time to schedule an appointment reach them. with your professors outside of their office hours.

By doing this, you can ensure that you will get the information you need from your professors. Most professors will be more than happy to explain whatever needs explained. 3. Get involved in extracurricular activities. Getting involved in extracurricular activities not only allows you to meet new people, but it also allows you to get more experience in your major. After graduation, employers are going to look at the experiences you have had in your major, and these extracurricular activities can help with your resume. 4. Go easy on the partying. Although you might be finding your independence and want to go out with your friends, realize you are in college for a reason. Make sure to study and get homework done before anything.

Your parents are no longer going to be with you to make sure you get your homework done and study for tests. 5. Realize you are not stuck on campus Do not get overwhelmed thinking that you cannot leave campus. There are plenty of restaurants in Shippensburg that hold dinner specials specifically for college students. These restaurants are not even a mile off campus, making it a quick walk to have dinner with your friends outside of campus. Also, in Shippensburg, there are plenty of little shops for students to do some shopping as well as salons and even a spa for residents and students to enjoy. Shippensburg University also offers Raider Regional Transit (RRT) which is free for students and faculty. These buses pick stu-

dents up and drop them off anywhere they want to go on or off campus. The RRT can take students to places like Giant Food Store, Wal Mart, the post office, and, on Saturdays, the RRT makes trips back and forth to the Chambersburg Mall. To find the RRT schedule, go to rrt and click on either the blue route or red route depending on where you want to go to see the times the buses run and the locations where you can get picked up. Each bus makes different stops, so make sure to get on the bus that is stopping where you want to go. With all of this said, welcome and good luck to all of the incoming freshmen of Shippensburg University, and remember these five tips for a successful first year.

Class of 2016 arrives at Shippensburg University Members of the Shippensburg University Class of 2016 started their Shippensburg experience when they moved in Thursday Aug. 23. More than 1,500 new students were part of the move onto campus and participated in the Fall Welcome Week program to help them make the transition to university life. They were joined by about 350 transfer students during the program. Overall, the university expects to have 7,725 undergraduate and graduate students for the Fall 1012 semester. Final numbers will be available in late September. Students began arriving at 7:45 a.m. and continued to arrive through

late afternoon based on their ZIP code. Students who live closest to the university, those in the 17000 to 17375 ZIP codes, arrived first. All new students were asked to come to campus at their assigned time. One highlight of orientation was Academic Day on Aug. 24. It was an opportunity to introduce students into the academic community in a way that reflects the positive values, missions and challenges associated with living and learning at Shippensburg University. The program’s theme is “Success Starts Now!” A key component of the orientation program is service learning projects led by faculty that allow students to become engaged with their learning

and the local community. Among the programs are cleaning up the Long Pine Reservoir Lakeside Trail, creating a campus farm, volunteering at the literacy carnival and awareness event during the Corn Festival, volunteering at the Shippensburg Pregnancy Resource Center (PMI) and painting a mural at the Chambersburg HispanicAmerican Center. More information about the service learning projects is available by contacting Alice Armstrong at piffle@cs.ship. edu or at 477-1640 or Benjamin Galluzzo at or at 477-1468. -Courtesy of Shippensburg University

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Approximately 1,500 students moved onto campus Thursday, Aug. 23.

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Recipe of the Week


Zucchini Casserole

As college students we must make time to eat, although this simple task might not be as simple as it sounds. If you would rather not eat out every meal here is one of the easiest recipes; zucchini casserole.

3 cups of shredded zucchini 1 small onion, diced 4 eggs 1/4 cup of vegetable oil 1 cup of Bisquick 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Spray non-stick cooking spray into a small casserole dish and then put the mixture into the dish. Cook casserole at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Want to share your quick and easy recipes? E mail Danielle and Anna at

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Zucchini casserole is quick and easy for any college student who does not have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

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Jackson Browne Not ‘Running on Empty’ Mary Ann Gleockner

Contributing Writer Jackson Browne and friends played to a sold-out crowd at Shippensburg University’s Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Aug. 17. Special guest Sara Watkins joined him in an outstanding performance that left the audience yelling for more. Regardless if you have been a fan of Jackson Browne since he started in the mid ‘60s, or if you have only paused to enjoy his pop hits in the late ‘70s, this concert made you appreciate his larger than life talent. He has assembled an incredible group of performers to tour with him who each bring his and her own unique gifts that add to the show. Jackson Browne himself began the evening in an unheard of fashion by quietly walking onstage and introducing Sara Watkins respectfully and without fanfare.

For over an hour, Watkins performed an eclectic collection from her own albums, which she affectionately called “records.” Her music could best be described as simplistically beautiful in the way she used her violin to repeat the melody of her lyrics. Watkins then drew in the crowd by turning her violin into a fiddle with some bluegrass songs from her beginnings with the Grammy awardwinning band “Nickel Creek.” She then introduced her brother who performed one of his original songs. Watkins shared her experience touring with Browne, “I find it exciting. There’s a lot of collaboration between all the people on tour. Jackson customizes each show to be unique to the city we’re playing in,” she said. Once Browne took the stage, the audience saw what she meant. Jackson Browne once again quietly walked onto the stage and began his show. Without an introduction or drum roll, he sat

down at the piano and began to sing. Mesmerizing the audience from the start, Browne continued by explaining that his second song was one he wrote following the Haitian earthquake in 2010, “Standing in the Breech.” It was a moving tribute to the resilience of people and the power everyone holds to help those in need. He then carefully chose a guitar from one of nearly two dozen lining the side of the stage and began the portion of the show to which Watkins was referring. After Browne performed one song, he began to introduce another when an audience member called out a request. Browne laughed and said, “OK, we’ll play that then” and did. At that point, play-lists went out the window and the show had no format. Browne played and inlcuded his songs with amusing stories about the origin, then another request would be called out and the song would be played.

Browne occasionally would joke with an audience member or with another member of the tour. Browne played everything from old favorites, including “Call It A Loan” (1980), “Your Bright Baby

Blues,” (1976), “Running On Empty” (1977), and “The Pretender” (1976), to newer songs such as “Live Nude Cabaret” (2008), and “Love Needs a Heart” (2008). After more than two hours. Browne took the

stage for an encore playing the crowd-pleaser “Take It Easy.” The evening was an intimate, amusing and entertaining experience.

Photo by Grimaldo Berrios Jackson Browne took song requests during his performance.

Shippensburg Corn Festival is successful Theresa Helwig Staff Writer On Saturday, Aug. 25, the annual Shippensburg Corn Festival transformed King Street into a medley of art, entertainment and food vendors. The idea of the corn festival was established by the Shippensburg Heritage and Recreation Society (SHARPS). After a historic log house was torn down in order to build Sheetz in 1979, SHARPS decided to begin the process of making Shippensburg into a registered historic district with the National Register

of Historic Places in order to ensure its history was preserved. The process required funds that SHARPS did not have so they decided to hold a festival in order to raise money. The corn festival, which is now run by the Corn Festival Committee, has remained an important event in Shippensburg ever since. People from all over were able to enjoy a variety of events that were included in the occasion this year. The area of the festival stretched along King Street beginning at the intersection at Prince Street,

down to the intersection at Spring Street. In order to live up to its name, a corn eating contest was held and food vendors offered various items such as corn on the cob, chicken corn soup, corn fritters, corn bread and corn pudding. Along with the staple corn items offered, the festival also included over 40 other options for people to curb their appetites. Hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, beef jerky, Thai food, kettle corn, fudge and a soda fountain could be found in the food court area as well as along the entire length of King Street.

Three areas were set up for music artists to entertain the passer-by. The main stage featured “Ridgeway Brass” “Troupe Asherah” “Midlife Cowboys,” “Blueridge Thunder Cloggers,” and “Wasted Talent.” “Wasted Talent,” who ended the day, is made up of four young teenagers. The band consisted of a keyboard player, a saxophone player, a drummer and a singer were all the instruments the band needed to successfully entertain the crowd. They were able to sum up the corn festival when they sang “Summertime and the Livin’s Easy.”

Their set also included Coldplay and jazz tunes. Other artists performed further down King Street at the gazebo as well as on the F-B stage. One main draw of the festival was all of the various crafts and antiques that vendors sold along the event’s route. In addition to the popular Americana Décor that was sold by many craft vendors, more unique handmade crafts were available as well. Candles, wind chimes, brooms, jewelry, artwork, dog treats, pottery, purses, scarecrows, photography and furniture were just a few of the many items of-

fered to shoppers. Not only did people take advantage of the large selection of crafts, they were able to enjoy a magic show and kids were invited to submit their sculptures for the sculpture contest. After the food and craft vendors packed away the last of their items and the throngs of people filtered off King Street, it is clear to the Shippensburg community that the festival succeeded in once again bringing together a community of people for one exciting day of food, entertainment. and shopping.


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Bonnaroo vs. Firefly JAMES REILLY STAFF WRITER Bonnaroo. The mention of the Manchester, Tenn. music festival leaves fans trading stories of famous performances, camping shenanigans and other memories made during the fourday-festival held every June. This past Bonnaroo figured to again be labeled as the premier east coast music festival of the summer but faced surprising competiton from the firstever Firefly Music Festival. Firefly, held in Dover, Del. boasted incredible headliners that had the music world buzzing when its lineup was revealed. The festival somehow booked the reclusive but heavily acclaimed indie rock group Modest Mouse as well as the popular rock band The Killers. One of the true lyricists of hip-hop, Lupe Fiasco was set to play. The prolific former White Stripe, Jack White was also scheduled and fellow blues rockers The Black Keys would close the festival. The festival’s

date was set for July 20-22, about a month after Bonnaroo and one day shorter. Bonnaroo’s headliners were every bit as impressive as Firefly’s. Radiohead would be making a return to the festival, exciting fans with hopes that the legendary British group could match it’s 2006 show at Roo. With these two lineups, neither festival was ever going to be anything but a smashing success. Fans in attendance at either were treated to some of the best music of the summer. At Bonnaroo, Radiohead played a set heavy with new music and live sample experimentation. The result was a show that was a bit subdued compared to its 2006 set but one that pushed the boundaries of how bands perform music. The Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered an exciting show and The Roots were mentioned by many as one of the best sets of the festival. A pleasant surprise at Bonnaroo was the little known rock group Moon Taxi. They played the first night of the festival and nearly caused a riot when they covered Rage

Against The Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” Bon Iver delivered a beautiful and powerful set. Phish did what Phish does; jamming so hard that nobody knew or cared what song the band was playing. The famous Bonnaroo heat was a bit tamer this year and the event went off without a hitch. Firefly had a lot to live up to. On the first night in Dover, Jack White was the first headliner to perform. There could not have been a better opening act. White muscled his way through a catalog of his entire career. As one of the fans in the crowd said, “He was just face-meltingly good.” The Killers put on a crowd-pleasing effort, playing all of their hits and also setting off some fireworks and confetti that resulted in the second most visually appealing show at the festival. The event was a great success, surprising even the musicians. Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of The Killers seemed taken aback by the energy of the crowd, “Wow Delaware. Who knew?”

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Luhrs Schedule of Events 2012-2013

Friday 9/14- The Midtown Men Thursday 9/27- Wynonna & the Big Noise Saturday 10/6- Christopher Cross & The Little River Band Thursday 10/11- Charley Pride Friday 10/19- An Evening with Liza Minnelli "Confessions" Thursday 10/25- An Evening with Huey Lewis & The News Saturday 10/27- Glen Campbell "The Goodbye Tour" Friday 11/2- Three Dog Night Friday 11/9- The Legendary Voice of Supertramp Friday 11/16- Sinbad Sunday 11/18- SU Community Orchestra Fall concert Saturday 12/1- Skippyjon Jones Saturday 12/8- Clay Aiken "Joyful Noise tour" Wednesday 12/12- Vienna Boys Choir Saturday 2/9- An Evening With Michael W. Smith Saturday 2/16- Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Thursday 2/21- An Evening with John Quinones Thursday 3/7- The Irish Tenors Wright, Kearns, Tynan The ‘Let’s Celebrate Ireland’ Tour Saturday 3/9- An Evening with Cesar Millan Tuesday 3/12- Celtic Woman Saturday 3/23- An Evening of Doo Wop Thursday 4/4- Boys II Men Sunday 4/7- SU Spring Band Concert Wednesday 4/10- The Texas Tenors Wednesday 4/17- ABBA The Concert Sunday 4/21- SU Community Orchestra Spring Concert Saturday 6/1- The 50’s Dance Party



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The Hot Corner Athletes to watch

Nick and Mike debate the hottest event that took place this summer MICHAEL SHIPMAN

Asst. Sports Editor AND

NICK SENTMAN Asst. Sports Editor

Well another year of The Slate means another edition of the Hot Corner. This year we want to welcome in new Assistant Sports Editor Michael Shipman. Set this column to 350 degrees because things are about to get real heated up in here this year. We decided to open the year talking about what we think was the most important sports story of the summer. Let the burning begin. Nick: I think you have to agree that the Summer Olympics were the greatest sports story of the whole year, if not just the summer. Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps, the 2012 Dream Team, a U.S.A victory, and The Spice Girls reunion, what more is there to say? Another fantastic year of Olympic events brought the entire country together. This is the only time that everyone can say they are rooting for the same team, Team America. The 2012 basketball Dream Team lived up to expectations and with LeBron James and Kevin Durant showing the world their true talents. Gabby Douglas took people by surprise with her almost underdog performance in

the gymnastics. Her story is so amazing and was worth watching. The country needed this boost and even though it is sad to think that Michael Phelps may have swam his last race at least he goes out the most decorated Olympian of all time. I think it is hard to argue that any other sporting event outmatched the Olympics, but I am sure my other cohorts will try.


We all know about Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Alex Rodriguez having their professional careers and reputations tarnished. How did this happen? The No. 1 issue in the sports world is to blame. Steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. As if the sports world has not already been negatively affected by athletes’ abuse of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, even more cases have broken out this past summer. Perhaps the most talked about topic this summer has been the controversy surrounding world-renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong. In June, the United States


Shepherd to crowd the line a little bit, allowing Zulli Asst. Sports Editor to throw the ball. FrenA new sports season ette will be the catalyst in brings us a whole new crop this game for the Raiders. of young student athletes Zach Zulli trying to help SU excel in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). For our first issue we decided that the best way to bring attention to our student athletes is with a player to watch. With football on everyone’s minds it is only fitting that our players to watch this Anti-Doping Agency offi- week is our running back cially charged Armstrong Mike Frenette and quarZach Zulli. with doping and trafficking terback of drugs. As a result, he was MIKE FRENETTE suspended from competition Zulli was 17 for 30 with in cycling and triathlon. two interceptions during Other recent steroid stothe previous game against ries have included Barry Shepherd. His four touchBonds who was convicted downs and 277 yards seem in 2011, Roger Clemens in impressive, but the inter2012, and more recently, ceptions hurt. Also Zulli Melky Calbrera was susran for negative yardage on pended for 50 games after four carries. He might like testing positive for testosterto scramble but I think he one. Pitcher Bartolo Colon needs to let Frenette handle was also handed a 50-game Shepherd’s defensive line. suspension last WednesZulli is going to pass for Since 2004 SU has day for the same thing. around the same as last year Most of these cases have not been able to get past going 18 for 32 with one pick. Shepherd University, happened in the MLB I also see his passing yards more than any other sports but these two should be boosting from 277 and fourleague, forcing people to able to lead a formidable touchdowns to 302 yards call this the steroid era, a SU squad into a fresh for four touchdowns again. decade of cheating MLB new season opening with Zulli will get have to players and the lack of ac- Shepherd this Saturday. scramble some this game Frenette was held to 46 tion by the team owners. and his speed will net him Hearing all of these yards for no scores last year 16 yards on four carries. in the opener. With the way promising athletes literally As long as Zulli keeps throw away their careers the SU offensive line looks the ball in the hands of his Frenette needs to take comand reputations is quite teammates and not the opshocking. It just proves mand of the ground game. ponents, SU will be fine. that one never knows when Those numbers on 12 caranother athlete will have ries is not going to help tested positive for steroid Zulli and company get past or performance-enhancing Shepherd this year. There drug abuse, and it is un- is a lot more determination nerving to know that any in Frenette to make an imathlete could be next. pact and I look for him to get 86 yards on 15 carries with a score this Saturday. I also see him increasing his yardage on receiving and returns. His total all purpose yards were 208 last year but I see him hitting 260 this game. Frenette will have a big game with a total of two touchdowns and an impact on offense. Wth Frenette behind the offensive line, look for

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SU Sports Upcoming Schedule HOME GAMES IN CAPS

Football Sept 1 vs. Shepherd 1 p.m. Volleyball Aug 31-Sept 1 @Marauder Clash Millersville, Pa. Field Hockey Sept. 1-2 @ Doubletree Fall Classic Colchester Vt. Cross Country Sept. 1 GALEN E. PIPER ALUMNI INVITE 10:30 a.m. Men’s Soccer Aug 31 CHESTNUT HILL 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 PITTSBURGH JOHNSTOWN 6 p.m. Women’s Soccer Aug 30 CHARLESTON 6 p.m. Sept 2 West Virginia Wesleyan 12 p.m.



2012 MEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE Aug. 31 vs. Chestnut Hill Sept. 2 vs. PittsburghJohnstown Sept. 5 at District of Columbia


Men’s and women’s soccer looking to make a push in 2012 season

Chris Black looking to make impact in 2012 Michael Shipman

Asst. Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University men’s soccer team will look to bolster its record after recording an aboveSept. 8 average season last year. vs. Charleston The Raiders will look to finish off with a third consecutive trip to the Sept. 14 at West Virginia NCAA tournament. They finished last season with Wesleyan a 9-6-2 record, earning their second consecutive Sept. 19 trip to the tournament. With a busy schedule in vs. West Chester front of them, they will face its Pennsylvania State AthSept. 22 letic Conference (PSAC) foes at Millersville as well as some out-of-town rivals, including University Sept. 28 of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, University of District of at Lock Haven Columbia, University of Charleston and West VirSept. 29 ginia Wesleyan College. at Slippery Rock The Raiders’ toughest opponents will come through Oct. 3 PSAC foes Millersville Uniat Goldey-Beacom versity, Lock Haven University, Bloomsburg Univer-

Oct. 6 vs. Concordia (N.Y.)

sity and East Stroudsburg University. SU will have to face star athletes from these rival schools, notably MU’s Andrew Dukes and ESU’s Nemanja Nikolic. This year, the Raiders return with the majority of its roster intact. Sophomore midfielder Chris Black led the team with goals last season, scoring five of the team’s total 17 goals of the season, including one game-winner in his freshman campaign. Going into his sophomore year, Black should be primed to improve on those numbers and play a significant threat for the team. Junior forward Derrick Roy finished with four goals and lead the team with three game-winning goals. Last season, SU outscored its opponents 27-21, and heavily out-shot its opponents 277-216. The Raiders will try and continue this trend Friday against Chestnut Hill at 6:30 p.m. from David See Field.

Oct.9 vs. East Stroudsburg Oct. 13 at Bloomsburg Oct. 16 at Mercyhurst Oct. 20 vs. Gannon Oct. 24 Home games at NYIT free for SU Oct. 27 students with vs. California (Pa) student ID


Photo by Sam Stewart

Alex Prosser and Sam Talbot will look to anchor the defensive side of the ball this year.

2012 WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE Aug. 30 vs. Charleston Sept. 2 vs. West Viginia Wesleyan Sept. 5 at Kutztown Sept. 8 vs. Edinboro Sept. 10 at Holy Family Sept. 14 vs. Indiana (Pa) Sept. 15 vs. Clarion

Photo by Sam Stewart

Along with Ashley Vellucci, the Raiders will rely on Kylee Bricker to shut down its opponents.

Sanders and Vellucci looking to lead in 2012 Michael Shipman

Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University women’s team fared worse than the men’s team and will have a lot to improve on in the upcoming season. The women’s team finished at 5-10-3, losing its final five games. Most notably, it will have to finish its season facing University of California (Pa), who blew everyone else out of the water last season, finishing the season undefeated in the PSAC and 20-1-2 overall, earning the No. 1 playoff spot. Kutztown University, Slippery Rock University and Bloomsburg University are just a few teams the women will have its hands full with this year. A big factor working against the women’s team is that Brittany Hibsh-

man, who led the team with five of the team’s total 15 goals of the 2011 season, will not be returning. SU will be looking for more players to get on the scorecard this year as it only returns four players who registered a goal last year. The team was outscored by its opponents, 21-15, last year, even though it heavily out-shot its opponents 228-198. SU will try and rely on returning starters, Molly Sanders, Kate Zech and Ashley Vellucci. All showed promise last season and will try to become the leaders that the team needs. SU opens its season this Thursday at 6 p.m. against Charleston University from David See Field. SU will begin PSAC play Sept. 5 with an away contest at Kutztown University.

Sept. 19 vs. West Chester Sept. 22 at Millersville Sept. 28 at Lock Haven Sept. 29 at Slippery Rock Oct. 3 at Mansfield Oct. 9 vs. East Stroudsburg Oct. 13 at Bloomsburg Oct. 16 at Mercyhurst Oct. 20 Gannon Oct. 25 at Chestnut Hill Oct. 27 vs. California (Pa)



SU looking like contenders, ready for 2012 campaign

SU looks to ride high-flying offense and rebuilt defense to PSAC championship, first game Sept. 1 against Shepherd. SAM STEWART

Sports Editor Sept. 1, 2012 marks a new year for the Shippensburg University football team as it looks to improve on its 7-4 mark a season ago and forge ahead in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s (PSAC) upper echelon. SU returns 20 of its 22 starters from a year ago and is looking to make a statement after getting picked fifth in the East division of the PSAC’s preseason rankings. However, SU players and coaches know that preseason predictions rarely come to fruition throughout the season. “It does not matter where we are picked to start the season. I am only concerned about where we finish,” said SU head coach Mark Maciejewski. The 2012 campaign is poised to make a huge splash this year. The Raiders, led by quarterback Zach Zulli and tailback Mike Frenette, blazed through the record books in 2011, demolishing single season passing and allpurpose yard records. The

duo along with leading receiver Trevor Harman will look to add to those numbers this upcoming year. Zulli was largely underestimated by PSAC foes in 2011, but will face tremendous pressure this year as teams will look to scheme more against the talented righty. Defenses will be looking to contain the run, and make Zulli a pocket passer, a position in which he has struggled a little in the past. The summer camp has brought positives along the defensive side of the ball. With its defensive line returning, a talented line-backing core and a speedy secondary, SU’s defense has looked better and better throughout camp. “We have had great leadership so far... Our defense is continuing to get better everyday, they are flying around the ball, a lot of intensity, and there has been a lot of emotional football these last 10 practices,” Maciejewski said. The line-backing core surrounded by Cody Fleming and up-and-coming James Brennan has all the talent needed to sure up the run defense.

“I have high expectations for our line-backing core this year...,” said Fleming “Coach has been testing our mental toughness throughout camp.” This mental toughness, has also been an aide to helping prevent the big plays that plagued the defense in the 2011 season. However, with returning starters in the secondary, there will be a more cohesive unit and it should limit the big plays, according to Fleming. The defense also returns a defensive line that is ready to take it to the next level. The defensive line wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks, especially against PSAC rival Millersville University last year and look to continue its impressive performance this year. The 2012 Raider squad looks tremendous on paper. With 20 of 22 starters returning this year, SU will have the leadership it will need to make a run at the PSAC title. The Raiders open up their season Saturday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. against Shepherd University at Seth Grove Stadium.

Sept. 1 vs. Shepherd Sept. 8 vs. Slippery Rock

Sept. 22 vs. Millersville Sept. 29 at Lock Haven Photo by Sam Stewart





Z. ZULLI- 2741 YDS, 34 TD, 11 INT







SU will look to put the ball in the endzone alot in 2012.


Sept. 15 at East Stroudsburg

172 ATT, 957 YARDS, 9 TD’S

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-Courtesy of SU Sports Information

Oct. 6 vs. LIU Post (Homecoming) Oct. 13 at Kutztown Oct. 20 at West Chester Oct. 27 vs Bloomsburg Nov. 3 vs. Cheyney Nov. 10 at IUP

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Cross country team eager to dominate the PSAC this fall Michael Shipman

Asst. Sports Editor

The Shippensburg men’s cross-country team had an impressive team last year, finishing in the Top 3 in five out of their eight total contests of last fall but will need to replace their star runner from last year. Stephen Schelander was the catalyst of the team last year but with his graduation, there is a void that will need to be filled. Scott Armstrong, Bernard England and Matt Gillette will be the greatest chance of filling Schelander’s shoes. All of these runners played key parts in the team’s success last year. All of these players earned top finishing spots in most of the contests last year and with all of them returning

for at least one more season, look for them to continue putting up big numbers and helping SU build on last season’s success. The Shippensburg women’s cross-country team was just as impressive as the men’s team. In fact, the women finished first in five of their eight contests, earning three of those consecutively, two against Lock Haven University, and one against Slippery Rock University. With those facts, can the women stay on top of their game to continue with their dominating performance into the 2012 season? Neely Spence was the only runner who had consistent, solid numbers throughout the season. While the rest of the roster put up impressive numbers for one contest, it would be followed by far more

discouraging statistics in the following contests. The women’s cross-country team is a solid, well-trained squad and will look to finish first again this year. Unfortunately, like the men’s Stephen Schelander, Spence will no longer be a part of the women’s team due to graduation. In order for SU’s women’s team to mirror and even top the success they had last year, consistency will be the key. The 2012 roster will need to keep the solid numbers up on a more consistent basis, rather than one runner finishing first for one race and then finishing in 48 th place in the next contest. However, the overall team statistics speak for themselves. If the women’s team can keep its eye on the prize this year, it will have another smooth season.

Field hockey No. 4 in Division II ranks Michael Shipman

Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University’s field hockey team has been putting on a clinic in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference the last few years and this year proves to be no exception. The field hockey team had a solid season last year, finishing with an undefeated 10-0 record against the PSAC and finishing 17-4 overall. SU’s record impressed voters and has propelled the team to No. 4 in the NCAA Division II rankings. This year, the team returns with 24 of its 28 players, but must replace Kristina Taylor who led the team with 23 goals, five of which were game-winners, and eight assists. SU will rely on Bre White this year, who finished the 2011 season with 19 goals

and a career-high 15 assists. She was the catalyst to the office. Last year, White was one of the best players in the country. She was named to the Western Division First Team and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association First Team AllAmerican Squad and was ranked second in Division II in assists per game, fourth in points per game, and sixth in goals per game. This year, SU will face some very tough opponents, including Bloomsburg University, West Chester University and University of Indiana at Pennsylvania. Last year, the Raiders fell to BU twice including a 3-1 loss in the PSAC Championship. SU will try to avenge its loss to West Chester in last year’s NCAA playoffs when they meet on Sept. 8. SU’s begins the season at the Doubletree Fall Classic, Sept. 1-2, in Colchester, Vt. August 28, 2012


Photo by Cara Shumaker

It is championship or bust for SU this year.

Home games Oct. 17 free for SU AT MERCYHURST students with OCT 20 student ID VS SETON HILL

sports August 28, 2012

Edwards and Flick ready to lead SU volleyball team in 2012 Sam Stewart

Sports Editor The Shippensburg University Volleyball team will look to improve on a promising 2011 season as it open plays Aug. 31 at the Maurauder Clash in Millersville, Pa. After a bitter defeat to Lock Haven University in the PSAC playoffs last season, SU is ready to make a statement this year and forge ahead in the push for a PSAC championship. Fans saw the SU squad record a 15-21 record last season; however, SU lost nine of 21 games by a 3-2 margin. The Raiders impressed at home with an 8-7 home record, but fell short on the road going 7-14. SU led in almost every statistical category last season including blocks, kills and assists. However,

its attack and service errors played a major role in their losses. The Raiders committed 60 more

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Jill Edwards is ready for the 2012 season. errors on the attack and 40 more on the service. The Raiders return key players from last year’s squad including junior out-

side hitter Jill Edwards, senior middle-blocker Erin Flick and setter Andrea Heimsoth. The three upperclassmen will try and build on a program that showed promise throughout last year’s season. Edwards, who set records for most kills in a season, is looking to continue her dominance this season. Edwards recorded 567 kills last year, averaging more than four per set. She will benefit from the return of Heimsoth who had more than 1,200 assists last year. With the loss of Libby Woffindin, the Raiders will lean on Flick and Lauren Murphy to keep their opponents off the board. The duo was a formidable force last year. Flick registered a team high with 95 blocks while Murphy registered a team high in digs with 476. Both of these players will be vital towards SU’s success.

Tennis looks to rebound after dismal 1-13 record in 2011 Sam Stewart

Sports Editor After a year that is best left forgotten, the Shippensburg women’s tennis team takes to the courts again this September to try to make an impact in the 2012-2013 season. The 2011 squad led by Cassie Sidone and Han-

nah Wolfe finished in the PSAC basement last year, posting a 1-13 record and failing to win a game in six of their matches. The young team will rely more on Wolfe, who was their best performer last year finishing 4-6. In doubles, the duo of Julia Saintz and Kat Werner will try and build on their momentum last

year. Saintz and Werner picked up a key win in SU’s only victory against Cheyney University last spring. The duo is looking to add more wins this year. SU opens its season Sept. 7 at Hagerstown Community College before it travels to Bloomsburg University the week after for the PSAC Individual Championships.

Photo by Alexa Bryant

The Raiders will try and rebound this year.



sports August 28, 2012

The Slate Back to School Issue  

The first edition of The Slate for the 2012-2013 academic year!