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September 10, 2013

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Interim President Harpster discusses outlook for 2013-14 school year, A3 Ship Life


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NEWS September 10, 2013


Interim president Harpster New heating and cooling describes outlook for 2013-14 system saves SU millions Reducing environmental and financial costs

Casey Maun

Staff Writer Heading into the first semester as the newly appointed interim president would be quite the experience for almost anyone. That is except for SU’s veteran interim president, Dr. George “Jody” Harpster, who clutches the reigns of the university for the second time. However, this go-around presents Harpster with the obstacle of providing the same experience for SU students while overcoming a tightened budget. “My only concern that lurks in the background is the financial status of the university,” Harpster said. “Over the last eight years we’ve cut $25-30 million out of the budget.” According to Harpster, yearly budget cuts continue to plague the university, and this is more true than ever this upcoming year. “Push has come to shove as there is very little left to trim,” Harpster said. “But every penny we save helps us keep your costs low.” Thus, Harpster and the university must implement a plan of attack in order to cut costs. Harpster explained that one method to reduce costs to the university is to withhold filling vacant positions that are not critically important to the functionality of the university as each office was directed to cut its budget by 4 percent. According to Harpster, many staff members have stepped up and volunteered to do extra in order to make up for what the university is lacking. Harpster added that offices have been sharing employees in order to save money. Additionally, Harpster said the university has set forth plans to turn off the coal-fired steam plant that has been heating the uni-

Mary Grace Keller Asst. News Editor

Photo courtesy of Shippensburg University

This is Dr. Harpster’s second run as interim president of SU. His first time in the position was in 2005 after President Tony Ceddia retired. versity for years. Instead, the boilers will be dismantled and sold as SU will upgrade the heating system to a new, smaller and much more efficient natural gas-powered plant.

“Push has come to shove as there is very little left to trim.” -Harpster

“The new plant will reduce the carbon footprint of this campus by 40 percent,” Harpster said. “[SU] has to invest money to save money.” Essentially, the interim president described SU’s efforts to reduce costs as significant as the faculty and staff are even being instructed to reduce postage when emails or text messages can be used instead. “It may only be 46 cents, but that adds up when it is being sent to 10,000-15,000

people,” Harpster said. Although the restrictive budget provides a challenge for Harpster and the university, he describes his overall outlook for this year as very positive with regard to the overall institution. “Students should notice little change in terms of academics,” Harpster said. “Other than the budget, things are very much business as usual.” According to Harpster, SU has excellent faculty and staff who are very well trained and skilled. Harpster is also adamant that SU provides its students with personal attention similar to a small private school and with an undergraduate degree equivalent to any other school in the nation. And going into this year, Harpster expects nothing less. “I’m very excited to serve again as the interim president,” Harpster said. “I have great hopes that the student body will do very well academically as always.”

The whirring noises of construction that SU students have come to know and love will begin again with the installation of a new heating and cooling system. After eight years of discussion, the Facilities Management and Planning Department has developed a project that will reduce SU’s carbon footprint by nearly 40 percent while saving several million dollars in the construction process. In 2005, when many SU students were starting high school, the department began to consider the replacement of the campus’ coal-fired steam plant. Currently, this plant pumps steam through the ground at more than 300 degrees to provide heat to the campus. After burning coal for more than 50 years, the steam plant is to be replaced by a neighborhood-based natural gas system. “With the decentralized heating system, we’ll be saving several million dollars in construction costs,” Lance Bryson, associate vice president of facilities

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Digital rendering of what the water cooling plant will look like after its construction. said. night when electricity costs Bill Lensie, maintenance are lower. director; Ricky Hosfelt, The plant will be locatsteam plant foreman; and ed in the woods across the Eddie Gutshall, HVAC street from Naugle, to the foreman, also helped with left of the Spiritual Center. the planning of the project. Paths that steam lines are By October 2014, boilers currently in will be dug up will be distributing heat at for the chilled water distria much higher efficiency bution system. Construcin Memorial Auditorium, tion for the cooling system Franklin Science Center, is projected to be completed Kriner Hall, CUB, Luhrs by April 2015. Performing Arts Center, The heating and cooling Reisner Hall and Mowery systems should last for 25 Hall. The university will years with the proper mainbuild boilers for Naugle tenance. The efficiency of Hall and McLean Hall I in the enhanced systems is the future. expected to reduce repairs. In order to keep SU cool Led by the project manduring hot months, a plant ager, Bruce Herring, the for the new cooling system Department of General will be built with a thermal Services is expected to beenergy storage tank to al- gin construction this Janulow water to be chilled at ary. Funds for this project will come from the Commonwealth Capital Facilities budget. By choosing to pursue an eco-friendly enhancement to the heating and cooling system, the department will save $300,000 annually and reduce staff by six people, allowing for funds to benefit other university needs. In order to educate the SU community about the enhancements to the campus, the deprtment plans Photo by Mary Grace Keller to advertise the project by Lance Bryson, associate vice president of facilities, and meeting with faculty, the Bruce Herring, project manager, will bring their blue Student Senate and holdprints to life this January as the construction process ing public meetings on begins for the new heating and cooling system. campus.


A4 September 10, 2013

SU ROTC cadets participate in summer training Collin Brackin

Asst. News Editor As many students sat around at home this summer, waking up in the afternoon and trying to battle summertime boredom, many cadets from SU’s Raider Battalion Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program had the chance to go out and see locales nationally and internationally.

“Cadets went to the countries of Moldova, Bulgaria and Thailand to experience languages and foreign places.”

Cadets, as a part of different programs through ROTC, were sent to the states of Alaska, Washington, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and others to conduct training. Many training options focused on different aspects of being an army leader and taught the Cadets valuable skills and competencies in order to be successful as a future army officer. One such program was the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The summer after a cadet’s junior year is when he or she attends LDAC and it is one of the key tools to determining the national rankings of all cadets. For a month in Washington, the cadets learned and were tested in many army

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Cadet John Reitz next to an armored vehicle during Cadet Troop Leadership Training at Fort Bliss, Texas. skills such as land navigation, small unit tactics and other tests that would show physical fitness and mental agility. While “roughing it” in the woods of Ft. Lewis may not be the beaches of Florida or the Outer Banks, all of the cadets who attended LDAC applied their leadership skills and were able to interact with top cadets

from around the country. While LDAC is a mandatory experience, there were many other options on the table for ROTC cadets that were unique and exciting. Cadet Evan Fishel, a junior at SU, can now carry airborne wings on his uniform because he spent three weeks learning how to fall from airplanes. Airborne

School is a historic and respected school in all of the Army and is something Fishel recognizes the honor of attending. Through a program called Project G.O., cadets were able to study the languages of Arabic and Farsi at top language institutions around the country. G.O. stands for Global Officer and through another program called Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program (CULP), cadets were also able to get out and see the world. Cadets from SU went to countries including Moldova, Bulgaria and Thailand to experience languages and foreign places that broadened their viewpoints culturally. Like in many programs around campus, the ROTC department also places stu-

dents into internships that give them a glimpse of what it will be like after graduation. Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) pairs cadets with officers with the intent of giving experience in the daily operations of an army officer. Through this program cadets travelled to places like Texas and Germany to shadow officers. Cadets through the Shippensburg Raider Batallion ROTC program will continue to have opportunities like these that give them new perspective, skills and training. The programs last summer spanned the globe and made cadets more qualified to be leaders of character for America through the triumphs and tribulations of our future.

College of Arts and Sciences Minotaur V rocket launch visible from Shippensburg Walk-in advising center

This fall the Shippensburg University College of Arts and Sciences will be starting a pilot program with a walk-in advising center located in Dauphin Humanities Center 216. The center will be staffed by the Dean’s Associates for Advisement and Student Support, Sue Morin of Psychology and Kim Presser of Mathematics. The center can help students with unofficial graduation checks, students trying to transition between majors, probation and re-admit concerns and other issues related to advisement. The associates will work to support the current advising structure and connect these support services with the students’ current academic adviser. The center will also work to support faculty with questions and concerns about advisement.

Fall 2013 semester walk-in hours: Mondays 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays 9-11 a.m., 3-4 p.m. Thursdays 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Please feel free to encourage students with advising concerns to visit the center. For more information, call 477-1150 or email -Courtesy of the College of Arts and Sciences

Anna Seils

Ship Life Editor The sky on Thursday night was streaked with the trail of the Minotaur V rocket launched by NASA from Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops, Va. The launch was set for 11:27 p.m. and was clearly visible from Shippensburg. According to the NASA website,, the Minotaur V rocket carried the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) to the moon for research on lunar atmosphere and environment. The rocket had five stages that were visible from Shippensburg and looked like bursts of light followed by a trail of smoke. The rocket launch was also available to watch live on NASA TV, allowing space enthusiasts to listen

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The Minotaur V rocket launch was visible from Virginia to Massachusetts and was seen over Shippensburg. to the flight plan and watch the flight as it was happening. According to, Minotaur V was a series of firsts, including the first Minotaur V rocket ever to be launched, and the first time Wallops Flight Facility has flown a lunar mission.

The next flight from Wallops Flight Facility will take place on Sept. 17. The mission will be a demonstration mission to the International Space Station. A schedule of upcoming NASA launches is available at www.nasa. gov.

news September 10, 2013

Police Logs UNDERAGE DRINKING On Saturday, Sept. 7, at approximately 12:53 a.m., a University Police officer located an intoxicated male student lying on one of the benches outside of Naugle Hall. The officer attempted to wake up the highly intoxicated male, but the male remained in a semi-conscious state and had vomited. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene. The intoxicated male was identified as Blair G. Nelson, 18, of Seavers Hall. Nelson was transported to the Chambersburg Hospital by ambulance for further evaluation and treatment, and a citation was later filed against him charging him with underage drinking. UNDERAGE DRINKING On Saturday, Sept. 7, at approximately 12:59 a.m., the University Police were dispatched to the fourth floor of Mowrey Hall for a report of an intoxicated male student passed out in the hallway. Officers arrived on the scene and found the male in question lying in the hallway, passed out with a blanket and pillow. The male was identified as Denzel R. Ketter, 18, of Mowrey Hall. Ketter was highly intoxicated and had vomited in the hallway. Due to Ketter’s condition, an ambulance was dispatched to the scene and he was transported to the Chambersburg Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. A citation was later filed against Ketter charging him with underage drinking. MINOR STOPPED FROM OPERATING VEHICLE WITH ALCOHOL IN SYSTEM On Sunday, Sept. 8, at approximately 12:02 a.m., a University Police officer conducted a traffic stop on Old Main Drive near Gilbert Drive for a traffic violation, which had occurred near the intersection of Adams Drive and North Prince Street. While speaking with the operator of the vehicle the officer noticed an odor of alcohol coming from the driver, and also recovered an empty vodka bottle from the rear seat of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Charles L. Blackwell, 20, of Philadelphia, Pa. Blackwell was given a portable breath test which did show positive results for the presence of alcohol in his system. Blackwell was cited for minors prohibited from operating a vehicle with any alcohol in their system. He was also cited for operating a vehicle with expired registration, inspection and insurance. Following the stop, Blackwell was escorted back to his residence and the vehicle was towed from the scene. DISORDERLY CONDUCT/PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS/UNDERAGE DRINKING On Sunday, Sept. 8, at approximately 2:46 a.m., the University Police were dispatched to the area between Seavers Hall and Mclean II for a report of some type of disturbance occurring outside of the building. Officers arrived in the area and located a female who was intoxicated and was causing a disturbance by yelling at others in the area. The female in question was identified as Madison L. Waltz, 20, of Boiling Springs, Pa. Waltz was found to be intoxicated and was upset because a friend of hers had abandoned her on campus and she did not have a way to get home. Waltz was escorted to the University Police station to contact someone to come pick her up and she continued to be uncooperative and combative at the station. Eventually Waltz’s mother was contacted and came to campus to pick up her daughter. As a result of the incident Waltz was cited for disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking. SIMPLE ASSAULT/HARASSMENT On Sunday, Sept. 8, at approximately 6:05 p.m., a female student came to the University Police Department to report that she had been assaulted during the early morning hours of that same day while walking in the area of Robb Field. The female said she had been walking across Robb Field at approximately 1:30 a.m. that morning when two white males approached her from behind, grabbed her hair and pulled her to the ground. The female stated that she then proceeded to kick at the males, and was able to kick one of them in the groin causing him to back off. At that time the female got up from the ground, ran back to her residence hall and called family members to tell that what had happened. Those family members encouraged the female to report the incident to the police as she later did. The female was not able to provide any description of the males other than the fact that they were white males. The incident remains under investigation at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the University Police.


Here and Now Political Pressure: Syria, Russia and Congress — Oh, my! this as a way to shift re- tion into the use of chemsponsibility to the leg- ical weapons. To some islative branch in the degree, waiting for a full event the U.S. is dragged report is irrelevant as the into another war. This U.S. government claims thought gained legitima- to already have proof that cy after the White House not only chemical weapsaid they have no “irre- ons were used, but the futable” evidence the As- Syrian government is resad regime is responsible sponsible. The U.N. investigation for the August chemical will certainly mean little attacks. This, however, is not to President Obama as it stopping the president will not conclude on who from going ahead with is responsible for the althe planning stage of the leged attacks, but only to assault. Fox News has see if they occurred. Troy Okum Meanwhile, Russia Toreported the plan has Staff Columnist been revised 50 times and day has reported that a includes more than 50 team of Russian experts potential sites to be tar- has already finished their On Sept. 4, the Senate geted for military strike, own investigation, findForeign Relations Committee voted 10-seven approving a bill that would give the go ahead on President Barack Obama’s plan to attack Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. The next day Admiral Jonathan Greenert, who is commanding U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Google Images destroyers in the Mediterranean, said they are pre- President Obama meets with Russian President pared to strike Syria, and Vladimir Putin at recent G8 Summit. have already discussed using Tomahawk mis- with more under consid- ing that the rebel army, siles, which would cost eration. not the government, is an estimated $1.5 million While the U.S. prepares responsible for the chemieach. for war, across the world cal warfare. The evidence Before any strike is in Russia, Pope Francis is based on studying the to be made on Syria, the spoke to the Group of 20 shells and machinery president has decided leaders to stress that any used for the weapons to hear the voice of Con- military action against which they claimed is not gress, and is currently Syria is a “futile pursuit” Syrian standard equipwaiting for a Senate vote and the Vatican has pre- ment, but belongs to the until the next steps can be pared plans for diplomat- rebel army, and is protaken. Secretary of State ic talks. duced in the north of the John Kerry said on naRussia and China have country. tional news that actions both taken a non-aggresAt the end of the day, against Syria will not sive stance toward Syria. the world’s two super turn into another Iraq. The Russian government powers will believe what Despite satisfying has urged the U.S. to not they want in order to fulmany Americans by go- intervene in the conflict fill their own agendas. In ing to Congress first, until the U.N. has fin- this case it seems that it there are those who see ished its own investiga- is continued warfare.


B1 September 10, 2013

Welcome SU freshmen Ana Guenther Opinion Editor

I find it weird to think that this school year, is going to be my third here at Shippensburg University. I feel like I just moved into McLean Hall yesterday. Freshman year is a serious wave of change. Changes, that happen for the good, and for the bad. This new year has brought on a ton of changes as I walk around campus. For starters, the new dorms are up, and the campus is beginning to take on a new look. In fact, when I think about how campus looks now, compared to when I was a freshman, it is completely different in some ways. The Ceddia Union Building is now finished, Etter Health Center is completely gone, and the library had a face lift over the summer. The new computers in the Math and Computing

Tech center, are beautiful, and the new desks for the computers, makes our technology help desk look really professional. As always, I still hate parking on campus. There is not enough, and campus police are cracking down on parking tickets. I cannot justify buying a parking pass when I feel like the commuter lots are farther away from my classes then my apartment is. Mondo Subs was the new addition to the dining selections in the CUB this year as well. I miss Quiznos so much. I feel like Mondo’s 6 inch subs are child sized, and their 12-inch ones are bigger than my arm. There is no happy medium in sizes, and although they may be cheaper than Quiznos, I feel like the quality is just lacking. I also feel like there are not as many options for subs, like Quizons had. For the rest of the CUB everything is same old same old, and I am the type

who enjoys that. Chicken fingers are always on hand, and to all you freshmen out there, if you have not tried the Raider Bowl yet, you have not experienced SU. It is a bowl of mashed potatoes, chicken and corn heaven that will leave anyone feeling lethargic and full. All of the freshmen are also missing out on Freshins’ which I think was a favorite among everyone on campus. It was refreshing and tasty. The lines were never long and the drinks were always good. The rumors of a Dunkin’ Donuts coming in is actually something to be excited about. Again though, this doughnut rumor is just that, a rumor. I think we can only pray that we will have fresh glazed doughnuts to comfort us in the morning on the way to class. I would not mind an iced coffee either. Maybe a bagel, too.

Shippensburg freshmen Cameron and Cameron enjoy the weather outside the library today Photo taken by Cassandra Clarhaut

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Welcome Week or Welcome Weak? Cassandra Clarhaut Asst. Opinion Editor

Being a freshman can be nerve-wracking, yet we have all been there and survived. Here at Shippensburg University, orientation leaders hold “Fall Welcome Week” to help new freshmen, transfer and non-traditional students transition to life at SU. There are different schedules for commuters and residents that include placement testing and informational seminars on how to excel at SU. The program ran four days this year, from Thursday to Sunday before classes started on Monday. I do not think there is any need for Welcome Week. I mean does anyone even go to the activities? And for those who do attend, what do you really gain? There are a few problems with Welcome Week. For one, it is far too long and repetitive to hold the attention of college students. We are all at least 17 years old and competent enough to get into college, and those who actually need every Welcome Week activity probably will not be at SU for too long.

I think a Welcome Day would suffice. I also think devoting that time to what the students want to know, not what leaders think they should learn, would be better for the individual gain of new students. The two scheduled events I attended my freshman year Welcom e Week were ice-breakertype activities which I sat in rooms with other freshmen and O-Team leaders for about an hour at a time. We shared the same surface spiel professors use at the beginning of every class on syllabus week. I think the point was to try and make friends. “What is your name? Where are you from? What is one interesting fact about you? Come on, everyone has something interesting about themselves!” I will have you know I made zero friends at Welcome Week and I am not a loner, I have plenty of friends. I swear. We skipped the activities together. Transfer student, Andrew Boyd, is a second-semester sophomore. This is not his first go at college. I asked Boyd if he went to any of the Welcome Week activities. “I attempted going to

one mandatory [meeting] where the resident director yelled at us. It was quite unpleasant,” Boyd said. He did not go to any activities after that. What I do think would be a more effective program, in addition to a “Welcome Day,” is the assignment of upperclassmen type mentors — kind of like a student adviser. The student could be in your major, maybe two years ahead of the freshmen, and available for any questions or tips the freshmen might need. It can be intimidating talking to a faculty adviser. It may be easier to talk to an upperclassmen about what classes to take, with which professors are most helpful, and when to begin internships and the like. This tactic would be effective for much longer than Welcome Week and I feel it would answer many questions the current program cannot address. Change is inevitable, and it is something new students at a university all go through. Change is something that a student needs to handle on his or her own; ice-breakers and over-zealous RDs are not going to help a transition to higher-education go any smoother.

OPINION September 10, 2013


Freshmen year: What I wish I knew WANT TO SHARE YOUR Myrissa Sorah Guest Writer

We all remember our first semester of freshman year. Starting your college career is an exciting and intimidating time filled with new experiences and discoveries. Being a couple of weeks into the start of their time here at SU, the class of 2017 should be getting comfortable with classes and coming into their own as far as friends and campus life are concerned. At this point of my freshman year I was just starting to get used to the whole community bathroom thing, however with all these fancy new residence halls popping up it does not look like that will be much of an issue for freshmen in years to come. Thinking back on it, there are certain things that I wish I knew before coming to SU. While friends and family try to prepare you for that first semester, there are always certain misconceptions that do not get ad-

dressed. So here are just a couple of things that I wish I knew before starting my first year here.

Even if you are nowhere near failing, getting help can only make you better, which in turn makes you a more desirable employee in the future.

First is that going to the learning center does not mean you are stupid. In high school we were all under the preconceived notion that getting a tutor meant that you were somehow incompetent. This is not true. Getting a little extra help never hurt anybody. You are going to college to learn so why not get the most out of it? Besides, failing a class is a waste of time and money and neither of which is a commodity that college students have an abundance of. Even if you are nowhere

near failing, getting help can only make you better, which in turn makes you a more desirable employee in the future. That is why we are going to college right? Secondly, failing teaches you just as much as succeeding. Seriously. You need to be able to come to terms with the fact that failure is a part of life and you are going to have to deal with it more often than you think in your time at college. The sooner you are able to look at failure as an opportunity to learn the better off you will be. Lastly, being in college cannot and should not be all work and no play. Then again it should not be the reverse either. You need to find a good balance if you are going to make it out alive or at least with a decent degree and your sanity. College is supposed to be a great experience and believe it or not it really does go by fast so be sure you make the most of it. Look at freshman year as an opportunity.

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B3 September 10, 2013

The mission of admissions at SU

Adrian Sipes

Guest Writer The admission counselors here at Shippensburg University really have their work cut out for them. While sifting through the yearly stack of applications, admission counselors — by hand — read every application the admission office receives. Word for word, even the slightest bit of information listed on an application is read by the counselors, and it is not just the SAT scores in which they are interested. Along with those scores, what matters to the admissions office are grade point average, letters of recommendation, the high school

curriculum and yes­— the essay at the bottom of the application, according t0 acting Dean of Admissions, Bill Washabaugh. Washabaugh added that though SAT scores are not the only thing the counselors look at, they have seen a 10 point increase in the mean SAT scores for the 2013 incoming class. Yet, it is not just the top students the counselors want to bring to the university — they also wish to welcome a new diverse group of students to the SU family every year. With 91 percent of the students being of in-state residency and 9 percent being from out of state, the diversity of the incoming class is from all different ends of the spectrum. Not limited to ethnicity, coun-

selors seek the admission of traditional students, non-traditional students, veterans and international students. Also, while Washabaugh was not able to release the exact number of accepted students admitted to SU, he was able to say that there has not been any substantial spike in admissions and that the admissions have been the same compared to the previous academic school years. He added that 55 percent of the incoming students were female and 45 percent were male. He also noted that 30 percent of those incoming students are living on campus, which furthermore backs up their mission of getting students of all walks of life enrolled in SU.

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WHAT DO YOU GIVE A SHIP ABOUT? What do freshman think of SU so far?

Sarah Dracup Freshman

“It has definitely been really fun so far.”

Bobby Palmer Freshman

Sarah Latch Freshman

Elijah Anderson Freshman

“The campus has a great vibe.”

“The campus is really nice, and people are very welcoming.”

“Even though I do not like my major right now, I would not leave SU.”

OPINION September 10, 2013

The Academic Success Program: A positive summer experience Courtney Pettit Guest Writer

As a senior in high school, I could not wait to get to college, make new friends, become a whole new person and be who I really want to be. While applying to colleges I could not help but apply here to Shippensburg University, and over all, it was one of the best decisions of my life. I was accepted into the Academic Success Program. It was a tough decision, because no one wants to throw his or her summer away and go to school when I could have been lying on the beach. ASP turned out to not be so bad. It made coming into fall semester so much easier.

I knew where buildings were. I was so familiar with the campus that I was not worried about anything. I was also glad that I came into my freshman year knowing people. Honestly, if I did not attend ASP, I would not have met my friends. If I would not have met these great people, I think I would honestly be cooped up in my room. However, since I had the chance to meet these people through ASP, I have been having the time of my life. Since the start of college, classes have not been as hard as I thought they would be. It is definitely a huge change, do not get me wrong. In college, you really do have to worry about your own work. The professor

is not here to baby you and remind you to do your work. So staying on top of things is something I have had to get a hold on. During my time in ASP I feel like I learned time management and how to handle my work load. I like that I can manage my own schedule and tasks. Everywhere I turn I see a new friend being made and someone always there to help out. SU is a great place to be; people, classes, even the dining halls are great. I could not have been happier with my decision to come here and I am happy to call myself a Shippensburg University freshman. I think this is the time of my life. There are so many opportunities here, and the only way to take advantage of them is to get out there.


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C1 September 10, 2013

33rd annual Corn Festival offers variety for SU students

Raider Runway: Brianna Smith

Photos courtesy of Roxann Fitch

The 33rd annual Corn Festival came to Shippensburg Aug. 31 and brought arts, crafts and food that SU students could experience.

Brandi Fitch

Some popular vendors were selling furniture, Asst. Ship Life Editor jewelry, homemade recipes, hand crafted objects and Shippensburg’s 33rd an- artwork. Food vendors pleased nual Corn Festival brought a day of arts, crafts and visitors as well with corn on the cob, kettle corn, soft activities on Saturday, pretzels, Asian food, ice Aug. 31. With an average of more cream, crab cakes, Thai than 40,000 visitors every cuisine, barbeque and year, the Corn Festival was much more. named the best one-day The Corn Festival also festival in Pennsylvania by had a great lineup of the Pennsylvania Festivals entertainment throughout the day. Association. The festival takes place A variety of talent every year on the last included belly dancers, a Saturday in August rain or harp player, square dancshine. ers and a magician. Many More than 300 antique, children’s activities were also offered. arts and crafts vendors were offered at the festival, The Shippensburg as well as entertainment, marching band’s drumline also made an appearance children’s activities and games, and dozens of food at the festival, marching down a stretch of King booths.

Street and playing songs for passersby. The annual Corn Eating Contest took place, with the 2012 returning champion Grant Innerst taking first place again by eating seven ears of corn in three minutes. Visitors could expect to see the popular mascot, Corny the Clown, roaming the streets and giving friendly greetings. Anyone interested in opening a booth at the festival next year can find information on the corn fesetival’s website at www. shippensburgcornfestival. net. If you missed the festival this year, there is always next year to experience great food, crafts, and fun.

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Name: Brianna Smith Class Year: Sophomore Major: Business Management Brianna said: “Fashion is a way expressing yourself without having to use words. I really love to dress up on Fridays.” September 10, 2013

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Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Ingredients: 1 cup butter 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix butter, sugars and egg. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix chocolate chips. Press dough into a 13x9x2 pan inches. Bake until golden brown for about 25 minutes.

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American Idol Scotty McCreery to perform at Luhrs Jozalyn Gregor Staff Writer

Scotty McCreery, winner of “American Idol Season 10,” will be performing at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University Friday, Sep. 20, at 8 p.m. Since becoming the youngest male winner of “American Idol” at the age of 17, McCreery has skyrocketed to stardom and risen to the top of the country music charts. McCreery’s debut album, “Clear As Day,” sold 197,000 copies its debut week and helped McCreery make history as the first country act to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. McCreery’s first two singles from the album, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls” were both certified Gold. With a résumé that reads well beyond his age, the singer/songwriter/guitarist

from Garner, N.C., has won New Artist of the Year at the 2011 American Country Awards and the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards. He also took home the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year award for “The Trouble With Girls. His holiday album, “Christmas With Scotty McCreery” debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top Season Album charts and was certified gold in just five weeks. McCreery joined country music veteran Brad Paisley on his Virtual Reality Tour in 2012 along with The Band Perry. Just one year after performing as the opening act for Paisley’s tour McCreery has launched his first headline tour. The Weekend Road Trip Tour, launched in the spring, runs through November. In between touring and pursuing an undergraduate

degree at North Carolina State University, McCreery is currently recording his upcoming album “See You Tonight” which is set to be released on Oct. 15. Angie Johnson, previous contestant on “The Voice,” will open for McCreery when he comes to the Luhrs Center. Tickets for Scotty McCreery at Luhrs are on sale now. The Activities Programming Board is selling discounted tickets at the CUB information desk while they last for $25. After the discounted tickets are sold out, students will be able to purchase tickets at the Luhrs Center box office and receive a $5 student discount. For the general public reserved tickets are $65, $59, $49, and $39 and can be purchased at the Luhrs Center Box Office, by phone at 717-477-7469, or online at

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McCreery is the youngest male winner of “American Idol”

SHAPE Gallery invites guests to ‘Consider the Unreal’ Julie Lark

Staff Writer In keeping with an 11year tradition, the SHAPE Gallery opened its 2013 season with an exhibit featuring a diverse offering of surreal and abstract art. Trisha Grace, president of the board of directors, says the goal of opening with a non-objective exhibition is to “celebrate art in all of its varied forms.” The gallery hummed with a celebratory vibe during Friday night’s opening wine and cheese reception as patrons nibbled on refreshments and chatted among the many works on display. Many of the artists were present to discuss their work and the creative process. The exhibit, which runs from Sept. 6 through Sept. 27, features the work of 18 artists from around the

region. From recent Shippensburg University graduates to former faculty members and veteran local artists, SHAPE’s current show is a testament to the imaginative talent of south central Pennsylvania’s artistic community. Vibrant colors and bold textures dominate the exhibit, shifting the focus from concrete objects to sensory impressions. The art on display includes works in watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media collage and sculpture that offer a wide variety of styles and approaches. The exhibit provocatively explores themes ranging from artwork of the deadly sins of “Gluttony” and “Greed” to the mysterious vastness of the “Galaxy.” By contrast, there are also pieces that illustrate abstract representations of the natural world. While it is difficult to put

the essence of abstract art into words, here are some glimpses of what to expect. Roberta Iula’s “Self Portrait 1982” is a study of the elusive beauty of a mind busy with inspiration and recalls her thoughts as a student in design school. Lynda R. Myers debuts several pieces from her mixed media collection. “Scaffolding #2,” composed of “ephemera and remnants of other peoples’ lives,” memorializes the forgotten odds and ends — buttons, snaps, ribbons and tattered scraps — that “hold us together as we move forward toward our goals and objectives and purposes in life.” Leighton Scott imagines the physical texture of “what an unseen planet might look like” in his mixed media compositions. His work reveals the influence of his earlier career working at NASA. The creative endeavors of

Photo by Julie Lark

Lynda R. Myers’ “Scaffolding #2” showing forgotten odds and ends The exhibit runs from visit or these artists, and the others represented, challenge Sept. 6-27 at 20 West King call 717-532-2559. viewers to look beyond real- St. For more information, ity and embrace the unreal. September 10, 2013

League of Legends: Is it the newest U.S. professional sport? Nick Hinton

Advertising Director As a student senator, I face the prospect of seeing a lot of different kinds of organizations applying for a vast variety of different things. Due to events that transpired over the summer though, I am particularly curious to see if a certain Shippensburg University organization will be putting any forms for approval as a sports entity through Senate and SU. The United States Citizen and Immigration Services has recently issued a series of P-1A, a temporary sports visa, to people in order to allow them to come to the United States to play League of Legends, a game produced by Riot Games. That’s right; the U.S. government has officially recognized gamers as professional sports athletes. As a League of Legends player myself, this is massive news and I am anxiously awaiting to see what steps the League of Legend’s Club at SU might take now that it is officially recognized. To put it in perspective of how big a game League of Legends is, according to the Los Angeles Times, one

in every 20 Americans play League of Legends. That’s more players than every division of baseball combined. The first player to be officially issued a visa was Danny Le of Edmonton, Canada. For most previous gaming groups that have sought visas, the standard visa usually issued, as Time reports, is an O-1 visa. This is a visa issued to business-associated people who bring an extraordinary ability or unique interest to an organization. These were issued because the users were classified as associated with the business because of their use and close connections to Riot Games. While O-1 visas can cover sport players, they are more associated with business entities and do not specifically designate sports professionals only. With this in mind, during the summer Riot Games submitted applications for P-1A visas, which are for sports teams and athletes specifically. Now that Riot Games has taken these steps to promote its game within the international community, I am patiently waiting to see what actions our own League of Legends group at SU chooses to take.



NCAA Football 14 improves but still has minor issues Zac Davis Copy Editor NCAA Football 14 from EA Sports shows that the company is committed to moving its franchise forward, despite losing the license for collegiate football. Whether or not there will be an NCAA Football game next year, this year’s installment is a perfect example of a developer listening to its core audience. After the many complaints about how tedious recruiting was in dynasty mode, where a player can take control of a school, and handle everything football related for it, EA made it much simpler to attempt to coax potential players to the school of choice. Now, instead of choosing whom to call and how much

time to spend on them, players will just assign points to his or her targeted players. Gone is the time spent deciding on what will help you best with a certain recruit, the computer now does this for you based on the amount of points you assign. Another major change to Dynasty mode is the added Role-Playing Game elements added to coaching, where the head coach, the defensive and offensive coordinators all level up based on on-field performance. The experience points earned from games add up to skill points that can be spent on what are essentially coaching power ups, giving you anything from more recruiting points to higher overall quarterback stats. Many dedicated NCAA

Football players also complained about the lack of an Ultimate Team mode, where players get cards of professional players and assemble them into the best team they can, then play games with said team. NCAA Ultimate Team works similar to the mode in Madden, but due to NCAA restrictions, current players cannot be used, so teams are made up entirely of classic NCAA players. While this is a controversial issue, it is centered on whether college players should be paid or not, and is an issue for another time. The third large change, and what is certainly an improvement, is the addition of the Infinity Engine, which was added to Madden last year. This helps make player movements much more re-

alistic, especially running backs who can cut around the outstretched arms of lineman as they twist forward for more yardage when getting wrapped up by linebackers. Apart from these three large changes, the game falls largely into the stereotype that there is not much difference in sports games from year to year. The commentary is old and stiff, teammate AI is still terrible and the graphics are comparable to four years ago. While the dated feel of the game certainly detracts from some of its bright points, NCAA Football 14 is still a solid football simulation game with some new, exciting modes that show a lot of promise for the series if is still around for the next generation of consoles.

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Ravin’ Raider


Staff Columnist If you like to rage hard, look out for the Dutch group duo W&W. Straight from the Netherlands, W&W is made up of two gentlemen by the names of Willem van Hanegem and Wardt van der Harst. Their first track “Mustang” boosted them to stardom. The duo have worked and are still working with well-known label Armada Music, which was co-founded in 2003 by trance heavyweight Armin van Buuren. W&W is also in the process of bringing their own music label, Mainstage Music, to the very top. Having a close relationship with big-time DJ Armin van Buuren, several of W&W’s songs were included on his “Armin Only” DVD. W&W remixed

Armin’s “Rain”, featuring vocalist Cathy Burton, in 2010. W&W tracks have been featured in the sets of other big name DJs such as Tiësto and Markus Schulz. The duo’s music is described as “big room sound” and from listening I can tell you you will not be able to stop moving and are sure to have a smile on your face. Props to these guys, they are definitely worth checking out. All the best DJs seem to be from the Netherlands lately, which may be a trend or maybe the Dutch are just incredibly talented at making a crowd go nuts. My favorite W&W tracks include “Thunder,” “Lift Off!,” and “Shotgun.” Get more information about the duo at www. or check them out on twitter: @wandwmusic

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*********CORRECTION********** In the Aug. 28 issue the article “Uprise Festival returns to Ship� the wrong prices were printed.

First: Single day tickets are $38, not $30 as mentioned in the article. Second: There is no VIP admission for $50. There is a VIP deck pass available for $50 per day, but that is an addition to the $45 full event or $38 single day ticket. Third: There is no $60 package, or any packages for that matter. Uprise Festival does have a variety of Meet & Greet tickets, but no deals on multiple purchases. Fourth: Uprise Festival does have camping, but it is primitive. There are no other lodgings available on the grounds. There are a few recommended hotels, but attendees need to take care of those reservations themselves. Information provided by Julianne Hayhurst, Administrative Assistant September 10, 2013


A&E September 10, 2013



Sports Ryan Trexler, Sports Editor Bryan Obarowski, Asst. Sports Editor

September 10, 2013

Rough seas for Ship, E4

Raiders sweep the deck on E5


Is eliminating three Olympic sports really worth reinstating one?



Ryan Trexler Sports Editor and

Bryan Obarowski Asst. Sports Editor

The International Olympic Committee announced that wrestling will be reinstated to the Olympic Games in 2020. With the announcement, controversy has arisen because baseball, softball and squash were not voted to be a part of the games. Bryan and Ryan will debate whether this was the right decision to make and which belongs in the Olympics. Bryan: Just to make clear, I do not have any opinion on squash not being a part of the Olympics. I don’t even know what squash is, but I’m sure there are a group of people who are not happy with the decision. Personally, I believe that the IOC made the right decision to reinstate wrestling into the Olympic Games. For kids that join wrestling clubs and town teams, it puts them on a track that many continue to follow through school years and into college. Wrestlers learn a type of discipline that many will never get to ex-

perience in many cases. The main goal for wrestlers is to make the Olympics and win a medal. If wrestling was not a part of the Olympics, what would these athletes have to work toward? In baseball, there are other outlets for players who are looking to further their career in the sport. Major League Baseball is one of the biggest professional sports organizations in the world. Athletes who have the abilities to make it to the MLB will have the chance to make millions and millions of dollars and make a successful career for themselves. These opportunities do not exist for wrestlers who are trying to succeed. The only other outlet for wrestlers would be a professional fighting organization like UFC, but this would involve years and years of additional training. I think that it is the right decision to reinstate wrestling to the Olympics, because the Olympics are the pinnacle of achievement for wrestlers, where baseball was never a major part of the Olympics to begin with. Ryan: I have to agree with Bryan when it comes to squash. I have never watched nor played squash in my life. When it comes to wrestling I also have to agree with you. September 10, 2013

SU Sports Upcoming Schedule home games in caps Football Sept. 14 at Slippery Rock 6 p.m. Volleyball Sept. 13 vs. Stonehill 7 p.m. (neutral) Sept. 14 vs. Glenville State 10 a.m. vs. Assumption College 2 p.m. (neutral)

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Jennie Finch was a star pitcher for USA softball for many years.

I think wrestling should always be in the Olympics. It was one of the first Olympic sports. It deserves to be in the Olympics and needs to stay there for the foreseeable future. When it comes to baseball and softball on the other hand I have to disagree with you. I understand what you are saying about having other outlets such as Major League Baseball and the National Pro Fastpitch league but there is nothing like representing your country. I’m not taking anything away from the major leagues but in the Olympics you face talent that might be better than the talent you face in the majors. There are some highly talented players from Japan and the Dominican Republic. Another aspect you are taking away is showing how the game is played by other cultures. Both baseball and softball are played different throughout the world. The traditions are much differCourtesy of Google Images ent across the globe. When Olympic baseball is now going to take at least an 8-year-break. the Olympics rolled around you were able to experince

these differences in the same place. Something that is now taken away because baseball and softball were dropped. What it all comes down to is playing the game how it should be played. Not for the money or the fame, but for the sole joy of playing the game. Many people play baseball and softball to remember that first time you fell in love with the game. Others play to remember what it was like to throw ball with your dad in the back yard and to remember pickup games with your friends from the neighborhood. Taking baseball and softball out of the Olympics is the wrong decision and it is a decision that should be overturned. I know of many people who are upset with this decison and rightfully so. Baseball and softball are increasingly popular sports and this could hurt their reputation. There is some hope for those who love Olympic baseball and softball because it could be reinstated after the 2020 games.

Cross Country Sept. 14 Division II Challenge 10 a.m. (neutral) Field Hockey Sept. 10 vs. WEST CHESTER 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at Mansfield 2 p.m. Women’s Soccer Sept. 10 at Mansfield 4 p.m. Sept. 14 vs. KUTZTOWN 2 p.m. Men’s Soccer Sept. 11 vs. WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Georgian Court 3:30 p.m. Women’s Tennis Sept. 12 at Georgian Court 4:00 p.m. Sept. 14-15 PSAC Individual Championships TBA (neutral)

sports September 10, 2013


Running through the campus of Shippensburg Men’s and women’s cross-country hold their own in night race Women’s

Photo by Ryan Trexler

Senior midfielder Oli Templeton recorded the only assist for SU in the Raiders tie on Sunday against Holy Family.

Soccer settles for tie Brendan Gates Staff Writer

The Shippensburg University men’s soccer team settled for a 2­ –2 tie in a double overtime thriller Sunday night against Holy Family University. Both teams had opportunities to score but the goalies held their ground. The game was scoreless until Holy Family broke through first, scoring in the 35th minute of regulation on an unassisted goal when SU goalie Clay Sale came out to challenge the ball, but was beat by Holy Family’s Kevin McCollick. SU had some good chances to tie the game before the end of the first half but Holy Family’s goalkeeper Nick Aglira blocked the eight shots on goal by the Raiders’ to keep the score 1–0 going into halftime. The Raiders tied the game in the 63rd minute when SU’s Patrick Urmson scored on an unassisted header but the tie did not last for long.

Less than a minute later Holy Family’s Aiah Mbriwa scored, sending the Tigers up 2–1. SU looked like it was going to walk away with a loss but with 10 minutes left in the game, Jeff Ballard scored the game-tying goal with just under 10 minutes in regulation. Regulation ended in a 2–2. A shot by Oli Templeton that deflected off the crossbar in the second overtime was the best opportunity for the Raiders’ to score in the overtime. SU recorded three shots on goal in overtime, all of which were saved by HFU’s Aglira. The Raiders had more than twice as many shots on goal as Holy Family, with 21 shots compared to 10 by the Tigers, but Holy Family’s goalie was almost unbeatable with nine saves. The Raiders look to bounce back from the tie as they will host West Virginia Wesleyan Wednesday night at 5 p.m. at the Robb Sports Complex.

The Shippensburg University women’s cross country team finished third with 57 team points on Friday night in the fourth annual season-opening Galen Piper Alumni Open/Cross Country Challenge. Elizabethtown won the race with 38 team points, followed by the SU alumni squad (45 points) that was paced by race winner Katie Spratford 2013 graduate, who finished in 14 minutes, 28 seconds. The team title is Elizabethtown’s first in the 13-year history of the race. Redshirt-freshman Reynah Spence was SU’s top finisher, clocking in with a time of 14 minutes, 52 seconds to finish in fourth place. Freshman Casey Norton finished sixth with a time of 15 minutes, 5 seconds. The 2013 edition of SU’s home meet was the first to be held at night for both the men and the woman. The course was modified to accommodate available lighting, with traditional staples such as the Fogelsonger Road loop and the run through the stream removed in favor of a large group start and a fan-friendly 1K loop that

traversed through SU’s recreation fields.


The Shippensburg University men’s cross country team finished second to the Raider alumni on Friday night in the season-opening Galen Piper Alumni Open/ Cross Country Challenge. Junior Brayden Burleigh was SU’s No. 1 runner, placing second in 18 minutes, 49 seconds — five seconds behind race champion Bryan Beegle. Junior Bernard England ran well to take sixth place in 19 minutes, 22 seconds. SU’s No. 3-runner was sophomore Nick Libbi, who placed 13 in 19 minites, 47 seconds. The Shippensburg Alumni claimed its third consecutive victory and seventh overall in the 13-year history of the SU home meet. The Raiders posted 54 points for second place while Elizabethtown appeared to take third place with 90 points. Both the men’s and woman’s team will run again next weekend at the Division II Challenge, hosted by Kutztown.

Top 10 women’s crosscountry 2013 team finishers Place




Reynah Spence



Casey Norton



Alison Marella



Natalie Eastwood



Erika Huffman



Margeaux Spence



Jessica Collins



Heather Weiss



Abby Farrell



Laura Antinucci


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Top 10 men’s cross-country 2013 team finishers Place




Brayden burleigh



Bernard England



Nick Libbi



Harrison Schettler



Peter Gelston



Chris Mullin



Kieran Sutton



Mike Bilotta



Alec Brand



Matt Croft


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Red-shirt freshman Reynah Spence finished the race 4th, the highest position of current woman SU runners.


E4 September 10, 2013

Raiders caught off guard in Saturdays matchup against Shepherd University Ryan Trexler Sports Editor

Week 1 of the 2013 season is one that the Shippensburg University football team would like to forget, dropping a gutwrenching battle 33–0 to Shepherd University. The Raiders took the field on Saturday afternoon for the 16th annual Great Valley Classic. SU went into Ram Stadium with high hopes of coming out with its first win of the season. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the game plan did not go as expected. Junior wide receiver Trevor Harman fumbled the ball on a double end around toss on the first play from scrimmage, which set the tone for the offensive woes ahead. Turnovers had the biggest impact for the Raiders’ offense. “We turned the ball over six times today. You are not going to beat Shepherd turning the ball over six times,” head coach Mark Maciejewski said. The Rams scored 17 of their 33 points off turnovers. Senior quarterback Zach Zulli struggled all game. He was under pressure nearly every time he rolled out of the pocket and could not seem to find his receivers. Zulli went 13-for-27 with 140 yards and two interceptions. His longest was to Harman when they hooked up for a 56-yard completion in the second quarter. Despite the lack of offense from the Raiders, the defense held it’s own. SU’s secondary held the Rams to just 144 passing yards. The Raiders’ defense seemed to get tired in the latter portion of the game. The Rams’ offense was able

to possess the ball for 42 minutes, 37 seconds compared to SU’s 17 minutes, 23 seconds. Shepherd was also a perfect 5-for-5 when it reached the red zone. Even though the game did not go as planned, Maciejewski stayed optimistic. “I’m proud of our guys, we fought and we fought and our defense played quite well today, they were on the field quite a bit…it’s the first game and there is a lot of new faces out there on the field. We will be better next week,” Maciejewski said. The Raiders take on another tough opponent in Slippery Rock University next Saturday. They have a well-rounded senior quarterback in Nigel Barksdale. Barksdale passed for a school-record six touchdowns and 465 yards in Saturday’s 51–36 win over Northwood University. Barksdale can also run the ball very well for SRU. He rushed for seven touchdowns last year in his junior campaign. Barksdale will be out for revenge come Saturday’s game. Although Slippery Rock is a tough opponent Zulli had success against the Rock last season. He lit up SRU for 348 yards passing and four TDs. Even though the Raiders won last season and Zulli posted big numbers does not mean the game is a sure win. These are two different teams this year. Slippery Rock is going to be the Raiders first big challenge in the 2013 season. SU is going to have to forget about the tough loss to Shepherd quickly and regain focus for what is going to be a tough battle in it’s first PSAC game on Saturday. SU will travel to SRU on Sept. 14. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Shippensburg’s new offensive coordinator Joe Davis and his offense had no success in finding the endzone Saturday.

Photos by Ryan Trexler

Senior defensive back Avery Coleman (21) recorded two tackles, both solo, in the agonizing loss to the Rams.

sports September 10, 2013


Women’s volleyball dominates Catawba Invitational

Raiders start the season strong, picking up 3 wins; Jill Edwards dominates the competition Bryan Obarowski

Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University volleyball team swept the competition this weekend at the Catawba Invitational, going 3–0 in Salisbury, N.C.


the weekend, Jill led the team in kills and digs, but freshman Maura Nolan played a major role in the victory, recording 41 assists . In the second match of the day, SU faced the host of the weekend invitational, Catawba. The less eventful of the two matches, SU took all three sets and a clean sweep of the host team. SU found itself down in the first set, but used a strong run to bring the score closer and eventually take the lead. The final two sets would prove to be easier. The first set score was 25–23, with the final two sets ending at 25–15 and 25–21. Jill led the team again with 14 kills, while Nolan continued her excellent play at setter, totaling 35 assists in the second match.

In the first match, SU faced Queens University of Charlotte. The Raiders dropped the first set 18–25, but was able to regroup and take the next three sets from Queens. The final three sets of the match were all close, but SU ultimately came out victorious. Jill Edwards led the push for SU throughout the entire tournament. Edwards led the team, totaling 19 kills in the match. In the final set, SU was down by one, but a timely Sam Edwards kill gave the Raiders the push they SATURDAY needed to win the next In the final match of the three points and take the Catawba Invitational, SU match over Queens. defeated Lenoir-Rhyne in In the opening match of a five-set match. Scores of

the sets were 25–21, 25–20, 14–25, 25–27 and 15–10. Jill, named the tournament MVP, led SU and collected 18 kills and 17 digs in the match. Along with another great effort by Jill, SU also received great play from Casey Hawbaker and Gabbie Holt. Hawbaker and her 29 digs led the match while Holt added nine kills. True freshman Maura Nolan earned a spot on the All-Tournament team by adding 11 digs of her own to the team total, but also compiled 45 assists on the day. With the victories the Raiders are now a perfect 3-0 on the season. SU will take part in Ram Fest at West Chester where the Raiders will look to keep their undefeated record when SU faces Stone Hill, Glenville State and Assumption College. SU will not play a home match until Oct. 4, when it faces West Chester.

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The Raiders rose above the competition in North Carolina this past weekend, sweeping their opponents and capturing their first three victories of the season.

Jill Edwards (left) has been the work horse for the Raiders so far this season. Edwards has 51 kills and 32 digs in just three games for SU during the 2013 year.


E6 September 10, 2013

Women’s soccer drops first PSAC game of 2013 season

Despite the success SU had in first game, offensive woes arise for first conference game Ryan Trexler Sports Editor

The Shippensburg University women’s soccer team lost it’s first PSAC game Saturday afternoon 3–0 to Edinboro University. The game started off on the wrong foot for the Raiders when Edinboro junior midfielder Allyson Overly took a shot from 30 yards out that found the left corner of the net, putting the Fighting Scots up 1–0 just under three minutes into the game. EU never looked back from there, scoring two more goals in the first half. Ashley DeVito scored at minute 17 and the other in the 23rd minute off the foot of junior Liz Debo, but this is where the scoring

stopped for the Fighting Scots. The Raiders went into halftime down 3–0 and unfortunately never recovered from the early deficit. SU mustered just five shots throughout the entire game, compared to EU’s 13. SU’s Rachel Hess led the team in shots against the Fighting Scots with two, both of which were on goal. Despite the three goals Raider goalkeeper Shelbie Rackley did make a season high of five saves. The loss sends the Raiders 1–1. SU is slated to take on Mansfield University on Sept. 10 at Mansfield. The Mountaineers are 0–2 on the season, this is a prime opportunity for the Raiders to get back to their winning ways.

Photos by Ryan Trexler

Junior forward Kate Zech recorded one of the Raiders’ five shots in Saturday’s tough loss.

SPORTS September 10, 2013


Field hockey downs Southern Connecticut State Raiders finish Jane Goss tournament a perfect 2–0, defeating Saint Michael’s and SCSU SCOTT HOOPES Staff Writer

The Shippensburg University field hockey team used a trio of ways to capture a 5–1 victory over Southern Connecticut State on Sunday afternoon. SU played strong defense, had possession of the ball often, and took a lot of shots, all helping them win. Five players contributed to the scoring: Lauren Taylor, Megan Jett, Bre White, Taylor Bender and Molly Stuart. It started out fast for the Raiders, scoring two quick goals in the first three minutes. But their scoring pace slowed down and SU did not score again until the 36th minute. The Raiders shot the ball 33 times and 24 of them were on net. White had a great offensive game taking 11 of those 33 shots. The Raiders went into halftime with a 2-0 lead. SU’s defense was stellar and unstoppable on Sun-

day only letting the Owls shoot the ball four times and only three of them were on net. The defense prevented SCSU from getting the ball and gave the offense a lot of time on the attack. They played like the No. 2 team in the country should. On Saturday, SU took on Saint Michaels and won by a score of 7–1. After winning both games, it completed the inaugural Jane Goss Memorial Tournament a perfect 2-0. The tournament is in memory of Jane Goss who passed away last year. Goss was a long-time coach at SU, serving for 33 years in athletics. During one of those 33 years, she led SU to its only national championship to date in any sport. The No. 2 Raiders will re-take the field again today at the Robb Sports Complex to take on No. 1 West Chester in what could be one of the biggest field hockey games in SU history.

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Senior forward Bre White notched another goal to her season total, White now has four goals on the year.

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