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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

SU professors give insight into a post-Roe America

Matthew Unger Asst. News Editor

The 14th annual criminal justice symposium was held in Old Main Chapel on Sept. 8. The topic of discussion was abortion, with the event being titled, “Overturning Roe v. Wade: Making Abortion a Crime.” Moderated by Shippensburg University criminal justice professor Stephanie Jirard, the event revolved around the future of abortion in the U.S. after the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24. Four SU professors from different departments spoke at the event, each discussing the implication of the Supreme Court ruling from their specific academic discipline. Political science professor Lonce Bailey began the discussion noting that the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision (the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade) did not end abortion, it only ended abortion as a federal right.

“[Abortion] is now largely a state issue,” Bailey said, noting that people’s votes on this issue now come down to governor and state legislature races. Bailey added that since the overturning of Roe, there have been many states reporting an uptick in newly-registered women voters. Cris Rhodes, a professor of English, shared with attendees a literary perspective on abortion. Rhodes read an excerpt from Ernest Hemingway’s 1927 short story, “Hills Like White Elephants.” In the story, a male and female character are discussing an “operation,” which is inferred to be an abortion. Rhodes said that when the story was published, abortion was illegal in the U.S., but those that did occur were regularly done with “unsanitary household items.” In Hemingway’s story, the male character said to the female that it was a simple operation, but Rhodes noted that the like-

lihood of the abortion being performed safely in the story was slim. From a sociological perspective, Professor Chad Kimmel discussed the controversial 2001 abortion crime hypothesis brought forth by economists Steven Levitt and John Donohue. The hypothesis argues that the drop in crime rate starting in 1990 can be attributed to the legalization of abortion in 1973 due to Roe v. Wade. The hypothesis states that “unwantedness” leads to high crime. “I don’t like the term ‘unwantedness’,” Kimmel said. “I was really working hard to try to come up with another term.” Kimmel also discussed the Nurse-Family partnership program, in which nurses enter the homes of low-income mothers to aid with new-

born babies up to the age of two. Social work professor Laura Masgalas talked about the foster care system and the potential strain put on it by the overturning of Roe. Masgalas noted that in Pennsylvania there are between 13,000 and 15,000 children in the foster care system. Masgalas also discussed the implication of Roe’s overturn on black women. “Black maternal health is a real crisis in this nation,” Masgalas said, adding that black women are more likely to die or have unexpected pregnancy outcomes than white women. The symposium ended with a question-and-answer session with the audience.

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SGA President Hare resigns Seth Turner

Asst. News Editor

Student Government Association (SGA) President Andrew Hare stepped down from his position on August 23. The resignation was due to undisclosed personal reasons. Vice President of Finances Chase Slenker said that responsibilities are being shared among the other officers to better distribute the workload. Slenker will be speaking at the SGA Open House in place of the president. Slenker also shared that there are only 10 sitting senators, with 18 open seats in the senate. Along with the presidential ballot, there will be senate positions available to anyone who is interested. When voting, if

you’re interested in joining the senate, you can write in. Slenker said that this year is very much dedicated to rebuilding SGA, and part of that includes filling out senate positions. It is a low-stakes, high-reward position, with a minimum requirement of attending one monthly meeting and one biweekly meeting. SGA elections will be held on Monday, September 18. The presidential position will be on the ballot. Until election results are certified, the interim president is Kennedy Holt, whose official position is the Vice President of Internal Affairs, the VP of Internal Affairs is next in line after the president. Holt has been presiding over SGA meetings as interim president.

Former SGA President Andrew Hare stepped down from SGA in August.

Stephanie Jirard speaks at “Overturning Roe v. Wade.”

SGA holds first meeting Seth Turner

Asst. News Editor

Shippensburg University’s Student Government Association (SGA) held a meeting on Sept. 1 at which Vice President Kennedy Holt shared that elections are coming up and petitions to run were due on Sept. 2. Chase Slenker, vice president of finance, shared that dates for student groups budget trainings have also been released, and any student group that wants a budget for the 2023-2024 academic year must attend at least one meeting. There must be at least two members and an adviser present. Vice President of Student Groups Brea Neal reported that the annual student group training is coming up on Sept. 18 from 2-5 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) MPR. Trustee Rangeline DeJesus also let members know that on Sept. 17, the trustee council is having its first meeting. The council is also working on the president’s inauguration. A representative of the Activities Programming Board said, “APB has had

a great turnout from our events so far this semester. On Aug. 20, we hosted Breakfast Bingo with about 700 attendees. Aug. 26, we hosted Shake it Up with about 150 attendees. Aug. 27 was karaoke night with 60 attendees, and this weekend we are showing “Spiderman” in OT [Orndorff Theatre], and on Saturday we are hosting a volleyball tournament.” Represntatives of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) said, “So far this semester, we received the Star Chapter Award again, which is a huge honor as we were one of the chapters chosen out of 42 others in the country. We received the Star Chapter Award for our outstanding work with our clients, the Shippensburg Recreation and the marketing group on campus. Also, we attended the Downtown Pittsburgh district conference in the spring where we made lots of new connections and gained a ton of knowledge to bring back to our other members. There were many amazing guest speakers that came throughout the year that shared their insightful

experiences and advice with us, too.” Looking to the future, the PRSSA representative said, “This semester we are working with The Slate and Shippensburg’s Community Resource Coalition. We have also applied to be chosen to host a district conference this spring here on campus and are in the process of that. For the month of September, we have Jason Kirsch from PR Works coming in to speak about ethics month and what he does in the PR industry. Also, we are going to the first in-person international PRSSA conference since COVID in the past two to three years in Grapevine, Texas, in November.” Slenker had motions on voting rights for some groups and people. There was one former member who had their rights removed, and many groups of people who have gained the right. Slenker also approved the new budget for The Green League. The next SGA meeting will occur in Orndorff Theatre at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.


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UK Gains New Prime Minister SU Holds 9/11 Memorial Evan Dillow

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On Monday, Sept. 5, Liz Truss was elected as the next Conservative prime minister of the United Kingdom. She is taking over after the three year administration of Boris Johnson, who stepped down as prime minister in July. Truss will now be entrusted with helping the U.K. recover from its worst economic downturn in decades. She is also the first prime minister to take office in a post-Brexit Britain. Truss met with the late Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland. This is the first time in her reigning history that the queen did not appoint the new prime minister at Buckingham Palace, her reasoning being mobility issues. Truss won leadership of the Conservative Party after beating former Treasurer Rishi Sunak by approximately 20,000 votes. Britain’s system of government is a representative democracy like the United States, but functions under a different system known as parliamentarianism. The United Kingdom is divided into 650 constituencies of roughly equal population. Citizens of each constituency vote for their local MP, Member of Parliament, for whichever party they support. The party that has the most MPs, thus controlling the most constituencies, gets to elect the next prime minister of the country. In the United Kingdom, only card-carrying members of a political party vote for that party’s leader. The new prime minister is coming in at a

difficult time for the United Kingdom. (NOTE: This story was written before the death of Queen Elizabeth II.) After Boris Johnson announced his resignation, he did not introduce any policies to patch the economic issues the country is suffering from. Among the list of problems are a steep rise in the cost of living and an energy crisis. Rising food and energy costs are making many Britons have to choose between spending money on their next meal or electricity for their home. On top of these issues, thousands of British workers have gone on strike to demand better pay in the wake of the rising cost of living. The increasing inflation of the British Pound Sterling is largely caused by rapidly increasing energy bills. So how has Truss promised to solve these issues? Being a conservative, Truss follows the line of thinking that free-market fiscally conservative policy is what will put the British economy back on its feet. She has promised to lower taxes and lessen government intervention in business. Her proudly conservative zeal has been popular with many Conservative Party voters. Truss compares herself to former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who governed the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Thatcher’s administration was known for its free-market, limited intervention approach to economics. Having just taken office, it remains to be seen on how she will deliver on her promises to restore faith in the British economy.

Biden honors 9/11 victims in shadow of Afghan war Colleen Long and Aamer Madhani Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to mark the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the Pentagon, a year after he ended the long and costly war in Afghanistan that the U.S. and allies launched in response to the terror attacks. In ending the Afghanistan war, the Democratic president followed through on a campaign pledge to bring home U.S. troops from the country’s longest conflict. But the war concluded chaotically in August 2021, when the U.S.-backed Afghan government collapsed in the face of a countrywide Taliban advance that returned the fundamentalist group to power. A bombing claimed by an Afghanistan-based extremist group killed 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops at Kabul’s airport, where thousands of desperate Afghans gathered

in hopes of escape before the final U.S. cargo planes departed over the Hindu Kush. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Biden in his remarks Sunday will recognize the impact the 2001 attacks had on the U.S. and the world and honor the nearly 3,000 people killed that day when al-Qaida hijackers took control of commercial planes and crashed them into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. “I think you’ll hear him talk about how America will stay vigilant to the threat but also look to future threats and challenges and be able to learn to meet those threats and challenges,” Kirby said. Biden marked the oneyear anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan late last month in lowkey fashion. He issued a statement in honor of the 13 U.S. troops killed in the bombing at the Kabul airport and spoke by phone with U.S. veterans assisting ongo-

ing efforts to resettle in the United States Afghans who helped the war effort. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday criticized Biden’s handling of the end of the war and noted that the country has spiraled downward under renewed Taliban rule since the U.S. withdrawal. “Now, one year on from last August’s disaster, the devastating scale of the fallout from President Biden’s decision has come into sharper focus,” McConnell said. “Afghanistan has become a global pariah. Its economy has shrunk by nearly a third. Half of its population is now suffering critical levels of food insecurity.” First lady Jill Biden will speak Sunday at the Flight 93 National Memorial Observance in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband will go to New York City for a commemoration ceremony at the National September 11th Memorial.

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Members of the campus community gathered outside on Monday in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. A brief ceremony was held outside of the Ezra Memorial Library. The memorial saw speeches from ROTC mem-

bers and leaders who were impacted by the events of the day. The remembrance is held every year, along with flags being placed along the sidewalk of the academic quad. Each flag represents someone who lost their life that day, including the 343 firefighters and EMTS, 184 at the Pentagon, and 2,763 in the World Trade Center.

Campus Police Briefs University Police charged student of drug possession University Police charged Aiden Robinson, 18-year-old male, with possession of marijuana on Sept. 10 in the L-2 parking lot.

University Police responded to underage alcohol possession University Police responded to an incident in the L-2 parking lot on Sept. 10 and charged 20-year-old Ashley Chrencik, with underage unconsumption, possession or transportion of liquor.

State Police Briefs Police responded to an altercation that occurred in Shippensburg Police responded to a physical altercation that occurred at Sunbeam Court on Sept. 10 at 12:18 a.m. The unidentified atttacker engaged in the physical altercation with 24-yearold male Jordan Eutzy. No charges have been filed. Police responded to harassment incident Police responded to a report on Sept. 10 at 9:32 p.m. at Bard Drive. Two identified individuals, both 22-year-old, engaged in a physical dispute. The attacker was then cited with harassment for physical contact. Police currently investigating residential burglary The victim of a burglary contacted police on Sept. 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Ritner Garden. It is reported that five handguns, two necklaces, and a wedding band was stolen between the time of the report and May 1 at 8:00 a.m. The investigation is ongoing.

Artemis Launch Delayed Katie Huston NASA delayed the Sept. 3 launch of Artemis I due to leaking issues with the fuel. The mission was delayed on the day of the launch as engineers noticed a leak when they started to fill the rocket’s fuel tanks. The leak in the fuel tank could emit hydrogen gas, which is a flammable substance and poses a threat to the safety of the mission. The pressure of the fuel lines was also altered while engineers were cooling the lines down to the temperature needed to store the hydrogen.

The Artemis I mission requires a specific location of the moon in its orbit around the Earth in order to be successful. Because of the problems with the fuel lines, NASA missed their initial launch window. The next opportunity to launch is not until Sept. 23 or 27. At the time of this publication, NASA has not officially announced a new launch date. The delay has sparked other adjustments for the Artemis I mission. The Flight Termination System is a battery-operated system that allows for the rocket to self-destruct in order to

avoid catastrophic collisions if it were to swerve off the course. The batteries for this system are only certified for 25 days. NASA is currently seeking permission from the US Space Force to change the batteries on the launch pad. If the request is denied, NASA will have to return Artemis I to the Vehicle Assembly Building in order to replace the batteries there. Artemis I will only be able to launch in this September if they are able to change the batteries on the launch pad. Moving the rocket back to the Vehicle Assembly Building to replace the batteries will require NASA to push the new

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launch date back further and prevent the launch from happening this month. The Artemis I mission is a flight test “to demonstrate the Orion heat shield at lunar return re-entry conditions, demonstrate operations and facilities during all mission phases, and retrieve the spacecraft after splashdown,” according to the NASA website. Provided the Artemis I mission succeeds, NASA is planning to do another launch to the moon. The Artemis II mission will aim to land the first woman and first person of color on the moon.

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The ever changing hours of dining If you were to go around campus and ask 20 students what they think about Shippensburg’s dining services, you would likely get 20 different answers. It is a topic that many here at SU seem to be passionate about, whether they are discussing the offerings at Reisner Dining Hall or the length of the Chick-Fil-A line. While first-year students may think the campus dining options are perfectly fine, many believe there has been a drop in quality compared to previous years. As the primary dinner spot here on campus, Reisner is the location students seem to criticize the most, and it is similar at The Slate. We do understand that there are currently both staffing and food supply short-

ages, but the downgrade in terms of overall appeal is strong, especially in terms of vegan/vegetarian options. There is only one or two vegan options per night, and the options they do have are lacking, with some often not getting the proper protein or nutrients they need. Considering that many vegan-friendly options here on campus are closed for dinner and that some students don’t have the flex dollars needed to use these options, it makes the vegan offerings at Reisner all that more important to students. Outside of vegan options, there are other noticeable changes, such as how there is more chicken-based meals compared to any other meat. When the same meats are offered repeatedly, it gradually becomes more

unappealing to students. There is also a lack of fresh fruit offerings, especially compared to the choice of fresh vegetables with the salad bar. For those who much prefer fruit, their choices are slim, with fruits like strawberries & blueberries not being offered. While there may be issues with shortages for these, it still is odd how much of a gap there is in terms of fruit selections compared to vegetables. The other dining services on campus have not changed much, but still have some issues. One that many have problems with is Starbucks not accepting meal swipes. As mentioned with the vegan offerings, not all students have flex dollars, which effectively takes Starbucks away as a dining option for some. One positive change is that Starbucks

now accepts mobile orders and gift cards, a feature that was unavailable before this year. There are still places on campus that do not take gift cards, with Chick-Fil-A being an example. While the staff shortage is likely a factor for this, the lack of locations open for dinner is a hinderance. With Reisner and Burgers + Fries being the lone spots open after 5 p.m., there is a major lack of healthy, premium options for students at that time of day. Overall, while the dining services at Shippensburg are fine, they are not as good as they could be. There are things that could be upgraded throughout campus, and with the price of a meal swipe decreasing at all locations, we are not getting as much value.

The complicated legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev and the Russian landscape today Luke Rainey

Staff Contributor

Mikhail Gorbachev, the final leader of the Soviet Union, died from an undisclosed illness on Aug. 30. Gorbachev was 91 years old and is widely considered as of the most influential leaders in world history, having overseen the collapse of the Soviet Union during his six years in power from 1985 to 1991. President Joe Biden spoke of Gorbachev in an official statement following his passing and said he was “a man of remarkable vision.” His legacy represents a separation between himself and the most recognized leaders in the tumultuous 69-year history of the Soviet Union. Mark Sachleben, a professor of political science at

Shippensburg University who specializes in European politics and international relations, explained the bleak circumstances of Soviet society when Gorbachev assumed power. “If you take a look at what was happening in the 1970s with the Soviet Union,” Sachleben said, “they were bogged down in the War in Afghanistan, the economy had ground to a halt, it was not meeting consumer needs, and the country was moribund in terms of technological development.” The economy still largely relied on centralized control in the late 1980s, and civil unrest grew as Soviet journalists exposed corruption within the government. Satellite states detached from the Soviet Union in 1990 and 1991, and na-

tionalist Boris Yeltsin was elected president of Russia. Gorbachev, still serving as the president of the Soviet Union, resigned from his position and declared it extinct on Dec. 25, 1991. This ended the Soviet Union and established the Russian Federation. Regarding the Soviet Union’s collapse under Gorbachev, Sachleben said, “In hindsight, might it have been easier to say, (Glasnost and perestroika) were not consistent with the notion of Soviet rule? Yes, that might be fair, but we don’t live in hindsight.” He continued, “Gorbachev to his dying day thought the way the Soviet Union was going in the late 1970s and into the early 1980s was unsustainable. The point of any reform is to go forward make things better so that whatever the

organization is can continue to exist.” Russia has returned to the forefront of international politics through the Russo-Ukrainian War. The conflict’s origins are attributable to Gorbachev. He repeatedly criticized current Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout the past two decades, and Putin’s recent actions indicate a negative attitude still persists after Gorbachev’s death. He refused to provide an official state funeral for Gorbachev, despite granting the courtesy to Yeltsin after his death in 2007. Putin was also absent from the ceremony, held on Sept. 3. Putin has spent much of his time in power deeming the Soviet Union’s collapse as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century”

“What the Soviet Union did was build a barrier between themselves and (Western) forces that have invaded them several times, and Gorbachev, in their mind, undid that,” Sahcleben explained Sachleben ultimately observed that Gorbachev’s most crucial flaw was his failure to address the political ramifications of his policy reforms. “(I)t does kind of get to the point about where (Gorbachev’s) idea and his belief in communism may have been naive. He felt that, if you tell the people that it is for their own good, they will come and they will vote for you. That doesn’t take into account that his argument was based on an economic identity rather than a political identity.”

Black in the Classroom: SU and predominantly white institutions

Monika Lewis Staff Contributor

I am a student, friend, daughter, member of the Shippensburg University community, Black woman, political science major and someone who cares about this campus. When I came to SU, like many students, I knew some parts about myself but was ready to learn and identify new parts of me that one can discover in college. For example, I thought I was a shy person, but my experience here taught me otherwise. As a Black person coming to SU, I knew that it wasn’t going to be as diverse as a historically Black college or university (HBCU), but I also thought that the campus would be accepting. I was wrong. PWI’s are predominately

white institutions. To some students this is just another acronym, but to others this three-letter acronym is impossibly impactful. Many Black students who attend SU are fighting battles while trying to get an education that are unseen by those who do not share our experience. These battles can consist of many things: Trying to navigate a new and previously inexperienced proximity to whiteness, which is the race that dominates our school, the new feelings of comparison that accompany this new perspective, imposter syndrome, the internalized racism of the SU culture and racism that is both blatant and expressed through microaggressions. I personally have fought these battles with roommates, classmates and staff members, many of whom

may not even know they were engaged in conflict with me. Such is the life of being Black in the classroom. Frequently we are silent in our pain because the perpetrator of our anguish may not have intended harm, or maybe we are uncomfortable speaking up, or perhaps because it is simply exhausting trying to speak up constantly. I know that I am not the only one. SU’s campus tends to avoid conversations about race, and when these conversations happen they are only targeted toward black students, or Black students are the only ones who seem to care enough about it to show up. This heightens our feelings of isolation, regret and anger — the feelings we did not want to feel when we applied to SU. I do not want our campus to avoid what Black students

are experiencing on campus. I want more than a designated space, meeting times and a handful of events to highlight campus diversity. I want Black students to feel like we are supported and to be around people who understand us not just within our community but people we coexist with. This might not fix the racial issues we experience, but it will give us an outlet to lessen the feelings of isolation. I want to raise a question: When events that Multicultural Student Affairs hosts are open to the general population at SU, who attends these events? For example, the “Abolish the N Word” event held last semester was opened to the whole campus, and everyone was informed of it. Only 75 people, mostly Black and a handful of white students, showed up. Who

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does it help when just black students and a sprinkle of white students show up to an event that would have educated so many about the impact of the “N” word when used in any kind of way? That is a part of the issue. We wash ourselves of the burden of what Black students are experiencing right here on this campus. And when that happens, much of the responsibility falls on Black students to educate those around us. When we are faced with microaggressions, it becomes our job to educate our aggressor, even though there is a possibility that they may feel no remorse for what they said. If we are in class setting talking about an event that was heavily centered around Black people, we are often being asked to speak for an entire race of people. When

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we are stereotyped for something that we can’t change, it is we who must work hard to fight against the stereotype to fit into white spaces. I am mad, I am tired and I am disappointed. Does Shippensburg University know what it means to be Black in the classroom? Do white students know what it is like to be Black in the classroom? Do faculty know what it is like to be Black in the classroom? Do you know what it is like to be Black in the classroom? I want us to talk more, listen harder and see that our fellow Shipmates are suffering. This column can be the start of a conversation that should extend beyond the pages of our newspaper to every corner of our campus to heal and provide support for those of us who are Black in the classroom. Multimedia

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Books for Percy Jackson adults Elizabeth Peters Managing Editor

This past summer, I bought a book to treat myself after a long semester of school. I did not expect to unlock a whole genre of my new favorite books: Greek myth retellings. I spent the rest of my summer diving head first into this selection of books. I loved the whole “Percy Jackson” series as a middle schooler, and these stories are just the leveled-up version. Greek myths mixed with modern language and storytelling — I am now addicted and have finally reignited my love for reading. If you also loved Greek mythology as a kid, you need to read each of these books. 1. “Circe” by Madeline Miller Following the story of the daughter of Helios, “Circe” is a soul-wrenching tale about valuing yourself, independence and cutting ties. “Percy Jackson” fans will recall Circe’s less flattering mention Rick Riordan’s “The Sea of Monsters.” However, Miller’s rendition of Circe’s life makes her a much more endearing character, and fully justifies her response to strangers. Miller paces the story beautifully, building up and slowing down the plot in perfect rhythm. There is almost a musical quality to her sentences and pacing. I felt spoiled by Miller’s artistry with words, and I cannot think of a better composed book I have read, except maybe for her other works. 2. “Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller “The Song of Achilles” follows the life of Patroclus, best friend and alleged lover of the famous Greek hero, Achilles. The story is about personal growth, forgiveness, communica-

tion and, most of all, the experience of love. With a sickening plot twist and gut-wrenching scenes, Miller truly makes her reader’s feel exactly what it is like to go to war. There are lines in this book that brought me to tears. Miller’s word choices echo deep into your heart and pull you just hard enough to keep reading. The plot moves fast enough to keep readers invested while slowing down enough to punctuate the heaviest scenes. I devoured this book in three days, and honestly would have faster if I did not need to work. If you only read one book from this list, it should be this one. 3. “Ariadne” by Jennifer Saint The original Greek myths have moral lessons and generally have not-so-happy endings as a result. Saint holds true to this with “Ariadne,” a tale about relationships, motherhood and trusting your gut. This story tracks the lives of Ariadne and her sister, Phaedra, from Minotaur to married life. The sisters serve as two sides of the same coin, each experiencing life at the same time and reacting very differently. Their marriages, ordeals with childbirth and running a kingdom are so extremely sibling like. Phaedra is strong willed and uncompromising whereas Ariadne is softer and more naïve. In the end, each meet their demise in sharp, dramatic ways, and the book finishes abruptly. Saint gives the reader that true Greek myth feel: Moral lessons overpower a happy ending. All of these books are available through the Cumberland County Library System. You can request them at the Coy Public Library of Shippensburg to read them for free while on campus, or visit your local library while at home.

Recipe of the Week: Dorm-friendly banana bread

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Did you buy bananas from Walmart that went bad before you could bring yourself to eat them? For under $10, you can turn that mushy fruit into a delicious bread. Yields one loaf Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup brown sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ cup butter 2 eggs 2-3 overripe bananas (Use more for denser bread) Elizabeth Peters/The Slate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine butter, eggs and overripe bananas. Use your hands to mush wet ingredients until well combined, or a hand mixer if your dorm is fancy. Pour banana mixture into dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. Pour batter into greased and floured pans. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes. Let cool for five minutes in tins and then remove to fully cool and enjoy.

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Horoscopes by two mean Scorpios

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19):

Burnout is real babe. It is time to choose between a social life and a productive life, but maybe you could try to find a balance for once. This month, however, that balance may not feel possible. We know that you are tempted to cancel everything and just take time for yourself, so do it. Just slow yourself down. Contrary to your popular belief, you don’t have to do everything (and we really wish you wouldn’t). On Sept. 25, the new moon in Libra will create new opportunities for connections, so don’t screw it up this time.

Leo (Jul. 23-Aug. 22)

Maybe it is time to do some collaboration and take the back seat. You don’t have to take the lead on everything, and in fact, we insist that you don’t. Collaboration may help you stay on track and be more productive than usual. You don’t have to always be in charge. This month is the best time for exploration and adventure in your personal life. Just try not to come off as too assertive, babe. It’s not a good look on you anymore.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20):

It may be time to throw in the towel, babe. Try and face the challenges that life is giving you head on. This month you may finally have time to feel safe and secure with an abundance of time to relax (and we know you just love that). You have been doing constant work these past few weeks, which is super out of character for you babe, but we are proud of you nonetheless. Go get that well deserved rest, but don’t overdo it.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Hopefully you will finally make use of all those good ideas you’ve been brewing in your head. Don’t worry, you’ve got this. Take off after your dreams, but don’t bite off more than you chew. Slow down and really look at the consequences that can occur from your actions. You do know there are always consequences, right? Remember to take in the large goals as well. Not everything has to be a short-term goal. Shoot for the stars, or you’ll never know if you can do it.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Take charge and lead the people. Use that attention seeking energy for good this time. Listen to other people, and it may do some good for you to not talk all the time. You don’t need to be a know-it-all, love. Remember that you are not the end all be all, and the Earth revolves around the Sun, not you. However, at the end of this month, the stars will align for your projects to finally come together. Slow down and hold off on any finalization. You can handle that, right?

You love organization, so maybe it is time to start organizing in your own life. You may be feeling more ambitious than usual, so embrace this rare feeling. Though, it would do you some good to avoid micromanagement. Small issues won’t make or break you unless you let them. It is time to get your life back in order. Take some time for your interests as well, babe. You can’t work all the time, no matter how much you think you should. Burnout is in the air, and it would do you good to avoid it.

Gemini (May 21-Jun. 21)

You really like to constantly multi-task, don’t you? You are feeling confident, you are feeling driven, you are feeling productive – you are overdoing it. You have to stop digging yourself into a hole of excessive work. Take a break, love. You don’t have to do everything. If you don’t take a step back, people are going to make you do it. We all know that if there is anything you like less than slowing down, it’s being told what to do. Please, do us a favor, and calm down for once.

Cancer (Jun. 22-Jul. 22)

You have so many ideas to share; Keep them to yourself. You’ve got a lot going on, so calm down and take a step back. Breathe, babe, or you’ll overwork yourself. Maybe it is time to indulge in self-care, but that doesn’t mean taking so much time to wallow in your selfpity. Do some self-reflection and evaluation. Break through the barriers that you’ve set up around yourself and take a hard look. You could end your spiraling whenever you want.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21)

Your social butterfly streak continues this month, babe, so live it up with your friends It is time to get your house in order, babe. and don’t forget to forge some new connecTake a look at that long to do list that you have and get to it. You may feel scattered this tions. It’s a great time to make a productive month, but is that really much different than new partnership, and things might even start to heat up between now and March. usual? Maybe it would be a good to be with This month will have multiple retrogrades, yourself and really think for a minute. Keep that disorganization away. Don’t take on too so buckle up. You’re going to be ready for a much because you probably won’t be able to break, so don’t be afraid to take one. You’ve keep up. No more drama, please. Leave it in definitely earned it. Step back as much as August and you can finally clean up your act. you want and everything will fall into place before Scorpio season. We’re almost there, babe. We believe in you.

Libra (Sept 23-Oct. 23)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’ve been very scattered, but this month will be a good time to get it together. The darkness is starting to clear, so congratulations, you can think rationally for once. However, things will not all be easy. It is time to explore new opportunities and friendships. Stay patient in your communication. Not everyone thinks without their brain like you do. Stay close with your support system; you may need it. Remember to communicate, but also keep in mind that not every experience you have ever had is niche.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar 20)

Are you feeling emotional? We’re so surprised. It is good to be emotional, but remember to only share it with those closest to you. Not everything has to be public information, so take down that Snapchat story right now. Look at the whole picture of where you want your life to go. Now is a good time to cut off the dead-weight and toxic relationships – platonic and romantic. Communication may be rocky this month, so keep that in mind while you are choosing what alliances to keep. Don’t rush these decisions, but you should make them at some point in the next hundred years.


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Review: ‘House of the Dragon’ explores Targaryen dynasty through ‘Fire and Blood’ Piper Kull & Seth Turner

Editor-in-Chief & Asst. News Editor

Spoiler Alert: This story contains spoilers for HBO’s “House of the Dragon” and descriptions of sex and violence. “House of the Dragon,” a “Game of Thrones” prequel, first aired on Aug. 21. The show is set 172 years before the death of the mad king from the original “Game of Thrones” lore, Aerys, and the birth of his daughter, Daenerys Targaryen. “House of the Dragon” focuses on her ancestors and the events that ultimately ended their multi-generational reign over the continent and kingdom of Westeros. In the show, a young princess named Rhaenrya Targaryen, played by Milly Alcock, must come to understand the limitations in her female world as she is named the heir to the Iron Throne after her father Viserys Targaryen, played by Paddy Considine. When her father marries her best friend, Alicent Hightower, played by Emily Carey, and has a son, this battle becomes more difficult. Making it a true game of thrones, Rhaenyra’s uncle, Daemon Targaryen, played by Matt Smith, also fights to be named heir. Daemon Targaryen is the brother of the king, but has been disinherited. Rhaenyra was then named the next heir by the king himself, and there has never been a woman on the Iron Throne. Finally, King Viserys’ son is born to Alicent Hightower, and being the firstborn son, has a better claim than either of his family members. When there are three possible heirs, all with good claims to the throne, it is bound to end in fire and blood.

The show has let the actors showcase their fantastic skills. There are many intense scenes of dialogue that focus on the receiver of the information and really lets the viewer take in their reaction. Also, there are quite a few scenes with no dialogue at all, and you are forced to watch the characters’ faces and use your knowledge of the story and relationships within the show to form your own conclusions. Within just the first four episodes of “House of the Dragon,” there have been many dragons, battles, bloody duels and some very intimate scenes. These are all staples of the original series as well, but “House of the Dragon” takes each of these concepts to a new level. The most recent episode titled, “King of the Narrow Sea,” featured almost seven minutes of sex which is a very unexpected turn from the original series. While “Game of Thrones” offered a scene or two every few episodes, this was a very significant plot point for the new series. “Game of Thrones” also does not include nearly as much incest as is depicted in “House of the Dragon,” though this is a tradition within the Targaryen family. While it makes sense that it would be portrayed in such detail, it is a stark difference between the two shows. The show certainly does not shy away from shock value, including aspects like crude cesarean sections and violent jousting competitions. “House of the Dragon” is a very exciting show all around, and definitely focuses more on the big details and shocking aspects than some of the specifics of the characters’ motivations and traumas. “Game of Thrones” was a show about deceit and moral gray areas, while “House of the Dragon” seems to lean into its more taboo and un-

settling aspects than exploring the deeper, subtle character arcs. This isn’t necessarily a problem for the show, but rather an unexpected turn from the heart of “Game of Thrones.” Compared to the original series, the show also has a much more linear plot. “Game of Thrones” followed many plotlines and perspectives all across the continent of Westeros. The prequel series has mainly been centered at the royal capital, King’s Landing. It has also mainly focused on the conflicts within the Targaryen family, keeping a few central characters close and letting only a few arcs truly shine. This has definitely led to a stronger early connection to characters and better cohesion of the initial story. While there are only four episodes out now, fans have already begun predicting the future of the series. It seems like King Viserys may be nearing his final days. An infection from cutting himself while sitting on the Iron Throne has slowly been creeping through him, and weakening him by the day. The Iron Throne is made of the melted swords of those the Targaryen’s previously conquered. Within this story, there are stories of the throne “rejecting” unfit kings, all of which were said to be cut or injured by the throne. We are assuming that his death will spark a flame within the family and leave everyone reaching for the Iron Throne. Maybe Princess Rhaenyra and Daemon will bind themselves through marriage and leave Aegon, the young boy heir behind. Will the urge for power undermine the strength and bond of blood? We cannot wait to find out. New episodes of “House of the Dragon” air Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max.

Review: ‘One Night of Queen’ is far from the ‘Champion’ Margaret Sobotta Asst. A&E Editor

The spirit of Freddie Mercury was alive during the performance of “One Night of Queen,” performed by Gary Mullen and The Works. However, that spirit and some mannerisms are where the talents of Freddie stopped. I do want to say that I appreciate all individuals who have the courage to get up on stage and perform. I understand what it is like, but 20 years is a long time for someone to perform as the same tribute. I think it is time they put down the broken microphone stand. I cannot say that I hated the performance. Queen songs are always a hit. The way Gary Mullen moved around the stage

and talked with the audience was very entertaining. The downside was that you could tell Freddie Mercury was one of a kind and we will never again hear a live performance with quite the same style. I would not say that I am a hard-core Queen fan, but I do enjoy listening to the music. I would sing along during the performance and sing as Freddie would. There were moments when there was no backup or the notes were changed from the original score. Again, I understand that performing live is difficult, but there needs to be a cut off time for how long this sort of thing can last. The band was fantastic. Billy Moffat (bass), Jon Halliwell (drums), Malcolm Gentles (keyboards) and David Brockett (guitar) all embodied the musical sound

of Queen. When they performed “Killer Queen,” both Jon and David had solos that would leave the original group in awe. Watching those two throughout the whole night was very entertaining. One thing I do admire about Gary Mullen is the way he interacts with the audience. He was very funny and had the whole audience on their feet. Gary also went throughout the crowd multiple times to high-five them. This does not happen with every concert you go to, and I appreciated his care for the audience. Personally, I believe that this group should take a rest from performing and see what else is out there for them. As I said, 20 years is a long time to perform as the same individual who is not yourself. If you are someone who appreciates

Queen and would like to see some type of live performance by them, by all means go see this show. If you are a hard-core Queen fan, stay away. I advise you to listen to their records or stream their music because it will never be as good as Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor.

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Comic by Elizabeth Peters

Review: ‘Dragon Ball’ is back on the screen in America Josiah Horst

Guest Contributor

“Dragon Ball” fans worldwide marked their calendars for April 22, as the newest installment to the “Dragon Ball” franchise was set to release in Japan that day. This meant the film would debut in America in early June. However, a real life evil villain committed a terrible crime by hacking Toei Animation, delaying the premiere of “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” not only in Japan but also in America. After the hacking scandal ended, Toei Animation announced a new date for the movie’s premiere: June 11 for Japan and Aug. 19 for America. Not only did “Super Hero” create huge expectations because it was delayed, but it had even bigger shoes to fill than its predecessor, 2018’s “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” which is arguably one of, if not, the best movie in the “Dragon Ball” franchise that brought in $115 million. The big question that all fans have is, was “Super Hero” worth the wait?” Fans who have grown up reading and watching “Dragon Ball” can appreciate this film as it consists of fan service and many tiny Easter eggs of past events and lore. But that does not mean that first-time viewers of the “Dragon Ball” franchise cannot enjoy this movie, as this film is not

plot heavy and contains lots of action, humor, emotional scenes and a fantastic soundtrack. Without further ado, let’s dive into Akira Toriyama’s “Super Hero.” “Super Hero” is put in the hands of Tetsuro Kodama. When fans heard this news, they were excited as Kodama was assigned to help Tatsuya Nagamine in the production of “Dragon Ball Super: Broly.” However, Kodama seemed to take a different route in this film regarding animation. The trailers showed a 3D animation and CGI that is not a typical animation style for the “Dragon Ball” franchise. This probably would not bother firsttime viewers of “Dragon Ball,” but it could take some getting used to for longtime fans. A primary criticism about the previous film “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” was the exclusion of fan-favorite characters like Son Gohan, Piccolo and other supporting characters. “Super Hero” brings those characters back. Son Goku and Prince Vegeta are on a planet across the galaxy, training with the god of destruction Beerus and his angel Whis. Therefore, leaving the two main characters out of the film’s plot. Son Gohan takes center stage in this film. Gohan has always been a fan-favorite character. He was so strong that characters in the show

told him that he had the potential to be the strongest warrior in the galaxy. Even the creator of the “Dragon Ball” franchise, Akira Toriyama, has teased that Gohan is the strongest. However, as Gohan became older, got married, started college and had a kid, he lost the fighting instinct he once had. The film’s plot revolves around Piccolo; he must find a way to unlock the primal instinct of fighting Gohan once had in order to fight the Red Ribbon Army. They are attacking the Earth with their newest genius, Dr. Hedo. When the Red Ribbon army kidnaps Gohan’s daughter, Pan, Gohan has no choice but to fight with Piccolo to rescue Pan and protect Earth. But when the Red Ribbon Army releases its ultimate weapon, will Gohan, with the help of the other fighters, be able to surpass their limits and become Earth’s saviors? I recommend that you go and see this movie, whether you are a new viewer or longtime fan. As someone who grew up watching the “Dragon Ball” franchise, I am impressed by the animation quality in this movie. The film is enjoyable for anyone, ranging from the upbeat soundtrack, the 3-D animation, the simple plot, the fan service and so much more. I can 100 percent say that this film was definitely worth the wait.

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Football wins big in season opener

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Shippensburg University began its season 1-1 after picking up a 36-17 victory over Seton Hill University on Saturday behind their oppurtunistic defense. Isaiah Snead Sports Editor

Shippensburg University’s football team won its home opener 36-17 in a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon over Seton Hill University. The Raiders were led in the victory by sophomore Redd Douglas who set a single-game school record with 350 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns. Douglas totaled 113 receiving yards, four punt return yards and 233 kickoff return yards — seven yards shy of the single-game record set in 2013 by Shannon Maura. The SU defense was also stellar in the win as it forced four interceptions and recorded two sacks along with a safety. The offense was able to score 13 points off the forced turnovers. Redshirt-sophomore defensive back Khi’on Smith got the scoring started less than 90 seconds into the game with a 75-yard interception returned for a touchdown. Seton Hill would respond with a long 18-play drive that lasted nearly

nine minutes but only resulted in three points thanks to a field goal. The Raiders would then capitalize off a Tanner Luther punt that was downed at the 1-yard line with a safety to make the score 9-3 early in the second quarter. Redshirt-freshman quarterback Joey McCracken would then lead a drive down the field which was capped off by a 2-yard rushing touchdown by junior Richie Sykes Jr., stretching the lead to 16-3. Seton Hill would answer back with a 65-yard touchdown pass to JaiQuawn McGriff, who tiptoed down the sideline to score. However, Douglas would return the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown and Shippensburg completed the two-point conversion to take a 24-10 lead into halftime. On the opening second half drive Douglas would reach the endzone again this time on a 42-yard pass from redshirt-freshman quarterback Sam Johnson III, who replaced McCracken midway through the second quarter, and the SU lead swelled to 21 points. Redhshirt-sophomore linebacker

Matt Feeney led all players with a career-high 13 tackles and junior linebacker Tyler Simon was right behind him with 10 tackles. Redshirt-sophomore safety Isaiah Gilmore had two interceptions, both coming in the fourth quarter. Junior safety Brandon Holt also had a pick in the contest. The two SU quarterbacks combined to go 11-21 for 152 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt-sophomore Nasai Moon led the Raiders with 38 rushing yards while Sykes had 18 rushing yards and a touchdown. It was a sloppy first game for both teams as they combined for 26 penalties and 327 penalty yards. It was also a scary day in the stands for Raider fans as three fans in the stands were attended to by paramedics due to heat exhaustion. Another fan needed to be transported to the hospital after suffering a seizure at the game. The 1-0 Raiders will be returning to the field on Saturday at 1 p.m. to host Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Seth Grove Stadium.

Safety Brandon Holt grabs an interception for SU.

Garibaldi gets first career hat trick; field hockey moves to 3-0

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Shippensburg’s No. 1 field hockey team moved to 3-0 on the season after picking up wins over Newberry and University of Mount Olive on Friday and Saturday. Isaiah Snead Sports Editor

The No 1-ranked Shippensburg University field hockey team went 2-0 this week, picking up wins over Newberry and University of Mount Olive to stay unbeaten so far this year. SU got its first win on Friday as it was led by freshman Agus Garibaldi’s first career hat trick in their 5-2 victory over Newberry. Garibaldi’s first goal came in the first quarter on a penalty corner assist from fellow freshman Plinke Hillen. Sophomore Valu

Paul would score next in the second quarter off an assist from sophomore Chloe Prettyman, and the Raiders would lead 2-0 at halftime. Shippensburg would add to its lead in the third quarter as sophomore Tess Jedeloo zipped a penalty corner pass from Garibaldi into the bottom of the goal. Garibaldi then made it 4-0 with her second goal of the game thanks to a penalty corner assist from sophomore Mya Kemp. Newberry would start to fight back in the final frame, scoring back-to-back goals to

make the score 4-2. However, Garibaldi’s final goal to complete the hat trick put the game out of reach and secured the win for SU. The Raiders finished with an 11-3 shots on goal advantage and an 8-5 penalty corner advantage. The Raiders returned to the field on Saturday as they continued their winning ways with a 4-1 win over Mount Olive. After a scoreless first quarter, Jedeloo scored twice in the first three minutes of play in the second frame. Sophomore Yasmin De Meyer then made the score 3-0 after scoring

on a deflection from Garibaldi. Mount Olive would respond with a goal in the third quarter, but Garibaldi put the game away in the fourth with an unassisted goal to create the final 4-1 score. The Raiders had a 9-4 shots on goal advantage and a 12-3 penalty corner advantage, sophomore Lindsay Tripodo had three saves in goal. Shippensburg will return to action on Wednesday at 3 p.m. for its first conference matchup against Mansfield University.


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Women’s soccer battles to tie with Millersville Isaiah Snead Sports Editor

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Sophomore Kendra Barlow had four saves in the tie.

Shippensburg University’s women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday night with Millersville University in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup at David See Field. SU took a 1-0 lead early in the game off senior Skylar Lambert’s first career goal with an assist to graduate Imogen Longcake. Millersville would answer back in the 41st minute after a goal from Savannah Rennix and the match remained knotted going into halftime. Neither team was able to

find the back of the net in the second half and the game ended in a tie. However, the tie did snap a two-game losing streak for the Raiders. Each team tallied 12 shots and Millersville had five saves to Shippensburg’s four. Both teams now show a 0-3-1 record on the season. SU will look to break into the win column on Wednesday at 1 p.m. when they play at Shepherd University.

Looking for more? Read online at theslateonline.com Shippensburg had six shots on goal in the contest.

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Redd Douglas

single-game school record with 350 all-purpose yards - Scored on a 102-yard kickoff return - Tallied 113 receiving yards and scored a receiving touchdown

Volleyball drops three out of four games in MEC/PSAC Crossover Jack Ansley

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Shippensburg was able to win its first game against Chestnut Hill but would drop the next three games.

The Shippensburg University volleyball team had its home opener this week at Heiges Field House on Wednesday night. The Raiders swept Chestnut Hill University in three sets. The Raiders won the first set 25-21 and they had seven kills and 23 total attempts. The Griffins had 12 kills in the first set. The Raiders took the second set 25-18 with 12 kills and six errors. The Griffins had 10 kills and 10 errors at the end of the set. The Raiders took the third and final set 25-21, tallying 12 kills and six errors. In the match, the Raiders had a total of 31 kills, eight aces and seven blocks. Junior Kaitlyn

Townsend led the Raiders in kills with 10. Over the weekend, the Raiders traveled to West Virginia where they competed in the PSAC/MEC Crossover. The Raiders played four games, losing their first game to West Liberty University 3-1. In the second game, the Raiders defeated Notre Dame College 3-2, but then lost their third game in a close match against Fairmont State University, 3-2. In the final game, the Raiders were swept by Wheeling University 3-0, coming out the day with one win and three losses. The Raiders return to Heiges Field House on Friday, Sept. 16, when they play Shepherd University at 7 p.m.

THIS WEEK IN RAIDER SPORTS Football

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Wednesday vs Mansfield 3 P.M.

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Wednesday at Millersville 7 P.M.

Friday vs Shepherd 7 P.M.

Friday at Kutztown 5 P.M.

Saturday at Saturday vs East Belmont Abbey Stroudsburg 11 A.M. 4:30 P.M.

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Scenes of Shippensburg University sports teams in action last week

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Volleyball photos by Margaret Sobotta

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Field hockey photos by Haytham Zaami