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SU Honor’s Program holds presidential election preview Heather Leasure Staff Writer
The Shippensburg University Honor’s Program held a 2012 election preview on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The session provided bipartisan information on the presidential candidates with the use of speakers and a slideshow presentation. The students of the Honor’s Program started the session by giving a brief background on each candidate. They described the families of President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The speakers also talked about the lives of the two candidates before they decided to run in the 2012 presidential election. Obviously, Obama was president, but before he was elected in 2008, he taught constitutional law and then later became a senator.
Romney ran as a presidential nominee in the 2008 Republican primaries but lost against John McCain. The students then described the stances of each candidate on the most important issues on which this campaign is based. They started with the issues of gun control and public safety. Obama has not proposed any new laws to take away or decrease gun use, yet he is strongly opposed by the NRA. Romney, who is supported by the NRA, has done more to increase gun control, such as banning assault rifles when he was governor of Massachusetts. The candidate’s stances on environmental issues were also discussed. President Obama has delayed the installation of the Keystone Pipeline that would stretch from Canada through the United States, but Romney wants a more privatized government so
he supports the pipeline. Romney also supports offshore drilling and the use of nuclear energy, while Obama wants America to use alternative energy sources. With the issue of education, Romney wants to focus more on K-12 and the creation of charter schools. Obama’s focus is on higher education and making college more affordable. The speakers then discussed social issues such as gay marriage and abortion. Obama supports gay marriage as well as the women’s right to choose. While in office, he has repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Romney opposes gay marriage and is pro-life. He wants to end federal funding for programs like Planned Parenthood. The two most debated topics, healthcare and the economy, were brought up. As president, Obama created the Affordable Care Act,
which puts many restrictions on insurance companies. However, Romney wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. To improve the economy, Obama wants to cut taxes for the middle class and small businesses. Romney wants to put a cap on government spending. Both candidates, however, are projected to add $6 trillion to $8 trillion to the national debt. The last issue the students talked about was foreign policy. Both candidates want to keep a strong relationship with Israel. Obama wants to focus on reducing the threat of nuclear weapons. Romney wants to work with Latin America to end the drug cartels in Mexico. The second election preview session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 and will include a look at the current congressional races.
including how many accounts of that crime were committed in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The most common ones in the list include drunkenness, disorderly conduct, vandalism and larceny. However, most of the violations occurred the least number of times in 2011 in comparison with the two years prior. In addition to crime statistics, the report includes policies concerning security on SU campus. According to the security report, SU’s officers “have full authority to enforce all commonwealth and federal laws as well as any applicable university policies.” They also have the power to arrest on the univer-
sity’s property if need be. However, the Department of Public Safety consists of 17 full-time police officers and there are more than 2,500 students that reside on campus. This means the ratio between police officers and on-campus residents is one officer to 147 residents. That being said, they appreciate cooperation from everyone in the community when it comes to safety and security. “Taking responsibility and reporting crime and suspicious activities in a timely manner will be beneficial to you, the university and the entire community,” the document says. If any student or other local resident would like to report criminal activity or
any emergency on or near campus, he or she can call Public Safety at 717-4771444. That person may also go directly to the university police station. Another safety precaution is, of course, the emergency phones throughout campus. The phones report directly to the university police station when they are activated. The security report contains a map of where all the phones are located. For more information regarding SU public safety, contact Public Safety or the university police department. For the full annual security report, go to www.ship. edu/police.
Annual security report available to students Colleen Bauer News Editor
The Shippensburg University Police and Department of Public Safety have reminded students in a recent email that they have access to the university’s annual security report. The beginning of the report contains statistics of crimes within the past three years. These crimes include those which occurred on campus, on campus-owned property and on public property that is accessible on or directly connected to campus. The document shows a long list of crime reports,
DECISION 2012 Giuseppe Macri
Staff Columnist The largest percentage of campaign news this past week was in regard to Mitt Romney’s ‘47 percent’ — a statistic he quoted at a fundraiser representing the percentage of Americans who do not pay income tax and sustain themselves primarily on government assistance programs, according to the Romney campaign. “There are 47 percent of people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney told attendees of a small campaign fundraiser before describing the group as the unemployed, lowincome, government-subsistence and tax-exempt Democratic half of the electorate. According to the most recent poll of likely voters taken by the Associated Press, 47 percent is exactly the portion in the president’s camp for four more years, with Romney claiming the remaining 46 percent. Additionally, the U.S. Census Bureau does state 49 percent of Americans claim some form of federal assistance, with 46 percent of households in the U.S. paying no income tax in 2011. However, all three figures are far from overlapping perfectly on either side of the partisan fence. The largest portion of federal assistance claims provide for far more than just the low-income or non-tax paying households, which only make up about one-third. A lot of funding goes to subsidies for water purification, farming and energy initiatives like federally regulated nuclear power plants — conveniences Americans all partake in
every day. Within the tax figure, the overwhelmingly largest beneficiaries of tax-exemptions resulting in diminished government revenue come from write-offs claimed by the smallest and wealthiest percentage of Americans — including Romney himself. Despite earning more than $1 million a year just from his stake in Bain Capital (the finance company of which he was C.E.O.), Romney pays less than 15 percent on his income per year through a tax loophole known as “carried interest.” This is roughly 20 percent less than he otherwise would be paying. So, who exactly does make up the 47 percent Mitt Romney places in the president’s corner “no matter what”? According to the same poll, more than 60 percent of current Democratic votes are employed, with more than 40 percent having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, and more than 50 percent earn over $50,000 per year. Only five percent claim to be temporarily unemployed. Among polls taken by Reuters and Gallup in the wake of the comment going viral in the newsmedia, 43 percent of voters view Romney less favorably than before the speech was released, and 60 percent said his perspective was unfair in regard to the “47 percent.” Of poll participants, 67 percent said they identified more with the “47 percent” Romney was referencing than with the fundraising attendees at the speech. And in all, 36 percent say they are now less likely to vote for Romney since seeing the speech in a video online.
Sandusky’s final hearing expected to take place in three weeks Jordan Krom Staff Writer
On Oct. 9, 2012, close to four months after his conviction, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will receive his final sentencing in a scandal that rocked the very foundations of Penn State University. Sandusky, 68, was convicted in June 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse involving 10 different boys. These incidents all happened over a span of 15 years, some even taking place on PSU’s campus. It is highly unlikely that Sandusky will be paroled, as the maximum penalties that he can receive for his offenses total more than
300 years behind bars. This means Sandusky will most likely live out the rest of his life and die within prison walls. Despite the evidence against him, he continues to maintain his innocence and his lawyer said Sandusky will attempt to appeal his conviction. The victims are also believed to be taking part in the hearing, mostly as a way to assure that justice will be reached for every one of them in the best possible way. At least three of the victims are in the process of suing PSU, and while the confirmed number of victims stands at 10, Sandusky’s lawyers put the number of potential victims around 20. The university
plans to settle with the victims as quietly as possible, in hopes to soothe many of the stresses they and their families have been through over the years. Sandusky’s actions led to many repercussions for the formerly esteemed university, including the loss of Graham Spanier as president and the firing of the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions football team, Joe Paterno. Both are said to have helped cover up information that would have led to stopping Sandusky at a much earlier date. The university’s athletic department has also suffered a great blow, including a ban from bowl games for four years, a loss of all victories from 1998 through
2011 and massive scholarship reductions, handed down by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The NCAA chose these harsh terms as punishment to teach PSU a tough lesson. Defense lawyers are also looking to split the cases against two more people involved in the scandal. Former athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president of PSU, Gary Schultz, are both charged with failing to report suspected child abuse and lying to a grand jury. Both have each entered a plea of not guilty. Curley and Schultz are accused of hiding Sandusky’s actions in order to protect the university.
Rock Towne residents on lockdown mode after recent break-ins and thefts Devin Hill
Staff Writer Rock Towne townhomes offer students living spaces that are fully furnished with numerous pieces of furniture and also a flatscreen television. The idea of getting a TV included with the price of his new apartment appealed to Patrick Taylor at first. Taylor, a student at Shippensburg University and new resident at Rock Towne, woke up to his apartment being slightly less furnished than what he was used to one morning during the Labor Day weekend. Where Patrick’s television used to sit is now an empty space. During the time between Pat going to bed and waking up for class the following morning,
someone broke in and stole the 42-inch TV that Rock Towne provided to him. In addition to the television, a friend’s money was stolen from a wallet that was lying on the kitchen counter. Taylor and his roommate contacted the Pennsylvania State Police to inform them of the incident. A trooper responded to the call and investigated the scene. He concluded there was no forced entry into the apartment. Also, there was no way the windows were used for entry, police said. They also told Taylor whoever took the television knew what they were going to steal before breaking in based on the lack of force and the closeness of the television to the front door. Patrick also informed his property manager, Amanda Washington, of the theft, only to find out that an-
other break-in occurred just one week before. The item stolen in that incident is the same, as well as the manner in which it was stolen. No sign of forced entry and no sign of a window entry were reported. The one difference between the crimes is that the first theft occurred when no residents were home. “I don’t understand how someone could get in without physically breaking something,” Taylor said. “I lock the door and the windows every single night.” The doors at Rock Towne are unique. They involve an electronic key that contains a microchip that has to be waved over a specific spot next to the door handle in order to operate the dead bolt. Only residents and the property workers have these electronic keys to en-
ter the homes. The property manager is the only person that has a master key and the programmer for these keys. Police are unsure if there is any possibility that someone can obtain the technology used by Rock Towne property workers to program the locks. Tenants at Rock Towne can only hope that ensuring their doors and windows are locked will be enough to keep any future thefts from happening. “I am honestly scared to think that someone has the ability to get into my apartment while I’m sleeping without me knowing,” Taylor said. Anyone with any information about these breakins is urged to contact the police.
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Lost Android? There’s an app for that Zachary Davis
Staff Columnist Everyone loses his or her phone every once in a while, even if it is just in the bedroom or at the bar. Of course, your phone will still need to be on and connected to the Internet (via your cellphone provider or WiFi) for these device locating methods to work. The first method is by using an app called “Where’s My Droid.” The Lite version can even be downloaded and installed remotely after you’ve lost your Android phone by going to play.google.com. After you’ve installed the app, you can text “wmd ring” to your number from someone else’s phone and the phone will ring at full volume even if it was on silent or vibrate. You can also text “wmdgps” in order to get the GPS location sent back to the phone you’ve texted from. The standard version of “Where’s My Droid” is also free, but requires you to install it before you have lost your phone. This version will give you the opportunity to put a password on the app itself to prevent someone who might find your phone or someone who might have stolen it from making changes to your settings. It will also text a number you have specified if your SIM card gets removed. The app will also provide you with a web inter-
face to activate all of the features that were only available by texting from another phone in the Lite version. There is also a Pro version that will do everything the previous mentioned versions do along with allowing you to remotely lock your phone and remotely wipe all data off the phone, even the SD card, should you have sensitive information on it that you would not want someone else seeing. This costs $3.99, but offers features that could be priceless to some people. There is another, less feature-rich app that will provide you with the phone’s location via an email to the Gmail account the phone is registered to. This app is called Plan B, and is also available through remote install. These two options are great, especially if your phone is has been lost somewhere inside your room or apartment and the phone on silent. If it has unfortunately been stolen however, you will find a mixed bag of results when taking GPS information to the police. Some departments will be willing to aid in the recovery, but more court cases are citing breaches of privacy as a reason to not accept GPS locations of possible thieves in the search for a lost cell phone.
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POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA On Thursday, Sept. 13, at approximately 4:23 p.m., a university police officer was assisting with a fire drill at Seavers Apartments when he was informed by a member of the residence hall staff of a strong odor of marijuana coming from one of the apartments on the first floor of the complex. The officer went to the apartment in question and found that the apartment was occupied by four individuals at that time. After identifying all of the occupants, the officer asked for and was granted permission to search the apartment. During the search the officer found a marijuana smoking device in plain view on the desk of one of the residents. After this initial discovery, three more items of drug paraphernalia, including a marijuana grinder, were located and confiscated from the room. Torrey Timothy Lee, 18, of Harrisburg, admitted that the items belonged to him, and admitted that he had been smoking marijuana in the apartment earlier in the day. A criminal complaint was later filed against Lee charging him with use of, or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia. All of the paraphernalia was confiscated and held as evidence. POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA & DRUG PARAPHERNALIA On Monday, Sept. 17, at approximately 7:36 p.m., a university police officer performed a traffic stop in the North Storage Parking Lot on a vehicle for an equipment violation. Upon approaching the vehicle to speak with the driver, the officer noticed an odor of what he believed to be burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. During the course of his investigation, the officer asked for, and was granted permission by the operator of the vehicle to search the interior of the vehicle. During that search a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana smoking pipe were located in the vehicle. As a result of the incident, Jacob Edward Meyers, 18, of Kieffer Hall, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Meyers was processed at the university police department and was then released after being advised of the charges that would be filed before the local Magisterial District Judge. HIT & RUN ACCIDENT On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at approximately 12:49 p.m., the university police received a call from an individual reporting that he had witnessed a hit-and-run accident occur in the C-7 commuter parking lot. The caller stated that he had witnessed a black Toyota truck back into a red Toyota Corolla in the parking lot and then leave the scene without acknowledging the accident. The owner of the Corolla was contacted by the university police, after the police had checked the vehicle and found that it did sustain some minor damage to the rear bumper. The investigation is continuing and charges are pending if the striking vehicle is identified. No damage estimate is available at this time. UNDERAGE DRINKING On Friday, Sept. 21, at approximately 2:34 a.m., the university police received a phone call from the Cumberland County Emergency Center reporting that they had received a 911 hang up call from a room on the third floor of Kieffer Hall. The dispatcher who took the call stated that the caller sounded like they were intoxicated. Officers responded to the room in question and spoke with a female occupant who was inside. The female was identified as Samantha Whipp, 18, of Kieffer Hall. Whipp showed signs of intoxication, admitted to consuming alcohol and was given a portable breath test which showed positive results for the presence of alcohol in her system. Whipp also admitted to “drunk dialing” the 911 center. Whipp was cited for underage drinking and was then released back to her room.
Spicka to hold forums on Kauffman’s voting record for 89th district voters Because Rep. Rob Kauffman refuses to engage in a joint public forum, Susan Spicka, Democratic candidate for the 89th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, is announcing a series of public appearances over the next several weeks designed to provide voters with detailed information about her positions on the issues and Rep. Rob Kauffman’s voting record. Her first forum will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at noon on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse. Spicka plans to devote her first forum to the issue of transportation funding. “In a representative democracy, voters deserve the opportunity to know and evaluate the candidates’ views on the issues,” Spicka said. “Unfortunately, Rep. Kauffman has declined any and all offers to participate in a joint public forum be-
tween now and Election Day, thus denying voters an opportunity to hear our views on the issues. As a service to the voters of the 89th District, I will provide detailed information about my positions on issues and Rep. Kauffman’s legislative record. My hope is to help give voters information that will help them to make an informed decision on Election Day.” Last week, after being contacted by a reporter, Rep. Kauffman issued an angry statement declining an invitation from Shippensburg University Student Association president Ethan Goldbach to participate in a debate on the university campus. Goldbach was organizing the event on behalf of the student government, the College Republicans, the College Democrats, and the nonpartisan organization Ship Votes. Spicka had accepted the invitation.
“Rather than making this election about political labels, robo-calls and sound-bites, I would like the thoughtful voters of the 89th district to have an opportunity to participate in a meaningful, issue-driven campaign. Whether or not they choose to vote for me, I hope they will be in a position to make an informed decision about which candidate’s policy positions will be best for the future of our state and communities,” Spicka said. She concluded, “If Rep. Kauffman changes his mind, I would love to join him for a joint public forum. I know many voters in the 89th district want to have the opportunity to talk to us, to hear where we stand on the issues, and to ask us questions. That seems like the least voters should expect from their next state representative.” -Courtesy of Susan Spicka
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Women’s strength overpowers all Phonathon raises money S N for Shippensburg University amantha
You know what I feel more strongly about than anything? Women’s roles in this world. James Brown’s lyrics, “this is a man’s world, but it would be nothing, nothing, without a woman or a girl,” is what I think of when I begin to rant about this subject. Women have come a long way to gain respect and power in this world. We started out with nothing, no school, no work, no rights and used only for producing children, cooking and cleaning. I myself have joked around about wishing things would go back to that so that I did not have to deal with going to school or working; but I was wrong. It is amazing how far women have come by standing up for themselves and each other. We have fought, struggled and were made to prove our worth to this country and have come out on top in many situations. Now I know this seems like me ranting about women’s rights because I am a woman, but that is not what this is about; I am no feminist. But, I feel very strongly about respect and everyone getting a fighting chance. Strong women in our society today such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama and many more have gained respect and proved to the world how intelligent, caring and powerful they are. I respect these women so much for the great example they set, their strength and what they show women in our country. But, just when I thought this country was at my standards with this topic, I was proved wrong. In my advertising and copywriting class this semester, I recently watched
a movie called, “Miss Representation.” This movie showed the affects of women in big news organizations and how women are treated throughout businesses. Some of the main things that caught my attention throughout this video were self-image discrimination of women and the comments made about Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin.
“Strong women in our society today such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama and many more have gained respect and proved to the world how intelligent, caring and powerful they are.”
Now, I will be the first to say how much I dislike Sarah Palin and her views, but degrading her by saying she is a “sex symbol” and “someone to mate with,” is ridiculous. Hilary Clinton on the other hand, was referred to as old, uptight, emotional and unattractive by news organizations. Comments were also made about news anchor Katie Couric in a negative light. Stating how sexy her legs are on television is not appropriate by the males in the media. Keep your hormones to yourself, please. These women are all hard working, strong, intelligent people with a purpose. Though these comments have been degrading, it at has stopped a female from moving forward. Women have learned to ignore that chatter, the negative attention and become accustomed to it; this to me is extremely sad.
Why do males have to belittle and objectify women at every chance they get? And I am not saying all males do this. There are plenty of respectable ones out there, but on my television screen I see differently. Any story about Paris Hilton or a new attractive actress makes big news for the men in our society, disregarding women’s feelings about the topic. These men are professionals, come on now. I want to know when and what it is going to take for women to be able to walk around without getting hit on. When are women going to be able to walk into a job interview and not get looked up and down like they are a piece of meat? And when are women going to be able to hold higher positions than men and be strong, independent, successful and powerful without someone questioning her? Growing up in this world is not easy for a female or male. But, the degrading comments and objectifying our gender is not what should be making it the hardest for us to progress and move higher up in society. No one ever proved men were smarter, better company owners or more successful people than women. We should never let them feel like it is assumed. Men started degrading women from day one. Why do they have the right to do so? I cannot answer that question. But what I do know, is that no man is going to stop me from getting what I want and being successful in this society. I want to take after the strong women we have to look up to in this country and move forward, not give into the objectifying statements and catty comments made by males in this world to tear us down and make us inferior.
Asst. Opinion Editor Lately I have been thinking a lot about money. Where is my money going? Do I have enough to last the semester? Should I or should I not buy this top that I love from H&M? That last one opens a whole new Pandora’s Box on want vs. need. Let’s face it; it is expensive to not only attend college, but to be a college student. I always just accepted the fact that if I wanted to go to college, I was going to have to pay for it. While in high school, in my mind, paying for college meant doling out cash for tuition, room and board, and books. I assumed that would be enough not just for me, but for every other student. That it would be enough for the university I would attend in the near future to operate on a daily basis. I assumed. Now, as a sophomore at Shippensburg University, I am well versed in the costs of a semester. From the Student Accounts webpage on SU’s website, I found that students pay for tuition, education services, technology tuition, comprehensive health, student union, activity, recreation, housing and meals. With all of this, the grand total comes to $8,322 per semester here at SU. Also, keep in mind that this number deals only with Pennsylvania residents who are full-time undergraduates. With extra expenses that I have to pay for this year like electric and cable, my
part-time summer job just did not seem to cover my habitual spending. So, I decided to apply to the Shippensburg University Foundation and become of member of the phonathon team. Up until the start of this semester, I had never heard of the Shippensburg Foundation until my roommates decided to apply. I needed a job with a paycheck, and since my friends worked there, that was enough for me. I learned a lot that first night at training.
support SU may need. The work that employees do at the Shippensburg Foundation and the phonathon is worth more than what a paycheck says. It is a charitable organization that allows students to have the best learning experience possible. The members of Phonathon call undergraduates, alumni and current students’ parents to help out as much as they can. From $20 to $200, every little bit counts. SU is an accredited school that although small, has found ways to attract attention across the country for the excellent colleges and students who attend here. SU has attracted students from over 15 countries and 20 states. Ninety percent of the faculty that courtesy of: freefoto.com teaches for SU has terminal degrees. I learned that the ComAnd unlike larger schools monwealth of Pennsylvania that require teaching assisrepresents less than 28 per- tants, the faculty teaches cent of the SU’s education the students here. and general budget. Millions of dollars are That is it, 28 percent. donated annually to SU, So, with some careful and the money is coming calculations that I learned from people who either from my applied statistics went here or have some class, the total cost that I connection to the school. stated above for a semester Alumni who have graduhere at SU, only accounts ated in the 1960s are still for around 54 percent of the donating to a university university’s total income they attended 50 years ago. As students, we are So, 54 percent plus 28 percent adds to 82 percent. learning from incredibly So if tuition money and intelligent people who are money from the state gov- educated to the highest posernment is not covering the sible degree. The phonathon helps to total costs for the university to operate, what else is allow for the educational quality we are receiving then? here at SU, and the memThe phonathon. Last year alone, the SU bers of the Shippensburg should be Foundation raised $2.2 mil- Foundation lion that was donated to the thanked for the hard work that they put in to this uniuniversity. This money is used for versity. It is the little things that scholarships, supplies that are used in classrooms, pro- make a big difference. We should find a way to grams to raise funds and providing any additional say thank you.
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Fox News, a bigger joke than this year’s election
Asst. Sports Editor You know what grinds my gears? Fox News. It is election season if you have not heard, and all I have to say is, “Where is Elmer Fudd when you need him?” There is no surprise in the presidential race this year. An idiot is running against a moron. Yes I said moron not Mormon. There really is no difference actually. The rest of the country is set to suffer through another four years of complaining, pointing ﬁngers, and job loss. My prediction for 2013 is a spike in the sale of Ramen Noodles and Powerade. I myself am going to open up a business selling “Armageddon is at hand” signs because it should be a very lucrative venture in 2013. I, for one, love the media coverage in an election season. It is more humorous than Bugs and Daffy’s little spiel. Let me just say that Fox News gives hope to those who are slow learners. Say you failed the ﬁrst grade four times, do not give up. By golly, if you try hard enough and hate liberals like Mel Gibson hates Jews, just call Fox “home.” Oh would Hitler be proud to see propaganda being used so well? I am sure Ann Coulter could have been his Josephine Goebbels. It is a shame to see this network bend information to the point even Gumby would say “All right, you win.” Sure, Fox is biased. If you think otherwise, then I would stop reading here.
So Mitt Romney has had a video leaked of him. It might not have as many hits as Gangnam Style, but it is getting some air play. Romney, talking to the wealthy, said some unﬂattering things. Romney said he knows the 47 percent will not be voting for him so he is reaching out to the wealthy.
So, of course Fox News was all over this video because it was time to play damage control. They were blaming the liberal media for leaking the tape, calling it positive, and saying the liberals are shying away from the real issues. So, when it was Fox’s turn to talk about the real issues, they chose to do The 47 percent that he is what is right by bringing up referring to are the people a video of Obama. who do not pay income tax. Yeah, that is deﬁnitely talking about the real issues, all right. Not unemployment and Libya. With emphasis on Romney’s video being all the way back in May, the Fox gestapo’s big Obama video was actually recorded in 1998. I guess Republicans change every month, whereas Democrats only change every 15 years. So close Obama, so close. The whole “You Built It” phrase is just not as effective when courtesty of: freefoto.com your candidate has the money Yes, they still pay a pay- to build whatever he or she roll tax, but to Romney and wants. his elite, I guess that just is His or her logic is if you not enough. have success you “built it” He feels these people, the and if he or she failed, it so-called “welfare bums” was the government’s fault. do not need food, shelter or If they get a break then even healthcare. they deserve it. Yet, he can preach this If you get a break, then at a $50,000 per plate fund- that is called dependency. raiser? Now you see why I watch Romney is the monopoly Jon Stewart for my news. guy. If Fox can ever ﬁnd a way You cannot pass go, you to keep Chris Christie out cannot collect $200. of McDonald’s, the country These people are not the will be in a world of hurt. ones cheating the system. Yet, thanks to governThey are families that ment funding, Grimace is make less than a plate of well protected inside the food at one of Romney’s “I walls of the golden arches. hate the poor” meetings. Let us just hope the whole salad thing stays secret.
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Pay it Forward movement SARAH MONTANARI & ALLY OPPMANN Staff Writers
My friend Sarah and I are starting a Pay it Forward movement on campus. We ask that you join along. Do one random or not so random act of kindness each day. It can be anything you can think of — short of anything illegal. Acts can be smiling at a stranger, opening a door for someone, volunteering, giving blood or anything else that comes to mind.
Just keep sharing the kindness. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared,” Buddha said. I recently found this quote and thought it made sense. If we are happy and share that with others, they might just share it with others. This goes for being miserable and rude. Both spread fast and very far. If I spend all day smiling at every single person, they may end up smiling at
someone else. Kindness spreads but it may be hard to get the ball rolling on that. It seems small, but try helping one person a day. it adds up to seven people a week, 30 people per month, and 365 per year. Looking at that, kind acts really do add up. Each of those people might then spread kindness to others they encounter. Imagine how far that will spread. Each week we will be searching for new happy quotes to show and respond to. Keep happiness spreading.
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How much is the value of a dollar really worth? CARA SHUMAKER
Managing Editor Since when does water cost more than coffee, or at least as much as coffee? Apparently, since Starbucks started charging $1.39 for water, and that is just a tall. Starbucks, at least on campus, stopped charging 25 cents for water at the beginning of this semester. The 25 cent charge was to cover the cost of the cup. I think 25 cents for a cup of water is reasonable. However, $1.39 for a tall and it increases with the size, is a tad absurd. Yeah, the convenience of getting a nice, clear plastic cup with a green straw is all well and good, but I can get a water bottle from the Dollar Tree for $1 and ﬁll it up in the water fountain. The one loop hole around the $1.39 charge is to purchase a drink or a pastry. Even though the water is “free,” I still have to pay for a drink or I have to pay for a pastry, which means I am still spending money. The real point of this article is not about Starbucks
charging ridiculous prices for a cup of water (it is a big part of it, though), the real point of this is how nothing is really free in life and what we do have, we do not appreciate. Think about it. Is anything really, truly free? At the same time, is anything actually worth the price we pay for it? If a friend invites us over for a meal, it is not a free meal. The friend has to purchase the food and make the food. If Red Box sends a free rental code to your cell phone, the code might be free, but the text to your phone is not and the trip to the Red Box costs money. The code is free, but getting the movie is not. Then, we get to the price of things and if that price is worth it. Is it really worth paying $4.05 for a gallon of gas? Do we need it that badly? Why can we not walk to campus or bike? Is it that necessary to drive to campus from Queen Street?
A brand new cell phone without an upgrade costs upward of $1,000 depending on the type of phone. Sometimes, even with the upgrade a new phone costs $300. Is a new phone actually worth that much money? I would say no. We do not know how to get our money’s worth out of things any more because as soon as something bigger and better comes out, we must have it. We drain our savings accounts to get a new iPhone that really is not any different from the last one. If it is not an iPhone maybe it is just that new thermos that Starbucks sells. Maybe this started as a rant about Starbucks overcharging for a cup of water, but it makes me wonder why it bothered me so much. I have water bottles and there are water fountains all over campus. I should not pay $1.39 for a cup of water. Besides, nothing is really free, is it?
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ROTC program helps cadets experience foreign countries Sean McClellan Staff Writer
This summer, while many Shippensburg University students were at the beach, visiting museums or working so they could afford their textbooks for the fall semester, Cadet John Reitz, an SU junior, was overseas in Georgia participating in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program. CULP, a program offered by SU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), is designed to get United States military cadets experience in foreign countries. This past summer, Shippensburg’s Raider Battalion sent 13 cadets to several different countries including Bulgaria, Georgia and Tanzania. Some, like Reitz, trained
alongside foreign military personnel, while others provided aid and assistance to civilians. However, before Reitz could go to Eastern Europe, he had to spend a week in Fort Knox getting debriefed and meeting some of the other American cadets who would accompany him to Georgia. He and the other cadets would participate in Mountain Warfare School, often called “Mountain School” for short, alongside native Georgian soldiers as part of the Military to Military Exchange Program. Once everyone
settled in, Reitz and the other American cadets began training alongside the Georgian soldiers. A lot of what Reitz learned while participating in Mountain School included basic survival skills such as rock climbing, knot-tying and rappelling. He also continued long distance rucking, which is running with a 40-pound rucksack, to increase his endurance and stamina. “My favorite part was meeting new foreign soldiers,” Photo courtesy of Zeke Rangel Reitz said. But the program had other benefits Cadet John Reitz, an SU Junior, spent his summer visiting outside of social indifferent countries through ROTC for military experience. teraction.
“It helped me make relations with foreign military and prepared me for future operations.” Reitz recommends that other cadets apply for the CULP program. It gave him the opportunity to travel to another part of the world and advance his military career. Having been involved in CULP makes him more appealing on the Order of Merit List (OML), which will determine where he will go once he graduates from Shippensburg, completes ROTC and gets commissioned. The CULP program will be offered again next summer to students involved in the school’s ROTC program. For more information about the ROTC program and Shippensburg University’s Raider Battalion, visit http://www.ship.edu/rotc/.
Raider Runway: A look at SU fashion
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Name: James Edrington Major: Education Year: Freshman Inspiration: “I just really like this shirt. It’s bold and has some swag.”
Name: Margaret Miller Major: Interdisciplinary Arts Year: Junior Inspiration: “When I buy things at the store I generally have an idea of what I am trying to portray that day. It is kind of like a costume for however I am feeling.”
Names: Russhea-Simone Anderson, Ki’anna Roberts, Sharif Sligh Inspiration: “We’re just looking good and feeling better.”
Name: Marissa Campolong Major: Undeclared Year: Freshman Inspiration: “I was going for a grungy, cute look today.”
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Ship Votes encourages students to vote in the election ANNA SEILS
Asst. Ship Life Editor The student club, Ship Votes, went door-to-door during classes on Sept. 19 to encourage students to vote and help with voter registration applications. Ship Votes is a non-partisan, voter registration group with more than 50 volunteers that has registered more than 600 students to vote this year. Katy Clay, a history professor at Shippensburg University, is the adviser of Ship Votes. She has given up all campaigns with the college Republicans and Democrats to be part of the nonpartisan group. “It doesn’t matter what party you are afﬁliated with, just as long as you vote,” Clay said. “Voting is a civic engagement, and everybody owns it. We have an obligation to inform ourselves.” Clay said, “Without voting, this becomes a sham democracy. The youth vote is so important. We don’t want to be a poser of a democracy.”
One of the biggest challenges for students registering to vote was that students were ﬁlling out the forms wrong which prevented them from becoming registered voters. “The forms can be complicated, especially for college students voting outside of their hometowns,” Clay said. “We were trained by Director of Elections Penny Brown to correctly ﬁll out the forms so we can assist students.” Ship Votes informs students about the importance of voting one class at a time by presenting a Power Point created by the Women’s Center, followed by passing out voter registration forms to students. Ship Votes helps with every detail of the forms and then collects the forms and sends them to the township so students can receive their voter registration cards. Corey Burton, a member of Ship Votes and one of 12 students going from class to class with Clay, helps students ﬁll out voter registration forms. “It is important for college students to vote because who
you vote for will impact everything from your tuition to your future,” Burton said. “If you don’t vote, you’ll be stuck with decisions that you didn’t have a say in.” Burton has been involved with Ship Votes since he was a freshman and this will be his second time voting. “I became involved with Ship Votes when they knocked on my dorm door and asked if I was interested in joining. Since joining, I feel as though I am a bigger part of the community,” Burton said. Outside of election years, Ship Votes is an active student organization participating in events such as the Corn Festival, Service Day, research groups and events at the Thought Lot. Ship Votes will continue voter registration at a table in the Ceddia Union Building Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Oct. 1. To become involved with Ship Votes, visit their Facebook page Ship Votes or email shipvotes@ gmail.com.
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Katy Clay, adviser of Ship Votes, has given up all campaigns with the college Republicans and Democrats to be part of the club.
Recipe of the Week Crock pot macaroni and cheese
8 oz. macaroni noodles 3 c. sharp grated cheese 2 eggs 1 large can Carnation evaporated milk (not condensed milk) 1 1/2 c. regular milk 1 stick butter, melted Cook macaroni and drain. Add cheese and pour into greased crock pot. Add butter. Beat eggs and mix with evaporated milk and regular milk, then add to macaroni mixture. Mix and cook on low for three to four hours.
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Project Share feeds Carlisle families in need Jimmy Reilly
bank which prides itself on feeding more than 1,000 families which amasses to more than 3,000 individuals A hero comes in many dif- each month. ferent shapes and sizes. The reality of the world that we live in is that there are problems. Hunger is one of those Project Share is problems that expands a food bank which across the globe. In fact at this very moment, one in prides itself on feedevery six individuals in this ing over 1,000 families country is hungry. Every six seconds, a child which amasses to more across the world dies from than 3,000 individuals hunger-related diseases. each month. Here in South Central Pennsylvania, there is no exception. Around 150,000 children in central Pennsylvania are suffering from hunger today. The organization was However, there is a strong group of people that founded in 1985 and has make up an organization been a Carlisle constant called Project Share in Car- ever since. lisle, Pa. Of the individuals who Project Share is a food are served each month, 20
percent are senior citizens and nearly 30 percent are children. Families that receive assistance are given boxes of food consisting of 50 nutritious food items which equates to a weekâ€™s worth of food for a four-person family. At Shippensburg University, we are making a difference by donating goods such as food and clothing or actual volunteering to help those in need. In the coming weeks, there will be a food drive operating on campus. Drop boxes will be available up until Thanksgiving break in order to help feed the families that Project Share supports. For more information visit www.projectshare.net and keep your eyes open for on-campus opportunities to help fight hunger in the area.
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Grant Lyon leaves crowd in stitches Ashley Stoudnour Staff Writer
Shippensburg University had a night full of laughs Thursday when Grant Lyon, a California-based comedian, performed inside the CUB Red Zone as a part of the APB’s After Dark series. Lyon began telling the crowd about his walk around Shippensburg earlier in the day and that he enjoyed the town’s “old timey” feeling. He asked about the amish and told stories from his college days in California. Michelle Rodenhaver, a junior at Shippensburg, was one of the first people to arrive to the show and was in the front row. “I thought he was really funny and he was the first comedian not to make jokes about living in a small town. Rodenhaver said. “Most comedians that come to Shippensburg say, ‘Oh you live in a small town. What do
you do, tip cows?’ It’s only funny for so long. I liked that he didn’t use that.” After Lyon talked about his stroll through town he joked about Shippensburg’s colorful use of puns. “You guys have puns everywhere. Ship happens! Ha!” he said, which led into a discussion of what Shippensburg’s mascot really is and an audience member yelling, “it is a parrot dressed like a pirate!” After a segment on birthday presents, Lyon then offered the crowd of Shippensburg students advice on never moving back home with parents after being in college. He enthusiastically pointed out the pool match going on in the back of the room and explained that he has never had a “pool match opening act” before, while asking details about the game. The night continued with jokes about the Pittsburgh Steelers to his take on the election coming in Novem-
ber and his taste for oldfashioned CD players. He offered his opinions decidedly but humorously as he talked about commercialism, social justice, having children, being too old for playgrounds and Web MD. Lyon’s greatest strength came from how he played off of the audience— whether it was through the crowd’s reactions or what was happening in the room. This could not be more true when a young woman answered her phone during the show and Lyon took the phone from her. He put the person on speaker phone and messed with the guy on the other line. It ended in a room full of laughter and the caller promptly hanging up on him. “This is why you turn your phones off at comedy shows,” he yelled to the crowd, causing more laughter. He ended the show with a documentary he made recently that parallels online dating to job interviews that
was a bit odd but funny just the same. Although it was unconventional, it was still a good ending to a hilarious night.
As Lyon said after one of mance: a funny and honest his segments, “I got opin- way of sharing one guy’s ions man, I’m gonna say opinions of the world. ‘em!” That statement is the summary of Lyon’s perfor-
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Grant Lyon makes crowd laugh at Red Zone last Thursday
Country star Wynonna Judd to perform at Luhrs Discography “Wynonna” 1992 “Tell Me Why” 1993 “Revelations”
“The Other Side” 1997 “New Day Dawning” 2000 “What the World Needs Now is Love” 2003 “Sing: Chapter 1” 2009
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Five-time Grammy Award-winning country music artist Wynonna Judd and her band The Big Noise will be performing at Shippensburg University’s H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. In addition to winning five Grammy’s Judd has charted 18 singles that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts. Four of those were solo hits. The other 14 were tracks from
her former band, The Judds. The band featured two members, Wynonna Judd and her mother, Naomi Judd. It was as a member of The Judds that Wynonna first experienced success as a musician. The duo moved to Nashville in 1979. By 1983 they were signed to RCA Records. The band would go on to record eight studio albums, 23 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and claim five Grammy’s. Due to concerns for Naomi’s health and a fractured re-
lationship between the mother-daughter pair The Judds broke up in 1991. The group is regarded as one of the best acts in country music history and were the biggest selling country music duo at the time of their breakup. Following Naomi’s retirement Wynonna began recording as a solo artist. Wynonna was not quite able to match the success she enjoyed with The Judds but she still had a hugely successful solo career. Her first album,
self-titled “Wynonna,” was by far her most successful, producing three of the four No. 1 hits Judd would record as a solo artist. “She is His Only Need,” “I Saw the Light” and “No One Else on Earth” were the first three singles Wynonna released as a solo artist and they all became No. 1 hits. The album itself went platinum five times, selling over five million copies. Judd’s next albums, “Tell Me Why,” and “Revelations,” also went platinum. On “Revelations”
Judd produced her final No. 1 hit “To Be Loved By You.” Wynonna would go on to record seven studio albums and reunite with her mother for two hugely popular reunion tours. She also has dabbled in acting, earning guest spots on shows “Touched By An Angel,” “Army Wives,” “Hope and Faith” and “Kath And Kim.” Judd has released two books, reaching the top of The New York Times Bestsellers list with her 2005 autobiography “Coming Home to Myself.”
Her 2010 fictionnovel “Restless Heart” received mixed reviews. Judd is working on her eighth studio album and is drumming up support for the project with her Shippensburg bound tour. Though many students were not yet born during the best days of Judd’s career she still has some fans on campus. “I can’t wait,” said SU junior Missy Schannauer. “She is one of the biggest country acts of all time and she is coming to ship. I really can’t wait.”
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Lights, Camera, Action: The new hip-hop Britton Kosier Staff Writer
Action Bronson performing
The 27-year-old rapper Action Bronson may be recognized as a newcomer after the 2011 release of his debut album, “Dr. Lecter,” but not much else about the bearded, big-bodied Bronson can be described as sounding like a beginner. As unique a man Action Bronson is, the Flushing, Queens, chef turned “rap singer” continues to draw comparisons to Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan. Those familiar with WuPhoto by Britton Kosier Tang can see the reason for these comparisons almost live. immediately after listening to Bronson, but what does it
really mean? Although Bronson’s highpitched, seamless flow with a confidence to get ignorant over sampled instrumentals are all characteristics reminiscent of Ghostface, the comparisons allude to a more important conclusion for hip-hop. It shows that the new generation of fans are demanding music that is comparable to what a lot of people believe to be the group, the Wu-Tang Clan that made hip-hop what it is today. The former highly-respected gourmet chef is known for incorporating an array of different dishes into his rhymes while at the same time using his hilarious sense of humor and
ability to not give one care in the world to deliver some of the best bars in hip-hop today. Bronson’s talent has not gone unnoticed by record labels. Vice Records was able to secure Bronson with help from Eminem’s former manager, Paul Rosenberg, and after creating a distribution pact with Warner Bros. Records. Bronson promised his fans via Twitter that despite signing a deal, he will continue to make the music people have come to know and love from him. Vice Records co-founder, Suroosh Alvi reiterated the positivity of the relationship when he told Billboard. com that Vice has had “Action Bronson fever.”
Just like Eminem, Bronson will have little-to-no restrictions in creative control under Vice Records. Although Bronson is new to the game, he definitely does not lack recorded music. He has a few projects in the works including two studio albums, “Dr. Lecter” and “Well-Done,” and three mixtapes. Bronson’s third mixtape, “Blue Chips,” appears to be the project where he comes into his own. A collaboration with producer Party Supplies, “Blue Chips” was so flawless it made Party Supplies tell Complex Magazine that he does not even want to work with anyone else.
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Arts flourish with help of local artists and students Lauren Cappuccio Asst. Copy Editor
At first glance, Shippensburg does not seem to be at the cultural hub of Pennsylvania. It is a small town known for its university and annual Corn Festival but does not seem to be the type of place to find spoken-word poetry readings, art studios and independent film premieres. However, with efforts from local artists, as well as through the local university, Shippensburg has begun to have a rash of artistic endeavors opening up and flourishing. A main hub for arts in Shippensburg is the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Located on Shippensburg University’s campus, it has hosted such events and performers such as Jeff Dunham, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, Brian Regan and Randy Travis. “The response from the community and region has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic and reflects the number of patrons who have attended our shows,” said Leslie Folmer, associate vice president for External Affairs at the Luhrs Center. Luhrs has had 34 sell-outs since the center opened in January 2006 and is now a recommended attraction on TripAdvisor. Folmer also said the patrons of the theater have been known to attend per-
formances locally at other places such as the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg and the Carlisle Theatre. On Garfield Street in downtown Shippensburg, there is The Thought Lot, run by Aaron Treher, which features many different types of artwork, live music and other art galleries and openings. In the past, it has featured exhibits such as “Naturally,” an exhibit featuring pieces carved out of wood. The current exhibit features the art work of Haitian artists, especially traditional masks. The SHAPE Gallery, located on West King Street in downtown Shippensburg was founded in 1999 in an effort to bring arts to Shippensburg. Since its creation, it has hosted close to 100 galleries and exhibits. It offers art classes to the community, as well as highlights local artists. At the university itself, there are many ways to pursue creative interests. For those who like the written arts, there is The Reflector, the college’s literary magazine, which is accepting submissions through Oct. 31. Also, there is The Spawning Pool, an annual creative magazine that publishes every three months. The newest addition to the creative culture at the university is the Creative Writing Club, which meets every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Horton Hall.
“Participating in the arts is about more than selfexpression; the arts can complement and enhance students’ other studies, while connecting powerfully to their lives,” said Zachary Savich, an associate professor in the English department. “In my creative writing classes, for example, students practice creative and critical skills that should help them in many future situations.” In terms of the performing arts, there is Act V Productions, a student-run acting group that has put on such shows as ”The Mousetrap,” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” “Twelfth Night” and “Urinetown.” For those who like less scripted performances, there is also Game On! Improv. In the music and theater department itself, there are also many opportunities for students wanting to act. Paris Peet is a theater professor at the university and is also currently directing a production of “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris on campus. He calls the anti-“Christmas Carol.” “It’s irreverent and somewhat sardonic, but funny. I think audiences will enjoy it. It’s a refreshing break from sugar plum fairies,” Peet said. He does believe that this area has certain values that may not be reflected in every area.
decided to check them out before we headed to the show. I cannot say I was particularly impressed with their music; my preference of female singers is slim. Krewella is made up of two female singers/disc jockeys and one male disc jockey. A group of friends and I met at Clayton’s house in Langhorne, Pa., to catch two buses that would drive us to Lit UltraBar. We ar-
rived at the door and got in line where our IDs were checked because Lit UltraBar is 18 to party and 21 to drink. When we walked inside, the venue was not filled to the brim with people yet, but it was later. Music was pumping through the speakers that encompassed the front wall which was under the DJ booth. The first artist to play
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The Thought Lot, located on Garfield St., is a hotspot for local artists “I once heard an old line that ‘every community gets the kind of art it really values.’ I think that’s absolutely true. What we value is reflected in what audiences pay to attend. I believe a substantial portion of our community places a high value on entertainment. It prefers spectacle and sentimentality. I don’t believe those preferences have altered,” Peet said. “The change I have seen is that these same values are more readily embraced by our entire society. We choose our local art experiences primarily based on familiarity and familiarity is, more than likely, dictated by advertising. We have not been educated or encouraged enough to take
risks on new or unfamiliar art and if we do, and don’t like it, this merely confirms our previous buying habits,” said Peet. But Peet is optimistic about the arts in Shippensburg. “On a more optimistic note, I believe the choices that some of the students make are very exciting. Act V is currently producing plays by Neil LaBute and Adam Rapp and these kinds of works are much more exciting to me than a Disney musical,” Peet said. “I also believe these choices are more indicative of the kinds of work we should be insisting on at the university level.” As for the arts in Shippensburg, they seem to be
growing and expanding with every year. There are new student-run clubs in the creative arts popping up and different creative havens locally making the area a more artistic place to live. There are still people who feel like there are not enough arts here at Shippensburg and at the university. “For students who want more from the arts, I encourage you to start a magazine, a band, a radio show, a salon, a performance series, an exhibition, a one-person play you perform in Starbucks,” Savich said. “I know this is a community that will be eager to see what you do.”
Krewella wins over fans with energetic performance Erin Towsen Staff Writer
Former Shippensburg student, Dan Clayton, has recently started promoting Art of Electronica. He told me about a show that was happening Sept. 20 at Lit UltraBar in Philadelphia, Pa. I had never heard of the group called Krewella but
was Fratello who was followed by Johnny V. and Love City DJs. An artist called Dubsef played before Krewella came onstage. Dubsef dropped popular songs like Kanye’s “Mercy” and throwback dubstep beats like Flux Pavilion’s “I Can’t Stop.” Krewella came onstage at 2 a.m. and opened with “Play Hard.” The girls rocked the stage spinning
other hits like “Alive,” “Feel Me” and “One Minute.” They even threw “Lithium” by Nirvana into their set. At one point I remember looking up from the wall of bass and being showered with champagne. Around 3:30 a.m., a surprise guest, Zedd, walked out onstage and played for 30 more minutes. He played his original songs such as “Shave It,” “Stars
Come Out” and “Spectrum.” The show ended around 4 a.m., and all of the sweaty ravers exited the building into the cold fall weather. My group of friends and I packed ourselves back onto our buses and headed home. I would have to say my opinion of Krewella has changed after seeing them live. I would highly recommend seeing them.
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Jill Edwards has quite a stat sheet in her two-year volleyball career at Shippensburg University. Already in the 2012 season, Edwards has 170 kills. She also has three assists and 22 blocks. Since her freshman year, she has been honored with a series of awards, including PSAC Eastern Division Rookie of the Year in her freshman year in 2010. Other awards she has earned include All-PSAC First Team and Daktronics All-Atlantic Region Second Team, the Daktronics Atlantic Region Volleyball Player of the Year at the end of the 2011 season, and has been named PSAC Eastern Division Volleyball Athlete of the Week four times. Edwards had nine total kills and one assist in the Raiders’ 3-0 season opener loss against Holy Family in the Marauder Clash. Last Saturday, she completed 14 kills and 48 total attacks in a 3-2 loss to Edinboro in the PSAC Crossover No. 1. Edwards will look to continue to build on those numbers as the season progresses, and is off to a great start with 170 total kills thus far. The volleyball team hosts Millersville University tonight at 7 p.m.
Alongside Edwards, is Erin Flick; a noticeable force on the court. She has 100 kills in the 2012 season, 11 service aces, 24 digs and 30 blocks. Her most impressive stats came in 2010 — her sophomore year. Playing in 33 matches, she put up 171 kills while hitting .177. She racked up 17 solo blocks and had 72 block assists to earn second-ranked on the team in total blocks. She led the team with 38 service aces. In her junior year, Flick basically held the team on her shoulders, leading with a career-high 95 total blocks and 79 block assists (fifth most in school history). She finished fourth on the team with a career-high 232 kills and third with a .225 hitting percentage. She finished third on the team with 37 service aces. Last Saturday, she finished the PSAC Crossover No.1 against Edinboro University with seven kills, 30 attacks, and two digs. Like Edwards, Flick will look to build on these stats to become a dangerous weapon for the SU volleyball squad. Flick, is a key figure in the Raider’s successful start this year and will look to surge against the Marauders tonight from Heiges Field House.
he first came to Arizona so that speaks for itself. First, you have to realize that the Cardinals’ defense is really good this year. The linebacking crew kept Vick from scrambling much. The numbers were close, 200 yards passing and 17 completions, but the Cardinals have a lot more weapons to go to than the Eagles. Kolb is in the right situation that is all. He has multiple deep threats, a good defense to back him up, and an offensive line that held strong. This would not work in Philadelphia, and he will never be the leader Vick is to them. Vick is a proven captain, and Kolb is Gilligan at best. When Kolb can carry a team on his shoulders then we can talk, but this issue is a no brainer. The Eagles made the right choice in letting him go if Nick: No the Eagles did not they want to win now. It make a bad decision. Kolb is just one game people. is a joke, always has been Sam: and always will be. He will I have to give kudos to never come close to Vick, Nick on the PETA comment, except maybe in the eyes but all kidding aside, Kevin of the Humane Society or Kolb is a legitimate startPETA. On the football field, ing quarterback, who for it is Vick hands down. Kolb years, has just needed some had a tough time beat- time to gel with an offense. ing out John Skelton when With McNabb’s departure The Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals have more in common than Sunday’s game. With quarterback Kevin Kolb leading the way for the Cardinals, the Eagles struggled to get into any offensive rhythm. Quarterback Michael Vick and company were completely shut down. Yet, this victory means more to the Cardinals than just a hot 3-0 start. Just a few years ago at this time Kolb was seen as the Eagles’ future, and Vick was just an ex-convict looking for redemption. Kolb, who never lived up to expectations, was traded to the Cardinals while Vick took over and never looked back. So with this big statement by Kolb, does this mean the Eagles made a good choice or a bad choice by letting Kolb go?
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in Philadelphia, Kolb was assumed as the starting quarterback; however, a concussion in Week 1 sidelined him and let incumbent Vick take his place. Vick had a tremendous first half of that year and so far that has been the only positive from Vick. The upside of Kolb is tremendous. He is a game-manager in a system that is starting to work for him. His skill level is nowhere near Vick’s but Andy Reid is misusing Vick. Kolb is a better fit for the Philadelphia offense because, face it — Vick is not, and never will be, a pocket-passer. The Eagles have set themselves up for failure in the upcoming years until they bring in Nick Foles; a quarterback who would fit in perfectly with the West Coast, pass-heavy offense that Reid runs. Until then, I have to say the Eagles made a mistake letting Kolb go. Not for the reason that Kolb is better, but because the Eagles have hindered their chances of winning a Super Bowl. Either Vick or Reid needs to go, but with that combination, no championships will be won.
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Unbeaten no more Finding its groove theslateonline.com/sports
Field hockey’s unbeaten streak ends Volleyball pushes win streak to seven, at IUP, rebounds against Mansfield then loses to Edinboro on Saturday
The No. 1-ranked Shippensburg University field hockey team suffered its first defeat of the 2012 season on Wednesday night with a 3-1 upset loss at No. 4 Indiana (Pa.), but overcame it on Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win against Mansfield University. That loss snaps the Raiders’ four-year, 29-game winning streak against PSAC West opponents dating back to Oct. 11, 2008, that, ironically enough, began after a 3-1 loss to IUP on Oct. 8. The Raiders got on the board first when senior Sam Langone scored unassisted on a rebound off IUP goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux 16 minutes into the contest. The Crimson Hawks responded four minutes later, however, when Brielle Mackey redirected a pass from reigning PSAC West Player of the Week Nicole Bruce to tie the game at 1. The turning point came late in the first half when Lemieux stopped a penalty stroke from junior Bre White at the 31st minute
that kept the score tied. Less than two minutes later, IUP scored the eventual game-winner when Anouk Sickman redirected a pass from Bruce. Four minutes into the second half, IUP extended its lead to 3-1 when Alicia Straining scored unassisted from the top of the circle. White and Langone led the Raiders with two shots each, while senior goalkeeper Ciarra Delost made six saves in the cage. Meanwhile on Saturday, Lauren Taylor completed a first-half hat trick as the Raiders held off Mansfield, 6-3. Taylor scored at the seventh minute with an unassisted shot from the left side nearly 20 yards out. She added her second goal 18 minutes in when she sent in a cross from the right side from junior Katie Shoop, and her third 10 minutes later on an unassisted breakaway from 10 yards out. It was the first hat trick of Taylor’s career and only her second multi-
goal performance. Less than a minute into the second half, the Raiders extended their lead to 4-0 when sophomore Ari Saytar scored in front of the cage off a penalty corner assist from senior Emily Kohlbus. The Mountaineers did not quit, however, as MU’s Lacey Croasdale and Kristy Tutorow each scored in a lessthan two-and-a-half minute span after Saytar’s goal to pull Mansfield to within 4-2. Saytar scored again nearly five minutes into the half — on a penalty stroke — to quickly cease the Mountaineer momentum and put SU back up 5-2. Mansfield scored again at the 49th minute, but White effectively ended the rally with five minutes left in regulation with her 10th goal of the season for a three-goal SU margin. The Raiders return home today with a 3 p.m. contest against Mercyhurst University at David See Field. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information
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Bre White is a critical component for the Raider’s field hockey team. White tallied her 10th goal of the season Saturday against Mansfield.
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Jill Edwards and the Raiders came through with a valiant effort on Friday, but fell to PSAC foes Edinboro and Gannon on Saturday night. The Shippensburg University volleyball team pushed its win streak to seven after defeating Mercyhurst University, but then dropped its next contest to Edinboro University on Saturday. The team began its first PSAC crossover weekend of the season Friday night with a four-set victory over MU from Koehler Fieldhouse on the campus of East Stroudsburg University. Set scores were 25-16, 25-21, 19-25 and 25-22. The Raiders did not post a negative hitting percentage in any set and tallied 10.5 blocks to edge a MU squad that entered Friday having lost just once through its first 13 games of the season. Senior Rachel Smicker was outstanding on Friday night, ripping nine kills and just one error for a .308 hitting percentage in addition to seven block
assists. Smicker also had three digs and two assists. Junior Jill Edwards had a dynamic evening with a game-high 13 kills on just two errors and 10 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. The reigning Daktronics Atlantic Region Player of the Year hit .244 on Friday night and is swinging an impressive .183 through 520 attempts thus far in 2012. Seniors Andrea Heimsoth and Lauren Murphy continue to provide outstanding play for the Raiders. Heimsoth had 28 assists and 20 digs, while Murphy had 19 digs. Freshman Natasha Gibble impressed once again with her play from the back row with 11 digs and a matchhigh three service aces. Freshman Taylor Gottshall added seven more block assists, bringing her season total to 43
through just 13 matches. Gottshall entered the week ranked fifth among all individuals in Division II for blocks per set. After defeating MU on Friday, the Raiders finished its first PSAC crossover weekend of the season with a straight-set loss to Gannon University and a five-set defeat to Edinboro University. Set scores were 16-25, 15-25 and 24-26 vs. the Golden Knights and 19-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18 and 1517 vs. the Fighting Scots. The Raiders received 21 kills from Edwards and 13 from senior Erin Flick on the afternoon, while Heimsoth posted 58 total assists. The Raiders host Millersville University tonight at 7 p.m. from Heiges Field House. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information
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SU barrels over Millersville behind Frenette’s 190-yard performance Raiders Sam Stewart
Sports Editor The Shippensburg University football team is proving that it is unstoppable, this time leaving tire marks on visiting Millersville University, 61-6, on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Seth Grove Stadium. Fans flocked to Seth Grove Stadium in droves for Parents and Family Weekend, and the Raiders did not disappoint. The 5,000 on hand witnessed a scoring clinic that has separated the Raiders from the rest of the PSAC in recent weeks. The Raiders, who average a PSAC-high 52 points per game, wasted no time against MU. Eighteen seconds into the game, Zach Zulli connected with Jacob Baskerville for a 23-yard score. The touchdown was a sign of things to come for SU. Two minutes later, after a Marauder three-and-out, tailback Mike Frenette
battled through wouldbe tacklers and scurried for a 54-yard score. The score brought change as MU brought in its backup quarterback, Sean Quarterman to try and lead a rally. That rally never happened. The Raiders’ blitzkrieg offense continued to pour on points in the second quarter, scoring 24 points, 14 of those coming in a oneminute span. By the time the Marauders blinked, it was 41-6 going into the half. The second half proved to be a repeat of the first. Frenette, who finished with a season high, 190 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns, scampered for a 56-yard run on the Raiders’ first possession. A Trevor Harman touchdown late in the third quarter ended the starters’ day. SU’s defense, which has underperformed since the second half against Shepherd University, regained its composure and limited the Marauders to 62 total
yards in the contest. Linebackers James Brennan and Cody Fleming anchored a run defense that allowed a meager 44 yards all game. The Raiders are trying to prove they are worthy of a national ranking, and with performances as seen on Saturday, that ranking should come within weeks. Backup quarterback Chris Lawshe performed well in mop-up duty, running for a touchdown late in the game. Zulli finished the game with 222 yards passing, four touchdowns and one interception. The Raiders, now 4-0 on the season, will travel to Lock Haven University next Saturday. LHU has lost 46-straight and is one defeat away from the NCAA record. This year, LHU has been outscored 165-19 and has given up an average of 40 points per game. For more photos visit theslateonline.com/sports.
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Mike Frenette breaks free and scampers his way to his first score early in the contest. The Raiders led, 17-0, after the first quarter.
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Blair Brooks jumps over the pile to reach the endzone in Saturday’s game. The score put the Raiders up, 41-6, heading into halftime.
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Jacob Baskerville fights for extra yardage in the second half against Millersville. Baskerville caught a 23-yard touchdown pass earlier.
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The shift to the spread offense two years ago has sparked offensive records as Zulli and company have amassed over 1,500 yards so far this season Sam Stewart
Sports Editor Zach Zulli rockets a pass to Alex Kuljian for an early score. There is no celebration, no overeccentric dance, just a pat on the helmet and a run back to the sidelines. Scoring has become all too common for the Raider offense. Cliché as it may sound, the Raider offense is just going through the motions — amassing points at a frenzied pace while stomping over its competition. Through the first four games of the season, the Raiders have amassed 217 points — a mind boggling 54 per game en route to a 4-0 start. With the pace SU is setting, it will be hard-
pressed to match the point total for the rest of the year. However this team is built to score, and to score often. However, three years ago, this team was struggling to find an offensive identity. After the retirement of William “Rocky” Rees in 2010, Coach Mark Maciejewski and incoming offensive coordinator, Mike Yurcich planned an overhaul that would build the Raider team for success. Yurcich scrapped the Wing-T offense — a slow and methodical ground attack based on option-reads and a power running game, and implemented an attack that has become highly regarded in today’s college game — the spread. The change could not have come a season too soon. Zulli, a graduate of
Perkiomen Valley High School in Graterford, Pa., had been the captain of the spread offense throughout his time under Head Coach Scott Reed. The Vikings, under Zulli and Reed, executed the spread offense to perfection and captured a Pioneer Athletic Conference title in 2008, the school’s first since 1999. The offense, albeit somewhat different, played into Zulli’s strengths. After a 2011 campaign in which the Raiders averaged 37 points per game, the pieces were there to build on for a special season. The Raiders went through some minor tweaks to its offense during the summer — adding new plays and formations to showcase their speed on the perimeter. So far, that speed has
crushed opponents. The Raiders, running a no-huddle, up-tempo offense, have been on cruise control since the second half of their first game against Shepherd University. SU has averaged 588 yards per game, has scored 30 touchdowns and is converting on 77 percent of its red zone chances. What is impressive is the way the Raiders attack. Defenses have had a hard time scheming against this offensive attack because it can devastate in a multitude of ways and formations. Defenses cannot focus solely on Zulli because the Raiders have a solid running game behind tailback Mike Frenette — who has been a battering ram in the backfield. The senior has rushed for 403 yards thus far, with 190 com-
ing in the thrashing of Millersville on Saturday. In contrast, defenses that focus on the run game have to counteract Zulli’s arm. The junior has passed for 1,463 yards, thrown for 17 touchdowns and has only thrown two interceptions. He has spread the ball around to leading receivers Trevor Harman and Jacob Baskerville, while also proving he can be quick on his feet — rushing for 93 yards in four games. “We’re in the groove right now. We are gelling out on the field, practicing hard and focusing on making this a team effort,” Zulli said. The groove that this team is in has raised questions as to when this team will become nationally ranked. With contests against Lock Haven University and LIU
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Men’s team follows up battle with West Chester with goose-egg at MU Nick Sentman
Asst. Sports Editor After a hard-fought contest against West Chester University on Wednesday night, the Shippensburg University men’s soccer team fell to Millersville University on Saturday. The Raiders tied the Golden Rams, 1-1, when it opened up its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference campaign at David See Field. SU, coming off an overtime loss last week, hoped to bounce back into the win column. Unfortunately, a goal by junior Jonathan DeNicola in the second period was all SU could manage. After a slow first period, the Rams opened up the scoring in the second. A goal by WCU’s Kevin McCann put the Rams up, 1-0. SU senior Sam Talbot evened the score with his assist to DeNicola. Heading into overtime for the second straight game, SU looked for a bet-
ter outcome. Shots by Talbot and DeNicola were stopped by Rams’ keeper Garrett Beleiler — who also shut down a late push by SU, ending the game, 1-1. SU led in all offensive categories, leading in shots 28-14 and corners 10-3. The statistics were called under question by an irate WCU coach. WCU had 3 shots blocked early, but stayed quiet throughout. Talbot and Templeton came away with positives from the game. “Looking at the shots we took it was a game we should have had, but can build on heading to Millersville,” Templeton said. Coach Jeremy Spering echoed those remarks. “It was bittersweet to lead in shots 28-14 and not win, but a lot needs done on defense as we move forward.” However, on Saturday, the Raiders could not find its scoring touch at Biemesderfer Field, dropping a 1-0 decision to PSAC rival Millersville University. It is the
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first time this season that the Raiders have been held without a goal in a match. According to SU Sports Information, the Raiders registered 13 shots against the Marauders, including three each from Talbot and DeNicola, but MU keeper Brad Benzing made four saves to stymie the Raiders. MU scored the lone goal of the match in the 76th minute when Matt Kadoch received a long pass and finished his run with a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Kevin Hollasch. Kadoch received a yellow card after scoring the goal for excessive celebration; it was one of eight combined yellow cards assessed in the match. Hollasch made four saves for the Raiders. SU returns to action next weekend with PSAC matches at Lock Haven University on Friday and Slippery Rock University on Saturday. These matches will be critical in order to measure the offensive talent of the Raiders.
Women’s team gets blown out against Golden Rams, recovers on Saturday
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Kylee Bricker dodges a header from Golden Ram’s Dana Hunt (26) in Wednesday’s contest. The Raiders were no match for WCU, losing 5-0.
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It was a tale of two teams for the Shippensburg University women’s soccer team this week as it lost a blow-out to West Chester University on Wednesday, and then battled to a draw with Millersville University on Saturday. On Wednesday, the Raiders lost to No.7 WCU — allowing five, uncontested goals in a one-sided romp. During the first period of play WCU came out of the gates at full speed. Scoring its first goal in just the 10th minute of play off of the foot of senior forward/mid-fielder Melissa McKeary. The goal was unassisted and was put into the back of the net after SU goalie Shelbie Rackley made the initial save. Jen Hutchinson Photo by Sam Stewart WCU’s added another goal in the defender during Wednesday’s game 23rd minute of the first half. Raiders battled throughout but tied, 1-1. The Raiders had a pris-
tine opportunity to get on the board when a corner kick from Rachel Hess hit the cross bar and came back into play. None of the Raiders were there to finish and the ball was cleared. Right before the half Golden Ram’s Brianna Hires added the team’s third goal in the 36 minute. The second half started just as the first, when Jen Hutchinson scored her second of the game nine minutes in. Sophomore Carly Yost notched the assist. Not much action occurred during the second half until West Chester scored its fifth and final goal in the 81 minute. Throughout the game SU managed four shots on goal, while West Chester tallied 32. SU’s two junior goalies, Samantha Wood and Rackley combined for 10 saves. However, Saturday was a different story for the Raider squad as it took 21 shots on Saturday night but was unable to find the
back of the net, settling for its third tie in nine games this season with a scoreless draw against Millersville University from Biemesderfer Stadium. The Raiders took 10 shots more than the Marauders, while Rackley made five saves in net, including two alone in the second overtime. Senior Katie Leverentz led all players with six shots, including one that went wide nearly two minutes into the first overtime. Meghan Mahon and senior Molly Sanders each took a shot in the second overtime, with Mahon’s on goal and stopped by Millersville goalkeeper Olivia Webber (seven saves). The Raiders continue their four-game road swing next Friday with a 4 p.m. contest at Lock Haven. -Information from SU Sports Information
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The Quidditch team, which formed last year, looks to make an impact at SU MICHAEL SHIPMAN
Asst. Sports Editor J.K. Rowling was the ﬁrst to introduce it to the fantasy ﬁction world. Then Hollywood put it on the big screen in ﬁve of the eight Harry Potter ﬁlms. Now the sport has sprung to life, becoming a growing club sport at Shippensburg University. What is this sport you ask? It is Quidditch. Yes, that is right. Quidditch is no longer just a ﬁctional sport. It is now a very real and popular sport, with more people being recruited into the Shippensburg Warlocks. The club formed last semester by Chris Kostick, who served as the team’s captain that year. He sent out emails and put up ﬂyers all over campus, and just like that, the Shippensburg Warlocks were born. “I never heard about it before, but I was excited to do it because I love Harry Potter,” Samantha Herto said. Since then, the Warlocks have been working diligently to transform their club into something remarkable on campus. In addition to getting many more recruits this semester compared to last, (57) the Warlocks have also sponsored a car wash, which was held last Sunday. They continue to post ﬂyers on campus to try and get more to join. “It’s also all about getting more experience,” Herto said. “Last year when we started, we weren’t sure how it all worked, but now that we got our feet wet, we can practice and know what we’re doing and try to get better. When we play teams this year, we’ll be more prepared.”
But what it all comes down to is playing the game against another college. There is nothing like it for the Warlocks. “It’s exciting and a bit nerve-wracking, especially when you play teams you haven’t played before.” Herto said. “It’s always really cool to meet other people who liked Quidditch, because we’re not…completely normal.” Lindsey Rosen added with a chuckle. The Warlocks even have a friendly relationship with frequent opponent Kutztown University, whose nickname is the Kedavras. “We call ourselves the Kutzenburg Kedavlocks,” Herto joked, emphasizing the friendship and alliance with KU. The sport was adapted from the Harry Potter novels and ﬁlms. In 2005, Middlebury College freshman Xander Manshel wanted to change up his dorm’s tradition of Sunday bocce. Thus was born the very ﬁrst Quidditch game. Since that fateful game, students from more than 1,000 colleges and high schools from a dozen countries have created their own team, with over 300 active teams playing in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Great Britain and Brazil. Herto is impressed with how far the sport has come. “For it to come so far is pretty cool. It has a World Cup and it’s all over the country, so it’s pretty cool,” she said. The game is played similarly as it was played in Harry Potter, with the exception, of course, of not being able to ﬂy on broomsticks. There are seven players on the pitch at a
time, which consists of three chasers, two beaters, one keeper and one seeker. The chasers’ job is to move a ball called the quafﬂe around the pitch and, much like soccer, try to score a goal by throwing the quafﬂe through one of three hoops on the opponent’s side. The beaters’ purpose is to use another ball called the bludger and use it to hit players of the other team, thus knocking them out temporarily. In order to return to the game, the hit player must dismount their broom, walk back to their side, and touch one of the hoops before remounting their broom and returning back to play. The keeper simply serves as a goalie, preventing the opponents’ chasers from scoring goals. And the seeker’s job is to catch the snitch. The snitch is portrayed as a volunteer not on any side of the team, dressed in all yellow with a yellow sock holding a tennis ball stuffed down the back of their shorts. The seeker must pursue the “snitch” and remove the sock and ball from his shorts, thus ending and winning the game for the respective team. The Warlocks ofﬁcially open their season on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Kutztown University for a friendly matchup with the Kedavras. They hold practice in the recreation ﬁelds behind Seavers Complex on Sundays from 1-4 p.m. and Mondays from 6-8 p.m., and have conditioning sessions every Friday from 6-8 p.m. They are looking to continue building their Quidditch program and make an impact on SU’s campus and beyond.
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Lindsey Rosen believes that there is nothing like gameday for the Quidditch team. Here, Rosen is practicing her skills earlier this month.
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