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Volume 65 No. 14


February 12, 2013

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SU updates its strategic Political Pabulum plan for 2013–2014 Secrets, strikes, assassinations and confirmations

Giuseppe Macri

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SU is in the process of updating its strategic plan for the 2013-2014 school year, and President Ruud emphasizes communication to keep the SU community engaged in the process.

William Kauffman News Editor

Shippensburg University is in the process of updating its strategic plan for the 2013–14 school year. A 15–person steering committee consisting of representatives for all constituencies on campus, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees, will be heavily involved in the entire process. The process involves a comprehensive look at SU’s mission, vision, core values and beliefs. The committee will look at how well the university is meeting those aspects by reviewing the Academic, Facilities, Comprehensive Campaign Capital, Information Technology and the in-development Enrollment Master Plans. Appropriate updates will be made to the mission, vision, core values, beliefs and master plans. One major goal is to allow vice presidents to drive the strategic planning in their specific area in such a way that their groups can function to

their fullest individually but also maintain cooperation with others. One way to see how well the university is living up to its mission, vision, core values and beliefs is to see how students feel about the institution and see if that reflects those things. That is one thing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is used for. “The process of strategic planning always starts with looking at what information you have about the institution and asking, are the assumptions and core values you work from true?” Mark Pilgrim, director of Institutional Research for SU, said. “The NSSE survey is great. It allows us to get a sense of what’s on the students’ minds, and it helps us to understand if we’re providing a mix of support services that are on par with needs,”Pilgrim said. As the steering committee meets, it will develop updates for the strategic plan as well as four to six general goals to accomplish to address issues. Some of the issues include enrollment planning and financing and budgeting.

“One issue is making sure that the budget that we have follows the strategy that we develop, not the other way around,” SU President William Ruud said. “All too often, the strategy follows the budget,” Ruud said. Ruud said the campus community can be involved every step of the way, and he emphasized communication as the way to keep people engaged. He plans to send out regular emails to keep students updated along with making draft copies of the plan available as the process continues. Ruud hopes students become more involved and engaged during the process, and he hopes it makes them start to think about what they want to take from their time at SU and what they want to leave behind. “You get as involved as you want to, and hopefully the leadership of all the constituencies will get really engaged. So, it’s our plan, it’s not my plan, it’s Ship’s plan,” Ruud said.

Headlines on Capitol Hill sounded more like Ian Fleming espionage novels this week as a leaked memo over drone assassinations surfaced just in time for the confirmation hearing of CIA director nominee John Brennan. The justice department legal memo released by NBC news last Tuesday, Feb. 5, spelled out the Obama administration’s justification for use of drone strikes on assassination targets — including U.S. citizens. According to the leaked information, the U.S. has the authority to assassinate a citizen “continually planning attacks” for al-Qaida when an “informed, high-ranking” officer deems that the target “poses an imminent threat” and arrest is “infeasible.” The report fueled the long-standing congressional frenzy for information from the White House about the legal justifica-

tion for targeted killings, primarily by drone strikes. Major players in Congress have been openly skeptical about the secret nature of drone strike strategy since the Obama administration’s quiet expansion of Bush-era intelligence and anti-terror programs. Many believe it too great a power for the president to wield alone and without oversight. In an attempt to stem the tide of controversy from Congress, a White House official announced Wednesday, Feb. 6, the administration’s intent to release additional information. “Today, as part of the president’s ongoing commitment to consult with Congress on national security matters, the president directed the Department of Justice to provide the congressional intelligence committees access to classified Office of Legal Counsel advice related to the subject of the Department of Justice White Paper,” the official said. One of those committees being the Senate Intelligence Committee, the same one responsible for conducting the confirmation hearing of John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s nominee for new CIA director. Brennan currently serves as Homeland Security Advisor, and meets with the president daily for intelligence and counter-terrorism briefings. Perfectly on cue, the focus of Brennan’s hearing surrounded questions about the administration’s use of drone strikes and

CIA policy concerning interrogation and torture of detainees. Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for CIA director during Obama’s first term after allegations surfaced of his support of CIA torture methods under the George W. Bush administration. During that time Brennan acted as director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, an entity the directly briefed the president on terrorist intelligence daily. Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Sen. Diane Feinstein repeatedly posed questions about how much information concerning targeted drone killings Brennan would be willing to share with Congress were he confirmed as director. “We only use these authorities and these capabilities as a last resort,” Brennan said, agreeing Congress is entitled to some additional oversight over the drone program. The hearing was forced into recess at one point after protestors from Code Pink, a leftist anti-war organization, interrupted the proceedings, forcing Feinstein to clear the room. Though a tough week for intelligence personnel and presidential appointments, politics in this case may be Brennan’s saving grace. Republicans are in favor of the drone program, and Democrats are not likely to block a Democratic president’s nominee. If Fleming novels serve as proof, this license to kill “will return.”


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Shippensburg Township’s polling location changes Colleen Bauer News Editor

Cumberland County Commissioners voted 2–1 Thursday, Jan. 31 in favor of making the Emergency Services Building the new Shippensburg Township polling location. Shippensburg’s Emergency Services Building, which was completed in 2012, replaces what was the temporary polling location of the Shippensburg University Foundation building. The Emergency Services Building, located at Orange Street and Walnut Bottom Road, also includes Vigilant Hose Fire Co. and Shippensburg Area EMS. Many observers of the move feel that it is a partisan act and unfair to some voters. Susan Spicka, the Democratic candidate for the 2012 Pennsylvania House

election, feels the new location will be inconvenient to voters. “That polling location will be a mess. I feel sorry for older residents of Shippensburg Township who will have to drive through all that traffic and then not be able to find a parking place,” Spicka said. However, outside observer Bruce Hockersmith, mayor of the Shippensburg Borough, does not agree that there will be any inconvenience. “There should be easier access to the polls from two streets as opposed to one entrance and exit at the township building. The building and parking area are larger than that available at the foundation building,” Hockersmith said. Many who support the decision to move the building feel that the new location is central to the township.

Others argue that it is not central, especially in comparison to the Foundation Building. Many argue that SU students do not have easy access to the Emergency Services Building, like they did with the Foundation Building that is a short distance from campus. Catherine Clay, adviser of SU’s student non-partisan group Ship Votes, said she heard verbal feedback from about 60 long-term Shippensburg Township residents. The group went door-to-door in the community on weekends and also reached out to SU students on the issue. “In a couple hours, Ship Votes got almost 200 student signatures on a petition opposing the move, and presented letters and signatures at the hearing to the County Board of Elections,” Clay said. Clay feels the hearing was poorly publicized, and

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The Shippensburg Emergency Services building, home to Vigilant Hose Fire Co. and Shippensburg Area EMS, will be the new poll location for Shippensburg Township. it being on a Thursday Regardless, the more pensburg Emergency Sermorning made it difficult than 4,000 registered vot- vices building. for students and other resi- ers of the township will dents to attend. now be voting at the Ship-

Ruud hired at UNI — who will be next president of SU? Colleen Bauer News Editor

The University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, named current Shippensburg University President William Ruud as its 10th president on Thursday, Feb. 7, after deliberation among the Iowa Board of Regents. Ruud, who has been SU president for six years, met with the Board Thursday at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel. There was one other candidate interviewed the same day for the same position. Ruud will begin his duties as UNI  president on June 1, and will be paid an annual salary of $340,000.  The current UNI President Ben Allen had announced in August 2012 he would be retiring in

2013 after having served as UNI president for seven years. “Ship is a truly unique university. It is, as I always say, the flagship of PASSHE so the decision to become a candidate for the UNI presidency was made only after much thought and review,” Ruud said in an email to the SU community Friday, Feb. 8. Ruud said a strong personal attraction of UNI is its location in the Midwest, which will bring him closer to his family and hometown. “As excited as I am about this new opportunity, I am equally sad at leaving what has been my home for the past six years,” Ruud said. One of the most important questions now is: who will take on SU’s presidency after Ruud leaves? Kenn Marshall, media relations manager of the

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), said searching for a president is a lengthy process. It usually takes about six months or more. An interim president will serve in place after the previous president leaves and before a new one is permanently hired. Marshall said the search process begins at the campus level. “The university’s Council of Trustees appoints a search committee, which includes representatives from a variety of campus constituencies, including trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni. The search committee usually works with an executive search consultant to identify potential candidates and conduct the initial interviews,” Marshall said. The candidates who are then chosen from the inter-

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President William Ruud has for six years. views will come to SU for a series of meetings. Out of those candidates, the search committee will choose three final candi-

taken a position as president of UNI after serving at SU dates to recommend to the Council of Trustees, who must approve and submit them to the Office of the Chancellor.

The Board of Governors completes the process with final interviews and finally, selection of a new president.

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Former Biscotti restaurant Four-film finds itself in familiar hands series to review human rights Zachary Davis Staff Writer

The coffee bar café formerly known as Biscotti, located on 300 N. Earl St., has changed owners and is now known as Wheel House Café. The change happened in mid-December, when Biscotti owners, the Skiles and Freeman families, sold the business to a team consisting of a husband and wife as well as a family friend. Justin Forrester, Stephanie Forrester and Josiah Becker changed the name of the restaurant to Wheel House Café on Dec. 17, 2012, but kept the restaurant closed until Jan. 2.

None of the trio has experience in restaurant ownership, but each has many years of serving and cooking experience between them. All three had previously worked at a restaurant called The Hop, which stood in the same location before Biscotti took over in the spring of 2011. Most items on the menu, which include “breakfast all day” are $6 or less. There are many different omelets, pancakes and French toast. There is also a “Ship Breakfast,” which features two eggs, toast, either sausage or bacon and either two pancakes or two slices of French toast. For lunch, customers also have a vari-

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The restaurant formerly known as Biscotti is now The Wheel House Cafe. It is located on North Earl Street. ety of option from subs, to burgers, to soup. Wheel House Café, which got its name due to its proximity with Ship-

pensburg University, is open between 5:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays, and between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends.

NSSE to conduct web survey for students William Kauffman News Editor

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) will launch a web survey for first-year and senior students on Feb. 19 to look at academic and extracurricular engagement. Students will be asked a wide range of questions about classes and schoolwork, questions about involvement in extra-curricular activities with groups on campus and about how free time is spent. Not only will the survey ask about how students spend their free time but also who they spend their time with. The survey will see if students interact more with people of different races or with people of their own race. The NSSE survey serves SU as a measurement of how well, through the eyes

of the students, the university is meeting its core values and mission, and how those things can be updated in the strategic plan for 2013–14. The largest part of the survey will examine the things students do in their academic studies and there is a large section that allows open-ended student comment. “It’s a good opportunity for students to self-reflect on how they’re budgeting their time and how they feel they’ve been engaged with the university,” said Mark Pilgrim, director of Institutional Research for SU. “It’s a good growth experience to go through and at the end of it you’re really in a good mindset to make some contributions.” Pilgrim said comparing students within the same major is where the university can gain the most insights on its students. He

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said the survey has evolved and also looks at engagement by understanding campus climate and culture. “It is going to be an online survey and each student will get a web address and a link to log in to and they will have a personalized survey, which is nice in that it allows them to do part of it, then come back and finish,” Pilgrim said. “We are aware of the demands on students’ time, and we want to be fair about it.”

He said the survey will probably take students about 20 minutes to complete or more if students take more time to contemplate or write comments. First-year students who have already experienced a full semester and seniors will be able to take the survey. NSSE started in 2001 and conducts surveys at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities to better understand and improve student participation.

The 13th Annual International Studies Film Series at Shippensburg University will focus on “From Human Wrongs to Human Rights: A Global Undertaking.” The four-film series, sponsored by the International Studies Program, is in February, March and April. Each film is at 7 p.m. in Grove Hall Forum and is open to the public. The films are:

Feb. 20: “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court.” The film follows International Criminal Court prosecutors for three years across four continents as they issue arrest warrants for political leaders accused of genocide. Human rights cases present huge challenges, and the prosecutors have a mandate but no police force. The film was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism and best documentary. March 7: “Who Killed Chea Vichea?,” followed by a talk by Rich Garella, the film’s producer. In 2004, Cambodian union president Chea Vichea was assassinated in broad daylight. As international pressure mounted, two men were arrested and convicted, and each sentenced to 20 years in prison. Filmmaker Bradley Cox’s five-year investiga-

tion reveals an elaborate cover-up that reaches the highest levels of Cambodian society. The film won a Peabody Award in 2011. After the film, Garella will discuss “Life and Death in a Fledgling Democracy.” Garella lived in Cambodia from 1995 to 2003 where he held a variety of jobs, including managing editor of The Cambodia Daily, press secretary for Cambodia’s main opposition party and consultant for a democracy development agency. In addition to Cambodia, he has international experience in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Lebanon and the Thai-Burma border. March 27: “Taxi to the Dark Side.” The torture and death in 2002 of an Afghan taxi driver throws light on post-9/11 US policy toward suspects in the war on terror. Interviews and news footage tell a story of abuse at Bagram Air Base, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. The film won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature April 17: “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.” The film follows Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with his government. -Courtesy of Shippensburg University


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Police Logs ROBBERY The university police are investigating a reported robbery that occurred in front of the Ceddia Union Building on Sunday, Feb. 10, at approximately 1:50 a.m. It was reported that a victim was approached by three males in front of the CUB. One of the three males asked the victim for money. When the victim did not respond immediately, the male threatened him and again asked for his money. When the victim produced the money from his wallet the males took the money and fled the area on foot. They were observed running into the parking lot behind Mowrey Hall, and then a vehicle was seen leaving the area. The Pennsylvania State Police later stopped a vehicle matching the description in the area of the Luhrs Elementary School off Adams Drive. The driver was taken into custody immediately, and two passengers who fled from the vehicle were taken into custody a short time later. The suspects have been interviewed and the vehicle involved has been impounded. One of the suspects was taken to the Cumberland County Prison due to outstanding warrants from Dauphin County. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE / UNDERAGE DRINKING / FALSE ID On Saturday, Feb. 9, at approximately 9:14 p.m., university police were dispatched to the parking lot behind Reisner Dining Hall for a report of individuals beating on the hood of a vehicle that was parked in the lot. Officers arrived on the scene and located the subjects and vehicle in question. The subjects told the officers that they were beating on the vehicle because their friend was asleep inside the vehicle and the vehicle was running. The officers gained access to the vehicle and were able to get a response from the driver who was highly intoxicated at the time. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Michael G. Dempster, Jr., 20, of Philadelphia, Pa. Dempster was obviously highly intoxicated and was considered to be in control of the vehicle due to the fact that he was seated behind the wheel of the vehicle and the vehicle was running at the time. After EMS evaluated Dempster at the scene, he was transported to the university police department for processing. While being processed the officers found a false ID in Dempster’s possession. Dempster was then transported to the Cumberland County Prison for booking. Dempster was charged with driving under the influence, underage drinking and carrying a false ID. UNDERAGE DRINKING On Saturday, Feb. 9, at approximately 12:56 a.m., university police were dispatched to a room on the first floor of McLean Hall to assist the residence hall staff with an intoxicated male student. The staff had observed the male staggering in the hallway and having difficulty getting into his room. The male in question was identified as Christopher Rozanski, 18, of McLean Hall. Rozanski showed obvious signs of intoxication, admitted to consuming alcohol and was given a portable breath test which showed positive results for the presence of alcohol in his system. In addition, 20 cans of beer were confiscated from the refrigerator in Rozanski’s room. Rozanski was charged with underage drinking and then released. DISORDERLY CONDUCT / UNDERAGE DRINKING On Friday, Feb. 8, at approximately 1:43 a.m., university police were dispatched to the third floor of Naugle Hall to assist the residence hall staff with an intoxicated male student. The male in question was identified as Michael Joseph Loudis, 18, of Naugle Hall. Loudis was highly intoxicated, admitted to consuming alcohol and was given a portable breath test which showed positive results for the presence of alcohol in his system. Loudis was uncooperative and argumentative with the officers and staff. Due to Loudis’ level of intoxication, an ambulance was dispatched to the scene. When the ambulance arrived, Loudis was uncooperative with the EMS personnel, therefore they refused to transport him to the hospital. Loudis was then taken into custody and taken to the university police department for processing. He was then transported to the Cumberland County Prison and placed in the care of prison personnel. Loudis is being charged with disorderly conduct and underage drinking. POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA On Tuesday, Feb. 5, at approximately 5:09 p.m., university police were called to a room on the second floor of McLean Hall II to assist the residence hall staff with an incident involving the possible use of marijuana. Officers responded to the scene and upon arrival detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the room in question. Officers made contact with the resident of the room, who was identified as Jazmine S. Pittman, 18, of McLean Hall. Pittman told the officers that she had been smoking outside and the odor was still on her clothing, although there were indications in the room that she had smoked there. Officers were given consent to search the room, and recovered a smoking pipe with marijuana inside. Pittman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

SHIP LIFE February 12, 2013


University Grille’s menu options break your routine

Casey Maun Staff Writer

Reisner, Kriner and the CUB. Reisner, Kriner and the CUB. Lather, rinse, and repeat. But fear not. The answer to escaping the sheer boredom of the dining hall experience is not far away. Located at 32 E. King St., inside of the Shippen Place Hotel, the University Grille offers a variety of dining options for many different experiences. I visited the University Grille on two separate occasions this week. The first night was Wednesday evening for wing night. After looking at the various flavors offered including varieties of hot, BBQ, garlic, and even Southwest ranch, I decided to try the honey BBQ. When the waitress brought my wings, I was very pleased to see that they were larger than I expected. While the wings had an excellent flavor, I would have preferred them to have been cooked just a little longer as I tend to like my wings on the crispy side. However, the wing prices were very fair as my total bill was under $8 for 20 wings. I returned to the University Grille on Friday evening to test another item off the regular menu. As I read over the menu, I stumbled across the bacon angus burger which I had seen the waitress carry to the table beside me on my last visit. I decided to try it myself. The bacon angus burger is served with crispy slices of applewood bacon, lettuce and tomato on a choice of a white, wheat, rye or Kaiser roll. The burger is also served with the choice of fries: reg-

ular, waffle or sweet potato. However, cheese does cost an extra 50 cents. When the waitress brought my burger, I was impressed with the presentation of my meal. The burger was on its own plate with a pickle while the fries were brought in their own tall basket. Then, as I took my first bite, I was pleased to see the burger was cooked the way I ordered and the burger was thick and full of flavor. This burger was one of the best burgers I have had in a while. If you are in the mood for a good burger and are really hungry, I recommend the Shippensburger challenge. The Shippensburger is unique to the University Grille as it is four burger patties with four cheese sticks, four onion rings, four slices of American cheese, four pieces of bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, sautéed mushrooms and jalapeños on a Kaiser roll served with a side of French fries. All of this costs $17, unless completed within 20 minutes, and then it is free. However, the University Grille does not just offer wings and burgers. The menu actually offers a wide variety of meals including soups, salads, appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, pasta and entrees including steaks and seafood. Also, the University Grille offers a variety of alcoholic beverages including mixed drinks, wine and beer (several on draft). In addition to the great food and wide variety, University Grille also provides a great atmosphere. I am always one who is a bit skeptical of hotel restaurants, but when I entered the University Grille through the hotel lobby, I completely forgot I was even in a hotel.

Both of my dining experiences took place in the bar area, which I found to be classy, yet casual. In the bar area, one can either sit at the bar, a hightop table or a booth, each decorated with the glow of a small candle as the lighting in the bar is dim. The bar area also has several TVs for customers to watch while dining. But, if one is looking for a fancier or more romantic atmosphere, the University Grille also offers that on the opposite side of the bar where there are tables decorated in white tablecloths and candles. Also, the service was exceptional as the wait staff was friendly and very helpful. The food was also prepared in a very reasonable amount of time. However, my favorite aspect of the University Grille’s atmosphere was its tribute to Shippensburg University. When I was handed the menu, the first thing I noticed was the pictures of several former Shippensburg University presidents on its background to go along with the presidential pictures hanging on the walls of the dining room. Overall, I was happy with my dining experiences at the University Grille and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good meal and a variety of options with a soothing atmosphere. The University Grille offers an exceptional dining experience close to campus and provides a place for students to escape the same old, same old of campus dining. So whether you are up for a challenge or just in the mood for something different, the University Grille is a place to keep in mind.

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The University Grille offers many menu items for many dining experiences. There are also many alcoholic beverages to choose from to go with any meal.

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The atmosphere of the University Grille is a mix of casual and formal. The bar area of the restaurant lets customers dine in comfort while enjoying their meals.

OPINION February 12, 2013


How far a creative mind can carry you in life


When I was little, creativety came easily. All I asked to recieve for Christmas, my birthday or even Easter was paper, colored pencils, crayons and markers. All I ever wanted to do was draw, color and write. When little, children make up imaginary friends, events that happen and stories in their heads. I see this all the time with my three nephews.

But why do we lose that? Obviously we do not walk around with imaginary friends that get us in trouble like in the movie, “Drop Dead Fred,” but you get the picture. When I was in first grade and my teacher had me right down what I wanted to be when I grew up I wrote “a writer.” So why did I forget about that for so long? That kills me. I really want to know what happened to my creativity for so long. I stopped drawing, writing in my free time and creating crafts, just for the fun of it. Being creative is so good for you. Now I am not saying you should be sitting around and coloring in class, but to think creatively is what we have lost. I have the class poetry writing and feature writing this semester and both classes really opened my

eyes. Though they are very different, they both call for creative language, words, titles and using metaphors, similies and alliteration. These are things we learn when we are younger to make funny stories for our teachers. But it pretains to my life now. I spent so many years in high school saying, why do I need to read literature? Why do we do these dumb activities with words? But now I understand. I spent so much of my life blocking out creativity because it did not mean much to me, but now it does. In these two classes this semester, I have been forced to open my eyes again. It has not been an easy four weeks trying to figure out how to reopen my mind to new and old creative things. My feature writing class has got me so stumped because my brain cannnot think of new ideas as easily

anymore. Poetry Writing has my brain fried trying to think of ways to use different syllables, words and phrases in my poetry. I used to write poetry every day, but now all of a sudden it is hard for me again. I blocked out so many good things in my brain and now I am realizing how horrible that is. Creativity can carry you so far through life. Everyone wants someone in their business to have new, creative and smart ideas. Careers all over the world are looking for people with new ideas, great things to promote their companies and new ways to get people interested in what they are selling; this all starts with creativity. So, everyone should be digging out their little kid minds and being creative more often. Sometimes it is hard to remember what

you learned as a child or even in high school, but this semester, some of those things were brought back to my daily life. I draw and write every day and am starting to make lists through my iPhone about story ideas for my feature writing class. I am slowly trying to fight through the fog in my mind and pull out ideas that have

been pushed back for years. Sitting in class with a group of people shouting out creative ideas can be intimidating. But listening to others can spark your own interests and creative ideas. So do yourself a favor, start thinking more creativily and open your mind to new things — it will help you in the long run.

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How and what did good television turn into?


Asst. Opinion Editor I am sure that everyone has heard of the new MTV show, “Buckwild.” To be honest, I wish I never had. The phrase “mindless television” is an understatement when describing the absolutely ridiculous con-

tent of this show. If you live under a rock and have not heard about the show, then I can give you a quick description on what you are not missing out on. The show is basically a redneck version of “Jersey Shore.” I mean that with no offense to rednecks, either. On a serious note, the show chronicles a group of young adults and their love for small-town life in West Virginia. They make their own fun and look like idiots doing it. The show has its moments, but the gist of it is just senseless. When MTV first approached residents of West Virginia about creating the show, the feedback it received was negative. Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, wrote an adamant

letter to producers at MTV requesting that the show be canceled before it airs. “This show plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia,” Manchin said. This is the general consensus among people residing in West Virginia. Manchin and his fellow state locals are concerned for the well being of the young adults in the show, and for the rest of the young viewing population. Manchin explained in his letter to MTV that he felt the producers of the show were coaxing young adults into displaying dangerous, shameful behavior. Oh, Sen. Manchin, how naïve could you be? People performing dangerous activities for the nation to see are what pulls in the ratings. The days of

wholesome TV shows like “Full House” or “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” are over. Now, the only way to successfully entertain the viewing audiences is to in-

the Bell” and “Boy Meets World.” Those were shows about life. Those were shows about what it is like to be young. Those were shows that people could relate to easily. Yes, they were a tad “The phrase corny, but I think we all ‘mindless need a little corny in our television,’ is lives. I think older shows poran trayed life in a realistic understament way. I mean, Cory and Towhen describing panga, hands down, are the the absolutely best couple to ever grace ridiculous this planet. I want to root for characcontent of this ters, not laugh at their lack show.” of intelligence. I would be proud of a daughter like Kelly or a son like Shawn. volve inhuman amounts of If my daughter ends alcohol and bad decisions. up like one of the girls on I miss TV shows from “Buckwild,” then I pretty the 90s. I miss “Saved by much failed as a parent. I

am so sick of reality TV. I love shows like “Pretty Little Liars” but I doubt anyone else in the world has an anonymous killer after them that identifies themseleves as A. That does not happen in reality. I think we all need to come down off the cloud on which we have perched ourselves. These shows continue to become more wild and the characters on these shows should be embarrassed. What has happened to television? I am tired of changing the channel and constantly being dissapointed by what I see on TV. It is exhausting. I think Mr. Feeny said it best, and the characters on these shows should listen: “Oh gain some dignity, man!”


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The city that sleeps


What Grinds My Gears:

Saying goodbye


Asst. Sports Editor You know what grinds my gears? The loss of President Ruud and Mike Yurcich. First, we all know that our University President William Ruud is leaving the construction and cow pastures of Shippensburg for the wide open plains of Northern Iowa University. For the entire time I have studied here, Ruud has always made me feel safe and welcome. Not once have we had a hurricane, an avalanche or an invasion from Canada while Ruud has been here. He brings students in with the mantra of “Ship is It” and for the life of me I do not know how he will be able to create that with Northern Iowa. Ruud is a very educated man, and will bring a lot of wisdom and care to the students and faculty of Northern Iowa. I am pleased to know I had him as my com-

mander in chief and hope that the next president will be just as personable as the aptly named Ruud. My only regret is that my only encounter with him was when I ran him down to hand him a program and yelled, “Mr. President.” Those five seconds were just as memorable as the awkward 20 that followed. Learning of President Ruud’s leaving almost overshadowed the departure of the offensive coordinator of the football team, Mike Yurcich. Yurcich is the man who helped lead the Raiders to a perfect 100 regular season and an impressive offensive aerial attack led by quarterback Zach Zulli. Yurcich is now going to the Midwest to join Oklahoma State University and become the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator. Anyone who watched the Raiders this past season knew that Yurcich was in line for a new job somewhere. He possesses all the talents of a top-of-the line coach in football and we are thankful that he brought his talents here

for two prolific seasons before taking that spread on the road. Yurcich is the new coming of Dan Reeves a Norv Turner. He will make offenses explode and help Oklahoma State rack up the points, but this time in front of the whole nation. It is a sad day when we lose two great individuals who brought so much to Shippensburg University. Then again I am graduating so I should not be too upset. In the midst of the construction and the demolition of buildings we see that life changes every single day. As time goes on and people grow, we realize that we now know that these two men, who helped SU, are now on their way; goodbye Mike Yurcich and President Ruud. As much as we would have liked them to stay, ship happens.

Shippensburg is the city that sleeps. The meager excitement lasts from a few hours after sunrise to a couple hours after sunset every night. There is no hustle and bustle, the night life isn’t hopping, and the most activity we’ll get is a few police notifications on a busy week. We miss out on most of the things associated with the craziness of a college education, but is that a bad thing? Nestled here between a cow field and a corn field, Shippensburg is a unique environment in which to get an education. Although there may be more country music and diesel trucks than street vendors and subways, we do have it better here than many people think. What about crime? If we went to a metropolitan urban campus we would be strongly advised not to leave the campus because of the slums and murders that happen outside the gates. I know things on Richard Avenue can be sketchy some nights, but the rare exception is crime and violence, not the rule.

It may be convenient on weekend nights that the crime rate is low, but think about week nights. For those who live just off campus, it is not a matter of fear of getting home at night, it is comfortable here. Rather than worrying about how to get safely home every night, we are free to worry about more important things, like studying or the Reisner food bomb in our stomachs. What about diversity? It is true that Shippensburg is lacking in the diversity requirement. Many people here have very similar backgrounds than other universities. We are not exposed to nearly as much variation in culture and expectations as a bigger and more visible university. Maybe this lack of diversity makes it easier to figure out what is different among friends and colleagues and appreciate that more. Since many of us are so alike, we can find little things and take note of what makes each person special and unique. As long as the lack of diversity comes with understanding and acceptance, it is just another “pro” of SU. What about the size? Some may argue that rec-

ognizing people on campus you saw last week or weekend is a bad thing, but we should see value in it. By having such a small number of students, we have the opportunity to become a tight-knit community that could do impressive things. Our size puts us in a position to move as one unit and get behind good causes like our football team or Relay for Life. Shippensburg may not be an international powerhouse, a renowned research institute or the center of cultural rebellion and advancement, but I do not know of another university whose president is out checking on the electrical crew when the transformer blows and puts us out of power. I know President Ruud is leaving, and that is a shame, but Shippensburg University will keep moving forward with any captain behind the wheel. Even the painful Ship puns have become second nature after a while here. Shippensburg may be the city that sleeps, but Shippensburg University is a place where we can get a good night’s sleep to be ready for the big day ahead of us.


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Toastmasters helps students practice public speaking Cassandra Clarhaut Staff Writer

Speeches can be daunting, but students are fighting off nerves by practicing skills in a welcoming, casual atmosphere at the new Toastmasters Club. Internationally, Toastmasters is an organization that charges membership fees for workshops that help boost public speaking skills. Shippensburg’s Toastmasters co-founder and copresident Joshua Rudley was perplexed by how to incorporate students’ low budgets into the international group. “It was a big expense for students, which was a big problem for us,” said Rudley, a junior triple major in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. “I thought I could probably recreate my own [materials] using their online materials and charge nothing

to the students.” And he did, quite successfully. Halfway through the fall semester 2012, the group formed. A timed agenda helps members stay focused, and everyone plays an equal part in running meetings; though Rudley and cofounder Isaac Lalani are both co-presidents of the group, this is far from a two-man show. They have “Table Topics,” an exercise where each person chooses a slip of paper with a random topic and talks about it for a minute. “Word-of-the-evening,” “Thought-of-the-evening,” and “Humor-of-the-evening” are a few other segments on the Toastmasters’ agenda, along with three speeches, each being three minutes long. Students sign up for each of these segments the week before. The club allows ample room for creativity, and because no one is being graded, mistakes are not a big

deal. This does not mean no one is listening; evaluators critique each speaker on delivery, voice and content by rating on to five different categories such as eye-contact, time, clarity and something called the “awe” count. Between words and thoughts, a person tends to say “um,” “er,” or anything that shows the speaker may be distracted. Breaking these behaviors and improving skills is “something that could really be beneficial to the students,” Rudley said. Toastmasters meet Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in CUB 104 and they always welcome new members. “One of the biggest troubles we have, I guess is because students are so Photo by Cassandra Clarhaut afraid of public speaking, is that they come, they get SU’s Toastmasters Club meets on Thursdays the jitters, and they leave,” from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. in CUB 104. The club co-founder Lalani said. allows students to practice public speaking in Unlike a presentation a judgment free way. in class, speakers do not

hold note cards or read any material; they speak from memory. No one offers a disclaimer before they speak, such as “this might not be good;” they just go, which is impressive. Though the group is very professional, they are all very friendly, accepting people. Evaluations are meant to help speakers, and their feedback is not harsh. This club allows students to talk about what they want in a place free of judgment in order to practice effective speaking skills, learn speech tactics and encourage one another’s confidence. The Toastmasters plan to hold a stand-up comedy show on April 3 in Grove Forum. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to sign up for five minutes of laughs. Even if you are not interested in participating, head out and support fellow Shipmates.

Professor Spotlight: Joseph Borrell defines love for Communication Sarah Eyd A&E Editor

“I don’t think most students understand what a department chair is,” Joseph Borrell said, sitting in his office in Rowland Hall. Borrell is the department chairperson for the communication/journalism department. “It’s a very interesting job,” he said. Borrell, a native of “the deep south,” came to Shippensburg University in 2001 to teach communications, specifically electronic media. In 2009, on the brink of his 40th birthday, he was elected chairperson for the department while on sabbatical. “This is what happens when you don’t show up for faculty meetings,” he

joked. Though his undergraduate degree is in economics, Borrell has been in the broadcasting business since he was a teenager. Borrell loves the changing nature of the business, noting that he used a teletype at his first radio station job. “This has been such an amazing time for the communication/journalism industry,” he said. “We’re blessed here at Shippensburg to have really amazing technology.” The small-town environment of Shippensburg is a big change from Philadelphia, where Borrell lived while pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. “I love the culture here, not just the town, but the campus too. There’s a tradition of working together.”

Borrell currently lives in Chambersburg with his feline companions, Buddy and Busco. Outside of work, he likes to stay active in the community. “A unique aspect of Shippensburg is that it is a small community,” he said. “It is always interesting to run into students around town. I think students forget that we [faculty] have a life.” He also enjoys music and attending concerts. “I really, really like music, I have eclectic taste.” Faced with the realization that the music he grew up with is now considered “oldies,” Borrell Photo by Sarah Eyd credits his 12-year-old daughter for keeping him Borrell is the department chairperson for “up-to-date” with the latest the Communication/Journalism department. music. Borrell said that one of He has been in the broadcasting business the most rewarding parts since he was a teenager.

of his job is preparing students for a career in communications and keeping in touch with former students. “I’m happiest at graduation. It’s rewarding to see students achieve professional success in this business.” Borrell also enjoys working with graduate students in SU’s master’s in Communication Studies program and with enforcing bonds with alumni. Through working with graduates of the communication/journalism program, he has learned that the ties students make at SU are long-term, and he encourages students to keep those ties strong. February 12, 2013



How to keep a healthy heart happy Keck Computer Management opens new location in Shippensburg C S oping high blood pressure, according to the CDC’s website. Knowing the causes can lead to prevention. Living in America, it To prevent hypertenseems that everyone has sion, the CDC suggests high blood pressure. Between the constantly moving culture, the highstress environment at work and the over-salted, over-processed food in the U. S., it is no wonder that one in three adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is one of many health problems that can lead to heart disease. Blood pressure measures how much force is placed on the heart’s walls. When blood pressure gets too high, the amount of force on the heart’s walls weakens the heart, raising the risk of heart disease. There are many factors that play into high blood pressure, just as there are eating a healthy diet, many that play into heart maintain a healthy weight disease. and be physically active. Hypertension causes Although all three of those vary from obesity to diet are difficult in college, it is possible. to genetics. The CDC lists four main When choosing what to categories of hypertension eat for lunch or dinner, do causes. not always pick the same Conditions, behavior, greasy chicken fingers and heredity and sodium all French fries. Mix it up by getting a play a major role in develara


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salad, a wrap or even pasta occasionally. Having a colorful plate and mixture of the various food groups are a good way to maintain a healthy weight and diet. The two tend to go hand-in-hand. However, staying physically active is also a necessity in keeping a healthy heart and normal blood pressure. Staying physically active does not necessarily mean going to Ship Rec twice a day, seven days a week. But, there are steps that can keep the heart rate up and the blood pressure down. For example, walk or bike to campus instead of drive. Despite the cold, walking is a simple way to raise the heart rate and get a little bit of aerobic exercise. Waking up early and doing jumping jacks or running in place is a great way to wake up and get a little bit of exercise. Everyone should strive to eat better and stay active, but now there is a better incentive. According to, blood pressure readings should be done at least every two years beginning at age 18. Get your blood pressure checked today.

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Keck Computer Management is located on 9 W. King St, which is six doors away from its old location. The new Keck location also houses the Keck Café. The café is also part of 9 West Art Gallery, which showcases work form local artists.

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A&E Editor

Keck Computer Management opened its doors for a grand reopening celebration on Thursday Feb. 7. KCM was formerly located six doors away from its new location on 9 W. King St. The move was prompted by a desire to expand and offer additional services. “It was important to find a location that allowed us to continue to provide stellar computer services with the amenities to move forward with having in-house classes and events, in the downtown area,” said owner John Keck. To promote itself and the downtown community as a whole, KCM implemented

a customer rewards program, giving customers a 10 percent discount when they bring in a receipt from a neighboring downtown business. In addition to computer repair and management, KCM’s new location also houses Keck Café. The café serves a variety of soft drinks, coffee and snacks. The café also has a large seating area featuring two computers that patrons can use free of charge, along with free Wi-Fi. “It’s a good reason to get off campus and get downtown for a while,” head technician Norm Brookenssaid. The café also doubles as 9West Art Gallery. The art gallery currently showcases the work of six local artists.

“We want to feature unique, affordable art for consumers,” Steven Brenize, retail associate, said. The displays are rotational and the artwork is for sale, with most costing less than $100. One artist whose art is currently on display is Alabaster Slade, owner of Guerilla Tattoo, just doors away from KCM. “I think it’s awesome,” Slade said, in reference to the new gallery. “It’s a great opportunity for local artists.” KCM, Keck Café and 9West are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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In Motion kicks off spring 2013 semester Emily Goodman Guest Writer On the weekend of Feb. 7 dozens of students, parents and community members arrived at Memorial Auditorium on Shippensburg’s

campus to watch In Motion Dance Troupe perform its spring semester recital at 8 p.m. The members showcased a wide variety of dance styles, coupled with a personal touch that allowed the audience to be engaged

In Motion on stage at Memorial Auditorium.

in the group’s individual personalities. All of the dances performed by the team were choreographed by the dancers themselves. A refreshing variety of styles were incorporated into the recital including contemporary, tap, hip-hop and jazz. Between songs and outfit changes, the team projected short films spotlighting each dancer. The audience was in stitches after watching interview videos and childhood photographs on the screen. Director Lara Graham explained the family-like atmosphere of Dance Troupe. “We welcome all dancers. When I joined I had 20 friends immediately. My friends are the people that I’ve been dancing with since I was young,” Graham said. Graham is a senior and an English major with a writing emphasis. She has been a part of In Motion Dance Troupe for her four years at

Photos by Emily Goodman

Shippensburg. Lara’s enthusiasm for dance shows in her dedication to the team. She explained, “We do any type of dance. During the show, anyone can choreograph.” Aside from dance recitals, Dance Troupe participates at the Spirit Rally and competitions.

At the conclusion of the recital, a sentimental video was played in dedication to the graduating seniors, coupled with a moving dance that expressed the genuine friendships that have formed through In Motion Dance Troupe. It was evident through the cheers that the audience appreciated the creative

lighting techniques, inventive costumes and original dance choreography that represented a wide spectrum of dance styles. Shippensburg’s In Motion Dance Troupe does a fantastic job of representing the unique and individual personalities of their group members through dance.

Rain” and “Agnus Dei.” The audience cheered for Smith to come back out on stage for an encore, where Smith then performed “I am Free,” originally recorded by the Newsboys. The song’s cho-

rus is a call-and-repeat, so the audience was encouraged to be involved. Every time it was the audience’s turn to sing, the stage lights flashed into the crowd, letting them know it was their

turn. Once the excitement of the encore died down, Smith talked for a few minutes, gave a blessing over everyone and ended with a song from his “Wonder” album.

Christian singer Michael W. Smith prompts encore Cara Shumaker

Managing Editor The lights dimmed as the powerful intro began. The booming bass blasted throughout the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center as Grammy-winner Michael W. Smith took the stage. The intro played a medley of Smith’s songs performed by an orchestra with the band slowly making its way in, instrument by instrument. First, the drums; next, the lead guitar; then, the bass; finally, the backup keyboards, synthesizer and in harmony all began their parts as Smith prepared to enter the stage. Smith’s cue came and the jam-packed Luhrs Center erupted with applause and cheers. Smith’s relaxed stage presence nicely complemented his dress pants, cardigan, shirt and tie and Nikes. The relaxing atmosphere continued as the first song

began, “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” a popular worship song, originally written by Paul Baloche. As Smith’s show continued, it became a roller coaster of upbeat tempos, transitions, medleys and audience participation. The variety of songs kept the audience wondering what would be next. Having nearly 200 songs to choose from, nobody knew what Smith would play. Most of the show was popular worship music. Smith played a few of his most well-known contemporary songs. He played “Friends,” “Place in this World” and “This is Your Time” along with more worship songs. As Smith explained his song-writing process, he tried to express how difficult it can be not to write “manufactured music.” He said music should come from within, even if it is difficult. He joked that on his last album, “Glory,” he kept

writing songs for a movie score, except the movie was in his head. This struggle to write any lyrics led to his second instrumental album. He played the song “Patriot” from that album, dedicating it to the members of the Armed Forces. Before the song, however, Smith asked that all active and retired servicemen and women stand as the audience applauded them in thanks for their service. Despite the brief explanations and popular songs, most of the night was spent in worship. During “Mighty to Save,” an audience member stood up with arms raised, praising God during the song. The feelings during the majority of the show were very intimate and spiritual. Smith encouraged people in the audience who did not know Jesus Christ personally to get to know him. Smith concluded the show with a very moving combination of his songs “Healing

Photo by Alexa Bryant

Smith performing at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

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55th Annual Grammy Awards

Big moments of the night...

Big winners of the night...

Al Walser in a full space outfit. The singer, DJ, and producer Al Walser , nominated for “Best Dance Re

Know” by Gotye, featuring Kimbra


Record of the Year - “Somebody That I Used to

cording” showed up to the Grammys in a full astronaut outfit, holding a sign that said his name. This caused quite a buzz on the red carpet, resulting in many online atricles, tweets and pictures.

Album of the Year - “Bable” by Mumford & Sons

Taylor Swift mocks ex-boyfriend in performance? During Taylor Swift’s performance of her popular song “We Are Never

Janelle Monáe

Ever Getting Back Together,” Swift used the talking section of the song to do a mock British accent saying “I still love you,” supposedly mocking ex-boyfriend Harry Styles, a singer in the band One Direction. She also added to it by saying “Sorry, but I’m busy opening up for the Grammys.”

Justin Timberlake comes back into the music scene. Justin Timberlake, an actor and one of the original members of ‘N Sync, made his comeback to the music scene by performing his newly released single “Suit & Tie.”

Song of the Year - “We are Young” by Fun., featuring Best New Artist - Fun. Best Pop Solo Performance - “Set Fire to the Rain

[Live]” by Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye, featuring Kimbra

Best Pop Instrumental Album - “Impressions” by

Chris Botti

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‘Warm Bodies’ review: Vampires out, Zombies in Emily Larsen Guest Writer Though topping the box office by a landslide, to the average viewer this movie might come off as a cross between a “wrong side of the tracks” romance and “Twilight.” But from the viewpoint of someone who has seen more than her fair share of ’80’s high-school romance movies, as well as being well-educated in all of the “Twilight” hoopla; “Warm Bodies” is much different. My opinion of romanticcomedies in general may be tainted, being that I am a female. Is that what this movie was meant to be? A romantic comedy? Either way, it was a great, feelgood movie, with an equally great soundtrack.

Actor Nicholas Hoult, you may know him as Tony from the widely popular British television series “Skins,” is cast terrifically as R the unusual, down-on-his-luck zombie who wants nothing more than to be alive again. The name R comes from all that our zombie friend was able to communicate to whom would become his love interest, Julie, played by Teresa Palmer. What we have here is a continuation of the zombieapocalypse trend in the version of a “mansel” in distress story. However, “Warm Bodies” is probably more well-acted than many of the other versions of zombie movies. Possibly the only arguable casting issue: when you pay the presumably large amount of money that it takes to get John Mal-

kovich in a movie, you use him more than the five or so minutes of screen time than he was given. Hence, Malkovich, as well as Rob Corddry’s (The Daily Show) comedy chops were severely underused, but that is another story. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, with a large guarded wall separating the undead in various forms from the humans, “Warm Bodies” gets a slow start with a narrative by R. But after eating Julie’s boyfriend’s (Dave Franco) brain, R begins falling in love with her. Nonetheless, their warped courting is endearing. R ends up saving Julie from a zombie attack, and after several failed attempts Photo courtesy of Google at escaping, where he saves her time and again, they be- hearts begin beating and teractions, with R being the the zombies be curing themgin a whirlwind romance. emotions start coming back first zombie to experience selves? One by one, the zombies’ through love and human in- this phenomenon. Could



Luhrs Presents... February 12, 2013

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

World-famous entertainer Gregory Popovich provides non-stop fun for all ages with his award-winning Comedy Pet Theater which features eye-popping juggling and a cast of talented cats and dogs rescued from animal shelters and transformed into stars. Popovich, a Russian native and former star of the Moscow Circus, has won numerous circus competitions, awards and recognition for his juggling and balancing abilities. Throughout the performance, audiences will enjoy exciting acts such as the Dog Classroom, the Amazing Housecats, and the Animal Train. Other acts in the show will treat audiences to surprise appearances from more animal performers, including ferrets, white rats and trained doves. The Luhrs Center is thrilled to have Gregory and his host of furry and four-legged stars returning to the theater. -Courtesy of H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

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Hip-Hop Happenings Got Rich

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Britton Kosier

Staff Columnist Feb. 6, marked the 10year anniversary of the release of 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” one of hip-hop’s most significant albums. 50 Cent put the rap game in a stranglehold in 2003 after his “In Da Club” single helped sell more than 6 million copies of the album by the end of the year, and by selling 872,000 copies in its first week. According to Recording Industry Association of America, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” has gone platinum eight times, selling more than 8 million copies. “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and was nominated for Best Rap Album at that year’s Grammy Awards. Aside from the statistics and acclamations, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” usually comes up in the “best hip-hop album of all time” conversation. Even though albums coming after the year 2000 are rarely considered classics, 50 Cent made the entire rap world pause with his mainstream success. “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” was street rap. It had its

single, “In Da Club,” but aside from that, the entire album showed the hunger of a guy from South Jamaica of Queens, N.Y., who after being shot nine times, sees no other options than getting rich or die trying in the process. 50 Cent’s hunger was so intense on “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” that it may have contributed to 50 never matching the success of his debut album. Eminem paired 50 Cent with Dr. Dre after signing 50 Cent to Interscope Records. After putting the “Wanksta” single on the “8 Mile Soundtrack,” 50 Cent and Dr. Dre made history with their chemistry. Those following hip-hop’s biggest star today, Kendrick Lamar, might think that story sounds a little familiar. In 2012, exactly 10 years after Interscope Records signed 50 Cent, the record label signed Kendrick Lamar and helped him to release one of the most critically-acclaimed albums since “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”, titled “good kid, m.A.A.D. city.” In a stagnant time in hiphop, there was no one bigger than 50 Cent during that early-to-mid 2000’s time period. In terms of sales, there still has yet to be an album bought like “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” 50 Cent’s numbers may never be touched with the impact of the internet on music today. But don’t worry, 50 Cent is rich. According to celebritynetworth. com, he is $250 million rich.


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College sports tend to set the bar higher for fans, as they bring something professional sports cannot bring ­— sheer passion. They do not play for money or fame; they simply play for the love of the game. College basketball provided a thrilling definition of this on Saturday as Notre Dame beat Louisville 104–101 in five overtimes. Each moment left fans on the edge of their seats, as bench players became heroes and star players became duds. Seeing the amazing efforts of Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant in the closing minute of regulation and Garrick Sherman’s dominance in overtime, memories of similar games started to come to mind. So what is the greatest college basketball game in the last 10 years? The Hot Corner debates the issue.

Heartbreak filled the court with every tied score knowing that the will to go on was slowly dissipating from their bodies. It is the greatest college basketball game in the last 10 years not just because of its length but because of the importance. The Big East had six teams in the Top 25 and each team had a legitimate shot at the Big East Title. I could not fathom the effort that they put in going that long, but the resilience showed in that game from both teams makes this Nick: I tuned into the Notre the hands down greatest Dame vs. Louisville game game in college basketball. late but still watched the Sam: overtimes. I have followed I do not think many peocollege basketball since I ple remember this game, but started playing the game this game is what brought and have seen some thrill- me to love college basketing finishes over the last ball, the state of Texas and 10 years. The Notre Dame the Big Twelve Conference. game brings back the memIt’s Feb. 28, 2007. ory of the 2009 Big East I am making myself at Tournament game with home on the couch in my livSyracuse beating UConn ing room munching on some 127–117 in six overtimes. famous fried chicken that The game was so intense my mom had just made. The because each team battled chicken was marvelous, but hard, as Big East teams this game, this game that I normally do. Seeing Eric happened to turn on was far Devendorf nearly end the more riveting. game in regulation with a Until this point in time desperation shot, but have the sport of basketball was it be called off was only as appealing to me as a trip the icing on the cake that to the dentist. When the night. UConn’s A.J. Price Philadelphia 76ers made and Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn their run to the NBA Fitraded shots throughout nals in the 2000–2001 seathe entire game scoring 33 son, I may have been the and 34 points, respectively. only Philadelphian who

was more impressed with the mediocre season the Phillies were having than a potential championship contender. I knew the 76ers would lose, why should I watch? Why should I have watched a sport that had put me through numerous jammed fingers, a sprained ankle and a near concussion in the only attempts I made to play the game? Feb. 28, 2007, was different though. I watched a young Acie Law IV singlehandily rally a Texas A&M squad against a Texas University team that to me, looked far superior. With the little that I had followed college basketball in years past, I was unaware that the Aggies were in the midst of a 24–5 year with a legitimate chance of grabbing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Facing Texas, a team that they shocked a year before with Law’s three-pointer at the buzzer, A&M found itself down 75–72 with less than 10 seconds to play. Like the year before, Law stepped up big, not once, but twice. Law hit two 3-pointers to tie the game — one in regulation, one in overtime. Ultimately, the Aggies lost the game in double-overtime but for the three hours that I watched the game, I could not take my eyes off the screen. Watching Law that day has shaped me into a basketball fan today.

For the third year in a row, the 2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) men’s and women’s Swimming Championships will be broadcast live by SwimUtopia. The live coverage will be available for free at beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 and will continue through Sunday, Feb. 17. “I am extremely excited to be streaming the 2013 PSAC Swimming Championships once again this year,” said Joshua Huger, owner and operator of SwimUtopia. “It is a wonderful opportunity to provide those who cannot make it to the meet with live access to see the swimmers compete.” The PSAC Swimming Championships will be held Feb. 14–17 at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa. This is the final meet for the 2012–13 collegiate season, unless swimmers qualify for the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held in March. -Courtesy of Joshua Huger SwimUtopia

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Men’s Basketball Feb. 13 BLOOMSBURG 8 p.m. Feb. 16 EAST STROUDSBURG 3 p.m. Women’s Basketball Feb. 13 BLOOMSBURG 6 p.m. Feb. 16 EAST STROUDSBURG 1 p.m. Wrestling Feb. 13 at Pitt-Johnstown 7 p.m. Feb. 15 vs. KUTZTOWN 7 p.m. Indoor Track Feb. 15 at Susquehanna Open 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Princeton Invite 11 a.m. Swimming PSAC Championships Feb. 14-17 New Kingstown, Pa. Baseball Feb. 16 at Barton (DH) 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Barton (DH)

Sports February 12, 2013


Indoor track makes the cut

Stuetz breaks 60-meter hurdle record, while men win six events at Bucknell

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Boxing match coming to SU

The boxing homeshow will occur Saturday at 6 p.m. at Henderson Gym Cara Shumaker

Managing Editor Boxing is no longer a pay-per-view TV sport at Shippensburg University. The SU Boxing Club is hosting the home show on Saturday, Feb. 16. The show, which begins at 6 p.m., features 20 fights. The show is not SU’s first time fighting this semester. The club has had two other fights against Army and Penn State, respectively. The Army fight had two SU boxers go 1-for-1. John Kashmere and Patrick Hill both competed at West

Point. Kashmere TKOd Army’s Jon Mejia and Hill lost the decision to Miguel Archuletta, also of Army. At Penn State, Kashmere was the only SU boxer to participate. He again won, making him 2–0 on the year. Kashmere’s decision came over Navy’s Jourdan Looney. Also fighting in the show will be club vice president Toni Eubank. Eubank, a female fighter, said in an interview during the fall semester with SU that she hopes there are more fights for her this year. She said she had only two fights last year.

According to Eubank, none of the other state system schools have boxing clubs, but she is hopeful that with women’s boxing becoming an Olympic sport that will change. Kashmere, Hill, Eubank and the rest of the SU Boxing Club look to better their records at their home ring in Henderson Gymnasium. The club will be selling tickets in the CUB from Feb. 12–15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance ticket prices are $3 for bleacher seats and $5 for ringside seats. Tickets at the door are $6 for bleacher seats and $8 for ringside seats.

The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams came away with impressive performances at the 19th Annual Bucknell Winter Classic on Saturday. Senior Joel Flott, junior Matt Kujawski and sophomore Eric Bologa each set indoor career personal records with victories and NCAA provisional qualifying times in their respective events Saturday and senior Matt Gillette set a school record in the 1,000 meters as the SU men’s indoor track and field team collected six NCAA provisional qualifiers. SU won six events inside Gerhard Fieldhouse and had 22 performances that satisfied the PSAC qualifying standard. Flott’s effort should stand as a school record. He improved his indoor personal record with an 800-meter run of 1:53.51 that slots him seventh in Division II and further distanced himself from the rest of the PSAC. His flat-track performance is 0.43 seconds faster than his effort last week on the Armory’s banked track. Upon conversion, it stands up as

1:51.91, which surpasses Ed Buck’s 1:52.66 from 2010. Sophomore Robert Bales achieved NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 200 and 400 meters, running 22.47 seconds and 50.03 seconds respectively. Bales placed fifth in the 200 and second to Bologa in the 400. Gillette won the 1,000 meters in 2:28.56, breaking Bryan Beegle’s 2012 mark of 2:29.12. His time is exactly two seconds faster than his effort three weeks ago on the same track. Another distance effort was the 3K victory of sophomore Ryan Spangler, whose PR of 8:35.02 has him ranked third in the PSAC behind Gillette and Lock Haven’s Alex Monroe. Senior Caitlin Stuetz improved her school record in the 60-meter hurdles Saturday with a victorious time of 8.75 seconds to highlight the day women’s indoor track and field team. Stuetz came close to breaking her record in her preliminary run, darting to a time of 8.83 seconds. Her new record came in the finals and edged her personal record of 8.79 seconds set last season at the PSAC Indoor Track and Field

Championships. It slots her second in the conference and 14th in Division II. Also on Saturday, Stuetz set an indoor personal record in the 400 meters by winning that event with a time of 1:00.07. She ranks seventh among conference runners in that event. Sophomore Bri Fells placed third behind Stuetz and Lock Haven’s Wynnie Green with a strong season personal record of 1:00.72. Sophomore Lauren Ellsworth established new season personal records in the 60 and 200 meters, running times of 7.91 seconds and 26.29 seconds respectively. Ellsworth is third in the PSAC for the 200 and tied for fifth in the 60. Fellow sophomore Heather Weiss ran the mile in 5:09.25 and finished third in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:05.95. Weiss now ranks fifth in the PSAC in the mile. Next week, the last before the 2013 PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, will have SU compete Friday at Susquehanna and Saturday at Princeton. -Courtesy of SU Sports Information

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SU’s men’s team tallied six victories at the Bucknell Winter Classic.

Injuries can’t stop her E4

SPORTS February 12, 2013

Caitlin Bamberger has battled back through injury to help lead the Raiders SAM STEWART

Sports Editor When Caitlin Bamberger took the court for the Shippensburg University women’s basketball team on Jan. 19, she produced more than a four-point performance in her seven minutes of action. No, she produced far more. Embarking on an arduous rehabilitation, the senior from Fleetwood, Pa., embodied leadership and true grit as she made her first appearance since injuring her ACL two months before when the team traveled to Hawaii.

“I went up for a rebound at West [Liberty] and I was hit coming down, it felt weak so I sat the second half,” Bamberger said. “At practice I landed doing a layup and just collapsed.” Collapsing onto the hardwood, Bamberger would show the SU community what she had in store — fall down seven times, get up eight. Her statement to her teammates would become clearer as the days progressed.

“I knew I would be able to recover from it,” Bamberger said. For the senior, battling through injury and adversity was relatively new. Coming from a welltraveled background from Missouri to Fleetwood, Pa., Bamberger was a threestar athlete in basketball at Fleetwood High School who totaled 934 points as a twoyear captain and a fouryear varsity starter. An injury-free high school career was met with what would be a string of frustrating setbacks for Bamberger. Coming into SU her freshman year, Bamberger was ready to compete. However, the injury bug started to hit, forcing Bamberger to take a medical redshirt her first season. The following year Bamberger came back and thrived in her first year appearing in 25 games, averaging 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds during her first full year of competition. Her presence was felt in back-to-back doubledoubles against Kutztown University and Bloomsburg University in January and after her 48-point, 38-rebound performance in the 2009-2010 season, Bamberger was ready to lead the charge heading into the next year. All of that came crashing down in the team’s first game of the 2010-2011 campaign. In the team’s first game against Shepherd University, the injury bug hit Bamberger again, as she was sidelined for the team’s first 17 games with a broken foot.

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“It was frustrating because I had finally gotten myself back into the best shape I had been in and I made it through preseason without any issues,” Bamberger said. However, Bamberger once again battled back as she started the team’s last four games and finished the year with 8.8 points per game, shooting a blistering 43 percent from the field — her best performance coming from a 12-point, 13-rebound performance against Mansfield. Her battle through adversity has helped cement herself as one of the true leaders on this SU squad. While out with her torn ACL this year, Bamberger provided guidance off the court, especially to freshman sensation Stephanie Knauer. “When she wasn’t able to play she was the most positive and helped out her teammates and now she’s sort of shown that perseverance in her play,” SU head coach Kristy Trn said. Two years later, with Mansfield University once again thrust into the spotlight, Bamberger’s seven minutes of play signified that no matter how many times she may fall, there is always another opportunity to get back up. “Being our captain she did as much as she could to help everyone even though she couldn’t be out on the court,” senior guard Shawna Wert said. “She has worked her butt off to get back to play and do what she can to make this a good year since it is her last.” February 12, 2013



Lucky seven: SU wins seventh in a row

Strybuc leads all scorers with 14, SU rolls to victory over the Mountaineers Raiders Ryan Trexler

Asst. Sports Editor The red-hot Shippensburg University women’s basketball team took the floor Saturday against Mansfield University. The Raiders dominated MU in almost every aspect of the game allowing them to win their seventh straight game by a score of 81–55. SU put its six-game winning streak on the line, looking to tie its 2007–2008 record of seven straight wins. SU set the tone of the game early jumping out to a 5–0 run in the first half. The Raiders took advantage of MU’s mistakes. It all started with the free

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Sarah Strybuc led the Raiders with 14 points in SU’s 81-55 victory.



throw line. SU shot 78 percent from the charity strike in the first half, while MU shot just 50 percent from the free-throw line. The Raiders had three players score nine points in the first half — freshman forward Stephanie Knauer, senior guard Dana Wert and senior guard Raediah Lyles. The Raiders went into the half with a comfortable 47–26 lead. The Raiders came out of the half firing on all cylinders. Junior guard Sarah Strybuc hit a jumper and made a lay-up to put the Raiders up by 25 points. After an MU lay-up senior guard Shawna Wert made two free throws to put SU back up by 25.


After back and forth action, SU’s freshman guard Caitlyn Deeter hit a jumper to put the Raiders up by 30 with just under six and a half minutes left. SU had four players score in double figures. Sarah Strybuc recorded 14, Stephanie Knauer registered 13, Caitlyn Deeter ended up with 11 and Shawna Wert finished with 10 points. The Raiders (16–6, 12–5) are now in a three-way tie for first place in the PSAC east standings. The loss sends MU to 4–17 overall and 2–15 in PSAC play. SU returns home to face Bloomsburg University at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Heiges Field House.


2013 Baseball Preview E6


Sports Editor The Shippensburg University baseball team will look to avenge its loss to West Chester University in the PSAC Baseball playoffs as it heads into the 2013 campaign — starting with a weekend trip to North Carolina to face Barton College on Saturday and Sunday. The Raiders, a team that finished 32-21 in 2012, were picked to finish second in the PSAC East Division, receiving two first-place votes. WCU, the defending National Champion was picked first in the division. The Raiders return a plethora of players — 16 in total, including four of their top performers last year in Cody Kulp, Jimmy Spanos, Simon Beloff, Tyler Shover and Pat Kregeloh. The talented five accounted for 50 percent or higher of the team’s total hits, total runs scored, home runs and RBI’s — all five hit above .285, including impressive performances by Kulp and Spanos who hit .304 and .302, respectively. Kulp had an impressive 2012 campaign starting all 53 games of the season. He was second on the team in hits, first in doubles (16) and second in slugging percentage (.481). The senior split time between center and right field last year, and boasted a highly respectable .981 fielding percentage, tallying five outfield assists. February 12, 2013

Spanos returns after a highly impressive freshman campaign. The sophomore batted .302 in 2012 with a team-high 57 hits. He recorded 19 walks and was second on the team in runs scored (33). Kregeloh and Beloff provide more power for the Raiders lineup. Beloff led the team in home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.522) while Kregeloh finished third on the team with 27 RBIs. Kregeloh was the teams most sure-handed fielder, finisng the year with a .987 fielding percentage. Shover will return behind the plate for the Raiders. Last season, Shover caught nine runners stealing, recorded 12 multi-hit games and was third on the team with 27 RBIs. The Raiders head into 2013 without their top two pitchers from a year ago. Tom Bush who was named to the National Baseball Congress World Series AllAmerican Team for his offseason performance, will do his best to replace Nick Umberger. Umberger finished the year 9-2 for the Raiders while posting a team-low 2.66 ERA. Kregeloh, Austin Bartley and Shawn Patterson all return to solidify a pitching staff that is looking to build off the success it had in 2012. SU opens its 2013 season with a four-game series with Barton College this weekend. The Raiders’ first home game is March 9 against Slippery Rock University.

Want more information about the baseball team? Check out our Facebook page for all the updates, scores and recaps. Photos by Sam Stewart

Sports February 12, 2013


SU finding its groove, topples Anderson Bryan Obarowski

Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University wrestling team dominated the competition for a second straight match, topping Anderson University 42-6. In the first match of the night, sophomore Dave Calambas took the major decision in the 125-pound division. Calambas scored a takedown half way through the first period, and had a near fall at the end of the first. At the end of the 125pound matchup, SU took the 12–0 win in the first official match of the night. SU scored a hard fought victory in the second match of the night. Cameron Throckmorton, a 133-pound freshman earned SU a 5–3 win in the second match, a match that was very closely contended. Senior Cody Myers carried the early momentum

into his match. Myers earned the takedown at the half way point in the first period, and quickly pinned his opponent once he brought him to the mat. The pinfall came with 1:41 left in the first period. SU’s momentum was temporarily halted when AU wrestler Kevin Johnson pinned John Lindquist in the 157-pound match up. The momentum quickly shifted back to the side of SU, with a dominating decision victory in the 165-pound division by Neal Grudi. SU carried this momentum through to the end of the match. Sophomore Dylan Treaster also had a dominating performance in the 174-pound division. In the first period, Treaster earned points for a near fall, and went on to complete the pin later in the period. In what was the most dominating decision win for SU, Luke Etter earned

the 13-1 majority decision victory in the 184-pound match. Etter gained control early and did not let up. The 184-pound sophomore held control of the back position for the better part of the match. In the ninth match of the evening, freshman Francis Slover faced off against AUs Scott Richardson. The match up of freshmen turned out to be the most exciting match of the night. Both wrestlers went back and forth until the end of the match. With the score tied at six, Slover scored two points for a last second reversal to win the match 8–6. Heavyweight Jacob Nale ended the dominating performance for SU with a pinfall victory, the third of the night for SU. SU will return to action tomorrow when it travels to University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for a 7 p.m. dual meet.

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The Raiders picked up their second consecutive victory on Friday.

Raiders lose ground in playoff hunt Ryan Trexler

Asst. Sports Editor The Shippensburg University men’s basketball team has been struggling this season due to such a young team. SU’s struggles continued when it faced Mansfield University Saturday, as the Raiders fell just short of a second half run — ultimately falling to the Mountaineers 74–66. SU fell behind by eight early in the game and was never able to catch up. The Raiders’ first points came from sophomore guard Reggie Charles off a fast break layup. The Raiders came close to taking the lead with 9:35 seconds left in the Photo by Sam Stewart first half when a 3-point-

With the loss, SU is now in a uphill battle for the last playoff position.

er by Tyhiem Perrin tied the game at 16. MU regained the lead off a jumper from Charles Becoats. SU tied up the game again at 18 when Sam Pygatt finished off a layup opportunity. MU headed into the break leading 35–32. The second half followed the same script as the first. SU could not find a way to take the lead. SU was able to come close again when Akil Anderson finished off a fast break layup to tie the game at 54. The Raiders kept the game within 10 throughout the remainder of the second half but could not pull ahead. Sam Pygatt led SU with 18 total points, while Reggie Charles and Tyhiem Perrin finished with 16 each. With the loss the Raiders fall to 5–16 over-

all and 3–14 in PSAC play — dropping them to eighth in the PSAC East. MU is now 6–15 overall and 4–13 in PSAC play. SU will take on Bloomsburg University Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Heiges Field House. With the defeat, the Raiders dropped to eighth in the PSAC East and face critical games against Top 5 opponents in their remaining games After BU, SU will encounter East Stroudsburg University, West Chester University, Cheyney University and Millersville University. All of those teams have dropped the Raiders earlier this season. SU will need to win at least two additional games to claim the last spot as MU controls its own destiny.


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