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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Tuition, Room and Board Increases Met with Frustration Katie Butler Staff Writer

Undergraduate and graduate tuition as well as room and board will be increasing once again for the fall 2014 semester. On April 3, the Shepherd University Board of Governors approved a 4.96 percent increase for both in-state and out-ofstate undergraduate tuition. This increase is in line with the budget advisory council’s recommendation earlier in the semester to raise undergraduate tuition by less than 5 percent. Graduate tuition will also be increasing by $17 per credit hour for in-state students and $27 per credit hour for out-of-

Picket Receives Highest Award from ACP in Recent Memory FIRST-CLASS RANKING WITH 3-MARKS OF DISTINCTION Danyel VanReenen Staff Writer

Recently, the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) gave The Picket a first-class rating with three marks of distinction. Writers, editors and overseers of the paper are thrilled, and the rest of the student body should be too. Chelsea DeMello, a senior English major and this year’s chief editor of The Picket, says that this was a great, all-around win for the people involved in the publication of the paper as well as for the rest of Shepherd University. “I believe since we have been using the ACP, this rating is the highest The Picket has ever received to date,” DeMello says. “We were less than 40 points from being an All American newspaper, and it goes without saying that I’m more than proud of the dedicated staff on my team.” Jim Lewin, professor of

lish and the faculty advisor of The Picket, also thinks that this rating is good news not only for The Picket staff, but for the whole university. He says that this rating is important for the university because “The Picket is not just about the students who are on the staff. It represents the campus as a whole.” It’s great that The Picket received such high rating, but what does the ACP rating actually accomplish? What is its goal? Lewin explains that the ACP provides a reality check from an outsider’s perspective. Lewin reiterates the point made by DeMello that with just a few more points and one extra Mark of Distinction, The Picket could merit the status of “All American,” which is a designation reserved for very few student publications. Students should be proud of this accomplishment that their See ACP page 4

state students. These increases of less than 5 percent are significantly smaller than the increases of 8.83 percent experienced last fall in the graduate program. Room and board will become more costly for those choosing to live on campus. Next semester, room rates will increase by 3.8 percent and board rates by 2.06 percent. According to Deborah Judd, vice president of administration and finance, “The tuition increases are necessary due to a state cut. Based on the research we have done…we believe our increases are in line See TUITION page 3

SGA Budgets for New Year Kim Ballard Staff Writer

Totaling more than half a million dollars, the tuition-supported SGA budget for student and co-curricular activities is now available for the coming year. Students should keep in mind that an SGA senator moved to approve a revised version of the budget that is still subject to change. How is the budget allocation determined? According to Thomas Segar, vice president for student affairs, the best person to ask about the decision to increase or decrease the funding for specific activities and programs is the SGA treasurer. Logan Sigley, current SGA treasurer and SGA president-elect, did not accept an invitation for comment. Currently, between student

and co-curricular activities, the SGA is allocating a budget of $504,351 set by the faculty senate. According to Segar, “The funds available to allocate are based on projected undergraduate student enrollment.” Last year after the reduction, $514,210 was granted from student fees. The remaining budget in the student activities section will be used to help fund “campus labs,” according to the budget created by Sigley. Kristin Stover, a senior secondary education major, stated, “If my tuition is increasing and these funds are driven from student tuition allotments, why are they being cut? Where is the increased tuition money going to? I don’t understand.” Several student and co-curSee BUDGET page 4


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Rude Mechanicals Interlibrary Loan is Announces Audition Dates in High Demand H.S. Leigh Koonce News Editor

The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players have announced audition dates and performance dates for their summer show, Euripides’ “Iphigenia at Aulis.” Betty Ellzey, professor of English and director of the Rude Mechanicals, encouraged students who are interested to attend the auditions on May 28 and 29 from 8–10pm. All levels of experience are welcome. Though not required to take part, students who do are able to earn academic credit by

enrolling in ENGL 399A in the Summer I catalog. Those interested should speak with Ellzey. Ben Johnson, a junior English major, has performed in several of the Rude Mechanicals performances. He describes the experience as “literally like being part of a family.” “We all know how to piss each other off, but we all know how to make each other laugh, too,” he said. Vicky Faith, a senior English major and vice president of Sigma Tau Delta, has sold tickets for most of the Rude Mechanicals shows in the past two years. Sigma Tau Delta members typically volunteer their services to sell

tickets, and Faith is usually one of the first to sign up. “I absolutely love every performance I’ve sold tickets for and watched.” She said she makes a point to see each performance at least once. LaShawn Tolson, a senior English major, recently began her career with the group and called the experience “well worth it.” She went on to add that “it’s a great opportunity to discover new talent” among one’s fellow students. Ellzey has announced the performance dates, June 27–29 in Reynolds Hall. Students with questions should contact Ellzey at

Betsy Kozak

Staff Writer

The interlibrary loan (ILL) service of the Scarborough Library experienced a significant increase in the amount of requests for articles, books, and multimedia, processing about 4,900 requests last year. The number of ILL requests has increased each year, said Joshua DiSalvo, who has worked with ILL service since 2009 and has been the ILL coordinator since 2011. “Last year in particular, the 2012–2013 academic year, we processed almost 800 more requests than the 2011–2012 academic year. A significant part of this increase is due to the greater number of journal articles that are requested by students. As more periodicals and scholarly journals move toward digital formats, many students request that articles be sent as a PDFs via email. “I think the internet, for better or worse, probably lends itself to more efficient research,” said DiSalvo, “and that speed and ease of use may lead to more requests coming in than when research was done primarily from books and journals in print.” Students and faculty members can request journal articles, books, and multimedia items through the ILL service. According to the ILL website, books and multimedia items take an average of 7–14 days to arrive. There is a wider range in the time it takes for patrons to receive electronically processed journal articles.The average wait time is a week, but this depends primarily on the speed in which the lending library processes requests. “It’s not fast enough for me to make use of it regularly,” said

Robert Dugan, MAT student, of the ILL service. Kristen Dick, an English major, said she has requested both books and journal articles through the ILL service. “I had to wait two or three weeks for the book I requested to come in, but the system for requesting articles is a lot faster and easy to use.” “Sometimes articles will be delivered within a few hours of being requested, other times it can take a couple weeks,” said DiSalvo. “Once I submit a request, it’s up to a lending library to determine if they can fill it, and every library moves at their own pace.” Before last academic year, physical books were the most often requested items, but journal articles moved up to the number one spot this past year. In addition to borrowing items, Scarborough Library also lends items to other libraries. Most of these requests are for books and DVDs, according to DiSalvo. The ILL service is available for faculty and staff as well as students. While students more often request journal articles, the staff members are responsible for the majority of book and multimedia requests. Current students, faculty and staff have accesses to the ILL service year round, and alumni and community patrons can gain access by becoming a member of the Scarborough Society. The Scarborough Society “is a membership organization whose purpose is to raise funds to support and enhance our library. They do a lot of good,” said DiSalvo. Students and faculty can request ILL items through links on the library’s website at

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Margaret Faiver

dent of Shepherd’s chapter of Cleopatra, arguing that ShakeSigma Tau Delta (STD), the inter- speare unveils the source of national English honors society, Cleopatra’s power as her insecusaid, “We are very proud of Mar- rities and the fear that she lacked garet for being selected to pres- the power to control the world ent at the NULC! STD was able around her. to provide some funding for her After Faiver presented, the to pay for expenses while she moderator opened the floor up was as the conference.” Smith for questions. Faiver was excited hopes this accomplishment by to share her enthusiasm for litFaiver is a stepping stone for erature with others. She recalled other members to submit their one discussion that occurred works. after someone questioned the Faiver flew out to Ogden, influence of Plutarch on ShakeUtah to present her paper at the speare’s play. NULC over the first weekend in Faiver’s flight from Utah to April. Faiver said she gained as Roanoke, Va. was cancelled and much from the preparation to she was unable to get to her secgo as she did from presenting. “It ond conference of the weekend, was fantastic,” she stated. There the WVULS. “Maybe next year I were more than 50 colleges and can present at the West Virginia universities represented at the symposium. That would be nice,” event. Faiver hopes that “young- Faiver stated. er students will be inspired to Faiver said that the paper submit their papers. If they don’t she had planned to present at Provided Photo / Margaret Faiver Margaret Faiver, a junior English major, presented her paper “Power submit, they won’t get in.” the symposium was entitled Controlled Is Power Possessed” the national Sigma Tau Delta ConferKate Myles, a senior secondary “Marked at Birth: Destiny or Perence in Utah this month. Faiver is the first member of Shepherd’s education major concentrating sonal Choice?” and was based chapter of Sigma Tau Delta to participate in the national conference in English, stated, “Even though on her reading of Denise Giardiin recent memory. I don’t know Margaret well, it’s na’s “Storming Heaven” and the nice to see a fellow English ma- conceptualization of fate versus Kim Ballard (NULC) to present a paper. She jor at Shepherd getting such an choice for the three main charStaff Writer was also invited to present at opportunity to showcase her acters. the West Virginia Undergraduate talents.” Faiver has not always been an Margaret Faiver, a junior Literary Symposium (WVULS) in Faiver took about 15 minutes English essay guru. In conjuncEnglish major, became the first Athens, W.Va. to present her essay entitled tion with corporate law firms Shepherd student invited to atHarley Smith, a junior second- “Power Controlled Is Power and universities, she taught piano tend the National Undergradu- ary education major and presi- Possessed” on Shakespeare’s lessons part-time and full-time ate Literature Conference

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Chelsea DeMello and Josh Meadows / The Picket This graph shows the increase in undergraduate tuition over the past six years for both in-state and out-of-state residents. Since 2009, undergraduate in-state tuition has increased by more than $666.00, while out-of-state tuition has increased $1,526.00.

with all statewide tuition, room and board increases.” As costs continue to escalate, students from all aspects of campus are becoming increasingly frustrated. Colleen Callahan, a junior English major and on-campus resident, asked, “When will price increases stop? I am upset they are raising the prices. I already pay a ridiculous amount of money to attend Shepherd outof-state.” Both Chaz Nedd, a senior exercise science major, and Allee Fream, a junior education major, find the undergraduate tuition increases to be irritating. “I find it crazy that [tuition] has increased each semester,”

said Nedd. “Students are starting to think that tuition costs will never stop increasing.” “As tuition increases, it becomes more and more of a burden on me and my parents,” said Fream. “If we’re paying more for an education, then we should be getting more from the university.” Graduate student Colleen Wolfe pointed out that the tuition increases in the graduate program are not proportional to the state budget cuts. “Shepherd is increasing tuition by 4.96 percent for an increase which is only 3.75 percent,” said Wolfe. “Shepherd University has not yet been kind enough to notify the student body of the substantial increase in tuition.” As for Colleen Wolfe’s household, she asserts that it, too, will

for 35 years. She said that earning a non-music-related degree was on her bucket list and thus she entered Shepherd University as a sociology major and then an RBA student around four years ago. Last year after several English classes, including two Shakespeare classes, Faiver switched her major to English. In the future, she stated that she will consider submitting papers for conferences again and perhaps go on a study abroad in Costa Rica. Faiver does not believe her transition from the musical world to the academic world was a large leap in a different direction. “Teaching piano to students, teaching them the language of music, puts them in touch with history – composers, styles, events. Likewise, studying English places me, as a student, in touch with the language, history, and great writers of the times. It’s all about the language,” Faiver said of her transition to English academics. She said that “it is as natural to present a paper that will hopefully inspire someone to learn about Cleopatra through the language of Shakespeare as it is to teach a piano student the language of music.”

feel the strain of higher education costs. “Am I angry? Yes, as well as feeling helpless and a little scared that I may not be able to afford to finish my degree. As a single mother of two children, school is already a stretch for me,” stated Wolfe. Lauren Spence, another graduate student, stated she will also be “feeling the negative impacts of the graduate course fee increases.” “I understand that everyone is under financial pressure at this point in time and that Shepherd is experiencing a deficit, but the way to correct that is not to alienate and put further pressure on the students who are actually continuing to stay at the school,” said Spence. The fall 2014 semester begins on Aug. 25.


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University Discusses More Security Camera Options

Thursday April 24, 2014, 5-9 PM• Hagerstown, Md

James Garcia

WHO: Dorothy Gertz & Danielle Gesford - The Human Condition WHERE: 28 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Shepherd University does have security cameras in a number of locations used to monitor and prevent future criminal incidents. However, there is one area on campus that has no security cameras at all. On April 6 at approximately 2 a.m., there was a robbery near the underpass that connects west campus to east campus. A male student had just cleared the underpass and was attacked from behind, knocked down and had his money stolen from him. The perpetrator was a caucasian male about six feet tall, medium build, with short brown hair. Shepherd University police state that the victim was not intoxicated. There were and still are no security cameras at all in the vicinity of the underpass or inside. “Security cameras don’t prevent crimes, but they help solve crimes,” said Shepherd University Police Chief John McAvoy. Even if a security camera will not prevent a robbery itself, it could prevent the same perpetrator from committing a robbery later down the road by giving the police information on finding him and thereby preventing the same crime. This would prevent the same perpetrator from committing five more crimes like it by catching him the first time.

Cheyanne MacDonald, a student at Shepherd said, “I hate walking around Shepherd at night. I always try to call someone to talk with just in case because it’s always so dark.” She said she feels uncomfortable walking through the underpass or near that area at night. When asked if a security camera there would make her feel more comfortable to walk through the underpass she said, “Yes, definitely!” The underpass was constructed a couple years ago for students to cross Route 480 back and forth which separates west campus from east campus. There were many near-fatal accidents on this road years ago, and because of these accidents, the underpass was built to allow students to safely cross under Route 480. McAvoy was clear that the safety of the students is of utmost concern and wants students to continue using the underpass and be safe. Shepherd University police have a total of nine full-time, sworn officers and five parttime officers. On April 9, The Corporation of Shepherdstown began seeking proposals for three security cameras to be used for law enforcement purposes. Both Shepherdstown and Shepherd University police have a close working relationship, according to McAvoy.

Iuliana Washington, a senior secondary education major with a concentration in English, said, “I feel like there’s not enough money allocated to literary and theatrical pursuits, but I suppose I am biased.” The only group to receive a significant budget increase was the debate team, receiving a 188 percent increase in funding from $5,200 to $15,000. There was not an active debate team during this school year, and the $5,200 was set aside last year to fund activities if the need arose. Joseph Robbins, an assistant professor of political science and the graduate coordinator of online and continuing education who is scheduled to lead the debate team in the coming year, said interested students will have the “opportunity to compete in tournaments, and the costs students would incur

in preparing for those competitions” will be covered by the team’s new budget. Tai Sommers, a senior English major who has participated in the Rude Mechanicals and the theatre department said, “This year, the school is completely renovating Reynolds. It’s an acceptable trade-off to have a performance space that isn’t falling apart at the seams” while experiencing a budget cut. Programs receiving the same amount of funding as last year are the student life council ($3,200), student activity community service ($50,000), the Rude Mechanicals ($3,000), and study abroad ($4,000). Student activity community service has a different budget than the cocurricular community service. The PASS Program received a $3 increase from $83,897 to $83,900.

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WHO: Valerie Taggart Perez, Douglas Green, Erin K. Malley, Geneva Smith, Cody Suface - Contemporary Visions WHERE: 49 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD 21740

Friday April 25, 2014, 5-9 PM • Shepherdstown, WHO: Christine Soares & Virginia Kemmerling - Reverie WHERE: Entler Hotel, 129 E. German Street WHO: Kevin Willey - Inside Out WHERE: The Station at Shepherdstown, 100 Aubrey Engle Drive WHO: Alyssa Cable, Stephanie Camacho, Kavin Chhoeut, Nick Cullop, Jered Gray, Tyler Howsare, Pete Lyon, Kristina Parrill, Ethan Sherman, Tiffany Workman - The Design Hive WHERE: War Memorial Building, 102 E. German Street WHO: Emily Jones - Channels WHERE: 105 W. New Street WHO: Stephon Hummer - Infinite Bliss WHERE: Scarborough Library, Shepherd University WHO: Brenna Stonum - Repose WHERE: The Bridge Gallery, 8566 Shepherdstown Pike

Saturday April 26, 2014, 5-9 PM • Shepherdstown and Charles Town WHO: Rebecca Chappelear, Valerie Taggart-Perez - Relations & Reality WHERE: War Memorial Building, 102 E. German Street WHO: Carissa Lindmark WHERE: 8600 Shepherdstown Pike, Apt. 1 WHO: Adrienne Page, Taylor Lenox Awaken - Down the Rabbit Hole WHERE: Entler Hotel, 129 E. German Street WHO: Megan Douglas, Pat Gaffney - Impulse WHERE: Slant Factory Art Space, 202 E. Libert Street

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student paper has received. The Picket attempts to capture the essence of its students and represent them accurately, and an award like this represents the whole university and all of the students that attend. Nic McDill, a sophomore English major, is going to be The Picket’s chief editor next year and he says that this rating shows the potential for small publications everywhere, and he says, “It truly inspires me and shows me that I have a

lot to live up to following Chelsea.” Patrick Ridings, a freshman business major, says that The Picket’s accomplishment affects him positively because of how it shows how distinguished the university as a whole is. The achievement that the Picket has received should be a source of pride for all students. Although the people involved with the paper are only a small portion of the student body, this should be an example that all students should push towards higher goals and towards the distinction that we all can achieve.

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ricular activities experienced a budget cut: the leadership conference (11 percent), the program board (1.2 percent), family day (56 percent), SGA executive board (26 percent), homecoming (6 percent), music and band (2.9 percent), The Picket (6 percent), WSHC (5.1 percent), theatre (1.3 percent), Sans Merci (12.5 percent), and co-curricular community service (5.5 percent). Carrie Messenger, assistant professor of English and one of two faculty advisors for Sans Merci, stated that “if in fact we have only received $6,000, it is a substantial cut that will mean a smaller magazine and fewer copies. Outside of minor expenses for our release party, most of our budget goes to printing.”


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Getting to know... Dr. Anders H. Henriksson

Vicky Faith / The Picket Anders Henriksson, professor of history, is photographed outside of Knutti Hall. Henriksson who now chairs the department of history, has been at Shepherd for 29 years, teaching a variety of classes including Russian History and Women’s Studies courses.

Betsy Kozak Staff Writer

Do we really know our professors? Do we really know where they come from or what they did before they began their careers as educators at this university? I don’t believe we do! Chase Higgins, a history major, tried identifying how he felt about one teacher specifically, Anders H. Henriksson. Higgins stated that one day he would like to become a history teacher at Jefferson High School where his love for the subject initialized and flourished even more while attending Shepherd, where he realized he then wanted to work here as a professor himself one day. He also stated that Henriksson is such a great professor, that he makes his lectures interesting, enter-

taining and enjoyable. Beyond just that, Higgins said, “Dr. Henriksson’s content of knowledge is unmatchable, and he is quite a fascinating person once you get to know him.” Modern Russian studies happens to be what Henrikisson majored in while attending Toronto University in Canada, and he received his PhD by 1978. “Historians don’t have much luck finding jobs, especially in this economy, but for a town like this, it is not so bad,” Henrikisson said. Currently, Henriksson teaches Modern Russian History, European Women’s History and

some WWI history as well. Initially he majored in Russian history and then minored in Medieval history, which then led him to actually teach that subject at Shepherd. After teaching the Medieval history courses, he

Program. laborating with a Canadian Henriksson said he enjoys colleague about WWI, as well teaching so much because it is as singing for the Choral Arts such a rewarding job to have. worldwide. Watching the students grow and The book about the Red bloom really impacts him be- Cross nurse is being translated cause it is a change for the better, by Henriksson, because it was both for him and the students. It about the war while this nurse is an impacting experience for was there, what happened him because it shows him that while she was there, and why. he really is doing his job cor- The journal by this nurse is in rectly. It impacts the students by Russian dialect so that is why learning more about the world he has to translate it. we live in. The comedic book has been On that note, Henriksson a fun thing for him to do bestated, “How can one live in cause over the years he has this world without knowing the been collecting terrible papers history behind it; that is why it by students and colleagues intrigues me so much, because worldwide to create these all the history that has been ex- humorous books about what perience is what evolved us to people believe history is. what we are today. It forces us The choral singing is someto place our feet in their shoes.” thing that he has been doing Before all of this, Henriks- for numerous years now, and son had no career while in grad he travels all around the world school, but after he graduated he doing so. He has been to the worked in Canada for five years, Kennedy Center, Russia, Canand then after that he came to ada, as well as other places the United States working for throughout Europe singing for the federal government as a this group. Soviet Union analyst for three Besides that, Henriksson said, years. He knew he wanted to “I have worked with a multitude work as a teacher, though; he of people around the world, saw a job opening at Shepherd and I have enjoyed working University, took it, and has been with all of them including the here ever since! A good 29 years people I work with here at he has stayed because of the his- Shepherd. I actually really entorical surroundings, the beauti- joy them because they are a ful nature, and the easy going great group of historians, they attitude of the town and school are really intelligent, and they are dedicated to their work.” He also stated that there had been a lot of change to the history department, and that now there are three different concentrations. There is the general studies, the upper division and a altogether. build-your-own “creature.” He Currently, Henriksson is says that you can pretty much working on multiple projects study whatever you want now, including writing a book about a whatever captures your attenRed Cross nurse during the Rus- tion, and whatever strikes your so-Jap war, another book about interest. comedic works by students, col-

“How can one live in this world without knowing the history behind it; that is why it intrigues me so much, because all the history that has been experience is what evolved us to what we are today. It forces us to place our feet in their shoes.” -Dr. Anders H. Henriksson realized that he enjoyed learning about women in history too, and so he and a few other colleagues opened up a Women’s Studies Program. He is currently recognized as a founder and codirector of the Women’s Studies


NEWS Foreign Language Studies Prepare Students for a Diverse Economy The Picket

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Provided Photo / Lois Jarman On April 15 2014, the French Honor Society inducted six new members, Liz McCormick, Betsy Kozak, Siriki Diabate, Stephanie Enfonde, Aja Bailey and Katie Gamber. The French Honor Society is one of the activities available to students who study international languages at Shepherd.

Betsy Kozak Staff Writer

With the development of an increasingly global economy, the ability to communicate in multiple languages will make students both more culturally diverse and more attractive to prospective employers. Senior Spanish major Jeffrey Acosta believes that his knowledge of multiple languages will benefit him both professionally and personally. “In the time we live today, not only will learning another language help with possible employment opportunities, but you can also learn about other cultures which leads to understanding misconceptions and a more accepting tomorrow,” said Acosta. In the past 10 years, the modern languages department at Shepherd has grown to include a Spanish major and a French minor. Additionally, introductory German classes are taught each semester. There are currently three full-time foreign language professors—Rachel Krantz, Denis Berenschot and Eva-Maria Suárez Büdenbender—and six adjunct professors. “I feel the Spanish department has excellent teachers, and I appreciate their help as I have grown in my understanding of the language,” said Miranda Beahm, a senior English major and Spanish minor. Recent years have also seen an increase in the number of departmental activities and study abroad programs. The creation of Shepherd University’s French club last year resulted in an increase in cultural

activities on campus. The club, initiated by adjunct French professor Lois Jarman, has organized events such as movie nights, poetry readings and bingo nights. These cultural activities have reached beyond the Shepherd campus as well. Students and professors regularly participate in events within the surrounding communities, including the Shepherdstown Public Library and Be-hive, a nonprofit organization in Martinsburg, W.Va. As of fall 2014, the club will c h a n g e names to the Modern Language Club and incorporate activities from a wider variety of cultures. “We are hoping that the forming of a modern language club will offer a venue for events and activities that represent all the languages taught at Shepherd,” said Jarman. “It will enable language learners to participate in cultural activities outside the classroom in an effort to increase awareness.” The modern language department also regularly organizes study abroad programs to places such as Costa Rica, Québec and France. Despite the apparent student interest in foreign languages, the modern languages department at Shepherd is facing a reduction in course offerings. This decreasing emphasis on foreign language study is a nationwide issue. Because so many

universities are under pressure to balance their budgets and reduce spending, foreign language courses across the country have been taking a big hit. According to Forbes magazine, “In 2009– 2010, only 50.7 percent of higher education institutions required foreign language study for a baccalaureate, down from 67.5 percent in 1994–1995.” Shepherd is no exception to this national decline, and there

greatly limits the topics of study available,” said Beahm. Due to dropping enrollment numbers, the French minor is also in danger of being phased out despite a recent program review which suggested building on the program. The reduction in course offerings is largely due a decline in the number of students who are required to take a foreign language to graduate. Presently, only four degree programs require any foreign language courses. Students s t u d y ing for a Bachelor of Arts degree, except education, are required to take 12 credit hours of a language. However, with the development of Bachelor of Science degree options in programs such as psychology and communications, the number of students who must complete a foreign language requirement could continue to shrink. Another possible reason that some students are hesitant to commit to foreign language study is the minimal instruction they receive in grade school. A statistic from the Global Language Project, a non-profit corporation, says, “21 of the top 25 industrialized countries begin the study of world languages in grades K–5, while the majority of U.S. students begin studying a second language at age 14.”

“In the time we live today, not only will learning another language help with possible employment opportunities, but you can also learn about other cultures which leads to understanding misconceptions and a more accepting tomorrow,” -Senior Spanish major, Jeffrey Acosta will be fewer foreign language courses offered each semester. Beginning in fall 2014, the introductory French courses will be offered on an alternating schedule, with 101 and 203 being offered in the fall and 102 and 204 being offered in the spring. In addition to the reduced number of French courses, the Spanish program is currently on five-year probation after a review by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Due to complications with how double majors are being counted, the program did not achieve the “magic number” for course enrollment and declared majors, according to Krantz. “I wish there were more class options to choose from, as there are classes that are only offered once every few semesters, which

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By starting language education so late, students are often unprepared to continue at the collegiate level. “A lot of people come to Shepherd not having had sufficient language background to enable them to complete a major or minor in the right amount of time. They’re basically starting off in 101,” said Krantz. Despite the decreasing amount of foreign language requirements at universities nationwide, the benefits of learning another language continue to grow. “It gets your CV noticed. It gets you a job, but not just any job, a job that is probably better paid and more exciting,” said Krantz. According to the U.S. Committee on Economic Development, the U.S. will “need employees with knowledge of foreign languages and cultures to market products to customers around the globe and to work effectively with foreign employees and partners in other countries.” According to the Global Language Project, 80 percent of students in Europe speak at least two languages, while 14 percent of U.S. students consider themselves bilingual. Even though there is a demand for multi-lingual employees in the U.S., the number of students enrolling in foreign language classes at Shepherd does not reflect this need. “There is currently not enough student demand to justify offering more classes,” said Betty Ellzey, chair of the department of English and modern languages. Ellzey would like to see more programs incorporate a foreign language requirement. Because we live in a global economy, a variety of other programs such as business, nursing and social work would benefit from this requirement, Ellzey said. When asked about how the modern language program could be improved, Acosta said, “I think it is fantastic so far, I would just love to see it grow. If there was more of a focus on languages and their importance in society in other majors, I feel that enrollment would improve and there could be growth.” As the world becomes an increasingly global community, knowledge of a variety of languages and cultures is helpful for both practical and personal reasons. “When you study another language and culture, you almost always are starting from your point-of-view and your language, and you are led to introspect,” said Krantz. “I see language as a gateway to culture.”



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2012 Midnight Breakfast is a Stress Relief

Archived Photo / The Picket

In this archived photo from the Monday April 23, 2012, a group of students dance during the traditional event of midnight breakfast. Midnight Breakfast gives students a break from studying for finals by alleviating stress with their peers.

Instagram Winner of the Week This week’s winner, taken by @mramazingpanda, shows some students hard at (spring) work on campus. As the season turns green, so does Shepherd! To see your shots in the paper, just hashtags #SUPicket on Instagram.



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Shepherd Should Up the Ante on The Picket Additional Security EDITORIAL


e of The Picket believe that students of our university should be able to walk on our campus at any time of day without fear of attack or robbery. We ask simply, is this too much for which to hope? No! Members of the university’s student body should not have to coordinate walking partners for trips across cam-

pus at night. Students shouldn’t have to fear being mugged in broad daylight. But what can we do? The Picket believes the campus and town police are vigilant, effective, and care about the safety of the student body. Our only recommendation? Put an office back on the “beat.” Having members of the campus po-

lice walk around campus will let would-be mischief-makers that there is a police presence. The Picket also believes the addition of security cameras in several key locations will deter crime and make any future crimes easier to prosecute. Why not have a camera at the mouth of the underpass? Perhaps the person who mugged a student earlier this month would now

be in custody. Why not have a camera in the parking lots? Maybe chunks of ice wouldn’t have been thrown at student’s cars. The Picket asks that the administration of Shepherd strongly consider the installation of security cameras in select areas across campus to ensure the safety of our student body.

Mindfulness and the Stressed Out College Student Sean Mackey

Staff Contributor

Not too long ago I was signing up for classes. I, like many of the other transfer students, soon realized I didn’t have much to choose from. Most of us just picked what we were suggested to take. It was the same for me; when all was scheduled, I had ended up with PSCI 101, SPAN 203, ECON 123, ENGL 301, and finally ENGL 372. If you are reading this and feeling like you are just reading an odd assortment of numbers and letters, then you’re not far off from how I felt during scheduling. To me, they were just a jumble of classes that I needed to take to get my degree. So it was to my great surprise when I walked into my class titled ENGL 372: Advanced Composition, I found the class was about much more than just composition.The class was also about “mindfulness.” At the time, I had no idea what this mindfulness thing was. All I knew at the time was that the class was going to be much more than what I signed up for; whether for better or for worse I couldn’t say. Being several weeks into the class now I can safely say that I am glad I signed up for the class, even though it is far from what I was anticipating when this semester began several months ago. The core ideas of mindfulness, as they were taught to me, seemed exactly like the kind of things a nervous, stressed out student like me needed. What is mindfulness, you ask? Well, the University of California, Berkeley defines mindfulness as “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness

of our thoughts, feelings, bodily time and can be frustrating, espesensations, and surrounding en- cially when it’s working. In his arvironment,” but it is much more ticle “This Is Your Brain on Mindthan that. Berkeley continues fulness,” Michael Baime points on to say that mindfulness “also out that research has shown involves acceptance, meaning that while you are more mindful that we pay attention to our and trying not to get distracted thoughts and feelings without “that the distractions are actually judging them—without believing, less common, but that with for instance, that there’s a ‘right’ practice you are more or ‘wrong’ way to think or feel in likely to notice them a given moment.” because your attenMindfulness can change a tion works better,” great many things like attention, so while you may memory and compassion. All it think you are failtakes is a little work. ing at being mindful, All that sounds well and good, in actuality you are but what exactly does mindful- succeeding. ness mean to someone who has So here’s how been practicing it? Well I certain- you do it: Start with ly wouldn’t call myself an expert just five minutes on the topic, seeing as I’ve only a day. It’s not that been practicing for about two much and most of us months now; but I do have a be- can find some point in ginner’s experience with mind- the day to borrow those fulness so my initial experiences minutes from. Take those are still fresh in my mind. five minutes and allow yourself The very first mindfulness ex- to relax and focus on the presercise that I’ve done was in my ent moment. Try some breathing class. It was a guided meditation exercises to help calm you down. that was as simple as just listenThese breathing exercises ing and breathing in a relaxed can be as simple as breathing in manner. I left that class feeling through your nose and exhalvery calm and at peace (which ing through your mouth; pretty helped me out to no end when much anything is fine so long as I found the parking ticket on my it is comfortable. If the problems car later that day). That sense of of your day seem too pressing calm and peace is what I’ve been and nerve-wracking, remember striving for ever since my first that these five minutes are for meditation. you. If you find yourself distractI’ve found that doing small ed, that’s okay, just try and bring breathing exercises and medita- your focus back on the present. tions are a great help to me if I’m Allow yourself five minutes feeling overwhelmed with work. each day for meditation and see It allows me to approach what where that takes you. If you find feels like a landslide of work it helps, try adding more than from a much more rational state just five minutes. of mind. Little by little you may just find I won’t lie to you, mindfulness yourself being more mindful, less isn’t some wonder drug, it isn’t a stressed, and better prepared to cure all, and it isn’t an overnight take on the challenges throughthing. Becoming mindful takes out your day.


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The Picket TOP PICKS


Spiderman returns to the big screen on May 2nd in the new action and adventure movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in a follow up to Director Marc Webb’s reboot of the series in 2012. Actor Andrew Garfield returns to play Peter Parker aka Spiderman and faces off against the villainous Electectro who is played Jamie Foxx. Parker struggles between the responsibilities of his ordinary life and the life of being Spiderman. He soon begins to realize that Spiderman is the only force for good that can protect the people of New York against Electro, which not to mention is the most powerful foe he has ever had to confront.

TV For fans of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, turn your attention to HBO. As dedicated fans know, Jon Stewart’s senior correspondent John Oliver left the show months ago to start his own show called “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” The show is similar in format, but will be a once a week, half-hour satirical look at news and politics. Last Week Tonight premieres on Sunday April 27, 2014.


Our weekly review Ubisoft Entertainment is releasing one of the most anticipated games of the year next month titled “Watch Dogs.” This game (that was supposed to be a launch title for the new consoles) was delayed for several months due to bugs and lack of overall polish. Ubisoft hopes that “Watch Dogs” will create a new and successful franchise for their company through Aiden Pierce, the protagonist, who is a hacker vigilante. The game is set in a not-too-distant-future Chicago wherein the player has technological control of many facets of the city through his smartphone. Be sure to check out “Watch Dogs” when it hits the shelves on May 27.

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Kristen Chenoweth’s new book titled “A Little Bit Wicked” is a tell-only-a-little-bit autobiography from the singer-actress you may recognize from The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, or the Broadway musicals Wicked and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is a great read. Unlike many artist or performer autobiographies, Chenoweth spends a large portion of the book talking about her college career and different undergraduate and graduate school experiences. Hilarious and humbling, this book is a great behind-thescenes look at a very unique career.


Wye Oak, an indie folk rock band, will be releasing their fifth album on April 29, 2014. The duo is sort of a local band, hailing from Baltimore, Md., so anyone being a fan of folk music should check this group out.They are most known for their song “Civilian,” which has been featured on several television shows, such as The Walking Dead, Being Human and One Tree Hill. Shriek will be the band’s newest album in three years.


ARTS & STYLE ‘Like Crazy’ Pleases from All Angles The Picket

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Courtesy Photo /Paramount Vantage The movie ‘Like Crazy’ was released on Oct. 28, 2011 and stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence.

Kelsey Stoneberger Staff Contributor

On the surface, this movie is a love story between two young adults who fall like crazy; but as the movie continues, it becomes crazy painful. Impeccable leading actors, Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin carry you on a roller coaster of emotion from start to finish in this surprising romance. Jones plays Anna, a young woman from London on a school visa in the States who locks eyes with Jacob (Yelchin) in class at the university they attend in Los Angeles. The flickering

of their eyes leads to Anna leaving a note on his car after class, talking about potential feelings and handwritten poems with a disclaimer at the end stating: “please don’t think I’m a nutcase.” That free-spirited playfulness that exudes from Jones’ character throughout the movie won her an award at the Sundance Film Festival. Anton Yelchin’s role is just as impressive: his character, at times lacking the ability to love Anna fully, is believable to the audience. From the beginning, it becomes obvious Anna falls head over heels first, pulling Jacob into her whirlwind of whisky and Paul Simon. The two share a mutual love for Simon’s

album Graceland. Simon is one of the many excellent artists chosen for the soundtrack to this movie. Other artists fill the soundtrack with exceptional music but the one who tugs at your heartstrings is the writer and composer of the score, Dustin O’Halloran. His score washes into the movie scenes at the most critical moments. The stillness of the piano and the rush of the violin have you gasping for air while keeping you in a trance that will bring you to tears. This film is layered with successful impressibility from the script to the actors and the mu-

sic that entwines it all together. Among those layers, there is a simple but heavy existence to the movie and credit for it is given to Drake Doremus, the director and writer, along with his co-writer, Ben York Jones (star in Doremus’ first film, Douchebags). Doremus and Jones wrote both screenplay and script, and it seems that they have a solid understanding of what true love looks like. This comprehension is shown through scenes where Jacob is in California and Anna is back in London, after she violates her student visa, happening from a brash decision to stay in California for a whole summer with Jacob when she was supposed to leave at the beginning of it. Hats off to Doremus and Jones, but what a lot of people who saw this film don’t know is that there were handfuls of improv performed by Yelchin and Jones that left their characters dancing, snapping, and making funny faces. A more serious tone follows their first date: instead of Jacob kissing Anna goodbye, they play hand and finger games through the glass door that separates their smiles and locked eyes. Cinematography could be called the icing on this cake. Cinematographer John Guleserian had many obstacles to overcome. The budget, although very minimal, resulted in shooting the entire film with a Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera. While this may seem limiting, filming the movie with such a small camera built

the story up into an intimate viewing experience. That is something I would take over giant cameras and special effects any day as a lover of indie productions. Guleserian outdid himself in this film portraying a younger generation’s struggles in a realistic way. After Anna’s run in with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, she must return to Britain. As if she thinks she could overstay her visa, return to Britain for a week, and fly back into Jacob’s arm without any consequences? The two struggle to keep up a longdistance relationship, seemingly one-sided with telephone calls from Anna and voicemails from Jacob. Jacob doesn’t even go visit her right away after the whole mess explodes; instead he settles into life designing and building chairs after graduating with a degree in furniture design. Anna continues to write after she gets a job working for a magazine. If society says patience is the key to long-distance relationships, Jacob and Anna seem to have lots of it. Or do they? Supporting characters: Simon (Charlie Bewley) and Sam (Jennifer Lawrence) cause the audience to question the faithfulness of Jacob and Anna. Halfway around the world from each other, Anna and Jacob attempt to stay connected. In this film, love is more than crazy; it’s a rushing, maddening roller coaster and whether you decide to ride is up to you.

azz Night is a Smashing Success Nicholas McDill Staff Writer

On Tuesday, April 15, the Shepherd Jazz Ensembles and the University Lab Band, directed by Dr. Kurtis Adams, and the Jazz Combos, directed by Dr. Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis, performed in the Frank Arts Center. The groups played pieces by composers ranging from Duke Ellington, Chris Potter, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Maria Schneider and many more. The atmosphere in the theater was very relaxed and the performances were full of ener-

gy and impressive to behold. The variety in styles between performances showcased just how diverse jazz music can be and was an eye-opening experience for those who do not know much about the genre. If the constant applause was any indication of the musician’s skills, then they are very, very talented. There were many musicians performing with a wide variety of instruments, highlighting the variety of sounds in the genre. The event lasted until about 10 PM, and the audience was very supportive of the musicians and directors for the entire concert. The quality of the event is sure to attract more students to fu-

ture events hosted at the Frank Center. According to Shepherd University Music Department’s website, the Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble has performed throughout the East coast and performed in Europe. They are in high demand at various Jazz concerts all around the world. The website goes on to praise the directors and list their accomplishments, which are no small feats. Dr. Kurtis Adams has performed alongside Grammywinning saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis is listed as an award-winning composer. The University web-

site quotes the Washington Post on Dr. Lincoln-DeCusatis, stating “He has an unerring sense of how to make a really good sound and how to put a piece of music together.” More information on these two directors can be found on Shepherd University’s Music Department Website at www. The skill of the directors was truly apparent during this performance. Did you attend Jazz Night? Do you enjoy Shepherd’s music concerts? Let us know @SUPicket on twitter, or at supicket. com in the comments section.


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Masterworks Chorale to Present “Mass in B Minor”

Roy Gaufo Staff Writer

The Masterworks Chorale will perform one of the most important musical masterpieces on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Erik Jones, the director of choral activities, will act as the artistic director of the Masterworks Chorale and also will be the conductor of the concert. The Masterworks Chorale will perform a piece called “Mass in B Minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Jones described the piece as “the greatest work of music ever written in the Western world” and “is a monumental undertaking.” The chorale is composed of 110 Shepherd students and members of the community and the Chamber Singers, a choir of 24 Shepherd students featuring music majors and non-music majors. To complete the chorale, they will be accompanied by an orchestra made up of Shepherd students and professional players.

The soloists of the concert are all Shepherd faculty members. Rob Tudor, the chair of the department of music, as well as the director of vocal activities, is the baritone soloist. Other soloists are soprano Brooke Evers, mezzo-soprano Melanie Regan, and tenor Joe Regan. All of the soloists are also voice teachers at Shepherd. Jones mentioned other nonmusic professors will be singing in the chorale including Sylvia Shurbutt, English and Appalachian heritage professor as well as coordinator of English education, and Keith Alexander, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program. Jones was excited for the Masterworks Chorale to perform Bach’s piece which he calls “a work of exquisite craftsmanship.” Despite the fact that it was written almost three centuries ago, the piece has not lost the masterwork of when it was first written. Describing the piece, Jones stated that “it was written by

Bach very intentionally as his legacy, a work that encompassed everything he knew about writing and composing music.” The preparation for the concert is going very well according to Jones. He admitted that it was a “very challenging work of music.” He also said that this semester was challenging due to time lost from the snow days. Overall, he is “looking forward to the finished product.” The Masterworks Chorale concert is sponsored by the Friends of Music, a non-profit organization that supports Shepherd music programs. Tickets for the Masterworks Chorale’s J.S. Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” are $20 for general admission, $18 for Shepherd faculty, staff and senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for students 18 and under. There is also a free 10-minute rush ticket for all Shepherd students with their Rambler ID. For more information about tickets or details about the Masterworks Chorale concert, please visit the Friends of Music website at

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Finals Survival Guide Stephanie Deal Staff Writer

Finals are coming. Are you prepared? From April 28 through May 2, the students of Shepherd University will be scrambling to study for and pass all of their final exams. Here are a few tips to get you through the last week of the spring semester. * When the snow falls and the white wind blows, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives. Study with your friends. Having other people around going over the same material can really help you to remember. They may know how to do something better than you can or they will at least keep you company. * Fear cuts deeper than failing. Do not be afraid of your tests. Prepare and study and when you get your grade, know that you did all you could to pass. * A student always pays his debts. Make up for any quizzes, tests, assignments or labs that you missed before your final if your professor allows it. This will give you a better grade in the long run and may help you remember some older information. * The night is dark and full of terrors. If you are a crammer and stay awake all night studying, then you should get some healthy snacks to keep you energized. Nuts and dried fruit can fill you up and keep you awake without a sugar crash later. Hot or iced tea will provide some caffeine without making you jittery. * Words are wind. If you get stumped on a certain question during your exam, write something. Do not leave an answer blank. There is always a chance that you will write something your teacher will like and give you some points for. * If you look back, you are lost. Once your exam is over, forget about it. There is nothing else you can do to change your grade, so do not worry. Move on and enjoy the summer weather; let whatever grade may come, come. When you play the game of exams, you either win or you fail. Start studying for your tests as soon as possible. You should be confident that you will do well and believe in your capabilities. And remember: there is only one God and his name is Failure. And there is only one thing we say to Failure: “Not today.�


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Rams Baseball Hits 30 Win Mark Danny Kremen

Staff Writer

The Shepherd Rams baseball team continued their historic season, as they have now reached 30 wins on the entire campaign. This Shepherd team now owns the school record for longest winning streak in a season at 16. The long win streak was snapped on Sunday in a 9-4 loss to Notre Dame College of Ohio. The Rams played eight games last week where they would go on to win six of them. They saw a variety of players step up for the team. Southpaw pitcher Paul Hvozdovic notched career win number 30 in an 8-0 win over West Liberty. Hvozdovic threw seven innings of shutout ball, allowing only four hits and recording 11 strikeouts. He now has a 1.60 earned run average on the season and improved his record to 8-0 on the year. Ryan Pansch also pitched a

complete game shutout against West Liberty, giving up three hits and striking out nine. The Rams would go on to win that game by a final tally of 7-0. Earlier in the week against WV Wesleyan, Pansch tossed four innings of shutout ball, only giving up two hits and recording eight strikeouts. Pansch now has five wins on the season and has lowered his ERA to 1.76. In each of the eight games last week, two Rams players would record at least one hit in each game. Spencer Wolfe just could not be stopped. To put it lightly, he was on a tear. In the Sunday doubleheader against Notre Dame, Wolfe recorded three home runs and seven runs batted in. His stats on the season are jaw dropping with a .449 average, six home runs, 44 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Wolfe is putting himself in a position to win the Triple Crown in the Mountain East Conference. He was also named the Atlantic Region hitter of the week. Ryan Messina was the other

R a m recording a hit in each game last week. He recorded 11 hits in 23 at bats, smacking one home run, recording 10 RBI, and seven runs scored. Messina is second on the team in home runs, with four as well as RBI, with 43. Other notable hitting performances came from Michael Lott, who recorded five multihit games over the week for the Rams. Lott is second on the team in batting average with a .436 clip on the season and leads the team in hits with a total of 58. Kyle Porter and Jacob Carney each recorded three multihit games. Porter is also capable of swiping bags, leading the team with 25 stolen bases. Carney, who is only a freshman, is batting .396 on the season. The Rams hold a three game lead over second place Concord in the Mountain East Conference. They travel to Urbana for a four game series, where they will at-

Notre Dame - 7 Shepherd - 8

Notre Dame - 9 Shepherd - 4

West Liberty - 0 Shepherd - 8

West Liberty - 2 Shepherd - 13

WV Wesleyan - 3 Shepherd - 4

WV Wesleyan - 0 Shepherd - 6

West Liberty - 0 Shepherd - 7

West Liberty - 5 Shepherd - 1


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Women’s Lacrosse Endures Up and Down Week Dylan Sharon

Staff Writer

The women’s lacrosse regular season is nearing the end of the road and the Lady Rams are looking to close out the season in positive fashion. On Thursday April 17, Shepherd traveled to Rome, Ga. to take on the Hawks of Shorter University. The Lady Rams came out on fire in regards to the offense, and were able to defeat Shorter by a final score of 22 – 13. Everybody seemed to get in on the scoring action, as eight Lady Rams were able to beat the goalie to record goals. Junior attacker Georgia Karr of Eldersburg, Md. led the way with a game-high six goals for the Lady Rams. It was a dominant performance from the Shepherd women, as senior midfielder Christina Ferrara scored five goals in the game, and sophomore attacker Hunter Morris added another four goals and notched a single assist. Senior midfielder Erin Phelan and senior attacker Hannah Wharton were each able to net two goals to help out the Shepherd cause. Senior midfielder Jenny Cavey also happened to add a goal as well as an assist. Freshman Courtney Schwiegerath and Alex Green each picked up a single goal for the Lady Rams. Lily Schmulowitz recorded 12 saves for Shep-


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herd on the day. Shepherd held the 37 – 26 advantage in shots. When a team holds such a disparity in a statistical category, it is bound to have a positive result on the final outcome. The second game of the week was a totally different story for the Lady Rams. On Saturday they stayed in Rome, Ga. but this time out they faced the sixth-ranked team in the nation, the Moccasins of Florida Southern. Florida Southern had a firm control on the game for the most part, as they easily defeated Shepherd 21 – 8 this past Saturday morning. Florida Southern’s Megan Asper led the way with a gamehigh five goals. Lorianne Hoover and Meghan Colucci each added four goals for the Moccasins cause. Sophomore Erin Phelan led the Rams in scoring with four goals, while also picking up a team-high three assists. Georgia Karr, Hannah Wharton, Hunter Morris, and Kelsey Eagan each picked up a single goal. Christina Ferrara recorded a single assist for the Lady Rams. Florida Southern held the 3621 edge in shots, and the 29-23 advantage in ground balls. Shepherd held the 16 – 13 edge in draw control. The Rams end the week at a mark of 9-6. Shepherd’s women’s lacrosse has a week break from games before they return to action next Saturday where they host UDC at 11 a.m. for senior day. This will be the final regular season game of the season.

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Softball wins two of four against Glenville State FALLS SHORT AGAINST RANKED WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN Joey Kaye Commentary Editor

After a recent prolonged winning streak, the Shepherd University softball team has dropped four of their last six games. The team split two doubleheaders against Glenville State on April 16 and 18 and were swept in doubleheader action against number 14 West Virginia Wesleyan on April 19. With only a handful of games left in the regular season, the team sits near the bottom of the Mountain East Conference softball standings with a disappointing 5-13 record against MEC opponents. The Rams

will be looking to play at their best over the remainder of their schedule and build momentum going in the Mountain East Conference softball tournament. On Wednesday, April 16, in the first of two doubleheaders in three days against Glenville State, the Rams fell by the score of 4-0 in game one however they rebounded to claim an 11-3 five inning victory in the nightcap. Pioneers pitcher Brittany May played a major role in her team’s victory in game one by scattering only six hits and posting a complete game shutout win. In addition, she struck out four Shepherd batters while only walking one. Glenville State took an early 2-0 lead courtesy of a two-run homer by Mackenzie Smith in the second inning. She

again had the Rams number in the fourth when she belted an RBI-single while her teammate Brittany Spencer doubled and later scored again in the seventh inning on a sac-fly. Shepherd was trailing 2-0 in the nightcap until senior shortstop Jess Mason had an RBI triple and sophomore outfielder Kass Taylor and junior catcher Shanan Plunkett hit RBI-singles to give the Rams a 3-2 lead. They never looked back and retained the lead to the remainder of the game. In the fifth inning, Shepherd had a five run outburst with sophomore pitcher Shannon Lyon’s bat highlighting the rally. In total, the Rams recorded 16 hits in this contest with Taylor having a 4-for-4 effort and two RBIs to lead the team. Moreover,

Lyons picked up her fifth win of the season in relief for the Rams. The Shepherd softball team met Glenville State once again for a doubleheader on April 18, however this time the contests were taking place in Glenville, W.Va. and the Rams have struggled away from home much of the season. Nonetheless, they claimed a 4-2 win in the first game while falling by the score of 7-5 in the nightcap. The first game remained scoreless until the fifth inning when Mason belted a well-timed three run homer to give the Rams a 3-0 lead. They would then add to their lead in the sixth when Savannah Snyder had a lead off solo home run making the score 4-0. The Pioneers hit two home runs in the

seventh inning of the game but it would not be enough to tie or take the lead. On April 19, Shepherd faced a formidable regionally ranked opponent in West Virginia Wesleyan away from home in Buckhannon, W.Va. Despite remaining competitive and keeping the score close in both games, the Rams fell by the score of 5-3 in game one and 7-6 in game two. Shepherd can feel good about how they played in these contests despite the results as they were facing an opponent that has played light outs throughout the season and has accumulated over 30 wins in route to a rank of 14 in NCAA polling. After these losses, the Rams overall record on the season drops to 18-24.

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On Campus Wednesday 4/23

Thursday 4/24 Friday 4/25

9 a.m. Campus Renewable Energy Demonstration Site Tours (every hour), space in between Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies and Scarborough Library, until 3 p.m. 1 p.m. Free Zumba, Storer Ballroom, Student Center, until 2 p.m. Last day of classes; last day for complete withdrawal from semester. 3 p.m. McMurran Scholars Convocation, Frank Center Theater. 3 p.m. End of the Semester Festival of Colors Celebration, East Campus Amphitheater, front of the Dining Hall, until 5 p.m. 7 p.m. Michael Pekala Senior Piano Recital, W.H. Shipley Recital Hall, Frank Center. 7 p.m. Screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Reynolds Hall, co-sponsored by the Shepherdstown Film Society and Shepherd University’s Scarborough Society.

Saturday 4/26

Sunday 4/27

All Day, Denim Day(April Sexual Violence Awareness Month). 6 p.m. String Ensemble Recital, McCoy Rehearsal Hall. 9 p.m. Free Bowling and Billiards, Student Center Games Zone, until midnight.

9 a.m. 9th Annual Fun Run, Relay for Life of Shepherd University, Registration: $25, Shepherd students; $35, non-students, Wellness Center. 11 a.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. UDC. Noon Softball at Wheeling Jesuit. 1 p.m. Baseball at Urbana. 11:30 a.m. Nursing Convocation, Erma Ora Byrd Hall. 1 p.m. Baseball at Urbana. 1 p.m. Softball at West Liberty. 3 p.m. Jordan English Senior Composition Recital, W.H. Shipley Recital Hall, Frank Center. 5 p.m. William Kristopher Nigh Senior Trombone Recital, McCoy Rehearsal Hall. 11:30 p.m. Midnight Breakfast, Ram’s Den, Student Center, until 2 a.m., April 28.

Monday 4/28

First day of final exams. 8 a.m. Final Fastbreak, Student Center Ram’s Den, until 2 p.m. 10 a.m. Finals Week Puppies, Midway, until 2 p.m.



Wellness Center

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$25- SU Students $35- Non-Student Race Day Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. To benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life WELLNESS CENTER 304-876-5300

• 4/22- Battleship @ 6:30 p.m. • 4/23- ShepFit Challenge @ 6:30 p.m./ Arena • 4/24- Basketball 3v3 Knockout Tournament @ 6:30 p.m. • 4/25- Racquetball Singles Tournament @ 6:30 p.m. • 4/26- Corn Hole and Cook Out @ 11 a.m. Pre Register at the Front Desk! For more details please contact Jennifer Seeley at 304-876-5050 or WELLNESS CENTER 304-876-5300

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