Volleyball goes 1-1 in first Landmark tournament

By Michael Henken Staff writer

The Susquehanna volleyball team defeated Scranton but lost to Juniata on Sept. 24 in the first fall Landmark Conference tournament.

During the weekend’s opening set between Susquehanna and Scranton, the River Hawks fell behind 5-0 early, but rallied back to tie the game at eight.

The set was tied three more times before a Royal attacking mishap gave Susquehanna an opportunity to capitalize. The River Hawks took a 25-21 victory in the first set.

The second set proved to be a more a dominant one for Susquehanna, as the River Hawks earned a 25-16 victory. The set was tied at eight before a kill by junior outside hitter Morgan Lowe gave the River Hawks a lead, which they held onto for the remainder of the set. The momentum carried into the final set for Susquehanna, as the River Hawks outscored Scranton 25-14 to claim the match 3-0.

Susquehanna had 49 kills that day with a hitting percentage of .333 while Scranton had 31 kills with a hitting percentage of .118. Lowe led the team with 17 kills while senior outside hitter Marykate Sherkness had 11 of her own. Senior setter Maggie O’Hearn also had a strong showing, leading all setters with 38 assists.

Despite a positive start against Scranton, Susquehanna faced a tougher test in Juniata. The Eagles have won the Landmark Conference championship nine consecutive years. They are also currently ranked 12th in the country for divison III.

The River Hawks lost to the Eagles by a score of 3-0.

Juniata got off to a quick start in the first set, establishing a 5-0 lead. An attack error gave Susquehanna its first point of the contest, but the Eagles responded well by adding another five points before a kill from Lowe added another point for Susquehanna. The River Hawks came within seven, but the effort ultimately proved to be too little as Juniata took the first set 25-15.

Susquehanna once again fought hard in the second set, but a 21-13 run gave the Eagles a 25-17 win. Juniata also struck first in the final set, and the Eagles held onto the lead for the remainder of the contest as they earned a 25-21 win to get the sweep.

Lowe once again led the River Hawks in kills with nine while senior setter Erin Byrne added six and freshman middle hitter Hannah Lyons totaled five. O’Hearn had 21 assists and freshman outside hitter Caroline Beohm tallied 14 digs.

Lyons said: “We need to put it behind us. Every loss yields lessons at both the team and the personal level. Our job as athletes is to get back into the gym and use those lessons to become better as one. It’s a loss that lights a fire underneath everyone and I’m beyond excited to see how we will improve before we see them again. So yes, we lost. Yes it sucks. But it just reinforces the value of every minute of every practice; of every touch of every ball.”

Head Coach Kuuipo Tom shared the same optimism.

“There are always a lot of positives to be taken away from either a win or a loss. If we’re not winning, we’re learning,” he said. “This week provided us an idea of where we stand in the conference and how we can train to do better as we move farther down the road toward the rest of the conference season. It also gave us a good indication that we need to be mentally focused from start to finish, regardless of who is on the other side of the net.”

As far as the remainder of the season goes, Coach Tom’s expectations are clear.

“Our expectation is to continue to get better, to focus on a strategy that will help us to continue growing our championship culture, to stay healthy and to be the best 17 players that we can be,” he said, “and of course, to have the great outcomes that happen when you have your focus on doing all of the little things right.”

Susquehanna returns to action on October 1 when they play conference opponent Elizabethtown at 11 a.m. during the second Landmark Conference weekend. Elizabethtown currently sits at 4-12 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.

Ott rewrites Susquehanna football record books

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By Pat Delp Staff writer

It was a day for the record books in Selinsgrove. Junior running back Cameron Ott set a program record with five rushing touchdowns on Sept. 24 as Susquehanna earned a 55-40 win over conference foe Gettysburg.

The record had been held by Susquehanna Hall of Famer Dave Paveletz, along with five other Susquehanna alumni, who had all tied with four rushing scores.

Ott finished his record-setting day with 184 rushing yards. The team was able to put up a total of 55 points, which is the most points scored since defeating Gettysburg exactly five years ago.

Ott also took home the Centennial Conference Player of the Week award.

In the air, junior quarterback Nick Crusco threw for 206 yards and a touchdown. He added 75 rushing yards and another touchdown in his first start of the season after missing the first three games.

On the others side, Gettysburg quarterback Justin Davidov had a hard time getting anything going through the air through the first half, but finished the game with 275 yards passing and four touchdowns and added another 129 yards on the ground and two more touchdowns on the ground.

On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore linebacker Connor Thompson and senior linebacker Marc LeDrappier lead the team with 12 and 11 tackles respectively. Freshman linebacker Juwan Rodriguez and senior defensive lineman A.J. Willard each recorded a sack.

The River Hawks found themselves down 6-0 just two minutes into the game.

It did not take long for Susquehanna to fire back with 24 unanswered points, including a 27-yard touchdown pass from Crusco to senior wide receiver Chris Beals with 9:05 left in the first half. Beals was Susquehanna’s leading receiver on the day with 139 yards and a touchdown.

The River Hawks flew into halftime with a 31-20 lead over the Bullets.

Susquehanna did not relinquish this lead as they scored 24 second half points to hold on for the win. Susquehanna ended with 487 yards of total offense, had possession of the ball for 39 minutes and had 30 first downs. The River Hawks were 11-of-18 on third downs as well as being a perfect 7-7 in the red-zone.

The win was Susquehanna’s first over Gettysburg since 2011, which had been the only time the team beat Gettysburg since 1986.

“We’ve really just executed on all three facets of the game. Special teams has been huge; we probably focus on that more than any team in the league. If you start in good position every drive your chances of winning go up,” senior cornerback CJ Williams said. “We keep ratcheting up our toughness—last week I think that helped us win—and we are continuing to build on the momentum we’re gaining. Our fans help in that aspect.”

Susquehanna improved to 2-2 on the season.

The team will be back in action at home on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. when they take on conference foe Muhlenberg.

Women claim first at LHU Invitational

By Akshay Kriplani Staff writer

The Susquehanna women’s cross-country team won the Lock Haven Invitational on Sept. 24, beating 17 other teams to claim the victory. The Susquehanna men’s team competed in the same meet, finishing ninth out of 15 teams.

The win was the women’s first team victory in a 6-kilometer race since seizing the 2010 Landmark Conference Championships.

Susquehanna finished with 78 points, one point ahead of the Penn State club team, who came away with 79 points.

Lock Haven came in third place with 106 points.

Seniors Amy Kaschak and Megan Wright and junior Kailyn Reilly all brought home individual hardware by placing in the top 15 in the 206-runner field. Kaschak was seventh with a time of 22:53.60. Wright finished 11th with a time of 23:01.80, and Reilly finished 15th with a time of 23:06.20. Four of Susquehanna’s runners came in the top 20 with freshman Erin Reese coming in 18th.

Nine Susquehanna runners set personal bests on the course. Among those were Wright and Reilly.

Senior Justin Skavery was the top finisher for the men’s team.

He took 40th place in the 202- runner field with his 8-kilometer time of 27:20:10.

“While we did not perform the best race, we certainly showed that we can take a beating and bounce back from it. I have confidence that we can pull through and have some excellent future races,” Skavery said.

There were also four personal bests for the men in the meet. The first one was posted by sophomore Ciaran Fisher who finished with a time of 27:26:50, which earned him 45th.

The next personal best was from junior Mackenzie Greco, who finished with a time of 29:12.20.

Freshmen Brandon Sorge and Robert Masters each posted personal best times with marks of 29:28.90 and 36:37.20 respectively.

After the meet, the Susquehanna women’s team moved up to seventh in the most recent United States Track and Field and Cross- County Coaches Association Mideast Region poll.

This is the first appearance for Susquehanna on the regonal poll this season.

Johns Hopkins currently sits at the top of the poll. The Blue Jays have won the past five regional championships. Elizabethtown is the highest ranked team in the Landmark Conference, having earn a ranking of fourth in the region.

Both teams will be back in action on Oct. 8 at DeSalles.

River Hawks push streak to three

By Pat Delp Staff writer

The Susquehanna men’s soccer team increased its win streak to three games as the team picked up its first conference win against rival Catholic by a score of 1-0 on Sept. 24, followed by a 1-0 win over host Penn State Harrisburg on Sept. 28.

It was the River Hawks’ first in-conference contest in their young season, and starting with a win is incredibly important to the team.

“Every win from here on out is extremely important,” senior midfielder Nick Fecci said. “You need to win as many conference games as you can have a chance to be playing in November. We accomplished this win as a team. Our moral and energy was incredible. We believed in everyone and from the moment we walked into the locker room in the morning we knew it was going to be a good day.”

It was Fecci who scored the game’s only goal off a pass from sophomore midfielder Eric Dempsey just a minute into the contest.

The Susquehanna defense rose to the occasion, holding the Cardinal attack to just eight shots on net.

Freshman starting goalie Matt Ellingworth was able to save all eight shots on net, and his performance was good enough to earn him the Landmark Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week.

Senior midfielder Garian Lashley reiterated the importance of defense. He said: “Team defense is what we preached coming into the game and we were able to execute. Two back-to-back shutouts is huge after previously allowing 14 goals against in five games prior to our two wins.”

The River Hawks improved their overall record to 3-5-1 and their Landmark Conference record to 1-0.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, the men’s soccer team traveled to Penn State Harrisburg to take on the Lions. The River Hawks won the game 1-0.

The teams remained scoreless until Dempsey ripped the go-ahead goal past the Penn State Harrisburg keeper with eleven minutes remaining in the first half.

Senior defender Jeremy Motsko was credited with the assist.

The teams were equally matched throughout the contest, accumulated similar stat lines.

Each team tallied three shots in the first half, but Susquehanna set itself apart in the second half, shooting eight compared to the Lion’s three.

Both teams were also evenly matched when it came to corner kicks, racking up seven apiece.

Ellingworth picked up the win in goal for the River Hawks while Brandon Hoover took the loss for Penn State Harrisburg in goal.

The River Hawks handed the Lions their fourth loss of the season, while Susquehanna recorded their fourth win, turning around what was a slow start to their season.

Up next for Susquehanna is another road test, this time against the Gophers of Goucher. The game will be Susquehanna’s second conference matchup of the season, after winning its first game against Catholic.

The River Hawks will try to extend their three-game winning streak on Saturday, Oct. 1.

River Hawks defeat Catholic for first time in program history

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By Nick Forbes Asst. sports editor

The Susquehanna women’s soccer team pulled off an upset against the previously undefeated Catholic Cardinals 2-1 on Sept. 24. The win was the first victory over Catholic in program history.

“Knowing that Catholic was both undefeated so far this season and the reigning conference champions only made us even more motivated to beat them. [Coach Hoover] preached a positive mentality throughout the week leading up to this game,” junior defender Cassie Coombs said.

“The atmosphere in the locker room on Saturday morning felt different; different in a way in which we knew that this was the year we could beat Catholic for the first time,” Coombs added.

In the first half the River Hawks pressed the issue, upping the tempo and keeping the ball consistently on the Catholic side of the field.

With the Cardinals back on their heels, Susquehanna was able to find the back of the net in the 11th minute.

Junior midfielder Chloe Eisenhuth lobbed the ball to junior forward Alyssa Bolger who struck the ball past Catholic sophomore goalkeeper Christina Peyroux to give Susquehanna an early lead.

Catholic answered right back with pressure, causing headaches for the River Hawks’ defenders.

Just eight minutes later, Catholic got the Susquehanna defense off balance and senior midfielder Alyssa Fiore found senior forward Lindsay Aleman, who put the ball past Susquehanna senior goalkeeper Jordyn Slocum for the equalizing goal. The goal marked Aleman’s sixth goal in seven games this season.

The teams entered the half tied at one, despite a controversial no-call in the waning seconds of the half.

Defense was the storyline for most of the second half. Both teams battled equally on each opponent’s sides of the field, but both teams were unable to muster any goals for the majority of the half.

The River Hawk’s defense was led by Coombs, who has been a reliable weapon all season as well as a leader off the field.

“The chemistry our team has had this season has been incredible,” Coombs said. “On the field, teammates were picking each other up when we were down and working together to reach our common goal.”

The game remained tied until the 84th minute when Bolger ripped a shot at Peyroux that ricocheted off her foot. Sophomore forward Emily Sullivan was there on the rebound to score the game-winning goal for the River Hawks.

“I thought [Bolger] was going to score again, but the goalie made a great save,” said Sullivan. “The ball bounced out towards me and I just tried to get any sort of touch I could on the wall.”

The win, which gave Catholic its first loss of the season, was also the sixth win of the year for Susquehanna. The win also gave the River Hawks their first conference win of the season, making them 1-0 in Landmark Conference play.

“This win gives us so much more confidence going into every game because we know that we have the capability to beat any team and achieve great things this season,” said Sullivan.

With the optimism surrounding this team growing every game, the River Hawks are in a much different position than they were last year, when they were 4-2-2 after the first eight games

Writer reviews ‘coming of age’ film

By Megan Ruge Asst. living and arts editor

This week’s film comes to you from the Netflix archives but is not a Netflix original film. The film is from director Kristin Hanggi and is titled “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List.”

The film was released at the 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. Though the film had audiences raving, many critics believed the film was made to be seen and enjoyed one time only.

“Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List” is a film about a couple of Manhattan natives embarking on their journey from high school neighbors to NYU freshmen.

Naomi is a wild child with the need for constant new experiences and her best friend Ely is a bold gay beauty who has had her heart as long as she has known him.

Naomi and Ely create a list of boys called the “no kiss list,” which marks boys off-limits to both of them so as not to chance their friendship. The logic behind the “no kiss list” is challenged when Naomi and Ely develop real feelings for the same boy.

This film presents the idea of the way the world changes and how friendships can be challenged when the stakes are higher than a simple fight. In the film, the two friends experience many things: family issues, boyfriend trouble and even challenges with sexual orientation.

Throughout the film, the main characters are presented with different pressures and moments of tough decisions that cause them to challenge all of the different ideals they hold to be true.

Every philosophy that they brought to college is skewed when they realize everything they considered constant truth in their lives is no longer so certain.

The film shows the viewer what college in the city is like. The parties, the Halloween costumes and the drama of college life is given a beautiful air of constant glamour in this film. The themes of friendship, love and trust all come to life in this glamourous setting.

The theme of friendship is explored in many ways throughout the film. This is seen in the relationship between Naomi and Ely, which changes throughout the film as they discover differences between themselves they never before realized existed.

The theme is also seen when they go their separate ways and find other friendships. This proves how important these relationships are and how they shape a transition. The ability to be amongst people who want to connect with you will help with a smooth transition.

The theme of love is pretty constant throughout the film. It is seen when Naomi’s character expresses the importance of her best friend, Ely, and how she could never see herself without love for him.

Throughout the film, the idea of love evolves and takes on several different meanings and faces, showing that love is more than an intimate bond between two people.

The posed theme of trust is more than just trusting others. Throughout the film, Naomi must decide what trust means to her and how much she values it. She must also evaluate what lying means to her and how often a lie deserves her effort.

The film evaluates all of those things that are encompassed within the theme, but it also explores the idea of trusting oneself: to trust your personal instinct, to trust personal judgement and to evaluate the meaning of simply being self-aware.

This film is definitely a coming of age piece. The change the viewer witnesses in this instance is college and friendships. The film lacks much atmosphere and the depth is established too quickly.

Some things in the film will be hard to follow, but overall, I recommend giving this film a watch. I give this film 3 out of 5 stars.

Guest lecturer talks ‘Hamlet,’ Shakespeare with Susquehanna students

By Parker Thomas Staff writer

On Sept. 29, guest Professor Mary Flyod-Wilson delivered a lecture titled “The Puzzled Will: Passion, Conscience, and Potent Spirits in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’” in Stretansky Concert Hall at 7 p.m.

Flyod-Wilson is a distinguished professor on Shakespearean studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her lecture for the evening focused on the underlying religious and psychological beliefs during the time of Shakespeare and how these aspects contribute to the multiple ways of interpreting “Hamlet.”

The lecture began with an overview of melancholy and the perception that it could lead to mental confusion. An extended amount of melancholy was seen as a diseased mental state.

Around the time of Shakespeare, England’s king had the official religion of the state switched from Catholicism to Protestantism. As part of that change, John Calvin’s predestination doctrine had a large impact on how people perceived consciousness of the sin.

Predestination applied to the idea that people were set from birth to go to either heaven or hell, and thus people looked constantly at themselves to determine their faith.

Many people were worried that those suffering from melancholy would confuse their depressed reflection on the self for consciousness of one’s sins.

The character of Hamlet borders this line of mental confusion following the death of his father at the beginning of the play. To many Protestants this was a vulnerable state, in which demonic thoughts could infect one’s mind.

Flyod-Wilson also discussed the background knowledge that Catholicism determined that spirits were either heavenly, people from purgatory or demonic.

Under Protestantism though, purgatory no longer existed and thus perceived spirits of recently dead relatives were deemed demonic.

The background that “Hamlet” was written during Protestant England thus suggests that the spirit of Hamlet’s father is a demonic spirit, or possibly the devil, come to infect Hamlet’s vulnerable mind and cause physical destruction to those around him.

“I’m posing the possibility that we read ‘Hamlet’ through the lens that we are thinking about the ghost as the devil,” Flyod-Wilson said.

“What does it mean if we read it as the devil? Yes, there are these conflicting discussions that it could still have a residual Catholic notion to it, and if so it could be Hamlet’s father visiting from purgatory,” she continued.

“Yet, if we read it as the devil, what do we do then with all of this demonic imagery in the play and the way the devil could plant thoughts and infect via contagious disease, and distract people? What does that mean for a reading of Hamlet as a whole?”

“I’m suggesting ultimately… that it could mean we have to read the play less as just a story about this individual psyche, and more as a kind of pervasive, corrupting diseased state, like Denmark itself, which has been corrupted on a level that we can’t understand,” she continued. “Particularly Claudius is the seed of that and his corruption ended up happening before we could think about the spread of this contagion.”

Further, Flyod-Wilson brought up the argument that the character of Claudius is the intial root of evil and possibly the son of the devil due to his initial corruption in the killing of his brother.

This action, she argued, resembles the biblical story of Cain and Abel.

Knowing of Flyod-Wilson’s history in writing about passions, Rachanna Sachdev, associate professor of English, contacted her to give this lecture, after an eight-year interval since first meeting her at a seminar at the Folger Shakespearen Library.

To Flyod-Wilson’s benefit, she is currently writing a book on the devil and demonic spirits and was able to use that knowledge in order to construct the background to the evening’s lecture.

Guest, faculty play recital

By Danielle Bettendorf Staff writer

Susquehanna hosted a guest recital involving musician Ronald Carbone and professors Naomi Niskala and Jeffrey Fahnestock on Sept. 28 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

The recital included Carbone on viola, Niskala on piano and Fahnestock singing tenor on some of the pieces.

The recital’s repertoire included music from Russian composer Mikhail Glinka, German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, French composer Vincent D’Indy and German composer Johannes Brahms.

Susquehanna holds many recitals throughout the year, but this one differed in having a violist play prominently.

“I play viola in the university orchestra, so it’s really cool to hear a violist come to Susquehanna and play,” senior Rachel Snyder said. “We don’t usually hear a violist as a soloist, so I’m learning a lot just from hearing him play. It’s really nice to have the piano accompanying as well.”

Other audience members noted Niskala’s accompaniment with Carbone and appreciated seeing a familiar face on stage.

“I took some [classes] with Dr. Niskala, so it’s cool to see her perform,” junior Shawn Khanna said.

That sentiment extended to audience members who were unfamiliar with Niskala’s musical work prior to her involvement in the guest recital and saw her perform for the first time on Sept. 28.

“I’m a freshman, so this is my first time actually seeing [Niskala] play,” first-year Vanessa Llyod said. “I’m just amazed at everything.”

According to the program, the trio anticipated that the audience would recognize some of the works performed but as different versions. Both of the pieces by Brahms as well as D’Indy’s “Lied, Op. 19 for Viola and Piano” were originally written for other instruments. Brahms’ works were written for clarinet and piano, but he later altered the pieces for viola and piano. “Lied” was originally composed for cello and orchestra, but was later arranged for viola and orchestra or piano.

The program also noted that Glinka’s “Sonata in D Minor for Viola and Piano” was written between 1825 and 1828 but remained unfinished; only the first and part of the second movements were completed. Parts of the opening of the second movement, the final 40 bars of the piano part and a final movement are unwritten. The version of the second movement performed at the recital was completed by Russian violist “Vadim Borisovsky.”

Carbone is an acclaimed violist and won the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music award and two Artists International awards. He has been involved with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Omni Piano Quartet, the New York Piano Quartet, Spectrum Concerts Berlin, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Composers String Quartet, the Portsmouth Chamber Ensemble, the Lexington Trio and the Griffes String Quartet.

Niskala is an associate professor of music at Susquehanna and an internationally recognized musician. She has played in Europe, North America, Russia, Israel, Thailand and Japan. Her recent performances include the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Series at Davies Symphony Hall, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic of Russia, Spectrum Concerts Berlin in the Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal of Berlin and Carnegie’s Weill Hall

‘Hamlet’ comes to life on stage in front of students

By Megan Ruge Asst. living and arts editor

The Susquehanna Department of Theatre will present the National Players in “Hamlet” on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Degenstein Campus Center theater.

“Hamlet” is about the prince of Denmark who returns home from school to find out that his father has died, his mother has remarried, and his uncle—who is now his step-father—is ruling the country.

When his father’s ghost appears to him and delivers dire news, he must reevaluate his life and how to move forward with the new knowledge.

The group performing the play is the National Players. According to the National Players’ website, they are America’s longest running touring company, based in Montgomery County, Maryland at the Olney Theatre Center. They were founded in 1949 and have performed 67 complete tours.

“The National Players are the educational wing of the Olney Theatre in Maryland,” said Doug Powers, associate professor of theater.

Susquehanna’s theater department has made part of its mission to expose students to Shakespeare at some point in their college career. Though it is usually through self-performance, Powers said seeing a Shakespeare piece onstage would give students a different perspective.

“We like to expose our students on stage to Shakespeare about every four years, but this is a play that’s really difficult to do at the college level, so I was attracted to it that way. I thought it would be a way for students to see it in performance and kind of round out their education,” he said.

Many students also believe this performance is important to the community.

“Having companies such as the National Players come here connects us to the greater community and helps put us further into the professional world,” sophomore theater major Rachel Heide said.

“As far as the theater department, watching companies such as the National Players perform forces us to greater cultivate our craft. They help us strive to do better and therefore become better artists,” she added.

Faculty involved in the event expect a good turnout, especially from Susquehanna students. A lot of buzz has been recently generated about the upcoming performance.

“I heard some people saying ‘I can’t wait for Hamlet; I can’t wait to get my tickets,’ so I think this will draw across the board for all students at Susquehanna,” Powers said.

“Shakespeare has his detractors; people think he’s overdone or over-studied,” Powers added. “They think there are works from the same time period that are worthy of study, but I think Shakespeare’s reputation is pretty solidly in place.”

“Just being exposed to the language of one of the greatest writers of the English language and one of the most brilliant minds in theater is important,” Powers said.

Powers added he hopes everyone who attends the play takes away an unforgettable experience.

“I hope the community and the students feel moved and feel the obsession of Hamlet and the passion of Hamlet. I think it’s a great tie into our university theme this year,” he said.

Tickets for the performance are free for Susquehanna students, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for non-Susquehanna students. They are available at the box office in Degenstein Campus Center.

Theater students to present play about South African apartheid

By Megan Ruge Asst. living and arts editor

On Friday, Sept. 30, the theater department and its students will perform “Sizwe Bansi Is Dead” in the Degenstein Campus Center blackbox theater.

“Sizwe Bansi Is Dead” is a show that occurs during South Africa’s time under the apartheid government. The production shows this time through the lenses of three characters, all involved in the story of a man who loses everything and must find out what it means to be himself without everything he has used to define himself.

The show will consist of an atmosphere that the audience may not be used to. It is important for the audience to know the nature of the show.

“This show heavily draws from the African tradition of storytelling. We want them to get an overall idea of apartheid, but also the personal stories of these people,” junior Marquise Richards said.

“Sizwe Bansi” is a play that is specifically designed to challenge a viewer’s comfort zone and generate thought provoking questions. The production is meant to bring forward a lot of ideas to the audience that they may not quite understand.

“I believe that people will leave the theater with a spectrum of questions, but I hope that the most important question that they leave the theater with is ‘whose ghost am I living as?’” said senior Rob Barkley, the show’s director.

Audience participation and thought provoking situations will present themselves during the performance and audiences should expect their involvement to be a possibility.

“This show is unorthodox and will involve audience participation. If anyone is uncomfortable with any audience interaction, please inform the ushers and we will accommodate you,” Barkley said.

After the show there will be a talk-back in which the audience is encouraged to discuss the show with the cast. Barkley said all are encouraged to stay and respond or ask questions.

“I hope the audiences will begin to have a conversation about an event that took place in South Africa, but it has transcended for both American culture and South African culture. This idea of oppressing black bodies and trying to find their own identity. This play will touch heavily on drawing parallels to race relations in both places,” said Richards.

The show is one cast and crew believe will be very captivating, leaving the audience to ponder while remaining completely immersed.

“I think most people will be drawn into the storytelling and the unique form of theater that this show will provide, and I believe that the relevance is extremely important. It is an extremely timely show,” Richards said.

The show will be informative on events in South Africa and will represent themes that will challenge the thought process of people in the audience.

“I hope that the audience will take away that there is more to being who we are than just a photo and a name,” Barkley said.

The show will be performed Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The final showing will occur on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are free for all but are limited.

They are available at the box office in Degenstien Campus Center.