Abroad student sees beauty in Galway

By Keri Brady-Benzing Abroad writer

Galway and appreciate the beauty of the arts. Every few feet, there is a new performance. A big band with banjos, guitars, a violin and strange types of drums I don’t recognize performs in one part of the street.

Even if you keep walking, you’ll run into more and more performers. It is like you’re at a music festival, but the whole street is the stage.

The streets are beautiful. If you ever get lost in Galway, just follow the little blue and white triangle flags that zigzag overhead. The flags have hearts on them and say “Gaillimh 2020 Galway.”

Follow the flags back onto Shop Street where you can find all the shops, restaurants, pubs and people. All the store windows have stickers that match the flags. Some have even bigger signs explicitly saying “Vote Galway for the European Capital of Culture for 2020.” They already won but the signs are still up, bragging to everyone. Every storefront in town is a different color and all the restaurants have seating areas outside even though it rains almost every day. You can walk around in the evening or at night, and everyone stands or sits outside the pubs enjoying pints of beer.

On Saturday or Sunday, you can walk through the market and buy fresh produce from the farmers. Or you can get homemade desserts and crepes from the little stands that barely fit in the narrow streets of the market as you move through the crowd.

The first language of the Republic of Ireland is Gaelic, and as you walk around, you’ll notice that all the signs will list everything in Irish first before putting it in English. In the month I’ve been here, I haven’t heard anyone speaking Irish—or if I had, I didn’t realize. It’s the western region of Ireland that keeps the nearly dead language alive. If you keep going out into the Atlantic to the Aran Islands you’ll find a community where Gaelic is still taught as a first language to everyone who lives there.

But even in Galway, you’ll probably hear it if you listen closely, as well as many other languages.

Students come from all over to study at the university, and given the welcoming nature of the city, it is a big tourist destination for people from a variety of countries. About 20 percent of Galway’s population is non-Irish, making for a somewhat diverse area.

The area is strong with people who aren’t Irish while maintaining its beautiful Irish charm. Gay pride flags can be seen frequently, as well as life buoys hanging every few feet beside every body of water with stickers saying that you aren’t alone, and numbers to call if you need help. The city wants everyone to be safe and well. The city wants to welcome everyone. And while it’s doing that, it wants to show you a wonderful Irish experience.

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Director’s Discussion

By Eli Bass—Director of Jewish Life

Staying fit and healthy, losing weight, enjoying life more fully and saving more and spending less were the top four goals on New Year’s Eve 2015 according to a survey done by Neilsen. Beyond these goals, the new year is a chance for self-assessment. Who am I? Who would I like to be?

New Year’s is also a moment when we feel deeply vulnerable. Who am I? Who should I be? What will I make of this year ahead? How will I work to connect to the world around me?

As we finish our first month of the school year, I have seen this conversation emerge with a variety of students whom I talk with regularly.

First-year students are discovering how they will be involved on campus. Returning students are assessing how they will be involved this year. Time spent scheduling and setting priorities allows us to set our path in a world with unlimited choices. As we set out on a new year, we go on a journey. We choose our destination and plan out where we would like to go. As with any journey, we know there will be moments when we need to change our paths or plans. We recognize that life is full of uncertainty.

For Jewish students, celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, is part of this cycle. We eat apples and honey to celebrate and pray for a sweet start to 5777. It is also a committed time to Teshuva—returning to being the people we aspire to be.

Throughout Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we are asked to work on repairing relationships with God, self and other human beings. It is a deeply personal process and one which requires difficult introspection. During the service on Rosh Hashanah there is the blowing of the Shofar, a ram’s horn. This is a reminder to wake up and do the necessary introspective work during this time.

This official process of Teshuva ends on Yom Kippur, which starts on Oct. 11 and concludes on Oct. 12. Most Jews view Yom Kippur as a deeply somber day and deeply challenging, as each individual is said to be judged by God. We reflect on our fragility and moments where we missed the mark. Traditional Jews abstain from sex, leather, food and drink. On Yom Kippur you can often see congregants wearing a suit and flip-flops or other non-leather footwear.

The entire month preceding Rosh Hashanah is considered a time of preparation for the Teshuva that occurs during the high holidays. It is for this reason that some Hasidic Jews view Yom Kippur as the happiest day of the Jewish year. That Teshuva can open up a higher spiritual realm where we don’t crave our most basic desires or needs. Personally, I’ve never quite felt this. I aspire to have a day of atonement with this lightness and joy. Yom Kippur is highlighted by the liturgical Kol Nidre service, which will take place on the night of Oct. 11.

On campus there are many events and programs throughout the Jewish High Holiday season I welcome you to participate in, including transit to Congregation Beth El in Sunbury. For an extensive list, please see our information on our Susquehanna Hillel Facebook page. You can also find registration information on MySU. We welcome Jewish and non-Jewish students at all of our programs.

The traditional greeting for Rosh Hashanah is Shanah Tova U’Mtukah— wishing you a good and sweet Jewish New Year.

Shanah Tova U’Mtukah.

Director’s Discussion reflects the views of an individual member of the religious field. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the entire university. The content of the Forum page is the responsibility of the editor in chief and the Forum editor

Editor thanks maintenance staff workers

By Grace Mandato L&A editor

Last week, I was getting dressed for my morning class when a man from maintenance knocked on my suite door in West Village. I quickly pulled on a shirt, let him in and directed him to the microwave outlet that had stopped working a few days prior.

He asked if there was time for him to show me where the breaker switch was, and I followed him into the hallway where he opened a box and pointed to the switch with my door number on it. He flipped it and we went back into the room where I quickly brushed my teeth and he verified that the microwave was indeed working.

He unplugged the extension cord that one of my suitemates had draped across the sink—probably not the safest idea—and said that if there were any problems to flip the switch again. Toothbrush in hand, I smiled and thanked him, while trying to hide the toothpaste in my mouth. I was impressed that someone had come so soon after I submitted the work order.

Susquehanna has excellent facilities as well as friendly people working to make life on campus comfortable for students. The man who came to fix the outlet was not the first person to come fix an item in my suite this semester.

A few weeks ago, I woke up to a concerning note on the bathroom door: WATER SPRAYED OUT OF THE TOILET. DON’T USE IT. It was signed by one of my suitemates. After a rapid series of text messages, I found out that water shot out at her when she went to the bathroom that morning and in her rush to get to class, she didn’t have time to deal with it. She called maintenance later and filled out a work order form, and someone came immediately to fix the toilet for us. While the worker got it to stop spraying water, it now flushed so weakly that it required two, sometimes three flushes after use.

Just last Friday, a man from maintenance showed up to fix the toilet again and my suitemates and I were confused because none of us had gotten around to putting in a work order yet. He deemed the toilet unfixable after tinkering with it and said he would come back with a brand new one for us.

On Monday we discovered that the woman who cleans our suite was the one who put in a work order for it, which solved the mystery. She had noticed it had poor suction while cleaning it and went ahead to get it fixed for us.

It was very nice of her to do, and I’m thankful for her and every worker at Susquehanna who helps campus life run smoothly.

The editorials of The Quill reflect the views of individual members of the editorial board. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the entire editorial board or of the university. The content of the Forum page is the responsibility of the editor in chief and the Forum editor

‘LYM’ continues to grow at SU

By Sabrina Bush Staff writer

What began as an entrepreneurship class project at a Minnesota university in 2012 has since become an enterprise in battling pediatric cancer, with a network of nearly 800 colleges across the country, including Susquehanna.

“Love Your Melon” was founded at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by students Brian Keller and Zachary Quinn, who had the simple ambition of putting a hat on the head of every child battling cancer.

“Brian and I founded Love Your Melon while we were sophomores in college,” Quinn said in a statement on LYM’s website. “We wanted to help those in need so we created 400 hats and kicked off our buy one, give one program.”

Their buy one, give one retail model—much like TOMS—is simple: for each hat a consumer purchases, LYM will donate an identical one to a child who has pediatric cancer.

“On December 18, 2012, we went on our first hospital donate event,” Quinn said. “We were inspired to keep making our hats.”

So they did: In 2014, LYM embarked on two nationwide tours, and upon meeting students across the country who were eager to join their efforts, they started the Campus Crew Program, which is comprised of more than 11,000 students and approximately 740 colleges and universities.

“What we do is wear the gear to promote the brand and raise awareness of childhood cancer,” said junior Abbey Kemble, Susquehanna Campus Crew vice president. “We encourage people to go online and purchase a product because half of the proceeds go to making a hat for a child with pediatric cancer and the other half goes to research.”

In addition to being “brand ambassadors,” Susquehanna Campus Crew has aspirations of its own.

“As a club this year we’re trying to get in contact with a local hospital to really make frequent visits, especially on holidays, to bond with the pediatric patients and be a buddy or mentor to them,” Kemble said.

Upon its expansion, LYM had two new goals: donate 45,000 hats to children undergoing cancer treatment and raise $1 million for pediatric cancer research.

To date, LYM has given more than 75,000 hats to children battling cancer, donated more than $1.1 million to pediatric cancer research and is now collaborating with other nonprofit partners.

As of April 8, 2016, 50 percent of net proceeds from the sale of all LYM products are donated to LYM’s nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Its partners work in the field of pediatric oncology, fund cancer research initiatives and provide immediate support to families with a child who is battling cancer.

LYM has continued to grow in the last year.

The website has expanded with more items to purchase including caps, beanies, cuffed beanies, apparel and accessories. The color options for each item have also continued to expand.

Purchases can be made at www.loveyourmelon.com.

Susquehanna students should select Susquehanna Campus Crew at checkout.

Students can get involved by contacting Susquehanna Campus Crew at loveyourmelonsu@gmail.com.

SU student spends her summer at Mt. Vernon

By Matt Dooley Staff writer

Susquehanna students have numerous chances to participate in internships thanks to the Career Development Center. Senior Rachel Baer was one of those fortunate students; she landed an internship in Mount Vernon.

Baer completed an internship at the Fred W. Smith National Library in Mount Vernon. The internship focused on the study of George Washington.

As a history major with a museum studies minor, Baer has gained a passion for history.

“I actually for a long time was interested in creative writing, which is why I started first looking at Susquehanna,” Baer said. “But when I was in high school I had some really enthusiastic history teachers who made me really interested in the subject. So I decided to change my course of study and came to Susquehanna to study history, and I have been really happy with that since I came here…. Museum Studies was [also] something I was interested in. So I took the opportunity to add the minor and take the courses.”

Baer had help finding and securing the internship in Mount Vernon.

“[Before, taking on this internship] I had two internships in [museum studies], and I was interested in finding another one. So the history department and Career Development Center both told me about this opportunity which was really great,” she said.

Baer’s time at the Mount Vernon Library had her mainly working in the archives. “I was creating something called a ‘finding aid’ for the collection I was working on. So basically you are inputting information about the specific parts of the collection of documents in an online program,” she said.

“The idea is that when it is done the form will be posted to the library’s website so that anyone anywhere can look at this form and know what kind of documents are in the library,” Baer continued. “I was also collecting inventory on the collection because it hadn’t been worked on for a while. We wanted to make sure that the paper records we had about what was in the collection were accurate.”

Baer had experience working in archives prior to the internship. She worked in Susquehanna’s archives in the library on campus.

Baer added: “At Mount Vernon we had different archivists. I specifically worked with the special collections librarian, so she was usually dealing with the most important collections that we had, often related to original documents about George Washington and his family— the pride of the collection.”

According to Allie Grill, assistant director of career development, “[The Career Development Center] can partner with students so they are able to successfully find the right experiences, people and resources to set them up for success in their next phase of life.”

Susquehanna professor brings calming exercise to campus


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By Jacquelyn Letizia Staff writer

A Susquehanna professor has brought his passion for yoga to students and staff at the university.

“The health and wellness benefits of yoga have been a significant component in my life and in the lives of many,” said Joshua Davis, associate professor of music at Susquehanna.

Davis, who has been a professor at Susquehanna since 2006, is holding yoga classes twice a week for students, faculty and staff.

Davis started doing yoga after developing over-use injuries from his career as a professional bassist.

He explained that other types of exercises did not completely heal or engage his injuries so he switched to yoga for a “more thorough therapy.”

But what can students gain from taking these classes? According to Davis, students can gain strength, flexibility and a sense of calmness after completing yoga exercises on their own or with the class.

“Many students have expressed interest and I thank them for the inspiration we generate together in practice,” Davis said in regards to student involvement in the class.

Sophomore Hannah Johnston agreed that after her first class she felt focused and calm.

The session started with easier stretching poses and then got more intense before ending with several minutes of calming breathing exercises and stretching.

“Most of the poses we did are ones that I have seen on my own time,” Johnston said.

She also said that Davis focused on form a lot and maintained a very soothing tone throughout the session that helped her stay focused.

Although it was only her first time at the class, Johnston was eager to continue going to the following classes.

Yoga can also be beneficial for athletes at Susquehanna. Senior field hockey player Lauren Cram attends the weekly classes on top of her busy schedule of practices and games. “It is an easy way for me to relax my mind from all the chaos of my busy schedule,” Cram said.

Along with teaching music and yoga classes at Susquehanna, Davis also founded RhythmMeterWorkshop.com, which allows him to teach lessons on rhythm and meter development online.

Additionally, he helps educate musicians and program musical events in New York City through his position at the ShapeShifter Lab.

The classes are on Tuesdays at 6:10 p.m. and Thursdays at 4:10 p.m. in the Greta Ray Dance Studio in Weber Chapel.

These classes are open to students, faculty and staff at a cost of $10 for the semester. Yoga mats and flexible clothing are recommended.

SU professor puts focus on education in local election bid

By Kyle Kern Staff Writer

Election season is upon us. Many people find themselves so caught up in the presidential election that the elections for other offices are being obstructed from view, but for one Susquehanna professor the election for the 85th district of Pennsylvania is the center of attention.

David Heayn, adjunct faculty of history, is running as a write-in candidate for the 85th district, facing off against incumbent Republican Rep. Fred Keller.

Heayn is challenging Keller with a platform of improving education. According to Heayn, one of the main motivations inciting the bid for office was the birth of his son six months ago. He wants to focus on amending the education system.

Heayn said, “I find that many educators get into [politics] not necessarily out of money and not for some sort of level of prestige; we actually care about the people we educate.”

Heayn said that students should be involved, no matter the ideological viewpoints or personal beliefs.

He also believes that students should register to vote in Pennsylvania. “You live here; this is your home for the next four years,” Heayn added.

While support is nice, he mainly wants students and people in general to realize one thing: local elections matter as much as the presidential election matters.

To organize and to gain support in the community, Heayn enlisted the help of a few student volunteers. Two of them, sophomores Carly Malamud and Emma Kirbis, have been students in classes taught by Heayn.

They both believe that working on a political campaign has supported their undergraduate education, while also giving them an opportunity to work on an event in a real world setting.

Malamud, an accounting major on a pre-law track, said she has always had an interest in politics, but it was not until Heayn asked her to work on his campaign that she became fully immersed in the campaigning process.

Malamud works with Heayn’s campaign finances. She deals with the donations from supporters and endorsements.

This work gives her a look at the legal aspects of campaign finances and prepares her for law school. She is not currently receiving academic credit for her work with the campaign, but she is looking to begin the work to start an internship.

Kirbis, a communications and business administration double-major, was asked to join the campaign to help out with the event management. She communicates with various organizations and individuals to organize campaign events and interviews.

The engagements that she helps set up within the campaign may seem like a huge jump for a sophomore in college, but Kirbis has been working as the event coordinator intern for the Office of the President at Susquehanna. This position supports the Office of the President with presidential events on Pine Lawn throughout the year.

Kirbis is also receiving academic credit through an internship with the Heayn campaign. Her advisor, Michele DeMary, associate professor of political science and pre-law advisor, has meetings with Kirbis to discuss not only her experiences but also to give her feedback.

DeMary also assigns journals and a research project that is due at the end of the internship. Kirbis said that working for a campaign gives her “a well-rounded view” of the political process and the entire workshop of a campaign.

The two students said they have learned that the students on campus seem to be numb to the election process. Malamud said, “Millennials in our age group, and mostly as a whole, have almost had the notion engrained in our brains that we should vote for a major [political] party, because our vote doesn’t matter.”

This notion is driving people away from researching candidates and looking past party lines. On campus and in the community, Heayn’s campaign has been advocating for residents and students to register to vote and research the candidates for the local elections along with the presidential election.

Malamud and Kirbis encourage students to register to vote in the 85th district in order for their voices to be heard in the area, because this is where the students of Susquehanna will be living for four years.

Susquehanna junior dies following tragic car accident

By Sean Colvin Staff writer

Susquehanna junior accounting major Corey Losch died in an automobile accident on Sept. 23.

A memorial service was held Sept. 25 for Losch. Students gathered around Arthur Plaza shortly after a colorful autumn sunset, bearing lit candles while faculty and peers spoke about Losch’s life and legacy.

Losch was shy, according to those that knew him, or at least he started out that way when he came to Susquehanna.

Originally from Millerstown, Pennsylvania, Losch was a team leader for Enactus and a member of the Gamma Beta Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. It was these institutions and the discovery of a network of close friends that helped Corey break out of his shell at Susquehanna.

“Corey did a complete 180 since I met him,” said sophomore Mimi Diallo, a close friend of Losch’s. “He really stepped out of his shadow.”

Anya Dunn, a junior business major who knew Losch from the start of their time at Susquehanna, said that Losch was quiet but hard working.

“He always brought energy,” Dunn said.

Outside of the business school, Losch had rich friendships with those close to him.

“He loved his friends,” Diallo said. “He was a caring person, always there for everyone.”

Losch had a great sense of humor too, according to Diallo. He and his friends would often play a game called “odds” and joke about one another.

“We made fun of him a lot,” she said, “and he made fun of us too.”

Losch would post a picture of his roommate junior James Norman every day, as an inside joke for his friends, Diallo said. “You knew it was a bad day if Corey didn’t post a picture of James,” she added.

Diallo and her friends had thrown Losch a surprise party for his 21st birthday just three weeks prior to the accident.

Losch was an active member of Crossfit, and gym members said that he brought positivity to the gym. Chad Sickora, owner of the local Crossfit facility where Losch trained and helped out, said that he was driven and motivated.

Losch was scheduled to start working as a coach at Crossfit Bruin on Sept. 26, just days after the accident.

Losch was very close to his family, especially his mother, whom he cited as his favorite athlete in his Crossfit bio.

“He always had a smile on his face,” said Susquehanna senior and Crossfit trainer Connor Leggore. “His positive attitude rubbed off on everyone around him. Corey cared about everyone.”

Diallo, who found out about the accident via Snapchat, said, “We’re a pretty playful group, so when I found out, I thought it was a joke.”

She recalled going to sleep that night thinking positively, impatient for her friends to return home safe. “Death didn’t even cross my mind,” she said.

Two days later, students were gathered around Arthur plaza, mourning Losch’s death. “Hold tight to one another,” Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons said during a speech honoring Corey. University Chaplain Scott Kershner led the memorial service.

“The pathway forward is always spent with those you love and care about. If you don’t know the words, it’s best just to be together, even in silence,” he said.

Kershner then led the group in a hymn: “I wish that I could show you, whenever you are walking in the dark, the astonishing light of your being,” students sang together in unison while the 8 p.m. cathedral bells tolled. Sobs echoed out from the crowd as the song ended, candles still burning.

Satpal Singh, a senior brother of Phi Beta Sigma, read a message from sophomore Jahine Brown, who was in the car accident with Losch, during the memorial. Part of the note read: “[Corey] touched the lives of many. Now it’s our job to make sure we touch the lives of others. Rest in peace Corey.”

Football gets first win against Dickinson

By Nick Forbes Asst. sports editor

Freshman quarterback Bobby Grigas shone in his Susquehanna debut as he led the visiting River Hawks over the Dickinson Red Devils 31-24 on Sept. 17.

Grigas threw for 217 yards, adding a touchdown strike with no interceptions. He also added another touchdown on the ground for the River Hawks.

“I was so excited [when I found out I would be starting]. When I left the meeting that day, I called both of my parents at work,” Grigas said.

“Later that evening the excitement wore off and the nervousness began. I didn’t want to let my coaches or teammates down,” he added.

To make Grigas’ debut even more impressive, he racked up all those yards through the air without his No. 1 wide receiver, junior Diamente Holloway, who was the 2015 Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year. Holloway was out due to injury.

“It was dissapointing not having [Holloway] because he’s such a great reciever,” Grigas said.

“I wasn’t too worried though with [the other weapons] I knew we would be fine. We also have a great offensive line and [Ott’s] ability to run the ball takes a lot of pressure off the quarterback,” he said.

In the first half, the scoring was all Susquehanna, starting in the first quarter when senior kicker Evan Argiriou booted a 25-yard field goal to give Susquehanna a 3-0 advantage.

Grigas then tallied his rushing touchdown and his passing touchdown in the second quarter to give the River Hawks the 17-0 cushion that helped pave their way to victory.

The lead was the team’s first lead at the half this season.

In the third quarter, the Red Devil’s offense gained traction, as Dickinson scored its first points on a 35-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Stephen Walker.

Then it was the defense’s turn to step up for Dickinson, forcing a Susquehanna fumble on the ensuing possession, which put the Red Devils in excellent field position on the Susquehanna 31 yard line.

Dickinson sophomore quarterback Billy Burger did not take long to capitalize on the turnover, punching it in himself from the 1 yard line after he hit sophomore wide receiver Jake Walbert on a 30-yard completion the previous play.

After having their lead cut to a single possession, Susquehanna went to work again offensively, this time letting junior quarterback Matt Thies take the reins due to a Grigas injury.

Thies led the River Hawks on a 63-yard drive that culminated in Thies finding the end zone with his legs from 11 yards out.

Susquehanna did not waste any time getting the ball back, as sophomore linebacker Connor Thompson undercut a Burger pass and intercepted the ball, giving Susquehanna great starting field position at the Dickinson 27 yard line.

Thies found junior running back Cameron Ott on a 33-yard catch-and-run that resulted in a River Hawks touchdown and effectively ended any chance Dickinson had of coming back.

“It was awesome to get the win; we had a rough start to the year,” Grigas said.

“The players [in college] are a lot bigger, faster and stronger than in high school and I’ll be wearing a boot on my foot for the next three weeks as a reminder,” he continued.

Grigas will be out three to four weeks with the foot injury, but with junior quarterback Nick Crusco expected to return soon, the River Hawks are not worried.

The victory gave Susquehanna its first win of the season, moving the River Hawks to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. With the loss, Dickinson drops to 0-3 on the year.

After suffering two losses in their first two games of the year, Susquehanna will have some ground to make up in order to achieve its goal of making the Centennial Conference playoffs.

Up next for Susquehanna will be a home game against the visiting Bullets of Gettysburg. Gettysburg holds a similar record to Susquehanna in both overall and conference play.

Gettysburg, led by junior quarterback Justin Davidov, is coming off a close 41-35 loss to Juniata.

The game was a high-scoring affair, with both teams combining for over 1,000 yards of total offense.

The Bullets’ only win this season came on the road against Ursinus on Sept. 10 by a final score of 42-17.

Gettysburg’s high-powered offense will prove to be a challenge for a Susquehanna defense that is still attempting to establish its identity.

The Bullets will pay a visit to Selinsgrove on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. to take on the Riverhawks.

Volleyball performs well at home tournament

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By Akshay Kriplani Staff writer

On Sept. 16 and 17 the Susquehanna volleyball team hosted its 11th annual Hampton Inn Classic tournament. The five teams participating in the tournament were Nazareth, Geneva, SUNY Geneseo, Frostburg State and the hosts, Susquehanna.

On Sept. 16, Susquehanna played Nazareth and Frostburg State. The River Hawks won both matches in three sets.

Against Nazareth Susquehanna won 25-17, 25-18 and 25-15. The River Hawks never trailed in any of the team’s sets against Nazareth.

Senior outside hitter Marykate Sherkness led all players in kills, racking up 15, while junior outside hitter Morgan Lowe followed with six kills. Senior setter Maggie O’Hearn had 24 assists in the game. Freshman libero Caroline Beohm led with 15 digs while Lowe followed with 13.

Up next for Susquehanna came a battle with Frostburg State. The River Hawks won 25-18, 25-19 and 25-15 in the sets respectively.

The River Hawks fell behind in all three sets but managed to fight back and hold on for victory. Sherkness and Lowe led with nine kills apiece. O’Hearn racked the most assists with 24. Beohm and freshman setter Kasey Bost racked up 11 and 10 kills respectively.

On Sept. 17 the River Hawks opened up the day against Geneva. The River Hawks fell to Geneva in five sets: 25-11, 19-25, 17-25, 25-19 and 15-11. Sherkness once again led all players with 17 kills. She was followed by Lowe with 15 kills and senior outside hitter Erin Byrne who pitched in 12 kills. O’Hearn tallied 44 assists and Beohm and Bost had the most kills, with Beohm having 19 and Bost going for 16.

After getting beaten by Geneva, the River Hawks knew that they had to perform their best against SUNY Geneseo. Susquehanna won in three sets, 25-11, 25-15 and 25-18. Sherkness once again led with nine kills, followed by Morgan Lowe who had eight.

Sophomore outside hitter Tara Mahoney and freshman middle hitter Hannah Lyons had seven apiece. O’Hearn racked up 24 assists. Boehm and Bost once again led in digs, with Boehm having 15 and Bost recording 11.

The River Hawks ended the tournament in second place and Sherkness and Lowe made the All-Tournament team.

Sherkness not only made the All-Tournament team, but she also won the Landmark Conference volleyball player of the week award. She finished with 50 kills, five digs and one block in the tournament.

When asked how she felt about winning the award and how the weekend went, she replied: “Overall it was a great weekend. Always proud of this team when we win.” She added, “I couldn’t have gotten the conference volleyball player of the week without my team.”

Head Coach Kuuipo Tom said: “While we have had some successes recently we still need to work on consistency. For the most part I was happy on how the team performed, and I look forward to watching them grow and develop together throughout the season.”