Injuries can’t hold back Susquehanna runner

By Kirsten Hatton Contributing writer

When you need more than one hand to count your injuries or you start using fractions to tally them, you can tell that you are not unfamiliar with injuries.

That is the case for Susquehanna senior Keirnan Dougherty, who has had six and “a half” stress fractures. She considers one a half fracture because it was a stress reaction.

Dougherty, a 21-year-old from Dalton, Pennsylvania, is a four-year member and now captain of the Susquehanna women’s cross-country team. Even though Dougherty has physically not been able to run many races, she still earned the title of captain for her commitment and love for the team. Her injuries forced her to watch race after race from the sidelines.

“When it comes to team support, I can always count on [Doughtery] to cheer on her teammates during a race,” junior Kailyn Reilly said. “She always manages to make it around the cross-country course or on the sidelines of the track to provide race strategies or words of encouragement. Not to mention, she is always there at the end of our races with a positive attitude and a lending hand,” she added.

“As a teammate, it motivates me to make sure others don’t get injured and even though I’m not an asset to the team always by competing, I want to be there for my teammates support-wise, help them out in other ways even though it’s not gaining points for the team,” Dougherty said.

Dougherty puts her teammates before herself. Last year, Dougherty decided to run the Landmark Cross-Country Championships in Long Island, after spending yet another season with a stress fracture because she wanted to support the team even though only runners who were competing during the year were qualified to go. Even when Dougherty was abroad in Granada, Spain, in spring 2016, she still made sure to keep in contact with the team.

Dougherty began her running career at age 13 when her middle school track team needed members. She went out for the team on a Monday, and they had a race the next day. She says she could barely finish the race, but it was at that moment that she fell in love with the sport.

Her first stress fracture occurred in her foot in 10th grade. Injuries continued to occur almost every year of high school with fractures in her hip and shins. As Dougherty decided to continue to run in college, she again had fractures in her hip and both shins. Dougherty has never been healthy enough to make it to the outdoor track season. The doctors told her the injuries are a result of her body maturing over the years and the way that her foot strikes on the pavement.

“It has definitely taught me that I cannot take the ability to run for granted. There is nothing quite like running; cross training does not really get you in as good of shape as running does. It has taught me to appreciate the times I am able to go out on a run and I appreciate the times I am able to compete,” Dougherty said.

Dougherty is currently in the recovery process of her sixth stress fracture. She had to go to the doctors over the summer after feeling pain again in her shin. On Sept. 26, she ran her first mile in over three months on the track with no pain. She hopes her shin will continue to improve and not flare up.

“I really do love running,” Dougherty said. “I also think of people I know who have bounced back from injuries in order to do things they love. Just knowing that people have overcome injuries worse than mine wants me to keep bettering myself.”

Dougherty, now a captain of the team, is a confident in every member. Many of the girls feel they can turn to her for advice on many running topics.

Dougherty is not bitter about her injury history.

“People who do not go through injuries take the sport for granted and their ability for granted,” she said. “However, as soon as you start being injured you have a completely new appreciation for what it means to be an athlete and what it means to compete. I would tell them it is making them a stronger person even if it does not seem like it. They will gain something out of it, even if they are not able to compete.”

“I hope to be able to compete again,” Dougherty said. “I am coming in late to the game when it comes to training. If I am able to compete and get in a few races, even if it is cheering people on in a race, that is what matters most, being there for the teammates and helping them become the best runners they can be as well.”

Dougherty hopes to compete in the Landmark Cross-Country Championships on Oct. 29.

Blue Jay’s net late-game heartbreaker to defeat Susquehanna

By Melissa Barracado Staff writer

The Susquehanna women’s soccer team suffered its second Landmark Conference loss on Oct. 22 against the visiting Elizabethtown Blue Jays.

The only other loss within the conference for Susquehanna was a 3-2 overtime loss to Scranton a few weeks earlier.

The score against Elizabethtown remained tied at zero until the final 90 seconds when Elizabethtown scored on a free kick from just outside the 18- yard box.

The River Hawks still had something to celebrate, as they honored their seven seniors: goalkeeper Jordyn Slocum; defenders Alex Edelman, Cassandra Destefano and Shauna Barry; midfielders Emily Firestone and Rachel Moyer and forward Ashley Rose Lynn.

“They’ve all been great people for this program both on and off the field for the last four years,” Head Coach Nick Hoover said.

Each senior player was recognized at the beginning of the game as they were escorted onto the field by their family members.

“The season has flown by as a senior, and I think since we’re doing so well I’m happy, but it’s still sad to think about,” Edelman said.

There is one game remaining in the regular season before the playoffs, which begin on Nov. 2.

Throughout the season, the River Hawks have stuck to their game plan of keeping the ball on the offensive end, while still maintaining one of the best defensive strategies in the Landmark Conference.

“This year when we came in we knew we had the talent, but it’s more about every person bringing what they can to the field,” Edelman said.

This year’s team has one of the largest rosters that the program has seen at 33 players.

Despite the loss, the River Hawks outshot the Blue Jays 10-9, with shots coming from Edelman as well as junior forward Alyssa Bolger, sophomore forward Emily Sullivan and freshman midfielder Alee Pettit. Junior goalkeeper Jennifer Thorsheim tallied two saves.

According to Edelman, team chemistry is a big contributor to the team’s success so far this season, as is the leadership from players of all years.

“At practice we really push each other, and during games we have a different mentality than other teams,” Edelman said. “We have a lot of team leaders and people who step up and I think that has contributed to [the team’s success].”

“In years past we would let mistakes get the better of us but now we dismiss them a bit better,” Hoover said. “Our main focus has been sticking to what we do no matter what the opponent does, and not letting them dictate how we play.”

Susquehanna also played their last non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at home against Lancaster Bible. The River Hawks were able to close out the game with a 4-1 victory.

Susquehanna racked up 17 shots on the afternoon and put nine of those shots on goal, while Lancaster Bible was limited to just seven shots in the entire game. Slocum, who started the game in goal for the River Hawks, was able to make four saves during the game.

Four different players scored a goal for the River Hawks. Pettit, junior forward Geena Ragozine, junior midfielder Grayclynn Juckes and sophomore forward Emily Sullivan all scored while sophomore midfielder Kate Cantrell added an assist on the Ragozine goal.

The scoring kicked off in the 19th minute when Sullivan scored an unassisted goal to give the River Hawks a 1-0 lead over the Chargers.

Ragozine added another goal for the River Hawks in the first half off her heel on a pass from Cantrell to give the River Hawks a 2-0 lead going into the half.

Lancaster Bible responded early in the second half, as senior forward Alyssa Wesner knocked in an unassisted goal on a perfect bend into the upper right hand corner of the net to narrow the deficit to just one goal.

Susquehanna had the response, burying a goal of their own, as Jukes put in a unassisted goal after getting an open look on the left side to make the score 3-1 River Hawks.

Susquehanna closed out the scoring just 11 minutes later as Pettit scored her second goal of the season on an unassisted look to give the River Hawks the final score of the game and the 4-1 win.

The win was just the fourth time this season that Susquehanna has scored four times in a game.

It also continued their run of dominant defense, as they have only allowed two goals in their last four games, going 3-1 in those games, with their only loss coming at the hands of Elizabethtown.

Susquehanna closes out the regular season with a visit to Moravian on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.

It is an important game for the River Hawks, who are currently 4-2 in the conference and tied for second with Moravian and Catholic. Elizabethtown sits just one game back with a record of 3-3 in the conference.

A win over Moravian would guarantee Susquehanna a home playoff game, as the River Hawks beat Catholic earlier in the season. A loss could end Susquehanna’s season.

Field hockey streak ends at eight

By Akshay Kriplani Staff writer

The Susquehanna River Hawks went on the road to face the Elizabethtown Blue Jays on Oct. 22, falling 6-4 despite a second-half comeback bid. The Blue Jays’ win ended the River Hawks’ eight-game win streak.

The loss was only the third loss of the season for the River Hawks; they now stand at 13-3 on the season and 4-2 in the Landmark Conference. The Blue Jays improved to 10-6 overall and 6-0 in the Landmark Conference.

With the loss, the River Hawks hold the third spot in the ranking behind Elizabethtown and Catholic. Susquehanna currently holds a one-game edge on the fourth place Juniata Eagles.

Susquehanna will be travelling to Catholic on November 2 for a 7 p.m. semi-final game, while Juniata goes to Elizabethtown to take on the Blue Jays.

In the first half Elizabethtown jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Freshman forward Mini Kilofo put in the only goal in the first half for the River Hawks.

Susquehanna outscored the Blue Jays in the second half 3-2, but time expired, and Elizabethtown picked up the win.

The changing moment of the game came 8:07 into the action when the score stood at 1-1. Elizabethtown senior forward Allison McLamb scored an unassisted goal to put her team ahead 2-1.

That was the start of a 3-0 run by the Blue Jays that gave them the 4-1 halftime lead.

Susquehanna opened the second half with a goal from freshman forward Heather Pitman with 1:15 expired in the period. Elizabethtown countered with a goal to take a 5-2 lead before Pitman and senior forward Emily Novakovich scored back-to-back goals with Novakovich’s goal at the 53:16 mark making it a one-goal game at 5-4.

With less than three minutes to play, Elizabethtown senior forward Kelsey Detweiler scored an insurance goal, which turned out to be the final blow to Susquehanna. A River Hawks’ penalty corner with 1:33 to play marked the final scoring chance for Susquehanna, but nothing came from the opportunity and Elizabethtown held on for the win.

Pitman led the River Hawks with two goals on five shots. Novakovich added one goal and one assist.

Elizabethtown held a narrow 14-12 edge in shots, but Susquehanna finished with nine penalty corners to the Blue Jays’ eight.

Susquehanna starting goalkeeper freshman Emily DiGaetano made five saves in her 35 minutes of action. Junior Morgan Ludlum played the second half in goal for the River Hawks.

The River Hawks return home to host conference opponent Moravian on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. The team will honor its six seniors prior to the start of the game, including its captains, Novakovich and defender Tessa Woodring.

The game is the final contest of the regular season for the River Hawks.

Hawks fall into early hole; lose to Ursinus

By Mike Henken Staff writer

The Susquehanna football team came up short on the road against Ursinus on Oct. 22, losing 31-24.

The River Hawks got off to a slow start, as they trailed the Bears 31-3 heading into the half. Susquehanna was able to bounce back in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half, including three scores in the final 17 minutes.

Susquehanna’s final score came on a four-yard run from sophomore quarterback Nick Crusco with just 41 seconds remaining. That score brought the River Hawks within seven points, but Ursinus was able to run out the clock and end the game.

Despite the loss, Crusco had a strong offensive showing, tallying 309 passing yards and one touchdown, while adding two more touchdowns on the ground. Junior wide receiver Tommy Bluj also contributed by catching six passes for a total of 83 yards. Senior wide receiver Chris Beals was the recipient of Crusco’s touchdown pass. An established passing attack was a key factor of the game plan according to the quarterback.

“We knew going into this game that we were going to get pressured a lot to try and take our run game away so the pass game was an important part of the game plan,” Crusco said.

On the defensive end of the ball, the River Hawks had some issues in the first half, causing the large and early deficit, but the team was dominant in the final 30 minutes of play. Senior linebacker Marc LeDrappier led the unit with seven tackles, while freshman linebacker Juwan Rodriguez tallied six tackles including a sack.

As far as the slow start goes, Crusco acknowledged that it is an issue the team is trying to solve.

“I’m not exactly sure why we are having these slow starts to our games,” he said. “That is something we are struggling with lately and it’s up to myself and the other leaders on the team to change it. [Coach Perkovich] and the staff has challenged us this week to figure out why this is happening and correct it because being down 20 points at half time against a good [Franklin & Marshall] team is not what we want.”

Putting the loss in the rearview mirror, Head Coach Tom Perkovich is already looking forward to next week’s matchup.

“[Franklin & Marshall] is a very good football team, especially on defense,” he said. “We will have to be effective on offense to win. We must limit turnovers and win 3rd down and the red zone. Defensively we have to stop the run and limit big plays. Also, we need to create turnovers and tackle well. Special teams must be a phase we win. Field position will be a big factor also.”

Susquehanna will look to bounce back at home on Saturday, Oct. 29 when the River Hawks take on Franklin & Marshall. Ursinus will look to continue its winning streak against Johns Hopkins.

Writer reviews ‘best’ television shows

By Megan Ruge Asst. living and arts editor

Last week, I recommended a myriad of films to view for Halloween, but some people might be looking for something a little less time consuming. For a Halloween and one time special, I have decided to provide a list of the best Halloween television episodes available on Netflix.

The first episode on this list comes to us from “Parks and Recreation” season two. “Greg Pikitis,” episode seven of season two, is a great episode to get your Halloween hilarity fix. During this episode, Leslie Knope, of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department, faces off in a Halloween themed battle against her arch-nemesis, 16-year-old troublemaker, Greg Pikitis. Every year, Pikitis hatches a devious plan to vandalize the town statue of Mayor Percy. Leslie knows that he’s done it but has never been able to prove it.

Leslie plans to catch him in the act this year, with the help of Andy and Leslie’s new cop boyfriend, but Pikitis has something else up his sleeve to slip him right past the watchful eyes of Leslie and the others.

The next Halloween episode comes from “Freaks and Geeks” season one. In “Tricks and Treats,” episode three of season one, Linda ditches her usual Halloween custom of giving out candy with her mom to go out with the freak gang. The night ahead includes trashing mailboxes and throwing eggs. On the very same night, Sam forces Neil and Bill to go trick-or-treating with him one last time for old time’s sake, but his night is ruined when Sam is accidentally egged.

Our next episode comes to you from the classic paranormal television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Episode six from season two, titled “Halloween,” follows the story of one fateful Halloween night where Buffy and her friends find costumes at a mysterious costume shop. Little do they know, they are in for a bit of a surprise.

The costume shop where Buffy and her friends found their costumes is cursed. Throughout the night, people start to become more real versions of whatever their costume depicts. By the end of the night, it is Buffy to the rescue as per usual.

Our next Halloween special comes to us from a current fright night special, “American Horror Story.” In the first season of the television hit, “American Horror Story: Murder House,” the FX show premiered a two-part Halloween special.

In “Halloween: Part 1,” the spirits of the murder house have grown stronger, and the Harman family is visited by two previous house owners, interior designers Chad and Patrick, who give them advice on decorating for Halloween. In “Halloween: Part 2,” Tate is harassed by bloody teenagers while on a date.

The final episode in the list comes from my all-time favorite television series, “Supernatural.” The show features spooky paranormal encounters in every episode. The show about spooks of all kinds conquers the holiday dedicated to the things that go bump in the night.

Episode seven of season four, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester,” begins when the Winchester brothers encounter two angels who tell them they plan on wiping a town out of existence because of a witch who is hell bent on breaking a seal and releasing a demon who will wreak havoc on Halloween. To save the town, Sam and Dean must find the witch or risk the death of innocents.

US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors come to SU

By Danielle Bettendorf Staff writer

Susquehanna students and the Jazz Ambassadors, a component of the United States Army Field Band, performed in Weber Chapel Auditorium on Oct. 27.

The Jazz Ambassadors are based in Washington, D.C., and perform across the country and around the world. The group included vocalists and musicians on trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

Three Susquehanna students were selected from the jazz band to accompany the Jazz Ambassadors. Juniors Darby Orris and Gregory Wright, on saxophone and trombone respectively, and first-year Daniel Porell on trumpet, accompanied the group.

The group’s performance covered a range of musical eras, including early jazz, the swing era, bebop and cool jazz and modern jazz.

The performance was also patriotic in nature, and called for audience members to reflect on both soldiers who are currently serving around the world and on veterans who have served in the past.

Malcolm B. Frost, chief of public affairs of the army, said the band “represents the distinction and dedication of the American soldier,” and also honors veterans through “the highest standard of service, dedication and excellence.”

The performance was also enthusiastic in that audience members were encouraged to respond during the performance and to make noise during the concert with the same passion with which the band performed. Those in attendance were prompted to cheer and clap during the performance, as well as respond verbally.

While the band did single out soldiers and veterans during the performance, the audience was made up of a variety of individuals including students and visitors.

“I thought it was great,” first-year Emily Eck said. “I’m not necessarily someone who’s very musically inclined, but I came here for a class and I really enjoyed it.”

The Jazz Ambassadors reached out to Susquehanna to make the concert happen.

“They contacted me,” said Eric Hinton, the director of the bands at Susquehanna. “This is actually the fourth time that the field band has been on campus.”

“The field band goes on tour, and they contact people who might want to sponsor them to give a performance,” Hinton continued. “They did that back in 2007 or so, and it was a big success. That time was during the semester, and they had students from our symphonic band who played side by side for a piece with them. They sat right next to the musicians on stage and performed with them.”

For this specific performance, arrangements for the concert were made over this past summer.

“They came two more times during the summer[s of 2014 and 2016] and did a similar thing with our high school wind ensemble camp,” Hinton said. “While we were doing the arrangements for the 2016 performance, their jazz guy contacted me about hosting them during the semester. Because all [of] their groups have such high quality, and they are very interested in education and working with students, we agreed to do it.”

Lecturer addresses ‘white-collar crime’

By Michelle Seitz Staff writer

On Oct. 4 in Stretansky Concert Hall, the Schmidt Foundation hosted “‘Stolen Without a Gun:’ The Anatomy of a White-Collar Crime,” a lecture given by Walter Pavlo Jr. The purpose of the lecture was to help students understand white-collar crime and ethical decision-making.

Pavlo spoke about his experience working as a senior manager at MCI, a telephone company based out of New York City and head of the company’s finance department. During his time, he encountered $25 million in outstanding invoices by Caribbean Telephone, a fraudulent company based out of Detroit, Michigan.

The company promised to pay MCI in full; however, to get the money, they were going to sell cheaply made phone cards to customers for a much higher price. After months of no response, Pavlo decided to misuse promissory notes and cut off all ties with Caribbean Telephones after they signed them. He also demanded others start paying their fair share or he would do the same to them. Shortly after, a new manager stepped in at MCI who promised to write off their debt and balance the company’s budget.

Pavlo confided in a friend, who told him to remain at MCI while he took care of things. His friend showed up to MCI and lended them the money they needed.

This went on until MCI was bought out, and it was discovered that one of Pavlo’s deals were faulty. Pavlo then quit and spent the next few months living in fear until he received a letter from the United States’ Attorney’s Office informing him that they were investigating him.

Pavlo pleaded guilty in 2001, at 29 years old, to charges of wire fraud and money laundering. He recieved a reduced sentence by cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as testifying against the attorney involved in the scheme.

Pavlo currently gives lectures to business and law schools on white-collar crime and ethics. He also is a contributing analyst of white-collar crime to Forbes.com and the New York University School of Law.

Pavlo also helped develop Prisonology.com, a website that helps soon-to-be convicts and their families feel more at ease with their transition. The site answers questions about prison life.

Although criminality is represented very negatively, the extent of white-collar crime may be over-embellished, according to Pavlo. White-collar crimes tend to be committed by ordinary people who got caught up in an aspect of their job.

“We all do have temptation,” Pavlo said. “There are consequences for doing the right thing and that’s okay… One’s integrity is priceless.”

Michael Ozlanski, assistant professor of accounting, said, “A lot of the pressures [Pavlo] faced were the same we faced here on campus.”

“These are a lot of the things business professionals need to deal with. If we can get comfortable dealing with those pressures here in college, we could then leverage that into our careers and hopefully that will make us better people in our post-Susquehanna plan,” Ozlanski added.

Pulitzer prize poet to visit campus

By Megan Ruge Asst. living and arts editor

On Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m., author Stephen Dunn will hold a reading in the Degenstein Center Theater.

The reading is presented by co-sponsors, the Raji-Syman Visiting Writers Series and the Susquehanna University Institute of Lifelong Learning.

Dunn is a Pulitzer prize winning poet.

According to Glen Retief, director of the Writer’s Institute, Dunn will talk about the role of the poet in modern society.

Retief mentioned that Dunn will also read a few poems from his many works.

According to a press release written by Alyssa Bower of the Susquehanna University Writers Institute, Dunn has published more than twenty works of poetry and prose.

Among the myriad of Dunn’s works are “Walking Light: Essays and Memoirs; Local Time,” chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the American Library Association, and “New and Selected Poems: 1974-1994,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

American Poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbuer said: “To read a few lines of a Stephen Dunn poem is to feel suddenly in touch with the way things are, and the way we really feel about them.”

Dunn wrote a book in 2000 called “Different Hours,” which won Dunn a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2001.

In addition to his books, many of Dunn’s pieces have been featured in The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, The American Poetry Review and many other publications.

According to his website’s biography, Dunn earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Hofstra in 1962. He attended The New School from 1964 to 1966 and received his master of arts in creative writing from Syracuse in 1970.

Since 1974, Dunn has taught at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey as a distinguished professor of creative writing. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Washington, New York University, Columbia University and the University of Michigan.

The Miami Herald wrote about Dunn, saying his poetry “helps make the landscape of all of our lives more livable—quietly, unobtrusively, he has taken his place among our major, indispensable poets.”

“Stephen Dunn has proven himself a master of concealment,” former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins said.

“His honesty would not be so forceful were it not for his discrete formality; his poems would not be so strikingly naked were they not so carefully dressed,” said Billy Collins.

The Raji-Syman Visiting Writers Series will continue with its next event on Feb. 7 at 7:30 in Issacs Auditorium with Natalie Diaz.

Diaz is the author of “When My Brother Was an Aztec,” her first poetry collections.

Diaz was raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village. She played professional basketball abroad for four years, only returning to the United States to complete her master’s of fine arts. Diaz now teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency MFA program. She also directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program.

The Raji-Syman visiting writers series continues with Honor Moore on March 6. After Moore’s visit, the next writer will be Matvei Yakelevich on April 17 where Susquehanna’s RiverCraft literary journal will be launched.

Lore Degenstein Gallery displays work from juried exhibition

By Megan Ruge Asst. living and arts editor

On Oct. 22, the Lore Degenstein Gallery in Degenstien Campus Center opened an exhibit featuring the Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition of 2016.

The competition is a national, juried visual art competition and exhibition. It features two-dimensional figurative artists—referencing the human figure— working in painting, drawing and printmaking.

Many of the pieces feature different drawing and painting mediums and techniques.

Some are comprised of charcoal drawing, acrylic painting and some even incorporate yarn and other forms of interesting dynamics, such as the use of a functioning light.

According to the Susquehanna events page, the juror this year is Judy Takacs, an Ohio figurative artist best known for her blog, book and portrait series, “Chicks with Balls,” which honors unsung female heroes.

The jurors job is to select the exhibition works from the pool of entries and the winners were announced after a small speech at the beginning of the gallery opening.

The gallery featured 63 different pieces, selected by Takacs out of 329 entries, all from different artist over the age of 18.

Five winners were chosen at the gallery opening and awarded prizes for different aspects of their paintings that the juror complimented when awarding them.

Takacs commented on how she chose these pieces and what technique she used to award the prizes.

“I looked for that spark of life, that Frankenstein jolt if you will,” Takacs said.

“I seek that human connection where the painting becomes a person. When you deliver that life blow that makes this inanimate jumble of colors or values live and breath,” she added.

Takacs began her talk by singing the first few bars of “People” by Barbara Streisand, a unique way to start a gallery talk, but instead of singing “people who need people,” she changed the lyrics to say “people who paint people are the luckiest people.” She continued by saying that the statement should apply to all artists of people, because they get to “create life where there was none before.”

Takacs went on to award the five prizes to the show winners. Fifth prize was received by Mike Manente for his piece, “The Protege.” The piece depicts an older person, with a very content, yet hardened look on his face.

Takacs chose the painting for the life she saw within it. She went on to say that she enjoyed the way the painting depicted an older person, and referred to them as the protege, as apposed to a younger person, which we typically think of.

Fourth prize was awarded to Ellen Cooper for her piece, “Light Unfolding.” The piece depicted a woman looking off into the distance. Takacs commented on the use of self-restraint in detail to bring the subject to life. Takacs called it a “gem of subtlety in managing what’s not there.”

Third prize was awarded to Geoffrey Beadle for his piece, “Inconceivable.” The juror described the piece as one where the man in the artwork is drawing what she imagines to be his wife and through his art he is making her pregnant.

“I just thought this was a very powerful composition and beautiful drawing with a lot of complexity, huge amounts of quality, a lot of mastery, imagination and whimsy,” said Takacs.

Second prize was given to Judith Peck for her piece, “Steeled.” Takacs describes the mood of the piece as “so thick you could cut it with a knife.” Takacs commented that Peck used the empty space of her piece well, making it feel not empty at all.

She said the mood and atmosphere of the subject’s face and their surroundings was strong enough to carry over into both panels of the piece.

First place and best in show went to Alexandra Tyng for her piece, “Heirs and Protecters.” The piece depicted three boys, one in the center, in a throne of sorts, and one to each side.

Takacs saw the boy in the center possibly having some sort of developmental issues and the boys to his sides being his brothers, or his protectors.

She saw the power of this piece coming from the reality of the piece, how when their parents are gone it is up to the brothers to take care of their brother who might need a little extra help in life.

Many people were in attendance at the opening reception for the gallery.

“It looks like all those who entered pieces really put their hearts and souls into every one of these paintings,” junior Zach Kane said.

“Each piece appears as if they took the time to do it,” he added.

Sophomore wishes for more school spirit

By Jill Baker Asst. news editor

Susquehanna is home to more than 2,000 students, but at any given event seeing over 200 people in attendance is rare.

School spirit in a general sense is present on our campus. Speaking to students, you will hear them emphasize how great the school is in academics, faculty, opportunities and so many more specialized things. However, when it comes to attending events, our community could definitely improve.

When I was a senior in a small high school I knew I wanted to come to a university that was known for excitement and spirit for activities on campus. I love everything about this campus and school but I wish others vocalized their excitement similarly. I am somewhat disappointed in the lack of a large student section at sporting events, audience for performances and attendance at school hosted events.

I realize that I am just a voice complaining about this, but I believe it is simply a stigma. Students know that there is this reputation, but when speaking to the same students they will repeat that they would enjoy going to events if other people attended as well.

Circular reasoning is a huge player in the situation. If a student does not go to an event because they don’t want to be the only person there, then the other students who feel the same way will also not attend. If students were to step up and realize that if you come out and represent, it will cause more people to come out because now there are other people there.

Breaking the cycle and creating a recognizable force on campus will raise the excitement of not only other students but also the people putting in all the hard work and effort in their performance, whether it be on the field or on the stage.

Students work so hard training and practicing and deserve to be recognized. It is clear that we are not comparable to a big campus like Penn State, but as a Division III school we should still hype up our school the best we can—even though our local Weis store has more Penn State items for sale than Susquehanna items.

It has been said many times that Susquehanna students are special; most have kind hearts, great goals and friendly personalities. With this in mind, I think it is reasonable to expect, and entirely possible to create, a spirited school that has great attendance and gets students excited to do things with good vibes and energy.

There are many organizations on campus that are run by students for the students, such as the Student Activities Committee and Support U, whose goals are to develop more involvement and excitement. Support U hosts pop-up games such as black-outs to create a larger student section at athletic events. SAC is a school-funded organization that brings large events to campus, from bubble soccer on Smith Lawn to the spring concert.

There is no lack of fun things to do on our campus here in the small town of Selinsgrove. What needs to change is the idea that you cannot be the first one at an event. To create the atmosphere that many students want, we all need to take the first step to be a part of the fan base.

In the words of the French playwright Charles-Guillaume Étienne, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

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