Student talks navigation of foreign cities

By Keri Brady-Benzing Abroad writer

One thing I have noticed after spending two months in Europe is how easy it is to move around from place to place. Flying to another country is relatively cheap—sometimes even cheaper than flying from state to state in the United States.

It is also interesting to see how the transportation system works in each country I visit. The country that impressed me the most in terms of transportation was the Netherlands. I stayed in Amsterdam for four days, and the first thing I noticed walking around on my first night were all the different methods of transportation and the limited number of cars that seemed to be out on the street.

There seemed to be an infinite number of bikes in Amsterdam. When you go there, everyone mentions how much people bike, but it’s hard to wrap your mind around it until you are standing there on the street and there is a separate bike lane that isn’t part of the sidewalk or the road. When you stand at the crosswalks, you don’t really have to be too careful about cars, but you do have to stay alert for the bikes and listen for the little bells that tell you that they are coming up behind you.

Canals run up and down what feels like every other street in Amsterdam and connected to the railings of all the canals seems like a limitless number of bikes. There are also big sections of areas like in Dam Square where bikes are parked in a mini parking lot just for them. There are an estimated 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam, more than there are residents, and every year upwards of 12,000 bikes get pulled out of the canals.

But if you aren’t a bike person and you’re in Amsterdam, don’t worry. They also have great trains, trams and buses. While we were there, we bought a weekend pass that allowed us on any tram or bus. The tram system is great in the city, with stops that go almost everywhere every few minutes so that you can make it to the other side of the city easily. It’s very similar with the buses, but the trams are much more common. There are also trains that have a few stops in the city but also go to the airport and out to the rest of the country and even into parts of Germany.

We were able to figure out how to navigate the public transportation in one day, and it was so cheap for the value that we were getting out of it. It made me a little envious because the transportation is not quite as nice in the United States. For example, where I live in Maryland there is one bus but people rarely ever take it because everyone prefers to drive. No one else bikes much either. Yet, having public transportation easily accessible is so environmentally friendly, and it can be cheaper than driving everywhere every day.

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Editor disagrees with senior course load

By Jenna Sands Forum editor

the hardest. I get that students have to start with lower level courses in order to be able to take higher level courses, but to end up taking several difficult classes in the last year of college is a lot to handle.

It is hard to have so much work for my classes and at the same time be pressured to look for jobs while also trying to apply to grad schools so I can at least have the option.

In my perfect world, junior year should be the hardest year and senior year should be a little easier so we have time to actually focus on getting a job or applying to grad schools.

It is hard to decide which one is more important: finishing work for classes or working on graduate school applications before the deadlines. If I choose doing work for class, I might miss the deadlines for some graduate school applications and will no longer have the option to go to graduate school right after college.

I could always wait a year and apply later, but what if I decide I don’t want to wait a year and it’s too late? The option is gone. If I choose to work on graduate school applications, my grades might start to slip and then maybe I won’t get into some of the graduate schools I am applying to. Either way I feel like I lose.

My plan was to focus on applying to graduate schools over mid-term break, but I didn’t have time because I had three papers due at the end of that week. What is the point of having a break if all I’m going to do is work?

While it was nice to be home for three days, I barely saw my family. If I was a professor, I would definitely give no work over breaks and would probably cancel the last class before every break because so many people skip them anyway.

I think back to when I was a first-year, and I remember that I used to get stressed and worried about a lot of things. I realize now that I had nothing to worry about back then, and it makes me want to go back.

Last summer I thought senior year was going to be fun, but I also knew it would be a lot of work. I just didn’t think it would be this stressful. I don’t handle stress well, and it feels like it has gotten worse every year. Maybe it’s because I have more work, or maybe it’s because I’m thinking about my future too much. Maybe it’s all in my head.

I’m not trying to make senior year sound terrible, but it definitely gives me mixed emotions. Senior year doesn’t suck; only parts of it do.

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.

Senior shares his advice on how to register for spring classes

By Bobby Klatt Contributing writer

You have survived the first couple months of college and by now you finally have gotten into a rhythm of how things work at Susquehanna.

Today marks the start of an important but daunting process: registration.

Registering for classes can be very important, even early on in your college career, to solidify the path you want to lead toward your degree.

There are a number of tips that can make this stressful process a lot easier for you and ensure that you get the classes you want.

The first important thing to do before picking any classes is to know how to read your degree audit. It will spell out exactly what classes you will need to take over the course of your time in college.

Under each requirement there are specific classes in many different topics that fulfill that expectation.

You can find your degree audit in your MySU account.

It is on the right hand side under “current student” and then “academic profile.”

One smart technique is to find classes that cover more than one requirement, so as you get into your junior and senior years you can focus on taking classes that are for your major or just classes that you find interesting.

There is a video that Susquehanna provides for students on MySU to teach you how to read your degree audit.

That can be found on the Academic Advising page under Topic 2a.

“The most important thing for any first-year student is to use their degree audit as a road map,” said David Kaszuba, professor of communications at Susquehanna.

“If they are using their degree audit, they won’t get lost. It spells out how many credits they have earned, how many they need to graduate and it shows them every part of the central curriculum and major requirement they need to graduate,” he added.

Right before the registration period opens, students receive a large newspaper in their mailboxes that lists every class offered in the next semester under each requirement and subject.

This will be your biggest asset to getting the classes that you want.

Try your best to even out your schedule as best as possible so you don’t have to take all your classes in one day.

For example, try to schedule an even course load for the Monday, Wednesday, Friday circuit of class as well as for the Tuesday, Thursday cycle.

The easiest way to attack the newspaper filled with classes is to take it like you’re studying for a test.

You may not get the right combination the first, second or even third time around.

There may be a lot of crossing out on your notepad and maneuvering before you get the right combination.

A good way to get an understanding of what to apply for is to meet up with some of your classmates in the same major to get a feel for what they might be thinking.

Especially in your first year, it’s good to look for guidance from upperclassmen who have been through the ranks and know what the pressure of picking the right schedule for yourself feels like.

They know almost all the professors you may come across, the work load each class brings and what to jump into right away and what to maybe hold off until you get deeper into your department.

Once you have everything picked out, there is one last step you have to do before hitting submit for picking your classes: talk to your advisor.

Before finalizing the classes that you apply for, your advisor must lift the hold off of your account.

Usually your advisor is a teacher or staff member from your specific major.

Your advisor will also be a great asset to figuring out how you want to fill your Global Opportunities requirement.

Don’t be afraid to talk to them to get an idea if you want to study abroad for a semester or join a GO Short program.

To make things easier, know what questions you want to ask before going to your meeting. It will make your meeting go more smoothly.

Do not be afraid to ask any questions regarding your major or minor, what courses may be better to take in the fall or spring semester and anything in between.

“I would tell them to meet with their advisors as early as they can,” said James Black, dean of academic engagement at Susquehanna.

“Try to prepare themselves for their meeting by knowing what classes they may want to take so they aren’t going into the meeting cold,” he added.

The way classes are scheduled is not first come, first serve. You have the entire registration window to get your classes into the system.

The classes are then distributed according to year and major. So, early on in your college career, you may not get every class you apply for.

Your classes won’t be finalized until the latter weeks of the semester.

You may not get every class that you want so have a few backup plans because there will be other classes that won’t fill to capacity.

It is also a good idea to contact the professors of the classes you did not get into to see if there is room for you.

A lot of the time professors will take a couple more students in a class and you may end up getting into some of those classes you originally thought were full.

It is always a good idea to at least try to get into a class you did not get into the first time.

The worst that can happen is the professor says no and then you pick a different class.

Once the add/drop process starts, try to get into those classes that still may be available because they may not be for long.

The most important thing throughout the entire process is to stay ahead of the game. If you wait until the last minute, you may not get the classes you need or want.

You may not think that picking classes for the first time will have a great impact on your future college career, but it makes an impact more than you think.

SAAC’s Hawktober Fest brings out kids of the community

By Kyle Kern Staff writer

Oct. 23 was a fun-filled day of Halloween activities, food, crafts and “trunk or treating” for the kids of Selinsgrove and the surrounding communities who attended the Susquehanna Student Athletic Advisory Committee’s Hawktober Fest.

There were relay races to entertain the children; children had their faces painted with Halloween characters and personalized favorites.

Other fall activities included bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins and decorating bags for trunk or treating.

Trunk or treating was a popular part of the event where some of the university’s sports teams had a car’s trunk filled with candy, and the children attending used the bags created to go “trick or treating” at each car’s trunk.

SAAC has held this event over the past few years for the community’s children, allowing them to venture onto the Susquehanna campus and experience fun, food and friendliness from the student-athletes of Susquehanna.

In the past, the event was called Crusader Carvings,. However, this year the event was renamed Hawktober Fest in honor of the new mascot.

This play on words combines the new nickname for Susquehanna and “Oktoberfest,” the traditional German celebration of the fall months.

Weather reports had worried Kaitlyn Wahila, the head coach of the field hockey team and advisor for SAAC.

However, the day came and the rain stayed away for the entire event, which ran from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event was held on the Susquehanna football field beside the Garret Sports Complex. During the event, the sports teams of Susquehanna each had a part to play.

For example, the track and field team ran the “Pie an Athlete” stand.

Meanwhile, the football team ran the stand that was in charge of helping the children in attendance carve pumpkins.

The event was promoted and ran by the SAAC, but Susquehanna student-athletes controlled the event.

Each team was given a different activity to run throughout the event.

The students advertised with flyers and announcements.

There was even a raffle for the parents of the children who attended. This raffle’s prizes included a $50 Giant Foods gift card and a coupon basket from Texas Roadhouse.

Wahila said the event is “a great opportunity to take time from the daily grind, to put time into an activity that allows [the student athletes] to be a sort of mentor to the kids for the day.”

Haley Timko, a sophomore soccer player, was able to experience the event.

“It just is a great time at Susquehanna to just give back to the community,” she said.

“It’s just cool to see how much fun the children were having running around in their cute costumes while trying out all the activities available to them, and also seeing all the athletes that were there enjoying themselves while giving back to the community,” she added.

This event gave the opportunity for all the student-athletes to provide service to the local community.

Not only was this the first time for some student-athletes to help out with this event, but it was also Wahila’s first time coordinating the event.

“Hawktober Fest was a huge success for the athletic department SAAC on Oct. 23,” Wahila said.

“We look forward to continuing our Hawktober Fest tradition in years to come,” she added.

The brisk fall weather graced the event with a beautiful day to continue the Susquehanna student-athlete tradition of giving back to the community during the fall months.

It brings to light the fact that student-athletes can find time in between academic coursework and athletic practices and games to give back the community that loyally cheers them on each year.

Susquehanna is honored in ‘Wall Street Journal’ ranking

By Erin McElwee Staff writer

Earlier this month Susquehanna was honored in the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education in a ranking of more than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide.

The ranking placed Susquehanna at number 170 out of more than 1,000 higher education institutions.

The ranking focuses on many factors of student learning and post-graduation success among students.

The factors that are used to create the rankings are measured in four key areas: resources, engagement, outcomes and environment.

A large portion of the ranking comes from the post-graduate outcomes, including graduation rate, graduate salary, loan repayment rate and school reputation.

Susquehanna’s success in this ranking is largely due to the faculty and student work that has paved the way for student success.

First-year biochemistry major Colleen Walsh said seeing this ranking made her proud of the place she chose to further her education.

“It makes me feel pride in where I go to school,” Walsh said. “I also think it makes me feel like I am getting the best out of my education by being here because I know that my degree will be worth more than the average school,” she added.

It is the factors similar to the ones included in the survey that attracted Walsh to Susquehanna and ultimately helped her in her decision to attend.

She said she was interested in the opportunities to do research and get an internship during her time here.

She was also drawn to the school because of what she will be able to do in the future after graduation.

“I really liked that Susquehanna had a reputation for putting students into good grad programs because that is what I wish to do at some point, so I felt more confident in choosing this university,” Walsh said.

“I think the university provides so many resources in order to succeed in not only getting an education, but using that education to get a quality job beyond my four years here,” she added.

It is not only what students can do in their time here, but also after graduation that excites first-years and seniors alike.

Senior early childhood education major Caroline Henderson said the ranking made her happy that she spent the last four years here preparing for her education career.

“Coming to Susquehanna, I had no clue what I wanted to do after college,” Henderson said. “With our resources here I was able to discover my passion for children and education, and I have grown so much in my time here,” she added.

The ranking also included a student survey of over 100,000 current undergraduate students.

Students gave their feedback on the satisfaction with their experience and if their education was worth the cost.

Henderson said she has found her experience at Susquehanna to fit these factors, as Susquehanna has prepared her well for her upcoming post-graduate life.

“Having spent my undergraduate years here, I take pride in Susquehanna receiving this honor,” Henderson said.

“Susquehanna has provided me with tools to fulfill my passion, and I am excited to see what the future holds,” she added.

This award is not the first time Susquehanna has been recognized for its outstanding qualities. In September, the school was ranked as the 59th best value college in the United States by the 2017 Educate to Career College Rankings Index. Susquehanna has also been recognized in the past for its study abroad programs.

Alpha Delta Pi hosts annual ‘Beauty and the Greek’ show

By Matthew Dooley Staff writer

Alpha Delta Pi brought the annual Beauty and the Greek pageant to Susquehanna on Oct. 25.

The fundraiser, styled to be a mixture between the Golden Globes and “America’s Got Talent,” supplied laughs and thought-provoking commentary to those who attended.

Whether an individual was Greek or not, this event was a chance for students to support their classmates as much as it was a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Danville.

“All the proceeds go to our philanthropy, which is the Ronald McDonald House,” Alpha Delta Pi sophomore Annie Weis said.

“Every Greek organization brings a candidate and they all compete in this event,” she added.

Following a Harmonic Combustion concert, the Beauty and the Greek pageant officially began.

The students in attendance were first introduced to their hosts, seniors Sylvia Sentz and Brenna Burke, who there to provide light banter between the acts.

Sentz and Burke introduced the four judges, including representatives from the Ronald McDonald House in Danville, the Susquehanna University Counseling Center and the interim director of leadership engagement at Susquehanna.

The contestants were grouped into pairs, with each sorority or fraternity providing a representative.

The only exception was the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, which provided two representatives to the competition who were put on different teams.

The students were asked to showcase who they were through a talent, Q&A and skit.

Beauty and the Greek was a chance for students to have fun supporting one another and supporting a local charity.

However, it also gave contestants the chance to break the stereotypes that inhibit Greek life and showcase the leadership skills and friendships it has brought to its members.

Junior Chad Hummel, a member of Pi Kappa Phi, said: “Greek life has always been about inclusion. Whether you are in Greek life or not, most events are always open to everybody, especially fundraisers. Always feel free to come and meet people. You can easily make friends just by hanging out and watching.”

Going to Greek-sponsored events can be beneficial for every student according to the junior Ashley Sandstrom.

She added that participating in the event if one is in Greek life “is important because it supports good communication between all the fraternities and sororities on campus.”

The attendance at such events may be growing. Senior Noah Diaz-Portalatin, a member of Phi Mu Delta, noticed this and said in reflection of Beauty and the Greek, “I thought it was a bigger turn-out than any other year.”

2016’s Beauty and the Greek was won by Tau Kappa Epsilon senior John Martone and Sigma Gamma Roe sophomore Donique Haynes.

Runner-ups included Kappa Delta sophomore Caitlin Barnes and Phi Mu Alpha junior Kevin Gryzbek in second. Sigma Alpha Iota sophomore Hannah Nyce and Hamric placed third.

Field Hockey rolls to eighth straight victory

By Nick Forbes Asst. sports editor

The Susquehanna field hockey team played three games in a four-day window while the University was on fall break, winning all three games.

On Oct.15, rival Drew came to Susquehanna to face off against the Hawks. The River Hawks delivered against the tough Drew defense, winning 3-0.

The game was scoreless until the 22nd minute, when freshman forward Hunter Pitman got a pass from sophomore forward Taylor Franco and delivered a strike past the Drew goalkeeper.

Pitman later repayed the favor to Franco in the 34th minute, setting Franco up nicely to score the third and final goal of the game for Susquehanna.

Freshman midfielder Heather Casey scored the second goal for the River Hawks, emphasizing the plethora of young talent that the team currently has.

Susquehanna outshot Drew substantially, firing 18 shots, while Drew managed just seven. Only one of Drew’s shots came in the first half.

Head Coach Kaitlyn Wahila was proud of the way her team played, especially with a long road game in the near future.

“Being able to shut out a team and put three goals in was crucial for our game play going into New York,” she said.

On Oct. 17, the team packed their bags and headed to New York to square off against Keuka College, where the River Hawks unleashed an offensive barrage, dominating the Wolves 6-1.

The scoring came early and often for Susquehanna, who delivered five goals in the first half alone to set themselves up with a comfortable lead. Once again, Pitman was a crucial part of the offense, scoring once and adding two more assists. Sophomore forwards Raquel Ramos and Stephanie Sachs eached added goals for Susquehanna as young talent shone once again.

Senior midfielder Lauren Cram had also had two assists for the River Hawks.

Susquehanna defeated Ithaca on Oct. 18 to earn its eighth straight victory and ninth in its last 10 games. The teams were locked at two before back-to-back goals from junior forward Jordan Burkepile and Franco gave Susquehanna the separation it needed.

Susquehanna would not have been in such good position if it had not been for senior forward Emily Novakovich, who scored the team’s first two points.

Freshman goalkeeper Emily DiGaetano recorded the best game of her young career, playing 70 minutes and recording 12 saves. After the Bombers scored again to make the score 4-3, Pitman once again delivered, scoring the final goal of the game and sealing the victory.

“Going into the Ithaca game we knew it would be a true test of our ability to hold defensively and be able to execute our game plan from top to bottom for 70 minutes,” Wahila said.

“We are so proud of our team for performing so well over a four-day period and coming out 3-0.”

The River Hawks will travel to Elizabethtown on Saturday, Oct. 22 to face the Blue Jays.

Garner’s 2-point conversion wins thriller

By Mike Henken Staff writer

The Susquehanna football team picked up a hard-fought 35-34 victory over Centennial Conference foe Moravian on Oct. 15 at Moravian.

Junior quarterback Nick Crusco ran for a 1-yard touchdown with less than one mintue remaining in the game to bring the River Hawks to within one. Head Coach Tom Perkovich then decided to go for the victory rather than the tie, and Crusco completed a pass to freshman fullback Lucas Garner on a successful two-point conversion attempt that gave Susquehanna the win.

“I thought it was an easy decision,” Perkovich said. “Having all of the momentum at that point was a big factor. Also having two extra points blocked earlier in the game swayed my decision. I knew that even if we kicked it we would never get the ball back with only two timeouts, so we went for it. I didn’t want to take the chance in overtime, and felt like putting the pressure on them was the way to win the game. Very relieved it worked out. I am very proud of our team and how they never gave up.”

Prior to the late game heroics, Susquehanna faced quite a stiff test. The River Hawks were trailing the Greyhounds 27-7 at halftime. They responded well in the second half, however, outscoring Moravian 28-7.

Crusco led the offensive attack for the River Hawks, tallying 207 passing yards with one touchdown in addition to 48 rushing yards and a career-high four rushing touchdowns. Junior running back Cameron Ott added to the ground attack with 174 rushing yards of his own. The success running the football was crucial to winning the game according to Crusco.

“Going into this game we knew that running the ball was a key factor in winning,” he said. “Cam Ott and the whole offensive line did a great job all day with the run game. Also the wide outs on the perimeter did a good job blocking.”

Crusco was also named the Centennial Conference football offensive athlete of the week, an award that he attributes to the players surrounding him:

“Being named offensive athlete of the week is a honor. My job is easy when I have a cast of 10 other guys on offensive going a great job and executing the plays,” he said.

On the defensive end of the ball, senior line backer Marc LeDrappier led the River Hawks with 14 tackles, while junior defensive back Ryan Ganard and freshman defensive back Ricardo Reyes added 11 each. Ganard also had an interception in the game.

Perkovich was pleased with the way the team stuck to the game plan.

“Our game plan on offense was to establish the run and keep our pass game short,” he said.

“They were only giving up 60 yards a game coming in and we thought we had a great plan. We were able to run for 211 yards on the day and we threw for over 200 with only one significant down-field throw,” he added.

“On defense we wanted to stop the run and keep them from hitting the big play.” Perkovich added. “At the end of the day we were able to control the run attack but need to continue to be better against the pass and especially the big play. We were able to get some great stops on defense in the second half, which gave us a chance to win.”

The River Hawks improved to 3-3 on the season with the victory and 3-2 in conference play.

Susquehanna will next meet Centennial Confernce opponent Ursinus on Oct. 21. Ursinus currently has a record of 0-6.

The River Hawks hope to improve to a winning record against the Bears.

Chicago Cubs look to ditch goat curse

By Alex Kurtz Sports editor

The Chigago Cubs are currently tied 2-2 in the NLCS and are two games away from making their first World Series appearance since 1945. Bad teams and poor management have been the main reasons that the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908.

Baseball fans are a different breed though, putting great stock in superstition.

Cubs fans will tell you that their franchise is cursed because of the old owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago: Bill Sianis.

Sianis wanted to bring luck to the team, which was up 2-1 in the 1945 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, so he brought his billy goat, Murphy, to the park with him.

The staff however would not let him in. Sianis then proclaimed that as long as the goat was not allowed in Wrigley Field the Cubs would not win the World Series.

What is creepy is not only the fact that the Cubs ended up losing the 1945 World Series, but every substantial loss since then has been at the hands of a team with someone or something named Murphy.

The first example was in 1969. The Cubs held a nine-game lead in the National L eague East in mid-August, but the team collapsed and lost the division to the New York Mets, who went on to win the World Series that year. The Mets’ general manager was Johnny Murphy, and the team’s announcer was Bob Murphy.

It gets weirder.

In 1984, the Cubs made the playoffs for the first time since that 1945 season, but they lost to the Padres in the last game of the National League Championship Series on the road at Jack Murphy Stadium.

The most recent example however was just last year. The Cubs played the Mets in the National League Championship Series and were confident after rolling over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Divisional Series.

The Mets went on to sweep the series 4-0. The victory was due in large part to Mets’ right fielder Daniel Murphy, who hit .529 with four home runs and six runs batted.

Could all of these be coninsidences? Maybe, but if you ask any Cubs fan, the Billy Goat Curse is alive and well.

This year the Cubs rolled to the best record in baseball, finishing the regular season 103- 58, and cruised through the National League Divisional Series beating the Giants. They are now facing the Dodgers with a trip to the World Series on the line.

The Dodgers do not have anybody with the last name Murphy. However, according to the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, and descendent of Bill Sianis, John Sianis, there has been a fiasco involving a goat in Chicago during the series.

Bill’s brother Sam was called to do an interview with WGN, whose office is in the Chicago Tribune building. The goat was then refused entry. That night, the Giants beat the Cubs for the first, and only, time in the series.

This year is the best shot that the Cubs have had at breaking the curse in years. There are no Murphys on the roster of the American League Champion Cleveland Indians. Maybe this is the year that the curse keels over.

Volleyball continues to dominate

By Melissa Barracato Staff writer

Susquehanna’s women’s volleyball team has started out yet another strong season, as they improved to 23-5 after this weekend’s Landmark Conference victories over Catholic and Goucher.

On Oct. 14 they defeated Penn. State-Altoona 3-0, the set finals at 25-13, 25-23, 25- 16, respectively. The River Hawks won both their matches on Oct. 15 in three sets as well.

Susquehanna topped Catholic in digs 52-40 and blocks 7-3. Against Goucher, Susquehanna tallied 45 digs to Goucher’s 41 and seven blocks to Goucher’s two.

The wins brought the team’s current win streak to six games.

This weekend’s success certainly reflects how the team has been performing throughout the entire season.

“We’ve had a few hiccups along the way where we think we could have done better in a couple of matches, but we’re doing ok,” Head Coach Tom Kuuipo said.

Part of the team’s strength lies within the freshman class.

“We found ourselves in a situation that we didn’t anticipate this year, being that we had such a big returning class,” Kuuipo said. “Some of these first-year kids are really making an impact. Their talent and skill level is good, and every day it gets better.”

According to Kuuipo, this year’s record is around the same as it has been in the last few years as the team has upheld a strong position near the top of the conference for the last several seasons.

“We’ve been dominant in the conference. It usually comes down to us and Juniata,” Kuuipo said.

Susquehanna has missed the Landmark championship match just three times over the last 10 years. The River Hawks have failed to get past Juniata each time they have reached the championship however.

The River Hawks made their mark in the conference this weekend with two wins against Catholic and Goucher,. The River Hawks also established themselves as the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Landmark Conference tournament.

“It’s always great to have a good outing in conference play. The team really came together and performed well,” senior middle hitter Leana Carvin said.

In the Landmark Conference standings Susquehanna trails Juniata, who has won the championship for the last nine seasons.

“I think we are going to do very well. It’s up to the team, and we’ll go as far as they want to take us,” Kuuipo said. “There are some very talented teams and they are loaded with some experienced players. We have a good group of seniors that are leading the way for the rest of the team,” he added.

“It is the second half of the season that demands the most focus and discipline,” Carvin added.

“We still have some really big games to play. Our goal is to continue to get better as a team and peak strongly in the second half of our season,” she said.

The Susquehanna volleyball team has a lot to be proud of this season, specifically the pivotal moment that occurred on Oct. 8 against SUNY Canton, when Kuuipo earned his 300th match win.

“The seniors this year were on the court and brought me my 200th win as well, and it’s not often that you see that,” he said. “It’s because of them that we’ve been so successful. They’ve created a culture that we’re going to be a championship team.”

The team was certainly proud of their coach and themselves as well. “It was a really proud moment for Coach Kuuipo,” Carvin said.

“It served as a moment of reflection of the past three and half years, and all the success this program has seen. It’s an awesome feeling to be a part of that success, and the team that made it happen,” she added.

Susquehanna will face the Coast Guard Academy at 6 p.m. and Stevens Institute of Technology at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at home.

The River Hawks will face non-conference opponents for the next two weeks, before hosting Catholic in a Landmark Conference semifinal match on Nov. 2.