Small press to highlight intersectional identities, oppression

By Megan Ruge, Co-Editor in Chief

A call for submissions has been released by the fall 2017 Small Press Editing and Publishing class for creative writing, poetry and/or prose to be published by Corona Press.

Corona Press is a student run publication, created by the class, that intends on publish- ing two chapbooks by the end of the semester, said senior Melissa Ballow.

The press is “dedicated to publishing prose and poetry that explores how different perspectives combine to create a unique vision and are excited about promoting intersectionality in contemporary writing and culture,” the class explained in a press release.

“It was really cool because we were able to say like ‘what’s important to us,’” Ballow said. “Is it important to talk about intersections within an individual? We were talking about different identities one person might have or when your own identity conflicts with the community around you and we sort of came to the conclusion that both are super important, especially in this current post-modern identity focused era. We’re accepting submissions from both sides of that.”

The press is looking for works by a single author. The selections should be between 18 and 44 pages of paginated content submitted in 12 point Times New Roman font and double spaced. A short author bio should be attached to the front of the document as a cover page so the author can remain anonymous during the selection process.

If multiple pieces are sent together, Corona asks that they are submitted in order of how the author would like to see them published. Pieces can be submitted at coronapress2017@ gmail.com until Oct. 8.

“We are going through a submission process where we take all of the submissions, we read them in their entirety,” Ballow said. “We have a prose reading board and a poetry reading board. At that point, we will determine what parts of each selection do we really enjoy, what parts we think that could need work and what simply doesn’t fit our criteria.”

From here, the class will decide what makes the cut.

“The top submissions that we receive will have the privilege of being printed, but we might be doing something with our other submissions that we haven’t determined yet,” Ballow said. “Most likely, we are going to be featuring at least some of this work on our website so well.”

When putting together the small press, the class had to first decide on a mission statement and then pick a name that would sum this up for their readers.

“When we were talking about visions, thinking about both past presses that had been running and what’s currently on our minds in the face of this year politically, we really wanted to focus on voices that had not been heard in public media, but we weren’t quite sure how to make that more of a positive focus rather than an angry one,” Ballow said. “We didn’t want our press to be fueled by a divisive nature, so instead we took the other biggest thing that was in the news at the time.”

“The eclipse had just happened, so we were really ex- cited about how when the sun and the moon, which are theoretically polar opposites, come together, you’re able to see all these really exciting things that you normally wouldn’t during the day,” Ballow continued. “Specifically the ‘corona,’ which is the halo of light that happens when the totality occurs. We thought that it was really beautiful and awe inspiring and it brought the entire country together…because it only happens like once every 18 months but it only goes over land every like couple of years or so. And this was the first time it had happened in the U.S. in the last 30-something years, so we believed that the best way to talk about what our communities were dealing with when it came to discourse in public was to talk about how when we come together we can make something that’s bigger than the sum of our parts.”

Their mission statement then came together.

“We’re dedicated to highlighting student poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction that explores intersectionality,” said visiting assistant professor of creative writing, Hasanthika Sirisena. “For example, work that explores how race and gender and queerness work together and in opposition to create a whole identity. We are also interested in work that explores injustice and oppression. That said, we’re open minded and want most to start a dialogue by giving platforms to talented writers.”

The class will work for the remainder of the semester in this format in a way that mirrors a real world small press.

“This is a student-run press, it will only last for the semester,” Sirisena said. “Other than that, it’s proved to be a fairly accurate representation of what it’s like to establish a small press. We created a masthead. We assigned tasks. We’ve created a schedule and a call for submissions. It’s real world experience.”

“It’s really all about making sure the students run the entire show and I think that experience is particularly indispensable just because once you go into the adult world, there won’t be a teacher there to guide you,” Ballow said.

The class will hold a launch party at the end of the semester for their finished chapbooks. All selected authors will be invited to the launch party and will receive a hard copy of the chapbook.

Composer to perform at SU, work with students

By Sarah McMillin, Staff Writer

American composer Samuel Adler will be the subject of a recital and work with students on Oct. 3.

Adler’s recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Hall and will feature faculty members and students.

Susquehanna faculty involved in the performance are associate professors of music Jennifer Sacher Wiley, Naomi Niskala and Marcos Krieger, lecturer in music Jaime Namminga and adjunct faculty in music Leslie Cullen.

Student performers are seniors Luke Duceman and Jessica Portzline and junior Emma Mooradian.

The performance will also include the SU Bridge Quartet, which includes Wiley, Johanna Hartman Levi, Ofir Tomer and Andrew Rammon.

The repertoire for the recital is all pieces that have been composed by Adler.

Specific pieces that will be performed are “Sonata for Violin and Piano #2,” “Pensive Soliloquy for Saxophone and Piano,” “Composer Portraits for Piano,” Bridges to Span Adversity,” “Canto XIII for Piccolo” and “String Quartet No. 3.”

The performance will also feature a discussion moderated by professor of music Patrick Long about Adler, his life and his work.

In total, the recital will be about an hour and a half long.

Adler is coming to Susquehanna as part of the Martha Barker Blessing Musicians-in- Residence Series.

“Each semester a musician or group is asked to spend time with the department, performing or working with our students, visiting classes, etc.,” Wiley said.

“[It] broadens their horizons,” Wiley continued.

In addition to the recital, Adler will be teaching in his time at Susquehanna.

“He will be visiting classes in music history, theory, conducting and composition,” Long said. “He will also meet individually with nine student composers.”

According to Adler’s website, he has composed over 400 published works, including five operas, six symphonies, twelve concerti, nine string quartets and five oratorios, among other pieces.

He has also written three books, some of which have been used as textbooks in the music department at Susquehanna.

According to Adler’s website, he is professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music.

Adler was previously a professor of composition at the University of North Texas, music director at Temple Emanuel in Dallas, Texas, and instructor of fine arts at the Hockaday School, also in Dallas, Texas.

Adler has also been a member of the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City since 1997.

He was awarded the 2009-10 William Schuman Scholars Chair and has given master classes and workshops at over 300 universities worldwide and has taught at various international music festivals. Adler has also been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Editor notes Netflix losses, additions

By Megan Ruge, Co-Editor in Chief

Netflix has done it again, friends. Starting Sunday, Oct. 1, Netflix will be removing some of our favorite classics. Who knows how long they will be gone for this time, but assuming they will be back isn’t really a good plan of action.

For those of you who are interested in the following films, your deadline is Sunday and now that you have it, get to it. Your time is limited.

“Hellboy” is one of many films that will be leaving us on Sunday. The film, about a demonic beast who becomes a hero, fights supernatural beings such as hellhounds.

Hellboy, a generally rough individual, must prepare to fight threats along side the much less prepared Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.

“Love Actually,” another film to leave us on Sunday, is a time honored, star-studded, Christmas classic. The film follows several different interconnected couples whose relation- ships are put to the test during the holiday season. Some relationships grow stronger and others ultimately fail.

“Million Dollar Baby,” leaving us this weekend as well, follows Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald, female boxer, who begs a local gym owner to teach her everything he knows. Fitzgerald works hard to achieve her goals, eventually putting her skills to test in the fight of her life, the results of which will leave audiences in awe.

“Big Daddy,” an Adam Sandler movie, is a classic that will live on in our hearts forever, but unfortunately not on our Netflix accounts.

The film, staring the Sprouse twins in the same role, tells the story of a New York City man who ends up taking care of a 5-year-old. On the quest to find the father, the man falls for the kid and looks for ways to make his stay permanent.

“Across the Universe,” a Beatles musical, will be exiting as well. The film, based in the ‘60s, tells the story of many young people trying to find their way.

Throughout the film, Beatles songs are incorporated into the plot and the main characters are named after different characters in different Beatles songs, such as Jude, Lucy and Jojo.

“Happy Feet,” a beloved children’s film, will dance its way off our accounts on Sunday as well.

Following penguin habitation and mating in a very whimsical way, “Happy Feet” tells the story of a penguin unlike the others whose ambition in life is to use his flippers as tap shoes. He must defeat all odds to become the first tap-dancing penguin.

Though there are many other films leaving us in October, there are among those that will leave a hole in our hearts and Netflix accounts.

Even though we are terribly sad to see these fine films go, there are many films that will arrive on the same day that might just fill the gap.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Johnny Depp, is the new-age remake of the original 1971 film star- ing the late Gene Wilder.

The film tells the same story as the original, but we get to see a lot of contemporary and unique gadgets that allow the chocolatier to make a new twist on the original candies that drive the children wild in the original film.

“Miss Congeniality,” another Netflix addition, stars fan favorite Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who gets sucked into the beauty queen world, trying to find out who wants to kill Miss USA.

“Must Love Dogs,” our final new film on Netflix, follows an older woman look- ing for love who creates a dating profile, highlighting the importance of a love for dogs. She finds a man who responds to her profile and meets her at the dog park, but he isn’t telling her a whole truth.

Guest vocalist performs at SU, exhibits ’emotional themes’

By Zachary Bonner, Assistant News Editor

Vocalist Jennifer Trost and pianist Svetlana Radionova performed a recital on Sept. 25 in Stretansky Hall.

The recital consisted of two pieces, which exhibited similar emotional themes. In both performances Trost portrayed a woman who had lost love.

“Frauenliebe und leben, Op. 42” is most commonly translated as “Woman’s Love and Life” and is a collection of poems by Adalbert von Chamisso put to vocal and piano music by Robert Schumann.

“Beethoven’s Slippers: A Monodrama” is a separate type of piece in that it is a contemporary work composed for Trost by contemporary composer and vocalist Judith Cloud.

The piece is set in the late 1980s and follows a wealthy, older woman who is scorned by a lost love. The piano accompaniment draws from various classical composers but is grounded in Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major,” a piece the main character of the story plays often.

The world premiere of the piece took place in November 2016 at Northern Arizona University, and is currently being showcased in Trost’s tour through Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York and New Jersey.

Students who attended the recital noted the subject matter throughout the performance.

“I thought it was beautiful,” junior Emily Curto said. “I appreciated the very cohesive theme throughout the performance.” The performance was also attended by students who had little exposure to opera.

The recital was more accessible to listeners who weren’t studying classical music because “Beethoven’s Slippers” was sung in English and composed in a contemporary setting.

“Personally, the majority of vocal performances I’ve attended have been in the realm of musical theater,” senior Emily Shellenberger said.

“Even though [Trost] was singing in a language I don’t speak and in a style I’m unfamiliar with, I was still able to understand and enjoy the story that she was telling,” Shellenberger continued.

Trost has an extensive performance resume and a varied history as a recitalist.

According to her biography, she has performed most frequently as a lyric soprano, and moved into young dramatic soprano repertoire as her career progressed.

Currently Trost performs both soprano repertoire and mezzo-soprano repertoire.

Her career started as a resident artist at the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, as well as Wuppertal Opera and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. She has performed in operas such as Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” and Wagner’s “Die Walkure.”

In addition to opera singing, Trost also works as a voice teacher and a masterclass technician. She is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Opera Association.

Trost is currently an associate professor at Penn State, where she teaches voice, song literature and opera literature.

Radionova started her performance career in St. Petersburg, Russia, and holds a doctorate from the Rimsky- Korsakov Conservatory.

She emigrated to the United States and has been a soloist in State College with the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Pennsylvania Center Orchestra, and the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra.

Editor discusses safe space controversy

By Zach Bonner, Assistant News Editor

One of the most volatile debates in our current political discourse is the need for, or problems with, safe spaces. Academic and political speakers alike sit on either sides of a stark dichotomy—one that is a vote of confidence for existence of safe spaces for intersectional thought and one championing our rights as citizens of this country to speak what they believe and to do so without censorship.

As I see it, the opposite sides of our nation’s debate on how we should speak to and about each other is this: do we treat people with respect and in turn avoid certain turns of phrase, or do we keep our language the way it is as to avoid violating our first amendment rights?

To take contemporary examples of either side of this argument, first, I’d like to highlight the words of Ben Shapiro. Ben Shapiro attempts to explain to college students across the nation that their need for safe spaces and their aversion to micro-aggressions is creating within them a group of people who feels that anything that doesn’t align with their beliefs is an offense or an arm of oppression.

Conversely, in an opinion piece for The Washington Post, the president of Northwestern University, Morton Schapiro, explains why he believes that safe spaces are necessary for all people. He says that people, specifically college students, are unable to embrace uncomfortable learning without feeling comfortable themselves. He believes that every person, regardless of their identity markers, deserves a space to speak their truths without backlash or fear of being made to feel invalid.

I think the major disconnect between people who disavow safe spaces and people who feel that safe spaces are necessary for the proper functioning of our institutions of higher education is the basic definition of what safe spaces are and where they exist.

A common misconception is that safe spaces are entire campus communities. As someone who is a member of a marginalized community and has eyes and ears, I assure you that public spaces on campus are not always safe

spaces. Anyone can say virtually anything they see fit and, depending on what kind of administrative authority is present, can do so without consequence. Safe spaces are autonomous areas inside these public spaces where members of marginalized communities can go to exist without the possibility of being harassed for their identity.

I’m not a person who thinks that censoring harassment or rhetoric of people who wish to marginalize others is a viable solution to this problem. A fundamental truth of our country is our collective right to freedom of expression.

Considering this, I believe that if you agree with the sentiment that safe spaces are unnecessary and harmful to the education of students as a whole, you have a basic misunderstanding of what they are, willfully or otherwise.

Directors Discussion

By Eli Bass, Director of Jewish Life

“The University’s history and heritage lead us to affirm the dignity and worth of all persons. Consequently, we must be vigilant to ensure that we do not exclude or marginalize individuals and groups because of such differences as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, marital and parental status, disability, age, religion, gender identity or expression, geography, and national origin. As Susquehanna seeks to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human differences,” says the Statement of Diversity and Inclusiveness from Susquehanna University (SU) board of trustees.

Part of our commitment as a university forces us to ask large questions around how to process and support those who are different from us. This Saturday marks the end of the high holidays as the Jewish community observes Yom Kippur. There are many moments that make it challenging to be a religious minority on a campus. The appearance of a swastika on Rosh Hashanah makes it clear that there are voices opposed to our university commitments, on campus. These moments of bigotry on campus should not be tolerated. Instead, they must be confronted and removed.

I’m deeply grateful to President Green, public safety and other staff and students across the university who had responded to both recognize the unacceptable nature of the swastika and have extended their support to Jewish and other affected students.

Susquehanna’s board of trustees statement is one of a visionary ideal instead of a current reality. I’m asking for your partnership to bring this vision. I believe in the power and goodness of our Susquehanna community. Having the Jewish holiday season, at the beginning of a school year is often challenging for our Jewish community who are typically deeply committed across campus. I believe that little actions help us to be the kind of community we should be. I want to point out a few actions, which help us move towards this vision.

I’d like to recognize the community members who spoke up when actions of hate have occurred on this campus. Each individual on campus deserves dignity. Communicating with public safety and administrators helps us to maintain a safe environment. For those who have spoken up, thank you!

Scheduling has been a critical issue for many of the Jewish students on campus. I know that campus activities continue to move throughout Jewish holidays. I know that Jewish students, like students of every religious and ethnic background are involved in every part of campus life. To departments, organizations, and individuals who worked to accommodate individual religious observances – thank you. Especially, thank you to those who changed schedules or adjusted them to support Jewish students. Thank you!

Sensitivity to minorities doesn’t just extend organizationally. It is also interpersonal. Checking in with friends and students you know goes a long way. It could be after a specific incident. It could also be that you saw a post about an approaching Jewish holiday and felt it was important to check in with your friend on the holiday. These moments go a long way. For those who were able to check in, thank you! For those who checked in with Jewish, LGBTQQ, and racial minority students after the swastikas occurred, thank you! Our ability to become more sensitive to the experiences of others is critical as we aspire to be a better community.

The Jewish holiday season is about looking at yourself and looking to improve in the coming year. When I reflect on the past year, I know there are many ways I can seek to improve and grow in how I support fostering the community I’d like at SU.

Two questions I’d encourage you to reflect on: How was I a good ally this past year? How do I seek to be better going forward?

Editor makes case for NFL protest

By Alex Kurtz, Sports Editor 

Sept. 23 was a normal day for most Americans, but for Stephen Curry and the reigning NBA-champion Golden State Warriors, their decision that day inadvertently put forward the chain of events that would eventually lead to the death of “shut up and play” in sports.

President Donald Trump revoked his invitation for the team to come to the White House after Curry expressed his hesitancy to go.

The visit to the White House in past years has been an honor, but with the controversy surrounding the Trump presidency, many athletes have expressed frustrations with the president.

That weekend, different NFL teams united in an almost league wide showing of unity during the national anthem.

The Jacksonville Jaguars locked arms in London. The Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the locker room aside from offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former army ranger, who stood alone with his hand over his heart during the anthem.

Football fans around the country were in outrage on how nobody should kneel for the anthem as it dis- respects Americans who fought for our freedom. That statement could not be farther from the truth. These Americans fought for all of our freedoms, including our right to protest and the right to free speech. Trump later came out on Thursday in an interview to state that “NFL owners are scared of their players.”

He must have not been watching the games though because most NFL owners were in complete supports of their players. Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones kneeled with his team during the anthem. Jaguars’ owner Shahid Khan stood with his players on the sideline, arms locked. This list goes on and on.

Fans in years prior did not want see politics during their hours of disconnect, even if it was already there to an extent, i.e. the national anthem, which was only made mandatory for players to stand on the sidelines in 2009.

Nowadays, fans are more active in the political spectrum, and the fight against social injustices has escalated to the most extreme it has been since the civil rights movement in the ‘60’s. In a political era where social media is so prominent, having a disconnect from sports and politics is impossible.

While there is NFL policy stating that one must stand for the anthem, and players could receive fines or suspensions for their actions, this showing of protest from almost the entire league shows that “shut up and play” no longer exists in sports, and if Trump continues on his current path during his tenure as the leader of the free world, this is only the beginning, whether you like it or not.

Sexual assault film shown for SU Greek life hazing prevention week

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer

The film “The Hunting Grounds” was shown in Isaac’s Auditorium in Seibert Hall on Monday, Sept. 26 as a part of Hazing Prevention Week.

“The Hunting Grounds,” written and directed by Kirby Dick and released in 2015, is a documentary about rape and sexual assault on college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the impact these crimes have on victims.

After the film was shown, a panel took the stage to answer questions from the audience. The panel consisted of Barbara Johnson, Title IX coordinator and director of workforce diversity and inclusion in human resources office, Cheryl Stumpf, counselor at the counseling center, Scott Kershner, the university chaplain, Coleen Zoller, head of the philosophy department and part of the women’s studies program, Rabbi Nina Mandel, adjunct professor in both Religious Studies and Diversity Studies, and a rabbi in Sunbury, and Angelo Martin, director of public safety.

“I applaud the system here for putting this together, for inviting people to talk about it, and to being open and to say that it is everybody’s responsibility,” Rabbi Mandel said.

In response to the film’s depiction of the lack of accountability, one student in attendance opened the discussion by asking what the panel would say to potential assaulters who saw that they wouldn’t face any punishment.

“I know since I’ve been here that there have been cases reported, and cases have gone through the conduct system, so students are held accountable for their actions,” Johnson said.

“One hopes that part of the moral education people are getting is there are things that are bad and wrong to do, it doesn’t matter if you get caught,” Rabbi Mandel added.

Concerns were also raised about how the university deals with victims of sexual assault, as well as an investigation if the victim wishes to pursue one.

“I think the first thing we need to always do is make sure the victim feels comfortable when they’re talking,” Martin said.

“We have to be respectful of where the survivor is in their process, because we don’t want to prematurely push them into something that they’re not ready to do,” Stumpf said.

“Oftentimes, I’m calling [Martin] and his staff and asking if the survivor can come over and ask some questions,” Stumpf added. “So I make sure that the survivor is receiving information that is going to help them to make an informed decision about pressing charges and pursuing whether they decide to press charges legally or just here on campus.”

“It’s really important if you have friends who are experiencing something that you let your friends know that they can get the support that they need,” Johnson said. “Often- times, what I’ve learned in the Title IX trainings I’ve attended, is that if students experience sexual misconduct and then get the emotional support that they need, sometimes that will turn into wanting their case to move forward.”

However, if students are unable to get the emotional sup- port they need and attempt to handle the situation by themselves or with friends who are not equipped with the professional skills necessary to deal with it, they won’t be able to go forward, Johnson added.

“What I would recommend is that we continue this conversation,” Stumpf said. “This is not a once-and-done conversation. This is not a one-time program. We need to keep this conversation going.”

Stumpf continued: “I’m in the process of developing a group in the counseling center for survivors, and I know there are survivors out there, I know there are friends of survivors out there. I would like to talk with you, I would like to talk with you.”

“I would like to have a conversation about how we can better serve our survivors on our campus,” Stumpf added. “I think we could do a better job with that too.”

Professional journalist talks political situation

By Ben Roehlke, Staff Writer

On Wednesday Sept. 27, the Center for Intercultural and Community Engagement (CICE) sponsored a guest to come speak in the Degenstein campus theater.

The guest speaker was Michel Martin, National Public Radio, host and veteran journalist. Martin gave a lecture titled “Going There: Seeking Civil Discourse in the Age of Anger.”

Martin is the weekend host of the show “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio and has previously written for the Wall Street Journal and well as the Washington Post.

This lecture covered talking points related to recent social and political tensions. Some examples of the dialogue included differing opinions over the Trump administration, as well as discussion over protests across the nation.

A major theme that echoed throughout the lecture was an encouragement to take action and create discussion. Martin said that often times, when people found themselves in a heated discussion over sensitive topics, they tend to leave the situation or shut the other person out before hearing their side of the debate.

She stressed that no matter the difference in opinion or views politically or socially, it is important to hear all sides of a story and only then determine what is fact and what is fiction.

Martin then touched on recent accusations in the media that have come to be known as “fake news.” She said that many news providers have been accused of fake news and again stressed the importance of educating oneself on the facts of a story from all credible sources.

“The lecture was quite interesting, especially with what’s going on in the world today,” said, Charlie Riley, a junior who attended the lecture, “It’s important that people stay informed on these important issues.”

Senior Austin French discussed how he felt after the lecture: “I’m glad that [Martin] is encouraging people to continue the discussion when things get uncomfortable. I feel like people have taken the idea of ‘safe spaces’ too far, and seem to hide behind that when someone has an opinion that is different than their own.”

French continued, “I hope that people will be more open to this style of educated discussion, and make progress towards creating change, but it all starts by setting aside our differences.”

Martin is a part of Susquehanna lecture series titled “Public Culture in a Time of Hyperinformation.”

Trax hosts successful disco party despite fire alarm

By Alanna Dent, Staff Writer

Susquehanna’s on-campus nightclub, Trax, held its annual Silent Disco on Sept. 23.

Students were able to trade in their school identification cards for a pair of wireless headphones to listen to the different mixes of DJ Jbonax, DJ Victor. E and DJ Mocha.

Attendees were able to control which station they were listening to with the flick of a switch on these specialized headphones.

“The DJs had specific channels, and it was amazing seeing how many people were dancing in groups and dancing alone to their own jams,” said senior Eyana Walker, Trax employee.

Each of the three DJs played multiple genres, ranging from top 40 hits to electronic dance music to throwback jams, but for the most part there were three different styles being played at any given time. Senior Dylan Smith was enthusiastic about having the three DJs,

“I like having the variety because it also allows me to DJ in my own sense as well,” Smith said. “I select my favorite out of the three songs being played and I jam out.”

“The event is a unique way for students to listen and dance to different songs at the same time,” Smith continued. “So I may listen to a top 40 hit and dance one way and there could be someone dancing the same way to a techno/EDM song and it is amusing to see the similarities. Plus, nothing is better than taking the headphones off and hearing people sing at the top of their lungs with no music being played.”

Around 11:30 p.m., students in headphones rushed out of the building due to a fire alarm being set off.

The alarm was due to the smoke machines being used on stage, and the issue was quick- ly resolved. Junior Sydni Holloway said, “It made me feel like a real college kid.”

“The speed and direction that came from the Trax staff turned what could have been a disastrous situation into a funny memory,” Holloway continued.

Despite the fire alarm, the silent disco was one of the better attended Trax events of the school year thus far. When asked about its success, senior Sam King, Trax employee, commented, “This event was pretty popular and people told me it was because they got to choose what music they got to listen to.”

“Also, having a variety of music is always a good thing because different people like different genres and this way we can cater to those different preferences all at one time,” King continued. “It’s more inclusive and makes more people happy, so more people show up.”

Holloway said, “It’s funny how something that was so ‘disconnected’ brought everyone in the room together. It was a real feeling of community.”

Holloway was speaking to the idea that although students could be listening to different channels on their headsets, they were still connected.

Walker wanted to remind everybody that the fun is not over yet. Sign-ups are available now for “Trax Battle,” a Nerf battle to end all Nerf battles, which is being held Friday, September 29 at 8 p.m.

The “Trax battle” will include an obstacle course type map that the four-person team will have to overcome in order to win.

There will still be refreshments available at the event, but alcohol will not be allowed in to the building or served at the ‘Trax Battle.”

Coming up in the next week, there will actually be two events on the weekend: a rave and an escape room.

The Escape Room is sponsored by Trax and will be one of two events that could help de-stress students for mid-term week. The event will run from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m.

The Rave being held at Trax will be sponsored by the Student Activities Committee and held the next night on Oct. 7 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

For more information on Trax events, contact the student help desk.