Reese shatters own record in 4K at Dickinson

By Rachael Cataldo, Staff Writer

Sophomore Erin shattered her own school record time during the 4K race at the Dickinson College Long/Short Invitational to lead the women’s cross country team to a fourth place finish in Carlisle on Sept. 30.

Reese finished the race with a time of 14:54.4 to finish seventh overall. She lowered the school record by 12 seconds, which she set earlier this year at the Bucknell Invitational.

“Breaking the record felt great because it shows that all [of] the training and hard work I put into the season is paying off,” Reese said. “It’s also nice because last year being my first of cross country I was learning and adjusting to the sport.”

“Erin has been running very strong all year and shows signs that we have just begun to scratch the surface of her potential,” head coach Martin Owens said. “I truly believe she can be one of the top 5 runners at the Landmark Conference Championships in four weeks.”

Also finishing strong for the River Hawks were seniors Hannah Stauffer and Kailyn Reilly. Stauffer placed ninth overall with a time of 15:04.3 while Reilly crossed the finish line 20th with a time of 15:24.0 for Susquehanna.

“The three of them are just as good as any other top three in the Landmark Conference,” Owens said about Reese, Stauffer, and Reilly.

The River Hawks raced against 22 other schools at the invitational and finished with 26 points. The Elizabethtown Blue Jays won the event with 20 points overall.

Junior Ciaran Fisher was the top finisher for the men’s cross country team with a time of 12:38.1 to take a 9th place overall in the 4K race.

“It feels great to be the top finisher for the River Hawks,” Fisher said. “My performances throughout the season have shown that the summer training has been paying off. I’ve ran a lot more miles than last summer and because of that, I’m more fit than I was last year.”

Freshman Leonard Bolinsky was the second River Hawk to cross the finish line to place 58th overall with a time of 14:04.6. The next Susquehanna runner to finish was freshman Robert Sattler with a time of 14:43.7 to place 72nd overall at the invitational.

The River Hawks placed 12th overall out of 20 teams in the 4K race.

In the 8K race, senior Eric Pressler was the first River Hawk to cross the finish line with a 49th place finish and a time of 28:28.2 leading the team to finish 15th out of 22 teams at the invitational.

Senior Kyle Skelton was the next to finish in 54th place with a time of 28:38.8. Sophomore Brandon Sorge was the final Susquehanna scoring runner with a time of 29:32.6, coming in 63rd place.

The Misericordia Cougars won the 4K race and the Messiah Falcons took home the winning title in the 8K race.

“Each week both teams have been improving which is what you look for as a coach,” Owens said. “We are more focused on the process versus outcomes, especially early in the season. Just last week, we started to focus on the race pace intervals and really ramped up the intensity of our training.”

“Over the next few weeks, this will remain our focus until we taper before the championship season. The women have been very consistent all year and show signs that everything is progressing perfectly. The men have been improving each week but we need to get more consistent,” Owens said.

Both cross country teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Gettysburg Invitational. Match time starts at 10:30 a.m. for all teams. Last year the women’s team finished first while the men’s team finished eighth.

Men’s soccer goes 1-1 earns win number two

By Kayln Albers, Staff Writer

The Susquehanna men’s soccer team dropped their first ever game in program history to Goucher College with a 3–2 loss in overtime.

Sophomore midfielder Alex Graul lit up the scoreboard first with a shot to the back of the net in the first 15 minutes.

Goucher was quick to answer back with a shot on goal seconds later but that attempt was saved by Susquehanna’s sophomore goalie Matt Ellingworth keeping the River Hawks in the lead.

Susquehanna, throughout the first period, got three corner kicks, but none were able to be converted into a goal. Susquehanna’s offense put up a fight with 10 shots on goal.

The first half saw little action following Graul’s goal, and ended with Susquehanna up 1–0 at the end of the half.

Goucher tied the game early in the second half with a goal from sophomore forward Brandon Cohen assisted by sophomore midfielder Moibanda Rogers.

The River Hawks had control for the following 20 minutes before freshman forward Chris Naiman scored in the 81st minute with 10 minutes left on the board, Alex Graul assisted that play.

This gave the River Hawks the one goal they needed to seal the game. Junior forward, Konrad Bulanowski from Goucher took that as a challenge though, as he answered back just 1:12 later with a goal. As the clock ran down to

zero, the scoreboard read 2–2. Four minutes into the over- time period, Goucher was awarded a penalty shot after Ellingworth came off his line to defend a player that out ran the River Hawks defense, granting him a foul, a red card and to be sent off the field. Freshman Ben King was on reserve and filled in as Susquehanna’s goalkeeper for the rest of the game.

Bulanowski with his second goal of the night shot to the right of the goal giving Goucher another point on the scoreboard making it 3–2 and end- ing the game. Before getting issued a red card Ellingworth had three saves the entire game. Seven yellow cards and one red card were issued during the entirety of the game.

On Wednesday though, the River Hawks were able to pick up their first conference win of the season against Juniata 2-0.

Freshman defenseman Patrick Bresney scored the first goal in the 55th minute and senior forward Ryan Cronin added the second goal in the 72nd minute.

In goal for the River Hawks was freshman Casey Hoover, who started his first game of his collegiate career due to Ellingworth’s red card from the game against Goucher, and he did not disappoint as he earned a shutout win. Hoover made two saves on the day.

The River Hawks will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. at Scranton. The game will be the annual Scranton Red Card Cancer match that will raise money and help boost awareness in the battle against the disease.

Volleyball goes 2-0 in tri-match; sweep GU

By Mel Barracato, Staff Writer

Senior Morgan Lowe shined in last weekend’s Landmark Tri-match against Catholic University and Goucher College as the River Hawks took home two conference victories. Both matches finished with Susquehanna winning 3-0.

The win against Catholic (8-9) included set scores of 25-19, 27-25, and 25-18, and the Goucher match set scores were 25-17, 25-17, and 25-18.

Against Catholic, Lowe recorded 13 kills and three digs, followed by sophomore Natalie Arm who had 12 kills and three digs. Sophomore Lindsey Pugh contributed 11 digs in the match and freshman Helen Forman dished out 39 assists and also had five kills and eight digs during the match.

Sophomore Hannah Lyons had nine kills and three digs while Sydney Portale had five kills and three digs. Sophomore Caroline Beohm added 17 digs and Kasey Bost also added seven digs of her own.

Lowe led the River Hawks again in the match against Goucher with 14 kills, followed by Portale, Lyons, and Mahoney who had seven kills apiece. Beohm led the team with 11 digs while freshman

Lizzie Herestofa had 8 digs of her own.

Forman had 26 assists and four digs while Bost added five digs. Sophomore Natalie Arm had four kills and two digs for the River Hawks.

Susquehanna also played another match on Oct. 4 when they beat conference-foe Gettysburg 3-1.

Lowe once again anchored the River Hawks, as she recorded her tenth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 14 digs. The 17 kills also led the team.

Mahoney led the team in blocks with five and Beohm led the team in digs with 19.

Susquehanna dropped the first set to the Bullets 25-21, but then managed to recover with three straight set wins of 25-21, 25-12, and 25-19.

Susquehanna looks ahead to play Marymount and Messiah in a tri-match this Saturday held at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.

Marymount currently sits at 8-8 on the season but is currently 0-2 in conference play. Their last game was a 3-0 win over Washington (Md.) 3-0.

Messiah on the other hand sits below .500 on the season with an overall record of 7-11. They are 3-1 in conference play however.

Their last game was a 3-0 win over Hood College.

The River Hawks hold an 11-8 overall record in the Conference.

Field Hockey picks up two victories

By Alyssa Gehris, Staff Writer

Susquehanna field hockey team claimed their fifth win overall and first conference win of the season with a 3–2 over-time win at Goucher on Saturday, Sept. 30 on Beldon field.

This win gave Susquehanna a 1–1 conference standing and a 5–5 standing overall.

Senior midfielder Cayla Spatz led the team with two goals. Goals for the game started first with Spatz as she scored unassisted in the first five minutes of the game.

Goucher’s Valerie Mendoza tied the score with an unassisted goal right before the end of the first half around 27 minutes into the game.

Freshman forward Maya Belin then scored the second goal for Goucher in the second half to bring them to a 2–1 lead.

Later on in the second half, Susquehanna freshman attack Maddie Taylor scored the game-tying goal, with an assist from sophomore attack Hunter Pitman, to bring the game into overtime.

The first half of overtime went without any change of score. It wasn’t until a corner penalty during the second half, that Spatz was given the opportunity for a shot from the top of the circle in order to give the River Hawks their game-winning goal.

With 1:48 left in overtime, Spatz scored the final goal to bring the River Hawks to their 3–2 victory.

Goucher put up a fight with 22 shots on goal however, Susquehanna goalkeeper Emily DiGaetano fought back with a recorded 13 saves.

Seven of Goucher’s shots on goal Digaetano was able to save were in the regulation game and the other six shots saved by the Susquehanna goalkeeper were in the overtime period.

Susquehanna had a total of nine shots on goal and Goucher goalkeeper Quichey Johnson had two saves throughout the game.

The River Hawks also picked up another win this week, this time against non- conference foe Misericordia in overtime by a 4-3 final score.

Pittman scored the game-winning goal for Susquehanna just over ten minutes into the overtime period off of a penalty corner and assist from freshman attack Jess Smith. Pittman also led the River Hawks in shots on the day with seven.

DiGaetano led Susquehanna with seven saves in goal.

Both teams were about the same in offensive pressure as each team had 14 shots and around 10 shots on goal. The River Hawks however had a drastic lead in penalty corners 15-8.

With the two victories Susquehanna improves to 6-5 overall.

The River Hawks will be back in action for a Landmark Conference game at home on Saturday, Oct. 7 against Scranton.

Scranton currently is undefeated this season with a perfect 11-0 record and are 2-0 in Landmark Conference play. This is the best start in program history for the Royals’ field hockey team.

Their last game was a 2-1 victory at home against Albright.

Senior forward Meredith Campbell scored the eventual game-winner for the Royals in the 43rd minute.

Women’s soccer earn ninth and tenth victory

By Mel Barracato, Staff Writer

Susquehanna women’s soccer defeated Goucher in a 1–0 conference match at home in Selinsgrove last Saturday, Sept. 30, with the lone goal happening in the 16th minute coming from senior forward Alyssa Bolger, her sixth of the year.

“Alyssa always seems to find the right place for her to score,” said head Coach Nick Hoover. “There’s been times where she kind of makes something out of nothing, or she happens to be the recipient of a great pass, or she makes a great individual effort.”

“There’s a lot that she’s done but overall the way she’s been able to find the back of the net has been very consistently dangerous for us this year,” Hoover continued.

Junior Emily Sullivan sent the ball up to Bolger who was able to find the back of the net with a high kick around the Goucher goalie.

“Emily is just a phenomenally skilled player,” Hoover said of the junior forward. “She’s got a ton of ability with the ball at her feet and has got- ten better and stronger every year that she’s been here… She’s always creating some- thing dangerous for our team which is crucial.”

Sullivan and Bolger led the offense throughout the entire game and contributed to the River Hawks’ nine shots to the Gophers’ three in the first half, and then again when both teams accounted for six shots in the second half.

“We probably had two or three really good scoring opportunities,” Hoover said. “Their goalie came up with some tremendous saves. This was the best Goucher team I had ever seen since I have been coaching here.”

Senior goalie Julia Tolin re- corded five saves in the win.

“Julia’s had an amazing year for us,” Hoover said. “She had one save late on a free kick they took was a tremendous save.” Tolin’s outstanding performance this season has helped the River Hawks improve to 10–1–1 as she has only allowed five goals against Susquehanna this season.

The River Hawks also played Penn College on Tuesday, where they picked up another 1 – 0 win to earn their tenth victory of the season.

This is the first season since 2004 that the women’s soccer team has double-digit wins in a single season.

Sullivan scored the lone goal for the River Hawks in the 59th minute off of a cross from senior midfielder Mairead Ruane.

Susquehanna will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Scranton at 1 p.m.

River Hawks dismantle conference-foe Dickinson 38-7

By Rave’n Coleman, Staff Writer

Thanks to a standout defensive performance and a balanced offensive attack, the Susquehanna football team defeated Dickinson 38–7 in a Centennial Conference game on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

River Hawk linebackers were all over the field as junior linebacker Connor Thompson led the team with 11 tackles and three of them served as solo tackles. Sophomore linebacker Cole Dixon finished with a total of eight tackles one of them being a solo tackle, and junior linebacker Noah Schairer also finished with a total of seven tackles five of them being solo tackles.

Five minutes into the game the River Hawks put the first points on the board as senior tailback Cameron Ott rushed for five yards into the end zone. Freshman Connor Lustenberger followed up with a successful extra point kick making the game 7–0 Susquehanna.

Thompson would recover a fumble on the ensuing Dickinson drive, giving Susquehanna the ball at Dickinson’s 35-yard

line. Following this, Susquehanna’s offense continued to put points on the board as senior quarterback Nick Crusco threw a 15-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Mikah Christian to make the score 14–0 Susquehanna. Christian finished the game with 91 yards and one touchdown.

Dickinson’s only score of the game was in the last five minutes of the first quarter as Phillip Butler rushed for a nine-yard touchdown followed by an extra point kick making the score 14–7 Susquehanna.

After the first two drives, the River Hawk offense stalled out for the remainder of the first half, in part to a couple turnovers, but the defense would hold strong and limit the Red Devils to only 105 yards of total offense, with only 15 yards of those yards through the air.

Early in the third quarter, the River Hawks offense got back on track as senior wide receiver Diamente Holloway rushed for a four-yard touch- down on a jet sweep to advance the Susquehanna lead to 21-7 with 9:07 left in the third quarter of play.

On the very next drive, the Susquehanna defense stepped up as senior defensive back Ryan Ganard intercepted a pass to give the River Hawks team the ball back on their own 38-yard line.

Off the interception Susquehanna went on an 11-play drive to add another score. Crusco would find Holloway for a four-yard touchdown pass. Lustenberger would tack on the extra point to make the score 28–7 Susquehanna.

Freshman wide receiver Terrell Brown added the only touchdown in the fourth quarter thanks to a 50-yard punt return touchdown where he eluded multiple would-be tacklers. After the return, the score would stand at 38-7 Riv- er Hawks, which would turn out to be the final score.

Susquehanna is scheduled to play next against Ursinus on homecoming weekend on October 21 at 1 p.m. at home. Ursinus is currently coming off a huge win over nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins and currently sits at 5-0 on the year.

Ursinus’ unlikely victory was spearheaded by sophomore dual-threat quarterback Thomas Garlick, who led the team in rushing and passing, with 104 yards and 247 yards respectively in the contest.

The win, which ended Johns Hopkins’ 45-game regular season win streak, was the Grizzly Bears fourth conference victory of the year.

Garlick effectively ended the game with an electrifying eight-yard scamper with 20 seconds remaining.

The touchdown capped a 13-play, 74- yard drive that came right after Johns Hopkins quarterback David Tammaro barrelled into the endzone for a one-yard score that gave the Blue Jays the lead, 17-14.

Bears receiver Carmen Fortino also racked up 111 yards on just three receptions, that included a 67-yard catch and run.

“I’m proud of the way our kids fought today,” said Ursinus head coach Pete Gallagher.

“They showed a lot of guts and determination and made the plays they needed to win.”

The River Hawks will have their hands full with Ursinus’ explosive offense, but with young talent surging on the defensive side of the ball, Susquehanna is up for the challenge to stop the Grizzly Bears’ offense.

Susquehanna currently sits at sixth in the Centennial Conference standings, while Ursinus is tied for first with Franklin and Marshall.

Turn It Up

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor

Throwing it all the way back to August, let’s take a look at Kodie Shane’s “Back From the Future” EP.

Clocking in around 17 minutes with only seven songs and no features on the EP, it was a little risky, but Shane pulls it off with ease.

If you haven’t heard of her, honestly, I don’t blame you. She made her name on SoundCloud and was picked up right away as the First Lady of the Sailing Team, aka Lil Yachty’s squad.

The Sailing Team also includes Jbans, Earl the Pearll, BigBruthaChubba, TheGoodPerry, Erron Vercetti and Byou.

Shane also hails from Atlanta and was even getting buzz from Coach K, who is Duke’s head basketball coach. That right there is enough to like her music if you ask me.

I recently discovered Shane while reading an article. I decided that it would be worth it to give her a listen and wow, was I right.

Right away I noticed how smooth her music sounds: it’s easy to sit there and jam for hours with this EP on repeat.

It opens with “Get Right,” which just sets the tone for the rest of the EP with an upbeat approach to rap, which sounds better against her smooth voice.

Her rap doesn’t come across as aggressive but instead it sounds effortless as if she just talks in rhymes.

The next song, “Indecisive,” will have you singing it in your head for days.

The chorus is so addicting: “I feel like Cam’ron back in ‘06” for the rest of the year. I even find myself just walking to class and bopping my head, not even listening to the song.

Two songs have been added to my everyday playlist and they are “Normal” and “Runway.” I know all the words to both songs and have only been listening for a week.

“Normal,” has me thinking that I’m famous. Which, by no means am I famous, but the whole song is about how her ex-girlfriend breaking up with her brought her back to reality a little bit.

“Runway” is just a fun song to sing to, but it reminds me of “Fashion Killa” by A$AP Rocky, just based on what the song is about. Both songs are about brands and how people love you based on the brands you wear.

This EP is by no means perfect, but you can feel how much talent Shane has. If Coach K and Yachty want to be on her team, you have to know that something special is there.

Her career is just starting and in an interview with Complex News Shane said, “I definitely hope that I’m inspiring a lot of different female artists to run with the boys.”

“I say that’s what I’m doing,” Shane said. “I run with the boys.” Her more standout songs,

however, aren’t on the EP. Her single with Yachty, “Sad,” is one of her best songs to date. She is painfully honest about what her feelings are, something that I think most rappers would rather hide. She doesn’t pretend to be anything she’s not.

Soon enough she will go out on her own without Yachty and the rest of the Sailing Team and do just fine. With the backing that she has from SoundCloud and You- tube alike, her albums would hit the Top 10 easily. She has been rapping since the early age of 14 and hasn’t stopped since. She has definitely set her own unique path.

In an interview with XXL, they asked her what her goal in hip-hop was. She responded, “Well, my goal in general is to make music for the youth that the youth can love.”

“Not only just for the youth but almost be their voice,” Shane continued. “Just show that they can do whatever they want.”

Quite the admirable response, but what separates Shane and other rappers that say the same thing is that I actually believe her.

Shane has good intentions with what she wants her music to come across as. I mean, yeah, she’s doing it for fun, but it also has a deeper meaning for her.

She just needs to hit her stride like Yachty and Uzi did. This is something that takes time and her beats and lyrics will only grow from here.

Her talent is unlimited, so be on the lookout for Shane the rest of the year. You don’t want to be the last person to know who she is when she ends up making it big.

Student work ‘Saudi Scenes’ highlights personal experience

By Darian Rahnis, Staff Writer

Senior Faisal Al Yousif debuted four scenes collectively titled “Saudi Scenes” in the studio theater in Degenstein Campus Center on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

The scenes were directed by associate professor of theater Anna Andes and co-directed by Al Yousif. The scenes featured Al Yousif in addition to senior Violeta Migirov, junior Kemah Armes, sophomores Sarah McMillin, Nolan Nightingale, Stephen McKnight and Joanna Kantz and first-years Emily Dellinger, Samuel Emmanuel and Rowan Miller.

The four scenes performed were titled “Ducks in a Train,” “Angels,” “1953” and “Behind the Doors.”

Al Yousif became aware of the lack of Saudi plays compared to other Arabic plays when he was a student in Andes’ Non-Western Theatre class.

“It didn’t take [Al Yousif] long to quickly look through the book and say to me, ‘There are no Saudi plays,’” Andes said. “We have Lebanon and Palestine and Syria and [United Arab Emirates], Egypt, all around but

there were no Saudi plays.” “We do have [Saudi] plays,” Al Yousif clarified. “I guess nobody had ever tried to translate them and let them be read.”

Al Yousif remembered watching “Tom and Jerry” as a child and thinking about how far American culture can travel. “Even though ‘Tom and Jerry’ is not the correct representation of the culture, it has something that’s there and we can all enjoy it,” Al Yousif said. “I tried to create something similar that’s not light, not heavy: something that the audience would find enjoyment to see as well as to learn.” According to Andes, Al Yousif was adamant that it be obvious he was writing in his second language.

“[Al Yousif] felt very strongly that the play’s language, the text, reflect the fact that he is writing in his second language and that we not [remove] any awkwardness or word use or what have you,” Andes said. “We wanted it to reflect that and try to bridge culture there and bridge language.”

Al Yousif became serious about filling this gap regarding Saudi plays and his commitment was evident to Andes.

“He’s very committed to this and he’s very committed to these plays having a future beyond here as he steps out into the world as a Saudi playwright with a Saudi voice,” Andes said. 

Al Yousif also added an innovative element to his work by having men and women perform together on stage.

This comes up in the last scene, “Behind the Doors,” which is a love scene between a man and a woman.

“Within that short scene I think the audience could get the message that we are trying to send,” Al Yousif said. “We have a door that’s separating both genders and it has deep cultural ideas in it.”

Armes commented on his surprise when he first read the scene. “I described it to my friends as the shortest and most romantic love scene that I’ve ever read and I don’t put that lightly,” Armes said. “I think the shortness adds to the quality of the scene… I find it super sweet and super romantic.” According to Andes, Al Yousif drew from personal experience when writing the scenes.

Multiple cast members highlighted the experience of learning more about Saudi culture. Emmanuel said, “For me, I always like to learn about different cultures and experiences.” “Working with [Al Yousif] is an enlightening experience because when I go home I go, ‘A lot of people need to see this, get a little bit of Saudi to take home with them,’” Emmanuel continued.

Kantz said, “When I auditioned for this, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into.”

“I didn’t know a whole lot about Saudi culture, but during rehearsal, just hearing [Al Yousif’s] stories, it really made the play come alive,” Kantz continued. “Hearing his stories made it even more wonderful to be a part of because it’s something real.”

According to Miller, each night provided a new learning experience for the cast.

“I was very confused when I first got the script: the scenes didn’t at first seem to make a lot of sense, but every night I would ask questions and every night I would find out more of the story and culture and it was such an enlightening experience,” Miller said.

Audience members echoed the cast’s sentiment about experiencing a new culture.

Sophomore Richard Berwind said, “I don’t know a lot about Saudi culture so I thought it was really interesting seeing all these different scenes written by someone I’ve seen around campus.”

“I thought that was really cool, seeing someone’s work brought to life before it was actually published,” Berwind continued.

Armes echoed the same sentiment when speaking about Al Yousif and his work on throughout writing and directing “Saudi Scenes.”

“It’s original art, who doesn’t want to be a part of that,” Armes said. “I think [Al Yousif] has a personality on this campus that not a lot of people have.”

Shakespeare talk covers race, immigration issues

By Danielle Bettendorf, Living & Arts Editor 

Author Joyce MacDonald spoke on race and immigration in Susquehanna’s annual Literature Program Lecture on Oct. 4 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

MacDonald’s lecture, titled “Extravagant and Wheeling Strangers: Shakespeare, Race and Performance,” related race in Shakespeare’s time to current issues in the present day.

MacDonald was introduced by associate professor of English Rachana Sachdev, who noted racial issues that have happened in the U.S. over the past year. Sachdev specifically spoke on protests against police brutality, attempts at bans against travelers from certain countries and the calls for a wall to be built between the U.S. and Mexico.

MacDonald said the title of her lecture came from the first act of “Othello.” Throughout her lecture, MacDonald analyzed the roles of black and Jewish characters in “Othello,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “Titus Andronicus” and how characters of color are perceived as “outsiders” in comparison to their white counterparts.

One thing MacDonald noted about Shakespeare’s plays is how there is often only one character of color among an otherwise white cast.

“Being the only one, the only black character that is markedly different from everyone else gives one place for all these free-flowing anxieties and fears,” MacDonald said.

“Even though other people in the play do horrible things, what is happening is the power and vigor with which Shakespeare draws these characters from [comes] directly from the fear that was in this society,” MacDonald said. “He’s drawing something that’s real. Maybe not something that’s objectively real, but emotionally real.”

MacDonald also analyzed how people of color were treated in Shakespeare’s time, such as Roderigo Lopez, a Jewish doctor who was executed in the 1500s and may have inspired the character of Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice.”

“The hateful ideology you see in stuff like Lopez’s execution, the hateful ideology that you see put into action often takes on a political life and power of its own,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald said that there are differences between Shakespeare’s time and now, but less than we might want to admit.

“Too much has changed, too much is different,” MacDonald said. “Yet, my mind kept going back to our own political moment and the role that immigration is playing in it.”

Students who attended also noted the connections between the past and the present.

Sophomore Hannah Phillips said, “I think the beauty and relevance of continuing to study classics like Shakespearean plays lie in making these connections between the author’s time and our own.”

“Sometimes, literature forces us to say, ‘Yes, times are different, but maybe not as different as we want them to be,’” Phillips continued. “And Wednesday’s presentation was an important reminder of that.”

Writer gives films to fill fall break

By Megan Ruge, Co-Editor in Chief 

Fall break is fast approaching. With midterms right on our tails and free time about to be endless for four days, many of us have plans. Plans to go on fast adventures or to see old friends, but not everyone. Some of us plan on working most of break, others plan to Netflix the break away. Whatever the plan, there is a movie out there to help make the break seem to last forever and here is where you can find them.

“Made of Honor,” staring the ever handsome Patrick Dempsey, is for those of you looking for a rom-com to fill the void that is fall break.

In this film, Dempsey plays a womanizer who feels he has everything he wants. That is, until his platonic female friend gets engaged and asks him to be her “maid” of honor. Realizing he has romantic feelings for her, he decides to use his position in the wedding to win her for himself.

This film is the perfect rom-com. There is a smitten best friend who can’t get the girl because she’s with another guy, but there is something about him that is a little different than the norm. In these films, we usually root for the underdog, but Dempsey’s character isn’t really the underdog in this movie. He is the kind of guy who is used to getting what he wants, which throws a twist into the plot.

This film defies most stereotypes of the typical underdog romance and is sure to tickle the fancy of any rom-com enthusiast.

Our next worthwhile film is a new documentary that focuses on one of America’s largest pop icons. “Gaga: Five Foot Two” is the story of the pop culture queen Lady Gaga. In the prime of her life, Gaga has never claimed for fame to be easy. Now, after many years of connecting the past and the future, Gaga released “Joanne” and is ready to show the world what happens behind the glitter and the crazy costumes.

Gaga’s documentary has been called “telling” and that couldn’t be more true. Gaga is opening up to the world and showing them a side of her that is different from what she puts on stage.

The next film on this list is for those of us who enjoyed “The Fault in Our Stars,” which is about a sick girl finally living her life. In “Kiss & Cry,” a figure skater with a rare form of throat cancer finds herself falling apart in the face of her situation. Looking for something to hold her together, the girl finds her strength through singing to an online audience.

Through her journey, the girl finds unlikely company and allies in unexpected places. Though things happen so fast for her, she is able to remain strong through everything and decides that the journey is worth taking to meet the people who are there for her.

In a new Netflix original, the executives at Netflix decided to take on a new topic of conversation: eating disorders.

In “To The Bone,” we meet a girl struggling with anorexia nervosa who is finding out that she needs something else in her life to bring her out of this rut she’s in. She moves into a group home to help her find her way.

During her journey, she meets many unlikely friends who lend her a hand in the home that’s run by an unusual doctor. This makes for many funny moments that liven up the mood of the film.

Our final film is new to Netflix but debuted in 2015: a flick about a woman who is getting married to her soulmate, but will need to come clean to her family first.

In “Jenny’s Wedding,” a woman plans to marry her girlfriend and has no intention to change that plan, but as her family has never heard the news of her sexual orientation, there is a bump in the road. Before plans for marriage can commence, she must tell her family she is a lesbian and hope that they want to be a part of her union.