Field hockey finishes with a winning season

By Alyssa Gehris, Staff Writer

Susquehanna’s field hockey team finished their season with a 4-0 conference win against Moravian College on Saturday at John Makuvek Field in Bethlehem, Pa.

Susquehanna’s sophomore forward Hunter Pitman led the team with a hat trick on the day.

Scoring started with Pitman as she scored about 25 minutes into the game with a pass from fellow teammate and defensive freshman Gabby Martin.

Pitman once again scored about four minutes later with a shot from the circle.

During a penalty corner in the second half of the game, senior defense Julia Hasircoglu assisted Pitman with the third goal of the game also to the left side of the goalie.

The fourth goal for the River Hawks was senior forward Jordan Burkepile’s first recorded goal of the season and it was assisted by junior forward Stefanie Sachs.

The Moravian Greyhounds put up a total of four shots on goal versus Susquehanna at a total of 27 with 12 of those shots being on target. Moravian freshman goalkeeper Ashley Kunsman put up a fight with a total of 10 saves.

Another River Hawk senior, goalkeeper Courtney Purnell, was credited with two saves during the final winning game of her Susquehanna career.

The win against Moravian brought the River Hawks to their final standings of 9-8 overall and 3-4 Landmark Conference to end the season.

Susquehanna scored a season total of 41 goals with 25 assists. The average goals per game was 2.4 goals. They had 223 shots on goal and 13 defensive saves.

Goal leaders for the team include sophomore forward Hunter Pitman with 17 goals, and was followed by freshman forward Maddie Taylor with five goals this season.

Leading the team with assists, junior forward Stefanie Sachs had accumulated five assists throughout the season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Emily DiGaetano led the team with a total of 99 saves in goal.

This 2017 season is the third-consecutive winning season for Susquehanna field hockey.

SU finishes season on a good note

By Rachael Cataldo, Staff Writer

The Susquehanna women’s cross country team had three runners finish in the top-15 to lead the team to its second place finish in the championships at Juniata on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Sophomore Erin Reese led the way finishing with a time of 24:09.22.

“It felt great [to lead the team],” Reese said. “The entire race it was a matter of staying mentally strong and running through the pain.”

Reese broke away from a pack of runners late to place fourth overall. The top three runners finished in a span of just five seconds from each other.

Senior Hannah Stauffer took 11th place clocking a time of 24:58.41 and senior Kailyn Reilly finished in 14th place with a time of 25:14.35.

“Erin, Hannah and Kailyn continue to lead the way with their performances and work ethic. But no matter how well they ran, it was going to take a complete team effort for us to finish where we expected,” head coach Martin Owens said.

Freshman Melissa Kleman was the next scoring runner with a time of 26:14.53 to finish in 22nd place. Sophomore Emily Eck

rounded out the scoring crossing the finish line in 28th place with a time of 27:02.72.

“A lot of people seemed surprised after the race when the women took second but I can honestly say, we were not surprised,” Owens said.

Elizabethtown won the championship title scoring 23 points, while Susquehanna was second with 76 points. Moravian finished in third with 89 points followed by Scranton (97), Juniata (120), Catholic (127), and Goucher (195).

“From the gun, the women attacked the race and put themselves out there. This is the toughest 6K course they will see all year but it did not matter to them. Their competitiveness really showed through,” Owens said after the race.

For the men’s cross country team, a trio of runners crossed the finish line within a span of 31 seconds to lead the team to a sixth place finish.

Senior Kyle Skelton was the first River Hawk to finish with a time of 29:14.97 to take 21st place. Junior Ciaran Fisher was the second of the pack finishing in 23rd place with a time of 29:21.90. Senior Eric Pressler was 24 seconds behind Fisher with a time of 29:45.13 to finish in 27th place.

“Seniors Kyle Skelton and Eric Pressler had strong finishes improving [more than 20] spots from last year’s championships,” Owens said. “Ciaran Fisher, our top runner, unfortunately fell victim to an illness that has been hampering him for two weeks but he still gutted out a top three team finish and top 30 finish with the two seniors.”

The team was also without freshman Lenny Bolinsky, who sprained his ankle four weeks ago and has not been able to race beyond 4000 meters.

Sophomore Brandon Sorge and Freshman Jake Menchey were the final two scoring finishers for the River Hawks. Sorge finished in 48th place with a time of 31:14.59 and Menchey finished in 58th place with a time of 32:50.50.

Elizabethtown also took the team title on the men’s side followed by Juniata, Moravian, Scranton, Catholic, and then Susquehanna.

Both teams have the week off until they race in the 2017 Division III Mideast Regional Championship hosted by Dickinson College on Saturday, Nov. 11. The top eight runners on each squad will race in the meet. Owens said the rest of the team members “will start their transition to track and field.”

Turn It Up

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor 

There are few bands that can still pull off the angsty alt-punk that we loved back in middle school. Among them are The Front Bottoms who somehow pull this off with ease.

They have been an underground garage band since 2010 when they released their EP, “Slow Dance To Soft Rock.” It was in the same year that they posted their video for their song “Maps” and got the exposure that they needed.

From there they gained a cult following and it was only just the beginning. Before getting to their new album “Going Grey,” it’s important to look at their past successful songs, because they are what make the band genuine.

By far their most famous song, and rightfully so, is “Twin Size Mattress.” There is just something about the voice of the lead singer, Brian Sella, that just makes this song a masterpiece.

Going deeper into the song, the lyrics speak volumes: “She hopes I’m cursed forever to sleep on a twin sized mattress/ In somebody’s attic or basement my whole life/Never graduating up in size to add another/And my nightmares will have nightmares every night, oh every night, every night.” This is everything I have wanted to say to the guy that broke my heart but could never put into words.

From that same album, the song “Peach” is the perfect, quirky love song.

With lyrics like, “You are my peach, you are my plum/ You are my earth, you are my sun/I love your fingers, I love your toes/The back of your head, the tip of your nose,” the song goes on to celebrate all the downsides that some couples have, but still know at the end of the day that they love each other.

The song “Flashlight” is the perfect song to drive to with your windows down and the feeling of fresh air on your face, while the volume is turned all the way up.

Like most songs with The Front Bottoms, it’s the witty lyrics that grab you. The first lyrics in the song are, “Please fall asleep so I can take pictures of you and hang them in my room/So when I’ll wake up I’ll be like ‘Yeah, everything’s all right.’” Talk about a strong start.

Let’s get into their new album, though. This will come across as incredibly different to those fans who have been listening since the beginning.

Right off the bat you start with the song, “You Used to Say” and the intro is waves and it just puts you in the right frame of mind for the entire album. What is stunning about this song is the chorus: with that many vulgar words, it really stands out.

Speaking of an amazing chorus, the next song, “Peace Sign,” will be stuck in your head for days. There’s something so simple about this melody and the lyrics, “The next time that she sees him it’ll be peace sign, middle finger.” Sella’s voice does wonders.

“Bae” is The Front Bottoms trying to reach out to an audience and have them relate. But, if you look closely into this song, it gets so heavy and real: “I gotta move my car, I gotta move your couch, I learnt that love tastes good/ You shoved it in my mouth,” they are recognizing the struggle of being a relationship, which isn’t just a walk in the park.

“Don’t Fill Up On Chips” is by far the most standout song on the album. Not just from the melody and Sella’s voice coming together in one masterpiece, but the breakdown of lyrics and how raw they are. For example, “That it hurts, but it’s good/No matter how bad, it’s always good,” talking about how even though your feelings are hurt, it’s still good to feel something at all.

I could continue on going through every song on this album. But, I want to save some surprise for you guys. Yes, this album is so different than previous ones, but isn’t that what makes it fun to follow a band? To see how they want to progress as they grow.

Obviously in their time, they have learned what works for them, but they are continuing to change their sound to something more complex. We should be praising them for having the balls to step out of the box.

Student photographers display works in annual library show

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor 

Student work is on display in the third annual Blough-Weis Library student photography exhibition. All of the students who are participating are in adjunct faculty in photography Gordon Wenzel’s fall photography classes.

The images, which were selected on technical excellence and creativity, according to Wenzel, represent three different photography classes: Digital Photography, Advanced Photography and Black and White Photography.

Junior LeighAnn Miller was previously a student in the Digital Photography class when she had completed her assignment, “Depth of Field.”

Miller said that the group was challenged with going to downtown Selinsgrove and composing a photo with a detail that Wenzel had never seen before.

“I saw these beautiful yellow flowers and I tried to compose an image that uniquely represented the beauty of them,” Miller said.

Miller said she loves the outdoors and nature, so composing the piece and being able to enhance the beauty of a natural object was very enjoyable. However, Miller said she saw a challenge with the particular photo because everyone thinks that flowers are pretty.

“I had to find a unique way to capture them,” Miller said. “So I tried many times before composing the perfect shot.”

When Miller originally spotted the flowers, she looked carefully at them and had to find a way to make them more interesting, she said.

Miller used techniques she learned in Wenzel’s class such as selective focus and shooting from a diagonal. These techniques resulted in what Miller described as an “awesome, ‘painterly’ effect where the flowers in the background seem almost like brush strokes and add symmetry by repeating the colors of the focused flower.”

Sophomore Kathryn Price, a student in the Black and White Photography class, was also assigned “Depth of Field.”

“When I originally took the image, I was considering all the crosshatched lines and allowing for the curves of the image to be the subject, a certain complexity at play,” Price said.

In the beginning of her assignment, Price said she had struggled a great deal to produce a technically correct image through the film and developing processes.

“When I was outside searching for inspiration, the biggest issue I had was using a lens that couldn’t zoom and consequently needed to find abstraction in a wider sense of the term,” Price said. “I greatly struggled with whether or not to crop out a small telephone pole towards the bottom of the image and yet decided to keep it considering the subtle personality I found.”

Price said that her impression of her image changed over the time of the project.

“The thing with film photography is you get to know the image you’re taking very well,” Price said. “Initially, I saw the image as a pretty concrete representation of its subject in the film roll and yet, over time, as I focused on developing it and darkening up aspects of the image that were previously overexposed, the lines and angles I initially hoped to emphasize were emphasized again.”

Price said that being able to properly execute an image in film was exciting. She enjoyed watching it develop from something that was originally not very exciting into something very abstracted.

“I had really struggled with the developing process, so to be able to produce not only an image that looked good technically but also aesthetically was a huge accomplishment,” Price said.

Price was a student in the Black and White Photography class along with junior Hannah Johnston, who was also featured in the exhibit.

Senior Kathryn Savidge had her photo essay displayed as a representation of the advanced photography class. Seniors Yu Zha and Yalling Yu were also featured from the Advanced Photography class for their final.

The Digital Photography class featured various juniors and seniors in the annual exhibit.

Juniors Rachel Saint, Ashley Porter and Dylan Scillia were each assigned “River of the Long Reach.”

Miller and junior Emily McMahon’s photos displayed from their assignment “Depth of Field.”

Seniors Jordan Burkepile and Remy Perez showcased artistic mediums for their assignment. Burkepile focused on portrait style and Perez focused on texture.

Juniors Charlie Riley and Christiana Straub both took on the assignment “Learn to See.”

Senior Lauren Beaver’s piece portrayed passion, which was the campus theme for the class of 2021.

Senior Carissa Sweet’s assignment was “Reflections” and senior Chad Hummel displayed photography from his GO trip.

Other students who had work displayed were seniors Maura Geiselman and Damian Munoz.

The exhibit will be on display on the first floor of the Blough-Weis library until Dec. 15.

Horror follow-up bores editor to death

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor 

Halloween weekend is the time for horror movies to shine or be shunned. “Jigsaw,” the eighth installment in the “Saw” movie franchise, debuted and grossed $31 million worldwide.

The “Saw” franchise initially took the world by storm. The storyline follows John Kramer, also known as the Jigsaw killer, who sets up games of torture for individuals who have never owned up to any crimes they have committed in their lives that ultimately caused the harm of others.

The audience is disgusted by the gore, but what reels them in is the intricate arc of the plot. As the movies unfold, viewers find that the whole franchise is within one complex timeline, with John Kramer seamlessly predicting the moves of every individual involved within his game even after his death.

“Jigsaw” is another addition that debuted after what appeared to be an already closed-off series. Ten years after John Kramer’s death, mysterious deaths have been coming up and appear to be copying his killing tactics, complete with the jigsaw puzzle piece shape cut out of their skin.

As law enforcement is attempting to track down the killer and debating if Kramer has somehow made a return from the dead, a new game is occurring. Five individuals wake up in a barn with a metal bucket over their heads and a noose around their necks. Jigsaw’s voice can be heard from a recorded tape, where the victims are told that to survive, they will need to sacrifice blood and confess to their past sins.

This is routine, but the context of the game seems far too similar to “Saw V,” which put emphasis on a team doing the opposite of what they think is right in order to survive. With both groups, the games were ultimately made for everyone to only sacrifice a slight amount of pain to move on. Since nobody in the movies seems to follow Jigsaw’s directions and goes into the “every man for himself” mentality, they ultimately end up screwing themselves over.

Since this franchise is one of my favorites from the horror realm, I was trying hard to be optimistic in the beginning. The games that were put on seemed to bore me, but what intrigues me about the series is how I was never able to accurately predict the ending, leaving me staring at the end credits mind blown.

This wasn’t one of those movies. I could easily predict the outcome from the first half hour. Plot twist: it was the man doing the autopsy. They try and fool you for a second to make you think that it’s his colleague or the shady police officer: not really a plot twist at all.

Turns out that the mortician recreated a game that occurred ten years ago, one that he was in himself. The purpose? To get revenge on a cop who took bribes and put innocent people in jail.

Remember the whole tease about how Jigsaw might be back? I was gasping and ready to grab my inhaler when they dug up John Kramer’s casket and realized he wasn’t in there, but when I realized he actually has been dead the whole time I put it back down because this movie was a waste of my breath.

Director James Wan took me through a game of his own: he left me confused as if I was wandering through a corn maze, hopeless and confused with no ultimate purpose.

If you’re going to have another addition, especially one that happens ten years after, try and leave me on edge a little longer than 15 minutes. Those 15 minutes are the only reason why I’m giving this movie three out of five stars, because for the rest of the hour and a half of my time I was praying that something else would take me for a spin and it unfortunately did not.

Let’s play a game: send a horror movie my way that isn’t filled with predictable cliches.

Music students compete in concerto performance

By Sarah McMillin, Staff Writer 

The Susquehanna University Concerto Competition was held on Oct. 27 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Five students competed in the competition: senior Carissa Sweet performed on marimba, junior Emma Mooradian performed on alto saxophone, junior Brennan Rudy performed on trumpet, senior Luke Duceman performed on alto saxophone and sophomore Hayden Stacki performed on marimba.

All were accompanied by Jaime Namminga, lecturer in music, on piano.

Sweet performed “Soar: Concerto No. 1 for Marimba and String Orchestra” by Indonesian-born Australian composer Robert Oetomo, Mooradian performed “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra” by American composer Lee Actor, Rudy performed “Concerto for Trumpet in A-flat major” by Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian, Duceman performed “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra” by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov and Stacki performed “Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra” by Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro.

Stacki was named the winner of the competition and will get to perform a solo piece at a concert next semester.

The judges were assistant professor of music Gregory Grabowski, Jonah Kappraff and Andrew Kozar.

Grabowski teaches conducting classes at Susquehanna and conducts the orchestra and pit band. He has conducted and directed many other orchestras outside of Susquehanna as well.

Kappraff is a trumpet player based in Lewisburg. According to his website, Kappraff is versatile in his music and “specializes in orchestral, solo and chamber music performance, in addition to musical theatre and commercial styles.”

He was a freelance musician in Boston for a time, performing with the Boston Pops and the Lorelei Ensemble. Since moving to Pennsylvania, he has performed with orchestras such as the Williamsport Symphony and the York Symphony.

Kozar is a trumpet player based in New York City. He has traveled all over the world with his music, playing at various venues with varying orchestras. He also conducts, composes and teaches in his field.

While only one winner could be chosen from the five, many attendees noted the amount of talent from all the students who participated.

“The caliber of their performances was completely out of this world,” said sophomore Charlotte Wood.

Sophomore Ali Hordseki agreed and said, “It was a fantastic buffet of SU talent.”

However, both agreed that Stacki deserved first place.

“[Stacki] is mesmerizing as a performer,” Wood said. “I could watch him perform for hours. He is fabulous.”

Hordeski agreed and said, “He gives it his all, every time,” Hordeski said.

Art competition beings together ‘diverse range of subjects’

By Darian Rahnis, Staff Writer 

Artwork referencing the human figure was showcased in the Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition in the Lore Degenstein Gallery on Oct. 28.

The national, juried visual art competition and exhibition was open to two-dimensional figurative artists over the age of 18. Different mediums accepted included paintings, drawings and prints.

The juror, Alia El-Bermani, announced six awards with cash prizes during the opening reception. El-Bermani is a contemporary figurative painter who lives and teaches in Raleigh, North Carolina.

First prize was given to Ricky Mujica, who attended the gallery opening. The other artists who received awards are Annie Murphy Robinson, Cindy Rizza, J. Adam Davis, Erick Von Hoffmann and August Burns.

While there were 365 entries in the competition, the 69 works that were chosen to be displayed in the gallery were carefully picked for their craftsmanship and meaning, including one painting by Susquehanna sophomore Quinn Evans.

Dan Olivetti, the gallery director, explained that it was an honor for Evans’ work to be chosen as a finalist because the competition is large and includes the entire country.

The gallery quickly filled with an audience of all ages on opening night. Students and professors mingled and discussed the variety of artwork that was on display.

Senior Rachel Bockol, who attended the gallery opening, was intrigued by the different styles of artwork that were on display.

“I was really impressed by the one that was of the fire. The people weren’t the main focus. I think the focus was more on the nature,” Bockol said.

According to Bockol, she believed this exhibit had a greater impact on the audience and a wider variety of works than past exhibits.

Those who attended the opening were engaged with the gallery staff and the artists who were able to attend the event.

“This is always one of the most fun events of the year and a lot of the artists in the show are present for it,” Olivetti said.

Mujica was present to accept first prize. However, Mujica declined to speak because he was afraid he would become emotional.

The gallery staff was vocal about the impressions they had after seeing all of the artwork. Sophomore Kathryn Price, who works at the gallery, explained she was impressed with the personality each piece had.

“I feel like there was a really diverse range of subjects,” Price said. “Some that are like almost sketches. And then there are some where you can see each individual brushstroke.”

Sophomore Angelique Poragratti, who also works at the gallery, was impressed with the artists’ self-expression in their artwork.

“I love how you can see how each artist individually is different and how they express themselves as well. Going from one artist to another, it’s incredible just to see like how they blend their colors,” Porgaratti said.

Anyone interested in the diverse collection of artwork can visit the Lore Degenstein Gallery, where the exhibit will be on display until Dec. 10.

Assistant editor talks health event

By Kara Little, Asst. Forum Editor 

Susquehanna University’s Black Student Union (BSU) started off this semester with a bang. They had a number of events that helped to inform the general public about issues that students of color face both on and off campus, as well as support systems that Susquehanna has to offer for their students.

One of the more recent events that Black Student Union co-hosted with Gender Sexuality Alliance was a “Sexual Health” session. Two of the women that work in the Student Health Center, Betsy Magill and M. Yevette Devine, as the guest speakers, talked about ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), how to use contraceptives, and what the Student Health Center offers within their services.

The night started off with Magill and Devine passing around cucumbers and condoms, showing their audience how to properly use a condom, as well as the dangers of using it incorrectly. The discussion then moved towards the different types of STDs, how they can be contracted, and the kinds of treatments to consider if contracted.

The two women discussed what the Health Center offered for students. Some of the services offered are, but not limited to, immunizations, allergy injections, and STD testing.

After giving their presentation, Magill and Devine opened the room to any questions. As the session concluded, attendees were offered “goody bags”, filled with items like contraceptives, pamphlets, snacks, and first-aid kits.

I, as the Political Activist of Black Student Union, find this to be my favorite event co-hosted by us so far. This session was much more than your typical middle school health class.

Betsy Magill and M. Yevette Devine made learning about sexual health fun, interactive, and informative.I have learned a few things about what Susquehanna’s student health center offered, like the fact that STD testing provided by them is free of charge towards students.

Another part of the session I enjoyed was that the conversation was directed towards people of all sexual orientations. I am happy Susquehanna staff members are inclusive of all different types of people.

I feel if people in the “LGBTQIA” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, allies and/or asexual) community do not hear as much about sexual health and how they can stay safe, so this information made the session better. The Student Health Center is open Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with an hour allowed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.), and Saturdays from 10-11 a.m.

The staff welcomes all students with open arms and are willing to answer any questions at any given time.

Lecture focuses on the abilities needed for life

By Benjamin Roehlke, Staff Writer 

Over the course of the semester, the Center for Academic Achievement has been holding “Adulting” sessions that allow students to come to an informational panel to learn new things.

On Nov. 2, the session was geared towards building resilience. The speaker for this particular panel was assistant dean of academic achievement Lakeisha Meyer.

She started the session by saying that resilience can be built, even if you don’t think you have it. She then asked the students that attended the session to define resilience in their own terms.

One of the first steps that Meyer stressed, was to recognize when you need support. In response, it is encouraged to seek assistance from peers, family, and professionals. Meyer then asked students to share their ideas on how they overcome obstacles in their everyday lives as well as during times of increased stress.

Some examples that were gathered were to keep things in perspective, and to focus on what really matters.

It was agreed that one should focus on the bigger challenges in life, rather than letting the smaller things build up and become a big problem.

The group then talked about the negatives of social media, and how social media is a way for people to share the highlights of their life, therefor hiding the bad.

Meyer shared her favorite quote about being resilient, and said: “tough times never last, tough people do.”

During the sessions, everyone in attendance received a work- sheet that gave strategies for selfcare and resilience.

At this time, the group redefined resilience using a definition from the American Phycological Association which stated: resilience is “the human ability to adapt in the face of tragedy, trauma, diversity, hardship, and ongoing significant life stresses.”

After the session, Meyer said: “I think the Adulting 101 is really important because there are a lot of skills you don’t learn in the classroom, but are really important for being success in life. Talking about resilience for example is important because it’s not one of those skills you won’t learn in the classroom, but you’re going to be faces with experiences that require it”.

The organizer of the Adulting 101 series, associate director of academic achievement Virginia Larson, said: “It was created in the way of looking at upperclassman and giving them some things they need to transition out of Susquehanna.”

Nicholas Trotter, a junior, said: “I really wanted to come because I’ve been through a tough semester before, and this semester I wanted to focus on developing support and seek out something to give me the skills to bounce back and I think it did just that, and I even got a worksheet”.

Information regarding the Adulting 101 series can be found in the Center for Academic Achievement.

Service leaders begin to prepare for newly initiated program

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer 

After the winter break, Susquehanna will be starting the SU Service Leaders Program for freshmen who expressed interest in doing service work.

The program, which was started after a university donor donated $7.1 million toward it earlier this year, targets incoming freshmen who had a history of service work on their application. If the students enter the program, they’re then matched with a partner to work with in the local community.

“You apply to be part of the program, and you’re part of it all four years you’re at Susquehanna,” said Sarah Farbo, Assistant Director of Service Leaders and Career Development in the Career Development Center.

She continued, “And the goal is to hone and strengthen your leadership skills through partnering with a community partner who focuses on youth development.”

Before the program officially begins, the students meet twice a month to train, and prepare for the work they’ll be doing with their respective community partners. What that work will end up being depends on the partner.

During the winter break, the students will attend a week long service trip in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they’ll go through various programs to prepare them for their service work.

Thirteen potential community partners applied for the program and four were accepted, those four being the Regional Engagement Center, the Lewisburg Children’s Museum, the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, and the Union Snyder Community Action Agency in partnership with the Central Susquehanna Valley Mediation.

The students are matched with a community partner based on what the partners are looking for and what the students wish to focus on.

At the beginning of the semester, they sit down with a supervisor from the community partner’s site and set up a learning agreement.

Once a student has been matched, they are expected to continue working with the service partner, that they were matched with in the recruitment process, for all four years of their Susquehanna experience.

Students are required to work between six and eight hours a week with their service partners, and will keep track of their hours with weekly time sheets.

“The first year they might be focusing on going to the site and observing, maybe doing some hands-on, direct service,” Farbo said. “Second year they might be evaluating programs. Third year they might be creating new programs. Fourth year they might be a program coordinator on site.”

“The whole idea is that students will grow throughout the years,” Farbo added.

As a way to promote the program, the students who are currently signed up have been speaking at their former high schools. “I think building relationships within the community will help raise awareness and get people interested,” Farbo said.

“I’m just really excited about it, and the reception in the community and on campus has been really, really positive,” Farbo added. “So I’m really looking forward to seeing how the program grows and develops, and I’m just excited to see what happens.”

The Service Leaders are also just as excited as Farbo is. Isabella Moles and Jose Martinez Rivera, both first-years, expressed a great commitment to the program.

Moles said, “To be a Service Leader is to be innovative, generous, and community oriented.” She believes that the Susquehanna Service Leaders, or SUSLs, have learned the importance of leadership, teamwork, and the spirit of community over this semester.

Rivera also acknowledges the importance of what the program is trying to teach them. Rivera said, “So far it has been a great experience preparing for the job, and I can’t wait for next semester.”