Play festival to premiere SU student productions

By Darian Rahnis, Staff Writer 

The 24-Hour Play Festival will give students the opportunity to participate in original productions on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium.

Auditions for the festival will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m in the Degenstein Center Theater.

During the festival, students will write, rehearse and perform short theatrical works created within 24 hours.

Some students will also have the opportunity to direct the plays.

According to senior Sydney Curran, a co-producer of the festival, the first 24-Hour Play Festival was held in 2015.

Curran explained that this year the festival will feature approximately 15 plays that were all created within the 24- hour limit.

Curran said that the first festival was held from start to finish in the Degenstein Center Theater, but the final performances were moved to Isaac’s Auditorium last year because the space is smaller and easier to fill.

“This year we have emphasized publicizing the event and hope that will boost the attendance to the performances on Saturday,” Curran said.

This is the first year students of all majors are eligible to participate in the festival. Curran explained that they opened the festival to everyone in order to attract more talent than they have seen in the past.

“By not excluding any majors, we are able to encompass the talents of everyone on campus,” Curran said.

In addition to wanting more talent, Curran said people from the theater department are taking on new roles that they were not comfortable with before, such as writing or directing.

Curran noted that she is taking on a new role by co-producing the event with sophomore Madison Niness.

While Curran has been involved with the festival since its first year, this will be Niness’ first time participating. Both have experience with writing and theater, as Curran and Niness are both studying creative writing and theatre production and design.

According to Curran, festival producers are chosen by the producers from the previous year. Curran was chosen to act as producer this year and she then chose Niness to act as her co-producer because of her writing and theater experiences.

“I was chosen by the sole producer last year, but 24- Hour Play Festival was always meant to be a two-person job,” Curran said.

Curran also explained that she asked Niness to co-produce the festival because she plans on entrusting the festival with her upon graduation.

In the past, the festival has been received well, but Niness and Curran said they want to take it one step further this year.

“We are hoping the audience will have varying reactions since the plays will be so different, but overall, we want people in the audience to enjoy themselves and even be motivated to be involved in next year’s festival,” Curran said.

Editor reviews ‘hard to stage’ tragedy

By Megan Ruge, Co-Editor in Chief 

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. is showing their production of “Antony and Cleopatra” by William Shakespeare. They began performing this specific play on Oct. 10 and will have their final performance on Nov. 19.

For this production, The Folger used a “theater-in-round” which means that the production happened on the floor and the audience sat all around the action, with seating on all sides, to get a 360 degree feel of the performance.

According to tour directors at the Folger, the director Robert Richmond wanted the audience to feel like they were part of the world of Antony and Cleopatra.

The play follows the story of the great Roman general Marc Antony and his great love affair with Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. The play shows how their romance affected Antony and how it lead to his falling out with Rome and ultimately his downfall.

Throughout the story, we meet the young Octavius Caesar. Leader of the empire, Octavius has a short and childish temper that leads him to believe his only option for survival is to get rid of Antony, as he feels threatened by Antony’s influence over the people of Rome.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, Antony is riding the roller coaster of love, paying no mind to Octavius. Antony sees Octavius’s issue with him as a childish game, but what he doesn’t realize is that his un- folding in the eyes of Rome has begun with Octavius at the helm. The whole play shows love as the strongest force in a person’s life and how it can also be the biggest weakness.

A well-known Shakespeare tragedy, “Antony and Cleopatra” is also known to be the hardest of Shakespeare’s plays to stage, but the Folger knew what they were doing. In the play, battles at land and on sea take place. These scenes are the main reason the play is hard to stage as there really isn’t a realistic way to stage a battle at sea.

In this scene, instead of portraying an entire battle on land and at sea, the cast performed certain rhythmic choreography that included jabs and parries with the sword, but look more like an ancient dance than a battle on land.

The cast did the same thing with the sea battle: they did a dance and the lighting reflected the idea that they were on a body of water.

During this scene, the cast also put together a montage like sequence to represent the death by heartbreak of Antony’s right-hand man, Enobarbus, played by actor Nigel Gore.

In the play, Enobarbus dies after leaving Antony’s side from a broken heart. Though his heart is broken from having to leave Antony and essentially betray him, his death can also be attributed to Octavius as he spearheaded the rise up against Antony.

For the performance, they combined Enobarbus’s death scene and the battle at sea so that each parry or thrust at the enemy was shown as a stab to Enobarbus. In the end of the scene, Antony delivers the last blow and calls out, “Antony,” as he dies.

Cleopatra, played by actress Shirine Babb, was well portrayed and really encompassed the drama and hilarity of the Egyptian queen. Her performance and vulnerability on stage really brought the character to life.

Antony, played by actor Cody Nickell, brought energy and passion to the character. Antony is known for his passion, which is why it literally causes his death.

Nickell’s voice added power to Antony and really brought him to life. A character once flat on a page was now dynamic and alive for the audience.

The Folger production of “Antony and Cleopatra” was well produced and performed.

Poet reads on Jamaican background, gives advice to students

By Sam Miller, Staff Writer 

Poet Ishion Hutchinson read works from his poetry collections “Far District” and “House of Lords and Commons” in Stretansky Concert Hall on Nov. 13.

Hutchinson’s collections were published in 2010 and 2016, respectively.

Both of his collections contain many works about Jamaica, which is where he was born and raised.

Hutchinson has received many awards for his poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle Award of Poetry, a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Academy of American Poets’ Larry Levis Prize and the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts. He is also a contributing author for “The Common and Tongue: Journal of Writing and Art.”

While on campus, Hutchinson attended multiple classes to talk with students.

Attendees noted the opportunity to hear Hutchinson per- form his work, rather than just reading it from the page.

First-year Daniel Sellers said, “Hutchinson’s unique voice was already incredible on paper, but to hear him speak his words aloud gave each poem new meaning.”

“The rhythm of his verses almost felt like they had a life of their own and not to men- tion, he was funny,” Sellers continued.

Senior Shannon Wilcox noted that the pieces Hutchinson chose were a good length for the reading and were accessible to the audience.

“Sometimes the people that come to read have very good pieces, but it can be a little exhausting to listen to, because you really have to immerse yourself in it,” Wilcox said.

“Which is not a bad thing,” Wilcox continued. “It can just be exhausting, but nothing was too heavy or too light, like you were interested, but you weren’t too emotional.”

Wilcox also emphasized the value of having visiting writers come to Susquehanna and what they could provide for current students.

“I think not even just specifically this writer, but I think that one of the things that the writing students can get out of these visiting writers is a chance to be able to see what you can do with a writing degree,” Wilcox said.

“How you can improve your writing, how people present their writing, especially hearing how writing is written is more immersive than just reading it yourself because you can hear the author’s inclination and how they want things to be read,” Wilcox continued.

Other attendees also commented on Hutchinson’s thoughts and advice on writing for the students.

“At both the Q&A and the reading, Hutchinson was so insightful about the way we think about writing and the ways we embrace poetic craft,” said junior Ashleigh Tomcics.

Hutchinson currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the West Indies, his master’s degree from New York University and his doctorate from the University of Utah.

According to Hutchinson’s biography on Poetry Foundation’s website, Hutchinson’s poems “interrogate landscape, measuring the elusive weight of colonial history.”

In a 2013 interview for American University’s Creative Writing Program’s blog “Cafe Americain,” Hutchinson said, “The landscapes in some of the newer poems are less autobiographical, less from the backhand of retrospect, I guess, and more a shifting concatenation of landscapes not yet arrived at.”

“i think this is a result of reading rather than actual travel,” Hutchinson continued. “I have been crisscrossing centuries, different existences, the rhythm and mode of other places and now it has woven a basket in my head. I am pulling the straws from that.” Hutchinson’s reading was the third this year as a part of the Seavey Reading Series. Previous participants included Joseph Scapellato in September and Claire Vaye Watkins and Derek Palacio in October. The next reading is scheduled for Susquehanna faculty Karla Kelsey and Silas Zobal on Nov. 27 in Isaacs Auditorium. Readings scheduled for later in the year are St. Martin’s Press executive editor Jennifer Weis on Feb. 6, author Aminatta Forna on Feb. 21, founder of the Writers Institute Gary Fincke on March 5, author Sayed Kashua on March 20 and Susquehanna alumnus Melissa Goodrich on April 16. Goodrich will be reading in conjunction with the launch of RiverCraft. Other magazine launches for the next year include Essay on Feb. 12 and Susquehanna Review on March 26.

Student reminisces over GO application

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor 

As the semester comes to a close, students at Susquehanna University need to look ahead. Next fall will be here before we know it. This means that we need to plan accordingly for our GO trips, so hurry up and quickly decide where you want to spend your time at for three to 14 weeks.

The time has come and gone for GO applications to be submitted, and I just wanted to tear up because the process was truly insightful and as smooth as it could possibly be. I would (and will) apply again in a heartbeat.

Thankfully, I did get the experience to apply multiple times because the application does not save automatically. Even when you do think it saved, it turns out it didn’t and you get to start the process all over again; what a rush.

The questions asked in the essay portion are clear as day, melting my nerves away. Since it’s never clear whether or not I should answer with a few sentences, I felt inclined to write a novel about why I’m so interested in a country that I just decided ten minutes ago to apply for.

All while, people who submitted only two or three sentences will receive a confirmation straight away, even though they have the mental capacity of a loaf of bread, but that’s just fine. The waiting process makes everything so much more exciting because it possibly means that I’ll have to do it again.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the part where I had to explain why I wanted to study abroad without mentioning travel reasons, family reasons, or fun.

Ignoring the fact that I am required to go abroad during my time here, I wrote that the main reason why I wanted to go abroad was to scam some European men into wasting their time and money on me. Although, I guess that would fall under the category of “fun”, so let’s hope that my application doesn’t get denied.

What else could I have put? “Oh, I’m very interested in doing an actual tour of Italy, not like the one you order at Olive Garden, but the real deal.” I suppose that me wanting to consume as much food and wine as possible would also be a sufficient answer.

If you’re applying for the spring semester, good luck. Those who applied in the fall will receive confirmation eons be- fore you do, so you get to sit and twiddle your thumbs for weeks while wondering if you’re going to have to make living arrangements in case you end up being at

Susquehanna for another semester while you were supposed to be across the globe. Questions? Look no further, because they will “tell you later” or “cover it in your GO class” which is sometimes a random mush of 25 students who are each going to a completely different country. Every foreign country operates exactly the same, so once you get sent off on that plane into the unknown, you will be fine. Just smile real wide and say that you’re an American and people will get you to where you want to go.

Going abroad is quite the adventure and here at Susquehanna, I feel as if I could take over the whole world. Now that the ever so easy process of begging to be selected for the next shipment into the abyss is over, I get to wait and ask my friends over and over what they put as their written responses. Did I mention that I submitted my application at 11:59 p.m. Bon voyage.

SU student gives Selinsgrove travel tips

By Dylan Smith, Contributing Writer 

Is your family coming to an upcoming game? Most athletes say they eat, play, and breathe sports because of how much they practice and dedicate their time, but there is plenty to do around the Selinsgrove area on a budget. The community is looking for you to make yourself at home.

A low cost eatery and local favorite for families to check out is the Wicked Dog Grille. Owned by Susquehanna graduate Jeff Ries, ’86, the Grille has a cheap menu with great food. The menu ranges from $2 to $8. Many “Yelp” reviews gave them five stars.

Wearing a smile and a Boston Red Sox hat, Jeff makes sure that you feel at home in his shop. His menu can be found at, pg/wickeddoggrille by clicking the side bar menu tab.

If you’re a high roller, BJ’s Steak and Rib House is the most popular place in town. When you want a good steak or nachos, BJ’s is the place to be.

If you are a group of four or five, you will be looking at a minimal $100 check not including tip. Friendly wait staff and hostesses who are more than willing to tell you about their hit appetizer, the Bongo- Bongo dip, a spinach and hot cheese dip with a side of garlic toast.

If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, there are other options on their menu at

If you’re looking for a low cost way to play, run the bases and live among child legends at the World of Little League Museum in Williamsport. With interactive screens and simulations, small video segments, and historic moments, it’s some- thing you do not want to miss out on.

About 37 miles north of Selinsgrove, the Museum is worth the trip that has all ticket prices under $7 and filled with the Hall of Fame for Little Leaguers. More information can be found on their website,

For high rollers, there is nothing like some good family competition with a couple of rounds of bowling. Best Bowl, located at 2208 Route 522 in Selinsgrove, is under $15 for anyone that comes in from 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. with the shoe rentals included. Strike up a great deal by visiting their Facebook page, Best Bowl.

Looking for a low risk way to breathe in the outdoors, gander down to Pine Street that overlooks the Susquehanna River. Continue your walk to the Isle of Que and its boat launch area to watch the calm water flow with the rustle of trees for a mellow afternoon.

Immersing yourself in the atmosphere can provide quality down time with your family. In addition, it’s free of charge.

A high-risk opportunity is taking in the scenery central Pennsylvania has to offer at the Bald Eagle State Forest.

This State Forest, known for its parks and hiking trails is unknown to many peo- ple unless you live in the area. According to Susquehanna junior Zachary Groce, the Harry John Trail is great if you are willing to “conquer the elements,”

There are wild animals around, Groce said, but you can “overlook the mountains and the Union County Flatlands are beautiful.”

Engrossed by many things, you crunch your way to find the most enjoyable things in the Selinsgrove area.

Editors view about media and scouting

By Kyle Kern, Co-Editor in Chief 

What ever happened to “you don’t judge a book by its cover”?

I am not talking about recent allegations of Hollywood elite or political scandals. I am talking about the public attention to issues that are raised in media reports. People know the title but never read the full story or follow up on the facts of the situation.

Humans are social beings, they like to get to know one another by our famous pastime. No, it is not baseball, but praise be to the Yankees (some of you already dislike me from saying that).

Our most famous pastime is gossiping. It is the main way we get our information, which stems from incomplete media that reaches our stimuli.

Do you remember where you were when the Boy Scouts of America announced they would allow girls into their program, being involved in the same camp outs, the same meeting locations, the same equipment and activities? Were you outraged or happy? Well, that story was false and entirely blown out of proportion by the gossip- ing majority of the nation and the misleading headlines.

The actual case was that the Boy Scouts of America had never talked to the Girl Scouts of America about the issue and the Girl Scouts program became enraged. The girls joining the Boy Scout program would be organized into their own troop, separate from the boys.

Everything besides the parent program would be separate. However, supporters and opponents of the integrated troops idea were intense. People on both sides were upset, yelling at each other on Facebook. The majority believed the first story instead of the actual plan.

We, as a population, thrive on gossip. It makes us outraged for no reason and the media often portrays the information in bad light. The media’s job is to be unbiased, no matter the topic or parties involved. I understand that it is hard to have enough journalists to get adequate story coverage, but this type of misdirection is unacceptable.

As a communication studies, public policy, and environmental studies triple major, I make sure my argument and discussion is entirely sound and truth- ful, while in a discussion. The headlines I use for my news articles showcase a general, but accurate, idea of what the article is about. The media’s job is to not provoke controversy by vague headlines or mismanaged journalism. The media’s job is to keep the world informed.

I do not need the personal view of the reporter or the views of the managing news agency or donators. I do not need to hear a meteorologist saying,” Are you not entertained?” I would like to be informed, rather than being entertained, thank you.

Cookie Dude teaches baking skills

By Benjamin Roehlke, Staff Writer

On Nov. 13, the Center for Academic Achievement held another Adulting 101 session titled “The Cookie Dude: Baking Hacks.” For this session, baker and business owner Dan Macarthur lead the class on proper baking techniques and life lessons.

Informally known as the “Cookie Dude,” Macarthur lead the class of about 10 students through his baking techniques while offering tips along the way.

One thing that Macarthur stressed is that baking is a sort of coping mechanism, and can help with anxiety and help relax the mind.

Macarthur told those in attendance that there are studies that support the claim that baking helps anxiety, and encouraged baking as a form of stress relief. Much like knit- ting or running, Macarthur believes baking can become a form of expression and release for those going through stressful situations, and encouraged all to try it and learn something new.

During the session, Macarthur offered many different pieces of advice and fun facts. Some of these pieces of information were as small as using a scale while baking, to much larger things such as where different types of vanilla beans grow around the world. During the presentation itself, Macarthur baked cookies.

Macarthur offered advice on improving ones baking skills, and said it is best to re- move cookies from the oven just a little before they are done, as well as to never over mix the cookie mixture, as it can change the overall outcome of the cookies.

Finally, he told those in at- tendance that if they want to bake with raisins, it is best to presoak the raisins in rum so they retain their flavor.

In all, Macarthur offered a lot of valuable advice and facts during his presentation. One thing he did touch on was his experiences running and opening a new business.

He talked about the different types of people he meets through his business, and the need for those who go into the business industry to remain open-minded to those they meet.

When asked about Adult- ing 101, Macarthur said that this was the first time he had

ever been asked to be a part of a program like this since he opened his business.

When asked how he felt about the program in general, he said that he felt this type of program is very important for college students, for it gives them experiences they may not have gained through the traditional classroom setting.

He felt that there are certain things everyone should know during their lifetime, and the Adulting 101 program is one way for college students to learn those skills. Macarthur said that the Adulting 101 program is very beneficial for all, and everyone should give it a try before graduation.

In this program, Macarthur was able to relay his passion to the students in attendance, as well as assure those who may be looking for a new way to relieve their stress that baking is a great way to channel their energy.

The Center for Academic Achievement offers several different programs to support students throughout the academic year.

The programs offered: Academic Skills, Math, Writing Center, Language Tutoring, STEM and Business review services for students.

The Center for Academic Achievement is located on the second floor of Fisher Hall. There is a lounge for students that includes a refreshment table and a room for studying and tutoring sessions.

The center is open from Monday to Friday and also take appointments. They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SU’s solar farm project informational session focuses on PA

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer 

Earlier this week, a representative from WGL Energy visited campus to give a seminar to students and faculty on renewable energy.

Richard E. Walsh, the Program Lead of Clean Energy Solutions at WGL Energy led the seminar, where he spoke about the company, case studies of theirs, their market size, policies, and career opportunities.

WGL Energy specializes in delivering environmentally-friendly energy solutions to residential, government, commercial, and industrial customers, according to their website.

The company also has assets in 19 different states, and counts companies like Amazon, Volvo, Macy’s, Perdue, and National Geographic as their customers.

One topic of discussion during the seminar was the transition between natural resources and clean energy that the nation is currently seeing. Walsh highlighted four main reasons behind this, the first being the decline in natural resources.

“If you look at the declining resources,” he said, regarding coal specifically, “No matter what your position is, there’s no denying that it’s a finite resource. Solar and wind are infinite resources.”

The other three reasons mentioned were radical transparency, personalization, and increased expectations.

“Because of that decline in resources, red flags have been raised, and now you’re starting to see stakeholders with increased expectations,” he said.

“As it becomes more obvious that not only are there bad things that can happen because of climate change, but also the positives that can come from clean energy – that the costs continue to go down, and the demand continues to go up,” he added. “There are proven case studies of all types of organizations that show the benefits of clean energy, with jobs and economics.”

Walsh then discussed career opportunities within the field, which were divided into six different fields, finance; business management, strategy, and communications; government, policy, and legal; engineering and construction, components, and development.

The financial area deals with investing, taxes, accounting, lending, private equity, and venture capital. Business Management, Strategy, and Communications, deal with strategy consulting, energy procurement, sustainability management, advertising, and marketing.

Government, Policy, Legal employees deal with lobbying, public service, trade, advocacy groups, and other things, while engineering and construction involves working with solar : engineering, procurement, and construction, wind: engineering, procurement, and construction, and design. The components area works with panels, turbines, inverters, and racking. This area is where engineers would be employed.

In the development area, employees work with GreenField Solar, Greenfield Wind, in on-site, offshore, and residential areas.

During the seminar, Walsh addressed one of WGL Energy’s case studies, which was conducted at UMD College park.

According to Walsh, WGL Energy provides wind REC’s and electricity to the university as a part of their retail supply contract. WGL Energy also owns and operates a 630 kilowatt solar system on the roof of the Severn building in UMD College park.

The seminar also included a brief customer study on Susquehanna University, and the work WGL Energy will be doing on campus.

“It’ll be a four megawatt project,” said Walsh on the project, which is expected to be one of the largest solar projects in the state.

The project, which will supply one-third of the energy needs on campus, will be lo- cated at the CEER, or Center for Environmental Education and Research, along the western border of campus on Sassafras Street.

“To my understanding, we’re going to do a joint announcement about our project together here in the next few weeks,” Walsh said.

WGL Energy is a energy solution company that can help local companies, landowners, and Fortune 1000 companies.

On their website they claim to have solutions for all ranges ofindividuals.Thesesolutions come with consultations with the company and a focus on certain energy resources.

These resources come from natural gas, electricity, carbon reduction, renewable energy, distributed generation and energy efficient solutions.

The company has made improvements in becoming environmentally friendly in relation to energy solutions. WGL won the Center for Resource Solutions

Hunger and poverty simulation focuses on issues present

By Zach Bonner, Asst. News Editor

The Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, or JCCE, held their eighth annual Hunger Banquet this past Monday, November 13. The banquet is a simulation that attempts to bring exposure to worldwide food security issues to students in the campus community.

This year, junior Abbie Wolfe, student program director at the JCCE decided that she wanted to make this year’s simulation a little more relevant to issues of hunger in our local community.

“This year, what we’re really trying to do is focus on local issues,” Wolfe said, “What is food security locally, what is hunger in our area, and how does it affect me?”

According to the Governor’s Council on Food Security Survey, 67% of families in Snyder County live under the 160 percent threshold of poverty. According to Federal Poverty Level Guidelines, families of this class are qualified as having a Median House Hold Income of $25,525 to $46,425 for a family of four.

To preface the meal simulation that was prepared, Patti Snyder, the Renewed Hope Women’s Home Director and a staff member at HandUP Foundation, gave an informational talk about the phenomenon of poverty and hunger in our local community.

“[These members of our community] make choices every day,” said Patti Snyder of the HandUP Foundation, “Choices about whether they are going to get medication, or whether they are going to eat.”

According to the HandUP Foundation’s website, they are a faith-based, social-entrepreneurial, non-profit organization

based out of Milton, PA. They provide many charitable services to the communities of Synder, Lycoming, and Union counties, among others.

“I really started to get involved with these issues through the Johnson Center when I went on SPLASH,” Wolfe stated, “Sometimes we forget that there’s a world out- side of this campus and that members of our local community experience these real- world situations that I was exposed to on this trip.”

The participants in the simulation were broken up into three groups based on broad levels of income. Low income participants, those whose families are said to earn less than $1125 a year, were relegated to a floor seating, where they would be given a communal bowl of rice to eat from.

The middle income particicome falls between $1125 and $6300, were given a meal of rice and beans, chairs, and yet had to serve themselves.

The high income participants, whose median household income is greater than $6300 annually, were given a multiple course meal at dining tables, and had staff members to serve them their meals.

“A lot of the time, those of us who are unaffected by such things as a lack of food want to think that they are happening somewhere else,” Synder continued, “But they’re happening in the community in which you live.”

All of the participants were given a small amount of time to eat their meals and try to understand their role in the simulation. Then, the individual members of the simulation were allowed to speak to the group about their experiences with poverty and hunger within their own lives.

“This event usually highlights issues with world hunger,” said JCCE staff member Gabriela Marrero, “But what most students don’t realize is that these issues impact the lives of people right in our backyard.”

The JCCE offers opportunities involved with many community partners across Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Partners include, part are not limited to, Mostly Mutts, The Regional Engagement Center, and the Senior Center.

To get involved with the Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, you can contact Abbie Wolfe, at wolfean@susqu. edu, or Pam Frontino, at You can find the JCCE’s office in the lower level of the Degenstein Campus Center for more information about current and future service programs.

Astros go from cellar-dwellers to world champs

By Michael Henkin, Staff Writer

Prior to the start of the 2017 MLB season, the Houston Astros had never won a World Series championship.

Earlier this month, however, the team won its first ring, and they did so by running through a murderer’s row of power house teams in the playoffs.

In the American League Divisional Series, the Astros beat the Boston Red Sox, who won the AL East, three games to one to advance to the American League Championship Series, where they met the New York Yankees, who had a far better season than many expected due to a strong bullpen and rookie slugger Aaron Judge.

In that series, the Yankees pushed the Astros to their limits, but the team was able to recover and win the series four games to three to advance to the World Series where they met the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the league’s top teams.

Once again, the Astros were forced into a game seven situation, but they ultimately prevailed, winning the series four games to three to become the 2017 World Series champions. This series arguably had two of the best World Series games in history.

After an inconsistent 2016 season, in which the Astros missed the playoffs, the 2017 season was impressive for the team to say the least. The most impressive thing to note, however, is how the team rose to such prominence because it was primarily due to strategically drafting key players, developing young talent correctly, and making smart pre-season and mid-season moves.

Former Tigers ace and Cy Young-winner Justin Verlander was acquired at the trade deadline, where he went from a struggling Tigers team that has trying desperately to recover from its fall from grace since its appearance in the Fall Classic in 2006, to being in one of the best starting rotations in baseball.

Verlander joined star pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who was drafted by the Astros in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. He made his professional debut in 2012, and had a breakout year in 2017, starting the season out 7-0 with a 1.84 ERA. He finished the season off 14-5, and served as a key factor to the team’s success.

Jose Altuve, a second basemen and one of the team’s best offensive weapons, was also developed by the team. He was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 2007, and made his professional debut in 2011. Since then, he’s made the all-star team five times in addition to winning three batting championships. In 2017, he was presented with the Hank Aaron Award, while also being named as the Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year. Now, he’s arguably the best all-around players in baseball today.

George Springer, an outfielder who led the Astros in home runs in 2017, was drafted by Houston as well, as the team took him in the first round of the 2011 draft. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2017 World Series.

These three players are only a few examples of how the Astros have transformed into a championship caliber team, but it’s clear that the endless effort that the organization has put into acquiring and developing young talent has been the key factor in the success they’re currently enjoying.

Sports Illustrated made a bold prediction in 2014 on one of their issues that the Astros would win the World Series in 2017. Nobody took it serious at the time because of their abysmal record in the years leading up to the issue.

The Astros were coming off a 51-115 record in 2013 and fans at this point were used to the Astros being a bad team.

In 2014 though the team started to get better. The team finished the season with a 70- 92 record and finished with a better record than the Texas Rangers for the first time since joining the AL West in 2013.

In 2015 though, the Astros started to show fruition from their rebuilding process, and jumped out to a first place lead and stayed there until after the All-Star break. Keuchel broke out this year, winning the Cy Young award for the American League and set an MLB record by going 15-0 at home, but they would not be able to hang on to first place in the AL West.

The team eventually managed to get a wild card birth, and would defeat the New York Yankees in the wild card game 3-0, but would fall to the eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.

In 2016, the team started off strong once again, but failed to make the playoffs because of the struggles against the Texas Rangers, who would have their own internal rebound to win the division that year.

Finally though, the rebuilding process and smart moves paid off as the Astros were able to win a World Series championship.

Teams nowadays should learn from the 2017, This team went from worst record in team history in 2013 to world champions in 2017 because of strong player development and smart free agent signings, instead of spending ludacris amounts of money. This team was built not bought, and that’s why they will be competitors for years to come.