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.”

Lecture focuses on ethical dilemmas within collegiate sports

By Zachary Bonner, Staff Writer 

On Oct. 30, Susquehanna hosted Donald M. Remy in Stretansky Concert Hall for a lecture in The Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lectureship in Ethics series. Remy’s lecture, titled “Sports Ethics: The Risk of Getting It Wrong” covered contemporary ethical dilemmas in the NCAA and how the organization plans to better entrench a sense of ethics in collegiate sports.

Remy is the Executive Vice President of Law, Policy and Governance and the Chief Legal Office at the NCAA. According to his employment profile on Bloomberg.com, Remy has an extensive and prestigious legal background, having served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army, Special Counsel to the Secretary of Defense, as well as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Fannie Mae. Needless to say, Remy has had an expansive body of experience dealing with pervasive ethical lapses.

His lecture touched primarily upon issues of collegiate sports organizations that have broken the NCAA’s Bylaws regarding Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct, briefly bolstering his point with John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.

Remy cited balancing character and reputation, and using the former to build the latter. He went on to say that building such traits in the collegiate sports sphere is a foundational principle to good ethical practices.

“One of the hardest things is balancing your reputation with your character,” said senior Dylan Smith. “I do try to be respectful of others and live by the Golden Rule. Having these as constant reminders about how to carry myself [allows] this character aspect to overflow much more than what my reputation might be.”

“Our job is to provide college athletes with a college education,” Remy stated. “Those who break our trust have no place in college sports.”

Remy cited something that he called the ‘Life Cycles of Ethical Failures’, which set the ground- work for his reasoning about why ethical issues play such a large role in an organization created to unite student athletes in education and sport. He attributed the loose sense of morals in sports to a lack of foundational support youth organizations.

Remy then told a story of his own coaching experience in a youth basketball league. He recounted an ethical issue that caused his team to lose a chance to play in a tournament. An opposing coach utilized a player whose age was over the limit put on the league, allowing the team to beat others soundly. This team was eventually disqualified, but the league was unable to rectify issues this ethical lapse caused.

“As someone that has been involved in youth sports, and had most of my interest in the collegiate level come from such a place, I’m not sure if I completely agree with Remy,” said senior Emily Shellenberger. “I think that a lot of ethical issues in collegiate sports are bred by the organizations in which they happen, not in the youth league the violator played in a decade prior.”

Haunted House theme takes over SU campus past weekend

By Alanna Dent, Staff Writer 

Halloween is among the most popular holidays. According to The Guardian, it is celebrated by 93 percent of kids, and 68 percent of adults contribute to the festivities in some way. Some like the sweet side of the holiday, dressing up in costumes or watching family movies with their pumpkin spice lattes. Some like the thrill that comes with Halloween, the jolt that can only come from fear and adrenaline.

Susquehanna University (SU) Paranormal Club, Phi Mu Delta, and Tau Kappa Epsilon have each come up with a frightening theme to benefit their philanthropies.

SU Paranormal Club decided to base their haunted house around the theme of the original Grimm fairytales.

Kris Kaytes, head of the makeup committee for the event tlaked about the event.

“The Theme was Grimm Fairy tales, and the idea was that of a happily never after or fairy tales go wrong,” Kaytes said.

“Our main attractions were Rumpelstiltskin’s office, Ariel’s grotto, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast…”

It is worth noting that every haunted house was used as a tool to raise money for different causes. According to Kaytes, SU Paranormal Club donated a portion of their funds to Lungs for Logan, a local charity that is seeking to cover the cost of a double lung transplant for Logan Roush.

Phi Mu Delta’s haunted mansion was held at their house, and was centered around American Horror Story’s “Freak Show.”

“Our theme was a bloody carnival, sort of like American Horror Story’s Freak Show,” said junior Nicholas Trotter.

When asked for further explanation on the haunted house, event organizer and member, senior Garrett DeWald, said: “While at the end of last semester we tried to make [the haunted house] American Horror Story themed, by the first few meetings of this semester, we really turned it into exclusively a carnival theme haunted house. There were a multitude of different things we tried to incorporate into the haunted house.”

DeWald went on to explain that the entrance of the house was turned into a freak show, including a lion tamer, a lion, and a gorilla as well as a bearded lady and hunchback who were arguing.

“One of the first real scares we had was after walking past the pool table into the living room, the group walked in on a group of clowns frozen, hiding, or fighting each other,” DeWald continued.

“Little did the audience know that as they walked by the pool table, a clown would sneak out of the bathroom and follow them, only to scream behind them, causing the group of clowns to chase after the tour, upstairs,” DeWald concluded.

After this initial scare, the group would look back down at the lion tamer and his animals, only to see that the beasts had mauled their handler.

This was followed by the next real scare, which according to DeWald, was the murder-by-clown of an FBI agent who happened to walk into a murder scene.

After this, the group was stranded without a tour guide until they reached the end of the hall.

“The third big scare [was] with the Ring Leader, who was the last stop,” DeWald said.

The group found out the Ring Leader had been brainwashing people, and then “attempted to capture the tour in order to add them to his collection.”

The tour ended with a chase by what DeWald described as “a multitude of carnies, freaks, and clowns”, but their final tour guide would then be captured by the World’s Strongest Man.

“After this the group was showed to the exit, and hopefully went to support the Paranormal Club by going to their haunted house next,” DeWald said.

As previously stated, each haunted house was a tool to provide funds to a charity. When discussing the creation of this year’s haunted house, DeWald said that they had a unique approach to adding “fun” into the fundraiser.

DeWald said: “My committee and brothers were a huge help to me, there was no way I could have done it without them. I also really enjoyed making something that I knew was going to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as hopefully give the students and faculty on campus a good time.”

DeWald stressed the importance of philanthropy and that the events should be focused on fun for everybody, even the volunteers.

He said it was tricky to balance the fun of playing a Halloween character with the eerie feel they sought to provoke, but that they felt they did an excellent job.

DeWald’s concluding thoughts on the haunted house were dedicated to the time and effort that went into it and that he believed it was well worth it.

“While it might have been a tad stressful in the end, making sure we had everything we needed and having to get last minute supplies, once the event came around and started I knew it was going to be a fun event,” DeWald said.

“The event took a lot of planning, with weekly meetings starting in the last few weeks of the Spring 2017 semester, and a lot of work, but being able to do it with my brothers and for such a great cause made it well worth the time commitment that it took,” DeWald continued.

Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) drew inspiration from last year’s regional creepy clown incidents when preparing for their haunted house.

Their haunted house was held within the TKE house and was taking place during the Halloween on the Avenue event.

The Halloween on the Avenue event is a trick or treating program held by the sorority, fraternity, and theme houses on the avenue.

The organizations that reside within the houses pass out candy and offer Halloween theme activities for the kids of Selinsgrove.

The houses were decorated with hay bales, pumpkins, cobwebs, “spooky” decorations and more.

The children went from house to house trick or treating and enjoying the organizations giving back to the community. This is where TKE provided their haunted house.

When asked about their theme, TKE president senior Austin French said, “The over-arching theme was clowns, however, we also tried to incorporate some horror movies in.”

The profits from the haunted house went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is TKE’s national philanthropic organization.

TKE also won in the fraternity category of Susquehanna’s Halloween on the Avenue house decoration contest.

Sigma Kappa, a sorority with a house on University Avenue, won the best decorated house for the sorority category for Halloween on the Avenue.

Another Halloween theme event that students experienced during the weekend was the Halloween “BooPhi” event.

It was sponsored by the Phi Beta Sigma Inc. fraternity and was held at the Trax night club.

There was a costume contest that concluded the event and also a dance off by the members of Phi Beta Sigma Inc.