Nichols scores career-high 20 points but SU falls to rival Lycoming 85-75

By Rachael Cataldo, Asst. Sports Editor 

Senior River Hawk Tess Nichols scored a career-high 20 points but the Susquehanna women’s basketball team suffered their first loss of the season to the Lycoming Warriors 85-75 on Sunday afternoon in Selinsgrove at the O.W. Houts Gymnasium.

“Of course, it’s a cool feeling [to score a career high], but also bittersweet knowing we didn’t get the win,” Nichols said after the game.

Susquehanna (2-1) and Lycoming (4-1) went back and forth in the first quarter. Senior Courtney Adams sunk a three- pointer to give Susquehanna a four-point lead late in the quarter. Lycoming closed out the play of the period with a small 23-21 lead.

Junior Bailey Trell had a pivotal jump shot in the second quarter with 1:34 to go and capped a 9-0 run as the River Hawks cut the Warriors’ lead 37-34 into halftime.

To start off the third quarter, Trell hit a three-pointer to trim the lead to just one. The score stayed close for the remainder of the period until Lycoming converted a three-point play to take a four-point lead 57-53 with nine seconds to go until the final period.

Lycoming used three-pointers to their advantage, scoring five to give the team a 13-point lead 73-60 in the fourth quarter. Susquehanna answered with an 11-3 run including a pair of three-pointers by Nichols. The lead was cut to 76-71 with a little over three minutes to go in the game. A jump shot by senior Megan McFadden and a pair of free-throws by Trell made the score 83-75.

“It is important for myself to be a leader both on and off the court, and I plan to continue to work on that everyday,” Trell said. “We are a team and I love being a part of it.”

A River Hawk foul allowed the Warriors to score two more free throw points towards the end, resulting in a tough loss.

“A major point of emphasis moving forward from Lycoming would be our defense,” Nichols said. “We executed on offense, but failed to stop their best players in the paint or on the three-point line.”

“I believe we need to focus on keeping our heads in the game the entire time, rather than going on runs and then slowing down,” Trell said.

“We need to be able to throw a punch, but we also need to be able to take one,” head coach Jim Reed told the team before Sunday night’s game.

Susquehanna ended the day going 27-70 on field goal shots, 8-22 on three-pointers, and 13- 18 on free throws.

Nichols was one of four River Hawks to score double dig- its. Trell and sophomore Rachel Sweger each added 12 points.

McFadden recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. She also led the team with seven assists on the day.

“While I am happy about the personal achievement, basketball is a team sport and I wish I could’ve done more to help my team get that win,” McFadden said after the game.

Susquehanna bounced back and defeated King’s College in a thriller on the road Wednesday night 62-61.

The River Hawks return to action tomorrow at home to face Goucher in their first conference matchup of the season. Game time for Susquehanna is 4 p.m. in Houts Gymnasium.

River Hawks finish as Centennial-MAC bowl series champs with win

By Mel Barracato, Staff Writer 

The Susquehanna football team closed out their season with a 28-9 victory against Albright College in the Centennial-Mac Bowl Series game to finish the season 8-3 on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Senior running back Cameron Ott scored a touchdown on a seven-yard run for Susquehanna in the first quarter, and the half remained 7-0 until Albright answered with their own touchdown in the last minute before halftime.

“We had to establish the run game because of the weather. We knew that it would tough to throw the ball. Once Cam gets rolling there is no stopping him with our offensive line,” Carsley said.

The River Hawk defense only allowed Albright five drives in the second half which resulted in three fumbles and an interception.

Senior quarterback Nick Crusco connected with sophomore Mikah Christian on a 46- yard pass that helped Susquehanna move 75-yards within five plays. Another 25-yard pass to senior Tommy Bluj put

the River hawks within the 10- yard line, and Crusco was able to finish the drive on a four- yard scoring run.

On the next drive, junior Connor Thompson forced a fumble on Albright’s sixth play, where senior Ryan Ganard was able to recover it right outside the Susquehanna end zone. How- ever, Albright was able to force a safety to put the score at 13-9.

Later in the third quarter, Crusco and Ott combined for a 13-play, 70-yard drive that finished with Ott scoring off a three-yard run. Sophomore Mitch Carsley completed a two- point conversion pass to Crusco to put Susquehanna ahead 21-9.

“We’ve run this play a couple times. I go in motion like a sweep stop and then throw it back to him. It works pretty well,” Cars- ley said after the game.

Ganard gained his fourth interception of the year on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the ball back to the Susquehanna offense. The next drive by the River Hawks almost stalled but a fumbled kick return recovered by Carsley set up a scoring drive for the River Hawks as Crusco was able to push a two-yard run for a touchdown to put the lead at 28-9.

Once Albright got the ball back they were able to form a short drive that was stopped by junior Jason Brougham after the Albright receiver fumbled the ball and allowed Brougham to recover for the River Hawks.

The last play of Albright offense included a junior Jeremy Kozich sacking the Lions quarterback and a recovery by sophomore Tucker Garner to set up the final drive that lasted the remaining five minutes of the content.

Crusco finished the game 16- 24 for 217 yards, which gave him a school-record 8,318 career passing yards. He also finishes with school records for career passing attempts, completions, and yards and total offensive yards. His 2,501 yards for this season puts him in second on the all-time season record list.

Ott finished with 86 yards and two touchdowns to put him just over 1,000 yards rushing to make him the eighth 1,000-yard rusher in Susquehanna history.

This season was the first time since 2009 that Susquehanna finished with eight wins.

That season, Susquehanna finished with a Liberty League Championship and a birth in the NCAA tournament.

Hawks fall in NCAA first round

By Zach Bonner, Asst. News Editor 

Susquehanna men’s rugby lost to Loyola 31-19 in a play- in match for the NSCRO Gold Championship Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 18. With the win, Loyola advanced into the round of 16 teams in the tournament with the win.

The team ended the season with a record of seven wins and one loss. They ended the regular season with an undefeated record. Loyola currently has a record of eight wins and one loss, with six wins in the regular season.

Susquehanna had a strong momentum coming into the match, with a 400-point dif- ferential between Loyola and them in the standings.

One of the limiting factors for both teams in the match was the weather. It rained half an inch and was an actual temperature of 29 degrees.

“The weather definitely didn’t play to our strengths,” said senior Matt Kaltenbach, “Especially considering how competitive our matchup with Loyola was.”

To start the match, Loyola scored the first try. By the end of the first half, Susquehan- na had claimed the lead and scored two tries. Loyola took back the lead in the second half, and held it to secure the win and advance.

“We simply just had a harder time than usual trying to execute our plans,” senior Cooper O’Connell said.

“In terms of teams that we play in the regular season [Loyola] was definitely out of their league,” said Kaltenbach, “They were the most well-rounded team we have seen all year.”

The River Hawks ended their fall season with a phenomenal record, and despite it coming to an end, players have a positive outlook for the upcoming spring season.

“Historically, we’ve had more strength as a 7’s team,” said O’Connell, “At full strength, I’m confident in what lies ahead.”

According to the men’s rugby information webpage on, the team has won the 10-team NSCRO National 7s Qualifier in the spring of 2013, 2014, and 2015. They have plans to con- tinue this streak into the spring 2018 season and beyond.

“We have high hopes for the upcoming season,” said Kaltenbach, “We have every intention of making it to the NSCRO National Championship game in June.”

Tony Parker’s return a blessing for Spurs fans

By Kalyn Albers, Staff Writer 

It was May 3, 2017 and game two of the San Antonio Spurs semi-final game against the Houston Rockets. I watched as Tony Parker went down with a non-contact injury that lead to having his teammates carry him off the court. I remember being heartbroken watching him fall to the floor only a couple minutes in the fourth quarter attempting his teardrop shot. I sat there with my mouth dropped to the floor in disbelief.

It was announced that he underwent an MRI examination the next morning this revealed that Parker suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. I thought he was done for good. It was announced that same day that he would miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs and had no timetable set for a possible return to basketball.

I thought to myself how could Tony Parker possibly return from such a horrible injury at the age of 35? I also had hopes deep in the back of my mind because this team has been through a lot and has remarkable recovery stories. Considering his age and the severity of the injury though, it seemed like he wouldn’t be returning as the starting point guard for the San Antonio Spurs and that his historic career might come to a close in a gruesome manner.

Summer and the beginning of the season Parker worked hard to make sure he would make a comeback for the 2017-2018 NBA season, and all that work paid off because he did in fact comeback. After a seven-month rehab session his first time seen on court he looked energetic and had control of the offense. Gregg Popovich, head coach for the spurs made it clear that he wasn’t going to play Parker for too long anticipating to ease him back in to the game. Parker on Nov. 28, 2017 after seven months of no action he had 14 minutes of action on the court against the Dallas Mavericks.

Parker showed fans that he didn’t miss a beat and came out on the court almost like he never left, he hit layups, and one of his famous mid-range jumpers that Spurs fans have been obsessing over ever since we first saw him play in the 2001 season.

Early in the night he was getting the offense going and in return dominated the front court in the win against the Dallas Mavericks. With the help from his teammates the transition back to playing was an easy one. Pau Gasol had a total of 25 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 33 points as well.

Parker was able to push through and wear that number nine jersey rather than a blazer, and man was it great to see. You could tell that there was a lot of emotion in the way Parker was playing and the amount of love from Spurs fans. Welcome back Tony Parker and I know I can’t wait to see what this team has in store now that he is back.

SU drops both games in tournament

By Alyssa Gehris, Staff Writer 

Susquehanna men’s basketball suffered two losses in the Trailways Tipoff Tournament Friday Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18.

In the first game against King’s College, Susquehanna senior center Ryan Traub scored a career- high 33 points with 20 of them coming in the first half. He was also credited with six rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal in Friday’s game. Traub’s previous career high was 26 points in a game late last season against Moravian.

Though Traub didn’t miss a shot until 11 minutes into the second half, it wasn’t quite enough to keep ahead of King’s College.

King’s scored the first points of the game beginning Susquehanna’s fallback. Junior guard Seth Callahan then fought back with two three-pointers for the River Hawks. Which was then followed by another three- pointer by Traub which brought the game to 27-23 with Susquehanna in the lead.

Scoring went back and forth until King’s took back their lead with five points after a three- pointer 9:42 into the game.

King’s ended out the first quar- ter with a 38-33 lead.

In the beginning of the second quarter, Traub brought in some points to bring the Riverhawks close to a tie with a connected layup and a stolen pass along with two free throws. Traub then finished off the first half by tying up the score 46-46 after two baskets.

Susquehanna senior guard Adam Dizbon started the scoring in the second half until the King’s came back with an 8-0 run which lead them to holding their lead the rest of the game.

With 2:44 left King’s was leading by nine points but Susquehanna was able to cut that lead down three times until they couldn’t anymore ending the game with a 93-89 loss for the River Hawks.

Leaders in the game included Callahan with 18 points and freshman guards Matt LaCorte and Bryce Butler both with seven points on the day.

In the consolation game on Saturday, the River Hawks again came up short against Rowan University.

Traub led the team again with 18 points and nine rebounds, but not too far behind, Butler was credited with a total 16 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals for Susquehanna.

Sophomore center Jacob Walsh scored 13 points and La- Corte scored 10 points along with junior guard Tyler Hoa- gland who scored 10 points and had eight assists.

Rowan started the scoring for the game and continued to keep the lead for the entirety of the game.

Rowan kept up a lead of 12 points in the first half at 33-21. Susquehanna continued to fight and brought the lead down to three points (39-36) after Walsh earned a three-pointer and some free throws and right before the half a layup by Traub brought the score close yet again to 46-43.

In the second half, Rowan was able to regain their larger lead and kept it up to bring a final score of 88-72.

Susquehanna ended the tip-off tournament at 1-2. They then lost to rival Lycoming 89-70.

The team was finally able to rebound this week defeating Misericordia on the road 75-62 Wednesday night.

Walsh led the River Hawks with 16 points while Traub added 15 in the victory.

The River Hawks return to action Saturday at home against Goucher. Game time is 2 p.m.

For Coach Marcinek, biggest victory comes off the court

By Dylan Smith, Staff Writer 

Can you imagine yourself in the biggest game of your life? Additionally, can you imagine yourself standing on the sidelines coaching your team to the NCAA Division III basketball tournament? Nearly 25 years after his first trip, River Hawks Head Coach Frank Marcinek brought his team back to the NCAA Division III tournament for the second year in a row. Calling the shots for almost 30 years here at Susquehanna, Marcinek has been a staple on the sideline for the River Hawks. Everyone goes through slumps and droughts but Susquehanna has been lifted up year in and year out by their head coach. Rising above the adversity does not come as a surprise to Coach Marcinek.

Cancer did. Nearing the summer, Marcinek’s first run in the NCAA tournament since 1994 had come to an end and spring sports were starting playoffs. Only Marcinek, as an administrator, traveled with the Susquehanna baseball team to Cortland for their NCAA bid.

Marcinek said, “I was exercising, I was feeling good.”

After having small headaches consistently, Marcinek made a trip to doctor. Not even he was ready to find out news that would shake up his life. Simply, “wow.”

Now he was sitting in the doctor’s office waiting and testing. Waiting and testing. Only hearing the sounds of machines running tests in the background.

May 19, 2016, 2:30 p.m., the birthday of Marcinek, the doctor, told him he had cancer. The happy celebration of life turned into a sudden realization of how quick life can change and “rock your world.”

Initially, the shock set in, and thoughts are racing through his head. ‘How do I tell my wife and kids, what is the game plan, what are the options?’

A week after the diagnosis, Marcinek was greeted by a team of doctors, who were no nonsense in describing the procedures and what each one specializes in.

Confusion. He was sitting in a room about the size of his 10×10 office, surrounded by six to eight doctors describing the process to him. “It was difficult to process,” and he “didn’t understand anything they said but they weren’t going back to square one.”

He decided to go with the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, because “they had a very aggressive form of treatment but would have less side effects.”

In late July 2016, over the course of three days, chemotherapy started. “The first time, you don’t know what it’s all about. It’s fairly relaxing, you get the chemo[therapy] through a port. The port was vital to the therapy and the feeding tube was vital to my survival.” The port would keep the chemicals moving along with fluids.

After the first treatment, Marcinek describes it as a “very bad hangover, where you feel lethargic, and want to lay around.”

After the second treatment, he physically and mentally felt good. After the third treatment, the combination of the radiation and the drugs left Marcinek saying, “you could taste the chemicals.”

“Water would burn going down,” he remembered.

But like anything else Marcinek has done, according to Bailey, “he attacked it.”

On August 26th, 2016 after 33 radiations and three chemotherapies, Marcinek had finished the treatments but was not out of the woods just yet.

“For the next two weeks, I could still feel the radiation working… and you’re not feeling like you are recovering.”

“It’s a slow, gradual climb back up.” Comeback.

Noticeably thinner, frail, lacking a voice are just a few descriptions of Marcinek.

Marcinek was ready to turn over responsibilities to assistant coaches Sam Moore and Chad Bailey. However, every time he stepped into his Houts, his voice came back, and he felt his best.

Success. Thanksgiving day 2016, Marcinek is told that he is clear of cancer. From that point forward, the River Hawk took fight and flew sky high.

The 2016 season was capped offbyaruntotheSweet16inthe NCAA Division III Tournament.

They finished the season 23-6, averaging just under 80 points per game.

“Coach was using basketball as a way to escape everything life was throwing at him. He easily could’ve thrown in the towel and taken a few years resolve his individual conflicts, but instead he was even more focused and dedicated to our team’s success,” Weidlich said. Step 365.

Almost a year later, the team is back in practices and focusing on getting back to the NCAA Tournament. There is a new offensive scheme in part to the loss of multiple starting seniors in the past two seasons, with Steven Weidlich, Josh Miller, and Brandon Headley.

There is a lot to be hopeful for this upcoming season according to Coach Marcinek.

“It’s not something we think about all the time,” said Prusch.

Prusch added that, “In past years, certain things would irk him, but in the grand scheme of things, [Marcinek said] life is more important and we should be having fun.”

Ensemble, composer to perform wintry works

By Danielle Bettendorf, Living & Arts Editor 

String ensemble Turtle Island Quartet and composer Liz Carroll will perform at Susquehanna on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater.

The two musicians are the third performance this school year in the Artist Series, after Parsons Dance in September and Nobuntu in November.

Visitors in the Artist Series are selected each year by a committee.

Keelie Schock, the Artist Series manager, said that one of the goals of the series is to highlight internationally acclaimed artists for the Susquehanna and local community.

According to Schock, in featuring these artists, the series works to showcase a diverse range of cultures and types of art in the performers chosen annually.

“Each year highlights a different form of performance art, whether it is music, dance, etc.,” Schock said. “Turtle Island Quartet came to us through one of the artist management agencies we frequently work with.”

Schock noted that Turtle Island Quartet and Carroll perform an innovative type of music, which is why they were chosen for the series.

“Every artist or group of artists we bring to campus has their own unique niche within their field,” Schock said. “Turtle Island Quartet is a fusion of jazz and chamber music, although they explore many world music styles in their work.”

“Their collaboration with Irish fiddler and composer, Liz Carroll, is a great example of how they transcend genres and eras to maintain a strong appeal with audiences,” Schock continued. “Their fearlessness in exploring a variety of styles has earned them two Grammy Awards.”

Schock also praised how much effort the performers selected put into their work.

“The artists themselves always show a dedication to their craft that is above and beyond what one might expect,” Schock said. “They are performers who are willing to break boundaries with their creativity and try what hasn’t been tried before.”

“We consider an event successful if it has provided the audience with the opportunity to see an engaging performance with high artistic integrity,” Schock added.

Turtle Island Quartet was created in 1985 and Carroll has won awards since she was 18 years old.

At the performance in January, the musicians will perform repertoire related to the winter season and various holidays.

According to MySU, the performance will feature “songs of the Celtic winter solstice and yuletide reels from Ireland reside with tunes of Hanukkah, a Hindu spiritual and a Miles Davis holiday classic.” They will also perform “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane.

Admission is free for Susquehanna students, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for non-Susquehanna students.

Turn It Up

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor 

It’s about that time to do another editor’s picks again. Last time we did this, even I was surprised by everyone’s picks, but now, I think we have a better grasp of what to expect.

The first person to send in their top five was Kyle Kern, he starts it off with “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys. Not really sure why a 21-year-old in college would listen to this, but hey, no judgement.

Next is “Ancient History” by Set It Off: again, a bizarre choice. Hoodie Allen took the third spot with “Ain’t Ready;” I can’t remember Hoodie doing anything significant since “No Interruption” in 2012.

Kyle also decided to put ZZ Top on his list, and again, I’m sitting here wondering if Kyle is actually 21, or if he is actually 50 trapped in a younger body. As if this list couldn’t get any weirder, he decided to add “I’m A Believer,” but the German version covered by Faculty Lounge. I really have no words for this.

Zach Bonner, the assistant news editor, decided to save the reputation of this editorial board by gracing us with five songs that are actually reputable. His list goes as follows: “We Were Wealth” by Wye Oak, “The Body is a Blade” by Japanese Breakfast, “Owl Hoots” by Mimicking Birds, “Saved” by The Dear Hunter and lastly, “Lose It” by Austra.

Our new assistant sports editor, Rachael Cataldo, gave me her list and honestly, it could be worse. She shows a lot of promise with picks like “Gypsy” by Lady Gaga, “Sparks Will Fly” by J. Cole feat. Jhene Aiko and “Beware” by Big Sean feat. Lil Wayne and Jhene Aiko. Her two questionable picks are “Unforgettable” by Thomas Rhett and “Renegade” by Styx. Again, she’s learning and with her first three picks, she shows a lot of promise.

Nick Forbes yet again graces us with his top five and honestly, it’s like I picked them myself. His first pick was “Rockstar” by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage, but with the passing of legend Lil Peep, he decided that in memorial he would put “Awful Things” feat. Lil Tracy instead.

Past that, Nick had “Gu- cci Gang” by Lil Pump, which, shocker, it’s the most viral song of later half of this year. Next is, “Please Shut Up” by A$AP Mob feat. A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane and key, which is a certified banger. Nick even features Mac Miller with his song “Objects in the Mirror,” which is a song that most people forget about.

Nick’s last song is the one that gets me the most. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac is a classic and it makes my heart happy to know that I’m not the only college kid who still enjoys this song.

Alex Kurtz, our sports editor, gave me his top five and his list has improved drastically since the last time we did this. On his list was, “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump, surprise. He said to me that he would put it all five times if he could. Next was “Rockstar” by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage. Then, just like Nick, he added the Lil Peep song “Benz Truck.”

Alex loves Mac Miller, as everyone should. He wakes up to the song “Party on 5th Ave” every morning, so no surprise, it made his list. His last song was “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen:kind of random, but we will go with it, could be worse.

The last person to grace me with their list is living & arts editor Danielle Bettendorf. When I say that her list is bizarre, I’m not kidding. Her list includes “Sexy Can I” by Ray J feat. Yung Berg, “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra, “Havana” by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug, “Beverly Hills” by Weezer and “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato. Take a moment for that to sink in. I mean, really, I don’t know where to start. There’s throwbacks and pop hits, but also just a complete classic by ELO. I am amazed by this, Danielle.

My list is one that I’ve had to think about for a while. First on my list is “Caught Their Eyes” by JAY-Z feat. Frank Ocean. I really think that this song speaks for itself: I mean, this pair alone is enough to guarantee a hit song. Next is “Sky Walker” by Miguel feat. Travis Scott. If you aren’t already on to this song, you’re welcome. The rest of my list goes as follows: “Wanted You” by NAV feat. Lil Uzi Vert, “Thinking ‘Bout You” by Dua Lipa, and “Adore” by Amy Shark.

Hope you enjoyed this last edition of editor’s picks: maybe these songs can help you through the stress of finals, but let’s be honest, nothing can help that.

Susquehanna faculty read personal works on self, the earth

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor

Associate professors of creative writing at Susquehanna gave readings of their newly published works on Nov. 27 in Isaacs Auditorium.

Silas Dent Zobal featured his novel “The People Of The Broken Neck” and Karla Kelsey featured her book of essays “Of Sphere” as part of the Seavey Reading Series hosted by the Writer’s Institute.

Zobal’s “The People Of The Broken Neck” was published in 2016 and depicts the story of a family hiding in the darkness of the woods as the FBI searches their house.

The family is suddenly on the run, providing readers with perspectives from both the father and the detective in the criminal investigation.

After reading fragments of the novel, Zobal read an essay that was originally supposed to be about craft.

“I really don’t like craft essays,” Zobal said. “So it’s mostly about me.”

Zobal’s essay “On The Impoverished World” displays the many obstacles a young Zobal encounters while growing up

in poverty with his younger brother. Being raised in such a rough upbringing has led this boy to not give his all in other elements of his life and hold onto things until the very last moment, according to Zobal.

“Be generous. Give of yourself. Breathe deeply. Have faith,” Zobal said in his essay when explaining advice the narrator would give to his former self.

Zobal also read a snippet from Sylvia Plath’s “Stings” as a connection to his hobby of beekeeping.

Zobal is a recipient of the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and a scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He has also received a fiction fellow- ship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Zobal’s short story collection “The Inconvenience of the Wings” received a Kirkus Star for experimental merit. His other short stories have appeared in publications such as The Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, New Orleans Re- view and Shenandoah.

Raised in Rockford, Illinois, Zobal earned a bachelor’s degree in English from DePaul University and a master’s degree from the University of

Washington. He also earned a doctorate from Binghamton University.

Kelsey’s “Of Sphere” was published on Nov. 1 and features essays and lyrical prose from multiple spheres.

“Its organized along the different spheres of earth,” Kelsey said. “I added a fifth sphere, celestial sphere, which goes beyond the earth.”

Kelsey read a section called “the Celestial Sphere,” but began with reading the notes that coincide with each sphere before leading into the prose.

“Of Sphere” uses sculptures or locations that Kelsey has seen and derives a story from them, focusing on how the story sounds to the reader and the emotions that they feel.

According to Kelsey’s website, “Of Sphere” provides a form of theater where the writer has limited agency, which then prompted her to use various techniques of imagination and research.

Kelsey said her work in this specific genre looks to the traditions of lyric essay, philosophical meditation, poetics and review criticism.

Along with her most recent publication, Kelsey has published three full length books: “Knowledge,” “Forms, the Aviary; Iteration Nets;” and “A Conjoined Book.”

Kelsey has also published three chapbooks: “Little Dividing Doors in the Mind,” “Into the Eyes of Lost Storms” and “3 Movements.”

Kelsey is a recipient of the Fulbright lectureship and has taught creative writing along with American literature in Budapest.

Kelsey is also an editor for The Constant Critic, an online publication which features poetry reviews.

Kelsey received bachelor’s degrees from the University of California in literature and philosophy and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, where she was a teaching-writing fellow. She also received her doctorate from the University of Denver.

Associate professor of English and creative writing, Glen Retief said that when he began interviewing to work at Susquehanna, he immediately felt the seriousness of his colleagues.

“They were committed to writing. They wrote regularly. They published regularly,” Retief said. “I admired them so much, and I still do today.”

First-year Madison Blackwell said the readings helped her connect more with the authors.

“I didn’t know what to epect from Silas, but I really en- joyed his. I don’t have him as a professor yet so now I’m even more excited to have him as a professor,” Blackwell said. “I have Karla for intro to poetry and it just made me so much more appreciative.”

The next installment of the Seavey Reading series will feature Aminatta Forna on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium.