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.

Student-directed plays to feature in annual theatre department showcase

By Sam Miller, Staff Writer

A showcase of short theatrical “one act” pieces will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater.

There will be six total performances held during the showcase, which are directed and performed by students.

The showcase takes place each year during the fall semester as a way for students to showcase what they have learned in their directing class.

Each senior in the class is responsible for directing a one act play with two actors and fostering the creative process, from auditions, rehearsals and performances, under the guidance of Laura Dougherty, a visiting professor of theater.

The class is composed of Violeta Migirov, Hannah Paley, Rebekah Krumenacker, Abby Conway, Marisa Cedeno and Katherine Cardenas.

Dougherty is filling in for Doug Powers and previously worked at Winthrop University, Arizona State University and Illinois State University.

Student actors who will perform in the showcase are senior Maddie Tavarez, juniors Daniel Reynolds, Abby Dawes, Matt Sharrock and Kemah Armes, sophomores Kelsey Dowling, Brian Herrman, Nolan Nightingale and Nick Cardillo and first-years Morgan Wallace, Kyle Carey and Dalia Hamilton.

“In this showcase, I will be playing Jason in Anna Ziegler’s play, ‘Ron Swoboda’s Wish,’” Dowling said.

Dowling added that they have gained new knowledge from practicing for the showcase this semester.

“In this showcase I have really learned how to be comfortable in periods of silence,” Dowling said. “Brian and I share these really beautiful and vulnerable moments of silence together that you rarely get to have with other performers.”

Compared to other theatrical performances on campus, Dowling noted the wide range of topics covered in the plays that were chosen.

“This showcase is different, I think, because of the wide variety of content dis- cussed across the selection of plays being performed,” Dowling said. “What’s great about the directing showcase is that you get to collaborate with your friends in ways that you wouldn’t otherwise on the main stage.”

“For instance, I’ve never had the chance to work so intimately with Brian or Rebekah, but thanks to the directing showcase, I’ve been honored to work and learn with them both,” Dowling added.

Dowling said they hope those who come to the showcase approach the plays with no reservations.

“I hope attendees come to the performances with an open mind and are excited to see the

variety of acting and directing styles that our department features,”

Junior Caitlin Barnes, who is working as a stage manager for the showcase, said, “I’ve been an actor before and this is my second time stage managing the showcase. It has been an amazing experience.”

“[The students] have put [in] so much time and effort and it’s always great to see where their creativity takes them,” Barnes continued.

The showcase will be open to the public free of charge.

The Student Directing Showcase is a part of the second stage season, which also includes the experimental acting workshop production, the 24-Hour Play Festival and the Shakespeare Club production.

The main stage season includes the fall musical, the advanced acting workshop production, the student-directed play and the spring production.

This year, the main stage sea- son productions include “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl, “She Loves Me” by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, “The Mineola Twins” by Paula Vogel and “Blue Stockings” by Jessica Swale.

The second stage season productions include “Saudi Scenes” by senior Faisal Al Yousif, “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen and “Topdog/ Underdog” by Suzan Lori- Parks. There will also be “A Night on Broadway” Cabaret Show in the spring.

SU student ensembles perform ‘fun, light-hearted’ repertoire

By Darian Rahnis, Staff Writer 

The music department hosted a chamber music re- cital featuring select student instrumentalists on Nov. 29 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

The students who participated included senior Dylan Little on trumpet, juniors Rachel Daku on tenor saxophone, Emma Mooradian on alto saxophone, Benjamin Nylander on piano and Rosemary Butterly on clarinet, sophomores Melanie Sonatore on alto saxophone, Briana Heinly and Madeline Birk on violin, Ronnell Hodges on viola and sophomore Victoria Meneses on cello and first-years Kirby Leitz on alto saxophone and Jenny Morris on baritone saxophone.

Associate professors of music Gail Levinsky and Jennifer Sacher Wiley helped prepare the students for the recital, who were divided amongst three small ensembles.

Three pieces consisting of multiple movements were performed at the recital.

The groups performed “Scherzo for Saxophone Quartet” by Warren Barker, “Suite for Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, and Piano” by Seymour Barab and “Clarinet Quintet in A” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Morris, who was a member of a saxophone ensemble, said the group gave a successful performance.

“We all stopped and just smiled, so that’s always a good thing,” Morris said. “We were also able to get some things that we hadn’t gotten before, so that was good.”

Morris also said that while they gave a good performance, she also said she knows there is room for improvement.

“There are always things that need to be worked on, but for this performance it was really good,” Morris continued. “I think we’re all looking forward to the next piece that Levinsky will assign us.”

Morris explained that they prepared for the concert by hav- ing rehearsals every Monday night throughout this semester, while occasionally adding in some rehearsals on Thursdays.

“The reason it takes so many rehearsals is because we don’t have a conductor,” Morris said. “It’s very much us relying on each other and looking at each other and interacting with each other in a small chamber ensemble.”

Morris believes that she and her fellow ensemble members work well together.

“Everyone has their days that we’re just sort of down, but sometimes we’ll just put down our saxophones and do jumping jacks for a little bit,” Morris said. “Yeah, that’s a thing.”

In terms of the audience, Morris hoped they would have enjoyed themselves and the relaxed atmosphere.

“Our piece was written by the same guy that wrote the ‘Bewitched’ theme,” Morris said. “It was a very sort of fun and light-hearted piece that was just sort of goofy.”

First-year Alison Erwin said, “I loved the string ensemble at the end.”

“It was really good,” Erwin continued. “I love Mozart, so I really appreciated the last one.”

Erwin would encourage people to go to more concerts in the future and said that she would go even if she was not a music major because they are fun and a good time.

“They’re a good way to calm down when you’re stressed out about school,” Erwin said. “If you’re a music major, it’s fun and you get a forum credit.”

The chamber music recital is one of the last music perfor- mances this semester.

On Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Chamber Singers will perform a concert conducted by Susquehanna alumnus Christopher Hoster.

On Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., the Symphonic Band will perform a concert conducted by associate professor of music Eric Hinton.

Both performances will take place in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Editor talks on sexism and mistreatment

By Megan Ruge, Co-Editor in Chief

Since the beginning of time, women have experienced stereotyping and mistreatment based on gender. An old and archaic thought stemming from the beginning of most religions, women have been continually oppressed by the concept that men should head society.

The first wave of feminism broke out when women achieved suffrage in 1920. This wave continued through the ‘40s when the U.S. entered the second World War.

At this time, men were be- ing drafted to fight for their country, leaving holes in the industrial labor force. With women stepping into these roles, they finally got the chance to show that females are just as hard working as their male counterparts.

By 1945, nearly one out of every four married American women worked outside of their home. Since then, the path has been wide open to allow other ambitious and strong willed women to prove that they are just as powerful as men in our society.

You would think that when women showed they could be both factory workers and homemakers, moms and bosses, the world would start to see women a little differently. You would be wrong.

Though it is pleasing to believe that the 21st century has been welcoming to all kinds of change, we are still under a society that holds a man to higher power.

As a society, we still, to this day, see our women fighting to close the gap between their wages and that of their male counterparts. A woman in any business should be afforded the same opportunity and starting wage as any man applying for the same position.

Though it seems that working class women are the only ones struggling with the effects of sexism, women are feeling this in all walks of life.

As a woman myself, though I have felt the hardships of the current economic situation, I cannot actually say that I had to deal with sexism in my life before this year.

When I stepped into the position of co-editor in chief, I worried about many things.

My fears included a lack of knowledge of newspaper design, Associated Press style and overall editing as well as confidence in running meetings. Never did I worry that I would be subject to sexism.

As the semester progressed, I found myself taking on a lot of the roles previously shared with my male counterpart, co- editor in chief Kyle Kern, after asking him to help me take on more responsibilities. Slowly, my colleague allowed me the responsibility of final editing on my own and eventually, I began to run meetings. He helped me ease myself into the things I had previously been uncomfortable with.

We decided to redivide responsibilities so that I could learn these new techniques.

Toward the end of the semester, I began to realize that things weren’t as equal as we wanted after all and it was nobodies fault but society.

Kyle and I realized that even though my name was at the top of the masthead, Kyle received the majority of emails with concerns or questions from outside and issues from the general staff.

After a meeting in which I had to “lay down the law,” my words were perceived as angry and mean, but the same words delivered by my male counterpart were received much better.

This is something I didn’t understand and spent plenty of time pondering. Why was I the last to know about an issue but the first to fix them.

Though I am not the first female editor and I will not be the last, why should my bodies overproduction of estrogen determine my qualification to address your concerns and be the reason my credibility is questioned. Please…consider.

Director’s Discussion

By Eli Bass, Director of Jewish Life

The season of light is a critical time for us to work on clarifying our values. Chanukah, in particular, places a strong focus on our values. The holiday is a relatively minor one on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates the pre-common era victory of the Maccabees, a group within Jewish community, who fought against the Seleucid kingdom, which was transgressing Jewish laws.

The bloody war, led by the Mattityahu of Modiin, defeated the kingdom and resulted in the rededication of the temple, which had been defiled. The true historical story of Hanukkah is one of violence. This history, however, is not codified into Jewish scripture. Chanukah celebrates a military victory, but this is not the central story typically explored in Jewish homes.

The Hebrew word Chanukah translates to “dedication.” Dedication and oil are the central themes of the holiday. The Talmud, a book of Jewish law and practice, tells a story of rededicating the holy temple in Jerusalem. In the story, leaders of the rebellion were only able to find one small container of sacred oil; enough to light the menorah for one more day.

Legend teaches us this oil lasted a full eight days, until new oil could be produced. This traditional emphasis on oil should give us pause. Why celebrate a miracle jug of oil instead of an incredible military feat? In the Northern Hemisphere, Chanukah is near the winter solstice. It is a holiday where we celebrate light in darkness, encouraging spiritual awareness over military conquest.

Of course, this story is also a metaphor. How do we do more with less? How do we consistently live following our values? These are hard questions. Chanukah is a chance to recognize small miracles in our lives that make a big difference for our- selves and others.

As an environmentalist, I am personally captivated by the miracle of oil. When I think of oil, I tend to not think of the small pure vessel of olive oil in the temple. I look around and see oil all around me. It is in the plastic products that surround me and in the lights that keep me awake beyond sundown. Oil is a huge part of my daily activities and is an inescapable piece of living at this time. I also think about the negative effects of fossil fuels: removing mountains, contaminating drinking water, destroying air quality and creating violent storms. As humans and consumers, I believe we are all at fault.

I connect with the miracle of the Chanukah story. It is the story of how we can work to continue to empower our lives while reducing our environmental impacts. I know I need to challenge my- self with my own overuse of fuel: driving when I could walk, leaving lights on, and buying too much.

I celebrate innovation. Lighting and electricity use have become far more energy efficient. It is a miracle, as electric and hybrid vehicles become common and reasonably priced. Smart metering, energy star appliances and more efficient homes are all helpful in reducing environmental impacts.

Technology is also creating a substantial fall in the cost of renewable energy. Utility companies, like local power company PPL Electric, allow consumers to choose their power sources. Using fossil fuels has hidden costs. The costs to the planet and to human health are not mentioned on my electric bill. Personally, I choose to only purchase renewable energy. It is in this choice that I am able to honor the miracle of the oil. I pay a small premium for this, but to me it is being part of an energy miracle. It is a moment where I can align my consumption with my values.

Wishing you success on finals and Happy Holidays.

Writer talks taking every opportunity

By Jill Baker, Abroad Writer

There were nine minutes to disembark from the train, find the ticket booth, find the next platform and board the connecting train through Switzerland. There was a 12-second window to decide what was next.

“Wait,” I said. The decision was made; we were staying. We stepped from the train and into a large dome station. Pushed by others rushing to catch their own connections, we snapped back to reality.

In Milan Central Station gathered our thoughts and asked the looming question, “Well, what now?”

My best friend and I had traveled Europe for a week at this point, with no plan and no destination. The only parameters we had were our flights out of Paris, France on Nov. 25.

We started in London, England, made our way to Venice, Italy and had to make it back to Paris. Waking up each morning unsure of where we were to sleep that night was exactly how we wanted it. If we were drawn to a place, we would hop off that train and explore.

Nearing the end of our trip, we had woken up that morning in Venice, both having the romanticized vision of traveling across Italy and France seeing the countryside through the train’s window.

We had found a route from Venice to Milan and Milan to Paris, our final destination. We boarded the first train. The idea to explore Milan came up as we were pulling into the city’s central station; the skyline looked intriguing. It was a city we had both heard stories of. But it was still ten hours from where we had to fly out of two days later.

I self-describe as “option paralysis.” When posed with choices I simply stall, panic over each variable and am paralyzed as how to proceed.

Studying abroad, this is a massive obstacle as each weekend opens the opportunity for adventures; you can go anywhere. But that’s exactly it, how are you ever supposed to decide between all the beautiful places in Europe.

In this moment in Italy I was forced to make a decision, to choose something and stick with it. It ended up being one of my most rewarding decisions.

Milan was one of my favorite cities I visited all semester.

It could’ve gone wrong, but the important part was taking the chance, making the adventurous decision.

I like to have things planned to the minute, but if you’re studying abroad or can budget for a trip, plan one, but not too much. Don’t over schedule so you can jump on an unforeseen opportunity.

If I had plans in Paris I would have had to swallow the urge of hopping off that train in Milan. My biggest adventures over these months have not been written on my itineraries, but the ones spurred on by seeing something and my whole body telling me to go do it.

SU United Way campaign ongoing

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer 

Susquehanna is currently working with the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way on their 2017 campaign to raise money for the various groups and organizations they work with.

The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, located in Sunbury, is an organization dedicated to enacting positive change within local community by addressing various social issues. The campaign occurs yearly for the organization.

In September the organization focused their efforts on schools for recovery month. Recovery month refers to the designation of a month signifying an increase in awareness of mental and substance abuse.

“Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community in Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties by addressing the root cause of social problems,” is the mission of the group, according to their website.

“The proceeds will benefit local non-profit businesses like the YMCAs, there’s two in the area, Boy Scouts, and the Red Cross,” said Elizabeth Grove, Event Coordinator and Administrative Assistant at the Alumni House, who worked at the United Way before coming to Susquehanna.

Non-profit organizations who wish to take part in the campaign fill out applications detailing how much money they need and what they’ll be using that money for.

The committee in charge of running the campus campaign, which includes Grove, Chris Markle, Senior Advancement Officer, Leslie Imhoof, Assistant Director of the SU Annual Fund, Barbara Dennen, Director of Finance in the Finance Office, and Sarah Farbo, the Assistant Director of Service Leaders Program and Career Development in the Career Development Center, spread awareness via email, as well as by sending letters to faculty and staff with the United Way’s brochure.

According to Grove, faculty and staff make up almost all of the money raised, whether it’s through regular donations or yearly pledges.

“We have donors from campus that give every year that we can count on,” Grove said. “We just know that so-and-so will give their usual donation, so that’s nice too, you have your regulars who are very supportive of the United Way. I’d say we probably have like twenty to twenty-five faculty and staff we can count on every year to give to the organization.”

“We try to give incentives to our faculty and staff, that if you give, we’ll enter you in a drawing,” she added.

The prizes included a set of athletic gear, a $50 Amazon gift card, a $100 Amazon gift card, a meal ticket from the campus dining services that’s good for one free meal, and a final, grand prize of a $500 Amazon gift card.

The campaign started in October and is scheduled to end in the later part of January, though Susquehanna University will be ending its campaign at the end of December, says Grove.

In previous years, the campaign hasn’t met its goal, but it being as close as it is this year with a month still left, she’s optimistic. According to Grove, this year’s campaign goal is $1 million, and Susquehanna University’s goal is to raise $25,000 of that total amount.

“Our goal is $25,000, and we’re currently at $18,900, and I’m sure we’re past that now,” she said.

“The United Way, their campaign motto is ‘live unit- ed,’ and I think right now in this time, with everybody kind of on high alert, and with everything that’s been going on, I think ‘live united’ is perfect,” Grove continued. “And it’s time for Susquehanna University to show that we can live united as well, and we can contribute to the community and do great things.”

Cold War and Germany lecture by Trinity faculty

By Michelle Seitz, Staff Writer

On Monday Nov. 20, Jason Johnson, Assistant Professor of the department of history at Trinity University, gave a lecture in Isaac’s Auditorium. He spoke about the cold war conflict on Germany’s frontline.

Johnson is the author of an excerpt in this year’s Common Reading. The sole purpose of his lecture was to explain the impact the Iron Curtain has on the country, specifically a small village in Eastern Germany that gained popularity as the premise of a “Downton Abbey” spinoff series. Currently, the Curtain is represented by a tiny creek.

Many East Germans were restricted access to West German television stations, therefore the wall was the only means of communication the two have with one another. Germans on both sides of the wall communicated with one another and spread news by word of mouth, more specifically by yelling over the wall. Red cloths were used to signify bad news on either side of the wall.

However, in 1983 Vice President George H.W Bush famously gave a speech to tear down the wall. Afterwards, he addressed the London International Financial Center Astana to tell them the wall was a bigger obscenity than other issues they were dealing with.

Most of East Germany consisted of farmers. Its government was very selective in who they placed to live on the border and regularly checked in and removed residents from their homes to meet various security measures.

Williams asked the question “How does this matter”? He explained how in an increasingly militarized village, the villagers have a variety of stress relief methods.

Also, there are a variety of books that describe the Iron Curtain as “a wall between cities.” Local Germans helped to build up its borders through a top-down construction process. The borders look different depending on location.

There is evidence that “there is no such thing as the Iron Curtain,” rather there are many different Iron Curtains throughout Germany and a collection of systems as well. Its division looks different than borders in larger cities because the village is so tiny.

Afterwards, Williams’ final message to the audience was: “Be brave, stand up for people who need help, and be kind”.

President Green attended the lecture, and explained that “it was timely to speak about a topic that is extremely relevant to date” in reference to border control throughout the world.

SU Etiquette Dinner and the question of breaking the bread

By Alanna Dent, Staff Writer

According to Holly Johnson, an expert writer of, “A recent study conducted by Millennial Branding and American Express showed that 61 percent of managers surveyed felt that soft skills were more important in new hires than hard skills, or even technical skills.”

The book “The economics of inequality, poverty, and discrimination in the 21st century” by Robert Rycroft goes so far as to say “86 percent of employers listed some form of soft skills among the most important criteria [when select- ing employees.]”

Susquehanna University’s Center for Academic Achievement as well as it’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America contributed to the ongoing Let’s Talk Series by sponsoring a Let’s Talk Etiquette Dinner.

The goal of the dinner was to enhance preexisting soft skills in some guests and build a foundation for these skills for other guests.

The presenter for this dinner was Professor Linda Burkley, who is a former etiquette columnist. Burkley is a lecturer in communications here at Susquehanna with a bachelor’s Degree from La Roche College and a Master’s degree from Duquesne University. Burkley spoke to the students on a variety of subjects as a four course dinner was given to the attendees.

The attendees of the dinner, both students and faculty arrived in business casual clothing, and were taught how to make a proper and formal entrance to a dinner.

Burkley explained that it is the job of the attendees to make a proper entrance, from the way that they greet others to name tag etiquette.

Burkley told the crowd that it is important to place one’s name tag on the right side of their clothing, so that when you shake hands, people will naturally be looking at that side of you.

After this, Burkley began to breakdown the table setting. She told the audience where to find everything from the soup spoon to the dessert fork. After this, the dinner began. The attendees were taught how to properly pass the dinner rolls.

Burkley explained, “when people break bread, they are quite literally expected to do so.” We must not cut into the dinner roll with a knife, rather we are to rip it apart with our own fingers.

“It’s not a sandwich,” Burkley said.

Chicken noodle soup, the first course, was delivered to the tables shortly after. Burkley taught the attendees how to eat soup in a proper situation. Dinner guests are expected to draw the spoon from the front to the back and collect vegetables and other pieces as they go along the bowl.

Burkley also made it a point to make sure we never slurp, and that if a guest did not like the soup, they could simply place their spoon on the back of the plate so the server would know to take it away.

After the soup was finished, the salad was served and the discussion moved to wine consumption. Burkley suggested that potential employers use this dinner opportunity to test their potential employees, so she said it would be wise not to partake in wine consumption for this sort of situation.

However, if the occasion does arise that drinking wine would be welcome, Burkley said that professionals would often be offered a red or a white. If a guest is not sure which wine they would like, Burkley recommends asking the waiter to look at the bottle. Oftentimes, they are already holding it and if you ask to see it, they’ll show you, according to Burkley.

The main course was chick- en parmesan served over spaghetti with marinara sauce. There was a vegetarian option of sautéed vegetables served over the spaghetti.

Burkley explained that she chose this dish to challenge the guests, as it is a difficult food to eat with dignity. “The trick”, according to Burkley, “ is to try to get two noodles on your fork at one time and then twirl it. If a spoon is served on the spaghetti plate, you may use it to twirl.”

If not, it is customary to only use the fork. In addition, to maintain proper etiquette, one must pick up the chicken and the pasta together in one fall swoop. It is not permissible to have spaghetti on the fork and lift it to pick up the chicken from the plate.

When the chicken parmesan was completed, the guests were served chocolate cake for dessert. Burkley returned to discussion about table setting so that the guests would be able to locate their desert fork.

As the cake was being eaten, she opened the floor to questions, comments and concerns. After the question and answer session, Public Relations Student Society of America Executive Board Member Melissa Hulslander was impressed with the presentation.

Hulslander said, “I was surprised to hear about the napkin etiquette, but I am glad it was discussed so that in a real world setting I will know what I’m doing.” Hulslander was referring to a short demonstration Burkley offered the dinner guests.

She explained that if a napkin is in your lap and somebody comes to greet you, you are to stand up and leave the napkin on the back of the chair.

The Center for Academic Achievement offers Let’s Talk dinners throughout the semester, and the academic year and have events on their Facebook.

SU Giving tree hopes to bring cheer to local children in need

By Zachary Bonner, Asst. News Editor 

he Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, or J.C.C.E, is hosting a Holiday Giving Tree in the Degenstein Campus Center to start off the holiday season with a spirit of charity. The tree is located in the Student Life suite and will be available to get gifts for until Monday, Dec. 11.

On the tree, tags are hanging that list different kinds of gifts that are requested by different organizations for children in the local community.

The tags will specify what gift is wished for and the age of the recipient. The J.C.C.E encourages students, faculty, staff and campus organizations to participate in this event to help make this holiday season special for a local family.

Senior Emily Shellengerger said, “This is a tradition that I participate in at my parish at home, and I’m very glad to see it coming to campus.” Shellenberger said, “I think that helping a local family have a better holiday season is a priceless gift I can give.”

The gifts range from children as young as age 5 to young teens, and each tag de- scribes clothing and toys that the children are wishing for.

Senior Sarah Cloos said, “One of the most memorable gifts I remember receiving as a child was a telescope and space exploration kit.” She continued, “Seeing some of the children with these interests makes me excited to make one of these children’s holiday wishes come true.”

The gifts are to be brought to the Student Life Center and placed under the tree unwrapped, as they will be wrapped at a future date and delivered to the families.

Cloos said, “I’m going to get a gift for a younger boy at the same time as I go shopping for my younger brother.” Cloos remarked, “One of the brightest times of the year for my family is the holidays, and gift giving only makes it happier. Being able to share gifts with your family and with your children is something that every parent deserves to experience.”

Representatives from the J.C.C.E expect this tradition to be a successful addition to the charity events held on Susquehanna’s campus.

They hope that members of the campus community, faculty and students will contribute to an event that will brighten the lives of members of the local community in need.

If students plan on brining gifts back for the event, the office asks that the gifts remain unwrapped. Other clubs, organizations, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and give a child their holiday wish.

Another event that is happening in the Selinsgrove community is a holiday tradition, called the Downtown Stocking Stuffers. The event is on Dec. 2 and if any student is interested the J.C.C.E offers information on it.

The R.E.C, or The Regional Engagement Center, is another volunteer opportunity for students on campus. The R.E.C Center, as per the River Corps newsletter, is a multi-generational community center serving Snyder County with a focus on youth development.

The main function that students would perform would be to help out with the youth after school programs on weekdays and on Saturdays.

The J.C.C.E also offers a blood drive at least twice a semester to help save a life, and recently held a Hunger Banquet to help students under- stand the complexities of poverty and hunger in the United States and in the surrounding area of Snyder County.

If students would like help finding volunteer opportunities on campus and in the Selinsgrove community, the JCCE holds contact with multiple organizations throughout the area. The office can help facilitate future volunteer opportunities.

Students who have an interest in sustainability and improving the environment, there is a sustainability committee that is there to help improve Susquehanna’s environ- mentally friendly atmosphere.

When students complete volunteer hours, there is an extra step that the J.C.C.E can help out with. There is a volunteer hours log on the mysu J.C.C.E page, that help log students hours, as well as keep track of the volunteer hours completed by students on campus.