Enactus to hold basketball tournament

By Alanna Dent, Staff Writer 

Susquehanna Enactus will be holding a three on three basketball tournament on Dec. 3. The event is scheduled to be held in the Garret Sports Complex Field House. Participants are able to select their own teams of three or four to compete in the tournament. To register a group, or to sign up as an individual, students are encouraged to stop by the Enactus table which is located in the lower level of Degenstein Campus Center Monday through Friday for the weeks between Nov. 18 and Dec. 1.

All are welcome to play, including non-students. However, according to junior Amanda Grosz, the vice president of operations for Enactus, players must be 18 years or older.

Grosz explained that Enactus is currently working on offering players service hours that can be used for various Greek organizations or for fourth-year students to become Senior Champions.

The cost of participation is $5 per player, but participants have a chance to earn it back as part of the grand prize. Enactus is offering a $100 grand prize to be divided among the winning team.

Once a team is registered, they are all ready to participate in the tournament.

“All participating teams must report to the Field House by 10:30 a.m. and games will begin at 11 a.m.,” Grosz said.

It is currently unclear how long the event will take as it will depend on the number of teams that are registered and the duration of each game.

This is the second of Enactus’ events within the last month. This event will follow the organization’s “Supporting our Veterans” initiative, where the group set up a series of events for veterans to meet members of Susquehanna Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. These events included photo opportunities to allowing the veterans stand on the football field during the national anthem.

In her closing statement, Grosz said: “Enactus is an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. The money raised from this tournament will help fund our projects and allow us to travel to competitions to win additional project grants.”

Women’s soccer season ends on loss in the first round of NCAA tourney

By Kalyn Albers, Staff Writer

The Susquehanna women’s soccer team fell 1–0 in double overtime to Swarthmore College on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Geneva, New York.

The River Hawks (14-5- 2) came into the tournament as the third seed, the Garnets (15-3-2) was second seed. The NCAA tournament appearance was also the first in school history for the River Hawks.

Both teams were not able to get a shot passed the goalkeepers during game play but Swarthmore had their opportunities. The River Hawks allowed Swarthmore to take 24 shots on goal, which dwarfed Susquehanna’s shot- on-goal total of three.

Despite the offensive barrage that she faced, senior goalkeeper Jennifer Thorsheim was able to save the ball 16 times in the entire game.

“I am so proud of this team and everything we have accomplished throughout the season,” Thorsheim stated after traveling back from the game in Geneva.

Thorsheim made a diving save in the second half with 22 minutes left in the second half and again with seconds left, sending the game to the first overtime period.

Despite her heroic efforts, the Garnet were finally able to put one past her, as they found the back of the net five minutes in the second overtime.

Senior forward Alyssa Bolger gave hope for the River Hawks midway through the second half, but Swarthmore junior goalkeeper Amy Shmoys was able to knock the ball out of play.

In the first overtime period the River Hawks had another shot when junior midfielder Kate Cantrell crossed the crossed the ball to senior midfielder Gracelynn Jukes but Shmoys was able to block it and pushout of play.

Juckes led the River Hawks with two shots on the day.

Swarthmore senior forward Hannah Lichtenstein led the team and the match with a total of nine shots.

During the second overtime period, Swarthmore junior forward Marin McCoy had possession of the ball in the right wing and passed it into the box. Senior forward Katie Dougherty ran up on the ball and managed to hit the back of the net for the win.

Swarthmore goalie Amy Shomys led the team with three saves on the day.

This win for Swarthmore gave them a spot in the next match of the tournament facing off against William Smith College, where Swarthmore lost their next game 2-0.

“Overall, this has been a really great and exciting season for us,” junior Emily Sullivan said. “We broke some school records and being a part of that is an amazing feeling.”

With the loss, the women’s soccer team ended the season with a record of 14-5-2. Congratulations to the team on a historic year.

Football clinches postseason birth with 28-21 win over rival Juniata

By Alyssa Gehris, Staff Writer 

The Susquehanna River Hawks clinched a postseason game and third place in the conference with a 28–21 road win against rival Juniata College on Saturday, Nov. 11.

River Hawk senior running back Cameron Ott had 29 carries for 99 yards, while freshman wide receiver Terrell Brown brought in five passes with 102 yards.

Senior quarterback Nick Crusco was 19-32 with 228 yards and accounted for three scores on the day.

Sophomore linebacker Cole Dixon finished the game with a total of 11 tackles and a sack while junior inside linebacker Connor Thompson earned a total of 10 tackles and a half sack with both Dixon and Thompson having two tackles for loss.

Scoring started early in the game for Susquehanna with the first drive. Ott started with a pair of short runs that then led to a four-yard pass completion and a first down on a catch from sophomore wide receiver Mitch Carsley. Two minutes later, Crusco would find the endzone thanks to a 64-yard touchdown catch from Brown to give the River Hawks a 7–0 lead.

Juniata almost blew a scoring opportunity when sophomore defensive lineman Tucker Garner forced a fumble on the Susquehanna one-yard line, but they managed to tie the game 7–7 thanks to a Matt Denver recovery from Juniata. To bring Susquehanna back to the lead, Crusco had a 13- play drive finishing off with a two-yard run to score. Brown kept the drive going with a six-yard reception on a third- and-five situation. Passes were also completed to Carsley for 12 yards and Ott for 11 yards. Susquehanna continued their lead with another touchdown in the second quarter after a long 14 play, 56-yard drive by Crusco and the rest of the offense. Ott would finish the drive with a three-yard touchdown reception to extend the lead to 21–7 towards the end of the first half.

Juniata took the third quarter to tie the score again at 21–21 thanks to two consecutive scores. The first was an Austin Montgome eight-yard touchdown pass to Daulton Snyder and the second was a one-yard touchdown run by Montgome.

In the final quarter of play though, the River Hawks’ defense limited Juniata while offense took control of the ball for most of the remaining time. Crusco would toss the eventual game-winner to Bluj for an eight-yard touchdown with 11:11 left in the fourth quarter to bring Susquehanna their 28–21 victory.

The win brought Susquehanna to a 7-3 record and earned Susquehanna a spot in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series. The River Hawks will play against Albright College Saturday, Nov. 18. The game will be held at Albright’s Gene Shirk Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania. Albright is the leader of the all-time series 23-30-1 with the River Hawks winning the latest matchup

Reese gets 20th place for Hawks

By Rachael Cataldo, Asst. Sports Editor 

Sophomore Erin Reese was the first River Hawk to cross the finish line to lead the Susquehanna women’s cross country team to a 20th place finish on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the NCAA Regional meet at Dickinson College.

Reese finished with a time of 23:46.7 to finish in 55th place overall. Reese was the top finisher for the River Hawk all season.

“It felt good to be the lead runner and help the team finish in a higher place,” Reese said after the match.

Senior Kailyn Reilly finished in 83rd place with a time of 24:12.0. Senior Hannah Stauffer was right behind Reilly, finishing with a time of 24:12.2 to place 84th.

Freshman Marissa Kleman finished in 149th place with a time of 25:13.1 while sophomore Emily Eck rounded out the scoring for Susquehanna with a 194th place finish and a time of 26:13.2.

Susquehanna finished the meet with 562 points. For her performance in the Championship event on Oct. 28, Reese was awarded First Team All-Conference honors. Reilly and Stauffer were also awarded for their strong showing at the meet and earned Second Team honors.

For the Susquehanna men’s cross country team, junior Ciaran Fisher led the River Hawks to a 35th place finish as a team.

Fisher finished with a time of 26:55.5 to place 78th overall. “It was definitely rewarding [to be the top finisher] especially with how hard I trained this summer,”

Fisher said after the match. The next River Hawk to cross the finish line was senior Eric Pressler, who finished in 193rd place with a time of 28:29.3. Sophomore Brandon

Sorge finished in 221st place with a time of 28:55.0 followed by freshman Jake Menchey who finished in 268th place with a time of 30:10.4 at the meet.

Freshman Robert Stattler rounded out the scoring with a 295th place finish with a time of 31:14.8.

Susquehanna finished the meet with 1055 points. “The work ethic was a huge key component towards our team,” Fisher said. “Our team was really small and really young, but they were willing to put the work in and trust the process.”

Willis sets strong times; SU goes 1-1 at the meet

By Mel Barracato, Staff Writer

Susquehanna men’s and women’s swim teams faced off at Gettysburg College with Messiah College in last weekend’s tri-meet, where the women’s team came out of the weekend with a win against Messiah and a loss to Gettysburg and the men’s team dropped both meets.

Gettysburg trumped River Hawks in the men’s and women’s meets with scores of 207-54 and 138-123, respectively. The women’s team defeated Messiah 142- 119, but the men’s team lost 150-111 to Gettysburg.

Senior Joann Butkus took first in the 200 breaststroke and helped the free relay team of junior Katie Willis, freshman Tori Weems, and senior Jess Jozefiak cruise to a first place finish with a time of 1:40.37.

Willis also took second place in the 200 freestyle and third in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Butkus, Weems, sophomore Catie Welch and junior Maggie Palaski teamed up for third in the 200 medley relay. She also earned the top female swimmer award for the Landmark Conference due to her performance against Gettysburg and Messiah.

River Hawk sophomores Megan Shaffer and Caitlin Kelly took first and second in the 100 freestyle while Shaffer and freshman Abby Condon took the first two spots again in the 200 backstroke. Shaffer also finished third in 100 backstroke and Palaski and Jozefiak took third and fourth respectively in 100 butterfly.

On the men’s side, sophomore David Grove was out touched by .02 seconds and finished second in 100 backstroke and junior James Orzolek took second in 100 freestyle. Orzolek placed fourth in 50 freestyle and was part of the relay team of Grove, sophomore Shane Sullivan, and freshman Brett Walker that placed fourth in the 200 medley relay team. Orzolek, Grove, Walker, and freshman David Brady took fourth place in the 200 freestyle relay as well.

Sullivan took third in 100 breaststroke and fourth in 200 breast. Junior Ryan Rizzuto placed fourth in both the 100 and 200 butterfly races, and freshman Owen Kelly took fourth in the 1000 free.

The River Hawks return to the pool after Thanksgiving to participate in the Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational at Kenyon on Thursday, Nov. 30 and Diving will compete at the Catholic Invitational on Nov. 18. the Susquehanna was selected as the number nine-ranked team in the CollegeSwimming.com Regional Rankings.

The real Blue Devil? Duke star SG Grayson Allen is the newest villain

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor 

Everyone who watches college basketball knows who Christian Laettner is, the epic villian of the Duke baketball team and what initially started the widespread national hatred for the Blue Devils.

Times have changed though and Laettner has come and gone. Since then everyone looks for a villain at Duke. Steve Wojciechowski was the one who took the role in 1994-1998, serving as the ultimate defense men. Besides that he was the one to make floor-slapping at Duke one of the most in your face, “I’m better than you”, moves.

J.J Redick took the crown in his time at Duke from, 2002-2006. He was in your face, and he was automatic from beyond the arc. He was named National College Player of the Year in 2006, much to everyones hatred. He was booed at nearly every away game, but still kept that same smirk the entire time.

Since these villains have come and gone it has been pretty docile. That is until one 6’5” freshman from Florida started his time at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2014.

As most of you can guess it is, Grayson Allen. Who ultimately takes the crown as the most hated basketball player.

This hatred all started last February when he tripped Louisville’s Ray Spalding. Then he went on to do it again to Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

After this everyone was booing him at every game. When you were watching the game you could hear it when he was introduced.

But, it wasn’t the first trip or even the second that declared him the dirtiest player in college basketball.

It was in the game agaisnt Elon, where he stuck his leg out and sent Steve Santa Ana sprawling on the floor. He was benched right away, but when the cameras were on him you could see him throwing a tantrum, while coaches tried to calm him down.

This sparked a fire of hate for Allen, worse than when Laettner was at Duke. After this moment, everyone Allen did was seen as a problem.

This Tuesday the Blue Devils faced Michigan State. Some of the best players in college basketball were being introduced with a nice applause by the crowd. That was until it was Allen’s turn and the entire United Center erupted in boos.

It’s been a full year since Allen did anything to classify himself as a villain so why is he still being punished?

Most likely because of the D-U-K-E on the front of his jersey, but more importantly because he is one of the best players in the nation.

Allen took that welcome and shoved it in everyone’s face. He scored 37 points on 20 shots. He was 7-11 from three point range, and 8-8 from the line.

In his past three games he’s averaged 25.7 points per game and shoots a stunning 65% from beyond the arc.

There’s something different about his game and how he carries himself this year. It’s easy to classify him as a dirty player and dismiss him. But, this year he wont’t let anyone forget his name. He’s the senior captain of the Blue Devils this year and it doesn’t seem like that had fazed him at all.

Hating Grayson Allen is corny anymore. After everything that happened to him and after all that negative attention it would’ve been easy for him to leave the program at Duke and try for a career in the NBA. Despite all of that, he stuck with the program and decided to come back and prove everyone wrong.

Unbroken: men’s rugby looks to continue perfect season

By Zach Bonner, Asst. News Editor 

Susquehanna men’s rugby has exhibited a flawless performance this fall in the National Small College Rugby Organization’s Gold Men’s 15’s, clinching their division title with a 7-0 record.

They took down every other member of their division and have clinched a play- in spot in the NSCRO Gold Championship by finishing on top of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

“Without revealing too much about the secret to our success, I can say that we have a very versatile lineup,” said senior Cooper O’Connell, “A key goal within our team is to feel comfortable with everyone carrying the ball and fulfilling their responsibilities.”

Four team members top the charts for their division in tries and points scored. Matt Kaltenbach, Ryheem Powell, Isayah Young-Burke, and Cooper O’Connell sit atop the leaderboard for this fall season. It is evident that team cohesiveness and a culture of comraderie feeds their success.

“We don’t have a specific mantra,” said Dr. Jonathan Niles, the head coach of the team, “But it is understood that every individual must do their job.”

It is key to note that the B-side team is also undefeated in their division, with an 8-0 record.

“I think one of the keys to our success is that conditioning with and practicing against our B-side has been more challenging than some matches, in a sense,” explained junior outside center, Isayah Young- Burke, “A lot of teams we faced didn’t hold up to our standards conditioning wise, and that showed in the amount of points we scored in the 50th and 60th minutes of our matches.”

The River Hawks eclipsed every team they played this season by at least 30 points, even passing Neumann by 68 points with a final score of 82 to 14. They scored 48 of those 82 points

in the second half of the match. “Last year we had a lot of talent, but this year the team’s rugby IQ allowed it all to come together,” said O’Connell, “We rallied together as a team and made a lot of strong comebacks.” Team members have come to a concensus that a contributing factor to their success is the close involvement of the coaching staff with the players.

“[Our coaches] find the little things in our game to fix, and that helps us improve,” said junior prop Ryheem Powell, “They also reach out to other programs to see what they have to say about how we play in order to take our team to the next level.”

A pivotal point in the season came with the River Hawks’ 53-5 win over Bucknell, which cemented their position as first in the division.

“Last year, we lost to Bucknell twice,” said Young-Burke, “Going into this season, we knew that we couldn’t do that again.” Young-Burke scored ten points in the match with two tries. He was supported by

Powell, Kaltenback, and O’Connell, who collectively ran in five of the remaining seven tries in the match.

The score at the end of the first half was 17-5. The River Hawks went on a 36-0 run throughout the second half to solidify their sumpremacy over the Bison.

“I came into this sport as a very new player, a former football athlete,” recounted Young-Burke, “It really helped that my teammates and I truly held each other accountable to become better with each match.”

The team is currently ranked in the top 20 in the nation with their position in the upcoming NSCRO 2017- 18 Men’s Championship Cup.

According to Susquehanna Men’s Rugby’s biography on the Marc Rugby Conference website, the team has extensive national tournament experience. The River Hawks have appeared in the NSCRO 15’s Championship Cup every year since 2012. Over the past five years, the team has been ranked in the top 20 nationally, and has risen to a ranking as high as ninth in the country.

“The core of the team has three years of experience playing together,” Niles explained, “We have stressed consistency and responsibility within the team to get the job done. We have also place a strong emphasis on fitness.”

The River Hawks are facing off against the Loyola University Wolves for the Mid-Atlantic North Qualifier. The Wolves are the Potomac region champions.

“If we defeat Loyola, we will move on to play Christendom College, a varsity program from Virginia,” said Niles.

The Mid-Atlantic North Qualifier will be played at Susquehanna on Saturday, November 18 at 1 p.m.

University Orchestra to play operatic repertoire

By Sarah McMillin, Staff Writer 

The University Orchestra will be performing their first full concert of the year on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.

The orchestra, conducted by Gregory Grabowski, associate professor of music, will perform works from various operas. Corrine Byrne, associate professor of music, will also accompany the orchestra as a soprano.

In the first half of the concert, the orchestra will per- form “Danse Bacchanale” from “Samson and Delilah” by Camile Saint-Saens.

“It’s really exciting,” Grabowski said. “This is one of those [pieces] that I knew was going to challenge my group technically, but they were going to have a really good time doing it.”

The three arias that will be performed next by both the orchestra and Byrne are “Ah, Je veux vivre” from “Romeo et Juiliette” by Charles Gounod, “O mio babbino caro” from “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini and “Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande” from “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss Jr.

Grabowski said he wanted to feature Byrne during this concert as it was the first orchestra concert of the year, as well as her first semester teaching music at Susquehanna.

Grabowski said, “It’s a really great opportunity for the members in the orchestra to be able to perform these pieces that give Byrne a chance to really shine and show off.”

From this, Grabowski came up with the theme of opera for the concert.

In the second half of the concert, the orchestra will per- form Georges Bizet’s “Carmen Suite No. 1 and 2.”

The numbers will be per- formed in the order of the op- era and as the work goes on, there will be a screen with subtitles providing the narrative of the opera.

For the last piece of the concert, the “Finale” from “Carmen,” Grabowski rearranged the music to completely tell the story of the opera and its final tragedy.

Grabowski said he thought a lot about where the story was going and how best to end the concert while rearranging the ending piece.

For many members of the orchestra, this is their first time performing in a collegiate-level orchestra.

However, Grabowski said that rather than being scared, students are stepping up to the challenge.

“It really bodes well for the next couple [of] years,” Grabowski added.

“This is going to be a fun concert,” Grabowski said. “I’m really excited about the music that were doing.”

“There isn’t a piece that is in this concert that I dislike,” Grabowski said. “Especially with the new president who has been so supportive of us, this is a really exciting time for all of us right now.”

Turn It Up

By Danielle Bettendorf, Living & Arts Editor 

As the semester wraps up, more and more of us are finding ourselves buried in work before we leave for break. For the second to last issue, I’ll be taking over from Liz this week to re- view the current top 10 songs in the Billboard Hot 100.

“rockstar” by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage is the current top hit in the country. Post Malone, who is well-known for his last big hit, “Congratulations,” revisits the themes of stardom in the first single from his next album, “Beerbongs and Bentleys.”

“rockstar” runs through the archetypal “sex, drugs and rock and roll” lifestyle of a star, as Post Malone lays his lyrics over a chill backing beat. The high life lyrics contrasted with the lowkey flow make for a endlessly catchy song, so it’s no surprise that this has been the number one song in the country since late October.

Next is “Havana” by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug, which is a smooth tribute to Cabello’s Cuban background. While this is not her first song after leaving Fifth Harmony, Cabello takes on a mature sound in “Havana” that was not present in earlier works, such as “I Know What You Did Last Summer” or “Bad Things.” If Cabello’s style continues to strengthen, she’ll be able to prove that she can hold a solo career without the group that made her famous.

Number three is “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B, which has become iconic at this point. Cardi B goes hard and includes unapologetic bars that show that while this is her first big hit, she isn’t one to dismiss.

This is especially true with the lack of popular female rappers in the game right now – Cardi B has widely been compared to Nicki Minaj, although the two have dismissed allegations of a feud. If Cardi B continues to be as hard-hitting as she is in “Bodak Yellow,” then all eyes should be on the rapper for the future.

Next is “Too Good at Good- byes” by Sam Smith, which is the lead single from his second album, “The Thrill of It All.” Smith continues to include raw themes in his songs and here ad- dresses the feeling of being left by someone. As with previous songs, Smith opens his heart and taps into a feeling that many of us have experienced, but do not want to admit. Smith isn’t surprised that he has had his heart broken again and has to protect himself, but there’s something resigned and relatable about how Smith recognizes his situation.

Rounding out the top half of the top 10, we have “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons, which has a light, poppy feel that’s really reminiscent of their previous works. Imagine Dragons is recognizable for their multiple hits and that is no different with this new song which tackles the idea of overcoming obstacles with a bouncy backing beat.

At number six is “1-800-273- 8255” by Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid, which has been on the charts since this past summer. The name of the song is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, which saw an increased rate in calls after the song was released.

The song is raw and speaks deeply to those who have struggled with mental illness and feel- ing “good enough.” While the beginning of the song starts with a feeling of hopelessness, it transitions into support as the song goes on and encourages hope in the face of adversity.

Next is “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man, which is a bop top to bottom. With a strong beat, groovy instrumentals and airy vocals, this is a classic anywhere, be it in the middle of a party or driving in your car.

“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran is number eight, which is a ballad in the passionate style that Sheeran is known for. Fans of the singer will find familiar themes in the song, from the longevity of love in “Thinking Out Loud” to praising imperfections in One Direction’s “Little Things,” which Sheeran co-wrote.

Second to last is “What Lovers Do” by Maroon 5 feat. SZA, which combines styles from both Maroon 5, who is known for their perennial pop hits and SZA, who made headlines this year with her debut R&B album, “Ctrl.” Fans of both artists can appreciate this smooth collaboration that touches on romance.

Last on the list is “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William feat. Beyonce, which is sung in Spanish and features a captivating techno beat throughout. Even after you turn the song off, the beat sticks in your head – so there’s no guessing why the song is so popular.

University Jazz Ensemble performs improvisational works

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor 

The University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Joshua Davis, associate professor of music, performed on Nov. 15 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

The ensemble featured three different groups that meet throughout the week. The Susquehanna University Big Band meets on Mondays, with two other groups meeting on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Students featured in the Wednesday Combo were senior Alanna Dent on voice, junior Jon Deysher on alto saxophone, sophomores Katy Price, Milo Brooking and Hayden Stacki on piano, electric bass and drumset and first-years Matthew Martratt, Thomas Kissinger, Sydney Smith and Amber Britz on clarinet, trumpet, trombone and vibraphone.

The Wednesday Combo performed “Doxy” by Sonny Rollins and directed by Deysher, “Equinox” by John Coltrane and directed by Smith and “Cold Duck Time” by Eddie Harris and directed by Dent.

First-year student Naomi Cohen said she really enjoyed “Cold Duck Time.”

“It was high energy and the improvisation was incredible,” Cohen said. “We got to see multiple students improvise on instruments, from piano and bass to clarinet.”

Students that performed in the Friday combo were Dent on voice, juniors Benjamin Nause and Augustus Black on piano and drumset, sophomores Danny Porell, Melanie Sonatore, Lucy Ferruzza and Brooking on trumpet, alto saxophone, trombone and electric bass and first-years Kirby Leitz and Joseph Martin on alto saxophone and trombone.

The Friday Combo performed three pieces directed by sophomores to get the audience into the groove: “Bag’s Groove” by Mily Jackson and directed by Ferruzza, “Groove Merchant” by Thad Jones and directed by Porell and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” by Joe Zawinul and directed by Sonatore.

Sonatore said that it was up to the smaller groups to appoint people who would lead each tune.

“I got to lead one of the charts and I had to make some decisions on the spot regarding who was soloing, background figures and other general logistics,” Sonatore said. “It was really cool to get used to taking charge and experimenting with the infinite possible ways to go about performing one piece.”

The final group, the Susquehanna University Big Band, featured fast paced and upbeat songs that kept the audience “enraptured,” according to Cohen.

Featured students in the Susquehanna University Big Band were seniors Luke Duceman, Dylan Little and Dent on baritone saxophone, trumpet and voice, followed up by juniors Black, Nause and Deysher on drumset, piano and alto saxophone. Sophomores featured were Sonatore, Ferruzza, Price, Brooking, Stacki and Porell on tenor saxophone, trombone, piano, electric bass, drumset and trumpet. First- years featured were Martin, Martratt, Leitz, Smith and Britz on trombone, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, trombone and vibraphone.

Songs featured were “I Mean You” by Thelonious Monk, “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, “Better Git Hit In Your Soul” by Charles Mingus and “Come On, Come Over” by Jaco Pastorius.

Sonatore said that “Better Git Hit In Your Soul” was her favorite piece to play.

“The saxophone line from the very beginning is really fun to play and catchy,” Sonatore said. “One of the improvisation sections is really interesting in that the only thing accompanying the soloist is the entire band clapping. It really allows the soloist to be super creative in their choices of notes without any chords backing them up.”

“Also, it’s a very soulful tune that sounds like church music,” Sonatore added.

Sonatore said she always found it fascinating to see the communication across the stage between players.

“Davis, being an exceptional bassist himself and full of jazz experience and knowledge, really helps us become more comfortable with the sometimes daunting idea of improvising,” Sonatore said.

“I came here thinking that there was no way I could compose melodies and licks on the spot, but he’s given us so many tools to help us create and experiment with,” Sonatore continued. “Therefore, jazz performances are always so much fun to be a part of or to experience.”

“With each soloist’s improvisation, you can hear people quoting other charts [and] responding to someone else.”

Multiple performances for the music department are scheduled to take place throughout the rest of November. Seniors Jessica Portzline and Luke Duceman and junior Cathrina Kothman will perform a student recital on Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m., the Byrne:Kozar:Duo will perform a guest recital on Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and student chamber music ensembles will perform a recital on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.