SU has strong finishes at Invitational Tourney

By Kayla Brown, Staff Writer

Women’s tennis teams from all over Pennsylvania traveled to King’s College for the last tournament of the summer season, the King’s College Invitational Tournament, on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

This year’s team has a variety of students from each grade. It consists of four fresh- men, Nicole Brintzenhoff of Coopersburg, Pa; Hannah Maykut of Bethlehem, Pa; Kallie Honstine of Huntingdon, Pa and Christina Rudderow of Blandon Pa, two seniors, Linsey Sipple and Julia Spear as well as three juniors and four sophomores.

The team is led by head coach Duke Fravel, and assistant coach Aimee Snyder.

During this tournament, the freshmen put on a show worth watching with many impressive wins and tight matches. Rudderow and Maykut made it to the finals in the number four bracket following a walkover in the semis, due to an injury or an opponent not showing up. This freshmen duo defeated Marywood 8-2 and won the No. 4 doubles bracket.

Individually, Rudderow and Maykut were still as strong, in brackets five and seven, respectively, with each making it to the finals.

Rudderow went down 1-0 after the first set. The second set was looking similar until she fought her way back, tying it up. However, despite her best efforts, she was beaten 7-6 in the final set and did not claim the title.

Maykut, other the hand, faced what appeared to be a losing set in the semis. She went down in one set, but the freshmen at Susquehanna have proven that when things are tough, they never go down without a fight.

She came back from behind and tied up the last set, then pulled out the win, sending her to the finals. In the finals, she went down 6-3 and 6-4, taking the title just out of her grasp.

Her fellow freshman, Nicole Brintzenhoff, made it to the finals after a few easy wins in the first round and the semis. After easier matches, she dropped two sets, 6-4 and 6-0, losing in the title match right along with her teammates.

Sipple and Spear made it to the semis individually, but neither made it farther than that.

Sipple teamed up with junior Abigail Ransom in the number one doubles bracket, making it past the first round and into the semis where they fell just short of the finals.

Spear teamed up in a duo with junior Cassey Fox making it to the semis.

However, that match resulted in another loss for the Susquehanna duos.

The season has just begun, but the strong finishes from this tournament will be a great starting point for the women’s tennis team, especially with a bunch of strong performances from first-year players.

The River Hawks will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 17 where they go on the road to face Lebanon Valley. Game time for the River Hawks is at 1 p.m.

Men’s soccer loses to Stockton team

By Andrew Porzio, Staff Writer

In an extremely physical game for the River Hawks Men’s Soccer team, sophomore midfielder Max Maidenberg scored the only goal as Susquehanna fell 3-1 to the visiting Stockton team.

Stockton got on the board with just ten minutes left in the first half when junior mid-fielder Eucario Solano beat Susquehanna goalkeeper Matt Ellingworth with a shot that just tucked into the bottom corner of the goal.

Less than three minutes later, the Ospreys got on the board again to push the score to 2-0 heading into halftime.

Stockton scored again early in the second half to increase the lead to 3-0 before Maidenberg scored the lone tally for Susquehanna to make the final score 3-1 in favor of the op- posing team, the Ospreys.

It was a very physical game from start to finish as the official handed out five total cards in the game, including three penalty red cards.

Susquehanna’s senior defenseman Brennan Colby received a red card in the first half for allegedly elbowing a Stockton defender before a corner kick and freshman midfielder Dakota Dobrovich-Fago received a red card in 76th minute. Stockton’s Drew Ruble also received a red for his involvement in an on-field scuffle between players from both teams. Both players were suspended one game as a result of the encounter.

Maidenberg led the River Hawks in shots on the day with two and Ellingworth led the team in saves with two. Susquehanna dropped to 1-3 after the loss and Stockton improved to 4-0.

The River Hawks also played a non-conference game on Sunday, Sept. 10 against Lebanon Valley, where they finished in a 1-1 tie.

Susquehanna held off a strong attack from Lebanon Valley, who put twice as many shots on goal and had eight more corner kicks than the River Hawks.

Ellingworth started in goal for Susquehanna and finished the game with seven saves.

Senior forward Ryan Cronin led the team in shots on goal with four.

Sophomore forward Joey Dell’Estate scored the first goal for the River Hawks after putting in a header off of a corner kick from Maidenberg in the 31st minute to give the River Hawks a 1-0 lead. The goal was also the first on the season for Dell’Estate.

Lebanon Valley then finally got back on the board in the 70th minute with a goal from Austin Freeman off of an assist from Kazuya Hirano. The goal was also Freeman’s first goal of the season.

The game would eventually go into two overtimes before ending in the draw.

Lebanon Valley had the only shot on goal in the first overtime, but Ellingworth made the save and the game would go into the second and final overtime.

In the second overtime, Lebanon Valley once again came out firing, but the Susquehanna defense was able to hold on to finish the game with a 1-1 tie.

Freeman had a chance to add his second goal of the game and win the game for Lebanon Valley, but once again Ellingworth came up with the save in the 106th minute.

Susquehanna will return to action on Sept. 16 where they go on the road to face Arcadia. Game time is 12 p.m.

Volleyball beats nationally ranked Mary Washington 3-1

By Mel Barracto, Staff Writer

Susquehanna women’s volleyball defeated nationally ranked Mary Washington last weekend with a 3-1 victory in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Mary Washington came into the game ranked seventh in the country according to the AVCA National Poll.

After having lost 3-0 to Berry College with match scores of 25-13, 25-18, and 25-10, the River Hawks came back to defeat Mary Washington’s team in set scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25- 18 and 25-23.

Senior Morgan Lowe finished the game with 16 kills and a total of 45 on the weekend. Sophomore Hannah Lyons added 13 kills of her own in the Mary Washington game and 19 total for the weekend.

Freshman Sydney Portale added 8 kills and sophomore Natalie Arm and junior Tara Mahoney both had 6 kills apiece in the game against Mary Washington.

Freshman Gabby Davis had 44 assists in the game and Caroline Beohm added 2 of her own. Beohm also had 14 digs as did Lowe. Freshman Lizzie Herestofa had 12 digs and sophomore Kasey Bost had 7 digs of her own.

This game puts Susquehanna at a record of 4-4 as they previously defeated UMass-Boston, Randolph-Macon, and Hardin-Simmons and lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas-Tyler, Averett along with their loss to Berry College the day before.

After such a successful season last year, head Coach Kuuipo Tom is happy with how the team is performing but would like to see a little more consistency in upcoming matches.

“We’ve been trying to work with several different combinations to see what stays consistent,” Coach Tom said.

“One thing we are very consistent with is Morgan Lowe,” he later said of the talented senior from Lancaster, PA.

“When we are having our- selves some struggles she’s a good go-to person that helps us get through the hard times,” Coach Tom said.

Lowe also picked up the Landmark Conference Volleyball Player of the Week thanks to her 20 kill performance in both the Randolph-Macon game and Averett game on Friday and her strong game against Mary Washington.

The River Hawks also played in their home opener this on Wednesday against Dickinson, where they picked up a 3-0 win.

Susquehanna got the sweep with set scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-17.

Lowe led the team with 13 kills, while Lyons contributed nine of her own alongside a .562 hitting percentage.

Freshman Helen Forman led the team with 21 assists and Herestofa added nine digs.

Every player on the Susquehanna team saw game time in the route, although none of the sets were blowouts.

A big reason that Susquehanna was able to win was due to their strong defense, as they held Dickinson to an abysmal -.011 hitting percentage and added six blocks.

The River Hawks will be back in action on Friday as they start the annual Hampton Inn River Hawk Classic.

Last year, Susquehanna had a strong showing at the tournament, taking three out of the four games with their only loss coming at the hands of Geneva, who beat them in a five-set slugfest 3-2.

This year, the River Hawks will first face Stevenson on Friday in the 7 p.m. match, and will play Carnegie Mellon and Brockport on Saturday.

The Carnegie Mellon match starts at 12 p.m. while the Brockport match will conclude the tournament at 6 p.m.

The tournament will not be an easy one for the River Hawks as two of their opponents, Stevenson and Carnegie Mellon, currently have unbeaten records and Carneigie Mellon is also the #24 ranked team in the country.

Stevenson sits at 10-0 currently after defeating Mary- mount (Va.) 3-0 with set scores of 27-25, 25-19 and 28-26.

Carnegie Mellon on the other hand is coming off two wins on Sept.9. The first win came over N.C. Wesleyan 3-0 and the second came over Hiram 3-1. The team also has an impressive road win this season over #22 Ohio Northern, where they beat them 3-2.

Sophomore Kayla Yew were honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Yew led the team with 84 digs over the four matches that the Tartans played that week.

Brockport is also no slouch this season either. The team currently sits at 6-4 on the season but three of those losses have come at the hands of nationally- ranked DIII powerhouses. They also currently ride a three-game win streak into the tournament.

If Susquehanna can come out of the tournament with a 3-0 record, it could potentially jump them up in the national volleyball rankings.

Comedian relates to SU students and college life

By Sarah McMillin, Contributing Writer

Comedian Lafayette Wright performed at Charlie’s Coffeehouse on Sept. 14.

Wright frequently travels to college campuses to perform: even earlier in the same day as coming to Susquehanna, Wright had done a show at Reading Area Community College.

Wright joked about several things in his personal life, the people around him and the situations a young adult may find him or herself in.

As Wright said of his humor, “Some can relate, but most can laugh at.”

During the show, no topic was left behind. Wright joked about everything, including Susquehanna students, relationships, height, Disney movies, horror movies and stereotypes. Each topic reached and related to a different part of the crowd.

In general, the jokes dealing with relationships received the best reaction. For many students, those jokes felt the most relatable because they were something that most had experienced at one point or another.

Fans of horror movies en- joyed Wright’s jokes about the movies and how they would fare in real life. However, students in the crowd who were not such big fans of horror movies found themselves feeling lost. For example, sophomore Charlotte Wood, more a fan of Disney movies than horror, felt that she couldn’t completely enjoy that section of the show. She felt like an outlier.

“A lot of people, especially on this campus, they see the horror movies, so they probably related to that a lot more,” Wood said.

However, Wright also included Disney movies in his bit, talking about films such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.” He made jokes about the Enchantress being a bitter old woman, the Beast and his doomed employees and how Ursula isn’t as bad as she may seem.

Along with movies, Wright also made jokes about Susquehanna as a whole, as well as picking on a few students in the crowd. He joked about mascots, extracurricular activities and the student body. Overall, these jokes received a large reaction.

“We laughed because it was true,” Wood said.

Wright’s style of humor also included many explicit bits, such as those that included sexual imagery and expletives. Wright apologized a few times, in case anyone felt offended or was not enjoying the show. However, he did point out the fact that “you’re all adults.”

Overall, there was a lot of laughter amongst the audience throughout the show. Wright made the performance very inclusive, asking questions of the audience and making sure that everyone was having a good time.

Lights, Camera, Action!

By Megan Ruge, Co-Editor in Chief

Recent films have fallen short when trying to create original content. The past two years in the film industry have been a constant regurgitation of old material.

Whether the film is a manifestation of a popular book or takes on the responsibility of rebooting an ‘80s television show, the film industry has reached an all time low.

Though many of the past year’s films have already found their way to our favorite streaming sites, it has been almost impossible to find a diamond among the countless rough.

Nevertheless, a diamond has ascended and it comes in many colors.

The Dreamworks film “Trolls” brings to life the popular hair troll dolls that remained consistently popular from their original release in 1959 all the way through the mid-to-late ‘90s.

The film presents a colony of said Trolls, all different and special in their own respect, that are imprisoned by a much larger race of creatures called the Bergens.

The creatures are described as ugly, horrible and all-out miserable beings until they realize that eating Trolls can help them achieve true happiness.

Now free of Bergen captivity, the Trolls are living the crazy happy party that they were meant to.

Peace and non-stop party characterize the village until they are again found and must save their friends from the Bergens and, in turn, save their village.

Of course, this sounds like a playful plot to a children’s film. Though tailored to children, the film is worth viewing by adult audiences as its message and emotional con- text reached the child inside this editor and woke her up.

The film is a great testament to friendship and self worth.

The main character, Poppy, goes on a deep self-exploration as she journeys through the forest to Bergen Town to rescue her friends.

The journey helps Poppy to prove, to her village and herself, that even though she seems naive and weak, she is capable of anything.

The original song “Get Back Up Again” shows the audience that Poppy is willing to take everything that comes at her and pick herself up when the obstacles are able to knock her down. Another character in the film, Branch, is characterized by his paranoia and fear of the enemy.

Branch’s past has turned him gray, literally, and left him alone and afraid.

By joining Poppy on her journey, Branch is able to overcome many of his fears and regain the color in his life. Through the strength of friendship, Branch overcomes.

The film, in a way, also addresses the struggle of depression. The characters discuss how finding others to share life with helps to improve the overall quality of life.

In the film, one character’s overall positive outlook on life helps to allow the seemingly depressed character to find a way to feel happy, thanks to the people in his life.

The film addresses real-life issues and is still able to maintain a feel good persona. The film maintains its childish whimsy while also bringing to light how important it is to surround yourself with positivity.

With class-A animation and eye-catching color, this overall deep yet playful film leaves you feeling light and happy. I give this film an astounding 4 out of 5 stars.

Comedy considers tech connections, remembering the dead

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor

 

The theatre department will put on a production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” on Thurs- day, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” originally premiered in 2007 and was nominated for seven Helen Hayes Awards.

Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, the comedy tells the story of Jean, a woman who gets frustrated at a cell phone that is ringing endlessly at a table next to her in a cafe. She soon realizes that the phone isn’t being answered because the man sitting at the table is dead.

Panicked, Jean waits for the ambulance to arrive and answers phone calls intended for the dead man, who the audience learns is named Gordon.

Quickly caught in a string of lies, Jean’s actions take the audience through an emotional whirl-wind as they begin to reconsider how to properly remember the dead and the high demand to constantly stay connected in such a technological age.

Directed by visiting assistant professor of theatre Laura Dougherty, the cast features seniors Rebekah Krumenacker, Katherine Cardenas and Abby Conway, juniors Daniel Reynolds and Matt Lucero,

sophomores Katy Trunz, Madison Niness and Nick Cardillo and first-year Erin Markham.

Krumenacker, who plays the role of Jean, says that one of the challenges of the role is the amount of time she spends on stage speaking into a phone.

“It’s hard since I have to take my cues from the imaginary conversation I’m having in my head and make sure that the audience can understand,” Krumenacker said. “I also only leave the stage for about five minutes, so I have to keep my energy up for the whole show.”

Trunz, who plays the role of Gordon’s mother, highlighted the characters’ relationships with one another and how the actors portray those relationships on the stage.

“I find all the relationships very deep and interesting [with] how they affect the way a line is said or a movement is done,” Trunz said.

Trunz continued with examples of how her character interacts with others.

“[Gordon’s mother] is strong, powerful, a little scary and doesn’t have any personal boundaries,” Trunz said. “This makes for some funny interactions with other characters.”

Krumenacker continued to say that she enjoys being able to have a one-on-one scene with each member of the cast.

“I try to soak up every moment I can with the people around me, and this show has given me that opportunity,” Krumenacker said.

Krumenacker also emphasized the closeness of the cast during this production.

“It’s a very small group, so we take the time to joke around and hang out when we aren’t having rehearsal,” Krumenacker said.

“We even have a group chat where we send memes,” Krumenacker continued. “We’ve got a lot of running jokes. It keeps our long rehearsals enjoyable and our chemistry on stage strong.”

Truz agreed that this cast is one of the closest that she has ever worked with.

“Our director has us start rehearsal each night by doing in-sync [exercises] to get us focused on each other and sending our energy through each other to make for better connections during scenes and set changes,” Trunz said. “I find the more we do this in rehearsal, the closer we all get as individuals outside of the rehearsal space, which is just a bonus with doing this show.”

“[Dougherty] has made this process very hands-on for the actors by having us do ‘view points’ every night, which is essentially having us walk around the playing space, doing different gestures and interact- ing with each other and focus- ing on our spatial relationships with each other,” Trunz continued. “So if I’m close to someone, how does that affect my physicality and if I’m far away, how does that affect it.”

“It has been very cool to work with everyone like this and is definitely an idea I’ll take into other productions I am in,” Trunz said.

Niness, who will play two characters during the production, also attributed the group exercises to the closeness of the cast and praised Dougherty’s work as director.

“This is [Dougherty’s] first production at SU and I have adored working with her,” Niness said. “[Dougherty is] professional and really helped me think about my characters during rehearsals, which I am very appreciative for.”

“The cast has gotten very close over the past two weeks, which is crazy because two weeks feels like no time at all to be putting this production together,” Niness continued. “[Dougherty] has the cast do ensemble work, which is what I think has brought us together so quickly.”

“That and that we have been together in a small space almost every day for two weeks!” Niness added.

One of the characters Niness will be play is called “The Other Woman.”

“She is this glamorous sort of femme fatale who was one of the dead man’s mistresses,” Niness said. “The other character I play is ‘The Stranger.’ She is one of Gordon’s business associates who is trying to continue his work now that he’s dead. And she is this super cool almost villain who can totally kick butt.”

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is the first SU theater production of the school year.

Other productions planned for this season include “She Loves Me,” “The Mineola Twins,” “Blue Stockings,” “Saudi Scenes,” “She Kills Monsters” and “Top dog/Underdog,” among other performances.

Tickets for “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” will be $10 for adults and $8 for non-SU students and senior citizens.

Turn It Up

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor

The music industry has changed drastically from the days of rockstars in the ‘60s. There are no more genres or pressure to join a music label. We live in the world of SoundCloud rap, where one hit song can change an artist’s life forever.

XXXTentacion is no stranger to this concept. Although it may seem easy to put X in the same category as Playboi Carti, he stands alone from his fellow peers.

When this year’s “XXL Freshman” cypher came out, X replaced his high-energy demeanor for a much more sinister one. When it came time for his verse, he crouched down on the floor and rapped in a completely monotone voice about killing everyone if an apocalypse came. If there were any doubts about how off X was, there wasn’t after that point.

When X was reaching peak popularity from his biggest hit, “Look At Me!”, he was sitting in a county jail serving time for violating house arrest. But, the more recent charges against X are the ones coming from his ex-girl- friend, detailed in a disturbing report from the victim about how X abused her, even through her pregnancy. Somehow X still has his cult fan base that have repeatedly said “innocent until proven guilty.” Then there are those that have boycotted his music entirely: who can blame them?

It’s hard to imagine that his cult fan base expected his new album, “17,” to sound the way it did. Listening to “Look At Me!” and then listening to “Jocelyn Flores,” it doesn’t even seem like they’d be by the same person.

His album starts with “An Explanation,” where the track is just X talking to you, person- to-person, explaining what this album means to him. He says: “I do not value your money, I value your acceptance and loyalty/ Here is my pain and thoughts put into words/I put my all into this/ In hopes that it will help cure or at least numb your depression.”

Right away, you know that this album won’t be anything to get hype to and not think about. It goes right into the song, “Jocelyn Flores,” which is the most popular song on the album and has spent a lot of time at the top of the charts. It’ s X half-singing and half-rapping, which makes it even more haunting. The main thing to notice is how much more his lyrics have evolved since his first hit. It’s dedicated to a friend of X who killed herself in a hotel room. He sings, “I’ll be feeling pain, I’ll be feeling pain just to hold on.” It’s hard to ignore the hurt in his voice as you listen.

Then “Depression & Ob- session” comes on and if you weren’t sad before then you will be after this song. X just drones on: “Depression and obsession doesn’t mix well/I’m poisoned and my body doesn’t feel well.” It’s just pure feeling, which seems to be the theme across the whole album.

It picks back up when “Everybody Dies in Their Night- mares” comes on. X is back to his fast-paced rap, but the subject doesn’t get any lighter. The scariest line has to be: “I don’t really go outside ‘cause I hate traffic/I don’t wanna go outside, get caught in traffic;” it’s hard to tell if he’s saying that he doesn’t want to get caught in traffic, or that he’ll be so tempted to do so.

“Revenge” is like an acoustic take on rap music. The lyrics are clearly about his ex- girlfriend that he abused and this song gives an inside look into what X was feeling about the whole thing.

Of all the R&B songs on this album, “F**k Love,” which at one point was the most played song on SoundCloud, has the most emotion. The beat of the song is one that you’d want to dance to but can’t: this whole album forces you to sit down in a quiet head space and think.

X seems to be the most problematic rapper in the game right now: while most people don’t like this, in the rap industry this is normal for an upcoming artist. He does need to fess up to actions, but I feel like a lot of the lyrics in this album are him alluding to the fact that he made a mistake. This also bring the question of what we can expect from him now on. Will it be this same pain and depression or will it be more trap beats like in “Look At Me!”? Only time will tell: even if you think that he doesn’t deserve it, this album will give you a new look into who XXXTentacion is.

SU Library encourages reading through contest

By Dahrian Ranis, Contributing Writer

A semester-long competition is being held by the Blough-Weis Library to encourage learning and student engagement outside of the classroom.

The competition, SU Reads, is an event open to students, faculty and staff. To participate in SU Reads, competitors need to track the number of pages they read until Dec. 8. Course readings and leisure readings count as acceptable material for the competition.

To register for SU Reads, interested readers can pick up a competition bookmark at the library and email assistant professor and research librarian Ryan Ake at ake@susqu.edu.

Susquehanna librarians hope the competition will boost students’ overall reading time and critical thinking skills for their classes. In addition to academic benefits, there will be small prizes awarded throughout the semester and one overall competition winner. Prizes will be reserved for students, but faculty and staff are still encouraged to track their reading as well.

SU Reads was established to help students with lifelong learning and literacy, in addition to staying on top of assigned class readings, Ake said.

Ake believes that textbooks, novels and newspaper articles assigned as class readings are an important piece of quality education and a staple in the creation of astute, global citizens. Ake said that many Susquehanna University students will go on to be global citizens after receiving an education here, where events like SU Reads are incorporated into student life.

“We want to provide a fun incentive for keeping students on track and making sure they are not only doing those course readings, but thinking critically about them as well,” Ake said.

It is no coincidence that leisure reading counts for the SU Reads competition. According to Ake, it is important to read for personal fulfillment on top of required academic readings. Ake wants to reward students for their love of literature, whether they read poetry, historical non- fiction or anything in between.

For example, Ake believes that a student eagerly awaiting the return of the television show “Game of Thrones” should be rewarded for reading the series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which inspired the aforementioned show.

In case anyone is worried that leisure reading may overshadow academic reading this semester, Ake explained that reading time for both was considered when designing SU Reads.

“We made sure to include course readings in this competition to make sure we weren’t distracting students from regular coursework,” Ake said.

In fact, Ake believes that many students will not even have time to complete any leisurely reading on top of their academic work. However, he does believe that if students have the time to read a book for fun, it will give them the opportunity to discover some fantastic stories and maybe even push them ahead in the competition.

Former SU faculty reads Midwest-inspired story collection

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor

Joseph Scapellato, a former Susquehanna professor, gave a reading of “Big Lonesome,” his debut collection of short stories, in Isaac’s Auditorium on Sept. 13.

Born in the suburbs of Chi- cago, Scapellato earned his master’s degree in fiction at New Mexico State University. He is currently an English, poetry, creative nonfiction and screen writing professor at Bucknell University.

Many of the stories featured in “Big Lonesome” were writ- ten while Scapellato taught at Susquehanna. The collection contains 25 stories and comes in three different parts: old west, new west and post-west.

Old west features tales of the mythical landscape of the west, while new west features modern day spin. Post-west, also set in modern times, explores the Midwest at what Scapellato describes as “one more distance.”

According to Scapellato’s website, the settings and stories included in “Big Lone- some” are both “unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange.” The description continues to say that the collection explores “place, myth, masculinity and what it means to be whole or to be broken.”

The first piece Scapellato read for the audience was an excerpt of “5 Episodes of White Hat Black Hat,” where each episode takes the reader through an inverted journey inspired by Joseph Campbell’s work on mythology “The Hero With a Thousand Faces.”

Scapellato followed “5 Episodes of White Hat Black Hat” with an excerpt of “Dead Dogs,” which is based on a dog-friendly bar in his neighborhood that he would take his dog to while his then-fiancé was away in Europe. He realized that many drunks love to tell stories about their dead dogs and felt compelled to put them together in a story.

Throughout his reading of the excerpt, Scapellato used a variation of voices when performing as the different characters who tell tales of their furry loved ones.

“Voice and language are very important to me,” Scapellato said. “They lead me through a story.”

It’s one of the first things I place my trust in as a writer,” Scapellato continued. “I want there to be something mysterious or exciting about the sentence that I’m writing.”

“Life Story,” the third story read, seemed to demonstrate a romantic situation that is far too common: two individuals that don’t love each other, but enjoy each other enough. The concept of “enough” that is emphasized carries this couple throughout their lives and keeps them from what they truly desire.

“Immigrant,” a tale depict- ing a child of an immigrant who can’t seem to find their place in the world, is a type of character that Scapellato constantly finds himself coming back to due to his father emigrating from Sicily at the age of eight.

The final story read was an excerpt from “Cowgirl,” a girl who enters the world out of a beef cow. Cowgirl discovers the world and emotion for the first time, taking the reader along the way for quite an interesting ride.

When asked by an audience member how he writes fearlessly without worry or embarrassment, Scapellato admitted that he had to get to a point where he had to ask himself

what the intention of the story was and give himself the confidence to write it.

“Even if it was gonna embarrass me,” he said. “Because you owe it to the story to try to fulfill [the story’s] image.”

Sophomore Kaitlynn Yeager said she was engaged with the reading and was able to visualize Scapellato’s stories in her head.

“With all the other readings I’ve come to, I’ve easily zoned out,” Yeager said. “But with him, I was very interested in what was going on.”

Scapellato’s reading was the first in the Seavey Reading Series. Other writers scheduled to visit this year include Claire Vaye Watkins and Derek Palacio, Ishion Hutchinson, Aminatta Forna, Sayed Kashua and Melissa Goodrich.

Other readings this year in- clude those for Susquehanna professors Silas Zobal and Karla Kelsey, St. Martin’s Press editor Jennifer Weis and former Susque- hanna professor Gary Fincke.

There are also six senior read- ings throughout the year, as well as magazine launches for “Essay,” “Susquehanna Review” and “RiverCraft,” the latter of which will feature Goodrich, who is a Susquehanna alumnus.

Student encounters teaching in England

By Robbie Long, Contributing Writer

A gap-toothed, six-year-old British boy cames up to me at recess and asked, “Mistah Long, what do you call sheep in America?”

“We just call them sheep, Archie.” “Oh. Well, we call them that, too!” Wash, rinse, and repeat with a new word twenty minutes later. I chose GO Chester for my GO Short experience, and I couldn’t be more grateful that I did.

A new program through the Susquehanna Education Department, GO Chester features two weeks spent full-time as a student teacher in a primary school in Chester, England. Through this experience, I learned more from the students than they could have ever learned from me—it was more than what they call sheep in England.

The primary school I was placed at has no more than 100 students in total, with less than twenty staff members. Its acceptance rate is less than one percent.

After siblings of current students, children of staff members, and those with special needs were admitted, there was only one open spot for the upcoming school year’s “Reception” (preschool) class, with over 100 applicants.

Why? Because this school gets results.

I spent nearly sixty hours in this school over the course of two weeks, and I witnessed children achieve milestones that American educators would normally expect from children years older than them. While assigned to a “Year 2” (first grade) classroom, I observed students reading “Matilda,” a book that Scholastic categorizes as suitable for “Grades 3-7”. These first graders were already learning cursive handwriting and spouting off the scientific method faster than I could.

One would initially think that these poor children are having information drilled into their brains all day with no reprieve. The image of a dreary classroom with children sitting in rows while a teacher lectures comes to mind.

Quite the contrary, actually. Students at this school don’t have desks. They don’t have workbooks. They don’t even spend the majority of their school day in their classroom.

During the two weeks I spent at this school, I accompanied Archie and his classmates to their weekly swimming lessons, their thrice-daily recesses, the front of the school to observe a wood carving expert, on a field trip to a local theatre, and, perhaps most impressively, on their “Outdoor Classroom Day”, where the entire school split into their four, mixed-age houses (much like Hogwarts) and spent the entire day outdoors, even in the infamous England rain.

These kids are not being drilled on their knowledge. As it happens, the only exam of any kind that my first graders were subjected to during my time there was one short spelling quiz. Instead, students are asked to create something to showcase their learning at the end of a unit.

This, in fact, is the key to success: project-based learning.

After their Outdoor Classroom Day, the teacher assigned my class of six-year-olds to write a narrative of their day in at least four paragraphs, each including multiple, complex sentences. This wasn’t even the lesson objective; knowing how to write at this level of complexity was considered background knowledge for these students. Only one struggled to perform to this level: Archie. Archie has high self-esteem and a dazzling smile, only disappear- ing when it’s time to write. Although a math whiz, science know-it-all, and trivia knowledge champion, he struggles with writing to the point where he gets little to nothing done without adult intervention.

For this multi-day narrative assignment, I was his adult intervention. Although I had never worked with this grade level and had little knowledge of the expectations of the teacher, I sat with Archie and we painstakingly wrote his narrative, one word at a time. And I truly mean one, slowly written, often misspelled, word at a time.

By the end of the third day, however, we finished the conclusion of his narrative. We dotted the “i’s,” crossed the “t’s,” and made sure his name was at the top. It wasn’t great, but it was his story, and it met the lesson objective.

Seeing his gap-toothed grin return and his hand go up for a high-five is a mental image that I hope I never forget.

I’ve been working with children of various ages for five years now. I’ve spent countless hours observing in classrooms from infancy through eighth grade. Archie is the student that reminds me why I do this.I just had to cross an ocean to find him.