Student reminisces over GO application

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor 

As the semester comes to a close, students at Susquehanna University need to look ahead. Next fall will be here before we know it. This means that we need to plan accordingly for our GO trips, so hurry up and quickly decide where you want to spend your time at for three to 14 weeks.

The time has come and gone for GO applications to be submitted, and I just wanted to tear up because the process was truly insightful and as smooth as it could possibly be. I would (and will) apply again in a heartbeat.

Thankfully, I did get the experience to apply multiple times because the application does not save automatically. Even when you do think it saved, it turns out it didn’t and you get to start the process all over again; what a rush.

The questions asked in the essay portion are clear as day, melting my nerves away. Since it’s never clear whether or not I should answer with a few sentences, I felt inclined to write a novel about why I’m so interested in a country that I just decided ten minutes ago to apply for.

All while, people who submitted only two or three sentences will receive a confirmation straight away, even though they have the mental capacity of a loaf of bread, but that’s just fine. The waiting process makes everything so much more exciting because it possibly means that I’ll have to do it again.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the part where I had to explain why I wanted to study abroad without mentioning travel reasons, family reasons, or fun.

Ignoring the fact that I am required to go abroad during my time here, I wrote that the main reason why I wanted to go abroad was to scam some European men into wasting their time and money on me. Although, I guess that would fall under the category of “fun”, so let’s hope that my application doesn’t get denied.

What else could I have put? “Oh, I’m very interested in doing an actual tour of Italy, not like the one you order at Olive Garden, but the real deal.” I suppose that me wanting to consume as much food and wine as possible would also be a sufficient answer.

If you’re applying for the spring semester, good luck. Those who applied in the fall will receive confirmation eons be- fore you do, so you get to sit and twiddle your thumbs for weeks while wondering if you’re going to have to make living arrangements in case you end up being at

Susquehanna for another semester while you were supposed to be across the globe. Questions? Look no further, because they will “tell you later” or “cover it in your GO class” which is sometimes a random mush of 25 students who are each going to a completely different country. Every foreign country operates exactly the same, so once you get sent off on that plane into the unknown, you will be fine. Just smile real wide and say that you’re an American and people will get you to where you want to go.

Going abroad is quite the adventure and here at Susquehanna, I feel as if I could take over the whole world. Now that the ever so easy process of begging to be selected for the next shipment into the abyss is over, I get to wait and ask my friends over and over what they put as their written responses. Did I mention that I submitted my application at 11:59 p.m. Bon voyage.

SU student gives Selinsgrove travel tips

By Dylan Smith, Contributing Writer 

Is your family coming to an upcoming game? Most athletes say they eat, play, and breathe sports because of how much they practice and dedicate their time, but there is plenty to do around the Selinsgrove area on a budget. The community is looking for you to make yourself at home.

A low cost eatery and local favorite for families to check out is the Wicked Dog Grille. Owned by Susquehanna graduate Jeff Ries, ’86, the Grille has a cheap menu with great food. The menu ranges from $2 to $8. Many “Yelp” reviews gave them five stars.

Wearing a smile and a Boston Red Sox hat, Jeff makes sure that you feel at home in his shop. His menu can be found at, pg/wickeddoggrille by clicking the side bar menu tab.

If you’re a high roller, BJ’s Steak and Rib House is the most popular place in town. When you want a good steak or nachos, BJ’s is the place to be.

If you are a group of four or five, you will be looking at a minimal $100 check not including tip. Friendly wait staff and hostesses who are more than willing to tell you about their hit appetizer, the Bongo- Bongo dip, a spinach and hot cheese dip with a side of garlic toast.

If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, there are other options on their menu at

If you’re looking for a low cost way to play, run the bases and live among child legends at the World of Little League Museum in Williamsport. With interactive screens and simulations, small video segments, and historic moments, it’s some- thing you do not want to miss out on.

About 37 miles north of Selinsgrove, the Museum is worth the trip that has all ticket prices under $7 and filled with the Hall of Fame for Little Leaguers. More information can be found on their website,

For high rollers, there is nothing like some good family competition with a couple of rounds of bowling. Best Bowl, located at 2208 Route 522 in Selinsgrove, is under $15 for anyone that comes in from 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. with the shoe rentals included. Strike up a great deal by visiting their Facebook page, Best Bowl.

Looking for a low risk way to breathe in the outdoors, gander down to Pine Street that overlooks the Susquehanna River. Continue your walk to the Isle of Que and its boat launch area to watch the calm water flow with the rustle of trees for a mellow afternoon.

Immersing yourself in the atmosphere can provide quality down time with your family. In addition, it’s free of charge.

A high-risk opportunity is taking in the scenery central Pennsylvania has to offer at the Bald Eagle State Forest.

This State Forest, known for its parks and hiking trails is unknown to many peo- ple unless you live in the area. According to Susquehanna junior Zachary Groce, the Harry John Trail is great if you are willing to “conquer the elements,”

There are wild animals around, Groce said, but you can “overlook the mountains and the Union County Flatlands are beautiful.”

Engrossed by many things, you crunch your way to find the most enjoyable things in the Selinsgrove area.

Editors view about media and scouting

By Kyle Kern, Co-Editor in Chief 

What ever happened to “you don’t judge a book by its cover”?

I am not talking about recent allegations of Hollywood elite or political scandals. I am talking about the public attention to issues that are raised in media reports. People know the title but never read the full story or follow up on the facts of the situation.

Humans are social beings, they like to get to know one another by our famous pastime. No, it is not baseball, but praise be to the Yankees (some of you already dislike me from saying that).

Our most famous pastime is gossiping. It is the main way we get our information, which stems from incomplete media that reaches our stimuli.

Do you remember where you were when the Boy Scouts of America announced they would allow girls into their program, being involved in the same camp outs, the same meeting locations, the same equipment and activities? Were you outraged or happy? Well, that story was false and entirely blown out of proportion by the gossip- ing majority of the nation and the misleading headlines.

The actual case was that the Boy Scouts of America had never talked to the Girl Scouts of America about the issue and the Girl Scouts program became enraged. The girls joining the Boy Scout program would be organized into their own troop, separate from the boys.

Everything besides the parent program would be separate. However, supporters and opponents of the integrated troops idea were intense. People on both sides were upset, yelling at each other on Facebook. The majority believed the first story instead of the actual plan.

We, as a population, thrive on gossip. It makes us outraged for no reason and the media often portrays the information in bad light. The media’s job is to be unbiased, no matter the topic or parties involved. I understand that it is hard to have enough journalists to get adequate story coverage, but this type of misdirection is unacceptable.

As a communication studies, public policy, and environmental studies triple major, I make sure my argument and discussion is entirely sound and truth- ful, while in a discussion. The headlines I use for my news articles showcase a general, but accurate, idea of what the article is about. The media’s job is to not provoke controversy by vague headlines or mismanaged journalism. The media’s job is to keep the world informed.

I do not need the personal view of the reporter or the views of the managing news agency or donators. I do not need to hear a meteorologist saying,” Are you not entertained?” I would like to be informed, rather than being entertained, thank you.

Directors Discussion

By Eli Bass, Director of Jewish Life

How can I become rich? This is a difficult question I’ve been thinking about at this time of year. I see richness, as a way to compare oneself favorably to those around. This happens with money, clothing, housing, cars and gadgets. As humans material wealth is often the way we attempt to differentiate from those around.

The Jewish book of wisdom, Pirkei Avot, teaches us “Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion”.

This quote forces us to think about how we can never be truly satisfied with- out maximal acquisition. To transcend the rat race feels difficult if not impossible. It is all around us every interaction which we have. Unless we are able to pull ourselves back from a constant need to compare ourselves, we may become stuck.

We can see that this is true for even the most affluent people in the world. There is a human yearning which is hard to fight. We tend to compare ourselves with others. The principle of Pirkei Avot shows us that when someone is enlightened the drive to compile and compare oneself reduces.

The process of growing inner satisfaction is a challenge as we head towards Thanksgiving. That at least for one day we are asked to stop and recognize the blessings which exist in our lives. I see value in the moment of reflection which allows us to appreciate even when we face difficulty. This momentary pause is also a moment to reflect on our own internal talk. How often am I able to recognize blessing? What is bringing me joy and satisfaction? On a greater level, the pause of Thanksgiving allows us to contemplate whether we are living fulfilled lives. Lately, I’ve been fascinated by a Facebook video series called “Nas Daily.” Nuseir Yassin is an Israeli-Palestinian who runs a daily one minute video series. Nas is a Harvard educated 25 year old who was living in New York City and earning $120,000 a year at a tech firm. At the same time, Nas was looking at his life in tech and feeling very empty. Nas looked at his life span and started to calculate the percentage of an average lifespan he had lived. For a minute every day, Nas brings us a one minute video to join him on his journey to try to live days that matter, with a tiny budget. I watch him grow in his identity and skills as he travels and explores the globe.

I watch as he struggles with witnessing poverty and injustice. Nas is able to recognize his privilege and explore new ideas around the world. He also spends time focusing on people who don’t share his financial means or traveling ability.

His travels have forced him to see himself and his community with a new set of eyes. For Nas, traveling has been his route to creating a fulfilling life. His catch phrase speaks to both his brevity and continued story “that’s one minute, see you tomorrow.”

Judaism has a mechanism to reflect on the blessings in our lives. In fact Jewish tradition teaches that each day we are required to give thanks to God for one hundred things. This formal process forces us to slow down and reflect on what to give thanks for. Most food items in Judaism have an individual blessing. So do nice smelling herbs, strange people, fragrant trees and even going to the bathroom.

For those who engage in a regular prayer practice, creating time to intention- ally recognize blessings adds intention to our days. I encourage you to think about how you create moments of gratitude at thanksgiving and around the year. It is my belief that engaging in this process allows us to live deeper and more fulfilled lives.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Senior talks Wye Oak’s new album

By Zach Bonner, Asst. News Editor

One of the most metamorphic musical acts of the current decade is the indie rock duo Wye Oak. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, the duo creates narrative music that evolves as you listen. Andy Stack and Jen Wasner create a sound that has been described as folk- influenced indie rock as well as synth-influenced dream pop.

They’ve created music from which emerges a blend of lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation that has a lasting effect on their listeners.

Their recent release, “Spiral/Wave Is Not the Water,” is a limited run single to promote their upcoming U.S. tour.

This single aptly bridges the gap between their last two albums, “Shriek” and “Tween,” both of which have a weird chronology.

Wye Oak’s album, “Civilian,” which was released in 2011, was classified as indie rock with heavy electric and acoustic guitars, backing keys, and clear-cut vocals. They released Shriek in 2015, which spun their sound into a realm of dream pop that their previous works didn’t necessarily suggest. In 2016, they released a mini-album, “Tween,” which they classified as a side-step in time.

Wasner stated in an interview with that “Tween” contained music they created between 2011 and 2014. This was the period of time when their sound was going through structural and aesthetic changes.

“Spiral/Wave Is Not the Water” is reminiscent of their body of work and acts well as a catalyst for their listeners to understand the evolution in their sound. It was released on October 17, and exhibits the same reverberating vocals found on “Civilian” that were solidified as an artistic choice in “Shriek.” The underpinning guitar is neatly backed by Wasner’s solid and step-based baseline, and Stack’s crisp percussion wrangles the cacophony into music that sounds effortlessly cohesive.

The facets of these singles are primarily brought together through a repetitive and hypnotic marimba that echoes throughout both pieces. After a few listens, it’s still not a work that I could easily piece apart.

As contemporary performers, Wye Oak leaves little to be asked for. They create an unusual interest in lyrical content and instrumentation, with heady vocals and a melody composed tactfully above complex percussion and key- board work that does little but ardently bolster its compositional companions. Wye Oak’s recorded sound is mirrored by their live production value.

They don’t shy away from any of their music at their shows and allow the listeners to truly hear how each was meant to be consumed. Their music invokes grandiose feelings that envelop listeners in a world of Wasner and Stack’s creation.

Assistant editor talks health event

By Kara Little, Asst. Forum Editor 

Susquehanna University’s Black Student Union (BSU) started off this semester with a bang. They had a number of events that helped to inform the general public about issues that students of color face both on and off campus, as well as support systems that Susquehanna has to offer for their students.

One of the more recent events that Black Student Union co-hosted with Gender Sexuality Alliance was a “Sexual Health” session. Two of the women that work in the Student Health Center, Betsy Magill and M. Yevette Devine, as the guest speakers, talked about ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), how to use contraceptives, and what the Student Health Center offers within their services.

The night started off with Magill and Devine passing around cucumbers and condoms, showing their audience how to properly use a condom, as well as the dangers of using it incorrectly. The discussion then moved towards the different types of STDs, how they can be contracted, and the kinds of treatments to consider if contracted.

The two women discussed what the Health Center offered for students. Some of the services offered are, but not limited to, immunizations, allergy injections, and STD testing.

After giving their presentation, Magill and Devine opened the room to any questions. As the session concluded, attendees were offered “goody bags”, filled with items like contraceptives, pamphlets, snacks, and first-aid kits.

I, as the Political Activist of Black Student Union, find this to be my favorite event co-hosted by us so far. This session was much more than your typical middle school health class.

Betsy Magill and M. Yevette Devine made learning about sexual health fun, interactive, and informative.I have learned a few things about what Susquehanna’s student health center offered, like the fact that STD testing provided by them is free of charge towards students.

Another part of the session I enjoyed was that the conversation was directed towards people of all sexual orientations. I am happy Susquehanna staff members are inclusive of all different types of people.

I feel if people in the “LGBTQIA” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, allies and/or asexual) community do not hear as much about sexual health and how they can stay safe, so this information made the session better. The Student Health Center is open Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with an hour allowed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.), and Saturdays from 10-11 a.m.

The staff welcomes all students with open arms and are willing to answer any questions at any given time.

Senior calls to donate for hurricane relief

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer

This past summer, myself, 11 other students, and our two program directors traveled to Puerto Rico for our two week GO Short program. While we were there, we worked with a couple service groups, one being El Proyecto ENLACE Del Caño Martin Peña, whose mission it is to restore the body of water known as El Caño Martin Peña, as well as assist the surrounding area, in overcoming poverty, which became impoverished due to its pollution.

Unfortunately, ENLACE was heavily affected by the recent Hurricane Maria. In effort to assist them in rebuilding, our group has begun trying to raise money through GoFundMe.

To advertise our efforts, we’ve designed and printed flyers to be distributed around campus, detailing what we’re doing and where money can be donated. Students in our group have also visited other GO classes to spread awareness for what we’ve been doing, using a Power-Point designed by other students from our group. A video was also made, featuring pictures from our trip, as well as the devastation Puerto Rico experienced following the hurricane.

Within the first week or so of being up, the GoFundMe page reached just over $100 of an arbitrary $5,000 goal, but has since seen an increase.

“Once we really started marketing it and beefing up the page, and actually utilized our students’ skills to enhance the page, it helped,” said Molly Roe, Faculty-led Program Manager in the Global Programs department, and one of our two program directors on the trip.

The page has currently raised $1,340 of its $5,000 goal in the month since it’s been up. According to Roe, the majority of the money raised has come from Susquehanna University faculty and staff. “I’m proud of what we’ve done so far, I do think that since we really started marketing it, it has gotten more attention,” Roe said. “I’d love to see even more because I’m seeing the posts from the organization about what they still need, and it’s a lot.”

“So I’m optimistic that we can continue the efforts and I’m proud of what we’ve done so far, but it is just kind of a start,” she added.

For those who wish to donate to the cause, you can do so at www.gofundme. com/GOPRProyectoEnlace.

Director’s Discussion

By Eli Bass, Director of Jewish Life

Bob Marley teaches us that “If you know your history, than you will know where you are coming from.” Knowing and understanding history also challenges us to face up to deep injustice of the past. In Charlottesville this summer, white supremacists fought to keep monuments of General Robert E. Lee, who fought to maintain slavery. The monuments are a historical record of those who supported enslaving and subjugating based on race.

Round year anniversaries are times to look at and face history. As a staff member who serves Jewish students at a school with Christian roots, I also need to grapple with its history. I want to take a moment to look into the person of Martin Luther. Luther was a prolific author who wrote and dictated many volumes of works. He was a monk and a powerful teacher. He translated the bible into a German that could easily be read by the people. His publication of Ninety-five Theses” on Oct. 31, 1517 developed a schism with the Catholic Church, which created the protestant reformation. This is the 500th anniversary which many Lutherans are celebrating this week. Luther’s contribution to the development of Christianity is unquestionable.

As a Jewish person, I also need to grapple with another side of Luther as the author of “On the Jews and their Lies”. Luther was the author of texts, which were utilized, to justify and promote attacks on Jewish people throughout a period of over 400 years. Luther worked to inspire his followers to commit terrible acts. Luther urges followers “to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom.”

During the holocaust, Luther’s works were a large part of the theology utilized to validate genocide of European Judaism. The Nazi party regularly held up “On the Jews and Their Lies” at Nazi rallies as they worked to gain support of Germany’s Lutherans. The 500th anniversary of the “Ninety-five Theses” is a chance to reflect on Luther’s story. Talking about Luther requires us to look at his entire person including his ugly hatred directed at the Jewish people.

Today, I’m also reflective on the modern Lutheran church. Susquehanna has an affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. After the holocaust the ELCA church began to confront the theology of its namesake. In 1994 the ELCA released their “Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Jewish Community.” This declaration demonstrates the church confronting its past, “In the long history of Christianity there exists no more tragic development than the treatment accorded the Jewish people on the part of Christian believers. Very few Christian communities of faith were able to escape the contagion of anti-Judaism and its modern successor, anti-Semitism.”

Lutherans belonging to the Lutheran World Federation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America feel a special burden in this regard because of certain elements in the legacy of the reformer Martin Luther and the catastrophes, including the Holocaust of the 20th century, suffered by Jews in places where the Lutheran churches were strongly represented.”

My exposure to the Lutheran church has helped me to see both the large strides of the church has made to confront its history and others where Luther’s theology can be scrubbed of his ugly record with the Jewish community. Today’s ELCA is committed to interfaith diversity and dialogue. I have seen its leaders like those of so many other religious communities acknowledge that much work is still required. It is because of these modern commitments, that I’m proud to work at an ELCA affiliated school.

Knowing and confronting our history and recognizing the misdeeds of those who preceded us help us to be better people and better communities. I believe this is the way we make progress and grow.

Editor offers advice to all with classes

By Matthew Dooley, Forum Editor

Pulling up their inbox, students may begin to notice a new email from their advisor. This is the signal for students to ready themselves for the next semester.

However, this occasion may not hit everyone in the same way, especially since the second half of this semester recently began.

Students may begin to take their second semester into view as a new start in a continuous sequence of life. It is not uncommon to be surprised by how quickly registration can catch up to you.

Registration is an annual event all students undergo to advance in their academic careers. This is the chance for choose their course load, explore different majors, and proceed down a squirrel covered road to the end of their school year.

For senior students, this will most likely be their final chance to register for Susquehanna University courses. While, the first-years rush to their advisor sessions to start deciding if the major they came to SU with, is actually what they wish to study.

Depending on the advisor, you may want to have an idea of what courses you wish to take before the initial meeting, so the advisor can lift the hold and allow your course registration to be validated.

Prior to the meeting, will update its course list for “Spring 2018.” Once logging in, go to the “Self Service” tab and hit “Current Student” tab.

Afterwards, you will be able to click on “Registration.” A list will appear. The first point on the list is “Search for Sections.” I mainly use this to search for courses. Once your advisor has lifted your load, go back and hit “Registration”, but instead of “Search for Sections” hit “Fall/Spring Register for Sections.” Here you will be able to put in the courses you plan to take next semester.

Using this method, the students will be able to discover a courses’ pre-requisites and if the variety of core curriculum courses that hang over every students’ Susquehanna University career.

Also, starting October 30th, students will be able to register for courses over winter break. Depending on the course, it may be offered in an online capacity or be solely to be taken on campus.

Along with, students will be able to lookup “Spring 2018” courses in a newspaper format. Courtesy of The Quill, students will receive a course list published on newsprint.

Based on past issues, the paper often has the courses for the two upcoming semesters will be distributed to student mailboxes on campus.

Coordinator Column

By Barbara Johnson, Title IX Coordinator 

As Title IX Coordinator, I work with an awesome group of professionals who are passionate about efforts, to uphold a just Title IX process, that keeps our students safe and supported. The three areas that I want to focus on are: emergency support, “time on task” and training.

At Susquehanna University, we have a 24-hour campus emergency response team that consists of Public Safety, Counseling and Health Services. We also have a partnership with Transitions of PA, a non-profit organization that has a 24-hour free hotline, with sexual assault advocates available to talk with our students at any time. Our Public Safety Director has built a relationship with the Selinsgrove Police Department, so that they are responsive to campus emergencies as needed.

Finally, Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg has a sexual assault nurse educator available in their emergency room, to provide our students with free sexual assault exams. Completed exams are stored as evidence at the Selinsgrove Police Department, should a student decide to open a criminal investigation.

“Time on task” is the time we spend enriching the work that we do in Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator responds each day to submitted reports, replies to every

responsible employee who submits a report, meets individually with all par- ties involved in a report, sends letters to students wishing to close the report, formally turns a report into a case by submitting it to the Title IX Investigators, to conduct the trauma informed investigation, matches students with a Sexual Misconduct Awareness Resource Team (SMART) member and moves a case forward to the conduct process.

The Title IX team consists of the Coordinator, three deputies, three investigators and the student conduct officer, who meet every other week to review case updates.

The Title IX team reads Title IX manuals, training binders, information guides and media updates to al- ways be on point, about the intricacies of our work. The Coordinator and the Investigators meet weekly to review the progress of pending investigations. SMART team members are as- signed students involved in cases, to provide resources and another layer of support. We often have “talk it outs” for those times when we meet at a moment’s notice to talk through a situation, without names, to be sure we have considered every angle and avoided any bias or assumptions.

We are super excited about the training modules from our new Safe Colleges Learning Platform, focused on Title IX, the Clery Act and Violence Against Women Act. Every employee will have two hours of training by January 2018. That will include about 450 full time employees, 300 part time employees and over 1,020 student workers.

That is 3,540 hours of training! In addition, the Coordinator and Investigators have logged in over 100 hours of specialized training from the Association of Title IX Administrators, D. Stafford Associates and Transitions of PA. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has implemented a new requirement that all athletes are trained in Title IX. Group trainings are scheduled this semester with two completed already. We are learning and growing as we continue to stay on course with our efforts.