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

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.

Third film in series ‘despicably’ good

By Megan Ruge, Co-editor in Chief

“Despicable Me 3” was the children’s movie of the summer. Acquiring some $72 million at the box office in its opening weekend, the third film in the franchise made a name for itself, proving that sequels can stand against the original films.

The films follows a villain named Gru who is getting old in the world of villainy and realizes he must pull a big stunt to recapture the eyes of the world. To help carry out his plan, Gru adopts three girls. While trying to exploit their cuteness for world domination, Gru falls in love with parenting and inevitably leaves villainy behind in pursuit of a domestic lifestyle for his new family.

After his retirement from all things evil, Gru is invited to work for the Anti-Villain League (AVL) as an under-cover agent. He is partnered with a quirky red head named Lucy. Gru and Lucy fall in love while working to take down a spicy villain.

“Despicable Me 3” reintroduces Gru and his new wife Lucy. Still working together for the AVL, Lucy and Gru find themselves facing their toughest villain yet: Balthazar Bratt. Bratt was the star of an ‘80s TV show about an evil kid bent on world domination.

Washed up and kicked out of Hollywood, Bratt becomes bent on revenge.

While trying to handle this new evil, Gru has family drama to worry about. He finds out that he has a long-lost twin brother who wants nothing more to meet him and tell him all about the family business.

The film stands well on its own because the storyline follows the same pattern as the original but builds off of it as well. The original film presented a nemesis and a love angle that complicated Gru’s plan and made it difficult to carry, thus the great “struggle” of the film began. In this film, Bratt is the great nemesis and his brother presents the com- plicated love angle.

Evil came easily to Gru at first; he only had his own interest at heart. He didn’t have anyone to worry about except for himself.

Throughout the film series, Gru gains responsibilities and in turn must think about how the consequences of his actions will affect the people he cares about. In the first film, he sees first-hand how his plot to steal the moon affects the three young girls he’s come to love. And as the films go on, Gru finds that as he gains loved ones, he also gains the responsibility of thinking about others before himself.

As the film progresses, Gru is strapped with an ethical decision in which he must decide to lie for the greater good and divide new bonds, or tell the truth and ultimately look bad. Of course, it is up to the viewer to decide whether Gru makes the right decision, but this time he must first weigh the safety of his wife and children as well as weigh the fate of his relationship with his brother. This aspect not only make for a good story, but pleases adult audiences.

Of course, to entertain the children, there must be a reoccurring element of silly humor. That element is the famous Minions, the little yellow creatures that follow bad around likes it’s their job. This time, fed up with the absence of villainy, the Minions leave Gru and family in pursuit of evil. When a musical mishap has the minions in hot water, they find themselves taking a trip to lockup where they will have a lot of time to think about what really matters to them: villainy or family.

With an accumulation factor that allows the film to completely redo its original storyline and still make bank at box office, “Despicable Me 3” stands well as one of the summer’s greatest children’s films to hit the big screen. Though the film’s unique animation and loveable characters already had a name in many households, this film became a second best to the original. I give this film a 4 out of 5 stars.

Library art reception highlights work of community members

By Daniel Bettendorf, Living & Arts Editor

A reception for an art collection titled “Roadside Elegance” was held on Sept. 6 in the Blough-Weis Library.

The collection featured pieces from local artists Marilyn Paul and Vicki Renn. Paul and Renn were originally contacted by Jeff Martin, circulation and collections maintenance assistant, who knew each other through the Susquehanna Art Society.

“Years ago, I was the president of the Susquehanna Art Society,” Martin said. “That’s when I first got to know [Paul] and [Renn].”

“We’ve known him about as long as we’ve known each other,” Renn added.

“They’re perennial winners in the local art shows,” Martin continued. “They’re both very talented and active in the Susquehanna Arts Society.”

“They’re very successful-two of the higher thought-of artists in the area,” Martin added.

Paul and Renn both taught art for multiple years and first met through their work.

When Renn, who taught art at Milton Area High School, took maternity leave and later took time off to raise her sons, Paul transferred to the high school and took Renn’s position.

“First we were colleagues and then as we were making our art we began to exhibit together,” Paul explained. “We’ve exhibited quite a few times together.”

“Once we retired—which we’re very lucky to be able to do at a relatively good age— then we were able to focus more on our art and showing work,” Paul said.

Renn specializes in water- colors, while Paul works with collagraph and etching.

“I love the thick paper that I use, because it takes that texture,” Paul said. “I’m not only showing the texture: I’m creating the texture.”

Both Paul and Renn feature nature in their artwork, al- though they use the subject in different ways.

“I do all wildlife art,” Renn said. “I love flowers and woods and all those kinds of things, so I start out with plant life and then I decide what I’m going to put into it—a lot of birds and goats or bigger birds like owls and things like that.”

“I [did] a lot of people’s dogs and horses early on—I don’t do that so much anymore,” Renn continued.

Paul said, “A lot of times I will look at the transitory idea of nature and the fact that it doesn’t last very long.”

“My latest [pieces] are works looking at women’s empowerment and figures I’ve placed in nature because I find that to have a spiritual and a healing mode for me.”

“One is called ‘Staying Centered,’ which I think you can do if you spend some time outdoors and in nature,” Paul added. “One is titled ‘Gathering Strength,’ which, if you spend time in nature, I think you can do that.”

Renn also noted how themes of nature arose in her works that were showcased at the art reception.

“[One piece] is called ‘One Last Glance’ and it’s actually a rabbit—that when you’re in the yard and when you scare them they like, ‘hop, hop, hop,’ but they always look back at you one time,” Renn said. “Then they go into the forest or tree line.”

Martin emphasized the detail and intricacies in both artists’ work, which was a highlight for the exhibition.

“You can just sit there and look at the pictures for 30 minutes—there’s so much in them,” Martin said.

“Their work hangs perfectly together because there’s so much detail in them and you can just look at their work for a longer period of time than like, Andy Warhol,” Martin continued. “You look at his: ‘OK, it’s great, you know,’ but then you move onto the next because what you see you can see from 30 feet away as well as 30 inches away.”

“With their work, you [have to] be practically right on top of it to appreciate all the intricate time and energy they spent painting,” Martin added. “It’s much more fun to look at. There’s much more depth to the image and interest for most people.”

While many art exhibitions on campus focus on work created by students, the reception on Wednesday focused on artists from the greater area out- side Susquehanna.

“For one art show a year—the first one since the students don’t come back right away— we want to have the art show up and running when the students all come back, so it makes sense to use local artists rather than student work because we may not get it up for two or three weeks,” Martin said.

“So, what we’re trying to do is get local artists to do one of the shows,” Martin continued. “Then we have student work for at least two shows and then we have a fourth show where we like to try to get faculty involved.”

The current exhibition will be on display in the library until fall break.

Faculty pair to perform mythical musical works

By Sarah McMillin, Contributing Writer 

“Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales,” a recital featuring Susquehanna faculty Dianna Grabowski and Naomi Niskala, will take place on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Grabowski, adjunct faculty music, and Niskala, associate professor of music, will perform mezzo-soprano and on piano, respectively.

In the first half of the recital, Grabowski and Niskala will perform “Non erubeskite, reges” from “Oedipus Rex” by Igor Stravinsky, “Guinevere” by Benjamin C.S. Boyle, “Philis” by Deodat de Severac, “Hebe” by Ernest Chausson, “Psyche” by Emile Paladilhe and “La belle au bois dormant” by Claude Debussy.

In the second half of the recital, Grabowski and Niskala will perform “Arianna a Naxos” by Joseph Haydn, “On the Steps of the Palace” from “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim, “My House” from “Peter Pan” by Leonard Bernstein and “Lorelei” from “Pardon My English” by George Gershwin.

“I tried to hit [the theme] from as many angles as possible and have a lot of variety in the music,” Grabowski noted.

Grabowski and Niskala have performed together in the past for a single work, but never for a full recital.

However, according to Grabowski, there are no worries about the two working together for this performance. Grabowski said the two have been able to aptly prepare and interpret the repertoire together.

“With music it’s all about collaboration,” Grabowski said. “It’s very collaborative.”

The performance will be divided into two parts and separated with a brief intermission.

Grabowski has been involved in the Susquehanna community for four years. She teaches voice lessons, vocal pedagogy and voice literature in the Music Department at Susquehanna.

In her career, Grabowski has performed with several music groups, including the Mountainside Baroque, the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and Seraphic Fire. In addition, she has been in many operas, including performing as the title role in Offenbach’s “La Périchole.”

At Susquehanna, Niskala teaches multiple classes, including piano lessons, piano pedagogy, collaborative piano and music theory. Niskala also chaperones the “Window To Japan” GO program for eight music students every two years.

In her career, Niskala has performed internationally and has had performances broadcast on BBC and NPR. Niskala has also performed with Spectrum Concerts Berlin and Trio Kisosen and her performances have been recorded through Albany Records and Naxos Records.

Turn It Up

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor 

If you don’t know the name “Daniel Caesar” by now, you must live under a rock. But don’t worry—I’ll fill you in on what you need to know about the Toronto-based singer.

Caesar caught the attention of the hip-hop community all the way back in 2014 with his debut project, “Praise Break.” The album was ranked number 19 in the “20 Best R&B Albums of 2014” by Rolling Stone.

He stood out right away with his voice, which just pierces through the music. Notable takeaways from the album are “Violet,” “Chevalier,” which is a James Vincent McMorrow cover, “End Of The Road” and “Pseudo.”

Caesar didn’t stop there: in 2015, he followed up his debut with his next EP “Pilgrim’s Paradise.”

In an interview with entertainment magazine Complex, Caesar said, “‘Pilgrim’s Paradise’ picks up where I left off with my story on my last body of work. I found myself dissecting my life through my music; my relationships and my desires, my aspirations and my own self-worth.”

Definitely check out “Paradise” ft. BADBADNOTGOOD and Sean Leon, “Little Rowboat” and “Streetcar.”

This year was no different for Caesar. He released his two singles from the album, “Get You” and “We Find Love.”

“Get You” had over 10 million streams on Apple Music since its release in October 2016. Caesar’s management released a statement saying that the singer has gained over 20 million global streams on Apple Music and 12 million streams on Spotify.

Those singles picked up the attention of Apple Music. So on August 25, Caesar decided to release his new album, “Freudian.” Along with the release he also announced that there would be a North American tour to go along with it.

In an interview with Canadian newspaper Now, Caesar said, “Although the album is very much about love, I wanted it to not just be about that. I’d like to, as time goes on, write about more complex things.”

The full tracklist is: “Get You” feat. Kali Uchis, “Best Part” feat. H.E.R., “Hold Me Down,” “Neu Roses,” “Loose,” “We Find Love,” “Blessed,” “Take Me Away” feat. Syd, “Transform” feat. Charlotte Day Wilson and “Freudian.”

There are three essential songs from this album that you need to add to your playlist immediately.

The first is “Best Part:” it’s a ballad featuring R&B singer H.E.R. From start to finish, it’s a masterpiece. Their voices sync so well together and it makes the most soothing song on the album.

The song is about how much these two people love each other. With lyrics like, “You’re the coffee that I need in the morning/You’re my sunshine in the rain when it’s pouring,” it’s the perfect song to put on when you’re trying to express your feelings to someone.

Next is “We Find Love.” When you’re listening, it sounds like a very promising song about love. If you take a closer look at the lyrics, it is so heartbreaking: “We find love, we get up/Then we fall down, we give up.” Caesar is truly preaching though, I’m sure that almost all of us can relate to that in some way.

Last is “Freudian.” By far the longest song on the album, “Freudian” clocks in at nine minutes. Despite its length, it’s so mellow that you won’t even notice and by the time it’s over you’ll want to replay it.

It’s a common theme throughout all of these songs to appreciate the lyrics. An ex- ample in “Freudian” is, “When you face your fears you stand tall/Know I’d take a bullet for you/No you don’t know what I go through.”

This song is one that gives off a lot of Frank Ocean vibes, which everyone likes.