Dog Days for Campus

On Tuesdays throughout the month of September, there are dogs that come to hang out with the students of Susquehanna. The Susquehanna Counseling Service Center provides Dog Days as a way for students to alleviate the stress that has accumulated over the first couple weeks of the academic year. The Counseling Center also offers other programs throughout the semester to help students with finding ways to have time for themselves. Koru, a workshop session, is another service offered that focuses on self-care. It helps students become less stressed, more mindful, develop a better sleep schedule and have reduced anxiety. These workshops are held on Wednesdays starting Sept. 27 from 1:45 p.m. until 2:50 p.m. in the Shearer Dining Rooms 1 and 2. Contact Kristin Graybill at the counseling center at grabillk@susqu. edu for more information.

Warning: winter sessions are coming

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer

Susquehanna will begin offering classes for students to take during the winter recess in 2017.

“[Winter classes were] something the administration had talked about with faculty, primarily the university council,” said Nicholas Clark, assistant professor of political science. “I’m the director of the summer programs and I was asked to develop a proposal for a winter session.”

The winter session is scheduled to begin on Dec. 18 and end on Jan. 19, spanning around five weeks. This includes the holiday week where students will be able to do their online work, though professors won’t be responding to e-mail.

“They’re all classes that fulfill either two areas of the central curriculum or areas of high demand,” Clark said. “Since this is the first year, we’re only offering seven classes, and that includes Legal Environment, Issues in Biology, European History, Physics of Music, Comparative Politics, Introduction to Religious Studies and Introduction to Dramatic Literature.”

Students will take these classes online through Blackboard, Clark said. “You’d access them like you would a regular class except all of the work is there. Most faculty will have taped lectures that you can watch and are available there and there’s usually pretty regular discussion groups and things like that which are integrated in.”

While only seven courses are being offered so far, Clark is optimistic about the possibility of expanding the program to include more in the future.

“I think if it’s successful and there’s enough student demand, we can expand the courses,” Clark said. “In the summer, we offer around 40 to 50 classes and there’s demand for that, so if we find similar demand in the winter time then I could see it expanding.”

Despite taking place over the course of a few weeks, the classes will be treated as they normally would if they were being held over the course of a semester.

“These classes approximate what the expectations would be in a semester-long class, so you get the same credit,” Clark said. “But the work for a 14 week-long class is condensed into these five, so it’s definitely more intensive. It’s going to re- quire students to put aside two- to-three hours a day. Maybe not every day, but if you put off one day, that means you’re going to have more the next.”

One potential drawback making them as to online courses is the lack of student-professor interaction, which is something Clark interactive as hopes to mitigate in the upcoming winter session.

“All of the faculty that are teaching full-time SU faculty who have a lot of experience teaching online,” he said. “There’s a lot of emphasis put on making them as interactive as possible, because with an online class that’s the one thing you lose, that faculty interaction.”

Clark said an advertising campaign is being planned for later in the fall. Registration for the winter classes is scheduled to open the same time as registration for the spring semester.

He continued, “I think for some students who’ve had issues with taking central curriculum classes, this will be an asset,” Clark said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for both the institution and the students.”

Students have ‘small town throw down’ for Trax rodeo party

By Zachary Bonner, Asst. News Editor

Susquehanna’s Trax nightclub held an event for line dancers on campus on Sept. 9.

Cowboy hats, flannels and line dancing awaited students as they entered the River Hawk Rodeo to anthems from Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus and Toby Keith, among others.

The club was set up with hay bales and inflatable cacti lining the walls and a mechanical wine bottle was available to ride.

The patio outside of Trax was outfitted with two fire pits and a table with all the sup- plies for s’mores.

“The best part of the rodeo was definitely the s’mores,” senior Tiffani Lopez said. “I love the theme parties at Trax. It’s a different environment every time you arrive.”

Students got in groups to learn specific dances, while others lined up to go for a spin on the mechanical wine bottle.

The Trax staff even got to participate in the fun towards the end of the event as they attempted to master the art of mechanical wine bottle riding.

“The mechanical wine bottle definitely brought a lot of people to the event,” said junior Melissa Hulslander. “It made things interesting.”

Attendees were taught six different songs with accompanying line dances by senior Dylan Smith, who learned them over the course of a few years and kept with it since.

“I went on a cruise about five years ago and I was the only young person in the whole line dancing class,” Smith said.

“I learned about six songs there and I just kept doing them every time I had a chance,” Smith continued.

Smith said that he initially was asked to teach the dances because they were a hit when he taught them last year at Susquehanna’s Relay for Life.

Staff at Trax had asked Smith if he would come back to repeat the tutorials.

“I want to make sure that people can understand it,” Smith said. “[I] want them to really try to do it, without get- ting overwhelmed.”

The most attended line dance was the one seemingly everyone was familiar with, “Cotton-Eyed Joe.” To everyone’s surprise, the dance that accompanied the song was a more detailed version of the time-tried tune.

“I learned the ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe’ in high school,” Smith said. “At the time I had a bit of anxiety about dancing and wasn’t really comfortable doing it in front of people.”

Smith emphasized that he wanted people to feel safe leaving their comfort zone and trying something new.

The Trax staff were clothed in western theme costumes to help lower the anxiety and create an atmosphere of fun.

He wanted people to take away not only some awesome dance moves, but to also gain more self-confidence in dancing with others.

“Even if you think you’ll forget, you’ll be at a party, and that song will come on. You’d think ‘Oh, I remember how to do this!’” Smith continued. “It’s something that you can take with you even after the event.”

After healthy mounds of s’mores and other various snacks around the club, rodeo- goers got to learn something that they can take with them to other gatherings outside of Trax’s rodeo party.

“People can just get into it and have fun,” Smith said. “I hope that people can take what they learned and teach other people when they get the chance.”

This weekend, the Trax team will be taking a weekend off as the Student Activities Committee hosts the fall concert with Dan and Shay.

However, on Sept. 23 the Trax staff will hold a silent event that will feature a DJ, but the atmosphere will be a slightly different.

Students will get to enjoy music through headset devices instead of a loud speaker at that event, while still being offered the refreshments like a regular Trax event.

Other Trax events will include themes such as: a rave, an escape room and homecoming semi-formal, to name a few.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events at Trax by viewing The Weekender, sent out every week to Susquehanna students, or by visiting any of Trax’s official social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

If you feel that Trax is a place that you would be willing to work at and would like to be- come involved in creating the fun atmosphere, e-mail James Foster at

Film nights showcase a wide range of genres

By Sarah McMillin, Contributing Writer

SAC Movie Nights are in full swing again for the fall 2017 semester.

The Student Activities Committee (SAC) assigns people within its organization to be in charge of different events.

For this semester, SAC Events Chair, senior Kelly Sweeney, oversees events in Charlie’s Coffeehouse, which includes choosing and acquiring the movies.

At the beginning of the year, Sweeney received a master list of all the available movies and their available dates from Mike Hasenmueller of Swank Motion Pictures in St. Louis, Missouri.

Sweeney used the films’ ratings to help her in choosing films, using sites such as IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. She also took the time of year and genres into consideration.

In general, horror movies tend to do well around Halloween and October. Comedy movies also draw a larger audience than some of the other genres of movies, such as the action movie “American Assassin.”

The movies are shipped to SAC and picked up on a Monday. The films then play in Charlie’s Coffeehouse on Wednesday nights and in Faylor Hall on Friday nights.

This semester, “Wonder Woman” and “Baby Driver” have already played. Upcoming movies include “Spider- Man: Homecoming,” “The Beguiled,” “Girls Trip,” “The Dark Tower” and “Dunkirk.” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Girls Trip,” “The Dark Tower” and “Dunkirk” are still showing in theaters.

Sweeney, among other students, is extremely excited for “Dunkirk” to be on campus. It is popular and, “[people are] so excited to hear that it’s coming here.”

Blood drive gets ‘positive’ reviews

By Zachary Bonner, Asst. News Editor

The American Red Cross held a blood drive on Sept. 11 in the Degenstein Campus Cen- ter from 1 – 5 p.m.

Students and faculty came to donate blood to the organization that provides 40 percent of the blood and blood products used in our country.

The American Red Cross is the premier domestic organization that provides relief to victims of natural disasters, as well as people who need health assistance in hospitals all over the world, according to its website.

According to The American Red Cross website, one of the most important types of donations received by the Red Cross is called “Power Red.”

Blood donations include different products, such as red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white blood cells.

One of the most integral products of blood that the organizations uses are red blood cells. Donors can give two units of red blood cells through the process called “Power Red.” “Donating ‘Power Red’ helps more people but takes less time,” said junior Thomas Moran, a donor. “The fact that giving a few hours of my time can literally

save people’s lives is amazing.” The Red Cross says that “Power Red” donations also drain the donor less. After the two units of red blood cells are received, the plasma and platelets from the blood are returned to the donor via a saline solution.

“Donating blood for the Red Cross is a great opportunity to help people who really need it,” Moran continued. “Anytime I see a blood drive on campus I make sure I sign up.”

Susquehanna partners with the Red Cross five times a year to sponsor drives in the community. The donations are received by the Red Cross location in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

SAC weekend activity event has campus in ‘fall frenzy’

By Harley Harasty, Contributing Writer

For Susquehanna students, the Student Activities Committee’s (SAC) annual Fall Frenzy kicks off the season with gigantic inflatable obstacles and an outdoor feast.

On Sept. 9, students celebrated one of the last warm days of summer cooling off on a water slide, riding a mechanical shark and competing with their friends on blow-up obstacle courses.

There was even an inflatable area that allowed students to test their agility against other students’ aiming ability. One student was pitted behind a mesh net with holes while other students tried to hit the person with soft-hitting rubber balls.

The Fall Frenzy is organized each year by the SAC executives, who hire a company to fill up the field outside of the Degenstein Center with inflatable activities. Students were able to race their friends on an X-Games-style obstacle course, shoot at one another on the Running Man and even box one another with ridiculously large boxing gloves.

Senior Bianca DiTrolio, president of SAC, described Fall Frenzy as a “welcome back, fun event for students to attend with their friends,” which both new and returning students alike participated in.

As the evening drew to an end, Aramark provided a complementary barbecue-style dinner that included meatball hoagies, home- made mac and cheese, hamburgers, and barbecue chicken.

For dessert, Aramark offered a variety of desserts, including ice cream. While many students ate at the tables set up by the dining hall, others heaped their plates and headed for the shade of the trees along the field.

First-year Kayla Brown described the event as “a delicious, fun-filled way to mingle with new classmates.”

Justin Strumpf, another first-year, said, “Fall Frenzy helped me meet more [first- years] and realize that I could never win a boxing match.”

The Student Activities Committee will hold many more events throughout the academic year.

Previous and upcoming events include a visit from comedian Lafayette Wright in Charlie’s Coffee House on Sept. 14. He will be the second comedian to appear this semester after Pete Lee earlier this year.

The fall concert will take place on Sept. 16, where country singers Dan and Shay will put on

a live performance on Degenstein lawn. Their concert will be opened by Devin Dawson.

Event planners for the concert say that there are volunteer hours available for students who wish to help out setting up the concert on Saturday. The Student Activities Committee will be accepting volunteers between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

On Sept. 20 in Weber Chapel, Ken Nwadike, inspirational speaker and renowned peace activist, will speak on behalf of his campaign, the Free Hugs Project.

As per an e-mail from Leadership and Engagement coordinator, Beth Winger, Nwadike is trying to help heal and narrow the social, political and racial divide that currently exists in our country.

For students interested in getting involved with campus life, SAC holds meetings each Monday at 9 p.m. in the Degenstein meeting rooms.

SAC opens the year with Pete Lee

By Benjamin Roehlke, Staff Writer 

Susquehanna hosted comedian Pete Lee on Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. in Stretansky hall.

The event was put together by the Susquehanna Student Activity Committee (SAC) to welcome first year students to campus as well as provide students with some light-hearted entertainment.

The Student Activity Committee is an Student Government Association funded group that strives to promote community aspects while providing quality entertainment throughout the academic year, much like hosting Pete Lee.

According to his website, Pete Lee is a Wisconsin native. Growing up, he had always envisioned a life as an entertainer and so when he realized his own talent, he began to create a series of online web shows.

Soon after, Lee was approached by talent scouts and was given the opportunity to become a writer for several networks.

Pete Lee has been featured on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend as well as NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

He has also traveled and performed at over 500 colleges and universities across the united states.

Lee was also able to perform on the late show with David Letterman before Letterman retired in 2015.

When asked why Lee was selected to perform, SAC President, senior Bianca DiTrolio, said: “Our exec board splits up responsibility for planning events, but I actually was able to see Pete Lee perform at the National Association of Cam- pus Activities conference last year in Baltimore.”

“I thought he was hilarious and energetic, so our advisor at the time and I reached out to book him,” DiTrolio continued.

Morgan Wallace, a freshman at Susquehanna said: “[Lee’s] stand up felt very casual. He would ask audience members conversational questions and would follow with jokes or stories based on the response he got.”

“He talked a lot about day to day life as a ‘feminine’ straight man and related to the audience through a more positive twist on the typical self-deprecating joke, instead of focusing on the negatives,” Wallace continued. “He also talked about how happy he is being the way he is but recognized the silliness in the simple things almost all of us do.”

“Overall, it was a very good show. Being a part of the audience felt like a hysterical conversation with an old friend,” Wallace concluded.

There will be a new comedian Thursday Sept. 14 in Charlies Coffee House, Lafayette Wright. As per Comedy Central’s website, Wright has been featured on comedy specials alongside other prominent comedians like Kevin Heart.

The Student Activities Committee is preparing for a host of activities for the current semester.

Fall Frenzy, the next SAC planned activity, is a fall festival put together by the Student Activities Committee.

The event is focused on providing the fun and community inspired entertainment that the committee puts on week after week. The committee is also preparing for events next semester as well as the ones for this semester.

There is a Fall and Spring Concert where the committee brings in artists or bands to play for the Susquehanna Campus exclusively.

Past artists have included Snoop Dog, All Time Low, Sage the Gemini, Nick Jonas, and other popular artists and bands.

The committee also offers Movie Nights on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the semester showcasing movies that have left the movie the- ater such as Baywatch for last week and Wonder Woman for this week.

For updates on what activities and events are being planned by the Student Activities Committee, you can check out The Weekender, as well as contact the president Bianca DiTrolio.

The Weekender is released weekly on Thursdays and includes not only just the Student Activities Committee’s events, but other events that are begin offered for the upcoming week.


Country music artists coming to play at SU

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer 

Later this month Sept. 16, country music duo Dan and Shay will be performing on campus in an event hosted by the Student Activities Committee (SAC).

“I wanted to get a variety,” said senior Bianca DiTrolio, president of SAC, on the decision to get Dan and Shay.

“We’ve done pop and hip-hop, but since we’ve been here we haven’t had country.” SAC also seeks to make this event different from prior events that have been held in the past.

“I wanted to make it more of an event than just a concert,” DiTrolio said. “We’re trying to get yard games, and Aramark said they can do dinner outside that night, which would lead into the event.”

The outside dinner is scheduled to follow normal dinner hours, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., after which the doors to the concert will open and the opening act will then perform.

Devin Dawson, another country singer and song-writer, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. as the opening act. House music will then be played at 8 p.m., after which Dan and Shay will come on at 8:30 p.m.

The two men who make up the duo, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, first met in 2012 and began writing songs and performing together. They were signed to Warner Bros. Nashville, and wrote their first single “19 You and Me,” with country songwriter Danny Orton, which was released in 2013, as per their website.

In 2014, Dan and Shay released their debut album “Where It All Began,” which included “19 You and Me,” and in 2016 they released their second album, “Obsessed.”

“I think a lot of people like that country feel, where it’s a festival and you can hang out and listen to music,” DiTrolio said. “With it being in early September, that’s what I was going for, a more summertime, country, chill feel.”

Last semester the Student Activities Committee brought SU’s campus two concerts in the Spring semester. The two individuals who appeared last semester were Sage the Gemini and Andy Grammer.

The concerts were featured within a two-week period. Andy Grammar started the two part concert series by playing hit-line songs like,” Keep Your Head Up,” and,”Fine By Me.”

Sage the Gemini finished the two-part concert the following week. Sage the Gemini headlined songs from his albums such as two widely known party singles, “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose,” both of which were featured on the Billboard Hot 100.

Be on the lookout for the announcement next semester for the Spring Semester Concert. If you are interested in working with the Student Activities Committee, contact DiTrolio at ditrolio@

Middle School theme at Trax event reminiscent of the 2000s

By Kyle Kern, Co-Editor in Chief 

On Sept. 2, the night club on campus, Trax opened up the year with a blast from the past Middle School Dance theme event. The Trax night club was decorated with pictures of early 2000s hit artists like Destiny’s Child, Jesse McCartney, and many others.

Jason Bonner, a junior, is a Trax manager that was on duty that night.

“The entire Trax staff and I had an amazing time both pre- paring for and hosting the Middle School Dance event,” he said.

At Trax, students can enjoy free entertainment, music, a bar and refreshments, and billiard games while participating in a safe and fun weekend activity provided by the University. The Trax night club is run by Beth Winger, a coordina- tor of the Leadership and Engage- ment Department, and several hard-working student managers.

Each Trax event has a distinct set of entertainers ranging from DJs, bands, and various artists.

“We strive to create a safe and fun environment by having professionally trained staff and providing a wide variety of events every weekend,” Bonner said.

The Middle School Dance themed event’s entertainment was DJ Franklyn, a student here at Susquehanna. There were drinks provided to students and alcoholic beverages were provided to students over the age of 21.

The night included classics such as “Bye Bye Bye”, “Get Low”, the “Macarena”, and many more.

First year student, Morgan Wallace exclaimed that,” It was awesome knowing all the songs that were playing and reliving the early 2000s.”

There were snacks provided for the students who attended. Teddy Graham crackers and assorted flavors of icing were available for them to enjoy, as well as refreshing Capri Sun juice packs.

Wallace also found the graham crackers with icing to be excellent, stating that they were, ‘A-1.’ The night could not have been accomplished without all the students who attended.

Bonner said, “I would like to give a big shout-out to everyone who came out to the event and if you haven’t seen the Trax Managers middle school photos on our media pages, go check them out.”

Trax had already welcomed in the first-year students with a Spirit Party on Aug. 26 durring orientation weekend. The theme was a colorful barrage of maroon and orange that included streamers, pictures, t-shirts and a variety of glow-sticks.

There was a variety of snacks for the new students, while the tech staff and DJ played music videos of the songs on the wall of Trax with a projector.

“As a first-year student at SU, I can honestly say that experiencing TRAX for the second week in a row is now an anticipated night for my friends and me”, said Malia Simon, a first-year student.

The next Trax event will be September 9th. The theme will be Riverhawk Rodeo, a western theme that will allow you to bring out your inner wild west.

There will be a mechanical wine bottle that students can test their merit and strength against. S’mores and Rita Ice will also be provided for the event.

Trax staff and management encourage all students attending to dress up to fit the theme.

Simon is definitely ready, saying,” I have visited multiple campuses across the states and none of them have a great nightclub for students. Trax is so unique, and I can’t wait for the weekends.”

Activities fair showcases campus’ community organizations

By Zachary Bonner, Staff Writer

The Fall Activities Fair was held on Sept. 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Weber Chapel following a rain-change due to impending weather.

Lining both wings of the chapel, tables representing student organizations from Greek Life to Club Sports who awaited curious students from all walks of SU’s campus life.

The Activities Fair is a chance for students at Susquehanna to find an organization that represents their interests.

“We put out a survey to incoming students, asking if they’re interested in a list of clubs or activities,” said Beth Winger, the Activities Coordi- nator on campus. “I compile that data and send it out to club presidents, in hopes that they’ll reach out to interested students.”

These surveys go out to students before the fair is held, so that they have an idea of what is available before coming to the fair, Winger says, “The Activities Fair is a more traditional way of reaching out and getting students engaged.”

Besides these more removed methods, there is one method that she has come up with and utilized the past few years that really bolsters the attendance and attentiveness of students that go to the fair.

“To encourage students to go to multiple tables, they’re given a passport,” Winger said. “[The clubs] will stamp the students’ passports, and if they get five stamps, they get free Rita’s Water Ice.”

This new tactic was implemented over time as the number of campus organizations has grown. Over the past decade, according to Winger, more new and different clubs have arrived on campus.

“The amount of clubs on campus has really grown,” she said. “When I started there was around 70 clubs, and now we have well over 100.”

On campus organizations exist to supplement the education across the board. Many students could find clubs that would allow them to get real world experiences in the courses of study they are pursuing at SU.

Early Education majors Kallie Honstine and Hannah Maykut, Class of 2021, were interested in the Best Buddies Club, an organization that works with children with special needs.

“So far, I really liked the Best Buddies Club. They team up with kids with special needs and work one-on-one with them,” Maykut said. “I’m really interested because I want to be certified in Special Education.”

“I found Best Buddies really interesting as well,” Honstine said. “Considering it goes well with being an Early Education major.”

Other campus organizations that were recruiting new members included Circle K, a service organization on campus, Disciple Makers, a new religion-oriented club, and ASL Club, an organization geared to teach students basic American Sign Language.

If you felt that there was not a club for your particular pas- sion, then there is another option for you to explore. You can organize a club for oneself through the Office of Leadership and Engagement.

To find out information on different clubs or organizations, contact Beth Winger, the Activities Coordinator in Degenstein Campus Center at bethwinger@, to get in touch with extracurricular club leadership.