SU seniors showcase work on scholar’s day

By Matt Dooley, Forum editor

Senior Scholar’s Day, held on April 25, is an annual event giving seniors the opportunity to present their research to an audience of peers and other interested students. “It has been going on for 30 years,” remarked Tish Showers, an administrative assistant at the Career Development Center and organizer of the event.

“[Senior Scholar’s day] is a day when seniors and occasion- ally a few juniors have the opportunity to present the projects they have been working on,” Showers said. “Whether it be something scholarly, research and we also have music and arts students who are technically participants of the day.”

The event had presentations that ranged from the sciences to the theatrics. The day began around 12 p.m. with an early reception before the presentations began. The event took place in Degenstein Campus Center and Cunningham Cen- ter for Music and Arts.

Oral presentations were done in Shearer and Weber Dining Rooms on a rotating schedule as each group would only need 20 minutes to do their presentations. Physical presentations, where the student needed to hang up a poster, were done in Mellon Lounge.

“I imagine it has to do more with the kind of work that they did,” Showers said. “More students are more likely to post their findings on the poster and do a little presentation out [in Mellon Lounge]. It does not mean they hang the poster and that is it. They stay with their poster and answer questions of their peers and staff.”

As Showers said, “The whole day goes from noon to around six. This has grown a little bit over the last few years. In the past it was over by five because we only had two sets of poster presentations. But we had so many more students sign upforitsowehadtoaddathird poster session. So, there is a session at 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and it is over at 6 p.m.”

At different intervals during the day, students would set up their presentations in Mellon Lounge. Lined down the center were grey boards the students would attach their research to.

Shannon Kinney, a senior neuroscience major, said,“ It is pretty similar to what we expected. We had to come in the past for lower level biology courses [that] require you to come and listen to different presentations. So it is pretty similar to what we have seen in the past.”

Senior neuroscience major Olivia Souder continued, “We have presented to probably 10 different groups of people. So it has been a lot of people, a lot of traffic. It has been pret- ty much what we expected…. It’s been fun.”

When describing present- ing at the fair, senior Noah Diaz-Portalatin said, “The day was pretty fun. I was able to talk about my research, which we’ve been working on all year, to all types of people: students of different years and majors and faculty from different departments.”

Environmentally friendly Trax party

By Samantha McCoy, Staff writer 

The Johnson Center for Community Engagement finished off Earth Week by hosting the Silent Earth party at Trax this past Saturday.

The environmentally-friendly theme was combined with the Silent DJ Party that Trax started last year. It was paired with the phrase “the earth has music for those who listen” serving as the tagline for the event.

Eyana Walker, a junior public relations major and Trax’s marketing manager, said that Trax wanted to advocate for sustainability and awareness during the party.

“We tried to advocate by getting eco-friendly cups and organic food,” said Walker. “We had a live stream of the world through the space station on the television, and one of our biggest things was to decrease our power usage.”

“We compared our usage from this year to last, and we decreased our power usage significantly compared to last year’s earth party,” Walker continued, “That’s the biggest thing, the university tests each building on how much usage, its a big reason why we have the motion-sensored lights, to decrease power usage and be more environmentally friendly.”

The party ran similarly to the Silent DJ party introduced by Trax last year. There were three DJs operating on a separate line, and each student received a pair of headphones that allow them to switch between the three DJs.

“Our slogan was ‘the earth has music for those who listen,’” said Walker. “It works wonderfully with the silent party theme. The theme of the party was that you’re listening carefully to the three DJ stations, such as you cannot hear the earth say that we are losing water or animals, you have to pay attention to the smaller details.”

The party was one of many events to occur in celebration of Earth Week at Susquehanna University. Walker said that it was also a good theme to start off the spring and summer seasons and to remember to reuse and conserve for the environment’s sake.

“The hardest part was to have access to the eco-friendly items,” said Walker. “Now we know the brands we used, so if students ask about organic food and cups we can tell them and help them out.”

Walker said that Susquehanna has a good reputation for being environmentally-friendly, with recycling bins in each building and using sustainable objects, but that there is more work to be done.

“What we should do instead of giving everyone a bunch of t-shirts on their first day is give them a reusable water bottle,” Walker said. She adds that it will reduce plastic usage on campus and will accompany the many refillable water fountains on campus.

The importance of Earth Week is to push people to be environmentally conscious all the time, according to Walker.

“We can’t have a beautiful campus and not be eco-friendly,” said Walker “We are dedicated to creating an environmentally- friendly campus and we are [going to] do our part in the manner.”

In ‘The Lorax’, one of the biggest quotes is ‘unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not’. We care enough, and we want to show it.”

Trax will be hosting the Spring Weekend party this Saturday, with the band 88mph returning to play on campus.

SU SERVE hosts over 350 students

By Sean Colvin, Staff writer 

The Johnson Center for Civic Engagement hosted its annual SU SERVE event on Saturday, April 22, in which more than 350 students volunteered there time doing community service work in the Selinsgrove area and ten surrounding communities.

SU SERVE is organized each year by the Johnson Center for Student Engagement as part of a month-long service initiative by the university in April.

According to Assistant Director of the JCCE, Pam Frontino, Susquehanna students volunteered over 700-hours of community service on Saturday alone in 29 different locations.

In addition, Susquehanna alumni also donated a number of service hours from service sites in New Jersey and New Hampshire. Frontino said that two students, Noah Diaz-Portalatin and Gabriella Marrero, were instrumental in the organization of this year’s SERVE event.

Marrero, who has served as the Community Partners’ Service Scholar for the JCCE since 2015, was responsible for both maintaining and establishing new connections with businesses and organizations in the community to find sites for students to work at.

Marrero said that this year the office reached out to new partners in the community like the Watsontown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the By Grace Woman’s Transitional Home.

“Making those connections with the partners shows that Susquehanna University cares about our community and we are more than willing to donate our time to those organizations,” she said.

Diaz-Portalatin works as the Extracurricular Service Scholar

for the JCCE, where he is responsible for organizing students into teams for their work assignments.

Being that over 300 of the 350 students who signed up were members of Greek organizations, Diaz-Portalatin said that one of his main goals was to split up students in a way that promoted inter-Greek mixing, with some sites having up to five different organizations represented.

Diaz-Portalatin said that one of the goals for next year’s SERVE event is to get more student organizations outside of Greek life involved, like the sports teams, or even teams from first-year residence halls. Also the JCCE would like to be more strategic in sending students to sites that are farther away in a timely manner.

One non-Greek student, Junior Desiree Muldoon, said that lack of communication made it so that she didn’t really understand the event, and did not sign up. She said, “It’s a shame that SU SERVE is not communicated as much to students that aren’t involved in Greek life.” Diaz-Portalatin said that with next years’ initiative, he thinks the event could reasonably draw 400 students next year.

“We are living within the community, so we should show a thank you for letting us occupy space. It’s a good way to give back,” said Diaz-Portalatin, who served this year at the Union City Historical Society.

Junior Maddy Carr, who volunteered at the Community Aid thrift store, said: “They were really glad to have us. It was their customer appreciation day, so it was a really busy day for them. They do a lot of good things for the community, so it was good to help them out.”

Junior Natalie Harris participated in SU SERVE for her first time on Saturday by spending time at the campus gardens on West Sassafras Street, which gives back by donating produce to the Meals for Seals program.

Harris said, “SU SERVE may have only taken up two and a half hours of our day, but the feeling I had throughout and after was definitely rewarding.” She continued, “I look forward to SU SERVE 2018.”

Greek Week rebounds well from a lack of ‘unity’ last year

By Jacquelyn Letizia, Staff writer

Throughout the week of April 22, the Susquehanna Greek community holds its annual Greek Week.

The week started with SU SERVE on Saturday, a campus wide day of service hosted by the JCCE. For SERVE, Greeks and non-Greeks joined together to do community service on campus and in the greater Selinsgrove community.

Each group also had to hang a banner for their respective organization on Monday, April 24. Banners were centered around the theme of Unity.

The next event was Trivia on Monday night. The team of sorority Alpha Delta Pi and fraternity Phi Mu Delta won, and the team of sorority Zeta Tau Alpha, and fraternities Phi Beta Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha coming in second after a tie breaking round.

The trivia included questions about pop culture, Susquehanna history, and Greek life in general. Monday night also featured the premiere of the Lip Sync music videos each organization created. Phi Mu Delta and Alpha Delta Pi won this event.

On April 26, the organizations participate in team games of kickball. After four games between four teams the duo of Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu Delta won again.

On Friday, April 28, Air Band will be held in Weber Chapel at 8 p.m. For Air Band, each team picks a theme and choreographs a five minute dance to a mix of songs sur- rounding the theme. Faculty and staff members will serve as judges.

On Saturday, April 29, there will be a donation drive, and on Sunday, April 30, the annual Greek Awards ceremony will be held.

This year, the theme for the week is Unity. This diverges from pervious themes because it focuses on a unifying characteristic rather than a movie or event like in the past.

Senior Paige Wagner, the Vice President of Programming for Panhel, explained the importance of this theme.

“I think that the theme of Unity will bring together fra- ternities and sororities that do not necessarily spend a lot of time together and to have some fun,” Wagner said.

“Hopefully, the teams will take this idea and run with it because by having more people on your team, there are more opportunities to get to meet others that you wouldn’t necessarily meet on a daily basis and to get out of your daily comfort zone.”

Wagner also explained the differences between this year’s Greek Week and previous ones.

“Last year was a rough year for the Greek community, so this year we have revamped with new ideas, new events but also focusing more on our schoolwork and course load at the same time,” she stated. “This theme is not meant to push everyone apart, it is solely meant to bring everyone together—hence the unity theme.”

According to Wagner, the teams allow Greeks to “meet new people, get to know what various organizations are like and have fun”

Sophomore Becca Wilson, Zeta Tau Alpha’s Panhellenic Delegate, agreed with much of what Wagner said.

“I think the theme of Unity will help us grow stronger to- gether, because we are better together,” Wilson explained. “This will show us the importance of supporting each other instead of competing against each other.”

“I think the teams are strong, and for what I have seen that are all working together quite well so far, and I am excited to see who comes out on top,” Wilson continued.

Wagner explained that Greek Week should be about bringing together Greek students rather than tearing them apart.

She continued, “Greek week is not all about competition and we should really be coming together and building each other up instead of tearing one another down!”

For this weekend the donation drive and the Greek Awards wrap up Greek Week. The donated goods’ station will be collected in Weber Chapel from 4 p.m until 6 p.m. The Greek Awards will be in Weber Chapel as well, with the event starting at 6 p.m.

Former alumni announced as Commencement Speaker

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff writer

John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial Inc., was announced to be Susquehanna’s keynote speaker for the 159th commencement to be hosted on May 17.

Strangfeld graduated from Susquehanna with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration in 1975, and continued to earn a master’s degree from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 1977.

In 1999, he joined Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees, where he served as chair for ten years before becoming an emeritus board member.

“He believes in the students,” said Angela Burrows, Chief Communications Officer at the Office of Communications. “He’s the one who coined the phrase ‘At Susquehanna, it’s all about the student,’ so he’s a big supporter of students here.”

He and his wife, Mary Kay, have donated money to the con- struction of the new admission building, and have provided Susquehanna with financial support on numerous occasions over the years. They’ve also sponsored master’s degree scholarship programs at Darden for military officers who are returning to life as a civilian.

“He’s a big supporter of diversity initiatives in his profes- sional life as well as making it a priority for Susquehanna,” she added. “So his own personal values are consistent with the values of the institution.”

Prior to becoming the chairman and CEO of Prudential, Strangfeld served as vice chairman and was responsible for Prudential’s investment and insurance divisions. He also held a number of senior investment positions at the company, both within the United States and abroad. Prudential is a financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Accord- ing to the Susquehanna website the cooperation was also recently ranked No. 1 in FORTUNE magazine for the “World’s Most Admired Companies” in the “Insurance: Life and Health” category.

Strangfeld also holds the position of the chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, a vice chairman of the Geneva Association, and a member of the Board of Memorial Sloan Kettering Career Center.

According to Burrows, Strangfeld was selected personally by President Lemons because of their longterm working relationship.

“He and President Lemons have worked together for a number of years,” she said. “So it was appropriate in President Lemons’ last year as president to have [Strangfeld], who’s been a partner of his as board chair, do the commencement address.”

During commencement ceremony, Strangfeld will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, as will Harold C. and Nancy M. O’Connor of State College, Pennsylvania. Like Strangfeld, Harold O’Connor served as a member of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees. He joined in the board 1981, and served as chair from 1986 to 1997.

The commencement ceremony, set for May 17, is the 159th in Susquehanna’s history and the last for President Lemons. It is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. in the Garrett Sports Complex.

At this year’s graduation, 460 students are expected to walk across the stage and receive their diploma.

The day before on April 16, the Baccalaureate will com- mence in a tent on Smith Field at 8 p.m. with a gala following in Degenstein Campus Center from 9 to 11:30 p.m.

Koru meditation class offers relaxation at SU

By Nicole Fellin, Staff writer

Susquehanna students have the opportunity to meditate on campus every Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Jennifer Asmuth, Assistant Professor of Psychology. She is hosting a Koru Mindfulness mediation class in the Weber Chapel.

Koru means “looped” or “spiraled” and generally refers to the unfurling of fern fronds. It also tends to symbolize the balance between growth and stability, as well as new life and harmony.

All students and faculty members are encouraged to attend this meditation series.

According to the website, Koru mindfulness meditation is often considered exercise or even training for the mind.

The more one practices Koru within their busy schedule, the more skilled they become at creating space between an event and your own emotional reactions to that event.

This type of meditation can place an emphasis on strict mind practices that are based on practical skills.

The program has been engaged in assisting college aged adults for over 10 year.

Mindfulness can be defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while simultaneously acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and even bodily sensations.

The Koru mindfulness mediation series at Susquehanna presents students with a wide variety of opportunities to train their mind to act in a certain scenario.

Many students of all ages have found this program to be extremely beneficial.

The main goal of Koru Mindfulness mediation is to specifically target the developmental needs and interests of young adults.

With its roots located at Duke University, it has been empirically tested in a randomized, controlled trial and has been found to have significant benefits on sleep, perceived stress, mindfulness and even self compassion.

These are all crucial aspects that a college aged adolescent needs to have control of.

Senior Megan Grady found this session to be extremely helpful and interesting.

“I felt extremely calm while thinking about a stressful situation,” Grady said. “Yet, at the same time, I know I’m going to take these lessons I’ve learned from these sessions and apply them to day to day situations.”

Senior Tina Cebek loved the Koru Mindfulness session as well.

“As an ex-student athlete, it would have been nice to have a program like this during the season; athletes would be able to begin to train their minds to think in a more positive direction as our work piles up,” Cebek said.

The Koru mindfulness meditation sessions will be offered until the very beginning of May.

These sessions will provide each participant with a handful of mindfulness skills.

These skills can help in the areas of time management, something all college aged students need to take a grasp on.

Earth Week raises awareness of the environment on campus

By Matthew Dooley, Staff writer

The Johnson Center for Civic Engagement (JCCE) has been working to make sure Earth Week is known to the students of Susquehanna University.

According to junior Emily Osback, the Sustainability Service Scholar for the JCCE, “Earth Week is important because it is the one time of the year where people are faced with the current issues revolving around climate change and environmentalism. However, these issues are constantly happening, and we need people to care all year round.”

As the name implies, Earth includes an event happening each day all week long. This was set up by junior Andrew Dutton Van Woert, the Sustainability Program Coordinator for the JCCE.

“[On April 17] we are reducing power in every dining hall,” Van Woert said. “I will be projecting the amount of energy we save on the update board in Mellon.”

April 18 was a day focused on food waste awareness. “We will be collecting food scraps weighing it and updating the amount of waste we generate in one meal,” Van Woert continued.

The Star Party was held on April 19th at the Center for Environmental Education and Research, an 87-acre tract of land immediately adjacent to campus, and the campus garden. “We are going stargazing and Dr. Holt will be there to educate us on the solar system,” Van Woert said.

On April 20, “we ordered foods that bees pollinate and… I will also project[that] amount of food in [Evert Dining Hall].” Van Woert said. “Aramark has ordered a bunch of fruit just for the event.”

On April 21, the JCCE will work to freshen up the air. “We are putting clean air plants on [Degenstein lawn,] we are selling English ivy that will grow and filter air in dorm rooms,” Van Woert said, explaining the ivy was two dollars each.

Earth week will end on Susquehanna’s campus with the Green Party on April 22.

However, unlike the other parties that have graced Susquehanna Van Woert said, “the Green party…will be a silent party with head phones and a bunch of environmentally friendly foods. We are also going to show live feed from the international space station from earth.”

These events allow students to reflect on their personal impacts, in terms of the environment, and how that relates to climate change,” Osback said.

She added, “It’s very hard to change many people in a big way all at once, but if we can get people to think about the way that they live, and if we can get them to be more conscious about their everyday actions, that is a win in my eyes.”

Van Woert felt quite similarly and said, “With [government] policy leaning away from the vitality of the environment it is crucial to show people what earth is and how we impact it.”

Van Woert continued, “It’s important to stand up for our community and our ecosystem so everyone can live a more healthy and green life.”

Earth Week, to me, is about educating people about climate change and all of the intersections that it touches, from different social groups to the global economy.”

Osback continued. “Furthermore, I believe that Earth Week is about recognizing all of the complex and simple beauty that the Earth has to offer all around you, and celebrating that beauty by treating the Earth kindly.”

This year, we decided to do more education for students to show them what actually happens when they turn on a light, eat dinner, or anything else they do,” Van Woert said.

SU job outlook rated 9th nationally

By Samantha McCoy,  Staff writer 

“In a study by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA,” Zippia found,” 60.1% of incoming college [first years] inidicated it “very important” that their college’s alumni get good jobs after graduation.”

Susquehanna was ranked 1st in Pennsylvania for getting a job after graduation and 9th nationwide, according to career website and database Zippia Inc.

Zippia allows its users to find careers based on their college experience and available job openings.

Using information gathered from the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the College Scorecard database Susquehanna took the 9th place spot in the ranking with a 95.455 percent in placement rate.

This placement is only a few tenths of a decimal off from University of Mary in North Carolina.

“I’m delighted that Zippia’s data collection has proven what we at Susquehanna already know our graduates make a difference in the world and achieve uncommon professional success,” said Madeleine Rhyneer, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Susquehanna in the university’s article about the ranking.

She added, “Our commitment to putting the liberal arts and sciences to work is paying great dividends for our students.”

According to the article published by Zippia, the results were calculated using data from IPEDS, specifically employment levels of graduates after ten years.

The higher education schools were then ranked based on their rating from College Scorecard.

Zippia states in the article that they strive to keep their information as impartial as possible, since placement rate is an important factor for incoming first-year students.

This effort is important because there has been a history of inaccurate or misleading numbers in the past.

To help combat this issue, Zippia also states in the article that the Institute of Educational Sciences is a bipartisan government organization that helps to keep statistical information impartial, and they keep the information used in this ranking in the IPEDS database.

The article that Susquehanna published after the ranking was released states that 77.3 percent of graduates from the Class of 2016 are currently employed, with 19.2 percent currently studying in graduate or professional school. The remaining 3.5 percent consists of graduates participating in post-grad internships, fellowships and compensated volunteer programs.

The Susquehanna article also states that 90 percent of Susquehanna students have at least one undergrad internship or research experience.

Zippia’s article also includes that Susquehanna has been rated 54th best liberal arts college by Washington Monthly.

The top three schools in the country that the article mentions in order are Virginia Military Institute, Saint John’s University in Minnesota, and Assumption College in Massachusetts.

SU student shares her story of self-discovery

By Justus Sturtevant, Staff writer

Hailey Leseur sat in Starbucks, staring at her notes, trying to stay focused on her work. The seating area had emptied long ago; now the faint glow of the lights in Mellon Lounge illuminated an empty hallway, save for Hailey.

The hours slipped by, 1 a.m., 2 a.m. then 3 a.m.

Hailey’s mind began to wander away from her work. She thought back over her first few semesters at college.

Suddenly, a realization came to her.

“It just hit me like, ‘Oh shit. I’m [transgender],” she said.

“I went through it in my mind like, ‘Am I sure that this is really what it is? Am I just like making this up? Am I just like exaggerating this?’” Hailey said.

“I kept trying, but when you know that something is true and you’re trying to rationalize every thing against it, but you know that it’s true; it was sort of like that,” she continued.

During finals week in the fall of her sophomore year, Hailey realized she was transgender.

For years leading up to that moment Hailey had felt uncomfortable in her biologically male body. She came out as bisexual during her first year at college, hoping that it would make her more comfortable with herself.

It didn’t.

“It just sort of felt like, well kind of like I was a theater character. I wasn’t who I was presenting myself to be, but that was the role that was assigned and I just had to learn as much as I could,” she said.

“I was just pretending, especially with anything regarding trying to be masculine,” Hailey added.

Being a man did not come naturally to Hailey. During her middle school and high school years she imitated the men around her to fit in.

“I literally just took cues off everyone else around me and did not follow any instinct at all, because I had none,” she said.

In high school Hailey played soccer and baseball and ran track. To those around her, it appeared that Hailey enjoyed sports, but she has realized it was an act.

“I definitely didn’t really like sports that much,” she said. “But I kind of felt like I had to, because that’s what I was supposed to do.”

In the time since coming out as transgender, Hailey has worked through the difficult process of evaluating which traits and interests are actually true to her and which ones were an act.

“After you act a certain way for so long, it is hard to figure out what of that is a part of you and what isn’t,” said sophomore Angelina Poole, a close friend of Hailey’s and a member of the Susquehanna Gender and Sexuality Alliance with her.

“Seeing her untangled the more tight knots of ‘Who am I? What do I like?’ was interesting,” Poole said.

When Hailey came out as bisexual during her first year at college, she found a community of support. There were a number of other students who were coming out as bisexual, gay or lesbian, which Hailey said took some of the pressure off her.

“It didn’t really affect anything because if someone looked at me it’s sort of one of those things where it’s hard for someone to say ‘oh you look bisexual,’” she said. “You can just kind of hide that. If someone wanted to talk to me about it, I was super up front and willing to talk about it, but it’s not something that you necessarily have to think about all the time.”

That was not the case when Hailey came out as transgender. She described that process as much more “serious.”

She started coming out to

her friends and family over winter break and during the spring semester of her sophomore year. Following this, Hailey began to wear more feminine clothing. In the spring of her sophomore year she began to paint her nails and apply more makeup.

“I was terrified of what people in my fraternity would think and what people on campus would think,” she said. “I thought people would want to beat me up and kill me.”

In some cases the reaction of people on campus has been negative, as Hailey anticipated. She said that people have glared at her and given her weird looks.

“There have been times on campus when people have called me it or that thing,” she said.

Poole said, for the most part, people on campus have been fairly accepting of Hailey and other transgender students on campus. Many are hesitant around Hailey though, which is something Poole says can be remedied by normalizing the act of asking people what their pronouns are.

“If you normalize that you also normalize the idea that you can’t tell someone’s gender just by looking at them,” Poole said.

When Hailey came out as bisexual to her parents she said they were hesitant but ultimately they were okay with her announcement. When Hailey told her parents that she was transgender, they were not as supportive.

“When I came out as trans to them things were really really bad for a while,” she said.

After coming out to her parents, Hailey did not go home during breaks, instead deciding to stay with friends when the campus was closed to students.

“They’ve gotten a lot better with it,” she said. “They still struggle sometimes with misgendering stuff, with pronouns and with deadnaming me, but they go to PFLAG, which is an organization for parents of LGBT kids, which is kind of cool.”

While she was working in Boston in 2015, Hailey began the process of hormone treatment.

Before a transgender person can begin the treatment, they must meet with a counselor, therapist or psychologist for a span of at least three months.

They can then be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, which al- lows them to begin the hormone treatment process.

For Hailey, the hormone treatment process required her to take eight-hour trips from Boston to Philadelphia on what she described as a “dirty old Megabus.”

For Hailey, sexual reassignment surgery is appealing.

“It’s something I definitely want to do,” she said.

The surgery will have to wait though; Hailey’s insurance does not cover the $25,000 procedure.

It is also one of the most invasive surgeries an individual can go through, according to information on the University of California Santa Cruz website.

Hailey added that individuals who have the surgery can remain in the hospital for one to two weeks afterward, and generally require care for several months.

Despite the cost and difficulties of the surgery, it is still some- thing that Hailey wants to proceed with.

For now though, it’s enough for Hailey to be able to be herself outwardly.

“I’m just a lot happier with myself, especially since starting hormones,” she said.

“I just feel a lot less bothered by my anxiety, a lot more emotionally in tune with myself, a lot more like an actual person, like how I act and what I do is more representative of who I am and not just me pretending to be something because that’s what everyone else wants me to be or because that’s what I’m expected to be.”

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ participants raise awareness

By Jacquelyn Letizia, Staff Writer

On April 18, Susquehanna held an event called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Smith Lawn. The event was sponsored by the Counseling Center, Transitions, the Athletics department and the Interfratnerity Council.

The event started with a discussion and refreshments, with the walk starting soon af- ter talks from Adjunct Faculty Women’s Studies Christiana Paradis and District Attourney Mike PIecuch.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an event that was started in 2001 and is intended to raise awareness and start discussions about sexual assault and sexualized violence. Inspiration for the event came from the saying “you can’t really understand an- other person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” The aim is to have men walk in women’s high heels and experience the difficulty of it, which in turn hopes to start a conversation about men’s attitude and sexualized violence towards women.

According to the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes website, every two minutes someone in America is raped and one in six American women are victims of sexual assault. These statistics do not only affect the people in these situations, but also influence these individuals’ friends, families, and communities.

“Attendees can be guaranteed a safe space to speak openly about their thoughts and opinions on topics surrounding sexual assault and sexual violence,” sophomore Alyssa Miville explained. “We want everyone on campus to feel welcome and included in our community, so this is a great opportunity for them to have their voice heard— not to mention that it will be a wonderful learning experience, especially for those who are un- aware of the facts and statistics surrounding the epidemic.”

Miville also explains that she “hope[s] the event will spark ideas on how campus staff can better connect with student to more effectively address their well-being and safety concerns both on and off campus.”

At the event, there was decent turnout of male participants for the event, and many faculty and staff members were in attendance.

There was also a group of students that protested the event. Students that were against the event felt that by equating the experience of sexual assault victims to the minor inconvenience of wearing heels was inappropriate and unjust. Additionally, using the idea of men walking in heels and making it comical is disrespectful to those men who enjoy wearing heels. This protest had several students in attendance, including senior Samantha Zuckowich.

Zuckowich is the student who organized the protest and gave a speech at the event.

“Ultimately, I became pretty upset with the way that the school has been handling sexual assault after the reports had gone through that almost no one was being expelled after people had been proven guilty of their actions,” Zuchowich explained. “By organizing this demonstration, I wanted to get the attention of the administration mostly, but also of the people who are charged with organizing events and initiatives like this, hoping that they’ll be more socially aware in organizing events and things like this in the future.”