2016 Relay For Life Preview


Staff Writer 

​There will be over 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses in 2016 according to an estimate by the American Cancer Society, and in order to combat the disease that affects so many, the American Cancer Society puts on Relay for Life events to raise the funds necessary for research and recovery.

​The overnight fundraising walk hosts teams who camp out around a track and team members take turns going around the track all night.

Salisbury University will hold their own Relay For Life event this spring for the 15th time on April 22 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Last year’s relay saw over 1,500 Salisbury students participate and raised $125,040, which ranked Salisbury 22nd in the nation for collegiate fundraising. This semester’s goal is to raise $125,000 once again.

Siena Manoogian, co-executive director of SU’s Relay For Life committee, described the environment of the main event as highly positive with a type of friendly competition.

“No one is fighting against each other, we all have the same goal,” she said.

Manoogian explains that the reason why participants are encouraged to stay up all night is to serve as a metaphor that cancer never sleeps, and to symbolize the fight of a cancer patient.

The first step toward getting involved is to form a team. Teams can consist of clubs, Greek Life, sports teams or just a group of friends.

Throughout the semester, teams will hold several meetings and fundraising events. When the relay arrives, each team sets up their campsite either indoors in Maggs Gym or outdoors in the Perdue Lawn.

​Each year, the relay has a different theme. This year’s theme is “Toon in for a Cure,” so each team will develop a site related to the cartoon theme.

While walking laps, participants can view all of the different sites, where teams will sell shirts, make food or set up games. There are also general activities throughout the night like Zumba, haircuts for donation and a Miss Relay Pageant.

“The atmosphere is great, and that draws a lot of people,” Carly Berkowitz said, another co-executive director of SU’s Relay For Life committee.

The first lap around the path is dedicated to cancer survivors. Additionally, there is a luminaria ceremony to honor those who have battled and are battling cancer.

Each luminaria bag is dedicated to an induvial and are customized with names, pictures, messages and drawings, and are illuminated by candles after dark.

There is then the luminaria lap – tabbed by Manoogian as the most emotional part of the ceremony – to honor those who have lost their fight to cancer and for those who are still fighting.

The event concludes at 6 a.m. The closing ceremony celebrates the accomplishments made throughout the year, and looks to continue the fight into future years.

Relay for Life allows students to bond together and work toward eliminating cancer. This is accomplished through many events, and culminates with the all night relay.

Participating in Relay for Life is a chance to celebrate and have fun, but also remember those who have and are battling cancer and provides a chance to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

There are many ways students can get involved, teams can be formed by going to http://www.relayforlife.org/sumd. There is also a Facebook page and Twitter account for additional information.

5 Myths About Mental Illness


Staff Writer

Unlike cancer or the flu, illnesses like depression and anxiety often do not show physical symptoms and can be written off as not real or made up, especially with students in college who often feel too busy to worry about mental health.

Because of this, many mental illnesses are often paired with misguided ideas that can turn into myths. Here are a few common ones:

  1. People with mental illnesses are insane.

Many college students use this phrase when describing a teacher, or another student.

However, there is no diagnosis of “insanity” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a manual used by most mental health professionals to classify mental illnesses.

Instead, insanity is used in the legal system to determine whether an individual is able to “appreciate the nature and quality or the wrongfulness of (their) acts,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

But in the mental health field, individuals are diagnosed with a specific mental disorder, rather than just insanity.

2. Individuals with bipolar disorder become really happy, then really sad.”

Bipolar disorder does include happiness and sadness, however that is not all that people experience. Bipolar disorder comes in two parts: mania and depression.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says mania involves symptoms such as talking very fast, taking on new activities, sleeping little and impulsivity along with extreme happiness. Depression is the opposite of mania, including more symptoms of feeling sad, tired and even suicidal thoughts along with losing interest in activities once enjoyed according to the NIMH.

Bipolar disorder may start to appear when in college, as almost half of all cases start to show symptoms before reaching 25 years of age according to the NIMH.

  1. Schizophrenics are unable to live normal, healthy lives.

While it is true that some people with extreme cases of schizophrenia need psychiatric hospitalization, the NIMH says many diagnosed with schizophrenia are able to lead independent, satisfying lives.

Antipsychotic medications, along with psychosocial treatments, cognitive behavioral therapy and self-help groups contribute to schizophrenia treatment. Other treatments are continuing to develop, making it easier for individuals in college with this disorder to live healthy lives and graduate with a degree.

  1. People diagnosed with depression are just lazy.

The NIMH says that depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, with 9.3 percent reporting with the illness from the ages of 18-25. Depression symptoms include decreased energy, fatigue and a loss in interest in activities, according to the NIMH, however the illness is often more severe than laziness.

Causes of depression may be genetic, biological, environmental and psychological.

“Brains of people who have depression look different than those of people without depression,” says the NIMH.

This demonstrates that there is a difference in people without depression who are lazy, and those with the illness.

  1. Those with eating disorders should just eat more.

With most eating disorders occurring while people are young, going to college with new found independence can make it difficult to keep on the path of recovery.

The NIMH says eating disorders are treatable medical illnesses rather than a controllable desire to be thin. Just like someone with depression may not be able to get out of bed to go to class, someone with anorexia may not be able to eat enough to maintain a healthy body weight.

Eating disorders are more than just a diet, but rather an uncontrollable need to have power over food.

Mental health is very important, but it becomes difficult for those with illnesses to seek out and receive help when stigmas and false ideas are so commonly believed, especially in college. Finding out the truth about mental illness is vital when it comes to helping yourself and others deal with such diseases.

Tips for transfer students


Staff Writer

Newsflash: Starting a new school can be just as nerve wracking for a transfer student as it is for a freshman.

While transfer students already have a basic idea of what college is, either from attending another large university or community college, previous connotations and expectations can delay assimilation to Salisbury University.

According to the Salisbury University website, an average of 1,200 transfer students will become seagulls every semester. For these students, there are a lot of concerns they have for the upcoming semester. [Read more…]

How to celebrate the Super Bowl

Website Editor

February is here and you know what that means. Over 100 million people will gather around their televisions and watch the Super Bowl. This year will be no different, and we at the Flyer want you to watch the Super Bowl in style, so here a couple tips on having an awesome college Super Bowl party.

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TEDx comes to Salisbury

Staff Writer

Once the presentation was over and the audience continuously applauded, the speaker, Corey Blake, in his casual attire of a T-shirt saying “Vulnerability is Sexy,” covered with a deep red blazer, jeans, and brown dress shoes, gave a bow, set the mic on the stand and walked off the stage leaving a notepad that read a list reading from bottom to top.
The list said flirting, coffee, dinner, second date and big night and although it might have seemed like the presentation that just occurred was about courting, it was not. It was about sharing our vulnerability.
Blake, the CEO of Round Table Company, a story telling company, presented the relation between the connectivity of people with their communication of vulnerability. He said that many people tend to lead with love, projecting to people what they think others have to see to be liked, usually following the order of his list.

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Great Scot!

Gull Life Editor

It’s not an everyday thing to have class in a stunning park overlooking snowcapped mountains in the Scottish Highlands, or to study in the same café that JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter books in.
But my winter term study abroad trip to Scotland was such, and a lot more.
Not only did I receive four credits for CMAT 399: Communications Study Abroad (which knocked out a graduation requirement and will look great on a resume), I also had the chance to immerse myself in another culture.

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Dear Sammy

Dear Sammy,


I haven’t gotten my period for almost two months now, and I’m concerned. Pregnancy is not the case because I haven’t had sexual intercourse in almost a year. What is wrong with my body? Should I be concerned?




Period Problems

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Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Spreads to Maryland


Staff Writer

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Dec. 4 that the Chipotle E. Coli outbreak has officially spread into three more states: Maryland, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

Salisbury University junior D.J. McHugh expressed his concern about eating at Chipotle in Maryland.

“Since it was an isolated incident, but now has spread to Maryland, I currently do not feel safe eating Chipotle here in Maryland,” McHugh said.

There has been 52 reported cases of illness due to the E. coli outbreak nationwide. Beginning on October 31, there has been nine states reporting infection: Oregon, Washington, California, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and most recently, Maryland, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, symptoms of E. coli infection include vomiting, severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fatigue, and a fever.

According to the CDC, most of the illnesses have been reported in Oregon and Washington, where 43 restaurants have closed for further investigation. The CDC has not yet determined the ingredient that made people sick.

Chipotle released that the chain would be tightening its food safety standards. They said it will implement testing of all produce before it is shipped to restaurants and enhance employee training for food safety and handling. Chipotle said it tested ingredients before, but that it is moving to testing smaller batches and a larger number of samples.

When cooking at home, to help avoid food poisoning and prevent infection, handle food safely. Cook meat well, wash fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking them, and avoid unpasteurized milk and juices. You can also get the infection by swallowing water in a swimming pool contaminated with human waste.



Things to be thankful for at SU


Staff Writer


It’s that time of the year where college students from all over the country are eager to go home to their families for Thanksgiving break, especially those from out of state who haven’t been home yet this semester.

Spending quality time with family, enjoying home cooked meals, reuniting with old friends and snuggling with your pet over break are all things to be thankful for, but in the meantime, don’t forget about the plenty of things here on campus to be thankful for as well, as we count down our days towards Thanksgiving break. [Read more…]

How to Deal With Final Exam Stress


Staff Writer

Finals are coming.

As the semester is coming to an end, many students are preparing for the various stresses and pressures that come along with final exam week. From writing papers to preparing for cumulative exams, there are many options to help students deal with the anxieties of finals.

The Salisbury University on-campus counseling center co-sponsors programs with STAND4YOU, which is a campus campaign that focuses on suicide prevention, to hold events like Stress-Less Week, being organized by Hailey Walker, the president of Active Minds. [Read more…]


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