Homecoming Week under way


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  Salisbury University’s Student Government Association kicked off Homecoming Week yesterday, bringing in the 2015-2016 school year.

  Today holds the Last Comic Standing competition where students will face off to find the funniest on campus. This event will take place at 7 p.m., in the Fireside Lounge in the Guerrieri University Center.

  Battle of the Bands will command Wednesday’s attention on the Sea Gull Square Lawn at 3 p.m., followed on Thursday by the Big 6 Cookout at 11 a.m. at the Henson Hall Angle and the Wet and Wild Beach Bash at 8 p.m. in the Wicomico Room of GUC.

  Friday at 2:30 p.m. on the Holloway Hall Lawn, the Powderpuff Football Games will kick off, getting students’ school spirit up in time for the climax of the week: Saturday.

  On Oct. 10, the SU Homecoming Parade and Block Party will start the day on East Campus at 11 a.m., followed by the Family Weekend Ice Cream Social at 3-4:30 p.m. on the Henson Lawn. Immediately after, the Henson Angle will host a dance performance.

  Later that day at 7 p.m., the Step Show will be held in the Holloway Hall Auditorium while Bangin’ Bingo will be held in the Wicomico Room of GUC.

  Homecoming Week ends on Sunday, Oct. 11 with the Family Weekend Jazz Brunch in the Commons Bistro at 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

SBY Muslim finds comfort amidst tragedy

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   More than 700 Muslims were killed, as well as 800 more injured, in a stampede of worshipers one week ago during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

   However, this tragedy has not discouraged the faith of many Muslims.

   This year’s stampede caused the most deaths in 25 years, but there have been hundreds of deaths during Hajj throughout it’s history.

   Still though, the Hajj brings millions of Muslims to Mecca and other surrounding Holy places each year. In fact, attendance at the pilgrimage has increased as the years continue.

   This, in addition to the event remaining the most encouraged pillar of the religion, could be due to Muslim’s seeing the tragedies as risks worth taking for God.

   “One thing people have to remember is that a lot of people die when they do the pilgrimage to Mecca,” Salisbury University Muslim Student Association public relations manager Lateefat Yusaff said. “It’s a very physical thing, a lot of people in one space, and it’s really sad that people went there to get closer to God and died. But honestly, and I think I can speak for the majority of Muslims, if you had to die somewhere that would be the best place and the best time.”

   Yusaff said that when she first heard about the stampede, she was shocked that it happened in Mecca. But very quickly, her perspective changed on the event.

   “The next second I was like ‘wow, how beautiful is that, that that’s how you died,'” she said. “You’re last words were praising God, your last words were in the holy place, the most holy place for us in the world.”

   In Islam, it is taught that if one dies while doing Hajj, they will have immediate access to Heaven.

   “I think that that would be the best way to die,” Yusaff said.

   Although there has been no outcry for Hajj to be fundamentally changed, many Muslims and non-Muslims are still questioning Saudi Arabia, claiming that the government has not done enough to protect and support the growing numbers of pilgrims.

   Further, Iran has threatened “‘tough and harsh’ retaliation against Saudi Arabia, according to CNN, saying that the bodies of the stampede victims have not been sent back to their homes quickly enough.

   Saudi Arabia, however, has begun to make major changes to the holy cities, including a 30-year long, $227 billion project in order to better accommodate the increasing numbers.

   Yusaff said that she is planning on going to Hajj, but later in life although she has the means to now.

   “One of my biggest dreams is to go to Hajj, but I want it to be a spiritual thing,” she said. “I want to make sure that I’m going for the right reasons, for the sole purpose of God, and not just because I’ve always wanted to.”

   Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is regarded as “the most significant manifestation of Islamic faith and unity” according to the Saudi Embassy.

   The journey follows the path of the Muslim prophet Muhammad on his last trip to Mecca before his death, the path he followed tracing the path the Abraham, who is regarded as the first prophet in Islam, and his family took.

   “It’s basically a way to solidify your relationship with God, to give yourself to God” Yusuff said. “It’s a way to detach yourself from the rest of the world, the troubles, the problems in the world. It reminds you why you’re here. And it brings people together to remind you that at the end of the day, even after you leave, you’re all still one people.”


SU celebrates Hispanic Heritage


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The show, based out of Argentina and Uruguay, boasts itself as being “one of the most dynamic, elegant, exciting and sensuous performances touring around the world, sharing the cultural essence and evolution of tango through the art of dance and music.”

This year, the show was awarded by Latin ACE as “The Best Musical Show of the Year.”

“Tango Lovers” performed at SU to a full auditorium composed of students, staff and Salisbury community members on Tuesday.

Although the show began later than planned, anticipation flowed in the audience.

“It’s exciting because I’ve never seen a live tango show before,” Salisbury local Emily Coleman said.

“Tango Lovers” told many stories of lovers, with dancers performing in different scenes as couples, groups, traditional female-male partner dances and male-male partner dances.

The performance was lead by director and choreographer Marcos Ayala and his partner Paola Camacho, and supported by four other dance couples.

The show also featured singer and “Tango Lovers” founder Alfredo Lerida, who performed solo numbers as well as sang to some of the dances. Music was performed by a Latin band made up of a piano, played by Musical Director Gustavo Casenave, a bandoneón, a violin and a double bass.

As the show concluded, it was met with a standing ovation from the audience.

“I loved it, it was so creative,” SU freshman Nastia Jones said. “It made me want to dance.”

Hispanic Heritage Month is a U.S. tradition that began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, but was expanded to the month-long celebration in 1988.

The month begins on Sept. 15 and reaching to Oct. 15 in order to encompasses the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The month was created in order to celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions” of Americans who came from, or whose ancestors came from Hispanic countries, according to the U.S.’s information page on the month.

“For me, Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to educate myself and others about Latin Americans and Hispanics,” SU Organization for Latin American Students President Ruth Taleno said. “It’s about learning about and knowing our place in history.”

To celebrate the month, OLAS put on a Salsa night for students to learn the traditional dance and are planning an event called “Let’s Relate.”

This event began two years ago as a “modern Latino discussion,” according to Taleno and has evolved into a night to educate people on Latino issues.

This year, the event will take participants through a series of rooms including a culture shock room, showing people what it is like to enter a country that one knows nothing about, a room disproving untrue ideas about Hispanic countries, a room commemorating movements in the Latin American community, a room showcasing Latin American accomplishments, a room showing the positive parts of Hispanic culture and the last room celebrating the Hispanic bonds of family.

“We always end with family,” Toleno said.

Let’s Relate will be held on the second floor of the Guerrieri University Center on Oct. 14.

SU falls to Catholic, struggles on offense


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Missed opportunities plagued the Sea Gulls as they fell to Catholic University, 1-0 yesterday evening at the SU Soccer Complex.

Throughout the first half, the Sea Gulls (6-3, 1-0 CAC) had many opportunities to score, but weren’t able to find the back of the Catholic (4-5-1) goal.

“We dominated for ninety-percent of the game, but we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” junior midfielder Tyler Andrus said.

The weather held up with storms and rain projected to hit Salisbury, but only clouds loomed over as both teams took the field.

The Sea Gulls were on the attack early and had eight shots in the first half but failed to reach the back of the net. Salisbury has struggled to score any goals in the first 45 minutes of the past three games, with two of the matches ending in shutout losses.

Despite the slow start to games, the lack of first half goals is not concerning for head coach Gerry DiBartolo as he believes the opportunities are there.

“If we weren’t getting the chances I would say that’s an issue, but the issue is that we aren’t finishing the chances we’re creating,” DiBartolo said. “We did the things we wanted to and had players in good spots. The problem was that we weren’t lucky or fortunate enough to put them in the back of the net.”

For SU, the second half mirrored the first, as the Sea Gulls put up another eight shots that failed to get past the Cardinals’ goalkeeper. In the fifty-fourth minute, Catholic was able to take the lead when midfielder Tyler Zimmerman took a shot that deflected off SU’s senior goalkeeper, Drew Staedeli and went into the goal.

“Defensively I think we’re fine,” Andrus said on the team’s adjustments moving forward. “We just need to put the ball in the back of the net and convert on our chances.”

The Sea Gulls have had four multi-goal games so far this season, but continue to work on scoring as they  struggle on the offensive side of the ball.

The Sea Gulls will have two conference games on the road as they travel to play Southern Virginia and St. Mary’s. The team returns home to the SU Soccer Complex on October 10 to face Penn St.-Harrisburg.

SU Emergency Response Team following Hurricane Joaquin


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The first meeting of Salisbury University’s Emergency Response Team took place this afternoon with an eye on category 2 Hurricane Joaquin.

The storm is still far from Delmarva, but is being projected by The Weather Channel to hit the east coast either later in the weekend or early next week.

SU Chief of Police Edwin Lashley said the team will have a follow up meeting tomorrow, and monitor the severity of the storm before making any decision regarding an evacuation of SU.

More to come.

New USM Chancellor Robert Caret visits SU



New University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret visited Salisbury University today, meeting with a variety of campus administrators and students to feel both the positive energy and frustrations of the campus.

“I’ve seen a lot of the growth here,” Caret said. “It is a campus that is poised for growth.”

The USM Chancellor is responsible for working with the 17-member USM Board of Regents and college presidents around the state in order to get more college students to graduate, to graduate on time and to effectively provide affordable higher education.

Caret has previously been the president of three universities, San Jose State University, Towson University and most recently the University of Massachusetts, before taking over as the USM Chancellor July 1.

He is taking a very hands on approach to his new role, touring each of the 12 campuses in the USM system this fall.

“The first thing is to give everybody a chance to explain to me their perspective of the world,” Caret said. “And to also learn the different parts of the system, and then to figure out where I play a role in doing things that need to be done that we can do as a system together.”

Caret will be speaking in Perdue Hall tomorrow from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Look for more on Caret in an upcoming print edition of The Flyer.

SU students told to get tested for TB “precautionary”



Multiple Salisbury University students received emails Thursday afternoon from SU’s Student Health Services requiring they get tested for tuberculosis within the next week. A failure to do so would result in an interrupted ability to add, drop, withdraw and/or register for classes next semester.

Director of Student Health Services Victoria Lentz said these tests are precautionary and that all SU students from previous semesters who had TB have been treated.

Some students had been notified to get tested in the past, but for others, Tuesday was the first time they were told to get tested.

Lentz said with SU’s old policy, the school required all students to get shots for diseases such as TB and meningitis, but it was not enforced and there were no consequences for failing to do so.

Lentz told The Flyer that students must now fill out a TB questionnaire online and get vaccinated for these diseases, or they ca not register for classes. According to her, about 600 SU students still need to submit this information to the school.

There were multiple cases of TB on campus in the previous academic year.

More to come.

Student Involvement to Better Town-Gown Relations

By Genevieve Kurtz and Valerie Case

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Althought the distance from the center of Salisbury University’s campus to the center of downtown Salisbury is 1.4 miles, like a lot of college towns, students tend to stay on campus, rather than get involved with their surrounding community.

With plans in place to revamp Downtown Salisbury and the areas around, City Council President and future Mayor Jake Day is eager to take on the challenges of bridging the inherent town-gown relationship and connecting students to the downtown area.

Ideas for new businesses and events as well as dreams of building a gifted arts school in the center of town are part of Day’s vision to create,what he calls “a thriving heart and soul” for the city of Salisbury – a community venue that belongs to everyone.

Though there are endless opportunities and events that go on within the Salisbury community, it is a challenge to distribute this information to the students and get them involved.

Recreationally, Downtown Salisbury offers monthly events like Third Friday–which attracts thousands of people every month–and First Saturday as a way to provide the community with an opportunity to explore the arts and music scene within the city.

Downtown is also the home of Headquarters Live and The Brick Room, both of which offer concerts and other live entertainment.

Likewise the area has bakeries, bars and coffee shops, as well as the Shore Fresh Growers Farmers Market on East Market Street, open on Saturdays.

For students seeking out volunteer work, internships and other work experience, the city offers opportunities to work with the Salisbury Zoo, AmeriCorps, the YMCA, and non-profits like Village of Hope, which provides temporary housing for struggling women and children.

With many options available to students, civic leader Marty Neat says that “there’s something to be said for doing what you like.”

With so much going on within the community, the necessity to build those town-gown relations is more prevalent than ever for many city officials.

Former Salisbury City Council President Mike Dunn says SU students must be striving to make a difference.

“(They need) the willingness and courage to say ‘I want to get involved,’” Dunn said.

In order to bridge this gap, a ‘think tank’ of SU students that would have direct contact with the mayor and City Hall is in the works as a way to represent the campus and integrate students into the community.

“The best thing students can do is show the community they have value,” Dunn said. “The community has to be ready to welcome that value.”

90 years of SU

By Reed Shelton

Staff Writer

Salisbury University is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and over those nine decades it has grown from a small, rural college into a Maryland University of National Distinction.

Fred Kundell, professor and chairman of the chemistry department, is SU’s longest-serving current employee. He began his career at the university in August of 1970—46 years ago—and has witnessed first-hand the growth of SU.

“It’s gotten a whole lot bigger, and I don’t mean size alone,” Kundell said. “I knew every faculty member, their wives and their children when I came here, and we’ve lost that now. We’re just too big for that. But at the same time we have more programs and more to offer the students. It’s a big improvement.”

Despite the significantly smaller size of SU, when he began teaching at SU, Kundell sometimes had a classroom size of up to 120 students. These days, SU offers more sections and smaller class sizes.

“It gives the students a whole lot more freedom in scheduling,” he said.

SU first opened on Sept. 8, 1925, with 105 female students hosted in Holloway Hall—the only classroom or dormitory building on campus—and catered to by a mere eight faculty members and a single librarian.

Last year 8,770 students studied 56 graduate and undergraduate programs at SU.

SU Physical Plant Program Management Specialist Debra Bailey began working at SU 43 years ago at the age of 22 in the Admissions Office, making her the second-longest serving current employee at SU.

“As I tell people, I’m 65 years old and I could have retired after 30 years of service,” Bailey said. “But I still look forward to Monday mornings.”

“Some people say, ‘yuck, it’s Monday, I have to go to work,’” Bailey said, laughing. “When the time comes where I don’t look forward to Monday mornings, maybe then I’ll make a change. But that doesn’t seem like it’ll happen soon.”

SU rolls out large community events despite larger media’s negative impression 

BY Brooke Reese

Staff Writer


The national media has labeled Salisbury University in the past few months as “the school with the third case of tuberculosis” or “the college that had a third fraternity suspended.”

However, students at SU are not only hosting positive events for the university, but for the local community and national organizations, as well.

On Friday, April 24 Relay for Life was held in Maggs Physical Activities Center and the Perdue Hall lawn where students raised $109,040.56 for the American Cancer Society.

Over 70 campus organizations attended the event with 1,480 student participants.  Among the top five teams to raise the most donations for the cause, three were fraternities.

Girls on Top of the World claimed the first place spot with $12,378.27 and were joined by fraternities Pi Lambda Phi ($11,234.05), Sigma Tau Gamma ($9,299.41) and Kappa Sigma ($7,511.00) all with less than 100 members on their teams.

Even though financial contributions to organizations can be very beneficial to research, nothing triumphs the donation of community service for some students.

Kristin Roberts Photo

Kristin Roberts Photo

The Student Government Association sponsored the 11th annual Big Event around the Salisbury community on April 18.

Coordinator and Vice President of External Affairs Jacob Martin said the event continues to grow in numbers of participants, as well as how many homes are helped every year.  450 students attended Big Event to help the restoration of 80 local homes.

“When we do the volunteer cleanups, it lets the community know that students do care and we aren’t just sitting back and not doing anything,” Martin said. “We’re giving back to them for everything that they give to us.”

Community involvement is something that the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, is constantly focused on.

The organization gives back to the local charities with weekly events and projects.

Recently the fraternity donated $2,000 to Operation We Care that delivers care packages to military troops stationed overseas.

Senior member Jenn Carrick said she loved contributing and was happy to help them with their cause.

“We get to know that we are making a difference in the community and in the nation,” Carrick said.

With all of the negative attention surrounded Salisbury this semester, and now with an additional focus on Baltimore, students are seeing the importance in realizing the beneficial contributions students are making to the community’s needs.

As the university continues to make strides in the right direction, set backs are inevitable but it is the way solutions are made that sets some apart from others.



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