PACE continues lecture series as semester’s end approaches

By: Abby Bivens

Staff Writer

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PACE completed two more lectures of their series “Democracy Across the Disciplines” over the past few weeks including discussions on protests and social work.

Nov. 20

Dr. Michele Schlehofer, chair of Salisbury University’s psychology department, spoke on “Community Organizing and the Psychology of Protest.”

Schlehofer began by explaining the concept of community organizing as “a process by which people in a community come together to conduct work that acts in their shared interests.”

She described this process as a way to build shared power, including both electoral and non-electoral strategies.

Organizing in this fashion, or protesting, will typically include those who are marginalized and not democratically represented in a conventional manner.

One method of community organizing is direct social action, a popular strategy in the United States which centers around a theme of morality and social justice.

Direct social action occurs in a public arena and overtly expresses discontent.

Examples of this include protests, marches, sit ins, demonstrations and occupations.

Schlehofer briefly discussed the effect that social media has on direct social action in an increasingly digital world.

She believes that it has both a positive and negative impact. Last year’s Women’s March on Washington was the largest social action event ever organized in American history.

This event was solely organized and facilitated through social media platforms.

However, Schlehofer explains that the professional community believes social media leads to a decrease in direct action.

Allowing users to participate in a solely digital manner creates large campaigns that quickly dissipate, such as the #MeToo campaign.

The proof of this has been shown directly on social platforms such as Twitter, where topics can be trending for up to a day and people share their opinions.

Most of these topics are forgotten soon after.

She says that social media’s power needs to be harnessed for effective organizing, but that physical action is much more successful.

An important concept to remember is that direct social action is often controversial and divisive, but such demonstrations bring mass public attention and swift action.

Because of this, direct social action should only be used when attempts at more peaceful manners of reform have not been successful.

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Dr. Schlehofer explains when direct social action is appropriate. Abby Bivens image.

Schlehofer encouraged anyone interested in community organizing to visit a site called Community Toolbox.

On this website, visitors can have free access to trained community organizers who can answer any questions they might have about grassroots organizing.

Schlehofer is currently being considered for one of these consultant positions for next year.

Nov. 27

For the 12th lecture, social work professor Jim Forte gave a lecture entitled “Social Work & the Spirit of Democracy: Facilitating Mutual Aid Groups & Legislative Advocacy for Vulnerable Citizens.”

Forte traced the roots of social work in America to Hull House, a community settlement house in Chicago, founded in 1889 by humanitarian Jane Addams.

He joked about his life motto, ‘WWJD’ saying that “although I am a fan of Jesus, it stands for ‘What Would Jane Do?’”

Forte listed the basic and intermediate needs he believes should be provided for citizens in a democracy, which is designed to provide dignified living for all.

These needs include access to nutritious food and water, safe housing, clothing, physical and economic security, a safe work environment and birth control.

A large portion of his lecture focused around an annual rally that occurs in Annapolis, MD.

The annual Keep the Door Open rally “stands up for the more than one million Marylanders who live with a behavioral health disorder,” according to its website.

It brings experts and those affected by mental health issues to Lawyer’s Mall in the heart of downtown Annapolis during the General Assembly session to capture the attention of state legislators.

Participants urge their representatives to preserve funding for behavioral health services.

SU’s social work department sends representatives to this rally every year.

Dr. Forte showed a clip from the 2016 rally featuring numerous legislators who chose to speak, specifically Montgomery County Delegate Eric Luedtke.

“Here’s the simple fact – Maryland is the richest state, of the richest country in the world,” Luedtke said. “Nobody should go without treatment because the state won’t step up.”

During his lecture, Forte attempted to prepare the group to advocate for those who are unable to do so themselves.

He asked students to prepare a short statement to share about a cause that is important to them.

As the end of the semester approaches, there are only two lectures remaining in the series, one of which will be an interactive discussion.

The next lecture will be “Democracy in Pop Culture” on Dec. 4. As a reminder, all PACE lectures are open to any SU student and members of the surrounding community.

The Hub: the spot for SU entrepreneurship

By: Alex Valdes

Staff Writer

Entrepreneurship is highly thought of in the Business School of Perdue.

With the Student Entrepreneurship Competition and Shore Hatchery, there is plenty of opportunity to gain real-world experience in putting together business plans and potentially earning money while doing it.

What tends to be the problem when it comes to students making the decision to compete is the lack of ‘know-how’ and support for their projects.

In response to this need the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Hub, better known as ‘The Hub,’ was officially opened this year.

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Students can visit The Hub on the first floor of Perdue Hall. Alex Valdes image.

The mission is to help people produce products, start businesses and create jobs.

The Hub strives to meet its goal in several ways.

It provides support for participants in the competitions.

It is there for those who need to talk to someone about their idea. Professor William Burke of the Perdue School of Business holds office hours on a regular basis for those who have questions about their projects and ideas.

This help is also provided by other faculty and staff members, and students or guest speakers who come and host workshops along with free consulting sessions.

The Hub serves as a location to facilitate the training and support for the Student Entrepreneurship Competition hosted every spring by the Perdue School of Business.

While this competition is 30 years old, Burke has been associated with the competitions for the past 15 years.

In the past, he would utilize his faculty office space to run the competition.

However, with the increase in interest for the competition and other venues for startup ideas, it became clear that another, larger space was needed.

The participation in this student competition has steadily increased, along with the cash prizes for the winners.

In the past five years alone, the total cash prize winnings have increased from $5,000 to $100,000.

The student competition currently has 40 judges between the three different rounds; Invest in my Idea Poster, The Gull Cage and the Bernstein Business Plan.

Besides the student entrepreneurship competition in the spring, there is also the Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery competition with total cash prizes annually of $200,000.

As of last year, these competitions in total gave out approximately $300,000 to 36 different competitors for their business ideas and current ventures.

Interest in these competitions is picking up with students outside the business school.

In last year’s competition, 50 percent of students who moved from the first round were not Perdue School members.

The purpose of The Hub has also been to provide the entrepreneurship competitions with a physical presence in the SU community.

Increasing awareness across campus is key to the success of The Hub.

“In the past, I have had to request speaking time in other classrooms across campus to present the entrepreneurship competition to students,” Burke said. “Now, professors invite me to their classrooms to talk about the program.”

The Hub also serves as a network center to match business students with people who have good ideas but do not have the expertise to develop a business plan that can attract investors.

With the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization, or CEO, any student interested in competing can find support from other business students who may have more knowledge and experience with organizing entrepreneurial ventures.

According to Burke, The Hub is a stepping stone for something bigger coming down the road. Salisbury University was gifted The Gallery building in downtown Salisbury.

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Professor Burke alongside the floor plan for the new Center for Entrepreneurship. Alex Valdes image.

Currently there are plans in the works to set up an entrepreneurship center within The Gallery building where winners of the competitions can utilize the space in the process of bringing their ideas to market.

This new center will serve as an exhibit to the community to put on display some of the best examples of entrepreneurship.

The center will add value to the community in two ways, through encouraging economic development and job creation here in the local area.

“There are plenty of funds, grants and support at the local level where anyone with a viable business pursuit can find the necessary capital to get going and start creating value for the local community,” Burke said.

With this new center in the works, some may wonder what it means for The Hub.

“The Hub will be the feeder for the new entrepreneurship center as well as the growth of the entrepreneurship competitions,” Burke said.

The ball has been rolling for a while, but it is about to get much bigger.

The greatest part is that the support and assistance is there for any student who wants to realize their dreams and feed their entrepreneurial appetite beyond satisfaction.

SOAP hosts first fall concert in four years

By DREW LACOUTURE

Editorial Editor

The Student Organization of Activity Planning (SOAP) hosted their fall concert with performers Eric Paslay along with Love and Theft on Thursday, Nov. 30.

The concert was held at Holloway Hall and was attended by eager fans of the artists and country music in general.

This is the first fall concert Salisbury University has had since 2013 when the reggae band Rebelution performed to a sold out audience.

SOAP wanted to bring the fall concert back to help raise awareness of Gullfest, which is scheduled for May 6  of this upcoming spring semester.

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Love and Theft opens SOAP’s 2017 Fall Concert.

Country duo Love and Theft opened the show with a set list of songs both old and new. The duo consists of Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles. They played acoustic guitars, but had their pianist and drummer to make the songs feel like the original recorded versions.

The duo not only performed their biggest songs like “Angel Eyes” and “Candyland” but also performed several covers including David Lee Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.”

During the first three songs, the crowd was sitting down in their seats. It was clear that the crowd wanted to stand up like they would in most country concerts.

Thankfully, when the front row of students jumped from their seats everyone immediately followed.

Love and Theft also performed a song from their new album which is scheduled to be released in 2018. While nobody knew the words, people were still having the time of their lives because the song was very impressive.

One thing that could not be ignored was that the two are not only great performers but also great singers with both of them harmonizing perfectly.

“This is our first time performing on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. We have performed in Delaware a couple of times but we are happy to be here,” said Eric Gunderson of the duo. “Sometimes Eric Pasley opens for us and sometimes we open for him. We actually wrote ‘Angel Eyes’ together a couple years back,” said Stephen Barker.

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Country singer and songwriter Eric Paslay rocks the crowd with his band.

Eric Pasley soon followed and was accompanied by his backup band. He too performed his biggest hits like “She Don’t Love You” and “Friday Night.”

He also performed several songs that he wrote for other artists like Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

The crowd loved every moment of his performance, so much so that half the crowd transitioned right below the stage between two of his songs.

“I forgot that I was in a university building at certain points of the show because the lights and sound made it feel like I was at an actual country concert,” said senior social work major and country music fan Katie Kirby. “I think it would be awesome to have a pop singer along with a country star for Gullfest in the Spring.”

Paslay’s show ran much more like a rock ‘n’ roll concert for he not only covered the Rolling Stones song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” but his charismatic lead guitarist, bassist and drummer had their own solos, personalities and vocal parts.

Paslay and his band performed an encore, and stayed and to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. The other members met with fans as well and were incredibly friendly to the fans.

While the attendance was not as strong as hoped, the concert was enjoyable and the students there enjoyed every minute of it.

All things considered, this was a good preview of what is to come for Gullfest in the Spring. The announcement of who will be performing on May 6 will not be for a while. This gives SOAP plenty of time to discuss what genre and artist will be best.

Hopefully the fall concert can become a tradition. Those that attended will certainly miss it if falls by the wayside.

Why history matters

Why history matters

BY TOM GOYENS

Associate Professor, History

In 2010, the comedian Stephen Colbert, in all seriousness, asked astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, whether or not knowledge “is always a good thing.” “Yes,” Tyson responded, “because it empowers you to react and possibly even to do something about it if something about it needs to be done.”

But what do we do with people who prefer to live in ignorance rather than value science, countered Colbert. “If they are at maximum comfort in their ignorance, fine,” Tyson said, “except that they will not be the participants on the frontier of cosmic discovery.”

Later in the interview, Tyson underscored that science and its method is “a way of approaching the world; a way of equipping yourself to interpret what happens in front of you.”

The same is true for the study of the human past. History, like science, is both a body of knowledge and a toolbox that empowers you in the here and now.

Empower not to dominate others, but to deepen your perspective, to beat back fear and resignation in the face of a complex world.

Being historically literate means you have agency; you can, if the need arises, dismantle unreasonable claims.

Historical literacy gives you a lens that renders our contemporary world in three or four rather than just two dimensions. This is so because the past is always present, it lingers, it is invoked, denied, praised, used and misused by people in the present.

It is wrong to say that historians only know facts, just as it would be ridiculous to assert that biologists or astronomers only know about DNA and black holes. We are more than fact memorizers.

We are taught a critical method of testing, evaluating, and falsifying. In fact, students of history undergo one of the most rigorous methodological boot camps of any academic discipline: source evaluation, careful interpretation of those sources and exposing linkages through time.

Few other proficiencies can be so effectively and fruitfully put in the service of understanding the present in order to “do something about it if something about it needs to be done.”

By wielding the tools of the historian, you immunize yourself against fakery, complacency and close-mindedness.

In order to engage with reality it helps to gain a wider perspective so that more variables and influences come into view.

Historians are very good at this. The Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis likens the human past to a landscape stretched in front of us with the historian standing on a cliff overlooking the vastness of it all, a position that ensures both “detachment and engagement.”

In a thought experiment, Gaddis once asked his students if the study of history would become obsolete if humans could simply teleport to, say, Rome during the reign of Tiberius.

Some shook their hands. No, because walking the streets of imperial Rome as an investigating time traveler would still not give you the perspective of standing on a precipice overlooking the whole landscape of the Roman world around 20 CE.

Curiously, the question “why does history matter?” is still frequently raised. Notice that far fewer people ask why science should matter, even though historians have much more in common with geologists and evolutionary biologists than with sociologists: all three study historical phenomena by evaluating clues from a vanished world whether it be igneous rock that suggest a bygone ecology or extinct species whose DNA survives in us.

History matters because it is inescapable—it is, in a profound way, in our DNA.

This is not up for debate. The past is all we have got, and we better engage with it in order to watch our step in the present.

Saying that history is simply dabbling in a dead, distant past is not an argument.

As one historian once pointed out, most people who study astronomy will likely never go into space; most people who study genetics will likely never clone an animal.

Every student, every citizen must develop a historical consciousness as a form of empowerment. That is why there are history teachers, history degrees and history requirements for college students.

Historical literacy will teach you that when the North Koreans threaten a renewed war with the United States it is partly because no peace treaty ever concluded the Korean War, and you will also discover why China is such a crucial partner in any current diplomatic solution.

When activists proclaim that “Black Lives Matter,” it is not because they privilege black skin over white skin, but because historical consciousness demands that we must not forget the painful linkage between police brutality today and a long train of systemic racism in the Atlantic world when white skin was privileged.

Historical literacy thus helps to locate oneself in the unfolding march of time, or as modern science would have it, the space-time continuum.

You will not do yourself any favors if you think that “the past” is contained in one box, and “the present” in another as if only the latter is relevant. They are inextricably linked.

History is inescapable and just as we cannot afford a scientifically illiterate electorate, we cannot afford a historically illiterate one.

 

 

M.A.G.A. one year on

By SAMUEL STEVENS

Editor-in-Chief

It has been a year since President Trump was elected, and the hysterics of the “resistance” show no sign of slowing down.

The President has made significant gains on the immigration front.

In February of this past year, the Department of Homeland Security announced an expansion of their expedited removal procedure, increasing the speed of deportation according to an editorial on The Hill’s which is a political news website.

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 Since being elected in November of 2016, President Donald Trump has struggled to accomplish goals but the Make America Great Again movement still stands strong (Picture from Global News)

The Trump administration has also pushed immigration judges to clear up a backlog of over 600,000 cases that have accumulated since 2009, according to The Washington Post.

Young immigrants protected from deportation will lose their work permits and other privileges in March of 2018.

The White House’s “Immigration Policies and Principles” outline, released on Oct. 8, lists the administration’s objectives.

They will continue to secure the southern border and secure funding for the border wall, return unaccompanied alien children, reform asylum status loopholes, as well as other objectives.

Pro-immigrant media has documented the effects enforcement of existing immigration law has had already.

A Chicago baker lost 800 staff after a raid, according a Think Progress report.

Reuters reported that 29 local police departments have also been deputized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to assist in immigration enforcement activities.

The 287(g) program, downsized during the previous administration, has expedited deportations and taken some of the pressure off federal law enforcement.

The President has also made major progress combating terrorism. After his visit to Saudi Arabia, there has been an ongoing purge of corrupt officials.

Wahhabi Islam, one of the most conservative sects of the religion, has been a source of terror. Wahhabism is centered in Saudi Arabia.

This went unnoticed or was willfully ignored under previous administrations.

The lack of initiative and direction by President Trump on anti-trust and business excesses has been troubling, and the populist realignment runs the risk of devolving into generic Republicanism.

There has been at least one positive development on the anti-trust front, however, with the Justice Department filing a complaint to block the AT&T and Time-Warner merger.

Trump’s campaign and presidency has signaled a shift away from the elitist, Chamber of Commerce centered GOP of the past.

Benefits and tax breaks given to them have resulted in the corporate class sending jobs overseas, or hiring cheap immigrant labor.

Another critical front the administration has fought on is the corporate policing of free speech.

Social media sites have censored individuals based on viewpoint grounds. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai singled out Twitter in particular, a Breitbart story reported.

“The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate,” he said in a speech on net neutrality.

Pai also noted that Cloudflare (a company that provides website security services and other products), had the far right website The Daily Stormer removed from the Web.

He characterized tech companies deciding what is allowed on the internet as a “cabal.” Censorship of speech only worsens the radicalization.

Censoring sites like the Daily Stormer sets a dangerous precedent for further corporate attacks on speech, which have also affected much milder conservatives such as Dennis Prager on YouTube.

The FCC defense of free speech online, if fully realized, might be one of the biggest accomplishments of the administration.

Decentralization of media and information is critical to continue the populist insurrection. The surge must continue in the legislative branch as well.

Senate candidate Roy Moore has been attacked with allegations of sexual assault, while figures in the entertainment industry and news media are outed as predators almost every day.

The President cannot hope to achieve most of his goals alone, as the Congressional GOP is feckless at best and an open enemy of the MAGA movement at worst.

Populist conservatives are in an uphill battle now that Trump is in office.

It is easy even for Trump supporters to grow dissatisfied or angry with the administration seemingly not living up to its promises.

Media obfuscation has contributed to this. The President and his allies inside and outside of Washington must stay strong and put a stop to decades of incompetence and outright criminality.

The campaign was a series of triumphs and disappointments, ending with election of Trump.

The presidency has been no different—but victory is in reach.

 

Christmas consumerism creating chaos

By LILY BAZIS

Staff Writer

OPINION – For many of us, the holidays are a time of giving and spending quality time with family.

For some, the holiday season is all about how much stuff they can possibly fit under the Christmas tree.

Unfortunately, consumerism in the United States and all around the world tends to take over during the holidays.

In recent years, companies and retailers bombard people with emails and promotions in order to get more sales. But even more recently, not just typical retail stores are attempting to sell products to the masses.

According to The Odyssey, “even random coffee houses, gyms, musicians, essentially anyone that can sell anything,” are getting in on the chance to promote their products. This allows them to take advantage of the time of year in which people tend to recklessly shop.

With millennials using technology on a day to day basis, it is becoming much easier for companies to reach a specific demographic that will be the most interested in buying its products.

With increasing consumerism going on throughout the world during major holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, people are forgetting the reason why they are celebrating in the first place.

The holidays should not be about who buys the most expensive presents, or whose house has the brightest lights and best Christmas decorations. The holidays are about love and giving, and spending time with friends and family.

Exchanging gifts should not be frowned upon, but also should not be the focus of the season. People need to be weary of their actions, and be careful not to turn the holidays into an excuse to be materialistic.

Black Friday especially escalates the average American’s need to spend and find the best deal.

It is a totally made up holiday, and depicts just how greedy people can be when it comes to material items. Some people will stop at nothing just to snatch up a PlayStation on sale.

Huffington Post sums up the reasoning for the holiday pretty well, saying “it targets our perspective and reinforces a sense of material wealth. We want things and that somehow turns into we need things, and getting these things (and on sale, no less!) will bring us great happiness.”

This need to spend, especially around the holidays, is capable of bringing out the worst in people. Actual physical fights break out in stores like Target and Walmart, places that tend to have the best deals.

This time of year is the season of giving, with the holidays representing love, community and selflessness.

But why does it cost so much to celebrate? Why does it take material items and presents to bring happiness to so many? Christmas has been completely changed because of consumer culture and the need to fit the new norm of Christmas.

Even music and movies aide in holiday consumerism. Before Thanksgiving, artists start releasing Christmas albums. Many movies with holiday themes are released. Everything is centered on building up the anticipation of the holiday season.

According to ABC News, the average American will spend about $700 on gifts this holiday season. This is absurd considering how many people are currently living in the United States, and what that money could be used for instead.

It is obvious that our Christmas of consumerism is not going anywhere anytime soon. With technology continuing to advance, consumerism will only increase in the coming years.

Companies will find new and more intelligent ways to broadcast advertisements to the public, always tempting people to buy more.

Hopefully soon, people will begin to realize what the holidays really mean to them, and ditch the notion that the holidays equal gifts.

Presents and money will never equal happiness. While these things can provide temporary excitement, at the end of the day it is close friends and family that should really mean the most.

 

Five DIY holiday crafts

By MELISSA REESE

DIY. Melissa Reese

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Staff Writer

OPINION – The holidays can be a wonderful time of year to deck the halls and decorate your home in true Christmas fashion, and what better way to do that than with your own homemade decorations? 

   For many families, the anticipation for Christmas begins around Thanksgiving when they start decorating their homes and shopping for their loved ones. 

   It is best to get an early jump on your Christmas decorations, and it is even more fun to make some decorations yourself so you can personalize them and give them a unique touch. 

    Christmas garland 

   Most Christmas garland looks the same, so why not personalize yours and get creative? 

   You can wrap your garland upon the mantle, the staircase or around your front door’s entryway. 

   You can buy plain garland from A.C. Moore or Michael’s. 

   Then, spray it with a can of faux snow. Wrap it with Christmas lights and tie on Christmas ornaments and/or faux flowers. 

   You have to fluff up your garland to give it more life. 

   The cost of this fun craft will vary depending on the length of garland and the supplies that you buy.

   Snowmen candles can make a great addition to any room.

   Supplies include white candles in glass jars ($13 for 3, amazon.com), glass-friendly paint (FolkArt Enamel — $3, amazon.com), small paintbrushes ($8 for 10, amazon.com), ribbon ($8, amazon.com), scissors ($3 each, amazon.com), hot glue gun and hot glue ($10 for set, amazon.com), buttons ($5 for 130, amazon.com), and twist ties ($5 for 100, amazon.com). 

    Paint on snowman’s face with coal black eyes, a mouth and an orange carrot nose. 

   Tie a ribbon scarf around the snowman, under his mouth, securing each side with hot glue. 

   Use a hot glue gun to attach a row of buttons. Fold two twist ties in half and twist the ends to make them look like arms, and glue them onto the candle, underneath the scarf. 

   Lanterns filled with ornaments can add an unexpected touch of beauty and festiveness to your home. 

   This is an easy way to dress up your living room or you can hang the lanterns up outside on your porch. 

   These lanterns are sure to light the way to you finding your inner Christmas spirit. 

   This craft should cost about $30.

   Cranberries in vases is a quick and simple way to add pops of color to your Christmas decor.

   The bright red of the cranberries can make for an eye-catching centerpiece of any table. 

   This craft should cost about $20.

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  Paint Christmas sun catchers with acrylic paint

  Christmas-themed sun catchers can be found at your local craft store or on Amazon. 

   Painting Santa, snowmen and a Christmas tree is sure to put your family in the Christmas spirit. 

   This is a perfect way to spend time with your family making art and memories. 

   You can hang these sun catchers on the windows or on the cabinet doors of your kitchen. 

   A Christmas sun catcher kit is $14.99 on Amazon. It will very quickly begin to feel a lot like Christmas with these DIY decorations to brighten up your home for the holidays. 

Balancing Christmas and finals

By HALEY DICK

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The Bistro dining room Christmas tree. Photo by Haley Dick.

Gull Life Editor

OPINION – Excitement and stress are flooding through Salisbury University as the holidays and final exams are rapidly approaching. 

   Students may find it difficult to get in the holiday spirit while being buried under piles of lingering assignments and stacks of note cards, but there are many simple solutions to finishing the semester strong while still being able to ring in the holidays correctly.

   Play Christmas music while you do your work

   Listening to upbeat music will allow you to stay in a positive mood as you trudge through studying for your exams.  

   Getting caught up in a good Christmas carol periodically can serve as a festive stress reliever.

   Study in places that are decorated for the holiday season

   The Perdue School of Business, certain rooms in the dining hall and Starbucks are a few places on campus that are decorated.   

   In these spots you can study surrounded by the feeling of Christmas.

   Do you prefer to study in a more private setting? 

   No problem! Break out your pine tree or warm vanilla sugar scented candle, put on your favorite Christmas pajamas and turn on a classic Christmas movie to create the perfect holiday aura while you study.

   Fourthly, stray from your normal study snacks and treat yourself to some Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.

   You can never go wrong with chocolate chip, snicker doodle or sugar cookies decorated in red and green. 

    Take a break from studying and have a Christmas gathering with your friends

   It is important not to let yourself get consumed by studying. Give yourself a nice time to relax.  

   Throw on an ugly sweater, turn up the Christmas music and organize a gift exchange to get your mind off school.  

BREAKING: First snow coats Salisbury

By CHRIS MACKOWIAK

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

As Salisbury University prepares for final exams and projects, mother nature decided to add a variable to the mix with the first snowfall of the 2017-18 winter season.

Since around 2 p.m. snow has fallen across the Salisbury University campus, slowly increasing in intensity over the last few hours. However, only grassy surfaces have seen accumulation at this point with roadways still too warm for the snow to stick. That is expected too change into the evening hours.

At 3 p.m. the National Weather Service station in Wakefield, Va. upgraded Wicomico County’s Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning. The warning calls for four to six inches of wet snow accumulation over the duration of the storm, now through 7 p.m. Saturday night.

The snow total predictions continue to vary as meteorologists find the warm ground hard to predict. This is often the main difficulty with predicting December snowfalls, especially on the Delmarva Peninsula.

For SU officials, they continue to keep an eye on safety conditions. At 3:48 p.m., University Police sent out an email updating students and faculty that they are monitoring the situation.

To aid the removal of the snow on Saturday, University Police called for all on-campus vehicles to be moved onto East Campus or into the Wayne Street Parking Garage.

With today being a Friday, Saferide has continued to monitor the situation as to whether they will provide service tonight. At 3:46 p.m. Center for Student Involvement & Leadership Director Tricia Garvey Smith sent an email out to students saying that a decision would be made by 6 p.m. tonight.

As of now, campus will still be open for all scheduled services and activities tomorrow on Saturday.

To be continued.

BREAKING: Nein named College Strength & Conditioning Coach of Year

By CHRIS MACKOWIAK

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

As Salisbury University Sea Gulls hoist national titles, win conference crowns and receive berths into NCAA postseason play, there are many faces behind the scenes and around the SU student-athletes that help make those achievements possible.

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SU Head Performance Coach Matt Nein. SU Athletics photo

One of those faces is Matt Nein, head sports performance coach for SU varsity sports. Come the first week of January, Nein will receive a national honor for his work.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) named the 14-year SU coach the 2018 College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Nein will receive the award during the association’s national conference in Charlotte, N.C.

According to a NSCA press release, Nein was a finalist for the award the last two years before officially claiming the title on Dec. 6.

The longtime SU performance coach received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at Towson University before achieving his master’s degree at Salisbury in Applied Health Physiology in 2004.

He has worked in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system and interned with Perform Fit owner Tim Bishop. Outside of SU, Nein serves in local NSCA activities as a part of the NSCA Advisory Board for the State of Delaware and chairing the NSCA Lacrosse Special Interest Group.

Nein has seen SU endure much success during his tenure, working with 12 national championship teams, eight individual national champion athletes and over 300 All-Americans.

Salisbury University men’s lacrosse, who Nein interned with prior to taking his current position, was quick to offer their congratulations to the award recipient.

 

Alongside Nein, New York Yankees Director of Strength & Conditioning Matthew C. Krause will receive the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award.

This story will be updated.