Venturelli blossoms into one of CAC’s brightest stars


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When choosing a college, SU junior outside hitter Nicole Venturelli knew she wanted to stay close to home.

Nearly three seasons and 898 kills later, Salisbury has become home for the Eldersburg, Md. native. For a player that spent two years waiting in the shadow of some all-time SU greats, the 2017 season marked an opportunity for the junior to be a leader on and off the court.

“This year especially since I’m an upperclassman there’s a lot of pressure to continue to do my best,” Venturelli said. “Coach [Turco] has really worked on our weaknesses, so I obviously owe it to coach and all the drills he has run at practice that have really helped us develop.”

Venturelli currently leads the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) with 368 kills and is second in the conference with 4.29 kills-per-set. The outside hitter has recorded double-digit kills in every game so far this season.

From the time she stepped on the court for the first time as a freshman, SU women’s volleyball Head Coach Justin Turco praised the junior’s ability to learn all facets of the game.

“She has done a really good job at learning and being willing to learn the game, both the physical aspect and the mental aspect,” Turco said. “Her patience as an outside hitter has grown, she has definitely become stronger, more skilled but she is a lot smarter right now.”

Sitting at a 15-8 record, the Sea Gulls are positioned near the top of the CAC once again. But it is the family aspect that drives the team on the court, a family made up of 15 that Venturelli says are all best friends.

That family atmosphere has helped Venturelli blossom into one of the CAC’s brightest stars.

“I think the team is just an encouraging team, it is a good combination of really nice people, really competitive people and supportive people,” Turco said. “It does not matter who is in, we have 15 strong willing us to win. I think it is just being in a good culture and a good atmosphere helps her and her progression.”

Playing the outside hitter position, Venturelli is the go-to player to score points on offense. But even with the torrid pace that the junior is on, there are others on the team closing in on milestones.

Setters Rachel Dubbs and Alexis Howatt, who help feed the ball to the outside and middle hitters, have combined for 737 of the team’s 846 assists. The sophomore Dubbs just reached 1,000 career assists, while the senior is close to 1,500 in her career.

There is a competitive nature on this Sea Gull team, a program that has won 20 or more games in each of their past 15 seasons. That competitive nature contributes to the atmosphere and culture at Salisbury.

“Our team is really close and very competitive,” Venturelli said. “Every practice we play each other and it is always a great atmosphere, always super competitive and we are best friends at the end of the day. But when we are at practice and playing we are competing hard, it really prepares us well for any game.”

Turco said that fitting into the culture is vital for any perspective student-athlete at Salisbury University. When looking at potential recruits, the fifth-year head coach said a player must be competitive and help the team on and off the court.

Venturelli checks all the boxes.

“They need to be able to compete and help us on the court,” Turco said. “But they also need to be a good teammate off the court. We spend a lot of time training and playing and you have to be able to fit in our culture, be positive, but also be really competitive and have that drive to win.”

Passing the torch

The beginning of the 2017 season saw a new-look Salisbury team that took the court for the first time. Gone were the five Sea Gull seniors that graduated and combined for 95 wins in four seasons.

One player that left a considerable mark in the program was fellow outside hitter Katie Stouffer, a four-time All-CAC performer and All-American whose career 4,328 kills are the most in school history.

Although graduated, Stouffer remains in the Salisbury area and is roommates with Venturelli. The junior had a chance to play with Stouffer for two seasons, combining for a duo that registered 709 kills in the 2016 season.

Venturelli said she often goes to Stouffer for advice and questions on how to improve her game.

“Her work ethic has been something I have tried to match this year,” Venturelli said. “We had a strong senior class last year and we were able to learn a lot.”

The Sea Gull family has helped shaped Venturelli into the player she has become today. And on her way to becoming one of the top players in the conference, her love for the maroon and gold is apparent.

“I definitely love the school but I love the team so much,” Venturelli said. “That’s why I ultimately ended up coming here.”


SU football player combines his student-athlete title with love of country


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The Salisbury University football teams comes out of the tunnel. Jalil Dukes photo

For Salisbury University student-athletes, the athlete portion of their college lives is like a job of its own. With practices, off-season training and games, it takes up much of time and energy.

Salisbury football senior defensive end Devon ‘Bubba’ McClain is a veteran football player that embraces this student-athlete title, developing as a leader on the gridiron over in Sea Gull Stadium.

“The maturity impresses me more than anything. Honestly he’s like an extended coach. There’s moments where I’m having a team meeting and there’s noise in the room. I might say something and there’s still noise in the room. As soon as Bubba says something, [they quiet down],” SU head football coach Sherman Wood said.

Wood talks of McClain’s leadership on and off-the-field. The Annapolis, Md. – native has had an immense impact on the team and a defensive unit that is currently giving up only 13.7 points-per-game.

While fans cheer on the defensive end’s quick rush off the edge for a sack, they do not see his weekly schedule that leads onto the field each week.

Other than his class schedule and football itinerary, McClain spends his time up in Dover, Del., traveling up U.S. Route 13 three or four times per week. The SU football defensive ambassador is training for a different leadership role, this one in the United States Navy.

After high school, McClain was not supposed to end up at Salisbury. He initially started playing college football at Bethany College (W.V.). In his freshman year, facing too many concussion scares, the defensive lineman decided to end his playing career, hearing a call to defend freedoms.

His track into the Navy was spurred on by his family’s history of service to the nation with both his grandfather and father serving in the military. McClain points to his grandfather, a Naval ship serviceman, as an inspiration to his career path today.

“I want to be in a better spot than he is right now. He gained a lot from it, so I feel like I can gain a lot from it too,” McClain said.

His grandfather turned his military skills into a career as a contractor. The Salisbury football player hopes to create career out of serving his country in the future.

After initially considering the Air Force, he ended up training with the Navy, training in boot camp and at the Pentagon alongside other stops. McClain found another opportunity in the military’s STA-21 program, allowing him to return to get a college degree while being listed as a reserve within Naval officer training.

Upon returning to Bethany, he decided that it was not the right fit. Close to a training location was Salisbury University, where the defensive end continued his football career in the end.

“Originally I came to school as an education major. I wanted to teach. I wanted to be a high school gym teacher. Over time my aspirations of what I wanted to do changed,” McClain said.

Today he seeks a double major in Political Science and International Relations, two degrees that fit well for someone looking towards helping others over the horizon.

“I can use my platform as a naval officer to help others. I’ve seen good leadership and bad leadership. I want to use the good leadership to encourage people to join the service and continue the great tradition that the service has,” McClain said.

While his training is like an extra full-time job to McClain, he receives large support from his head coach. Despite occasionally missing a lift or a practice, the Sea Gull always makes up the time and keeps up with the team.

“I think it’s just important to support all those causes within life, life skills, things that are going to last a long, long time. This whole football thing is only a couple of years,” Wood said.

McClain is not the first Salisbury football player to take on roles across campus and later on in the military. Wood says that it is a staple that helps in his recruiting and defines who a Salisbury football player really is, serving the greater community and becoming a well-rounded individual.

However, football has offered McClain with a test of his military leadership skills in real time. Only having leadership roles previously in high school and in military training, he learns on the field with the Salisbury football team.

This has developed his voice and leadership stances in numerous situations. McClain even changes his strategies depending on the group around him.

“There are different types of methods and styles that I use. When it comes to big groups, I’m more authoritative to be more of that authority figure, yelling ‘hey, x, y and z have to get done, because if x, y and z don’t get done, [x will happen],” McClain said.

In a smaller environment, McClain is the leader of the defensive line, providing the chemistry at the top for the front seven on defense.

“I’m more of a leader in cohesion. I don’t do any yelling. I just talk to them. They understand where I come from. I get off my tone sternly. They understand what I’m trying to get across,” McClain said.

Through these experiences, the defensive end has gained the respect of those around him on the team. Wood says that helps the overall team in the missions throughout the season. With a ‘coach’ on the field, players have a peer that they can look to for guidance in certain situations.

With football providing a learning environment, McClain has done just that on the field, learned. He admits that his leadership skills were never perfect upon coming to play for Wood, but they have only improved for his career as a naval officer down the line.

“Before coming here, I didn’t really understand the whole listening aspect. Here I’ve become a better listener,” McClain said.

“Communication from the point that I have to [communicate with those around me,] so I can let them know what’s going on. So if I’m missing something, they still know what’s going on, and if I’m not around, they still know what’s going on.”

While having multiple leadership trainings aids McClain in the long run, it can have its short-term issues such as time management.

“It’s hard to place football ahead when you have other obligations. My grades could be better, but when I’m done football, hopefully those will come back up. There’s no true difficulty, but it’s definitely time management,” McClain said.

Time management is one thing that student-athletes get to train in daily. It is something that Salisbury University coaches across each sport train their players in because, at the end of the day, that is a real-life application the Division III students are ready for come their graduation.

While still looking to complete school, McClain will hit the pause button briefly for service in Djibouti coming up soon, where he will take his next step in a life that he hopes to transform into a public office position down the line.

SU WSOC falls to CNU in defensive battle


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SU defender Jenna Beck looks downfield to make a throw-in vs. CNU. Emma Reider photo

The Salisbury University and Christopher Newport University women’s soccer teams both came into Wednesday afternoon’s matchup with confidence, as both teams were undefeated in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) coming into the game. A defensive matchup that turned into a war of attrition, Christopher Newport edged out Salisbury 2-0.

With only nine shots on the afternoon, Salisbury (8-8, 6-1 CAC) struggled at times to get accurate shots on goal. The story for Christopher Newport (14-0-1, 7-0 CAC) was not much better in the first half either. Even though they led in shots 10-2, they found about just as much success as the Sea Gull offense. Much of this is because of the play of the Salisbury defense, as they forced Christopher Newport to take inopportune shots and did not allow for any plays to develop.

SU head coach Kwame Lloyd loved what he saw from the SU defense.

“The shots were from 30, 40 yards out, no one got behind our back line, and we stuck to our game plan. I thought our back line did a tremendous job. We just have to continue with that kind of tenacity,” Lloyd said.

Going into the half, both offenses were kept scoreless by the quality play of defense.

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Adjusting their game plan, Salisbury came out of the half with energy on offense, putting pressure on the CNU defense within the first minute of the half. Adjusting their play as well, the Captains put plenty of pressure on the Sea Gull defense in the opening minutes of the second half as well.

In the 50th minute, CNU sophomore midfielder Logan Montel found the ball off of a corner kick and shot it into the lower right corner of the net.

The Sea Gull offense continued to have limited success, with the team now down 1-0 in the game. In the 56th minute, SU senior striker Ruthie Lucas applied pressure and had gotten the ball into the Captain’s box. However, poor communication led to a missed opportunity and the ball was cleared by the CNU defense.

Not converting these opportunities was something the Sea Gulls noted after the game, saying they had to get better with making the most of their opportunities.

“They’re a good team and I thought we played well. We were just talking about how there were a few chances that we should’ve put away, and we’re going to work on being a little more aggressive up top,” Lucas said.

Echoing his players, Lloyd emphasized getting “gritty” on offense and making something out of imperfect opportunities.

“You have to be a little more gritty and not let everything be perfect. And for us I think it’s making better judgements on ball, understanding the scenarios we’re in [. . .] just creating more opportunities for ourselves,” Lloyd said.

The Salisbury offensive pressure was once again countered when Captain junior midfielder Gabby Gillis drove the ball through the Sea Gull defense, shooting the ball just past the fingers of diving goalkeeper Hope Knussman, ricocheting off the right goal post and into the left corner of the goal in the 25th minute.

This score gave CNU the 2-0 lead, and they turned to wearing down the Sea Gull defense. The defense held, however, and Salisbury did not let up any more goals on the afternoon. Both teams struggled the rest of the game to get consistent offensive pressure on the other, as both were playing stout defense.

Looking ahead to their next matchup, the Sea Gulls heads to Frostburg State (6-7-2, 5-1-1 CAC), with the number two spot in the CAC playoffs on the line.

“I don’t necessarily know that we’re going to change anything we’re doing. We’ve been super successful so far this season [. . .] we’re just going to go in and fight as hard as we can,” Lucas said.

“Dewey Need Libraries Anyway?” PACE Lecture Series Recap

By: Abby Bivens

Staff Writer

Flu shots, administering Naloxone and blood pressure monitoring are all typical functions of a hospital.

But in many urban areas in the United States, these services may also be available at a local library.

On Monday evening, Research and Instructional Librarian Angeline Prichard spoke about the growing impact of libraries as a part of the “Democracy Across the Disciplines” lecture series.

While obtaining her degree in Library Science, Prichard often received questions such as, “why become a librarian now, aren’t books going out of style?”

Even if books may be “going out of style,” libraries are not.

Some may believe that the future of books is all digital, and within the past decade lawmakers have decreased funding for public libraries.  But at the same time, libraries are now expected to fulfill more tasks than ever before.


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An important figure that Prichard points out is the number of users that access the internet through Maryland Public Libraries.  In an increasingly digital world, it is next to impossible to submit a strong job application without computer and internet use.

Outside of the traditional functions, libraries in urban areas are often expected to be a resource for the homeless and a way to keep kids off of the streets. Considering this, Prichard suggests that libraries might be used as “band-aids” for large social issues.

Prichard opened this topic up for discussion, asking the attendees what they thought of the expansion of library services.

A few students argued that the increase in library functions was of benefit to the community.

SU Senior Dani Walker disagreed with this logic.  Walker has worked in the library during her time at SU and feels that libraries should not be the institution designated to deal with issues such as widespread homelessness.

“It is unsafe and unfair to force libraries to be a safe haven or dumping ground for community issues,” Walker said.  “There need to be other systems in place that are better equipped to deal with these things.”

Prichard also discussed the Open Access Movement, a push for free, immediate and unrestricted availability of peer reviewed information and allowing the information to be used to its fullest extent.

The databases that Salisbury University subscribes to may provide a great wealth of information, but it comes at a high cost.

For the fiscal year of 2017, SU spent nearly $1 million on academic journals and databases.  As for moving forward Prichard expects that number to increase by around five percent in 2018.

This information can be incredibly difficult to access for the common individual who is not affiliated with a university.


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She provided an example a young man who used open access journals to make a major breakthrough in the medical industry.

A few years ago, 16-year-old Jack Andraka developed a test for pancreatic cancer solely through the use of open access journals.  His test cost only $0.03 and was much more sensitive than previous tests, allowing pancreatic cancer to be detected far earlier than ever before.

Through the movement, Open Access Week was created.  Now in its tenth year, the international event is dedicated to focus on open access globally as well as related topics.

The 2017 Open Access Week will begin on Oct. 23 and come to an end on Oct. 29.  For more information, visit

The next lecture will be given by Dr. Jennifer Cox, who will be discussing the connections between democracy and journalism on Oct. 23.

As a reminder, all lectures in the PACE series “Democracy Across the Disciplines” are open to any SU student and members of the surrounding community. Lectures are held Monday evening at 7 p.m. in Fulton Hall, Room 111.

Writers on the Shore series featuring Gabriel Fried


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Wednesday, Oct. 4 was the continuation of this semester’s Writers on the Shore series, featuring poet Gabriel Fried.

Fried is an accomplished poet who most recently wrote “The Children Are Reading,” a poetry collection published earlier this year, which he read selected poems from during the reading. He is also the author of the poetry collection “Making the New Lamb Take”, which won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and also gained acclaim from Foreword Reviews and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, both of which named it one of the top poetry collections of 2007.

In addition to being an author, Fried is also the poetry editor of Persea Books and a professor of creative writing at the University of Missouri.

Prior to the reading, several students were familiar with Fried—if not with his own work, then with the works that he had published for Persea Books.

Junior Emma DePanise, an English major pursuing the creative writing track, had heard of Fried before the reading.

“In my poetry class and the classes that I’ve had before, we read a lot of the books that he published,” she said. “It was not only interesting to hear his own work, but just, like, the fact that he’s published all of these other people that we’ve been reading in my classes.”

Fried’s reading began with an introduction given by John Nieves, a professor of creative writing at SU. Nieves praised Fried’s work, noting the positive contributions that he has made to the world of literature.

The theme that runs throughout the poetry collection is children’s stories. The book’s title poem, “The Children Are Reading,” depicts two children reading in a secret hideaway, and contains references to classic children’s literature such as “A Wrinkle in Time.”

To write this poem, Fried drew from his own experiences of reading and discussing books with a childhood friend.

Fried’s poems are often based in truth, but contain elements of fiction. For example, one of his poems contained the imagined details of the real-life encounter between the woman who is said to have inspired “Alice in Wonderland” and the man who is said to have inspired “Peter Pan.”

Other poems revolted against tradition, such as Fried’s more adult versions of Beatrix Potter Tales.

“I thought his poetry was very fresh,” DePanise remarked. “A lot of the things that you read are, like, pretty serious, but his was all based off of childhood kind of like, folklore… So I thought that was refreshing.”

DePanise noted that unlike the works of many other poets, Fried’s poetry is typically not biographical in nature, but he is still able to incorporate his personal life into his work.

“I liked how he was able to take on the personas of children, or other people, in his poems,” DePanise added.

Fried also ate lunch with a couple of SU’s creative writing students, including DePanise. At lunch, he engaged with the student writers and they were able to share some of their own writing with him.

The Writers on the Shore series continues on Oct. 18 with multimedia storyteller Erin Anderson. The reading will be held at 8 p.m. in the Worcester Room of the Commons.

WSOC: Rossiter’s late goal leads Sea Gulls to fifth-straight win


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SU striker Ruthie Lucas tries to settle a ball vs. Catholic. Emma Reider photo

After a 5-4 loss to Catholic on Sept. 16, the Salisbury University women’s soccer team seemed dead in the water.

In the 86th minute of Sunday’s matchup against York (Pa.), a shot off the foot of freshman midfielder Brooke Rossiter netted the Sea Gull’s fifth-consecutive victory. Following a 1-6 start to the season after the loss to the Cardinals, the 1-0 victory now gives Salisbury an 8-7 record and a perfect 6-0 mark in Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play.

“We’re healthy, talented and young,” SU head coach Kwame Lloyd said. “We’re in a rhythm right now and it’s a good rhythm and players are doing a good job and getting it done.”

Senior day for seven Sea Gulls, Sunday offered a chance to reflect on the memories while donning the maroon and gold.

“It means so much, it’s been eight years of high school and college soccer going through senior days and now it’s my last one so it’s definitely emotional,” senior striker Ruthie Lucas said. “Just really thankful we were able to battle through a tough game and get a win.”

A defensive matchup throughout, neither team found the edge in the first half. Both defenses worked well defending the box as both goalkeepers were forced only to make five saves in the match.

The Sea Gulls netted six shots in the first half but could not come away with a goal.

“I just thought that York was resilient,” Lloyd said. “We’ve got to finish our opportunities, I thought we created some great ones. [Wednesday] we scored four of them and today we did not. I want to give credit to York for the way they played.”

Deadlocked in the second half, the match seemed like it would head to overtime. With just four minutes remaining in regulation, Salisbury was awarded a penalty corner.

Lucas, in her last home weekend matchup at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium, went to the corner flag to take the set piece opportunity.

“I was taking the ball out to the corner just thinking this has to be the one,” Lucas said. “I said a quick prayer and thankfully hit a good corner and Brooke was there to finish.”

Unsuccessful on the previous three corner kicks, the ball found a seam through the Spartan defenders. Rossiter corralled the loose ball, and using her weak foot, buried it for the game’s only goal.

“I was so frustrated with the way that we were playing,” Rossiter said. “I did not want to go into overtime and it is senior day so obviously we wanted to win. I saw the ball coming in, it rolled in and I hit it in with my left foot and it just rolled across.”

The Salisbury defense allowed just five shots throughout the match with only three shots on target. With the victory, the Sea Gulls have posted five-consecutive clean sheets and six in conference play.

The last time SU won five-straight matchups was during the 2015 season.

The win sets up a showdown against No. 9 Christopher Newport. A matchup between the top-two teams in the CAC, both SU and CNU are undefeated in conference play. The Sea Gulls take on the Captains on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium.

“Stay true to us, do not change for [CNU],” Lloyd said. “If we can be disciplined in our back, creative in our midfield and be tenacious up top, I think it will be a great game.”

SU WSOC continues undefeated CAC start; FH shutdowns Wesley


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Salisbury women’s soccer 5, Marymount (Va.) 0

A confident Salisbury University women’s soccer team continued their undefeated Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play Wednesday afternoon. After a 2-0 win over Penn St. – Harrisburg during Homecoming Weekend, Salisbury welcomed in Marymount (Va.).

With 20 shots total on the afternoon, the Salisbury offense (7-7, 5-0 CAC) was tough to stop for a struggling Marymount defense giving up 2.44 goals-against per game. The Sea Gulls were off and flying early on when Dana Gordan delivered a ball over top of the Saints’ backline in the sixth minute.

Scoring two goals in her last three matches, sophomore striker Julianna Boller found the chip on the right side of the box to slot it home for her fourth of the season. Boller is second on the team in goals scored.

It was not long after that leading-scorer Ruthie Lucas found her eighth of this season, scoring an unassisted goal in the ninth minute. The senior striker also assisted on sophomore midfielder Lydia Narum’s score 10 minutes later on a slotted pass through the backline. It was the first time since Sept. 16 vs. Catholic that SU players other than Boller and Lucas scored.

Freshman forward Brooke Rossiter finished off a slotted goal from the left side in the 37th minute to put Salisbury up 4-0 at the end of the first half. Chances were hard to come by for the Saints with SU dominating possession.

Not allowing a goal in CAC play, the SU defense continued their stride into the match-up vs. the Saints. Senior goalkeeper Hope Knussman had little to worry about with Marymount (2-8-2, 1-4 CAC) only shooting two times in the first half.

SU freshman goalkeeper Emma Hill took over the duties in the second half, allowing only one shot. Averaging 10.7 shots-per-game entering the match, the Saints only totaled three shots.

In the second half, SU head coach Kwame Lloyd brought in a different lineup in order to give some of his key starters a rest. Junior striker Katie Beam joined Rossiter with her own first goal of the season to finish the scoring front at 5-0 in the 53rd minute.

The dominant Salisbury effort brought the Sea Gulls their fifth straight CAC win and shutout. It is the first time since 2011 that SU has won their first five CAC matches, winning their first six and five as shutouts in that year.

Before turning their attention towards No. 9 Christopher Newport (11-0-1, 4-0 CAC), the Sea Gulls will host York (Pa.) in a Sunday afternoon match-up at 1 p.m. in the Sea Gull Soccer Stadium.

Salisbury field hockey 9, Wesley 0

Misty and rainy conditions welcomed the Salisbury University field hockey (8-3, 2-1 CAC) into Sea Gull Stadium fir their annual Corners for Cancer night. Fans in attendance had the opportunity to give donations for breast cancer awareness and research. They also could pledge a donation per penalty corner in the game.

Despite the rainy conditions, much of the Sea Gull faithful made it out for the contest as the Salisbury offense found success against a vulnerable Wesley defense (3-11, 0-3 CAC). It was just six minutes into the match when SU found the back of the net.

Sophomore forward Tara Daddio found her third goal of the season while shadowing the Wesley goalie. Arielle Johnston took a signature hard shot off of a penalty corner, which ricocheted off of Daddio.

The Magnolia, Del. – native was not done there, tallying two more goals in just the first half to grab an early hat trick. 20 minutes into the action, senior forward Natalie Wilkinson joined the scoring for her fifth goal of 2017 off of a drive in by sophomore defender Jillian Hughes.

The Salisbury defense held Wesley shot-less at the break with senior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor having an easy night in the cage. In contrast, the SU offense found firepower with eight penalty corners and 19 shots.

Wesley’s drought continued into the second half, not registering a shot in the match. However, Bridget Wood played well in the cage for the Wolverines, totaling 12 saves.

Freshman defender Camryn Dennis added on to the SU offensive onslaught with her first career SU goal off of a penalty corner 21 minutes into the second half. Freshman midfielder Rebecca Lloyd continued the charge with a sixth goal five minutes later, alongside a second score at the spot later on.

Senior forward Hayley Dize and sophomore midfielder Mary Guest added their first goals in the remaining five minutes of the contest. The Salisbury offense ended the night with 39 shots and 17 penalty corners in the 9-0 victory.

After two-straight road losses to Catholic and Christopher Newport, the Sea Gulls will look to build on their two-game win streak as they hit the road to face No. 17 York (Pa.) on Wednesday.

PACE Lecture Series Week 5: Democracy in Education

By: Abby Bivens

Staff Writer

On Monday night, Assistant Professor of Education Specialties Dr. Erin Stutelberg was next on the list of speakers for PACE’s fall series on democracy, giving her interpretation of the term and its relation to the world of education.

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Dr. Stutelberg’s lecture, titled “Why School?: Democratic Visions and Unjust Realities in Education,” began with an interactive component.  She asked audience members to turn to the person next to them and discuss a meaningful learning experience that they experienced in their life.

After a few minutes, Dr. Stutelberg noticed that many of these experiences did not necessarily happen within the walls of a classroom, making her first point; schools are only one institution or place that education could happen.  But for the majority of the lecture Dr. Stutelberg focused on the education that occurs within a school.

Addressing the democratic visions of the nation’s educational system, Dr. Stutelberg claimed that democratic societies rely upon educated people to participate, run for office and make decisions.

“Schools must educate people so that they can participate fully in democracy,” Stutelberg said.

She then asked the class for a collaborative list of what democracy looks like, typing the responses into her PowerPoint.  Other lectures have also employed this technique during their presentations and the list has grown dramatically within the past few weeks.

She then explained how a democratic school that encompassed these characteristics would be participatory, holistic, inclusive of all, have a dialogue between students and teachers and the knowledge would be co-constructed.

“Are these the schools that we have today?” Dr. Stutelberg said.  “Spoiler alert, my answer is no.”

She then transitioned into the second main concept of the lecture, the unjust realities in education.  Dr. Stutelberg focused on the ideas of the Banking Model of Education, hidden curriculum and new racism.

The Banking Model views students as depositories for knowledge, coming directly from the teacher with little hands on interaction.  This can also be explained using the Factory Model, which views students as a product in a post industrialization society.

Both of these models restrict creativity and focus on efficiently mass producing students.

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The Factory Model of Education.  Source:

The next unjust reality that Dr. Stutelberg discussed was hidden curriculum which she described as “the residue of schooling,” or what school does to people in a non-academic sense.  She claimed that modern schooling systems create both an emotional and intellectual dependency, harm students through the use of class position and do not encourage any degree of personal privacy.

Lastly, Dr. Stutelberg explored the topic of new racism, which is more hidden than the overt racism of the past.  In exemplifying this, she played the movie trailer for a new documentary called “Teach Us All” on Netflix.

While this new racism is not as obvious as the explicit racism that many people are familiar with, it claims that racism is still a major issue in schools.  According to Dr. Stutelberg, 83 percent of teachers in American public schools are white.

Modern day racism can also be observed in the process of resource distribution. Poor school districts, which are notoriously composed of minorities, have a much lower cost per pupil allowance and are consistently equipped with inexperienced or under prepared teachers.

Dr. Stutelberg closed her lecture by hosting an active discussion with the audience regarding these democratic visions and unjust realities in education.

Audience members presented much different arguments which came from diverse personal experiences, with race being a tense factor in responses.

One minority student particularly resonated with Dr. Stutelberg’s discussion of race inequality within schools.

“I didn’t really understand that segregation still existed in schools today until tonight but it makes sense now,” SU junior Jada Taylor said.

Taylor explained that she had attended a variety of schools, coming from low income schools in New York before moving to more affluent districts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Reflecting upon this transition, Taylor better understands how race and income can play into educational quality.

On Monday Oct. 16, PACE will continue their lecture series with the next lecture being led by Angeline Prichard.  An SU research and instruction librarian, Prichard will be giving a lecture entitled “Checking Out Democracy: ‘Dewey’ Need Libraries, Anyway?”

As a reminder, all PACE lectures in this series are open to any SU student or member of the Salisbury community.  The weekly lecture takes place in Fulton Hall Room 111 at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

Under the Feathers: Salisbury women’s soccer’s Hope Knussman


Sports Editor



Knussman punts a ball away in a match last season. Kaitlin Poling photo

No. 31 Hope Knussman

SU women’s soccer – Sr. Goalkeeper

Hometown: Easton, Md.

The Salisbury women’s soccer team (6-7, 4-0 CAC) is off to their best Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) start since 2011 with the team shutting out their first four conference opponents in four wins. At the center of the stout defense is senior goalkeeper Hope Knussman.

Last week’s CAC Defensive Player of the Week has a 1.35 goals-against average (GAA), but the defense has only allowed three goals over their last six matches with a 6-1 record. Knussman has aided the effort with 47 total saves and a 74.6 save percentage in her 12 starts this season.

The Easton, Md.-native has 33 career starts for the Sea Gulls, now in her third season starting for the team. With acrobatic saves and strong communication with her back line, Knussman is one to watch as the Salisbury looks to continue their win streak in CAC-play.

1) What are your majors/minors? What made you interested in that field(s)?

Knussman: “Accounting-I originally came into college as an International Business major, but after I took my first Accounting class, I realized that that was what I wanted to do. Also, my mom is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and we would talk a lot about what she does and what CPAs do, and that definitely influenced my decision to major in Accounting.”

2) What made you want to play soccer at or just come to Salisbury?

Knussman: “I have played soccer my whole life, and I always knew I wanted to play in college. My goal in high school was to get a scholarship to play Division I soccer. I ended up going to Youngstown State University and playing soccer there, but it wasn’t what I envisioned. It was a full-time job, 40+ hours a week being devoted to film, lifting, practice, and goalkeeper sessions. I didn’t have time for a job, time to get involved in clubs, or even just time to hang out with friends. I made the decision to transfer to Salisbury so I could have a balance. I already knew a couple of the girls on the team which made the decision to transfer that much easier. I also knew I would be able to achieve that balance between soccer and extracurriculars here as well.”

3) What has been your favorite moment as part of SU women’s soccer while here at Salisbury, and why?

Knussman: “I would say karaoke on our bus trips to away games. Our coach brought a mic and a speaker and we will sing songs. Jamie Tacka and I love doing duets to Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus throwbacks and that’s always a fun time.”

4) Have you always played goalkeeper as you do currently? What do you enjoy about your position on the field?

Knussman: “No, I was half field-player, half goalkeeper until my junior year in high school. I had to be realistic. I wasn’t good enough technically or fast enough to play Division I soccer as a field player. So going into my junior year, I decided to be a goalkeeper full-time and start to do goalkeeper training.”

5) In your senior year now, what do you think comes with the title ‘senior’ on a sports team and how do you embrace that today?

Knussman: “I always joke with Jamie and Ruthie [Lucas] and ask them if they feel old because we are seniors and we always talk about how crazy it is that we are seniors because it feels like just yesterday we started playing. But I would say being a senior definitely has its perks and some downsides. I love how close I am with everyone on the team and the other teams because we have been here for so long. The downside is that it’s the last year of college and my last season, which is so depressing because who wants to graduate?”


Salisbury is a perfect in conference play with four straight shutouts. Emma Reider photo

6) What is your favorite part of Salisbury University Athletics or your team-environment here at SU? 

Knussman: “I love how all the sports teams are so close and how supportive we are of each other. All the different sports teams go out to each other’s games and cheer for them. It’s like one big family. As for my team, I love how open and crazy we are. We definitely are not afraid to be ourselves around each other. I don’t ever feel like I have to be someone I’m not; everyone is so accepting and nice.”

7) What is your favorite part of campus life at Salisbury, and why?

Knussman: “How every day you see all of your friends, but also see people that you have never seen before. Also, everyone at SU is super friendly. Everyone is so welcoming. As far as the actual campus goes, I love the layout of the campus and how compact it is. It’s nice being able to walk from one end of campus to the other in 10 minutes.”

8) What are your hobbies and interests off the field?

Knussman: “I love going to other SU sporting events with my friends. I love sleeping too, so any free time I get, I try to take full advantage of that and get a nap in.”

9) Where is your favorite place to go for a meal or snack on or off-campus? Favorite food?

Knussman: “Moe’s Southwest Grill is probably my favorite restaurant. I also love sushi and loaded cheese fries. Three very different foods, but definitely my favorites.”

10) Is there any favorite music you like to listen to right before a game? Favorite band or artist?

Knussman: “I like any kind of pump-up music really. One song that I always play in the locker room is Temperature by Sean Paul. It just gets me really hype for the game, and Jamie and I will dance to it.”

11) Is there something unique about you that many SU soccer fans don’t know?

Knussman: “My whole family are SU alums. My mom and dad both went to SU and my sister graduated from SU in 2016, and also played softball and is now the graduate assistant coach for the softball team here.”

Fine arts education: Why it is so important?


Staff Writer

Almost everyone has taken a fine arts class especially in elementary or middle school. However, fine arts education is not just for children. The fine arts can be beneficial to everyone—even busy college students. The United States have made STEM (cited science, technology, engineering, and mathematic) education a priority but the fine arts does not receive as much attention.

The fine arts include visual arts (such as painting, sculpture, and architecture), music, theatre, dance, and literature, while some sources also include film as a fine art.

First, the fine arts provide an outlet for self-expression. In Eric Trules’s words, “We are all creative, and we all have the need to express ourselves.” Unlike many other disciplines, which require students to simply memorize information and repeat it back, the fine arts allow students to express their own ideas and emotions through an original piece of work, using their emotions in a constructive way. Furthermore, through creating artwork and sharing it with others, students gain a sense that their ideas are being heard, and often feel pride and satisfaction upon completing a work.

The fine arts can also be used to help students learn content in other subject areas. Dr. Brandy Terrill, an assistant professor of Creative Arts at Salisbury University Teacher Education Department, have her elementary education students make creative journals. In the journals, they each made visual representations of the topics they were learning, creating visual artwork.

For example, one student drew different shapes on the page, colored them in, and wrote each topic inside of one shape. Dr. Terrill’s students benefitted from this, for the creative journaling exercise helped them retain the information they learned. Students can also learn content in other subjects through creative activities such as song and dance (for instance, making up a song to help remember Linnaeus’s system of biological classification). For students who are not strictly visual or auditory learners, learning information through the fine arts can be especially helpful.

Finally, the fine arts provide the benefit of creativity. Dr. Terrill also emphasized the fact that the careers today’s college students will take on in the future will likely involve the integration of content from multiple subject areas, requiring students to be, in her words, “creative problem-solvers”.

This sentiment was echoed in the 2006 report Are They Really Ready to Work? issued by The Conference Board, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Corporate Voices for Working Families and the Society for Human Resource Management. This study found that 81% of employers rated creativity/innovation as “’very important” to job success for four-year college graduates.

Additionally, for future college graduates, 73.6% of respondents expected creativity/innovation to “increase in importance”. How can college students exercise their creativity? Participation in the fine arts! Unlike disciplines such as math or science, with the fine arts, there are no “right” and “wrong” answers, and no equations to be solved. In the process of making a sculpture or choreographing a dance routine, to name a few examples, students combine their original ideas to create a finished product. They must think “outside of the box” to create something new.

Although fine arts education is sometimes forgotten in the wake of STEM and Common Core, it definitely has its benefits, and should not be overlooked. The future of education should strive to integrate more fine art elements into school from curriculum to the educator’s teaching the curriculum.