President Dudley-Eshbach to step down in 2018

By: Chase Gorski

News Editor


“Change is good, for institutions and individuals.”

These were the words that headlined the announcement that after 18 years under President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Salisbury University will have a new face of the school after June 30, 2018.

The news broke this morning at 10:44 a.m. via a school-wide email that President Dudley-Eshbach would be stepping down from her post, bringing to an end the second-longest presidential tenure in SU history.

As outlined in her announcement, this is not a retirement for Dudley-Eshbach, as she fully plans to return to the school and taking one year of sabbatical leave.  Dudley-Eshbach will rejoin the faculty in the 2019-20 academic year.

“I am greatly looking forward to returning to my first love—teaching, mentoring students and scholarship,” President Dudley-Eshbach said in her email.

The university has seen great growth under Dudley-Eshbach, from the creation of many major and doctoral programs, the Honors College and increasing the number of students on-campus, to increasing the focus on diversity and sustainability.

As for the exchange-of-power, Dudley-Eshbach will remain as Special Advisor to the University in order to aid her successor with the transition to the presidency.

University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert Caret will be announcing the search process for the new SU President, aiming to have the successor on board by July 1, 2018.

The first-ever female president of Salisbury University and the longest-tenured female president in USM history has made her mark on SU, leading the charge to becoming a well-recognized university.

As the search for a new president begins, The Flyer will have updates in the coming days regarding the next step for the university.  Attached to the end of this article is President Dudley-Eshbach’s full email announcement to students.

For Salisbury University’s official press release regarding the announcement, visit the university website.

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Christmas in November

by Haley Dick

Staff Writer

Once Nov. 1 hits and Halloween comes to an end, many students switch gears to Christmas, neglecting Thanksgiving completely.

While this might be an outrage to some, many individuals start blaring their Christmas music through their dorm at the start of November, showing no shame at all. But who is to say that it is too soon?

“Originally I used to hate when people would listen to Christmas music before December, let alone Thanksgiving,” said Michael Slattery, a freshman at SU. “But now that I’m in college, I love listening to Christmas music, regardless of what time of year it is. It’s a good pick-me-up when I am struggling in a class or missing my friends and family at home.”

Freshman Megan Lucas shares a similar outlook.

“I personally think listening to Christmas music is fine before Thanksgiving, but it is crucial to wait until after Thanksgiving to buy and decorate a tree,” she said.

Hunter Schwarz takes an interesting stance in his article entitled “Why You Should Hold Off On Christmas Until After Thanksgiving,” arguing that we keep our Christmas spirit contained not only because it overshadows wonderful holidays like Thanksgiving, but because “too much Christmas can be exhausting.”

In her article on The Federalist, Heather Wilhelm creatively and aggressively expresses her strong opinion that Christmas be reserved for the day after Thanksgiving.

“You hear that, America? It’s not winter. It’s autumn. It is NOT EVEN, in fact, THANKSGIVING YET. Yet, year after year, we’re collectively jumping the gun on Christmas, bumping it up on the calendar just a teeny bit more, crowding not only Thanksgiving but now Halloween. In the future, will the wild-eyed mobs of Black Friday be released the day after, say, Fourth of July?” she said.

Wilhelm closes her article with a seemingly sassy remark, telling Americans to be patient and “just save it for the day after Thanksgiving,” making it safe to say that there are indeed people out there who do not support the early holiday spreading of cheer.

Regardless of when your personal Christmas caroling begins, there will always be people who are either with you or against you, so you might as well go all out…Christmas is quickly approaching!

Tech Time- Mac vs. PC at SU

By Kaydee Jones

Gull Life Editor

It probably does not come as a surprise that college students spend a lot of time on their cell phones—according to a 2014 Baylor University study, the exact figure is eight to 10 hours daily.

But as much as we love our smart phones, it is laptops and computers that are the necessity for students. Eighty-five percent of college students own a laptop, which outnumbers the amount of smartphone users according to a 2014 AMD survey of college students aged 18 to 26. The survey also found that 41 percent of students named their laptop as their most important possession.

Computers are obviously a necessity. So out of the two main options, PC and Mac, which is our campus more geared toward?

Ninety-five percent of SU’s 3,700 managed computers are Windows operated, according to figures from SU’s Information Technology department. Of the 3,700 computers, 200 are Mac’s, which make up the other 5 percent.

The Mac computers predominantly service the art and design classes and the PC computers are used for just about every other academic course, said Ken Kundell, the chief information officer for the IT department.

The reason for the discrepancy in Mac and PC computers on campus simply comes down to price, said Kundell. A Mac desktop computer is double the price of a Windows desktop computer, as Mac’s cost about $1,400 where PC’s cost about $650.

But Kundell said the Mac computers on campus are getting an upgrade to better equip classes that require a lot of processing and memory storage on their computers.

Kundell also emphasized personal preference as a factor in computer usage.

“Personally, it doesn’t matter to me,” he said.

SU sociology student Nia Smith said she has had both PC and Mac computers but prefers Mac.

“I’ve just always had Mac laptops so I’m used to them,” she said. “There is a learning curve, but once you get used to it they’re so easy to use.”

Sophomore Alex Heil disagrees that Mac’s are user-friendly. He said that Mac’s are too complicated and not worth their high price tag.

“Mac’s aren’t worth it,” he said. “They’re too fancy and I don’t know how to use them.”

Freshman Allie Rowland said that she uses PC’s out of habit. She also said she doesn’t have the time to learn a whole new interface.

“I like Mac’s, but I don’t use them,” she said. “I don’t see the point of switching over now. I guess its just a personal choice.”

What do you think about the Mac vs. PC debate? Comment below.

SU musical ensemble presents- “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”

A students perspective on the play

By Haley Dick

Staff Writer

Salisbury University’s musical theatre ensemble stepped outside of the box of societal norms and presented the community with a play surrounding love and relationships.

The play called “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change premiered at SU the weekend of Oct. 20. It was directed by Dr. Darell Mullins of the communication arts department with musical direction by Dr. William Folger, co-chair of the music, theatre and dance departments.

The original musical comedy book and lyrics were written by Joe DiPietro, and music was composed by Jimmy Roberts. The show is recommended for mature audiences. Freshman Caitlin Burke attended the play and shared her comments.

“The show was witty and enjoyable,” Burke said. “The scenes were based upon real life situations that couples go through when they are married.”

“Before arriving to the show, I didn’t know that the show would consist of small skits with many different characters that all tie together to one major theme. It was very funny, and the acting and singing was great.”

The point of the show is to portray real life relationship situations and evoke raw, relatable emotions. Act I of the play discusses the journey from dating and anticipating to love and marriage according to Rodgers and Hammerstein. Act II transitions into the hardships of marriage, as well as the lessons and emotions that come with caring for a child and the new in-laws.

DiPietro shared that he often gets asked what his new plays are about after writing them and with “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” his answer came with ease.

“People trying to connect,” he said.

Burke believes that the students of SU can only benefit from seeing the play.

“SU students should care about this show because of the real-world struggles and daily life they will experience in married life in the future,” Burke said. “It really gives a deep insight on all common issues marriage faces.”

While the opportunity to attend the play put on by the musical theatre class here at SU has passed, the play as a whole is frequently put on by multiple playhouses. It should be a priority to attend it at least once in your lifetime in order to learn firsthand the real-life highs and lows that come with the decision to get married.

Love trumps hate: New chalkings replace Tuesday’s political messages

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By Kaydee Jones

Gull Life Editor


Tuesday’s pro-Trump political chalkings have been replaced by messages of love and peace.

The new messages are found all around campus including in front of Academic Commons, Perdue Hall and behind Henson Hall. They include messages of love, peace, togetherness and encouragement to vote next Tuesday on Election Day.

Some chalkings also display pro-Clinton and anti-Trump messages, which could be a direct response to yesterday’s drawings.

Vice President of Student Affairs Dane Foust addressed the chalk situation yesterday and stated the university’s stance on the election in an email to students.

The university chalking policy can be found here.

Outdoor Club tops Recycle Madness for the second Fall semester in a row

Featured image via Amy Wojtowicz

By Kaydee Jones

Gull Life Editor

Salisbury students supported maroon, gold and green last Friday for Recycle Madness.

Red Square turns green once every semester for the Student Government Association sponsored event, where Registered Student Organizations and Registered Club/Organizations are encouraged to bring as many recyclables as they can to promote sustainability.

Dozens of campus organizations collectively brought 8,783 total pounds of recycled materials to Red Square last Friday, according to SGA Vice President of Sustainability Kobi Azoulay. 1,634 pounds of those recyclables came from the Outdoor Club, who received a $200 prize from SGA as the top donator.

The Outdoor Club is no stranger to Recycle Madness, as they were the top organization last fall with 1,050 pounds of recyclables.

The Flyer has reached out to the Outdoor Club for comment but has not received a response yet.

Other top organizations included the Garden Club with 1,439 pounds and the Math and Computer Science club with 619 pounds. The clubs received $150 and $100 cash prizes respectively.

The SGA did see a dip in the amount of recyclables donated as there were 8,861 pounds recycled in the spring semester.

“Despite the slight 77-pound decrease from last semester, Recycle Madness was still a huge success,” Azoulay said in an email to The Flyer. “Outdoor and Garden Club both had extra recycled material they could have brought, so it’ll be interesting to see who brings the biggest weight next semester during Earth Week!”

The average college student produces 640 pounds of solid waste each year and half of that is paper products, according to an article from Boston College.


Salisbury stays on track with USM graduation gap goals




The University System of Maryland  schools have shown mixed results improving the gap between the graduation rates of minorities, low-income students and overall graduations rates.

The USM progress report released earlier this month showed that only four schools – The University of Maryland College Park, The University of Maryland Baltimore County, Towson University and Salisbury University – are improving graduation rate gaps and have overall rates above the USM average of 62 percent in 2013.

The most recent graduation rate data in the report is from the year 2013.

In terms of overall six-year graduation rates from  students entering college in 2007 and finishing in 2013, SU is second in the state (67 percent) behind UMCP (84 percent) but had only 53 percent African American and 45 percent of Hispanic students graduate in that span, fourth in the state behind Towson and UMBC.

SU Vice President of Student Affairs Dane Foust said the reason for this may be that there are less Hispanic students at SU and a small amount of students could drop that number substantially. However, he added that SU is close to improving these numbers.

Despite this dip in minority graduation rates, SU is on track to bounce back in 2015. SU has higher second, third, fourth and fifth year retention rates in these categories for the 2009 cohort, ending in the Spring of 2015.

“We are strategic in our thinking in how to assist students academically,” Foust said. “We have faculty and staff committed to student success and are willing to go the extra mile to make that happen.”

Foust also credited programs like TRiO, which helps first generation college students achieve their academic goals, Living Learning Communities, Supplemental Instruction, the Sophomore Residency Program and Powerful Connections for SU’s higher-than-average graduation rates.

“Having some of our sophomores go off campus is too early for them,” Foust said. “During their second year they have more structure and help now if they need it.”

“As a first generation college student I should have gone to programs like (Powerful Connections) a lot earlier in my college career,” Foust said. “I was on my own and my parents had never been through (the college) experience.”

In November 2007, the USM set a goal to cut the six-year graduation rate gap in half by 2015 and to fully eliminate it by 2020.

Their goal is to have 55 percent of Maryland’s population 25 and older to have a college degree and for more college graduates to enter the workforce, ultimately supporting and sustaining Maryland’s economy.

A Course Director at Powerful Connections and Director of Multicultural and International Student Services, Vaughn White has welcomed and advised ethnically diverse students for over 15 years at SU and is a large part of SU’s high retention and graduation rates. White said SU’s success is because of the way they are able to connect with their students.

“SU does a great job of nurturing it’s students from the beginning,” White said. “From freshman to sophomore year, students are deciding if (college) is good for them and are taking liberal arts classes. That second year they really start focusing on their major and if students get to that point we definitely have got them here.”

SU is also on pace to have a record number of low-income students graduate in the 2009 cohort, with third and fourth-year retention rates higher than ever.

A Learning Specialist for TRiO, Ceaira Revels works with numerous low-income students at SU and guides them through appropriate advising, tutoring and other educational programs that SU offers.

“Most of our student’s parents haven’t gone to college. There is no map for college,” Revels said. “Some students don’t like to ask for help but once they get hooked up with a mentor here it helps them.”

According to the USM report, SU has graduated over 60 percent of low-income students from 2010-2013. No other school in the USM, other than UMCP, has been able to accomplish this.

“These programs have a tremendous impact,” White said. “Before we had these programs in schools, the expectation in my community and my church was that you took college prep courses, graduated college, get that education and give back to the community.”

The other eight schools in the USM – Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Frostburg State University, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland Baltimore, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and University of Maryland University College – are working on increasing overall graduation rates up to the USM average by implementing improved assessments for base-level mathematics and English courses, providing educational support for at-risk students, creating vibrant learning communities and increasing financial support.

The class that began this fall will be the final group measured in six-year graduation rates, ending in 2020, so time will tell if this group will meet the expectations the USM set in 2007.

The complete institutional reports are available on the USM website.

Motion Sculpture performers take Downtown



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Motion Sculpture workshop performers sponsored by Salisbury University Art Galleries put on a motion sculpture movement installation entitled “Attack of the Killer Stripey Tubes” at Downtown Salisbury’s Arts & Entertainment District’s monthly Third Friday celebration on Sept. 19.

Before the exhibition, those in the performance went to a workshop by audiovisual artist David Linton who created the movement style, assisted by interdisciplinary artist Claire Elizabeth Barratt, both of whom were hosted by SU.

Motion Sculpture is a style that involves practices similar to Tai Chi, yoga and Butoh Japanese dance theatre.

The performance put on at the festival consisted of participants doing an installation performance, in which they become a part of an environment for a set amount of time. In this case, it was during the festival from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The entertainers walked around through the crowds of people, vendors and other performers showing off their moves.

“At first I was a little confused about what they were doing and why they were dressed like that,” sophomore Jenny Rosa said. “I never fully figured it out, but I liked the different colors and styles of their body-suits. Eventually I went along with it and accepted them as part of the Third Friday festivities.”

Performers were clad in long sweater-esque body suits that hid everything from the tops of their heads to their ankles and used their limbs along with other props to create different visual effects in their moves.

“They looked like a mix of a mummy and something you would see from an 80’s horror movie,” Rose said.

Students and civilians ages 18 and over were able to participate, and admission to the workshop and performance were free.

Students take a look at growing ISIS crisis in the Middle East



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As world leaders make plans on how to fight against the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Salisbury University students are reacting and speaking out about how they feel towards ISIS and how they believe the conflict in the Middle East should be dealt with.

“I am really fearful of the U.S. getting into another war,” senior Ryan Russel said. “I think we have to set the standard for how to react to ISIS, but I am worried about us trying to police the world when we still have to figure out our own issues.”

The organization, which was originally founded under the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 1999 as Jamaat al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, began in Iraq. The group became a branch of al-Qaeda in 2004 and changed their name to al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

In 2006, Majlis Shura al-Mujahedin (MSM) was created out of AQI which combined other Iraqi insurgent factions and in October 2006 an announcement was made that said from MSM, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) would be established. The group focused on governing and heavy criminal punishment in line with a narrow view of Sharia law.

Since its founding, ISI has expanded and after growing into Syria, became ISIS.

“We know that many people have fled or have been killed by ISIS authorities, but we also know that they have tried with some success to build public support for their cause in the areas they currently control through stabilizing economic activity, establishing security, and even    providing financial support to communities and cities,” assistant history professor Joseph Venosa said, who will be teaching a class on Modern Middle Eastern history this coming spring. “This is also a battle for hearts and minds. The impact of ISIS’ presence goes well beyond Iraq and just issues of religious interpretation. It impacts broader economic, political, and social issues that exist across the modern Middle East.

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Memory of Elizabeth Bellavance lives on



Elizabeth Bellavance, an academic advocate and wife of former Salisbury University President Thomas Bellavance died from cancer in Richmond, Virginia on July 24 at the age of 77.

Since her late husband’s presidency at SU beginning in 1980, Elizabeth Bellavance was extremely involved with the university, especially the honors program.

She often attended lectures, performances and events put on by different departments and planned fundraisers for SU’s programs. Bellavance also heavily supported the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the WSCL radio station, which she was a founding member of.

   Within the Bellavance Honors Program, which her husband founded, Bellavance was always involved, even when she could not be there. When she wasn’t there, she was sent pictures and packets so that she could stay current on the events and status of the program.

Even though he never met her in person, Bellavance Honors Program Director James Buss, who took on the role at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, said that Bellavance was always willing to help him.

“We used to email almost every other week about the program. She was always just so supportive of the program and encouraging of me when I was first starting out,” he said.

Before falling ill, Bellavance would come back to the University to meet and introduce herself to every incoming class of freshman in the Bellavance Honors Program.

Bellavance also stayed directly involved even when students and staff did not even know that she was.

The Saunterer is a magazine style newsletter that the Honors Program puts out twice a year, written and edited by honors students, as well as edited by Buss. Previous to the 2013-2014 school year, the periodical had not been published for two years. When the program decided to revitalize it, students wanted to do a large piece on the history of the program and the contribution of the Bellavance family.

When Buss was given the article to read and edit, he sent it to Bellavance to look at. She sent back notes, recordings of her husband’s lectures on academia and a quote from her family about academia.  All of these resources Buss gave back to the students as if they were from him since Bellavance did not want students to know that it was her. Buss had not revealed this until now.

“I think students should know,” Buss said. “I think she’d be proud of it. She edited the entire thing without them knowing.”

Outside of the academic world, Bellavance was also heavily involved in her church and worked heavily for social justice. She was the Hispanic outreach representative for the Eastern Shore as well as a member of both the Steering Committee for SU’s Bienvenidos a Delmarva and the Maryland Catholic Conference Social Concerns Committee.  She also represented the Eastern Shore on the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic affairs.

Bellavance avidly worked to avoid much recognition, but despite this she was awarded the governor’s Unsung Hero Award for all of her work and volunteering.

To honor her and her husband, in the study room of the Honors House hangs Thomas’s awards and distinctions.

“I’d love to get a framed photo of her here, too,” Buss said. “She meant a lot to the program, and she meant a lot to me in my first year in my transition to director.”