Health Services Helps Herpes (and other diseases, too)

By Emily Depasse

Alumni

Sex is associated with feelings of pleasure, and with that pleasure, comes risk.

Most have probably heard the, “Sex is like riding a bicycle,” cliché. When we coast along on our bicycles across campus, we risk the chance of losing our balance and falling against the pavement. When we engage in sexual contact, we risk not only infection, but also the increased chance of a broken heart.

Remember that cute boy that helped you carry your bags up to the sixth floor of Severn? The one you talked about during the walk from Conway Hall to Commons? The one you haven’t stopped thinking about? It’s been about two weeks since you first slept with him. You don’t know which direction things are headed, but you do know that he is your only sexual partner at the moment. You wake up early Wednesday morning for your dreaded 8AM math class, and something just feels off. Your mind is cloudy, you feel a deep achiness, and walking becomes unbearable. At first, you thought it was a minor yeast infection, very common and often happens with sexual contact. It’s been a few days, and your normal, go-to treatment method has done nothing to alleviate the pain between your legs. You look at yourself in your mirror that’s double-taped beside your bed and begin to cry. “What if’s” and “things like this don’t happen to me” immediately flood your brain.

As humans, we have this habit of jumping to conclusions. We often become defensive if there is something “wrong” with us. We feel like we’re being attacked, but is a potential STI diagnosis really so scary? Society would have us believe that there is something inherently negative about contracting an STI. Amidst the presence of sexuality, sexual expression, and objectification presented through the media on a daily basis—it’s no wonder that we’re confused. Sexuality surrounds us, but bringing its effects into discussion implies shame and dirtiness. Even in most sexual health education programs, there is nothing we come across that lets us know that we will be okay; the conversations are cold, clinical, and present these infections as devastating. We are receiving mixed messages here. How can we so easily accept the side-effects that come with the bicycle but not with our sex lives?

Your roommate walks in as you wipe away the remainder of your tears and decide to confide in her about your speculation. You Google your symptoms, looking for answers of what they could and could not be. She convinces you to take the next step and schedule the seemingly daunting appointment with Student Health Services.

As you and your friend make your way across campus to Holloway Hall, despite its decrepit smell and humid stairwells, there is an unknown aura of history that lurks between its walls. While listening in on current campus conversations, it is difficult to imagine that sex was ever a taboo topic among Salisbury University’s attendees, but years ago, it was just that. In issues of The Holly Leaf, what we now know today as The Flyer, from the 1950s through 1960s, gossip columns, “Through the Keyhole” and “Snoopy”, were dedicated to divulging who was dating whom on campus and even frequently expressed marriage announcements. Nowadays, we do not need The Flyer to update us on campus relationships, we have social media for that. Additionally, men and women did not share dormitory buildings as they do now. The locations of the men’s dormitories were Wicomico and Pocomoke Hall, while the women’s dormitories were located in Manokin Hall and Holloway Hall. While there were no mentions of hook-ups in The Holly Leaf (although there was an interview with a Panty Raider) one can only imagine the gossip and stolen stairwell kisses that did not make publication.

As you begin to walk past the registrar’s office, your heart drops. You look at your friend as she grabs your hand and promises you that it will be okay. And she’s right, it will be okay, you will be okay. After all, herpes is a just a skin condition. If you’ve ever had a cold sore, you too have a form of the herpes virus. Recently, the CDC noted that genital HSV-1 has seen more prevalence due to the rise in oral sex. Although herpes does not have a cure, it is manageable. You may have one outbreak for the rest of your life, or you may have more frequently reoccurring outbreaks. Each body responds to the virus differently, and with your diagnosis, you will learn your body and its response in new light. What you cannot anticipate is how partners, and potential partners, will respond.

Telling your partner has not even been a thought in your head until now because of that fear of judgement. What happens when you fall off your bicycle on your way to class? It hurts. We’re embarrassed. What happens when our hearts become broken? They ache. How does it feel when we break our leg? It’s painful. How does it feel when you are having a symptomatic* herpes outbreak? It’s painful. The differences between these two pains? Shame. There is no shame associated with a broken leg, but there is rarely discussed and unnecessary shame attached to an STI diagnosis.

Before you walk across campus to Health Services, it is suggested that you first make an appointment through their web platform, or by telephone. The Health Services website also provides specific information about STD testing , including basic expectations. As a former student who has sought testing through the university during my undergraduate years, I can attest that it will probably be an awkward experience no matter where you go. What I do know is that that Salisbury University’s Student Health Services is equipped to test for STIs. And if you do happen to leave the clinic with a positive diagnosis for herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, or the like, I know you will be okay. I know it is possible to survive the stigma, because I did, and continue to battle it each day. People are more than their medical conditions, diseases, and infections, and it’s about time that the world takes that into the bicycle equation.

 

*some outbreaks have no symptoms (asymptomatic)

 

New Homecoming Committee Kicks Off Events on Sept. 26

By London Mackall

Staff Writer

Salisbury seagulls from a different feather have flocked together to plan this year’s homecoming festivities, which start on Sept. 26 and run though Oct. 2.

This is the first year that students do not have to be a member of the Student Government Association (SGA) or an RSO to plan the events. Homecoming committee co- chair Carly Berkowitz said that just about any individual that’s interested in helping can get involved.

“The creation of the homecoming committee is also one step that SGA has taken to become a governing body, instead of an event-planning body,” homecoming committee co-chair Sierra Rockinberg said.

One goal of this year’s homecoming events is to increase unity throughout the student body. Some committee members have noticed that RSOs keep to themselves.

“We’ve all kept to our own organizations and I think our goal for this committee is to bring us all together in realizing we’re all a part of Salisbury University,” Rockinberg said. “It’s very cliquey and we want to feel like one big school, one big seagull.”

A similar goal that the newly-formed homecoming committee has is working to increase school spirit.

“It’s one thing that we’ve noticed in SGA and even Student Activities has noticed,” Berkowitz said. “In the past few years there hasn’t been a lot of school spirit around campus. So one of the things that we’ve said that we would do, taking on this committee, was try to bring that school spirit back.”

This year’s homecoming will feature some old favorites in addition to fresh events that will substitute some of the traditional ones.

Sept. 26 will mark the beginning of homecoming festivities. Student comedians will showcase their funniest material in The Last Comic Standing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Guerrieri University Center’s (GUC) Fireside Lounge.

On Sept. 27, Homecoming court candidates will compete against each other at the Homecoming Court Olympic Games, in place of having the annual Homecoming Court Pageant. The event is from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Red Square.

Sept. 28 kicks off the Battle of the Bands and the Big Six Cookout, where students can listen to local bands and grab a bite to eat. The festivities will be held on the Sea Gull Square Lawn at 5 p.m.

On Sept. 29, Students will have the opportunity to unleash their inner pop stars at the Lip Sync Battle in the Wicomico Room of GUC. The event will start at 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 will include the annual Powder Puff Football Game at 2 p.m. on Holloway Hall Lawn. The game will be followed by a pep rally at Sea Gull Stadium from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The night will conclude with the Homecoming Party in the Wicomico Room of GUC from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Oct. 1, the day of the football game, will feature a color run. Berkowitz and Rockinberg said at an SGA forum on Sept. 11 that the run will replace the annual homecoming parade. Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Maggs Physical Activities Center and the race will start at 9 a.m.

The color run will be followed by a tail gate and block party at 10 a.m. at the Avery Street Field.

Those with visiting loved ones can also attend the Family Weekend Ice Cream Social 3 p.m. at the Henson Angle.

Bangin’ Bingo will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wicomico Room, and the annual Step Show will conclude the day’s events. It begins at 8 p.m. in the Holloway Hall Auditorium.

The last Homecoming Week event will be the Jazz Brunch in Commons on Oct. 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pokèmon NO…But Actually Yes

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By BRIANNA TIEDEMAN

Adviser

In the beginning, it was an excuse for others to uphold their colossal obsessions with technology and gaming. Now, it is a mindless escape from the realities of higher education and the workforce.

When Pokèmon Go introduced itself and its 151 Pokèmon, I did not give them my elevator pitch and tell them it was nice to meet them, too. I did not submit to their digital demeanors and I winced at the phrase “I’ve always wanted to be a Pokèmon trainer!”

Now that I am on level 11 (I know, I’m a Slowbro), you can be the first to tell me you told me so, even if you did not, because I originally detested the thought of any more reasons to be on my phone.

When I considered cell phones latched to our hands, divorces over read receipts, vision damage and car accidents via texting and driving, I realized the game really is just a small fish in the ocean of technology.  The truth is that we are going to use our phones regardless.

The bigger picture of Pokèmon Go, past the map screen and collection page, looks like evolution, imagination and adventure all tied into one.

John Hanke, the founder of Niantic Labs, originally worked for Google before making Tsunekazu Ishihara, the CEO of the Pokèmon company, his “buddy.” I prefer Eevee as my buddy, but to each his own.

Hanke evolved from a Google innovator into the master of the Pokèmon masters, partnered with Google Maps, and combined his professional talents with his creative passion for interactive gaming. Sounds like the American Dream to me, 2016 style. I offer nothing but respect to a professional who is working to give society a break from work.

The adventure portion of the picture speaks for itself. If you have not already explored the Pokèmon-filled lands of Salisbury, keep reading.

On Salisbury University’s campus itself, the beauty of the buildings, statues and stadium are now enhanced by creatures, whose names I cannot pronounce, appearing out of a digital vortex. The Queen of Wicomico statue is a devilish gym, but you can venture to University Park or the Fulton Hall fountain for more battles. I will leave the Pokèstops for you to find and also for me to forget to visit.

Downtown Salisbury’s infestation grows daily with Rattatas and Pidgeys, but the Valero stations nearby are known to hide Pikachus in the gas pumps. Aquatic Pokèmon like to swim near the Whitehaven and Upper Ferry’s, and the Salisbury Zoo animals are a little confused about the new exhibits.

If you do not play Pokèmon Go but you have other ways to zone out from the hot and heavy schedule that we call college, that’s perfectly okay. But as for Eevee and I, we are going to catch them all.

 

 

 

Staff Profile: Angela Barahona

By Haley Dick

Staff Writer

On a campus of over 8,500 students, it is easy to forget about those who work behind the scenes.

From maintenance workers to kitchen staff to housekeepers, the faculty and staff here at Salisbury University are dedicated and passionate about their jobs.

The students residing in the Manokin Hall freshman dorm have Miss Angela Barahona, a very caring and driven housekeeper who takes the extra time to check-in on the residents.

Originally from Honduras, she likes to garden in her spare time, growing both flowers and vegetables. She also does some small work for Mary Kay, as well as cleans houses on the weekend in addition to working at SU.

Miss Angela has been working as a housekeeper on campus for nearly eight years. She spent her first six and half years cleaning Conway Hall. She began working in Manokin about a year and a half ago and said she could not be happier.

Why? Because of her students.

“This year I have a nice group of teens, especially girls,” she said. “I love my girls.”

She shared about how the girls from Manokin last year grew close to her. Last year’s residents gave her Christmas presents and now she even knows the exact dorms in which they live now.

So next time, as you are emptying out your bathroom to prepare for housekeeping to come tidy up, take the time to at least think about them, but really consider getting to know them. Who knows? You might even make a new friend.

Shattered Frames

By Haley Dick

Staff Writer

It’s not every day you see Donald Trump portrayed as a steak.

But look no further than Salisbury University’s art gallery. More specifically, in “Shattered Frames: The Films of Martha Colburn,” an exhibit utilizing film to express one woman’s emotions about contemporary issues.

Colburn studied at both The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, according to a press release from the University. Throughout her career she has received many honors including the Exaequo Award for best short film at the l’Aternativa Film Festival and the Best Animated Film Award at the New York Underground Film Festival.

Like all pieces of art Colburn’s collection is meant to make the viewer see particular issues in innovative ways, even after leaving the gallery. The exhibit itself has a mixture of both visual and audio components that work together to create stimulating film.

Nine different films are displayed in the Electronic Gallery in Conway Hall room 128, all of which demonstrate Colburn’s personal stance on topics such as the current election and nature. The films are presented on various monitors throughout the gallery and are accompanied with headphones that play the audio counterparts which complete the films.

“She reminds us that these topics matter and that we shouldn’t look away, but that we should look more closely at the problems and inequities in our political and cultural systems,” Tara Gladden said in a brochure found in the Electronic Gallery. “She does this with tragedy and grit at moments, humor and intense beauty at others.”

Some of the pieces featured in the gallery pertain to the current presidential election. Two pieces deal with Donald Trump and are titled Drump and Bass (2016) and Drumpf and Steak (2016). The two films are played on the same screen, one playing immediately after the other on repeat.

“My personal favorite was the video clip of Donald Trump as a steak. The soundtrack accompanying it was a mesh of clips from various debates and speeches, all stuttered together to sound like a rap,” said freshman Theresa Tumminello. “It was extremely modern and hilarious.”

In addition to the films on the smaller monitors, Colburn has two films cycling on the theater side of the exhibit. The main screen is entitled “Transformation and War,” featuring Metamorfoza (2013) and Triumph of the Wild (2008). Both of the films portray war and its impacts, but in two different yet powerful methods and directions.

The exhibit will be featured until November 8 and is open free to the public. Martha Colburn will be giving a talk on Thursday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Conway Hall room 153, with a reception immediately following in Conway room 128. All of the events are open invitation, but seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

So what is GULL Week?

You’ve gotten 40 emails about it, so what actually is it?

BY KAYDEE JONES

Gull Life Editor

@kjones_74

Imagine a test that is optional, earning special recognition for a student’s dorm, school or Greek life organization all while garnering the participant a free t-shirt.

Luckily for SU students, thats exactly what GULL Week is. The Office of University Analysis, Reporting and Assessment put these incentives in place to encourage students to participate in assessments in order to gather information to develop and improve the general education program.

GULL Week stands for Gaining Understanding as a Lifelong Learner and occurs in the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Although Dr. Sarah Winger, the Assessment Coordinator for the Office of University Analysis, said at an SGA forum on Sunday afternoon that GULL Week may be moving to just once a year.

Winger said that the office has a lot of data to process from the last semesters and needs to catch up, so GULL Week could be a yearly assessment rather than once every semester. She also encouraged students to participate by mentioning that the Perdue School has been the top school the past two semesters, so students should sign up to either beat the business school or to keep the streak going.

Each assessment focuses on different skills and knowledge. The fall 2016 assessments focuses on reading, writing and information literacy, according to GULL Week’s page on the university’s website.

Kim Moseman, a junior and resident assistant at SU, is participating in GULL Week again this semester for the fourth time. She said that during RA training they are encouraged to promote the event and even get the free shirts early.

She said that sometimes the test is very easy and only takes a few minutes, and other times it takes a little longer but the extra credit and free shirts are worth it.

“I think GULL Week is just a little something we can do to make Salisbury the best it can be,” Moseman said.

This semester GULL Week goes from Tuesday, Sep.13 to Tuesday, Sep. 20. There are a few spots left for students who want to sign up.

Let’s Talk About Sex, SU

By Emily Depasse

@eld3393

*Disclaimer – Emily Depasse is a Salisbury University alumni and a contributing writer to the Flyer. In the featured picture, Depasse is shown sharing her story with middle school students during a human sexuality course.

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As syllabus week comes to a close and the scent of Rise Up’s freshly-brewed pumpkin spiced lattes drift through the Academic Commons, many of us may find ourselves in the midst of a new fall romance.

Maybe we met him in our English 103 class, maybe he helped you carry your over packed suitcase to your sixth-floor room in Severn, or maybe it was that cute blonde with the dimples at Mojo’s last Friday night. While we try to figure this person into the context of our lives as a one-night stand, friend-with-benefits, or potential significant other, what we’re likely not thinking of is sharing our sexual histories.

Last July, after I graduated from Salisbury, I was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The beginning of my story is similar to most that one might find while searching the internet.

There I was, lying on an urgent care table, searching for possible answers as to the cause of the pain below my waist—praying it was anything but an STD. That day, I walked out of the doctor’s office with a positive culture for herpes.  As I sat in the car, the scariest thoughts that echoed between my ears were, “Who will want me? Who will love me?”

These seemingly desperate questions continued to weigh heavily on me for some time. One of the first, and probably most important, lessons I have learned over the last 16 months occurred that day at the doctor. An STD does not have a “type.” An STD is not a punishment. If you engage in any kind of sexual activity, there is always a risk.

In my personal opinion, if you cannot have a discussion regarding your sexual history, or your health status — with yourself or your partners — you should not be engaging in sexual activity with others.

Part of the problem surrounding these conversations that we should be having (but would rather neglect) is the stigma of contracting an STD. Society presents STDs as punishments for being too promiscuous. Herpes, especially, is often the butt of many jokes. For example, in “The Hangover” the character Sid says, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Except Herpes, that shit’ll come back with you.”

This type of humor perpetuates the myth that only a certain type of person can contract an STD. I vividly recall trying to associate herpes into my identity on that first day—“But I’m not the type of girl to get an STD,” I thought to myself. This internal struggle serves as evidence that I, too, once fell victim to the stigma prior to my diagnosis.

During my time as an undergraduate student at Salisbury University, I majored in Gender and Sexuality Studies with aspirations of becoming a sex therapist. Despite a basic working knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases and infections, the factual information I acquired through my education did not delve deep enough to guide me through my herpes diagnosis.

There were questions I had that were still left unanswered by my coursework, so I searched further. Each night, I would spend hours researching the internet about herpes before falling asleep. Amidst a wealth of statistics, I was most surprised to find women like myself. Ella Dawson, another herpes positive writer, became somewhat of a heroine and inspiration for me. Ella’s writings provided an unanswered depth, and shed new light on issues neither my professors nor my doctors really addressed.

I discovered that vulnerability is an important piece of the puzzle that is absent from our educational system. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) throws facts and numbers at us, and our professors do their best to convey their meaning and importance, but these numbers are often difficult to believe when there is such a stigma revolved around discussion and disclosure. Currently, the CDC reports that about 1 in 6 people between the ages of 14 and 49 contract one form of herpes, yet we all seem to share in a sense of loneliness.

Since coming out about my herpes positive status, I have realized the power of conversation. I was inspired to start my own blog about the experiences I faced stemming from herpes to matters of the heart and, most recently, a combination of the two. And yes, there is the possibility of love and affection after an STD diagnosis.

When we think about revealing an STD diagnosis, or simply discussing our sexual history, a common theme appears.  Ella’s TED Talk sums it up best: “…there are a lot scarier things to tell another person in this world than ‘I have an STI.’ Things like: ‘I deserve a raise.’ Or, ‘I’m sorry that I hurt you.’ Or, ‘I think I’m falling in love with you.’”

These little conversations filled with tremendous honesty are what break down stigma; telling a close friend, confiding in a sibling, telling your parents. Even telling a stranger in a coffee shop. Revealing our innermost truths to people is scary, no doubt, but it is important to look at the depth they reveal about ourselves and the weight that each one carries.

Each time we engage in a sexual experience, we are taking a risk. Clothes seem to fall with such ease, yet, when the idea of conversation comes about, we take a step back. We are more hesitant to vocally share that side of ourselves—whether it’s a kink we’re into, an STD diagnosis or even prior history of assault or abuse.

As the semester begins and summer tan lines fade away, take that conversational risk. In sharing your sexual history with this season’s latest crush, you are not only beginning a conversation with that person, but building a place for honesty in your relationships with yourself and beyond.

Seagulls Make their Nest Greener With SU’s Green Fund

By Kaydee Jones

Gull Life Editor

   Salisbury University students can almost always be seen sporting maroon and gold apparel, and lately- a green thumb.

A table that can charge a cellphone with solar power, energy efficient lighting, water quality eduction and planting native plant species on campus are just a few of the projects that started as an idea in a student’s head, and then became a reality through the Green Fund.

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Wayne Shelton, the Director of Campus Sustainability and Environmental Safety at SU, described the Green Fund as a pot of money to fund small environmentally friendly projects for students.

The Green Fund started as an SGA student referendum in 2013 and originally had $30,000 for students to use in the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015. That number grew to $43,000 the next year, and this fall there is $120,000 in the Green Fund, according to Shelton.

“There isn’t always a whole lot of money out there,” Shelton said. “This is a great way to get student’s ideas funded.”

Dean Keh, a sophomore and environmental studies major, submitted a proposal through the Green Fund to help get a Solar Power-Dok table installed on campus. A table was installed late last semester outside of Henson Hall.

Keh said that depending on how many students utilize the table, which uses solar power to charge devices, there could be plans to expand the project and put more solar powered charging stations on campus.

“I think people should use it because it promotes a green mindset, and sometimes that gets lost on college campuses,” he said.

Shelton described the success story of another Green Fund project where the admissions house lighting and hot water heater was changed to be more energy efficient. He said the project costed around $3,700, but recovered the money in energy savings within the year.

“I mean, what better way to build your resume,” he said. “If you’re enthusiastic about an idea to come to pass, this is a great thing.”

Shelton said the basic criteria for a proposal is that it should be well thought out and students should get a quote for their idea if possible. It also should be related to education, about energy reduction or reducing carbon footprint.

Proposals are reviewed by a committee made up of faculty and staff, but mostly students.

Interested students can learn more or apply online at this website.

Benevolent bicyclist preps for 4k for Cancer: Angleberger to travel coast to coast Summer 2016

IMG_0452BY BRIANNA TIEDEMAN
Advisor

Cancer does not have a face until it becomes yours or a familiar one.
This summer, Salisbury University senior Neal Angleberger will positively share the faces of cancer survivors, lost souls, and impacted family members, all affected by a growing disease.
Student summers are often spent driving a cash flow or soaking up the sun at the beach, but Angleberger’s sun will come from biking 4,000 miles across the country.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults will host Angleberger and his team of 23 riders, just as they have for 14 years prior. The summer of 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the 4K for Cancer ride, all proceeds and efforts forwarded to young adults fighting cancer in any capacity.
“We are riding for any young adults impacted by cancer, whether they had it, a family member did, or a friend,” Angleberger said.
Angleberger departs from the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, MD on June 5. San Diego, CA will greet him and his “Fam Diego” group chat members on August 13, 70 days and approximately 4,200 miles later. [Read more…]

Senioritis to reality: Advice for graduating seniors

IMG_5721BY MADELYN GRANGER
Staff Writer
Cap and gown pickups, finals, resumes, job interviews, where am I living in a month, when
will I see this person again and other stressful thoughts often plague college seniors as graduation
comes around.
And some would say it causes more stress than excitement.
Of course, there are the lucky few who are able to line up a job in their field and will not
have to experience the whole awkward unemployed college graduate period. You have my sincere
congratulations if you fall in that category, but if not you may find some slight comfort
by the end of the article.
Only 14 percent of students had a job lined up immediately after graduating, according to a
study conducted last year by AfterCollege (a site similar to GlassDoor, which is a job recruiting
site). That also means 86 percent of recent graduates had no clue what the future held for
them. [Read more…]