Lighthouse Literary Guild at SU offers community to local writers

BY SAMUEL STEVENS

Editor-in-Chief

Salisbury University’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning (CELL) started creative writing classes this month through their Lighthouse Literary Guild program. The courses run for three weeks this month.

CELL offers three classes taught by SU faculty and area residents, each with a different theme and focus, a press release from SU reported.

Mindie Burgoyne, a travel writer and photographer featured in The Washington Post and CBS News, teaches “Travel Writing: Sharing Your Journey.” The class shows students how to find subjects and hone them for compelling travel narratives. Burgoyne is also a past president of the Eastern Shore Writer Association.

The class entitled “Using Journaling as a Springboard to Creative Writing” gives aspiring writers a way of starting the creative process, taught by long time creative writing instructor Shannon Hinman.

“Getting Real, Close to Home” helps participants use life experiences to guide their writing. Nancy Mitchell, a professor in SU’s environmental studies department and a poet, teaches the course. “Close to Home” has a poetry concentration, but is open to any genre.

CELL classes are open to all ages, but they typically draw senior citizens. Mitchell liked this about the courses, since the participants offer a different perspective from college creative writing students. “They have a very rich experience to draw from,” Mitchell said.

Typically, the CELL students work on an assignment, email it to their instructor and then workshop it with their peers at the next class. After the writers revise their work, they have a portfolio at the end of the six-week course.

In addition to classroom activity, the writers do different exercises to guide their creative process, such as sitting alone and finding their place to write. “People are afraid of that silence,” Mitchell said.

In Mitchell’s course, she likes to break down preconceived notions about writing in her class. She said that students sometimes bring the idea that writing is “an elitist activity,” but through the course, she tells students to embrace their own voice.

While the courses are more open-ended and the structure is designed to fit the needs of the class, some of the CELL participants prefer a stricter, syllabus driven course.

The Lighthouse Literary Guild courses provide a community for the writers. Mitchell said, “Writing is a real solitary practice. You really need a community of writers so you don’t feel like…‘am I talking to myself?’”

The goal of Lighthouse Literary Guild is “to be the destination on the Eastern Shore for both local and vacationing writers,” their website says. They also plan to promote the works of writers in Salisbury and the region through readings.

The CELL programs try to create a link between SU and the city of Salisbury. “Our overall goal is to build community,” Mitchell said. “To even get students involved—that would be good.”

Reach Out Editions helps sexual assault victims

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Photo by Haley Dick

BY HALEY DICK

Gull Life Editor

According to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds.

Sexual assault is a widespread issue that cannot be narrowed to just one month of focus. However, April is nationally known as Sexual Assault Awareness month, which was designed for victims of sexual assault to know that they are not alone, and that the hardships they have endured are being addressed.

RAINN states that “ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.” Look around the room. College students generally fall in this age range, and many students struggle to take the initiative to get the help and support they need.

Capptivation, a small company consisting of four partners, has designed an application that allows sexual assault victims on high school and college campuses, as well as their loved ones, get the help and support they need at their fingertips. The brains behind the operation are Jack Zandi, Billy Sadik-Khan, Racquel Giner and Zach Csillag.

The application, known as Reach Out Editions, compiles information that was found buried under various PDFs and student handbooks on how to seek help following an assault, and brings it to the hands of the user. The administrators of the campuses are provided information from the team on how to update the information on their personal displays to best benefit the student users.

Jack Zandi, contributor to the data maintenance of Reach Out Editions and cofounder of Capptivation, and his colleagues are high school friends who regrouped after college and brought their own beliefs and educations to the table to collaborate to create an app to aid victims of sexual assault in any way possible.

“We felt like creating an app would be unique and a lot of fun to do from an entrepreneurial standpoint,” Zandi said. “If we could help a neglected part of the population then we felt it was a win-win on a massive scale for us.”

Their inspiration for creating the app stemmed from being overall civically minded, but ultimately sparked when media attention started to focus on sexual assault more frequently and in depth. After doing some research on how to seek help and develop a plan of action, the creators noticed how difficult it was to locate support services, giving them the idea to make a change.

“We want to help people that want to help themselves and their friends, and if we can give them an avenue that is not only easy, but is useful, then we feel like we are creating not just a service, but a function for people of all backgrounds to find vital information in their most trying time,” Zandi shared.

The app itself is catered specifically to whichever college or university a student attends, so student victims simply must type the name of the university into the organization slot and personalized information will be generated. Some of the categories include campus resources, which indicates to students exactly where to go to seek immediate help, reporting options in which students can learn the different ways to handle the assault, and various advocacy and educational links that can take the matter of sexual assault farther than one incident.

The application serves roughly 2600 two and four year colleges, as well as various high schools who felt it necessary to have the resource available to their students. It is free to download, and all activity within the app remains completely anonymous.

Senior art displays in Fulton Hall gallery

By THERESA TUMMINELLO 

Staff Writer

The 56th bi-annual Senior Art Exhibition, “Transcendence,” opened on Tuesday, April 4. Salisbury University’s graduating art students have their work on display in the Fulton Hall art gallery.

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Fulton Hall art gallery, photo by Franny Clark

Senior students worked together to plan and orchestrate two different shows. The Fine Arts show is open now until Saturday, April 22 and the Graphic Design show runs from May 1 to May 20. Each show has an awards reception where artists present their portfolios and interact with others in the industry.

Using their specific track, each student chose an overall theme for their work. Elizabeth Kauffman, professor of the Senior Exhibition course, notes that this show is looked forward to every year and is always changing with the different skills and techniques of each graduating class.

At this time, pieces in the gallery range between photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, mixed media and more. Students display their best work encompassing themes close to their heart, including photographs of nature, sculptures of animals, self-portraits, mystical creatures and character drawings.

Rachel Price, majoring in fine arts with a concentration in glass, created a series of three photographs that used steel, iron and glass on female bodies to depict body dysmorphia. Throughout her work, she wants to bring awareness to mental illnesses and show support to those who may be struggling with body image.

“I feel as though body dysmorphia is not as well-known and often overlooked, and it is not always tied with eating disorders—it can lead to them,” Price said. “I wanted my photographs to show the impossible beauty standards set by the media and how this leaves an unrealistic impression on girls at a very young age.”

With the help of Rise Up Coffee on campus, Katherine Mellos, majoring in fine arts with a concentration in photography, used her love of coffee to create a series of photographs showing the process of producing coffee from start to finish. She shows the steps in coffee making by capturing moments of movement from the grinding of coffee beans to the pouring, serving and drinking of the beverage itself.

Another student, Chris Foreman, majoring in fine arts with a concentration in glass, created characters frozen in time influenced by pop art. Fusing together glass and steel, his work includes four figures on display in the gallery.

These are just a few of the many pieces featured in the “Transcendence” show. Students can stop by before April 22 to see these creative pieces for themselves, and visit May 1 through May 22 to see the Graphic Design show. The exhibit is housed in Fulton Hall 109 and is free to the public. The schedule can be found on the University’s website.

Earth Day events in Salisbury

By VAL PETSCHE

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Sophomore Jessica Wooster (L) and Junior Tinsley Foster (R) hold their contributions during SGA’s Recycle Madness in Red Square on Thursday.

 

Staff Writer

Downtown Salisbury is planning a wide array of fun events for the upcoming Earth Day weekend. Students of the Salisbury community are invited to participate in the excitement, including this month’s 3rd Friday celebration, Be the Difference Day, and the SBY Bike PartY.

3rd Friday

Students can support members of the Environmental Students Association as they sell handmade bird houses and planter boxes during Salisbury’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration. The event will occur from 5-8 p.m. and is located downtown on Main street.

This free event features handcrafted items and art by local businesses, complete with live music filling the streets by blues musicians Chris and Grayson English. The April month celebrates spring with a Sustainable Salisbury theme to commemorate Earth Day.

Cake Art will be open to host “Create Your Own Cupcake Night,” with new spring cupcake flavors. Acorn Market will be providing sustainable herb plant giveaways with each dinner entree purchased.

The Salisbury Art Space located on the lower level of the Gallery Building will showcase the 2017 Annual Blooming Artists Youth Show, an entire exhibition of local child artists’ work, along with a solo exhibition by last year’s winner, Dominique.

The Look Pretty Play Dirty Mobile Petting Zoo will be present on N Division Street with baby animals for those in attendance to see. Local environmental groups will also be attending, including the Lower Shore Land Trust, the Maryland Bluebird Society and the Nassawango Creek Preserve.

Be the Difference Day

This event will also be on N Division Street, promoting its community-wide day of service on Saturday April 22nd. Students are encouraged to volunteer at an event of their choice, and those interested can learn about 24 different projects being hosted by as many as 17 local organizations.

Be the Difference Day aims to provide opportunities for people of all ability levels and interests to get involved. The goal is to raise the profile of community organizations, volunteerism and service.

More information can be found at 410-548-4757 or visit www.salisburysga.com.

Salisbury Bike PartY

Also on Saturday, April 22 is the SBY Bike PartY, where students can join the Salisbury community to participate in a 6-mile fun ride through town or feel free to watch from the sidelines with live music playing nearby.

The first annual SBY Bike partY will begin in Downtown Salisbury at Lot 1 starting at 11 a.m. All are welcome, as there will be activities for all ages and skill levels, and it is a free event. Prizes will be awarded by EVO for costumes and bike decorations. The bicyclists will ride as a group with a police escort to guide all participants through intersections.

Festival activities also include a 3/4 mile car-free loop on Downtown Salisbury streets for registered riders to enjoy at their own pace along with the Get Ramped pop-up skatepark by Eastern Shore IMBA.

There will be a photo booth, photographers and drone footage by Macey Holyak as well as a bicycle safety course for beginners hosted by Bike-SBY. Many bike related organizations and vendors will be present and students can participate in a bike swap to sell any unwanted bikes and parts.

EVO is hosting the after-party starting at 2 p.m with live bands for everyone to enjoy. Please visit the Salisbury Bike PartY website for further details.

Earth Week on Campus

The SU Student Government Association has been hosting a week’s worth of events to celebrate Earth Day. Most activities were held in Red Square, including a bike-powered blender station for DIY smoothies and s’mores could be cooked in a solar oven.

The SGA presented a screening of the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret on Monday evening for interested viewers, describing the alarming implications the meat industry poses on both people and the environment.

Wednesday showcased a cooking contest with locally sourced ingredients during the second annual Iron Sea Gull cooking contest in The Commons. Later that evening, recyclable art creations were displayed at SU’s Plaza Gallery along with photos and descriptions of SU’s Earth Week events.

Students were encouraged to participate in Recycle Madness on Thursday. This is a recycling competition between various student organizations to see who can contribute the most weight in recyclables.

Salisbury Restaurant Week launch party recap

BY: ALEXIS GRAMATES

Staff Writer

Salisbury Chamber of Commerce held their second annual restaurant launch party on April 6 at Headquarters Live to kick off the start of SBY Restaurant Week.

The chamber decided to start hosting this event to market the businesses that are participating in SBY Restaurant Week. Nine restaurants sampled food at the event, which included Roadie Joe’s, EVO and Specific Gravity.

“We planned it to give restaurants a better opportunity to get their name out there…it is just great free marketing material for local restaurants,” Lauren Alfes, director of events at the chamber of commerce, said.

Not only were restaurants there sampling their food, but raffles also kept participants anticipating if they won a gift card to their favorite local restaurant. Alex and Shiloh provided entertainment with live acoustic music of all genres.

Rachael Reiter, a Salisbury resident, attended the event for the first time in hopes of getting a preview of where she wanted to go during the week.

“I have never participated in Restaurant Week—I am very interested to see where I want to go,” Reiter said. “I am most excited to go to Sushi De Kanpai”.

SBY Restaurant Week continued through April 16, and local restaurants offered two to three courses and fixed priced menus. This was also a time for chefs to showcase their best dishes and experiment with new items.

Every spring, SBY Restaurant Week occurs in the hopes of attracting new and old customers to participate. If you were not able to experience it this year, there is always next year!

 

Are you stressed out and in need of advice?

By ALEXIS GRAMATES

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Dr. Darrell Mullins of the communications Department. Photo by Alexis Gramates.

Staff Writer

Students sit in Academic Commons, powering through the mounds of homework and projects that are due before the semester ends, and they think to themselves, “will I be able to make it?”

Dr. Darrell Mullins has been through the same college process not once, but three times. Some students may know him from the communications department, and some may know him from his appearances in local theatre.

Before becoming a professor, Mullins saw himself being an interpreter for the United Nations. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Master of Arts in speech communication and his PhD in interpersonal/public communication. Aside from earning these three degrees, his biggest achievement has been being married to his best friend for 32 years, raising four amazing children and having one grandson.

What is the best advice you ever received?

“Follow your instincts. I think so often we end up following a plan that seems ‘logical’ rather than a plan for which we feel passion.”

What is the worst advice you ever received?

“When I was a freshman, I really struggled in my bio lab class.  I had always considered myself a good student, so of course I went to the professor seeking advice. He was an older gentleman and I remember him looking at me over his eye glasses and saying ‘Young man, college isn’t for everyone.’

I was devastated. He was, in essence, advising me to forget about going to college.  I wish, instead, he had said, ‘Think about if this is where you need to be right now.’  Even though his advice nearly killed my self-esteem, I ended up working harder and getting a B in the class.  So, I guess the bad advice ended up motivating me in some way.”

What is your biggest fear in higher education?

“Not being able to get through to my students.  I want to motivate and excite them, and sometimes it’s hard.”

What obstacles have you overcome in your life?

“I have struggled with depression and anxiety over the years, and I’m happy to say I’ve survived it.  More recently, I have started the journey of coping with the loss of my wife.

It’s only been a few weeks, so I can’t say for sure that I’ve overcome it—but I am feeling good about being back at work and doing what I love. I will admit, though, it’s a daily struggle to stay focused and be able to concentrate.”

What advice can you give students during college?

“Ask for help—often! I know professors can seem a little intimidating at times, but we really do want to help you be successful, so if you are not doing well, ask us for help.  At the same time, be prepared to hear things you won’t want to hear.

Sometimes I have to tell a student ‘I know you tried hard and I know you’re going through a lot, but that doesn’t mean that you are not held accountable for what you produce.’”

What advice do you have for those who are struggling in making a career decision?

“Stay open to possibilities. I honestly believe, with a few exceptions, that your undergraduate degree and ultimate career may seem to have little to do with one another.  I think employers are looking for people who are critical thinkers who can express themselves orally and in writing.

As such, it’s not surprising to find, as a hypothetical example, that an art history major is a sales manager for a national corporation.  So many degree paths prepare us to think and evaluate—that’s the true value of a college education in my opinion.”

What advice can you give students after graduation?

“Your first job probably won’t be your last.  Be patient—be willing to do the grunt work to prove to an employer that you are worthy of more enjoyable work.  Also, be financially smart—start saving now, you won’t regret it.”

Doing big things at Big Event

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By HALEY DICK

Gull Life Editor

The Salisbury Student Government Association (SGA) hosted their 13th annual Big Event on April 8, in which several recognized student clubs and organizations volunteered to go out into the Salisbury community and make a difference one house at a time.

Volunteers were assigned cleanup locations throughout the neighborhoods in which they helped residents with tasks such as raking leaves and weeding, though activities ranged based on the needs of the individuals.

Salisbury city administrator and SU alumna Julia Glanz spoke on behalf of the gratitude of Mayor Jake Day and the city of Salisbury.

“The city of Salisbury truly appreciates you,” Glanz said. “This really does make an impact in the community. So please, when you’re out there, get to know the folks you’re working with and get to talk to the neighbors. Hear their stories because they’ve got a lot to share.”

One group of volunteers spent the morning raking and bagging pine needles that covered the entire area of the back yard. However, they were not sent to the task alone.

Kenny Jones, Salisbury resident and photography teacher at Parkside, worked alongside the group to help get the job done in one session.

“There are a lot of reasons for yard conditions to be the way they are, and for the university to send out volunteers, for me, it was an act of love back to the community,” Jones shared.

The students enjoyed putting in the work just as much as the recipients loved the outcome.

Sophomore Jenna Rusk shared that her biggest takeaway was how happy all the people were when the job was done, and how kind and appreciative they acted towards the volunteers.

Around 550 students sacrificed their Saturday morning to participate in Big Event, some for a few years in a row.

“I like how everyone wakes up early on a Saturday to come together and help the community as a whole,” sophomore Jessica Wooster said. “This is my second year doing Big Event, and I always have a blast.”

SGA worked tirelessly to empty the seemingly endless reusable bags of leaves and sticks to return them quickly to the volunteers to reuse. The cycle did not end until every job site was complete.

Leroy Satchell, former administrative representative and alumnus of Salisbury University class of 2006, expressed tremendous gratitude for the service the volunteers provided him.

“What would I do without Big Event? The ladies were amazing and worked diligently,” Satchell said. “I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish the task without Big Event.”

Kathryn Nuernberger speaks of intimate perspective with nature for “Writers on the Shore” series

By VAL PETSCHE

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Poet Kathryn Nuernberger stands with Salisbury graduate Molly Likovich at the “Writer’s on the Shore” reading Wednesday. Photo by Val Petsche.

Staff Writer

Author Kathryn Nuernberger recited enchanting poems at the “Writers on the Shore” series this past Wednesday, describing nature with the acuity of a scientist and the breadth of a writer.

Nuernberger is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri as well as the director of Pleiades Press. She has lived on an exhausted dairy farm in southeastern Ohio with her husband and daughter in addition to her previous residences around the U.S., including Missouri, Louisiana, Montana and Washington.

Nuernberger presented literature from her two poetry collections, The End of Pink and Rag & Bone, both of which have received prestigious awards, including the Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press for the latter.

“A dozen dark backs undulating wavelessly through the mist. The Queen said poetically: These are the great diving beasts of a deeply held breath,” Nuernberger read from her poem about narwhals.

An appreciation for nature can be seen in her discussion of the organic realm, infusing scientific terminology into a harmonious arrangement of poetic lyricism.

Rag & Bone is Kathryn Nuernberger’s debut poetry collection, confessing a love affair with nature, paramecium-mottled screens and everyday oddities.

Her poem titled “U.S. EPA Reg. No. 524-474,” begins, “Gene-splicing the beetle-resistant Basillus. Thuringiensis with a potato sounds surgical, but it’s just a matter of firing a .22 shell dipped in DNA solution at the stem, straggling out from the russet eye.”

The audience was given the opportunity to ask questions following the poetry reading. One such question centered around Nuernberger’s fascination with fairytales bordering the dark and twisted.

She then recounted a favorite bedtime story which involves the devil vying for a farmer’s daughter, and an act of witchcraft that ends with the reader unsure of whether the devil is really gone. Nuernberger explained of the significance of this storytelling as opposed to the innocent versions with fairies and princesses.

“My critical apparatus justifying this messed-up mothering is that the tales that are scary are actually really satisfying because they don’t take it literally, so they don’t feel like they’re experiencing a deeply violent thing.”

Nuernberger further reasoned, “She finds it really cathartic. The world is scary to them, too. There’s death and there’s loss out there.”

With a final resolution, she explained, “Giving fairytales is a way of acknowledging the full complexity of their emerging humanity, and giving them the tools to learn how to harness all the feelings they have.”

Molly Likovich, a recent Salisbury graduate holding an English degree stated, “I fell in love with her almost prosaic way of looking at poetry. I feel like her work falls into stories and let’s the reader consume enough content for fifty poems with the succinctness of one. ”

Likovich discovered Kathryn’s work over a year ago through John Nieves, following a recommendation for Rag & Bone.

“I also just think, as a woman and as a poet, I deeply connect to a lot of the ways she sees the world—from animals, to metaphors, to ancient research, to creepy fairytales—and getting to meet her in person was everything I could’ve ever dreamed of,” Likovich added.

Preceding the Q&A, Nuernberger discussed her melancholy over the recent order to loosen hunting regulations on wolves in North America.

“It broke my coping mechanisms,” she stated. To Nuernberger, it became the symbol of everything else, and the wolves presented a single entity which she could use to contain her frustration on everything else going on.

“It seems like it’s rooted in this very old, ancient human impulse to be like, ‘I want to be the mega predator because it makes me feel less afraid,’” she later concluded.

Likovich is currently reading, The End of Pink, Nuernberger’s second book.

“As a rape survivor, her poems, that especially touch on how blame-the-victim culture works today, are especially astonishing to me,” Likovich explained. “She hits the nail on the head of what so many women are feeling.”

Likovich discussed one of the author’s most central works related to the topic.

“The way she uses the ancient myths of mermaids as a metaphor for the urban term of calling a girl a ‘tease’ is brilliant,” she said, referring to the short story titled “P.T. Barnum’s Fiji Mermaid Exhibition as I Was Not the Girl I think I Was.”

The reading was a demonstration of human creativity bridging the gap between science and literature. It was made possible through the “Writers on the Shore” series, an event showcasing established authors in Delmarva for over thirty years.

Saferide shuts down upcoming weekend operations

By HALEY DICK

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Gull Life Editor

Saferide, SU’s student-run transportation service, has announced that this weekend, Apr. 6—Apr. 8, they will not be operating following multiple accounts of unlawful and disrespectful behavior from their passengers.

The organization has six vans and numerous student employees that provide rides back to campus for students at off-campus locations within a three-mile radius. Their goal is to offer students free, anonymous and secure rides back to campus in hopes of promoting good decision-making.

Throughout the spring semester, violations of Saferide and state law policies have occurred on a progressively regular basis, and a line had to be drawn.

Allen Reynolds, Saferide driver and vice President of personnel, described the reoccurring incidents as a graph of exponential growth. The instances kept accumulating, and there was no other way around the situation than to temporarily shut down the operation.

“I cannot put my staff in a position of being harassed and having to deal with all these issues,” Saferide President Chris Whalen said. “It’s not fair to them.”

The drivers work to provide fast transportation for their classmates in order to insure that they get home safely. Whalen shared that some of the drivers work at Saferide because drunk driving has personally affected them and they want to make a difference for their fellow students.

If the temporary shutdown is not enough to show students the effects of their actions, the executive board will continue to brainstorm different ways on how to end the constant battle between the drivers and the students to ensure a better relationship between the two.

“This is step one in the process, and if we need to take things further, we will,” Whalen said. “If our message does not get across, we will take further action.”

The organization does not solely operate as a sober driving system, and not all the passengers are to blame. As Reynolds said, “Saferide is not a drunk bus. We are so much more than that.”

There is a range between those who use the service out of need, and those who take advantage of it. Saferide gets plenty of service from students who are out late studying and are simply looking for a safer way to get back to their homes other than walking in the dark.

The organization is here for the benefit of the student body, which is why the board expressed so much disappointment and concern, resulting in the halt of the organization’s services.

“It is not just about having thick skin,” Tricia Garvey Smith, director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, said. “It is about breaking the law.”

In an email sent out to Salisbury University students by Smith on behalf of Saferide, it clearly stated: “this is in no way an invitation to engage in irresponsible or illegal activities, including but not limited to driving under any influences.” Students are expected to find other safe modes of transportation in the absence of Saferide.

The organization has not indicated when they will be up and operating again for student service.

Update: On Apr. 13, Saferide announced that operations would resume for the weekend of Apr. 13 through 15. The email from the Saferide Executive Board to the Salisbury University student population read as:

“Thank you for you cooperation through last weekend’s  suspension of our service. We must work together as a student body to treat Saferide employees as well as fellow passengers with the utmost respect at all times.”

“As a reminder, any alcohol, tobacco, or electronic cigarettes are not tolerated in our vans under any circumstances. Additionally, we do not drop off at any restaurants, bars, or any other commercial locations or pick up from campus.”

GOT knocks out cancer

By THERESA TUMMINELLO

Staff Writer

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Girls on Top of The World, otherwise known as GOT, is a community-service based club at Salisbury University.
Their mission is helping the community, making friends, supporting other groups on campus and empowering other women.

Founded in 2004, this club now consists of over 200 girls who dedicate their time to different events and organizations in the town of Salisbury and the surrounding areas. Events include volunteering at Halo Shelter’s soup kitchen, the Tim Kennard race, Rob’s Run and Habitat for Humanity.

Gina Stratchko, club president of GOT, says, “Community service means volunteering your time and talents to help others. It’s just a bonus to do it with great people who care about helping the community as much as you do. It’s so easy: all you have to do is show up with a positive attitude.”

GOT made headlines last year as they became a nationally ranked team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Out of 50 teams that fundraised for Salisbury University’s event last year, they were the top fundraiser. With this event coming up on April 28, 2017, GOT is doing everything they can to secure the top spot once again.

On Sunday, April 2, GOT hosted their 3rd annual Knockout Basketball Tournament. The event was held in Maggs Gym from 1 p.m.—3 p.m. and all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

The event was centered on the popular basketball game known as knockout. With only two basketballs at a time, players stand behind the free throw line and try to make a basket before the person in front of them does. If they succeed, the person in front is out and the game cycles through all the participants until there is only one left standing.

Stratchko says that “it’s a great way for the campus community to come together for a great cause that means something to so many of us.”

Teams of six people battled for their spot in the Knockout Basketball Tournament this past Sunday. One person at a time from each team faced people from other teams. The winner of each game moved on to the next round.

The winning team of the tournament, Kappa Sigma, received half of the money raised, $262, and could either put it toward their organization’s Relay For Life team or a team of their choosing. The remaining half of the proceeds were put towards GOT’s Relay For Life team.

“This year is only our 3rd annual Knockout and we’re aware that it takes a while to make an event great, so we’re going to keep working each year to make it better than the last,” Stratchko said.

Be sure to stay updated on the fundraising for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life this year at Salisbury University to see if GOT can hold their No. 1 spot.