Last Comic Standing 2016 Recap

By Rishon Seaborn

News Editor

Salisbury University’s Fireside Lounge located in the Guerrieri University Center (GUC) hosted the Students Organization for Activity Planning (SOAP)’s event Last Comic Standing on Monday night.

Last Comic Standing was one of the kickoff events to this year’s homecoming week. This event allowed SU students the opportunity to show off their comedic skills with their fellow peers.

The contestants were given a five minute time frame to deliver their comedic set.

SOAP’s Comedy Chair Jenna Russo shared some insight to the kickoff event.

“I wanted to give comedians on campus to show their stuff,” Russo said. “I also wanted our community to have a laugh on a Monday evening.”

The high hopes of the SOAP board were to start off the week by sharing the gift of laughter.

“I think it’s definitely a great stress reliever for everyone and our goal that people get to enjoy and get to know us at SOAP,” Russo said.

The night concluded with the announcement of the comedian with the best act determined by a panel of SU staff.

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Junior Quincy Corbin was announced as the winner of SU’s 2016 Last Comic Standing. Corbin’s unmistakable signature propeller hat whirled with delight.

“I feel pumped,” Corbin said. “I can’t believe I won— I wasn’t even expecting anything out of this night.”

Corbin told that he became interested in the event just for his sole love for stand up.

“I actually want to be a comedian when I get older,” Corbin said.

A few of Corbin’s major comedic influences stem from Jim Carrey, Mitch Hedberg, Steven Wright, Jimmy Carr and Demetri Martin. Corbin’s appreciation of their quirky and broad sense of humor is something that he tries to incorporate in his own stand up delivery.

Corbin revealed that this was his first attempt at doing standup comedy and it was definitely a take-away-experience.

“This is the first time that I’ve ever done it, so I was a little shaky at first,” Corbin said. “It can be a tough with the mix reviews of the crowd but it was fun and it’s a good learning experience for how to improve.”

Welcome Class of 2020

By Rishon Seaborn

News Editor

As Salisbury University welcomes back its students, there are new Sea Gulls being ushered in. The incoming graduates of the year 2020 are also taking the campus by storm.

The convocation ceremony officially established the new students as they wore their pins with beaming Sea Gull pride.

The week leading up to the start of the semester was filled with the liveliness of mingling and bonding through orientation activities. The Student Life and Student Activities department made sure that Salisbury University provided the incoming students with a positive experience from the very beginning.

Sara Lowery, coordinator of Student Life, Student Activities, Organizations and Leadership, is adamant about lending guidance when needed and making as much of an impact on the lives of students as possible.

“I want them [students] to feel like they got a hug from the institution,” Lowery said. “I don’t mean physically but in the sense that they feel like they have everything they need right here.”

The effort of making Salisbury University a friendly and loving environment helps instill the idea that this is a family—a home away from home.

Freshman Orientation Coordinator Raushan Davis reflected on his first days on campus and was drawn to help in a way that provides assistance to other fresh faces.

“It [college] definitely can be intimidating at times, especially coming in as a freshman, but we as a staff are always excited to help provide as much guidance as we can,” Davis said.

Laureth Kane, a freshman, was able to make the most of her orientation days by taking in what SU had to offer.

“At first it was difficult socializing because it can be uncomfortable being outside of your comfort zone,” Kane said. “But it did help me meet people and figure out where the campus was and everything around it.”

While the graduating class of 2020 starts their first year at college, there are other incoming transfer students as well. The importance of incorporating all new SU students and not just the incoming freshman was also prioritized throughout the program.

Transfer Student Coordinator Eddie Russo shared some additional insight as he worked closely with the Transfer Students Program.

“I like the opportunity to give a little bit of mentorship to incoming and transfer students,” Russo said. “To help them acclimate to a different style of campus they may be used to.”

Freshman Orientation Coordinator Samantha Allen reinstated that the orientation program and Salisbury University itself genuinely cares about the well-being of the students.

“It can be hard to find your way in life changes such as attending college,” Allen said. “But there’s a place for everyone and we are here to light a path.”

Volunteer Center’s Meal Packing Program Provides Outreach

BY RISHON SEABORN

News Editor

Salisbury University’s Volunteer Center hosted their first meal packing event Friday.

Career Services’ Volunteer Center partnered up with the Wicomico County Project to come up with the idea of delivering these meals to approximately 472 students of East Salisbury Elementary School.

In preparation for 500 meals, the Maryland Food Bank donated a portion of the food and the Volunteer Center contributed to the selection as well.

The SU’s Wicomico Room was set up with multiple stations of food items and water for SU students to fill a bag with. Each bag contained a label with a student’s name, grade and homeroom teacher.

Along with each bagged meal the elementary students would receive a personal hand-written letter from a Salisbury student. Some words of encouragement and best wishes were shared from one student to another as the new school year begins.

This event consisted of one of the freshmen “Welcome Week” activities to establish support and provide encouragement to the students as a new class is ushered in.

Samantha Beck, Volunteer Center Graduate Assistant, explained the impact that this can have on the Salisbury community. She mentioned the importance of the university representing and reaching out to community surrounding campus.

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The SU’s Wicomico Room was set up with multiple stations of food items and water for SU students to fill a bag with. Each bag contained a label with a student’s name, grade and homeroom teacher. Rishon Seaborn photo. 

 

 

“Eighty-seven percent of the children at [East Salisbury Elementary] that we’re helping are at, below, or right around the poverty line,” Beck said.

The idea of introducing students to Salisbury stretches past the campus. The genuine issues within the town are equally as important to acknowledge and also can be improved by bridging the gap between campus and community.

“We want to show that we can help the kids right in our area,” Beck said.

The students of East Salisbury Elementary are provided with two meals a day: breakfast and lunch. For many students these are the guaranteed meals that they can rely on, and due to the Labor Day weekend the program wanted to extend the supply to last the students for the weekend.

Carrie Taylor, Social Work Department employee and Wicomico County Board of Education intern, works first hand with the families and students of Wicomico County.

The Board of Education (BOE) provides a program that allows volunteer services to help strengthen the students’ character and conduct.

The percentage of at-risk youth is relatively high in the county and they are the main target interest of the program.

“East Salisbury School is one of the lower income areas that really do need the food, but we also need people to go into the schools and help out as well,” said Taylor.

The BOE also sponsors another project, The Wicomico Mentoring Project, which is separate but aims for the same outreach and impact throughout the community.

“A lot of times parents are double working with multiple jobs trying to support the family” Taylor said. “Sometimes there isn’t time to spend with homework so this is what is for.”

For more information or volunteer opportunities visit the Wicomico County’s Board of Education website at  http://www.wcboe.org.

Ribbon cutting officially opens the door on new Academic Commons

BY JUSTIN MCCLURE

Editor-in-Chief

While rain pelted the windows of the fourth floor assembly room of the new Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons, the celebration inside was far from dreary. The ceremonial ribbon cutting, marking the end of an era, officially closed down Blackwell Library and welcomed a new  Academic Commons.

“It’s only fitting [Patricia R. Guerrieri’s] memory will live on in a facility that encourages students to grow and learn,” President Janet Dudley-Eshbach said to the packed room. “The need for a new library was the primary motivator for this facility; we are really in heaven right now.”

The $117 million dollar building, $8 million of which was donated by the Guerrieri Family Foundation, features 600-plus computers, 85 large monitors for classrooms and study areas, 24-hour student study spaces, 15 group study rooms and 12 classrooms.

The GAC is much more than a library— it also houses the Naab Research Center, Writing Center, Center for Student Achievement, TriO, Math Emporium and a new maker lab with 3D printing.

“We wanted to see how we can transform the students’ learning experiences,” President Dudley-Eshbach said.

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President Janet Dudley-Eshbach addresses a packed assembly room on the fourth floor of the GAC during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Franny Clark photo.

While the primary focus of the new GAC is for Salisbury University students, there were a lot of people behind the scenes seeing the project through to completion.

It all started when Michael Guerrieri, son of Patricia Guerrieri, approached Dudley-Eshbach asking how he and his family could help the university. The Guerrieri family has been a long-time supporter of the university with a tenure that goes back to the 1980s. Through the years they have donated millions of dollars towards scholarships and building projects around campus.

“[Patricia] loved learning and was fascinated by the intricacies of nature and history,” Michael Guerrieri said. “[This building] is a gift of love, the love of doing things for others.”

Patricia Guerrieri was an SU alumna herself back when the university was known as Maryland State Teachers College. She studied education at a campus much smaller than what it is today. Now, the GAC stands as a testament to Salisbury’s commitment to excellence and the community’s support of the university.

The ceremony concluded with speeches from Chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents James Brady and Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House of Delegates Adrienne Jones as they both commented on the grandiose and impressive stature of the building. However, every speaker stipulated that while the building is a great addition to the campus, the one constant — the students — are what makes the Academic Commons great.

“It’s like it’s been here forever, the students have moved in and taken over,” Dudley-Eshbach said. “This facility truly brings our campus community together.”

With the fanfare and festivities winding down, Dean of Libraries Beatriz Hardy will be overseeing the daily operations of the GAC, a role that she’s excited to be a part of.

“It’s just been a thrill to see students’ reactions when they first walk into the building and see it for the first time; literally people’s jaws have been dropping,” Hardy said. “It’s a happy buzz all over the place.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argentinean author brings knowledge and understanding to SU

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BY RISHON SEABORN
Staff Writer

As a part of University Spanish classes continuing cirriculums, Ángela Pradelli, author of “En Mi Nombre,” visited Salisbury University last month sharing her insight, knowledge and perspective on the historical topic her novel covers.
Pradelli’s books focus on the Argentinean dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. During this time Jorge Rafael Videla was in power and under his reign thousands of men, women and children were claimed to have disappeared.
Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo (The Mothers of the May Plaza) are a group of Argentinean mothers and grandmothers who formed an organization in support of locating their loved ones who were apart of the disappeared.
Within history this time period marks the Dirty War in which the voices of the revolutionists were silenced by the government and military officials.
Over 30,000 people have been claimed to have disappeared due to this political corruption. Babies were taken away from their mothers right after birth and were forced to be appropriated under a new life.
As of today, only 119 out of the 500 missing have been identified and located.
Pradelli began the lecture with “luto tiempo,” a poem that expressed grief for the lives that were taken.
It soon came to late that many of the children were kidnapped for the purpose of being trained as future military forces. They were taken from their homes and were assigned new identities and names.
The search for these missing children has been going on for over 38 years now and although few families have been reconnected, the search for reunion still continues this very day.
Pradelli’s novel tells the narrative of five survivors who went who endured the pain, torture and suffering of being kidnapped by the regime.
At the lecture, Pradelli talked about the struggles these people had to deal with and the importance of their stories. It is not often that the reunion between the disappeared and their families occur.
She published her book after years of extensive research and interviews.
“I found other people with their own story through my work,” Pradelli said.
This apart of Argentinean history is not forgotten but new discoveries are being recently revealed as more research and evidence are being found.
“It is a book that has two things: sad history and high emotions,” Pradelli said.
As a writer of the subject she is very passionate herself, she is always willing to enlighten other of this tragic event in history. The future statuses of the other hundreds of disappeared babies have hopes of being accurately identified through a difficult and tedious process.
Earlier in the year, President Barack Obama and President Mauricio Macri, the current president of Argentina, sat down to discuss the possibility of releasing U.S. documents pertaining to the Argentine regime.
This possibility could offer not only a new chapter to history but create a new identity for an individual and a country.

White Nose Syndrome: A North American Bat Epidemic

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BY PATRICK MILLER
Staff Writer

When thinking about the state of an agricultural community such as the Eastern Shore, many may not realize bat play an integral part in the lands health.
This ecological balance may be damaged due to an epidemic hitting bats in the area.
Bats, when undergoing hibernation, find a comfortable location in a cave to roost and hang among thousands of their kin, all involved in the same seasonal rest.
The animals have low activity throughout this period as they wait for warmer months when food is aplenty. All that these animals can do is keep their metabolism and heart rate low, hoping to make it to spring.
A threat to hibernating bats has been the discovery of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, a fungus that causes a fatal disease in various species of bats. The affected species are largely Myotis (mouse-eared) bats, a group of small bats including the little brown bat, common to the Eastern Shore environment. [Read more…]

Academic building receives new honor, name

BY SAWYER CORNELIUS
Staff Writer

The building formerly known as Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC), has been rededicated as Conway Hall.
Though the facility opened in 2008, it was given a new distinction last week in honor of former Maryland legislator Norman H. Conway.
On April 26th, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate Conway’s contribution to the university through his advocacy and hard work in securing the funds needed for TETC, as well as other building projects around campus.
Conway was born and raised in Salisbury and is an alum of Salisbury University.
His professional repertoire includes professions in public education and administration, Salisbury City Council and fire chief of a nearby station.
However, Conway’s career is most noted for his 28 years of service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he held the position of Chair of the House’s Appropriations Committee for 11 of those years.
Conway lost his most recent bid for reelection, which enabled the university to make the rededication a possibility.
“He has always been a fearless advocate for the university” SU Director of Government and Community Relations Robert Sheehan said. “He moved some $500 million to make Salisbury a prestigious institution, and the main way to achieve that is through building.”
The dedication was attended by close to 200 guests, ranging from Maryland state delegates, city officials and members of the university and community.
Guest speakers included Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House of Delegates Adrienne Jones, as well as the President of the Wicomico County School Board Don Fitzgerald.
Aside from his civil service in government, his support for local schools, the Salisbury Zoological Park and the Eastern Shore at large has been thorough.
Conway continues to support the community through his service in the local fire department and has held board positions in organizations such as the Ward Museum and the Mental Health Association of Maryland.

Still no Derulo: Local bands save Gull Fest

BY RICKY POLLITT

Sports Editor

With less than a month left in the semester, Gull Fest was intended to be a time students could unwind, hang with their friends and listen to great music.

Rainy conditions, cheap food and a headliner missing in action tarnished some of the reputation the event had gained, but luckily for students, two bands rose to the occasion and made Gull Fest one to remember.

The Jesters and breakfast., two local groups were picked by SOAP to open for Jason Derulo, the famous singer booked for the event.

It was announced by Student Activities Director Tricia Garvey Smith that Derulo had experienced transportation issues in an email to the campus and would arrive to the event three hours after his scheduled time.

Despite Derulo’s absence, The Jesters and breakfast. took the stage and gave fans something to cheer for.

“At last year’s (Gull Fest), I thought to myself, ‘that would be the ultimate stage to be on’,” breakfast. lead singer Kobi Boateng said. “It’s pretty cool to be in that professional field and environment.”

The Jesters started the show out with the sound and style that has made them popular around the Salisbury area.

From Tyler Brunner’s singing, to the electrifying strumming of Zach “Simba” Simms on the guitar, The Jesters opened the concert up with a bang.

“I feel like an average person, and I am an average person and I feel like that when I’m up on stage,” Simms said. “I’m just doing what I want to do and that’s play guitar. When everyone else starts seeing that as more, it drives me to give them what they’re feeling and keep that going.”

Followed by The Jesters, winners of SOAP’s Battle of the Bands, the band breakfast. brought the fans into the performance by incorporating audience member’s names into a song and allowing them to test their vocal cords.

While the band provided the instrumental, fans joined together to sing Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” bringing a bond between breakfast. and the audience.

“Having the fans looking at you, and smiling at you and enjoying themselves, it’s great,” Boateng said. “One of the biggest fan bases we have are college students, so I want to pull more and more from that group and connect with them.”

breakfast. allowed fans to relive their childhoods, singing renditions of classic Disney and Nickelodeon theme songs such as “SpongeBob Square Pants” and “Kim Possible.”

Both performances put smiles on the audience’s faces. Not only because of the music being played, but because fans saw fellow college students on the stage doing something they love and putting on the best show they could for their friends and peers.

Although many were disappointed when the news of Derulo’s lateness was announced, it didn’t take away from the impact the local bands had on the student body.

Like any band, local or national, it’s about the music that’s put out, and with the sounds of local talent filling the Maggs gymnasium, it was clear breakfast. and The Jesters had put their mark on Salisbury.

“When you have something like this that sets you apart from other bands, it does wonders for you,” Simms said. “It’s humbling, I see the people that show up, and I see them enjoying the music, and I know this is why I’m doing this.”

Even with the event not going as planned, when Salisbury students think of Gull Fest 2016, they won’t think of the flaws, they’ll remember the music, and the way breakfast. and The Jesters came together to save the day.

Alpha Kappa Alpha welcomes new sisters to the family

BY NIMPAMYA JANAT NAMARA

Staff Writer

The Salisbury University community will be seeing more of the pink and green on campus with the strong return of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Mu Chi chapter.

Monday night marked the initiation of 16 new members into the Mu Chi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first historically black sorority established in 1908 at Howard University.

The Mu Chi chapter has initiated three “Family Lines” at SU, spring 2013’s “Resurrection,” spring 2014’s “Next Generation” and spring 2016’s “16 Pearls of AKAstruction.”

The “16 Pearls of AKAstruction” is comprised of 16 members, ranging from freshmen to senior undergraduate students hailing from a variety of academic schools.

The probate showcasing the “16 Pearls of AKAstruction” was attended by family members of the new members and other Greek life from the SU campus and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The probate was intended to highlight the new members’ commitment to sisterhood and their intent to perform charitable works within the community.

The event started with the new members of Alpha Kappa Alpha marching in unison into the Wicomico Room masked in black sunglasses and wearing pink head scarves, while singing a traditional sorority song.

During the event the new members recited the organization’s purpose and who the founding members were.

According to the organization’s website, prospective members must have maintained at least a C plus average to be considered for membership. Past experiences doing community service and other forms of charity are also emphasized. President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Nataiya Riley said she thought the turn out of the event was great as the room was filled to capacity.

“We are beyond proud of the 16 lovely ladies now the newest members, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and know that they will do great things within the sorority as well as on campus,” Riley said.

Aeriel Crawford, a new member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, said she joined because of the rewarding and long time advantages the sisterhood has to offer.

“I never had a sister and longed for lasting relationships, “Crawford said. “Being in this sorority has so far taught me leadership skills and teamwork.”

“We hope this illustrious sisterhood is everything they desired and more,” Vice President Brooke Evans said.
 

Student Health Services provides new services to sexually active students

BY AMANDA CIANFLOCCO
Staff Writers

  Rising Sexually Transmitted Disease rates among college students have begun to spark interest to seek information regarding on campus resources.

  According to the Student Health Services at Salisbury University, the three most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases among college students are Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Herpes.

  Student Health Services Director Vicki Lentz said she wants students to know what is available to them and how to access their resources.

  “We offer anonymous STD tests, birth control, and well visits to Salisbury University students,” she said. “Nothing is more than $15 to $20.”

  Student Health Services seeks to provide students a safe space with confidentiality and anonymity being a top priority.

  “Because we don’t take health insurance students can be tested for STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and we send them to the state so their parents never know,” she said. “And students can make appointments online if they’re too embarrassed to say something over the phone.”

  Specialists suggest that students who are sexually active should be tested at least once and year and more frequently if there is more than one partner.

  In the upcoming year Student Health Services will be offering Plan B, also known as the morning after pill, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) testing for $15.

  For more information regarding Student Health Services and how to make a confidential appointment, one can visit http://www.salisbury.edu/health/.