“No Ban, No Wall, No Registry” Protest Sparks Salisbury Conversation

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By Rishon Seaborn

News Editor

SU alumna Molly Likovich organizes “No Ban, No Wall, No Registry” protest outside downtown Salisbury´s courthouse on Saturday.

This peaceful protest offered support but also encouraged a conversation to be held within the community.

Likovich, a 22-year-old graduate, carried her inspiration from the recently attended Women’s March in Washington D.C. last month. This inspiration led to different acts of involvement and started with the process of calling local senators.

The message of activist and celebrity Emma Watson, “If not me then who, if not now then when?” has always resonated with Likovich.

When speaking about the process of trying to create awareness, Likovich said that “it’s hard, but I figured if I’m unhappy with the administration, I can’t just Tweet about it.”

After deciding to proceed with the plans, the created Facebook event page received over 200 responses.

The collectively shared motive pushed for unity and strength within the community, while keeping the idea that it is possible to change the world for someone else.

“It’s important that in my hometown my neighbors feel safe and loved,” Likovich said.

Likovich explained that in this new age of activism, protesting can simply be in the form of spreading kindness and getting up every day and doing your part.

She believes in the power of speaking out against the oppressor and staying informed about issues that individuals are passionate about. Likovich emphasizes the power of simply opening the door to a conversation.

“All acts are valid—all acts are courageous and brave,” Likovich said.

These exemplified actions were present as Trump supporters  also came out to contribute their opinions, while the rally remained peaceful.

SU student Humaira Ahmed attended and expressed the significance of representation.

“As a child of immigrants, and an immigrant myself, and someone who wears a headscarf and is so openly Muslim, I felt it was important to go out and represent my people,” Ahmed said. “It’s important to stand up for the basic rights of those like me.”

The support system of people against the ban, wall and registry symbolized “you are not alone and we are here for you.”

As a Salisbury native herself, Ahmed explained just why this rally was necessary,

“Salisbury needed this rally because we are such a small town and cliquey type of community,” Ahmed said. “It was nice that people with disabilities, people of all race, age, gender and sexual orientation were able to come out and interact in a positive and empowering environment.”

The hope of the community is evident; despite the opposing voices, the conversation has already begun and the process of change is well on its way.

“I hope people are more understanding and compassionate to one another and really do their part in keeping the community safe for everyone,” Ahmed said. “Although it’s a lot to come out and participate in a rally, people should take action in their daily lives as well.”

 

 

There’s a New Bird on Campus

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By Sawyer Cornelius

Staff Writer

There’s a new place to get your chicken on campus.

Upon overwhelming request from Salisbury University students and faculty members, a Chick-fil-a licensed location has opened in the Guerrieri University Center.

 Though it stands where Gull’s Nest stood just one year ago, the space has been updated to meet the standards of a national, name-brand chain.

The remodeling of the space was finished in seven weeks, but the process of bringing one of America’s most particular and selective fast food chains onto campus was far from swift and required detailed licensing and approval.

Director of SU Dining Services Owen Rosten reviewed several polls and surveys which ranked Chick-fil-a, among other fast food entities, high atop the list of students’ dining desires.

“It’s a great addition to the campus and is exactly what the students asked for,” Rosten said. “More than 80 percent of SU students wanted a national brand food source on school property.”

Chick-fil-a was chosen due to their hallmark customer service and core business values. Other considerations included McDonald’s and Subway, but were simply not selected due to their lacking of a majority student interest and enjoyment.

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“Their products are pure quality and students are happy, even excited, to work at this specific campus location as opposed to other current SU dining outlets,” Rosten said.

The newest Chick-fil-a location on the Eastern Shore of Maryland currently employs close to 80 people, all Salisbury University students, and they are looking for more.

Sophomore Madison Campbell shared her experience as a newly-hired employee on-campus.

“I love it—it’s always busy and [it] gives me something to do and look forward to…everyone who works there is very nice,” Campbell said.

As of early February 2017, the campus location fulfills an average of 1,500 daily transactions.

Despite being an “express” location with a more streamlined menu as opposed to drive-thru franchisees, the popularity still remains with SU students.

In addition, the SU dining services department aims to establish a student managerial program within the new Chick-fil-a in which students hoping to pursue such fields can gain real life experience and know-how at managing a retail location.

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Coinciding with SU’s first chain dining facility was a recent alteration to the meal plan policy which now allows students to roll over their unused dining dollars between semesters of their enrollment.

“It is now easier than ever for meal plans and school dining funds to be used at Chick-fil-a and other on-campus locations like RiseUp Coffee,” Rosten said.

According to the dining services department, student voices will continually be heard in the immediate future, with a strong likelihood of even greater national brand dining options coming down the road.

Questions and interests in Chick-fil-a student workforce opportunities can be addressed through the website at salisbury.edu/dining.

Bridge to Universalism: Students and Faculty share abroad experience

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BY Rishon Seaborn

 

News Editor

 

Salisbury University’s Winter Study Abroad programs returned from Ecuador on Jan. 23.

This particular program allowed students and faculty from the social work, nursing, communications or Spanish departments to travel during the holiday break. A combined total of 20 SU representatives from the communications and Spanish department attended.

Just under four weeks were spent in Ecuador as students attended classes with the program’s partner foundation Centers for InterAmerican Studies (CEDEI) and experienced excursions to various places filled with rich indigenous and modern history.

Opportunities to introduce many new and different aspects of a foreign culture were available, as well as incorporated with specialized topics relevant to each course provided. In addition, the students were able to participate in the process of connecting with the Ecuadorian students and sharing aspects of their own culture with them through multiple service projects.

Bryan Horikami, the department chair of Communication Arts and the director of the Ecuador study abroad program for communications, explained aspects of the trip that make this program special.

“This is a program that allows students to stretch their self-initiative; it’s a country where…you may not have any Spanish background but, despite the challenges, you get to see a completely different lifestyle that we’re not accustomed to.”

The difference in culture and environment provides room for a new perspective to be adopted.

“You have a greater appreciation not only for the people here but also [for] the ones in your own life,” Horikami said.

Campus Director of Leadership Alliance and director of the Spanish study abroad program for Ecuador Carolina Bown shared the ways in which Ecuador welcomes diversity.

“One of the greatest things is that students challenge themselves to live in a different way,” Bown said, “and will maybe take some of the good things that Ecuador has to offer [values and lifestyle] and incorporate them into our American way of life.”

This program provides an opportunity to understand and appreciate the diversity of another country—not just ethnically but also spiritually and environmentally. The exposure to another world view allows the meaning of life and the term “universality” to be directly addressed.

“In comparison to the U.S., Ecuador would rank as a small country. But, in spite of that, people are happy and healthy,” Bown said. “It’s an important lesson to be learned as we hold American ideals.”

The elements of enjoying human relations, food, culture and nature are used as common ground to establish basic bonds within the human race.

This program allows “students [to] grow by being out of their comfort zone in every way [and] by simply immersing themselves in an unfamiliar culture,” Bown said.

SU’s Student Government Association Vice President Savannah Albright shared her perspective on the beneficiary aspects of the program.

“My Spanish has definitely improved but I also feel a lot more cultured—it definitely helped me change my view of Ecuador for the better,” Albright said. “I especially liked learning about the indigenous culture because we don’t really have one quite like that.”

Emma Wille, the program coordinator, emphasized the necessity for tolerance and understanding within the human race.

“Something that is universally important right now is tolerance,” Wille said. “I think proximity creates tolerance because it’s really easy to other-size people when they’re far away—it’s easy to not realize that there’re more similarities than differences.”

An intimate exploration of the city of Cuenca in Ecuador was offered as some of the programs were able to tour domestic violence shelters, the geriatric center, a pre-school and public and private hospitals.

CEDEI Executive Director Mark Odenweler mentioned the constant opportunities in which global perspective presents itself. The achievement of understanding globalism and diversity can be seen through extending curiosity and turning it into knowledge.

“I genuinely hope that students will learn to ask good questions about themselves and their values as well as the ones here in Ecuador,” Odenweler said. “The process of asking ‘why’ is something we need to do more of in an effort to understand one another.”

Fulton Dean Pereboom Chosen for Prestigious Fulbright Seminar

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Staff Writer

 

Marteen Pereboom, the dean of the Salisbury University Fulton school, has been offered the opportunity to attend the renowned Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar in India.

He will travel there with just ten other colleagues next month. While there, he hopes to gain an understanding of higher education in India and get a better idea of their system so that “we can connect more effectively and strategically with them.”

He also hopes to establish more opportunities for Salisbury students to travel there.

“I would love to develop a partnership where we can send students to India for a whole semester,” Pereboom said, “because India has this incredible history and it’s an immense but incredibly diverse country and just such an unbelievably interesting place for our students to go.”

Pereboom credits traveling while in college as the impetus to his successes in life and as the reason for his passion behind fostering these opportunities for the students at Salisbury.

“When I was an undergraduate at my college, there was a well-established program that went to Germany. In those days it was still the Cold War and there was still an East and West Germany,” Pereboom said. “I thought I’d love to do that, and I somewhat timidly asked my parents–we weren’t wealthy or anything—whether that would be possible, and they said yes. They said, ‘Nothing teaches like travel.’”

That experience turned out to be invaluable as Dean Pereboom later became a historian who studied the Cold War. At Salisbury, his job allows him to foster invaluable experiences such as this for new generations of students, which highlights the importance and sublime opportunity that this prestigious seminar offers not just the dean but all of Salisbury University.

The Fulbright is not just an opportunity for educational professionals; students, too, can be rewarded with Fulbright awards that will give them the opportunity to study abroad and provide compensation for grad school.

“I highly recommend to our students to look into opportunities like this. University-wide, there’s a variety of opportunities—including going abroad to teach English,” Pereboom said. “It’s a very prestigious program and it’s an experience that can be kind of a game-changer for students. Its potential for Salisbury students in particular is to set yourself apart.”

Professor and SU Director of Nationally Competitive Fellowships Office (NCFO) Kristen Walton-Wade provides students with the resources they need to aid in their pursuit of these opportunities.

Walton-Wade is extremely knowledgeable about all of the fellowship processes. The number one thing she’d wish to highlight is that these opportunities are available to all majors and a range of GPA’s.

“GPA means a lot less than commitment to a specific country and a specific ideal or goal in mind,” Walton-Wade said.

This year 13 students went through the application process compared to last year’s seven. Walton-Wade expressed her hopes to potentially reaching 30 applicants.

Interested students should start looking into these opportunities as early in their undergraduate career as possible and are encouraged to visit the NCFO website (www.salisbury.edu/nationalfellowships) and their office (Holloway Hall 347) for any inquiries.

Salisbury Native Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din African American Month series

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By Rishon Seaborn

News Editor

Salisbury University kicks off the series lecture in honor of African American History Month with keynote speaker and Salisbury native Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din on Thursday.

The event, sponsored by the African American History Month Planning Committee and Office of Multicultural Student Services, welcomed a range of students and Delmarva residents.

Museum Specialist Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din presented her lecture’s theme entitled “Race and Violence: The Historical Context for Black Lives Matter.” The depth of the historical relevance and connectivity of these topics were explained throughout the presentation.

The development of this year’s theme was created by the Association of African American History as it revolves around the topic “Crisis in Black Education.”

As an employee of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Salahu-Din explained the significance of the plethora of exhibits that include original artifacts representing various time periods and events of importance.

Past artifacts including Nat Turner’s bible, Emmett Till’s original casket and remnants of lynch ropes can be found in exhibits throughout the Smithsonian located on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

“This museum represents American history—this is American history from the African American experience,” Salahu-Din.

These displays are able to feature and preserve the heartbreaking yet inspiring history that is so deeply embedded within the African American culture. Her past experiences with working with other museums such as the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Baltimore’s Great Blacks in Wax Museum provided her with additional knowledge.

Salahu-Din specifically focused on a few monumental elements that contributed to this particular history: violence and race.

“Violence is psychological, cultural, language—it is in the imagery,” Salahu-Din said.

The strong presence of the reoccurring pattern of institutionalized violence was explained on both a global and local scale. Salahu-Din was able to provide insight on Salisbury history.

Preserved artifacts that were found by a former Baltimore Sun investigative photographer during Salisbury’s 1931 Matthew Williams lynching can also be found on display in the Smithsonian.

These findings are able to tell a story and provide insight of the past that links to the future. This is particularly keen as the culture of today continues to be lived as well as analyzed.

Salahu-Din mentioned the relevance of volunteerism and the importance of being aware. One example mentioned was the Black Lives Matter movement and its progressive formation after the murder of Freddie Gray.

The behavior of systematic racial violence is important to the history and culture of today’s past and present. The Black Lives Matter movement shines light on these issues and brings attention to these injustices.

The Black Lives Matter movement allows diverse cultural backgrounds to understand how blacks have been marginalized.

“They recognize injustice and they’re standing up for what is right,” Salahu-Din said. “Until now, many Americans did not realize the prevalence of racial terrorism.”

These different aspects and themes are still building and adding on to American history as they continue to influence our culture. The usage of intellectual framework helps with portraying knowledge as well as accuracy throughout the several museums.

Assistant Professor of English Literature and Chairman of African American History Month Planning Committee April Logan explained the significance of this series.

“We try to plan events and programs that…will seem appealing and interesting to the broad public but also provide real depth around certain aspects of African American history,” Logan said.

The common goal of the committee is to allow research and knowledge within higher education to be more accessible to the public.

“Deborah is a perfect example because, on the one hand, everyone knows about the Smithsonian and it will attract people,” Logan said. “But when they come, they find this brilliant educator and scholar who can really distill this information in a way that’s accessible and meaningful.”

Salahu-Din concluded the lecture with encouraging words and additional insight on how activities of social justice can prevail.

“I encourage you to stay vigilant—as Booker T. Washington would say, “throw down your bucket where you are,” and always stand up for social justice,” Salahu-Din said.

City of Salisbury installs fiber optic conduit

By CHELSEA BRENNAN

Staff Writer

 

The City of Salisbury began construction to lay fiber optic conduit last month as part of its planned $5 million Main Street Improvements Project.

Salisbury is among one of the first cities in the United States to upgrade from coaxial cable to fiber optic cable. The installation of the fiber optic conduit is part of the larger outlook of the project.

Main Street Improvements Project contains three phases that span over a three year time period. Phase two of construction began on Oct 13. and is estimated to take one year to complete.This project has been in the works for over 10 years.

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“The Urban Salisbury Group conceptualized and published the Downtown enhancement plan in 2005-2006,” Deputy Director of Public Works Department Amanda Pollack said.

With the effort and support of community organizations, the City began planning to repair the streets and sidewalks, remove and extend bricked areas from The Plaza onto Main Street, while installing new street lights, signs and landscape. Over the years, the City decided to also repair the utilities located underground.

“When you’re about to do that much work on the street it only makes since to start looking at utilities,” Pollack said.  “So we hired an engineer and did a study to see the condition of the water main, sewer main and the storm drain. They were all in need of replacement.”

According to Pollack, while the construction is taking place in the Downtown area, the City concluded it was the best time to also install fiber wire conduit on Main Street.

“If we went back in the future to add broadband, we would be tearing up brand new sidewalks to do it,” Pollack said. “So we are including it in the project as well.”

The fiber wire conduit is a 4-inch diameter pipe meant to protect the fiber optic cable underground, estimated to cost $146,000. The City plans to sell the conduit to Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MBC) and in return the MBC will assume the cost of the fiber optic cable, installation, and maintenance.

The MBC will later install the fiber optic cable in the last phases of the Main Street Improvements Project.

Robbie Sheehan, Salisbury University Deputy Chief of Staff, said that Main Street business and residents will benefit from the fiber optic cable installation by having the fastest Internet in Maryland.

The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative, which is jointly sponsored by Salisbury University and two other councils, has plans to move to the Salisbury Downtown Building in The Plaza to take advantage of the faster Internet.

“One of the programs that’s moving down there is the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC). They do mapping for services for governmental agencies and private business,” Sheehan said. “A lot of what they do is very Internet intensive, making sure all there mapping applications are up to date. So that is really awesome that they will have access to the Internet capabilities.”

The Tri-Community Mediation is another organization located near The Plaza that is looking forward to the benefits of faster Internet.

Amber Green, a Re-entry Coordinator with Tri-Community Mediation, believes the faster Internet will enhance their office’s day-to-day operations, communication with customers and attract new businesses to the City.

“It’s going to be good for the new businesses that are coming,” Green said. “Fiber optics is not anywhere on the Shore.”

KCI Technologies has been hired by the Office of Public Works to oversee the project and manage public outreach.

Updates of the project’s progress will be posted on http://www.ci.salisbury.md.us/business/main-street-construction-project.

 

 

 

 

 

SU alumnus offers publishing guidance to students

By Sawyer Cornelius

Staff Writer

Salisbury University alumnus publication allows students the opportunity to become accomplished authors.

Founder of Best Seller Publications of Maryland (BSP) Corry Schulman offers prospective writers opportunities in publishing works. This includes print novels, instructional guides and various other forms of media works.

His publication gives interested students the tools they need to become published authors.

The 1986 graduate majored in psychology at SU. He began his writing career with some 15 years of work in a personally-owned and operated resume preparedness firm, where he reviewed thousands of employee resumes from numerous fields and areas of study.

Schulman’s most recent book, “Resumes that Impress,” was published earlier this year and gives a detailed look of professional resume design with tips and tricks on adding exemplar content.

“[The book] provides insight into how to identify and express personal and professional accomplishments,” Schulman said. “As well as career-related certifications so applicants can out-compete other job candidates.”

Many underestimate the power and importance that a clean and appropriate resume can bring.

“Well-put-together resumes have the capacity to increase annual income by roughly $10,000 in some employment cases,” Schulman said.

His previous work “Resumes for Higher Paying Positions” reveals a more in-depth feel for constructing and delivering a solid representation of one’s professional repertoire. Ranking 25th in a local book distribution’s top-40, the book is a must-read for tomorrow’s elite professionals.

Schulman advises students to think carefully about their career pathways and to associate themselves with and participate in organizations which run parallel to their occupational goals.

“I encourage students to participate in internships that are relevant to their careers and gain experience which goes much further than their education,” Schulman said. “This gives an opportunity to realistically apply their skills.”

With his accomplishments in book publishing, Schulman set out to make the process more user-friendly and easy. His company’s website offers an inside look at this simplified means of independent publishing.

Visitors who consult the online page will be directed to a query form where potential sellers can give interest and basic information regarding their future book’s manuscript.

Other aids such as ghost writing services, biographic research assistance and general critiquing are also available upon the securing of a contract agreement if desired. An included blog keeps publishers up-to-date on the latest sales, exclusive services and applications for literary grants.

BSP hosts an annual writing contest in which entrants upload their book’s manuscript for a possible shot at a $250 award prize with review and compliance with expressed rules. For more information, visit bestsellerpublications.com or email bestsellerpublications@gmail.com for possible publishing agreements, contest inquiries, rules and more.

 

The Avett Brothers come to Salisbury

By Miranda Haney

Staff Writer

 Accustomed to the limelight of big festivals like Coachella and Austin City Limits, Grammy-nominated folk band the Avett Brothers took a step back on Nov. 19 and performed for a small, intimate audience at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury – and all for charity.

The Legendary Giveback concert series began four years ago, when soft drink company Cheerwine teamed up with the Avett Brothers to create a performance that could give back to communities in need.

“We are aware that we’re a limited resource, but we’re just trying to tip things on a positive scale,” said Seth Avett.

The Salisbury performance raised thousands of dollars for three local nonprofits: Wags & Wishes in Cambridge, Hungry for Music and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

“We look for organizations that are important to both Cheerwine and the band,” said Cheerwine Brand Manager Joy Harper. “But at the same time they have to be important to the local areas where the concert is taking place.”

Over the years, the event has raised over $200,000 from ticket sales, online merchandise, and an annual auction of a limited edition Deering banjo signed by the Avett Brothers. With this year’s edition of an online Indiegogo campaign, Harper says the numbers are expected to increase.

“In year one we didn’t know if it would be an annual thing,” Harper said. “Now we’re in year five with hopefully more to come.”

For Scott and Seth Avett, the Legendary Giveback can be traced all the way back to when the boys were growing up in the little town of Concord, North Carolina.

“In several smaller towns and rural areas there’s a clear need for help,” said Scott Avett. “We try to aim at that. That’s where we’re from, that’s what we understand.”

The brothers have been making music together for over 20 years, but the band’s first tour wasn’t until 2002. Their album “The Carpenter” received a Grammy nomination in 2012 for Best Americana Album and their newest hit, “Ain’t No Man”, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative chart in 2016.

Although their fame came later in life and more gradually than many musicians, the Avett Brothers say that allowed them to better appreciate the hard work and dedication that helped them achieve their success.

“When we were 19 and 20, we were making art and playing music and we did dream about it,” said Scott. “And we still dream about what we’ll make this next month or tomorrow or next year.”

SU Social Work Students Visit ESP

By BRIANNA TIEDEMAN
Adviser
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What’s the move  on Mass Incarceration?

On Friday, Nov. 18, Salisbury University social work students traveled to Philadelphia, PA to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary, take a tour through the closed-down facility, and take a poverty tour through an impoverished community.

The facility opened in 1829 as an American state prison and closed in 1970. Its mission was to removed corporal punishment and ill treatment and focus on work and learning trades. ESP used the Quaker-style method of punishment and emphasized isolation from other inmates, spiritual reflection and awakening, and change.

Tour-guides, professors, and students discussed causes and solutions to Mass Incarceration and what the penitentiary could have done differently and changes they would like to see. Many agree that more services and prevention efforts are the best measures that helping professions can take to help slow down the cycle of incarceration.

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Inmates within the Eastern State Penitentiary(ESP) visited the barber shop that was located in their corridor. These locations morphed into hangout spots for inmates as they were intensely isolated throughout their sentences.

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Officials at ESP equipped each cell with one cot, one foam mattress, one pillow, and one “wash-up” station. Inmates were locked into their cells for 23 out of 24 every day and time away from the cell was contingent upon the guards’ decisions. The facility and the cells were heated, which was a luxury that most working and upper class citizens did not have during the mid 1800s when the prison opened.

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Scarce storage space existed within the penitentiary. Closet items contained blankets and sheets for cell-holders as well as other toiletries.

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The average stay at ESP in the early 1800s after the opening was 2 to 3 years. Initial charges consisted of theft, horse-theft, pick-pocketing, and other minor offenses. Later, in the early 1900s, sentences would increase to 20 to 30 years or life in prison. Charges associated with longer sentences involved first and second degree murder. The pictures above are portraits of murder victims that were killed by inmates at ESP. These are on display in an art-scape cell.

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The patch of dirt to the left in this photo may appear as dead grass and warn land; however, it represents the space of home-plate. ESP residents were allowed to play baseball in this outdoor recreation baseball field on special occasions.

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Hallways of ESP are set up as corridors. Nine corridors are placed on two levels of the penitentiary. The corridors are positioned in a sun-shape around a central location. This architecture served the purpose of guards being able to see down each hallway and know what is going on at all times. The architecture was also made to mirror church-like structures in hopes that it would inspire spiritual awakenings among the residents. However, they did not actually see the details or formations due to their rooms not having windows. Even the feeding gate was a solid door.

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This visual aid graph is placed in the middle of the aforementioned baseball field and outdoor recreation area of ESP. The 1970 column indicates the opening and closing of the state penitentiary. As seen above, rates of Mass Incarceration more than doubled from 1980 to 1990. Currently, in 2016, more than 2.3 million people are being held in American facilities.

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In addition to residents of ESP receiving their own cells, they also had access to their own “backyards” which could only be accessed through their cells. Guards allowed residents to spend one full hour of exercise time per day in their backyards.

New mobile app brings new dimension to campus security

By Sawyer Cornelius

Staff Writer

Salisbury University and local law enforcement partner with 911 Cellular in the operating of a new emergency app, 911 Shield. Although in the works for many months, recent and documented assaults over the past several weeks involving SU students have brought the app’s timely launch, in addition to safety measures still to come.

The free smartphone app introduced in October connects students and faculty to local emergency centers. Once 911 Shield is installed, it can detect an individual’s location if they are found within the boundaries of the SU campus.

It is then shared in order to provide greater efficiency in locating and solving a safety issue if one were to arise. If the app is opened during an emergency situation the user simply needs to press, “Get Help.” If no further action is taken after five seconds, assistance is automatically summoned and collected app information is forwarded to recognized first responders.

SU Student Government Association President Julia Howell shared her thoughts regarding the progress in campus safety. “We’re excited about this new app,” Howell said. “I think it’s a great measure of security that even if there isn’t a problem, it’s a feeling of comfort that students can have stepping onto campus, especially freshmen who are new to college life in general.”

The app also includes several other features, including quick access to Salisbury University’s crime beat police report, shuttle service and Saferide information at any given moment. In addition, users can create a profile with health and other personal information to be shared with the nearest emergency center if a call is engaged.

Friend Watch is one of the most attractive features of the app. It enables a peer-to-peer safety check that allows users to set a designated group loaded with customizable notifications if one or more users fail to check in after a predetermined length of time. Sophomore Megan Miller commended SU for their diligence in assuring strict campus security and safety.

“Not only does [the app] have all of the benefits of tracking and alerting authorities, but it can potentially cut down on the amount of assaults over time,” Miller said. “If an attacker knows students are equipped with the app, they are less likely to commit an unlawful act due to greater risk of arrest.”

Salisbury University Police strongly urge the campus community to download the app in order to increase safety efficiency and provide greater information to reduce future threats. This is not meant to replace standard 9-1-1 procedures. When an emergency or life-saving matter evolves, students are still asked to dial 9-1-1.

SU police officer Chris Shockley commented on the advantages of the app in an interview with local media. “When they call into us, we get a lot more personal information that you normally wouldn’t have on a 9-1-1 call,” Shockley said. “We get the caller’s name and how they registered. You’ll get their personal information and location here on campus.” The 9-1-1 Shield app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play marketplace.