SU’s Miss Maryland Teen winner makes civics education priority

 

BY SAMUEL STEVENS

Editor in Chief

Freshman Caleigh Shade won Miss Maryland Teen for 2018 out of a field of 71 contestants, and the first SU student to win the title.

The Cumberland, MD native has been in pageants since the age of 14 under a different system. This was her first year competing under the Miss USA Teen rules.

Shade and the other contestants were judged based on interviews, active wear and their evening gown.

The interview component is panel based, and then judges ask two on stage questions about the contestant. One is about the individual and the other is about community service hours and activities.

As the new Miss Maryland Teen, Shade makes appearances on behalf of the organization around the state.

While most of her events have been for state level Best Buddies, an organization she has been a part of since high school, she hopes to do more with SU groups.

“I’m always looking for more appearances, and my director always encourages me to make as many as I possibly can,” she said. “I’d love to do stuff here at school.”

The pageant partners with Best Buddies, DARE, Sparrow Clubs and other service organizations, according to their website.

As a double major in communications and political science, Shade hopes to go to law school and then into political broadcasting.

“My brother’s a politician, so it’s kind of something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said. Her brother, Jacob C. Shade, is president of the Allegany County Board of Commissioners.

Shade’s personal platform as Miss Maryland Teen is civics education.

She runs a program called “We the People: Our Voice Our Vote,” which she created three years ago. Its goal is to address the gap in education on government and the political process for elementary and middle school students.

Working on campaigns for state delegates and acceptance into the Hogan Fellowship Program gave her contacts to run the lectures.

We the People brings guest speakers, such as Maryland lawmakers and other title holders, to speak to students.

She says the focus on math and science has limited younger students’ exposure to the political process.

“You don’t get any civics education until your freshman year in high school,” she said.

State educational standards do cover government or US history until grades 9 and 8, respectively.

Their strategy has been to insert themselves directly into schools, rather than focus on lobbying boards of education to change curriculum.

We the People’s speakers in elementary schools focus on how voting affects citizens and its importance, while middle school students are educated on the Electoral College.

The program is non-partisan and does not address issues or party stances in order to avoid controversy and focus on the civic process itself.

“Especially when you’re talking to kids it can really get you in a little bit of trouble,” she said. “We have to keep it very, very non-biased.”

With her new title, she hopes to make an appearance at one middle school and one elementary school in each county.

Shade says the response has been very positive overall, and plans to incorporate the organization as a non-profit in Maryland.

Dr. Shawn McEntee hosts tenth PACE lecture

By: Abby Bivens

Staff Writer

@abigaillorene

Do we see wind, or the effects of wind?

This was the question posed during PACE’s Monday night lecture series “Democracy Across the Disciplines.”

Dr. Shawn McEntee, an associate professor of sociology at Salisbury, asked the audience this question leading into their discussion regarding marginalization and political access.

The question surrounds power and its distribution in society. It theorizes that power distribution is not directly seen, but its effects can be observed and studied.

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Abby Bivens photo.

During her lecture, McEntee led an interactive discussion about marginalized populations within the democracy of the United States.

Marginalizing can be defined as “relegating to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group,” according to Merriam Webster.

Historically this has been done with women and minority groups in the political realm of the U.S.

When asked what marginalizes people, the class reached a consensus that history had a lot to do with it. Dr. Shane Hall, assistant professor of English, chimed in saying that past social and political structures in the nation tend to hinder future developments.

Dr. McEntee explained that another factor that tends to impact one’s political access is education, thus referencing Dr. Erin Stutelberg’s presentation in early October.

As a sociologist Dr. McEntee has recognized how much of an impact education has on social class, which is a big factor in determining political access in this country.

While marginalization is a deep seeded issue in society, Dr. McEntee proposed a few possible solutions, a major one was avoiding stereotypes.

She suggests that the general population needs to allow groups to name themselves. This means not creating labels for minority groups, but also respecting the names or labels that they create.

Once groups create their own labels, Dr. McEntee says to listen to what they say, and how they say it.

One particular example of self-labeling that she provided was the “n” word, which is generally accepted when used by the black population, but not whites. A racist term that was often used in reference to slaves in the 19th century, has become a common term used amongst African Americans.

Paying attention to this norm and simply respecting it can allow for less marginalization.

Lastly, Dr. McEntee touched on the importance of becoming sensitive to language that dehumanizes and disempowers people.

Sociologists have come to the conclusion that harsh, dehumanizing terms such as ‘illegal alien’ are not subtle and have an unmeasured negative effect on these marginalized populations.

One of the keys to reducing the use of destructive language is saying something when you hear it and standing against it.

Dr. McEntee notes that these conversations can be difficult to have, but even extremely basic phrases like ‘I’m a little surprised that you would use that word,’ can prompt one to reexamine their diction.

Allowing someone to use dehumanizing terminology is perpetuating the issue.

The next lecture in PACE’s “Democracy Across the Disciplines” will be given by Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department Dr. Michèle Schlehofer on Nov. 20. Schlehofer will be discussing the topic of community organizing and protest in today’s society.

Lectures are held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in Fulton Hall, Room 111. All lectures in this series are open to any SU student as well as the general public.

Eric Paslay to headline fall concert featuring Love and Theft

By: Chase Gorski

News Editor

@cgorski12

CAMPUS— The annual Gullfest concert that takes place each spring now has a counterpart in the fall.

SU’s Student Organization for Activity Planning (SOAP) has added another concert to the yearly calendar and it is set to happen this semester.

On Nov. 30 Eric Paslay, joined by Love and Theft, will make up SOAP’s fall concert in the Holloway Hall Auditorium.  The event, planned by SOAP Concert Chair Shelby Tittle, will bring the country genre back to SU.

Paslay is a singer and songwriter known for songs like “Friday Night” and “Song About a Girl.”  Paslay is rumored to be working on his next album “Dressed in Black.”

Love and Theft is a group made up of Eric Gunderson, Stephen Barker Liles and Brian Bandas. They have been together since the mid 2000s and are best known for their platinum selling song “Angel Eyes” from 2011.  They most recently released their album “Whiskey on My Breathin 2015.

Last year Salisbury hosted an event with GrooveBoston, but Tittle felt improvements could be made.

“It wasn’t very well attended, we needed to market it better,” Tittle said. “Before that I don’t think there has been any ‘big name’ artists other than Gullfest in the spring.”

In her first semester as Concert Chair, Tittle took the idea of a fall concert and ran with it after hearing about some backlash from Gullfest. Many students have voiced their displeasure with the past two Gullfest events, and Tittle feels this fall concert is a great way to help boost the bad reputation.

“I wanted to try out country, and I’m hoping if that brings a decent crowd people will be excited about Gullfest as well,” Tittle said.  “Hopefully people will see this concert and think Gullfest will be different this upcoming year.”

Director of Center for Student Involvement and Leadership Tricia Garvey Smith has also had concerns regarding the spring event, specifically regarding the lack of attendance in comparison to the funds spent on the event.

“It frustrates me to see so much money spent and then 600 to 700 people going, which sounds like a lot of people but not when you’ve spent nearly $200,000,” Garvey Smith said.

Garvey Smith also feels that there is a lack of awareness surrounding Gullfest’s budget amongst students. While the budget is substantial, it is nowhere near the amount of money needed for most superstars in the music industry.

In order to alleviate some of the financial concerns, Tittle has gone in the direction of allocating a portion of the budget elsewhere.

“I think that it is great to have a smaller scale concert where we can do something like country music that we know our students like,” Garvey Smith said.  “I think it will help to raise awareness of Gullfest in the spring and hype students up.”

Tittle also feels that if SOAP were to split money to make sure more popular, well-known artists would come as opposed to one big artist and a handful of unknown groups, attendance would be greater.

“I was not a person that does stuff on campus before SOAP, so I wouldn’t go unless I knew the artists,” Tittle said.  “I know there’s a lot of people that are like me so if they know who it is hopefully they will come.”

The small-scale concert will be in Holloway Hall, which seats up to 700 people.  Tittle wanted to explore other indoor concert ideas besides Maggs Gym after it was announced that Gullfest was taking place there.

The lesser scale also gives SOAP a better guarantee of attendance. With such a limited number of tickets, the odds of selling out are much higher.

“We haven’t had a fall concert since 2013, it was extremely successful we sold out the first night since it was limited,” Garvey Smith said.  “It was a great show with good energy and a lot of fun.”

The decision to have Love and Theft opening for Paslay came much easier to Tittle than other negotiations have been in the past.  The well-known fiasco in which Logic backed out of his contract last spring has made many weary about the process.

The selection process comes down to feasibility in terms of budget as well as what artists or groups are available at that time.  SOAP typically uses a middleman service to handle the contract negotiations, and is using Concert Managers for the fall.

“I told Concert Managers our budget and they sent a list of artists that we could afford, I picked out three or four and we sent out the offer letters,” Tittle said.  “I did not think it would work out because these were my first two choices, but it was really easy.”

The sole rough patch that Tittle experienced was Love and Theft’s concert on Dec. 1 in Nashville, but it was solved once SOAP agreed that the group could perform an acoustic set.

Tickets for the show this month are set to go on sale on Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. and SOAP will cap the maximum limit of tickets at 700.  Tickets will be $5 for those who buy on the first day, and $10 for any day thereafter.

SU education students present findings in Bologna

By: Abby Bivens

Staff Writer

@abigaillorene

CAMPUS — Over the past year, three Salisbury University students have been working with Associate Professor of Education Dr. Patricia Dean, to study the amount of diversity that is present in children’s literature.

Seniors Allison Stallings and Emily Loux, along with recent SU graduate Amy Pierson, were selected as presenters for the European Early Childhood Education Research Association’s annual conference that took place in Bologna, Italy from Aug. 29-Sept. 1.

At this conference, they opted to do an interactive walk through presentation instead of a formal speech to better display their research.  In their presentation, they created posters to describe their findings and suggest solutions to this widespread issue.

“They really ran with the idea when I proposed it to them,” said Dr. Dean.

Dr. Dean pitched the idea based on her interest in children’s literature during her many years as an elementary school teacher.  Since becoming a professor at Salisbury in 2002, she was able to learn more about specific topics and begin performing research.

The three students spent many hours in elementary school classrooms and libraries throughout the state in order to evaluate what reading materials were available to young students.  They also spent time analyzing different children’s books to understand the representation of diverse characters in literature, noting what “good and bad representations of diversity look like.”

Dr. Dean saw that curiosity truly inspired this research. She also wanted to find out if classroom libraries were being updated to reflect the multitude of diverse families that are present in  modern classrooms.  The results were somewhat disappointing.

The group found that a vast majority of books available in classrooms center around the typical white household with two parents and two children.

“We studied six individual classrooms, and we found that only about two of them were what we considered to be ‘diverse,’” Stallings said.  “Those classrooms were those of teachers that were very culturally aware themselves.”

Dr. Dean explained the importance of exposing children to diverse literature through the ‘windows and mirrors theory.’  This theory states that books serve as windows for kids to look into and learn about other cultures and family styles, but also mirrors where they can see themselves and feel validation.

She also suggested that young students who do not see themselves represented in the literature they read most likely do not consciously recognize this. Instead they begin to see themselves as outsiders subconsciously.

They believe that an initiative to update school libraries to include families with unique structures and heritage is essential to educating young, developing minds about diversity.  Through these initiatives, schools will also be encouraging them to be accepting of others.

In response to the discouraging lack of diverse reading materials in elementary schools, the group has developed a possible remedy.  They comprised a list of about thirty books that they recommend to expand the diversity of literature available in classrooms.

When creating the list, the group found it important to find texts that were written by authors that came from the cultures themselves as a way to avoid stories with stereotypes of different races.

Once this list is finalized, they hope to distribute it in the educational community through organizations like the State of Maryland International Reading Association.

Some picks that made it onto this list include “In Our Mothers’ House” by Patricia Polacco and “Visiting Day” by Jacqueline Woodson.

Polacco’s book tells a story of an untraditional family— two mothers that adopted three children, each of different ethnicities.  The family experiences some dissenting views from the community, but nevertheless grows together.

“Visiting Day” describes a young girl’s special day, her monthly visit to see her father in prison.  This book discusses a touchy topic, but describes a harsh reality for one in every 14 children in the United States, who has a parent in prison according to PBS Newshour.

But Dr. Dean says that the list is a project that she sees as ongoing, due to the ever changing diversity in the U.S.

“The list will change as new books are constantly being published,” Dr. Dean said.

Stallings believes that the group’s research is being well received amongst their peers and that the presentation in Italy was just the beginning for the project.

The research and book list will be presented in Austin, Texas this July at the International Literacy Association’s Literacy and Social Responsibility Special Interest Group’s annual meeting.

It is also pending acceptance for the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council’s 46th annual conference in April, which will take place in Baltimore.

Stallings is really looking forward to attending the conference in Austin. She is excited to speak with American teachers after attending the international conference this month, which she describes as a “truly eye-opening experience.”

Dr. Dean is working towards a big step for the project, publication in academic journals.  She hopes to focus on this extensive process during the upcoming winter break.

Stallings has learned a great deal from her research and is excited to implement diverse literature into her own classroom in the near future.

“Amy, Emily and I are so grateful to be given this opportunity by Dr. Dean,” Stallings said.  “She has instilled a passion for early childhood education, research, children’s literature and travel within all of us.”

Moving forward, Stallings hopes to take what she has learned through this process in order to teach her future students with compassion and mindfulness so that they are better able to appreciate diversity in their own lives.

SGA announces election commission

By: Samuel Stevens

Editor-in-Chief

CAMPUS—SU’s Student Government Association (SGA) is introducing an election commission to run elections for their executive and judicial branches.

The goal of the commission is to not only plan and run the elections, but ramp up marketing for them.

“We’re trying to get more people to come out and vote, that’s been a recent problem in the past couple years,” Jill Scott, SGA Chief of Staff said. “A lot of people just don’t know exactly what they’re voting for.”

Projected activities include rules meetings, creating polling spaces and generating interest for the elections.

They also put a rule in place to examine money spent by candidates on campaign materials and have the right to audit a candidate if necessary.

The election will consist of 11 to 21 students selected by the SGA advisor and Director of Student Activities.

Members must be unaffiliated with any candidate.

The SGA wants to bring in interaction with other student groups through the commission, such as Commuter Connections, Honors Student Association, Multicultural Alliance and student political organizations.

They also want to have one student representative from each academic school.

Scott has also been in talks with political science professor Adam Hoffman to increase advertising. She also said she wanted to bring in the College Republicans and Democrats.

Additionally, the SGA wants to bring in SU drama and other arts students as another possible method for marketing, as well as SUTV.

Students can be anyone from the campus community however, and do not have to be a member of a club or organization.

The SGA developed the plan for the commission last spring, but did not have the time to fully implement the program.

The commission has seen interest from students.

“A lot of people have really been interested in it,” Scott said. “They’ve never really been involved in something like this with the SGA. In past years we haven’t really opened it up to a lot of people, but now we decided it’s best to open it up to the student body.”

The commission is part of a larger effort to increase student interaction with the student government.

The SGA is trying to improve its reputation among students and campus organizations, which has been a subject of debate in previous years.

“We try and fit in as much as we can,” Scott said. “We are a governing body, [but] we are still students.”

Shore Hatchery donation continues SU’s commitment to local businesses

By: Samuel Stevens

Editor-in-Chief

CAMPUS—The Philip E. and Carol R. Ratcliffe Foundation gave SU a $1 million gift on Oct. 27 to continue the Ratcliffe Shore Hatchery Program for another five years.

The program is designed to create jobs and businesses in Maryland and the broader Mid-Atlantic region.  Shore Hatchery also provides various scholarships and other funding for SU students.

The Ratcliffe Foundation’s first donation in 2013 helped start the program, and the new gift guarantees it at least until 2024, according to an SU press release.

The donation helps Salisbury give local and regional entrepreneurs startup funding.  With $200,000 distributed every year, there has been a total of $800,000 in awards since 2013.

Applicants compete in a “Shark Tank” style competition, where they present elevator pitches of their business to the Shore Hatchery’s board of directors.

Winners receive both money and coaching from the board, who lead local businesses such as Perdue Farms, Rommel Holdings, South Moon Under and Pohanka Automotive Group in addition to others.

Those not awarded funding still have the opportunity to receive mentorship from the board as well.

Unlike winners of the student business competition, recipients are expected to open within six months of receiving their award and employ at least three people by the end of the year.

Shore Hatchery grew out of the Richard Bernstein Achievement award for the student business competition in 2012.  SU pitched a version of the business plan competition to regional applicants for the Ratcliffe Foundation.

Entrepreneurs from the first four years of the program have reported over $4 million in revenue with 179 employees hired.

The foundation awarded SU with this new donation based on these successes.

“They consider us their flagship,” Director of Shore Hatchery William Burke said. “They like the energy and enthusiasm that we have for entrepreneurship…and more importantly they like the results that we’ve achieved.”

Diversity of entrepreneurs has been a significant part of the program, as well as diversity of business types.  The startups are a mix of food or beverage, technology, health services, products and sometimes retail businesses.

Wings of Life Mobile, LLC of Salisbury and HUCK Performance Buckets of Ocean City were winners of the fall 2017 competition, announced on Nov. 3.

Both businesses received $25,000.

Salisbury phlebotomist Zandra Cephas’ Wings of Life is an in-home blood and other bodily fluid testing service. It helps patients who may have difficulty leaving their home, such as people with oxygen tanks or wheelchairs.

HUCK Performance Buckets is owned by Joe Schneider. The five gallon buckets are an improvement on existing designs. They make use of DuPont’s Zytel metal replacement material and Vibram grip so they do not slide.

Other winners who received smaller prizes included a Baltimore nail salon, a biological research firm, a tea company, and a custom T-shirt shop.

The competition awarded $102,000 in total.

Shore Hatchery intends to increase their support for local and regional businesses beyond money and mentorship.

As of now Hatchery winners receive $50,000 and mentorship, but in the future they plan to open a center in downtown Salisbury to give the new businesses a short term lease.

“We’ll be highlighting them, presenting them and introducing them to the community,” Burke said.

They want the new businesses to find a location within the state or county, but the best case scenario would be in Salisbury.  The Hatchery intends to roll out the leasing support by 2020.

Currently the Perdue School’s Hub hosts the winners of the student and Hatchery competitions that are in a pre-launch phase.  Burke wants to provide more in terms of what the Hub offers.

“Right now we’re accommodating them…[but] not in the numbers or in the facilities that are optimum,” Burke said.

The Perdue School plans to expand their Hub located in Perdue Hall to a new downtown location.

The Shore Hatchery has grown in its first four years, and the newest gift from the Ratcliffe Foundation will help it continue.

Arby’s on Route 13 to relocate

By CHARLIE FERN

Staff Writer

CAMPUS- The Arby’s located on South Salisbury Boulevard will be closing on Oct. 31 and shifting to a new location near Wor-Wic Community College.

The decision to open a new store on Summer Drive was made a couple of months ago by upper management.  The closure of the South Salisbury location was announced via money mailer coupons and customer receipts.

Cody Schwenk, the general manager of the South Salisbury location, says the property of the existing store was sold because it was the oldest store.

“We’re relocating our assets to the higher volume store,” Schwenk said.

Despite the location change Schwenk expects to keep existing customers.

“I think we provide good enough service and high enough quality food that regular customers won’t mind driving an extra mile and a half to get the same experience,” Schwenk said.

The decision to relocate was not influenced by the presence of nearby restaurants such as Cook Out.  Schwenk did acknowledge that the closing of the Wendy’s next door helped Arby’s out.

Though the scenario is nearly identical to what happened with the South Salisbury location of Plaza Tapatia, different people are involved with the Arby’s decision.

“We did really well this year. Cook Out’s a different clientele than we go for, so we didn’t really get messed up in their market,” Schwenk said.

Route 13 is a prolific spot for fast food restaurants. Other names in the area include Hardee’s, Burger King and Sonic. Non-fast food eateries nearby include Domino’s, Pat’s Pizzeria and Ruby Tuesday.

Despite the competition, Arby’s held their own in a glutted marketplace.

The staff currently working at the South Salisbury location will be absorbed by the Arby’s on Ward Street next to Wicomico Middle School.

The biggest change is that the Summer Drive location will serve breakfast like the other two Arby’s restaurants located in Salisbury. Schwenk sees serving breakfast as another way to provide a better service to the people.

The new location will also have more modern facilities than the South Salisbury location, which Schwenk said was built in 1970. This is the primary reason for the relocation to Summer Drive.

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Emma Reider photo

Summer Drive does not have as many eateries as Route 13, limiting the competition that Arby’s will have to face.  There is a Royal Farms next to where the new Arby’s will be, but not much else.

The new location will be about six and a half miles away from the closing one. It is currently unknown who bought the South Salisbury property and what will become of it.

USM announces presidential search committee for SU

By: Chase Gorski

News Editor

Just a few weeks following University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert Caret’s meeting with student leaders at SU, an official search party to find the new Salisbury president has been announced.

The 15-person committee was announced today in a press release from the USM, headed by D’Ana Johnson, member of the Board of Regents.

“Identifying and hiring talented, visionary presidents for USM’s 12 institutions is one of the Board of Regents’ most important responsibilities,” Caret said via press release.

Chancellor Caret was eager to begin the process once the announcement was made that President Dudley-Eshbach would be stepping down following this academic year.

This committee will begin the process of searching and screening possible options for the position.

In the press release the USM explained that within the next few weeks the search committee will travel to SU to hold a forum in order to gauge a larger audience.  Similar to Chancellor Caret’s visit, students will have the opportunity to learn about the search process as well as voice their thoughts on what SU needs.

As for the committee itself, Johnson will serve as the chair leading the group of faculty, students, alumni and members of the Salisbury community.  The list is as follows:

  • Robert Rauch-USM Board of Regents
  • William P. Burke-Professor of Practice in Information & Decision Sciences at SU
  • James Buss-Dean of Honors College at SU
  • Mike Dunn-President/CEO of Greater Salisbury Committee
  • Julia Glanz-City Administrator for the city of Salisbury
  • Helena Hill-Assistant Dean of Student for Orientation and Student Conduct at SU
  • Brittany Kesteven-President of Graduate Student Council and SU student
  • Edwin Lashley-Chief of SU Police
  • Arthur Lembo-Professor of Geography and Geosciences at SU
  • Deborah A. Mathews-Professor of Social Work at SU
  • Robert Moore-Chair of Salisbury University Foundation, Inc.
  • Sarah Surak-Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at SU
  • Cearrah Sherman-President of Student Government Association and SU student
  • Leonard Raley-USM Vice Chancellor for Advancement and President of USM Foundation

These 15 committee-members will aim to select a short list of finalists to be considered by the chancellor and Board of Regents, after which they will make the final decision.  The entire process is said to take approximately six months, giving SU the name of President Dudley-Eshbach’s successor before the end of the spring semester.

For more information and the entire press release by the USM, follow http://www.usmd.edu/newsroom/news/1769.

Dr. Shane Hall explores the democratic imagination through literature

By ABBY BIVENS

Staff Writer

@abigaillorene

Dr. Shane Hall is a first-year professor at Salisbury University in the Environmental Studies department, but he focuses on the intersections of art, nature and culture.

An avid literature fan himself, Dr. Hall often studies environmental literature, which he describes as “the white man hiking” genre because these types of stories dominate a majority of popular American nature stories.

However, Dr. Hall believes that this is a reflection of the nation’s cultural values.

This comes from a widely agreed upon concept that all forms of arts are representative of how people see the world.

He explored the meaning of the word ‘represent’, using the literal definition “to make present again.” If certain groups are not properly represented in everyday culture, they will be less present in different art forms like literature.

“For many, this is a narrative of oppression and exclusion,” Dr. Hall said.

Dr. Hall has recognized the lack of representation of certain demographics in his line of work.

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Dr. Hall used this graph to quantify the lack of diversity in the U.S. environmental industry. Source: diversegreen.org

According to Dr. Hall, people of color presently make up 36 percent of the nation and minorities are consistently more concerned about issues like climate change than white people.

He suggests that this vast underrepresentation of minorities in the environmental industry may be due to unfairly biased hiring processes.

Proposing a potential remedy, Dr. Hall argued that studying diverse literature can cultivate a more democratic imagination.  By exposing oneself to a variety of experiences and mindsets that may not be identical to one’s personal life experience it helps to foster this imagination.

This may lead to a growing sense of empathy, make people better communicators, expand critical thinking skills and enhance one’s attentiveness to ‘gray areas’ and ambiguity.

The lecture then transitioned into an interactive component, learning how to create a public narrative to better fulfill one’s democratic imagination. Each member of the audience was given a series of questions to prompt their narrative.

Participants were asked to describe a public issue that they were drawn to, how they are drawn to it, how their story might resonate with people in the community and how to change this issue.

Answered varied from the “massification” of individuals to issues like racism and income inequality.

Dr. Hall asked attendees to “make themselves a little uncomfortable” and share their narratives with the person next to them.

In closing, Dr. Hall shared a compelling poem about American democracy, Let America be America Again, by Langston Hughes.

He explained that he shared this piece with the class because although the piece is over eighty years old, he believes that it still describes a reality that exists within the nation.

This poem has recently grown in popularity, with many analysts comparing the satirical portion of the poem to Donald Trump’s election platform in last year’s election.  Experts agree that Hughes’ poem now has a renewed importance in today’s world.

The poem is satirical in nature, describing the “land of the free” but in the stanza breaks saying things such as “there’s never been equality for me, nor freedom in this homeland of the free.”

His writing tells the story of a group that is frequently overlooked by those who do experience the ‘American dream,’ “the millions who have nothing for our pay.”

The next lecture in PACE’s “Democracy Across the Disciplines” will be an interactive discussion entitled “Democracy Every Day” on Nov. 6.

Lectures are held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in Fulton Hall, Room 111. All lectures in this series are open to any SU student as well as the general public.

Starfish Program to set the standard for student leaders at SU

BY SAMUEL STEVENS

Editor-in-Chief

CAMPUS— A young woman is throwing starfish on the beach back into the sea, when a man challenges her that there are many other beaches with starfish stuck in the sand.

The woman tells him that she knows that, but wants to try and make the most difference in the world she can.

This “Starfish Story” is the basis of a new leadership training program at SU, which is being debuted by Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) graduate assistant Savrae Garnett.

Starfish is a leadership training program designed to benefit student leaders at all levels of experience, from those trying get more involved to members of club or organization executive boards.

“Another purpose of the program is to engage students who may not already be in a leadership role on campus,” Garnett said. “For those looking get their foot in the door and test the waters.”

Garnett developed the Starfish Leadership Program over the last year based on her graduate work in post-secondary education.

The training covers several different subject areas.

“It encompasses certain skills, transferable skills particularly, that would definitely assist you on your next chapter of life,” Garnett said.

Garnett believes that leadership is the most sought after skill in the workplace. It encompasses team work, creating and executing a vision as well as working under pressure.

The training is also designed to help with skills that are difficult to learn in the classroom.

The program appeals to different levels of student leaders, and has three tiers: emerging, established and advanced.

The first track, the emerging level, is specifically intended for freshmen with little to no experience and will help to teach the basics of leadership. The established section is for student leaders that have held a leadership position on campus.

The advanced level is reserved for those that have held two positions and have completed the established track of the training. More advanced members learn theories and other aspects of interpersonal communication that aid leadership, such as emotional intelligence.

Styles of leadership like motivational or transitional are another aspect to the higher track.

Organization leader is the final track for students on the executive board of their club or organization. This training is designed to help those board members in their organization.

A student can apply to the track best suited to their level of experience.

Members take part in workshops, sessions and service learning as part of the training process. They also write a personal vision statement.

One on one coaching sessions help participants develop their own vision and leadership style. The emerging leadership level focuses on that personal development.

The program places emphasis on the servant-leadership method, with community service as is an integral part of participation and advancement. Starfish is designed to work with Student Government Association (SGA) events like I Love Salisbury.

Members are also expected to attend Career Services workshops as well as Cultural Affairs events.

The writing and participation goes into a portfolio submitted for review, and then the members get a certificate of completion for taking part in Starfish. After completing one track they can move up to the next level.

With multi-level training and a long term vision, Starfish’s goal is to improve the standards and number of campus leaders.