New Ro-Fo Opens Local Doors

By Sawyer Cornelius

Staff Writer

A new Royal Farms convenient store-gas station duo is ready for business in Salisbury, making it the sixth in the area.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning with great show and fanfare.

Store number 167 is located at the intersection of Walston Switch Road and Route 50 East just before the Wor-Wic Community College campus.

The store boasts of amenities ranging from the typical 24-hour fuel and store service, to its “World Famous” chicken and F’real brand milkshakes. The facilities also include 16 modernized gas pumps, making payment at pump-side much easier than before.

Topping the list of store features is a coffee bar with 12 available fresh brews, a self-ordering sandwich counter and a small grocery goods section.

The location provides 30 jobs for locals, with possibly more on the way.

Frequent customer Alycia Barnes shared her take on the new store.

“I love this store, it’s spacey and has everything you’d ever want out of a gas station,” Barnes said.


Photo By: Sawyer Cornelius 

Royal Farms has been serving mid-Atlantic consumers since 1959, priding itself on the success of its fried chicken and eventual selling of on-the-go eats such as subs and sandwiches.

The quickly growing company now has 168 operating locations throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia; each resting upon core values of family, sustainability and brightening the everyday life of its valued customers.

However, the store provides more than gas and chicken. Sustainable practices of facility management are strictly followed at every “Ro-Fo” destination. During construction, 20 percent of its materials were produced within a 500-mile radius, considerably decreasing its environmental footprint.

Low-flow water fixtures and LED lighting reduce water and energy usage respectively by roughly 15 percent, as opposed to an average convenience store. In addition, all frying oil used to prepare its landmark chicken is recycled for alternative fuel sources.

Beyond environmental sustainability, the Royal Farms Corporation makes a priority of serving its local communities. At the ceremony, representatives from the Salisbury Zoological Park, local Life Crisis Center, Ward Museum, Salisbury Fire and Rescue, Boy Scouts of America and the 1955 Salisbury Memorial Restoration fund were each acknowledged and given donations for their efforts in making Salisbury a better place to live and work each day.

The West Salisbury Challengers, a co-ed baseball program for youth with disabilities, was also a recipient of the new store’s charitable initiative, making it possible for the team to compete in an annual tournament this coming May.

Public Relations Manager of Royal Farms Britney Eldridge shared some of the company’s goals.

“We always make an effort to give back to our communities in any way possible, whether through donations or allowing them to fundraise at our doors,” Eldridge said.

She emphasized the depth of influence that the team has made thus far.

“My favorite part of any opening is handing out checks to the people, organizations or businesses which truly make a difference in our society,” Eldridge said.

Other noteworthy guests included Salisbury’s Mayor Jake Day, various staff of Wor-Wic Community and building managers who made the store a reality.

There are plans for construction of a similar store in nearby Berlin. They are currently underway with opening scheduled for mid-January 2017.

New 3D technology arrives at SU

By Chelsea C. Brennan

Staff Writer

Salisbury University opened the Maker Lab in the new Guerrieri Academic Commons Building this fall.

The Maker Lab offers free 3-D printing for the entire Salisbury Community during the academic school year. The Maker Lab’s hours of operation are from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Maker Lab is closed on Sundays.

Printers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the lab’s availability status is accessible through the website.

Technology Librarian Chris Woodall explained that the 3-D prints, in addition to failed print jobs, are free of charge. The staff has chosen to not gauge the usage and cost for the lab’s operation this semester.

In the future, the cost of 3-D printing is predicted to be relatively inexpensive.

“We aren’t planning on gauging people. We aren’t making any money off of it,” Woodall said. “It’s just to give us enough funds so we can replace the filament and stuff like that.”

SU senior and computer science major Brian Johnson has begun printing his second 3-D project in the Maker Lab. Johnson is currently working on a project that includes building a one-foot-tall dragon piece by piece.

Each piece is estimated to take as long as 20 hours to complete the print. The 3-D printers continue to complete the printing process overnight.

“No one needs prior experience for 3-D printing,” Johnson said. “Google 3-D printing models, download the file to a thumb drive and just bring it in.”

SU senior and computer science major William Tippet is an employee working in the Maker Lab and has become familiar with the new printing technology over the past four years. He remains hopeful that the SU computer science department will offer a class to develop software for 3-D printing in the near future.


Photo By: Chelsea Brennan


Tippet encourages the community to start a 3-D printing project of their own at the Maker Lab.

“I can walk you through how to use Tinkercad, an open-source software online,” Tippet said. “I can then walk you through building and setting up the printers. Then I will call when it’s done.”

The Maker Lab is for anyone with an idea and its simple use allows for endless possibilities to become a reality.

Seagull Century returns

By Rishon Seaborn

News Editor

Sea Gull Century returned for its annual 28th year race this Saturday.

The infamous bicycling event included nearly 7,000 participants from near and far as they started and ended at Salisbury University. Even through the rain cyclists were eager to start the day with their routes.

Sea Gull Century is an exciting time for the Eastern Shore. The bicycling event is one of the largest tourist attractions of the fall season as it is projected to bring in about $2.5 million worth of revenue throughout the area.

The cyclists had the options of riding on three different routes: the 100 mile Assateague Century, 100 mile Snow Hill and the 64 mile Princess Anne Metric. This provides the participants with a chance to enjoy the nature of Delmarva’s Eastern Shore.


Photo By: Kathy Pusey

Cyclist Kim Fisher expressed her happiness for the return of the bicycling event this year.

“I’ve done Sea Gull Century 4 or 5 times so I was really disappointed that it was cancelled last year,” Fisher said. “But I mean you really can’t beat this and it’s for such a good cause too.”

The $90 registration fee and donations that cyclist contribute go towards several of the charities that’s Sea Gull Century supports.

The riders’ efforts assist with the following organizations: ALS Association, American Institute for Cancer Research, ASA of the Eastern Shore, Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Team Chase and Women Supporting Women.

There are also several other local non-profit organizations that benefit from Sea Gull Century. Their contributions provide several Salisbury University grants and scholarships.

A new Sea Gull Century scholarship was developed in memory of the late Robert Schultheis who was this year’s honorary. Schultheis was a 2000 SU graduate and a past rider who’s memory will continue to be remembered.

Despite the weather riders whole-heartedly came ready to bike their way through.

While some were riding there were also cycling vendors inside of Maggs Center showing their support for the cycling community as well.

Mile 1 Athletics Co-owner Diane Bradley shared her enthusiasm for cycling and her contribution to the cycling community.

“”I’ve done Sea Gull Century’s 100 mile ride at least 5 times,” Bradley said. “It really is like the Super bowl for cyclist.”

Bradley’s passion extends beyond the bike as her company caters to cyclist wear for the cyclers.

“This is time to celebrate that you’re a cyclist and this is our passion for our sport,” Bradley said.

Sea Gull Century provides an opportunity for the cycling community to unite through a shared passion and become a part of a larger cause for the sake of others.

“People come from all over the country for this event—it’s kind of a reunion of sorts,” Bradley said. “It’s a time where people from different bike clubs meet, ride, have a good time and then have dinner afterwards. It [the event] certainly captures the pinnacle of the cycling season.”

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.


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


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

Ribbon cutting officially opens the door on new Academic Commons



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


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


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

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.