Argentinean author brings knowledge and understanding to SU

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BY RISHON SEABORN
Staff Writer

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

White Nose Syndrome: A North American Bat Epidemic

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BY PATRICK MILLER
Staff Writer

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

Academic building receives new honor, name

BY SAWYER CORNELIUS
Staff Writer

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

Still no Derulo: Local bands save Gull Fest

BY RICKY POLLITT

Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alpha Kappa Alpha welcomes new sisters to the family

BY NIMPAMYA JANAT NAMARA

Staff Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Health Services provides new services to sexually active students

BY AMANDA CIANFLOCCO
Staff Writers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monks share culture at SU

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BY SHANNON WILEY

News Editor

@TheShannonWiley

Salisbury University had a taste of Tibet last week as SU hosted 11 Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Georgia.

The monastery is a Buddhist temple, “dedicated to the study and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion,” according to their pamphlets. It also follows in the legacy of the Drepsung Loseling Monastery of India.

The temple is supported by its members and donors as well as with the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Tibetan monks practice Buddhism, a religion devoted to finding enlightenment and piece in oneself after the practice of Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught this way of living in India over two thousand years ago.

This visit marked the monks’ fifth stay at the campus, and each time they constructed a mandala and taught about their culture.

During the week, SU students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, were welcome to several free events where they could experience and learn more about the monk’s lives and Tibetan culture.

The week started on Tuesday April 12 with the opening ceremony in Holloway Hall’s Great Hall, and continued that day through Friday with construction of a sand mandala in the same room. [Read more…]

A mayor’s call for urban renewal

BY SAWYER CORNELIUS

Staff Writer

Change is in the air for both Salisbury University and residents of the Salisbury community.

Newly-elected Mayor Jacob Day led a discussion hosted by the SU Smart Growth Club regarding his aims for urban redevelopment and growth throughout much of the city.

The event titled “Diet and Exercise: Urban Redevelopment in Salisbury” was held this past Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Henson Science Hall as an integral feature of the club’s “Sustainable Communities” lecture series which aspires to educate students and members of the public on lessons of environmental sustainability.

Club advisor Amal Ali kicked off the event with introductions of herself, the club’s officers and the mayor himself.

Mayor Day has been a life-long resident of Salisbury. He studied architecture at the University of Maryland and later acquired additional degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Oxford Universities. [Read more…]

SGA Elections Set

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Staff Writer

In a revolutionary move for the school, Salisbury University’s Student Government Association held elections from April 11 to April 15 for the upcoming school year, letting any student run without prior SGA experience who wanted to for the first time.
Results were released on Friday, announcing the new SGA President Julia Howell, Executive Vice President Savannah Albright, Vice President of University Affairs Lael Kelley, Vice President of External Affairs Frankz Condori, Vice President of Public Relations Kelsey Richards, Vice President of Diversity Cearrah Sherman and Vice President of Sustainability Jacob “Kobi” Azoulay. [Read more…]

Obama’s Havana trip highlights administration’s diplomatic efforts

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BY REED SHELTON

Staff Writer
@ReedAShelton

In a show of commitment to his pledge to normalize relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama’s March visit to Havana marked the first time a sitting president has set foot in that country since Calvin Coolidge travelled there in 1928.
Ending the Cold War policies of the 1960s and restoring diplomatic ties and trade with Cuba has been a continuing White House policy since 2009, and whilee considerable change has been made by the mutual reopening of embassies, relaxation of travel restrictions and renewal of mail services, it remains uncertain how far the changes will go.
According to Eric Rittinger, an associate professor of political science at Salisbury University, the efforts and victories made by the Obama administration have been the preemptive steps necessary for any legitimate change to be made in the future.
“I think what these policy changes represent is more symbolic than substantive in some ways,” Rittinger said. “But I think, ultimately, that it will lead to more substantive changes down the road.”
One of those substantive changes envisioned by the White House is the lifting of the 56-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba, which was established following the Cuban nationalization of American Oil refineries and restricts all trade to the island nation with the exception of food and medicine. [Read more…]

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