Four ways to get motivated for spring semester


Staff Writer

There is no denying that the end of a semester can take a toll on students.

Projects, papers and presentations are often crammed into the last few weeks of the semester.  To top it all off, there are final exams! All of this work can leave students feeling stressed and burned out.

After students scramble to turn in final assignments, it is imperative that they take a break to recharge and prepare for the spring semester. They can then return to campus refreshed and ready to learn. Here are some ways that college students can keep up their motivation and get organized for the semester ahead.

1. Use winter break to recharge and catch up

Winter break provides a welcome opportunity for students to recharge after a stressful semester. During winter break, make sure to take time for yourself, away from academic pursuits.

This is a great time to pursue a hobby, watch a TV series, start reading a book or just get some sleep. While it is important to relax during winter break and arrive for the spring semester motivated and eager, winter break is also a great time to catch up.

Take care of any work that you have to do or any responsibilities you may have neglected during the fall semester. This way you will not be swamped with work when you return for the spring semester.

2. Make time for friends and family

It can be tough to carve out time to see family and friends who do not live near campus, especially if your home is hours away from Salisbury. Before the spring semester begins, set aside time to catch up with friends and family, especially those you rarely get to visit.

While socialization time is often forgotten about in the wake of final exams and projects, making time for loved ones can help you arrive for the spring semester feeling recharged and socially supported.

3. Get organized

Many students find it helpful to clean out binders, folders and backpacks at the end of a semester. This way there will not be any unnecessary clutter lying around for the next semester. Before the spring semester starts, get rid of papers from the fall semester that you will not need anymore, in order to make room for new items.

It is also a good idea to keep important documents from the fall semester in a folder or other organizer. If you need them again during the spring semester, you will know where they are.

4. Make a change

Sometimes adhering to a personal routine during the semester can start to feel monotonous by the end of the semester. The time between semesters provides a chance to change that routine.

Whether it is new room decorations, a new haircut or something else entirely, making a small change can help you feel renewed for the spring semester. Some ideas include rearranging your room, joining a local volunteer organization or taking up a new hobby.

Getting through the end of a semester is tough. With these tips, you will be able to recover from the fall semester and arrive back on campus with a renewed sense of motivation, ready for anything.

SU Spotlight: Abby Snow reveals the art of pushing limits


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Photo taken by Mariann Snow, mother of Abby Snow (pictured).

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Double majoring in international business and corporate finance, along with minors in Spanish and accounting, sophomore Abby Snow takes student involvement and goal setting to completely new levels.

Apart from taking five to six classes a semester, Snow takes on multiple responsibilities in addition to her school work. This includes being a Student Business Leader (SBL), Honors College Ambassador and a member of the business fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi.

As a SBL, Snow works as what she describes to be “a liaison between the students and the faculty of the business school.”  She highlights that their main duties take place during advising season, such as consulting freshmen and transfer students. They help them understand where their transfer grades go, what classes they need to take to stay on the right path, as well as answer any questions they might have about the Perdue School of Business.

Snow also donates her time and knowledge to her peers as a Supplemental Instructor for Accounting 201.

“I sit in on a particular class and then for about an hour and a half after class twice a week I take the material that was learned in class and give examples to other students so they can apply it,” Snow said. “This includes practice problems, homework problems, and any other questions or concerns the students have with a particular lesson.”

As a member of Salisbury’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, Snow works to better her community while also gaining valuable knowledge and networks in the business world.

“We have meetings twice a week and we are required to get thirty-two volunteer hours throughout the year,” Snow said.  “And then on the professional side of the fraternity it’s more of going to interviews and having professionals come and speak to us, giving us a chance to network with them.”

Snow is no stranger to multitasking as she has taken on the challenge of juggling multiple jobs in her home life as well.

“Aside from my jobs within the university, I also want to get a restaurant job because at home I had a waitressing job, I was a cashier at a bakery and I also worked at an office,” she said. “So, at home I overload myself with responsibility and I’ve kind of started to do that here as well.”

In her advice to other students who want to take on more responsibilities, Snow reveals her key to success is time management.

“Staying organized and keeping a planner helps me to keep things in check and reduce stress,” she said “I really like to plan and I like to check things off.”

Aside from the plethora of time Snow gives to her peers and the university, she likes to spend her free time writing.  What she explained to have started out as “just a hobby” has grown to be another occupation, for Snow is in the works of having her first novel published.

Snow’s idea for what is soon to be her first published novel was born when she was just 14 years old.

“When I was younger, I wanted to be an author; that was my big dream,” Snow said. “But I wanted to write full length novels, not just short stories…and at fourteen I just started writing.”

But just because the idea of being an author seemed farfetched at the time, it did not stop Snow from pursuing it.

“It was a fourteen-year-old invention, and I’m nineteen now so I have kind of manipulated it and it’s been a five-year work-in-progress,” Snow said. “The storyline has definitely changed a lot.”

Snow gives a synopsis of her book, Resubmerged, stating, “It is a young adult fantasy. It’s about a girl who is fifteen and she’s from this realm called Dunchoria.”

She described Dunchoria as being similar to the fantastical world of Narnia in the element that there are portals back and forth.  She explained that the main character, Rose, must go on the run from the government because her power of being able to manipulate others’ feelings makes her a wanted target.

Making her dream of becoming a published author a reality was not an easy process, but Snow was determined and willing to do the research and work necessary to make it happen.

“Most authors have agents, and so I submitted the first 20 pages of my story and gave a synopsis of it to multiple prospective agents,” Snow said. “Of course, I don’t have connections so it’s a lot harder to get someone to believe in the success of my book, so I didn’t end up getting one and I got frustrated, and I decided to self-publish.”

After conducting some research on the self-publishing process, Snow ended up making an account on a self-publishing website.  She now has her own website that she runs, which will allow her to put Resubmerged on Amazon and in book stores like Barnes & Noble by May of 2018.

Snow’s biggest advice to achieving success is to always push yourself to the best of your abilities.

“If you over apply yourself you can learn how to handle it,” she said.  “Don’t stretch yourself too thin, but if you don’t think you’re going to get that job, still apply for it.  Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from going after your goals.”

Snow plans to study abroad in Spain next semester, and hopes to do an internship to further explore her inclination for business this summer.  She aspires to one day be CFO of a company, as well as have several books published.

Following graduation, Snow hopes to land a job in the financial department of a business with international branches so she can travel – particularly to Spanish speaking countries.


SOAP brings greeting card artist in time for the holidays


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The cards featured were created by artist Paul Kleba for his business, Personacards. (Photo by Haley Dick.)

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Salisbury University’s Student Organization for Activity Planning (SOAP) brought in artist Paul Kleba to make personalized greeting cards free of charge Monday.

Kleba started his own personalized greeting card business, Personacards, and has been traveling to colleges and universities since 1993 to provide students with his service, according to his website. He has been to SU two other times before this event.

“I always wanted to be a cartoonist in some capacity, so it was just an idea I started,” Kleba said. “In less than a year I was doing it full time from referrals from one school to another.”

SOAP set up a variety of card samples, and Kleba created the cards from scratch for students to see the process. Interacting with the students and being on a college campus often inspires Kleba to create new punch lines to fit his target market.

“The best way is I hear students say things,” Kleba said. “I hear how words jumble together and then I figure out how to play off them.”

A previous SOAP representative organized the event because she wanted to give away something that is not the same for everyone, Kleba said.

SOAP President Jenna Russo said she was especially excited about the event as the holidays are nearing, though she was not involved in the planning process.

“I hope that [students] find [the cards] enjoyable and can share them with their friends,” Russo said.

Julia Luebs, a student worker for the Guerreri Student Union, was looking for a card for her friend’s 21st birthday. It took her a while to sort through the variety of options Kleba provided before selecting a card.

“It really looks like something that is bought at the store,” Luebs said.

Kleba mentioned how the invention of Facebook has changed the way greeting cards are thought of today. He thinks that social media has extended the life of greeting cards, though he has not conformed to selling his cards online.

“I like the physical presence and interaction of what I do and seeing how people react to my work,” Kleba said.

SGA partners to increase sustainability efforts


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Photo by Megan Campbell.

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CAMPUS—Salisbury University’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Student United Way teamed up to combine Recycle Madness with the first annual SU Shred Day.

Students, faculty and staff members met in Red Square Friday to get rid of their recyclables in friendly competition. All recyclable materials were weighed on a scale and the weight was then added to the total weight of recyclables for the donator’s club or organization of choice.

SGA will award the organization that generated the heaviest weight of recyclables with $150, the second place group with $100 and the third place group with $50.

SGA VP of Sustainability Julia Lavarias said Recycle Madness is about bringing the campus together and really encouraging recycling. She believes the incentive helps draw more participation from clubs and organizations.

“I think it is so successful because we advertise it and because organizations make it a thing and advertise it also,” Lavarias said. “I think that’s why they are encouraged to recycle.”

Lavarias said Recycle Madness dates back to 2012, unlike her position, which was just recently created.

“The position of sustainability actually didn’t exist a few years ago,” Lavarias said. “One of the professors told me it was created so that the environmental organizations would have more of a connection and involvement on campus.”

In fall 2016, 8,783 pounds of recyclables were collected in total. 37 organizations were recognized for donating 75 pounds or more each, though more groups participated and contributed to the grand total.

The recycled metals were taken to Salisbury Scrap Metal, and all other recycled materials were taken to the Route 5 Transfer Station before being delivered to Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s processing facility, according to Lavarias.

SU Shred Day is expected to increase the amount of recyclables donated by allowing students, faculty and staff to throw their old papers into the shred truck to be put on to the scale.

“I think there will be more participation because faculty have a lot of papers to shred,” Lavarias said. “I think that the only thing that’s kind of discouraging everyone is that you have to pay 80 cents [per pound], but other than that I think it is a good collaboration.”

The shredding event was organized by the Student United Way and all proceeds went to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

Emily Taggart, sophomore representative for the Student Nurses’ Association (SNA), thinks Recycle Madness is important for bringing the clubs and organizations on campus together for the better of the planet.

She oversaw the organizing and advertising of the event to the members of SNA.

“I’m a huge supporter of trying to reduce our carbon footprint and I think events like this bring that awareness to campus while also making it a fun ‘competition’ between the different organizations,” Taggart said. “The last I was told we had 178 pounds of recycling which is pretty amazing!”

The Outdoor Club was the first place winner for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, but were outweighed this year by the Graduate Student Council.

The results of this year’s Recycle Madness showed a total of 9,656 pounds of recycling collected.

Endless opportunities with SU’s Volunteer Center


Gull Life Editor

Community service opportunities are not hard to come by thanks to the Volunteer Center here on campus.

The Volunteer Center is run by graduate student and former SU Field Hockey player Katie Hastings, and provides students with a wide variety of community service opportunities and ways to get involved locally. It is a subsection of Career Services.

“I just want to find ways to shine the light on the good that students are doing,” Hastings said. “I know, as far as the community, because you are surrounded by a college, that we can maybe sometimes put bad out for the community, but I want to kind of just reflect all the good that students are doing and how much they are volunteering.”

An upcoming opportunity to volunteer through the center will take place on Nov. 16 in which a group of SU students will partner up with the Chesapeake Housing Mission, or CHM, to participate in a ramp build. According to their website, the CHM was formed “to provide vital housing repair services through Christian Mission to low-income families living in the Chesapeake Region.”

“It is a one day project, but it takes a lot of hands on deck,” Hastings said. “At the end of the day we get to meet the family that we are building the ramp for.”

There is no prior experience needed to aid in the construction of the ramp build and transportation will be provided. The build will be capped at 15 volunteers.

Student United Way Fundraising Chair Katelyn Mader has participated on ramp builds with Chesapeake Housing Mission twice. She had no prior construction knowledge.

“I think the biggest take away was finding out that you could go into this thinking you don’t really know how to build anything, but you realize it is actually not that hard,” Mader said. “They told you how to do it and made it simpler.”

Hastings is currently coordinating an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to be able to adopt an angel from an Angel Tree and be responsible for buying Christmas gifts from a wish list. The volunteer center will be responsible for distributing those gifts to the Salvation Army, who will then hand them out to the specified students.

The volunteer center has plans of sponsoring a volunteer trip in spring of 2018, but it is not confirmed if it will be financially feasible.

SU’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ play review


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Staff Writer

CAMPUS — Salisbury University offers a modern twist on the Shakespearean play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Shakespeare, who mostly wrote tragedies full of gruesome death scenes, wrote this comedy, which stands out from his other plays.

This comedy is the SU directorial debut of Dr. Mark Saltzberg, a new faculty member in the Music, Theatre and Dance Department.

His version of the Shakespearean play upends traditional gender roles “in favor of a radical queer, counterculture aesthetic in order to critique the heteronormativity and misogyny rampant in the text,” he said.

Unlike in the original play, these characters question their sexuality through homoerotic themes that run throughout the play.

“One cannot escape the one-sidedness of the representation of love,” Saltzberg wrote in his director’s note. “It is only male-female love that is depicted. One cannot escape the fact that the great Amazon, Hippolyta—native to a matriarchal society of women warriors—is presented as acquiescent and has less than 2 percent of the lines.”

“My favorite scene definitely has to be one that I’m not in,” actress Alli Payne, who plays Hippolyta and Oberon, said, “which is the mechanicals getting scared and they’re all running around and it’s crazy and exciting and it’s just a huge spectacle, and it was just my absolute favorite to watch when we were rehearsing.”

“I love Shakespeare,” Payne said. “About four years ago, I had a teacher who was just great with Shakespeare. She knew what you needed to do with it, and ever since then, I absolutely loved doing it. It’s hard. It’s a lot of work, but he’s a great writer, and I love his little word plays and all that.”

However, Payne admits that this is not her favorite Shakespearean play.

“My favorite Shakespearean play is ‘Macbeth’ because Lady Macbeth is a powerhouse,” Payne said, “and I absolutely love that show.”

Payne had some reservations about the changes made to the play.

“At first, I was really hesitant,” Payne said, “because I was taught you had to keep it traditional, and as we worked with our director, Matt—this is his first semester—it was so exciting because as he explained what he was doing and what he wanted to achieve, they’re things that I support and that I also believe in, so it was really great making this art with him.”

The production features an original score by New York composer Daniel Mertzlufft. The heavy metal rock music runs throughout the play.

Cast members dance on the tables and come out of the center of the tables to surprise the audience, making the play interactive.

“My favorite scene is when Puck first enters and all the fairies come out of the tables,” actress Chareese Vandyke, who plays Hermia, said. “I think that’s the coolest scene ever.”

Vandyke said that she initially was not a fan of Shakespeare.

“I absolutely love this twist on it,” she said. “And I think the director did an amazing job.”

This production uses non-traditional staging. There is not a single stage, and audience members are seated at tables instead of auditorium style seats.

Saltzberg noted that this production contains mature themes, risqué costuming and sexual situations. It also contains strobe lights.

This play includes comedy by Jeremiah Copeland, who plays the character Nick Bottom. Copeland said that he loved the changes made to the play.

“I loved them,” Copeland said. “I think they added so many interesting things, not that Shakespeare is boring, but Matt Saltzberg, who’s the director—he saw a different direction in the play to make it more fun, more interesting to the crowd. He wanted to relate how the play is to society today.”

“I’m a fan of Shakespeare, but I’m also a new learner in Shakespeare,” Copeland said. “I wasn’t really into it until I got to college, so I’m a new learner.”

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” played from Oct. 12-15 and Oct. 19-22 in Fulton Hall’s Black Box Theatre.

SU Spotlight: Nelli Balkarova takes the principles of Perdue abroad


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Headshot of Nelli Balkarova by Tom McCall Photography.

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Senior Nelli Balkarova, a double major in international business and marketing, embodies the principles of the Perdue School of Business and takes her learning outside the classroom as a Student Business Leader.

The Perdue Student Business Leaders, or SBL, are a resource for business students to utilize to get any questions they have about the business program, or SU in general, answered. They also assist with various job fairs and networking opportunities to help connect students with local businesses, serving as a middle man between the two.

Balkarova’s biggest advice for students is to fully immerse themselves in classes and in the information they are learning.

“Don’t go into class and memorize things,” Balkarova said. “Go into class and actually take it in.”

Balkarova moved from Russia to the US at age 11, facing her first challenge: the language barrier.

“I remember sitting in sixth and seventh grade, because I went to middle school here, and it was very hard to understand everything,” she said. “It’s like putting you in a room and everyone speaks a different language and are talking about things like environmental sciences and English, and it was difficult.”

Having grown up in another country she can sense the differences between the two.

“I feel like a lot of time I am split into two people because I grew up there, but live here,” Balkarova said. “I always say I have two minds in one body because I have the half where I was raised there and the last 10 years I’ve lived here, and the two clash sometimes.”

She grew up in Howard County, and was attracted to Salisbury University because it was in-state and the perfect size.

“Salisbury was one of those universities that was small enough to have that one on one interaction with the professor and the ability to get the most out of your classes, and then big enough where it is not too small,” Balkarova said. “Then they had the international business program which, since I lived half of my life in another county and half of my life here, is really interesting to see where I could go with that.”

Balkarova spent the Spring 2017 semester in Grenoble, France, studying abroad at a partnering school called Grenoble Ecole de Management, or GEM. After wrestling with the choice between Europe and Australia, Europe was the chosen destination.

Learning at the GEM was an entirely different experience, Balkarova said.

“When you take classes in Europe, they give you your schedule for like 10 weeks straight and your classes never repeat the same week,” she said. “This is because the professors have to fly in from other countries and teach you.”

This is different from the way our universities work because we are given a weekly schedule of classes for the entire semester, and they occur at the same time on each scheduled day of the week.

“The coolest thing about it was that the professors that would fly in are not just professors, but work for companies,” Balkarova said. “The professors have the experience in the industry and they come in and teach on their time, and the students schedules get adjusted to it, so anything that changes in the market you get a constant insight on it because they are in the field.”

Understanding the cultural aspects of business in different countries can be difficult to grasp in the classroom, but are brought to light in an international setting.

“All of those things you learn in the classroom, there you get to experience because there is people from all over the world who are studying abroad or pursuing their master’s there so when you really get a group project growing you get to experience all of the culture differences, which was really cool,” Balkarova said.

She travelled all over Europe during her semester abroad, visiting places like Italy, Barcelona and her favorite, other than France, which was Greece.

Balkarova currently works three jobs on top of being a full-time student and a SBL. One of her jobs includes working as the front-end coordinator at Marshalls.

Following graduation Balkarova hopes to attend graduate school or land a job in either the corporate world or in the European market.


8 Must-Try Fall Date Ideas


Staff Writer


In college it can be hard to find things to do with your boyfriend or girlfriend rather than sit around in a dorm.

Luckily, fall is finally here and so is the fall weather. The leaves are changing, the weather is comfortable and there is so much to do outside.

Below are eight fun fall date ideas.

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1. Visit A Farmer’s Market

Take a trip to a local farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets source food from local farmers and sell directly to consumers ensuring quality and freshness, and there are farms in and around the Salisbury area that offer fresh produce perfect for fall cooking.

The Camden Avenue Farmers Market offers a variety of fresh items such as flowers, baked goods, ice cream, seafood, produce, dairy, jams, apple cider and much more. Their business hours are every Tuesday, year round, from 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

2. Fall Breakfast Date

Grab breakfast at Krispy Kreme this fall! Krispy Kreme has pumpkin spice, cinnamon sugar, cinnamon apple filled, apple fritter and glazed blueberry cake flavored donuts. Along with these speciality donuts, they have pumpkin spice lattes, hazel, caramel and vanilla flavored coffees.

With donuts coming hot off of the conveyer belt every hour, Krispy Kreme makes a perfect fall breakfast date. The Krispy Kreme in Salisbury, which just opened in April this year, is open from 6 am to 10pm.

3. Bake Apple Pie

Spending an afternoon baking an apple pie is not only fun and rewarding, but it will leave your home smelling like fall. Make the crust from scratch or buy rolled dough, pick up some apples from a local farm, farmer’s market or grocery store and assemble the pie.

Make sure you have plenty of butter and cinnamon and sugar to add extra flavor. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes to an hour, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream goes perfect with a hot slice of apple pie!

4.Spend Time Outside At A Fall Festival

Fall is the perfect season for fairs and carnivals because the weather is crisp and cool. Fairs have an abundance of events from games, to markets, to live music and much more.

It is fun for people of all ages and a great way to enjoy the outdoors before the winter hits. On Oct. 27, Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury is hosting the Pemberton Park Pumpkin Tour, which includes carved pumpkins and other halloween festivities.

5. Take On The Crowds During Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, follows the morning after Thanksgiving Day and is often referred to as the first traditional day of Christmas shopping. Take your significant other whether at 5am or 2pm and get the best deals of the year.

The crowds might be intense and the malls crowded, but Black Friday is fun and almost like an adult scavenger hunt. If you are not a fan of the crowds, Cyber Monday is just a few days later and allows you to shop the same deals online while watching Netflix from your couch.

6. Star gazing

Track the weather to find the perfect fall night to lay out and look at the stars. Be sure to bring binoculars, a sweatshirt, some snacks and a blanket.

On a perfect, clear night, thousands of stars reveal themselves and the sky is illuminated with a magnificent yellow glow. Star gazing is a free romantic date night, and requires very little besides a clear sky.

7. Show Off Your Creative Side By Carving Pumpkins

Turn a plain pumpkin into a masterpiece with a trip to the pumpkin patch. Carving your own idea into your own pumpkins allows you to show off your creative and goofy side.

Make it into a competition and see who is the better carver!

8. Cuddle Up With A Scary Movie Night

Take a trip to the movies and see “IT” this fall, or stay in and watch a scary movie in the comfort and safety of your own home. Some classic scary movies include “Saw,” “Frankenstein” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

More modern scary movies like “The Conjuring,” “The Cabin In The Woods,” “The Ring,” and “You’re Next” depict more blood and gore, but are great to watch with a partner. If you are not into scary movies, try a halloween classic such as “Halloween Town” or “Hocus Pocus.”

With the holidays just around the corner many people wish away fall and only look forward to winter break and a break from classes, but push yourself to get off campus and enjoy all of the opportunities that fall brings.

Bachata on the lawn


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As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, Cultural Affairs held four sessions of Bachata classes at Holloway Hall from Sept. 11 through Oct 2.

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Cultural Affairs provides students and even the community with different events that are able to give people a taste of different cultures from around the world.

Bachata is a social dance from the Dominican Republic that involves Bachata music inspired by connections in Africa and Latin America. It is done with a partner and has basic steps of a four count beat, stepping out and then back in.

In learning how to dance Bachata, one should feel the music.

“It’s a learning process to pair your feet with the music,” stated Wayne Faircloth, a Bachata instructor.

One should also dance with different partners to experience the different styles that people have to become a better dancer.

The instructors, Margo and Wayne Faircloth, first started taking ballroom dances and later got into swing dance. They both have been teaching for about eight years and wanted to give people that experience of Latin dance.

They have traveled internationally teaching people how to dance and moved down to the Salisbury area to spread the joy of dance.

“Dancing is a wonderful way to stay active, to meet people, to learn new things and it is something you can do for the majority of your life. If you can walk, you can dance,” said Margo Faircloth. “It gets you around a diverse group of people.”

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During the sessions, the Faircloths would show a movement that the class would follow. They added on more steps and by the end, the whole class would have a routine down.

It did not have to be perfect as long as everyone was having fun with it.

Tips on learning how to dance, especially Bachata, is to feel the music and dance with different partners. Never give up no matter what.

“It’s a learning process to pair your feet with the music,” stated Wayne Faircloth.

“When you find someone you can really dance with and it’s kind of like you click, it’s really like conversation. Unspoken,” said Margo Faircloth.

SU adds to Smithsonian exhibit for Downtown art gallery


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The Smithsonian Traveling exhibition, “The Way We Worked,” made its way to the city of Salisbury, and SU’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture added a localized component at the University’s new art gallery in Downtown Salisbury.

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The exhibit as a whole focuses on the role of labor in American society, and how a strong work ethic has held strong throughout American history. The Nabb Center’s portion focuses on the local industries of the Eastern Shore, specifically dealing with manufacturing, lumber, agriculture and water.

“We met early on to decide what the basic material we wanted to cover was and that was when the real work began after that with the research, development and design,” said Dr. Creston Long, director of the Nabb Center.

Janie Kreines, the Exhibits and Artifacts Curator for the Nabb Research Center, spent a lot of time digging through the archives to pull information, artifacts and photographs to enrich the exhibit.

“It was really cool when I was going through the archival collections to look for pictures and things to go along with the content,” Kreines said. “I think there is a lot that we have in the collection that really, with the context behind it that we brought in for this exhibit, makes it even more exciting and appealing.”

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Kreines did not do the work alone, but had help from sophomore Jaclyn Laman, the curatorial assistant for the center.  Laman worked with Kreines on the project during the summer by researching the topic and creating the text displayed on the panels at the exhibit.

“I compiled all of the information and eventually wrote all of what you see on the panels,” Laman said. “I was in charge of all the sections except the introductory panel and one of the panels for manufacturing, which Dr. Long wrote.”

As with many research projects over a long period of time, complications arose.

“It was hard to find information for some topics, especially for the time period I was working in, and to find pictures and objects to go with it,” Laman said.

The complications were overcome and the exhibit opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony and opening reception during the Third Friday celebration on Sept. 15, which drew in a large crowd.

Dr. James Buss, dean of the Honors College, was one of many SU community members in attendance.

“It showcases the talented students, faculty and staff of SU because part was made by the professionals of Smithsonian and part by students and faculty,” Dr. Buss said. “You couldn’t tell the difference between the two and that speaks volumes.”

The Publications Office helped the Nabb Center design a similar appearance of the panels to closely match the Smithsonian’s portion, according to Kreines.

“The colors matched up pretty well, but also the local part was serious and had a good selection of photographs and texts and that made it look a lot like the Smithsonian work,” Dr. Long said.

The exhibit focuses on critical aspects of the Eastern Shore that many people who are not locals of the area are not aware of.

“One of things at the opening was that a lot of people were walking around and saying, ‘I never realized how much industry was in this area,’ and I think that’s something that is kind of exciting to show people something that is no longer around but can be seen in a lot of buildings that are still around and have been repurposed,” Kreines said. “I think that was kind of neat to allow people to learn more about this landscape and where they live and how it used to be used.”

The Maryland Humanities Grant funded the transfer of the Smithsonian exhibit throughout Md. and the promotion of it, according to Dr. Long.

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A convenient time for students and other members of the SU community to tour the entire exhibit is during Third Friday on Oct. 20, but it will be up at the gallery until Nov. 3.

When the Smithsonian Traveling portion leaves in Nov., the Nabb Center will bring their panels back to SU for further display.