Come Out, Come Out To See Act V’s Dear Harvey

December 1st and 2nd at 8pm and December 3rd at 2pm in Memorial Auditorium.

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This article was originally published for The Odyssey on November 28, 2017.

For the past few years, Act V Theatre Company has presented a comedy for their fall play. This year is different; “Dear Harvey” is a true story that details the rise and fall of LGBT political activist, Harvey Milk. The heart-wrenching and brutally honest production is presented through memories and stories told by his closest friends and colleagues. In short, this is one Act V Theatre Company Production you don’t want to miss.

Written by playwright Patricia Loughrey with music composed by Thomas Hodges and photography by Daniel Nicoletta, “Dear Harvey” presents not only personal stories and anecdotes but also Milk’s legacy that he left behind after his tragically short political career. The play was written for the 30th anniversary of Harvey’s assassination, which happens to be coming upon us soon: November 27.

During his year in office, Harvey faced an outpouring of discrimination and prejudice. This never stopped him from fighting for the rights of LGBT citizens, both in The Castro and across the nation. Finding an ally in Mayor George Moscone, Harvey fought against the anti-gay campaigns of John Briggs and Anita Bryant, two people who fought tooth and nail to “constitutionalize bigotry.”

Milk fought against their attempts to discriminate against LGBT members of society within their homes, their workplaces, and even in the streets. “The fact is, is that in 1978 it is perfectly acceptable to fire a gay person from his or her job, not for any reason related to the job but simply because that person is gay.” 1978 was a year where gay people could be arrested for dancing in bars, teaching children, getting in fights, and other unfair offenses. It was a critical time for the LGBT community and Harvey Milk and his friends came together to reform LGBT rights.

Featuring trailblazers such as Cleve Jones, Robin Tyler, and Anne Kronenberg, “Dear Harvey” is a tale of green hair, open windows, a lavender pen, and eleven months. It is a story about Harvey Milk but it is also a story about all of us.

Join Act V Theatre Company in remembering Harvey and all of his friends during their production of “Dear Harvey” running from December 1-3. On Friday and Saturday, the shows begin at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, the matinee begins at 2 p.m. All productions will be performed in Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $3 with SU ID and $5 for the general public.

13 One-Liners That Only Shippensburg University Students Could Understand

It’s like we have our own language.

This article was originally published for The Odyssey on October 4, 2017. It has been edited.

Over here at Shippensburg University, students come from all sides of Pennsylvania, and its surrounding states; we are a diverse group of tri-state area residents.

Though there are students who come from elsewhere, most of us hail from the east coast. With several dialects from different counties, the language on campus becomes not only diverse but just plain different.

Here are 13 phrases that only makes sense to Shippensburg students, and if you’re not one of us, well, I guess ship happens.

1. “Another alarm in the Hove?”

Okay, maybe no one but the residents call it the ‘Hove,’ but they are famous for their multiple fire alarms. Sometimes, there’s more than one in one night.

2. “Meet me at the CUB!”

We have all said this at one time or another. Then you follow up with, “Where are you?” And someone always says either, “McFeelys,” “The Great Hall” or “Fireside.” Quality places to eat, meet and hang out.

3. “I forgot it was Raider Bowl Wednesday!”

Most of us are too prideful to say the Raider Bowl is gross, but ever since they switched back to the bad chicken, nothing has been the same. It is nice when they still have dinner rolls though.

4. “I can’t come out tonight. I have the Reisner Runs.”

The absolute worst kind of runs. It’s probably because you ate the Chinese food or the chicken cacciatore. Learn from your mistakes.

5. “I spent all my flex.”

A true tragedy. You can reload in amounts of $25, but most of us just suffer.

6. “Ship happens.”

Even if you hate this saying, it’s plastered on every single piece of merchandise we sell and own.

7. “I hate the Bard hill.”

Okay, maybe this isn’t what the Bard hill looks like but it definitely FEELS like this. It’s deceiving because it looks like it’s not THAT bad, but it’s actually TERRIBLE.

8. “Are they still making hot bowls?”

I wish they would just post their hours. I also wish they would put more bowls in the refrigerator.

9. “I wonder what the APB concert is going to be this semester!”

A $40 meet and greet with Jesse McCartney and Andy Grammer this semester, Ludacris last semester and Panic! at the Disco the semester before? I can’t wait to see what’s in store next.

10. “Let’s hit up Wibs tonight!”

You’ll go, you’ll hate it and yourself afterwards. It’s never worth it but you always find yourself back there.

11. “Kriner, the finer diner.”

Grilled cheese all the time, and Papa Johns in the lobby.

12. “The Grove stairs are the worst!”

Okay, there is an elevator, but people totally judge you when you take it and it does take approximately five minutes just to arrive.

13. “I’m gonna study in the fishbowl.”

Where would we be without late-night paper-writing in the fishbowl? That one vending machine is always broken, someone always tries to leave out the locked doors and you’ll likely find at least one student having a mental breakdown at midnight.

 

11 Things We Wish We Could Change About Shippensburg University

I’m not saying these things make Shippensburg University a less desirable school to go to, but if we had the chance to implement some change, the next 11 things would definitely make that list.

Where is the suggestion box for campus updates?

This article was originally published for The Odyssey on April 24, 2017.

Everyone has a million great things to say about their college because if you don’t love it, why are you here? However, there’s always room for improvement. I’m not saying these things make Shippensburg University a less desirable school to go to, but if we had the chance to implement some change, the next 11 things would definitely make that list.

1. The heavy doors.

Even the doors in the elementary school on campus weigh a ton! Also, what’s with the library doors? How come they’re like a foot wide and only open halfway?

2. The weird stairs by Shippen.

Implement a ramp. Last year, they played an April Fool’s joke on us and said they were going to replace the ridiculously wide stairs with a moving sidewalk, and we were all seriously bummed that they were kidding.

3. That class that could be from 3:30-4:45 p.m.

The 3:30 slot is when professors have meetings, clubs have socials, and no one wants to be in class. Eradicate this class time.

4. Kriner’s limited hours.

If we wanted to eat at Reisner, we would choose Reisner. Kriner can’t really be the finer diner if they’re closed on weekends.

5. The random-roommate system.

We fill out those preferences on the housing portal, but where do they go? Random-roommate has seriously ruined some people’s living situations. It wouldn’t take much effort to create a more refined system. Make us fill out a survey or something!

6. “No string lights in the suites.”

The key to the ultimate dorm room is string lights. Listen, I know it’s a fire hazard, but I’ve never had to evacuate a building due to string lights. It’s most microwave and smoking-related incidents. Let us have the lights!

7. Desire to Learn or Brightspace or whatever it’s called now.

First of all, when I go to d2l.ship.edu, why does it ask if I want to log into Ship or Millersville? I’m at a Shippensburg web address. Second, d2l mobile is the worst application to have ever existed. Finally, when it crashes, professors and students lose everything; it’s time to switch up the program.

8. The fact that you need a key to access the elevator in DHC.

The floors aren’t even equal! Hiking up to the third floor is a sin. We should have an open elevator like Grove does.

9. Limited food options in the CUB.

Not that we don’t totally love the fast food thing in the CUB food court, but some more options would be cool. More snacks, like soft pretzels or churros, anything small that we could meal, would be much appreciated.

10. The fact that we can’t meal chips or bottled soft drinks.

If you can make a deal to meal Papa John’s…why can’t you make a deal with Pepsi to help bundle some of that stuff?

11. The inconsistency of room numbers in Old Main.

Look, if we have to go anywhere in Old Main, you better hope we don’t get lost while we’re there for official business. Why can’t we keep all the evens and odds on the same sides?

13 Questions English Majors Are Tired Of Hearing

We’re not our major’s stereotype.

Encourage your children to choose a major they’ll be happy with, not just one they’ll become rich with.

This post was originally published for The Odyssey on March 14, 2017.

Have any of you ever received any flack from your parents and family for choosing the major that you did? Choosing something in the liberal arts field is especially dangerous because you better be ready to answer all the spit-fire questions coming your way. In the English major, those questions can become offensive, annoying, and exhausting real fast. If you’re an English major, you’ve definitely heard these 13 questions at least once.

1. “What are you going to do with that?”

Generally, this question is asked within the first two years of college, and usually, you don’t know what you’re going to do with the degree until later. Even if you have an inkling, you may change that later. Truth is, English majors can take a variety of jobs in the workplace due to their ability to think critically and analyze any situation. Plus, our writing and grammar skills can place us in just about any field as well. Many times, people don’t ask other majors what they’ll do with their major, so stop asking English majors.

2. “So, are you going to teach?”

Look, just because we’re English majors doesn’t mean we’re all going to teach. Like I said, there are a variety of fields people can enter into that aren’t teaching. No matter if your student is looking to teach or not, do not judge them. Even if your student doesn’t know what they’re doing, they’ll figure it out.

3. “You know you can’t pay the bills with writing, right?”

If I had a dime for every time my advisor said this to me in school, I could probably pay off a semester’s tuition. If your student is planning on being an author of books, they will work whatever jobs they need to in order to support themselves while writing. Also, there are loads of other types of writing, like technical writing, which could absolutely pay the bills. Keep an open mind with your major, please.

4. “Why don’t you pick a more practical major?”

There’s nothing impractical about learning to write and read critically through different types of literature. Why would I choose another major that I’d be miserable in, when I know I’ll be happy finding a career through English?

5. “Why would I pick a major where you just read all the time?”

Yes, we read a lot of articles and books. We also spend a lot of our time writing. Don’t act like you don’t read equally as much in Biology, Math, or Political Science.

6. “Why aren’t you going to teach?”

Not everyone wants to or feels like they can be a role model in a classroom. Maybe I want to go into publishing, editing, writing, technical writing, business, law, or literally anything else.

7. “What’s it like having an easy major?”

Please, kindly carry my backpack and read these three novels by Wednesday. Write these two 10-page-papers, learn all the lenses of theory and then check yourself before you wreck yourself.

8. “How can you be such a grammar nazi?”

Stop putting the word ‘nazi’ next to things you don’t like. It’s not politically correct, and it’s rude. Also, you’re in college and you should know the difference between basic words like ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ and ‘their’, ‘they’re’, and ‘they’re’. This is basic English that you will need no matter which field you go into. Get a grip and know when to use ‘no’ and ‘know’.

9. “Could you write my essays for me?”

Plagiarism isn’t just a myth your professors warn you about. Write your own one-to-two-page essay about your general education course. Read ‘A Doll’s House’, it might do you some good.

10. “So what are you going to do for money?”

Well, after graduation, eight of us are going to get a studio apartment for one in New York and we’ll just see where it goes from there! What about you?

11. “Do you think you’re going to regret your major later?”

Do you think you’re going to regret your major later? No? If you won’t, then why would I? Like everyone else who leaves college, English majors will figure it out, and they will maneuver the professional world with their elevated grammar skills and critical thinking. English majors will end up where they’re supposed to be, just like you. Also, worry about your own damn future.

12. “Why do you need to major in English? You know the language well enough, don’t you?”

My friend, let me dispel the myth for you that English classes aren’t just about language. In fact, they are rarely about the English language, but instead how to utilize and apply it. Maybe you should take an English class and learn a few things before you start judging me.

13. “Oh. You’re an English major?”

Yes, I am, and I’m proud of it. I’m well-versed in all the questions you have to ask me, and instead of looking down at me for what I’ve chosen to do with my life, how about you get to know me instead? We’re not our major’s stereotype.

 

What’s So Great About SU’s Literary Magazine, The Reflector?

The Reflector is Shippensburg University’s undergraduate literary magazine. It features students’ prose, poetry, and art.

Unfortunately, due to the format of this article, I’ll have to link you all straight to The Odyssey.

However, I’ll let you in on some background knowledge.

The Reflector is Shippensburg University’s undergraduate literary magazine. It features students’ prose, poetry, and art, and even rewards them for it if they’re chosen out of the hundreds of pieces of writing we receive each semester.

At the end of the semester, we create not only The Reflector, but each committee also create a smaller publication, a chapbook we call the SpawningPool. The SpawningPools are chapbooks made by each committee and often fall in with a specific theme.

Though the staff and committees of The Reflector are done for the semester, we are so thankful for all the submissions we received for all of our publications during the 2016-17 academic year.

Don’t Go To Shippensburg University For A College Education

Attend Shippensburg for the Raider Bowls on Wednesdays, the tacos on Tuesdays and the multicultural nights at Reisner.

Go for the whole experience.

This article was originally published for The Odyssey on January 23, 2017.

On paper, Shippensburg University looks like any other state school. There are highly commended professors and even more highly commended academics. You could spend hours looking at the awards the school has received for its facilities, its residence halls and its dining halls. While those appreciations are lovely and wonderful to look at, they shouldn’t be the reason you attend the school. Don’t attend Shippensburg University for the award-winning college education they have to offer you. Instead, attend Ship for a unique college experience you won’t find anywhere else.

While you’re attempting to embark on the long and confusing road that choosing a university is, remember to look at more than what they market to you. You’ll have a great meal at every school you visit, simply because of your tour. You’ll see a clean campus and beautiful architecture. You’ll also see the award-winning perks that Shippensburg has to offer you. While I’m not encouraging you to overlook these amazing accommodations, make sure you look beyond them as well.

While you’re in the dining hall, pay attention to the dynamic that surrounds you. Pay attention to the way the students speak to and address one another. Especially notice how hard the food faculty work in order to ensure perfect service for you and others dining there.

While you’re roaming about campus, look closely at the students in classes. Notice how they take notes, how they listen and more importantly, how the professors project the academics at their students.

Take note of all the amazing opportunities there are lying in each academic building. Notice the fliers for internships, clubs, apartments, study abroad opportunities and future jobs. Stop at the tables in the CUB, or the Ceddia Union Building. Look at the ceiling and how many floors we have dedicated to different offices, different clubs and departments and different services.

While all of this may seem like a one-time experience, as you leave campus, smile at the students taking pictures by the Old Main fountain. Look back at the restaurants you won’t find anywhere else but our quaint little town.

Don’t attend Shippensburg University for the award-winning education. Attend Shippensburg University for the blaring student section during a football game, during which we cheer for both the team AND the band. Attend for the endless Ship puns that may annoy you at first, but will bring you pride and joy soon enough. Attend for the late-night french fry runs, the seasonal bingo games and the music playing in the amphitheater during the day. Attend to witness the diversity Ship has to offer in theater, in dance, in clubs, in Greek life and in athletics. See the unity each student embodies as students gather to support a local cause or a friend in need.

Attend Shippensburg for the Raider Bowls on Wednesdays, the tacos on Tuesdays and the multicultural nights at Reisner. Attend for the events you’ll only find being held by our clubs like the Homecoming Lip Sync, the spa days during finals or the surprise open-mic nights you’ll only stumble upon by chance. Come for the poetry slams, the cookie exchanges, the major-wide meetings where you know everyone in your department.

Come see the sunsets which are beautiful every day of the year. Come to feel the utmost relief after recognizing the water tower after getting lost in town. Come to experience the best wings you’ve ever tasted in town.

Commit to Shippensburg and you’ll experience all of this and so much more. Commit to becoming a Raider so that you can experience the best college experience possible. Join the red sea and see it roar like never before. Make a home out of Shippensburg and all of its amazing opportunities.

You can attend Shippensburg for its amazing academic qualifications, but know that you can get that piece of paper anywhere. Attend Shippensburg University to board the Ship and become a part of the crew. We hope to see you soon!