The integrity of the fall 2022 Student Government Association (SGA) election has been called into question by multiple members of SGA. During the election, Kennedy Holt was listed on the ballot on Sept. 17 and was elected SGA president.
Dan Greenstein, the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, hosted an open forum at Shippensburg University on Nov. 17 to address concerns of financial distress and discrimination on campus.
The woodwind ensembles of the Shippensburg University music department held their fall semester concert in Old Main Chapel on Nov. 6. Three groups including the flute choir, clarinet ensemble and saxophone ensemble spent the semester coming together and practicing various pieces for this concert.
This past weekend I completed my eighth and final year of marching band. We performed in the Hershey Park Stadium on a lovely, unusually warm, November afternoon. This final performance was a long time coming and leading up to it, my fellow band members would come up to me and ask, “aren’t you sad?” This has been happening all season, where suddenly we would remember that this was our final chance to perform in a marching band, and we would all think about how sad it would be for it to be over, but I’m not sad.
Like everyone else, I regularly binge watch Netflix. One of my favorite shows I used to watch before it was removed from Netflix was “The Office.” I rewatched that series more times that I can count. It was comforting to turn it on and have something familiar and funny to settle the background noise in my head. This show wasn’t deep, and it wasn’t for philosophers. However, there is a quote from one of the episodes that I think of often.
“Don’t Worry Darling” is a film about Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack Chambers (Harry Styles), a picture-perfect vision of “young love”, who live happily in an eerily utopian neighborhood with their ‘50s style home, cars and wardrobes to match. Every day, the wives stand in the cul-de-sac and kiss their husbands goodbye as they simultaneously drive off to work at the mysterious “Victory Project ‘’ for their cult-like leader Frank (Chris Pine). The only explanation given to the wives is that the men work on “the development of progressive materials.” The husbands are forbidden from giving any details about their top-secret work. After the men drive off in their fancy cars into the desert, their wives turn back and clean every inch of their already pristine homes, go shopping with bottomless checking accounts, swim at the country club pool, take dance classes, listen to Frank’s hypnotic propaganda about the Victory Project, cook a five-course meal and meet their husbands at the door with a cocktail. In this picture-perfect world, the only rule the women are given is to never leave.
Over the course of the unprecedented past few months, we have lost many simple joys. We lost the ability to connect with one another in person as we feared the unknown impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Within this darkness, I brought some life back into my 2020 by finding happiness in good music.