9/26/2023, 12:27pm

The Slate Speaks: Where are students getting their information

Previously in last week’s Slate Speaks on transparency with the university, the idea of students receiving information from Yik Yak regarding events on campus was brought up. While many students are smart enough to understand that Yik Yak is not a reliable source of information, the flow of information on campus has reached the point where it’s the only way students can get information in a timely manner.

9/19/2023, 12:31pm

Going to counseling is OK

This week I went to counseling for the first time since 2021. Prior to that, I had been going on a pretty consistent basis since I was 9.  For as long as I can remember, I have always dealt with pretty intense anxiety. You know the kind — incessant stomachache, racing thoughts of doom, constant nervousness (for seemingly no reason). With the onset of my senior year of college, these feelings made their way back.

9/19/2023, 12:29pm

Dining: Is it worth the wait?

It is 12:13 p.m. All I had eaten was a pack of Belvita before my 9:30 a.m. class, and the pangs of hunger were making themselves known. I had a delicious Bangin’ Berry smoothie from Freshens waiting for me, as I ordered it ahead of time to be ready at 12:10. I only had a 15-minute break between classes, so I was ready to be in and out.

9/19/2023, 12:27pm

The freedom of journalists is under attack

 To some outside observers, being a journalist seems like a cozy desk job. From how the media depicts the profession, one would assume all the work is done from the comfort of the newsroom, doing everything via email. However, journalists are some of the first ones out on the front line, and they face dangers not only from the stories they cover, but those who do not want them to publish those stories.

9/19/2023, 12:25pm

The Slate Speaks: Is the university transparent enough?

With a recent incident occurring on campus at McLean Hall, many students begin to wonder about safety. While this incident seems self-contained, it appears to be part of a much larger issue. Whenever something like this occurs on campus, an email is sent out, students are told that “it’s an active investigation,” and it is lost in history. 

9/15/2023, 5:01pm

The Slate Speaks: Is divorce really that bad?

With the fixation on celebrity couples, it’s no surprise this year has been designated as the year of divorce. Some of Hollywood’s biggest couples are cutting ties after years of matrimony. With this news, it is very common for people to immediately think that this will destroy their professional careers. That something terrible must’ve happened, or that one or both parties are at fault in some way. This however, speaks to a larger issue, the stigma around divorce in general.

9/15/2023, 5:00pm

Foreign Policy is part of the job

Last month’s Republican debate was a lot of things — frustrating, embarrassing, and entertaining to name a few. What it certainly was not was a good demonstration that anyone on the stage had a reasonable foreign policy. 

9/5/2023, 12:37pm

The Slate Speaks: Age Limit in Government

Of all the political turmoil we find ourselves in on a daily basis, the issue of age and our elected officials has become one in the same. With many state officials and those with the most power in our government getting up there in age, the question must be asked, should there be a cap to the age at which officials can serve.

8/29/2023, 12:00pm

The Republican Party is deeply unserious, but dangerous

While I cannot vote in the Republican primary thanks to my party affiliation, I always find the time to watch the debates. Perhaps it’s my penance for being a political science major. The first of the 2024 debates was held last Wednesday, and I can say without any exaggeration, it was the worst I have seen. 

8/29/2023, 12:00pm

Custodians: The unsung heroes of Shippensburg University

In the four years I have spent living on-campus, I will admit I never got to know the custodians who worked in each of my buildings.  My first-year was COVID-19, while sophomore and junior years kept me busy to the point where I practically lived everywhere but my dorm room. However, this summer was an eye-opener, and now I bring that message to all of you: Respect our custodians.

8/29/2023, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks: Hollywood Strikes!

As of Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has been on strike for 115 days and it’s been 47 days since the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) joined them on the picket line. This is the first time the WGA and SAG have been on strike together since 1960. 

4/25/2023, 12:05pm

Four years, one pandemic, one Shippensburg

Summer is right around the corner. Vacations are planned, projects are finalized, the sun is shining and the clock ticks down. And so, we get ready to end another semester at Shippensburg University. As I get ready to graduate on May 6, I cannot help looking back at my four years here.

4/25/2023, 12:05pm

The Slate Speaks: What can SU do differently?

As the semester draws to a close, it is always important to reflect on the year as a whole. The 2022-2023 academic year was one filled with many ups and downs, but many of these problems could be fixed for the foreseeable future.

4/25/2023, 12:05pm

SGA is in desperate need of change

Last year, I chose not to run for reelection to the Student Government Association (SGA) for one simple reason — I could not tolerate it any longer. The vitriol and infighting were too much, and it began to affect my mental health and academic performance. I am not alone — the past year has seen over a dozen resignations from the student senate and committees, many citing similar reasons.

4/18/2023, 12:23pm

The Slate Speaks: How we give back on Earth Day

Every Earth Day we ask ourselves, “What can we do to save the Earth?” Recycle more? Drive more fuel-efficient cars? There are plenty of options for students and others alike to give back to the planet we need to protect. Here is some advice from Slater staff members on going green this Earth Day and how they give back.