3/28/2023, 12:00pm

Give it a Thought: Too big to fail

A few weeks ago, I watched “Wall Street,” directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” for my fraud accounting class. In light of recent events in the financial industry, I have been thinking more and more about key lessons and takeaways from these movies. 

3/21/2023, 12:00pm

Give it a Thought: Duplicate student organizations

On Feb. 23, Student Government Association (SGA) Vice President of Student Groups Brea Neal announced that the Student Groups Committee would no longer be approving any new student group requests in the current academic year. 

3/21/2023, 12:00pm

Why is it so hard to find a job as a college graduate?

As college students, we spend the past four long years of our lives to become experts in a dedicated field in order to pursue our future careers. Not to mention, the previous 13 years of schooling you attend to simply become a functioning member of society. Put that aside and think about the years in preschool learning your colors and shapes and numbers and you may come to the realization that the past 21 years of your 21-year-old life has been spent preparing you for your future career. 

3/21/2023, 12:00pm

Is sci-fi too optimistic about the future?

Many shows, books, movies and games fall under the science fiction genre, also known as sci-fi. Are we subjected to think that the artificial science portrayed on screen or on pages is what the future will look like? There are a countless number of fiction stories that heavily have science sequences. To name a few film series: “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “The Matrix,” and “Divergent.” There are also video games: “Cyberpunk,” “The Division,” and “Halo.” The list goes on and on. 

3/21/2023, 12:00pm

Where is the respect for animation?

In honor of the 95th Academy Awards, I decided to check out some of the nominees that I had missed from the year prior. One I was excited to check out was “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.” The film garnered an insane amount of critical praise, currently sitting at a 95% critic score and 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. While it didn’t win Best Animated Feature, it still was one of my favorite films of last year.

3/21/2023, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks: Do the Oscars have a diversity problem?

The 95th Academy Awards brought with it some truly historic wins. Brendan Fraser, Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis took home their very first Oscars. Most movie-goers were thrilled for the latter, except for one. With “Everything Everywhere All At Once” being nominated for 11 awards, many thought that Stephanie Hsu would be the winner for supporting actress, but, alas, it was Curtis, despite her significantly smaller role.

3/14/2023, 6:37pm

Reality is Outpacing Dystopia

  Like many with an interest in history and politics, I’ve often found myself drawn to alternate history and dystopian fiction. There’s some allure to exploring paths that were not tread or adding a fork or two in the road and seeing how things turn out.

3/14/2023, 6:35pm

Afghanistan’s Women and Facebook: From Taboo to a Beacon of Hope

 Humans’ lives before and after the creation of social media are not comparable because social media, as a modern invention, changed the ways we communicate, incredibly. Societies, politics, social interactions, economies and other aspects of human life changed after social media conquered the world. Specifically, Facebook became a platform for people around the world not only to communicate but also to share their daily thoughts and points of view on almost anything.

3/14/2023, 6:34pm

Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

Last month, my friends and I traveled to New York City to see the sights and sounds of the city. I could not help but notice the undeniable reliance upon capturing each and every moment. In Central Park, we witnessed a couple take a self-timer photo, and immediately after it was taken, the woman’s smile dropped as she dashed towards her iPhone to analyze the photos, while her partner stood back, remaining in his position, awaiting her approval. A group of women rejoice on the sidewalk as they unanimously decide their third recording of a TikTok dance is post-worthy.

2/28/2023, 12:05pm

Double standards: The lack of male nudity in film needs to change

I recently took three hours out of my busy schedule to check out the re-release of “Titanic” in theaters. Ignore the fact I saw it by myself the day before Valentine’s Day — it is one of my favorite movies, so I put the loneliness aside. Even if you have never seen the film, chances are you are familiar with the iconic scene of Kate Winslet being drawn like “one of those French girls.” It has a surprising amount of nudity for a PG-13 film.

2/28/2023, 12:04pm

The Slate Speaks: Is the weather cool or concerning?

On Thursday, Shippensburg students took advantage of the sunny skies and warm temperatures by dodging classes, hanging up their hammocks and taking in an early summer feeling. However, a 70-degree day in the middle of February is — and should be — concerning to many.

2/21/2023, 12:00pm

Give it a Thought: State of the Union

 On Feb. 7, President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union (SOTU) address to a joint session of Congress. The SOTU is a long-standing tradition that is built around Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution requiring the President to “give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” President Biden delivered remarks regarding the U.S military position, economy, the fentanyl epidemic, border security, drug prices, racial equality, infrastructure, climate change and the raising of the debt ceiling. 

2/21/2023, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks: Does Be Kind Month overshadow Black History?

February is here, and if you were to pick two important events during this 28-day period, chances are you are thinking of Valentine’s Day and Black History Month. However, for Shippensburg there’s another event filling up the days on the calendar — Be Kind Month. Meant to encourage students from across campus to treat each other with kindness, many feel that this fake holiday is greatly distracting from the real ones, in particular Black History Month.

2/14/2023, 12:00pm

Give it a Thought: What is best for the students?

Throughout my years at Shippensburg University, I have served on a variety of university committees and positions that have given me the opportunity to understand “university politics” to a degree few students have. Over the years, I have served on the planning and budget council, new student orientation committee, commencement committee and SUSSI board of directors, among others.

2/14/2023, 12:00pm

Valentine's Day in Iran: Struggle of the roses

Valentine’s Day is known as the symbol of love worldwide. There might not be any opposing ideas in an American classroom to the celebration of Valentine’s Day. It is considered a day when couples celebrate their love and partnership. We may also think that there is nothing wrong with Valentine’s Day and finding a reason to be happy. 

2/14/2023, 12:00pm

"You People" and a conversation about love and culture clashes

In late January, Netflix released an original movie called “You People,” which stars Jonah Hill and Lauren London, who play Ezra and Amira, people from two very different backgrounds who eventually fall in love and are on the road to marriage. Upon traveling on that road, the couple hits a bump, and that bump takes the form of their parents. Like them, their parents are very different. 

2/8/2023, 12:17pm

Give it a Thought: Track the money

The process for SUSSI to review student organization budget requests, and, similarly, for SU to allocate funds to departments in fiscal year 2023-2024 has already begun. This year will also include contract negotiations with two of the largest bargaining units: The Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculty (APSCUF) and the State College & University Professional Association (SCUPA). Budgeting processes at any organization are often lengthy, divisive and are difficult to manage, not to mention during tough financial times. 

2/7/2023, 12:00pm

College Board is bowing down to history erasure

It is not uncommon for black history to be sidelined in high school and college courses, but thanks to a decision by the College Board, that phenomenon now extends to AP African American Studies. Recently, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has embarked upon a crusade against everything the far-right elements of the Republican party has come to consider “woke” and “perverted” — from Disney to school library books.