OPINION


4/19/2022, 2:01pm

Commentary: One small thing SU could do

Every day you learn something new, and that truly never stops being true. In one of the last classes I'll ever take during my time here at Shippensburg University, I learned about SU’s climate commitment. 


4/12/2022, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks: Celebrity ‘public relations’-ships

We are surrounded by the media constantly, and every day we are flooded with news regarding celebrities and information about their lives. We are told everything about them, from what they eat to what they wear and even who they date. Their fame allows celebrities to endorse products or partner with brands to gain money and a bigger following. Sometimes it is hard to know what is real about a celebrity and what is just being done for a paycheck. 


4/12/2022, 12:00pm

‘Riverdale’ is the best trash on television

If you had told me back in 2017 that giving ’50s comic book icon Archie Andrews a six-pack would lead to one of television’s most popular series, I would have told you that was almost as funny as Chris Pratt playing Mario (as you can see hindsight is 2022). 


4/5/2022, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks: The Right to Repair

In this world of same-day deliveries and endless phone upgrades, the idea of repairs seems unnecessary to some. To others, it’s a livelihood or a passion, and technology companies are making it harder and harder for these repairs to happen.


3/22/2022, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks: YikYak and Internet Anonymity

YikYak is an anonymous commenting app based on location. When you open the app, you are met with comments that have recently been made within a five-mile radius and are able to ‘upvote’ and ‘downvote’ the comments as you see fit. YikYak launched in 2013 in order to, according to its developers, connect students on college campuses through conversation without the fear of labels. 


3/5/2022, 8:52pm

Twilight is not bad, you just hate teen girls

 Over the summer, my younger sister entered the phase of middle school that involves make-up tutorials, endless sarcasm and most importantly, reading the “Twilight” series repeatedly.  


2/22/2022, 12:00pm

Commentary: Reflections on four years at Ship

“Often when you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” That quote is from Mr. Rogers, and I find it strangely comforting as I struggle with so many thoughts approaching graduation. Fortunately, I had the financial support of the Pennsylvania 60+ College Advantage program, so college debt is not one of them this time. 


2/22/2022, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks:

Two Olympic athletes both tested positive for banned substances before the Olympic games began. One was removed from the competition completely, while the other remained in the competition. What’s the difference? 


2/15/2022, 12:00pm

Ranking pet names from a judgy Gemini

With Valentine’s Day love still in the air, here is my opinion on what the best and worst pet names are this year. They are ranked from best to worst in regards to what will make others say “Aww” or “Eww” when they hear you say it. 


2/15/2022, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks: Trans Sports

Approximately 150 miles from Shippensburg University at the University of Pennsylvania, 16 swimmers on the women’s team wrote to Penn officials that their team member Lia Thomas, a transgender woman, has “an unfair advantage.” Unfortunately, these types of concerns regarding transgender individuals in sports is not uncommon by any means. 


2/8/2022, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks: Bookstore Difficulties

Recently, as in previous semesters, students have voiced concerns about the campus bookstore. These issues include a lack of selection, availability and communication from the bookstore. Students receiving emails stating that their books are ready to be picked up, yet upon arrival, the books are not there. As many courses are dependent on textbook knowledge for quizzes, tests, lectures and other material, this is a setback for professors and students alike. 


1/25/2022, 12:00pm

New beginnings through campus community and connection

Spring semesters are always exciting. For some students, it is their last semester at Shippensburg, while others feel a renewed confidence after completing the previous fall semester. This confidence is not unearned as many of us dealt with numerous hardships stemming from the pandemic.


1/25/2022, 12:00pm

The Slate Speaks: Voting legislation raises valuable conversations

On Jan. 19, two bills regarding voting rights were passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, but blocked in the Senate after the Democratic Party failed to change the bills’ filibuster rules. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement and the Freedom to Vote Act both faced an uphill battle, as Republicans had earlier blocked attempts at combining voting rights bills put forth by Democratic senators. Despite the Republican Party’s continued refusal to budge on the issue, Democrats continued to push forward in order to highlight the importance of the topic and force debate.


11/23/2021, 12:00pm

Shippensburg University Democratic Socialist Chapter statement on Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

On Friday, Nov. 19, the court system handed a victory to right-wing vigilantism and continued a tradition of white supremacists being protected by the law. To be clear, Kyle Rittenhouse is a murderer who deliberately inserted himself into a dangerous situation where he did not belong, causing the tragic deaths of two people. We live in a time when Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and countless others have gone without justice. History will look back at this decision as yet another chapter in the shameful story of racial discrimination in our country. 


11/23/2021, 12:00pm

Long wait times at campus dining frustrate students

At the beginning of the 2021 fall semester at Shippensburg University, the campus opened several new dining options. A few of those places include Freshens in Kriner Hall, The Sub Shop and Chick-fil-a, both of which are in CUB.