OPINION


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. 


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. 


11/16/2021, 12:00pm

I choose you; Pokemon GO unites campus

The Pokémon Go community on campus brings people together, whether anonymously or through existing friendships. When I came to campus, I saw that there were a lot of pokéstops and gyms around, so I began playing even more. Since you can have friends in the game that can help you win rewards, I made a point to have all my in-person friends be my friends in the game. I was able to convince most of my friends quite easily. Even though some of my friends had never played the game before, they still enjoyed it.


11/10/2021, 5:09pm

The ‘Red Zone’ on campus poses a double threat this year

Content Warning: This article contains references to sexual assault. After nearly a year and a half of virtual learning, college students have now returned to the campus, some for the first time. However, this long-awaited return to living the college life, reuniting with friends and interacting with people face-to-face rather than through a computer screen also brings increased safety risks for students.  


11/10/2021, 5:07pm

The Slate Speaks: Climate Responsibility

“The earth is burning.” “It’s the end of the world.” “We’re destroying the planet.” “What’s the point? There won’t be an earth left for our kids anyway.”  You’ve likely heard these statements, the laments of an out-of-control climate crisis.


11/2/2021, 12:00pm

Commentary: Listen to Megan Thee Stallion

In the early morning of Oct. 29, Megan Thee Stallion released “Something for Thee Hotties.” An out-of-the-blue compilation of achieved songs, remixes and skits that did not make it on her most recent album.