Adam Beam Opinion Editor


My chaotic conference weekend

On top of my many commitments to student media, I also serve as the president of the Residence Hall Association. Our organization is dedicated to advocating and promoting community amongst the seven residence halls that make up campus. Most universities across the country have a variation of RHA, and every year these organizations gather for several conferences.

Swimming drops dual meet at Clarion

 The men’s and women’s swimming teams faced several obstacles during their dual meet at Clarion that saw some wins for the Raiders, but also some struggles when taking to the water. 

Tower of Power is Soul with a capital 'S'

I will be the first to admit that I am a secret-lover of funk music. Something about the 70s soulful sounds just make for the perfect vibe. With that being said, I will be the first to admit that Tower of Power was not a band that ever came across my radar. Even before their performance on Friday, I checked with a resident music lover (my mother) who had never heard of the ensemble group before. So, I went into this performance completely blind.

'The Nutcracker' brings magic back to Luhrs

My first time ever seeing “The Nutcracker” was actually the performance by the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine at the Luhrs Performing Art Center in Nov. 2022. I initially went for the sake of getting photos, but found myself enraptured by the magic of the dancing and music. I’m always impressed when stories can be told only through the visuals and body movement rather than spoken dialogue. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see this troupe would be returning once again and they haven’t skipped a beat.

'Five Nights at Freddy’s' is light on scares and fun

After 8-years in development limbo, the long-awaited adaptation of the popular horror franchise “Five Nights at Freddy’s” is finally here. Courtesy of Blumhouse, the beloved video games by Scott Cawthon come to life on the big screen with big stars like Josh Hutcherson and Matthew Lillard. 

Field of Screams is PA’s best haunted attraction

Chances are if you are driving near the Lancaster area during the fall season, you will see a billboard for a place called Field of Screams. Since 1993, Field of Screams has been terrorizing Pennsylvania residents with its annual attractions and haunted houses. However, have you ever wondered what makes those haunted houses work each and every year?

The importance of Black Horror

If you consider yourself a fan of the horror genre, you have probably heard the cliché “the black guy dies first” or “the black character always dies first.” Some of the most popular franchises have indulged in it and many others have poked fun at this “trend.” 

The Ultimate 31-Day Halloween Marathon

Every October, one of the quintessential elements of the month is watching spooky movies. Whether you consider yourself a fan of being scared or not, something about watching films with a horror edge just feels right. However, streaming has made the selections plentiful, but narrowing down your watchlist a nightmare. As a self-proclaimed horror fanatic, I feel now is the time for me to aid my fellow students and make your October binges a lot easier:

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.

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.