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Students help community spring clean

Shippensburg borough had its 19th annual Ship Shape Day on April 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. Ship Shape Day is a spring cleaning day that many SU students, Shippensburg Senior High School students and community members participated in. Participants met at the Shippensburg Firefighters Activities Center, where groups were given a paper that gives a quadrant, or area to clean up, and instructions for the job. The event is planned a few months in advance, and included instructions for clean up that guided people to wear vests and gloves for safety. It also asked people to stay off public property, place full bags at street intersections and not to block pedestrian traffic. Participants were able to return to the activity center for lunch and certificates were awarded after tasks were completed. Various organizations participated, including the SU Farm Club, football team, tennis team and members of the Latter Day Saints, said James D’Amico, the associate director of the Center of Engagement, Service Learning at SU. The Middle Spring stream, local Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and roadsides throughout the area were places that volunteers cleaned up.

Student uncovers truth about Fair Trade coffee

An undergraduate student presented a lecture about the little known facts of the Fair Trade coffee movement on April 15, in the Dauphin Humanities Center at Shippensburg University. Julia Saintz, who is double majoring in geo-environmental studies and history at SU, received the Rich-Peirce Grant to conduct her honors capstone project, which she presented on for the coffee lecture. Saintz visited Colombia and learned first-hand about fair trade coffee bean farms.  She saw about 11 to 15 farms in South America and learned a lot of information about how fair trade is not entirely as fair as many Americans think. There were several professors and approximately three-dozen students in attendance to listen to what she had learned in Colombia.