Chase Slenker Staff Columnist
Coming into college, there are a lot of unknowns, and you often do not get a solid grasp of not only “how to survive college” but how to truly thrive until you are almost done with your undergraduate degree.
Shippensburg University truly has a diverse array of student organizations, programs and engaging events that can provide engaging experiences for almost any student.
When a student wants to figure out what is happening on campus at any time, it is often a complicated and incomplete pro- cess. There is a weekly “On the Horizon” newsletter sent out by Campus Life that highlights some student organization events, Rec center events and classes, and information that they have had submitted to them for inclusion in the newsletter.
Many students, particularly first-year students, often remark how they feel there is little to do on campus during the weekends or on evenings in general. Upon first arriving at Shippensburg, I felt the same way; however, upon learning more about our campus and getting involved in many organizations, I have learned there is actually an astronomical number of activities in which to participate.
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.
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.
The Luhrs Center hosted the World-Famous Harlem Gospel Choir on Feb. 23 in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. The group has toured the world for over two decades and is one of the most known gospel choirs in the country today. The choir has its rootsin the black churches of Harlem. According to the group’s biography, “out of the hardship and trials of slavery, this unique musical tradition came to be, and forever changed music as we know it.” Blues, Soul and Rock and Roll all have roots from black gospel music.
When a position at Shippensburg University (SU) needs filled, a search committee is formed under the SU Search Process Guide. Section I of the guide states the committee “must be approved by the Human Resources Office and should include race and gender diversity.”
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.
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.