The Voice The Student News Site of Bloomsburg University Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:59:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lower Level Of Scranton Commons Closed Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:52:22 +0000 “The lower level of the Scranton Commons, which includes Starbucks, Steak and Shake and Subway will be temporarily closed due to a unexpected maintenance issue until further notice. However, the main residential dining hall will still be open for lunch at 10:30AM.

Please follow Bloomsburg University Dining services on social media for updates on the reopening of Starbucks at The Commons, Steak and Shake, and Subway.

Thank you”


Stay tuned for updates.

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Women’s Lacrosse awaits Postseason Fate Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:53 +0000 The Bloomsburg University women’s lacrosse team concluded its regular season with a 22-8 win over conference foe Gannon University, and now will await to see the Atlantic region seedings for the 2019 Division II womens lacrosse tournament.
The Huskies missed out on the 2019 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament which started on Tuesday, April 30th.
Bloomsburg finished the regular season with an 11-6 (7-5 PSAC) overall record.
Although the Huskies did not make the conference tournament, they are still favored to clinch a spot in the NCAA tournament because of their previous #3 ranking in the Atlantic region.
If Bloomsburg does make it into the NCAA tournament, it is likely to face a familiar conference opponent in West Chester or East Stroudsburg, depending on how the PSAC tournament ends.
Bloomsburg was in third place in the PSAC standings before their three game conference slate against rivals West Chester, IUP and East Stroudsburg.
Three consecutive conference losses would knock BU into seventh place in the conference and out of the playoff picture.
A colossal 22-8 win over Gannon this past Saturday kept the Huskies playoff hopes alive.
Redshirt sophomore attacker Grace Kelleher has led the Huskies this season with her team leading 66 points off of 39 goals and 27 assists. Kelleher also leads the PSAC in points per game (5.08) and is fourth in assists per game (2.08).
Bloomsburg was also led by senior attacker Hannah Jaskuta who recorded a team leading 40 goals for the Huskies this season.
The Huskies also saw sophomore midfielder Abby Bergman score 31 goals along with eight assists in 2019 for 39 total points throughtout the season. The sophomore was also played a big role for the Huskies in the faceoff circle.
Sophomore Anna Dempsey also chipped in 29 goals of her own for the Huskies this season in her sophomore campaign. Her 34 points were good for fourth on the team this season.
Junior goalkeeper Angela DiPasquale had another strong season in goal as the junior from northern New Jersey posted a career low in average goals allowed (GAA) per game with 9.55 in 2019.
The Huskies will not await the seeding selections for the NCAA tournament which will take place this Sunday, May 5.
The first round of the NCAA tournament will take place on May 10.

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How one student’s activism caught The New York Times’ attention Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:48 +0000 Laura Comstock first connected with Maha and Wafa Al-Subaie through Twitter on April 16. Maha and Wafa, sisters from Saudi Arabia, had been hiding since April 1 in the country of Georgia, where the Middle East meets Eastern Europe. They were about to apply for asylum there when the Saudi government canceled their passports.
“I was advocating for these women literally almost every hour on the hour for the first two or three days,” Comstock says. “I reached out to them on Twitter to ask how I could help. Within 24 hours they got back to me, citing that they wanted to transit to another country.”
The Al-Subaie sisters originally fled to Georgia to escape domestic violence at home. Maha was forced to leave her child behind. They were hiding in a safehouse when they realized they would have to apply for asylum. According to Comstock, the girls’ parents informed Saudi Arabian officials about the two runaways, leading to the Saudi government ordering the Georgian government to send them back.
“Obviously, these women did not feel safe enough staying in their own country. They felt like they had to leave and go somewhere else because women aren’t supported by the government.”
Laura is one of Bloomsburg University’s most outspoken advocates for the rights of Muslims and refugees from the Middle East. An Arabic major and a member of the Muslim Student Association, she attends two different Arabic classes every week, often sporting a hat with the message “We Are All Refugees” and a backpack button that reads “Islamophobia is un-American.”
She was sitting in the Andruss Library Starbucks on April 17 when video news publisher NowThis News messaged her on Twitter.
Supervising producer Melissa Fajardo Krasovsky caught word of the Al-Subaie sisters’ situation and asked Comstock if the girls were safe. The sisters had lost access to their Twitter account due to hacking attempts from other Saudi accounts and had not posted anything for close to 12 hours.
“NowThis saw that I was a Student Researcher and wanted to know if I was affiliated with any organization besides that,” Comstock says.
The NowThis journalist asked Laura if she’d be willing to participate in an upcoming documentary about Saudi Arabian and Palestinian citizens. Comstock readily said yes.
But within twenty minutes of her correspondence with NowThis, she had another message in her Twitter inbox. It was a member of The New York Times, asking if the sisters were still alive and whether the girls had been extradited back to Saudi Arabia. “I basically told her the same exact thing and gave her different types of Twitter accounts that were in contact with the girls while they were still trying to manage their Twitter situation,” Comstock says.
The backlash from her Twitter posts hasn’t dissuaded Comstock from drawing attention to the Al-Subaie sisters’ plight, and she’s not shy about criticizing one of the more controversial figureheads of the Middle East. Comstock is quick to point out that while domestic violence is illegal under the policies of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, punishment is not widely enforced. “The mass misinformation the kingdom sends out to all these people makes it really hard for victims to tell their story,” she says.
A few days later, Laura took her social media campaign a step further. “On April 19, I made a video of support, telling the girls there are women who are standing here with you, we will continue to support you,” Comstock says. That video currently sits at just over 10,000 views on Twitter. Her second video post, this one claiming that gender-based apartheid is the status quo in Saudi Arabia, racked up almost twice as many views as the first.
Reactions to the videos have been swift and divided. Nearly all the hundred-plus comments consist of hateful trolling – many are from state-sponsored Saudi Arabian accounts accusing Comstock of being a Qatari agent – but a decent number of them are from Saudi citizens thanking her for speaking out.
“I didn’t expect to make these videos and have them go viral,” she says with a smile. “I’m used to making silly YouTube videos when I was a kid and they’d get like 10 views, and I thought that was an accomplishment.”
Laura plans on continuing her activism after graduation and staying in touch with NowThis and The New York Times to keep them updated on Maha and Wafa’s situation. “One thing these Internet trolls keep saying is that I’m in it for the views or the notability,” she says. “I’m not. I’m coming at it as a sexual assault survivor and saying that women need to have their rights recognized globally.”

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Cole Swiger: Leader On and Off the Field Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:39 +0000 It was Chase Utley, the Philadelphia Phillies second baseman from 2003-2015, who said “I never want to look in the mirror and say, “What if? What if I had run harder? What if I had dived for that groundball?” .
These kinds of inspirational quotes from Phillies’ legend Chase Utley fueled Bloomsburg University men’s baseball right fielder Cole Swiger into pursuing his dream of one day playing in the MLB. Swiger grew-up idolizing Utley for his relentless effort and never-quit attitude.
Swiger stated, “My favorite player growing up was definitely Chase Utley. He just played hard and he put on a great image for the city.” Many kids looked up to him. “He played the game the right way, which was awesome.”
Swiger added, “I grew up a Philadelphia Phillies fan, and watching them win the 2008 World Series definitely was a big inspiration.”
Utley reinvigorated a winning culture in Philadelphia and Swiger is attempting to replicate his childhood idol’s leadership.
He said, “[I] do what I need to do to hopefully inspire young guys coming up or the guys around me.”
Swiger stated, “And to establish a winning tradition by doing my best to set a standard to wanting to win and have that fire inside all of us to go out there and win and go get into the conference playoffs and hopefully win a conference championship.”
Bloomsburg University pitcher Chad Cooperman strongly endorsed Cole’s work ethic and leadership qualities.
Cooperman went on to say, “Cole is really good when it comes to having a strong work ethic, whether it is in the classroom, at the baseball field or in the weight room. He just wants to pull others to come with him. And I have been fortunate enough to be one of those people. He is always pushing to do more in being better at school, better on the field and better in the weight room. And just being a better person overall.”
Cooperman added, “Cole is definitely a servant leader. He is trying to put the team first before himself. He does a good job of displaying what a strong work ethic looks like, what good actions look like on and off the field, which is something that is important for younger kids to look up to. And that is one of the biggest things of a good leader, producing more leaders. If someone follows what he is doing, the Bloomsburg Huskies baseball team is going to be really good in the future.”
Swiger’s hard-work and determination has led his most productive season. Swiger is batting .268 this season. However, playing baseball wasn’t always so easy for the Huskies’ right fielder.
“A serious obstacle I face was getting recruited in high school or being kind of small growing up when I was playing. I was kinda looked down upon by division one schools,” said Swiger.
Nonetheless, Cole found the silver lining in joining a division two program.
He continued, “I came up into the division two level with a chip on my shoulder. I used that as motivation to help me get through it and become a better player for sure.”
When asked about having a certain message to send to schools for overlooking him during the recruitment process, Swiger Responded, “No, I have had a great time here at Bloomsburg, and I’m happy I made the decision to be here.”
Swiger loves competition and striving to reach his goals. However, there is two teams that ignite his passion for the game. Swiger commented, “I would say either West Chester or Millersville because they are always at the top and it’s always a time to prove yourself.”
Bloomsburg will conclude their regular season this weekend against PSAC rival West Chester in a 4-game series beginning Friday afternoon.
“[West Chester] has had our number the last couple years, but we have definitely gave them some good games. This year, we are looking forward to West Chester right now and taking that series from them because that would be a really big step, especially going into the playoffs,” said Swiger.
Bloomsburg is 31-10 this season and have clinched a spot in the upcoming Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament, which starts on May 8 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.


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The Dose ride crushing waves of grunge with ‘Saline’ Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:39 +0000 Remember grunge? The gnarly Seattle sound draped in flannel and shredded jeans? Mainstream radio doesn’t, but Indio Downey and Ralph Alexander haven’t forgotten. Together the two SoCal sons are The Dose, a no-bullshit guitar-and-drums duo with a sound big enough to rattle the cheap seats.
Singer and guitarist Downey (son of Robert Jr.) and drummer Alexander don’t care if noise doesn’t sell like it used to. And their resemblance to the grunge gods of the era is uncanny.
Downey’s voice hits somewhere between Cobain and Staley, and Alexander, thrashing on the kit with reckless abandon, evokes the sweaty intensity of 1991 Dave Grohl.
Their debut LP, “Saline,” is a tumultuous dive into light and darkness, packed with raw emotion as palpable as the thunderous riffs and beats that fuel the album.
They eschew any sort of steady buildup with the rapid-fire opener “Vervain,” then head into deeper, darker waters with “Drown.” “Hiss into my ear/All that I dread” Downey wails over Alexander’s drum melee.
With melancholy missives like “Despairadise” and “Gone,” it’s clear The Dose can spin stories of pain and isolation with the best of them.
But it’s not all about rubbing salt in their wounds. “She’s just like a saint/From the ashes/Together we faint/When the black crashes” Downey croons on the anthemic title track, a tribute to the girl who keeps him afloat when life threatens to drag him under.
You’d never guess that the larger-than-life sound of “Escape” emanates from two twenty-something dudes who don’t even have a Wikipedia page yet. The two-piece setup wasn’t a thing until their would-be bass player blew off one of their first shows.
Downey and Alexander soldiered on, with Alexander working bass-synth pedals into his setup to round out The Dose’s pulsating rhythm section. Downey jumps between blistering power-fives and slick metal solos with ease, all the while snarling about shattered dreams and uncertain futures. It’s a sound akin to a roiling ocean storm.
The boys go for broke on “Thrill of It,” where Downey screams into a vacuum as Alexander hammers the kit for all he’s worth. “Help yourself catch a break/There will be an answer” Downey growls before unleashing a manic flurry on his Epiphone, as if he could stop time if he plays loud and fast enough.
It would be a stretch to call “Saline” a new rock and roll touchstone. But there’s no denying The Dose have 90s hard rock in their blood, even plugging some of the greats for the behind-the-scenes work. Ex-Buckcherry axeman Keith Nelson handles production duties and Grammy nominee Joe Baressi mixes the sound to gritty perfection.
The final earth-shattering chords of “Meant to Be,” backed by Cameron Stone’s superb cello work, only serve to hammer the point home: there’s a scrappy new voice in the dwindling world of alt-rock ragers.
If you’re looking for an album that kicks your ass while it schools you on the dichotomy of angels and demons, The Dose will happily supply it.

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Softball falls to Kutztown in Round 1 of PSACs Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:38 +0000 The Bloomsburg University softball team fell to conference rival Kutztown University in the opening round of the 2019 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament by a final score of 14-1 on Wednesday night. The loss drops the Huskies record to 30-16 (15-6 PSAC) overall while the Golden Bears improved to 36-18 (10-7 PSAC).
Since the annual PSAC tournament is played with a double elimination format the Huskies drop into do-or-die territory as they are now just one loss away from elimination.
Bloomsburg used a strong end to the regular season with six consecutive wins to clinch the PSAC Central division regular season crown and a first round bye of the conference tournament. The Golden Bears however, needed to beat Edinboro earlier on Wednesday afternoon for the right to play the Huskies.
The usually powerful offense of Bloomsburg just could not find any rythym on Wednesday as they were held to just four hits on the afternoon. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears offense erupted for 16 hits and 14 runs on the night.
Hot off the regular season, sophomore pitcher Abby Wild got the ball for the Huskies in the playoff opener after a 17-7 overall record in the regular season. Wild’s 2.00 ERA was good enough for fifth in the PSAC.
WIld was named PSAC Central division player of the week after going 3-0 in her previous three starts after recording 23 strikeouts.
The rivalry game started quietly as Kutztown led just 2-0 after the first two innings of play. The Huskies came out of the gate 0-6 as Kutztown held all the momentum going into the third inning.
The game would see a complete turn-around in the third inning as the Kutztown offense exploded for nine runs to make it 11-0 in favor of the Golden Bears. A collection of seven hits and two errors from Bloomsburg in the top of the third would give the Golden Bears a commanding lead as the Huskies now knew a response was needed.
Wild’s duties on the mound would come to end midway through the third inning as sophomore hurler Tara Baney came in for Bloomsburg. But the Kutztown bats continued to stay hot as an additional three runs were scored off Baney in the inning.
Kutztown then continued to roll in the fourth inning as senior outfielder Tamara Jennings homered to left center to expand the lead to 14-0 in favor of the Golden Bears.
The lone Huskies run in the game came from an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning from freshman infielder Sammi Starr, which drove in freshman outfielder Erin Delpierre.
Kutztown would then turn onto cruise control as just one more inning of play was needed before the game would end in a mercy rule at 14-1 after the fifth inning to end the game.
The playoff matchup between Bloomsburg and Kutztown marked the first time in 2019 the two would face off. Bloomsburg leads the all time series with Kutztown by an 88-40-1 margin.
The Huskies will now face elimination as it faces Seton Hill University in the secondary bracket. One more Bloomsburg loss will mean elimination for the Huskies as Bloomsburg will square off with the Griffins on Thursday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m.
With the win, Kutztown will now play West Chester in the next round of the tournament.
PSAC tournament action will continue throughout the rest of the week in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. You can get information on all the action at

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BloomU students create solution for busing woes Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:34 +0000 Bloomsburg University students from the Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences are developing an app to help their fellow students navigate the university bussing schedule.
Colin McIntyre, a sophomore Computer Science major, along with other students are working on the application called BloomBus. This app will allow students to check the current location of a shuttle.
While there is currently a schedule on the BloomU website that displays what time the buses run throughout the day, it provides no way to track exactly where they are.
Senior Computer Science major John Gibson is the “lead developer” of the app, according to McIntyre.
Gibson has been a tremendous help with creating BloomBus, McIntyre says.
He will be graduating this semester and “passing down the project to myself and other students,” he states.
The app is in “good shape,” but there needs to be additional testing before it will be ready to use by students.
As of right now, there is no official release date.
McIntyre and others are working with CGA to come up with the best solution possible for the implementation of the app.
The shuttles arrive approximately every 10-15 minutes on Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, they arrive around every 20 minutes. However, there is no service from 2:45-3:30 p.m. on the weekends and 6:45-7:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Many students have cars parked at Blue Lot located on upper campus next to Jessica S. Kozloff Apartments. When they come back to Bloomsburg University on Sunday nights around 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., most of the time the buses are not running since the drivers are on their break.
Students may think that the “temporary shortage of drivers” is the problem, but Tom McGuire, BU’s Director of Media Relations and Content Strategy, explains that “the shortage of drivers is not related to lack of effort, [but] rather [a] lack of qualified drivers applying.” A CDL license is mandatory in order to become a driver, and the previous batch of applicants did not possess this type of license.
Kutztown University, Pennsylvania State University, Point Park University, University of Pittsburgh, West Chester University, and York College all have similar apps to track their shuttles.

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BloomU Foundation provides new student housing opportunities Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:34 +0000 Students now have an another safe and affordable off-campus housing option. Bloomsburg University Foundation (BUF) closed the purchase of the Kile properties on Tuesday, April 2.
The properties are owned and operated by Dr. Willard Kile, who manages student-housing through an LLC, Advanced Student Housing.
Because of the purchase of the properties, BUF will now provide a scholarship funding more than the $1.3 million already awarded to BloomU students in 2018-19.
“Students were struggling to find housing to meet their needs,” said BUF Executive Director Jerome Dvorak.
Kile apartments are a zero-minute commute, meaning that students will not have to deal with shuttle buses and campus parking. And for a limited time, Advanced Student Housing will be providing free onsite parking for new leases (a value of $250).
Honeysuckle Apartments are owned and operated through BU’s Community Government Association to provide affordable housing options through trusted university affiliates.
In reference to these housing options, Dvorak says they “all [adhere] to the same safety regulations as our on-campus housing.”
Since Bloomsburg University is taking over the apartment complex and BU is a dry campus, the same rules apply as they would for any other on campus housing.
Bloomsburg University student Irvin A. Mulbah feels that the new rules would not affect him personally. “We have two CA’s, so people will do what they please regardless,” he says.

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Why do you Relay? Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:33 +0000 Relay for Life is a fundraising event that comes to Bloomsburg Universities campus every year to raise money towards cancer research.
The club on our campus, College Against Cancer, ran the event. The three top teams that raised the most were the Student Nurses Association, Program Board, and College Against Cancer.
Some of the food that was being sold by the teams were hot dogs, buffalo chicken dip, baked goods, ice coffee and srunchies. All proceeds went to the American Cancer Society.
The grand total that we raised at this years Relay for Life event was $34,741.


“I lost my mother to breast cancer very suddenly in 2017 right before my junior year of college. Doing my part to spread awareness and raise money to hopefully find a cure is something I hold close to my heart.” – Dave Sienkiewicz, senior Secondary Education major and Special Education minor


“[I relay] for all the people in my family, my friends and all of my friends’ family and friends. [I want] to try and make a difference for everyone.” – Reese Cirino, senior Business major


“I lost my grandmother recently, so this year I’m relaying for her because she lost her battle. She’s my reason. I relay for her and all those who lost their battle to cancer.” – Ashley Andruzzi, senior Social Work major


“I relay to support the cause and because I lost my grandmother to cancer.” – Laticia Feliciano, sophomore Criminal Justice and Psych major

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Chase and the Barons bring the fire (and the funny) on debut LP Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:33 +0000 There are more than enough pop punk anthems about booze and pills, lonely nights and class-war politics. But how many rock songs out there can make you laugh?
If you listen exclusively to Chase and the Barons, your answer should be “all of them.” The young dance-rock foursome from Pittsburgh – consisting of singer Chase Barron, guitarist Michael Saunders, drummer Jake Stretch and bassist Jacob Rieger – are known for coming up with songs as offbeat and loud as their eclectic collection of ties and button-downs.
Theirs is a sound that suggests Weezer shacking up with R.E.M., a melodic mix of fuzzy guitars, swanky bass and brassy saxophone hooks. Their debut LP, “Live Wire Bed Fire,” is 13 tracks of winking sarcasm and rock fanboy treatises.
Drop in anywhere and you’ll find Barron and company dissecting the trials and tropes of everyday life. “I Will Follow You Into The Park” (which only vaguely sounds like a similarly-named Death Cab for Cutie song) nails the hopeless isolation of staring at pics of your ex in hopes they’ll return your calls. And the monotony of the work week has never sounded as upbeat as it does on “A Day Off/Treehouse.” “The finish line we’re chasin’ keeps on racin’ away” Barron sighs. Nine-to-fivers everywhere will certainly agree. As you’ve probably guessed by now, turning daily battles with boredom into entertaining jazz romps is something Chase and the Barons have down pat. They make the drag of fighting with traffic sound fun on “Backseat,” where Barron drops this priceless line: “I drive an automatic SUV/All the soccer moms can roll with me.”
Ironically, “Meditation Song” is one of the more frantic takes from the album, with Stretch, Rieger and Saunders delivering a jittery blues blitz to segue into the island groove of “Sunglasses.”
Chase and friends wait until the last track to get a little angry, yelling about the joys of getting fired on “We Lost Our Jobs.” “I never got a damn vacation/I never got to sleep in late” Barron gripes, proving you don’t need bombs and anarchy to sell the pop punk spirit.
The guys are hometown heroes in Panther Country, where they’ve steadily climbed the local rock radio charts and emerged victorious at Battle of the Bands. “Live Wire Bed Fire” furthers their status as a band that’s not afraid to get weird.

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