Meghan Schiereck has written for a few different publications, one being her own blog. She focuses on lifestyle, art and culture topics.
Students win big at casino night
On any other day, the iconic casino atmosphere of Las Vegas, Nevada, is 2,340 miles, one time zone and a 34-hour drive from Shippensburg University. However, against all odds, SU students could get a taste of Vegas nightlife without leaving campus last Saturday night.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Ceddia Union Building’s Multipurpose Room (MPR) on Jan. 27, students could stop in and be high rollers and enjoy the height of luxury without spending a penny. Activities Program Board (APB) volunteers handed plastic bags of chips to students as they entered. Each student started with a handful, and aimed to increase their money. Chips ranged in value depending on their color, the lowest at $100, and the highest at $10,000. Every $2,000 was worth one ticket.
Su’s new housing rules less than ideal (commentary)
Shippensburg University’s updated housing agreement for the 2019-2020 school year requires that students with less than 60 credits live on campus. The list of exemptions is not long — meaning the only exceptions are for students who have a 3.2 GPA, are over 21, are married, live with a parent or guardian within 35 miles of campus or have a dependent child at home.
Interview with Patrick joust
Patrick Joust is a photographer living in Baltimore, Maryland. Joust is known for his photos of Baltimore landscapes, neighborhoods and people.
Obviously, Baltimore is your muse. Your photos of neighborhoods, cars and landscapes are what caught my attention (and the attention of so many others). Despite your longtime residence in Baltimore, have you found yourself wanting to move? Would you ever leave Baltimore? Yes, Baltimore has been a central part of my life with photography. I’m lucky to live right in the middle of it, where I regularly find inspiration. I started taking pictures here about 15 years ago and my relationship with the city only grows deeper. I also enjoy traveling and have ongoing “projects” to photograph in Pennsylvania, California, Maine and elsewhere.
Being bisexual in only hetero relationships (written under pseudonym)
Being bisexual should be the best of both worlds. There’s no shortage of potential partners when you’re attracted to more than one gender. However, a problem arises when you’re a woman dating a man, or a man dating a woman. Suddenly, the legitimacy of your bisexuality is up in the air. Can you really be bisexual if you’ve only ever dated one gender?
certificate (Fiction writing)
Picking up a death certificate is like getting kicked in the face by every happy family to live in the United States, going to the dentist on your birthday and even worse than the day you got the phone call. Driving to the public office is driving in a NASCAR race on a bicycle. Opening the door is admitting your addiction, your alcoholism and all of your sins to your horribly frail grandmother. The paper is handed to you in an envelope by a secretary who is less than thrilled to be there. The certificate is a smug, little beast that says “Yep, he’s definitely dead! Here’s how it happened!” every time you look at it.
Tourette’s syndrome is a disorder, not politics (commentary)
Life with Tourette’s syndrome is difficult enough without offensive headlines.
An opinion article published by The Washington Times, a conservative daily newspaper in Washington, D.C., published a headline on Sept. 13 that read “Democrats sputter lies like they have Tourette Syndrome.” After outrage from the Tourette’s community on Sept. 19, The Washington Times updated its headline to “Democrats are afflicted by uncontrollable urge to sputter lies.”
It is unclear who enacted the headline change, because author Cheryl Chumley was insensitively insistent on social media keeping the headline the same. Chumley denied having written an offensive headline and turned to Facebook saying, “Stop trying to pretend I said something I didn't, or wrote something I didn't, or made mockery of something I didn't. Maybe then it'll become evident why I'm not changing the headline. Oh yeah — once again: Not apologizing. Not changing headline.”