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The Rocket

Cody Nespor, Editor-in-Chief
Before starting college, I would have never imagined I would find myself on the student newspaper in any capacity, let alone as the editor-in-chief. This will be my third year as a member of The Rocket staff, I have spent the last two years as a part of the sports section and while I loved covering Slippery Rock sports I am very eager to put what I have learned to the ultimate test. The Rocket is going through a lot of changes in 2017-18 including a new advisor, Dr. Brittany Fleming, who I am very excited to start working with. I would be remiss if I did not mention a couple of people that have helped me along the way get to where I am now, both as a journalist and as a person. Janelle Wilson (SRU '16) was the editor-in-chief when I first joined The Rocket staff and I could not have asked for a better first impression of what being a member of The Rocket was like. Ryan Barlow (SRU '17) was my first section editor when I was the assistant sports editor and eventual EIC and I can honestly say he ended up being one of my best friends when all was said and done. Jordyn Bennett (SRU '17) was my first ever assistant editor after I had moved up to sports editor and he is just flat out the best collegiate journalist I have ever and will ever know. Finally, there is The Rocket's former advisor Dr. Mark Zeltner (immortal probably) who has made all of this possible. There have been few non-family members in my life who have expected as much or pushed me as hard as Dr. Zeltner has and I owe him a debt that is unpayable. In the end, with the experience I have gained coupled with a great staff have me planning for the 2017-18 edition of The Rocket to be the best that I have ever worked on.

Cody Nespor, Editor-in-Chief

Nov 17, 2017
Wage gap discussion ‘takes the cake’ during GOP bake sale (Story)
Nov 08, 2017
Creating a culture centered on family and fun, Mihalik inspired a new wave of coaches (Story)
Nov 05, 2017
Men’s basketball competes against Pitt (Photo)
Oct 12, 2017
Four letters of retrenchment withdrawn, Cheyney’s notice still remains ()
Oct 06, 2017
Council of trustees votes not to send presidential candidates to board of governors (Story)
Oct 05, 2017
New graduate program is unlike anything else at SRU (Story)
Sep 28, 2017
No. 18 Rock to host no. 5 California (Photo)
Sep 28, 2017
SRU’s second presidential candidate visits campus from Nicholls State (Story)
Sep 24, 2017
Slippery Rock hangs on to beat Gannon (Photo)
Sep 14, 2017
Men’s soccer travels to the great white north for a unique opportunity (Story)
Sep 09, 2017
Men’s soccer gives up early lead, ties Tiffin in double OT (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
Men’s soccer looks to bring it all together in 2017 (Story)
Aug 29, 2017
Way’s experience makes him a good fit as SRU’s interim president (Photo)
Aug 31, 2017
Rock field hockey leaning on seniors for 2017 (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
SRU club baseball collecting donations for Houston victims (Story)
Jun 07, 2017
Shippensburg wins 2016-17 Dixon Cup, Rock finishes seventh (Story)
May 04, 2017
Rock tennis looks to the future (Story)
May 01, 2017
“A-Rod” comes to The Rock to share his story (Story)
Apr 30, 2017
Nico Luciano’s celebrates one-year anniversary (Story)
Apr 24, 2017
Honorary coaches, quarterback battle to highlight football spring game (Story)
Apr 23, 2017
Baseball scores 25 in doubleheader sweep (Story)
Apr 15, 2017
Power pitching performances propel Rock baseball past PSAC opponent (Story)
Apr 12, 2017
Transfer goalkeeper providing a boost to Rock lacrosse (Story)
Apr 10, 2017
Rock baseball drops four games to Mercyhurst (Story)
Apr 05, 2017
Rock slugger passes Matt Adams on career home run list (Story)
Apr 05, 2017
Rock baseball splits Monday doubleheader with UPJ (Story)
Mar 26, 2017
Rock tennis fights through injuries, wins two of three over the weekend (Story)
Mar 24, 2017
Pitching dominates game one, offense explodes in game two as Rock baseball sweeps Clarion (Story)
Mar 22, 2017
Spring break trip has baseball in a good place heading into conference play (Story)
Mar 21, 2017
Rock tennis falls to nationally-ranked IUP in conference opener (Story)
Mar 21, 2017
Injuries hamper Rock tennis during spring break trip (Story)
Mar 03, 2017
Rock wins both indoor titles, sends two vaulters to compete at nationals (Story)
Feb 28, 2017
Rock falls to Mercyhurst in the first round of the playoffs (Story/Photo)
Feb 27, 2017
Rock baseball splits four games in opening weekend (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
From walk-on to career rushing leader, Shamar Greene leaves his SRU legacy (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
Jennie Knox: SRU’s first black athlete (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
The Lego Batman Movie: actually just fun the whole way through (Story)
Feb 19, 2017
Baseball team looks to put a bad 2016 season in the past (Story)
Feb 18, 2017
Rock women say goodbye to two seniors, lose by 29 in home finale (Story)
Feb 08, 2017
Rock football brings in 21 players on recruiting day (Story)
Feb 08, 2017
Former Northwestern Wildcat transfers to SRU (Story)
Feb 05, 2017
Without key players, women’s basketball falls apart late in blowout at IUP (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
A rare combination of experience and talent has Rock tennis excited for spring portion of the season (Story)
Jan 28, 2017
Women’s basketball out-shot by Seton Hill in 74-63 loss (Story)
Jan 26, 2017
Walters named preseason All-American, two others named “players to watch” for Rock Baseball (Story)
Jan 26, 2017
Former Rock baseball star Matt Adams re-signs with St. Louis Cardinals (Story)
Jan 25, 2017
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rebranding highlights Pennsylvania connection (Story)
Dec 08, 2016
Rock fall sports athletes collect post-season honors (Story)
Dec 08, 2016
Freshman guard Hinderliter finding early success at The Rock (Story)
Dec 04, 2016
Rock men cap off doubleheader sweep of Cheyney with dominating defensive performance (Story)
Dec 04, 2016
Strong second half leads Rock women to win over Cheyney (Story)
Nov 28, 2016
Women’s basketball splits PSAC opening weekend (Story)
Nov 17, 2016
Former Division I prospect hopes to lead Slippery Rock to conference title (Story)
Nov 16, 2016
Women’s basketball enters season with confidence (Story)
Nov 16, 2016
Rock football fights through adversity to finish season 7-4 (Story)
Nov 13, 2016
Rock football celebrates senior day with 57-15 win (Story)
Nov 10, 2016
Despite disappointing season, men’s soccer is hopeful for the future (Story)
Nov 10, 2016
Football team to end season at home versus East Stroudsburg (Story)
Nov 08, 2016
SRU Internations Club hosts ‘Sports Night’ to showcase foreign sports (Story)
Nov 06, 2016
Inspired defensive performance leads Rock football past Griffins (Story)
Nov 03, 2016
President Norton wants athletic hirings to reflect diversity in student body (Story)
Nov 03, 2016
Rock football looking for positive end to the season (Story)
Oct 30, 2016
Milk Jug lost as Rock losing streak reaches three (Story/Photo)
Oct 23, 2016
Heartbreaking, last-second loss to Edinboro spoils homecoming, home winning streak (Story)
Oct 23, 2016
Blast off with The Rocket: What it’s like to try out for a college basketball team (Video)
Oct 19, 2016
SRU athletic director continues to work despite faculty strike (Story)
Oct 18, 2016
Slippery Rock celebrates conference sportsmanship (Story/Photo)
Oct 17, 2016
PSAC-West football recap: Week 7 (Story)
Oct 13, 2016
Rivals meet as injured Rock team travels to play IUP on the road (Story)
Oct 12, 2016
Men’s cross-country places third at home (Video)
Oct 11, 2016
Athlete of the Month: Record breaking field hockey senior playing out final games (Story)
Oct 10, 2016
PSAC-West football recap: Week 6 (Story)
Oct 08, 2016
Injured Rock team tops Mercyhurst Lakers 37-25, continues home win streak (Story)
Oct 07, 2016
APSCUF members picket in Harrisburg over contract negotiations (Video)
Oct 07, 2016
How the potential faculty strike could affect fall sports (Story)
Oct 03, 2016
SRU students hosting sixth annual Rocktober Open (Story)
Oct 03, 2016
Bream enjoying her new role as starting goalkeeper (Photo)
Oct 02, 2016
Tough stretch continues for field hockey, loses fourth straight to ranked opponent (Photo)
Oct 02, 2016
Injury to insult: Rock loses key players in 52-26 loss at CalU (Story)
Sep 30, 2016
Tennis championships rescheduled due to weather concerns (Story)
Sep 30, 2016
Coaches continue contract negotiations as faculty strike date nears (Story)
Sep 25, 2016
Rock football extends home win streak, defeats Gannon 34-13 (Story)
Sep 15, 2016
Rock football looking to play ‘four full quarters’ against Lock Haven (Story)
Sep 14, 2016
Senior quarterback quits Rock football team (Story)
Sep 10, 2016
Record-breaking performances propel no. 12 Rock past West Chester (Story)
Sep 03, 2016
Women’s soccer loses 1-0 on early goal (Video)
Sep 02, 2016
All-gender bathrooms created on campus (Photo)
Sep 01, 2016
Rock football puts home win streak up against New Haven Saturday (Story)
Aug 31, 2016
Men’s soccer opens season with confidence (Story)
Aug 30, 2016
New head football coach puts 20 years of experience to the test (Story)
Aug 29, 2016
New soccer coach believes SRU is ‘the right fit’ (Story)
Aug 27, 2016
‘The past is the past’ for The Rock football team (Story)
Aug 26, 2016
Women’s cross-country is filled with potential in 2016 (Story)
Aug 10, 2016
‘Suicide Squad’ is the epitome of forgettable (Story)
Aug 02, 2016
2016 Rock graduate signed by NFL team (Story)
May 04, 2016
Millersville assistant hired as men’s soccer coach (Story)
Apr 28, 2016
New head coaches have women’s sports on the rise (Story)
Apr 24, 2016
Softball swept at Boro, has one last chance for playoffs (Story)
Apr 24, 2016
Offense and defense play to a tie in 2016 Spring game (Story/Video)
Apr 23, 2016
Fusco celebrated for NFL success (Story)
Apr 21, 2016
Rock rugby hosts 35th annual tournament (Story)
Apr 17, 2016
Softball upsets no. 10 California in doubleheader split (Story)
Apr 15, 2016
Softball loses late lead, is swept on the road (Story)
Apr 14, 2016
Rock bats catch fire against Edinboro, score 27 runs in doubleheader (Story)
Apr 07, 2016
Softball wins fifth straight in sweep (Story)
Mar 31, 2016
Junior pitcher appreciates fan support (Story/Video)
Mar 27, 2016
Stellar pitching leads Rock to doubleheader split (Story)
Mar 24, 2016
Women Who Rock: Softball coach dedicated to SRU for the long haul (Story)
Mar 03, 2016
Soccer head coach accepts new job to stay close to family (Story)
Feb 24, 2016
Men’s basketball season ends with road loss (Story)
Feb 21, 2016
Senior night win puts Rock in driver’s seat for playoffs (Story)
Feb 16, 2016
Softball returns seven starters, aims for playoffs (Story)
Feb 14, 2016
Rock baseball blown out in doubleheader sweep (Story)
Feb 13, 2016
Rock men upset Crimson Hawks with dominate second half (Story)
Feb 10, 2016
New football coach opens up about first recruiting class (Story)
Feb 06, 2016
Rock loses PSAC West showdown in final seconds (Story)
Feb 04, 2016
Men’s basketball holds on to beat Fighting Scots (Story)
Jan 27, 2016
Strong start bodes well for Rock senior (Story)
Dec 09, 2015
After 28 years coach Mihalik calls it a career (Story)
Dec 03, 2015
Two players score double-doubles as Slippery Rock downs Daemen (Story)
Dec 03, 2015
Rock athletes earn All-Region honors (Story)
Nov 23, 2015
Men’s basketball splits crossover weekend (Story)
Nov 19, 2015
50-point second half lifts Fighting Scots over Rock (Story)
Nov 11, 2015
Soccer junior goes on late season hot streak (Story)
Nov 10, 2015
‘Spectre’ falls flat in comparison to other popular James Bond films (Story)
Nov 04, 2015
Field hockey junior enters Slippery Rock record books (Story)
Nov 04, 2015
Challenging field hockey season ends with loss (Story)
Oct 21, 2015
Field Hockey continues to search for win column at Mercyhurst (Story)
Oct 15, 2015
Field hockey shut out 1-0 by Raiders (Story)
Sep 30, 2015
Field hockey junior contends for scoring title (Story)
Sep 24, 2015
Field Hockey drops first conference game of season (Story)
Sep 23, 2015
Volleyball loses close match with Alderson-Broaddus (Story)
Sep 18, 2015
Field Hockey offense struggles in first two road games (Story)
Sep 10, 2015
Offensive outburst powers field hockey (Story)
Aug 28, 2015
Field hockey aims for return to playoffs (Story)
Aug 27, 2015
Women’s cross-country expects improvement (Story)
Aug 10, 2015
Rock hosts 2015 Professional Disc Golf World Championships (Story/Video)
Apr 29, 2015
Women’s track ends regular season at Ashland Open (Story)
Apr 22, 2015
Women’s track records 33 PSAC qualifiers (Story)
Apr 22, 2015
Track star prepares to compete for national title (Story)
Apr 16, 2015
Women’s outdoor track finishes with four NCAA marks (Story)
Apr 08, 2015
Women’s outdoor track wins nine events at SRU Open (Story)
Apr 02, 2015
Women’s outdoor track wins one event at Raleigh Relays (Story)
Mar 25, 2015
Women’s outdoor track dominates California Invitational (Story)
Mar 19, 2015
Women’s outdoor track starts season strongly (Story)
Mar 05, 2015
Women’s indoor track finishes second at PSAC Championships (Story)
Feb 26, 2015
Women’s indoor track set to compete at PSAC Championships (Story)
Feb 12, 2015
Women’s indoor track earns 13 top five finishes at YSU National Invite (Story)
Feb 05, 2015
Head coach ‘pleased with the progress’ of women’s indoor track (Story)
Jan 29, 2015
Women’s indoor track not surprised by success (Story)
Dec 11, 2014
Women’s indoor track athletes ‘off to a great start this year’ (Story)
Dec 04, 2014
Women’s indoor track looks to repeat title win (Story)
Dec 04, 2014
Women’s cross-country excited for next season (Story)
Nov 26, 2014
Women’s cross-country ends season with seventh place finish (Story)
Nov 12, 2014
Women’s cross-country finish fifth at PSAC Championships (Story)
Oct 31, 2014
Women’s cross-country takes fifth at Go Fast River Run (Story)
Oct 17, 2014
Women’s cross-country finish third at Mack Cooper Classic (Story)
Oct 02, 2014
Women’s cross-country takes second place again (Story)
Sep 17, 2014
Rock women’s cross-country takes second at SRU 125 Invitational (Story)
Aug 27, 2014
Women’s cross country looks to remain competitive (Story)
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