Hood baseball team excited for upcoming season

By Megan Enright
Sports Editor
Hood College baseball
team’s second baseman
shares insight on what to expect for the new spring season.
“Honestly I am not going to change my approach
even though it is my last year
playing,” said Senior, Nathan
Kessler, is Hood’s second
baseman. “Every game or
practice I enjoy being around
the team. The coaches emphasize having fun and I am
going to continue that mindset for my final year.”
Playing for the baseball
team has proven to build
strong bonds and lasting
“My most memorable
game was the semi-final
game in the playoffs last year
against Widener, it was the
most memorable because it
was an incredible game,” said
Kessler. “We experienced disappointment and excitement
all within one game and our
team showed exactly how to
be relentless. We stayed together as a team and family
and persevered to go to the
championship round for the
first time in program history.”
Hood College’s baseball
team had an amazing season
last year, so make sure you
support the baseball team
this season by going to their games,play ball!

Women’s lacrosse team prepares for success

By Delaney Crawford
Sports Editor
While winter sports
teams are coming to an end
on their 2018-2019 seasons,
spring sports are coming
out in full swing.
One spring sport that
seems very excited and eager for their season to begin
is women’s lacrosse. The
women’s lacrosse team began their preseason on Jan.
21. With a lot of new freshman coming into this young
team, our blazers are training hard now so they can
be successful during their
Freshman, Rebecca Turner, said, “I am excited to start
the season with a new group
of people in a new atmosphere and anxious to see
how the experience shapes
me as a student during this
spring semester.”
The lacrosse season officially started on Feb. 9. They
have been training early in
the morning and late at night
all in the recent cold weather.
All of this training and hard
work will prove to be useful
in the coming season. Make
sure to look out for our women’s lacrosse upcoming home
games to show some support.

Basketball season quickly coming to an end

By Delaney Crawford
Sports Editor
The men’s basketball team
had a six-game winning
streak until the Jan. 26, when
they lost at Widener 65-58.
That long win streak lasted
for almost a whole month.
The streak began on Jan.
2 when they beat Hampden-Sydney. Other teams
they beat during the streak
were; Albright, Lycoming,
Stevenson, Alvernia and
Messiah. All those teams are
very tough opponents, but
the Blazers rose above and
won them all.
The players on the team
have fought hard all season
and are now nearing the end.
With only a couple of games
left before conference season
starts, tensions are high. Players are excited for conference
to start and see how well they
can perform against these
high-level teams and fans are
excited to see how far they
make it this year.
With a season as great as
this one has been, we expect
our men’s basketball team to
do great things in conference
this year.
Be sure to so some support
at their last few games.
Going in as the underdog
is sometimes a positive and
with Hood College we definitely see it as one.
With a current record of
6-14 the women’s basketball
team is hoping to end their
season on a higher note.
Nearing the end of their 2018-
2019 season, they are training
hard for conference play.
This season they have had
some key wins, their last one
being a 57-48 win against Alvernia on Jan. 21. Our Blazers average about 61 points
per game. Going into harder
play with that point average
shows a lot of potential.
Unfortunately, many of
the remaining games for our
women’s team are away, but
everyone can still show their
support by watching the live
streams, cheering them on
as they leave, or even driving
to those games. Best of luck
from all of us here at Hood to
our women’s basketball team
as they hope to end their season strong.

Student to staff member: Getting to know Bre Harwood

By Megan Enright
Sports Editor
Alumni, Bre Harwood, who
graduated Hood in 2016 is the
career development program
manager. She is a person who
shares her love of community
service with students at Hood
One of my favorite parts
about visiting Harwood in the
career center is I know she
will always be kind and shares
her happiness with others.
Harwood decided to work
at the career center because
she interned at the career center during her undergrad at
Hood, and decided she wanted to continue to work there because she loves it so much.
Harwood has always been
passionate about volunteering and service, so she knew
working at the career center
could give her more reasons to
focus on volunteering.
Harwood says one of her
favorite parts of her job is
how she can meet with different people apart of the Hood
community and how she can
help students. I have gone on
a lot of Harwood’s service trips
and they are so rewarding.
Come on down to Harwood’s office in the career center and learn about her fun
service trips.

Cosmestics testing on animals: Will new laws ban the archaic practice?

Colossal beauty retailer,
Sephora, carries the most
sought-after high-end cosmetics brands. Shelves are filled
with a multitude of hues, that
almost appear seamless from
one brand to the next. The retailer serves as a wonderland
to beauty gurus and novices
We are living in the dawn
of the selfie-ready era. How-to
videos on YouTube have given
the modern shopper the confidence necessary to splurge
on beauty items that did not
exist ever before in the U.S.
But, shopping responsibly
for brands that do not test
their cosmetics on animals
is a challenge that seems to
have not grown or changed
as much as other areas in the
beauty industry.
NARS, once a cruelty-free
line of cosmetics, made the
decision in 2017 to begin selling their products in China,
where animal testing is required for certain products.
NARS fills shelves in Sephora, cosmetics brands that are
deemed cruelty-free sit right
beside brands that are not.
There is almost nothing that
allows consumers to easily
distinguish between a line of
cosmetics that tests on animals and a line that does not.
The lucrative Chinese market has enabled companies
to step backwards from their
cruelty-free status. This is likely due to the fact that the market was assessed to be worth
$29 billion in 2016, according
to Euromonitor.
By law, China requires animal testing on all cosmetics sold within its country. It
seems the only way around
this law is by selling products
online only in China, and
shipping them there from another country.
“As a vegan brand, we are
really not cool with animals
getting sprayed in the face,”
said Phoebe Song to CNBC reporters, who owns Snow Fox
Skincare. “It sucks, because
China is a huge market … it’s
a lot of money.”
But, of course a lot of larger
companies will set ethical and
moral reservations aside in order to access China’s massive
“People are becoming more
aware that what they put on
their skin seeps into their skin.
There’s definitely been a rise
in demand for natural products,” said Eleanor Dwyer to
Washington Post reporters,
a research associate at Euromonitor studying the beauty
Even standing in Sephora,
spinning countless tubes of lip
gloss, eye-liner, and mascara
between your fingers looking
for a cruelty-free indication is
not an effective way of determining whether or not a certain cosmetics brand tests on
animals. Kat Von D has been
a long-time avid supporter of
veganism, and her line of cosmetics reflects that as well. Kat
Von D cosmetics are on People
for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA)’s list of cruelty-free brands, and they are
not sold in China. However,
the popular Kat Von D “tattoo liner” has no cruelty-free
indication on the packaging
PETA’s list of companies
that do and do not employ
animal testing can be an easy
way to verify ethical and informed shopping decisions.
However, marketing and deceptive language that certain
companies use is able to effectively trick their own consumers into thinking the company
is cruelty-free.
Michelle Larner, a makeup
artist in New York, revealed
to the New York Times that
products claiming to be “all
natural” bring about reasonable confusion to consumers.
“I saw a few brands that fall
into the ‘natural’ range that I
just assumed would be cruelty-free,” she said to New York
Times reporters. “Everything I
use, from mascara, toothpaste,
deodorant and feminine products were on the list. Even my
laundry cleaning products are
on this ‘yes’ list.”
California legislators have
officially banned the sale
of animal-tested cosmetics,
which will effectively take
the guess-work out of shopping. When the law goes into
effect on Jan. 1, 2020, it will
be “unlawful for a manufacturer to import for profit, sell,
or offer for sale” animal-tested cosmetics. Violations are
punishable by an initial fine
of $5,000, and an additional
$1,000 fine each day the offense continues.
It is the obligation of the
manufacturer to ensure that
their products are safe before marketing, according to
the FDA. The manufacturer
is able to use the testing they
deem “appropriate and effective” for establishing safety.
The absolutely archaic
methods that manufacturers
employ during animal testing
includes exposing animals to
radiation, injecting or force
feeding animals substances
that may be harmful, surgically removing animals’ organs
in order to deliberately cause
damage, etc.
Certainly there is a lot of
energy being put into manufacturing a safe cosmetics
product. However, adverse
reactions may occur nonetheless. This is due to the fact
that chemicals can produce
different responses from one
species to the next.
Beauty tutorials are constantly flooding Pinterest and
YouTube every day. When
beauty gurus recommend
their favorite products, consumers retreat to their nearest
Sephora, or other cosmetics
Products have hit shelves
that were once considered too
niche for U.S. consumers. BB
creams and CC creams have
long been used in South Korea, but only recently made
their debut in the U.S., according to a Washington Post
While cosmetics companies are turning higher profits, and selling more products
than ever before, it is time that
they consider a more ethical,
responsible approach to their
own products.
“It takes five minutes to go
through [PETA’s] list,” said
Kristin Bauer, actress and animal-free spokeswoman, to
New York Times reporters.
“Sometimes the non-tested
are more organic and natural. Sometimes they’re even cheaper.”

Letter to the editor: resource allocation

President Chapdelaine:
I am writing to urge you not
to cut important humanities
programs at Hood College.
In particular, I am concerned
about the elimination of the
Philosophy and Religious
Studies major. Although I’m
sure your schedule is crowded, it would be kind of you to
read this rather lengthy message in full.
Seeing as Hood is a liberal
arts program, I had the chance
to sample many departments
during my time there. The
Philosophy and Religious
Studies department, led by
Dr. Karen Hoffman, was, and
I’m sure still is, something noticeably different. Studying in
that department, cliche as it is
to say, radically changed my
life. When I arrived at Hood
I had no intention of majoring in the subject, thinking I
might instead major in English (another very fine department at Hood). After taking classes with Dr. Hoffman
and Dr. Stephen Wilson I was
sure Philosophy and Religion
was the best path Hood could
It is true that the major, at
least during my time at Hood,
was not particularly popular.
I believe this is partially because the leaders of the department held their students
to abnormally high standards,
and accepted nothing less
than their charges’ best efforts.
One of the proudest moments
of my entire life, still to this
day, was earning a 100% from
Dr. Wilson on a final paper for
his Religion and Empire Honors course. Not only because
he had given me a D in the not
so distant past, but because
I was thrilled to have the approval of a teacher I respected
so thoroughly, who only gave
A’s when they were honestly
deserved. The same rigor was
present in Dr. Hoffman’s notorious argument-based timed
writing assignments (where
you are meant to argue with a
famous philosopher, then argue against your own points,
then argue once more against
your counterpoints – great fun,
really, but you had to outline
and memorize your entire
strategy for 5 hours the night
before to score well).
These professors were always tough within reason, exceptionally fair-minded, and
I’ve never had an experience
where I gained as many useful
skills in such a short span of
time since. It’s a great shame
that many believe Philosophy is an impractical major,
it’s not true when the subject
is taught with a skilled hand.
These professors improved
my mind in ways that continue to benefit me professionally and personally. While I
understand Dr. Wilson is no
longer with the faculty, I’m
sure Dr. Hoffman continues
to lead similarly-minded professors to this day. For all of
her contributions to Hood’s
students she deserves to be
treated so much better. She
deserves the world, as far as
I’m concerned.
Despite all of the foolish, drastic, and singularly
greed-driven decisions made
by Hood administrations past,
some of which were perhaps
legitimately necessary to save
the school from changing
times, financial ruin, and the
lasting stupidity of President
Shirley Peterson, this proposed change is in another
category entirely. Eliminating
core humanities programs
from Hood would be the first
decision in its long history to
truly make it another beast,
you can’t go home again, the
end, fade to black. It’s so distressing to consider that I cannot even say anger is an appropriate characterization of
my feelings. Just sadness. It’s
with this emotion that I humbly grovel. A few years back
I voted for you to be Hood’s
next president, believing you
were the best candidate to
lead a place I still get home
sick for. It would be truly unfortunate, albeit certainly dramatic and interesting, if my
decision to offer you support
then later contributed to gutting the beating heart of my
college experience.
As to why I’m writing such
an eccentric collection of drivel, believing it will have any
impact at all, some explanation is probably in order. I’m
not so delusional as to think
my reputation still proceeds
me. President Chapdelaine,
during my time at Hood I was
known to cause a considerable commotion when I did
not agree with decisions made
by the administration. So
much so that President Volpe
pointed out how much of a
pain in the ass I was, by name,
in his graduation speech, took
great efforts to hide my publications, and sparred with me
in the local press. Dave Diehl
took me aside and verbally
intimidated me, Dean Conway-Turner, it would not be
melodramatic to say, stalked
and threatened my Features
Editor and successor at The
Blue and Grey for doing too
much digging into the goings
on of AD . . . it was a wild time,
tragic you missed it. Kind
of amazing grown adults in
these positions cared about
a few undergrads mouthing
off about expenditures between games of kings, but I
must have had some passing
competency at hitting a nerve.
Checking to see if that’s still a
Morgan Morrissette
Wright, Esq. ‘11

Social work newly added as a major in 1982

By Elena Rowe
Social Media Manager
I was able to journey into
the past through the archives
of the Hood College Library.
Various articles from the
1930’s-2000’s were pouring
with interesting details about
parties, events, new programs
and sport games.
In the fall of 1982, Hood College introduced Social Work
as a major, as a part of the new
Student Social Work Organization on campus.
“The purpose of the SSWO
is to inform students about
the career opportunities in
social work and related areas;
to gather students and faculty
to interact with other college
social work organizations,
community speakers and the
National Association of Social
Workers” (Westling ’86).
Guest speakers, Campus
awareness activities, field
trips, fundraising and tutoring were ways in which the
organization got more awareness to the campus. By introducing this organization to
the greater campus community, students were able to get
a feel of the new Social Work
major. “The social work major includes studies in four
areas. These are social work
methods, research, policy and
human behavior analysis. The
major also offers students
a through education in the
skills, values and knowledge
required of the social work
practitioner.” (Westling ’86)
What I found interesting
was, based on students’ roles
in this organization, they
could determine if this major was right for them, based
on what careers they could
pursue after leaving college.
There are many ways that social work can be rewarding
(based on this article), conducting research on important human problems, helping ederly patients adjust to
terminal illness, organizing
tenants in slum housing to improve living conditions, having the opportunity to work
in schools, hospitals, family
service agencies etc.
If you are interested, the
SSWO organization is still on
campus today. Make sure to
check it out and contact Leah
Ransome ’19

Blakkklansman movie presented at Hood College by the Black Student Union

By Martha Berkheimer
News Editor
On Friday, Jan. 18, to kick off
the school’s celebrations for
Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
the Hood College Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a
screening for the movie Blackkklansman, directed by Spike
Based on a true story, Blackkklansman follows the work
of a detective named Ron
Stallworth, who is the first African-American detective to
serve in the Colorado Springs
Police Department (CSPD).
After working being confined
to mundane tasks such as
working in the reference department of the police force
and the narcotics department,
Stallworth is determined to
work on a case with more substance.
After partnering with another undercover detective,
Stallworth embarks on a mission to infiltrate to Ku Klux
Klan, determined to break
down the extremist hate
group that had been dominating the area.
Blackkklansman is a powerful commentary that reflects
upon how the United States
has views racism in the past,
touching on the subjects of
Blakkklansman movie
presented at Hood College
by the Black Student Union
racism and police brutality
that has breaking out in the
news as of recent years.
Blackkklansman is based in
the 1970s, but the themes depicted in the movie are still
extremely relevant in today’s
society, highlighting the same
issues that are being fought
against by the Black Lives
Matter movement in recent
Watching this movie so
close to Martin Luther King
day makes the experience especially moving, reminding
viewers that the country still
has a lot of work to do in regards to race relations.

Longest government shutdown in U.S. history comes to an end

By Martha Berkheimer
News Editor
At midnight on Dec. 22,
2018, President Trump declared a government shutdown in response to lack of
funding for his proposed
border wall between the
U.S. and Mexico. After 35
days, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, President Trump proposed a deal ending the shut
down on Jan. 25.
The shutdown stemmed
from President Trump’s refusal to sign any bills proposed by Congress that did
not fund the border wall as
well as the Senate’s refusal
to support any bills that include funding to build the
border wall.
As of Jan. 25, President
Trump signed a bill that
ended the shutdown and
allowed the government
to open for three weeks in
order to continue negotiations on the issue of the
funding for the border wall.
President of the Hood
College Republicans, Jacob
Keith, responded submitted
a response with his view on
the government shutdown
and current administration:
“The government shutLongest government shutdown in
U.S. history comes to an end down is frankly a disgrace. I
have made it no secret that I
am at odds with the current
administrations policies
and overall behavior.
The border wall is not an
effective way of preventing
undocumented immigration nor is it an effective
way of preventing drug trafficking –both of the ‘illegal
incursions’ occur more frequently through legal ports
of entry.
Ignoring the inherent
leaps in logic necessary to
justify a border wall, the
behavior of the Senate is ludicrous. While the House of
Representatives has passed
bills to reopen the government, Mitch McConnell
continues to prevent the
due course of government.
He will not allow any bill to
come onto the Senate floor,
claiming that Trump will
not sign it and thus it is useless. However, the Founding
Fathers did come up with a
solution when writing the
United States Constitution.
Congress can override the
President’s veto when necessary and, sadly, it is necessary. So this is not just a case
of the President keeping the
government closed, this is a
case of the Senate Majority
Leader being overly cautious; his every action confirms the suspicions held
by many that he has been
compromised by Russian
kompromat or by a general
lack of moral values. McConnel is more interested in
serving Trump than he is
our own country.
By forcing numerous federal employees to work with
no pay, President Trump is
using his own citizens as a
bargaining chip, which is
It’s time that Republicans
own up to the fact that they
backed the wrong horse.”

Dmitrovsky is Hood commencement speaker

Ethan Dmitrovsky

Ethan Dmitrovsky, president of Leidos Biomedical Research and director of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, will deliver Hood College’s Commencement speech May 18.

Dmitrovsky, M.D., leads a team of 2,200 scientists, health professionals and supporting staff members to advance research of cancer, AIDS and infectious diseases.

He graduated from Harvard University and Cornell University Medical College and was an internal medicine resident at New York University Hospital Center.

Dmitrovsky was former provost and executive vice president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, home to undergraduate and graduate programs and more than 4,000 clinical trials. He also served as principal investigator of the Cancer Center Core Grant—MD Anderson’s largest federal grant—which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

While working at MD Anderson, Dmitrovsky collaborated with 33 sister institutions in 23 countries, including the launch of a pain medicine initiative for cancer patients in Ethiopia, a country of 90 million people with minimal pain specialists.

Frederick National Laboratory and Hood College partnered in 2018 to expand research and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the lab, and to provide professional development programs for Hood faculty and national laboratory staff. This year, they will cohost an annual scientific symposium based on the tradition of the Oncogene Meeting, held from 1985-2004 in Frederick. The meeting allowed scientists to discuss innovative new ideas for cancer research.

The Frederick National Lab is the only federally funded research and development center devoted entirely to biomedical research, and is operated by Leidos Biomedical on behalf of the National Cancer Institute.

Hood College is an independent, liberal arts college, offering 32 undergraduate majors, four pre-professional programs, 17 graduate programs, two doctorates and 11 post-baccalaureate certificates. Located in historic Frederick, near Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor, Hood gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.