From the Editor: Successful Student Petition

By Hilary Lawch

Among many of the new improvements onHoodCollege’s campus this semester was the installation of a take-out meal program, brought to us by the Aramark dining services.

Many students were thrilled to have the option of using their meal swipes to create boxed meals which could then be transported to anywhere on campus.

This new program was especially helpful to students who, like myself, have classes at odd hours and cannot making it to the dining hall for a sit down meal. Night classes specifically hinder students in getting enough to eat, and this new privilege allotted students a meal they otherwise would be missing completely.

However, shortly after its installation, Aramark announced that they were withdrawing the to-go meal service at dinner time, and were restricting it solely to breakfast and lunch.

Students were frustrated and confused by this sudden change, and incredibly inconvenienced. However, one student in particular—senior Lindsay Cogdill—took it upon herself to start a student petition, which was later taken to SGA.

In the end, all students were pleased when Aramark announced that our pleas were heard, and the dinner to-go service would be returning.

I think Cogdill’s work on a peaceful petition was an excellent example of how a student body can work together to get what they want or need. Rather than brooding on the subject and getting nowhere, Hood students were active, and got what they needed via the correct outlets and civil behavior. Well done, Hood students and SGA!

 

Renowned Journalist Lectures on Constitutional Rights

 

David Shipler presented his new book at a lecture on Sept. 20.

Photo by Stacey Axler

By Stacey Axler

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David K. Shipler came to Hood on Sept. 20 to give a lecture in honor of Constitution Day.

Established in 2004, Constituion day recognizes the date of the ratification of the Constitution in 1787.

The event, sponsored by the departments of political science and law and society, focused on how the rights of American citizens have been considered breached after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

“David Shipler is extremely knowledgeable in his field and [the political science department] was pleased to invite him to campus,” said Dr. Hoda Zaki, political science professor.

Shipler presented his lecture based on his new book, “The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades our Liberties.”

The lecture examined the historical basis of constitutional rights, the expansion of human liberties and the violation of Americans’ fundamental rights. Shipler discussed topics such as the formation of Miranda rights, “sneak and peak” FBI searches, and the challenged fourth amendment.

“We have rights, and we give them up to the government.  Our liberties are rooted in their nuances,” Shipler said during his lecture.

Over 40 students and faculty members came to the Whitaker Commons to attend the lecture.  Many were interested in the subject of constitutional rights presented during the event.

“I attended the lecture because it would help for my law and society class, and I was also genuinely interested in the topic of the con stitution,” said junior William Lewis.

Shipler is the author of four other books, including “The Working Poor,” “Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams” and “Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land,” which won a Pulitzer Prize.   He also has won numerous awards working at The New York Times.

Those who attended the lecture wanted to learn from Shipler’s expertise in the field of political science and law and society.

“Since I am majoring in history, I thought it would be beneficial for me to attend [the lecture],” said sophomore Megan Gregory. “I want to expand my knowledge for all types of history, so this opportunity was too good to pass up.  I thought that the speaker was very knowledgeable.”

Overall, the lecture presented a different perspective to the concept of constitutional rights and privileges from an experienced source.

“The lecture went over well with the students who attended and provided insight into constitutional rights and liberties,” said Zaki.

Campus Reflects on iPad Value

By Catherine Collins

Freshmen Sarah Tapscott, Olivia Kibbe, and Karley Reigel look at an iPad.

Photo by Elaheh Eghbal

Five weeks into the pilot year for the iPad program, there are varying opinions on the technology’s place in a classroom. While some freshman students and professors have tried to incorporate the iPad into their academic pursuits, there remain many who see it as a distracting entertainment device.

“It’s a good thing and a bad thing,” Yeni Balmes, an education major, said of the iPad. “I try not to use it when I’m doing homework, because I get caught on games.”

“I don’t use my iPad in any of my classes,” Nathalie Elsamra, who is considering a major in psychology, said. “People use it more for games and Facebook.”

“I don’t really use the iPad to do much schoolwork,” Thomas Marino said. “I like gaming on it, though.”

Fellow freshmen students Kerri Sheehan, an English major, and Ilana Adler, a social work major, agreed.

Sheehan said that she “mostly uses it for games and Facebook,” and Adler said that games were how she spent the most time on her iPad.

Sheehan said that most freshmen in her classes do bring their iPads to class and that many use Blackboard and take notes on them, but she herself finds it difficult to type on it.

Russell Gingrich pointed out the lack of word-processing software on the iPad as it was given to him.

“I wish it had Word, so I could write essays on it,” he said.

For Ravleen Khlasa, the possibility of having to pay for extra applications is a frustration.

“I don’t mind using my iPad for schoolwork, but I wish that professors would not make students pay money to buy more apps,” Khlasa said. “Granted, some apps are free, but some are specific for each course and they cost extra money.”

Elsamra, along with a number of other freshmen, said that she uses her iPad for Blackboard and her Hood email, but that it’s nothing she can’t do on her laptop as well. Virtually all freshmen students own a laptop in addition to the iPad.

“I use my iPad for two things: Pandora and to check my schoolwork on Blackboard,” said Maggie McGill.

When asked if the free iPad had factored into their decision to attend Hood, most freshmen said that it had played a small or even nonexistent role. For Sheehan, the iPad was “a bonus,” and for Balmes, it was a surprise – she hadn’t known about the iPad handouts before enrolling.

Elsamra said that the free iPad “kind of” factored into her decision, but like other freshmen, it was not the major attraction.

“It’s a cool thing to get people interested, because you’re like, ‘Oh, they have money and new technology,’” she said.

But for Ilana Adler, a social work major, the technology she owns has no place in her academics this semester, since many of her professors don’t allow electronics in the classroom.

“Most teachers don’t let you bring your iPads to class, so there’s no point in doing work on it,” she said.

While some professors forbid all electronics in the classroom, others simply proceed without them.

For English professor Vincent Kohl, the iPad is irrelevant to the coursework he assigns.

“I can’t imagine how it would be useful to me and my students,” said Kohl, who is teaching two 100-level English courses this fall. “Maybe it’s useful in courses that involve quantifying, but what advantage does it have in understanding literature?”

But for Dr. Trevor Dodman, professor of English, the iPad might have some potential. Dodman is teaching a course on T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” this spring, and he is looking into an iPad application that offers the entire original version of Eliot’s complex poem in hypertext.

“The iPad will maybe offer tools for a different way through the poem,” Dodman said. “I think it holds out some neat possibilities.”

The course on “The Wasteland,” however, is a 200-level course that will mostly consist of upper-classmen, so Dodman is trying to envision a way that he himself can present the iPad application to the class as a whole.

“It would be easier if everyone had one,” Dodman said.

Other professors pointed out this issue as well. Virtually no classes are 100% freshmen, and the iPad can’t play a consistent role in learning when only one-third or one-fourth of the class has the technology.

Dodman spoke about his experience leading one of the discussion groups on “A Thousand Splendid Suns” in August, in which some of his group was using hard copies of the novel and others were using the iPad.

“Even the issue of pagination was a problem,” he said. “We took quite a bit of time trying to get everyone on the same page, which was unfortunate.”

Moreover, it’s difficult for professors to become engaged with an electronic device that many of them don’t have experience with. Dodman said that he was planning to spend some time on the iPad circulating around the English department so that he could familiarize himself with the technology that a number of his students own.

“If people don’t own them and aren’t intimately familiar with them, they’re less likely to incorporate them into classes,” said Dr. Eric Annis, professor of biology.

Annis, who is teaching a 100-level biology class this semester that is roughly half freshmen, said that he himself hasn’t looked into using the iPad. Since most of his assignments involve word processing and spreadsheets, he finds that his students are “better off using a computer.”

As a biology professor, he said that he’d like to look into possible multimedia benefits on the iPad.

“If we had textbooks designed for it, with video incorporated into them, that would be great,” he said.

Of the freshmen in his class, Annis said that about half or one-third bring their iPads to class, but that he can’t see what they’re doing on them.

“I get the impression that it’s mostly Facebook,” he said.

 

Stacey Axler contributed reporting.

Cross Country Blazers Compete in Delaware

By Demetrius Young

Lauren Roesch, sophomore, participates in the Delaware competition.

Photo Courtesy of Hood Athletics

 TheHoodCollege men’s and women’s cross country team participated in an event on Saturday Sept. 17 at White Clay Creek State Park inDelaware.  The meet featured competitors from all three NCAA divisions, University of Mississippi, George Mason University,Seton Hall University and hostUniversity of Delaware.

The event consisted of over 8,000 meters for the men and was held as an 8k race.  Team scores were separated into two sections, a section for NCAA Division I teams and a combined division II/III section.

The Blazer men finished fourth out of seven. Two Blazers achieved the top 20 in the division II/III scoring, Brett Shelley earning 18th place and Dan Jacobs earning 20th.

Stephen McNamara was placed 25th overall, 24th in team scoring, Theo Jenkins (39th/35th), Matt Dyjack (44th/38th), Dave Gudeman (46th/40th), and Justin Cifuentes (51st/43rd). Chris Catalfamo, Demetrius Young, Steven Powell and Nathan Dubell also competed.

The women’s event consisted of over 6,000 meters and was held as a 6k race. The Blazer women finished fourth in the team scoring behindGettysburg, Richard Stockton, and division II Wilmington University.

The Blazers were  also ahead of four Division II programs: Holy Family University, Bloomfield College,Lincoln University, an incompleteChestnutHillCollege team, and theUniversity ofRutgers-Newark, a Division III school.

Leading the way for theHoodCollegewomen were Alyssa Peterson in 17th place, followed closely by Gretchen Whitesell in 18th place.

Blazer women Lauren Roesch scored 29th overall, 24th team scorer, sophomore Sophie Grizzle (40th/30th), and Julie Barnett (46th/34th).  Caitlin Bean, Heather Silveira, Jessica Zambreny, and junior Sara Bean also competed.

Flag Football Season Becomes Successful Tradition

By Maegan Green

Over 50 students participated in the first three games of the Memorial flag football season on Saturday Sept. 8.

The competition will be divided between four teams: MountN’ Dew Me, The Gang Bang, Team Night-Night, and The Juicers.

Every Saturday, three games are played, and one team plays twice.  For the first round of games, there were five teams.

Team Unknown disbanded after the first week, and the players were assigned to other teams.  The final scores were as follows: Team Night-night over the Juicers 6-5, The Juicers beat Team Unknown 10 – 3, andMountN’ Dew Me defeated Team Unknown 10-9.

This is the third year Hood has hosted intramural flag football.  This Saturday afternoon eventwould not have existed without Kevin Johnson, president of Memorial Hall.

“The reason we started this is to give people something to do on the weekends and from that it has turned into so much more,” said Johnson.

“One thing I am really proud of is all of the support we are getting,” said Johnson. “President Volpe was here the other week, and it is nice to see members of the student body watch us every time we play.”

Each year, more players join the roster, which means more competition.  “I think the most exciting thing about this is how serious and competitive everyone is,” said Johnson.

There is a lot of excitement, and controversy heading into this season. Previously, people who lived in the area and former Hood students participated. Now, anyone who is not currently enrolled at Hood cannot participate.

“I think it’s stupid that people who don’t go here are not allowed to play,” said Flenner Hoagland of Team Night-Night.

“I see it both ways,” said Christopher Carmichael of the Gang Bang.  “I think that people who don’t go here should be allowed to play and that Hood wants to avoid liabilities, but why can’t they just have players sign waivers?”

Ryan Scheckells had nine receptions and two touchdowns for Mount N’DewMe.  Kevin Johnson threw six touchdowns with 26 completions for the Gang Bang.

Tyler Fairley had 30 completions, and threw five touchdown passes for Team Night-Night.  Dom Cetrone had 18 completions and threw six touchdown passes for the Juicers.

 

New and Returning Fall TV Shows Excite Audiences

By Olivia Sledzik

Fall brings us all a certain joy—a new school year ahead of us, wearing new fall clothes, and watching the leaves change colors.  But for television lovers like myself, it’s the season where new shows come to fruition and old favorites return with a vengeance.  September is bringing us a cornucopia of programs, ranging from reality shows to period dramas.

Buffy fans, rejoice!  Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to primetime with her new show “Ringer,” airing on the CW Tuesdays at 9 p.m.  Although she is not the pasty-vampire-butt-kicking heroine we know and love, Gellar still brings the suspense.  Gellar plays identical twins Bridget and Siobhan.  Bridget is recently sober and witnesses a brutal murder, for which she must testify.  Siobhan is married to a wealthy man and has escaped the shadow of her twin.  Suddenly, Siobhan disappears, and Bridget has no other choice but to take her place.  If you enjoyed The Parent Trap but were looking for something a little darker, Ringer is right up your alley.

“Up All Night,” starring the equally hilarious Christina Applegate and Will Arnett proves to be one of those shows you’ll be quoting daily.  They play new parents Chris and Reagan, whose hard-partying nights and hungover mornings are finally behind them because of baby Amy, who is “so bleeping cute.”  The show is light, witty, and brings new meaning to the words “cool parents.”  It also stars the wonderfully crazy Maya Rudolph as an Oprah-like talk show host and Reagan’s boss.  If you want to get a look at what parenting is really like, check it out Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Simon Cowell is back with “The X Factor,” as if we haven’t gotten enough of his insults and tight black t-shirts.  He’ll even be able to bicker about contestants with his longtime true love, Paula Abdul.  The X Factor is like a mix of American Idol andAmerica’s Got Talent format-wise: auditions are held in front of a large audience, but the auditions are only for singing.  The show also includes L.A. Reid, the former chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, and Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, whoAmericakeeps trying to make happen.  I anticipate a lot of wasted time on what the four judges have to say and or argue about.  I also foresee much painkiller induced rambling from Paula.  But who doesn’t love that?  It’s on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on FOX.

If you are a “Mad Men” lover like myself, add the new 1960’s-set drama “Pan Am” to your Sunday night lineup.  It stars Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Colette Valois, and Kelli Garner as brand-new stewardesses for the iconic Pan-American World Airways.  It includes storylines about adultery, spiking cheating businessmen’s alcoholic beverages, and the stewardess’s home relationships. If this show sounds like your style, catch it Sundays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

I have two words for you that are sure to make you excited: Zooey Deschanel.  Everyone’s favorite hipster-indie cutie pie hits the small screen with her show “New Girl,” where she plays recently single Jess.  After a brutal yet comical breakup, Jess moves in with three guys she found through an ad on Craigslist and subjects them to her crying to Dirty Dancing, bad singing, and quirkiness. If you’re up for some quirky, silly fun, check it out Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.

It’s always a great feeling to be reunited with your favorite characters when shows come back on after a summer hiatus.  Probably the most anticipated show for the fall is “Two and a Half Men” now that Charlie Sheen is out of the picture and Ashton Kutcher is in.  Even though season nine premiered on Sept. 19, you can still access it on the CBS website.  It’s on Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Gleeks everywhere have been waiting amidst numerous rumors about graduating characters for the show’s third season to start.   My favorite part of the “Glee” premiere is finding out that Blaine, Kurt’s boyfriend, will be a regular now that he transferred to McKinley. If you want to read some hilarious recaps of Glee, check them out on Gawker.com.  Or if you want to avoid the witty remarks, just watch the show Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on FOX.

“Modern Family” is fresh off sweeping up almost every Emmy Award this year and premiered Sept. 21 with two new episodes.  If you’ve never seen this show, I highly recommend it.  The acting is great, the storylines are often based off of true events, and basically, it’s hilarious.For some good laughs, check it out Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Dunder Mifflin is not the same without the beloved Michael Scott.  I’m sorry, but it’s true.  I think they should have ended “The Office” when Steve Carell left, but no one listens to me.The new season premiered Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

My doppleganger, Meredith Grey, is back for yet another season of “Grey’s Anatomy.”  I have to admit, it’s pretty lackluster and is getting monotonous, but I still watch for McDreamy.  And McSteamy.  Okay, I watch it for the men.  Don’t judge me. Expect really great music and lots of unneeded drama from all the characters this season.  It premiered Sept. 22 at 9 p.m on ABC.

My favorite show in the history of television (or maybe just Showtime), “Dexter”, is finally returning after what feels like the longest summer of my life.  A summer without Michael C. Hall gracing my screen is a sad time.   Colin Hanks and Mos Def guest star.  I am expecting an amazing, intense, dark season.  It premieres Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. on Showtime. I’ve been counting down the days since July.

From the Archives

“From the Archives” appears in every issue of The Blue and Grey. On the left is an article from the back issues of The Blue and Grey, and on the right is a present day analysis from one of our staff reporters. This column highlights the historical value of our publication and links the past to the present.

“Seniors Can Have Cars on Campus”

May 3, 1973

Have you wondered recently why there are such large numbers of girls with wrenches, scrub buckets, and auto manuals hovering behind Meyran after dinner? Well, it is not the Klu Klux Clan or even the AAA in action, but merely a gathering of seniors tending to their long-awaited cars. For, as Dot Hofstadter put it, “having a car carries a responsibility like having a dog; it must be pampered and cared for every day.”

As is exemplified by Weezie Reed’s naming her car “Busy Bucket,” the arrival of automobiles has greatly decreased the number of pedestrians on campus, and also created a decided upward trend in long journeys. Carole Borbonus, for example, has spent almost every weekend enroute to the “outside world,” putting over 2000 miles on her ’56 Chevrolet convertible in the process.

Dorothy DeAngelis, on the other hand, seems to prefer the Frederick area scenery; she and her many passengers have taken long Sunday afternoon drives in her ’57 cream and cinnamon Oldsmobile into the valley around Sugar Loaf mountain.

The most practical reason for the addition of vehicles, however, is that advanced by those seniors to go into student teaching.  Soon seniors like Mimi Spaulding, Dot Hofstadter, and Weezie Reed will be taking not only joy rides around the campus, but also daily trips to the scene of future employment.

Perhaps the car best known for its appearance is that owned by Mimi Spaulding, who admits that when she ordered her ’56 orange and brownPlymouthshe did not know “just how bright it would be.”

Another automobile with a personality is Dot Hofstadter’s Buick Roadmaster, affectionately named “Mack Truck.” This is the car on which Dot learned to drive and having seen eight summers of long trips is referred to as “ye old tank.” The Hofstadter’s boast a long line of personable cars though, as Dot recalls that their first one was aptly named “grandma” and was put out of use only when after 13 years of service it sank into the mud and had to be towed away to the junk yard.

With fingers crossed, most of the seniors reported that trouble has so far been scant. Save for Weezie Reed’s very discouraging flat tire on the first day of the semester, one dead battery and a broken muffler, all seems to be well with the automobile set.

The only outstanding need, so the seniors say, is able underclass volunteers for scrubbing and shining said vehicles. For as Joan Voorhees is advertising “Wanted: extra hands for rubbing down cars.” Hop to it, little sisters.

From the Present

By Andrea Haines

Having a car on campus is no longer a privilege allotted to only seniors; the newly named roads ofHoodCollegeare constantly buzzing with automobiles owned by members of every class.

This semester has brought some big changes for the car owning population; over the summer the streets of Hood underwent a makeover.  Bumps and cracks were smoothed out, extraneous roads were trimmed, and new paths were forged.  With these changes came new street names, which can actually be found on Google maps.

The addition of Hodson Drive not only unites the two parts of campus, but it also makes the journey around campus to search for a parking spot much easier, although not any more successful.  More often than not, parking on campus during prime class hours is frustrating, but there is something to be said about the feeling that you get when you somehow snag the elusive perfect spot.

For those who are without a set of wheels, the addition of many new sidewalks has improved life for those who have to travel by foot. Not having to look both ways before crossing what is now a sidewalk to get to the dining hall is a nice change of pace.

Awkward Advice from Stacey and Cassie

By Stacey Axler and Cassie Schaeffer

Dear Awkward Advice,

I’m having a problem and I don’t know where else to turn.  A few months ago, I entered into this relationship with an amazing girl.  She is great! We get along so well when we are together and when we go on dates.  Unfortunately, when we are alone together, I feel unsatisfied with our “intimate” relationship. How can I get my girlfriend to trust me and enhance our physical relationship?

-Relationship on the Rocks

This is a common problem in most college relationships. A physical component is vital to any relationship, and the important thing to remember is to always set the mood.  No one wants intimacy when the mood in the room is not right.  Step by step, here is what to do in order to set the mood: 1) Watch a cute movie!  The movie Cats, is always perfect to set an intimate mood.  Who doesn’t love people dancing around in cat costumes? 2) Play soothing, beautiful music, like “Ode to Joy” of The Lord of the Rings theme.  What inspirational symphonies! Finally…get rid of polyester products.  Nothing says “I want intimacy less than I want a ten-hour root canal” than having polyester sheets or linens.  Just, just don’t do it.  At the end of the evening, just be yourself, and remember (in the immortal words of Spongebob) “it’s all about finger strength, baby.”

Dear Awkward Advice,

Hi!  My hair looks a lot like Ellen DeGeneres’.  She is a really funny lady, and if I was 50 I would be thrilled to look like her, but I want something new.  What should I do?

-Hair problem at Hood

Ellen DeGeneres is great, but everyone goes through a phase where they want to change their look.  Instead of getting rid of the awesome hair, you just need to distract people from your hair.  Thus, change other parts of your look!  Accessories can help.  Now that Sillybands have gone to the “out” list, experiment with other jewelry, scarves, and handbags.  Also, stand out from the crowd!  Lady Gaga experimented with the caution tape dress and the meat dress.  Project Runway featured the corn husk dress.  Try out a wide variety of unique looks!  You could also get a hat.  Fedoras are now back in high fashion (thank goodness)!

Dear Awkward Advice,

My boyfriend and I have been dating for a while, and the other day, he told me he loved me. I’m not sure I feel the same way. What do I do?

 -Commitmentphobe in Coblentz

Dear Commitmentphobe,

The best defense is always a good offense. The first day that you started dating, you should have started pretending that you had narcolepsy. Every time that the question comes up, you can just “fall asleep!” Easy peasy. To explain it, you can just tell your guy that your narcolepsy acts up every time you get overcome by intense emotion. Problem solved! He’ll feel good about himself, and eventually he’ll be satisfied by your “overwhelming emotional reaction” and stop expecting you to reply back.

Love, kisses, razzle, dazzle, and pixie dust,

AA

Book Review: Tina Fey’s “Bossypants”

Tina Fey’s autobiography, “Bossypants,” gives the reader a look into the world of sketch comedy through a series of sophisticatedly sarcastic stories. I have always felt as though Tina Fey, star and writer of NBC’s “30 Rock” and former head writer on Saturday Night Live, can do no wrong. Therefore, I went into with the highest of expectations—the only disappointment being that the autobiography was only 275 pages.

Tina Fey wrote  as if she was telling her story to an old friend over drinks and a large amount of fried appetizers. Fey shares stories starting from her childhood on to when she was writing and filming a television series while planning her young daughter’s birthday party. Mixed in with her personal stories, Fey shares her opinions on topics such as body image versus Photoshop, meeting Sarah Palin, motherhood, and fashion. Scattered along with the stories, Fey includes pictures from her childhood and family, the set of “30 Rock,” magazine covers, and original scripts from Saturday Night Live.

From beginning to end, I kept a smile on my face with its witty, writing. In my experience reading Bossypants, there were many occasions where I had to set the book down to have my own little laugh riot, and then calm myself down, and continue reading. However, not all of the book left me in a fit of giggles. A number of Fey’s stories are focused on her experiences and how she got the world views and morals that she has, which forced me to think about how I feel about some controversial topics.

 

Tina Fey’s autobiography is a feel good read that will brighten anyone’s day.

Dining Out with Josie: Fellini’s Italian Kitchen

By Josie Wawrzyniak

Have you ever dined at a restaurant you only went to because you knew you would have an absolutely great tasting meal? A one-of-a-kind place that made you feel special because you were one of the few people who knew about it?

If you would like to discover a nearby restaurant just like this, then Fellini’s Italian Kitchen is the place for you. Located onThomas Johnson Driveless than two miles from Hood, Fellini’s Italian Kitchen is close by.

Fellini’s “old style cooking” is nothing like food you’ll eat at a franchise chain restaurant. Fati Perry, who shares ownership with her husband, Roy, said,

“Old Italian, you just do everything, you just make all your food from scratch. You make it like mom and pop used to make.” She describes how they make everything from fresh ingredients. They make their own sauce from fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, onions, and spices. They slice their own chicken and veal and grate their own Parmesan. Breaded dishes are all prepared on site with fresh ingredients. Nothing is purchased pre-breaded and frozen.

The Perrys should know what restaurant diners expect in a restauran since they have been successful restaurateurs for 26 years. They opened Fellini’s Italian Kitchen at 177 A Thomas Johnson Drive in Frederick just 14 months ago, and business has been growing steadily since then.

I learned of Fellini’s from their ad in The Blue and Grey. I went online to read reviews, and was surprised to see that all were positive. I asked a friend who had dined there what she thought of the food and she said it was very good. I asked her the key question, “Would you eat there again?” She assured me she would. I decided to give it a try.

Upon entering, I was greeted warmly. I felt at home right away. I chose to sit in a booth, although the outdoor patio seating looked very attractive. I began my meal with an appetizer: hand-battered calamari with marinara sauce (“Frittura Di Calamari,” $9). To my delight, the dish was plentiful and cooked to perfection! For anyone not familiar with preparing calamari, it must be cooked very carefully to obtain just the right consistency. This calamari was perfect. As my main dish, I chose spaghetti with marinara sauce ($8) and meatballs (two meatballs, $2 each). This is after all, an Italian restaurant, and what better choice is there than spaghetti? Again, the pasta was cooked to exactly the right consistency, and the sauce was delicious. I completed my meal with an order of cheesecake with caramel syrup and whipped cream.

When I had finished my meal, I knew I would come back and I would tell all my friends to give Fellini’s a try.

Fellini’s offers a wide range of Italian dishes. Besides many menu choices, diners can create their own pasta dishes with a choice of different sauces. These can be served with meats or served vegetarian style. In addition, Fellini’s has sandwiches, soups and salads. They have a complete bar with wine, liquor, domestic and imported beers. Draft beer on tap includes Flying Dog Pale Ale from Frederick’s own brewery.

For more information, call (301)-682-3388 or visit their site, fellinisitaliankitchen.com