Summer Renovations Shape Residence Halls and Athletic Facilities

By Kimberlyn Bennett

Hood College received massive renovations to many of its facilities during the summer break.

On campus renovations included new structures and fixing deferred maintenance issues, which are items that needed to be fixed, but have been deferred till later.

“We have a combination of fixing the old and renovating the new,” President Volpe said.

About ten years ago, the college had $80 million worth of deferred maintenance. To effectively fix all of the issues, the college developed a master plan to address some of the deferred maintenance every summer.

“This has been an ongoing project. We still have more to address on campus,” Volpe said.

Deferred maintenance fixes included the additions of a new fire alarm and sprinkler system to Memorial Hall.

Other renovations to Memorial are a new central air conditioning system and an upgraded water line to improve water pressure in the building.

“The new air conditioner has made Memorial so much more bearable. It’s also helped regulate the moisture problem in the building,” Kristen Geatz, sophomore and Memorial Resident Assistant, said.

Other renovations on campus included the six new tennis courts by the pool, which will be completed by August 17.

Before, the tennis team had to practice at Baker Park, but now they will have on campus facilities.

The pool was also remodeled this summer. The pool was expanded from six lanes to eight, a new deck was added and a permanent fabric structure will replace the bubble that previously covered the area.

A new pool locker room building was also built. The facility offers offices for the swimming coaches and the tennis coach.

“That structure now complements the character of the campus,” Chuck Mann, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer.

All of the pool renovations were funded by the Monocacy Aquatic Club.

“We wouldn’t have done it without out partnership with the Monocacy Aquatic Club,” Mann said.

This summer, Hood Drive was also repaved and Brodbeck received refurbishment to its auditorium.

The college only had 90 days to complete all the summer renovations.

“This campus is a beehive of activity in the summer,” Volpe said.

First- Year Reads Program Runs For Second Year

By Stacey Axler

The incoming first-year students are introduced to the Hood community before even coming to campus through the book “Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China” by author and journalist Leslie T. Chang.

First-year students read Chang’s book as a part of the First-Year Reads program, an initiative that runs throughout orientation and the fall semester that introduces new students to the discussion-based learning environment at Hood and allows for the students to bond over the reading material.

“[The First-Year reads committee] wanted something that would unite the first-year students in a common experience, spark deeper reflection, and bring the campus together by engaging in thoughtful conversation about the book,” head of First-Year Reads and Art History Professor Martha Bari said.

In the book “Factory Girls,” Chang follows the lives of two women, Lu Qingmin and Wu Chunming, who leave their rural communities to work in factories in an industrialized city of China called Dongguan.

Chang also spends a section of the book detailing her own family history and her research compiled when visiting China from America.

The book was chosen from a long list of possible books and novels by the First-Year Reads committee, a compilation of professors who run First-Year Reads.

“Factory Girls’ was actually nominated by one of our Hood students and I believe it will provide a wonderful platform to discuss and examine some of the internal dilemmas within China today and how they impact the U.S. and the world,” Provost Katherine Conway-Turner said.

Chang’s book has won several accolades since publication, including “100 Notable Books” by the New York Times in 2008.

The majority of the First-Year Reads program will take place over orientation when orientation groups break into discussion teams to talk about themes and reflections of “Factory Girls.”

Professors introduced the First-Year reads program to the Hood community last year with Khaled Housseini’s book “A Thousand Splendid Suns.”

“As students join the Hood College community, it is important to understand that we are a community of learners. So a common read allows students to make this transition,” Conway-Turner said.

During October 23 and 24, “Factory Girls” author Chang will visit campus to discuss with the Hood community the writing process for “Factory Girls” and her visit to China as a whole.

“When Leslie Chang gives her talk on Factory Girls at Hood on October 24th, this newsworthy event is open not only to members and alumni of Hood College, but also to the greater Frederick community. That we can attract high-caliber authors to our region is a feather in Hood’s cap and also another reason why Frederick is considered such a great place to live,” Bari said.

Meet your SGA President

Compiled by Caity Baitey

Q. What characteristic do you possess that will help you most this year as President?

A. I think what will benefit me the most is my “Starting with the end in mind” type of mindset. It’s important to know what it is I need to focus on while I’m doing something. Focusing on a positive outcome with the right type of goals for SGA will help us to achieve.

Q. A lot of seniors are concerned with the concept of legacy. Are you concerned with this and what kind of legacy would you like to leave behind at Hood?

A. I don’t know exactly what kind of legacy I want to leave, but I know what type I want to leave. I want to leave a legacy that will stick around for years to come, one that will help current and future students atHoodCollege; something that down the line, they’ll think, “Man, I’m really glad someone did this for us. Could you imagine it if it were the other way??”

Q. What does the SGA need to change this year to be more successful as an organization?

A. The best change that SGA could go through is if our returning members bring even more enthusiasm and passion to their position. We had a great organization last year with an amazing group of people who I know had a lot of enthusiasm. It would be great to see everyone come back and be more excited for this upcoming year! I think everyone needs to remember that we’re only as good as the sum of our parts. We need everyone to put their best foot forward and really stay on their toes!

Q. Doug Raftery had such a big presence on campus last year. How does it feel to follow in those footsteps and what are you going to do to separate yourself from last year’s SGA?

A. Doug excelled in this position and being able to work with him so closely has definitely given me a heads up on what to expect! I think we have our work cut out for us right from the start as far as separating ourselves from last year’s SGA and all the other years. Starting with this semester, SGA will be introducing the newly revised constitution. It’s going to need a lot of support to get the transition in process, but I have faith in the returning members, who were such a huge help in the previous steps.

Q. Last year the SGA introduced the LED sign to Whitaker and participated in a major service project. What major changes can we expect to see from the SGA in the coming year?

A. I think that it’s hard to tell at this point. Once I have my Senate and Executive board positions filled and we have our eyes and ears on the campus, we will be able to find out what it is we need! It’s our job to be able to voice the concerns of the students, so we need everyone to speak up.

Q. If you could spend a day with any past President of America who would it be and why? What qualities did they possess that you think you could benefit from developing?

A. I’d probably have to choose Franklin D. Roosevelt. He led the country through WWII and was key in bringing theUSout of the Great Depression. If I could learn to strengthen my leadership skills, I think he would be the best possible choice.

RA Corner

Name: Ashley Birdsell

Year: Senior

Building: Meyran (Usually, but was in Smith over the summer!)

Major: Management with a marketing concentration, and a Theatre minor

Activities: Musical Theatre, Choir, Chamber Singers, Orientation, STARs, Honors Program

Why I like my job: I like helping my residents with any questions or issues they might have, and of course, just getting to know the people in my building!

Something interesting: As a child, I was on a TV sing-along show.

Name: Luke Berry

Year: Junior

RA building: Meyran

Major: Biochemistry

Why I like my job: I saw it as a good opportunity to meet new people. I also thought that being an RA would give me skills and experience that would help me later on in life. I also felt that I had useful skills I could bring to the job and contribute to the RA team.

Activities: camping, backpacking, canoeing, and reading

Interesting fact: my main goal in life is to cure type 1 diabetes.

SGA Corner: Updates from The Student Government

By Caity Baitey

Going into the 2012-2013 school year, Hood’s Student Government Association has centered its focus on academics and the student-professor relationship.

Students should keep their eyes out for a couple key changes in the classroom this year.

For first years, this year marks the exciting new First Year Seminar Program, with topics ranging from culinary expertise to the possibility of life after death and psychic encounters. First year seminars were added to the Hood College Curriculum because of the smaller class sizes and opportunities offered to first years to form close-knit relationships with classmates as well as professors.

In addition to announcing the First Year Seminar Program, SGA is happy to announce and officially welcome the new director to the CAAR Center, Herbert L. English, that Hood students had a voice in selecting.

The final two major academic changes SGA has had a hand in involve students declaring majors. The Student Government Association is currently in the process of planning and advertising a “Major Fair” where students will have the opportunity to discuss different career options as well as class requirements with professors, current students, and alumni of each particular program.

The final academic note is the change in the design for the t-shirt students receive when they formally declare their major. If any students have thoughts on the design of the “Major Decision” t-shirt they should contact Katie Hayes upon our return to school.

Overall, SGA is looking forward to an exciting year full of promise both academically and socially, so remember to speak up Hood College because “SGA has your back!”

Aramark Food Services Fund Dining Renovations

Armark Food Services funded summer renovations to Colbentz dining hall and the food options in the Whitaker Commons.

Colbentz received immense renovations that will alter student’s dining experiences.

“It changes the way meals are served to students,” said President Volpe.

The setup now enables stations where students can get made-to-order food by chefs.

“The cooks will all be in the front now,” Volpe continued.

The new arrangements will also feature a salad bar with a salad of the day.

The Blazer also received a new food option called Freshii, which will have healthier options for students.

However, the “grill works” will still be available.

A new Coca-Cola dispenser with over 100 different options will also be offered in the Blazer.

“Almost every Coke product can be obtained by this now,” Chuck Mann, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer said.

The machine gives students the option of picking different flavors for each type of soda offered.

“I really think the students are going to like it because of the options,” Mann said.

Armark Food Services funded both of these renovations.

“They’re reinvesting in Hood College,” Volpe said.

 

 

Student Writes Mystery Novel

By Stacey Axler

Psychology major Contessa Carper recently wrote and published a murder-mystery novel titled “Sole Survivor.”

The plot of “Sole Survivor” details protagonist Katherine’s discovery of her birth mother she never knew and the simultaneous finding of information related to the death of her birth father. The novel has developed during the past five years from a short story Carper wrote entitled “Coldest Degree.”

“It originally was a short story I wrote back in 2006. I had this image in my head of a young girl running for her life through the woods and being shot at. Just when she thought she was safe, she got grabbed from behind and abducted. The rest of the story came out of that,” Carper said.

While being a full-time student, Carper wrote a large part of her novel on notebooks in between classes and studies.  She perfected the story-line and detail outside of class in her free time.

A sequel to “Sole Survivor” titled “Fatal Target” will be released this fall.  Carper also hopes to write about her character Katherine in many other novels and stories.

“The first book length draft was finished in 2007. It took about two months to write, another two of intense edits, and a lot of time to sit. I wrote five other novels in the meantime and countless short novels and fan fictions,” Carper said.

Carper hopes to write more stories and her main goal is to one day work for the FBI or in the government.

“It’s kind of a weird sense of relief that [the novel] is finally out there for people to enjoy. At the same time, I know that in a few years I’ll probably have an urge to change and alter [the novel] as my skills improve, but I’m okay with that. I’m proud to have to published,” Carper said.