Students Work To Help The Victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Stacey Axler

Hood organizations raised over $150 and supplies for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Primarily, the organizations that are leading the disaster relief efforts are The Brotherhood, the first-year honors society Alpha Lambda Delta and the sophomore honors society The Ionic Society.

“Working with the Sandy Relief Donation Drive we were easily able to reach beyond our local communi­ty during this time of need. Speaking on behalf of the members of Alpha Lambda Delta I am very pleased we were able to partner with the Ionic Society and The Brotherhood to col­lect donations for those affected by Sandy,” adviser to Alpha Lambda Delta Christine Malone said.

Everyday for the past two weeks, students of the organizations have set up a table in Whitaker ask­ing students for either monetary do­nations or supplies to send to relief efforts.

Along with the money raised, the organizations also received am­ple donations of gloves, trashbags, cleaning supplies, and other items necessary to help with cleaning and sanitation.

“I am very proud that The Ionic Society was able to help in an effort that extends Hood and goes into the community

While Hood and the Frederick Community was hit with Hurricane Sandy resulting in power outag­es, floods, and downed trees, other communities in different parts of the country were extremely damaged by the storm.

The two honors societies packed up the supplies to ship them out be­fore Thanksgiving Break.

Ionic Society, The Brother­Hood, and Alpha Lambda Delta participated in several other service events this past year. For example, the Ionic Society helped to work the Red Cross blood drive in October.

All three organizations are plan­ning other service events and drives in the future.

International Student Makes Mark at Hood

By Michaella Jiyun Kim

“Hood is part of who I am right now,” senior Nilsa Gonzalez said.

Nilsa M. Gonzalez, who came to theU.S.fromPanamain 2009 to get a higher education with a scholarship, kept saying hello to people, not only students but also faculty and staff who were passing. It seemed that she knew every person atHoodCollegeand has adapted to the school without difficulty.

“I have tried to say hello and talk to other people not to be miserable here since I was a freshman,” she said.

Gonzalez came to Hood on the recommendation of her friend, but she had a tough time as a freshman. “I easily felt miserable when people saw me like a foreigner,” she said, “because American students had their own music, TV shows, and culture, but I didn’t have.”

Hood is small institution and has a few international students, so international students have trouble being involved in American culture and feeling a sense of belonging. But she was unable to return to her country because her family was too poor.

Another difficult thing was the language barrier.

When Gonzalez came to Hood, she was not used to English and she could not understand what was going on in school, even the orientation.

Shortly after school began, Gonzalez was informed by her RA that she needed to throw away her candle that she brought with her from home and pay a $50 fine for having a candle in her room.

“I was really upset at that time, so I always told other international students do not have a candle in their room, especially if it has a special memory,” she said.

Later, Gonzalez decided to do something to adapt herself to Hood, so she tried to meet new people every day and made events such as Asian Days and the occasion for Davis Foundation Scholarship with support from the admission office and the international office.

Also, Gonzalez sought advice from professors and made friends with anyone she could talk with in school.

Her best experience at Hood is leading the international shows in the international club for the past two years.

“During intermission of the show, some people came to me and said they didn’t want to stop the show and kept watching it,” Gonzalez said.

She added international club is not just for international students but also for American students who want to share their culture and learn other cultures.

After the success of the international show, Gonzalez tried to do more things for international students at Hood, volunteering a welcoming program, becoming president of the international club, and mentoring other international students.

However, Gonzalez believes that Hood should provide more programs for international students.

“Still there are a few programs for international students here, especially exchange students,” she said.

Gonzalez wants to become a social worker in the United States government after graduation, and get a Master’s degree in social work.

“I’m participating in many conferences, internship, and work both inside and outside of the school, and I’m meeting many new people and learning a lot from them,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez recommends Hood to other international students because Hood has no map.

“If people like a small school, are able to take their own risks, and have a passion for making and organizing new things, Hood is the right place for them,” Gonzalez said.

She assured that people easily fail many times, but they could learn from their failures.

“Take chances, put yourself out there, and learn from your failures,” Gonzalez said, “at least try to do something because there is no perfect way of doing things, and you will not lose but win if you try.”


How To Use the Computer Program Endnote

By Harris Smoak

Saturday November 10th the Hodson Library did at tutorial showing students how to use End-Note 6. The program helps students organize their citations, and effectively manage documents.

We learned how to do four things in the tutorial. 1. Put endnote on flash drive. 2. Create library 3. Import Citations and 4. Create citations from scratch

When you’re on a library database it only takes a second to click export citation to get an endnote file, and students can have as many libraries as you want. They also have the option to mark priority.

Debbi Ketter attended the program and said, “Endnote is a miracle of the new millennium of research.”

Endnote is useful when creating a citation for government agencies because they often require information such as volume, number of volumes and tertiary author.

Dr. Latkovski is using endnote to organize and collect bibliographic references. “Endnote will help me save the reference. When I need to access that article, I’ll have it. I’m also going to try it for my research for when I’m writing my book.”

Endnote 6 is a useful tool. While it is not running on all the computers outside the language lab, students have the ability to copy it from the library and put it on their personal computer.

Awkward Advice

Dear Awkward Advice,

I’m excited to be heading home for Christmas, but I have changed a lot since first coming to college. I’m not sure that my parents will understand. Is there a way I can ease my way into broaching the changes I’ve been through since coming to college?


Every college kid ever

Dear Everybody

We have been getting this question a lot lately with the holidays coming around the corner. So, we thought we’d just write one letter to address all most of the changes that college kids go through during their first semester of college. How to tell your parents that:

You got something pierced or tattooed

This is probably going to be a bit of a tricky one to hide, unless you’re one of those people with one of those piercings or tats. I would put off showing your parents as long as possible. Honestly, they may never need to know. Strategically placed scarves, potted plants, or fruit bowls can hide any sort of piercing or tattoo if used properly. Thanksgiving is filled with props to use to block your face (or other body parts) from an unsuspecting relative who might object. Have fun with it!

You voted Libertarian

Politics are always a contentious issue, and they somehow always become a topic of conversation around the Thanksgiving table. (Especially after Uncle Carl has one to many glasses of hot apple wine, am I right?!) So, while your new found belief in minimizing the government to a point of non-existence and anarchy is important to you, I would only say those thoughts in an outrageous Australian accent. That way, people will think you’re kidding and laugh it off rather than assume you have gone to Hood and come back some sort of commie-pinko-weirdo. You can still share your thoughts and still have a peaceful holiday.

You’re gay

Coming out is all about proper timing, and preparing your family to hear the news. Go to Youtube and find every rendition of “Born this Way” and play them all on a loop for the entire weekend. By the time you’re about to head back to school, they will have been subliminally programmed to love homosexuals, dancing, and be 47% more likely to approve of someone wearing a meat dress. Trust us, we’ve done the research. Then, right before you leave, watch a clip of Ellen DeGeneres’ stand-up. If they laugh, you are golden. That’s the time to tell them. If not, we would wait and just write them a letter or direct message them on Twitter about it. Also, they should go to the doctor and make sure their funny bones are still intact.

Hope this helps.

Happy Holidays,


If you really are having troubles with any of these issues, feel free to contact us at or for real talk about these sensitive issues.

Dressing for the Cold Season to Come

By Daniela Kuhr

The cold season has approached us. So it’s getting more important to dress warmly. Layering is the key. I know layering is usually associated with not looking fashionable at all. However, it does not have to be, if you do it right. And you are lucky, because I am about to give you some tips to combine layering with looking fashionable.

The most important basic piece of clothing that I recommend is a simple black turtle neck long sleeve. You can wear it to keep you warm, and nobody ever has to notice it. If you wear a nicer long sleeve on top of it and add a pretty scarf that matches the sweater on top, you are good to go.

Another basic that really helps you out, is a black (or the color you prefer) cardigan. You can wear it on top of a nice shirt or sweater and it looks really good.

If you like a more business –kind of look, you can also pick out a nice blazer and wear it on top of your long sleeve shirts. Complete the look with a scarf in the same color range as the blazer, add a few pieces of jewelry and you’re ready!

For basic pieces, I like to buy simple black things because they work perfectly with everything else. If you are wearing a plain black sweater you can combine it with a statement scarf or a really colorful skirt or pants or tights.

Another recommendation would be a pair really thick tights or leggings. If it gets really cold, you can wear them underneath a pair of jeans, or you just wear them with a nice skirt or a dress. And you would still be warm enough. I hope these tips will prevent you from freezing.


Club Spotlight: Hillel and Blazer Radio

By Raymond Rivera

Hillel, or the Jewish Student Union, is a cultural organization at Hood College. This organization focuses on educating members of the community about the Jewish culture beyond the religious aspects in order to achieve more appreciation and understanding for all members, regardless of religious affiliation. Current president Olivia Wolz, Class of 2013, has been involved with Hillel since her freshman year. “The reason I remain involved with Hillel is because of the opportunities to share my culture with others regardless of their background. I like learning about new cultures and I hope others would be too” said Wolz. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 8P.M. in Rosenstock Rm.1. Students who want to get involved should contact Wolz at

Blazer Radio, the voice of Hood College, functions as a student media organization that hosts a variety of radio shows every week throughout the semester. The schedule can be found on the website under Campus Life, Student Activities, Blazer Radio and then Program Schedule. The schedule changes per semester along with the radio hosts depending on whether students choose to join or change up their style. The current station manager Jared Webb, Class of 2013, has his own radio show as well and for him “it’s a fun relaxing time for about an hour a week.” He began getting involved with this organization his freshman year and was even asked to play a larger role from past station manager. If anyone hopes to get involved in this organization, there are new DJ meetings at the beginning of each semester but students can also get in contact with Webb at


Theater Review: “Not Not An Option”

By Ana Filipovic

In November 1-3 and 8-10, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., in the Avalon Performing Arts Studio in Tatem, you could have enjoyed in a comedy revue “Not Not An Option” directed by Professor Joe Brady and written by the players of the show; Stacy Axler, Isabel Duarte, Jack Hendricks, Giovanni Kavota and Matt Kline.

The play was divided in two acts with a 15 minute intermission. In each act, scenes were exchanging presenting regular daily activities and misunderstandings people have. Throughout the scenes, each player had a significant role in presenting the idea in a humoristic way. What is really interesting is that the whole performance was actually improvisation, with ideas exchanging and adding during the rehearsals among the writers.

Being in audience, this play made my night by their impressing acting abilities, collaboration and extreme organization. Players’ gestures, interpretation and movement around the stage were coordinated and suitable for each situation. Also, the team work and the positive atmosphere in this play were very well conveyed. The live music in the background, played by Sandow Sinai, stage set-up and lights, brought up the atmosphere and overall effect of the play. Many people had extremely positive reactions when leaving Tatem, with a smile on their face which is the best indicator that the crew and players did an excellent job!

And we can conclude, in the words of the director: “These young actor-improviser-comedians are learning by doing. I am proud of each one of them.”

Davis Scholars Honored At Recent Reception

By Ana Filipovic

Fifteen scholars were recently honored in the Davis United World College Scholars Reception.

The second annual Davis United World College Scholars Reception was celebrated on the 10th of November, Saturday, in Whitaker Campus Commons. Reception was to recognize the Davis UWC scholars and also to congratulate 50 years of the existence of UWC. There are 12 UWC’s around the world with one, same mission; to educate young people for peace and prosperous life, through sharing, collaboration and mutual understanding.

Welcoming was given by Kathleen Bands, who is the Vice President of Enrollment Management. Also, President Volpe gave a speech about Hood’s UWC Davis Scholars. At this moment, there are 15 Davis Scholars enrolled atHoodCollege: Anela Alic, Juilana Bitarabeho, David Bowyer, Maria Gaetskaya, Nilsa Gonzalez, Nejra Isic, Fabiola Pascale Jean-Louis, Menzi Khumalo, Victor Kyando, Marko Petric, Samuel Pierre, Ivana Soce, Melina Stevanovic, Maja Tavra and Ana Filipovic.

Message of encouragement was given by Nilsa Gonzales (’13) who actually initiated the idea of recognizing Davis Scholars at Hood. She emphasized the importance of being active students, not only in classes but also on campus and in the community.

Sophomore Marko Petric gave a brief presentation of UWC and the importance of celebrating the 50 years of its existence.

A keynote speaker, Isabelle Nana (’07) gave a speech about the life afterHoodCollege, how to prepare, what to expect and how to improve your chances of success while still studying at Hood.

New students, freshmen Davis Scholars; David, Ivana, Ana and Samuel were then recognized by receiving a crystal globe which is a reminder of the success made so far and also an encouragement to continue being open-minded, active students.

At the end, a birthday cake was cut in order to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to UWC.

As one of the Davis Scholars, I have to say that it is an honor to be atHoodCollegeand to receive this kind of acknowledgment. And I also want to thank everyone who made this reception possible and successful.

Squirrels and Other Woodland Creatures Dominate Hood Campus

By Jiselle Lopez

You may see them on your way to class or coming back from the dining hall. They may cross your path or yell at you in the treetops. There’s no doubt that the abundant squirrel population at Hood has made students adapt to sharing their strolls with the strange animals.

They may be everywhere, but would students rather they not be on campus? I personally would rather them not. I have a fear of squirrels, their bushy tails and beady eyes do not reel me in; in fact they leave me so afraid my body is nearly paralyzed.

Speaking of being paralyzed, I decided to discover the truth behind popular squirrel myths. On, a question was presented, asking if squirrels can transmit rabies to humans. On October 23 of last year, a story was written by someone who has been bitten after picking up a squirrel that was apparently paralyzed in its hind legs, which is a normal sign of rabies in most animals. He or she was not given rabies, however the squirrel was never found after animal control was called. As you can probably imagine, this must have been a horrific experience, but it serves them right for trying to hold the squirrel.

I’m not exactly sure why people try to hold squirrels or any wild animal for that matter; squirrels don’t exactly seem inviting or “cute.” Not to me, not at all. On Wildlife Expert, Ken Burton, enlightens someone of the dangerous bite squirrels have.

“A squirrel’s bite can exceed 7000 psi. For comparison, a human’s bite is around 150 psi. Thus, a squirrels bite is about 50 times as strong as a human’s.”

Because the initial question was whether squirrels can bite through a human finger, Burton adds, “Though I don’t know what force is required to break a human finger bone, I suspect it’s not that much.”

I’ve tried to find a poll or any sort of data that shows how much humans either like or dislike squirrels, but my only findings are how to approach them on “squirrel terms.” One thing you may not know is that there are people in the world with pet squirrels. Don’t ask me why, because I’m still trying to get over why they are being picked up by humans in the first place. I’ve found several sites trying to educate future squirrel owners and how to care of them. One being, which shows at least nine things to know and consider before buying a squirrel.

“When a squirrel enters rut, personalities change from sweet and loving to downright nasty, aggressive and prone to biting! If you wait it out, this too shall pass and you will have your sweet companion back.”

If you are like me, and find this simply revolting, I have more news for you all. Both squirrel lovers and fearers will truly agree on this level; hunting squirrels. For me, just looking at squirrels or being in their general vicinity makes me itchy and uncomfortable.

“I’m happy to say I have crossed over and become one of those Americans,” said Georgia Pellegrini on, last January.

“Eating squirrel that I’ve harvested with my own hands, in fact, makes me feel distinctly more American and undoubtedly more human.”

Really? That’s what makes you feel more human? Fox news has also shed the fact that there are1.8 million squirrel hunters in the U.S. If you’d like to read about how nutty and naturally flavored squirrel meat is, I completely recommend this article. I would put my time spent reading it under my list of traumatic experiences but maybe my stomach is a little too innocent for such ideals.

One thing I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for, black squirrels. They are a mystery, how did they get here? Are they different from gray squirrels? According to the Washington post the black squirrels are natively from Canada, but eight were sent from Ontario to the National zoo in 1902. Black squirrels are only different in the color of their fur, which is a result of a recessive gene. Overall, both gray and black squirrels are considered the same species, called Sciurus carolinensis.

Now, seeing squirrels on campus are just as common as seeing students. But the squirrels at Hood are set apart from other squirrels. Our squirrels squawk at us from the trees. They pass our paths and aren’t afraid of us. Perhaps that is the most baffling fact of all, that the squirrels here, unlike any other animal, don’t fear us. This means if a squirrel is going to follow me to class or jump on me from the pergola they can, and it’s possible.

Another observation is their weight. When people talk about foxes, they gage how long they think they’ll be around by how much they weigh. Well the squirrels here are far from thin. In fact, they are the fattest squirrels I’ve seen in my life. This can solely mean that they won’t be leaving. At least, not while we’re here.

With all that newfound information I will let the students and staff of Hood decide for themselves. To fear or not to fear, that is the question. Like many beliefs I will not force mine on you. However all I ask of you is to think next time you decide to approach a squirrel or “pet it.” These animals may be smaller than us but they certainly aren’t weaker. In writing this article I have also discovered that my fear is very valid, and according to I have a diagnosis. I have sciurophobia.




Athlete Spotlight: Lia Miller and Dan Jacobs

By Raymond Rivera

Dan Jacobs, Class of 2014, runs both fall seasons as a member of the Hood College Cross Country team and spring for Track and Field.

Jacobs joins Hood College from Hillsborough, New Jersey and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Management. Aside from cross-country and track and field, Jacobs is also a part of SAAC, SPURS and has even served as an Orientation Assistant this year. He has ran cross country since 8th grade and even ran for his high school but did not participate in track until last year because he used to play lacrosse during the spring season. Jacobs commented on his favorite moments of running as being “the team bonding, competition and the individual aspect of running for yourself to improve your time as well as the team aspect of scoring for your team with the time you get.” He feels that season has been positive thus far and “come conferences all the training and hard work put in by the team will really stand out.”

Jacobs offers this piece of advice for those wanting to be involved as a college athlete: “Academics come first and as a student athlete it’s good not to forget that. Remember, it’s a balance.”

Lia Miller, Class of 2015, play’s outside midfielder for Hood College Women’s Soccer. A Frederick native from Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Miller is an Environmental Science major with a concentration in Biology. She began playing soccer at the age of 11 and has currently been playing for the Blazers for two seasons now. When playing soccer, Miller like Jacobs, truly enjoys the “team camaraderie [along with] the feeling of accomplishment from the long hours of practicing the play or move.”  When asked about the season Miller mentioned, “it started out rough but it’s a learning process and even though we lost so many players last year, the amount of players we picked up this year is really making a difference.”

Finally, Miller advises others wanting to be involved in college sports to “use [their] time wisely because between morning practices and class there is literally only 3 hours in my day that are dedicated fully to homework. Take advantage of the days off.”

Be sure to come out and support both teams along with others and show that Blazer Pride.