Halloween at Hood: What’s Coming Up

By Meg DePanise

With October here and Halloween fast approaching, Hood College students are looking forward to the events and celebrations to come and preparing for the fall season.

Among Hood’s annual Halloween events are Fright Night, the Ghoul Café, the Halloween Dance sponsored by the Black Student Union, and Safe Harvest.

Hood students kicked off the fall festivities with First Saturday in downtown Frederick on October 5 from 3 to 9 p.m. First Saturday, sponsored by Hood College and Mayne’s Tree Farm, provides a fun-filled day for both children and adults.

The theme for First Saturday this month was Harvest. The event featured live music, late shopping hours, art gallery openings and dining at downtown’s wonderful restaurants.

“First Saturday is a huge community event that shows off the heart of downtown Frederick and everything it stands for: fun and community,” Hood student Sarah Tapscott said. “It’s definitely a time for everyone to have fun.”

There was also pumpkin painting, a scarecrow making contest between the shops and restaurants, fall-themed crafts, free hot apple cider and a photo booth, courtesy of Hood College and a movie screening at dusk.

Erin Droneburg said her favorite Halloween event at Hood is Fright Night. “All those traditional fall events are my favorite and it’s great that Hood gives students the opportunities to do them at wallet-friendly prices,” Droneburg said.

Last year Fright Night was held at Crumland Farms. The details about this year’s haunted house are still being determined. As of now, Fright Night is scheduled for Friday October 25.

“CAB’s already pumped to get working on Fright Night. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say the students can expect to scream and smile as much as ever!” Campus Activities Board member Samuel Lopez said.

Currently, the Ghoul Café followed by the Halloween Dance is set for Wednesday, October 30. Students should bring their creativity and wear their best costumes for the costume contest.

Hood College student Kevin Parker said he’s most looking forward to Safe Harvest.

“As much as I steer clear of Hood events, I loved Safe Harvest in the dorms,” Parker said.

Safe Harvest is sponsored by the Hood College Chapter of Mortar Board. The annual event gives children an opportunity to enjoy a safe and fun night of Halloween-themed crafts, games, and trick-or-treating.

Parker continued: “It was fun decorating the hallways and hanging out watching the children come through. I’d inevitably see adults I knew in the community there with their kids, and it’s just fun to be a part of.”

Safe Harvest this year will take place on Thursday, October 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.

There are also many spooky fall events happening around Frederick this month including Candlelight Ghost Tours, Cemetery Tours, and Murder and Mayhem Tours. The City of Frederick will also celebrate its fifth annual Halloween in Baker Park.

Don’t forget to look out for the treats, crafts, and pumpkin carving happening in the dorms too.

Find CAB on Facebook and be on the lookout for flyers around campus as more specifics of all the fall events are decided.

Upcoming Homecoming Festivities and Events Move Forward from Past Controversy

By Jiselle Lopez

“It is cool that Hood allows people to be themselves. If people didn’t want me to be king, they wouldn’t have nominated me and voted for me,” said Jennifer Jones in the 2006 article in The Frederick News Post about her winning Hood’s Homecoming King.

It has been seven years since we’ve had a Homecoming due to the uproar Jones’ win caused in the community. Although she received 64 out of 169 casted votes, many felt her nomination and overall win only discouraged males from wanting to run in future Homecomings.

Many interpreted the issue of a female Homecoming King as a Gay/Lesbian issue here at Hood College. As Frederick News Post’s article wrote in 2006, “It’s nice a woman can beat men in a contest. However, this opportunity shouldn’t have been taken away from the few men at Hood. This is a gender issue turned into a gay/lesbian rights issue.”

This year will be Hood’s third Homecoming and the first Homecoming at Hood since 2006. This year Homecoming is being incorporated with Family Weekend; The weekend of Oct. 4-6.

Beginning on the fourth at 2pm, Professor Flora, Ph.D., Physics will be talking about Living in a Nuclear Age in Rosenstock, Room 305.

Professor Atwood, Ph.D., Journalism will run a program called, So You want to be a blogger? in the adjacent room, 306.

Two different topics will be covered later, beginning at 3pm. Professor Latkovski, Ph.D., History will talk about Inside Putin’s Russia in room 305 and Professor Farrell, Ph.D., History will be talking about the impact of Emigration on Ireland and the United States in room 306. Lastly, at 4pm Professor Laufer, Ph.D., Biology will discuss Advanced Biofuels in room 305.

From 5-6:30pm there will be appetizers and beverages served in Brodbeck Hall as a Welcome Back Happy Hour event for students, family, alumni and faculty.

Then at 9pm students and family will gather in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock to watch skits prepared by Hood students. The last event of the night is at 10:30pm in Whitaker, it’s called the Homecoming Late night Extravaganza. This event features a Taco bar and fun activities to participate in. These will conclude the opening events for the Homecoming and Family weekend.

On the 5th, from 10-10:50 in Whitaker, Alumni, the Career center, Undergraduate admissions and more will join together to inform students of any opportunities available to them and any new ways to support Hood.

Following that event, at 11 President Volpe will give us any Updates on the College in Whitaker, which is a new location from where he has made his previous speeches. The Homecoming festival itself will be from 12-5pm on the Quad.  Activities for Homecoming will include a live band, a rock wall, a food kiosk and more. At 8pm there will be another performance in Hodson, followed by a Community Dessert Reception hosted by President Volpe at 9pm.

The last HomecomingHoodCollege saw was left with mixed feelings that inhibited recent students from having a Homecoming for a number of years. Although it has taken over six years to rehabilitate the idea of a Homecoming event here at Hood, this year’s events will still be notable in their efforts as well as the events themselves.

Hood has a great sense of community that helped soften the blow of any negative comments Jennifer Jones may have received after being crowned Hood’s 2006 Homecoming King. This year, students will be just as supportive, no matter the outcome of the event.

Annual International Dinner Continues to Celebrate Campus Diversity

By Ana Filopovic

Over the past several semesters, International Club (IC) always hosts a variety of campus events for the Hood community, including the popular International Dinner.

Every year a large number of international students become active members of the club and successfully present their culture to other Hood students and faculty.

Interestingly, the club is not exclusively reserved for international student. IC is for every student interested in learning about other cultures, or for students who wish to share their passions, travel experiences, origins of their families, etc.

The club strives to celebrate all diversity at Hood.

This year IC began their programming with the International Dinner on Sept. 25 in the Coblentz Dining Hall, where students could sample different food from around the world.

Following this, students could participate or visit International Bazaar in Whitaker Commons starting at 9 p.m.

For this event, there were many countries represented, including Nepal, Slovakia, Japan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Croatia.

The director of study abroad programs Kate Emory also sponsored a study abroad information table at the event where students could play an interesting game; students had to match the right greeting word to the language it belongs for the chance to win prizes.

At one point, Abby Tolliver, a student presenting Japan, helped students to put on Japanese traditional costumes when club members played Croatian/Bosnia/Serbian music for a traditional dance, called užičko kolo.

Many students joined because club members taught some of this choreography during an IC meeting prior to this event, but a huge number of students joined for the first time to the dance.

Among students, Dean White also showcased her moves to the crowd.

It was inspiring to many IC members to see how much diversity is appreciated at Hood and how students are willing to learn and share their experiences.

The president of IC, sophomore Lydia Emory, expressed her “appreciation and pride” for both the members of IC as well as the participants of the event at the conclusion of the evening.

IC currently plans thier upcoming event, the International Show, where students can showcase their talents in dancing, acting, singing, and playing.

Any student interested in IC can join the club meetings on Mondays, in Whitaker 220, at 8 p.m. If students cannot attend meetings due to other commitments, IC welcomes e-mails to internationalclub@hood.edu and a board member will respond with information on how to be involved with the club.

Clearly, through IC’s work with the Hood Community, the club highlights that “Diversity [is] the art of thinking independently together.” Malcolm Forbes.

Opinion: Hood’s Banner Tradition

By Ashley Rose

With empty banners hanging in the dining hall and an incomplete banner left in student life by the Class of 2012, the longevity of the Hood College Class Banner tradition is beginning to be called into question.

The WhitakerCampusCenter atrium is home to the banners of each class, beginning with the graduating class of 1985. Traditionally, class councils are tasked each year to select a symbol of the year and display them on the class banners. At the end of their time at Hood, each class leaves behind a banner which exhibits the personality and cumulative college experience of its members.

Currently, the class banners hang in the dining hall. Both the senior and junior classes have only one square completed, and the sophomore class is working to get their first year square finished. Nicholas Wright, Class of 2015, offers many valid points with this insight, “I know every class has one. I don’t know how they determine what goes on it, or who decides that, or if I or any other student can have any role in it”.  Hopefully by addressing the lack of information provided on this tradition, there will be an increase in participation and the banners will be put back on track.

Class officers have been made aware of this concern and are set to meet to address the apparent decline in participation in this tradition. They remain optimistic that they will be able to realign student focus on the class banners and the sense of class community they are meant to represent.

Artomatic@Frederick 2013

By Meg DePanise

September 4 marked the beginning of Artomatic @Frederick 2013, a remarkable five week event showcasing more than 40,000 square feet of art. Located at 115 and 117 Church Street in downtown Frederick, this fantastic display of local talent will continue through October 5.

This is the second Artomatic event held in Frederick which features both returning and new artists as well as live music and other special events.

HoodCollege student Melissa Cutts said, “I liked the vast variety of styles there, I’m happy I went!”

Aeren Waters, an artist featured at Artomatic@ Frederick said, “I appreciate that Artomatic provides a platform for visual and performance artists to express themselves, and there is no judgment.” She continued, “Simply a release of expression to bring attention to the fact that art is everywhere!”

Executive Directors of Artomatic @Frederick, Jennifer Finley and Steve Dobbin, said in a note featured in the event’s program that Artomatic’s mission is to “strengthen the community both economically and socially by providing an artistic playground to showcase local and regional artists in the areas of visual art, performing art, music, written and spoken word, dance and film.”

Waters visited Artomatic @Frederick in 2011 which she said led her to be a part of Artomatic in Crystal City, Va. in 2012 and this year at Frederick.

Water’s exhibit this year features handmade clutches and men’s wallets which she designs and sews herself. Her pieces can be found in Building 115, Room 62, and they are for sale.

Waters said ten percent of sales will go to OneStepAway, a Philadelphia street newspaper whose content is produced mostly by residents of Philadelphia’s shelter system which helps raise awareness for homelessness and provide employment to those in need.

HoodCollege student Britanny Napier said, “Artomatic was awesome —three floors of amazing art ranging from furniture to photography to children’s artwork.” She continued, “but what I liked most about Artomatic was making a mosaic to be a part of the mosaic tree that they were making outside.”

With over 350 artists at Artomatic, it definitely requires more than one visit.  “There is so much to take in and it’s a beautiful thing!” Waters said.

Waters said she will also share her work at the upcoming Artomatic@ Jefferson in Charlestown, W. Va. in October.

For more information about what else is to come at Artomatic @Frederick visit www.artomaticfrederick.org.

Hood Athletics to Offer Men’s Baseball Team to Campus Next Year

By Katie Miascura

Take the Blazers out to the ballgame because HoodCollege announced that baseball would be added to the athletic program.

Baseball will become the 21st NCAA Division III at HoodCollege and many students are excited about the new sport. (Quote from student about baseball team)

Hood decided to add baseball to the college because it will hopefully draw in a bigger male population. Frederick is also a great area for baseball.

Athletic Director Tom Dickman found its first head coach Cory Beddick. “He has a lot of energy, is ready for the job, and very enthusiastic about the team,” said Dickman.

The search for the new team will begin this year acquiring 20-30 incoming student-athletics to begin the roster for the new team. “We already have 5 incoming freshman looking at Hood to play baseball,” continued Dickman.

The main question is where will the baseball team practice and play. Even though many hood students would like to see a baseball field on campus, which is very unlikely. “We are in talks with different fields around the area, but by December we should have a good idea where we will play,” says Dickman.

As for uniforms, baseball gloves, bats, and balls, will have a better picture once the athletic department agrees on a field and players.

Hood will begin participation in the 2014-15 academic year, beginning with the non-traditional fall season and continuing with an NCAA Division III varsity schedule in Spring 2015.

Coach Beddick:

Over 51 applicants, 3 were chosen to visit Hood and Athletic Director Tom Dickman knew that Corey Beddick was the guy. “He is very drivened and aware of what he needs to do as a baseball coach,” said Dickman. He has expericne as both a Division III player and coach.

Beddick assisted as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Penn State-Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania. During his two seasons, he worked with the hitters and infielders while serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator and first base coach.

Sandwich Shack: The New Popular Destination for On-Campus Dining

By Stephanie Lynn

It’s a new school year, which means new classes, new books and even a new place for students to eat in Whitaker: The Sandwich Shack.

A bit of a healthier alternative to the burgers and fries at Grille Works, the Sandwich Shack offers a variety of sandwiches, Panini’s and wraps for those looking for something they won’t regret eating the next day. Given the line every day around lunch and dinner, the new eatery seems to be a hit with HoodCollege students.

Sophomore Megan Reeve welcomes the Sandwich Shack, which replaced Freshii, Hood’s last sandwich and wrap eatery. “I like it more than Freshii because I feel like it caters to more people.”

Brad Frieze, a senior, was “elated” that Freshii was replaced with a new sandwich shop. “Freshii legitimately gave me food poisoning; I was sick for three days,” Frieze claimed.

The Sandwich Shack is also a relief for students on a tight budget because of their affordable prices for quality food.

“The food is good quality, and the price is not terrible,” said Reeve. Frieze agreed, stating he gets more for his money at the Sandwich Shack. “Freshii way overpriced,” he added.

Another aspect that sets the Sandwich Shack apart of Hood’s other dining options is the ability to create your own sandwich or wrap. Reeve often opts for a create-your-own chicken and cheddar sandwich on a baguette while Frieze favors the turkey and bacon ciabatta.

A month into the new school year, the Sandwich Shack seems to be the new dining sensation at Hood. If you’re looking for good, healthy food at an affordable price, head on over to Whitaker for whatever sandwich you desire; you won’t be disappointed.

Campus to Receive More Security Cameras By Next Semester

By Logan Samuels

With fall almost upon us, the leaves are starting to change and if we look around campus, there have been several other changes involving campus security as well.

One of the more commonly talked about changes this semester would be the new installation of security cameras at Hood.

During the summer, Campus Safety took the initiative to install several cameras throughout campus in order to help protect our Hood Community. Naturally, people have become curious as to why the cameras have been installed and our very own

Captain Tobery, the assistant chief of campus safety, was kind enough to provide us with some background information.

Tobery texplained “last year a committee was formed to explore the options of CCTV on campus. By the end of the project, 48 CCTV cameras will have been installed on campus”.

Some locations of the cameras include “each of main dormitories’ entrances and exits, campus entrances, academic buildings, and parking lots” as well other access areas on campus.

Tobery explained that these cameras were put in because “HoodCollege is committed to providing a safe environment by integrating the best practices of community policing along with state of the art technology”.

Next semester, campus safety plans to install more security cameras.

Hood is always trying to make its students feel safe and these cameras should help create a sound environment by deterring crime and protecting the safety of both property and students. Hood students should not feel like they are being monitored all of the time, but instead that they are being watched over and taken care of as Campus Safety always has the best interest of students in mind.

Opinion: Ipads for Seniors

By Olivia Sledzick

Three years after the first freshmen class received their iPads, it was decided that all full-time Hood students and faculty would be gifted with their own.  The rumors began spreading spring semester of last year and were met with an email from President Volpe saying that, yes, the Class of 2014 (this year’s current seniors) would be joining team iPad.  This means that as of this year, every full time student has an iPad to use for schoolwork, for pleasure, and in the classroom.

The idea of giving iPads to incoming freshmen classes originally had the upperclassmen displeased.  Having an iPad was a telltale sign that you were an underclassman. But now that they too have their tablets, there is a sense of peace throughout campus.  Most of the seniors are enjoying using their iPads in class to quickly pull up Blackboard or Safari.  No one needs to worry about using up their printing quota or wasting paper by having to print out scanned readings.

Senior Stephen Krauss said he felt, “a six out of ten on an excitement scale” on receiving his iPad.  He said he uses his iPad mostly for pleasure and that his most used app is eBooks, since he can see what he is reading better on the iPad screen.  “I think accessing Blackboard is one of the most academic uses for it,” he said.

Senior Kylee Loss said, “I’m really happy that all the students got them this year, after seeing the past two freshmen classes receive them. So now we’re all able to use them in class and it makes it much more interactive.”  She says her economics professor, Dr. Hinchey, uses the app Nearpod to upload the PowerPoints for the class and that the app doesn’t let students get ahead in the presentations.

On the other hand, some seniors have found their iPad to not be as useful as they were intended to be.  Senior Erin Droneburg had previously purchased an iPad, but felt as though she never used her own iPad in the classroom.  “I find that they are inconvenient to use in the classroom (as opposed to a laptop) and I think it was a waste of money for Hood to supply each student with one. I have never had a class require me to use my iPad in class and I doubt that I ever will,” she said.

For the students that have not been active on their iPads, the Information Technology page on the Hood website provides a list of the most used and helpful apps for students.  Among these apps are Blackboard, Flashcards, note-taking apps, PDF Notes, and of course, social media.  The list also specifies which paid apps are worth buying, like most of the note-taking apps or organization apps.

United World College Celebrates World Peace Day to Bring a Global Community to Hood

By Marco Petric

On the 21st September 2013, the World Peace Day and also the inaugural UWC Day was celebrated! UWC is an acronym for UnitedWorldCollege and it is a global community of 12 schools, 150 national committees and over 50,000 alumni. At HoodCollege, a total of 16 UWC alumni are currently enrolled in undergraduate studies, from 8 different UWC’s around the world. UWC students are recognized as Davis Scholars and are awarded annually with Davis UWC Scholarship. Shelby Davis and Phil Geier had one simple idea:

“If you could bring thousands of talented students from every corner of the globe to U.S. colleges and universities you could create international understanding and change the world.”

UWC alumni have a role in continuing UWC mission and values. UWC mission is as follows:

“UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”

Values that UWC considers as crucial in order to achieve peace and a sustainable future include: International and intercultural understanding, Celebration of difference, Personal responsibility and integrity, Mutual responsibility and respect, Compassion and service, Respect for the environment,  A sense of idealism, Personal challenge, Action and personal example.

In order to honour the academic and extracurricular achievement of UWC students, Hood College holds a ceremony of Davis Scholar recognition, to remind the UWC scholars why they were chosen and awarded Davis Scholarship and what is their mission in life. They receive a globe with personalized message from Davis Foundation, socialize with other UWC students at Hood, share their ideas through speeches provided by current UWC alumni at Hood, Hood College UWC alumni and faculty, including Dr.Kiran Chadda the director of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Programs and Kate Emory the director of Study Abroad Programs and International Student Coordinator.

On UWC Day, UWC students at Hood changed their Facebook cover into one of the UWC banners in order to show their support and wrote a one-sentence statement expressing their opinions of their unusual high-school experience and how it changed/affected their life. Some of them are:

 “You know when people say that perfection does not exist? Yes, it does and it is called United World College. I can only say that I am remarkably proud of every single moment I have spent in Mostar. It was the greatest time of my life! Thank you UWC!”

Anela Alic,

UWCiM ‘10

Hood College ‘14

“UWC gave me the opportunity to explore the world’s diversity, and made of me a better thinker.”

Sammy Pierre

UWC Costa Rica ‘12

Hood College ‘16

 “What I appreciate the most about UWCiM is that I grew up. Far from my family, I learned what it means to be alone, take all life responsibilities at the age of 16, surrounded by the people you do not know yet and in an unknown and foreign city at that time. It was a challenge which enabled me to go alone even to another part of the world, and that is where I am now.”

Melina Stevanovic

UWCiM ‘11

Hood College ‘15

UWC is encouraging not only UWC students, but all students to engage and actively participate in their communities living to create peace, appreciating each other with all our differences. UWC students at Hood College are: Anela Alic, Meni Nhanhla Khumalo, Maria Gaetskaya, Nejra Isic, Marko Petric, Melina Stevanovic, Maja Tavra, David Andrew Bowyer, Ivana Soce, Ana Filipovic, Samuel Pierre, Kahembi Moses Mukuwa, Adam Debreczeni, Andela Golemac, Patrick Kusebauch and Robert Sargyan.

One of the upcoming projects is recording a short movie about UWC students at Hood and their involvement. For this, we will need help from Film and Graphics students and if anyone is interested, has comments or questions, please e-mail Ana Filipovic at af12@hood.edu.

 “I am the change I wish to see in the world and UWC helped me to get the self-confidence, energy and knowledge to see this. I live, I act and, I create impact thanks to UWC.”

Ana Filipovic

UWCiM ‘11

Hood College ‘16