Luhman leaves Hood

Logan Samuels, news editor

Hood College continues to see staffing changes as the Director of Student Life and Judicial Affairs announces his new job in Baltimore.

A few weeks ago, Dean Olivia White sent out mass emails to the student body informing everyone that Zachary Luhman, the Director of Student Life and Judicial Affairs, would be leaving Hood College on Oct. 31. White said, “He has accepted a position as Associate Director of Operations and Technology at the University of Baltimore…”

Luhman has been a member of the Hood faculty for almost seven years since his start in 2008. Zach Luhman is an active part of the Hood community and has been seen dancing at Air Band during May Madness and revamping the residence life staffing and programing.

Luhman’s new job won’t be too far away, as he is staying in the Maryland area and it will have a similar feel to his current one. Luhman said, “I’ll be working in the student involvement center, budgeting technology management and I’ll still be working with the students.”

With President Volpe leaving, it raises the question of why Luhman has also decided to leave. However, Luhman assures that this is a personal decision and that the attractiveness of Baltimore is due to more of a focus on the aspects of his current job that he really enjoys.

Hood College has left an impact on Luhman as he said, “I learned to be a better problem solver. Dean White and other mentors have helped challenge me.” Luhman also shared that it was so rare to see a college community where traditions like Policies brought the campus together.

With Zach Luhman bound for Baltimore, his job position has opened up as well as the many leadership roles he has participated in on campus. Luhman explained that different people on campus have been assigned his different tasks until the campus is ready for a re-hire.

Luhman found his job at Hood through a national recruitment website and he said that Hood will probably follow similar steps to find his replacement. Unlike the presidential search committee, this job hunt will only include staff from Hood and no outside search company.

Dean Olivia White said, “Although Zach is moving on to other opportunities, we will definitely miss him at Hood!” Hood students, staff and faculty can celebrate Zach Luhman’s achievements and wish him well before he heads off at a reception on Oct. 31 from 2-4 p.m.

Luhman said, “It’s been a good six years and I think we’ve come a long way. I hope we keep moving forward and maybe work towards building a new residence hall, which we’ve been trying to do since I got here.”

SGA Corner Update

Logan Samuels, Public Relations Chair

**The following article is not affiliated with the Blue and Grey in any way**

Happy October, Blazers! SGA hopes that everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather and has survived their midterms. Student Government continues to meet bi-weekly to discuss issues like getting shower heads on campus replaced and certain trees removed. Some of our members have also helped to host interviews for the new Director of Campus Safety. SGA celebrated Homecoming and Fall Frenzy weekend with a trivia table for Hood students and guests! Safe Harvest included fun prizes, candy and Pumpkin Bowling equipped with pumpkin bowling balls and spooktacular ghosts for pins! As October winds down and November inches closer, SGA exec will be selecting the first senators of the month who will be featured in the SGA newsletter and in the newspaper. We want to thank everyone who participated in our October events like the Hot Topic Meeting on the scheduling changes and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. We also want to remind students to voice their concerns by talking to an SGA member or by emailing us at . Also, take note that senate meetings are open to the public and are the perfect forum for us to listen to student input. Take a look at our October newsletter or like us on Facebook for more in depth updates!

Hood celebrates Food Day

By Jaasmin Foote

Hood College celebrated its 4th annual Food Day on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Whitaker Commons.

Food Day is a national event that Healthy You Initiative brought to Hood faculty four years ago to provide public access to healthy and sustainable food. After a successful event, the group decided to extend their invitation to Hood students and the community in order to promote a healthy spirituality, physicality, emotionality, and mentality in the attendees.

The first year, Carol Wuenschel, the executive director of Human Resources, asked Aramark to prepare food for the event. By the third year, she had partnered with April Boulton, director of Development Biology, whom shared her passion for the environment and healthy lifestyles.

Boulton said that food plays a big role in the environment: “We sit down three or more times a day at the table, but we don’t think about where the food comes from and how much we throw out. I think it’s important to firstly acknowledge that there is a problem. The next step is to educate the students about the problem— knowledge is power. The third step is to give them solutions so they can reduce their waste.”

The theme for Food Day this year is food waste. Boulton said one of her main concerns was the amount of food waste in Coblentz. “The dining hall wastes about 1/3 of its food due to students “piling up their plates with food because they don’t want to keep getting up to get more. The food isn’t going anywhere. We waste so much food that way.”

After dinner, Georgette Jones Ph.D., and Michael Coon, assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Business Administration, gave lectures about how food waste affects your body and the environment. HEAT and Enactus also gave brief overviews of their missions and activities: HEAT’S current goal is to combat food waste in Coblentz, and Enactus is working to get compost bins installed on campus.

Jones noted during her lecture that the portion sizes in the U.S. are “out of control.” She noted that all of portion sizes have doubled or tripled since 1994. Jones said that “reducing food waste starts with you.” According to Jones, food waste is the largest portion of landfill material. She said food waste makes up 21 percent of landfill material and Americans throw out $36 million tons of food. She explained this is bad for the environment because food waste inside landfills create methane, which is over 20 times more potent that carbon dioxide.

Jones said in order to prevent food waste, people must “repurpose unwanted edible foods, promote the use of biofuels, and compost.”

She told the audience: “Don’t eat from a container or a bag, and use smaller plates. If you take less, then you eat less and waste less. You should eat slower and avoid foods rich in high fructose corn syrup to curb your hunger.”

Laura Shriver, Vice President of HEAT, said she’d like to see “this student-run effort impact Hood for the long term and get everyone into the new habit of taking less and wasting less in the dining hall.” She said that Food Day is important because “we know that our culture can be wasteful with our resources— especially food.” She added: “There are blatant inequalities with the dispersion of food and resources, yet we tend to be careless about throwing away excess food.”

During his lecture, Coon spoke about the wasteful habits of Americans: “Less waste equals less waist,” he said. “You can go to a buffet and pay a small fare to stuff your face, but people around the world are starving. That proves there is an abundance of food— we waste $165 billion worth of food a year. The rest of the world is going hungry because we’re wasting so much.”

Coon also said that American’s “preferences” are another source of waste: “Studies show that we prefer food in larger piles, but it’s beneficial to use small piles because the food is handled less by other shoppers and it has sat on the shelf a shorter period of time. The stores use nudging for evil with their randomly organized displays. They’re saying ‘Hey, you came here for cream of mushroom soup, but you probably would like cream of chicken too, so you should go ahead and buy it.’”

Lucy Hurlbut, a freshman at Hood, said she enjoyed the seminar and the menu: “They know how to feed me,” she said. “I loved the butternut squash. I also enjoyed how Professor Jones compared modern food proportions to the proportions 20 years ago. ”

SGA Corner

By Logan Samuels
Student Government Association, Public Relations Chair
*this particular article is not affiliated with The Blue and Grey*
SGA has been having a great autumn so far and is especially excited with our upcoming events. Thank you to everyone who helped to promote and who participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on October 11th. Walk a Mile is an event we have supported for a few years and are eager to keep supporting in the future. Heartly House is a wonderful foundation! With the march and Walk a Mile behind us, there’s still plenty more ahead! SGA just wrapped up our first joint senate and exec meeting on the 9th. Lots of great ideas and concerns were heard. If you have something you’d like to bring up at SGA, feel free to email us at or come to one of our meetings and make a public comment! Another great way to have your voice heard will be at our Hot Topic meeting on October 16th. This meeting will be a review and reflection of the schedule changes and it will be October 16th, 9pm in Hodson Auditorium. Have your voice heard! Be sure to find us at our table during Homecoming Weekend and earn prizes and candy with us at Safe Harvest. Before we know it, it will be December and Holiday Dinner and the beautiful luminaries will be upon us. We hope everyone survived midterms and had a wonderful fall break! See you around campus!​

What college students need to know about drinking

By Jiselle Lopez

Drinking isn’t just what adults do anymore. These days almost anyone can get their hands on a bottle of wine; this can be a scary and invigorating fact depending on who you are. According to, “In 2012, nearly three-fourths of students (72 percent) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school.” So to say the least, as a college freshman, chances are you’ve already tried alcohol or you will soon. Here are some helpful tips to keep your body and life out of trouble.

1. Always eat a full meal before.
Before drinking, it is important that you eat and digest a full meal. If you eat while drinking, some of the alcohol will be absorbed in the food and you won’t become as drunk. However, the main reason for eating before drinking is to avoid getting sick; that includes alcohol poisoning. In most cases, the people who get sick are usually the ones who drank on an empty stomach.

2. Only drink with people you trust.
Whether you’re just buzzed or drunk, your judgment is impaired when you use alcohol. It is important that you’re safe where you’re drinking and with whom you’re drinking. Think to yourself. “Will these people take care of me if something happens to me while I’m here?” Will these people walk you home, take you to the hospital or call you a ride home? Do you trust these people when you don’t have the mental capacity to trust your own decisions and actions? This is important because you need to be safe.

3. Know how you’re getting home.
If you are at a party drinking and someone has driven you there, decide whether you can spend the night or if there is a designated driver to get you home safely. Your judgment will be impaired once you start drinking and you won’t be able to judge if you are able to drive or not. You need to ask the resident of the house/location if it’s okay to stay the night before you arrive because some people will say no. Again, if someone does drive you home make sure they have not been drinking and that you trust them to get you home safely.

4. Know/learn your limit and exercise it.
When you drink, drink slowly and pay attention to the moment you stop feeling sober and when you start feeling drunk. The feeling is different for everyone so it is important to take things slowly and get to know yourself a bit. This is important for the future when or if you are in need of being cut off from drinks. It is important to know how much is too much and when it’s okay to maybe have more.

5. Discover your hangover food.
A hangover doesn’t happen to everyone or every time you drink, but it does happen. Your body is recovering from the night before. Drink lots of water if anything at all. Do not take medicine on any empty stomach if you have a headache. Some people eat greasy foods when they’re hung-over; others are sickened simply by the thought. Discover what works for you and cling to it for dear life.

6. Be prepared for anything.
If you are arrested for underage drinking, what will you tell your parents? What will happen with school? Who will bail you out of jail? When someone drinks anything can happen, in public or private places. This is why it is extremely important to stay safe by surrounding yourself with people you trust. Drinking can be an enjoyable social activity if everyone is safe and conscious of their surroundings.

Hood ROTC participates in first drill

By Anthony King

Hood College students enrolled in the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, participated in their first coordinated military drill on Saturday, Sept. 20.

As part of the first tactic lab for their leadership course, the cadets learned a wide range of skills including the high crawl, low crawl, individual hand and arm signals, moving as basic military unit formations, executing radio communication, and reacting to contact. All of these skills are fundamental for learning standard military practices.

A group of 40 cadets met at Mount St. Mary’s University’s PNC Sports Complex on U.S. Route 15 where the event took place.

Battalion Executive Officer George Yates, a senior majoring in political science at Mount St. Mary’s University, coordinated the event. ROTC members from both Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University shared an active role in the day’s training.

Upperclassmen in the program taught the lessons for the class. This style of teaching allowed the younger cadets to get an understanding of Army principles and military strategy from the veterans of the program.
The goal of ROTC is to train future leaders for diverse roles in the Army.

Capt. John Reilly, the Army officer in charge of the program said: “This is the first time to execute military training. The goal is to teach leadership through military tactics training.”

This particular drill is one of many that cadets will participate in throughout the year to complete the program.
Upon graduation, cadets finishing the program automatically earn the rank of second lieutenant in the Army. Cadets must agree to serve as officers in the Army after graduation from their respective college or university to complete the program.

ROTC gives out scholarships to cadets in the program from two-four years to pay for tuition costs, adding more incentive to the program.

Yates said, “The discipline and the leadership skills are the best aspects of the program because you can’t get that in a classroom and are applicable to any job. I learned how to conduct myself as a leader both in and out of the uniform.”

Cadet Francis Phan, a Hood College graduate student, said that the benefit of becoming an officer in the Army is that “you have a chance to prove that you are a leader and take care of your soldiers.”

Cadet Maj. Greg Miller, a senior at Hood College said: “Sometimes you have to wear the uniform in class and present yourself in a good manner all the time. Be mature and respectful.”

The group of cadets completed large maneuvers as a platoon and create lasting bonds with others from different colleges and universities. In reference to the multiple school programs, Miller said, “It’s good because they get to work with people from different campuses, travel around, and create teamwork.”

For more information on joining the ROTC program, talk to Master Sgt. Wilson. He is available by email at or in person Monday, Wednesday, and Friday located in his office on the 2nd floor of Gambrill Gymnasium.

Policies for Dollars 2014

By Mary Milligan

Every year, House Forum holds its annual Policies for Dollars, a competition among not just freshman, but everyone who lived in the dorm buildings.

Policies began with each group rushing out of their buildings and onto the quad chanting for their building. Each group then went to a section of the Pergola to listen for instructions and the order in which they would participate. Shriner in teal would lead, secondly Smith in black, then Coblentz in yellow, next Memorial in red, and ending with Meyran in blue.

The competitions began with the relay race on the quad. After each team completed their race, they headed to the Pergola to do their chants for their building.

Each building had high hopes to winning the pink spoon this year. The pink spoon, which is the ultimate prize, is not only given to the building who wins policies, but it means ultimate bragging rights for that year. Not only were the freshman excited, but upperclassman joined them on the quad to cheer and chant with them. It was a night to not be forgotten.

“They tried really hard. They’re so excited to be together,” said Sarah Tapscott, president of Coblentz hall.

“Super pumped and ready, Memorial is together. We bleed red,” said Memorial’s first floor representative, Dominique Byrd.

“Win or lose we are proud,” said Meyran President Samuel Lopez.

“The hall has come together, the best turn out we could hope for,” said Brittany DeValk, Smith’s third floor rep.

“We are going to win. We rocked everything,” said Kim Fluharty fourth floor representative for Shriner.

After the cheers and races completed, the teams were lead to Hodson Auditorium for upperclassman competitions, skits, and Jeopardy. Here the judges were introduced, President Volpe, Dean White, Dr. Gurzick, and Dr. Van Winter who would judge the skits as well as Jeopardy answers.

Shriner started skits with a Peter Pan concept, followed by Smith with a cops and robbers theme, next was Coblentz who enforced policies as Charlie Brown characters, fourth was Memorial who had a superhero league called “Justice Hood”, and finally Meyran finished off with their skit “Olympolicies University”. In between skits there were events held for upperclassman to keep them involved as well.

The first event was for sophomores. The goal was to see who could fit the most marshmallows in their mouth. Coblentz won first with 12 and Memorial and Meyran tied for third with eight. The junior competition was a dance off, Memorial won first, Smith second, and Coblentz third, judged by audience participation. Finally the senior competition was to see who could pop the most balloons by sitting on them. Smith won first while Memorial and Coblentz tied for third.

After the skits and upperclassman competitions finished up, the freshman teams readied for Jeopardy. In teams of two, it was a close match for the first several rounds.

The game finished and scores had to be tallied. During this time, House Forum honored Zack Luhman for his years of service in Residence Life, since it was recently announced that he will be leaving Hood College at the end of the month.

The auditorium became silent when the results were ready to be announced. Coblentz came in third place with 50.25 points, then Shriner came in second place with 59.75 points, and finally Memorial came in first place with 63.50 points. With that announcement, a huge roar came from the Memorial section of the auditorium. Victory was indeed theirs.

People were picked up, carried around, yet they did not rush for the pink spoon as instructed. The excitement

“It was all worth it!” said Sara Gonzales, president of Memorial, who worked for hours helping the freshman prepare to win Policies.

“All the preparations with organizing the t-shirts, the skit, obstacle course people; it was all worth it! Congrats Memorial!” Dominque Byrd followed up with after the victory.

“This is so crazy! I love my hall and all the people in it! All the late nights were all worth it,” said Secretary of Memorial, Andrea Christmas.


How to have a long-distance relationship

By Tatyanna Hunter

Most college students would agree that long-distance relationships are challenging, but the relationship can work if the couple wants it to.

There are numerous ways to help make long-distance relationships successful. One way is by talking to your significant other every day.

Whether it’s by Skype, on the phone, or texting, communication in long-distance relationships is vital. Couples should talk every day because it will help them remain involved in their partner’s life, without being in the same location.

If a couple talks every day, they can talk about what happened at work, some new renovations to their home, or about their children or pets. The couple is not together, but sharing details about their daily activities, helps the couple keep up to date with what their significant other is doing.

Another way to help make long-distance relationships work is by doing activities simultaneously while you two are apart.

For example, my boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship and at night we watch the same shows together. Since we watch the same show, at the same time, it makes us feel connected.

Being optimistic is another important tip to remember when in a long-distance relationship. The relationship will not work if you don’t have faith that it will work.

Staying positive and focusing on the future you and your significant other will have together will help make the distance not seem problematic.

Make sure to visit each other as much as possible when you are in a long-distance relationship. Visiting at least once a month or every other week will keep the couple’s bond strong and show that you still love spending time with your significant other.

A method I use in my long-distance relationship is giving gifts. By giving gifts I mean that each partner should give each other gifts, so that the other partner will have a little reminder of your love.

My boyfriend bought me a stuffed panda and every time I move from Hood to my home, I bring it with me. The gift could be anything from a poem, keychain, ring, or even a pen.

As long as the gift comes from the heart, it will be appreciated.

Sometimes it may be hard to make time for your significant other if you are a busy person. Set aside some time each day specifically for your significant other and at that time give them your undivided attention.

After those set hours are done, then you can go back to your busy lifestyle. The important factor is letting your partner know that you are busy, you will do all you can to make time when you both can talk.

Trusting that your significant other will be faithful is an excellent way to ensure that your long-distance relationship will be successful. If every day you are worrying that your boyfriend might cheat on you, then the relationship is bound to fail.

As long as you are being faithful and doing all you can to keep the relationship strong, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything.

I asked a few Hood students for their opinion on long-distance relationships. I tried to get an array of answers, so I asked students who are single and some who are in relationships.

Endria Stanley, senior, has been in a relationship for six years. Her boyfriend lives in Baltimore while she attends Hood, but she doesn’t really consider her relationship to be long-distance because she visits often.

One piece of advice she said she would give is to “let them have a life outside of your relationship.”

By that she means giving your significant other some space. Everybody needs alone time sometimes.

Ashley Abrew, a senior, is currently single. She has been in many relationships in the past, but none of them were long-distance ones.

She believes that long-distance relationships can work, but it depends on the circumstances.

Abrew said, circumstances such as, “how long you’ve been together, how deep your connection is, how dedicated you are, and how committed you are to each other.”

Jose Galarza, a sophomore, is currently single and has never been in a relationship.

When asked about long-distance relationships, Galarza said “I think it’s tough because you don’t really have a lot of interactions every day. There’s a lot less intimacy.”

Having less intimacy is true and a challenging factor for couples in long-distance relationships, but Galarza agreed that couples can make it work if they try.

Ha Eun Sohn, an exchange student from South Korea, is a junior and has been in a relationship for seven months. Right now she is in an extremely long-distance relationship because her boyfriend is in South Korea.

Sohn’s advice was to “contact each other often.”

“Skype is the best because you can see and hear, if you can’t get on the phone or messenger, it is important to trust each other and believe each other.”

Overall, everyone agrees that being in a long-distance relationship is tough, but as long as the couple follow the steps mentioned and advice given, they will be successful.

Downtown Frederick’s Pop Shop

By Kelsi Harshman

Frostie. Nehi. Leninade. Sprecher’s. Cheerwine. It’s hard to believe the North Market Pop Shop can fit all these different kinds of sodas, and more, within its tight walls. Along with its main attraction, ice cream, hot dogs, local honey, chips and candy fill in the gaps of the store, making it the one-stop shop for everything you might want or need on a warm summer day.

Everyone at the Pop Shop has their favorite treat, whether it’s the traditional chocolate ice cream cone, like employee Amanda Clements, or a particular soda.

“The Cock ‘n Bull Ginger Beer is my favorite,” Trevor Tabbachiam, Pop Shop employee, said as he went directly to the shelf it was sitting on and held it up. “I get it all the time.” Tabbachiam has been working at the Pop Shop for over a year and a half, so he’s had time to really find out what his favorite is.

“I love the chili dogs here,” Jennifer France, an employee and friend of the owner, said. “The meat is homemade, and it reminds me of the chili dogs my parents make at their own shop back home.”

Originally, Michelle Shafer, the owner of the Pop Shop, wanted to get into downtown Frederick and use her own secret doughnut recipe to start a shop. However, when she found out the Pop Shop was for sale, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

“Downtown Frederick is becoming a destination,” she says. The history of Frederick combined with other equally unique shops, draws in some decent foot traffic and even draws in a few regulars from the area. “But people own shops for the love of it. No one is becoming a millionaire.”

Not only does Frederick have history, but the Pop Shop has a special kind of history to many of the people around it.

“I moved to Frederick in March,” France explains, “I’m a chalkboard artist. I saw the chalkboard outside the shop and offered to help.” France did such amazing work on the outside board that Shafer hired her to do the menu boards she had just recently bought inside.

Along with the chalkboards, Shafer made many changes when she first bought the Pop Shop. There were 70 different types of sodas being sold. She boosted that to 150. There weren’t any hot dogs, either, but she saw to that quickly, and it ended up becoming a popular treat that brings in a lot of foot traffic. She also bought the sign above the door, the counters that can be pulled out from the walls, and the refrigerators that keep the more popular brands of soda cold to fight summer thirst.

The Pop Shop was a turnkey shop, meaning the key was always changing hands. Before Shafer bought the shop, it was run by the same owner for 2.5 years. Shafer likes that the Pop Shop already had a strong foundation to build on when she made her additions, and hopes to stick with it for quite some time.

Bean, Hood alumna runs for State’s Attorney

By Tatyanna Hunter

A member of the Hood alum and staff is running for Maryland State’s Attorney in the election this fall.

Teresa Bean is running because she wants to protect crime victims, work with law enforcement, and educate the community. She has been a career prosecutor for nearly two decades and has served Frederick County for over 18 years as a prosecutor.

Bean was a prosecutor in the chief-domestic violence unit, chief-juvenile unit, and director-training and internship programs. She wants to be the voice for all victims and help fix challenges facing the Frederick County area.

Some of the problems affecting the Frederick area include an increase in heroin related deaths in children, crime victims being underrepresented, and children dying as a result of abuse.

Bean’s priorities, if elected, will be children, families and the community. She wants to work with prosecutors to help the community focus on public safety, prosecuting offenders, and seeking justice for victims.

As a prosecutor, it is important for Bean to seek justice wherever it is needed. Since 1992, Bean has been an educator to college and high school students, the community, police, and prosecutors.

Bean said, “I cannot ask my students to seek justice if I am not willing to do so myself.”

She also wants to become an active partner with police, treatment professionals, mental health, and community agencies, to help put an end to the drug epidemic that is killing children rapidly.

She believes that the biggest issue facing the State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) is leadership. If Bean is elected as state’s attorney, she plans on restoring the public’s faith and trust in the SAO. She also plans on making sure the SAO will be mission focused, prosecution driven, and accountable to the community.

The official Election Day is on Nov. 4 and early voting is Oct. 23 through Oct. 30.

Teresa Bean would like to encourage all Frederick County residents to vote for her.