Volpe leaves legacy at Hood

By Logan Samuels

President Ronald Volpe will pass the torch at the end of this semester, but he is confident in his successor, Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine, and is ready to spend more time with his family.

Ronald Volpe has been the president of Hood College since 2001, but will step down at the end of this semester. This past year has been a whirlwind of activity as R.H. Perry, staff, faculty and students attended various events to find out what Hood College wanted in our next president.

Through careful research and consideration, the search was narrowed to 16 candidates over winter break, and the final three were brought to campus to introduce themselves. It was announced mid-February that Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine would be Hood College’s next president.

President Volpe said he believes that the Board of Trustees made a wise decision in selecting Chapdelaine as the next president. He noted that she is a firm advocate for the liberal arts and has adequate experience as both a faculty member and Chief Academic Officer.

According to President Volpe, Chapdelaine will be able to sustain Hood’s current momentum and will bring a well-rounded passion for teaching and learning, a commitment to students and faculty, and support for a college environment. President Volpe also noted her excitement and her commitment to the mission of Hood.

President Volpe said, “She would really put her heart in Hood and you cannot measure that. She will leave her footprint on this college because she has all the makings of being a good president. I’ve worked for ten presidents. Andrea is the real deal. I’m her biggest cheerleader.”

During his term, President Volpe brought many changes and accomplishments to Hood. He said that he is proud of bringing the college community hope when it was on the verge of closing.

Volpe said, “Give me some time, I have a vision here. We can put together something very special.”

President Volpe was correct, and his hard work has paid off and kept Hood College on the map. However, President Volpe refuses to take all the credit for the college’s progression.

“I haven’t accomplished anything. We have. I’m not one to be about the ‘I’. It’s ‘we, ours, us’. Not ‘me and my’,” Volpe said.

President Volpe is grateful for his time at Hood College and described his position here as a gift.

Volpe said, “I’m delighted that the Hood community trusted me to lead the place and gave me this gift. This presidency is a gift and I feel privileged to have protected this gift and strengthen and nurture it and love it. It’s been my life for 14 years and now I can pass the gift on and it is [Chapdelaine’s] responsibility to continue that circle of growth and loving.”

Volpe shared that he has been through 14 years of commitments and has distributed thousands of diplomas that would not have been possible if Hood College ceased to exist. He said that he was proud to have saved those graduates and future graduates from that terrible loss for our society, had he not gotten this college back on the ground.

With his newfound free time, Volpe shared that he would like to get some reading, writing and traveling done, but that he will remain local and active. He will be serving on some local boards and would like to have some downtime with his family.

Volpe said, “I’m going to spend more time with my family, especially my daughter, Stephanie. [I’m] moving into my new house we just bought. I’m looking forward to being a father and husband again. I might teach a management course or two. I like to say I’m restarting, not retiring. 47 years in higher education started at 22 and going ever since. It’s time to pass the baton. Step back and smell the roses. But it’s been a wonderful, wonderful ride.”

President Volpe said he will miss the students the most. From shaving cream battles to jazz concerts to having lunch in the dining hall, Volpe has been quite active on campus.

He said that he has never missed a performance of Messiah and that he enjoys the students’ events, concerts and athletic games. He has even been a cameo in a few student plays.

“I will by far miss the student life here. It’s kept me going. I enjoy our students so much. That might bring me back to the classroom. Former students on the road, the alumni, I will miss the thousands of hood alums. I’ve visited all over the country, and there are many alums I stay in touch with and they are great, and I will miss them and their support over the years. I’ve seen them in nursing homes, hospital beds and train cars and hood porches. They’re all great. I will miss the students and the alumni,” said Volpe.

President Volpe values his time at Hood, but is ready to relax and spend more time with his family. He feels confident that Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine will be a great president for Hood.

Volpe said, “I will cheer her on, but I will not be looking over her shoulder, but I’ll always be there should she need anything. But when I’m finished, I’m finished. She’s the captain of the ship. Everyone give her an opportunity to be successful. Everyone needs to be patient and supportive. She has the right attitude and energy and heart; you can’t see that kind of thing on a resume, but you can sense it.”

Panel discusses having disabilities in school and life

By Jeanne Robinson

The Delta Alpha Pi honor society hosted their second disability panel discussion on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. to address what it is like to have a disability and teach those with disabilities.

Members of the panel included two students with disabilities, a representative from the Center of Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR) and the disability services coordinator.

There are 110 to 115 students with disabilities at Hood College that Reis, coordinator, works with, she said. Disabilities include psychological, physical and medical conditions, Reis said.

“You can’t help it [disabilities],” said CAAR representative Michelle Townsend. A lot of disabilities are hereditary. Townsend has to help people on a daily basis to feel fulfilled, she said.

Many people are misdiagnosed with having a disability, said Peggy Kolodny, an art therapy teacher and art psychotherapist at the University of Maryland. Kolodny has young twins with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and a daughter at Hood who is hearing impaired.

Children are not meant to sit down for six hours at a time, said Professor Constantinescu, Assistant Professor of Special Education. Many are diagnosed with ADD from their abundance of energy at early ages, which is too young for them to be tested, she said.

“There is a place for pity and empathy,” said Constantinescu about dealing with children with disabilities. However, that does not give teachers an excuse to “drop the bar” with the students, she said.

Life can be difficult for those who have a disability later in life, according to Eileen Rudnick, president of Delta Alpha Pi and a senior at Hood. Rudnick has a brain injury from a motor vehicle accident she was in 15 years ago. Rudnick chooses to find the positive side of her disability.

Being in the accident is the “best thing that ever happened to me,” Rudnick said. She is “blessed” for the opportunities she has now such as becoming a student, which she could not do before, she said.

Constantinescu said Rudnick’s outlook is “post-traumatic growth.” Rudnick found that her friends disappeared when she changed, and people treat her like a child, which she does not like.

Instead of dwelling on the reactions of others, Rudnick instead became a writer and a tutor, she said. She is thankful for her disability because of this, she said.

Hood “embraces students with disabilities,” according to the disability services webpage.

Maggie Thomas, senior and Art and Archeology major, said she chose Hood because of the quality of the disability services. Thomas has dyslexia and ADD, she said.

According to Thomas, not being able to see dyslexia and ADD makes the disabilities “not real” for some people. Diagnosed with dyslexia since elementary school and ADD in late middle school, Thomas said, “It’s successful to say I overcame those disabilities.”

There is a culture shift going on in how people view those with disabilities, Reis said. But, it is still not enough compared to other minorities, Constantinescu added.

Study Abroad Spotlight: Lydia Emory

Lydia Emory is a junior this year at Hood College. Last semester she studied abroad in Seville, Spain. This is an interview with her about her experience.

1) How long did it take you to get to Seville?
Well, it should have taken me only about 13 hours. However, I was unlucky and had a delayed flight in Philadelphia, which then resulted in me missing my flight from Barcelona to Seville. I had to wait for 6 hours in Barcelona for my next flight, so it took me around 24 hours to get from the United States to my home-stay in Seville!

2) What did you do there?
I took classes throughout my semester. Whenever I was not in class, I was exploring Seville as well as other cities and sites around Andalusia, in southern Spain, such as Cadiz, Granada, Ronda, and Cordoba.

3) What was the best food item you tasted there?
My favorite food I ate in Seville is something called Tortilla espanola, or Tortilla de patatas. It literally translates into potato omelet, and essentially that’s what it is! It may sound strange, but it is so delicious.  One of the best things about it is that you can add almost anything to it to make it more flavorful: spinach, tomatoes, peppers, etc. Though, just a plain one is super good too!

4) What was your favorite part about studying abroad in Seville?
My whole trip was amazing, so it is very hard to pick out a specific favorite part. However, if I had to talk about one of my favorite things, it was the beauty of Seville. The weather was always beautiful and the city is very old, so every day I would be walking past buildings that are centuries old.

5) Any advice for students planning to study abroad for a semester?
Get lost in the city/country you’re studying abroad in! The funniest and most crazy stories come about that way!

Life of an RA

Mary Milligan

The life of a resident assistant is seemingly similar to that of a typical student, however, after closer inspection, their days require additional types of responsibilities.

Other than student responsibilities like homework, classes, and various other activities, they must also attend meetings with area coordinators and duty nights. Additional responsibilities include putting work orders in, answering questions, and helping residents.

According to Alex Connor, an RA in Smith, his typical day consists of balancing his student and RA responsibilities while working against the clock. A Memorial RA, Molly Masterson said she never saves homework for duty nights because she knows it won’t get done.

The time seemed to be an unexpected commitment for both Masterson and Connor. “I definitely did not expect to have such strange hours when first putting my application in,” said Connor.

“The biggest challenge is how 24/7 this job is,” stated Masterson. “Even when you leave campus for the weekend you’re still worrying about what’s going on your floor. People expect you to be available all the time and in all honesty you kind of have to be.”

Being an RA is rewarding to those who are willing to take on the job. Phoebe Hassaine said, “The most rewarding part of the job is checking  up on someone who may have had an issue with school or a personal problem, then finding out that they are doing much better, like excelling with their schoolwork.”

Masterson said “The most rewarding part of the job is when I’m talking to a resident and we’re talking about issues, and they tell me that they come to me because I always make sense of things and make them feel better. It makes me think I’m doing a good job.”

Both Connor and Hassaine plan on continuing to be RA’s next year. Masterson is unable to because she will be studying abroad. “It’s a lot of fun, my experience has been nothing less than amazing,” said Connor.

“I love the job and have gotten to know my residents so well. I enjoy seeing them around campus and getting to be part of their lives,” expressed Hassaine.

The life of a resident assistant has its difficulties but those who do it find it rewarding.

Head to Toe: Amber George

By Tatyanna Hunter

Hood College is very diverse when it comes to fashion sense.

Some students love to wear sweatpants and sweatshirts, others prefer to dress up in business attire, some prefer bright colors and patterns, and some have a style all their own.

Today’s Head to Toe segment will feature a student who has a style all of her own, Amber George. Amber is a junior, English major and theatre minor.

When it comes to clothes, Amber says she just wears whatever she wants to.

“I never thought of how I dress. I just pick and choose from trends and styles I generally enjoy.”

Amber is wearing a loose-fitting, black and white striped shirt with an oversized, denim, button-up shirt on top. She is also wearing dark gray skinny jeans, accessorized with a light brown belt.

She pairs her outfit with light gray legwarmer socks and burgundy boots. Because of the cold weather, Amber accessorized her outfit with a gray infinity scarf and white, pom beanie hat.

If someone had to put a label on Amber’s style, they might describe it as 90s Grunge.

Think your style is unique, chic, and fashion forward? Do you want to be featured in a Head to Toe segment?

If so, contact or send a picture to tmh12@hood.edu.

Valentine’s Day: it’s not just for couples anymore

By Jeanne Robinson

While people traditionally view Valentine’s Day as a day for couples to express their love for each other, those single on the fated Feb. 14 can, and should, feel the love as well.

Sophomore José Galarza created his own Valentine’s Day tradition and bought two dozen red roses, which he handed out in Coblentz Dining Hall during supper that night, he said. Galarza spent $40 to share his love to 24 people instead of dedicating his gifts to only one person.

“I feel that Valentine’s Day represents love between everybody,” Galarza said.

It made Galarza feel good to surprise friends, strangers and the dining hall staff with the roses Saturday, he said. He got the idea because he thinks that if someone gave him a rose it would “be nice,” and that everyone should enjoy spreading love, Galarza said.

Some students used the night to relax, such as senior Sam Lopez. He and his brother had nothing going on, so they stayed in their dorm room and played video games for a “brothers’ night,” Lopez said. Theirs was a celebration of familial love.

Daniela Amezquita, freshman, and her friends contributed to the millions of dollars “50 Shades of Grey” earned on Valentine’s Day. They spent an average girls’ day that included mall shopping, eating Chinese food and ending the day with the movie, she said.

Though Amezquita did not want to see “50 Shades,” her friends outnumbered her, she said. Afterwards, the girls discussed how the movie is “antifeminist” and “objectifies women,” Amezquita said.

Amezquita has never spent Valentine’s Day with anyone before, she said. While she spent the day with her friends, Amezquita and her sisters sent gifts to their mother to show their love. The day is not limited to just one’s significant other, she said.

Amezquita believes that Valentine’s Day has gotten too commercial, she said. However, she did admit that she would like to have received flowers herself, because she never has on the holiday before, she said.

In the end, Valentine’s Day is about showing others “how much you appreciate them,” Amezquita said.

Dr. Driskell Discusses Black Voting in Book Reception

By Cameron Rogers

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Hood’s library hosted a reception for the release of a book by one of its professors Tuesday night.

The book, entitled Schooling Jim Crow: The Fight for Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics, covers the struggles that the black community in Atlanta, Ga. encountered in the early 20th century. The reception for its release was held on the Library’s second floor, starting at 6 p.m.

Dr. Jay Driskell, the book’s author and a history professor at Hood, established the time period of his book by describing the discrimination and violence faced by blacks in the Jim Crow era.

Between the late 19th century and the mid-20th century, over 4700 blacks were lynched. The fear of violence from white mobs hung over black communities across America.

“In the face of this overwhelming violence,” Dr. Driskell said, “black elites tried to change the subject.”

He said that black politicians and wealthier black elites, such as Booker T. Washington, tried what he described as a “bridge discourse,” where black and white elites agreed to keep whites safe from the black working class in exchange for personal advancement and improved conditions for the working class.

However, as Dr. Driskell noted, these discourses often favored whites more than blacks, leaving black schools underfunded and lacking sections such as the 8th grade. With the arrival of the NAACP in Atlanta in 1916, the black communities in the city attempted to reverse this trend by registering people to vote.

“They turned away from the language and politics of respectability,” he said about their new strategy.

Overcoming obstacles like poll taxes and other rules designed to keep blacks from voting, over 3000 blacks were registered to vote. With this much influence, the NAACP was able to tip the scales in their favor during voting season, blocking bonds in Atlanta that plunged the city into an economic crisis.

Dr. Driskell concluded by stating that it was only until the city government agreed to fund black schools and improve black neighborhoods in 1921 that the bonds were voted in.

A Q&A session was held between 6:35 and 7 p.m., during which he answered questions regarding the religious communities’ roles in the voting registration, and his opinions on the issues that the black community faces today.

Measles preparation

By Jeanne Robinson

There is a measles outbreak in the United States, and the health center is prepared for anyone on campus who contracts the virus, according to the Director of Health Resources.

Hood College follows the same procedures when any communicable disease infects a student, director Teresa Cevallos said. If one shows symptoms of the measles, then they will be treated and isolated until their recovery, she said.

The closest recorded case of possible measles exposure was in Cumberland, Pa., on Jan. 28, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Any new student to Hood must file their immunization records, which include whether they have received the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, before starting school. While the MMR vaccine is not mandatory, it is recommended, Cevallos said.

If there were to be an outbreak, the entire campus would be notified, Cevallos said. With the health records on file, the center can find who has not been immunized and advise them to take extra precautions, she said.

For these types of cases, the health center takes action based on recommendations from the American College Health Association, the Frederick County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control Cevallos said.

According to an advisory from the CDC, measles is a “highly contagious, acute viral illness which can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death.” Transmission of the virus occurs through coughing and sneezing.

While symptoms are bad, most people recover from the disease without any long-term effects, Cevallos said.

The measles virus has been eliminated from the United States since 2000. However, cases still occur with travelers from areas where it is present coming into the country.

The majority of the current cases have been linked to the initial outbreak at Disneyland in January, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Anyone who is not immunized is urged to go to their doctor or a health clinic for the vaccination. If symptoms develop, visit the health center immediately.

The health center wants to prevent students from getting ill at any time. Cevallos said, “Our focus is on keeping students well to achieve the ultimate goal: going to class and graduating on time.”

Center hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Queer Student Union holds Open House

By Cameron Rogers

Hood’s Queer Student Union held an open house and its first meeting for the spring semester on January 27.

Queer Student Union, or QSU, is a club that reaches out to the LGBT community at Hood College, and offers support to students that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The open house occurred on a Tuesday night.

Alana Thomas, a sophomore at Hood and a member of QSU, said that their goals for the spring semester are “To reach out to the LGBT community and raise awareness of problems affecting it.”

The open house lasted for approximately 45 minutes. Present at the meeting were both LGBT students and students supporting their close friends, though most of the attendees were already members of QSU.

Group activities and discussions were held, and food and drinks were provided.

Once the open house started, members and guests introduced themselves and wrote what their reason for being present was on a large sheet of paper. A discussion was held two-thirds of the way through the open house about what the group should do for Valentine’s Day.

“Hood’s a pretty open campus,” Virginia Dunkley, the group’s treasurer and a sophomore, said. “We’re trying to raise awareness for LGBT students on campus.”

Adding on to what Virginia said, Rena Levine, a sophomore and the group’s secretary, said, “The good thing about Hood is that it’s already open.”

A follow-up meeting occurred the proceeding week, with the topic of the night being slang related to the LGBT community.

Queer Student Union holds meetings every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Marx Center.

SGA Corner

The Student Government Association wants to welcome everyone back from winter break. The spring semester brings with it many exciting events and changes that we’re excited to share with you. As you walk around Whitaker, make sure to scope out SGA’s new suggestion boxes! There are 3 different suggestion boxes where you can write up a suggestion, question or concern about anything at Hood and every Friday, we will collect it. After we collect your suggestions, we will send out a campus-wide email explaining the different messages we got and telling you how SGA is going to solve or discuss them. Also make sure to check out our Career Week from February 9th to the 13th. The Career Center and SGA teamed up to create an entire week to help prepare Hood students for internships, jobs and careers after college. Monday will be dedicated to assisting first-year students, Tuesday for Sophomores, Thursday for Juniors and Friday for seniors. On Wednesday from 2 to 5, there will be a career fair. Please dress in business casual and bring a resume if you choose to attend. On Friday the 13th, we are excited to announce that we will be having an Etiquette Dinner. Spots filled up very quickly and we can’t wait to see how it goes. If you sent us an RSVP yes, we will see you there! We also want to thank everyone who came out to the three different finalist information sessions for the presidential candidate finalists as well as the final forum on the 6th to wrap up the sessions and see how they went. We’re really looking forward to everything this semester has to offer and we hope you can join us for it all!