The Unseen Heroes of Hood Athletics

The senior captain of the men’s basketball team lands awkwardly, jumping for a rebound, and his knee explodes. A women’s soccer player lies motionless of the turf after a mid-air collision with another player. It is the college athletic trainer who rushes to the scene after the first few seconds when these devastating sports injuries occur. Many fans attend the games to watch those star athletes, although the most important people are on the sidelines at every practice. And it is not the head coach.

March is National Athletic Training Month, and this year the national theme is “We Prepare-You Preform.” Athletic trainers are highly qualified and trained health care professionals. Most states have set regulations that require trainers to have national certifications through the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers. Head Athletic Trainer at Hood College, Jennie Bowker, put into words what athletic trainers do. Bowker states, “As athletic trainers, we need to prepare for any situation that might arise.”

Athletic trainers indubitably play critical roles in athletic programs. They focus on prevention, emergency care and rehabilitation of injuries so the athlete can return to play. They do not ask for any attention, but they deserve to be recognized and valued for what they do for the athletes here at Hood College. In the world of Blazer sports, there are two people that are vital to the athlete’s survival: the athlete and the athletic trainers. They are the ones who help heal every injury and stretch tight muscles. Without athletic trainers, teams would not be able to function. Without their preparation, student athletes would not be able to perform.

More than half of SGA Exec to graduate

By Meg DePanise

The Student Government Association (SGA) is positioned to lose more than half of its executive board members with the graduation of the class of 2015.

For SGA, the loss of nine of the 13 executive positions means two things; members of the senate will have to fill larger roles and consequently, efforts to reload the student senate this spring and next fall will be a priority.

“We have three or four members of SGA exec who have been in SGA in some capacity since freshmen year,” President Tim Hulyk ’15 said.  “This group is very committed to the things they are involved in so SGA won’t be the only organization hit hard by this year’s graduation I would imagine.”

Executive board members agree that SGA has many senators who are eager to step up and serve in executive positions.

“This year has been a big development year with senate, as many of the senators were new so we’ve really focused on training senators.” Development Chair Molly Masterson ’17 said. “We need senators who are willing to put forth that extra push and run for the executive positions.”

Many SGA members are looking forward to seeing what fresh leadership will bring. “Those of us remaining on the Executive Board are excited to have new colleagues to collaborate and share our experiences with,” Campus Facilities Chair Allen Paxton ’16 said.

Hulyk said that he isn’t worried about the transition ahead and he knows the organization will be left in capable hands. SGA members also hope to see new people getting involved with the organization.

“As far as structural changes, I don’t think the structure will change a lot, but we could see a smaller, more efficient student senate next year,” Hulyk said. “The problem Hood is facing at the moment is that a lot of organizations are represented by the same underclass population.”

According to Hulyk, some projects that will continue into next year are replacing shower heads in the dorms and improving student outreach.

“I’d like to see them keep the traditional events alive and well, like Alison has been doing so amazingly this year,” Campus Services Chair Keegan Woche ’15 said. “I’d also like to see them continuing to reach out to the community and represent our school in an approachable, professional way”

Paxton said that he hopes SGA will be influential in guiding the Hood community through the College’s transition in leadership. “I’m sure President Chapedelaine will actively be looking for students’ insights and opinions, and I think SGA is a great vehicle for that,” he said.

House Forum Chair T’Mera Mitchell ’15 noted that it is the “dedication from each individual that gives SGA strength and productivity” rather than members’ class rank. “I am confident that the members who sit on exec in the coming years will not lose sight of what has been laid down as a foundation to continue serving the students at Hood.”

Mitchell continued: “There is always concern when experienced members graduate, but we were able to get this far year after year and the progress will not stop with the graduating class of 2015.”

Spotlight on Chapdelaine

By Mary Milligan

Chapdelaine was drawn to Hood by its strong reputation, success and history, and after being nominated for the position, she felt that it was a good fit.

While her own educational background is in state schools, she began teaching at a liberal arts school during her graduate education and “fell in love with it.” She saw that the liberal arts education provided the ability to teach across the board.

Her current role as provost at Albright College unfavorably limits her interaction with the students. However, the shift to her role as president at Hood will improve her ability to interact with students more frequently. Chapdelaine sees a strong community at Hood and looks forward to being a part of it.

She is excited to build on the strengths that Hood has already established. Chapdelaine wants to serve Hood in her role as president and better suit student needs.

When Chapdelaine first met with students at Hood, she proposed the idea of open office hours. After further discussion, she said that they would not be weekly due to her busy travel schedule, but she hopes for some way for students to have access to her on a regular basis.

Chapdelaine sees a tremendous opportunity to serve the surrounding community as well as providing the students a holistic approach to learning. “Hood has an incredible reputation, and we can do even better,” she said.

She hopes to work on a master plan for the future of Hood. This includes renovations to the residence halls and raising money. Chapdelaine would also like to continue to grow the international program here and increase the number of international students.

Chapdelaine would like students to choose how she is involved on campus. She loves sports, musical theater, and looks forward to celebrating the success of students outside the classroom, but would like student input about what she attends. She considers herself to be very social and looks forward to student interaction.

The traditions that Hood holds close are something that she found very admirable, like the Ring Ceremony and Policies for Dollars. Chapdelaine believes that traditions are representations of the strength of the community. She even started a midnight finals breakfast at Albright and is happy to see that it is also a tradition here.

She is excited for the change in the commute and living on campus. Chapdelaine looks forward to the close proximity to downtown Frederick as well as the close commute to Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

Although she looks forward to her changing role from provost to president, she will miss the students, faculty and staff at Albright. Her position there allowed her to grow professionally and learn a lot.

Chapdelaine is really excited for the change from provost to president. Although she is a bit nervous for the role, she is confident that she can do the job.

SGA Corner

Student Government Association is springing forward into a blossoming of activities and events. We hope that everyone had a blast at the Margaret Hood Masquerade Ball. On Sunday, March 29, SGA will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt which is open to the campus and local community. It will be a fun-filled day of egg hunts for children of all ages, as well as plenty of fun activities and crafts. After the hunt, students can look forward to Give Your Heart to Hood Day in April. After the Crab Feast, join SGA by the pergola to plant flowers and give back to your campus in the warm spring weather. The semester will culminate with elections for all class councils and the Student Government Association senate and executive board. SGA is excited to wrap up the school year with plenty of fun spring splendor!!

Students volunteer locally in Alternative Spring Break program

Rather than go home or travel somewhere warm for spring break, students volunteered alongside faculty and staff for five days in Hood’s “Know Your Neighbors” Alternative Spring Break program.

Each day took the eight students to different locations in and around Frederick where they worked and learned the missions of the organizations.

The Rev. Beth O’Malley, Dean of the Chapel, lead the group for the week. Different professors and staff members spent time with the students at the organizations as well.

On Monday, the group started the week by working with the Rock Creek Conservancy in Rockville, Md. Members of Biology Professor April Boulton’s class joined for the day.

With instruction from members of the conservancy, the students tackled the invasive English Ivy in a section of trees behind a neighborhood.

English Ivy strangles and kills trees by growing into their bark and robbing the nutrients. When the trees die, there are less roots to hold together the soil and erosion pollutes nearby waterways, said ASB participant freshman Michelle Shedd, environmental science and policy major.

Invasive species become a problem because when introduced, “they have no natural predators in the new found area,” Shedd said.

To kill the ivy, the students cut out sections near the ground and around shoulder height. Then they pulled out the ivy’s roots around the tree to make it harder for the ivy to grow back. When the ivy dies, the tree can breathe easier and continue a healthy lifecycle.

The group saved more than 100 trees from the ivy in one day of work.

After cutting the ivy, the group split into two. Half of the team went into the neighborhood to leave door hangers instructing the residents of how to remove the English Ivy in their backyards. Other students picked up trash in the area.

Working with the Rock Creek Conservancy “sent a message of how we need to focus on important issues like invasive species,” said sophomore José Galarza. Members of the group said that for the rest of the week they noticed for the first time everywhere that English Ivy was taking over trees.

Still sore from pulling ivy, the group went to New Windsor, Md., Tuesday to visit the Brethren Service Center and SERRV International.

Run by the Church of the Brethren, the service center provides both domestic and international disaster relief. The students repackaged donated kits to prepare boxes for shipment for the next area in need. Types of kits included health kits with towels and soap, school kits in drawstring bags and kits for those with newborn babies.

Across the street from the service center lies the current location for SERRV, a fair trade organization that provides artists in third world countries with the resources to practice their craft. The artists are paid a portion upfront to buy more materials and to support their families, and receive more after their products are sold in the United States.

The main work for volunteers is to prepare the products for travel around the country after they are imported. The group inspected a shipment of handmade elephant-shaped boxes from Indonesia, and repackaged them to be ready for orders.

The members learned in a talk about the history of the organization that SERRV started as a program of the Church of the Brethren.

It was different for the students to help with an international problem while working in a local area.

“I didn’t feel as much of a connection at SERRV,” Galarza admitted. It did not have as much of an impact on him as dealing with issues closer to home, he said.

Those who worked with the service center felt more connected to the service while packaging the kits because they could be sent anywhere, or stay to aid people in Maryland.

Wednesday served as a rest day for the volunteers at The Samaritan Women in Baltimore.

Due to the ground conditions from the previous snow, the students were not able to create a garden as planned. Instead, they learned about human trafficking and how The Samaritan Women helps female victims.

Many of the students knew little about human trafficking before visiting The Samaritan Women.

Sophomore Shanayah Braithwaite, returning ASB participant, admitted she did not realize human trafficking happened in the United States. “I thought it was more in third world countries,” she said.

The students learned that Atlanta is the leading city for human trafficking in the United States, and is ranked number four in the world. In general, women are trafficked for sexual exploitation and men for manual labor, according to the presentation.

Human trafficking is a major problem in Baltimore as well, and can be as close to home as Frederick. The employee urged the students to start living with more observant eyes and report any suspicions they may have of someone being forced to work against their will or without the required compensation.

Thursday presented the most local issue when the students worked at the Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) downtown and helped the hungry in Frederick for the day.

Half of the group worked in the food bank and organized donations; the other half worked in the soup kitchen and prepared supper to distribute. The group reunited in the evening to serve the meal together to the community. The soup kitchen works with no questions asked, and anyone is welcome to eat.

The FCAA was a very memorable day for the volunteers. Some shared that working in Frederick made them feel there was more of a purpose to their work. It was nice to see the results of the work they did, Braithwaite said.

Braithwaite shared that her family had to go once without food, but it was different to see how people experience hunger every day.

“A lot of people help my family, and it’s nice to return that,” Braithwaite said. She added, “We get to see what we take for granted,” such as food and clothing.

Galarza said he would go back to FCAA on his own to work in the soup kitchen because it is close. The day embodied the message of “know your neighbors.”

“I thought it [FCAA] connected us the most directly with our community. I liked being able to see and connect with the people I was helping,” Shedd said.

The students stayed close on Friday to conclude the week in Thurmont, Md., at the Frederick County 4H Therapeutic Riding Program. They cleaned tack and equipment at the center before meeting and grooming a few horses. After grooming, they practiced leading the horses as volunteers do in the program.

The riding program is open to people with disabilities including physical, mental and learning. Riding horses helps the students of all ages with balance and focus, the students learned.

Some had never heard of therapeutic riding before working at the center, including Galarza, he said. The organizations of the week were new to many who volunteered. Rock Creek Conservancy and The Samaritan Women were added new for this year’s program.

The ASB allowed the students to do something more with their spring break than they would most likely have done otherwise at home. There is room for many other people to join in the future.

“I think that more people don’t do it because spring break is often seen as a time of self-recovery, to think about oneself and get away from work and school. Most college students aren’t looking for what could be seen as work in a time where many need a much deserved break,” Shedd said.

If a student does not want to spend the entire week volunteering, they can participate for as much as they can. Braithwaite, Galarza and Shedd shared they wish to stay next year as well to volunteer.

“It’s college, and it’s really the only chance to do something like that,” Galarza stated.


Head to Toe: Lance Brown

1) How would you describe your style?
My style is best described as a risk taker. I am my own character and I am not afraid to try something new. Most people would look at items and say “that’s nice, but I can’t wear that” while I take the challenge and create an image out of it.

2) What is your favorite article of clothing?
Any kind of clothing for my torso is a favorite of mine. Most [people] recognize your upper body before they do the lower.

3) What inspires your clothing/style choices?
Being from New York City makes it a competition between everybody in fashion. But, I inspire my own style to be honest. I just like thinking out of the box and creating new images for myself. My style represents a clash of my personality and likes.

4) Who is your fashion role model?
If I had to choose one person who inspires me fashion wise, it would be Kanye West. Also Chris Brown and Pharrell.

5) When asked if he had any other fashion information to add, Lance said: “I don’t like Zumiez”

Outfit for today:

A grey and white striped cardigan paired with a gray shirt with green, cartoon astronaut head on it. For his pants, he is wearing a pair of dark green jeans. To finish off his ensemble, he is wearing fashionable, white and gray sneakers. He accessorized this outfit with a green man-bag, decorated with horses of varying colors.

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Hood Professor Discusses Women, Architecture in Book Reception

By Cameron Rogers

Hood College professor Dr. Purnima Bhatt held a reception for her latest book on Tuesday, marking both the release of her third book and the conclusion of her last year teaching at the college.

The book is entitled Her Space, Her Story and it focuses on the relationship between women, water, religion and architecture in India, all through the common motif of stepwells.
Unlike most wells, stepwells have ornately-designed staircases that allow people to walk into their recesses for water. Like many other Indian designs, the walls of stepwells are adorned with images of gods and goddesses.

The reception began at 12:30 p.m. with light refreshments and an opening speech by Dr. Kiran Chadda, the head of Hood’s multicultural affairs office.

“Dr. Bhatt does not need an introduction,” Dr. Chadda said. “She is one of our favorite professors on campus.”

Throughout the reception, Dr. Bhatt described the results of 10 years of research on the topic, during which she connected recurring themes that would arise. The most common was that of the stepwells as a “women’s space” where the disenfranchised could meet and talk about their lives.

India has been a traditionally male-dominated society, from when the stepwells were constructed thousands of years ago to today. However, stepwells provided an escape for women, right down to the female-centered artwork on its walls. In fact, nearly one-fourth were built by women.

“The art of the stepwells looks past the patriarchal designs of Hindu art,” Dr. Bhatt explained. “The feminine principle is celebrated in stepwells. This is not about the male gods of Hinduism, but the females.”

Dr. Bhatt presented a slideshow of images of stepwells while she spoke. Pictures ranged from women balancing pots on their heads on their way to wells, to the carvings on the stepwells’ walls, to the current state of the wells themselves.

In the British colonial era, the wells were closed for fear of the potentially-unsanitary water spreading disease. They fell into disuse until recent years, where women have refurbished the locations and reclaimed them as their space once more.

On the current state of the wells, Dr. Bhatt said, “The stepwells are gone. They are not being used for water any more, but women are reclaiming them.”

The presentation tied into Women’s History Month, which occurs every March. The theme of the 2015 celebration is called “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

“I think that, even though it is in the 21st century,” Dr. Chadda said, “it is important to have reminders that equality is important.”

Dr. Bhatt concluded her speech and asked for questions at 1:30 p.m., and signed copies of her book. Her two other books are a guide on African Studies in Washington, D.C., and the memoirs of her late grandmother, who introduced her to the world of stepwells.

Study Abroad Spotlight

Sarah Irvin, a junior and Elementary Education major, went on the alternative spring break trip to Haiti.
1) What was your favorite part of the trip?
My favorite part was visiting the preschoolers. We came and visited, and brought crayons and coloring paper, and they sang us a song. It was really fun.

2) How long did it take to get there?
We left Hood around 3 a.m. Saturday to get to BWI and then we got to Haiti around noon Saturday. It was a two hour drive to get to Borgne, Haiti, where the group stayed at most of the time.

3) What did you learn while you were there?
I learned about their health care and how they take care of themselves. We stayed at a hospital area the whole time. When we were on a tour they showed us around the hospital. They are updating the rooms of the hospital so that pregnant women can have C-sections. One of the biggest problems in Haiti is people not being able to make it to the hospital in time if they are pregnant or if they are ill. I also learned about the urban areas where they don’t have a lot of supplies and people can’t get to them; those areas are the ones that need the most help. We got to help with the mobile clinic, where the doctors go every Wednesday to help the people of the community because the people can’t get to the hospital.

4) What activities did you do?
We went to the library, which is now officially open because they have now received enough books to open it. They are still taking donations, but we got to see the opening of that and we got to help out at the school, and we had two people from our group, Margareta and Nick, teach the teachers about the water cycle. The rest of the group got to hang out with the children and we had coloring, pipe cleaners, and a parachute activity. We got to play with the kids while the teachers were getting taught things and that was cool. Murals were painted in the school: one about the water cycle, a multiplication table one, and the alphabet for the little kids, where the mural has the letter and an image that relates to the letter.

5) Any additional trip information you would like to add?
The area where we were was right near the beach, so it was way more calm compared to the city. Where we were was fast paced, but was more relaxing. We went and visited a lady named Rosie one day and we’ve been visiting her for a while, and she owns a farm near one of the secluded areas. Rosie showed what she was doing on the farm. Two dentists came and they do dental work so that the children can have clean teeth when they grow up.

6) What sights did you see?
We went to a cave one day and we went on a lot of hikes. You have to be very physically fit to go on these trips. The hills are really steep. One of the last days we were there, we went to the citadel where it is a really steep incline and it’s paved, but it’s like when you get there vendors flock you because they want to sell things to make money, and take you on tours.

7) Any advice you want to offer?
I would recommend this trip because it’s an eye opening experience that allows you to see different cultures and how people live, and you are able to help others who you would not be able to help from home. You can donate, of course, but seeing and helping firsthand makes it better. If I went again, I would try to learn Creole or French because it is hard to communicate.