Jillian Sokso’s exhibit, “In the Shadow of the Mountain: Recent prints inspired by the Pacific Northwest”

Jillian Sokso’s exhibit, “In the Shadow of the Mountain: Recent prints inspired by the Pacific Northwest” is influenced by biographical history and her surroundings of the Willamette Valley. 
Sokso is a visual artist working and living in northwest Oregon. She is a Philadelphia native where she studied printmaking at Moore college of Art and Design and the University of Delaware. 
Sokso exhibit will be shown at Whitaker Campus Center Gallery until Oct. 15.
Photo by Sanra Garcia. Pictured right is a student looking at Jillian Sokso’s exhibit.

 

The Great Frederick Fair

The Great Frederick Fair came to town and many students and people from the Frederick area attended the fair. Between the great food, exciting rides and games, and the animals, many students had fun spending the night or many nights at the fair. The fair was running from September 18 – September 26.
Photos By Sandra Garcia

SGA September Update

 

SGA Public Relations Committee

The Student Government Association is excited to hit the ground running for the fall 2015 semester. SGA kicked off the semester by hosting its fall elections to round out the complete group of senators, executive board and class councils for the 2015-2016 year. SGA would like to give a warm welcome to its newest senators: Benjamin Reese, Shelley Hynson, Ian Jenkins, Samantha Bailey, Meaghan Donahue, Colleen McKitrick, Britnee Reece, Kaitlyn Makers, Caitlyn-Jean Ward, Kari Betson, Gabriela Enriquez, Samantha Berry, Brielle Rozmus, Mylen Juliana Perez-Pena, Kathryn Malagari, Destani Jameson, Alexander Jarnot, Guillermo Sobalvarro, Travis Schweizer and Mareca Williams. Eric Stone was elected as the Student Life Chair and Logan Samuels was re-elected as the Public Relations Chair on the Executive Board. The Class Council of 2018 gained Whitney Onheiser as Vice-President and Brandon Fokala as Treasurer. The class of 2019’s Class Council welcomed President Jordyn Curtis, Vice-President Samuel Lister, Secretary Andrew Lewis and Treasurer Amanda Chubb. SGA hosted its fall retreat for executive board and senate members to vote on policy for the year, become versed in Parliamentary Procedure, break the ice and learn the expectations for being a member of SGA. The Student Government’s events for the year will start with supporting the week of Civic Engagement leading up to President Chapdelaine’s Inauguration and The Heartly House’s annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The executive meetings have been underway for a few weeks, and senate will go into session at the beginning of October. We’ve got a great team this year and we’re looking forward to hearing what the student body wants and seeing what we can do to make Hood a home for everyone.

Ivan Coyote speaks at Hood College

“I am 46 years old and it breaks my heart that it took me so long,” said Ivan Coyote, spoken word performer and novelist. “I almost feel close to right. I made me. Words made me. I feel handsome, I feel strong.”

Much like most of us, it took a lifetime for the wordsmith to learn to love themselves even if what they saw on the outside was not matching what was felt on the inside. The published author of nine books began performing in 1992 and later began a performance group called “Taste This.”

On Thursday night, a large collection of students, teachers, and members of the Hood community gathered to experience the riveting performance that Coyote had prepared. Coyote quickly jumped to story after story saying, “Some people collect postcards of places they have been, I collect people.”

We all sat intensely, listening to a story about an unhappy man in an airport and a religious man on a plane. Coyote made these people sound like every day people; people we could ordinarily picture existing. The difference is, however, the unexpected crossing of paths that lead them to Coyote; a storybook then to us. Those people live on through us, as ordinary as they were; they had stories to tell.

However, Coyote’s collection of people does not discriminate between the good and bad. Every person is different, and every person receives Coyote differently. Explaining encounters between the supportive and the not so understanding, came with an array of emotions: sadness, anger, humor, confusion and many more.

“I like to think that most people don’t care at all. But some people… some people care a whole lot don’t they?” said Coyote. “They might choose to change their body language, they might choose to change their voice, they might choose to change their mind.”

Coyote understands not everyone knows how to accept, but makes it clear that changing someone’s mind about something is very unlikely to happen.

“Mostly, I just try to be personable. I try to be polite. I try not to assume anything about anyone. Kind of like Peter Pan, I have wrinkles, I have grey hair but magically I cannot grow a mustache.”

Of all the transgender struggles in the world Coyote says that men and young boys transitioning have the hardest time. Society measures them by “manliness.” It’s something that reminds Coyote of their childhood and the battle against their Mom to wear pants, or go shirtless while swimming.

However, the struggle between a mother and her child, even then Coyote says is not specific to gender identity. “I used to be mad at her for squeezing me into everything, but I grew out of it. I mistook that look for shame, and that mistake has cost us both so much. I like to think that I struggled the same as every other teenage girl.” Coyote said.

Coyote wanted us to hear an excerpt from the new performance and book they had coming out called Shouldn’t I feel pretty?

“I get these letters now. I get these letters from people who are hurting. I think people want to know they are not alone. Should I tell them the truth? Are two lost people any better off when they find each other? I can count the times on one hand when I did [feel pretty] and even then they were fleeting. My all of me always lacking a certain grace.”

As Coyote altered their body through lifting weights then top surgery, they began to feel better and more at home. Coyote concluded the performance with the response letter from the woman who didn’t know who she was anymore.

“So thank you for writing me and I hope it helps you somehow. I hope you someday wear yourself on your sleeve, on your cuff, like a medal.”

It is quickly made apparent to all that came to witness the performance, that pants or dresses all we’re really looking for is some great stories and a little self-love.

Student Athlete: Drew Demich

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1. Name: Drew Demich

2. Age: 20

3. Home location: Jefferson, Md

4. Sport: Men’s Soccer

5. Major/ Minor: Mathematics and Secondary Education

6. Position: Forward

7. What are some emotions you go through when you step on the field?

When I step on the field I feel a great sense of pride representing Hood College. I’m proud to play with my amazing teammates and in front of our great fans for this program. Being in that situation is very exciting and fun.

8. What is the first thing you do before you go out and play?

I do not actually have one thing that I do before I go out and play, I have many small things. I do not really talk about these things for superstitious reasons.

9. What are the biggest challenges you face during a game?

The biggest challenge I face during the game is fatigue. College soccer is very tiring and as a player you have to find a way push through the fatigue and keep playing hard.

10. What do you hope to see for the rest of the season?

Our team has many goals for this year. Right now we are focused on winning one game at a time, but we have our aim set for playoffs and making it as far a we can.

Any other things you like to say?

I would just like to thank my teammates and coaches. I have won a few individual awards in the past few weeks, but these individual awards would not have been possible without the effort from the whole team.

Dr. Boyle Honored in Memorial Lectures

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Dr. Boyle may have passed away earlier in 2015, but his legacy was carried on through a lecture series given by a former friend and colleague.

Starting on Aug. 25 and continuing every Tuesday night until Sept. 29, Hood College hosted the Robert Boyle Memorial Lectures in the late professor’s honor. The lecture series was the result of a collaboration between Dr. Ingrid Farreras, a professor of psychology at Hood, and Dr. Daniel Robinson, a member of Oxford University’s philosophy faculty since 1991.

In addition to his credentials from Oxford, Robinson has the title of Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, from Georgetown University, and has authored more than 40 books on psychology.

Robinson described Boyle as “a man of utter academic integrity.” He also said, “This is not someone who went into academic life for riches, status or power. He was loyal to Hood.”

The subjects of the lectures were inspired by discussions and debates that Boyle and Robinson got into over the years. Many topics were covered by the Memorial Lectures, from the influence of “luck” on human achievements, to the differences between science and scientism.

In the Sept. 22 lecture on “culture and justice,” Robinson noted that many of his discussions with Boyle would be followed up by phone calls on one or two of their points. He said that Boyle’s comments were “always thoughtful and original.”

Boyle and Robinson first met between 1996 and 1997 at the Beneficial-Hodson Library, where Robinson and his wife received library cards from Boyle. The two met again and became

close friends between 2004 and 2005, when Robinson contacted Boyle about giving courses at Hood.

Boyle worked with Robinson for much of the rest of his life, developing a close friendship in spite of their political differences.

“Bob was left-of-center, and I was right-of-center.” Robinson said. “Bob and I would draw lines, but they would be feet apart, not miles apart.”

Robinson said that he hopes audiences learns from the lectures that serious academic pursuits are relevant to the daily problems people face.

The final presentation, held on Sept. 29, was on the subject of “Life and its ‘Value.’” Initial plans for the series called for a total of 10 lectures, but the number was reduced due to scheduling conflicts with Oxford.

“He embodied the ideal college professor at a small liberal arts college dedicated to teaching undergraduates,” Robinson said.

Robinson continues to hold Boyle in high regard. He said that if he were to give Hood two million dollars to put up a building on psychology, it would be on the condition that it would be called Boyle Hall.

Suicide Prevention at Hood College

By Abbey McAlister

On Sunday, September 13, Hood College participated in the “Out of the Darkness” walk in Baker Park. The team consisted of students and faculty. According to the donor website, together, Hood College’s team of 13 members was able to raise $1,375, well over the $500 goal. The overall totals of donations for the Frederick walk consisted of over $35,000, and the walk will most likely reach its goal of $40,000 by December (when online donations close.)

The walk set out to remember those that had committed suicide and honor those coping with the tragic loss of their loved ones. The walk united the families of the lost and the supporters of prevention in the 5K (which is 3.2 miles.) In the state of Maryland, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people ages 15-24[1]. The harsh stigmas around mental health prevent the people who need help from getting the help, out of fear of being seen as less than human. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention aims to one day end suicide; not only for the 15-24 age group, but for all age groups. They also want to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Out of the Darkness walks take place all over the country. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has set a goal to reduce the suicide rate by 20% in 2020.[2]This goal comes from the significant amount of donations given to the foundation every day. The Out of the Darkness walk happens yearly at Baker Park, usually in September. For those interested in this worthy cause, come participate next year. It will truly make a difference in suicide rates and the mental health stigma.

If you or a friend is struggling help is available. Talk to a counselor, doctor, teacher, anyone or contact: 1-800-422-0009 (Maryland’s suicide prevention hotline)

For more information about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention go to their website at: http://www.afsp.org/

 

[1] “State and National Statistics.” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 2015. Accessed September 16, 2015.

[2] “Home Page.” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Accessed September 16, 2015.

International students come to Hood

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Three Korean exchange students from Seoul Women’s University (SWU) are attending Hood College for the 2015-2016 school year.

The students are Minji Kong, Youhee Kim, and Juri Kim. All three live in Shriner Hall.

Minji Kong, a senior, is majoring in English. She said she is almost fully adjusted to being at Hood, but still has a little trouble speaking and listening to English.
What Minji misses most about Korea is the food.
“I love Korean food, especially eating at night, but I can’t do that now,” Minji said.
Youhee Kim, a junior, is majoring in Business Administration. She experiences a bit of culture shock from time to time mainly because of the fact that Hood is coed and SWU is all girls.
“My RA asked me “Is it okay if boys enter the toilet?”  At that time, I pretended not to care about the problem. I was little surprised in my mind, but now I am not surprised when I see a man in Shriner,” Youhee said.
Juri Kim, a junior, is majoring in English. Thanks to the staff and faculty at Hood and friends she made, she is easily adjusting to living on campus.
What Juri and Youhee both miss the most about Korea is the fast Wi-fi and data speed.
“The internet speed in Korea is the fastest in the world, but all Koreans think the speed must be faster than that. So, I’m learning to be more patient,” Juri said in relation to Hood’s Wi-Fi.

All of the girls are loving how friendly and kind everyone is to them here.
“They always ask me “How are you?” I know that’s just the culture, but, I’m thankful for such a little kindness. That makes me smile a lot,” Youhee said.
In Korea, it is considered strange and uncommon to greet strangers and hold doors for others. In America, it’s a social norm.
When she first experienced those cultural differences, Juri said, “I was surprised at first, but now I’ve got used to that. I think those are very good cultures. I like that! “
Thanks to the friendly and welcoming environment Hood has, Minji feels realy at peace on campus.
““When I was in Korea, I always have to do something. But here, though I don’t take many classes, I feel so relaxed. I love Baker Park. People in there look so peaceful,” Minji said.

Over the Labor Day weekend the girls got the chance to visit Washington, D.C. for the first time. The trio visited the Air and Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, and the Washington Monument.

In D.C, Juri said, “I loved to do shopping and to walk in the downtown. Every building in D.C was so wonderful.”

Minji, Youhee, and Juri all miss various aspects of the Korean culture, but they are also embracing the American culture completely. They hope to travel more and also hope to make as many friends as they can while in the United States as well.
“At Hood, I’m trying to smile and be kind to other people. I’m sure that this experience will affect my characteristics positively,” Youhee said.

In the Streets 2015

Laurel Hummel and Denise Russell sit in chairs underneath a tent after the rain has subsided on Saturday afternoon. Just like many other individuals and organizations, they are here to celebrate Frederick and promote their company, Mom’s Organic Market.

Like many of us have at one point or another, they are experiencing Frederick’s annual In the Streets festival for the first time. We still remember the music, we still remember the businesses, and return for the community that embraces us with open arms.

“This is our first year here, [we are] connecting with people and talking about our mission, to protect and preserve the environment,” said Hummel. On their table, were brochures, pamphlets and other educational tools for bettering the community and the world. This business is just one of many that showed up this Saturday, rain or shine, to present themselves to the people who love Frederick.

Hood is a large part of the Frederick Community. Besides offering education to local students, Hood’s campus has become a place shared with the public for Frisbee, dog walks and other family outings. In 2014, there were over 700 more Hood students from the state of Maryland than out of state students. Although our population is ever changing, commuter’s make up a large part of the Hood community. For someone like me, who is from Maryland, but not Frederick this street festival is a representation of the kind of place I have decided to call “home” for four years.

Walking into the 7th Street entrance of the infamous street festival, I was reminded of the electric energy that this community embodies and exudes when it is brought together. Despite the weather, the streets of Downtown Frederick were populated from block to block. It was a bittersweet experience now added to the list of lasts for all other non-native Hood seniors.

Walking from block to block I saw small sections of petting zoo’s with baby goats and sheep. Restaurants had large metal tubs filled with food already prepped to fill the stomachs of new customer’s expanding their palettes and the range of places they are willing to go. Many new restaurants and businesses used In the Streets as a place to debut new locations and their own flavor within the town.

Senior Brendan O’Shaughnessy’s yearly tradition is to enter through 7th street and walk all the way to the other end. His In the Streets-favorite is, “discovering shops, businesses and eating good food.” Along the list of good food was, “Big Buck’s, it’s a Barbecue place. They might just be catering but I am definitely aware of them now.”

Downtown was transformed into categorized blocks from Carroll Creek to 7th street and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. people flooded the street and sidewalk to discover food, fun and music. The street was divided into a total of nine blocks; the Creekside Market, Sports block, Art block, History block, Health and Fitness block, Wedding and Events block, Going Green block, Public Safety block, and Kids block.

Frederick’s Celebrate Frederick along with Hood student volunteers worked and planned everything for this past Saturday in the hopes that rain or shine everything would run smoothly. On my walk down the street festival I met a woman named Nancy who works for both Celebrate Frederick and Frederick Parks and Recreation.

“We have [about] 26 event days, and this has been around a long time. We work really hard to make it a family friendly event so there’s something for everybody.” She said.

There truly is something for everyone to engage in and that is what makes it so special to Frederick. It’s a place like we’ve never imagined. Children petting animals, women and men doing pull ups on a pull-up bar, famous magnet artist signing magnets at the comic book store, Tattoo places re-opening in new locations, historical candy on display, or learning that dandelions without lawn chemicals are edible and healthy for the human body. Whatever kind of experience you are looking for Downtown, the possibilities are endless. It’s wonderful to know that despite weather, the environment that surrounds Hood’s students, has our backs and wants us to love Frederick as much as they already do.