Professors Depart Hood

As the seniors get ready to graduate, a few professors prepare to leave Hood at the end of the academic year as well.

Two professors who are leaving Hood started full time in 2012, the same year that this graduating class began at Hood as well.

One of these professors is Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Michael Coon. Coon originally came to Hood because of the community vibe.

Coon said, “From my first visit to campus I felt welcome and at home.”

During his time at Hood he has made several friends, making his decision hard to leave. He is headed to be the assistant professor of economics at the University of Tampa.

Another departing professor is Assistant Professor of Accounting and Management Dr. Glen Weaver. Unlike Coon, Weaver will be retiring.

Weaver started at Hood as an adjunct professor while working as a banker in 2000. He continued as an adjunct until 2012 when he went full time.

Weaver pointed out how Hood was a warmer environment compared to other institutions that he was used to. He said that he has great colleagues, and it is a beautiful place to teach.

Weaver had always wanted to go into academia and saw an ad in the Frederick News Post and decided to apply. Weaver loves education and plans on eventually returning after a break.

Both professors said that they enjoyed the students the most at Hood.

Coon said, “I will get to see students graduate who were in my class the first semester I was here and have taken several classes with me along the way.”

Along with that, Weaver said, Hood stands out to him because of the students. He pointed out that he always has good conversations and discussions, they “well surpassed expectations.”

Farewell to Class of 2016

This is it, the end of the beginning for many graduating seniors. The day dreams which students in fancy form will soon fade before reality. They are off to take the skills and lessons they have absorbed here at Hood and apply them to ‘real life.’

Graduation from Hood College is both a big thing and a small thing in our lives. It all depends upon the attitude and thought you give it. With graduation is the end of all that went with college life — the students, the parties, the fun. Even with aspiring and hopeful thoughts for the future, the life ahead to many students is a terrifying and ambiguous prospect. This idea usually leads to a sad and tearful departure.

It’s easy to identify with these fears, though. In spite of everything, I suppose it’s natural for all of us to feel that way at some time or other. Our college years are, indeed, full of new, rich and joyful experiences — though to say it’s an easy journey would be a gross, untruth. For most students, college plays such an important role in defining who they are.

There were good times, ideal moments; there were moments of worry, anxiety and lack of self-confidence. As graduation draws nearer. It all gets rolled up into one memorable experience — and experience is hard to part with. Perhaps, in the years to come, it will be as tough for the rest of us, as it will be for the seniors.

Give graduation monumental importance if you want, but don’t be sad about it. Certainly college was a superb part of life that’s over now, but the life ahead can be just as magnificent. College was once something new — a trail of adventure — and you got through it pretty well didn’t you? (Perhaps some of us had better wait until after finals.) Let it be the same for what’s ahead.

And anyway — though you’ll never re-live these years at Hood College again — you’re not really going to be separated from it. You’ll always have it in wonderful memories. You’ll feel it in your person — your character, your attitude, your philosophy of life. We at the Blue and Grey bid you a happy and a pleasant graduation and wish you the best of luck in whatever you undertake to accomplish in your futures.

The Final Mark of the Senior Athletes

As their time at Hood College comes to an end, it can be seen that their time has been well spent over the past four years.

The class of 2016 was the first class to face competition within the Middle Atlantic Commonwealth Conference. There are 43 senior athletes who have competed for the Blazers throughout their time at Hood.

The class is made up of four multi-sport athletes, two student-assistant coaches, and the first baseball players to be recruited for the new premiere Hood College baseball team. There are several organizations whose presidents are student-athletes, such as the Student Government Association, SAAC/SPURS, and Mortar Board.

On Sunday, April 24, eight of the senior athletes were presented with athletic department awards. Two senior athletes were also presented with the White Blazer award.

The Kim Servedio Award is given in honor of a former women’s soccer player and honor student, Kim Servedio, who passed away tragically in 1998. The award is given to both a male and a female student-athlete who best exemplifies Servedio’s characteristics of sincerity, selflessness, and optimism.

The winners of this award were field hockey player, Alysa Billeter, and baseball player, Nat Puryear.

The Dean’s Award is presented to a male and a female student-athlete who has shown an unparalleled commitment to the student body through involvement in extra-curricular activities and has demonstrated outstanding service to the Hood College Athletic Department. This award was presented to women’s soccer player, Kathryn Bailey, and men’s soccer player, Danny Battle.

The President’s Award is given to a male and a female student-athlete who has distinguished themselves throughout their Hood College careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service, and leadership. This award was given to volleyball player, Brenna Elizondo, and men’s track and tennis player, Joshua Sexton.

The Most Outstanding Student-Athlete Award is presented to a male and a female student-athlete who has demonstrated exemplary athletic prowess throughout their athletic careers at Hood College. This particular award was given to softball player, Ashley Fourcade, and men’s basketball player, Davon Hill.

The final award is the White Blazer Award, which was presented to volleyball player, Brenna Elizondo, and men’s lacrosse player, Jared Bileski.

Student Loan Debt Affects Millennials

Many of the statistics connected with student loan debt are eye-opening.

According to some estimates, Maryland’s college graduates leave school with the highest debt load in the country. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, 82 percent of students earning an undergraduate degree from Hood College in 2014 left school with debt, with an average amount of $31,229.

For the first time in history, Americans owe more in student loans debt than credit card or car loan debt. According to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Education, in 2012 there was about $864 billion in federal student loan debt and about $150 billion in private student loan debt in the United States.

It appears that the current generation of millennials is the furthest from achieving the American dream. Students are prolonging buying cars and homes, getting married, and having children, and part of their stress is surely due to the rising cost of higher education.

But looking at the big picture, is this cause for concern?

For many, the answer is yes. Student loan debt is compromising the future of the middle class and negatively impacts the economy, because people often stretch out their repayment period to twenty or thirty years.

Graduating with huge amounts of debt means that these students will face tougher economic challenges than those who did not take out loans to pay for their education. With large portions of graduates’ income going to student loan payments, a college education has the opposite of its intended effect and only widens the gap between social classes. Instead of starting businesses, putting money back into their communities, buying homes, and buying cars, millennials are bogged down with debt from student loans that affect their financial decisions.

Of course, college is about more than just getting a job and making money. It’s about acquiring knowledge, the path to self-discovery, and one’s first emergence in the adult world. However, a college education should make a positive impact on an individual’s net worth, not put them in the poorhouse.

With the odds stacked against them, students need to make the commitment to education with their eyes wide open and make sure they understand the full costs and the risks and rewards that lie before them.

Post-College Gourmet Recipes: Ramen Edition

For many seniors here at Hood College, graduation means the start of a new beginning – a life on your own, or at least the first steps towards that. Whether you have lived in the dorms all four years or spent some time off campus, graduation means a major change in more ways than one.

For those seniors who have spent all or most of their college career living in the dorms, graduation also means a change in one of the biggest aspects of everyone lives: food. While the dining hall and take-out may vary in quality, it’s still nice not having to prepare your own food, which can be expensive and hard to make. While Ramen Noodles are often seen as a popular staple of college life, with a little time and effort they can be made into something amazing – and, it is important to note, cheap. Here are some great Ramen recipes to help graduates eat on a budget.

Chicken Noodle Soup:

Often it can be hard to properly take care of ourselves when we are sick. I know that I usually try to ignore my sickness for as long as possible. With the easy recipe, you’ll be able to make yourself a good, warm meal that will help you feel better and taste delicious!

What you need: cooked chicken, cabbage, carrots, and ramen noodles cooked for 3-minutes in boiled water.

Sirloin-Snap Pea Stir-fry

This can be a delicious dish for anyone who enjoys stir-fry and not spending a lot of money (so I’m thinking quite a few of us). It’s a tasty mixture that can be as flavorful as you want – had the spices and meat that you want! Top it off with snap-peas to make it perfect!

What you need: thin slices of beef, scallions, garlic, and ginger, and beef broth and soy sauce for the sauce. And of course, snap-peas!

Chicken Salad

Sometimes you want to eat a little healthy, or at least pretend to! With this salad recipe, you can easily have protein, greens, and of course everyone’s favorite noodle – Ramen! It’s quick and easy and won’t put a hole in your wallet, while also being super yummy and great for any occasion. (Just maybe don’t mention that it’s made with Ramen… people might get judgmental, let’s be honest).

What you need: toasted Ramen, chicken, lettuce, almonds, and spices.

Plain

Last but not least, we can’t forget the joy out of having your Ramen plain – but this I mean without everything. No spices, no vegetables, not even any hot water! Sometimes in life we get tired and lazy and don’t feel like doing anything, even taking the time to cook a little Ramen Noodles or ordering a pizza. If that is ever the case, just know that Ramen is edible and tasty if it is completely plain and uncooked (kind of like a cracker)! So when worst comes to worst, you’ve at least got that!

What you need: Ramen… and literally nothing else.

For those of you graduating soon, I’m sure the world probably looks like a scary place (hopefully it doesn’t), and that you have got a lot on your mind. It’s important to always know that no matter wat happens, Ramen Noodles will always have your back!

Emory Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

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Photo courtesy of Lydia Emory

Contributing Writer

Lydia Emory, a senior at Hood College, was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship, a grant that enables her to spend time in a foreign country of her choice.

All “Fulbrighters,” a common slang for award winners, share a strong academic background, exhibit great leadership potential, and possess a passion for increasing cultural acceptance and understanding between different nations.

Emory will be teaching and assisting with English in a Spanish classroom in Madrid, Spain’s targeted Fulbright area. Tackling a double major in Spanish and Global Studies has prepared Emory for this endeavor.

Emory is familiar with the idea of travel. She has already spent a semester in Seville, Spain, a month in Seoul, South Korea and has ventured to various other locations.

Lydia Emory chose Spain because of how enamored she became with the country during a previous visit. However, her participation in the Fulbright program will differ greatly from her prior study abroad experience.

Emory will undertake more responsibilities with her job abroad. She will not have a host family as housing is covered by the grant, so she must assimilate into the culture and ways of life without guidance.

She must also obtain her own Spanish bank account and mobile carrier, allowing her to demonstrate the independent skills that she has  acquired through years of work.

Despite Emory’s thrill to return to Spain, she is also aware of the many challenges she will face in teaching high school aged students not much younger than herself. Emory looks forward to the challenge of gaining the respect of her students during her journey abroad.

Emory urges young students to look into the Fulbright program as she said they can just as easily reach such accomplishments like her own. Emory will be representing the United States for a highly accredited program at only twenty-two years old and will be the first Hood student since 2007, as well as one of eleven from all of Hood College history, to receive this honor.

Fellow senior and friend, Ian Jenkins, said: “Lydia represents a part of the college community that isn’t very much represented. She advocates for both local and international students and is a shining beacon for change and influence to international studies. She is an intelligent individual and dedicates her life to her studies and goals while managing to balance her social life, friends, and family.”

Emory will return to the United Stated after June of 2017. At that time, she is eligible to reapply for another Fulbright grant.

Emory’s Fulbright scholar title could provide exposure for future career opportunities.