Late Night Breakfast Holds Checkered Past

For over 30 years, Hood College’s Late Night Breakfast has served as an opportunity for students to relieve pre-exam stress and socialize over a hot meal.

Originating in 1982 as a stress-busting event, Late Night Breakfast is an annual event at Hood that takes place the Sunday night before final exams start. While the regular version of the event is held at the end of the fall semester, a Late Night Strawberry Breakfast is held at the end of the spring semester to reflect the availability of warm season fruits.

“We want students to have something warm and comforting before exams start,” Gretchen Nonemaker, Hood College’s Director of Student Engagement and Orientation, said about the event.

The first documented reference to the event was from the Dec. 9, 1982 edition of The Blue & Grey. In the Letters to the Editor section, an anonymous student from Rhode Island left a snarky comment on the event for readers.

“It would be a wonderful idea,” the letter stated, “but I think that there is enough tension created by exam week without encouraging students to pull ‘all-nighters’ with a blimpo breakfast in the middle of it…I expect it to resemble the stiffs in a morgue coming alive for a final farewell before they go down under.”

Two years later, the Breakfast became embroiled in controversy when a massive food fight broke out among students present. The food service at the time, Marriott, withdrew its support of the event and began renegotiating its contract with Hood.

Several months later, Sylvia G. Turner, the Dean of Students, wrote a letter in the Feb. 7, 1985 edition of The Blue & Grey. She strongly criticized students who took part in the food fight, and encouraged anyone with information about who started it to speak to her.

“It is a pity that the majority of Hood students, who have conducted themselves considerably at the breakfast, may lose out on future breakfasts because of the misconduct of a minority of students,” she said. “This is why we must have a full accounting now.”

Although no reports of students being punished for the breakfast have been found, Marriott relented and continued to support the event in the following years.

Marriott also underwent scrutiny from Hood administrators and students. Despite several attempts to improve sanitation and menu options, students continued to criticize the food service. For example, in the fall semester of 1999, cockroach infestations plagued Coblentz and forced dining hall officials to hire several exterminators and spray their equipment nightly.

Eventually, the college replaced Marriott with Aramark as its food service. Aramark continues to support Late Night Breakfast to this day.

From the 1980s to today, Hood’s Late Night Breakfast has served as a reprieve for exhausted students to destress and unwind with their peers. In the tense final weeks of the semester, that opportunity can be a godsend.

“It’s nice that the faculty and staff get involved,” Mary Atwell, an archivist and CDS manager at the Beneficial-Hodson Library, said. “It’s kind of a way of having them assist the students with something that gives them that stress relief, because I am sure that they are up studying late into the night before finals.”

ACL Injuries: What You Don’t Know

On Feb. 13, 2016, Sean Mayberry went up for a layup against Albright College; a move that he has executed a thousand times. But this time he hears a pop in his left knee, the unforgettable sound he has heard only one other time in his life.

The next day, Mayberry went to see Dr. Michael Bennett, assistant professor of orthopedics at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and was told that for the second time within a year he tore his ACL.

“I was devastated,” said Mayberry, junior basketball player at Stevenson University.

According to Beaumont Health Systems, there are approximately 100,000 to 200,000 ACL ruptures every year in the United States and these injuries are common for professional and recreational athletes.

After surgery it takes an athlete six to nine months to fully recover from the injury, according to Head Athletic Trainer at Hood College Jennie Bowker.

This is the second year that Mayberry would have to sit out and recover from the same injury. Is this just a coincidence or are there other factors to someone reinjuring their ACL?

“Dr. Bennett told me that my injuries might have something to do with my genetics,” said Mayberry. “My father [also] injured his ACL when he was younger while playing [basketball].”

According to a study in 2009 by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, South African researchers found that genetics can be a reason for injury and then re-injury of the ACL, and that those who had torn their ACL were four times as likely to have a blood relative who had suffered the same injury.

Even after being fully recovered, active athletes are 15 times more likely to re-injure their ACL after the first surgery, according to the American Society of Orthopedic Surgeons.

There are many ways that athletes can re-injure their ACL but one is by having complications from their first surgery.

Kai Dalce, Hood College sophomore basketball player, tore his left ACL twice in a three-year span and had two different doctors for each of his surgeries. For his second surgery he went to Dr. Bennett.

“[Dr. Bennett] told me the other doctor drilled too big of a hole in my leg, which made me more susceptible to re-injuring it,” said Dalce.

The patient can also have an effect on their recovery. If a player doesn’t take the full recovery time or doesn’t take rehabilitation seriously then they can create more injuries, according to Bowker.

Eboni Staples, junior women’s basketball player at Hood College, tore both of her right and left ACL(s) in a six-year span.

She first tore her left ACL in middle school and then she tore her right ACL during her sophomore year of college. Each of her injuries generated two different mindsets.

“In middle school, I feel I didn’t have time. I put the pressure on myself to come back. My family and coaches told me to take my time. But, no I got to get back [on the court],” said Staples.

Her surgeon Dr. John Tis, physician advisor and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at John Hopkins Medicine, said that her second injury was inevitable because her right leg was being overused.

“I learned from the first surgery if you take your time then you’ll get better results. Once you rush it you’ll have to work 10 times harder to get to where you want to be,” said Staples.

Each of these players is fully recovered from their injuries and plans to play for their respective teams this upcoming college basketball season.

Still, ACL injuries can be unpredictable even when fully healed because it is the mindset of athletes that matters in recovery. Every player must go through fear to be able to fully recover and have confidence that the body part is fully healed, according to Health Essentials.

“I just remember my coach [Darnell Hopkins] told me ‘Don’t be afraid. It’s not like you’re going to die if you miss a jump shot,’” said Dalce. “That helped me a lot.”

However, even with a great support system in place 25 to 40 percent of athletes do not return from ACL injuries, according to Dr. David Geier, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Charleston, South Carolina.

“My surgeon told me, you might want to let basketball go and hang up the shoes,” said Staples. “But, basketball is how I relieve stress and be in my own world.”

For each of these players they understand the risk involved and the rate of re-injury, but still want to play because the game means something more to them.

“I do it for the love of the game and I haven’t ever been a person to give up, so that wasn’t an option,” said Mayberry. “[And] I’m going to come back and play at my abilities.”

Hood College may secede from the Interlibrary Consortium

Hood College may be seceding from the Maryland Interlibrary Consortium (MIC) after the Dec. 1 loss of the Loyola Notre Dame library (LNDL) and the potential spring loss of Washington Adventist Library from the consortium group.

The Loyola Notre Dame library (LNDL) joined the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions library consortium on July 1, 2016. As a result, LNDL is withdrawing from MIC.

According to Tobin Peterson, the interim director of Hood’s library, due to LNDL’s exit, Washington Adventist library may leave the consortium as well because they would rather move to a newer integrated library system (ILS). According to MIC’s bylaws, all members of the consortium must use the same ILS, which is a program from 2002, and Washington Adventist wishes to upgrade to a newer system.

“Washington Adventist will stay throughout the spring semester and then come July 1, 2017, it’s just going to be Hood and Stevenson,” Peterson said.

MIC’s annual costs for Hood total to approximately $210 thousand for services including a PT systems librarian, the courier service, mutual database acquisitions, integrated library system, and incidentals.

If Washington Adventist library remains in the consortium, Hood may attempt to reduce costs by limiting the courier system between libraries. Currently, the courier runs every day, Monday through Friday, but Hood may reduce the service to Monday, Wednesday,  and Friday, meaning that rather than receiving books within a day, there may be a two day wait.

“With the three remaining schools, we’re looking at a $20 per transaction cost to get a book from one of those libraries,” Peterson said. “We can get a book through interlibrary loan (ILL) for just the cost of postage.”

For the Hood community, LNDL leaving the consortium will have a huge impact. “It’s quite a blow to MIC because Loyola is the largest library in the group, so most of the borrowing is done by them and most of the lending is done by them,” Peterson said.

“It’s going to be a very significant problem because 90 percent of what I see students doing in the way of borrowing from the consortium comes from Loyola as they have the best collection, particularly in the humanities,” Mark Sandona, the chair of the English department, said.

In 2015, students, staff, and faculty requested 932 books from Loyola compared to the 1,665 books requested in 2012. Over a 5-year period Hood has requested approximately 57% fewer items from Loyola.

Logan Samuels, copy editor and a senior a Hood who is working on a departmental honors thesis about the literary fall of Lucifer, is worried about how the changes in the library will affect her research. “I’ve been doing work since June with books from Loyola, which are due this week, on Dec 1, so I basically have to find a way to get those books again, hopefully from our consortium or through the interlibrary loan system,” Samuels said.

Candice Carrington, a junior at Hood, is a student worker at the Hood library’s circulation desk, and she has heard a lot of concerns from students checking out books from the consortium.

“A lot of students need the books to finish final papers,” Carrington said. “They need them until Dec. 5 but they have to return them by Dec. 1.”

According to Peterson, in addition to changing the due dates for all books borrowed from Loyola, any book from Loyola will be considered lost after 14 days if it is not returned. Any student who does not return a book before Dec. 15 will be charged for the book, as Hood will need to pay Loyola for the loss.

MIC was created July 16, 1997, and Hood was one of the founding members. “I can remember when we didn’t have the consortium, so we’ll go back to the time when we would have to plan a couple weeks in advance,” Sandona said.

“With the courier we get books within one day, whereas with ILL, the typical turnaround for a book is about eight days,” Peterson said. “The biggest impact on students will be that they need to plan more ahead.”

In regards to the ILL service, Samuels said: “It really depends on the individual book. I know I used ILL the other day for something from University of Maryland and I got it within two days, but I put in a request for another book two weeks ago and they’re still searching for it.”

Loyola books will still be accessible through the ILL system, and the books can be viewed through OCLC WorldCat, which is available through the Hood databases.

Samuels also expressed worry over the changes occurring within Hood’s library. The Hood library is going to be transitioning to a learning commons which may reduce the collection of books by almost 50%.

“Surveys still show that students prefer print books, but the numbers don’t show it,” Peterson said.


Students create petition to create “sanctuary” at Hood

Sanctuary campuses and cities have been popping up all over the country in light of Donald Trump’s victory, which brought the question to two Hood students: should Hood be a sanctuary campus?

Senior José Galarza and sophomore Nicole Palino worked together to develop a petition not for or against Hood becoming a sanctuary campus, but rather to spark discussion surrounding the matter. According to Galarza their main goal is to get the Hood College community to decide whether or not the campus should become a sanctuary campus or not.

The idea behind a sanctuary campus is that students who are undocumented are protected, modeled after sanctuary cities. Galarza first began to think about this after protesting with fellow interns over the summer, when the DOPA bill tied at the Supreme Court and then failed at the next lower court.

While they were not representing the organization they worked for several of the 39 intern protesters were DOCA recipients. After the results of the election Galarza began thinking about all those affected by President-Elect Trump’s 100 day plan in which he plants to terminate DOCA and defund sanctuary cities.

So far the idea of the petition has been sent to about 130 students and alumni. Galarza has been sending messages over Facebook to see how receptive students are to the petition and who would want to sign it. So far, he said that most students are ready to listen and have the discussion, there are a few that show concern but not one has given him a definite no yet.

Galarza and Palino plan to present the petition to administration after students have time to sign it. Again, they do not want to pressure students to lean either way, they just want the Hood community to start having the conversation.

“Be knowledgeable about what the petition means and just making sure that people understand the benefits and consequences of such a decision to be a sanctuary campus,” Galarza said.

Check out the petition here.

Spotlight Review

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) and The Blue and Grey will be showing “Spotlight,” the recipient of the Academy’s Best Picture Award for 2015, on Dec. 9 at 9pm in Hodson Auditorium.


“Spotlight” focuses on the 2002 Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal revealed by the investigative team, Spotlight, at the Boston Globe. It takes the best aspects of news room drama and investigative suspense to create a plot that pulls in the viewer.


Tom McCarthy, the director, had a daunting task in taking a newspaper project that spanned over many months and turning it into a 129 minute film without losing any of the important details. He chooses to focus solely on the process from conception to publication, and trusts that most viewers would be familiar with the aftermath of the revelations.


“Spotlight” provides a thrilling look into the stresses and hurdles of investigative journalism, whether it is dealing with legal difficulties, the occurrence of a national disaster, or the moral pressure that comes with challenging an institution held dear by many.


The movie deals with many sensitive details, primarily sexual abuse, but McCarthy addresses these conversations in a tactful way. The details make the viewers uncomfortable, as they should, without driving them away.


“Spotlight” proves that sometimes the best stories are those that are true.

Class Banners Hung For Restoration

Class banners that once hung in Whitaker are now being stored in Rosenstock until they can be assessed for deterioration.


During the summer, several renovations were being made to Whitaker Campus Commons. One of those renovations included painting all of the railings. In order to access the railings on the second floor, the class banners had to be removed.


When students arrived on campus for the fall semester and did not see the banners, many made the assumption that the banners had been disposed.


“It was never our intention to inform students about taking down the banners,” said Olivia White, dean of students. “After taking a closer look at the banners, we realized that some of the banners were deteriorating, so we decided to store them until we could have a conservationist look at them.”


Mary Atwell, Hood’s archivist, has been in charge of the restoration process. “I have been researching and collaborating with the Washington Conservation Guild,” Atwell said. “There are three or four banners that are going to need restoration work.”


The majority of the work needed on the banners involves patching tears in the canvas and restoring the cracking paint.


Having done research on the preservation of banners Atwell has found that the best way to store the banners is on a flat surface and not folded. “This past week I transported the banners one-by-one to a small room in Rosenstock and laid them on a flat surface.” It is also important that the banners not be exposed to sun.


Atwell does not have a background in banner preservation; therefore, she is in the process of working with an art conservationist. “In conjunction with the art conservationist we are trying to see what work can be done in house and what has to be done externally.”


Naturally, there are costs associated with hiring someone external to do the work. According to White, where the funding for the restoration comes from has yet to be decided. However, the college will pay the necessary cost.


While Atwell is in charge of looking into the preservation of the banners, the Student Government Association is going to have significant input into the matter.


The first known class banner dates back to 1985. However, they have not always been hanging in Whitaker. “The banners had been displayed for a class reunion and were never taken down making the next few years of students assume that they had traditionally always been there,” said Ellie Blaser, student government associations traditions chair and entertainment and lifestyle editor.


In order to decide whether the banners should be hung again, SGA conducted an online survey. “Students decided that we should re-hang the most recent banners and best conditioned banners. The other banners will be persevered and stored in cool conditions to keep them in great shape,” Blaser said. The preserved banners will only be brought out for reunions.


According to White, work has just begun on the Class of 2017 banner and a decision has yet to be made on where the banner will hang.

Final Foods: Stress Eating Like a Pro

Fall semester finals are nestled between two of the most food filled holidays of the year.  There are so many carbs, so much sugar, and stress…oh so much stress.   We’ve got projects and research and papers; presentations and multiple choice tests galore (in my head I was singing like The Little Mermaid).


We’ve also got munchies, yeah we’ve got munchies.  But who cares, we want more!  Sorry, I’m feeling really Disney today.


As we sit and study our last minute course materials we not only stuff our brains with information, we’re stuffing our faces with chips, and fruit snacks, and Big Macs.  Yup, Big Macs.


After polling a random selection of 8 Hood College students about their stress cravings, ok fine I polled my Video Media Production II class, the results were: McDonalds (one specified the need for a Big Mac, the other simply needing something from the chain), Panera Bread’s Mac & Cheese, bread chips (like pita or croutons, I’m confused), ice ream by the carton, bacon (mmm meat candy), cookies, and pretzels.


With snack needs so varied, it is obvious we all handle our stress differently.  Some like sweet, some like salty.  Did you notice no one said baby carrots and hummus? Yeah, me too.  Why do we reach for the junk food when we’re running last minute cram-fest gauntlet?


It could be ease of access, it could be comforting, and it could just be as random as something smelling good on campus.  Some pieces would suggest in this spot right here that maybe you grab a salad.  I’m not going to do that.


You know what you want and you know what you need.  Lettuce isn’t going to produce those good mood inducing hormones like a sliver of gourmet chocolate does.  Eat healthy when the stress has passed.


For the time being; get some rest, eat what makes you happy, and ace those finals!

Fight for Something Tour Hits the Baltimore Soundstage

On March 8, punk-rock artists Tonight Alive, and pop-punk artists Set it Off headlined the Fight for Something Tour on its stop in Maryland.

The opening bands consisted of Say We Can Fly, with their hit Darling and the Ready Set which played the classic 2010 song Love Like Woe. The pop-punk openers prepared the concert junkies for the headliners to blow the ceiling off the small venue in the city, and Tonight Alive and Set it Off did not disappoint.

Tonight Alive, a band from Sydney, Australia is all about empowering their listeners. The band consists of lead singer Jenna McDougall, lead guitarist Whakaio Taahi, rhythm guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cam Adler and drummer Matt Best. On March 4, the band released Limitless, their 3rd full length album. The bands other albums include The Other Side and What Are You so Scared of? Tonight Alive is a band that puts what it is like to be a teenager into song; their lyrics capture the struggles of young adults. They’re relatable and that’s one of the reasons their popularity in the U.S. is growing.

Set it Off, is a band based out of Tampa Bay, Florida consisting of lead singer Cody Carson, lead guitarist Dan Clermont, drummer Maxx Danziger, and bassist Zach Dewall. Their latest album Duality was released last spring but they have just finished recording their next album, so be on the lookout for new tunes by them. Notable songs from the album include Ancient History, Why Worry?, and Tomorrow. Like Tonight Alive, Set it Off is about building yourself up rather than tearing yourself down. Their lyrics speak to the hearts of many teens who listen to them, including myself, some of their themes in songs include, break-ups, anxiety, bullying, and letting go of toxic people in your life. Cody Carson, the lead singer, is an excellent

performer. He is very animated when he sings his lyrics and is very interactive with the crowd, even crowd surfing a couple of times during their set.

The Fight for Something Tour was a great tour because the bands complement each other so well. The bands have similar messages to their listeners and they are constantly thanking their fans for all of their support as the rise the punk ranks. Their music inspires young adults to be themselves and that they have a purpose in life.

If you’re looking for some new music to listen to, Tonight Alive and Set it Off are two great bands. If you like their music, I strongly recommend you go see them, you won’t regret it.

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