VIDEO: Hood College 125th Opening Ceremony

Hood College’s #1 newspaper went on the move to cover the kickoff celebration of Hood’s 125th celebration events. In addition to revealing a plaque at Winchester Hall, the original birth place of Hood College, president Andrea Chapdelaine announced that September 12th has been officially dubbed Hood College day in the county of Frederick.

New Broadcast Studio Allows Students “Real World” Experience

By Christie Wisniewski

Anyone with an interest in broadcasting, video, cameras, journalism, or communications in general can rejoice. Hood College finally has implemented a broadcasting studio to be used by its students, and it’s available this semester.
The top floor of Rosenstock is mostly home to CAAR and a few classrooms, but now it holds what could be the next driving force of the Communications program: the Hood College Broadcasting Studio. The room contains an anchor desk on one side and a glass-enclosed control room with a variety of equipment. Ideally, students will be able to hold different roles including anchor, camera operator, director, producer, and equipment operator.

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Professor Tim Jacobsen, who teaches classes such as Visual Media Production and Digital Photo, helped with the functionality and requirements of the studio and plans to be a large part of it.
“There wasn’t really one person doing one specific thing,” said Jacobsen. “There were a bunch of us kind of collaborating over how to put all of this together.”
Jacobsen added that Jeff Welsh, instructional technologist at Hood, did much of the work in finding the three studio-quality HD cameras that will be used. The cameras, made by an Australian company called Blackmagic, are high-tech and offer students experience using technology similar to what is used in bigger studios.
“They’re not exactly low-cost, but they’re not hugely expensive,” he said. “They’re cameras for video podcast kind of stuff. I think they’re going to be very valuable to us. “
Students will be able to operate the cameras on their own, but if a smaller team is using the studio they can choose to operate the cameras remotely. Every camera will be set up on a tripod.
Students taking Visual Media Production II will be the main operators of the studio for the first year. This way, more experienced students can operate the equipment and give suggestions on how to make the studio even more beneficial for others in the following semesters.
The studio needs to be staffed full time in order to operate. Jacobsen will be there in between classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and his Visual Media Production II class will often be in the studio during the afternoon of those same days.
Natalie Kendall, a senior, is scheduled to take Visual Media Production II this fall. When signing up for the class, she wasn’t aware that much of it would be spent in the new studio, but says she thinks it could be fun.
“It’s definitely not what I thought we’d be doing,” she admitted. “But it will be a new experience which will be nice.”
“Students will be the driving force creatively,” Jacobsen said. “[Students] will be the ones coming up with what programs to do, [students] will be the ones writing the scripts. A lot of the first year will be teaching [students] how to use the equipment. That’s going to be a big thing because we’ve never done it before. It could take three or four classes or it could take half a semester. It’s a learning curve.”
Jacobsen says that a large benefit of the studio is that students will be able to add different skill sets to their resumes, which makes applicants more marketable. Any communication major recognizes that companies prefer to hire journalists and writers with diverse talents: people who are able to tell a story not only through words but visually through design or video.
The studio will allow students who missed a guest speaker or gallery talk to watch it on the studio’s YouTube channel.
“This first semester is going to be a big experiment,” Jacobsen said.
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Tim Sylvia, a Hood junior, CMA major, and occasional host of Blazer Radio, is elated to have a broadcasting studio for his use at Hood.

“I’m a huge fan of the new broadcast studio,” he said excitedly. “It’s something that I’ve wanted for the [communications] program since I got to Hood. Most importantly, I feel that it adds an element of legitimacy to the CMA program, which is huge because hood obviously isn’t a CMA focused school. I’m excited to use it until I abuse and overstay my welcome and am banned.”

From the Desk of the Editor

by Maya Douglas

I’m super excited to be introducing myself as the Editor-in-Chief of The Blue and Grey for the 2017-2018 school year. I’m positive this will be a monumental year for the newspaper and Hood College, in general.
In addition to having the pleasure of serving as the EIC for the paper, I’m a senior this year and plan to be graduating this upcoming May with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and minors in Non-Profit Studies and African American Studies. I have been on the Blue and Grey staff since my freshman year in the positions of staff writer, distribution manager and web editor.
I have some really innovative ideas for how to make the paper better for faculty, alumni and most of all the STUDENTS. This is your paper, your voice and your college. A student newspaper should serve as one the most important channels of communication on a campus, especially a campus as tight knit as Hood.
This year I want to focus on a host of goals, but at the top my list is participation. This is not just an activity or hobby for communication students. We welcome a variety of majors from computerscience to religion. The Blue and Grey is place for anyone who wants to be heard.
Tell us what you care about and what you want to read about, it’s the only way we can cater to your concerns.
As young people, it can be very easy to become complacent in our position at this institution. I know there are many times throughout your years here that you may feel ignored or unappreciated for the work you’ve done at the college. The Blue and Grey is here to boost you up, in any way we can. Contact us to cover the super cool event your club is having, or to voice an opinion you feel is being suppressed. We are here to listen and report to the students.
I’m calling for animators, statisticians, columnists and more. There is an infinite amount of opportunities at The Blue and Grey.
I vow to increase the presence of the publication on campus and I absolutely welcome suggestions on how we can do it.
Regardless if you join the paper or not (even though I hope you do) I urge all students to try to get involved on campus, no matter what stage you are at your college career. It makes a such a significant difference in your experience. So, this is my message to you to find something you are passionate about, practice it and cultivate it. Academics should always be your priority but it is very important to find healthy hobbies. If it is not already on campus, create it.
Here’s to a wonderful and productive school year!

A Girl Abroad: Off to Australia

By Nailah Russell
Lifestyle Editor

Our wonderful lifestyle editor Nailah is studying abroad for the semester butthis will be her monthly travel column for the duration of her stay. The staff of the Blue and Grey dearly misses her and wishes her safe and enlightening travels.

Hello and Goodbye (for now), Hood College! ‘Tis time I depart and embark on an adventure studying abroad in Sydney, Australia.
I’ll do my best to compress my excitement for this journey into a single column, but that’s nearly impossible. I’ve wanted to travel for as long as I can remember. Before I even picked a major, I knew that whatever I decided should take me to all the world’s corners.
The opportunity to study abroad is something for which I’m incredibly thankful. As a token of my appreciation, I’ll be taking you all with me as I submit a series of columns to the Blue & Grey journaling my experiences. I’ll also keep you updated with tons of photos through Hood’s new @hoodabroad Instagram account.
I haven’t even finished packing, yet I know this is an experience I’ll never forget. My classes are all squared away, I’ve got an interview lined up for an internship to partake in, and apparently New Zealand is the hot spot everyone’s planning to hit for Spring Break!
Though things are rolling along smoothly, and everything is now a simple matter of timely preparation and patience, I hit some turbulence before being able to coast.
As many of you know, Kate Emory, our previous study abroad coordinator left after the 2016 spring semester…and has yet to be replaced.
I truly appreciate the help of the faculty and staff to organize my business, including the folks at CAPA (the organization I’ll be studying abroad through), but this process clearly demonstrated that Ms. Emory’s position is quite important to say the least.
There are a multitude of steps and documents you need to be fully accepted into the program. Transcripts, letter of conduct, letters of recommendation (multiple depending on if you plan to do an internship), the request to study away, a form for the university keeping your records, and more.
Not to mention that studying abroad is expensive. Fortunately, CAPA allows you to apply the financial aid you receive at your home institution to pay for tuition at your school abroad. They also have some really neat things like Early Bird discounts, and because they’re partnered with Hood, there’s an added discount.
But it’s still expensive! And ya girl was scrambling for more financial aid.
CAPA has some scholarships you can apply for, but I heavily encourage looking for other outside scholarships to go abroad early. The Benjamin A Gilman scholarship is a biggie. If you’re involved with any honors organizations, check to see if they have study abroad scholarships. Phi Kappa Phi members…in case you didn’t know, I’m getting you hip now.
There’s also the Shirley Conner Hardinge Scholarship, of which I am a recipient. The Provost’s office is your contact point for this award. It’s also wise to keep your professors and advisor in the loop so they can help you snoop around for other funding opportunities.
Unfortunately, since there really isn’t a study abroad coordinator, information like this can quickly slip through the cracks and you can easily lose track of your needed points of contact.
I can recall specific points at which I was told that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, that I was speaking to the wrong person, and that I was doing things out of order. It was all quite frustrating and I almost/did miss deadlines because of forms I was completely unaware of. Still, everyone was very understanding and helpful nonetheless, including CAPA correspondents.
Now that I’m all set and ready to go, I know that this is the excitement I want for every student that is as passionate about traveling and learning abroad as I am. I want everyone to be able reach their goals, and I hope that sharing this complicated application process will encourage the quick and speedy replacement of Ms. Emory.
I would hate for anyone to be discouraged from this fruitful and unique adventure because of the missing link. This is an opportunity too precious to forsake.

Staying Sane in School

By Desiree Gillem
Chief Copy Editor

There is a point in every students’ college career when stress was no stranger. You might have found yourself struggling to keep up with the paper that’s due in two days,then remembering there is a test in another class on the same day… and it’s probably happened more than once. Of course these aren’t the only things in college that make you want to pull your hair out. Whether it be troubles with friends, issues with your roommate or even things back home there are plenty ways to cope. Here are some ways to keep your sanity and keep your stress levels low.
1. Relax: Make sure you give yourself down time. Find time to hang out with your friends or even just time to be alone and relax.

2. Make a List: Take the time to write down everything you need to do and when it is due. Organization is key when it comes to staying together. It allows you to designate time to work on everything you need to work on and time to study for tests. It lays everything out so you aren’t fumbling around last minute or find yourself missing assignments.

3. Use your resources: If the stressors of school are becoming too much to handle, or even if you just want to talk, utilize the mental health services located in the Wellness Center. They have professional staff dedicated to help you through your dilemmas. Make an appointment with them by calling (301)-696-3388 or walk in during triage hours.

Remember, in order to be your best self academically you must take care of yourself mentally. Take measures to protect your mental health by using these tips and know that your peers and professors want to see you succeed.

Hood College Program Seeks to Help the Environment and Feed Needy

Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) program is collaborating with the Office of the Dean of the Chapel in order to implement a community gardening effort called “Growing for a Healthy Future,” according to a news release. This program will seek to reduce the amount of harmful stormwater runoff and also make it easier for low-income Frederick families to access healthy fruits and vegetables.

The Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is a nonprofit based in Ellicott City, MD and partners with the Center for Watershed Protection. It intends to design gardens that are both bountiful and environmentally sustainable.

While Frederick County is largely affluent, there are several areas that have been identified as “food deserts”, where residents are more than half a mile’s walking distance to the nearest grocery store. Twenty percent of these people don’t have access to a car, and their income is much lower than the federal poverty line.

However, the new program may be extremely beneficial to those who live in “food desert” communities.

“When we discovered the extent of food deserts in our community… we realized that with our expertise, we are positioned to join in the effort to eliminate them,” said Claire Hudson, who manages the project. “Access to nutritious foods needs to be at the forefront of our efforts, and we are excited to be working with local partners to collectively address this issue.”

Drew Ferrier, director of the coastal studies program at Hood, remarked that stormwater runoff from rooftops, roads, and sidewalks across the county is an “increasing contributor” to water quality problems in local streams. By collecting this water properly, some of that runoff can be used for watering gardens instead.

The staff of the CCWS will partner with the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs in Frederick to establish a pilot garden this fall. In the next few months, they plan to gather community input to best tailor the program to the area’s needs.

To become involved in the program, contact Connie Ray at or 301-696-3289.

12 New Faculty Members join Hood Professors this year

by Maya Douglas

Hood College will welcome 12 new professors onboard for the 2017-2018 school year, according to a message from the Provost.
The additions will include six visiting assistant professors, including Dr. Carol Jim who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hood College. Jim will be returning to teach in the computer science department.

Visiting professors will also include Dr. Robert Casas Roigé in the Foreign Language department, Dr. Nora El-Bilawi and Daniel Shea in the Education department, Dr. David Hixson in the Art and Archeology department, Dr. Molly Moreland in the Psychology department and Dr. Margaret Oshai in the Nursing department.
Also joining the team will be five assistant professors in the subjects of counseling (Dr. Stephanie Dailey), social work (Dr. Michelle Gricus), accounting (Dr. James Hua), cognitive psychology (Dr. Molly Moreland) and mathematics (Dr. Van Nguyen).
Dr. David Steinberg will be joining as an associate professor of organizational leadership.
The academic affairs staff also brought on new additions for the school year. In the Center of Academic Achievement and Retention, Lisa Copenhaver is now the Director of Student Success and Kristel Ehrhardt has been hired as a math skills and tutoring coordinator.
Dr. Lisa Littlefield is the director of the Center for Career Development and Experimental Education, and Tanya Williams is the now the assistant director of assessment.
Three faculty members received tenure this August. Professors David Gurzick of the Business department, Elizabeth MacDougall in the Psychology department and Katherine Orloff or the Communications department earned a tenure that became effective on the first of August.
Faculty members receiving promotions include professors Kristy Calo as associate professor of education, Heather Mitchell-Buck as associate professor of English, Dianne Graves as associate professor of psychology and Tricia Strickland as associate professor of education.
A number of staff will be taking sabbaticals this this year including associate professor of journalism Liz Atwood, who will be using the spring semester to finish a novel.
Other professors taking sabbaticals include Liza Algazi Marcus, Eric Annis, Elizabeth Knapp, Ellen Koitz, Xinlian Liu, Lynda Sowbel, and Stephen Wilson.
In addition to faculty changes, the Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved Hood to offer as Master of Science in Cybersecurity, according to a press release for the Hood Marketing department.
The program will serve as a sub-discipline of computer science and information technology and is a 30 credit program.
“Students will learn about computer forensics, defending networks and firewalls, and configuring and deploying new systems,” said George Dimitoglou, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Hood.

Back to School Tips (for Every Stage)

By Tia Saluzzo


As the school year starts up again and we take on exciting new classes, challenging projects, and thrilling experiences, it is important to think about ways to make the most out of the next four months in order to fully rock the next semester. Whether you are a Freshman just starting out or a Senior going into your final year here at our beautiful Alma Matter, we all desire the same thing: to be someone that matters in the world. College is our opportunity to do great things – to learn valuable skills both inside and outside of the classroom in order to become prepared for a life outside of these grounds. This idea is both exciting yet intimidating at the same time, but fear not! No one is alone – and it is with this in mind that the following back to school tips have been created in hopes of providing an important stepping stone that may be need to start off on the right foot of achieving this goal of success.

For Freshmen:

1. Go to as many orientations and events as you can – Most Freshmen are experiencing the same thing: a new environment unknown to them, new people from all kinds of different backgrounds, and all without the comfort of their homes and families to get them by. Attending events is one way to meet new people and make friends that will allow your transition from high school to college become more manageable and enjoyable.
2. Find your classrooms before the classes start – With a school as small as Hood, it is easy to quickly learn your way around; however, there will always be an adjustment period. Finding your classrooms the day before (or even an hour before) the actual class begins is a good way to make sure you are on time and aren’t fumbling around at the last minute causing you to miss important information.

3. Communicate with your roommate – If there is a problem, address it immediately. Roommates last for the entire school year; that’s a long time to be angry or annoyed with someone. Clear communication from the beginning is the most important part of dorm life, but you should always remember to be respectful if you wish to gain that in return.

4. Get organized – Getting organized (and staying organized) is an incredibly important part of the college experience. Each student has responsibilities, whether it be homework, going to class, sports, clubs, or a job, and it is very difficult to juggle everything without some kind of organization. Create a schedule that works and hone in on some time management skills in order to avoid extra stress.

For Sophomores:

1. Meet with your advisor to map out a plan – Be sure to use your advisors to help plan out your college future. Discuss the classes that are required
for the core classes, your major classes, and any minor classes and come up with a schedule for each semester and keep note of which classes you need to take in order to graduate on time.

2. Declare your major – By this time you might have an idea of what you are interested in studying full time. If you don’t of course no one will rush you, but keep your head up and maybe even play around with your schedule a bit. Also, look into some classes you may be interested in taking. Talk to the professors! A major deserves a lot of time and energy dedicated to it and its classes so before you declare a major make sure it is something you are passionate in and have no qualms about.
3. Don’t be sad if you drift away from friends – Once you declare a major, you will be spending a lot of time with other people of that same major. They share the same classes (most of them multiple classes in the same semester) so it is inevitable that you would begin to grow closer to these individuals and would perhaps begin to stray away from your hall mates. It happens, and it is just a part of the college experience.

4. Get your core requirements out of the way – Odds are that there is at least one subject that is unbearable to each student. However, more than likely, this subject is part of the core requirements that each student is required to take. Take your least favorite subject early to get it out of the way.
For Juniors:

1. Get your resume in order – Junior year is the prime time to start looking for internships and getting advice on how to begin your job search. However, in order to do this you must have an up-to-date resume. You should always have an updated version of your resume ready at a moment’s notice.

2. Get an internship – Internships are a crucial part of resume building and the experience they bring simply cannot be taught in a classroom.
3. Know the resources offered to you –In the Career Center students can find internships, learn how to interview and create a resume. The office also assists with where to begin searching for jobs.
CAAR, the center for academic achievement and retention, is also another beneficial resource given to students.

4. Save your money – It doesn’t have to be all of it, but it would be a smart idea to begin to put some aside for after college in case you haven’t already. You will thank yourself when the time comes.

For Seniors:

1. Attend all the job fairs you can – Job fairs are an easy way to network. Dress professionally and

bring copies of resumes – you never know what this opportunity may bring.

2. Don’t slack off – Senioritis is a real thing. After four years and with the end so near it is normal to lose focus and motivation for school work; it is understandable. But, you must push forward. Now is not the time to slack. Now is the time to work harder and make a name for yourself – to do something that you will be proud of after graduation and in years to come.

3. Search and apply for jobs – This is the hard part. The search for a future career can be tedious and overwhelming but it is a necessary stress. Take it slow. Do simple searches and expand from there – don’t get discouraged and don’t ignore any job listing with potential. Keep your options open.

4. Relax – Despite everything, the most important thing to do during Senior year is relax. Take a deep breath. You’re fine. It is not necessary to have everything figured out or planned yet; life is a surprise. Don’t slack off, of course, but don’t spend all your time working. Now is the time to make memories and enjoy the time you have left here of your home for the last four years. Enjoy it.

With these tips and the strength and dedication that each Hood College student is capable of, each student can pull through the stress and have an awesome and successful semester.

The Perfect End of Summer Playlist

by Nailah Russell


Vacation is over, but the sounds of summer linger in the high-riding bass, romantic choruses, sun-soaked guitar harmonies, and laid-back flows of the songs in this playlist.
Here’s a list of music spanning the genres of Rap/Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Electronica, and more. It’s filled with infectious beats that never get old and prove to be the perfect soundtrack for cruising, chilling, and partying.
16) “Now or Never” by HALSEY
The strength of music nowadays doesn’t just rely on the singer anymore. It’s almost all about production – how much the beat bumps and how much it makes you wanna turn the volume up to max when the chorus hits. Whoever produced this song, knew exactly what they were doing.
15) “New Scream” by Turnover
I don’t know a college student who doesn’t relate to this song. Not only are the lyrics about the times we all wish he had zero responsibilities, but its youthful and warm melody just makes you want to drive down an open road with all of your windows down….avoiding all of your responsibilities.
14) “III. Telegraph Ave.” (“Oakland” by Lloyd) by Childish Gambino
13) “You Got It” by Bryson Tiller
12) “Despacito” feat. Daddy Yankee by Luis Fonsi
All I’m gonna say is that Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are all you need to make you wanna get up dance to this song, even when it’s not playing because it’s THAT catchy.
11) “LUV” by Tory Lanez
10) “LOYALTY” feat. Rihanna by Kendrick Lamar
9) “So Many Details” by Toro y Moi
8) “Ocean Drive” by Duke Dumont
7) “Pop Thieves” by Childish Gambino
Pop Thieves is practically made to listen to in the summer time. It’s off Gambino’s 2014 album Kauai, but its beachy feel makes it a timeless jam for every summer.
6) “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
5) “Wild Thoughts” feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller by DJ Khaled
4) “Unforgettable” feat. Swae Lee by French Montana
3) “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar
2) “LOVE” feat. Zacari by Kendrick Lamar
1) “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Other than this song being perfect because it’s actually about summer, when is a better time to appreciate a good throwback than summer? Summertime is one of those jams that can give you nostalgia about BBQs you’ve never been to, that one uncle in a polo everyone has, and fashions your cousins wore when they were young and free in the 90s. As the Fresh Prince puts it, this is the perfect song to play when you need a break from the heat of all that hardcore dancing. It’s a joint so cool, air conditioning is practically unnecessary.

And there you have it! 16 songs with the soul of summer.
Whether you have last minute bashes, ocean-bound adventures, road trips, pool days, or plans to hit the mountains of Frederick, you’ll want to make sure to give these songs a play or seventeen on your loudest bass woofer sound system.
These are the tunes guaranteed to make the best season last forever.