Hood Athletics Gears Up For New Season

By Elena Rowe, Staff Reporter

New athletics staff will work with students eagerly waiting to meet new people and try out for athlet-ic teams at Hood this upcoming academic year.

Susan Kolb, Ph.D., joined Hood in Jul. as the new athletic coordinator. Kolb’s experi-ence prior to Hood is a whirlwind.

Kolb gained experience at many school across the U.S., including George Mason University as an academic coordinator, Bluffton University as assistant coach, and the University of Southern California as an academic coordinator.

Chris Benassi joins Hood this year as the new head coach of track and field as well as cross country. Benassi was assistant coach at Nova Southeastern University in Florida in addition to working at various high schools in Maryland before coming to Hood.

Ann Andrews was newly added to the athletic team as part of the Field Hockey Program. She has had many accomplishments including working at Severna High School in Maryland for six years, earned a two-time Coach of the Year Award and earned similar honors with the Baltimore Sun and Capital Gazette.

The new coaches to the athletic depart-ment will surely excite students in the sports programs and teams.

The men’s soccer team announced that seven incoming freshmen will be added for the 2018 season.

The 2018 Fall Sports Season is Finally Upon Us

2017 Men’s Cross Country Invitational


By Delaney Crawford, Staff Reporter.

Blazers officially started the 2018 fall sports season on Friday, Aug. 31 with an exciting game line-up.

Both our men’s and women’s cross country teams attended the Mustang Stampede meet at Steven-son University. Even though they have a very small team this year they have worked hard all preseason and are looking for-ward to competing.

Our women’s field hockey team is another team with a limited amount of players but a lot of heart. Their season opener at Notre Dame MD was Aug. 31.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams played two different opponents on Aug. 31. Our women’s soccer team went to Frostburg State.

The men’s team has their first home game on Aug. 31 as well.

Blazers faced Penn College at the season opener game at Hood.

Women’s volleyball got into the Scranton Invitational and had have two matches on Aug. 31 in Scranton, PA to open up their season. Their first match was against Gwynedd Mercy and then they versed Eastern.

The season is just beginning and Blaz-ers will have many exciting games to come.

For more information about athletic schedules, visit hoodathletics.com.

Leaving a Legacy: How the Names of Campus Buildings Were Chosen

By Elizabeth Cavin, Staff Reporter   Do the names Whitaker, Coblentz, or Hodson sound familiar? They should for many who’ve attended Hood College, although few would know about the peo-ple these essential buildings are named after. After emailing two Hood historians and reading more on the topic, I’ve not only discovered more about the origins […]

From the Desk of the Editor

    By Laura Spencer, Editor-in-Chief I am excited to introduce myself as the Blue and Grey’s new editor-in-chief for the 2018-2019 academic year. Beginning with this issue, redesigned and reimagined, we will learn from one another what a school newspaper is, and what it can be, in our always- changing world. Technology efficiently delivers […]

Back to School Throwbacks

By Martha Berkheimer, Staff Reporter

A look back on pre-vious years at Hood College through archived editions of the Blue and Grey reveals a range of emotions from rising freshmen.

This year is hoods 126th year and Con-vocation. Looking back at the past 20 years, Hood has not changed much, freshmen are still stressed and scared beyond belief, seniors are still ready to get out, and everyone is between is going through the motions, making memo-ries, and forming life-long friendships.

An issue of the Blue and Grey from the 1997-1998 school year called How Was It? A Reflection on Freshman Year, by Jennifer Foreman, details the experience of a freshman at Hood College.

According to Foreman, that year 144 students who paid their down-payment to come to Hood, that fall, 138 students actu-ally moved on to cam-pus, and by spring, 114 students returned as residents. According to all the freshman Foreman interviewed, the new students en-joyed their indepen-dence and freedom, but also missed their families and dealt with quite a bit on homesickness.

Flashing forward to ten years later, Hood holds its 155th Convocation on the first Monday of the academic year. Staff reporter Lauren Beware writes, “Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year here at Hood. It also welcomes the new class of freshman to Hood, while simultaneously welcoming seniors to their final undergraduate studies.”

This description perfectly illustrates the point of convocation, high-lighting the unity and strength of the Hood college community. Beward emphasizes the fact the Convo-cation ignites a range of emotions for both freshman and seniors at Hood college. For freshmen, this is their wake up call to the work load they are about to have. For seniors, it is the beginning of a long farewell from Hood College.

College is a unique opportunity to discover new pathways and experience an array of changes, mental, emotional, and educational. Hood College, for the past 126 years has upheld tradition and community above all else. As we begin the academic year, we should value the support system Hood College has created for us and above all else, expand our horizons and become more intelligent members of society.

Crime Reported at Hood College


By Laura Spencer, Editor-in-Chief

A reported theft from a vehicle at Hood College in early Aug. leaves students questioning fall semester security.

Hood College referred a theft from a vehicle at Hood College to Frederick County Police Aug. 4.

Hood College’s Chief of Campus Safety sent an email to all students and staff on Aug. 8 with tips on avoiding theft from vehicles. In addition to this information was information about five reported thefts from vehicles in Frederick since Jul. 30.

“Sometimes I leave my stuff and go to the computer lab, nor-mally when I’m with friends. Every once inawhileIfeellikeI can leave my stuff and go walk around, but now I’m nervous to do that,” said Gabriella Basile, a current Hood student.

Everyone is urged to park in well-lit areas, never leave vehicles running, and to never leave valuable items in plain view. Parking difficulties, especially with com-muter students, leaves many students with no other option but to park their vehicles on city streets off of Hood College property.

There have been 21 reported damage to property incidents on campus so far this year. This makes it the most frequently reported crime around Hood.

“It makes me upset that I am always here [in Whitaker] and use everything here, and when I see that some-body broke a window here or something, it takes so long for it to get fixed,” said Jillian Alverson, a current Hood student.

The second most frequently reported crimes around Hood are controlled substance-related, with 13 recorded incidents so far this year. The reports indicate that these incidents are likely to occur in parking lots around campus.

A group of four current Hood students responded that they were not surprised that there were a number of controlled substance complaints around campus.

Questions and concerns about campus safety should be ad-dressed to members of the Department of Campus Safety. The Department of Campus Safety operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Annual Convocation and Dinking

The Hood College Convocation Ceremony was held on a very hot Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here’s what our rising freshmen had to say:

“The heat was suffocating. Faces and voiced blurred together in melted pool, with the only words floating at the top being a thousand variations of ‘God, it’s so hot.’”-Keiko Cahill

“As a freshman I came into the convocation ceremony very confused. Once I learned about the tradition of the dinks and the ceremony I was excited to receive mine and become apart of the Hood community.” -Delaney Crawford

“The ceremony lasted for far too long in the hot sun according to students and staff, but the addresses from president chap and our guest speaker were very well received.” -Matthew Wilder

X-Ray Exhibit Open in Tatem Arts Center

By Laura Spencer, Editor-in-Chief

Hood College’s Hodson Gallery will feature work of an award-winning Chicago artist through Oct. 5th in the Tatem Arts Center.

Artist Michael Hop-kins’ “The X-Ray Series” features white ink drawings and paintings on slate. Hopkins’ art is on display in the Art Institute of Chicago in addition to a number of museum collections.

Corporate art collections such as the Progressive Insurance Collection and the Wellcome Trust Collection in London also feature Hopkins’ art.

Hopkins works with different media including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. Hopkins writes for Neoteric Art, and on-line art magazine.

More information about the work of Hopkins can be found by visiting michaelhopkinsdrawings.com.

The Tatem Arts Center exhibit is open daily between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. For more information about the gallery exhibit, con-tact Jenna Gianni at gianni@hood.edu.

New Health Facility Opens to Hood Students

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By Laura Spencer, Editor-in-Chief  Frederick Region-al Health Systems to provide health services to better meet students’ needs through partnership with Hood College. A recently opened FMH facility located on 7th Street will provide students with services including primary care, urgent care, health and well-ness, mental health, and sports physicals. Monocacy Health Partners (Frederick Regional Health Sys-tem’s […]