By Megan Enright Sports Editor
The Hood volleyball game won their game 3-0 against Trinity (DC) at home. What is special about this match is that it was called the “dig pink” game to raise money for help to cure breast cancer. Sisters, Robyn and Renne Renus, say volleyball has impacted their lives in great way. The freshman and senior both agreed playing volleyball helps them with school because they have to maintain a certain GPA to stay on the team. The two also love volleyball because of the team atmosphere. Besides being teammates, the whole volleyball team is friends with each other. They support each on and off the court. Upcoming match against Lebanon Valley is at home on Oct. 9. Match against Penn State on Oct. 12 is away. Match against Gallaudet on Oct. 13 is away as well.
By Megan Enright Sports Editor
The equestrian team at Hood recently had an event at Goucher on Oct. 6, called UMBC IHSA. IHSA stands for Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association. The association promotes riders at all skill levels in competitions. Hannah Pause loves the equestrian team because they are all super close with each other, so that makes them perform better as a team and individually. Pause said one of the main reasons she loves equestrian so much is the friendships she has formed from it. Also, she says equestrian is a great stress reliever from school and loves to ride different horses. The next equestrian meet is Oct. 20 at Goucher College. Then, Nov. 4 the George Mason/George Washington meet will be at River Chase Farm.
By Megan Enright Sports Editor
Sports can impact athletes lives in a lot of positive ways. Playing sports can help people improve their academics, social life and well-being. Field hockey players have been improving their record by winning their first game against Lebanon Valley 1-0. Gina Sterling, junior, started to play field hockey when she was in middle school but quit in her sophomore year of high school because she did not like the coaches. During Sterling’s freshman year at Hood College, a teammate approached her and told her she should join the team. She decided to give field hockey another try and fell back in love with the sport. Hood has great coaches and wonderful teammates that become friends. The field hockey team lost against Notre Dame, Md. 6-1. They also lost the homecoming game against Arcadia, 4-0.
By Delaney Crawford Sports Editor
Hood College men’s and women’s soccer teams both finished up their regular seasons with a clean sweep of St. Vincent’s on Sept. 22. The women’s team got an early goal in overtime to overtake the Bearcats 3-2. The men took an early lead and took home a 3-0 win. Conference season is now upon us and both our teams
opened up at Messiah on Sept. 29th. The nationally ranked Messiah teams got the best of our Blazer and won both of the games. Albright was the next conference matchup. The women’s early lead during a Tuesday game wasn’t enough, and they fell 4-1. However, the team took an unfortunate loss during the homecoming game on Oct. 6. Widener took the win 3-0. The men played the following night on Sept. 26 and lost 2-1. The men’s team won their homecoming game against Widener, with a final score of 2-0. Both teams are looking to come back out and catch the next conference win to get some points on our side. Check out the schedules at Hoodathletics.com to find out more about upcoming home games and the scores from games that you missed.
By Laura Spencer Editor-in-Chief
A financial aid seminar will be taking place in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons on Oct. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. The seminar, called “Paying for College,” will present information that is focused on college-bound students and their parents paying for school. Hood College financial aid experts will be leading the discussion. Topics will include FAFSA completion, financial aid, scholarships, budgeting tips, among others. The discussion will host a Q&A session as well. This event is free, and open to the public. Even current Hood students may find strategies that will help them through the rest of their college journey.
Registering for this event is preferred, although it is not necessarily required to join. To RSVP, please call 301-6963400 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Whitaker parking lot, located directly outside of the Whitaker Campus Commons and Rosenstock Hall, is the recommended parking area for anyone who may attend this event.
By Delaney Crawford Sports Editor
The Great Fredrick Fair is an annual event in Fredrick County that brings everyone together. Provided at the fair was fun, food, and cool experiences. The fair offered barns full of chickens, cows, horses, goats, and so much more. Carnival food and games were everywhere along with all kinds of rides. The set up was so pretty and the music was playing loud enough for everyone to hear. There was something at the fair for everyone to enjoy. A family and community atmosphere was provided, so it was a lot of fun for Hood students to go and have a chance to be a part of Fredrick. A junior here at Hood College, Erin Hunt, attended the fair for the second time on Friday night and described it “A great place to experience things you don’t normally get to. It was a well spent night,” said Hunt.
By Megan Enright Sports Editor
A local kombucha bar and a plant-based menu that offers a great variety of food. Hippy Chick Hummus has risen from a humble stand at local farmer’s markets to a popular café in Downtown Frederick. Hippy Chick Hummus is located in a cozy space at 237 N Market St in Downtown Frederick. Owner, Erika Brown, is a Frederick native and has been perfecting her hummus for years. “In college, I had a big hippy house with, like, 10 roommates at one time. And hummus was the quickest thing I could make that would satisfy all my nutritional needs for the day,” said Brown to the Frederick News Post. “So I made these big batches, and then all my roommates started digging in, too. So I was like, man, I need to start making more of this stuff.” On Oct. 28 a seltzer water and banana acai bowl was enjoyed by yours truly, while a couple friends tried the carrots with hummus and the tacos. The food was delicious and healthy. Hippy Chick Hummus is approximately one mile away from Hood College. This café is recommended to anyone looking to try something unique and fresh in Frederick.
By Samantha Orbin Photo & Graphics Editor
Midterms can be stressful for everyone, even a seasoned college senior. As the dreaded midterm week approaches many will inevitably begin to panic, but have no fear I am here. To prepare for midterm week I have put together a list of ten things that will help you survive the week. While most students might be aware of the following tips it never hurts to be reminded. 1. Flash cards, flash cards, flash cards. You’re welcome. Flash cards are a great way to study. You write down the term you need to remember on the front then a FEW words that will help you. Writing too much on a flash card can overwhelm you so keep it brief. to save money and materials I recommend cutting the notecard in half, this way you have twice as many cards and you will keep the definitions simple. 2. Clean your desk or work area. Take some time to clean the area around you: a cluttered work space will only stress you out more. 3. Make a study schedule for the week. Writing down everything you have to do will keep you from cramming last minute. A schedule will also keep you from miscalculating your work load. If you are relying on your memory alone there is a higher chance that you will run out of time. 4. Keep your favorite snack on hand. Rewarding yourself while studying can be a good incentive. 5. In addition to your work area keep yourself clean. Make sure to take showers and wash your face. Stress acne is real and it will come for you, especially with clogged pores. A shower is a good reset button it gives you a break from studying and helps you unwind. 6. Make a study group: Misery loves company. 7. Relax. Turning your brain off can have its benefits. There are many things you can do to relax such as: have a cup of tea, listen to some music, or meditate. For all you tea drinkers I recommend Yogi’s Kava Stress Relief tea with some honey. As for meditation I recommend visiting, Hood student, Sarah Beckmann’s Blog on meditation: MeditateWithMe. home.blog. Mediation can be a great tool if you are feeling stressed. Sarah provides weekly inspiration and tips. 8. Don’t be afraid to ask your professor for help. If you need help understanding the material or clarification on a subject send your professor an email or visit them during office hours. They are there to help you, not to judge you. 9. Be sure to give your poor brain a break. Taking breaks will help the information sink in and also keep you sane. Don’t skip the ads on YouTube videos, use that time to quickly go over flash cards. Studying is pain free if you still get to do the things you like. Turn on Netflix or whatever you like to do and pause it every ten minutes to go over flash cards or notes. 10. Go to sleep. Yes, that 20 minute nap will turn into a two hour one, but that’s ok.
By Alexander Elliott Staff Reporter
For a couple of years it was nearly a whisper, but the voice of Hood College is as strong as ever. Blazer Radio is Hood’s very own internet-based radio broadcasting organization and its leadership is looking hopefully into the future. Blazer Radio went through a rough patch as membership stifled and club activity stagnated but the club has seen new life in the past year. Recruitment and building an on-campus presence took a backseat and the organization grew disjointed before coming under new management. That was about two years ago. Since then, Blazer Radio has made a concerted effort to embody their mission to be the “voice of Hood College,” and the improvement is obvious. Now, they are getting back to their roots they have seen a significant increase in student interest within the organization. But while those within are interested, those around are not. The goal of the organization to “provide the voice of Hood College and give that voice to any student interested in broadcasting and reaching the world through radio.” This mission inspired current presidents, Tim Sylvia and Noah Waterlander to join.“To the average student, we’re known of, but not about. They know we have a radio station, but they may not exactly know what that means or how accessible that is to them,” said Sylvia. But after turning around recruitment, it appears the organization is finally in a position to improve their listening base. The leaders of the broadcast are excited with the level of interest internally and believe the right people are finally in place to legitimize the station in ways that were not possible before. When I asked Mr. Sylvia if he thinks Blazer Radio is ready to take the next step all he could say was, “Ye.”
By Jack Wilder Distribution Manager
Jiang Li, Ph.D., is a new computer science professor at Hood College. Li shared his experiences with teaching and learning computer science. Li graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and began his teaching career as a TA there; he eventually went on to teach at the University of Memphis for a year, and at Quincy University in Illinois for eight years before moving to Hood. “I started out studying automation in college,” said Li. “But while I was learning I discovered how more and more machines needed to be programmed, and in gradu
ate school I actually changed my major to computer science. It seemed like a natural progression since the two fields are so similar.” Computer science may not be suited for everyone. However, students continue to draw into Li’s classes. Li recalls many students joining his classes for the financial gain. “Frequently, business majors would be so excited to become a CEO, but once they saw that their starting salaries would be very low they looked for other options,” said Li. “Computer programmers usually make six figures, even at their first job, so I had some transfers.” Computer science students can typically consider pursuing careers in technology management or software engineering after graduating college. Classes in computer science generally involve studying languages such as C++ and Java. There has been a rising demand in computer science-related careers, according to multiple reports. Between 2016 and 2026, positions in computer science will grow 19 percent, which is much faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There appears to be an increase in cybersecurity jobs, specifically. The BLS also suggests that a master’s degree is necessary for the computer science careers that are in high demand. “Try computer science,” says Li. “It may sound like I’m saying that just because I am a professor of that discipline, but I encourage everyone to at least give it a shot.” Computer science courses offered at Hood include computer science 1 (CS 201), advanced data structures (CS 219), algorithm analysis (CS319), and principles of software engineering (CS324) among others. “Many high schools don’t offer computer-related courses,” said Li. “So not everyone has had a chance to see if they like it. It’s not the most complicated major to begin to learn, it’s very logical, and it can be incredibly rewarding to work hard on a program and finally make it perfect.”