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 […]
By Maya Douglas
Hood College talent collective Urban Outlet is gearing up for their third showcase on Nov. 11.
Since its creation last semester, president of the club Christiana Morris, senior, has dedicated her time and energy to fostering a club that “embraces a wide variety of talents.”
The showcase has featured rappers, singers, poetry and audience engaged freestyle competitions. Attendees can look forward to comedy and a new competition called “Minute to Win It,” where participants compete in timed challenges, to be added to the line-up of this semester’s show.
“We’re really all about having fun, not just having talent,” said Morris. “We want to increase crowd participation to show we’re really appreciative of them.”
Another major addition to the Urban Outlet Is the Underground Dance Team, led by Kayla Coleman. According to Morris, a step team is also likely to be added to the collective.
“The audience can expect a lot of truth in this next show,” said Morris. Their show theme is “Alienation” and will feature pieces related to self-discovery and acceptance.
With the Urban Outlet, Morris hopes to spread a theme of community on campus. The club threw a “kickback” in Whitaker Commons called Freestyle Friday earlier this semester and attributed their success to the laid-back approach in its event marketing.
One of the most rewarding parts of the Urban Outlet is “watching people come out of their shell and step up to the plate” said Morris. “I’ve seen a lot of people change for positively since the start [of the club].”
This year’s show marks the anniversary of the first show, which also occurred on November 11 of last year.
G’Day Hood College
Wow! Six weeks has already gone by and just like that, I’m halfway through my time in Australia. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my Hood family dearly, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t having an absolutely amazing time.
My internship just keeps getting better and more challenging. Although I come back in the door huffing from a long day, nothing is more rewarding than knowing I was able to get someone the help they need in a dire situation.
Just the other week, I was faced with a pretty daunting test. A woman calling our line for the first time who only spoke Arabic called with an interpreter. Everything was fine until the line dropped our interpreter. In a panic the woman began to say the small amount of words she knew in English and was clearly distressed.
I knew exactly how to fix her problem, which is why my supervisor told me to do my best communicating in English before the company would need to spend money on an interpreter.
After grasping at what I thought would be my last hope by asking if any of the interns spoke Arabic (as we have quite a few who do) and getting no response, I struggled in English until I had to do what I was most afraid of: I was going to have to speak to her in Arabic. The last thing I wanted was for her to think I knew more than I did.
I bit the bullet, told her I only spoke a little bit of Arabic, and much to my surprise was able to communicate my message. I even answered a few more of her questions until the answers she needed became too complicated for my limited Arabic and her limited English. That’s when I forfeited and called the interpreter.
All was well, but I knew that I’d be telling that story to my Arabic-speaking friends when they returned the next week. (I also hope my Arabic-speaking friends at Hood and Dr. Wright are reading this and proud of me!)
After another week at RACS, I packed up and headed to Melbourne for my Spring Break. I gotta tell you guys, this city is off the hook! At first it seems quiet and underwhelming, especially for a lot of us Americans who are used to louder and busier cities. Sydney’s quite busy itself, but the volume is nowhere near that of D.C. or New York, and the city goes to bed eventually.
Wondering around at 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday for food and seeing no one around almost made my friends and I question if we would enjoy our time as much as students that ventured off to Fiji, New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef for their break.
The next day, we just realized that Melbourne still has all of the dynamic atmosphere and convenience of any other city, it’s just missing that dizzying rush everyone is always in in a city like Sydney or New York.
Before booking my trip, I had always heard Australians say Melbourne was the country’s fantastic little city with a European flare. Even though I’ve never been to Europe (hopefully someday though), I can see why.
After visiting the Shrine of Remembrance, a breathtaking World War I/II memorial, my three friends and I wandered the city. We passed the contemporary art museum and the immigrant museum which sits in a part of the city splashed with a row of Spanish flags billowing above the tram stops.
We ate delicious Malaysian food, shopped at a vintage thrift store, and got tidbits on how to reach Melbourne’s secret pubs and venues. We passed through Hosier and Rutledge Lane covered in graffiti and street art, found alleyway cafes and tucked away book stores, and shopping centers that opened into whole new worlds like we had just casually traversed Diagon Alley.
At night, we melted into more graffitied walls on AC/DC Lane to find a little pub with live soul music. Then, we headed over to Brunswick Street where we found heaven in a dimly lit snake path with little coves and live music to dance and sing to.
All of that happened the night before (technically the morning of) Friday the 13th, otherwise known as the day I became a meteor. That’s right folks. Ya girl made the decision to skydive over the Great Ocean Road, a scenic destination with beautiful pillars of rocks jutting out from the water like an audience to my daring and audacious stunt.
I was excited, but not truly nervous. Even as I sat in the lobby with two of my other crazy friends watching tutorials on how to land so as not to “remove” your ankle, I had yet to feel the tremble in my knees or the shake to my insides.
I got in my gear, hopped onto the plane, and with the three of us strapped to our instructors like newborn marsupials, we prepared to jump out over the earth at 12,000 feet. While my friends sang “Breaking Free” from High School Musical, I still felt calm, even as I looked out the window during our ascent.
In a split second, the door was snatched open, my friend Sam shut her eyes and turned away in fear, and she her instructor were gone in an instant.
Then, it happened.
My instructor inched me toward the edge and when I could only see lines of water and the bottom coast of the country, my stomach dropped into my shoes and almost took them directly off my feet.
Before I knew it, I was screaming as I was plummeting towards the earth, trying desperately to remember “legs up and hips forward.” I felt a tap on my shoulder and out went my hands. I was in full free fall, taking in the beautiful sight and hollering as my fight or flight senses tried to tell me I was going to die.
All the while, a go-pro camera lay straight on my face. As I carefully took in gulps of air, I gave some meme-worthy faces to the film. With a snap of the fingers, I was snatched back up for a moment and gazed around in suspension.
My instructor guided my over the stunning scenery and let me steer the parachute for a little until we landed. As Sam put it, I felt like “a million bucks.”
It was the most incredible experience I’ve ever had and 1000% recommend it.
Well folks, that’s all I’ve got for this update. Stay tuned for more and good luck with the second half of your semester.
Dance, the art of moving one’s body to tell a story, can prove to be powerful. Many people enjoy watching different “stories” come alive through dance because of the beauty and passion of the performers. At Hood College, this description proves to be no different. Adaire Crabbe, a senior in the dance ensemble, has been dancing since her mother started taking her to dance classes at three years old. Along with two seniors, Holly Barnett and Dominique Byrd, she is one of the oldest members of the team.
In order to join the ensemble, there is an audition process. Auditions are held in Gambrill Gymnasium during the first week of school for two to three hours. Crabbe was surprised at how many freshmen joined the team this year since it usually consists of juniors and seniors.
Being on the team is not easy. There are a lot of practices, but that is the time where the team can perfect their skills and pull everyone’s ideas together.
“What I like about the team is that we all make up pieces; it’s not just one person making up everything which is something I appreciate.” says Crabbe. “With that being said, you can expect a few surprises from the team which will make it a great show.”
There have been trials as part of the process. Crabbe was injured between her sophomore and junior years, so she found it challenging to get back on the dance floor.
“It was very frustrating,” she said. “I had a huge brace on my knee but I was able to get through it. If I was not able to get the move right then at the practice, I guarantee I will have it [right] at the next practice”.
Even though it was very hard to get back out on stage and dance, she was able to accept the challenge, making her push harder and succeed.
Crabbe’s last show will be November 4, she is graduating in December. She could not go into any details about the performance because she wants the show to be a surprise, but she is excited to perform a solo. She wishes that the whole school would be able to come and support the performance, acknowledging that audiences in the past typically have been fairly small.
“I want people to recognize the dance ensemble because we work hard to perfect our skills and want to show what we have worked so hard to perfect,” she said.
The show will be held Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 at 7:30 in the Hodson Auditorium.
By Elena Rowe
Dining halls are the “hub” of the college life where students can socialize, eat, and take a break during a long day of classes. While enjoying our food, we sometimes fail to realize that a lot of planning goes on behind the scenes in order for us to enjoy a meal.
Jennifer Curtis, director of dining hall facilities, explained the process of Hood’s food preparation and the many changes that have occurred over the past few years. Curtis, who has worked at Hood for the past three and a half years, has made sure significant change has occurred.
“For the most part, we are feeding students for four years and we are constantly trying to make [food items] different,” she said.
With that being said, much feedback from students has allowed introduction of new food items as well as changes in how the food is served.
Multiple changes have occurred under Curtis’ tenure. This includes the stir fry next to the grill in the regular serving line, and the introduction of the Delicious Destinations table which has been popular with students. With many students on campus, Curtis also wanted to incorporate more vegan or vegetarian dishes since some students cannot eat anything containing meat.
A recent event that has become popular is “Dining With The Director,” a casual dinner in the seminar room where students can meet and share ideas with Curtis about improvements and potential changes to their dining hall. The next meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 12.
Students are encouraged to express their ideas of any future changes at the dining hall. With these ideas and new changes, Curtis hopes to make students continually healthy and happy with college dining.
Many students from various grade levels have different opinions on the food offered at Hood. Freshmen Khyja McCray, Breanna Brown and Ermia Jeanty feel that the food was good at the beginning of the school year but feel that some food items need more seasoning and the Delicious Destinations “islands” need more options that students can enjoy. In contrast, Khyja enjoys the meals from different cultures, “especially the Korean menu”, and the staff, who she finds friendly and attentive.
“They always remember my name,” she remarked.
Brown and Jeanty observe the dining hall is clean, inviting, and a good opportunity to meet new people every day.
Sophomore Mackenzie Clark feels that while the food can be tasty sometimes, she feels that following a few suggestions can make a consistently positive dining experience for students.
“One of the suggestions I have is to have a home-cooked meals suggestion box,” she said. “Students can put suggestions of what they are used to eating at home in the box and the dining staff make it for everyone.”
She also feels that kitchen staff shouldn’t make the same food items for both lunch and dinner. However, she enjoys the dessert items offered.
Sophomore Tykera Pratt feels that food is decent and believes it is the same setup from last year. Junior Dorothy San agrees. Since she was a commuter for her first two years, she didn’t come to the dining hall. Now, as a resident, she comes more often, enjoys the food options and feels that the dining hall has ample variety.
Senior Baridakara Nwilene enjoys the breakfast and lunch options, but also feels the dining hall needs more options for Delicious Destinations. Generally, students seem to enjoy the dining hall and its food, but feel that a greater variety of options could improve the college dining experience.
By Nailah Russell
Well folks, I’m here! I’m settled, I don’t get lost as often and I can already hear 38% percent of the words in my head in an Australian accent.
Ok…let’s back up. It’s been a minute since you guys last heard from me and quite a bit has happened.
My first night in Australia was…exhausting. But what else is expected after almost 20+ hours of traveling?
When we got here, they told us to stay up at least until 8 p.m. That way, we could avoid being wide awake at 4 a.m. Unfortunately, that was still happening to some people for about a week. Sydney’s time is 14 hours ahead of EST. So adjustment was no joke!
The program technically started on Wednesday, August 23, but that was mainly orientation. Classes didn’t actually start until Tuesday, and we got Monday off to go to our internships and figure out our schedules for the rest of the semester.
The Saturday of that week, we went to Barangaroo Reserve to attend an Aboriginal Cultural Workshop. Here we learned extensively about Aboriginal culture and history – much of it including the trauma that the people underwent during colonization.
For those of you know me, you probably know that I’m a huge proponent of indigenous rights. One of the reasons that I chose to study in Australia was that I was interested in learning more about Aboriginal culture, history and the progression of their human rights. So, to hear about it in such detail was incredibly humbling and a peak of my academic career.
There is something indescribable about listening to someone else’s history and how it has impacted them in their daily lives. Australia’s history of racism is quite recent, and unfortunately Aboriginal people still face rampant discrimination. In spite of that, I’ve met so many non-indigenous individuals who are dedicated to the truth and moving the country forward to ensure equality.
As a matter of fact, Australian citizens are gearing up to vote for marriage equality. “Vote YES” ads and rainbow flags decorate the city. It really is amazing to observe a country’s social change as a visitor.
Talking to the citizens is especially interesting because I’ve found so many people that are passionate about progressive social change.
Mindsets like these have been especially apparent at my internship site.
I intern at a nonprofit called Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). The function of the organization commissions lawyers to represent and provide legal advice to refugees and people seeking asylum.
They also file complaints to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) because, unfortunately, Australia has appalling immigration policies.
When refugees attempt to come here from countries in the South Pacific by boat, they are captured and detained in offshore prisons with countless human rights violations. Being able to work at such an organization is a great opportunity to make positive change.
Most of my tasks consist of calling clients and answering phones, (which was daunting at first) and handling files. Though, recently, I’ve been working on some neat tasks.
Currently, I’m doing research to substantiate client claims. Another lawyer had me help him go through the legal statement on one of the refugees and piece together his story to go before Australian Immigration.
I’m hoping to help them in the near future put together complaints for the UNHCR.
All of the people at RACS have been incredibly helpful and kind, and I absolutely love hearing their passion to improve conditions for refugees and other people meeting extraordinary disadvantage.
Not only is everyone wonderful, but I’m noticing that the general culture is big on fraternity and -as the Aussies say- mateship. I think I know my coworkers better than most of the other Americans on my program. I’m really happy that I’m getting to make these international connections and friendships. Otherwise, why go abroad?
These friends even checked up on me after my Saturday trip to the Blue Mountains, asking me if I got back safely and how I enjoyed the journey. It was a great feeling.
But now I bet you’re also curious as to how the trip went…It was awesome! We first stopped at Featherdale Wildlife Park where got to meet koalas, cuddly wallabies, friendly wombats, and snuggly kangaroos – I even got to feed a kangaroo that nuzzled my hand every time he chewed (I’m not fangirling at all).
Then, we topped off the trip at the Blue Mountains, which I was super hyped for. We trailed down into one of the many rainforest pockets of the mountain range, hiked up intense stairs that were practically at 90 degree angles, and listened to the Aboriginal “Three Sisters” dreamtime/creation story.
We also learned some neat survival skills. Given the vastness of the range and the density of the forest, getting lost is easy! So, we gave our best “CooWEE!” calls, bouncing our voices off the mountains and stretching our calls for help for miles. A handy skill that also doubles as a dope party trick.
So far, I’m having an absolutely wonderful time here, and I have multiple Hood College offices to thank. But it has come to my attention that more students can make sure they get in on an experience like this because we now have a new study abroad coordinator. Congrats and welcome to our new Hood member! And good luck to our ambitious students who can now make sure they have an ultimate adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring break is here and for many seniors, this is our last spring break of our undergraduate career, and for many we don’t really have a break at all.
During this time, instead of vacationing and celebrating during Spring break, many seniors, like myself, go on interviews, look at potential graduate schools, and apply for post-graduation jobs.
My spring break started off to a fast start. Right after my night class on the Thursday before our week-long hiatus, I rushed home, packed and had to get ready for an 8 a.m. flight the next day. I traveled to Minneapolis, MN to tour the University of Minnesota School of Law. I was very excited and optimistic about Minneapolis. I arrived at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and was about to go through security when I realized that I forgot my driver’s license. Fortunately, I was finally able to board the plane, but I had to go through a longer vetting process.
“Welcome to Minneapolis, it is currently 8 degrees and we will be descending shortly,” the pilot announced. “Enjoy your weekend!” This weather was not ideal, certainly not like the warmth of Miami. However, like anyone who has ever traveled to a new place that could potentially be their new home, I got off the plane and was super excited to explore. I hurried to my hotel, put my luggage down, and went out to see the sights.
During my break, I also applied for jobs. I think finding a job after graduation is often portrayed as being easy. However, that is simply not the case. Searching for a job is overwhelming and it is nerve-wracking waiting for replies to the many cover letters and resumes sent out. I, like many other seniors, are stressing as I try to figure out my post-graduation plans and finish up my school work.
A sold out Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia was filled with fans screaming back lyrics to the Grammy nominated Panic! At The Disco on February 25th.
The national tour is celebrating the success of the band’s latest album Death of a Bachelor which features hit songs like “Victorious,” “Death of a Bachelor,” and “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.” The 5th album was released in 2016.
There were people of all ages enjoying the show, from children as young as 12, to people my age, to people in their thirties. A diverse crowd had gathered there to enjoy a night of music in one space.
It is amazing how much music can bring people together. Panic! At the Disco has lasted over generations which is uncommon for other bands in the music industry.
As soon as lead singer Brendan Urie hit the stage, the already loud Wells Fargo Center somehow became louder with the singing and screaming of lyrics.
When Urie is on stage singing and dancing, he is unpredictable and exciting. His spontaneity makes him a crowd pleaser, one that is hard not to dance and sing along with.
Though the Philadelphia and Washington DC dates have come and gone, there may very well be another album or another tour. Another performance by them will be an exciting event that few will want to miss.