CARE Offers Increased Sexual Assault Prevention

By Christie Wisniewski and Maya Douglas

According to the Hood College 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, instances of rape and dating violence on campus increased in 2016. The report defines a forcible sexual offense as “any sexual act directed against another person…against that person’s will; or not forcibly…where the victim is incapable of giving consent.”

The recent report was released to students by email on September 29, and is required by federal law to be published and viewable by all students. Not only does the report track the number of criminal offenses reported on campus, it also tracks the number of fires, liquor and drug law violations, and illegal weapon possession on campus.

There were four forcible sexual assaults reported on campus and one involving Hood students on public property in 2016, the report states. The report also shows that there were four instances of dating violence on campus the same year. In 2015, the report states that there were three forcible sexual assault offenses and one on public property, and two instances of dating violence on campus.

This September, Hood was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice Office of Violence against Women on Campus. The college plans to use the funds to supplement ongoing efforts to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking on campus.

“We looked at what the needs are on campus in terms of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking and how we could improve,” said Jaime Cacciola, director of Grants and Gift Planning.

Cacciola worked in conjunction with Dean of Students Olivia White to write the grant- a three-month long process.

The grant will be dispersed over three years and will undergo evaluation to gauge success, the first phase of the project being to hire on a Campus Awareness Response Education (CARE) director. This person will work closely with the Dean and under the Student Life division to advise students on sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking related situations, coordinate contact with Hood’s Community Coordinated Response (CCR) team to provide resources for students, as well as train staff and students to deal with these situations.

The CARE director is expected to be hired by January.

The CCR team consists of Frederick City Police, The Frederick Center, a nonprofit specializing in LGBT support; Heartly House, and the Maryland Coalition for Sexual Assault. These organizations will serve as community partners of Hood’s CARE initiative.

This grant will serve as supplementary to ongoing sexual assault and domestic violence prevention training including the required One Love seminar for incoming freshman and monitoring students in the “red zone,” a student’s first year of college. Students are also urged

to report instances to Campus Safety and take advantage of the services offered in the Wellness Center.

“If a situation like this [sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking] will happen, most time it’ll happen in that red zone where students are still adjusting to a new place,” said Cacciola.

“We’re really thrilled to have to have opportunity to address these needs, I think Hood College absolutely wants make sure they’re doing their due diligence to make sure that domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking doesn’t happen on campus,” she said.

In 2016, there was one report of a student on campus intimidating another based on their race, according to the statistics. In the previous two years, the report had no instances of crime based on a person’s race, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, or disability.

There were 65 liquor law violations and 25 drug law violations on campus in 2016, according to the report’s “2016 Arrests and Judicial Referrals” category.

The report offers multiple general safety precautions for students in order to lessen campus crime. These precautions include:

· “Never admit strangers into your room or hall.”

· Never remain alone in isolated or unoccupied areas, including classrooms, libraries, or other buildings. When such use is required, special arrangements must be made with the Department of Campus Safety.”

· “When walking at night, have a friend(s) along and carry a cell phone.”

Students are encouraged to keep the numbers of emergency personnel at hand:

· Frederick County Mental Health Resources: 211

· Heartly House 24-hour hotline: 301-662-8800

· City of Frederick Police: 301-600-2100/ non-emergency direct line: 301-600-2102

· Frederick County Sheriff’s Office: 301-600-1046

· Frederick Memorial Hospital General Info: 240-566-3300

Parking struggles continue at Hood

by Christie Wisniewski

Hood College introduced a new parking plan just in time for the 2017 fall semester, but some students are less than pleased. All members of the Hood community were required to obtain a parking sticker classifying themselves as faculty, commuter, or resident starting August 1. These stickers have rendered the original parking hangtags useless unless they include one of the new stickers.

 

In addition to the classification stickers, there are new parking designation signs around campus. Certain rows are labeled for residents, while others are for faculty, visitors, or commuters. Unfortunately, many students have found that this parking plan has worsened the already-difficult parking situation.

 

“It’s absolutely worse for everyone,” said Michelle Shedd, a commuter. “Not only is parking worse for commuters, but faculty are mad too…Literally no one benefits from the new parking structure.”

 

She went on to explain that some of her professors have given up trying to find a designated “faculty” spot and are now parking on side streets alongside students.

 

According to Dean Olivia White, the Department of Campus Safety assessed all of the spaces on campus, compiled data on the ratio of parking spaces needed per student, and determined parking space assignments from that data.

 

“Spaces were… assigned based on need and proximity to specific buildings,” she said. “For example, commuter students were allocated spaces near academic buildings and residential students were allocated spaces near resident halls.”

 

The parking plan was developed with the input of campus groups such as the SGA, Commuter Council, and Staff Council, and the final plan was approved by the Senior Team.

 

Trouble for commuters

Commuters seem to be having an especially hard time with the new parking plan and express exasperation that Hood doesn’t seem to keep their commuters in mind.

 

“I feel like Hood doesn’t care about their commuters,” said Natalie Kendall, a Hood senior and commuter. “There seem to be way more spots for residents and faculty than commuters.”

 

According to Kendall, the amount of spaces is just the tip of the iceberg for parking frustrations. She drives a large truck to school every day, and has found that parking spaces are too small to safely park a vehicle larger than a sedan. Her truck has already been backed into once this semester.

 

“I understand that we have limited room, but I feel like the residents…are getting special priority,” she said. “It would be smarter to designate more commuter parking closer to campus and resident parking farther away. Commuters have to drive to school every day and find a parking spot every day. Residents don’t have to move their cars at all unless they have to go somewhere. It just doesn’t make sense. Why do they get special treatment?”

 

Another commuter student, Bailey May, feels that not only is the parking inconvenient, it’s confusing. Certain lots aren’t wholly designated to faculty or students; sometimes there will be one or two rows of a whole lot designated to residents, then another row nearby designated to commuters, and some students find this hard to memorize.

 

In a reply to Kendall’s comment, May said “I second feeling uncared about as a commuter.”

 

In the beginning of the semester, a sewer line from Smith Hall broke, which required a pipe replacement. This work was completed in mid-September and all effected parking has been restored for use, but this construction caused an issue for many, including May who tripped in the construction zone and hairline fractured her foot.

 

The construction zone temporarily discontinued use of the parking spots behind Smith Hall, as well as some spaces that were affected by pipe replacement. Some construction equipment and trailers were stored in parking spaces as well, which drastically cut the number of available spaces.

 

Dean White commented that to date, there have been four or five parking complaints brought to the attention of Campus Safety, and all of those complaints were made by commuters who stated that there were not enough spaces for their use but ample spaces for residents and faculty/staff.

“In response, adjustments to the plan have been made to provide additional spaces for commuter students,” White said.

 

However, commuters aren’t the only ones who have a beef with parking. Residents, such as Emily Kefauver, find the new parking plan to be irritating.

 

Residents, alumni comment on issue

“I can tell you, it’s not much better for residents,” said Kefauver, who works off campus and has to move her car around several times a week, but can’t find resident spaces at the time she gets back from work.

 

“The only way I could possibly benefit from this new parking idea is if I get a parking spot in a resident spot and literally leave my car there for the next 3 months,” she said. “If I go to move it, I’ll have no options when I come back. Nearly the entire parking lot directly outside of my dorm is now designated to commuters, so I can barely even use that. I can’t even imagine having to commute every single day.”

 

Hood alumni recall the parking issue from their time at Hood, too. Both Nikki Frock, class of 2015, and CJ Blick, class of 2017, were commuters during their time at Hood.

 

“[Parking] was a huge, annoying issue as a commuter,” Frock recalled.

 

Blick struggled with Kendall’s problem as well. “Very few” spots in the commuter lot could accommodate her truck.

 

“The issue of available parking will not be solved with tickets,” Blick said. “Hood has outgrown her modest beginnings and is in need of a real solution. Perhaps students would benefit from a shuttle system providing access to downtown parking garages. Another possibility could be leasing some spots from the hospital garage for faculty.”

 

According to White, the spaces allotted to each category are as follows:

Commuters – 175

Residents – 225

Faculty/Staff – 149

Visitors – 13

Contractors – 9

General Parking – 45

 

There is some talk of adding more parking lots in the next few semesters. The Campus Master Plan includes new parking lots based on “anticipated construction projects,” according to White, who also mentioned that the Office of Campus Safety welcomes feedback on the current parking plan and will make adjustments as needed.

                                                                                                     

Happy 125th Hood College

By Shania Heerd

This academic year marks Hood College’s 125th year of being a college. Hood is celebrating this milestone with events, projects and opportunities. The celebration kicks off with Hood College President Andrea E. Chapdelaine’s student challenge for this year: commit to 125 minutes per day for studying, 125 minutes per week for exercising, and 125 hours throughout the semester for volunteering. Students are incredibly supportive of the idea and look forward to being a part of the school during such a historically important time. 

With the 125th anniversary, the community looks back on the history of Hood. The liberal arts school once served as a female-only school to provide nearby education for women in accordance with the changing of the nearby coeducational Mercersburg College to the male-only Mercersburg Academy. Now Hood serves to help any and all dedicated learners. This great change impacted many other major decisions made by the institution, including the location and the name Hood College. 

Established in 1893, the college was named the Women’s College of Frederick. The name was later changed to Hood in honor of Margaret Scholl Hood, perhaps the most generous benefactor of the time, who granted the college the land to move to where it is located today. In celebration of Hood’s history, the community of Frederick celebrated the first 125th event at Hood’s original location in Winchester Hall on September 12.  

Many showed up to Winchester Hall to celebrate the event where many important figures applauded the college’s accomplishments, including speakers President Chapdelaine and County Executive Jan H. Gardner, who is also a Hood alumna. During the event, a plaque was unveiled by students Mary Amusa and Caitlyn Jean-Ward memorializing Winchester Hall in the engraved words:  

“1893-1915 

Original Home of the Woman’s College of Frederick Maryland, now known as 

HOOD COLLEGE” 

It was also announced by President Chapdelaine that Hood would be launching the Martha Church Center for Civic Engagement, given the name in honor of Martha Church, who provided funding for the center as a gift. The purpose of the center is to connect students with government and business opportunities, as well as to “better meet the educational and workforce needs of our community, expand internship and research opportunities for our students, and increase our civic and service participation,” as stated by President Chapdelaine. 

Some commentary was provided by speakers County Executive Gardner and President Chapdelaine. Many commented on the history of the building, including an alumna reminiscing that the “parking lot that was an athletic complex, and the women that etched their engagements in the windows.”  

When asked what she sees happening at Hood College in the next few years, Gardner stated: “I think we’ll continue to see a lot of community partnerships and collaborations. I think we’ll have partnerships unlike we’ve ever experienced in the past, because we know jobs will change faster and faster, even globally.”  

“I think Hood College will be around for another 150 years, and it will change a lot.” Chapdelaine said. “I don’t think we planned on being a co-ed school, but here we are, and it’s a wonderful thing. Hood College will always be changing and bettering.”  

While the first event has passed, the college and community plan on celebrating many more to come. New students are welcomed cordially and congratulated on being so lucky as to attend on such an important year. The first semester is off to a great start, and all of Frederick looks forward to the college’s events ahead for the year. May all the students and faculty take pride in their school’s history and celebrate the milestone. 

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.