What’s New in the Dining Hall

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. 

 

Free Speech at Hood

By Kashif Masood 

On campuses nationwide, incidents have ignited a debate about free speech and inclusion on campus. Calls for discipline have raised concerns about the state of free speech on campus. 

In an email response to a speech code request, the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) noted: “Although Hood is a private college and thus not legally bound by the First Amendment, it makes institutional promises that bind it morally and perhaps even contractually to protect free speech. Students reading these promises would reasonably expect that Hood will provide them with free speech rights commensurate with those of their peers at public institutions.” 

Policy 55 states that “Hood College is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression. The College’s policy against discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, and retaliation is not intended to stifle this freedom, nor will it be permitted to do so.” 

But FIRE is not satisfied. They criticize the Bullying and Harassment clauses for “mak[ing] punishable any mere ‘attempt to demean … or abuse another individual,’ which includes a great deal of speech that is protected under First Amendment standards…so a person’s subjective feeling about what expression is demeaning or abusive is enough to meet the standard.” FIRE also criticized the Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct clauses for “mak[ing] punishable any conduct which creates ‘a hostile or offensive environment’” without using an objective, reasonable person standard. FIRE recommended that these clauses be revised 

to match the Davis vs. Monroe (a May 24, 1999 Supreme Court case) harassment definition (“so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so undermines and detracts from the victims’ educational experience, that the victim-students are effectively denied equal access to an institution’s resources and opportunities.”) 

When Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion, Travis Eichelberger, was asked if such a revision would affect enforcement of Policy 55, he confidently expressed that “Policy 55 was revised in 2015, so the Board [of Trustees] must have been aware of that court case.” When asked what would be considered offensive, he said that they “focus on the perception of not feeling safe, targeted, not being supported. Also we look at intent.” When asked about Hood’s commitment to free speech, Eichelberger stressed that Hood is interested in dialogue, not censorship. He mentioned how several years ago, Newt Gingrich was allowed to speak on campus. Those protesting his appearance were allowed to do so peacefully. 

Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct, Matt Troutman, shares Eichelberger’s sentiment on dialogue instead of censorship. In an email response to an interview request, Troutman said, “ It is vital that Resident Assistants are affirming and welcoming to all students… I encourage RAs to bring their students to campus activities including events which promote diversity in thought, ethnicity, gender, etc…There are opportunities for RAs [Resident Assistants]] to notice when students are saying words or inappropriate jokes, or similar types of things which others would find offensive; these are teachable moments for students to learn  when the RA or their supervisor or another campus resource discusses the matter with them. Incidents which are larger in nature are sometimes handled in the judicial system (by  my office).” 

 

 

Hood Blazer Down Under

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.  

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.

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 ray@hood.edu or 301-696-3289.