Safe Sex Carnival Dec. 4

By: Jaasmin Foote

Hood College awaits its first Safe Sex Carnival on Thursday Dec. 4.

The carnival will be held in Whitaker Commons from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The purpose of the Safe Sex Carnival is to educate the Hood community about HIV, AIDS, STI’S, STD’s, and testing options through fun games, carnival snacks, and FAQS.

Justin Fox, Vice President of the Queer Student Union, also known as QSU, said that overall, he hopes students will learn how to protect themselves from AIDS, HIV, and STD’S: “I hope students will learn how to find out their statuses,” he said. “It’s so easy and there are so many great resources in Frederick like ‘I Want the Kit.’ The company works with the Health Center here at Hood and it allows you to test yourself at home. Then, you can then bring the sample to the Health Center. It’s very secure and private.”

The carnival is also a chance to find out about the plethora of methods used to practice safe sex. Fox said that both sexes should know every possible way to protect themselves during intercourse: “Yes, there are many female condoms in addition to the dental dam,” Fox said. “Students will find that out at the carnival.”

Several student organizations and the Health Center will be in attendance and will have tables with information about the subject matter as well as games and brochures. Co-Sponsoring Organizations include: Health Center, QSU, BSU La Comunidad, PRSSA, SACC/SPURS, Equal Sex, Last Train of Thought, and House Forum

The list of activities for the carnival is as follows:

∙The Health Center–Consent Booth and FAQS

∙ Equal Sex–Female Condom Toss

∙ Last Train of Thought– Condom Pop (popping condoms with a dart)

∙Queer Student Union–Bobbing for Balls with Dental Dams

∙ Black Student Union– Duck Pool and FAQS about STI and HIV

∙Public Relations Student Society of America–Beer Goggle and Condoms

∙House Forum– Pump it Up (blowing condoms up like balloons)

∙La Comunidad–Ring Toss on a Penis

Travis Eichelberger, the area coordinator for Diversity Initiatives and advisor of QSU, BSU, and La Comunidad, is looking forward to the event: “It’s going to be fun. This is all of the student’s hard work. They’re in charge, not me. Teresa Cevallos (director of Health Resources and a member of the Safe Sex Carnival Planning Committee) and I are just here to make sure the educational aspect is included.”

Eichelberger also said he was excited about the event and noted “if everything goes as planned, the decorations are going to be insane.”

Every year, the student organizations take turns leading the activities for World AIDS Day. La Communidad has been the largest contributor the past few years, but this year, QSU is playing the leader.

Eichelberger said QSU wanted to do something “different” this year: “We looked online and saw that other schools do sex carnivals, so the presidents of the student groups looked up standard carnival games and twisted them to apply to HIV, STI’s and STD’s in a fun way.”

Eichelberger noted that QSU chose to do a sex carnival over other approaches because “it gives all of the student organizations an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way.”  Eichelberger said that a lot of groups are participating, but it’s not too late to help out if you’re interested in doing so.

Eichelberger said that in addition to games, each booth will also have information specific to their community: “For example, the Black Student Union and La Comunidad will have information about how HIV and AIDS affects the African American community and Hispanic communities [and so forth and so on]. Students will get general information as well as information that applies specifically to them and their communities.”

Eichelberger also noted the importance of sexual consent: “I’ve done a lot of work with Rape Culture on campuses, so I think the national microscope dealing with sexual assault is important. No school is perfect, but Hood is working on dealing with this as efficiently as possible, and I like that the pressure is there to make people responsible for their actions.”

Cevallos said that in addition to a “commemoration of HIV,” the carnival is a “bogo” because the booth will discuss safe sex, HIV and STD/ STI prevention, as well as sexual consent.

Cevallos said: “Some students don’t know the consequences that come with sex. The students focused on safe sex for the carnival, but the Health Center is concerned with tying in sexual consent to prevent sexual assault on college campuses.”

Cevallos also noted that the staff at the Health Center decided to do a Consent Booth, an informational booth about sexual consent, instead of an “old time kissing booth” to add a modern twist on carnival traditions. She said she hopes the students will learn about disease prevention, sexual health, and sexual responsibility. She noted that the Health Center will offer raffle tickets to students that correctly repeat the FAQS at the booth.

Students will have tables with information and pamphlets about safe sex as well as red ribbons from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, the tables will be set up from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, the tables will be set- up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hood celebrates Food Day

By Jaasmin Foote

Hood College celebrated its 4th annual Food Day on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Whitaker Commons.

Food Day is a national event that Healthy You Initiative brought to Hood faculty four years ago to provide public access to healthy and sustainable food. After a successful event, the group decided to extend their invitation to Hood students and the community in order to promote a healthy spirituality, physicality, emotionality, and mentality in the attendees.

The first year, Carol Wuenschel, the executive director of Human Resources, asked Aramark to prepare food for the event. By the third year, she had partnered with April Boulton, director of Development Biology, whom shared her passion for the environment and healthy lifestyles.

Boulton said that food plays a big role in the environment: “We sit down three or more times a day at the table, but we don’t think about where the food comes from and how much we throw out. I think it’s important to firstly acknowledge that there is a problem. The next step is to educate the students about the problem— knowledge is power. The third step is to give them solutions so they can reduce their waste.”

The theme for Food Day this year is food waste. Boulton said one of her main concerns was the amount of food waste in Coblentz. “The dining hall wastes about 1/3 of its food due to students “piling up their plates with food because they don’t want to keep getting up to get more. The food isn’t going anywhere. We waste so much food that way.”

After dinner, Georgette Jones Ph.D., and Michael Coon, assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Business Administration, gave lectures about how food waste affects your body and the environment. HEAT and Enactus also gave brief overviews of their missions and activities: HEAT’S current goal is to combat food waste in Coblentz, and Enactus is working to get compost bins installed on campus.

Jones noted during her lecture that the portion sizes in the U.S. are “out of control.” She noted that all of portion sizes have doubled or tripled since 1994. Jones said that “reducing food waste starts with you.” According to Jones, food waste is the largest portion of landfill material. She said food waste makes up 21 percent of landfill material and Americans throw out $36 million tons of food. She explained this is bad for the environment because food waste inside landfills create methane, which is over 20 times more potent that carbon dioxide.

Jones said in order to prevent food waste, people must “repurpose unwanted edible foods, promote the use of biofuels, and compost.”

She told the audience: “Don’t eat from a container or a bag, and use smaller plates. If you take less, then you eat less and waste less. You should eat slower and avoid foods rich in high fructose corn syrup to curb your hunger.”

Laura Shriver, Vice President of HEAT, said she’d like to see “this student-run effort impact Hood for the long term and get everyone into the new habit of taking less and wasting less in the dining hall.” She said that Food Day is important because “we know that our culture can be wasteful with our resources— especially food.” She added: “There are blatant inequalities with the dispersion of food and resources, yet we tend to be careless about throwing away excess food.”

During his lecture, Coon spoke about the wasteful habits of Americans: “Less waste equals less waist,” he said. “You can go to a buffet and pay a small fare to stuff your face, but people around the world are starving. That proves there is an abundance of food— we waste $165 billion worth of food a year. The rest of the world is going hungry because we’re wasting so much.”

Coon also said that American’s “preferences” are another source of waste: “Studies show that we prefer food in larger piles, but it’s beneficial to use small piles because the food is handled less by other shoppers and it has sat on the shelf a shorter period of time. The stores use nudging for evil with their randomly organized displays. They’re saying ‘Hey, you came here for cream of mushroom soup, but you probably would like cream of chicken too, so you should go ahead and buy it.’”

Lucy Hurlbut, a freshman at Hood, said she enjoyed the seminar and the menu: “They know how to feed me,” she said. “I loved the butternut squash. I also enjoyed how Professor Jones compared modern food proportions to the proportions 20 years ago. ”