Ivan Coyote speaks at Hood College

“I am 46 years old and it breaks my heart that it took me so long,” said Ivan Coyote, spoken word performer and novelist. “I almost feel close to right. I made me. Words made me. I feel handsome, I feel strong.”

Much like most of us, it took a lifetime for the wordsmith to learn to love themselves even if what they saw on the outside was not matching what was felt on the inside. The published author of nine books began performing in 1992 and later began a performance group called “Taste This.”

On Thursday night, a large collection of students, teachers, and members of the Hood community gathered to experience the riveting performance that Coyote had prepared. Coyote quickly jumped to story after story saying, “Some people collect postcards of places they have been, I collect people.”

We all sat intensely, listening to a story about an unhappy man in an airport and a religious man on a plane. Coyote made these people sound like every day people; people we could ordinarily picture existing. The difference is, however, the unexpected crossing of paths that lead them to Coyote; a storybook then to us. Those people live on through us, as ordinary as they were; they had stories to tell.

However, Coyote’s collection of people does not discriminate between the good and bad. Every person is different, and every person receives Coyote differently. Explaining encounters between the supportive and the not so understanding, came with an array of emotions: sadness, anger, humor, confusion and many more.

“I like to think that most people don’t care at all. But some people… some people care a whole lot don’t they?” said Coyote. “They might choose to change their body language, they might choose to change their voice, they might choose to change their mind.”

Coyote understands not everyone knows how to accept, but makes it clear that changing someone’s mind about something is very unlikely to happen.

“Mostly, I just try to be personable. I try to be polite. I try not to assume anything about anyone. Kind of like Peter Pan, I have wrinkles, I have grey hair but magically I cannot grow a mustache.”

Of all the transgender struggles in the world Coyote says that men and young boys transitioning have the hardest time. Society measures them by “manliness.” It’s something that reminds Coyote of their childhood and the battle against their Mom to wear pants, or go shirtless while swimming.

However, the struggle between a mother and her child, even then Coyote says is not specific to gender identity. “I used to be mad at her for squeezing me into everything, but I grew out of it. I mistook that look for shame, and that mistake has cost us both so much. I like to think that I struggled the same as every other teenage girl.” Coyote said.

Coyote wanted us to hear an excerpt from the new performance and book they had coming out called Shouldn’t I feel pretty?

“I get these letters now. I get these letters from people who are hurting. I think people want to know they are not alone. Should I tell them the truth? Are two lost people any better off when they find each other? I can count the times on one hand when I did [feel pretty] and even then they were fleeting. My all of me always lacking a certain grace.”

As Coyote altered their body through lifting weights then top surgery, they began to feel better and more at home. Coyote concluded the performance with the response letter from the woman who didn’t know who she was anymore.

“So thank you for writing me and I hope it helps you somehow. I hope you someday wear yourself on your sleeve, on your cuff, like a medal.”

It is quickly made apparent to all that came to witness the performance, that pants or dresses all we’re really looking for is some great stories and a little self-love.

What college students need to know about drinking

By Jiselle Lopez

Drinking isn’t just what adults do anymore. These days almost anyone can get their hands on a bottle of wine; this can be a scary and invigorating fact depending on who you are. According to Dosomething.org, “In 2012, nearly three-fourths of students (72 percent) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school.” So to say the least, as a college freshman, chances are you’ve already tried alcohol or you will soon. Here are some helpful tips to keep your body and life out of trouble.

1. Always eat a full meal before.
Before drinking, it is important that you eat and digest a full meal. If you eat while drinking, some of the alcohol will be absorbed in the food and you won’t become as drunk. However, the main reason for eating before drinking is to avoid getting sick; that includes alcohol poisoning. In most cases, the people who get sick are usually the ones who drank on an empty stomach.

2. Only drink with people you trust.
Whether you’re just buzzed or drunk, your judgment is impaired when you use alcohol. It is important that you’re safe where you’re drinking and with whom you’re drinking. Think to yourself. “Will these people take care of me if something happens to me while I’m here?” Will these people walk you home, take you to the hospital or call you a ride home? Do you trust these people when you don’t have the mental capacity to trust your own decisions and actions? This is important because you need to be safe.

3. Know how you’re getting home.
If you are at a party drinking and someone has driven you there, decide whether you can spend the night or if there is a designated driver to get you home safely. Your judgment will be impaired once you start drinking and you won’t be able to judge if you are able to drive or not. You need to ask the resident of the house/location if it’s okay to stay the night before you arrive because some people will say no. Again, if someone does drive you home make sure they have not been drinking and that you trust them to get you home safely.

4. Know/learn your limit and exercise it.
When you drink, drink slowly and pay attention to the moment you stop feeling sober and when you start feeling drunk. The feeling is different for everyone so it is important to take things slowly and get to know yourself a bit. This is important for the future when or if you are in need of being cut off from drinks. It is important to know how much is too much and when it’s okay to maybe have more.

5. Discover your hangover food.
A hangover doesn’t happen to everyone or every time you drink, but it does happen. Your body is recovering from the night before. Drink lots of water if anything at all. Do not take medicine on any empty stomach if you have a headache. Some people eat greasy foods when they’re hung-over; others are sickened simply by the thought. Discover what works for you and cling to it for dear life.

6. Be prepared for anything.
If you are arrested for underage drinking, what will you tell your parents? What will happen with school? Who will bail you out of jail? When someone drinks anything can happen, in public or private places. This is why it is extremely important to stay safe by surrounding yourself with people you trust. Drinking can be an enjoyable social activity if everyone is safe and conscious of their surroundings.

Players optimistic about first baseball team

By Jiselle Lpoez

Hood’s athletic department ranges from an array of sports teams for both men and women. From soccer to volleyball, the students at Hood participate in all kinds of sports-related activities with their teammates and fellow fans. With the introduction of the first and much-anticipated baseball team at Hood, students and staff have been more than welcoming to the incoming recruits.

“I’m not from around here, but from what I’ve been told, this is an area known for some good baseball. And the coaches are exactly what every baseball player wants,” said freshman Tyler Erney.

This year, over 42 students went out for Hood’s baseball team and the final roster is still pending. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this history-making sports team is ready for the hard work ahead of them.

“We should be competing on the field, in the classroom, and in the weight room. It takes a lot of hard work and improvement to get there. If we are working hard, improving every day, and playing the game the right way, the results will speak for themselves,” said head coach Cory Beddick.

Because the starting of a baseball team here at Hood was such a hit, almost anywhere someone goes on campus, a player, or group of players, can be seen together. In other words, the team has already bonded both on and off the field.

“It is incredible to see how interested people are in the new baseball program. It seems almost everywhere you go you see a baseball player in one of your classes or in the hallways,” said freshman Cameron Fitzgerald.

The team consists mainly of freshman and they have already had a dose of their three-hour practices for five days a week since the semester began. Most players were recruited to play here, even students who were considered “non-freshman.” However, the age of the players is not the only thing that brings them together.

“The fact that we’re pretty much all freshman impacts us in an extremely positive way,” said sophomore Zach Scheuerman, “My teammates may be freshman, but plenty of them carry themselves as upperclassmen on and off the field. Critics may say that the majority and experience isn’t here, but I would beg to differ.”

Attracting baseball players to Hood brought interest on both sides of the recruitment process.

“The process began with an interest in the school itself. Next, I shot coach Beddick an email saying that I was interested in Hood, and also the baseball program. For me, the decision was clear; I felt most comfortable at Hood, and I would also be given the opportunity to play college baseball,” said Fitzgerald.

Along with the athletic director Tom Dickman and head coach Cory Beddick, they were both able to recruit and design Hood’s baseball team for its first year. The recruiting process for both the players and the coaches was especially important to make the team’s schedule run smoothly. Coach Beddick along with assistant coaches Mike Landis, Jimmy King, and Michal Paker were able to recruit players they believed to be hardworking and talented.

Most of the players and coaches have played baseball since High School or earlier. Baseball, being a clear commitment for some of them, brings them closer in their ability to grow as players and people together.

“Hood’s baseball team is different than my high school team because almost none of us had grown up playing together, but what will help us be successful is how close we’ve become already. We haven’t been here that long and there is not a time you won’t see a huge group of baseball players walking around with each other,” said Erney.

Players, coaches, and students are all looking forward to seeing what this year’s first team has to offer Hood with their ability to work hard and play hard as many have already seen. For some, this team will become a part of our history and for others; it will build an undeniable legacy that the entire Hood community can be proud of.

“We have an opportunity to leave our fingerprints on a baseball program for decades to come,” said Coach Beddick, “We have a great group of guys that are going to work hard every single day to achieve our goals.”

Frederick’s In the Street festival a success

By Jiselle Lopez,

Music booms within the center of downtown. People are scattered everywhere, already feeling immersed by the culture Frederick has to offer. Kids are weaving in and out of the crowds with their paint-covered faces. Hood students walk along Market Street eating pretzels and sitting with friends. People are line dancing at intersections to Salsa music.

Frederick’s annual “In The Street” festival was an inviting atmosphere on Saturday, September 13, that attracted all kinds of people.

“I think that sometimes students don’t really take advantage of downtown and [the festival] is something that forces people to recognize it,” said senior Josh Kling.

Children, parents, students, businesses, organizations; everyone in the community was welcomed. Walking through Market Street, it is impossible to ignore the many organizations and businesses connecting with their local and loyal customers who walked up to their tables.

This year’s In the Street festival consisted of three main events making for an all-day celebration for everyone in the Frederick Community.

“Since I went to High School here in Frederick, it’s a traditional thing and it’s really fun” said senior Raymond Rivera, “It [allows] students to see that Hood has a great and active community.”

Starting at 8:45 a.m. on Market Street was the “Market Street Mile,” where members of the community were encouraged to register and run along Market Street.

At 11 a.m. the In the Street portion begins where Market Street is divided into blocks based on different events and activities. Participants were able to attend the following blocks from the intersection of 7th street on; The Wedding event block, Public Safety block, Kids block, Going Green block, Health & Fitness block, History block, Art block and Sports block. Each block was labeled with purple, orange, blue, green, yellow or red flags to specify what events where happening within each block.

“[In the Street] shows the Frederick community to the students that aren’t from around this area,” said senior Tom Marino.

This year Market Street’s intersection areas were filled with overflowing crowds to hear the enormous set list of performers throughout the day. Musical performances started as early as 11 a.m. and ended as late as 9 p.m. The entertainment then continued to Carroll Creek Amphitheater for this year’s “Up the Creek Party,” once the In the Street portion was over. For just 5 dollars anyone 21 or older was able to attend performances by Right Foot Red and Jah Works courtesy of KEY103 and Flying Dog Brewery.

Frederick’s In the Street has been around for over 25 years and never fails to excite local members of its community.

“Kids and student’s like to go stand to stand and enjoy the food,” said Rivera after talking to a local family about the fair.

Renee Green and her family come to In the Street every year. It has been passed on and shared through generations of her family. Every year she comes prepared with jackets and takes her kids to the face-painting table before leaving. On Saturday she and her family had been there from about 10:30 a.m. to at least 3:30 p.m.

The celebration offers people opportunities to delve into a variety of groups spreading the word about their beliefs. Hood Junior, Erin Murray looks forward to the diversity of Frederick’s In the Street celebration.

“It’s so close that everyone can come and do something safe and fun,” said Murray.

One organization willing to wave their colors high was The Frederick Center, whose catchphrase is “For diversity in a changing world.” Two people sat at their table at all times, with volunteers working two-hour shifts throughout the day.

“We’re trying to get recognition in the Frederick community, [we’ve been] picking up information in terms of how to add services to our website,” the volunteers said.

The organization’s mission is to “support and educate people on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies.” They were able to register their table and spread the word as people walked by on Market Street.

Overall the fear of rain did not deter the Frederick community from coming out and enjoying the cultural emersion of downtown. People of all ages were in attendance, walking around with both family and friends. It is safe to say, rain or shine, the 2014 annual celebration for Frederick In the Street has been a success.




Transitioning into the future

By Jiselle Lopez

As Hood students and staff return from summer break to begin the new school year, incoming freshman are faced with the challenge of entering a college in transition.

In May of 2014, a strategic plan was posted on Hood’s website that maps out the changes the college administration has laid out for Hood from 2012 to 2017.

In the fall of 2001, Hood brought in a Planning consultant from Columbia, Maryland named Carole Lyles Shaw. Shaw began planning a three-phase plan for bettering Hood as a school and as a community. Phase one began in 2002 and carried on till 2006, where the school eased its way into co-education. Phase two is coming to an end from when it started in 2006, as Hood has improved in enrollment and finances. Now we approach the beginning stages of the third phase. Phase three entails expanding our potential for competitive learning and admission by implementing new technological advantages and investing in other useful human resources as stated on Hood’s website.

Many of these changes have been anticipated as both the economy and the job market continue to change. This is an important reason for the third phase to happen now, to alter certain areas at Hood and orient them to the national economic atmosphere. The major part of the academic side of these plans focuses on the needed support and altering in experience based on student involvement in their first year at Hood. Under the plan’s section labeled, “Academic Development, Priority one,” some of the main goals are listed as to be determined based on the first year experience.

The main focus of the overall plan is to address any problems with admissions and retention while studying incoming freshman classes and the core curriculum alongside student affairs. Within this five-year plan, Hood strives to raise graduation and enrollment rates. To achieve this goal Hood turns to changing the advertising through the media. The sixth priority section of the Strategic Plan states, “Increase traditional media advertising in support of undergraduate and graduate recruiting…expand efforts to promote the college using social median and other electronic media and marketing tools.”

In June, Hood announced the new e-billing system for tuition and otherwise that can now be accessed on self-service. Fortunately for freshman this will be something they can orient themselves with as something to be used to for the remainder of their time here at Hood. For upperclassmen this may be a change not accepted or considered a non-habit. However the brighter side of this is freshman and upperclassmen can transition to e-billing together as a collective group.

Among the list of changes to the Hood community, one of the biggest changes is the stepping down of President Volpe at the end of this school year. Therefore this year students and staff will be celebrating him and all his accomplishments here at Hood. Freshman will only have this one year to get acquainted with a truly inspirational man that was so influential to Hood’s community. Since becoming President in 2001, “The College has transitioned to co-education, increased its enrollment more than 50 percent, established new academic and athletic programs, made numerous campus improvements and strengthened its financial health,” according to Hood’s online Biography.

Before we say goodbye to our President, Hood will participate in the continued celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights act with the March on Frederick. Hood marks the realization of “The Dream” with information about the time period,  and is giving students the opportunity to volunteer as well as holding an essay contest to hear their voices contribute to the history we remember.

Overall, for incoming freshman, returning students and staff what we are entering or returning to is a school in transition. We will each be able to see some part of that Strategic Plan take effect and fall into place this year as we march together, as we celebrate our President, and as we orient ourselves to the strategically anticipated plans towards bettering out school and our community.

Upcoming Homecoming Festivities and Events Move Forward from Past Controversy

By Jiselle Lopez

“It is cool that Hood allows people to be themselves. If people didn’t want me to be king, they wouldn’t have nominated me and voted for me,” said Jennifer Jones in the 2006 article in The Frederick News Post about her winning Hood’s Homecoming King.

It has been seven years since we’ve had a Homecoming due to the uproar Jones’ win caused in the community. Although she received 64 out of 169 casted votes, many felt her nomination and overall win only discouraged males from wanting to run in future Homecomings.

Many interpreted the issue of a female Homecoming King as a Gay/Lesbian issue here at Hood College. As Frederick News Post’s article wrote in 2006, “It’s nice a woman can beat men in a contest. However, this opportunity shouldn’t have been taken away from the few men at Hood. This is a gender issue turned into a gay/lesbian rights issue.”

This year will be Hood’s third Homecoming and the first Homecoming at Hood since 2006. This year Homecoming is being incorporated with Family Weekend; The weekend of Oct. 4-6.

Beginning on the fourth at 2pm, Professor Flora, Ph.D., Physics will be talking about Living in a Nuclear Age in Rosenstock, Room 305.

Professor Atwood, Ph.D., Journalism will run a program called, So You want to be a blogger? in the adjacent room, 306.

Two different topics will be covered later, beginning at 3pm. Professor Latkovski, Ph.D., History will talk about Inside Putin’s Russia in room 305 and Professor Farrell, Ph.D., History will be talking about the impact of Emigration on Ireland and the United States in room 306. Lastly, at 4pm Professor Laufer, Ph.D., Biology will discuss Advanced Biofuels in room 305.

From 5-6:30pm there will be appetizers and beverages served in Brodbeck Hall as a Welcome Back Happy Hour event for students, family, alumni and faculty.

Then at 9pm students and family will gather in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock to watch skits prepared by Hood students. The last event of the night is at 10:30pm in Whitaker, it’s called the Homecoming Late night Extravaganza. This event features a Taco bar and fun activities to participate in. These will conclude the opening events for the Homecoming and Family weekend.

On the 5th, from 10-10:50 in Whitaker, Alumni, the Career center, Undergraduate admissions and more will join together to inform students of any opportunities available to them and any new ways to support Hood.

Following that event, at 11 President Volpe will give us any Updates on the College in Whitaker, which is a new location from where he has made his previous speeches. The Homecoming festival itself will be from 12-5pm on the Quad.  Activities for Homecoming will include a live band, a rock wall, a food kiosk and more. At 8pm there will be another performance in Hodson, followed by a Community Dessert Reception hosted by President Volpe at 9pm.

The last HomecomingHoodCollege saw was left with mixed feelings that inhibited recent students from having a Homecoming for a number of years. Although it has taken over six years to rehabilitate the idea of a Homecoming event here at Hood, this year’s events will still be notable in their efforts as well as the events themselves.

Hood has a great sense of community that helped soften the blow of any negative comments Jennifer Jones may have received after being crowned Hood’s 2006 Homecoming King. This year, students will be just as supportive, no matter the outcome of the event.

Squirrels and Other Woodland Creatures Dominate Hood Campus

By Jiselle Lopez

You may see them on your way to class or coming back from the dining hall. They may cross your path or yell at you in the treetops. There’s no doubt that the abundant squirrel population at Hood has made students adapt to sharing their strolls with the strange animals.

They may be everywhere, but would students rather they not be on campus? I personally would rather them not. I have a fear of squirrels, their bushy tails and beady eyes do not reel me in; in fact they leave me so afraid my body is nearly paralyzed.

Speaking of being paralyzed, I decided to discover the truth behind popular squirrel myths. On ask.metafilter.com, a question was presented, asking if squirrels can transmit rabies to humans. On October 23 of last year, a story was written by someone who has been bitten after picking up a squirrel that was apparently paralyzed in its hind legs, which is a normal sign of rabies in most animals. He or she was not given rabies, however the squirrel was never found after animal control was called. As you can probably imagine, this must have been a horrific experience, but it serves them right for trying to hold the squirrel.

I’m not exactly sure why people try to hold squirrels or any wild animal for that matter; squirrels don’t exactly seem inviting or “cute.” Not to me, not at all. On enature.com Wildlife Expert, Ken Burton, enlightens someone of the dangerous bite squirrels have.

“A squirrel’s bite can exceed 7000 psi. For comparison, a human’s bite is around 150 psi. Thus, a squirrels bite is about 50 times as strong as a human’s.”

Because the initial question was whether squirrels can bite through a human finger, Burton adds, “Though I don’t know what force is required to break a human finger bone, I suspect it’s not that much.”

I’ve tried to find a poll or any sort of data that shows how much humans either like or dislike squirrels, but my only findings are how to approach them on “squirrel terms.” One thing you may not know is that there are people in the world with pet squirrels. Don’t ask me why, because I’m still trying to get over why they are being picked up by humans in the first place. I’ve found several sites trying to educate future squirrel owners and how to care of them. One being squirrelrefuge.com, which shows at least nine things to know and consider before buying a squirrel.

“When a squirrel enters rut, personalities change from sweet and loving to downright nasty, aggressive and prone to biting! If you wait it out, this too shall pass and you will have your sweet companion back.”

If you are like me, and find this simply revolting, I have more news for you all. Both squirrel lovers and fearers will truly agree on this level; hunting squirrels. For me, just looking at squirrels or being in their general vicinity makes me itchy and uncomfortable.

“I’m happy to say I have crossed over and become one of those Americans,” said Georgia Pellegrini on foxnews.com, last January.

“Eating squirrel that I’ve harvested with my own hands, in fact, makes me feel distinctly more American and undoubtedly more human.”

Really? That’s what makes you feel more human? Fox news has also shed the fact that there are1.8 million squirrel hunters in the U.S. If you’d like to read about how nutty and naturally flavored squirrel meat is, I completely recommend this article. I would put my time spent reading it under my list of traumatic experiences but maybe my stomach is a little too innocent for such ideals.

One thing I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for, black squirrels. They are a mystery, how did they get here? Are they different from gray squirrels? According to the Washington post the black squirrels are natively from Canada, but eight were sent from Ontario to the National zoo in 1902. Black squirrels are only different in the color of their fur, which is a result of a recessive gene. Overall, both gray and black squirrels are considered the same species, called Sciurus carolinensis.

Now, seeing squirrels on campus are just as common as seeing students. But the squirrels at Hood are set apart from other squirrels. Our squirrels squawk at us from the trees. They pass our paths and aren’t afraid of us. Perhaps that is the most baffling fact of all, that the squirrels here, unlike any other animal, don’t fear us. This means if a squirrel is going to follow me to class or jump on me from the pergola they can, and it’s possible.

Another observation is their weight. When people talk about foxes, they gage how long they think they’ll be around by how much they weigh. Well the squirrels here are far from thin. In fact, they are the fattest squirrels I’ve seen in my life. This can solely mean that they won’t be leaving. At least, not while we’re here.

With all that newfound information I will let the students and staff of Hood decide for themselves. To fear or not to fear, that is the question. Like many beliefs I will not force mine on you. However all I ask of you is to think next time you decide to approach a squirrel or “pet it.” These animals may be smaller than us but they certainly aren’t weaker. In writing this article I have also discovered that my fear is very valid, and according to removesquirrels.com I have a diagnosis. I have sciurophobia.




Memorial Wins the Pink Spoon in Policies

By Jiselle Lopez

There comes a time in every student’s life where they get to join together with their classmates and win a giant pink spoon. For residence halls Smith, Shriner, Meyran, Coblentz and Memorial this competition is called Policies for Dollars.

Policies is an annual tradition where residence halls can compete in four different categories to learn about Hood’s policies and earn money for their hall’s future activities.  The competition features an obstacle course, cheers, skits, and jeopardy.

All the residence halls gathered in the quad to begin the festivities.

“My favorite thing was learning about traditions, [my] favorite tradition is not splitting the poles,” said freshman from Meyran, Lauren Shubert.

There is one rule, when the pink spoon is raised in the air, no one is allowed to speak or make noise.

Each hall was decked out in their colors and spirit with the anticipation of competition in the air.  Coblentz wore yellow, Memorial sported red, Meyran cheered in blue, Smith was an army in black and Shriner shimmered in green.

“I played some upbeat club music and that got me pretty pumped and ready for Policies.  I also painted my face, which was fun. “freshman fromMemorial,LydiaEmory said.

The first event was the relay obstacle course, where selected students from each building had to carry an egg on a spoon with their mouths, run as a two-person wheelbarrow, army crawl, jump through hoops on the ground, do a three-legged run then sprint to the finish.

Throughout the race, each team was cheering and chanting in the darkness. After a team has finished the relay their hall proceeds to the pergola where the real chanting begins.

Each hall chants to impress the judges with their volume and spirit.

Then the games moved to Hodson to show off each halls talents in the skits. Different halls had different themes that they played up on stage.

“We’re all pumped and involved [to learn] about traditions,” said Shubert, “[and] to see what the other dorms came up with.”

Coblentz creatively incorporated policies in theirSpongeBob Squarepants skit. Smith army rapped the policies “like a boss.”

Shriner saved Hood’s policy-breaking habits with their own superhero.

Memorial made a tough decision with their final episode of the bachelorette.

Lastly, Meyran eliminated the rule-breakers in their own hood hunger games. Between each skit was a competition ranging from freshman to senior students winning points for their halls through tests involving cheers, marshmallows, hula-hoops and hall spirit.

Jeopardy followed the skits to test just how much the freshman class actually knows about Hood’s policies and traditions.

With whiteboards in hand and partners at their sides, each team strived to get as many questions correct as they could. The residence halls supported them in celebratory cheering when they answered correctly and being supportive when they were incorrect.

The moment of truth came with the results. Memorial won the pink spoon with their collected 65 points. This left Meyran in fifth place, Shriner in fourth, Coblentz in third then Smith in second.

Memorial ran to the stage and celebrated collectively with a cheer, their cheer of success.

The crowd was riled up and the energy never ceased throughout the whole competition. Throughout the night a sense of support and community flowed from student to student, new and experienced all piled together to represent their new homes.

“Policies helped me get to know some more people in my dorm which was pretty cool,” said Emory.

Policies for Dollars remains the annual tradition that brings the campus together.