Men’s Soccer celebrates graduating seniors

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Keeper Danny Castillo does a goal kick Photo by CJ Blickenstaff

On Sept. 24 the Hood College Men’s Soccer team celebrated their senior game with a win against St. Vincent.

“It was an awesome feeling to win on senior day, and seeing the whole team put in a great effort to get a special win for the seniors meant a lot,” said Captain Drew Demich.

The game started off slow with nobody scoring until the second half. The point was scored by Alec van Bronkhorst.

Christiano Pillari and Kyle Bulgarelli assisted van Bronkhorst with his goal.

Before the start of the game, the seniors were celebrated. The 11 seniors graduating include two of The Blue and Grey staff members, Colin Viti and Kyle Shields. The other seniors are: Stephen Friend, Christiano Pillari, Juliano Pillari, Drew Demich, Ryan Tutzauer, Elmer Diaz, Joe Benton, Kahembi Mukuwa, and Viktor Muleki.

Demich said, “The team is looking forward to continuing this enjoyable season and making it a memorable final season for all the seniors.”

From the Desk of the Editor Sept. 29

Mary Mug

Photo courtesy of Katie Mann

It is end of September and it’s finally starting to feel like fall. The semester is in full swing, tests, midterms, projects, presentations, and papers seem to be swamping nearly every student.

However, fall break is right around the corner and I for one, cannot wait for a few days home with my family. I am sure that many of you are as well. A break from the mid-semester stress is always useful, even if it is just for a few days.

Hood has already offered students a variety of events to expand knowledge beyond the classroom. Students attended the Breaking through Power event in DC hosted by Ralph Nader. Some registered to vote in Whitaker. Communication students were given the opportunity to have a class with NPR Newscaster Korva Coleman, and all were invited to attend a talk led by her.

I was fortunate enough to have dinner at President Andrea Chapdelaine’s house with four other students, a few faculty members, and Korva Coleman during her visit here. It was an honor to be invited, as well as such a privilege to meet her.  She made it a point to talk to each student individually, learn about us and what we do, as well as what we plan to do in the future.

One of my favorite things about Hood is the little experiences we get to share with not only each other but with our professors and influential people from the community. Event organizers and administration seem to really try to make this a place where students want to be and spend four years of their lives.

As this is the second issue of the semester, I thought it would be good to touch on some changes that people have been noticing on campus so far.

Obviously Whitaker has had a major remodel with new carpets, paint, tables and chairs. However, the banners were taken down and we are still waiting for what will happen with those. SGA ran a poll to see what students wanted done with them, whether or not they should be displayed or only out for special events.

Tatem was also completed this summer and will be dedicated next week. It was something that we have been waiting on for quite some time, and it definitely seems like it was worth the wait.

Students living in Shriner, as touched on in this issue, are the first living in it as a co-ed building. It is also the first year that first-years are housed completely separate from the other classes in Memorial and Smith.

Continuing with dorm changes, Meyran was renovated this summer, and Coblentz received new windows.

Hood is constantly undergoing little changes here and there, but so far they have not seemed to extreme. I’m still holding out for some parking changes.

Ralph Nader organizes “Breaking Through Power Event”


The official logo for the “Breaking Through Power” conference. Image courtesy of Evan West


Ralph Nader has organized an event to inspire young people who have hopes of making an impact on the country in a positive way through those who have already done so.

Hood College students have been invited to attend the Breaking Through Power event in Washington D.C. This event will feature several speakers who have inflicted change throughout the country.

Nader himself will host a variety of talks on matters including: “The Underutilization of Tort Law,” “Overcoming Civic Apathy,” “The Winning Strategy—and Proclamation,” and others. Hood students have been invited to attend the convention’s opening day, on Monday, Sep. 26.

On Monday, the line of sessions include: “Power for the People—What Our Energy Policy Should Be” with S. David Freeman, “Teaching Taxes—Politics and Practice” with John Fox, “How Congress Really Works” with Joan Claybrook, “A Citizen’s Guide to Freeing the Press” with Janine Jackson, “Small Claims Courts—the People’s Courts—Why Not Use Them?” with Oliver Hall, “Public Sentiment and Social Change—What it Takes” with Peter Dreier, “Overcoming Civic Apathy” with Ralph Nader, “Building A Movement” with Karen Hobert Flynn, and many more.

Other events throughout the week include “The Underutilization of Tort Law” which includes information regarding Tort Law and how people can use it properly. This specific law is for people who are wrongfully injured due to hospital malpractices.

According to a Johns Hopkins study, this happens to about 250 thousand people every year and only 3 percent of next of kin will bring a lawsuit against a hospital. This session will explore why people do not use the law and how they can benefit from it instead.

According to Nader, this will open up an opportunity for college students to see what the current generations have done and what they can continue to do in order to provoke change.

Although students may feel that the event is above their educational level, Nader feels that events like these are key to learning.

Nader said, “If you have low expectations of young people they will oblige you. If you have high expectations of young people they will surprise you.”

Nader considers himself to be an example of what one individual can do to promote change. He believes that one of his biggest accomplishments is the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966.

This bill has saved approximately 3.5 million premature deaths, not including injuries and other related incidents. This is due to Nader’s knowledge and desire to promote change in the world after losing several friends in car accidents.


This event as a whole will demonstrate to students that it is easier to make change than they might believe. It will be hosted by leading experts in a variety of fields, and Nader hopes that this convention will teach civics to people from the perspective of those who have actively participated in it.

Professors Depart Hood

As the seniors get ready to graduate, a few professors prepare to leave Hood at the end of the academic year as well.

Two professors who are leaving Hood started full time in 2012, the same year that this graduating class began at Hood as well.

One of these professors is Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Michael Coon. Coon originally came to Hood because of the community vibe.

Coon said, “From my first visit to campus I felt welcome and at home.”

During his time at Hood he has made several friends, making his decision hard to leave. He is headed to be the assistant professor of economics at the University of Tampa.

Another departing professor is Assistant Professor of Accounting and Management Dr. Glen Weaver. Unlike Coon, Weaver will be retiring.

Weaver started at Hood as an adjunct professor while working as a banker in 2000. He continued as an adjunct until 2012 when he went full time.

Weaver pointed out how Hood was a warmer environment compared to other institutions that he was used to. He said that he has great colleagues, and it is a beautiful place to teach.

Weaver had always wanted to go into academia and saw an ad in the Frederick News Post and decided to apply. Weaver loves education and plans on eventually returning after a break.

Both professors said that they enjoyed the students the most at Hood.

Coon said, “I will get to see students graduate who were in my class the first semester I was here and have taken several classes with me along the way.”

Along with that, Weaver said, Hood stands out to him because of the students. He pointed out that he always has good conversations and discussions, they “well surpassed expectations.”

New Provost announced

Photo courtesy of Marketing and Communications  Office New Provost Debbie Ricker

Photo courtesy of Marketing and Communications Office
New Provost Debbie Ricker

Dr. Debbie Ricker was recently named the next provost and vice president for academic affairs of Hood College to start on July 1.

Ricker’s first goal is to learn as much as she can “about Hood College’s people, programs, and policies.”

However, the plans she has upon her arrival to Hood is assure that the college is ready to be visited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for the reaffirmation of accreditation. Ricker will also review the goals of Hood’s strategic plan. She believes “these two documents will help us as a campus, to define our ‘big plans’ for the future.”

Ricker has served as a faculty member, department chair, associate dean, and currently dean at York College.


In a letter to faculty, staff and students, President Chapdelaine said, “Her excellent credentials, enthusiasm for our academic mission and passion for students will serve Hood well as we build our next strategic plan to further strengthen our academic offerings, student academic achievement and support for our faculty as teacher-scholars.”


Her experiences that have prepared her for this position include: curricular design, strategic planning, student success and retention, faculty and staff development, budgeting, enrollment management, co-curricular programming, and community engagement.


“Personally, I think Dr. Ricker will be a fantastic provost for Hood College,” SGA President Katie Bailey said. “The direction our school is headed in, with all the changes and plans created by the new administration will be greatly helped by what Dr. Ricker has previously done at York.”


Ricker is looking forward to two things at Hood, the people and the future.


“Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive; I can’t wait to learn more about my colleagues on the academic affairs team,” Ricker said.


She said she was excited for the opportunities to collaboratively work with the other administrators and with the campus towards a new strategic plan.


“I truly enjoy working with students every day, whether it’s teaching a class, celebrating an achievement, cheering at an athletic competition, mentoring through a crisis, or simply enjoying lunch in the dining hall,” Ricker said. “Student-centered isn’t just a buzz word to me; it’s how I live and it’s how I work.”


Ricker found her fit at Hood in its “commitment to providing an enriching, holistic, student-centered educational experience. And, this experience is cultivated by professionals who value teaching excellence and fully embrace a multitude of learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, as well as on and off campus.”


She also likes how Hood integrates liberal arts and professional programs, making them work together, “preparing students to not only make a living but also make a life.”

Forty nine students receive class rings


Photo by Maggie Thomas. The ring recipients gather before returning to their loved ones to celebrate.

In the name of Hood traditions, juniors and a few seniors participated in the ring ceremony on Sunday.

The ring ceremony is a tradition at Hood for the junior class in which they receive their class rings. Some receive legacy rings, which are old rings donated back from alumnae and some obtain scholarships in order to reduce or pay for a new ring.

In total there were about fifty participants this year. Also included in the ceremony were speeches by Chad Allen, President Chapdelaine, Leah Giambarresi MacDonald, and Dean White.

MacDonald from the class of 2003, spoke about the importance of the ring and what it symbolized to the Hood community outside of campus. It connects Hood alum without having to voice that you went to Hood, it can be seen by simply looking at the ring.

Dean White, quoted Lucas Graham and the song “7 Years” as well as reminded the class of their memories. From student accomplishments to reminding everyone of their time as freshman, it was a way for students to look back at their memories. Her speech concluded with pictures from the various events.

Following the speeches, students received their rings from Chapdelaine. Someone special in their life then ringed them, whether that was a close friend, sibling, parent, or other family member; it was someone who had impacted their academic career.

The rings alone come in a variety of fashions. From yellow or white gold to domed tops or flat or even a blue or black stone, students can create their own ring. What stays consistent, however, is the “H” creating a bond between everyone who has a ring.

Class banners to be rotated each year

This story has been updated.

In an email that President Chapdelaine sent to students, “I have heard continued concern from some students regarding potential change to the traditions of Hood. With regard to the banners in Whitaker, there is no plan to remove them. The only current consideration is whether we should find a second location to hang banners, as the space in Whitaker is insufficient for all of the banners, many of which from earlier years are already in storage. Let me reassure you that the administration and I are committed to preserving Hood traditions, a cherished and important part of our community.”

Dean White, Dean of Students, said, “We are looking to coordinate with the Hood College archives, alumni house and art department to preserve and rotate the class banners in Whitaker as we are currently out of space to display them along the railings. The oldest hanging banner is from the Class of 1985, and we do not want the paint to deteriorate. Students have not yet completed their design for this year’s class banners.”

The Blue and Grey talked with Thrumond Maynard II, Director and Chief of Campus Saftey, about the concern of safety of students with the banners, “I do not think they pose any significant safety or security threat to the community.”


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Clutter feature in Email

Recently Hood students have been finding that not all of their emails have been going to their inbox, but rather to a folder called “Clutter” set up by the email server.

Clutter is a Microsoft feature that takes emails that it believes you will delete or are not of importance and move it to the Clutter folder by the program. There are a variety of factors that Microsoft looks at before messages are moved like the user’s participation in the conversation.

For some students this has been an inconvenience, senior Sara Eckard tweeted “Found out that clutter suddenly started picking up my emails this week and I’m not a fan.”

Eckard later said that she turned off the feature and believes that it has been working since. “Once I had realized that anything not coming from faculty was going to my clutter, I went in and found week’s worth of student events emails. I was able to fix it, or at least I believe I did. I now check it regularly to make sure I’m not missing anything and so far it’s been good,” said Eckard.

“Hood IT does not recommend, nor discourages, the use of this feature. The decision to use this feature is purely at the discretion of the Office365 user,” said Bing Crosby, e-mail administrator.

Crosby provided more information on the program, Clutter is turned on by default, and that the feature is trainable, the user can send certain emails to clutter, as well as move them out of clutter and into the inbox.

If students want to turn off the feature, they must click “Options>Mail>Automatic processing>Clutter,” according to Crosby.

First Saturday: Fire and Ice

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Fire and Ice attracted a large crowd to view the ice sculptures and fire shows in downtown Frederick.

Attendees could view ice sculptures of various animals, pose with them, one of them even dispensed iced tea, and student could pose with a frozen version of the Hood sign. The event was sponsored by many businesses throughout Frederick. There were 77 ice sculptures in total.

Along Carroll Creek an ice sculpture was being carved, then later that night also a fire performance. Free hot chocolate and s’mores as well as a trolley that went to seven different stops were offered throughout the even last Saturday.

Many businesses offered free samples for the event, stayed open later, had sales or different products to encourage business.

Hood student, Suvana Batajoo, said, “It was nice to know that a lot of the ice sculptures reflected parts of Frederick in one way or the other. It was just overwhelming with too many people. However, I enjoyed it overall.”

This event is typically the most attended First Saturday event of the year according to locals, which was clear from the packed streets and restaurants.

Students play the annual Roommate Game

By Mary Milligan

On Wednesday March 25, the roommate game was held to see who would get the first pick of rooms during room selection.

The contests consisted of a pair of future roommates from each of the dorm buildings. Dana Lewis and Naila Stocks from Shriner, Alex and Jake Sexton from Meyran, Tyler Erney and Eric Turner representing Coblentz, Erin Allen and Marissa Pandolfo for Memorial, and Rebecca and Chloe Jackson representing Smith.

Round one began with questions varying from which foreign country their roommate would most like to visit to their opinion on Justin Bieber and what is their favorite shoe brand. The one question that seemed to stump everyone except for Lewis and Stocks was their roommate’s worst bad habit. All other teams answered incorrectly. The first round ended with Shriner, Coblentz and Smith tied with seven points, Meyran with six, and Memorial with four.

In between rounds there were several raffles for things like Target, Chipotle and Sheetz gift cards. The final and most valuable raffle ticket was that of the second lottery number, so they would pick right after whomever won the roommate game.

The second round sides switched and questions were now being asked about the other roommate. This round had questions ranging from their favorite “Sesame Street” character to what song is most likely to be stuck in their head and how loudly on a 0-5 scale they snore. At the end of this round it was Shriner and Smith tied with 13 points, Coblentz with 12, Meyran with 10, and Memorial with eight.

Since two teams were tied for first it caused for a sudden death round. The teams from Shriner and Smith both answered the first four questions correctly about their roommate. In the end Shriner won by picking the same number between one and one hundred.

“I was happy with the outcome, but I was also surprised and a bit sad because my friend, Chloe and Rebecca didn’t win, but I think everything worked out in the end, so I’m glad,” said Lewis.