Head to Toe: Lance Brown

1) How would you describe your style?
My style is best described as a risk taker. I am my own character and I am not afraid to try something new. Most people would look at items and say “that’s nice, but I can’t wear that” while I take the challenge and create an image out of it.

2) What is your favorite article of clothing?
Any kind of clothing for my torso is a favorite of mine. Most [people] recognize your upper body before they do the lower.

3) What inspires your clothing/style choices?
Being from New York City makes it a competition between everybody in fashion. But, I inspire my own style to be honest. I just like thinking out of the box and creating new images for myself. My style represents a clash of my personality and likes.

4) Who is your fashion role model?
If I had to choose one person who inspires me fashion wise, it would be Kanye West. Also Chris Brown and Pharrell.

5) When asked if he had any other fashion information to add, Lance said: “I don’t like Zumiez”

Outfit for today:

A grey and white striped cardigan paired with a gray shirt with green, cartoon astronaut head on it. For his pants, he is wearing a pair of dark green jeans. To finish off his ensemble, he is wearing fashionable, white and gray sneakers. He accessorized this outfit with a green man-bag, decorated with horses of varying colors.

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Head to Toe: Amber George

By Tatyanna Hunter

Hood College is very diverse when it comes to fashion sense.

Some students love to wear sweatpants and sweatshirts, others prefer to dress up in business attire, some prefer bright colors and patterns, and some have a style all their own.

Today’s Head to Toe segment will feature a student who has a style all of her own, Amber George. Amber is a junior, English major and theatre minor.

When it comes to clothes, Amber says she just wears whatever she wants to.

“I never thought of how I dress. I just pick and choose from trends and styles I generally enjoy.”

Amber is wearing a loose-fitting, black and white striped shirt with an oversized, denim, button-up shirt on top. She is also wearing dark gray skinny jeans, accessorized with a light brown belt.

She pairs her outfit with light gray legwarmer socks and burgundy boots. Because of the cold weather, Amber accessorized her outfit with a gray infinity scarf and white, pom beanie hat.

If someone had to put a label on Amber’s style, they might describe it as 90s Grunge.

Think your style is unique, chic, and fashion forward? Do you want to be featured in a Head to Toe segment?

If so, contact or send a picture to tmh12@hood.edu.

It’s On Us Campaign

By Tatyanna Hunter

The Title IX Committee at Hood College is participating in the White House sponsored campaign It’s On Us National Week of Action, November 17-21.

In 1972, the Title IX law was passed that requires gender equality in all federally funded educational programs. The Hood College Title IX Committee is a group of college faculty and staff who work on maintaining compliance with Title IX and corresponding laws.

The committee also works with overlapping requirements, providing equal access to educational and co-curricular activities, and educating the campus community on Title IX issues.

“The It’s On Us campaign is about bystander intervention and about creating an environment where sexual assault is unacceptable,” said Staci Brennan, Title IX Resource for Athletics. “This particular initiative coincides extremely well with the work that the Title IX Committee has been doing over the past year.”

The campaign, launched by the White House in September, is also designed to create awareness on college campuses about how to stop sexual assault. This campaign helps students learn about roles they can play in ending sexual violence on and off campus.

Hood College is hosting a variety of events during the It’s On Us National Week of Action, such as ones supporting victims of sexual assault and violence, and intimate partner violence. For these events, Hood is partnering with Heartly House, The Frederick Center (a LGBTQ youth support center), and 1in6, a resource center for men who have been sexually abused in childhood.

Carol Wuenschel, Title IX and Section 504 Officer says the Title IX Committee and Hood College are participating in the It’s On Us Campaign “to demonstrate our commitment to having a healthy, safe, and inclusive living, learning, and working environment on campus.”

During the It’s On Us campaign week, Heartly House, The Frederick Center, and 1in6 will also be providing training on sexual assault awareness and prevention. In addition, students will have the chance to sign a pledge to make a personal commitment to prevent sexual assault.

“The It’s On Us pledge is about making a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be a part of the solution,” Brennan said. “If everyone works together we can create an environment where young men and women feel safe.”

Everyone will have a chance to take the online pledge during the Pledge Drive on November 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Whitaker Campus Center. There will also be an opportunity to take the online pledge during the women’s and men’s basketball games on November 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dean of the Chapel, Reverend Beth O’Malley will be focusing on the issues of sexual assault awareness and prevention in the weekly reflection.

Student Life is encouraging all students to download the phone application, “Circle of Six” to help in the effort to stop sexual assault.

Wuenschel said that the “Circle of Six” application can be used “to provide support to potential victims and prevent sexual misconduct. The free phone app allows students to choose six friends who can help them during a sticky situation by providing an interruption, or by giving a ride, or just offering dating information.”

Also, new web pages have been created for the Counseling Center portion of the Hood College website that contains information on sexual assault prevention and healthy relationships.

“Hood College will continue to look for ways to engage the campus community in addressing the myriad issues that result from sexual assault,” Wuenschel said. “The Title IX Committee looks forward to hearing from students, faculty, and staff regarding their ideas for having our campus be a safe, vibrant and welcoming community for all constituents.”

How to have a long-distance relationship

By Tatyanna Hunter

Most college students would agree that long-distance relationships are challenging, but the relationship can work if the couple wants it to.

There are numerous ways to help make long-distance relationships successful. One way is by talking to your significant other every day.

Whether it’s by Skype, on the phone, or texting, communication in long-distance relationships is vital. Couples should talk every day because it will help them remain involved in their partner’s life, without being in the same location.

If a couple talks every day, they can talk about what happened at work, some new renovations to their home, or about their children or pets. The couple is not together, but sharing details about their daily activities, helps the couple keep up to date with what their significant other is doing.

Another way to help make long-distance relationships work is by doing activities simultaneously while you two are apart.

For example, my boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship and at night we watch the same shows together. Since we watch the same show, at the same time, it makes us feel connected.

Being optimistic is another important tip to remember when in a long-distance relationship. The relationship will not work if you don’t have faith that it will work.

Staying positive and focusing on the future you and your significant other will have together will help make the distance not seem problematic.

Make sure to visit each other as much as possible when you are in a long-distance relationship. Visiting at least once a month or every other week will keep the couple’s bond strong and show that you still love spending time with your significant other.

A method I use in my long-distance relationship is giving gifts. By giving gifts I mean that each partner should give each other gifts, so that the other partner will have a little reminder of your love.

My boyfriend bought me a stuffed panda and every time I move from Hood to my home, I bring it with me. The gift could be anything from a poem, keychain, ring, or even a pen.

As long as the gift comes from the heart, it will be appreciated.

Sometimes it may be hard to make time for your significant other if you are a busy person. Set aside some time each day specifically for your significant other and at that time give them your undivided attention.

After those set hours are done, then you can go back to your busy lifestyle. The important factor is letting your partner know that you are busy, you will do all you can to make time when you both can talk.

Trusting that your significant other will be faithful is an excellent way to ensure that your long-distance relationship will be successful. If every day you are worrying that your boyfriend might cheat on you, then the relationship is bound to fail.

As long as you are being faithful and doing all you can to keep the relationship strong, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything.

I asked a few Hood students for their opinion on long-distance relationships. I tried to get an array of answers, so I asked students who are single and some who are in relationships.

Endria Stanley, senior, has been in a relationship for six years. Her boyfriend lives in Baltimore while she attends Hood, but she doesn’t really consider her relationship to be long-distance because she visits often.

One piece of advice she said she would give is to “let them have a life outside of your relationship.”

By that she means giving your significant other some space. Everybody needs alone time sometimes.

Ashley Abrew, a senior, is currently single. She has been in many relationships in the past, but none of them were long-distance ones.

She believes that long-distance relationships can work, but it depends on the circumstances.

Abrew said, circumstances such as, “how long you’ve been together, how deep your connection is, how dedicated you are, and how committed you are to each other.”

Jose Galarza, a sophomore, is currently single and has never been in a relationship.

When asked about long-distance relationships, Galarza said “I think it’s tough because you don’t really have a lot of interactions every day. There’s a lot less intimacy.”

Having less intimacy is true and a challenging factor for couples in long-distance relationships, but Galarza agreed that couples can make it work if they try.

Ha Eun Sohn, an exchange student from South Korea, is a junior and has been in a relationship for seven months. Right now she is in an extremely long-distance relationship because her boyfriend is in South Korea.

Sohn’s advice was to “contact each other often.”

“Skype is the best because you can see and hear, if you can’t get on the phone or messenger, it is important to trust each other and believe each other.”

Overall, everyone agrees that being in a long-distance relationship is tough, but as long as the couple follow the steps mentioned and advice given, they will be successful.

Bean, Hood alumna runs for State’s Attorney

By Tatyanna Hunter

A member of the Hood alum and staff is running for Maryland State’s Attorney in the election this fall.

Teresa Bean is running because she wants to protect crime victims, work with law enforcement, and educate the community. She has been a career prosecutor for nearly two decades and has served Frederick County for over 18 years as a prosecutor.

Bean was a prosecutor in the chief-domestic violence unit, chief-juvenile unit, and director-training and internship programs. She wants to be the voice for all victims and help fix challenges facing the Frederick County area.

Some of the problems affecting the Frederick area include an increase in heroin related deaths in children, crime victims being underrepresented, and children dying as a result of abuse.

Bean’s priorities, if elected, will be children, families and the community. She wants to work with prosecutors to help the community focus on public safety, prosecuting offenders, and seeking justice for victims.

As a prosecutor, it is important for Bean to seek justice wherever it is needed. Since 1992, Bean has been an educator to college and high school students, the community, police, and prosecutors.

Bean said, “I cannot ask my students to seek justice if I am not willing to do so myself.”

She also wants to become an active partner with police, treatment professionals, mental health, and community agencies, to help put an end to the drug epidemic that is killing children rapidly.

She believes that the biggest issue facing the State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) is leadership. If Bean is elected as state’s attorney, she plans on restoring the public’s faith and trust in the SAO. She also plans on making sure the SAO will be mission focused, prosecution driven, and accountable to the community.

The official Election Day is on Nov. 4 and early voting is Oct. 23 through Oct. 30.

Teresa Bean would like to encourage all Frederick County residents to vote for her.

Undergraduate admissions changes currently underway

By Tatyanna Hunter

Positive changes and improvements to Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment Management, are taking place due to the advice of Vice President for Enrollment Management Terry Whittum.

Whittum, the new Vice President for Enrollment Management as of October 2013, is enjoying his new position.

Whittum said that“there are challenges, but the students, faculty, and staff have been great and very supportive.”

A major change in the admission process is the schedule of the admission process. Traditional acceptance dates have been changed to rolling admission.

Changing to rolling admission “allows us more time to build relationships with admitted students,” Whittum said.

With the heavy snowfall, one admission event had to be postponed, but Whittum feels that the postponement is not an issue because it seems that having one or two large events works out better than many smaller events.

In fall of 2012, 406 new students, freshmen and transfers, entered Hood. In 2013 400 new students were admitted and enrolled at Hood.

Cindy Emory, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, said that the current number of incoming students is very close to the average number of students enrolled at this time.

Whittum wants to have more incoming and prospective students see and talk to people who will have a positive influence on them, such as teachers and counselors.

Ted Luck, Director for Student Success and Outreach and a member of the interview team that hired Whittum, is excited about Whittum’s new plans for Hood.

With the new admissions plans on the way, Whittum hopes to “expand the region from which Hood attracts students.”

Some students eventually transfer out of Hood, but Admissions is working hard to attract students to the school. Emory says that the reasons some students leave are very different such as health related issues and just general transfers.

Luck believes that the weight of the enrollment and retention process should not only fall on Whittum, but the entire campus.

A new VP of Enrollment Management

By Tatyanna Hunter

With over 30 years of experience working at numerous small liberal arts colleges, Terry Whittum, who now oversees Financial Aid and Admissions, has been appointed the new vice president of Enrollment Management here at Hood College.

Throughout a nationwide search, President Volpe and a committee made up of faculty, administrators, and the Association of Governing Boards, handpicked Terry Whittum to be the new vice president of Enrollment Management here at Hood College.

Whittum was one of three finalists for the position and President Volpe said, “The last three finalists were all very good, an A, an A-, and an A+.  Whittum was the A+ because he had 30 years’ experience in Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment Management at a number of small liberal arts colleges.”

Whittum came from numerous colleges and universities, including Bethel and Daniel Webster colleges, Stetson University, and Jacksonville University.

When he came to Hood, President Volpe said, “Terry Whittum was the outstanding choice.” He thought that Whittum was “the right person, at the right time, for Hood College.”

“I was looking for a new challenge, a new opportunity,” said Whittum. He chose Hood College over other colleges for three reasons.

“First, I like the climate and the culture here at Hood, a small liberal arts college. Second I really liked the people I met on campus, faculty, vice president and the students.”

“Third I liked the location. It is the perfect location for a college.”

Whittum really enjoys the nice safe campus and the internship opportunities available in D.C. and Baltimore.  Volpe said, “Terry understood the mission of Hood and supported it.”

Whittum really likes being in Frederick because he said it is like a “small town with big city amenities.” Volpe said, “I feel good about Whittum’s appointment. He is already making positive new philosophies, polices, and enrollment strategies.”

Whittum said, “so far I love it here, this place is cool.”

Last Train of Thought to host discussion panel

By Tatyanna Hunter

Last Train of Thought will host a discussion Nov. 17 to bring successful leaders from Frederick to campus to network with students.

The panel will be held at 3 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium. The club’s goal of having the panel is to help students get internships as well as provide job opportunities for them.

These speakers are professionals and will help get students on the right track in their major.

These leaders hold numerous degrees and will help students majoring in communications, education, business, and many other majors. By the students questioning these successful leaders in the Frederick community, Hood students are gaining insight and knowledge about what their future can hold, Ari Gonzalez, president of Last Train of Thought said.

She hopes that “the discussion motivates more of my peers to become successful leaders within the community.” She also thinks students should bring resumes to the panel.

If students bring their resumes, possible new jobs and/or internships will be available for them. The mission of Last Train, created by the executive board, is to positively change the world through leadership, education, social awareness, and service.

Gonzalez said she that this opportunity the club is providing for students is very important. “Last Train is proud to host this event and we believe that we can establish very important connections between students and leaders, she said.