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Hello! My name is Jibril Howard and I am the News Editor for the Q. I am a sophomore International Relations major. I'm a soccer lover, political junkie, caffeine addict, and hopeless chess player. Catch me between classes hanging out in the Ath or lounging in a hammock.

Outside the Goucher Bubble: A Collection of US and World News

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PC: Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images

US News

  • On October 9th, President Donald Trump blocked US Ambassador to the European Union Gordan Sondland from providing testimony to the House impeachment inquiry investigating his July 25th phone call to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The impeachment inquiry, conducted by committees in the House of Representatives, is looking into whether Trump improperly withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for political information on Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden. Later the same day, President Trump tweeted that he would not comply with the impeachment inquiry which has prompted fears of a coming constitutional crisis between Congress and the White House.
  • On October 6th President Trump announced the sudden withdrawal of US troops from Syria, in a surprise move which overturns a decade Middle East foreign policy and precedent. The sudden reversal in US foreign policy stunned US allies and prompted rare dissent from Congressional Republican allies. Longtime Trump-ally Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-S.C.) declared the move “…a big win for Iran and [Syrian President] Assad, a big win for ISIS…” A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) described the move as “stab in the back.” The decision paves the way for a Turkish military invasion into Kurdish territory and has sparked fears of a humanitarian crisis.
  • On October 1st, former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder in the shooting death of Botham Jean in his own apartment. Guyger, who claimed she shot Jean believing him to be an intruder in her apartment, was later found to have gone into the wrong apartment and shot Jean as he sat watching television in his living room. The case was widely seen as a test of the immunity often held by police offices in the wrongful shooting deaths of black men in the US.

World News

  • On October 1st, China and the Chinese communist party celebrated its 70th The occasion commemorates the creation of the modern-day People’s Republic of China in 1949 by chairman Mao Zedong. The festivities which included a massive military parade, intricately choreographed plane flyovers, and patterned flower displays, showcase the rapid economic and political rise of China over the past decade under current President Xi Jingping. However, the 70-year anniversary has come amid an unexpectedly turbulent time with pro-democracy protests disrupting Hong Kong and with international ire growing over the detention of ethnic Uighur Muslims in so-called “re-education” internment camps.
  • On October 9th, a gunman in the German city of Halle killed two people and wounded two more as after he tried and failed to enter a synagogue during the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. In a since-deleted live-stream of the attack uploaded to a video-game platform, the shooter descries feminists and immigrants before declaring “the root of all these problems is the Jew.” The shooting in Germany mimics an attack earlier this year in March where a far-right gunman killed fifty-one people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    The ‘Made in Africa’ Mara smartphone. PC: Mara Group
  • On October 7th, Rwandan technology firm Mara Group launched the first “Made in Africa” smartphones. The Mara X and Mara Z smartphones uses Google’s Android operating software and will cost roughly 176,000 ($190) and 120,000 ($170) Rwandan francs respectively. The development of the smartphones comes as Rwanda seeks to develop its burgeoning reputation as a regional hub for tech.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/us/politics/sondland-trump-ukraine-impeach.html
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/07/us-to-let-turkish-forces-move-into-syria-abandoning-kurdish-allies
  3. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/amber-guyger-sentencing-resumes-after-murder-conviction-death-botham-jean-n1061146
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/28/world/asia/china-national-day-70th-anniversary.html?searchResultPosition=5
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/09/world/europe/germany-shooting-halle-synagogue.html
  6. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rwanda-telecoms/rwanda-launches-first-made-in-africa-smartphones-idUSKBN1WM1TN

Inside the Bubble: A Collection of Goucher News

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  • A much-loved member of the Goucher community, David Heffer announced his resignation as Director of Public Safety to purse a job opportunity in another state. Arriving from George Washington University in Washington D.C. in 2015, Heffer has since cultivated a close relationship with the student body, teaching self-defense lessons and overseeing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) team.
    Goucher 1021 Hip Hop Team performs at Umoja Talent. Show PC: Jibril Howard

    However, a low-point of his tenure at Goucher came last year when a hate crime directed towards black students rocked the campus. The hate crime sparked a series of protests which called for better campus safety and a first-year class on cultural competency. Heffer leaves the Goucher community in good standing and with the best wishes of many Goucher students.

  • The Goucher Consent Coalition, a student organization dedicated to ending rape culture on college campuses, is sponsoring an art exhibition calling for Title IX reform. Organized by senior Kennedy Buttefield ’20 the art exhibition calls for performance, visual, and art submissions focusing on sexual assault at Goucher. The event is scheduled for the Hyman Forum towards the end of October.
  • Responding to calls for greater student advocacy in sexual assault cases, the Title IX office has announced the creation of a victim and survivor advocacy program. Held from 5:00 PM to 7:00
    Paige Beverly ’22 performs at Umoja Talent Show. PC: Jibril Howard

    PM, victims and survivors of sexual assault can speak in confidentiality to members of Goucher Post-Baccalaureate program.

  • At the beginning of the Fall semester, David Friendlich was appointed the new General Manager of Bon Appetit, overseeing dining services in the Mary Fisher dining hall, the Student Market, and Alice’s. He takes over following the departure of long-serving Norman Zwagil at the end of last semester.
  • During Common Hour (1:30 PM to 2:30 PM) on Wednesday, September 25th Goucher held it’s first Information Exchange event on Van Meter Highway. Created by junior Sam Anderson ’21, the Idea Exchange hosted tables and provided an open mic to groups, offices, and clubs from across campus. According to Anderson,

“The purpose [of the Exchange] was and is to facilitate a marketplace of ideas where people from across the campus community, staff, faculty, and students, would come together to share and workshop ideas with others. We have drifted over the decades since the 1960s…The Exchange places a whole lot of information in one place for easy consumption and the environment of the space encourages taking that information and turning it into action.”

The next Idea Exchange will take place during Common Hour October 23rd. Persons  interested in reserving a space at the exchange can contact Anderson at samuel.anderson@mail.goucher.edu.

  • From October 4th through 6th Goucher hosted student’s family and friends for Family Weekend. Highlights of weekend included a speech from President Devereaux, the Annual Goucher Crabfeast, and Umoja’s Annual Talent Show. The lineup at Umoja’s talent show included performances from Paige Beverly ’20, the 1021 Hip Hop Team, Eudel Ndong ’22, Nae Jefferies ’20, Mafereh Kabay ’20 and the Ganem Gophers.

What’s up with the President? Part II of II: An Interview with New Goucher College President

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This is the second part of an interview conducted on September 18th with new Goucher College President Kent Devereaux. This part, conducted alongside Quindecim Editor-in-Chief Neve Levinson, covers questions ranging from concerns about Kent’s previous tenure as president of New Hampshire Institute of Art, his decision-making strategy and vision, to questions about upcoming construction projects on campus.

Thinking about student concerns about campus changes following the at-times turbulent, change-filled, final couple years under President Jose Bowen, the Q asked Kent what he saw as his biggest challenge in his first year at Goucher. Kent laughed.

“The biggest challenge is getting everyone to row the boat in the same direction. That’s you know, that’s part of it, there’s been so much change. That part of this is kind of calming things down and getting everyone moving in the same direction and unified behind these ideas of focusing on global education and social justice, and I think that’s a big part, and so a lot of that will be a big challenge. The other big challenge will be finding a new provost, finding a new vice president of advancement. There are a couple key leaders we need within the organization to make sure that we can move forward effectively. So I think those are the big challenges.”

Following up on Kent’s answer, we asked him to characterize his decision-making process. We also asked him to lay out his strategy for implementing changes and big ideas.

“I never make a decision alone, and I come from a big family, and we’re all very close in age… I have a tendency to want to get around the table and discuss things and do that and [sic] kinda hash things out and throw out an idea and bounce ideas off. So, my decision-making is very collaborative, and I’ll do that – the other thing is also I’m very methodical, metrics-driven…I really wanna understand the facts, not the anecdotes, that kind of thing…One thing that I have learned in my lifetime that took me a long time to learn is whenever something does not feel right, if your gut is telling you – trust your gut…I’ve become much more sensitive to that part of the intuitive side, where I go “mm,” you know when they say ‘sleep on it’? Well, there are certain chemical processes in your brain that allow you to make these connections. So I’ve become much more trusting of my process over time in terms of decision making. But it’s always about a lot of input, a lot of input, a lot of conversation, and once I make a decision, it’s like, ‘Okay, great. Make a decision. Let’s move on. Let’s implement. No regrets. Let’s not revisit it. Let’s move, let’s move, let’s move.’ I hate the analysis paralysis that happens in academia…you get a bunch of smart people in the room and really kinda try to unearth the facts and get to the data, [and] you can get to some pretty good decisions pretty quickly. And it may not be perfect, but it’s good. You don’t want perfect to be the enemy of the good.”

 

We then asked Kent, where things stood regarding the construction projects proposed by President Bowen, specifically with the Hoffberger expansion and renovation and a proposed interfaith center. We explained that many students had felt these projects were being talked about less and less recently.

 

“Well, you know there’s four projects in the campaign they’ve talked about: the interfaith center, [the science center], upgrading the equestrian facilities, and upgrading the athletic facilities. So, we’re going back to the drawing board with some of the other ones and [because] things have changed, with each of these areas. So, I don’t know now, but by January, we’ll know how they sequence out, like this one will happen, then this one and this and this. So, they’re all gonna move ahead over the next four years, but I can’t say which one is gonna come first. Other than I gotta keep saying, science, science is our number one priority. Cuz they’ve waited a long time, and that’s gonna impact more students than any of the other ones, quite frankly. I mean, the equestrian [program] is badly in need of upgrade, but it doesn’t affect a big percentage of the population. But the other side is, that project, because it’s the smallest of them, could happen overnight if I go out and meet some equestrian donor who says “great, here’s five million dollars,” and we’re like “great, fantastic, that’s done in no time,” but [currently] who knows, we just don’t know.”

 

We followed up on the question asking whether Kent about plans for Stimson Hall which has been phased out of use and is currently sitting unused at the end of Van Meter.

 

“That will come next. And so that’s why we need a campus plan. We haven’t even decided what we’re gonna put where Stimson is today. Does that become other housing, does that become more academic buildings…there’re some pretty interesting ideas people have started to toss around, some pretty, kinda bold, revolutionary ideas for Goucher, that fit with who we are, but I don’t want to speculate on that stuff now. That’s why we need a process that’s kind of and iterative process, but it’s really about ideation, it’s really idea generation, it’s really about “well, if you can dream big, what would make people feel at Goucher really proud that we took that on? …my vision would be more that ten years we really move toward being much more of a living-learning community, and have much more opportunity for faculty to live on campus, so they’re available much more into the evenings, and we have much more activity, and we have much more performances, and films, and lectures, and other you know things happening on campus throughout the course of the year. And it’s not just limited to the campus alone—we invite in the outside community much more, so we just don’t know the sequencing and the fundraising.”

 

Our final question for Kent concerned his previous post as college president of the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA). A small liberal arts college, Kent had overseen a merging of the NHIA with New England College. Some students, reading about Kent over the summer, had expressed private concern over whether Goucher would be heading in a similar direction under Kent. Kent responded to the question directly.

Goucher College President Kent Devereaux. PC: Goucher College Website

“Yeah, we’re not [merging]. I was not hired to merge this institution with another one, and the board is not considering merging with anyone. So that’s not part of the strategy and for two big reasons, so number one is that what is going on in New England is pretty unique in America. And what is going on is that demographics of New England are changing. So New England is the fastest aging in the US and it’s high school population is, and it’s true for Vermont and Maine…it’s becoming an aging population faster than any other region of the United States, so 22 colleges went out of business in the last two years. So, it’s a very different region. So we saw that when I got there [to NHIA], and we looked at the demographics and we said, “Well, we’ve got two choices: either we go out of business or we start talking to potential partners there and then merging.” So that’s what we started the search, and we realized, “Here’s another college, it’s twenty miles away.” They did not have art and design…they had liberal arts and sciences, and we said, “Oh, this is a perfect thing because they are kind of a rural campus and we were an urban campus.” And they wanted to expand their computer science and their business management and their health and medicine [programs] which makes more sense in an urban environment…[B]y combining our two endowments we would actually get to a point, they were only 1100 students and we were only 400 students, so you combine them and you end up with 1,400 students, and then you’re kinda here at the scale you need to be. The biggest danger of colleges going out of business is if they are fewer than a thousand students. We [Goucher] are today about 2,300 students undergraduate and graduate, so we’ve got about 1,400 undergrad and 800 in the grad programs, so we’re more or less 2,300 [total student]. And we’ll probably add in both: the graduate program is growing, and we’ll probably add at the undergraduate level over the next 10 years from about 1,400 to about 1,800 and we could go as high as about 2,000 with our current facility with computer science and athletics, so that’s kinda where we wanna be.”

 

Overall, I was personally left with a good impression of Kent and his vision for Goucher. Since I joined the Goucher community as a first-year last year, there have been countless upheavals to the campus, student body, and policy which had made me feel a little lost amid the turbulence. The Goucher community felt fractious, suspicious of change, and openly hostile to anything out of former President Bowen’s office. While time is the ultimate judge of actions, Kent seems to understand that stability and measured, incremental change – rather than wholesale structural change – is what is needed on campus. I was most impressed by his response to our question on what makes a Goucher student (see previous Quindecim issue) which homed in on commitments to social justice, activism, and studying abroad. For a campus which has, for the past few years seemed filled with spirit but lacking a clear identity, this specific answer filled me with a greater sense of confidence for my Goucher journey ahead.

 

 

 

 

Mixed Reaction to Changes in Mary Fisher Breakfast

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Mary Fisher Dining Hall. PC: Jibril Howard

Returning students were met with a surprise on the first day of classes: the weekday breakfast period of last semester in the upstairs Dining Hall of Mary Fisher had been replaced in favor of scaled-back pre-prepared options available through the Student Market. In an email update sent to the student body on August 22, Vice President and Dean of Students Bryan Coker explained:

“An analysis of last year’s dining hall data showed consistently low utilization of breakfast in the upstairs dining hall. With that knowledge, we have amended the morning dining approach for weekdays…”

Citing the utilization data, the updated changes to the dining hall cut the 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM sit-down breakfast period and replaced it with a 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM period during which hot pre-packaged breakfast combination platters would be offered in the Student Market alongside the returning “Pick 3” meal plan from last year. 

In an interview with the Quindecim, Dean Coker clarified the reasoning behind the breakfast changes:

“We’ve been looking at utilization as far as when students are coming through, how much they’re eating, especially in proportion to how much food [the staff] prepare. We across the college have been looking at cost saving efforts due to the realities of American higher education…We knew that utilization of Mary Fisher dining during breakfast, especially upstairs, was low…We asked Bon Appetit to help us identify areas where we can save from a sustainability perspective as well as with cost [so that] we can put more money into other areas of the college and breakfast was one of those [areas].” 

Dean Coker also apologized for any confusion caused to students during the breakfast switch:

“The change could’ve been and should’ve been smoother. We [Bon Appetit and Dean Coker’s office] share responsibility. We collectively could have messaged [the switch] better to the student body and got it out sooner. We fully acknowledge that.”

When asked about the gathering process of the utilization data, Dean Coker stated Bon Appetit gathers their data from the meal swipes. An email follow-up to the interview provided a table of the specific utilization data of the dining hall during breakfast:

 

Table 1. Mary Fisher Dining: August 2018 – March 2019
Average Swipes by hour per open days                
Hour 18-Aug 18-Sep 18-Oct 18-Nov 18-Dec 19-Jan 19-Feb 19-Mar
7:00-8:00 AM (4) (2) (2) (3) (2) (6) (4) (4)
8:00-9:00 AM (112) (89) (82) (73) (60) (68) (58) (59)
9:00-10:00 AM  (46) (39) (44) (46) (39) (35) (36) (34)
10:00-11:00 AM (19) (22) (25) (21) (23) (23) (23) (23)
Total Breakfast (180) (153) (154) (142) (123) (132) (121) (121)

 

The new changes to the breakfast routine in Mary Fisher drew a mixed response from the student body. In a post taken with permission, sophomore Juliet Birch ’22 expressed her frustration on the GopherApp messaging board:

“In my opinion, if there has been a low utilization of breakfast in the upstairs [dining hall], then they should continue allowing that space to be available while better limiting resources… [in addition] we are not able to choose how much food we receive and therefore produce a lot of food waste…those of us who are vegetarian are not given ample options for a healthy meal [and] those of us who are vegan and/or gluten free have almost no options.”

When asked for comment by the Q, Goucher Student Government (GSG) Senator Derrick Burnette ’22 stated: 

“My initial reaction to the changes was that of anger. Being a first-year last-year you’re used to going to the dining hall for a buffet-style breakfast and then [the college] drops this huge bombshell – now you have to get breakfast from the Pick 3… I would say the [main problem] was a lack of communication. They didn’t announce that they were doing [these changes] to anyone and now this is it.” 

While the changes were greeted with hostility by some students on campus. Another student, sophomore Casey Braun ’22 had a different take on the changes:

“I feel like it is a better change for Goucher and will help [the college] spend more money where money needs to be spent. I know firsthand that the dining hall was so under-utilized last year – the three times I went all of last year it was always just me. No one would be there. I think it makes so much more sense for them to have it downstairs in the Student Market so they’re not using all that energy.”

In response to emails and queries from the student body, some slight modifications were made to the updated breakfast. The August 22nd email update from Dean Coker stated that three cereal options and oatmeal would be made available to students in the upstairs dining hall. The email also clarified that weekend brunches would continue to be served at 11:00 AM, in keeping with the dining schedule from previous years. Fielding concerns from students about sustainability in the Student Market, a second email update sent out August 30the to the student body from Dean Coker explained:

“On the first two days of this semester, Bon Appétit used plastic containers to expedite service, but then returned to last year’s packaging. Bon Appétit is now in the process of evaluating more sustainable alternatives for the plastic items which are still in use and [is currently] working with Daniela Beall (Sustainability Coordinator) regarding education about compostable items.” 

In an interview with The Q, Goucher Sustainability Coordinator Daniela Beall responded to student concerns over sustainability in the Student Market:

“I wasn’t involved in the [breakfast] switch so I can’t really speak to what exactly decision or what factors were considered…I’ve had a conversation with David [Friendlich] the new Bon App manager recently to discuss to how things are packaged in the marketplace and what options we can have moving forward…no decisions have been made but I welcome student involvement in exploring the options we do have…if folks are interested then they can come talk to me or send me an email.”

While the new changes to breakfast have proven somewhat divisive, students such as Braun and Senator Burnette have taken a pragmatic view and have simply incorporated the dining hall updates. 

Braun opined: 

“I feel like [the reaction] at first was very negative but now people have settled more into their schedule and now it makes more sense to people…I feel like the positives outweigh the negatives.”

GSG Senator Burnette agreed:

“I found a way to adapt it to my schedule because now I got [sic] a routine in the morning where I go to [Mary Fisher] at 7:30 in the morning, get my breakfast, and go back to my room to do homework. I made it work with my schedule. But I still feel like a lot of students are upset with the changes.”

 

Quindecim News Roundup

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  • Changes have been made to the breakfast at Mary Fisher Dining Hall. The updated changes to the dining hall cut a two-hour sit-down breakfast period and replaced it with a 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM schedule during which hot pre-packaged breakfast combination platters would be offered in the Student Market alongside the returning the “Pick 3” meal-plan from last year. In an email to the student body, Dean Brian Coker cited “consistently low utilization” of the upstairs Mary Fisher Dining Hall. 
  • New changes have also been made to the hours of the Athenaeum and Library. An August 5th email sent to the student body cited “faculty utilization data” and a move towards greater sustainability as the basis for the updated hours. The new and updated Ath and Library hours are as follows:
    • Fall 2019 Library hours:
      • Sunday: Noon to 2:00 AM
        Monday to Thursday: 7:30 AM to 2:00 AM
        Friday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
        Saturday: Noon to 9:00 PM
    • Fall 2019 Alice’s Restaurant hours:
      • Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM to midnight
        Saturday and Sunday: 2 PM to midnight
    • Fall 2019 Athenaeum hours (for building spaces, excluding the Library):
      • Sunday: Noon to 2:00 AM
        Monday to Thursday: 7:30 AM to 2:00 AM
        Friday: 7:30 AM to midnight
        Saturday: Noon to midnight
  • Goucher College Student Government Co-President Sam Anderson (’21) has resigned his post effective August 14th due to personal health reasons. Remaining Co-President Noah Block (’21) will assume Anderson’s role as the sole Goucher College Student Government President. 

    Goucher Students at the Baltimore Climate Strike September 20th, 2019. PC: India Fleming-Klink. 
  • On Monday, September 16th Goucher College President Kent Devereaux held a Town Hall from 11:00 AM to 11:55 AM with concerned students in Kelley Lecture Hall to field questions about the role of the Pagliaro Selz family in the Goucher community. Over the summer, an article by the Washington Post revealed that Goucher Alumni and Trustee Lisa Pagliaro Selz and her husband Bernard Selz – for whom the new first-year dormitory Pagliaro Selz Hall opened in 2016 is named – have made large donations to anti-vaccination organizations.  

    Sophomore Gia Grier (’22) and Senior Zahir Muhammadza (’20) hold a sign at the Baltimore Climate Strike September 20th, 2019. PC: Mikaela McCray
  • As part of the Global Climate Strike between 25 and 50 students from Goucher joined students from high schools, universities, and colleges from across Baltimore in skipping class on Friday, September 20th to attend the Baltimore Climate Protest. Beginning at 12:00 PM, students marched from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater to Baltimore City Hall with the strike concluding at 2:00 PM. Inspired by 16-year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, the Baltimore Climate Protest was among hundreds of similar protests across the US and worldwide which demand greater political action on curbing climate change.
  • The pickup/drop-off station for the Collegetown Shuttle has moved! Students can now catch the shuttle into Baltimore from outside Froelicher Hall, Tuttle House and from outside the side entrance of Van Meter Hall. Look for a small light green sign which denotes the shuttle stop. 
  • The College Store has been revamped! Drop by the store on the bottom floor of the Ath to pick up some basic toiletries, snacks, and new, redesigned SWAG! 

 

Goucher Women’s Tennis Team Aiming High in the Landmark Conference Playoffs

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Women’s Tennis. Pictured: Anais Gill ’22. Picture Credit: Goucher Athletic Website

By: Jibril Howard

These are exciting times for the Goucher women’s tennis team. For the first time in six years, the team will compete in the Landmark Conference playoffs beginning with a match at Moravian College. The team’s run to the playoffs is neither unprecedented or unexpected in the eyes of the players. In an interview with the Quindecim, team captain and senior Meera Balasubramanian ’19 reflected on how the team has grown throughout her time at Goucher:

“It’s exhilarating! When I first started four years ago, I was the sixth player out of six. Our team mantra [four years ago] was “the little team that could!” Now our team is twice that size and I couldn’t be happier!”

In a separate Quindecim interview, sophomore Sara Healy ’21 was asked to compare the team’s performance to the previous year. She stated:

“I think we have done immensely better…I think we have grown as a team mentally and on [developing] our mental game which is a lot in tennis…and how long [we] can last through physical fitness and skill.”

It was clear in both interviews that both players enjoyed both the spirit of competition that comes from playing for a college sports team. It was also visible that Healy and Balasubramanian have developed deep ties and bonds with their team and teammates. Balasubramanian described the team culture:

“Our team culture is one that is collective rather than individual. We bond as a tennis team and [as a] family, but also have friends outside of our sport. I love being able to see the various roles my teammates take off the court…”

Healy agreed, stating:

“…The team we have has a lot of competitiveness because you have a lot of good players and we have a big team. But we still support each other, and we still work hard against each other to make each other better not just ourselves.”

The upcoming playoffs will be an exciting time for the women’s team. For Balasubramanian, who will soon graduate later this spring, the playoffs are one final send-off to the team. When asked how she felt about the upcoming game, Balasubramanian said:

“I’m super pumped! We were picked second to last in the conference draw so we’ve already defied expectations! I’m super excited for our team to give our all since this will be my last season at Goucher along with our other senior Ali [Tomasevich]. I’m super excited to give Moravian all we got this Wednesday!”

The Goucher Women’s Tennis team begin their playoff journey next Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. at Moravian College. The team will move forward in its bright future undaunted by whatever obstacles and challenges await them.

Sports News Roundup

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Men’s Golf Team. Pictured: Evan Yue ’22. PC: Goucher Athletics Website

By: Jibril Howard

  • Construction of new office spaces is underway in the Sports and Recreation Center (SRC). According to Andrew Wu, Director of Athletics, the new offices will accommodate coaches Steve Moyer of Women’s Tennis and Erika Moyer of Strength and Conditioning. The new offices will also provide a space for Head Athletic Trainer Conor Trainor to conduct private, medical conversations. The construction will be primarily funded through revenue from turf field rentals.
  • The golf teams have acquired a new simulator for use in practice. The simulator, located in the former racquetball court on the bottom floor of the SRC, was installed following discussions between Andrew Wu and golf team Coach Hunter Brown who stated:

“…[We] talked about the fact that any time the golfers wanted to train/practice, they had to drive up to our home course, Hillendale. This wasn’t ideal for [several] reasons – it takes a lot of time, is weather dependent, and doesn’t help golf student-athletes feel they have a place on campus.”

The installation of the new golf simulator is envisioned to be first step in a larger process of renovating the racquetball court into a campus space for the golf teams. The purchase of the simulator and the renovation is funded through the golf team fundraising efforts.

  • On Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, the Goucher Dance Program performed the Shape and Sound Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble in the Kraushaar Auditorium. The spring program featured four works, “Lux Aurumque,” “The Last to Forgive,” “Vibrations Witnessed,” and “Symphonie Dramatique.” Senior Meitav Vilensky ‘19 who participated in this year’s performance described the purpose and styles of the ensemble:

“There’s a Goucher Repertory Ensemble Concert each semester, which features four works, two from faculty members and two guest artists. For the artist in residence, we typically bring in one ballet choreographer and one modern choreographer…This past performance, the guest ballet choreographer, Durante Verzola, was quite traditional. The faculty wanted to bring in someone who could challenge the dancers in a technical manner. The guest modern choreographer, Loni Landon, went the more contemporary route, not relying on any codified movement style to dictate her work…Elizabeth Ahearn and Linda Garofalo were the faculty choreographers. Professor Ahearn teaches ballet and set a ballet work that had a nice traditional movement vocabulary as its basis but included nuances and embellishments that were more contemporary. Professor Garofalo teaches the Graham modern technique and her piece was very reflective of this.”

In an email exchange with the Quindecim, Vilensky was wistful about her experiences, as a graduating senior, dancing in the ensemble. She expressed:

This was my last main stage piece performing with Goucher Dance before I graduate and one of my favorites… [The performance] was certainly bittersweet because I knew it was my last time performing as an undergrad. But this was one of my favorite shows that I’ve been a part of at Goucher and the feedback that was received on this show supported that.”

  • In Equestrian News, senior Wren Wakeman ‘19 and junior Cherise Madrid ’20 will be going to Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Nationals on Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5. This comes after the equestrian team placed third at IHSA Zones 3 Finals at the Barracks at University of Virginia. Sophomore Irene Powlick ’21 will be attending the IHSA Metropolitan Equitation Invitational at Longines Masters, New York on Friday, April 26.

This Week in 1980

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Miami Race Riots, Aug. 8, 1968. Picture Credit: Associated Press

Goucher News:

  • On April 28th, 1980, Goucher maintenance workers – which include maids, switchboard operators, groundskeepers, and post office personnel – go on strike for the first time in the institution’s history. Picketing the Goucher front gates, they demand a pay increase of $1.00 per hour or an increase of 87.5 cents and a prescription drug plan. Goucher maintains an offer of 75 cents per hour. A strike representative, Margaret Singleton, described how she needed to support herself and her three children on a $3.73 hourly wage. In May 1st edition of the Quindecim, Singleton stated: “I’ve given Goucher almost 12 years of what I call dedicated service…and they are telling me that I can’t have the 25 cents more that I need.”
  • It was reported in the May 1st edition of the Quindecim, that a new Health Center Advisory Board was created to oversee the operation and effectiveness of the Goucher Student Health Center. In addition, it was reported that a new sick bay was constructed in Bacon Hall for sick students to stay overnight away from others.

 

World News:

  • Siege of Iranian Embassy in UK ends as Special Air Service operatives and police storm the building (May 5th)
  • World Health Organization announces eradication of smallpox (May 8th)
  • Horror film “Friday the 13th ” is released (May 9th)
  • Race riot brakes out in Miami, Florida following the acquittal of four white police officers in the wrongful death of black salesman Arthur McDuffie. The riot ends with 18 dead and 300 injured (May 18th)

A Review of Game of Thrones Season Eight, Episode One: “Winterfell”

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****This article is long and full of spoilers. Proceed with caution****

After a two-year long fevered wait, audiences on April 14th were treated a somewhat underwhelming but no less entertaining return to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros of the hit TV show Game of Thrones. This first episode of the final eight season, directed by David Nutter, was thematically focused on setting the stage for conflicts to come later in the season while thematically calling back to the first episode which debuted nine years ago. We were treated to several long-anticipated reunions and some new questions were raised about the nature about the show’s long-anticipated ending. However, for a show famous for its bloodiness and willingness to kill off its main characters, only one minor character was sacrificed for this season’s opening episode.

The show opened on a young boy running through the Winterfell village and climbing up a tree to get a better view of the incoming Targaryen army led by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys “Dany” Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). This the first of several deliberate circular callbacks to the first episode “Winter is Coming” which premiered in 2011, when Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), then a young rebellious girl from a noble family, scaled a wagon to witness the entourage of King Robert Baratheon arriving. We, the audience, are then subsequently treated a reunion between Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Jon which comes off as heartfelt but surprisingly distant and emotionless. What little emotion there is in the scene is abruptly interrupted by Bran’s declaration that the wall has fallen and that one of Dany’s dragons, Viserion, has been captured and zombified by the Night King. We are also introduced to what will surely be one of the central conflicts of Season Eight: the relationship between Sansa Stark and Dany which could best be described amid wintry conditions as “icy.” Sansa is mistrustful of Dany, a foreign imposter, and resentful of Jon for having seemingly thrown away the title of King in the North for love.

The episode’s theme of setup by showing the unrest of the Northern lords who are (probably rightfully) outraged about their Jon’s acquiescence to Dany. In a brief sequence moment, we see a young lord, Ned Umber, sent to retrieve the remains of his people from his castle The Last Hearth which lies just south of The Wall. We are then treated a philosophical moment between the show’s great thinkers as Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Varys (Conleth Hill), and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) muse on death, old age, and the innocent of youth. The following sequence was one of silliness, which saw Dany and Jon traipse about the north riding on the back of dragons, in a scene reminiscent of How to Train Your Dragon with all the soppy steamy romance attached. They land at a waterfall and Dany declares that together that could stay there alone forever. This is a second prominent callback, this time to Jon’s relationship with Ygritte in Season Three, Episode Five “Kissed by Fire” where Ygritte asks Jon, alone in a cave, to run away and live apart from society forever.

The show then moves to King’s Landing and Cersei Lannister (Lena Heady) who, as ever, is hell-bent on a quest for revenge against her enemies. In her hour of great need, she has turned to Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) and the mercenary Golden Company army. Her plan is to wait for the Northern armies and the undead army to destroy each other and then to seize and kill of whatever remains. Having cast off her final moral compass in her brother Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Cersei is now unburdened by any desire other than to protect her unborn baby and to destroy her enemies even if it means having distasteful sex with Euron. In a brief scene, the show makes room for a widely-celebrated rescue of Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) from Euron’s clutches by her PTSD-affected brother Theon (Alfie Allen). We are reunited with Bronn (Jerome Flynn), who is partaking in the pleasures of a brothel. In the episode’s humorous callback, we hear from one of the prostitutes that a ginger solider, heavily implied to be Ed Sheeran’s infamous Lannister solider, has been severely burned in the loot train attack of Season Seven. Given the negative publicity against Game of Thrones over his portrayal, his unfortunate fate is likely to be well received the Thrones fandom. However, Bronn is interrupted in his brothel exploits by the Qyburn, the queen’s personal hand, to establish his season’s story arc: Bronn is tasked with finding and killing Jaime and Tyrion in the North, his former employers and erstwhile friends.

We return to Winterfell to connect with Samwell “Sam” Tarly (Jon Bradley) who as usual is ensconced in the library. He is interrupted by Dany and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), who have come to thank him personally for curing Jorah of Greyscale in Season Seven. But the Samwell appreciation goes horribly awry when Dany informs him she executed his father and brother for not bending the knee following the loot train attack. Sam runs out of the library deeply distraught, only to run into Bran who informs him that the time has come to inform Jon of his true parentage. We follow Sam to the crypts where he meets with Jon, but the reunion is cut short as Sam – in one of the most-anticipated scenes of Game of Thrones – informs Jon of his actual parents, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, whose bloodline gives him a more legitimate connection and right to the Iron Throne than Dany.

The episode reaches its conclusion in the Last Hearth castle. We meet up with the remnants of the Brotherhood without Banners and the Night’s Watch, who have fled the broken wall for Winterfell. However, in the bowels of the castle they make a grisly discovery: poor young Ned Umber has been impaled against the wall amidst the ritual spiral of the Night King and his undead army. In a doubly-chilling scene, Brotherhood and Night’s Watch realize they are cut off from Winterfell by the undead army. While they stand talking, the corpse of Ned Umber rises from the dead as a wight and begins to shriek and attack them. The wight is quickly set ablaze without casualties but not before everyone including the audience is deeply disturbed by the gravitas of the situation and the upcoming conflict. The episode ends with Jaime Lannister arriving on horseback to join the fight against the undead army. However, he is greeted first by Bran who, all the way back in Season One, was crippled by Jaime after being pushed from a tower for witnessing his incestuous relationship with Cersei. The camera pans over Jaime as emotions of shock and guilt play across his face before the episode cuts to black.

The primary role of “Winterfell” was to set the stage for the upcoming season. It did so in well-executed but unspectacular fashion. By Game of Thrones standards, it ranks among the tamest episodes, with only one-character death and three naked women, a considerable branching-out for a show which has staked its reputation and fame on having both in large amount. The episode hints at what is to come and served mostly as an extended catch-up and trailer for bigger and better battles and the final, epic conclusion. The episode will not live long in the memory, but it serves as a placeholder which successfully whets the appetite of fans to tune in, next week, for the second of the final six episodes of this decade-spanning, generation-defining TV show.

Upcoming Athletic Events

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Ali Gorson-Morrow at a game last Wednesday, April 17th. Picture Source: Goucher College Athletics

Tuesday (4/23)

  • Women’s Lacrosse vs. Juniata (5:30 p.m.)

Friday (4/26)

  • Women’s Tennis at Immaculata (3:30 p.m.)

Saturday (4/27)

  • Women’s Golf vs. Landmark Conference Championship at Fox Hollow Golf Club/Branchburg, N.J.
  • Men’s Tennis at Harford Community College (12:00 p.m.)
  • Men’s Lacrosse vs. Drew (1:00 p.m.)
  • Women’s Lacrosse at Drew (1:00 p.m.)

Sunday (4/28)

  • Women’s Golf vs. Landmark Conference Championship at Fox Hollow Golf Club/Branchburg, N.J.

To view live stats, video, and more, visit the Goucher College Athletics Page.

 

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