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Hello! My name is Jibril Howard and I am the Sports Editor of the Q. I am a first-year International Relations major with a deep love for all things related to soccer. I play for Goucher's Ultimate Frisbee team and the Raunchy Caterpillars intramural soccer team. I am also vice-president of chess club and a first-year senator for Goucher Student Government. I have written for the Q for one semester. You can catch me hanging out around campus and walking to and from class.

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.

 

This Week in…1981

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Staff listing in a 1981 issue of the Goucher Weekly, now known as The Quindecim. Picture Source: Goucher College Digital Library

Goucher College News:

  • Goucher receives a $1.25 million grant from the State of Maryland to renovate Van Meter Hall and Hoffberger Science Building. The receival of the grant capped several months of intense lobbying from Goucher President Rhoda Dorsey in the Maryland State Assembly. The total estimated cost of the renovation was $2.5 million with the state grant being matched by Goucher’s internal fundraising campaign. Money was also granted to Johns Hopkins University and the Capital Institute of Technology (renamed in 2014 as the Capital Technology University).
  • An Oral History Seminar is announced by Goucher. The project, known as “Generation to Generation: The Living Legacy of Older Persons,” attracted 16 Goucher students to participate in interviewing local elderly residents about their lives, experiences, and attitudes. The seminar concludes months of interviews and displayed the records to the public in various locations around Baltimore.

World News:

  • The songCall Me by Blondie tops the Hot 100 Billboard Songs from March 22 to April 12 in the US.
  • Zimbabwe gains independence from Great Britain on April 18; Robert Mugabe becomes Prime Minister of the newly-formed country. He goes on to rule Zimbabwe for 37 years before stepping down in 2017 as President.
  • The Iranian Embassy Siege begins on April 30 with six Arab terrorists seizing control of the Iranian Embassy in the UK and taking 26 hostages. The siege ends after six days, on May 5, with the recapture of the embassy by British Special Forces. The siege is viewed as an early premonition of the Iran-Iraq War that would break out later in the year.

To discover more Goucher history, visit the Goucher College Digital Library.

Correction:

April 22nd, 2019.

A picture was added to the article and a link to the Goucher College Digital Library included.

 

High Times for Ultimate Frisbee at High Tide

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High Tide Group Photo. Front Row: Alton Allen,  Maddie Martin, Christina Grow, Danielle Newman, Nicole Tolson, Jonathan Jefferson, Liam McDonald. Second Row: Natalie Kent, Ashlyn Applebaum, Izzy Thornton, Rachel Luce. Third Row: Jared Sumar, Neve Levinson, Elysia Hempel, Elisha Lion. Fourth Row: Emily Scheppegrell, Emmet Dunn-McMartin, Lotte Seltz, Eli Seguin, Gideon Potter, Langston Cotman, Tsivi Laurence, Ana Brown, Crockett Macnie, Noah Block, Jacy MacConvery, Ethan Staple, Jackson Penner. Photo Credit: Ashlyn Applebaum. 

Every year, while most Goucher students return home for spring break, the Ultimate Frisbee team instead packs their bags for an ultimate frisbee tournament down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Called “High Tide”, the tournament is the definitive highlight of the frisbee year. The tournament takes place over spring break with the Open Team for male-identifying students and the Femme Team for female-identifying students playing against the male and female equivalent teams from other colleges and universities. Both Goucher teams are also open to non-binary students who can choose whichever team for which they want to play.

The High Tide tournament is not a typical frisbee tournament. Jonathan “Guts” Jefferson ’19, a captain of the Open Team explains:

“…It’s longer than a normal tournament, which is just two days on a weekend, but this tournament gives you four days of playing. [The High Tide tournament] gives you a lot more experience…and it’s a great place where you can face teams that want to have fun as well as have a high level of competition.”

There is also a critical component of team bonding at High Tide. Elysia “Piglet” Hempel ’19, one of two captains of the Femme Team, was asked by the Q about the role of team collaboration and team spirit at High Tide. Hempel elaborated:

“I think High Tide is one of those places where people really recognize and understand what ‘Spirit of the Game’ means…we stick to each other and support each other through all of the different things that we do. We are a team that is a family and family that is a team.”

“Spirit of the Game” is an idea that is found exclusively within frisbee. Unlike other in other sports, Ultimate Frisbee is self-officiated and relies on players to call their own fouls and to play fair. There is an atmosphere around good sportsmanship through congratulating other teams on well-executed plays and learning from each other. Both Hempel and Jefferson explained that there is more emphasis placed on playing hard with effort rather than on playing with skill.

The High Tide tournament is also an environment for rookie team members to be given time and experience playing. There were several new players to the Ultimate Frisbee team who had never previously been to a High Tide frisbee tournament. Ana “Splitz” Brown ’22 is a first-year student who had never played frisbee prior to joining the team for the spring semester. Brown explained her experience at High Tide playing for the Femme Team:

“I was a first-year, so my main experience was mainly trying to bond with everyone… [I think] I got to know everyone better, a better level than just practicing with them…I learned it’s really important to have a close group you can trust and now I know I have support after spending a week with them.”

It was also the first time at High Tide for sophomore Tsivi “Tsivi-che” Laurence ’21, who also played for the Femme Team. When asked about what she had learned, Laurence responded:

“I really wasn’t that close to very many people before. Afterwards, I felt like everyone had my back, we were all much closer, and we could communicate better…We all had a better understanding of each other’s boundaries and what needed as people and what we needed as friends.”

The same experiences as a rookie player for the Goucher Ultimate Frisbee seemed to translate to the Open Team as well. First-year Elijah Haller ’22 detailed his memories from his first High Tide tournament:

“I had been to many tournaments in high school, but it had always been stricter…but it was more relaxed…We had a lot team bonding together but it was also a more of an opportunity to make more personal connections with people I hadn’t spent as much time with at school.”

This year’s High Tide tournament took place from March 16 through March 24 over spring break. The Frisbee team is open to all student regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, or skill and runs in two seasons in the fall and spring semesters. The team prides itself on being a welcoming family which strives to compete at the highest level possible. Tournaments such as High Tide look to promote long-lasting friendships, foster healthy competitive relationships, and to create found memories for the teams who take part.

Correction:

April 22nd, 2019.

Minor punctuation edits were made and names added to the group photo.

This Week in….1980

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Goucher College News
 Internationally acclaimed West Indian novelist and essayist George Lamming came to speak at Goucher College. An author whose works tackle issues of colonialism and imperialism in the Caribbean, Lamming gave a lecture and reading on “Politics and Fiction in Third World Literature in the Alumnae House. (Wednesday, April 9, 1980 at 8 p.m.)
 Distinguished pianist Peter Serkin performed in the Kraushaar Auditorium. His performed works included Bach’s “Prelude in G Major, BMV 920” Stravinsky’s “Sonate (1924),” Takemitsu’s “Les yeux clos (1979),” Chopin’s “Polonaise-Fantasy, Op. 61,” and Beethoven’s “33 variations on a Waltz of A. Diabelli, Op. 120.” (Sunday, April 13, 1980 at 8:30 p.m.)

World News
 On April 10 th , At the height of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, President Jimmy Carter
authorizes Operation “Eagle Claw” to rescue US hostages at the American Embassy in
Tehran, Iran. The ensuing rescue attempt (April 24 th ) resulted in disaster when a desert
sandstorm and faulty machinery caused a collision between a helicopter and a supporting aircraft. Eight US servicemen and one Iranian civilian were killed in the operation and President Carter was widely blamed for accident, likely resulting in his loss in the 1980 US Presidential Election.

Potential Changes to the CPE Structure

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Image courtesy of Goucher Magazine

Within the current Goucher liberal arts curriculum, there are a series of courses designed to provide an interdisciplinary education and skills to solve complex problems called Center Pair Exploration Courses (CPEs). According the Goucher College website:

“[The CPE model] revolves around eleven academic centers …Between their second semester at Goucher and the end of their junior year, students will take 3 Center Pair Exploration (CPE) courses outside the Center Pair to which their major belongs.”

However, with all the different centers, overlap between majors, and the potential for students to change majors, it has become clear that the CPE structure has proven abstract and confusing to many students.

Noting the concerns of students, the Academic Policy Committee which oversees changes made to the class curriculum, has proposed new changes to the CPE structure which would be potentially be implemented for the Fall 2019 semester. Senior Nancy Rosen ’19, an International Relations and French double major and student representative on the Academic Policy Committee, explained the mooted changes in an email interview:

“The proposed changes for the CPEs are to first change what the acronyms stand for; they will be known as ‘Complex Problem Exploration.’ Secondly, students will only have to complete 2 CPEs instead of 3. Thirdly, the CPEs that students take will meet the MHEC requirements, they could count towards the Environmental Sustainability or Race, Power, and Perspective requirements, and they could meet major and minor requirements.”

Ann Duncan, Associate Professor of Religion, is the Curriculum Coordinator and the Chair of the Academic Policies Committee. As the Curriculum Coordinator, Duncan worked with other faculty members to develop the proposed CPE changes and put it before the Academic Policies Committee, who finalized the proposal and brought it before the faculty for a vote. When asked about the goals of current CPE structure and what issues had arisen, Duncan stated:

“The CPE courses were designed to build on what have always been strengths of the Goucher education…As with any new program, new challenges and possibilities emerged as implementation of the curriculum took place. For the CPEs, we recognized that students need more flexibility in balancing Goucher Commons requirements and their majors and many programs were having trouble offering enough CPE courses in the wake of program prioritization.”

Robin Cresiski, an Associate Professor of Biology who serves on the Academic Policy Committee echoed, the same information:

“The [current] CPEs envisioned two things: to supply the full breadth of a liberal arts education…and to engaged students in studying complex problems…they were also designed to provide the students the skills to work within a team or group framework and provide the skills necessary to be good collaborators…problems arose when students tried to change majors and ending up taking four CPE classes.”

Duncan and Cresiski have both worked to get feedback from faculty, faculty advisors, and students to reflect the needs of the students. Cresiski hopes that the proposed changes “reflect intensive listening” and helps to make advising students and changing one’s major easier. Both Cresiski and Duncan both stated that faculty are always aware of the challenges for students and challenges in staffing as they advise students and plan course offerings. Duncan is hopeful that the proposal will pass and ultimately be implemented: “I think it will make it much easier for students to balance their majors and…give students more flexibility in exploring various disciplines across the college.” Cresiski also expressed her optimism over the changes: “We hope to facilitate high levels of student engagement and encourage students to choose courses they feel are impactful. We want student enthusiasm to increase.”

Goucher Student Government (GSG) Co-President Sam Anderson ’21 described the changes as “exciting” and expressed his hope that the proposed CPE changes will give students more interdisciplinary choice. Anderson also stated that the changes could free students who would potentially be forced into a major by their CPE requirement. Fellow GSG Co-President Noah Block ’21 agreed, stating that in GSG discussions, the consensus towards the CPE changes was supportive but that he could not speak for all student government members. Block also felt that the CPE changes would remedy many of the concerns within the current CPE structure and was personally supportive of the proposal.

The mood among students when told about the changes was cautiously optimistic. First-year Simon Wickwire ’22, currently taking “Alien Planets,” an astronomy-focused CPE, said: “The name change seems unnecessary, but I like the overall concept. I think it will reduce a lot of the stress related to choosing classes and choosing a major.” Sophomore Christina Panousos ’21 was also supportive of the changes, describing the current CPE structure as a good idea as a necessary cross-curriculum component at Goucher but also as burdensome series of classes which are “unfair” for undeclared majors. Panousos said she was happy with the proposed reductions in the number of CPE classes and that the courses could be counted towards the Race, Power, Perspective and Environmental Sustainability requirements.  

The proposed CPE changes are still in the process of being revised by the faculty and the Academic Policy Committee. Nancy Rosen stated that while the goal for rolling out the changes would be for the 2019 Fall Semester, she cannot say with confidence that any CPE revisions will be implemented by then. According to Ann Duncan, the faculty will be voting on the proposal during the upcoming faculty meeting on April 3, during Common Hour in Merrick Lecture Hall.

Crunch Time in the English Premier League

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The Guardian via Phil Noble/Reuters

It’s that time of year: when winter gives way to spring, professors start to speak vaguely of impending midterms, and when the European soccer leagues reach their respective climaxes. Across Europe, the race to become league champion is either cooling down or heating up as the games start to decrease towards the end of the season. In England, the title race is especially close with two teams separated by only one point.

To those unfamiliar with the intricacies of European soccer, in almost every European country there is a professional soccer league, which runs from August to May with the first-place leader at the end of the season crowned the “title winner” and league champion. Generally, teams play every weekend on Saturday and Sunday, and the summer is used as an off-season. While there are leagues in every European country, the “big five” leagues of England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain are all generally considered to contain the best players and highest quality of soccer play and goals. World-famous soccer players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo play soccer every weekend in Europe.

In Spain’s “la liga”, Barcelona holds an imperious seven-point lead over their nearest rivals and this past weekend claimed victory over a faltering Real Madrid team in the El Clasico rivalry. In France, a dominant Paris Saint-Germain holds an astonishing 17-point lead over nearest competitor Lille and looks set to claim a second successive title. In Serie A in Italy, Juventus Torino beat Naples 2-0 this past weekend to move 16 points ahead at the top of the table. If successful at the end of the season, Juventus would be crowned champions of Italy for its fifth successive season. Finally, in the German Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are locked in a two-team battle for the title. Both teams are tied on 54 points with Dortmund retaining first place only by having scored more goals.

However, it is England in the English Premier League where the title race is the most intriguing. Last season from 2017 to 2018, Manchester City swept the English Premier League with a record 100 points, record 106 goals scored, and a record 32 wins out of 38 games played. Studded with a host of world stars, from Argentine striker Sergio Aguero to Belgian attacking-midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and headed by Spanish manager Pep Guardiola, widely considered the best manager in the world, Manchester City was widely lauded as among of the best soccer teams in the world by pundits.

This year’s 2018-19 season has proved more closely fought. Liverpool, long a sleeping-giant within the Premier League, has emerged as a title-contender under German manager Jurgen Klopp and spearheaded by the three-pronged attack of strikers Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Egyptian superstar Mohammed Salah. At New Year’s Day, Liverpool held a seven-point lead at the top of the table but a 4-3 loss to Manchester City led to a loss of form over January and February, which saw the lead overhauled. This weekend saw Manchester City retake first-place as Liverpool was held to a dire 0-0 draw with Everton. As it stands, Manchester City sits on 71 points with Liverpool in second-place with 70 points.

With eight games remaining, Liverpool appears to have the best list of fixtures on paper. Games against struggling teams Fulham, Southampton, Cardiff, and Huddersfield all seem easy wins while games against close-rivals Chelsea and Tottenham all come with home-field advantage. Manchester City must travel away to hostile city-rival Manchester United, the latter of which would happily provide a banana skin for their mortal enemy to slip. Formidable tests also come from Leicester City and an away trip to the cold and miserable northern team Burnley. But what appears an easy win on paper is always a battle of nerves and pressure. All games, regardless of form and league position, are potential slip-ups, and any mistake can be costly.

With the season nearing its denouement, the English Premier League title appears too close to call. Manchester City had been the pre-season favorite to win and successfully defend the title. But Liverpool’s title charge has seen them become the betting favorite in recent weeks. However, doubts remain over Liverpool’s ability to cope with pressure with their stumble in form in recent weeks. This coming weekend will see both teams at home with Manchester City welcoming mid-table Watford on Saturday at 12:30pm (3/9) while Liverpool plays struggling Burnley on Sunday at 8:00am (3/10). One thing is for sure amid all the chaos, confusion, permutations, and results: for all soccer fans and non-soccer fans it will be an intriguing watch to see who will be crowned champions of England and which team will fall just short in their pursuit of glory.

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