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I am a freshman from Westminster, Maryland. I work for the Goucher Event and Conference Services as a student technician. When I'm not at class, working, or writing for the Q, I enjoy drawing, making music, and hanging out with friends. I am not completely sure what major I want to have, however, I am considering Communications with a minor in Studio Art.

Coachella 2018: 5 Artists That You Should Know

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The second weekend of the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is here, and people across the world are gearing up for it. If you missed out on the debut weekend performances, check out various social media websites for live streams of artists’ sets. The Coachella lineup consists of talented artists who may be well-known in pop culture, but not all of them have a substantial following. So why not listen to some new music? In no particular order, here are five artist recommendations based on the Coachella 2018 lineup.
First is the female rapper and singer/songwriter Princess Nokia, or Destiny Frasqueri. Frasqueri began her career in 2010, self-releasing mixtapes on Soundcloud and YouTube with her original moniker “Wavy Spice.” In 2012, she released her song “YAYA” which got the attention of people from around the world. In 2016, she released her mixtape “1992”, which was then made into a deluxe album in September 2017 by Rough Trade Records. Frasqueri makes it clear that she sees herself as a feminist, a tomboy, and a queer woman from New York that cannot be held back. This woman is truly an inspiration, and her music showcases that as well.
The next artists are an alternative rock band from Los Angeles called The Buttertones. They were formed in 2011 by the original members, guitarist Richard Araiza, drummer Modeste Cobián, and bassist Sean Redman. The band is now made up of five members, with guitarist Dakota Böttcher and saxophonist London Guzmán joining in 2015. With influence from genres such as surf music and garage rock, the band has released four studio albums, one EP, and one single over the course of five years. If you like The Beatles or The Sonics, you will most likely enjoy The Buttertones.
Next up is a band that embraces indie-folk, and they are called MAGIC GIANT. The band is a trio, and the members are as follows: Austin Bisnow, Zambricki Li, and Zang (Brian Zaghi). Formed in early 2014, they create songs that sound like artists Mumford and Suns, The Lumineers, and Avicii had a music lovechild, combining banjo licks with electronic sequences. It provides for an upbeat experience unlike any other in the scene so far. The band’s single “Let It Burn” was called “a summer festival anthem” by NPR, and in June of 2017, Rolling Stone named them one of the 10 New Artists You Need to Know.
Returning to the punk genre, FIDLAR is a punk rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. Members Zac Carper and Elvis Kuehn founded the band in 2009 after working at a recording studio together. Brandon Schwartzel and Elvis’ brother Max Kuehn joined shortly after, and they’ve been performing ever since. The band has released two studio albums, three EPS, and numerous singles. In 2015, the band debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and played two songs off of their album Too, “West Coast” and “Why Generation,” and in 2016 they performed on Conan. Full of angst, FIDLAR is a band that doesn’t mess around.
For the final artist, we have South African DJ and producer Black Coffee. His real name is Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, and he started his career around 1995 in a time when the world was just starting to grow interest in the South African dance music scene. And as the years have passed, Black Coffee has grown to become Africa’s most influential electronic music producers. He has released five albums and one EP since he grew in popularity in 2005. Many of his songs are trance-like, emitting a calm feeling when listened to which isn’t very common in electronic music.

Coachella 2018 may be over in a few days, but these five artists will continue to perform and grow. Give them a listen whenever you have the time. Who knows, they could be a new favorite artist of yours. And if you’re up to it, check out all of the artists on the lineup. Each artist is extremely talented, and all of them have an exclusive performing style.

Featured Image: Coachella. Credit: Leonardo Pierce

It’s Time to Keep Our Schools Safe

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After the school shooting, students plan to demand legislation against gun violence
Photo: Google Images

On Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, a tragedy rocked the nation. In Parkland, Florida, suspect Nikolas Cruz entered the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School armed with a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Cruz began shooting within the freshman building, eventually discarding the weapon and ammunition in a stairwell, and exiting the school by blending in with fleeing students. Authorities arrested Cruz at 3:41 p.m. as he was walking down a residential street (Turkewitz, Mazzei, and Burch, 2018). It was later discovered that there were 17 victims from the school shooting, 4 more than the Columbine massacre in 1999 (Cameron, 2018). Despite the amount of shootings that have occurred in the past couple decades, very little has been done by government officials to ensure safety within the U.S educational system.

There are differing views on what can be done to protect those at educational institutions, but what cannot be disputed is the rise of gun violence in the United States and its effect on children. According to a study of World Health Organization data in the American Journal of Medicine, it has been found that 91 percent of children younger than 15 who were killed by gunfire lived in the United States (Cox and Rich, 2018). Even in instances where accidental gunshots were fired on campus grounds with no injuries, those affected still may have experienced trauma.

However, these incidents are not limited to the locations already affected. These events are real, and can happen anywhere, at anytime.

Not even a day after the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Loch Raven High School, 2.5 miles from Goucher College, went into lockdown due to a student bringing a pellet gun into the building. Apparently the student had shown the gun to another student, then discarded it. The offending student was charged as a juvenile for possessing a dangerous weapon on school property. Before the student was arrested, the school went into a lockdown for almost an hour, during which the students of the school hid in fear. Eighteen year old student Jordan Staten said, ‘“We were really scared. It was really awkward. We didn’t really know what to do, just [had to] sit there and wait. Whenever we heard a small noise or something, we’d freak out.”’ (Campbell, Knezevich, and Richman, 2018). No person should ever feel threatened while at a school, a place meant to be a safe space for learning and growth.

What can we do as a school to put a stop to these incidents?

As a community consisting of students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni, Goucher College possesses an incredible capability to induce change. If the entirety of the school and it’s connections were to contact Maryland state and local representatives, and the representatives of their home-state, perhaps some form of legislation could be proposed to address the issue. Now is the time to voice your concerns. We can not afford to keep quiet.

To contact your federal, state and local officials, you can find their information at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.

Possible Rise in First-Year Transfers

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When a high school senior commits to a college or university, they must be absolutely sure that the institution is their dream school, right?
It is as if there is a universal expectation for high school seniors to have this important next step in their education figured out. Most prospective freshmen apply to an institution with no doubt that they will be satisfied with their decision. However, after experiencing their first semester, some may discover that their school does not meet all of their needs. Two scenarios can happen after this stage: either the student solves their problems at their current school, or they decide to transfer to a school more capable of suiting their needs.

How many students within the Class of 2021 are contemplating transferring?

It cannot be accurately determined. For the Fall 2016 cohort, Goucher College maintained a decent first-year student retention rate. According to Goucher’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, 78% of first-year students from the fall semester returned to Goucher to continue their education, and the remaining 22% did not return (2017 Student Profile). The amount of students who transferred is unknown. However, there are a number of current first-year students who are considering transferring. Two students came forward with their accounts, and both wish to be kept anonymous due to personal reasons.

This specific student has not yet decided whether they are transferring. However, they are in the process of thinking it over. Here is their story:

“Before I came to Goucher, I thought that I had chosen the right school. I thought that I would fit in and have a smooth first semester. From what I have experienced so far, that was not the case. In the beginning of the year, it felt like I was meant to be here. But the longer I stay here, the more I realize that it’s not the school for me. First, I think that I am paying too much money into investments that I believe the school does not need at the moment. Instead of expanding the first-year village so fast, more funding could go towards the educational buildings for academic resources. Also, my social experience hasn’t been so great. Sometimes I feel like an outsider in the Goucher community, and that’s not how you should feel at any school, especially while away from home. And when you feel like you don’t fit in, it takes a toll on your emotions. I have an amazing support system here but sometimes that’s not enough to keep me happy. I would rather have a positive connotation for the school that I’m attending than a negative one. Also, I will admit to having some bad experiences during my first semester which could be altering my opinion of the school as a whole. I will keep that in mind as I determine whether I will transfer or not.”

The next student believes that they will transfer after the Spring 2018 semester. This is their story:
“I loved Goucher during the first month of classes. Faculty, staff, and even my peers were so nice and supportive. But, as the semester dragged on, my opinion of the college began to change. Goucher has a very small community, and as a latino student, I feel that my culture is not represented well enough. The school advertises that they have a high ethnic diversity, yet the majority of the student population is white with a sprinkle of other races mixed within. My cultural identity is very important to me, and I feel detached from my home because of the lack of latino representation within the community. Also, the community does not act as close-knit as Goucher states. There are many cliques throughout the school who only interact with people who are similar to them. It’s as if after the first month, people settled on a certain friend group and did not want to branch out and make new friends. I had a hard time finding a consistent friend group, and because of this, my social anxiety rose. As for academics, my classes do not challenge me. I feel that I am paying way too much for a school that doesn’t challenge my mind. And, Goucher policies seem to change every year whether it be in academics, housing, etc., and this appears to me as being unstable. Despite all of this, I do believe that Goucher possesses many pros, however, I think that I could find the same pros at any other school I were to attend.”

There are two notable patterns between the students’ statements. Both believe that they do not belong in Goucher’s community, and although the school strives to strengthen community building, these individuals do not think that there will be a change in the way students interact toward each other. Both students also think that they are paying too much money for what they are receiving from the college. These appear to be the most relevant claims for the students’ decision to transfer. However, they may have a bias against the school from negative experiences encountered throughout their first semester.
Although these are only two accounts from the freshman class, there could be many more first-years who have similar beliefs. It is vital to discuss these issues in order to discover what can be done to change the campus for the better. Not only for current students, but for future students as well.

Works Cited
2017 Student Profile. (n.d.). Retrieved February 08, 2018, from http://www.goucher.edu/institutional-effectiveness/2017-student-profile

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