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Events in Baltimore (February 16th-March 2nd)

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February 16

  • 4 Hours of Funk** at The Windup Space
  • BEYONCE VS RIHANNA DANCE PARTY at Ottobar
  • IT’S UNVALENTINE’S DAY! DANCE PARTY* at Metro Gallery
  • Caz Gardiner w/ The Flying Faders, Suburban Hi Fi at Sidebar
  • Shellshag w/ Bigmouth, the Guests, Faunas, Pearl at Joe Squared
  • The Future in the West** at The Crown
  • REACHES//PWM//TarikEvolve//SeanKing** at The Crown
  • LITZ 2 Day Run (Live Album Release): Funk You* at The 8×10
  • Frozen Harbor Music Festival: Day One at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Frozen Harbor Music Festival: Day One at Rams Head Live!
  • Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series at Royal Farms Arena
  • “Pictures at an Exhibition” at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest of Your Life at The Lyric
  • Ladies Night at Grand Central Nightclub
  • “Along with the Gods: the Two Worlds (신과함께-죄와 벌)” at The SNF Parkway

February 17

  • Baltimore Into Comics Issue #17 at The Windup Space
  • STACKED LIKE PANCAKES w/ THE STOLEN, MORE TBA at Ottobar
  • SURF ROCK NIGHT! OTTOBAR’S SHRUNKEN HEAD w/ KILLERS FROM SPACE, THE TSUNAMI EXPERIMENT at Ottobar
  • JOSEPH & THE BEASTS w/ Manners Manners, Santa Librada, DJ Pancakes* at Metro Gallery
  • Rats In The Wall w/ All Torn Up, Pearl, Syringe at Sidebar
  • Elegant Filth: Live Burlesque** at The Crown
  • LITZ 2 Day Run (Live Album Release): Box Era* at The 8×10
  • Frozen Harbor Music Festival: Day Two at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Frozen Harbor Music Festival: Day Two at Rams Head Live!
  • Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series at Royal Farms Arena
  • “Pictures at an Exhibition” at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Charles Revival Series: “Night and the City” at The Charles Theatre

February 18

  • ROAD TO SXSW at Ottobar
  • HONEY RADAR w/ Margins, Homosuperior, Birth (Defects), Henry Owings* at Metro Gallery
  • GLOOP, Jim Shorts, Middle Kid, Too Soon Jokes at New America
  • INTERVALS “THE WAY FORWARD TOUR” w/ JASON RICHARDSON, NICK JOHNSTON, NIGHT VERSES at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series at Royal Farms Arena
  • “Pictures at an Exhibition” at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Cinema Sunday at The Charles Theatre

February 19

  • Hortio Dark at The Windup Space
  • Charles Revival Series: “Night and the City” at The Charles Theatre
  • “Chisholm ’72 – Unbought and Unbossed”: President’s Day Screening! At The SNF Parkway

February 20

  • Black Mass w/ Led To The Grave, Narrow Grave at Sidebar
  • SILVERSTEIN & TONIGHT ALIVE w/ BROADSIDE, PICTURESQUE at Baltimore Soundstage
  • STRFKR w/ Reptaliens at Rams Head Live!
  • Louis Malle’s “God’s Country” presented by Colette Shade at The SNF Parkway

February 21

  • Drink and Draw!** at The Windup Space
  • TRONG-PONG: Black Light Table Tennis at The Windup Space
  • I SET MY FRIENDS ON FIRE w/ KISSING CANDICE, AWAKEN I AM, AT THIS POINT, SPERMASAURUS REX at Ottobar
  • YNDI HALDA w/ Staghorn, Time Columns at Metro Gallery
  • Pow Pow Family Band/ $100 Girlfriend/ James and the Giant Peach** at The Crown
  • ELM February Residency: lespecial* at The 8×10

February 22

  • Beat Barrage featuring Ashley Sierra and Ullnevano and MORE! at The Windup Space
  • FULL OF HELL w/ PRISONER, NEOLITHIC, R-COMPLEX at Ottobar
  • DJ DIAMOND DUSTIN SPINS PUNK & METAL!** at Ottobar
  • IAN BROWN MEMORIAL w/ Alms, Cemetery Piss, Pearl* at Metro Gallery
  • No Zodiac w/ Strengthen What Remains, Iron Price, Dahmed., Cancer Priest at Sidebar
  • UFO VOL 11** at The Crown
  • A Night Of Japanese New Wave & Obscure** at The Crown
  • Roots of Creation Grateful Dub Tour ft. Kash’d out, The Elovaers* at The 8×10
  • “Rite of Spring” at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Justin Moore: Hell on a Highway Tour at The Lyric
  • Charles Revival Series: “Get Out” at The Charles Theatre

February 23

  • Surf Harp (Record release) w/ Operator Music Band, Zula, Chiffon, Jacober at The Windup Space
  • TIM BARRY w/ JOSH SMALL, ROGER HARVEY at Ottobar
  • MATT TALLEY (EP RELEASE) w/ Locus Sound, Thunder Club, Flying Jacob, TM Lockemy* at Metro Gallery
  • Street 45’s w/ E. Joseph and the Phantom Heart, 3rd Grade Friends, Subtastics at Sidebar
  • Depth Perception Presents: The Pleasure Tour ft. Exmag + Bass Physics, DeltaNine, Image.Nation* at The 8×10
  • ELI YOUNG BAND w/ MELODIME at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Katt Williams at Royal Farms Arena
  • “Off the Cuff: Rite of Spring” at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Baltimore Craft Show at Baltimore Convention Center
  • “Golden Exits” with director Alex Ross Perry! at The SNF Parkway

February 24

  • LET THERE BE HOUSE! at The Windup Space
  • BLACK MASALA at Ottobar
  • BUTTER::
  • OLD-SCHOOL CHILL HOUSE VIBES W/ DJ DAN G & MORE!** at Ottobar
  • PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH w/ Praise, Unholy Sights* at Metro Gallery
  • Bad Time w/ No Parking at Sidebar
  • June Star with Stars and the Sea w/ Leland Sundries, Saddle of Centaur at Downsquares
  • Night Gruuvs** at The Crown
  • Splintered Sunlight* at The 8×10
  • THE PRINCE EXPERIENCE at Baltimore Soundstage
  • “Off the Cuff: Rite of Spring” at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Charles Revival Series: “Boudu Saved From Drowning” at The Charles Theatre
  • MET Opera: “La Bohème” at The Charles Theatre
  • Atomic Comics Klatch (ACK!) at Atomic Books

February 25

  • Baltimore Record Bazaar Winter Show! at The Windup Space
  • “Expert of Nothing” comedy game show at The Windup Space
  • “MORE LAUGHS” THE ANNUAL BIG FRED BIRTHDAY COMEDY SHOW at Baltimore Soundstage
  • “Rite of Spring” at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Revival Series: “Warner Brothers Cartoon Show” at The Senator

February 26

  • VÉRITÉ w/ Roses And Revolutions, Pale Spring at Metro Gallery
  • Runaway Brother w/ The Neckbeards, Clairvoyant, Pinkwench, 96 Olympics at Sidebar
  • Charles Revival Series: “Boudu Saved From Drowning” at The Charles Theatre

February 27

  • Brews and Board Games** at The Windup Space
  • Gutter Demons w/ Meteor King, Skapparoneday at Sidebar
  • The Beanie Bros Tour 2018* at The Crown
  • Oak House / Drone Theory / Stars and The Sea* at The Crown
  • Atomic Reading Club: Less Than Zero at Atomic Books

February 28

  • TRONG-PONG: Black Light Table Tennis at The Windup Space
  • ADULT. w/ HIDE, Extended Release* at Metro Gallery
  • ELM February Residency: DJ Williams Shots Fired w/ All Star Cast* at The 8×10
  • Revival Series: “Once Upon A Time In America (Extended Director’s Cut)” at The Senator
  • Gunky’s Basement Presents: “American Psycho” on 35mm! At The SNF Parkway

March 1

  • Foxhole Atheists at Sidebar
  • MONDO BALTIMORE: Trash Flicks and Cult Epics!
  • Ed Schrader’s Music Beat w/ Wume, Smoke Bellow* at Metro Gallery
  • CHEFS: The Sizzling Kitchen Showdown
  • Revival Series: “Belladonna of Sadness” at The Charles Theatre

March 2

  • Tomason (record release) w/ Sea Lilies (record release), Flying Faders, Yanni II at The Windup Space
  • Pressing Strings w/ Skribe* at Metro Gallery
  • Lost in Society w/ Rooney’s Show, The Stifled, Old Bay Thrashers at Sidebar
  • SOOHAN w/ Anna Morgan – Christian Dope at The 8×10
  • “KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ” at The SNF Parkway
  • “Western” at The SNF Parkway

December Events

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December 8

  • Comedy Night at Goucher College
  • Emo Night Baltimore at Ottobar
  • Thrushes w/ Rouge Conjurer, Thee Lexington Arrows* at Metro Gallery
  • Illenium w/ Said the Sky, Dabin at Rams Head Live
  • 808: The Sadboi Series (vol. 7)** at The Crown
  • Cecil Frena + Faith Healer w/ Raindeer, Wipeout* at The Crown
  • Australia’s Thunder From Down Under* at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Jazz is PHSH* at The 8×10
  • Blacksage w/ Humanmania, Serquet, Mala Fides at Sidebar
  • Anime Night: Sailor Moon S The Movie: Hearts in Ice at The Charles Theatre

December 9

  • Baltimore Ballet’s 17th Anniversary “The Nutcracker” at Goucher College
  • The Second Saturday S#!t Show – Free Stand-up Comedy* at Ottobar
  • Dehd w/ Post Pink, Baklavaa, Joe Biden* at Joe Squared
  • The CTRL Tour: SZA w/ Smino, Ravyn Lenae at Rams Head Live
  • Version with Trillnatured ft. DK The Punisher* at The Crown
  • The BPM Experience: The Baltimore Edition at The Windup Space
  • Graffiti Warehouse Fantasy Meet n’ Greet Party! At Graffiti Warehouse
  • 1st Annual Mind on Fire Snowball ft. DJ Dan Deacon, DJ Dirty Face at EMP Collective
  • 2018 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour at Royal Farms Arena
  • Dollar Days at Maryland Science Center

December 10

  • Digitour w/ Nathan Triska, Simon Britton + more TBA at Ottobar
  • Miracle on 34th Street at W 34th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
  • The Dear Hunter w/ The Family Crest, Vava at Baltimore Soundstage
  • TSOL, the Goons, Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb at Sidebar
  • Fantasia at The Lyric
  • Revival Series: Babe at The Senator Theatre
  • Mega Flea Market at Maryland State Fairgrounds
  • Dollar Days at Maryland Science Center

December 11

  • Silent of Fifth Street w/ Filth, The Machinist, Kriminals, Louder Than Quiet, Voids at Ottobar
  • Sports w/ Softglas, The Slim Jimmies at Metro Gallery
  • Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Baltimore at The Windup Space
  • Converge w/ Pile, Give at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Scrooged/Bad Santa Double Feature at The SNF Parkway/Maryland Film Festival

December 12

  • Bachelor Boys Showcase at The Windup Space
  • Breaking with Tradition: Stories about Unconventional Holidays at The Senator Theatre

December 13

  • The Stolen w/ Jett Bailey, Big Infinite, more TBA at Ottobar
  • McCafferty w/ Heart Attack Man, Chris Swartz at Metro Gallery
  • 93.1 WPOC Acoustic Christmas ft. Lee Brice & Friends at Rams Head Live
  • Height Keech w/ Ami Dang, Frenemies Get Shredded vol.2* at The Crown
  • MICA SoundBox at The Windup Space
  • Anime Night: Spirited Away at The Charles Theatre
  • POW Feminist Comic Book Club at Atomic Books
  • Melanin Records Winter Showcase at Motor House
  • Black Business Bazaar at American Brewery

December 14

  • The Number 12 Looks Like You w/ Rolo Tomassi, Cryptodira at Ottobar
  • Black Marble w/ YOU., The Holy Circle* at Metro Gallery
  • Sentient Planet 4* at The Crown
  • Party Pack ICE w/ Chris Pumphrey’s MONDAWMEN  at The Windup Space
  • Liberata w/ Jeanette Lynne, Emily Henry at Joe Squared
  • Eighteen Visions w/ Knocked Loose, Old Wounds, Tourniquet at Baltimore Soundstage
  • DEADcember ft. Steal Your Peach* at The 8×10
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII at The Senator

December 15

  • Super Art Fight UNLEASHED!* at Ottobar
  • Quattracenta Record Release Show w/ Snakes, Margins* at Metro Gallery
  • The Legwarmers: Ultimate 80’s Experience** at Rams Head Live
  • Friday Night Magic: Dance Party* at The Crown
  • DAI Burger w/ Kotic Couture, Black Salem** at The Crown
  • 4 Hours of Funk** at The Windup Space
  • Infinity Knives w/ Tigerlily Jones, Blueberry, Albert Bagman at EMP Collective
  • Da Kid Emm w/ DJ Havok, Donnie Breeze, King Forrest at Baltimore Soundstage
  • The Mostly Dead, The Dissociated, + more TBA at Sidebar
  • Marc Rizzo of Soulfly and Sledgehouse Reunion Show at Reverb
  • Eyelet w/ R-Dent, Forges, My Sweet Anchor at TheDepot
  • MAH Presents: Going Hard! ft. Scott Brown & M-Project* at The 8×10
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII at The Senator

December 16

  • 15 Years of Arbouretum w/ Television Hill, Stephen Strohmeier at Ottobar
  • Highly Suspect at Rams Head Live
  • Roots/Raices** at The Crown
  • Skin Tight Soul Party** at The Crown
  • Flash Gordon Night! at The Windup Space
  • Baltimore Into Comics Issue #16 at The Windup Space
  • Point Break Live! at Baltimore Soundstage
  • A Very Batz Xmas Party Goth + Industrial DJ’s CB & Hemlock at TheDepot
  • Navasha Daya: A Soulful Rock & Roll Tribute to Jimi Hendrix at Creative Alliance
  • The United States Army Field Band at The Lyric
  • Compactor w/ Bastet, ThetaFlux, Extended Release, Immanent Voiceless at Graffiti Warehouse
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII at The Senator
  • Revival Series: Beat the Devil at The Charles Theatre
  • Anime Night: Spirited Away at The Charles Theatre
  • Mistletoe Mayhem** at Power Plant Live

December 17

  • Expert of Nothing at The Windup Space
  • Tactical Cinema at Baltimore Free Farm
  • The United States Army Field Band at The Lyric

The Equestrian Team: Something to Be Proud of

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Goucher’s equestrian team is something to be proud of. The team is known for their skill and enthusiasm for the sport. There are even some places on campus where the horses venture with their riders, such as the jumps near a trail in the woods. Unlike most sports, the equestrian season is a nearly all year. Several events take place both on and off campus. Horseback riding is an interesting sport in that it involves more than just a competitor and their teammates; it involves the competitor and another animal that they themselves are responsible for. In a way, the horse is valued much as a teammate and partner.

Senior Cary Hundley claimed High Point Rider award for fifth consecutive show in early November. Photo Credit: Goucher College Athletics

There is a lot of work that goes into the team, beyond the shows and competitions. Goucher is one of the only schools to host horses on its campus, so riders have the liberty to practice and train on their own and with instructors multiple days a week.

Ari Schlossberg, a senior who is going on his fourth year on the team, talks about some of the process behind the horse shows and how they operate.

Surprisingly, home events take up more of the day than away events. The day starts as early as 5:30 AM and lasts until about 5 PM. All riders are expected to groom and tack up the horses. The horses that the riders compete with that day are not necessarily the ones that they have been practicing with. The available horses are not decided by the riders, but the horse will most likely match the skill level of the rider. When the competing school arrives, there will usually be horses being “schooled” in the outside arena. These are horses that have to be worked on for many various reasons, and the people riding the schooling horses are able to display their skills to the opposing school.

Once the horses are all groomed and tacked, they need to be warmed up. Warm-ups are important for both the rider and the horse. Schlossberg says that warming up gets the horse’s temperature, breathing, and muscles prepped for working and being active out in the ring. He also says that when he’s competing, it is very easy for him to “get in the zone.”

There is not as much rivalry between schools in terms of equestrian sporting as one might expect. However, there are still intense situations. If a rider’s score is tied with another rider, they will compete with each other for a dominant score, which can be more personal to the rider than most parts of a competition.

Schlossberg says that competing is “an act of focusing.” There is a checklist of things that a rider needs to be aware of in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, paying special attention to the skills that they have fine-tuned over the course of any given training period. He states that. when thinking about horsemanship, there is no one thing that is more important than any other. “Poise” is the word Schlossberg says most accurately encapsulates it. “The idiom ‘get back in the saddle’ exists for a reason.”

RACHEL HASLETT

How to Infuse Your Life with Creativity

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Day after day, you perform your quotidian tasks mindlessly, without reason or inquiry.

While you walk the same paths to get to that same place to see the same people to learn the same things, you continually daydream about more exciting times and places. As you daydream and contemplate the existential questions floating in your head, the uncomfortable empty space between your ribs expands. You hopelessly search for a way to fill this void, while a solution to this hopelessness and monotony has existed all along. This solution is creative engagement.

“In addition to benefiting your in education and career, art can help to facilitate your happiness and well being.” Photo Credit: Google Images.

Reflect on the role art played in your childhood. You colored, painted, and crafted for the sheer joy of it. You approached the day with wonder in your eyes. The world was your playground. The unfortunate truth is that society and school has since attempted, and most likely succeeded, to milk you dry of your creativity. Most of us lead lives involving minimal creativity. Starting in middle school, art is entirely separate from the “essential” classes, like math, science, languages, and English. Because art is not prioritized by the education system, many students view art as useless and don’t take any classes. Many students also believe they are inherently unartistic, and therefore do not take classes. The most common perception of art is what is displayed in museums, and consequently, art is seen as unachievable for the normal person— destined for the few that are born with artistic talent. On the other hand, individuals who are talented and enjoy art are steered away from pursing it because of the notion of the “starving artist”. For these reasons, most people avoid art both in and out of school.

We fail to recognize the variety of art forms that exist, and how many of these forms are achievable to the everyday person. We don’t recognize that art has the potential to fulfill us, to assist us academically, to give us new perspectives, to de-stress us, and to assist us in future careers. We are not cognizant of the impact the implementation of creativity can have on every aspect of our daily lives. All of us can get so much out of art, and for this reason, we must reclaim the creativity we once had as children. Now is the time to do it. As college students, we are exploring and diving into different subjects, living on our own for the first time, and preparing to enter a career; art and creativity can assist us along this journey.

The first benefit when integrating creativity into your life is the academic advantage. Using art processes develops specific skills sets that can assist you in education. Art educator, Beth Dickson, highlights the skills you can achieve through art, including “problem identification, solution design, implementation and experimentation, and processes of reflection in order to achieve their outcomes” (71). Personally, creative engagement has given me skill sets that I couldn’t acquire by any other method. I allow myself to experiment and think in more abstract ways which results in more original creations in essays and projects. Thinking out of the box makes problem solving an easier task. I am a visual and kinesthetic learner, so integrating art into my studying facilitates my understanding of ideas learned in class.

Creativity is also a sought after ability in most careers. The aforementioned skills can be carried into one’s career. Employers seek out people who can apply these skills, because “‘creativity’ is synonymous with the innovation necessary for economic growth” (Dickson 57). If a company wants to grow, they must have people that can think creatively and develop new, never before seen ideas. Without creative employees, companies would keep producing the same things, over and over. Creative and innovative minds help the companies to grow. Through nurturing your creativity and obtaining these skills, you will be at an advantage and therefore be sought after by employers.

In addition to benefiting your in education and career, art can help to facilitate your happiness and well being. Releasing repressed emotions through art works to calm and distress your body and mind. Making art allows you to be fully present in the moment, keeping your mind active and awake, and making you more mindful. Art enlightens you with new perspectives on life. Art intensifies our feelings, thoughts, ideas and imagination. Art causes us to admire our everyday life. Art provokes conversation, brings communities together and encourages solidarity. Art preserves history while encouraging change (Howard 2).

Art and creativity contribute countless benefits to your life, and—in the long run—will allow you to lead a happier, more fulfilling life. Don’t have the time or money to take an art class? There are small changes you can apply to your life that can make a large impact, without costing you extra money, stress or time.

First, you must realize you are an artist. Relocate the inner artist that was present when you were a child. You colored because it was an enjoyable activity, not because you were good at it or had the intention of putting your coloring page in a museum. People avoid making art because of the fear of judgement and the fear of their art “not being good enough.” They believe that the function of the artist is to produce likable and wanted art. They believe that the artist is few and far between, as they must be someone with talent and training. This notion is dangerous because art is fundamental for any and every human. Many don’t realize that everyone can, and should, be an artist. Art, in any form, creates an emotional outlet. Art assists you in expressing and releasing emotions when traditional conversation can’t. If you make art, you are an artist— regardless of the quality of the product.

Many believe the notion of “everyone is an artist” makes art less valuable. In an interview, artist Joesph Beuys was asked, “A well-known saying of yours asserts that ‘Every man is an artist.’ If every man is an artist, then why have art academies and art professors at all?” To which Beuys answered, “To be sure, ‘every man is an artist’ in a general sense: one must be an artist for example, to create self-determination. But at a certain stage in his life every man becomes a specialist in a certain way; one studies chemistry, another sculpture or painting, a third becomes doctor, and so on. For this reason we understandably need special schools” (255). Beuys understands that humans are creative beings by nature, and therefore can engage creatively in some capacity, but not necessarily to the capacity of art becoming one’s entire life. Art can be a part of your life, without it being your whole life. You can create art without aesthetic value and without the intention of producing it. Nevertheless, you are still an artist because you are creating art.

Make art. Figure out what works for you. There are so many different forms of art to explore that can allow express yourself in ways that stand out from then the monotony of everyday life. When creating art, focus on the process rather than the product. The actual process of creating art is often ignored. Professor Ellen Langer further explains, “Unfortunately, our culture leads us to evaluate almost everything we do…We look at the end product and pass judgment on whether is it ‘creative’ or not without regard for whether a mindfully engaged individual created it. We distinguish the product from the experience of creating it” (5). As a result of society focusing on the final product, people do not make art for the fear of judgement. The artist’s personal experience in creating the art is what where the importance should be focused, because the process is what provides the artist with personal benefits. The process is cathartic, enjoyable, makes us more creative, and allows us to be fully present and mindful.

Be mindful. Realize that you already use creative processes everyday. Take notice when you are in situations that require creative, out-of-the-box thinking. Find ways you can you expand on these situations and use creative processes more often. Be mindful of your everyday surroundings. We get so caught up in the monotony of our daily schedules that our surroundings become boring. We become blind to what is going on around us. If you look at everyday things with a creative, fresh perspective, life will become more intriguing and exciting. As Joseph Beuys once said, “Even the act of peeling a potato can be an artistic act if it is consciously done.”

Works Cited

Adriani, Götz, Winfried Konnertz, and Karin Thomas. Joseph Beuys, Life and Works.

Woodbury, N.Y: Barron’s, 1979. Print.

Cannatella, Howard. Why We Need Arts Education : Revealing the Common Good: Making

Theory and Practice Work Better. Sense Publishers, 2015. EBSCOhost, goucher.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx? direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1057255&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Dickson, Beth. Education and the Arts. Dunedin Academic Press

Limited, 2011. Policy and Practice in Education. EBSCOhost, goucher.idm.oclc.org/ login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/ login.aspxdirect=true&db=nlebk&AN=380339&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Langer, Ellen J. On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself through Mindful Creativity. Ballantine Books, 2006.

MARY ZYNN

Hey, Let’s Cut A Critical Resource From Our Schools!

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Currently, our country’s education system is under attack due to a troubling trend: the neglect of art programs in schools. Serious budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts are resulting in many public schools struggling to maintain their arts programs (Mahnken). This is causing many schools to lay off teachers and, in extreme cases, cut funding for arts programs entirely (Fang). While many supporters of budget cuts would say that the STEM field should receive more funding because of the potential work applications and use in research, this ignores all the developmental, interdisciplinary, historical, and expressive benefits of art in education.

Currently, our country’s education system is under attack due to a troubling trend: the neglect of art programs in schools. Photo Credit: Google Images

When teachers provide diverse activities for children to choose from, they are not only providing options for children to discover personal interests, they are also opening up children to new experiences, which is, of course, crucial for development. A teacher’s primary goal is not only to educate, but to aid in children’s development, and art can provide a perfect outlet for this. Simply providing access to art materials, such as crayons or paints, can help children develop their fine motor skills, which are a necessity for skills such as writing (Hwang Lynch). Exposure to new and varied experiences can help facilitate a child’s development of language and vocabulary. Thus, exposure to art in the classroom can help children gain a myriad of vocabulary, such as words relating to shape, color, texture, and process of creation (Hwang Lynch).

The inclusion of art in education enriches a student’s ability to express creativity, which, although overlooked, is a critical skill. A strong sense of creativity is applicable in problem solving processes and the ability to adjust to new or unfamiliar tasks. The ability to think creatively may help a student who struggles with abstract concepts, such as algebra. Creativity can also improve social intelligence, since it fosters self-expressive skills (Zimmerman).

Clearly, art can aid mental development, and it has many interdisciplinary applications as well. For example, it has been shown that asking students to illustrate what they want to write about improves their ability to describe the scene or character in writing (Noden & Moss). In a biology course, in order to ensure that students can fully grasp the why parts of the cell look and interact, the teacher could design a project where the student has to create a replica of the cell. Art has the ability to awaken talents in students who think differently than their classmates and make use of their strengths. Simultaneously, it forces students who are not as experienced in the arts to think in more abstract and creative ways. Thus, for teachers, an art-infused curriculum can be a powerful tool in developing the minds of their students. After all, it has been shown in multiple studies that there is a correlation between participation in the arts and academic success (Hwang Lynch).

Art has been a constant force in human history and can show insight into the lives of people in the past (Reiss). Art breathes life into society, and its absence would be catastrophic (Bazalgette). Art can also bring attention to the negativity present in our society: the racism, homophobia, sexism and any number of injustices, injustices that can only be expressed in such a human form. After all, art is uniquely human.

I have been an artist since I was a small child, and one of my earliest memories is being praised by my parents for drawing “fireworks” or, swirly, chaotic scribbles on a page of sketch paper. My parents’ encouragement of my art and my personal love for it is what truly solidified my practice for it. For me, art was an escape. I was able to travel into the world of my drawings. Just imagine my excitement when I started attending school and learned that art would be one of my regular classes. While I am now a good student, I struggled in my younger years, so art class acted as a release. It was the reason I wanted to go to school each day.

As I grew older, art allowed me to better understand myself. My school did not have the best arts program, but my art classes allowed me to express what I kept pent up.

One could make the argument that careers in the sciences make more money, that the sciences are a more revered career, that a person who studies them will gain more respect. One could choose to ignore all the evidence that art enriches development and learning and say that in the STEM fields, students gain more skills than when studying arts. Obviously scientific research is crucial in the development of our society. However, just like the world needs scientists, children need art, and the world needs artists.

Arts provide children with the chance to explore their identity, gain confidence, move around, improve their technical skills, and make beautiful, precious things. No one can deny the spark that art ignites in children. All of educational benefits aside, why deny children the chance to have fun?

Works Cited

Bazalgette, Peter. “We Have to Recognise the Huge Value of Arts and Culture to Society.” The Observer, Guardian News and Media, 26 Apr. 2014,

Fang, Marina. “Public Schools Slash Arts Education And Turn To Private Funding.” ThinkProgress, 5 Aug. 2013,

Hwang Lynch, Grace. “The Importance of Art in Child Development.” PBS, Public  Broadcasting Service, 25 May 2012,

Mahnken, Kevin. “An Arts Education Crisis? How Potential Federal Cuts Could Decimate School Arts Programs.” The 74 , 29 Jan. 2017,

Noden, Harry, and Moss, Barbara. “Nurturing Artistic Images in Student Reading and Writing.”    The Reading Teacher, vol. 48, no. 6, Mar. 1995, pp. 532–534.

Reiss, Mitchell B. “The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life.” by Barbara Ernst Prey. Huffington Post, 9 Nov. 2014,

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JILLIAN SMIDA-WOOD

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A story straight out of our campus traditions, bathed in the grey glow of a dismal future, and all set up for one, single line. Enjoy it while you can, for the undead are hangery [sic] and your brains are looking mighty delicious today.

When the outbreak happened, it wasn’t our fault that there wasn’t any way of protecting ourselves. When the uprisings did happen, there was just no chance for some of us. Sure, many tried. But for the most part there was no way of knowing what to do. In the many barracks splattered around the northern UK, people were trying desperately to find a way of self-defense. After The Great Slaughter, guns were banned globally and confiscated from the citizens of the world. They were locked in deep underground vaults with no way of knowing how to open it. Many have tried, but for the most part, people have resorted to more…unconventional means. There have even been a few renegade units that have resorted to just throwing bullets at the zombies while making gun noises in hopes to scare them off. Surprisingly, it works, but only for a time. Only until the zombies come to their senses and try to return.

A bullet a day keeps the zombies away.

However, I knew that there had to be a way. There were whisperings of a new barrack on the rise which had somehow managed to repurposed old children’s toys into fully realized weapons that were able to actually kill some of the infected. When I arrived at the barrack in question, my eyes widened in realization. The guards were outfitted with bright neon pink, orange, green, blue, and yellow weapons.

All plastic. All deadly.

I approached them with my arms up above my hand and stumbled about trying to show them I meant no harm. “I’m a survivor! I’m a survivor don’t shoot!” I said.

They did the normal tests on me, which was to be expected. When I passed, I was let inside and brought straight to the barrack leader’s tent. A huge burly man held in his hand a bright pink, flowered nerf gun, covered in crayon scribbles.

“Those are the weapons?” I asked.

He nodded.

It was then that I realized: it’s nerf, or nothing.

BENJI GUTSIN

Welcome to the Office of Public Safety!

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Located on the ground floor of Huebeck, is the Office of Public Safety. To many, this is a safe haven and to some, unexplored territory. Established in 2007, Public Safety has worked to keep our campus safe through many programs and services. Now, 10 years later, they have made significant changes to campus, and have more in the works for the future. I sat down with Director David Heffer, to find out more!

“We consider ourselves to be very proactive. We don’t wait for a problem to arise before we try to solve it.” -David Heffer, Director of Public Safety Photo Credit: Usha Kaul

Q: How long have you been director and how many officers make up the squad?

A: I have been the Director of Public Safety since August, 2015 [and]  our force is made up of about 35 officers including full and part timers.

Q: What do you look for in an officer when you are hiring?

A: There are a number of factors that we look for when hiring public safety officers.  Previous experience in public safety and customer service is helpful.  We also look for individuals with positive attitudes who have a real passion for helping people.  The office appreciates a diverse workforce and strives to sustain that diversity.  The job of being a public safety officer is demanding both physically and mentally so we look for individuals who can make good decisions under difficult circumstances.

Q: What are some responsibilities of our officers?

A: We always have an officer at the gatehouse, the communications center, patrolling the residential side and the academic side of the campus.  We also post an officer at the Athenaeum overnight.  We do staff large planned events.

Q: What have been the recent changes to some of the campus resources and what has sparked them?

A: A number of changes have been made around campus including; closing off the pond and the back gate to vehicular traffic; inserting cameras into the blue emergency phones on campus to see the emergency; and the new app 911Shield.

Heffer has been “told that our user adoption rate (for 911Shield) is one of the highest of any type of this product in the country.  Many campuses use this type of product but we utilize a system that mitigates some of the deficiencies we have with GPS location on campus by using Wi-Fi.”

Heffer brought me into his office and explained the app, and allowed me to test it out and see how it rings in the office and how my location can be detected no matter where I am. The hope is to never have to use this app, but, in the case of an emergency, I’ll be prepared.

Some other changes to the campus include face-to-face emergency training with new staff members to ensure their complete understanding and proficiency in emergency situations. Public Safety has also updated their website that lists services and also allows people to easily report concerns anonymously. There is also a new ID policy in place, where all persons are checked at the front gate (pedestrians and vehicles) after 8pm. The athenaeum goes through a full sweep every night at midnight by the officer on duty.

Students and their families have raised the concern that vehicles and pedestrians are not stopped at the gate house. According to Heffer, “We now have staff there 24 hours a day 7 days a week during academic session.  Vehicles are stopped after 8pm every day of the week.”

Q: What are some public safety changes that are coming soon?

A: We hope to increase the number of cameras on campus as well as reconsider some of our traffic control patterns.  We also actively monitor situations occurring on other college campuses as well as around the nation to identify issues that might impact us so that we can develop strategies to prevent and/or mitigate the impacts.

In response to a question about the connection between campus culture and safety, and there is no comment at this time.

“The job of being a public safety officer is demanding both physically and mentally so we look for individuals who can make good decisions under difficult circumstances.” -David Heffer, Director of Public Safety. Photo Credit: Usha Kaul

To close, here are some programs and services offered by Public Safety:

They help run the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). They are the home of the famous Lost and Found. They provide support in emergencies.

Feel uncomfortable walking around campus? Call up Public Safety and they are happy to help out!

Lose that one card again? No worries! They can print you another!

Locked out again? Just call the office and they will be happy to help!

Register your vehicle!

Register your visitor!

Report incidents! They’ll go in the Q’s Public Safety Blotter, which can be found on the following page.

USHA KAUL

8 Career Tips to Maximize Your Winter Break from the CDO

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Feeling overwhelmed? Not sure where to start when it comes to majors, internships, jobs, and this thing called a “career”? The CDO is here to help every step of the way. Check-out tips below for getting started and using winter break to your advantage-take one step at a time. No matter your year or major, it’s never too early to get started.

Learn more about yourself and careers, build your network, start your summer internship search, or begin your post-Goucher job search.

  1. Build Your Network! (breaks are a great time to connect)
  • Start to talk about jobs and careers with people you already know – when meeting friends, family, mentors, co-workers, community members, teachers and, really, anyone you come across over the winter break, start to ask questions about jobs, careers, their experiences and who else they might connect you with. Focus on gathering information, paying attention to career clues, and expanding your circle.
  • Conduct informational interviews – this is an excellent opportunity to explore career fields and jobs, connect with professionals in your field(s) of interest, develop an understanding of those fields. Through this process you will often gain advice, and learn about internship/job opportunities without specifically asking for the job.
  • Reach-out to Goucher Alumni Career Coaches – nearly 200 alumni who have volunteered to connect with you, current Goucher students, for career and major advice, industry insights, and job market opportunities. Use the Alumni Career Coaches tab in Goucher Recruit to search and message alumni.
  • Create (or update) a LinkedIn profile – begin to build a network of contacts and showcase your interests, experiences, skills and education. Connect with alumni, faculty, staff, peers, and family to get started.
  1. If unsure about a career direction, complete the quick Traitify assessment for personality insights and recommended job titles, available on the CDO homepage.
  2. Spend time identifying (or reviewing) your career/work values, interests and motivated skills. Stop by or contact the CDO for an appointment to further explore YOU.
  3. Update your resume to include community service, academic projects, on-campus jobs, and other relevant experiences. Utilize the CDO’s Resume Check service through Goucher Recruit to have your resume reviewed by a professional.
  4. Check for on-campus jobs, internships, and off-campus openings on Goucher Recruit and through other websites (e.g. LinkedIn, Baltimore Collegetown Network, Indeed, Idealist), professional associations, and personal contacts.
  5. Develop a prospect list of organizations in which you are interested or want to learn more about. Review their websites for opportunities and checkout LinkedIn and Goucher Alumni Career Coaches (in Goucher Recruit) for potential contacts working at those organizations.
  6. Draft a cover letter that is targeted to a specific job or internship.
  7. Pursue an internship experience (ideally multiple across your Goucher experience)! Learn about (or review) the Internship Learning Agreement, available on the CDO website, if you intend to apply for academic credit. And, remember that Goucher Intern Fellowship funds are available to support summer internships (with an application deadline in late April).

And don’t forget, the CDO is here to help and we look forward to connecting with you. We meet with students year round, even over breaks, through scheduled appointments (email us at career@goucher.edu or call us at 410-337-6191) and drop-ins from 2pm-4pm Monday-Friday (just stop by!). We also host events and programs throughout the year to help you to become career ready! Follow us on social media @GoucherCollegeCDO to keep up with all that’s happening at the CDO or visit our website for more resources.

BY JENN LEARD, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CAREER ADVISING AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Public Safety Blotter (Nov. 4th -Nov. 17th)

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The Quindecim is granted access to information about violations of the Goucher College Code of Conduct and Academic Honor code. The information is compiled by Andrew Wu, Goucher’s Associate Dean of Students for Student Development. This report is comprised of incidents that occur during the two weeks leading up to each issue of The Quindecim.

Alcohol/Drug
• Student found in residence allegedly smoking marijuana. Public Safety confiscated drug paraphernalia and alcohol
• Four students removed from Gala for alcohol/drug violations
• Two students found hosting a party with alcohol, drinking games, and a rapid consumption device in PSelz
• Three students implicated in possession/use of marijuana, room searches yielded marijuana and paraphernalia
• Two underage students found in possession of alcohol in Alcock
• Two students found in Meyerhoff studio during possible drug incident, no drugs or paraphernalia found
Fire Safety
• Accidental fire alarms in Bennett, SRC x2, Hoffberger
• Pulled fire alarm in Wagner
• Three students implicated in incident in Winslow involving fire extinguisher discharge
• Student and guest found burning incense in residence in Dulaney
• Students found burning candle in Bennett
Harassment
• Graduate student submitted statements alleging harassment in the Ath
Injury /Medical Emergency
• Two students transported to the hospital for alcohol intoxication
• Staff member transported to the hospital for medical concern
• Student transported to hospital for medical concern
• Visiting Ultimate Frisbee player injured during tournament on campus
• Two students transported to hospital for mental health concerns
Theft
• Student reported attempted room break-in in Conner
• Picture taken from PSelz lobby
Vehicle Incident
• Minor accident in South Lot
• Hit and run incident in SRC parking lot
Damage/Vandalism
• Wet cement on new accessibility ramp vandalized, causing hazards for individuals using the ramp – repairs required
• Office vandalized in Julia Rogers
• Unusual mess and damage left in Pinkard
• Hate graffiti found in Hooper bathroom, BCPD called and responded
• Entrance gate to Public Safety parking broken
Other
• Two students found accessing classroom in Julia Rogers without permission
• BCPD conducted search for unaffiliated individual in woods, person located and all-clear issued
• Anonymous report of a threat of harm to on-campus animal
• Biohazard reported in PSelz

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT DECISIONS
• Student found responsible for Theft/Damage to Property, Unauthorized Entry, Violation of College Policy (repeated parking violations) – suspended for the remainder of the fall 2017 semester, prohibited from returning to on-campus housing until fall 2018, full payment of parking fines and restitution for damage to Public Safety property, immediate parent notification, warning that vehicle privileges will be revoked for any future parking violations – Student appealed decision, upheld by Appeals Board
• Student found responsible for possession of marijuana (under 10g) – issued educational sanction, parent notification, $50 fine
• Two students found responsible for underage possession of alcohol – issued formal warnings
• Student found responsible for disorderly conduct – issued formal warning
• Two students found responsible for fire safety violations and disorderly conduct – issued $250 fines and formal warnings
• Student found responsible for providing alcohol to underage students – issued educational sanction, $50 fine, parent notification
• Two students found responsible for underage possession of alcohol, drinking games, and an alcohol-related social host violation – issued educational sanctions, $50 fines, parent notifications

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