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Open Letter to the Goucher Community


To the Goucher Community,
Following the Goucher Identity Survey Follow-Up discussion, our class made plans for how to best deliver the thoughts of the student body to the administration, faculty, and remaining students that were not in attendance, in hopes of unifying the community around a conversation of our shared stake in Goucher’s identity, budget and future direction. We conducted a survey which received a response of 255 responses. We advertised for the dialogue through tabling that allowed us to collect direct suggestions for the Board of Trustees and President Jose Bowen. Approximately 60-70 students (in addition to invited faculty and administration) attended the session on Wednesday, May 9th from 1:30-3:30 pm. After hearing the students elaborate on some of the responses or percentages represented in the data, we opened up the floor for the community to share its thoughts and feelings.

It seems that students feel that they come into Goucher excited and have fun engaging with the community. Many students love the community, and demonstrate their care through addressing the school’s structural problems. Students have felt demeaned and impeded when attempting to implement these changes. Students expressed hope that this could change. “Goucher can be an experimental and interdisciplinary place that integrates student power through supporting their studies,” said one student.

Some resonating comments highlighted that we are a communal environment, that relies on a close, personal network of friends and professionals. Students are grateful for the support we receive from faculty, though this is dependent on the professors that are here. Without them, students can feel overwhelmed, juggling their academic responsibilities amidst their administrative concerns on our campus. It’s not sustainable for students to lead and market student-run programs without the school providing further support for said students in other areas of their lives. These student-run initiatives are then co-opted by administration for marketing purposes. This ignorance of students’ grievances with structural limitations of certain departments leaves students dissatisfied, and seeking other schools that may address their needs. These students feel disconnected from the Goucher community.“We’re breaking eggs for an omelette that students didn’t ask for, and current students are the eggs,” said one student.

Students expressed feeling panicked with Goucher’s lack of a unified vision. A campus that totes a liberal identity but ignores the needs of marginalized voices poses a challenge to students seeking to engage in true community. Despite Goucher’s shortcomings, Goucher students also seem hopeful that Goucher could truly be a place that engages students from different backgrounds in critical conversations about identity. However, as a student body, we need to be receptive of different views to adapt to a changing community and political climate, and we must be also able to have these conversations in a way that does not depend on students of color to provide the education for those with privilege.

Students value their Goucher experience because of the diversity in thought, and the freedom to think and explore on this campus. Some students appreciated study abroad as the opportunity to connect to communities globally, and that allowed students to experience something outside of their comfort zone. When engaging with outside communities, students want to see Goucher fully embody its social justice identity as demonstrated through its actions and dedication to institutional change. Students wish to see our administration acting proactively in response to issues on our campus and/or political issues that impact members of our community. Students inquired about the history of Goucher’s land as a slave plantation/”farm”, asking that Goucher College maintain honesty with students about our school’s history and intentions for the future. Students also suggested Goucher interview current students about their Goucher experience in addition to conducting exit interviews.

There is an underlying issue of mental health that plagues most students as they continue to have their needs go unmet. Most students are left to figure out how to navigate the system on their own causing much stress and burden for a college student learning how to navigate the world. The services on our campus need to provide more stable options for counseling, as well as more consistent access to advanced treatment. In addition, these mental health challenges prevent leaders from engaging in the community as they must recover themselves. This heavily impacts the campus as we rely heavily on student-run initiatives. If students are not empowered to succeed in their academic and social experiences, our campus climate will decline as more students experience depression and struggle to maintain positivity.

Research into the budget allocation reveals financial information which students value understanding, as students also have an interest in Goucher’s economic stability. Students wish to be seen as equal and valued collaborators in the administration of our campus. What students seek is POWER not support.
Issues that students mentioned needed resolution or sought further conversation on, were:

  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Social Apathy
  • Mental Health
  • Athletics Department
  • Accuracy of Marketing
  • Structural Limitations in Implementing Institutional Change
  • Goucher’s Identity Crisis
  • Goucher’s Transitional Period
  • Administration’s Focus on the First-Year Class
  • The Goucher Bubble
  • Study Abroad
  • Faculty of Color
  • Financial Restraints/ Economic Advisor for First-Generation Students

This reflection captures some of the perceptions expressed at our Identity Survey discussion. However, it lacks full student input and struggles to weave together opposing views into a unified voice. There are still more questions to consider. What kind of students do we want to attract to Goucher? What does Goucher embody and what does that mean? Are we losing the essence of our identity? How can we make the ideals of study abroad be what we do within the college?

The survey, discussion, and efforts of this PCE 220 class were merely conducted in hopes of sparking more conversations about our respective stake in Goucher’s future. Where do you stand? Where do you agree or disagree? We encourage you to engage in these conversations in the future with your peers or future organizers on this topic. Whatever your concern may be, don’t be afraid to jumpstart conversation and act on your beliefs. We cannot have any collective power until we have the courage to unify amongst ourselves.


Students Dive into Goucher’s Budget and Identity


For the past semester the Peace Studies 220 (PCE 220) class has been learning about different historical and current approaches and methods of social movements and activism. For the fieldwork component of this class students needed to choose an issue or organization at or near Goucher to immerse themselves in in order to apply what they have learned to the real world. They identified important issues in the Goucher community and chose to immerse themselves and address these issues.

PCE 220 students want to “bridge the disconnect,” as one student put it, between Goucher’s administration and current student body. While they avoided talking on behalf of other students, many students in PCE 220 said that they sense general discontent in the student body currently. They said that some of this may be due to the fact that Goucher markets itself in an accurate way. They also want to address information gap about Goucher’s budget, and provide students with their research on how it works. They are also trying to learn about the decision making process at Goucher and our Board of Trustees. Students pointed out that before this project many of them did not have any knowledge about these issues but that as they looked into them more they became more curious and began to care more.

Through researching Goucher’s tax forms (9-90 forms) the students gathered information about the budget and by creating and releasing a student survey (which went live April 25) they hope to gather data about students’ opinions about Goucher’s identity and whether we are actually the school we are marketed as. After they analyze data from their survey the students of PCE 220 plan on having two open dialogues to discuss their findings with the wider Goucher community.

Several students in the class emphasized that they are not trying to incite anger in the student body or criticize the administration. Their main objective is to share information and create conversation. They feel that sharing this information will benefit students by allowing us to have an informed opinion of how our school is run. Many students in the class said that they think that the administration will benefit from their work as well, especially from the data they will gather from the student survey about Goucher’s identity.

PCE 220 has been very thorough in their research. They read from Nathan D. Grawe’s book Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education which examines the issues of liberal arts colleges financial sustainability on a national scale. With the guidance of a former Goucher finance employee they studied Goucher’s 9-90 tax forms of the 2012 through 2016 fiscal years. They sought out the help of statisticians when crafting their student survey. In the week after my interview with them they had made plans to  speak with a Goucher staff member about Goucher’s retention rate and exit data. They were also planning on speaking with someone who sits on Goucher’s Board of Trustees to talk about the decision making process at Goucher.

When asked about Goucher’s transparency, the students of PCE 200 had different opinions. The students agreed that the staff and faculty they reached out to were very responsive and helpful. One student said, “Goucher does do a phenomenal job as far as producing their tax forms to the general public.” Another student said, “Legally we [Goucher] have to share that information [tax forms]” and pointed out that while Goucher’s tax forms are available their contents are not accessible to most people who do not know how to decipher them. Another student said, “Goucher could be a lot more transparent but students have not demanded this.”

The students of PCE 220 are shedding a light on the budget which is a topic that is not in the forefront of most student’s concerns and is not an issue students have time to look into for themselves. The student survey will also reveal data about current student opinions and perceptions.

Below is a summary of Goucher’s budget made by the PCE 220 students.

Goucher Budget 101

Goucher College has two types of budgets (an amount of money that goes toward paying for specific types of expenses)

The Capital Budget is money that goes toward paying for fixed assets (resources that will last more than 5 years such as buildings and vehicles)

Capital Budget Sources of Revenue (Where the money comes from):

Debt (like a mortgage), Donations/Campaigns (like the Undaunted Campaign)

The Operating Budget is money that goes toward paying for everything else (such as salaries, materials, uniforms, debt repayment, and other ongoing expenses)

Operating Budget Sources of Revenue: Tuition, Housing/Dining

Expenses, Endowment (invested money that has been donated), and Grants.

*73% of the operating budget comes from tuition and room and board expenses.

Source: a presentation to our class on Goucher’s finances by a former Goucher finance employee.

Cecile Adrian



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. 

Public Safety Incident Reports

 April 17th, 2018 – April 30th, 2018



  • Public Safety received a report from JHU that a Goucher student was arrested for possession of marijuana (over 10g)
  • Information alleging two students smoked marijuana near Stimson, no evidence found
  • Two students found in P-Selz in possession of marijuana and pariphernalia

Fire Safety

  • Accidental fire alarms in Conner and Welsh

Harassment/Disorderly Conduct

  • Student reported ongoing harassment/intimidation by another student

Injury /Medical Emergency

  • Two students transported to hospital for medical reasons


  • Wallet stolen by unknown individual in Robinson, BCPD contacted to respond

Vehicle Incident

  • Student vehicle damaged in Dorsey lot
  • Damage to guest vehicle reported near Alumni House
  • Vehicle stuck in mud near Stables
  • Campus guest accused of reckless driving on loop



  • Student physically assaulted another student in Jeffery


  • Student found responsible for possession of marijuana over 10g – restricted from entering campus other than for purposes of attending class
  • Student found responsible for underage possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana (under 10g), possession of drug paraphernalia – issued educational sanction, $50 fine, parent notification
  • Student found responsible for fire safety violation – issued $250 fine
  • Student found responsible for damage to property – issued $680 restitution fine

Events in Baltimore (April 21st-May 5th)


Port Of Call will be showing at the Charles Theater this month. Check out the list below for more Baltimore events.

Events in Baltimore (April 21st-May 5th)

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**​ ​21+

April 21

  • Bully, War on Women (record release), Shellshag at Ottobar
  • Tesseract, Plini, Astronoid at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Modern Fuzz, Tild, Apex, Sycamyre, Paid in Full at Sidebar
  • Black Alley Band at Metro Gallery
  • My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult, 51 Peg, Machines of Living Death, Screaming in Silence** at Fish Head Cantina
  • Ivy Lab, PAINT, Shield, Chee at The 8×10
  • Rally in the Alley at Tin Roof
  • Platinum Comedy Tour ft. Mike Epps, Earthquake, Deray Davis, Rickey Smiley, Tony Rock
  • The Journalouges at The Motor House
  • A Lor Bit of Soul at The Motor House
  • Revival Series: “Port of Call” (1948) dir. Ingmar Bergman at The Charles Theatre

April 22

  • Conjunto Bruja, Kiko Villamizar at The Windup Space
  • Circa Survive, Foxing, Hail the Sun at Rams Head Live!
  • Reginald Ballard aka Bruh-Man, Mickey, Cucchiella, Howard G at Baltimore Soundstage
  • The Skull, Foghound, Lifetime Shitlist at Metro Gallery
  • Revival Series: “Dead Man” (1995) dir. Jim Jarmusch at The Senator Theatre
  • “Masters of Long-Form Cinema: Time Regained” opening at The SNF Parkway

April 23

  • Dead Rider, Deakim, Smile Lines at Ottobar
  • Ministry, Chelsea Wolfe  at Rams Head Live!
  • Acid Mothers Temple, The Melting Pariso, U.F.O at Metro Gallery
  • Revival Series: “Port of Call” (1948) dir. Ingmar Bergman at The Charles Theatre
  • Revival Series: “Dead Man” (1995) dir. Jim Jarmusch at The Senator Theatre

April 24

  • The Darkness, Diarrhea Planet  at Rams Head Live!
  • Broken Dead, Neckbreather, Shot Tower at The Sidebar
  • Music Adventures with Ellen Troyer at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Revival Series: “Dead Man” (1995) dir. Jim Jarmusch at The Senator Theatre

April 25

  • Durand Jones & The Indications, Aztec Sun, Super City at Ottobar
  • Rico Nasty, Abby Jasmine, Cellis, Phizzals at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Stop Light Observations, Rare Creatures at Metro Gallery
  • Grateful April, Deadgrass at The 8×10
  • Revival Series: “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) dir. Arthur Penn at The Senator Theatre
  • Anime Night: “Paprika” at The Charles Theatre
  • Structure and Perspective Tour at Maryland Historical Society

April 26

  • Wreckless Eric, Olivia and The Mates, PLRLS at Ottobar
  • A Night of Japanese New Wave and Obscure at The Crown
  • Windup Space Spring Showcase! at The Windup Space
  • Shy Glizzy at Rams Head Live!
  • Nicole Atkins, Indianola at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Knower at Metro Gallery
  • Brit Floyd: Eclipse World Tour at The Lyric
  • Tchaikovsky with Balanchine at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Revival Series: “Port of Call” (1948) dir. Ingmar Bergman at The Charles Theatre
  • “Le Bonheur” (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

April 27

  • The Pietasters, Kill Lincoln, The Forwards at Ottobar
  • Blush + Brews 2 Year Anniversary at The Crown
  • Bmore BeatClub 39 at The Windup Space
  • Station North Flea Market at The Windup Space
  • The Afghan Whigs, Built to Spill, Ed Harcourt at Rams Head Live!
  • Todrick Hall American at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Elagabalus, Acid Parenting t The Sidebar
  • Metro/Sexual – Drag Show hosted by Baby! at Metro Gallery
  • Powerman 5000 (New Wave 2018 tour), Lullwater, Scissorfist, G19, Krytid at Fish Head Cantina
  • Better Off Dead, Charm City Bluegrass After-Party! at The 8×10
  • Praise Over Baltimore at The Lyric
  • Alan Jackson, Randy Houser at Royal Farms Arena
  • Off the Cuff: Tchaikovsky with Balanchine at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Anime Night: “Paprika” at The Charles Theatre
  • “Hitler’s Hollywood” opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “The Blood is at the Doorstep” opening at The SNF Parkway

April 28

  • Lauren Ruth, Ward, Slugs, Sweepstakes at Ottobar
  • Night Gruuvs at The Crown
  • Work It (Missy & Timbaland Party) at The Crown
  • The Stranger (Billy Joel Tribute) at Rams Head Live!
  • What So Not, Michael Christmas, James Earl at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Old Bay Thrashers, Braceface, Melon Farmers, Flabbercasters, Urban Crater at The Sidebar
  • The Great Heights Band: “Rad-pop.” at Metro Gallery
  • Rickshaw Lizard, The Streams, Headless Robot, Experience at Fish Head Cantina
  • Revival Series: “Phanton Lady” (1944) dir. Robert Siodmak

April 29

  • Stacked Like Pancakes, Jonathan Plevyak, Rhett Repko, Mark Mikina at Ottobar
  • 10 years, Stone Horses at Rams Head Live!
  • The Underground Experience at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Mother’s Day Bazaar and Farmers Market at Fish Head Cantina

April 30

  • Horatio Dark: Horror movie screening at The Windup Space
  • Texas Hippie Coalition at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Revival Series: “Phanton Lady” (1944) dir. Robert Siodmak

May 1

  • BT-Da Vision at The Sidebar

May 2

  • Jim Shorts, Bested, Cheshi, Too Soon Jokes at Ottobar
  • Cooliom Edjacated, Phools, Troll Tribe at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Ganser, Lies Kill, Faunas at The Sidebar
  • Tweed, MINKA, Muscle Tough at The 8×10
  • Natural Velvet, Mayflower Madame at The Motor House
  • “Opening Night Shorts” (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

May 3

  • Mondo Baltimore: Trash Flicks and Cult Epics! at The Windup Space
  • 3rd Grade Friends, DredNeks, Thirsty Curses, Pinkwench at The Sidebar
  • Pressing Strings at Metro Gallery
  • Haley Jane & the Primates at The 8×10
  • Jackson Browne at The Lyric
  • OrchKids 10th Anniversary Celebration at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Sean Jones & Friends Jam Session at The Motor House
  • Da Glow Up at The Crown

May 4

  • Touche Amore, Culture Abuse, Razorbumps at Ottobar
  • Galactic Empire, Cowabunga Pizza Time at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Tattoo Art Show! at The Sidebar
  • Caleb Stine & The Brakemen, Skribe, The Perennials at Metro Gallery
  • Jokers Wild, Adam Crouse Project + more! at Fish Head Cantina
  • You Already Know, Wide-Eyed Lounge Cats, Violet Jupiter at The 8×10
  • Iyanla Vanzant at The Lyric
  • To Berstein with Love at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • John Waters presents: “I, Olga Hepnarova” at The SNF Parkway

May 5

  • Hope Along, Saintseneca at Ottobar
  • Berndsen, Raindeer, Darsombra, Stronger Sex at The Windup Space
  • The Little Merman at Rams Head Live!
  • Lightshow, Peso da Mafia at Baltimore Soundstage
  • FRIENDS FEST! at The Sidebar
  • Mc chris, Bitforce at Metro Gallery
  • Bleeding Black, Truth N Tempest, Bad Habit, Atomic Motel, Crow Hunter at Fish Head Cantina
  • Steal Your Peach, Cousin Earth at The 8×10
  • Mini Masquerade Ball at The Lyric
  • Lovett or Leave It at The Lyric
  • Pawject Runway at Royal Farms Arena
  • NPR’s Scott Simon at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Thrive release party! w/ Amy Reid, Scroll Downers + more! at The Motor House
  • Revival Series: “Strangers on a Train” (1951) dir. Alfred Hitchcock at The Charles Theatre


Get Into Goucher April 13th 2018


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On a lucky Friday April 13th, Goucher Students took to the Great Lawn, enjoying a community lunch, performances by student acapella groups, live music, a mechanical bull, and more.

Photo Credit:

Clayton Reynolds. Instagram: ClaytonReynolds27

Yuwan Zhang

May Hathaway

Students Pictured:

Madeleine Lemen

Dustin Taylor

Duncan Miller

Abigail Jones

Lydell Hills

Sarojini Schutt

Nathaniel Magloire

Kara Taylor

Wayne Cornish

Arthur Mutijima

Hannah Lane

Ashley Alyward

Sophie Friets

May Hathaway

Artist Pictured:

Sharnell Huff (Goucher Alum) AKA XennyDreamr



The Poetry Corner Part Two


As a part of this semester’s theme of community, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing is sponsoring an event series called “Poetry as Community,” bringing local poets to campus. In conjunction with this theme, the Q has asked student poets to send in their own poems along with poetry recommendations. Here are student poets Sebastian Bronson Broddie, ‘20, and Thalia Richter, ‘20 on poets whose work they appreciate.

Sebastian’s Poet Recommendation: Gwendolyn Brooks is well known for crafting powerful poems about racial identity and many hold evidence of her engagement in politics, from when she worked with the NAACP in college. What I most love about Gwendolyn Brooks’s work is her ability to make me feel a great deal more like who I am supposed to be, or to feel a greater appreciation for who I am right now. I always feel like she knows exactly who I am when I read her poems, and that who I am is to be celebrated. Her subjects…sometimes seem to leap right off the page and envelop you in a warm, soft, comforting light.

Thalia’s Poet Recommendation: My favorite book of [Maggie Nelson] is Bluets, which is written as a cross between poetry and prose, ruminating on depression, loneliness, and love through the lens of the color blue. The book begins, “Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color. Suppose I were to speak this as though it were a confession.” Nelson’s obsession with the color blue bleeds into her discussions of depression, sometimes eliding the two, so that emotion gains literal visibility. Loneliness is blue, and perhaps parts of love are red, but no matter what, Nelson made me believe in the tangibility and physical realities of these emotions…Her poetry depicts love and heartbreak side-by-side, as though the latter is inevitable, but worth it for the sake of the former…by articulating her loneliness, Nelson creates a sense of shared sadness, and perhaps that can help lessen the burden.

To read the work of Sebstian and Thalia, look here.

Featured Image: Gwendolyn Brooks. Photo Credit: The Poetry Foundation

Goucher Poets: Sebastian Bronson Boddie and Thalia Richter


As a part of this semester’s theme of community, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing is sponsoring an event series called “Poetry as Community,” bringing local poets to campus. In conjunction with this theme, the Q has asked student poets to send in their own poems along with recommendations for poets whose work they appreciate. This issue we feature Sebastian Bronson Broddie, ‘20, and Thalia Richter, ‘20. They’ve also shared what they appreciate about each others’ work.

Thalia Richter on Sebastian Bronson Boddie: Sebastian’s poetry has an undeniable individuality. My favorite poem of his, “the love letters of pretend gods,” is a love story built from imagery, like the sound of the speaker’s laughter and the taste of chocolate. Instead of leaning into cliché, Sebastian creates a specific moment, when this pretend god awakens in their tomb and sees their lover again. This moment is visceral, described through taste and scent and touch. Sebastian’s imagery comes from unexpected places and doesn’t relying on sight alone to carry the reader. He always brings a completely unique voice to his poetry and provides an insight into his own thoughts which is not only accessible to readers, but stunning to read.

the love letters of pretend gods
sebastian bronson boddie

there is nothing sweeter than waking up in my
tomb and feeling around in the darkness and silk for you and drinking in your joy
at our reunion. the black is so different with you in it. nothing is
quite like the way your skin tastes when i bite into the meat
of your hand and smell the sap that rushes out, tasting like hello. we are the same,
cut from jewel and geode, made to reflect back. the sun is sinking into the lines on your palm as
we speak; you break off a piece of the sky and taste it, say it is better than twelve
pieces of that fair-trade, organic, $18 chocolate (Ethiopian?)
we bought at the market in D.C. and my laugh sounds like goats
bleating for their milk back. but even this cannot break the moment, standing
facing one another in the living room, aching to kiss ancient dirt away. perfectly silent
as we trace the lines of each other’s godly faces in
our minds, cataloguing how many laughs these cheeks have suffered. how many tears the
skin has harvested. how many flowers will bloom from wrinkles. morning
is not for some time. that is just fine. the moon gives us a new light.

golden shovel poem
line 15-16 of jack gilbert’s “the forgotten dialect of the heart”


Sebastian Bronson Boddie on Thalia Richter: Thalia is really good at plucking a piece of nature that I’ve never seen before in poetry and attributing it to the subject of the poem. The nature imagery that she often uses is really its strongest point, because it’s never cliche, and I’m never expecting it; it’s very fresh. Paired with the way that she always manages to imbue the poem with a mythic air, even if the subject is not myth-related, makes for a poem that feels very holy. The images are never expected, and even if the subject of the poem is not particularly startling, it is profound in its quiet magic and air of mystery. It is always a pleasure to read.

Laura Palmer
by Thalia Richter

The pine trees sway together,
holding each other for company
and dry leaves skim the ground,
never touching, but twirling,
stroking the bark,

and she is here.
She’s always been here.
Hair like fox fur,
and her eyes, blue like stone,
or maybe the way
the mountains rest on the horizon.

Her eyelids never quite close,
and her gaze never quite meets yours,
but you can’t stop looking at her,
at her skin shining in the moonlight,
and she is so beautiful.
She is the only person in this whole forest,
except you of course,
and you’re not really here.

There are clouds now, rolling over the moon
the hollows below her eyes are shadows
and she is fading, returning to the pines,
their needles brushing her cheeks.
You want to ask her to come back,
but the trees join hands
and she is lost behind them.

To read the work of another Goucher poet, look here.

To read about poets that Sebastian and Thalia recommend, check out The Poetry Corner.

Featured Image: Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks. Credit:

Hidden Gems: Shopping and Recreation Near Goucher


Writing 206/Spring 2018

Have you ever wondered what amazing places lay hidden deep beneath the areas around Goucher? Have you ever sat in your room, bored because you’ve already done all the “mainstream” activities offered to you by your friends? If you’ve felt yourself pondering these questions then look no further than the newest segment of the Q for ideas of your future adventures! We are helping students find other activities in and around Goucher that we feel are hidden. These places provide wonderful experiences for you and your group!

10 Car Pile Up
If you’re looking to get off campus, try thrifting at 10 Car Pile Up by the Towson Circle! It is a funky second hand vintage shop with a huge variety of clothing and accessories to choose from. Even if you’re not looking to buy, just walking around and trying on old coats and hats can be a fun outing. With its bright yellow exterior and eccentric window displays, it’s hard to miss when walking past. You’ve probably walked by it without even noticing! It’s a different way to get off campus and enjoy the spaces in Towson that doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money.

The Sound Garden
The Sound Garden is a well-loved part of Fells Point, Baltimore, celebrating their 25th year, however many Goucher students might not know about it. It is a local small business music store that has always been a supporter of up and coming bands and is filled with every CD and vinyl imaginable. From the most obscure album to the most popular, it’s the spot to get a hold of your favorite music. Recently, they added a room that is completely dedicated to vinyl. But, if you’re more of a movie fanatic, they have an entire section of DVDs as well! They have a huge collection ranging from music, DVDs, and band merchandise.
Surrounded by restaurants, shops, cafes, and a short distance away from the water, The Sound Garden’s location makes it ideal to visit and turn a warm, sunny day into a great trip to Baltimore with friends. You can also sell your old CDs and DVDs to the store if you’re looking to get rid of some stuff you don’t use anymore. They make sure they separate the new and old stuff in the store to make it convenient for buyers as well.
They also hold outdoor and in-store concerts and meet-and-greets whenever bands come to town. One band in particular that enjoys performing at The Sound Garden is All Time Low, as all band members are from Baltimore and were given the opportunity to perform at the store when the band was just beginning many years ago.

The Book Thing
Founded in September of 1999, The Book Thing is a free book store located in Baltimore. The store’s philosophy is giving books that people don’t want to people who do want them. Every book in the store is completely free. The only catch is that the books are not for resale.
Russell Wattenberg founded The Book Thing after hearing teachers talking about how they were not able to provide lower income students with enough reading materials. There is a limit of “150,000 books per person” so there is essentially no limit to the number of books that an individual can take with them.
The Book Thing is able to keep their doors open because of volunteer workers, and a consistent flow of in-person and mail-in donations. The store is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, however volunteers work at the store Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm to keep the shelves stocked.
For more information visit:

The Tin Roof
The Tin Roof is a small live music joint that serves both cheap beer and tasty food. The fun, casual and eclectic feel of the bar makes it the perfect spot to have fun with friends and make new ones.
The bar has hosted hundreds of bands since their creation, and live musicians are showcased on their stage seven days a week. Apart from live music, The Tin Roof also hosts events ranging from bar crawls to watch parties and karaoke nights. It’s even possible to book the bar for group parties and events with a customized entertainment package that caters to your group’s specific wants and needs.
The bar is open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-2am, Mondays 4pm-2am, and is located within Baltimore’s Power Plant Live at the Inner Harbor. If you’re looking for a laid-back atmosphere and a friendly crew, grab a brew, eat some food, make some friends and support local musicians at the Tin Roof in Baltimore.
For more information visit:

The National Aquarium
Although this is not exactly a hidden gem, there are still a great deal of people who don’t know about the Aquarium. Tickets to the National Aquarium normally run $24.95 for children and $39.95 for adults.
Recently I was looking through their website and found that they do half price Fridays after 5 pm. This half price deal makes it much more accessible for college students or those on a budget. Half price Friday night starts at 5 p.m. and the last entrance is 7:30 p.m. which gives you ninety minutes to tour after the last entry–plenty of time to make it through the whole aquarium!

Rocky Point Park and Beach in Essex, MD. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Rocky Point Park and Beach located in Essex, MD
If you are looking for an adventure on a sunny day, check out Rocky Point Park and Beach located in Essex, MD. The park is open to the public year round for fishing, boating, and swimming. The park includes a sandy beach with a designated swimming area and an expansive view of the Chesapeake Bay. This is an ideal spot for a picnic with friends.

In Memoriam: Professor Emerita Marianne Githens


In late February, Goucher received the sad news that Professor Emerita Marianne Githens had passed away. She was 83 years old.
Professor Githens was born in New York City and raised in Long Island. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Marymount Manhattan College before travelling to England to study further. In 1960, she obtained her doctorate from the London School of Economics. While there, she studied European political organizations and French political beliefs.
Professor Githens taught full time at Goucher from 1965 until her retirement in 2014, where she then continued to teach courses part time until 2016. During her tenure, Professor Githen’s advocated for inclusion, diversity, and equity. She supported women’s rights and rights for urban neighborhoods in Baltimore. She is recognized by many as a pioneer scholar in the field of women in politics and was the co-founder of the Women’s Studies Program at Goucher. She also served as the chair of the political science program.
In 1993, Professor Githens was appointed by the European Commission’s Commission of European Communities for Program Development to write a report on women in Europe.
In 2000, Professor Githens was named as Goucher College’s Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor. She won a myriad of awards from Goucher, including the Outstanding Teaching Award, Caroline Doebler Bruckerl Faculty Award, and a Human Rights Scholar Award. She also received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Marymount Manhattan College. After her retirement, she was honored with the title of Professor Emerita for her contributions to academia. Professor Githens helped shape the community that Goucher is today and dedicated her life to ensuring that those without a voice could be heard.

Featured Image: Marianne Githens. Credit: Baltimore Sun



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. 

Public Safety Incident Reports
March 23rd, 2018 – April 17th, 2018

• Two students found in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia in Wagner
• Marijuana and paraphernalia discovered in residence in P-Selz
• Large party broken up in Robinson, several underage students present with alcohol available
• Marijuana and paraphernalia discovered in residence in Jeffery
• Marijuana and paraphernalia discovered in residence in Jeffery

Fire Safety
• Fire alarm pulled in Jeffery
• Accidental fire alarms in Robinson x2, Hooper
• Student found burning incense in Dulaney
• Smoke detector found to be tampered with in residence in Bacon
Harassment/Disorderly Conduct
• Two students reported harassment in Hoffberger classroom
• Visitor arrested for trespassing and theft following incident in Hillel
• Student reported harassment via text
• Student reported violation of no-contact order in SRC
Injury /Medical Emergency
• four students transported to the hospital for medical reasons
• four students transported to the hospital for alcohol intoxication
• Student transported to the hospital for drug intoxication
• Visitor fell down Dorsey stairs, no major injuries
• Visitor transported to the hospital for medical issue
• Goucher sign discovered in residence in Lewis
• Goucher sign discovered in residence in P-Selz
• Apple computers stolen from FMS loading dock
• Student reported items stolen from room in Winslow
• Student reported possible break-in in Probst
Vehicle Incident
• Golf cart collision on loop road, minor damages
• Vehicle entering campus struck gate house, minor damages
• Bus became stuck in grass near SRC
• Golf cart struck a vehicle in SRC lot

• Bathroom door vandalized in Wagner
• Whiteboard vandalized in SRC
• Mirror broken in SRC multi-purpose room
• Toilet cracked in Probst bathroom
• Student damaged parking boot applied to vehicle in South Lot
• Student took responsibility for breaking breezeway glass in Stimson
• Student reported gas smell in Jeffery, FMS and Fire Department responded with negative results
• Biiohazard clean up in Probst
• Visitor found using tool to cut tree near President’s House

• Two students found responsible for possession of marijuana (under 10g), possession of paraphernalia, fire safety violation – issued educational sanctions, parent notifications, $250 fines
• Four students found responsible for a social host violation (alcohol-related); two of those students found responsible for underage possession of alcohol – all issued educational sanctions, parent notifications, $50 fines
• Student found responsible for possession of marijuana (under 10g), possession of paraphernalia – issued educational sanction, $50 fine, parent notification
• Student found responsible for violation of no-contact order, violation of college policy – removed from campus residence, banned from campus for any reason other than attending class, received warning recommending expulsion for future violations

* …means responsible person unknown 

The college policies cited in this report are available at the following links:

Student Code of Conduct and Sexual Misconduct Policy:

Academic Honor Code:

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