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Goucher Poet: Rowan Youngs

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As a part of this semester’s theme of community, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing sponsored 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. This issue features a poem by senior American Studies major Rowan Youngs.

Lamp in Three Parts
1.
My friend was born with a lamp for a head.
She has lost the ability to discern between people who truly care about her and those who simply need the light.
It gets worse during the winter months—she’s almost no fun at all.

2.
First and foremost: you are not valuable in isolation. It’s important that you learn this now, so that later when the sadness arrives it can operate un-impinged. Confusion clouds the waters, muddies that which is and that which could be. It’s important that you know this now, before you start to get any bright ideas haha, because the truth is that it can’t. Be, that is.

Without the detritus of the life you cast yourself upon there is simply no need. The necessity for your illumination comes with a qualifier, and it is everything aside from you. See the photo, strangled behind warped glass? See the plastic cup of milk, the lavender handkerchief it kisses and the spot on the couch where the cigarette fell between bare thighs? See the bird? That is the family bird. It is the color of bone marrow and it is loved. It must be seen, too.

You are the silent sentinel.
Function and form, at least theoretically. You specifically have not gotten any younger.
More than anything you are provider of choice. Choice. The moment they are not yet ready for the dark—That is your time. You are never to cry (you can’t) but if you have to (it’s not possible), don’t.

You will be positioned inconveniently. Behind a couch, at an oblique angle, half hidden behind the perennially desiccated ficus. You will be installed beneath a draft or by the bedside table of lovers gone sour. As they fuck, tangled in the stained periwinkle quilt she sewed over long nights in a desperate bid for wholeness you will mourn the loss of something vital and unspoken and you will not look away. You can’t look away, but more importantly, don’t turn from them. Never turn from them. After he wilts he will fix his eyes on the oil painting of a little boy, a little boy in a little house with a large dog and he will howl in the space that you yourself brighten. Isn’t that special? Isn’t that wonderful, how needed you are in this moment and all moments to come?

3.
It came on in the night
Some dark summoning
Probably a test
I’ve heard of these things
Happening somewhere else but
Never here.

The next morning, foggy, slide tomatoes and sea salt down my ripe gullet whole.
Gird yourself for the battle
Fall for your queen so that we might rise
Whorled pads against chilled glass
I begin to unscrew, one turn, two
Turn and turn and turn
Days pass and I look around.
Joints ache
There is dust at the corners of my eyes, tiny drifts like
Fallen snow.
Faded curtains hang open
I hope no one has seen me at work.

A Letter To The President

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Dear José Antonio Bowen,
I am a fifth grader from the Park School of Baltimore, and I am writing to you about an issue we have been talking about in class: gun violence and school shootings. The recent march in Washington spread the word about the problem of guns in schools, and now it is time to take action and make a change.
We were thinking about what we could do as fifth graders to support this cause. I believe that if more young adults were informed about the importance of voting, perhaps they could help reform gun laws and protect future children from gun violence. For this reason I am writing to Maryland colleges to encourage their students to vote.
Do you know that only 21% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 vote? Young people should be excited to vote because they have just gotten the power to make their voices heard, and they can use that power to address the problems in their communities. Young people need not be copies of their parents and subject to the influence of others. Instead, they should exercise their right to vote in order to make positive changes in society. I would like to encourage college students to vote by making posters and putting them up at your school.

Sincerely,
Juliet Sims

[Provided by the Office of the President]

Why I’ve Become More Conservative Since Leaving Goucher – An Alum’s Perspective

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Nobody asked out loud how best to save the world. We didn’t have to.
I was sitting in class in Van Meter in 2011 or 2012 when a discussion on socioeconomic decline in Baltimore took a philosophical turn. At a surface level, we talked about things like how to become locally involved. On another level, we talked about something much bigger. Baltimore’s socioeconomics was a prompt just abstract enough, just far enough from our own experiences, that the best answer seemed to be to reflect on our own personal philosophical templates for how best to achieve change.
Four years after graduating from Goucher, I sometimes think back to that discussion and what it revealed about how Goucher students view the world and how to fix it – and how, in turn, Goucher shows the world to its students.
“Start a civic organization,” “build a new social network,” “galvanize people with social media campaigns,” were some of the ideas proposed. While there was no shortage of variety, they all had one thing in common, which was that change required the creation of something new; it was necessarily a challenge to established norms. Better to work for an NGO critical of the World Bank rather than for the World Bank. Better to work for a nonprofit rather than the private sector. Let’s describe it as an outside-the-system mentality of changemaking.
Only one student proposed anything else to help Baltimore, and it indeed seemed an especially dull idea. “There are already plenty of great causes and organizations in Baltimore,” they said. Why not join one?
That turns out to be important.
“Change” is an abstract notion. But insofar as the attitude one takes toward it will inform the thousands of important decisions one will make throughout life about career or lifestyle, it has real consequences. Liberal arts students should recognize that adopting an outside-the-system change maker’s mindset – and surrounding themselves with people who share that mindset – potentially distorts awareness of what is actually achievable, paving the way to disillusionment and disappointment. A wiser mindset is one which recognizes that worthwhile change usually comes from demonstrating success within recognized roles or organizations. That, in turn, gives you authority and power—recall that one of reasons Barack Obama gave for attending law school after his years as a community organizer in Chicago (a little-recognized role if there ever was one) was to acquire power.
In my case, the belief that I could succeed outside of recognizable roles or institutions caused me to make impractical choices. My first two years out of college I spent determined to find ways to become a short story writer or novelist — jobs which don’t exist. Goucher can hardly be blamed for foisting that ambition on me, but it did give it room and oxygen to breathe and take on life of its own.
More immediately, I decided that I would go overseas to teach English, first in Beijing and then Hong Kong. I had a great time, and I don’t regret it. But I can now acknowledge that it likely set back progress on career advancement as a journalist, in part by postponing a reckoning with what I wanted for a career. No professor ever directly encouraged this off-the-beaten-road journey of mine. But I can only observe that I departed Goucher as thoroughly committed to that journey as ever.
Why was it, that day in the classroom in Van Meter, that so many students, myself included, immediately conceived of change as something that came from the outside, rather than from within?
One reason may be the homogeneity of political and social beliefs at schools like Goucher. This can make it easy to imagine that alternative perspectives are one-dimensional, lacking in complexity and merit. From that starting point, it is natural to imagine that one already possesses the only quality one needs in order to create something different: willpower. But that is short-sighted. Willpower uncoupled to a recognizable organization or career path or institution will earn you only frustration. Experience outside college quickly shows that not only are practical barriers more taxing to political or social ideals than one anticipates – you’ll find ways to rationalize the compromising of any number of beliefs in order to have a stable paycheck – but also that the establishment institutions or organizations that are all too easy to vilify from campus are in reality constrained by any number of practical realities. In theory, students appreciate those practical realities. In practice, they take some time to hit home.
A smarter attitude to changemaking begins with recognizing the limits to how much change you can achieve. This is a notion intimately tied to the recognition that good solutions already exist. This may sound abstract, but it successfully diagnoses problems in any number of social arenas. In politics, there is no substitute for voting and civic engagement. In journalism, there is no magic antidote to declining readership in an era of instantaneous information, only quality journalism. And so on.
From this follows the recognition that change is most effectively delivered by accruing power within existing institutions and organizations. Achieving success this way demonstrates credibility, and allows people in positions of power to trust you by giving you some of their power. And being in power puts you in a far stronger position to bring change than being out of power.
Let’s assume the two assumptions here are correct: that change is best achieved by individuals who leverage power accrued within established institutions (not from outside them), and that liberal arts colleges like Goucher tend to foster the perspective that change happens from the outside in. Then these schools risk engineering a massive transfer of talent and collective conscience into marginalized roles, while at the same time leaving the world’s institutions to be run by less socially conscious individuals. NGOs will always be a critical part of the world’s democratic systems. But they will never be in the driver’s seat.
We should not allow the world’s institutions to be left to individuals who may lack strong social awareness or even the desire for change. Little by little, the students at schools like Goucher will save the world. But they will be more effective at it by recognizing that the savviest attitude to change is often one that recognizes rather than minimizes limits.

SCOTT CARPENTER ’14

Open Letter to the Goucher Community

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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.

LYDELL HILLS ON BEHALF OF PEACE STUDIES 220

Students Dive into Goucher’s Budget and Identity

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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

PUBLIC SAFETY BLOTTER

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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. 

Public Safety Incident Reports

 April 17th, 2018 – April 30th, 2018

PUBLIC SAFETY INCIDENT REPORTS

Alcohol/Drug

  • 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

Theft

  • 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

Damage/Vandalism

Other

  • Student physically assaulted another student in Jeffery

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT DECISIONS

  • 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)

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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)

KEY:
*​ ​18+
**​ ​21+

April 21

  • RECORD STORE DAY 2018
  • 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

KATYA CASTRO

Get Into Goucher April 13th 2018

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Click on the photos above to see more photos of GiG.

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

Onye

 

The Poetry Corner Part Two

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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

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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: Backtotwinpeaks.com

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