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


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.

• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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 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

Baltimore Happenings (Nov. 27th – Dec. 8th)


*​ ​18+
**​ ​21+

November​ ​27
Scarface​ ​w/​ ​MC​ ​Bravado,​ ​III​ ​Conscious,​ ​Icon​ ​Tha​ ​God,​ ​Hi$to​ ​at Baltimore​ ​Soundstage
Dream​ ​Theatre:​ ​In​ ​Concert​ ​at The​ ​Lyric
Metal​ ​Monday*​ ​at Ottobar
Christmas​ ​Village​ ​in​ ​Baltimore​ ​at West​ ​Shore​ ​Park

November​ ​28
Seltzer​ ​Open​ ​Mic​ ​at Charmington’s
The​ ​Worst​ ​Of​ ​Us​ ​w/​ ​Infinite​ ​Solutions,​ ​Deity,​ ​Burdened​ ​Hearts*​ ​at TheDepot
dRAW​ ​December​ ​Edition*​ ​-​ ​LIFE​ ​MODEL​ ​PROVIDED​ ​at Gallery​ ​788
Songwriters​ ​Round​ ​Robin:​ ​50​ ​Foot​ ​Woman,​ ​Joseph​ ​Mulhollen*​ ​at Joe​ ​Squared
Slow​ ​Jams​ ​at Mobtown​ ​Ballroom
Vic​ ​Mensa​ ​with​ ​Bugus​ ​at Rams​ ​Head​ ​Live
Brews​ ​and​ ​Board​ ​Games**​ ​at The​ ​Windup​ ​Space

November​ ​29
The​ ​Mezingers​ ​w/​ ​Tigers​ ​Jaw,​ ​The​ ​Flatliners,​ ​Worriers​ ​at Baltimore​ ​Soundstage
Anime​ ​Night:​ ​Jin​ ​Roh:​ ​The​ ​Wolf​ ​Brigade​ ​at The​ ​Charles​ ​Theatre
Revival​ ​Series:​ ​Heat​ ​at The​ ​Senator​ ​Theatre
Back​ ​II​ ​Life​ ​with​ ​DJ​ ​Pancakes​ ​at The​ ​Sidebar

November​ ​30
Devin​ ​Townsend​ ​Project​ ​w/​ ​Dark​ ​Water​ ​Transit,​ ​Bridge​ ​to​ ​Divide​ ​at Baltimore​ ​Soundstage
CD​ ​Release​ ​Show​ ​of​ ​Snark​ ​&​ ​Despair​ ​at Creative​ ​Alliance
Blush​ ​+​ ​Brews**​ at The​ ​Crown
A​ ​Night​ ​of​ ​Japanese​ ​New​ ​Wave​ ​&​ ​Obscure*​ ​at The​ ​Crown
SARU’s​ ​Night​ ​Out​ ​at Joe​ ​Squared
Mozart’s​ ​Requiem​ ​at Joseph​ ​Meyerhoff​ ​Symphony​ ​Hall
Us​ ​and​ ​Us​ ​Only​ ​with​ ​Pocket​ ​Bells​ ​at Ottobar
The​ ​Two​ ​Youths​ ​w/​ ​O​ ​Paradiso,​ ​Manners​ ​Manners​ ​at The​ ​Windup​ ​Space

December​ ​1
Mayhem​ ​w/​ ​Immolation,​ ​Black​ ​Anvil​ ​at Baltimore​ ​Soundstage
Karaoke​ ​Forever​ ​-​ ​First​ ​Friday​ ​Edition*​ at The​ ​Crown
DJ​ ​Amsies​ ​presents:​ ​PUMP*​ ​at The​ ​Crown
First​ ​Friday​ ​LGBTQIA+​ ​Happy​ ​Hour**​ ​at Grand​ ​Central
Ride​ ​For​ ​The​ ​Feast​ ​Kick-Off​ ​Party:​ ​Orchester​ ​Prazevica,​ ​Sac​ ​Au​ ​Lait,​ ​Barrage​ ​Band Orchestra​ ​at Metro​ ​Gallery
Juice​ ​Bruns​ at Ottobar
Descendents​ ​at Rams​ ​Head​ ​Live
Hodera​ ​w/​ ​Small​ ​Talks,​ ​Face​ ​Value​ at The​ ​Sidebar
Holiday​ ​Bowling​ ​Night​ at Towson​ ​AMF​ ​Bowling​ ​Lanes

December​ ​2
Super​ ​Moon​ ​Hike​ ​&​ ​Campfire​ ​at Benjamin​ ​Banneker​ ​Historical​ ​Park​ ​&​ ​Museum
Revival​ ​Series:​ ​Paths​ ​of​ ​Glory​ ​at The​ ​Charles​ ​Theatre
Laughs​ ​for​ ​BAF​ ​at The​ ​Crown
Vague​ ​Saturday​ ​with​ ​Graham​ ​Hatke​ ​&​ ​BWO*​ atThe​ ​Crown
Fells​ ​Point​ ​Wicked​ ​History​ ​Pub​ ​Tour**​ at Fells​ ​Point​ ​Ghost​ ​Tours
Olde​ ​Tyme​ ​Christmas​ ​at Fell’s​ ​Point​ ​Main​ ​Street
Pockets​ ​40th​ ​Anniversary​ ​w/​ ​IN​ ​GRATITUDE,​ ​Come​ ​Go​ ​w/​ ​Me​ ​at Gordon​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the Performing​ ​Arts
Matt​ ​Ellin​ ​w/​ ​Sea​ ​Offs,​ ​june​ ​pastel,​ ​Nina​ ​Gala*​ at Joe​ ​Squared
24th​ ​Night​ ​of​ ​100​ ​ELVISes​ ​at Lord​ ​Baltimore​ ​Hotel
2017​ ​Kwanzaa​ ​Cultural​ ​Festival​ ​at Morgan​ ​State​ ​University
Blasphemy​ ​Tour​ ​ft.​ ​Borgore​ ​at Rams​ ​Head​ ​Live!
BAR​ ​FIGHT!​ ​a​ ​HEMA​ ​event**​ ​at The​ ​Windup​ ​Space

December​ ​3
Racial​ ​Equity​ ​Workshop​ ​for​ ​White​ ​People​ at Baltimore​ ​Racial​ ​Justice​ ​Action​ ​Office
The​ ​Sweet​ ​Spot​ ​Baltimore:​ ​Fetish​ ​Edition**​ at Baltimore​ ​Soundstage
Merry​ ​Mart​ ​2017:​ ​Holiday​ ​Craft​ ​Show​ at Creative​ ​Alliance
Jackie​ ​Evancho​ ​at The​ ​Lyric
Revival​ ​Series:​ ​The​ ​Simpsons​ ​Movie​ ​at The​ ​Senator​ ​Theatre
Write​ ​More,​ ​Write​ ​Often​ ​at Towson​ ​Library
BRB​ ​Holiday​ ​Show​ ​at The​ ​Windup​ ​Space

December​ ​4
Rapsody​ ​”Wisdom​ ​is​ ​Power”​ ​Tour​ ​w/​ ​GQ,​ ​Don​ ​Flamingo,​ ​Deante​ ​Hitchcock​ ​at Baltimore Soundstage
Morning​ ​Teleportation​ ​w/​ ​Us​ ​and​ ​Us​ ​Only,​ ​Polar​ ​Oak​ at Metro​ ​Gallery
Metal​ ​Monday*​ at Ottobar

December​ ​5
Wage​ ​War​ ​w/​ ​Oceans​ ​Ate​ ​Alaska,​ ​Gideon,​ ​Varials,​ ​Loathe​ ​at Baltimore​ ​Soundstage
Slow​ ​Jams​ ​at Mobtown​ ​Ballroom
The​ ​Second​ ​After​ ​w/​ ​Misery​ ​Loves​ ​Company​ ​at The​ ​Sidebar
Hybrid​ ​Cinema:​ ​Films,​ ​Videos,​ ​and​ ​Expanded​ ​Cinema​ ​by​ ​Michael​ ​Al​ ​at The​ ​SNF Parkway/Maryland​ ​Film​ ​Festival
Baltimore​ ​Design​ ​Conversation​ ​at The​ ​Windup​ ​Space
Stand-up​ ​Comedy:​ ​Benefit​ ​for​ ​Homeless​ ​in​ ​Baltimore​ ​at The​ ​Windup​ ​Space

December​ ​6
Shooter​ ​Jennings​ ​and​ ​Jason​ ​Boland​ ​w/​ ​Julie​ ​Roberts​ ​at Baltimore​ ​Soundstage
Anime​ ​Night:​ ​Sailor​ ​Moon​ ​S​ ​The​ ​Movie:​ ​The​ ​Hearts​ ​in​ ​Ice​ ​at The​ ​Charles​ ​Theatre
Revival​ ​Series:​ ​The​ ​Godfather​ ​at The​ ​Senator​ ​Theatre
The​ ​Grievance​ ​Club​ ​w/​ ​Forest​ ​Green,​ ​Moonflower​ ​at The​ ​Sidebar
Gunky’s​ ​Basement​ ​Presents:​ ​The​ ​Running​ ​Man​ ​on​ ​35mm​ ​at Maryland Film​ ​Festival
Drink​ ​and​ ​Draw**​ ​at The​ ​Windup​ ​Space
Baltimore​ ​Boom​ ​Bap​ ​Society​ ​at The​ ​Windup​ ​Space

December​ ​7
Suicide​ ​Silence​ ​10​ ​Year​ ​Anniversary​ ​Tour:​ ​Upon​ ​a​ ​Burning​ ​Body,​ ​Slaughter​ ​to​ ​Prevail, Prison,​ ​Dead​ ​Atlantic​ ​at Baltimore​ ​Soundstage
Elizabeth​ ​&​ ​The​ ​Catapult​ ​w/​ ​Airpark,​ ​Faceless​ ​Ones​ ​at Metro​ ​Gallery
Morta​ ​Skuld​ ​w/​ ​Embalmer,​ ​Scorched​ ​at The​ ​Sidebar
Ryan​ ​Kinder​ ​Live​ ​at Tin​ ​Roof
MONDO​ ​BALTIMORE:​ ​Trash​ ​Flicks​ ​and​ ​Cult​ ​Epics!​ ​at The​ ​Windup​ ​Space

December​ ​8
First​ ​Friday​ ​at​ ​AsanaRoots:​ ​Everything​ ​at AsanaRoots
Australia’s​ ​Thunder​ ​from​ ​Down​ ​Under*​ ​at Baltimore​ ​Soundstage
Anime​ ​Night:​ ​Sailor​ ​Moon​ ​S​ ​The​ ​Movie:​ ​The​ ​Hearts​ ​in​ ​Ice​ ​at The​ ​Charles​ ​Theatre
The​ ​Disaster​ ​Artist​ ​at The​ ​Charles​ ​Theatre
Goucher​ ​Comedy​ ​Night​ ​at Goucher​ ​College
Thrushes​ ​w/​ ​Rogue​ ​Conjurer,​ ​Three​ ​Lexington​ ​Arrows*​ ​at Metro​ ​Gallery
Illenium​ ​at Rams​ ​Head​ ​Live
Blacksage​ ​w/​ ​Humanmania,​ ​Serquet,​ ​Mala​ ​Fides​ ​at The​ ​Sidebar



Reviews of Helen Glazer’s Walking in Antarctica


What is the exhibit?
Kyoko Kinoshita
Goucher College is holding an exhibition entitled “Walking in Antarctica” by Helen Glazer in Rosenberg Gallery, from October 18th to December 18th. Helen Glazer makes photographs and photo-based sculptures based on complex natural forms, informed by an understanding of scientific concepts of growth and form in nature.
This is exhibition is of her seven week “walks”: over frozen lakes, into frozen ice caves, up mountains and with the Adélie penguins. The gallery is structured so that you follow her journey as you walk along the wall.  As soon as you enter the main entrance, you will see the audio guide and brochure right in front of you.

“The balance between light and dark subjects creates a simultaneous sensation of restriction and expansion, of being consumed and being freed.” -Miranda Egan Brooks Photo Credit: Helen Glazer

Background on the Artist
Guadalupe Sosa
Helen Glazer comes from a well-established art background. Her art career began during her undergraduate years. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Yale University. Afterwards, she went on to the Maryland Institute College of Art to obtain her Masters in painting. Not only is Glazer’s work displayed at Goucher College, but two pieces from her Walking in Antarctica exhibit will be displayed at the BWI airport.

Art and Technology
Virginia Turpin
Helen Glazer created this exhibit after spending seven weeks in 2015 in Antarctica on a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. She spent this time photographing the landscape as well as mapping rock formations for sculpture using photogrammetry and 3D printing.
Despite the technology woven through the exhibit, the focus Glazer brings to the wild and natural beauty of Antarctica makes it feel earthy, rather than high tech. Throughout the exhibit she seeks to illustrate the different landscapes and features present in Antarctica beyond the stereotypical imaginings of Antarctica as endless snow desert. She does this by showing the close details of frost and snow, as well as alien underground chambers. She takes the viewer through the more rocky aspects of the coldest continent, including rocks bare of snow and icy mountain-scapes, as well as low lying lakes and muddy patches. Last, but certainly not least, she does not neglect Antarctica’s most photogenic resident: the penguin.

Why You Should Go
Kyoko Kinoshita
This  exhibition was beautiful and  educational. Antarctica is very far away and there is not much opportunity to learn about it in daily life, so it was very nice to see pictures from there and to learn about Antarctica, especially now, when the global warming is a huge issue.

Pondering about the Future
Guadalupe Sosa
I believe the theme of this exhibit would be pondering about the future. These pictures make you look beyond the focal point. Glazer may be making a point to look forward to the other side. This exhibit hit me because, as a senior in college, I am scared to look into the future. I am at crossroads in my career: should I stay at my current job or go elsewhere? I feel connected with the small penguin. The penguin is an equivalent parallel to my pondering in life. Overall, Glazer did an incredible job of fusing Antarctica’s with a deep message of finding oneself.

From a Photographic Point of View
Sara Naughton
Focusing more on the photographs for this exhibit, you can tell she structured her photos differently according to the different subject she chose. I liked that she decided to have a wider camera view of the landscapes, giving the viewer a broader glance into the environment, whereas when she photographed the subject matter of ice formations, she had a very close up view of them, which gives an entirely different perspective. This allows you to see intricate details you would otherwise miss, and look at ice entirely differently. Sometimes things that are photographed up close look like entirely different things.

Artistic Rather than Environmental
Miranda Egan Brooks
Although its aim was to shed light on Antarctica’s need for environmental concern, Glazer’s exhibition does not quite accomplish this and is stronger in other areas. Glazer’s success comes from her artistic talents and ability to depict the richness of the Antarctic landscape. Since each picture was so full of interesting content, I found myself focusing on the visual pleasures and complexities of the work, rather than feeling any concern for Antarctica’s environment. I can say that I genuinely appreciated a great number of Glazer’s photographs and that I left the exhibition appreciative of Glazer’s ability to expand my knowledge of the Antarctic landscape in a creative and impacting way.

Art Analysis: Blue Fractals
Miranda Egan Brooks
Packed with emotions, aesthetically intriguing, and demonstrative of technical skills, Blue Fractals is one of my favorite pieces in Glazer’s collection. I especially enjoy how much this photo has to offer in regards to content and perspective. The balance between light and dark subjects creates a simultaneous sensation of restriction and expansion, of being consumed and being freed. This photograph is also remarkable, as it illustrates the intricacies and beauty of nature in a very graceful way.

Intrigued? Check out the exhibit for yourself in the Rosenberg Gallery.

Professional Clothing from the CDO




As the fall semester slowly comes to an end, we know you’re excited to put your newly acquired networking skills to use and land your dream internship during J-term, the spring semester, and perhaps even the summer. The Career Development Office recognizes that the internship search process and job search in general can be very hectic. We’d like to help you take one thing off your plate!
Professional attire is a vital element of any interview, job, or internship experience. We know that sometimes it is not so simple to figure out what to wear to a professional meeting or setting. You no longer have to worry about what’s ‘too casual’ or ‘too formal’ thanks to the CDO Professional Clothing Closet. The Professional Clothing Closet is completely free and open to all students. Whether you need a whole outfit or just another item of clothing or two, it is here to serve you! Thanks to the many donations of our faculty, staff, and alums, the closet is stocked with a wide array items such as blazers, suits, jackets, blouses, slacks, sweaters, collared button-ups, skirts, dresses, ties, and shoes (in both men and women’s styles) in a number of sizes. This semester alone, we’ve received over two hundred new donations for our closet. We are also sponsored by Zips for dry cleaning so that the clothes are clean and ready for you to pick up and keep. Do not miss out! Over twenty students have already used this service this semester. In addition to finding an outfit, you can get a LinkedIn headshot taken by the CDO staff.
Stop by the CDO in Van Meter 117, Monday-Friday, from 10am-4pm to check out the closet. Tell your friends or bring one along!

Missives From Beyond


From the official records of Benji Gutsin, Documentarian of New New Jersey:

To Whom it May Concern,
This is an official letter from your local government.
We regret to inform you, the reader of this letter, that the large foreboding eyeball deity, specifically the one residing within your living room foyer, is a part of a new land deal that we have made with our new all-powerful overlords. We understand if this arrangement is uncomfortable. However, for now, there is nothing we can do now or in the foreseeable future. We strongly suggest reaching out to a private contracting service for this matter or that you heavily invest in contact solution, which can be found at your nearest Walgreens™. Do make sure the large eye remains supple and moist while it remains on your property. We hope you have a lovely day.
The local government of New New Jersey.

Perkington Law #234
Attention all citizens. In light of recent events, a new law has been put into motion. From here and henceforth, any type of news that may now sour someone’s disposition will be told exactly 24 hours after the original situation has commenced. This law does not extend to the reporting of an emergency, nor the report of illegal activity. However, civilians are not permitted to talk about unsavoury events amongst each other until 24 hours after such event have occurred. That is all for now. Have a perky day!


Public Safety Blotter Oct 27th – Nov 3rd, 2017


Fire Safety
• Accidental fire alarm in Probst x2, Robinson x2
Injury /Medical Emergency
• Three students transported to the hospital for alcohol intoxication
• Student transported to the hospital for an injury
• Student transported to the hospital for injury/illness & mental health
• Three students transported to the hospital for mental health reasons
• Attempted theft of bike on rack outside Stimson
• Student vehicle decal stolen in South lot
• Student burglary in P-Selz
• Cash stolen from vehicle in South lot
• Gatehouse column damaged
• Stairwell in Alcock vandalized
• Gas line repaired in Heubeck, outside loop road near Winslow
• Biohazard cleanup in P-Selz
• Hot water not working in Sondheim, repaired
• Water flooding in Jeffery

• Student found responsible for breaching a no-contact order, issued a mandated housing change
• Student found responsible for underage possession of alcohol and a fire safety violation, issued $250 fine and alcohol warning with a recommendation for disciplinary probation and/or removal from campus residence for any future violations



We used to play in the woods behind our grandparents’ house,
sticking our hands out to brush against the mossy trees,
finding dead birds, making makeshift shelters —
so proud of our accumulations of sticks and leaves.
We used to burn lemons in fire pits,
laughing as they hissed and spat at us in anger.
We used to crush metal toy cars, collectibles I think, with big rocks
leaving weird stains on the pavement like chalk and blood.
We used to play football in the neighbor’s’ backyard
I was the lineman,
you were the QB
I passed back to you every time, you never passed to me.
We used to watch SpongeBob on our tiny black TV.
Sitting so close our eyes hurt,
using our feet to change the channel.

We used to fight about stupid things,
though they were never stupid to me.
You’d dress up in alien masks to scare me from behind.
Make me watch horror movies by force,
locking the door with a more frightening smile than the creators on the screen.
You’d yell at me.
Push me.
Call me a baby.
You used to make fun of me when
I didn’t know the older boy things you knew.
Called me stupid,
Called me —–
You treated me like a mother when mom was gone.
Got violent when I wouldn’t do things for you.
Things you could do yourself, if you tried.
You liked me angry,
Liked me sad, with tears streaming down my “crybaby” face
It was easier for you to make fun of me because I was weak,
Then to, in any way, pretend to remember,
what it was like when you were my age
a few short years before.

We used to be friends you and I.
I know because I remember.
But now we are nothing but unhappy memories,
Of crying and blood melting in snow.


What​ ​They​ ​Should​ ​Teach​ ​Us​ ​in​ ​High​ ​School

College students often complain about what they learned in high school because they realize that once they get out into the real world, they do not have many of the skills that they need to survive. Photo credit:

You often find many students in high school and college saying “When are we going to use this stuff in real life?”. The Pythagorean theorem is not going to help with me in life and I cannot name a time in which I needed to memorize it, since I took the SAT or ACT. Many high school. College students often complain about what they learned in high school because they realize that once they get out into the real world, they do not have many of the skills that they need to survive. Before many high school students leave to go to college, they do not know how to take out student loans. Is this not an issue? If it was not for the help and stress of our parents, we would not even be in college. Here are five major of things that not only our parents, but our schools, should be teaching us:
Financial management: Many students are entering college without the experience of a real job,. Because of this, students may not know how to manage their money. Even kids who had a job previously, before coming to college, may not know how to manage money correctly. From paying for textbooks to attending fun events, college students need to learn how to maintain their money and not just go broke. The habits they build will stick with them into their thirties. Building healthy financial habits will enable students to prosper in the future life.
Using “I” in essays: In high school English classes, teachers forbid using first person. Students may have written one paper in which they were allowed to use the letter “I”. Since I came to college, most of my papers have involved me using the first person “I”. Some professors have questioned their students: why are they so afraid to type papers in first person? High school English classes have forbid using it for multiple reasons: the paper is not an opinion paper and it sounds unprofessional. However, high school teachers should stop scaring students into not using first person when writing essays because it is necessary in college writing.
Self-Defense Skills: Every high school should have an option of self-defense class, or at least places where you can find classes. Many college campuses are now starting to offer self-defense classes (Goucher College is one of them!). Assault in college is common, and men and women are both victims of it. Knowing how to protect yourself never hurts.
Studying and Note-Taking Skills: Although high school teachers mention that you should know how to study and take notes, it often is more complicated in college. The way in which a student studies and take notes may need to change, because the old skill set is not working. There are also professors who put so much on the slides that it is hard to take notes. Luckily, we have phones to take pictures nowadays, but many teachers ban phone use in their class. Note taking used to be a class for our parents’ generation; it would not hurt to bring it back.
Time Management: There is so much to do in college. You have your freedom, and many students no longer have the stress of parents pushing them to get good grades. This can cause students to slack on their grades. It can be hard juggling academics, extracurricular activities, and social life. Lack of any  one of these can result in less self-care. Although college campuses have many centers that can help with time management, it would not hurt to have a class that can teach you better time management. It would reduce stress and complications in college.
Although I’ve listed these five skills, there are so many more things (taxes is a major one) that students must learn how to do. Although these are little issues, they can easily be fixed. Adding courses to the curriculum that students actually need will cause better student performance, especially for incoming freshman. Some of these basic issues can be solved in college, but some can’t.


Birth Control in Puerto Rico: The Pill’s Dark History

A lesson at a birth control clinic. 1968, Puerto Rico. Image from:

Although the pill allows American women to feel more in control of their body, many do not realize the dark history behind this method of birth control. In 1956, a researcher from Massachusetts named Gregory Pincus conducted the first experiment in Puerto Rico (specifically Rio Piedras and Humacao) to test the effectiveness of birth control. Pincus had to perform the experiment in Puerto Rico in order to avoid legal conflicts within the United States, since birth control did not become legal in America until the 1960s.
The experimenters had nearly 1,500 women try the birth control. Many of the women were poor and  illiterate, but they wanted to take the pill because they wanted to plan out their families. None of the women were told about the side effects of taking this pill, and Puerto Rican doctors often were distrustful of the pill.  Although at the time many were unsure about the potential side effects of the pill, Pincus was quite confident in his product and told women that they could not get pregnant as long as they took the pill regularly.
On August 2nd, 1959 Pincus wrote an article in the Washington Post detailing his observations of the experiment. He notes that at least 25 percent of women quit taking the pill because it had not been effective, causing less interest and desirability. Many participants found that the pill made them nauseous and dizzy. After these concerns were raised, in August of 1962, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) was notified that 26 of the women endured blood clots, resulting in three deaths. Other side effects included weight gain, vomiting, headaches, stomach pain, severe cramping, constant mood changes, lack of sexual desires, and depression.
Although these women were participating in an experiment, none of them were informed that this was a trial. Since there was a major language barrier, none of them were warned about the side effects and possible risks. The experimenters only promoted a free pill and a way to prevent pregnancy. The fact that many Puerto Rican women were illiterate and lived in poverty helped the researchers select Puerto Rico as a site for the experiment.
Why was Puerto Rico chosen to be the site of these trials? In the early 1950s, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, became aware of Pincus’s creation of the pill to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Sanger was a promoter of contraception, so it is not surprising that she wanted to test the pill to see if it worked. Sanger and Pincus decided Puerto Rico would be the perfect site to do so. In 2013, Planned Parenthood claimed they went to Puerto Rico for the following reasons: Puerto Ricans accepted contraception, they were geographically close to the United States, and researchers were testing to see if illiterate women could responsibly take the pill.
Basically, what Planned Parenthood is saying is that they tricked vulnerable women into taking something that could have potentially lead to death. How are women suppose to take a pill “responsibly” if they are not even told that they are participating in an experiment, nor that there are dangerous side effects? Pincus clearly did not handle this experiment “responsibly.” Rather, the experiment was a violation of human rights.
The United States has history of racism towards Puerto Ricans and this experiment can be added to the list of human rights violations. The researchers preyed on Puerto Rican women who lived in poverty and were illiterate. They tricked them into taking a pill, not warning them about the dangerous effects. Through the suffering of these women, the researchers found out that the root of the problem was the dosages that the Puerto Ricans were taking. The women were taking very high dosages, causing them to be more prone to the side effects, so the researchers learned to lower the dosage when presenting the pill to Americans.
While Americans have been provided with proper education on the pill as a method of birth control, many of the Puerto Rican women were left suffering and some dead. Pincus and the creator of Planned Parenthood is to blame for these unjust actions. Sanger is a self-proclaimed feminist, yet she did this to other women, especially vulnerable women.  Planned Parenthood is a great organization that has helped many women, but that does not justify its dark history. This organization must acknowledge its wrongdoings and apologize to the women they have hurt.

Information from:

The Dark History of the Birth Control Pill in Puerto Rico


The Indictments: A Briefing

Paul Manafort (left), Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos Photo Credit: The Yeshiva World

On Monday October 30th, Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia made its first indictments public. Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos were all indicted. These indictments were filed five months into the investigation, which began in May. The process has been  extraordinarily fast for a federal investigation.
Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was hired in March 2016 and left in August 2016. Manafort has a long history of working with Ukrainian oligarchs since 2005. Manafort was hired to provide image consulting for a pro-Putin Russia-friendly Ukrainian party and he provided consulting services for former Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych. Manafort lobbied on behalf of Yanukovych in D.C., and Yanukovych is currently in Russia, though he is wanted in Ukraine on charges of high treason. Manafort’s connections to the region and tendency to align with foreign leaders make his appointment as Trump’s campaign manager highly suspect. Manafort has been charged on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principle, and false and misleading US Foreign Agents Repetition Act statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports financial accounts. He pleaded not guilty on October 30th. He is currently in house confinement with a $10 million bond and must report daily to law enforcement by phone.
Gates is Manafort’s protege. He started working for the Trump campaign during Manafort’s time, and stayed on as deputy campaign manager. He helped form the pro-Trump non profit group America First Policies and was eventually removed from the organization due to his connection to Manafort. He faces the same charges as Manafort and has entered a not guilty plea. He is currently on home confinement with a $5 million bond. His and Manafort’s trial has been set for May 7th 2018.
Papadopoulos was a member of Trump’s foreign policy advisory panel, and according to his LinkedIn page, he is an oil, gas, and policy consultant. A Trump campaign official told CNN that Papadopoulos had a significant amount of contact with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle. Alex Ward reported for Vox News that Papadopoulos was arrested on July 27th and pleaded guilty to charges on October 5th. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about having contact with three individuals who he believed had contact with the Russian government. Two of those individuals were Russians. It is currently unclear whether these individuals were actually authorized by the Russian government to speak to the Trump campaign.
This is just the start of the Mueller investigation and there will most likely be more indictments. News sources have compared the process of the Mueller investigation to mob investigations, in that the investigation is using smaller, low level participants to take down larger members of the organization. Going forward, it has been widely speculated that Mueller’s next step will be to attempt to flip Manafort, to persuade him to become a cooperating witness and to give information about the connection between the Trump campaign and Russia. News sources have suspected that Mueller will use the same strategy to go after Trump that he used with Manafort: targeting his past potential financial crimes in order to gain his cooperation.


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