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Jaida Rhea

Jaida Rhea has 4 articles published.

Jaida (she/her) is a staff writer at the Quindecim. She is a sophomore Environmental Studies Major double minoring in Professional Writing & Political Science. Jaida is from Waldorf, Maryland and a graduate of St. Mary's Ryken High School. At Goucher, she is a Goucher Agricultural Cooperative co-president and first violinist in Goucher’s symphony orchestra. She was a Goucher Intern Fellowship (GIF) recipient ‘22. Jaida volunteers with the Accokeek Foundation during the summer and has interned with the non-profit organization Seaside Sustainability, where she lead the creation of a newsletter including articles about environmental issues spawning from climate change.

Spring 2023 Course Registration: Navigating Scheduling Conflicts Between Departments


Course registration for the spring 2023 semester began on Monday, November 14th for Goucher students. Picking classes, determining major and minor requirements, and creating schedules can be stressful for many, but some students are having more difficulties and frustration with registration than others. 

Brighid Kowal, a senior heading into her final semester as an International Relations and French Transnational Studies double major, ran into some issues with her final registration process this year. 

“I am almost done with both of my majors– I needed one more class in each,” she said, “The problem I had was one of my capstones being offered at the same time as the last 400-level course I needed for my other major.” 

Trying to navigate course scheduling conflicts can be hard for students with a single major, but can prove to be even more difficult to solve for students like Kowal who have double majors, a minor, or multiple areas of interest.

“I had to contact a lot of people to solve the problem, and it was not easy,” Kowal continued, “I talked to both of my advisors and the provost and registrar, who were hard to get a hold of.” 

After talking with staff members and advisors across multiple departments, Kowal was able to replace one of the classes she needed with an independent work-study that will give her the credits to finish her French major. 

“If you are having problems with course registration, push really hard to get your problems solved,” Kowal said as advice to other students that may be struggling with the same issue, “the way I saw it, I was paying a lot to be at this school and had worked hard to make sure I could finish in four years. I was going to make sure that this did not stop me from graduating on time.”

The Quindecim reached out to the Office of the Registrar, but did not receive a response to request for comment.

Feature image by Jaida Rhea for The Quindecim.

The 2022 Midterms: 18 to 29 Year Olds Showed Up in Large Numbers


This past election day, youth voters turned out to the polls in great numbers; numbers that haven’t been seen many times before. According to Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), it is estimated that 27% of youth (ages 18 – 29) cast a ballot in 2022, which made this the midterm with the “second-highest youth voter turnout in almost three decades.”

It is also estimated that youth voter turnout was even higher in battleground states, such as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin. 

Nina Kasinunas, Faculty Chair of Goucher’s Political Science Department, said that Goucher-specific data on voter turnout will not be available until next fall.

“The data we receive about Goucher student voter turnout comes from our participation in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, or NSLVE,” Kasinunas said, “the researchers with NSLVE will take out student data and match them to state voting records, which are publicly accessible. Because there are more than 1,100 colleges and universities who participate, it takes time.”

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The 2022 Midterms and Voter Turnout Among Goucher Students


The United States has one of the lowest rates of youth voter turnout in the world. According to an article by The Conversation, there is very good evidence that if young people turned out to vote at the same rates as older citizens, American democracy would be transformed. Officials would be more likely to pay attention to areas that young people care about, such as climate change and education, and the people elected to office would “look more like the people they represent.” So why don’t more young people vote?  

For many eighteen- to twenty-nine-year-olds who are voting for the first or second time, learning the process of voting, finding a polling place, and researching and learning about candidates can be difficult, especially if they have limited access to voting resources. Beyond this, according to the New York Times, many young adults have “less flexible employment schedules or less financial cushion to take time off to vote or may be in temporary housing situations where they lack deep community ties”. 

Although youth voter turnout is very low nation-wide, Goucher College is known nationally for our high student voter turnout. 

“In 2020, we had 74.3% of our students coming out to vote, which is higher than the state of Maryland, and higher than Baltimore County,” said Professor Nina Kasinunas, Faculty Chair of Goucher’s Political Science Department, “In the last midterm election, in 2018, we had 49.7% of students turnout to vote.” 

Goucher was honored for its student voter engagement at the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony, which recognizes colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates. 

“Every election year we work a system to ensure that students are registered to vote and that they have access to an absentee ballot if they want to vote in their home state,” Kasinunas said. 

Goucher’s voter mobilization team, Goucher Votes, recently developed pledge cards where it asks students to “pledge” that they will vote in the 2022 midterm election. On these pledge cards, they will write their name, state, and check off whether they need a voter registration form or an absentee ballot. 

“As we get the pledge cards back, we email a voter registration form or absentee ballot directly to the students,” Kasinunas said, “soon, we’ll take all these pledge cards, sort them into which dorm the student lives in, what floor, and their Residential Assistants, under the supervision of the housing director, will take these cards and slide them under the student’s door to remind them that they pledged to vote”. 

The voter mobilization team at Goucher has many resources concerning voting and does a lot of voter outreach. The students who completed the pledge cards will typically receive information about, which is a non-partisan website that shows what offices are going to be on the ballot, what questions, along with other valuable information. 

“It’s a place where you can do easy-access research so that when students get their ballot, they have an idea of how they’re going to go about voting,” Kasinunas said. 

Goucher Votes is always at student move-in and has attended Goucher’s First-Year Seminar and First-Year Experience courses. They also organize a “Voter Extravaganza” on National Voter Registration Day in late September every year, where candidates who are on the ballot are invited to come out and give “get out the vote” speeches to students who attend. 

Goucher Votes also works in collaboration with the athletic teams and has maintained pledge card stacks in boxes throughout the Decker Sports and Recreation Center. 

“In 2020, that collaboration with athletics was a fundamental difference as to why we were able to reach such a broad group of students,” Kasinunas said. 

Pledge card box in the main Lobby of the SRC, Photo by Jaida Rhea

Voting is only one way to engage in a democracy. There are several tools at our disposal, such as advocacy and organizing at the grassroots level. However, it is important to use all these tools, and one of them is in the vote. 

“I am absolutely, one hundred percent certain that if young people hadn’t turned out in record numbers in 2020, we would not have seen the Biden administration take action on student loan debt,” Kasinunas said, “I mean, it just never would have happened”. 

“We need to think of what government would look like, what actions government and policy makers would take if more young people voted, and we need to imagine it and make that happen,” Kasinunas said, “This is how we shift power; this how we shift agendas… and this is how we really get government to meet the demands of the younger generation”.

Turnout is often lower in midterm election years, especially amongst young people, despite midterm elections being just as important as presidential elections. A low turnout in midterms can lead to small and non-representative groups of Americans making decisions about certain issues such as education, housing, and minimum wage. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to vote to elect leaders and weigh in on ballot measures that will have an impact on your local community. As a young voter myself, if we don’t show up to the polls, decisions will be made about our future without us. 

The 2022 Midterm Election is on November 8th, 2022, a date that is quickly approaching. Let’s beat Goucher’s 2018 turnout rate of 49.7%– show up to the polls, cast your ballot, and vote for your future.

Alice’s Restaurant Reopens


Alice’s Restaurant opened in August for the first time since 2019. The popular spot, operated by Bon Appétit, remained closed until this semester due to the outbreak of Covid-19 moving the college temporarily online and recent staffing issues. 

“It has been a very challenging time and it has been difficult to get the appropriate amount of staffing needed,” said David Friendlich, the general manager of Bon Appétit, “Bon Appétit worked tirelessly over the summer to get as much staff as possible so we could open all the venues that we manage.” 

Students across campus are very grateful for the hard work that has gone into Alice’s reopening this year, and the excitement for the food and drink items that this restaurant has to offer can be seen campus wide. 

Finley Lindsey ‘23 is especially happy about the return of Alice’s since the last time it was open was her freshman year. 

“It’s exciting to have Alice’s open again, especially for that late night study session when you need that boost of caffeine,” Lindsey said, “my freshman year they had both the Student Market in Mary Fisher and Alice’s open, so it was nice to have variety. I hope that they can do both in the future again!” 

Hanna Rogers ‘25 had only good things to say about the menu items.

“I’m happy it’s open because I like getting late night study snacks and food after my soccer practices,” she said, “I also like that they have lots of coffee options.”

She went on to mention how friendly the staff members are. 

Photos of Alice’s Restaurant by Elaina Rioux for the Quindecim

“I like that I can use my meal swipes on different items at Alice’s and I can go in the evenings,” said Leeza Zavelsky ‘25, “I also love the staff members, they’re so kind.” 

Alice’s Restaurant is in the Atheneum, on the bottom level right next to the Hyman Forum. Its vibrant lights, soft music playing in the background, and familiar faces make it a perfect place to grab a late-night snack, get together with fellow classmates, or have a quick afternoon study session. 

“I would just like to say that we are thrilled to be able to reopen Alice’s this semester,” said Friendlich, “we hope everyone is enjoying Alice’s and welcome any questions any people have.” 

Alice’s is open from 5:00PM to 11:00PM during the week, and from 2:00PM to 11:00PM on the weekends. Head on over to Alice’s to get drinks and snacks and make sure to say hello to the awesome staff members while you are there!

By Jaida Rhea ’25

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