By Dan Belson and Graham Bos
His name is scrawled on nearly every desk in most of the classrooms in Calvert and Kent Hall. It sticks out beyond the rest of the graffiti, it’s scratched deep in with deep, dark letters. “WICK DUDLEY IS MY HEROin” says one in Calvert 004, others say just “WICK,” but most say it ominously: “WICK DUDLEY”
Wick Dudley was a Public Policy major who graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) in 2012. He was a Sailing team captain, Environmental club president, class treasurer, and earned All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) Second Team honors, according to SMCM Athletics.
In a telephone interview with The Point News, Dudley explained that members of the Sailing team “started writing my name on the desks in the basement of Calvert Hall, and eventually it took a life of its own and spread to the desks in Kent.” According to Dudley, after a while people whom he “didn’t even know” began writing his name on desks.
As his name gained more and more of a presence, Dudley was “pretty mad when it took off,” stating that “I’m not much of a vandal myself.” Sometimes, people “would bring it up at parties, even off campus. I’d be like ‘Hi, I’m Wick,’ and they’d say ‘I didn’t even know you were real,’” Dudley laughed.
Even after graduating, the desks have still affected him. “Sometimes I get a friend request on Facebook, or people just message me with a picture of my name on a desk.” TPN has spotted desks in Calvert, Kent, and Montgomery Halls still sporting his name.
Dudley recently graduated from law school, and is currently clerking for a judge in Cecil County, Maryland. Dudley is still connected to the College, and attends Sailing alumni events. Dudley also ran in the 2018 Republican primary for the Maryland House of Delegates in Maryland’s 36th district, which covers the northern portion of the Eastern Shore.