Candlelight Vigil for Troy Davis

One week after the capital punishment execution of Troy Davis, the students of SMCM held a candlelight vigil to commemorate his life and the lives of those who have been affected by the death penalty.

Troy Davis was convicted in Georgia in 1991 for the assault of two men and the murder of a police officer. He contested his sentencing for twenty years and upheld his innocence. He frequently sought to clear his name and prevent his execution, yet his petitions and appeals were repeatedly denied by the Supreme Court. Despite a wide range of support and a lack of evidence, he was executed on Sept. 21, 2011.

Black Student Union (BSU) and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized the vigil so that students could voice their thoughts. A large group of students gathered in the Goodpastor Courtyard to recite scripture, poetry, and share their thoughts on Troy Davis, the death penalty, and other injustices they perceive that occur in America. Troy Davis’s final letter was read and a moment of silence was given at the exact time that his death had been pronounced.

Numerous individuals, including students of St. Mary’s, were outraged that the execution was allowed to take place. Therm James, President of the BSU, spoke of how the case “touched the nation” and called the situation “demoralizing.” Others commented on how they believe the justice system is flawed. “Many injustices all came together. Racism, classism…” commented senior Jack Mumby.

The vigil was held to shed light on this incident and similar instances that occur. The majority of students in attendance had heard of the case due to social networking sites and friends, and they were angered that it was not more publicized. “We either voice our opinion or things like this will continue to happen” said James. Elena Gross, who recited a poem by Lucille Clifton, commented on how the case “hit close to home” and that those who attended will leave with “the hope that things will change.”

Shakespeare in the Sixties; “As You Like It” With a Twist

In director Michael Ellis-Tolaydo’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, Rosalind (first year Emma Kaufman), the daughter of the exiled Duchess (senior Jameylyn Warren), is banished by her evil aunt Lady Frederick (senior Briana Manente).

With the help of her cousin Celia (sophomore Katie Henry) and the court fool Touchstone (senior Jess O’Rear), Rosalind disguises herself as a boy named Ganymede to pursue her love, Orlando (junior Nick Huber).

Kaufman and Henry had excellent chemistry together and were believable as co-conspirators in their love schemes. Their comedic timing in their duos was well-timed; Kaufman was especially humorous when trying to convince the love struck Phebe to turn her affections elsewhere.

Huber and Kaufman also worked well together, exploiting much humor in the tensions between Orlando and “Ganymede.” Huber endeared himself as the sweet youth in love and it was gratifying to watch him succeed.

Manente was particularly notable as the evil Lady Frederick. Armed with a riding crop and a sour attitude, she commanded physically and emotionally every scene she was in.

Interestingly, the play specifies both Frederick and her sibling as males; in Ellis-Tolaydo’s version both characters were women, a gender-bending move that worked well.

Also impressive was junior Tobias Franzén as the melancholy Jaques. Reciting any of Shakespeare’s famous soliloquies is a hefty task, but Franzen performed “all the world’s a stage” impressively.

He consistently seemed to have an excellent grasp on his lines and delivered them humorously and poignantly.

“The whit and perfect timing, especially that of Jaques’ character, kept me enthralled the entire time,” said senior Kenneth Doutt.

The play also deeply benefitted from O’Rear as Touchstone and sophomore Jemarc-Van Axinto as Silvius, the shepherd in love with Phebe (the shepherdess in love with “Ganymede”).

O’Rear was incredibly funny and employed a puppet for full comedic effect. Axinto also added to the comic relief with a perfectly executed dopey-eyed stare that remained fixed on his love interest throughout most of his time on stage.

The costuming was interesting, though it was mildly successful. Because the costumes were set in the 1960s, they were able to distinguish among the classes and the different societal groups. However, it didn’t add that much to the overall performance. Additionally, the use of “Yellow Submarine” was odd and seemed to force the actors to break character, as well as the fourth wall.

Audience interaction, which does not normally spring to mind when discussing Shakespeare, was implemented in the play, which can either provoke more laughs from the audience or just make people feel uncomfortable.

Eye contact was made, strolling within the audience bleachers was involved, and people were called out as “representing” the different stages of age within the “all the world’s a stage” monologue.

Overall, though, “As You Like It” was an energetic and fun performance filled with laughs. The cast worked very well together, and all the parts, including the set and the lighting, effectively created a comedic atmosphere.

Freshman Kaleigh O’Neill stated, “I really enjoyed the play. The actors did a great job of bringing Shakespeare to life and I’m really glad I went!”

The Confederate Flag, America's Most Controversial Symbol

As part of Museum Studies Week, John Coski presented a lecture on Sept. 29 about the Confederate flag, “America’s Most Controversial Symbol.” Coski is the Historian and Vice President of Research and Publications for the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA.

The museum’s extensive collection can be divided into three main categories. The first section of the museum acknowledges the flag’s history as a wartime symbol, the second section describes the flag’s emergence into popular culture and its changing meaning, and the third section recognizes the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag. This third section gives voice to each of the different perspectives surrounding the symbolism regarding the flag.

The flag that most people regard as the Confederate flag (with the red background, blue “X,” and white stars) was once used as a battle flag by a few Confederate Army units. It is a common mistake for people to refer to this flag as the “Stars and Bars,” the flag that was used to represent the Confederate nation. The actual Stars and Bars flag was very similar to that of the Union, with three horizontal stripes, one white between two red, and a blue square in the top left corner containing a white star for each state in the Confederacy.

The Stars and Bars flag was a way for the Confederate states to wean themselves from the North. They did not want to surrender their national symbol to the Union; however, the similar flags eventually caused problems in battle for the soldiers when trying to distinguish between army units. The battle flag recognized today as the flag of the Confederacy was eventually adopted as the national Confederate flag, with slight modifications. This flag served as a “symbol of the mature Confederacy,” said Coski, and as the antithesis to the “Stars and Bars,” which had proved to be unpopular among Confederates.

Seventy-five years after the Civil War ended, the Confederate flag was still possessed and respected by veterans and their families as a symbol of the ancestral connection between the families and the Confederates who fought and died during the war.

The revival of the Confederate flag during the 1940’s can be attributed to two groups: college students and soldiers in the United States Army. Southern colleges incorporated the flag into their football games, while southern fraternities used the flag to symbolize their organizations. Southern men going into the army used it as a way to identify themselves among their northern colleagues. The flag had strayed from the traditional representation of heritage and had taken on what Coski called a “good ole boy” and “rebel” reputation.

It became clear during the 1950’s that the successors of the Confederate soldiers were not happy with how the flag was being used by others. They became increasingly disgruntled in 1949 when the flag was used by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). By today’s standards, the KKK has had one of the largest influences on the symbolism of the Confederate flag.

At the time, however, the KKK’s use of the flag might still have faded away and been ignored by the public if it was not for the Dixiecrat party. The Dixiecrat party was established in 1948 and was made up of college students opposing the civil rights movement. They chose the Confederate flag as their party’s symbol, and it remained so until the 1970’s. To those in the Dixiecrat party, the flag symbolized opposition against equal rights for African Americans. These political parties were influential in establishing much of the negative symbolism surrounding the flag.

Today, the flag continues to serve as a symbol of Confederate heritage and pride. To some, it symbolizes a desire of “state’s rights over federal regulation,” said Coski, and to others a racist ideology. There is still heated controversy over public displays of the flag, especially in public schools. Proponents of the flag argue that they have the right to display it on the grounds of free speech.

When asked what she thought of the Confederate flag, senior Kathy Michels stated, “The [revival of the] flag is a sign that the south is trying to relive their glory days,” and that they are “holding onto a glorified identity that never existed.”

Senior Luke Trout stated, “It cannot be argued that the flag was a symbol of racism for some people. However, that is and never was its primary meaning. Today, the flag remains a symbol of pride and rebellion, rebellion against the liberal progressive government destroying this nation.”

Coski seemed to take a neutral stance in this debate. He said that people who fly the flag must be aware that it does not represent “heritage” to everyone. He also said that some people have the right to be offended, but that they should not assume the motives of those waving it to be malicious.

Field Hockey Raises Money For Cancer

On Saturday, October 1, the field hockey team at St. Mary’s organized a community service event to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and to kick off the Family Weekend and Hawktober Festival athletic activities.

At their game against Stevenson University, the team sold t-shirts from which all proceeds went directly to the foundation.  “This is the second year for our Alex’s Lemonade Stand game,” said Head Coach Katie Lange, ’06.  “To date, [the team] has raised almost $2,000 for the foundation.”

Inspired by childhood cancer victim Alex Scott, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started in 2005. The Foundation’s website says that the organization raises money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

According to sophomore Claire Kortyna, senior Lauren Bennett proposed the idea that sparked the start of the program.  “I think it’s a great way for our team to bring something back to the community,” said Kortyna.

Besides the successful community service project, the team celebrated Hawktober Festival with a 2-1 win over Stevenson University.  Junior Lauriann Parker scored the game-winning goal off a penalty stroke late with just six minutes remaining in the contest against their fellow Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) opponents.

Since the Oct. 1 game, the team has picked up a 2-0 win against Frostburg University on Oct. 8 and three losses against Bridgewater College on Oct. 8, Catholic University on Oct. 10, and York College on Oct. 15, by scores of 0-1, 0-1, and 3-2, respectively.  The team is currently 5-8 overall and 3-2 in CAC conference play with only three games remaining until the playoffs begin.

Of those three games, the first two, against University of Mary Washington and Wesley College, are key conference match-ups for the team.  Though coming off a rocky stage in the season, the team remains proud of their accomplishments and hopeful as they move forward towards the playoffs.

“We’re having a pretty good season. If we work really hard, we might win the conference, but even if we don’t I’ll know we did everything we could to do so,” said Kortyna.

Coach Lange agreed with Kortyna.  “I am proud of the progress the team has made over the course of the season,” she said. “They are really coming together and we feel confident we can make a strong push at the end going into playoffs.”

The CAC conference playoffs begin on Sunday, Oct. 30.

College Celebrates Fifth Annual Hawktoberfest

On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, St. Mary’s College celebrated its fifth annual Hawktoberfest and Parent’s Weekend. In its latest iteration, Hawktoberfest was concurrent with Parent’s Weekend, which ran Oct. 1-2, and included The Great Bamboo Boat Race, athletic events, live music, lectures, tours, and a variety of other events.

Hawktoberfest kicked off with St. Mary’s third Annual Hawktoberfest Golf Tournament at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station’s Cedar Point Golf Course. Other Hawktoberfest and Parent’s Weekend events included cruises along the St. Mary’s River, tours of Historic St. Mary’s City, tours of the Saint John’s Site, a guided tree and plant walk, and two showings of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” at Cole Cinema. At a hospitality tent by the athletic field, beer was available to parents, alumni, and students of age while the Three-Man River Band performed on Saturday.

Dave Sushinsky, Director of Alumni Relations, said, “My goal is to find ways to keep alumni connected . . . the overreaching goal [of Hawktoberfest is] to help alumni who graduated last year and alumni who graduated 50 years ago to stay connected to St. Mary’s.” According to Sushinsky, the College “never had a Homecoming because [the College doesn’t] have a football team.” The newer Hawktoberfest format is an effort to create a Homecoming style event centered on athletics “that would appeal to younger alumni.”

Sushinsky said that on Saturday Oct. 1,“more Varsity sports [events were] going on than any day in College history.” Said events included Field Hockey vs. Stevenson University, Volleyball vs. Hood College, Women’s Soccer vs. Frostburg State University, Men’s Soccer vs. Stevenson, Volleyball vs. Gettysburg University, and Alumni Baseball and Lacrosse games on Saturday. Sunday’s concluding athletic events were Field Hockey vs. Bridgewater State University and Men’s and Women’s Alumni Tennis.

The 13th annual John R. Petruccelli Memorial Run/Walk/Bike Race was also held on Saturday morning. According to Sushinsky: “proceeds benefit SafeRide; we had 150 people participate, a record number.”

One of the main events was the second annual Great Bamboo Boat Race; competitors were required to build a boat out of bamboo, plastic sheeting, duct tape, and twine using a ruler, pencil, scissors, and permanent markers. After two initial heats, seven teams were eliminated and the final six faced off. Ultimately, Lost Johnson led by Kenneth Doutt out-rowed six teams to win the first place prize.

A successful Hawktoberfest requires the involvement of many departments. Athletics, Student Activities, Alumni Relations, Events and Conferences, and Public Safety all played an integral role in making this year’s Hawktoberfest and Parent’s Weekend a success. According to Sushinsky, “This is the third time we have done [Hawktoberfest] like this. It [has] picked up a lot of steam.”

Kelly Schroeder, Assistant Dean of Students, said, “The Hawktoberfest event brings a significant number of St. Mary’s alumni to campus and gives the current senior class another opportunity to connect with our alumni during the afternoon events under the Hawktoberfest tent.  I would love to see even more members of the senior class attend this event next year.” Sushinsky echoed Schroeder’s sentiment, remarking, “One thing I’d like to see more of is seniors working in the hospitality tent mingling with each other and younger alumni; that way, they might see, ‘Hey, life doesn’t end after College, I can still be a part of St. Mary’s after I graduate.’ … I think they’d also find it reassuring to see these young Alumni doing well because life after College can seem scary.”

Other events during the weekend included, on Saturday, a tour of St. John’s Site, a guided tour of Historic St. Mary’s and its many plants and trees, an art exhibition in the Boyden Gallery in Montgomery Hall, and a Student Government Association (SGA) movie night. On Sunday, Family Weekend concluded with “Toy Story 3,” also hosted by the SGA, following the final Hawktoberfest sporting event of the day against Bridgewater Field Hockey.

While not all campus visitors during the weekend were aware of the planned events beforehand, many seemed to still enjoy themselves. “[My sister] and I both had no idea that it was family weekend when we planned my visit,” said Rosie Hammack, younger sister to senior Ellie Hammack. “Being around and living with students here is definitely a blast. There’s just a very relaxed, friendly vibe at this school.”

Great Bamboo Boat Race is Successful

On Saturday Oct. 1, 2011, the annual “Great Bamboo Boat Race” was held during Hawktoberfest at Family Weekend. Out of the 15 teams registered, 13 participated in three separate heats, the two preliminary races and the final. The teams had three hours to cobble together a seaworthy vessel out of raw materials that could carry them to victory.

According to the “Great Bamboo Boat Race” website, each team was given a construction kit containing lengths of bamboo, plastic sheeting, twine, and duct tape with access to power tools. The team members could elicit help from friends and family, but only a maximum of six people could actually build the boats. They were captained by one or two brave souls on a triangular course next to the docks.

“I was really impressed with the construction of the boats and the perseverance of people pulling boats behind them,” said Brenda Maas, a SMCM parent who attended the event. “It was great, really exciting.”

Of the six boats in the final heat, five teams won cash prizes of $300 or less. The losing teams left empty-handed, but exhilarated by the experience. “It went well,” said Lisa Williams, a sophomore who was a builder on one of the teams. “It was just for fun.”

The five winning teams were Lost Johnson in first place, Windsurfing in second, We Grade You in third, Whorecruxes in fourth, and Ra in fifth. All of the teams who participated showed great dedication to their boats, some swimming them to the finish.

Big Queer Potluck Kicks Off New Initiatives for LGBTQIA Students

On Thursday, Sept. 29 about thirty students, faculty, and staff attended the Big Queer Potluck and Open Forum for Inclusivity on campus. The potluck was the first in a planned series of events intended to embrace LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) students, faculty, and staff at St. Mary’s. Students discussed their experiences as part of the St. Mary’s campus community, and talked about services addressing the needs of LGBTQIA students that St. Mary’s already provides or that could be added to campus.

The college has begun new initiatives to assess the needs of LGBTQIA students on campus, including the establishment of a review panel comprised of students, faculty, and staff. This review is part of an ongoing action by Student Affairs to improve campus life and community for all students. According to their website, “Student Affairs uses the standards set by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education to conduct a comprehensive review to ensure that [St. Mary’s is] employing best practices. [These reviews] result in an action plan for ongoing improvement of our services and programs, designing new programs, staff development, strategic planning, [and] budget allocation.”

Laura Bayless, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, advocated for the new review panel of LGBTQIA services and for new staff positions to organize the review process and implement new campus programming directed towards LGBTQIA community needs.

In past years, the college had combined several Student Affairs offices to downsize and streamline the department. However, Bayless said that through this process it became clear that “we didn’t have anybody focused on LGBTQ students,” and the college wants to “give support to as many different students as possible.”

Responsibility for the review process was given largely to Clint Neill, the Assistant Director of Student Activities. According to Neill, the process is still in its early stages, where the review team and its organizers are “trying to come up with what we need to be doing.” Steps toward assessing campus needs may include climate surveys and gathering statistical data about inclusivity on campus in addition to anecdotal information about students’ and staff experience.

As part of the new initiative, Neill is hoping to have an LGBTQIA program monthly, where there are a “mixture of social programs and educational programming for the entire campus community.” These programs could potentially include “films, speakers, and workshops,” Neill said.

Senior Wesley Watkins, the Co-President of St. Mary’s Triangle and Rainbow Society (S.T.A.R.S.), was hired by the college as the LGBTQ Student Services Program Assistant to assist Clint Neill and the review team. Watkins said, “my job is to assess need on campus as I see it, to provide active and passive programming of relevant issues, and to provide resources and be a resource to anyone that might be interesting in any sort of LGBTQ services.”

Although the review board has taken no specific actions yet, students have expressed an explicit desire for a “focus on the needs of transgender students,” according to Neill. Watkins said, “My particular interest, as a student, not related to my duties to the review team, is what campus policy addresses the following issues: hate crime or bias reporting, the role of Public Safety in LGBTQ student services, transgender students, and gender neutral housing and bathrooms.”

Watkins said, “I love the campus and the student body. We’ve all had our own struggles throughout college. It’s the intersection of newfound independence, fermenting ideas, and wild experiences. As student fellow, there are a lot of opportunities to encourage students to talk about their experiences and advocate for themselves amongst possibly new groups of people. I suppose I [am] most attracted to the idea that I [can] facilitate discussion and help others articulate their struggles.”

SGA Elections Appeared Late This Year

Due to problems of information, technology, and weather, the Student Government Association (SGA) elections were delayed till Sept. 30 and were held until Oct. 3.

Senior and SGA President Mark Snyder said in his email, “Our bad for these being so late, the internet is a confusing place.” Senior and SGA Parliamentarian Pamela Schrenk, whose job it is to run the elections and check the constitutionality of SGA’s actions, said this about the elections: “Once we got them up and running they actually went very smoothly. The constitution says that we can’t have elections that are shorter than two days or longer than four days. I would rather have them during the week but by the time we got them up and running it was just simpler to let them run and send out student emails to remind people that they were running.”

Schrenk attributed the delay of the elections to a couple of things, saying, “Hurricane Irene delayed everything because the electricity was out for a few days and we had problems getting data… Then what happened is we had somewhat of a minor delay in getting the class lists and residence hall lists. We also had some technology issues with blackboard.”

In explaining what the SGA liked about using Blackboard for elections, Schenk said, “It is secure, we can tell who is voting, we can be sure they are voting in the correct election, and we can set a given start and end time that students during that time can vote at their own convenience.”  She explained that the major reason for the delay had to do with getting lists of students enrolled in classes along with where they live.

Learning Technology Support Coordinator Jennifer Wright explained why Blackboard is not ideal for running elections, saying, “Blackboard is designed to be a learning management system, so it is designed to help manage digital materials for courses. So when you’re doing surveys and voting on the scale of the whole college, this is not the first tool that should come to mind.” She explained that it was chosen as a tool in previous years due to its sharing capabilities as well as the limited options provided for online elections.

The SGA will not be able to use Blackboard in the future because Blackboard 9 will not support elections. Wright explained this saying, “We have overall less space for Blackboard 9 for courses and course materials. At the same time course materials are getting bigger and more expansive.” Wright explained that this combined with the fact that Blackboard is not designed for elections is why Blackboard should not be used in the future.

However it is not only the SGA that will be affected by this change. Wright said, “Now we are at a point where we need to be more mindful about space and use some better management techniques about active courses. So that has led to some thought of how we manage courses and space, how long courses remain active, and what we create as courses.”

She went on further to say that departments and committees with Blackboard sites are also being pushed out of Blackboard, saying, “This isn’t just SGA … I’m encouraging lots of oganizations and lots of different groups and committees that don’t have a course that’s listed in the database for registration to move out of Blackboard as we go to Blackboard 9.”

In regards to what future format of elections could be, Shrenk said, “We’re looking at alternate methods.” She even said they might consider paper ballots. There will be no more elections this semester, even though there are a few senator and class officer positions still open.

Presidential Forum Examines Mission Statement

On Friday, Sept. 30, there was a Presidential Forum entitled “Conversation on Strategic Visioning.” Led by Beth Rushing, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, the conversation focused on looking at the mission statement and determining if it fit St. Mary’s College.

President Joseph Urgo introduced Rushing, who proceed to present a brief PowerPoint presentation. Then the group broke up into smaller groups to discuss the mission statement, and then the group reconvened to share what they had discussed.

Rushing commented on the groups saying, “I think it went very well, I’m really happy with the kind of conversations, both with the small groups and with the larger group.” While the discussion focused on the mission statement, the focus was clearly on determining who we are in order to set real goals and then creating, “metrics” or ways of measuring how we achieve our goals.

After the discussion Rushing said, “There is a general feeling that we like our mission statement, we feel like it reflects what we’d like to be, but people seemed to think it was aspirational. I don’t think we’ve fully accomplished it in all the ways we would like to. Maybe we won’t change the mission statement so much as priorities moving on to the future.”

The Strategic Planning Committee, who organized the meeting, already has a draft for the strategic plan. However, the current draft is very long and one of the main goals is to shorten it to five pages. Student Government Association President Mark Snyder was happy with this idea, saying, “It’s good because we need good direction, but we also need open direction.”

Rushing explained that she wanted people to feel included in planning for the future of the college, saying, “When I came in July…I started talking to people about where we are. A number of people I talked to suggested that they felt like they weren’t involved in developing these goals, and they felt like we could do a better job at being more inclusive in developing our strategic goals.”

Rushing said she hoped to have more people, and especially students come to future meetings. She said she knows it’s hard to get students to go to meetings on Friday afternoon, but that, “[Strategic Planning] is a way of setting priorities for the college, where are we going to put our resources and time, energy and effort. Someone used the term student empowerment; this process really is an opportunity for students to help shape the future of the college.”

Snyder also emphasized the importance of different groups getting involved, saying, ““It’s something student’s own, faculty own, and staff own.”

College’s Sustainability Initiatives Still Going Strong

St. Mary’s touts itself as a green school, and yet some alumni were still wondering why the College has not shown up in any prestigious green school rankings, such as The Princeton Review, Sierra Club’s Cool Schools, or the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

Luke Mowbray, the Sustainability Coordinator, says, “There are a number of green reporting agencies, but traditionally we haven’t submitted scores for too many of them.” However, the College has submitted scores to the Princeton Review and the Maryland Green Registry, and it will be expanding its score submissions to AASHE STARS, the most comprehensive green reporting system, within the next year.

In years past, St. Mary’s has garnered enough impressive accolades to prove that the College is indeed working towards its goal of environmental sustainability. It was rated in the 80 percentile of universities in the country in The Princeton Review’s Top Green Schools, and is the only college in Maryland to receive the Maryland Green Leadership Award.

St. Mary’s has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the largest green power purchaser in the Capital Athletic Conference for the past four years, and is the first school in Maryland to be named a sanctuary by the Audubon Society.

In 2008, the College completed an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) worth $2.5 million in energy and water efficiency upgrades, leading to a 16.5 %  reduction in electricity through engineered savings, and a 34% water and sewage reduction.

Additionally, all new construction at the College must be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified or equivalent, demonstrating the College’s commitment to make its buildings environmentally responsible.

Mowbray was “surprsised that [St. Mary’s] hadn’t submitted for AASHE STARS,” but extolled the College’s administration for being “very supportive” of these goals. “We do a lot of really good work here, and it would be nice to let the world know.”