SMCM To Add “Dog” Major to Curriculum

St. Mary’s College of Maryland has secured the necessary state funds to implement its long-awaited Dog Studies Programme, which will be open at the start of the fall semester of 2018.

This excruciatingly intensive discipline will be available as a major and a minor. It is recommended for current and prospective students who are interested in learning about the history and culture of members of the biological family Canidae, as well for as those interested in learning to become a dog themselves for an edge in the increasingly competitive job market. Hired by the college as candidate (or canine-date!) to head the Dog department as chair is Dr. Maximilian Wooffimus III, a golden retriever who has chased frisbees on university campuses for over 6 years (42 in dog years), and has been recognized by the Man’s Best Friend Society of Europe as an official “GOOD BOY.”

Elective courses will include Theories of the Tail, Butt Sniffing 101 (a business etiquette course), History of Napping, and Woofers in Literature – which includes both works featuring dogs as characters and works written by dogs. The required courses, Principles of Doghood I-III, will feature a lab (haha, lab) component where students will gain practical knowledge about barking and playing fetch. Concentrations for the major will be available in Pug, Retriever, German Shepherd, and Shiba Inu, to be followed by Chihuahua and Pitbull which are planned to be added the following semester.

An environmental activist from the school who wished to remain anonymous points out that incorporating Dog Studies into colleges will be “good for social progress, that our fluffy pals are finally starting to get the representation in academia that they deserve.” Critics of the program include Bertha Eugene, a self-described “cat person,” who opined that “learning about dogs is a waste of time, waste of parent’s tuition money because it doesn’t teach these kids anything practical about the real world.” Countering this is Pepper, a local dog a human student, who reminds us that “well I think with the current political trends, experts have predicted that it’s very likely that dogs are slated to gain control of the world economy, you know, so it’s definitely good preparation for people to learn to prepare to interact with dogs as their new maste– I mean, as equal subjects and not just mere pets.”

More specific details of the program will be announced in an AllStudent email to be sent out early next semester. In the meantime, the Registrar’s Office has assured The Point News that the rumors circulating – that one will need to submit medical documentation of an appointment to be spayed or neutered before signing up for classes in the Dog department – are completely unfounded. Also, freshman students entering in fall 2018 who show promise as dog scholars will have the option to apply for several scholarships of up to 50 milkbones and 20 rawhides. Alternate dog-housing options will be offered for upperclassmen.

Your Biweekly Horoscopes

Aries (March 21-April 19): You may be feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work that has piled up over the semester, but that’s okay. I want you to take a moment to breathe, and remember, just a few more weeks until you no longer have to see Scott Zimmerman. Don’t get too excited! Recommended Papa John’s toppings: Chicken + Italian Sausage.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): I know what you’re thinking, “I really missed the SMCM horoscopes. That Drew guy has such a way with words.” Well, you are not wrong! In other news, if you’re a senior looking for things to cross off your SMCM bucket list, you’re in luck! This week will give you the courage to do something you haven’t done before. Just keep in mind that just because you can doesn’t always mean that you should. Recommended underappreciated food: apricots.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): This horoscope is more for friends of Geminis rather than actual Geminis. Luckily for us, for the next two weeks Geminis will actually be decisive and give straight answers to questions. Whether or not they’ll answer truthfully is another topic entirely. Recommended Senior: Femi “It’s a shame he isn’t that good at Smash” Oyenusi.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): If you have been putting off asking for that cute senior’s number, you’re running out of time! On the bright side, when you are inevitably rejected, you won’t have to deal with the consequences of your failure since the seniors are moving on to a better place. If you are not rejected – congratulations, but remember that death is inevitable. Recommended aerobic exercise: Jumping Jacks (or Jills – we don’t discriminate here at The Point News).

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): Leos are noble and majestic creatures, but don’t let them know you think that. Leos truly don’t care what you think about them because they have plenty to say about how great they are. Recommended major: Computer Science.

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22): Alright Virgos, if you’re one of those people who I’ve never seen in the gym until the past two weeks, and even then you only come in to run on the treadmill for a few minutes before attempting to do what I think are supposed to be crunches, I’ve got some sort of bad news for you. There’s no way you’re going to be beach bod ready in a few weeks. However, you’ve already got a great start for next year. Recommended day to go to the Door: Never, because alcohol kills gains.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Call your mother, she’s worried sick about you and you haven’t talked to her in weeks. Recommended ball sport: Soccer, duh.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): For better or worse, you will live to see the day when names such as “Mildred” and “Esther” become common for children again. Recommended anime: Kingdom Hearts.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you’re studying for your CCNA, congratulations! You are sure to pass. If you are not studying for your CCNA, congratulations! Recommended Editor-in-Chief: Miranda McLain.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): This horoscope has been intentionally left blank. Feel free to take it as a symbol that your future is unwritten, or perhaps the author was just lazy. Recommended book: Hop on Pop.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Better luck next time. Recommended cult classic horror film: Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Get yourself a partner who can make you happy with the lightest touch. Or at least can make you less miserable for a few moments. Recommended color: who cares!

 

President Trump’s Ever-growing Hypocrisy: The Crisis in Syria

“We should stay the hell out of Syria”

“What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs congressional approval.”

These are two tweets from Donald Trump, in June 2013 and August 2013 respectively, giving his warped opinion on the crisis in Syria, and how he thinks Obama should act. Now, with these tweets in mind, consider the fact that President Trump just ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles to strike the Al Shayrat Airfield. This was supposedly in response to the chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people in Syria, and his newfound sympathy for child suffering.

Trump explained his actions by stating, “Using a deadly nerve agent, [President] Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many…” continuing with, “Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack…” and ending with, “No child of God should ever suffer such a horror.” I never thought I would get to say this sentence, but I fully agree with Trump. He is right; men, women, and children died after immense suffering, and no child should ever suffer such a fate.

Okay, wonderful; we agree that this is a horrific situation – now the logical conclusion, imbued with compassion, would be that we as part of a global community should do everything in our power to help save as many people as possible, right? And here is where I yet again come to the conclusion that President Trump is a hypocrite. You absolutely cannot just bomb a country because you are supposedly moved by their suffering, while also refusing entry to and demonizing those refugees fleeing violence and war. The refugees are the victims, not the perpetrators. They are not the terrorists; they are trying to escape the terror they face, and massive generalizations on Trump’s part about the refugee community only allow for the continued demonization of these people, drumming up anti-refugee sentiment and swaying public opinion based on xenophobic ideology.

This is just the latest example of President Trump’s hypocrisy, yet this is perhaps the most egregious of all. I do not believe for one second that you can support random and possibly useless intervention in the form of missile strikes, furthering more instability and uncertainty in Syria, yet also turn your back on the refugees fleeing these situations. President Trump has clearly attempted to implement policy that keeps refugees out, such as his four month suspension on all refugees being admitted, citing security concerns. He also wants to reduce the number admitted by about half, again citing security concerns and his continued rhetoric of refugees as a Trojan horse. I cite these examples to show that he is not just ‘all talk’, as some suggested; he has evidently made this a priority, and because of this more “children of God” will die.

He claims to have been persuaded to act after seeing the horrific images and videos coming out of Syria, depicting innocent civilians suffering the effects of a chemical attack, yet if this was truly the case he would be moved to act with more compassion and back off from his problematic ban on refugees entering the country. If he was actually upset by these attacks he would become part of the solution instead of just another problem for those escaping war and death in their country. A change in his refugee policy would show that as president he is maturing and has come to understand the gravity of the refugee crisis, instead of just using the tragedy in Syria as a political play piece, used to distract from his incompetency and complicate already gray U.S foreign policy.

If President Trump continues to portray refugees as dangerous terrorists and continues barring them from reaching safety in our country, all while speaking about how moved to action he is by the horror he is seeing in Syria, then he is no more than a hypocrite. This is equivalent to a person who stands on the shore of the beach where a boat full of refugees needs to land, saying that they are moved by their refugees’ suffering, but who then refuses to let the boat come to shore. Politicians that continue to not allow the most vulnerable and desperate people to seek refuge are only accomplices to their possible demise.

Also, going back to Trump’s tweets, wherein he criticized former President Obama’s administration for considering intervention in Syria, we can see the duplicity of Trump’s stances. He tweeted that Obama needed congressional approval, yet now that he is President he did not get any himself. Is he somehow above the law? Trump also tweeted the worry of America just gaining more debt from any military action, while also citing concern over the notion of a long term conflict resulting. But he was fully okay with the cost of 59 Tomahawk missiles. The administration has signaled that there has been no formal change of stance on foreign policy, specifically how to deal with the issues surrounding Syria, yet this action by Trump sends a very confused message.

As is evident, I have no respect for this president, for varying reasons which I will not go into detail with here, but most of all I see how he sold everyone a pack of lies. He campaigned on an isolationist stance, highlighting his ‘America First’ ideals, yet so far he has already taken military action in Mosul, Afghanistan, and Syria, directly conflicting with this isolationist stance. In order for him to actually pursue isolationist policy, he would need to remain apart from all international affairs and interests – to note, this is not something I am necessarily advocating for, but merely pointing out that yet again he says one thing and does another. For a man who said that the United States cannot be “the world’s policeman,” he is attempting to be just that.

Though much has changed since these old tweets, a fact I acknowledge, they only show how uneducated he was on these issues just a few short years ago, and I truly doubt much has changed since then. Even with advisors all around him, he is still simply unqualified to be in charge of our ample military capacity, especially since he has proven time and time again to be a narcissistic hothead – a quality we do not want in someone who holds the nuclear launch codes.

To put it simply, Trump is a hypocrite, and is sending a confusing message regarding his administration’s stance on the conflict and resulting crisis in Syria. He cannot simultaneously be hurting for the innocent men, women, and children suffering, and thinking that a mostly useless missile strike will solve anything, while also barring entry to a safe country for all of those fleeing their war torn country. Trump essentially opens the door and then slams it in their faces. Until he either admits that he does not care for the suffering of the Syrian citizens, or he changes his policy to reflect his supposed care for these people, he will remain a hypocrite in my eyes, and the eyes of many Americans.

The USA: Leader of The Free World Once More

On Apr. 4, the Assad Regime launched a chemical weapons attack against their own people killing over 86 civilians and 500 others. One day later, April, 6, during a joint press conference with King Abdullah II, President Trump made a statement responding to the attack.

Trump stated, “Yesterday a chemical attack, a chemical attack that was so horrific in Syria [was launched] against innocent people including women, small children and even beautiful little babies- their deaths was an affront to humanity. These heinous actions by the Assad Regime cannot be tolerated. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this horrific attack and all other horrific attacks for that matter.”

For the remainder of the press conference, Trump avoided answering questions in regard to further U.S. action in Syria. Everyone was unsure of what the United States’ response would be to the chemical attack. No one knew what would happen in the next couple of days.

At least until the next night.

The next night, while dining with Chinese President Xi, President Trump demonstrated that he is not just a man of words. In responding to the atrocities carried out by the Assad Regime, he showed that he is a man of action.

Trump showed this by calling for a strategic military strike against the Syrian airbase from which the Syrian Chemical attack was launched.

It was an intricate strike of 59 Tomahawk missiles against the airbase that held aircraft storage, aircraft, fuel depots, and radar.

For many, especially Trump supporters, it was a surprise. Even I was surprised when I woke up the morning of April 8 reading the morning headlines on Breitbart in all capital letters stating: “TRUMP DECLARES WAR!”

Now, if there is one thing I have learned from this past election year, it is the fact that all media outlets obsessively blow things out of proportion to gain readership.

So I went into the topic of the U.S. airstrike against the Syrian airbase with a level head. I made an effort to take in as much information about the U.S. airstrike, the Assad Regime’s Chemical Weapons attack, and the global response from politicians and world leaders.

For one thing, Trump was actually receiving praise from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer for his actions and that certainly surprised me.

However, what I discovered further allowed me to make up my mind about everything that occurred in the last week. And I concluded that the U.S. missile strike was justified.

First off, it was justified because I looked at the pictures that took the world by storm of what happened that week. I saw pictures of dead children frozen in a contorted position, eyes wide open from the shock of the chemical attack that hit them showing that it was not at all an easy death. (If you don’t believe me I dare you to look at the images yourself and make your own decision about what happened).

Particularly, a photo that sticks in my memory is the picture of a father holding his two dead toddlers in his arms as if they were sleeping.

Secondly, it was justified because we cannot ignore the fact that this was another instance in which the Assad Regime committed genocide against their own people.

A prior instance of the use of chemical warfare by the Syrian government was in 2013 when the Syrian military used sarin at a rebel held suburb in Damascus killing over 1,000 residents, as stated by the Washington Post. Also, it was reported by Fox news that the chemical attack was one of three chemical attacks that occurred in northern Syria that same week.

Thirdly, it was justified because the Assad regime violated international conventions with the use of the deadly nerve agent sarin, which is chemical warfare.

Sarin was originally created by German scientists as a pesticide in the late 1930s. The Nazis considered using sarin as a military weapon, but ruled against it for fear of what the public outrage would be. I can only wonder how evil one has to be to use something even the Nazis were afraid to use.

In fact, sarin is so deadly that it causes the human nervous system to practically kill itself by causing chest tightness, drooling and excessive sweating, rapid breathing, diarrhea, loss of consciousness, convulsions, paralysis, and respiratory failure.

And the final reason as to why the U.S. missile strike was justified is because it sent a message to the entire world. It sent a message that horrific acts such as this will not be tolerated. It established that the United States, the leader of the free world, will be there to take a stand against such atrocities and injustices.

Club Soccer Photo Feature

St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s (SMCM) Club Soccer team played in their first intercollegiate game in four years on April 22 at Washington College. The Seahawks ultimately came up short, losing to the Shoremen and Shorewomen (Washington’s college mascot) 4-3.


All Photographs are courtesy of the President of SMCM Women’s Club Soccer, Rachel Harris, who functioned as a coach and captain for the game

Zach Spurling
Sean Wellman
Joshua Pilkerton
Esteban Caballero
Matthew Hilbert

 

Right to the Point Print Edition

Right to The Point Graphic

Faithful readers of The Point News will recall an experimental online only tri-weekly news-in-brief article style titled Right to The Point. Due to a multitude of events taking place over the past two weeks, The Point News was sadly unable to properly cover them all at length. Therefore, in order to do our due diligence to our readers, we present you with a special print edition of Right to the Point.

2000

The graduation year of Neil Irwin from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). Irwin is set to be the 2017 SMCM Commencement Speaker. The former Seahawk is a Senior Economics Correspondent at The New York Times. He is a seasoned journalist, with a resume including positions at The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, appearances on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS Newshour, and authoring a New York Times bestseller, The Alchemists.” Following his time at SMCM, Irwin earned his MBA from Columbia University. He was a member of the college’s Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013. In Nov. of 2013, Irwin delivered the Benjamin Bradlee distinguished lecture in journalism at SMCM. (Previously, The Point News had reported that the 2017 Commencement Speaker would be Kojo Nnamdi. We apologize for our confusion, and we assure you that this time we are quite sure it is Neil Irwin.) Sources: SMCM.edu, thepointnews.com

9

The number of French majors who were inducted into the National French Honor society (Pi Delta Phi) on Thursday, April 20. These 9 students were the first inductees to the SMCM chapter, as it was founded this year. Pi Delta Phi (ΠΔΦ) was founded at the University of California Berkeley in 1906. The new SMCM members of ΠΔΦ were inducted “in recognition for their stellar work in French and their commitment to promoting the value of French and Francophone culture at SMCM and beyond” according to George MacLeod, an Assistant Professor of French at the college.

1810

The year when Fryderyk Chopin was born. St. Mary’s Artist-in-Residence continued his homage to Chopin on April 12 performing another “PianoTalk.” Brian Ganz is a renowned pianist, regarded as a “marvelously talented musician” by Maryland Theater Guide. His PianoTalks function as both concerts and lectures, entertaining and educating his audience on the musical wonders of Chopin. The event took place in the Auerbach Auditorium.

8

-th Hour of the day when the SMCM Symphony Orchestra performed their Spring Concert. Under the direction of SMCM professor of music Jeffrey B. Silberschlag, the group of both major and nonmajor musicians performed works by “Haydn, Wagner, Lang, Shatin, Oliveros, and Jeffers.” The concert took place in Montgomery Hall, room 25 on April 13.

5

Day duration for the showings of “Eurydice.” In the Bruce Davis Theater on April 19-23, the Theater, Film, and Media Studies Department (TFMS) performed the play by Sarah Ruhl. The show consisted of “Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary poetic retelling of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth [imagined]…from Eurydice’s perspective.” It was directed by TFMS faculty member Amy Steiger and featured original music by SMCM student Robert Hayes.

30

The number of National Bohemian (Natty Boh) beers in a “case.” On April 16, SMCM student’s continued the tradition of the “Natty Boh Hunt.” As per tradition, senior students spray painted the beer cans and hid them around campus. The game functions as a college-aged version of an Easter egg hunt. Some students were even able to locate a coveted “Golden 40.” Prior to the festivities, SMCM Dean of Students Leonard Brown issued a disclaimer to the campus, reminding students of the danger and controversy surrounding the event including under-age drinking, and a history of hateful messaging on “Boh” cans. Dean Brown reminded the campus that the “‘Natty Bo[h] Hunt’….is not a college-sanctioned event.” Any student who wishes to voice their opinion on this St. Mary’s tradition should feel free to reach out to The Point News (at managingeditor@thepointnews.com) in order to have their feelings published.

48.1

Percent of the votes Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff won in Georgia’s sixth congressional district. Had he broken the 50 percent line, he would have won the election in “a heavily conservative House district” as written in The New York Times. This election attracted nationwide attention because it has been seen as a bellwether for how Democrats will perform in a post 2016 era and in the 2018 elections. Ossoff now will face Karen Handel in a June Runoff election. Source: The New York Times.

2

Candidates are currently in the running for the French presidency. During the first round, this was narrowed down from 11 candidates. The two individuals still in the running are: Emmanuel Macron, an independent currently leading in the polls and the “far-right” candidate Marine Le Pen, who follows closely behind Macron. The mainstream perception of Le Pen is that she represents the same sentiments in France as Trump did during the 2016 campaign in the USA. A potential “Frexit” or french exit from the EU, hinges on this election. The second round of the election will take place May 7. Source CNBC.

11

-th annual Twain Lecture Series of Humour and Culture took place on Friday, April 21, 2017. Scott Dikkers, the founder and former Editor-in-Chief, of The Onion gave a lecture on “The Real Story of Fake News” outlining the history of his broadsheet satirical newspaper. The talk included personal anecdotes, as well as analysis of the rise of “Fake News” surrounding the 2016 United States presidential election.

 

Volume 77, Issue 11 is Now in Circulation

Print copies of The Point News Volume 77, Issue Number 11 have begun to circulate the St. Mary’s campus community. Issues are currently scattered around campus. Pick one up from any St. Mary’s building. If you can not find our drop-off location near you or would like to request the paper be delivered to a specific spot, please email Scott at managingeditor@thepointnews.com. For those unable to access paper copies, either due to proximity or any other reason, take solace in this PDF of the newspaper available by clicking the link below. For the most part, articles in this issue have already been posted online. If there is an article which you would like to read in its web format, it is either already accessible on the website, or will be very soon. This is the final issue of The Point News for the 2016-2017 academic year. Click on the link below to view the PDF of the Wednesday, April 26th Edition of The Point News.

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Corrections:

  • The article “Malala Yousafzai Appointed U.N. Messenger of Peace” was written by Beatrice Burroughs.
  • The article “Remembering Our Past: St. Mary’s Comes to Terms With a Complex Past” states that “The proposed location for the Jamie L. Robert’s stadium is across Mattapany road, opposite of the “Lot Z” parking lot (also known as Guam).” This sentence should read, “The proposed location for the Jamie L. Robert’s stadium is across Mattapany road, opposite of the “Lot T” parking lot (also known as Guam)”

Cross Country Senior Spotlight: Alex Schoen

The following responses were provided by Alex Schoen, a senior on the cross country team this year. Schoen reflected on her time on the team and offered advice to prospective and future team members.

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TPN: What prompted your interest in the team? Did you play prior to college?

AS: I actually started college my freshman year on the rowing team. I rowed for four years in high school and it is my first love, but due to discrepancies between me and the team[,] I decided to quit. Ever since I was little I was always part of team sports; soccer, swimming, dancing, rowing; so not being on a team going into [my] sophomore year was unnerving. That’s when I discovered the cross country team (XC) through a Facebook post from a teammate, Grace. She said that the XC team was looking for new members and I had run a marathon in the spring, so I decided to give it a try.

TPN: How would you describe your time on the team?

AS: My time on the team has truly shaped my St. Mary’s experience. As soon as I joined I was [greeted] with such love and respect, not only for each other but for myself. Running is an interesting sport because you are always competing against other teams, your own teammates, and yourself at all times. There is an elegant destructive nature to a running team: you have to destroy yourself to make the team better.

TPN: Do you have any memorable experiences with any of the players, or a favorite event?

AS: There are two memories that stick out for me during my time on the team. First, this past season the women’s team took home 3rd at [a meet at Hood College]. I [had] never won an individual medal or taken home any awards, this was the first one. The best part was that every woman on the team contributed to our success, whether it was scoring or pushing each other to go harder.

TPN: The typical college student questions: What is your major, and why did you choose it? What are your plans for after college? Do you intend to continue the sport?

AS: I am a biology major with a math minor. I have always loved science and biology is a lifelong passion. Recently I accepted a position next year at the Endocrinology Reproductive Lab in Disney World, where I will be participating in an internship for the next seven months. I intend to keep running for the rest of my life. Running is something you can’t just give up, it becomes additive, an obsession. I have already completed five marathons and at least ten half-marathons. Running is joy and I get that from my dad who in running his 60th marathon in a month.

TPN: What would you say to students who are considering joining the team next year?

AS: There is no looking back. Once you become a runner you never “un-become” one. It doesn’t matter how fast you are or your times compared to someone else, it matters if you are better than yesterday. The team is comprised of all kinds of people, some who are really fast and some who are there to be healthy. Everyone on the team is a better person when they wake up the day after a long run.

TPN: Is there anything else about you or about the team you would like TPN to know?

AS: I can not emphasize how much running is an addiction. Sometimes I wake up for an early morning run and it takes me an hour to get out of bed because I don’t know why I choose to do this to my body. But I always get up and I always enjoy how I feel later in the day. I don’t run to look good or go fast, I run because my mental state would fall apart without it. I always run to eat. I like to eat things that are bad for me so I have to compensate somehow.

Photo Courtesy of Alex Schoen

Tennis Senior Spotlight

As the school year comes to an end, sports teams are saying goodbye to the senior members. The tennis team is wrapping up a successful season, and the seniors are reflecting on their time as part of the team. Sara Eaton and Marissa Romanek, two of the graduating seniors, shared some of their experiences with The Point News.

Eaton grew up playing soccer and was recruited for the soccer team here at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). After playing two years with the team and suffering from a couple concussions, she decided not to continue with the team. It was “one of the hardest decisions, since this sport was something I’d been playing my entire life and the team had become my closest friends.”

Joining the team has been a rewarding experience for Eaton and she looks back fondly on her time on the team. “It’s been a really great decision for me. I loved getting to be part of a team again and to learn and improve so much.”

Eaton has enjoyed “getting to know everyone this year” and will miss “getting to hit and hang around with everyone next year” after graduation. “I’m especially going to miss all the team roasts,” she said.

Eaton is majoring in Math and Economics. She took an economics class the fall of my senior year of high school and wanted to learn more about the subject. Being a math major has “been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done.”

After college, she plans to move back to Portland, Oregon where she will work as an economist for the Bonneville Power Administration. “I’m especially excited for my road trip out west and getting to do a lot of backpacking in the southwest. I definitely plan to play tennis after college and I’ve forced my dad into playing mixed doubles with me,” she said.

As for Romanek, she knew as soon as she arrived at SMCM that she wanted to be a part of the tennis team because of her past experience on her high school’s team. She had played “tennis since my freshman year of high school at Huntington High and I wanted to keep up with the sport competitively.”

Romanek transferred to SMCM last year and described how the team helped the transition go smoothly. I made friends on the team very quickly. I also came in the same year as the new head coach, Tyler Robinson, so it was nice to be a part of that transition as well.”

Romanek is a Sociology major. After graduation, she plans to obtain her masters degree in Social Work and is planning to continue playing tennis as well. “The good thing about tennis is that you can play it at any age. Of course it will never be the same as being on a competitive team, but the sport itself is something I will definitely not be giving up,” she said.

Both Eaton and Romanek advice prospective tennis players, experienced or not, to join the  team next year. Romanek said: “To anyone who is thinking about joining the team next year, do it. Any collegiate sport is a lot of commitment, but it is worth it. Through this team I learned the importance of balance, commitment, and hard work. I also made lifelong friends. Joining the team made my SMCM experience amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

In addition, Eaton says that “playing on a team at St. Mary’s has given me some incredible memories and friendships. I would say that it’s not been without hard-work. […] It’s definitely worth it and has given me a lot of discipline on and off the court. I’ve loved being a Seahawk and am really going to miss everyone.”

 

Men’s Lacrosse End of Year Report

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) men’s lacrosse team’s season has now come to a close. The Seahawks finished the season with a 1-7  record in conference and finished in eighth place in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).

While their record may not indicate so, the Seahawks were a very competitive – particularly throughout the second half of the season. St. Mary’s was on the losing end of three one goal games, and lost four more games by four goals or less. This shows how competitive the team was, even if they did not always end a game victorious.

St. Mary’s was, however, victorious on March 25 when they defeated conference opponent Wesley 20-8. This successful scoring outburst was a good momentum builder for the Seahawks, as their closer games on the year came after this game.

The game against Wesley got off to a good start as they scored three quick goals to open up the game. At the end of the first quarter the score sat at 5-2 in favor of St. Mary’s.

Wesley opened up the second period by scoring to narrow the gap to just a one goal advantage. However the Seahawks answered back with six goals of their own to pull away for good.

In total, St. Mary’s scored seven goals in both the second and third quarters, while their defense blanked Wesley in the third quarter and only allowed three in the last quarter.

This impressive victory by the Seahawks culminated in goals being scored by thirteen different team members. Sophomore attackman Steve Jones led the charge with four goals and fellow sophomore attackman Max Groen added four assists for the team. Goalie Max Alderman got the win for St. Mary’s as he allowed five saves and allowed only six goals (smcmathletics.edu).

In total on the year, St. Mary’s scored 135 goals and had 80 assists. They averaged exactly nine goals per game.

The Seahawks are graduating seniors  Luke Eshleman, Javier Flores, Brendan Steele, John Lockwood, and Alderman.