Hallowgreens Do’s and Don’ts

Hallowgreens is an annual unofficial St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) holiday. It celebrates Halloween. Most students who choose to participate dress-up in costume, and some do not. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, the Student Government Association (SGA) usually produces a list of “do’s and don’ts.” With permission from this year’s SGA, The Point News is publishing this year’s list online.

Courtesy of the SMCM SGA and Elizabeth Allnut, here are this year’s “Hallowgreens Do’s and Don’ts.”

This weekend please do:

Dress warmly and be festive!

Be responsible for your guests and make sure they have their guest passes[.]

Make sure that your phone is fully charged and with you[.]

Look out for your friends and stay with them[.]

Throw away your trash and recycling properly[.]

Respect PS, RA’s and staff[.]

Get water and snacks[.]

Shine your phone flashlight if you need help[.]

Look out for others! IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING, remember bystander intervention!

Ask a NIGHTHAWK to walk you home!

Please do not:

Bring open containers outside[.]

Walk home alone[.]

Run away from RA’s, PS and staff if they stop you[.]

Litter[.]

Take a drink from [an] unknown source[.]

Stand on the townhouse porticos[.]

Be disrespectful to other students and guests[.]

Leave your house unlocked and unattended[.]

If you have any questions contact:

Whittni Pickens, SGA President (wapickens@smcm.edu)

Evan Lesser, 2018 President (eplesser@smcm.edu)

Sharon Phillips, Student Trustee (stphillips@smcm.edu)

Lookout for The Point News‘s costume photo feature in the next print edition.

Gubernatorial Candidate Richard Madaleno Visits SMCM

Campaigns for Maryland’s gubernatorial race have already begun to reach the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) campus. One of the individuals seeking to beat Maryland’s incumbent Governor, Larry Hogan, is State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. Madaleno took meetings with an array faculty and staff members, held a Q&A session with a group of students and sat down with The Point News on Oct. 16. During The Point News’s interview with Sen. Madaleno, he explained that he thinks his record of public service makes him the best-qualified candidate to beat Gov. Hogan next year and take the highest executive office in the state.

Hogan, a Republican, is predicted not to have any challengers from within his own party. The Governor is set to face whomever the Democratic party awards their nomination to after their primary election on June 26. Albeit Hogan’s relative popularity, he is a rarity: a Republican governor in a majority-Democratic state. Many of the Democratic challengers to Hogan hope to tie him politically to the deeply unpopular United States President Donald Trump. To read more about the expansive field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination please read “Maryland’s Upcoming Governor’s Race” in our late September edition of The Point News.

Madaleno argues that he is the best choice to take on Hogan due his 15 years of experience in the Maryland General Assembly (MGA), which is more than most of his competitors. Other than a stint away at college — at Syracuse University — Madaleno has lived his entire life in Maryland. He began his career at the state capitol in Annapolis as a legislative aide. Shortly after, in 2002, Madaleno was elected as Delegate to District 18, which includes parts of his hometown, Montgomery County. In 2006, Madaleno became a State Senator, representing the same district as he did during his time as a delegate. Currently, Madaleno is vice chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, but by running for governor he “forfeit[s] his chance to run for another term in the legislature,” according to The Washington Post.

Throughout his career, Madaleno has championed many progressive reforms. According to The Washington Post, he has a “strong social-justice record.” Madaleno is seen as a leader of LGTBQ issues. He led the charge to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. Madaleno was also the first openly-gay person elected to the MGA, and if elected, he will be the first openly-gay man to serve as governor in the United States (Kate Brown, the first openly bisexual woman, is currently the governor of Oregon).

Because Governor Hogan is popular in the state — his approval rating of 68 percent was the second highest in the nation this July according to CBS Baltimore — his Democratic opposition must first make the case that he is unfavorable in order to defeat him.

“The governor is a likable person.” Madaleno explains, “[Hogan] hasn’t done too many bad things, [but] he hasn’t done much. I think in these times with the Trump administration [and] Republicans in control of Congress, the states are more important than ever.” The Senator continued, telling The Point News why “having active state governments to stand up and protect the values that many of us hold dear as Democrats and Americans” are important in his mind. He explicated the difference on certain policy issues between Hogan and himself. Madaleno says, for example, “we need strong governors who are going to work to protect the health care that we’ve come to depend on.”

Furthermore, Madaleno believes that the Office of the Governor of Maryland has a “fundamental problem” which Hogan is exploiting. Madaleno told The Point News that the office of Governor is “too powerful.” According to Madaleno, Hogan has exercised “hubris.” At many times, according to Madaleno, Hogan has used his unilateral power to restrain Maryland from taking stances both against the Trump administration and for progressive action. He says Hogan did the prior by using “pocket signatures” which allow the governor to not take a stance on an issue all the while it goes into law unsigned, and the latter by setting budgets without the approval of the MGA.

On educational issues, Madaleno was proud to discuss the work he had done as a state senator to pass a bill which reduced the tuition at SMCM. He went as far as to say he intended to send his two children to the College. Outside of the SMCM campus, Madaleno has been working toward “debt-free college.” When asked how this differs from the plan of his Bernie Sanders-endorsed competitor, Ben Jealous, Madaleno spoke of practicality and maintaining “ownership” over one’s education.

Madaleno’s college affordability proposal,  S.B. 1173, would ensure that individuals making “less than $125,000 a year would be [able to go to college] tuition free.” He explained that the proposal would give those students financial aid which would cover the cost of tuition.

On the note of climate change, Madaleno once again critiqued Hogan, this time for refusing to band together with other governors to fight climate change. Madaleno also told students at the Q&A session that Hogan has had lackluster attitudes towards enforcing environmental regulations. Madaleno implied he would strictly enforce environmental regulations and fight climate change if elected governor.

On matters of transportation, Madaleno stated his opposition to Hogan’s highway proposal — see “Maryland Governor Plans to Expand Highways” in the early October edition of The Point News — stating Hogan’s plan to add additional toll lanes to three major highways “does not make sense,” alleging that it does little despite “enormous cost.” Instead, Madaleno supports discussing additions reversible lanes to Maryland’s highways. He argues this would better fix the issue of congestion without the added environmental and societal impact of multi-lane expansion. Madaleno critiqued the plan for not being thought out, he explained that on Interstate 270 “it’s a bi-directional highway, but it’s a unidirectional rush-hour. Southbound in the morning and northbound in the evening.”

Madaleno hopes to build a campaign which works for all Marylanders. He went on to say that if elected governor, he would “be thoughtful in making sure that we have a state government that reflects the diversity of the state. In my appointments, such as cabinet officials to state boards, you will see a reflection of the state population.”

Some students in attendance seemed compelled by the Senator’s answers during his session. Henry Snurr, Class of ‘18 and state director of The Young Progressives Demanding Action, said via email “I certainly like him. Madaleno is very knowledgeable about matters [concerning] Maryland and he is willing to be a pragmatic [D]emocrat when he needs to be. He knows the issues and he has plenty of plans to move forward in a progressive and realistic way.”

When asked about gerrymandering — the practice of incumbent legislators drawing district lines to entrench their power — Madaleno responded suggesting that he would wait until Republicans agreed to give up some of their power strongholds before taking action. This answer did not satisfy the president of the College Democrats, Brandon Engle, who told The Point News via email that he was disappointed. Engle said, “While I admire Senator Madaleno’s progressive credentials on LGBTQ issues, college affordability, women’s issues, and more, it’s disheartening to see a lack of leadership on this critical issue in Maryland.”

When asked by The Point News “Why should a St. Mary’s student vote for you?” Madaleno said, “right now there is too much nostalgia for a past that really never existed, or if it did, only existed for a privileged few.  We need to figure out a path forward that is going to embrace what our community is going to look like in the future.” He hopes that by running for governor he can fulfill the obligation he has felt since childhood to leave “the world a better place than how [I] found it.”

Club Spotlight: SMCM Improv Group Take One!

Take One! Improv is a performance club at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) that focuses on improvisational skills, learning to be quick on your feet and taking a risk at making jokes that may or may not be funny in front of a crowd.

The Point News met with the president of Take One! Improv, Asher Jones, ‘18, to discuss how he felt the group has gone so far this semester. Jones was excited about what has come out of the group so far and eager to see where the year is going.

“I think we’re doing really well. I’m happy with shows that we [have] had. The first shows of the semester are always difficult, but I think we’ve been having a pretty good turn out … We have a couple new people to the club that are really talented, and [we are] excited for that.”

Jones sees Take One! Improv as not only a club to learn certain skills, but also a place where students can unwind. He wants others to feel welcome and to gain something from the group, whether it be a moment to relax or to gain a base level of improv performance skills.

When asked what he thought people benefited from in coming to Take One! Improv a few times or sticking with the group, he commented, “I think that even if you come a few times, it gives you a good lesson: that it’s not bad to fail.”

It is clear that the group is one of acceptance, teaching and helping to build others up, especially in the eyes of Briana Jahromi, ‘21. As a first-year going into improv, Jahromi said “Joining the group has given me a nice group of friends … It also helps my confidence, since I have people laughing at my jokes and telling me I’ve done a good [sic].”

Along with the several shows that are being planned out during the semester, including the Halloween show that took place on Oct. 28, Take One! Improv is putting their skills to the test in a regional tournament.  The group will head to D.C. for a collegiate regional tournament at the end of the semester.

While the competition may be tough, Jones has hope that the group will move on and be able to compete in the national competition in Chicago. The group is also planning to take another trip to D.C. later on in the year to watch the FIST competition of the professional improv teams that will be competing.

Take One! Improv is also open to helping other clubs and organizations on campus with basic improv skills for any events that they have coming up.

With the semester halfway over, the members of Take One! Improv who spoke to The Point News feel great about how things are going so far and want to continue to make their performances great for themselves and for the people who come to watch them.

Take One! Improv is always open for new people to join. It meets Sundays 6-8 p.m. and Wednesdays 8:30-10:30 pm in Aldom Lounge. Their performances are held in Cole Cinema.

NFL Players Late to the Game on Taking a Knee

In August of 2016, Colin Kaepernick sat for the first time during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racism. This movement grew from sitting to raising firsts to kneeling, and as other players joined Kaepernick’s protest, NFL fans started to draw lines in the sand either for or against his demonstration. Now, Kaepernick has been allegedly blackballed from the NFL and hundreds of players have decided to carry on his iconic movement — but it may be a little too late.

The NFL made it clear when the protests started that they have the wrong priorities in regard to public image. They don’t particularly care about the lives players lead off the job, but when a player brings forth an issue that makes its primarily white viewing audience uneasy, their goal is to appease the paying party. It’s not that the NFL is necessarily concerned with the image of its players or how it reflects on the league–numerous players have arrests for DUI’s, domestic violence, or assault. So long as the players continue to perform well on the field, the NFL has few qualms with maintaining an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality.

If it’s true that the league blackballed Colin Kaepernick from being signed this season, it is because he used his platform to bring attention to a social problem that not only tends to make the public uncomfortable but is notoriously polarizing. He brought a powerful opposition to police brutality and racism to primetime, which very few other players were willing to do. The risks are understandably daunting for a football player. They could incur criticism, death threats, and possibly lose their field time or job. The cause, however, is worth kneeling for. Kaepernick refused to stand for the symbol of a country that oppresses and marginalizes people of color, and individuals with an audience as vast as sports players have a responsibility to use it for advocacy.

In 2016, only 20 players were willing to take the risk and protest during the anthem. Since preseason of this year, hundreds of players have chosen to protest during the anthem in support of the movement and Kaepernick. The number of players protesting has finally grown enough that they cannot be ignored or simply cut out of the frame, but Kaepernick has already taken the backlash alone. Had hundreds of players taken a stand from the start, not only would the movement have been more powerful and efficient, but the NFL and its fans would have been more directly confronted with the issues the players brought to the field.

 

The Brilliance of Birth Control

It’s 2017, and still people do not have sufficient access to birth control, there is still a constant encroachment on reproductive freedom on behalf of the religious right, and still, people are framing arguments promoting access to birth control in a way that appeases conservatives. No, this is not the start of a dystopian novel about a world in which women are still not equal, instead this is America in 2017.

There is so much to be said about the religious right and their influence on politics, despite the clear tradition of separation of church and state, but one of the things I find most annoying is their ever-constant hypocrisy regarding these issues. The equation is so simple: if you provide easy, affordable access to people so that they can obtain and take effective forms of birth control, these people will not get pregnant, and therefore will not need abortions. The idea that you want to limit access, or not allow people to take birth control, but then also want to ban abortion altogether, is a logic of stupidity.

Again, the argument is brought back to the idea of freedom of choice. If you do not think your religion, and your god or goddess, would approve of you using contraception, or getting an abortion, then you simply do not. There is nothing wrong with this because choice should be left open to each individual person. I have a good number of pro-life friends, who personally would never be comfortable with getting an abortion, yet march next to me to defend access for other women. They have this novel understanding that what they choose for themselves, due to their faith or moral understanding, should never be forced upon another woman. We need more people like this.

After the Trump administration’s latest move, regarding what they are calling ‘religious freedom,’ employers now have a wider berth to deny women coverage through insurance for contraception, a move that many say could be used more broadly to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services also issued two rules that roll back a federal requirement stating that employers must include coverage for birth control in their insurance plans. This rollback gives more leniency and allowance to employers that object to the personal reproductive choices of their employees through their ability to claim sincerely held religious beliefs or moral objections. This blatant pandering to the religious right wing should have no place in our government because yet again, an employer should not be able to dictate their employees’ beliefs, or forcefully impose their views by making it virtually impossible for their employers to access contraception.

One of the things that bothers me the most about the argument for birth control is the actual framing of the argument. It is being posed as a major aspect of healthcare, and people are pointing to all of the benefits of birth control for women or people with uteruses: things like controlling acne, regulating periods, fixing painful periods, losing weight, helping with PCOS or Endometriosis, and a myriad of other things that birth control is wonderfully great at assisting with instead of simply stating, “People have sex. People enjoy having sex. Birth control is really useful when it comes to having lots of sex and not getting pregnant-therefore we would like access to birth control.”

Instead, the argument is framed around all the health benefits, which I am not for a second diminishing or questioning the importance of, but merely stating the fact that a lot of people just want to have healthy, great sex, often, and not have it result in a pregnancy. This is not a radical concept, and I do not see why people feel the need to alter the argument. Then again, when the current president is catering to the right-wing religious voters, I suppose this argument comes as no surprise.

I suppose what I am trying to get across is this: it is 2017, and instead of debating if women and others should even have access to birth control, by now we should have made access as easy as possible, and all the forms either cost-free or as cheap as can be. The fact is that people use different forms of birth control to have sex (yes, even that scary thing called pre-marital sex, or sex with multiple partners, or partners of the same gender!). This should not be a radical thing to state, but somehow it still is. The argument should be framed around people demanding and receiving access to birth control for whatever reason they deem useful to them, including but not limited to all of the reasons aforementioned. In order for women to be considered equal to men in society, they must be afforded total reproductive freedom, because without such a person is lacking in agency, and therefore cannot be equal to a gender that is allowed this freedom.

As many organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, The National LGBTQ Task Force, and The National Organization for Women, have suggested, birth control is not your boss’ business. I would take that one step further, and say it is no one’s business but your own, and that we must continue to fight for access for affordable, easy access for all people, taking special care to note the different ways in which certain communities are especially impacted by lack of access. Using contraception should not be a revolutionary idea, so we must stay loud, and continue to advocate for access to it in the streets, online, and through legislative means.

News-in-Brief: The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

On Oct. 13, after approximately 16 hours, the schooner Harvey Gamage crossed the finish line of the 2017 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Four members of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland community, two students and two alumni, were on board. The Harvey Gamage ranked 4th in Class AA, which includes boats that are the size of a traditional schooner.

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race started in 1988, according to the race website, continuing a tradition of competition between trade vessels and port cities. The Harvey Gamage was docked at the James P. Muldoon River Center after its voyage, where students from the International Language and Culture department spoke with the crew about their upcoming citizen diplomacy mission to Cuba, according to the Ocean Passages blog.

The class AA race route spanned from its starting point near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the finish at just before Norfolk, VA. Sophomore Sarah Jeffrey, who was aboard the ship for the race, said, “Sailing in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner race was an experience I’m really lucky to have had. It opened my eyes to how many different paths you can take in life, and not all of them have to be on a road.”

Jeffrey was joined by SMCM alumni Eric Ortiz, ‘17, Nathan Hesse, ‘11, and junior Grayson McNew.

St. Mary’s students and alumni aboard the Harvey Gamage. Photo courtesy of Sarah Jeffrey.

Hesse connected the Harvey Gamage to SMCM students. The Harvey Gamage is utilized by Ocean’s Passage LLC which, according to their website, was formed in 2015 “to offer world-class sailing education in Cuba’s marine environment.” According to Hesse’s Linkedin profile, he is the Director of Public and Cultural Affairs at Ocean Passages.

Further documentation of the Harvey Gamage and its journeys can be found at ocean-passages.org, and more information on the race and its history is available at gcbsr.org.

VOICES Reading: Jennifer Chang

On Oct. 26 at 8:15 p.m., St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) hosted the third installment of this semester’s VOICES reading series at Daugherty-Palmer Commons (DPC). The speaker was Jennifer Chang, the author of poetry books The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, the latter of which was published earlier this month by Alice James Books.

Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The New Yorker, A Public Space, and elsewhere, and as a scholar of poetics, ecocriticism, and modernism, she has published and presented work on the Harlem Renaissance, modernist pastoral, and Emily Dickinson’s global imagination.

Professor of English and VOICES coordinator Karen Anderson said in introducing Chang “Some Say the Lark is also a joyful book in its own quietly explosive way, a book about what I can only call love: for a friend, a parent, a partner, a mother and father, a material world that offers us its mixed miracles unsparingly.”

Chang read poems from both collections of her work, including “How to Live in an American Town”, “Dorothy Wordsworth”, and “The Winter’s Wife”, among others. The poet is interested in exploring emotions through the language of nature. She described her writing process as “entering into a space that is both weather and emotion”, a sentiment that is evident in her work.

Her work fared well with students in the audience. James Schmitt told The Point News that “I thought the reading was interesting due to the poetry’s mature themes. The poems about Wordsworth (“Dorothy Wordsworth”), Thomas Jefferson (“A Horse Named Never”), and fairy tales especially stood out.”

Another of her poems, “Obedience, or the Lying Tale”, drew inspiration from fairy tales. Chang recalled reading Grimm’s Tales with her son, describing the stories as “the place where you first learn about the cost of knowledge.” The poem explores the “dark truths” presented by the stories.

She finished the event with her poem “Sea Song,” joking that we should “pretend it’s called ‘River Song’.

Chang is a professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The next VOICES reading will be on Nov. 16, and will feature Joy Castro. The reading will be co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, and will be followed with a question and answer session led by Kortet Mensah, associate vice president of diversity and inclusion at the College.

Student promoter Keith Packard urges students who are interested in gaining a deeper context for the VOICES speakers to reach out to Anderson prior to the event. Seats at the speaker’s dinner may be available for those who express interest.

All VOICES readings are hosted in DPC and are free and open to the public. To view the schedule for this semesters readings, visit http://www.smcm.edu/events/voices-reading-series/schedule/.

Women’s March Organizer Linda Sarsour to Speak on Campus

On Nov. 8, 2017, Linda Sarsour will be inducted into the Order of Margaret Brent and present a speech as this year’s honoree. The event will take place at 4:45 p.m. in St. Mary’s Hall.

The Margaret Brent Lecture Series was established at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) in 1981 to honor “distinguished public service” among women according to the College website. Previous speakers and inductees into the Order include Shirley Chisholm, Rosa Parks, Betty Friedan, Barbara Mikulski, Toni Morrison, Eleanor Smeal, Elsa Walsh and Angela Davis, among many others.

Sarsour, a Palestinian-American civil rights and racial justice activist from Brooklyn, has received numerous awards, including the Champion of Change award from the Obama administration’s White House, and was the recipient of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) USA’s Women of Distinction Award for Advocacy and Civic Engagement.

Though many know her as one of the co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington, she was also a co-founder of Muslims for Ferguson and was the senior strategist for the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE.

In her home state of New York, she led a movement that led to the recognition of Islamic holidays in public schools, allowing Muslim students to observe these holidays without fear of missing classes or exams.

Sarsour was also the executive director of the Brooklyn-based Arab American Association of New York. She served in this position for 11 years, and only recently left, stating, “We are [at a] a critical moment as a country and I feel compelled to focus my energy on the national level and building the capacity of the progressive movement, so it is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be leaving my post as the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.”

Betül Başaran, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies steering committee member, noted Linda Sarsour’s commitment to resisting all forms of oppression and humanizing those silenced by institutional and systemic discrimination. She said, “It would certainly be a mistake to characterize Sarsour as an activist for Muslims alone. One recent op-ed described her as ‘The Muslim woman who fights for all Americans’.”

Sarsour’s work and activism are particularly relevant to the initiatives of the SMCM Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (IDEs) and the theme for the 2017-18 academic year: “Unmasking Oppression: Bring Back Humanity to the Conversation.”

Sarsour’s speech will be on the topic of social organization. It is titled, “Let’s Not Repeat History: Organizing in the Era of Trump.” The event is free; look for email correspondence for more information.

Brown Bag Lunchtime Artist Talk: Tamra Seal

Tuesday, September 12 saw the first Brown Bag Lunchtime Artist Talk of the semester. The Lunchtime talks give the St. Mary’s community a chance to have more face-to-face interactions with visiting artists and professors (as well as a chance to eat some St. James’ pizza). Students and faculty gathered in the Glendening Annex to hear a talk by this year’s artist-in-residence, Tamra Seal.

Professor of Art Sue Johnson and Assistant Professor of Photography Tristan Cai introduced Seal’s talk. The Boston-native and Californian artist received her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as a B.S. in Art Education from Tufts University. Professor Cai noted that he and Seal were close friends outside of St. Mary’s, and that Seal was coming off of a number of California exhibits. Cai added that just as Seal’s personality fills any room she enters, “her work,” –literally—“lights up the room.”

Seal began her presentation with a slideshow of photos of the Californian landscape, what she called its “hyperreal flora and fauna.” She noted that although she grew up in Massachusetts, it was the West Coast, with its juxtaposition of man-made luxury and overwhelming natural world which influenced her sculptural and multimedia work the most.

Sea anemones, vivid flowering trees, fairytale-like mushrooms that Seal paused to mention were actually poisonous and hallucinogenic, all flipped by on the screen. Seal described her interest in the weird and wild side of Californian nature as “drawing images that should be from science fiction but aren’t.” She added that, since she is new to the area, students should be sure to point out any too-unreal-to-be-real wildlife that she should check out in the region. “I’ve already seen those lizards with the bright blue tails,” she added, speaking of the blue-tailed skinks you can see climbing around St. Mary’s brick buildings.

The second half of Seal’s presentation was what showcased her own work. Blinds had to be lowered in the bright Glendening Annex to convey the way in which Seal had translated those hyperreal Californian landscapes into vivid, technicolor, often neon sculptures. She said that in real life, she wanted her neon works to be almost hard to look at, so bright that they create after-images in the viewer’s eye.

She showed more pieces that played more with that juxtaposition of manmade and natural—not morally labeling one aesthetic better than the other, but rejoicing in how the two overlap. “You have to be really excited by your own work,” Seal said. Much of her work, she said, dealt with the iconic, the cinematic, using eye-catching objects that had often been immortalized by film.

Seal flipped through different projects: rows and rows of old-fashioned soap dispensers in the style of 1960s public swimming pools, the soap dyed bright fluorescent colors drawn from those old color palettes. Her “Color Wheel” series, which plays with the traditional representation of color theory—one being a color wheel hanging over a mountain of marble, using its edges and smooth surface as both a center for the piece and a projection surface for light and color.

She described her latest piece, which was still sitting in her garage—a suspended, 10-foot-wide color wheel made of glass and acrylic, that turned out to be too big to enter the gallery she had designed it for. “If anyone has any idea of what to do with that let me know,” she added dryly.

As for advice for the young artists attending her talk, Seal advised that they take the time to let their form and interest in the arts develop. Seal started out as a painter before people pointed out that all of her paintings were seeping out into the 3D.

She recommends going to grad school later in life. “I had to work and make money for a lot of years before I could get back into my art,” she said, which she described as in the end a benefit to her work.

During the Q&A session immediately after her talk, junior Sarah Schaeffer raised her hand and told Seal about the rectangle-shaped, somewhat transparent, bioluminescent jellyfish you could sometimes find in the river. Tamra Seal’s eyes widened and her stance shifted like she was about to bolt from the room — “I gotta go, you guys,” she said, drawing laughter as she made as if to run to the waterfront right that instant.

“Are you gonna work with that yourself, in your own art?” she asked Schaeffer.

“Oh, no, I’m just a biology student,” she replied, which drew laughter again.

The Brown Bag Artist Talks give members of the St. Mary’s community, no matter their discipline or purpose for attending the lecture, a chance to find common interest in the arts. The next two Brown Bag Lunchtime Talks will take place on Monday, September 25, with new SMCM Art Professor Jessye McDowell, and another on Monday, October 24, with photographer and printmaker Alyssa C. Salomon.


Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Seal had a solo show in Manhattan, NY. Seal told The Point News that this was not accurate.

Seahawk Soccer in Full Swing

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (St. Mary’s) had very successful campaigns in 2016. The men’s squad finished last year with a 12-4-2 record, while going 6-2-1 in conference. Unfortunately, the Seahawks saw their season end early with a first round lost to York College of Pennsylvania in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament. York scored the only goal of the match with just under three minutes left in the game. The women’s team went 10-6-2 in 2016 as they posted a 6-2-1 record in conference as well. After defeating Salisbury in the first round of the CAC tournament, the Seahawks took on number two seed Frostburg State. In one of the best games of the year, St. Mary’s forced Frostburg into two overtimes and eventually penalty kicks. Frostburg ended up victorious, sending them to the championship game, according to smcmathletics.com. So while both teams have had track records of success, they are striving to take their game to the next level this year.

With CAC in conference play starting up on the weekend of Sept. 21, both St. Mary’s soccer teams are gearing up for some intense matches. So far in the out-of-conference matchups, the men’s team has gone 4-4. This has been a result of of three key home victories already in this young season. These wins came against Washington College on Sept. 5 (1-0) and Swarthmore College on Sept. 17 (3-0). The Seahawks also added a home victory in their own Seahawk classic as they took down Bridgewater College 2-1 on Sept. 8. So far on the year, junior Juwan Kearson lead the team in goals with three so far (as of Sept. 24). Senior Sunny Chhatani, junior Aaron Tannenbaum, and first year Tyler Kurack are tied for the team lead in assists with two each as well, according to smcmathletics.com.

The Seahawks men’s team opened up conference play on Sept. 23 as they took on Penn State Harrisburg. St. Mary’s and Penn State Harrisburg were locked in an intense battle as the second half was winding down. Kearson broke the scoreless tie in the 65th minute to put the Seahawks up 1-0. This ended up being all the offense the Seahawks needed to complete their fourth shutout of the season. It was also the 16th career solo shutout for senior keeper Zach Haussler. This ties the program record originally set in 2008, according to smcmathletics.com.

The St. Mary’s women’s soccer also opened up their conference play against Penn State Harrisburg on Sept. 23. However instead of a closely contested match, the Seahawks had an offensive outburst. Senior defender Lane Brooks and first year forward Emmey German each scored twice to propel St. Mary’s to a 4-0 victory. This was the Seahawks first win on the year.

Prior to this first conference match, the St. Mary’s women’s soccer team has had an extremely competitive season thus far. In fact, after tying their first two matches of the year against Randolph-Macon College (Sept. 1) and Averett University (Sept. 3), every single game has been within one goal. Defense has been the key for the Seahawks this year, as they have only allowed nine goals through seven games. Three of those goals even came in the same game against number-14 ranked Lynchburg College on Sept. 19. While the Seahawks will certainly miss two-time CAC player of the year Gillian Sawyer, who graduated in the spring, they have have certainly held their own. German leads the team in points with six, while keepers Sydney Larkin, senior, and Katie Flores, junior, are anchoring the team on defense (as of Sept. 24), according to smcmathletics.com.

Earlier this month, St. Mary’s men’s soccer head coach, Alun Oliver, notched his 50th career victory while at the helm of the Seahawks. He is now the second all time winningest coach for the men’s program. Coach Oliver is now in his seventh season at the helm for St. Mary’s. Coach Peter Krech is now in his fourth season season as the head man for the women’s team.