Second Annual 'Du the Point' Duathlon

On Saturday, May 3, the Bike Shop, in conjunction with the Cross Country Team, will hold their second annual “Du the Point” event. This event will span a 5k run around Historic St. Mary’s City, which will then be followed by a 40k bike ride to the Point Lookout light house, then back to campus.

This event was primarily planned by the Bike Shop; they will oversee the biking portion of the event. The Cross Country Team will head the running portion of the event. Students are encouraged to go but non-students are allowed to attend as well. The Bike Shop manager, Michael Woollen explained, “We would really like for this to become a primarily student attended event but we do allow non-students to participate.”

With this being the second year that the event is running, the expected number of attendees will range from 50 to 100 people. This event will also allow those who wish to attend to partake in as many functions of the event as they would want. “Students can Run, Relay, or do the entire event,” stated Woollen.

This event will cost attendees five to 20 dollars, with all the proceeds going towards St. Mary’s Christmas in April. If interested in the event, make sure the look for the Facebook group or go to BikeReg.com and search for “Du the Point.”

Student Government Requests Student Bill of Rights for Next Year

On Tuesday, April 1, the St. Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) requested the Student’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to be circulated throughout the campus community. This effort was coordinated through Class of 2016 President and Senate Leader Andrew Wilhelm, who is the sponsor of this legislation. This Bill of Rights is intended to give students the ability to easily and cohesively access their rights and responsibilities as students on campus.

President Wilhelm argued that the dispersal of students rights, responsibilities, and expectations being dispersed among various college documents has led to the confusion for many students. “Last year a friend of mine, who was an RA, and I were talking and he told me a story of how someone he found drinking tried to get him to take a sip of the beer he was drinking. Apparently the person he found was under the impression that it was school policy that if the RA takes a sip of your drink you can’t be written up. This was funny, but it got me thinking about how many students might have this kind of misinformation,” stated Wilhelm.

This led to need for a comprehensive, single document which would provide students with easy access to their rights and responsibilities on campus. Wilhelm elaborated, “This event led me to trying to read about all of the rights I have as a student, and I realized these rights were scattered over several different documents. I was in the SGA Senate at the time so I thought, ‘Hey we should do something about this.’“
Wilhelm believes the goal of this bill is “to help provide a ‘cheat sheet’ for the rights and responsibilities students can expect to have on campus. Also to encourage people to read the policies published in the student handbook as well as to cut down on the misinformation that might be out there.”

Conduct Board Chair and Student Trustee Michael Killius believes that this bill may improve relations on campus. “In my experience, a lot of unnecessary friction between students and PS [Public Safety] or Res Life [the Office of Residence Life] comes from encounters that just get out of hand or are unnecessarily adversarial. I hope this bill soothes out the process of navigating an incident at the time it’s happening because everyone knows what to expect from each other,” explained Killius.

This bill began its life a little over a year ago, as it was first proposed as a resolution to the 2012-2013 Student Government. It called for the Policy Review Committee to compose a document that would pick the most important rights and responsibilities from several published college documents. The work had begun but was cut short when the school year ended.

The bill is composed of various on campus documents such as To The Point, the Clery Act, The Office of Residence Life Student Manual, The Department of Public Safety, and the Student Conduct Board Manual. Besides outlining the rights and responsibilities of a student, it also gives the expectations of the Office of Public Safety, Student Conduct Board Members, Resident Assistants, and Residence Hall Coordinators. Wilhelm also states, when asked about assistance given, “I worked with Michael Killius, the Public Safety Advisory Committee, Dean Goldwater, and both the current and former director of public safety, all of whom were very interested in making the project a reality. Input was also given by the Student Conduct office and the Dean Advisory Council.”

Interim President Ian Newbould and Dean of Students Roberto Ifill gave support to this bill; “Both Dean Ifill and President Newbold formally recognized that the bill was not creating new policy, but rather compiling what already existed and both endorsed the project as a good way to spread information,” explained Wilhelm.

For its future success, Killius commented on the bill saying, “I think the real work of any policy is to help the community be healthy and happy, so if this Bill of Rights keeps us all on the same page […], then it will be a tremendous success.”

To be able to get your own copy of the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, the Student Government Association has allocated $250 for the printing and distribution to the student body. It will be available next year during check in through the Office of Residence Life and orientation thorough the Student Affairs Office.

Club Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity

On Monday, March 17, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Habitat for Humanity club will embark on their yearly spring break service trip. The club will go to Greenfield, Georgia with a total of seven students and two advisors, Lisa Cote and Dan Schell. This is the seventh year that Habitat for Humanity has done this service trip to Georgia. Junior Leah Berry, the Outreach Coordinator, stated that the purpose of this trip will be, “building a house from the ground up.” The work schedule will be rigorous with the students working from 8a.m. to 5p.m. every day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day.

The club will be hosted by a local farmer who has converted two silos into hostel-like housing. The club will be provided food by the community, “three meals a day, at local churches, homes, and organizations.” This trip also provides the club members with an unforgettable experience of helping others who are less fortunate than they are.

“I cannot express enough how amazing it is to give to the community, and in return they teach so much about life and what it means to give back,” stated Berry.

The club also holds bi-monthly trips to Patuxent Habitat Restore. If interested in these activities, make sure to attend a meeting. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 8p.m. in Goodpaster 198.

Sean Tallarico Resigns

On Feb. 24, Sean Tallarico resigned from his position as Director of Public Safety. Sean Tallarico came on as Director of Public Safety in Feb. of 2013, serving the St. Mary’s College of Maryland community for two semesters. His tenure here was marked with controversial rumors surrounding campus safety and debate about a lack of timely warnings.

Tallarico came to us from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania where he was Director of Parking-Transportation; Security Services. While there, he created and updated a new parking program for the University. Prior to working at East Stroudsburg he was the Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety at Moravian College for 25 years. There he created the college’s police department and was its Chief Law Enforcement Officer. Additionally, Tallarico is a member of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.

In the meantime, Ed Adams will be stepping in as interim Public Safety Director. He was the Director of Public Safety for the college from 1997 to 2004. Adams will assume the role on March 3. The college will soon begin the search for the new, permanent Director of Public Safety. We wish Sean Tallarico the best of luck in his future endeavors and welcome Adams.

Baseball Season Off to a Smooth Start

The SMCM baseball team started their season off right with a win over Christopher Newport University. The final score was 4-3 with this being their first win in conference games. The team was led by captains Sam Beatty, Alex Lenovitz, Luke Green, and Sam Coe. Along with the captains, the team consists of eight first-years, six sophomores, nine juniors, and seven seniors. This first win against Christopher Newport University brings hope for this season that the team will continue to bring home wins for St. Mary’s as the team will be looking forward to rectifying last season’s record of 14-24.

The recent trend of winter weather has thrown a wrench into the scheduled season for the baseball team.  Head Coach Lew Jenkins announced that the home-opening series against Gwynedd Mercy University which would have taken place over the weekend of February 15and 16 has been cancelled. While this cancels the team’s first three-game series, their next three-game series will be against Mount St. Mary’s on February 22. The team’s next conference game will be on March 7 against York College of Pennsylvania. The game against York will be important to the team in that they won one out of three games played against them last season, but if the first game is any indication, this will be a great season. Before their next conference game, the team will face Randolph-Macon College on February 27, McDaniel College for a two-game series on March 1, and Gettysburg College on March 2.

For those who are interested in attending any future games, visit the homepage for St. Mary’s College of Maryland athletics to be up to date on times and events for future games. Also be sure to look out for emails about future games and go out to support our team!

St. Mary's Speaks: Gender Inequality

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, students interested and concerned about issues concerning gender inequality came out to “St. Mary’s Speaks: Gender and Gender Inequality,” held in Cole Cinema. This is a continuation of St. Mary’s Speaks, the program  run through the Student Government Association (SGA) Programs Board, which gives students the opportunity to speak about issues on campus. This particular lecture was given in conjunction with Feminists United for Sexual Equality (FUSE). The purpose of this program was to teach about and combat issues that women face within the workplace and in our society.

There were multiple speakers for this event, all of whom were members of FUSE. This included first-year Hannah Trimble, junior Hannah Felperin, Treasurer and sophomore Maria Duke, and President of FUSE, junior Emma Kaufman. While the topics covered were typically very serious, the environment during the presentation was one of learning. Kaufman remarked, “I consider myself to be a very avid feminist, yet I harbor many preconceived notions that must be examined. The truth is, we should never stop learning. Events like St. Mary’s Speaks ensures that important knowledge is spread outside of the classroom, and I was honored to be a part of that.” There were jokes made during the presentation to bring about a lighthearted nature and make everyone feel comfortable.

The program even included a portion at the end of the scheduled material for all in attendance to speak their minds on questions posed about the words “feminism” and “intersexuality.” These questions produced lots of comments from the audience which created a discussion that added to the event.

The ideas spoken about covered a vast range of topics from what gender is to problems that women face within the work environment. This lecture worked to show the differences in treatment that women must face that men do not. Within the workforce, women have lower confidence, are subject to double standards, are much more likely to be sexually harassed, and do not get the same amount of raises that men do. Kaufman commented that she “personally learned a great deal last night, including intriguing details on squirting, the hymen, and intersex individuals.” Consent within a sexual situation was also discussed to help teach all those who were and were not familiar with the concept to gain more knowledge and understand it to a better extent.

Emma Kaufman commented on the talk saying that the type of conversations held “inspire much needed dialogue on this campus – conversations that explore harmful stereotypes regarding gender and question what we all take for granted about sexuality.”

The conversation about these issues will not stop here, as Kaufman stated, “FUSE plans to partner with the WGSX [Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies] program on campus to hold a college-wide forum on the prevention of sexual assault at St. Mary’s. I want to invite students, professors, and Health Center counselors to participate in a conversation that will hopefully make this school a safer space for everyone.” In the meantime, to participate more in the discussion of gender and sexuality attend a FUSE meeting. Meetings are held on Mondays 9p.m. in the basement of Queen Anne Hall.

Burlesque: "Booty is in the Eye" of the Audience

On November 22-24 the SMCM Burlesque Club held their bi-annual burlesque show “Booty is in the Eye of the Beholder”. This show took place in Bruce Davis Theater with a very supportive audience to cheer on the performers. All performers used stage names instead of real names in order to make the show more about the acts than the personalities involved. Some audience members knew the names of their friends who performed and would wait anxiously to watch their friend perform.

Burlesque is a type of theatrical performance where female or male performers act out a short story while simultaneously stripping themselves of clothing. The stories performed had a mix of themes from defying racial and gender stereotypes to animals fighting over a watering hole. While the themes are not necessarily sexual in nature, the point of the show is to become comfortable in one’s own body and convey a story. Burlesque also differs from traditional theatrical shows in that there are stage kittens instead of stage hands who would set up the performance or clean up after one. This would include setting up a fog machine to cleaning up the multitude of clothing that covers the floor after many performances. Many of the stage kittens were also dressed in provocative clothing such as corsets and fishnet stockings to match the clothing worn by the performers.

The show opened with two MCs, Gawyn Commando and Juciy J. Cart, who would introduce the performers and create witty banter between the acts to tie together the show. The hosts competed against each other in challenges to see who would be the best host of the night. These competitions included challenges such as who could pull off their own sock in the smoothest motion. Gawyn Commando even performed a recitation of “Jabberywocky” to try and prove that he was the best host. This competition livened the time between the acts and gave the audience a way to interact with the performance in a way more substantial than cat calling and cheering.

The acts within the show varied greatly to cover a vast range of themes. The performance by Miss Miri Minx and Wanton Willow told the story of death coming to visit her victim to the performance. Another performace, by Bella Pepper, told the story of breaking out of traditional gender roles for women to become more independent. The acts were either performed solo, had two to three performers, or had help from the stage kittens during the performance. All of the performances were accompanied by music and some of the performances were choreographed to the beat of the song. The music ranged from “Time of the Season” by the Zombies to “Confessions” by Tim Minchin. Sadly there were no male performances, although there was a male stage kitten this year but many are hoping for more male roles in the spring semester performance.

Most of the acts had various and unique ways to draw attention and differentiate themselves from the other acts. The act by Baron Samedi, Sinister Spider, and Tigress featured a pole in which the performers would contort their bodies on the pole and dance around it. Sinister Spider also began the performance on the pole, only holding on to the pole with either an arm or a leg. The performance by Miss Miri Minx and Wanton Willow incorporated the use of a fog machine to set the mood of the act. Along with props to make the performances unique, the themes of many acts performed were unique. La Dame d’Artois performed as a mime stuck in a box and mimed the removal of each article of clothing before actually doing so.

The burlesque show “Booty is in the Eye of the Beholder” was an entertaining event that combined dancing, storytelling, and stripping. The next burlesque performance will occur in the Spring 2014 semester and is expected continue the tradition of quality entertainment.

Vegetarian Options at the Great Room are Lacking

When many St. Mary’s students think of vegetarianism, memories flood back to the absolutely authoritarian regime that was Meatless Mondays. The violation of many students’ rights as corn fed, beef-eating, cholesterol-inducing Americans to eat as much meat as is provided to them was a mass travesty by those who want to see the American Dream die. This type of sentiment, as overly exaggerated as it is here, has put a hamper on the various programs that might have promoted meat-free options within the Great Room, even though there are vegetarians on campus who did not and would not support measures like Meatless Mondays.

As a result of this, there are still limited options for those who do not eat meat. It would be dishonest not to acknowledge the existence of the salad bar, vegetarian section, and the infrequent times where the international section is vegetarian friendly. This does not equate, however, to a multitude of options for vegetarians. While there is food for vegetarians to eat every day, that does not mean that many want to eat the same “Crispy Tofu” dish for the third time this week.

There has been a distinct lack of variety in the options that I, and many other vegetarians, have to eat on campus. For example, during the lunch cycle of the Great Room’s new schedule, the sushi bar has, seemingly, been reoccurring the most out of any other dish. While there are various options for the meat-eaters, such as the “Baltimore Roll” or the “Smoked Salmon Roll”, there has consistently been the same roll for vegetarians every time the sushi bar is used. Many dishes for the vegetarian line reoccur such as the “Crispy Tofu” or the meat-less chorizo with peppers. While I find these dishes to be good in their own right, having them three times a week does not make them any better.

The repetition of many of the vegetarian options in the Great Room leads to vegetarians, such as myself, to feel as though “vegetarian” means steamed vegetables or rice to many of those who decide what is to be cooked. While beans are very nutritious, they have made an appearance twelve times throughout the Great Room, especially in the vegetarian section, on the days of November 11 through the 15. In the same week, potatoes were served nine times and vegetarian rice dishes were served thirteen times. Many other dishes served in the vegetarian section are some combination of vegetables either steamed with no type of seasoning or stewed together.

This lack of variety has made some vegetarians, such as myself, go to different sources for food on campus. In the Pub there are seven vegetarian options and only one vegan option. These options include a salad and a hummus platter, which are available the Great Room. At the Grab-and-Go there are two “main” options for the vegetarians which are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or the hummus sandwich.

There are various ways to incorporate meatless options. During Meatless Mondays one fact was clear, there was a variety in the choices for those who went to Great Room. This demonstration of meatless variety last year would lead one to assume that it would be possible for those who decided the menu for the Great Room to put some, if not all, of the dishes used then into the rotation for the vegetarian section. Another option to increase the amount of vegetarian friendly options would be to switch out the pizza section for a pasta bar, like the one that usually appears around once a week. There are many vegetarian options that could come from having the pasta bar as a constant presence in the Great Room. This change also would allow those who eat meat to enjoy the pasta bar more often. In my experience, the pasta bar has been a popular option for almost every person in the Great Room, much more than the pizza bar.

As for the Grab-and-Go, the menu already had vegetarian options such as a mozzarella and tomato sandwich on their menu at the beginning of the year. To implement these options would greatly increase the variety there. The Pub has made more progress on this front in that they have added new vegetarian options recently to the menu: “Tacos Non Carne” and the “Spicy Black Bean Burger.” I would encourage the Pub to keep increasing the amount of meat free options on their menu.

Many of us would acknowledge that Bon Appetit is fully capable of providing more vegetarian options in the Great Room and elsewhere, I just feel like Bon Appetit is not living up to what it is capable of.

Fall Sports Wrap Up

On Oct. 19, the Men’s Cross Country ended their season by placing second out of 9 at the Hood Invitational. Throughout the season the Men’s Cross Country team placed second of 7 at the Washington Lee Invitational and third of 12 at the Coach Achtzehn Classic. At the Paul Short Invitational the team placed 13 of 42. Head coach Tom Fisher commented on this event stating, “The men’s team ran an outstanding race at the Paul Short Invitational despite the unseasonably warm conditions.  The Seahawks were led by our top 3 runners: Ian Morgan, David Kersey and Tim Carey.  Matt Flyr and Aidan Hennessey rounded out the top 5 for the Seahawks.” The team looks forward to competing in the CAC Championships.

The Women’s Cross Country Team finished their groundbreaking season by placing first of 12 at Hood Invitational, winning the programs first team title. Along with this accomplishment, the team placed second of 6 at Washington & Lee Invitational. Runner Keighly Bradbrook was named the CAC Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 9, 2013 for her fourth place finish at this race. Sadly the team was not able to compete at the Paul Short Invitational because of heat and overwhelmed medical staff. The team looks forward to competing at the CAC Championships.

Seahawks Sailing team finished second of 8 at MAISA Match Race Championships, sixteenth of 18 at both the Sherman Hoyt Trophy and Stu Nelson regattas on Oct. 26 to continue a successful fall season. The team began their season on Sept. 14 by placing first and second of 18 at the Riley Cup. Commenting on future preparation, head coach Adam Werblow states, “As sailing competes both fall and spring seasons, everything we do this fall we hope will help prepare us for the spring. Mostly, we spend the fall working on our fundamental ability to have the boats respond to our every command.” The team still has more regattas to compete in until Nov. 24 at The University of South Florida along with the women’s team having already qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championships which will take place on Nov. 16-17.

The Men’s Soccer Team ended their season with a three to zero loss to Christopher Newport University. The team had a tough time keeping players consistently playing with two players receiving season ending knee injuries and another two receiving concussions which sat them out for the season. Commenting on the season overall, head coach Oliver Alun said, “We were able to build on last year with regards to results and win percentage (both increased) which was one of our goals during preseason.” Alun also noted, “This experience will be invaluable going forward and will only help us improve as a program.” The team performed well against Salisbury University which is ranked tenth in the nation even though losing two to zero. Alun commented, “Our game against Salisbury allowed us to showcase how much heart and determination we had as a team.”

Women’s Soccer closed their season with a double overtime win over Christopher Newport University. The season was highly successful with the team winning 6 of their 8 conference games. To add to the impressive nature of this season, four all conference players had not been able to play for the majority of the season. The season was also a tough one, head coach Richard Moller explains, “We played 2 top 5 teams in the country, one top 20 team in the country, and several regional ranked teams.” Along with the strong skill of their opponents, the Women’s Soccer Team also played seven overtime games which Moller remarks as possibly “an NCAA record”. Commenting on the season as a whole, Moller states, “This conference record marks the best since 2008 and also ties the most conference wins in a single season in programs history”.  On Sunday, November 3 the third ranked lady Hawks took on sixth ranked University of Mary Washington in first round playoff action. Sadly, the Seahawks fell 1-0 in an intensely close game that came down to the final minutes. The team has not let their playoff loss take away from their spectacular season.

Field Hockey ended their season with a four to three win over York College of Pennsylvania. The team won three of six conference games and seven of nine non-conference games earlier in the season. During this season head coach Katie Lange obtained her fiftieth career win against Wesley College on Oct. 26. Unfortunately, on Sunday, Nov. 3 the team fell in overtime 2-1 to Wesley, ending the Seahawks’ playoff run.

Women’s Volleyball finished their season with a three to zero sweep of Wesley on Oct. 26. This marked the end of a tough season for the team. The team won 3 of 8 conference games while performing extremely well pre-conference by winning every match played at the Hollins Green Invitational and the 20th Annual Lycoming Warrior Tip-Off Classic. The team now faces the CAC First Round on Nov. 5.

Why Men Should Join F.U.S.E.

F.U.S.E.: Feminists United for Sexual Equality. Even the name deters women from joining because of pre-conceived notions of what feminists are. Sadly, this applies doubly to men. This disturbing trend of lack of male involvement in the feminist movement not only potentially hinders the movement, but it also feeds into the stereotypes of feminists as man-hating, bra-burning, butch women. Although there is nothing wrong with bra burning or being “butch,” this stereotype obviously does not apply to all feminists. The discrimination that women face, which can manifest in the workplace and social constrictions, is one of the most important civil rights issues that we face today and roughly half of the population is not involved.

The question of why cis-gendered (biological) men are not involved with groups such as F.U.S.E. or similar organizations usually stems from various reasons. The attitudes that are currently present towards the feminist movement are incredibly negative due to assumptions about feminists and in-set cultural attitudes which bias feelings on feminists and feminism. I am sure that most of us would agree that we are in favor of equal rights and equal pay for all sexes and genders. I am sure that most of us would agree that it is wrong for women to be passed up for jobs just because they are women. Then why is it that this advocacy falls by the wayside when an actual opportunity for men to join with women to fight for these issues arises?

It seems that many men do not want to join the movement because of how men perceive the more radical and vocal feminists. Many see these feminists online or in person to be angry, cranky, lacking in humor, and generally spiteful. If we judged every group by their most radical members (for example, the Westboro Baptist Church is not a valid representation of all Christians), I don’t think we would find much good in any group, but we do. And this does not mean that feminists do not have a right to be angry about multitudes of issues.

When a woman has multiple partners, society makes her feel less of herself for enjoying her sexuality and participating in something that she should be able to do. Why is it that society feels the need to slut-shame women when we believe that everyone has the freedom to do what they please? When women make 77 cents to every man’s dollar, according to a 2011 report by the Institute For Women’s Policy Research, feminists take issue with that and rightfully so. When there are only 12 current female heads of state worldwide and when only 22 of the Fortune 500 CEOs are female, it is easy to see that there is a glass ceiling for women in the workplace that makes it incredibly difficult to break through and rise the ranks of their given profession. When a woman’s right to choose and her agency over her own body in the United States is constantly and currently under attack in state legislatures and courtrooms, there is clearly mass discontent with women’s rights in America.

These are just some of the issues with which men need to get involved. Men need to stand with women, for women, so that together we can solve the problems that affect roughly half of the population of our country and our world. This is not just a civil rights or even a reproductive rights issue: this is a human rights issue which needs to be taken on by both men and women.

So let’s go back to F.U.S.E. Why is there little to no male presence in F.U.S.E.? Is it seen as un-masculine? Is it that many cis-gendered men would feel uncomfortable having to face the constant discrimination women face? Whatever the reason is, there is a distinct need for male involvement in the feminist movement (even though women are perfectly willing and capable of fighting their own battles) because the male population can make positive contributions to the movement as a whole.

While there are many assumptions as to what a feminist group entails, a majority of the population has a lot to learn about what feminism actually is. Going to meetings of groups like F.U.S.E. would give many men a perspective of what feminists do and what they find to be important issues that affect them. Because, guys, there is nothing more manly than fighting for equal rights. So, guys, give F.U.S.E. a try. Meetings are on Mondays at 9 p.m. in the Queen Anne Common Room. Bring your friends and an open mind!