Famed Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein to Deliver Bradlee Lecture, April 28

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein will deliver the Benjamin Bradlee Distinguished Lecture in Journalism at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on April 28. The lecture will be held in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena, starting at 7 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

Carl Bernstein shared a Pulitzer Prize with Bob Woodward for his coverage of the Watergate scandal from 1972 to 1976 for The Washington Post. In the four decades since, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years — the use and abuse of power: political power, media power, financial power, and spiritual power. His most recent book is the best-selling biography, “A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.” He is the author, with Woodward, of “All the President’s Men” and “The Final Days,” and, with Marco Politi, of “His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time.” He also wrote “Loyalties:  A Son’s Memoir” about his family’s experience in the McCarthy Era.

Bernstein is an on-air contributor for CNN and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine. He is currently at work on a dramatic TV series about the United States Congress and on a feature film with director Steven Soderbergh.

The Bradlee Lecture features individuals who have made great contributions to journalism with a focus on democracy. The lecture is endowed by the late Benjamin Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991, who oversaw the publication of stories documenting the Watergate scandal. Bradlee served on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013.

The annual event has brought eminent journalists to the St. Mary’s College campus, including Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Tony Kornheiser, and Ben Bradlee himself. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, a joint initiative of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City.

Aasif Mandvi By Arminata Plater

Actor, author, and humorist Aasif Mandvi will deliver the 9th Annual Twain Lecture on American Humor and Culture on Friday, April twenty fourth, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The lecture, entitled “An Evening with Aasif Mandvi,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center and will feature a reading and storytelling from Mandvi followed by a discussion with St. Mary’s College President Tuajuanda Jordan, and Professors Betul Basaran, and Ben Click. The discussion will be followed by an audience question and answer period and book signing. The event is free and open to the public. Aasif Mandvi is widely acclaimed for both his acting and writing. He is perhaps best known for his correspondent work on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” His film and television credits also include “Million Dollar Arm,” Merchant Ivory’s “The Mystic Masseur,” “The Seige,” “Analyze This,” “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” “CSI,” and “Madam Secretary,” and he is a recipient of an OBIE award for his one-man show “Sakina’s Restaurant.” In November 2014, Mandvi published a collection of humorous personal essays entitled “No Land’s Man.” This summer, he will co-star opposite Jack Black in the new HBO series “The Brink.”
The Twain Lecture Series began in 2007 at St. Mary’s College, with a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Powers, author of “Mark Twain: A Life.” Since Powers’s inaugural lecture, the Series has held an annual spring lecture, featuring humorists such as Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore in 2011, Thurber Prize-winning author David Rakoff in 2012, Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman in 2013, and New York Times best-selling author Sarah Vowell in 2014.
In addition to the annual lecture, the Series also offers smaller, specialized events. In fall of 2012, the Twain Lecture hosted the first “Laughing to the Polls” event, featuring comedian Jimmy Tingle, and the first “Music & Truth” performance, featuring musicians John Reynolds and Gary Kirkland. Both “Laughing to the Polls” and “Music & Truth” will be recurring features of the Twain Lecture Series.
“An Evening with Aasif Mandvi” is sponsored by the Twain Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture, St. Mary’s College’s SGA/Programs Board, Arts Alliance, English Dept., Center for the Study of Democracy, as well as the college’s Writing & Speaking Center, and Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. For more information about the event, contact Ben Click at:
baclick@smcm.edu or 240-895-4253.

Whistleblower Policy Gains Attention

“Our office became increasingly aware of a lack of awareness;” said Director of Human Resources Catherine Pratson about the college’s whistleblower policies.

In 2003, the State of Maryland passed the whistleblower protection act. This legislation, according to the state’s official informational brochure, protects state employees’ ability to reveal information “that the employee reasonably believes evidences an abuse of authority, gross mismanagement, or gross waste of money; a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or a violation of law.” The idea behind the law is that people could be dissuaded from reporting such things for fear of retribution from their superiors. The law allows people to seek remediation if they feel that they have been punished for revealing unsavory information.

St. Mary’s adopted its own whistleblower policy in 2012. The college’s policy makes use of a 3rd party vendor, EthicsPoint, who receives, handles, and passes on reports. An important aspect of the college’s system is that no college organization or employee has any role in the reporting process; reports sent to EthicsPoint are forwarded directly to the State Attorney General’s office. If the office finds that the report is viable, the college simply receives a notice that the office is investigating a report.

According to Pratson, the EthicsPoint has received four reports since 2012, 2 reports involved human resource issues, 1 report was empty, and 1 report involved a sexual misconduct issue that was addressed through existing systems. The Human Resources department is striving to publicize the whistleblower policy and make it more easily accessible. The all student email titled “Whistleblower Announcement” that came out on March 9 was the first of what is now going to be an annual reminder. In addition to raising awareness about the policy among existing employees, new employees are receiving increased training in order to ensure that the entire college staff is familiar with the whistleblower policy.

College employees can submit reports through the SMCM Whistleblower Site or by calling 855-481-6236; an independent hotline operated by EthicsPoint. This policy applies to any member of SMCM personnel or any person who interacts with the college.

Ask a Therapist

The staff members at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) have reported an increase in students presenting to Chance Hall with what have been described as symptoms of “extreme narcissism.”  After questioning students, the CAPS staff members have traced the cause of this outbreak to students staring at their own reflection in the fountain located in the Garden of Remembrance.

Built in 1934, the Garden has been a wedding hotspot for alumni for decades. In the spring, one can find young couples out for a romantic walk and students searching for a quiet place to sit and read.  It is not known exactly when or how this outbreak began, but once news spread that something was going on with the fountain, curious students made their way to the garden to investigate for themselves.

With at least 20 documented cases within the last week, CAPS has deemed this an epidemic.  “It appears that anyone can be affected,” an anonymous source reported, “first years, upper classmen, a few professors…we’ve seen them all come in with the same symptoms.” The symptoms to look out for, according to the CAPS staff, include: inability to look away from your own reflection, not finishing this sentence because you’ve gone to find a mirror, posting selfies every five seconds, changing the topic of all conversations to be about you, breaking up with your significant other to date yourself, and just generally thinking you’re all that and a bag of chips.  Symptoms appear to start immediately at the moment one gazes into the fountain.

One student who has been experiencing symptoms was overheard to be changing his Dance SMP to a one-man show titled “Me, Myself, and I.”  He denied comment unless the focus of this story was changed to him and only him.  Other students, not currently symptomatic, have expressed concern over this campus excitement.  “This was funny at first,” said one student, “but it got old quickly.  Looking into that fountain just has awful ramifications.”

The fountain is currently being guarded 24 hours a day by Public Safety.  The water has been drained but no one is sure if that has cured the fountain of its mystical properties. As investigations continue, many questions remain: How do we cure those affected? How did the fountain get these powers in the first place? Is the Illuminati at work on the SMCM campus?

If you are concerned about a friend who has gazed into the waters in the fountain and is exhibiting the symptoms listed above, bring them by CAPS at Chance Hall for an evaluation…if you can pull them away from the mirror.

Ask a Therapist: Test Anxiety

You walk into the room for your test.  You feel focused and ready to take on the challenge. You sit down and notice your attention is starting to jump around.  You feel your heart rate increase and your breathing feels a bit forced.  As you start to work you realize you don’t remember anything you studied and you start to sweat.  You’ve just experienced test anxiety.

Anxiety is a heightened state that is interpreted as negative or worrisome.  The symptoms can include feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness.  People often feel an inability to be still, shortness of breath, dry mouth, numbness or tingling of hands or feet, nausea, muscle tension, and sweaty hands and/or feet.  Some people feel anxiety a lot and others only in certain situations, such as when they are faced with a test or giving a presentation.  The physical symptoms are usually accompanied by thoughts of fear and worry.  It’s not uncommon to feel that extreme anxiety, or a panic attack, is life threatening and many people go to emergency rooms believing they are having a heart attack.  Anxiety and panic attacks are not just “all in your head.”  They are in your head, and in your body, and cause a lot of fear and worry.

Anxiety can be debilitating but there are many things you can do to reduce it.  The first step is to be aware of your body and what is happening.  The second step is to focus your thinking so you can make good decisions.  If you experience anxiety on a daily basis it’s helpful to seek supportive counseling and perhaps medication.  The staff members at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are experienced with different diagnoses of anxiety and can provide help that makes a difference in your daily life if you experience anxiety.

If you only experience anxiety in certain situations there are many things you can do to lower anxiety levels so you can be more effective.  When you sit down to take a test or stand up to do a presentation, you want to be in the best possible physical state and have your mind focused.  Imagine a scale of activation for your body: 0 would be asleep or totally relaxed, and 10 would be freaking out.  To do well on a test or presentation you’d need to be in the midrange, or the window of effectiveness.  Aim for being awake, aware, and energized enough to recall information and pay attention.

Go back to a few weeks before your test or presentation.  Knowing the subject matter and what will be on the test is critical.  No amount of anxiety lowering skills can make up for not preparing.  Attend every class and read the assigned reading.  If you don’t understand something you can discuss it with classmates or get extra help from the professor or teaching assistant as soon as you realize you’re struggling.  Cramming at the last minute is a set up for failure because the information is simply stored in short term memory without any meaningful context and can be easily forgotten.

After you’ve attended class, studied, and you know the material you need to think about preparing physically.  In the days leading up to the test or presentation it helps to get enough sleep and to eat well.  It’s hard for your body to stay in a stable state if you’re exhausted or hungry.  You should also practice a relaxation skill to combat anxiety or nerves.  Just like with studying, you can’t expect to do well at relaxing your body in a tense situation if you haven’t practiced.

Yoga, meditation, relaxation, and other mindfulness practices can help you access a calm state when you need it.  Check out yoga classes offered at the ARC and weekly meditation offered in Upper Monty.  If you’d rather set up something yourself, a quick search of the Internet will turn up many guided relaxation practices or meditation options.  You can practice relaxing to music you really like.  If you pick the same song every day you could play that as you walk to your test to ensure you’re in your relaxed attentive state and ready to do your best.

Some people find creating a safe place to be helpful.  You can visualize a place you have visited that makes you feel really safe and calm or you can create a fantasy safe place.  Practice experiencing and relaxing in your safe space daily.  You can pair the practice with a cue word that you can then use when you feel the test anxiety.  For example, if your safe place is sitting in a forest and you have practiced feeling the cool air, standing on the soft group, seeing the green trees and filtered sunlight – you could use the word “forest” to bring that whole scene back quickly.  When you sit down to do your test or before you do your presentation take about 30 seconds to say your cue word to yourself and allow your body to relax as you feel your safe place.  You can recall the safe place as often as you need to bring your anxiety down to the baseline level where you can focus on the test.

Another skill you can use to bring down anxiety and be calm during a test or presentation is holding an object or touchstone.  If you pair practicing relaxation with holding a smooth stone, or any other object you can carry with you, that object will then be the shortcut to a calmer state.  If you have to do a presentation it makes more sense to have a touchstone type of cue so you don’t lose the flow of the presentation by pausing to breathe or visualize.

Going back to the window of effectiveness idea, imagine what happens if you show up at a test and you’re feeling under – activated.  You could be exhausted and worn out and barely able to find the energy to pay attention to the questions on the test.  If this happens there you can try to increase your attention and mood.  Anything that gets your heart pumping a bit faster will feel energizing so do a quick walk, jump around, or shake your arms and legs.  Try doing a cross crawl motion – alternate touching each elbow to the opposite knee.  A judicious dose of caffeine can increase attention but you have to be careful not to overshoot and get jittery.  Use a dose of coffee only if you know how it affects you and you’ve had caffeine in the past.

The final skill to use to combat test anxiety is to look at your thinking.  Any time your thoughts stray in the direction of thinking things are awful, horrible, and impossible your body starts to react  to a perceived threat.  Your mind is creating fear and your body responds whether the fear is a tough exam or a predator chasing you.  Reframe your thoughts.  Move from thinking something is impossible to thinking you need to work hard.  Give yourself the ability to move in a positive direction.  You can work harder but you can’t do the impossible.  It may seem like semantics but it makes a big difference to your level of anxiety.

Study well, take good care of your body, practice a relaxation technique, and head in to that test or presentation knowing you’ll do the best you can do.  You’ve got this!

 

Apps available to help with anxiety (most are iOS, Android, and Web)

Stop  Beathe & Think lets you select your mood and choose how you are feeling at a particular moment. It then offers up a selection of guided meditations, approximately 10 minutes long, that are suited to your current state of mind.

Calm.com allows you to choose the amount of time for your mindfulness practice – anywhere from 1 to 30 minutes or more. You choose a nature scene from a selection of scenes (i.e. rolling ocean waves, snowflakes falling, etc.) and focus on this image for the duration of the time.

Headspace guides you through 10 minutes of meditation for 10 days, helping to create the habit of mindfulness practice.

My Calm Beat emphasizes your breath and offers various exercises to help you use your breathing as a way to bring on a calmer state of being.

Insight Timer offers the option of setting a timer with gentle bells to mark time for your meditation practice. It also has a large selection of guided meditations around specific topics from experts and practitioners around the world.

Transform Your Life gives you daily quote for 365 days with a suggestion for a mindfulness practice to go along with the quote. The quotes can be a gentle reminder and call up greater awareness and compassion.

The Lime Lounge

There are three popular liquor stores within a convenient driving distance of St. Mary’s Campus. St. James is the closest, followed by Cooks on Route 5. Twist is about ten minutes away, located on the left when going north on Three Notch Road. I’ve been going to Twist for a while now. Its selection is a little better than St. James, and it is equally on the way to and from my regular shopping trips to Giant and Target. Occasionally, it seems like Cooks has slightly lower prices on a few items. That said, I personally prefer the atmosphere at Twist; the cashiers have always been friendly and I’ve received great advice on all but one purchase (if you like the taste of flat soda and Lysol wipes, Dr. Macgillicuddy’s Root Beer Flavored Liqueur is the thing for you).

Twist recently expanded its operation to include a small bar and restaurant called The Lime Lounge. The Lounge’s menu is fairly typical in design. You have a short list of appetizer-sized dishes to choose from alongside a longer list of specialty mixed drinks; most of the menu, food and drink, is priced between $8 and $12.

The drinks were quite good. The Righteous Rosehip Tini tasted like alcoholic lemonade. Don’t let that come across as negative though, it was really good lemonade, slightly sweet, very lemony; on par if not better than the kind that you find in the fancy organic section of a Giant or Wholefoods. I also tried the Twisted Old Fashioned, which I don’t really feel qualified to judge as whiskey is not really my bag. However, I was told by my companions that, even if you like whiskey, the whiskey flavor was a bit too strong. The best drink by far was the Basil Smash; basically a mojito with basil instead of mint. The Smash was very refreshing, not too sweet, and matched well with the food.

Speaking of food, I tried two flatbreads and some salmon pinwheels. Of the flatbreads, the pesto was the winner. It had a nice, strong Italian flavor that went especially well with the Basil Smash. Full disclosure: I’m not sure that the other flatbread, the prosciutto, was necessarily worse than the pesto, I simply preferred the flavors of the pesto. The third appetizer I tried was an order of salmon pinwheels. The pinwheels were wrapped around cream cheese and came with a little pile of dressed arugula. Both the salmon and the arugula were quite good. Personally, I generally assume something is wrong if salmon is anything except delicious; it’s a hard food to make badly. These pinwheels were good. They had nice fishy flavor, were well put together, and paired nicely with the arugula.

In a city like Washington, Annapolis, or Baltimore, the Lime Lounge would face some pretty serious competition from similar establishments. However, it’s fairly unique here in St. Mary’s county. The only restaurant I can think of that offers a similar experience is the Behind the Bookshelf Speakeasy in Leonardtown, which is a solid 10 minutes farther from campus. Overall, The Lime Lounge gets my recommendation. The price point is a little high for the average college student, about 20 dollars for a drink and an appetizer. However, it’s a nice venue for a date night or other quietly special occasion. Try the Basil Smash.

Ask a Therapist

Breathe…

We hear so much about Mindfulness and breathing these days; the chatter is becoming mainstream.  And yet, what is it exactly?  Why is it supposedly so important?  And what does it really have to do with mental health?

It’s simple, really.

Let’s take a look at Mindful meditation – what it actually is, and the wisdom it imparts.  Not only is it useful in the practice of our well-being, but it contains a sweet parallel to the growth that can happen in therapy.

Unlike other meditations where one might focus on a word or mantra over and over, Mindful meditation keeps one gently moving with awareness – with what is occurring within us and around us at a given moment.  Basically, one simply sits, and notices the breath.  That’s it.  Just sit, and pay attention to your breathing: the rise of your chest, the air as it comes into your nose, and the calm in letting it go.  Just noticing.  It’s a pleasant experience.  You’ll become aware, though, that after a bit your attention has waned, and your thoughts have likely averted back to what’s normally there: your day, your encounters with people, and so forth.  That’s okay.  Your thoughts are like clouds passing by.  You can notice them, that they are there, and then just bring yourself back to the breath.  In, and out. With time, this becomes a visceral learning: that we don’t have to succumb to the status quo.  That in fact, with attention, we can gently unhook from it, and allow ourselves to relax.

So it is with therapy:  we can become aware of our patterns, and, with intent, change them.  In changing them we allow for new ways of being.  We can step aside from the old and hard templates of our mind.

By now many people have heard of Jon Kabat-Zinn.  He’s a neurologist with the University of Massachusetts Medical School who developed a Mindful Meditation group for people with chronic pain.  Doctors referred their patients to him; people who had been on large amounts of pain medication without much result.  Kabat-Zinn had them be aware of themselves – of their breath, and of their pain.  In fact, they were urged to go into their pain, and not resist it.  After 8 weeks people found that overall they felt happier and had less daily pain.  And when the pain did present, it was an opportunity for grounding – not panic or dread.

In therapy, we learn to look at our patterns of behavior, and to observe them, and to explore the neatly-tucked-away anger or sorrow.  By dancing with it, rather than hiding, we learn that the monsters really aren’t under the bed; it’s just us, sitting here, at this moment, with all we need within us now.  Nothing is lacking.  We are free to create each day anew.

So, how do we get started with a Mindful Meditation?  First you sit, and then you breathe.  There are only 2 rules for sitting.  The first is to sit erect so that your head, neck, and back are in line.  The second is to be perfectly comfortable.  From his book Full Catastrophe Living, here are Kabat-Zinn’s words on how to meditate mindfully:

1) Assume a comfortable posture lying on your back or sitting.  If you are sitting, keep the spine straight and let your shoulders drop.

2) Close your eyes if it feels comfortable.

3) Bring your attention to your belly, feeling it rise or expand gently on the in-breath and fall or recede on the out-breath.

4) Keep the focus on your breathing, ‘being with’ each in-breath for its full duration, as if you were riding the waves of your own breathing.

5) Every time you notice that your mind has wandered off the breath, notice what it was that took you away and then gently bring your attention back to your belly and the feeling of your breath coming in and out.

6) If your mind wanders away from the breath a thousand times, then your ‘job’ is simply to bring it back to the breath every time,  no matter what it becomes preoccupied with.

7) Practice this exercise for fifteen minutes at a convenient time every day, whether you feel like it or not, for one week and see how it feels to incorporate a disciplined meditation practice into your life. Be aware of how it feels to spend some time each day just being with your breath without having to do anything.

If you find you need more guidance, an external structure to help you do this, Calm.com is a neat web-site. Find the icon on the right of the seated posture, and select a 2, 5, 10 (up to 30) minute sitting.  A woman will guide you through getting centered and help you to allow yourself to be…calm.

Speaking of calm, here is a great breath should you find yourself suddenly stressed while out in the world, or maybe even having a panic attack:  Put you hand on your belly.  Breathe in for 5 counts.  Breathe out for 6.  Do this about 5 or 6 times.  It’s important that the exhale is longer than the inhale.  Often when we’re stressed the inhale is long, and the exhale way too short.  This only intensifies the anxiety.  With a longer exhale, our brains get the message that we are safe. With this breath, we calm down our systems.

I hope this is helpful information for you.  Take with you these thoughts of Virginia Satir, a family therapist, and enjoy your days:

My Farewell, Virginia Satir

Let yourself become fully aware of your breathing.

Let yourself be aware of the nurturing elements of your breathing.

And maybe today, more than any time before, you can be aware that you did not invent your breath, that you did not invent the vehicle by which the breath goes in.

All you do is invent the pace, the amount, the direction your breath takes.  This is a big gift for you.   You are in charge.

The air and your mechanism for handling it is there.

You only have to put it together.

 

PS Director Resigns (Again)

Clinton Brantley has resigned his post as Director of Public Safety. President Tuajuanda Jordan announced Brantley’s resignation via email on Jan 28. This email also stipulated that Dean of Students Leonard Brown will step in to serve as the acting director of Public Safety.

The Public Safety department was moved back under the Dean of Students’ Office late last semester. Public Safety had been placed under the purview of Charles Jackson, Vice President of Business and Finance, last spring when the college was looking to fill the vacancy left when the interim Dean of Students, Roberto Ifill, left the college.

St. Mary’s has struggled to keep the Public Safety Director position filled ever since its inception in 2010 when it was created out of the Assistant Vice President for Campus Operations. Brantely replaced Ed Adams earlier this year. Adams had been serving as the interim Public Safety Director since the resignation of Sean Tallerico last spring. Brantley is the fifth or sixth person, depending on how you count interim directors, to serve as the Director of Public Safety since 2011. At least three of those directors, Brantley, Tallerico, and Christopher Santiago held their positions for less than a year before leaving.

According to Dean Brown, the college is still in the early stages of planning the search for a new director. Brown declined to comment on the reasons for Brantley’s resignation, citing the college’s responsibility for maintaining the privacy of personnel. No official explanation has yet been given for Brantley’s resignation.

Meet Clinton Brantley: The New Director of Public Safety

“You have to be open and receptive to the needs of the community you serve.” This is the first part of Clinton Brantley’s response to the question of how public safety can be an effective force on campus. He comes to St. Mary’s after ten years as the Chief of Police at Wesleyan College.

Brantley’s mission as the director of St. Mary’s Public Safety is the same as it was at Wesleyan: ensuring the security and safety of the campus. However, there are some crucial differences. Perhaps most significant is that, unlike their counterparts at St. Mary’s, Wesleyan’s officers are all licensed police; complete with arrest powers. This meant that at Wesleyan, officers have considerably more raw authority than they do at St. Mary’s. While some directors might be bothered by this apparent loss of authority, Brantley insists that he feels quite the opposite. According to him, the most important part of a Public Safety department is that it is tailored to the campus that it serves. In the case of St. Mary’s vs. Wesleyan, St. Mary’s simply employs a lighter footprint with regard to public safety enforcement.

Brantley’s respect for St. Mary’s policy does not mean that he lacks a desire to improve the Public Safety department. He hopes to introduce and expand programs that will strengthen Public Safety without, as some have feared in the past, “policifying” the department. Instead, he places a huge emphasis on improving the Public Safety’s relationship with students. He plans to begin a program he calls “Chief’s Night Out.” On certain evenings, often week days, Brantley and several other officers will travel between certain public spaces on campus such as the campus center, the pub, and perhaps Dorchester Circle in order to make themselves available to talk to students. Brantley emphasized that this would not be a patrol. He expects that the officers on the walk will be off duty, in the sense that they will not be looking to enforce school policy. Instead, their focus will be on reaching out to the campus population and strengthening their ties with the community. In Brantley’s words: “I see where we need to build a better bridge between the campus and the PS department.”

In addition to improving his department’s relationship with the community, Brantley aims to take steps to improve safety on campus. Specifically, and somewhat unsurprisingly, his chief concerns are with decreasing alcohol abuse and sexual assault on campus. To this end, he hopes to employ off-campus experts and professionals to present educational information about these issues. Brantley has already expressed an interest in bringing back the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program that used to exist on campus.  The program is designed to teach people, primarily women, simple self-defense techniques to better protect themselves from sexual assault. Other programs and presentations are still being determined, but Brantley hopes that community education will reduce the need for Public Safety to exercise its authority by allowing community members to more effectively police themselves.

Addressing what may be, for some, the elephant in the room, Brantley said: “I’m not sure about previous directors, but I feel very strongly about my community outreach programs.” Brantley is currently looking into increasing the number of officers on staff specifically, he says, to increase the amount of time that each officer can spend on community outreach. He is also exploring a variety of options for increasing student communication with department. One proposal under consideration is a regular column, published in The Point News, where he can answer student questions about issues relating to public safety on campus.

Lacrosse Players Honor Wounded Warriors

By Danielle Fullerton

The St. Mary’s Lacrosse team hosted a Face-off for a Cause event on Saturday, Apr 12 at the Seahawk Stadium. The Face-off for a Cause event benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior project raises awareness and aid for the needs of injured service members. Their vision is “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history,” (Wounded Warrior Project).

The idea for supporting the Wounded Warrior project started in October at the Green Door by current seniors, Gordon Muldoon and Zach Blewitt. Muldoon stated, “We were talking about how we wanted to do something bigger us and better than us our senior year, when we got the idea for fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project.” Blewitt and Muldoon knew the Wounded Warrior Project was very applicable to St. Mary’s College and community, due to its location near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and United States Coast Guard Station at St. Inigoes. The community is positively affected everyday by service members. Blewitt stated, “We knew we wanted to incorporate our love of lacrosse with this great cause, so we contacted the Wounded Warrior Project to get involved,” Blewitt and Muldoon planned the event to include all age groups as well as bring in companies and the community. There were lacrosse-centered events, food vendors, silent auction and Wounded Warrior Project t-shirt sales.

From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, there was a free lacrosse youth clinic for boys in grades three through eight provided by Trilogy Lacrosse and run by National Director Will Casertano. St. Mary’s lacrosse players helped out as well.  At 12:00 at the Seahawk Stadium, the Patuxent High School and Leonardtown High School played in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. St. Mary’s College men’s lacrosse team played Christopher Newport University in Capital Athletic Conference action. It was a close game, but St. Mary’s came out on top for the win.

The Face-off for a Cause Event was a huge success. Anywhere from 800 to 1000 people showed to give their support for the event and the men’s lacrosse team raised over $18,000 for the Wounded Warrior project, which was $8,000 over the original goal of $10,000.  Muldoon and Blewitt have set up the framework for the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to continue the event and raise even more money and support for the Wounded Warrior Project. Muldoon stated, “The event can only get bigger”