The Rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers

Written By: Maggie Bennett

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 01: Defensive end Isaiah Buggs #96 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens on fourth down late in the fourth quarterat M&T Bank Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers has gone on for years now. On Nov. 1, the Ravens lost to the Steelers 28-24 in a close game. The game was very competitive as the score continued to go back and forth. It was a race against time and the last couple of seconds of the game the Ravens could have gotten a touchdown, but alas, they did not. 

  This was a heated game as one of the Ravens’ linebackers hit a referee. However, it was a misunderstanding as Matthew Judon was trying to be set free from the Steelers holding him back. According to the Baltimore Sun, “Referee Brad Allen announced that Judon “intentionally” made contact with field judge Rick Patterson, though it appeared to be incidental as Judon was trying to break free from the grasp of a Ravens assistant.” The National Football League (NFL) has fined the Baltimore Ravens team with $35,000 for hitting this referee. 

  It appears a lot went wrong on the sidelines during this game because the Steelers Coach, as the team was fined 250,000 dollars for not wearing masks, while Tomlin received a 100,000 dollar fine for not wearing his face covering. This is a beneficial action taken by the NFL that shows that the NFL is taking the pandemic seriously because they do not want their players, coaches and fans (if they are in the stadium) to contract COVID-19.

  This past Sunday though, the Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts. They did not play well in the first half of the game, but by the end of half time they were able to make adjustments. The Ravens won against the Colts 24-10. The Pittsburgh Steelers were also in a bit of a nail biter game this past weekend against the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers were trailing for most of this game, but again they won 24-19. “Head Coach Tomlin was happy about the win, but realistic about the performance”. He claims, “Obviously, we can’t keep having these conversations every week, because one of these weeks, we’re going to be doing it with an L if we’re not careful”. 

 Now for this weekend, the Ravens play against another one of their rivals, the New England Patriots. On the official Baltimore Ravens website, Belichick, the New England Patriots coach, still respects Jackson, the quarterback for the Ravens. Even though it seems like Jackson has lost his edge of being a running quarterback. This upcoming weekend, the Steelers play the Cincinnati Bengals, who have won two games, lost five games, and then one game was a tie.  

Overall, football this year has been exhilarating because of the COVID-19 cases; many teammates have gotten COVID, and yet the NFL continues on with their season. It is a risk the NFL is willing to take, though who knows if it is for the better. 

Winter Spotlight on The SMCM Swimming Team

Written By: Maggie Bennett

Photo courtesy of smcmathletics.com

As the winter season quickly approaches, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) swim team is ready to get back in action . Their first practice was Sept. 21, where they were able to swim in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics Center (MPOARC) at SMCM. However, due to the pandemic, the team is not scheduled for any swim meets. According to the SMCM Athletics Site of the St. Mary’s College Seahawks, they are “Following extensive discussions and planning; the Atlantic East Conference Presidents’ Council supported a recommendation from the NCAA Division III Administrative Council to postpone competition for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester.”

Head coach of the SMCM swimming team, Casey Brandt says that, “It’s an interesting year for everyone, but I think comparatively the swim team is in a fairly good position.” They ended the 2019 season off with a bang. Their final win against Frostburg State University occurred on Jan. 18, and before then the team was on a hot-streak, dating back to  Jan. 4. 

As of Aug. 19, the team is a member of the Atlantic East Conference. In fact, the  “Commissioner Jessica Huntley and the Atlantic East Conference is proud to announce another affiliate addition to the league, welcoming St. Mary’s College of Maryland as an associate member in men’s and women’s swimming, effective Fall 2020.”

However, things are definitely different this year. According to Brandt, “with the pool space we have and our ability to distance in training, we have relatively few restrictions in our actual workouts.”  While the team is able to practice, they cannot all practice together. Coach Brandt says, “We are on a modified schedule so the training is not as intensive as in past seasons but we have been able to establish a consistent routine and get some much-needed interaction as a team.” Although they are not all together, they are still able to practice in the pool in the MPOARC. They team has also gotten together over zoom to discuss their hopes and goals for seasons to come.

Even though they are not scheduled to compete as they normally would, Brandt claims that “the lack of a competitive season has also given us the time to break down strokes and work on efficiency, which I believe will have long term benefit for our athletes.” Unfortunately, the seniors will not get to experience their senior season as other student athletes in the past have due to COVID-19.

Since the season is starting up Coach Brandt wants the team as a whole, “Overall, the ability to come together as a team consistently, focus on staying healthy both physically and mentally, and reconnect with technique fundamentals in our sport without the pressure of competition has been a positive experience and will give us a good foundation moving forward”. With the team focusing on staying mentally and physically healthy, this time could provide the team an opportunity to grow. It will also allow for more time to practice and  prepare for seasons to come.

Winter Spotlight on The SMCM Swimming Team

Written By: Maggie Bennett

As the winter season quickly approaches, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) swim team is ready to get back in action. Their first practice was Sept. 21, where they were able to swim in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics Center (MPOARC) at SMCM. However, due to the pandemic, the team is not scheduled for any swim meets. According to the SMCM Athletics Site of the St. Mary’s College Seahawks, they are “Following extensive discussions and planning; the Atlantic East Conference Presidents’ Council supported a recommendation from the NCAA Division III Administrative Council to postpone competition for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester.”

Head coach of the SMCM swimming team, Casey Brandt says that, “It’s an interesting year for everyone, but I think comparatively the swim team is in a fairly good position.” They ended the 2019 season off with a bang. Their final win against Frostburg State University occurred on Jan. 18, and before then the team was on a hot-streak, dating back to  Jan. 4. 

As of Aug. 19, the team is a member of the Atlantic East Conference. In fact, the  “Commissioner Jessica Huntley and the Atlantic East Conference is proud to announce another affiliate addition to the league, welcoming St. Mary’s College of Maryland as an associate member in men’s and women’s swimming, effective Fall 2020.”

However, things are definitely different this year. According to Brandt, “with the pool space we have and our ability to distance in training, we have relatively few restrictions in our actual workouts.”  While the team is able to practice, they cannot all practice together. Coach Brandt says, “We are on a modified schedule so the training is not as intensive as in past seasons but we have been able to establish a consistent routine and get some much-needed interaction as a team.” Although they are not all together, they are still able to practice in the pool in the MPOARC. They team has also gotten together over zoom to discuss their hopes and goals for seasons to come.

Even though they are not scheduled to compete as they normally would, Brandt claims that “the lack of a competitive season has also given us the time to break down strokes and work on efficiency, which I believe will have long term benefit for our athletes.” Unfortunately, the seniors will not get to experience their senior season as other student athletes in the past have due to COVID-19.

Since the season is starting up Coach Brandt wants the team as a whole, “Overall, the ability to come together as a team consistently, focus on staying healthy both physically and mentally, and reconnect with technique fundamentals in our sport without the pressure of competition has been a positive experience and will give us a good foundation moving forward”. With the team focusing on staying mentally and physically healthy, this time could provide the team an opportunity to grow. It will also allow for more time to practice and prepare for seasons to come.

The New Remote Virtual Career Fair

Written By: Maggie Bennett

September 30, marks the first ever Virtual Career Fair hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The Virtual Career Fair was definitely different than actually meeting with these employers in person. It involved having to plug in your computer, and not receiving any handouts. Instead emails, phone numbers and the companies’ websites were provided.  

 Which means that there were at least some technical difficulties. The system that the school used for the Career Fair had the students talk to employers, which was very complex. This system involved a queue for the students to wait their turn before talking to an employer individually. The times for talking to these employers during the queue was a mess, and therefore the students were confused when trying to enter a meeting. Melissa Golowski, a new member of the Career Development Center, claimed that they tried this system some days before, and that it seemed to work then. Even after they tried to fix the problem, some companies had tabs that were unable to open, for example, the Peace Corps and a company known as KBR. This might be due to the fact that there were too many students.

  There were at least 26 companies who came to talk to the students via Zoom or Google Hangouts. Some of the companies include: SMCM Micro-Internships, The Baynet, the Peace Corps, Navy Engineering Logistics and as well as many more companies. It was a whole mix of different companies, a job for almost every field of interest. A representative for Steny Hoyer was even in the mix of companies. According to Steny Hoyer’s personal website, “He is an American politician and attorney serving as U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 5th congressional district since 1981.” So, it is especially important that he came because he was able to reach out to those interested in governing. There was even a company known as Tekla research which is a service that a disabled veteran owns.

  If a student was interested in an engineering and science company, it was there. The virtual fair had almost everything that a student was interested in. Two companies that were very popular among the students were the Chesapeake Bay Trust Foundation and the SMCM Micro-Internships. 

  SMCM Micro-Internships are actually a part of the career center here at SMCM, headed by Golowski. The Micro-Internships are actually projects a student can do, and they can even get paid for it. These projects can be used for school credit, as well as jobs given by actual employers. SMCM Students can sign up for a Micro-Internship via the career development website. Afterwards, they are brought to a site known as Parker Dewey which lists several projects a student can do for different fields of studies. Sometimes these internships can even be in a group. It is definitely a new and remote job experience.     In the future, hopefully the school will have more success with prior technical testing and virtual platforms.  If you want to learn more about the employers at the career fair or need help finding a job on campus or off, go to the career development center. Which is in Glendenning Hall on campus; nearby the gym. You can also email Melissa Golowski at magolowski@smcm.edu.

The Commemoration and How It Has Come To Be

Written By: Maggie Bennett

Along with all the other construction going on around the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) campus, there is also a new commemoration, which will finally be unveiled to the people of St. Mary’s County on Nov. 21. 2020. Along with this unveiling is keynote speaker Jelani Cobb.  who is “known for his wit, style and pop culture credibility: Jelani Cobb. Cobb is billed as one of the clearest and smartest voices in today’s conversations around race issues.” 

According to the Mulberry Tree magazine, “the Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland is an immersive art experience that honors the story of resilience, persistence, and creative problem solving that defined the lives of the enslaved individuals that lived in St. Mary’s City between 1750 and 1815.” People will be able to read the poetry off of the building and learn what slavery in the county was like. Field trips from other schools could also come to campus to learn about the lives of enslaved people in St. Mary’s City.

This commemoration is based on the slave artifacts as well as quarters found nearby the new stadium. President Tuajuanda Jordan herself, and some other archaeologists dug up these artifacts. “The Commemorative is a structure inspired by the ‘ghost frame’ architecture at Historic St. Mary’s City.” These ghost frame structures are all over Historic St. Mary’s City surrounding the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus to show the historical significance of St. Mary’s City. 

It has taken many months to get to this point, but the campus is finally putting in a ‘ghost frame’ with erasure poetry. This ghost frame of poetry signifies the lives of slaves who were in St. Mary’s. “The poetry is adapted from historical documents related to the Mackall-Broome Plantation- one of three known plantations located on the land around St. Mary’s City.” This frame includes an inside, but people cannot go inside of it because it is a sacred part of history. 

In one class at SMCM called “Race and Place,” some students have interviewed other students on their knowledge of the commemoration. These interviewers learned that not many students knew much about the commemoration, but now it will be known all over campus. 

At night, there will be a light on inside of the ‘ghost frame’ to illuminate the words on the outside of it. “Illuminated from within at night, the poetry is projected onto the ground surrounding the commemorative, mimicking a star-like pattern…”There is a star-like pattern to it because this signifies the North Star, the star Harriet Tubman followed to become free. So, people will also be able to experience the history of this commemoration at night. 

This is an exciting time for a commemoration to open because it can be used as a teaching method to the students here at SMCM. It is a plus for students looking into the archaeological  field of study, as well as for the Race and Place class. It is a great way for people to not forget the past, and a reminder to not make the same mistakes in the future. 

SMCM COVID-19 Library Changes

Written By: Maggie Bennett

Just like every place else on campus, the Hilda C. Landers library is opening up again, but this time with some changes. The library opened on August 17th for this fall semester, but there were several changes added towards it due to the corona virus (COVID-19). Many rules that we, as students are going to have to follow to stay safe include: 

  • Not moving the chairs on the first, second, and third floor (or any floor for that matter) of the library because they are now six feet apart 
  • There are plexiglass panels installed at the circular tables, so we can follow social distancing  
  • Face masks, just like in any other place on campus, are required in the library as well
  • There are hand sanitizing stations all over the library, and they recommend to wipe down the desks and chairs before and after sitting on them 
  • Students have to make an appointment to reserve one of the rooms also, but they’ve been resorted to being study rooms; so, all students can use them, as long as you keep social distance guidelines. 
  • Food and drinks are allowed in the library as of right now, but if the situations in the library with food and drinks become unhealthy; then they have the right to ban food and drink items. 
  • The public computers and scanners require a special solution, so we cannot clean them 
  • Be wary of tight spaces, like up the staircases and bookstacks of the libraries; we must maintain as best of social distancing as we can when in tight spaces. 
  • There are no longer paperbacked books to take out of the library, because COVID-19 can be transferred through paper (a student has to fill out a form to take out a paper journal, but they have to use this journal only in the building). 

There are so many other rules that a student can brief themselves on with the InsideSMCM email page; these are just a few of them. As time goes on these rules are likely to change, because the campus has changed and will probably continue to change as the semester goes on. 

Life at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) has changed and the library wants to create a safe working environment for all students, but they also want to follow the COVID-19 guidelines. They want to do what’s best for the students here, which is why they created such strict rules. 

The library times have changed as well, they are now mainly open from 8am-10pm every day. An exception to the library being open, is that it will now be closed on Saturdays and it will also close at 7pm on Fridays. 

New Movies intended for 2020

                                                       By: Maggie Bennett

The year 2020 was supposed to be a big year for many movie companies. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has postponed those movies to a later date. The list of these movies includes “Jungle Cruise,” “Mulan,” “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” “Mortal Kombat,” “A Quiet Place 2” and “The Devil All the Time.” This list can and probably will continue to go on and on.

The movie “Jungle Cruise,” involves the ever-famous Dwayne the Rock Johnson and Emily Blunt. This movie is about the Disney World ride, but it is taken to life. According to Rotten Tomato this movie is going to be, “A rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton.” We will get to find out how their adventure goes in 2021.  

Another movie that is coming out on Disney+ on September 4 is Mulan: the live action movie. Everyone is wondering if it will  be the same as the cartoon or totally different. It sounds like it is just like the cartoon except with no songs, and it will be missing some main characters. Disney+ summarizes the movie like this, “When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father.”

And of course, there is another Minions movie coming out beginning with the life story of Gru as a child. The original movie “Despicable Me,” explains his life as an adult, and how he came to love and adopt three children because of an evil past time. But this time the audience gets to learn his backstory as a child, and how he became so evil.

“Mortal Kombat,” a movie based on a game series, is supposedly coming out in January 2021. The internet movie database (IMBD) defines this movie as, “Three unknown martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament and their outcome will be decided on the fate of the world”. So many questions and yet we have to wait until 2021 to find them out.

After the first one people could not wait for the second one with the original title of “A Quiet Place 2;” unfortunately, it is coming out on April 23 2021. “The Abbott family now faces the terrors of the outside world; this movie is a sequel from ‘A Quiet Place.’”

Finally, the last movie under this review is “The Devil All the Time” with both Tom Holland and Robert Patterson. According to the internet movie database, “The Devil All the Time’ follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s.”This movie contains a lot of strange characters who endure many problems. This movie is actually a new movie on Netflix, so go ahead and binge this strange adventure of Tom Holland and Robert Patterson.  

Hopefully, these movies will come out soon, but until then enjoy these other movie platforms like Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

Catching Up With the St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Newest Sports Alumni

By: Maggie Bennett

This year has been different and difficult for everyone including the seniors who just graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), especially those in athletic programs. Sadly, they were not able to complete their final season with a bang. Their season and graduation celebration got cut short due to the pandemic. I talked with three seniors, now alumni, and asked them how they were doing, as well as what they were up to. Despite this pandemic going on, I was able to find out some interesting things that were going on in their lives. The sporty alumni include Katie Gill and Katie Ortel on the rowing team and James Hemry from the fencing team.

Katie Gill is in the process of applying to several jobs, as well as filling her extra time with embroidering, and learning how to use a 1952 sewing machine. She is being safe and productive during this tough time. Recently, she applied to be an Archaeological Field Technician and it is even out of state. I wished her the best of luck on getting the job. At SMCM, she was one of the women captains on the rowing team. Gill was very helpful in teaching people how to row especially the novices.

Katie Ortel is working at the John Hopkins applied physics lab. She is in the space sector working on vacuum engineering and doing lots of materials testing for spacecraft. Talk about really jumping forward into the career of the sciences! Ortel claims it is really cool to work at Hopkins and plans to work there throughout the year and then start applying to graduate schools. During her free time, Ortel has done a few camping and hiking trips in Western Maryland and West Virginia. Currently, she is planning a kayaking trip in Maine with her dad and with another SMCM alumni. Ortel was the other woman captain on the rowing team and was known for her Irish dancing.

James Hemry has been taking extra classes at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) for the summer and the fall. He is learning Japanese at UMGC. He is also looking for internship opportunities primarily in education. Hemry is researching as well for graduate schools for his history education masters degree. He is trying to make the best of the limits COVID-19  has placed on our livelihoods. Not only was Hemry a part of the fencing team, but he was also in Drum Corp. In fact, he was able to play for the opening of the new stadium.

All of these sporty alumni miss SMCM, and are looking forward to a trip back. They will all be remembered as the class who endured a pandemic. When the seniors from the rowing team left, they were lucky enough to have one more banquet and row on the St. Mary’s River one last time. Overall, this year has been rough for all of us, but hopefully we’ll be able to make the most of it just like these recent alumni.

One Love

 Love sometimes brings everyone closer, but unhealthy love can cause destruction in relationships as well.  Just last Sunday, all St. Mary’s athletic teams were required to attend a meeting about abusive relationships . At the event  the students were taught about the signs of an abusive relationship and what we could do to stop these unhealthy relationships. 

There have been  many athletes who have died from abusive relationships surprisingly. It is a very serious matter, which was communicated with students through a series of interactive activities. First, the athletes were given a worksheet about how they felt on abusive love. The worksheet asked questions such as whether or not the student had an adult that they could share what’s going on in their relationships. There are so many student athletes who are getting abusive love from their boyfriends/girlfriends and sometimes even friends; that is why it was only directed toward athletes. 

After the worksheet, students were shown a video on abusive relationships. In the video there was a guy who loved a girl but just wouldn’t leave her alone and he would act rudely to her in response. Her friends noticed this behavior but did not report it and,eventually, the girl was killed by her boyfriend. 

Every year at the event the host plays this video and talks to the athletes about how to recognize abusive relationships. This year, the lacrosse coach was in charge of everything  and arranged for her team and almost all the teams on campus to be there. It was a mandatory event for all sports, though the information provided was relevant for individuals who are not in sports as well. Peers and adults can play a huge role in helping someone who is in an unhealthy relationship if it looks like a friend or student is in an unhealthy relationship. One Love was there to help all athletes and warn them about abusive relationships; it was a very helpful program.

“You” Blends Thriller Genre With Controversial Romance

Is there someone outside of your window? Or is it just you looking back in the reflection. This is the feeling you get when watching this new series. In the original Netflix series, “You,” a mysterious man named Joe (Penn Badgley) meets a young and beautiful girl named Beck (Elizabeth Lail). Beck is a writer, or at least wants to be one, and meets Joe at the book shop he works at. However, we soon find out that The shop is just a nice cover-up for what he really does.

Throughout the series, Joe becomes obsessed with Beck and attempts to cut anyone who he believes has done wrong to her out of her life. He goes through a lot to get the “girl of his dreams.” Joe did the same thing  to his previous girlfriend Candace (Ambyr Childers), but he never tells us, the audience, their backstory until later in the series.

Joe goes through girls’ apartments, takes their phones, undergarments and other things that fancy him. All the while, what these girls don’t know about, besides him entering into their houses without them knowing, is that he kills, literally, for love. At times, he follows them everywhere they go as well, and they don’t even know it. Through all of that twistedness of Joe being a killer,, the audience feels an urge to root for him. He shows kindness to others by taking care of the neighbor’s kid, and being nice to other people who he’s not obsessed with. Joe was starting to show his stalker side and Beck caught on to that. So, Beck decided to end the relationship with Joe, but they get back together.

This series is a suspense thriller, that keeps you awake at night so be warned. But it is a binge-worthy must-see. The show is a little scandalous, but it is mostly a thriller. The New York Times states, “The streaming service said that ‘You’ was on track to be watched by 40 million households within its first four weeks on the service.” Many more people have watched it since then. It keeps you on your toes, to see what creepy thing Joe, the bookstore clerk, will do next. This series was at first not popular at all, but once it was put on Netflix, everyone was dying to see it. There will be a season two that is coming out supposedly in the summer of 2019. So, for all of those who’ve watched it; don’t fret, Joe will be back at it again and with a new twist. So much happens through this first season and hopefully the next one is just as good.