Writing and Speaking Center Hiring New Peer Tutors

By: Charlotte Mayer

Fall 2021 Peer Tutor Applications are now open for SMCM’s Writing and Speaking Center. The center is a place where “writers and speakers come together to talk about the craft of communication,” according to the SMCM website. It is located on the first floor of the library overlooking St. John’s Pond, and is now accepting walk-ins as well as appointments–either in-person or via Zoom.

To be a peer tutor, students must complete a two-credit training course in the spring before beginning work in fall 2022. Tutors “staff regular tutoring hours and help other students with writing assignments and presentations,” says SMCM’s website. The position also features “flexible hours, great work experience” and “perks” such as “private study room access, optional activity nights, snack and beverage station use” and more. 

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 29, at 5:00 p.m. After the application window closes, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. These interviews will likely take place during early November, according to the center’s recruitment website. They plan to hire as many as four new tutors. 

According to the SMCM website, if you have “something to write or present and you haven’t started yet, a peer tutor can help you brainstorm, plan, and begin” and “if you’ve already started, a tutor can look over your draft and coach you through the revision process.”

Laik Meadows, a sophomore at SMCM, said “I’ve only had meetings with them via Zoom last year. They were all for the most part really warm and inviting and super flexible. They always helped with the coherency of my papers.” 

Another SMCM student who would prefer to remain anonymous said “I find that it’s minor help at best — you can receive much of the same feedback from a friend in 30 minutes or less.”

“While the peer tutors love to help other students with their assignments,” says SMCM’s website, “their help does have some limitations.” For example, they cannot “assist with course content or study skills” says a handout linked on the SMCM website. They also cannot “create an outline, proofread, or complete other steps for a student.” Decisions surrounding the assignment must be made by the student.

In addition to writing tutorials, the center “offers tutoring and other services related to oral expression.” Speaking and writing “have very similar processes,” according to SMCM’s website, “so the tutoring for speaking is very similar to the tutoring for writing.”

Angelie Roche, a peer tutor and sophomore at SMCM said: “Of my three on-campus jobs, working at the Writing Center is by far my favorite! I love all my fellow tutors and the Writing Center staff, and there are lots of perks such as flexible hours and free snacks!” It is their first semester as a peer tutor. 

“To someone applying, I’d say you have to be serious and dedicated about writing and helping others,” said Angelie. “You can be in any major but be prepared to take a semester-long training course and really dive deep into writing! But by the end, even if you don’t decide to be a tutor, you’ll have learned valuable writing skills that will last a lifetime.”

Dr. Ben Click, Director of the Writing and Speaking Center, said “The center looks for students who are strong writers themselves, but equally (and perhaps more important) these students should have the appropriate demeanor. They should be kind, have good listening skills, and be willing to help their peers. They should be open to learning about how to help others with their writing.”

The training course required to become a peer tutor is “a two-credit practicum that teaches students both how to tutor writing and also provides writing instruction as well,” said Dr. Click. “Our tutors are all strong writers, but not all strong writers know why they write well.” This course “teaches them how to recognize the skills they possess that make them good writers. This is essential knowledge in working with other writers.” 

To people who are thinking of applying, Dr. Click says “Please make sure you are applying because you want to help others with their writing, not because you need the money or think the job will look good on your resume (both of those things are byproducts of being a peer tutor in writing who is hired in the center).” He adds that “students who are hired learn to become even stronger writers.”
You can learn more at smcm.edu/writingcenter/ or the peer tutor recruitment site. The application, a Google Form, is also linked there. Contact Assistant Director Mandy Taylor at apheatwole@smcm.edu with any questions.

Anthropology Toolkit Class Conducts Library Ethnography

By: Maggie Warnick

If you frequent the library, you may have noticed someone walking around making notes on a clipboard or have had someone stop you on your way in or out to ask you some questions. This phenomenon is a result of the library ethnography project being conducted by Anthropology department chair and Professor Bill Roberts and his Anthropology Toolkit course. 

The project is the second iteration of an ethnography begun in fall of 2015. Students, working in collaboration with the St. Mary’s library faculty used a variety of methods to determine how students used the library and what could make their library experience better. Some of the trends seen in student responses led to real change in the library, including the creation of the quiet study room on the second floor and the study space next to the circulation desk. 

The current project involves many of the methods as the initial project, including student focus groups, faculty surveys and instantaneous behavior sampling–making rounds of the library and taking note of how many people are in an area and what they are doing at the time of sampling. However, much has changed since 2015, leading to some changes in methodology. For example, in 2015, when instantaneous behavior sampling was conducted, any time a student was on their phone it was marked down as a leisure activity. In 2021 it is hard to be certain what a student is using their phone for–they could just as easily use their phone for entertainment as for school work, as Katherine Ryner, Associate Director of the Library and Head of Collections Support Services pointed out. 

Students in the Toolkit class began very generally, discussing ideas with their peers and reporting back with stories about the library that could potentially inform the project. “In these stories some themes begin to emerge,” stated Roberts. “Anthropological research is like a funnel; you start very broadly and narrow it down.” From there, they were able to build on this research to develop questions for surveying students as they entered or left the library. “It’s one of those things where at the beginning of the conversation it is hard to get it going, [the topic is] sort of mundane,” said junior Maggie Murdoch. 

The project is a long-term one, with the ninth meeting of the semester dedicated to the project having occurred on September 29. The overall goals are to determine what students use the library for, what they like or dislike about it and what they feel the library could do to better suit their needs. Based on these goals, the library can decide what changes they are able to make and how to best allocate resources. An unintended result is that the Toolkit students themselves are becoming better acquainted with the library. “It made me have to explore the library,” said sophomore Erin Hurley, “especially after COVID, I mostly only went to study rooms.” As a smaller goal, the library is having a bit of an identity crisis, according to Ryner. It was formerly known as the LAMC–library archives and media center–but the media center and archives are no longer in the same building. Therefore, suggestions for new slogans to rebrand the library are welcome!

SMCM Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By: Lily Riesett

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, dedicated to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence, encourage healthy relationships and to show solidarity to violence survivors. St. Mary’s in tandem with the Title IX Office has made it a priority to make sure this month is recognized by the campus community. 

Title IX Fellow Colette Nortman is one of the people in charge of planning and celebrating DVAM at St. Mary’s. “Nationally, we know that one in two trans and non-binary folks, one in three women, and nearly one in three men will experience an abusive relationship in their lifetime,” said Nortman. “In general, dating violence is an issue everywhere, including on college campuses like ours. On our campus, dating violence was the most frequent issue reported to the Title IX Office for the past three fall semesters in a row. While this may seem daunting, an uptick in the reporting of this issue can be a good thing since that means more people are able to recognize that they’ve experienced dating violence.”

This issue has been something Nortman and the rest of the Title IX Office has become very passionate about. “That’s why DVAM and our healthy relationship prevention activities are so important,” she says. “If folks recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship, they’re more likely to reach out for help if they have concerns about their own relationships. Being able to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship is also important because it improves our ability to intervene as active bystanders to help other members of our community. Additionally, our activities will help our community learn about cultivating healthy relationship behaviors in order to prevent dating violence from happening in the first place.”

The Title IX Office has planned many events to make students aware of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The school is celebrating “Purple Day” on Thursday, Oct. 21 to show solidarity with domestic violence survivors. Students are encouraged to wear purple, use the Title IX Office’s Snapchat filter and make epsom salt sachets at the campus center. Sports teams have also been asked to practice wearing purple in support of the event. The Title IX Office will be on the campus center patio all day with information on DVAM.

The Office has other events planned as well. From the 20 of October through the 22, students are being encouraged to run or walk a mile in honor of domestic violence survivors and post about it on their social media. This can be done by yourself or as a group, making this a perfect opportunity for sports teams to get involved. On Oct. 13, 20 and 27, the Title IX fellows will be tabling outside the campus center with information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as free swag. 

To make a report of domestic violence or any other type of sexual violence, contact the Title IX Office by emailing Michael Dunn (mkdunn@smcm.edu) or Helen Ann Lawless (hlawless@smcm.edu); walk into Lucille Clifton House where the Title IX Office is located; or make an anonymous report online. You can also make a report to a mandatory reporter, like a faculty member or an RA, and they will relay that information to the Title IX Office. Finally, if there is an emergency or an immediate threat to someone’s safety, you are encouraged to call Public Safety (240-895-4195) or 911. 

SMCM Runs “Through the Lens” Photography Program

By Angelie Roche

Beginning this month, SMCM’s Inclusive Diversity, Equity, Access and Accountability office partnered with the St. Mary’s County Art Council to run a community photography program for underrepresented youth– that is, first-generation college students, Pell Grant recipients, ethnic minorities, and students with disabilities. The program, called Through The Lens, aims to provide mentorship for aspiring photographers ages 16-18. Those who complete the program will learn camera techniques, how to find their own creative voice and how to tell the stories of their unique communities. As an extra incentive, participants in this free program will receive college credits should they attend SMCM in the coming years. 

Professor Tristan Cai of the SMCM Art department is leading the program along with the IDEAA office and six student peer mentors. Cai and IDEAA wanted to find a way to integrate photography and community-building for minority students. This integration of photography and inclusion is new and unique — while there are art programs in St. Mary’s County Public Schools, according to Cai “there is nothing as in-depth as a semester-long program with an intentional mentorship model.” Through The Lens allows SMCM students to work with and act as role models for youths who aspire to go to college and study art like them. Additionally, the project will “allow our underrepresented youths to amplify their voice through a public photography exhibition” once the program is complete. 

The six mentors began their training during the spring 2021 semester, wherein they received credits for CORE-P 201. Now, in the fall, they meet with their high school pupils once a week. The groups are small — each cohort has 5-10 students, allowing for a close-knit environment. Some weekly themes include photo walks in the Great Mills community, brainstorming research projects and Digital Image Editing classes using Adobe Photoshop. By the end of the semester, the high school students will know about lighting techniques, ethics and photography, stories behind pictures and presentation methods, all of which will prepare them for the professional world of photography, in college and beyond. 

Senior Piper Deleon, a Biology major and Filipino American, is one of Through the Lens’ mentors. Along with her peers, she has made and taught lessons to the students regarding photography and the professional world. Her favorite part of the program has been “interact[ing] with the students in-person,” a privilege many are grateful for after a year of Zoom. By meeting face-to-face–or mask-to-mask–mentors and students can form a bond throughout their time together on the program. 

Through the Lens is already off to a great start, and Professor Cai hopes that it will continue in the coming years. At the end of the fall semester, the program will once again be calling for student mentors who will train in spring 2022, so anyone who is interested should lookout for more information regarding Through the Lens in the coming months.

This Month in SMCM Sports History

By: Ellie Pratt

10/20/1954: It was reported in Signal News that the Volleyball “Triple Round Robin Tournament” began with each class choosing a captain and team name for the season. Seniors chose “Sexy Senior Siren;” juniors were the “Volley Bells and their Beaux;” sophomores picked “Happy Wanderers”; and freshmen were the “Jumping Beans.” The sophomores defeated the freshman in the first game 40-21, while the seniors were defeated by the juniors 26-5.

10/18/1966: The Point News reported that an important Tennis Tournament was held in New York where St. Mary’s sent Kathy Heron to play in the contest sponsored by the United States Lawn Tennis Association. This contest had young collegiate women competing from all around the North East. Heron managed to defeat her opponent from Queens College in her first round and was victorious again in her second over a sophomore from Manhattanville Junior College, but unfortunately Heron was defeated in her third round by a sophomore from Vassar.

10/8/1971: Two canoe and kayak events the previous weekend occurred according to The Point News. The first event was simply a clinic for techniques in canoeing and kayaking at Washington Canoe Club where the four team members from SMCM went and “all did well.” The second event was a 16 mile downriver race in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. The first C-2 Women’s canoe and the third C-2 men’s canoe to cross the finish line were from SMCM and to round off the day, all of the St. Mary’s canoe entries placed in the top half.

10/28/1975: On Thursday Oct. 17, 1975 The Empath reported that women’s flag football players from Caroline were reported as champions against “Prop’s Hellers” (PG 2nd left) with a score of 8-6. Women’s varsity volleyball played against the Bowie State College, but lost the overall match 2-3. Donnie Hammet and Jim Smith competed at the Bellefonte White Water River Slalom where they placed 27th and 29th out of 41. According to the article, Olympian David Kurtz also competed in the slalom.

10/13/1987: The Point News reported that the women’s tennis defeated Wesley in a five games to one upset, while the women’s soccer team lost to Franklin and Marshall 5-3. Men’s rugby was also defeated 8-9 by Mary Washington. Additionally, it was reported that an alumni game of women’s volleyball was held on Saturday where the alumni came out on top with a three games to one victory over the varsity team. However, it was noted that the varsity team was down two players and this may have factored into their loss.

10/26/1999: Sailing World Magazine ranked the St. Mary’s women’s and co-ed sailing teams the number one college sailing teams in the country. According to The Point News, before 1999 the women’s team was ranked number six or seven, but through hard work and dedication they were able to rightly claim the number one spot. The women’s team also later competed at the Harry Anderson Regatta hosted at Yale, where SMC swept the regatta winning both the A-division and the B-division.

Student Athlete Spotlight: Logan Musumeci

By: Annilee Hampton

First year Logan Musumeci is already making his mark at SMCM. Musumeci was named United East Conference Men’s Runner of the Week not only for the week of Sept. 7, but also for the week of Sept. 28.

Musumeci received the honor for leading the Seahawks to a second place finish at the Towson University Invitational on Sept. 4, where the SMCM men’s cross country team competed alongside Coppin State University and Morgan State University. Musumeci placed third out of 24runners on the 5K course in his first collegiate race. In addition, Musumeci placed 16th out of 141 runners on the 8K course at the Dickinson College Long-Short Invitational at Big Spring High School on Sept. 25, where the Seahawks placed seventh out of 21 teams. The third meet that SMCM men’s cross country has participated in this season was the Shannon Henretty Invitational at Stevenson University on Sept. 11. SMCM placed first of three teams, with Musumeci taking second place out of 30 runners.

Musumeci’s hometown is Lusby, MD, and he is a graduate of Patuxent High School. He started out his athletic career in his freshman year of high school playing two very different sports. “I played football and basketball originally,” Musumeci shared. “Then I decided to do track to stay in shape and get conditioned, but I ended up becoming a distance runner and just enjoyed the sport a whole lot more than the other two. So I decided to start cross country the next year, my sophomore year, and since then I’ve just ran year-round.”

One of Musumeci’s favorite things about cross country is its laid back nature. He also enjoys that it has a greater variety than track. “It’s nice to run on different courses and different terrains rather than just running in circles,” he stated.

Outside of cross country, Musumeci is studying biology. His hobbies include drawing and listening to music. He retains his fondness for basketball, stating “I kind of want to give basketball another try because that was just really fun and it’s still fun to play today, even if it’s just in the driveway with my brother or something.”

In the future, Musumeci hopes to become a teacher. “Maybe I’ll come back here and be a professor,” he said. “And a coach, too.” Musumeci stated that he “instantly knew” that St. Mary’s was the place for him when he first visited. “It just seemed like a really good place to go. And it has been.”

In addition to Musumeci’s two wins, first year Michael Wade, who took first place in the Shannon Henretty Invitational, won the weekly honor for the week of Sept. 14, with SMCM athletes having won three times in the last month. Sophomore Madeleine Blaisdell was also named United East Conference Women’s Runner of the Week for the weeks of Sept. 7 and Sept. 28.

SMCM Alum Competes In Tokyo Olympics

By: Annilee Hampton

St. Mary’s College of Maryland alum Farrah Hall ‘03 competed in the RS:X event at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo over the summer.

Hall graduated from Broadneck High School in Annapolis, MD in 1999. From there, she went on to study biology at SMCM, from which she graduated in 2003. Hall taught herself how to windsurf at the age of sixteen. “I had a high school boyfriend who brought over an old set of windsurfing equipment, and we just messed around with the windsurfing equipment the whole afternoon and I was hooked,” she said in an interview with WTOP prior to the Tokyo Olympics. She began windsurfing competitively after her junior year at St. Mary’s. Prior to competing in windsurfing, she was an active participant in other sports including running, swimming and triathlon. Hall originally established the windsurfing club at St. Mary’s, which still exists as a club sport to this day.

Hall has stated the influence that the SMCM windsurfing club has had on her career, specifically as an Olympian. “Eventually, [the club] attracted the interest of an Olympian windsurfer whose name was Mike Gebhardt,” she explained in an interview with Pressbox. “He’s a double medalist and he’s competed in [five] Games. He was doing a clinic in Annapolis, so he decided to come down with a friend and see what the club was all about. That was kind of my first exposure to windsurfing as an Olympic sport. It was something … I hadn’t thought about at the time.”

Hall first competed in the Olympics in London in 2012, where she placed 20th overall. “In 2012, I worked really hard to create a really good level of professionalism and bringing resources to me … but psychologically, I wasn’t 100% where I needed to be. I still had some maturing to do as an athlete and a person,” Hall told WTOP regarding the London Olympics. She did not qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but became Team USA’s only women’s RS:X athlete after competing in the RS:X World Championships. Hall’s other competition appearances include the 2019 Pan American Games, where she placed fourth, and the Semaine Olympique Francaise in 2015, which she won. “It’s really cool,” an SMCM student who wishes to remain anonymous stated regarding Hall’s success. “I love that someone who got their start at St. Mary’s has become so successful.”

What is remarkable about the RS:X discipline at the 2020 Olympics Games is that it is the final games in which the event will be held. Starting with the 2024 Olympics in Paris, it will be replaced by a different windsurfing class, the iQFoil. Hall placed 15th in the discipline, the final RS:X event to be held at the Olympics. “I surpassed my expectations for the event, sailed powerfully and fast, and finished in front of a group of competitors that normally give me a hard time!” she said in a blog post following the event. “It was an incredible reward to finish the last RS:X event in a state of happiness and flow, and it’s an experience I will remember for all my life.”

Two Students Injured in Shooting at Virginia High School

By: Hannah Yale

On Sep. 20, two students were shot at Heritage High School in Newport News, VA during an attack by a fellow student. 

The Newport News Police Department confirmed that the individuals who were shot were a 17-year-old male and a 17-year-old female. The male survivor was shot multiple times– once in his jaw, once in his leg, and another shot struck one of his fingers– and is being treated at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital. The female student was shot in the left shin and was later treated at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

The attacker was a 15-year-old male student who is now in police custody. The investigation is ongoing, and no details about the shooter, his weapon, or a possible motive have been released. 

However, the Daily Press has reported that multiple anonymous sources have revealed that the 15-year-old in custody already has pending charges for malicious wounding, using a firearm in a felony, and underage possession of a firearm. These charges come from a shooting in Southeast Newport News in 2020, in which the boy allegedly shot another teenager on 34th Street. Although the Daily Press’s sources said the teen pleaded guilty six months ago, a hearing is scheduled next month for a final disposition and sentencing in the Newport News Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

The attacker’s identity has not yet been published because he is being charged as a juvenile in the 2020 shooting, and prosecutors have not announced whether they will charge him as an adult in the case for the 2021 shooting. The new charges against the 15-year-old attacker are for two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and nine gun counts, including “possession of a firearm as a convicted felon,” though it is unclear at the moment what the previous felony charges are from. If convicted, the teenager most likely faces life in prison.

According to Everytown For Gun Safety, there have been at least 82 incidents of gunfire on school grounds so far this year, which resulted in 21 deaths and 47 injuries nationwide. There has been one incident of on-campus gunfire in Maryland. 

Three people, including the shooter, were injured by gunfire at an unsanctioned gathering at Towson University (TU) on Sep. 4, 2021. One of the injured persons was a TU student, and an announcement made by TU confirmed that this individual has been released from the hospital, according to CBS Baltimore. 

The suspect in the TU shooting, 19-year-old Samuel Nnam, is being held in custody by the Baltimore County Police Department without bail. Nnam is being charged with multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, and he faces a life sentence if convicted. 

Gun violence prevention activist and SMCM student Jaxon O’Mara told The Point News that school shooting incidents like these are not taken seriously enough. “There is a lot of work to be done, including passing universal background checks federally, passing Jaelynn’s Law in the Maryland General Assembly, investing in community violence intervention programs, and other common-sense gun violence prevention tactics,” O’Mara said. 

Jaelynn’s Law (HB0200 and SB0479) would expand gun storage regulations in an effort to prevent minors from accessing firearms. The bill is named after 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey who was shot and killed by a classmate at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County in 2018. The gun used in the shooting belonged to the father of the attacker. State Senator Jack Bailey (R), who represents St. Mary’s County, has said the state’s current child access prevention law is “more than adequate” in addressing gun violence.

O’Mara and Willey were classmates at Great Mills High School, which is only a 10 minute drive from SMCM.

Vaccine Rates at SMCM vs Other Colleges

By: Ellie Pratt

According to the COVID-19 dashboard on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland website, our current vaccination rate sits at 95% with three active cases as of Sept. 29. For the fall 2021 semester, all SMCM students are required to wear face masks while indoors and all students, employees, student guests and visitors must be vaccinated against COVID-19. There are medical and religious exemptions in place, although those who remain unvaccinated are required to be tested regularly. These precautions have led to impressive results so far.

Interestingly enough, it seems that other small liberal arts colleges in Maryland are experiencing very similar circumstances, demonstrating how well vaccination and mask policies work in preventing COVID-19.

Washington College, a small liberal arts college in Chestertown, Maryland with a student population of about 1,400, has a policy stating that all students who attend this college are required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, and all students are also required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination with the exception of medical or religious exemptions. The school currently has a 90% vaccination rate according to its COVID dashboard. They have only had three positive cases since Sept. 13.

St. Johns College in Annapolis only has a student population of 451. The Annapolis campus of St. Johns has had five positive cases since the beginning of the semester, with 251 tests administered so far. Face masks are required for indoors and per their Fall 2021 reopening plans; all students are required to be vaccinated, while unvaccinated individuals are required to have weekly testing. The vaccination rate currently stands at 95%, and their website declares them to be at Level Green, which simply means that they will, “continue to closely monitor state and county positivity rates and local health conditions.”

In Towson, Goucher College has a slightly larger population of 2,173 compared to our own population of around 1,400. Students and others at the college are required to wear masks indoors, and unvaccinated people are highly encouraged to wear face masks if they are within six feet of another person. As with most schools, we have looked at so far, Goucher requires students to be vaccinated. According to Goucher’s COVID-19 dashboard, the school has zero active cases on campus; an impressive feat. The college sits at a 99% vaccination rate, which may account for its low amount of infection. Since Aug. 16, there have only been six cases total after 193 tests.

It looks like SMCM is right on track in terms of high vaccination rates and low prevalence of COVID-19 cases when one compares it to other small liberal arts colleges in Maryland. Hopefully, with continued student, faculty, and staff cooperation with COVID-19 policies, we can reduce the number of active cases to zero by the end of the semester. It is up to us all to make our college safe and to protect vulnerable populations, both on campus and in the local community, so please wear your mask and get vaccinated.

Best Coffee Houses of St. Mary’s County

By: Lily Riesett

There is nothing more quintessential to the college experience than an overpriced cup of liquid energy used to make it through the endless hours of studying. Luckily, St. Mary’s County is chock-full of coffee shops that are easily accessible to St. Mary’s College students. From establishments in Historic St. Mary’s City to converted Yurts in Lexington Park, there are many great options for places where St. Mary’s students can fuel their caffeine addictions.

Enso Kitchen:  47414 Old State House Rd, St Mary’s City, MD 20686

Enso Kitchen has been considered one of the best kept secrets of St. Mary’s. While one might think this little stone building is just a historical structure for St. Mary’s City, it is actually a converted bakery functioning for modern baking practices. Enso sells baguettes, coffee, challah, and sandwiches, but their most popular item is their delectable croissants. They are only sold at the store Wednesday through Friday and customers are recommended to pre-order. Enso is owned by the family of SMCM environmental science professor Dr. Ellen Kohl. Dr. Kohl and her husband frequently donate uneaten bread to the college food pantry, contributing to the college community even more. SMCM student Regan Farrar simply reviews Enso by saying “Good biscuits, good cold brew, and good vibes!”

The Beanery: 22737 Three Notch Rd, California, MD 20619

A little farther up the road from St. Mary’s College is The Beanery, a coffee shop and bakery located in California, MD. The Beanery has both a breakfast and lunch menu, complete with pastries, bagel sandwiches, and salads. They also have an extensive drink menu with coffee supplied by local coffee roaster Chesapeake Roaster. You can see St. Mary’s students study in the comfortable seating on the weekends or after class. If you do not have time to sit with a cup of coffee, you can use the drive-through to get a quick fix. St. Mary’s student Andrew Seitzman says “The Beanery is fantastic!” He recommends trying the pumpkin patch latte, “specifically iced!”

St. Inie’s: 46915 S Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653

St. Inie’s coffee house has been in business since 2015, starting as a small coffee stand at one of the local St. Mary’s County farmers markets. Since then, they have expanded to a yurt-like building in Downtown Lexington Park. Here, they sell cold brew and pour-over coffees, straying away from frilly drinks. Have no fear though, because their coffee is one that deserves to be tasted! St. Inie’s does sell pastries, bagels, and bags of whole bean coffee. They also have a selection of novels you can peruse and purchase inside. St. Inie’s has stuck to their roots though, allowing you to be able to find them at local farmers’ markets on Saturdays.

If you do not have access to a car and cannot check out these coffee shops in person, make sure to stop by the Daily Grind in the Campus Center for a nice cup of coffee!