Bang Energy Drinks Now the Official Sponsored Drink of USA Public Elementary Schools

Written by Rebecca Raub.

Last week, President Trump made a surprising announcement. He shared that Bang Energy Drinks will now be the official sponsored drink of U.S. public elementary schools. As a part of this sponsorship, a Bang energy drink will now be included in every school supplied breakfast and lunch and all school mascots will be a huge energy drink. This announcement was especially shocking to parents because each drink contains a whopping 300 mg of caffeine, which is the upward limit of recommended intake for adults. 

One concerned parent spoke up, “My daughter Ashley is in third grade, and had never even heard of Bang before. Next thing you know, she is coming home from school begging for me to buy her one saying that she needs it to get through the day. What happened to kids just drinking apple juice? Also, how are sports teams going to work if every mascot is the same? This is just ridiculous. I will be filing a complaint to the school board immediately.”

However, not every parent seemed to share the same concerns.

An anonymous mother shared, “I personally don’t see a problem with Bang energy drinks being sponsored by schools. I trust that Trump knows what he is doing and he would not make this decision if these drinks would harm our kids. I have no doubt that he cares about their wellbeing and I believe that these drinks are amazing and will bring so much to elementary schools all across the country.”

She went on to say, “People are always fearing change, but it’s nice to mix things up. My son used to have to ride the bus home from school, which he hated because other kids would tease him. Now, he is able to run home after school with all of his newfound energy. School gets out at 3:30, and he somehow makes it home at 3:29 thanks to these new drinks that he gets at lunch.”

The sponsorship has affected schools in many ways. In multiple elementary schools, the students are required to pledge allegiance to a framed picture of a Bang energy drink daily, instead of the usual American flag. Additionally, schools are implementing new classes that are specifically for students to taste test different flavors before they are officially released on the market. There is now a new type of spelling bee that is a nationwide competition for elementary schools. There are only three words that students are asked to spell- “Bang”, “energy”, and “drink”.

One fifth grader shared how the Bang Energy Drink sponsorship has affected her, “I love Bang energy drinks and I’m so happy that schools are doing this! Everywhere I look in my school there are pictures of the drinks and there is actually a whole section of our library with books about Bang Energy Drinks, it’s super cool. We even get to see Bang advertisements every single day after our morning announcements. My dad was kind of weirded out by the whole thing at first, but now if I’m lucky, he packs me an energy shot in my lunch as a treat. It’s really funny, I can actually taste my heartbeat right now. My parents are a little concerned because I haven’t slept in like 3 days, but I don’t care because I don’t need sleep anymore. These things are awesome.” 

Although the decision to have Bang be the sponsored drink of U.S. public elementary schools has faced criticism by many and has led to mixed reactions all around, it seems that these drinks are here to stay and that this is going to be the new way of life for elementary schools nationwide.


Disclaimer: This article was published as a part of our April Fools Edition.

Why Dubs Are Superior in Every Way

Written by Truman Robinson.

While watching my favorite anime series, I had a thought that bothered me enough to do some extensive research and deep thinking. I wondered about all of the people who choose subtitles over voice dubs when watching anime. I was furious to find that this is a current internet war that shames humble dub viewers, like myself. So here are a couple of reasons why dubbing is not so bad, and maybe the superior viewing method.

The stereotype of bad dubbing has a long and extensive history with shows like the original Transformers series and Speed Racer both shows from the 70s and 80s. But no bad English dub list is complete without mentioning Dragon Ball Z’s “Big Green’ dub. From the downright awful interpretation and the infamous translation “Big Green” for the villain Piccalo, this stream of eleven movies is the tragic mark for dub fans, and a stain on our history books.

But there is a bigger argument to make today. Sure, there have been some bad dubs in the past, but the sheer quality and quantity of today’s dubs are the best it’s ever been! To put this in perspective let us look at one of the most talked-about anime of all time, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. The writers are so ecstatic, they want viewers to fully appreciate the dub, so they put hints in their show to their admiration. Across the show, there are numerous instances where the characters will flip from the traditional Japanese dialogue and say catchphrases and one-liners in English. This act is a clever homage to English voice actors and is a fun little easter egg that silently thanks dubs for being so authentic. 

Enjoying a voice actor speaking in my native tongue is far more entertaining and relatable when I do not have to focus on reading a script with the voice actors. The commonly used antic, “If I wanted to read a book, I’d become an English major,” is a true encompassment of this dilemma. When one sits down to watch television, realistically they are trying to watch their favorite shows. By putting in subtitles over the motion pictures, one must divert their attention so that they are forced to sacrifice time by reading dialogue. 

Commonly in poor subs, obvious typos can plague the screens of humble viewers. As cited on the most popular website for anime dubs, 69% of English subs are made in five minutes, by taking the script and putting it through Google Translator. When I discovered this fact, I was shocked and, frankly appalled. Dubs have a more wholesome approach that respects the source material and does not offend viewers. 

Hiring voice actors start the long and, at times, tedious work of staying faithful to the source material. In shows like My Hero Acadarmia, Full Metal Alchemy Brothers, and my personal favorite Avatar the Last Airbender have dubs so good that it adds to the quality of the work. I could not attach myself to my favorite characters’ voices if I couldn’t understand the words they were saying. 

Now if you, oh gracious reader, would like to leave a comment on how my argument is not thought out, and I shouldn’t be complaining about what is clearly an inferior mode of watching Japanese television, I would implore you to go check out animeprilfools.com and decide for yourself which side you’re on.

Disclaimer: This article was published as a part of our April Fools Edition.

Great Room Soft Serve Found to Contain Trace Amounts of Laxatives

Written by Rebecca Raub.

Recently, many students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) have been complaining of stomach issues, especially right after eating at the Great Room. In a survey of a wide range of SMCM students, 80% shared that they have experienced this phenomenon. In particular, it seems that the soft serve machine may be the culprit, as all of the students that shared that they’ve been having these issues have one thing in common: the preference of having ice cream as a dessert after meals. 

A freshman at St. Mary’s, who wished to remain anonymous, shared, “I used to never have these issues before I came to college. I’ve heard people make jokes about the Great Room putting laxatives in our food, but I’m starting to think this stuff is serious.” He went on to say, “Every day after lunch and dinner, I get chocolate ice cream from the soft serve machine. And every day after lunch and dinner, I need to sprint to the bathroom. Seriously- I usually finish my dessert before my friends, so I’ll just be sitting at the table waiting when I get that feeling in my stomach. I’ll give my friends a look, and they instantly know what’s up. They know that I’ll be gone for about 30 minutes and not to worry. I’m lucky that they wait for me.” 

When asked why he did not just choose another dessert, the student said, “Well, I know I might regret my life choices immediately after I eat the soft serve, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take.” Many other students seem to share the same philosophy. 

In fact, a member of the Great Room head staff shared, “We have received several complaints about the ice cream causing stomach problems, but so far, the soft serve has still been in high demand, and we still see many students eating it.”

When asked about why the soft serve may be causing so many problems, a Great Room employee shared, “Okay, promise you won’t tell anyone. But I think I know what’s been happening. I went to my doctor and he told me that I should start adding MiraLax powder to my drinks for…reasons. So one day, I was supposed to fill the soft serve machine up and I realized that I had forgotten to take my daily dose. I quickly brought my drink and the container of MiraLax over so that nobody would see, and I was filling my drink up when my hand slipped.”

She continued, “Next thing you know, half of the powder from the container is in with the soft serve. I quickly mixed it in so that nobody would see what happened, not thinking about what that would do for those who ate it. I didn’t want to say anything to anyone, because first of all, they would know about my stomach problems, and second of all, I’d get in so much trouble. I apologize for all of the bathroom visits that I have caused.” The employee wished to be kept anonymous.

It seems that this may be the reason for laxatives being found in the soft serve, however, the employee assured me that this will never happen again. Although this may urge people eating in the Great Room to stay away from the soft serve, a little bit of laxatives won’t hurt you, plus there is no other place on campus to get soft serve.

Disclaimer: This article was published as a part of our April Fools Edition.

Bath Bombs: The Sensation That Gripped SMCM Nation

Written by Clare Kelly.

Bath bombs are the latest fad! People use, make, and give them to one another. These objects of every shape and size—for they’ve evolved from the common, traditional shape of a sphere—have taken over every body of water from baths to pools. And, well, now they’ve come to St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM)–yes, even the little college, way down on the Western peninsula of Maryland. Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology students deliberated with each other for weeks regarding the prospect of releasing a large bath bomb into the St. Mary’s River. The chemistry students studied the mechanics behind the reaction of the baking soda and the type of water in the St. Mary’s River while the biology students wanted to ensure the bath bomb would be eco-friendly to the organisms that claim the river as their home. The mathematicians calculated the exact measurements to ensure the bath bomb’s circumference did not exceed the length and width of the river itself.

Ironically, the science and mathematics departments reported instances of missing supplies to The Office of Public Safety (PS). The faculty claim there have been strange occurrences of finding classrooms covered in baking soda. One staff member even acknowledged seeing a ghost in Goodpaster Hall, although, on second thought, she said it might have just been a student covered in cornstarch and baking soda—or perhaps it’s just Casper dropping in for a visit. The SMCM community may never know. In an interview these students commented, “It’s truly strange, I- ah -I wonder how they happened.” Well, so does the rest of the SMCM community, buddy.

In the spirit of the St. Mary’s Way, no posters or advertisements were made for the releasing of the 9ft ball of baking soda, starch, and all of the other ingredients that appear in a bath bomb,  yet, all of campus knew the time, place, and location of the unveiling. Students gathered at the waterfront in anticipation to see a great display. One spectator commented, “I’m excited to see the bath bomb. Rumors have engulfed all of campus, it has been the talk of the month.”

When the much-anticipated time approached, a Sysco truck pulled up to the St. Mary’s River Center. In much confusion, students chatted amongst themselves about the possibility of the truck being lost. Students began to swarm the truck to get the driver’s attention, but they just kept steadily backing up into the river, only stopping within feet of the water’s edge.

With a loud bang, the truck’s rear entrance snapped back to reveal the 9ft bath bomb. Students began to cheer and chant, as others helped roll the ball off the truck. To create the greatest effect, they decide to drop the ball off the side of the dock.

With one last cheer, the students settled into a deep silence as the bath bomb was pushed off the dock. Students watched the ball fall in silence, but all remained in suspense as they watched in anticipation for this ball of hope to re-emerge from the depths of the St. Mary’s River.

Students lined the decks, docks, grass, and boat ledges as they watched the bath bomb re-emerge to the surface. As the baking soda dissolved into the murky body of water—home to SMCM’s only Division 1 Team—colors of blue and gold emerged on the water of the river.

One student mentioned, “It’s beautiful to see all the students come together to grace the wonderful water of the St. Mary’s River with society’s greatest fad. What better way is there to commemorate THE National Public Honors College.”

It is without a doubt, that in all SMCM students do, they remain steadfast in their pride for the blue and gold. At the end of the day, they will do anything for their school, even if that means creating a 9ft bath bomb.

 Disclaimer: This article was published as a part of our April Fools Edition.

Should We Be Dragging “Drag”?

Written by Jennifer Jenkins.

St. Mary’s LGBTQ+ services brought Perry’s Drag Brunch to the Bruce Davis Theatre and soon they’ll bring a student drag pageant in April. Perry’s features the queens: Bombalicious Eklaver, Whitney GucciGoo, India Larelle Houston, Veronica Vron Lush, and Kedra Lattimore. This sounds like a fun show to see, but some students disagree with the concept. Some believe that drag hurts the trans community, especially women. Others believe that drag is a form of entertainment and an art that doesn’t hurt anyone.

Dressing against the norm for performance purposes is nothing new. This goes all the way back to Ancient Greece where men played women’s roles on stage. The term “drag” started as slang and has evolved to describe a style of performance and costume. Drag queen, Whitney GucciGoo, defines drag as “a performer who takes pride in their work, strives to make each performance memorable while elevating whatever they are doing to the next level.” She thinks it is about “being as over the top extra as you can be and embracing that to its fullest degree.” 

GucciGoo’s opinion on drag shows the modern redefining of the art. Supporters like her believe drag can be viewed and practiced by anyone. Of course, there are those who practice drag that are not up with the times. In an interview with The Guardian, RuPaul stated, “Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture.” RuPaul’s Drag Race, a televised drag competition, was a big deal for the LGBTQ+ community when it first aired in 2009. It helped drag queens become part of the mainstream and was a way for the public to familiarize themselves with the art. The current problem with this show is that there have been incidences of encouraging offensive slurs and slang. Since it is a representation of the LGBTQ+ community and it is in the mainstream, it can make some viewers believe these behaviors are normal and okay. There are also problems with cis drag queens accidentally using their voices to speak for transgender women. When cis queens “pretend to be a woman”, they can give a false pretense for transgender women. This misrepresentation can cause individuals to mistake someone’s costume for another’s daily life. 

Because of the controversy, St. Mary’s Transgenda held a special discussion on drag during one of their bi-weekly meetings. Shameless plug— these meetings are every other Thursday at 8:00 PM in the Campus Center. The meeting before Perry’s Drag Show featured Tayo Clyburn, St. Mary’s Vice President of Diversity. During the Transgenda meeting, students shared their concerns, questions, and feelings about the relationship between drag and the trans community. Some topics were difficult; many questions don’t have just one right answer. It seemed that all were in agreement that inoffensive drag shows that had performers from a variety of backgrounds are okay. It was also important to the students at Transgenda that drag shows bring to light the dangers and hate the transgender community faces. 

Throughout Perry’s Drag Show, queens interacted with students, received tips, and brought them into their acts. The acts composed of lip syncing to artists like Ariana Grande and Britney Spears. Veronica Vron Lush used DC comics characters Harley Quinn, Wonderwoman, and Supergirl in her acts while donning a glitter beard. Bombalicious Eklaver had more comedic acts with stunning costumes. The last song Bombalicious performed was a version of Dreamgirls’ “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” featuring different bits of sound such as laughter and goat bleats. Kedra Lattimore pumped the audience with Lizzo hits and wowed us with her stunning, red number and her sparkling, blue dress. India Larelle Houston called for seniors to come to the stage during the middle of the show. She asked each senior their major and what they wanted to do after graduation. Houston and pulled character traits from each senior’s answers and gave them words of encouragement. At the end of the show, students interacted with each of the queens and took pictures. 

When drag is used for comedy and the performers use terms that are offensive towards the transgender community, that’s a problem. Drag can be inclusive and informative. Some performers use drag as a creative outlet, some use it to explore their own gender identity, and some use it to pay the bills. There are a variety of styles that a performer can lean towards. Whitney GucciGoo knows “comedy queens, camp queens, look queens, beauty queens, trick queens, dance queens, avant-garde queens” and the list goes on. There’s a flavor for everyone.

What’s important is the discussions we have about drag and its effects on different communities. At the Transgenda meetings, Tayo Clyburn prompted students to “think about it beyond bringing a drag show to campus, but bringing a conversation to campus.” When we discuss drag, we make it into much more of a show. We make it into an informative experience. Clyburn also said, “Drag shows are whatever we as students decide they are.” If anyone would like to get in touch with the Rainbow Room or Transgenda, please email Calvin Ryan (cgryan@smcm.edu), Alex Clay (arclay@smcm.edu), Dylan Roeper (laroeper@smcm.edu), or email Emma Slyker (ekslyker@smcm.edu) if you would like a friend.

Democratic Primary Now a Two-Man Race

Written by Charlotte Powers.

On Tuesday, March 3, 14 states and the territory of American Samoa held their primary elections. Former Vice President Joe Biden won 10 of the 15 contests, Senator Bernie Sanders won four and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg won American Samoa.

Biden demonstrated his strong support in southern states, winning Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Biden also demonstrated his ability to win in northern states, claiming victory in Maine, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. Sanders showed more support in the west, winning in Colorado, Utah and California. Sanders also won in his home state of Vermont.

In each of these contests, the candidates are competing for delegates at the Democratic National Convention in July. A total of 1,338 were up for grabs on Tuesday, and a candidate needs 1,991 delegates in order to reach a majority at the convention. Biden currently leads the delegate count at 664, with Sanders close behind at 573. This gap is likely to close, as there are nearly 200 delegates that remain uncounted from California, where Sanders had a large victory. Overall, the two candidates are neck and neck in the delegate race. 

The primaries for the Democratic party apportion delegates proportionally, as opposed to Republican primaries, where the candidate who receives a plurality of the votes in a state receives every delegate from the state.

Following Biden’s dominant victory in South Carolina, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar suspended their presidential campaigns and endorsed the former Vice President. Many believe that the rallying of centrists around Biden helped his numbers on super Tuesday, especially in Minnesota, Klobuchar’s home state. 

Conversely, Senator Elizabeth Warren has received criticism over her decision to remain in the race despite her low national polling. Critics say Warren split the progressive vote between herself and frontrunner Bernie Sanders, which likely cost Sanders victories in Warren’s home state of Massachusetts and nearby Maine. Senator Warren fell to a distant third place finish in her home state of Massachusetts.

Following the results of Super Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Elizabeth Warren suspended their presidential campaigns. Bloomberg has since endorsed Joe Biden, while Warren has not yet made an endorsement.

The next set of primary contests come on Mar. 10. Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington state will have their chance to make their voices heard. With such a close race, each vote matters now more than ever.

United States Signs Peace Agreement with Taliban

Written by Charlotte Powers.

On Feb 29, the United States government and Taliban leadership in Afghanistan signed a historic peace agreement that would withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan over the next 14 months and put an end to the longest war in American history. This agreement comes after 18 months of negotiations between the two parties. Since the war began in 2001, more than 43,000 Afghan civilians and nearly 2,500 American soldiers have been killed.

There are four main points of the peace deal. First, the withdrawal of all American and NATO troops over the course of the next 14 months. Second, a guarantee by the Taliban that they would not allow extremist groups like Al-Qaeda to operate in territory that they control. Third, the start of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, set to begin March 10. And fourth, a permanent ceasefire in the country.

President Trump is confident that the Taliban will hold up their end of the deal, but is willing to use military action if they do not comply. “I really believe the Taliban wants to do something to show we’re not all wasting time,” Trump said at a press conference. “If bad things happen, we’ll go back with a force like no one’s ever seen.”

But one aspect of the peace deal is being contested by the Afghan government. As a condition for the beginning of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, the government must release 5,000 Taliban prisoners. In exchange, the Taliban must also release 1,000 of their own prisoners. However, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani announced that his government had never agreed to the prisoner exchange.

The Taliban have long referred to the Afghan government as a “puppet regime” that was installed by the United States after the 2001 invasion. A lasting peace in Afghanistan would require the two sides to come together. Al-Jazeera reporter Hoda Abdel-Hamid said of the accord, “Everybody would agree, ironically, on the fact that the deal between the Taliban and the US—as difficult as it might have been—has probably been the easiest part in trying to bring peace to this country.”

Some cracks are already beginning to show in the agreement. The Taliban announced Monday, March 2, that they would resume their offensive against the Afghan government, but not against American or coalition forces. One of the preconditions of the United States to sign the peace agreement was a seven day reduction in violence from both sides. However, there was no requirement for a ceasefire after the agreement was signed. The treaty only provided a framework for working toward a ceasefire. On March 4, less than one week after the agreement was signed, the US announced that it was launching a “defensive strike” against the Taliban. Colonel Sonny Leggett, spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, tweeted Wednesday, “we will defend our partners when required.” Only time will tell whether this agreement will be a meaningful step towards peace, or simply another empty gesture.

SMCM Alumnus Runs for Baltimore City Mayor

Written by Truman Robinson.

Brandon Scott, a St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) alumnus is running for mayor in Baltimore City. Scott Graduated from SMCM in 2016 with his B.A. in Political Science. In 2011, Scott was elected to be on the Baltimore City Council, representing Baltimore City’s 2nd District. He is currently the youngest Baltimore City Council member at 27 years. In 2019, Scott was unanimously elected to be President of Baltimore City’s Council and has been serving since. During his time as Council President, he has fought for a higher living wage and police reformation as chair of the Public Safety Committee and a member of the Budget and Appropriations and Judiciary and Legislative Investigations committees. 

Scott announced in September 2019 that he was running for Mayor of Baltimore City. He is running on a liberal, grassroots platform. His main goals are to build upon the accomplishments that he and his team have made in the last nine years. Those being Open Data programs, Whistleblower Rights and introducing bills that close loopholes for lobbyists to give gifts to political campaigns. 

On his agenda, Scott is trying to pass Bill 19-0451, which would set in motion a crime reduction plan orchestrated in part by the major chiefs in fire control, law enforcement and states attorney office. On his campaign page, brandondforbaltimore.com, he says that “The Baltimore Police Department cannot be expected to reduce crime alone. Every city agency has a role to play in addressing the disease of gun violence in our city.” 

Also on Scott’s agenda are plans to strengthen an already enacted Gun Offender Registry to protect against illegal uses of assault weaponry and lowering the number of guns sold to minors. On his campaign page, he notes that most illegal firearms are brought in illegally from across district lines. So by enacting plans to stop guns before they get into the city, Scott hopes to diminish unregistered gun violence. Along with this multifaceted plan, Scott also plans on strengthening a cross-agency response to violence and restricting “Tough On Crime” laws. With this agenda, Scott would open plans for rehabilitation and recovery for victims of gun violence. 

Scott’s campaign is also fighting for more money for public schools and youth athletic programs. Bill 19-0331 would cover the safety training and equipment for schools and athletic programs. The bill would require schools to enforce proper safety training and ensure that schools and sports organizations have proper funding and equipment for their students and athletes. 

The Baltimore Sun released new polls that show Brandon Scott polling in second place at 9%, behind former city mayor Sheila Dixon who is polling at 14%. However, Baltimore voters should not read too deeply into the polls, because they also show that 40% of voters are undecided. Baltimore residents will choose the Democratic mayoral nominee in April. Once nominated, the Democtratic mayoral candidate is expected to become mayor.

St. Mary’s to Add Track Program

Written by Tyler Wilson.

On February 1, according to insideSMCM, St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Board of Trustees signed off on a proposal that would allow for the development and implementation of a track program. According to insideSMCM this summer the track will be resurfaced, athletic director Scott Devine mentioned the hiring of a coach “this coming fall,” and according to Tom Fisher, the director of the athletics and recreation center, there is a strong possibility that the program will be implemented as early as the 2020-2021 school year. A major factor in the implementation of these renovations was the $400,000 donation by Trustee member William Seale. The renovations to the track surface were necessary to be compliant with NCAA regulations, so Seale’s gift is a major reason why the program will be able to hit the ground running. 

This proposal was a recommendation from the SMCM Board of Trustees Task Force.here are two task forces and this was a recommendation from “task force two,” which has a goal of adding “extracurricular activities, whether it be sports or clubs, to implement to try to drive enrollment increases.” Fisher noted that there were many reasons for the new team, one of which being to expand enrollment, another being to improve diversity because of the populations that would be recruited in “the inner city Baltimore, D.C. area,”and also the goal of “enhancing the cross country program as well,” because members of the cross country team would be able to do track in the winter and spring, instead of having no formal team to be a part of in the winter and spring. Furthermore, the addition of a track team will increase the scope of recruiting for the cross country team, meaning that cross country does not have to look strictly for cross country runners, but can also look for track athletes who could potentially contribute a lot to the program. 

In terms of the coaching situation, Fisher stressed that they will look to hire a coach that has both track and field experience. The hiring of this new coach will make it so that the head cross country coach and assistant ARC director, Ryan Scanlon, will serve as the assistant track coach, and whoever is hired to be the track coach will be the assistant coach for the cross country team. Fisher talked about how Scanlon and whoever the new track coach will be will have a close relationship, and will be helping each other not just in coaching, but also in recruiting. This means that the position of assistant arc director will be vacant. Fisher explained that “we’re going to explore other options to fill that vacancy.” Fisher mentioned that there are various different ways of structuring the cross country and track programs at others schools such as Salisbury and Christopher Newport, with Salisbury having one coach for both cross country and track but various assistants, and Christopher Newport having track coaches, a director of track and field and a seperate cross country coach. Only time will tell how SMCM’s structure of both programs will work, but it does appear like the structure is set up in a way as to put the track and cross country programs at an equal level of importance.

There has been much optimism around the addition of the track program, with Devine calling it “an exciting time for Seahawks athletics’”, and President Jordan saying that this is “a perfect time” to initiate the program. It is time to spike up, because the track program is up and running.

SMCM Jazz Ensemble Puts On a Great Spring Concert

Written by Rebecca Raub.

On Thursday March 5 at 7:30 p.m., the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) Jazz Ensemble held their spring concert in the Bruce Davis Theater. Members of the SMCM community all came out to see the talented performers. The show featured numbers by the SMCM Dixieland Band, the No Time 5 Jazz Combo, and the SMCM Jazz Ensemble featuring guest artist Jennifer Cooper. Rick Humpreys from the SMCM Music Department directed the show. 

The ensemble personnel consists of about 20 members, featuring SMCM students, alumni and other musicians from the St. Mary’s community. Those in the ensemble showcased their talents on flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums and vocals. 

Director Rick Humphreys introduced the performers, and also gave introductions to each of the songs as well, including a mention of what decade each piece was from and other commentary. 

To begin the show the ensemble played two songs, which happened to be the most newly composed pieces in the entire show, both from the 21st century. The SMCM Dixieland Band then performed five songs, two of which were slower blues pieces followed by three pop hits from the 60s and 70s. Following these pieces, the No Time 5 Jazz Combo performed five songs, which included classic hits like Toto’s “Africa” and MichaelJackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” To finish up the show, the SMCM Jazz Ensemble played three songs with vocalist Jennifer Cooper. It was very clear how much talent all of the groups in the show have, especially through the numerous student solos featured in each song. 

Jennifer Cooper, the guest artist, is the president/CEO of Go-DIVA! Productions, Inc. She is also a performer and professional vocalist who teaches voice lessons, classes and workshops, and we were lucky that she was able to join the SMCM Jazz Ensemble with her stunning vocals and talent. 

Isabelle Harsch, who played the keyboard in the show shared, “I started to get into jazz band in high school. My family and I were really into jazz which inspired me to join. I continued this passion here by joining the Jazz Ensemble at SMCM.” When asked about the experience of being in this ensemble, Harsch said, “It’s really nice. A lot of ensembles are very, very strict and are a lot of work. It’s still work here, of course, but it’s such a chill environment and it feels more like everyone is just hanging out and having fun.”

Sophomore Peter Wiley who plays drums in the ensemble shared, “I wanted to join because I played in high school for the last three years and it was super enjoyable, so I wanted to continue playing here. Jazz band is actually a class that you sign up for through the registrar. You don’t have to try out for it, you just have to contact the professor.” Wiley continued, “I was really happy with the concert, I think that everybody played really well. The show went amazingly, and there was a great turnout which I was really happy about.”

The SMCM Jazz Ensemble will celebrate 50 years next year, and hopes that SMCM students  will come out to see their future shows. They will perform again in April at the Pub. Other upcoming music events at SMCM include the PING concert on March 7 and the Brass Trio Concert on March 23.