SKY@SMCM

Written By: Maggie Warnick

SKY Campus Happiness is a wellness program featuring yoga, meditation, breathing techniques and more that is designed to help members of a campus community feel and be their best. Now, the program is at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). According to their website, 58 campuses have implemented such programs, with over 100 thousand students reached. Their mission is “To be an ecosystem for total wellbeing for every college campus in the U.S.” Research has been done on the effectiveness of the SKY program by institutions including Harvard and Yale.

James Carter (‘22), leader of SKY@SMCM stated that SKY “brings evidence-based breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, group interaction and leadership trainings to empower people to connect with the world and their inner self” and “looks to bring people of different communities, backgrounds and grades together as one. They can also enable people to serve others via service projects and leadership training.” Noticing that students at St. Mary’s seemed stressed and run-down by the pressures of school, Carter decided to begin a SKY program on campus. Carter testified that he “personally felt a big change in my life from SKY, so I felt that it would be something amazing that others can experience as well.” 

Events on campus include breath, mediation, and yoga workshops, a Happiness Retreat and yoga sessions on Facebook live that Carter, a 200 hour certified yoga instructor, will be leading. Students can also expect dance parties, game nights, singing sessions and other get-togethers that according to Carter will “allow people to empower themselves, connect with their inner nature of peace, and create a beautiful community where a person can prosper physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.” Carter hopes to let anyone interested in joining know “That it is a beautiful club with beautiful people that hopes to bring a smile on every face. That we will not just be meditating and doing yoga but connecting with each other on a social level so we create a sense of belongingness within the community and the group.” He continues by stating that “we hope to bring peace, joy and fulfillment into other people’s lives through breathwork, the loving community of SKY, meditation and yoga.” Meditations are held every Monday at 5:00 p.m., and information about the SKY and its events at St. Mary’s, as well as information about how to be a SKY leader can be found by contacting jwcarter@smcm.edu. For more information about SKY as an organization, visit skycampushappiness.org.

Women’s Basketball Eager to Start a Fresh Season Under Coach Calhoun

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) women’s basketball team opens up their season at home on Nov. 9 against Mary Baldwin University. The team is ready to build off of last year’s 8-16 record and become a force to be reckoned with in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).

Head coach C.K. Calhoun begins her second season at the helm of the Seahawks basketball program. Before becoming the head coach of the Seahawks, Calhoun served as the interim coach at Lafayette College (2015, 2017) as well as the head coach of Shenandoah University (2012-2014). Calhoun brings her invaluable coaching experience to the Seahawks and is ready to start the quest for a potential CAC championship. In addition to her experience as a coach, she played basketball at Marymount University (2004-2006). Calhoun was a three-year letter winner at Marymount where she was a member of two CAC championship teams.

When speaking of the upcoming season, Calhoun said, “I look for us to compete in all 25 games and play hard 40 minutes a night. We have a group of young women that are ready to become a force in the Capital Athletic Conference.” The Seahawks are entering the season with eight new players who are ready to take over and show that the basketball team at St. Mary’s has something to prove.

As far as the upcoming season goes, Calhoun states, “We began to establish our culture last season and I plan on continuing that process. We want to have positive energy on the court at all times and we are going to give maximum effort. Building that culture is a continual process.” Calhoun preaches defense to her players stating, “I am a defensive coach first. I am looking for our defense to create havoc and pressure. Our defense should create our offense.”

In the off-season, the players and coaches knew that there was work to be done in order to regain their reputation within the CAC. Calhoun claimed, “We brought in a strength coach, who was a huge help, and I know that they players were very serious with both their off-season conditioning as well as playing competitive basketball.”

Senior forward and team captain Kobe Chaney, ‘19, is ready to begin her final season as a member of the Seahawks squad. Chaney is prepared to welcome in the new Seahawks and start a legacy for the women’s basketball program. Chaney said that, “I want to leave St. Mary’s with a stepping stone to making this women’s basketball team one of the best in the Capital Athletic Conference.”

In Chaney’s time at St. Mary’s, she has been a steady force for the Seahawks. She was named the St. Mary’s Athlete of the month in December of 2015. She has also averaged 7.1 points per game in her time as a Seahawk. The team will lean on Chaney for both her veteran leadership skills and her ability on the court.

Chaney has a lot to look forward to in her final year in a Seahawks uniform. She says, “I am looking forward to playing with some of my closest friends in my final season on the basketball team. I get to finish my career here at St. Mary’s with my best friend and fellow captain Katie Robey, just like how we started our freshman year.”

Calhoun is ready to embark on her second season and see the progress which has been made since her arrival. It is important for the college students to get behind the Seahawks and cheer them to victory for every home game. Calhoun stated, “I believe we are going to play an exciting brand of basketball this season, and so if fans are looking for an entertaining two hours, they should come out to see us play!”

This Seahawks squad is excited to take flight into the new season. It is clear that the team is out and ready for a shot at a CAC championship. They know that their off-season preparation as well as their discipline in practice will pay off in the long-run.

Print Edition of Volume 79, Issue 3 in Circulation Now!

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Your Biweekly Horoscopes

Aries (March 21-April 19): Your aggressive personality and tendency to foster conflict will bring wrath and suffering to all of those around you, but in a way that will send them into a transformative reevaluation of who they hang out with. So go ahead and wreak havoc among those around you, confident that you’ll ultimately be doing them a favor.

Recommended activity: Drinking seven gallons of whole milk a week.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): You’ll have a dream this week in which a spirit guide appears to you on the steppes of the Andes, near the settling place of the ancient Incas. They will impart all of the life advice you’ve ever longed for and didn’t know you needed, and you will forget it immediately upon waking. The rest of your life will be led in utter darkness, like a Chilean miner who never escaped the earth.

Recommended activity: Hoarding scented candles from Michael’s.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Your duplicity and tendency to slight the people closest to you will result in the ultimate implosion of all aspects of your life. You’ll feel all of the drama and self-indulgence of a television diva going through the same thing, but the ultimate repercussions will be all too real.

Recommended activity: Preparing for the upcoming Rapture.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): The end of monsoon season is approaching, and the crops are flourishing this spring. Tend to them carefully for a bounteous yield come harvest season.

Recommended activity: Crafting wicker furniture.

Leo (July 23-August 22): Your sign may be a lion, but this does not translate into an innate connection with all lions. Do not try to approach a lion.

Recommended activity: Lion petting.

Virgo (August 23-September 22): Your celebrity counterparts consist of Michael Jackson, Paul Walker, Cameron Diaz, and Stephen King. In case you weren’t already convinced that astrology is a sham, a quick comparison of these people’s lives will lead you to the conclusion that the signs have no bearing on reality.

Recommended activity: Cow tipping.

Libra (September 23-October 22): The end is nigh, but only Libras can truly sense the approach of the rapture. Repent all of your sins or recklessly indulge in all of your favorite illicit pleasures, whichever you feel is best.

Recommended activity: Join The Point News.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21): This week, conditions will be ideal for you to join an anarcho-syndicalist group aligned with Marxist thought. It may not work out, but the journey will be an exciting one.

Recommended reading: Delay your work until it’s logistically impossible to complete it all on time.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): An epidemic will erupt that will affect all members of the population except those with a Sagittarius star sign. This will be the dawn of incorporating training in astrology into the medical disciplines.

Recommended activity: Pilates.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): The dystopian, tech-dominated world we’re headed for will particularly devastate Capricorns, who are the sign most likely to have used a third-party app that gave Cambridge Analytica access to their friends’ data. Thanks, Capricorns. I hope totalitarian dictatorship treats you well.

Recommended activity: Go duck hunting.

Aquarius (January 20 to February 18): As the fish sign, an air of waterfowl lingers about you at all times. If you’re wondering why your friends have been few and far between thus far, it’s because of the stench that inevitably follows you.

Recommended activity: Crying.

Pisces (February 19 to March 20): Despite your inherent mediocrity, luck and happenstance will guide you to tremendous success and influence. You will live out your adult life in an expansive and luxurious Georgetown row home, smoking cigars and making policy decisions that affect the lives of millions of Americans.

Recommended activity: Boating.

Meta: Issue 9, Volume 78 is now in Circulation!

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Corrections – In the “‘Spring Awakening,’ The Musical” review, Moriah Austin-Brantly’s name was previously misspelled as “Moirah.”

Teachers in West Virginia Walk Out of the Classroom, Demand Better Pay

Editors note: This article was written on March 4. PBS NewsHour reports that teachers returned to their classrooms on Wednesday, March 7 after making a deal with the state government resulting in a 5 percent pay raise.


School’s out in West Virginia. It is not due to snow, wind or any other form of inclement weather, but rather because all of the public school teachers are absent. They are on strike, demanding better benefits and higher wages.

Public schools in all 55 counties of West Virginia have been closed since Feb. 22. They are expected to remain closed for the duration of this week, pending on whether or not a compromise is met between the state government and the teachers’ unions.

The teachers on strike come from all parts of the state, so their grievances are varied. But according to The New Yorker, their primary concern is that compared to national standards, they make very little money and their benefits are subpar. The teachers allege that the Republican governor of their state, Jim Justice, broke a promise to increase their pay.

The Washington Post conducted an analysis using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which found that West Virginia high school teachers earn less than their peers in 46 other states and the District of Columbia. Elementary and middle school teachers do marginally better, besting just one more state.

The strike was prompted after Gov. Justice signed legislation providing teachers and other school personnel with a two-percent salary increase beginning in July of this year and promising a one-percent pay hike in 2020 and 2021.

According to The New York Times, the teachers’ unions repudiated this legislation on the grounds that it was not a large enough increase to satisfy their qualms about inequality between states, nor was it enough for teachers to live comfortably on.

“The crisis in public education in this state has come to a head, and teachers and service personnel have reached their breaking point,” said Christine Campbell, president of American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia (AFT-WV) in a statement announcing the strike on Feb. 14. “Experienced teachers are leaving the state in search of adequate pay and benefits elsewhere.”

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, added, “legislative leaders are sitting idly by as educator pay goes down, healthcare costs go up, and surrounding states poach some of West Virginia’s brightest teachers and pay them more.”

In response to the strike, Gov. Justice wrote an open letter to all state employees, promising a five percent pay raise in the first year, contingent on state lawmakers approving legislation to do so.

According to Vox, the strikers are waiting until State Senate President Mitch Carmichael approves the pay increase. The legislation has the support of the state’s House of Delegates — where it passed 98-1 — and the governor, but it needs to be approved the Senate too to become law. Carmichael has been hesitant due to his concern that the state is unable to pay the increase wages.

As of March 2, according to the Associated Press, the West Virginia Senate refused to vote on whether or not the teachers deserve the pay raise. Despite pressure from hundreds of protesters at the Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia, Republican Senate majority leader Ryan Ferns made a motion to table the vote. As of March 3, the bill is still in the committee hearing phase.

Teachers made an effort to minimize negative consequences of the protest to students. One in four children is in poverty in West Virginia according to the Center for American Progress’s Talk Poverty project and depend on school meals to eat.

Because of this, many teachers in West Virginia made arrangements to ensure that the children would be fed. Teachers gathered bags of food for students, much of which was paid for out of their own pockets. “Before they made the decision to strike they wanted to make sure their students’ needs were taken care of,” a spokesperson for ATF-WV told CNN.

Technically, according to The Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact, this strike is illegal. But the teachers are doing it anyway. They have garnered praise for their bravery, dedication to the students and showing the power of unions from many left-wing publications.  

“The current action is helping many people rediscover and reclaim a political legacy that was fading away,” according to the socialist publication Jacobin. According to American leftists and progressives, the protest in West Virginia has revitalized populist union-style politics. The New Yorker says that this was an intentional byproduct of the protest. The organizing unions emphasized that the strike began in the southern-most parts of the state, parts which were historically union strongholds.

Ken Fones-Wolf, a professor of history at West Virginia University, told The New Yorker that he thinks the strike may reflect a general turn in the state’s politics. If true, Fones-Wolf’s prediction would have national implications.

The editorial board of The New York Times wrote this week about the relationship of this protest to a United States Supreme Court Case which is expected to “eviscerate public-sector unions.” Justice Samuel Alito says that unions infringe upon “dignity and conscience” by forcing political opinions on their members. But according to The New York Times, these teachers are a model for how unions should operate.

Yet, the protesters may not be thinking about longterm, national impacts. One teacher who was profiled told The New York Times, “I take care of the bills in my family and knew I can’t afford it, I can’t. I have two children, I live paycheck to paycheck … I can’t be complacent, something has to change.”

“Spring Awakening,” The Musical

This semester saw the first mainstage musical production at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) since 2013’s “Working: A Musical,” with the highly anticipated “Spring Awakening,” the musical. The show ran from March 1-4, with their Friday production unfortunately called off after the college was closed due to severe winds.

“Spring Awakening” was directed by Theater, Film, and Media Studies department (TFMS) professor Mark Rhoda and starred Moriah Austin-Brantly and Jacob Traver, both class of 2018, as the play’s male and female leads, Wendla Bergmann and Melchior Gabor.

The production is set in repressive 1890s Bavaria and follows Wendla, Melchior, and their other classmates — including Jake Jaffe, ’19, as Moritz Stiefel — as the young German adolescents make their first forays into teen angst, lust, and existential dread.

Wednesday’s opening night saw a more than fully-booked crowd: not a rarity for the free admission seen on the first night of TFMS productions, but after Friday’s cancellation, even the Saturday showing was fully sold out.

Audience reactions seemed to have fallen into two camps: those who knew “Spring Awakening’s” whole deal before they stepped into Bruce Davis Theater, and those who were caught a bit off guard.

For musical theater fans, the rock musical first performed in 2006 is no obscure pull out of Broadway history; it won eight Tony Awards in 2007, including Best Musical, and its revival in 2015 with the mostly deaf and hard-of-hearing cast of Deaf West Theatre received national acclaim.

But for the less Broadway-inclined, “Spring Awakening” has always been a bizarre sell. An alt-rock production based on a 19th century German play, centered around 14 and 15-year-olds discovering their sexualities and their parents’ failings for the first time. The show features elements of rape, child abuse, suicide, sexual sadism, and abortion, with a soundtrack falling somewhere between Radiohead and Green Day. One of its most celebrated songs (“The Bitch of Living”) is an anthem of teen masturbation, featuring lines like “We’ll work that silver magic / Then we’ll aim it at the wall.”

During that song in particular, Jake Jaffe, who stole every scene he was in with Mortiz’ neurotic energy, notably had to mime a sex act into the front row of the audience — where, on opening night, sat SMCM President Tuajuanda Jordan.

But though the show’s brazenness about all the painful awkwardness of adolescence may make some uncomfortable, it became a smash hit on Broadway for a reason. The music hits hard, with a particularly stellar performance by the band as led by Professor of Music Larry Vote. The opening number, “Mama Who Bore Me” and reprisal, sets the stage for the rest of the show, as the powerful vocals of Austin-Brantly, McKenna Johnson, Kyndall Rhaney, Rachael Meador and Kelsey Hancock transformed a pack of little girls in frilly period piece dresses into a modern-day girl group.

And there’s something captivating about witnessing Wendla, Martha, Melchior and Moritz, and all the other students, go through something so agonizing and so universal out in the open.

Bruce Davis Theater was set up for “Spring Awakening”  in a way that emphasized that feeling of voyeurism — the normally high stands for seating were flattened out surrounding a small raised stage, putting the audience and cast on nearly the same eye-level. This left some in the audience complaining about blocked views and poor visibility, but along with the stares of the Edvard-Munch-inspired paintings hung high over the theater, emphasized the feeling that we were watching something private.

The young teens in the show don’t have the privilege of privacy, or basic information about their own bodies, as they are set up against the antagonism of the play’s willfully blind or malicious adults.

It takes some courage to strip down naked or mime masturbation in front of your college president, as it maybe takes any teenager to get through the awkward, transformative years of adolescence.

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire two-hour run of SMCM’s “Spring Awakening.” The show was a daring choice for the TFMS’ department’s first dive back into musicals after a five-year drought, and one that SMCM’s student actors and singers were well equipped to pull off. The male vocals of the night, in particular, were stellar, with stand-out performances from Mikey Rainey and Byron Dickerson in their parts in the “Boys” cast.

Kevin Glotfelty and Jeanette Warren, who played every adult male and female role in the play respectively, were funny or villainous as needed, donning red clown noses and teachers’ caps and gowns when they delivered remarks of doom over the main stage. Traver and Austin-Brantly had great chemistry, even in some of the show’s darker scenes.

JW Ruth and James Miller delivered great performances as the play’s representations of non-heterosexual teen discovery, a relationship that in most productions is played for comedy, as the cast discussed in the opening night Talk-Back.

Aside from some technical stumbles, some noticeable vocal failings with some of the cast, and the aforementioned cut-off view from the crowd, “Spring Awakening” was a captivating night of theater, and I hope not the last musical the school puts on for another five years.


Correction: Moriah Austin-Brantly’s name was previously misspelled as “Moirah.”

Crime Report: Armed Robbery in WC

This article has been updated. Click here to read more.


By Cecelia Marquez and Scott Zimmerman

Four St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) students reportedly entered a suite in the Waring Commons residential area on the afternoon of Feb. 9 and committed an armed robbery. The students reportedly robbed another SMCM student; the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office classified the robbery as a theft between $100 and $1,500.

SMCM’s Public Safety (P.S.) sent out a notice to students, faculty and staff on Feb. 13, stating that the “Office of Public Safety received a report of a hand gun [sic] on campus. After an initial investigation, it was determined that there was no immediate threat to the campus community.”

As of Feb. 18, P.S. had not yet issued an official statement informing the community of the robbery. The email sent to the community mentioned the handgun and noted that “the students that [sic] are suspected perpetrators were identified, placed in police custody and have been suspended pending further investigation.” This language suggests but does not state, that the alleged robberies were associated with the handgun, showing that P.S. has yet to come to an official conclusion about weapons involved in the event.

The Baynet News and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, in a blog post, state that one of the suspects was armed with a firearm.

On Feb. 13 the four suspects, Marquis Xavier Bullett, Kevin Louis Makle, Judge Clifford Payne and Kyndle Joshua Terrell-Jones, were located on campus by St. Mary’s County deputies and were arrested, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the State of Maryland case search, Bullett is charged with two felonies, armed robbery and robbery, and two misdemeanors, second-degree assault and theft. Makle, Payne and Terrell-Jones were charged with the same two felonies and misdemeanors as well as a firearm use charge.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up for Payne. The webpage says that Payne “was arrested [at SMCM] for an incident he was not involved with. There is no evidence to indicate that he was involved.” This fundraiser appears to have been set up by a family member of Payne’s. It states that Payne “is being profiled as a young black male for something he has not done.”

The Point News (TPN) is unaware of any similar campaigns taking place for Bullet, Makle or Terrell-Jones.

According to the SMCM Athletics website, three of the four suspects were members of the men’s basketball team. Head coach Christopher Harney, ‘97, did not respond to TPN request for comment.

According to SMCM students present at the time, at least one student was arrested in an academic building during class. Beatrice Burroughs,‘19, said in an email to TPN that on Feb. 13 she and other students were waiting for class when “the police and [Public Safety] came to the classroom door right next to where we were sitting … They said they had a warrant for his arrest.” Burroughs added that the officers “handcuffed him” and left. “We were just kind of shocked,” she said.

Students on campus expressed concern over the incident. “Me [sic] and my friend Shane Brogan [‘19] saw two [of the alleged perpetrators] around 3 p.m.,” Patrick O’Leary, ‘19, told TPN. O’Leary and Brogan say that their on-campus residence is in the immediate vicinity of the reported crime. O’Leary said, “it’s crazy that they were right there, next to us.”

“There were three of us here, five feet away from the robbery, and we heard nothing that went on,” said Adam Scrivener, ‘19, who lives in the same residence as Brogan and O’Leary.

Scrivener says that the incident has made them wary of crime and danger on campus. “We all agreed to start locking our common room door.”

Public Safety was not made aware of the incident until Sunday, Feb. 12, when they received notification from the County Sheriff’s Office, according to Director of Public Safety Tressa Setlak. “It was not reported to us [by any students],” stated Setlak.

She commented, “I wish more students would be more forthcoming more quickly so we could act faster.” Setlak stated that students can submit reports anonymously through 911Shield, the app that the college has been trying to implement as a main source for safety-related communications.  

At this time, 911Shield is not setup to disseminate mass communications, but Setlak reports that it will “soon be what we use to … do our mass communication.”

In addition to the legal consequences being decided in the justice system, if these students return to campus they may face further repercussions.  Their actions, if found true, violate the SMCM Residence Life Office policy against “firearms or weapons of any kind” and many articles of the Code of Student Conduct.

The College’s investigation into the alleged robbery is still ongoing. If anyone has information, Setlak encourages anyone with information to come forward. “Any information we get can help,” she said.

Students have expressed discontent with the comments section on local news sites reporting te alleged robbery. “I was shocked to hear about the incident but more shocked when reading the comments on the news,” Caitlin Henry, ‘19, told TPN in an email, “this revealed so many racist perspectives in the community.”

This incident has sparked conversation about guns on campus. A bill titled the Gun-Free Higher Education Zones Act passed the Maryland State House of Delegates in 2017 according to The Diamondback, University of Maryland’s student newspaper. The legislation currently in debate in the Maryland State Senate would “prohibit the carrying or possession of specified firearms on the property of public institutions of higher education.”

Brogan, on the other hand, expressed concern about how P.S. would have responded if the gun were used. In the event of a shooting Brogan said, “we’d have to wait 20 minutes for actual cops with weapons” to arrive and subdue the perpetrator.

If you have any information relevant to this story that you wish to share with The Point News, please email Cecelia (cemarquez@smcm.edu) or Scott (editorinchief@thepointnews.com).


Correction: A previous version of this article stated the robbery happened “at gunpoint.” The County Sheriff’s office classified this incident as an “armed robbery.” The Southern Maryland News Network used the phrase “at gun point” but that has not been verified.

Meta: Print Editions of Volume 78, Issue 7 in Circulation Now.

Print copies of The Point News’ most current edition have begun to circulate the St. Mary’s campus community. Pick one up from any St. Mary’s College of Maryland building. If you can not find our drop-off location near you or would like to request the paper be delivered to a specific spot, please email Scott at editorinchief@thepointnews.com. For those unable to access paper copies, either due to proximity or any other reason, take solace in this PDF of the newspaper available by clicking the link below. For the most part, articles in this issue have already been posted online. If there is an article which you would like to read in its web format, it is either already accessible on the website, or will be very soon.

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Corrections: Please refer to this version of “A Case for Veganism” as there are a few errors in the print edition.

Seahawk Basketball Winding Down

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) basketball programs are entering the final few weeks of the season. As of Feb. 6, both the men’s and women’s programs have only four games remaining each until the playoffs commence. Currently, the women’s team sits at a 6-14 record (2-12 in conference) and the men’s team sits at 3-17 (2-11 in conference). As of right now, both teams will need to win out and/or have other teams lose in order to make the playoffs.

After completing the 2016-17 season with a 7-18 record, the women’s basketball team is in a good position to have a better record than last year. On Feb. 3, the Seahawks lost a tough game on the road against Wesley College. After a back and forth game, Wesley pulled ahead in the middle of the third quarter, only to have the Seahawks come back to within one point at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Wesley then went up by three points with nine minutes left in the game and maintained the lead for the remainder of the game. In the end, Wesley held on to a 59-55 win (smcmathletics.com).

Sophomore Janey Mathisen led SMCM with 15 points, two steals and two assists. Senior Olivia Nowlin also added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists in the effort.

Seniors Nowlin and Kerri Kline and junior Katie Robey are all captains for the SMCM women.

The SMCM women’s team was scheduled to play at Trinity College on Feb. 5 but a water pipe burst and flooded the arena. As a result, the game has been canceled. To round out the season, both the men’s and women’s teams will face Salisbury University (Feb.7), Southern Virginia University (Feb. 10), York College (Feb. 14) and Penn State Harrisburg (Feb. 17). This will conclude women’s head coach C.K. Calhoun’s first season in charge of the Seahawk program and men’s head coach Chris Harney’s 13th season at SMCM (smcmathletics.com).

(Photo Courtesy of Anna Mozingo)

While their record may fail to show it, the SMCM men’s basketball team has been a very competitive program this winter. They have beat conference opponents Frostburg State University (79-76, Dec. 9) and Penn State Harrisburg (83-71, Jan. 13) and also defeated Gallaudet University (80-75, Nov. 15). The Seahawks have also lost some very close games this season as well. While playing in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., they lost a game against Olivet College (Michigan) 117-111 in triple overtime. Throughout the year they have dropped five other games by fewer than 10 points (smcmathletics.com). While close games do not count towards the record, they give the program a building block for moving forward.

The men’s team is captained by seniors Chae Bynum, Chris Craft Jr., Donovan Robinson and LaVonte Sanders.