R. Erica Doyle VOICES Reading

Last Friday, Feb. 20 was the second VOICES reading of the semester featuring poet R. Erica Doyle in Daugherty-Palmer Commons of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). Doyle won the 2014 Norma Farber First Book Award for her book “proxy” and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. Associate Professor of English, Elizabeth Charlebois introduced Doyle “with pleasure and some undeserved pride.” Professor Charlebois met Doyle 35-years-ago when she was a resident assistant at Georgetown University and Doyle was a student on her floor.

Doyle attended Cave Canem in 1997, “a home for black poetry,” where she met Lucille Clifton who was teaching there at the time. Lucille Clifton was Poet Laureate of Maryland and a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at SMCM. Doyle described Clifton as a supportive presence in her life who encouraged her to “write what I like and not to feel pressure from other people.”

Doyle was born in Brooklyn with family from Trinidad and Tobago. Doyle states that because Trinidad and Tobago is the southernmost island of the Caribbean, it was “largely neglected” by colonial powers and “things were allowed to happen there that weren’t allowed to happen in other spaces that were much more powerfully controlled.” 

In her poetry about her identity and ancestry, Doyle incorporates Spanish and Trinidadian French Creole (called Patois). She emphasizes the importance of using “languages that we sort of made our own, like Patois,” and also using languages “that are imposed on us.”

Doyle also read from “Lifting Daddy Floating” which talks about being a child of immigrants. In “Victims of Unreason,” Doyle focused on gentrification by writing about the people in her neighborhood in Brooklyn where her family lived in a house which she says is now worth $5 million.

Doyle ended the VOICES reading by discussing a project she is working on with two of her cousins that she calls a “three-part investigation into our family.” They are doing work gathering oral histories, documents and research to look into the “very early origins of [their] family in the Americas.” Their family history includes Spanish missionaries that took their indigenous  relatives from Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago as well as Chinese indentured laborers. The project includes connecting all the family origins through missionary records, marriage records and any other documents. Doyle stated that her history includes people who were slaveholders, enslaved people, people of color, revolutionaries, enslaved Africans and all are “part of the history that lives inside of me.”

In their journey to discover and document their family history they have discovered ancestry that was “complicit as slaveholders” as well as “free people of color who also enslaved people.” This part of their history was “very painful for us to learn as a family, but Doyle encouraged the audience  to ask questions about their family and ancestry while they can. Doyle ended with the sentiment that “once we start asking the questions, we don’t know where it’s going to lead.”

The next reading is An Evening to Honor the Legacy of Lucille Clifton on Feb 29 at 7:30 pm in St. Mary’s Hall, an event presented by the Office of the President and the VOICES Reading Series. The event will feature poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris.

“Musical Gardening” with Brian Ganz

On January 23, Brian Ganz, Musician-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, played pieces selected from his concert at the Music Center Strathmore on February 1st with the theme of musical gardening. According to Ganz’s website, musical gardening—the title of Ganz’s performance— is a demonstration of the seeds of Frédéric Chopin’s genius at a young age which he carried with him as he journeyed into adulthood. To demonstrate the true extent of Chopin’s growth, Ganz has set out to play “every single note [Chopin] composed.” Chopin, a 19th century Polish artist was a mostly self-taught prodigy who created his own unique style by combining polish folk music and influences by J.S. Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz Schubert. Chopin was very popular in his day and many of his works are popular today. 

As the sound of the final note began fading away like a mist slowly clearing to reveal the sky, Brian Ganz slowly and gracefully drew his hands away from the keys of the piano, and seemed to bask in the precious few seconds of complete silence as if it was that final moment of complete serenity that made the entire performance worth it. Then the crowd erupted with a standing ovation, like a tidal wave washing over an uninhabited island. This was the kind of magical performance that audiences have come to expect from Ganz, a demonstration of his near complete mastery of Chopin and his ability to transport the listener through his beautifully intense emotion, his vast array of tempos, styles, and volumes and his passion for the 19th century artist.

Ganz was not the only performer for the night, as his student, Michael Casey, also performed. Casey is currently a senior at St. Mary’s. Casey said he played “Waltz in C# minor Opus 64, number 2” by Chopin, composed “later in his career” — an example of a “more mature waltz by Chopin.” Casey talked about what it was like to share the stage with Ganz, saying “it felt great to be invited to be part of such an experience” and “share my passion with people who had come to see another very passionate performer play music.” Casey was calm and composed throughout the performance, seemingly not rattled by playing in front of Ganz. Casey mentioned that when he plays, he experiences an “altered state” and “is moved by the music,” but “it doesn’t seem to be as powerful as the moments that Brian experiences on stage with such regularity.” 

Casey also remarked:“it seems that Brian is in his own world of what almost seems to be mystical ecstasy.” Casey went on to talk about how he enjoyed hearing Ganz play, saying “every piece he imbues with the same drive, the same love for the music, the same respect for the composer.” Not only did Casey talk about how Ganz’s skill in performing, but also how Ganz “does a lot of research” into the work that he prepares. For example, Casey mentioned how Ganz “helped edit an edition of Chopin’s preludes.” 

In Casey’s opinion, what makes Chopin so effective in his era and today is that “he had a really powerful grasp of what moved people emotionally.” However, as for “what specifically” he did to move people, “that might remain a mystery.” What is not a mystery, though, is the masterful artistry of Brian Ganz in bringing the magic of Chopin to audiences all across the globe.

Kashmir Under Martial Law as Violence Continues

Kashmir has been a political flashpoint for well over half a century. Contested between India, Pakistan and China, all nuclear powers, hundreds of thousands have died in conflicts over this region. A recent move by the Indian government to repeal the special status of the region has further ratcheted up tensions.

On Aug. 5, against the ruling of the Indian Supreme Court, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Indian government would repeal Article 370 of the Constitution which guaranteed the province of Kashmir semi-autonomous status. Shortly after this announcement, the Indian government instituted martial law in Kashmir. 

Under martial law, Kashmiris could no longer access the internet, cell phone service and can no longer gather publicly. Yahoo News reports that the Indian military presence in the region has swelled after India dissolved Kashmir’s local government and arrested hundreds of local politicians and activists. The government can hold these prisoners for up to two years without a trial under India’s Public Safety Act, which has drawn international criticism.

Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has justified the repeal by claiming that Kashmir is an indivisible part of India. In response to criticism of human rights abuses in Kashmir, leader of the BJP, Shahnawaz Hussain stated that India would release the Kashmiri officials if they “support peace in [Kashmir].” The Indian government has also blamed its militarization of Kashmir on Pakistani interference in the region. Indian general S. S. Deswal claimed that India’s intention to establish two more special forces bases in Kashmir is unrelated to the events of Aug. 5, and he went on to state that “Pakistan is always up to mischief” according to News 18

After two months of martial law, the situation in Kashmir is still unstable. On Oct. 14, India lifted the block on cell phone service providers in Kashmir, although the 60% of Kashmiris with prepaid phones still can’t call their loved ones. The next day the Indian government rolled back this concession and blocked text messages after insurgents killed an apple truck driver and set her vehicle alight.

Apples are at the center of this conflict because 20% of Kashmir’s economy is reliant on apple exports to India, but after the repeal of Article 370, many farmers have refused to sell their produce to India. India’s government claims that terrorists are pressuring the farmers to hold their produce while Pakistani officials and Kashmiri activists claim that this is a legitimate boycott. 

The international response to India’s crackdown in Kashmir is mixed. Pakistan has denounced India’s actions harshly, criticizing human rights abuses in Kashmir and accusing the Indian government of overtly anti-muslim policies. China has generally backed its ally, Pakistan. President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan have met three times this year to reaffirm their military and economic cooperation. Xi has stated that “China supports the Pakistani side in safeguarding its legitimate rights and interests and hopes that the parties will resolve the dispute through peaceful dialogue.” Conversely, News Week reports that the United States has been relatively quiet on the Kashmiri conflict and on occasion has echoed Indian talking points that Pakistan is supporting terrorists in the region. Currently, no side in the conflict is gesturing toward diplomacy. India is currently ruled by the BJP, a Hindu nationalist party, headed by Modi who is accused of sitting by idly in the face of an anti-muslim pogrom in Gujarat according to The Washington Post. Pakistan has broken ties with India, supports insurgents. The two South Asian nations have engaged in border skirmishes that kill several soldiers and civilians a week earlier this year, Pakistan downed an Indian jet that it claimed violated Pakistani airspace. Without negotiations, the already volatile situation in Kashmir could escalate to war.

The Best and Worst Dressed of the 2019 Emmys

After awards shows have come and gone, much discussion of what occurred revolves around red carpet fashion. The 2019 Emmy Awards on Sept. 22 were no different, with many tuning in to make note of or obsess about what their favorite celebrities are wearing and overall trends. Memorable trends from this year’s Emmys include color combinations of red and pink and black and white, plunging necklines, off the shoulder tops, pantsuits, pleats, velvet and double breasted blazers and more, with many looks featuring large embellishments or elements of old Hollywood. Here are the top picks for best and worst dressed at this year’s Emmys. 

Best Dressed:

10. Emilia Clarke

Nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones,” Clarke arrived on the red carpet in a plunging navy Valentino gown, a relatively simple look save for the bow accent on the front. 

9. Kristen Bell

This actress, whose NBC sitcom “The Good Place” was nominated for overall best comedy, wore a black backless rhinestone-studded Dior dress with cutouts at the waist. With her hair swept back into a low bun, the look came together well with the colorful dress as the star of the show. 

8. Giancarlo Esposito

Esposito, nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his role in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spin-off “Better Call Saul” stood out not for his muted blue and navy suit and bow tie, but for his matching derby hat.

7. Ava Duvernay

Double nominated for outstanding writing and directing for a limited series for Netflix’s drama “When They See Us,” Duvernay was luminescent in a glittering silver and gold mock neck Reem Acra long sleeve gown.

6. RuPaul

Nominated for outstanding host in a reality program, and winning best unstructured reality program for his competition show “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” RuPaul arrived in a bold and  gorgeous double-breasted black and pink silk floral suit. 

5. Mandy Moore

NBC’s “This is Us” best lead actress in a drama series -ominated actress Mandy Moore looked timeless in a Brandon Maxwell pink and red off the shoulder gown with a high slit, altogether reminiscent of old Hollywood. With her hair styled in soft voluminous curls, her look was stunning and memorable. 

4. James Van Der Beek

Van Der Beek, of “Dawson’s Creek” and more recently ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” stood out amongst a sea of black tuxedos in a red-pink velvet tuxedo jacket, bow tie and boutonnière, creating a look that was bold without being over the top, featuring a refreshing color change from the traditional and widely favored dark colors employed in men’s fashion. 

3. Billy Porter

Known for his bold fashion statements on the red carpet, Porter, who won outstanding lead actor in a drama series, channeled the iconic 80’s movie “Beetlejuice” in a wide-legged crystal studded Michael Kors pinstripe suit. Another hat fan, Porter completed the look with an asymmetrical black hat with a crystal band, and a waist-length tie. 

2. Taraji P. Henson

Known for her role in FOX’s “Empire” among many other projects, Henson was goddess-like in a deep plunging red and pink pleated dress featuring a gold belt and floor length cape by Vera Wang. The actress took many opportunities to showcase the flowing cape, extending it for photographers, adding to the effect. 

  1. Natasha Lyonne

Nominated for lead actress in a comedy series and writing for a comedy series, “Russian Doll” and “Nothing in This World is Easy,” respectively, Lyonne was stunning in a long sleeved gold Gucci gown. With a high neck and a bow accent, and pleats that gave the dress depth when reflected in the light, her look was brought together beautifully by her gold framed glasses and vibrant red hair, making her my number one pick for best dressed at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Honorable Mentions: Sandra Oh, William Jackson Harper, Amy Poehler, Karamo Brown and Angela Bassett

Worst Dressed:

6. Zoe Kazan 

Another actress featuring pink and red, Kazan’s flowy, poofy sleeved bow accented dress did not impress. 

5. Greta Lee

Lee’s two-piece iridescent lime green ensemble with an airy top was bold but did not have the intended effect, although it did have pockets!

4. Kit Harington 

While many men choose to wear the somewhat boring traditional black tuxedo, Harington, nominated for best lead actor for his role in “Game of Thrones, appeared to put in even less effort, sporting a black tuxedo, but no tie.

3. Gwyneth Paltrow 

A veteran of many award shows, Paltrow’s silver and black mesh sheath dress with floor length flowing sleeves ultimately flopped. 

2. Halsey

Known to favor bold colors, both in dress and hair, Halsey’s sleeveless feathery pink and purple gown failed to make a good impression. 

  1. Sarah Silverman 

Silverman, producer of “I Love You America,” which was nominated for outstanding comedy sketch series wore a lacy pirate-esque blouse under a black pinafore dress along with combat boots, but her look was far too casual for the red carpet, and did not stand out.

Your Bi-Weekly Horoscopes

Aries: The beginning of the school year buzz may be starting to wear off and you may be feeling much more tired and run down than you usually are. Take extra care to not burn yourself out and practice in time management.

Taurus: As assignments pile up, you may find yourself feeling stressed and pulled too thin. Take a breath and find time for yourself.

Gemini: Nobody likes fake friends and nobody likes a leech. There may be people who want to use you for your skills and kindness. Remember what friendship really means and rely on those who have always been there for you.

Cancer: That essay is not going to do itself. Remember that procrastination is a trap that you set for yourself. Stay diligent and stay on top of your workload.

Leo: Being the life of the party is not always all it’s cracked up to be. You may find yourself feeling tired of always being the center of attention. Remember to take time for yourself.

Virgo: You may find yourself pushing too hard to be perfect and have control over every little aspect of your life. This can be tiring and stressful. Stay loose and learn to let go and follow the flow every so often.

Libra: You may be excited that Fall is finally here, but you may also be annoyed that Fall is far too hot to be considered fall. Remember that the environment and keeping climate change under control is in our hands. Do your part to help.

Scorpio: You may find yourself feeling bored and stuck in a rut more often. It might be useful to try doing something spontaneous; go to the waterfront for an afternoon, check out historic St. Mary’s, get a smoothie just for the heck of it. 

Sagittarius: Being a Wallflower may have its perks, but so does being in the spotlight. Try putting yourself out there and do your best to show the world how amazing you are.

Capricorn: You may find yourself feeling down more often and are having a harder time focussing on the positives. Perhaps you’re having a hard time letting go of the past. Don’t forget to reach out to friends and let them help you through.

Aquarius: You may find yourself feeling nervous about a big opportunity. Remember that risk is a part of life. Apply for that job, ask that person out, take that risk. Who knows? You may hear good news in the future.

Pisces: People may come to you for help and support all the time. Remember to take time for yourself and listen to your needs. Yes you are a good friend and listener, but you are not a therapist. Take time for your needs.

Your Bi-Weekly Horoscopes for May 1 – May 15

Taurus (April 20-May 20):

After an exhausting week of service projects, performance rehearsals, and turning in SMPs, you should feel as if you’ve finally earned a good long break from work. Your impending finals disagree, however.

Recommended activity: Expand your empire by marrying your heir to a rival.

Gemini (May 21-June 20):

May 1st is approaching rapidly and with it, May Day. Despite your best efforts, there will be no escaping the hordes of naked seniors running amok across campus. Escape is your only chance of surviving unscathed. Run.

Recommended activity: Buy a trophy for yourself because hey, you’ve earned it.

Cancer (June 21-July 22):

You expected finals to be your biggest worry this time of year, but honestly, all that matters right now is Endgame and tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones.

Recommended activity: Hold a candlelight vigil for each of your favorite characters that dies.

Leo (July 23-August 22):

Remember, early to bed and early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy, wise, and socially dead.

Recommended activity: Go on tornado watch.

Virgo (August 23-September 22):

You can’t help but feel socially responsible after having made countless plans with all your friends to get together over the summer which you will doubtlessly abandon as the date approaches so that you may live out the next three months in sweet solitude.

Recommended activity: Sit backwards in a chair and tell students to forget everything they know about calculus.

Libra (September 23-October 22):

Your summer plans for a great backpacking trip have been curtailed by the realization that you lack the proper footwear. Don’t worry though, as Public Safety has plenty of boots to go around!

Recommended activity: Park in the correct lot.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21):

Senior Assassins is over, and those of you who won honestly can’t help but wonder if the $19 pay out was worth the horrific stress of it all. At least you have bragging rights.

Recommended activity: Switch to Geico and save 15% or more.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21):

It has been one year now since the premiere of St. Mary’s own theatrical phenomenon Beyond the Sunset, and honestly, you can’t help but acknowledge that the play was the peak of human culture and that everything is downhill from here.

Recommended activity: Make a bassoon cover band.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19):

Your exciting plans for your summer job at the local waterpark will soon sour once you realize that all waterparks are desolate hellscapes and are likely the deepest pits of Hell.

Recommended activity: Combine the icing of two Megastuff Oreos together into a Gigastuff Oreo.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18):

With summer just around the corner, you are preparing to demonstrate your utter lack of personal growth as you fall directly back into the same routines you held in high school.

Recommended activity: Don’t spoil Endgame.

Pisces (February 19-March 20):

It’s almost May, which means that it’s almost only seven months until Christmas! Now is the time to start blasting holiday music as loudly as you can everywhere you go.

Recommended activity: Build a brick pizza oven.

Aries (March 21-April 19):

In a shocking turn of events, I will be nice to Aries this issue. Don’t make me regret this.

Recommended activity: Do a cool flip.

Senator Van Hollen Addresses the St. Mary’s Community

On Monday, April 8, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D) visited St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he gave a lecture on political participation, while promoting new legislation put forward by the Democratic house. He then briefly took questions from the audience. The event was heavily attended by both students and members of the community, with barely any seats left open.

The lecture was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy as well as the Patuxent Partnership, an organization working to “advance science and technology through speaker programs, forums, and networking,” focusing on “the exchange of ideas, information, and data related to technologies.”

Prior to becoming a senator, Van Hollen served in the House, representing Maryland’s Eighth Congressional district. He was elected to the Senate in 2016, when he ran to replace Barbara Mikulski. He is joined by Senator Ben Cardin (D) in representing Maryland in the Senate.

Van Hollen was introduced by President Tuajuanda C. Jordan, who briefly spoke about how thankful the college was that the senator made time to visit. Dr. Jordan also held a moment of silence for Michael Busch (D), the Maryland Speaker of the House, who passed away only a few short days ago. Busch was the longest serving speaker of the House in history, according to a tweet from Governor Larry Hogan (R).

Van Hollen took the stage to a warm welcome of applause, beginning by explaining that he had planned to talk about college debt, but decided against it, realizing that as students we are all too familiar with this concept. He did quickly elaborate on the need for more Pell Grants, scholarships and federal support, explaining that many students are “behind already because they have to dig themselves out of a big hole,” a comment which garnered many nods and murmurs of agreement from students.

Instead of focusing on the ever increasing levels of debt students are faced with, the senator launched into a discussion of the surrounding area, stating that “Southern Maryland is known for bringing together different parts of this community,” citing the Patuxent River Navy Base and the many local industries.

After a few short minutes Van Hollen pivoted, moving on to promote the “For The People Act” (H.R. 1), the first bill from the new Democratic majority in the House. Van Hollen summarized the legislation as a way to “refresh our democracy, to known down barriers, and to encourage more Americans to participate in the election and political process.” The bill is ambitious, and is composed of numerous goals, such as campaign finance reform, lobbying and better participation in elections.

Van Hollen focused on the abysmal voting rates among American citizens, stating that “It is disappointing when you look at how few people exercise their right to vote.” He went on to compare the United States with other nations where “people are yearning for the right to vote and participate in elections,” declaring that “here in the United States we take that for granted.” He drove this point home by reading out the statistics on voting in both the presidential elections and midterms, explaining that in presidential elections, roughly 60% of eligible voters cast votes, but that in midterms that rate drops severely to about 40%. The senator then compared these rates to that of younger voters, stating that in presidential elections there is about a 40-50% turnout, and 20-25% in midterms.

He also spoke about the need to make voting easier, thereby removing some of the barriers to participation that have historically stood in the way. Van Hollen was asked by an audience member if he supported making election day a national holiday, to which he replied that he was in favor, saying “It’s so important.” He highlighted the benefits of same day voter registration, a piece of legislation already enacted by the Maryland General Assembly, as well as the need to reaffirm the weakened Voting Rights Act.

Van Hollen also tackled the issue of dark money in politics, a term referring to money spent influencing elections by organizations that are not required to disclose the identity of their donors. He lambasted the the Citizens United decision, stating that it “took a bad system and made it much worse,” adding “I believe they twisted the first amendment.” Using this court case, Van Hollen dove home the importance of voting, explaining that this vote was a 5-4 decision, and like in so many other cases and elections, one vote made all the difference, setting a standard for decades to come. He pushed back against the idea that money in politics will self-regulate, stating that “when you unleash millions and millions of dollars, that doesn’t self-police,” gaining laughter from the audience.

The senator ended by re-emphasizing the need to participate in democracy, stating “Bottom line, every vote counts. Please do everything you can to participate in our democracy. At the very least take part in our elections.”

Signs of Spring: Ospreys Return to Campus

Rising temperatures, rainy days, and blooming flowers are some of the most telling signs of spring, but are generally less fun to observe than nesting osprey, which have long been touted as a symbol of the changing seasons. Osprey, more commonly referred to as Seahawks, became a hot topic of conversation on campus last semester after a family of the seabirds nested on top of Anne Arundel Hall’s Blackistone Room. The birds could be seen carrying their nesting supplies all over campus and in Historic St. Mary’s City, but their choice of location last season also raised some serious concerns.

In an interview from October 2018, Bradley Newkirk, Assistant Director of the Physical Plant, told The Point News “There are, from a facilities standpoint, concerns about the building being able to properly exhaust air or bring in fresh air, because a lot of those chimneys aren’t just aesthetic, they’re functional… If the exhaust is plugged up, it affects other building systems… We would prefer that they nest in other places.” He also noted that  “Once those nests have eggs in them, we can’t touch them until they migrate… If there’s just a few sticks up there and they’re in the process of building a nest, we can move them.”

Newkirk was citing the protection of osprey under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. According to the Chesapeake Bay Field Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service  “Ospreys, like other migratory birds, are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Osprey nests can be removed without a permit if the nest is inactive. A nest is considered inactive if there are no eggs or young present in the nest. To remove an active nest requires a permit.”

At the time of the interview, Newkirk suggested the community garden as an alternate nesting site. “There’s a pole that we’re hoping to get them to nest on, and not on fresh air intakes.” He added, of the nest over the Blackistone room, “There were birds in it. There were babies. We took a drone up there and took pictures.” Once this step had been done, the Physical Plant contacted the Fish and Wildlife Service for recommendations on relocating the nest, who advised that the school relocate the nest after the hatchlings had fledged and “put up some sort of device so they don’t come back,” he stated, before quickly adding “we purposefully invite them to other places that don’t necessarily affect things.”

Sure enough, as fall approached the nest over the Blackistone room had been replaced with a wire cage designed to make the site less appealing to nesting birds, which seems to be working: there is no sign of a new nest on the air intake. But fans of the Seahawk, knowing they return to the same breeding ground each year, may not know where to look to see the beloved College mascot this year. Luckily, aspiring birders don’t have to look much farther than the old nesting site to catch a glimpse of the new nest, which sits atop one of the poles next to the boathouse. It is speculated that the new nesting site may be even better than the last, given its proximity to both the river and St. John’s Pond. Despite their being called “seahawks”, osprey are not true birds of prey: instead, these “hawks” hunt for fish.

Visitors to the boathouse should take a moment to look up and appreciate the return of the College’s mascot for the season. With any luck, the new nest will have eggs later this month or in May, which will be incubated by the mother osprey for about a month before they hatch. According to US Fish and Wildlife Services, young osprey attempt their first flight 60 days after hatching.

Deal Reached in Bathroom Video Case

On Tuesday, March 26, Timothy Bingley, a former St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) student accused of secretly recording men in the Prince George’s Hall bathroom, waived his right to a trial in cooperation with state prosecutors. His case, a 17-count bill of criminal charges, was placed on the inactive docket.

Bingley will serve 100 hours of community service at no less than 16 hours per week. Bingley will also submit regular mental health reports, and is not permitted to share images or videos with anybody outside his immediate family.

An investigation by SMCM’s Public Safety office and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department charged Bingley with recording, preparing and uploading videos of men using the bathroom, uploaded with titles such as “Cute Boy Takes a Gassy Poop” and “Big Daddy Has Diarrhea Explosion.”