St. Mary’s Campus Bi-weekly • 71th year, No. 4 • October 19, 2010 • St. Mary’s City, MD
Bike Shop to Terrify Pedestrians No Longer?
BY KYLE JERNIGAN further theorized that since the bike
Editor-in-Chief shop has come in significantly under
Despite ample business and a dedi- budget the past few years, this may
cated staff, a complete funding cut to have been seen by administrators as
the on-campus Bike Shop threatens to a lack of activity. Thornton said that
derail the project for good. the funding cut related to confusion
The Terrified Pedestrian Bike Shop regarding what services the bike shop
was created by Mike Benjamin, ‘09, should provide, and how its services
in the fall of 2008 after the discontinu- should fit into the larger picture of the
ation of the FreeRide program, a bike- campus community. Assistant Vice
sharing program from two years prior President of Finance Christopher
which failed when students took bikes True was unavailable for comment.
and neglected to bring them back, Despite the Bike Shop’s budget
or seriously damaged them. Since gap, Parzynski said that since the be-
its creation, the Bike Shop has dealt ginning of this year alone around 70
with a move from Queen Anne Hall bikes have been logged as being fixed,
to the Waring Commons common coming to around $3500 of directly
room and, according to Bike Shop recorded repairs. He added that this
employee senior Paul Parzynski, number included only bikes which
threatened funding loss last year as a could not be fixed on-the-spot, and
result of college funding cut-backs. probably accounted for only around
This year, however, Parzynski and 40 percent of the bike shop’s busi-
other members of the Bike Shop were ness. According to Parzynski, the rea-
informed son the bike
by Assis- Check out our video shop came
t a n t Vi c e feature on the Bike Shop under budget
President was that they
of Campus at ThePointNews.com. “ran more ef- Photo by Steve ReeS
Operations ficiently” than The Terrified Pedestrian Bike Shop’s financial hardships could threaten its ability to remain open.
Derek Thornton, who manages the administrators expected.
shop through the Physical Plant, that The employees of the shop, Thorn-
there was no money in the budget.
Thornton said that the Physical Plant
ton, and Student Trustee Danny
Ruthenberg-Marshall are currently
Board Meeting Marks Several Firsts
currently pays Parzynski, along with working on preparing a case for the BY JULIA ANDRADE ROCHA committees to shape these policies and troduced “four guiding principles”
current employees junior Roger Ding, Student Government Association then meet in general session in order for discussions held throughout the
senior Aaron French, and junior Mike (SGA) meeting on Oct. 1. Parzynski There was a lot of love for President to vote and implement any changes. year, asking that the Board renew
Adashek, through a contingency plan said, “our goal is to become [a finan- Joe Urgo at this year’s first Board of Revisions to the College’s mission, the College’s mission, “reaffirm the
“until [future] funding is identified.” cial] entity like SafeRide.” Thornton Trustees general session. The meet- the operating budget, and to other foundations” by constantly asking
However, Parzynski said that until said that he is currently meeting ing, held on the Saturday during fall monetary matters were all approved what is best for students, “ensure
that occurs there is no budget to hire with the Office of Student Affairs break, was Molly Mahoney Mat- at this past meeting. the public trust” by maintaining a
or pay any other employees, an is- to identify possible future funding thews’s first as the Chair of the Board Matthews called the Board to order community with “core principles of
sue considering the large number of sources. President Joseph Urgo has of Trustees and also marked the first with a speech claiming that the Board’s access, inclusiveness, meritocracy,
people who have shown interest in also expressed interest in seeing the held with President Joe Urgo at the commitment to students, faculty, and and sustainability,” and “sustain the
working for the shop. He added that bike shop continue its existence, and head of St. Mary’s College of Mary- staff has been “stronger in the previous monument school” by becoming “a
until funding is found, the bike shop although no decisions have been land. “We have a new beginning with few months than ever” and that a new monument to the highest standards
cannot expand its services to include made, he said, “It would be nice to Dr. Urgo at the helm of the institution, President heading the institution is the of public endeavor and educational
bike sharing or improve its organi- have that...[we want to] encourage and with Molly chairing the board,” mark of a new era. She thanked Tom practices.”
zation through a potential manager bike riding on campus.” Parzynski said Dean of Students Laura Bayless. Botzman, Vice President for Business Many reports to the Board, includ-
position. noted that, despite these possibili- The Board of Trustees is comprised & Finance, for handling the effects of ing Student Trustee Danny Ruthen-
Parzynski said that funding for the ties, the bike shop as it stands now is of people selected by the Board it- having “finances constrained” due to berg-Marshall’s, ‘11, and Alumni
shop has always been ambiguous, in dire condition, and said, “I can’t self and appointed by the Governor the economic downturn but also ad- Council Chair Paul Schultheis’s,
but until recently it had received imagine this place will remain open to shape and implement governing dressed that the pay freeze is having ‘98, addressed excitement towards
more money than needed. Parzynski without funding.” policies for the College. The Trustees, an impact on employee morale. President Urgo’s start at St. Mary’s,
who work on a volunteer basis, meet in Urgo’s address to the Board in- Continued on page 2
Peace and Love, Say the SMCM Six
BY PETER SPARKLIN they were applauded and thanked by Albert Snyder (his father) filed a lawsuit
Features Editor people who had lined up to view the against founder and head of the WBC
On Oct. 6, six St. Mary’s students court proceedings. There was only one Fred Phelps and the WBC for invasion
traveled to the Supreme Court to rally other individual at the courthouse with of privacy and intentional infliction of
for peace and love to counter the mes- a sign supporting peace and love. Mem- emotional distress. The case concerns
sage of hate espoused by the Westboro bers of the WBC were there with signs the conflict between free speech and
Baptist Church (WBC). proclaiming, “Thank God for Dead privacy.
Senior Danny Ruthenberg-Marshall, Soldiers” and “Fags Doom Nations,” While showing their support for anti-
senior Allison Yancone, senior Allison among others. WBC ideas, the St. Mary’s six were
Shapiro-Davis, junior Madeline Mont- Montgomery said it was very difficult approached by numerous reporters and
gomery, sophomore Josh Santangelo, to see small children, between five and television crews. Santangelo said, “I was
and sophomore Garrett Zopfi traveled eight years old, holding up signs for the surprised by amount of press attention
to D.C. to offer a counter message to WBC, as well as being confronted by we got.”
the WBC’s. the message that the church proclaimed. “We definitely had crowd support and
Shapiro-Davis said their goal was She said, “some signs shocked me…I press support,” Zopfi said.
“counteracting the hate,” and Ruthen- literally felt nauseated.” The St. Mary’s students chose to
berg-Marshall said it was “all about The WBC is a fundamentalist Chris- avoid confrontation with the members
support for WBC’s victims…not to fight tian church known for their protests and of the WBC even though they disagreed
the WBC…the WBC feeds off of hate. belief that God kills soldiers and causes with them. Yancone said, “we had a lot
The only thing they don’t understand is disasters for America’s tolerance of sin, of opportunity to get into it with other
peace and love.” specifically homosexuality. people [but] it was our decision not to
Ruthenberg-Marshall had been This organization was picketing get involved.” Montgomery said that
following the WBC and gathered a at the Supreme Court because of the they were approached by a member of
small group of like-minded individuals case Snyder v. Phelps. This case was the WBC. “We knew getting into a con-
through a Facebook status. Together brought to the Supreme Court because versation would…help them achieve
they made signs expressing their peace- the WBC picketed the funeral of Lance their goal,” said Shapiro-Davis.
ful message and headed to D.C. Corporal Matthew Snyder, a Marine At the time of this writing, the out-
Photo Submitted by madeline montgomeRy When they arrived at the courthouse, killed in 2006 while serving in Iraq. come of the case had not been decided.
Students peacefully protest against the Westboro Baptist Church.
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2 The PoiNT News • ocTober 19, 2010 News
Townhouse Mold on ReTReaT
PhotoS by Ryan gugeRty
Houses in the Crescents and Greens were cleaned last weekend by maintenance and outside contractors.
By KYLE JERNIGAN Bernard C. Trueschler Houses 1 and 6, pervasive presence of mold seems to
Editor-in-Chief and Elanor Diggs Harrington House 3 belie this, and Thornton said that it’s
The campus mold problem, once only were all evacuated. As of this writing, “something I’m looking into…I have
the result of what seemed to be isolated mold has also been found in four houses to review those processes to see where
problems, has become endemic on the in the South Crescent Townhouses, the problem lies.” Miller also said that
Townhouse Greens, with ten separate though in amounts small enough to be she was planning on conducting a
townhouses being evacuated for exten- taken care of by housekeeping. Miller root cause analysis of the problem to
sive remediation. said, “I was disappointed with what I see if the issue has been the result of
The mold issue started at the begin- found.” Thornton, agreed, and said he “insufficient training, someone doing
ning of the academic year when the was “very surprised” by the amounts the job who is unqualified, or a general
residents of Geneva Boone 4 moved of mold. system failure.” She added, “I dropped
in. Senior Julie Bernstein, a resident of In order to prepare students and everything to give this 100 percent of
Boone 4, said, “We moved in and there answer questions about the issue, a my efforts.”
was a huge stain on our carpet…[when] meeting was held on Oct. 7 between
we had our first rain the carpet flooded.”
Bernstein and the other residents of
representatives of the college and those
soon to be displaced. At the meeting,
Student Response Prompts Removal of
Boone 4 put in a work order to get the
flooding checked out by maintenance,
students were told about the different
species of mold found, the health effects Montgomery Hall’s Naturalized Area
but according to Bernstein it was an of mold, and the plans for remediation
By ISAAC NIXON shedding, carbon foot-printing, bud- walking across the hill by Monty.”
“on-and-off uphill battle to get it taken of the townhouses. Staff Writer get and labor cost while protecting After Jackson and Mercer were noti-
care of properly.” Eventually, and after Students were also provided compen- The overgrown grassy area located and nourishing the wildlife. They fied of this issue, they took immediate
parents of the residents of Boone 4 got sation for their displacement, alternate along the path of Montgomery Hall were created simply by let the grass action. When Mercer was asked what
involved, Maintenance came in to take housing, and vouchers for free meals. In was removed in response to students’ grow out and just as easily cut down. prompted the quick response, he said,
a look; what they found was a leaking a message sent out to a Facebook group petition in the beginning of this semes- Student Trustee Danny Ruthenberg- “We wanted to move on it quickly
roof and dangerous levels of mold. created for residents of the Greens and ter as quickly as it had sprouted up. Marshall, in collaboration with the since there was no wildlife nested
Bernstein said, “you could feel all the their supporters after the meeting, Senior “The wild growth area between Sustainability Committee, Associ- in this area and wanted to show the
moisture in the air, and we all had cold- Laura Mateczun said, “We feel that the Montgomery Hall and the bell tower ate Vice President of Planning and SMCM students that their voices were
like symptoms.” school, while undoubtedly [having] is a place where students used to sit Facilities, Chip Jackson, and Mercer heard.”
The initial cleaning of Boone 4, screwed up previous housing inspec- to enjoy nice weather, and frankly, it were responsible for the removal of Likewise, Jackson was asked about
perhaps as a result of it being the first tions over the last two or more years, interrupts the aesthetic appeal of the Monty’s meadow. Faculty, staff, and his thoughts concerning the removal
house to have the issue, took three and is taking this situation very seriously rest of that area,” said Junior Madeline alumni thoughts were also included in of the meadows. He described the
a half weeks, during which residents and attempting [as] quick a response Montgomery, which was what a ma- the decision. planning process as something that
of Boone 4 either took replacement as possible.” jority of the student population felt. According to Ruthenberg-Marshall, ideally would have been perfect, but
housing provided by Residence Life In order to clean up the mold, a third- These grassy areas, also known Monty’s meadow only accounted for unfortunately there were a few mis-
or couch-surfed. However, Bernstein party remediation team was brought as the naturalized areas or mead- less than two percent out of the total takes along the way. When Jackson
pointed out that “it didn’t really feel in, which allowed a significantly faster ows, have several benefits for the meadows on campus. Ruthenberg- was asked how he felt about feedback
that bad” and that she was very happy turnover; instead of taking three weeks, environment. They can be found by Marshall presented the students’ com- about the meadows and in general he
with the compensations Residence Life townhouses were completely remedi- Mattapany Road, the Library, St. plaints and petitions to get it removed said, “I’m open to criticism whether
provided. ated by Oct. 12. Miller said, “they did a John’s Pond, and in several other during a sustainability committee negative or positive.” Jackson can be
After Boone 4, Maintenance teams lot of extra stuff…they were excellent.” areas. According to Superintendent meeting. He said, “I heard from a lot contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org by
led by Assistant Vice President of Despite the college’s recent and of Grounds and Maintenance, Kevin of students that it was an eye sore, and anyone interested in giving contrusc-
Campus Operations Derek Thornton extensive efforts to combat the mold Mercer, they serve to reduce water that it was getting in the way of people tive criticism.
and Environmental Health and Safety problem, the whole fiasco may be in-
Coordinator Polly Miller expanded the dicative of a more pervasive negligence
scope of their search for mold to other
townhouses on the Greens. These teams
in cleanliness. Thornton said, “[It is]
expected as we prepare these units…
that a thorough job of cleaning is done.”
First Trustee Meeting Over Fall Break
discovered that a large number of houses Continued from page 1 and with Matthews being the new the public, and while the public is
on the Greens had some amount of mold, He added that members of the main-
with Faculty Senate President Bob Chair for the Board, there are likely not allowed to participate in the dis-
and ten houses had severe enough levels tenance staff, before the beginning of
Paul saying that “we [the faculty] to be changes in the Board’s vision cussions within the meeting itself,
of mold that students had to be evacu- the academic year, are supposed to
like Joe Urgo a lot.” Despite the for the College. Dean Bayless pointed many Trustees are open to speaking
ated over the Reading Days weekend. clean coils in the electrical closets (the
pay freeze Board Chair Matthews out the increased focus on fundraising with students before and after the
Margaret Wing Dodge Houses 3 and 7, primary place mold has been found)
addressed earlier, Paul mentioned consistently mentioned throughout the session is adjourned.
Homer L. Dodge Houses 1, 3, 4, and 8, and change air filters. However, the
that the faculty “believe they are meeting as evidence of this new direc- Despite the lack of students
being heard at all levels” and that tion. However, Ruthenberg-Marshall attending such meetings, both
Repurposed Land to they are confident “in their ability claims that, despite the new Chair, Bayless and Ruthenberg-Marshall
to effect change.” there seem to have been few changes believe that the Board is in tune
Ruthenberg-Marshall, in his first to how the Board operates.
Improve Pollution Control with student concerns. Ruthenberg-
dent Trustee, reported on many “I don’T Recall a sTudenT tion of the “student member
report to the Board as the Stu- Marshall believes that the posi-
By KATIE HENRY
student concerns such as the jusT aTTendIng [a BoaRd of does contribute to that” under-
Takacs decided to make the rain
garden project a part of her ENST-
Some of you may have seen what 450 class (Environmental Science for
Bike Shop’s loss of funding,
with 90% of students respond-
TRusTees geneRal sessIon] standing, but he also thinks[the]
a “product of how in tune
appears to be the mulched pond outside the K-8 Classroom) because they are
ing to him that they were upset Because IT Is an InTeResTIng administration is” with student
of the Campus Center and wondered “great outdoor projects that teachers
with the possibility of its ser- opinions.
what exactly it was, or what purpose and students can do together.”
vices no longer being available. Bayless hopes that student
it was serving. And now, there is an Students in Takacs’ class are also
He also addressed the restric- awareness of the Board’s work
explanation: it’s a rain garden. very excited about becoming a part of
tions placed on academic work - Dean of StuDentS, Laura BayLeSS will increase, with Matthews
Professor Jackie Takacs, of the Envi- this project. Amanda DeLand, a senior,
due to the slow internet service and Irwin scheduled to appear
ronmental Science program, is heading is really enjoying the experience. “I like
on campus, but acknowledged that Only four students attended the at one of the Neighborhood Chats
this project. She explains that a rain choosing the plants and things that are
discussions on the issue will only be open General Session, including the she and President Urgo will hold
garden is “a shallow depression that to be planted in the garden,” she says.
likely to effect significant change in Student Trustee, which is not unusual throughout the year. However, she
captures stormwater runoff, and filters “There’s a lot that goes into choosing
the coming years. according to Dean. “In the 13 Board believes that Ruthenberg-Marshall
out sediments and nutrients that would which plants to put where, but I like
Neil Irwin, ‘00, reported for the meetings I have attended, I don’t recall “is doing a good job of being visible
otherwise end up in our waterways and choosing and planning out the native
Enrollment and Student Affairs a student just attending because it is as the Student Trustee, which helps
pollute them.” Thus, it will help out the species to go into the garden.”
Committee and announced that an interesting open meeting,” said students know more about the work
St. Mary’s River, Potomac River, and DeLand agrees that the rain garden
Aaron Williams, the current Direc- Bayless, acknowledging that the stu- of the Board.”
the Chesapeake Bay. will be beneficial in many ways to
tor of the Peace Corps, has been dents present are usually the Student The next General Session will
The area where the rain garden is St. Mary’s, both environmentally and
selected as the Commencement Trustee, Student-trustee-in-training be held Saturday, Dec. 4 in Wash-
being started was chosen because the cosmetically. She explains, “The rain
speaker for 2011. Williams will still and a Point News reporter, with the ington, D.C., though the time and
space was designated to hold water, garden will definitely make the campus
need to be confirmed, but he was President of the Student Government location are to be determined. The
so the depression was already made. more attractive. The mulch pond [that
one of the people suggested by the Association occasionally attending. next session held on campus will be
The garden itself is low-maintenance, it used to be] was just so pointless and
Class of 2011 last spring. Students are allowed to attend the Saturday, Feb. 26th in the Glenden-
requiring “minor seasonal deadheading out of place. It’ll give visitors a better
With a new President at the school General Sessions, which are open to ning Annex.
and weeding” according to Takacs. impression of us.”
FeaTures The PoiNT News • ocTober 19, 2010 3
I ♥ Female Orgasm Entertains, Educates on How to Get Off
By PETER SPARKLIN to have sex and that mainstream porn
Features Editor has a lot to do with it.
Crowds of excited, chattering stu- People get ideas about how their
dents crowed together to fill in corners, body should look; Benson said, “if your
aisles, laps, and arms of chairs on Oct. va-jay-jay has a little personality, there
14 to learn about the beliefs concerning, is nothing abnormal about you.”
different types of, and ways to have The program continued by touching
a female orgasm for the program I ♥ on what students had learned about
Female Orgasm. masturbation; in order to counter these
The program was led by Marshall mostly negative views on female
Miller and Jocelyn Benson, who travel orgasm, they covered the merits of
around the country giving presentations orgasms and masturbation for women.
on sexual health. Their goal is to make It can help relieve menstrual cramps,
sure people have access to good health relieve stress and headaches, and help
information, so that if someone chooses you fall asleep.Then, with diagrams and
to engage in sexual activity it can be a instructions, the audience learned how
positive and fulfilling experience. women can have an orgasm.
Benson and Miller were very open The arousal cycle was discussed,
in speaking about sexuality and the covering how many women reach the
female orgasm. plateau stage of arousal, which can last
Benson began with a personal anec- a long time. However, that “is not a sign
dote about her early sexual experiences that you’re broken,” said Benson. Photo by Katie henRy
and how they were unfulfilling because Marshall said, “By age fifteen, only Jocelyn Benson co-led the program that presented clear, positive messages about female
she had trouble finding clear informa- about half of women have had an orgasm and sexuality. Part of the program focused on media messages about female orgasm.
tion on how to have sex. orgasm,” but most men have had an the G-spot. They said it is a bundle of a way to have stronger orgasms and for Student attendees said they enjoyed
The presenters discussed how popu- orgasm by the same age. nerves, 2-3 inches inside the vagina on men to have multiple orgasms. the program. Senior Hillary Powell
lar magazines have some information Jocelyn said, “When you ask women the side closest to the navel and is more One can strengthen the pubococ- said, “It was helpful and useful and a lot
about orgasms and sex, but can create their fastest and easiest way to orgasm, sensitive in some women. cygeus (PC) muscle by flexing the of good advice.” Junior Lex Consenze,
distorted ideas about sex, such as how the most common answer is mastur- In order to stimulate the G-spot, muscle that one uses to stop the flow said it gave “a lot of good resources. It
your face looks while you orgasm or the bation ... [but] if you ask about their Benson said fingers can be used, spe- of urine midstream; this muscle can was a good way to get to know about
importance of simultaneous orgasms. favorite way, the most common answer cific G-spot sex toys, or even curved be flexed while not peeing also. Miller the stuff without it being awkward.”
They said that magazines were a little is oral sex.” vegetables (though be sure to wash and said, “You can do Kegels in math The Co-Presidents of Feminists
better than sex education in schools in This led into a discussion of women put a condom on them). class!” United for Sexual Equality (FUSE)
providing usable information about sex. having orgasms with partners. Mar- Women can also ejaculate by stimu- The program ended with tips to help also were very pleased with the event.
Miller gave the example that in sex-ed shall said “only about 30% of women lating the G-spot. It presses on the women have and improve their or- Junior Johanna Galat said, “Way more
you learn about fallopian tubes but you can have an orgasm from intercourse urethral sponge, which produces a fluid gasms. Benson said that women should people came than I expected.”
“don’t learn about how sex works.” alone.” They stated that women can and (that is not urine) that can be released start by trying to have orgasms through Senior Sarah Shipley was also
These programs also leave out like to touch themselves or have their during orgasm. masturbation. “Befriend your body,… pleased by the wide variety of stu-
important information about female partners touch them during intercourse. The sensation before orgasm may befriend your vulva,…touch yourself dents and said that the resource sheets
anatomy, most clearly visible in the One important aspect of having or- feel like a strong urge to urinate. experimentally and keep touching,” handed out at the event were available
dearth of information on the clitoris. gasms is dialogue with a partner and After a review of all these different try using vibrators and fantasies. She in the Womyn’s Center, located in the
Benson and Miller then said that finding out what feels good. types of orgasms, Benson said, “each said if women kept trying they would basement of Queen Anne Hall near
another problem is people’s views on Close to the end of the program, Ben- orgasm is unique, like a snowflake.” be “like the little engine that could have the laundry room, where FUSE meets
physical appearance and the ‘right’ way son and Miller broached the mystery of Practicing Kegels was also covered as orgasms.” every Monday at 9 p.m.
JAG’s Battle With Cancer: We Are Going to Fight This Together
suBMITTed By JOANNE GOLDWATER I remember telling my brothers (who were treatment, which will consist of radiation Mondays Chemo is a systemic treatment rather than a local
Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residence Life
uncharacteristically shocked into silence) and through Fridays for six weeks. treatment (radiation is a local treatment). “Che-
my sisters-in-law (who took the news with lots The surgeon will remove the staples under my motherapy attacks all the cells in your body that
This a continuation of Joanne Goldwa- of questions). I remember telling my 85-year old arm (from the removal of a lymph node) on Oct. are fast-growing. Cancer cells tend to grow fast.”
ter’s chronicle of her experience with breast father that afternoon and hearing him cry softly 1. I’ll meet with the medical oncologist on Oct. Some of the side effects of chemo include
cancer. The first half can be found on http:// on the phone. 11 and will hopefully be told at that time whether nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth sores, tired-
www.thepointnews.com I remember calling my stepsons in Wisconsin or not I will have to go through chemotherapy. ness, hair loss, taste and smell changes, aches and
I went to work that morning, believing that and North Carolina and telling my third stepson I hope I don’t have to get chemo, but if I do, discomforts, and higher risk of infection.
everything would be alright. when he came home from his first day of classes I’m going to get some outstanding wigs! My life However, thanks to research and development,
Based on the research I had done on two at CSM. is a whirlwind of medical appointments. Thank medication is available to take away or reduce
reputable sites (http://ww5.komen.org/IWasDi- I called other friends and family and started to goodness I have lots of sick leave. many of the side effects (www.breastcancer.org).
agnosed/IveBeenDiagnosedwithBreastCancer. get comfortable with the phrase, “I have breast I remember when Leon and I were alone in the I am participating in the BSU/Bon Appétit
html?itc=emoentpnt:1 and www.cancer.org), I cancer.” I was still thinking however, “OH MY surgeon’s office after being told the news. He told Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 29
knew that 80% of biopsies are negative for cancer. GOD!!! THIS CANNOT BE HAPPENING!!!” me that there must be some reason why someone (as part of Breast Awareness Month) and in our
Since I am in pretty good shape for a 50- Fast forward to September 8. I decided to go to as healthy as I am could have gotten cancer. campus Relay for Life on February 26, 2011. I
year old; I eat right, I work because the world He said that somewhere, in the cosmos, someone believe it is important to pay it forward.
exercise, my weight “I rememBer teLLIng my does not stop simply be- really wanted and needed an outspoken person to People before me donated time and money to
educate our campus community on cancer and tak- help make it possible for me to fight this disease
is good, and I have cause another woman
no family history for year oLD father that has been diagnosed with ing care of yourself, and who better than a feisty, and have a better chance of surviving, so I will
breast cancer, surely I afternoon anD hearIng breast cancer. New Yorker like me? do the same so that perhaps others yet to come
would be in that 80% I needed to get out of I am in good company. As noted by Lillie can have an even easier time fighting it or maybe
group. hIm cry SoftLy on the the house and keep my Shockney in the book, “Navigating Breast Cancer” they won’t have to fight it at all! I hope you will
I was surprised by
the number of women phone .” mind busy. I gave details
to the Res. Life staff and
(2007), I am joining over 2 million women in the join me!
US who have survived breast cancer. “Seventy I am being very open about what is happening
I talked with in a short my boss, and then started percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer to me because I want to help others.
period of time who had either had lumpectomies telling colleagues and friends. I believe in the have no known risk factors for getting the disease This in turn, is helping me. Part of my initial
that were negative or knew of relatives or friends power of positive thinking, so I shared the bad and approximately 12% of women diagnosed with fear was of the unknown. Knowledge is power
who had one that was negative. These were good news and the good news. The good news is that I breast cancer have a family history of the disease.” and sharing knowledge is education.
signs. AM GOING TO BE A SURVIVOR! Generally speaking, a tumor that has grown to At the heart of it, I am an educator and I want
The outpatient surgery went well. I even came I needed those around me to believe this as much 1 cm has likely been there for several years. Are to help all members of our community to be com-
to campus on Tuesday morning to teach my sign as I did. And they came through for me. you aware that you cannot “catch” cancer from fortable with their bodies. Get to know and listen
language class (after all, I didn’t want the students The messages of support that I received from touching or hugging someone (so don’t be afraid to your body. Be an active participant with your
in my two classes to suffer because of some stupid students, faculty, and staff on campus, and from to hug me on my right side!)? doctors. If something does not feel or look right,
lump). family, friends, and colleagues from the around Did you know that get it checked!
I left campus after class and returned to work the world have given me tremendous strength and men can and do get “a S my huSBanD toLD me , If you smoke, please
full-time on Wednesday. I was sore, but felt pretty hope. I truly believe that my cancer is not only breast cancer? try to quit. Exercise and
good. treatable, it is BEATABLE! According to the ‘t he cancer IS InSIDe of eating right are impor-
My life is divided between BC and AC. Sep- In the last two weeks, I have gone through a
tember 6 and before are Before Cancer (BC) and bone scan, a PET scan, and an MRI (which all
American Cancer So-
ciety Web site (http://
you But thIS IS a we ef ‘ ’ - tant to your long-term
health. Staying positive,
September 7 and afterwards are After Cancer show that the cancer has not spread to my bones www.cancer.org), while fort . w e are goIng to having a good sense of
(AC). I taught my classes on the morning of Sep. or major organs). I have had contrasting dye and women are 100 times humor, and a strong sup-
7 and then my husband and I went to visit with radioactive material injected into me. I have had more likely to get breast fIght thIS together .’” port system of family,
Dr. Fritz. blood work done. cancer, 1,970 men will friends, and colleagues
She checked her surgical handiwork, told me I had a second surgery on Sep. 24 to remove be diagnosed with really help in times of
I was healing nicely, and then dropped the bomb some additional tissue (in order to get a “clear breast cancer this year. The lifetime risk for men crisis.
that has changed my life. margin” which means a cancer-free area around to get breast cancer is 1 in 1000. For anyone facing the fear of cancer, please
For the record, I have infiltrating, moderately where the original tumor was located) and to check Many people get radiation and chemo confused. know that I am here to provide you with assistance.
differentiated, ductal carcinoma in association my lymph nodes (so far, there is no cancer in my According to “Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treat- I cannot begin to thank my family, friends, and
with ductal carcinoma in situ. (In layperson’s lymph nodes). ment” (www.breastcancer.org), radiation does the students, faculty, and staff at SMCM for being
terms, that means that the cancer spread beyond Because I opted for breast-saving surgery (the not typically cause a person to lose their hair, feel part of my support system.
my milk ducts and into the surrounding breast tis- lumpectomy) rather than a mastectomy, I have to nauseous, or be at a higher risk for breast cancer While I wish I didn’t have cancer, I am truly
sue.) She talked at us for what I think was about have radiation. in the other breast. amazed and deeply humbled by the outpouring
20 or 25 minutes. I was so numb, I couldn’t even I will also need to take hormonal therapy Some of the side effects of radiation include feel- of love and good will that I am getting.
cry (which is totally unlike me!). (medication) for five to 10 years to help reduce ing tired, skin irritation, and soreness and swelling As my husband told me, “The cancer is inside
I remember sending an e-mail to colleagues in the likelihood of recurrence. in the breast and chest area. of you, but this is a ‘we’ effort. We are going to
Res. Life and the Dean’s office letting them know My medical team now includes a surgeon, a These side effects typically go away weeks or fight this together.”
that the news was not what I wanted to hear; that medical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist. months after treatment ends. “Radiation is done I am expanding the “we” to include many of
I did, in fact, have cancer and I was not coming I’m meeting with the radiation oncologist on in case some of the cancer cells are still there after you. You are truly making a difference in my life
back to work that afternoon. Sep. 29 and hope to find out when I can start my surgery.” and I will be forever grateful to you.
4 The PoiNT News • ocTober 19, 2010 a&e
“Hay Fever” Opens to Great Reviews and a Good Time
By HANNAH GRABENSTEIN perfectly portrayed the ste- The ensemble in its various character of Jackie was de-
Staff Writer reotypical dramatic (even in forms provided an excellent murely played by Garcia.
In the Bliss household, “reality”) actress. view into the characters, Arundel was highly enjoy-
reality is very rarely real. Lisa M. Davidson was en- whether watching Sorel and able with a constantly sour
Judith, a recently retired ac- gaging as the bouncy, pouty, Judith read a newspaper and face and haughty tone. And
tress, her husband David, and and flighty Sorel Bliss. Her giggle together, or Simon and Sample captured the char-
her two children, Sorel and skipping conveyed youth and Sorel bickering in the begin- acter of Judith’s dresser-
Simon, love to cause, propa- excitement, as did her sudden ning over Sorel’s invited turned-housekeeper with her
gate, and react to drama, outbursts at her mother and guest. clever remarks and knowing
whether real or not. brother. Rapid witty banter with few responses.
When they all inadvertently Simon too, played by Max- pauses in the speech is thor- The set reflected the opu-
invite houseguests down for well Heaton, had excellent oughly enjoyable and leaves lence and extravagance of
the same weekend, the boxer, comedic timing with dry little time for the audience to the Bliss family, but did
the flapper, the diplomat, and delivery and a lazy, mildly try to find a deep meaning. create a few, albeit minor,
the sophisticate are in for apathetic physicality and Nick Huber (Sandy problems. A grand staircase
quite an eventful weekend. intonation. Tobias Franzen as Tyrell), Emily Moore (Myra that twists and flares at the
In Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, David Bliss was not upstaged Arundel), Jonathan Wagner bottom perfectly captures
which opened in the Bruce by his dramatic wife or his (Richard Greatham), and the drama the Bliss family
Davis Theater on October 14, unique children; instead he Naomi Garcia (Jackie Cory- clearly prefers, as did car-
the cast and crew produced held his own with his alter- ton) as the four guests, and pets, couches, and a footstool
a hilarious version of this nating apparent disinterest Suzanna Sample as Clara in vibrant patterns.
1920s comedy of words. and startling, commanding were all also thoroughly en- However, the carpet did
Briana Manente (Judith yelling. tertaining. trip up the actors a few times
Bliss) was fabulous as the The Bliss family together Huber’s puppy-dog inno- and got caught on the bot-
larger-than-life matriarch. had excellent chemistry as cence and sincerity was en- tom of the couches, kinks Photo Submitted by dave wayne
Although she rushed a little they interacted in their own, dearing and contrasted well that didn’t remotely affect “Hay Fever” opened Thurs. Oct. 15 and will continue to
towards the beginning, she self-important world. When with the intensity and drama the overall performance but be performed Oct. 21, 23, and 24. Reserve tickets via
quickly fell into a fast-paced they seamlessly slide into a of the Blisses. could have been slightly an- the Bruce Davis Theatre Box Office before it sells out.
and witty pace. Her over- dramatic scene from one of Wagner ’s sweetness in noying to a perfectionist. tor walked by, and slamming fect was minimal.
emoting, polished upper class Judith’s plays from their own dealing with the insanity Additionally, the hanging doors occasionally shook Hay Fever will be perform-
dialect, and impeccable use real argument, the effect is surrounding him was refresh- backdrop that represented walls, but except for slightly ing Oct. 21 through 23 at 8
of exaggerated hand gestures, hilarious. ing, and the shy and simple the garden moved as each ac- breaking the realism, the ef- p.m. and 24 at 2 p.m.
Voices Reading Given To Packed
House By SMCM’s Own JCB
By AMANDA ZELAYA Professor Jeff Hammond in- birthday when she finished, a
Arts & Entertainment Editor
troduced Cognard-Black by gesture which made the whole
On Thursday, Oct. 14 St. citing her as someone who does room “aww.”
Mary’s Professor Jennifer Cog- it all. “I was thinking about how Her next reading was dedicated
nard-Black gave her first ever to introduce my friend and col- to the students in her Sealed With
VOICES reading. league Jennifer Cognard-Black, a Kiss class. This reading was
Professor Cognard-Black is an and I thought of that old saying particularly unusual because it
English Professor and the coordi- ‘do it all.’ Now most of us don’t was not one of Cognard-Black’s
nator of the Women, Gender, and ‘do it all’ but Jennifer does,” said original works. “The Letter I’m
Sexuality program at St. Mary’s. Hammond. going to share…motivated me to
Professor Cognard-Black has He cited her influence in the write my dissertation,” said Cog-
written three books with a fourth editing of his own work and how nard Black when she shared a
on the way, and has recently been it has helped him in the past. “… letter that Harriet Beecher Stowe
featured on the cover of Ms., a When JCB gives a comment wrote to George Elliot.
magazine to which she regularly about my writing, I listen.” When After she read the letter, Cog-
contributes. Cognard-Black took the mic she nard-Black began reading a short
Several months prior to the began her reading with a bit of story of her own. She prefaced
reading English Professor and self-deprecation. “As many of this piece, entitled “A Very Short
VOICES director Karen An- you know I’m not practically Story Begins on a Farm,” by let-
derson asked Cognard-Black’s funny or sexy, but I’ll do my ting the audience in on the fact
students-past and present- if they best to delight the head and the that she wrote the story in a flat
would be interested in writing a heart, as well as, other anatomi- in London in three days.
piece about her so that Anderson cal parts.” The line in the story, “In some
could create a memento for She then proceeded to thanks ways all farm stories are alike,” Photo CouRteSy of www.RaPuP.Com
Cognard-Black to have at the end multiple groups of people who is proven untrue by Cognard-
of her reading.
The reading itself was incred-
ibly packed with every seat full
have inspired and aided her over
the years - a large majority being
past and current St. Mary’s Fac-
Blacks story, which blends the
metaphysical process of writing
and a short glimpse into a mid-
Is Lil’ Wayne Making
Lil’ Effort on New CD?
and extra seats being set up till the ulty. She gave a particularly heart- western woman’s life.
very final moment. As Anderson felt thank you to her husband An- Cognard-Black followed the
put it, “Welcome JCB fans: You drew and daughter Katherine and reading of this story with two
are legion!” This was referencing dedicated her reading to them. more that were collaborations
not only the fact that Daugherty- The actual reading began with between her, artist -Professor By KYLE JERNIGAN examples, such gems as, “And wonderfully spacy “I’m Sin-
Palmer Commons was packed Cognard-Black reading two po- Carrie Patterson and photogra- Editor-in-Chief I’m s**ting on ‘em like 2 girls gle,” the beats aren’t that
with swarms of Cognard-Black ems she wrote about her daugh- Lil’ Wayne, the self-pro-
pher -Professor Colby Caldwell. 1 cup” (off his intro track, great. Lil’ Wayne’s attempts
supporters, but that the VOICES ter, whose birthday it was coinci- claimed “Martian” and “Best
These stories were short works of “Gonorrhea”), “And I keep at “love” songs (“With You”
reading was competing with the dentally. These poems were very fiction created by Cognard-Black
Rapper Alive,” has always the toast, turn you’re a** to and “I’m Single”) also seem
opening of Hay Fever and the I much directed to her daughter to been the master of some pretty
with accompanying artwork by bread crumbs” (“Hold Up”), to fall flat more often than
Heart Female Orgasms event. whom she wished a happy 11th crazy lyrics. After the critical
Patterson and Caldwell. and “Yes I talk s**t, gotta the rest of the album, though
disaster that was Wayne’s defecate to conversate” (“Bill his strategy of seduction via
foray into rock (Rebirth), Gates”). Keep in mind that “moonlight and candles and
however, one could be for- those were just my personal s**t” is simply genius.
given for thinking that he had favorites, there’s plenty more The guest appearances
begun to wander too far from where that came from. aren’t that great either, and
the bizarre lyricism that had Lil’ Wayne has, with this the album is definitely front-
gotten him so many fans. album, come back to the land loaded to the point that things
It was definitely a concern of pop culture irreverence in a start to seem sort of dull by the
of mine, in beginning my manner that reminds me why halfway mark.
exploration into I Am Not a I love Weezy. All in all, Tha Carter III is
Human Being, Lil’ Wayne’s He’s not deep or critical like a far more polished, catch-
last pre-imprisonment album, the more “cerebral” rap of ier, and listenable album.
that Wayne may have forgot- Immortal Technique, Public He’s hungrier in his earlier
ten what made him a cultural Enemy, or Nas, nor does he work (500 Degreez), and the
force. have the expertise and true Drought mixtapes have better
I’m glad to say that, for the word-sorcery of a Jay-Z or beats (for perhaps obvious
most part, that is not the case; 2Pac. The good thing, though, reasons).
this album is pure, quintes- is that he doesn’t try to be That all being said, I am
sential Wayne, and says in any of these things; instead, Not a Human Being may have
its very title something we Wayne’s too busy creating the some of the best and funni-
all know; there is no way most ridiculous, bombastic est one-liners of any Wayne
anyone from this planet, nay and unique one-liners pos- album yet, and why would
solar system, could come up sible. you listen to him for anything
with some of the crazy stuff Beyond that, though, the else?
Photo by Ryan gugeRty
Wayne does. Let’s just take a album is unremarkable. With
Professor Cognard-Black gave her first ever VOICES Reading to a packed crowd on Thursday. few quotes from the album as perhaps the exception of the
sPorTs The PoiNT News • ocTober 19, 2010 5
St. Mary’s Sailing Sets Out With Young Team, Impressive Performance
on finishing position (one point for team. “I really like our team. Last until sunset, or the wind dies, or The next weekend, the sailing team
By HANNAH GRABENSTEIN first place, two for second, etc.) year we lost a few sailors with sailors have to attend class, usu- won at St. Mary’s very own event,
Staff Writer wins. The Seahawks compiled a some real talent but this year we ally around 5. On Fridays, there’s aptly named the St. Mary’s Col-
It’s no surprise that a school record of 12 wins and five losses got more freshmen with prospec- no practice, usually because the lege Fall Intersectional Regatta.
located on the Chesapeake Bay to take the championship, edging tive talent team does In home waters, St. Mary’s sailing
would have outstanding water out Boston College in second and that will “We have a young commu- again defeated 17 other colleges.
sports and sailing. This is certainly Georgetown University in third. help our
team dominated by nity service Most recently, at the US Coast
no exception at St. Mary’s. Sail- This was the fifth time that St. team stay by coach- Guard Academy, the team domi-
ing is a proud tradition at the Col- Mary’s has won this champion- on a cham- freshman and sopho- ing five or nated 19 other schools by a margin
lege, which includes 15 National ship, also winning in 1999, 2000, p i o n s h i p mores. But we’re hope- s i x l o c a l of 46 points (where a 15-point
Championship titles and over 150 2004, and 2007. l e v e l f o r ful. The bar is set pret- high school margin is average).
All-Americans for the team. At the beginning of this year, the next teams. According to Werblow, the real
This past May, the University Coaches Bill Ward and Adam four years.”
ty high.” All of goal for the team at large is to
of Wisconsin, Madison hosted the Werblow, now in their fifth year Menninger, their prac- “broaden the base of expertise”
2010 ICSA (Inter-Collegiate Sail- coaching together, built a 28-per- who is a -Bill Ward ticing has and get the younger members of
ing Association) national champi- son team, which, according to two time Coach, St. Mary’s Sailing certainly the team used to the “rhythm of
onship regattas. St. Mary’s sailing Ward, is “a little smaller than we All-Amer- paid off. the week,” academic success,
left with the national champion- have had in recent years.” ican and Team Their new and college life in general. “If
ship in team racing, which was “We graduated a pretty big was run- season start- everyone performs at a high level
held May 29-31. The team racing class last year,” Ward explains. ner-up for College Sailor of the ed the weekend of Sept. 11 and will consistently then we’re one of the
championship has a field of 14 Of the seniors who graduated Year, believes that this new team end in mid-Nov. So far, they’ve teams that can vie nationally.”
schools that have each qualified in the spring, there were 3 All- will have to “try their hardest on had three national-level victories, Werblow explains. “We’re excited.
from their respective conference Americans. “We have a young the water and do their best to be in beginning with the Hatch Brown We have a really nice group of
championships. team dominated by freshman and good physical shape.” trophy at MIT on Sept. 18 and kids. People seem to be motivated
In team racing competition, sophomores. But we’re hopeful.” To accomplish this, the team 19, at which they beat 17 other and self-directed, and that’s a good
schools meet head-to-head in Werblow agrees: “The bar is set has physical training on land on colleges to take home the trophy. beginning.”
three-boat teams. Each match lasts pretty high.” Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m.,
about ten minutes and the team Senior Michael Menninger, a and Mondays through Thursdays
with the lowest point score based skipper, is enthusiastic about the they’re in the water from 2 or 2:30
10/19 Field Hockey vs East. Mennonite* 4:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs Marymount (Va.) 7:00 p.m.
10/20 Women’s Soccer vs Marymount (Va.)* 3:30 p.m.
10/21 Women’s Volleyball vs Wesley 7:00 p.m.
10/22 Women’s Volleyball vs Messiah* 6:00 p.m.
10/23 Women’s Volleyball vs Frostburg St.* 11:00 a.m.
Field Hockey vs Mary-Washington 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs Mary-Washington 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs Lan. Bible* 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs Chris. Newport 7:00 p.m.
10/24 Field Hockey vs Lynchburg* 2:00 p.m.
10/27 Women’s Soccer vs Va. Wesleyan* 3:30 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs Stevenson 7:00 p.m.
10/28 Men’s Soccer vs Wesley* 3:00 p.m.
Photo by Katie henRy 10/29 Women’s Volleyball vs Bridgewater* 3:00 p.m.
Losing several sailors from the team following last year’s graduation, the College’s sailing team is Men’s Swimming vs Catholic* 5:00 p.m.
working hard to train its 17 first-year and sophomore skippers and crewmen for competition this season.
Women’s Swimming vs Catholic* 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs Dist. Col.* 7:00 p.m.
Soccer Seahawk Earns CAC Honors 10/30 Women’s Soccer @ CAC First Round
Women’s Volleball vs Va. Wesleyan*
as “shocked.” “As a freshman, I emotional state. She said she Women’s Volleyball vs Dav. & Elk.* 1:00 p.m.
By KEVIN BAIER didn’t really know they gave it to doesn’t let a win inflate her ego
Online Editor & Photo Editor Men’s Swimming vs Marymount* 2:00 p.m.
freshman,” Wirtz said, “I didn’t too much while simultaneously Women’s Swimming vs Marymount* 2:00 p.m.
The Capital Athletic Confer- think I did that well.” doesn’t let a win demoralize her
ence awarded Kelsey Wirtz, a too much. “I just play my game 10/31 Field Hockey @ CAC First Round TBA
first year goalkeeper for the Col- [and] don’t get a big head about Men’s Soccer @ CAC First Round TBA
lege, the player of the week award it,” Wirtz said.
for “Women’s Soccer Defensive Wirtz began playing soccer in 11/2 Women’s Soccer @ CAC Semifinals TBA
Player of the Week.” Wirtz is the first grade and received many Women’s Volleyball @ CAC First Rnd. TBA
second Seahawk on the women’s awards and accolades through-
soccer team to win the award out her soccer career. Her high 11/3 Field Hockey @ CAC Semifinals TBA
this year. school recognition included a Men’s Soccer @ CAC Semifinals TBA
Wirtz, originally from Parkton, nomination for the All-Maryland
MD, recorded five saves Satur- team; a member of the All- 11/4 Women’s Volleyball @ CAC Semifinals TBA
day, Oct. 10, in St. Mary’s league Baltimore County team and the
shutout victory over York Col- Senior All-Star team; and an All- 11/5 Men’s Swimming vs Rand. Macon 4:00 p.m.
lege. Wirtz’s defensive perfor- Division selection. Women’s Swimming vs Rand. Macon 4:00 p.m.
mance gave her a second shutout Wirtz was also a member of
of the season. Hereford’s two-time Maryland
Photo CouRteSy of SmCm athletiCS
11/6 Field Hockey @ CAC Finals TBA
A graduate of Hereford High State Cup semifinalist team and Men’s Soccer @ CAC Finals TBA
School in Northern Baltimore Wirtz said her key to success was two-time regional 3A champions Women’s Soccer @ CAC Champs TBA
County, Wirtz is a Biology ma- playing well. “Especially defense, team. Women’s Volleyball @ CAC Champs TBA
jor seeking to pursue a career in and [having] a close knit team re- The St. Mary’s Women’s Soc- Men’s XC @ CAC Championships 11:00 a.m.
physical therapy. When asked ally helps.” cer has an overall record of 4-5-1 Women’s XC @ CAC Champs 11:00 a.m.
how she felt about receiving the Wirtz said having a “short mem- and an in-conference record of Men’s Swimming vs Goucher* 1:00 p.m.
award, Wirtz described herself ory” when playing is best for one’s 4-1. Women’s Swimming vs Goucher* 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Swimming vs Gallaudet* 1:00 p.m.
Want to tell the College about a 11/12
Women’s Swimming vs Gallaudet*
Men’s Swimming vs Washington*
Women’s Swimming vs Washington* 5:00 p.m.
Sports Club or Intramural? 11/13 Men’s Swimming vs York (Pa.)
Women’s Swimming vs York (Pa.)
Men’s XC @ NCAA Mideast Reg. TBA
This year, The Point News is trying to get the word out 11/16 Men’s Basketball vs Johns Hopkins* 7:30 p.m.
about club sports and Intramural events alongside tradition-
al varsity sport coverage. If you are part of an intramural 11/17 Women’s Basketball vs Lbn. Vly.* 6:00 p.m.
league or sports club, know someone who is, or just want to 11/19 Men’s Basketball vs TBD TBA
let the campus community know about one in particular, let Women’s Basketball vs Arcadia* 6:00 p.m.
us know, and we’ll do our best to cover what interests you!
*home game Compiled by Steve Rees
6 The PoiNT News • ocTober 19, 2010 sPorTs
InTRaMuRals hosTs Men’s and co-ed BadMInTon TouRnaMenT
By STEVE REES
St. Mary’s students worked
in teams of two to hit shut-
tlecocks to each other for
points in what turned out to
be a very successful Men’s
and Co-Ed Badminton Tour-
nament, hosted by Intramu-
rals during the weeks of Oct
8 and 15.
Beginning Oct. 5 with
matches for both leagues
at 8 p.m. in the Michael P.
O’Brien Athletics and Rec-
reation Center gymnasium,
the badminton tournament
saw over 140 participants
and was held until 11 p.m.
each night Oct. 5-7 and 12-
13. Intramurals, in charge of
non-varsity events through-
out the year, sponsored the
Both leagues were divided
into groups (eight for Men’s
and 11 for Co-Ed), each with
three or four teams. While
only two athletes would be
on the court at a time (with
at least one female player on
the court at all times for Co-
Ed teams), registered teams
could have up to four players
that could exchange into a
game throughout the match. Photo by dave ChaSe
Each team would play two The Men’s and Co-Ed Badminton Tournament, hosted by Intramural Sports, consisted of over 140 participating male and female students.
matches each night against of two players attempts to Faulting the serve, either nament, a way to ensure for Level One Infractions, and Christopher Becraft (of
other teams in their desig- hit the shuttlecock, a rubber by hitting the shuttlecock appropriate behavior on the three points for Level Two team Gload) bested Alex
nated group, after which the ball with a plastic, netted, out of bounds or into the courts without influencing Penalties,and seven points Lykens and Andrew Reighart
top-scoring teams in each cone-shaped tail, onto the net or other players, results team scores during matches. for Level Three Ejections, (of team Bear Force One)
group would face each other opposing team’s court on in a second serve attempt, “Each team has ten points after which that athlete’s in what turned out to be an
in a tournament the after which another at the beginning for good team would be forced to intense final round for the
following week. Each “The games were fault will award the sportsmanship, and if you forfeit their league member- men’s league, while the Co-
match was limited to pretty fun. Most opposing team the do anything unsportsman- ship. A sportsmanship rating Ed league title was taken
30 minutes and con- games had a laid-back right to serve. Each by team Loko (with play-
sisted of three games side of the court can
“We had winners from each ers Mike Victory and Pui
to 15 points, leaving atmosphere, except for only hit the birdie Sham) after a close match
the winning title to some with conspicuous once, and only the league. Both [teams] received against Bear Force One (with
the team that won two competition [that was] serving team can pint glasses.” Reighart and Joanna Pu-
of the three games.
Fifteen minutes were
all in good fun.” score a point.
As part of Col-
rich). Prizes were awarded
to winning teams from both
allocated to each of lege Intramurals
-Brooke Austin leagues.
the first two games, in -Travis Lear policy, participants Senior supervisor, “We had winners from
which a team would Athlete, Men’s Intramural and spectators were SMCM Intramural Sports each league,” said Intramu-
only win by scoring prohibited from ral Sports senior supervi-
15 points with at least
Badminton League bringing alcoholic sor Brooke Austin. “Both
a two-point lead. substances to the like, points are taken away,” of less than seven (at least a [teams] received pint glass-
“The games were pretty or inside the boundaries to tournament, and athletes said Jess Riesett, another Level Two Penalty) would es.”
fun,” said Travis Lear, a score a point. Scoring teams were asked to wear non- student participating in the force the offending team to Having hosted a Capture
member of the Men’s Group maintain the right to serve marking athletic footwear. tournament. “If you lose all forfeit the game currently the Flag event on Oct. 15,
F team #23. “Most games the shuttlecock, also called a To encourage sportsman- points, you are automatically being played. Intramurals is preparing to
had a laid-back atmosphere, birdie, to the opposing team, like conduct, Intramurals ejected from the game.” The tournament ended host a dodgeball tournament,
except for some with con- and alternate between left also introduced sportsman- According to the sports- on Oct. 13 after two fi- again with Men’s and Co-
spicuous competition.” and right sides of the court ship points to each team manship regulations, ath- nal matches, one for each Ed leagues, from Oct. 18 to
In badminton, each team for each subsequent serve. during the start of the tour- letes would lose one point league. Seniors Colin Gload Nov. 1.
oPiNioNs The PoiNT News • ocTober 19, 2010 7
Inside a Trustee Meeting Ask Miss Meghan St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Campus Center Room 145B
18952 E Fisher’s Road
St. Mary’s City, Maryland 20686
suBMITTed By DANNY RUTHEN-
were in class listening to a profes-
sor, instead of in a Board meeting suBMITTed By MEGHAN ROOT arousal but no actual desire. Phone: (240) 895-4213
Student Trustee listening to a professor. The Trustee
Resident “Sexpert” There is too much “gray” to deter- Fax: (240) 895-4445
Dear Miss Meghan, mine if someone is implying consent. E-mail: email@example.com
When I woke up on Saturday was wondering where the Student Web Site: http://thepointnews.
morning, my first thought was to Trustee-in-Training was. For those What is your take on “implicit A person can spend the night hitting on
consent”? Should people always talk you, flirting, trying to be smooth, wink-
turn off that annoying alarm clock. of you who don’t know, Maurielle
Then I sat there for a minute while Stewart is in France, studying about sex before having it? ing (does any one wink anymore?), Editor-in-Chief & Opinions
my brain woke up, and I remem- abroad for the semester. -Maybe Willing grinding, “subtly” tying the cherry stem Editor
bered why my alarm went off so As Paul concluded his report, Ma- into a knot with their tongue, flexing Kyle Jernigan
early. I quickly got ready and headed honey Matthews gave me the floor Dear Maybe Willing- muscles, buying flowers, licking lips,
The short answer is YES YES making out, dry humping, or any of the Managing Editor
to the Board meeting. for the report of the Student Trustee.
The buffet breakfast prior to the With butterflies in my stomach, I YES! Please, for the love of all that other hundreds of ways we try to let
meeting was excellent, though I talked about the great job students is shiny in the world, talk to your each other know “Hey, I’m kinda into
Assistant Editor-In-Chief &
didn’t indulge much as I was try- think President Urgo is doing, the partner(s) about sex before having you,” but NONE of these mean “Hey, News Editor
ing not to get my suit dirty. It’s support I’ve found behind Gender it. Legally, and judicially, there is no I want our sex organs to play together.” rowan Copley
a different mentality from most Neutral housing, the sustainable such thing as implicit consent when it The wonderful thing about not as-
comes to sex. It is too easy to miss-read suming consent means that, unless you Features Editor
days, when I simply walk around, initiatives on campus, how the
a situation and your perception of the want to run the risk of being accused peter sparKlin
sometimes lacking shoes, and don’t bike shop lost its funding, why the
really worry about what happens. internet is too slow, and of course, I “signals” may be way off base. “When of sexual assault, you actually have to Arts & Entertainment Editor
But that day, I needed to look my talked all about our very own mold you assume, you make an ASS out of U talk about sex (gasp!). Asking someone amanDa Zelaya
best in order to make the Trustees problem. The Trustees were recep- and Me.” Get it? Got it? Good. to have sexual relations with you opens
A brilliant example of this can be the door to talk about why/why not, Sports Editor
listen without reservations. Had to tive on all counts, and I’m working
seen in our (sizable) friend, the erec- what do you/they like/don’t like, STI steve rees
represent ya’ll well. on many of these points with the
When Molly Mahoney Matthews, Administration and Trustees. tion. If a male does not desire to have tested, birth control options, etc. Talk- Online Editor & Photo Editor
the new Board Chair who was Following my report, we heard the sex with someone, but still has an ing about sex does two things for you; Kevin Baier
profiled in an earlier Point News, reports of all the Committee Chairs obvious physiological response, this covers your ass and makes sex better.
banged her gavel (which she did and from the heads of affiliated engorgement does not mean that he So I ask, why not talk about it? Staff Writers
gives consent to have sex. Sometimes I would now like to throw down a hannah graBenstein, Kath-
erine henry, isaaC nixon,
slightly less vigorously than our organizations, such as the Alumni
erections happen, like during your challenge for you all: I want you to
own SGA Vice President), everyone Council and Historic St. Mary’s
fifth grade spelling bee, and they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Julia anDraDe roCha
took a seat and the meeting began. Commission. After the meeting con-
Following an appeal from Mahoney cluded, I stayed behind to discuss a be more of an accident (or an embar- examples of ways to ask someone else
Matthews to the Board on behalf of number of aforementioned issues rassment) than an actual indicator of to have sex with you; the good, the Dave Chase, Kevin Baier,
student scholarships, we heard the with Trustees and administrators desire. It’s ok to have an erection and bad, the crude, and the just down right Katie henry, ryan gugerty,
report of the President. It was his before I took my leave to watch be aroused and not want to have sex. ridiculous. I want lines as simple as steve rees
first Board report, much as it was women’s tennis put up a valiant I promise. “Wanna do it?” to the hilariously bad
mine, though he looked significantly fight, men’s tennis defeat an unde- This example can also be found in “I’m an astronaut, and my next mission Faculty Adviser
female survivors of sexual assault. If a is to explore Uranus. You in?” Winners DaviD emeriCK
more comfortable in the role. His feated team, and women’s soccer
remarks were, as always, eloquent. shut down York. woman does not want to have sex and is get a prize, and the best lines will be
then forced to anyways, then her body published in the next issue. The ones The Point News is published
Next was the Faculty Senate Now, I have two months to make biweekly during the academic
President report, which Professor some headway into these areas produces vaginal lubrication and/or she not fit for publishing will go online at
year by the undergraduate
Bob Paul gave in his usual thorough of concern before bringing a new has an orgasm, this does NOT mean my blog spot, because, well, you can students of St. Mary’s Col-
fashion. I always feel quite enlight- report before the Board at the next that she really wanted it (or maybe write anything online! Let the games lege of Maryland. The ideas
ened as to faculty happenings after meeting in December. As always, she faked it to get you to stop). The begin! and opinions expressed on its
listening to him. During his report, let me know what I can do for you, same way a person can desire to have pages are not necessarily those
a Trustee got up and slipped me a and I’ll see what I can make happen! sex but may struggle with the arousal -Sincerely wishing fall break was of the College.
note, which made me feel like we See you on the Path! (especially when alcohol is involved), longer, We welcome all readers to
a person can experience physiological Miss Meghan submit Letters to the Editor.
Snyder v. Phelps: Privacy Over Free Speech
Letters can be sent to The
Point News, dropped off at our
office in the Campus Center,
e-mailed to Kyle Jernigan
By DAVE CHASE found liable by a Baltimore jury of ceremony and to inflict harms on is privacy. Though not listed in the (email@example.com) or
intentional infliction of emotional those involved.” Constitution, the Supreme Court has Rowan Copley (zrcopley@
Last week, the Supreme Court distress and invasion of privacy by In order words, the Court of consistently ruled that privacy is a smcm.edu), or sent through
heard oral arguments in the case intrusion upon seclusion. The 4th Appeals applied a legal theory fundamental human right protected our web site at http://thepoint-
Circuit Court of Appeals overturned designed to protect the right of by the 9th amendment. news.com/contact/letter. All
Snyder v Phelps et al., a case in
letters and articles are due
which the respondent, Fred Phelps, the lower courts findings by applying people, in the course of discussing Furthermore, Congress and the
by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday
organized members of the Westboro a legal theory that protects defamatory public issues, to verbally attack and General Assembly of Maryland have before an issue is printed. We
Baptist Church to protest the 2006 speech against public figures in the insult public figures (such as Tea passed a series of laws indicating the do not guarantee that any let-
funeral of Matthew Snyder, a US context of public issues. Party members calling President importance of a private and dignified ter or article will be printed.
Marine killed in a Humvee accident The problem with the 4th circuit’s Obama Hitler) to a private citizen funeral. Most notably, Congress The author should sign his/her
in Iraq. Protesters carried signs ruling is that under no reasonable during a private funeral. passed the “Respect for America’s name, provide his/her phone
saying, “Don’t Pray for the USA,” circumstances could either Mathew There are a lot of legal theories Fallen Heroes Act,“ which prohibits number, hometown and class
“God Hates Fags,” “God Hates You,” Snyder nor his father (the petitioner) at work in this case but the deciding demonstrations on cemeteries standing if they are a student.
“God Hates America,” “Semper be considered a public figure. The factor will likely be if the emotional controlled by the National Cemetery Letters of less than 250 words
Fi Fags,” “Thank God for Dead second problem was best articulated distress of a grieving family and the Administration for an hour before and are preferred. Letters are more
Soldiers,” “Priests Rape Boys.” in the Amicus Brief signed by 42 privacy of burial ceremonies represent after a funeral. The Act also extends likely to be printed if they have
US Senators, “as applied here, the interests that the government (State the same restrictions to funerals relevance to a considerable
The question the court will answer
[intentional infliction of emotional and Federal) must protect. of any service member, including
portion of the college com-
is, does the First Amendment’s free munity, are likely to spark
speech protection include hateful distress] and intrusion upon seclusion To qualify as such an interest, Snyder, held at a private cemetery.
dialogue, or present new ideas.
protests at a private funeral? torts narrowly protect against willful there must be another protected With the intent of Congress and The opinions expressed in
Phelps and his cohorts were efforts to invade a private grieving right at stake. In this case, that right the State Legislature clearly leaning commentaries and letters are
Counter-Point: Pleas for
on the side of privacy, the Supreme solely those of the writers and
Court’s decision is simplified: can a not necessarily the views of
person’s right to privacy be denied (or The Point News or St. Mary’s
curtailed) in the name of free speech? College of Maryland. Un-
My answer? No. signed editorials represent the
Tolerance Go Both Ways The reason is simple and can best
be summed up by Justice Ginsburg’s
question to Margie Phelps, “why
opinion of at least two-thirds
of the editorial board. We
reserve the right to edit any
By KYLE JERNIGAN be allowed to do what they do. The the right to our own expression and work submitted to The Point
Editor-in-Chief reason is, ironically, because if we opinions we must imagine what it should the First Amendment tolerate
News in order to correct er-
I think it goes without saying that are to truly claim the moral high would be like if we couldn’t speak exploiting this bereaved family when
rors in spelling and grammar,
the Westboro Baptist Church may be ground of treating our neighbor as our own minds, if what we thought you have so many other forums for . . . or to shorten length. For very
one of the most bigoted, ignorant, we want to be treated, we must have were suddenly considered so shock- getting across your message?” long letters that may be read
and hateful groups to ever figure the strength to do so even when our ing that we needed to be silenced. You may say whatever you want in full online, please provide a
out how to glue a piece of wood to neighbor does not feel the same. If How horrible would it be if the roles but you may not express your point Web address to be included in
poster board. In choosing to target we were to silence the Westboro were reversed, and the Westboro by exploiting the rights of others, in the event that the letter would
funerals, and therefore families in Baptist Church, we would be deny- Baptist Church could control our this case, the right to a private funeral. need to be shortened.
their absolute weakest moments, ing them the same courtesy and the speech? Beyond striking a balance between Anyone may place adver-
free speech and privacy, such a ruling tising in The Point News.
they demonstrate just how petty same fundamental rights that they So, it is very easy to be angry at
from the court would offer a good For current advertising rates,
and how far detached they are from wish to deny to those they hate; I the ignorant “congregation” that please e-mail our Advertising
reality and true human empathy they wouldn’t go as far as to say that calls itself the Westboro Baptist framework for interpreting future
situations without endangering our Manager at dechase@smcm.
are, all for a misguided ideal which puts us on their level, but it certainly Church, and we have every right to edu. Advertisements represent
holds a few stray lines denouncing cheapens our own arguments and be so. It is very easy to be led by right to free speech.
no endorsement by The Point
homosexuality in Leviticus over the our own rights. our powerful disgust and ire into The danger in a case like this is News or St. Mary’s College.
fundamental decree to love your I do not wish to sound insensi- simply fighting back, and we have to allow the anger over the content Any news tips, story infor-
neighbor. tive; I am sure that the actions of the might and superior influence as of what Phelps said to dictate how mation, corrections or feed-
Despite all this, and despite the the Westboro Baptist Church have a majority opinion to do so. But it is the law should be interpreted. That back may be sent to kpjerni-
fact that saying this goes against caused considerable emotional pain infinitely stronger of us to tolerate danger goes both ways. Some suggest firstname.lastname@example.org, or submitted
my own reactions and my own to people who certainly do not need them as they do not us. In doing so, that because the content was so through the web site at http://
emotions, they are as protected more of it. And I cannot say that we not only allow them to look even hateful, we must protect it but any thepointnews.com/contact
under the First Amendment and our they should just forgive or that they moreso like the bigots and fools argument predicated on what Phelps
said fails to offer justice even if the - 2010, The Point News.
conceptions of morality as anyone should tolerate; I know if I were in they are, but demonstrate for them
else, and as long as they remain their position it’d be very unlikely I what tolerance, dignity, and human argument ultimately protects what
non-violent in their speech should could. But as individuals who value respect really are. Phelps said.