Dance Show, Dance Show, Dance Show!
The Dance Show on campus, put on by the St. Mary’s Dance Team as well as the various dance classes we offer here, is one of the most anticipated events of the semester. There are college-wide auditions for the dances at the outset of each semester. With so many different styles of dance numbers performed each semester, everyone anxiously wants a ticket in order to cheer on their friends and classmates. The types of dance include Hip-Hop, African dance and modern dance and all the performances are both choreographed and performed by students. This year’s fall dance show performance start on December 5th and there are performances throughout the weekend. Go and buy your ticket soon before they all sell out!
—Karlie Straight ‘16
St. Mary’s Cares
As the holidays approach our student email inboxes fill with charitable ways we can help the surrounding community. St. Mary’s and it clubs and team organize many different food drives and ways in the community that students can help at food banks. Most recently, Mikes Food Fund has sent out information on how a donation of $20.00 can supply a family with a traditional Christmas dinner, turkey and all! The Student Athletic Advisory Committee held a non-perishable food drive to benefit the food pantry located just up the road from the college. Other food drives performed a few weeks ago included the drive for the Southern Maryland Food Bank. We collected 489 pounds of food, which will feed 22 famililes for a week! With all these opportunities to help our community it is a nice way to think about others during the holiday season.
-Bliss Rogers ‘16
I LOVED going to Greece last summer (2012) as a part of the Greece Study Tour offered here at SMCM. Study Tours are a great opportunity to spend a few weeks abroad without missing your friends, families, and wonderful classes and adventures during the St. Mary’s semester! There are multiple different SMCM Study Tours each summer and winter, and the trip to Greece focuses on ancient Greek history and literature. We travel with a St. Mary’s professor for an intensive (and awesome!) learning experience. My study tour experience really took hands-on and experiential learning to the next level as I explored the ancient ruins of Ancient Korinth after a seminar on one of Aeschylus’ plays.
I came alive when I went to Greece, but now it’s time for other SMCM students to have their turn to explore this wonderful country and find their own adventurous spirits. My friends from the last Study Tour and I just attended a meeting for the 2014 Study Tour last week to meet the prospective new Greeks and tell them all about the best adventure of their lives that they are about to embark on. Until then, S’agapo Hellas!
Humans vs Zombies
Below is a link to a video I made about humans vs. zombies at St. Mary’s. Feel free to check out one of our popular traditions!
- Caroline Szendey ‘15
Thanksgiving Feast at the Great Room!
I just returned from the annual Thanksgiving Feast at the Great Room and most definitely ate my weight in delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, salads, and apple pie. Every year around the holidays the Great Room staff plans and hosts a big Thanksgiving and Christmas lunch that all students, faculty, and staff eagerly look forward to. The final weeks of the semester are always busy and full of assignments, projects, and exams but the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts offer an opportunity to step back and celebrate the holidays as a campus over awesome food. Meatatarians, vegetarians, and vegans alike all find dishes that appeal to them and everyone leaves the Great Room happily stuffed. Holiday feasts are hands down one of St. Mary’s best traditions. Is it too soon to start the countdown to the Christmas Great Room feast?
- Alex Rogalski ‘16
It Is Volleyball Intramural Season
At St. Mary’s we have three levels of sports: DII, club, and Intramural. These levels each vary in their level of commitment and intensity. We just started intramural volleyball this week and I am playing on a co-ed recreational team named Green Street Elite as well as a co-ed competitive (Uncle Jesse and the Wombats) team.
Everyone loves to get creative and have fun with team names, chants, and coordinating t-shirts but when it comes to playing the game, it’s game on! Everyone is encouraged to play and tonight my co-ed recreational team is playing against a faculty team full of Chemistry and Psychology professors. I love that your relationship with a professor is not simply in a classroom or lab but can be on the court as well. And the best part besides playing with your friends is that, if your team wins, each member gets a free T-Shirt and bragging rights—that is, at least until the next Intramural sport begins!
p.s. Lords of Kobol better bring their A-game tonight!
Best Buddies Color Run!
This past weekend the SMCM Best Buddies club traveled to Baltimore for the 2013 Color Run! We had a blast - of both fun and color - and it was great bonding time for the buddies!
Here we are before:
And obviously we didn’t get enough color during the event so we had more to throw afterwards!
It was an all around awesome experience and I’m so glad I got to do it with Best Buddies!
For more info about Best Buddies follow this link: http://www.bestbuddies.org/
-Nadda Warshanna ‘15
All I want for Christmas is…
So yesterday I started begging my parents for the one thing that I knew I wanted to do from my first semester of college, to spend the summer at a field school in Western Africa with our peace program in the Gambia. As you can imagine when I first told them of my plan they were not that interested but after countless information panels and emails with my professor the verdict finally came in and my parents will let me go. I dont think i have ever been so nervous and excited in my whole entire life. Granted this came at a cost, that being my christmas presents for the rest of my life but it will be totally worth it. one of the great things about St. Mary’s is the fact that you can literally study anywhere. it is programs like this that will make for great stories and will make me competative in my field and i am exremely greatful!
-Katelyn Kean 16’
Anthropology/ History major
Museum Studies minor
It’s been a busy week!
It’s no secret that there is plenty to do here at St. Mary’s. As I sit here writing this post, I’m reminded of all of the students I just saw buzzing about in the dining hall, many of them grabbing a bite to eat with friends and taking a moment to unwind before the rest of the day unfolds. Between focusing on academics, playing a Division III sport (I’m a setter for the varsity volleyball team), spending time with my friends, staying involved in the campus community through a variety of extracurricular activities, and squeezing in some time to rest and recharge, the word “bored” has been entirely eliminated from my dictionary. Here’s what a typical day looks like for me!
This past Monday
9:20 am- (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I only have one class from 9:20 to 10:30. These days are typically when I get the bulk of my work done, since I have three classes from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays) I emerge from my Sunday night slumber and bike to my Social Psychology class in Goodpastor Hall. This is one of my favorite classes, and as a double major in Economics and Psychology, it’s one of the most applicable classes to my interest in behavioral economics. This week, we finished up group processes and just started talking about friendship, close relationships, and attraction, so our lecture on Monday was a combination of reviewing a brief documentary on Zimbardo’s prison experiment (something I definitely recommend watching, even if you have no prior psychology knowledge), and then moving into what my professor calls the “warm fuzzies”, or the lovey-dovey aspects of human attraction and what draws us to one another.
10:30 am- Class ends, back to the dorm to pick up books to go to the library.
11 am to 4:30 pm- Grabbed a quick lunch in the Great Room, and hunker down in the library to study for my Writing and Research Methods exam, re-write my notes for Intermediate Microeconomics, do my textbook readings for Economics of Developing Countries and Social Psychology, and work on replying to some emails. Chat with some of my friends who are also in the library getting ready for their own exams and writing their own papers—we’re coming down to the last few weeks of the semester here, and the last week before turkey day break, so the work is piling up! Nothing St. Mary’s students can’t handle.
4:30-5:30 pm- Head to the gym to run off some stress, take a shower, get dressed, and then back to the library board room to Chair a case for Student Conduct Board (I am an alternate chair and a regular board member on Student Conduct Board at St. Mary’s—we hold hearings to determine responsibility in cases where students have violated the college’s code of conduct and school policy)
6:00-7:00 pm- Chair one case for Student Conduct Board.
7:15 pm- After the case, grab some dinner with friends in the dining hall (which is conveniently located right across from the library) and relax with some delicious expresso chip ice cream (my absolute favorite!)
8:00-10:00 pm- Study grind in the library, but not before I get a large coffee from the Grind to keep me from falling asleep at my desk (in the campus center, also conveniently located across from the library). Finishing up where I left off with my work, reviewing my notes again before my Methods exam (which was the next day), getting organized for the rest of the week and making endless to-do lists in my planner
10:30 pm- Now that the official volleyball season is over, it’s intramural time! Back in the ARC (Athletics and Recreation Center) to compete in competitive intramural volleyball game with my intramural team (We’re called Clique Clique Bang, don’t ask me why…my silly friend made up the name before asking my teammates). We can only have two varsity volleyball players per team, so my varsity teammates and I have been divided up across our groups of friends that have all formed teams of 6-10 players. This just adds to the fun of playing each other! Intramurals are always a great time—tons of laughs and people having fun playing the sport I love.
11:00 pm- Back in the dorm with my roommate, talking about our experiences of the day while I flip through my notes and try to cram any extra bits of information into my brain before my exam the next morning. My roommate is currently on a Gossip Girl binge on Netflix (most recently, we both got into watching New Girl together), so every so often I hear her gasp in surprise or laugh at something I’m assuming Chuck Bass has said (oh, Chuck Bass, you lovely fictional character).
1:00 am- Lights out! Laying in bed thinking about how it’s only Monday.
[Just to share some other highlights of my week: Participated in an inspiring open-forum type discussion sponsored by Students of Applying Anthropology called “Defying Definitions: Stereotypes and Social Justice”, Thanksgiving Dinner (it was lunch haha) in the Great Room, lunch with SMCM Trustee Lex Birney along with my fellow Conduct Board members, watched Thor and the Hunger Games with my roommate, and tonight I’m going to see Catching Fire with my friend in town!]
-Grace Chao, Class of 2016
Psychology and Economics double major
The Take-Home Exam
As I have advanced in my math major here at SMCM, I have noticed that professors like to give out take-home exams. At first you are thrilled - you can use notes, the textbook, and old homework questions. Then the more take-home exams you do, the more you notice how much harder they are compared to an in-class exam. I usually get a week to do a take home exam of 5 questions. You would think, “oh I can do this in a day or two!” These take-home exams are challenging, thought provoking, and sometimes you get stuck. It will literally take me all 7 days to complete the exam and that is after several trips to the professor for assistance. However, they are beautiful. You can take all that you have learned from class lectures, notes, and homework and incorporate it all in new ways. You can take your time, do it at your own pace, and in the comfort of your bed and pjs. College throws you new things, one of many is take-home exams. They are just like any other exam (so cheating is NOT ALLOWED) but they permit you to work at your comfort level. This really helps with testing anxiety and other such things that can happen. So get ready, take-home exams are in your future. Beware, they are not always as convenient as you think!
Laura Rodriguez ‘14