After two long rainy days that started off the second to last week of classes, we finally had a sun filled day. This was perfect timing for McDaniel’s first annual FunFest – essentially a mini-carnival. The FunFest was hosted by the Trumpeters (no, we do not play trumpets) as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster. We are hoping that next year the new Trumpeters will continue the FunFest and carry on the tradition!
Several organizations on campus joined in on the fun to make the event a success including the Asian Community Coalition, the Writing Center, the Free Press, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Allies. Each organization hosted a different carnival game that students could play to win raffle tickets. The lollipop tree seemed to be the most popular game followed by the “Pie a writing tutor in the face” station. I paid $5 to pie my friend in the face and it was well worth the money! There was also a rubber duckie grab, corn hole, ballon darts, and “Comic Knockout.”
Music was blasting and friends were chatting all afternoon while soaking in the sun to begin their long awaited farmer’s tans. There were a lot of lucky winners who won donated gift cards to restaurants and businesses located all over Westminster. The most sought after gift card seemed to be the Rafael’s $20 gift card (a popular bar to hang out with friends on Thursday nights).
The event helped raise over $160 for the Boys and Girl Club of Westminster, which I am sure they will be excited to hear about!
Intramural sports at McDaniel are a great way to have fun with friends while feeding a little bit of your competitive side. Literally anyone at McDaniel can enjoy intramural sports – even those who think they are not athletic! I have had several people who had never played a sport before participate on my flag football team and they are the ones who never stop talking about how much of a blast they had.
One reason that intramural sports are so versatile for any kind of student is that there are different leagues within each sport ranging in competitiveness. The most competitive league by far is the Men’s League, but if you are someone more interested in having fun while intimidating a few people in the process than the Coed or Women’s (but now always) League are a better fit. There is also a wide variety of intramural sports to choose from including flag football, outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, basketball, softball, floor hockey, and volleyball. I am currently on a coed volleyball team this semester and looking forward to playing two games tomorrow night. We narrowly lost two games last week so we are hungry for victory!
While there are plenty of t-shirts distributed to students at McDaniel throughout the year, the most coveted t-shirt by far is the Intramural Champion t-shirt. I have witnessed seniors shed tears upon failing to win this shirt at their last opportunity before they graduate. It is not the easiest feat to acquire the Intramural Champion t-shirt and it does require a significant amount of sweat and dedication. As a freshman, I was fortunate to receive the champion t-shirt for winning the Coed Volleyball Championship and have been wearing my t-shirt with pride ever since.
One great thing about McDaniel is its close proximity to Baltimore. It is fairly easy for students to take advantage of the city and have a good time during the weeknights and weekends. Last night, for instance, I went to an Orioles game with a group of guys from my tennis team, which is a pretty popular thing for McDaniel students to do.
If you go on the right nights you can get really cheap tickets! Last night was only $10, pretty affordable for college students. We drove into the city, but if you do not have a car you can use McDaniel’s transportation system called the Pickle (big green shuttle van) to get to the Owings Mills metro station, which will take you right into the city.
If you are 21 you can get to city early and hang out a popular bar right outside of the baseball stadium called Pickles Pub (not to be confused with McDaniel’s transportation system). You can enjoy talking with friends and meeting new people while staying refreshed with Baltimore’s proudly brewed beer National Bohemian Beer!
The O’s games attract a large crowd so you always feel like you are at the right place when you first walk into Camden Yards. Last night was a particularly exciting night since the Tampa Bay Rays and the Orioles were tied at 6 and needed to go into an extra inning. The Orioles had the bases loaded when they hit a home run and made the fans go crazy!!! It could not have been a better ending. My friends and I even made it on the JumboTron and had our three seconds of fame!
Half of my group made their way back to McDaniel while the rest of us stayed behind and celebrated at the bars, which are always a great time especially when the Orioles get a victory!
Red Square is the center of campus and the perfect location for McDaniel’s new tradition of hosting a Farmers Market! Since this event was such a success last semester there was no question that it had to be done again this semester.
Local businesses set up tents and sell their goods to students trekking across campus. I could not resist the smell of the freshly popped kettle corn and gave in to buying a large bag. SERVV had a wide variety of fair trade gifts from all over the world – perfect gifts for Mother’s day coming up! A local jewelry shop lady had a consistent crowd of girls admiring her collections of handmade earrings. The pickle tent might have been the most popular by far especially since they had free samples. The old bay seasoned pickles were quite a hit! I was a little disappointed that the bread man was not at this Farmers Market, but honestly it was probably a good thing (I bought/ate way too much bread that day). Either way it was a great event that attracted a lot of students and provided something different/fun to do in between classes PLUS it supported the local businesses!
Traveling around the world in 80 days might be a challenge impossible to complete as a college student, but traveling the world in “80″ plates did plenty justice. Tonight, in Red Square (the center of campus), students socialized and tasted delightful desserts from all over the world. It could not have been a more perfect evening to have this event outside since McDaniel finally received the long awaited spring weather yesterday.
The majority of the student body was hungry for any outdoor activity to attend instead of studying in the library or in their rooms. Athletes finishing up practices, fans from the baseball game, and students studying under the trees attended the event to appreciate a variety of cultural desserts. I know that I was pleased since they had my two favorites desserts which include Tres Leches from South America and Baklava from Europe. Other options at the event included peanut butter brownies from North America, warm bread pudding from Asia, and coconut cake from Australia to name a few.
While this event was unique it was not quite different from a lot of the events at McDaniel since it included free food! I think that it is no surprise that free food has become the most popular choice at McDaniel to entice students with to participate in events on campus. At least that is what I do to get people to come to my events. It has worked quite well It is a pretty simple formula: College students + Free food = Success.
My mom was not too exhilarated at first when she heard that I went to a peep show with my friends, but little did she realize that it was actually a display of marshmallow masterpieces.
The PEEPshow has become quite the popular event to attend around Easter time in the past six years since the tradition began. Local artists, families, businesses, and school groups submit hundreds of creative and wacky marshmallow masterpieces. I did not realize just how many submissions there were until I got there!
Admission was free – something always attractive to college students (aka me and my friends). We spent about half in hour laughing at humorous submissions and dropping our jaws when we came across those truly spectacular masterpieces made entirely of marshmallow Peeps! We were about to leave when we found out that there were three more rooms of Peeps creations upstairs – it seemed endless! The most entertaining part about the peep creations was the titles of the creations. All of them incorporated the word “peep” into the title – examples: Peep-seidon, The Life of Peep, Silver Linings Peepbook, and Same-Peep Marriage.
Vote chips were available for purchase so that you could vote for your favorite creations. The creators of the entries with the most votes wins a Peeps themed prize pack. The best part is that all the proceeds benefit the Carroll Country Arts Council. All the submissions are up for sale and quite a number of them were already sold when I went. The last day of the PEEPshow is April 7, 2013 so it is not too late to check it out if you live nearby! Maybe you can submit a creation next year!
Here is an example of one of my favorite submissions!
Title: Long Live Sesame Peep
Yes, the first day of classes after spring break was a snow day! For this reason, I got a lot of curious looks from strangers at the grocery store as I was stocking up on graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. The lady waiting behind me in line decided to scream, “S’MORES?!” She must have been thinking that I was crazy for purchasing all the ingredients for the ultimate summer cookout on a snowy day. Little did she know that McDaniel has an indoor fireplace that can be used for s’mores anytime of the year!
The purpose of the event: Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society social! ALD is an honor society that inducts sophomores each year who have performed exceedingly well during their freshman year at McDaniel. It is a great honor that is respected as a privilege and not a right. ALD members are required to attend one social event and one service event each semester. The s’mores social event tonight had been planned for a while, but the cold weather this week really made it a successful event – a great way to warm up by the fireplace, eat tasty snacks, and socialize with friends.
ALD has a variety of other events throughout the year which all include free food and drinks – the best perk of being in the club. Pizza and a movie is always a popular event. The most recent movie night featured Disney’s Tangled (there were a lot of laughs). I think the most notorious event is handing out candy to students who are studying in the library during finals week to encourage them to keep up the good work! The newest tradition takes place at the end of the spring semester for the seniors and involves passing down the “torch.” The three must have party snacks at this event – sparkling cider, cheese and crackers, and popsicles.
So if you want to take advantage of these opportunities when you get to McDaniel just work really hard during your freshman year and get those good grades. Then it is pizza, popsicles, and s’mores galore until you graduate!
Tonight was the big unveiling for graduating studio art majors at the Honors Art Exhibition in the Rice Gallery in Peter Hall tonight. The theme: smARTies – they are clever students! I sure enjoyed the large bowl of smarties up for grabs.
Six seniors were in the spotlight and showing of their wonderful pieces of art ranging from embroidery on cotton to nails and string on wood. They included: Danika Allen, Elyse Hyle, Dara Dinisio, Claire Woolley, Caitlin Bennett, and Kira Young.
The overwhelming number of guests politely weaved in and out of corners to get their opportunity to admire each and every piece. Friends, family, professors, and President Roger Casey and his wife Robyn were all in attendance. After about half an hour of appreciating what the artists had to offer, it was time for them to speak about their exhibit individually, one by one. This created a great opportunity to make their work more comprehendible to the audience and add more depth to the focus of their exhibit. We learned about holding onto our childhood, creating multiple homes across the country, learning when to let loose and when to take control, how we seek security when fearful of attention, underestimating the complexity of high fashion and how it relates to individuals, and creating honest conversation about masturbation and sexual fantasies. The themes were definitely an interesting meld and as a result conversation ran wild all through the night.
As you have figured out from recent blog posts, it is currently spring break for McDaniel students. Students are visiting other countries, staying at home, or relaxing on a beach in Florida with friends. My spring break was all about tennis!
The men’s and women’s tennis teams had the awesome opportunity to travel to Hilton Head, South Carolina to compete in a week long tennis tournament. Despite the 12 hour van ride to get to Hilton Head that began at 4:30AM, the trip was a great time. Every day was centered around tennis whether it be practicing twice a day or competing in matches. The teams we played were from all over the country and had players from all over the world (quite a few from South America that were top ranked in their countries). That said, McDaniel had quite the competition, but this experience was necessary to prepare us for our conference matches.
Everyone appreciated the warmer weather immensely and welcomed sun burns with a smile; however, there was a lot of rain in the mornings which made for a fun time squeegeeing tennis courts for hours… The trip was a little bit of a tease since we did not actually get to spend any time at the beach, but we were just happy with shorts and sandals weather.
The best part about the trip was the team bonding. Spending every minute of your day with the same people for an entire week is a great way to build team camaraderie. Cheering each other on during matches and creating personalized chants like “BILLUPS!!” really brought the team together. This is thanks to our new coach, Bob Dietrich. He gives the team an incredible amount of energy that will definitely help us get some important victories this season.
Our first conference match is tomorrow at Washington so we will hopefully see the results of training intensely all week long. Let’s go McDaniel Tennis!
Although I am a little upset that this project is taking place during my senior year and will not be finished until after I leave, I am extremely excited for the current renovations being completed in McDaniel’s Hoover Library.
I never imagined how our library could get any better during my four years that I have been at McDaniel. It is the perfect environment to get work done it because it is extremely spacious and comfortable. You run into a lot of your friends to distract you from studying when you need a break, but then you can go right back to your hidden study spot and keep studying. There are endless amounts of study nooks you can choose from to work on any kind of assignment. Whether you want to work alone in a secret corner with your headphones on or get a private room with your friends and play music out load on the TV screen/computer, you will be able to find the perfect study zone for you. And between the access to over 200,00 volumes in the library and 60 online databases, you have plenty of resources to get your work completed.
Besides ideal study environments, we even got an ideal studying fuel center when they installed a brand new Starbuck’s coffee shop in the library called Casey’s Corner. What more could I ask for? The answer is a 24/7 section of the library (besides the computer lab and coffee shop area). The library is currently under renovations to make two floors accessible to students 24/7 so that they have constant access to the most popular volumes of books as well as brand new creative learning centers that are being added (as if there weren’t already plenty of learning spaces in the library, but I’m not complaining!). The library hosted forums for students to attend before the project began to get our feedback and opinions about what we would like to see in the renovation project. They were very adamant about listening to us before spending any money on renovations. They wanted to make sure they were doing what would please the students the most!
If you go to their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/McDaniel-College-Hoover-Library-Renovation/172116582884576) you can follow the renovation project from the beginning to present. I am excited about the new state-of-the-art fully automated compact storage unit that will open up more space for creating learning spaces while conserving the volumes of books in the library.
By next semester the library will be completely renovated and ready for students to take advantage of. Now you can spend those fantastic all nighters in the library! I might just have to come back to McDaniel to get the experience (just promise not to judge me).