Edited For Libel: Self – Care

Sarah Hochberg

Opinion Editor

With the craze of midterm week finally dying down, it’s time to get back to basics. For me, that means endless Netflix-binging, book reading, and procrastination-not-doing. Everyone has something, not quite a hobby, not quite doing nothing, but a preferred method of productive inactivity. Over the course of my academic growth in stress management, I’ve realized inactivity can actually be the most productive way to spend a free afternoon. Self-care is incredibly important in whatever way it expresses itself.

     When it’s hell week, and my “free” time is really just when I’m slightly less constantly busy, having time to myself can really be crucial to my mindset and emotional state. Everyone has something, whether it expresses itself in video games, TV, or going for a run. For the extroverted types, it can be catching up with some friends and blowing off steam together. For those who need time to themselves to recuperate and recover, it can be reading or watching TV. The important thing is to be doing absolutely nothing and giving yourself a break. Hey, college is hard and these are crucial years of our youth – we deserve to kick back a little.

     Stress can be one of the most damaging forces to overall health and productivity. Ironically, yes, the more work you’re assigned, the less likely it is you will finish all of it to the best of your ability. Anyone who has been in the Ath in the wee hours of the morning knows, when you’re trying to polish off an essay in a caffeine-fueled haze of deadlines and anxiety, you are not going to come up with your best work. You are not even going to get close. Additionally, prolonged stress can lower your immune system. High anxiety leads to a crappy diet of Easy-mac and Ramen, less sleep, and general illness. There’s a reason the Goucher Plague moves so quickly among students, and we can’t blame everything on Stimson. Just most things.

We’ve all heard the tips from ACE: space out your work, try not to leave things to the last minute, email your professor if you’re struggling with an assignment. These are great tips, and the psychology behind these are to avoid stress and freaking out. A relaxed mind is the most productive way to actually get stuff done instead of freaking out over not finishing the assignment, wasting valuable time and mental resources.

     So, in the end, yes, we all get stressed out. Even the Type-A color-coded Excel sheet people who seem to have everything in order get stressed out. The important thing is to manage it, and then use it to make yourself a better student. Sometimes, you’ll be too stressed to do work, and that’s fine. It’s not the end of the world – paint your nails, play some Frisbee, go to the SRC, watch an episode (or season) of a show you like, go pet Lucy. Do what you gotta do. I’m not directly saying blow off assignments, but you are important too. Maybe push them back an hour or so, and then start from a better place. You will be much happier.

A small-town Vermonter’s experience at Towson’s new movie theater

Sarah Callander

Features Co-Editor

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n my hometown of Woodstock, Vermont, on the weekends the town hall doubles as a movie theater by pulling down a screen and serving maple butter popcorn. Usually, they choose a movie that premiered several weeks ago and seems a little outdated. When I came to Goucher my freshman year, I was surprised to discover that Towson didn’t have a movie theater. As I learned my way around Baltimore, I discovered the behemoth White Marsh AMC theaters and eventually, the more charming Senator Theater and Charles Theater. I loved how the Senator had the main large theatre with a gilded ceiling and draping red curtains that frame the feature film. Along with slightly more reasonable tickets, they offer special showings of classics like “The Godfather,” “The Shining,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Sometime last year, I first heard rumors that a new movie theater was in the making and then of course, the evidence. Early on in the construction of Towson’s new cinema, it became obvious that it was going to be much more than a place to watch movies. The Cinemark officially opened late this past summer, but construction still continues on the movie and dining complex off of the Towson circle. I finally decided to take the plunge by seeing the new blockbuster thriller Gone Girl, and I was for the most part pleased with my overall experience.

The parking garage costs hurts a little, but movie-goers get a $2 discount for the parking. Because it was a late showing, my boyfriend and I decided to park on the street, but there is also free parking at the mall, and of course it’s really not a far walk from Goucher. The entrance of the Cinemark is not elegant per se but it is remarkable. The huge flights of stairs, escalators, lines of people, and boisterous teenagers all form to create a mass of energy and confusion. Our student tickets cost $9.50 each, but for a couple of dollars, you can upgrade to the reserved seating that has food service as well. At the top of the escalators, there are seemingly dozens of food options – more than the usual movie menu. Off to the side is an arcade area for if you get bored of the movie or are killing time while waiting for friends. The seats in the movie theatre were actually very comfortable, but it was surprisingly full considering how many theaters (within Cinemark) were showing the movie and how early we had arrived.

“Gone Girl” did everything that it advertised it would do as a thriller and I felt satisfied with the film and the experience. Yet, I still felt oddly ripped off even though I hadn’t even spent that much on the ticket. I felt like at every corner the Cinemark was trying to get a few more dollars from its visitors with parking, dinner, movie, movie seat upgrades, snacks, and arcade. I’m not really sure if Towson ever really had a small town feel, but I worry how much of this experience could be going to helping small businesses in the area. Yet, I recognize coming from a small town, I have trouble accepting the experience of large chain enterprises even while it might greatly benefit the local economy. For Goucher students, the draw of the Cinemark is its accessibility and broad range of options. If given a choice, I would recommend expanding your horizons by going into the city, grabbing a meal out at a local restaurant, sneaking some candy in your bag, and enjoying the smaller, independent local movie theatres.

Scoop’s Corner: On dropping a class

Samantha Cooper

News Editor

made an important decision last week. I had realized that my work load was getting too heavy, and that I was having trouble keeping up with everything. I had no time to relax and was feeling stressed out of mind. So I did something I never thought I would ever do — I dropped a class. Prior to the drop, I was taking sixteen credits worth of courses, so I was able to drop it without an issue. I won’t say which class it was, but I will be honest, I didn’t realize how much I disliked it until I realized I could still drop it. The time between the decision to drop the class and actually dropping the class was less than three days. I’m not joking. It was a simple process, I got my advisor to sign the form, and I signed it then I gave it the office in Dorsey.

Here’s my recommendation to you. If you are taking a class that is not a requirement for your major, or it’s an L.E.R. and you don’t like the teacher, or even if the class is just causing you an enormous amount of stress … DROP IT. You might feel like a quitter for a while, you might feel pathetic, but it will benefit you in the long run. You will spend less time focusing on all the stress this one class is causing you and more time on important things; work for your required classes, extracurricular activities, your friends and yourself.

Remember that this isn’t high school. When you go out into the “real world,” most employers aren’t going to care that you decided to withdraw from one class. They just aren’t. You don’t need a perfect transcript to get a job. Remember that. And remember that employers focus on more things than colleges, and they will focus on different things depending on what field you want to go into.  For example, if you are going to be a chemistry major, it’s doubtful that future employers are going to care about how well you did in the studio art class you took for your artistic expression requirement.

And always remember this: you are only human. You cannot be absolutely perfect and amazing at everything. You have limits, its fine to test them, but sometimes you need to accept them for your own good, for your own mental and physical health. You can’t do well in school if you’re constantly stressed and sick. Understand?

On being “the feminist” camp counselor

Rachel Brustein

Editor-in-Chief

This past summer, I returned work at an overnight camp in Wisconsin for my fifth summer, and my second as a counselor. My past summers had been filled with fond memories. As summer 2014 approached, I became increasingly excited.

During the middle of staff week, the entire staff participated in a discussion-based program about gender. While the discussion did not go as well as I had hoped, something was clear by the end: camp is a place that continuously claims to be “inclusive,” but is not currently inclusive to trans individuals. To be clear, camp is not “anti-trans,” but rather, it is not actively pursing a way to be trans-inclusive at the moment. I applaud a friend of mine who spoke up during the program, calling out our old-fashioned camp director, who was not present, on asking a male camper to remove his nail polish.

Throughout the summer, I found myself noticing countless gender norms and standards of masculinity. While I could go on forever listing examples, I won’t. Something that caught my attention was a seemingly arbitrary rule made at the pool. In the shallow end, there is a five-foot long toy alligator that kids climb on. One morning at the pool, I heard a lifeguard blow her whistle and say, “girls off, it’s time for the boys’ turn.” I immediately questioned the gendering of this and asked the lifeguard about it. She told me that because boys are too violent, it was not safe for boys and girls to be on the alligator at the same time. I went straight to the aquatics director to inform her that I felt as though the lifeguards were making an assumption about boys being violent. She was very understanding. Nevertheless, most of the lifeguards continued to enforce this rule for the rest of the summer.

Not all of my experiences were negative though. During the second two-week session of camp, one of my co-counselors, Zoe, is a women’s studies major. For those two weeks, our cabin thrived on body and period-positivity. As a cabin bonding activity, we made SHEro posters, which involved printing out a photo of each girl’s famous female role model, decorating them, and saying why each of us picked these women.

During these two weeks, I had a conversation with another counselor. “I’m not really a feminist,” she told me one evening. When I asked her what she meant by that, she said, “Well, I’m not like Zoe.” I told her that you don’t have to be a women’s studies major and constantly talk about bodies in order to be a feminist. “I’m not not a feminist,” she replied.

I had the opportunity to examine these issues most critically during a learning session with a few other counselors led by an educator at camp, a young man in his late twenties. All of us were in this session by choice. Therefore, we were all counselors for whom gender equality was at the forefront of our thinking. The educator presented us with an article, “A feminist camp counselor unpacks her baggage,” published in Lilith, a feminist Jewish publication. Maya Zinkow, the author, wrote about her experience at her Jewish summer camp specifically after completing her sophomore year at Barnard. “I was returning to a place I loved deeply…but deep internal change is harder to accommodate in a space that must remain the familiar and idyllic home for hundreds of campers who return every summer,” the article read. Everything began to click; Zinkow got it.

In the learning session, I raised a concern about how to make the changes around gender norms that were referenced in the article. “The change has to come from the counselors,” the educator told us. When he first said this, I didn’t know what to think. I felt powerless in the entire bureaucracy of camp. I was only a counselor after all. I began to think about the big picture. Where does effective change usually stem from at Goucher? The students. The counselors (and sometimes campers) were the students in this situation.

A few weeks later, I saw a letter written by a group of ninth-grade campers. The letter called out the camp administration on asking boys wearing dresses to change. The boys were wearing dresses as part of “switch day,” where the campers dressed up like their peers. “We openly challenge traditional gender roles…we believe the actions taken were unjust and we hope you can respect our voice,” read the letter.

Though change is slowly starting to happen, I definitely felt out of place at camp this summer. I partially dealt with this by sending letters (yes, letters by mail) to Goucher friends explaining my experience. One reply read something along the lines of, “it can be hard to critique a place you love so much.” Camp no longer feels like the place where I can be my truest self, but part of me still wants to return to hopefully be part of the change.

So you’re going to college with your brother?

Litza Jimenez

Staff Writer

When deciding whether to attend Goucher College or not, there were many factors I had to consider. Like many incoming students, I considered the cost, the distance from home and the program in my field. However, unlike many, I also considered what it would be like to go to school with my brother. Honestly, I loved Goucher from the beginning and couldn’t imagine any issues from sharing a school with a sibling. After all, we had been raised in the same house, often shared the same toys and had gone to the same schools while we were growing up. I wasn’t concerned. That is, until my blunt friend wondered out loud, “Won’t everyone just think of you as the little sister?” Well, that ruined my peace of mind. Since then, many have questioned my decision, asking, “So you’re going to college with your brother?” and I can only say, “Yes, I am.” Despite the naysayers, going to college with a sibling is awesome, and I can tell you exactly why.

To begin with, older siblings can help you break out of your normal peer groups. My brother is a year older than me, and he’s already made friends with upperclassmen. Instant connections. Older siblings show you around campus and are obligated to show you all the ins and outs. Like walking into Stimson or Huebeck, you automatically have someone to warn you about the more questionable items or tell you what ingredients make for the best stir fry. They can tell you which classes you should register for and which professors you should steer clear of. Even off campus, they know where you can find sushi that’s not deadly.

Sometimes you might feel like they are watching what you do, possibly writing a report to mail back to your family, or make you feel like you still need to branch out past your clan. But overall, siblings give you a slice of home even when you are far away, living in a dorm, eating cafeteria food, and smelling like Stimson. When I freak out about homework assignments or tests, my brother is there for me. When I need to escape from my dorm room, I just go to his, and when I feel like binge watching New Girl, I steal his Netflix password. Maybe coming to Goucher has kicked up some childhood rivalries, but competition keeps you light on your toes. If you are an older sibling, I would definitely encourage you to invite your baby brother or sister to Goucher. For the rest of you, don’t be surprised I go to the same school as my brother, be jealous.

Scoop’s Corner: “Legend of Korra”

Samantha Cooper

News Editor

I’m a huge fan of the television show “The Legend of Korra” and since the fourth (and final) season recently premiered, it seems only appropriate to discuss the first episode appropriately titled, “After All These Years.” The last season left off with the main character, Korra, more or less incapacitated, and despite there being a three year time skip, she doesn’t show up until the last few minutes of the episode. It seems as though this first episode was designed to more or less set up the conflicts and events for the rest of the season. I don’t totally mind, especially since we already get to see this season’s villain, Kuvira, in full-force.

Though we got a glimpse of her last season, we didn’t truly didn’t get to see the extant of Kuvira’s abilities. Within ten seconds of her first scene in this season, we get to see her take down about a dozen people without even breaking a sweat. Also within the three years, she’s managed to basically
take over an entire Earth Kingdom continent, and is called the Great Uniter. I can’t wait to see more of her.
Other characters have changed a lot as well. Bolin, for example, has joined Kuvira, but seems to believe he’s doing the right thing. He still retains his total goofball personality. Another character, Mako, has become the bodyguard of the future Earth King. The other main female character, Asami, has created a rail-line that connects the city she lives in, Republic City, to the rest of the Earth Kingdom.

Korra has been lying to both her friends and family and has been secretly fighting in underground rings, all while keeping it secret that she’s actually the Avatar. I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of her, but hopefully there will be more of Korra in the next episode.
Other than the limited screen time for Korra, it was an excellent episode. I’m super excited for next week, and I don’t even know the name of the next episode. I’m just hoping it won’t leave me an emotional wreck because I’m currently in the midst of a total homework over load at the moment. I wouldn’t be able to deal. Anyone who has been in a fandom knows exactly what I’m talking about. I can’t wait.

Unfortunately, I have to vary my topics in this column and next will probably focus on another issue, so unless there’s a riot, an episode with an emotionally traumatizing moment or one that’s just plain totally awesome, I’ll only make passing references to “The Legend of Korra” in future columns.

The pros of upgrading to the iPhone 6

Anurag Chaudhary

Staff Writer

September 19 was a big day for me. It was the launch day for the new iPhone. Unlike every other year when I just watched the keynote and looked at the website with longing eyes, this year, I bought an iPhone 6.

My phone arrived in the mail on the evening of launch day. After opening the package, the first thing I noticed was how light and slim the device was. The box itself is pretty big, a completely new size for an Apple product. I had ordered a white and gold iPhone 6 with 64 gigs of storage. Measuring a mere 6.9 millimeters, it is probably the slimmest phone ever.

After holding it in your hand, it feels completely redesigned. It’s not just about slapping a bigger display on a phone and shipping it out to consumers, like other companies do, but about how it is executed. Sir Jony Ive and his design team have done an excellent job and have nailed the execution of the new iPhone with the bigger display. The phone is completely redesigned and has an industrial feel to it. The back is made entirely of brushed aluminum, wrapped by polished glass on the front. It is so seamlessly designed that you can’t feel where the display ends and where the body of the phone begins. The edges of the phone have been rounded and it feels smoother.

Of course, the bigger screen is the highlight of the new phone. The new Retina HD display, with a resolution of 1334×750, is spectacular. Sporting dual domain pixels and an improved polarizer, it stays true to color from all viewing angles and can be seen through polarized sunglasses more clearly.

The A8 chip is the heart of the new iPhone. It is 20% more energy efficient than the previous A7 processor. Its little brother, the M8 motion coprocessor, measures steps and distance walked, and for the first time ever, even the flights of stairs you climb. This ensures that you don’t need any more hardware than the phone to keep track of your fitness. This is paired with the new health app in iOS 8. The app itself is impressive – it displays your daily steps climbed, calories consumed (which you can input through different apps), and flights of stairs climbed graphically. And the best part is that all of this is done in the background. You don’t even need to keep the app open.

iPhones have always had the best camera among all other phones. The new model is no exception. It’s never about the number of megapixels that a camera has, but the quality of the pixels and the sensor that determines how good the camera is. Apple has found a sweet spot at eight megapixels, and has kept on improving the sensor and the pixel quality. The new phone has a completely new sensor with focus pixels, improved face detection, and exposure control. Pictures look absolutely amazing on the retina HD display. It also shoots video at 1080p now, with 240 fps slow motion video and a time-lapse mode, which is the coolest thing ever.

The biggest new feature, which will be exclusive to the 6 and the 6 plus, is called Apple Pay. The new iPhones have an NFC antenna which allows for this. Apple Pay enables users to store credit cards in their phone and then pay through their phone instead of swiping a card. This is way more secure than just swiping a card at a terminal because the transaction is authorized through the Touch ID sensor, so you cannot pay without your fingerprint. Apple has patterned up with all the major banks and retailers to implement Apple Pay and I can see this becoming the industry standard in a few months.

After using the new iPhone for around two weeks now, I can confidently say that it is the best iPhone ever made and I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking to upgrade.

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