Model UN: Worldly Connections at Goucher and Beyond

Lily Duffield
Staff Writer

“Goucher College has been closed due to inclement weather,” read the email that Goucher students received late Wednesday night on Feb. 12. To most students this was reason for celebration. But to the members of the Model United Nations, this was devastating news. They were supposed to leave for their flight to Boston for the Harvard University Conference the next morning at 3 a.m.
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Goucher Eats: What we eat when we eat alone

Kathryn Walker
Co-Features Editor

“Inspired by Deborah Madison’s essay collection “What We Eat When We Eat Alone”

On most Sunday mornings, way before my roommates have even thought about rolling out of bed, way before most college students have even thought about the idea of rolling out of bed, I get up and watch the sun rise.  I put some water on the stove, I listen as the water roils around, I slouch on the sofa bemoaning the fact that yet again, I can’t sleep past 9 o’clock.  I watch through the window as the light goes from soft mist to beaming rays, as slowly-yet-surely people begin to walk by my window and head to wherever they’re going in the world.  The water reaches boiling, and I begin the process of drinking copious cups of tea.  I stir some of the water into my oatmeal, waiting for the grains to solidify, then add quick flicks of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
The cinnamon dust sometimes pokes into my nose and makes me sneeze. The honey goes on last, swirled around in small circles on the top.  Then I start eating, waiting for either my brain to start engaging and clicking and making sense of things or for my hands and mouth and stomach to finish off my breakfast before I even have a chance to realize that I’m indeed up and out of bed.  I finish and decide to read something, anything, to jolt myself awake. Sometimes I feel ambitious and strap on my running shoes and fly out the door.  Most of the time I just linger at the table searching for a reason to stand up, brush my teeth, and go ahead with my day.
At the high school breakfast table, my dad attempted to engage me in witty conversation or intellectual dialogue.  Most of the time, he was greeted with a scowl and a lot of under-the-breath sass. Now in college, I reserve the morning scowling and sassing just for my family.

More peanut butter, slathered on bread, some banana wedges and honey layered between.  Some mango slices. Then I jet on with the rest of my day.

At the end of the day, I am famished. So I decide to combine everything that rests on my cabinet shelves – dried rosemary, some lemon pepper, an onion, two cloves of garlic, two eggs, some bread.  I even wrestle some ketchup from the fridge.  I turn the stove on high, slick a pan with oil, slide in some of the onion, the garlic, the rosemary, the lemon pepper, and wait for the sound of a sizzle.
My feet are tapping the floor, my hands are winding a spoon through the garlic. The onion becomes translucent. I crack both eggs and slide them into the skillet, slamming a lid overtop to cook the yolks.  The bread is rubbed with garlic, then put in the oven to toast. Five seconds later, I root through a drawer to find a spatula and slide the eggs, garlic, and spices onto a plate where they are quickly capped by the toast. The yolks are soft, too runny, almost raw; the garlic crisp, the onions clear.
I dip the toast into some ketchup, and then open my mouth wide and devour the egg-toast-ketchup combo in record time, deep yellow yolk running down my hands.  I don’t bother with napkins.  This breakfast-for-dinner is more than I could have ever hoped for.

I ruffle through the drawer and find a single spoon, and I then tip-toe over to the side cabinet and pull down the jar of Nutella followed by the jar of peanut butter.  I scoop up one spoonful of Nutella followed by one spoonful of peanut butter.  I decide there is nothing better in the world than this salty-sweet combo.  So I grab one more spoonful of each and then fall into bed, content.

Healthy Living: Gopher fitness

Danielle Meir-Levi
Staff Wrtier

After a fabulous, relaxing spring break, we’re back to complete the grueling and arduous spring semester. Between massive amounts of homework and difficult exams, there sometimes aren’t enough hours in the day to make time for things other than schoolwork. However, I find that taking time away from that ten-page essay, or that never-ending chapter in “Beowulf,” or even those terrible physics problems can help create a healthier you. Of course, a healthier you involves time spent on things you love and goals that you’re working towards. Surprisingly, this time has been proven to be better spent when fitness and exercise is incorporated into a college student’s daily routine.
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Rachel Laser speaks about Employment Non Discrimination Act

Max Adelstein

Rachel Laser, the deputy director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) spoke at

Students posing with Rachel Laser after her speech to the community. (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

Students posing with Rachel Laser after her speech to the community. (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

Goucher on Feb. 19 about the National Employee Non-Discrimination act (ENDA). She discussed the new provisions currently under consideration for the ENDA and explained how the students can get involved in the pro-LGBT movement and make a meaningful contribution to the fight for the amendment of ENDA.
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Running after hyenas: Q & A with Hadley Couraud ‘13, in Kenya

Kathryn Walker
Co-Features Editor

Hadley Couraud

Hadley Couraud graduated in Spring 2013 with a major in Biology and a minor in Peace Studies.

Hadley Couraud doing tests on a hyena in the African Mara with research co-workers (Photo: courtesy of Hadley Couraud)

Hadley Couraud doing tests on a hyena in the African Mara with research co-workers (Photo: courtesy of Hadley Couraud)

While at Goucher, she was on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and was also involved in Earthworks and Goucher Leadership Council.  (She also happens to be a 4th generation Goucher student) 

What are you doing now that you graduated?:
Now a recent graduate, I am working as a Research Assistant for Michigan State University’s Mara Hyena Project; I am living in a wildlife research camp in the Maasai Mara studying the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta). The job description hails as purely scientific, “monitoring demography and behavior … bimonthly prey censuses … collecting and processing fecal, blood, and tissue samples.” However, I am presented every day with a certain truth: Contrary to the juxtaposition often posed, biology and peace studies are inextricably intertwined.


Couraud doing some chemical tests on a Hyena DNA sample (Photo: Hadley Couraud)

Couraud doing some chemical tests on a Hyena DNA sample (Photo: Hadley Couraud)

Why work with hyenas?
Thought by many to be the cowardly scavengers of the Mara (who all sound like Whoopi Goldberg, right?), hyenas are in fact some of the most effective predators on the savannah, more likely to have their kills stolen by lions than the other way around. One of the most fascinating things about them is their social complexity – they live in societies whose complexity is more on par with primates than any other animal group. What we are learning and seeing now more than ever however, are the hyenas’ resilience and adaptability in the face of burgeoning human influences. These anthropogenic disturbances are broad, but include livestock grazing, the increasing number of lodges and tourists, and the burgeoning town of Talek which lies just on the opposite bank of the Talek River which partly defines the northern border of the Reserve.  However, the hyenas are but one piece of evidence of how changes in the region are impacting the stability of the ecosystem.  It is vital to see that the changes we see in hyenas’ biology and behavior have causes and ramifications beyond a biological perspective.

Has Goucher guided you?
Coming to Goucher, I knew exactly what direction I wanted to take in my studies. I was going to pursue a Biology degree and enter the field of wildlife conservation with the vision of working internationally to study wild species and conserve them. Then I came to Goucher, and three experiences changed my vision. The first was studying abroad in Tanzania, where I studied community wildlife management for a month – and began to see for the first time how important people were in the story of wildlife conservation. The second was my ecology class, when I learned the language and workings of ecosystems, and began to see how impossible it is to isolate a species and work for its conservation without considering every actor in the environment. Finally, I took my first Peace Studies class, which hooked me into becoming a student of the discipline. With these three stepping-stones, I have begun walking a new path, one heading into the unknown, but in the direction of the intersection of conservation, community, and human rights.


Best part of your job now?:
Recently, I became one of our trained darters for the project, and that has been one of the neatest parts of the job. Using a rifle powered by pressurized CO2, we dart/tranquilize our hyenas to put on GPS collars and/or take blood and bacteria samples and body and teeth measurements. I love getting to be so hands on with the hyenas and when it’s your finger pulling the trigger, there is an element of responsibility, respect, connection and gratitude for the animal that is really powerful to experience.


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