Gourmet at Goucher: Tom Brown, Bon Appétit General Manager

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

Tom Brown, the Bon Appétit General Manager at Goucher, ensures that the dining halls are up and

Tom Brown, the general manager of Bon Appétit, in his office (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

Tom Brown, the general manager of Bon Appétit, in his office (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

running as he manages a diverse team of staff. Brown, who has held this position since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year and worked at Goucher for the past three years, has an array of experience in the food industry.
Brown got his start bussing tables and washing dishes at a restaurant in Colorado, and noted that he still talks to the restaurant owner and chefs today. It was also in Colorado where he made his first connection to Goucher. Brown met his wife, Jen, a Goucher alum, who waitressed at the restaurant where he worked.
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Faculty Profile: Mel Lewis ‘02, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

Mel Lewis, a Goucher alum, is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Lewis, who is in her third

Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Mel Lewis in her office. (Photo courtesy of Mel Lewis)

Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Mel Lewis in her office. (Photo courtesy of Mel Lewis)

year of teaching, came to Goucher around the time the Women’s Studies department became the WGSS department. This change broadened the types of courses Lewis and her collegues could teach in the department.
Lewis likes the “small community” at Goucher because she is able to form relationships with the students and her colleagues. Her area of specialty is the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and most of her publications are focused on black queer identity and feminism. Currently, she is working on a book, “Bodies of Knowledge: Black Queer Feminist Pedagogical Bodies and Performative Texts.”
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Club Profile: Reverend’s Rebels

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

Back in the days of the 1950s, when Goucher was a women’s college, there were singing groups on campus that

Reverend’s Rebels at their spring 2013 concert (Photo: Courtesy of Zack Kohn)

Reverend’s Rebels at their spring 2013 concert (Photo: Courtesy of Zack Kohn)

sang only religious music. A group of students came together to rebel against this idea, and formed an a cappella group that sang secular music. Thus the Reverend’s Rebels , or simply, Rebs, were born.
Emily Clarin ’16, has been in the group since the beginning of her freshman year, which is a change from the madrigal (a classical singing group) she was in in high school. Clarin said that being in Reverend’s Rebels has “made me have to arrange music for the first time … in a different way,” putting the music arranging skills she previously had “to practical use.” Erin Manuel ’16, who is also entering her fourth semester with the group, said that arranging music is a “new experience” for her, and she uses Garage Band to record her voice.  Inga Schmidt, who graduated last spring and is a former president of ‘Rebs,’ said “everyone is encouraged to try arranging songs … as a freshman I took a shot at it” and by her senior year was arranging most of the music. For Schmidt, this opportunity “gave me so much confidence.”
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Movie Review: “Saving Mr. Banks”

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

Imagine Mary Poppins without made-up words, dancing animated penguins, or music. Walt Disney and P. L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins book series, had completely different visions for the movie. Travers had no intention of signing off on the rights for film adaptation. “Saving Mr. Banks” tells the backstory of Walt Disney’s twenty-year fight with Travers to transform the book into a movie. The film reveals that Disney had promised to his daughters, when they were children, that he would make the series into a movie, and flew the author out to Los Angeles to make it happen.
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Faculty profile: Goucher alum Dena Smith ‘03, Sociology

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

Dena Smith ’03, assistant professor of Sociology, is in her third year of teaching at

Dena Smith ‘03 returned to Goucher to teach in the Sociology department. (Photo: Courtesy of Dena Smith)

Dena Smith ‘03 returned to Goucher to teach in the Sociology department. (Photo: Courtesy of Dena Smith)

Goucher. Over the past few years, Smith has published an article for the American Sociological Association Journal, two book chapters, and is currently working on a book related to her research on the sociology of health and illness and mental health.
Medical sociology, which looks at health, illness, and medicalization from a sociological perspective, is important in the field of medicine, but not something all doctors are trained in.
“Medical sociologists contribute so much to how we think about health and illness,” Smith explains.
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