American Sign Language to fulfill LER?

Sarah Hochberg
Staff Writer

Goucher has an atmosphere where change is welcomed, and new, innovative ideas are championed. College is generally a time to try new things, Goucher’s administration gives us the promise of utilizing their resources to help us do just that.
When I saw ‘foreign language’ as a Liberal Education Requirement, I immediately thought of taking American Sign Language (ASL). It has a close personal connection with me, and there is a large deaf culture across America. It seems like a perfect fit – a language I am interested in that can open doors to a new experience I will carry with me throughout the rest of life.
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How do you pronounce that? Club profile of Capoeira Club

Sarah Hochberg
Staff Writer

Capoeira (cap – oh – air – ah; I know, it’s a mouthful) is a Brazilian martial art with African themes that imitates fighting in a peaceful and often playful dance. Aimed for all

Members of the Capoeira Club practicing in the Pearlstone Atrium. (Photo: Tori Russell)

Members of the Capoeira Club practicing in the Pearlstone Atrium. (Photo: Tori Russell)

skill levels, Capoeira has a theme of openness and community that can be understood by even the most basic of beginners. This martial art has history, dance, music, fighting, philosophy, and an intricacy of people combined into one fluid form of expression. Above all, it’s beautiful to watch and exhilarating to take part in.
In class the instructor, Skher, informs the group of Capoeira history as they sit comfortably in a circle. Originally brought over by the slave population, Capoeira developed as a way for the oppressed to learn defense in secret, so as not to gain suspicion by their masters. This martial art used to be played in the streets, had as many styles as it had participants. Master Pastinha and Master Bimba, over 100 years ago, regimented Capoeira. They set standards and founded an official Academy, adding legitimacy to the practice. These uniforms and customs consequently impact much of what Capoeira is today. Capoeira turned from a version of streetdancing to an authentic cultural art.  Goucher’s group practices an Angolian style, which integrates all aspects of the culture. Movement, dancing, fighting, and a heavy emphasis on musical instruments are woven into the sessions.
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Frank Bruni speaks frankly about gay marriage

Frank Bruni with President Sandy Ungar after his talk in the Hymann Forum. (Photo Christopher Riley)

Frank Bruni with President Sandy Ungar after his talk in the Hymann Forum. (Photo Christopher Riley)

Sarah Hochberg
Staff Writer

When Frank Bruni spoke, he made me laugh, he made me cry, and he made me think. The crowd absolutely loved him, and for good reasons. Bruni is fiercely intelligent, and hey – the man’s funny. He graduated second in his class with an M.S. degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. In 1995 he joined the New York Times as a restaurant critic. He went from cold facts to stark opinion in 2011, and Bruni’s current claim-to-fame is that he is the New York Times’ first openly gay op-ed columnist.
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The inside scoop: A profile of Goucher’s class of 2017

September is a time of change. The seniors come back with a swagger in their walk. The juniors study abroad, leaving for exotic countries with intriguing subjects, while the sophomores enter Goucher with a bit more confidence than they did the year before. Everybody sees their old friends on the Van Meter highway, visits their old hang-outs, reminisces about last year and makes promises for the new academic year. Stories of the summer are shared and laughed at and everybody goes to their new dorms. September is like a meal at your favorite restaurant, snug and comfortable but with that zeal of always being a new experience.
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