AH-mused: In This Edition: Poking.

Allison Panetta
Staff Writer

Hillary Blunt
Staff Writer

Poking on facebook has been over for years, right?


For us it is on the rise. Thanks to a spike in boredom and unproductivity over break (and finals), poking is making a comeback.   Continue reading

AH-mused: In this edition: Winter Break.

Allison Panetta
Staff Writer

Hillary Blunt
Staff Writer

Winter is an excellent time to be productive. Many students have internships or work to earn money. Through these experiences, our peers gained money to afford activities and learned excellent skills to help them for when they enter the “real world.”

We were not amongst this lucky group. No, we were part of a much better group: a group of unemployed who used their six weeks of free time as inspiration to watch super hero movies as well as almost all of Sailor Moon and several seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In many ways as you get older, winter break gets better and worse. As freshmen, it’s nice to go home and see all your familiar friends, as juniors and seniors it’s interesting to see how everyone has changed or not changed over the past couple of years.

Sometimes, if you’re really lucky, all of your friends have moved away, but it’s especially fun when you’re friends come of age, and you can finally start drinking together in public in bars.

Let’s be real. Goucher’s break is way too long. We spent the first and last week doing absolutely nothing because there was nobody around.  The ones in the middle contained far too many hours spent watching Disney movie marathons with friends from the days when you were too cool for Disney.

Fortunately, several movies came out over break to keep us entertained, most notably, of course, Les Misérables.  Both of us had the pleasure of enjoying Anne Hathaway’s death and the ever tear jerking moment between Gavroche and Javert multiple times.  

Needless to say, this break involved a lot more crying than normal.  

Additionally, realizing that we would have to wait for two more movies for the Hobbit to be completed was equally depressing.

There were some parts that weren’t so sad, and these were not the Holidays.  Hillary actually cried on Christmas Eve.  New Years Eve was spent sober with few friends and a grumpy ex-boyfriend.  

Allison though, did have a small amount of enjoyment on Christmas, because her family was surprisingly well behaved.  

It was these experiences in particular that helped us grow to appreciate all of the great friendships we have made at Goucher.

Coming back from winter break was truly a treat.  It was great to see familiar faces, and zero grumpy ex-boyfriends.  

The best times over break were actually spent with fellow Goucher students from our area, so it was exciting to be reunited and back on the home turf.  

It feels like everybody who was gone on ICAs were actually away for a semester, but that was because we received no Facebook pokes for three weeks (foreshadowing of our next article: “To Poke or Not To Poke”).  

Regardless, it was nice to see everybody home in America and in the beautiful city of Baltimore again.

Ah-mused: Stimsgiving

Allison Panetta
Staff Writer
Hillary Blunt
Staff Writer

Monday, November 19th marked an important cultural event at Goucher College. Hundreds of students lined up outside of Stimson for hours waiting to begin their Stimsgiving celebrations.

Stimsgiving is among our favorite Goucher traditions.  This year was as good as any other with live tweeting, lines beginning at 8:30 am, and delicious gelato.

For those who are unfortunate enough to have never attended Stimsgiving, we know, it’s sad, let us quickly give you the lowdown.  Stimsgiving is the culmination of friends, music, and good food.  It takes place every year on the Monday before thanksgiving break and gives students the chance to celebrate and be thankful with their best friends over a delicious Thanksgiving meal.

All of the traditional thanksgiving foods are served, as well as some slightly less traditional foods.  This is the best-cooked meal served at Goucher all year.  A live jazz band accompanies dinner, so you can listen to lovely tunes while waiting for your turkey dinner, in a line that wraps all the way around the salad bar and down to the cereal area.

Stimsgiving is a great way to see people’s true colors when it comes to eating. Some people truly surprise you with how much (or how little) they can eat. While after four and a half plates of food, Allison declared herself full to capacity, Hillary was able to continue stuffing herself to the point of eating a total of five and a half plates, including two cups of delicious vegan gelato.

Stimsgiving is a time to let out your pants, unbuckle those belts, and let the food babies take charge.  Helpful tip for next year: wear a cotton, stretchy dress; its classy and comfortable.

Simsgiving is more than just about food though.  It is about coming together with friends and celebrating the beautiful friendships we have fostered through our years at Goucher.

We could feel the friendship vibe while waiting in line.  Games were being played and coloring book pages were being distributed, while continuous gleeful chatter filled the halls.  Friends gathered around tables inside of Stimson dining hall, joining hands and coming together through the spirit of good food and community.

For us, this Stimsgiving was very special because it was Allison’s as well as most other senior’s final Stimsgiving. We planned out our seating in order to be sure that we’d all get to share this momentous occasion with each other. At one point, we held hands around the table and said what we were all thankful for. It was a great addition to one of our final memories of this fall semester.

Here are some of Stimsgiving’s best tweets:

– “We are thankful for so many things… Most of all each other. ? #stimsgiving”

– “These line cuts are getting out of hand. why can’t people just show some respect for those of us who showed up at 1:40pm?? ?#stimsgiving”

– “Who needs 2 Chainz when you can have 2 Platez full of food?”

– “Tour group just entered the building to see hundreds of starving college students lined up for dinner hours early. #Stimsgiving”


Ah-mused is column from Senior Allison Panetta and Junior Hillary Blunt, giving their thoughts on the world around us, Goucher and beyond.  In this edition: “Last Year Best Year.”

Allison Panetta
Staff Writer

Over the summer, I was talking to one of my friends about senior year. “I’m going to go all out this year,” he told me. Before he finished his sentence I blurted out, “me too!” As it turns out, his definition of “going all out,” meant getting all A’s, which is not at all what I meant.
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