Midnight Madness kicks off basketball season

Eli Kaufman

Staff Writer

What do you get when you combine a 20 on 5 basketball game, free food, t-shirt giveaways, and school spirit? Pure madness of course! Wednesday, October 15 at midnight kicked off what is sure to be an exciting season of Goucher College basketball. Both Goucher basketball teams were met with cheers and screams from the crowd as they were introduced for the first time in the Decker Sports and Recreation Center. Both the men’s and women’s teams held a short scrimmage to give the student body a glimpse into what should be a successful season. Lexi Rudolph ‘16 helped facilitate the event and thought it was a great success. “I think there was good energy and the hip-hop team preformed exceptionally well. My favorite part was the hip-hop team performance and also when the teams were announced. I loved seeing how excited all the players were for their seasons to start. There was a sense of pride about playing for their respective programs.” The Goucher dance team and step team entertained the crowd as well. The event was a pleasant surprise for Evelyn Salazar ‘17. “This was my first time attending Midnight Madness and I loved it. I liked the amount of people that attended. It displayed the Goucher team spirit, which is something that is not usually seen here. It was nice to see everyone come out and support the basketball teams.” “The purpose,” according to Goucher Athletic Director, Geoff Miller, “is to generate excitement for the season. I am encouraged that this will result in more folks coming to games early on in the season to check things out.” Midnight Madness always sets things off on the right foot and gets everyone excited about basketball season. Let’s hope that excitement can carry into November and December.

Is this real life? Is it just fantasy?

Eli Kaufman

Staff Writer

Sunday afternoons.  For some, this is the last chance to finish up all of those assignments that need to be completed by Monday or Tuesday.  But for others, it is the highlight of their weekend.

Football fans live for Sunday afternoons…well…technically, they live for Thursday nights, Sunday afternoons, Sunday nights, and Monday nights.  But most of the action that takes place in the National Football League occurs on Sunday afternoon. 

At Goucher, the Athenaeum is full of students supporting their team.  There are a few San Francisco 49ers jerseys, a New York Giants jersey or two, one Detroit Lions shirt, and a large New England Patriots cohort.  But football fans don’t just stop watching when their game is over.  They watch all day and night.  Why is that you ask?  Fantasy football!

Fantasy football is, according to Joseph Weintraub ‘17, “a way for people to experience the dream of managing a team.”  Every year, thousands of leagues form across the United States, and sports fans create teams based on speculation from “fantasy experts.”  Networks such as ESPN have shows dedicated to fantasy predictions and give advice for the upcoming slate of games. 

Fantasy football is as fun as you make it.  At Goucher, groups of students come together and select their teams in a draft.  At the draft, each player manages his or her own team.  Each student selects players one at a time to fill different positions: one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex (RB, WR, or TE), one team defense, and one kicker.  Each position has its own scoring rubric based upon real life statistics.  David Sibony ‘17 explains it as “real life managers putting a team of NFL players together and comparing their stats on a point basis to see whose team is better.” However, the team you draft is not set in stone.  As the season goes on, managers can trade players to other teams. 

Over the past four years, the number of Goucher students that have become involved in fantasy football has grown tremendously.  When you are in the Athenaeum on a Sunday and you hear a loud cheer, boo, or debate, it probably involves fantasy football. 

A League of Our Own

Eli Kaufman

Staff Writer

Every Wednesday on Belden Field, six teams comprised of over 50 students enjoy an activity unlike any other.
Today in sports, all you hear about is tough competition, brawls, and complaints about the way games are officiated. But there is one sport that is governed by the love of the game. Ultimate frisbee is quite unique. There are no referees, umpires, or instant replay. Every decision is made by the players and the spirit of the game could not be higher.

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee has been at Goucher for a few years now and it continues to grow every season. The league exists in both semesters in order to give athletes a chance to participate. “Intramurals are a great way to get out and play the game,” says Ben Saeks ‘17. “You don’t have to be the best player ever; it could be your first game.”

The mix of veterans and rookies on the field make for great learning and social experiences as well. Sophomore Jackson Hickey had one semester of frisbee under his belt in high school, but his passion grew once he arrived at Goucher. “Frisbee has better spirit than any other sport, with the possible exception of curling. The lack of refereeing leads to a sense of community and honor that promotes sportsmanship above all else.”
Saeks believes that intramurals are a great way to begin to get involved with the club team. “Intramurals bring a nice mix of people from the team and people who just want to play for fun,” says Saeks. “If you come to intramurals and decide you like it, it’s one easy step to join the team. The team is kind of like a family.”

First impressions: Adjusting to the ‘nutty’ Danes

Eli Kaufman

Nutty Danishes!  Sounds yummy right?  Well, now that I have grabbed your attention, I’m not talking about the delicious pastry that can be found in all of Copenhagen (and I mean ALL OVER Copenhagen).  I am talking about Danish people.

Kaufman ‘15 and Malkin ‘15 abroad in Copenhagen (Photo courtesy of Zoe Malkin)

Kaufman ‘15 and Malkin ‘15 abroad in Copenhagen (Photo courtesy of Zoe Malkin)

During orientation we were told about nutty danishes.  The Danish people, as I have come to realize in my short time here, are a bit nutty. I don’t mean that in a negative sense at all. When you eat a nut, you must first crack the shell and after you get past the hard, crunchy exterior, you get to the good part of the food, the part that is tasty and the part that satisfies your hunger needs.  You can’t do much with the shell, and you come to terms that you must do the necessary work to get to the good part in the center.
When you walk down a street in Copenhagen, you will notice people walking and keeping to themselves.  They do not make an effort to smile or look at you.  The busses that I take for a 20-minute commute to class are completely silent, except for the Americans talking amongst themselves.
First impressions are not everything.  We have always heard this expression, but we often overlook it and find ourselves making snap judgments about the people we encounter.  If I had made snap judgments about Danish people in my first week in Copenhagen, I would have believed that everyone was quiet, anti-social, and depressed (lack of sunlight, grey skies and wearing black could do that to you).
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