Reflections from The Q senior editors

The Quindecim staff members at the year end party (Photo: Nora Morgan)
The Quindecim staff members at the year end party (Photo: Nora Morgan)

Jaclyn Peiser

It was my third week at Goucher when I decided to get involved with The Q. At my first meeting, I pitched two features articles, a news article, and a freshman column. They gave me one of the feature stories and the column. Thus began the beginning of a transformative, essential, and defining experience to my time at Goucher.
I have learned so much from this newspaper: How to work with difficult people, how to take and respond to criticism, how to be an effective leader, how to stay organized and productive, and how to put out a newspaper every two weeks. But most importantly, I have learned that being a journalist is something I am meant to do when I graduate. I look forward to attending Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism this August, honing and developing the skills I have learned through The Q.
Although the job of Editor-in-Chief can be stressful, tough, and unappreciated, it has been overwhelmingly rewarding. I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing and supportive editorial staff and that our faculty advisor, David Zurawik, has been an invaluable source of guidance and support. But, I am even more thankful to the previous Quindecim editors, who saw my potential and allowed me to move up the ranks.

Ryan Derham
Co-Global Editor

When I try to remember the person I was when I moved into Goucher College my freshman year, I can’t really. Change happens so slowly, I couldn’t tell you the moment I became a confident writer, a passionate learner, a determined tennis player. The accomplishments we’ve all made are important, and the goals we’ve yet to reach are not there to taunt us. They are there to drive us forward. Seniors, we may be unsure of ourselves, but there are things we take for granted everyday. When things become stressful, remember those things we are so fortunate to have. Lastly, a quote, because we are never too old to believe: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes all around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
-Roald Dahl

Christine Cherry
Sports  Editor

I have really enjoyed my time working on The Q! I was really fortunate to be taken in with open arms despite being new this year. I always looked forward to the meetings, laughs, and spelling errors. It was a great run!

Jessica Hallstrom
Co-Global Editor

I remember my first Q meeting in the first few weeks of freshman year – sitting in the back of the office on the big couch, I was so excited to get a chance to write for the student paper. Though I’ve had various degrees of involvement with The Quindecim over the past four years, I have the same passion for it now as I did during that first meeting. I hope that the upcoming years will bring it the recognition that it deserves and that The Q will continue to be a respected outlet for students to voice their opinions and hone their talents as journalists.

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

The past couple of months I have been trying to practice the art of leaving college with a certain sprezzatura. I find that this is damn near impossible. My time at Goucher has been… well… formative. Who I am as a person today has been the result of the forming, shaping, and reshaping of my character by friends, classes, professors, and of course, extra-curricular influences like writing and editing for The Q.
I started writing for The Q last year when the Ecce Homo wall fresco crisis in Spain happened. I thought the whole Jesus mural debauchery was hysterical and needed to write something in response. Since that first article, The Q has become a constant labor of love, and an  every-two-weeks reminder to reflect on Arts and a source of stress when chasing after writers to get their articles in – I mean you Patrick.
The Q has been a source of laughter, support, and brought me together with some of my favorite people. Allison Panetta ‘13 thought up the title of my column, Smart Art, last year on the office couch. In the office itself, there have been a lot of new friends, laughs, tears, stress, and perspectives changed, but like college, it is now time to leave The Q and to pass it on to the next generation of students who will make their own memories.

Sarah Pardus
Chief Copy Editor

Four years ago, I walked into The Q office terrified. I enjoyed writing, but I didn’t want people to judge me. I was intimidated by the editors and afraid to speak up or write any articles. I wrote less than five newspaper articles during my first two years at Goucher, instead copyediting hundreds of others.
It wasn’t until I became the chief copy editor that it clicked for me. I was more confident in my writing after reading everyone else’s. I loved sports and began writing athlete profiles, a  beat that became mine.
Senior year, I stuck with my role as chief copy editor, but I stepped further out of my comfort zone. I actually opened my mouth at the meetings, I wasn’t afraid to walk into The Q office, and I wrote articles outside of the sports section that I knew and loved. I connected with people I otherwise would have never known. I found a place for myself at Goucher outside of being an athlete.

Christopher Riley
Associate Editor

From the first education class I took freshman year to field work this semester, it’s hard to believe what I thought would happen in college versus what actually happened. Coming off yearbook and the newsletter in high school, I vowed to take these four years off from journalism, being a leader, and doing all of the crazy things I used to do in high school. Do I regret it? Of course not. Would I do it again the same way? Maybe. Do I think I’m a more well-rounded person for pushing through it all? Yes.
I can’t begin to tell you how much the friends I’ve made here mean to me and can’t begin to tell you how many feelings I have coming to the realization that there will be some people I won’t ever see again. It actually makes me a little sad. I hope that those people feel somewhat the same feelings. Graduation is 18 days away, there’s nothing I can do about that, and while I can’t wait for it to get here, I know it’ll be one of the hardest days I ever face.
All I can do now is what do every day… Try to take over the world!

Kathryn Walker
Co-Features Editor

My time with The Q started my freshman year with an interview with Billie Weiss, then editor-in-chief of The Quindecim. Imagine an interview about writing a column with a senior who wore wingtip shoes – intimidating, to say the least. But somehow, four years later, I’m still writing a food column, albeit one that has morphed into something that encompasses more than just food. “Goucher Eats” reflects my growth  concerning culture, food science, and more. I have been given a space to express my thoughts, experiences, and recipes. And through this editing experience, I have come to form friendships with fellow wordsmiths and Gophers that have made this fourth and final year at Goucher year such a memorable one. Merci beaucoup!

New show at the Silbert Art Gallery shows the obverse of gender

Christine Cherry
Sports Editor

A little over a month ago, Femme, a show solely about women, was on display in the Silber Art Gallery.

Virilit-He exhibit in the Silbert Art Gallery (Photo Gooucher College)
Virilit-He exhibit in the Silbert Art Gallery (Photo Gooucher College)

The current show, entitled Virilit-HE, is about the other side of the binary – masculinity. The title of the gallery is from the word “virility,” which according to the Oxford English Dictionary is defined as “mature or fully developed manhood or masculine force.” As a (self-absorbed) woman, I have never given much thought to what constitutes a ‘man.’ Therefore, I used my leisurely stroll through Silber to educate myself on what challenges people identifying as male face throughout their lives. An interesting fact about Virilit-HE is that the artists are both male and female. Continue reading

Smart Art: Present Tense Thoughts About Past Tense Future Actions

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

Meyerhoff gallery pieces (Photo: Jordan Young)

On Monday, a show I have been looking forward to for quite some time finally opened in Hoffberger’s Corrin Gallery. The exhibit, Present-Tense Thoughts About Past-Tense Future Actions, is the senior project of art students Monica Mainville and Matthew Wolff. Mainville and Wolff’s work, shown side by side, makes for an interesting exhibit full of juxtaposition. Though visually the two artists work in a similar aesthetic with the use of mixed media and tones of white, grey, and black monochromes, Mainville’s art is significantly more tangible and hyper personal than Wolff’s work, which is technical, reduced, and aloof – in a good way.
Mainville’s work is comprised of black spray painted sheets of mylar, chrome picture-less frames, glass bowls of steel wool, and scrapbooks. It is dark, psychological, and largely sedentary. There is very little movement in her work, which seems to be reflective of her own personal space and her exploration of learning how to cope with trauma and emotional instability. Rather than coping, however, it is more elusive of being stuck. Given her artist’s statement, she is visually achieving her artistic goals.
Wolff’s pieces all rely on a sense of movement, from a close-up video of water, to large white balloons frenetically bouncing over fans on cinder blocks to a “big-brother-esk” circuit of TVs that recorded the movements of people throughout the gallery. As a whole, the art is energetic, exciting, and completely removed. Unlike Mainville’s work, which is clearly introspective, Wolff’s works seems less about himself and how the viewer sees him, but instead, how he views the world around him.
The show will be on view until Friday and is definitely worth a peak. The artists’ works compliment one another in their various contradictions and illustrate the clear dichotomy and duality of everyday life between public and private.

Dance Review: 2014 Goucher Repetory Dance Ensemble

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

The weekend of April 11, the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble performed its biannual concert, which

Students performing in Goucher College Repertory Dance Ensemble (Photo: Cuong Huy Nguyen)
Students performing in Goucher College Repertory Dance Ensemble (Photo: Cuong Huy Nguyen)

featured both ballet and modern dance. The theme of the performance was Past and Present, and therefore showcased performances that represented a variety of time periods throughout dance.
“Bournonville Divertissements,” a classical ballet piece en pointe, was originally choreographed in the 1800’s, and was staged by guest artist Nilas Martins. Julia Larcenaire ’16, who was in the piece, says “it’s always a wonderful experience to be in a residency with the guest artists.” Larcenaire was in other pieces as well, but “had the most fun onstage in ‘Bournonville Divertissements’ [because] it was quite different from the contemporary ballet works that we usually do at Goucher … [and it was] lighthearted and cheerful.” Continue reading

Scoop’s Corner: Processing tragedy

Samantha Cooper
News Editor

I’m not really sure what to say at the moment. I didn’t know Matt Gabriel, but like everyone else, I was distraught about his death. It reminds me that some of the smaller things in life – a test grade, an essay, movie spoilers, slow Internet– aren’t as big of an issue as they seem.
Three days after Matt’s death, my Nana died. It was a peaceful death. She passed in her sleep. Still, the knowledge that she didn’t suffer doesn’t make it any easier.
As college students, it seems as though we have our whole lives ahead of us – like our future is a big empty slate just waiting to be filled. Matt’s death reminds us that we don’t always get to fill it. I think that’s why the deaths of those who die young hurt. There’s so much room for them to grow, and so much potential for the person they can be. We see ourselves as immortal because we cannot imagine dying before we have the chance to make a difference in the world.
When somebody who has lived a full life dies, we weep because there is an empty hole in the world. My Nana used to be a teacher. She affected two generations of students instilling in them a love of learning.She was a great woman who enjoyed the simpler thing in life: a good book, good food, and good times with family.
These aren’t my first experiences with the death; I had a friend die from cancer when I was in middle school. I had only known him a few months and I knew he was sick, but knowing somebody is going die doesn’t help the pain either. There’s still the sting and pain of loss.
I know this column is to document the struggles of being a college student, intertwined with humorous self-deprecating comments about my lack of social life, but it doesn’t seem appropriate to talk about either of those. And right now, the loss of these two people is important in my life. These two people are now gone forever, and the only true thing that remains are the memories we have of them. I just want to tell those of you still mourning that you are not alone. It’s okay to cry, even if you didn’t know him very well. It means you are human.
That’s the most important thing to note: we are human. We are born, we live for a while, maybe fall in love and have children, and eventually, we die. Some people live longer than others, and we have no way of knowing who those people are going to be. We just don’t. No matter how advanced human society becomes, it’ll be impossible to determine just how long somebody will live. We can strive to live as long as possible by eating healthy and exercising, but we can’t predict what will happen when we cross a street. We may cross safely, but sometimes we don’t.
As the year is closing, and with this being my penultimate column for this year, I would like to say: College is not the defining years of your life. College does not determine how successful you’ll be. College is just another chapter in your life.Still, you should still enjoy the time you spend here.
My heart goes out to Matt’s family, and I can only hope that his memory will live on for a long time. My heart also goes out to my own family. Hopefully my Nana Judy’s memory will also live on. For both of them, I hope people’s memories of them are good, and inspire some sort of positive change in the world.

Reflections and insight from a Boston Marathon spectator

Sarah Pardus
Chief Copy Editor

Growing up about an hour outside of Boston, I always knew Marathon Monday as a big deal. I used to be so envious of my mom when each year she would take the day off work to cheer for the runners at the Boston Marathon. Ten years later, I’m now the obsessed runner in the house, and I’m the one who wants to cheer on the runners. When I told my mom that I wanted to come home for Easter this year, her direct quote was, “Don’t kid yourself. You’re coming home for the marathon.” She knows me well, but because she understands the magic of the Boston Marathon, she let me fly home.
As everyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the past year knows, this year was especially sentimental – it has been year since the Boston bombings: a day that will forever go down in history.
The buildup was intense. I knew quite a few people running and had their bib numbers programmed into my phone so I could track them as they made their way through the incredibly difficult course. My aunt and I walked down to the finish line and around the expo the day before the race, and everywhere we went, I kept saying, “One day it’s going to be me running this race.” The excitement was tangible and the emotions were high.
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Movie Review: “Divergent”

Jessica Gude
Staff Wrtier

Over winter break I read the “Divergent” series. I had heard good things and knew

Photo: Google Images
Photo: Google Images

that a movie was quickly approaching. I found a quiet corner and less than twenty-four hours later I was planning a trip to the bookstore for the sequel. The story line was good, the concept was interesting, and the characters were strong. I quickly devoured the second and third books over the next several days and after that I had nothing to do but wait for the movie to come out three months later.
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