Ailish Hopper, or simply, Ailish, is an Assistant Professor and the Chair of the Peace Studies department, who is in her thirteenth
year of teaching at Goucher. She has published several poems and essays, and two books over the past decade. In addition to being known for going by her first name, she is also known for her no hand-raising policy in class and for making students think about and question everyday life
Tianna Mignogna ‘15 opens the door with a smile and a skip. I walk into her room and see multitudes of attractive faces staring me down – torn
from magazines, printed in the Info Commons, or scavenged from book stores. Mignogna has a couple dozen posters of actors, singers, and pop culture ephemera pasted neatly on all sides of her room, forming a mosaic of a life lived enthusiastically and nerdily. Continue reading →
Skyfall deviates from previous Bond movies. Where James Bond is usually only deployed for world-threatening missions, this Bond is brought back to save M16, just a small institution of the British government. At risk are the names of embedded spies in terrorist organizations, but no one really cares. The baddie, Silva, is only releasing them to lure M and Bond.
Silva is not the only one trying to shut MI6 down. A botched mission leads to a public inquiry as to whether MI6 is necessary in the modern age of transparent diplomacy. In response to the shrill Parliamentarians shouting her down, M argues that spies and killers like Bond are needed even more to combat terrorists that try to attack British soil. And Silva does attack British soil, as in an almost unprecedented move, the final action scene takes place in Britain. And not even in a major city – in Bond’s ancestral and remote manor, Skyfall.
My friend and I only ate at Thai Yum, a restaurant in Federal Hill, because of an unfortunate accident. We had trekked far for a supposedly amazing Middle Eastern restaurant, only to discover that on the eve of Thanksgiving it was closed. Starving, we doubled back until we found Thai Yum, the lone open restaurant that cold, gusty night.
Walking down Van Meter, I’d recently noticed a room on the top floor of Jeffrey with a makeshift periwinkle bed canopy. Upon investigation, this turned out to be Jeffrey 305, home of Olivia Brown ’16 and Rachel Brustein ’16.
“I was determined to make a bed canopy,” Brown says, with a clipped twang. “I always wanted to have one, but my bed back home was too big. So for Goucher, I just cut up old bed sheets and hung them using Command hooks.” Continue reading →
Abbigail Jones ’15 welcomes me into her dorm with the widest smile I’ve seen in a week. “I love the Green House! How’s it going?” She glides into the room and bids me to sit down on her comfortable bed as she points out the various attractions of her room.