Earlier this month, we asked you for your help, insights, and opinion about technology at Goucher. Why? We want to be sure that we continue to adapt campus technology and support to meet the needs of student inside and outside the classroom. We also want you to know that your opinion matters. Why? Because Goucher students provide great suggestions.
This summer, Information Technology will be looking into expanding many of our printing services. We hope to be able to allow Web Print to work from the Goucher Visitor network, and to enable Swipe-to-Print to work on printers in other academic buildings beyond the Athenaeum.
In the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year, the Center for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT) discounted the lending policy that allowed students to borrow equipment. This policy was changed primarily because of problems getting equipment returned on time if at all. For equipment that was returned we often found there were missing cables or chargers that made the devices useless to future students. The collection was also aging and required a good deal of repair. Currently, the CTLT circulates a large collection of iPad minis to professors who use them for various classroom assignments. The iPads are highly versatile and allow us to make the biggest impact for our investment.
Approximately 153,000 people with disabilities reside in Baltimore County, but Baltimore County offers only 90 housing units specifically designed for people with disabilities. This means the majority of people with disabilities in Baltimore are living in housing that is not fully accessible or functional. The IMAGE Center of Maryland provides a solution.
The IMAGE Center, which stands for Independent Marylanders Achieving Growth Through Empowerment, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Marylander’s with disabilities gain independence and live self sufficiently. The organization is dedicated to the creating a learning and thinking environment to challenge popular concepts of what people with disabilities can do. Located in Towson, the center offers free independent living skills programs, including, money management, travel training, and cooking courses, as well as peer mentoring. Besides offering skills training the center also assists individuals with disabilities in understanding and exercising their civil rights regarding government and other service providers. All these opportunities simultaneously help build self esteem and offer a social outlet. Continue reading →
With his final months as Goucher’s tenth president coming to an end, Sanford Ungar has begun lining up plans for his yearlong sabbatical.
“I leave this job on Monday, June 30 and on Wednesday, July 2, I’ll be on an airplane to Italy,” Ungar said. “I’m spending the whole rest of July at The Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation [in their] residency program.”
Ungar applied and was accepted to The Sanford Ungar , which selects scholars, leaders, artists, and policymakers who plan to write and conduct innovative research on global issues. “It’s a chance to go think and write in a beautiful setting, and eat wonderful Italian food,” Ungar said.
Ungar plans to write and conduct research on study abroad and American foreign policy. Continue reading →
On April 9, Goucher president Sanford Ungar emailed the senior class to announce that Susan
Eisenhower will be the keynote speaker at the 123rd Commencement on Friday, May 23. She will also be receiving an honorary degree from the college.
Eisenhower, who is the granddaughter of former President Dwight Eisenhower, is a foreign policy and international affairs expert, with a specialty with United States-Russian relations. She is also the president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc., which, as stated by her website “provides strategic counsel on political, business, and public affairs projects.” Continue reading →
College students are busy. Between homework, classes, and extracurricular activities, it can be difficult to fit in a long workout.
However, the American Heart Association recommends at least 20 minutes of cardio every day in order to keep your cardiovascular health in check. Anybody can squeeze in a 20-minute workout into a 24-hour day.
I wake up at 5:30 a.m. for my workouts, but obviously not every college student wants to wake up at the crack of dawn for a 10-mile run. If you’re on the go and can’t get to the gym, you can do what I call, “The One Song Workout.” You pick your favorite song and do a series of fun fat-burning exercises that can help you get in shape.
After my run on Monday, I did my one song workout to “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore. For this workout, you’ll mainly target your obliques, abdominals, and glutes.
Start the song and begin with 30 jumping jacks. Continue with 50 Russian twists, with or without a medicine ball. A Russian twist is done by sitting with your feet lifted off the ground and moving your hands across your core from left to right. Next, do 10 squats, 20 crunches, and 5 jumping squats. Then get on the ground and do a 15 second superman by laying flat on your stomach, lifting your right hand and your left leg, and then switching. Finish with 30 more jumping jacks and 5 burpees.
This exercise is only three minutes out of a 24-hour day. Find a spare three minutes in your busy day to get your heart rate up and sweat it out!
Ve·ri·tas: noun: truth.
Goucher’s philosophy club stands by their name, Veritas, which means truth. There is not one philosophy
that they represent, but instead, they explore many different philosophies and philosophers. Club president Uri London ‘14 said, “We look at different philosophies: we talk about them, we dispute them. It is a club where everyone is welcome to bring up whatever they would like, be it classic – such as Aristotle, Plato, or Descartes – or controversial things such as porn as it relates to the internet, or feminism, or anything. Anything anyone wants to bring up, we will discuss.”
Right now, the club is mostly philosophy majors or those considering majoring or minoring in philosophy, and there are between 6-8 active members. The club is currently in the rebuilding stages, though London mentioned that it has been hard to sell a philosophy club to students. However, he said there are some positives to this: “We get to talk about classes we have taken, the different professors, and different philosophers and philosophies that interest us. We help each other out in choosing classes, with lowering anxiety when talking to a professor, and sometimes even with paper ideas.” London also noted that because they are all taking such similar classes, they have become very close outside of the club as well.
Something that makes Veritas so unique is the amount of support they receive from the philosophy department. Because the club works so closely with the majors and minors, the department is very willing to help. They don’t just help students plan events. Rather, London said that the department really treats students as their equals.
“They are advisors in the best sense,” he said. “We are the young ones running around doing [most of] the work, and they are the experienced ones there to help us along; we look to them for guidance.”
London also pointed out that while the department is helpful, they also make sure to give the students the independence to plan events on their own.
Every year, the club holds an undergraduate conference that is completely student run. This year, the event occured on April 5. Students from Goucher, the Collegetown network and beyond were invited to submit papers to present during the conference. Besides the keynote speaker, all of the conference’s presenters are undergraduate students. This year, Veritas had students submit work from Kentucky and Texas.
If you are looking to get involved, London mentioned two events that students can participate in. There is the annual Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy conference and there is the annual philosophy conference at Goucher. If you are somebody looking to get involved with the philosophy major or minor, Veritas is a great place to get to know professors and the department as a whole.
The club meets every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the Heubeck Lounge. For more information, email Uri London at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is 10:23 p.m. and I am walking the streets of Berlin. I’m on my way to Clash, one of my favorite bars, where the beer is cheap, the guys are cute, and my friends are waiting. I think to myself, “Ah, this is my life. Here I am, meeting my friends at one of my favorite bars, walking the streets knowing exactly where I am going, passing one of my friend’s apartments on the way.” In this moment, I am in pure bliss: living a life that feels right, a life that I love. Suddenly a sense of anxious pain runs through my whole body. There are only two weeks left of my semester in Berlin. I find it difficult to accept and even more difficult to believe. I try to live in the moment but how can I when my time here is almost up? One week until papers are due, two weeks until my family comes to visit, and four weeks until I return to the United States. These blocks and chunks of allotted time run through my head and are simply impossible to erase. It pains me to write this.
You might think I am being dramatic. If I were reading this, I would think so, but to me, Berlin is the one place where I have made a life for myself, a true life. My parents chose California, my birthplace. Goucher was chosen for me by fate. I chose Berlin for myself. I decided to live here for a year, have my own apartment, make my own friends, and live my own life. I didn’t just study abroad, I lived abroad, and as much as I want to see my friends and resume my life at Goucher, the feeling is so bittersweet. I think it is so hard when you have to uproot your life just when you feel as if you are finally home. A feeling of security is something I don’t find often as a bi-costal college student. The constant trek home to California every break is draining. Not having a solid place for three years has made saying goodbye to Berlin even harder. However, I know I am so lucky to have experienced what I have, and I am curious to see how I have changed as a person and how I now fit into the Goucher community. I am excited to spend my summer on campus, creating a new home for myself, and re-entering such a warm and loving community that I feel so lucky to be a part of.