Issue 9 – The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College


"The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College - Issue 9 - February 18, 2011 - Front Page"

It’s hard to believe, but The Quindecim published it’s second issue of the semester last Friday. As a whole, we didn’t do well with deadlines, which made for a rough week with little sleep. I’m taking it as a reminder that we’ve all got full schedules and lots of other parts of life to balance, so we can’t let missed deadlines take over our week.

That being said, it’s weeks like last where it’s easy to feel severely under appreciated by this College for the work that we do. Administrators and trustees are always quick to remind us of what an accomplishment this transformation has been and what a boon The Quindecim has become for the school.

Yet there’s nothing there for us.

News is always happening. It doesn’t stop over Mid-Semester break, Winter break, Spring break, or Summer vacation. Being an editor on The Quindecim simply requires significantly longer hours than just about any other position held by students. It is a round-the-clock, round-the-semester, round-the-year responsibility. It’s not just one meeting per week, or one event per semester.

Every two weeks, editors spend entire nights producing the newspaper so that it meets our deadline. On top of academics, athletics, and the trials of the college experience, editors pull consecutive all-nighters cooped up in a room above the Gopher Hole to ensure Goucher gets its newspaper on time.

Working on the newspaper is a grind, one that our editors endure on a biweekly basis.

For that work, we are unpaid and receive no academic credit. What’s more, at the end of this semester, our reward for publishing 14 comprehensive, lengthy issues of the newspaper this year will be a significant pile of debt.

Here’s the truth: Until another group of editors as enthusiastic, motivated, and crazy as we are comes along, which I doubt will be soon, The Quindecim will never be this good again. Until an infrastructure to fund this newspaper – not as a student club as we’re currently considered, but as a necessary and vital institution on this campus – is created, it’ll regress to what it was before: dead in the water.

I could go on and on, but this is The Q‘s next big moment. We’re making moves to see that change happens.

Valentine’s Day 2011: Friends, The Q, and Red Hot Blue

I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, but there’s been lots of student spirit for the holiday at Goucher through yesterday and today.

The Junior class is raising money by running around campus delivering bags of Hershey’s Kisses to people. The Ultimate Frisbee team was selling chocolate covered strawberries and cookies in the library last night. And Red Hot Blue, Goucher’s Acapella group, surprised students in their rooms yesterday with singing candy gram performances.

In this first video, you’ll find them in The Quindecim office serenading our Editorial Board with Beyoncé’s “Halo” before our weekly meeting.

In the second one, you can see them surprising our friend Andrea in our apartment with Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby.”

Fantastic singing and a beautifully mild Monday has made for a great start to the week!

Musicians perform on Van Meter Highway


"Benny Clough, a First-Year student at Goucher College, sings and plays his guitar outside Mary Fisher Hall Sunday, February 13, 2011."

I decided to break from my weekly Sunday afternoon full of homework to go shoot a small show that some students put on outside of the library. It was much warmer yesterday than it’s been in a long time in Maryland, so there was some refreshing late afternoon light that fell on the performers.

Bye June, a two-man band, put on the actual concert. Benny was there to play a few introductory songs, and this one of him happened to be my favorite photograph from the two performances.

They didn’t draw a huge audience, but it’s nice to see student efforts like these on campus. They gave an “Anti-Pro Vaentine’s Day” performance, which I thought was an original concept.

This was a good shot to wrap up a weekend in which lots of students seemed to be in a good mood.

Goucher Men’s Basketball: Smiles on Senior Night


"Donté Brandon, a Guard on Goucher's Men's Basketball team, is greeted by a young relative during a pre-game ceremony honoring the team's four Seniors Saturday, February 12, 2011."

When our own Senior Day comes around later this semester, I want it to end with a win so we can have as good a time as the Goucher Men’s Basketball team seemed to have during their recent victory over Drew University. Here’s the full story which ran with another one of my photographs.

But despite the solid victory, most of my images from the night focused on the four Seniors and their families instead.

I need to improve my shooting technique when it comes to using flash, and I think it shows here. The coloring is off, but I still think it tells a great story.

Campus deer population thinned over Winter break


"A herd of deer run through Goucher College's snowy wooded campus Wednesday, February 9, 2011."

Goucher College carried out a round of decreases in the deer population on campus this Winter. Follow The Quindecim in print and online this week for a more in-depth article about the decrease.

There are many strong opinions about Goucher’s deer population. Here is a statement from 2007 written by Goucher’s President, Sanford Ungar.

I’d rather leave mine out of it and reflect on this photograph instead.

Sometimes, photography is strange and you stumble onto things that you had no previous intentions of seeing. After I got out of my car which I parked at the edge of Goucher’s South Lot last Wednesday afternoon, I realized I was being watched by these four deer (or dare I say, survivors.)

I had my camera and a short lens on me, so I tried to quietly approach them. They all ran except the one in the center of this photograph. She stopped, turned around, and gave me one good stare before disappearing into the woods.

Goucher College alumnus speaks on American housing crisis


"Paul Reyes, author of "Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession," discusses his book's development in Buchner Hall at Goucher College Tuesday, February 8, 2011."

Last Tuesday night was one of those moments when academics and athletics collided for me. I had a late night tennis practice off campus, so I was only able to stay for the first ten minutes of Paul Reyes‘ lecture on the American housing crisis and snap a few quick photographs.

Read the full story here.

Because I had to leave so early, I don’t have many thoughts on what he had to say about the state of housing itself.

What I did pick up on was how his career as a journalist influenced the production of his book. He mentioned that although he had no formal education in economics or real estate prior to writing his book, his regular reporting and speaking with people in Florida affected by foreclosures gave him a more personalized angle.

I don’t know much about literary journalism, but it was interesting to hear how a journalist can mold lots of pieces of information together into one cohesive body of work.

Journalism from Egypt: Inspiring against hostile odds


"Demonstrators create a human roadblock in front of a police van in Berlin, Germany's Potsdamer Platz, Thursday, July 20, 2009. A rally was held to protest German police and government involvement."

A few hours ago, I wrote some thoughts about this semester’s first issue of The Quindecim, our student newspaper at Goucher College. You can read the entire post here, but here’s what I had to say about our efforts to get that paper to press:

Three straight nights of layout, tough decision making, and early-morning coffee breaks made for a pretty tough week. Sometimes it makes me wonder why I do this in the first place.

Since then, I’ve read a few reports that immediately made me rethink what I wrote. Here is why.

This week, more than 100 journalists working in Egypt were attacked, according to a Baltimore Sun article. News crews have been assaulted, detained, threatened, and intimidated by thugs and looters. In some cases, they’ve had their equipment seized.

A tough week? While we sat in our nicely decorated office under strands of jovial, colorful Christmas lights, here is what photojournalists in Egypt were looking at. While we listened to some good music as we laid out our newspaper, here is how CNN’s Anderson Cooper had to broadcast his report.

Yet despite being confronted with such disturbing attempts to stop the world from being informed, these journalists, cooped up in their tiny rooms and underground posts, are still finding ways to get their information out.

I took the above photograph on the outskirts of a somewhat violent protest I stumbled into in Berlin several years ago. I included it with this post because I still remember the rush I had trying to use pictures as information to make some sense out of an otherwise  chaotic situation.

That’s what journalists are doing in Egypt right now. It’s a humbling reminder and a heroic collective effort. Your thoughts?

A Goucher Athletics Feature Profile.

"Geoff Miller, Director of Athletics at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, jokes with his daughter Sara, a Goucher student, at Beldon Field Wednesday, February 2, 2011."

I’ve shot lots of photographs for Goucher College Athletics over the past four years.

Those countless assignments have made for some incredible memories, like the afternoon I had tears streaming down my face as I photographed the Men’s Lacrosse team take the 2010 Landmark Conference Championship on our home field. I’m a Goucher student-athlete myself, so there’s a lot of pride that backs these type of shots.

This week I was asked to shoot another one. This time, it was a feature profile for NCAA Champion Magazine.

I was happy with the way this turned out, and I’m told it will run in the magazine. Check back here for an update when the article and photograph get published!

Issue 8 – The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College

"The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College - Issue 8 - February 4, 2011 - Front Page"

We’re back to work at The Quindecim and we’ve already published a comprehensive first issue of the semester. It was impressive to see all of our staff from last semester come back to our first meetings and contribute such great content on a shortened deadline.

Once we received everything, it was the usual grind.

Three straight nights of layout, tough decision making, and early-morning coffee breaks made for a pretty tough week. Sometimes it makes me wonder why I do this in the first place.

Then I’m reminded when the paper hits campus on Fridays.

There’s nothing more refreshing then walking through our buildings and seeing students, faculty, and staff alike flipping through our pages. It’s quite a rush.

State of the Union – Boring, but good message for us graduating folk

"Early morning observers gather on the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Tuesday, January 20, 2009 to await the Inauguration Speech of President Barack Obama."

Here I sit a week later writing about a State of the Union speech that I can barely recall any details about. President Obama chose his words wisely, safely appealing to both Republicans and Democrats while largely avoiding clear and specific policy proposals.

I have to say, it was pretty boring.

But the young, soon-to-graduate-from-college-and-not-exactly-sure-what-he’s-going-to-do-next-yet-strangely-not-worried-at-all kid inside of me resonated with one talking point in an otherwise very long hour of watching.

“Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon,” said President Obama, calling for job-creation throughout various fields of science. “The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.”

“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment,” he added.

Hey people who are finishing up college this year, this is our “Sputnik moment.” Let’s get excited about going into the world. We’re young. We’re smart. We’re energetic. We’re hip.

A rough job market? No worries. Let’s change it.