ART DIRECTOR Brianna Breece
EDITOR IN CHIEF John Parks
PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Joshua Eller
Finding Strength through the Struggle
Find inspiration from students like Noah Hutton who rise above their struggles every day and come out on top.
CHIEF OF PRODUCTION Stephanie Perkins
BUSINESS MANAGER Rachel Mitchell
Melinda Segovia, James Greene, Becca McLhinney, Allie Lotz
Matthew Dippel, Kaili Corkran, Abbey Rigney, Andrea Monaghan, Will Martin, Ana Bunger, John Morin, Basir Jamil
Crystal Zewe and Ariana Kim
DESIGN STAFF Laurise McMillian
CHIEF ADVISER Claudia Brown
TECHNICAL ADVISER Philip Roszak
BUSINESS ADVISER Joseph Cunningham
Bring Home a Friend for the Holidays
You have the power to help save an animalâ€™s life while picking out a new pet, just in time for the holiday season.
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Bliss In Neatly Packaged Crepes
From Rock to Rhythm & Blues
Dry Skin Got You Down?
History in the Making
Kaili Corkran reviews Sofiâ€™s Crepes, a quaint restaurant specializing in delectable crepes.
Matt Dippel goes head-to-head with the staff over the best albums released this year. Did your favorite make the list?
Learn how to keep your skin moisturized and smooth this winter season using materials you may have right in your own kitchen.
Legalize it? They did. Melinda Segovia breaks down the radical new measures passed this Election Day.
22 Around Campus
Hurricane Sandy Leaves Its Mark on the Eastern Shore Disaster ensues from Superstorm Sandy, but did we bring this on ourselves?
Read news and events from the campus communityâ€”an upcoming Wine Expo, a public speaking battle royale, and remembering a student who passed away this year.
Bringing the NBA to Baltimore
Wait, why exactly does Maryland not have its own NBA team? Basir Jamil looks at the past and potential future of professional basketball in Baltimore City.
From Victim to Advocate
John Morin interviews Utah kidnapping victim turned child advocate Elizabeth Smart, pictured here with her husband, Matthew Gilmour.
Neatly Packaged Crepes a look at Sofi’s
By Kaili Corkran | Photography by Phil Roszak | Owl Staff In an everlasting battle of sweet
few years ago and named it after her
from her office on the 21st floor.
vs. savory snacks, Baltimore’s locally
dog, Sofi, who suffered from severe
She worked as a galley cook on The
owned Sofi’s Crepes has both to offer.
spinal damage, causing the pup’s
Pride of Baltimore for a summer
The quaint restaurant is located
legs to become paralyzed. Still, Sofi
and decided she wanted to open a
on 1723 North Charles Street right
remained extremely jubilant, getting
restaurant at that point.
next to the Charles Theatre, with
around by rolling herself on a cart.
additional locations in Annapolis
Costlow owned Sofi for eleven years
WBAL, in The Baltimore Sun, and
and Owings Mills. All of the crepes
before the dog passed away.
was declared the “Best Place to
are freshly prepared while you wait;
“She was an inspiration to me
Eat Alone” by the City Paper. Even
you’ll get nothing here that’s been
and never wavered in her joy, light
Kevin Bacon has tried the crepe
under a heat lamp for hours. The
named after him, and he loved it.
crepes are affordable, ranging from
says on the restaurant’s website.
$4.00-$8.00, which is perfect for a
Prior to opening the restaurant,
Sofi’s provides delicious treats and is reason enough to go down to
college student’s budget. The menu
is comprised of breakfast, lunch, and
industry for sixteen years, where she
For more information, you can
would often find herself admiring
visit the official website at www.
the ships passing through the harbor
There are savory options such as the Kevin Bacon, which contains turkey, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and 1000 Island Sauce. They also offer vegetarian friendly options such as a crepe stuffed with chickpeas, fresh cilantro, spring onions, and salsa. For those looking for something
“These crepes are truly matched in flavor to Baltimore’s charm.”
sweeter, there are options such as the Turtle, packed with caramel, chocolate, and nuts. There’s also the Banana Royale, with fresh bananas and homemade butterscotch. If the menu doesn’t have enough options for your taste, you can always create your own custom crepe! I had the pleasure of indulging in their Smore’s crepe, loaded with chocolate,
and graham cracker crumbs. All of the ingredients were so fresh; these crepes are truly matched in flavor to Baltimore’s charm. The name behind the restaurant has a heartwarming story. Anna Costlow founded the restaurant a
Sofi’s offers crepes such as the Kevin Bacon, the Turtle, and the Banana Royale.
Finding Strength through By Abbey Rigney | Owl Staff ave
you ever considered those who suffer on
Education major Noah Hutton was
someone in a wheelchair and
the inside from an ailment that, to you,
participating in a race when he felt
suddenly become grateful for
seems almost invisible? These underlying
what he described as, “a dagger stabbing
your working legs? It’s obvious that those
illnesses affect many students at HCC,
into my stomach.” Later, Noah was
with physical disabilities struggle, but have
making their everyday life an uphill battle.
diagnosed with Nutcracker syndrome, where a vein leading away from his kidney is pinched by an aorta and a blood vessel. Noah’s passion in running rewarded him a $25,000 dollar scholarship to the University of Science in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, his disease worsened and Noah couldn’t run like he used to. In turn, he lost his scholarship and moved back to Harford County to attend HCC. This discouraged Noah, but he remains optimistic, stating, “I’ve always told myself I’ll find a way to run because where there’s a will, there’s a way.” After
greatly. Attending UMBC in the spring, he
“Champions aren’t decided by how they handle success, but how they handle defeat,” Noah shares. The hardest thing for me,” says Brynne Willis, age 20, “is seeing my body continue to get progressively weaker and not being able to do anything about it…I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy type III.” Brynne knows that within the next couple years she will need a wheelchair due to her disability. Still, she refuses to let this discourage her. “I learned that the only way I’ll get through having this disability is to pick
Noah Hutton wins 3rd place in the Maryland Community College Cross-Country District Race at Hagerstown Community College.
the Struggle myself up, brush off the dirt, and keep
deaf/hard of hearing, head injury/
and ensure that the lecture is heard
on going,” shares Brynne.
traumatic brain injury, psychological,
clearly. Being able to hear her teachers
helped her to receive all A’s and B’s her
She is now attending the University of
specific learning disability is eligible
first semester at HCC.
to apply,” says Student Development
There’s an old Chinese proverb that
Brynne says, “I’m not alone in this
Specialist Dawn Volkart. For example,
says, “Count not what is lost but what
life, and I have a God who loves me.
20-year-old Jenna Taylor has severe
is left.” Clearly students like Noah,
Nothing, not even a disability, can strip
to profound hearing loss, necessitating
Brynne, and Jenna aren’t counting
that away from me.”
the use of a hearing aid. To assist her in
their losses; they are counting their wins.
Are you someone struggling with
classes, the Disability Support Services
school due to a disability? HCC has
provided her with an FM system,
For those students who need support,
which requires that her teachers wear a
you can make an appointment by going to
“Any student with documentation of
microphone while she wears a receiver,
DSS in the Student Center, calling 443-412-
a medical/physical, blind/low vision,
helping to eliminate background noise
2402 or visiting www.harford.edu/dss.
“Champions aren’t decided by how they handle success, but how they handle defeat.” Even as Brynne Willis’ body becomes weaker, her motivation grows stronger.
In addition to accommodations from Disability Support Services, Jenna Taylor shares that “God has also helped me.”
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Bring Home a Friend
for the Holidays By Will Martin | Photography by Crystal Zewe | Owl Staff
During the cold nights of winter, when
turned into shelter for the animals. Once
Should you choose one, your pet is the
snow and ice keep you huddled indoors by
you adopt, you realize that it feels good
one who profits first, so please consider
the fireplace, there’s nothing warmer than
to have played a role in saving a life and
the companionship of a new, furry friend.
gifting yourself a new friend, just in time
Instead of spending money at a local pet
for the holidays.
store, where the businesses profit off of the
All the cats have the living room to
sales of pets, the Humane Society would be
themselves, prowling and playing freely.
a far better option when choosing a new
Dogs are kept individually in partial-
outdoor kennels. Recently, a dog park was
Established in 1947 in Fallston, the
added close by for owners to give their
Humane Society has been home to one of
housemates a little extra exercise. They
Maryland’s most well known shelters in
strive to demonstrate what sort of care and
the area. More than 4,500 animals come
attention should be provided to potential
and go to the shelter yearly. Unfortunately,
many of the animals have fallen prey to
I’ve grown to know the Humane
abandonment and neglect. Anyone can
Society as the only place to find a pet.
rescue a stray off the street and bring them
Our family has adopted three pets to date:
in. Some find homes and families quickly;
two dogs and my cat, Ginger. Prices for
others might just have to wait a while
adoptions range from $75.00 to $250.00,
longer before the right individual arrives.
which is mostly dependent on the age and
All that it takes is a visit to the Humane
type of the animal. Included in the cost
Society to appreciate the organization and
of the adoption are the necessary shots,
all the hard work they do for these animals.
spaying and neutering procedures.
The main office is a very small house
From ferrets to cats and dogs, animals of all shapes and sizes make up the residence at the Harford Humane Society.
Climate Change Hits Home Hurricane Sandy Leaves its Mark on the Eastern Shore By John Parks | Photography by Joshua Eller | Owl Staff t was a windy, cold, and gloomy day
such as solar, wind power, hydroelectricity,
when Josh and I drove to the Eastern
electricity and even some without homes
or thermal energy? Are our politicians
Shore only days after Hurricane
to return to. Pairing that with the warmest
more concerned with financial or political
Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane
conditions that Colorado and Wyoming
gain than the future of our country?
on record, hit on October 28. Our first
had on record, scientists like Bill Mckibben
According to PBS, in 2005, George
destination was Assateague Island where
think something is seriously wrong with
W. Bush pocketed more money than
we spoke with the Science Communicator
our current climate conditions.
any other politician from the oil and gas
of the park, Kelly Taylor.
industry while simultaneously signing
important that everybody, even those
legislation that gave $14.5 billion in tax
clean-up efforts. When we asked how long
who aren’t in the
path of this storm,
breaks to big oil, gas, nuclear and coal
it would be until the park would be fully
reflect about what it means that in the
companies. And after the BP spill in 2010,
operational she explained, “since there’s
warmest year in U.S. history, ... in a year
according to the New York Times, President
word of another nor’easter on its way, we
when we saw, essentially, summer sea ice
Obama allowed BP to drill offshore “as
may still be doing a lot of the same work
in the Arctic just vanish before our eyes,
deep as ever and moving to open up new
in a few days, so we are still unsure.”
what it means that we’re now seeing
regions like Alaska’s Arctic waters.”
Taylor was in the midst of various
I thought to myself, “How could we be
storms of this unprecedented magnitude.“
If we can manage to bail out and give
getting another tropical storm this late in
He continues, “If there was ever a wake-
handouts to big oil, banks, and automotive
the year?” Could it be just a coincidence
up call, this is it.”
industries, then why can’t we use tax
or evidence of climate change?
Will these weather patterns continue?
dollars to support cheap, renewable
According to the National Oceanic and
And what are some effective things fellow
energy sources? As a country, it’s time to
Atmospheric Administration’s National
citizens could do? If we don’t lessen our
take a stand. Call your senators, get vocal
Climate Data Center, 2012 will go down
dependence on fossil fuels and continue to
online, or better yet, go out and protest
as the third-warmest summer on record
neglect clean alternative fuel sources, our
the government’s stance on big oil and its
for the entire United States. In September
global climate will continue to worsen.
alone, the U.S. suffered from a string of
So the real question is, why is our
tornadoes left in the wake of Hurricane
country not investing in clean technologies
Aren’t you tired of paying $4.00 a gallon to destroy our planet?
On November 3, water from the storm still covered portions of the beach as a channel carried it back to the ocean.
Businesses such as The Kite Loft were open as debris remained nearby from the storm.
Photo by John Parks Sand dunes were eroded by the oceanâ€™s waves, leaving behind fencing used to help create them.
About 100 feet of the OC Fishing Pier has been washed away by Hurricane Sandy.
By Matthew Dippel | Owl Staff ith each passing year comes new music releases... Some good, some bad, and some just forgettable. Listening to hundreds of albums for the sake of narrowing down the best of the best was a daunting task, but one that I was more than happy to take on. Over the last month or so I’ve been setting aside a few hours a day to lay back, put on my headphones, get in the right mood, and listen to some select 2012 releases I had picked, along with suggestions from Owl staff members and Photography by John Morin
HCC students. The list comes with a few caveats. The first is one borne of time. As this issue will be released to the readers at the beginning of December, there will regretfully be some albums that come out that I won’t get to listen to or include on this list. And, of course, I tried to remain as objective as possible and consider all suggestions, but alas, I am human and my subjectivity somewhat shows in this list. I hope I’ve covered a good arrays of genres so there is a treat for everybody, despite my personal prejudices against bad music. I listened to a lot of albums, and these are the three that I thought deserved a spot on this year’s “best of.” Maybe you’ll see your favorite, or even better, find a new one. Tame Impala: Lonerism (Psychedelic) What would the Beatles sound like if they were still around today, did a lot more drugs, and added some Cream, Led Zeppelin, and Queens of the Stone Age influences? Well the answer comes in the form of Tame Impala’s second album. Lonerism is a hazy, dazy, dreamy soundscape of psychedelic guitar textures,
driving percussion, bouncing bass lines,
since their inception. Spoken word samples
and R&B together into a unique sound.
and soothing synthesizers crafted by
to set mood, long winded yet fascinating
From the Jimmy Buffett style of the song
band mastermind Kevin Parker. Parker’s
buildups of guitar, violin, percussion, and
“Jump Right In” to the heartfelt ballad
spacey vocals narrate the aural trip that
whatever else the collective happened to
“Last But Not Least,” the Zac Brown Band
is Lonerism, seemingly channeling John
bring into the studio.
provides a good time for all. Like the title
Lennon from the grave, coming together
There’s no appropriate way to describe
as one of the best psychedelic releases in
the sounds that Godspeed creates as a
band, only to say that it is the embodiment
Listen to... “Elephant” Rush: Clockwork Angels (Progressive Rock) Most bands at the point in their careers
track says, “you just have to get back to the country and get uncaged.” Listen to... “The Wind”
of the word “epic,” in scale, volume, and
Keane: Strangeland (Alternative)
grandeur. This is my album of the year,
By Stephanie Perkins | Owl Staff
and I certainly don’t think I’m alone.
that Rush are at now are normally well
Listen to... “Mladic”
In their fourth album release, British group, Keane, has once again set the bar
past their prime. Paul McCartney is old
for their music. Strangeland is a fantastic,
and chubby, still touring with 40 year old
cohesive piece going back to a simpler and
Beatles songs, Metallica is just lazy, and Syd
natural sound the band had with their
Barrett and John Lennon are still dead. But
first album, Hopes and Fears. From the
Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (R&B/
upbeat songs like “Silenced by the Night”
triumvirate have delivered Clockwork
and “Sovereign Light Café” to the more
By John Parks | Owl Staff
somber “Sea Fog” and “Watch How You
album marks a new high point in their
discography, an achievement that very few
Ocean makes waves with his first album,
bands decades into their career can stake
Channel Orange while still riding the
hype of his 2011 debut mixtape Nostalgia,
Instead of the lauded after “return
Ultra. Frank takes a similar approach
to form” that fans clamor for, with this
with his latest release; sticking with
album, Rush instead reinvents their
themes of love, exotic locations, beautiful
form yet again, this time resulting in a
women, and understated hints of cocaine
70 minute slab of heavy prog rock with
use. Appearances by Andre 3000, John
a complex narrative accompanying it.
Mayer, and Tyler, The Creator easily
Magnum opus may be stretching it, but it’s
makes Channel Orange one of the most
nice to see an old dog with new tricks still
memorable R&B albums of the year.
contributing to popular music.
Listen to... Pyramids
Listen to... “Headlong Flight” Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Post Rock) The
Zac Brown Band: Uncaged (Country) By Joshua Eller | Owl Staff With their third studio album, the
Zac Brown Band offers something for
“Mladic” and “We Drift Like Worried Fire,”
everyone. The songs on Uncaged mix
incorporate the best the band has offered
country, bluegrass, reggae, Southern rock,
Go,” this album takes you on an incredible emotional journey. Listen to... “Strangeland”
Have You Heard? Kip Moore - Up All Night (Country) Green Day – Uno (Pop Punk) Lana Del Rey - Born to Die (Indie Pop) SBTRKT – SBTRKT (Electronic) Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II (Hip-Hop)
Dry skin got you down?
Find a Cure in the Kitchen
By Andrea Monaghan | Photography by Ariana Kim | Owl Staff
eeping your skin moisturized and smooth during a
This next recipe is a moisturizing face mask with only three
harsh winter can be both challenging and expensive.
Moisturizing masks and creams can range from less than $10.00 to over $50.00. Here are a few recipes to help cure your dry winter skin blues using common household ingredients! The first is a gentle scrub to help take off some of that dry skin using only two simple ingredients:
1 tablespoon of ground plain oatmeal 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt with live cultures Âź teaspoon of warm honey First, mix the oatmeal and yogurt together. Next, add the honey. An easy way to warm the honey is to run the spoon under
2 tablespoons of sugar
hot water for one minute. Stir the honey, yogurt, and oatmeal all
3 tablespoons of warm water
together. Apply all over face and let it sit. After about 10 minutes,
The sugar in this recipe acts as a natural exfoliate helping to gently remove the dry skin. This can be used to fight acne, smooth the skin, and remove years of damage. Mix the sugar and the water together until fully mixed. Massage it on the face for about 30 seconds. Rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel.
gently wash off with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel. Oatmeal, yogurt, and honey are all natural moisturizers that help improve skin texture, and give your skin a healthy glow. Face scrubs and masks do not have to cost you a fortune if you just look a little closer in your kitchen cabinets.
Bringing the NBA By Basir Jamil | Photography by Abbey Rigney & Joshua Eller | Owl Staff
For yet another year, Baltimore is
Basketball is rooted into Maryland’s
his team to the brink of a championship.
missing out on the excitement, thrill, and
culture, with the popularity of college
Along with Olympic teammate Carmelo
expectations of an NBA season. The NBA
basketball and the Maryland Terrapins
Anthony, the two are perhaps the game’s
is enjoying its highest level of popularity
standing out in particular. Maryland is
most gifted scorers.
since the days of Michael Jordan, with
just as important to the contribution of
What few people know is that both
more recognizable stars than any other
outstanding players to the NBA as any
stars are Marylanders. Kevin Durant
sports league in the country, and once
other state, having produced a number of
played basketball at Montrose Christian
again, Maryland will be left on the
athletes that have reached stardom in the
High in Rockville, while Carmelo grew
up in West Baltimore and played ball at
Baltimore once had a proud basketball
Since entering the NBA in 2007,
Towson Catholic. In addition to these two,
franchise in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The
Kevin Durant has become one of the
Maryland has helped raise several other
Baltimore Bullets produced four Hall
game’s biggest stars, having earned the
recognizable players including Rudy Gay,
of Fame players: Wes Unseld, Elvin
scoring title as well as All-NBA and All-
Ty Lawson, Michael Beasley, Roy Hibbert,
Hayes, Earl Monroe, and Gus Johnson,
Star honors for three consecutive years.
and Jeff Green as well as Hall of Famer
before relocating in 1973 and eventually
He is coming off his best season yet,
Adrian Dantley. With Maryland supplying
becoming today’s Washington Wizards.
ending as an MVP finalist and leading
such NBA talent, it only seems right to
Back to Baltimore have an NBA team here, and for these
a team like the Kings. Raising funds would
feel like the city would really get behind
players to have the opportunity to play for
be the biggest hurdle, considering that the
their home city.
Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the
With the popularity of the Ravens
Luckily, there seems to be a recent
Thunder, cost nearly $90 million by the
and Terps, it’s not hard to see why.
trend of teams exploring relocation. The
time it was completed in 2002. The new
Baltimoreans are some of the most
Seattle SuperSonics moved to become
team would contribute to the costs, but a
passionate fans, so fanatical that M&T
the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008,
large portion would have to be covered by
Bank is one of the toughest stadiums to
and they’re among the league’s best.
play in for opposing teams, according to
The New Jersey Nets moved to Brooklyn
On the other hand, an NBA team
a study done by the National Football Post.
in November, while the Golden State
would be beneficial to the local economy
It’s no stretch to think that many of these
Warriors plan to return to San Francisco
in terms of merchandising, helping local
fans would get behind an NBA team, if
from Oakland in time for the 2017 season.
businesses on game nights, and creating
given the chance.
The greatest opportunity for Baltimore
jobs. In addition, according to The Baltimore
“I would love to have an NBA team
to land an NBA team is to make a push
Sun, there is some genuine interest for
come to Baltimore,” says Stewart Hammill,
for the Kings, who have been unable to
the Baltimore-Washington area to make
a 2nd year student at Harford. “I don’t
agree on a new stadium deal with their
a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, and
really have a favorite basketball team
hometown of Sacramento. The Kings
having an NBA sized arena already built
because there is no team close, except for
have been linked to several different
would drastically improve Baltimore’s
Washington, but driving to D.C. to see a
cities, from Seattle to Virginia Beach.
chances of landing the Olympics as well,
game I don’t really care about would be
Each city either has, or has expressed
which would also do wonders for the local
a waste. I would definitely go see more
interest, in building a suitable stadium for
basketball games if Baltimore had a team.”
an NBA team.
“I think it would be a great idea to
With the void left from the old Bullets,
If Baltimore can make a plan to build a
bring basketball back to Baltimore,” says
it is clear that Baltimore deserves, and
new arena fit for an NBA team, perhaps by
Harford student Adam Goodman. “It’s a
is ready for, a new basketball team to
expanding 1st Mariner, they could attract
larger market than Oklahoma City and I
call its own.
Should Baltimore City have an NBA team? HCC Basketball Players Weigh In
Aaron Farley, General Studies, Guard “I think it would be a good idea because if you look at how hyped up everyone is about the Ravens and the Orioles, I think people would definitely go out and support them...everyone says the Ravens are the best supported team, [and have] the most energized stadium, and I think it would be the same for basketball.”
Jordan Lilly, General Studies, Point Guard “Baltimore’s biggest sport, in my eyes, is basketball. Everybody plays basketball because if you walk around, everybody’s got a ball, everybody’s dribbling...”
Jeff Joynes, General Studies, Point Guard “I live in Baltimore ... [and] a lot of people down there love basketball ... so I think that would be a really good idea, and a lot of people would come. And it might cut down on the crime because people would have something to do.”
HCC Adult Student Orientation Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 8:45 AM to 12 PM Student Center, Room 243 Inclement weather date: Jan. 26, 8:45 AM - 12 PM
“This program was more than I expected.!” “Everyone was so knowledgeable and caring.”
Scan to see a video of why one student was glad she attended the Adult Student Orientation.
I was so anxious, and now I am so at ease, and confident in my decision to go back to school….”
Students ages 24 and older are invited to attend. Breakfast and lunch are included. Registration is required, call 443-412-2140 or register online at www.harford.edu/collegelife/orientation. Our goal is to make all materials and services accessible. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate, please contact College Life at 443-412-2373 at least ten calendar days in advance.
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History in the Making
Students Debate Groundbreaking Initiatives By Melinda Segovia | Photography by John Parks | Owl Staff The Constitution grants citizens the immense power to shape
and immigrants and overthrow drug laws, thumbing their nose
the government under which they live. As historian David Ramsay
at the federal government in the process. With the passing of this
wrote, “In this happy peculiarity they placed the science of politics
November 6, Ramsay’s prediction appears to be gradually unfolding,
on a footing with the other sciences, by opening it to improvements
“by means of this power of amending American constitutions, the
from experience, and the discoveries of future ages.” In this
friends of mankind have fondly hoped that oppression will one day
election, voters utilized their power to grant civil rights to gays
be no more.”
Breon Knight, Age 25 Computer Science “I’m finally glad that four states had enough intelligent people to see that no mater what sexuality you are everyone deserves the right to be married.”
Anna Cammayo, Age 26 General Studies “I agree that those who qualify for the Dream Act should be allowed to take advantage of in-state tuition because they are making an effort to become productive members of society by furthering their education in the country they grew up in.“
Samantha Borowy, Age 21 Business Administration I believe [marijuana legalization] would benefit us in more ways than one. We could tax it, regulate it … [and] lower crime across the country. Weed … [is] calming and is used for cancer treatment and it doesn’t kill anybody. It should be legalized.“
Same Sex Marriage In one night, three states broke the long tradition of voters striking down same-sex marriage. Marylanders answered yes on Question 6, to uphold or reject the Civil Marriage Protection Act, granting same-sex couples the right to procure a marriage license. Likewise, Maine voters decided that their state, too, will grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. And although the results have not yet been certified, Washington state also appears poised to provide for marriage equality.
The Dream Act The Maryland In-State Tuition Referendum, popularly known as the Dream Act referendum, was passed based on a majority vote. The new law permits undocumented immigrants to pay in-state or in-county tuition at Maryland colleges after attending Maryland high schools for three years and community college for two years. While other states have laws similar to the Maryland Dream Act, this is the first time in history that this type of
Ashley Stangel, Age 19 Social Work “I am against same sex marriage because I’m a Christian. I don’t believe they should be able to get married but they should be able to have rights; for example, visiting their sick spouse in the hospital...”
Elliot Mitchell, Age 20 Engineering/ Engineering Technology and CADD “Everyone deserves a chance, but I think you should be legal.”
law has been passed through a popular vote.
Marijuana Legalization Thanks to the popular vote, marijuana users in Washington state and Colorado will be able to smoke in peace. Until they are busted by the feds, that is—marijuana is still a banned substance under the Controlled Substances Act and, regardless of state law, can still be prosecuted by the Department of Justice. In the meantime, Washington state now permits those 21 and older to buy as much as one ounce of marijuana from licensed retailers and
Josh Fintch, Age 26 Fine Arts “Aside from my personal religious beliefs, marijuana can mask your consciousness and makes you less motivated. I want my art to reflect myself, not the substances in my system.”
Colorado’s new measure allots for the possession of up to one ounce, and the growing of up to six plants.
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From Victim To Advocate
The Elizabeth Smart Interview By John Morin | Photography by Joshua Eller | Owl Staff
ourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart was sound asleep
Smart believes that her parents’ teaching of persistence
when a man climbed in through a window of her
and hard work, her faith, and just “plain old stubbornness”
Utah home and made his way to her room. Led by
was what helped pull her through. “I’d say it’s definitely
knife-point out of the house, Smart vanished into the
thanks to the people who prayed for me [and] tried to
dark woods, not to be seen again for another nine months. A decade later, Ms. Smart made her first Maryland appearance
support me from far away,” says Smart. “I’d say it was God’s hand in my life.”
Annual Cherish the Child
Smart was filled with new urgency when she discovered
Symposium at Mountain Christian Church. The symposium
their plans to crisscross the United States to find seven young
focused on child protection awareness and ways individuals can
brides for Emmanuel. By using her captor’s own brand of
help make a difference.
manipulation, Smart mentioned to Emmanuel that God told
as the keynote speaker at the 8
“The morning after I was kidnapped, I promised myself I would do whatever it took to survive.” During her speech, Smart led the audience through a detailed
her they should go back to her home state. Insisting that
account of the horrors she faced during the time of her abduction.
Emmanuel was a “great man of God,” Smart had him ask
Her captor, a man named Brian David Mitchell, referred to himself as
God if this was true. A short while later, her captor said that
“Emmanuel” and professed to be a prophet of God. His wife, Wanda
God had told him the same thing and so they left for Utah.
Barzee, was called by the name “Hezbollah” and assisted her husband.
Shortly afterwards, they were spotted on busy State Street
On the night of the abduction, Emmanuel led her to a large tent
and Smart was finally reunited with her family.
hidden in a grove of trees and performed a sort of mock wedding
Part of her healing process came from her mother’s advice
ceremony, proclaiming: “I hereby seal you to me as my wife, before
that the worst punishment she could give her captor was
God and his angels as my witnesses.” Then he raped the frightened
to be happy. “He took nine months of my life from me;
and sobbing Smart on the tent floor.
he doesn’t deserve any more of my time,” Smart explains.
Overcome with despair and shame, Smart started to question her fate: “How could anyone ever love me or want me again? I felt it would have been better if he just killed me then and there, than to have raped me and let me live.” She remembered how her family and God would always love her, however, and it renewed her hope.
“[That advice] inspired me to keep going, to be better today than I was yesterday.” From her ordeal, Ms. Smart has gone on to create the Elizabeth Smart Foundation (ESF) to help prevent future crimes against children. One of the programs offered through ESF to meet this end is RadKids (Resist Aggression
“The morning after I was kidnapped, I promised myself I would
Defensively). Smart is also a news correspondent with ABC
do whatever it took to survive,” Smart shares with Owl Magazine.
News and is active in promoting other safety legislation
“It didn’t matter if it would be three days or thirty years; I would
measures in Washington D.C.
be home someday.”
For others looking to make a difference or to use their
What followed was nine months of unthinkable hell; she was
own experiences to bring about change, Smart says, “I think
abused, forced to drink alcohol and watch pornography, and lived
you should never undervalue or under measure yourself.
in fear that her family might be harmed as well. Any attempt to
You can do everything you want to do; you just have to
escape would be met with death.
figure out what it is and then do it.”
Get Your Corkscrews Ready
By Ana Bunger | Owl Staff
By Melinda Segovia | Owl Staff
Let the bouquet of red and white wines delight your
Recently, Harford Community College said goodbye
taste buds at HCC’s 14th annual Wine Expo on Sunday,
to one of its students. Early Childhood Education major
February 24, 2013. The event will be going on from
Ashley Marie Bolgiano died at the age of 21.
3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and will have over 40 wine
On a Friday morning in October, those who knew
vendors providing samples to taste. Craft brew samples
and loved her gathered on campus to release balloons in
are available for the beer connoisseur, accommodating
those with a taste for domestic or foreign brews.
Childhood friend Dagmar Schnople, says, “She knew how
Attendees must be 21 to enter the expo and tickets
to have fun and although she did not have the easiest life,
are $40.00 in advance or $50.00 at the door. The
she made the best of everything she had. I want people to
designated driver ticket, which is $20.00, provides a
remember her fun-loving spirit and that she was always there
guest the opportunity to attend the event but not to
when people needed someone to talk to, or someone to just
sample the beer and wine.
hang out with.” Others left their acknowledgments of her on the Schimunek Funeral Home guest book that was created in tribute to her. Professor Layne Restrick wrote, “Ashley’s smile lit up my classroom every time she entered it.” Professor Mary Almasy wrote, “She always brought a smile to class and we enjoyed many conversations. I will certainly miss her.” Donations can be made in her honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Celebrating 50 Years at Harford By Ana Bunger | Owl Staff
Tickets can be purchased at tickets.harford.edu. The ticket sales will go towards scholarships for HCC students and is promoted by the Alumni Association. It is open to the public so bring a friend, bring a date, or bring a fellow wine lover to enjoy the fullbodied wines from all over the world and transport yourself for an evening into wine country.
Harford’s Reaccreditation Success By Ana Bunger | Owl Staff
A little over fifty years ago, Harford Community College was an
After visits and reviews from the Middle States Commissions
institution located within Bel Air High School with about 100 students
on Higher Education, reaccreditation has been given to Harford
enrolled. But that all changed when the Harford County Board of
Education bought Prospect Hill Farm, which is the land the school
The reaccreditation includes a self-study and a strategic plan run
still resides on to this day. Even though the school’s 50th anniversary
by committees of faculty seeking out what the college as a whole
was five years ago, this November held a special place because it
is doing right, commendations, and what they are doing wrong,
documents fifty years of being on the Prospect Hill property. When
recommendations. The self-study report was written by more than
the school re-opened in 1964, 705 students were enrolled and more
125 HCC students and staff and focuses on the college’s programs,
than 1000 enrolled the next year.
services, and finances. HCC received fifteen commendations and
To celebrate the anniversary, The Hays-Heighe House held a salon
only five recommendations from the Middle States Commission.
on November 15, called “Campus Memories” reminiscing about the
Receiving fifteen commendations is “...usually unheard of in
past 50 years on campus. Also a local HCN cable show called Historic
the college community” according to Lisa Tittle, co-chair of the Self
Harford, aired an episode called “History of HCC” which included an
Study Committee. “You can trust the education is good here,” adds
interview with Avery Ward, Dean of the BSS Division.
The past fifty years have held special memories for each student
It is not mandatory for colleges to be accredited with the Middle
and faculty member who has had HCC as their stepping stone to the
States Commissions, but without accreditation, students would not
next chapter in their lives.
be able to receive financial aid.
Students’ Voices Heard in State Competition By James Greene | Owl Staff Two students from HCC went head-to-head with eight others from around the state at the Maryland Communication Association Conference’s 1st annual public speaking contest. Interested students submitted speech outlines that corresponded with the conference’s theme of “Voice.” Based on the outline, ten students were picked to compete in the final round; they came from Towson University, Bowie State College, Trinity College and Harford Community College. Political Science major Melinda Segovia was among the ten finalists. She based her speech on a new Congressional regulation that allows only students with a GED or high school diploma the chance of receiving financial aid. Segovia says, “As a dropout, I wanted to inform people about this new educational roadblock.” Engineering major Basir Jamil also competed. His speech explained the adversity he’s faced for being Muslim, and the time he used his voice to speak out against anti-Muslim sentiment by writing an editorial in the Baltimore Sun. In his speech Jamil also described the positive feedback he received from readers.
Winter Doldrums: A Celebration of the Arts Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m. Chesapeake Theater and Student Center Adult $15 Youth $1 HCC Student: Free with HCC ID
Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2 Amoss Center November 30 at 8 p.m. December 1 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. December 2 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. $8 - $15
Babes In Toyland
Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9 Chesapeake Theater December 7 at 8 p.m. December 8 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. December 9 at 3 p.m. $8 - $10
Bel Air Community Band Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m. Bel Air High School Free Admission
An Evening of Chamber Music
Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1 $1 - $5 HCC Student: Free with HCC ID
APPLIED MUSIC STUDENTS IN RECITAL
Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1 $1 - $5 HCC Student: Free with HCC ID
An Evening of Jazz
Friday, December 14 at 8 p.m. Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1 $1 - $5 HCC Student: Free with HCC ID
Sunday, December 30 at 2 p.m. APG Federal Credit Union Arena $25 - $65
Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Sunday, February 17 at 3 PM Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1 $1 - $10 HCC Student: Free with HCC ID
Junie B. Jones
Friday, February 22 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Amoss Center $8 - $15
Friday, February 22 through Sunday, March 3 Black Box Theatre February 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m. March 1, 2, 3 at 8 p.m. $5 - $12 HCC Student: Free with HCC ID
The Unexpected Boys Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. Amoss Center $25 - $35
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 17 Chesapeake Theater March 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. March 10 and 17 at 3 p.m. $10 - $20
College Life Calendar Monday
Programs, unless otherwise noted, are offered for HCC-registered credit students as those students pay applicable fees to cover College Life Programming. Students need to bring their HCC ID to participate in events and activities sponsored by College Life. Please note all program dates, locations, and times are subject to change. Check www.facebook.com/harfordcollegelife for program
Free Stress Buster Goodie Bags
Free Stress Buster Goodie Bags
Free Stress Buster Goodie Bags
Free Stress Buster Goodie Bags
Bel Air Hall 11 AM & 6 PM
Aberdeen Hall 12 PM Library 2 PM
Fallston Hall 1 PM Library 3 PM
College Life Office While supplies last!
Final exams begin Free Stress Buster Goodie Bags
Havre de Grace Hall 9 AM & 5 PM
College closed through Jan. 2nd
College closed through Jan. 2nd
1 New Year’s Day College Closed
College Reopens Winter session begins
11 12 Susquehanna Center Community Open House 10 AM—5 PM
Elvis’s Birthday Get your PB & banana sandwiches! Globe 12 PM
18 19 Adult Student Orientation Student Center, 243 9 AM
Winter session ends
25 26 Adult Student Orientation Inclement Weather Date Student Center, 243 9 AM
Spring semester starts
Free Donuts & Coffee Aberdeen Hall 9 AM Library 11:30 AM
Karaoke! Globe Café 11 AM - 1 PM
Karaoke! Globe Café 11 AM - 1 PM
Rites of Passage Mentoring Program Open House Hays-Heighe House 10 AM - 3 PM
Healthy Relationships Workshop Student Center, 243 12:30 PM
Rites of Passage Mentoring Program Luncheon SC 243 11:30 AM SGA’s “CLUB ROW” Globe Café 11 AM - 1 PM
Project LEaD program: What’s your Leadership Style? Myers-Briggs Inventory SC 243 12:30 PM
Wii Wednesday Globe Café 11 AM - 1 PM
Free Donuts & Coffee Havre de Grace Hall 9 AM Fallston 10:30 AM Joppa Hall 5 PM
Wii Wednesday Globe Caf é- 11 AM - 3 PM Student ADVOCACY DAY Annapolis Trip Rites of Passage Mentoring Program Open House Hayes– Heighe House 10 AM - 3 PM
Free Movie Student Center, Room 243 10 AM, 12;30 PM,3 PM & 6 PM
Valentines Day Fun Globe Café 11 AM - 1 PM
Live Music with Kyshona Brown Globe Café 12 PM
Open Mic Globe Café 11 AM - 1 PM
Our goal is to make all materials and services accessible. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate, please contact College Life at 443-412-2373 at least ten calendar days in advance.
Harford Owl Magazine Winter 2012