UNWIND MAGAZINE March 2019
U N W I N D
A Media Scholars Publication MARCH ISSUE Lancelot Lin & Kaitlyn Hopkins
Editors in Chief
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Camila Velloso Jermaine Rowley Ally Tobler Sasha Marques Hannah Gaskill
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Copy Editors Dan Qiu Lyna Bentahar Sara Chernikoff Taylor Dove
Staff Writers Maristela Romero Ambika Narula Breece Parsons Charlie Youngmann Hannah Fields Jazmin Conner Julia Gastwirth Kaitlyn Francis Lindsay Garbacik Maris Medina Megan Sayles Morgan Pravato Nicole Noechel Taylor Dove Samantha Hawkins Victoria Gomes
Happy spring, UMD! After a long winter, with some unpredictable weather toward the end (including a few VERY misleading warm days), we think it’s safe to unpack your shorts and finally say that spring has sprung. In Unwind’s first print issue this semester, we’ve compiled a wide variety of human interest stories. And, in honor of national Women’s History Month that took place this March, we’ve featured several stories that highlight intelligent, admirable and noteworthy women on campus and everything they’re doing from volunteering at Terp Farm to having her own radio show. Whether you choose to read this quickly in between classes or lounging in the sun on the Mall, we hope you’ll like this issue just as much as we do.
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BEHIND THE COVER
To honor International Women’s Month, we featured and interviewed impactful young women students at UMD. These women are changing our community in big ways, and we are all inspired by their strength and spirit. Meet some of the women of UMD.
RADHIKA GHOLAP sophomore, physiology & neurobiolojy major with a double minor statistics and spanish
“I think it’s really important to have role models and other women encouraging and empowering each other, because sometimes all you need is someone else telling you that you can do it. That little push is enough to spark the already present potential someone has. This is especially important for women in STEM just because there’s always been a gender divide. Knowing that there’s more women than men in medical school currently, shos that women have always had the capability. Now, with encouragement and a support system, it’s amazing what we can do.
SARAH KIRBY sophomore, biology major
“I think that in a time where women are told so often that they need to compete with each other, it’s so important for us to lift each other up and show other girls that they are supported.”
LIZZIE MAFRICI junior, public policy and womens studies major
“My greatest accomplishment has either been putting on events through Preventing Sexual Assault and my internship at the CARE to stop violence office, or creating and spearheading my own initiative within the Greek life that opens up dialogue around sexual assault between fraternities and sororities!”
Humans of UMD //
Jill Doherty by Ambika Narula
photo by Jess Robsinson
“OFFER A HELPING HAND”
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“I chose to go to school to become a speech-language pathologist (SLP) because I am genuinely intrigued by what they do and I’ve seen the satisfaction it gives to people and how much it helps and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do–help,” said Jill Doherty, a hearing and speech science major and linguistics minor at UMD. Doherty was exposed to speech pathology at a young age. Her babysitter’s son was born with a speech impediment, and she would participate in speech games with a private pathologist as an extra. It was from this point where her passions for hearing and sciences and helping others grew. “I’ve always been one to offer a helping hand when one is in need, and I grew to love seeing the satisfaction of one finally being able to get something, even if it’s a small task,” said Doherty. At UMD, the Hearing and Speech Science program (HESP) is quite small, with approximately 175 people in the program.
Doherty says that because of the small program size, she is able to become close with her peers and advisors. “It’s a more personal level then what my friends seem to experience,” she said. “We all– at least the freshman–know each other and have a few classes together.” Doherty plans to be certified as a speech-language pathology assistant to get more hands-on experience and will continue her journey to UMD’s graduate school to pursue future job opportunities as an SLP. Doherty recommends becoming a HESP major because of the benefits. It’s an easy program to pair with a double major or minor and it’s not limited to those interested in becoming a speech-language pathology or audiologist, she says. “I would recommend this major because it’s not only for speech pathologists or audiologists. It can help with occupational therapy programs and other things too, so you wouldn’t be confined to just having to be an SLP or audiologist.” U
Terp Farm Volunteers by Jazmin Conner
aila Blevins, a junior environmental science major, initially associated the word “farm” with pigs, cows and chickens. Now, working at Terp Farm, a sustainable farm in Upper Marlboro partnered with UMD, she thinks differently. Terp Farm, located 15 miles from the College Park campus, grows peppers, tomatoes, herbs, lettuce, squash, kale and collards–just to name a few. Students can find Terp Farm produce used at on-campus locations like 251 North, Green Tidings, South Campus Dining Hall and The Diner. Crops from the farm are also donated to the campus pantry, which supplies food to students in need. Blevins began volunteering with Terp Farm last fall through the farm’s partnership with Terp Service. Right away she was enamored with working on the farm. “Halfway through [the] first semester, I was like, ‘Did I make my [spring] schedule so I have Friday mornings off?’” she said. Now she is a Terp Farm coordinator, helping to lead four other student volunteers in farm activities. Every Friday morning she drives herself and her volunteers 30 minutes to the farm. Blevins says that every Friday is different, and that’s what she likes about volunteering–the variety. Sometimes they work in the greenhouse tunnels pruning tomato plants and other times
they harvest tomatoes and pumpkins. One of her most treasured memories was when she was taught how to make flower beds. The task was a source of curiosity for Blevins because when she had tried to plant flower beds in her mother’s yard she experienced a lot of difficulties. “We were just hacking at the dirt,” she said. Seeing how to make the flowerbeds and the proper way to use the tool was like a lightbulb moment to her. Even though Blevins is an environmental science major, she believes that the Terp Farm offers hands-on experience and knowledge that her major can’t. “It’s not like [environmental science classes are] going out to the field every day,” she said. “A lot of it is just pictures and videos.” Terp Farm also emphasizes the subjects that she is learning about in some of her environmental science classes. One particular class she took last semester about cultivating sustainability through soil especially related to her volunteer endeavors and even went helped her complete some of her assignments. Ultimately, volunteering at Terp Farm has helped Blevins to see the university in a more positive light. “I think actually seeing them use sustainable farm practices that go back to campus is really important,” she said. “It’s definitely cool to say I know where this tomato came from that’s in my sauce.” U March 2019 | PROFILES
MAYURI The “Classy” University of Maryland Competition
arrying suitcases filled with costumes, shoes, makeup and homework, eight teams arrived March 1 at UMD to compete for first place at Mayuri. Mayuri is UMD’s annual premier Indian classical dance competition that has attracted teams from all over the country. Mayuri, which means peacock in Sanskrit, was the name chosen to liken the dancers’ grace and poise to that of the Indian national bird. Indian classical dance is a loose term used to describe centuries-old recognized dance styles, each of which years of rigorous training to master and is rooted in theatrical Hindu performing arts. Many students dedicated to this art bring their passion to college by joining university teams and eventually competing at the collegiate level. The following teams rehearsed and competed at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center on March 2: University of Pittsburgh Nrityamala, University of Texas at Austin Nritya Sangam, Pennsylvania State University Natya, Cornell University Anjali, Johns Hopkins University Shakti, University of Washington Natya, University of Texas at Dallas Rangam and Case Western Reserve University Nritya. UMD Moksha. The University of Maryland’s classical dance team performed as an exhibition act at the competition. At the end of the night, UT Nritya Sangam claimed first place and UW Natya and UTD Rangam followed with second and third place, respectively. “We competed against so many talented teams from across the country. It feels validating to be rewarded for our efforts,” said Nikita Rao, one of UT Nritya Sangam’s co-captains, in an email. “We’ve been coming to Mayuri for more than five years now and we look forward to it every year.” The competition was organized by the Mayuri board, which was led by co-directors Bhas Potarlanka and Rohini Nambiar. Each of the ten committees is responsible for one aspect of the competition’s organization, such as hospitality and
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by Shruti Kumar
event operations. “The biggest challenge for board was probably damage control since we had a few incidents that we had to think fast on our feet for, but we ended up taking care of it all,” Akshaya Ganesh, Mayuri’s event operations chair, said.
“We were like a family and it just made the whole experience better.” -Akshaya Ganesh photos by Harsh Atit
Potarlanka said that the competition has evolved since it started in 2013, stating that with new directorship, the competition runs smoother each year. “Mayuri came about in order to expand a then recently-created classical circuit and give dancers a venue to perform at,” Potarlanka said. “This year, the board’s increased familiarity with dancers and liaisons resulted in a competition that felt a lot more intimate than before, which made everyone enjoy it that much more.”
The Mayuri board plans to continue cultivating an air of pride and passion for the Indian classical performing arts. By providing a venue for collegiate dancers from different universities to channel their culture and talent, the Mayuri board hopes to keep this unique art alive. “I got involved as a volunteer [during] my freshman year and fell in love with it ever since,” Potarlanka said. “I hope the board and its alumni can put classical dance on the mainstage and give it the exposure it deserves.” U
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“Man on the Street”: Netflix Edition by Chloe Goldberg
photo by Kath Nash//Apartment Therapy
t’s been twelve years since Netflix revolutionized the way the world watches TV. The streaming powerhouse, which now boasts 139 million subscribers globally, has grown out of its roots as a DVD mailing service to weave its way into the fabric of modern pop culture. And it’s not going anywhere, thanks to the popularity of the company’s original programming. Netflix began releasing its first self-commissioned shows in 2013 with “Lilyhammer” and “House of Cards,” the latter earning eight Emmy nominations after its first season.
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the latter earning eight Emmy nominations after its first season. Today, Netflix can count on the cult followings of shows like “Stranger Things,” “Queer Eye” and “13 Reasons Why” to keep viewers coming back. Binge-watching brought Netflix onto the world stage. But how important is the site to UMD students? What shows and movies are we bingeing, and when are we choosing to watch? I took to campus this week to find out. Of course, there were the usual crowd favorites: long-running network hits like NBC’s “The Office” and CBS’s “Criminal Minds,” are often watched on repeat. These shows don’t need to be seen in chronological order; many students described taking breaks mid-season and starting up again wherever they chose. “Queer Eye” and “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” two Netflix Originals that came into prominence last year, also had a strong following among the students I spoke to.
The former, adapted from an early-2000s Bravo TV show, features a team of five gay men who use their combined lifestyle skills to make over a new straight man each episode. By contrast, “Patriot Act,” led by former “Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj, tackles politically tinged topics like immigration enforcement and affirmative action in a John Oliver-esque style. “I love Patriot Act,” said Ariane Sharifi, a freshman government and politics major. “It feels like I’m learning a lot about topics, but also...it kind of feels like I’m watching SNL.” The most unexpected finding from my interviews was a fascination for documentaries. “World War II In Colour,” “The Vietnam War,” and “Blue Planet II” were hailed by students for their editing and relevance to today’s society. “I think it’s pretty applicable, the lessons from The Vietnam War, in today’s day and age... especially with things like Afghanistan,” said freshman economics major Liam McCammon. Eric Tidd, a junior mechanical engineering major, praised “Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States,” a documentary series
photo by Netflix
that delves into somewhat obscure events in modern American history. “It’s kind of eye-opening, because every time you talk about history, you’re always talking about the facts that you’re told inside a history class,” Tidd explained. “Maybe there’s something else going on inside the world that we don’t necessarily recognize.” As much as we love watching Netflix, as college students, we’re busy. Our schedules are packed with courses, part-time jobs, extracurriculars and more. Most of the students I interviewed watched Netflix only on weekends, while others caught their favorite shows right before bed or in between classes. “[I watch] almost every day... in between my breaks from studying,” said Bernadette Santoso, a junior food science major. And when we finally get to watching the shows we’ve been waiting for all week, it becomes a social event. Julian Chiveral, a junior mathematics major, explained it this way: “I’m either watching with friends, or if I’m just by myself, I’m watching things that other people watch, so I can talk about it with them.”
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BOB DYLAN WROTE EVERY
THING by Vivian Alana Caesar
photo by Vivian Alana Caesar/UNWIND
alking into the University of Maryland’s broadcast service station WMUC, located above South Campus Diner, is like being transported to an underground club that only the cool kids in high school would’ve known about. From the massive chalked walls displaying multicolor promotionals for shows to the expansive record collection just beyond the narrow spiral staircase, it is a world of its own. Ruby Chervin, a senior government and politics major, is in her element as we walk through the doors of the studio to set up for her Monday afternoon show. The radio station, having just celebrated 70 years of WUMC, currently hosts a total of 130 shows over two channels and a station staff of 20. According to the WMUC website and General Manager Alexya Brown, the station is the only freeform radio station in the Washington DC/Baltimore area and one of the few freefrom college radio stations still operating in the United States. Chervin explained that the name of her show, “Bob Dylan Wrote Everything,” pays homage to one of her favorite artists and a conversation about music during her freshman year in which one of her friends exclaimed, quite literally, “we all know that Bob Dylan Wrote Everything!” She wanted a creative space in which she could talk about topics that
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are important to her, like human interest stories. Chervin uses her Monday slot to share her expansive indierock playlists and highlight local artists. During her more structured Wednesday afternoon broadcast, “I Have Feelings for Ira Glass,” based off of the hit radio program “This American Life” hosted by Glass, Chervin curates playlists to accompany the episode and topic at hand. Her favorite episodes to talk about are “specifically ones that David Sedaris has stories in,.” Chervin said. One of Chervin’s most recent broadcasts, and the one she says she is most proud of, revolved around First Amendment case law using a playlist ranging from the likes of Migos to the Avett Brothers. As she nears graduation, how does Chervin balance looking for jobs with a full course load and hosting not one, but two shows? For her, it’s as simple as, “this stuff makes me happy.” With all of the external stressors of life, she finds the radio station to be a reprieve from the chaos. Hosting the shows is not about attention or numbers for her, but about using the platform as a creative outlet and to build up a portfolio of broadcasts. Being a radio host is not Chervin’s focus for immediately after graduation, but it is something that she would be interested in pursuing somewhere
along the line. “It’s nice to have the shows saved in case I ever need to show someone my radio work,” Chervin said. Chervin spends a significant amount of time outside of the station planning her shows for the upcoming week, which can get stressful at times. But the freeform format of the shows and what Chervin calls a “welcoming community” makes it all the more enjoyable. Junior behavioral and community health major and WMUC General Manager Alexya Brown agrees that the community is very accepting. Alexya is proud to provide an “unmatched opportunity to broadcast on a platform that truly embraces a diverse programming lineup of different ideas and campus community experiences.” She says that the staff brings forth various skills in the fields of communication, production and news writing. Chervin is one of the many student broadcasters Alexya is speaking of who continues to bring stimulating and novel content to the airwaves each week. In the end, Chervin “just wants listeners to walk away knowing something that they didn’t before they tuned in.” U
Tryables Program at UMD Libraries by Fatemeh Paryavi
photos by Fatemeh Paryavi//UNWIND
he Tryables Program, at the University of Maryland Libraries, is part of the John and Stella Graves MakerSpace, which is a program designed to educate students on virtual reality and new technology. The program’s showcase includes technology such as the Microsoft HoloLens, Google’s Tango-supported phones, Microsoft Kinect and virtual reality video games Yitzhak Paul, library services specialist and co-creator of the Tryables program, said the goal of the program is to familiarize students with the virtual reality technologies that will play a role during their careers. “That’s my biggest thing: I want the campus community to understand that these things are coming, and that they should start thinking about it,” Paul said. “But I also want it so that when a potential employer plops, you know, a VR device on their table, this isn’t the first time they’re seeing it.” Paul believes that VR is the future, so the university should try to make the technology accessible to students the way books are–in a controlled environment. When selecting technology for the showcase, Paul and his team wanted electronics that were available, but not owned by most of the public, such as 3D printers. Although the technology is available for a seven-day lease
period , Paul said this is not set in stone. If students have a good academic reason, they may be able to lease the technology for longer. Heather Adair, a PhD student in analytic philosophy, reached out to Paul last semester regarding loaning VR equipment from MakerSpace, because she was fascinated by the dilemmas with these technologies. Another purpose of the showcase is for every student to try the technology and be inspired to integrate it into real-world scenarios. Eleanna Weissman, a sophomore criminal justice major, said one idea would be to make a virtual reality experience for prisoners who have not been outside in many years, so that they can ease into society after years of unfamiliarity with the world. “I’m interested to see if/how virtual reality might be utilized for rehabilitation purposes. I want to see how immersive the VR environment is in its current state and if it can be used to help reintegrate convicts into society so they’re more prepared,” Weiss said in an email.
Since the purpose of the MakerSpace is to help students become more familiar with new technology, one of Paul’s ideas is for students to think of “foldable phones” as the next big thing. “There’s some really neat looking phones that literally open up and fold. And so they basically turn a 6 inch phone into a 12 inch tablet.” After asking about how the casing would work for a foldable phone, Paul continued that “that’s what we want people thinking about, ok ‘how would I design a case for this?’” “That’s a great question for a business student, is: ‘How do I make a case?’ ‘How do I market that?’“ “For a computer science major, this thing would be like, ‘ok, how do I develop for a technology that has two different screen sizes?’” he added. “You know, so ‘how do I make a program go from this to this, when I do this?’” Paul envisions the program to go on as long as technology advances. He said that students may come in and use the technology during business hours and if they have an academic reason. The MakerSpace labs can be found on the second floor of McKeldin Library.
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UMD searches for new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion by Jalen Wade
he University of Maryland has been looking for applicants to fill the role of vice president of diversity and inclusion: a newly created position that the university has conducted a national search for to find the most qualified candidate. From late February to early March, candidates have been coming to campus to hold open forums in which they discuss their policies and what they hope to bring to the university. The search was narrowed down to four candidates. The decision making progress for the position was rigorous according to Taylor Greene, a junior family science major who works in the office of diversity and inclusion and was former president of its student association. Greene helped to narrow and decide on the pool of candidates. “I wanted someone who didn’t just look good on paper...but have clearly actually done the work and have some personal involvement,” Greene said. The first of these applicants was Enobong Hannah Branch — the chief diversity officer for the University of MassachusettsAmherst . While at UMass, Branch built its office of equity and inclusion from the group. Branch has been a force pushing for campus involvement for diversity and equity. In 2016, she launched a campus climate survey at UMass, which garnered a 41 percent response rate. She currently serves as the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation’s “ADVANCE Institutional Transformation” award to support the integration of equity into faculty advancement culture. The second of the candidates to come to campus was Katrina
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Wade-Golden. Golden is currently the deputy chief diversity officer at the University of Michigan. Golden’s priority is having a strong alliance between the student body and administration. Golden seeks to collaborate with student groups such as the RHA to see what works and what doesn’t work. “I am not the diversity police,” Golden said. “Things will not change on a dime and I will not be policing in that way. It’s about building collaborations, partnerships and relationships.” Students at Golden’s forum liked what she brought to the table. “I absolutely loved her. She brought something that you don’t really hear often,” said Herbert Broadwater, a senior government and politics major. “She was very personal, she was very real.” The third of the candidates was Georgina Dodge. Dodge is currently the chief diversity officer and the associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion at Bucknell University. She has been overlooking campus-wide initiatives at Bucknell, such as the institution’s five-year diversity plan. Prior to Bucknell, Dodge was the chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at the University of Iowa. Dodge seeks to get to the root of the problems concerning diversity. “Things have been done without people understanding why and that leads to a lot of frustration,” Dodge said. Greene found Ms. Ford intriguing, but is waiting to see the other candidates before she decides on a favorite. “She’s interesting. I want to meet all of them to see them fully and so that I can weigh the pros and cons of them so that I can see the best fit,” Greene said. The final candidate was
Cynthia Edmunds. Edmunds is a member of this university’s staff and has served twice as the school’s interim chief diversity officer. Since taking her position, Edmunds has been dedicated to creating dialogues on campus regarding the importance of diversity and inclusion. With over 25 years of working within higher education, Edmunds described herself as someone who “dares greatly” — meaning she is not afraid of taking risks. Edmunds seeks a broad vision of inclusion on campus. She collaborates with equity administrators in each college to advise in fair and honest employment searches. Edmunds is also the main confidential resource for staff when they experience conflict within the workplace. She has been making strides to improve diversity and inclusion on campus throughout her time at the university. “We’ve had a lot of focus on diversity but not much on inclusion,” Edmunds said. Her goal is to make diversity a campus wide initiative. “This is not just a problem that just [the diversity and inclusion office] can fix,” Edmund said. “Where do you see yourself in this? We have to be able to start talking about how people themselves as a part of diversity and inclusion.” Students who listened to Edmunds enjoyed her. Sam Levin, a senior journalism major, felt Edmunds ha met the qualifications for an ideal candidate in the position. “They need experience, which she has a ton of, and also a connection with the campus, which she has built with her time on campus,” Levin said. A decision has not yet been made at this time for which candidate will be selected. It hasn’t been announced when one will be reached. U
Should college students own dogs?
by Maristela Romero
elf-care is difficult enough to balance amongst assignment deadlines and social activities. For some students, living with a dog can be a source of comfort for those that may or may not need emotional support, while to others it may just add to the frenzy of a busy schedule. For Elonna Jones, a junior government and politics major who juggles the responsibilities of being a resident assistant, mock trial team captain and activism chair of the NAACP, coming home to her dog, Xena, feels like a warm welcome. But on hectic days, Jones admitted that looking after her furry companion was difficult to do especially when her workload forces her to stay glued to her desk. “Yesterday, I was doing a paper all night, ” Jones said. “But I knew she needed to go for a walk. So what did I do? I walked her at 2 o’clock in the morning.” Xena has been Jones’ personal dog for nine years and her emotional support dog for about two weeks, so adjusting to a daily routine was an easier transition. “It’s like a person or a baby that gets taken care of,” Jones said. “It’s
photo by Sarah Sopher/UNWIND
all about making time even if you don’t have it.” Though time management is a considerable issue, she would not recommend owning a dog to busy students with little experience and smaller living spaces. As a person whose family has had 13 dogs throughout her lifetime, junior journalism major Sarah Sopher is well-equipped to take care of Dash while living in a more spacious apartment at Terrapin Row. Dash was rescued from an abandoned apartment with four other dogs who were named after characters from the Incredibles. “He got Dash, which is lucky because if he got Elastigirl he would not be keeping that,” Sopher said. She also said she was grateful to have adopted a tame dog, as she rarely feels pressured to reduce her study hours for more playtime. Sopher dedicates an hour each day to make sure Dash gets his exercise. His daily activities consist of playing with his favorite alligator toy and napping on Sopher’s bed. “[If] dogs make you happy, and that’s what helps you and you’re sure you can manage it,” Sopher
said. “Getting a dog has definitely changed my school experience.” First time dog owner Michelle Zheng shares her apartment at The Domain with a three-monthold Pomeranian pup Luna and a pug named Gus. “It was kind of like an impulse buy...but it’s also because I’ve been wanting a dog for a long time,” Zheng said. The simultaneous challenges of learning the ropes as a new dog owner and completing her schoolwork are worthwhile because “having a dog makes a person happy.” The senior studio art major is currently potty training both puppies and calls her pomeranian a “spoiled brat.” Before thinking about bringing a dog into the picture, students must remain mindful of how much time they have on their hands to take care of themselves as well as another living creature, while also being conscious of having adequate living space. If those items can be ticked off the checklist, living with a dog can be gratifying despite the added responsibility. U March 2019 | COMMUNITY
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Between exams and paychecks, students find time for swords and spells
by Alexander Tuerk
by Alexander Tuerk
he wizard creeps down the dungeon hallway, torch in hand. Light flickers off the stone walls and dirty puddles, footsteps echoing. She approaches a corner. Suddenly, the wizard stops dead in her tracks. “I want to sneak up and peek around the corner,” the wizard’s player says. “Roll a Stealth check,” the Dungeon Master says. A 20-sided die will determine whether the wizard’s Dexterity is enough to silently survey the adjoining hallway for threats. The die is cast. A four comes up. “Your wizard stumbles on a loose flagstone, tripping forward past the corner in sight of two pointy-nosed goblins. They turn around, as - ” The Dungeon Master’s phone rumbles, disrupting this evening’s game of Dungeons and Dragons. “Hold on, my exam grade just got posted.” Stories like these play out every week at the university, as students set aside their time and form groups to sit down and play the pen-and-paper roleplaying game. These scholars-turned-adventurers balance the demands of work and school with the love for fantastical worlds and homespun stories. “It’s the main way me and my friends hang out now,” senior journalism and creative writing major Zach Phillips said. “We set aside 4-5 hours to sit around a table with unhealthy snacks, dice, and plastic toys and play a collective game together that takes place in our imagination.” First published in 1974, Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D, presents a simple
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framework of rules that dictate how players explore and fight their way through perilous landscapes. Dice are rolled and compared to the sheets with the characters’ values for Wisdom, Strength, and so on. Most players act as their invented personas, but one player is the Dungeon Master, or DM, responsible for providing exposition, crafting a narrative and running the game. Some keep the game entirely in their mind’s eye; others set out grid maps and miniatures to represent heroes and monsters. The rest - the sagas, the tearful goodbyes and glorious victories - is entirely up to the players’ imagination and the DM’s guiding hand. “There is a lot of things I will never get to do, but seeing my players do those things and truly enjoy themselves makes it all worth it,” said senior computer science major Ryan Kendig, DM for Phillips’ group. “I get to write backstories, create lore, organize encounters, move the pieces and pawns of the world they are in however I see fit.” For students like Kendig and Phillips, their D&D sessions come regularly, premeditated and meticulous - for others, like junior Jules Allbritton-King, they are few and far between, as he juggles bioengineering and casting spells. Despite the long lulls between games, Allbritton-King still recalls his favorite moments from his campaigns. The worst roll he ever had, he said, was the last roll of his beloved warlock’s life, and the end of his first fulllength D&D campaign.
Kendig said. Whether it be for momentous glory, an evening of laughs and snacks, or just a brief reprieve from Elms notifications and practice problems, each player said they put in the time because they simply love the game. They said they love the freedom of being someone else, the bonding after surviving a dungeon stocked with traps, the stories they tell together. “When I have the opportunity to play it’s a great way to flex your imagination, have some laughs, and get immersed in the story for a few hours,” AllbrittonKing said. Phillips said it was the visceral experience of playing, “the world of the game and here, where we can see each other and react to what happens as ourselves.” As for the aforementioned wizard in that dungeon, scrambling to her feet after failing her Stealth check? The DM, putting their phone down, continues the wizard’s tale. “One goblin makes a mad dash away from her down the dank corridor, as if to call for help; the other, dagger in hand, charges towards her. What do you do?” “I think I’d try to quickly cast some fireballs on the goblin that’s going to call down the corridor,” Phillips said. “I’ll charge the incoming goblin with my shield and try to knock it off it’s feet before I wrestle the dagger away from it,” “After making our way through a series of catacombs deep Allbritton-King said. into the lair of an ancient lich,” Allbritton-King said, referencing “Can I roll to persuade them that I’m an undead wizard called a lich, “I ended up rolling a 1 for an Agility just the crypt janitor and will be out of check to vault over a stone altar and make my way to the their hair in a jiffy?” Kendig said. U escape portal. “Instead, I ended up falling onto the altar, where I was promptly blasted to ashes by a fireball from the lich.” TROLLS, BARbARIANS AND Kendig and Phillips both quoted the death of Erdan, a halfROGUES... elf sorcerer, as the worst roll of their campaign. “The party had just finished a fierce and epic battle with the main villain and were beaten and bruised but relieved at their success,” Kendig said. “One character decided to investigate a statue in the room, which turned out to be a trigger for a trap that brought the whole room caving in.” Phillips’ character, a bard named Tulio, was close allies with Erdan. “I remember my buddy Kevin turning to us after our DM told us the damage we had taken from the cave and him saying, ‘So, Erdan is dead.’” Phillips said that the experience of losing a fictional character locked in the minds of only five people was crushing yet fascinating, their grief limited to the confines of the table. Even Kendig said he grieved for Erdan - entirely unexpected, even for the DM. “I may think I know what they are gonna do or how they are gonna react, and it’s the moments where I am horribly wrong photos by Alexander Tuerk/UNWIND that are the most epic, memorable, and make me proud,” March 2019 | COMMUNITY 15
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With the celtic symbol for father-daughter sitting on the back of her right shoulder, Skylar Johnson, a sophomore criminology and criminal justice major, and her father decided to finally get matching tattoos that represent their close relationship. The second her father asked her about it, Johnson was already on board. “It’s like having my best friend sitting on my shoulder every day and I could not love it more,” said Johnson.
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After getting his heart broken in high school, Daniel Zhang, a freshman neurobiology and physiology major, got the phrase “head up, love” from the song “Stubborn Love” by the Lumineers tattooed on his left thigh. “I interpreted it as forgive and forget, be positive, and always show love and kindness to others even when they may not deserve it,” said Zhang.
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Showcasing a small sun on her left ankle, Emily Mountain, a sophomore secondary math education major, got this tattoo to remind herself “to find the good in every situation because it’s always there even when it’s a little harder to see.” As a firm believer that perspective directly correlates with satisfaction in life, Mountain uses the tattoo to help get her through the hard, negative times in life and focus on the joyous, positive experiences.
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As a spontaneous decision to start off her college experience, Amanda Baker, a sophomore psychology major, went to the tattoo parlor with her brother and decided to get a panda on the back of her left shoulder. “The panda symbolizes my nickname when I was a child and it is a nice reminder that no matter where I am, my brother is always with me,” said Baker.
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Caleb Boyd, a freshman bioengineering major, always lives in the moment and got an hourglass tattoo on his left thigh to symbolize it. “By only thinking about the present, I stay level headed because I’m not always worrying about the future.”
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After continuously finding peace from looking out at the mountains, Jordan Plotkin, a sophomore environmental science and policy major, got the landform tattooed on the inside of her right foot. She was inspired to get the tattoo after spending the summer in Vermont surrounded by large, green mountains and found the ink as a way to express herself.
Every tattoo has a story. From an impulsive decision to a meaningful tribute, the way people mark their bodies shares their journey. At the University of Maryland, the meanings behind students tattoos range from honoring a tough time in their lives to a spontaneous decision they made with their friends.
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International Women’s Day brings all-female lineup to MilkBoy ArtHouse by Nicole Noechel
nternational Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and calls for an end to gender disparity. People throughout the world celebrate this holiday by hosting political rallies, business conferences, networking events, women’s craft markets, parades and more. In honor of International Women’s Day, MilkBoy Arthouse, located on Route One, hosted an all-female lineup of musical artists. According to the event’s Facebook page, “MilkGirl” aimed to “celebrate the achievements and strides that women have made in the music industry with the hopes to inspire more to fulfill their dreams.” University of Maryland students Meagan Griffith, a junior information science and linguistics major, and Jenna Erdogan, a senior hearing and speech sciences major, opened the show with a mixture of original songs and covers. The duo both work at Terrapin Record Label, and the crowd cheered as they watched fellow Terps rock out on stage. A soul collective from the DMV focused on gender expression, Black Folks Don’t Swim?, played next, followed by alt-rock girl group The OSYX and Nalani & Sarina, twin sisters from New Jersey whose style blends traditional soul-rock and modern pop. Sahara Mokhtari, a junior biology major, headlined the show with upbeat and catchy pop songs. Regarded as a “College Park favorite” in her introduction, Mokhtari had the audience dancing and singing along, even at 11:30 p.m. All ticket sales from the show benefitted non-profit organization Girls Behind The Rock Show, according to senior communications major Kristina London, MilkBoy’s marketing coordinator. This organization aims to offer internships and
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scholarships to college-aged girls who want to pursue careers in the music industry. “Girls Behind the Rock Show was the perfect charity for this cause,” London said. “They work tirelessly to help empower and advance women.” London, who planned and ran the event, noticed that Milkboy typically has male-only artists perform and wanted to give female artists a chance to shine. “I did the math...95 percent of performers are male out of the hundreds of shows that we put on,” she said. “As a musician myself, I found it interesting that women weren’t as likely to start their own bands, so I thought a night of some rocking female musicians could inspire other girls to chase their dreams, whether they’re music related or not.”
According to London, MilkBoy plans to host MilkGirl events annually in the future. “This was definitely one of our most popular events, sitting up there with Drake Bell and Bas. I’m so excited that MilkBoy ArtHouse got to host such incredible talent,” she said. OSYX member and University of Maryland alumna Ara Casey was excited to return to College Park and support the plethora of female performers. “Playing with women is amazing. There’s so many talented people, not just women but nonbinary folk, in the D.C. area,” she said. “The allies and the women on the scene are so incredibly supportive, we’ve actually been able to build really diverse lineups...and it’s also been really empowering.” Members of The OSYX recently created a label to promote women and gender diverse artists, This Could Go Boom! The label is designed to give a voice to those who might otherwise be marginalized.
“Everything is designed for the male gaze and the male ear, so any kind of art from a female perspective comes from a different place because a woman experiences the world differently,” said Casey. “Trans people experience [art] differently. People of color experience it differently. It’s important because those narratives need to be told.” U
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H E A LT H Y SNACKS TO GET YOU THROUGH MIDTERMS by Sophia Sorensen
f there’s one thing that college students do a lot, it’s snacking. Everyone needs a little something extra to keep them going between classes or during a long night of studying, but the snacks you choose usually aren’t great for your body, and can leave you lethargic after the sugar crash hits. That’s why it’s important to snack healthily, so you get short-term energy without sacrificing long-term health. Here are some healthy snack swaps you can make that’ll keep you going strong through whatever the semester throws at you. Remember, having the occasional sweet or salty treat isn’t bad for you, so feel free to enjoy a chocolate bar or some chips as a reward for writing an A+ paper. But, for daily snack options that’ll keep you fueled through a long day of classes, consider making a simple swap!
Swap bagged popcorn for homemade microwave popcorn Instead of buying microwave popcorn bags, try switching to containers of popcorn kernels and microwaving them in a container or brown paper bag. This is a pretty simple switch, but by cutting out the cost of individual packaging, as well as the artificial flavoring, you can do your wallet and your body a big favor. Another bonus is the amount of control you have over taste. You can go the traditional route of just pouring melted butter over everything once it’s done, mix the uncooked kernels with olive oil and salt for some healthy fats, or throw in whatever you have and try something new.
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Swap potato chips for vegetable chips Chips can be a great stress food. They’re crunchy, high in salt and fat, and the packaging makes them easy to just grab and go. Unfortunately, they’re generally pretty bad for you, so if you want something healthy with all the craving-satisfaction and convenience of potato chips, switch for vegetable or fruit chips. You can buy them packaged, but if you’ve got time on your hands, or you’re trying to avoid preservatives, you can make your own veggie or fruit chips with an oven or microwave.
Swap baked goods for fruit If you’re trying to appease your sweet tooth while staying healthy, fruit is the way to go. It’s just as sweet as a brownie, and it’s jam packed full of vitamins and nutrients to help you get through the day. Dried fruit is a great option if you need something sweet on-the-go, especially if you get some without the additional sugary coating.
Swap a chocolate bar for a granola bar Instead of grabbing chocolate, try granola bars instead. It’s important to remember that some granola bars are so packed full of chocolate and sugar that they’re barely better than candy, but it’s easy to pick out some healthier options with the nutritional information. Granola bars are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without filling up on sugar: the oats make them a good source of fiber, storing them isn’t an issue, and they’re super easy to just throw into your backpack for whenever hunger strikes.
Swap crackers for nuts If you want something savory and crunchy, nuts are a great healthy option. They’re full of protein and healthy fats, and they’re super convenient if you’re in a hurry. The only thing to keep in mind is that nuts can have high calorie contents, so if that’s something you’re concerned about, stick to smaller portions.
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Exercising Both Body and Mind: A Look Into UMD’s Calisthenics Club by Jonathan Tercasio
n a typical day at La Plata Beach, the University of Maryland’s Calisthenics Club begins its practices with a routine sensical to anyone who knows anything about body movement--stretching. But during this process, members of the club are not simply loosening their muscles. The sound of laughter and chatter permeates the small, tight-knit c ircle of trainees. Such tranquility, however, is soon interrupted by the club’s main agenda for the day: a short handstand workshop, along with a chest and abs workout. Commonly referred to as training that involves body-weight exercises, calisthenics owes its appeal to its adaptability. Trainees can improve their strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic conditioning through basic, convenient exercises. Physical fitness isn’t the only benefit of training in calisthenics, though. “At a certain point,” said Sagar Desai, the club’s vice president and a sophomore finance and agriculture & resource economics double major, “these exercises no longer become about strength; it’s about how much commitment you have.” His prime example of the combination of mental and physical strength was a muscle-up, which consists of a radial pull-up followed by a dip. The same logic can be applied to other skills too, such as a backflip or handstand. Being committed to “overcoming those mental barriers,” as Desai put it, is the essence of calisthenics. “Seeing people progress is what we’re all about,” said the club’s president, Robert Calkins, a sophomore computer engineering major. “I’ve watched a member go from struggling with a single muscle-up to being
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able to do ten, and it was really cool to watch that kind of progress.” Nonetheless, the club provides its members with much more than a chance to develop physical and mental fortitude. When asked about his favorite aspect of the club, Noah Briquelet Miller, a freshman computer science major, answered with enthusiasm. “I definitely feel a sense of community, having people to workout with every week,” he said. “And I love to be outside--especially when it’s nice out and we’re able to throw some gymnastics rings on the trees.” Sophomore chemical engineering major Sarah Tipton also treats the club like a community. “When I first joined as a freshman, I realized that a lot of the club’s members were also chemical engineering majors,” she said. “Even the dean of the chemical engineering department worked out with us a few times.” But Tipton doesn’t just use the club for networking; she sees the group environment as a fantastic way “to stay accountable with friends, watch everybody improve and overall just have a great time.” U
“At a certain point . . . these exercises no longer become about strength; it’s about how much commitment you have.”
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by Hannah Fields
was stressed. My classes, homework and extracurriculars were all weighing heavy on my shoulders and mind, and frankly, I was ready to go to sleep. Instead of laying on my bed, I chose to lay on a yoga mat for 55 minutes by attending the yoga beginner class at Ritchie Coliseum. Yoga is one of the 13 different types of fitness classes that University of Maryland Recreation and Wellness offers for free to students. The 8:30 p.m. class led by June Solow, a second-year fitness instructor, was the epitome of relaxation. When I walked into the slightly dark room with calming music playing in the background, I immediately felt my stress lessen. Solow started the class by asking each person for their name and how they were physically feeling, as well as having everyone set an intention for the class, like a feeling they wanted to have by the end of the session. I chose “relaxation” as mine and was not disappointed. Solow, a senior public health major, teaches a variety of special yoga events— “full moon yoga,” outdoor yoga, paddleboard yoga in the pool, etc.— but she had never done any yoga before coming to UMD Group Fitness classes as a student. “I just really like offering it because it’s free,” Solow said. “That’s the only way that college kids are going to go to group fitness classes, so I like offering that to people who otherwise probably wouldn’t get that kind of exercise.” Her favorite class to teach is yoga restore and meditate, which is one of the newest Group Fitness classes RecWell offers to students. “I think it really offers space for people to start to practice meditation,” Solow said. Sara Fleischer, a junior marketing and management major, and Erica Weiss, a junior government and politics major, don’t regularly come to yoga or Group Fitness classes but enjoyed the destressing session. “It’s really relaxing, especially to have after a long day of classes,” Weiss said. For challenging workouts, though, Fleischer and Weiss plan to utilize some of the more physically demanding Group Fitness classes. “I used to do Zumba a lot, and we’re also planning on going to body pump this week,” Fleischer said.
Body pump, according to RecWell’s description, is a class designed to strengthen all muscle groups using barbells for lifts, curls, presses and squats. I did not attend any body pump class but instead chose to go to HITT, or High Intensity Interval Training— emphasis on intensity. This class was fast, challenging and pushed me to my limits. The 45-minute session began at 4:30 p.m. in the Eppley Recreation Center and started with a fairly easy cardio warm up but quickly picked up intensity. The instructor, Sarah Grace, is a Group Fitness supervisor for RecWell and throughout the class, she was always motivating people to keep pushing. The class covered a little bit of everything. We started with jump roping, planking and doing burpees, and slowly more exercises like mountain climbers and jump squats were added into the mix. In other words, it got harder as the time passed, and my muscles became more and more fatigued. “She’s really intense,” said Dana Cohen, a senior broadcast journalism major, in reference to Grace. And I concurred. Once we were done with the first set of exercises, we moved onto Tabata training, a form of HIIT training. Then, the class split in half to alternate doing broad jump squats or sprints, then a side shuffle or walking plank. All were challenging. It was Cohen’s first time taking a class with Grace, and she admitted that the workout was so demanding at times that she had to take a break. “Having a trainer push you and motivate you,” Cohen said,“I prefer it way more than doing it on my own.” After experiencing both extreme relaxation and extreme intensity, I can honestly say that I enjoyed both, but for very different reasons. The yoga class was just what I needed after a busy day, while the HIIT class pushed me to my limits but left me feeling motivated after. Both were free and fun to experience, and who knows, I may even become a Group Fitness regular in the future. U March 2019 | HEALTH