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


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

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

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

Yet there’s nothing there for us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus deer population thinned over Winter break


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

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

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

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

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

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

Humans Vs. Zombies season begins at Goucher

"Sophomore Jack Swallow leads a charge of students participating in a Capture The Flag version of Humans Vs. Zombies Saturday, September 25, 2010. Humans Vs. Zombies, which originated at Goucher, has grown in popularity and is played on college campuses throughout the country."

It’s strange how the most incredible opportunities come your way when you least expect them to.

Two weeks ago, I was sitting in The Quindecim office writing an article for our second issue. I took one of my regular Facebook distraction breaks, and to my surprise, I realized I had received a message from The New York Times.

The Times publishes an “Education Life” section four times a year. For this year’s November Issue, they’re planning to highlight the various types of games that are played on college campuses around the country. They’d like to include information about Humans Vs. Zombies, an exaggerated version of tag that includes Nerf guns and rolled up socks. Because the game was founded at Goucher, they contacted me, as the Photography Editor of the student newspaper, in hopes of finding photographs to use.

I had shot Humans Vs. Zombies before, but I wasn’t too pleased with what I had. Luckily, a game of Capture The Flag was scheduled for the following week, so I shot that game.

I sent them 20 of my best images from the day. If they decide to use them, I’ll be credited as a freelancer for The New York Times, and I’ll be paid a freelance photographer fee.

Here’s hoping to be published in one of the world’s most renowned newspapers before graduating college!