The Semi-Colon Movement

A semicolon is used when a writer wants to continue a sentence. A semicolon means that a sentence could have ended, but the writer chose to extend that. The semicolon has also become a symbol for continuing on with your life. Many of you have probably have seen people with this punctuation on their wrists or have seen a table downstairs in Hodson offering to imprint the symbol on your wrist. Semicolons are used as a symbol of hope for those who self-harm, are depressed, suicidal or unhappy with their lives; it is a reminder to continue with your life no matter what, because things do get better. You probably first saw them during Suicide Prevention day this past month, but that doesn’t mean they’ll go away. Even those who haven’t felt unhappy or depressed, still wear them in order to support the ones that do. The semicolon is not a trend that will just fade, it is a movement to provide awareness and give support to those that need it. Help someone realize that his/her story isn’t over yet.

Ben Cooper

Staff Writer

Photo sources:

http://www.tumblr.com/search/semicolon%20project

http://semicolonproject416.tumblr.com

http://sacenatividad.tumblr.com/post/48339049675/dream-tattoos-im-kinda-late-for-the-semicolon

The Farmer’s Market

The Chestertown Farmer’s Market is an event that everyone should experience during his or her time at WAC! It’s a wonderful venue filled with many local goods and has everything from fresh foods to glassware. The Farmer’s Market is every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. till noon and is located in Fountain Park. So as you wake up and think about getting Dunkin Donuts coffee, stop by the Farmers Market and check it out! If you’re looking for fresh vegetables and homemade baked goods you are definitely going to be satisfied. Or if you’re feeling artsy, check out the pottery and handmade scarves! You’ll always be entertained because there is live music like guitar playing or even acappella groups. Do you miss your dog? Well the farmers market is always filled with the locals’ dogs, which are very friendly and love the attention. The Farmers Market is a great place to get unique and meaningful gifts for friends and family without spending a lot of money. So head on down this Saturday and see for yourself what the Farmers Market has to offer!

Brooke Harig

Staff Photographer

Washington College’s Chesapeake Semester

Each fall, a group of students do an interdisciplinary study in the Chesapeake Bay. For four courses, the entire semester is looked at through the aspect of the Chesapeake Bay, either through natural sciences, social sciences, or humanity courses plus a fourth course that integrates all four. The Chesapeake Semester allows students to get an infield experience, giving them an up close and personal connection with the estuary. This course gives the students the opportunity to explore all around the area either through nature, waterways, or animal life. Here is a 40 minute documentary about this amazing and unique course: http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/ces/details/news_centers.php?id=287

This a course that allows students to experience something that can be considered a once in a lifetime event, that is not usually offered at many other schools. Listen to what students have to say about this amazing experience:

http://www.washcoll.edu/live/news/898-students-comments-on-the-chesapeake-semester

Ben Cooper

Staff Writer

A Look Back at Last Weekend’s Cardboard Boat Regatta

Captain Taylor Frey with Ship Happens II

Captain Taylor Frey with Ship Happens II

The Cardboard Boat Regatta at the Waterfront Festival has been a tradition for WAC for eight years now and it keeps getting better. Fun to watch and to participate in, this cardboard boat race never fails to interest students, faculty, and even the locals! Being a freshman, I did not know much about this event, and hearing all the hype, I was excited to check it out. It was an interesting sight to see with the numerous uniquely designed boats and creative structures. Personally, I liked the “Lettuce, Turnip the Beat,” but they were all good. It was intriguing to see whose boat would sink first, crumble at first touch and especially who would win. Still interested after the race, I got to talk to one of the boat’s captains, Taylor Frey. Second year as captain, he manned “Ship Happens II: Row v Wave,” whose team won the Most Spirted Award and came in fourth, “Being second year as captain, I wish we did as well as last year—we came in second—but with a redesigning of the boat it’ll be better next year.” He also told me what it was like to be captain, “It is different for every crew, but I got to be in charge of the boat construction, design, and organization. It is nothing special really, the boat is a group effort, especially in rowing.” I’m really excited to see what he and everyone else has in store for next year!

Ben Cooper

Staff Writer

Community Service: Club Edition

communityserviceAs a club president, I understand the obstacles that may arise when trying to figure out how your club is going to obtain the SGA required community service hours. Should you organize an event that benefits a charity? Should you volunteer somewhere? And when you do decide to organize an event or volunteer, where do you begin? I mean Chestertown isn’t the biggest place where such opportunities are over-abundant. So where do you start? Well, I have for you a few suggestions that may hopefully lead you on the right track. If your club decides to organize an event to help raise money for a charity, always pick what charity you are going to donate to first! (The people investing their time and money into your event would like to know where it is going.) There are a wide variety of charities that you can donate to that do not have to be in Chestertown specifically. For example, this past weekend Phi Delta Theta’s held their annual crab feast in which everyone had to buy a ticket to attend. The proceeds that they raised went towards ALS research. Also, another important thing to remember is that it doesn’t matter how much you raise. Every little bit counts! However, what if you want to volunteer somewhere? Well, here are some examples within Chestertown that may be of interest to you: The Humane Society, Heron Point, Kent County Food Pantry, and Women in Need (there are many more of course). You can even partner up with the community to hold your charitable event like the Kappa Sigmas are doing this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Emmanuel Church in Chestertown (all of their proceeds go to Military Heroes Campaign and Prostate Cancer Research). So do not despair! There are many options out there for you and your club to complete your community service so let’s go out and help our community!

Kayla Kyle

Thy Humble Leaf

Photo Source: http://www.theprospect.net/the-beginners-guide-to-service-clubs-16717