Flu Season is Here

flu season ahead.jpgWith the weather changing and the workload increasing this is a prim time for people to get sick. We live in very crowded conditions, are in classes with lots of different people, and have meals in a very high area, so the transference of germs is inevitable. Not only do we live in these conditions but also our immune systems are also probably not as strong as they could be. Late nights studying and Ramen for every meal are probably not helping your body stay strong. Luckily for the students here a Washington College, Health Services is open to help us out. They can run tests for Strep and other illnesses as well as prescribe medicine to help you get better. Just call and make an appointment at 410-778-7261 and they will see you as soon as they can, and check out their website  for more information.

If you do not like going to Health Service all the time then here are some tips to staying healthy!

  • Wash your hands! – Wash them after class, before and after meals, and any time you were in a public place. Carry some hand sanitizer with you for ease!
  • Take Vitamins – As college students it’s hard to eat all the necessary things. Get a multi vitamin to help get you the nutrients you are missing.
  • Eat better – Try to eat fruits and vegetables! And make sure to eat a well-rounded meal and not just pizza all the time.
  • Get some sleep – Stop staying up until 3am watching Netflix. Get as much sleep as you can!
  • Sanitize your living space – If you are living with roommates or housemates there are probably a lot of germs. If you sanitize they main areas it will help prevent the spread of germs and keep you healthy.
  • Drink water – Drinking water is always a good idea and can help keep you feeling your best.


Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo Source:http://www.eiu.edu/herc/images/flu%20season%20ahead.jpg


Meet Caitlyn!

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Year: Senior (graduating in December)unspecified-1.jpeg

Position: Student Life section editor

Previous positions held: Staff writer

Other jobs: I work at the Lit House, I’m a copyeditor for The Collegian, and I’m a Website Communications assistant for Admissions.

Major: English with creative writing minor

Favorite story you have done for the elm: http://elm.washcoll.edu/index.php/2015/04/pups-compete-to-benefit-the-humane-society/

Hardest thing about your position: It’s hard to sell Student Life to new writers. Although it is a very fun section to write for, it is hard to describe. It is a medley of different things; although it is most similar to News, it is not News… It focuses more on human interest and feature pieces.

What do you like to do in your free time? I’m a big consumer of stories. I like to read and watch a lot of TV, shows, and movies.

Favorite food: Highly dependent on my mood, but I love Italian and Chinese food. Also, anything with sugar.

Favorite thing about WAC: I love that everyone is really passionate about what they do.

If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be? J.K. Rowling.

Cats or dogs? Dogs, but really any animal that can be loved.


Queen of the Roses 5K


The sister of AOII get together after last year’s successful 5k 

The 9th annual Queen of the Roses 5K is this weekend. Come join the sisters of AOII as they raise money for a scholarship in honor of Jasmine Queen, a sister who passed away in 2008. Jasmine was very active at Washington College and was a member of the Softball team and Cleopatra’s Sisters. Every year the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi, alumni, students, and residents of Chestertown come out to honor her memory. This year’s event will take place on Sunday October 2nd and registration starts at 10am with a race beginning at 11am. You can walk or run and there are opportunities to get prizes for the fastest times. This year’s 5K will also be Harry Potter themed, so dress in your best costume for a chance to win the Golden Snitch.

You can register at the AOII table in Hodson until Friday evening. If you miss that you can also register the day of the race or online at trisports.com.

So come out have some fun and support the memory of a great woman. This is a great event for a great cause!


Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo by Ali Panchisin

Attention Wizards, Witches, and Muggles!

Unknown.jpegThe Chestertown Harry Potter Festival Starts this Friday! It’s time for all you Harry Potter lovers to put on your robs and have some fun. This weekend will be filled with events that will be like transporting you into the wizarding world through a portkey. Even if you are not the biggest fan of the Harry Potter series you can still have a lot of fun. Chestertown will transform before your eyes as local shops, like Bloomin’ Wild, become part of the Harry Potter World. This event is very important to the town and a lot of work goes into it. So make sure you come out this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, to show your support and have some fun!

The Harry Potter Festival has free and ticketed events so the broke college kids do not have to worry! The first event starts Friday at 4:30 with a book discussion at the Bookplate and ends Sunday with the final rounds of the Quidditch tournament until 5pm in Wilmer Park.

This is a great festival to enjoy with you friends so make sure to check it out. A full list of times and events are found here at the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival Harry Potter Festival website. Make a trip downtown to enjoy the festival this weekend; no matter if you’re a muggle or a wizard, all are welcome!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo Source:http://chestertownhpfest.org

Meet Cat!

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Year: Senior

Position: Editor-in-Chief

Previous positions held: News Editor for two years, Reporter for one year

Other jobs: Layout Editor for The Collegian, Student Writer for College Relations, Screener for Cherry Tree, Member of Gibson Crew

Major: English

Favorite story you have done for the elm: The most professional article I’ve ever done was probably when I got a chance to interview President Bair in her first few weeks in office. She agreed to speak with The Elm before she spoke with any other local papers, which was very exciting. The goofiest was the one week I served as the goose of “A Goose & a Gander” and wrote about all the weird people I’ve encountered on Tinder.

Hardest thing about your position: Juggling many sections at once. Every section of the Elm is important and I want them to feel that I am giving them the resources and attention they need.

What do you like to do in your free time? Read, play The Sims, do yoga, drink gin & tonics, and watch makeup tutorials.

Favorite food: Pasta with tomato cream sauce

Favorite thing about WAC: Getting to hang out with so many smart, fun, and interesting people every day.

If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be? And where would you go? I’d go for lunch with Florence Welch. I’m sure she’d have better restaurant recommendations than me.

Cats or dogs? Cats, obviously

Anything else you want people to know about you!

In high school, I drove a van painted like the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo.


As the Editor-in-Cheif Cat has a very important role, and she does her job very well while also juggling all of her other jobs! Thank you Cat for all of the hard work you put in!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo by Catalina Righter

River Fest, Crab Feast, Cornhole, and More!


George is ready for Fall Family Weekend!

Thank goodness it is Friday! After you finish your classes today you can officially start your weekend, which is going to be jam-packed with events. Fall Family Weekend is always a great time even if your family doesn’t come to visit. The list of events will keep every one very busy and entertained. So you do not miss out on any of the fun here is a list of events to look forward to!

Start the night off right with a movie in the Goose Nest hosted by SEB. “Finding Dory” will be playing at 8pm so bring your friends to enjoy the show. There will be free popcorn, candy, and drinks!

River Fest starts at 11am on Saturday! There will be a number of events at Wilmer Park all day long.

  • Kayak and canoe sprints start at 11:15 and offer crazy trophies for the winners. There are different age groups and heats so sign up early here if you want to show your stuff!
  • Historical Kayak tours are 90 minutes long and look at the changed Chester River shoreline.
  • Cardboard Boat Race starts at 3pm and is a great event. Watch teams try to make their way across the river in a cardboard boat that they have constructed themselves. For more information go here!

For more information about River Fest and to learn about other events check out their website.

Phi Delta Theta’s annual Crab Feast starts at 4pm at the Turslow Boat House. Bring your family to enjoy all you can eat crabs, burgers, hotdogs, and drinks. The proceeds from this event be donated to the ALS association which researches cures for Lou Gehrig’s disease. So come hang out with the Phi Delts for some great food and a great time.

Sunday at 1:30pm join the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega for an afternoon full of Cornhole and fun! Prizes will be given to the winners! All proceeds will be donated to the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. Come enjoy the fall weather and some great food while your “Cornhole for a Cause!”

Have a great weekend!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo by Brooke Harig

Meet Cristin!

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Year: senior

Position: Business Manager

Previous positions held: Business manager (2015-16), lifestyle staff writer (spring 2015)

Other jobs: Photographer for business management department, student worker for sports communications, and barn worker at Worthmore Equestrian Center

Major: Business Management

Minor: Economics and Marketing

Hardest thing about your position: Waiting for advertisers to send you the advertisements

What do you like to do in your free time? Ride horses, photography

Favorite food: Chipotle

Favorite thing about WAC: The town and my friends

Cats or dogs? Dogs

Working behind the scenes, Cristin does a lot of for The Elm. Without her, advertisements would not be put in paper and The Elm would not get income!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo courtesy of Cristin LaLone