Q&A: Anthony Jankoski

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Q&A: Anthony Jankoski

On April 20, 21 and 22, UMBC students will decide who will serve as their next SGA president. This election season, Anthony Jankoski, a junior English major, is a candidate in the race. He is currently serving as the treasurer of SGA.

Can you tell me a bit about your platform? What do you want to get done, what’s most important, etc?

My focus is on student needs, as it should be. The biggest thing is the fight for free printing. Last year, in my campaign for SGA treasurer, I fought for free printing. The initiative was shut down by the current administration.

 

Was it shut down by Ganesh himself, or was it voted down?

He worked with the senate to shut it down, so basically he and the senate shut it down. It came to the point where Ganesh and I were so divided on free printing that we both submitted different budget drafts for approval. My budget took away half of SGA stipends to cover the printing initiative. The senate ruled with Ganesh to keep free printing out and to keep salaries high. The stipends are already thousands of dollars; I thought the cuts were worth it and a good way to give back to the students. UMBC is one of the only USM schools that doesn’t provide free printing. But it got shut down, so I think that says a lot about how the SGA currently is now. So the fight for free printing continues, and I can only do it with a good team.

 

Another main point is stopping student fee increases. Right now there’s a projected fee increase to pay for more arts facilities on campus. While that’s a great idea, we already have many facilities open. I can see it as the administration’s attempt to attract more students to the school. However, at the moment only 5% of the population is art majors. So I don’t see how increasing tuition for stuff we already have access to benefits the students body.

 

Do you think that the student fee increases are a result of that only or can they also be attributed to the budget cuts happening state-wide?

The increase is all SGA, so there are no outside factors influencing it.

 

And what is the student fee now?

$98 per student.

 

And what is the proposed increase?

It’s gonna go up by $5 to $103 per student. That is dismal, but in the state of affairs now, where tuition is projected to increase, we need to do everything possible to keep it low instead of raking in thousands more for the university.

 

So free printing, no student fee increase; anything else?

Another thing is that our platform is very expansive: more lenient tailgating policies, a swipe access policy for sporting events that would give attendees consistent chances to win gear. We want students that identify as LGBTQ to have increased rights and better sexual harassment policies — we think that they’re not adequately covered — gender neutral bathrooms … things like that. Under that umbrella, we’re also trying to increase the amount of funding for student activities on campus. UMBC has one of the highest rates of mental illness, depression and suicide out of any school in America, and that’s alarming. So by getting more money for events, we can get people out, make campus a more vibrant place, and people can have a better time. I guess our main concern is increasing student happiness, but we can only do that by dealing with the practical side of things and handling the money better than it already is.

 

Ok, so what would you do to open the communication network between students and SGA?

I think that really takes place on a personal level, so that depends on the candidate who’s running. I think I’m one of the few candidates who will remember student needs, such as the free printing initiative. I’m willing to represent the individual because our university is a collective of individuals. I think that my ticket — the only one not affiliated with greek life — is the best one because students will support us conditionally based on whether we do our job. We don’t believe that blood should be thicker than water in these elections, we’re out here repressing the individual students.

 

We’re also willing to increase the SGA body. We want more people to get involved. Right now SGA is composed of people who are already highly involved, but it shouldn’t be that way. It should be a way for people to get involved and learn how campus works. We want to expand the departments, the application processes, etc. So I think it comes down to the personal level and that my whole team has the right personality for that.

 

I read your AMA on MyUMBC, and your platform, etc. I saw one of the things you want to do is expand UHS to 24/7 service. Can you tell me about that? Where is the money coming from?

The way the budget currently stands, there’s no money to pay for expanded health care options. However, students need that. We need to provide immediate care for people with acute conditions or emergencies that may arise. Our school doesn’t provide that. I see a lot of emergency vehicles coming in and out of campus, and who knows how long they come after the person has succumbed to their sickness or whatever. If we shift the budget around a little bit, cut SGA salaries — which is already saving us $52,000 — we’ll have more money for staff, upkeep of the facilities at night, etc. We want to keep people healthy and fit, but we absolutely need to keep the health facilities open at night and on weekends. We also need some sort of free pregnancy and STD testing on campus for students who don’t feel they get the chance to do that on campus. Healthy students, healthy minds, healthy university — it really comes down to us shifting around money in the budget — removing things that are superfluous such as SGA salaries, and putting that big pot of money towards facilities on campus.

 

I looked over your budget and in it it said that if you were to cut SGA stipends in half then you save $17,163.

Actually with the cuts I made, we only take out $15,000.

 

And thats to cover the printing initiative yeah?

Yeah, that’s correct.

 

So you proposed $15,000 to be taken from SGA stipends, and you’re saying that the $15,000 will cover UHS expansion?

 

No, that $15k is just for free printing, and that’s all I tried to get done this year. I can only make these changes incrementally — one thing at a time. Though, if we get this whole team [his slate] elected, then we’ll get a group of people willing to work together to make these changes.

 

So then — if we cut the stipends completely down to $0 — then we’ll have the money to make these changes. The salaries serve as a barrier between accountability and the students. We give people these thousands of dollars in salaries, then it could just the about the money, not the students. I mean, you don’t even have to do anything as president if you don’t want to; you could just be lazy and still collect the salary. They can’t take that away from you. But if we cut the salaries down to zero, then we know that the people are committed to doing the job well and have that passion.

 

Say that doesn’t happen. In the current situation in what you proposed in this budget you have $15,000 coming out of salaries to cover printing. And then to cover the rest of your proposals you want to move money around throughout the rest of the budget?

Right.

 

But you don’t know how you would do that? is that correct?

I’ve experimented with a few ideas. The biggest one is to take that money out of salaries and stipends for SGA so we can put it toward other stuff — also, the benefit of $0 salaries. Right now, I’m looking at the budget to see what can be cut. This year I’ve cut certain things already — for example, the Greenpaw fund, which pays for sustainable events on campus — simply because it wasn’t being used. So there’s a lot of money that remains stagnant in the budget right now. A lot of money the current administration isn’t willing to cut.

 

Greenpaw fund, any others?

Yeah, I guess just those two [the SGA stipends and green paw fund].

 

I’ve had to do a lot of compromise. Really just unused money and stipends — that’s what we wanted to take money out of.

 

If you cut all the stipends down to $0, what does that leave you with?

$52,000.

 

So you’d still have money in reserves to use as you will?

Yeah, we could make use of that as well. It’s a large pot of money that is just sitting there.

 

So what is standing in the way? Say you become President: what is the timeline or what has to happen for the stipends to be cut down to $0?

It’d be part of the budget, so we’d present it to the senate, and they’d vote on it. Then it’d go to the finance board of SGA, and they can approve or disapprove. If it’s approved, then it goes to a panel composed of SGA and real campus administration, and they have to approve it as well.

 

Do you think that’s realistic? Cutting the salaries completely?

I think it is; I think it’s something the students want. It’s noble — the right thing to do in order to increase accountability. College Park doesn’t have any stipends other than the president’s, which is much lower than ours. So I think we need to follow CP’s model and have people who aren’t just in it for the money.

 

I thought that CP had a system for SGA members to apply for stipends?

Right, I think you’re pulling that from their old constitution. They’ve since changed it. The current one only lets the president receive a stipend.

 

Yeah, that was on the AMA, and then someone defended me with “actually, if you read the constitution … .”

 

24 hours UHS is accompanied by 24/7 RAC and library. (RAC meaning basketball courts, weight room, and cardio balcony. Library meaning the first two floors.)

That money can’t come from stipend cuts because there isn’t enough, but like I said, there’s so much room in the budget. We might not accomplish all these things in one year, but we can work toward them. My team is planting the seeds. All the best universities have these facilities.

 

You say your administration would be planting the seeds for these projects. Do you have a timeline for these? Has this been a conversation with the administration or whoever else needs to be consulted?

Free printing, yes. We have that set up and ready to go. It just didn’t pass the senate.

 

The timeline for all this is to have it by next year [2016-2017]. I won’t be able to use these facilities; I’m doing it for posterity.

 

Why the tailgating policy? Do you think it’s important given the general lack of enthusiasm for athletics at UMBC?

That’s not true; there is enthusiasm for athletics. Our soccer team is very well followed by our student body. Tailgating is a part of sports culture, building a sense of community. Of course it’s associated with the vices of sports, like drinking and all that, but I think students have enough of a concern for safety. We could really do great things for attendance at games, enthusiasm, etc.

 

How would students be safe at these events?

I’m sure security would be out there — police and student marshals, etc.

 

So I read about your idea for parking. Can you tell me about that?

So the way the system works now is inadequately serving students. If we make more universal parking passes that expand parking options, we can really get our commuters into those spaces and into school. I know a lot of commuters spending a lot of time trying to find places to park. By combining parking passes and being more lenient on where students can park we can get people more spaces.

 

So what would be different with the universal parking pass?

We’d try to combine resident and commuter parking. Right now, there’s a lot of resident parking that isn’t taken up, like on the top floor of Walker garage. Walker avenue’s spots aren’t completely filled all the time. There’s just a lot of residential parking that isn’t being used that could be used by commuters.

 

Another thing that we can work on is getting restricted faculty parking hours. I know students need the parking more than faculty for more hours of the day because they’re in class, the library, etc, whereas professors are teaching classes, and then they’re out.

 

You say that residential parking goes unused a lot of the time. I’m a resident with a C pass, and if I come here during the week, especially late in the day, I have trouble finding parking. The loop near the dorms/apartments is totally filled up all the time.

Right, yeah all the time.

 

And that’s just residential. So you’d be taking away spots from the residents and giving them to the commuters?

Not at all, not at all. Just that if there happens to vacancy in the residential spaces, commuters should be able to park there. If it’s during the day, and you’re a resident, your car is already going to be there so you won’t lose your spot. If there happens to be empty space, though, the commuter should be able to get it; that’s why we have amount of unused parking we do now.

 

They just built the new lot by Walker. Do you think that projects like that aren’t doing enough? Because for example that lot is all commuter parking.

I mean, it’s definitely helping. More lots means more parking — that’s good. Unfortunately, it’s not a solution because it takes years upon years to fix, whereas working with what we already have is more efficient.

 

I would like to see more things built like that; unfortunately the SGA doesn’t deal with that. If I could, I’d built more lots, but I don’t have a say in that.

 

A lot of the tone of your campaign have been citing what you call the inefficiencies and apathy of the current SGA. What is your response to someone who says, Well you’re campaigning to be the head of this organization, but your rhetoric makes it seem like you don’t believe in the system that’s in place?

I believe in the system, just not in the individuals that are a part of it. I think it’s a great system: it allows students to give their opinions; it allows for a lot of money to go toward student events; it allows for resources to be distributed to students in a way that benefits everybody. However, the individuals that are a part of that system aren’t using it to the advantage of everybody.

 

As treasurer, I’ve tried to make those funds available to everybody by distributing thousands of dollars to student orgs. We need to put the right heads in the right positions and get their minds to work and get the sources distributed in the proper ways.

 

You think the people on your slate are the solution to that? Like bringing them in and phasing out the current members of SGA is the way to revamp the system?

I think that they are shining examples of the kind of people we need. It’s not necessarily individuals but the type of individuals. We have a lot of great people in SGA that are doing a great job — everybody in SGA is very smart. Are their attitudes right for SGA? Maybe not.

 

I think right now the SGA is exclusive. It’s biased; it gives to certain groups and excludes others. The people I picked for my team are examples of people that could make resource distribution on campus more fair and efficient.

 

There’s been some concern that the way in which you express yourself is inappropriate. It comes off as an attack on SGA if and when something that you don’t agree with goes forward. The rhetoric seems inappropriate for the position you’re running for because if something doesn’t goes through, like the printing initiative, you go on the attack. Do you have anything to say to that?

I’m not attacking anybody; I’m just saying what I see. I think people are attaching opinions to me that aren’t really reflective of what I think. I’ve spoken my mind and stated facts, but at the end of the day, I’ve only put out there what’s objective.

 

I told students that the free printing initiative is getting shut down because the SGA doesn’t want to cut its salaries. A lot of people assume there are opinions attached to that, but really it’s just mistaking the facts, and people are getting riled up. Do people really think SGA is doing the best job? If not, would they be attacking me for stating the facts of what the organization is doing?

 

So you feel like it goes both ways?

Yeah, I mean it’s all perspective. I feel like I have the correct visions, whether people believe it or not.

 

Do you think you’d be using the same tone and rhetoric that you’re using now as president? I’ve read your posts, and you’re very critical of SGA as it is. Do you think that will cause some friction down the road if you’re elected?

No, because if I’m elected and my team is elected, we’ll have the power to report what needs to be done without reporting any negative news. So if elected, no it won’t be a problem.

 

In past elections, you were associated with Jeffrey Kee, who as we both know was expelled from the election. What is your relationship with him? Do you think any connection that you may have to him will hurt you in the election?

Well, I’ll start off by saying that I wasn’t involved in anything that he did to get kicked out; I don’t condone what he did. I was associated with his ticket, undoubtedly, but if I had been found in violation of any rules, I would’ve been removed from the election as well.

 

Kee is a great guy; he just had a lapse of judgement. I think that the pressure gets to a lot of candidates. I don’t think what he did last year is representative of his character as whole. I think that he’s grown from it. So no, I don’t think my association with him will hurt me — at least not to the person who is informed.

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Q&A: Michelle Seu

Michelle Seu, one of the candidates running for the SGA presidential seat, highlights several points of her platform. Some of her goals focus on student-run emergency medical services and the UMBC red card program.

UMBC is in the midst of another election season. On April 20 through 22, students will be able to vote for the candidate they hope to see in the SGA presidential office. Michelle Seu, a junior biology and interdisciplinary studies double major, is currently the director for the department of academic affairs within SGA.

 

What will you do to open communication between students and SGA?

There’s no cohesive, centralized unit for all the SGA departments. This could be solved by having maybe more technical personnel on board for SGA. I want there to be one place, just one place for access for all kinds of SGA departmental information. It, ideally, would also define a social media presence in addition to the myUMBC presence. If there is something that you believe could be helped or prevented via SGA legislation, I would like people to feel comfortable enough to just tell us their concerns about that. Additionally, I just want small organizations to feel as if they can just come in and talk to us at any time.

 

What is SGA doing specifically that you want the student body to know?

We’re working on implementing a plus and minus grading initiative, for example. With plus and minus grading, it would be a little different, with an A plus being more than a 4.0 whereas a regular A would be lower. You wouldn’t have a 4.0 if you earned a 93 in the class. It’s a sticky situation, but there are a lot of faculty — mainly I know Toboleski in mechanical engineering — who are for it. SGA has plenty of connections with various organizations on campus. I just think it goes under the radar a lot.

 

In terms of the 24-hour student run emergency health service, what type of training will be put into place for those involved in the program?

Dealing with anxiety attacks that are brought on by drug overdose, drug usage — I know those are issues that happen and, a lot of the time, I think people end up contacting the hospital or police. Or they don’t, even though they’re in danger, because they’re anxious about it. Verbalizing issues is incredibly difficult for a lot of people. We want people who are personable and have a professional work ethic, and people who express an interest in pre-professional fields in medicine.

 

How large will the program be? How many will be allowed to participate?

I’m not sure how large our program could become, potentially. It shouldn’t be too small that it would be inconvenient. Let’s say someone on campus calls for help, and we only have 10, 15 people on the team. If you have a small pocket of people, it’s just going to be harder to reach people in need. But, you also don’t want to be too big, because it can be too chaotic. For example, let’s say someone calls for help, a bunch of people say “I can do it.” How can you narrow it down from there? There are tiny technical issues we need to handle.

 

How do you plan to expand the existing red card program?

I didn’t included that in the formal platform that I publicized recently. The reason why I didn’t include it in the formal platform was because I didn’t think I had enough of a solid plan in place for that. If we were to continue it, I think the most reasonable thing we could do is just providing students with discounts at local places. But, once again, I wouldn’t say that I want to formally include this in my platform — for the time being anyway. It’s been kind of a dead initiative for a while.

 

What other strategies, other than improving the red card program, would you employ to encourage students to stay on campus?

Part of my second initiative was improving the campus environment. There’s a lack of aesthetic taste across campus. A lot of what I would like to do in my administration, if I could, would be to make small changes — or whatever changes we could within SGA — to make student spaces more bright and inviting to make people feel more happy and comfortable with staying on campus.

 

What are your plans for reaching out to other populations within the student body outside of the STEM community?

There aren’t many resources for students entering guidance counseling. The internships that they offer are mostly for graduate students. To better serve the undergraduate population, I think that I would add, if you would could call in for anxiety attacks, people who are interested in guidance counseling. This would be part of the EMT program, supplementing it to include psychology majors. But, unfortunately at this time, we haven’t developed any initiatives specifically geared towards humanities and arts.

Photo Credit: Michelle Seu

Bentley

Q&A: Bentley Corbett-Wilson

Bentley Corbett-Wilson, a candidate in the running for SGA president, elaborates on his platform and other points relevant to his campaign. His goals include providing rewards for tailgating and tackling sexual assault issues on campus.

On April 20 through 22, students will decide who will serve as their next SGA president. This election season, Bentley Corbett-Wilson, a junior music education major, is a candidate in the race. He is currently serving as the Director of Leadership Development for SGA.

 

What tactics will you use to change the attitude of the students regarding SGA?

I think, over the past couple of years, certain campaigning strategies of some of the candidates have tarnished the image of the SGA. Kelly and I have really established ourselves as people who students can trust and have faith in. With SGA and (seb), I’ve done a few different initiatives, including helping out with schedules for dining options. The image that the two of us created for ourselves is really positive, and it’s something that we really want to bring into SGA.

 

How will you change or expand the existing First Year Ambassador Program?

I currently run the FYA program as the director for leadership development, and some of the first year ambassadors that we have had are running for senate and finance board positions. I think we really need to select these students from diverse populations, making it a more selective program but still something that everyone can participate in. I feel we don’t have enough commuters or out-of-state students or international students, even. That’s something me and Kelly will talk about if we ever do get elected. And, honestly, if we don’t get elected, I would still like to work on that.

What type of rewards did you want to implement with the red card system?

Something we really want to do is work with the bookstore and athletics so that, if you swipe in at any athletic event, you get points. Depending on how many points you get, you that percentage off at the bookstore. Say you get 2 points per game, you attend 5 games, you get 10 points total, which would be 10% off at the bookstore. We don’t want to make it too high, so we’d cap it off at maybe 20-25%. We’ve talked to athletics and the bookstore, and they are really gung ho about it. We have a lot of faith that this is actually an initiative that we might be able to finish, even before we actually get into office (if we get lucky).

 

Why are you targeting tailgating as a route to increase school spirit when it seems that so much of the campus already doesn’t have an interest in it?

I think that tailgating is a way to possibly spark that kind of interest. Organizations, even if they aren’t sports-related, could also use tailgating to get word out about themselves. And it seems to make sense that at least some of the students that do go to the tailgating would possibly go to the games. It’s something that we really want to try to change about campus. As a school, coming from the student fee advisory board, we don’t want to increase student funds for the athletic fee. (Editor’s note: The Student Fee Advisory Board reported that 69 percent of students rated their approval of an increased athletics fee at two or lower on a scale of one to five.) I don’t think that you have to increase fees to increase the spirit that students have for their athletic teams. If it doesn’t end up working, I think that’s ok. You get to learn from your mistakes and find a different way to move about things. It’s a process.

 

What do you and Kelly mean when you say that SGA rhetoric is “often undefined in scope and too idealistic?” Are there candidates in the race who you think this applies to?

It’s very important to us that we change the image of SGA, because a lot of students have lost faith in it. I hate the fact that students only hear about SGA during election times. I want that to be a year round thing. I think setting high expectations for next year’s SGA is going to be super important in making this happen. As far as things being too idealistic, I hate to badmouth other campaigns, but I do believe that Anthony and Daniel’s campaign seems a bit too idealistic. I don’t think that they’ve actually taken into consideration the logic and the financing between everything that actually needs to happen to make all of the things in their platform happen.

 

Can you explain what you mean by “a more structured and permanent Mental Health Committee,” as described in your AMA?

The different mental health related bodies on campus — including NAMI, UHS, psychology department — I believe they already have meetings that are open to the public, but there’s no actual structured committee that has them meeting at a certain time, or actually publicized the meeting info so people can attend. I really want to make that something that everyone is aware about. I feel there are a lot of students on this campus that have a lot of ideas about how to improve mental health and get awareness out about how to improve it, but they don’t really have the means to give their ideas. I think publicizing a mental health committee that includes all the people from the departments I listed would be really beneficial to actually making even more changes to improve mental health on campus. That committee needs to be more structured so they’re able to publicize things on MyUMBC and Facebook and recruit members, and get ideas about making polls and events. We’re meeting with some of the key stakeholders involved to see what actually is in place and how we can build off of that and improve the work that they’ve already done.

 

How exactly do you plan to rework the sexual assault policy at UMBC?

That’s something we are currently talking to some students about — how they feel about the policy and in what direction it needs to be steered, especially to include more lingo about LGBTQIA. There’s nothing specifically in the policy about that community, and I think it’s important to include all different communities when it comes to sexual assault, especially if things are happening that people may not know about. It’s a lot of stuff that we really need to research about and come up with more structured ideas about how to improve. It’s something we think that we really should stress SGA to work on, and we will be key stakeholders in helping to set that tone for students in SGA.

Photo Credit: Bentley Corbett-Wilson

Horoscope

Compiled by the Retriever Weekly Features Staff

Virgo- This week is looking pretty dull. Sure, there will be that fire and that one guy with an axe, but otherwise things will be pretty same-old, same-old.

Libra- You’ll be surprised to find out that the quiz is open note, and even more surprised to find out you left your notebook at home.

Scorpio- It’s too late to worry about dropping classes, so just keep dropping those sick beats instead.

Sagittarius- This week would be a good time to get out of town. Change your name, change your face. They are coming for you.

Capricorn- You’ll feel uncomfortable when your foot falls asleep during class, but don’t worry because the rest of you will fall asleep soon after.

Aquarius- You’re finally going to break the habit of waiting till the last minute to start projects, when you wait till the last thirty minutes instead.

Pisces- This week, you’ll accidentally wear your pajamas to bed backwards and cause an early spring snowstorm. Thanks for that.

Aries- You’ll get a bad case of the “don’t-give-a-damns” this week, but honestly, who cares?

Taurus- You’ll feel a little upset when you realize that the “everything bagel” you ordered was really a “covered-in-ants” bagel.

Gemini- There’s nowhere to go from here except up, at least until you get untangled from that weather balloon.

Cancer- You work best under pressure, but you’ll find that the overturned car on top of you is just a little too much pressure.

Leo- It’s been one week without caffeine, and you’re having trouble staying focused hey isn’t that Betsy from art class?

 

Soccer-18

Kicks for a cause

HLSU soccer tournament raises money and awareness

The 8th annual Jamie C. Heard soccer tournament, held by the Hispanic Latino Student Union, gives students friendly competition and recreation while raising money for juvenile diabetes relief.

It’s finally spring, and the first sunny day in a week is going to good use. The trees are blooming, the grass is getting thicker and greener and the wet ground is bouncy under cleats.

Two dozen or so students are mingling on Erickson Field. They’ve set up four portable soccer goals and a small crew stands by a folding table while the two teams run back and forth across the field. As one player dribbles the ball towards the goal, he launches it in the net’s direction. Applause echoes off of Erickson Hall’s brick walls as the ball meets the goal.

This is not just a soccer game that popped up on the field on a nice day. It’s a four-hour tournament planned by the Hispanic Latino Student Union in honor of one of their own members.

The 8th annual Jamie C. Heard soccer tournament, which was held on Saturday, April 11, is this year’s installment of what has become one of HLSU’s standing traditions. Jamie C. Heard was a soccer-loving UMBC student and HLSU member who passed away from juvenile diabetes.

“The soccer tournament is held in his name as a way to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research and to celebrate Jamie’s life,” said Amalia Rivera-Oven, HLSU’s president and a junior biology major. As a commemorative event, it not only celebrates Heard’s life, but attempts to make a difference in the lives of those with juvenile diabetes.

Teams who participate are charged a 40 dollar fee to enter the tournament. All the money that the event raises is donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

Logistically, HLSU has put quite a lot of work into hosting this event. “HLSU plans the whole event from advertising it, creating its own HLSU team, reserving the field and equipment, and then ensuring all the money gets donated,” said Rivera-Oven. “We especially reach out to the UMBC community for people to create their own teams and people who may be interested in refereeing or just watching.”

Turnout is usually quite good. “This year we are expecting at least four teams to compete,” said Alejandro Ramirez Polania, HLSU’s public relations coordinator and a sophomore computer science major. “Usually, we have from 4 to 8 teams compete in the tournament.”

Rivera-Oven acknowledged a farther-reaching impact of the tournament. “Aside from celebrating Jamie’s life and the impact he had on the UMBC community, I think this event is a great representation of the diversity found at UMBC,” she said. “Our participants come from various orgs and groups on campus and they take a day to play soccer, get to know each other and have some friendly competition.”

HLSU takes pride in their tradition. “It’s special because we have been able to keep up this tradition for almost a decade now, and we know that each time we do it, we provide UMBC students an activity that allows them to showcase talent, get involved with the community and contribute to an important cause,” said Rivera-Oven.

As the warm breeze carries laughter across Erickson field, it seems they have made their goal.

Photo Credit: Zachary Garmoe

Hosea S

Get to Know a Retriever

Young man aspires to change the scope of the television industry.

What is your name, major and year?

My name is Hosea Corran Sawyer, a senior who is majoring in media and communication studies and minoring in industrial psychology.

Where are you from?

I am originally from the historical city of Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama. Coincidentally, I relocated to Montgomery County, Maryland, where I currently commute back and forth.

Who do you admire and why?

I admire Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for being a pioneer for race relations and a symbol for equality. Being from the deep south, I have seen and still see glimpses of racial unfairness and disrespect. Therefore being a student at UMBC is a dream because of the cultural harmony and racial diversity this university offers.

What do you like most about UMBC?

I love the campus and the friendliness of the staff and student body. The diversity that it offers is a plus.

Describe something about you that stands out.

Other than my towering height, my southern accent is said to come and go. I guess it has dissipated since having been up in the north for awhile.

What is your career goal?

My career goal is to become a successful producer at a hit television network like Bravo or HBO. I would love to come up with innovative ideas for new television shows, as well as work in front of the camera as a news anchor or correspondent.

What activities do you participate in on campus?

I am not in any organizations, but I do enjoy reading and studying in the library. I always run into classmates who I can ask questions about our classes.

Who is the celebrity you would like to meet; what would you with them?

I would like to meet Donald Trump, hair and all. I would hope to have dinner, go shopping and learn how to earn my first million dollars.

What is your favorite pastime to do outside of UMBC?

I love to write and watch television, in addition to playing cards and video games, shooting pool, and singing and recording music.

Where do you want to spend your next vacation?

I want my next vacation to be in New York City. I have never been as of yet, and dream of experiencing such a fast-paced and iconic city that never sleeps.

What kind of music do you like?

I love all genres of music, but my favorite ones are neo-soul, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues. My favorite artist of all time is Jill Scott.

What is your favorite genre of television and why?

My favorite television show genre is definitely reality, but I also enjoy scripted comedies and competition shows.

If you met Dr. Hrabowski, what would you say to him?

Even though I have met Dr. Hrabowski before, I would talk about his memories and experiences in Alabama since we were both born there. I plan to become successful while still keeping a humble and personable demeanor like our university president.

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