Author: CM

I often describe my work with Carroll Magazine as my hobby because I enjoy all the dynamics involved and they unfold before I leave for work or after I get home. Whether it’s parenting, gardening, working out at the gym, traveling – you find the time to do what you love. My full-time work as an academic dean includes teaching, a privilege that I have savored for the same amount of time I have been a journalist – 28 years. I love to teach because of what I learn. The more I facilitate rather than profess, the more students think. The more they think, and have the courage to share and debate their diverse views, the more we all learn. My most recent lesson came from Rebecca Olsen. Becky is a Psychology major and a member of McDaniel College’s Class of 2018. She is also a cadet with the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). She started our class on September 11 by sharing a video tribute to the people who lost their lives in DC, Pennsylvania and New York at a time when most of her classmates were 4 and 6 years old. Dressed in her ROTC uniform, Becky also shared the news that she had signed her commitment papers. “While most graduates will be worried about graduate school or first days at a new job, I will be in charge...

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Eight Minutes

by Kym Byrnes   photography by Kelly Heck The performance at a band competition lasts approximately eight minutes. Eight minutes. Eight minutes to showcase the results of weeks of training in the hot summer sun, learning new moves and understanding intricate, individual roles on one dynamic team. Band members carry heavy equipment and wear cumbersome uniforms, wave huge flags and manipulate props. Each second of an eight-minute competition requires complete concentration; one misstep during the carefully choreographed show could throw the entire performance off kilter, like one tipped domino that tumbles an entire set. Carroll County’s high school marching...

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Mental Health First Aid

by Rebekah Cartwright Training In Hopes of Holding Back Violence If someone close to you plunges into a mental health crisis that puts them, or others, at risk, would you know what to do? That question, posed in 2011 at a faculty meeting at Carroll Community College, sparked a mental health first aid program that has touched hundreds of lives across the county. As more tragedies linked to mental health disorders continued to unfold nationwide, the McDaniel College community and law enforcement agencies unfolded mental health first aid programs as well. The universal hope is that with more training,...

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Powered by the Sun

by Barbara Pash   photography by Bill Ryan Gary Cofflin and his wife, Maryanne, live in a big house in Westminster – a two-story colonial with an in-law addition and a garage converted into a kitchen that runs 3,300 square feet in size. When temperatures rose last July and the Cofflins’ monthly electric bill soared to $700, their wallets felt the heat. How did they cool off? Solar power. The first full month fueled by solar dropped the Cofflins’ electric bill to $95. “I signed up thinking I’d save $50, $60 a month [on my bill]. I’ve already saved...

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Somethin’ About Pumpkin

by Michael Vyskocil   photography by Tara Hope Cofiell There’s something about pumpkin that captures attentions and appetites at this time of year. The word pumpkin, surprisingly enough, isn’t a true botanical term by any means. Cucurbita (pronounced kew-CUR-bit-a) is the genus that encompasses pumpkins, squash and gourds, and the proper term for all Cucurbita is squash. Could you imagine your favorite coffee chain blending up iced squash lattes? We think imprecise terminology can be forgiven at this time of year. This collection of pumpkin recipes celebrates the Cucurbita in all its glory, from savory to sweet.   Pumpkin...

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