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Hodson Hall

Get nourished. And have fun. 

This is your student center. 

Home to your dining hall, your game center, your Goose Nest, your SGA, your SEB, and your favorite additional on-campus dining options, this is YOUR student center. With prime event locations and its comfortable atmosphere, Hodson Hall is a central part of your social experience at Washington College. 

Past Events

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    On November 6, many students had the chance to vote in their first Presidential Election and watch as the results came in.
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    The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Academic Skills, and Counseling Services sponsored “In Their Words,” a unique play about the experiences of individuals with disabilities.  The play was written by Dawn Volkart, Student Development Specialist for Disability Support and Intervention Services at Harford Community College. “In Their Words” was  performed by a group from Harford.




    Here is some background on the “In Their Words” project:




    “Individuals with disabilities were asked to anonymously share their experiences, challenges, triumphs, funny stories, and things they wished others would know.  Submissions were collected from students, employees, alumni, and even community members and were then turned into monologues.  Additional monologues were written based on the writer’s experience working with individuals with disabilities as both a therapist and a disability support specialist.  Original monologues are fiction, but are based on common experiences, themes, and emotions expressed by individuals with disabilities over the years.  They do not represent any particular individual; any likeness is coincidental. This play will allow individuals with disabilities to have a unique voice and will raise awareness about diversity, prejudgment, discrimination, respect, civility, and disabilities” (http://www.harford.edu/student-services/disability-support-services/in-their-words.aspx).
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    Local rock/reggae group Dale and the ZDubs rocked out at the Goose Nest last Saturday, playing a few covers and many original songs from their debut album, “Leave the Drama.”

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    The Portuguese Club hosted a dance party in the Goose Nest in honor of Carnival, the pre-Lenten Brazilian festival that often features masquerade and wild costumes.
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    In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our college commissioned a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. to be hung in the Dining Hall.
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    Ken Schweitzer gives a performance and lecture on afro-cuban bata drumming. Learn more about the performance and Dr. Schweitzer’s book on the subject here.
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    First Year students had the opportunity to meet the members of the Washington College Greek community and complete community service projects that support the chapter’s philanthropies during New Student Orientation.
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    To kick off their goal of reaching 100% participation for The Washington Fund, the class of 2013 hosted a TOAST in the Goose Nest on Friday, April 12. Board member Jay Young ’81 was so impressed by their initiative, he sponsored every attendee’s first drink. The party was a smashing success! In the famous words of George Washington, “Huzzah” seniors!
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    Introducing the C.V Starr Center’s new deputy director: Ted Maris-Wolf! Maris-Wolf’s talk about nearly three thousand enslaved Africans who were seized from slave ships by the U.S. Navy illuminates a crucial moment in history, when an otherwise indifferent president launched the nation’s strongest-ever attack on the international slave trade.

    Maris-Wolf, who will join the Starr Center full-time in May, is currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. His work has focused on law, race, and the idea of freedom in 19th century America, as well as on runaway slave communities, the transatlantic slave trade, and the threads of history and memory that connect the United States with the Caribbean and West Africa.
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    Obella Obbo ’14 DJ’d the night away on Satruday. The Goose Nest was open for business serving beer, wine and complimentary soft drinks.
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    The Goose Nest offers weekend entertainment in a club atmosphere, with food, beverages, games, and live music. 

    Throughout the opening weekend, the Nest hosted the music of alumnus Kentavius Jones, a night of karaoke, and two Super Bowl events.  

    The Goose Nest is open Sundays through Thursdays from 12:00 noon -12:00 midnight and from 12:00 noon - 1:00 a.m. on Fridays.
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    Neal Gabler is the 2013 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at the Starr Center. Gabler is an author, cultural historian, screenwriter, producer, critic, and commentator who has been called “one of America’s most important public intellectuals.” From now until May, he is in residence in Chestertown with a writing and teaching fellowship at Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. Gabler has chronicled American politics and culture through the stories of extraordinary lives, writing prizewinning biographies of Walt Disney, Walter Winchell, and early Hollywood movie moguls. He has won many awards, including an Emmy, two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a frequent commentator on television and in the press. While in residence at the Starr Center, he will be working on a book about the late Senator Edward Kennedy and modern American politics. He is also teaching a semester-long course at Washington College, “The Art of Biography,” offered through the Department of English and the American Studies Program. Event video here.
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    The Goose Nest in Hodson Hall Commons underwent a transformation over winter break to include redesigned spaces for meeting, relaxing, and playing games.
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    The WAC Historical Society, Phi Alpha Theta, Art History Club, and International Relations Club hosted a 1940’s Blitz Ball! Students, faculty, and staff danced the fox trot, lindy hop, charleston, and some danced their own combination of dances all in the name of good historical fun. All proceeds went to the veterans.
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    Students in need of a break got a special treat thanks to the Student Events Board and the Kent County Humane Society. On November 15, several puppies invaded the Hodson Green for some late semester Pet Therapy.
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    Participants in the Comegys Bight Fellowship Program who received stipends to support summer internships in high-level historical research gave presentations about their experiences.
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    On February 17, 2012, Service Council hosted a Post Secret event in honor of Mental Health Awareness week, posting over 100 secrets that Washington College students wrote throughout the week.
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    A review in The New Republic called it “a timely, rare, and valuable attempt to unveil the innovations revolutionizing campaign politics.” Journalist Sasha Issenberg spoke about his recently published bookThe Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns about how today’s campaigns are run by teams of technicians using statistics, behavioral psychology and data-mining to determine just how millions of Americans will vote. Issenberg’s lecture was the second installment in the “Anatomy of an Election” series.
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    Marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862, acclaimed historian Louis Masur spoke about his book Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union. His book reveals the political, moral and personal concerns that plagued Abraham Lincoln in the 100 days between September 22, 1862, when he first presented a formal draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet, and New Year’s Day 1863, when he signed a much-altered final version of the executive order.
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    The Office of Student Activities hosted a toga party to celebrate the first week of classes in the Fall semester.

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    The Political Science department hosted a dinner for current members and new inductees into the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society.
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    As part of Alumni Weekend,  President Mitchell Reiss hosted a continental breakfast in Hynson Lounge during which class representatives presented gifts to the College.
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    Acclaimed poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein offered an intimate and nuanced look at Bob Dylan, the legendary singer-songwriter and the most important lyricist America has ever produced. In his talk, Epstein framed Dylan against the background of four seminal concerts performed over four decades and explored the larger context of the artist’s life, from his meteoric rise as a young folksinger through his reemergence in the 1990s and his role as the éminence grise of rock and roll today. Washington College student Tim Meren ‘13 ended the evening with a performance one of his favorite Bob Dylan classics.