Summer to Fall: Transition Cheat Codes

by Kopper Boyd

Summer has passed, and now that September is here, we’re starting to get a feel for the nippier season on the way. 

You’ve bought a bunch of cute summer pieces because that was pretty much all there was to do with the onset of COVID, and now there’s a need to dress appropriately for the temperature adjustment. 

If you’re not quite sure what to do, have no fear. In this article, we’ll show you a few stylish ways to layer your pieces for some cute looks that’ll take you into the fall and keep you nice and cozy, even if you’ll just be sitting in front of your laptop.

  • Throw on a chic blazer.

Most of us live for a cute summer dress or that fun, printed button down when that time of year rolls around, but then struggle to find ways to transition it into the colder months. 

One of the easiest ways to do it is to throw a blazer on top. Blazers are a great way to add sophistication to any outfit, while also adding a layer to stay warm. They can come in a variety of lengths, cuts, styles, and materials, so you can find one that’ll work for whatever look you’re going for or whatever weather you’re dealing with. 

For the summer and early fall, a linen blazer will work perfectly, and there are wool, velvet, and heavy cotton blazers for when the weather turns much colder. They can also be paired with your summer shorts and skirts for a colorful, yet polished look.

Photo: H&M
  • Have a cardi party.

Cardigans are the office counterpart to the blazer and can function in much the same fashion depending on the cut, length, and material that you choose. For those who want to look sleek while still layering up, a great option is a sleeveless cardigan. These cardigans also come in a variety of lengths, materials, cuts, and styles. 

You can style one on top of a cute A-Line dress with a belt or with a long sleeve blouse or light sweater and slacks for the early fall, and for winter, you can throw it on top of a blazer or waffle knit sweater for extra warmth. To look dapper and dashing, layer it on top of a long-sleeved button down with your favorite print slacks and some chucks or Sperries for the fall, or throw a chunky sweater on top and switch out the other shoes for boots for the winter. 

When it’s colder, sleeved cardigans are a great option as well if you prefer a more relaxed look, or if you’d prefer something with sleeves to top off your sleeveless pieces. Either way, cardigans are a great go-to piece to use for layering up.

Kopper Boyd is a staff writer for The Sting who writes a bi-weekly fashion column.

UB Hires New VP of Enrollment, Roxie Shabazz

Roxie M. Shabbaz begins work at the University of Baltimore on October 12. Photo courtesy of the University of Baltimore

If you had a job in Hawaii, you probably wouldn’t want to come back east but Roxie Shabazz does. And more importantly, she is coming to University of Baltimore.

Roxie M. Shabazz has been hired to serve as the new Vice President of Enrollment Management for the University of Baltimore. 

Administration was attracted to Shabazz’s successful track record to include over two decades of higher education experience. She was selected after a nationwide search and a series of interviews with key figures in the faculty, staff, and administration. 

She has served in multiple admission and enrollment roles in public and private institutions in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and most recently, Hawai’i. 

Since 2014, Shabazz has been the assistant vice chancellor at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, where she instituted a holistic approach to enrollment management. As a result, the University of Hawai’i was able to welcome more students and increase their retention rate.

“After meeting the people of UB, from the staff to the President, I was convinced that there was a place for me here,” Shabazz said. “Higher education is facing and will continue to face transformative challenges such as enrollment declines and the pandemic for the next several years.”

Shabazz, herself, has expressed her admiration for UB’s long-standing commitment to adult learning, diversity, and student success.

Shabazz earned a master’s degree in social service from Bryn Mawr College in 1985, and a B.A. from Villanova University in 1981.

She begins as Vice President of Enrollment Management on October 12.

Kopper Boyd is a staff writer for The Sting.

Bmore Community Fridge attempts to fight hunger in the city

Baltimore might soon have a community fridge system. 

New York City and Baltimore City soon might have something in common: both cities will have community fridges. 

In Baltimore, Bmore Community Fridge has announced plans to open a community fridge in hopes of expanding access to food not available in food pantries or government assistance programs but is struggling to find a space to host the fridge.

Bmore Community Fridge assured The Sting that they will remain in touch for follow-up information.

Community fridges are public refrigerators focused on providing underserved communities with healthy and nutritious food while reducing food waste. This not only furthers access to foods not available in food pantries or government assistance programs but also builds community, as neighbors and businesses can donate food as well.

In New York, individual volunteers and organizations, such as the nonprofit organization A New World In Our Hearts, have established refrigerators throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn with community members maintaining these spaces. Everyone works together to make sure that the fridges are kept clean and that food remains stocked. Some of the fridges even have social media pages that list what’s available daily.

The community fridge system, although novel in many American cities, is a familiar concept in other parts of the world. A volunteer-run organization called Foodsharing pioneered the idea and began setting up community fridges across Germany in 2014 after they had started peer to peer food saving and sharing in 2012. The concept became extremely popularized in Berlin and has made its way over to the United States with community fridges in cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Miami.

Kopper Boyd is a staff writer for The Sting.

Chadwick Boseman: A King’s Perseverance

Chadwick Boseman. Courtesy: @chadwickboseman Twitter

by Kopper Boyd

2020 has been extremely rough for everyone, from the onset of COVID-19 to the tension-filled climate of what just may be the new Civil Rights movement. Many would say that nothing could make this year, already filled with so many unwanted surprises and tragedies, worse. But on August 28 we were blindsided by even more tragic news, as it was announced that actor Chadwick Boseman had lost an undisclosed, four-year battle with colon cancer.

Chadwick Boseman, known by many for his portrayal of King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, was a man of many talents and great character, but most importantly, he was the embodiment of perseverance. Diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, he worked hard to deliver stunning performances in films that are revered by many, despite countless surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy. 

Boseman portrayed myriad influential Black figures, including James Brown in Get On Up,  Jackie Robinson in 42 and Justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. 2019’s 21 Bridges, and 2020’s Da 5 Bloods are among his more recent performances. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, an upcoming Netflix film, will feature Boseman in his final role. He also made appearances on a number of TV shows, and delivered the commencement speech at his alma mater, Howard University, in 2018.

For Boseman, the success from his acting career was great, but what really moved him was being able to inspire and encourage others to be successful. He considered his role in Black Panther as the honor of his career because of the impact that the movie had on viewers. He recognized that it was an opportunity to highlight African American creativity, and that his community was immensely proud and appreciative to see a superhero that looked like them on the big screen.

This year has been difficult, and will continue to be difficult moving forward, but we can continue to endure and motivate each other the way Chadwick Boseman did for his fans and contemporaries alike. Although concentrating in classes and dealing with the stressors of a pandemic may make our goals and prospective success seem impossible at times, we can do it.  

We can continue to find purpose in our day to day lives, our relationships, our careers, and in the paths that we choose. We must do the things that we need to to realize our dreams. As Boseman said, “Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you need to fulfill. Whatever you choose for a career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”

Kopper Boyd is staff writer for The Sting.