Welter, now in the hands of graduate students

On Dec. 18, UB’s student-run literary journal, Welter, will throw a release party in the Bogolmolny Room. Every release party is different, year to year, just as the content and the journal’s appearance vary. This is because it’s created not by a returning team of editors, but rather by students who have signed up for the corresponding class.

Students hard at work on creating Welter. Photo courtesy of Meredith Purvis
Students hard at work on creating Welter.
Photo courtesy of Meredith Purvis

“Welter is a teaching tool,” Meredith Purvis, the class’s professor for this term, explained. “A key reason it exists is to give students the opportunity to practice being editors and publishers.”

This fall’s shift is going to feel even bigger because, for the first time in a decade, Welter is back in graduate student hands. Students from the MFA program in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts are now in charge of the journal’s publication.

Welter begins the way many classes do, with questions. The most basic— what exactly is a literary journal?— begins a collaborative process involving multiple genres of writing.

Welter has something of a wild and uncertain past. Its origin is obscure; it isn’t even known for sure when the journal began. The earliest known issue is 1964, which would make 2014 the journal’s fiftieth year. On the 3rd floor of the LAP building is a slew of past issues of Welter in many forms— from rolls of newspaper, to posters, to more traditional books.

As has been the case for the recent issues, Fall 2014 Welter will be a book. Rather than the unusual landscape- style 5.5” x 8” however, Welter is shrinking. Still, it is retaining some of its history.

“The spirit of Welter’s past is still there,” Editor-in-Chief Christopher Warman said. “The book is pocket- sized, so it’s still funky and different.”

The class’ prerogative to change the book’s size is part of the move to the graduate level. Now, students complete the entire process, including design. Just like the journal’s smaller size, the pool of accepted submissions also shrunk; the spring issue had 50 pieces, while fall has only 28.

“We’ve been especially focused on selecting works that fit well together,” Warman said. “We looked for pieces that play off of each other, that are contributions to a larger, but singular humandialogue.”

The creative process, as with any journal, was not without its conflicts. Another thing that sets Welter apart from a traditional journal is that debate—which happens in almost every session—is often encouraged. Naturally, this means conflict, but it also means inclusion. Rather than leaving the elected teams to be insular, decisions like the choice of cover’s color were made by the whole class.

“Nobody,” Warman said, “is just a passenger on the Welter train.”

This participatory quality means Welter is ever changing. The beauty is that when you visit the release party in 2015, the journal will be entirely different from the event this December.

“In some ways the core of Welter’s identity is about being something of a blank canvas,” Purvis said.

Come see this year’s work of art at the Dec. 18 release party.

Soon, Welter will release a brand new, student made website. In the meantime, visit them at www.ubalt. edu/welter.

UB student only one in Maryland to receive accounting scholarship

A UB senior was the only student in Maryland to win a nationwide scholarship for accounting majors.

On Sep. 25, Tanyeka Alexander, a senior in the Accounting program in the Merrick School of Business, was announced as a winner of the 2014-2015 AICPA/Accountemps Scholarship presented by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Alexander was the only college or university student in Maryland to be awarded the $2,500 scholarship. The scholarship is presented annually to undergraduate and graduate students who are working towards getting their licenses as CPAs. The AICPA recognizes the students who are awarded the scholarship for their academic excellence, as well as their leadership. Alexander says there are at least 10 different scholarships on the AICPA’s website that students can apply for.

“You just apply for as many as you can, especially those that you think apply to you,” Alexander said, who’s currently working as an intern at the Baltimore headquarters of accounting firm CliftonLarsenAllen.

Alexander says she also applied to scholarships for transfer students and minorities. She described how she and a classmate were flown up to Philadelphia to meet with the AICPA’s Diversity and Inclusion Team during the two-and-a-half- day Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop. Alexander says about 35 students from across the country took part in the workshop, and they received instruction on everything from etiquette and networking to studying for the CPA exam.

Each of the scholarships involved answering two questions with short essays of 250 to 500 words.

Alexander says one of the questions applicants were asked was what their intentions were if they won any of the scholarships and became an “Accounting Legacy Scholar.” The second question would vary by scholarship.

“The second question would’ve been more detailed, such as ‘Why did you choose accounting,’ or ‘How successful do you think you will be in accounting,’ or ‘What will you do when you graduate with your degree in accounting,’” Alexander said.

She added that the applications also required two professional letters of recommendation, from an employment, supervisor, or a professor.

Alexander said it felt good to find out over the summer that she was among the finalists for the Accountemps scholarship.

“It was very rewarding to find that I had been selected as a top tier (applicant), but I would know for sure by August,” Alexander said. She feels fortunate to have been named one of the 10 scholarship winners nationwide.

“I’m very blessed to have it. I definitely need it; looking at graduating and continuing on with my Master’s. There’s GMAT to consider […] every test involves costs, and even preparation review tests also have costs. I’m looking at taking the CPA exam and preparing for that,” Alexander said. Passage of the GMAT test is required to get into the Master’s Accounting program.

The fact that Alexander was the only winner of the Accountemps scholarship in Maryland was newsworthy to CliftonLarsenAllen. She says her award made news throughout the company.

“A couple of partners at the firm just thought that was remarkable, and it even helped me just as an intern. I’m not just an intern; I feel like I’m THE intern,” Alexander said.

She also made company-wide news when her research paper, titled “Generational Encounters: Goodbye Boomers, Hello Millenials,” was published on the blog of Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA) Executive Director Tom Hood on Aug. 26. Alexander was also presented with a scholarship from the MACPA Education Foundation during the association’s first annual “Women to Watch” Awards Breakfast on Sep. 30.

Applications for next year’s scholarships are now available on the AICPA’s website, www.aicpa.org.

Does a fee subvert the Circulator’s mission?

Charm City’s Circulator might charge a fee in the near future.

Students of UB may be familiar with the Charm City Circulator. Started several years ago, it’s a free public bus system with stops in different Baltimore neighborhoods, predominantly in Mount Vernon, Fells Point, and the border of Federal Hill. For the budget-conscience student and city resident, the Circulator is a welcome alternative to having to pay for the MTA transit system. However, recent developments may be taking away the “free” part of the circulator in coming months.

The announcement of a potential fee for the Circulator was a part of the City Council calling for a study into the bus system’s situation, citing a desire to know who rides it and at what economic cost. Currently, the Circulator requires $7 million to operate its four routes and boasts a yearly ridership of over 4 million people. The announcement itself was met with sharp criticism from the public. This reaction in turn prompted the council to renege on the fee aspect of the study, with Councilman James Kraft stating that he would like more transparency on the matter.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake said that she wants the service to remain free, but echoes the city council on why the study is essential to the long- term operation of the Circulator. To spearhead the study, the city will pay Louis Berger Water Services Inc. $130,000 to examine the Circulator’s funding, locations, ridership, and future route extensions. Rawlings- Blake told The Baltimore Sun: “The longevity of the program depends on us getting it right. It has to work within its budget.”

The aforementioned lack of transparency for the Circulator comes from mostly the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT), who have remained quiet on the system’s finances. Adrienne Barnes, the spokesperson for the DOT, hasn’t responded to requests for the numbers behind the Circulator, as well as rumors that it’s operating at a deficit to the city’s budget. This impasse may also be one of the reasons, other than finding interested investors, why the calls for potential route extensions haven’t progressed within the past several years.

These route extensions would greatly enhance the ridership of the Circulator, but the DOT would have to begin a discussion with the city’s officials and organizations (such as the Downtown Partnership), on what the limits are for the Circulator. The Partnership views downtown Baltimore as a rapidly growing area that greatly benefits from the Circulator, but insists that the system isn’t a replacement for the city’s extensive MTA system.

Vice President of the Downtown Partnership, Michael Evitts, feels that the Circulator can be a better- implemented public transit option, once the current lack of transparency is done away with and maybe an “advisory board” instituted in the future. The study is slated to begin during the summer of 2015.

December 2014: Letter From the Editor

Are you ready for finals yet? We’re a mere three weeks away—or maybe you’ve already started looking toward winter break or for some, graduation? Either way, they’re all fast approaching so buckle your seatbelt!

This will be the final issue of The Post for the semester and year and we will resume production again next year for our February issue, which will be on stands Jan. 27, so if you have a special shout- out or something you’d like to say to the one you love, please send it to us so that we can print it. Did you know that students get a free classified ad? We think Twitter has a good thing going, so keep your ads or Valentine’s shout-outs to 140 characters or less please. We will have new content available online throughout our hiatus and we will be working diligently to bring you another great semester in the Spring.

It was brought to our attention that Mia White’s article last month, which featured the changing color of the leaves in the area was printed on a black and white page and therefore did not do justice to her photos; we have decided to re-publish them below for your enjoyment.

To our staff that will be graduating and going on to greater pursuits: Chris Tapia, thank you so much for stepping up to the plate this semester and really making the paper shine. While your time with us was brief, it was no less appreciated and we will greatly miss you. Ben Land, I wish you all the best of luck with your future endeavors. I have enjoyed working with you over the past year and a half, reading your articles, and I will surely miss your presence in the newsroom.

To everyone else, have a Happy Thanksgiving, Happy December Holidays (I’m a Jewish woman who has always had a Christmas tree; politically correct is not my forte), and Happy New Year. Please be safe and we will see you back on campus in January!

What are we missing? What do you want to see more or less of? Let us know! Please email me at editor@ubpost.org. Also, don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@theubpost), and subscribe to our newsletter (www.ubpost.org).

Photo Correction

In our previous issue, we incorrectly credited a photo of Bunny Vicious. The photo below was actually taken by Stacey Lynne Atwell, of Stacey Atwell Photography. The UB Post apologizes for any confusion.

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Letter to the Editor

Reader J.C. Weiss, Senior Lecturer, and Executive in Residence for Finance at UB, wrote the following letter:

Dear Jessica,
The UB Post’s new look and content are great, however, I was disappointed that the “Seeing fall colors …” photos on page 11 were only in black and white, a bit of a disconnect with the article’s title and a disservice to the photographer.

Keep up the good work, John C. Weiss

Thanks for the feedback, Mr. Weiss! We agree. See the photos from Mia White’s article, in full color here: https://theubpost.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/seeing-fall-colors-in-baltimore-and-beyond/

 

Smotrycz Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Toe

The Maryland men’s basketball team will feature a lot of freshmen in their first Big Ten season. For the first part of the season, the Terrapins will have to compete without one of their more experienced players.

Head coach Mark Turgeon announced that senior forward Evan Smotrycz sustained a fracture of the pinkie toe on his left foot at the end of practice on Oct. 17, just before “Maryland Madness,” the team’s season-opening celebration. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture about a week later, and is expected to sideline Smotrycz for four to six weeks. That timetable means he should return some time between mid-November and early December.

Turgeon said while the team is disappointed for Smotrycz, everyone’s confident that he’ll be able to come back and have a solid season, thanks to his strong work ethic.He also expressed confidence that his team’s other front-line players will be able to fill the void left behind by Smotrycz’s injury.

“We have confidence that our front-court players will step up in Evan’s absence,” Turgeon said in a release from the Maryland Athletic Department.

Smotrycz, who’s originally from Reading, Mass., transferred from Michigan to Maryland in 2012. In his redshirt junior season last year for the Terps, he averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game in 31 games, including 28 starts. Smotrycz scored was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team after scoring 19 points against Northern Iowa and putting up 13 points and 11 rebounds against Providence College during the Thanksgiving weekend tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He scored in double figures in 19 games during the season, and his three double-doubles led Maryland.

Challenge accepted!

By Jessica Greenstein

We’re still searching for my male counterpart. Do you know a guy who likes trying out new stuff, isn’t afraid to voice his opinions, and can string a couple sentences together? If so, have them apply at editor@ubpost.org.

Since we don’t have our male voice yet, I’m giving you two box reviews this month and they are all geared to- ward women this month (sorry guys).

SwaagBox is a discreet time-of-the-month box that includes makeup and jewelry every month
SwaagBox is a discreet time-of-the-month box that includes makeup and jewelry every month

SwaagBox (TOM)

SwaagBox is a time-of-the-month box that I decided to try out this month because they had a coupon to try the service for only $5 with free shipping (regular price is as low as $14/month with a six month sub- scription or $16 per month). I was pleasantly happy about the fact that I got to choose between Tampax (Pearl and Regular), Playtex (Gentle Glide and Sport) and Always (pads), plus they promise to send you jewelry, makeup, and sweet treats to help get you through the week. It’s mailed in a discreet box, right to your door. For an additional $6, I was able to double my makeup and jewelry and since it was a trial, I figured, why not.

Upon opening the box, I immediately noticed it was packed full; that’s a good sign, right? Well, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. I looked at the makeup first. It was mostly Hard Candy brand eye shadows and eyeliners (valued at $30 since I doubled the makeup) with a Maybelline Color Show (Spring color) nail polish (value $4.99) and a Revlon Luxurious Color Shadow (value $5.99). It was all bright tones or glittery, something I could probably only get away with on Halloween or at a theme party, but perfect for someone in their late teens or early twenties.

The jewelry was also disappointing. I received a Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet (value $19.95) and for doubling up a Breast Cancer Awareness Bangle (value $19.00). It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, so I’ll wear it with pride, especially since they donated a portion of their profits to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but I was hoping for a something a little more generic that I can wear anytime and with almost anything. My box included an 18 count of Tam- pax Pearl tampons (value $4.99) and some much needed TOM chocolate.

I will use a couple of the eyeliners and I want to try one of the eye shadows (I think I can pull off the team color if I use it sparingly for smoky eyes and accenting; the rest I’ll be swapping on one of my favorite subscription box blogs. I’ll probably do something with one of the brace- lets too because I’m just not the type of person that can wear advocacy 24/7/365. Although I’m going to swap more than half of the box, the value (according to the product card inside my box) was phenomenal—$84.92 and I only paid $11.00 for it!

SwaagBox
Cost: $14.00/per month with a 6 month subscription.
FREE SHIPPING!
Website: Swaagbox.com Introductory Offer: $6.00 for your first box at http://www.swaagbox. com/tombox/1/?SSAID=669014 (Make sure you type it correctly)

 

Wantable Intimates

Wantable Intimates box includes four to five items for $36.00; free shipping
Wantable Intimates box includes four to five items for $36.00; free shipping

I’ve been subscribing to Wantable Accessories for about six months now and absolutely adore it, so this month I decided to branch out and try something new—Intimates. While my intention was to still review the Accessories box, my October box still hasn’t arrived, so as if we haven’t been intimate enough with a TOM review, welcome to my bedroom!

I have to say, I have never been disappointed with a Wantable box yet. I have loved every single thing that I have ever received and the only minor issues I’ve had, they’ve made it up to me in a huge way. Their cus- tomer service is incredible! I once received a ring where the stone in the corner (very tiny; barely notice- able) had fallen out; they let me keep the ring and instantly sent me a scarf (worth double the value of the ring) to replace it!

Wantable is truly customized. They ask you a series of questions to get to know your likes, dislikes, and style preferences. They ask about sizes and types of intimates prefer- ences. You can change it every month so that you can focus on more of what you like or need at that time. For example, when we get further into winter, I will probably only change my preferences to reflect that I love loungewear, but right now I have it on dislike so that they don’t send me any as I have plenty for this season.

Wantable costs $36.00 with a sub- scription or $40.00 for a one time box. You can skip months, so honestly, just sign up for the subscription and save yourself some money. They promise four to 5 pieces every month and shipping is always free.

My Preferences

Love

Shapewear
Soft Bras
Fun & Flirty Brights

Like

Panties
Camis
Pretty & Polished Neutrals

Dislike

Loungewear

Hoisery Accessories

Tanks Tights/Leggings Socks

Inside my box:

•Nana Soft Bra in Grey by Miel (value $34)

•Lace Trim Boyshort in Bright by Fleur’t (value $35)

•Royal Ribbon Thong in Rose by Sophie B (value $12)

•Hot Pink Seamless Sports Bra by an undisclosed designer (value $18

I love everything in my box. Everything fit and I will wear it all. Particularly, the bright pink sports bra is one of the softest things I’ve ever felt in my lift—think bunny rabbit! I was really hoping for ACTUAL bras, you know, with support, but the grey, soft, bra without underwire fit perfectly and provided just enough support for me. The total value of my box was $99 and I only paid $36, so it’s also not too shabby!

Wantable (Intimates, Accessories, or Makeup)
Cost: $36.00/per month with a subscription. FREE SHIPPING! Website: Wantable.com

Introductory Offer: Unfortunately there isn’t one available at this time; you’ll just have to fall in love with them at full price!

All photos courtesy of Jessica Greenstein for the UB Post