Fashion of Tomorrow, on Display Today

By Jacob Porter

Word Count: 426

The Maryland Institute College of Art, or MICA, brought the fashion minds of tomorrow together to display their newest designs and concepts.

On April 22, For a Limited Time Only: an Experimental Fashion Event took to the runway at the Baltimore War Memorial. The show is the result of a two semester long course in the Fiber Department at MICA says Caroline Smouse, a senior at MICA whose line was featured in the show.

“In the class, each of us creates our own garment lines which may incorporate runway fashions, dance performances, costumes, puppets, or wearable puppets,” says Smouse.

“We also co-direct the final production by purchasing and organizing a venue space, chairs, merchandise, lights, and music,” says Smouse.

The fashion show is the culmination of years’ worth of hard work and dedication by each designer. Each line is very unique, displaying a different array of colors, patterns, and moods. Smouse’s line, appropriately named “Starry Eyes”, emphasized the use of knitted fabrics and LED lights.

“Dance tied my entire collection together. I have danced all my life and I wanted to bring my two passions together,” says Smouse.

“I intended on creating clothing that is fun to dance in and enables spirited movement. My work was influenced by discotheque that makes get up and want to dance,” says Smouse.

Smouse incorporated dance and the use of hula hoops into her collection. As seen in the video above, her clothes flowed beautifully with the models as they performed the choreography. The lights dimmed and the hula hoops erupted in varying arrays of color. Certain outfits illuminated the room with their LED lights. The runway was turned into a rainbow of color and twirling spherical hoops in the darkness.

“This show wasn’t just a result of my work this past year within the Fiber Department, but also a result of my time spent here at MICA,” says Smouse.

Smouse will graduate this May and will continue designing as her newest line will be featured at New York Fashion Week.

The Experimental Fashion Event symbolizes the creativity of young minds. These students worked to bring their creative vision to life in the form of their runway collections. Each line carries its own certain message along with it. The personality of the designer comes out in the form of the clothes they produced. For a Limited Time Only: an Experimental Fashion Event illustrated the immense talent of these young designers, and the beauty of these modern, and unique clothes.

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A Budding Officer

By Jacob Porter

Word Count: 434

Darren Coleman Jr. wakes before the sun has risen every Monday, grabs his gear, and heads to training.

Coleman is a member of the Reserve Officer’s Training Core, or ROTC. Towson University’s  program is a part of neighboring Loyola University, located off Charles Street. Goucher College, and Notre Dame of Maryland University also take part in Loyola University’s ROTC program.

“We have physical training every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 5 a.m.,” said Coleman, 21, a junior at Towson University. “Some mornings, it is very hard to get up and make the drive to Loyola, but it’s worth it.”

Coleman is studying accounting at Towson University and hopes to eventually use it during his years of service. Coleman desires to be a part of military intelligence. The program is hard work without question. Along with the physical demands, it is difficult mentally.

“It is a lot to learn,” said Coleman. “Everything from land navigation, to basic combat is taught.”

Coleman has always been exposed to life in the military. His father was an active member of the armed forces for many years when Coleman was young. He moved around a lot with his family because of his father’s position.

Today, Coleman’s parents live in Saudi Arabia where his father is working with the United States military. Coleman has not seen his father in months, and his mother has recently moved out to the Middle East to join her husband.

“It is hard not seeing my parents. I talk on the phone with them when I can, we text, and email,” said Coleman. “My dad is obviously proud that I choose this path, but he didn’t pressure me into.”

Deciding to enter military service at such a young age is worthy of praise. Coleman works to becoming an officer in the Army. As he continues on with the program, and upon graduating,  he will be awarded officer status in the United States Army.

“It’s the main goal,” said Coleman. “It will be a great honor to enter the military as an officer right out of college.”

Coleman is diligently working towards becoming an officer. Not many students choose the path of ROTC, but it is the path he wants. Coleman continues his college journey, working hard at his accounting classes, waking early every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and striving towards his goal as an officer in the United States Army.

Going to the movies, the Baltimore way

By Jacob Porter

Word Count 361

 The Senator Theatre has been in Baltimore for over 70 years.

Born in 1939, the Senator has been screening the best pictures available ever since. Notably, the Senator was crowned one of the best theaters in the world in 2014 according to their website.

Due to financial troubles, the Senator was prepared to permanently close its doors. The city of Baltimore purchased the property, thus beginning extensive restoration efforts. The historical qualities that have come to define the Senator have been preserved.

Three other smaller screening rooms were added following the expansion to complement the main auditorium. The main auditorium holds 736 people, and is equipped with a 40 foot silver screen.

The Senator has premiered multiple films by Baltimore native John Waters, including Cry Baby and Hairspray. 

Julia Smouse has been going to the Senator since she was a young girl. She grew up in the Rodgers Forge area and came to the Senator with her father.

Julia Smouse said, “There is something about this place. Its history is Baltimore’s history. People like how old the Senator is and it keeps the locals coming out to the movies. It brings something to the movie experience that the others don’t, a unique and old-time feel.”

“The most popular movie at the time is shown in the main auditorium. Movies that have been out longer are shown in the other smaller theaters,” said Smouse.

“I feel that the Senator offers almost everything the other places do. They play revivals and the prices are comparable to the larger theaters,” said Smouse.

Currently, the Senator is screening Logan, and  the Oscar winning La La Land to name a few. The extensive restoration that it has undergone has given the theater its own rebirth. Now, at the age of 78, the Senator is young again, ready to provide the city of Baltimore the movie going experience it deserves.

The next anticipated blockbuster to occupy the Senator’s silver screen will be Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which will be screened starting on March 16.