Laine Nightingale is wired to a Galvanic Skin Response amplifier to measure her reaction to film scenes with and without music.

Music, Mind and the Brain

Exploring music through psychology, physics, anthropology, philosophy

A multidisciplinary journey of discovery

In a recent “Music, Mind and Brain” lab, sophomore Laine Nightingale is wired to the Galvanic Skin Response Amplifier (GSR) as violent images from the dystopian classic, “A Clockwork Orange,” flash on a screen not three feet from her face.


The students in this Sophomore Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS) course with lab are taking a journey of discovery — an exploration of music from a psychological perspective while delving into other disciplines such as physics, anthropology and philosophy. A weekly lab also gives the course its scientific inquiry with lab rating in The McDaniel Plan.

Artwork from the book Absolutely Almost.

Awards & Accolades for “Absolutely Almost”

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Zach Brown '14 at EPCOT.

Disney Dreams

Zach Brown ’14 shares the magic with EPCOT visitors

Grad’s Innoventions talks
Fueled by the Liberal Arts

For Zachery Brown, dreams really do come true at Walt Disney World. The 2014 grad shares the magic of Disney with thousands of guests a day as Innoventions Presenter at EPCOT.


“I’m part of what makes the trip special for our guests, and I think that’s the coolest thing ever,” said Brown, who became a cast member with the highly competitive Disney College Program in June. He walks the footsteps of Whitney Walker ’14, who landed a full-time position as a character attendant after completing the program.

Jordan Birden

Athlete of the


Jordan Birden debuted in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.65 to win the event and hit one of his three Centennial Conference-qualifying standards. He also won the high jump, clearing 1.83 meters. MORE »

Elena (Alyona) Skovorodnikova

Global Fellows

Grant sends students to Nepal, Italy and Hungary

Students immerse
In new cultures

Thanks to the Kahlert Foundation, three Global Fellows are studying abroad this semester. Juniors Leigh Brownell of Newtown, Pa., and Nicole Ringel of New Market, Md., traveled to Nepal and Florence, Italy, respectively. Sophomore Elena Skovorodnikova, from the Siberian region of Russia, is taking classes at McDaniel Europe, the college’s branch campus in Budapest, Hungary.


“I have been impressed with the volunteer work by students at McDaniel,” said Greg Kahlert, president of the foundation, which provided McDaniel College with a gift to fund study abroad for Global Fellows as well as scholarships for Carroll County students.

Fall undergraduate registration
April 6, 2015, 12:00 am
"WENDELL." at WMC Alumni Hall
April 15, 2015, 7:30 pm
Student Solo Recital at McDaniel Lounge
April 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
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