Third Annual “I Love the Hill” Month Kicks Off with Free T-shirts, Local Discounts

Members of the college can receive this year's "I Love the Hill" t-shirt in exchange for writing a love note to the Hill. Photo by Atticus Rice.

McDaniel’s third annual I Love the Hill celebration kicked off on Feb. 2 outside of Englar Dining Hall, where students, faculty, staff, and alumni were given the opportunity to write a “love note” to someone, whether it be a friend, roommate, teammate, professor or the college itself in exchange for an I Love the Hill t-shirt.

The spirit-centric promotion runs through the end of the month. Hearts will be displayed in Ensor Lounge and Klitzberg Pavilion. More than 1,100 hearts were collected in 2016 and over 600 have been received since the first of the month this year.

An “I Love the Hill After Dark” event for students will take place on Feb. 25 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the Decker College Center. An entry fee of $2, payable by McDaniel Bucks, gives students access to a black light rave with a DJ, paint night, trivia with prizes, caricature artists, finger food, and more.

Westminster businesses are also joining in on I Love the Hill month with many offering discounts to members of the college.

“McDaniel students, faculty, and staff can also show the love for Westminster by visiting a number of local businesses who have provided special discounts during I Love the Hill month,” says Christina Steinbrenner, executive director of Advancement Engagement at McDaniel.

Students must present their McDaniel ID and may bring a heart to give to these businesses to show them some love from the Hill. Additional hearts are available at the Info Desk in Ensor Lounge.

A full list of participating businesses is listed below.

Led by the Office of Institutional Advancement, I Love the Hill month is a way for members of the community to give back to McDaniel whether it’s through kind words or donations to support students. Last year, the campaign helped raise more than $376,000 during I Love the Hill month.

In addition to Thursday’s kickoff event, students can pick up their I Love the Hill t-shirt from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on February 6, 14, and 22 outside of Englar Dining Hall.

“Anyone who has not yet received a t-shirt can present their student ID during these times, fill out a heart, and receive a free I Love the Hill t-shirt,” says Steinbrenner. “Additionally, there are a number of other campus events and regional alumni events which are detailed on the I Love the Hill website.”

Alumni are encouraged to visit to learn more about the events and to make their gift to the college.

Participating Westminster Businesses

Baugher’s Restaurant
10 percent off entire check of $15 or more. Offer expires Feb. 28.

Buckingham Auto Repair
$50 off any service. Offer expires Feb. 28.

Carroll Arts Center
Free admission to the Foreign Film Festival every Friday in February at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Receive a college survival kit worth $15 with any purchase of over $40. Offer expires Feb. 28.

Downtown Yoga
$8 drop in, 10 percent off any bundle, $10 off unlimited yoga. Offer expires Oct. 31.

Furnace Hills Coffee
10 percent off any purchase. Offer expires May 31.

Gizmos Art
$10 off order of $50 or more. Offer expires Feb. 28.

20 percent off for students, staff, and faculty. Not valid with any other coupon, discount, or on Special Promos. Dine In Only. Offer expires Feb. 28.

JeannieBird Baking Company
10 percent off all purchases. Excludes gift cards. Offer expires Feb. 28.

Johanssons Dining & Brew House
10 percent off all purchases. Excludes catering, brunch, and already discounted items. Offer expires Feb. 28.

10 percent off entire check. Offer expires Feb. 28.

10 percent off entire check. Excludes breakfast. Cannot be combined with other offers or specials. Offer expires Feb. 28.

Run Moore
10 percent off all purchases.

20 percent off all purchases. Excludes jewelry. Offer expires Feb. 28

Starry Night Bakery
Buy One, Get One drinks or cupcakes. One free item per day. Offer expires May 31.

Sweet Frog Westminster
50 percent off any frozen dessert purchase. May not be combined with any other offers. Offer expires Feb. 28.

Tips-n-Toes Nail Salon
10 percent off any service. Coupon must be presented at the time of service. One per person. Offer expires Feb. 28.

Westminster Design Center
10 percent off any product or service. Offer expires Feb. 28.