Hood College in
Frederick, Md., is reviewing its homecoming rules
after a lesbian was crowned king, a college official said.
Jennifer Jones, the 21-year-old senior who beat out
three men for the honor, said the crowning was a
positive step for the private liberal arts college.
"It is cool that Hood allows people to be
themselves," Jones told The Frederick
News-Post. "If people didn't want me to be king,
they wouldn't have nominated me and voted for me."
Jones, of Newark, Del., received 64 of 169 votes cast for
king last month.
More than two weeks after Jones was crowned,
criticism and praise were still rippling through the
2,100-student campus in western Maryland. "She is not
a man," said Singleton Newman, a 22-year-old senior
who was nominated for queen. "It is a gender issue, and she
is a woman."
Santo Provenzano, 21, who competed for king,
said Jones's selection made the event seem like a
joke. "It discourages guys from wanting to take part
in the future," he said.
Donald Miller, Hood's student activities
director, said all homecoming events will be reviewed
and possibly changed. "We will look at what students
want Hood's homecoming to be," he said.
It was only the second annual homecoming for the
school. Men started attending Hood in 1971, but the
school didn't become fully coeducational until 2003,
when men were permitted to live on campus for the first time.
Jones tried to run for homecoming prince last
year, but a student committee wouldn't let her on the
ballot even though she had gathered the required
number of signatures on nominating petitions. Miller said a
rule change this year abolished the petitions and
required that candidates be nominated by student