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Issue: April 2014

In Memoriam: Faculty

Ellen O’Brien died Oct. 30, 2013, in Colorado Springs at the age of 91. She taught art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and schools including Colorado College, where she was a block visitor in the art department from 1972-1979. Born in Allegany, N.Y., in 1922, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell and a master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She studied painting and lithography at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center School before spending four years in Paris, where she worked in the studio of painter and filmmaker Fernand Léger, a pioneering Cubist. After returning to Colorado Springs in 1951, O’Brien…

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Issue: April 2014

Letters to the Editor

The 22nd Amendment To Tom Cronin: Your article on the 22nd Amendment in the Colorado College Bulletin for November 2013 was excellent. This amendment changed — for the better — how we do our political business. Let me propose for your consideration a pair of other changes designed to eliminate two problems with our present legislative system at both the state and federal levels. First, under our present system, a large portion of the voters, sometimes even a majority, are not represented in the legislative body because they voted for a losing candidate. Second, a candidate who was elected by only a very small plurality wields as much power in…

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Issue: April 2014

Unraveling Competence

CC Professors Kristine Lang and Phoebe Lostroh are studying Acinetobacter baylii, a non-pathogenic soil bacteria, to understand how it takes in DNA, leading to genetic changes. Bacteria have only one parent so they don’t undergo genetic variation the way humans do, explained Lostroh, a microbiologist. She said various bacteria use one of three methods of “horizontal gene transfer” and one of those methods is “competence,” or the ability to uptake DNA from the environment, which is not well understood. “Competence is the least common method but many bacteria that make us sick use this and it seems to be important in helping them prepare to attack the human body and…

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Issue: April 2014

Growing the Middle Class

The current debate over inequality and what to do about the shrinking middle class overlooks an effective solution: grow more capable people one child at a time. This requires investing in programs that raise productivity and opportunity through developing the skills that matter for success in life. Such programs should be expanded even in times…

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Issue: April 2014

The Man Behind the Lens

David Burnett ’68 Captures Moments, Miles, and Memories David Burnett has photographed gun battles in the streets of Iran, Olympic divers seemingly paused in mid-air, every president since John F. Kennedy. He’s chronicled D-Day anniversaries in Normandy and authored “Soul Rebel,” a book of Bob Marley images. He’s won more national and international awards for…

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Issue: April 2014

CC Launches New Half Block Opportunities

In January 2014, Colorado College launched a series of new and diverse experiences for Half Block, the shortened academic session between Winter Break and Block 5. It was filled with opportunities aimed at helping students explore interests, develop life skills, and enhance existing abilities. The program proved popular, with more than 332 students registering for…

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Issue: April 2014

The Mellon Foundation Grant

Powering the Startup of the Center In October 2013, Colorado College received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the college’s strategic plan and enable CC to realize the Block Plan’s full potential. The grant is the largest the college has ever received from the foundation. The grant’s primary purpose is…

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Issue: April 2014

Our Campus

Bryan Oller joined CC as staff photographer in December 2013. Previously, he worked as a staff photographer at The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and as a freelance photojournalist. His images of Colorado’s devastating wildfires and floods in Colorado have appeared in publications such as The New York Times and Time magazine. Oller has won numerous Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters awards as well as Colorado Press Association awards.

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