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Movin’ on Up

The old studio at KRCC - it had it's charm!

The old studio at KRCC - it had it's charm!

We are now in the seventh week of The SOCC (The Sound of Colorado College) broadcasting from an entirely new location… Loomis Hall. For anyone who doesn’t know, The SOCC is Colorado College’s new student-run radio station. We began making noise in the spring of 2008, when our studio was located in the basement of KRCC’s Weber studios. You may ask what the difference between KRCC and The SOCC is. KRCC is Colorado College’s radio station and has been for the past 60 years or so. A few decades ago, KRCC began its transformation from a purely student-run college radio station into a professionally operated NPR affiliate. Today, KRCC’s licensee is still held by the college, but little student participation took place until a few years ago. In 2008, KRCC finished the purchase and upgrade to three HD channels on the regular 91.5 FM signal. HD radio, simply digital radio, is still terrestrial radio – no subscription is required. All you need is a new HD radio. To bring back extensive student involvement, KRCC gave HD3 to the students at Colorado College to do with it as they saw fit.

Today, The SOCC (KRCC-HD3) now broadcasts on the HD3 broadcast as well as over the internet at WWW.THESOCC.ORG. Run by three student staff members, The SOCC has around 50 volunteer DJs who man the station from Noon-2AM, seven days of the week. Some highlights of the 2009-2010 school year include an enormous crop of new DJs, the CC Debate Team Hour, and the continuation of some popular shows run by DJs who have been with the station since its inception.

Our new studio just after countertops and shelving were installed

Our new studio just after countertops and shelving were installed

As mentioned at the outset, The SOCC recently moved studios. We started in the dark, somewhat smelly basement of KRCC. This summer I worked with multiple folks on campus and at KRCC to initiate a move that had been discussed last semester while I was in China. Things came together, and now we are succesfully broadcasting from a small room off the Loomis Hall lobby.

The move has done wonders for The SOCC’s exposure to the campus and community. Before, people would often be surprised when told that we have a new student station. I think I can confidently say that most students, faculty, and staff have at least heard of The SOCC by now. It has been a personal pleasure working to bring something like this to the forefront of the CC community. Community radio is alive and well, even in this age where television and the internet seem to rule the communication stage. My goal is to make The SOCC as much a part of a Colorado College students daily routine as visiting Worner Center to check a mail box. As we grow and build upon our previous experience, I have no doubt that The SOCC will make a name for itself. Our move to this new central location is a great start. While it is sad leaving the folks who have nutured us through our infancy, it is time for us to try and walk on our own. KRCC will continue to keep us afloat through our struggles, but I am excited to see what we can do on our own a bit.

Check out our website to get more info and see a program schedule. Also, listen in over the Internet by clicking on the “listen now” links on the top left of our web page. Click the logo below to visit our site….

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The first car load of equipment installed this summer in the new space

The first car load of equipment installed this summer in the new space

Vinyl, decorations, and little bit of character begin to fill in the new studio!

Vinyl, decorations, and little bit of character begin to fill in the new studio!

“Ça Va?”–History of the City of Paris

The Seine River

The Seine River

Casablanca. Gigi. Sabrina. Amelie.  Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (my two personal favorites).

Media has romanticized our imagination of the city of Paris.  The examined and lived, however, brings this city to a whole new level.  As I sit writing this, I am reliving Paris in my imagination.  I was able to examine and experience the city of Paris.

Want to see the Seine River?  It’s only a twenty minute walk.  The Louvre?  Cross the Pont d’Artes and you’re there.  Want to see Notre Dame?  Eiffel Tower?  Pompidou  Center? Done. Done. And Done.

Katherine, Brenna, Kelly, Alissa, Me, and Connie

From front left: Katherine, Brenna, Kelly, Alissa, Me, and Connie

However, what does the everyday person know about the layering of history within this beautiful city?  To tell you the truth, I knew nothing.  Susan Ashley (Dean of the College) and Tip Ragan (Chair of the History Department) co-taught this course.  I’ve never been so challenged by any professor as I have with these two.   Susan focused on teaching the intellectual history of Paris, while Tip focused more on the social history.  Together, they were masterful in teaching the thirteen of us how Paris developed and progressed in the middle ages, the Age of Absolutism, and Modern Paris.

The class was amazing and probably one of the best courses I have ever had in my entire life.  The workload wasn’t too much or overwhelming, but I was challenged by the class discussions.  Susan and Tip would steer discussion by asking a single question, and the class would try to find answers or more questions within the 2.5 hours.  My brain literally hurt after each class, because I had never imagined Paris to be so brilliant.

Oscar Wilde is buried in Paris.  Look at all the kisses!

Oscar Wilde is buried in Paris. Look at all the kisses!

There are no words to describe how I feel about this class–it’s a true “unique, intellectual adventure.” Consider taking this summer block when it’s offered.  I promise you, it will be mind-blowing.

View from the Eiffel Tower!

View from the Eiffel Tower!


Living in Slocum–the substance free wing.

I thought it would be nice to talk about living in the sub-free hall of Slocum.  Why?  My hall recently had a dinner at Paul York’s,the Residental Life Coordinator, apartment.  He asked us questions that were very specific to the sub-free community.  It made me question if I chose to live in the sub-free hall for the right intentions.

Being a freshman and not knowing where my niche was at CC, sub-free hall has made a very positive influence for my first year.  It’s self-selecting.  Students choose to live on this hall.   Not all of us get along, but we’re a big family.  I remember 1st block, we had dance parties (pratically) every weekend.  Unfortunately during one of our dance parties, Security had come up thinking we were under the influence–we were just having too much fun, and getting out of hand.

Looking back (as a second semester Freshman), I did wonder if being placed on the sub-free hallway was a good idea.  It was one of the best decisions I’ve made (besides choosing CC, of course).  Transitioning into college is difficult in itself, especially on the  Block Plan, and having a home that was quiet with a new family made college that much easier.  I highly recommend choosing sub-free as a freshman, especially if you’re uncertain, uncomfortable, and need some stability in a new college environment

Living on the substance-free hall does not mean you have to be substance free, it’s where you live.  As my wonderful Residential Advisor said at the beginning of the school year, “It’s not a lifestyle, it’s a home.”

peace out (it’s SPRING BREAK),

Melissa

Dance party!

Dance party!

Part of my hall getting ready for Halloween fun!

Part of my hall getting ready for Halloween fun!

Part of my hall went to Yoo Mae for sushi!  Verrrrry good + cheap!

Part of my hall went to Yoo Mae for sushi! Verrrrry good + cheap!

“I need to be bold / Need to jump in the cold water”

(From top left) Bridgett, Anh, Alana, Susie, Me, and Krystle

(From top left) Bridgett, Anh, Alana, Susie, Me, and Krystle

Yesterday evening, after a very busy day, I went with a group of friends to go see Joshua Radin.  My first concert in Colorado Springs!  It was amazing, and the venue reminded me of a venue I went to in Oklahoma.  The two opening acts, Jesse Harris and Meiko, were the best opening acts I have EVER heard in my entire life.  No lie!

Jesse Harris

Jesse Harris

Jesse Harris was the first opening act.  I loved his voice a lot; it was so soothing and calm.  He actually wrote Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why”, which is a phenomenal song.

Meiko

Meiko

The next opening act was Meiko.  She was quirky, cute, and a wonderful music artist.  In my opinion, she resembled Rachel Yamagata.  It was also Meiko’s 24th birthday, in which she sang to us (and not the other way around)!

Finally, Joshua Radin.  His most recent fame was singing the Sesame Street theme song on an episode of the televsion show Scrubs.  His voice was calm, melodic, and mesmerizing.  I actually had not heard of him until a week ago, but I really like him.  Perhaps you might know “I’d Rather Be With You”, which is his most recent hit.

Joshua Radin

Joshua Radin

Overall, it was one of the best concerts I’ve attended.  While I thoroughly enjoyed Joshua Radin, I loved both the opening acts, which is rare.  A musical and calming evening to end a busy day!

Signing off,

Melissa

Shaoyuan # 5

 

Collection of major companies near our campus, including Google! (thank you Derek Hardy again)

Collection of major companies near our campus, including Google! (thank you Derek Hardy again)

My living situation here in China is both worse and better than I expected. I live in a dormitory style building called Shaoyuan # 5 that sits near the West Gate of Beida. Most of the students in our program live here except for those that are more proficient in Chinese or have lived in China at some other point. Those folks live in apartments in the Wudaoko district near campus.

Home until May! Shaoyuan #5

Home until May! Shaoyuan #5 (photo by Derek Hardy)

 

I live with two guys, Spike and Winston. Spike is from the University of  Massachusetts, and Winston is from NYU. I couldn’t be happier with these two as roommates. Spike was here at Beida last semester, thus he is the go-to person for any questions. Winston is an incredible artist who is working here for an art and fashion magazine, Madame Figaro. Winston and I share a room, while Spike (seniority rules) lives in the single room. We all share a bathroom.

The room was initially worse than expected with respect to cleanliness and upkeep. It looks as if vacuuming is an afterthought, and the walls are a little bit less white than I think originally intended. We have a decent amount of furniture. The double room lacks any sort of dresser or drawer unit, but we do have a mini refrigerator, TV (only two English channels), a desk, beds, and chairs. The beds, however, aren’t too friendly on the back. Decorating the room has consisted mostly of our shirts and underwear dangling from the clothesline that stretches across the room (no dryers). I am adjusting nicely though!

With all of the customary “Western” and “American” amenities  that we are missing, I am more than content. In fact, we are really spoiled here! Most dorms at Beida are much more crammed—4 or 5 to a room. And according to some local students, our dorm is in much better shape than most. To top it off, each morning someone comes into the room to straighten up the beds, lightly dust a desk surface (maybe), and deliver two new hot water containers with fresh tea bags.

Street fruit vendor near Beida in Wudaokou (photo by Derek Hardy)

Street fruit vendor near Beida in Wudaokou (photo by Derek Hardy)

 

Expectations are intriguing. Mine have been met, exceeded, fallen short of, and shifted dramatically. A new country will do that to you. 

HAPPY 2009!

I know, a bit late, but what the hell! So far, things have begun kind of with a crawl. The economic situation clearly isn’t getting better. My personal life has changed pace from previous years as I am not returning to CC next week with everybody else. So, things seem to be crawling a bit. We do have a new President of the United States being inaugurated next week. Maybe things seems different and quiet because we are all holding our collective breath for that day. That day when Barack Obama takes office and shows us whether we can believe in his change he so adamantly promised throughout his campaign.

Enough politics… Back to New Years Eve… This is the first year in about a dozen that I can remember not spending the evening with multiple people. The last time I can remember was at my house with my best friend at the time watching TV and popping a bottle of sparkling grape juice. This year, while spent only with my girlfriend, was not exactly the same.

Taylor and me in the cab at midnight!

Taylor and me in the cab at midnight!

We ventured to downtown Chicago (only about 45 minutes from my house) where we ate a dinner far to upscale for the two of us and spent the night frolicking around the loop. We completely failed in finding a bar or party to go to. We were having far to much fun just the two of us. This resulted in our New Years Eve countdown being held in a Chicago cab on the Edens Expressway. We screamed to our driver from the back, “Happy New Year!!” He chuckled and said, “Hey… You were here last year!” It took me a second, but I eventually got the joke. We gave him a hefty tip for 2009 when he dropped us off.

 

Michigan Avenue at night in the loop

Michigan Avenue at night in the loop

Being home in Chicago is a really special thing. I find this city to be so welcoming every time I’m in it. It seems to attract a lot of college grads. I know at least a few CC grads who have ventured this way. Being here makes me hope that I can come back at some point in the future. Not now though. Colorado has far too much I haven’t seen yet.