Open House: Part 1

Each year, CC hosts an Open House for admitted students to come and explore our campus. We offer two Open Houses this year—one last weekend and one this weekend. Open House is a chance for students to basically get a survey of all CC has to offer—we have panels, acapella, and most importantly, donuts. I remember as a high school senior going to Open Houses and being totally overwhelmed with information from all the events I had to attend. It was actually very stressful instead of a time to celebrate successfully getting into college! The best thing about our Open House, to me, is that we try very hard to make it fun for students. We want all of the admitted students to learn about our awesome school and campus, but it’s also important that the everyone gets to experience, at least for a night, what going to CC would be like.

This year, we had a record number of visitors to attend our Open House. It was so much fun to be apart of it all. My favorite part of the weekend was getting to sit down and share a meal with our admitted students and their families. Last weekend, professor Tom Cronin and President Jill Tiefenthaler spoke to us over dinner and lunch, respectively. Even though the speeches were meant to enthrall the students and families, I was so inspired by them! I wanted to send in my deposit and reenroll again. It just made me realize how unique going to school at CC is and how it could never be replicated anywhere else.
Even though Open House was jam packed with a number of activities, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorites, and especially those that are entirely unique to CC:

1. On Friday morning, you’ll wake up, greet your over night host good morning, and attend a class visit! What makes this different than any other Open House weekend, you ask? Well, unlike any other place, you’ll get to sit through a three hour long class. This will be your introduction to what the Block Plan is really like!

2. Definitely Midnight Rastall. If you come to Open House, you’ll be treated to a favorite CC tradition: midnight breakfast. We all know breakfast is the best time of the day, so why not have it at midnight? Tips: 1. get more tator tots because you will inevitably go back for more; 2. make sure you pass Officer Jason to hear him say, “Donut from a cop!?”

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3. Karaoke! This year we planted a stage in the middle of Worner Student Center, and gave people some mics. This resulted in some very entertaining Taylor Swift sing alongs (my favorite).

4. Salsa dancing. I visited my share of schools, and none of them had salsa dancing. It was so great to see everyone join in!

5. Beekeeping club at the Campus Activities Fair. This may be a little bias because they’re my friends, but I didn’t even know about Beekeeping club. Where else could you pursue becoming a bee keeper?
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6. Senior fiction reading. The senior English fiction majors had their reading during last week’s Open House, and I was reminded of the sheer talent at this school.

7. A cappella. We have three different a cappella groups: all male, all female, and a mixed one. And they’re all great!

8. Early yoga. There was a yoga class for early risers! There’s no better way to start out the day then with the greatest view of Pikes Peak on campus (at the fitness center).

9. I asked my fellow Admissions Fellows what their favorite part of Open House was, and this was by far my favorite reply: “Seeing all of their dazed and confused and horrified and enthused faces at the airport.” – Heather Ezell ’14.

10. Meeting everyone! Even though Open House is a reminder that I won’t be around to see and meet the next class of CC students, I was consoled by the fact that every student I met was awesome. CC is in great hands.     photo 2 (1)

 

Hej from København!

Hej Guys!

Sorry I haven’t b1932426_10203130050843248_349726816_neen around here in so long. Things have been hectic abroad but I’m excited to share some of my experiences with you. 

So, last month I made my way to Copenhagen, Denmark. Many people asked me why I chose to study abroad when I’m already abroad. I just said, “why not? The opportunity is there, so I’m going to take it.” I chose to study abroad in Copenhagen because I’d never seen this part of Europe before and wanted an opportunity to learn a little more about its culture since we never hear much about it when people talk about Europe and so far I haven’t regretted my decision!

I am studying through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), and am enrolled in the International Business Program and am doing some economics courses as well as a Danish Culture & Language class! I am living with a host family south of the city and everyday I have a daily commute of about 40mins, which involves a lot of walking and train riding.

These past six weeks have been great fun! I have met some really cool people from other universities in the States and have encountered some very nice Danish people. During my 2nd week, I went on a little trip with my international business class and visited some of Denmark’s famous companies. My highlight by far was visiting the ORIGINAL LEGO Factory! We got tosee the production of LEDSC07768GO’s and got to take a little piece back with us. Next week, we’re off to Riga, Latvia to see how they’ve adapted to the business environment since joining the EU!

My classes are interesting! It has been difficult adjusting to the semester plan from the block plan. I am not used to having gaps between classes or having short classes. I do miss the three-hour classes and ability to discuss articles in more depth. Despite missing this, I am enjoying learning on the semester plan.

That’s all for now folks!

Vi ses! (See you – in Danish)

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The Eternality of Ancient Community

Hi guys, my name is David Wright. I am a senior Classics major at Colorado College, I love Colorado with all of my heart, I am looking to do anything with craft beer, and I am 20 years old. For the next month, I will be traveling around the state to talk to brewers, entrepreneurs, and marketing heads to study culture and subculture in the Colorado microbrewery industry with funds received from CC’s Venture Grant program.

It took a few times to receive funding from the college to help someone under 21 study beer culture in the state, but I persisted, feeling as though it was a perfect way to connect Greco-Roman thought to the modern world and look at this state’s passion in a different way. The attraction that craft beer commands is unmistakable, indescribable, and soul gripping, sweeping up faithful followers into the mysterious and fascinating allure that helps define what it means to live in Colorado. I was introduced to this phenomenon my senior year in high school when I was studying the new American West and we learned about the emerging economic impacts that microbreweries contribute to society. The second after one of my best friends (and contributor to CC’s beer lover column in the paper) talked to me about her intrigue in the culture here and her family’s love of beer, I knew that I would forever be hooked.

As a Classics major graduating in three years, I rarely have the opportunity to study such a modern economic or scientific movement in the classroom. In my senior essay, I explored the meaning of a sense of place in antiquity and the innate spiritual connection that one feels to a local community. Tangentially, I came across theories that went as far to say that modern prejudices that hold wine above beer in social hierarchy come from Greek and Roman mindsets. With commercial beer advertisements promoting sex and cheap alcohol, the local microbrewery ideal is reviving itself in all parts of the United States, and very notably in Colorado, iconoclastically rejecting large national brands and promoting a communal environment focused on local interaction and conscious living. The current revolution also brings to mind the microbrewery culture that existed before prohibition as the influx of new companies is responding to a lack of diversification, creating individual identities through their product, marketing, and own physical location.

During my sojourn around the state, I am going to spend a week in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder/Fort Collins each to synthesize information on sustainability practices, how local the ingredients are, what type of demographic each brewery serves, and eventually compare the three major locations as a comprehensive reflection of their awareness of their own sense of place. Though Colorado’s microbrewery tradition pervades every part of the state, each section has its own way of doing things and every brewery represents a different aspect of their metropolitan area’s subculture. Obviously, I will not be able to experientially compare the stylistic brewing variations, but I will be able to synthesize what makes each brewery tick and why the industry means so much to each individual city making up the state as a whole. I will spend significant time at least 5 emblematic breweries in each city and if you would like to join me for any visits or talk about this project at all, please reach out to me- I would love to connect!

If you’re interested in getting in touch with David, his email is David.T.Wright (at) ColoradoCollege (dot) edu.

Meet Prowler, our mascot.

Hi, friends. My name is Tram, and I’m a senior History-Philosophy major here at CC. A couple of weeks ago, I began the last semester of my undergraduate career. Fifth block here at CC marks several things—mainly, the regular weekend trips to the mountains, the annual campus-wide winter ball, and the constant flux of snowfall and sunshine. This fifth block, I’m thankful that my daily morning trips to the library are always an adventure. A few mornings ago I woke up to the blistering cold, and the day after I was met with sunshine. It’s always a nice surprise before I enter the library to work on my thesis. At CC, we are given entire blocks  to work on our thesis, depending on the major. As a History-Philosophy major, I get two blocks to write my thesis, which is due at the end of next block. I’m currently in my second thesis block, the time where I have to begin writing and create an entire draft. If you would have asked me four years ago, I would have been utterly terrified at the thought of writing a thesis. Actually, the thought still terrifies me a little but at least I’m well equipped and supported now. Since my major is combined, I actually get to have two advisors, one from each department, and luckily they are both amazing. Since I have nothing very exciting to report because I’m currently in the middle of writing my thesis, I thought it would be better for you all to read about someone on campus that is doing much more exciting things.

At CC, we are proud of our dynamic approach to education, and I think the other universally well-liked thing here would be sports. Our college mascot is Prowler, the tiger. Before hockey games, you’ll see Prowler hyping up the crowd and being all around school spirited. I recently found out who Prowler was (at least one of them) from a top-secret source, and got in contact with the person inside the suit. If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to be Prowler, now’s your chance:

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Okay, well, what made you want to do the job in the first place?

The job fell into my lap really.  Someone from club hockey referred my name to Jessica Bennett, I tried out and here I am four years later.

Do you have any good stories/interactions while in the suit?

One time a little girl gave me a framed drawing she made of Prowler before a game.

Are there tryouts in order to be the mascot?

There are try-outs.  I tried out four years ago so anyone who is a good skater should give it a go.

 What is your go-to move while you’re in costume?

On the ice I moonwalk when I have my skates on.

If you could change one thing about the mascot, what would it be?

I think our mascot is great as is.

Prowler makes an appearance in last year's Admissions video.

Prowler makes an appearance in last year’s Admissions video.

 What are your actual duties as our mascot?

As Prowler I go to events within the greater Colorado Springs community.  I help market CC athletics and obviously I am part of the game time festivities.

 Have you gotten any strange requests while in costume?

I have received so many strange requests.  My favorite is when elderly women ask me to kiss them during photo-ops.  That’s always entertaining.

How do you feel about the (semi) recent push to change our mascot to a cutthroat trout?

I think a cutthroat trout would be more regionally appropriate but I believe changing the mascot from a tiger would be a poor choice.

 What is the biggest misconception you’d like to clear up about being the mascot?

I don’t know of any in particular but I think the job illustrates the behind-the-scenes aspects of making every home hockey game possible.  Being able to witness all the moving parts and the massive amount of staffing required for each game is humbling.  I am grateful to have had such a dynamic and entertaining on-campus position during my time at CC.

 

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David Conquers Pikes!

July 4th, 2013- the day I decide that I will finally climb the mountain whose front yard I have lived in for the past two years. On this Independence Day, what could be more American than summiting it for the first time and then going to some potlucks in the afternoon? I contact two of my best friends (Matt Nadel and Leo Stout) early in the week and ask them if they want to join on the only Thursday of the summer that we do not work. By 5:30 A.M. we are on the road, having already eaten some peanut butter sandwiches.

What a beautiful feeling the crisp and cool air is for us! I give thanks for the blessing to breathe and the chance to start a hike in the woods sporting my red and black flannel. In the preliminary stages of our 13 mile hike, we cannot help but turn around on a consistent basis to admire the beautiful rock faces of the Crags jutting out of the trees and the plethora of mountains that populate our entire perspective. The path is steep and Leo and I follow Matt who pushes forward, keeping us on track and moving.

The peripatetic nature of our trip lends itself to insightful discussion and we enter into topics including post-graduate options, different paths we see ourselves on, and what we value in life.

The first six miles seem to fly by, but that final half-mile really challenges my grit. The dirt begins to slip a bit under our feet and we start scrambling to the peak. Hi ho silva- the summit!

Wait. What is going on? This is possibly the strangest environment that I have witnessed. One runner circles the parking lot on top of the mountain while we begin to eat our trail snacks- fruit, peanuts, and more sandwiches. Is there really a donut shop here? Cars file in and out and a myriad of people take photos.

I reflect on something one of my friends put into my brainbank- do the hikers think that those who drive to the top are crazier or do those who drive think that the hikers are? I can’t really decide- I am just confused. Meanwhile, my fingers have swelled so much from the variation in temperature that I have to ask Matt to open the bag of peanuts that I hope to eat. We ask someone to take our photo at the summit post and they do, later realizing we just hiked the backside of the mountain and they admit their shock. We hold in ours. We spend some time taking in the views from all over the peak and then decide to head back.

I always forget how far we hike up when coming down mountains. Alas! We scurry down the east side, almost running by the time we are near the parking lot.

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