Colorado College has been in the news a lot lately. Perhaps you caught the Colorado College men’s basketball team on NBC Nightly News’ “Making a Difference” segment on Dec. 18. The Tigers added 9-year-old Carter Gates, who is battling leukemia, to the team with a symbolic letter of intent at a ceremonial draft event. The 4-foot, 10 ½-inch youngster was paired with the CC Tigers through Team Impact, a national organization that matches children with life-threatening or chronic diseases with college athletics teams. Head Basketball Coach Andy Partee and James Lonergan ’16 served as CC’s liaisons with the organization. More recently, a nine-day Half Block course titled Queen Bees, WannaBees, and Mean Girls was featured on the “Today Show” on Jan. 22 and in the New York Post on Jan. 19, in an article written by Post reporter Julia Marsh ’05, and in a host of other media outlets. The course, taught by Lisa Hughes in the Comparative Literature Department, explored the means and motives of women seeking authority and the actions they are willing to take in order to hold onto it. Hughes, a classics scholar, and her students read Machiavelli’s “The Prince”; other texts studied included Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Margaret Atwood’s “The Penelopiad,” David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson’s “Film Art,” the poetry of Semonides of Amorgos and Sappho of Lesbos; and from Greek mythology, Ovid’s Circe, Scylla, Arachne, and Athena.
Also in print media, The Christian Science Monitor featured President Jill Tiefenthaler in a Dec. 15 story titled “10 Books University Leaders are Reading.” On her list at that time: “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies” by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, and “The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell.