Around the Block – Campus News

‘Best Buddies’ Club Fosters Connections

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By Julia Fennell ’21

The Best Buddies Club seeks to establish and foster relationships between CC students and individuals in the Colorado Springs community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We aim to foster community and connection through inclusive events and one-on-one friendships,” says Natasha Jaddock ’24, who is the co-chair of the Best Buddies club. “We are always looking for students to join our Best Buddies family and hang out, play games, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Block Plan.”

The club hosts blockly events for buddies and CC students, such as pumpkin carving, bowling, and movie nights. Students can join Best Buddies and opt to just participate in these blockly events, or students can choose to be paired with a buddy.

Best Buddies meets as a whole once per block, and students who are paired with a buddy are expected to stay in touch with their buddy outside of the blockly events, including through texting or hanging out together. Students who are part of a pairing should plan to commit at least six hours per block to their buddy, in addition to the blockly events.

Students interested in joining the Best Buddies club can reach out to Natasha Jaddock at

Stay Safe with the Rave Guardian App

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The Rave Guardian app can help you stay safe by providing an additional layer of security. With the push of a button, you can connect with 911 or Campus Safety, as well as send geo-targeted push notifications to the contacts of your choice. The Rave Guardian app can help you stay safe both on and off campus. Learn more and download the app for free

La’au’s Taco Shop is looking for a student to help with their marketing strategies this season. Contact Joe Coleman for more information.

Psalm Delaney ’24 Wins H.R. Butts Scholarship

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By Julia Fennell ’21
Psalm Delaney ’24 was recently awarded the 2022 H.R. Butts Scholarship for Fieldwork in Classical Archaeology from Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics honors society. 
Delaney, who is a double major in classics and education, received $2,000, which supported her participation in an excavation in Caesarea, Israel, this past summer, along with an additional award from the Classics Department’s Hartwell Fund. Caesarea, founded by King Herod in the late first century B.C., was later the provincial capital of Roman Judea.
“I am very grateful and honored to be the recipient of this award. Eta Sigma Phi has allowed me the opportunity to obtain firsthand archeological knowledge and cultural experience in Israel,” says Delaney. “This was an invaluable opportunity that I will be able to share with my future classrooms to forge new paths of inquiry, innovation, and excellence for all students through Classical studies. I intend to apply my multi-sensory understanding of the Mediterranean, documented in the form of photographs, journal entries, and lived experiences, to complement the curriculum; thus, providing enriching perspectives for students beyond the textbook.”
You can read more about Delaney’s work in Israel on her website.


Fun fact: Since the start of this school year, 528 of you all have already ridden over 2,865 miles on PikeRide which is equivalent to saving over 2,526 pounds of CO2 emissions if you had been driving a car. 

Helpful information for using PikeRide:

  • The baskets are not for carrying human cargo. Replacing a basket requires the removal of the bike from the field (decreasing your access to bikes) and costs PikeRide $30.  
  • When ending your trip, bikes are required to be secured by wrapping the cable around a rack or post and inserting the loop end into the rear wheel locking mechanism. You will be fined for not securing your bike to a rack or post.
  • When securing your bike, you should locate a publicly accessible rack or post if you are not at a PikeRide hub. Please do not secure bikes to residential property such as decorative fencing, porch railings, decorative light posts, etc. Street signposts in the public right of way are permitted.
  • When parking your bike please be considerate of all mobility users and do not impede or block pedestrian or vehicular right of way. You will be fined heavily for interfering and/or blocking any ADA ramps or railings.

For more facts and information, please visit PikeRide’s website.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free to email

Professor Waltrip Publishes Essay in American Literary History

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Preston Waltrip, 2022-23 Riley Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of English, has published a new essay in American Literary History entitled, “Recovering the Lost Dream of the Past: Historical Memory and the Present in Carmen Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft.” Waltrip’s essay examines Boullosa’s 2012 historical novel, which is set in the Brownsville-Matamoros region of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands in 1859. Through the fictionalization of historical lynchings of Mexican Texans and an often anachronistic and magical realist historical revision of the First Cortina War (1859-1860), the novel depicts how the cultural imaginaries that served to justify racialized violence in the Texas borderlands left a persistent ideological residue that continues to exist in the present.

Drawing upon Ken Gonzales-Day’s concept of the wonder gaze and Alexander G. Weheliye’s critique of biopolitical discourses, Waltrip shows the ways in which the novel’s representation of lynching illustrates and interrupts how lynchings of Mexican Texans served not only as concrete acts of racialized violence against individuals, but also symbolically perpetuated and justified future violence against other Mexican subjects.

Waltrip will be teaching three courses this year, including Introduction to Chicanx and Latinx Literatures, Historical Novels of U.S./Mexico Borderlands, and Advanced topics in Multi-ethnic U.S. Literatures.

Photo of the Week

ID: 2 men in a hold while playing rugby

Photo by Erin Mullins ’24
Chase Ressler ’23 practices with the men’s rugby team on Sept. 6. 
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