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‘Climate Justice Teach-In’ celebrates Earth Day while setting standards for CC sustainability
As a community greatly invested in the outdoors, Colorado College and many of its students have committed themselves to sustainable practices.
In an effort to both commemorate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and accelerate CC’s progress towards reducing the college’s environmental
impact, the Student Divestment Com-mittee and EnAct hosted a teach-in on the green outside of Tutt Library on Wednesday April 22.
Student Divestment Committee members Ben Criswell and Alex Su-ber opened the event by explaining that the teach-in served to address three issues: a carbon-neutral reno-vated Tutt Library, the administra-
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tion’s commitment to achieving a carbon neutral campus by the year 2020, and institutional divestment from fossil fuels.
“These three steps could help us establish sustainability as an institu-tional value,” said Criswell. “An area in which our school is currently more talk than action.”
Students pave the way for girls’ soccer program in Palestine
First year Baheya Malaty, and senior Mary Jones, were awarded $10,000 to start a girl’s soccer program in Pales-tine. Malaty and Jones spent the past summer living in Palestinian refugee camps across the road from each other but did not know the other was there. They met back on campus in
the fall. “We both wanted to use soccer as a
platform for women’s empowerment in the Middle East,” Malaty said. “It just so happened that Palestine is a country we are both passionate about.”
The soccer program will train col-lege-age women from refugee camps to coach younger girls between the
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HANNAH GLOSSERStaff Writer ages of nine and 14. There will be
three teams, one in each of the se-lected refugee camps. Jones and Malaty will be in Palestine for ap-proximately two months.
“We will arrive in early July and start �inalizing logistics and get-ting everything set up as Ramadan is ending,” said Malaty. “Once it �in-
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What is the role of the Career Center at CC? Student survey raises questions about the quality of this important resource.
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Jack Burger sits down with newly-elected Student Body President, Jacob Walden, to talk about his view on transparency, student activism, and the role of CCSGA.
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GlobeMed, MAPS, and Active Minds joined forces to launch a Block-long program that tackles balancing a hollistically healthy lifestyle.
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Two Colorado College students receive Goldwater Scholarship, one receives Fullbright Scholarship
ELLY BLUMStaff Writer
This year a total of 300 sophomores and juniors from North and South Amer-ica received Goldwater Scholarships, two of which are Colorado College stu-dents.
Due to their commitment to the math-ematic and scienti�ic �ields, Melissa Jay and Brooke Davis were each awarded a scholarship.
“The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is an undergraduate award given to soph-omores and juniors who are interested in pursuing a career in science, math, or engineering,” Jay said.
This description �its Jay’s interests perfectly.
“I am interested in a career in biosta-tistics which is the �ield of statistics ap-plied to medical research,” she said. “I hope to work as a biostatistical consul-tant or lead researching biostatistician after graduate school.”
Both Jay and Davis had learned about the scholarship through their profes-sors.
Similarly, Davis was nominated by a professor two years in a row, and decid-ed to submit an application both times.
In the past, Davis had been recognized for her research on a smaller scale. “In high school, I was recognized for my re-search on beluga whales and went with a delegation from Conneticut to the Na-tional Science Fair in Washington DC,” she said. “I applied [for the Goldwater Scholarship] because I guess I wanted to see how I compared to the rest of the
country’s STEM students.”The application process is long and te-
dious. “In November, I had to apply internally
to receive a nomination from CC,” Jay
said. “Only four students per academic institution may be nominated. After re-ceiving the nomination, I had to apply for the scholarship through the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Foundation.”
“I had to write an es-say about my own re-search experience and where it will take me in the future,” Davis add-ed. “Additionally, there were some other short answer questions about research experience and future plans.”
Davis explained that CC gave her lots of op-portunities to become a strong applicant and ex-cel in the �ield that she is so passionate about.
“Colorado College has made it possible for me to study abroad on two different �ield research oriented programs,” Da-vis said. “As a result, I have extensive research experience and am au-thoring two different journal articles.”
It is clear that Davis takes much pride in coming form a small school.
“Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t gain valuable re-search experience at a small school; its just not
true!” she said.After receiving the scholarship, stu-
dents are provided with money to go toward their tuition. “The Goldwater is just a monetary scholarship to help with senior year expenses,” Davis said. “So for me it will mean graduating with signi�icantly less debt than I originally planned.”
While Jay and Davis were the only stu-dents to receive the Goldwater Scholar-ship this year, there are plenty of other competitive scholarships being awarded to CC students.
One of these students, Annaliese Schroeder, was selected to be a Fulbright Scholar.
“The ETA Fulbright Scholarship in South Korea is a grant that gives me the opportunity to teach English in Korea, partake in cross-cultural engagement, and gain a new perspective on educa-tion.” Schroeder said.
“An important aspect of the grant is being an Ambassador of the U.S. in Ko-rea,” Schroeder continued. “The award is a 13-month program with the chance to renew the grant for an additional two years [which varies country to country].”
These collective awards prove that regardless of Colorado College’s size, the student body is just as capable of competing with the larger schools for awards such as these.
“As I said before, I am proud that I can hold my own against students from big research universities,” Davis said. “Just because we go to a small liberal arts school does not mean that we can’t excel in the sciences.”
Fullbright Scholar and Colorado College senior Annaliese Schroeder plans to travel to South Korea after graduation. Photograph by Richard Forbes.
“Environmental Ethics”: Finding a middle-ground between the ethical and the practical
EMMA MARTINStaff Writer
Over the last several decades, the term “Anthropocene” has inevitably found it-self interwoven into discussions of sus-tainability, environmental justice, and climate change.
The term—which has become an envi-ronmental buzzword—refers to a geo-logical epoch in which human behavior has signi�icant and widespread impact on the Earth’s ecosystems and climate.
“If we are going to name this new era after us—which is somewhat hubris-tic in itself—then how are we going to conceive ourselves in that role?” said As-sociate Professor of Philosophy Marion Hourdequin.
In her recently published book, “En-vironmental Ethics: From Theory to Practice,” Hourdequin grapples with this very intersection: the ways in which we ought to live versus the practical reali-ties at work in our lives/our world today.
“People are talking about entrance into this new epoch, and it entails new responsibilities,” said Hourdequin.
Many institutions and disciplines has taken a stab at environmental issues, from world governments to economists to human rights organizations to scien-ti�ic research labs.
Philosophy and ethics, however, offer a unique lens into environmental conver-sation and debate.
“Environmental philosophers can chal-lenge the standard assumptions held in Western philosophic tradition, like the assumption that only humans have val-ue,” said Hourdequin.
Hourdequin has done much work in Asian philosophy and classical Chinese philosophy, both of which she has wo-ven into her book to create an “unusual but distinctive �lavor.” This engagement of other philosophic traditions is helpful when engaging critically with dominant Western ethical theories.
“The Western conception of the self is as autonomous and independent, whereas Confucianism and Daoism have a conception of the self that is more re-lational and perspective-based,” said Hourdequin. “To think of ourselves and our responsibilities differently is impor-tant in developing a robust environmen-tal ethic.”
“Environmental Ethics”—her �irst single-authored book—developed dur-ing the fall of her sabbatical in 2012 and �inished the following 2013-2014 aca-demic year.
The book is a combination of origi-nal research and information and ideas
gathered over a decade of teaching courses in environmental ethics at the college.
“I wanted to strike a balance between a synthesis of existing literature and giv-ing my take on the �ield and what might constitute promising directions,” said Hourdequin. “I wanted the book to be ideally pleasant to read, but operate at a sophisticated level at the same time—I didn’t want to water down the discipline of environmental ethics.”
For several years, she has used draft chapters of the book in her environmen-tal ethics classes, and the structure of the book drew on the experiences of teach-ing the class. Her students were very helpful during the fruition of the book, giving feedback on areas that needed ex-pansion or clari�ication and even some line editing.
One of the examples Hourdequin gives is of her daughter’s elementary school, an institution at which all the food trays in the cafeteria are disposable.
This book shows that environmental ethics can serve to broaden and deepen conversations on hot button issues such as climate change.
It can also elucidate the relationship between our moral obligations and the practices of our daily lives.
“It’s a sort of hidden curriculum,” said Hourdequin. “The school isn’t explicitly teaching kids to throw out trash, but ev-ery day at lunch, a culture of disposabil-ity is promoted and certain values are implicitly conveyed.”
Hourdequin hopes one of the greatest contributions of her book will be its fo-cus on practice and its emphasis on the relationship between values and institu-tions.
“Institutions embody and shape our values, and our values, in turn, shape institutions,” said Hourdequin. “It’s very much a cycle, and if we want to make any serious change, we will have to change the values of both.”
Environ-m e n t a l Ethics is available to the public and people in the �ield alike.
Jason Newton, CC’s CSPD School Resource Of�icer, goes linebacker on bike robber • On Wednesday morning, an employee of Colorado College noticed a man attempting to cut a lock off a bike. The employee called Campus Safety to report the theft. The Campus Safety security team, which included Jason Newton, CC’s CSPD School Resource Of�icer, attempted to make contact with the suspect, 42 year-old Roderick Gomez. Gomez tried to �lee but was tackled and arrested by Newton. Gomez was arrested for Possession of Burglary Tools, Attempted Theft, Trespassing, and Resisting Arrest/Obstruction.
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Colorado Springs crime, in brief
▶ ▶ Colorado GOP lawmakers con-tinue efforts to advance a fetal homi-cide bill.
Last month, a local Longmont woman who was eight months pregnant re-sponded to a Craigslist posting for baby clothes; the original poster ended up cutting into the belly of the pregnant mother.
Although many say that the child was killed, prosecution was not able to call this case a murder due to the fact that they could not find any signs of life out-side of the womb. In response, Repub-lican lawmakers drafted a bill proposal that would make killing an unborn fe-tus a homicide.
Colorado lawmakers have had this discussion in the past, along with other states. The Gazette reported that the bill is likely to pass the Senate, however the Democrat-led House is likely to op-pose it.
▶ ▶ Local man scammed out of job.According to KKTV 11, a Cañon City
local named Richard Valdez found out that his online job application was ac-tually a scam. He first ran across the job listing on Craigslist, which said that the company was looking for someone who would clean houses for out-of-state in-vestors.
Valdez sent in his response for the ad, in which he only added his name and address. Just a few days later, he re-ceived a check in the mail with instruc-tions to deposit the check, keep a chunk of the money as an advanced payment, and then to wire the remainder of the money back to the company.
Although he did not take the money, he reported this incident in order to deter other people from falling into this trap. Currently, the case remains open.
▶ ▶ UCCS expands curriculum to in-crease supplies of math and science teachers.
Next fall, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will be adding a bach-elor’s degree in engineering education as well as a master’s degree in account-ing. The two additions were approved last Friday by the University of Colo-rado Board of Regents.
This expansion on the current cur-riculum was set in place in order to comply with increased state licensing requirements, reports the Gazette. Es-sentially, this is in effort to help spike the numbers in the US’s supply of high school math and science teachers.
With this addition, UCCS will be offer-ing five doctoral degrees, 20 master’s degrees, and 37 bachelor’s degrees.
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CLUTCH HOTEL SWOOP
On Friday, April 17, at approximately 1:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to a motel in regards to a trespassing.
Upon investigation at the 8200 block of Voyager Parkway, officers found that two men and two women had snuck into a motel room looking to get away from the
THE DOG DAYS ARE NOT DONE
On Friday, April 17, at approximately 1:09 p.m., officers were dispatched on account of an assault—a canine assault.
Upon arrival to the 3400 block of Re-becca Lane, the officers discovered that two loose pitbulls had forced their way into a residence through a dog door. Once inside, one of the pitbulls attacked the resident’s pomeranian. The resident was able to fend off the attack, sustaining mi-nor injuries.
The pitbulls were located and turned over to the Humane Society who took over the investigation. The resident’s pomeranian was rushed to an emergen-cy veterinary hospital for serious life-threatening injuries.
Charges against the owners of the pit-bulls are pending.
ATTEMPTED SHOWER, FOOD,AND IDENTITY THEFT
On Monday, April 20 at approximately 10:50 p.m., officers responded to a com-plaint from the Village Inn about a suspi-
cious male taking a shower in the public restroom.
Whenever officers arrived at the site at 7384 Duryea Drive, an employee report-ed having been approached by an adult male identified as Luke Thurman. Thur-man attempted to sell narcotics to the employee in exchange for food.
Officers contacted Thurman, who was still on scene during the investigation and determined that he had a felony war-rant for his arrest. Officers found several identification cards and credit cards that did not belong to Thurman.
Thurman was charged with two felo-nies, Identity Theft and Imitation Con-trolled Substances, and is now in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.
MAN SLAYS HIS COMPUTER
On Monday, April 20 at approximately 6:55 p.m., officers responded to shots fired in a residential area.
Upon investigation in the alley of 2200 W Colorado Ave., they found that a resi-dent identified as Lucas Hinch had been fed up with his computer for the last sev-eral months and had taken violent action against the defenseless machine. He had fired eight shots into the computer with a handgun, effectively disabling it.
Hinch was cited for discharging a fire-arm within city limits.
cold weather. One subject, Geordan Morris, after ini-
tially lying about his name, was found to have robbery, escape, and drug warrants. Morris was also found with a handgun and narcotics on his person. The robbery warrant was recently issued as part of a case in which Morris robbed his own family at gunpoint.
Morris was booked at the Criminal Jus-tice Center on the outstanding warrants and an assortment of new charges.
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2015 Commencement re-examined and revampedSAMANTHA BLAIRStaff Writer
Commencement events, traditions, and experiences are being examined and modified this year for the graduates of the class of 2015.
Mary Frances Kerr, Special Assistant to the President, and Brenda Soto, Director of College Events, have distinct visions for this year’s commencement events and those to come.
Both Kerr and Soto sit on the Academic Events Committee, which helps select the commencement speakers and hon-orary degree recipients at least a year in advance.
Staff, faculty, and students nominate candidates, and there are many voices in the selection process.
This year alumnus William “Bro” Ad-ams, the chair of the National Endow-ment for the Humanities (NEH) and former president of Bucknell Univer-sity and Colby College, will give the commencement address. Adams is re-nowned for his advocacy and participa-tion in the humanities and liberal arts.
Michael Grace, who has served as in-terim president and professor at Colora-do College, and Robert C. Fox, Professor of Music, Chair of the Music Department, and Dean of Summer Sessions, will be the 2015 baccalaureate speakers.
Grace is sure to bring a unique spin
to this year’s event. “Michael would re-ally like to bring music into it,” said Soto. “Being a music professor and being here so long, how he relates music into his speech will be part of the uniqueness of his presentation.”
While this will be Soto and Kerr’s first year in charge of the commencement events, they have plans to continue im-proving the experience for graduating seniors.
The conversations about next year’s events have just begun, and both expect to see the traditions passed down at CC change or remain the same based on feedback.
Soto said, “We haven’t really had the chance to focus on the ceremony, to look at it and think ‘why do we do that?’ or ‘why don’t we do this?’ We will look to students to tell us what they think, so we can consider their input.”
Kerr is looking forward to how the col-lege will benefit from their work this year. “I start with listening,” she said. “I think it’s a matter of paying attention to the event in an entirely different way and thinking about both how you get there and what happens.”
While commencement events are deeply rooted in tradition, there are some new changes that will be imple-mented this year to improve the experi-ence.
For example, the senior survey will
now be online. After many years of paper surveys and
arduous transcribing, CC is taking the leap to digital surveys in order to cre-ate a more sustainable and efficient data collecting process.
To incentivize seniors, those who fill out the short two-minute survey will be entered into a $250 drawing for South-west Airlines.
“The senior survey is very important to us,” said Soto. The feedback the Aca-demic Events Committee receives will help tell the world the story of CC, and also help the college gain a sense of how to continue to support alumni as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
Aside from the survey, President Jill Tiefenthaler and Dean Mike Edmonds, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, are excited to present a new tradition. This year they will host a re-ception for seniors in the Fine Arts Cen-ter on May 8.
“This is your last hurrah for your four years, and something you will remem-ber ten years down the line. We’re doing everything we can to make sure we’re tying everything together to say ‘you’ve done it,’” said Soto.
Baccalaureate is scheduled for Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. in Shove Chapel. The 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be on Monday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m. on Arm-strong Quad.
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The strenuous conditions that the Block Plan entails forces Colorado College students to learn to balance work, play, and wholesome lifestyles, three and a half weeks at a time.
Recently, three student organiza-tions crafted a Block-long program in order to promote this healthy bal-ance.
The College’s Minority Associa-tion for Pre-Health Students (MAPS) along with the CC chapter of Globe-Med and Active Minds collaborated earlier this year to brainstorm a pro-gram. They created a series of events that correlate to the topics of alco-hol/substance abuse, sexual assault,
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and exercise/nutrition. “Throughout Block 8, we are putting
forth one or two events each week with the goal of awareness and well-being,” said Cheryn Aouaj, MAPS co-chair and GlobeMed member. “First week deals with alcohol/drugs, second week deals with sexual assault, and third week tack-les nutrition/exercise.”
The program is called “Sex, Drugs, and Kale.”
“We did a play on words with sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but instead of rock and roll we replaced that with kale because one of our weeks is dedicated to nutrition,” said Aouaj.
The two groups were motivated to or-ganize this health because they wanted to address prevalent issues that occur during all the Block 8 madness.
“Eighth block is notorious for being fun and wild, but we wanted to ground the student population by hosting events that provide solid information and in-sight,” said Aouaj. “We also wanted to collaborate with various student groups to get the ball rolling.
The series kicked off on no other than the “national holiday” of 4/20, a day that celebrates cannabis, with a lecture by psychology professor Lori Driscoll.
During the speech, she addressed the effects of marijuana on the brain. This lecture had an outstanding turnout, which got the program off to a great start.
The rest of the events include a pledge to be a B.A.D.A.S.S., also known as a pledge to refuse to be a bystander to sex-ual assault; a talk discussing what sexual
health and safety are; and even a lift-ing class accompanied by a full-body workout class.
“We’re hoping that student will get something different out of each event/program,” said Aouaj. “As a whole, we want people to walk away with more sensitivity and aware-ness towards the topics we discuss.”
Setting up such an intricate event required the groups to branch out to the Sexual Assault Response Co-ordinator, the Adam F. Press Fitness Center, a myriad of professors, and more.
By providing expertise on vari-ous aspects of holistic health, “Sex, Drugs, and Kale” promises to be both fun and informative for all those attending.
Sex, Drugs, and Kale: Balancing the CC lifestyle
Professor Shane Burns’ interview with PBS is one step in an illustrious careerHELEN GRIFFITHSGuest Writer
After putting in the man hours and brain power necessary for success, Colo-rado College physics professor Shane Burns, along with the rest of his small research team, contributed to the re-alization that the universe, contrary to scienti�ic consensus, is experiencing ac-celerated expansion.
As part of the PBS program “Hittin’ The Road,” Burns provides commentary on humanity’s place in the universe, the origins of astronomy, and his team’s re-search in cosmology. This Berkeley as-trophysics group, which Burns helped establish, received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Burns attended the ceremony in Stock-holm and received a commendation from the Colorado House of Representa-tives for his contributions.
One of the de�ining moments in Burns’
life was when, at 12-years-old, he �irst discovered a burgeoning curiosity for what lay beyond the stars above him as he laid under the Rocky Mountain’s clear sky.
“As I stood illuminated by the light from the stars, I remember a number of cosmological questions popped into my head. ‘Where did this come from? What are those things?’” said Burns.
After this intellectual awakening, Burns pursued eclectic interests. In the six years leading up to his bachelor’s de-gree, Burns supported himself through college and studied English, philosophy, and chemistry.
“I stumbled onto a liberal arts educa-tion,” said Burns. “I took classes that were interesting to me. It opened me to up this world of the intellect.”
After reading Einstein’s biography, he discovered the allure of physics and graduated from the University of Califor-
nia: San Diego with a degree in the �ield. In graduate school at UC Berkley, he worked closely with Saul Perlmutter, the future Nobel Prize winner, on supernova explosions as distance indicators.
In the same way it is possible to judge the distance of a car from the strength of its headlights when driving on the road, the light supernovas emit can be used to measure the expansion history of the universe.
“My favorite part of [astronomy] is learning something new, where you have understood some little piece of the world that you hadn’t before,” said Burns.
Burns focused primarily on analyzing infrared imaging from the Hubble Space Telescope to determine the extinction of supernovas.
This work allowed Burns to �inally answer some of the initial questions he pondered in Wyoming all those years
ago. Now, Burns believes that his primary
calling is being a professor.Colorado College’s nearby mountains
and small classes instantly captured Burns’ admiration as a visiting professor in 1986.
The ability to foster relationships with students through the intensity of the block plan and the freedom to discuss work with colleagues all played a role in Burns’ decision to come back as a full-time professor.
“I get to interact in a way that allows me to really do what a teacher should,” said Burns. “It is an opportunity to ad-dress students’ different manners of learning. At the basis of a liberal arts education is the enlightenment ideal of critically thinking about the world, and physics is the ultimate expression of this. The sciences allow you to test your ideas against the real world.”
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Where are you from and what year are you?I am a junior, and I am from Larkspur, Colo.
What do you study?I study political science, and I will hopefully have a minor in philosophy. It’s a tough decision between the two. I couldn’t �it a double major in, but I wish I could.
Why did you choose to run for CCSGA president?I had prior experience in CCSGA as the Internal Affairs Vice President. I chose to run because I think CCSGA has deviated to more of a funding organization, con-cerned with money and the allocation of money as a tool and an end goal and as a means to achieve a higher set of end values. I think that CCSGA needs to shift back to activism, to passing legislation, advocating for what students want to see with the administration, with the city, with their state, and with their country, and using money as a means to achieve that, rather than just an end goal.
What are your goals for CCSGA?I have seven of them. There are three for CCSGA and four for the rest of the college.
The �irst CCSGA goal is to remove the discretionary funding for CC-SGA representatives, because right now they are paid almost 30,000 dollars a year. The second is making legislation and pass-ing bills and resolutions an active part of what CCSGA does. The third is the idea of educating leaders, compassionate leaders. Public service is something you make a sacri�ice for that everyone should endeavor to do, to be active in civic life. CCSGA should cultivate that idea.
The four other goals are for this college and the commu-nity. First, I would like to increase socioeconomic diver-sity at CC. Second, I would like all of CC staff to have a living wage. If we want to educate future leaders and re-duce inequality and the threat it poses, then we should start with what our own employees are facing. The third is the goal of sexual assault support and making sure that student groups and student organizations have the support they need from the administration. It’s a national conversation that we are having and we need to make it a campus wide one. The fourth goal is city-wide: the idea of improving street cross-ings on Cascade and Nevada.
How will you go about achieving these goals?The one thing I always hear is, “Okay, so you have these seven goals. Now do them.” That’s why I divided them in two sets. There are some that can be achieve by CCSGA within CCSGA, which are the �irst three, and those can be done by me and by my support in the student gov-ernment or with student leaders and initiatives. The other four are more dif�icult because you have to work with the administration, the Board of Trustees, and in some cases even the city. This will come down to making sure the people I am working with are the ones going to city council meetings and making sure that the city and the administration know that there are certain things students want to have happen at this school. I can be honest, I cannot guarantee that these goals will happen, but I will try damn hard. I can say if it results in me standing outside, campaigning for an all campus referendum, I will do that. I ran on it, I will try to achieve it.
How are you going to make CCSGA more transparent?I wouldn’t say I campaign on transparency, necessarily. I would watch out with saying transparency without thinking about what it really means. CCSGA publishes a lot of stuff. Right now almost every funding thing they have done this year is online. It’s not just the transparency aspect, but it is also making sure that the decisions that are being made are in alignment with the constitution that the student government has and that we are living up to the ideals that we set out in student government, like making sure money actually goes to student groups, making sure the money is well managed, and making sure we are passing legislation.
When I started running, not a single bill or resolution had been passed by CCSGA this year. How can we say we are paying student leaders to do this sort of work and this sort of advocacy when there are so many other student leaders on campus who don’t get paid, who don’t get any recognition or monetary supplement, and who do a lot work, I think, even much more successfully than we do? I think being transparent means living up to the ideals. We are the spokesmen for the students so we should be at the forefront of student advocacy.
What are some of your hobbies or passions?I really like to play piano. It’s a good de-stresser for me. I love being outdoors, which is one of the reasons I chose CC. I love to ski, be outside, camp, hike, scuba dive. I am trying to get a pilot’s license, too. I also just really enjoy reading and hanging out with my friends and relaxing.
What are your plans for the summer?I am going to work on my thesis, but I also have a job here as an Admissions Fellow.
Why did you choose to come to CC?I really like the Block Plan. I thought the connection between professors and students was really unique. It’s a typical liberal arts experience in some ways but in other ways I really appreciate the casual atmosphere and the activist student body. It has a unique culture that I think few liberal arts schools have.
What has been your favorite Block Break? For spring break, I did a giant loop around Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. It was really fun. We visited national parks, went hiking, and went to the Grand Canyon. My ideal Block Break would be something crazy like getting on a plane and �lying as far as possible, to the Great Barrier Reef or something. Completely unrealistic.
I have seven of them. There are three for CCSGA and four for the rest of the college.
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Newly-elected Student Body President Jacob Walden talks about his plans to address issues within CCSGA, Colorado College, and Colorado Springs.
Photograph by Richard Forbes
...with Jack Burger
april 24, 2015NEWS6
SOCCER: Program to create a safe space for Palestinian girls
ishes, we expect to have the coaches trained and the girls recruited for the teams. I got involved by working in Pal-estine last summer at an NGO called the Holy Land Trust, training with the Pal-estinian Women’s National Soccer Team, and living in a refugee camp in Bethle-hem. It has always been my passion to use soccer as a means of empowerment. It’s amazing to be able to use something that I love to promote something that I am really passionate about.”
Jones has also always loved to play soccer and was captivated by the Middle
CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE East because she saw people her age af-fected but proactive about issues.
“Our �irst goal this summer is to col-laborate with local organizations, in-cluding Right to Play and the Palestinian Women’s National Soccer Team,” said Malaty. “Our hope is to support a locally-led program and provide an opportunity for the coaches and young women to further develop leadership skills, as well as share a safe space with younger Pal-estinian girls.”
Jones emphasizes the idea of a safe space.
“Last summer, I was speaking with a mother about her son,” she said. “The mother stressed how important it was
for her son to have access to a play-ground and youth center. The son knew that those areas were for him and they were a safe place. For me, soccer has al-ways been a safe place. I want to create a safe public place for these young Pales-tinian girls.”
Jones hopes that the soccer program will be a happy distraction and is excited about the cross refugee camp connec-tions.
“Our hope is that the project will cul-minate with a kind of festival or tourna-ment between each team,” said Malaty. “We want to make it a community-wide event that engages all of greater Beth-lehem and celebrate the girls and their
work and the coach’s work.”Malaty expects to run into numerous
challenges, the �irst being entering the country.
“It is really hard as activists to get in,” she said. “Palestine has no control over its borders and essentially we have to be very deliberate at what we say at the border. The second challenge is the resistance from the community about their daughters playing soccer.”
Jones believes that challenges will be dif�icult to anticipate right now.
“You have to be in Palestine to get any-thing done. That’s their culture. We have to wait until we get there and talk to people and �igure out the logistics,” she said. “Also, doing anything ef�iciently in Palestine is dif�icult. There will be days you just can’t bus the girls to the soccer �ield because it will be too dangerous.”
The monetary award will be partly allocated to Malaty and Jones to cover travel and living costs in Palestine. The additional funding will be allocated to-wards the programs.
“We are accepting donated gear in-stead of taking money from the bud-get,” said Malaty. “We need soccer balls, socks, sports bras, shorts, t-shirts, jer-seys, cones, and �lat shoes. The other funds are going to provide the coaches with stipends and for providing safe transportation for the girls.”
There are collection bins for new or used soccer gear in the Worner Center, Mathias, Loomis, and Slocum halls.
“Originally, we were going to have a $1,000 �ield renovation, but it would be way more expensive than that,” said Jones. “This idea has transitioned into a fundraiser, where we hope to eventually create a campaign to raise more money for the refugee camp’s soccer �ields.”
Both Jones and Malaty encourage any-one with questions about the program to reach out.
EARTH DAY: Speakers re�lect on a variety of climate justice topics
During Block 6, the Student Divest-ment Committee met with the Board of Trustees to present their case for divest-ment and reveal the formation of the Colorado College Responsible Endow-ment Fund. The Fund raises money from alumni donations, which will become available to the Board of Trustees only if they decide to engage in divestment.
The teach-in sought to generate more interest from the community in their efforts to prove to the administration, Board of Trustees, and campus plan-ning committees that the majority of the student body wants divestment. Any decision made by these parties should re�lect this sentiment.
In order to garner this interest, the Di-vestment Committee and EnAct taped three sheets of paper on the windows of Tutt on which CC students could paint their ideas regarding the three goals on the sheets. The Committee and En-Act plan to show these to the adminis-tration, Board of Trustees, and campus planning committees to demonstrate student interest in these goals and to suggest solutions.
“We aimed to send a message that in-difference towards our role in climate change is no longer acceptable,” said
CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Criswell. “Right now CC is in a unique position to set a precedent for campus sustainability for decades to come.”
As students munched on grilled chees-es and burgers made to order from Seeds Café during the two-hour-long teach-in, a collection of speakers spoke about a wide array of issues related to climate justice. These speakers included students, faculty, and community mem-bers, and topics ranged from sustainable investment practices to our innate spiri-tual connection to the environment.
“We wanted to invite a diverse group of speakers—students, faculty, �inancial advisers—to address climate change in an intersectional and educational way,” said Criswell.
The �irst speaker, sophomore Zach Pawa, encouraged the audience to think about how CC should �ight for environ-mental justice instead of “numbers on a piece of paper” in regards to divesting from fossil-fuel based companies.
The second, Professor of Economics Mark Smith, who had previously served on the college’s Strategic Planning Com-mittee, explained that CC students need-ed to hold the college accountable for the principles it has set. He went on to say that the committees involved in up-holding those principles needed to see interest and hear ideas from students
about two of those principles, sustain-ability and carbon neutrality.
Other topics included how addressing climate change differs across country
borderlines and social class, how CC’s handling of climate change will in�luence Colorado Springs, and how students can better involve themselves in such issues.
Right: Alex Suber speaks at the teach-in. Bottom: CC stu-dents listen atten-tively to presenters throughout the event.
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Dear CC Students,
In Block 7 we received a petition signed by five hundred students that has engaged faculty, administrators, and peers in important conversations about diversity and inclusion.
We welcome your reflections on what you are learning and your ideas about what we can do to provide the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills you hope to acquire through your under-graduate experience at Colorado Col-lege. Unfettered inquiry, probing ques-tions, critical analysis—these are the hallmarks of a liberal arts education, one that fosters a vigorous exchange of ideas, pushes us to the edge of our com-fort zone, and ensures a safe place for expression, conversation and argument.
In this letter, we affirm our commit-ment to diversity and inclusion and de-scribe our efforts to address the issues and concerns you raise.
1. “The College needs a diverse curric-ulum; a commitment to including mar-ginalized and/or outsider perspectives needs to be reflected in the syllabi of every single department or program on Colorado College’s campus.” Because we value academic freedom, there are limits to what we can or should do to mandate a curriculum or dictate what is taught. Nonetheless, some faculty do include “marginalized and/or outsider perspec-tives” in their syllabi, and some engage the topics of race, class, gender, and abil-ity in their courses. Departments and programs can certainly do more to ex-pand and diversify the authorities and literatures they teach and to include and
examine the formation and evolution of their disciplines. We will encourage and support department plans to initiate these discussions and we will facilitate conversations across departments and programs.
2. The College needs to reassess the current all-college requirements “to en-sure that students are taking courses that are rigorous for an introduction to issues of global and social inequal-ity.” This year marks the formation of a Diversity and Equity Advisory Board. One of its primary aims is to review our all-college requirements, specifically those designated as West in Time, So-cial Inequality and Global Cultures. The board will work with the campus Cur-riculum Committee to address the fol-lowing questions: What is the purpose of these requirements? Are the designated courses accomplishing what we intend? When should students take these cours-es? How many of these courses do most students take? To what extent are stu-dents likely to engage this subject mat-ter in more than two courses?
3. “Faculty development is the core of a diverse curriculum and pedagogy; this means the College needs to focus on committing to the development of the current faculty so that they are well-equipped to handle these issues in their classes, as relevant to specific disci-plines.” This year is the first anniversary of The Butler Center and the arrival of its Inaugural Director, Dr. Paul Buckley, Assistant Vice President of Diversity. Dr. Buckley is building on the accomplish-ments of the former Office of Minority and International Students (OMIS) as we
gain a clearer understanding of what di-versity means on a college campus, now, and in the future.
Beginning next fall, at least one person on every search committee for new facul-ty and staff will participate in Paul Buck-ley’s session “Good to Great: Journey to Inclusion.” In addition, the Academic Deans, the Curriculum Committee, and the Crown Faculty Center will organize meetings and forums that enable faculty to exchange ideas about diverse curri-cula and pedagogies within and across fields of study. Dr. Tim Eatman, of Imag-ining America, will lead a kick-off event in September. While faculty would like to be “well-equipped” to handle complex issues in their classes, it is important that they have more knowledge about specific issues that affect students in and outside of the classroom. We have asked the co-authors of the petition to gather input from students about their inter-actions and experiences, and they have agreed to do so.
The college fully intends to continue hiring faculty and staff who can contrib-ute to a diverse campus and curriculum. In the past three years, we have hired 30 faculty in tenure-track positions. Fourteen of these recently hired faculty members are persons of color. Next year, we will welcome six Riley Scholars-in-Residence to campus.
4. “The forthcoming proposal to make Race, Ethnic Studies, and Migration a major should be fully funded and sup-ported by Colorado College.” All majors are reviewed and approved through a process that involves the Curriculum Committee and requires faculty vote.
The faculty awaits the submission of this proposed major for review and consid-eration.
We aim to position CC as a leader among colleges that emphasize the im-portance of diversity and inclusion in higher education and in a globalized world. By understanding the endur-ing impact of historical processes and events, and by recognizing multiple sources of meaning and identity, we will create a learning community that is all the more vibrant, precisely because it draws from different backgrounds, per-spectives and experiences.
Faculty, administrators, and staff care deeply about what students are learn-ing and encountering in their courses. We wish to ensure that students from all walks of life are welcomed at the table and fully engaged in the intellectual and social life of our classrooms and campus. We will provide opportunities to look re-flectively at what is taught and heighten awareness of practices and assumptions that compromise inclusivity.
Jill Tiefenthaler, President of the Col-lege, Professor of Economics
Sandra Wong, Dean of the College and Faculty, Associate Professor of Sociology
Gail Murphy-Geiss, Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee, Associate Profes-sor of Sociology
Bryan Rommel-Ruiz, Chair of the Cur-riculum Committee, Professor of History
Letter from the President: Responding to diversity petition
These days, energy and its conse-quences seem to be on everyone’s mind. From climate talks in Lima to the Key-stone Pipeline and its subsequent veto, recently governments have found them-selves under pressure to balance their energy needs with the environmental costs of providing power to billions of people.
As businesses and populations grow, both the public and private sectors have begun to look for previously untapped sources of energy. One of the largest of these sources is natural gas trapped under shale, which must be extracted through a process called hydraulic frac-turing. It has been instituted on a larger scale across the United States fairly re-cently as the fracking boom started in 2009, a mere six years ago.
Debate over fracking’s negative effects is very polarized, and very opaque. On one hand people are stretching the truth to try to get fracking banned. For ex-ample, one homeowner in Texas made a video in which he was able to light what was coming out of his garden hose on fire. However when taken to court, they dismissed it as a hoax. The court ruled that the landowner had “under the ad-vice or direction” of an environmental activist, “intentionally attach[ed] a gar-den hose to a gas vent — not a water line” in the video in question.
On the other hand, there are corpo-rations actually drilling and doing the fracking, who have a vested interest
Weighing the benefits: The case for frackingin public opinion remaining positive towards hydraulic fracking. Fracking companies claim that the process is safe, but there have been issues in the transparency of their process. Because the chemical content used in the process of extraction is confidential business in-formation, these companies do not need to report what chemicals they are using in the fracking process. So who do we trust? At this point, it is hard to tell what the full impact of fracking is upon the en-vironment, because it is such a relatively new process. However, we are already able to see how fracking is affecting the international community.
Since the fracking boom began in 2009, foreign oil consumption in the United States has dropped from 60 percent to 45 percent, and our daily oil production has increased by 3.7 million barrels a day. This is huge, as the U.S. is the larg-est consumer of natural gas in the world. According to the U.S. Energy Informa-tion Administration nearly 27 million MMcf (million cubic feet) of natural gas was consumed in 2014. We must import natural gas to keep up with our demand, which means spending hundreds of bil-lions of dollars every year importing gas into the country. If full energy inde-pendence was achieved, this substantial chunk of money could be used for any-thing from job creation to social security.
Cheap energy costs are also incentiviz-ing companies to manufacture goods on U.S. soil. Many American companies are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into opening previously closed facto-ries in the U.S. and constructing new fa-
cilities to begin manufacturing. Apple is even constructing a factory in the United States and they haven’t made anything in the United States since 2004 when their last American manufacturing line shut down. According to a study by accoun-tancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, an estimated one million manufacturing jobs could be created by 2025 due to the low energy costs of shale gas.
Beyond economic benefits, energy in-dependence would also mean a change in our attitude overseas.
“I have no doubt that it will strengthen the independence so to speak of the U.S. when it comes to its foreign policy,” says Jeppe Kofod, a member of the European Parliament and representative from Denmark to the NATO Parliamentary As-sembly.
Many of the same geographic areas that the oil companies are drawing resources from overlap with zones where the U.S. Military is also operating. According to NATO, roughly two hundred billion dol-lars of the United States military spend-ing is linked to American efforts to pro-tect oil interest. Some analysts point out that if the U.S. government had no conflict of interest within these areas, our foreign policy would be much more flexible. We could operate without hav-ing to worry about the energy impact back home. For example, if Saudi Arabia slows oil production in response to the U.S. interfering with Sunni interests in the Middle East, the pressure on the U.S. economy would be much more manage-able.
When we talk about energy indepen-
dence, it is impossible to ignore renew-able energy sources. Renewable en-ergy sources would also help us move towards independence without the risks associated with fracking. Renewable en-ergy sources have their own issues too, however.
One issue with implementing renew-able sources of energy is the amount of land they need. Because cities require a large amount of power in a densely populated area, power plants need to be able to produce energy consistently without taking up too much space. Solar farms need roughly 25 acres of land for every five megawatts of installation, and a city needs hundreds of megawatts. On the other hand a gas or coal powered plant works just fine, as it can be located within the city limits and its energy-producing units take up a fraction of the space. Bad weather can also nullify a solar farm’s only source of production, making it less viable in many areas.
Fracking and oil shale will be an issue for decades to come. It is easy for us to see the process of hydraulic fracturing and immediately decry it as harmful to the environment. This is an issue, and we really ought to regulate and manage the environmental impact of this process, but fracking should not be condemned without due process. If we compare the environmental impact with what we stand to gain from hydraulic fracturing, do the cons really outweigh the pros? Energy independence is a goal that has been pursued in the U.S. for decades, and with the finish line in sight we should think twice before denouncing fracking.
JACKSON PAINEStaff Writer
OPINION8 April 24, 2015
The Republican field is shaping up to be diverse and competitive, a welcome change from the circus of flubs, gaffes, and wing-nut lunacy that was the 2012 nomination contest. But while the Re-publican race will be a slugfest, its Dem-ocratic counterpart will be a drawn-out Clinton coronation. Any challengers that do emerge will merely be keeping up the appearance of contestation among Dem-ocrats. This should be extremely trou-bling for the party, but not just because Hillary Clinton is a poor candidate. Her virtually unopposed march to the nomi-nation is also symptomatic of a gaping leadership vacuum in a party with few marquee agenda items left. It has, will-ingly or not, put all its chips on Hillary, who will be a vulnerable candidate in a showdown with Republicans who have re-imposed some discipline on their party.
Her first campaign announcement in 2008 was criticized as distant and pre-sumptuous, and while she probably still feels entitled to the nomination, she’s at least hiding it by de-emphasizing her
The Republicans are ‘Ready for Hillary’ toopersonality. In fact, she didn’t even ap-pear in her first campaign video until the final minutes, choosing to lead with a troupe of cheery, multicultural and most importantly, “ordinary” Americans who were all #Ready.
She has positioned herself as the cham-pion of ordinary Americans who are be-ing squeezed by the fat cats at the top. The problem, of course, is that Hillary is an elite member of the group doing the squeezing and is, by her own admission, a person who hasn’t driven her own car since 1994. Hillary Clinton is obscenely wealthy, and while that doesn’t mean she can’t fight for the little guys, it will make it impossible for her to pretend to be one of them.
Immediately, Clinton’s taste for strat-egy over anything resembling political conviction betrayed her. The ordinary folks in her announcement video, it turns out, are Democratic activists and Hill staffers, about as authentic as the functionaries planted at her campaign stops. Already on her listening tour she’s been caught avoiding uncontrolled inter-actions in public and stacking a visit to a café in Iowa with pastries. She’s made a big deal of driving a van to these staged
events like an everyday American but failed to mention that it’s a scary black van with heavily tinted windows and, of course, there’s a difference between driving cross-country and being driven.
Clinton will need to develop a clear agenda before the platitudes of early campaigning crumble away and reveal her as the reigning plutocrat of the en-tire presidential field. The Republicans, in an odd reversal, will hammer her for this rhetorical duplicity as they did af-ter catching her in a bald-faced lie about the “dead broke” post-White House Clintons. A single speech from Slick Wil-lie can command up to $750,000. The wretched “one percent,” mind you, starts at $400,000 in annual income.
Her record as Secretary of State is likely to be another black eye. While it wasn’t marked by conspicuous failures—save the trumped-up Benghazi psuedoscan-dal—she will nonetheless be implicated in her boss’s dismal foreign policy. Re-cent revelations about her use of a pri-vate email account during her tenure will be dredged up again and again, and Clinton has no excuse for this.
Her tenure as chief diplomat has also been implicated in mutual backscratch-
ing with corporate giants. As the Wall Street Journal reported in February, at least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during Clinton’s time there also donated more than $26 mil-lion to the Clinton Foundation. While it’s not clear evidence of a quid pro quo, most of those companies cashed in on international projects coordinated by Mrs. Clinton’s office—Boeing, for in-stance, seems to have bought a Russian contract for a cool $900,000.
The disparity between Clinton’s popu-list rhetoric on the one hand and mas-sive wealth and corporate ties on the other will be an easy target for Repub-licans, but no Democrat is positioned to take her to task in the primary. The only potential contenders are complete no-names or, in the case of Bernie Sanders, admitted socialists.
Hillary Clinton has a number of advan-tages, including universal name recogni-tion, respectably high approval ratings and an overflowing war chest. But the glaring hypocrisy of her strategic align-ment will be a tremendous weakness. With both chambers of Congress under firm Republican control, Democratic voters should be #Worried.
WILLIAM KIMOpinion Editor
While war is brewing in the North on Game of Thrones, a very real conflict is heating up in the Arctic Circle.
The Arctic region’s economic impor-tance has increased in recent years. The Arctic is home to vast reserves of natu-ral resources; the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 30 percent of the world’s undiscovered natural gas and 13 percent of its undiscovered oil lies in the Arctic. The Arctic is also home to the Northern Sea Route and the Northwest Passage, both of which are key shipping-lanes that cut shipping times off the Suez and the Panama canals. For a while, these re-sources and trade routes were inacces-sible due to the perennial ice. Climate change has changed all of that.
Obviously, as the planet has continued to heat up, the Arctic ice has continued to melt. According to Julienne Stroeve of University College, the percentage of perennial ice (the thick ice that serves as the primary obstacle) that covers the Arctic has plummeted from 70 percent to 20 percent in the last three decades. The most sophisticated modelling indi-cates that the Arctic will have ice-free summers by 2020.
The thaw has resulted in many new economic opportunities. Drilling for oil and natural gas could become commer-cially viable in the near future, if it isn’t already. In a cruel twist of fate, the cor-porations most responsible for climate change will benefit from climate change the most. Perhaps the greatest develop-ment is the opening of new sea-lanes. In August 2007, it became possible for ships to go through the Northern Sea Route without icebreaker vessels for the first time in history. A ship’s jour-ney from Europe to East Asia would be shorter if it took the Northern Sea Route than it would be if it went through the Suez, cutting travel times by almost a third.
The Arctic gold rush has been accom-panied by a wave of Arctic competition. The problem with opening new resourc-es and trade routes is that people tend to fight over them. Like the South China Sea, various countries in the region are
starting to stake claims, and these claims often conflict with each other. Even non-Arctic nations are trying to get in on the action; China has no Arctic territory yet it spends more on polar research annu-ally than the U.S. and has built the larg-est non-nuclear icebreaker in the world.
The competition over the Arctic is not entirely peaceful. The fight over sea-lanes and natural resources has caused the region to become heavily militarized. Russia has been leading the charge in this regard, establishing the largest military presence in the area. Moscow is currently construct-ing ten air-defense radar stations, 16 deep-water ports and 13 airfields along its Arctic coast. Russia is also preparing two bri-gades trained spe-cifically for Arctic warfare. Russia’s Northern Fleet con-trols two-thirds of the Russian Navy’s nuclear-powered ships. Russia’s im-pressive Arctic might was demon-strated by a mili-tary exercise this week that included 80,000 troops, 220 aircraft, 41 ships, and 15 submarines. In order to control and coordinate all these military assets, Moscow has commis-sioned a new Arctic Joint Strategic Com-mand, which has the same legal status as Russia’s four other military districts. Indeed, Jane’s Defense Weekly pointed out that “NATO recently warned that no other country has better prepared its forces for operations in the region.”
Russia’s buildup in the Far North is not purely defensive. In 2014, the Russians announced that they had completed work on an application to the UN to gain an extra 1.2 million square kilometers of Arctic territory. Their last submission to the UN was rejected in 2007, and there is no guarantee that the UN will accept Moscow’s claim this time, especially given the conflicting Arctic interests of
several other countries. Given Putin’s history with Ukraine, it is unlikely that Moscow will refrain from forcefully an-nexing Arctic territory if they are reject-ed by the UN.
Meanwhile, the United States is woe-fully behind Russia in the race for the North. The United States only has five icebreakers (one of which is inactive and rotting away in Seattle), with one more planned. In contrast, Russia has 37 ice-breakers with four under construction and eight more planned. Furthermore, Russia has several nuclear icebreakers
(which are far more powerful than con-ventional ones), while the United States has none. It seems like America wants to bury its head in the snow and pretend that the new cold war doesn’t exist. Just days before Russia started its massive military exercise in the Far North, US Special Representative for the Arctic Ad-miral Robert J. Papp, Jr stated that Wash-ington does not think that Russia is mili-tarizing the Arctic. This flies in the face of ample evidence to the contrary.
One of the obvious solutions to the problem is to simply combat global warming. If the ice doesn’t melt then there will be nothing to fight over. How-ever, much of the damage has already been done and it is unlikely that climate change will be curbed enough to avoid a struggle over the Arctic.
In the long term, a diplomatic solution must be reached between all parties in-volved. There are currently no treaties that deal with the Arctic’s natural re-sources or trade routes. The only inter-national Artic treaty presently in place concerns search and rescue responsibil-ities, not geopolitics. The UN Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) gives countries exclusive economic rights up to 200 nautical miles from their coast. Much of the Arctic and its resources lie beyond anyone’s exclusive economic zone, creating a “donut hole” that be-
longs to no one. This situation needs to be rectified through a multilateral treaty as soon as possible. In order to facilitate such a treaty, the United States should ratify UNCLOS. Failure to do so means that the United States can’t stake its own Arc-tic territorial claims nor can it weigh in on Arctic disputes.
In the short term, the Unit-ed States needs to beef up its presence in the Arctic. Russia’s superior military capabilities ensure that any diplomatic negotiations will be skewed heavily in Moscow’s favor. In diplomacy, the guy with the biggest stick tends to get what he wants.
The United States should im-mediately develop the Alaskan
coastline by constructing infrastructure and bases. More importantly, the United States should build additional icebreak-ers, including nuclear-powered ones. In order to cut down costs, the icebreakers should be exempt from the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. This law forbids government-owned ships from being built by private or international sources. As a result, American icebreakers cost more and take longer to build than Rus-sian or Chinese icebreakers.
While the Middle East, Eastern Eu-rope, and the Asia-Pacific region have received the vast majority of American foreign policy attention, the Far North has been left in the cold. The United States needs to break the ice surround-ing its Arctic policy soon, or face the con-sequences.
Global warming breeds a new Cold War
JACK QUEENStaff Writer
Illustration by Rachel Fischman
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DAVID ANDREWSSports Editor Column
The next big thing: A disastrous addiction
As fresh-faced Georgia native Jordan Spieth strolled his way on to the 18th green at Augusta National on Sunday, April 12, commentator Jim Nantz de-clared in his distinctive drawl that Spi-eth might just be “the next Tiger Woods.” The comment seemed warranted. Spieth had put together a masterful 72 holes at Augusta National and held off the likes of Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Wat-son, and even for a short while Woods himself. The crowds lining the 18th green cheered in jubilation as Spieth sunk his �inal putt and was crowned the 2015 Masters Champion. Youthful en-ergy emanated from Spieth’s face as he hugged his caddy, mother, and beaming father. It was a touching sight with the boyish Spieth accepting hugs from his loving family. In that magical moment, Spieth embodied the youthful vitality that American sports fans have become increasingly obsessed with as of late.
It seems that everywhere you turn within the sports world, fans and pun-dits are eager to coronate the next bril-liant talent that will revolutionize the sport. As sports fans we have become enthralled with the young and volatile. Johnny Manziel, for example, is an elec-trifying young talent that garners as much Sportscenter coverage as the likes of LeBron James. Whether a man who
completed 18 passes in 2014 and has yet to throw an NFL touchdown deserves so much coverage is hardly up to discus-sion. We continue to eat it up, following Manziel’s every move. It probably has a lot to do with his magical 2012 and 2013 seasons at College Station. His frenetic and improvisational style is exciting to watch but will most likely not pan out at the professional level.
We love the youthful energy of players like Manziel and Spieth, but our obses-sion with youth permeates our youth sports leagues as well. Youth athletes are being forced to specialize in a single sport at a younger age than ever before. Many young teenagers see themselves involved in competitive travel teams before the age of 12. Furthermore, ac-cording to a report done by the Univer-sity of Florida Sport Policy and Research Collaborative earlier this year, special-ization is causing burnout and injuries among young athletes. We put a premi-um on youth, the pursuit of the spotlight, and possibly one day a shot to become a professional athlete.
All over the world, professional and collegiate sports organizations are searching for the next young talent. In late February, LeBron James publicly asked college coaches to stop recruit-ing his 10-year old son. When I was ten, I was certainly a lot more interested in watching cartoons and playing kickball in the cul-de-sac than �ielding calls from Calipari and Boeheim. The fact that LeB-
ron even needs to come out publicly and ask for these coaches to relax with the recruiting is absurd. It seems that there is such a vast amount of money to be made in sports now a days that it makes sense to search for talented 10-year olds to sign to your roster.
In soccer as well, clubs are looking to prepubescent players to form the foundations of their future teams. Real Madrid famously signed Leonel Angel Coira in 2011, when he was a mere nine years old. The fact that clubs scout tal-ent at such a young age will certainly contribute to an increased intensity in competitive youth programs across the world. Why have your kid play all the sports when he or she can play just one year round and reap the bene�its of a contract or scholarship later in life? This seems an interesting argument, but the possibility of burnout, overuse injuries, and general unhappiness would point towards more diversi�ication in youth sports. By allowing our young athletes to play a variety of sports it is likely they will lead happier lives.
Stepping back from the issue and ad-dressing this obsession with youth as a sports fan, it seems that youth does not always win out. With the NBA playoffs now fully underway, it seems that expe-rience and seasoned veteran squads may be able to make one last stand against the onslaught of bouncy, athletic behe-moths such as Blake Grif�in. Perhaps I’m blinded by my undying love for the
methodical fundamentals of Tim Dun-can, but I believe strongly that the Spurs have one more run left in their creaky joints. Kawhi Leonard provides a youth-ful spark, but elder statesmen Parker, Ginobli, and Duncan still have the ability to make noise in the NBA playoffs. As the new age slowly dawns in the NBA it’s im-portant that we don’t get swept up in the hype surrounding the “next big thing.” It’s often easier to believe in youthful ex-uberance, but a lot of sustained success in professional sports can be owed to experience and wisdom. Experience and wisdom, coincidentally, are two quali-ties that ooze out of every pore of Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich.
Young athletes across all sports will continue to electrify and excite us all as they burst into the collective conscious of the American sports fan. However, it’s time we stop professing the second coming of the messiah every time a new young talent is discovered. This unfair media burden often creates disappoint-ment and despair, a lesson readily avail-able if one searches through the wreck-age of careers such as Ryan Leaf, Greg Oden, and JaMarcus Russell. Especially in our youth sports systems, I hope that we can place less emphasis on special-ization. We need to allow young athletes to focus on goals other than becoming the next Mia Hamm when they’re run-ning around in the sunshine playing a game. Because at the end of the day it’s just that: a game.
UPCOMING cc SPORTING EVENTS
Women’s Tennis:Friday, April 24 vs. Austin College, 9 a.m. CTSaturday, April 25 @ SCAC Championships in San Antonio, TXSunday, April 26 @ SCAC Championships
Men’s Tennis:Friday, April 24 vs. Texas Lutheran University, 2 p.m. CTSaturday, April 25 @ SCAC Championships in Georgetown, TXSunday, April 26 @ SCAC Championships
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field:Friday, April 24 @ SCAC Championships, 9 a.m. CTSaturday, April 25 @ SCAC Championships, 9 a.m. CT
Men’s Lacrosse:Friday, April 24 vs. Whittier College, 7 p.m.Saturday, April 25 vs. Southwestern University, Noon
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Stagecoach Hot Springs: Clothing-optional soaking on the Rio Grande
The sun is setting, and the sky is pink above the rim of the can-yon. The soothing sound of mov-ing water is nearly loud enough to overpower the conversations of the soakers at the Stagecoach Hot Springs. A family of mountain goats grazes on the other side of the river, trampling around the steep terrain. As the light fades, I close my eyes and enjoy the cleansing element of soaking in natural hot springs.
Stagecoach Hot Springs is locat-ed right on the Rio Grande River near the Royal Gorge Bridge. If you are driving from Taos to the bridge, then you will make a right onto Tune Road (it will be a left if you are travelling in the oppo-site direction). At the end of Tune Road, there will be a parking lot and trail. It is about a half mile
walk down the canyon to the hot springs, which are located right on the river.
The hot springs have somewhat of a historical significance to the New Mexico area as well. There are Pueblo petroglyphs near the hot springs that say “water of long life.” This signifies centuries of hot spring visitors. The springs were one of Taos’s first tourist at-tractions, and the trail that leads down to the springs is actually an old stagecoach road, hence the name Stagecoach Hot Springs.
There are two clothing-optional pools at these free hot springs. The pool down stream is signifi-cantly colder than the pool up-stream, however it is less murky. The springs are also not too fra-grant, which is nice. For anyone who enjoys a good soak and is passing through Taos, these are a must-do.
EMELIE FROJENActive LIfe Editor
Track and field wraps up regular season at Prairie Wolf
The Colorado College men and women’s track teams completed their final regular-season meet at the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolf Open last Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. Runners fought for personal records and great times to lead them to the SCAC Championships next weekend.
First-year runner Justin Nguyen said that after a 6 a.m. departure on Friday morning and the ten-hour drive to Nebraska, the team was feel-ing fatigued Saturday morning, the day of the meet. The teams also ran into some adversity due to weather conditions with off-and-on rain and rather windy conditions.
The Tigers showed their persis-tence as neither of those factors seemed to adversely affect team results. One of the men’s captains, Conor Terhune, told the runners be-fore the meet on Saturday that de-spite bad weather, the CC teams had to run their race and do whatever
they could to push through and suc-ceed.
And that is exactly what both teams did. Senior Sam English, sophomore Katie Sandfort, and freshman Asm-eda Spalding-Aguirre won first place finishes in their events. Other great performances came from three fe-males finishing in the top-ten spots in the 800 meters as well as the 1500-meter race with first-year Pat-ty Atkinson and sophomores Allie Crimmins and Abby Philbrick. These teams have great potential in the freshman class and are expected to perform just as well and even better at the SCAC meet.
Head Coach Ted Castaneda told the teams that they should run as well and as hard as they can and use this meet as momentum for the SCAC Championships. At the finality of the meet, Castaneda told the team he was impressed with their performances, and if runners want to perform bet-ter, they should use this meet as mo-mentum for next weekend.
CC has almost always been the un-derdog going into the SCAC Champi-onships, but as the both men’s and women’s cross-country teams won
conference titles in the fall and all of those runners competing long distance on the track team, both teams should place extreme-ly well in San Antonio next weekend for the SCAC Championships on April 24-25.
HOLLIS SCHMIDTGuest Writer
IRIS RAYBURNStaff Writer
Men’s, women’s ultimate in action at Regionals this weekend
The Colorado College men and wom-en’s Ultimate teams are competing in their respective regional tournaments this weekend. The regional tournament marks the second tournament of the Ul-timate playoffs, known as ‘The Series.’ The Wasabi men’s team will need to place in the top three to earn a spot in Nationals, while the Strata women have already qualified.
“We need to upset Texas, Texas A&M, or CU Boulder to advance,” said senior captain Chris Van Dusen. “We have al-ready beaten Texas once earlier in the
year, and we know our team is capable of beating any team in our region so our confidence is high heading into the weekend.”
If the men fail to place in the top three, their season will end.
The Wasabi team had a strong start to the season. “We won the first tourna-ment we attended and broke seed in the second tournament, placing us as a top-25 team,” said Van Dusen.
The team slowed a bit in the third tour-nament. “We had a poor showing at our third tournament which dropped us out of the top 25, but we are still confident in our abilities going forward,” he said. The Wasabi Men’s Ultimate Team is looking
to rebound from the slower middle half of the season by earning a bid to Nation-als.
The Strata women’s team is going into the regional tournament with a high seed ranking. CC is ranked 17th despite the schools relatively small size in com-parison to the other Division I competi-tors. Because of the high ranking, the team has been given a power ranking bid to Nationals.
“Every region is guaranteed one bid, so if the region has more than one top-20 ranked teams, they can get a power bid.,” said senior Madison Andres. “We got the bid for the south central region.”
However, the team can still lose its bid
if they don’t perform to their anticipated level. “It’s down to CU, Kansas, and us, so it’s really likely that we’re going back to Nationals this year,” said Andres.
Because the women were able to qualify for Nationals in 2014, the team has been invited to more tournaments with stronger competition. Over spring break, the team competed in the CenTex tournament against close to forty teams. “We only played in eight games because of the weather, but we went undefeated, so we placed ninth,” said Andres. “That tournament really boosted our rankings going into the regional tournament and we should keep having good showings.”
Both teams will be in action this com-ing weekend in Denver.
Men’s and women’s track and field will compete this weekend at the SCAC Championships in San Antonio, TX. Pho-to by Dave Reed. Photo courtesy of CC Athletics.
Hammocking is arguably the best way in the world to be lazy. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but hammocks can but put up almost anywhere. There-fore, hammocks are an unbeatable way to recline in the backcountry. Camping with a hammock adds an extra element of relaxation to the great outdoors.
Camping hammocks are almost as comfortable as regular hammocks and
are lightweight and portable—far light-er than camping chairs. The downside is that there are limited places to set them up. There are a couple types of camping hammocks.
First and foremost, there are single hammocks and multiple-person ham-mocks. Multi-person hammocks can be uncomfortable for a single occupant. There are tents with mosquito netting, which is nice for when you’re in a buggy area.
There are also hammock tents. These are especially useful during ultra-light backpacking, and they come with a
The hammock life: How to be professionally lazyPATRICK LAPERAStaff Writer
rain fly and tent stakes. REI even of-fers a three person hammock tent. You can also sleep pretty comfortably in a regular hammock if you have wind pro-tection over your sleeping bag and it is clear outside.
If you’re hammocking, you need to think about hammock straps. Make sure your straps are long enough and can handle the weight that you’re putting on it. Also, if you’re hammocking between trees, make sure that you bring some-thing to put between the hammock strap and the tree so that you don’t damage the bark of the tree. Cardboard works
great. If you don’t have access to cardboard,
tarps or t-shirts will do the trick during backpacking. In addition, be sure not to get the hammock wet. Wear and tear on your hammock will have you falling out of the hammock bottom pretty quickly. Be sure to put a camping hammock away if it starts raining.
It is important that before you get in your hammock, you make sure that your beer is in arm’s reach from within the hammock. Get in the hammock, stretch out your arms, get out, and place the beer a little closer.
Photo by Emelie Frojen
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SAMANTHA GILBERTStaff Writer
Women’s lacrosse caps season on California high note
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes you win by a lot. The last of these outcomes was demon-strated over seventh block break when the girl’s lacrosse team traveled to Cali-fornia and Oregon to play their final three games of the season.
In their first game against University of Pacific the Tigers dominated their oppo-nent 21-11. In their next game, against Southwestern University, the team end-ed up with a 21-8 victory, and in the final game of the season against Linfield Uni-versity, the Tigers won was 20-3.
Head Coach Susan Stuart was very im-pressed with her team’s offense and at-tributes their offensive success to their focus on working as a complete team rather than setting up plays for individu-als or isolating different players on the field. “We want to have multiple weap-
ons every time because it’s harder to de-fend,” Stuart said.
Although their offense was stellar, the overall level of play wasn’t as intense as usual because their opponents weren’t as technically skilled. According to Stu-art, in these situations the goal is to fo-cus on themselves, rather than their op-ponents, and to maintain the standard of what they know they’re capable of. “We had tremendous contribution from everybody and that’s what the focus is on when we play games like that,” Stuart said.
First-year attacker Chelo Barton agreed that everyone contributed to the series. “We had a lot of different goal scorers this weekend, including some of our defenders,” she said. “That was real-ly cool.” Barton also noted the difficulty in keeping up the intensity against less skilled teams. “We were able to still play our game, but playing teams that aren’t nearly as competitive makes it harder to do that,” Barton said.
She also said that during practices they had been working hard on playing their best by eliminating errors and being of-fensively aggressive. “We also have been doing conditioning before we [scrim-mage] so that we can practice playing smart when we are tired,” she said.
Along with keeping up the level of play against less competitive teams, there was another goal present during these games. “We were sort of chasing a record for Steph Kelly in the draws,” Stuart said. Steph Kelly, a first-year attacker, wanted to beat the Division III of draw control. While there turned out to be no Division III record, the Division I record is 20 and Kelly got 18 against Pacific, which was pretty spectacular. Regardless of beating the record or not, Stuart was very happy with her team’s attitude. “The idea of helping each other out and backing each other up has been a constant theme the entire year,” Stuart said. “I was really proud of that.”
Though the Tigers might qualify for
postseason play, it’s unlikely. “That’s the tough part about being an independent,” Stuart said. “Everyone’s finishing up their conference right now, so it’s tough for us to get games in April.” This means their season is most likely finished.
Stuart said she will miss the six se-niors on the team tremendously. “We had a rough spot in the program a few years ago and I think [these seniors] helped get the program back where we wanted to in terms of team oriented fo-cus, which is what I want as coach,” she said.
According to Stuart, the seniors left a legacy of team-first mentality and, as leaders, put the team in the right frame of mind.
Stuart says the goal for next season is to always be as competitive as possible: to step onto the field with the motiva-tion, the hunger, and the desire to com-pete at the highest level. Both Stuart and her players are excited to see what the future has in store for them.
The scene: Southwestern Utah’s ex-pansive desert. 98 degrees. Dry. Can-yonlands, between Burr Point and An-gel Point Plateau. Pothole water only. Mostly dehydrated food. The players: two leaders—Kayo and Elissa—and ten students.
The issue: Everything is misfiring. Imagine the worst trip you’ve ever been on, and put it in the hot, dry desert. On day one, the water jug spilled at the trail-head. The group got lost and stranded on a slab of Navajo Sandstone. On day three, they are two days behind sched-ule. Tanner is sick. Evacuation plans set. Bus stuck during evacuation. Hike into wrong canyon. Maps are wrong. Drive to Moab Regional Hospital, but don’t make it before dark. Camp at a “no camping” rest stop on the side of highway. Left by Kayo at rest stop. Drive Tanner and all belongings to Moab. Only
have dry ramen noodles with peanut butter. Run out of gas on drive home.
Now you have the evidence. If you were a player in this case, what would your re-action be to such a trip? Want to know my reaction? This trip was probably one of the best desert backpacking trips I’ve ever been on, and I’ve been on six. Crazy right? Here’s my evidence for why.
This trip was challenging beyond the everyday challenges of life. It was the epitomized example of when life “lifes” you. Parents and relatives advise us to learn from mistakes, to take chal-lenges for what they’re worth, and to never give up. The recipients of the advice often roll their eyes, feeling admonished and bossed. Well, after this trip, I came to a crazy conclusion. Their advice was right. I apologize
Robbers Roost Canyon robbed my heartCALEIGH SMITHStaff Writer
Men’s lacrosse heating up headed to postseason play
The Colorado College men’s lacrosse team pocketed a set of wins against Whittier College and Carthage College two weekends ago in California. The Ti-gers, now 10-3, are well-positioned to secure a berth in the NCAA post-season tournament.
CC hopes to clinch their tournament spot this Friday night on Washburn Field at 7 pm as they rematch against Whittier. “Whittier will be playing for their playoff lives so we need to come out sharp and be consistent with our play,” said Head Coach Sean Woods. “It should be a great game.”
Despite the Tiger’s previous win against Whittier, junior goalie Chase Murphy said that the Tigers by no means reached their potential last game. “To come away with another win,
we need to focus on playing our brand of lacrosse,” said Murphy. “If we do that, we should see the results we’ve been work-ing toward.”
On April 10, the Tigers defeated Whit-tier College 9-3 to secure CC’s posses-sion of the Locker-Stabler Cup for the second year in a row. Murphy led the Ti-gers with a career high 18 saves.
Murphy said that the Whittier game was highlighted by the shutdown de-fense of Timmy Jenkins, who finished with seven take aways. Murphy also commended defensive midfielder John Grube, as well as CC’s long stick mid-fielders Connor Haney and John Tocchio for solid performances.
First-year attackman Sam Dardani fu-eled the CC offense with a season-high four tallies, while midfielder Gray Ritger scored once and added a career-best three assists. “We came out hot in the first quarter and were able to dictate the
VIVIAN ENGENStaff Writer pace of the game,” said Woods. “But next
time around, we need to be better with the ball. We failed a few clears and need to take better shots.”
Two days later, the Tigers thrashed Carthage College in a double-digit 16-6 victory.
CC led 9-0 after 15 minutes and was never threatened by the Red Men. “We were able to give some of our back-up players some much-deserved playing time,” said Coach Woods.
As far as the rest of the sea-son goes, the Ti-gers have high expectations. Af-ter a successful regular season, “We expect to win tournament games and make it deep into May,”
said Murphy. “These next two weeks are huge for our program as we are playing with a one and done mindset where we treat every day on the field like a tour-ney game.”
Coach Woods said that consistency is the key to the team’s success in the next few weeks. “We need to have consistent execution, consistent effort and con-sistent aggressiveness moving into the postseason,” he said. “The sky is the limit for this team if we continue to improve
and take this time of year seriously.”
in advance to any readers with inner streaks of rebellion.
This trip taught me to be flexible when things go awry. It taught me to pay at-tention when things go wrong so that I can prevent the same issues from plagu-ing me in the future. It also taught me to be humble; the desert is a powerfully omniscient force not to be fussed with. Respect the desert and know its bound-aries and limits before hiking into your first canyon- hopefully your topographi-
cal maps will be correct, too.I pin this trip in the catalogue of my
life’s memories as the instigation of my love and awe of the desert. Five excur-sions later, I think I’ve managed to com-plete my itineraries all with less than two major setbacks. If you plan on tak-ing a trip to the backcountry in the des-ert, plan for all possible outcomes, learn from your mistakes, and let the desert treat you to its many wonders. It won’t disappoint.
Henri Halle slash-es towards the goal against Car-thage College on April 12. Photo by Amy Ritger. Photo courtesy of CC Athletics.
Photos by Caleigh Smith
wards Muscusco. Once you break off the Mount Cutler trail, you will likely not see another group. Keep heading up the ridge, following a faint trail until you reach the summit. For the descent, retrace your steps, or head further west on the ridge to link up with Gold Camp Road for a much longer loop in-volving multiple trails to get back to the car.
Raspberry Mountain: Raspberry Mountain is about an hour away, locat-ed outside of Divide, Colo. on the west side of Pikes Peak. Given its distance from the Springs, this peak sees much less traffic than the closer alternatives. Nevertheless, the sum-mit of Raspberry has one of the most spectacular views of Pikes from the backside, and is definitely worth the 5.6-mile trek. Gaining the true summit requires a few scrambling moves, but they are easy as long as you ascend in the right spot. If you get scared, you are likely off trail, so go back down and look for an easier route to the top.
Mount Rosa: Although accessing this peak can be tough due to mud and ruts on Old Stage Road, it is well worth the adventure. Most four-wheel cars can make it to the trailhead. Once you make it up the road, it’s a five-mile round-trip to the summit. Follow the well-marked trail through spacious meadows and mellow forests, eventually
turning up the ridge to the summit. This peak is especially cool consid-ering it is one of the most prominent peaks you can see from campus.
For more specific information on these great hikes and many more, check out www.cospringstrails.com or www.summitpost.com
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As the school year comes to a close each spring, Colorado College stu-dents take advantage of the warm weather by getting outside. With so many incredible options for hik-ing, students are frequently out and about at Garden of the Gods, Palmer Park, or the recently re-opened Man-itou Incline. Even though these loca-tions provide for lovely adventures, the trails can frequently look more like an amusement park line than lonesome wilderness. So for those of you looking to check off a few lesser-known hikes, here are some options:
Red Mountain: A relatively short hike and very close to campus, Red Mountain is a perfect option for a quick after-class outing. To get there, head west on Highway 24 towards Manitou and park on Ruxton Street below the Cog Railway. Locate Spring Street and follow the dirt road up to the trail. From there, it is about two miles round trip to the summit, which features the remains of the older and relatively unknown “Red Mountain Incline.” Additionally, you will get 360-degree views of Mani-tou, Pikes, and Garden of the Gods. This hike is a must-do for students who don’t have a ton of time.
Muscusco Mountain: This is an-other classic, unknown hike close to Colorado Springs. The start of this hike is a well-signed parking area for Mount Cutler, close to the start of North Cheyenne Canyon Road. Fol-low a well-maintained trail up the north side of Cheyenne Canyon until you crest a saddle point for spectacu-lar (and free) views of Seven Falls. Continuing around the front of Mt. Cutler is the shorter and more pop-ular option, but instead turn west from the saddle point to head up to-
Ditch the crowds: Quiet hikes around Colorado SpringsJACK DIMMITGuest Writer
April 24, 2015catalystnewspaper.com
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Happy birthday to life-Us
For the Career Center, traditional resources fail to resonate with CC studentsZoe HollandLife Editor
Most of us have gone through the often-grueling process of finding and landing a job or internship. In times like these, students are encouraged to visit the Career Center for resume building help and job opportunities, but not all Colorado College students find this re-source best for them.
At a small liberal arts school like Col-orado College, the term “career” isn’t tossed around too often. Even though our school isn’t pre-professional in na-ture, we all want jobs after college and we all want to do something we are in-terested in. Yet, in a recent anonymous survey conducted on a small portion of Colorado College students, 30 percent of students said that the Career Center did not have resources in the field they were interested in.
“The Career Center focuses all of their attention on Economics majors and forgets about the large majority of us who are not,” said one student from the survey interested in marketing. “All of the recruiters that come to campus are either in an economics field, work for a non-profit, or volunteer. This leaves peo-ple who want a job that will pay—that is not in an economics field—left to their own devices.”
For students in some fields, the Career Center is a place of bountiful opportu-nity, but in others, it leaves them feel-ing a bit lost. One student interested in law expressed a much different opinion. “The career center has been terrifically helpful in my job search, assisting me in all aspects of seeking employment,” he said on the survey.
As such a small school, it’s hard to get recruiters from big companies in so many different fields, but it’s no mystery that CC alums are doing interesting and unconventional things in a wide array of sectors. It seems that the Career Center has just hit the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding these less common fields and representing them.
The Career Center expressed an
awareness of student’s excitement in ca-reers beyond fields such as banking and law. “Here at Colorado College, students have very diverse interests,” said Direc-tor of the Career Center Megan Nicklaus. Nicklaus has been working at CC for two years, coming from a previous position at Vanderbilt University.
Nicklaus explained how their yearly summer experience surveys help gauge fields of interest for students, but for most, there isn’t a “critical mass” as Nicklaus puts it. This can make it more difficult for recruiters to find the incen-tives in coming to campus.
Last semester, CC invited three alums that have found success in the grow-ing world of craft beer. Although a very small percentage of alums may actually be in this field, and just as few students are truly planning on getting into it, the event shined a light on the interesting paths students can take. One alumnus was interested in finance and econom-ics, and ended up using this background as CFO of Dechutes Brewery.
Although this event was a great way to bring alums back to campus, many stu-dents feel they happen far fewer than at comparable schools. “The people at the Career Center are helpful and nice, but my friends at other colleges experience way more opportunities and the alumni are much more involved,” said one stu-dent from the survey interested Media and Journalism. When I shared this con-cern with Nicklaus, she explained that “they may not see our alumni physically on campus as much because we are not in a large metropolitan city. If we were in Denver, we might see our alumni physi-cally on campus more, but our alumni are actually very engaged.”
Students can connect with these “in-volved” alumni through a portal called OurCC Connections. Located on the Ca-reer Center page, the site requires you to register and create a profile. After, you can look up alums that have volun-teered to be mentors by field and state. I recommend just looking up very broad key words. When I searched “New York, New York” 104 alums popped up many with information about their current job
and field. The reality is, most students don’t
know about these platforms, and albeit many alums aren’t on it as well. The Ca-reer Center has set up this infrastruc-ture for networking that doesn’t seem to resonate with potential users. SUCCESS, Colorado College’s database for job op-portunities has had over 3,398 job and fellowships posted on the site since Au-gust. Yet, as one student said, “SUCCESS is an outdated forum and has useless automatic job postings.” This seemingly impressive stat is watered down once you dig a bit deeper to realize the quality and accessibility of these jobs really isn’t on par with what most students expect.
Nicklaus and the rest of the staff at the Career Center are looking into a new platform for postings as this is not the first time they have heard this com-plaint. However, “actual postings are just one piece of the pie,” said Nicklaus. “I really think that students who use net-working in forming those connections and developing those relationships find a lot of meaning in the jobs that they end up securing. Developing that skill and expanding their network while they’re here before they need it later, I think that has just as much value.” It is clear that the databases are just one step of the process, but where are all those net-working opportunities?
In the survey, 38 percent of students said they did not know of any alumni in
the field that they are interested in. “We have five Block Breaks a year, so why are there no networking events on campus or near people’s hometowns or where CC students want to live post-gradua-tion? This would be a great way for us to increase our networks and practice tell-ing our story to real people who could hire us,” said the same student inter-ested in marketing. In actuality there are several networking events on campus each year, but the concern seems to be that the focus isn’t there.
For Nicklaus, most of the resources seem to be present, the events all planned; the challenge is getting students to come and engage. “You all get pounded with so much information, coming from so many different directions, and are selective on where you spend you time,” she said.
With so much going on on-campus, it can be hard to stop and attend a net-working event or job search talk. Many students may complain about the lack of resources without fully exploring them as well.
However, 80 percent of the students in the recent poll said the Career Center either “kind of” or did not at all have re-sources in their field of interest. Wheth-er it is a matter of student proactivity or access to relevant resources is not con-clusive from the data, but there is clearly a plea from students to create a more in-clusive and dynamic path to finding a job post-graduation.
Photo By Melissa Kolano
In a recent survey con-ducted on a small group of CC students, only 20% of students completely agreed with the statement that the Career Center has a lot of resources in their field of interest. The Center has posted 3,398 job oportunities since August, but few seem to grasp the interest of stu-dents.
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Exercise: Is more always better?When it comes to �itness and exercise,
most people think you can never get enough. In this day and age many peo-ple revel in having strict hour-long daily gym sessions or �ive-mile morning runs. These may be great for getting your body moving daily, but many experts agree at some point exercise has diminishing re-turns. You may not be doing your body any good by overexerting seven days a week or with more than one session per day.
Rachel Cosgrove, the owner of Results Fitness in California, states, “Your body may not be able to handle that much”
and with too much comes risk for injury. You may also not be able to give 100
percent everyday. Other �itness train-ers believe HIIT, high intensity interval training, is the best way to achieve most weight-loss and �itness goals.
These workouts provide short bursts of full exertion while incorporating some recovery. The best part of these work-outs or exercising at a higher intensity is that you only need 20 to 30 minutes for a good sweat and burn. Therefore by being more productive, you can actu-ally halve your workout and achieve the same if not improved results. Think ef-�iciency versus duration and frequency.
Some trainers suggests that if you real-ly, really, really need to �it into that dress for a special occasion, adding a second workout in the few days leading up can
KELSEY ZEIKELGuest Writer
HEALTH BITES: Is more exercise always better?
Environmental photographer James Balog and �ilm director Jeff Orlowski took it upon themselves to give climate change non-believers the proof they need to �inally join the green troops. Their new �ilm “Chasing Ice” demon-strates the excitement and challenges of capturing glacial retreat.
In the wake of human activity is a wreckage of planetary change and de-struction. This is crucial time in plan-etary health and history; however, ac-tivism is somehow subdued all over the country by people who adamantly refuse to believe that climate change ex-ists. These non-believers look past the natural disasters of recent years, the rapid extinction of animals, and many other environmental indicators, and in-stead make snowballs to present in po-litical forums as proof that global warm-ing is a fallacy.
In 2007, Balog began to use time-lapse
photography techniques to capture im-ages of glaciers as they receded due to global warming. Balog said that glaciers respond profoundly to the weather around them. “When it’s warmer,” Balog said. “They start sliding. When it’s cold-er, they cuddle up and settle down.”
Because of the changes in weather, it took long periods of time, advanced technology, and many mishaps along the way to capture the devastating receding patterns of the glaciers. The hard-won result is visually compelling to anyone concerned about this planet’s health and stability.
The images taken by Balog capture the complexity of ice and the ways that it bends to the forces of light, wind and time.
“Ice is actually a plastic substance,” said Balog.“It can bend and �lex like taffy does.”
This taffy-like effect is very much vis-ible in the time-lapse photography, and as we see the ice stretch and sparkle and recede, the frozen elements take on an almost personi�ied narrative that makes
it easy to sympathize with the desire to protect these struggling landscapes.
This poignant narrative is exactly what Balog had in mind when he pursued this cinematic mission. He said that he want-ed to “hear the story of nature,” a desire that shines through in the �ilm. The �ilm would still have been compelling even without the story of Balog and his as-sistants as they struggled to capture the moments we see in the “ice-scapes.” The ice really does seem to tell its own story, and we witness its narrative of struggle and perseverance throughout the �ilm.
The story behind the characters that made the �ilm, however, is an important part of the impact it has on its audience. The �ilm took �ive years to complete, and audiences witness challenges as Balog used sheer obstinacy to continue �ilming on crutches after knee surgery. The crew faces the harsh temperatures and other conditions that made �ilming and surviv-ing in a glacial landscape at times nearly impossible. There is even one devastat-ing moment when Balog and the crew discover that a time-lapse camera had
been broken for an entire season, but they continue on and capture some in-credible images along the way.
Balog called glaciers a “three-dimen-sional manifestation of the atmosphere.” With this idea in mind, he has used an accessible and obvious medium to show the world how profoundly climate change is affecting our planet.
Today, Balog has an established organi-zation that continues to track the reces-sion of glaciers with time lapse-photog-raphy, called “The Extreme Ice Survey.” Currently, the survey has 34 cameras on 16 glaciers in Iceland, Greenland, Mon-tana, Canada, Alaska, and Nepal. Every half hour, they capture another photo-graph, one of a million images that have been compiled since 2007. The �ilm has been given to every senator and con-gressman in Washington as one of many strategies to spread awareness into in-�luential circles and will hopefully con-tinue to convince audience members of the importance of environmental activ-ism through its profound visual impact.
RUBY SAMUELSStaff Writer
Chasing Ice captures the pursuit of documenting climate change
Clay Edwards debuts Nurnobi: An Album of Sorts
Procrastinating while cruising through my Facebook feed, I came across this event “Sketchfam Presents: Nurnobi An Album of Sorts.” Personally know-ing sophomore Clay Edwards, I was re-ally excited about the Lounge EP when it came out some months ago and was interested in how he has matured as an artist.
I contacted him instantly, a little last minute, but luckily he had time to talk about his album and the entire music making process. Waiting in Benji’s for Thing2 to appear, I thought about the questions I could perhaps ask him.
The �irst question, what the hell does Nurnobi mean? He laughed. “After get-ting super stoned with my friends, we went to this Village Inn that was aban-doned at night. We �inished our meal, and I �inished hitting on the waitress and when we went to the counter, my buddy grabbed some business cards,” said Edwards.
“On that business card was the name NURNOBI. We just decided that was the realest person ever. The next day I start-ed making a tape after being in the car for half an hour shouting Nurnobi, Nurn-obi, Nurnobi.” I was in disbelief that
Nurnobi was actually someone’s name but loved how simple moments like that can become the inspiration for creative projects like this.
I hadn’t had the opportunity to listen to the tape so I wanted to know what was different. According to Clay, this al-bum really shows how he has matured
as an artist, since he has gotten better at the recording aspect side of things and has had more of a hand at production, mixing and mastering.
Releasing his last EP gave him the op-portunity to connect with many produc-ers from around the world who would send him beats. However, he has been
able to col-laborate with people on campus such as Mamoun N u k u m a n u , Addis Gold-man, Sleepy James and even has a track with So-phia Capp and Alex Farr.
However, his dream team seems to be with First-Year Jeremy Zucker and Sam Clem-ent, which he met while liv-ing on fourth �loor Mathias this year.
“It’s signi�icantly better now that I met him [Clement]. He’ll come up with a beat that’s like a four bar loop and then I’ll write lyrics to the loop, �igure out where I want to expand on that and then he’ll produce around it and that’s like a sig-ni�icantly better process,” he said.
After this it’s just a matter of recording it. Zucker then does all the mastering.”
The most intriguing thing he said was that he hated his album. Immediately confused, I asked why.
“I put the Lounge out because it was �inished, and I hated it. I put Nurnobi out and it’s �inished, and I hate it, but I hate it less. It has more emotional variety and more depth and it’s like three times lon-ger,” he said. “I’m just not satis�ied with it. I want to be doing better stuff than I can. Part of it is about resource and be-ing independent, and it’s tough. I don’t think I’m as good a rapper as I could be.”
That made sense to me, and as some-one who has a lot of creative interests, I understand the dilemma of never fully being satis�ied. Regardless, one thing I can say is his performance that night was truly monumental and opened the door for many musical possibilities available on campus.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen, make sure to go to Soundcloud and search thing_bridgegang.
EBONI STATHAMStaff Writer
Recipe: Orange n’ Oat Smoothie
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get you leaner temporarily. Note that it is never healthy to crash
diet or exercise at an unsafe level. Train-ers believe if it is absolutely necessary, perform a higher-intensity strength based circuit in the morning and then a lower, steady state cardio workout later in the day.
Still it is best to incorporate a complete rest day, or day off, each week. What is most important is sensing how your body feels and whether it is asking to be pushed harder or requires rest. Evaluate how your muscles, joints, and ligaments feel. Is something pulsing, tight, or strained? Are you mentally exhausted? Recovery looks different for everyone. Learning your limits and how to safely and healthily increase those limits are the biggest challenge to personal �itness.
Photo By Melissa Kolano
Photo courtesy of Sketchfam
LIFE 15April 24, 2015
An eclectic mix for this year’s Film Fest
The Colorado College Film Union’s an-nual Film Fest is the best opportunity for student filmmakers to showcase work to a large audience and show peers who couldn’t make film classes’ screenings throughout the year. Unlike previous years, many of this year’s admitted films were made outside of class, meaning it will be the first time many of these films have an audience.
“It’s really good this year,” said se-nior Film Union President Laila Mahan. “We’ve got a great balance of fiction and documentary projects. One of the best parts of Film Fest is that it gives students who make films outside of class a chance for their peers to see their work.”
The group is comprised of about half documentary and half fiction films, in-cluding both actors and subjects within CC and around the Colorado Springs and Denver communities.
The films range from stories of escap-ist youth and stumbling upon a drug cir-cle, to intimate documentaries, explor-ing homeless LGBT youth in Colorado Springs and members and the Colorado Springs BDSM community.
“If you’re caught engaging in BDSM activities in Colorado, you can lose your job, your friends, your kids,” said senior Michaela Kobsa-Mark regarding her documentary collaboration with senior Brooks Fleet-McFarlane and junior Cam-eron Boyd on Your Fetish Isn’t My Fetish.
The most important part of their pro-
cess included the team’s collaborating with the BDSM community to address potential liabilities, making sure no one of their subjects would be “outed” as “kinky” to friends and family.
“I think my favorite part of the film was having my ideas about BDSM completely changed and feeling comfortable in a community that made me uncomfort-able at first,” said Fleet-McFarlane.
In collaboration with a large student crew, even setting up a rave shoot with hay bails in Cornerstone’s studio B, se-nior Alex Suber’s film, Hitched, follows a city kid’s escape to the countryside and discovery of its “underbelly.”
Shot on location at Chico Basin Ranch, the crew shot most of the film during “golden hour,” the short window after sunrise and before sunset when light appears gold in color. “Our crew of ten woke up at 5 a.m. every morning to catch the first glimpses of light of the prairie horizon,” said Suber. “The most amazing part of the process was [their] dedica-tion… and the good times we had out on the ranch being hooligans once the sun went down.”
“In Chico Basin you’re very far from anything,” said first-year crewmember Georgia Griffis. “We didn’t even have running water, and then all of a sudden we were carrying around big expensive cameras. It was cool to see a film crew become a team and a close community. We definitely bonded a lot over it.”
Make sure to support all of CC’s stu-dent filmmakers at Film Fest in Arm-strong this Saturday at 7 p.m. Like every year, it’s sure to delight.
Thomas CrandallStaff Writer
Brewhaha: Big beer invades craft market
As you know, the craft beer market has exploded in popularity and size in recent years. Consumers see this as a bonus as variety increases greatly. However, in-dustry giants in commercial brewing see this recent expansion of craft beer market as a reduction in their respec-tive share of the market. In fact, in 2013, craft beer was 14 percent of total beer market share. In turn, major commercial brewing operations are seeking to take over the craft brewing industry through acquisition of craft breweries.
To start, it helps to know the major players in the game. The two largest commercial brewing operations in the U.S. are Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB In-Bev) and MillerCoors.
AB InBev’s brand portfolio includes Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, and Skol.
MillerCoors has an even more im-pressive diversity of beers in its port-folio. The brewing giant owns domestic brands such as Miller, Coors, Extra Gold, Hamm’s, Icehouse, Keystone, Milwau-kee’s Best, Olde English 800, Steel Re-serve High Gravity, and Mickey’s. Miller-Coors also owns international beers such as Cristal, Cusqueña, Grolsch, Per-oni, Pilsener Urquell, Molson, Foster’s, and George Killian’s Irish Red to name a few.
As you can see, acquiring existing breweries is not a new concept to these two beverage conglomerates. However, they have historically been in the busi-ness of buying large domestic and inter-national brands. As of late, they’ve been on a craft brewery shopping-spree of sorts.
In the last four years, MillerCoors has bought craft brands such as Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Crispin Hard Ciders, Leinenkugel’s, and Henry Weinhard’s.
AB InBev has not been as aggressive as MillerCoors but has still acquired a handful of brands in the last few years. The acquisitions include big names such as Goose Island from Chicago; Elysian from Seattle; 10 Barrel Brewing from Bend, Ore.; and Blue Point Brewing Co. from Long Island.
Purchases of craft breweries in recent years show a clear trend in the beer market. Craft beer is being commercial-ized. There are a number of problems with this trend.
Perhaps the largest concern for the consumer is that the recipes are being changed to increase the profit margin on each brand. They’re doing everything they can to cut costs while supposedly keeping the flavor the same. I person-ally doubt their ability to improve these beers in any tangible way to the con-sumer.
So be careful next time you pick a craft beer when you to the liquor store, it may not be what you think it is. Be wary of commercially produced impostors.
noah sTewarTStaff Writer
Wondering what Block 8 has in store for you? Look no further. Here is a list of signature student-run events that are sure to make your block delightful.
Two big events are set to take place this coming Saturday, April 25, including the Colorado College Film Fest and Burg-ers on the Beach.
The CC Film Fest has been put on by the CC Film Union for the past seven years. The event will feature ten films
created and produced by CC students in the past year. Five are documenta-ries and five are fictional. Prizes will be awarded in different categories, includ-ing Best Documentary and Best Actor. It is set to take place at 7 p.m. in Armstrong Theater, with complementary food.
Also on Saturday is Burgers on the Beach, an annual event hosted by the Freerider’s Union of Colorado College (FUCC) and the Carnivore Club. CC stu-dents are encouraged to head up to Arapahoe Basin ski area to enjoy some late-season skiing, burgers, and brats. If you have no way to get to the event, don’t
dana CroninStaff Writer
Block 8 Event Preview fret, a bus is being offered (sign-ups are at the Worner Desk).
On Sunday, April 26, the Quony Cup is set to take place. The Quony Cup will feature a soccer tournament, music, food, and lawn games starting at 11 a.m. Teams interested in participating should submit their roster. The form is available on the CC website. The cost of entry is $50 per team, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. The Cup cele-brates the lives of two CC students: Chris Quon and his friend and lacrosse team-mate, Evan Spirito.
The annual Blues & Shoes festival is set to take place on May 2. The event features a few different bluegrass bands
and a horseshoe tournament (hence, the name). There will be food provided by CC’s Carnivore Club, and the event is set to begin at 11 a.m.
Finally, CC’s famous Llamapalooza event will take place the final Saturday of the year, May 9. The lineup for Llama has not yet been announced, but will be on Friday. Llamapalooza is an outdoor music festival that takes place on the Worner Quad and features both student bands and bands that have been invited by the Llama Committee. This year, the featured student bands include Drunk Uncle and Funkdozer. The start time for Llama is 2 p.m., and midnight breakfast will be provided afterwards.
16 April 24, 2015
Brunettes on Books: Salinger’s ‘Bananafish’
JD Salinger’s “A Perfect Day for Banan-afish” often appears on lists of must-read short stories, but no one ever ex-plains exactly why that is. To be honest, we can’t really explain it either.
This story is one of Salinger’s most complex and captivating works, and it leaves the reader with nagging ques-tions that remain unanswered. Pub-lished as the opening piece in Salinger’s collection “Nine Stories,” the story is shocking and brings the reader into the complex world of the post-war era.
The story opens in a sunny Florida re-sort, where the reader first meets Mu-riel and her husband Seymour. Muriel is talking on the phone with her mother, and the dialogue suggests that there has been marital stress since Seymour
returned from his time in combat. Salin-ger’s craft as a writer is seen in his abil-ity to switch between the depiction of frivolous newlyweds and the beautiful setting he describes. At first the prob-lems seem trivial and a routine part of the anxiety that comes from being newly married. However, as the story pro-gresses, the readers are introduced to the deeper psychological problems that Seymour faces.
During our many classes together, we have developed a pretty strong (we hope) understanding of psychoanalytic theory. That being said, this story is full of psychoanalytic cues that allow us to consider the darker part of the human psyche.
Seymour himself is plagued by a num-ber of mental abnormalities that cause him to act on strange impulses, includ-ing the development of suggestively pe-dophilic relationships with young girls
Kristy Murray & Becca GasperoniStaff Writers
#Ready for Hillary?
On April 12, Hillary Clinton announced what the political establishment has known for quite some time – she is run-ning for President of the United States. The declaration came towards the end of a short video released by her campaign on Sunday afternoon. “I’m running for president,” she said in the video. “Every-day Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion. So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote–because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
With the widely recognized Clinton name, Hillary enters the race at a unique starting point. Whether the establish-ment association will help or harm her remains to be determined in this par-ticular election, but many speculate that the drama of the 1990s is worrisome, at best. Additionally, there remains con-troversy regarding her use of a State Department email address for personal matters while serving as Secretary of State for the Obama administration be-tween 2009 and 2013.
Considering her failed bid for the Democratic nomination in 2008, Clin-ton’s campaign hopes that this time around she will be able to draw upon her strong base of support, which centers on women and white working-class people. Seeking to avoid the presumptions of entitlement from her last campaign, it seems that she plans to champion help-ing the middle class and reducing in-come inequality as major themes of her campaign. Her successful bid in 2000 for Senate in New York is considered a strong campaign model, during which she proved a relatable, effective candi-date. When constituents feel as though they are able to connect with Clinton on a personal level, they are more likely to vote for her.
Her April 12 declaration will be fol-lowed in the coming weeks by campaign events in the critical states of Iowa and New Hampshire. The beginning stages of her campaign form the reintroduction of herself that she so desperately seeks as a second-time presidential candidate, while reinforcing the central themes of her candidacy—improving life for the middle class with an emphasis on rais-ing wages and ensuring income equality.
Clinton seems to be in a vulnerable position, however, as media scrutiny continues and criticism begins from the broad field of contenders for the Repub-lican nomination. Jeb Bush, governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Sena-tors Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, have all voted opposition to Clinton in their bid to secure the Republican nomina-tion would function as the most effective candidate to run against Clinton. And the question remains: How does she create a first impression all over again?
Zita tothStaff Writer
he meets on the beach. He swims in the ocean with one child named Sybil in a rather flirtatious and disturbing manner.
As readers, we are both captivated and repulsed by this interaction, and we want to know what Seymour is thinking, a desire that ultimately goes unfulfilled. The story follows Seymour’s interac-tions with other hotel guests, revealing his social ineptitude and hinting at some sort of psychological repression that the reader desperately wants to uncover.
This story challenges our trust in peo-ple and reveals the darkness that follows traumatic experience and permeates our everyday lives. We wish we could reveal the reason why this story is so striking and shocking, but we don’t want to spoil the ending. The story ultimately takes a surprising and twisted turn, revealing the impossibility of ever truly knowing anyone. You’re going to have to trust us here—this story is well worth the read.
CC Lens: Caribou Mountain Collective
Photos By Veronica Spann
This past Wednesday, April 22 Caribou Mountain Collective came out to jam in Cos-sitt Amphitheater. The bluegrass quartet hails from Nederland, Colorado and is only two years old but already has a great presence in the Colorado Bluegrass scene. They recently performed at the Durango Bluegrass Melt-down, where the CC Bluegrass Ensemble also played. With food from the CC Catering club, students came out to feast and dance to origi-nal music of both Colorado and Appalachian bluegrass tradition. The Collective is currently underway, but you can download their debut album, “Til the Sun Gives Us A Day,” on their website cariboumountaincollective.com if you want to hear more of the quartet.