Monthly Archives: November 2009

Letter From the Editors

If you are reading this article, something has been accomplished.  That is, we, a staff of nearly 20 venturesome students, have produced the first issue of The Cipher (December 12, 1997, Vol. 1 No. 1).  We hope to continue producing further issues, but it’s as much the students’ decision as it is C.C.C.A.’s decision. 

We began this project last summer. After studying different alternative media newspapers and magazines throughout the country and college campuses, we decided Colorado College should be alternative media’s next station. […]  

So, here we are. Hours, days, and weeks later our first issue is out, but the life of this paper rests in all of our hands. Will the students of Colorado College and the members that represent their interest take the venture to sustain the life of The Cipher, or is this a not-so-beautiful tragedy in the making?…

 

Dear Reader,

 Twelve years after Brian Nichols wrote this letter requesting the support of the Colorado College community for a brand-new publication, we, a new generation of editors, want to thank you for hearing his plea. In that spirit, we bring you 3D Cipher, a series of events and activities all over campus designed to inspire, intrigue, and excite the student body that has been doing the same for our publication for over a decade. Check out the schedule on the inside front cover. Continue reading

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Out of Context

Quotes and article titles from past Ciphers, compiled by the editors.

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Letter from Tom Robbins

Letter From Tom Robbins

From Vol. IV, Issue 4, by Tom Robbins.

After suffering years of “offensive” and “outrageous” endings, Heidi Stuber started her letter to Tom Robbins (the author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Another Roadside Attraction), “YOU INTOLERABLE SCHMUCK,” and went on to chronicle her long list of grievances against Robbins’s latest book, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates. Stuber, a long-time Robbins fan, felt as though she had suffered enough from the author’s persistently vague endings and believed Robbins deserved an earful. She took specific issue with the lack of closure in the new novel, as well as Robbins’s jump onto the “Lolita bandwagon,” i.e. the mainstream media portrayal of women and children as sex objects and its perpetuation of violence against them. Republished here from the Cipher’s fourth volume (when it was still in newspaper form) is Robbins’s reply. Although Stuber claimed to stand by the integrity of her letter, we’d say that the old editors were correct in titling Robbins’s letter nothing less than a straight up “bitch-slap.” — JK

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Active Consent

Active Consent

From “Beyond Black and White,” Vol. VIII, Issue 7, words and images by Michael Beckel.

Rape has been an issue on college campuses (and elsewhere, for that matter) around the nation since date-rape became an issue in the 80s, and chances are it will remain so for some time. This article, published in a 2005 issue of the Cipher, is Beckel’s balanced critique of the persistent problem and CC’s evolving regulations on what constitutes “rape.” In light of the recurring cases of rape on this campus each year, the call of this article for conscientious action from all members of the community serves as a reminder that this problem belongs to all of us and that we have a responsibility to put an end to it. — JK 

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Single House, Many Hands

Single House, Many Hands

From “Circles,” Vol. X, Issue 2, words by Ginger Jentzen, image by Jay Hallstein.

An insider’s look at Colorado Springs’s anarchist community that might make you wonder why you’re still in school—as if you haven’t already been beating yourself over the head with that question anyway. — JK 

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Running in Circles

Running in Circles: A profile of Tony Krupicka, maybe the fittest man west of the Mississippi

From “Circles,” Vol. X, Issue 2, by Leath Tonino.

Tony Krupicka is one of the best long-distance runners on the planet, and a 2006 CC graduate. Leath Tonino talked to Krupicka, and wrote about all the crazy shit he does. Your legs will ache just from reading it. — JF

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Hipsters to Hippies

Hipsters to Hippies

From “Circles,” Vol. X, Issue 2, words by Thomas J. Barry, images by Blaise Larmee.

Ever wonder where you fit within the “CC continuum”? This 2006 quiz breaks down our student body into four distinct personalities—hyperbole, to be sure, but also hilarious and surprisingly relevant. Have a look, and don’t take yourself too seriously. — WV

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