Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Price of Pregnancy Prevention

A dollar for every day

by John Knight, editor; illustration by Claire Longfield, guest artist

Before Mercedes Hernandez-Queen, now a freshman at University of Denver, entered high school, she knew she didn’t want to get pregnant. Not only had she seen her uncle struggle with raising a child as a teenager, but her older brother had fathered twins while he was still in high school and one of the infants died in premature childbirth. Raised by a single mother, she knows the strain an unplanned child put on a young family and didn’t care that teen pregnancy was an accepted circumstance and prevalent among students at Sheridan High School in Colorado Springs. She had made up her mind. Continue reading



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Letter from the Editors

Dear Reader,     

One of the weirdest things about being in college, especially at a small liberal arts school like ours, is living in a generational bubble. We are young adults who are constantly surrounded by other young adults. We party with them, eat with them, share beds with them. Other than the occasional appearance of college faculty and staff, we spend most of our time surrounded by fellow eighteen to twenty-two-year-olds.  

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Out of Context

Out of Context

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Pacing the Cage

Jane Hilberry uninvited to speak at CSS

by John Knight, editor 

In a recent flurry of letters, emails and phone calls, Jane Hilberry, the award-winning poet and Colorado College English professor, was first invited to speak at the Colorado Springs School’s (CSS) literary conference, and then abruptly uninvited. CSS, a private school for grades K-12, rescinded its invitation after concerns arose about the mature content of some of Hilberry’s work and the cover of her book Body Paint, which features a picture of a nude woman covered in paint. The move has infuriated members of the literary community in the Springs who believe CSS is being hypocritical by censoring without a thorough understanding of Hilberry’s work. Continue reading

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The Writing on the Wall

The plight of the bookstore

by Will Vunderink, editor; illustration by Lilly Turner, guest artist

During the summer of 2005, after my junior year of high school, I began working at a bookstore called Good Yarns in my hometown of Hastings on Hudson, New York. The store had been around for almost thirty years and smelled strongly of dust and old, yellowing books. I started the day a new owner took over. In the past, Good Yarns (pun oh so intended) had also sold yarn; the multi-colored spools covering one wall were among the first things to go under the new ownership. During the two years I worked there, our stock of books expanded by a huge degree, we re-arranged the whole store, and a large back office was devoted to online business and filled floor-to-ceiling with books. We inventoried everything in the store and put it all into a new computer system, had authors give readings, and took special orders for customers. Continue reading

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Getting Some

And other cosmic preoccupations

by Tristan Dickison, staff writer

The dust from World War II settled, its scenes of death sprawled over many nations, and a man in Indiana named Alfred Kinsey turned his attention to le petit mort, or the “little death” responsible for life. Kinsey, a zoologist and university professor, wanted to know how we do it. He wanted to track the ins and outs of human sexuality and to witness it firsthand with all the detached and objective observation he could muster without springing a boner. Continue reading

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Squirrel Talk

Words and photos by Sarah Wool, staff contributor

I grew up in an area of Alabama where squirrels are restless and apprehensive. They sustain themselves on meager portions of acorns and the like, and their chalky-gray coats cover small, scrawny physiques. They emerge from their nests with the intention to forage. Leisure time is rare. They must always take care to avoid close proximity to humans, lest they risk contact, entrapment, or even death. These squirrels are neurotic, intense, and mistrustful, endowed with a fair amount of ethnological anxiety. In fact, they are so flighty that I often forget to take any note of them—until I come home after an extended stay in the company of the Colorado College Squirrel. On CC’s campus, the squirrel is celebrated. Students are endlessly entertained by its  antics, the poise of its gait, and the tender rolls of fat beneath its honey-blonde fur. Continue reading

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