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Pacing the Cage

By Clara Campoli, guest writer

As an English major who perpetually faces the question, “What are you going to do with that degree?” I find that I often have to employ the phrase “liberal arts experience” in my defense. No, I may not have job-specific training, but my comprehensive education is supposed to give me a fundamental set of skills— including the ability to write effectively—that will take me anywhere I want to go. The Block Plan, however, provides its own unusual set of challenges for those of us who need to develop our writing: how does one make long-term improvements in less than a month? Recently, Colorado College faculty and staff, led by the Curriculum Committee, took notice of this problem and decided to take action. Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Culture

Religion and science in James Cameron’s Avatar

By Emma Calabrese, editor; illustrations by Andrea Tudhope, editor

After seeing Avatar, I left the theater amazed by the 162 minute whirlwind of color and special effects. Yet something about director James Cameron’s story left me uncomfortable. Cameron’s fictional planet, Pandora, is a kind of Earth on acid—the colors are brighter, the wild animals are bigger, the natives are more exotic, and the imperialists are meaner. Through his native Na’vi people, Cameron portrays a peaceful culture threatened by the greed and technology of invading humans. The situation is rife with political parallels to our own world and, in the end, Avatar becomes a story about the evils of imperialism and the value of respecting and embracing another culture. Continue reading

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Cute Little Hooters

A night with the Flammulated Owl

Words by John Gioia; photos by John Gioia and Saraiya Ruano, guest contributors

Most of our evenings begin in anticipation of the territorial male’s arrival and the female’s subsequent flight. Earlier today, we found this nest as we combed the Manitou Experimental Forest near Woodland Park. Now, the three of us are sitting at the trunk of a tree, waiting for this pair of Flammulated Owls to begin its busy evening antics. As sunset approaches, arrives, and passes (these owls almost religiously respond to the movement of the sun), we hold steady. I stand with a thirty-five-foot pole, net attached, raised to the tiny cavity in the trunk of the tree. Kirsten Becker and Saraiya Ruano, also CC students, stand close by with a good view. Silently, they send me hand signals about nest activity while I steady the pole, waiting for the male to coax the female out of the cavity and right into the net. Continue reading

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CC Hooks a Snapper

An internet legend finally arrives on campus

By Phoebe Parker-Shames, guest writer; illustrations by Sarah Wool, editor

After the stressful process of completing college applications and waiting for responses, you’ve been accepted to Colorado College. To celebrate the choice to attend, you join the Facebook group, “Colorado College Class of 2013.” During the summer, a kid named “Snapper Tams” friends you. You have never met him, but he’s going to Colorado College too. Maybe you decide, “Why not?” and friend him, or perhaps you say, “Who is this guy? I don’t even know him!” and click “Ignore.” Continue reading

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What Your Parent’s Don’t Know: Confessions from CC Students

Compiled by Sarah Wool, editor

I’ve been streaking. It was seventh grade. My three best friends and I were having a sleepover, and it was really late. We were hyper and we decided that streaking was a good idea because it was spring. So we went outside and ran down the block and back.                  

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