Welcome back to the Cipher. We’ve got a fresh batch of editors hot out of the oven this block, and we’re all excited to see where the magazine will take us this semester. For now, we’re going clandestine.
Here’s a rhetorical question for you: On a campus as small as ours, how many secrets can possibly be kept? Every Colorado College student, at one time or another, has felt the negative effects of the tightly-wound grapevine that a campus of 2,000 students inevitably creates. Our lives here might sometimes feel too public, but everyone’s still got secrets, and there’s something undeniably cathartic about getting them off your chest. This block’s issue of the Cipher takes a look at some of the lesser-known aspects of life here at CC in hopes of providing something of that collective liberation.
Kathleen Hallgren finds people with tattoos around campus and pens the intriguing stories behind their ink (page 17). John Knight gives us a look into the world of study drugs at CC and discusses the academic, social, and medical effects—both short- and long-term—of their use (page 24). Annie de Mayo provides a useful map (page 22) of secret spaces on campus that you probably haven’t visited—print shop, lima bean table, or amphitheater porch, anyone? And, of course, we’ve got tons of anonymous secrets from CC students. We asked people to tell us things that their parents don’t know about them—see their responses on page 16. And you may have seen the boxes in the library and in Worner that we set up for you to drop your secrets into; have a look at some of the funniest, darkest, and most embarrassing secrets on campus on page 28. (While you’re at it, see if you can match each editor to his or her secret below.) Not even Dick Celeste is safe: his wife Jacqueline provides us with ten things you probably don’t know about our school’s president on page 32.
So dig in. You’re sure to discover a thing or two you never knew about the people you see every day.
Will Vunderink and the Cipher editors