As a senior facing the excitement and panic associated with my frighteningly near graduation, I’ve been thinking a lot about adaptation these days. At twenty-two years old, I should be used to change by now; in fact, Colorado College seniors should be better at adapting than just about anyone. We’re used to drastically switching gears once a month, often buffered by four and a half days of all-out debauchery. And yet, when block break ends, we come right back to our academic lives and resume our “unique intellectual adventure.” And now, after four years of learning to be a successful Colorado College student, I’m being kicked to the grown-up curb, and supposedly have to adapt to “the real world” (whatever that means), where I hear they don’t do things one block at a time. Much as I’ve tried to slow down time and keep this from happening, it continues to move against my will. But this is the pleasure and pain of adaptation: we go through it whether we want to or not.
The articles in this block’s issue serve as a reminder of this inevitability, for better or worse. Editor Sam Brasch discusses Colorado Springs’ recent drastic budget cuts and the ways in which they will affect the city and its inhabitants (p. 10). Giulio Brandi, a transfer student from South Africa, muses upon his strange experiences while adjusting to life in Colorado Springs (p. 21). Johanna Holbrook discusses a subject familiar to all of us: the (often hilarious) ways in which CC freshmen adapt to their new social surroundings (p. 28). Joel Minor takes on the world of Colorado politics, giving us a look at adaptive water management, a governing strategy that may be the answer to Colorado’s substantial water woes (p. 30). Editor-in-Chief Will Vunderink covers Colorado Springs’ new no-camping on public property ordinance, a controversial move that signals a major shift in the lives of the city’s homeless population (p. 24).
The range of topics covered in this issue suggests that adaptation is a fundamental part of life. Of course, this doesn’t make it any easier to face getting a “real” job, or living more than a few blocks from your best friends. But at least we can all take comfort in the knowledge that, as we adapt, we’re not doing it alone.
Jenny Friedler and the Cipher editors