At some point in our lives, we’ve all been yelled at for causing a ruckus by a parent or grandparent. Back in our more innocent days, a ruckus amounted to being too loud, too wild, or too disruptive at the dinner table or when company was present. But for college students, in the absence of those well-meaning authority figures, there’s another wild world out there, and “ruckus” takes on new meaning.
The drug that ends addiction
by Giulio Brandi, staff writer; illustration by Claire Jencks, guest artist
The word “hallucinogenic” doesn’t do justice to the effects of ibogaine, a chemical derived from the Tabernanthe Iboga plant. The journey is far deeper, more dangerous, and certainly more useful than that time you ate brownies at a Phish concert and “felt really strange.”
How Corbin Hillam won our hearts, one sidewalk at a time
words and photos by Emma Calabrese, editor
Tshhhhht. Tshhhhht. Tshhhhhhhhht.
The sound of chalk on pavement is rhythmic, lulling. Every scratch scatters crumbled pink, blue, and yellow in the wake of arching lines. Gusts of wind and the harsh shadows of the setting sun don’t interrupt the rhythm. Tshhhhht. Tshhhhht.
Sorry, I thought you were someone else
words and photos by Anais Gude and Amy Steinhoff, guest contributors
The term doppelgänger comes from the German doppelgaenger, literally meaning “double-goer.” Seeing one’s look-alike or “evil twin” has negative connotations, and is historically considered an omen of death in some traditions. The look-alikes we have observed on the CC campus are surely no sign of evil to come, but they do cause temporary embarrassment when we call out to someone who we believe to be another. With so many look-alikes composing a population as small as CC’s, we can only wonder how many each of us might have across space and time.
An insider’s impression of life behind bars
by Kathleen Hallgren, editor
Sergeant Andrew “L.T.” Mahar graduated from Colorado College in 2007 with a Classics and Political Science double major, a yearning to serve his country, and ready military experience gained through his participation in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Hoping to be deployed for combat in Afghanistan, Mahar enlisted in the United States Army for active duty in August of 2007. Instead of being sent into combat, however, Mahar was deployed to the United States Eighth Army, and spent a year serving as a correctional officer in the United States Eighth Army Confinement Facilities prison system in Korea.
From February 2008 until 2009, Mahar dealt with military personnel and U.S. citizens involved with the military who had gotten into trouble with Korean law, as well as military personnel who broke U.S. military law while on Korean soil. During that year, he was responsible for between eight and twenty-five military prisoners, and one to six civilians. The ratio of prisoners to guards fluctuated, the lowest being six to one, and highest being twelve to one.
Sergeant Mahar, a self-proclaimed beer, music and adrenaline junkie, offers an insider’s perspective of life in prisons and power structures, as well as helpful tips on how to survive if you ever find yourself behind bars.
The opinions stated within are his own, and do not reflect the views of the United States military or any other organization.