Confidential Critters

Ferrets and hedgehogs and rats—oh my!

by Kate Wihtol, editor; illustration by Teal Francis, staff artist

“It was the spring of 2007 and Emma Juniper* was becoming more and more excited about coming to Colorado College in the fall. On top of picking out her meal plan and bedspread color scheme, Emma had also made plans for the ultimate college companion: a pet of her own to ease the isolation and melancholy that come with a new and unfamiliar home. “People need something soft and warm and loving,” Juniper said. “It relaxes them, allows them to have a better college experience.”

Little did Emma know that her new rat, Valentine, would draw her into to one of the college’s most clandestine communities: the society of secret pets. In bringing a pet into her Loomis dorm room freshman year, Emma managed to dodge the college’s newly restrictive pet policy. “When I asked the college for permission, they still allowed pets,” said Juniper. “So [Valentine] kind of got grandfathered in.” While the rest of her hall mates yearned for a playmate of their own, Emma relished in the delight of her distinctive privilege. “Freshman and sophomore years I was the most visible person with an animal, so I got to know every other illegal animal in the building.” As it turns out, our little campus is thriving with all sorts of confidential critters. Continue reading


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A Rant on Muffins, Existentialism and Kilimanjaro

by Johanna Holbrook, staff writer; illustration by Sarah Wool, editor

This wheely chair is quite comfortable. I have found, in my experience, that the majority of wheely chairs are. I am perched on this one, hunched over my notebook in intense concentration as my friend completes her archeology homework at the table across from me. She is going abroad next semester, expanding her life’s boundaries to include the African continent. I can almost see the last grains of sand cascading to the bottom half of her hourglass and . . . Continue reading

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Ghosts on the Subterraneo

Brushing shoulders with the phantoms of Buenos Aires

by Claire McKeever, guest writer

There’s a phantom station on my subway line.

As if there weren’t already enough to contend with each time I trudge down into the veins of Buenos Aires. In a city of thirteen million, it’s always rush hour. I get swept along by a tide of businessmen, students, and grandmothers. Salesmen hawk their wares: “Ladies and gentlemen! The best [socks, pens, chocolate, umbrella], yours for only a few tiny pesitos!” The omnipresent kioscos and newspaper stands mirror their surface counterparts, their slipshod shelves vending everything from pastries to used books. Ragged children tug my sleeve to offer slips of paper, begging for God’s mercy and my monedas.

And now there are ghosts, too. Continue reading

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Jiggers in My Knickers

A love-hate relationship with African insects

by Sally Hardin, guest writer; illustrations by Elle Emery, staff artist

“There’s a dinosaur in the car! Get it out! Get it out!” my friend Katie screamed as we drove along a dusty Kenyan road in our Land Rover. And there it was—an unidentifiable, bird-sized flying insect (read: dinosaur) had made it through the back window and was angrily buzzing and dive-bombing us as though we were the ones encroaching on its territory.

In one calm, practiced motion, my other friend Caitlin reached all the way across the now whimpering Katie, yanked open the window, and expertly shooed out the dinosaur-bug-bird. We all breathed a sigh of relief, but the collective heart rate did not return to normal for at least ten minutes. Finally, I was forced to come to a conclusion that I’d been avoiding since September: the bugs in Africa kind of suck. Continue reading

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Shattering Public Health

A gas extraction method threatens water supplies across the country

by Joel Minor, staff writer; illustration by Annabel Wheeler, staff artist

While the government sits handcuffed and companies pursue capitalistic interests, cracks keep splintering through the underground, bringing with them the potential for danger on the surface.

What happens underground affects life on the surface.

This is basic knowledge for any Colorado College geology major. The swirling molten rocks that make up the earth’s mantel drive plate tectonics, literally moving continents across oceans. Shifting layers of underground rock cause earthquakes. The underground, just like the air and water above it, is a shifting and connected system of causes and effects. It moves. It lives. And when it’s mined and drilled, the ecological system below our feet can often lose much more than minerals or natural gas. Continue reading

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A Toke A Day Keeps the Pain at Bay

A trip into the world of legalized marijuana

words and photographs by Ruego Leon*, guest writer

“I always advocate safer smoking,” the caregiver said when he handed me my first order of medical marijuana. “I threw some organic filters and Raw papers in the bag in case you’re like me and like to smoke joints—I mean marijuana cigarettes; we’re not supposed to call them joints anymore.” Continue reading

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Weather Underground

An interview with activists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn

by Phoebe Parker-Shames, editor

Many CC students worked hard to get Obama elected. We canvassed, attended rallies, energized our friends, and stayed up late to watch results trickle in. Then we sat back, triumphant in our victory and waited for him to bring about the change we so badly wanted. Two years later, with progressive progress stalled, we blame him. Others, ghosts of ‘60s radicalism, blame us. Continue reading

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