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Impromptu trip to the beach

October 10, 2014  |  The Experience, Rebecca Seidemann '18

Last Thursday, a last-minute plan to go to the movies with one of my friends became a giant adventure to the beach. It was reminicsent of the local exploring I did with my high school friends during the summer. It's always nice to be able to explore and get a sense of one's community. Adventures are also great bonding activities. 

It all started when I was looking up movie times with my friend. We discovered that it was the last day the movie we wanted to see was playing, so, "Let's go see it some time," became, "WE NEED TO GO SEE THIS MOVIE IN AN HOUR!" We caught the Camelvan, the College's shuttle system, and collected friends (as well as some new people I hadn't met yet) along the way. Over time, our plans and group grew and evolved.  

A ride in the CamelVan, a taxi trip and a few changes of plan later, we arrived at Ocean Beach in New London. The moment we got to the beach, everyone immediately kicked off their shoes and ran towards the water to start building a communal sand castle. As the sun set, we took a walk on the boardwalk before just sitting and talking.

It turns out that when you go on an impromptu beach trip with some people you met earlier that day, you end up knowing them pretty well by the time you get back to campus. As a plus, I ended up with some seashells for decorating my room, too!

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TEDx Youth Event

November 28, 2014  |  The Experience, Mike Wipper '17

TEDxConnecticutCollege, a student-run organization, organized the first TED Youth Event on Saturday. As a precursor to the main TEDxConnecticutCollege, local middle-schoolers were invited to give a presentation on the theme "Worlds Imagined." Some took on the role of technology in our lives and the detrimental effect it can have, while others discussed the continuing problem of racism and discrimination present even in a middle school setting. Having given my own presentation at last year's TEDxConnecticutCollege, I loved seeing younger speakers taking on the same challenge I did, asking themselves how best to convey a message in a creative and entertaining medium. After the conference, the kids took part in activities and workshops supervised by the TEDx staff. There were tables full of Rubik's Cubes and plenty of paper available for painting and drawing.


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Music, dancing and feasting at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum

November 14, 2014  |  The Experience, Jordan Thomas '15

This past weekend, I went to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, a museum of Native American culture that is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and located only about 20 minutes from campus. Despite its close proximity to Conn, I had never been to the museum before. Unity House, the multicultural center on campus, sponsored the day trip, so I decided to go and check out some of the museum's exhibits on the Pequot War, life on a reservation and the contemporary Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

The day of our visit, the museum was also hosting a Veterans Powwow to honor those who have served in the armed forces. There was music, dancing and feasting. One of the dances was performed by the "tiny tots" — the children of the tribe. Audience members were invited to learn the steps and perform in the Powwow, but I was mesmerized watching others. Being able to witness another culture's traditions is a valuable and precious thing, and I feel privileged to have been part of this day.


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New York's tiny museum

November 13, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

Turning down a dark and graffitied alley in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City, I saw a bright light. There, tucked away in a freight elevator, was a museum. And on its shelves were collections of oddities: plastic spoons, Saudi Arabian pool toys, business letters, plastic eggs and bacon, a leather shoe supposedly thrown at the head of George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad, and jars with rubble/dirt/ash from Pearl Harbor, Auschwitz, and someone’s father. All of this was a mere sampling of the variety of strange objects the museum hosts. This experience was one of many during my sophomore research seminar’s field trip last Saturday. We began with the Museum of Sex, worked our way to Chinatown for a very tasty lunch and a tour with Chinese takeout menu collector Harley Spiller, and eventually to this tiny museum. All three events had a thematic connection: the invisible. Each hidden in their own way, these places connected to my class’ studies of secrecy, power, privilege and the invisible. 


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Less than appetizing facts about fish ...

November 10, 2014  |  The Experience, Mike Wipper '17

I'll admit, my title is a little misleading. Restaurant proprietor and College Trustee David Barber '88 and Sean Barrett, co-founder of Dock to Dish, hosted a discussion about what they envision as the ideal future of the fishing industry in the United States. While they both explained what they are working toward — fostering a culture of sustainable fisheries — what stood out to me was the appalling state of the current system of commercial fishing. David gave an explanation of how, due to tariffs and working costs, it's cheaper for a company to fish in local East Coast waters, freeze and ship the fish to China for processing, and ship the fish back to the United States, than it is to process in the same region where the fish was caught. Even with all this travel, the fish can still be legally called "locally caught." It's certainly reassuring for me to know that people like David and Sean are working to change this model by supporting and buying directly from fishermen who prepare the fish in the same local waters from which the animals are found.


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Standing in solidarity

November 7, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

On Oct. 29, Connecticut College students stood in solidarity with Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia University student who is protesting the way her report of sexual assault was handled on campus. Students from the SGA Public Art Task Force, the College's Think S.A.F.E. Project, and the sophomore seminar class “Art of Protest: Occupy ___” collaborated to carry the mattress to different locations around campus every hour and students were encouraged to sign it.

Learn more: Read "#ConnCollCarries: Bringing the #CarryThatWeight movement to campus," a guest blog post by Bettina Weiss '15.


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The Hispanic Studies Department goes to see Goya ... and camels

November 6, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

Last Saturday, the Hispanic Studies Department hosted a trip to visit the new Goya exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Francisco Goya (1746-1828) is a well-known Spanish painter and printmaker. While I originally associated him with the stiff portraiture of the royal court, I was pleasantly surprised to see the wide variety and versatility of his art. Court culture was merely one aspect of society reflected in his paintings. The influence of the Enlightenment, the Peninsular War, the War of 1812, the American and French revolutions, the church, the Inquisition and much more can be seen within his art; he lived at an extremely interesting time in Spanish history. My favorite is his series of prints, Los Caprichos. A satirical critique of Spanish culture and society, they have a dark humor and informality that contrasts with his paid portraits. Unfortunately, no photography was allowed at the exhibit, but I thought this 7th century glazed earthenware camel from the Sui Dynasty exhibit would make a nice replacement.


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4,802 feet in the air: The Outdoors Club hikes Mt. Moosilauke

November 2, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

Watching the sun filter through the clouds from an elevation of 4,802 feet is not an everyday experience — unless you're part of the Outdoors Club, that is. Last Saturday, we hiked Mount Moosilauke in New Hampshire's White Mountains. It was a tough four miles up to the top — at least my legs certainly thought so — but there were moments when I stopped to think to myself, "This is incredible." The roar of a waterfall kept us company as we climbed, a grassy clearing at the peak made me feel as if I was in an adventure straight out of "The Lord of the Rings," my breath was visible in the brisk air — all of these things made for a refreshing change of pace in my Connecticut College experience.


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N20 hosts a 'baby shower' performance

October 31, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

N20 is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. Fittingly, it's also the name of a Conn College improv group, one of two we have on campus. Last Friday, the group hosted a "baby shower" performance to welcome their new members ("babies,") John and Julia. The group played a variety of humorous short games and I couldn't stop laughing. It was fun to see my peers and friends perform on stage so effortlessly.


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"Human Crisis at the Border: Local and Global Perspectives"

October 29, 2014  |  The Experience, Mike Wipper '17

Recently, professors, community activists and service members from our neighbors at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy recently met with Conn students to discuss a wide range of topics related to immigration in the United States. After giving a brief description of their role in the issue, the panelists met with students to hear their perspectives on immigration in a more casual environment, fostering dialogue and sharing of ideas. I spoke with Dr. Evan Haglund of the Coast Guard Academy. Working as a consular officer at the American Embassy in Ghana, Dr. Haglund was able to offer a unique perspective on being on the front lines of the immigration process into the United States. It was a great experience to have roundtable discussions with people holding such varied backgrounds and experiences with immigration.


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The power of purple

October 27, 2014  |  The Experience, Jordan Thomas '15

What do October and the color purple have in common? Both are associated with domestic violence awareness, education and advocacy. In honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I recently went to a domestic violence awareness walk and rally in nearby Groton, Conn. The event was co-sponsored by Safe Futures, the domestic violence center in New London, and was appropriately titled "The Power of Purple."

All of us donned purple shirts and walked a 2.5-mile route in historic Groton. Some passersby applauded us, and a few cars even honked to show their support. During the rally portion, some survivors of domestic violence shared their stories. Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney also spoke about the culture of violence in and beyond the southeastern Connecticut community. The rally ended with a final call to action on what we can do to change the future.

As Catherine Zeiner, the executive director of Safe Futures, said in the final moments of the event, "I see a safe future for southeastern Connecticut." With dedicated advocates, organizations like Safe Futures, and events like this walk and rally, I do, too.


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Harvestfest, through a photographer's eye

October 24, 2014  |  The Experience, Jordan Thomas '15  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16  |  The Experience, Mike Wipper '17

harvestfest tent

Each year, Harvestfest is one of the most anticipated events at Fall Weekend, Connecticut College's annual parent and family weekend. More than 70 student clubs, academic departments and athletic teams set up shop, selling a wide array of Camel- and Connecticut College-inspired clothing, gifts and treats in a bazaar-like atmosphere. We asked the ConnCollegeLive Experience photojournalists to fan out and find the best and most interesting items for sale.

 

Laura Cianciolo '16

Harvestfest photos by Laura Cianciolo

  1. I first stopped at Coffee Closet’s table and purchased a caramel apple dipped in sprinkles — it was the perfect snack for the fall weather.
  2. Every year, I purchase a poster from The College Voice’s table, and this year I loved the hand-drawn map of campus.
  3. I stopped by Miss Connduct’s table and bought a few of their handmade cards for my friends who have fall birthdays.
  4. Conn’s chapter of Oceana was selling adorable keyboard protectors covered with fish and other sea creatures.
  5. Launch, Conn’s entrepreneurship club, was celebrating its first Harvestfest with brightly colored, delicious cookies shaped like spaceships.

 

Kirsten Forrester '17

Harvestfest photos by Kirsten Forrester

  1. Slavery Ends Today homemade cards: Simple and thoughtful, the cards have positive messages such as "You are beautiful." It's nice to have a few around for future gifts.
  2. Ski team flannel: Two words: so cozy! They're the perfect attire for Connecticut winters.
  3. Ski club winter hats: One, they complement the flannel for the complete New England winter look. Two, I love pom poms.
  4. Relay for Life Elephant frame: So cute! My favorite animal is an elephant. Images and statues of them cover my walls at home, so this frame makes for a great addition to that ever growing collection.
  5. The College Voice posters: You just can't go wrong with the image of a camel in a turtleneck sweater on your wall.

 

Jordan Thomas '15

Harvestfest photos by Jordan Thomas

  1. Cadenza, Conn's literary magazine, sold prints and shirts with a one-line camel design. The artist, senior Jennifer Jackson, drew the camel logo without ever lifting the pen from the paper. It's inspired by Picasso's famous work.
  2. The campus newspaper, The College Voice, had customized camel M&Ms — in Conn colors, of course!
  3. The Dance Club sold cute and functional tank tops with an adorable Camel in the corner — great for workout clothing!
  4. Forest Justice, the resident treehugger club on campus, sold tie-dyed t-shirts with the logo of a tree hugging a Camel. What's not to love about that?
  5. The college's chapter of Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honor Society, had brain-themed coffee mugs for sale. Since this is my organization and this one was my idea, I'm a bit partial to it ... but who wouldn't want a blue and yellow brain on their morning cup of coffee?

 

Mike Wipper '17

Harvestfest photos by Mike Wipper

  1. After hearing the faint sound Mariachi, I found myself at the club's table, more than happy to snack on some "chicharones," a traditional Latin American dish made from fried pork skins.
  2. Sprout! set up a free sample booth complete with hot sauces made from Conn's very own organic garden. My favorite is the spicy mango salsa.
  3. The campus chapter of Slavery Ends Today sold delightful greeting and birthday cards, which ended up being perfect as I still needed to buy my girlfriend a card for her birthday. All proceeds went to the organization that's committed to ending human trafficking.
  4. At the Men's Hockey team table, I purchased the perfect gift for my father, a hockey player himself: a bottle opener made from old sticks. 
  5. All around Harvestfest, I saw people wearing awesome friendship bracelets. I wandered around until I found the Dance Team's booth with bracelets covering the table. I must say, they were pretty stylish ... and they're hand-made!

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A picnic at the Book Barn

October 23, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

Enjoying a beautiful fall day, my friends and I headed to the Book Barn in Niantic for a picnic. After stopping at Fiddleheads to buy fruit, bread and cheese, I found myself completely enchanted with this used book store. It very much has a ragtag, fairy tale feeling. There are paths through overgrown gardens, pink flamingo statues, interestingly shaped buildings and eclectic furniture amongst stacks and stacks of inexpensive books in every genre. I dined atop an oversized checkers table, read in the shade and added a few new books to my collection for the next rainy day.


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Fall, food and friends

October 21, 2014  |  The Experience, Jordan Thomas '15

Last Wednesday, a few friends and I headed downtown for the annual New London Fall Food Stroll. Local restaurants and shops opened their doors and provided samples of some of their select dishes. For the cost of a $10 admission button, we sampled from as many restaurants as we liked! Options ranged from kale cake to shrimp creole to macaroni and cheese and more. It's hard to pick a favorite food from the night, but the pumpkin-pie-flavored milkshakes (complete with crushed-up pieces of homemade waffle cones) from Berry's Ice Cream may have stolen my heart.


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Mental health at Conn

October 16, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

Recently, Conn hosted "Fresh Check Day," a mental health fair with food trucks, music and interactive booths. The goal was to get students talking openly about mental health issues. I am a member of the College's chapter of Active Minds, a club that promotes mental health resources, so I participated in Fresh Check Day by serving as a photographer for our new "I Have a Therapist" campaign. 


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Voter registration with Connecticut's Secretary of State

October 14, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

Last week, Chakena Sims '16 led a very successful voter registration effort with the help of the Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS). Denise Merrill, Connecticut's Secretary of State, was in attendance to congratulate new student voters.


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Friday Fiddleheads Food Co-Op

October 10, 2014  |  The Experience, Mike Wipper '17

Every Friday, the Fiddleheads Food Co-Op, based out of New London, visits Conn and sets up a farmers market for students and staff to buy fresh food and snacks. Alissa Siepka '17 (left) volunteers at the stand (and, for her time, receives 10 percent off her purchases). I stopped by with Jake Summers '16 and Jasmine Massa '17 to inspect some of this week's offerings, which, in this case, included pomegranates and local cheese. For my study snacks tonight, I'll be enjoying fresh bread and grapes!


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Fresh Check Day: 9 out of 10

October 6, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

Last week, Fresh Check came to campus for a day. Fresh Check is an organization that travels from college to college, promoting mental health awareness. Booths included Love is Louder Than, a project emphasizing the positivity of love and healthy relationships; Be Yourself, a project that encourages self-acceptance in the LGBTQ community; and Paint Your Art Out, a project that sponsors art as a means of self-expression and stress reduction. These booths and others filled Tempel Green with information and activities about the issues and available resources regarding mental health.

This photo comes from my 9 Out of 10 Pledge. One out of 10 college students contemplates suicide, but nine out of 10 college students can serve as sources of support and education. My signature, the light blue one in the center of the photo, is my pledge to help take action if a friend or peer may be struggling.


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A fall break trip: Camels in Vermont

October 4, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

Last weekend was Fall Break. I grew up in Vermont, only a few hours north of Conn, so I usually head home for a few days. This year was different, however, as I brought along friends from Idaho, Texas and Ecuador who would have otherwise been staying on campus. As close friends, they know my family makes maple syrup. (I keep an emergency supply in my dorm room and bring it to Harris for pancakes, French toast and waffles.) So, not surprisingly, their very first question was, "Can we go sugaring?" Much to their disappointment, sugaring, the process for making syrup, takes place in the spring.

Nevertheless, I dutifully played the role of tour guide, and introduced them to all the "Vermonter-y" things to do in the fall. We hiked Camel’s Hump (and appreciated the humor in doing so), picked apples at a local orchard, baked an apple pie (with the picked apples), devoured cider donuts, went to Ben and Jerry’s and admired the wonderful view of Lake Champlain from downtown Burlington.


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Paola Ricci takes over Cummings

September 30, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

Visiting Italian artist Paola Ricci has, quite literally, taken over the first floor of Cummings Arts Center. For three days of last week, she worked on an experimental piece: a large drawing taped to the floor that represents her interpretation of the universe. Her performance art has inspired and intrigued students and professors passing by, and a number of classes interacted with and watched her work progress.


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Camelympics pride

September 28, 2014  |  The Experience, Jordan Thomas '15

Camelympics is a Connecticut College tradition that pits residence houses against one another in friendly competition. House residents compete in events that range from volleyball to Quidditch and from Apples to Apples to Bananagrams. All houses have a theme, a cheer and a team shirt. It's a great event that promotes both house and Camel spirit!


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Working on Tempel Green

September 26, 2014  |  The Experience, Mike Wipper '17

My friends Jasmine Massa '17 and Alissa Siepka '17 catch up on some work while enjoying a beautiful day on Tempel Green. It's one of the most active places on campus, where you can work, play and relax ... or do all three at the same time.


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Breaking a sweat with dance fitness class

September 24, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

Every Tuesday and Thursday, my friends and I head to the Athletic Center for dance fitness class, also known as Zumba. Dancing along to Shakira's "Waka Waka" or Nikki Minaj's "Pound the Alarm" is probably the most fun way to stay active.


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A Weekend in New London

September 9, 2014  |  The Experience, Jordan Thomas '15

Last Saturday, some friends and I spent the entire day listening to live music at the eighth annual I AM Festival in downtown New London. In between band performances, we decided to cool off in the Whale Tail Fountain, a sculpture located in front of the New London train station. Live music, water splashing and good friends — what could make for a better weekend?


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Kicking off the year at Coffee Grounds with a band

September 5, 2014  |  The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17

Canopy, a band made up of Connecticut College students, played an indie rock set last Friday at an opening event for Coffee Grounds, a student-run coffee shop. It was the perfect study break with half-priced drinks, friends and some good music.


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Final moments of sophomore year

May 1, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

On Monday, hundreds of sophomores attended the first ever Sophomore Pinning Ceremony. The night was filled with dessert, speeches and recognition of sophomore achievements. The ceremony opened with addresses by Class President Sal Bigay and Class Vice President Kristina Harrold. A performance by a cappella group Miss Connduct followed, which included John Legend's "If You're Out There."


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Art majors at work

April 24, 2014  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

With the year coming to an end, the studio art majors, like myself, must prepare for the Senior Thesis Exhibition on May 2, 2014. When art majors reach senior year, we spend the year producing a cohesive body of work that explores a central theme. Seniors work on their collections at all hours of the day and night and, as such, we are provided with access to a private senior studio where we can work and store pieces throughout the year.

As the Senior Thesis Exhibition nears, here are some scenes from our recent days in the studio:‌

 

Senior Art Majors 1

 

Senior Art Majors 2

 

Senior Art Majors 3

 

Senior Art Majors 4

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Spring is here!

April 22, 2014  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

It has been a long winter, but Spring has finally arrived and students are ecstatic. On days like these, you will find Tempel Green filled with students relaxing under the sun, hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing sports, eating, doing homework and so much more.


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Slavery Ends Today

April 15, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

Slavery Ends Today, a student organization at Conn, is protesting to end human trafficking. The organization has partnered with the International Justice Mission for a 27-hour-long standing protest. Conn student Olivia Dufour ’16 is one of the 27 million participants.


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Beginning the Inauguration festivities

March 27, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

This morning in Cro’s Nest, the Inauguration Committee hosted a campus-wide coffee break. Students, faculty and staff all gathered together for an informal celebration of President Bergeron, who will be inaugurated on Saturday, April 5. President Bergeron said a few words to the crowd and then made her way around the room, chatting with students about the college and their experiences.


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A taste of "Taste of Harris"

March 13, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

The perfect end to midterms week came last Thursday at Taste of Harris. Independent food vendors visit campus once every Spring and serve everything from sausage ravioli to margarita pizza. At the end of the meal, students vote on their favorite items and the dining hall staff try to include the winners on the regular menu. Black bean burgers are now available in Harris after they made an appearance at last year's Taste of Harris.


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Free cupcake and a survey

March 6, 2014  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

One afternoon a few days ago, the Peer Educators Empowering Positive Self ("PEeps") were handing out free cupcakes in Cro in exchange for a quick survey. PEeeps are students on campus that are committed to promoting healthy choices and creating innovative educational programs that meet the needs of their peers based on issues faced by Connecticut College students. Topics include stress reduction, alcohol and other drugs, tobacco, sexual health, nutrition, fitness and sports performance. 


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On The Town takes the stage

February 28, 2014  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

It was a big week for the arts at Conn! The winter musical, "On The Town," was performed in Palmer Auditorium with a full orchestra.


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Q&A with President Bergeron

February 26, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

Last week, I attended a question and answer session in Coffee Grounds with President Katherine Bergeron. President Bergeron even turned the tables and took the time to ask students about campus life and what they hope to see at the college.


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@ConnCollArts

February 21, 2014  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

Pictured is Katherine Bouzianis '14 carrying boxes with letters on every face to different locations on campus. She started this as an interactive project for a class that was aimed at getting more of the campus community involved in the arts. The boxes were placed in various locations around campus like Shain Library, Cummings Art Center, and the atrium above Harris Refractory. Students then could come and switch the boxes around and put together words or phrases, take a picture of what they had done and upload it to any social media site.


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Good morning

February 20, 2014  |  Sust Blog, Alexis Cheney '16  |  The Experience, Alexis Cheney '16

I wake up at 7 a.m., slide into my slippers, and pull up the window shade. Yellow light streams into our room.

My roommate has already walked to breakfast, leaving me to listen to NPR on my clock-radio and pack up my book bag.

I walk the minute to breakfast in JA dining hall. The sun rises above Cummings Arts Center and casts light across Tempel Green, now a wintery plain of fluorescent white. In the distance, a church steeple pricks the skyline. The Thames River hangs behind the steeple as the backdrop of a set.

The scene and the sun energize me. On my way into the dining hall, I pick up the New York Times, then plop down at our usual table. I take a sip of my coffee; my roommate’s friend joins us. She reads her German textbook and digs into a stack of blueberry pancakes. On the way out, I fill up my thermos with apple cinnamon tea.

It is 8 o’clock when I enter New London Hall. I climb up to the third story and choose a table facing the glass wall. Light pours in and I look out. I still see the Thames, still the steeple. People begin to walk around on the sidewalks below. I sit high above, enjoying the silence and the stillness and a day started off just right.

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#OneBillionRising, the Vagina Monologues flashmob

February 17, 2014  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

The cast of the Vagina Monologues recently initiated a flashmob as part of the global One Billion Rising Campaign. The flashmob was one of thousands taking place on around the world on February 14th to end violence against women. In fact, one billion people (both men and women) from 207 different countries rose to dance on this day. Events like these are constantly happening on campus by various clubs and organizations, and some are even collaborations between organizations. Not only are these kinds of events fun to participate in and watch, but are also for a good cause.


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Plex life is the best life

February 18, 2014  |  The Experience, Calli Reynolds '17

Think about a few of your favorite things to do when it is cold outside. Did staying inside make the list? There will always be reasons why we must trek out into the cold: class, meetings, activities, etc. For the ever so lucky ‘Plex-dwellers,’ meals don't have to be one.

The Plex (officially the “North Complex,” but no one calls it that... ever) consists of six dorms, connected by a dining hall (Harris Refectory) in the center. There are other dining halls around campus, but Harris is the largest. During the winter, it becomes my favorite place on campus. Having a dining hall connected to your dorm means breakfast in pajamas and slippers. It is always easy to tell who lives in the plex when you go to Harris. If it's winter, usually someone in shorts is a nice hint. The other students come in from the cold with boots and gloves.

The occasional snow day can be exciting because you can easily hangout with friends without braving the cold and the mounds of snow. Movie days and the occasional snowball fight become a norm in the dead of winter.

Every part of campus has a special perk or fun aspect, but I must say, the Plex life is the best life.

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Curriculum reVision

February 18, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

Connecticut College is currently in the process of re-thinking the core components of a student's general curriculum. As part of Curriculum reVision week, I went to an event at Ruane’s Den where chemistry professor Marc Zimmer and a number of students discussed their ideas for a new curriculum. The process is group-oriented and the College is working hard to engage students, faculty and staff in the process.


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Sitting in OVCS

February 13, 2014  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

Pictured is my friend Gaby, a senior, working as a community service assistant in the Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS.) OVCS is a great way for students to go into the New London community and volunteer at sites including day cares, soup kitchens, and senior centers. Apart from connecting students to the community and providing transportation to these sites, OVCS offers work study jobs to students in the form of community service assistants and community site drivers. The office is a professional yet relaxed setting. We are able to sit in the office and work on homework, read, or talk and joke amongst ourselves while we wait for our next ride.


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Long meals in Harris

February 10, 2014  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

Harris Refectory is a place where students go not only to eat, but also to sit down and socialize, as well. We jokingly call Harris a "social trap," because most students, at some point, find themselves spending an average of one to two hours, sometimes more sitting and socializing, well after having finished their meal. 


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Snow day!

February 6, 2014  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

The dorms are especially cozy during snowstorms. I was heading to sled in the Arbo with some friends during yesterday’s snow day but the flurries outside made Smith, my dorm, almost too cozy to leave.


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Snowfall during exams

December 20, 2013  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

After the three-inch snowfall, students took to the green for snowball fights and snowmen. These two students had just started to craft their snowman as the snow flurries began to die down.


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Alex Rubio: "this is not my project..."

December 3, 2013  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

A few weeks ago, visiting artist Alex Rubio worked with my class of painting and drawing students on a collaborative three-panel mural project, being painted on site. The art department has been able to host Rubio through the support of the Dayton Artist-in-Residence Program, which allows students to interact and learn from artists who are not typically accessible in an academic setting. Rubio worked with us non-stop all weekend, teaching his technique, mentoring, and simply getting to know us. He says that to him, the most important part of the whole project is the process and getting the students to feel a great sense of ownership over the work. He told us from day one, “This is not my project, it is ours and all of your names will go on it.” 


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Coffee, tea and professors

November 27, 2013  |  The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16

A few days ago, professors Tristan Borer and Afshan Jafar hosted a discussion about Saudi Arabian human rights issues. Both professors are experts on the topic and, at the invitation of the Women’s Center, Think SAFE Project and Yalla Bina Arabic Club, led a conversation that was sparked by a viral video about female drivers in Saudi Arabia. I was one of 40 students who joined the chat while enjoying some free coffee and pastries from Coffee Grounds.


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What do you love about education?

November 29, 2013  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

Artful Resistance was an event hosted by the education department in the Harris Atrium in response to contemporary issues in education. Students stopped by to make art and express their creativity. In their art, they asked questions including, “what do you love about education, and what have you lost?” and “What does your dream school look like?” Some of the works produced at the event will be displayed at a gallery in downtown New London.


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Dance club's Fall show

November 18, 2013  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

Last weekend, the Dance Club premiered their Fall show. Each night, there was a packed house.


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Kristallnacht

November 10, 2013  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

Spencer Francus '14 handing out pamphlets at the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht event in Evans Hall. Kristallnacht literally means "night of broken glass." It comes from the shards of broken glass from Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues following attacks throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria in 1938. Spencer, like many other students on campus, is an active member of Hillel, the Jewish community here at Connecticut College.


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Fall Weekend

October 25, 2013  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

This year we had one of the biggest Fall Weekends that Connecticut College has ever seen, as we celebrated the completion of our $211 million Campaign for Connecticut College that President Higdon started publicly in October of 2008. The weekend started off with the bright blue illumination of the tent, complete with the College’s tree logo projected on it. The first event of the weekend was ONE.EPIC.NIGHT, which was a night filled with exciting performances by the a cappella groups, dancers, two very funny MC’s, a speed painter and Fighting Gravity. This was followed by food trucks of all sorts and a dance. Day two started with Harvestfest and brunch under the tent where clubs and organizations on campus got to sell all sorts of great stuff including t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, phone cases, raffle tickets and baked goods for the clubs to raise money. This was followed by an exciting soccer game against Bowdoin College on Harkness Green. The night culminated with a green-screen photo booth, performance by Bear Mountain and a dance under the tent.


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Late nights in Cummings Arts Center

October 29, 2013  |  The Experience, Miguel Salcedo '14

Pictured is Wai Ying Zhao, a senior art major here at Connecticut College working late night on an installation piece for our construction and installation class. You can find students just like Wai Ying in Cummings Arts Center working on projects at all hours of the day. We make jokes about “living” in Cummings and having a bed installed somewhere for each of us because we actually spend more time in Cummings than we do in our own rooms... it’s like our second home. The great thing about Cummings is that the building is accessible to art students 24/7, meaning we can work as late as we’d like. 


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