On the Other Side of the World
Ocean Beach, specifically, is a favorite hangout for Conn students, faculty and staff. President Bergeron caught on quickly, taking her first Instagram photo at Ocean Beach.
Camels rank among the most unique mascots in the world. Let’s be clear: our Camel has just one hump (it’s a dromedary, not a Bactrian Camel).
Dance at Connecticut College is world-renowned. Students who study dance learn movement technique, dance history, theory, choreography and improvisation. All students interested in dance can participate in high-energy, student-run pop performances like Fusion and Eclipse (see the letter E).
Eclipse is much more than a dance show. It’s a celebration of cultural awareness, heritage and history that’s been going on since the 1970s. Each year, alumni from all generations return and fill Palmer Auditorium.
Floralia is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Music plays from noon to midnight, the Rugby teams compete in second-hand suits and dresses and students wake up at the crack of dawn — if not earlier — to pitch canopies on Library Green.
The Honor Code is a big deal at Conn. It creates a spirit of trust between students, faculty and staff, and allows students the opportunity for un-proctored, self-scheduled exams. The Honor Code is the basis for shared governance, in which students have a real say in how the College makes decisions.
Junior year is the perfect time to explore the world, and about half of the Class of 2014 spent semesters, summers and internships across the globe.
Katherine Bergeron, our 11th president, joined Connecticut College in January 2014 and was Inaugurated in April. (You follow @PresidentBergeron on Instagram, right?)
K is also for Knowlton Language House.
Since 1919, members of the junior class have led the Commencement processional, carrying — you guessed it — a chain of laurel. Following the ceremony, the laurel is placed on a nearby hill in the shape of their class year to symbolize that the juniors are now seniors.
How many colleges have their own island? Mamacoke Island is part of the 750-acre Connecticut College Arboretum and is a beautiful spot for a hike. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the Island from the Athletic Center.
This small-scale replica of the Greek sculpture known as “Nike,” “Winged Victory” or “Victory of Samothrace” is located between Jane Addams and Mary Harkness residence halls. It was a gift to the College in 1939 from Gilbert Lamb, a local attorney.
Connecticut College made national news in October 2013 when student-faculty research suggested Oreos can be compared to drugs of abuse in lab rats. There wasn’t a news outlet that didn’t cover the story (CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX News all ran stories). The Onion even joined in the fun.
The College recently became an All-Steinway School. Beyond the Music, Theater and Dance Departments, pianos are also located in some residence hall common rooms for students to casually enjoy.
P is also for the Plex.
LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning — students are at home at Conn. In fact, Campus Pride and Huffington Post named Connecticut College a top LGBT-friendly campus. There are mentorship opportunities and support services available, along with the beloved LGBTQ Resource Center for meetings and relaxation.
The artificial intelligence and robotics lab in New London Hall is home to a robot colony space. In this controlled environment outfitted with computers and ceiling-mounted cameras, students research artificial intelligence and the control of legged robots.
Connecticut College's Charles E. Shain Library — dubbed "The Noodle Factory" by Kurt Vonnegut during his speech at the building's 1976 dedication — underwent a transformative renovation during the 2014-15 academic year. The building, originally constructed in the Brutalist style, is now an airy, modern marvel filled with natural light.
It’s ok to stop and stare. Tempel Green is arguably the most jaw-dropping sight on campus, with clear views of downtown New London, Long Island Sound and beyond. Residence halls line one side of the green and academic buildings line the other, making for an easy commute to class and fun way to watch soccer games out your bedroom window.
T is also for Tansill Theater, the Tunnel (from KB to Larrabee) and Toll House Pie — a classic you’ll just have to experience for yourself.
WCNI 90.9 FM is our college radio station. Students deejay alongside New London locals, faculty and staff. The music choices are eclectic, ranging from classical to rock, celtic to death metal.
Celebrating its third year at Conn, TEDxConnecticut College is an officially-licensed, independently organized TED event run entirely by students. In 2014, speakers included undersea explorer Robert Ballard, Italian journalist Gianni Riotta and Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis John D. Cohen '83. Faculty, staff and students, including Mike Wipper '17, pictured above, also gave talks.
Yalla Bina, the Arabic cultural and language club on campus, organizes multicultural dinners, panels and events. While the club is open to anyone, many of the members are also students in the Arabic Studies Program, which provides opportunities like a summer in Jordan.