You’ll probably see a hundred albums with the above title appear on Facebook over the next few weeks. (Why must we always replace the ’0′ with a ‘k’??) Spring break can be a costly week if you want to get away. Many students go to the Southeast or go home. At Transylvania, however, you can do so much more.
This year, the Transylvania Bike Shop is leading a trip to Mammoth Cave National Park. According to one of the Bike Shop’s leaders, Luke Gnadinger, “[students] just want somewhere to enjoy nature, bike short and scenic routes everyday, relax, hike if [they] feel like it, cook some food, and kick back.”
What better way to relax from the stresses of school and the busy nature of downtown Lexington than to escape to a park that houses the world’s largest cave? With resources like Mammoth Cave in our own backyard, it is easy to explore without even leaving the state, not to mention the downtown resources. Moreover, we have an “Alternative Spring Break” devoted to service. This year students are traveling to Washington, D.C. While most students our age lay on the beach over break, Transylvania students enjoy and promote nature, humanitarianism, and civic engagement, all while having fun. Continue reading
Far beyond the crosswalk, in the hidden depths of Transy’s campus lives a rare species of organism. A species so extraordinary, that until recent semesters at Transy, few have dared step foot into its territory; however, in keeping with the pioneer spirit of Transy, a select group of students recently embarked on an expenditure to observe these strange and elusive creatures in their rarest form. That’s right folks, love is in the air at Transy and that means it’s Potato Head mating season!
Led by adjunct assistant professor of Biology, Josh Adkins, students enrolled in Biological Interactions became pioneers in the study of Potato Head mating behavior. Students were assigned identical potato heads from the existing population which reflected a phenotype that is heterozygous at all loci.
I don’t know about you all, but the worst feeling in the world is looking at the clock and realizing: You’re late. You’re late. For a very important date. You grab everything, even stuff you don’t need, and bolt out the door. But traffic’s bad, and you’re not sure you’re going to be on time. Come on, everyone, you’ve got somewhere to be! No time to say “hello, goodbye”, you’re late! You’re late! You’re LATE!
I have those moments where I think I’m on time, I look at the clock and class starts in eight minutes. That sinking feeling starts in the pit of my stomach as I grab my keys and take off. The difference between most people and me, though, is I can reach my class in those eight minutes – and I know it.
Transylvania’s campus is small. We have two sides, and you’ll hear students and alumni refer to them as “Residential Side” and “Academic Side”, or as a whole referred to affectionately as “the Transy bubble”. Residential Side holds all the on-campus dorms except one, the cafeteria, and our Campus Center. Academic Side has all the class buildings, Old Morrison, the library, and the gym, along with the last dorm which doubles as an office building for professors. But no matter what, anywhere on campus is reachable in ten minutes of walking. I can walk from Thomson, my dorm building, all the way to Cowgill, the furthest class building from Thomson, in ten minutes – I’ve done it many times, with minutes to spare, when my hair dryer decides it’s going to be a punk and not work. Continue reading
Even before I began my freshman year at Transylvania, I knew I wanted to become involved with the university’s student run newspaper, The Rambler. I pictured this taking the form of a few articles submitted here and there. I never, however, imagined that by October I would be The Rambler’s news editor- but this is precisely what happened.
The position of news editor brought with it a bushel of slightly daunting new responsibilities that I hadn’t faced when I was simply writing articles. I still had to write a story or two each week, I also had to seek out interesting news events to cover, assign stories to writers, create page layouts, and, titularly, edit the work of others. Although I was excited to hold a more involved position on Rambler staff, I detected that my future would be busy, and these suspicions were absolutely accurate- the work I do for The Rambler is by far my most time consuming extra-curricular activity. I’m constantly darting around across campus scheduling or conducting interviews, brainstorming new topic ideas, going to budget and production meetings, and writing and editing stories. But I wouldn’t trade this hustle and bustle for anything, because working for The Rambler has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my freshman year.
I have learned so much through my time as News Editor. I’ve learned about journalism, I’ve learned about responsibility, and I’ve learned about my campus and my community. One of the things I love most about Transylvania is that it has a tremendously active and aware student body- my peers truly care about the events and issues which impact their campus. In my position as news editor, I know that I’m contributing to keeping my fellow students well-informed, and the feeling of having an important role to play at this university is terrific and fulfilling. Continue reading
You know that saying, “you won’t understand a person until you walk in his shoes?” Well, you won’t understand how a student feels until you sit in his or her class. Visiting a class can be one of the best ways to understand how attending any school feels, especially colleges. Unlike movies and Hollywood’s interpretation, every college has a different feel on campus that makes that college appealing. These ‘feels’ can be different for everyone, or a main idea that everyone feels when they attend, and you can’t get an idea of these ‘feels’ unless you are on campus.
I visited five colleges during my college search. I know that’s a low number, but I’m a focused girl – I knew I really only wanted to attend certain colleges and did my research on the schools I chose. Transylvania was honestly only on my list at first at the urging of friends and parents, but it seemed like a good fit for me, so I applied. I admit, I felt a thrill when I was invited to interview at Transylvania.
This thrill was both panic and fear. I am a shy person – I prefer to listen, to give advice when asked for or needed and to only speak up when there’s something important to say. An overnight with all new people, in the dorm of someone I didn’t know? I was absolutely terrified of this. I convinced myself it was necessary and decided to go.
It was the best choice I ever could have made. Continue reading
As a first-year at Transylvania, it can sometimes be intimidating to get involved with events around campus. There is so much going on, it can be overwhelming at times. Thankfully, there is a system that helps expose you to many different types of performances, talks, events, and shows. When you get to Transylvania University for your first year, you will receive a long (very long) list of “Creative Engagements,” required and non-required events that will greatly enrich your understanding of local culture, your peers, and the world around you. In addition, you receive course credit for attending a certain amount!
Some example events:
- Lexington Gallery Hop: Trashformed. “American artists intercept the waste stream of flotsam and jetsam of American culture and transform them into works rich with meaning.”
- Student Electronic Music Recital
- Transylvania University Theater performance: “A Theatrical Adaptation of Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions.” Continue reading