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Coe Cancels Classes Amid Polar Vortex Emergency

Coe College joined several other schools in the District on Wednesday, January 30 when it officially cancelled classes because of weather conditions. Cedar Rapids was just one of the cities swept by a deadly polar vortex this week, that brought Arctic temperatures, as low as minus 22 degrees, on the Midwest. As Wednesday saw record-breaking temperatures, Coe decided to put the students’ safety first and cancel classes from Tuesday, January 29 at 4:30 pm to Thursday, January 31 at 12 pm. “It’s always tricky to predict weather several days out, so we waited to act until we knew it was going to hit Cedar Rapids and be as bad as predicted,” said Provost Paula O’Laughlin. “Once the severity of the Polar Vortex hitting Cedar Rapids was clear, it was equally…

The Beauty in Belonging: Jocelyn Bell Burnell and the Fight for Equality

Discovery is largely by accident and never by design. Astrophysicist Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell can attest to this, being responsible for one of the greatest discoveries in astrophysics in the past century. Dr. Bell Burnell discovered the existence of pulsars, a type of star made from the core of an elderly star after supernova that emits radio waves from two poles, during her postgraduate studies at Cambridge University and she was invited to share her experience with Kohawks on Tuesday, January 29, during the Contemporary Issues Forum. Dr. Bell Burnell was studying charts produced by a radio telescope array, charts that have an appearance similar to seismographs, but instead of measuring the shifting of the earth, these charts measure radio waves produced by distant celestial objects. During her postgraduate studies…

Kohawks to Choose Student Body President and VP in Upcoming Elections

The Student Senate Elections to vote for the Student Body President and Vice President for the 2019 school year has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 29.  Kohawks can vote for their candidate of choice between 8am and 8pm that day. Cosmos sat down with the three candidate pairs who are running for the elections on three different occasions so as to let the Coe Community know the candidates better, their inspirations to run for the respective positions and aspirations for the school year of 2019. Constance & Riley Constance Schlitter (‘20) and Riley Fonck (‘20) see themselves as any other Kohawk facing the same struggles and similar experiences that most students can relate to. By running for these positions they feel that they can make an impact in the Coe…

The Cosmos Launches Its Website

Hello Kohawks and welcome back for Spring 2019!  The semester started with heavy snow showers and plenty of cancelled classes, but the Cosmos is sure it will be an eventful semester. We are excited to share our new website with you, where you can find all of your favorite stories every week. If there is something you would like to see more of in your student paper, please do not hesitate to contact us via email ( and let us know. And if you wish to become involved, simply email the Cosmos directly. Stay safe this winter and make it a great semester Kohawks! The Cosmos Staff