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Late Night Returns to Campus with Mixed Results

Late Night Against Procrastination took place in Stewart Memorial Library on Thursday, February 21 and roughly 130 students attended the event. “I think long night is a great opportunity to study with your friends as long as you don’t get distracted,” said Logan Rockwell (‘22). “It does seem like a long night, but not necessarily against procrastination.” The relatively small turnout allowed students to work better and kept the noise at a reasonable level for people to actually complete their assignments. It also meant that food was not gone too quickly. “This my second year doing Long Night Against Procrastination and I think that it is a good opportunity for students to get motivated to do work during a stressful time of the semester with mid-term exams coming up and…

Cirque Zuma Zuma Stuns Kohawks

The Marquis Series brought yet another amazing show to Coe’s campus last Monday, March 11. Held in the Kohawk Arena, Cirque Zuma Zuma did not disappoint those that attended the exhilarating show. Filled with interactive participation, music, acrobats, African style dancing, and much, much more, both 45 minute halves kept people on their toes wanting more. Cirque Zuma Zuma has performed in many places and they were fortunate enough to have to opportunity to make it to the semi-finals on America’s Got Talent in 2011, before being eliminated. According to their website, www.zumazuma.com, there are 120 unique and talented individuals from 16 various African nations involved in Cirque Zuma Zuma which is put on by African Acrobats International, Inc. “I thought it was really good,” Diate Jackson (‘22) said, “Cirque…

“Writers Do Need Readers Too”: The Ann Struthers Student Reading Series

The Ann Struthers Student Reading Series is an annual public reading event hosted by the English Department to promote student writers to the student body and the public. Five students presented at this year’s event, on February 19, with their works ranging from poetry to a monologue to a short play. Ann Struthers herself presented as well, reading a poem from her most recent collection. The poem, titled “Pissed Off,” captures the character and stature of the wal ura, the wild boar native to Sri Lanka. The first writer was Taylor Bruno (‘20) with a play titled “Desperate Calls for Desperate Measures.” The play is meant to emulate a New Jersey call center on the day of 9/11: the confusion of operators, the pouring in of disjointed and chaotic information,…

New Event on Campus, Students play Bingo for Food

Coe students had another opportunity to win some groceries at the third Grocery Bingo, an event that occurs Thursday night at 9:00 pm in Cherry Auditorium. A table is set up with various food items and each student is given a bingo card. Until all the food is gone, students play regular five in a row bingo. “Grocery bingo is an event that I’ve used to help students engage with each other at previous institutions I’ve worked at and when I got to Coe I thought that it might be a nice addition to Coe’s already large programing model,” said event coordinator and Director of Residence Life Dan Juhl. “I thought it was something that students here at Coe would really enjoy.” Students can make suggestions on what should be…

Artists Bring Art Exhibitions to Coe

On Friday, two artists brought their unique pieces to showcase at a new art exhibition in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries, which opened Friday, February 1. These two exhibitions are “Shadow Play: Cut Paper Art & Animation,” by a nationally recognized cut paper artist Angie Pickman, and “Magic and Memory,” by an active artist Brian Frink. Pickman’s inspiration comes from her childhood in Kansas. “I try to tie images of nature in with the magical experience of seeing something new or in a different way as a child,” said Pickman. Pickman said she has always enjoyed making art, but took a special interest in cut paper after watching the 1926 stop motion animation “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” by Lotte Reiniger, which was made with silhouette cut outs. “I developed my paper…

Schlitter and Fonck Elected Student Body Leaders for 2019

Constance Schlitter and Riley Fonk have been elected as Student Body President and Vice President for 2019. The duo secured 414 (57.42%) votes in the runoff elections held last Thursday. Meanwhile, Mary McCormick and Robert Davis, who were also a part of the runoff elections, secured 307 (42.58%) of the total of 721 votes casted. Schlitter and Fonck had their first senate meeting Wednesday evening as student body president and vice president. During this meeting, the senate passed appointments to the new executive board. The senate has approved the appointment of Madeline Fink as Student Body Secretary, Dana Dela Fuente as Student Body Treasurer, Kayden Dangremond as Communications Officer and Luke VanderSchaaff as Chair of the Student Senate. Cosmos sat down with Schlitter and Fonck earlier this week to discuss…

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 (cosmos@coe.edu) 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