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May 8, 2013

by Kate Stoltzfus 1. Everything is cuter. I want to use the word quaint every twenty seconds, and this is coming from a girl who had used that word maybe five times in her life thus far. The crammed brick houses, with their red front doors, are quaint. The double decker buses are quaint. The winding streets lined with outdoor coffee shops and old pubs and ancient curtained theatres are quaint. The women wearing galoshes, the children splashing in fountains in their underwear, the absence of garbage cans, the rum ball I bought for 70 pence…no other word describes it all…

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May 8, 2013

Research Projects Begin!

  Today we went to the field in both the morning and afternoon for snorkeling in order for students to begin their independent research projects.  On Monday evening each group presented their research proposals to the class and we were able to discuss, advise, and brainstorm the best methodologies for each experimental question.  The research projects are as follows: Habitat Requirements of Ophiuroidea (brittle stars) in the Florida Keys -  Lydia Yoder, Michael Wiebe, & Aspen Schmidt Descriptive Analysis of Nudibranch Distribution Surrounding Long Key, Florida - Erica R. Grasse, Nathaniel L. Klink, & Luke N. Zehr The Analysis of the Relationship Between Macroalgae…

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May 7, 2013

Welcome to Southwest History! During this course, we’ll visit Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico to learn about the history of Native Americans in the Southwest over the past thousand years. We’ll also investigate a critical issue in public history: how a community is represented and who gets to decide what is represented. We will visit museums and heritage sites, work with Hopi and Navajo people and learn archeology. The course also provides significant cross-cultural experience with service-learning projects and personal relationships as we try to understand the difficult challenges confonting Native Americans today. Our time will be spent on the Hopi Reservation, the…

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May 7, 2013

The bus ride was long, but the students arrived in Ely, Minnesota without incident.  After getting to the camp and taking a brief tour before dinner, we were ready to begin formal classes. We first received the syllabus, which included rubrics for various tasks, assignments and projects for each of the students.  Each of us is required to choose an animal to study for our “animal fact sheet” assignment, but also a special project related to our course of study. I will be looking up information about the Loon, and for my interdisciplinary project I have committed to carry out…

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May 6, 2013

First Shots of London

  After my first overseas flight, we finally landed at London’s Heathrow airport. Having no time to sit and rest we started tours led by our group leaders. We visited a variety of places, all preparing us to navigate the city on our own (which later came in handy after getting lost in the Liverpool area with Seth Miller). The last few days have been filled with excitement and way too much walking, but I’m loving every minute of it. Enjoy the photos. -Alia Munley

May 6, 2013

Hello from across the pond! Today marks the 6th day we’ve been away from the US and our 5th day in London. Once we arrived in the city we launched onto a tour of our immediate surroundings around the hotel, following that up the next day with a more full tour of London’s performing arts venues and museums. The photos attached to this blog post are some of those I took while on the Friday city tour with Deb Brubaker and the “music” group– 15 students of the total 44. Since then we’ve enjoyed full English breakfasts every morning, attended…

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May 6, 2013

Today is the last day we will be in Goshen before driving to Minnesota in the morning.  Everyone in the group met at noon today to have their gear checked.  Our group leader, Val Hershberger, knows a great deal about different pieces of gear and clothing. Apart from the clothing for our time of service at Wilderness Wind, the gear needed for this trip needs to be very formidable for the area.  Even though the weather forecast is saying the Waters will be 60˚F and sunny while we are canoeing, rain or high winds can drastically change the course of…

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May 5, 2013

Arriving in a foreign country is always surreal. The magic of contemporary media gives us endless access to photos and videos from nearly anywhere in the world; but until you visit a place, those images will be about as a “real” to you as the CGI dragon at the end of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movie. My jet-lag only contributed further to this dreamlike state as I peeled my exhausted, sticky body from the cramped British Airways seat. When the boarder officer asked what I was doing in this country, I nearly asked her – “what country am I in, again?”…

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May 5, 2013

Get the Gear!

I don’t get away from civilization terribly often, but I love to escape into nature whenever I get the chance.  Especially as a college student, I find my time constantly consumed with assignments, technology, and plain old-fashioned busyness. The semester is over, and now is my chance for escape. For this year’s May Term, I will be joining a group of students led by Val Hershberger, Associate Professor of Physical Education at Goshen College, for a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota.  This isn’t the first time I have gone, but I certainly hope it isn’t the…

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May 5, 2013

Friday morning we explored the microscopic world of the marine system. After a lecture on the epipelagic zone we completed several plankton tows to better understand the base of the marine food chain.  While not the megafauna that most tourists come to see in the Keys, without the copepods, diatoms, dinoflagellates, and other microscopic critters the ocean would be devoid of red snapper, manatee, and coral fish! To press the point, after our plankton tow, we visited several patch coral sites in close proximity to the field station. The conditions were perfect – we saw butterfly fish, angel fish, and…

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