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“Time Flies When UD’s Having Fun” by Carly Patent

Recalling my first day of kindergarten comes easily to me. I wore a purple dress with flowers and a pair of pristine white sandals. My backpack, which was almost as big as me, was bright pink with tiny light pink and purple flowers decorating the straps. My lunchbox was decked out with everything Cinderella, from a picture of her in her huge blue ball gown to cut outs of her glass slipper and animal friends. Around my neck hung a piece of yarn with a laminated bus dangling from it, serving as a form of identification detailing my name, teacher’s name, grade, bus number, bus stop, and classroom number. As the bright yellow school bus approached the bus stop at the corner of my street, I hugged my mom and brother goodbye, climbed onto the bus, and sat in the first seat as any novice student would do. Continue reading

“Loving the Classics” by Alyssa Schiff

During high school I took four years of Latin, and then I assumed my love for ancient Rome would die a painless death and that would be the end of it. I assumed fairly incorrectly, as this semester I took up the classes HIST341 (Ancient Rome) and LATN102 (Latin 2). Though Latin 2 was more of a review for the four years, it reinvigorated my passion for Latin, and Ancient Rome supplied a newly found love for classical history. After planning my schedule for next semester I realized that there were only so many classes that I could realistically take that were outside of my major, minor, and concentration. This became an ongoing struggle for me and I made several schedules trying to map how I could sneak in a mythology class among the other required classes I need. Continue reading

“Caesura” by Amanda Langell

On Wednesday, May 3, the English Department hosted the official launch of UD’s literary magazine, Caesura. Memorial Hall, normally bustling with students heading to class, was transformed into an elegant reception area with High Top tables, catering, and classy floral arrangements. After working on the magazine fall, winter, and spring semesters of this year, I was beyond excited to see the final product and celebrate creative writing with my fellow editors, writers, and the UD faculty. Everyone attending the launch crowded into MEM127 and waited patiently for not only the unveiling of Caesura, but also for Pat Valdata’s poetry reading and the readings of the award-winning pieces. Continue reading

“People of Redding” by Ben Aghajanian

Welcome to The People of Redding, a new blog series sponsored by 186 South College Honors Blog. I am your host, Benjamin Aghajanian, and I’m about to interview an enthusiastic member of the Freshman Honors class, Rich Hayburn.

If you’re joining us for the first time, the premise of People of Redding is similar to that of the Humans of New York social media campaign – to get to know a community through telling the stories and sharing the opinions of individuals in it. Each week, I will ask a new participant basic questions to gain background, then we will delve deeper into more interesting, perhaps silly topics. Hope you enjoy.

*This conversation is taken directly from a voice recording of the interview. Some parts are omitted, but every line was actually said.*

Me: I’m just going to ask a few preliminary questions just to get to know you.

Rich: Sounds good.

Me: So what’s your full name?

Rich: Richard Steven Andrew Hayburn.

Me: Wow, two middle names!

Rich: Yeah, Confirmation name.

Me: Interesting, what would you like me to call you?

Rich: Daddy.

Me: Alright Daddy, *Laughs* which section do you live in?

Rich: 2B.

Me: What’s your major?

Rich: Mechanical Engineering with minors in Entrepreneurship and Mathematics.

Me: Now we’re going to get to the more complex questions. If one day you woke up and didn’t care in the slightest what other people thought, what would you do?

Rich: I don’t. I would live my life the way I do now man.

Me: Inspirational.

Rich: You know it.

Me: Which word do you like better out of these three words which I’m about to say to you: slippery, exposé, or promiscuous?

Rich: Promiscuous is pretty chill actually.

Me: You like that one?

Rich: Yeah, if someone said, “Rich, you’re promiscuous,” I would say, “Yeah I am.”

Me: You know that promiscuous has a sort of sexual connotation to it?

Rich: Oh… I did not.

Me: So you would be fine with people calling you promiscuous?

Rich: Maybe not.

Me: Which naturally occurring drug would you say goodbye to if you had to, adrenalin or oxytocin? Adrenalin includes your fight or flight reflex, enjoying a rollercoaster, going through intense workouts. Oxytocin is your love drug; it gets released when you engage in sexual activity.

Rich: Without adrenalin I would lose the grind man. That’s a tough one for me, but I would rather have my adrenalin.

Me: You are stuck in a corn maze with deadly clowns coming to kill you.

Rich: Oh that would be horrible.

Me: You may select any person, real or fictional to join you, who do you choose?

Rich: Would I say Joe Biden? *Laughs* Buzz Aldrin was always a role model of mine since I was young. I would actually like to have Buzz next to me.

Me: Wait, who’s this guy?

Rich: Buzz Aldrin is the second guy on the moon! You didn’t know that? The man gets no credit.

Me: So you would like to have Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, with you while deadly clowns come after you.

Rich: Yes.

Me: Okay. *Laughs* What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now? It can be a current project, a class you’re taking, a new relationship you’ve made, really anything.

Rich: I’m trying to start my own email/social media marketing agency. Actually today, I walked down Main Street and catalogued all the restaurants there, and this weekend I’m going to google every single one on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. There are literally 70 stores I wrote down. I’ll do the first one for free… start to prove results… then once I get a couple restaurants under my belt, I’ll start charging. I’ll build a character for the company through this. People will join it, follow it; I’ll advertise it everywhere. Then get an email account  and update a newsletter for them every week, month, whatever, and say things like, “Hey we’re having deals”. And like, I’m a mechanical engineer, but I’m also a 19 year old in college – I know how to make a social media account.

Me: Well that’s all I have for you man, thanks for sharing.

Rich: Thanks, it was fun.

“I Scream, You Scream, UD Screams for Ice Cream” by Carly Patent

It’s no secret that we love our UDairy at the University of Delaware. Upon touring the campus as prospective students, we are spoon fed it (forgive the pun), oftentimes for free—perhaps anticipating that potential students will want to apply after having tasted UDairy. Even our beloved former Vice President Joe Biden has been known to enjoy a double scoop of UDairy’s chocolate and vanilla. Walking around campus, it’s likely that you are never too far from a UDairy-supporting site. At the Dining Hall, you can feast on ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—not the best idea if you are trying to prevent the “Freshman 15.” While studying in Barnes and Noble, you can purchase a pint for a quick pick-me-up, or perhaps you will be fortunate enough to spot the black and white Moo Mobile while walking to or from class. On a nice day, you may consider making the well-worth-it trek to the Creamery store. Here at UD, our ice cream is always in high demand; it’s hard to dislike a cup or cone of this cold creamy concoction, especially when it’s covered in blue and yellow sprinkles!

Over spring break, my friends and I realized that eating ice cream from our favorite ice cream shops or store bought brands was not the same. Take for instance, my all-time favorite flavor, Fudge Ripple. Due to my constant whining, my mom knows to keep at least a half-gallon of this vanilla ice cream laced with heaping amounts of chocolate fudge in our freezer at all times. When I got my wisdom teeth out over winter break, I decided that the “Freshman 15” did not apply, and I lived on this stuff for an entire week. One night over spring break, I had a craving for ice cream and decided to break out my beloved Fudge Ripple. Upon taking just one bite, it was apparent to me that the ice cream I used to enjoy thoroughly just wasn’t the same after having been spoiled with UDairy for so many months. I graciously offered it to my family members and threw away my “Do Not Eat!” note which I had strategically stuck to the lid.

I’m not exactly sure what makes UDairy so special—whether it is the zillions of unique flavors or the specialty of choosing something that I know is limited to UD’s campus. I do know, however, that it may be one thing that unites all University of Delaware students. Whether you are a chocoholic who craves Delaware River Mud Pie, a yuppie who prefers exotic flavors like Fig-Goat-a ‘Bout It!, or someone who is content with just a scoop of vanilla, you will always find something at UDairy. They even have different flavors of sorbet for my dairy-free friends. As an added bonus, UDairy comes out with limited-time seasonal flavors for holidays, which serve as justification for going over and trying them. From Millburn Orchards-inspired Apple Cider Donut in the fall and wintry Peppermint Bark to Chocolate Covered Strawberry for Valentine’s Day and the classic St. Patrick’s Day’s Irish Potato, it’s easy to tell which holidays and special occasions are coming up based just on UDairy’s flavor list.

As the weather gets warmer and the thought of sipping on a piping hot latte no longer seems appealing, UDairy ice cream should come to mind. As nice days become more plentiful in the Spring, consider a brisk walk to the Creamery as a nice distraction to the impending finals stress. Who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of one of the one hundred cows roaming around (unless you prefer to just buy yourself a cute stuffed one from inside instead)! Now, though, I do know that this summer my fellow Blue Hens and I may feel a sense of loss as we return home for our summer breaks. Luckily, the Creamery ships pints in coolers stuffed with dry ice—so that we never have to go a day without our beloved UDairy. I believe that it is definitely safe to say that UD screams for ice cream!

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