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Alex Mullans

Alex Mullans

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 00:39

Tuesday, July 13

Crazy hair day was today, and it was pretty darn sweet. Pat had some temporary hair spray with glitter, so we had about 20 people come to morning meeting with varying degrees of orange and green sparkly colors in their hair. We had a few students go for the last-minute approach, but by and large we had some great participation. Along with IM games, participating in special days like today also contributes points to the IM team tallies. We had a slightly higher count of people for morning meeting, but we're still going to have to work on those late sleepers! We also handed down the first batch of punishments today for monkeys who forgot their nametags or forgot to sign out: a counselor-aided rendition of the Chicken Dance.

Today was the first real group project time; between 9 and 5 except for lunch from 12 to 1, the monkeys are usually with the professors in project time, lectures, or other presentations. Today the faculty lectures started; as the students rotate through the various lectures, they'll learn about the passions of our professors as well as some interesting problems being studied in fields from computer science to mechanical engineering.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 00:14

Monday, July 12

Today was the first official day of Catapult, and boy could you tell at morning meeting. Each morning the students — or as we affectionately call them, Catamonkeys — have to be awake and in E-104 by 8:30 a.m.; this morning that was a challenge for more than a few students. Not to worry though, there won't be any sleeping through project time on our watch! Chris and Nicholas are in charge of wakeups, and they'll definitely be coming up with good ways (ice... antiqueing... and so much more) to wake up those students whose alarms don't go off.

So... these updates probably seem pretty short at this point. You're thinking really, that's it? It's not :); turns out those 9 credits of humanities we have to take at Rose do actually teach us how to write! Here's the secret: we hide most of the day's update so this main homepage isn't super long. To get to the rest of today's update, click Read More at the bottom of the post.

Sunday, 11 July 2010 23:36

Sunday, July 11 (Opening Session)

Today we opened the LXXXVIIIth (88th) session of Operation Catapult here at Rose-Hulman. Hopefully you parents were able to tune in to the webcast if you were interested (we'll also webcast the closing banquet in 2.5 weeks; see the Webcast link at top right for details). All the counselors had a great time welcoming the students to campus today. After the opening session and all the introductions, all the students played Human Bingo, where they had to introduce themselves to various other students and have them sign a bingo card if they were... from Indiana... or a Catapult Counselor... or a Rose-Hulman legacy. After that, they played our version of the Human Knot (everyone grabs a random hand until everyone is all mixed up, and then the group works to untangle themselves); to make it even more challenging, various people couldn't talk (perhaps the guys, or the girls, or the people wearing flip flops).


Sunday, 04 July 2010 17:20

Day -7

We're one week away from session 2!

If you missed the session 1 blog, click the link at the bottom of the page to check it out.

Sunday, 04 July 2010 17:16

June 30-July 2

Session 1 is over! We had a great time seeing all of the completed projects on Friday; a final roundup of pictures will be posted sometime today.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 22:44

June 29

It's getting toward crunch time! Groups started printing out their project report posters today and continued to put the finishing touches on their design during group project time. Some of the walk on water groups got a chance to test their creations in Speed Lake in the afternoon (none of them sank!).

After that, we had a rockin' time at IMs with both volleyball (indoor) and ultimate frisbee (outdoor). In addition to the standard Catamonkey games, we had a series of Counselor v. Catamonkey games with 5 of the IM teams; the counselors defended their honor by winning all 5 games, but more challenges will occur as the week progresses!

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:32


Find memory cards. Check.

Upload pictures. Check.

Run thumbnail scripts. Check.

And yet... the photos just aren't there :(.



Just kidding.

Sunday, 27 June 2010 00:58

June 26

It's Saturday! At some other camps, that'd be sleep in day. Not at Catapult, though! All the monkeys (actually, all but 3 to be exact) were awake and on time to morning meeting - we have an amazing amount of early risers this session! After some morning project time, we had a great afternoon of tournaments organized by Melton, starting with a huge Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament and including a ping-pong tournament and a Super Smash Bros. tournament as well. We also watched the World Cup game between the USA and Ghana on all 5 screens and surround sound in Chauncey's (Rose's game room, named after Chauncey Rose, our founder); much to almost everyone's disappointment (we did have one or two monkeys rooting for Ghana) the US is now out of the Cup; nonetheless, fans like Nicholas and Eric will still be following the Cup for those interested in watching other matches.

Check after the break for off-campus activities that happened today!

Photos coming as soon as I finish collecting memory cards!

Saturday, 26 June 2010 09:51

June 25

Today was a busy day for projects, with project time lasting the entire academic day. A bunch of students went to Rose-Hulman Ventures in the afternoon for a tour of that facility.

After dinner, some students went to Indy to see ComedySportz (an improvisational comedy show), some went to see the movie Grown-Ups, and some went for a second round of laser tag.

Current IM scores (and teams) after the break!

Large picture update coming later tonight.


Thursday, 24 June 2010 22:27

June 24

Aloha from... Indiana? Today was Hawaiian Day, as evidenced by large amounts of floral print that appeared at today's morning meeting. Today was also "Chemistry through the ages" day, where one of Rose's Chemistry professors does pretty much every awesome chemistry trick in the book while detailing the history of chemistry from alchemy forward.

Huge picture update posted!

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