Woot! I'm all caught up! (Woot's actually an interesting choice of words right now... seeing as there's a Woot-Off going on! Check it out here. If there aren't little siren lights around the product picture... you missed it :(. Woot-offs are a college student's dream; they have awesome stuff for cheap. Read what Wikipedia says here.) Sorry for the delay between updates; it's been a really busy week with all the awesome stuff we've been doing!
Today was fairly standard as far as project/lecture times go. Tonight we had indoor soccer down in the SRC, which was a blast. A lot of students have noticed that for a "nerd" camp, a lot of people here are actually pretty competitive with regards to athletics. It's the same way during the school year (we actually have different IM leagues for different groups of people... A league is for the competitive guys, C league is for the people who just want to have some fun during the week, and B league is right in between). The teams ended up pretty fair as well: at least 3 of the teams had 1 win and 1 loss at the end of the day today. Detailed IM results to come at the end of the week!
Can you dig it? Today was the totally groovy 70's day, complete with leopard print (but no bell bottoms... even at Goodwill :( ). Today was a break from some of the normal project time during the day for presentations on college admissions as well as faculty lectures in the afternoon. After dinner, we braved the Valley heat to play some kickball down on the baseball fields in the southwest corner of campus. Despite that heat, everyone seemed to have a great time.
We also had our first plant trip of the session, with 5 vans heading down to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) down near Evansville in the southwest corner of the state. It was a pretty awesome tour; guides at the facility drove all the students who went through the plant, showing them the construction of the Toyota Sienna from raw metal to final quality inspection.
It was also Tasty Treat Tuesday, so a caravan went to Tropical Sno (Tro-Sno) for some sno-cones and other sugary deserts.
The start of week two brought with it the beginning of the Catapult Intramural Program (which is somewhat similar to the Rose intramural program that goes on all school year, except that we play almost every week day with a different sport every day). After project time in the morning and early afternoon, all the Catamonkeys headed down to the SRC for two rousing games of basketball. The six IM teams really came together for the first time to support everyone from the varsity athletes to the first-time players. During Catapult, we require whole-line substitutions every 5 minutes so that everyone gets some play time on the court. The IM coordinators also give out spirit points to the teams with the best and loudest cheers. Check out the IM team names and captains after the break.
After IMs, dinner, and a nighttime project session, the counselors all put on movies in our rooms along with a corresponding snack (see the list after the break). To cap the night, midnight madness rocked IHOP at 12 am with some awesome breakfast food (and pancakes too!).
Sunday; the one day for relaxation and laundry. Unless, of course, you're one of the 51 Catamonkeys who went to King's Island for a day of fun in the sun. Those who didn't go got to sleep in, unless they opted to attend a religious service of their choice around town. As dinnertime came around, the students got dinner at various fast food and sit-down restaurants around town, ranging from Sonic to Buffalo Wild Wings (affectionately referred to as B-Dubs).
Mandatory fun was the word of the day today. Saturday Morning Meetings are a special treat, as the computer science professor brings "Saturday morning cartoons". This week, the monkeys watched Animusic, which is a compilation of animated songs. If you've ever seen the video in the email about the "University of Iowa Farm Machine Music", you've seen Animusic's Pipe Dream.
After morning project time, we spent the afternoon with Wacky Olympics, which included events such as the Case Race, condiment body painting, and the saran wrap race. After the final relay event, we opened up the slip 'n slide for all the Catamonkeys and saw some pretty impressive distances achieved (check out today's pictures to see what we consider a "slip 'n slide"). After a barbecue for dinner on Speed Lawn, around 25 people went rock climbing in Indianapolis, while the rest of us stayed on campus playing cards, watching movies, and hanging out. For Midnight Madness we had sand volleyball on the campus courts.
It rained. Hard. We were bringing 35 people back from Midnight Madness at Steak 'n Shake and started seeing bullet-sized drops of rain hitting the windshield. But, Steak 'n Shake was still great; we had some new inductees into the goodness of Steak 'n Shake as well as some veteran Steakburger lovers. It didn't matter in the end though; the noobs and the veterans both sucked down their Hand-Dipped shakes with no problems.
Earlier in the afternoon, we took a group of 20 monkeys to Xtreme Lazer Tag for a couple of games. Some went for the opposing bases, some went for the highest kills honor, and everyone had a blast! At the end, a couple vans went to Taco Bell for a post-game fill up.
Today the monkeys got settled into the routine with morning meeting and projects in the morning, with faculty lectures and more group project work in the afternoon. After dinner, students went on any number of trips. Some of them went to Ritter's Frozen Custard for some delicious after-dinner treats; others joined in a Euchre tournament and other card games around BSB. At 11:30, two groups went to midnight premieres of Toy Story 3 and Jonah Hex. Most of those still around and awake went out for a rousing game of Capture the Flag across the Rose campus.
A chorus of yawns could be heard for the first time today in E-104, where daily morning meetings are held (every day but Sunday), as all 104 Catamonkeys filed in. After some announcements, the monkeys were treated to a brief session from Rose-Hulman's librarians that covered all the resources available to them while they're here. After that, the professors hosted some teaming exercises (in one, students had to come up with innovative ideas to save a bankrupt card company and then sell those ideas to their fellow students with the promise of a bag of Starburst for the winners). The students then selected their projects and headed off to lunch at the ARA.
Don't forget to click Read More for the rest of the day's events!
Pictures from today are posted here!
We had a great time welcoming the rest of the Catamonkeys (our affectionate name for the students) to campus today! All the students attended the opening ceremony, where Dr. Brackin (Head of Catapult) introduced all the faculty members and Erik Hayes (Assistant Dean of Students) introduced the student counselors. All the faculty members also talked about their projects with the students.
On the fun side, the faculty members cooked brats and burgers for the monkeys in the Worx. After that, Pat and Eric and the rest of the counselors put on an awesome luau party with lots of limbo, dancing, and music. The ever popular 'make-your-own-sundae' made an appearance at the luau, as did the venerable sno-cone machine. Even the heavy downpour outside couldn't dampen the spirits of Catapult's first day.
Tomorrow's activities after the break (click Read More).