Camels? Behind the Spit

We have all heard it– “your mascot is a camel? Well, that is ummm unique.” If you’re like me then you might say something like “not just a camel, but the fighting camels. There is a difference.” You may have also wondered why a camel? You may already know. My curiosity led me to check out the story behind the camel. So, here it is… (according to Campbell’s website)

The history of the camel is kind of fuzzy. Apparently, we used to be the Hornets in the 20’s and 30’s, but that all changed in between 1933-1934. No one really knows why it was changed, but it was.

One theory is that camels came from an encounter between Z.T. Kivett and Dr. James Archibald Campbell. After one of the buildings burned down, Dr. Campbell was stating his discouragement to Mr. Kivett. Kivett, in response said, “Your name’s Campbell; then get a hump on you! We’ve got work to do.” Well, Dr. Campbell heard, “You’re a camel, get a hump on you.” Therefore, getting the name camel.

It is kind of a humorous story, but there it is. We are unique! There is only one other camel mascot in the USA, and we are the only one in Division 1. Check out these camel random facts!

  • Camels have been known to eat vegetation, meat, or bone
  • Camels’ normal diet consists of hay, grass, and grains such as wheat and oats
  • Camels have 3 sections to their stomachs. They swallow their food whole and regurgitate it back to be chewed as cud.
  • Camels don’t really spit saliva but spit the cud when agitated
  • Camels are related to llamas and alpacas
  • Camels are pregnant for 13 months
  • Camels are known as “ships of the desert”
  • Camels have 34 teeth
  • Camels’ humps are mostly fat
  • Camels have a 3rd eyelid that acts as a windshield wiper to clean the eye of sand
  • The Campbell camel is a Dromedary camel because it only has one hump
  • Camels’ hair can be made into clothing and makes really warm coats

Take a Camel quiz and see how much you know!


Waiting Game for CAB’s Spring Break Cruise

On Sunday night (Sept. 9) students started getting in line for the Spring Break Cruise Trip. Signups did not start until 7am on Tuesday. Needless to say, they wanted that trip. Joanna D’Ancona, sophomore in communications wrote about her experience in the following log. Her group included Jacob Shires, junior in political science pre-law; Elizabeth Wells, sophomore in chemistry; and Ethan Roper, junior in pre-pharmacy.

Hour six: the Oasis has been closed for one hour now and the two groups are still high in spirits. We just blew up the air mattresses and are trying to figure out who will sleep first. The excitement of a 7-day cruise for only 500 dollars with travel, gratuities and food included is overwhelming. The boys venture to the 24-hour room in the library to use the bathroom and brush their teeth. Finally, with the air mattresses on the side of the student center building and book bags in a queue in front of the door, half of the group bunkers down to take their sleeping shift. I cannot help but wonder if every person who passes us on the road thinks we are homeless.

Hour seven: The other groups half asleep half awake sits first at the door. They have been here for 14 hours already. We have kept ourselves occupied with Cranium and a trip to the 24 hour room where I am surprised to see students (probably grad students) studying already in the 4th week of school. This reminds me of the two papers I have to write tomorrow. I am nodding off while sitting down and am not sure if the two Motrin I just took will actually help the pain my back is in. In an hour I will be happily sleeping on an air mattress and forget all my worries until 6 am.

Hour 12: The Oasis has opened to let the few of us in. We have claimed our booths and will not be moving for the next 24 hours. I am ecstatic and extremely tired. That is all.

Hour 14: 9:00 am we are signed up for the cruise in slots  4-7. Now we have to occupy ourselves in the Oasis for the rest of the day.

Hour 19: We are guaranteed a spot now we just have to stick it out until 7. I am still freaking out.

Hour 22: All my happiness is gone.

… must watch Moulin Rouge 

Hour 23:  I am going to die.

Halfway between hour 23 and hour 24:  My friends come in to find me and bring me some happiness and are surprised to discover me under the table in a blanket cocoon. After conversing it was time for them to leave and I fell back into the abyss that is beneath the table.

Hour 35: I was woken at 6:33 in the morning by a lovely screech telling me to pack up my stuff and head to the front of the Oasis so we could start the payment line process.

I am happy to say that my determination allowed me to be in the first group to pay and leave. It may have been unnecessary to camp out Sunday night, but I think that it added to the experience and gave me an even better story to tell when I talk about the cruise. This cruise will be so fun and I am happy to be able to spend it with my friends.

All I have to say is HECK YEAH BABY!!!!! 😀

Water Gun Assasin!

Sign up now for a spot in this campus wide event. There are limited spots so hurry! Signups are in front of D. Rich until 3 today. Everyone will be given a water gun and someone to assasin. It is going to be epic fun over the weekend on Sept 14-15.

Show your assasin skills and signup!

9/11 Remembered

We’re Still Standing

~ Hannah Schoechert, 7th grade student

Those twin towers Standing tall with pride,

Fell with grieving hearts.

Stunned, America cried.

But we’re still standing.

Bin Laden tried

To crush our land,

But we stood our ground

With our flag in hand.

And we’re still standing.

Red for valor

And the blood that fell.

White for purity

Our heroes tell.

Blue for the justice

That will be done,

Proving once more

These colors don’t run.

And we’re still standing.

Many still remember what they were doing on September 11, 2001.

“I was in 4th grade when the 9/11 happened. No adults would explain anything except the fact that America was attacked and they might have been invaded until I got home and my mom and dad explained it to me,” said Jacob Shires a junior in political science pre-law.

It is something that is not forgotten easily, and we remember all those that lost thier lives. Where were you that day?

A Sea of Orange

The proud sea of orange!

As I rode through Buies Creek coming back from an event out of town, I was met with a sight that filled me with pride–lights and a sea of orange. The football field was lit up in bright lights for the second game of the season and showcased fans dressed to support thier Fighting Camels. It was definitely a sight that could not be missed riding down 421 HWY.

The night was a special one as it was Military Appreication Day at the game. Veterans and those with military ID recieved two free tickets for the game. It was a little way to say thank you to those who serve our country. Thanks to them, we have the freedom to do much, including watching football. A special halftime show was performed with drills.

“I enjoyed the halftime show because it reminded me of the drill that I did in JROTC in high school. I also enjoyed the pledge that was made by the ROTC because of the honor and commitment it takes to take the pledge,” said Nicole Fitzgerald, Social Work sophomore.

What made me even more proud than the sight of Campbell excitement was when I learned we won against Virginia Wise Cavaliers 10-0! Now that is good news–the first win of the season! I only wish I could have seen it for myself! From that field of orange, though, Campbell was well supported even though rain was present. Go Camels!

Next Week: Sept. 10-16, 2012

A few of the featured events for next week:

Sept. 10-12: Skye Dillon Alumni Art exhibit

Sept. 10: Frisbee Golf Play begins

Sept. 10: Sand Volleyball Play begins

Sept 10: Study Abroad Fair, 10:00-3:00 pm, Alumni Room, Marshbanks Dining Hall.

Sept 11: CAB – Spring Break Cruise Signups, Student Center

Sept. 12: Hump Day Challenge

Sept. 12: Golf League and Tennis Play Begin

Sept. 12: Campus Blood Drive, 8:30 – 1:30, Rumley Center

Sept. 14-15: Campus Water Gun Assassin, 5:00 pm, Academic Circle

Sept. 14: Movie – Dark Shadows, 9:00 pm, Turner Auditorium

Sept. 15: Men’s Soccer vs. Loyola, 7:00 pm

Be sure to check out the Calendar for a full list of Campbell events and activities.

Leigh Nash Visits the “Creek”

Leigh Nash, a Texas native, came to the “Creek” on Tuesday to give an outstanding performance. Her music gave hints of soft rock and indie, and  songs such as “Kiss Me” and “Breathe Your Name” were heard coming out of Turner Auditorium at the CAB event.

Nash got her start in the 90’s band Sixpence None the Richer, but is now producing a solo album.

The audience was able to listen to Nash perform songs from her solo album, as well as, Sixpence None the Richer band. She took time to take questions and comments in between songs and after the show. The crowd was enthusiastic and enjoyed getting to know Nash. A big thanks goes out to CAB for putting the event on and Ms. Nash for coming out!