Connections– yay or nay?

CUW has had an identity change, and it is now called Connections. It has officially completed its 3rd week. There are positive, confusing, and annoying changes that leave many undecided about the benefits of the change.

“Choosing where I sit is an obvious bonus, but I also like that there are more events to choose from and go to. There is more options which provides something for everyone,” said Emily McIntosh, a sophomore in communication broadcasting.

Not only can we sit where we want in Turner Auditorium, but we now have the choice to go to Wednesday 10 o’clock meetings like normal or go to events such as plays, concerts, worship services, and community service. The option of picking and choosing is now available; however, with this new found freedom also comes the added responsibility of calculating our attendance up. This has been made easier by incorporating Blackboard to make life so much simpler.

Yet, with every new program, come negative results and kinks.

“While I like being able to choose what we go to, it seemed to be easier to just show up to Wednesday CUW than figuring out all these added events,” said Joanna D’Ancona, a communication pre-law major sophomore.

Indeed, it does seem to be added work. Before, we could miss 2 CUW’s, but now we can’t miss any. If we do, than we have to make it up with 2 events because there are not as many CUW’s as events required; however, if we go to every single CUW, then we get all the credit we need. Confusing right? To make things clearer for all, to obtain credit in Connections, you have to get 15 credits, aka go to 15 events. 8 of those have to be in the spiritual formation section. If you go to 8 CUW’s, and pick 7 events to go to than you are good to go, but it is Connections so the choice is all yours. The syllabus gives a list of approved events and explains everything in detail.

Overall, it is nice to have options and be able to sit where you want. Now, if only we could learn that they will make you sit towards the front and in the middle so people do not have to crawl over others. It is a learning process for all and will hopefully turn out well. For now we will just try to sort out the confusion, plan our attendance, and get excited about the long awaited flash drives with the important syllabus loaded on it.

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Get Your Passports ready!

Have you ever dreamed of going to Italy, London, or even Costa Rica? Did you think you could do it while getting class credits? Well, you can with the Study Abroad Program. Find out what they offer at the Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 10th at the Alumni Room in Marshbanks Cafeteria. You can go anytime between 10-3 and get all your questions answered.

Taking your science class in Costa Rica or English class in London is so much more enticing than sitting in a classroom. You can enjoy the food, sights, sounds, and famous attractions in the country. It may be easier than you think. So take the time to swing by the Study Abroad Fair on Monday!

Next Week: September 3-9, 2012

A few of the featured events for next week:

Sept. 3-9: Skye Dillon Alumni Art exhibit

Sept. 3: Women’s Soccer vs. Marshall

Sept. 4: NFL Fantasy – Campus Recreation

Sept 4: Leigh Nash Concert for Impulse 9:00 pm

Sept 5: Hump Day Challenge

Sept. 5: Dodgeball and Flag Football begin

Sept. 7: CAB Myrtle Beach Trip

Sept. 8: Football vs. Wise

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

Coming to Life Online!

Goodbye yearbooks of old.  What if a yearbook truly kept up with your daily lives?

Pine Burr Yearbook keeps track of what goes on throughout the year at Campbell University. The distribution of the yearbooks is always an exciting time as students flip through the pages of camel fun and life in the Creek. Pine Burr Yearbook is now making strides to extend what they are all about to become a go to source of information and record of Campbell life through social media and online sources.

Make sure to check regularly for new blog posts about Campbell stories, previews of events, and recaps of what has taken place in the Creek. It will be exciting, current, and provide a new way to connect to the yearbook. You might even see yourself featured. This is not replacing the yearbook. It is simply an extension that will give everyone a taste for what is to come in the spring with yearbook distributions; it will also keep everyone more in touch and updated throughout campus. Get ready for Pine Burr Online where events and people of Campbell come to life online!