Hot Chocolate, Cold Weather Greet Students on First Day of Winter Term

January 06, 2014

Students in anthropology class

On your first day back at school, telling fellow students what you did on your recent vacation sounds easy... until you have to do it in Chinese. That was one of the in-class tasks in Intermediate Chinese on Friday, January 3, the first day of winter term. One challenge is translating contemporary American terms not found in traditional Chinese -- Disneyland, which one student visited, could be expressed in Chinese as "happy land," explained instructor Shuyan Shipplett. If your holiday meal included mashed potatoes, as it did for another student, just say that you enjoyed the "potato mud."

Student and TA in Chinese class

Other first-day highlights from across campus:

  • Students in professor Jon Wagner's anthropology course Human Origins received hands-on experience with some appropriate objects. He passed around a replica cast of a prehistoric skull and a real stone-age hand ax excavated in Tanzania... as well as hot coffee, chocolate, tea and donuts -- as the start of the term coincided with the start of a record cold-spell in Galesburg and much of the nation.
  • Art students in Open Studio started their term with an all-day drawing marathon, spending half of the day in a group studio and half working individually.
  • A dozen students rolled out well before 8 a.m. for a half-credit sports studies course, Lifetime Fitness. "The habits you establish now can carry you into your work," said the instructor, Cory Bonstead, welcoming the class to the E&L Andrew Fitness Center.
  • "Welcome to the 18th Century," said music professor Bruce Polay to his students, as he set the historical background for the students in his course Music of the 19th Century, by performing and explaining a Mozart piano sonata.

More photos from the first day of winter term, full-screen views, caption details and credits available in this set at the Knox College Flickr channel