45th Annual YMCA Conference on Nation Affairs
Sunday Edition July 1, 2012 Issue II
Delegations Travel Great Distances to Reach CONA By Abby Rime & Maggie Booz bond and perfect
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Whether it’s a two-hour bus ride or a crosscountry plane trip, for this week, our destination is the same. Different delegations have their own unique fashions of traveling to CONA and bonding rituals that they carry out on their way to the Blue Ridge Assembly. For some states, the journey is relatively brief and stress-free. For others, it involves sleepdeprived bus rides and primping in Cracker Barrel bathrooms. In the end, however, the destination makes the travel worthwhile. For example, North Carolina delegates take a two-hour bus ride to the mountain a day early to
However, for some states such as California, a bus ride seems unimaginable. Instead, they choose to fly to Atlanta, Georgia to spend time in the city before taking a bus to Chattanooga, Tennessee and then on to Black Mountain. This breaks up the travel to make the trip more bearable. Unfortunately for some states like Minnesota, the journey calls for a nonstop twenty four hour bus ride, including a stop at a gas station to prepare for a futile attempt at a night’s sleep. A number of other states face similar conditions, though not all quite as unpleasant. Wisconsin makes a similar
Rowan Reid of Kentucky on her way to CONA Photo Credit: Adam Pennavaria
voyage; an uneventful 16 hour bus ride across the Midwest. Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s bus ride lasts seventeen hours, which was delayed this year by three hours due to traffic. New Jersey made their way to the mountain with the Model UN delegation on a twelve hour bus ride full of new friendships. Texas chose a two-hour plane ride over a grueling
bus trip that would rival that of Minnesota. Overall, it is clear to see that no matter whatever happens in delegates’ travels, the journeys are as unforgettable as the ultimate destination. Through traffic, fast food, and newfound friends, CONA journeys bring each delegation together to form a stronger bond.
Rock and Relax: The History of Lee Hall’s Green Rocking Chairs Weatherford founded the Blue Ridge Assembly in When you arrive at 1906, upon seeing the Black Mountain and pull view from the top of the up in front of Lee Hall, mountain, Weatherford the first things you notice exclaimed “Eureka!” are the clusters of green instantly filled with rocking chairs that cover wonder and awe of the the porch. What is the natural beauty that stood history behind these before him. The rocking rocking chairs, you ask? chairs are strategically When Dr. Willis D. placed on the porch of By Miranda McLaughlin Staff Writer
Lee Hall because of the enchanting view of the Black Mountains from the porch. They are there for people to sit and gaze at the horizon, providing an escape from any burdens or struggles which may distract from inner growth and concentration. It gives Cont’d on page 2
onlookers an opportunity to momentarily escape everything else and truly admire the beautiful country in which we are so blessed to live. When asked what they feel when sitting on the porch, delegates said that rocking in the green
rocking chairs gives them a sense of peace and happiness. Rocking chairs are not only a symbol of CONA, but also of the friendships and memories that are made while here. Also, the rocking chairs are a symbol of the Blue Ridge spirit; “the positive,
friendly, welcoming attitude that brings joy and energy to the participating delegates and advisors at CONA”, says Ohio delegate Kyle Denman. There are few pleasures more simply fulfilling than kicking back at sunset with some new
friends, a cold Cheerwine in your hands and a warm smile on your face, while slowly rocking back and forth in one of Lee Hall’s famous green rocking chairs, embracing the calmness within.
Delegates make dangerous assumptions about other delegations stereotypes place an air of infamy on some states, Staff Writer such as the heavily rural state of West Virginia. Jersey Shore. Gambling. “They’re kind of paired Jersey Shore. Smog. with New Jersey where if Jersey Shore. you’re going to make a For those that have joke, you’re going to joke never been to the Garden about West Virginia,” said State, New Jersey seems Samantha, a neighboring to be a contradiction of Virginian delegate. its nickname- an area “They’re a ‘unique’ state.” plagued by Pauly D and Jeremiah from fist pumping. However, Mississippi even weighed few would guess that the in on the stereotypes of state with one of the his own state. “[Our highest carbon monoxide stereotypes are that] we emissions is also one of can’t read, we can’t write, the top five states for we drink moonshine, we blueberry and cranberry own guns, and we all production. want the South to rise For many delegates, the again.” 2012 Conference on As CONA is sure to National Affairs is their reveal to us, our first time on the preconceived notions are mountain, as well as their often not entirely true. first exposure to many “Of course the federal other states. Therefore, government umbrella many stereotypes exist seems to take D.C.” for those with only the stated Ryan, a resident of media to rely on. our nation’s capital. Many of these “There’s a lot more to By Carter Coudriet
Delegates arrive at the conference to realize they are more similar than they thought. Photo Credit: Blue Ridge Journal Photography
Blue Ridge Weather Forecast Monday 30% chance of rain, 90F /67F Tuesday 30% chance of rain 88 F/67F D.C. It’s a city that’s alive and doing well with regular people and regular houses.” Michael, from the stereotypically cowboy and rodeo state of Texas, described a Lone Star State as “not too different from other suburban areas”.
“I have never worn a cowboy hat or boots seriously in my life. I’ve never been hunting either,” says Michael. For more stereotypes, check out the blog at
Media Corps: Maggie Booz, Kristie Chua, Carter Coudriet, Kyle Denman, Amy Dennis, Jolie Denton, Ashley Fisher, Jessie High, J. A. Kaufmann, Brian McKanna, Miranda Mc Laughlin, Eric Moyer, Adam Pennavaria, Rachel Persaud, Ali Renchens, Abby Rime, Shelby Sanchez, Caroline Shepard, and Eric Storlie Emma Joslyn Media Director, Drew Caldwell Advisor, Nancy Dennis Advisor, and Jennifer Hill Advisor
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