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Bike Rental Program (SAO Introduces Bike Rental Program, continued from Page 1) Hageman voiced the concern that the $75 deposit significantly decreases the amount of spending money that students can take into town for various shopping and adventures. However, the time he saves riding into town instead of walking warrants the investment. Student Zach Hornstein, on the other hand, expressed that he would “still ride the bus over bike, or catch a ride from someone” to get to town for the sake of convenience. Upon hearing about the new program for the first time, freshman Ojiugo Uche, an international student from Nigeria, reacted with immediate enthusiasm, listing shops and churches in downtown Santa Fe as places she could go with a bike. Mr. Thurber himself recommended the art galleries on Canyon Road as a place to ride to, as well as restaurants downtown. Because the SAC has two available mountain bikes with front suspension, Mr. Thurber has encouraged students to make use of them. The SAC “would be more than happy to suggest great local trails to ride, some which leave right from campus.” Mr. Thurber speculates

that the biggest issue thus far in providing the service arises from the lack of bicycles; all the bicycles for the long-term use were picked up the first weekend of the semester by those who live off-campus and commute home, and those that work off-campus and ride to their jobs. Increasing the number of bicycles will help improve the program. For those on campus who already own a bike, a group which Mr. Thurber estimates to be about a third of the student population, the SAO is also offering the bike-fixing bench with a DIY toolset and “how-to” books. If needed, staff members of the SAO can lend a hand during the bike shop hours (Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). In addition, for those who “would like to learn more about how [their] bicycle works and how to maintain it,” the SAO plans to offer several bicycle maintenance workshops, which will be announced through school email throughout the year. Students can contact Mike Thurber directly at extension 6148 or mthurber@sjcsf.edu. Dohee Kang is a Freshman at St. John’s College, Santa Fe. She can be reached at dohee.kang@gmail. com

Life Beyond St. John’s (Life Beyond St. John’s, continued from Page 1) Where you rather finish your seminar reading than go out on a date. Mr. Murray explained that this mentality comes from the uniqueness of the program itself. Where you study the works for their own sake or, as Mr. Murray puts it, “digest them for them”. Although Mr. Murray talked about the difficultness of the program with such great light he did point out the fact that St. John’s College does make it easier “to learn than to apply”. What that in mind, Mr. Murray was able to make the analogy that St. John’s College allows you to have “tons of bullets”, regarding to the knowledge that is gained here, “but a crappy marks man”. After listening to Mr. Murray’s analogy I became a little skeptical thoughts about a St. John’s College education immediately rose upon me. We kept talking more and more about the pros and cons of a St. John’s College education. In the midst of the conversation, Mr. Murray brought up the fact that he was part of the school’s Search and Rescue team. Right away I was able to make the connection from Johnnie to firefighter. As

we kept discussing life after St. John’s College Mr. Murray brought up the idea of happiness in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. He explained to me that happiness is “more than an emotion”, it is something to follow in life. Mr. Murray kept arguing the point that it is not about “making a ton of money” after four years at St. John’s College. It is about being “more experienced than your age”, “integrating the knowledge with your life”, and, the one that Mr. Murray stressed the most, being able to “look inward”. Being able to look inward allows for personal development to come with less complexity. Only someone with a St. John’s College education is able to say that. Mr. Murray does not use Euclidean propositions when he is the middle of one of his calls. He does not use Ancient Greek verbs when he communicates with the person he is saving. But he has developed as a person. He is able to know and understand life’s “questions and perspective”.

OCTOBER 1, 2010

Johnnies in Nepal

(Helping Hands, from Page 1)

Time and energy, but expenses as well: the students, staying with local families, paid for all of their travel and food costs themselves, aided only partially by fundraising from Santa Fe businesses. In this way, the grant money

For example, Udiyachaur often suffered from power cuts, to say nothing of the closure of the path across the river to the village during heavy rains in the monsoon season. It was an immense cultural experience for the American participants. Ms. Milner had been abroad before (to Guatemala and Mexico) but

could contribute directly to purchasing building materials and renting machinery for construction. There was also a lot of help from the local population. Thousands of people, in fact, lent a hand. It’s “the village effect”, as Mr. Woodbury put it. People working on something attract other people watching the job, and slowly but surely, many start doing it. The efforts are often disorganized, but the end result is useful in more ways than one. The local governing body also pitched in with $3,000-4,000 worth of further building supplies. Mr. Thapa said that “it was inspirational to see children, especially, carry loads,” adding quietly, “especially when they were more than what Woodbury could carry.” For Mr. Thapa, the time spent on the project widened his experiences of the world and specifically of Nepal. “You cannot visualize Nepal just by Kathmandu, after all. I have been to more remote areas, but this village showcased some difficulties,” he stated.

this time was different. “The people were engaged. There was no lack of caring,” she said. “The kids took me on walks and showed me natural wonders. I was even invited to a wedding!” She noticed the litter and general lack of sanitation, but was encouraged to see how soap, for example, was becoming more popular. A simple but important step forward for the hygiene of the population. Mr. Woodbury arrived early and was immersed in an authentic Nepali household, courtesy of the Pathaks. “There’s a lot of goodwill, but lots of awkwardness too,” he recalled with a smile, referring to the language barrier. Mr. Woodbury experienced being anointed with tika (a traditional paste) during a wedding; eating rice, rice and more rice; being garlanded, garlanded, and garlanded some more; and, also having his life flash before his eyes as microbuses careened around buses careening around Nepal’s winding mountainous highways. Other impressions? “The hospitality

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is unbelievable; they wish you well, really,” he added. Ms. Milner, for her part, picked up some Nepali while she was there. Her fondest memory was the happiness and gratitude of the villagers in their parting words: “Even if you guys forget us, we will always remember you as a symbol of doing something for others, of

The students left their mark. helping them.” Mr. Parajuli believed that they got a positive response from the local villagers, especially since “our main objective was to make people aware. [The tank] was a symbol of what you can do, if you want to do it … making them realize what they can do, helping them realize their potential.” Mr. Woodbury agreed, “A bunch of really busy students gave their time and energy to these efforts. It was meant to inspire both the local population there, and also us here.” The three Nepali students also participated in ARIEL internships, so it must have been quite a summer for them! But that’s another story. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for a short documentary film on the project, due to be screened at St. John’s. Nareg Seferian is a Senior at St. John’s College, Santa Fe. He can be reached at naregseferian@yahoo.com

Levan Hall Dedication Photos by Teri Thomson Randall

Hector Mendoza is a Freshman at St. John’s College, Santa Fe. He can be reached at hctr.mendoza@ gmail.com

President Peters, City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger, Chair of St. John’s College Board of Visitors and Governors Michael Uremovich.

From left: Matthew Davis, Director of the Graduate Institute; Dean Mora; Chair of St. John’s College Board of Visitors and Governors Michael Uremovich; Dr. Leven, President Peters.

City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger reads proclamation from the City.


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