"Sand and Smiles" October 8, 2010 

by Caciques Jack DeVries and Megan Osborn

Instead of normal run or swim track as our morning exercise we split up into team sports this morning.  The choices were yoga, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and water polo.  Volleyball was held on boys dorm beach during sunrise.  We dove into the fluffy sand as we reached for the volleyball flying through the air.  Cheers of encouragement rang through the morning air and the sun rose with our intensity for the game.  The end of our match covered us all in sand and smiles.   This was a refreshing change of the morning routine, which got everyone excited and ready to start the day.  After breakfast, we all went off to math, histories, and literature for our morning classes.  Histories class was especially interesting today due to our class activity of broadening our cultural perspectives.  We looked at and analyzed recent news articles or other historical texts.  This allowed us to get a brief glimpse on what is happening currently in other parts of the world.   We heard an interview by a BBC reporter who was interviewing a Christian Pastor who believed that all homosexuals should be doomed to death.  He is well known for his recent stunt to burn, multiple Korans on the anniversary of this past September 11th.  Listening to their battle of worldviews and ethics allowed us to realize the bias in all people, especially in controversial issues.  It was fascinating to hear from the outside world that we have been so disconnected from.   The second half of our day started with a musical lunch.  Tunes were set up on the fishbowl deck as we sat and ate in the sun.  The music was light and island-like, which brightened the atmosphere of lunch. 

It was a beautiful day for research groups to head out into the field.  Our research group, the lemon sharks, drove to Broad Creek to go fishing for sharks.  Broad Creek has an incredible array of jagged sandstone and sandy beaches.  The water was sparklingly beautiful and crystal clear, perfect for sharking.  The tide was out-going and the water was rough, yet we set up our line anyway.  We caught a juvenile male lemon shark on one of our hooks!  It was our third shark this semester including our amazing catch of a nurse shark.  The young male was already tagged so we re-recorded the tag number, measured, and weighed.  Heading back to campus was fantastic as we stopped by CEI to tell the other research groups of our success.  While at CEI we saw the other research groups in action as the reset the aquaponics system or checked on their Cobia.