30 October 2012


¡Hola todos!

Hello everyone!

This year, Halloween is on a wednesday, and unfortunately I have a test this friday so there will be no celebrating or trick or treating for me. I did though, receive a lovely care package in the mail from my parents. It had candy corn, a halloween card and some halloween stickers :) Getting packages in the mail is probably one of the most exciting things. It's just so nice to get a little something from home, or from a friend, no matter what it is.

Tonight, the spanish club also showed the movie REC. which is a scary movie that takes place in Spain. We made and served pizza, kale chips and candy corn for the people who came.


My roommates and I also decorated our living room with halloween decorations, on top of all the streamers that we had already put up at the beginning of the year.

This week Lewis & Clark is putting on so many events for Halloween! Tomorrow, on the basketball courts, the Lewis and Spark Fire Arts are going to juggle fire. I might go to this because I know some people who are part of the club. On Thursday, MOSAIC is going to have a Día de los Muertos party in Stamm, which I hope I will be able to go to. They are going to be making pan de muerto, and they will also have arts and crafts and face painting. Finally, on Saturday KLC (the campus radio station) and CAB (Campus Activities Board) are going to have an event called Dance Yourself Dead with four different bands performing. So many activities!

 I hope everyone's Halloween is wonderful!

P.S. You should watch this. Ellen Degeneres is wonderful. And so is Eric Stonestreet. 

29 October 2012


This last weekend proved to be busy and stressful, but in a good way. Friday evening I left south campus with eleven other people to drive two and a half hours to the coast. We spent the weekend doing yoga, sleeping in yurts, and doing a little hiking. Shameless plug: COLLEGE OUTDOORS IS GREAT. Y'all should do it if and when you come to LC, because they have so many different trips and they all are awesome and you get to do things like sleep in yurts.
Our yurt. It was like a hobbit house!
It was really rainy (my backpack is still wet), but it was fun. The only reason that it was stressful was because I had a rough draft of a paper due today, and I have a bio midterm on Wednesday. The work loads are going up in all of my classes, and I am hopefully going to go to my first forensics tournament next weekend (also my birthday!). My schedule is busy, but I'm managing.
This week is coming out week at LC, so there are events every night. Tonight I went to an a capella concert, which was amazing. My friend Tess is in one of the groups and had a solo, so it was really fun to see her. There are halloween themed events happening later this week, and tomorrow kids are trick or treating in the dorm.
I'm still working on planning my next four years, and I have a couple of people I have to talk to soon. The joys of planning!
As always, feel free to email me with any questions, or if you just want to talk! rekidder@lclark.edu.


What is a Taco?

Why Good Evening! (format question: does one capitalize all of the words in a letter opening? Who knows...)

I don't feel like writing a super long and detailed description today, but I want to give you all some idea of what it is like to try and speak another language all the time. Chilean Spanish is very different than any Spanish I've ever studied/spoken before. One of the main problems is vocabulary because most things have different names here. Even thought I am pretty confident in my ability to speak there are always words and situations tripping me up. I will explain with a story:

One day I was on the metro during rush hour. The train was so full that I had no room at all to move. I was listening to the conversations around me when I heard the following exchange (in Spanish) from two women next to me:

Woman 1: I hate tacos!
Woman 2: I know I really hate tacos too!
Woman 1: I wish I never had to deal with a taco again!

Obviously I was enormously confused. Why did these women hate tacos so much? What was there actually to hate about a taco? During the rest of my trip home I convinced myself that I just heard the conversation wrong. That night at home, my host sister made the following comment:

"I was stuck in a taco for an hour today!"

It was clear to me in that moment that I maybe was missing a piece of information so I asked, what is a taco? It turns out that in Chile the word "taco" means a traffic jam. Actually a taco can also be the heel of a shoe or a stack of office papers (like a pad of post-its). Even though I now know what a taco is I still get a kick out of coming home and telling my host mom that the bus was stuck in a taco for half an hour.

As always e-mail me any time at smiller@lclark.edu!

With love from Chile,

27 October 2012

It's been a while

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for the delay on posting. I have been extremely busy with school work and many people, including myself, have been catching colds these last couple of weeks so I haven't found the time to post a blog. However, it is finally the weekend and so I finally have some time!

This last week has been crazy. I work for Student Transitions and Experience office and their big program Beyond NSO (New Student Orientation) is coming to a close so I have been working a lot with some other students trying to find some prizes for the auction next week. Beyond NSO is this great program where new Freshman and Transfer students are able to go to different events such as E&D lectures, sports games, movies, and workshops where they can earn Pio Points. These Pio Points they can use at the end of Beyond NSO (next Friday!) to bid on many different items. There will be an iPad, iPod, TV, and gift cards to many different local businesses. Last year, when I was a freshman, I won a $25 gift card to a restaurant close by called Banning's. It was wonderful because I went with some friends and was able to go to a restaurant that I probably wouldn't have known about otherwise and I ate delicious food for free.

I was anticipating this crazy week last weekend, so on Sunday I went to downtown Portland with some friends and spent the whole day studying at Powells. Powells is a wonderful place to study. Not only does it have rooms upon rooms of amazing books to look at and read, but it also has a cozy café with many tables to lay your work out upon. I always end up getting a lot of work done when I am down there, and I also always seem to meet very interesting people. Last weekend, I met this man who has been studying flowers and making flowers out of nothing but paper for the last 7 years. I talked with him for a while and watched him make flowers next to us for about 5 hours. At the end, as he was packing up to leave, he handed the flowers to me and a friend as a gift. It was incredibly kind of him, and now my apartment mates and I have the flowers in our living room - and we will never have to throw them away because they will not wilt!

Here is a picture of the flowers he made:
and a link to his website www.worldpaperflowers.com

As always feel free to contact me at drussosavage@lclark.edu if you have any questions or would like to talk! 


24 October 2012

Why you should never live in the basement.

Hello again, prospies. I was originally going to make this a commentary on roommates and explain my past post a little bit, but I feel I have a more urgent message this week:

Don't live in basement rooms.

If you read my past post you'll remember... none of it-- so let me remind you. My old basement room used to flood if it rained too much. In Portland. During the winter.

A typical week in Portland

But that's ok. I just moved my stuff out of the wet spot and moved on.

Also, we had mice which would scurry around the basement. Sometimes, the other guy who lived down there with me woke up with a mouse on his face.

But that's ok. It was my roommate, not me.

A few weeks ago in my new house, we found mice again. They are inside the walls and we can expect  sounds of scurrying and scraping at 2:00AM on the dot, every night.

But that's ok.  It's nice to have consistency in my life.

This past Sunday someone or something clogged the toilet. As we were plunging it, I noticed that some sort of grey matter was oozing out of the shower...

Wait. Let's rewind for a second.

Just the day prior we were talking about the septic pump in our basement. It's actually located in a closet in my room. When enough water and waste goes into the temporary tank, the septic pump pumps the waste water up and away from my life in the basement. Septic Pump, prospies. In my closet. Read that again, slowly. Septic. Pump. SEPTIC.

Ok, back to the shower-moment. 

I bolted back to my room and whipped open my closet. Boom-- farts. The smell of rank, wet, nasty farts seeped out of my closet. I immediately grabbed random stuff and started chucking it down the hallway. There was a small puddle of grey sludge at the bottom of my closet.

This is not ok. 

The next day I'm up at 7:45am and ready to start hitting up plumbers. There are three that our landlord recommends. I call all three. No answer. I leave a message. 20 minutes go by and I call again. Nothing. 20 minutes-- call agian. In between calls, I'm searching Yelp for reviews of good plumbers in Portland and start calling them. I'm frantic. I'm the needy long-distance boyfriend who just heard my girl, Candy, has been "talking to other guys". I'm the college frat boy blitzing his way through the 6+ numbers he got this past weekend in a desperate attempt to get one to stick.

Three hours and a total of 27 calls later (no joke), I get someone who can see us at 3:00pm, and a day after that we have a new pump to replace the old one and negative $800.

So now my room is OK again. The smell of farts has simply been replaced by paranoia and bleach. Lots of bleach. 

Here are some obligatory pictures I took after I had calmed down and we cleaned up the worst of the sludge (pre-bleach):

23 October 2012


Oh man! This next week is going to be a crazy one...

Right when I was thinking to myself, "Man, I'm glad I finished all of those midterms. Now I can just relax for a while," I have a to do list that never seems to end!  Doesn't it always seem to work that way, though?  With parents weekend coming up in a few days, I have a room to clean up on top of everything else.
At least it's not all on the floor, right?
I'm sure I'll get to all of that fun later.  But, in keeping with the theme of parents (or other family/friends) visiting, I thought you all could use a list of stuff you should definitely check out when visiting campus/Portland:

Show them around campus
Anyone who takes the time to come visit you wants to know about your life here at Lewis & Clark.  Show them the Bon, your room (hopefully it's cleaner than mine), some of the cooler/prettier spots on campus, and anywhere else you spend a ton of time.  Not only will they enjoy walking around campus with your far more than taking a tour or something like that, but it makes story telling over the phone or back home a lot easier if they know what you're talking about.

This is my favorite spot on campus: the reflecting pool.

Go to the food carts
Cheap, tons of variety, and some of the best food in Portland.  The food carts are perfect for a snack while you're exploring downtown or a full on meal if you and your visitors plan on spending the entire day off campus.  I recommend the chili cheese fries.  Honestly, they were better than any I've ever had before.

Go to Voodoo Doughnuts
Probably the one thing that everyone already knows to do, but Voodoo is a must see for everyone who comes to see you in Portland.  There really isn't much to say about it, other than it's Portland, OR in delicious pastry form.

My mom had a great time at VooDoo when she visited last spring.

Go to a Pio athletic event
There is always some sort of sporting event going on on weekends.  With 19 varsity teams, there's bound to be something that interests you.  This weekend is especially great for this, as it's homecoming!  There's a women's soccer game and a football game back to back on Saturday, so GO PIOS!

There's a TON more that you could do.  If you want to hear more, or you have any other questions, email me at hhigger@lclark.edu



This weekend was packed full of L&C athletics.  There was a volleyball game, a football game, and a soccer game all in just 3 days, as well as an unofficial practice swim meet.  Also, SAAC (the Student Athletic Advisory Committee) that I joined this fall hosted 3 BBQs (one at each official event), which help raise funds or the Oregon Special Olympics. One of the best things about these BBQs, and what made this weekend so special, is that actual Special Olympians come and join L&C varsity athletes to hang out and watch the events. They cheered hard for our athletes, always staying positive (even when we weren’t doing too well). We grilled through 400+ hot dogs and a couple packs of veggie dogs, too! There were also chips, apples, and carrots and cases upon cases of drinks. A highlight was watching the Special Olympics soccer team play during the soccer halftime on Sunday.  They shot goals and passed the ball and had an all around good time.
After the volleyball game, the team took a picture with all of their Special Olympic fans! (Photo Credit: SAAC)
Here are just a few of the hot dogs we cooked up for the football game! (Photo Credit: SAAC)

During halftime, everyone queued up for hot dogs fresh off the grill (Photo Credit: SAAC)

In terms of swimming, this marked the first of many swim meets for the season. We have 4 official meets in our conference as well as 2 “fun” meets coming up before Thanksgiving (2 meets/weekend). But this meet was intra-squad, meaning that we were racing each other not other teams. We split into two teams, black and orange, and swam fun (non-traditional) events just to get the feel of the water.  I was in the orange team, and we won by 30 points. It may have been against ourselves, but it was still exciting. I’m sorry to you non-swimmers, but for swim nerds (like myself/my team) it was super fun!

Diving into a new season! (Photo Credit: Heather Markham)
In other athletic news, Homecoming/Parents Weekend will be next weekend. Complete with the Conference Championships for Cross Country (our women are seeded to win!)

If you have any questions about swimming or SAAC or anything at all, please feel free to ask me at katyyeh@lclark.edu!

Multicultural Fair

Hello everyone!

This last week has been really busy, because I had a couple of big tests/presentations. Fortunately those are all over now (for a few days...) and I think they went well enough. I'm starting to plan my schedule for next semester (and the next three years), and I'm meeting with my advisor this week to talk about ideas. It's really exciting! At this point I'm planning on taking Spanish, French, Intro to Environmental Studies, and E&D (the freshman seminar), so my schedule will look pretty similar to this semester. Because I'm planning on double majoring, I have a ton of classes I need to fit in, so I've already come up with a rough sketch of my four year plan. Let the fun begin!
The big event last weekend was the multicultural fair. The dorm I live in, Akin, hosts this fair every year in conjunction with any other students who want to participate. Because we are such fans of Minnesota, my friend Tess and I decided to make enough tater tot hotdish (it's like casserole) for 130 people. We spent Friday night cooking, then rushed off to a First Aid Kit concert downtown. We got there on the early side, which meant really good spots!
We were out kind of late, because they didn't even come on until 10:15. We decided to go to VooDoo Donuts, but there was still a line at midnight on a rainy night. It was worth the wait.
The next morning, I got up early to finish cooking. At 11 the doors opened, and from there everything ran really smoothly! There was a lot of good food, some good performances, and fun had by all. Here's Tess and me at our table, and a close up of our sign:

After the fair I promptly fell asleep, and slept for most of the rest of the day. Sunday was dedicated to homework, but I didn't have too much since I had tests on Friday.
And now, another week! As always, feel free to email me with any questions or comments at rekidder@lclark.edu.

22 October 2012

Just My Life in South America

Hey All,

Yesterday it rained a whole lot here in Santiago, Chile so the Andes mountains that ring the eastern edge of the city were all covered in snow. It was absolutely gorgeous. Here is a picture my host sister took!

I realize I haven't said much about my academic day to day life here so here goes a bit (or maybe more than a bit). The way this particular program works is that I am just a full time student. There are no faculty members from LC here (but there are 3 other LC-ers on the program), instead, an organization called CIEE figures out the logistic things like placing us with host families, helping us to enroll in classes, planning a few trips etc. Besides that basic support (and the CIEE people are great and help us out whenever we need it) we just live our lives here living with a family and being a student. In many ways our lives are like most other Chilean university students, since most young folk live at home until their 30's. My host family doesn't speak any English, nor do the majority of my Professors and classmates. Academically, my readings, essays, lectures, presentations, exams, and all other parts of class are in Spanish. I had to give a presentation in one of my classes. In front of a room of Chilean students. It was terrifying. But I did it and got a 7 (the Chilean equivalent of an A)!

Universities here are run really differently than in the good 'ol US of A. First of all there are layers and layers of bureaucracy to tear through to get anything done. Registering for class often means going in person and talking to a different person (in different parts of the city) for different departments. This isn't a problem for Chilean students because their studies are a lot more specialized than ours. Most students here take almost all of their classes within the one department ("facultad") of their "major". I put that in quotes because it is a more focused type of studies where like I said most of their classes are about that subject. It is also rare to study one thing and then after graduating do something else. If you study anthropology (example because I'm a SOAN major) you will probably be an anthropologist. It is often hard to explain here that our courses of study are different especially with regards to how we can study multiple things at once. But back to my original point; since most Chilean students spend their academic life exclusively within one "facultad" it is difficult for exchange students such as myself who take classes across the "facultades".

Another huge difference in student life is the political aspect of being a university student today in Chile. The country has some big problems in their educational system (and in the country as a whole) and there is a large active student movement to try and change things. I won't go into all the details of why because that would go on forever and ever. I promise to post on it another time. However, the main way these students organize is by going on strike and protesting. In fact, I got an e-mail from a professor today letting the class know that since the "facultad" of Social Sciences is on strike this week, the test we were going to have tomorrow is now a take home exam due next week. The upshot of all this is that I have no class tomorrow or Wednesday in the Universidad de Chile. Another time halfway though my archaeology class everyone just got up and left because the strike started at noon and that happened to be during class time. Universities are pretty regularly "en paro" (on strike) but professors do their best to make sure everyone is still doing work so we can actually learn something. When the universities are on strike it means there will be students protesting, which means there will be police, which means there will be tear gas. Just a fact of life here. I have gotten really good at avoiding the tear gas situations!

Overall I like most of my classes. Once you get over the differences, take a deep breath (but not in the middle of a protest because you'll inhale all the gas!) and just understand that this is a different country and things work really differently it gets easier. So maybe here it's normal for students and professors to show up 20 minutes late to class or walk out in the middle, and so what if you don't buy your books but have to photo copy everything! Frustrations and confusions are part of this whole experience, but overcoming them feels pretty damn good.

As always, e-mail me any time at smiller@lclark.edu!

Love from Chile,

17 October 2012

College Outdoors Fall Break Raft Guide Clinic

After class last wednesday I headed straight to Sequoia, a warehouse on South Campus where College Outdoors stores all of their gear. Our group of 15 students and leaders left at 6 to drive the 3 hours to the Deschutes River, stopping quickly on the way at the Huckleberry inn on Mt. Hood where we all ordered the "famous" Huckleberry milkshake. They were absolutely delicious. After our pit stop we headed off again as soon as we could so we arrived in camp with time to set up our tents and kitchen before the sun set.

All four days of Fall Break we rafted the Deschutes (Thursday through Sunday), waking up every day at around 6:30 in the morning and going to bed at around 8 pm. One of my favorite things about camping outdoors is that I wake up when the sun rises, sometimes even before, and I go to sleep when the sun sets. I have none of the normal daily distractions that I have at school, such as the computer, homework or work to worry about or get distracted by.

Each day we ran the same stretch of river. Because the trip was a Raft Guide Clinic, our leaders thought it would be better to run the same stretch so that we could learn how to navigate the river and more specifically the rapids more easily. Each day we would have one leader who has guided professionally before, in our raft, and all the other students and I would take turns guiding with the leaders help. The last day, however, all of the leaders were in one raft, and all of us who went on the trip to learn how to raft guide were in the other two rafts. We guided the whole river by ourselves (except for one large rapid near the end).

Before this trip I had only gone rafting once before in my life. So going from that, to learning how to guide a rapid, and succeed at it, was really cool. Besides rafting, and guiding, we also learned how to throw a rope to someone if they fell out of the boat and needed us to pull them to shore. We learned how to flip boats over in case a rapid flipped the boat and we needed to get it up right again. And finally, we learned how to swim from one eddy to another crossing the "zone of helical flow" where the water is extremely strong and hard to get past.

Swimming from one eddy to the other
Below are some more pictures from the trip. Hope you enjoy.

Until next time,


The whole group.

Learning how to blow up a raft
Our Kitchen set up at camp
Trying to get out of my drysuit. Harder than it looks.

16 October 2012

Only 4 days off?

Ahh, Fall Break.  Part much needed time for relaxation, part heartbreakingly short hiatus from homework and midterms.

Yes, this past weekend was Fall Break here at Lewis & Clark.  With so many possibilities, the only problem is deciding what it is you're going to do for that extended, yet somehow brief, weekend.  Some people visited home, some explored Portland, and still others just stayed on campus and caught up on sleep and homework.  I, along with my roommates and a few other friends, chose to head south to my roommate John's family cabin in Twain Harte, CA.

Wednesday night, after classes, the 9 of us packed up two cars with all of our stuff and headed out.  California does't seem too far away, right?  The 14 hour drive was pretty rough.  Luckily, I didn't have to do the whole thing.  And when I was driving, my friends were there to talk to me and keep me awake.
Seriously, it was a LONG drive.
Once we got there, it was totally worth it.  John's cabin was perfect.  Just enough room for us to sleep comfortably, and the town of Twain Harte was awesome.  We went for a hike around the lake, went fishing (and caught a fish, too!), checked out all of the shops in town, took turns making dinner. (I made broiled portabella mushrooms for the first time and I don't want to brag, but they were pretty good.)  Honestly, our stay in the cabin was just the right amount of relaxation while still doing something exciting for our break.

We didn't have a bucket or anything, so this is how we got our fish back to the cabin.
As you can see, I didn't enjoy the smell.

My roommates, Kyle, Steven, and John, enjoying the view during our hike.

The drive back on Sunday wasn't quite as bad.  Most of us had homework waiting for us in Portland, so we made it the whole way in just under 12 hours.  I was pretty tuckered out after that, but it was well worth it.  It was a great trip, and I wish it could've lasted longer.  I guess I'll have to wait until next Fall Break.

As always, thanks for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment, or shoot me an email: hhigger@lclark.edu



Last weekend was fall break, which either means going home, going on a trip somewhere away from Portland, or staying on campus. Given I live super far away, and I lack a car, I stayed on campus. It turned out to be really nice, because I've been getting sick so it allowed for some rest. Highlights included going on a picnic, watching Matilda, and getting up early one morning to watch the sunrise by the reflecting pool.
I also spent an evening at my brother's apartment. He moved out here around the same time I did, because his fiancée is going to grad school at PSU. He's a chef and has to get to work super early, so I had to take the bus back to school. Luckily, the Tri-Met runs really smoothly and I returned without a hitch. 
Although a lot of people weren't here over break, campus hardly felt empty. This is in large part due to the open house that was held here! I hope that some of you had a chance to make it out and experience some Portland weather. If you couldn't come, I definitely recommend visiting campus at some point! It's the best way to determine if a school is right for you.
So now classes are back in full spring, and my schedule is getting busy again. This weekend is the multicultural fair, and my dorm (Akin) plays a huge role in it. We had a planning meeting yesterday, which involved some dogs running around. One (Lola) somehow ended up running down the hall and visiting all of the rooms. My friends and I were a bit excited.
I'm hosting a Minnesota table at the fair with a few friends, complete with tater tot hot dish. I'll probably have pictures next week.
Until then, I have two tests to study for, a book to read, and a presidential debate to watch!


P.S. As always, please email me at rekidder@lclark.edu if you have any questions, comments, or just want to talk!

fall BREAK!

This week ended on Wednesday for us, which was awesome on so many levels:

Firstly, It meant I could actually sleep in!!! (In reality I still had swim practice so my day started at 9:30, but it’s still better than 8am)

Secondly, in this period with reduced sleep deprivation, I was able to increase productivity and get a head start before next week, which is starting to look pretty intense (and not really in a good way).  This productivity also applied to cleaning my room and doing laundry (my mother would be proud, kinda…) which were becoming equally daunting tasks.

And thirdly, I was able to go to the coast with my roommate from freshman year, Ashley, which was super fun because we haven’t talked that long in ages. Personally, as a Californian, I associate beaches as mostly sunny places with dunes and shops and SUN.  However, as a Californian, I often forget the fickle weather of the Pacific Northwest, and how it loves to taunt us all.  We went to the town of Seaside on the Oregon coast, and the weather did not cooperate. It was cold and wet and really windy, so windy in fact that we spent most of the day in a cute little coffee shop with cups that said, “Take time to enjoy the simple things in life.” I think that they meant the quote to apply to the delicious toffee latte I had ordered. However, this innocuous quote definitely applies to college life, because even though it seems like yesterday that Ashley and I met for the first time, we are already more than halfway done with our college careers, CRAZY!

So, Prospies, wherever you decide to go, savor it, because like my lovely latte, it appears that college disappears all too soon! (I know that sounds really cheesy, but it is so true!) If you have any questions about anything at all, feel free to email me at katyyeh@lclark.edu, otherwise, keep on reading my blog to learn about my life at LC.

11 October 2012

Mountains, Oceans and the Rodeo

Hello once again my beautiful LC community and an extra special hello to all you prospective students!

If you read my last post and if you haven't you should!), you'll know that I'm blogging this semester from Santiago, Chile because it's my semester abroad! Yay! Since I've been here almost three months I'm doing some back tracking to let you all know what I have been up to. The theme of today's post is........TRAVELING!

I've been on a couple of fantastic trips so far, from the top of the Andes to the Pacific Ocean. First off, keep in mind that I arrived in mid July in the middle of Chilean winter. Since I love to ski, I took advantage of the ginormous mountain range and winter season to ski a couple of times! From Santiago to the nearest ski place it is about an hour. Getting there involves an incredibly harrowing trip up a million switchbacks. The mountainside is covered in a strange mix of shrubs, cacti and rather intrepid mountain cows. It is a really different looking countryside from anything I have ever seen. As we got higher and higher in the mountains the cacti disappeared and the view transformed into stark rocky mountain peaks. Absolutely stunning.

In addition to my mountain adventures, I went on a trip with CIEE (the program that organizes our homestays and helps coordinate classes n'things) to the 5th region of Chile, the region just north of Santiago that includes Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. We went to two of the poet Pablo Neruda's houses but unfortunately he's been dead for a while so he wasn't around. I did get a good look at two of his bathtubs. A worthy cultural experience. Sarcasm aside, it was a really fun trip. I love the ocean, and we spent a good amount of time on the beach and on the coast. Every day they fed us HUGE yummy lunches, including some really good fish straight from the sea. We also ate a bunch of Empanadas (dough pockets filled with good things), had a great Cazuela (a very Chilean chicken soup), and consumed much grilled meat. Activity wise, we did pretty much everything; we went on a boat to see the lobos del mar (sea lions, thought the literal translation is "sea wolves"), we did a ceramics class in a little village called Pomaire which is famous for their beautiful earthenware, we walked all over Valparaiso, we went to a typical Chilean rodeo, went to a vineyard where they make traditional grape Chicha (a very alcoholic drink that tastes like awesome grape juice which makes it pretty dangerous stuff), and went on a ridiculous hike straight up and then straight down a mountain (ending up crawling on hands and knees through a stream and a thicket). As a result of falling sort of on a cactus on the hike my friend Margaret had to pick spines out of my butt. Margaret and I also got soaked one night by an extra big sassy wave that got too excited, leaped out of the sea and crashed down on us while we were watching the sunset. I got some great take-out sushi one night for dinner and shared it with my friend Gabby who also goes to Lewis & Clark and is studying in Valparaiso this semester.
                                                       Me at the pottery wheel in Pomiare
                                        L&C Pride! Me and Ted (also LC student on the beach)
                                                          A small fishing village

                                                            Sea Lion!

I've headed out of Santiago a few other times, to go to the beach and things but those are the main trips so far. There have been plenty of adventures right here in Santiago! As always, e-mail me with any question or comment, L&C or study abroad related! smiller@lclark.edu


Midterms, Papers, and Coffee (LOTS of coffee)!

 This week was packed for me, starting last Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:00 am, I sat for 2 midterms and wrote 5 papers. And in the process, I may have become even more addicted to caffine (if thats even possible). So, I promise my life is usually interesting, just this week it definitely wasn’t. However I did find some awesome places to study and so, I figure I’ll share those:
My teammate Josh advocating studying over partying. (Photo Credit: Alexa Morris)

1.  Maggie’s Café: Located conveniently on the first floor of my building on campus, Maggie’s has just enough chatter to allow for talking through problems with classmates but not too much as to be over-whelming or distracting.  While the volume does fluctuate, it offers a great selection of candidates for people watching. But really, the best part of Maggie’s is the coffee, ready when you need it and essentially free if you buy with flex points!

2. The Law Campus: Although I used to prefer studying in Boley Law Library, I have recently found that all the buildings have convenient places to sit and read/study in peace.  Every room is literally silent, which can be a little unnerving, but also lead to high levels of productivity. (And because you are sitting with a bunch of law students you feel mature too!) The only problem with the Law School is it’s kinda far away and doesn’t have readily available caffeine! (Below: A picture of my friend Taylor outside Boley library last week.)
My friend Taylor petting the pig statue outside Boley Library (Photo Credit: Heather Markham)

3. Templeton Meeting Rooms: These rooms have big tables where you can spread out all the study materials, they are well lit and conveniently located near the Trailroom, so you don’t have to go far and waste a bunch of time getting dinner.

4. Academic Buildings (especially JR Howard): These are the places where you will be taking the test, so why not study in them? Because of all the desks, tables, and chairs they make a great place for group meetings and are far enough away that you are rarely disturbed by people you know popping in to say “hello.” The only problem I've found with Howard is the limited access to caffeine after the Dovecote closes. 

Hope you enjoyed! And if you have questions feel free to email me at katyyeh@lclark.edu

10 October 2012

What's up, y'all?

Hey, everyone!

I'm Hayden Higger and I'm here to tell you all about life here Lewis & Clark!

I guess we should start with a little bit about myself:
I'm a sophomore double majoring in Economics and Psychology.  I was born and raised in Anaheim, CA, and while I do miss Disneyland and warm weather, I am definitely a fan of Portland.  I spend the majority of my time outside of class at baseball practice.  While it's not too much time during the fall, my spring schedule is pretty hectic (but completely worth it).  I also like to just hangout with my roommates (I have three of them) around campus.  Trust me, we've had some pretty intense games of ping pong.

I'm pretty excited to start blogging about life at LC.  I promise my future blogs will be a bit more fun.  Hopefully these stories will answer most of the questions that you have about what Lewis & Clark is really like.  If not, leave a comment or feel free to shoot me an email (hhigger@lclark.edu) and I'll get right back to you!

Oktoberfest and other shenanigans

Hello everyone!

This past week has been full of studying and midterms. I have had 4 exams in the last 3 school days. I think they all went pretty well but I am very happy to be done and look forward to being on Fall Break tomorrow afternoon!

This past weekend was extremely fun. Even though I had lots of studying to do I am very thankful I was able to find some time to have fun as well. I think it's really important to find a balance between school work and fun at college. We all come to college to learn, so of course our classes are extremely important, but I also think it is extremely important to find some time to de-stress and enjoy time with friends.

On Friday, I went in to downtown Portland and ate at a Sushi restaurant with three of my really close friends before we went to see an Ed Sheeran concert at Roseland Theater. I had been looking forward to going to see Ed Sheeran ever since last June when I bought the tickets and it ended up being even more wonderful than I had imagined it would be. It was great because the three friends I went with I haven't been able to see that much this year because our schedules are so different and we're all very busy. It was wonderful to spend some time with them. It was also just a great way to let go and enjoy some music.

Here is a picture of me and my friend Molly meeting Passenger (Mike Rosenberg). He is Ed Sheeran's friend, and a wonderful musician, who opened the show for him.

Saturday was the German Oktoberfest party! It was absolutely wonderful. There were games, typical German food, German music and great company. The German club, German classes, German apartment and German TA spent all of friday and saturday morning preparing for the party. They made pretzels, delicious spinach dumplings, gingerbread cookies, potatoes, and more! It was a beautiful day so the party was held right outside of the West Apartments on the patio. There was a really good turnout and it ended up being a lot of fun. It gave me a chance to practice speaking some German, which I am always happy to do, and learn more about German culture. I also took part in one of the games and won a jar of Nutella! I ran the obstacle course against the German TA, Kathi. We both had a cup full of water that we had to hold above our head the whole time while trying to spill as little of it as possible. While doing that we had to jump over chairs, run while flossing our teeth, unbuckle and put on a bike helmet with one hand and jump from a chair over the finish line. It was great fun.

This is a picture of the obstacle race:

And a picture of a gingerbread cookie that I decorated:

This fall break I am going on the Raft Guide Clinic to the Deschutes River with College Outdoors so I'll have lots to write about in my next post.

Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week.

See you soon.


P.S. As always, feel free to contact me at drussosavage@lclark.edu if you have any questions or just want to say hello!

09 October 2012

On Roommates-- Part 1

Alright prospies, sit down. Gather around. It's story time. I'm going to give you some glimpses of my roommates through the years.


Freshman Year


The Summer

I just friended my new roommate on Facebook. I'm so excited. We're going to be best friends.

The first day

We're attached at the hip. These New Student Orientation (NSO) activities can't even handle us right now.

One Week In

My roommate and I have been tag-teaming the room. I get up at 5AM for Crew, he goes to bed. I come back from class and take a nap-- he gets up. 

Middle of Fall Semester

A hall-mate I haven't talked to since NSO barges in, looks around and sees that my roommate is not there. He promptly takes off his pants and puts on a pair that are on the ground. Then he opens up my roommate's closet, takes out a pair of shoes and leaves. He doesn't look at me.

Two days later I find out my roommate and this guy are sharing clothes. 

Sophomore Year 


The First Day

I find a roommate in a guy I met at a party once. Turns out he has a wide-screen TV and a couch.We get along well.


Crew starts. Commence tag-teaming.

Roommate gets a girlfriend. He decides to get a single for the Spring. Go figure.


Find another roommate in the hall upstairs. He joins crew. No more tag-teaming! The room is distinctly cleaner and better lit than freshman year.

Junior Year



I move off-campus and now have 6+ roommates at any given time. I counted once-- there was a total of 10. I was living with 2 french brothers, another french friend of mine, a swazi acquantance, an irish guy, two teammates, and three of their girlfriends (technically not roommates but they pretty much lived there). During this time I'm sharing a room with the french friend. I am no longer at all phased by nudity of any kind-- but rent is only about 110 a month, and his girlfriend likes to make crepes in the morning. Life is good.

Fall Semester

Things settle down. The girlfriends start being more scarce. I have my own room now, but it's in the basement. The ceiling is only seven feet tall. I'm six feet tall and end up scraping my hands every time I take off my shirt. Also, the room floods and the cement floor loves to flirt with the cold. I have a nice bed, though, and rent is only 280.

Spring Semester

The french roommates move out to be replaced by a 25 year old guy who goes to Portland State University. The kitchen is only slightly cleaner. We have mice.


My french friend has killed 11 mice.


My roommates and I have been there and back again. Our bonds shall never be broken.

Senior Year

I have upgraded in houses and fell into a fine group of people. We have quite the home away from home. Here is the most recent picture of us:

Don't worry. The gun's fake.

Again, any random thoughts should be sent to Slusher@lclark.edu

08 October 2012

Dog Days of October

Hello lovely people,

Life is good! On Wednesday, the school held a dog day. There were seven dogs just running around, and a ton of students were there to play with them and give them treats. I think we've all (or at least I have) felt a little pet deprived, so it was really nice. Here's my friend Emma with one of the dogs.
Besides that, the week went pretty much as usual. I had a French test, which I did pretty well on. I also had various Spanish quizzes, which are getting progressively harder. The big test was a midterm in bio, which was stressful but manageable. We get it back tomorrow, so we'll see how it went. My lab group also started collecting data for our year long bio project. We're studying the effects of English Ivy on mushroom populations, so we got to tromp around in the woods and look scientific.
Don't I look scientific?!
During the weekend I went into Portland not once, but twice. It made up for the fact that I couldn't go the week before, since I had too much homework. On Friday, one of my friend's friends came and visited her, so we all went downtown to show them around. We went to Tartberry (a.k.a. the "sunniest place in Portland"), and spent more than an hour drawing pictures for the wall and eating frozen yogurt. Then we walked down to the river, which is super pretty all of the time, but especially at night.
On Saturday, we went in again. This time we went to Powell's, Buffalo Exchange, and Knit Purl. At Buffalo Exchange, Destiny and I both found amazing things.
See? My shirt has cats with lasers coming out of their eyes, and her shirt has a bunny thing on it.

The main thing I'm trying to figure out right now is which extra-curriculars to do. I know I want to be involved in SEED, though I accidentally forgot about the meeting last week and they aren't meeting this week. I also keep meaning to go to the writing circle, but things always arise and I can't. I will start soon, though! Most recently (as in, about an hour ago), I think I decided to join the forensics team. I did speech in high school and wasn't sure about continuing in college, because I wanted to try out new things. There was just an informational meeting about the team, and I realized how much I miss it. I'm planning on trying different categories, so it will still be a change. LC is hosting a tournament here this weekend, so hopefully I can sit in on some rounds.

As always, feel free to email me (rekidder@lclark.edu) or comment with any comments or questions you may have. I'm here to help!

Until next week,

03 October 2012

Hey there!

My name is Katy Yeh and I am a junior Environmental Studies (ENVS) and Biology double major at Lewis and Clark College. Originally, I am from Orinda, CA, a suburb to the east of San Francisco.  Although I do miss the sunshine from time to time, I love it up here in Portland. Here at L&C, I am a member of the swim team and one of the swimming representatives for SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee). I am also a SAAB (Student Academic Advisory Board) tutor for chemistry and geology.  This summer, I got to go to China with Rutgers University to research the degradation of organic environmental contaminants by microbes, or in real talk, I used a bunch of really cool machines to study (and try to solve) global problems in a foreign country. And even though nothing from the study is conclusive, it was still super awesome! If you guys have any questions about my life at L&C you can contact me at katyyeh@lclark.edu, or just keep on reading my blog!


(And there are pictures and videos to come, promise!)