Monthly Archives: September 2020

The History of Coffee

By The History Club

College. During this first step into the adult life, many students develop a taste for a dark, rich liquid that provides them with an energy boost and keeps them awake during their early morning classes.

What is this magical elixir I speak of? First off, magic has nothing to do with it. It is simply the tasty juice produced from brewing coffee beans. Although finding your local coffee shop may not be too much of a task, did you know that coffee was supposedly discovered by accident?

According to legend, a simple goat herder in Ethiopia was walking through a brush area when he saw his goats eating what were soon to be called coffee beans. Later, he noticed them acting energetic and unable to fall asleep at nighttime. He reported his findings to the local abbot at the monastery who shared it with the monks of the abbey. After the discovery of coffee and its powers, the bean soon began to spread to the Arabian Peninsula. Once there, the Arabians cultivated the beans as a crop and began to open the first coffee houses, sometimes known as “Schools of the Wise” because of the social nature of these early cafés.

Although coffee was becoming a universal favorite in many places through peaceful means, there were some cases where conflict turned people’s attention to the delightful treat. In one case, some Italian clergy during the 17th Century felt that coffee might be a temptation of evil and therefore condemned it in the province of Venice. The case eventually made its way to Pope Clement VIII who tasted the drink himself and decided that there was no evil involved and gave it papal approval. Another such example of conflict in the history of coffee deals with the American Revolution. During

the early stages of revolt, tea was heavily taxed by the British Empire which eventually led to the dumping of British tea into the Boston Harbor as a sign of protest in the infamous Boston Tea Party. In need of a new hot beverage, Americans began to turn more towards coffee over the usual tea. Who knew there could be so much history behind a simple cup of joe?

Works Cited National Coffee Association . “The History of Coffee.” n.d. Nation Coffee Association. Web. 12 September 2020.

UJ Place to Proudly Serve Starbucks®

University of Jamestown representatives are excited to announce that, early- to mid-September, they will be an authorized purveyor of Starbucks® coffee at their new Knight & Day Coffee House in UJ Place.

UJ Place is a mixed-use building located just next to Harold Newman Arena on the north side of Jamestown. It has 112 student beds and 56 units along with 13,000+SF of commercial space in the building. Knight & Day Coffee House will be on the north end of the building and will occupy roughly 2,000 square feet of space.

“We have been hoping to get a coffee shop in this building to cater to the University of Jamestown campus, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them into the space,” said McKenzy Olson, VP Marketing and Public Relations at EPIC Companies.

As an authorized purveyor, Knight & Day Coffee House will exclusively serve Starbucks® full menu of coffee and beverages. “Most of our decisions for UJ Place revolve around students having options inside of the space,” explained Dustin Jensen, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs. “We will provide coffee, but it will also be a bistro with food options, as well as study and social spaces.”

Knight & Day Coffee House, which will have enough seating for 15-20 people, will be open to the public. It will feature a drive-thru, as well as ample, free parking.

“We know most people in Jamestown are Starbucks fanatics,” explained Jensen. “So, we are excited to be able to give the community this option.”

Legacy – Riley Akervik

Legacy is the reason why we are Jimmies. As a Jimmie, my experiences were more than I could have ever asked for.

A rough start.
To be honest, my first semester was less than ideal. I felt completely lost on campus, and nothing seemed to click. Being on the golf team was exciting, but I held myself to a very high standard right away, which led me to complete failure.

The same happened in the classroom. I questioned my major and ended up switching from Nursing to Business Administration. By the end of the first month I had questioned myself every day if I should drop out of school or transfer. UJ did not feel like home, and a lot of my experiences were negative.

It wasn’t until about November of my freshman year that I felt right at UJ. I had found great friends and picked my grades back up, but I still looked at many situations negatively.

With those bad experiences, however, came lessons.
Many of my mentors, both on and off campus, taught me the importance of negative experiences and how to look at them from a positive point of view. Honestly, that’s the biggest piece of advice that I could give to any student at any college. Stick with it, and learn to view your situation in a positive way.

Learning that has put a fire in me to build a legacy. All of those people that taught me to live life positively have built their legacy at UJ. Some are former athletes or professors, and some are community members that loved UJ just as much as the others. I will keep their lessons with me for the rest of my life.

At the end of the day, I cannot say enough about the community of Jamestown. The University, especially, has built me into someone who lives with passion and wants to teach others about how UJ can build their legacy.

The choir program, professors, theatre department, athletic department, students, and many other great programs and people on this campus are such large factors in why I love being a Jimmie today. The people on this campus and in this community know how to take care of each other.

As we always say, “Once a Jimmie, always a Jimmie.”

The 4 BEs – Joey Kleinsasser

Growing up in Jamestown, I never even thought about going to UJ for school. I wanted to go someplace that I would have endless opportunities, I would get the best education, and that would be my home-away-from-home. I was positive I would not get any of this in little Jamestown. I had no idea how wrong I would be.

When I toured UJ as a senior in high school, I had every intention of solely using it as an excuse to skip school for a day and see one of my friends who attended there. The second I stepped on campus, it felt very different than every other place I had visited; it felt like home. By the end of the tour, I had made my decision about enrolling, but I didn’t want to tell anyone, because I was embarrassed about going to college in my hometown.

Three years later, I couldn’t be prouder of being a Jimmie. This campus has given me so many opportunities, a wonderful education, professors who genuinely care about me, and the most genuine people I have ever met. UJ allowed me to not only get my degree, but to be in Concert Choir, Student Senate, and countless other committees and organizations. The opportunities given to me have been limitless—all because I decided to take a chance on the little school on the hill.

Through these three years, I have learned many lessons. Some of the big four include:

Be Intentional: Our actions and thoughts impact others around us. Do things for a reason.

Be Present: Enjoy your time here. It goes by so fast (I know this is very cliché, but it is true).

Be Genuine: Be unforgivingly you. You are unique and here for a reason. Let everyone see the real you.

Be Uncomfortable: College is such a weird but beautiful time. Embrace the uncertainty and the victories. As one of my favorite professors, Dr. Stotts, always says, “A little stress is good for you. It gets the dendrites going and makes new connections. That’s when you learn.”

Put yourself out there. Be unsure. Take risks. Some of the most uncomfortable times in my life have become some of my favorite memories.

Thank you, UJ, for the best time of my life. It really is true what they say: you find both yourself and your people in college.

I will be forever grateful to be a Jimmie. #honjims

Family, pride and acceptance – Natalie Kromm

From the second I walked on to this campus for my recruit trip, I automatically got a feeling of acceptance, as if I was meeting my family all over again. This made my commitment to the Women’s Soccer team and to this school an easy decision.

I had originally found out about Jamestown through my brother, Bryan Kromm, who had been playing on the Hockey team at the time. Having him here, as well, made the decision for me to come here easy for both my parents and myself. The friends and people I have met in Jamestown will be my forever friends and some of the most interesting and amazing people I know.

For me personally, I feel that I have grown so much as an individual in the past four years—even more than I have in my entire life. Coming to school here made me learn a lot of hard truths, but also allowed me to grow and become more open minded.

I like to think that I have become a well-rounded person, which ultimately led me to be a captain—to lead my team the way I was led when I was a freshman, sophomore and junior. Being able to pass on what I have learned from my coaches, prior teammates and professors about life, hard work, and discipline is an honor that I will not take for granted and will cherish for the rest of my life.

I never once felt for a second that this was not the place for me. Since day one, whether it be on the field or in the classroom, I never felt unwelcome.

Another amazing thing about this school is that for how small it is, I always seemed to meet someone new every day…which I always thought was pretty cool! I was never afraid to reach out to a new person or say hi to someone new on campus, because I knew that others would do the same to me.

Words that pop into my head when I think of our school are: family, pride, and acceptance. Regret is not a word that will ever pop up in my head when I think about the University of Jamestown.

We can. We will. We must

By Andrew Reed

March 14th, 2020. 6 months has passed since the last game was played by a University of Jamestown sports team, until last weekend. The Jimmies women’s soccer team defeated Graceland University and William Penn University in Iowa to kickstart the year for all Jimmie sports teams. As eager as everyone is to get back to normal college life with practices, classes, seeing old friends, new faces and getting back to game time action, we must remember this is not a normal year.

COVID-19 has affected the entire world and very specifically has affected college sports at all levels. Some divisions are postponed, some are cancelled and some, like the GPAC in the NAIA, are trying to push through and continue with sports almost unfazed. As you likely have seen, new protocols have been implemented around campus to combat the virus and keep us on track for complete seasons in all fall sports and to keep having in-person classes for the rest of the semester.

University President Polly Peterson’s email from September 3rd sent out to all faculty and staff outlined the goals set for the university and what changes are being made, including a new “COVID-19 dashboard” that shows positive cases and close contacts on campus. She ended this email with a new anthem that personifies the universities efforts: “We can. We will. We must.”

Other precautions have been taken on the field and in the classroom including masks on campus, free testing, and temperature and symptom checks everyday before practices. These changes may seem small but adding this onto the workload of a student-athlete can prove challenging sometimes.

Starting quarterback of the Jimmies football team Cade Torgerson had this to say: “I wouldn’t say this is difficult, but it is new and that’s the challenging part of it, everyone’s adjusting to what seems like the new normalcy.” He continued by complementing the coaches and staff here on campus. “Everyone’s doing a good job with it and I think it’s just a testament to the campus and the coaches and everyone working together to make this happen for everyone.”

Emma Stoehr, a senior on the Jimmies women’s basketball team, agrees, “The most difficult part about these protocols put in place on campus and within sports is the unknown that each day brings. One day you could be practicing with all 20 people and then the next day you could be practicing with only half the team.”

I also asked Colton Lund, a 2nd year graduate assistant for the Men’s Basketball team, about the teams toughest challenge. “I think one of the biggest adjustments for us is just being 6 feet apart and socially distancing, you know, during our workouts. Our team is built around our culture of being, you know, a close, tight knit team.”

Everyone realizes the difficulties that this year brings and sees the challenges of the future. The outstanding part is the perseverance of the University and its athletes to keep pushing through. The student athletes and the university want games to be played and classes to continue.

To achieve this goal, we must work together and follow COVID-19 protocols to keep our campus safe and our athletes on the field.