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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.

Free Agent Frenzy: Brady Mania 2020

Where Will The GOAT end up?

By Dalton Yoder

Photo: FOXBORO MA. – OCTOBER 27: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick smiles as he walks off the field with quarterback Tom Brady after beating the Cleveland Browns 27-13 for his 300th win at Gillette Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Foxboro, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

We are in the dead period of no football.

Football fans may be tuning into the XFL, but are still glued to NFL Network as the combine has just ended and March 18th (new league year date) fastly approaches us. This date has significant meaning, the most exciting part of the offseason besides the draft starts which is the Free agent frenzy.

There are multiple players in this year’s Free Agent pool, but none bigger than the GOAT Tom Brady. The 42 year old QB is still seemingly on top of his game and almost every team will place a bid on him. Some of the bigger players in this are the Titans, Chargers, Raiders, with the outside chance of the 49ers saying they’d want to bring the Cali kid back home to the bay.

Brady holds the cards to a lot of other Quarterbacks futures as if he is the first to fall. The offseason can take turns and change the course of the NFL unlike what we have seen before. My personal opinion is that we will see Tom back in that Pats uniform as his relationship with owner Robert Kraft is as close as father son as an owner QB can be.

If Tom does go anywhere I think he would go to San Francisco and be closer to where he grew up and where his family is.

So, NFL fans get ready because this offseason looks to be a crazy one.

Meant to Be – Brianna Kulla

As I toured various college campuses, I can still hear myself saying, “This is nice. I could maybe like it here.” Then I visited Jamestown, and I knew I was home. I felt an instant click—looking back, I can’t picture doing college anywhere else. University of Jamestown has brought me some of the best teammates, coaches, friends, and professors I could have ever asked for.

Jamestown has been home for these past four years; it’s helped me grow in ways I never could have imagined.

Teamwork makes the dream work

Four years of soccer under the famous Coach Becker has forged a bond with many of my teammates—one I’m sure we will never lose. There’s something about a preseason full of 3-a-days that tends to burn into your brain. I can’t forget the fitness tests on the track that end with a sprint up the hill, just because Coach walked down and “thought it looked fun.”

I will forever cherish the long bus trips with their spontaneous karaoke and shenanigans, the numerous team adventures. I will even miss running X’s for punishment (maybe when the pain isn’t so fresh).

All jokes aside, this program has shown me what true passion and drive looks like. I will forever be proud of my teammates and the blood, sweat, and tears we’ve shed for this program (I’ve had my fair share of bloodstained white jerseys).

Coach Jack and Coach Becker, thank you for all you do. You have truly helped shape me into the person I am today.

What being a Jimmie means to me

To me, a Jimmie is well-rounded. Being a Biology major, the majority of my classes are in the sciences. Before coming to UJ, I decided to apply for their leadership program. Joining this program has allowed me to meet students from all different majors and activities. Most importantly, it’s been a program that has made me think and reflect in ways that I never would have within my major courses.

Jimmies give back. One of my favorite things about UJ is our relationship with the community. When the city was being threatened with flooding this past fall, we volunteered as a team to help. There were numerous students, teams, staff, and faculty that were out helping the community prepare. This to me is special; our UJ community extends far past our campus.

Lastly, a Jimmie is PROUD to be a Jimmie. I love being part of something that is so clearly bigger than myself. Our UJ community supports each other, whether that be in the arts or athletics. We truly have a one-of-a-kind culture here.

As I approach graduation this spring, I will have to come to terms with the fact that I’ll be leaving Jamestown behind. I know moving away from my best friends and teammates won’t be easy. However, I take comfort in the fact that UJ has helped prepare me for the real world. The instant I set foot on this campus, I knew it was meant to be.

Once a Jimmie, always a Jimmie.

A Small-Town Girl in a Jimmie World – Moira McNally

About 6 years ago, I received a letter in the mail from a place I had never heard of, University of Jamestown.

At that moment, my journey here began. Ever since then, my life has felt like a movie.

There is just something about this place, and I’ve felt it from the moment I stepped foot onto campus. Approaching the end of my time here, I have been reflecting, and it is really astounding how many things have happened here that will affect me for the rest of my life.

What’s Happened Here

I’ve met the most kind, funny, and intelligent women, who I am lucky enough to call my best friends for life. I met my boyfriend, who recently became my fiancé after proposing in the spot where I first stepped foot on campus. I have had teammates who were like a second family to me. I have been able to grow in my learning and really push the limits of my knowledge and study skills (thanks O-Chem). I have also developed a huge passion for science and developed an excitement to pursue science as a career after my academic career here.

The benefits of a small school

The small-school aspect has benefited me in surprising ways. In my recent travels from one graduate school interview to another, I’ve missed a fair amount of school. But for two weeks in a row, a professor of mine has come in on Sundays to do make-up work with me. Whenever I mention this to other interviewees from bigger schools, they respond with shock.

I truly believe that these college years are some of the most important years of our lives. I’ve learned the importance of surrounding oneself with the right people that will support you, challenge you, and make you laugh. This idea was really established for me during my time here. I feel as though I was encouraged to thrive and have been set up for success throughout life, not just academically or career wise.

Jimmies woo!

A Journey to Remember – Bryson Yee

You’d think four years is a long time away from home, from friends, and from family. These last four years have been anything but long. For that, I can thank the University of Jamestown for making my experience here exciting and engaging—time never seemed to stop. I guess time really does fly when you are having fun.

I still remember breaking the news to my family and friends that I was going to North Dakota to attend the University of Jamestown. I was going to earn my degree while playing for the UJ hockey team—a dream come true. At the time, I couldn’t imagine how much this journey would change my life for the better.

More than just a University, a second home

When I arrived, I was immediately impressed by the University and its sense of community. From day one, UJ has shown that it cares about me, providing an environment conducive for academic success and athletic achievement.

From the school administration to the staff and faculty, everyone who I have interacted with has always been friendly, supportive, and willing to go the extra mile to help me. I have been especially lucky to have amazing professors who have guided me to success during my time here and have prepared me to succeed in the future. They’ve set me up with internships, helped with applications, and provided me with the advice I needed.

The University has truly become a second home for me. A shout out also goes to my fellow classmates. I have met so many amazing students here. With such driven students wanting to make a difference, organizations and programs on campus flourish, like Samaritan’s Feet and the University Honors Program. With enthusiastic students willing to initiate, engage, and excite, it’s hard not to have fun.

A special group, a second family

When Coach Stork recruited me to the University of Jamestown Hockey Team, I was thrilled. I was honored to represent the Jimmies on and off the ice with teammates who had the same drive, ambition, and love of hockey. Three years ago, we connected instantly as a group. Every guy on the team brought something special. There was a sense of collective being formed right away.

New faces, a new university, and a new hockey program—that’s a lot of unknowns. As a team, we have faced these unknowns and have come out as a family. It’s not very often you can grow on and off the ice with the same group for four years. Now fast forward three years, we still have sixteen original players, plus new teammates who have instantly become a part of the family.

We have Coach Stork leading us in the charge and our strength and conditioning coach, Coach Ryder, ensuring we have that “dog mentality” down the home stretch. We have gained so many experiences as a group and have made memories for a lifetime.

Thank you to all the guys for making my experience an unforgettable one. In just over a month, we will be on our way to make more memories and battle for a goal we first made four years ago: to WIN a national championship.

When my time at University of Jamestown is complete, I’ll remember the amazing people who influenced my life and made this journey so unforgettable most. They say part of the journey is the end, and I wouldn’t want this journey to end anywhere else or with any other group. Thank you UJ, for an amazing four years!

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