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Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Lucas Schumacher and I am from Linton, North Dakota.
How has your experience been at Jamestown so far?
My experience has been great! It’s been awesome being with the basketball team and meeting new people.
What is your favorite thing about attending the University of Jamestown?
My favorite thing would probably be playing basketball and hanging out with the guys!
How are you involved on campus?
I have gone to special events and have been supporting other sporting events. I am also on the basketball team.
Is this experience different from your experience at home, if so how?
Yes, because I went to a school with a total of 85 kids freshman through senior year, so coming to Jamestown and meeting and seeing all of the students is awesome!
Are you glad you joined the Jimmie family?
Yes, I’m super thankful I came here because I honestly couldn’t ask for anything better!
By Veronica Askew
On a sunny day in October of 2016, I got the call that I had been accepted to the University of Jamestown.
Four and a half years later, I am now completing my final classes as a Jimmie and preparing to step into the real world.
My time at UJ has been filled with endless adventures, late-night study sessions, and too many laughs to count. Most importantly, there have been many lessons that I have learned about what it means to be Jimmie, as well as what it takes to be a kind, compassionate, and overall well-rounded individual.
Looking back, there are four pieces of advice that helped me navigate life as a college student and will guide me once my time at the University of Jamestown has ended.
- Do not throw away the chance you have to learn new things.
One of the first things I learned upon my arrival at UJ was that opportunities to learn new things are around every corner. With every new class and every passing semester, I learned more about the history of the world and what it truly takes to be a teacher in the 21st century. The lessons I learned while in college are some of the most important, as they have built the foundation for my future career. Overall, I would urge all incoming college students to jump at the chance at learning new things and to learn as much as you possibly can while at UJ—even though it may feel overwhelming while you are a student, as a graduate you will come to appreciate all the things you learned in college.
2. Do not throw away your opportunity to ask for help.
Another piece of advice I have learned is the importance of asking for help. I learned very quickly that the easiest way to succeed in college is by working hard and asking for help when you need it. In fact, asking questions can be the fastest way of showing your professors that you truly care about succeeding in their classes. Not only is knowing how to ask for help essential in a college environment, but it is also an important skillset to have as one prepares to enter adulthood. Sure, it may seem difficult or even intimidating to take that step of reaching out for help, but once you do, asking for advice or support becomes that much easier. Therefore, I urge current and future Jimmies to practice asking for advice or support and to never feel that they are infringing upon someone else’s time or space by asking for help.
- Do not throw away your shot to make lifelong friends.
One of the greatest lessons that I will take away from UJ is friendship. Since campus is such a small, tight-knit community, I was able to get to know a lot of people in a very short amount of time. I love that I know a lot of the incoming freshmen class every year and that I keep in touch with friends who have long since left UJ. Even though I became an introvert during my college career, I was never deterred from making friends. In fact, I can say with the utmost certainty that I have made several lifelong friends who I know will celebrate with me during life’s biggest moments and will be there to pick me up on the days when I am feeling low. Although I may not be able to see many of my friends as often once I graduate, it brings me comfort to know that the friends I made at UJ will always be there for me. Thus, when given the opportunity to meet new people, jump at the chance, because you never know when you will find friends that become your family.
Veronica Askew posing with a friend.4. Do not throw away your chance to find who you truly are and what you want to do in life.
The last piece of advice that I believe is essential to guiding students through college and beyond is to not throw away the chance to figure out exactly who you are. College is the time to explore your passions and figure out what career path you want to take. For me, being a teacher was the course I always knew I would follow. It was not until after I began my journey at UJ that I knew History Education was my true path forward. With the help of many professors in both the Education and History Departments, my future became clear, and I have realized with a great sense of certainty that this is the path I am meant to walk. Therefore, take advantage of the chance to find what you want to do in life in order to become who you truly are.
If you would have told the seventeen-year-old version of me that by the time of graduation in May of 2021 I would have experienced as much laughter, stress, anxiety, tears and fun as I have, I would not have believed it. Now, with a little over three months until I receive my diploma, I am extremely grateful for every new experience that I have had throughout my time at UJ.
Even more important and memorable are the lessons I have learned throughout my time as a Jimmie. I guess all that is really left to say is, I did not throw away my shot!
Photo: Courtesy CW
By Matt Thompson
Batwoman season 2 premiered Sunday January 17th on the CW.
After the departure of Australian actress Ruby Rose, TV Executives were at a loss on what to do moving forward.
Ruby Rose played Kate Kane from DC Comics as the main character and hero of Batwoman season 1. Following her appearance in the “Elseworlds” crossover between The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl, the CW brought Kate Kane into the mix of shows.
While many fans disliked Rose’s adaptation of Kate Kane, many sources had Batwoman listed has one of the CW’s top shows.
The biggest problem going into season 2, was how could they fill that role?
In the big “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Crossover, Rose’s character, Kate Kane, became the Paragon of Courage, even meeting fan favorite Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy from Batman the animated series (BTAS). Many fans thought this was a waste of time now, after all the love this scene got.
Shortly after Rose’s departure the CW announced they would cast a completely new character to star in the role with the name “Ryan Wilder.” She would still be a lesbian in the series; however, she could be any ethnicity.
Batwoman writers eventually cast African American actress Javicia Leslie to play Ryan WIlder. Wilder was not a character in the comics, however since DC Comics is constantly releasing new comics, they decided to continue with Batgirl, instead of moving it over to Future State like the rest of the heroes. This allowed them to introduce Ryan Wilder in the new Batgirl comic, Batgirl #50. This was done, so she could be introduced in the comics before her live action adaptation.
Her comic book character was shown as a drug-runner who is likable, messy, and silly. While she does have a big heart, she would steal if necessary. She gives off a Jason Todd feel, after stealing hubcaps from the Batmobile.
In her live action debut, she lives out of her van, and has the same training in martial arts, but her origin story is changed to fit the show. She is looking to get revenge for her mother after she finds Kate Kane’s Batsuit.
With Luke Fox (played by Camrus Johnson) and Mary Hamiliton (Nicole Kang) resenting her using the batsuit, fans were skeptical of the dynamic, but overall thought it has potential.
In my opinion, there is a long way to go as far as chemistry goes, but it looks like they will get there sooner than later.
By Jack Talley
Upon coming to UJ, I had no idea what to expect.
I knew one other guy and the basketball coach. After a few weeks, I was able to make a few friends from classes and as well as from being involved as much as I could around campus. I realized that UJ was the place for me.
Coming from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a city a bit bigger than Jamestown, I did not know how I would adjust to the “small town” feel. As time passed, I grew to love it.
Before coming here, my vision of college was always a large university with all the people I went to high school with—much different than how it was here. But I would never change that. I think that coming to UJ has helped me focus on my studies and become the best student I can be. My professors have always been willing to talk to me about my classes and provide me with the extra help I’ve needed to make sure I was successful. This support helped me realize that school is very important and made the classes much easier for me to enjoy.
Playing basketball here is something I would not trade for anything. Like I said, not having any connections at first made me nervous. Playing basketball put me into the Jimmie family more than anything ever could. With basketball, I have made the best friends that I have ever had in my life—people that I know I can count on to be there for me. With basketball, it is like a brotherhood, and being able to compete with your best friends is the coolest thing I can imagine.
If I had to pick my favorite thing about UJ, it would be the community that is the Jimmie family. As a Jimmie, you know that there are a ton of people that are out there supporting you and wishing you the best. Getting to know all the students, and even working on campus over the summer, has given me memories that I will never forget.
To wrap it up, I think that coming to the University of Jamestown is the best decision that I have ever made. GO JIMMIES!
By Nate Holmes
If I had to title the chapter of my life that began at UJ, I would title it “Hold Fast, Stay True”.
I come from a rough, humbling neighborhood in Miami, Florida. My vision of the world was very narrow before my time here at UJ. My desire for more, paired with what I believe to be an opportunity from God, is honestly what prompted me to come all the way out to North Dakota.
Prior to coming here, I had never envisioned myself way in North Dakota, let alone playing football here. I had never even seen snow before now. I came here with expectations that have been tested since my first steps on campus.
I had this notion that God had finally set me up to win easily. I was sadly mistaken.
I got here, and the world as I knew it immediately flipped upside down. My faith and trust in God were tested like never before. I couldn’t believe the things I was experiencing. Football was just something I’d never been a part of, my grades were at an all-time low, and I missed my family like crazy.
The bible speaks a lot about long suffering.
We forget that suffering is a part of this life, but you have to get through it. I found true mentorship here with Coach Mistro, Coach Ryder and Chaplin Candace. Those three have been my rock and my brothers, like Cedric Terry has been my family. They taught me to hold fast to the process and stay true to my assignment.
My campus ministry team has also been a light in my life, and I am forever grateful for them. UJ has afforded me the opportunity to meet people who truly care for the well-being of the next man. I found my extended family here. I am forever indebted to UJ for it.
By Allison Galbreath
During Freshman Convocation, former UJ President, Dr. Badal, told us that we will often hear to cherish our college years, because they are meant to be our best years—but that we should look forward to the future because our best years will often come later in life.
While I hope to have many amazing years to come, I can say without a doubt that my years at the University of Jamestown have been the best so far.
I chose UJ for many reasons, one of them being the fact that UJ let me explore all of the things I was interested in. In many larger schools, I would be forced to choose between academics, theater, volunteering, and campus ministry, but UJ gave me the opportunity to participate in all of the things I am passionate about and find an inner peace as all of my passions came together. This peace allowed me to not only learn more about myself, but accept God’s call into pastoral ministry.
Finding my place
Like most freshmen, I started university with no idea where I was meant to be heading, but during my freshman year, I was able to find clarity and find a group of people who would support and encourage me in my ministry. I also made some amazing friends who have helped me grow and laugh and love every moment. Theater especially has given me the chance to grow and come out of my shell to be a more confident and open person.
This isn’t to say things were never difficult; finding who you are is often a difficult thing. During those times, though, I was able to turn to my mentors, friends, and God for guidance. What I can say with confidence now is that I am a Child of God and I am a UJ Jimmie.
Always have hope
I’d like to leave you with my favorite piece of scripture—a verse that continually inspires me—Psalm 71:14, “As for me, I will always have hope. And I will praise the Lord more and more”. As for me, I have hope in tomorrow. I have hope that there are many more amazing years to come and that we can overcome anything as a community.
By Andrew Reed
I attended the “Tabla: Indian Culture through Drumming” event on Wednesday October 28th to follow up my last article “Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum” and it did not disappoint.
I was greeted by Dr. Kihle at the doors of Voorhees Chapel on campus to a crowd of 6 or 7 students and a dozen more on Zoom. Dr. Kihle, being a percussion expert himself, had brought along with him plenty of different kinds of drums and even his own Tabla for students to try.
Dishant Thakkar, the keynote speaker, was projected on the large screen at the head of the chapel playing his own Tabla for all of us to hear for a couple of minutes before the actual event would begin. Thakkar was wonderful and it was amazing to see how many different sounds he could make with just two drums, which he would also explain how to do later.
Thakkar began the event by explaining who he was and the journey of his life that brought him to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he currently resides. We (the audience) then followed a presentation that Thakkar made on Indian culture, diversity, misconceptions and influence on the rest of the world. “It was cool to hear all this new information from somebody who has lived in both cultures (U.S. and Indian).”, said Benjamin Weaver, an attendee of the event, “I really enjoyed it.”
Thakkar finished his presentation with explaining the history, genres and parts of the Tabla drums. Then, the audience got a hands-on beginner’s lesson on how to play the Tabla drums. Thakkar walked the audience through a beginner song called Teen Taal which is meant for learning how to keep a rhythm on the drums.
Overall, I would call this event a success for the Look Beyond Committee with around 20 people in attendance on Zoom and in-person who experienced “Tabla: Indian Culture through Drumming.” I want to thank Dr. Kihle for letting me sit in and experience this event myself and I look forward to the next event put on by this Committee.
By Phyllis Bratton
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By Jasmine Pipella
A clean slate. A blank canvas. A new beginning.
Every euphemism you can think of for four vacant, expansive – dare I say boundless – years that stretch back to the beginning of my journey here at UJ.
I was never completely sure of where I wanted to attend college, and I certainly never thought that small town, North Dakota would be the answer. However, before I knew it, I met Coach Gall, came for a visit on campus, and committed to playing softball at UJ – saying goodbye to all my friends and family back in Canada!
Jamestown soon became my new home. Jamestown is the place where I have developed into my interests and passions. Jamestown is the place where I have found friends and peers that inspire me and support me. I have grown into communities and values that ground me here, rooting me whenever I waver and pushing me forward whenever I need to borrow courage.
The transition into college and living on my own was much easier than expected thanks to my supportive family and the incredible people at UJ. My first year was mainly focused on softball and learning how to balance classes with all things a college sport entails. After an injury and many hours contemplating, I decided it was time to hang up my cleats and transition into keeping myself busy with a plethora of other organizations and activities – all of which have played a role in shaping who I have become over these past four years.
One of the best things that has resulted from my decision to attend UJ is the quality education I have received. I am so thankful for the chemistry department and all of the remarkable professors that have always gone the extra mile to help me succeed, while pushing me to be the very best student and person I could be, even outside the confines of the classroom.
UJ is outpacing me, graduation still over half a year away, but barreling towards me with the horizon of a whole new kind of independence. Just as I feared entering college and learning how to make my own decisions, I fear what it will mean to leave Jamestown and learn, once again, how to move forward on my own.
College has been the most predictably unpredictable time in my life – but I am forever grateful for it.
To all the amazing friends, professors, teammates, and friendly faces that I have crossed paths with over the last four years – Thank you!