All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Caroline Queen’

Crossing Swords: AIDS, the Olympics, and the Liberal Arts

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Being a liberally educated generalist is a double-edged sword, in a good way. This is perhaps particularly so when one comes home to roost at one’s alma mater, among the smart eggs who educated one so liberally and generally in the first place; I’m just sayin’. [N.B. “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.”― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country]

No double-edged swords in the vault, but Special Collections Outreach Librarian Sharon Byrd did find these: One presented to President Emeritus Samuel R. Spencer ’40 during his student ROTC days, the other belonging to Capt. J.P. Grey 1885

And lo these years later, I am still of two minds, maybe more, all of them double-edged. As a generalist, I tend to know a little about a lot, deploying my inexpertise and short attention span across a broad range of—SQUIRREL!!!

On the other hand, when I can sit still long enough to breathe and think and feel and delve a little deeper, I find it reassuring that I can keep up and at least understand the smartest and most specialized of smart eggs.

Happily, these complementary approaches of breadth and depth lend themselves to my main job description, telling stories about same. Consider two stories I got to work on this week, both of them fresh from the leading (double?) edges of liberal arts and sciences and athletics that characterize Davidson.

• First comes the story of Olympic kayaker Caroline “Bam Bam” Queen ’14, prepping and psyching and training herself to paddle her heart out at the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London starting Tuesday. Read all about Caroline: Caroline Queen ’14 Soaks Up Village Life While Preparing for Olympic Kayak Competition

• Next comes the story of Davidson College students who’ve created a uniquely global project for the Global Village of the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., with help from local high school students of the Community School of Davidson. Read all about it: Students at HIV/AIDS Conference Post Experiences in Online Diary

These are important global stories. They have Roman numerals in them and everything, just like the Super Bowl. And I remain happily of two minds, a generalist reporting on and marveling at the directions both broad and deep that the liberal arts and sciences can lead, lifting high a double-edged sword for good. And, of course, paying my salary. I like that part, too.

To explore more Davidson history, visit the Archives blog Around the D.

 

 

Chariot of Fire in the Water: Kayaking Caroline Queen ’14 Going to the Olympics!

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Caroline “BamBam” Queen ’14 is going to the Olympics!

Read the Charlotte Observer‘s Scott Fowler’s blog post.

And stay tuned to Daybook blog and the Davidson homepage for the latest.

More links on Caroline here.

Alumni Reunion, Olympic Trials and Campus Vannas

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Cathryn Westra ’11, Media Relations Fellow in the campus newsroom, says, "Welcome, Alumni!"

It’s Alumni Reunion Weekend at Davidson, and there will be roughly as many alumni and entourage entities on campus for the next three days as there were studious students studying just a month ago, which is to say approaching 2000.

I can only imagine what will happen when both those populations break that next millenial barrier, which I’d wager will be soon.

For now, it’s a big ol’ party, with alumni piling into Cannon, Sentelle, Duke and Davis, the newest of Davidson’s down-the-hill digs. Stay tuned, I’ll be here all weekend.

When we spotted the license tag of Caroline Elizabeth Queen ’14, I couldn't resist getting her out in the parking lot with President Carol Everhart Quillen so campus newsguy Bill Giduz could snap this "Vanna White" shot.

As the campus comes alive with overlapping yesteryears, one Davidson student is headed right this red-hot minute for the World Cup race and Olympic selection event in London.

Read about kayaker Caroline Queen ’14 in today’s Charlotte Observer and in previous Daybook posts!

Go, BamBam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayaking Queen Qualifies To Advance Toward Olympics

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I didn’t catch up personally with kayaking queen Caroline Queen amid the madding hubbub of humanity that was Day Three of the U.S. Olympic Slalom Trials on Saturday at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. But I saw her power down the rushing river waters of the concrete channel course on her second run. I even strained a hip flexor sprinting over other people’s picnics to get off a few shots. I’m not in as good a shape as Caroline ’14 (#29) or her Davidson Wildcat kayaking buddy Austin Kieffer ’12 (#65), who also competed at the trials.

“Darnestown, Md.-natives Caroline Queen and Ashley Nee battled all weekend and will head into World Cup No. 1 tied with 30 Olympic qualification points,” read the Sunday-morning-after press release. “Queen owns the tiebreaker for initially earning the slot for Team USA at the 2011 World Championships, so Nee must finish in the top 20 and above Queen to book her ticket for London.” While Kieffer won’t be advancing toward Olympics 2012, he kept a true sportsman’s smile on all day Saturday. Kudos to both these fine young athletes are going around, on Daybook and beyond. Cheers! Click here to visit the Team USA site.