A League of Our Own

Eli Kaufman

Staff Writer

Every Wednesday on Belden Field, six teams comprised of over 50 students enjoy an activity unlike any other.
Today in sports, all you hear about is tough competition, brawls, and complaints about the way games are officiated. But there is one sport that is governed by the love of the game. Ultimate frisbee is quite unique. There are no referees, umpires, or instant replay. Every decision is made by the players and the spirit of the game could not be higher.

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee has been at Goucher for a few years now and it continues to grow every season. The league exists in both semesters in order to give athletes a chance to participate. “Intramurals are a great way to get out and play the game,” says Ben Saeks ‘17. “You don’t have to be the best player ever; it could be your first game.”

The mix of veterans and rookies on the field make for great learning and social experiences as well. Sophomore Jackson Hickey had one semester of frisbee under his belt in high school, but his passion grew once he arrived at Goucher. “Frisbee has better spirit than any other sport, with the possible exception of curling. The lack of refereeing leads to a sense of community and honor that promotes sportsmanship above all else.”
Saeks believes that intramurals are a great way to begin to get involved with the club team. “Intramurals bring a nice mix of people from the team and people who just want to play for fun,” says Saeks. “If you come to intramurals and decide you like it, it’s one easy step to join the team. The team is kind of like a family.”

First impressions: Adjusting to the ‘nutty’ Danes

Eli Kaufman

Nutty Danishes!  Sounds yummy right?  Well, now that I have grabbed your attention, I’m not talking about the delicious pastry that can be found in all of Copenhagen (and I mean ALL OVER Copenhagen).  I am talking about Danish people.

Kaufman ‘15 and Malkin ‘15 abroad in Copenhagen (Photo courtesy of Zoe Malkin)

Kaufman ‘15 and Malkin ‘15 abroad in Copenhagen (Photo courtesy of Zoe Malkin)

During orientation we were told about nutty danishes.  The Danish people, as I have come to realize in my short time here, are a bit nutty. I don’t mean that in a negative sense at all. When you eat a nut, you must first crack the shell and after you get past the hard, crunchy exterior, you get to the good part of the food, the part that is tasty and the part that satisfies your hunger needs.  You can’t do much with the shell, and you come to terms that you must do the necessary work to get to the good part in the center.
When you walk down a street in Copenhagen, you will notice people walking and keeping to themselves.  They do not make an effort to smile or look at you.  The busses that I take for a 20-minute commute to class are completely silent, except for the Americans talking amongst themselves.
First impressions are not everything.  We have always heard this expression, but we often overlook it and find ourselves making snap judgments about the people we encounter.  If I had made snap judgments about Danish people in my first week in Copenhagen, I would have believed that everyone was quiet, anti-social, and depressed (lack of sunlight, grey skies and wearing black could do that to you).
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