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Quite The Day to Be A Buff!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Hello all!

Today is the last Monday of classes. I am currently writing to you from the library, which is packed with students preparing for finals.  Almost every seat is taken here! Luckily, I found one at a table already being used.  It is totally normal to sit with people you don’t know at a table, which is something I was nervous about before college.  But here in the library, it is normal to sit with people you don’t know. Most people are so focused on what they are doing that they don’t even really notice what other people are doing. I really enjoy spending time in the library, actually, and I think I will write a blog about my favorite study spots on campus! So look for that in the future!

Today I am going to write about the amazing basketball game we had over the weekend! I actually had a pretty long day Saturday, because I woke up early to go down to Denver to volunteer at an event held by the Scottish Rite Foundation. Every year around this time, the Scottish Rite Foundation puts on a Christmas party for children in the area.  Most of the children have some form of communication disorder.  On campus, I am one of the two co-presidents of NSSLHA, which I have mentioned before.  Part of what NSSLHA does is to help serve the community in the field.  Most people who are in NSSLHA in college or grad school go on to work with people with communication disorders.  So for the past few years, NSSLHA of CU has gone down to Denver to help with the event. This was my first year, and it was so much fun! They have a few stations set up where children can do activities, and they even have a dressed-up Santa there to listen to what the kids want for Christmas.  We had a group of students help translate, for both Spanish and Sign Language, but I just helped out with one the stations.  There was a temporary water tattoo station, an arts and crafts station, and a cookie decorating station, where kids would come decorate Christmas-themed sugar cookies.  I worked at that station, helping kids with the frosting and making sure every child had one and a baggie with their name on it.  It was a lot of fun talking to all of the little kids, and it definitely made me excited to get into the field of working with children! I can’t wait to go back next year!

After the event, which took place in Denver, the girls I worked with and I drove back to Boulder, hopefully in time to go to the CU vs. Kansas game here at the Coors Event Center! We knew that we would be late, but we figured we could just sit at the back of the student section.  We got to the game 10 or 15 minutes after it started, and the entire place was packed! There were no seats anywhere, and there were at least one or two rows of people standing behind the student section.  We ended up walking around to the other side of the court to find a place to stand behind some adult fans who had bought tickets.  Although we had to stand, and we missed the very beginning, it was an amazing time! The game was really close the entire time, and I don’t think there was ever a lead more than 5 or 7 points.  We got to sit for a couple minutes around half time when people left their seats for food or drinks, but we had to stand again for the second half.  Although we weren’t able to sit with the student section, we got to see the entire student section throughout the game.  It was a really cool experience, and probably the only time we will ever see something like that.  It was a Black Out game, where all of the students try to wear black, and it was really cool to see all the students move together.  I have included a picture of the student section preparing for a free-throw.  Everyone waits with their arms in a “C” shape and then if the free-throw goes in, everyone shouts “C!” and then move their arms to a “U” shape and shouts “U!” then claps twice and pumps their fists three times and shouts, “Let’s go Buffs!” It is always a ton of fun to be in the student section because there are so many cheers we use to cheer on the team. 

Like I said before, it was a really close game the entire time.  I don’t remember the end in full detail because it went by so fast, but luckily Buffzone has an accurate recollection of the last minutes of the game. Within the last few minutes, we had a 4 point lead.  Then within the last minute, I believe, they tied it.  We were all sure that it was going to go into over-time, and my friends and I had anticipated standing for even longer.  There were less than 3 seconds left on the clock when we had to bring the ball in from the side of the court opposite the basket.  Xavier Johnson, the player who had the ball, was being blocked by someone who looked like the tallest player on the other team, and he was jumping up and down like crazy, trying stop the ball from being played.  As he jumped up, Johnson passed the ball underneath his arms to another player, Askia Booker, who dribbled twice before shooting a 3-pointer over the heads and reaching hands of the entire other team to bring the final score of the game to 72-75.  It blew everyone’s minds because no one saw it coming! Immediately, everyone in Coors Event Center went crazy and the entire student section rushed the court! It was amazing to see all of the students scrambling onto the court.  Although I would have loved to be a part of it, I loved being able to see it all happen. I expect that for all of the other games, I will probably be in the student section, so it was a wonderful opportunity to see everything from the outside.  It was a truly amazing game and I am so happy I was able to go!

This is definitely my longest blog so far, but it has been a lovely study break to tell you all about Saturday! Now it’s time to study, study, study! 

Here is a picture of my friends Katie and Colleen with me at the Christmas party for the kids! 

 

And here are some pictures from game! 

This one is of the Student Section preparing for a free-throw: 

 

Here is one of the students starting to storm the court! 

 

 

And here is one of the entire Student Section, and some others, on the court after the game! 

Nina
Linguistics; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences • Centennial, CO

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