See you in 2016
Apr22

See you in 2016

On Feb. 4, a group of 24 students, three professors and one volunteer found out they were leaving a day early for Sochi, Russia to cover the Olympic Games. Students’ professors were informed, extra material was gathered, and pants and T-shirts began to be rolled and placed into carry-ons. Panic may have overwhelmed us for a little bit, but we had a 10-hour flight complete with endless food, drinks and movies to return us to normalcy....

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The BSU at the Games adventure begins … with a snowstorm
Feb07

The BSU at the Games adventure begins … with a snowstorm

To call it an adventure is like saying the Rockies are just some big hills. It all began with an earlier-than-planned departure due to an oncoming snowstorm. Twenty-four students and three instructors all trudged to the Indianapolis airport on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. Easy enough, but only 11 of the 27 were ensured a Tuesday departure. Apparently Delta would not make any additional ticket changes until a weather alert had been...

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What people think when you say, “I’m going to Russia!”
Feb04

What people think when you say, “I’m going to Russia!”

In August 2013, I told my friends and family I was going to Russia to cover the 2014 Winter Olympics. Their initial reactions were not exactly positive. I believe there were definite flash backs to the Cold War for my grandma. She started talking about dodging under desks and practicing covering her eyes from the flash. I laughed at the comment, but now I’m beginning to realize media and movies about Russian culture may be influencing...

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Confessions of a Momma’s Boy
Feb03

Confessions of a Momma’s Boy

It’s been almost six months since I decided to join the ranks of BSU at the Games. Six months ago I was excited. Ryan Sparrow pitched the trip so well that first day that I called my mom immediately after and told her, “We have to find a way to get me on that plane in February.” Without hesitation she said, “You have to go. We can figure this out.” My mom knows everything. She might not be able to tell me the capital of Russia or...

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The fear of being the ugly American tourist
Feb03

The fear of being the ugly American tourist

The stereotypical white sneakers, fanny pack, sun visor and flashing disposable camera of the ugly American tourist is the picture I fear I will be when I am in Russia. We had a crash course on how to pack for 10 days in a carry-on suitcase and how to dress during our stint in Sochi. Not only am I going to be in a foreign country where English is not commonly spoken, but also people from all around the world are about to converge on...

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“The Check”

Like everyone else who’s going to Russia, I’m freaking out. The realization that I’m actually going in less than four days is blowing my mind, and I feel like I’m underprepared. I feel like I’m missing something. There’s a form I missed. And considering I filled out quite a few of them, it wouldn’t surprise me if I have. I don’t even know if I have clothes for this. Granted, I’m spoiled beyond belief and could go almost half a year...

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