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Mr. Juniata: An Insider’s Perspective

Every year, starting all the way back in 1997, judges from throughout the school are randomly selected to evaluate the chosen male champions entertaining the Juniata population in a charity fund raiser and mock beauty pageant dubbed Mr. Juniata. Each class is represented by two contestants who are evaluated based on their exemplification of what I concluded are the principal qualities one must have in order to be awarded the prestigious title of “Mr. Juniata”:

Talent, Dress, and Schmooze.

To further my understanding of this innocuous JC ritual, I managed to infiltrate the pageant, enlisting as one of the champions for the junior class.

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Rock Climbing at Juniata

Let me start by saying, I love rock climbing. Before I came to Juniata, I worked at a rock climbing gym and climbed a few times per week and I was scared that there would be no place to rock climb and no friends with the same interest as me here. I was wrong.

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Finding Fun through Lobster Fest

Contrary to popular belief, this is more than a time for students to stuff their faces with shellfish. Lobster Fest is a long held tradition at Juniata, and it’s a great opportunity for new and returning students to see how they can get involved with different sports and activities on campus. My expectations were low as a freshman going into Lobster Fest, but little did I know that the quad would transform into a garden of activities and excitement.

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Experiencing Inbound Firsthand

Juniata is known for its amazing traditions. From Madrigal to Mountain Day, there are many fun events that are planned for the students all throughout the year. One of the favorite activities that Juniata has is that of Inbound.

Inbound is designed for the incoming freshmen, transfer, and international students. It is a retreat program that helps the new students get to know each other and their new environment a few days before classes start. There are many different retreats that students can choose to join, all involving different themes. From theatre and mountain biking, to community service and dance, there is something for everyone.

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Defending the Arch – Storming the Arch 2019

The Hellbenders gathered in front of Cloister for “the Storming” in a mass of black clothes, and excitedly prepared to tackle our classmates. Our beloved veterans Catnip, Onyx, Simba, Bambi, Chambers, Brady, and Tigress have been training us in tackling, wing lines and pulsating squats, (most importantly) and we have become more than a team already. As a new rugby player, Storming of the Arch feels like the starting point of an exciting season of unknown moments of empowerment. As we chanted our perfect and intense chants before the Storming, I felt the sense of our collective power as a whole. It was a little nerve wracking lining up before the other freshmen stormed, which is ironic because we were the ones on defense.

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