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The Coldest of Times

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Kukich Photo Like most college students, a chief cadet complaint is the cold. It might be the drafty wardroom at breakfast or the whipping wind around campus during the winter months; there is no shortage of temperature dilemmas at the Coast Guard Academy. But instead of fueling the pessimism I decided to list the ten warmest places on campus. Hopefully, if you’re stopping by during these chilly Connecticut days, you can drop by one of these locations!


1. G. William Miller Reading Room: The library café is visited by cadets looking for a break from studying or to warm up with hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. It is located on the main deck of Waesche Hall, the library on top of the hill, and is an essential stop before starting a research paper the night it is due.


2. Coast Guard Memorial Chapel: The chapel is always an inviting place if you have the strength to hike up to the highest point on campus. It is kept warm enough to take your outerwear off, yet still comfortable with a dress jacket on.


3. Coast Guard Rowing Center Tank Room: One of my favorite places at the Academy; the tank room is used by the rowing team especially during the off season. While it can be humid at times, it is definitely warm enough to wear shorts working out in here.


4. McAllister Restrooms: Engineers flock to McAllister, casually known as “Mac,” on a nightly basis. Oddly enough, the bathrooms, “heads”, are one of the best heated spots on campus. It’s just one more reason to join the engineering community.


5. Satterlee Management Lounge: The lounge is tucked away in the basement of Satterlee Hall but provides space for reading, writing, and group discussions. For some reason this room is noticeably warmer than others, and because of this, often tempts cadets to fall asleep.


6. Dry Dock Café: A common meeting place for visitors and cadets, Dry Dock is located in the lower level of Leamy Hall. Not only are the refreshments warm (French fries and onion rings, yes please) but the space is always warmer than the Connecticut wilderness.


7. Roland Hall: “Fifth deck” is the location of the ominous PFE, whether the weather outside is frightful or not. The scent of blood, sweat, and tears are associated with the rich history of this dreaded indoor track and even with doors open, runners begin to roast after 1/13th of the mile and a half.


8. Henriques Room: This formal room is one of the most treasured in Hamilton as it has astonishing paintings of the Coast Guard’s history wrapped around its lofty walls. Cadets have developed a negative connotation with the place, as large masts are held within, and just the sight of it can instigate a sweat.


9. Billard Saunas: Obviously, the saunas within the locker rooms of lower Billard are kept toasty. No one is quite sure why they are located in such a conspicuous place, but they are gratefully used by many.


10. Chase Hall: While I’d like to say our beloved dorm is inviting and warm, in reality only certain sections are reliably warm. After living here over a year I think I have narrowed down those hallways and can confidently say that somewhere in the 600 room labyrinth there is warmth, hope, and a chance of survival in the harsh Connecticut winters.


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Moving Day

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo Over the last year I have had five major moving days. I moved into my room with my spring 2013 roommate. Then at the end of the semester I had to move from 1st deck to 2nd deck into another room for the upcoming summer. 2/c cadets stay mainly at the Academy during their summer to partake in Cadre Summer, range qualifications, Rules of the Road, and the T-boats program instead of going out into the Coast Guard fleet like the 1/c and 3/c. At the end of the summer I had two of my trunks packed and shipped to the Air Force Academy, and everything else I had to manage to fit into my sea bag or wally bag. I was also able to disperse all my remaining items that I did not want to bring to Air Force to various friends.


Once I was at Air Force I had the whole process of moving in, but before I knew it, my sister was taking some of my things back home after her visit during Thanksgiving and I found myself packing up everything again. It has been a constant feeling of packing and having my things dispersed with various people in various places.


After a fun and very quick semester, I came back to CGA. It felt very foreign at first, but seeing all my friends again was very welcoming and comforting. Moving in was stressful and chaotic since I had to find all my things again. Even though I knew what room I was going to be moving into, I could not fully pack in. The problem at the Academy is that after every semester we have to move rooms and the backlog makes the process miserable at times. If one person cannot move out of their room for some reason, it stalls the person that is trying to move into that room and so forth. When I finally thought I was all moved in, I received the trunk that I had sent back to CGA from Air Force. Notice how I said I sent two trunks to Air Force and only sent one back to CGA. Unfortunately, moving also involves the risk of your things getting damaged and my big trunk got smashed like it was an air dropped package without a parachute! Luckily, I got reimbursed for my trunk, but I have not bought a new one yet.


All the moving also made me realize how much I have been hoarding over the years and there were plenty of things that I no longer needed. It was accomplishing to finally do a little early spring-cleaning and lessen the load for when I have my next moving day…at the end of this semester. Until then I will mark my place and make E115 as homey of a room while obeying the cadet regulations, of course.


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