Monday, December 9, 2013

Last Busy Weekend before FINALSSSSS

This past week was our last full week of classes, followed by the busiest weekend of the semester. There was a lot of Fraternity, as we had our initiation Friday our, elections on Saturday, and our big event of the semester on Sunday. Also this weekend was a huge one for both Cross Country and Track. Saturday morning we had our intersquad track meet, and Sunday we had our Cross Country banquet. Also this weekend there was a midnight movie for Coe students, and a blindspot. It seems like between that and studying for finals, there was absolutely no free time!!!

    After classes on Friday as a fraternity we all went out and braved the cold, and I am proud to announce that we officially have ten new initiates! I know that I will continue to get to know each and everyone of them. We returned to Coe right at about ten, just in time to go watch our all school talent show, Blindspot, and then drive to the Movie theater. About once a month, Coe sponsors a late night movie, where they pay for students to go see a movie, all you have to do is get to the theater. The movie we saw was the new Hunger Games, and it was AMAZING!! If you haven't seen it, stop reading this blog get in your car, and go see it! The only problem with the movie was that it was a little long, and we didn't get back to Coe until about three am!!

Hanging out at the Meet

   The next morning was an early one, we started our intersquad meet at 930. It was my first event as a part of this years track team, and it was great to see so many new faces. We have a very young team, with some outstanding senior leaders. The meet lasted until about 1, then we all stuffed our faces with some pizza. (Who says runners can't be bad eaters??)  After the meet, a few of us went straight to our Phi Tau Elections, where I was lucky enough to be named the Vice President. I look forward to helping our organization grow for the next year and a half! After elections, I took advantage of some much needed free time, and began studying for my finals!

Best Fraternity I could ever ask for
  The next morning was an even earlier one, we had our annual Lumberjack Fest on campus. Lumberjack fest is an event where we cook hundreds of pancakes, wear lots of flannel, raise money for charity and have a giant get together. My favorite part about Coe is how supportive everyone is. Even though it was the Sunday before finals, tons of people came out and supported us! Unfortunately, the cross country team had to leave Lumberjack Fest a little early, to get to our banquet. We walked over in our flannels, and had one last meeting as a full team. We celebrated our successes, and enjoyed spending time together. I will never forget this team!
That is alot of Flannel!

Until the Next Adventure, Ryan Rey

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Break

This past week, I went home for Thanksgiving. This was my first time spending Thanksgiving in Arkansas, as my family has recently moved from Plainfield Illinois to Little Rock. It was a long drive, but definitely worth it. Getting to Arkansas took about 10 hours, but once we got there it was awesome getting to see the whole Family, and eat some great home-cooked thanksgiving food. While we were there, we also got a Christmas tree, and partake in a very strange Arkansas tradition; Pig Racing.
The different Arkansas traditions (and accents) will take some getting used to, but I look forward to getting to spend more time in Arkansas over the year.

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Until The Next Adventure, Ryan Rey

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Classes Next Semester!

Wow! It is hard to believe that I am almost done with my first semester of junior year here at Coe. I just registered for my classes next semester, and it is starting to feel like I'm not a little kid anymore!
Next semester, I am taking
1.)Modern Political Theory
2.) Enivronmental Rhetoric
3.) Organismal and Ecological Biology
4.) Acting 1
5.) Statistics

All of these classes are really exciting, but there is one that is not part of any of my Majors. I am taking acting with about 6 of my friends. We are using this class for a gen ed, but for me it will be my first experience with anything like that. I am lucky that the class we signed up for only has 12 people in it, so other than my 6 friends, there will only be 5 other people and 1 teacher who can see how terrible of an actor I am first hand!

I was also lucky enough to sign up for a May Term Class for the second year in a row. Last year I went to Montana for an environmental studies seminar class. This year I am going on a writer's colony May Term where we go to 20 baseball stadiums, enjoy games, and learn about America's pastime. I have never heard of anything like this class, but I am so happy to be able to take advantage of such an amazing opportunity through Coe.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

End of the Cross Country Season

Coe College Cross Country

This past weekend we had our regional meet up at St. Olaf in Minnesota, and two weeks before that we had conference at Central.
Finshing the Conference Race

That marks the end of both our Men's and Women's Season. We now get two weeks off before we start training for track.
This was our most successful season on both sides since I have been at Coe, and I am very proud to say that I was a part of it. This was also the closest team I have been a part of.

 Everyone hung out all the time, not just at practice. I think that us being so close made for some great experiences, and allowed us to push each other to reach that next level of competitiveness. If you are a prospective student and are considering running at Coe. I would definitely advise you to at least meet with the team and the coaches. We have an outstanding staff, who really cares about us as people. I cant wait to start track, and continue to grow the program, or family, that is Coe Cross Country.
Goofin Off

Guys team at the Start Line
Until the Next Adventure, Ryan Rey

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Phi Tau's Getting Ready for the Parade!
This past weekend was homecoming here at Coe, it is always one of my favorite weeks on campus, but I would have to say that this last homecoming was my favorite one yet. All week we have events at Coe that are open to everyone. We have a talent show for all of the Homecoming Court, a huge parade, a bunch of free food and carnival games, a football game and a Dance for the whole school.
  This year, the weather was perfect for the parade, and it was amazing to see so many alumni and people of Cedar Rapids out there supporting. All of the Greek organizations on campus walked together and it was really cool seeing all of the different organizations having such a good time working together.
At The Dance!
   The dance this year was at the Clarion Hotel in Cedar Rapids. Coe pays for buses to get all of the students there and it is always just good seeing everyone dressed well. Honestly I wish I could have danced more, but I probably ate 10 pounds of food once I got to the dance, there were so many good snacks!
Overall this was the best homecoming yet and it was so awesome seeing alumni from recent years come back and talk about how successful they are doing at the next level. I can't wait for next homecoming, and I know it will be the best homecoming yet!

Until the Next Adventure,

Ryan Rey

Homecoming KING Kobe

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall Break

Early in each fall semester, Coe has one Monday and Tuesday off for fall break. This year for fall break I was lucky enough to travel back to Illinois, and go to 6 flags! It is always great to get to spend time with old friends, and even bring some new Coe friends with.

On a Roller Coaster
Six Flags is an amusement park with some intense roller-coasters, and it was a day full of thrills. Other than 6 flags, we got got to eat at some great restaurants, but my favorite is without a doubt Portillos. Portillos is a hotdog restaurant that is only in Illinois, so every time I go home, it is always the first place I go.

I was also lucky enough to go the river walk in downtown Naperville, where we had Ice Cream, walked and enjoyed being outside. Sometimes in the midst of all of the stress that goes along with being a college student, it is great to just step back for two days, and enjoy being young. I love the opportunities that Coe offers all of their students with fall break!
Until the Next Adventure, Ryan Rey


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Roy Griak Invitational

Every year, our cross country team travels up to the University of Minnesota, for our first 8k race of the season. This year was a little different, as we are a much younger team, and no one really knew what to expect. There are over 100 teams at this race, so for many of our incoming freshman it was a complete culture shock. They have never experienced a race even close to this size.
    After we all got over the initial nerves, we all started our seasons on a very positive note. Good times were run across the board, and we definitely are looking forward to continuing to build. One thing that really surprised me the most was how close the whole team became after this one trip. As I mentioned before our team is very young, but I absolutely love all of the newcomers, and think that this team has potential to not only be very successful, but also be very close. I look forward to continuing to race with this team, and I know that this upcoming year will be full of great memories.