Ready, Set, Sports!

Feeling the need to get up and move over spring break? We all know there is no shortage of sports to participate in.


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But maybe you still want to read, too. What to do?  No worry! Try some of these books for  captivating stories, cultural context, high-stakes games, and how-to’s.

Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss recounts the experiences of an extreme marathoner who has run in some of the most inhospitable places on earth.

Boxing : a cultural history gives a fantastic insight into the age-old sport of boxing. When did it start? How has it changed over the years? Why does it hold such fascination in so many cultures?

If you’d rather try a sport from a specific person’s point of view, you could try Open: an autobiography by tennis great Andre Agassi or Misty: digging deep in volleyball and life by two-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor.

I don’t recommend this, but if you really want a feel for a more extreme sport, check this video of base jumping.


3D Sculptures: Come See!

During the coming weeks, we’re showing a dazzling assortment of sculptures on the theme of transformation.  They’re by Chris Mateer’s students in the 3D Sculpture class.


Next week we’ll be rolling out our Spring Break recommended reading lists. Meanwhile, enjoy the art!


Spring Break Reads: We Recommend…


There’s just a week left of classes before Winterim and Spring Break begin, and the weather is turning soft and mild.  We have some good titles to recommend to you over the coming break, so stop by soon. We’ll close for the break on Friday, March 15th at 5pm.

Spring Break Book Recommendations

Steal Like an Artist:  Ten Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, by Austin Kleon. I love this book.  Check out the Ted talk video to see the author in action.

Blasphemy, by Sherman Alexie
Multnomah County Public Library’s Everybody Reads program is promoting this book.  If you have time, go see Sherman Alexie at a reading on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Culinary Reactions:  The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking, by Simon Field.  Ever thought about the chemistry behind your kitchen wizardry? This book is fun!

Intermediate Robot Building, by David Cook
Our Chairman’s Award winning Flaming Chickens don’t need the advice, but for those aspiring to learn more, this might help.

The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond
Check out the latest by the author of Guns, Germs and Steel.

Insider’s Guide to the Colleges, by the Staff of the Yale Daily News
Still thinking about what to do when your schools say yes?  Take a look at this book over break.

Here’s a list of our picks for Spring Break.  Stop by soon to grab something interesting to take home.

Happy Spring Break.


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