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About Sage Thornbrugh

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Sage Thornbrugh

Global Studies/Political Science

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Sage Thornbrugh: scholar, athlete, video game enthusiast, German when I want to be, American when I have to be. Spent thirteen years of my incredibly fascinating life in Vilseck, Germany, which somehow led me to this place named Concordia College. I’m not a big fan of the cold, but I’m a fan of most things Concordia. I play soccer here, I work here, I study here; there’s not many things I do that aren’t related to the college. Maybe you’ll find something I ramble on about half-interesting.

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Stop Teasing Us!

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh, Uncategorized on March 26th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Stop Teasing Us!
The view from our back window, which actually look kind of nice with the snow. I just don't want it there anymore.

The view from our back window, which actually look kind of nice with the snow. I just don’t want it there anymore.

Winter just doesn’t want to see to leave, unfortunately. Over Easter break, there has been yet another day which has blessed us–though I’m not sure blessed is the correct term–with another day of snow. It’s getting kind of old at this point.

After the few days of sunshine and 60+ degree weather we got a couple of weeks ago, I’ve never really been satisfied with this nonsense weather that Moorhead keeps throwing our way. Just when you think it’s all gone…the snow finds a way back. All i’m asking is for the the weather to stop teasing us.

After another nice day on Sunday (it is predicted to be 50+) degrees, we will apparently be receiving another few days of cold, after which the weather is supposed to warm up again. I’d really just like mother nature to pick a side, finally.

I want to be able to go outside in a sweater–at the very most–and walk to class without having to bundle up like an Eskimo. I feel like, at this point in the year, I’m not asking too much. It’s coming up really close to April, with less than a month until school is over. If we could get a few warm days of class that would be awesome.

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Dakota Fusion

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on March 17th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Dakota Fusion
A photo of the tryout from a couple of weeks ago. Photo credit to Dakota Fusion.

A photo of the tryout from a couple of weeks ago. Photo credit to Dakota Fusion.

As I wrote in a previous blog, spring season has brought a lot of new things back into my schedule, and one of those very prominent things is soccer. Apart from Concordia’s spring season finally beginning, there has been the establishment of another semi-professional soccer team in Fargo, namely the Dakota Fusion. The tryout was already held a couple of weeks ago, and I made the final cut. There are supposed to be three training sessions which are going to be held from the beginning to the middle of April, though, which makes things difficult for me.

Personally, I need to rest my plantar fasciitis-afflicted foot, which has been in some pain for quite some time now. Even just playing at the tryout caused it to flare up quite a bit, so I’m at a bit of a tough point here. Do I go to the three training sessions, and risk aggravating the injury further, just so that I can play on the team over the summer? In doing so, I might not be able to play over the summer, if I cause the injury to flare up any more than it already has.I guess we’ll figure that out in the upcoming weeks.

The experience would be pretty great, though. Playing on a high-level team on a weekly basis would certainly help me stay fit and sharp going in to my senior season at Concordia. Hopefully it all works out so that I can make the most of the summer, and prepare for the final year ahead of me.

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Concordia’s Recycling Program

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on March 17th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Concordia’s Recycling Program
My roommate, Jesse Partee, is pictured here taking the pledge to pick up litter. Photo credit goes to Concordia College Eco-Reps.

My roommate, Jesse Partee, is pictured here taking the pledge to pick up litter. Photo credit goes to Concordia College Eco-Reps.

At our house, we recycle. That’s actually fairly a fairly common event in houses in Moorhead–all of the houses on our street recycle, and, on the recycling days for other streets, we see almost all of the other houses following suit. Not only is the off-campus housing community fairly effective at recycling, but Concordia’s on-campus housing is now becoming increasingly active in recycling.

When I lived in campus–I feel like an old person reminiscing on better times when I say it like that–our recycling system was not great. It still isn’t great, unfortunately, due to lack of access to nearby facilities, but has become a little bit better in terms of how it encourages students to recycle, as well as making known the recycling stations around campus.

The problem with Concordia’s recycling program as of right now is that all of the recycling stations are so far apart. Rather than having recycling stations which have all of the various recyclables at the single station, they have different materials which have to be recycled at different stations around campus. For example, metal recyclables might be over near Anderson, while plastic stations can be found in the dorms, and papers stations are also spread out throughout campus. If Concordia really wants to encourage more students to recycle, it should make it more readily available to on-campus students, who sometimes prefer to just throw a recyclable into the refuse bin, rather than put it in a separate bag and have to walk across campus eventually.

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Spring Season

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on March 17th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Spring Season
A picture of myself next to our newly-acquired, life-sized bobblehead of Will Hughes. Photo credit to Ben Deetz.

A picture of myself next to our newly-acquired, life-sized bobblehead of Will Hughes. Photo credit to Ben Deetz.

Spring has–maybe–started to finally make its way around to the Fargo/Moorhead Area, and with it comes a host of challenges for collegiate soccer athletes. First of all, we are all coming up to our last few weeks of the semester, meaning that most of us have numerous lengthy assignments with due dates just around the corner. However, for the soccer team, specifically, we have spring season beginning this week.

For the Concordia College men’s soccer team, spring season isn’t super serious or strenuous. While we obviously want to get out, train, and play to the highest level possible during the few weeks we have left, we try to keep the atmosphere light and friendly–but still competitive. We had the first of our seven practices this Tuesday, and it seemed to go pretty well. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to participate, as I have developed plantar fasciitis on my right foot, which is taking quite some time to heal. There seemed to be a good mixture of enjoyment and competitiveness which resulted in a productive-but-fun practice.

We also got a life-sized bobblehead of Will Hughes, a professional soccer player in England for Derby County, which was pretty neat. Our head coach is trying to get somebody from the art department to repaint it as a cobber soccer player so that we can have more cobber decor in our locker room. Spring (if it is truly Spring, anyways) is bringing some pretty cool things our way.

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Caucusing!

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on March 3rd, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Caucusing!
The room at the caucus center wall packed full of students by voting time.

The room at the caucus center wall packed full of students by voting time.

This week marked Super Tuesday, a day upon which several states hold primary elections for the Republican and Democratic parties. Minnesota was one of those states, fortunately. The Democratic Caucuses took place at Minnesota State University at Moorhead, in the Memorial Union building, while the Republican Caucuses took place at Moorhead High School.

The caucus process was exhilarating, and slightly sloppy. Upon our arrival, the organizers had only about 30 ballots for the Concordia section, when a couple of hundred ballots were required at a minimum. Registration started at 6:30, with balloting beginning at 7:00. I had to be at work in Fargo by 8:00, so, realistically, I needed to be out of the building by about 7:30. At about 7:36, having not received a ballot, I was reluctantly ready to head out of the door, when one of the organizers finally walked in with more ballots for all of the students. Luckily, I got to cast my ballot right before having to head to work, and I even made it to work on time!

This was my first time voting in the United States political body in any way, shape, or form. I wasn’t old enough to vote during the last presidential election, and I didn’t vote during the off-year elections, due to being out-of-state and not knowing enough about the candidates. Suffice to say, I was pretty excited to finally be able to participate in American politics.

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