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Cacique Update September 16, 2011

September 19, 2011

by Caciques Jamie Perritt and Hallie Coon

Today started out with run and swim tracks. Split in half, 24 of us had the fortune of being able to run the four mile loop; starting and ending at the flag pole in the center of campus. Classes resumed as usual with math and histories followed by our first 5 hour research block. All of the research groups set off into the field to collect data for numerous experiments being conducted by the students. We battled through strong currents to collect water samples, we took out boats in hopes of finding conch, and we dove in search of invasive lion fish. The long hours were spent sweating in the sun over expansive creeks and sitting in wet labs organizing tedious data in hopes to reach conclusions on the filtration of the water surrounding the mangroves. After the conclusion of dinner, preparation for our first settlement day began. We were all informed on the do’s and don’ts of interviewing the local people of South Eleuthera. For many of us, this will be the first time we leave campus and interact with the locals living in the near-by settlements. The day ended with math study groups and preparations for classes on Saturday. Our first settlement day should bring many insights into the country we have all become a part of in the past few weeks.

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