Monsoonal McCookout

Torrential rains could not deter us this morning to meet for McCookout. Cameron plus students were in the field, and Christoph had to yield the picnic table on the life science quad to the janitors, but soon enough the coals were lit on the original McCookout site: The McCook Patio.
Unfortunately, within minutes, it started to rain and a few minutes later McCookout turned Monsoonout. Luckily, a little bit of rain hasn’t really hurt anybody yet, and lunch in front of the McCook auditorium was delicious!

Record Turnout for Last McCookout of the Semester

the last McCokout of the 2012-2013 Academic Year

Promises of dinosaur cake, lots of food, the new ENVS T-shirts and a cheese cake drew record crowds to this week’s McCookout. Some ENVS 149 students chose to take the third (optional) exam while most others joined the party early. Jon excelled in cooking up brats and hamburgers (including the meatless kind), and the rest of us excelled in eating them as fast as they came off the grill.

Jon cooking up burgers and brats.

Dr.Gray added to the celebration by providing leftover sparklers from her environmental chemistry class where they were (supposedly) used for some science experiment. Turns out that even some measly sparklers provide a lot of excitement if you ignite them five at a time…

Dr. Morrison and Jenna conducting a science experiment.

Wind, cold weather make for frosty McCookout

A little bit of wind and rather frigid temps is not enough to deter us!

Despite rather cold and windy conditions we had our first McCookout in its new location. Construction continued on the other side of McCook Hall, so the folks at Aramark were nice enough to put a picnic table next to the McCook parking lot and we were good to go. Jon  lit the first fire of the season, Christoph brought an apple pie and a bunch of sausages, Sarah brought some mystery dessert (see below), and Joan contributed – you guessed it – veggie burgers. The top contribution came from our freshmen: candy canes and an assortment of other goodies. Maybe the start of a new McCookout tradition.

Lauren and Sarah bringing gifts.

Despite the frigid temperatures we had a blast and are looking forward to next Tuesday.

I am not sure what Sarah brought - but it was goooood! (chocolate somethings, I guess)

McCookout Delayed by Another Week

construction in front of McCook HallNow with spring finally arriving (almost no snow, skunk cabbage poking out of the ground) everybody here is looking forward to the first McCookout of the saeson. Unfortunately: no such luck this week. A “three-day” construction job that started in January (yes, I am writing this towards the end of March!) is still blocking access to most of the McCook patio. So, hopefully we’ll have the first barbecue of the season next week.