Emerson students swept away

by Ian Brophy / Beacon Staff • October 25, 2012

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Dennis Connors practices Emerson's newest sport.
Courtesy of Dennis Connors
Dennis Connors practices Emerson's newest sport.
Courtesy of Dennis Connors

Quidditch players beware — another broom sport is sweeping Emerson, and this one has Olympic pedigree.

Emerson Curling had its first ever outing at the Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland, Mass. on Friday.

Cameron Ross, who represented the United States at the junior curling world championships, started the club, and he said Emerson is the perfect place for curling to take off.

“I think that Emerson is the kind of place where students would really take to a weird, crazy sport like curling,” said Ross, a junior visual and media arts major. “I think Emerson students would really love curling because it is different. Quidditch is huge and it is weird.”

Freshman Danielle David said the uniqueness of the sport piqued her interest and that quidditch is out of style.

“I wanted to something that not everyone else does,” David said. “Quidditch is starting to get a little old, and everybody knows about it. It is time to get into the new hipster sport.”

The club is part of a college night on select Fridays at Broomstones. The group of five met at the Little Building  and took the T to Boston University, where a bus picked them up and drove them to the club.

Monica Walker, who runs the college curling program at Broomstones, said the program originated as a Boston University club, but grew after the winter Olympics.

“I decided I wanted to start a program at Boston University, and it kind of blossomed into a multiple Boston colleges curling community,” said Walker, a BU graduate. “People who are interested in curling kind of just emerge out of the woodwork.”

Dennis Connors, a sophomore performing arts major, said he first saw curling in the winter Olympics, but he didn’t anticipate the sport’s difficulty.

“It is a lot harder than it looks on the Olympics, but it was a great time, and I met new friends,” Connors said. 

Falling down seemed to be a basic part of the learning process with chilling consequences — curling ice is colder than regular arena ice, so multiple layers of clothing are recommended. 

Walker said college students are the perfect demographic for curling, and that making curling affordable for students helps the sport.

“They are young, athletic, and ready to try new things,” she said. “This program is not bringing in a lot of money for the club, but the ice isn’t being used, so we want to have people use it and spread the sport.”

According to Walker, members of the club pay approximately $500 a year, but students taking part in the college night can try it out for free and continue for $25 a semester.

The session included two lanes for beginners and two for returners. Beginners learned the rules, scoring, and how to throw. 

While the new Emerson curlers were able to learn about the sport, many said they would need a few more outings on the ice before they could play in a match. 

“I feel like I am definitely going to need a little help next time, but now I know what to do as far as positioning and that kind of stuff,” David said.

Junior Ryan Mazie said he relished the unique experience.

“Not many people can say they went curling during their college years,” Mazie said.