Curling team president strives for national recognition
Stephen Noble, fifth-year telecommunications engineering technology
Jan. 25, 2013
by Matt Gregory
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Stephen Noble is the president of the RIT Curling Club, one of 21 competitive sports clubs available to students at RIT. A fifth-year telecommunications engineering technology major in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology, Noble has led his team to national success in College Curling USA and hopes to advance to the U.S. College Curling Championship in March.
Question: Where are you from?
Answer: Syracuse, N.Y.
Q: What brought you to RIT?
A: I came to RIT because I wanted to be a computer engineer, but I ended up changing my major.
Q: What has been your favorite moment at RIT?
A: My favorite moment was probably the first time my curling team showed up to a tournament in orange and white pants and wore them while playing against University of Tennessee. (The pattern on the pants resembles the checkerboard design of Tennessee’s end zones on its football field.)
Q: What activities are you involved in at RIT?
A: I’ve been in curling for all five years at RIT, I was in roller hockey for a few years, I’m in Multisport Club and I play intramural ice hockey.
Q: What would you like the RIT community to know about the curling team?
A: First of all, yes, curling is that Olympic sport with brooms and stones. There is a Rochester Curling Club, which is not affiliated with RIT, who allows us to use their ice for a very reasonable cost. No experience is necessary to join—there are very few college curlers who have participated in the sport at all before coming to school. My team is currently ranked fourth out of 24 schools in the nation, and we’ve been to one less tournament than our competition. Last year, we took gold and bronze at two different tournaments that covered almost all of the college circuit outside of the northern Midwest.
Q: What advice would you give to other RIT students?
A: In general, don’t worry about what other people at college think of you. If you want to do something, do it. Also, make sure you get a Garbage Plate before you leave RIT.
Q: What are your plans for after graduation?
A: After graduation I obviously want to get a job, and I would prefer one where I can keep up with skiing, hockey and curling, so somewhere in the North. I’m also getting married about a month after I graduate.
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