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Studying Geology in the field
Geology Field Trip, 1998

Story About the YupRocks Name

I attended Calvin College and studied geology from 1996 to 1999. There were very few geology majors at the time; in fact, I graduated in 1999 as one of only two seniors who majored in geology.

Our department was very small. I found this to be a great benefit because we were given personal attention by our geology professors, and were on the receiving end of some great teaching.

In 1999 a group of geology majors and minors got together and started brainstorming for ideas for a department t-shirt. Lots of departments, like engineering or biology, already had shirts made that said things on the front like, "Calvin Engineering," etc.

However, because our department was so small we had never had Geology Department t-shirts made. Finally some of us decided to make an effort to produce our own shirts.
Calvin Geology Shirt
Calvin College T-shirt

Thus began the meetings where we discussed our ideas. We all agreed it should say Calvin Geology on the front of the shirt, but we couldn't settle on what should go on the back of the shirt.

Most people wanted something humorous, but no one could agree on whether some ideas were humorous enough. After some discussion we all went home and thought more about it. That was when I had the idea for "Yup...Rocks". The next day I went to school and ran my idea by the other geology buffs.

To come up with the idea, all I did was think about a question that people have been asking me ever since I started collecting rocks and minerals, and had begun studying geology. What is this common question? Typically it would start out like this:


Friend: "So, what are you studying at Calvin?"
Me: "Geology"
Friend: "So, you like rocks, huh?"
Me: "Yup...Rocks."

And thus an idea was born. We all agreed it should go on the back of the shirt, and only 20 or so t-shirts were produced. To my knowledge they have never been reproduced. Until now. They're just a bit altered to fit your needs. So the next time someone asks you the question with an obvious answer, you can proudly reveal your t-shirt and not have to say a word.

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