Subculture of ‘Cubers’ Seen Around Campus

February 4, 2015

Culture, The Zoetics

By Rylee Felzien

In recent years, the Rubik’s cube has gathered somewhat of a cult following of people dedicated enough to take on the challenge of learning to solve them. With the internet, it has become easy for anyone to search the algorithms and teach themselves to solve the puzzle, but there is still a lot of skill and dedication involved with a real “cuber” (as they are called).

At ASK, cubing has become something of a subculture. When asked what the appeal of a Rubik’s cube is, sophomore Connor Montoya stated, “They make me want to throw them at walls. If they can confuse my mind to the point that I want to throw them at the wall, yet, have a great time figuring it out, [that’s great]. It is the puzzle for me.”

Photo by The Catalyst Sophomore Connor Montoya works to solve the puzzle of his

Photo by The Catalyst
Sophomore Connor Montoya works to solve the puzzle of his

 

Especially dedicated cubers don’t often simply stick with the classic 3×3 cube. Many like to up the ante by adding pieces to the cube. “My favorite puzzle is the 5×5, but if I had a 7×7 that would be my favorite,” freshman T.J. Dawes said. Others don’t even stick with a traditional cube. Montoya stated that his favorite puzzle is the “Skewb Ultimate,” a 12-sided cube with pentagon shaped faces.

Puzzle solving may be good for the brain. Project Manager Emina Slavnic has noticed a subculture of cubers at ASK,  “Absolutely, yeah,” She  went on to say, “I think it is cool. It teaches them spatial reasoning and all that jazz. It is nice.” Junior Luke Hall said the appeal for him is, “the use of mathematics to solve a given equation,” hinting that it may improve math skills. However, when asked directly if he thought that it offered any benefits, Hall said, “Not necessarily; maybe a bit for, like, memory.”

Slavnic offered praise for the cubers, “They do not shy away from a challenge. Seeing some of those crazy cubes, some people are like ‘no way.’ To dive in with passion like that, that’s why they’re cool.”

Dawes offered some encouragement for possible new cubers, “It’s really fun, and once you have solved the cube for the first time you have a satisfaction that is really exciting and makes you want to do more. It’s not as hard as it seems.”

Montoya offered a few words of wisdom to those ready to learn the algorithms, saying, “Learn your PLLs and OLLs and F2Ls!

Click here to read about ASK scholars who created their own cube.

 

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