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Volume CLI, Issue 1

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Why Colgate? B-1

August 29, 2018

CLs and Links Train Together A-2

La Iguana Closes Its Doors After Ten Years By Emily Rahhal and Celine Turkyilmaz News Editor and Assistant Editor

La Iguana Restaurant closed this Saturday so that owners Mary and Elder Santos can focus on starting a family. For August 25, its final day in business, La Iguana invited the Hamilton community via Facebook to gather at the restaurant. It offered a fixed menu from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $20, while children under 12 ate for free. Mary Santos said she essentially celebrated two goodbyes; one with the town this

past Thursday, and one with Colgate students and faculty on Saturday. “It was amazing because we knew every table,” Mary Santos said. “Everyone was walking around and mingling with each other.” La Iguana allowed the Santose to connect with people in different towns who came to try the restaurant’s authentic Mexican cuisine. A native of Brazil herself, Mary Santos said she was excited about the exchange of culture and knowledge within Hamilton. “It was exciting to discover new things,” Mary Santos said. “I’m a free spirit, so it was easy to get to

know [the students and locals]. It’s good to be exposed to different perspectives.” Mary Santos explained that starting a family would be impossible while continuing to run La Iguana. La Iguana, and other restaurants in Hamilton, struggle to find enough employees to function. Most of La Iguana’s staff commuted from other towns given the high price of living in Hamilton, which made winter nights difficult for staff to get to work. All of these challenges meant that the Santoses carried the brunt of the work. Continued on page A3

NO MORE MARGS: Students and locals celebrated La Iguana’s last day in business with a buffet and drinks. Emily Rahhal

Bicentennial Celebrations Begin After Years of Prep By Nick Francoeur Class of 2022

Colgate welcomes the incoming class of first-year students. See page A3 for a breakdown of the class of 2022. Graphic by Emily Rahhal/photo printed with permission of Marc DiOrio

Colgate will be honoring its bicentennial this year, a celebration that has been in the works since the university established a committee in 2014 to focus on planning and executing events for its 200th anniversary. The events will concentrate on honoring the past and focusing on future success to acknowledge how far the school has come and where it will go from here. In addition to the Bicentennial Committee, the University has also built a website, “Colgate At 200 Years,” which features drone shots of the campus, a timeline of the school, a submission box for alumni to enter information about their Colgate lives and much more. Homecoming games, the bicentennial celebration and Family Weekend will all converge the weekend of September 21. There are 24 Colgate faculty members who serve on the Bicentennial Committee, excluding the two chairs of the committee: Professor of History Jill Harsin and Vice President for Communications Laura H. Jack. In addition, there is a Bicentennial Alumni Advisory Committee comprised of fifteen members. Recently, the student body and alumni have questioned the symbolism and origin behind the traditional torch-carrying ceremony. As part of the Torchlight ceremony, Konosioni Senior Honor Society members carry torches up the hill from Memorial Chapel during Founder’s Day Convocation, while the graduating senior class carry torches at Commencement. In part of the retrospective approach that is being promoted by the Bicentennial website for the celebration, over 8,000

words were written for the website analyzing the history and symbolism behind carrying the torches. “Colgate’s approaching bicentennial provides an ideal moment to engage in many discussions about the university – looking at its history, its future, and its mission,” the Bicentennial website wrote. As part of Colgate’s self-reflection during its bicentennial, the University has decided to take on the opportunity to re-brand its image. An apparent change on campus and in the school’s bookstore is the ubiquity of Colgate’s new “C” logo. The new gold “C” is an aesthetic component of the bicentennial theme that can be seen all around campus, whether it is through new apparel, banners hanging on the Memorial Chapel or posters around campus. The new logo derives from Colgate yearbooks from decades ago. The Colgate community has grown used to the previous logo: a maroon and black “C” with the abbreviated “’gate” across the front of the letter that was derived from Cornell’s school logo. By creating a new and unique “C” for Colgate, the university will be able to distinguish itself from rival schools. Another way Colgate is looking to the future is through its clear focus on sustainability around campus. The two initiatives are the bicentennial landscape project and becoming carbon neutral by 2019. A donation to Colgate of $5,000 through the bicentennial website will cover the cost of one of 200 trees that will be planted on the upper campus under the donor’s name. Continued on page A4


New Faces Meet the eleven new additions to Colgate faculty. Haven Program Coordinator

Tracia Banuelos Class of 2022

By Liam Higgins Tracia Banuelos is the new Program Coordinator for Haven. As the Prevention Facilitator at the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, she implemented an emotional stability program and advocated for the rights of refugees in Kansas. Working at Colgate gives her the opportunity to “give everything [she has] to supporting students in their healing and in their goals,” she said. Banuelos’ job involves supporting students who have experienced traumatic events and educating the campus on how to support every community. She was recently interviewed for a Netflix documentary on youth activism across the country, which will air in 2019.

Laurie Baker Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor and Educator Class of 2022

By LIam Higgins Laurie Baker will be starting her Colgate career this year as the new Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor and Educator. She is currently finishing her work at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Keuka College. She chose Colgate because of the outstanding staff members with whom she would be working, the beautiful campus, and the passionate culture of the school, she said. Aside from her job, she also enjoys playing sports, which include football, volleyball, softball and kickball.

Brent Fujioka Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Scholars Programs By Alex Weimer Assistant News Editor

Brent Fujioka will be this year’s new Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Scholars Programs. Fujioka will be working with Colgate’s Alumni Memorial Scholars, Benton Scholars and students involved in the Sophomore Residential Seminars program. He has previously worked as an Academic Advisor at Syracuse University and has additionally taught at Tufts University, Brown University, Hawaii Pacific University and Washington State University.

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the remainder of orientation, first-years report to their FSEM, led by their Link. Their Link then continues to guide and advise their link group throughout the semester. From this point on, these two groups will function separately; the collaboration is primarily during orientation. In addition to connecting the first-years to one another, the administration will also integrate them with upperclassmen. Residential halls such as Curtis Hall, Drake Hall and the Bryan Complex all house both first-years and sophomores. All these programs work to integrate student residential, social and academic life to create a cohesive orientation experience. With the integration of the Commons Program, CLs will collaborate with Links to emulate the welcoming energy and spirit on the first-years’ halls in addition to serving as a resource to the first-years. “It’s a great privilege to be able to work with the 62 individuals who want to make Colgate as welcoming as possible,” said Assistant Dean for Administrative Advising Sarah H. Jones. “I’m here to help students thrive and be successful, so it’s great that I can help set the tone for the newest students at the beginning of the year.”

Orientation Link Groups Change, Residential Groups Integrate CLs Maroon-News Staff

By Marisa Modugno and Alena Maiolo As the first day of school approaches, both Colgate’s Links and Community Leaders (CLs) are working in unison for the first time to ensure that the incoming first-years have an optimal orientation experience. In past years, Links and CLs held completely separate jobs. Previously, each member of the Link staff was paired with a freshman seminar (FSEM) of about seventeen students. Links alone ushered their FSEM group through orientation. Meanwhile, CL training was focused on creating relationships within the students’ residence. CLs’ responsibilities were predominantly within the residential halls. Changes made this year put the CLs and Links into a more collaborative role during this year’s orientation. According to Residential Life Director Stacey Millard, the Office of Residential Life collected data in past years that demonstrated that students did not know their neighbors after orientation. In response, the CLs initiated bonding activities and established community goals to ensure the development of strong communities within the residential halls. During the first half of orientation, first-years will report to their residential group, led by at least one CL and one Link. For

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NEW OFFICERS: Pictured left to right: Fallon Jeffers, Kaitlin Reich, Erstz Cyprien. Three new officers joined the security team full-time this fall.

The three new officers will also help during Colgate’s busiest days of the week, which Gough said are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, along with weekends. More available officers during these busy times will help maintain a safer environment on campus, Gough said. Officers will now be available to respond to more than one incident on campus at a time, as well as be able to switch officers on duty without having gaps in officer coverage.

this semester. either eight-hour or twelve-hour shifts in a flex schedule that put a lot of added stress on officers, Gough explained. Adding three new officers will be conducive to an 8-hour schedule. Before, Campus Safety positions were divided into dispatchers and patrol officers. These jobs will now be combined to promote a well-rounded Campus Safety Officer. Gough said the addition of officers is not due to any prior incidents on campus.

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Gough said that having better security coverage on campus this year will also allow different officers to attend after-hours events, such as additional meetings and trainings. These meetings and trainings will additionally improve officer morale, which also adheres to the department’s mission of making a well-rounded officer position, Gough said.

security has added three new full-time campus guards

In an effort to alleviate stress on existing officers,

Campus Safety Hires Three New Officers

Class of 2022

By August Halbach Colgate hired three full-time campus guards this semester to help balance shift schedules and bolster campus security. Associate Vice President of Campus Safety Daniel Gough explained that the decision to hire Erstz Cyprien, Fallon Jeffers, and Kaitlin Reich came after regular assessments of the quality of security on campus. Full-time officers were, prior to the new additions, working

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Shanghai,” first-year Ke Li chose Colgate mainly for its status of being an “elite liberal arts school,” she said. Her daily routine for ISO consisted of academics in the morning, presentations and speeches throughout the afternoon and activities in the evening that often extend well into the night. In addition to enjoying the ISO program, Ke Li said she is looking forward to studying international relations and drama this coming semester. 2,183 miles West of Suzhou,

faculty and students. He also finds himself surprised by how massive everything is, including cars, stores and people. In addition to academics and studying abroad, Ayush looks forward to the independence of living on campus. A commonality between all these three international students is their excitement to absorb all that Colgate has to offer.

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Celine Turkyilmaz

LAST DAY BUFFET : Customers talk with owner Mary Santos as they enjoy the Mexican cuisine for La Iguana’s final day.

Emily Rahhal

LA IGUANA CLOSES : Owner Mary Santos makes her last few batches of margaritas for customers on La Iguana’s closing day.

from Kathmandu, Nepal, firstyear Dipesh Khati chose Colgate because it’s a great institution that provides opportunities for its students, he said. Khati anticipates that staying true to his values may pose a difficult challenge now that he lives in America. His primary goal for the fall semester is discovering what he would like to pursue for his degree. First-year Ayush Sinha from New Delhi, India, found the most interesting part of his Colgate experience thus far to be his friendly interactions with

International Students Represent 38 Countries

Class of 2022

By Jessica Johnson After a record high application season, Colgate welcomed students from 38 countries to the Class of 2022. Approximately 75 first-year international scholars arrived early to campus on August 21 to complete the International Student Orientation (ISO), which assists international students in transitioning to Colgate. Hailing from Suzhou, China, also known as the “backyard of

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Mary Santos is looking to try sales and Elder Santos would like to work in electrical work. “I want to keep possibilities and options open, as things are constantly changing,” Mary Santos said. “It’s difficult to know what exactly you’re meant to be.” Mary Santos reiterated Elder Santos’ belief that there are no limitations to what people can dedicate their lives to. The couple wishes to continue to connect with those around them while also supporting each other. They hope to have two children. “We’ve decided that we’re ready for the next challenge,” published the La Iguana Restaurant Twitter account. “It’s come time to say goodbye … It’s sad, but exciting.” The space has been sold and will become a diner-style restaurant.

Goodbye, La Iguana Continued from page A1 “This is a kind of cuisine where you need six people in the kitchen running it the same way you have six people [at the front]. And it’s way easier to find six people to run the front of the house than it is to find six people to run the back of the house. Over the years, it just became really difficult for us to keep up with it,” Mary Santos said. The restaurant, located on 10 Broad Street, opened in 2008, and Mary Santos said she will miss the tight-knit community she has come to love since then. “The community was very embracing. It’s nice to know your neighbors are looking out for you,” Mary Santos said. “I would do it all over again...for the people we met here.” The Santoses are hoping to move to Wilton, Connecticut, where they will be closer to their friends and good schools for their children. While they have enjoyed working in the restaurant business,

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New Faces

Colgate Updates Fall Faculty

Deirdre Smith

Class of 2022

Dietician By Liam Higgins

Deirdre Smith is starting her first semester at Colgate as the dietitian. She will help students develop healthy habits to improve their health. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She hopes to help people heal their relationships with food and create balance in their diet, she said.

Jennifer Jones

Administrative Assistant for Administrative Advising

Class of 2022

By Jessica Johnson

Jennifer Jones will now work as an Administrative Assistant for Administrative Advising. She previously worked in Institutional Advancement. Before she worked at Colgate, Jones worked at Oneida County Correctional Facility, Vantine Imaging and Eagle River Realty. For the upcoming school year she will assist Administrative Deans, scholars programs and student services. Above all, Jones looks forward to sharing her knowledge with the entire Colgate community.

Peter Bandel

Area Director for Junior and Senior Housing

Class of 2022

By Jessica Johnson

Peter Bandel is the new Area Director for junior and senior housing. He attended Northeastern University for his undergraduate degree in Political Science and the University of Central Florida for his graduate degree in Public Policy. It was there that he developed a passion for residential life and the safety of students. In his spare time, he runs 5k races and volunteers in his local communities.

Victoria Ruibal

Class of 2022

Ciccone Commons Area Director By Jessica Johnson

Hailing from Bayonne, New Jersey, Victoria Ruibal will be Ciccone Commons new area director this year. Prior to accepting her position at Colgate, she graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her M.Ed in Student Affairs in Higher Education. In her spare time, Ruibal spends her time watching Marvel Films, reading “Harry Potter” and spending time with her fiancé Matt and cat Koda.

A-4 News

New Faces Tristan Hilpert

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Advising Class of 2022

By Jessica Johnson

The Colgate Maroon-News August 29, 2018

Bicentennial Celebration

Racist Incident at Drake Hall


offsetting its carbon emissions. The bicentennial may present even more opportunities for the university regarding its carbon neutrality mission. Contact Nick Francoeur

C olgate Redesigns “C” For Continued from page A1

In 2009, when the university hired its first Director of Sustainability, it had also pledged to become carbon neutral by 2019. While Colgate has been making strides to reduce its carbon footprint on campus, it has also reverted to buying forests in Patagonia Sur as a means of

Assistant News Editor

By Alex Weimer

April 2, 2018


April 17, 2018

Take Back the Night March

The student-run initiative called Open for all, the Take Back the Night Inclusive Colgate discussed ways to March intended to raise awaremake Colgate a more respectful and ness about sexual assault and sexual inclusive campus during their open violence on Tuesday, April 17. The forum in the Robert H. N. Ho Atrium march, organized by The Network, on Monday, April 16. Approximately functioned as a way to make students’ 300 students, faculty and staff filled voices heard and allowed survivors the atrium and engaged in conversaof sexual violence and allies to join tions about the possible ways to address racial discrimination and how to together and walk in solidarity from the O’Connor Campus Center improve the Colgate experience for all (COOP), down Broad Street, to members, especially students of color Frank Dining Hall. and international students.

April 16, 2018

Inclusive Colgate Initiative

Colgate joined the growing number of universities and colleges that only allow incoming first-years to be assigned a roommate through Residential Life, instead of giving incoming first-years the option to choose their own roommate. However, the room assignments were not entirely random. The Office of Residential Life sent out an extensive “First-Year Housing Preference Form” they believed would best match students to the right roommate and residence hall. The form allowed Residential Life to match students with roommates based on important similarities. The responses of all the incoming first-years were considered together in order to create the residence hall floors and residential commons communities.

April 26, 2018

First-Year Roommates

March 27, 2018 A Colgate student was diagnosed with On Tuesday, April 10, members Two residents of Drake Hall were bacterial meningococcal meningitis by of the Colgate community were physicians after being taken to St. Luke’s targets of a racial slur on Tuesday, informed by President Casey on the details of that year’s Torchlight Hospital in Utica with symptoms consis- March 27. The students, who wished tent with meningitis on Monday, April to be identified only as Chinese, found procession. The choice was made to 2. No additional patients were identithe words “Ching Chong Mother use a brass torch that would reflect fied since the initial diagnosis. Colgate’s F*****” written on their door decorathe torch of knowledge depicted in Student Health Services prevented other tion. The decoration was meant to Colgate’s seal. The brass torch would students and members of the campus celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, replace the wooden torch used in community from contracting the illness. an important festival in the students’ previous procession ceremonies. University officials directly reached out native culture. The racially-charged Casey stated that Colgate would to individuals who may have been in episode prompted a campus-wide evaluate the results of the spring 2018 close contact with the patient, and gave investigation, as well as a long overdue these members of the campus commuceremony and engage the possibility conversation on racism against Asian for change as the university celebrates nity preventative treatment in the form of antibiotics. and international students at Colgate. its bicentennial next year.

April 1o, 2018


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Tristan Hilpert is Colgate’s new Assistant Dean of Students and 200 YEARS: This “C” used for bicentennial celebrations comes from Director of Fraternity and Sorority old Colgate yearbooks. Emily Rahhal Advising. According to Phi Kappa Tau’s official website, he attended Cal-State Fullerton, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Hilpert has a Master’s degree in higher education from the University of Louisville and previously served as Board of Governors Chairman for PKT at Chapman University.

Director for ALANA Cultural Center

LeAnna Rice Class of 2022

By Jessica Johnson LeAnna Rice is the new director for the ALANA Cultural Center. As director she supervises and works alongside the ALANA team to ensure that they comply with the objectives in their mission statement. Prior to accepting her position at Colgate, Rice was a college mental health counselor at Binghamton University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Director of LGBTQ Initiatives

Tiffany Lane

Class of 2022

By Marisa Modugno Tiffany Lane is Colgate’s new Director of LGBTQ Initiatives. Previously, Lane worked as Gettysburg College’s director of LGBTQIA Advocacy and Education from 20162018, according to The Gettysburgian. Upon Lane’s hiring, Colgate University issued the following statement on Twitter: “We are excited to see how her leadership and experience help to advance LGBTQ Initiatives at Colgate.”

Dean of Students

Maria del Carmen Flores-Mills Maroon-News Staff

By Jessica Johnson Maria del Carmen Flores-Mills is Colgate’s newest Dean of Students. Prior to joining the faculty this past June, she worked at Franklin & Marshall College and Princeton University. Her jobs included new student orientation, Outdoor Education and Student Accessibility Services. “I look forward to immersing myself in Colgate’s campus culture, connecting with students, and working collaboratively with them,” Flores-Mills said in an earlier interview with Colgate’s Mark Walden.

August 29, 2018

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The Class of 2022 Moves In


Jazmin Pavon

WELCOME, FIRST-YEARS!: Campus wide efforts to help welcome and move in the class of 2022 took place this Sunday. Students were greeted by Link staff and serenaded by a capella groups. Later, they met with their Links and CLs while staff prepared for Convocation.



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Reasons I’m a Raider By Kuba Alicki Class of 2022

As I drove into town early last week for early move-in, I gazed at the gothic buildings peeking out of the green Hamilton foliage and wondered if I would belong at Colgate, a place four hours from my home in Middletown, Connecticut. Though I am lucky I did not have to fly across the world to get here, I probably had the same doubts as my peers who did. For us firstyears, move-in day will be stressful; however, after a few days of adjusting yourself to life on campus and remembering why you chose Colgate, you will feel much more comfortable with your decision. I know I already am. My college search this past year included hours poring over websites ranging from The Princeton Review and U.S. News to Niche. Even on the university’s website, you can find descriptions of our campus, “consistently named one of the most beautiful in the nation,” a boastful yet reassuring opinion. While some other first-years may use these opinions on campus appearance to brag about Colgate in a race for prestige, I found that the campus comfortably reminds me of home. On my way back from a meeting for The Colgate Maroon-News, I was stunned to see that the vaguely familiar landscape between Persson Hall and my dorm, Curtis Hall, took me back to walking through the woods behind Snow Elementary School in my hometown. Though I grew up in New England, Colgate’s homey feeling is exactly what I was looking for in a college. Academically, I was originally on the lookout for schools with engineering programs, so liberal arts colleges were low

on my priority list compared to bigger, technically oriented schools. Then I discovered the 3/2 pre-engineering program. As a hopeful candidate for this engineering track, I would spend three years at Colgate studying physics and completing my core curriculum. For my last two years, I would transfer to either Washington University or Columbia University to study engineering. At the end of the program, I would have two bachelor’s degrees: one from Colgate in physics and one from my second college in my selected engineering field. Should I choose to stay at Colgate for a senior year, as students in the past have done, I could then continue with a 4/2 and receive a Masters in Engineering. It is incredible that I have flexibility at a liberal arts college when it comes to a joint pre-engineering program. The program allows me to have more options in what I choose to study. At Colgate, I know that I have options for which engineering path I want to follow and other passions I want to pursue, as I am already able to pursue my passion for journalism. Freshmen, take the next week to reflect on why you chose Colgate and what you hope to get out of your next four years here. It helped me make Colgate my home away from home and ease the transition to college, and I hope it will for you too. Contact Kuba Alicki at

A First-Year Looking Foward By Joseph Giordano Class of 2022

If you had asked me a week ago what I was excited to see here at Colgate University, I would have joked that I just could not wait to get out of Schenectady, New York. It would not have been a genuine answer. Now that I have actually arrived on campus and moved in, however, I believe that I have found the real answer. I am excited for Colgate because going here will allow me to do so many things new things. This is true even of the classes I selected this year. For example, I have Elementary Latin I on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is one of the most exciting learning opportunities that I have ever had access to. Since I was seven years old, I have always wanted to learn Latin. Finally having that option in my grasp is indescribable. Coming to Colgate has let me finally achieve a childhood dream that I thought I never would. Learning Latin is not the only option at Colgate that I look forward to. Even writing this very article for The Colgate Maroon-News is a dream come true. I have always been interested in the news. Every night for years, without fail, my parents and I would watch “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” I would dream of being a part of the news. Writing a story, telling a story, even predicting the weather; I could not get enough of that dream. Years later when I finally arrived at Colgate, and before classes even started, I have been given this opportunity by being a writer for the newspaper. The idea that you are reading

this article right now in a real newspaper puts a smile on my face. Besides learning and writing, I am also quite excited to make new friends. I certainly talked to people back home in Schenectady – we knew one another, we had conversations and we had fun. It was exceedingly difficult, however, to build a meaningful connection with anyone at home. We were too different. Here at Colgate, I have already made connections deeper than I had in Schenectady. I am closer to the friends I have met here than to anyone I met back home, and that is even before most of my class has arrived on campus. Colgate is a huge change from home, and that forms a large part of why I am so excited to be here. Besides those differences though, it will be nice to finally be able to accomplish so many of the things that I set out to do years ago. Learning Latin, being a part of the news and making close friends in person are things that I have always wanted, and Colgate has made them finally all options for me. I simply cannot wait to see what else Colgate has in store for me throughout the year. Who knows what other dreams lie ahead. Contact Joseph Giordano

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A First-Year’s Initial Impressions of the Food at Frank By Joseph Giordano Class of 2022

The Curtiss E. Frank Dining Hall, also known as “Frank,” is Colgate’s main dining hall. It has a coffee bar, it is open 24/7 and is fairly convenient if you are living on campus due to its central location. In my first days as an official Colgate student, I have wondered if Frank’s popularity is due to its centrality and convenience or to the actual quality of the food. To answer this question, I set out to gather my first impressions and review a selection of dishes . I tried as many lunch foods as I possibly could in one day. The first food I tried was the potato wedges. Some odd seasoning made them taste slightly different than expected, but it is hard to go wrong with potatoes. They are the only item I think I could fairly call delicious. I even found myself going back for more. They do not make much of a main dish, but as a side, I certainly enjoyed them. Rating: 8/10. If you are looking for a main dish rather than just a side, the grilled chicken is not a bad choice. The piece I tried had a sort of smoky flavor, so if you are not a fan of smoke, steer clear. It was a touch dry but the quality was decent. Rating: 6/10. Vegetables, while not the most exciting are always important in one’s diet, so one might find themselves using the cauliflower puree to serve this purpose. I would not recommend doing so because the combination of flavor and texture made something resembling a strange cheese. It is still perfectly serviceable as a vegetable dish, but was not the best option that I found. Rating: 5/10.

If you are looking to add more vegetables to your diet, the salad in Frank is ideal. It tastes decent, is low-calorie and there is an array of dressings available. There are also large bowls available, so you can create a salad large enough to satisphy your hunger. The salad is exactly what you would expect: Rating 9/10. If you would prefer a cooked vegetable, you might be inclined toward the steamed broccoli. This would be a fine decision. Between the seasoning and garlic, the flavor of the broccoli itself can be somewhat overpowered, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. Rating: 4/10. Steamed broccoli is also available as part of another dish in Frank: the “Broccoli Lemon and Garlic Penne Pasta.” I may be biased due to the love of pasta I have carried throughout my life, but I do highly recommend this dish. It is not the best pasta I have ever had, but it is still solid. Rating: 6/10. If you are looking for a quick snack, the parmesan peppercorn chips are alright. They taste somewhat like burnt kettle chips, but in a pinch, you could do worse. Rating: 7/10. Speaking of doing worse, I have taken specific issue with the grilled cheese at Frank. The issue is not their taste, only Frank’s description of it. Allow me to describe the process involved in creating these sandwiches. Take two pieces of white bread and toast those pieces for a few seconds, and place a piece of cheese between them. That is the end of the process. These sandwiches are certainly not inedible, but I take umbrage at referring to them as “grilled cheese” when the cheese has blatantly not been grilled. Rating: 2/10. After trying as much as I could, I would have to say that the food at Frank is fine for a college dining hall. There are a few specific

The Curtiss E. Frank Dining Hall: The primary dining hall on campus. First-years will likely eat most of their meals here.

Kuba Alicki

menu items I take issue with, but in general, it is hard to go wrong with so much food available. While some of the dishes are more enjoyable than others, all are edible, and I would recommend all except the grilled cheese. Contact Joseph Giordano at jgiordano@colgate.eduw

Thank you to all of the students who participated in The Colgate Maroon-News pre-orientation program! Kuba Alicki Nick Francoeur Haley Fuller Joseph Giordano August Halbach Liam Higgins Jessica Johnson Marisa Modugno Kingston Perry

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Thirteen Ways to Decorate Your Dorm Room By Haley Fuller Class of 2022

Decorating a dorm room for the first time can be intimidating. How do you put your best foot forward for future visitors while also displaying all of the comforts of home? Having spent the past four years living in a dorm room at boarding school, I’ve compiled my years of knowledge and expertise into 13 tips for decorating a room that you’ll love. 1. Invest in Command hooks and Command strips. A lot of them. In all sizes. They can be used to hang up everything from posters and signs to jackets and towels. They are much stronger than tape and won’t ruin your walls, so you won’t be facing charges from Residential Life at the end of the year. 2. Bring or print out photos from home. Not only will they spruce up your plain white walls, but seeing familiar faces will brighten up your days and soothe your homesickness while you adjust to life away from home. 3. If you don’t want to take up valuable surface space with picture frames, use Washi tape to add a decorative frame to photos on your wall and color to your room. 4. Flags, tapestries and banners occupy large areas of space on your walls and represent your style in unique ways, making your room both colorful and special. 5. Throw pillows with bright colors and interesting patterns will make your bed both cozier and more difficult to pry yourself out of for your 8 a.m. class. 6. For those of you who don’t like sleeping in a pitch-black room, hang up some string lights. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you can get colorful lights or ones shaped like pineapples or unicorns. You can also purchase glow-in-the-dark stars and create a constellation on your ceiling. 7. A whiteboard can be useful for writing down deadlines or genius spur-of-the-moment ideas. You can put up a small one on your door so your friends can leave notes. Also, whiteboards can serve double-duty as a “Do Not Disturb Sign” while you are taking a much needed nap. 8. For a touch of green in a dark room, try a plant. Succulents are great because you don’t have to water them very often, and they’ll also improve the air quality in your room. 9. Feel free to move the furniture if the layout does not work. Desks and

13 Beats of the Week By Haley Fuller Class of 2022

1. “The World Is Ours” by David Correy feat. Aloe Blacc With four whole years ahead, anything is possible. It’s crucial to take advantage of all of the opportunities around campus. 2. “New Morning” by Bob Dylan Let Bob Dylan’s upbeat backing track and soothing voice entice you to get out of bed to go to orientation or class on those mornings when you’re exhausted from last night’s bonding session with the people in your hall. 3. “I’m Already Gone” by A Day To Remember New transitions are always difficult, but you have the opportunity to recreate yourself here. If you feel a little lost in the crowd remember that “[you’re] already something to someone you don’t know.” 4. “Welcome To Your Life” by Grouplove This peppy track by alternative band Grouplove will bring some energy to the overcast, rainy weather predicted for next week. 5. “Figuring It Out” by SWMRS Another reminder that every other first-year is also trying to find their place while learning the ins and outs of college classes and dorm living. 6. “May We All” by Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw Here’s a song that reminisces on the past while looking forward to new opportunities and future successes.

bureaus can easily be turned. To maximize storage space, raise your bed; the dresser and other plastic storage containers can fit under it. 10. If you don’t have carpeting in your room, an area rug can provide a pop of color and some well-needed warmth when you finally get out of bed on winter mornings. 11. For extra storage that fits conveniently under or next to your bed, use stacking drawers. Their versatility makes them a great addition to every room, especially for those who overpack. 12. Over-the-door shoe organizers will fit on the inside or outside of your door and fit everything from shoes and school supplies to toiletries and snacks. They will also free up some floor space. 13. For more intricate decor options, research do-it-yourself projects online. You can find instructions to make everything from a cardboard headboard to a shoebox movie projector. I hope some of these tips help you create a room that you love, or at least don’t mind living in for the next nine months! Contact Haley Fuller at

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THE DREAM DORM ROOM: Fun, colorful and decorative decor spruce up the blank walls of any room and make it your own.

7. “Home” by Phillip Phillips The message behind this song by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is a good one, reminding listeners that even when things get difficult, there’s always light at the other end of the tunnel. 8. “Brand New” by Ben Rector Between the positive lyrics and uptempo backing track, this song radiates nothing but good vibes. It’ll put a smile on your face after a full day of new classes. 9. “Uncharted” by Sara Bareilles Despite the lyrics’ original message of anxiousness and trepidation, Bareilles’ tune changes about halfway through her 2010 hit, sharing the importance of jumping into a new experience and throwing insecurities out the window. 10. “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors Everyone needs a little encouragement during a time of transition. Even if you feel like you’re the only one struggling, chances are that someone on your hall or in your classes is feeling the same way. 11. “Seventeen” by Alessia Cara This tune by the 22-year old songstress examines everyone’s desire to grow up and get to the next stage. However, it also serves as a reminder to enjoy where you are now before it’s time to worry about next steps. 12. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth If this song makes you feel sentimental about those from home, text or call them to swap stories of the ups and downs of being at the bottom of the totem pole. 13. “Yesterday” by Imagine Dragons The syncopation and electric guitar instrumental come together for an interesting and uplifting track sure to make you feel nostalgic about home while also creating a sense of excitement for what’s to come. Contact Haley Fuller at

Your Week in Preview By Alena Maiolo Arts & Features Editor

OUT THERE: THE QUEST FOR EXTRASOLAR WORLDS Join astronomers in the Ho Tung Visualization Lab in the Ho Science Center to explore other worlds and beyond. Come discover the sun and a plethora of other stars and planets beginning August 31 at 7 p.m. CLIFFORD GALLERY EXHIBITION: THE HILL ENVISIONED Colgate’s grounds have always been a key asset to the community. This exhibit highlights the changes throughout the decades and the architects who made them, which is particularly special during the bicentennial year. Check out this event from now through October 3 in Brehmer Theater. ’GATE NIGHT TRIP TO THE GREAT NEW YORK STATE FAIR Are you excited to explore Central New York? Gate Night is sponsoring an offcampus trip to the Great New York State Fair located in Syracuse, NY. Prepare to play your favorite games, win prizes, enjoy popcorn and cotton candy and experience thrilling rides – the perfect conclusion to the summer! The event will take place on September 1 from 5:45 p.m. to midnight. Free transportation and tickets will be provided. Sign up at “THE SEAGULL” AUDITIONS Calling all thespians! Come to audition for the University Theatre Fall production of “The Seagull,” a play written by Anton Chekhov. Professor A. Giurgea will be directing the play. No experience necessary. Head to Brehmer Theatre between September 3 and September 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. to showcase your abilities.

ALTERNATIVE CINEMA: LET THE FIRE BURN Head down the Persson steps to Golden Auditorium in Little Hall for the first Alternative Cinema screening of the year, “Let the Fire Burn.” The 2003 movie, directed by Jason Osder, follows the MOVE organization, an Black liberation group led by the charismatic John Africa. The impactful and historical film will be screened on Tuesday, September 4 at 7 p.m.

THE BEAUTY OF SCULPTED MINERALS To celebrate Colgate’s bicentennial year, the Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum is featuring a special exhibit filled with mineral sculptures. The gems are on loan from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, which was founded by a Colgate professor back in 1869. The exhibit will be on display through June 2019. Contact Alena Maiolo at

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IN T HE LIGHT Abby Waxler By Haley Fuller Class of 2022

Hailing from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, senior Abby Waxler arrived in Hamilton three years ago with an open mind and an eagerness to get involved on campus. An active member of the Colgate community, Waxler is a member of Link Staff and serves as the Chief of Staff for the Student Government Association. Last semester, she studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Waxler is a computer science major who has applied her coding knowledge toward her work as the Director of Operations for Gipper, a startup founded through Colgate’s Thought Into Action entrepreneurship program. Gipper is an athletic communications platform that works with private schools to create media content featuring athletic highlights. Waxler says that computer science was not always her master plan. “I took a lot of computer science classes in high school but had zero intention of majoring in it here. That is, until I was placed in COSC 101 [Introduction for Computing I] my first semester, loved it and completely changed my mind.” Waxler fuels her intellectual curiosity by taking classes outside of her major. “My favorite class that I’ve taken here was the American School,” she said. “I’m a science person and took it strictly for the distribution requirements, but loved the class and recommend to all.” In addition to her academic and extracurricular commitments during the school year, Waxler has developed professional skills during her summers. This past summer, she worked at Tinder in Los Angeles as a software engineer in the iOS engineering department. “I loved working for a small company with a huge impact because I had real responsibilities as a software engineering intern. The work was pretty difficult but it was overall a fun experience,” Waxler said. Preparing for life after Colgate, Waxler will miss the free gym membership, Byrne Dairy pumpkin pie ice cream and most of all, the people. Waxler made sure to advise first-years to take advantage of relationships with faculty and small class sizes. “Go to office hours! The professors at Colgate are great and have so much to teach you if you just ask. Also, take COSC 101 before you leave Colgate – you won’t regret it,” she said. Although she is unsure where her path will lead next, she is considering working in software engineering in Manhattan or joining the Navy to do intelligence work. But for now, don’t be a stranger when you see Waxler on the fifth floor of Case-Geyer library. “I love to be interrupted,” she said. Contact Haley Fuller at

FIRST-YEAR AUTHORS: Pictured from left – Jessica Johnson, Haley Fuller, August Halbach, Marisa Modugno, Ignacio Villar, Nick Francoeur, Kingston Perry, Kuba Alicki, Liam Higgins and Joseph Giordano. These students began their Colgate careers by participating in a newspaper-intensive pre-orientation program. This issue includes articles and photographs written and assembled throughout their pre-orientation experience. Jazmin Pavon

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Men’s Soccer Looks to Continue Hot Streak After Tourney Run, Harris Remains Strong in Opener By Gideon Hamot Colgate Sports Editor

In the final weeks of October 2017, many students on campus were ready for the men’s soccer season to draw to a close. The team, who the year prior had won the Patriot League and nearly defeated UCLA, stood at 5-10-1 and would need a bit of magic to make the Patriot League tournament. Enter Jacob Harris. The sophomore had just two appearances under his belt but immediately made an impact. Harris stopped eight shots in the team’s final two regular season games, seven of which were during the regular season finale victory over Boston University. Within a week, the Raiders rose from middle-of-the-pack to the hottest team in the nation.The squad rattled off seven straight victories on their way to their first-ever appearance in the Sweet Sixteen of the Division 1 men’s tournament. With a strong returning core and touted group of freshmen, the Raiders stand a chance at replicating last fall’s success. The United Soccer Coaches’ preseason poll ranked the Colgate #25 nationally, best in the Patriot League and higher than D1 giants Cal, UCLA and Maryland. The team did not disappoint in their opening match on Friday, a 1-0 victory over ACC team Pittsburgh durng which Harris made six saves to preserve the shutout. We spoke with Harris after the win to talk about his first impressions as Colgate’s starting goalkeeper. MN: What was it like being thrown in as the starting goalie at such a crucial point in the season? JH: It certainly seemed that there was a lot of pressure, taking over the starting job with two must-win games left on the schedule, but I did my best to approach those games as if there was nothing to lose. After narrowly beating Navy, no one really expected us to beat first-place BU, so there was no real pressure. We all just went out there and played how we knew we could. And after that, our confidence soared, which helped me and my teammates play freely and be successful in the Patriot League and NCAA tournaments. MN: What do you think made you so

FREDDY IS READY: Senior striker Freddy Jonsson drew first blood of the 2018 Colgate Men’s Soccer season, scoring in the 74th minute against Pittsburgh. Jonsson’s was the lone goal of the match, securing a 1-0 shutout win to open the Raiders’ season. Colgate Athletics successful stepping in midway through the What do you think went right for you regarding mates that they will make the correct decisions withseason last year? how you wanted to open up the season? in a game, but I also trust them as friends, which JH: I was able to achieve success last year JH: Last night was a great start to the season. It may be even more important to our victories. As completely because of my teammates and coach- was a big-time win against a good Pitt team. The a defensive unit, we must be able to communicate es. The most important thing they did was believe win certainly boosted our confidence and helped us freely. We listen to each other’s suggestions openly in me and my abilities, which really helped me see we can compete and succeed against high-level and that makes us better as a whole. perform at a high level. It was truly a testament to ACC programs. It was a good stepping stone for Head Coach Erik Ronning praised the strong relationships and trust that have been more success this season, and it was great for our Harris’ work. built over my two years as a part of the program. freshmen to see what it takes to win a game at this “Jacob has done a terrific job since earning the MN: Expectations are pretty high this year. Can level. However, we know we have a quick turnaround starting position during the latter stages of 2017,” you talk about the team’s mentality going into this with our game Monday night against Albany, so that he said. “Simply put, he worked incredibly hard, season compared to last? is our sole focus at this point. embraced the coaching, improved tremendously JH: We are going into this season just as hungry MN: You’ve played against some very and took full advantage of the opportunity in front as ever. The older guys in the program know what it talented programs in your career here. Can you of him.” feels like to win, but no one is complacent with what discuss the aspects of your relationship with your Jacob Harris and the Colgate men’s soccer team we’ve achieved in the past. As Coach [Erik] Ronning backline that have led to success in these games? continue their season on August 30 when they reminds us, this is a whole new team; we haven’t acJH: Defense is the backbone of our program host Hofstra at 4:30 p.m. at Beyer-Small. complished anything yet. The feeling of winning and my relationship to the backline has been a championship is amazing yet fleeting. There’s extremely important to our achievements as a Contact Gideon Hamot nothing we want more than to be the first Pa- team. The biggest things that have led to our at triot League soccer team to three-peat and to be success against such talented programs are trust more successful in the NCAA tournament. and communication. I trust my backline no matter MN: You had a huge opening win last night. the situation and they trust me. I trust them as team-

Colgate Ruggers Prepare for Season with Referee Course played rugby before coming to Hamilton, the lessons learned on the field Thursday were invaluable, students said. “Being able to work with such a distinguished referee as Terry Haas was a real honor,” said sophomore Ben Pelino, who showed promise as the Sir in a 10 v. 10 exhibition match at the end of the day. The year is shaping up to be incredibly important for both the men’s and women’s sides as they look to establish their presence both on campus and in the national rugby scene. The men’s side will begin their second seaSHARING THE KNOWLEDGE: Junior rugger Sam Wittman recieves instructions during the set pieces portion son in Division 1 this year after of the training. Gideon Hamot being in the lower divisions for the past decade. With a young emy Field to participate in the information our student-athletes team, they will hope to improve By Gideon Hamot USA Rugby Referee L100 course. did leading up to the clinic pro- over their top division debut last Colgate Sports Editor “[The] purpose of the USA vided a more intimate knowledge season. Their regular season will As fall sports teams returned Rugby Level 100 Referee Clinic of rugby,” Chapman said. “We get underway on September 1 as to campus in August and began was to provide each participant had great educators leading the they visit Cornell University in to practice for their upcoming with a better understanding of clinic, Doug Syme (East Penn the annual match for the Claret season with conditioning pro- the laws of the game while also Referee Society), USA Rugby Mug. The women will look to grams and strategic film sessions, gaining a deeper respect of the Referee Performance Evaluator build upon last year’s 13th place Colgate Rugby Coach David work of referees,” Coach Da- Tom Barr and Terry Haas ’73.” finish in the National Small ColChapman had a different idea. vid Chapman, who is a certified With over half this year’s team lege Rugby Organization and will On Thursday morning the men’s match official, said. consisting of first-years and sopho- open their season on September 1 and women’s teams met at Acad“The amount of work and mores, many of whom had never at Rochester.

According to Coach Chapman, confidence in the rebuilding process is strong. “Our men and women of both programs are very excited for the upcoming season having returned a significant amount of experience,” he said. “Last year was considered a rebuilding year due to the caliber of players who had graduated in 2017. However, our student-athletes who graduated in the Class of 2018 did a phenomenal job of developing our younger players and promoting strong communities for both programs.” For those looking to play for either team, no experience is necessary, and first-year practices will be held on August 30 and 31 on Academy Field. For further questions about the men’s team, reach out to Benji Pratley (, and for inquiries about the women’s side, reach out to Shelley Liu (

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Urban Meyer’s Suspension Prioritizes Winning Over Morals By IGNACIO VILLAR Class of 2022

Ohio State University issued a three-game suspension to head football coach Urban Meyer on August 22 for his failure to take proper management actions in dealing with assistant coach Zach Smith’s misconduct. Meyer’s failure to act resulted in punishment, but Ohio State could have given more than a three-game suspension. Meyer technically did all that was required when he was informed wide receivers coach Zach Smith had been arrested on June 21, 2009 and Oct. 26, 2015 by reporting both instances to his superiors upon discovery. Smith’s first arrest was for aggravated battery of his pregnant wife, Courtney, and the second was for domestic violence and felonious assault. Meyer, however, lied to the media regarding his knowledge of the 2015 arrest. The lie lead to an Ohio State University internal investigation which began on July 24. At the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago that month, Meyer commented on the 2015 incident. “Once again, I don’t know who creates a story like that,” Meyer said. Smith was part of Meyer’s staff for 12 years prior to his dismissal. Meyer only fired Smith after news of his arrests were made public by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy on July 23. Meyer is a coach who expounds on the importance of being able to trust leaders. He is also a coach who failed his players, his staff and the fans. In his handling of the Zach Smith case, Meyer demonstrated that he prioritizes what one can do on the field over what one does off of it. In his first round of apologies, Meyer did not mention Courtney Smith, and instead apologized for the circumstances.

“Well, I have a message for everyone involved in this. I’m sorry we’re in this situation. And, um... I’m just sorry we’re in this situation,” Meyer said. Two days later, he attempted a second apology via Twitter. “Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday. I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they have gone through,” Meyer said. Based on past cases, it is a fool’s errand to believe that sports, especially college football, will lead the societal discussion on domestic violence and the responsibility held by employers in their handling of the issue. Universities have demonstrated a willingness to overlook and ignore personal failings if the individual can help achieve on-field (court, pitch) success. At Colorado University, another case contributes to the pattern of forgiveness of high-achieving coaches in the NCAA. In December 2016, Pamela Fine called head coach Mike MacIntyre of the Colorado University football team to inform him that Joe Tumpkin, an assistant coach on his staff, had been beating her. MacIntyre, like Meyer, told his bosses, but failed to notify the authorities. Tumpkin was confronted but no disciplinary action took place and he went on to coach CU’s defense against Oklahoma State during the Alamo Bowl on December 29, 2016. News of the allegations against Tumpkin became public after a Daily Camera reporter called CU, prompting the university to commence an investigation of MacIntyre and his superiors’ handling of the accusation. CU ordered MacIntyre to donate $100,000 to domestic violence awareness on June 12, 2017. In an official press release, Coach MacIntyre addressed the situation. “I did not come to CU to run a program or to achieve success at any cost. Nor has the CU leadership ever encouraged such behavior. I

MEYER’S MAJOR MISTAKE: Urban Meyer faces a mere three-game suspension for failing to sufficiently handle and report the Zach Smith do situation.

can assure the campus community, all CU fans and all of our student-athletes and their families that I personally (and our team and coaching staff collectively) will continue to build the rise of CU football on a bedrock set of values: decency, honor, excellence, respect for women and for all people being chief among them,” MacIntyre said. Smith was never charged with domestic abuse, as his ex-wife dropped the charges both times. The U.S. District Judge handling the negligence lawsuit against MacIntyre and CU administrators dismissed the lawsuit. Neither Meyer nor MacIntyre need to do anything more. They were not required to fire either respective employee, since no legal charges were processed.

The actions both head coaches took were judged insufficient and irresponsible, resulting in their respective suspensions. Meyer, though, has a career record of 177 wins and 31 losses. MacIntyre led CU to their first winning season since 2005 during the 2016 campaign, which has led many to question the priorities of the schools. Both coaches have shown that they can win on the field, and Urban Meyer is tauted as one of college football’s finest. Both coaches, however, came up short off of the field in handling these cases. Still, a three-game suspension was the verdict. Contact Ignacio Villar at

NFL Players and Coaches Struggle to Adjust to Revised Tackling Rule Under-explained and Over-penalized Rule Change Set to Cause Controversy By KINGSTON PERRY Class of 2022

The 2018 NFL season is set to kickoff on September 6, and it is poised to be one of the most controversial in recent memory. With National Anthem protests continuing to be a significant cause of disagreement between players and owners, along with the slew of rule changes that will likely force a change in the way the game is played, there will be no shortage of contention surrounding the League both on and off the field. One of the biggest updates to the NFL rule book is a new tackling rule, designed to protect players by prohibiting contact initiated with the crown of a player’s helmet. The rule was created in response to injuries suffered through previously legal, yet improper, tackling techniques. For example, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier injured his back during a routine tackle in which he led with the crown of his helmet last season. Shazier’s injury required spinal surgery and he was not able to walk for about eight months. Shazier intends to return to the football field, but will be out for the entirety of the 2018 season. The NFL created the new tackling rule with the intention of preventing injuries like Shazier’s, but its implementation has raised questions. Some players and coaches have vocalized their confusion and frustration over the rule change, as many typical in-game tackles are now considered illegal.

HEADS UP, NFL: The new tackling rule, set to make its regular season debut in 2018, has brought about confusion and anger among the hard-hitting defensive playmakers around the league. Expect 15-yard penalties and ejections to become a real threat.

It is also unclear to many what exactly the new rule entails. Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman have expressed their concerns during the first two weeks of preseason play. “I don’t know how you’re going to play the game. If your helmet comes in contact? How are you going to avoid that?” Norman said.

“It’s ridiculous. Like telling a driver if you touch the lanes, you’re getting a ticket. It’s going to lead to more lower-extremity injuries,” said Sherman. Players assert that lowering one’s head while tackling is a natural movement, and that the NFL’s attempt to police this will lead to a worsened on-field product comprised of slower play and more penalty flags.

Through two weeks of the NFL preseason, 51 flags have been thrown because of the helmet rule. Additionally, these fouls can be game-altering, as breaking the new rule costs a team a 15 yards and an automatic first down, with excessive or repeat offenders at risk of ejection. In response to the widespread confusion, the NFL has distributed a video to all of its 32 teams that further explains what classifies as a foul under the new rule. It includes examples from the first two weeks of the preseason in order to clarify proper and improper tackling techniques and applications of the rule. The league has also made it clear that it will not be reversing the rule at any point during the 2018 season. However, revisions to it seem likely at some point given the current pulse of the league. Whatever the case, the new tackling rule is sure to have lasting implications on the game, with the league motivated, or at least appearing to be motivated, to find solutions to its injury problem through legislation. Now, players will have to make a conscious effort to change the way they tackle if they want to avoid being penalized. The new tackling rule is here to stay for the foreseeable future, and the way professional football is played will have to change. Contact Kingston Perry at


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