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Autumn 2013

Battle of the A Capella Groups

Autumn Adventures | Who’s Who in Clinton | Ultimate Hamilton Playlist


from the editors There’s nothing quite like fall on the Hill. The campus bustles with new and seasoned Hamiltonians alike, visiting alums and respected leaders, and many Cider Mill donuts. It’s an exciting time of year -- teams kick off another season, clubs throw a new wave of events, and professors dust off our idle summer minds.

of school greeted us with unusually warm temperatures, national press in multiple respects, and meaningful and necessary schoolwide conversations. With the fall came an ever-growing theatre and studio arts building, a new era of library carpeting, and even a brand new dorm (featured on page 7). out of touch with the goings-on in our larger community. In this issue, we bring to Among these include the individuals who keep Clintonians in check (story on page


in this issue

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#getscrolled page 8

get dressed page 31

table of contents On the Cover Battle of the A Cappella Groups 12

On the Hill


Katie Dugan & Peggy Garte 4 Best Study Spots on Campus 5 A Look at Weekly Emails 6 Visiting Anderson House 7

How to Dress for Fall Parties 28 Backpacks vs. Totes 30 Guide to Fall Fleeces 31 Spotted 32

Talk of the Town


Hamilton in Real Time 8 Alexander Hamilton in Pop Culture 10 Battle of the A Cappella Groups 12 Ultimate Hamilton Playlist 14

Features The Not-So Lazy Days of Summer 15 Greek Life Recruitment Changes 16 The Legacy of Diplomat Johnnie Carson 18 The (Res) Life of the Hill 20

Who’s Who in Clinton 22 Review of Across the Row Bistro 24 Fall Student Poll 25 What Your Diner Order Says 26

Travel The Taste of Fall 34 Watch the Sunset 36 Autumn Adventures 38 Reverse Culture Shock 40

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Katie Dugan Peggy Garte:


Career Connoisseurs

tune a resume, search for a summer internship, or apply for a job or graduate school, the Career Center is one of the most valuable resources available. The Career Center’s staff, peer advisors, and peer presenters work together to help students along any career path and teach them how to utilize Hamilton’s extensive alumni network. Recently, Katie Dugan ’92 and Peggy Garte ’01 were added to the Career Center’s already impressive roster of contacts. After graduating from Hamilton, Dugan and Garte began their own careers careers, Dugan and Garte chose to success in their future jobs. Shortly after graduating from Hamilton, Dugan began her

By Gipper Gailor ’15 After graduating from Hamilton, Garte attended Brooklyn Law School and then accepted a job working in the Legal Regulatory area at UBS Financial Services in New York. The next step in Peggy’s career led her to the Law School. Peggy’s experience in compliance law is also a valuable asset for students with whom she works, as compliance lawyers are currently in high demand. After graduating, Peggy and her husband (also a Hamilton graduate ’00), have tried to give back to Hamilton in any way possible. Now, Peggy has rejoined Hamilton community as what Mary Evans ’82, Executive Director of the Career Center, calls a “supervolunteer,” who specializes in mentoring students in the law school application process. Although she is no longer a student, Peggy views Hamilton in much the same way as she did when she attended classes. Peggy said that Hamilton was “always a very collaborative environment, and I continue to view it that way. I just have a new skill set to contribute to the collaboration now.” Since Peggy has such an intimate understanding of the law school application process, she hopes to continue to mentor Hamilton students and give back in any way she can. Mary Evans notes that one of the strengths of Hamilton’s Career Center is Hamilton’s enthusiastic alumni network. With alumni and parents who are so eager to help, she says that she would “like to

analyst in their Latin American Banking Group. As proof of the success of Hamilton’s network, Katie reported directly to two fellow Hamilton alumni during her early years at Goldman Sachs. After several years, Katie received her M.B.A from the Wharton School and had other jobs at Goldman Sachs, Parametric Technologies and Polaroid Corporation. In 2012, Katie chose to pay it forward and return to the Hill to serve the Hamilton community as a career consultant in the Career Center. Now that she is back at Hamilton, students.” No matter what career Katie notes that even though the path a Hamilton student chooses to Dugan, top; Garte, bottom. campus has changed physically, the follow, there will always be a way for him or her “rich social and academic environment” and to give back to Hamilton and serve as a valuable students’ ability to research and work directly with member of the alumni network. Lucky for us, the professors remains the same. Katie’s understanding opportunity to give back to Hamilton led Katie of the uniqueness of the Hamilton experience and Dugan and Peggy Garte back home to the Hill. institutions make her an incredibly valuable asset to Hamilton students and the Career Center.


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est Study Spots on Campus


on the ins and outs of Hamilton’s lesser known study spots.

CJ Lounge

Whether you are a mathematician or not, the

Glen House Porch The Glen House Porch, located near the Pub, provides a quiet and comfortable spot for you to relax and do some light reading. There are multiple hammocks in the back and you can always count on some good company at the Glen House. The spot might be too comfortable! As Alyssa DiCosmo ’15 said, “Study sessions here sometimes turn into lazy Sundays lying in one of the hammocks.” On a nice day, the porch might be just the study-break spot for you to go and chill out with some friends!


By Becca Rees ’16

Imagine it’s a Sunday night and you’re cramming for an exam the



Third Floor of the Chapel

While this area isn’t known for its large size, it can be the perfect spot to seclude oneself from all of campus and enjoy the quiet serenity of the chapel. Long couches and a couple of tables adorn the interior much space for anything besides you and your thoughts. If you’re willing to hike up all those stairs, you have yourself a cozy little study space.

SCCT Corner Rooms

If you’re looking for a quieter study space, the corner rooms in the Science Center are the perfect place to do work. There are two located at the end left and Science Center. The small space is perfect for you and a study buddy to buckle down and get some studying done. Imagining a dingy, small, study a pleasant view to look at as you work. All of the rooms are far away from the hustle and bustle of campus life, giving you an idyllic place to quietly immerse yourself in your studies.

Sadove Third Floor Did you even know that Sadove this quiet nook on campus is the perfect place to seclude yourself while still being conveniently close to everything. The study space is relatively small on the

with a quiet place to get some work done. There are group study areas, quiet rooms, and best of all, comfy chairs! Computers are laid out sporadically throughout the area so no matter what


lounge is equipped to handle it.

Fitness Center Common Room


If you’re looking to get some quick work done in between classes, debating whether or not to work out, or want to be surrounded by productive people, stop in at the Blood Fitness Center common room. Generally, there is a lot of activity passing through, but if you just need to pass some time and do a bit of light work, this is a convenient spot for you to go.

knowledge of its existence, it could be the perfect spot for you to sit down with your work.

Fourth Floor of Root


study space to match your study topic. If you are an English buff, yourself in your readings. The humanities building provides numerous classrooms and quiet areas to claim for oneself in order to read or

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a peek behind those

Weekly E E


By Callie McConnico ’16

very week, Hamilton students get the same emails that they then delete as fast as their clicker will allow. Every club, school event, and school announcement gets glazed over unless it has something really interesting in the subject line (probably free food). Clicking delete seems like a foolproof plan, until you realize how much you miss out on every day. When you actually stop to look at what happens

minutes to stop by Challah for Hunger or taking less than 20 minutes to get a relaxing chair rewarding. challah. Emma Laperruque ’14 and the other members make the challah every weekend. Laperruque explains, “Saturday we make the dough and let it rise overnight. We bake it Sunday and sell it that night”. There is challah bread for every palate, with variations on chocolate, herb, and cheese bread usually making an appearance. A popular favorite is “My Big Fat Greek Challah” which includes feta and spinach. This event is a charitable one, charity helps the people that have been displaced in Sudan, promising to provide aid and support. Buying from Challah for Hunger is an easy way for students to feel like they’ve actually accomplished something other than reading (i.e. procrastinating) on a Sunday night, and all because of a delicious $3 loaf. Chair Massage Tuesday takes place every Tuesday in the conference room of the Fitness Center. Anybody, student, staff, or faculty, can sign up and get a quick rejuvenating massage between 11 AM and 3 PM. A participant said, “I feel much more relaxed and ready for the week ahead after the massage.” The massages are performed by a licensed massage therapist and in a quiet environment to help you fully relax. The treatment is one dollar a minute for a maximum of 20 minutes. This service can help students unwind and get ready for the week of work ahead. began offering auricular (ear) acupuncture to Hamilton students needing a break from gives up to twelve students the relaxing treatment they need. “We live in a culture where we are expected to push, push, push to get the work done. Research shows without regular relaxation, this pushing strategy lowers your productivity,” says Rippey. “You work harder acupuncture classes are the perfect place. As participant Yvonne Schick ’13 says, “The biggest sedative effect of auricular therapy”. If having needles in your ears freaks you out a little bit, that’s normal, but Rippey says, “pressing through a little anxiety might be worth it. After most people give auricular acupuncture a try, their fear disappears.” Take away even more stress by booking an appointment to come back again. Rippey explains that even if you only go once

for coming weekly. There are quite a few ‘regulars’.” Going to one of these Stress Relief Classes can help you face the week and all of its pressures with renewed energy. These weekly emails may seem to We live in a culture where we clog your inbox, but they are there to help you and the wider community. Hamilton College are expected to push, push, provides diverse opportunities for students to for them. Whether getting some challah or making sure your stress levels go down, these events can be fun places to try new things and


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push to get the work done... Our brains need time to float along without having to worry or think.

on the hill


Hamilton’s Newest Dorm By Garrett Hiscano ’15 n response to the unexpectedly high enrollment rate of the Class of 2017 and fewer juniors going abroad in the fall than converted a former faculty residence into student housing during the summer recess. The new dormitory, Anderson House, is so new that it receives no mention on Hamilton’s online “Where to Live” feature. Furthermore, it was only available to students during the summer housing lottery, directions from classmates. Anderson House sits across from Bundy Dining hall and adjacent to Skenandoa, making it the furthest student residence down the Hill. The dorm is split into two separate student apartments, each equipped with its own laundry and kitchen facilities. Upon entering Anderson, visitors step into a small room at the base of a staircase, reminiscent of a smaller version of Rogers’ Estate’s sprawling foyer. To the left, there is a large and inviting living room, comparable in size to a Dunham Fishbowl quad. Next to it is a small but adequate kitchen. The upstairs landing reveals students’ personal living quarters, divided into a single, a double, and a triple with a shared bathroom in the hall. Although Anderson is clearly quite unlike the majority of student housing options offered at Hamilton, it feels closest to the offspring of 4002 and the Farmhouse. The dorm’s most notable feature is without a doubt its secluded nature on campus: a cluster of trees separates Ander-

son from its larger neighbor, Skenandoa, and faculty housing makes up the remaining adjacent properties. The dorm’s relatively distant location did not go unnoticed by its inaugural student residents: “The stately décor made me feel like Alexander Hamilton himself, but I’m a senior and it’s too far down the hill for me. My bed’s arrangement technically makes me the farthest student down the hill, which is ridiculous” said Matt Hennigar ’14, who currently lives in Anderson but is in the location on campus. The insulated nature of Anderson House was understandably less troubling to its faculty inhabitants, one of whom lamented the loss of another on-campus faculty housing option. Professor Dan Chambliss, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology, lived in Anderson in the early nineties during its tenure as a faculty duplex. He fondly recalls having students visit the apartment and even taught his weekly “Advanced Topics in Sociology” seminar from the house. On the home’s conversion to student housing, Chambliss marked, “It’s a shame, I loved living there back then. Subsidized housing was a great perk to offer new professors. It’s in the College’s best interest to continue offering faculty housing on campus, it really makes professors more accessible to students.” With major proposed housing changes looming on the horizon, students will be happy to know this addition to the student Macintosh double.

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H@milton in Real Time How many of you have endlessly scrolled through your Facebook, your friend—or whoever it is you’re stalking—is up to? Ever happening on the Hill? Curious to know how our alumni are doing? Or, as prospective students, did you want to know what day-to-day life was like at Hamilton? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, check out The Scroll.


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aunched by Hamilton’s Communications and Web Services department, The Scroll offers a unique form of networking unlike any other form of social media the College employs. start with, The Scroll is not just one social

of Interactive Content Strategy, describes The Scroll as a “hand-cultivated social media aggregator with content that comes from our community.” Essentially, The Scroll compiles posts from a variety of social media sites, especially Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, in one place. It is a great resource for students, faculty, alumni, Hamilton families, and prospective students and families alike because it condenses the vast world of social networking and Hamilton’s extensive community to one website. Now there is no need to follow literally hundreds of Hamilton-related Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to know what’s happening. No need to friend and follow fellow Hamilton students and alumni to stalk their posts—just check The Scroll! The Scroll is easy to navigate. The homepage is a live-feed of posts from all facets of the Hamilton community. To narrow the posts down, the website splits posts into four sections. The “Head for the Hill” section, according to the website, is “of special interest to prospective students and families,” and features posts from the Admissions Twitter account and from the personal accounts of Admissions happening on campus right now; it pulls posts from students, clubs, academic departments, Café Opus, and more. The “Our Hamily” section targets alumni, and from Hamilton’s Twitter account, pictures of the action, and posts from Hamilton’s biggest fans. What really makes The Scroll unique, though, is that anyone connected to the College can “submit” content, which appears pending approval by the add “#GetScrolled” to your posts and chances are you’ll make it on the site (SPOILER ALERT: posts are monitored, so your Saturday night shenanigans might not make it). The College is not trying to push any agenda with The Scroll; posts are a collection of the entire Hamilton community’s events, thoughts, and what’s actually happening on campus. Authenticity is more important to us than sterilizing interactions. We all gain more from being open and real and learning as a community than we do in just portraying the good all the time.” It’s not sugarcoated and the content on the site is authentic, making it an invaluable resource to the Hamilton community, past and present. The Scroll is great because it is ours; we as a Hamilton community determine what goes up on the site based on our own posts. So take advantage of

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the hipster, you might say: the college’s namesake has the distinction of being that Founding Father who’s so obscure, most people have barely heard of him. Alexander He’s renowned for his title as the First Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, being on the tenHamilton-Oneida Academy. Hamilton’s history is packed with interesting facts and would make an excellent movie, but somehow this handsome leading man of American history has recognition, making four appearances in pop culture in recent years.


Got Milk Ad -


The Hamilton Mixtape - Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony award-winning writer and star


“Lazy Sunday” - In 2005, Saturday Night Live released a music video as a SNL


Drunk History - Improv comedy troop, Upright Citizens Brigade, recreated the

comically to the infamous Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr duel. The commercial features an Alexander Hamilton fanatic who, because his mouth is full of peanut butter and has no milk to wash it down, is unable to clearly articulate the answer to a $10,000 Clio Award for the Best Television Commercial of 1993, and ignited a series of other advertisements under the “Got Milk” slogan.

of the Broadway musical In the Heights, composed “The Hamilton Mixtape,” a rap about Al Ham’s rise from humble beginnings as “a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman” to the upper echelons of the American Revolutionary government. He performed this rap at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and Spoken Word for President Obama in 2009 and received rave reviews.

Digital Short called “Lazy Sunday. “ The rap was a spoof on the 1998 Puff Daddy hit single “It’s All about the Benjamin’s” and featured the following lyrics about Alexander Hamilton: “Yo, reach in my pocket, pull out some dough/Girl acted like she’d never seen a ten befo’/It’s all about the Hamilton’s, baby/Throw the snacks in the bag/Roll up to the theater, ticket buyin’/What we’re handlin’, you can call us Aaron Burr/From the way we’re droppin’ Hamiltons”

Hamilton-Burr duel in “Drunk History,” an online video series that consists of goofy bottle of scotch, recounts the Hamilton-Burr duel, which Michael Cera stars as Alexander Hamilton in a ridiculous wig. This reenactment presents the version of the story where Hamilton is said to have purposely aimed away from Burr.

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BATTLE OF THE It is truly incredible to witness Hamilton College a cappella auditions. Rushes of underclassmen hopefuls into “Pitch Perfect”. They run through their laundry list of experience: preschool/elementary/middle school/ high school choir, prenatal vocal lessons, a stint on Broadway as Gavroche in Les Mis, etc. They ferociously Google “quirky jokes for a cappella audition that are punny but not aggressive or lame,” all the while humming choral renditions of rap songs to make them sound like they didn’t have “On My Own” or “Take Me or Leave Me” perfectly rehearsed before. And then the auditions ensue. Hearts are either beaming or broken. Only the strongest survive and live the dream of standing on the Chapel stage as an acalowdown on each of these godly groups:

Special K: Descending from Kirkland College in 1973, Special K (the “K” for Kirkland) resides as Hamilton’s oldest female a cappella group. Whether performing pop favorites like Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend,” a boy band medley of *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, or oldies favorites like “Apple Tree,” the women of Special K translate heartfelt lyrics and sentiment into a stunning harmonic feat. “I love performing group songs, such as ‘Apple Tree’ and ‘My Heart With You,’ because I can hear everyone’s individual voices working together to create one, blended sound. It brings home for me why I love singing in a group of girls,” says Special K President Katherine Delesalle ’14. Known for their bright green apple advertisements and their colorful sundresses, Special K offers audience members a slice of sunshine. Special K’s invitational at Connecticut College last spring showed just how enthused and delighted they are in contributing their music to the greater aca-community. Their most recent performance wowed audiences, especially their Coldplay medley. Not to call anyone out, but I tears in the eyes during “Yellow.”


Reigning as the oldest co-ed group on campus, performing with bare feet and eclectic song selections, the ‘Tones are a force to be reckoned with. Hamiltones President Minou Clark ’14 thinks one of the group’s greatest strengths is its audition process. “We look for the most talented singers on campus, pure and We’re very welcoming and diverse in that way. We want you, for you,” Clark says. Citing the Wu-Tang clan and as their greatest inspirations, the group prides itself on being inventive and interesting. Their quirky look combines with a sound that is rich, emotive, and certainly not lacking in vocal power. It is nearly impossible to listen to their rendition of Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” without getting the chills and basking in the heartwrenching melancholic madness, not to mention The O.C.


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ACAPELLA GROUPS Duelly Noted: They may be the new kids

on the block, but Duelly Noted is not short on

The Buffers:

appealing then twelve strapping men singing in suits. This all male a cappella group seems to have incredible power over many a member of Hamilton’s female population. This could be due in part taken Hamilton by storm. According to Duelly President Andrew Nichols ’14, Duelly Noted “was to the tradition of Buffer Grams, a Buffer tradition that involves purchasing a song to be sung for one of your friends in a public actually founded in a cramped basement practice location on Valentine’s Day. Founded in 1950, these stallions have room in McEwen, and we like to think we’ve come a long way since then. The name is a triple been breaking hearts for over 60 years as the only male group on campus. Buffers President Vince DiCindio ’15 says that when they pun—a reference to “dually” since we’re co-ed and “noted” since we’re a musical group, and our hold auditions, “we realize again and again that our ideal Buffer is wacky spelling pays tribute to the Hamilton-Burr someone who wants to be himself and have a great time on stage.” Let’s not forget their hearts of gold. They are currently planning duel.” Typically decked in all black ensembles a concert for pediatric cancer research fundraiser concert with the with a splash of their individual “Duelly colors” the group is often remembered for their immense vocal presence, impeccable dance moves, and pithy skits in between songs. They have been known to dabble in Broadway hits, top 40 mash-ups, and everything in between. Few can forget last year’s spring concert when Michael Breslin ’13 pulled off his black slacks to reveal sequined leggings or when Madison Kircher ’14 brought down the house with her incredibly vivacious belt during their standard hit, “Shambala.”

Tumbling After:

With an unwavering allegiance to Beyoncé, a name simultaneously inspired by a nursery rhyme and Dave Matthews Band, and the capacity to exude insane happiness while on stage, the women of Tumbling After are a key piece in the acca-puzzle of Hamilton a cappella. The group was founded in 1988 by a group of friends in search of their own personal sacred space to sing. Known for their ability to revive anything from 80’s power ballad to Ben Folds, Tumbling After’s repertoire is diverse and often strays from traditional pop pieces. Furthermore, the audience can sense the kind of bond and appreciation that the group members have for each other. Not to mention, TA girls can belt. Their knockout hit, according to TA President Martha Geyer ’14, is “Not Ready to Make Nice” by The Dixie Chicks. “It has become somewhat of a TA anthem,” Geyer says. ““Not Ready” is particularly special because most of our current members say that it’s the song that made them want to join Tumbling After, myself included.” the continental | autumn 2013


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By Hannah Grace O’Connell ’14

Some of the best things in life come with a soundtrack: movies, television shows, late-night coffee dates at Opus. So it only makes sense that our classes, majors, and favorite activities should get in on the action, too. Here’s a list of some jams inspired by Communications: “Crush” – Taryn Southern

“I checked out all your Spotify recommendations, followed you on Twitter and Instagram too. Is there anywhere

Classics: “She’s So High” – Tal Bachman

Name-drops Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Aphrodite.

Food for Thought: “Be Our Guest” – Beauty and the Beast Microeconomics: “Must Be the Money” – Nelly

The title says it all.

Macroeconomics: “Down” – Jay Sean “Honestly I’m down like the economy.”

Government: “I’m Just a Bill” – Schoolhouse Rock World Politics: “We Didn’t Start the Fire” – Billy Joel The song that was your cheat sheet to all the AP exams. Biology 101: “The Bad Touch” – Bloodhound Gang “You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals.”

Physics: “Quantum Theory” – Jarvis Cocker “Last night I slipped through time to a parallel delusion… Somewhere gravity cannot reach us anymore.” Geology: “Wagon Wheel” – Old Crow Medicine Show “ROCK me mama like a wagon wheel.”

Photography: “Hey Ya” – Outkast “Shake it like a Polaroid picture.” Art: “Paint It Black” – The Rolling Stones

Name-drops all the colors, references painting. “I see a red door and I want it painted black.”

Art History: “Venus de Milo” – Television

Title features a classic paper essay topic. “I fell right into the arms of Venus de Milo.”

Picking a Major: “Sam Cook” – Wonderful World

“Don’t know much about history. Don’t know much biology. Don’t know much about a science book. Don’t know much about the French I took.”

HOC outing trip: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell Senior Thesis: “Under Pressure” – Queen and David Bowie 14

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The Not-So Lazy Days of Summer: 4 Hamilton Students, 4 Ambitious Summer Ventures


or the average person, summer is admittedly the “lazy” season. It’s the ephemeral three and a half months of reclining on the pink sand of a breathtakingly beautiful Bermudian beach or toasting one’s skin to a crisp on a front lawn. It’s almost as if the brain experiences a hibernation of some sort; erudition settles in the passenger seat, while spontaneity and impulsivity instead take the wheel. But Hamilton students aren’t exactly “average people”. We’re far from average. While the “average” leaving any thought of schoolwork behind, many Hamilton students had their pencils in hand once again. For these individuals, summer presented the opportunity to engage in knowledgeable professors, to independent art exhibitions. Sipping an Opus chai latte, I listened curiously to Andraya Cole ’14 and Claire Barton ’14, two Biology majors who both spent six weeks of summer inside a laboratory studying the link between blood sugar and obesity in mice. Working under the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology David Gapp, the lab partners divided their study into three separate projects, with a mutual focus on obesogens, compounds that commonly disrupt the endocrine system and induce obesity in organisms. One of the projects involved an experiment with high fructose corn syrup and the other involved bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical often used in the production of plastics. In each experiment, two of the three lab mice groups were given a different dosage of each substance, and the third mice group acted as the control group. Although more time was needed to acquire more conclusive data, Cole and Barton nonetheless both agree that the experience was rewarding for each of them. Cole physiological lab techniques, while Barton speaks of her satisfaction she felt in being able to “apply and execute an prepare them for their future endeavors after college. Both will continue to embrace their passion for health science, human medicine. experience of her own this summer in a project funded by the National Science Foundation. The Geoscience major and squash player departed for Hobart, Tasmania, alongside

By Alexandra Gay ’17

continent was exciting for Weisman, especially given that she will be conducting her senior thesis studies there next October. Following her graduation from Hamilton in the spring of 2015, she hopes to embrace her passion for Geoscience further as a graduate student at Colorado State University. Deanna Perez ’14 had slightly different plans for her summer. An art major with education and creative and her adoration of books in her Emerson Foundation project, “The Life of a Book: From the Bindery to the Pedestal.” The undertaking represented what Perez referred to as “the pure life of a book,” and largely stemmed from her joint interests in creative writing and sculpture. Her exhibition, “Untold Stories,” featured two different pieces: “Woven Words” and “Eleanor and Franklin,” both of which are sculptures created from discarded books. With every artistic choice she made in crafting the two sculptures, from separating the covers from the spines and drawing the observer’s eye to each book’s binding, Perez highlighted “the story of the book not written in the book,” and the notion of a book possessing a “life cycle” like that of a living and breathing organism. As part of her senior thesis, Perez will continue working with the medium of old books, and in the future, she aspires to pursue a career in art education or art therapy. As the projects of these four students illustrate, it’s no wonder why Hamilton students are known for their work ethic. Yet, it’s not like students’ summer work is all grunt work. Summer projects such as these provide the auspicious occasion for students to carry out their individual passions and interests in a professional, “realworld,” and exciting context. So, while summer may sometimes be marked by a sense of lethargy, nothing could be further from the truth for students here on College Hill. “Lazy” isn’t a word found in our vocabulary.

Counterclockwise: Clare Barton & Andraya Cole; Izzy Weisman; Deanna Perez

and enhance GPS data in correlation with the LARISSA cGPS network in Antarctica. Working and learning under the direction and mentorship of Geoscience vanguard Dr. Matt King as part of a course offered by the University of Tasmania, Weisman soon became well-versed in hightechnology location processing systems such as GIPSY, and was able to analyze crustal motion among other that corresponded to larger undertakings on the Antarctic the continental | autumn 2013





Recruitment Changes: A Primer By Scott Etkin ’14

Contrary to college stereotypes presented in popular culture, Greek life at Hamilton includes a relatively small population of students. With about a quarter of students belonging to a fraternity or sorority and no designated Greek houses on campus, Greek life is present but certainly not overwhelming. Several changes have recently been made to Hamilton’s Greek life recruitment process. The changes, issued to all students through an email on September 12th from Dean of Students Nancy Thompson, could diminish the prevalence of Hamilton’s Greek community. The new policies essentially focus on shifting the start of rush activities to the beginning of the spring semester and the pledging process to the beginning of students’ sophomore year. Additional restrictions on pledging activities, including a three-hour daily time limit, are also included in the Committee on Greek Recruitment’s report. The report also features facts regarding Greek life within Hamilton’s sixteen societies and at comparable colleges as well. This Committee, comprised of students, professors, and administrators, concluded their report with the following statement: “We believe these proposed changes will provide all new students time to settle into the Hamilton community, focus on academic and athletic achievement, development friendships, and membership in a Greek organization.” Though these measures could suggest a decline in Greek life at Hamilton, compared to other liberal arts colleges, Hamilton has a much more open approach to Greek life. Hamilton is one of the only three NESCAC schools to have Greek societies at all, and the school does not institute GPA requirements to join a chapter. Additionally, Hamilton’s previous pledge period was seven weeks, three weeks longer than that of neighboring Colgate University. While the new recruitment standards limit Greek organizations’ access to incoming students, Dean Thompson believes that the changes could eventually


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involvement on the part of alumni and/or national leadership, will result in stronger and healthier Greek organizations at more acclimated to the new college environment before choosing to rush, pledges will be more prepared to engage in the process. Despite the forward-looking focus of these policy changes, the new recruitment standards have elicited reactions from students already involved in Greek life. “Members of Greek societies took the news as a shock. This is not solely due to the nature of the changes but also the short notice with which they were announced,” said Conor Collins ‘14 of Chi Psi. Another perspective emphasizes how these changes will eventually impact the strength of Greek life at Hamilton in years to come, which is already vulnerable considering the relatively small proportion of students involved. “I was initially concerned about what these policies indicated as far as long-term plans for Greek life. It is no secret that a year off from pledging will effectively gut out some smaller societies,” said David Beauboeuf ‘14 of Delta Chi. “With that being a possibility acknowledged by the administration, it did not Greek life.” Immediate impacts of the new standards may also be felt in the current semester. “These changes could be a deterrent for potentially interested freshmen due to the fact that upperclassmen may not be reaching out to them as much this Fall as they have been in the past,” said Collins. Beauboeuf believes the changes could also have an immediate negative impact: “I do not agree with the ban of pledging of sophomores for this year. I do not see the reason other than wounding Greek life for a year.” Initial reactions become more tempered when focusing coping not only with more independence and greater academic agree with the sentiments,” said Beauboeuf. “You can’t really argue against giving someone the chance to actually think through the decision to pledge. Pledging has sometimes been rushed, either by the fault of the pledge or the blitz mentality of a Greek society.” Dean Thompson, who gathers annual reports from the Greek organizations that will gauge the impacts of the policy changes, has received mixed reactions from students in the early stages following the announcement. “Initially some students were unhappy with the changes; however, I believe students have come to accept them at this point,” said Dean Thompson. “I have also heard from many students that they applaud the changes.” Due to the nature of the new recruitment standards, the lasting impacts of these changes may not be apparent until In the meantime, students and administrators alike are hoping for a stronger community of Greek organizations that balances academic and social life at Hamilton. “We are a student body that has adapted to many changes in the past,” said Collins. “I may take some time.”

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The Legacy of Diplomat Johnnie Carson

Moments which he carries himself, he could easily be mistaken for a regular Hamilton faculty member. Although his stay on campus is short, lasting only through the end of the fall semester, he brings an impressive breadth of diplomatic experience to Hamilton’s community.

Born on April 7, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, Carson is a former U.S. ambassador to a host of East African nations and states. Assignments in Portugal, Botswana, Mozambique, and Nigeria early in his career have laid the foundation for his legacy as an ambassador. His ambassadorships to Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Uganda span four presidencies, from George H.W. Bush to Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to Barack Obama, the latter of which nominated him for the post of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in 2009. “It’s a journeyman’s career. It’s a working career,” says the former ambassador of his history in diplomacy. Carson’s work in Kenya following the tragic 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi saw the physical and operational rebuilding of what is now the largest diplomatic establishment in Africa. In addition to reconstructing reconstructing morale. “Many of the Americans who survived were able to pack their bags, pick up their passports, go to the airport, and start life again away from that horrible tragedy. Many of our Kenyan employees were not so fortunate,” says Carson. In addition to instituting a policy of providing antiretrovirals to local embassy employees in Kenya U.S. ambassador to Africa to completely terminate the discriminatory hiring practices of employees with HIV/ AIDS in Kenya. The Center for Disease Control recognized his efforts by presenting him with its highest honor, the “Champion of Prevention Award,” following his leadership role in Kenyan prevention efforts. Carson graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1965. From 1965 to 1968, he pursued 18

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his passion for teaching as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Tanzania. In 1975, he obtained a Master of Arts in International Relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. How does one seamlessly make the transition from constantly trying to absorb as much knowledge as possible, urging those interested in approaching international issues to “[make] a commitment to constantly learning, reading, listening, [and] understanding” as well as understanding the successes and missteps of the past. “The basis on which you start is right here in places like this where you can have an opportunity to read broadly, to interact widely both with academic personnel and teachers and professors but also work with practitioners, do a lot of reading and research.” “A good strong liberal arts education,” is what Carson believes to be the key to approaching issues as complex as those that he faced on the international stage in his decades of diplomatic experience. at State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1971 to 1979, and Staff Director for the Africa Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives from 1979 to 1982. He is the recipient of several Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State and a Meritorious Service Award from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Following his resignation from the assistant secretaryship in 2013, Carson joined the United States Institute of Peace, an independent and nonpartisan federal violence.

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They call me

Thunder, Thriller,

There’s a freshman twerking on the AlHam statue.


ravis Hill, Hamilton’s Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Life, is no stranger to Hamilton. He began working here eleven years ago, and has

Hill grew up in Albion, NY, which he describes as a town with more cows than people. He received his undergraduate degree in both Marketing and Communications from Elmira College, a school with less than 1,000 students. Hill played an active role on his college campus as Vice President of the Student Body, a residential advisor, an orientation leader, and a tour guide. After attending a graduate school of 22,000 students, Hill missed the small school feel and was instantly drawn to Hamilton’s small community. “I interviewed here, and I had the chance to sit down with a bunch of RAs. It just felt like home. It just felt right, and that’s what ultimately led me to take this job and what has kept me here all this time as opposed to [pursuing] other options. I didn’t intend to stay. I thought I would leave after three years and do something else, but it’s really awesome here and 20

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Mozzarella sticks are back at the Diner.

the students are super smart and really fun to work with,” Hill says. Hill’s current responsibilities include overseeing orientation, supervising area directors, ensuring residential life’s day-to-day operations run smoothly, and serving as a judicial Hill explains, “From a student perspective, it may seem like Res Life is a lot of room changes, the lottery and policy enforcements, but we do a lot of counseling related things and have a lot of opportunities to do programming.” Hill’s job also requires him to work directly with Hamilton students. “I went into this work to work with students. I get to do RA training sometimes, and working with RAs and orientation leaders and coordinators of the job. This job requires a lot of problem solving, as you might imagine. A lot of issues arise with individual students, buildings, [and] any number of things that could come up.” Hill says. This year has posed a unique challenge for Hill and the other Residential Life staff, because Hamilton has enrolled more students than ever before. Hill spent much

accommodate all Hamilton students by adding additional housing. Residential Life made more housing options available in dorms by creating a “double out” of a former faculty lounge in Wertimer into a double, and a lounge in Ferguson into a quad. A new apartment-style dorm, 1 Anderson Road, was also built to house more students. When Hill’s not busy at work, he is either attending a concert (he has attended about 150!) or taking care of Merlin, his pet rabbit. An avid David Mathews Band enthusiast, Hill has seen them live 60 times. Recently, he has been planning his upcoming

sider,” because he used to be the dark side’s residential director, but also because he considers himself a hippie and likes to rock tie-dye t-shirts. He can usually be spotted right outside of Opus, his favorite spot on campus. In the future, Hill hopes to stay at Hamilton, raise a family, and grow professionally. He loves the local community, and as a small-town-kid at heart, he thrives in Hamilton’s tightknit environment.


The (Res)Life of the Hill

By Michelle Woodward ’17

It’s Saturday and your lawn looks like Dunham.

The Village of Clinton gets taken over.

“It just felt like home. It just felt right, and that’s what ultimately led me to take this job and what has kept me here all this time...”

Ashish Rai, Nepali

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A: Working with the residents of the town to make a nice community to live and work in.

Dan English Chief of Police

A: Having to make arrests and issue tickets. A: Well, I have to do what is needed, from taking out the trash at the station, as it seems to never be anyone else’s job, to reviewing complaints from persons that feel they were wronged by the police. A: I enjoy spending time working on my home with my wife. Our home in Clinton is 200 years old. A: I was born and raised in New Hartford, NY just to our east. A: The Police Department being called in for a situation and being expected to solve a problem immediately which has existed for years.

Ever wonder what it feels like to be sprayed with pepper spray or how to effectively talk your way out of a ticket? Do you take the crying or argumentative route? You should direct these questions to our very own Chief Dan English, a New Hartford native who has worked at the Kirkland department, Dan can be found relaxing at his Clinton home or enjoying some nice seafood. Read on, as Dan is someone you should want to get to know – if not only for the purpose of getting out of that ticket.

Q: What has been the most challenging part of working in law A: The most challenging part is keeping up with the dynamic changes in technology that are needed in light of the limited funding available in our annual budgets. A: I enjoy both. I have had dogs all my life until recently when my dog passed of old age. The dog is a great friend, always there, glad to see you, am just a pet person and was raised on a small gentlemen farm in the rural town of New Hartford. A: I have always been a Yankees fan. Baseball was a favorite of mine as a youngster. A: I enjoy being home with my wife Cindy. We just celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary. We enjoy hanging out and doing things together. If we go anywhere it is up north to Fourth Lake area or Rockport, MA, a favorite vacation spot. Q: If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and

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Bob Meelan Town Supervisor

Q: What do you do as Town

Q: What’s your favorite local

A: We have quite a bit of development and some big projects going on, so we have to monitor them, like a new sewer plant being built.

A: I frequent them all. A lot of times I’ll go out of town because you’re never not the Supervisor.

Q: What do you do when you’re not

A: My biggest task is keeping my constituents happy and part of that is providing them with the services they’re used to and not having to raise their taxes to do it.

A: I own a meat market in Clark

Meet Kirkland Town Supervisor Bob Meelan, above. A family man raised in Clark Mills, Bob Meelan oversees the police force and controls the town budget. He enjoys selling his quality meats and having a good time, but you won’t catch him at the Rok or VT. While chatting with Bob, his phone rang. It was one of his cops, so naturally, the ringtone sounded like something from a Jackie Chan movie.

John Lane

Mayor of Clinton

family owned since 1964, and I took it over in ’82 and restructured it as a specialty meat shop. I make my own kabobs and frankfurters and smoke my own hams. The big thing is the homemade products.

enjoyable, but I really love what I do here because I’ve been in government for 20 years and I see us moving in a positive direction since I’ve taken over as Supervisor. Q: What’s your favorite professional

Q: Do you have any advice for A: I’m not going to tell you not party, but party with respect. Meet your neighbors, tell them if you’re going to get out of control, and enjoy your the kids to have a good time. Q: If you had to eat one food for the A: The German style frankfurters that I make, they’re outstanding. That and my ethnic food. I’m Lebanese, and I love Lebanese food which I cook.

A: Philadelphia Flyers

Repair store. Aside from running the town and providing it with the best footwear, John enjoys poking fun at the recent “town takeover” and sipping on a good Manhattan every now and then. Needless to say, John is not your typical politician. Q: How did you end up where you are today, conducting your work as Mayor out of your

home to buy his own Shoe Repair store on W. Park Row, where townspeople bring their the town—that includes overseeing the sewer plant and water supply—in his store.

younger, I remember running down to the racetrack and not betting so much because I was

“best in the world” carrot cake from Casa Too Mucha in New Hartford. A: The Mayor speaks highly of his days tearing it up on the Hill, saying he spent a lot of time here when women were “brought in for the weekend in busloads” for house parties. more often. He said, “I always had a good time up there.” the continental | autumn 2013



Down the Hill, Across the Row

By Hannah Kloeckner ’14


n unassuming, green colonial along East Park Row, Across the Row Bistro seems more like a family home than an American-style restaurant. In fact, Brian Mattison, proprietor and head chef of the quaint Clinton bistro, lives right upstairs! After leaving New Hartford in 1978 to teach cooking across the country, Chef Brian returned last year to open his charming restaurant, offering mouth-watering dishes to hungry Clintonians. Across the Row Bistro is where I found my hungry self last Friday night, surveying the menu and the crowd, and curious to see how this new restaurant would compare to the long-standing downtown favorite, Nola’s. For one, Across the Row Bistro accommodates a large group of people. Seating consists of two rooms downstairs, an upstairs, and a beautiful wrap around porch for those still tough enough to face the increasingly chilly New York nights. The ambience is that of a bustling family gathering: nestled in Chef Brain’s own home, the dining room is welcoming and comfortable, while the people are animated, friendly and extremely chatty. Bring good company, a bottle of wine, and plenty of time, and you are assured an enjoyable night. Now, let’s get to the meat of this review (pun intended): the food. The menu offers a variety of dishes, from a signature burger, to pasta and seafood. While entrees tend to be on the pricey-er side ($20-$30), portions are plentiful. My party started with two appetizers: Smoked Salmon and Lemon Cream Cheese on a Cucumber Crisp and Crab Cakes with a Remoulade Sauce. the crab cakes are a crowd favorite. We were served fresh, chunky crabmeat accompanied by a creamy sauce that perfectly balanced the spicy seasoning. came the salads and main entrees. Salad and bread come complimentary with every entrée, but, unfortunately, our salads were served at least an hour late, and the bread was never served at all. While the steak was slightly over-cooked, the sea bass was ideal. The entrees, paired with fresh vegetables and a There’s one thing I can never resist on a dessert menu: crème brulee. Especially when it’s made in-house, garnished with plump blackberries and raspberries. My spoon splintered the sugary crust, breaking into the velvety vanilla pudding. Heaven. Unbiased by my over-sized sweet tooth, this dish was, hands-down, the winner of the night. The verdict: Across the Row Bistro is the ideal Clinton establishment if you are looking there as a pre-cursor to a long night. Across the Row Bistro offers a homey, leave-happy experience that, while a little pricey and slow, beats out other local restaurants.


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Designed and Compiled by Emily Drinkwater ’14 and Anne Hilburn’14

Best bathroom on campus?

Where would you want to throw an all campus party?

Favorite Opus panini?

Best place to eat alone?

Favorite place to be naked?

Worst Freshman mistake?

Best napping spot?

What department would you most What is your Commons guilty pleasure? like to join?

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r u o Y t a h W

r e d r O Diner out You Says Ab

By Will Schoder ’14 and Ted Nehrbas ’15

Garden Burger: Despite your greatest efforts, those Co-Op dinners just don’t satisfy you. You’re not all that upset when your roommate Aurora Borealis is too lost to the spirit of Za to remember it’s her night to cook. Because Commons is akin to of people who join the HEAG List Serve, though they never have been to a meeting, you and your friends decide to go to the diner. “Veggie wraps all around, Ang...—I mean Christian Deity whose existence I respectfully refuse to acknowledge,” says Love Eclipse. You smile and nod, though you have eyes for only one item on the A La Cart menu, the Garden Burger. The mere thought of that frozen veggie patty, sizzling in a puddle of beef oil, perhaps even touching the beef patty ordered by the guy in line behind you, makes you hot. But you know it cannot be—What would your friends say if they saw you biting into a meat substitute. You shudder with barter with the cashier.

Fingers and Fries: You’re in one of three situations:

The Whole Diner Burger: The super thick patty

god forsaken line.” 2) “I’m late for something, haven’t eaten, and need to go.”

probably why you ordered it. The Diner employees’ friendly banter is the high point of your social interaction at Hamilton. You feel so close to them that you even invited them to your birthday party. Only about half of them showed—coincidentally, they were the ones on duty at the time of the event, which you held in the Diner. You were so excited that you scarcely noticed the freezer burn and 2007 expiration date on the ice cream cake you bought from the Diner’s freezer.

my chest in pesto mayonnaise, sprinkle fried chicken in and around my belly button, make walrus tusks out of the French fries, clap like a seal, and watch Iron Chef of Cleveland on an iPad.

Tasty Turkey Wrap: You’re well known in

the underground food rap scene. In fact, you go by Tasty Turkey and oft collaborate with A Tribe Called Toast. Competitor Hamslice Supreme released his record breaking EP “Pastrami Life” last month, and you responded with the dank meat themed Napoletana Thang,” “So Fresh, So Bean,” and “In Da Grub.” 26

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Chef Salad: Why get a Philly cheesesteak when you beast and you need the one-piece lettuce, two-piece dressing, and thirty-nine-piece meat medley.

Side Pickle: You love to make up random words that rhyme with pickle. “Side pickle for my snickle wickle clickle, tickle. If you rickle my hickle I’ll treat you to a nice zickle with my glickle. Uh oh! Trickle trickle!”


Black Russian:

Ice Cream: If you’re like us, you come in to grab ice cream for one reason. You’re about to don your koala themed onesie, grab a spork, and consume a marsupial-sized portion of Nutella and ice cream,

Best Grilled Veggie Wrap: You’ve spent your entire life seeking what’s best. You groomed yourself like a dog to be Best in Show, You threw a turtle shell full speed at Toad’s sternum after he said, “I’m the best!” You tackled a nice man in a blue shirt asking what to buy. And recently, you hooked up with all of One Direction when they released their song “Best Song Ever.”

Hot Dog: You’re incredibly enthusiastic about hot

Too Many Sauces!: Woah, where are you going

dogs. Your friends call you Captain Kielbasa and you will no doubt marry a guy named Ball Park Frank. As you bounce into the Diner line, you can barely keep yourself from shouting, “Hot dog!” Wait, nope. You just did it. Oh boy, the staff actually has to send a runner to Commons every time you come. They never sell those.

swipe for all that sauce. Get back here, saucy!

Tuscan Chicken (You’re The Godfather):

Sausage Messes: You identify so strongly

with this Diner Breakfast staple that you’ve begun drinking on weekday mornings, just to justify ordering the item.

Why move into the drug and casino businesses when After spending half of your life discrediting the Barbagelata Family of Sicilian Chicken fame by dressing their chickens in leather dresses and chicken cutlets in the name of Tuscany.

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We’ve all been there. In the moments just before going out, what you should wear takes precedence over EVERYTHING. The thrill, the drama, and the piles here to minimize the panic and help you navigate your fall party scene wardrobe. Whether you are into chic, hippie or completely crazy, there is a fall party just for you! Here is a look into what you should wear and how you should wear it: The ‘70’s party is the perfect time to turn on the hippie chic person that is hidden inside you; there is a plethora of dressing options if you decide to attend. Bring the look with a nice and comfortable lose top. Cottons, silks, and wools with nice ethnic and vibrant patterns or prints are the fabrics you should focus on. If you want to be more eccentric, you can embrace that dressing style too! The ‘70’s was a great time to wear jazzy disco attire and that is a fun and cool theme to embrace. Wear a colored blazer or leotards, and sparkle yourself up with a touch of glitter or bling. There is always the option of a lycra jumpsuit, outlandish colors and a Shea Crockett ’15 exclaims, “My mustache was such a hit! I was thinking about keeping it for good but my girlfriend reminded me that it was in fact in the year 2013.” There are numerous options for everyone to go back into time and be a part of the 70’s! The Wet Hot American Summer off of the 2001 smash hit, Wet Hot American Summer, and hosted by the lovely ladies of ATX and PBX.


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Your Next Annex Party By Anandita Mariwala ’15

You may opt to purchase their standard Wet Hot tanks sold the week prior. However, if you are hoping to create your own look, here’s how to do it. The ideal mood to really go all-out, wear a cute bikini top under your tank. Or in the words of fellow Continental writer, Maggie Maloney ‘15, “Make it summer camp chic!” Boys should dress ‘beach-y’ too, in a cute pair of knee length shorts and a V-neck or large t-shirt. If you are feeling bold, even go for tiny red shorts and a white t-shirt to really look like the characters in the movie. Long socks are an absolute must for both boys and girls along with a cute pair of Converse or some other sneakers to complete the look. The last party of this fall is going to be the Farm Party; it is almost impossible not to be excited for such a crazy and eccentric party. Bring out your soul animal or dress like a chic farmer - the choice is yours. A checkered shirt, either tied at the waist or with a tank underneath, is the ideal costume for girls. Complete this look with denim jeans, a belt, and cute boots. Boys should wear dungarees, or even a shirt with boots and jeans. Bring out the rural Clinton spirit through your watch out for that deadly hay!

faux pas; so have fun, but make sure you do not take these themes too seriously! Have a great fall, and happy dressing!

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Backpacks vs. Totes

By Xenia Tiajoloff ’16

As much as we try to tell ourselves otherwise, not a great deal has changed between our elementary years and these more formative years at Hamilton. We still express ourselves through coloring (read: doodling during a lecture), look forward to cookies at lunch, plan our days around the perfect nap, and, for whatever reason, need to have the coolest backpack on campus. Now we may not all have it within ourselves to rock a Buzz Lightyear backpack with wings as effortlessly as Laura Donaldson ’15, but we all do channel our personalities, hobbies, and interests into what we wear on our backs. A simple backpack, such as the classic monogrammed L.L. Bean knapsack, usually means about than to even consider what carries your laptop. Meanwhile, the ubiquitous North Face backpack, adorned with a stretchy elastic component on the front and activity. Backpacks, however, are not the only bag-choice for students on this campus; rather, shoulder totes and messenger bags arguably trump the popularity of said backpacks. These bags are no fuss no muss: unlike backpacks, they are not cluttered with clunky zippers or unnecessary pockets. Stylish, uncomplicated, and simple, shoulder bags are a go-to on the Hill. Just watch as Jason Driscoll ’14 walks down Martin’s Way in his leather messenger bag. It’s a beautiful sight. is the perceived greater carrying-potential of the tote. It not only holds your books and laptop, but also your sneakers, and a jacket (because Clinton weather is anything but predictable). For others, it is solely the style-factor: while a backpack conceals your chic fall jacket, a tote allows you to model down the runway that is Martin’s Way. On the other hand, every backpack wearer emphasized that the paramount driving factor for the omnipresence of the backpack is the health of a very vital body part: the spine. The logical and foresighted backpack supporters of the Hill stressed that the chief reason for wearing the ever-present knapsack was because he or she feared back pain in the distant future. The prospect of being scolded by your doctor in the future is simply too frightening of a thought to chance carrying your Organic Chemistry textbook over just one shoulder for Hamilton’s backpack-wearing population. Yet, despite the drive for reason and sensibility, certain people have been able to express their personal style with some funky colored panels or printed backpacks. Isla Ng ’16 can be spotted its orange snow covered mountains and spastic pins. Sensible, expressive, and stylish: everything a backpack can be! In the end, the continual backpack versus tote bag debate is one a hat on a bad hair day, I can choose to sport a Longchamp tote


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Photos by Page Cochran

Guide To:

Fall Fleeces


By Hannah Withiam ’16

crept up onto the Hill—surprise! Booming thunderstorms, violent downpours, and cloud-covered afternoons have made up most of September’s weather forecast. summer, September 21. If Mother Nature keeps this up, we have a brutal Clinton winter, let alone fall, to look forward to folks.

essential piece in every student’s closet. They come in every shape, size, color, style, and level of fuzziness to suit all your all the rage. They come in every shape, size, color, style, and level of fuzziness to suit all your wants and needs. For the typical college student in the ‘Cac, Patagonia wear Patagonia over any other brand, because you can kill two birds with one stone—staying atop the fashion ladder whilst living comfortably at the same time. new and old, offers some insight into the craze: “I choose to wear Patagonia because I enjoy the baggy feel and the outerwear they sell for being on the water! However, I don’t necessarily wear them for their popularity—I like to think of myself more as the trendsetter.” If you are looking for a more classic look, North Face and Eastern Mountain Sports offer a wide variety of walking to class, to lighter quarter-zips for under your winter jacket, you cannot go wrong with these either of these brands. While most students stick to the classics, a number of outliers take a completely different route. Retro handme-downs from your parents, or even thrift shops, are an instant hit. You’ll constantly have people coming up to you asking about them, and the conservations will “Vintage, so adorable.” Emily Foley ’16 takes it a step further by combining the familiarity of Patagonia I have this one that is a hand-me-down from my grandmother and it is still in great condition.” rationally, are simply looking to stay warm this fall. Fellow Continental writer, Becca Rees ’16, took the high road and chose practicality over modern trends: “Oh,

you. It’s that time of year again to push aside the t-shirts and shorts and dust off the best chance of staying warm this fall and

Photos by Mengxian Ma & Sean Smith

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsyvania

Sp o tte d two trendsetters, Anna Jastrzembski

shirt is basic, the pants won’t be. But I would never do two aggressive items of clothing together (I’m looking at you, hipsters).

Wear clothes, don’t let them wear you.

timeless pieces that I wear often. My grandpa was a style icon and I’ve been lucky enough to raid his closet. My dad also has great style: its timeless yet eclectic.

Nani Harakawa

Rocky Horror because it’s a free for all.

Stripes—anything with stripes on it.


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chic take on all things fashion. fashionably and fabulously on the Dark Side -- read on for their wise words on fashion advice, accessories, theme parties and stylish inspirations.


Minot, North Dakota I own a lot of see-through shirts and my friend Hannah is always telling me “You can’t wear that to class.” Along those same lines, before I started my internship this summer my dad told me I couldn’t dress like a “skintern.” I’m now realizing I should into the world. My friend Claire because she’ll interpret 7 different she wears lax pinnies with lacy bras as an act of subversion.

I’m pretty well known for my extensive collection of high-waisted like to alternate during the week.

look together. Probably the lithe youths who work on the community farm because they wear overalls un-ironically and look incredible.

is an environment I thrive in. I can show up in what I’ve been wearing all day.

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The Taste of Fall at the Clinton Cider Mill by Emily Norman ’17


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Looking for a delicious and festive way to kick Cider Mill right on Elm Street in Clinton. Established in 1927 by the Wentworth family, the family-friendly Clinton Cider Mill has followed the same basic principles of apple cider production for nine decades. Passing down this tradition of cider creation for generations has created quite the legacy for the Wentworths, a family of apple cider enthusiasts. their family, are the individuals responsible for keeping the business alive and thriving to this day. While running the press on one busy afternoon, the Fehlners’ son, Ben, was kind enough to explain The press, the machine used to create the sumptuous apple cider, is one of the most intriguing parts of a visit to the Clinton Cider Mill. The machinery—painted red and located prominently in the storefront—is over one hundred years old and runs continuously every season. Though the press is an impressive aspect of the venue, the cider itself is unique to the Central New York area. In the past, dozens of presses in Upstate New York did not pasteurize their cider; today, and his family are proud to say that their cider remains unpasteurized to this day. The Clinton

in each brew of cider, which is a testament to its extraordinarily unique taste. Not only can Cider Mill patrons purchase their cider in a variety of sizes—from a small glass to a whole gallon—but they also can chose from hot, cold, and even slushy cider. Keep in mind, the taste of cider changes as the season progresses. Cider purchased at the beginning of the season may taste bitter compared to November’s sweet cider. In addition to apple cider, one can purchase a plethora of other products from the Mill. A series of honeys, maples, pies, and baked goods are available, as well as hot soups and chicken pot pies. Perhaps one of the most popular items sold at the Mill, however, are the apple cider donuts Customers praise their deliciousness, stating that the best way to enjoy the donuts is by dunking them into a hot or cold cup of cider. And let’s not forget about the Mill’s apple selection. The Macouns, only available later in the season, are a hit among customers. From around Labor Day to Thanksgiving, the Mill is open from 10:00 to 6:00 on Monday through Saturday and from 10:00 to 5:00 on Sundays, giving students and faculty plenty of time to explore its many treasures. Whether you want to experience some New York state history, try delicious seasonal food, or support a local business, the Clinton Cider Mill is a destination worth checking out.

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Keep Calm and Watch the Sunset By Sarah Izzo ‘15


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Whether you are a member of Hamilton Outing Club or don’t even know where the Glen House is located, everyone enjoys a good sunset. Sunsets provide glistening views and colorful skylines, but more often than not we are cramped up in the library from daylight to dusk and do not ever think to step outside for those ten minutes of beauty. When daylight savings time ends on November 2nd, the sunset will begin around 4:45 p.m. If you are leaving the library at that time, stop to look at the beautiful views here at Hamilton. seal the deal. Whether you drive, walk, or sled down the hill to get there, the breathtaking view at Rogers will not disappoint. You can sit on the Rogers porch, watch the beautiful colors in the lit perfect companion for you and the skyline.

grab that special someone, lay down a blanket, and prepare to be amazed. You’ll start to wonder why you ever closed your shades in your Babbitt suite. For those of you who are up for an adventure in your car or by foot, the highlight of this route is easily described by the street names: Skyline Drive and Valley View Road. Simply walk down Mohawk Valley will remind you why you chose Hamilton and its miles of stunning landscapes over NYU’s miles of concrete. The colorful skyline view at dusk provides the perfect backdrop

than our front yard. Simply go to the crosswalk, walk halfway down to Bundy, and prepare to be beautiful backdrop for the Village of Clinton. If you catch the view at the right time of the month, you will even get a glimpse of the rising moon.

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entral New York weather is not exactly ideal. The summers are humid and the winters are freezing and last for about six months. There are, however, a few special weeks when Central New York is one of the most beautiful places in the world. From November, Central New York is a wonderland. With the crisp, colorful leaves and cool autumn air comes countless fall festivities close to Hamilton.


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travel drive from campus in Cazenovia, New York. Forget apple cider donuts when you’re there, and indulge in can even watch them press the cider. Critz Farms also boasts a giant corn maze with a different design each year that can only be seen from an aerial view because of the size, so grab some friends and see who completing the maze (or not), check out the general store, which offers homemade jams, maple syrup, and handmade crafts. The weekend is the best time to go to Critz Farms as they offer live music as well If driving 45 minutes to Cazenovia does not appeal to you, there are many other farms closer to campus. North Star Orchards is a fun place to meander around, grab a pumpkin to carve and try unbelievably amazing iced pumpkin cookies. If you’re just looking for a pumpkin and a pretty view, then Will’s Cackleberry Farm in Camden, NY, is perfect for you. Lastly, the Remsen Depot Corn Maze in Remsen, NY, is a great little fall excursion. From September to October, the corn maze is open from noon-5 p.m. For a little p.m. throughout October. A corn maze in the dark is a completely different experience; be sure to bring Maybe you don’t like corn mazes or donuts and pumpkin picking isn’t your thing, but you’re seeking a spooky experience for Halloween. In that case, check out the Cayo Industrial Horror Attraction on 811 Broad Street in Utica. Formerly, the horror attraction jail cell of Chester Gillette, the man who committed the infamous murder of Grace Brown. However, the new location of the Industrial Horror Attraction doesn’t make it any less scary. This is not a children’s haunted house by any means. The dark corridors, terrifying actors, and intense sound effects will send chills down even the toughest person’s spine. For those of you willing to get a group together for a longer drive, head to Old Forge in the Adirondacks. Anyone who’s been on Adirondack Adventure knows this state park is beautiful in the summer, but it’s even better in the fall. The summer tourists have left town and the leaves will take your breath away. It’s a great time of year for a hike at Bald Mountain, and month of October, the McCauley Mountain chairlift in Old Forge operates from 9:30am - 4:30pm from Wednesday through Sunday. You can get a bird’s eye view of the stunning autumn leaves and lakes. Needless to say, fall is Central New York’s most stunning season. With so much to do and so little time to take advantage of fall’s beauty, it’s time to get out there, de-stress from work and exams, and enjoy all autumn has to offer.

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LOST IN TRANSLATION Upon returning to the United States after an eightmonth study abroad experience in Asia, I was overcome by an unexplained ailment. I felt blind and deaf—sensitive to bright lights and loud sounds. I felt confused and stuck, yet liberated and refreshed. I vacillated between waves of anxiety, nausea, happiness, apprehension, and excitement. It almost felt like it was my freshman move in day all over again. But, coming back as a senior, I my sensory overload—rather, it was reverse culture shock. left my privileged Western bubble and stepped into what seemed like an alternate universe. I would spend six months in Beijing, one month in Cambodia, and an additional month backpacking through Vietnam, Thailand, and Southern China. As you can imagine, some of the people I met, the customs I practiced, the places I visited, and the foods I ate were nothing close to anything I have ever experienced here— at Hamilton or in the United States. While abroad, I hiked 23 km of Mt. Emei in Cheng Du (and let me tell you, walking up and down the Hill to Bundy as a sophomore is not nearly enough endurance training for Mt. Emei); I sea kayaked

By Isabelle Tan ’14 return home. It was the behavioral norms that I saw and lived by for six months in Beijing that greatly affected my transition back to the United States. In China, being hostilely accosted by a storeowner to buy her products is a standard sales tactic that proved particularly successful. When I went to the Sangertown Square Mall upon returning to Hamilton, I was anxious about how store workers would treat me; I kept preparing to defend myself from the clerks. Though these thoughts seem bizarre, bargaining is the game in China, and the to this overwhelming sensation while shopping. Additionally, Beijingers were occasionally very eccentric. Norms I grew accustomed to included both the use of an umbrella on a rainless day (dually as a fashion statement and a form of sun protection), and the ‘Beijing Bikini’ (when a man—often on the portlier side—pulls up the bottom of his shirt and folds it over so that it resembles a bikini top; usually used as a means to cool off, it comes across as mildly offensive to others). When I returned to Hamilton, I was surprised that my daily routine did not include these trends. Though the more visible cultural differences were shocking, I realize that the most implicit and basic aspects of our culture were the most surprising and overwhelming. Overall, I was most stricken when hearing, writing, and speaking English again. In China, I signed a very strict language pledge. On occasions when I did use English (sorry, ACC), I spoke in secret, often whispering. Hence, weeks back at Hamilton, I felt overwhelmed, unable to speak to anyone while walking on Martin’s Way or while passing in Commons. It was not because I didn’t want to; it was because

recognized the importance of the required freshman year swim test—life jackets and safety precautions were not provided); and I explored the ruins of Angkor Wat, where I unearthed my Cambodian ancestry (and took my knowledge from History 230 to real life). I also dabbled in the local cuisine while traveling. Among the delicacies I sampled were locust, grasshopper, kangaroo, ostrich, jellied pigs’ blood, am thankful that I am no longer faced with such “local” options in McEwen, I miss the rich and unique culinary culture embodied in Asia. (But, I will be honest: when I heard about Hamilton’s “eat local challenge,” the word “local” triggered some interesting memories—think These are all tangible cultural distinctions that were very much a part of my culture shock upon arriving in Asia. But, due to their extreme yet ephemeral nature, these foods, places, and activities did not impact my 40

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the words to express myself. me to be understood. hearing and speaking a native language that I never had to think twice about, but I’ve realized that overall, the learning experience, the memories, and the exposure for being abroad for so long were invaluable. Though I’m still getting used to being back, I realize that only time and immersion can really remedy my reverse culture shock.


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