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By and for the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges December 1, 2006
Issue 11 1
William Smith Celebrates 100 Years of Academia
John Heavy â€˜09 Sports Editor
into the designing of the charter exists today in William Smith Next Saturday, the colleges College. will begin a nearly two year long Honoring this 100 year mark, celebration of the William Smith the Collegesâ€™ celebration of FoundCentennial. On December 9, there ers Day is just the beginning. At will be a dinner and dessert in the the event, 18 women will dress in Great Hall of Saga honoring Wil- early 20th century garb, embodyliam Smith Founderâ€™s Day. ing the first-year class. Also there Though the first students were will be a representation of students admitted in 1908, William Smith from each decade of the Collegeâ€™s Collegeâ€™s charter was signed in history, recalling the landmarks of 1906. In womenâ€™s 1906, phirights in lanthropist the Unitand nursed States eryman and the William important S m i t h contribudrew up tions that the plans institufor a new tions of college for higher LEADING WOMENe d u c a women here in tion have Geneva, 7ILLIAM 3MITH &OUNDERS $AY made to N.Y. This support ->ĂŒĂ•Ă€`>Ăž]ĂŠ iViÂ“LiĂ€ĂŠÂ™]ĂŠĂ“Ă¤Ă¤Ăˆ local busian equal PM nessman educa'REAT (ALL OF 3AGA worked tot i o n . *OIN THE CAMPUS FOR THE OPENING CELEBRATION OF THE 7ILLIAM 3MITH #OLLEGE #ENTENNIAL gether with Excited several liberal&EATURING DINNER AND PERFORMANCES BY STUDENTS AND ALUMNAE Womenâ€™s Rights about the event, Assistant Dean advocates from Seneca Falls in of William Smith Lisa Kaenzig 2360 BY $ECEMBER TO CENTENNIAL HWSEDU OR ONLINE AT WWWHWSEDUCENTENNIAL the designing of the institution. To- explained: â€œThere will be many gether, they established the college alumnae returning to share their adjacent to Hobart College, and in own experiences from when they partnership, created the fundamen- were students at William Smith. tal model of coordinate education. There will be several groups singThe passion for progressivism, an ing, including a surprise perforequal opportunity for education, and womenâ€™s suffrage that went Continued on Page 3
Campus Op-Ed Happenings Day of Service Kwanzaa
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And The Dangers of Ritalin Abuse
Trippe Duke â€˜08 Op-Ed Editor
In this community we live in there are very few of us who do not know about the prescription drugs Ritalin and Aderol. Indeed they seem to have become an integrated part of the educational system across the country. But what some people may not be aware of are the dangers of abuse, especially by those not diagnosed with a learning difference (such as ADD, ADHD, or Dyslexia). But how widespread is the abuse of these drugs? Last February, The DEA told the congressional subcommittee that Ritalin is being used on campus today in the same way amphetamines were used in the 1960s - as a study aid and party drug. Their report also included studies linking Ritalin and Aderol to heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, death, and addiction. These studies however ignored the fact that in the worst cases of abuse, kids will often grind up and snort Ritalin and Aderol. This nasal fixation and use of this drug, experts fear, could triple the risk of negative side effects and addiction. While most students who use or abuse these drugs only do so to gain the obvious benefits they provide in the academic realm, there are many who take the drug
socially. Habits of social and recreational use strikingly resemble that of Cocaine, which is not surprising since it shares many of the same side effects. There was also a study conducted by Nadine Lambert, a developmental psychologist at UC Berkley, who found that children on Ritalin are three times more likely to develop a taste for cocaine. Dr. Eric Heiligenstein, the clinical director of psychiatry for the University of Wisconsin, recently conducted one of the most extensive studies of student abuse of the drugs. He found that, â€œMisuse and abuse was
William Smith Athletes Make Their Mark Article on Page 2
Flicks for Chicks
Liberty League Honors
pretty much a part of student culture, particularly for students in group-living situations.â€? He continued to comment that he believed â€œNew York results would be scaryâ€Ś We first heard about this from students who came here from East Coast prep schools - in those sorts of schools, it is a rampant problem.â€? In the coming weeks, there is no doubt that many students will be using these drugs to help them through the incredible amount of work required at the end of a term. If you feel you must use these drugs, just remember not to snort them. Most kids that do have no idea how bad it is for you.
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SANKOFA Celebrates Kwanzaa LaTrace Dabney ‘09 Herald Contributor
Kwanzaa was founded by Professor Maulana Karenga and is the first non-heroic African American holiday ever to come into existence. African Americans, from every phase of life in the United States, have been celebrating this holiday since 1965. It is a warm, social, holiday where people gather to reinforce each other’s spirits and friendship. Celebration of this holiday lasts for seven days from December 26 to January 1. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili word “Kwanza”, which means “first” and comes from the saying “antunda yo kwanza” which means “first fruits.” The additional “a” after Kwanzaa represents the AfricanAmerican values according to Karenga. During Kwanzaa, African Americans acknowledge their African roots while reminding themselves of their goals as a people. It is a holiday based on the African celebration of the “first fruits harvest” which comes at the end of their year, and the seven day celebration promotes the seven basic principles honored during this holiday which are: UMOJA (Unity)- A commitment to the practice of togetherness both within the family and within our communities. KUJICHAGULIA (Self Determination)- The interest of developing and patterning our lives and images after ourselves instead of having it done for us. UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility)- Working together on matters of common interest.
UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics)- The habit of sharing our wealth and resources. NIA (Purpose)- Building and developing our national community. KUUMBA (Creativity)- Inspiring ourselves to keep developing new ways of expressing our music and art as well as being creative in our work and industrial pursuits. IMANI (Faith)- Believing in ourselves as a people. Kwanzaa is also celebrated with ceremonial articles which
aide in its celebration of the first harvest. These articles are the mazao (crops), the kinara (the candle holder), the vibunzi (ears of corn), the zawadi (gifts), the kikombe cha umola (the unity cup), the mishumaa saba (the seven candles) and finally the mkeka (mat) where all of the articles are placed upon. In addition to the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the first-fruits celebrations date back to ancient Egypt and Nubia and appear in ancient and modern times in other classical African civilizations such as Ashantiland and Yorubaland. These celebrations are also found in ancient and modern times among societies as large as empires (the Zulu) or kingdoms (Swaziland) or smaller societies and groups
like the Matabele, Thonga and Lovedu, which are part of southeast Africa. Kwanzaa builds on the five fundamental activities of Continental African “first fruit” celebrations: ingathering; reverence; commemoration; recommitment; and celebration. Kwanzaa, then, is: a time of ingathering of the people to reaffirm the bonds between them; a time of special reverence for the creator and creation in thanks and respect for the blessings, bountifulness and beauty of creation; time for commemoration of the past in pursuit of its lessons and in honor of its models of human excellence, our ancestors; a time of recommitment to our highest cultural ideals in our ongoing effort to always bring forth the best of African cultural thought and practice; and a time for celebration of the Good, the good of life and of existence itself, the good of family, community and culture, the good of the awesome and the ordinary, in a word the good of the divine, natural and social. Now come celebrate the life and growing legacy of SANKOFA as they pay homeage to their cultural heritage. SANKOFA: The Black Student Union invites you to our very own Kwanzaa celebration. When: Friday, December 8, 2006 @ 6:30pm Where: The Faculty Dinning Room Cost: Tickets are $5 dollars for Students and $7 for NonStudents
William Smith Athletics Conclude Fall Season with Honors Staff Report
Two William Smith College soccer players were recently named to the D3Kicks.com All-New York Region Team. Junior Laura Burnett-Kurie was selected to the first team, while senior goalkeeper Nikki Dudley was named to the third team. Earlier this fall, both Herons also were voted to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Team. This season, they led William Smith to its 19th consecutive postseason berth and an ECAC Championship. The Herons finished with an 11-6-3 overall record. A forward, Burnett-Kurie led the Liberty League in goals (11) and points (25), earning the league’s Player of the Year Award in the process. She was named the ECAC Upstate Player of the Week and the Liberty League Offensive Performer of the Week, and also collected first-team allconference honors. Burnett-Kurie has played in 57 career games, has 35 career goals, 11 career assists, and 81 career points. A four-time All-Liberty League selection, Dudley allowed just two goals in league play and recorded an average of less than half a goal per game. During the season, she also earned the league’s Defensive Performer of the Week award. Dudley played 79 games in goal over her fouryear career, tallying a 0.49 career goals against average, and 46 shutouts, for a 53-16-9 record in net. She led the Herons to an NCAA Tournament appearance and three ECAC Tournament bids, including 2003 and 2006 ECAC Championships. On the Field Hockey team, William Smith College senior Sophie Dennis was named to the
National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America first team for the third consecutive season. She is the Herons’ all-time leader and ranks 10th in Division III history in career points (218). Dennis led the Liberty League and broke the William Smith season record for points with 70. She was named the Liberty League Player of the Year in 2005 and again in 2006. Dennis, who was a four-time All-Liberty League selection also holds the Heron career records for goals (89) and assists (39). Dennis bested the previous marks by one assist, 30 goals, and a huge 75 points. During Dennis’ career, the Herons were 67-17, including a 27-1 mark in the Liberty League. She and her classmates led William Smith to four straight Liberty League regular season titles and three consecutive Liberty League Tournament crowns. In three NCAA Tournament appearances, Dennis and the Herons advanced to the semifinals in 2004 and reached the quarterfinals in 2005 and 2006.
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Campus Outlaw is an online college textbook exchange created by three students at Union College, carefully and innovatively designed to function as the most desirable venue for students to buy and sell used textbooks. The Campus Outlaw website enables students to post their used books online for sale on their college exchange, and will provide a centralized forum for all students from Hobart to buy from and sell to one another. The inspiration for the Campus Outlaw exchange came from the desire to find a better alternative to buying and selling textbooks. Today, textbook costs for the average student are $900 a year and rising; over 50% of college students pay for all of their books without assistance. Accordingly, a full 86% of college students consider buying and selling books online. Yet only 14% do, because they are unhappy with the inconvenience of shipping delays and the unreliability of current online booksellers. Students are desperate for a viable alternative. Campus Outlaw is a user-touser exchange functioning much like e-Bay, providing the forum
Campus Outlaw Comes to HWS and product information, but allowing students to make the transaction themselves. Transactions occur in the following manner: 1. To buy or sell, students first register with the site. To determine what college they attend, they must confirm registration using their school granted e-mail address. The “.edu” extension will verify that they are in fact a student, and the “@[college name]” will enable the website to sort them in to the correct campus market. Additionally, they must disclose their campus mailbox number, year of graduation, and then choose a password. 2. After logging in students can post an unlimited number of books on the site for others to buy, for free. For each post, sellers simply enter the ISBN number (Usually found on the back cover of a textbook, it will actually say ISBN and a string of numbers follows), the asking price, and a brief description of the book’s condition. 3. Prospective buyers can search by title, author, or ISBN, and will be shown the available books on their campus. After comparing price, book quality
The First Dead Person I’ve Ever Seen Jonah Levy ‘08 Herald Reporter
No bags, no cameras, no bare shoulders on women, no talking, no hands in pockets. Two single file lines. I queue into the lobby of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum while armed guards reinforce the no-talking rule and reform the single file line that I don’t realize I’m in until twenty paces later. It’s cold—slightly colder than air conditioning. The carpet draped over the shallow steps is red and I follow it, strangely unaware of the rest of my surroundings. All I remember before the carpet is a Vietnamese quote in gold letters when I first entered, signed by a shiny scribble of Uncle Ho Chi Minh
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in the cold reflective metal. When my family visited yesterday, my brother made the mistake of putting his hand in his pocket. The guard grabbed him and he quickly revised his error. The logic is you might throw something at the glass coffin. Yesterday was the first day the Mausoleum has been open since late September. Once a year they send the dead man to Russia for the prolonged preservation procedures. This year they brought him back just in time for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the biggest thing to hit Viet Nam since Doi Moi. I enter the room and the silence is electric. The first things
rating, and seller rating, you choose which book to buy. 4. As on eBay, site users are solely responsible for making the transaction. The buyer and seller will receive each other’s information via e-mail (name, box number, and preferred methods of transaction). 5. Typically, the buyer first pays the seller. This can easily be done with cash or personal check in person or utilizing the seller’s mailbox in the mailroom. 6. Upon receiving payment, the seller either gives the book in person or simply tapes a note on the cover with the buyer’s last name and campus mailbox number and drops the book off at the mailroom window as a package for the buyer. Campus Outlaw differentiates itself from existing online booksellers by creating an individual, isolated textbook market every college. By limiting each market, we simultaneously offer the affordability of online booksellers and the convenience of the on-campus bookstore. No longer do students have to wait for books to be delivered from
across the country, but from across the campus. By allowing students to buy and sell directly to one another, the price of books for users will fall to an expected 50% of the list price, while net costs for each textbook will fall to an anticipated 15% of the list price. Campus Outlaw is free to use—we will never charge students to post or to buy. Created by students for students, the Outlaw exchange is uniquely constructed to meet the needs of the students it serves. By taking the simple but counter-intuitive step to limit each market to the user’s college, Campus Outlaw simultaneously solves every problem of existing venues—high prices, inconveniences, and delays—to create the perfect textbook market. The bookstore begins “Buyback” during exam week. You can sell back your books and receive only 50% of the price you paid, IF the book is being used again, or you can sign up for Campus Outlaw (at www. campusoutlaw.com which will be up and running by Wednesday December 6) and receive up to twice as much cash for the same books. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
I see are the heads, shoulders and rifles of four armed guards six feet below me on the ground level. I look for Uncle Ho and wonder if he’s in the opaque gray marble column in the center of the room. What a rip-off, I think. Then I see it: the parallelogramshaped glass coffin on top of the column. Inside is a dead body. He looks like a wax figure, but he also looks like he could open his eyes and mouth at any moment. He looks just like he did in the pictures, only older. His wispy, white hair is still intact over his bulbous, shiny head. His trademark beard falls not so neatly over the center of his collared uniform. His hands are placed on top of his abdomen, facing downward at an awkward angle, making him
look uncomfortable and broken. His bottom half is covered. As I turn the corner, the angle of the glass warps his face from my perspective. I imagine worst case scenarios, like projectile vomit, shrieking in tongues or a cell phone going off. I imagine the fierceness and total lack of consideration for my body as they grab my arm and rush me outside. I wonder if they would beat me, throw me in jail or deport me. In the image that stays with me after I leave, I’m standing next to him, and there’s no glass. I’m fitting his temples between my thumb and forefinger. I squeeze and the waxy skin crumbles away like plaster to reveal a hollow center, like the rocks on Sentosa Island in Singapore.
William Smith Celebrates the Centennial
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mance that is sure to rock the house with its originality. There will also be many other special aspects to the evening.” The entire Centennial Celebration will last until September 2008, marking the 100th anniversary of William Smith’s first class. Continuing in her explanation of the events, Kaenzig said: “In the upcoming week, there will soon be a Centennial website launched, as well as banners all over campus that celebrate 100 years of William Smith and coordinate education here at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Many special events are planned for the coming three semesters (spring 2007, fall 2007 and spring 2008) with a final gala celebration in September 2008.” In addition to recognizing and acknowledging the 100 years that have passed, at this point, the Colleges will also increase their focus on academic engagement and an improvement of standards across the whole student body. Such improvements will be sought through a series of events and speakers on campus, connecting the student body with William Smith College’s rich history and how it can be applied to a progressive future.
It’s a shame because he never wanted any of this. He refused to live in the Presidential Palace, he didn’t want any statues sculpted in his image and he hated magnificent structures for the purpose of praise. His dying wish was to be cremated. He wanted one pile of his ashes to be buried underneath his modest home in the French Quarter of Ha Noi, one pile to be spread over the North, one for the central highlands and one for the South. Instead he is objectified and praised in his stiff, soulless and chemical corpse.
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Debating Issues: Should Standardized Testing be used as a graduation requirement in college?
THE ISSUE: The issue at hand is whether or not to implement National Standardized Testing as a requirement for all college students, before graduation, to pass before gaining a degree. Here two members of the Debate Team show support and opposition to the issue. Please note that all opinions presented may not be that of the author much like typical debate rounds, one must argue the case presented.
End Illiteracy: National Standardized Testing For College Students Thomas Frohlich ‘09 Herald Contributer
There is a problem in America today. There are students receiving diplomas who do not have the basic foundation of literacy and math comprehension. It is too easy to acquire a college diploma from an online degree program or poorly structured college. Not only does this admit under qualified people into the work force, but it hurts students from lesser known schools, because people aware of the problem will not trust these diplomas. All over the country college graduates are reading poorly, failing to produce grammatically correct writing, and failing to overcome basic, everyday mathematical problems. To solve this major problem, the U.S. government should develop an exit exam that will test fundamental language and math skills. The exam will be administered nationwide to all students graduating with a college degree. Schools will not receive federal funding should they refuse to administer the exam. The exam must be successfully completed in order for the student to graduate. A mark of certification will be added to the diploma upon completion. This exit exam will increase the value of all diplomas received in the nation under the plan. Most college degrees are
earned at colleges the majority of the public have never heard of. Diplomas received from these unknown, possibly under rated schools will increase in quality due to the certification from the government, as well as benefit from the elimination, or correction, of schools that previously were unable to meet the standards. In this way, the plan also provides an incentive for schools to improve their education and curriculum in order to ensure their students success on the test. It is also extremely probable that the overall literacy and basic math ability will improve nationwide. The status quo is also dangerous. We cannot afford to allow students to enter society without basic skills every college graduate ought to have. Additionally, money is being wasted on colleges that don’t adequately educate their students. This is private money of parents, and federal taxes produced by the public that could be spent more efficiently in better places. The current system endangers companies, co workers, and the workers themselves. This problem will only get worse as time goes on, and basic academic skills will only continue to be devalued. The government must develop an exit exam, so our American colleges can consistently produce genuinely educated citizens.
Distasteful and Unfair: Opposition to National Standardized Testing Alyssa Dechow ‘09 Herald Contributer
The proposal of implementing a remote national test to authenticate ones college education and ones college degree is impractical and damaging to our national collegiate standards. Most especially, this plan is harmful to the small yet competitive colleges across the nation, such as Hobart and William Smith. The distastefulness of national testing on the undergraduate level is threefold. Firstly, the idea does not address the core issue of undereducated students reaching the college admissions process. Secondly, implementing this proposal would cause colleges and universities to cater to an impersonal examination. Lastly, this plan would foster unfair value judgments and forcibly clump colleges, such as HWS, into unexamined and unmerited groupings. The dire issue that faces our education system is the fact that students are currently able to slip through the cracks and enter colleges being either illiterate or under-qualified. Our secondary and primary school system is the root cause of this and should therefore be the target of any federal effort to avoid granting underserved college degrees. The idea of a national test, placed at the very top of this crisis’s hierarchy, is impractical
and inconsequential. Employers will most assuredly notice an illiterate and/or severely undereducated employee, defeating the purpose of an undeserved college degree. The true problem is the fact that children are not being adequately educated on the secondary and primary levels to compete fairly on the collegiate level. To implement a national test to all graduating college students requires federal money to produce the exam, update the exam, and distribute the exam. The funds necessary to carry out this low impact proposal will be better spent elsewhere, such as improving education at the secondary and primary level for all. In addition, the issuance of this test would cause some universities to simply educate to a broad examination that will supposedly validate the undergraduate degree. Such an idea jeopardizes the role of the professor, as they have less discretion as to their courses’ direction, and the right of the student, to gain a diverse and personalized education. If every student must pass an examination, it will dissuade students from pursuing that unique and individual education that HWS values so much. Therefore, determining what would be involved in this test would be much too difficult to accomplish given the dissimilar curriculums of undergraduate
schools. Making the exam difficult enough to be worthwhile would discriminate against those students who pursued a very personalized education. However, making the exam simple enough for all undergraduate focuses would create a super-simplistic and low-impact examination not worthy of the money necessary to distribute it. The last argument against this proposal is perhaps the most concerning to us, students currently spending good money for an above-average education here at Hobart and William Smith. By implementing a national test, the college degree will no longer be determined by the quality of the school it is received from but from some national test that says it’s good. How then do you differentiate HWS from any other college that gives out these nationally certified degrees? The value of an HWS degree would be compromised by this proposal that, in essence, equalizes undergraduate degrees. Therefore, because the proposal of national testing for a BS or BA does not address the actual problem in our education system, would create a less diverse and personalized undergraduate experience, and because it threatens to actually devalue the degree of small but reputable colleges, such as HWS, the federal government should not implement national testing before college graduation.
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Letters to the Editor
Colleges with a Conscience…Or a Concert? Here at HWS, we have plenty of service-oriented activities: community service during firstyear orientation, service-learning courses, Day of Service, America Reads, and the list goes on. As many of you know, these activities have made us one of the Princeton Review’s 81 “Colleges with a Conscience.” This is a recognition of which we should be extremely proud…that is, if we actually are a college with a conscience. I was one of the co-chairs for this year’s Day of Service planning committee, and it was honestly the most arduous thing I have ever done; we received no monetary support from student organizations that distribute student tax dollars, and the administration was not forthcoming with advocacy or monetary support. Just to give you an idea of who supports Day of Service and who might not: Wal-Mart contributed more money to this year’s Day of Service than any organization on this campus has yet to contribute. We went to the Campus Activities Board
(CAB) and the Budget Allocations Committee (BAC), neither of which chose to support Day of Service (actually, the BAC has yet to respond to the budget we proposed on October 3rd,No explanation was given for the lack of response, but I’ve heard that a word of mouth decision was shared with my fellow cochair; I believe that an official budget proposal should receive an official response. The fact that this year was the 14th annual Day of Service and that hundreds of people show up on the Quad for it each year leads me to believe that there is student support for this event. Either I’m horribly mistaken and students don’t actually care whether or not Day of Service happens, or the organizations that are tasked with distributing our student tax dollars don’t recognize that student support and therefore don’t
distribute student tax dollars accordingly. CAB chose not to support Day of Service because “Day of Service serves the greater
community of Geneva. Campus Activities Board funds come directly from the student tax dollar, and we in turn choose programming that is meant to directly affect those students from which the funds came.” I would have no problem with that reasoning, but Day of Service does “directly affect” students at HWS, and I definitely saw non-HWS members at the Guster concert; CAB, please pick some criteria
for events that you will support and stick to them, thanks. When proposing to the BAC, they told me that $5,000 (for transportation and food for Day of Service) was a lot of money to request for a daylong event and that they aren’t in the habit of distributing that much for such short-lived events. Well, last I knew, the student-led organizations responsible for distributing funds forked over $15,000 for the Guster concert, which lasted approximately three hours. The lack of enthusiasm for Day of Service (an event that is supported by many students) expressed by the members of the BAC was surprising, given their duty to represent the student body. I’m not saying I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the Guster concert; I did, and I’m glad that our student tax dollars were used to hold such an event. I don’t
The Details on BAC Funding
Recently I was informed that a letter to the Editor would be addressing several concerns about the Budget Allocations Committee (BAC). In the letter, a concerned member of the Day of Service Project expressed complaints about not getting any funding from the BAC. The author stated that $15,000 was unfairly granted to the Guster Concert, by the BAC, and no money was given to Day of Service. The reasoning was that the concert, just like Day of Service, was a one day event. While true, there is a distinct problem: the BAC never funded the Guster
Concert. The funding came from Hobart Student Government and William Smith Congress. That story is a bit more complicated (for more information you should attend an HSG or WSC meeting). The BAC is part of both HSG and WSC, however, it is a separate entity, with a separate budget, and does not collaborate with either government on the allocation of funds. The other concern I have is the tone of the letter. It is implied that members of the BAC do not understand student involvement on campus. This
argument is hypocritical because the BAC approves every clubs’ budget for the year. That notion is also misstated because three out of the four Hobart members on the BAC participated in Day of Service 2006. I personally was a Site Leader, the President of my fraternity was one of the Directors, and I discussed budget related information with Avery Bauder (Director of the Public Service Office and overseer of the project). For a thorough explanation of why Day of Service 2006 was not approved, attend an HSG or WSC meeting.
This article is personal and does not reflect the views of Hobart Student Government, William Smith Congress, or the Budget Allocation Committee. Adam Malitz ‘09
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think, however, that paying for the Guster concert can be used as an excuse for denying funding to HWS traditions like Day of Service. Service-oriented events contribute to the student experience in a far more meaningful and long-lasting way than things like the Guster concert and they should not be sacrificed in the name of fleeting entertainment; if we really are a College with a Conscience, then we will support student activities like the Guster concert in addition to events like Day of Service, not instead of them. So are we really a college with a conscience? I think that a decision needs to be made by the administration and the students of HWS as to whether or not we consider service to be an integral part of HWS, and we need to be willing to act on that decision. I think that we are a college with a conscience, but if we don’t act accordingly (by supporting those events that earned us that title), then our conscience is in danger of being lost and gone forever. Rachel Sumner ‘08
3 Miles Lost Winter Concert
Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel.
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Arts and Entertainment Flicks for Chicks: John Tucker Must Die Carly Cummings ‘10 Herald Reporter
Type: Romantic Comedy Rated: PG-13 Time: 90 minutes Over all Rating: 2 ½ stars Sob Factor: zero stars Guy Friendliness: 1 star John Tucker Must Die is a decent teen movie filled with exactly what you’d expect from watching the trailer. I normally wouldn’t pick this movie out, but it wasn’t an entire waste of my time either. If you are someone that is into girly teen movies, then this is exactly what you are looking for. Also, if you are fans of any of the main characters from their television shows, including Jesse Metcalfe from Desperate Housewives, Sophia Bush from One Tree Hill and Brittany Snow from American Dreams, then you may want to check them out on the big screen. The plot is fairly simple, with Jesse Metcalfe as John Tucker, a popular high school student who plays basketball and with girl’s hearts. He does the same thing repeatedly to girls, first he chooses girls from separate cliques so they will never talk to each other, and then he tells them that his father won’t let him date during basketball season, so they have to keep their relationship a secret. This way they never find out that he is playing them, that is until his current three victims, Beth (Bush) the vegan, Heather (Ashanti)
the head cheerleader, and they play on John Tucker, ie. It’s a bit confusing, and Carrie the smart do-it-all, and there are themes in the I don’t think a particular discover that they are all movie that girl’s can relate point is made, but at least currently with John Tucker too. One of the themes it’s something different. at the same time during a is about being accepted, There also isn’t much in combined gym class. With which is centered around this movie for guys einew-girl nobody Kate’s Kate, but it gets to be a lot ther, except maybe to look (Snow) persuasion, they like Mean Girls with the at one of the four girls decide or Kate’s to band m o m togethplayed by er to Jenny Mctake reCarthy, so venge. make it a When girl’s night John if you rent evades this. their Overother a l l , i t ’s tricks, just anthe girls other okay decide teen Chick to use Flick, so if Kate to that’s what break you like, h i s Picture courtesy of Yahoo! Movies or there’s heart nothing better to watch by making him date her, “what have I become???” or do, then take the hour and then having her be the idea. and a half to sit down and I thought the ending was enjoy. one to break up with him, pretty good unique, and while at the same time ruining his reputation. unlike the rest of the movOf course not e v e r y t h i n g works out as planned. It’s hard to say a lot about this movie, be cause it’s a lot like other teen Chick Flicks. It doesn’t have a lot of origi nality, and the acting is only mediocre. It does have some good laughs though, cen tering around t h e g i r l ’s tricks that
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The Herald December 1, 2006
To make holiday shopping easier: 10 Gift ideas Annalise VanHouten ‘09 News Ediitor
Well, Thanksgiving is over. That means, of course, that the winter holidays are already well on their way. Whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or whatever, it is agreed that the month of December is a constant pump of advertising through several media sources, mainly television, radio, and mail. I doubt many of us did more than glance at the WalMart after-Thanksgiving-sale advertisements that were put in all of our mailboxes before quickly stuffing them into the trash, but this is a good example of the pressure coming from all angles to buy that ‘perfect’ gift for the holiday season. Being a poor college student myself, I like to categorize my holiday shopping three ways: fast, cheap, and personalized. This may sound like an oxymoron, but rest assured, there are some gifts that never go out of style. Take a look at my suggested holiday shopping list and you’re sure to be the favorite son/daughter, best girlfriend/ boyfriend, etc. this December. 1. Love Actually. The movie.
Yes, I hear all the guys groan, but listen – perhaps you aren’t a major fan of romantic comedies, but I guarantee your mom/girlfriend/sister enjoys them. Plus, if you actually take the time to sit down and watch this movie with a special someone – and I’m taking this from every girl I know – it really is a sign of commitment. You never know, you might just pick up a few tips for yourself. 2. Christmas ornaments. These are always sure to please the adults in the family, especially parents. Best part is, they’re cheap, and if you find a really cute one, they can be very thoughtful! Next year when you put up your tree, you can remind your parents of the awesome ornament you bought for them. 3. Bath & Body Works products. You might have walked by this store before, wincing at the bright, color-coordinated scented lotions, soaps, and candles. But do yourself a favor and actually walk in. You can put together a nice little gift basket with a little bit of everything for surprisingly not a lot of money. 4. Slippers. If you buy a
A Spirited Review... Eggnog Trippe Duke ‘08 Op-Ed Editor
Well the Christmas decorations have been up for a while now, but with today being the first of December, I find myself looking forward to the holidays and their quirky traditions. After all, what is a Christmas without a big bowl of eggnog? This recipe serves 8, and it is probably a good idea to not to make a batch any bigger. If you need more (depending on what your family is like) make another batch in a separate container so it doesn’t sit out too long. There are two roads to take when it comes to making egg-
nog. Either you can get the eggnog pre-made and packaged and blend in the alcohol, be sure to fold it (see explanation below) so you don’t churn it into eggnog butter. Or you can get together with some of your family and friends and make it together from scratch, which can be pretty fun and tastes much better.
high quality pair of slippers, this can pass as a great gift for someone. There are tons of varieties that feature fleece, tread on the bottom for going outside, and a built in computer (um, just kidding about that last one). But seriously, slippers are an important commodity for both sexes. Check out the L.L. Bean catalogue and the Bass outlet for some good buys. 5. Clothing accessories. Everyone buys shirts and the occasional pair of pants for a loved one, but go out on a limb and investigate the multitude of scarves, gloves, and hats available! If you buy three or four of these, you’ll end up spending about as much as you might have on a larger item of clothing, while making your present look as if it is much bigger and more thoughtful than it is in reality. 6. Magazine subscription. One of my best friends got me a year-long magazine subscription last year and it turned out to be one of the best presents I got! Reason – long after the holidays are gone, you still have something to look forward to from time to time. Plus, since there are millions of different
First, separate eggs into yolks and whites in separate bowls, I put the whites into the mixer and the yolks into another bowl. Then, Beat egg-yolks with 1/2 of sugar, set aside. Beat egg-whites until stiff, then mix in other 1/2 of sugar. Next, Poor the yolks into the whites and mix together slowly. Now, Stir in white rum slowly followed by the milk
http://256.com/gray/recipes/eggnog/ Ingredients 8 servings 16 servings 24 servings Fresh Eggs 4 8 12 (separated into yolks/whites) Sugar 1/2 cup 1 cup 1 1/2 cups (divided into 2 equal parts) (1/4c, 1/4c) (1/2c, 1/2c) (3/4c, 3/4c) White Rum 1/2 cup 1 cup 1 1/2 cups Milk (Whole or 2%) 1 1/2 cups 3 cups 4 1/2 cups Whiskey 1 1/2 cups 3 cups 4 1/2 cups Heavy/Whipping Cream 1 cup 2 cups 3 cups (divided into 2 equal parts) (1/2c, 1/2c) (1c, 1c) (1 1/2c, 1 1/2c) Ground Nutmeg Enough to sprinkle on servings. (strongly recommended) Consider whole nutmeg nuts and grinder.
magazine types out there, you can personalize your subscription to the recipient. National Geographic, Vogue, People, you name it—there is something for everyone. 7. Books and/or CDs. It goes without saying; these are the gifts that never get old. Around the holidays, BMG and Amazon usually have sales, so you can end up buying three CD’s for the price of one. If you have younger siblings or cousins, there are tons of holiday-oriented children’s books around that always make a great stocking stuffer. 8. Gift Certificate. Whether to a nice restaurant, nail salon, spa, or massage parlor, these are definitely gifts that are worth a few extra bucks, especially if they are for your parents or someone else who is forking over your college tuition. A gift certificate is probably one of the easiest gifts to purchase, and it will definitely be appreciated. 9. Sweaters. Sweaters are the perfect winter attire – at least in Central New York – for both guys and girls. You can get really nice ones at a variety of stores for moderate prices, and obviously a nice sweater will never go out of style and shows
your thoughtfulness. 10. Food. This is probably the most appreciated gift among food lovers (like myself). Assorted chocolates, cakes, lobster – you name it, and I’m there. I know there are other people out there like me, and rest assured, these are gifts that you can be sure are enjoyed. Specialty stores are great places to look around and find a unique edible treat. So, use and enjoy! When worse comes to worse, and you absolutely can’t figure out what to get for someone, first decide what you would want if in their place, and then do all you can to make it happen. If you stick to the fast, cheap, yet personalized strategy, it sometimes helps to make a list (like this one!) of the gift ideas you have for each person. That way, you won’t run the risk of repeating presents and having family and friends call you out on it. There is no denying that the holiday season is fantastic because of all the great sales and bargains going on; hopefully these suggestions will get you started on your way! Happy shopping!
and whiskey. Then Stir in 1/2 of cream slowly. Whip rest (1/2) of cream and fold in carefully. See notes on how to fold below. Serve at room temperature by ladling the eggnog into cups and sprinkle nutmeg on the top. Try to get some of the foam and some of the liquid (if not fully mixed) in each cup. How To Fold: Julia Child suggests using a rubber spatula, dealing with 1/3 of the mixture of a time. Putting the spatula into the mixture and essentially bringing up to the top what was on the bottom
Since it is more than likely that there will be some left over at the end of the bowl, a great thing to do is put the leftovers in a smaller container, covered, and in the fridge. The next morning use it to make your French Toast, it will be one of the best things you have ever tasted. And remember, don’t have too much. Eggnog is delicious but very rich. Happy Holidays! The Herald reminds you to enjoy the drink of the week safely and at the appropriate time and location, as long as you are of age…
The Herald December 1, 2006
2006 Sports Year in Review
Mike Kaplun ‘08 Sports Editor
With this edition being The Herald’s last publication before the turn of the New Year, I thought I would take a look back to what was an unpredictable year in sports. In-Vince-able: 2006 was only four days new when a young man by the name of Vince Young introduced himself to the sports world. On that night, Young led the Texas Longhorns to an unforgettable 41-38 national championship victory over the heavily favored USC Trojans. The Longhorns’ victory, capped by Young’s historical 467 yards of offense, ended USC’s 34-game win streak and bid for a third consecutive national championship. One for the Thumb: Jerome Bettis finished his career on top as his Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. Although not the most exciting winter spectacle of all-time, the game marked Pittsburgh’s fifth Super Bowl victory. Reptile Attack: Despite starting the 2005-2006 season unranked, the upstart Florida Gators won its first NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship last April. Led by four sophomores and one junior, Florida cruised in the NCAA Tournament by winning 5 of its 6 games by double-digit margins. With each starter returning this season, Florida is good bet to cut down the nets again come April. All-ACC National Championship: In what was a fitting finish to an exhilarating tournament, the Maryland Terrapins won the 2006 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship after beating Duke University 78-75 in overtime. It was the program’s first championship.
Stormy Takeover: The NHL returned from a yearlong layoff with a bang, as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers four games to three in the Stanley Cup Finals. Carolina goaltender Cam Ward was named Most Valuable Player of the playoffs. A Guarantee Delivered: Upon arriving to his new team in 2004, Shaquille O’Neal assured Miami Heat fans that he would bring a championship to South Beach. In June, he and the Heat captured the franchise’s first NBA Finals crown by beating the Dallas Mavericks. Different from his previous championship appearances, O’Neal took a backseat during Miami’s run. Rather it was Dwayne Wade who was the star of the show. In his first finals appearance, the 24-year-old averaged a remarkable 34.7 points per game and was named MVP. What a Shock-er: The Detroit Shock won its second championship after dethroning the Sacramento Monarchs in the 2006 WNBA Finals. The Bill Laimbeer-led Shock became the first WNBA team to win non-consecutive championships, with its other one coming in 2003. He’s Back (And Better Than Ever?): Following his father’s death in May, Tiger Woods needed to step away from the game of golf. A step away turned into a career-long eight-week absence, but in time, Woods and his old self returned. In July, he won an emotional British Open followed by five more consecutive stroke play tournaments, including the PGA Championship. Only six major victories stand in between Woods and Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 career major championship victories.
The scary thing is he turns just 31 at month’s end. Lorena’s Tour: This year’s LPGA money winner, Lorena Ochoa, made a name for herself in 2006. In a golf year that saw Annika Sorenstam uncharacteristically struggle at times, Ochoa flourished by recording six victories and was recently named the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year. Don’t’ Show Them The $$$: In what likely will unfortunately go down as one of the forgotten World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals prevailed over the Detroit Tigers in this year’s Fall Classic. Even though the World Series did not feature big market teams, it proved to us again that money does not always mean success—just ask the New York Yankees. U.S.A.: In this day and age, it is difficult to find a U.S.A. team that succeeds in world competition. But, with a recent 2-0 win over Mexico, U.S. Women’s Soccer is assured a berth in the 2007 World Cup to be held in China. The two U.S. goals came off the foot and head of Rochester, NY native Abby Wambach. What Will 2007 Bring? Assuming it is anything like 2006, I will not even waste my time predicting. All I can say is that it was another thrilling year in sports, and we should all look forward to the New Year ahead.
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Statesmen Start Winter with Several Individual Honors
John Heavey ‘09 Sports Editor
against the Hilbert Hawks. He also handed out three assists and pulled down three rebounds. Still in the early days of Continuing the success he the season, several individual brought to Hobart Hockey last standouts have begun to make year, Sophomore Statesman names for themselves on Keith Longo was named the Hobart’s winter sports teams. Rochester Area College AthletStatesmen Basketball has ics Tri-Male Athlete of the Week already for his seen recent t w o play. In players goal, honLongo ored t a l by the lied 55 Liberty saves League on 57 in their shots young (.965 season. s a v e Junior p e r f o r centward age) in John 97 minGraziutes of oli was play. named H i s t h e play has Liberty helped League lead the Men’s StatesBasm e n ketball p a s t Photo Courtsey of www.hws.edu Co-ForWe n t ward of the Week on Monday, worth and Williams, and to a tie while first-year Sean McHugh with fourth-ranked Oswego. was recently named the Liberty Brining great potential to League Men’s Basketball Rookie the beginning of the season, of the Week for his performance Hobart College first-year Nick in Hobart’s season-opening Pearson was named the Liberty game against Hilbert. League Men’s Squash Rookie Last week, Grazioli scored of the Week for the second a game-high 24 points and colweek in a row this past week. lected 10 rebounds in Hobart’s Pearson went 4-0 at number only game. In that overtime loss three for Hobart in the Liberty to Keuka (82-78), He was 11League Championship Tourof-18 from the floor, including nament recently, improving 1-of-3 from beyond the threehis record to 6-2. He defeated point arc. In the opening game his opponents from Hamilton, for which McHugh was honored, St. Lawrence, and Vassar 3-0. he scored 15 points in his debut. A guard, McHugh hit 55 percent of his shots, draining 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point arc