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BY AND FOR THE STUDENTS OF HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES

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HERALD VOLUME CXXV

February 8, 2002

ISSUE 14

Hobart Student Court Founders Day Features This Week: News 3 Suffers Rift in the Ranks Dot.Com Success Story Op-Ed

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Dave Colors Your World

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A&E

The Roots are Planted in Geneva

Sports

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MVP Factoids Educate Athletes

Index News

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Student Life

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Opinion/ Editorial

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Arts & Entertainment

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Sports

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Ian Schlanger News Editor

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he Hobart Student Court has seen better days. Since meet ing for the last time in the fall term, at least two court judges have resigned, and further sessions of the Student Court have been halted pending an upcoming meeting with the Hobart Deans. The deterioration of this disciplinary committee can be traced to a rift that has slowly developed between certain member of the Student Court, and the Hobart Deans office specifically Dean Newman the Hobart Student Court’s advisor. “Something like six out of the last seven cases that the student court has decided on have been overturned by Dean Newman,” explained Michael Cabot, Hobart Senior and now resigned member of the student court. “I have resigned because af-

ter meeting with Dean Butler about this problem, he said that we should see another case, and if that too was overturned that a meeting would be held including myself and Dean Newman.” However, another case never reached the floor of the student court. Cabot explained, “He [Dean Newman] asked me whether the court and myself were ready to uphold the community standards and after further discussion said he would not give us any cases until meeting with Dean Butler.” When asked about the student court situation Dean Newman was understanding but at the current time reluctant to talk about the matter. “[L]ast semester we had conversations with the Hobart Student Court which I felt never ended…I am meeting with the court later this month and would like to finish talking to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

Campus Greens Changes Campus and the World Liz Kenney News Contributor

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id you know that HWS stu dents waste an average of 4.5 pounds of food each week? If you have been to Saga in the past two weeks, I’m sure you did. A food waste campaign is just one of the many changes Campus Greens has made to campus recently. “We decided that focusing on campus issues would be better than working on national campaigns,”

proclaims senior enthusiast Emily Utter. By tackling tasks on campus the group has pinpointed a few concentrated areas to focus on improving. One such issue is the use of Styrofoam in the Café. After utilizing the current stock of Styrofoam, the café will make the transition to paper products as well as improving the packaging in its “Food to Go,” section. The school also offers the alCONTINUED ON PAGE 2

photo by Melissa Roberts

Seniors Stress As 100 Days Approaches

Senior Alyssa Heberle chats with Ami Gleason in Comstock during Founder’s Day festivities. Liz Kenney News Contributor

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ake the Road Less Traveled” was a phrase that reverber ated throughout the Comstock dining hall as William Smith women gathered last Tuesday, February 5 for the annual Founder’s Day celebration. This event honors the founding of William Smith College and its founder, William Smith. It also offers the opportunity for William Smith students to gather exclusively. This is one of the few times to do so. Smith, who worked side by side with many activist women dur-

ing the height of the Women’s Rights Movement, established William Smith College in 1906 in coordination with Hobart College. It was chartered in 1908. “When I was sitting there, I was thinking, ‘It’s kind of incredible that William Smith would have gone out on a limb like that to make this college. Who knows where education for women would have gone,” stated Alicia Pagan in appreciation. This year’s theme “Taking the Road Less Traveled,” was accompanied by guest speakers and William CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


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them first before I am willing to comment.” To understand how this rift has developed it is first important to understand some central facts about the disciplinary system of the colleges. The Handbook of Community Standards 2001-02 says, in reference to disciplinary responsibilities, that “ultimate responsibility for the maintenance of campus discipline rests with the administration and trustees and cannot be relinquished to the students.” If campus discipline is the responsibility of the Dean’s office, what is the function of the student court? Dean Newman offers an explanation. “We feel it is important to have students when they are accused of

disciplinary infractions be judged by their peers, but in an advisory role to the Dean’s office,” said Newman. However, the Student Court

If campus discipline is the responsibility of the Dean’s office, what is the function of the student court?

doesn’t see it that way, citing past precedent by the Dean’s office allowing the court’s decisions to go unchanged. “The sanctions that we were giving were fair and just and in the best interests of the colleges,” Cabot continued, “In the past, maybe

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one out of twenty five cases was adjusted but it’s just an estimate.” The Herald attempted to attain the Court’s decisions in the six overturned cases based on section six of the governing principles of the Hobart Student Court in the Community Standards handbook. However, the request was denied by the Dean’s office, but that it would be given further consideration after the scheduled meeting with the Hobart Student Court later this month (February 12th). When asked if he thought that the student court was a farce based on the rules stating that disciplinary actions couldn’t be relinquished to students Cabot said, “Based on those rules, yes. But more based on our new Student Court advisor [Newman] then our old one.”

Campus Greens Helps HWS Environment CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

ternative of purchasing the everpopular Enviro-Mug, which can be refilled instead of constantly wasting cups. Saga employee and Campus Green member, Katie Lozito, was disheartened after noticing the exorbitant amounts of food wasted in the cafeteria. To raise awareness of this issue she teamed up with Saga to implement a program trying to reduce the waste of students. Posters and signs have been put up to notify students of their waste, but no real progress has been made. “It is just a sense of taking stuff for granted. It seems ridiculous to me that so many people are starving while we are wasting so much food,” claimed Lozito. The issue of wasting food is en-

twined with the issue of wasting money. All that excess food is costly. A plan to run another campaign is in the works to enhance results. “When there is food left on my plate I’m more likely to try to finish it now,” claims Jen Tibbens when asked about how the posters affect her. At the recent 2005 Forum, members of Campus Greens expressed their concerns about the “greening” of the possible new buildings. While the new academic building is too far along in the building process, the group wants to ensure that the other potential buildings are energy efficient and reduce pollution emissions. This is the main focus of their Green Building and Kyoto Now subcommittee. Their goal is to, “hold the school to certain standards,” that will benefit the students and the en-

vironment as well. When confronting problems of ecologically safe materials, finance is a large issue. Utter emphasizes that the plans they are trying to implement will save the school money. She stresses the importance of looking into a long-term solution rather than just a quick fix. Each step Campus Greens and the HWS community takes, is one more step towards achieving an imperative goal. “I just think that overall we need to green the campus”, stated Utter “Making sure people are recycling, looking at energy consumption on campus and trying to reduce it as well as raising the overall campus awareness about environmental issues.”

Admissions Seeks Hosts for Multicultural Weekend The Office of Admissions is in need of hosts for Multicultural Weekend, scheduled for Thursday, February 21 to Saturday, Febrary 23. Please contact Joe Latimer, coordinator of Multicultural Weekend, to share with him your interest. Questions about hosting, or Multicultural Weekend, can be directed to him at latimer@hws.edu

Marie Fiero, Kathleen Sager and Meg Marsh gather in the Comstock photo by Melissa Roberts Lounge during the Founders Day celebrations CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Smith alumnae Rachel Bell 96’ and Dr. Nancy Perez-Senn 87’. Beginning with a reception in Comstock Lounge, the women moved downstairs to enjoy a formal dinner followed by a toast and birthday cake. Speeches culminated the evening leaving those who attended both stuffed and inspired. Some people come because of the tradition, others for the motivation, and the rest for the food. No matter the incentive, the response was unanimous, “It was a great night” Rachel Bell, graduate of the class of 1996, founded of her own Internet company Jobsdirect.com and after selling it, has pursued her career as

an educator. Mary Gearan welcomed Bell with a letter from her daughter about what an admirable teacher she is. Bell is a student teacher in Geneva. Dr. Nancy Perez-Senn followed the medical road less traveled. She founded an inner city medical clinic in Buffalo to aid citizens during their “most vulnerable state”. Cathy Caiazza, a student interested in the medical field, was captivated by this speech, “Listening to the stories of the guest speakers made me realize that, although I feel lost as a First-Year, there is something out there for me and if I pursue it, I can do it.” Editor’s note: Christina Taranto also helped with this article

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Student Life

“The Day” Saturday, 10:00 p.m., Cellar Pub

Seniors Stress as Graduation Countdown Begins Melissa Roberts Ian Schlanger Editor-N-Chief News Editor

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s Seniors began gathering in the library atrium it be came clear to the Herald brain trust (a pencil, two sticks of gum, and a button) that some of our proud and noble upperclassmen looked a bit

scared as they waited to get sized for their caps and gowns. With the ferocity of a fruit fly on a bender Herald pollsters and quote mongers were released into the crowd to get responses to the question of the moment, “With a hundred days left to go are you stressed about graduating.” The following poll was conducted with the utmost care and with an eye towards the principles of the scientific process, which we

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S hold sacred. After exhaustibly polling the entire Senior Class and in no way compromising our study do to laziness, boredom, or shear stupidity here are our IRON CLAD results. {Actual Seniors Polled 16}

“Ummm....I’m not too worried yet, there is still plenty of time between now and then. I don’t have plans yet, but I’m working on a number of leads. But if you ask me again in April I may have different thoughts.” Dave Shellard Senior Melissa Park tries a cap and gown on for size.

The Winter Carnival Is Back

“YES! Well, mostly I am stressing about post-graduation. What am I going to do with my life?!?!” - Colleen Allen “Nope, I have a drink every night to keep the stress away!”- Patrick Byrne “God, we only have 100 days left to drink, have casual sex, sleep in and generally just screw around? Now that is something to stress about.” Renee Conklin “I am not stressing yet, but it still hasn’t sunk in that we aren’t going to be here too much longer.” - Melissa Norvell “No, but every one around me keeps insisting I do.” - Kathy Stearns “No I am not stressing about graduation. I am actually looking forward to getting out of this place, but I will miss it too, specially my friends.” Adityavikram Patwardhan

“Why stress...I’m out of here.” - Lemore Amir “Yes, definitely - I think it really hit me today getting measured for the cap and gown and talking about the senior gift.”- Melissa Park

aturday, February 2 – Prospec tive students were treated to a sampling of club activity as the Scandling Center played host to this year’s Winter Carnival. Future students walked wide-eyed and attentive soaking in the various and diverse clubs that they might join if they choose to matriculate to HWS. “It was kind of funny,” noted one William Smith Senior, “I mean here I am about to graduate and here are all these kids looking forward towards college. I would switch placed with them in a heart beat.”

One of the more interesting club games was a “Shoot against Sexism” booth sponsored by Women’s collective. Students were given darts and had their chance to pop balloons on a board with various derogatory and sexist comments and words written on them for prizes. While the Asian Student Union dared students and prospectives alike to try a very tasty but spicy chicken dish. By the end of the night it was clear that the prospective students had left with a better understanding of what HWS might offer them as they look forward toward life after high school.

Campus Factoids (Brief facts about the HWS Community. Click on the “Campus FactoidsTM” icon on network computers throughout campus to read and react to previously published factoids. Data for Campus FactoidsTM are compiled and reported by Professors Wesley Perkins and David Craig.) Social Attitudes and Values of Students Entering HWS in 2001 (Class of 2005): 1. 12% think it is important to have laws prohibiting homosexual relationships. 2. 13% think that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in America. 3. 15% believe that the activities of married women are best confined to the home and family (24% of entering men and 8% of entering women). 4. 41% believe the death penalty should be abolished. 5. 52% think wealthy people should pay a larger share of taxes than they do now.

6. 54% think that affirmative action in college admissions should be abolished. 7. 56% believe employers should be allowed to require drug testing of employees or job applicants. 8. 62% believe that colleges should prohibit racist/sexist speech on campus. 9. 74% believe that same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status. 10. 79% believe abortion should be legal. 11. 87% think the federal government should do more to control the sale of handguns. 12. 88% believe that one should never drink alcohol to an intoxicating level that interferes with academics or other responsibilities.

Source: All data were drawn from an August 2001 survey of the entire entering class with 521 first year students responding.


Opinion/Editorial

THE HERALD Established 1879 By and for the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Melissa Roberts ‘02 Editor-in-Chief Ian Schlanger ‘02 News Editor Dina Paulson ‘03 Assistant News Editor(Birthday Girl) Dave Gordon ‘02 Photo Editor Benjamin Kenna ‘03 Sports Editor Carl “Tex” Morgan ‘03 and “Dirty” David Diehl ‘05 Opinion/Editorial Editors Christina Taranto ‘05 Arts & Entertainment Editor Michael Cabot ‘02 Advertising Manager

CONTRIBUTORS Anne Dahlin ‘05 A&E Catherine Ghirlando ‘05 A&E Liz Kenney ‘05 News and Layout Lee Kreiner ‘05 A&E

C o l o r b l i n d Yesterday, I was walking back from class and this girl came up to me to pay me a compliment. She acknowledged my red bandana and said it really brought out the color of my eyes. I was a little bit taken by this because usually people with blue eyes will be accentuating the blue by wearing it. Now, to me, red and blue are complete and utter opposites. But maybe I am missing some very important connections between the two colors, maybe they aren’t opposites at all. Maybe the ideology of the colors, red and blue, is misunderstood. Contrary to the assessment that red is hot and blue is cold, my recent investigations have led me to believe that this may not be true at all. If you light a Scripto lighter, the flame is blue. If you’re standing outside on a really frigid day, what color does your nose turn? Red. Blue is usually associated with water, but what about Kool-Aid? Red is usually associated with blood, but what about the British? So there are some contradictions to these color laws. Red and blue both represent a lot of things as well. Red signifies power, but now, you’re always seeing George W. wearing blue ties as well. When you’re

Enron Executive Estate Under Fire from Employees Carl “Tex” Morgan Op-Ed Editor

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blue, you’re sad and weary. When you’re red, you could be lusty or embarrassed. Red is the Bloodz, blue is the Crypts. Or visa-versa, I don’t really know. Red was a convict in Shawshank, Blue was a singer in the Temptations. Red means stop, Blue means “you’re under arrest.” If you throw in some stars, they both mean America. If you take out the stars, you got France. Both red and blue are past tense: I blue my nose, I red my book. If you rearrange the letters of blue, it spells “lube.” When red is switched around, you are left with “der.” Together, they spell “dublere”, which really means nothing. When I was younger, my mother never got me that huge sixty-fourcrayon-box-set. I guess you could call me colorblind, because I’ve been liv-

ing my life according to the eight-box-set. I hate all these stupid names for all these variations of the color. Cyan is Blue. Maroon is red. Turquoise is blue. Fuchsia is pretty much red. Indigo is definitely blue. And I am definitely going to be stubborn about. There is no way I’m broadening my coloric horizons. So I was trying to think about it, what kind of events would blue or red be appropriate. Sporting events, it is always necessary to support the team by wearing the team colors. If I were a Bulls fan I’d wear redbut I’m a Mavericks fan, so I’m blue all the way. I guess it would be acceptable to wear red or blue pajamas. My roommate has Red flannels. But can you wear the colors to formal affairs? I’ve always been attracted to women in long red gowns, not so much blue ones though. Of course, you got the blue or red ties, but I’ve always liked purple ones. That’s a whole different story. My ideology of red was that it probably would not be the best color for me to wear, if bringing out my eyes was my objective. Yesterday’s girl who complimented me thought different. I still think blue is my best color. Whether it represents depression, power, the Dallas Mavericks, or whatever-I think I should purchase a blue bandana.

Recently, a former Enron Executive, J. Clifford Baxter, committed suicide. Baxter was found in his 2002 Mercedes Benz in Sugar Land with a gunshot wound to the head at 2:23 am on January 25th. Baxter was involved in selling stock options totaling around twenty two million dollars. He was one of the ten people to be put on trial for covering up the problems that Enron had economically while still benefiting from selling stock. He joined Enron in 1991 and worked there as CEO of Enron North America, then moved to chief strategy officer, and a year later to vice chairman. He resigned as vice chairman in May 2001 but stayed working for the company as a “consultant.” As the collapse of Enron became apparent, lawsuit upon lawsuit got filed. Some were filed against the corporation, some were filed against the investment company that tinkered with the numbers, and one man went as far as to place a suit on the estate of Mr. Baxter. Correspondents from various news shows found this latter move ridiculous. I would

like to disagree. Being from Houston, I know a lot about the culture, history, and various locations in the city. For those of you that don’t know, Sugar Land is an area of Houston where land is particularly cheap but many very wealthy people live in gaudy mansions. Master P has a house in Sugar Land. Most of the people on the Rockets have houses there. Shaq has a house there. You get the point. I would put money on the fact that Mr. Baxter lives in one of these houses. All these people in Houston lose their jobs and he goes out and buys a new Mercedes Benz. What kind of a person does that? What makes me mad is that instead of facing the music and taking responsibility for his actions he shot himself. He worked for the company for ten years, he knew what was going on yet he did nothing about it. In fact, he made things worse. He sold off hundreds of thousands of stock options. It makes perfect sense to sue his estate. I think that everyone that worked for the company and lost their job should join in on this lawsuit. Instead of punishing the company and

putting these people in jail for a few years to return home to their millions, they could return to being unemployed with no job and broke. This is what the workers for this former company are going through right now. I don’t think it is right that for years and years of screwing everyone he should be able to walk away with all those millions. That money belongs to the people that worked for it. The economic crunch that the fall of Enron put on Houston is devastating. People that had $40,000+ jobs are now unemployed with nothing show for working for Enron all those years. People lost their entire life savings in this. Every dime, nickel, and penny that Baxter made off selling stock should go right back to the employees, not to ensuring a cushy lifestyle for his family. To make matters worse, every time one of the executives from Enron has been called to be seen in front of the Senate they have not shown up. Enron knew about the shady accounting that was being done but they kept the accounting firm and even issued memos to them to shred information pertaining to the company. Mr. Baxter lied to his employees and had them continue to spend money on buying only Enron stock. This happened to Enron. What company might it happen to next? I can only guess.


Arts & Entertainment A Thursday Night Foray at Bar tlett This is Our Youth Proves Its Point Anne Dahlin Catherine Ghirlando A&E Contributer

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e step out of Bartlett The atre and quickly begin a discourse on the play. Were we influenced by it? You tell me. A: First off all the lights were just too damn bright. C: But they served their purpose. They were meant to shock, to startle you. A: I know! The lights and that fucking sound were meant to express crucial elements, basically turning points within the play, but still it wasn’t fucking needed. I was blinded and my senses were overwhelmed. C: Damn right you were blinded! You didn’t get the fucking point! They weren’t trying to be gentle and sensitive to your feelings. The lights, the sound, it all added to the general feeling of the play: unrest. With the other effects, such as the lighting, the strange props like those strangled baby dolls and the mannequin parts, the sound, and the set, it all came together as one chaotic mess. A: I liked the story, but I really can’t relate, like the whole fucking thing like with the life and drugs, like really who fucking lives like that even twenty years ago? C: I was actually reminded of several people I know, sadly. A: Well, so you hang out with a bunch of worthless college burnouts? C: No. Just, their personalities

and character traits reminded me of people I’ve known throughout my life. Like I’ve known people who put down others to gain self-importance, people who have had shit for family lives, and others who are just defensive bastard whores. A: I will say the acting was great. You felt the confusion. You felt their frustration. I actually pitied them and their pathetic lives. C: Exactly. I was also intrigued how the physically non-existent character of Stu was worked into the play. I mean, he was basically a catalyst to start the events that revealed the main point of the entire play. A: Which is? C: God damn it, I was getting to that! Just let me fucking talk. I don’t think there really was one main point. It just addressed a bunch of issues concerning life and how people deal with it. A: See, that’s what I mean. It was entertaining, but it lacked fucking focus. C: Why must it have to have one main point, one focus? Life sure as hell doesn’t have one focus, a person only addressing one issue throughout his or her life. A: You’re right. Life doesn’t have one focus, but with the profanity every other sentence—literally every other word was “fuck”—and garish props, those bright fucking lights, and what the fuck was with the reading of “The Lottery of Babylon” in between the acts? I mean, where was it all leading? C: All those things made us see their lives of excess, making up for the things they lacked: love, functioning family lives, relationships

based around trust. A: Yes, I know the effects were done to make us understand, but I guess there were just aspects I didn’t like. It wasn’t a great show, just ok. The acting was great, you know. They just did an amazing job of expressing their characters. C: Yeah, I understand. I mean, as we all know, plays are subjective. We all have different opinions. To me, everything—the language, lighting, the set, characters—they all contributed to the impact of the play. It hit home with me, didn’t quite make it with you. The HWS theatre department recently put on a production of This is our Youth written by Kenneth Lonergan. Evan Griswold played the play’s angry protagonist, Dennis Ziegler. Griswold clearly portrayed Dennis’ unhappy character, spouting vulgar language, going into rages, mocking other characters, and using drugs. Timothy Mooney played Warren Straub, a character juxtaposing Griswold’s somewhat psychotic Dennis. Mooney portrayed a highly insecure and geeky teen who was constantly attempting to escape reality, if not by using drugs, then through childhood items representing happier times. Jennifer Cunningham plays the role of Jessica Goldman, Warren’s love interest and intellectual match. She has the more realistic point of view towards life, acting as a balance to the chaotic and upset lives lived by the other Dennis and Warren. The show, directed by Robert F. Gross, ran from January 31st to February 2nd at the Blanchard Howard Bartlett Theatre in Coxe Hall.

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The Roots Are Being Planted in Geneva Lee Kreiner A&E Contributor

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aturday, February 23rd, Smith Opera House, the Hobart Stu dent Association and the William Smith Congress proudly present the hit rap group The Roots. Rap, or Hip-Hop is a style of music that has taken our country by storm. Today rappers like P-Diddy and Jay-Z rule the MTV generation Hip-Hop following. These types of rappers are known for their “gangster-style” and “catch phrase” rap. The Roots bring something completely different to the table. Before this genre hit the mainstream “story rap” was the back bone of the Hip-Hop world. Songs that told something about society and the world that we live in were the output of the rap world. In the late 1990’s Hip-Hop turned into a story of expensive cars, large houses and over-sized jewelry. The Roots take us back to the “story-rap” that Hip-Hop was founded upon. A 1987 Philadelphia art school was the venue for the creation of the Roots. The group consisted of 6 members and no DJ or samples. Instead of using these “mechanical” components for their work they used their own “rhyme craft” and a human drummer. The group began by playing on street corners and in local Philadelphia talent shows. In 1993 the break that they were waiting for came to them. They were invited to play a music festival in Germany. The group produced their first album Organix before traveling to Europe. Once word of The Roots success

in Europe reached the shores of the U.S. things began to happen. The group was offered a record deal with the music-producing company Geffen. In early 1995 The Roots released their first domestic album Do you Want More!!??!!/. In 1996 the Roots succumbed to the pressures that the Rap world was imposing upon them. They released their next album Illadelph Halflife that included tracks with samples. This was in direct conflict with the original ideals of the group. They also agreed to have a censored version of their record released into nationwide music stores. Even though they were stepping away from the original ideals, which they were founded upon, they were entering an important stage in their careers. The rap world, which up to that point, did not recognize the Roots began to accept them. This opened up doors for the group that would have remained locked had they not made those small concessions on their Illadelph Halflife album. I am not a fan of Hip-Hop music. Before listening to the Roots I only knew of DMX, Nelly and their industry cohorts. The angry, violence driven music that most rappers produce today is not to my liking. The Roots, however, are mellow and easy to listen too. When I first listened to the Roots I felt like they were in the room with me producing their own beats and unique Hip-Hop sound.

Instead of using these “mechanical” components for their work they used their own “rhyme craft” and a human drummer.

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“I Am Sam Soundtrack” Is A Great Beatles Remake Jonathan Widmark A&E Contributor

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he new Sean Penn film, I Am Sam is not only garnering attention on the big screen but also in the music world. The soundtrack boasts seventeen Beatles songs performed by contemporary artists. Among those artists included are, Sarah McLachlan, The Wallflowers, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Ben Folds, and more. Beatles fans young and old will delight in this collection of new arrangements on their old favorites. Eddie Vedder takes the classic, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” to all new heights. The Pearl Jam frontman uses his distinctive voice to put a whole new twist on this Beatles classic. Ben Harper’s rendition of “Strawberry Fields Forever” is fantastic! Harper tries to stay as close to the original version as possible but he breathes a new air into the song that only adds to its appeal. In addition the Black Crowes pull off a foot tapping “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Add covers of “Let it Be,” “We Can Work it Out,” “Help,” “Golden Slumbers,” and many more and you have a real document of Beatles work sung by your favorite modern artists. As far as movie soundtracks go, I Am Sam seems to have something going for it. The artists on this album come together to pay tribute to a band that in one way or another influenced most of modern music. Their fondness for these songs becomes all too apparent as these artists bring new life to these seventeen timeless tunes. Whether you’re a Beatles fan or not, give I Am Sam a shot, it might just surprise you.

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February 8, 2002

Master P’s Latest, ‘Game Face,’ Fails to Score Big Laura Rompf The Observer (U. Notre Dame)

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ne might say the most last ing contributions Master P has made to the rap industry is the introduction of his son Lil’ Romeo and the annoying yet catchy “Uh” sound that is found on each tune he has participated in since “Make ‘em say Uh.” With a few exceptions, his latest album Game Face, will not silence the critics. The first single “Ooooohhhweee” is lighting up the charts on rap stations across the country, but hasn’t quite made it to the mainstream pop stations yet. If you’ve heard it, you know. The chorus starts: “I like the way she shake it in the thong. Oooohhhhweee.” The beat is catchy but repetitive. In “Real Love,” with background vocals by Sera-Lynn, Master P raps along sounding a bit like Tupac,

while noting another famous rapper, as he says, “I ain’t Ludacris, but I’m an all-nighter.” The song is fun and upbeat, and could be destine for heavy radio play. Sera-Lynn’s hook, “I like the way you do me baby. Keep it real. I like the way you feel. Keep it real.” flows easily with Master P’s lyrics. Both “The Block” and “A Woman” are short tracks, but are produced well and have well written, novel lyrics. Once again, Master P sounds a bit like Tupac, especially in “The Block” where he laments about ghetto life. A huge problem with both pop artists and rappers is once they’ve

been in the business for a while, they start writing about their lives as rappers or famous people. On “Back on Top,” Master P sings with fellow No Limit-ers Silkk the Shocker, C-Murder and Lil’ Romeo.

The problem with previous Master P albums is there are too many filler songs which decrease the overall quality of the album. Gameface is no different.

It’s an OK beat, but frankly nobody cares that No Limit is “Back on Top.” Put out a song that shows us why. “Whoadie Gone,” is a good song, which sounds a little like Master P’s former hit “Ghetto D.” Master P

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speaks of his brother, grandfather and uncle who have all past away. Though the topic of death is often addressed in rap songs, Master P has some new lyrics like, “Justice and peace only happens in the suburbs,” which are novel and creative. The beat and melody flow quite well with the Isley Brothers singing background vocals. The song is one of the best on the album. The problem with previous Master P albums is there are too many filler songs which decrease the overall quality of the album. Gameface is no different. Songs like “I Don’t” and “Rock It” seem mundane and low quality. Simply put, it seems like they were rushed through the writing and production phases. While the album has some high points, if you’re looking for an overall solid rap album, pick up Jay Z’s Blueprint or Ludacris’s Word of Mouf. They’re a much safer bet and more likely to make you say “Uh.”


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SPORTS

February 8, 2002

“MVP FACTOIDS� (Brief facts about HWS intercollegiate athletes reported by Professors Wesley Perkins and David Craig.) 1. 25% of athletes reported achieving a 3.5 or higher GPA and 75% reported achieving a 3.0 or higher in their previous academic term. 2. 43% of JV/Varsity athletes also participated in an intramural or club sport during the year. 3. 89% of athletes in the incoming class believe that one should never drink to an intoxicating level that interferes with academics or other responsibilities. 4. 11% of athletes were also involved in a theater, dance, or musical group during the term. 5.The majority (57%) of athletes in the incoming class say they would be offended to see or hear a student threaten to hit another student even if no physical contact occurred; 19% would not be offended and 24% are not sure how they would react. Sources: Data for Items 1,2 and 4 were drawn from all intercollegiate athletes (N=99) participating in a Spring 2000 mail survey of a representative cross-section of HWS students. Data for Item 3 and 5 were drawn from an August 2001 survey of entering students (N=521) at HWS.

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HERALD GAME OF THE WEEK

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WS Basketball vs. Hamilton Tuesday, 2/12 7 PM

Heron Hoops Follow Loss With Lopsided Victory

Herron Explodes for Monster Afternoon on Senior Day

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iding a 5 game winning steak, the William Smith Herons were poised to complete a season sweep of the Union Dutchwomen. The Herons toppled Union back on January 19th by the score of 81-73, thanks to 4 players in double figures. Union was hungry to avenge the loss on their home court, and came out extremely fired up. In the first half, the Dutchwomen forced senior Leah Cornwell into 2 quick fouls, sending the Herons inside force to the bench for the remainder of the half. The Dutchwomen took advantage of Cornwell’s absence, charging out to a 6-point halftime lead, while holding the Herons to a poor 29% from the field (9-31). Cornwell’s second half return sparked the team, as she immediately sank a 3 to put the team back in the affair. That would be the closest they would reach, as Union stretched their lead to 14 with ten minutes to play. The lead was cut to 7 thanks to a Heather Easter three, but that would be it for the team, as

they fell 59-49. Cornwell scored all 17 of her points in the second half for the Herons. Laura Hadwin and freshmen Ivy Parker both reached double figures with 10 points apiece. The following day, the team would welcome Skidmore College, and it would be all Herons from the tip. Using the previous nights loss as a catalyst on both ends of the court, the Herons dominated. The team forced 27 Skidmore turnovers, and held their opponents to 31% shooting. William Smith broke open a low scoring first half (23-18), with 42 hugs points in the 2nd frame, while holding Skidmore to 5 field goals. A 20-5 run ended any chance of a close game, and the buzzer sounded with the final of 65-41. Once again it would be Cornwell leading the attack with 16 points, while Maria Atti and Melissa Brown would chip in with 10 points apiece. With her 16 points, Cornwell cracked the Top 10 in scoring, by recording her 1,066th point. The team plays at home one final time at the friendly confines of Bristol Gym on the 12th of February, as they entertain Hamilton at 7 PM.

SPORTS SCHEDULE Hobart Hockey 2/9 vs. Newmann 4 PM 2/13 vs. Utica 7:30 PM William Smith Squash 2/10 vs. Colgate 1 PM (Final Home Match) Hobart Basketball 2/8 @Rensselaer 8 PM 2/9 @Vassar 4 PM Hobart Squash 2/8 vs. Trinity 8 PM (Final home Match) William Smith Basketball 2/8 @Rensselaer 6 PM 2/9 @Vassar 2 PM 2/12 vs. Hamilton 7 PM (Final Home Game of Reg. Season)

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bomb as time expired. The score at the half was 42-35 Hobart. The second half was some of the most entertaining basketball played at Bristol Gym in recent memory. Corbett and Herron were unstoppable in the paint, resulting

On the day, Mike finished with 12 points, while dishing out a team high eniors Michael Gambino and 6 assists. Schiele, who was looking Brian Schiele ended their to help his teammates out instead of home hoop careers in grand gaining personal glory, scored 8 fashion this past Saturday, as the points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and also Statesmen steamrolled over an undished out 6 assists. Corbett and dermanned Herron domiSkidmore team, nated both 96-65. The ends of the dominating viccourt, as they tory pushed reached their the squads trademark record to 10-11, d o u b l e as they head doubles. Joe on the road for would tally 24 the final 4 regupoints (11-17 lar season fg), while grabgames. Hobart bing 15 carlooked to gain oms, and momentum afHerron would ter a difficult lead the team 70-69 loss with his 2 nd against Union consecutive the night be30 point game fore in Bristol (14-21 fg), Gym. Gambino while pulling and Schiele down 17 big were recogb o a r d s . nized at the beFlacke would ginning of the chip in with 8 game for their points, 3 play for the boards, 2 asStatesmen the sists and 3 past four years, steals in a and received a mere 9 minrousing ovautes. The tion as they team shot an took the court in impressive hopes for a W. 51% from the In the field, and first half, the dished out a ‘Breds hung season high tough, as they 30 assists on rode the hot the day. The shooting of Junior forward Davidek Herron (#20) had back-to-back 30 point nights this team hits the Lucas Murray, past weekend for the Statesmen. Here he stuffs in the 2nd of 2 monster jams road, where photo by Dave Gordon they who dropped have all 12 of his points in the first 20 min- in numerous easy hoops. Herron only won 3 out of 9 contests, but it’s utes. Skidmore shot 50% from the highlighted the big second half with safe to say if they play anything like field, but clearly could not match up two monster jams, rattling the rim, they did on Senior Day, they will be with the imposing Hobart frontcourt and sending the capacity crowd into hard to stop. Congratulations are in of juniors Joe Corbett and Davidek a frenzy. Freshman Joe Flacke also order to Mike and Brian, who ended Herron. Skidmore took a 20-17 lead threw down an impressive dunk with their stellar careers in style. Let’s with nine and a half minutes to play, the left hand, after he stole an errant hope the team picks up a few quality but a quick 7-0 Statesmen put them Skidmore pass. Gambino and Schiele wins, so the season can continue. on top for good, and they closed out were pulled in the waning moments And congratulations to the graduthe half with another 7-0 spurt, high- of the half, with the game out of reach, ating seniors, who finished their lighted by Schiele’s long 3-point to a standing ovation from the crowd. home careers in style. All-Star


Feb. 8, 2002