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APRIL 24, 2006 Photo courtesy of the Washingon Post

A crowd of protestors gather at the site of the alleged rape involving members of the Duke lacrosse team.

What’s the Deal with Duke?


Annalise Vanhouten News Columnist


A Look at Duke’s Lacrosse woes, tuition spikes again!


Jonah Reviews, Cocks and Balkan Beat Box


A Faculty member’s take on Fruity Tees, Don’t Trippe!

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Hobart Club Lacrosse and Hobart Crew: too hot to handle?


A Night with Dave, Herald Investigates: Fraternity Life

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The Duke men’s lacrosse team has been receiving a lot of unwanted publicity this season. A national title contender, Duke’s record rested at 6-2 with five games left to go. Unfortunately, their wins and losses

mattered little. Following allegations that members of the lacrosse team attacked and raped a local Durham woman at an off-campus party, the Duke Lacrosse team has since been under intense scrutiny and their season cancelled. The investigation has been ongo-


ing for a few weeks, and since the initial accusation, Duke Coach Mike Pressler resigned, after playing an integral part in Duke’s progress for 16 years. He led the team to three Atlantic Coast Conference championships and an appearance in last year’s national final. Pressler’s resignation came immediately after news leak of an e-mail from Ryan McFayden, a 19 year old sophomore on the team. The email was written and sent “To Whom It May Concern” the night after the alleged rape occurred. He apparently was looking forward to repeating the “[sic] show” of the previous night. He wrote, “I plan on killing the bitches as soon as the[y] walk in and proceeding to cut their skin off.” Duke University has been taking the investigation very seriously, headed by President Richard H. Brodhead. DNA samples were taken from the 46 white players of the team; the lone black player is not under suspicion because the alleged CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

Tuition Increases... Again! Elizabth Staino Campus Life Contributor

What do Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dickinson College, and Dartmouth College have in common? All are private, four-year colleges that have increased tuition to over $33,000 per year. HWS and Dickinson have seen an increase of more than five percent while Dartmouth’s falls below that level. On March 31, 2006, a letter from President Gearan was sent to parents regarding the increase in annual costs for the 2006-2007 academic term. Tuition was increased to $33,730: an increase of 5.9%. The letter stressed that raising the annual fees is a difficult decision for the Board of Trustees. Ac-

cording to the President’s letter, “The Board seeks to balance the financial strain any increase poses on families with our responsibility to maintain the integrity of our academic program and reach for the highest standard of excellence in support of your child.” The HWS Board of Trustees is not alone in making difficult decisions regarding tuition increases. According to the College Board the average costs of private, four-year college increased by 5.9% in 20052006. An increase of 5.9% is not new to HWS. The tuition has increased annually by 5.9% since 2003-2004. Should HWS students expect to see an increase to tuition at this rate

every year? According to Peter Polinak, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, “It is hard to say. The increase depends on the national economy and inflation, but we try and keep the increase below 6%.” Apart from tuition, another noticeable increase has been made to annual costs; the Student Activity Fee has been raised to $266 per year, up from $232. This is an increase of 14.66%. According to Polinak, the Student Activities Fee was raised at the requests of the students. This is the first time the Student Activities Fee has been raised in the last four years. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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Tuition, anger on the rise

Duke it Out

Brian Wills

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 victim says her attackers were all white. The woman in question is a black student at North Carolina Central University, and also an exotic dancer. She told authorities that she was forced into a bathroom and beaten, choked, and raped by three white men. Items of hers later found inside the house include her makeup bag, cell phone, money, and four polished red fingernails which she claims broke off during the attack. The incident has fueled racial tensions between the largely white and affluent students of Duke (which costs about $43,000 a year), and the poorer, more diverse residents of Durham, in which the college is located. The lacrosse players were heard by witnesses on the night of the attack yelling derogatory statements at the woman like, “Thank your grandpa for my

cotton shirt.” The students at Duke University have differing views concerning the alleged attack. Many are afraid that the administration is playing down the attack because “they are athletes, because they come from privileged backgrounds, [and] because they have money.” Sophomore Jeff Shaw says, “even if [the incident] is true, it’s three guys and unfortunately, this is going to be a label the team is going to carry.” Lawyers of the lacrosse team insist that the men under question are innocent and are looking into reports that the victim was already intoxicated before she arrived at the party. The players themselves have remained quiet. One thing is for sure: Duke’s highly ranked lacrosse team won’t play this season, and their chances of success next season could be severely injured by the outcome of this investigation.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 When raising any fee at the colleges, many different factors are taken into consideration. The trustees look at prior years, how the colleges stand in relation to their peers, while at the same time dealing with the realities it costs to run the school. HWS uses a Financial Comparison Group, where they compare themselves with fifteen other schools. On the 20052006 comparison list, HWS ranks eighth highest for tuition and second highest for the amount of Financial Aid provided. Sarah Lawrence College is listed highest for tuition, with Connecticut College and



Union College following respectively. According to Polinak, “The raise in tuition is one of the harder things we do. We try to balance giving all students the most up-to-date services, such as in technology and housing, while countering the escalating fees. Higher education on average is above the national average of inflation, yet we try to off set the cost through Financial Aid. As a result of this aid, our school is still cheaper than our peers.” Yet, why are schools increasing tuition? Polinak finds the largest dollar increases are in technology and natural

oh-so-pure and angelic nature of college students to inspire nudity and sexual exploration. So don’t be surprised if unseen hands under the seemingly safe cover of foam grope you. The lure of security that the flying fluffy foam creates is false in the least and I urge you to see past the desire to interact with your fellow peers in a simulated shower experience and live vicarious through Real World re-runs instead. Beware of foam parties that are placed within range of any type of electrical equipment (all you smarty pants science students can note the effect of Kirchoff’s current law) because you may find the foamy pit turning into an electrocution nightmare. More dreadful than a mass pit of fried college kids (one of the few times I can actually use this term literally when referring to teenagers without eluding to marijuana use) is the risk of Chemical Conjunctivitis, the ever so popular and affectionate inflammation commonly

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oam parties are a new phenomenon spread ing with popularity nationwide across campuses. This is due primarily to its teenage pop culture appeal that has been highlighted on esteemed and venerated channels such as MTV. A foam party is a social event in which participants are lathered up with soapsuds, usually dispensed from a special machine or soap cannon. The soapsuds hold mysterious magically powers of seduction and dopamine releasing catalysts that influence that

gases. HWS spends more than 3 million on utilities alone. Major spending has also been added to the IT department in order to keep up with the increasing technologies. The majority of expenses at HWS surround the Salary Budget. Benefits keep rising every year, most notably healthcare at 15% a year and tuition grants to employees. HWS, a tuition-driven school, has been following the national average in tuition increases for private four year institutions. However if the trend continues at 5.9%, by 2010-2011 tuition alone at HWS will be over $42,000. called “Pink Eye”. What other dangers lurk around the corner of your every day soapsuds, you might ask? Well, foam dance parties can create up to 5 and sometimes 6 or 7 feet tall pits of foam. Now I won’t be as cynical to think that anyone who may attend such a party would be drinking or (gasp) drunk, but it doesn’t take much to somehow slip and fall. These types of situations have reported people being unconscious under the foam, easily unseen and unnoticed amongst all the people and hard to discover with all the bubbles. I’ll let your imagination wonder all the way to the hospital about how serious a situation like that can be. The moral of the story? Suds kill, unless of course you enjoy that type of thing.

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Faculty Responds: Homophobia

Eric Patterson Associate Professor of English


POLITCAL MUSINGS Trippe Duke Op-Ed Contributor


n entire U.S. city is nearly destroyed while the Bush administration fiddles. Politicians in Washington cut Medicaid and student loans while they add to the nearly $500 billion tab for an overwhelmingly unpopular war in Iraq. Bigots like the Minutemen scapegoat immigrant workers while antiabortionists try to strip women of the right to choose. More than a million are massacred in Dakfur… And the only thing the U.S. media cares about is that pretty little blond who went missing after a night of slum-

ming at the bar in Aruba. Meanwhile, the Democrats seem to offer no alternative to Bush’s attacks on liberty, as well as no alternative to his abuse of the term liberation as a justifiable means to implant militant U.S. Neoconservative ethics into a Middle East totally unsuited for the false consciousness of a U.S. capitalist “Democracy.” In the U.S. war on Iraq, the Bush administration is vigorously pushing the line that American armed forces are conducting a noble struggle to free a country of its hated tyrant. Iraqis who resist the invasion are depicted as “thugs,” “terCONTINUED ON PAGE 6

’d like to thank the “Her ald” for asking me for my thoughts on the problem of homophobia in the Colleges’ community. I strongly believe that everyone at the Colleges has a fundamental responsibility to work together to fulfill Hobart and William Smith’s stated commitment to create a campus that is diverse and inclusive for all people of all identities, including sexual minorities. Female and male students of all racial, cultural, ability, and religious or cultural identities come to the Colleges with the expectation that this is a serious commitment, and all of them deserve to have the Colleges make it a reality. Our society has been especially slow in accepting the principles of fair, equal, and respectful treatment of sexual minorities, and sexual minority students also have the right to expect the Colleges to work to live up to the commitment that they have advertised. Many at the Colleges are already working to achieve a diverse and inclusive campus community for all groups, but a continuing, coordinated, serious campus-wide effort of people of all identity groups, with strong leadership from the administration and faculty, is needed. As part of this effort, members of all groups need to work to understand and respect

the experience and perspectives of other groups and to be open to have others teach them about their experience and perspectives. In this effort, members of the heterosexual majority have a responsibility to actively seek to hear what sexual minorities have to say and to learn from them—particularly before taking positions regarding them. In all processes and decisions, the heterosexual majority needs to ask to hear, and to respect, sexual minority perspectives. Sexual minorities have been ignored and silenced for too long by the toleration of casual and deliberate insults, harassment, and intimidation by many members of the community. As part of the general process of making the campus more truly diverse and inclusive, it must be recognized by the majority that most members of sexual minorities do not experience their sexuality as a “choice”, but as a basic part of their identity. Major professional organizations in psychology, medicine, and sociology agree with and support this perspective. For most members of sexual minorities, their sexuality is as basic a part of their identity as is a person’s sex, race, physical ability, or cultural or religious background. To create a truly inclusive community, all people have the responsibility to understand and avoid stereotypes and assumptions about other identity groups, particularly language that degrades and insults people in terms of their identity. In the case of sexual minorities, this is an especially serious problem; although degrading language unfortunately sometimes is used for all identity groups, no other group is verbally abused as casually

or frequently as sexual minorities. No other group has the basic term for its identity used every day to mean “stupid” or “worthless”, as many people use the word “gay.” No one uses the basic word for a racial or cultural or religious group, or a group defined by physical ability, or for women or men in this way. Members of the community need to recognize that it is offensive and stop using it as a negative term. For all identity groups including sexual minorities, verbal abuse is part of a spectrum of abuse, moving from insulting language to harassment, discrimination, and violence. For sexual minorities, the spectrum starts with the casual negative use of the basic identity word “gay”, and then deliberately insulting words and “jokes”, then threats, harassment, and finally violence. Homophobic language serves to warn sexual minorities that they are unwelcome, and to intimidate, exclude, threaten, and silence them. I believe all responsible members of the community have an obligation to work cooperatively to reduce all forms of identity abuse, including homophobia. This effort needs to involve students, faculty, the deans, student government and student organizations, those in residential education, the fraternities, coaches and those involved in athletics, and campus security. Members of historically dominant groups have a particular responsibility to make the effort to learn about the perspectives and experiences of groups that have been excluded and not to wait to educate the majority. As part of this process, it is extremely important for the Colleges to commit themselves CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Arts and Entertainment

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Concrete Kicks Asphalt Amy Kulow Copy Editor


Totally Blonde like totally rocks! Amy Kulow Copy Editor


n a whim and for my Christmas present, my roommate bought me the movie Totally Blonde, mainly because Michael Bublé plays the male lead, and we do love us some Bublé. Last week we finally got around to watching it. Having looked over the DVD case, we were not expecting much from this movie. Made in 2001 and featuring the tagline “Is it true blondes have more fun? Like totally!”, the blurb on the back of the case states that when Meg Peters dyes her hair blonde, she suddenly finds herself with two guys chasing after her and only being able to pick one. My roommate turns to me and goes “You know this is probably going to be the worst movie ever, right?” Surprisingly, Totally Blonde turned out to be one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time. It was hys-

terical, and not just because of the bad acting and cheesy, predictable, and unrealistic plot; there were some really randomly funny scenes. For example, in one scene Meg tries to convince the guy she’s dating that she’s not breaking up with him and to do this, Meg tells him “Touch my boobs!” She reasons that if she were breaking up with him, she would not be letting him touch her boobs. He complies with her demand, staring in adolescent fascination. We were rolling around from laughing so hard at this. Most of the movie is made up of random humor like this. Also, Colin Mochrie of The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame plays a bit part: little fun fact for you all. Deep and thoughtful, Totally Blonde is not. However, if there was ever an award for best scene with a Canadian Mountie stripper, Totally Blonde would win it. Yes, that’s right: a Canadian Mountie stripper. Don’t ask; just watch.

ou’ve seen them perform in Saga. You’ve seen them perform at Red Ball. You may even be planning to see them at the Sophomore Class Variety Show, but you’ve never really seen Concrete Hip-Hop until you’ve seen them in their element onstage. Featuring music by Cassidy, Janet Jackson, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, and Mya, the Concrete show “Alter-Egos” proved to be an inspiring experience for all who attended, especially those of us who are lacking talent in the dance area and could merely stare in awe as the dancers twisted and moved their bodies in time to the music. The show was held at the Smith Opera House, where I volunteer. The afternoon before the performance, the Administrative Coordinator asked me if I thought audience members were going to be dancing along. I told her that I did not think so. I was wrong; Concrete’s performance motivated some audience members

to leap up out of the seats and join in. The respect the audience had for the show and the performers was obvious. At one point, some audience members were giggling during a piece, to which the rest of the audience responded with a resounding “SHHHH!!!” That’s the kind of show Concrete is, where the audience does not want anything distracting them from the performance. Concrete is the brain-child of choreographer Youmie Francois. With help from others, including her right-hand and left-hand women Maureen Clarke and Tonnica Thomas, Francois’s dream became a reality. Credit must be given to Francois’s innovative choreography; her ability to tell a story through dance is evident in her pieces. The originality of

Francois’s moves should also be noted; never will a Concrete performance feature dance moves copied from music videos. However, Francois’s talents as a choreographer would be wasted if were not for her dancers, Nazia Ahmad, Nina Franzino, Sade Jones, Shante Jones, Cynthia Okerfelt, Jared Owens, Maria Prass, Phylicia Robinson, Cecilia Teye, Shannon Times, Shayna Times, and well as six Geneva High School students. When asked how the show went, Francois stated, “It was good. I love the people I worked with. They always deliver; put them anywhere on earth and they will triple their worth.” Congratulations to everyone involved in the performance for putting on a wonderful show.

The Great HWS Student Art Show! Opening Reception: April 28, 7-9 PM Houghton House Work by Natalie Kaiser’ 06

Homophobia: Faculty Response, Continued CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 to a thorough evaluation of the campus climate for people of all identities, conducted by a nationally-recognized consulting agency that is skilled in such evaluations, including the evaluation of the inclusion of sexual minorities in campus life. Also, for anyone who is interested, as part of my support for the Working Group on

Homophobia and in consultation with other concerned faculty and staff, I have written an extensive handbook on the problem of homophobia and the ways in which the Colleges can address it. I have given a few copies to some who are interested, but since resources are not available for me to make numerous copies, I requested that the Provost’s Office to make it available this week to

any student or faculty or staff member who is interested. I hope that it will help to encourage discussion about problems of equity and inclusion for sexual minorities that must be addressed if the Colleges are to become truly diverse and inclusive. Thank you, Eric Patterson, LGB Studies, American Studies, American Literature.

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Arts Opinion-Editorial and Entertainment Jonah Reviews:

Capote, the DVD Jonah Levy A&E Columnist


hanks to my immersive tenden cies considering this incredible opportunity that has fallen into my lap, I’ve brought it upon myself to research the work of Philip Seymour Hoffman this week. Punch-Drunk Love, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Scent of a Woman are all available at the library, and I will try to consume as much of them as I can, but I cannot review any of them for they are not new releases. Although I wrote a review for Capote early this semester, I’ve decided to review the DVD, for featurette purposes and as a reminder of the greatness of this film. The Answered Prayers documentary is a look at Truman Capote mainly through the eyes of Gerald Clarke, his biographer. Clarke discusses the incredible power and charisma Capote had as the most well known writer in the world. Pictures and video footage of Mr. Capote not only show the uncanny resemblance of Mr.

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Hoffman, but also the mousey, flowing features the man unselfconsciously exhibited. This short piece, however, mainly discusses the writer’s long and painful fall from greatness that began with the completion of In Cold Blood. The Making Of documentary is cut into two parts: the conception of the film and the execution of the film. I found the first section far more interesting when you see all the levels of origin come together to form the somber, sensitive masterpiece that it had become. The second section is a bit more boring, in explaining how Winnipeg looks remarkably like Kansas, and how they got away with not dressing all the extras in period clothing. There are some fascinating tidbits, however. For example: There is no use of the colors blue or red throughout the entire production. An example of the color palette is shown and the very feel of the film makes even more sense. Although I haven’t had a chance to view the film with Mr. Hoffman’s commentary track and the director Bennett Miller and Screenwriter Dan Futterman’s commentary track, I’m sure a fan with similar immersive tendencies will find them gloriously insightful.

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Cocks and Balkan Beat Box Brian Wills Generally sour person


uring the chaos of the war in the Balkans, the soundtrack for most people’s lives was probably the concussion of shells and the pop of small arms fire, mingling with the wash from NATO jets into a cacophony of misery and ruin. However, if you looked closely enough, down among the burned out buildings and empty public spaces of a wronged Sarajevo, you might hear some music playing. At first soft and indistinct, but then growing into a wry, melancholic drone that enters your brain as the ideal soundtrack for a ride through the looming skeleton of what still remains a delicately beautiful city. If the band you were hearing had a name, they might well be called Balkan Beat Box. And they would have just been warming up. Fast-forward to 2005: Balkan Beatbox, an eccentric band of Balkan musicians who straddle musical genre the way you straddle a powerful motorcycle adorned with skulls, released their first album. It is self

titled, and its 11 tracks are a mixture of contemporary dance music inextricably twined with ethnic Balkan and Middle Eastern instruments and voices. The second song, Bulgarian Chicks (easily the albums most appealing song) makes me feel like I’m walking through Eastern Europe outside of time, seeing Rome fall in staccato, camping with the red army on Sevastopol as the Sixth army closes in, before finally watching the archduke Franz Ferdinand’s car drive backwards as a bullet rips its way out of his head. When the CD ends, you feel old. And sweaty, from all the dancing.

Page 5 That said, one of the reasons you feel old is that Balkan Beatbox can be rather repetitive. Fans of the dance genre, techno or other oft-repetitive genres will be comfortable with this, but to the casual listener it could be a deal breaker. The same goes for the insane muttering and Black-Sabbathsmokers cough noises which rise and fall in the background like ghosts. Key track: Cha Cha, which was actually featured in our own Meredith Boggia’s dance. The song itself is an upbeat and modern series of Balkan jungle beats, and is the albums most accessible. My personal favorites include “Bulgarian Chicks,” the haunting second track opus, track three “Adir Adirim,” which is just the kind of thing to put on when you’re going to cruise around town maybe just a little bit over the speed limit. Track number four, “9/4 the ladies,” is also solid, and features an amazing mandolin riff. Lastly, there is track six, “Hassan,” which begins innocuously, but suddenly crescendos into a Middle Eastern echo-machine scream. It’s very well mixed, and will set you back decades if you’re old, and return you to the womb if you’re under 18. Listen with caution. Altogether, a solid disc from Eastern Europe suitable for listening to pretty much anytime, but especially if you’ve been drinking. Seven out of ten.

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5 Wins 7 Losses. Still The Sickest Team On Campus. Joe Latimer Hobart Club Lacrosse


Attention Athletes: Brian Wills Sourpuss


ey athletes! Do you guys love playing sports? Do you love watching them? Do you have any semblance of ego at all? If you can say yes to any these questions, do us—the Herald—and yourselves a favor and write about a recent game. The Herald, in case you haven’t noticed, has been short on sports articles lately. This, in no way, represents a lack of interest on our part. Much rather, it represents a lack of time. We want to

cover your games so very badly. We really do. We need to know the outcomes of campus scrimmages and matches and races because then we can continue to support the local gambling scene. If you have any vestige of empathy for your community, you’ll write something. Write about your most recent game. Get some quotes, some firsthand accounts; because then, we can set the record straight. Or set a record, period. So please, send us short updates, pictures, scores, SOMETHING. Because you guys need to blow your own damn horn, no one is going to do it for you. That’s life. Peace.

obart Club La crosse finishes its Spring 2006 campaign strong as it pounds Fredonia State College 20 – 7 on McCooey Field. A rain event and a rowdy crowd (despite the rain) entertained the squad of 22 club lacrosse players. Playing 4 – 20 minute running quarters, this game presented its last HCL game for seniors Toby Bright (York, ME) and Hadley Sosnoff (Brooks School, MA).

Well, at least we’re way hotter.


he Hobart College crew team hosted RIT and Division I Colgate in a day of racing on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal today. In the varsity eight race, Colgate retained the Seneca Cup in the day’s most exciting race. The Raiders got off to a strong start, charging to the lead off the starting line. Hobart’s eight made a charge in the final 1,000 meters, pressing Colgate to the very end, but the Raiders held on for the win. Statesmen Dan Gilbert, Alex Tye, Gardner Loring, JM Chadonic, Sep Levatich, Mike Grenier, Tim Faxon, Richard

Klein, Drew Meunier crossed the line in 6:17.63, just 0.43 seconds behind Colgate. RIT placed third in 6:37.89. The Raiders also captured the second varsity eight race in a time of 6:37.24, ahead of a pair of Hobart boats. Mike Talarico, Paul Wasmund, Mark Vogelgesang, Mike Gugliemo, Joe Jameson, Tim Starr, Alex Caruthers, Vince DeFabio, and Nate Kress crossed the line second in 6:44.95, followed by Mario Sola, Andrew O’Donnell, John Heavey, Chris Moore, Jake Podkaminer, Ben Ramsey, Garrett McIntyre, Matt Gruppo, and Dan Allen in 6:53.64. In the novice eight race, Colgate posted a 3.7-second

rorists,” and so on. In one joke comedian Jay Leno captured the hypocrisy of this claim: “They’re calling it Operation Iraqi Freedom,” he said. “They were going to call it Operation Iraqi Liberation, until they realized that spells ‘O.I.L.’” Now I want to make it very clear, I am not just spinning Leftist slander against the US. But it just gets me sometimes how fooled people in this coun-

pressive’ governments. Those people who believe that our sole purpose is to bring them civilization, bringing them equality, bring them freedom from tyranny and oppression, and bring them God. But whose God? Certainly not theirs. If that is going to be the goal of the US government, there are certainly places in this world that have a much greater need for our militant

liberation than Iraq. Clearly, there is a need for an alternative. An alternative that speaks to the millions of ordinary people who are fed up with war, attacks on workers, and threats to our civil rights. The problem lies though not in government itself, nor its inept leader, but rather in the structures of the present government which grew up under capitalism and is designed to pro-

LEFTIST LEAN: try are about what it is we are actually a part of. The one dimensional behaviorism of the majority of this country (particularly in its uneducated sector) is so consumed by its false consciousness that it has reached a point where it is immune to its own falsehood. There are those misguided people who believe that the US is invading the Middle East strictly to liberate it from ‘op-

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win over RIT, crossing the line in 6:45.9. Hobart was third in 7:20.21. The varsity four race belonged to the Raiders in a winning time of 7:02.63. The Statesmen were second, eight seconds back, while RIT placed third (7:22.73). Following a week off, Hobart returns to the water on April 29 in the Liberty League Championships.

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tect capitalist rule. Revolution… Impossible. It is my opinion that people must first realize that there is something greater than the material gain which is the new religion within our society, and that the millions of sensory experience thrown at us by our culture are nothing more than agents of manipulation and indoctrination intended to mechanize our inner-freedom while turn reason into submission.

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Campus Life Society members, and numerous members of the artistic community on campus. A small sampling of Delta Chi’s membership includes 7 students in Honor Societies, and involvement in Hobart Student Government, varsity athletics, A Perfect Third

Amanda Jantzi Content Editor


y four years here at HWS Colleges have been marked by numerous changes: a dramatic increase and improvement to facilities, an increased presence of clubs and activities on campus, and a change in the nature of the fraternity system. I remember back to freshman year, when there would be at least one fraternity party every weekend on campus. In some instances, my friends and I would have to choose which one it was we wanted to go to. What has happened throughout my four years is something that senior member of Sigma Phi (a former fraternity on campus), Kip Moncrief, characterizes as an “evolution.” Fraternities are putting an increased emphasis on community involvement, cooperation with one another, and hosting functions that are inclusive and benefit all of campus. The recent “Bermuda Triangle” event sponsored by Kappa Alpha, Delta Chi, and Chi Phi is an example of this; as well as Sigma Phi’s open mic nights, the lecture series sponsored by Kappa Alpha, and Delta Chi’s 73 Days Party that served as an aware-

ness booster and fundraiser for the Senior Class Gift. The idea of a fraternity, said Moncrief, has a “stigma” attached to it. They are also no longer viable models for campuses in the 21st century. He states that fraternities on campus are attempting to redefine their role. The Herald e-mailed representatives from all six campus fraternities (Sigma Chi, Kappa Sigma, Chi Phi, Delta Chi, Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi). We received responses from junior Lou Guard of Kappa Alpha, sophomore Kyle Morris of Delta Chi, and Moncrief of Sigma Phi about the changing nature of fraternities. What was obvious from interviews and correspondence was that those who are involved in Greek Life on campus make numerous other contributions as well. Moncrief noted that members of fraternities frequently have higher GPA’s than other Hobart males, and because of the higher standards that houses hold members to they are more involved: Sigma Phi, for example, had 100% of its members participate in Day of Service and numerous members in the Take Back the Night March. Their members are also involved in varsity athletics, including the captain of the tennis and club lacrosse teams, have 2 Druid

Acapella, College Republicans and Democrats, and Habitat for Humanity. Kappa Alpha brothers are involved in Geneva Heroes, the Geneva Public Library, Student Government, Admissions, and a variety of varsity teams. In addition to hosting gatherings on campus, fraternities as groups are increasingly involved in community service. Delta Chi has sponsored a clothing drive called “Keep Geneva Warm,” a car wash for the Red Cross, and Quad and lakeside clean-ups among numerous other events. According to Kyle Morris, a sophomore brother and president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, Delta Chi “ [has] made it a point to follow the schools mission as being “a college with a conscience”…Every Sunday, the brothers of Delta Chi organize a community service project.” Kappa Alpha has hosted guest lecturers, including McGill University Chancellor Dick Pound, and seek to be involved in “…institutional advancement…service to the greater Geneva community, …in starting new clubs and organizations, and in providing a social outlet for students, faculty, and staff that is as welcoming and stimulating as possible. We want to help enable students to do what they want

Page 7 to make life on this campus terrific in as many ways as possible.” Sigma Phi is most actively involved in fundraising for cystic fibrosis in the area, as an alum had a sister who suffered from the disease. Their annual Haunted House donated all money raised to the cause, the also help with a local walk for Cystic Fibrosis and host a fundraiser in Rochester, Run Like Hell. Additionally, they hosted a concert last fall featuring Casual Fiasco that donated ticket profits to Hurricane Katrina. These changes point to the fact that fraternities, as they continue to evolve and work together, are essential members of the HWS Colleges campus. However, the last four years have not featured a smooth transition process: many have been on some form of probation, two have had difficulties with their houses, and there has been a sometimes shaky relationship between fraternities and the administration. Both Morris and Guard state that the administration has been very helpful in facilitating and engaging with fraternities as they attempt to change their role on campus. Guard stated that, “We think they are seeking to create fraternities that are going to be sustainable on our campus in the 21st century. The administration has been very cooperative and their office staff is always very helpful.” Morris stated that, “The administration is just enforcing a system that will insure that the right fraternities are on campus. They are simply looking out for the school’s best interests as well as making our fraternities more productive” and notes that they helped reestablish the IFC and “provided a great format for our accreditation model.” Both believe that the administration wants to keep fraternities a part

of campus, and that their experiences have been positive. Kappa Alpha’s situation illustrates this cooperation. Guard said this about how Kappa Alpha was brought back to campus: “It was the idea of a small group of individuals who wanted to start a fraternity that was drastically different. They were pointed in the direction of KA by the administration as they [KA] were seeking to restart their chapter here. The group found that their core values matched up with those originally created by the Society in 1825, we found it fairly easy to match our mission with what had already been established for so long in the Kappa Alpha Society.” However, the experience of Sigma Phi illuminates other points. Moncrief noted that more often than not, the difficulties he experienced were not the result of individuals but rather a bureaucratic system that was difficult to navigate. He noted that Residential Education, Student Life and Leadership, and the Dean’s Office all interact with fraternities but often do not communicate with each other. Additionally, he stated that he was a member of a taskforce brought together by the administration to make suggestions for fraternities that wanted to have a Greek advisor on campus, “someone who was once Greek and is involved.” Currently, the Greek system is managed by Student Life and Leadership director Nate Emmons. Moncrief also noted that frustration was experienced in the past over a lack of clear expectations and goals from various facets of the administration as to the new direction for fraternities, perhaps because of communication difficulties. What has resulted is that, as fraternities encounter problems, it makes them less attractive to new

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Minor Majors

The 9 to 12 Shift: A Night with Dave the Security Guard S. Hess Campus Life Contributor

Happy Birthday!” Well, that’s at least what the HWS b-day party, in Miller, wished we had said as Dave, the security guard, and I burst into the room. I was on the job, that night, from the 9 pm to 12 am shift, following Dave, as he walked the campus, to find out what really goes on, on the other side, when you’re not the one whose party gets written up. The night started out pretty slow, but I was biting at the bit, waiting for a crazy night: drunken brawls, trashed students stumbling from room to room, or disgruntled students whom we would have to subdue. Needless to say, there weren’t any of those on my night out. From 9:00 to 10:00, we went through the campus to Dave’s dorms/buildings for the night, checking for loud music, coined doors, and/or sketchy people that aren’t suppose to be on campus. Of all the dorms we went through that night, two or three out of the three or four doors

were coined, or somehow propped. “It’s a constant job,” rem a r k s Dave. “You don’t get satisfaction from writing up kids, but preventing the things that could happen on the job.” And they prevent them every night. Even though, Dave might call in a coined door one night, he might come back the next day, or even a few hours later to find that it is coined or propped again. Dave and the rest of security on campus are not out to get the students. Security is out there for our protection. When you get written-up and your beer gets taken away, you might get a little dejected but at least you know that security is out doing something for you, looking out for you. Of all the different staff and faculty on campus, Security does care, they do get to know the students: “Yeah, Dave’s really cool,” I heard from a student, and reiterated many times on my night out with Dave.

This is the second installment of a multi-issue article that examines little-known majors on campus.

COGNITION, LOGIC, AND LANGUAGE, Interdisciplinary Minor Program Chair: Professor David Eck Number of Students in Program: 10 Purpose: The focus of the minor is to study the thinking processes of both human and artificial (computer) systems and languages. It draws primarily on the fields of psychology, philosophy, computer science, and education, but courses in English, anthropology, sociology, biology, and mathematics also count, as well as foreign languages. Possible Careers: As this minor involves several disciplines, it can be useful for students interested in a wide variety of careers. Professor Eck asserts that “CLL makes a good interdisciplinary minor for students majoring in Psychology, Philosophy, Education, or Computer Science. It overlaps each of these majors to some extent and complements them nicely since it gives a wider perspective on central ideas from each of these disciplines.”

EXPOSE: HOBART FRATERNITIES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 members – exacerbating difficulties that houses have making residency requirements. Currently, two fraternity houses on campus have been converted into residences for all of campus. Moncrief made an interesting point when noting historic preservation of old houses. Members of Sigma Phi were actively engaged in landscaping and preservation of their house because of the traditions behind it, he stated. This is something that cannot be as easily said of other

houses on campus – the theme house I lived in last year, for example, had a roof that was literally rotting off from the mold that grew on it. Anyone who has been in Chi Phi also knows that parts of the house were modified when it was converted, changing the nature of one of the most beautiful houses on South Main Street. The changing nature of fraternities on campus is clearly positive, one that the current members of each fraternity desire credit for. From each interview, it was clear that it was the

CLIPPINGS FROM THE DISTANT PAST This photo and caption ran in the 1964 issue of the Herald next to a story about the upcoming pep rally. Why don’t we have pep rallies anymore? Or fun snake dances in traffic? Check out more ‘clippings from the past’ in our next issue!

brothers that had largely worked to organize the many new events that their respective houses offered for campus. They have actively worked to keep the Greek system on campus, unlike other campuses across the country where fraternities no longer exist, keeping alive an important part of Hobart heritage and providing valuable services for the campus and community at large. They will hopefully continue to be encouraged and supported by the administration of the Colleges’.

April 24, 2006  

April 24, 2006 Edition of the Herald

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