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The Herald By and for the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2007
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President Announces New Efforts to Go Green By John Heavy
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HSG UPDATE Strong Voting Blocks Sway Elections By Trippe Duke Managing Editor Last weeks session of the Hobart Student Government (HSG) continued the upward trend of incredibly high attendance with more than one hundred Hobart men present. Indeed the high numbers came on a good day, with this past meeting being one of the most important of the entire year.
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On Friday, Sept. 14, HWS President Mark Gearan will sign the President’s Climate Commitment. In doing so, HWS will begin to take part in a highvisibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of colleges and universities to equip society with tools to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Convening at noon in front of the Scandling Center, Gearan will be joined by Associate Professor Tom Drennen, specialist in climate change and energy efficiency. The two will briefly discuss the HWS plan to become more green and work to ameliorate global warming and climate problems. The Climate Commitment is a nation wide collegiate effort at achieving a better environment. Started at American College and University, the Commitment includes completing an emissions inventory, setting climate neutral milestones, immediately reducing greenhouse gas emissions with short-term action, and making environmental sustainability part of the educational curriculum. “As a large part of the community
and surrounding area, we have a responsibility to do our best in lessening the tolls we take on the environment,” said Gearan regarding the effort. He continued, “Furthermore, as an institution of higher learning, we have a duty to educate those who will one day control the issues on what the problems are, and subsequently- what need be done.” Additionally, and in conjunction with the Commitment, there will be a series of environmentally driven, ecofriendly student-led projects. In one such project, senior Mark Vogelgesang and junior John Catillaz will lead efforts in implementing a campus wide recycling program, establishing composting for Saga and the theme and Greek houses, and working with Admissions to create a number of “Green student dorm rooms.” Drennen will be working side by side with the aforementioned students as well as Gearan in kicking off the plan and leading the movement. “It’s not going to be easy,” stated Drennen, “but it is the right thing to do – to begin down the path of making this campus more environmentally friendly.” In signing the President’s Climate
Commitment HWS joins a list of over 400 colleges and universities leading the way on reducing the threats of climate change. The movement provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to go climate neutral. The signatories of the Commitment will be pledging to fulfill a three step constitution which includes expediently initiating a comprehensive plan for climate neutrality, taking tangible action to reduce greenhouse gases, and publicizing the action plan, inventory, and progress. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming. Excited about the action- oriented nature of the plan, Gearan commented, “Upon the signing of this document and the implementation of this plan, we will be taking immediate effort in relieving the strains on the local environment, and working toward a large term goal of cleaning up the world.”
Smith Opera House to Host the Capitol Steps By Moira O’Neill HWS Contributor Setting aside their ideological and functional differences, some popular campus organizations are combining forces to bring The Capitol Steps to the Smith Opera House this Thursday, September 20 at 8 p.m. In hopes of jumpstarting a politicallyactive school year, the Student Activities office, CAB, and a few conspicuous political groups on campus have been working together since senior Allyson Doherty began organizing the event and invited them all to participate last spring. (Student groups helping to promote the event include the College Democrats, College Republicans, AIDemocracy, and Progressive Student Union.) But most students may not know who the Capitol Steps actually are, so perhaps a (very) brief biography is in order. Begun in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers asked to provide the entertainment for their annual office holiday party, the Steps have spent
the years since satirizing anyone and anything related to our government. They’ve performed live thousands of times and published 27 albums, the most recent of which is entitled “Springtime for Liberals.” You may want to check out www.capsteps.com
for a free sample of their music, and youtube.com for video clips of their shows. In addition to a wide web following, the Steps perform every Friday and Saturday in Washington and have been featured on shows from “Entertainment Tonight” to “Nightline.” Not to mention appearing on NPR’s legitimizing “All Things
Considered” more than a dozen times. With such an impressive and busy schedule, our small community is lucky to have grabbed a spot on their tour.* If any Cheney-loving readers are hesitating, worried that the show will only poke fun at his friendship with Karl, don’t be. Similarly, friends of Obama, and therefore Oprah, fear not: as the range of sponsors indicates, the Steps’ performances are far from politically exclusive. Because the Steps rely primarily on the pop culture factor of politics, bad hair-dos on both sides of the aisle are fair game for funny. So now that you’re looking for a ticket...they are on sale at the Campus Store for $10 ($15 for the public at the Smith Box Office). Tickets will also be available for purchase in Scandling Center during meal times beginning September 17. An additional incentive is the Campus Activities Board’s $5 coupon, given to students attending one of their events. And finally, a friendly warning against missing out on the five-to-ten-dollar-a-ticket price tag: the Steps’ weekly performances in D.C. cost $45 a person. *Source: www.capsteps.com
The committee elections, which were held last Tuesday, will ultimately determine the identity of HSG activity in the coming year. Critical elections were held for positions in the Budget Allocations Committee (BAC) as well as the Constitution Review Committee (CRC). Members of these two boards will hold some of the most important positions within the HSG and the entire school. With the BAC solely responsible for allocating the $180,000 student tax dollars as well as the obvious importance the CRC, which will be responsible for drafting an entirely new HSG constitution, these new members can literally control what will happen at the colleges this year and the years to come. However despite the high turnout, the HSG still found itself susceptible to voting blocks swaying election and legislative results. In the third incident of the past year, a large group of students with similar interests arrived and as a united group were able to place their candidates in some critical positions within the HSG. This would not have been so easy to notice if they
were not sitting next to each other. Yet it cannot be ignored that regular members of the HSG also tended to vote with one another. The problem here arises from lack of student participation in the Colleges student government. The ease at which a group of Hobart students with minimal organization can literally take hold of the HSG bureaucracy often sways results in their best interest. The only way to combat this is for more student involvement in the hour long weekly meeting. Unfortunately with a student body more likely to complain than take action, it seems as if the HSG will continue to be susceptible to such ‘common interest groups.’ Dean Baer caught the mood of the meeting perfectly with his quote of the week that “discipline can only come from liberty.” From all that can be absorbed by the thirty second speeches each candidate gave to the quorum prior to elections, it is clear that ever y one of the elected members takes his position seriously and intends to put forth his best effort. With this fresh group of students the quorum has the plan in place as well as the motivation to follow through on what could turn out to be a major transformation of the Hobart Student Government, and the college itself. Election results can be viewed in the HSG Minutes which are sent directly to your HWS email account.
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Immigration Debate on Campus By John Heavey On Thursday September 27th, and Friday September 28th, HWS will host three discussions on immigration. In the conference “Immigration Reconsidered: A Community Forum,” there will be a roundtable discussion, film screening, and panel discussion on national and local immigration topics. The conference was organized by HWS Professor Alejandra Molina in conjunction with the upcoming election, and the pressing importance of immigration issues. The necessity for the conference arose from the real-life concerns and situations of HWS students dealing with the issues. “This is a great opportunity,” Molina commented, “to have a discussion and bridge the gap with community which is immensely important considering we, as a campus, are part of the community.” On Thursday at 4:30 p.m. the Intercultural Affairs house will lead a faculty and student roundtable on the topic “Why immigration? Why now?” Complimenting this, at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room, in a coordinated effort with the President’s Forum,
is essential to the entire conference in that it brings together students, faculty, and town together on issues that are already affecting all realms of socio-economic groups. Molina characterized the panel discussion as “a coalition of people who act independently but need to work together in this problem which is affecting everyone.” Molina, in choosing the contributors, is bringing together main players in the issue who would not typically meet, but whose problems are heavily affecting one another. This panel will show what has already happened as a consequence of immigration legislation issues, and clarify for those taking part, the shift in direction that politics, economics, and agriculture will take if the issues are not dealt with. Molina solidified the importance and necessity of the conference by commenting, “We often forget, thus every so often, need to be reminded that we are a nation of immigrants.”
Summers at HWS Anything But Dull By Annalise VanHouten
It’s the beginning of May— classes are finishing up, and graduation is in sight. You’re looking forward to summer vacation so that you can start that internship and spend time with your friends. The last thing you’re thinking about (for the next three months), is HWS. You might be surprised to know, that summers in Geneva aren’t quiet. In fact, they’re anything but. This past summer alone, HWS hosted an enormous amount of people for a variety of conferences and events including athletic, and academic camps. In early June, HWS hosted their Reunion weekend, a widely successful weekend that welcomed several hundred alumni and alumnae to campus. A week later, the Admissions Office hosted the New York State Association of College Admission Counselors (NYSACAC) conference, bringing approximately 700 professionals from both colleges and high schools from all over the state and country. The keynote speaker for the event was Newsweek senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter. Over 200 cast members of the famed Hill Cumorah Pageant once
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the conference welcomes filmmaker Angelo Mancuso for a screening and discussion of his film “American Harvest.” Mancuso, from Rochester, deals in the film with the complacency of many people regarding the backbreaking work it takes to get fresh fruits and vegetables to our supermarkets and tables. In the documentary, growers from Florida to Upstate New York talk of their frustration at not being able to find farm labor locally and their survival as farmers depending on “illegal” farm workers. Mancuso will be on campus all day, and if professors should want him to visit their class, they should contact Molina. Additionally, On Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., there will be a Breakfast and Panel discussion in the Geneva Room. Moderated by HWS President Mark Gearan, the colleges welcome Rob Gladden from the Chamber of Commerce, and Marc Smith of the Cornell Agricultural Station, as well as representatives from Vance Metal and local dairy farms for a discourse on “Immigration and the Finger Lakes Economy.” This panel
again were housed at HWS, as were 900 students as a part of the Young Bell Ringers Festival. Students from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Canada, and England performed at a hand bell concert at the end of the week. A large event held towards the end of the summer was the 2007 Canon Envirothon. About 600 students and teachers from schools all over the country traveled to HWS to compete in subjects designed to promote environmental education and conservation. In addition, the annual Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute was held at HWS, with current science students assisting high school aged youth in conducting research related to environmental issues, including policy, economy, and ethics. Throughout the summer, two local HWS graduates led Kids College, a program designed to introduce students in grades 3-8 to the sciences, arts, and history in creative and exciting ways. Various sports camps were also held, led by coaches and student- athletes in lacrosse, basketball, soccer, and football. There was also an art and wine tasting event
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called “The Medley of Tastes” out at Houghton House, and various smaller student and community groups hosted on campus. So, what do all of these events mean, and why should they matter to us? It’s important because HWS is gaining recognition and growing in reputation with every passing conference. The students, adults, and counselors who are here for a week leave with a better understanding of what we’re all about—community service, international awareness, and an interdisciplinary learning focus. The colleges are using the time when students are away to their advantage. Either by inviting groups to stay on campus or being chosen out of a nationwide pool to host an event, we are making our name heard. Those who leave HWS talk about their positive experiences, and that story passes on to others—one of which might make a prospective student interested in visiting. So, it really is all a chain. We are recruiting the future of Hobart and William Smith on a daily basis, and it’s the little things that count.
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Were Going Green By John Catillaz For those of you who missed the President’s Address at convocation, there was some big news. President Gearan has decided to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Hobart and William Smith Colleges are now one of three hundred and seventy-five other colleges and universities to take on the challenge. The word challenge may be an understatement. The Presidents Climate Commitment calls for campus to become carbon neutral by a date that has yet to be determined in the near future. So what does it mean to become carbon neutral? Before you can become carbon neutral, you need to know how much carbon to neutralize. As an institution, we must calculate our carbon footprint. Our carbon footprint includes CO2 released from the burning of fossil fuels to produce the electricity we use and from the natural gas to heat our buildings. It also includes all gas used by campus vehicles, faculty commutes, campus sponsored airplane travel, and all gas used by athletic teams to travel for games. All of these numbers are aggregated to amount to our total carbon footprint, which is currently 13,181.3 metric tons of CO2 for the year ending 6/31/2007. Now this carbon footprint
tells us how much we must neutralize. How do we do it? We can’t just make it disappear. There are a number of ways. The first being turning off lights, turning down thermostats, switching to energy efficient lighting (regular incandescent bulbs are only 5% efficient!!!), building green facilities (which the new Scandling center is not!), and becoming environmentally aware as a campus. Or you should even shower with a buddy, it takes energy to heat all that water. It should be obvious this will not take care of everything, far from it. Carbon offsets will help take care of a large portion of the remaining carbon. By investing in clean energy projects around the world we can offset a lot of our carbon. You can actually offset your dorm room for only $30 (terrapass.com). What carbon offset companies do is calculate how much carbon you want to offset, then give you amount that they will invest on your behalf in projects around the world that will generate clean energy or will go to reforestation efforts. Many carbon offset companies are good, but there are many and it’s important to shop around. And you won’t really get anything back except for a clean conscience. It is really in the hands of the students now. Professor Drennen has taken the lead on this project
and is working with his Group SIE (senior environmental class) to develop economically sensible ways to solve the problem. Two students are working to build and electric car, and other students are getting the word out with a new sustainability website, composting program, ‘green’ showcase dorm rooms, and the new
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HWS Office Of Communications scholars, newspapers and magazines. The arguments of his book and articles now figure frequently in the country’s political and intellectual debates. In addition, Ost recently published two essays: “The Personal and Political in Interwar Poland,” which appeared in East European Political and Societies; and “The Kaczynski Anachronism,” which appeared in the Warsaw weekly Europa Later this month, Ost is
responsibility to do something. Oh yeah, and RECYCLE THIS WHEN YOUR DONE!
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Ost’s Book Mentioned in Polish Parliamentary Debate Professor of Political Science David Ost and his recent book, “The Defeat of Solidarity,” were cited by former prime minister of Poland Waldemar Pawlak during a debate in parliament on Friday, Sept. 7. The nationally televised debate concerned a motion to dissolve parliament and hold new elections. Since his book appeared in Polish translation in May of this year, Ost has been cited by numerous Polish politicians,
Green Greek program. The Green Greek program is get fraternities involved in reducing each others impact. I put it to you students. You’re on this campus four falls and four springs, get involved. Don’t sit around and be an environmentally apathetic campus. It is everyone’s
scheduled to present a paper at the annual conference of the Polish Sociological Association, where there will also be a special panel on his book. Ost, a member of the faculty since 1986, holds a bachelor’s degree from State University at Stony Brook and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
HWS Beyond Pulteney St. Jack is the second in this semester’s series about Hobart and William Smith alumni and alumnae—where they are and what they’re doing since graduation, and how they make it a priority to continue to be engaged with the Colleges.
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Friedman Publishes New Book HWS Office Of Communications Professor of Media and Society Lester Friedman is the editor of a new book, “American Cinema of the 1970s: Themes and Variations,” recently published by Rutgers University Press. The 10 years known as “The Me Decade” was also famous for big hair, blaring music and broken politics, and this book looks beyond the strobe lights and numerous other icons to reveal how profoundly the decade influenced American life and how its films represent a peak moment in cinema history. Bringing together 10 original essays, the book examines the range of films that marked the decade, including “Jaws,” “Rocky,” “Love Story,” “Shaft,” “Dirty Harry,” “The Godfather,” “Deliverance,” “The Exorcist,” “Shampoo,” “Taxi Driver,” “Star Wars,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Apocalypse Now.” Chair of the department and a member of the faculty since 2005, Friedman holds a bachelor’s degree from Alfred University and his master’s and doctorate from Syracuse University. Copies are now available at The College Store.
Name: Jack Snow Class Year: Hobart Class of 1979 What were you involved in on campus? I played a lot of music independent of school but with HWS students. I was in a rock-nroll band. I played soccer for 1 year and enjoyed quad games.
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What was your favorite bar in Geneva? The Oaks! What is one thing you can’t live without? My daughter What is your favorite HWS memory as a student? I have all good memories especially Houghton House with all the art programs and my first year faculty advisor, Michael Bogin.
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What is your favorite HWS memory as an alum? After a few years I hooked back up with HWS friends. I actually just got back from Iowa where I met up with some old Hobart friends. Jack and his wife, Sally in front of a building Jack designed
What are you doing now? I live in Vail (there’s still some ski bum left in me) and I work for an architecture firm which has spread pretty extensively in the west, primarily in resort areas. I still play music and am learning to fly small planes. What was this year’s gift to HWS: $500 How many years have you been giving? 7 What was your first gift to HWS: $200 Why do you give back to the Colleges? It’s the right thing to do- it’s a great place.
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Britney Is Back, Bitch. By Thea Engst ‘08
There are several stories that have plagued the news in the past week; General Patreaus testified in front of two house committees about the progress of the war in Iraq, Senator Craig is still facing charges regarding lewd conduct, terrorists in Germany were arrested, and the list goes on. However, there has been one story above all else which has stood out and I am going to speak honestly and openly about it, unafraid of the political and social backlash: Britney Spears’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. First of all, what a draw! The troubled pop princess finally emerging from rehab, child birth, and Kevin Federline is a tantalizing prospect for anyone who has not been living in a cave to just turn on MTV for the first time since they stopped playing music videos and catch Britney’s comeback. The ploy worked, everyone was talking about it and every time a celebrity was asked what they were looking forward to during the pre-show red carpet interviews the answer continued to be “Britney Spears’ performance”. But let’s talk about the performance itself. Britney opened with her usually sassy looks saying, “If you want trouble, you came to the right place. If you want trouble, look right in my face”. Needless to say it was a typical Britney opener and it was difficult to not expect her historical show stopping entertainment. (Who could forget the snake dance, the Madonna/Christina kiss or her first public striptease?) However, Britney’s performance was less than amazing, especially compared her past shows. Seriously, Britney has never claimed to be much of a singer and let’s face it, she’s no Whitney Houston (maybe as far as drugs are concerned but not vocally) but she has always been a performer, a respected entertainer. Her performance on Sunday night was disappointing because it was not up to her usual standards, despite the diamond bikini/lingerie ensemble (which she picked out herself after vetoing a corset that looked too much like what she wore when performing “Like a Virgin” with Madonna and Christina). The dance moves were possibly the most disappointing as Britney’s reputation as a dancer is better than her reputation as an actual singer. Her dance moves were sometimes a little slower than what her backup dancers were doing and always lacking in energy. It even seemed that at times her backup dancers were
moving her themselves, twirling her as she numbly bounced between them and had them help her down the stairs her in a not sexy but physically supportive way. This leaves no excuse for lip singing which I can understand when someone is dancing so hard that they’re heaving into the microphone. But Britney just simply stopped lip singing at times and smiled shyly at the unresponsive crowd. So let’s talk about this crowd. There was a priceless shot of 50 Cent looking dumbly up at the stage and some reporters commented on his look saying, “50 looked confused!” In response to that I’d like to say that with several bullets in the head, I’m sure 50 is confused must of the time. That is all about that. I’d also like to point out the obvious fact that the same celebrities continued to show up on every shot. Reports on this explain saying that MTV could not get celebrities to show up. Did anyone notice that Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland seemed to own the show? Did anyone notice that hardly anyone else seemed to be there? So what I’m saying is that not only was there a lacking crowd but let’s also throw in the fact that the morons who put together this poor excuse for a show thought brilliance would come in separating the celebrities into different rooms for the awards and performances (most of which were interrupted or cut short my advertisements). Let’s just say it: the show sucked and someone should be fired for it. Forget about Britney for a second and look at the show as a whole. Boooooo. Back to Brit. There are some other theories as to her less than stellar performance. First of all there have been rumors floating around of Britney dating the edgy and kind of creepy magician, Criss Angel. The two avoided the rumors by saying that Criss was simply helping Britney put together some sort of magic routine to do during her VMA performance. Did anyone else not see any magic during her performance? Good, me neither. Criss said later that he knew Britney would not take rehearsal seriously and backed out which can explain her strange dancing; she was not entirely familiar with the moves. Let’s go on with that theory and say that perhaps the two are dating and Britney’s numb and nervous facial expressions could not only be the result of nerve and perhaps sedatives but a girl who had just gotten in a fight with her boyfriend. This is called compassion people, please try
to feel it. It has also been reported that MTV ordered Britney to tone down her sexuality. That’s like telling Kanye West to not be so defensive. It’s either not going to happen or totally throw them off. In this case Britney was obviously thrown off and her sexual dance moves were numb perhaps because in the back of her mind she was thinking of their warnings. Then there was Sarah Silverman who directly after Britney’s performance was extremely classy and made fun of Britney’s kids calling them “the cutest mistakes” she’d ever seen. All I can say is, Sarah, the cutest mistake I see is the fact that you seem to think you’re funny. You don’t involve someone’s kids, that was totally inappropriate and maybe if there were more than twelve people present she would have gotten booed off the stage. One can only hope. But poor 50 was still confused, probably thinking he was supposed to be shooting a music video. Lastly, I would like to touch on the “chubby” comments. Britney has always been known for a great body and I think that after having two kids within a year of each other she lived up to that reputation. She looked toned and healthy and yes bigger than usual but I’d like to see half the reporters ripping on her wearing an outfit like that not jiggling like a marshmallow. In conclusion I would like to say just a couple more things. Britney is a lonely girl who has been through a very rough time after a long ten years of living in the spotlight. Let’s face it, she has no good friends and could possibly be bipolar. She continuously pushes away her family, friends and even her hairdressers (she fired her hairdresser moments before going on stage on Sunday). After her performance the general reaction from the twelve celebrities who actually showed up (aside from Kanye West but he is a totally different and less interesting story) was that Britney did a good job and you know what? She did. Britney did a good job considering everything that she has been through. She doesn’t make the best decisions all the time but she’s only human and I for one admire her putting herself out there even if it was in diamond lingerie on national television. And you know what Brit? What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. I look forward to the new album.
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Movie Review: “3:10 to Yuma”
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By Carly Cummings
“3:10 to Yuma”, directed by James Mangold ( “Walk the Line”), is receiving rave reviews from critics, is at the top of the box office, and is a film that shouldn’t be missed by anyone. “3:10 to Yuma” is an action-packed Western remake about a rancher, Dan Evans (Christian Bale) who is trying to help his family’s financial situation and gain some honor at the same time by escorting a famous gang leader, Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), to a prison train. Although the target audience of this film is clearly men, among the shooting and typical western gang fighting, there is a story that women can relate to as well. The film starts by laying out the hardships that Dan Evans and his family are enduring. With a railroad forcing its way onto his land, a drought, and a rebellious son, Evans is at his wits end when he is offered 200 dollars for joining a group whose goal is to escort the famous criminal, Ben Wade, onto the 3:10 train to Yuma. Unfortunately, this is not an easy task considering that Wade’s gang is on their trail trying to free their notorious leader. As the journey becomes more difficult with members of the escort being picked off one-by-one, Wade and Evans strange relationship begins to develop as well as their characters. The Western theme is played out wonderfully with very believable costumes and props, and the fighting, although still very violent, is a refreshing change to modern action scenes. It’s the kind of movie where you are cheering for the bad guy to win and you become emotionally attached to the characters, which is very important to making the film stretch beyond mindless action. Wade’s quick, witty comments help keep the film light and add humor where it is needed as well. All of the characters are really interesting and are a strong point of the film due to great acting. Although Crowe turns out a great performance, as he usually does, I feel that Christian Bale really shines as the poor, determined rancher. His character has a depth that Crowe’s character lacks, although both men reveal unexpected sides of their personalities, including the fact that Wade has an artistic side. Ben Foster also gives an excellent performance as Crowe’s cruel sideman Charlie Prince who doesn’t show any forgiving aspects of his personality like Wade. Overall the movie is really entertaining, with an interesting and engaging plot as well as action and humor to spice it up. This is a great date compromise with plenty of action for the boys, but with a meaningful plot and great acting that everyone can appreciate. Photo Courtsey of http://us.imdb.com/gallery/
Bringing Classy Back to Geneva Pete Mitchell’s Lastest Venture Halseys Restaurant Appears on the Scene By Rebecca Dennee Op-Ed Editor Pete Mitchell, owner of Parker’s Pub, recently opened Halsey’s, an up-scale restaurant, located on Seneca Street in downtown Geneva. Surrounded by Heavy’s, the local college bar, and Mark’s, a casual college pizza place, Halsey’s brings a new vibe to the community. It is not yet a huge hit, after all, prices are slightly higher than the average college student can afford. However, Halsey’s offers the perfect location for returning alum, professors, and relatives of HWS students. The restaurant is also a great setting for a fancy dinner meeting, special occasion, or even splurging for a nice date. The price of entrees ranges from $18 to $30, while unfavorable for everyday dining; having the option of a nice meal closer to campus is an advantage for both the school and town. The layout of the restaurant is quaint, with two floors of tables keeping the atmosphere intimate without feeling too crowded. The
ceiling is immaculate, finished with golden panels, giving the interior an old-world feel. The appetizers are an interesting mix of seafood with dishes ranging from calamari and shrimp to crab cakes. The salads offered are more varied and are sure to have something for most everyone. The entrée selection was typical of refined American cuisine, with chicken, pork, steak, pasta,
and fish. We ordered the stuffed chicken, filet mignon, and the marlin special; overall, the food was very good. The chicken was stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese and sun dried tomatoes with a simple risotto and asparagus. The chicken very good, our only complaint was somewhat
overpowering flavor of the tomatoes. The filet, with a bourbon sauce, was served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. Although the sauce was strong, the sides helped to balance the flavors out nicely. Our wild card entrée was marlin decorated with peach chutney and wild rice. The combination of peaches and fish was very sweet. For dessert, a flourless chocolate cake, and peanut butter pie were enough to fulfill any chocolate lovers dream. The cake was rich and smooth, with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The peanut butter pie was light and fluffy with a shaved chocolate to decorate the plate. Overall, the meal received 3.5 out 5 stars. And for those in the 21+ crowd looking for a fine wine, Halsey’s boasted an extensive wine list with a variety of reds and whites. The servers have a broad knowledge of wines, and are willing to help in your selection. The waiters were very friendly, and attentive. On the whole, the service earned 4 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a nice meal with your parents, an intimate date or celebrating a special event, Halsey’s is the place to dine!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2007
6 Things To Do When the By Rebecca Dennee Op-Ed Editor
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4. Pull pranks on fellow dormmates its not
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5. Do the 80’s up colonial style aka the 1880’s.
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like they can see you or anything.
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Student-Athlete Spotlight: Brittney Paye By Nathaniel Peters-Kroll It will be hard to top the 184 record and NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearance that the William Smith field hockey team accomplished last year, but senior midfielder Brittney Paye has high hopes for the young, hardworking team. The offense, which lost nearly all of its production from last year, is being replaced by eager green underclassmen. With ten first-years joining the veterans, Paye believes that the team will come together and repeat last season’s success. “The underclassmen are all devoted,
hardworking, and filled with talent,” asserted Paye recently. Even if the offense struggles at points throughout the season, the suffocating defense from last year is still almost fully intact. The exceptional defense returns five out of six of its starters, pacing the ninth-ranked Herons to a 2-0 start this season. As long as the offense can produce, the team is sure to be the class of the Liberty League and make a run in the NCAA Division III Tournament. As for Paye, the senior student-athlete standout from Clinton, New York is obviously ready for the promising season and her life after
college. The Anthropology major and Child Advocacy minor wants to work for foundations brainstorming and designing programs that allow giving opportunities for underprivileged kids to grow and mature. For the time being, however, the senior Heron is concentrating on the 2007 field hockey season. It is inevitable that the team will endure obstacles, but with strong leaders like Paye, the Herons are certain to overcome them this fall.
HWS Athletics Events on Campus This Weekend
Saturday, September 15 William Smith Field Hockey vs. Oberlin (Heron Invitational), 10 a.m. William Smith Cross Country (Hobart Invitational), 10:30 a.m. Hobart Cross Country (Hobart Invitational), 12 p.m. Hobart Football vs. Carnegie Mellon, 1 p.m. William Smith Golf (William Smith Tournament), 1 p.m. Hobart Soccer vs. University of Rochester, 2 p.m.
Sunday, September 16 William Smith Field Hockey vs. Susquehanna (Heron Invitational), 2 p.m. William Smith Golf (William Smith Tournament), 10 a.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2007
Sports The Herald
This Past Week in HWS Athletics By MIKE KAPLUN Sports Editor
The HWS fall athletics season is officially in full swing. Here is how our teams faired
Senior Charlie Davis rips a backhand down the line versus St. John Fisher College in last weekend’s action
Britney Paye ’08 in last weekends game vs. Oswego
Laura Burnett-Kurie ‘08, the Herons top scorer takes the ball down the field in last weekends victory over Elmira
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The Hobart College football team lost a heartbreaker in its 2007 season opener on September 8. The Statesmen fell to Dickinson College 30-27 in overtime, despite dominating the game statistics. Hobart can rebound with a big victory against 2006 Division III playoff participant Carnegie Mellon on Saturday, September 15. The two will begin battle on HWS’ Boswell Field at 1 p.m. In its second game of the season, the William Smith College field hockey team won again in dominating fashion, beating Oswego, 6-0. The 2-0 Herons have yet to allow a goal in their first two games of the season. The ladies are home for two contests this weekend for the annual Heron Invitational. Play will begin on Saturday, September 15 at 10 a.m., when the team takes on Oberlin. As a reminder, all ten of the Herons’ remaining home games will be played on McCooey Field. On September 8, the seventh-ranked Hobart College soccer team continued its perfect start to the 2007 season by defeating Elmira, 6-1. After a match against Utica on September 12 (game played too late for publication), the Statesmen will gear up for a September 15th showdown against thruway rival the University of Rochester. Game time versus Rochester is slated for 2 p.m. Like Hobart, the William Smith College soccer team is off to a sizzling 4-0 start to begin its 2007 campaign. The ladies most recent victory came on September 9 by posting a 4-1 score over Elmira. After a match against the University of Rochester on September 12 (game played too late for publication), the Herons will travel for a match against DeSales on Sunday, September 16. The 2007 Hobart College cross countr y team finished tenth out of thirteen squads at the Oswego Invitational on September 8. Sophomore Ben Flanagan paced the Statesmen with a thirteenth place overall finish out of 156 runners. The Statesmen return home on September 15, when they host the annual Hobart Invitational. The racing begins at 12 p.m. The William Smith College cross countr y team finished ninth out of thirteen squads at the Oswego Invitational on September 8. Leading the Herons was sophomore Katie Pietrak who
finished 51st out of 133 runners. The Herons join the Statesmen on September 15 for the Hobart Invitational. Racing for the ladies will begin at 10:30 a.m. On Monday, September 10, the Hobart College golf team teed off its 2007-2008 season with a fifth place finish in the Tim Brown Classic at Skidmore. First-year Jeff Mayo began his collegiate career by carding team-best scores of 76 and 74. The Statesmen return to the links on September 15, when they travel to Bradford, Pennsylvania for the Pitt-Bradford Invitational. The William Smith College golf team placed eight out of ten teams at the St. Lawrence Tournament on September 9. Heron junior Nickie Calandra led the team by placing 20th in the 54-player field. On September 15 and 16, the Herons will host the William Smith Golf Tournament at Clifton Springs Country Club. The Hobart College tennis team won its season opener on September 8, 8-1 over St. John Fisher College. The Statesmen will be in Rochester on September 15 and 16 to participate in the Flower City Invitational. On Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, the William Smith College tennis team began its fall season with the William Smith Invitational. The Herons finished the tournament by winning four of the five consolation brackets. First-year Gaby Berkman won the C Flight Singles Championship of the Invitational. The team returns to the courts on September 16, when it travels to St. John Fisher for a 1 p.m. contest. Last weekend, the HWS sailing team began its fall portion of the 2007-2008 schedule by placing fifth and second, respectively, at its two regattas. The squad finished fifth out of twenty teams at the Merchant Marine Academy and second out of twenty teams at Navy. On September 15, the team will compete in regattas at Merchant Marine, New York Maritime, and Ocean County College. When you get time to step away from the books this week, please go cheer on your fellow student-athletes. Your support is always appreciated!
BEST OF LUCK TO THE STATESMEN AND HERONS!