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VOLUME CXXX

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006

ISSUE 2

Faculty Arts Show

Roger Arnold ‘10 Contributor

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NEWS OP-ED ARTS CAMPUS LIFE SPORTS

Artistic Faculty Un-Statesmen Like Behavior Monogamy Domination Consciences Liz Blackwell “Crank” Review Restaurant Review Red Jacket Orchard CAB Ladies of Durfee Literacy September Getaways Fresh Meat El Heraldo

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On Friday, September 8, a public reception was held for the Faculty Art show that is scheduled to take place in the Houghton House Gallery through September 25. The show features ten Art Department faculty members. The professors in the department who will be exhibiting work include A.E. Ted Aub, Lara Blanchard, Mike Bogin, Elena Ciletti, Rick Hauser, Mark Jones, Colette Quagllia, Nicholas H. Ruth, Kathryn Vaughn and Phillia Yi. The Friday reception began slowly, with pockets of individuals making their way to the Houghton House gradually as the evening progressed. The event was an intimate gathering characterized by curious students as well as members of the HWS faculty. Lisa Kaenzig, first-

year Dean of William Smith, was seen talking to colleagues while viewing Professor Mike Bogin‘s series entitled Galapagos, while Professor James Crenner from the English Department entered Houghton House after a brief survey of the new surroundings that have emerged around the building. Ted Aub’s three bronze sculptures entitled Ajuma, Ajashi and Mues euM were the only sculptures on display. Each sculpture was done in 2004 while Professor Aub was in South Korea on sabbatical, which helps explain each of the titles. “Ajuma” and “Ajashi” are Korean words that equate to the English “Miss” and “Mister” “There’s a sense of gender as well as an east/west inspiration to the names,” said Professor Aub. “Mues euM” is a reference to the idea of a yin and yang, and also is a title of worldplay since the words reads the same

backwards. Directly on the wall behind Aub’s three sculptures, hangs a ten piece sampling of a series made up of thirty by Professor Colette Quaglia. Working with the personal belief that each work is better understood in the context of the whole, Quaglia’s vision involved creating with imagery and shapes that she was subconsciously storing. “My process involved arranging various scraps and swatches of paper and fabric onto a board,” Quaglia stated, “while simultaneously envisioning how to incorporate paint and drawing to this somewhat geometric grid environment.” In addition to the pieces by Quaglia and Aub, Department Chair Nicholas Ruth had several of his gouache and colored pencil paper works on display including “The Butterfly

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Uncouth Statesmen Brandon Carmack, Vice President of HSG ‘07 Contributor

As a Gentleman of Hobart College I must express my extreme displeasure with the conduct of certain members of our community. Several situations have arisen in the first few weeks of school that should shame us as “Statesmen.” Most of you are probably unaware of this behavior, and it may just be that the conduct is nothing new, but recently apparent. However, I intend to make every student at HWS aware that such uncivil behavior reflects poorly on all of us as men. Many of these problems stem from intolerance of others, and to you individuals I would respond—we as a stu-

dent body should be intolerant of you. I will agree that we all have the right to disagree with one another; however, we do not have the right to make others feel shame for personal choices or circumstances out of their control. I would urge the gentlemen of this college to protect our stately heritage from these repugnant comments. Let’s leave “guy talk” for the company of guys. Just as we should be able to make the distinction between private and public conversation, so should we also be able to discern appropriate conversation in the presence of women. I no longer want to hear a statesman tell a William Smith student, or any

woman in general, that she is too ugly to attend your organization’s functions. I no longer want to hear a so called statesman tell another statesman to not allow someone into a party because he had (pardon the direct quotation) “already had her and she was a bad fuck.” And I will not tolerate the appalling physical disrespect of women by any individual, especially the students of this college. Gentlemen of this college, I demand that you act in a civil manner and treat each other, as well as the students of our counterpart, with respect becoming of a true Hobart Statesman.


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Opinion-Editorial

Is Monogamy Natural?

Margaret Egan ‘08 Contributor

Everyday millions of people are celebrating their decision to make a lifetime commitment to one another. Whether the ceremony involves breaking a glass or serving tea to the groom’s elders, the basic idea remains the same: human beings commit to being monogamous for life. And yet, is this a major part of our culture ? Is it natrual for humans? Or is it a social construct created historically for a procreative and economic purpose? Everyday millions of people get married; however, there are also millions of people getting divorced. The reasons for marriage have changed. Women have jobs and the ability to freeze their eggs and give birth when they want. We’ve acknowledged that people sometimes prefer partners of the same sex. Marriage has morphed from something society demands of us, to something we simply choose. Thinking scientifically, there are few monogomous species in nature. We’ve all seen or heard about the couples from “March of the Penguins,” or have heard about lobsters mating for life , but overall less than 3% of mammal and bird species actually practice monogamy. So why do we believe that it is natural for humans? To get the answer I asked my target audience: my friends, from whom I got a resounding “no.” Some of my friends subscribed to the “Men have a biological need to spread their seed” theory. Others just believe that there is nothing innate in a humans which call for a monogamous relationship, instead it is our society that believes monogamy to be natu-

ral. I expected that my female friends would answer this question differently from my male friends, but mostly that wasn’t the case. Except that several of my male friends took the question a step further to say, not only was monogamy unnatural, but impossible to maintain. “It’s not that I want to cheat, or that I enter into a relationship expecting to, but things happen,” explained my one friend. “Especially as a college student – we’re always moving around, going abroad, getting jobs in different places, it makes cheating inevitable.” Another one of my male friends put it, “my girlfriend is dope, she’s really dope, but she’s abroad, and if I met someone who was really i n c r e d i b l e , m o r e incredible….well, then,” and then he stopped himself and said he felt like an asshole. But was my friend really being an “asshole,” the label we give all people who can’t stay monogamous in their relationships, or was he just honest? And, more importantly, is monogamy different for college students than others? Not only are the men of our species at their sexual prime right now, but also we, as a student body, are independent for the first time ever. We’re older now, and beginning to understand and enjoy sex more than we did in high school. Factor in that our lives and relationships are influenced by the never-ending amounts of drugs and drinking we do and it seems that true monogamy is impossible at our age. My friends Amory and Andrew are celebrating their twoyear anniversary this Monday. They met practically our first

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Instrument of Domination Trippe Duke ‘08 Op-Ed Editor

The concept of journalism is something that I have always found somewhat romantic, not to the point that I become aroused at the sight of Wolf Blitzer, but rather the influence and power a journalist has in this day and age. Indeed the freedom of press we enjoy here is one of the greatest things about the U.S. of A. In concept this should allow for the news to be reported free from any interference from outside parties, ESPECIALLY from the government. In this modern age of technical dependence, an overwhelming majority of our society derives its personal opinion from mass media. Television, newspapers, THE INTERNET, all represent forms of ‘infallible’ and ‘credible’ opinion. But what if our righteous

idea of freedom of press was interfered? Would anyone know the difference? Would anyone be able to tell the difference between news and propaganda? I personally don’t think so. This is why I was so bewildered when I learned that a government agency called The Office of Cuba Broadcasting had been busted last week for paying off ten Miami journalists to write anti-Castro articles aimed at undermining the Cuban government. Of the ten journalists accused of accepting these bribes, three write for the Miami Herald, a newspaper that is regarded as the most credible source for news concerning Cuba in the US. These bribes, which have been traced back to 2001, range from a total payment of $1,550 to a staggering $174,753. That’s a pretty good chunk of change in my book. The US Office of Cuba Broadcasting runs radio/ TV Marti, a government funded Cuban based news syndicate aimed at promoting democracy and ‘freedom’ in Cuba and is not allowed to broadcast in the US due to anti-propaganda laws. The discovery of these payoffs comes as no surprise

to the Cuban government, which has long accused the Miami Herald reporters of accepting such bribes. It just makes me think. If this is happening at the Miami Herald, one of the biggest newspapers on the country, where else is it happening. And it’s not even like this is the first instance of government payola propaganda penetrating the US media. In 2005, Armstrong Williams, a national radio host, received bribes from the government to push for the support of Bush’s flawed No Child Left Behind Act. Also, so called ‘marriage expert’ Maggie Gallagher accept bribes from our current Christian Conservative administration to push marriage between couples with children. That’s sick. It is one thing to sway public opinion against a country like Cuba who’s worst offence in recent years was dropping that incredibly annoying cute little media bomb Adriane Gonzales all over my widescreen for a year and a half, but it is another to directly pay a journalist to persuade people to make the most personal of decisions. The government telling us

weekend my freshman year. They’ve made it through his going abroad to New Zealand, summers apart, and whatever else strains our relationships. They’ve been completely monogamous. Of course there’s been suspicions, but none of them true. When I asked Amory how they do it, and if she believed if monogamy was natural she answered that maybe it wasn’t natural, but she said, “I love Andrew so much, that if

someone else were going to make him happier – I’d accept that. And he feels the same way. So in that sense, there’s no reason to lie to each other.” When I asked her about his stint abroad she said, “It was hard, but for right now, and probably forever, nobody makes me happier than Andrew. So I just kept reminding myself of that.” So maybe the truth is that monogamy isn’t natural.

Maybe instead it’s just something you have to have faith in. And while this isn’t as trustworthy or concrete as some of us would like, I personally see the beauty in it. We’re not supposed to pick one person to be with forever, but still most of us do. Monogamy doesn’t come easily, but the beauty of it is actually the effort it requires.

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Opinion-Editorial

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A College With A Conscience? Peter Gregory ‘07 Contributor

Ask Dr. Blackwell: Shopping for HPV? Dear Elizabeth, someone just told me that everyone has HPV and that if you don’t already have it, that you can get it from trying on shoes or just breathing in a mall’s food court. Is this true? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the name of a group of more than 100 viruses, approximately thirty of which are sexually transmitted. It should not be confused with HOV (highoccupancy vehicle), although one can find both on the highway, depending upon the kind of company one keeps and whether or not one spends a good amount of time in the backseat with persons of questionable history. HPV is quite common, infecting approximately 50% of sexually active men and women. In fact, by the time women reach the prime of their life (50 yearsold), at least 80% of them will have acquired a genital HPV infection. Symptoms can include genital warts

and other lesions, but the virus usually does not cause any symptoms. Something else affects approximately 50% of sexually active men and women on this campus: the walk of shame. Symptoms include: shame, a hooded sweatshirt, a hurried gait, and an inability to look anyone in the eye (one might pretend to be on the phone in order to justify the lack of eye contact). The only way to contract the dreaded walk of shame is to spend the night shacked up with the hottie you met at KA the night before, who may or may not still be good-looking the next morning. I have heard rumors that one can contract HPV from getting a piercing or touching a doorknob. Pish-posh I say; you are much more likely to get infected while knocking knickers than while knocking on your own door because you locked yourself out in a drunken stupor the night before.

“On the fifth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, we recall the fire and horror at the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. America will always remember the thousands of innocent lives taken by the enemies of freedom that morning.” By declaring September 11th as “Patriot Day,” President Bush, along with congress, made it clear that we will never forget the tragic losses and valiant heroism of that day (Public Law 107-89). Several days before the fifth anniversary of the attacks, President Bush called upon the appropriate officials of all units of government and the American people, to direct that the flag be flown at half staff on Patriot Day “…to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.” Although the Colleges are not affiliated with the government they are made up of American people, and I expected the flags on campus to be at half mast all day. We are, as the Colleges like to promote, one of two schools in New York State that the Princeton Review names a “College with a Conscience.” I am, of course, proud of this title and our campus ral-

lies around issues such as: social justice and equality, disaster relief, service learning, and political activism. Ironically, it was the political activism of the students that rallied the administration of the Colleges on the morning of September 11th, 2006. Last Monday, students here were shocked to see that flags on campus, namely outside Trinity Hall, were not flying at half mast in honor of the victims of 9/11. These students, in turn, asked questions. Chapel bells ring when someone in the nation is given capital punishment and the flag was at half mast when William Scandling, a HWS cornerstone, passed away. So why were the flags flying high on the morning of September 11th? Buildings & Grounds could lower the flag outside of Trinity Hall. They just needed approval from the President Gearan’s Office. To their surprise, the office initially denied this request. I called Buildings & Grounds office to look into the matter, and a representative told me that the President’s Office did not give approval because no one else was lowering their flags and they could not find information on-line regarding flag etiquette on this day. They even drafted a letter explaining to students why they had chosen not to lower our flag. A member of the office told

Indoctrinating about all this Terror everywhere… showing us why it truly must act. It just shows you the power of the media to persuade an entire country of people that the destruction and death caused by a war half way around the world is a noble and necessary cause. Reporters and TV pundits fill our minds

me in an email that, “The students who came in to see us were passionate and very good. I told them I’d dig back into it and called a few of my colleagues at other campuses and learned they were not flying them at half staff, either.” Regardless of what may occur on other campuses, as a “College with a Conscience,” I’d expect our administration to take the lead in remembering the lives that Americans lost, as well as the heroism Americans displayed on that day. There should have been plans to put the flags at half mast weeks ago, regardless of the advice or actions of others. If we lower the flags for the passing of William Scandling, I see no reason why plans were not in place for last Monday, especially considering the many ties that members of our community have to New York City. After sending the office a link to a press release by President Bush that outlines Patriot Day and what it entailed, the flag outside of Trinity Hall was finally lowered. They let me know that the flags were going to be lowered at 2:11 P.M. Seeing as the first tower was hit at 8:46 in the morning. I am shocked to see that it took so much effort to put forth such a small gesture of honor and respect to those who lost their lives from a college which, supposedly, has a conscience.

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with words like construction and liberation instead of the truth of what it really is; destruction and occupation. There is still freedom of speech in America (which seems to now include freedom to take bribes to push government propaganda). But if the government’s dirty hands are

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controlling the indoctrinating power of the media, one which the American public relies on to construct its personal opinion, freedom of speech is worthless because in this mass media culture we live in, we lack the freedom not to listen.


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Crank It Up A Review of the Movie “Crank” John Heavey ‘09 Sports Co-Editor

Faculty Art Effect,” “Intervention” and “Short Circuit.” Kathryn Vaughn’s pieces “Stairway to heaven” and “It makes me wonder” were also on display. “Stairway to heaven” appeared to have one primary image intermingling with several backdrop images, and was done in acrylics and pencil. First-Year student, Nga Yan Siu, was observed spending particular attention to Phillia Yi’s color woodcuts. Created as what looked liked a series, each woodcut acted as a medium for which Yi then painted on. First-Year, Darcy Lepore,

Continued from page 1 was fond of a collage done by Elena Ciletti. “It just looks so cool,” Lepore stated, “I love how all the pieces mesh together.” The Art show provides a celebration to what Aub characterized as “an exciting time” for art at the Colleges. The exhibit is just one of the many things happening for the Arts on campus, with the building of the Katherine D. Elliot Studio Arts Building and the renovations to the Carriage House. The Fall 2006 semester marks the first time in which students have begun to make use of the new studio space.

There is a legendary Hollywood story, that the producers of “Speed,” simply said that their movie was “Die Hard” on a bus during their pitch, and that was enough to sell the film. If that had worked, then the makers of “Crank” would surely only have had to say that their movie was “Speed,” not on a bus, but in a body. “Crank” chronicles the day of contract killer Chev Cellios (Jason Statham) after he has been injected with a fatal poison. The poison, “the Beijing cocktail,” or even more colloquially referred to throughout the film as “that Chinese synthetic shit,” will kill our fearless leader as soon as his adrenaline drops below a certain point. This injection, kills within the hour as the victims maintain a resting heart rate, and as their adrenaline drops, so do they. However, Statham’s character carries the plot by finding different ways and means to keep his adrenaline up to keep himself from perishing. Such efforts include licking cocaine off of a floor, recklessly engaging himself in fights and car crashes, fulfilling the sponsorship by chugging endless Red Bulls, and of course, consensually raping his girlfriend in Chinatown. The film carries on as such, in a series of ups and downs where Statham comes close to death and then interjects himself among situations in which he’d normally die, all with the hope of staying alive. He prolongs this throughout the 80 minutes of the film so that he can carry out his revenge upon those who have sinned against him.

Initially, one honestly wants to dislike this film. The audience wants to get mad about the gratuitous sex and violence, and scoff at the corny humor. However, for me at least, I found it increasingly difficult not to get involved in this movie. Director Taylor Neveldine (HWS Alum) employs a fast paced, jumpy, quick cut style in which he creates a world that raises even the viewer’s heart rate. Through such visual techniques as over exposure, shaky point of view shots, and not holding a single shot for more than five seconds, Neveldine allows the viewer to become part of an intense plot they may be too low brow to stand on its own. With a rather basic action plot full of clichés and corny punch lines, this movie definitely risked embarrassing itself. In fact, had this movie been made like such action films as “Speed” or “The Terminator,” it may have done just that. But Neveldine maintains an artistic, significant visual style that creates legitimate intensity and a world that you can believe in (even if the events are highly unrealistic).

“Crank,” is definitely an equal opportunity offender. The film holds no punches when insulting African-Americans, Asians, Mexicans, homosexuals, and women. More than offending these people, though, the film tends to exploit them. Additionally, the film exploits sex, violence, and drugs. To complete it all, Neveldine adds a loud, rock soundtrack of 80s metal bands. Despite these exploitations and cheap shots, the film does not rely on them. The film is well made enough to stand on its own two feet. The fast paced action and filming, teamed up with the overexposed, bright lights, and quick cutting shots forms a structure that keeps you involved even if you don’t like the plot. The acting isn’t great, but the actors, like the film itself, are not trying to convince you of anything that it is not. Neveldine lays his cards on the table and offers a well-made, hard hitting, action film, and says that if you can’t deal with the corny jokes and gratuitous sex and violence then don’t watch it. But for me, after ten minutes of the film, I felt like a fourteen year old boy, laughing at the bathroom jokes, and wanting to cheer him on when he was cutting a man’s hand off with a sewing machine. The film evokes the frustrated child in you that always wanted to be an army ranger or stunt man, but had to settle for real world life. The visual style allows you to become invested in the film, and by the time you are in this mind set, you can’t help but love all the low brow humor and over extreme action.


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Restaurant Review The Squeeze on the The Water Street Café

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When it comes to breakfast there are several places to go, and Saga places low on the ranks. When you are in the mood for an authentic American place with strange, out of season, kitsch in the windows, (which I think is an indication that they know food better than anything else, and should generally be taken as a good sign) go to The Water Street Café. Make sure to get there before 1:00 p.m. on the weekends. As the day gets longer there are fewer options on the menu, but the best things remain. I like the California French Toast, the Corn Muffins, and the Coffee. There is alot to be said about a restauant that both endorse an original atmosphere and provides a decent meal to its guests. I like that these concepts have come naturally to Water Street and they have not needed to re-design their whole restaurant to accommodate common sense. It seems like many places to eat boast about having healthy options on their menu, but ignore the fact that healthy food comes from fresh ingredients and smaller portions. At Water Street Café, they are honest about sizes and always ask to be certain of what you want. None of the possible

mistakes are ever unforgivable or unforgettable. I interviewed a former employee of Water Street, Matt Elkin, and found that the ingredients are fresh and the food is trustworthy. Matt was primarily in charge of cooking the bacon, and as we had breakfast there, he ordered it, and then ate it. That was all the evidence I really needed, in making my decision of what restaurant to write on. A place to go to Breakfast shouldn’t be really fancy or expensive, but it should be edible and trustworthy. When I first went there I thought it was a bit of a dive, in that the bathrooms are not that clean looking, but once I ate there, I found exactly what I was looking for. These are the types of places that are going out of style and getting criticized for being too old-school and often deemed “Greasy Spoons.” This place is hardly greasy at all; it has a simplicity to it that makes it honorable, and a menu that makes it delicious. The operating hours are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. so visit for early A.M. eggs before you go to bed or when you wake up at noon.

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New Juice L. Burke ‘08 Contributor

If you’ve walked into the café this semester and opened your eyes you’ve probably noticed the array of Red Jacket Orchard juices. The family owned and operated business, that was voted #49 in the “Top 50 Bangs for your Buck” Zagat Survey, is located directly in Geneva. If you’re into the juice and want to test out different flavors or pick up some “truly tree ripe” fruits that are grown on the family’s 500 acre farm you can head over to their farm stand (directly across from Wal*Mart on 5&20). Mark Nicholson, the head of farming for Red Jacket, describes his family’s business as

“a hidden treasure of Geneva…” being that few people really understand the wide-spread success of the company. In fact students from the Manhattan area can pick up Red Jacket at home in major chains such as Green Markets and Whole Foods. So next time you’re in the café pick up a Red Jacket Orchard beverage, take a sip, savor the flavor and ask yourself “is the juice worth the squeeze?”

Cubicle Ant Butcher... or Campus Activities Board

Nick Petros ‘09 Contributor

Friday nights on campus usually consist of a variety of activities, including dinner, personal preparations, and a desperate search for the perfect activity to occupy the next eight to ten hours of one’s life. But what does HWS have to offer, other than the typical dorm gathering, followed by that alltoo-familiar, never-ending search for a larger festival that one can get into. HWS has CAB: a non-exclusive, student run organization that strives to provide entertainment for both the naive freshman, and the savvy upperclassmen who is willing to take a break from the norm to enjoy something a little different every now and then. The most entertaining and rapidly growing CAB event this year is Open-Mic. For those who ventured outside of

their dorms in the nearly-brisk eve of the night of September 7, the sounds of Victor Pultinas and Dale Watkins could be heard at the opening of the year’s first. However playful chatter and exciting stories aren’t all the event has to offer. For those who don’t know exactly what Open-Mic is, read on. At 8:30 every other Thursday night of the year, a PA (Personal Amplification System) is set up, either in the Wasey Room (2nd floor Scandling) or in front of the dining hall. Beginning at 9:00 that night, students are encouraged to share original compositions, poems and songs alike, and even a particular cover-song that suits the mood. Students can sign up for a ten minute time period that night, during which they

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True Life: I’m a Female Living in Durfee Carly Cummings ‘10 and Rebecca Dennee ‘10 Staff Writers

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can share what ever they please with the audience. This sort of scheduling helps keep things organized and allows students to fit their performance into their schedule, or their friends’; as the audience is almost more important than the act. Favorites of last year were known to sign up for more than one time slot, assuming their presentation would maintain the attention of the evergrowing crowd; however, anyone can show up and play regardless of their skill level. As for music, the colleges haven’t been known to book any ‘killer’ shows for the past year and a half. However this November, CAB has Guster coming to campus, hopefully to initiate a new era of musicscene at HWS. While Billy Joel

and Bruce Springstein are stars of our past, the songs that remind us of this unbridled youth have yet to enter our worlds. Until then keep an ear out for Open-Mics, and other CAB events. A list of campus events can be found here: http:// www.hws.edu/studentlife/ campuslife/sll/, for those with a larger extra-curricular appetite. As with all the events held on campus, the most crucial factor is attendance, and the support of the students. Joining CAB isn’t the only way to help out, although weekly meetings are held in Gulick Hall at 7pm and are open to all. As for Open-Mic, there’s no better excuse to take a break from one’s studies, and no more rewarding activity than finding the time to listen.

WSC Update

Kelly Stephens ‘09 Contributor

William Smith Congress is off to a great start for the coming year. A few things that the William Smith community should be looking for in the coming weeks is class president, judicial board, and in house committee elections. On Tuesday our in house committee elections will take

place in the forum which is open to all William Smith students. So if you want to get involved, which we highly suggest, come to the meeting and find out more. Petitions for students interesting in running for Class President are due on Wednesday the 20th, followed by a two minute speech on the 26th in

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There are two typical responses that I’d get when I would tell someone I was going to be living in Durfee this year. The first is the “polite” response. This response usually came from someone who works at HWS and doesn’t want to give the school a bad image. It would go something like this, “Oh... Durfee?... that should be (huge pause where they search for the right word) ...well...interesting.” The other response I would get, typically from upperclassmen and frighteningly enough from fellow freshman outside of Durfee, was laughter followed by a “Wow I feel so bad for you,” or perhaps a “Good luck,” if I was lucky. As you can see I was a bit worried about living in Durfee. I didn’t mind if it was loud, but could I please be in a normal, clean place? Then I found the wonderful facebook group “Dirty Durfee” whose description is “The Few, the Proud, together in a really, really dirty dorm” and whose news is “Stop peeing in the showers” which only fueled my anxiety. Upon later reflection I suppose

no dorm is truly clean but this was going to be an expierence. Truthfully it’s not so bad here in Durfee. Don’t get me wrong it is really, really dirty. The bathroom does lack some basic girlish things, such as cleanliness (not the cleaning staff’s fault, just too many years of freshman boy scum), and there is a wonderful wall stuck over the urinals that people usually get smashed into when the door opens, and the lounge is even worse than neighboring dormsBarlett and Hale, nonetheless, everyone is more than happy to be here. Everyone is so comfortable here in fact, many afternoons I can hear Backstreet Boys and Brittany Spears blasting from the lower floors accompanied by off key voices.

Dirty Durfee: “The Few, the Proud, together in a really, really dirty dorm”

The best part about Durfee is its central location. I barely have to move to get to all of my classes and SAGA, and it is definitely better than climbing up and down the Hill all day. The girls’ floor now smells better than the rest of the building (especially a certain second floor room that I was unfortunate enough to smell when doing research for this article) and is usually the quietest which can be nice at times, like when sleeping for example. Overall I like Durfee and the people in it. As one Durfee freshman put it “I liked everyone here until I met him (motion to guy down the hall)”. There seems to be a pretty close “Dirty Durfee” bond, and all the guys seem to like having the girls here, although some of them don’t even notice that we exist(I guess the third floor is pretty far away…). So girls, if you can sleep through singing drunks,put up with less than wonderful bathrooms, desire the convenience of a central location, and want to have the craziest time of your life… then come live in Durfee.


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The Literacy Trifecta Get Outside Before it’s Too Late!

Rachel Sumner ‘08 Contributor

Here at HWS we have three wonderful programs that enlist college students in the fight against illiteracy: Jumpstart, America Reads, and First Book. Both Jumpstart and America Reads are paid positions for students who are federal workstudy eligible, and they are the most rewarding employment opportunities on campus, if you ask me. Many of us take the ability to read for granted, but a staggering 25-40% of American children cannot read well enough to comprehend the material they are supposed to learn through reading assignments.

The first of our three programs is Jumpstart, which is a national initiative that works towards a day when every preschooler can enter kindergarten prepared to learn. Approximately 20 HWS students are Jumpstart corps members each year, working with local at-risk preschoolers on social skills, basic literacy concepts and other things the kids will need to know in order to succeed in school. Past corps members have joked that working for Jumpstart is getting paid to play, and while that’s true to some extent, the impact that the J’Starters have is often life-altering. Jumpstart also works with families to ensure that the children are living

in an environment that is conducive to learning. The next program, America Reads, pairs college students (about 70 here at HWS) with children in 1st through 3rd grade who are reading below gradelevel. We work with this age range because 75% of the children who are struggling in 3rd grade are still struggling in 9th grade. If your life needs more Dr. Seuss and less Dr. Phil, then I suggest investigating America Reads either as a work-study job for next semester or as a volunteer opportunity.

The final program we have here, the First Book advisory board, is part of an international nonprofit that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. We started the campus advisory board here a little over a year ago, and since then, we’ve given 1400 books to kids in Geneva. I know that many of us were surrounded by books as children, but 66% of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their home; this is really depressing, considering that the number of books in the home is strongly correlated to levels of literacy and academic achievement. For more information about First Book at HWS, please email me: rachel.sumner@hws.edu If you’d like to know more about these programs or any of the other great service opportunities on campus and in Geneva, stop by the Public Service Office on the second floor of Trinity Hall!

Helpful Suggestions for the coming Autumn

Annalise VanHouten ‘09 News Editor

We’re well into the month of September now. It’s hard to believe when you look outside that in a couple months, we will probably start to see the signs of winter looming in. The leaves will fall to the ground, the air will get frosty, and everyone will call their parents, telling them to FedEx some heavy sweaters as soon as possible. Then again, judging from the weather we’ve had thus far, you may have already done that. It’s easy to get caught up and overwhelmed with school work the first few weeks of classes, thinking only of that nap you’re going to have when you finally have an hour break in your schedule. I know it’s tempting, because I do it too, (frequently), but make an effort for the next few weeks to get outside and appreciate the last glimpse of summer and the approaching fall season. I know it seems cold some days, but look ahead a few months, to when 65 degrees is considered balmy. Many people think upstate New York is not much (depending on who you are), but one of its most endearing features is the beautiful changes in the seasons. Fall is arguably one of the most beautiful times to be walking around

campus and Geneva. Taking a walk at the State Park offers great exercise, as well as a chance to appreciate something other than brick buildings. Grab a friend, go for a run, take pictures of the lake, or have a makeshift picnic. Corny, perhaps, but it’s something different than your normal daily routine. If you are looking for some fun things to do outside this time of year, consider a few of these options: —Watkins Glen State Park: about thirty minutes south of Geneva, Watkins Glen is a small town known for its international NASCAR circuit. However, the state park there is one of the most beautiful places around this area. There are long winding paths of stone and rock with waterfalls that you can walk behind scattered throughout. Definitely a must see. —Take a hot air balloon ride! Thunderhawk Aviation in Canandaigua offers rides around the Finger Lakes and countryside. You can also choose a ‘sunset’ or ‘sunrise’ package. —Go horseback riding: Top Rock Stables in Watkins Glen offers riding lessons for beginning, intermediate and advanced riders. —Take a trip to the Zoo: Okay, so maybe you haven’t

gone to the zoo since you were like ten. Here’s your chance! The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in Syracuse is open all year round and offers all the standard and exotic animals you love. —If you’re twenty-one, you might want to check out Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, NY. It’s not too far from Geneva, and stands out among the others because of the absolutely breathtaking view you see when you arrive. It is seated on the west side of Seneca Lake, overlooking the valleys and rolling hills beyond. They also have lodging and a small restaurant, so you could make it a day trip or even camp out for the weekend. Well, hopefully these suggestions will get you started thinking about some of the amazing opportunities you have being around this area. Instead of huddling in your bed to get away from the cold, embrace the outdoors, and enjoy the sun and mild weather while it lasts.

Faculty Art sHow Highlights Left: Photo provided by Amanda Lassell Right: Photo provided by Roger Arnold


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The Herald

New Face on the Field Card Joins Statesmen Squad

John Heavey ‘09 Sports Co-Editor

El Heraldo Jawad Cipriani ‘08 WELCOME ALL! Cultural Clubs here at Hobart and William Smith work to build community and spread knowledge through out the campus and the wider Geneva community. Meetings are open to all students and are your chance to voice your opinions concerning vital issues that affect our everyday lives. Come out, and meet some new friends, go to a dinner, party, and attend a lecture. Your participation is the key. Listed are the meeting times and names of some of the board members of these vibrant organizations on our campus. Sankofa Executive Board: Whitney Burton- President Jordan Perez-Vice-President Shannon Times- Treasurer Shayna Times- Program Coordinator Ogechi Echebiri-PR Aisha Rivers-Secretary Carribean Student Association: Rafael Rodriguez - Group leader/Counselor Chequira Christie-Group leader/Counselor Tonnica Thomas-Treasurer Cecilia Teye- Secretary

Latiqua Washington- Secretary Ruben Kennedey-Public Relations Officer Latrace Dabney- Public relations Officer Georgiana Morgan- Public Relations Officer LatinAmerican Orginzation: Rafael Rodruguez- President Veronica Mora- Vice-President Richelle Franzoni-Treasurer Carina De Leon- Secretary Darline Polanco- Public Relations Officer David Hernandez- Public Relations Officer Cynthia Okerfelt- Community Service Coordinator Jawad Cipriani- Media Coordinator Meeting Times: Tuesday: Sankofa: BSU- 7 p.m. International Student Association- 8p.m. Wednesday: Latin American Organization (LAO)- 7 p.m. Caribbean Student Association (CSA)- 8p.m. Thursdays: Asian Student Union (ASU)- 7p.m.

Brandon Card is a first year student, playing defensive end this fall for the Hobart Statesmen Football Team. He is a 6foot-2 inch bruiser, who brings his full 225 pound frame to the gridiron every down. Hailing from Baldwinsville, New York, Card played for C.W. Baker High School, where he was a linebacker and was named by one publication as one of the “Fab 50 Linebackers.” “We liked Brandon because of his strength, speed and athleticism,” remarked Mike Cragg, head coach of Hobart Varsity Football. “Those attributes, combined with his solid character ,have made him a great addition to our football team, ” added Cragg. Brandon Card has been a stalwart football fan for as long as he can remember. Growing up in a house where his father was a D-I football star and, Card feels he was more or less bred to be a football player. The physical game always seemed a natural part of his life and family. “I’ve been watching the NFL since I was three years old,” recalled Card, thinking back to his football roots. “I

loved it, and I thought I’d tried to play. I did real well, and stuck with it, and now I am where I am today.” It has been a road of hard work and determination for Card to get where he is today. When he was in ninth grade and only fourteen years old, Card became the first freshman in many years to play on his high school’s varsity football team. From there, Card was able to realize that football might be a serious option to consider in the future. “When I made varsity freshman year,” noted Card, “ I knew I had the potential, and that if I stuck with it that serious, bigtime programs could be an option.” Such became true, but Brandon passed up the big time programs to play his cards here at Hobart. Passing up offers from such D-I programs as Syracuse, University of North Carolina, and the University of Pittsburgh, Brandon came to HWS as part of a solid freshman class full of great students, and phenomenal football players. “At Hobart, I felt like I was part of a family,” says Card of the Hobart academic and athletic atmosphere. “Everyone feels that it is important that I succeed on and off the field, and there is a

lot of stress on my education, which you won’t find at many D-I programs. Card decided to come to Hobart because of the professional coach staff and the winning history the Statesmen have had in their division and conference. Now here, Brandon hopes to take advantage of more than just a solid core of athletics by taking part in the schools’ pre-law program. Card aspires to attend law school and, one day, become a corporate lawyer or a sports agent. But of course, Card wouldn’t mind bringing home a D-III national championship while he’s here as well. In Hobart’s season opener against Dickenson on September 9, Card concluded the Statesmen’s exhilarating victory with an exclamation point: a sack on the final play. With performences like that from number 49, Brandon Card will have no problem achieving all his goals at Hobart College.

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front of the forum. The elections will be held on September 27th. The petitions for Judicial board are due on the 20th. Once you hand in your petitions we will clear your names with the deans office and when you get an e-mail from us saying everything is in order, the campaigning begins. Check the Herald weekly to find out what has been going on in our forums and what will be taking place. Remember we meet every Tuesday at 8pm in Emerson 001. We hope to see you all in the next meeting. Stay classy William Smith.

Sept. 18, 2006  

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