Herald By and for the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
VOLUME CXXXI ISSUE 6
Have You Checked Your ‘G.P.A.’ Lately? By Annie Mandart ‘14 Herald Contributor
After the drop ceiling in Williams Hall 200 collapsed, the debris was removed from the classroom. The new ceiling is much higher.
Williams 200: The Beat Goes On By Joseph Bisesto ‘14 Herald Contributor
After attending one of the G.P.A. sessions offered at the beginning of the academic year, HWS first-year students were given a G.P.A.–Approved sticker to place on their ID’s. If someone were to go around campus and ask a variety of students what “G.P.A” stands for, two distinct responses would be heard. For sophomores, juniors and seniors, G.P.A. stands for grade point average, something that most strive to keep up these days despite all of the pre-break jitters. If asked the same question to first-year students, an overwhelming number would eagerly respond, “Greek party awareness.” The newfound usage of the term G.P.A. has upperclassmen buzzing as they question each other to find out what it really means. At the beginning of the semester, there were
multiple Greek Party Awareness sessions held for first-year students interested in attending any of the future fraternity parties. This session wasn’t mandatory, unlike many other sessions for the first-years, yet it attracted approximately 400 eager, fresh new faces to the Albright Auditorium immediately following the 2014 Orientation. A.J. VanHeyst ’11, a Kappa Sigma Brother and IFC Vice-President, created the G.P.A. program and says he is more than satisfied with how it turned out. “It was my own idea, but it was inspired
The Music Department at Hobart and William Smith faced a huge obstacle in October. When the drop ceiling collapsed in the department’s main room, Williams 200, it left music professors and students at the colleges displaced. Some classes that were small enough found themselves in smaller practice rooms in the hallway of Williams Hall, while others were dispersed to other buildings, including Coxe. The collapse of the ceiling left many
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confused and asking questions, such as: How did this happen and why at a school such as HWS? Does the administration pay attention to the music department? Still many questions remain unanswered, but today Williams 200 is back up and running. “The drop ceiling has been removed completely and we’re going instead with the naturally high ceiling in the room,” says Music Department Chair Bob Cowles. “Due to this much higher ceiling, the room now has dramatically increased
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Audience Plays Part in ‘The Laramie Project’ By Karissa Seeberger ‘12 Campus Happenings Editor has been bringing out a variety of responses from the audience. Since the audience is virtually only a foot away from the actors of HWS and the Geneva Theatre Guild in the intimate Blackbox theater, their relationship is inevitably strengthened as they gasp, nudge, nod and speak out. The opening weekend performances brought in a mixed bag of HWS students and local residents, who have all been responding to the monologuerich performance based on a homophobia incited murder in small-town Wyoming. As Cassaundra Diaz, an actor playing the role of Romaine Photo courtesy of HWS Communications Patterson, explained using a Eric Hambury ‘13, playing Aaron Kriefels, rehearses his lines. pumpkin on the coffee table as Kriefels found Matthew Shepard beaten. a model to show how the line between stage and audience is The Laramie Project brings out as they are required to play multiple blurred, “We are basically storya variety of personas in the actors characters, but apparently it also
telling about a foot away from the audience and the monologues depend on the audience and the way they react.” Diaz also told how their performance builds off these responses, engaging the actor with the audience and vice versa. Eric Hambury, a Hobart student actor, supported the notion of varying audience engagement, “Some nights, the audience has been really silent and they just listen while others, they really react to everything we throw at them.” The Laramie Project clearly raises a wide range of timely issues regarding homophobia and hate crimes in general being that recent news has been saturated with such tragedies. One of the main reasons this play is so relevant is that Laramie and Geneva can be easily paralleled in that they are both LARAMIE continued on Page 2
“ T h e Sa g a M a n ” Dies at 69
HWS’ Own ‘ St e p U p’
Te a a nd E l e pha nt s ?
H e r o n s Tak e O n T r i ’ s
Z i p ca r Rem a ins a Priority
Fashion Sh ow P r e v i e w
E di bl e G a rba ge P l a t e s
B e ch t o l d S h ar p e n s S k i l l s
C a lling All Gleeks
‘Due Date ’ D oe s n’ t D e l i v e r
T r o tting F o r a Cause
Advice Fr om D r. Bl a c kwe l l
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
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Beat Goes On continued from Page 1 acoustic ring.” Before the collapse, the room was “dead as a doornail,” which made it difficult for most of the ensembles to practice there, but the new “acoustic ring” raises a whole new kind of problem. Cowles says that “now, if anything, there is too much of a ring.” One jazz ensemble member said, “we have difficulty hearing each others’ parts in the room because the open space above us is just too big, there is too much echo.” The Music Department is working with Buildings and
Grounds to make the situation in the room better and may install acoustical baffles, which are used to dampen excessively live acoustics. The HWS Music Department is hoping to turn what seemed like an overwhelming accident into something good. Overall, Cowles is hopeful that the room will be a much nicer place to rehearse than in the old days. Though the Colleges cannot boast a celebrated history of devotion to the arts, the potential is there and growing day by day.
Blog of the Week By Daphney Etienne ‘12 Herald Contributor
Be prepared to go through the archive of this blog. After one post, you will be hooked. This entertaining blog focuses on love, life, celebrities and
style—all the important things. You will learn what the new color for fall is while getting some great career advice. I promise you’ll learn something new every day. Did you know, for example, that it’s technically illegal for women to wear pants in Paris? Yeah, I had no idea either.
G.P.A.–Approved continued from Page 1 by the concerns that I have heard during my time as a Greek member of this community. Unfortunately not everyone understands how fraternity social events are run, and the expectations we hold of our guests are sometimes also misunderstood. I felt as though there had to be a way to make a change, and at the very least educate the campus about how Greek social events should be held.” VanHeyst mentioned how students sometimes neglect to realize that fraternity houses are in fact houses, and students should realize they are guests in another person’s house and should therefore treat the situation accordingly. The sessions mentioned the rules and regulations put forth by the brothers of the fraternity houses, as well as irresponsible behaviors that must be avoided, while in attendance at party. The sessions were not based solely on precautionary measures, though. “Many first-years are hesitant to come to social events because they don’t know if they are invited or not. I wanted to make sure they felt welcomed.” An incentive to attending and signing into one of the G.P.A. sessions included each attendee receiving a G.P.A. –Approved sticker to affix to the back of his or her school ID. At
the sessions, first-years were told they wouldn’t be allowed to enter the fraternity houses unless their ID’s had one of the aforementioned stickers. However, not all of the fraternities are concerned with checking stickers. “This may be due to the fact that there were so many first-years in attendance at the GPA sessions that it would be unlikely for someone not to have a sticker,” VanHeyst speculated. “I know that at the first social events of the semester they were checked. I can only speak for my house personally, but I would hope that the other houses would continue to check for GPA stickers.” Upper-classmen don’t have to worry about not having their own G.P.A. -Approved stickers, as they have already had time to recognize the rules of the fraternity houses. However, first-years, remember it’s a privilege to be admitted into a fraternity house on the weekend or on any occasion for that matter. All students should continue to be respectful when in attendance at frat parties. And first-years, be sure to take your HWS ID with you next time you go out for a night of frat-related fun; you never know when a frat brother may check to see if you are G.P.A. –Approved.
Laramie continued from Page 1 small college towns. After each performance there has been open discussion about this, said Professor Pat Collins, who is directing the play, “We had an especially interesting talk back session with audience members following the Sunday show in which we discussed the issues raised in the play,” he said. Both Cathy Collins, a William Smith graduate who has been actively involved in the success of the play, and Professor Collins noted that at the talk back sessions, “It’s about the issues not the play.” With hopes of sparking dialogue
between HWS and the greater Geneva community, the Laramie Project has been doing that and more. Audience members have been moved to tears and even hugged certain actors for their moving performance. For those on campus who have not attended this play, there will be shows today and Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Geneva Community Center. This is the opportunity to become an active participant as an audience member and a contributor to the pertinent dialogue surrounding The Laramie Project.
Globe Trotting: A Word From Ireland By Kelsey Lee ‘12 Herald Contributor I’ve been in Ireland for almost three months now, and I’m already starting to pick up some of the vernacular nuances of the city-dwelling Irish. Talking like the Irish isn’t so much about adopting the accent itself, it’s more about…well, suffixing every sentence with Photo courtesy of Kelsey Lee the word “like,” (ex. Lee ‘12, along with Sarah Marlow “You know, like?”) ‘12 and Courtney Good ‘12, enjoy phrasing the majority of your statements like Ireland’s countryside. questions, and, most at odds to the perpetually buoyant importantly, talking to everyone in the world like they’re and hospitable nature of most Irish people. But this is a false all your best friends. Weather on the Emerald assumption – the juxtaposition Isle is definitely gloomy and between solemn reflection in art perpetually wet, but the Irish have and joyful everyday life in Ireland had hundreds of years to deal with quite reflects the Irish attitude. that sort of thing – they do not let When bad things happen, you the dismal skies, or anything else acknowledge and respect them, for that matter, get them down. but then you “get on with it,” as I challenge you to find an Irish I’ve heard many a tour guide say person who doesn’t have a sense in Northern Ireland. I’m glad to say I’ve had the of humor – you won’t be able to opportunity to scramble all over do it. I think part of their good the Emerald Isle while I’ve been humor stems from the channeling here, and the counties are as of negative feelings into poetry, different as can be. Castlebar has dance, and song. Ireland suffers a sort of quiet, Old World charm from a long and complex history to it, while Dublin is a buzzing of oppression and destitution metropolis full of international left over from the Famine, so a travelers. Cork has a rather vast majority of artistic pieces European seaside port feel to it, are historical chronicles of these and Connemara is a land of foggy events. I’ve seen some immensely moors, rolling hills, and precious disturbing and poignant plays and little plump ponies. Perhaps that’s heard a lot of heartrending music, why, as cliché as it sounds, Ireland which seem to present themselves is truly an enriching island.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
Campus Happenings Paul Zaroogian, the ‘Saga Man,’ Dies at 69 By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Editor-in-Chief defined the decade. Under his guidance, the Colleges transitioned to a food court-style dining hall. Established for the more conscious and sophisticated student body, the improved eatery incorporated a larger assortment of options, accommodated diverse tastes and made room for nutritional and dietary interests. With this oneSaga-fits-all mindset, Zaroogian aimed to unite the vegetarians, the calorie-counters and the junk food junkies under one roof. Photo courtesy of HWS Communications “Paul was unique With his magnetic personality and unending smilies, Paul Zaroogian, in that he, like me, was lit up a room when he walked in. The “Saga Man,” passed away on scarred in his heart and Oct. 28. He was 69 years old. mind with the Saga logo. Paul’s love and dedication, as mine, was always to do Paul Zaroogian, the former service industry. director of Hobart and William “Every day in Paul’s presence honor to the Saga identity. He and Smith’s dining services, passed away was a day worth living,” stated I had great allegiance and affection on Oct. 28. Before his retirement in John Visco of Amherst, N.Y., who for Bill Scandling and to quote Bill’s 2008, he served at the helm of the worked alongside Zaroogian at ultimate personification of Paul: Colleges’ dining services for more Boston College. The duo facilitated ‘He’s a Saga Man.’ What a wonderful than 30 years. An extended illness a new account opening at Bard and treasured sobriquet to define a cut Zaroogian’s life short; he was 69 College. Visco recalls rooming with man.” A kind-hearted and ethical years old. Zaroogian during the process. With Zaroogian joined the Saga each successive day a critique of the manager, Zaroogian epitomized Corporation at Boston College progress made and improvements selfless dedication to the Colleges. in 1969, with the objective of needed, Visco praised Zaroogian’s He served as HWS Dining Services raising money for graduate school. dedication: “All compliments to Paul under the banner of three companies Immediately, he was drawn to the for his doggedness in performing – Saga, Marriott and Sodexo – and always ensured quality dining for company’s service ethic and family the best he could be.” atmosphere. The University of When Zaroogian joined HWS’ the HWS community. In keeping Rhode Island graduate was hooked; Saga team in the 1960’s, food service the community central to his daily because of this, Zaroogian decided was simpler. People lined up and tasks, he was instrumental in to peruse a career in the food filled their trays. Meat and potatoes the creation and continued high
standards of Saga. “Paul’s most important words and phrases were ‘we,’ ‘you did a great job,’ and ‘what is your opinion?’” explained Pat Heieck, the catering manager at the Colleges. “Paul was a great leader. He truly loved HWS and his students.” Not only did Zaroogian connect with his coworkers, but the professors also revered him. “Paul Zaroogian never met a stranger,” stated Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens, who’s also the chair of the department. “Every time I saw him, it was like old home week. I could always count on Paul to lift me out of a bad mood. His enthusiasm was contagious. Paul made this institution better, and my life was enriched by knowing him.” Born on Dec. 18, 1940 in Providence, R.I., Zaroogian was a son of the late Sahag and Badzar (Bhadazarian) Zaroogian. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island. A member of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church who spearheaded many of its fund-raising and social activities, Zaroogian served as President of its Board of Trustees in 2009 and 2010. He is survived by his son, Sean Michael Zaroogian; daughters: Lindsay Michelle and Ashley Mae Zaroogian, all of Geneva; sister, Ann Bernice Righellis of Watertown, Mass.; nephew, Peter Righellis of San Diego, Calif.; nieces: Julie Murtagh and Athena Righellis, both of Watertown, Mass.
The Herald asks, “What are your fondest memories of Paul Zaroogian? “Paul exuded the essence of hospitality. He always welcomed people by name and had a friendly remark, and he genuinely wanted people to enjoy the food and the experience. He infused this customer-centered attitude in his loyal and capable staff. We all shared in his generosity of heart and spirit.” -Professor Jack D. Harris, chair of the Department of Anthropology & Sociology “I met Paul in 2001 when I moved to NY from MA. I was new to Campus Services and Paul was part of the district that I would now be reporting to. At meetings he was always such a character. Laughing, telling jokes and telling stories of the ‘old days.’ It was obvious that he thought more of Hobart and William Smith than just a job. He loved this place and the people here. He cared so deeply for the team he created and it was clearly more then just co-workers. He will be greatly missed by many.” -Lynn Pelkey, General Manager of Dining Services
“Paul was truly a professional business man. I soon learned he was a very compassionate man and only wanted what was best for the food service business and the colleges as well as his employees. Over the years we became close friends and continued that friendship after his retirement. In the 30 years I have known Paul I can honestly say this: For a few of us, his family was our family and our families were his. I will miss Paul more than words can say but his legacy lives on. He was not only a wonderful friend but a mentor to me. Where I am today is because of Paul Zaroogian. I am very grateful to have been a part of his life and he a part of mine.” -Shar Struzyk, Administrative Assistant of Dining Services “Paul was a captivating boss. You could not help but to listen to what he had to say, whether it was because of his theatrical ways or because you thought that what he was saying could not possible be true; he had a knack for drawing you in ... Everything included fireworks.” -Tammy Pillsbury, Dining Services
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
Campus Happenings Opus Welcomes Exciting Expansions
Zipcar Program Remains a Priority
By Erin Meehan ‘11 A&E Editor
By Emma Stratigos ‘12 Herald Contributor
Many of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ community members, especially those who were patrons of the previous coffee shops in town, have already enjoyed a coffee or meal at the new espresso bar in downtown Geneva, Opus. As the owners of the shop, Heather Tompkins and Chelsey Madia, progress into the winter they’ve decided to make some exciting additions that are sure to be a hit among students, professors and town residents. Madia is looking forward to their new ventures. She stated the most significant would be the addition of local wines, beers and other food items to the menu. These new incorporations will include wineries in the Finger Lakes region, such as Red Tail Ridge, Bilsboro, Zugibe and Rooster Hill among others. Opus will also serve Keeley’s cheeses from King Ferry, N.Y., as a complement to wine pairings. In addition, Opus plans to expand its hours; it will be open three to four nights a week.
Tompkins will also work more in kitchen, as opposed to the counter. Look for her to whip up mussels, cheese platters and other light snacks to munch on while patrons enjoy their drinks. All of the current food and coffee offerings will remain on the menu. Madia and Tompkins also have tentative plans to expand upstairs and are receiving estimates from contractors. However, Madia states they are hesitant to expand too fast and have been working extremely long shifts since opening earlier this fall. With this in mind, the owners have decided to not be open on Sundays; starting in 2011, however, they will extend their hours throughout the week. Ideally, Madia and Tompkins would like to make Opus a comfortable space where people can meet and study as well as enjoy a meal, snack or coffee. To learn more about the food and drink offerings at Opus, visit their new website www.opusfingerlakes.com or look them up on Facebook at Opus Espresso and Wine Bar.
William Smith Congress and Hobart Student Government are continuing to make progress toward the addition of the Zipcar program to the HWS campus in the fall of 2011. Zipcar is an environmentfriendly car-sharing program that aims to create a world with fewer cars and, therefore, fewer harmful effects. To start, HWS would be provided with two cars for students to borrow for specified amounts of time. Users would have to buy the $25 Zipcar membership and pay an hourly or daily fee, depending on their use of the car. Gas and insurance are included in those fees. Zipcar has the potential to be a great benefit for students involved in the teaching program, community service, or other commitments that require transportation. Katie Levenstein ‘12, co-coordinator for the Big Brother Big Sister program, sees Zipcar’s benefits. She states that she has “turned down great candidates because they don’t have cars.” The car-sharing program would expand the possibilities of involvement for students limited
by transportation. The cars could also be offered to the Geneva community. They would be a big help to theme houses—especially those with a co-op meal plan. Though the planning timeline has been adjusted slightly, William Smith Congress president, Caroline Spruill ‘12, says that the Zipcar idea hasn’t been put on the back burner. Spruill explains that contact is being maintained with both Zipcar and Jamie Landi about introducing the program to HWS next fall. WSC and HSG have been working on creating a survey for the HWS community in order to gauge student interest. “At the very latest, the survey will go out when we return from break in correlation with the issue of the month of December: transportation,” Spruill said. Before the survey is distributed, a fact sheet about the Zipcar program will be sent to students. Spruill hopes to keep the HWS community informed so they know that the survey is happening and what the addition of Zipcar will mean for the colleges. She also encourages any students, faculty, or staff to send questions or input to firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Gleeks’ Gear Up for Winter Performance By Katie Levenstein ‘12 Herald Contributor popular television show “Glee.” That’s not to say that club leaders don’t have experience thought. The Sullivan twins, Katherine and Alex have been considering putting together a music and dance club since arriving at Katie Levenstein/Photographer Hobart and William Smith. Katherine says, “We were in a The HWS Glee Club rehearses a song on Sunday show choir in high school and wanted night in Williams Hall. The group will be having a to start something like it at HWS. We holiday performance later this semester. missed it a lot.” Getting started, the founders held Do you have vocal skills and like to perform? auditions and accepted all the talented singers. Then the HWS Glee Club is the place for you! They hoped the club will become a place for Seniors Katherine Sullivan, Alex Sullivan, and students to get together, sing and have a good Megan Rechin created this show choir on campus time. Currently the club meets on Thursdays in early October. and Sundays in Williams Hall at varying times The idea for the group developed from the
for rehearsal. Club members begin rehearsal with a quick warm-up then jump right into some theatrical singing. The group plans to have a holiday concert sometime at the end of the semester. Alex is excited about the amount of enthusiastic students currently involved, a little fewer than 15; but there is still a desire for a bigger group. “This is just a starting point,” says Alex. “We think that after the first concert more people will become interested after seeing what we do.” Ultimately, the group serves as an outlet for students to use their music skills. The HWS Glee Club not only sings, but dances and incorporates piano playing as well. Look for the date for their holiday concert because it’s sure to be a spectacular event!
Trotting For a Cause
My Name’s Not Sweetheart
By Kristyna Bronner ‘14 Herald Contributor
By Laura Alexander ‘14 Herald Contributor
Turkeys running in Phi Sigma Kappa’s third annual Turkey Trot are not obese birds trying to lose a few pounds before the holiday weekend, but rather a group of dedicated citizens trying to make a difference this Sunday. Participants will run a 5K race that loops through campus. The race will start at Phi Sigma Kappa, go past the de Cordova and Caird Halls, up and down St. Claire Street and end at Phi Sigma Kappa. All profits will be donated to the American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes Region. The race starts at 12:30 p.m. and will end with a dozen sheet pizzas from Mark’s Pizzeria at Phi Sigma Kappa’s building. In order to participate, all you need to do is donate $5! The donation covers a spot in the race and the Turkey
Trot t-shirt, which is in full color for the first time this year. This year, event planners have doubled the amount of sponsors. Participation is up as well with faculty, staff and students all working and running together to raise the cash. Phi Sigma Kappa brothers know that exercise isn’t for everyone, but helping out is. If you don’t want to run, you don’t have to; you can participate by making a donation, getting a shirt and showing up to eat some pizza! Phi Sigma Kappa hopes to sell every t-shirt and raise $625. Phi Sigma Kappa brothers are still tabling in the Scandling Center selling shirts and a spot in the race. They will be there until the day of the event. Also, go see their event on Facebook!
“My name’s not Sweetheart.” Megan Leif was trying to teach this message on Nov. 8 in the Geneva Room. She traveled from Washington D.C. to lead a workshop about preventing and combating street harassment. A group of thirty or so Hobart and William Smith Students attended the event. This workshop was part of a much larger effort called the Hollaback Movement that has been fighting street harassment since the 1980’s. The workshop opened with a question: How many audience members have experienced street harassment of some kind? Nearly everyone raised their hand. As the microphone was passed around, the stories of harassment spanned over numerous cities and countries and ranged from uncomfortable stares to physical assaults. After hearing all of these stories, the goals of the Hollaback
Movement became even more important. On the most basic level, every woman should feel safe and comfortable wherever she is. Women should be able to walk where they want with whomever they want and never feel scared or ashamed. Everyone needs to be an ally. Street harassment won’t stop if nothing is done to fight it. And fighting it can take many forms. From walking a woman home at night if she doesn’t feel safe, to stepping in and being the voice if she feels too powerless to fight her attacker. Street harassment has always existed and it will continue to exist. However, by stepping up, maybe altogether we can inch society forward towards a time when street harassment won’t be a part of our culture. It all starts with a Hollaback.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
Campus Happenings Where is He Now? Graham Gardiner: An Entrepreneur By Emily Anatole ‘11 Herald Contributor
Photo courtesy of Graham Gardiner
Hobart alum, Grahman Gardiner ‘08 is certainly a businessman. By day, he works at the wholesale insurance Managing General Agency (MGA) Johnson & Johnson; by night, he’s the Co-Owner of Swamp Fox Pedicab. While these two jobs are vastly different, Gardiner is taking Charleston, S.C. by storm. Not only do these two experiences “pay the bills,” as Gardiner explains, but they also allow him to put his business apt and creative flair into practice. Hard work and an interest in business led Gardiner towards his primary job at Johnnson & Johnson. “I was very interested in learning more about databases and the power behind them.” On any given day, he works with underwriters at different insurance companies and builds data tables for a computer software called Structured Query Language (SQL). He uses this program to generate quotes—an important task for any organization, but
A Conversation With Professor Patricia Mower y By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Editor-in-Chief Recently awarded a two-year grant by the U. S. Department of Agriculture along with her collaborators at the New York State Agricultural Experimental Station, Assistant Professor of Biology Patricia Mowery talks to the Herald about her study of Xylella fastidiosa. Commonly known as XF, this bacterium can cause Pierce’s Disease. Once it reaches grape vines, the plant perishes. unless, one it gets warmer around here or, two, if Xf mutates to withstand cold. One can never rule out mutations. There isn’t anyway to prevent it from coming here other than being informed so that if the Photo courtesy of HWS Communications disease arrives, it is noticed quickly and CS: How did you first responded to quickly. become interested in studying CS: Have HWS students Xf? helped with research in the PM: I became involved in Xf past? after I gave a seminar at the Ag. PM: I had an Honor’s station. They had just discovered student last year working on this that the organism moved and project—Lis Lositio. She made had a genetic signature for a protein to one of the important particular type of movement components of Xf chemotaxis so called chemotaxis. Chemotaxis that we could make antibodies to is when a motile organism this protein. With the antibodies senses a chemical and then we have been able to exam where responds by moving towards it is expressed in the cells. I have it. Kind of like when you smell some cool pictures of this. microwave popcorn—you smell CS: Will you look to it and that leads you to get up current students to continue the and find the source so you can research? eat it. Chemotaxis is my area PM: I anticipate taking more of study so it was a natural fit students in the future. They to collaborate. They knew Xf might be involved in looking for and I knew chemotaxis so let’s what Xf is “smelling” or what put all our brainpower together turns the system on or off. It to understand how Xf does is molecular research, protein chemotaxis. If we can block it, research, and a lot of genetics. we can potentially block the CS: Tell us a bit about the disease. conference you’ll be speaking at CS: Do you think Pierce’s this winter. Disease will pose a problem in PM: I will be speaking at the the future? 2010 Pierce’s Disease Research PM: Pierce’s shouldn’t be Symposium, which will be held a concern in the Finger Lakes Dec. 15-17 in San Diego, CA.
especially for a large-scale company like Johnson & Johnson. “Having organized and accessible data helps great ideas scale up rapidly.” Lucky for Gardiner, Professor Patrick McGuire’s economic classes prepared him well. Gardiner explained that the “Heavy focus on excel, data entry and analysis which he learned in McGuire’s classes are vital for his job.” “Johnson & Johnson is a great company to work for,” he stated. In fact, it was voted the #1 small company to work for in S.C. But outside the actual office, Gardiner has another workplace: The city of Charleston. He saw a need for another Pedicab company and wanted to start up this service. It’s hard work and he usually spends a few hours managing riders and maintaining the bikes after a long day at Johnson & Johnson, but it isn’t without reward. Gardiner loves how this venture allowed him to take an idea and make it into a reality. “There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing my bikes full of people all over the city.” Developing a Pedicab company took ingenuity, innovation and perseverance. Gardiner credits Carol Weymuller, Hobart’s squah coach, for instilling him with important leadership skills. While at HWS, he played on the squash team and now he channels his experience into the competition he faces with Swamp Fox Pedicabs. His job is to make his company stand out and capitalize on its offerings. The combination of these two jobs is certainly impressive, but Gardiner’s advice is not to stress about achieving success. Remember that things take time. Start small. “No CEO or large company got there over night.”
SEIU Contract Negotiations Continue By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Editor-in-Chief Since September, members After expressing frustration of the Service Employees and dissatisfaction with the two International Union (SEIU) outside mediator sessions, the Local 200United have called for group discussed strategies for affordable healthcare, increased future campus rallies and events. wages and contract renegotiations The press was asked to leave with Hobart and William Smith during this discussion. Colleges. Over 13,000 Because of this members from ensuing dispute, across upstate Edward Garrow, an New York are outside mediator associated with from Syracuse, came Local 200United. to the Colleges to The organization facilitate a productive channels its dialogue between resources toward the bargaining unit obtaining fair members and HWS’ contracts, working Human Resources with lawmakers (HR) Department. to ensure positive Two separate sessions change and occurred, but Local organizing new 200United’s members members into the are dissatisfied with union. the outcomes. Under the Carrie Stevens/Photographer “They’re not willing current contract, to move toward progress,” all HWS employees surrender Drew Blanton, who works for 20 percent of their premiums Rochester’s SEIU branch, said toward their health insurance of the Colleges’ HR Department. premiums, which are through The first mediator meeting took Aetna. At the Colleges, workers place two and a half weeks ago. have three different premium Following the session, both options and sign up for one plan parties were forbidden to contact under a three-year contract. the press or any other media The union members are outlet. Now, however, the “gag asking that 5 percent of their order” has been lifted. premiums, rather than 20 percent, The second mediation took go toward health insurance. place this past Monday, Nov. 8. “The Colleges prize the “Nothing happened,” stated hard work and dedication of our Kit Fallon, formerly of the William union colleagues,” said Director Smith Dean’s Office. Now, she of Communications Cathy works as a representative for Williams. “We continue to be in Local 200United. “There was no dialogue with members of the movement on their part.” SEIU bargaining team and look This past Tuesday, Blanton forward to a positive conclusion and Fallon facilitated a post- to negotiations.” mediation meeting in Demarest’s A third mediation between Blackwell Room. Twenty-eight Local 200United and the HR union members attended the Department will be held on Nov. lunch hour session. 30.
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Campus Happenings Show Your Talent, Mr. Hobart By Maddison Case ‘14 Herald Contributor It’s nearly that time of year: On Dec. 3, the Habitat for Humanity (HH) Club will host its annual Mr. Hobart Pageant at 7 p.m. in the Albright Auditorium. This is a funfilled-all male event in which proceeds benefit the Ontario County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Fifteen Hobart men will compete in the talent contest, after surviving a unique application process. After introductions of the men in formal wear and a group performance, each contestant will show off a talent of their choice, don casual wear and finally partake in a Q-and-A session. A committee of 4 or 5 judges will decide who deserve the highly acclaimed title of “Mr. Hobart,” while one of the HWS acapella groups performs. Along with the evident bragging rights that come with the title, the winner will receive a HWS sweatshirt. Furthermore, to add extra incentive for greater attendance, there will be a silent auction during the event where audience members will be given a chance to go on a date with their favorite contestant. If they’re lucky, that contestant could even be Mr. Hobart himself! Tickets for this
silent raffle will cost only a dollar. From an applicant pool of 52 students, 15 contestants were chosen. The club went through the applicatations, picking those who had talents that would be entertaining or were simply fun to read. As the co-president of HH, Amelia Martinez ’12 described the application that the students had to complete was comprised of basic questions such as: “What is your celebrity dream date? Boxers or briefs? What would you do if you won the lottery?” The contestants were also required to draw a doodle on the back of the application. According to Danielle Bates ‘12, last year’s pageant was a tremendous success. “We raised a little over $2,000. Over 400 students and school administrators attended to show support for their
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friends and for the Habitat for Humanity Club.” As is generally the case, with past success comes greater expectations. This year, HH hopes to raise at least $3,000. “The pageant is just a fun and funny way to engage the student body while helping out a great cause,” said co-president Grace Hunt ’12. Whether you’re in it to laugh, or to win a date with your favorite contestant, this is your chance. Mark your calenders because at an affordable admission price of $5, you simply cannot afford to miss out!
HSG Approves Break Dancing Club By David Luna‘14 Herald Contributor This week’s Hobart Student Government meeting was an eventful one despite the scant number of members who showed up. HSG granted club status to a student group of break dancers. Two HWS students came up with the idea of a Break Dancing Club to “put something together that is relaxed and fun.” The club plans to be loose in terms of leadership – people will teach each other what they know without a commanding figure leading the way. The proposal for now steered away from asking for money now and instead just petitioned for club status. The Break Dancing Club needs studio space and the only way to attain this space is through having club status. For now the club is searching for anyone who is interested and if a large enough number become a part of it, money will be needed for events such as trips. The Boys and Girls Club in Geneva proposed that each club at Hobart and William Smith
Colleges spend one day of the semester interacting with the community. The plan is to create a better sense of familiarity and camaraderie among the HWS groups and Geneva. HSG had the privilege of being one of the first groups to be a part of this initiative and has the opportunity to pick its own date of service – an opportunity all groups have. T h e initiative w o u l d start next semester. However, HSG members couldn’t agree on the terms of the initiative because the HSG executive board will receive new members. The current executive members will leave a memo for the incoming executive board to help them make a decision on the initiative. “The Herald’s” Editor-in-Chief, Carrie
Stevens ‘12, stopped by for a second time reiterating the newspaper’s current financial needs. The Herald had a shortfall because the “Democrat and Chronicle,” increased printing costs without prior notification. Due to this miscommunication, the Herald used inaccurate numbers when calculating its costs. The result: The Herald is $942 in debt for the fall semester. Having already successfully petitioned William Smith Congress for $471, the Herald asked for $471 from Hobart Student Government. This proposal was granted, which gives the newspaper a total of $942 from the student governments. Editor’s note: The Herald would like express its gratitude and thank both HSG and WSC for their monetary contributions to the newspaper.
The Greek Beat: Greeks Get Involved By Nick Batson ‘11 Herald Contributor Greek life often bears negative connotations when brought up in conversation. With such off-putting attention, it’s easy to lose sight of the good many Greek organizations do. The fraternities on campus certainly make up a part of the social scene at the Colleges. The six groups, however, provide much more for the school than some may realize. The Greek men of Hobart participate in various activities all around campus, just like any other student. Many are members of the numerous clubs provided by the student body, from cultural clubs such as the Asian Student to other groups like the Debate Team. All three Hobart honor societies have a number of fraternity brothers within their ranks. Several participate and hold leadership positions within Hobart Student Government. As for other extracurriculars, a select number of Greek men volunteer their time for the Colleges’ Emergency Medical Service. Many also work for various departments on campus as a part of their workstudy, especially in offices like
Admissions. Fraternities go out to support their brothers who play on the varsity and club teams throughout the week. Fellow brothers may watch their members from Delta Chi in rugby games, for example, or go see some of their friends from Theta Delta Chi play soccer or hockey. This goes without mentioning the numerous teams each house puts together for almost every intramural league or the portion of brothers studying abroad. The houses tend to sponsor and even play host to many campus events, from club fundraisers to discussions for classes. The fraternities pitched in for Haiti relief efforts and formed Relay for Life teams last semester. Before classes began this year, brothers from each group volunteered to help with the Greek Move-In for first-year students, while others helped out as mentors and leaders for Orientation. Once the semester was underway, the fraternities continued to stay involved, particularly with Day of Service. The fraternities’ teams comprised a portion of the groups who went out into Geneva to help the
community. Brothers have also taken it upon themselves to do their own form of community service. Some from Kappa Sigma work with the Boys and Girls Club, while Kappa Alpha Society participates in America Reads and a few Chi Phi brothers are firefighters. Some major events on campus have involved the fraternities lately. With the dedication of the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation, James F. Caird ‘56 was honored by his younger brothers with a dedication within the Kappa Sigma house. The house also played host to a reception for Take Back the Night, with some cooperation from Delta Chi as well. Delta Chi has a clothing drive coming up for the Center of Concern, while also doing much work in support of cancer research, which is its national philanthropy focus. Theta Delta Chi works much with the Wounded Warrior Project on campus. Chi Phi will have its annual formal ball later in the year as its major fundraising effort. Phi Sigma Kappa has its own, the Turkey Trot, this Sunday in support of the American Red Cross.
Even during the summertime, the fraternities stayed active with national conferences the local chapters had to attend. Kappa Sigma sent two brothers to New Orleans in late July for a leadership conference; Chi Phi did to same, sending a few to Boston at the end of June. Kappa Alpha attended an anniversary dinner at the end of the year. Four brothers from Phi Sigma Kappa went to Indianapolis in early August for a leadership school and received three awards for new member education, scholarship and campus involvement. Theta Delta Chi, while still a colony, attended its conference in Washington, D.C. the same month; the representatives could not participate in as much as the other schools but received much support for its imminent chartering. The purpose of these conferences was to relay national business to the chapters but also acted as an opportunity to learn about service and engagement back at school. They are designed to teach the chapters leadership and keep them involved, just as the fraternities here have been.
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Opinions Tea and Elephants, Anyone? By David Luna ‘14 Herald Contributor There wasn’t much importance on Nov. 2 as millions of citizens imparted their views on the country’s direction. This will impact who has control in Congress, how legislative matters will be handled and what the political agenda will look like for the this lame-duck session of Congress. I think you get my drift here. Fortunately, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, HWS Votes and Americans for an Informed Democracy understood this importance and sponsored a Midterm Election Party on Election Day. The event, which was held from 8-11 p.m. in the Cellar Pub, treated guests to free food and one drink and was decorated with red, white and blue. The 2010 Midterm Elections provided an extraordinary opportunity for the electorate – or those who actually casted a ballot – to voice their concerns, desires and views on how unfavorably they see the major predicaments of our time. Now that the dust has settled, flabbergasted Democrats are left to ponder how this will affect their party’s chances in 2012, how the new shift in power will affect legislation and who it will benefit and if divided government will indeed lead to compromise. Overall, the election lived up the hype and the results are already taking a toll. Spurred by anger over the recession and closely contested races in several large states, Americans voted in higher numbers than in midterm elections four years ago. With more than 95 percent of precincts reporting, election data indicates
that turnout was up in at least nine states, including significant increases in Florida, Minnesota and Texas. Overall, turnout in the midterm elections was
expensive clothes and keeping a close group of business leaders turned lobbyists around him – is a fiscal conservative who made spending reforms a
scary challenge put forth by Republican Sharon Angle. Her proposals were seen as extreme, like her plan to phase out social security. Democrat Andrew Cuomo
2010 Midterm Election Results Democrats
61 percent Cuomo
34 percent Paladino
65 percent Schumer
33 percent Jay Townsend
62 percent Gillibrand
36 percent Joseph DioGuardi
projected at 42 percent of registered voters, about 1.2 percentage points higher than in 2006.The total popular vote nationwide was expected to reach about 90 million people, which is 6.2 million more than voted in 2006 With Republicans back in control of the House of Representatives, a new power structure will emerge over the next few weeks. Republicans needed 39 seats to gain the majority. When recounts are done, they are expected to gain between 60-66 seats, the biggest shift in more than a half-century. House Republican Leader John Boehner is poised to lead the House Republican agenda, wiping out Nancy Pelosi. Boehner promises to cut spending, repeal parts of President Obama’s health care program and push targeted tax cuts for small businesses, which they say will lead to job growth. Boehner – known for his interminable orange vibrancy, penchant for
key point of his campaign. Many voters are angered by what they see as out of control Washington spending, but Boehner has reminded reporters that he’s never requested any earmarks – a legislative provision that directs funds to be spent on specific projects – for his Ohio district. He has also been a powerful fundraiser for his party, which has solidified his position. As the magnitude of the Republican takeover became clear, an emotional Boehner told supporters, “Across the country right now, we are witnessing a repudiation of Washington ... a repudiation of Big Government ... and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the people.” Other key races included Democrat Chris Coons defeating Republican Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, retains his post after a
A Garbage Plate For Someone Not Named Oscar the Grouch By Whitman Littlefield ‘11 Opinions Editor Joe’s Hots opened its doors sometime last year, and ever since has been an unspoken blessing for college students. It remains that way mostly because those who know about it are too busy stuffing their faces with a garbage plate to get a word out edge wise. Now you’re saying, “Eww, a garbage plate? That sounds like something Oscar the Grouch would eat!”—we will get to that later. Joe’s Hots is within easy walking distance from Hobart and William Smith, right next to Dana’s Time Out and across 5&20 from the Field House, which makes it centrally located for those of you down in Odell’s and nearly everyone else. Walking in, the place feels small and there are only few tables and benches in the dining room but--fear not--this isn’t the place to go if you’re looking for caviar and champagne. It’s more like the kind of place John Belushi and Takeru Kobayshi might hang out; there is even an eating contest for those who are up for it. Ordering is really simple. The menu isn’t pages and pages of things you can’t pronounce, it’s written around the window where you hand over the cash and get that hot goodness. My personal favorite is the Bill Murry, for only 7 smackers. It’s a cheeseburger with a chicken wing, two jalapeno poppers, and my advice is not to judge it before you try it. Also, be prepared to order two. Finally, if it’s your
first time there you have got to try the garbage plate. It’s amazing (especially the mac salad), and basically all the delicious foods you can think of piled onto one dish and covered in ketchup, mustard and meat sauce. Although this may sound like the insides of a landfill, that’s what it’s supposed to look like. And it tastes like it’s supposed to: knock-your-socks off delicious. The only trouble I’ve had there is sometimes it takes a little longer than I’m willing to stand around to get the food, but I think that’s only because I’m used to the precooked speed of McDonald’s and not the flavorful goodness of Joe’s Hots. In any case, it’s definitely worth the wait. Three important things to know about Joe’s Hots: 1. They are open until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on Saturdays, which makes me wonder if the managers have a direct line to the college students’ hearts 2. They will begin DOING DAY TIME DELIVERY STARTING DECEMBER 1 and you tell all your friends you heard it here first. 3. It’s rock bottom prices! Finally, I’d note that the owners, Joe and Erin Marone, work hard to help the Colleges and Geneva community and are dedicated to making the best food and best environment to eat it in. Who doesn’t want to support a business ethic like that?!
pummeled Republican Carl Paladino for New York’s governor position. The power of the Tea Party and Sarah Palin as their most profound expounder was seen at the polls. The Tea Party is not a political party, but more of a grassroots conservative and libertarian movement dedicated to reducing the power and size of the central government in the lives of ordinary Americans. Rand Paul, the new Senator-elect from Kentucky, benefitted from the Tea Party. “We’ve come to take our government back,” he said. In addition, Tea Party activists rallied around winning Republican Senate candidates in Pennsylvania, Utah and Florida, where Republican Marco Rubio emerged victorious in a three-way race. Republican leaders acknowledged the role Tea Party support played in this year’s midterm elections. For now, they welcome the scrutiny of the
Tea Party to make sure they deliver on their campaign promises. Tea Party activists have several potential presidential contenders for 2012. At the top of the list are former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and conservative but controversial TV talk show host Glenn Beck. It’s a great time to be involved in the political process as this new landscape brings forth myriad contentious issues. With Republicans hell-bent on repealing the health care bill, making Bush tax cuts permanent for top earners and cutting federal spending, how will compromise play out when Obama is staunch on health care? To his credit, Obama humbled himself the day after the election as he claimed he looks forward to meeting with new Republicans leaders; he has a list of issues he’s able to compromise on. Other issues sensitive to compromise include Obama’s talk of another stimulus bill. Indeed, due to staunch opposition by the public toward Obama and his achievements, some Democrats during their campaigns made sure to let their support base know where they stood against the President. How will the decreasing trust affect Obama and support? How will Republicans put their money were there mouth is? How big of a role will compromise have on legislative issues?
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Arts and Entertainment Hobart and William Smith’s Miniature ‘Step Up’ By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Editor-in-Chief Jaheem Green ’12, Joe Kwesiga ’12 and Kimmy Tremlett ’10 think hip-hop has a bad reputation. From its beginnings in the 1970’s in South Bronx, New York City, hip-hop epitomizes improving, rapping, scratching and sampling, but seems to lack structure and technique. For this year’s Koshare performance, Hobart and William Smith’s annual Dance Collective showcase, the trio devised a dance that highlights hip-hop in hopes to dispelling these misconceptions. “It’s good to have Koshare, so you get exposed to different styles of dance,” Tremlett said. “Some people don’t recognize hip-hop as a genre of dance because they see it as informal and non-technical.” However, the intricacies and subtleties are what the choreographers aim to highlight. “There are movements and attitudes associated with hiphop, just like the characteristics associated with other styles of dance,” stated Kwesiga. But the demi plié, the boogie walk and the grand jeté overshadow the popping, the krumping and the block partying that comprise hip-hop. With this in mind, the choreographers created one dance that encompasses three prominent hip-hop dance styles. “This piece shows the different styles and our different passions for hiphop,” Green said. “With the three pieces within the one piece, you can see how hip-hop has different variations.” Described as an evolution of hip-hop, the routine – titled “Three Strikes … Smack!” – depicts Carrie Stevens/Photographer three distinct styles of hipStriking poses, the 13 performers hop: The first, with the song “Greedy” by Alycia, prepare to begin the dance. portrays the hardcore, modern style; the second, featuring “Buzzin” by Mann, is an old school a 90’s flashback; the third, “Yeah 3X” by Chris Brown, contains techno threads. Green, Kwesiga and Tremlett acknowledge their goal – to legitimize hip-hop as a new form of dance – is an uphill battle. In order to understanding this new movement, they believe, viewers must identify the differences between hip-hop and other dance styles. “There’s not so much of the one-two-three type of technique that a lot of dancers are used to,” Green explained. “We ask [our dancers] to put heart and soul into it, and really feel what they’re doing. Instead of going by what they’re taught, they need to find their own inspiration within the music and the movements.” Tremlett maintains the dance ideology at HWS is changing. This
semester, the Koresh Dance C o m p a n y visited the Colleges and taught a hip-hop master class. “That’s the first time in a while we’ve had professional dancers teach a hip-hop class,” Carrie Stevens/Photographer she said. “You can see it’s slowlyJaheem Green ‘12, Kimmy Tremlett ‘10 and Joe starting to makeKwesiga ‘12 break it down during a rehearsal its way back to in Bristol Field House. campus.” The trio hopes its piece expedites the campus’ hip-hop movement. “We’re trying to show that there is more than contemporary and modern,” said Kwesiga. “We want to showcase hip-hop.” Although their dance functions with an objective, Green, Kwesiga and Tremlett refuse to discredit what drew them to hip-hop initially. “We love having our personalities show throughout our dance. We like smiling, we like goofing off, we like escaping life and we show that through all of the pieces,” Green said. During the Koshare performances – on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – don’t be fooled by the prominent passion, the crisp execution and the funky music of “Three Carrie Stevens/Photographer Strikes … Smack!” “[Hip-hop] takes a lot Executing their steps, dancers of of speed and energy,” said “Three Strikes ... Smack!” practice Airi Shiraishi ’12, one of the one of their pieces in the trilogy. 13 dancers in the number. “It shows how confident you are.” How do the choreographers describe this mash-up of heart, soul and movements? “It’s like our miniature ‘Step Up,’” Kwesiga said.
Arts Collective to Host Annual Fashion Show By Emily Anatole ‘11 Herald Contributor Fashion is art for student designers at Hobart and William Smith and the Arts Collective Annual Fashion Show is their exhibit. This year, more than seven teams of designers will have their work featured in the highly anticipated event that celebrates different interpretations of style using innovative and inventive materials. Students will come together to present eclectic lines to the HWS community. From re-used t-shirts and newspaper to feathers and faux fur, the students will show off their edgy designs as wearable forms of art. Given that it’s an artistic fashion show, expect captivating and eyepopping creations. Serena Holtsinger ‘12 says her line is in conjunction with an independent study and has a “baroque-bohemian sort of vibe.” Holtsinger will combine texture and feminine styles by creating “contemporary opulent cool-girl goddess” pieces that involve feathers, fur and glam. Marcie Day ‘11 explains that her collection will feature dresses with unique backs made from recycled clothing that she found at The Salvation Army. “The materials are all carefully reconstructed into something entirely new that is both wearable and updated,” she says. Making new from old is also Abby Kent’s approach. The junior is using re-used t-shirts from thrift stores to construct an original collection. Kent
explains, “You don’t have to spend top dollar to make or buy clothing; you can use old fabric and make it new.” You can recycle fashion in other ways, which Emily Desmery ‘12 and Hilly Walrod ‘12 will prove in their line made out of newspaper and sailcloth. These ordinary materials will be reworked to create detailed designs. Chryssy Abdool ‘13 is the creator behind “Soca Warriors,” a line on Carnival Costumes from the Caribbean. After spending a summer in Trinidad and Tobago, she was inspired to make colorful costumes that show off the culture. Envision bright designs with exotic details and feather trimmings. Judging by these details, we can certainly expect bold styles. Lucia Berliner ‘12, one of the event’s co-organizers, says, “I’m really hoping that this year’s fashion show is half as wonderful as it was when Meggie Schmidt ‘10, Yeasmine Khalique ‘10, and the original Arts Collective crew were here. We have a lot of great designers and with the foundation that was set by our predecessors, I think that the show is going to be beautiful and a lot of fun.” Mark your calendars for December 5 at 6:30 p.m. when student models rock the runway in an assortment of imaginative designs.
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Arts and Entertainment ‘Due Date’ Fails Ask Doctor Blackwell to Deliver Have a question that you need answered? Can’t ask anyone else? Write me at Herald@hws.edu
The Elizabeth Blackwell section welcomes any and all questions concerning your life, your roommate’s smelly feet, your sex conundrums, the attractiveness of that guy in your Bio lab or the way that girl in your English class looks at you when you take your seat. Lizzy is here for you, at your service. If ever there was someone to whom you could ask your most burning questions, it would be the ever helpful Elizabeth Blackwell! I’m waiting with my always honest opinion, so start sending in those questions! Dear Dr. Blackwell, I want to go home. It’s not that I hate the school or anything; I’m just ready for it to be Thanksgiving Break. Is that bad, Dr. Blackwell? I mean, HWS is so amazing and it isn’t that I miss my family. That’s weird too I guess; I don’t miss my family. I think I want to go back home because of some of the drama here. Having never shared a room before and having always been close friends with guys, I’m finding it a little difficult to always be surrounded by girls. At least I’m on an all girls floor rather than in an all girls building. I don’t know how the girls up on the hill do it, but I do not envy them in the least. Dr. Blackwell, I need some advice on all of this. What can I do to make sure that I don’t go crazy in the next week and a half before break? I think that I’ll be able to make it, but I don’t know what’s going to happen if another one of these girls tests my patience. Awaiting your response, More Than Ready
Dear More Than Ready, Slow down my dear…I think you’re going to be fine. I know how it feels to be overwhelmed and stressed out; it happens to the best of us. However, this is nothing at all to fret about. Of course, if you’re having a serious problem you could always stop by the counseling center on your next walk back from Saga. If you feel that you can tackle this on your own though, which it seems you do, I would suggest something a bit more personal. Try taking some time for yourself, my dear. I feel that in your case, you may just need a bit of rest and relaxation in order to make it to Thanksgiving Break with your sanity still in tact. Try finding something that you enjoy doing by yourself rather than with your group of girlfriends. Pick up a book; write in a journal; or sit on a bench near the lake. There are so many things around campus or even in town with which to keep busy; it may just take some exploring! Also, keep in mind how much of a great time you will have over break. The break will be a rather short one, so if I were you I would try not to rush it too much. This weekend, be sure to do something for yourself that will contribute to my prescribed R&R time; I’m sure you’ll feel ten times better come next week. Sincerely Yours, Dr. Blackwell
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By Hannah Semaya ‘13 Herald Contributor “Due Date” is the latest submission into the “buddyroadtrip” genre, and the apparent twist in the film is the great contrast between the two main characters. Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover”) is of course the strange, hippy, sometimes drug-addled man responsible for all the messes that the pair gets into. The other half of the pair is Robert Downey Jr. (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “Iron Man”). Downey Jr., and his anger issues in the film, left the audience cringing. There are funny moments for sure, but they are unfortunately overshadowed by the caustic tone of the movie. The film is disappointing not in itself, but because so much is expected of the Galifianakis-Downey Jr. pairing. Galifianakis is Ethan Tremblay, a childlike man traveling across the country to become an actor in Hollywood. He ends up on the same flight as the high strung Peter Highman, played by Downey Jr. When Tremblay gets both of them kicked off the flight, Highman, desperate to return home to his pregnant wife and with no other options, opts to ride with Tremblay from Atlanta to California. Galifianakis’s character is almost a carbon copy of his “Hangover” persona, which is not
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a big issue, as he is very good at playing that part. The character of Peter Highman, however, has moments of such pure meanness that it seems to suck the joy from the film. Evidence of this is seen when he punches a child in the stomach. Yeah, he really does that. See the film for the funny bits, but be warned: There are nasty bits in the form of the meanspirited Highman. Tremblay’s dog, Sunny, exhibits nastiness is a different way, a way in which is not exactly fit to print. The movie is recommended to those with a high tolerance for such things. 2/5 stars
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
Sports Herons Take On Triathlons By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Editor-in-Chief T h e student-athletes approached their workouts d i f f e r e n t l y. Brown focused on running and biking, both of which would directly help her during cross country season. Morosky ran and biked for a set amount of time and gradually added more running repetitions. “I worked a lot on the transitions from one leg to Photo courtesy of Lauren Morosky another; I would William Smith swimmer Lauren Morosky ‘12 crosses the finish line at the swim then bike, or I would go on a Syracuse 70.3. The annual Ironman was held on Sept. 19 bike ride straight into a run.” It’s extremely difficult to find a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride Morosky collegiate athlete who doesn’t follow and a 13.1-mile run into downtown swims sprints for the Herons, which an offseason workout plan. Running, Syracuse. made the open water component a lifting and conditioning, student“This was my first time doing challenge. “It’s a far cry from the athletes are devoted to increasing the Ironman,” Morosky said. “I’ve 50 to 100-yard sprints I do in swim their speed, building their strength done multiple shorter-distance meets. Training in Lake Erie for the and improving their endurance. triathlons before, including the longer distance was a big change Six William Smith student- mini-Mussel here in Geneva.” from the pool.” athletes – cross country runner Ruskin also competed in the Lohre began her regiment Lauren Brown ‘13, swimmer Lauren Finger Lakes-based race this past by swimming or biking daily. She Morosky ’12, and rowers Rebecca summer, but in the full Musselman didn’t incorporate running until the Charlton ’11, Jenna Lohre ‘12, Leila category. She, along with Lohre, second month, hoping to avoid an Peraro ‘13 and Kara Ruskin ’12 – tackled the 2010 Skinnyman injury. used the offseason as a time to train, Triathlon. Comprised of an 800“After about two weeks I slowly for triathlons. yard swim, a 14-mile bike ride and began to do both, swimming and During the summer, Brown a 3-mile run, participants travel to biking each day, six days a week. I competed in the Willow Creek Skaneateles, N.Y. to compete during would either do a long swim and a Triathlon, which begins in Allegany Labor Day Weekend. short bike, or vice versa.” State Park. The Aug. 7 event raised “I started training when I got Each student-athlete recruited more than $11,000 for the Disabled home for the summer,” Lohre said, a workout partner. Both Brown and American Veterans Transportation who partook in the 2009 Pine Bush Morosky trained with their fathers. Network. Triathlon in Guilderland, N.Y. “I “My dad came on the swims a lot On Sept. 19, Morosky embarked already had a good aerobic base and he also went on bike rides with on the 2010 Syracuse 70.3. The half- from the spring rowing season, me,” Morosky explained. Ironman challenges athletes to a which helped a lot.”
Lohre worked out with her best friend’s mother, while Ruskin enlisted the support of fellow Herons. “I trained with teammates, chatting about hard workouts or just rooting for each other. Knowing that I had a member of my team pushing me made me more inspired to train harder.” The triathletes favored different segments of the race: Brown the running, Morosky the swimming, and Lohre and Ruskin the biking. However, all believe training for triathlons has greater implications. “Overall, it showed me what Coach Sandra Chu always tells us: ‘Our bodies are capable of so much more than we think,’” stated Lohre, who placed seventh in her division for the Skinnyman. “Competing in the tri made me want to push my limits even more when I’m on the water. I told myself if I could do a 90-plus minute triathlon, then there was no reason I couldn’t push myself harder in a 15-minute rowing race.” Furthermore, training over the summer helped Ruskin when the fall season began. “I came in extremely fit, and very confident after my accomplishments. I pulled my fastest 5k time, and earned the second fastest raw score time on my team. It also helped me bond with my teammates.” Brown, Morosky, Lohre and Ruskin all plan to participate in triathlons in the future. Lohre wants to return to the Pine Bush, and complete a half-marathon this summer. Both she and Ruskin plan to register for the Skinnyman. “It’s an amazing experience, and a great thing to train for,” said Ruskin. “Having such different events and such a changing workout schedule keeps training really exciting.”
Nate Bechtold Sharpens Science and Soccer Skills By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Editor-in-Chief A nonscientist would have a difficult time wrapping their head around what Hobart soccer player Nate Bechtold Photo courtesy of HWS Athletic Communications ‘12 did last s u m m e r. Working as a member of Professor Erin Pelkey’s synthetic organic chemistry research team, Bechtold embarked on a seemingly incomprehensible task: “We created our own methodology and took different synthetic steps to acquire our target compounds. We focused
on the Weinreb amide substrates, which was a crucial step in our synthesis.” For those who aren’t familiar with making bonds, utilizing heterocycles and improving synthetic routes for putting together molecules, here’s a translation: Bechtold and his fellow Hobart and William Smith colleagues, Jessica Greger ‘11 and Scott Flewelling ‘12, developed new synthetic methods relating to the production of 3-pyrrolin-2-one compounds. Although this sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi thriller, real life implications are at the heart of the project. These compounds, Pelkey explained, are found in a variety of pharmaceuticals like anti-cancer, anti-HIV and anti-diabetic agents. “This work will help others who study these
molecules and eventually could lead to finding new molecules with improved activity,” Pelkey stated. “We did show that some of the substrates that we thought were problematic actually worked better than we originally thought. Nate played a major role in figuring this out, as he is an exceptional experimentalist. If we need to pinpoint a yield on a reaction with certainty, I would have Nate run the reaction.” Bechtold plans to enroll in an independent study with Pelkey during the spring; he will continue his research and complete the target compounds. The Statesmen tied the Hamilton College Continentals, 2-2. The Oct. 30 matchup went into double overtime. Hobart finished the season with an overall record of 7-6-4.
Current Team Records William Smith Soccer
Overall: 14-2-3 Streak: T1 Next game: Home vs. Keuka on Nov. 13
Overall: 5-3 Streak: L1 Next game: Home vs. Rochester on Nov. 13
Hobart Ice Hockey
William Smith Swimming and Diving
Overall: 0-2-1 Streak: T1 Next game: Away at Neumann on Nov. 13
Overall: 1-1 Streak: L1 Next match: Away at Alfred on Nov. 13