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FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010
VOLUME CXXXI ISSUE 22
Dan Glickman Announced as 2010 Commencement Speaker By Rebecca Dennee ’10 Campus Happenings Editor Dan Glickman, humanitarian, politician and businessman will deliver the Commencement Address on May 16. Recently named President of Refugees International, Glickman encompasses what it means to be a global citizen. As a distinguished agent of public service, Glickman has devoted his life to fighting poverty, hunger and working for the underserved. Thursday, April 1 marked Glickman’s last day as Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. Now he has set out on a new adventure as President of Refugees International, a non-profit organization that works to support refugees from places like Rwanda. Glickman remarked in the New York Times that he is excited to start on this new path. “It gets me back into public service,” he said. “Service is the work I did for most of my life.” Since 2004, Glickman served as the Chairman and CEO of Motion Picture Association of America, an organization which “serves as the voice and advocate of the U.S. motion picture, home video and
television industries around the world” according to its website. Glickman worked to promote awareness of the economic importance of the industry and create consequences for piracy of film and television. During his leadership, he successfully created multiple legislations that supported film and television production and cracked down on piracy of intellectual property rights. Following his career as a congressman, Glickman was appointed by President Clinton as the Secretary Photo courtesy of: life.com of Agriculture, where he served until the end of Dan Glickman, former MPAA CEO and current President of Refugees Clinton’s term. As Secretary International, will speak at commencement, giving a message of of Agriculture, Glickman global citizenship to the class of 2010. promoted international trade agreements, worked to fight congressional legacy was marked Foreign Relations. He serves on the against hunger, and advocated to by his expertise on aviation policy. board of directors of the American improve America’s diet. Glickman is vice-chair Film Institute, Chicago Mercantile Prior to serving as the of Friends of the World Food Exchange, Hain Celestial Group, Secretary of Agriculture, Program; a member of the Genocide Communities in Schools, Food Glickman represented Kansas in Prevention Task Force, chaired Research and Action Center, the House of Representatives for by former Secretaries of State National 4-H Council, the William 18 years, beating out a long time Madeleine Albright and Bill Cohen; SPEAKER continued on Page 2 Republican incumbent. Glickman’s and a member of the Council on
Kevin Roose to Speak at President’s Forum By Rebecca Dennee ’10 Campus Happenings Editor
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Lewis Bollard of Harvard helps his team win the final round of the HWS IDEA Round Robin Debate hosted here at the Colleges in 2008.
HWS to Host 4th Annual Debate Tournament By Liz Witbeck ’10 A&E Editor Ambassadors from all corners of the world will convene upon Hobart and William Smith Colleges this weekend to discuss issues of social policy. No, this is not a United Nations conference; this is an HWS/IDEA Round Robin Debate Tournament. The Tournament, in its 4th annual year since its induction in 2007, is a collaborative effort between HWS and the International Debate Education Association (IDEA). The event brings together debating champions from virtually every continent on the globe.
Competitors who have recently won titles in such prestigious events as the World Universities Debating Championship will be present this weekend to debate. Adjudicating will be performed by an equally diverse and experienced group of international judges. Chief Adjudicator for the 2010 Round Robin is Logan Balavijendran, who has served as a judge in debating championships internationally, including Worlds. The field of competitors DEBATE continued on Page 2
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Kevin Roose spent a semester at Liberty University to gain insight into the “God divide.” He will be speaking here at the Colleges as part of the President’s forum on April 7. As a sophomore, Kevin Roose, who described himself as a typical college student, met students from the late Reverend Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University during an internship and made the decision to take a semester off from Brown University to instead spend a semester at Liberty in Lynchburg, Virginia. When he returned to Brown, a school known for its liberal atmosphere, he published his book The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s
Holiest University in 2009 and has since graduated from Brown and is continuing his writing with a new book due out in stores soon. Having made many conclusions about the late Reverend from TV, Roose interned with AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically, and met students from Liberty, which began to spark his interest in what their lives were like at school. Liberty, founded in 1971 by ROOSE continued on Page 3
Inter view with Howard Dean
How to Train Your Dragon
Obstacles as Stepping Stones
WS Lax Travels to Florida
WS Congress Update
S he ’ s Ou t of Your L e a g ue
Islam and the West
WS Soccer Trains in Brazil
Sophomore Spring For ward
Book of t he We e k
WS Rowing Goes to Georgia
WS Alumnae: Sarah DeGray
SafetySuit Rocks the Smith
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HWS is Goin’ to the Dogs By Jennifer Hollander ’10 Herald Contributor
Lucca Aub Lucca, how old are you and what breed? I am a poodle mix and I believe you humans set me at around seven years? What are some of your favorite activities? Jumping in the pond
What can you tell us about art? I am art.
What does your father do for the Colleges? He is an art professor of art. He did the Blackwell Statue.
Do you help the students with their projects? Certainly. I am their muse What art have you inspired students to create? Check out the student gallerys in Houghton House to see.
DEBATE continued from Page 1 Athens Univ. (Greece) Bates College (U.S.A.) Cambridge Univ. (England) Carleton Univ. (Canada) Ljubljana Univ. (Slovenia) McGill Univ. (Canada) Queen’s Univ. (Canada) Rhodes Univ. (South Africa) Swarthmore College (U.S.A.)
Sydney Univ. (Australia) Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel) Trinity College Historical Society (Ireland) Underwood International College (South Korea) Univ. of British Columbia (Canada) Univ. of Vermont (U.S.A.) Yale Univ. (U.S.A.)
The above 16 teams will be competing this weekend in the HWS/ IDEA Round Robin Debate Tournament. includes many returning universities, both national and international, such as Yale, Cambridge, and Tel Aviv. Yale won the HWS/IDEA Round Robin in its inaugural year 3 springs ago and seeks to take home another championship. Among the teams participating is Sydney University, the winner of the 2010 World Universities Debating Championship. The championship is the largest in the world, representing the most skilled university debaters. Team members Christopher Croke and Steve Hind will be among the competitors debating this weekend. Finalists in the Tournament will receive $1700 total in cash prizes as well as trophies. Awards will also be distributed to the top 3 best speakers. Past winners of the Round Robin include Oxford, Harvard, and Yale. The Tournament was first envisioned by Professor Eric Barnes, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Debate Team Coach. His goal is to bring intellect and diversity together in debate, as he says in the vision statement for the Round Robin: “The International Debate Education Association and Hobart and William Smith Colleges aim to bring together an elite and internationally diverse group of debaters and adjudicators each year for a weekend of debate at the highest level.”
Barnes will be acting as the Convener for the competition. Helping to coordinate is the HWS debate team. Sixteen teams of two contestants each will be competing in the Round Robin debate. The format of a Round Robin debate is unique because the debates have been pre-paired to ensure each team competes against every other team exactly once. Five rounds of debating will take place today and tomorrow, with judges scoring the teams both as a whole and on individual performance. A final round will be held on Saturday afternoon, featuring the 4 teams with the highest composite scores. Propositions put forth in past HWS Round Robins have included requiring community service for graduation from high school, establishing a world police force, and eliminating executive pardons. Debating will commence tonight, Friday April 2, 2010. The first round of debates will start at 5:15 p.m. and the second round at 8:30 p.m. The debating will continue on Saturday, April 3, with the third round at 9 a.m., the fourth round at 11 a.m., and the fifth round at 1:15 p.m. All debates will be held in Stern Hall. The final championship round is Saturday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m in the Vandervort Room. Admission is free. All are encouraged to attend the tournament and the final round.
SPEAKER continued from Page 1 Davidson Institute and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement. He is also a member of the Kansas Bioscience Authority and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Glickman will join the HWS campus to promote the ideas of global citizenship and offer words of encouragement to the graduating class of 2010. He will be one of five recipients receiving honorary degrees. Other honorary degree
recipients include: Patricia Heieck P’88, catering manager of Dining Services who has served more than 17,000 students and alums during her time at HWS; Arthur Eve, Democratic member of the New York State Assembly for 35 years and founder of Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP); and George and Harriet McDonald, creators of the Doe Fund in New York City a program that helps the homeless by providing them with career training.
The Blotter Tuesday, March 2 • Criminal mischief in Potter at 9:50 a.m.: Poster- hate crime- still under investigation • Petit larceny in McCormick at 11:00 a.m.: Cash stolen- still under investigation Wednesday, March 3 • Petit larceny in Emerson at 1:30 p.m.: TV stolen- still under investigation • Criminal posession of a controlled substance in Sherrill at 11:15 a.m.: Marijuana found- referred to Dean’s Office Thursday, March 4 • Criminal mischief in Sherrill at 7:43 a.m.: Walls vandalized- still under investigation • Criminal mischief in McCormick at 3:10 p.m.: Laptop vandalized- still under investigation Friday, March 5 • Four cases of criminal possession of a controlled substance in Medbery at 7:00 p.m.- referred to Dean’s Office • Six ABC violations in Sherrill at 8:00 p.m. Possession of alcohol <21- referred to Dean’s Office Saturday, March 6 • Criminal posession of a controlled substance in Hale at 2:45 a.m.: Marijuana found- referred to Dean’s Office
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Campus Happenings Dean Addresses Conflict Over Health Care Reform By Rebecca Dennee ’10 Campus Happenings Editor
President’s Forum speaker Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont, took time to speak with The Herald’s Rebecca Dennee on the subjects of health care and the recent conflicts with Tea Party members against Congress. The Herald’s Rebecca Dennee: Now that the bill has passed and some of the provisions won’t kick in for a number of years, college students want to know how this will affect us right now?
RD: Now that Health Care has been tackled what next, what do you think is the most strategic issue?
Howard Dean: Fairly early on college students and post college students are allowed to stay on their parent’s health insurance plan until they are 26 so that is an immediate benefit. Secondly modest income people can apply for Medicaid. So if you are out working a job that hardly pays anything a single person can now qualify for Medicaid. Thirdly in six months people with preexisting conditions who are young will not be allowed to be discriminated against. RD: We have seen that the Republicans in Congress are following a “Just Say No” strategy should President Obama continue to work in a bipartisan manner and reach across the aisle? HD: In the last five weeks the Presidents strategy has been much better than the first 50 weeks, that is if the Republicans are genuinely willing to work with us in a bipartisan way we should do that. But we shouldn’t allow them to delay indefinitely by letting them behave like the Russians did in the Cold War negotiations. We need to move on, we have an agenda for the American people and frankly the American people are a lot more important than the Republican Party. RD: As DNC Chair you instated the “50 State Strategy”, in 2008 President Obama used that strategy and succeeded in turning traditionally red (Republican) states (Colorado for example) blue (Democratic), but in more recent elections traditional blue states (MA, NJ, VA) are turning red. How do you foresee the outcome of the next elections in Nov 2010? HD: We are in better shape than we were a year ago because people love a winner and the President is a winner now and that makes the Democrats a winner but we are going to lose seats because the off year party always does, the party in power always loses some seats. I think the real problem is motivating the base. The way to do that is to be a reformer not just to talk about it but actually do reform.
ROOSE continued from Page 1 the Late Reverend Falwell, is the world’s largest Christian University offering undergraduate and graduate programs which include majors of communications, environmental science, premed with a student population on a campus of over 10,000 and over 40,000 online students. Liberty has been described by some as “bible boot camp”. In “The Liberty Way” a 46-page code of conduct for students, activities like smoking, drinking, dancing, cursing, and even hugging for more than a few seconds are forbidden. For the first few weeks, Roose felt out of place but continued to play the role of a true student. He joined the church choir, bible study and faked it until he felt that he fit in. While studying there, Roose took classes entitled Young Earth Creationism and Evangelism 101 among others; exams featured questions such as: True or False: Noah’s Ark was
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HD: Financial Reform. We have a huge problem in the country and in the world. The financial institutions don’t seem to appear to have learned much from the crisis and they are pushing a lot of paper around making money for themselves but not much for the American economy. We need a financial system that will invest in people who make things not people who push paper back and forth and we have to limit some of the risk taking they have done and not back it up by the government. RD: What advice do you have for college students to encourage them about their future in these economically troubled times? HD: I think college students have done a pretty good job figuring this out; what most of them are doing because they can’t find jobs in I-Banking and so forth is that they are going out and doing something without making much money for the first few years because you can afford that early on, unless you have big student loans which is a problem. I think that most of the students who I know who are graduating, first of all are struggling to find work but they do interesting things. The most important thing to do when you get out of college is to do something that is going to help somebody else and make the world a better place. You are not going to get paid much but you will have a much better education than if you go to graduate school right away. I don’t think anyone should go to graduate school unless they know exactly why they are going—it’s too expensive and a lot of work. I think you should go out into the real world and even if you don’t get a high paying job on Wall Street go do something for somebody else. Go to another part of the world, go into the Peace Corps, or go to AmeriCorps, or Habitat for Humanity, or a political campaign. What you want now is experience and the money will come later. Do you have questions that you want to ask upcoming President’s Forum Speakers? If so, email them to email@example.com, and maybe your quetsion will be asked during the Herald’s next interview.
large enough to carry various kinds of dinosaurs; True or False: Science is the only way to truly know truth about the world. (The answers are true and false respectively). Roose had an opportunity to interview Falwell for Liberty’s student newspaper—The Liberty Champion—with a personal twist, asking questions about his favorite restaurant and pastimes. The interview was the last written interview Falwell gave; Falwell died in May 2007. Falwell, who was well known for his televangical sermons and often hateful words remarked, “The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.” “Complicated” was how Roose described the interview and experience. Falwell was a creature of habit, following a daily routine and served his church and his jobs extremely seriously. In an interview Roose explained, “I got to
see a different side of [Falwell], one that explained why he had millions of die-hard followers and a student body who absolutely adored him. I had very mixed emotions when he died, because while I think he did some incredibly hurtful things in his life, I appreciated certain elements of his personality.” Documenting his experiences, Roose found that even though he did not agree with every opinion his fellow students and professors had, he learned to like the students and get along with them. Leaving him with the question, “is the God divide really there?” Currently working on a new book, “Crash Babies”, Roose follows the experiences of young Wall Street financiers; a topic he has recently began pursuing.
President’s Forum: Kevin Roose Wed. April 7 @ 7:30 p.m. Geneva Room
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Campus Happenings William Smith Alumnae Speaker Series:
Sophomore Spring Forward
By Melissa Warner ’12 Herald Contributor
By Kelsey Lee ’12 and Melissa Warner ’12 Herald Contributors
Alumnae Sarah DeGray ’06, returned to campus on Wednesday March 24 as part of the William Smith Alumnae Speaker Series. DeGray spoke about her education at HWS and what she has gone on to do after graduating with a Political Science major and two minors in International Relations and Media and Society. While at HWS she did an honors project on rap music and authenticity and received High Honors for her work. She studied abroad in Maastricht and went to Tokyo with the Tanaka Foundation. After graduating, she also went on the March of Remembrance and Hope, during which she traveled to important sites of the Holocaust with survivors. The fall after graduation, DeGray went to a conference in England to present her honors project and was also asked to write a chapter of the book the conference was putting out. She also worked at Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP for two years before going to graduate school. She chose to go to the New School for Social Research in New York City and, after a year, switched from their sociology department into their political science department. During her time at the New School, she has interned for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy as well as with the Council
on American Islamic Relations. DeGray is currently working on a paper about the state of exception in Israel, which is essentially when the government suspends rights of citizens to protect Photo courtesy of: hws.edu the state. DeGray told the audience that her research has led her to the conclusion that international law can perpetuate the state of exception. DeGray has been accepted into the PhD program at the New School for Social Research but has not yet decided if she will attend. Sarah DeGray is, without a doubt, an alumnus that William Smith can be incredibly proud of. Her love for what she studies was obvious during her speech and was wonderful to see. At one point she described graduate school as a process of “going from a consumer of knowledge to a producer of knowledge”. After hearing her speak on her work, it was obvious to the whole audience that she is definitely well on her way to achieving that goal.
William Smith Congress Update By Jennifer Hollander ’10 Herald Contributor The first issue that was discussed involved student parking tickets. Around Thanksgiving, students are able to take some of their parking fines off if they donate canned goods to the Security Office; these cans go to the local food pantry. This is a poorly advertized event. The woman who came to Congress asked if she could propose to Security that they not only advertise this event, but also host a donation period around Easter time. WSC wants to ensure that students who do have hefty fines be responsible for them so the canned good drive would not be the whole year. A final suggestion was made that since not all students understand parking rules, a pamphlet needs to be given to all students-possibly made by the student governments- when they apply. The Campus Services Committee representative asked the quorum for suggestions on building improvements. One concern that was
addressed is that many buildings have lights on when they do not need to be. Not all buildings are meant to be used 24/7 so having these lights on goes against the campus’s green policy. Another concern was the lack of comfortable spaces that were designated as 24-hour spaces. The Baron Multimedia Lab, outside of the library, is open 24/7 for students to use. The space is small and limited. Students who bring their own computer are shuffled into uncomfortable spaces. The representative agreed to bring this up. A William Smith student who is interning with the WS Athletics is trying to have a physical mascot for William Smith. She will eventually be proposing for approximately $800-$1000. The design for the Heron is still in the making. She will bring some sample designs for the next meeting. It is hoped that the future mascot will not look too cartoonish or have a frightening demeanor.
It’s that time of year again. That’s right, it’s time for sophomores to formally declare their majors. With class registration approaching, all sophomores need to declare lest they be barred from signing up for fall classes. Many of us have declared though and it was in honor of this that the Hobart and William Smith Dean’s Office held the Sophomore Spring Forward Dinner last Wednesday evening in Bristol Gym. Most of us are chummy with at least one or two of the faculty members associated with our respective majors, but the Hobart and William Smith Deans’ Offices realize that there are a decent amount of secondyears who could really benefit from an evening chatting and dining with members of their newly declared departments. The Sophomore Spring Forward was certainly not a dine-and-dash event. The semiformal celebration provided a fun venue for socializing with professors and students. The turnout was fairly impressive; instead of utilizing the typical Vandervort setting, the event was hosted in Bristol Gym, and still most of the seats were filled. The cuisine was pretty delicious, actually. We were provided a host of vegetarian as well as meat-based dishes, and a surplus of delightful desserts. The generous layout was buffet-style, so no one went hungry that evening. There were a series of interesting speeches made by William Smith Dean Valerie Gunter and Provost Teresa Amott. Before and after the speeches, conversation was lively and many people lingered to talk at their tables. Students were also given buttons with slogans referring to their majors such as “Trust me, I’m a Biologist”. It was a lovely evening and it was heartening to see all the departments come together to welcome their newest members.
Opinions Viewing Obstacles as Stepping Stones By Christine Yankelunas ’10 Herald Contributor Jim Davis, an American actor, once said, “There are so many opportunities in life that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music.” It is important to emphasize the specialized capabilities and talents that result from the absence of another capability. Coming to The Colleges in two weeks is The Disability and The Arts Festival, which pays homage to artists, musicians and dancers who celebrate their work as subjects and creators. Axis Dance Company, Sprout Films, Project Eye to Eye and several speakers will be taking part in this festival and showcasing their unique and praised work, including some award-winning pieces. From a personal standpoint, my interest in music and film has prompted my interest in Sprout films. So, this weekend I spent some time watching “The House” and “Rudely Interrupted—” two short films that will be featured here on campus by Sprout Films on April 22. “The House” uses animation and sound to tell a beautiful story. In this nine minute film, we see the every day lives of the women of West Lambeth Community Care
expression displays wit, but also strength. My interpretation of the broader statement of this song is that these band members have no tolerance for “whining.” This reiterated how they embrace themselves and value positive center. To some, Aspergers, Down Syndrome, Autism thinking over self-pity. Lead drawing pictures and caring for and blindness. Lead vocalist, Rory, vocalist, Rory, valiantly states: “I our pets may seem like mundane enjoys rocking out with lyrics that feel revered. I’m not just a nobody— activities; however as classical describe the angst and frustration and I’m feeling it is increasing my non-diagetic sound and colorful of adolescents plagued with the oh- chances of scoring a girl.” So to all animation mimics the actions of so debilitating: pimples. The clever of us who think we cannot relate to these music-loving rockers who these women, we experience seek love and lust just like us, I their joy as they complete such challenge you all to think again. tasks with purpose. I didn’t feel To give credit to each dancer, sad watching this film, nor did writer, musician and speaker that I feel pity of any kind. Instead, I are attending this event would felt admiration for these women not only take away from their who cherished every aspect of debut in two weeks, but it would their life—unhindered by the simply take up too much space in complexities and superficialities this newspaper. of society. In saying this, I invite you The second film I watched all to join us in celebrating Rory, followed the Australian rock the women of West Lambeth band, Rudely Interrupted, and Community Center, and so many was especially inspiring to me. Whether this is due to my sister Axis Dance Company uniquely others who view obstacles as living in Sydney, or just my provides a forum where dancers stepping stones, and challenges general interest in music, I felt with and without disabilities could as motivation. The Disability and The Arts festival will kick off this compelled to share my reaction experience dance together. Spring on April 8—but with your to this film. This highly acclaimed rock band is comprised of six lyrics and subject material playfully attendance and involvement it will musicians— five with physical and mocks the whining tendencies of spark the annual tradition for years cognitive disabilities ranging from teenagers with acne; this artistic to come.
FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010
Opinions Building Buffalo
By Megan Rechin ’11 Herald Contributor
By Ben Shabot ’10 Herald Contributor
Any building would be better, Buffalo. Seriously. In response to the proposed culinary institute, which would be placed in the now empty Rainbow Centre Mall, in downtown Niagara Falls, county legislator Vincent M. Sandonato is shying away from the proposal because the property has been leased from the city by developer David Cordish, the same man who has befuddled many of the building endeavors in Buffalo lately. But this is not what Buffalo needs right now, lying desolate at the buckle of the rust belt. Old steel factories, abandoned and see-through are not going to bring people, or students, to the city of good neighbors any time soon. Sure this issue of placement needs to be addressed, but let’s focus on the pros for a second. The institute would be a valuable attraction for the city as well as the county, incorporating a restaurant run by students, a place to go out and eat on the U.S. side of the falls instead of the Clifton Hill metropolis on the Ontario side. Also, it would provide an opportunity for those interested in the culinary arts to pursue their field in their hometown instead of travelling out of state to institutions such as the Art Institute of Pittsburg. With proper positioning and promotion, this institution could be one of the most useful developments in the Niagara Falls and Buffalo area in years. Not only would this serve as an attraction, but it would provide jobs and generate revenue for
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A proposal has been made to replace the empty Rainbow Centre mall with the Niagara County Community College’s Hospitality Management and Tourism Center and Culinary Institute.
the entire community. And who knows more than Buffalo about the economic decline and job unavailability? In my opinion, no one. So what’s important to look at? Sure, Cordish has mussed up plans in the past, but put a muzzle on him and move forward. This plan has its share of distractions, but we can’t let this opportunity slip through our fingers. We need to focus on the benefits to the city and the county and not let the feuds between Cordish and the county officials undermine a project with so much promise. The institute is a significant development, and it requires the due diligence of all involved. But that includes keeping an eye fixed on the goal and taking all reasonable steps to achieve it. That’s the test, and everyone needs to be up to it. I’m hoping we will be able achieve an A on this one, not just for effort, but for something finally accomplished.
The debate surrounding healthcare legislation gives the impression that this country is becoming increasingly polarized. With only one republican voting for healthcare reform in the House of Representatives an outsider would think that this country is divided between two schools of political thought: that of democrat and that of republican. But our country is much more diverse. There are blue dog democrats, progressives, neoconser vatives, social conservatives, and fiscal conservatives to name a few. Democrats and republicans do not represent their constituencies. Our country is just too pluralistic and too large for us to fall neatly under two political parties. Howard Dean’s speech last week emphasized that our country isn’t as polarized as we might think. He remarked that young Americans don’t care about polarizing social issues like gay marriage. Not that they don’t care about the issues themselves but that our generation does not define our political affiliation on one or two critical social issues. If his analysis is right than our generation might be receptive to an idea known as instant runoff voting. Put simply instant runoff voting or alternative voting is a system of voting that lets the voter rank the candidates they want for office. For example, in a race
between a democrat, republican, libertarian and an independent one might rank that they want the independent first, the democrat second, the libertarian third, and the republican fourth. If the independent does not win a majority then their vote would be transferred to their second choice. Alternative voting has the benefit of ending the idea that one’s vote would be wasted on a third party, and in effect would help another party. Think back to democrats and republicans up in arms over Ross Perot and Ralph Nader ‘sabotaging’ elections. I may not have explained alternative voting adequately as there are different versions of alternative voting, and it is a complicated process. Alternative voting will also not end political polarization. Even with multiple parties their might still be the same political divide in America. But it is an idea worth looking into, because the two political parties in America are becoming less representative of the populace. If you are interested in learning more about alternative voting and what might be required to bring it about Tom Friedman wrote a great article about it in the New York Times. Here’s the link: http:// www.nytimes.com/2010/03/24/ opinion/24friedman. html?ref=opinion.
Islam and the West By Justine Kain ’11 Herald Contributor In general, there is a lot of tension between the westerners and the Muslims. It is very important to understand that there are two different types of Muslims. These two groups are based on their different interpretations of the Islamic religion. However, the majority of the West doesn’t separate these groups. Therefore, the way that the West views Muslims, isn’t fair because the West perceives them as terrorists because they practice the same faith. However, the majority of Muslims aren’t terrorists. Thus, the problem is that the West has a stereotyped vision of Islam and of their followers while the Muslims think the same thing of the West. Therefore, its one big misunderstanding for everyone involved. To begin, Muslims are divided into two groups: the moderates and the puritans. The moderates are the reformists whereas the puritans are the fundamentalists, extremists, radicals, and fanatics. These two groups are complete opposites. Each group takes a different approach to Islam and presents this different approach to the world. The modernists believe in liberalism and the idea that one must change and progress with the times. They don’t interpret the Qur’an literally, but they interpret it in a sense which doesn’t interfere with the rules and laws of both a society and its government. However, the puritans believe that the Qur’an is a literal text and that one must interpret it very strictly. An important characteristic of this group is their uncompromising way of expressing their faith. Another important concept is to understand that the majority of the Muslim world son modernists or considered moderates. In fact, there are only a small percentage of extremists
or puritans in each country in the Middle East with the exception of Saudi Arabia. Following this, there are three important questions to ask which have to do with the opinions that each one has of the other. For instance, what is the opinion of the modernists towards the West? In general, the moderates admire and respect the West thanks to the organization of its civilization and all the liberties it has to offer like the freedom of education. They discover refuge and freedom in the West. They also like the democratic system because it promotes individual freedoms. However, there are some concepts that they do not agree with like the cultural practices such as minors dating. They also are not in agreement with the foreign policies of the West. For example, the fact that the U.S supports Israel at the expense of Palestine. Although, there are some disagreements between the West and the Muslims, they don’t blame them for the underdevelopment of the Middle East. Furthermore, the majority of Muslims do not feel resentment towards the West. What is the opinion that the puritans have toward the West? The puritans do not like the West at all. They are against all that it represents. They don’t agree with the colonization of the Middle East because they don’t like the cultural practices of the West as well as the democratic system. They think that the West wants to control everyone and that the Middle East is their puppet. For example, the U.S
occupied Iraq. The extremists think that the U.S. wants to transform this country into a democratic country like the rest of the Western World. They also believe that they must fight against the West in order to save Islam. Thus they think that their actions of violence are well justified by invoking self defense. For instance, AlQaeda is a puritan group which uses violence in order to achieve their objectives. The events of 9/11 are examples of this. These acts of violence by these terrorists are one of the many against the Western World The final point of view which is of equal importance with respect to this issue is the way in which the West perceives Muslims. This question is very difficult because there are a lot of people in the western world that have different opinions. One important aspect is that one must be able to separate the extremists from the rest of the Muslim World. This is a problem for a majority of the Western World because a lot of people associate Islam with terrorism because of the extremists. As a result of this misconception, many Muslims are feared and discriminated against. This problem derives from the fact that the majority of the people do not know all the facts about the situation in the Middle East. So the people assume just this. However, the people who are educated on this situation know that there is a considerable difference between the puritan groups and the rest of the Muslim World. Therefore,
it’s important for everyone to understand the situation of the Middle East before passing judgment. In conclusion, one must understand that the problem is the terrorists and not the Muslims nor the Islamic Religion. The majority of the westerners think that the problem is the religion, but the fact is that it is the interpretation of the religion. Therefore the real problem is the person who interprets the religion. For example, Osama Bin Laden interprets passages in the Qur’an literally out its historical context to justify his terrorist acts. The westerners should be more understanding towards the Muslims because they are also the victims of terrorists although they share the same faith. In other words, the modernists are like westerners in the eyes of the puritans because the moderates have different beliefs than the puritans when it comes to the Islamic Religion. Therefore the majority of Muslims as well as the westerns, they all have the common enemy: the terrorists or the extremists. So they must work together instead of against one another. However, the problem with this situation is that the holy places (Mecca and Medina) are located in the region of Saudi Arabia which is mainly puritanical. So the moderates do not want to anger the puritans because they need the permission from the Saudi Arabia in order to travel through this region. It’s very important for the Muslims go to Mecca and Medina in order to complete hajj (one of the five pillars) which is a pilgrimage to these places. As a result this situation is very complicated for both sides. There isn’t any easy solution which is the reason that the problem still persists in the world today.
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Arts and Entertainment SafetySuit Rocks Out the Smith By Belinda Littlefield ’11 and Jennifer Hollander ’10 Herald Contributors When students first heard that CAB had booked a band for the Friday after spring break, they were understandably skeptical in light of previous events that had not been successful. However, in spite of the lack of student body input on the whole, CAB pulled off a very successful event despite low attendance of around 120 people, which was a mix of HWS students and Geneva residents. Opening for SafetySuit was William Smith junior Merrill Amos, who has just recently finished recording her first CD. Most of her set was made up of original compositions but the most impressive aspect of her performance was that she was both a self-taught song-writer and guitar player. Despite her respectively amateur status and the professional equipment at her back, Amos ’11 strode onto the stage as if she were the main act and proceeded to wow the crowd with her original ballads and an acoustic performance of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” The crowd was originally very subdued but her dialogue with the crowd and the increasingly upbeat nature of her music soon had the crowd bopping in their seats and shouting encouragement at the end of her set. At this point, there were about 80 people in the Smith Center for the Arts, but all of them immediately leapt out of their seats to greet arriving friends in anticipation of the main act. In the fifteen minutes it took for SafetySuit to take the stage, another forty people joined the audience. The second that SafetySuit took the stage, audience members were out of their seats and crowding around the stage. Charismatic lead singer Douglas Brown soon had the audience with their opening song, “Down.” Idle swaying turned into jumping and dancing and there was even one instance of crowd-surfing during their set. Although the audience could not have totaled more than 120 people at any given point, the Smith, in both acoustics and size, was more than capable of accommodating a much
Merill Amos ’11 (left) opens for SafetySuit, whose lead singer Doug Brown (right) works the stage during his band’s set. larger crowd. However, no one in attendance seemed to mind the smaller numbers and it made it all the easier to meet the band at the end, without the half hour wait or the rushed autograph. SafetySuit closed with their hit song “Stay,” which had made it to number one on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown in August 2009. The audience refused to disband and the lead singer retook the stage to the screams of the crowd, performing a new song called “You Don’t See Me,” which the lead singer prefaced by saying that it was about his brother who “fell in love with you but forgot to introduce himself.” The majority of the audience loitered around the lobby in order to meet the band, purchasing posters, t-shirts and cd’s. SafetySuit is an alternative rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, where they are signed with Universal Records.CAB made the decision to book SafetySuit in October 2009 due to their ability to, in the words of CAB President Joanna Vinick
’11, “take 500 really tired students who had sat through horrible performances all weekend and make them get out of their chairs and really connect” while at a National Association of Campus Activities Mid-Atlantic conference. CAB spent $4750 to bring SafetySuit to HWS, which is not expensive for a band of their caliber, especially in light of their having toured with bands such as 3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd, and Hoobastank. CAB already has more plans in the works including a “Springfest” during the week of April 17-24, for which they hope to work with other organizations on campus. They are currently in the process of finalizing a band for April 24 and they have some great ideas for implementing new events for the Fall semester. CAB President Joanna Vinick ’11 says that she is “really passionate about changing the image of CAB” and based on the concert last Friday, she is leading CAB in the right direction.
She’s Out of My League: Too Thin a Premise to Support a Plot By Hannah Semaya ’13 Herald Contributor She’s Out of My League is a movie focused around one concept. A very pretty girl starts dating a mediocre looking guy. There are apparent questions surrounding her motivation, as she is rich, beautiful, and successful. What could she possibly want with a skinny, strange looking man who does not know what to do with his life? The movie is funny, but the premise is very thin. Moments within the film are funny enough to make up for some of the wan plot, but not all of it. Alice Eve (The Amazing Trousers) plays Molly. She seems perfect except for a somewhat aggressive ex-boyfriend, played by Geoff Stults (I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell). Kirk, played by Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon, Tropic Thunder), meets Molly in the airport he works in. Molly is impressed at just how nice Kirk is,
and they seem to get along well at first. As time goes on, Kirk begins to wonder just what a girl like Molly could really want with a guy like him. Kirk and Molly are surrounded by likeable characters eager to share their take on the relationship. Stainer is played by T.J Miller (How to Train Your Dragon, Cloverfield) is Kirk’s best friend, who also works at the airport. Joining them are Jack and Devon, played by Mike Vogel (Cloverfield) and Nate Torrence (Get Smart), respectively. Molly has a much smaller support system, cynical Patty played by Krysten Ritter (27 Dresses). The supporting characters are even more likable and interesting than the main ones, and it’s a shame that they were not given as much screen time as they should have. She’s Out of My League is funny. It’s not consistently funny, but there are genuinely hilarious moments. The film is not memorable.
The plot was incredibly thin, with every twist visible. It’s a fine movie to see if you are in the mood to laugh, and do not want to have to really pay that much attention to what’s happening on screen.
Sam Adams: The White Flo Rida? By William Abbott ’13 Herald Contributor The Warren: wabbott.wordpress.com The first iTunes release of Samuel Adam’s career is going swimmingly. In fact - as he can tell you - he’s blowing up. His new EP momentarily hit the top of the iTunes charts, a feat not accomplished by most. Ever since “I Hate College” swept the eastern seaboard college nation his hype has grown exponentionally. And why not? That song is a classic college joint. But as the days go by I receive nonstop text messages, “Bro, have you heard this guy Sam Adams? He’s just a college kid!” In fact, Sammy Adams aka Samuel Wisner, was formerly a student at Hobart College, representing the Varsity Soccer Team. Currently the man is enrolled at Trinity College, but at this point he could be anywhere. Sammy Adams is on the up and is now being recognized across the country. But for a real musical analysis of the EP, I must take him off the pedestal. Sam Adams is the Flo Rida of the college scene. His music is not quite hip-hop, but hip-pop. He’s created an EP where many of the songs are not meant for the true hip-hop world, but for high school and college parties. This weekend I swore he must’ve been at every event, as his three main jams
echoed around campus. It is also clear that he is not the greatest lyricist, as all of his rhymes are elementary. Sammy Adams only manages to rap about how great he is as a rapper, his money to blow, or his evident affection for weed. We get it Sam, you’re a man not short of confidence, but if you crash and burn it might be the most epic fail of all time. He also manages to abuse auto-tune in some of the most ridiculous hooks I’ve heard; “The way you look is a problem!” Look forward to a T-Pain collaboration. All this hating I do is just part of the game, and according to his lyrics he “can’t see the hatas no mo’” anyway. I should stop hating too much, as I am very pleased with his finished product. ‘Legend’ has it he is involved in most of the producing on the EP, which is pretty impressive. Many of the tracks are beautifully worked and manipulated, paying homage to horns and old school classics (check “Driving Me Crazy, a sample from Annie Lennox’ “Walking on Broken
Glass”). One must also respect how he’s not resting on his laurels either, as I’ve already heard several new remixes following the EP. I like jamming out to some his college-nation joints as much as the rest so don’t take this review as a hate-fest (see Rebirth article). I just believe Sam Adams must show us a lot more until he considers himself ‘the best in the game’, a title he’s already claimed for himself. The kid has pursued the dream that all college students wish they were a part of, and he must be commended for that. Stay tuned. Highlights of the Album: Driving Me Crazy, Coast 2 Coast. Lowpoints of the Album: Swang
FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010
Arts and Entertainment Book of the Week:
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor By Melissa Warner ’12 Herald Contributor In honor of the recent Alice in Wonderland movie directed by Tim Burton, our book of the week is another spin off of this classic tale. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor is the first book in this trilogy; the other books are Seeing Redd and ArchEnemy. Beddor takes the tale of Alice and the wacky world she discovers herself in to a new level. Many of the original characters are still present as the basis for Beddor’s characters but their names and personalities are quite different. The main premise of the book is that Alyss, as this book claims her name is truly spelled, is the daughter of Queen Genevieve Heart (based on the White Queen) and heir to the throne of Wonderland, where citizens and rulers have the power to create with their imagination. Wonderland is intricately connected to our own world as its source of inspiration and imagination. The most influential families of Wonderland are the four card deck houses, Heart, Spade, Diamond, and Clubs. The Heart family is the most powerful and sits on the throne of the “queendom”, for in Wonderland power is passed from mother to daughter instead of father t son. Alyss has an incredibly strong imagination for such a young girl and is well loved by her family and best friend, Dodge Anders, the young son of the Head of the Palace Guards. However, on Alyss’s seventh birthday, her Aunt Redd (based on both the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts) stages a military coup to reclaim what she believes is her rightful place as Wonderland’s Queen. Years before, as the oldest daughter, Redd
had been first in line for the throne but her mother, Queen Theodora, discovered that Redd was experimenting with black imagination, the form of imagination manipulation which derives its power from evil emotions, such as anger and hate. Queen Theodora removed Redd from succession and made her younger sister, Genevieve, the heir to the throne. Redd’s anger over this decision lead her to kill her own mother and attempt to take the throne. This resulted in an intense civil war between White Imagination led by Genevieve and Black Imagination led by Redd. Eventually White Imagination was victorious and Redd was exiled to the Chessboard Desert. However, at the time when The Looking Glass Wars begins, Redd has regained strength and supporters, returning to the palace to kill her sister and retake the throne. In a desperate attempt to save Alyss, Genevieve sends her away from the palace with her own personal body guard, Hatter Maddigan (based on the Mad Hatter), and stays to head off Redd. Alyss and Hatter find themselves without any other option but to use the interdimensional portal, the Pool of Tears, to escape Wonderland into Earth. However, Hatter and Alyss are separated during the journey and seven year old Alyss finds herself lost and alone in Victorian England. She is adopted by the Liddle family, who insist she spell her name “Alice” and constantly try to make her stop talking about “her imaginary world” as they believe she has made the entire story up. The only person who listens to Alyss is Reverend Charles Dodgson,
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whose penname is Lewis Carroll. He promises to write her stories, thinking that they are only the imagined ideas of a young girl. He changes her story into the classic Alice in Wonderland that we know today. Alyss is horrified and refuses to speak to him ever again. However, Hatter is traveling Earth, searching for Alyss so that he can bring her back to Wonderland. When he sees Carroll’s book, he recognizes it for the true details he can see in the story. The race is on to find Alyss and return to Wonderland in the hopes that they will be able to overthrow Redd. The Looking Glass Wars is fascinatingly intricate, weaving details of the original Alice story and an epic fantasy battle. Although the characters can seem at times slightly one sided and stereotypical, their personalities develop further as the trilogy progresses. For anyone who loved the original, The Looking Glass Wars is an interesting spin off that takes the reader on an inspiring, vivid journey of imagination.
How To Train Your Dragon: Arguably the Best Movie of the Year So Far By Hannah Semaya ’13 Herald Contributor How To Train Your Dragon is a funny, adventure-filled, touching adaptation Of Cressida Cowell’s much loved novels. The movie stars young Viking Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel (She’s Out of My League, Tropic Thunder). All Hiccup wants is to fit in with his dragonhunting town. Most importantly, he wants to finally prove himself to his father, the chief of the town of Berk. Voiced by Gerard Butler (Gamer, 300) Chief Stoick does not seem to believe his son could ever be part of their community. Hiccup proves him wrong, but in a way no one could have ever expected. There’s a strange mix of accents present among the characters in the film, most of the characters being either Scottish or American in their small little town. Late night talk show host Craig Fergusun (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”) joins Scottish country mate as the town blacksmith and Hiccup’s mentor, Gobber. Gobber is also in charge of dragon fighting lessons. Hiccup is joined at his lessons by fellow Berk teenagers Astrid, voiced by America Ferrara (“Ugly Betty”), a girl who’s suspicions arise as Hiccup begin to act strangely; Jonah Hill
(Superbad) voices Snotlout, who thinks Hiccup is unworthy of lessons; Fishlegs who is voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), and seems to have an uncanny knowledge of different kinds of dragons; The twins Tuffnut voiced by T.J. Miller (She’s Out of My League) and Ruffnut voiced by Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”) who seems to fight more with the others than with the dragons. Following 3D films like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon might look like just another movie following a trend. The first glance of the film proves that How to Train Your Dragon is in a class by itself. It’s not a combination of CGI and real action, its pure animation. And that animation is utterly fantastic. From the ripples on the water to the hairs on the Viking beards, the animators make Hiccup’s world come alive. And of course, there are the dragons. Fantastic, creative, dragons that elevate the film beyond where it already was. How To Train Your Dragon is a very, very good movie. This may be surprising; it Photo Courtesy: impawards.com seems like it could be just another generic movie HERALD as the film progresses. There isn’t some crazy geared at children. What it turned out to be is THE plot twistMOVIEPLEX at the end, because one of the best movies of the year so far. The GENEVA 8 AD not every movie needs that. characters start out one-dimensional and grow FRIDAY 4/2 2 COL X 6.0”
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Frozen Grasshopper Whenever mint chocolate chip ice cream is set out in Saga it is a mad dash to get your bowl or cone before it all runs out. This week’s recipe embraces the love of mint ice cream with a frozen warm weather drink that can be a substitute as a dessert. Very delicious enjoy the nice weekend and delicious drinks that follow. Ingredients: ¾ ounce green crème de menthe ¾ ounce white crème de cacao 2 cups vanilla ice cream Preparation: Blend and enjoy. Serves 1. The Herald reminds you to enjoy the drink of the week safely and at the appropriate time and location, as long as you are of age…
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Sports William Smith Lacrosse Travels to Florida By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Sports Editor
The William Smith rowing team spent spring break training in Augusta, Georgia.
William Smith Rowing Goes to Georgia By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Sports Editor After seven days, and a total of 12 practices in Georgia, William Smith Rowing Coach Sandra Chu was extremely impressed her team’s progress over Spring Break. “From the coaches’ perspective, we saw fantastic improvements in fitness and technical skills over the week. Everyone on the squad gave her absolute best and it showed.” Sophomore Emily Desmery echoed Chu’s comments. “The most memorable part of the trip was seeing the speed we gained and the satisfaction of how far we have come since the beginning of the season. We are significantly faster as a team than we were last year.” Before boarding the bus
for the 16-hour ride, the rowers participated in a number of fundraising activities, ranging from “Row for Community,” “Baskets or Bust” and other raffles. During “Row for Community,” the Herons raised enough money to offset the travel expenses and the cost new boat parts. The training in Georgia paid off, for the Heron novice eight beat the Bombers on March 27. Both varsity eight boats finished behind Ithaca, but Chu was pleased with the showing. “All three boats rowed well. I was proud of the squad, particularly the varsity eight, because they didn’t let the margin impact the quality of their row.”
William Smith Soccer Back from Brazil By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Sports Editor
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First year Emily Leahy netted the final Heron goal against the Golden Eagles with 19 seconds on the clock. Flying south for Spring Break, the William Smith Lacrosse Team traveled to Florida for a total of seven days. Once in West Palm Beach, the players attended twoa-day practice sessions in addition to playing two games. (The Herons won against Brockport, 10-7, but fell to Messiah, 13-16.) In preparation for the trip, the team participated in the annual “Baskets or Bust” fundraiser and held a handful clinics for high school lacrosse players. Coach Pat Genovese facilitated the four sessions, which were held during January and February. Although one of the primary goals of the trip was to “review
the systems of play,” the trip was a great bonding experience. “We spent time with one another and trying to get to know everyone better,” started firstyear Kathleen Ragan. “I really believe that this trip made us closer as a team, which will make us more motivated for the rest of the season.” S i n c e returning to New York, the Herons boast a t w o - g a m e winning streak, defeating both St. John Fisher (22-21 on March 23) and Geneseo (21-13 on March 27).
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The William Smith soccer team had the opportunity to visit Cristo Redento, the Rio de Janeiro tourist attraction in Brazil, while training there over spring break. During Spring Break, members of the William Smith Soccer Team traveled to Brazil. Over the ten-day excursion, the Herons played six soccer games, hiked in national forests, hit the beaches and explored cities. “As a program we played six games, but each athlete played in only three,” said sophomore goalkeeper Meghan Warager. The Herons split up into two teams, each comprised of about sixteen girls, and each squad played three games. Warager further commented on the difference between the styles of play. “The Brazilians did not play with high pressure, which we are used to. We also quickly realized that Brazilian women’s teams do not play as physically, in terms of slide tackling, as we do in the States.” Off the soccer field, the team made an effort to fully experience the Brazil’s unique culture. Excursions included visits to historical sites like Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) and Sugarloaf Mountain, trips to local markets and tours in Teresópolis (City of Teresa). One of the most popular activities was the chance to see a professional soccer game
in Rio. “Going to the pro game was a great experience,” started Brooke Nasypany. “We could see the passion every Brazilian shares for the game of soccer.” In preparation for the trip, the Herons have been fundraising for the past four years. “We’ve had a lot of raffles, participated in ‘Baskets or Bust’ and received a lot of generous donations,” Nasypany said. As far as preparing to go to Brazil, Nasypany said there were a lot of informational meetings to help the girls understand the Brazilian culture. “For me, the most astounding part was the level of connection that we made with people we interacted with there,” started Coach Aliceann Wilber. “We were 5,000 miles away, in a different country, with a different culture and language. But it was our soccer (fútbol) commonality helped create intense connectedness.” In addition to forming friendships with the Brazilians, the team bonded with each other. “The trip was a great way to get to know my team and to experience a completely different culture,” stated first-year Maggie Bernay. “I am really glad I went!”
Saturday, April 3, 2010 3:30–4:45 p.m. Vandervort Room Who will compete?
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Upcoming Games Friday, April 2 William Smith Lacrosse at Vassar 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 Hobart Tennis vs. Skidmore 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 William Smith Lacrosse at Rensselaer 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 Hobart Lacrosse at Denver 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 7 Hobart Tennis at Hamilton 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 7 William Smith Tennis at RIT 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 8 Hobart Tennis vs. Ithaca 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 9 William Smith Rowing vs. Rochester 4:00 p.m.
How to Train Your Dragon Upcoming Games Interview with Howard Dean Kevin Roose spent a semester at Liberty University to gain insight into t...