Herald By and for the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
VOLUME CXXXI ISSUE 9
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to Speak By Rebecca Dennee ’10 Campus Happenings Editor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, author and lieutenant governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003, was shaped by her Irish Catholic family. As the eldest daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s 11 children, Townsend’s faith has kept her going through it all. Townsend joins the fall President’s Forum lecture series in the Vandervort Room on Nov. 12 with a lecture titled, “The Kennedy Legacy: Volunteerism and Service.” She serves as the chairman of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland and is on the boards of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, National Catholic Reporter, and the Character Education Partnership, among others. While serving as the chairwoman of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, Photo courtesy of: http://somd.com she created the Robert F. Kennedy Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the daughter Human Rights Award. Townsend also is a member of the Council of Robert F. Kennedy, is an author and on Foreign Relations, according former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. to her website. She has served as an adjunct in American churches and her faith in the professor at Georgetown University, and church and the inspiration of her family is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, connections she is likely to draw on in her lecture. from which she holds a law degree. Her recent novel, in 2007, Failing KENNEDY continued on Page 2 America’s Faithful, talks about a decline
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Campus Seeks Answers in Wake of Inappropriate Crew Costumes By the Herald Staff Moving forward from repercussions over HWS rowing teams’ inappropriate Halloween costumes, students this week unveiled their plans for “Mix it Up Day” on Nov. 19 at the Saga dining hall. William Smith students Gabrielle Perez ’11 and Maggie Smith’12 spoke at Tuesday night’s forum in Albright Auditorium, where more than 200 members of the college community discussed the rowing teams’ costumes. That day at Saga, tables on the first two tiers will be numbered. As students enter, they will have the option of picking a number that will correspond with one of the tables. The students’ initiative is intended to encourage students to sit with and get know people they don’t normally sit with. At lunch and dinner, Saga is often the scene of selfimposed segregated seating. Perez is co-president of the Caribbean Student Association and Smith is a member of the William Smith Crew team. NEXT? continued on Page 3
Hip~NotiQs Step into a New Season
Mexican Chef Spices Up Students’ Lives
By Jennifer Hollander ’10 Advertising Director
By Neala Havener ’12 and Emily Anatole ’11 Herald Contributors
Last year, the Hip~NotiQ’s step team’s fall show was “Step Into Hip~NotiQland”; this year, they are combining with several area colleges to honor the tradition of stepping. November has hit Geneva, and besides heavier coats and more hours spent in the library, it’s also time for another great performance by the Hip~NotiQs step team. Since the team was established in 2006, this group has remained a favorite and integral
part of the Colleges’ performing arts scene, consisting of many talented women and men of HWS. Their dedication to the intricate art of stepping and the promotion of multiculturalism and service has resulted in a team immersed in SEASON continued on Page 4
Chef Roberto Santibañez infiltrated the kitchens of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) last week, serving his signature Mexican dishes in the dining halls. During lunch on Oct. 26, Santibañez spoke, served food, and signed his new cookbook “Rosa’s New Mexican Table” in the Cellar Pub. At dinner, he ran around Saga, the Colleges’ main dining hall, to insure students were enjoying his simple, yet flavorful dishes. The following afternoon, Neala Havener/Photographer he cooked for the facOn Oct. 26, Chef Roberto Santibañez ulty and spoke again alongside campus about his cookbook. (center) works celebrity Show Time Joe (left). Santibañez admitted that this was He also has served as the his first time serving college stu- Culinary Director for New York dents in a dining hall, but it was City’s Rosa Mexicana restaurants definitely not his first time under and developed concepts and menus pressure in a kitchen. He began for restaurants such as Carlos Sanhis career cooking for the Foreign tana’s Maria Maria and RevoluAffairs Ministry in Mexico City, ción. Today, Santibañez balances Mexico, a job that challenged him SPICES continued on Page 2 to constantly create unique dishes.
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SPICES continued from Page 1 teaching cooking classes, maintaining and promoting several restaurants, with writing a book. However, he mainly spends his time at his restaurant, Fonda, in Brooklyn, NY as well as his new taco truck in Hoboken, NJ. On Oct. 26, Saga became a Mexican restaurant, complete with themed décor. Dishes like Ancient Aztec Tortilla Soup, Crispy Chicken Tacos and Salsa Vera Cruz Filet and Authentic Mexican Fruit Cake were offered. HWS was the first campus Santibañez visited in Sodexo’s Signature Chef Series. After receiving positive feedback at HWS, Santibañez is looking forward to visiting other schools such as Union College and Fordham University. He explained that every stop in the series will be differ- A few of ent, as each college on Oct. selects its own menu. For Santibañez, it was important to be involved in the series since it allows students to experience food from different cultures. It also provides dining opportunities that previous generations never had on college campuses. Santibañez deeply believes that through food the youth of America is not only learning about culture, but also learning to eat well. He reported that students from many different nationalities and places, like California and Mexico, came up to him claiming that the food reminded them of their homes. Similarly, Santibañez is reminded of his home each time he cooks as it is where he got his start in the kitchen. As a native of Mexico City, he explained that being in the kitchen is a part of Mexican culture. As a child he spent a lot of time by his mother’s and aunts’ sides, saying “the kitchen was my playground.” When asked if his learning
experience at Le Cordon Bleu, a culinary school in Paris, France, inspired him to teach cooking classes, Santibañez answered no. Instead, he was highly influenced by his own mother, an anthropology and art history teacher. From the beginning, Santibañez said, his mother encouraged him to research, delve deeper, and always go beyond the superficial, which led him to write his own cookbook and serve on the board of advisers at
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Robert F. Kennedy, brother to President John F. Kennedy, picture with his eldest daughter in 1964. When asked why she wrote the day of Martin Luther King’s death, book, she responded, “I wrote Failing she recalls the powerful words he America’s Faithful now because I expressed despite the dangers of care for my Church and my country. rioting. “So I ask you tonight to Churches today are failing their return home, to say a prayer for the faithful. The churches are failing to family of Martin Luther King. But make the connection between faith more importantly, to say a prayer for and the common good and faith and our own country, which all of us love justice.” — a prayer for understanding and Townsend’s faith has come from compassion.” the many public and documented That same night there were no deaths of her brother, uncles, father riots in Indianapolis, while across the and friends that she faced from a country violence and rioting ensued. young age. Her loss “For my 25th “For my 25th birthday, and her sense of birthday,” she I asked for a skull and responsibility urged recalled in an article her to accept the got one. I admit that for Reader’s Digest, deaths in her family when I opened that “I asked for a skull and move on to present, the guests at make a difference and got one. I admit the party, who’d been in the world. She that when I opened that present, the expecting some lovely lives by the words guests at the of Mother Jones, a trinket, I am sure — party, who’d been bath salts or a beautiful union activist of the expecting some early 20th century: lovely trinket, I am bowl — were shocked. “Pray for the dead sure — bath salts There was momentar y and fight like hell or a beautiful bowl for the living.” silence.” — were shocked. Her close There was momentary silence.” relationship with her family did This moment, like many others in not go as far as sharing the same her life, illustrated her understanding political beliefs in last year’s of life and death and ability to move presidential election, however. on but not forget. Townsend supported Hillary Clinton The day her uncle, President over President Obama despite the John F. Kennedy, died, her father public support Obama received from wrote her a note. She was 12 at her uncle, Ted Kennedy, and other the time. He let her know that as family members. the eldest grandchild she had the “I am supporting Hillary Clinton responsibility of looking after her — as I believe she has the experience cousins and siblings. “He entrusted to take our nation in a new direction.” me with his sense of duty to family Townsend said at the time. and to the country,” she remarked. Townsend will speak on Nov. Her father was a constant 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort inspiration. While on the presidential Room. campaign trail in Indianapolis on the
HWS Is Goin’ to the Dogs Neala Havener/Photographer
the dishes served at Saga 26 for “Mex to the Max” the Culinary Institute of America. Santibañez noted that cooking is not a quick process, but one that requires concentrated study for chefs at all levels. He suggests that students who are attempting to make dishes from his cookbook study the recipes first, stating, “good food does not make itself.” Instead it requires planning. If you have a game plan, even busy college students can prepare his recipes. For example, Santibañez said it was a good idea to make his sauces and salsas in advance. While Mexican cuisine is his specialty, Santibañez also enjoys cooking French, Mediterranean, Turkish and Arab cuisines. The challenges inside and outside his restaurants are what make his job exciting, Santibañez said, “It is what ignites you.” He hopes that “Mex to the Max” fired up students’ taste buds, inspiring them to become iron chefs of their own domains.
By Jennifer Hollander ’10 Advertising Director
Jack Perkins How old are you and what breed? About five to six human years and I am a Newfoundland Dog What is your favorite toy or treat? I prefer to sleep. Favorite Activity? Sleeping What does your father do for the colleges? He’s a professor of Sociology What do you know about Sociology? Er, I just sleep through all of father’s lectures. I do not advise that to the students.
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Campus Happenings The Herald’s Top Top 10 Rules of Picks for Spring 2010 Registration Soc 364: Law and Society Professor Walsh spent many years not only as a college professor in Wisconsin, but as a lawyer. His Law and Society class allows him to combine both occupations in one. The class is discussion based and requires a lot of outside work. However, it was worth it. The class is structured so that one takes a sociological approach to how laws affect people differently and how different people might interpret a law. The books read in the class were interesting; there were academic books and books a person may pick up for personal reading. He allows for a great deal of creativity as long as people can support their ideas. This class is excellent for anyone who is interested in law, social justice, or legal applications of ideas. Its prerequisite is Intro to Sociology with C- grade.
Hist 301: The Enlightenment The Enlightenment was a period of great reform and development. The basis for modern physics, feminism, secularism, and even eroticism came from this era. Professor Kadane is a jovial person whose great enthusiasm for the subject makes the class incredible. The traditional Descartes, Kant, Bacon, Rousseau are discussed along with Mary Wollstonecraft, Newton, Diderot, and Benjamin Franklin. A great deal of “new” ideas such as whether or not there is a God, giving women and non-whites voting rights, the role of political figures, and the overall rights of every person. A highly recommended class for anyone interested in the history of ethical causes, The Enlightenment is a class that should not be overlooked.
BIDS 229: Two Cities: New York & Toronto Co-taught by Professor of Sociology Jim Spates and Professor of Economics Pat McGuire, this fun-filled class takes students on two grand adventures: one in New York City and one in Toronto. Class members learn about the history of the two cities, and about the socioeconomic issues affecting them today. Then, students are expected to not only critically think about these issues but also actively engage in the communities that are affected by them, by taking two week-long trips to each city. The trips include stops to tourist attractions as well as community service organizations and other locales not normally visited in New York and Toronto. Readings for the class include Plato and Ruskin, which help students philosophize about urban issues and what truly is the common good. There is a fee to take this course, but it is well worth it for the experience that one gets. Also, the class is only offered every two years, so juniors and seniors should especially consider taking it, as this will be their last opportunity. This class comes highly recommended.
EDUC 301: Drama in a Developmental Context Students do not need to be professional actors in order to enroll in “Drama in a Developmental Context”. In fact, this is not an acting class at all. The purpose of this class is to learn how the art of drama can be used to teach other people, especially young children. The class is very interactive, with most time spent actively engaging with others in the classroom, demonstrating drama. Students develop their dramatic abilities as the semester continues, and learn how drama can be used to influence human development and education. A major component of the class is teaching drama to the local West Street Elementary School, and using the drama in an educational context. Student groups use drama as the main way of teaching an educational lesson in the West Street after-school drama program. Therefore, students not only gain skills in drama for themselves, but also gain the ability to share these skills in a helpful way with others. The course “Drama in a Developmental Context” is taught by Pat Collins.
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By Erin Meehan ’12 A&E Editor The semester is flying by, the trees have gone from vibrant red and orange to almost bare. The weather has turned from sunny days spent on the new patio outside the café to speed walking from the library to Scalnding thinking you should have worn that extra layer. We are beyond the mid-term point of the semester but before we head home to eat turkey and butternut squash with our loved ones… we have to register for Spring 2010 classes. This is a daunting task especially for first years who must scrape the bottom of the barrel and plead with teachers to be accepted into popular courses. Never fear though if you plan ahead and follow these rules coming back to Geneva in January will not be as painful as you imagine.
1. Plan Ahead! You already have the Registration Handbook. Do not wait until the night before to open it and check out classes. Make a list of everything sounding interesting and then narrow it down to about top ten.
2. Meet with your advisor. You must meet with them or else the hold will not be removed on your account, meaning you will NOT be able to register.
3. Ask upper-classmen for advice. A good teacher is often more than half the battle when it comes to choosing classes. Your peers will be honest with you about previous professors they loved or did not love.
4. Know Peoplesoft. This is the website used for the registration process. Make sure you are familiar with the site and are able to access it from your computer without any problems before registering.
5. E-mail teachers beforehand. If you already are in or have taken a class with a teacher and would like to take another offered by them in the spring e-mail them to let them know your interested. This often means they you will sign you into the class.
6. Know what day and time you are registering. Set two alarms if you do not wake up before 7am chances are you will have much greater difficulty getting you first, second or third choices.
7. Don’t panic. If all of the classes you wanted are full do not worry you still have a couple of months to talk with teachers and see if they will admit you, also monitoring the site even over winter break might mean an opening at an odd time.
8. Take the classes you want! Do not just take certain courses because your friends are in them. You can see them after class, this is your college education and it is also a great way to meet new people.
9. Be aware of the goals and your major/minor. Even as first years it is still important to focus on completing requirements that way when spring senior year rolls around you will be ready to graduate!
10. Relax. Even if you are not accepted into your top choices and the teachers refuse to let you in, it is okay! You still have many more semesters to take the courses. Experiment with something new such as acting, dance or art can help break-up the most mundane of schedules.
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Campus Happenings WSC & HSG Joint Meeting Update
HWS Parties on Halloween
By Jennifer Hollander ’10 Advertising Director
By Lauren Wells ’12 Hearld Contributor
The joint meeting this week consisted of a full schedule. First the Men’s Club Water Polo proposed for club status. When they began their proposal they revealed they were men’s only as the person who wants to start it did not consult any William Smith students for interest. He explained that he wanted Hobart to join the Collegiate Water Polo Association with other schools such as Columbia, RPI, Colgate, and Hamilton. The costs for the first year would be expensive but subsequent years would be less so. The nest proposal was by an Environmental Studies student, Stephanie Stahl ’10. Majors in the department must complete a Senior Integrative Experience; her SIE that she proposed is titled “Growing Minds: Environmental Outreach for Geneva Youth.” She explained that it would involve an Hobart or William Smith student paired with a Genevan youth to enhance knowledge of the environment. She described the pair using the terms “big” and “little.” It is like an envir onmentally concentrated version of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also hopes to have workshops with the littles and parents of the littles. The worshops would be recycling centered such as how to make recycled toys. Rwiwan Xu ’11 proposed to the quorums for a photography club. It would be aimed at students interested in photography in a nonacademic setting. She hopes that a personal and informal setting would encourage students with interest in photograhy to join the club as the classes in the subject are few and difficult. The budget would be small as club members would be expected to bring their own cameras. The biggest expenditure would be a trip to the George Eastman Kodak House in Rochester, NY. The Beta Sigma House, or Multicultural Sisterhood of Women Leaders asked for money from
the quroums. The amount was $50 from HSG and $50 from WSC. The reason they asked is because the house has been working to increase sexual assault awareness. Their project is titled “No Woman Left Behind.” The money will be used to give away bracelets for students to who agree to be aware of potential sexual assaults and help when needed. The house plans on fundraising as well. The College’s Chorale also requested money from HSG and WSC. Their amount was $600 from each. The money will eb used to help offset the costs for the Madrigal Dinner. The Madrigal Dinner is held at the end of the semester and features a five-course catered meal with performances from Chorale and Cantori. The two musical groups are hoping to fundraise the tickets sales to this event for Ontario/Yates Funf for Women and Girls. The Chorale has been funded in the past. The sophomore class presidents, Colleen O’Hara and Will Gore revealed the results of the survey. MGMT was the band most students voted to have play here. More students voted for the event to happen on a Friday night with approximetely $20 a ticket. The location of the event will hopefully be in the Field House as it can accomodtae more people and will have a spot for students to dance. All of the class presidents, along with CAB, are working on this event and will be fundraising for money soon. The concert is slated for early April when there are hopefully little to no conflicts. The individual student governments also had their own announcements. HSG had a vote on wheterh or not to fund a paintball trip for the miniquad. It was put together by the RAs of the miniquad. WSC passed around a sheet for tableing to give away safety whistles. These whistles will be given to William Smith students who did not receive one in case of emergency.
SEASON continued from Page 1 talent and concern for social issues. To spread awareness to the larger community, they perform for the Colleges and Geneva many times throughout a semester. Traditionally, the main fall show that the team hosted was in Geneva Middle School. This semester, they have been given permission to perform in the Bartlett Theater, making it easier for students to see the show. The team is very generous and donates the ticket sales to a local charity. This year’s show, called “We Keep the Beat,” will have the money donated to the Geneva Community Center’s Performing Arts Center. The Hip~NotiQs step team will also be working with the step teams from other colleges: Black Reign from Keuka, Envy Step Team from SUNY Oswego and Team Mannequin from SUNY IT. The team tries to do something new every year, and this year that will be to put on an incredible show using four step teams from different colleges. The Hip~NotiQs step team is excited about the new members on the team, despite losing many
talented seniors last year. Cocaptains Akilah Browne ’11 and Morgan Hopkins ’10 are pleased with the team and the amount of energy the members have. The team members choreograph their moves collectively for the fall show. Last year, the team told a story through the song selection and step dance. In this year’s performance, they will celebrate dance in the local region. Inviting other step teams, they felt, was the most appropriate way to promote their theme. Hip~NotiQs performs for many cultural clubs’ events along with their own, events, such as the recent LAO dinner during family weekend. The step team also will be performing for CSA’s “Come Dance” event, Sankofa’s celebration of Kwanzaa, and at Koshare. Several members will perform in the greater community’s “Finger Lakes Dance!” event. “We Keep the Beat” will be held in the Bartlett Theater on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students, with proceeds going to charity. It’s an opportunity that should not be missed.
Morgan Hopkins ’10 (pictured crouched in the doorway) hands out candy at the Residential Education-hosted annual event of Trick-or-Treating at Odell’s Village. HWS was a bustling campus this Halloween weekend as students counted their options for events to attend. On Friday night, HWS Live, a student-run club that works to promote student musicians, held a Halloween concert at the Kappa Alpha fraternity. The event began with the band Run Alex Run and musician Rhys Clark. Run Alex Run consists of Grant Mason (percussion/kit), Max Beckett (bass), Mike Austerlitz (guitar), and Sam Wood (guitar/vocals). The well-received band started off the event, while the headlining act prepared to go on around 10. Random Play, formerly The Scope of campus-wide notoriety, played to a house full of dancing, costume-wearing students. Other Friday night options included an event sponsored by the Pride Alliance, Arts and Social Change House and the Performing Arts House. The event, named “Paparazzi,” featured music, dancing, a costume contest, bobbing for apples, food, prizes, and more. Student Activities also sponsored a Community Haunted House in downtown Geneva, where student volunteers could
tell fortunes and scare people. The Campus Activities Board’s Friday Flix series featured Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which played in the Vandervort Room. Events on the night before Halloween yielded impressive numbers, but Saturday was highly anticipated as the showstopper of the weekend. Odell’s Village hosted their Residential Educationsponsored annual event, where faculty and staff could bring their children to Trick-or-Treat. The Campus Activity Board held a haunted house from 7 to 11 that night, but many people anticipated Kappa Sigma’s Halloween party. The event saw such large numbers that the fraternity’s side porch collapsed. There were no reported injuries, and the brothers took excellent care to usher those waiting in line to the front entrance, ensuring that everyone would be able to enter safely. Overall, HWS made sure that no stone was left unturned, with a variety of Halloween events to choose from, making for a successful Halloween weekend.
NEXT? continued from Page 1 Halloween fun turned ugly for HWS over the past few weeks, as the rowing teams’ choices for contest costumes created a campus identity crisis. The crew teams’ costume contest is a tradition that has been going on for years, but the one a few weeks ago was different. One of the men’s team’s boats chose to have eight white rowers dressed as slaves and the black coxswain dressed as a slave driver. One of the women’s boats had team members dressed in bunny ears and Playboy T-shirts. Most found the costumes offensive, and say they should provide a serious lesson for the team members and the campus as a whole. Coaches of both the men’s and women’s teams have apologized for the costumes, as have some rowers. At Tuesday’s forum, students criticized the coaches’ apology at Friday’s rally as coming across as flat and cookie-cutter. Women’s head coach Sandra Chu stood and offered a much more emotional apology in response, saying she and men’s coach Mike Alton spent several hours writing it, wanting to make sure they included all their thoughts and remained collected. The crowd in Albright seemed to appreciate Tuesday’s heartfelt apology. The men’s costumes, complete with ripped shirts and red “blood,” were meant to evoke a slave ship. Initially intended to be seen only by team members, they became a wakeup call for a campus where racial issues often seem to
simmer below the surface. Speakers addressed racism, sexism, the rowers’ inappropriate costumes and other issues at the forum Tuesday night and, earlier, at a rally on Friday. Both events were organized by Sankofa, the black student union on campus. Innis Baah ‘10, president of Sankofa, spoke at both events. He said that he didn’t think the rowers were guilty of malicious intent, but should still be educated as to the hurtfulness of their actions. Colleges’ President Mark Gearan has assured the campus that action is being taken in response to the incidents. At Tuesday’s forum, Robb Flowers, vice president for Student Affairs, reiterated that assurance but pointed out that in order to maintain confidentiality, officials can’t share details of student or faculty discipline. Many observers believe the most important result of the controversy would be to create a campus where such incidents couldn’t happen, where a tighter connection exists between the classroom and campus life. As Provost Teresa Amott said on Tuesday, the disconnect between classroom learning and people’s actions is especially disheartening given that Goal 6 of the Colleges’ eight goals required for graduation. Goal 6 is: ‘’An intellectually grounded foundation for the understanding of differences and inequalities of gender, race, and class.”
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Opinions A Defining Election By Alex MacDonald ’10 Herald Contributor
We Are Genevans, Too By Jennifer Hollander ’10 Advertising Director
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Conservative Doug Hoffman (left) lost 23rd district seat to Democrat Bill Owens (right). On Nov. 3, 2009, an election took place in the 23rd Congressional district of New York, a largely conservative district, to replace their former congressman. John McHugh (R.) held this seat for 16 years until last month he was chosen by President Obama to be the Secretary of the Army and as such, a replacement was needed. At the time of this article being written, the results were not yet in, but this special election was being considered a defining election in determining the success of President Obama over the past 10 months. A quick look at the Wikipedia shows the traditional information for elections, polling results, a brief background about the district and other such information, but the most important to note is the endorsements. As this election is to be used to determine how successful President Obama has been, both sides have put out many endorsements for how the individuals in this region should vote. Only one small problem can be seen with this: not a single endorsement from a politician for the Conservative Party’s choice comes from a New York Representative or Congressman. At this point, a question can be raised: why are officials from Arizona, South Carolina and Texas endorsing an election taking place in Upstate New York? The
party of states’ rights and limited federal intervention is being supported, and outright endorsed, by officials who have no particular reason (except a solely politically motivated one) for watching this election. It is important to note that these endorsements do not come from any political individuals from the district, and of the list provided, only two come from New York residents. Why are Republican individuals from across the country meddling in the affairs of a small New York district? Could it be that the Republican Party does not support individual states’ rights as they claim? It would seem in this case that the Republican Party is disinterested in the interests of the people of the 23rd Congressional district of New York and are more interested in gaining seats through underhanded activities. If no New York politicians speak for this candidate, why should politicians from other states feel they are more knowledgeable about the interests of this district than locals? It is true that President Obama and Vice President Biden supported the Democratic candidate, and this is equally inappropriate, but the scale with which it occurred on the conservative part of the spectrum made it truly astounding.
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Here on campus is and words. If a Geneva the “college community.” resident attends a campus Outside is the “Geneva event, it is seen as special Community.” But why are for us. Advertisements they separate? for events that happen After all, isn’t to support other Geneva HWS a part of the city of schools are rarely Geneva, too? It adver tised. is, and that is After all, isn’t Any events why I dislike that are not HWS a part happening on hearing of Hobart and of the city of the campus William Smith Geneva, too? or are not Collges as affiliated with being separate from the Colleges are generally Geneva. ignored. Three-quarters of The Smith our year is spent in this Opera House will show city. It may be within the wonderful movies. There Colleges, but we are still are restaurants other in Geneva. When I am than establishments home, I do not consider downtown. Geneva has myself as a member an amazing hair salon, of “’my street name’ a yarn store, clothing Community” or even “’my stores, a jewelry store, house’ Community.” I use and amazing cafes. Why my city’s name. aren’t we affiliating Referring to the ourselves with this city Colleges as separate that has so much good to fosters a biased offer? I do. While I am a relationship. The Colleges student of William Smith, themselves encourage this I am simultaneously a dichotomous relationship resident of Geneva. through the use of fences
Debating the Issues By Jennifer Hollander ‘10 Advertising Director
Should William Smith Have Sororities? Point in Agreement Sororities, along with fraternities, help students to form lifelong bonds. The women who join them create meaninful, sisterly relationships with each other. Sororities foster a sense of independence, perserverence, and integreity. They have their own set of leaders that are democratically elected. This teaches the young women how to resolve a variety of conflicts. Like frater nities, having members in good academic standing is prefer red. Many members partcipate in volunteer work both within their campus and outside it. The concept of family extends not only within the sorority but to the people the sisters volunteer with. Also, when the women graduate from College they retain ties to their sorority; they often act as older
sisters to the current members. Alumnae relations within sororities are strong and the women will have great networking opportunities when they graduate. The theme of sisterhood and family helps the women treat others with respect and dignity. Sororities are not promiscuous women who will have sexual intercourse with anyone around. Such portrayals of sororities in contemporar y media represents the smallest portion of Greek life. Many sororities may be specific to a certain ethnic background and thus provide incredible cultural ties. There are also sororities that are extremely academic. There are so many sisterhood houses throughout this country. William Smith should be able to benefit from that too.
Point in Opposition Those who join sororoties or fraternities enter a path of permanent favoritism. Secret societies such as Skull and Bones have negative connotations for good reasons. Jobs have been given to people on the grounds that the person was a member of the same fraternity or sorority. On college campuses many powerful groups or organizatiosn such as student governments are stacked with Greek life members. Favoritism breeds contempt. William Smith College does not need that. It was founded on the premise of sisterhood; having a physical sorority is not necessary. Hazing is also more likely to happen to pledges to a fraternity or sorority than varsity sports. There will be a lot more underage drinking. At fraternities parties here at HWS, many students will be seen drinking in excess. There are times where fraternity parties have been shut
down around midnight due to excess noise- having a sorority will only provide another venue for such problems. It would be a lie to say that
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all of the fraternities and fraternity memebers of Hobart encourage such behavior; however, those that do are not stopped. Late nights on the weekends one can see drunken students of all ages causing problems such as vandalism. The Colleges do not need another place to encourage underage drinking.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Arts and Entertainment William Smith Women Turn Practicality Into Popularity By Sarah Canavan ’12 Herald Contributor Students here at HWS drag the summer out as long as we can, but fall has officially arrived; there’s no denying it. The women of William Smith have swapped their sandals for snow boots and hunkered down for the season. As the temperature drops and the crisp morning dew quickly becomes cold morning frost, HWS students refuse to let fashion get packed away with their summer clothes. So, what’s the major trend this fall? Leather riding boots. Worn with jeans, leggings, or even a skirt, the leather boots are sweeping the campus as fall’s hot, new item. However, despite the current trend, students at HWS still keep in mind where they live. Geneva, N. Y., mimics its Swiss counterpart in one thing at least: the cold. In the notoriously snowy and long-wintered region of upstate New York, where 6 inches is a “dusting” and there are so many rainy days it
‘Hey, All You Single Men’ New Spin On Dating at HWS By Liz Witbeck ’10 Herald Contributor
may as well be Seattle, leather boots may be hot for fall, but the William Smith women are prepping for the imminent snow invasion and belowzero temperatures. On some campuses the warm, fuzzy UGG is still the main winter item, but up here in blizzard territory where the term “snow day” is not a cause for excitement, just a fact of life, the female students are trading in their snuggly but ultimately impractical UGGs for more weather-resistant solutions. “I had to get a new pair [of UGGs] last year because they got ruined too fast. I learned, though. This year I’m going for the legit L.L. Bean, trekking through the blizzard, hiking up the mountain boots,” says Caitlin Hughes, a William Smith sophomore. So while the style right now might be leather boots, the real trend seems to be turning practicality into popularity. As Hughes puts it, “we don’t mess around with our footwear.”
Hobart men may find themselves intrigued by the above title, which headlined fliers that circulated around the HWS campus last week. What was the purpose of the fliers? They were a personal ad, inviting men to audition for interviews in order to become the potential boyfriend of the William Smith senior whose profile was described on them. The advertisement describes her as having blonde hair and blue eyes, and being a pre-med major. She is looking for a “handsome, sensitive, easy going” Hobart upperclassman. If interested, the flier included information about open auditions which took place in the Cellar Pub last week, or if not able to attend, men were given her contact information in order to set up an individual appointment. Unfortunately, the personal ad was not legitimate. It was written by three friends of the William Smith senior as a practical joke, not by the person advertised in the flier. However, this technique of resorting to personal ads as a way of finding a significant other represents a growing trend in how people are dating in modern society. Personal ads are an area that is seeing more popularity in recent years than other traditional forms of meeting people, such as going to bars and clubs. It is estimated that over twenty million Americans visit dating websites according to Online
Dating Magazine. Over a third of American adults say they know somebody who uses dating websites. Almost ten percent of marriages annually occurring in the United States happen as a result of an online dating service. With the progress of technology and ability to access anything through the Internet, even dating has taken to the World Wide Web. Personal ads, especially those on online dating websites, make it easier and more convenient than ever to find a potential romantic match, which may have never happened if one were only limited to the men seen everyday in class and downtown. There are downsides to this new trend of personal ads, however. Since it is easier to be dishonest behind a flier or an online profile, many people who use these methods are lying either about themselves or about their past. Others may be flaky about relationships, as placing personal ads or registering for dating websites is a great way to meet people without having to commit. Another common occurrence is that people often use ads as an ego booster, without intentions of actually dating. Although nobody showed up to the open auditions at the Cellar Pub last week, the three friends who created the personal flier report that they received “a lot of positive feedback” from Hobart men about the ad.
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HOAX: America Got Punk’d By Rachel Place ’12 Herald Contributor
A Spirited Review The Original Drink of the Week Since 2006
Pomegranate Champagne This beautiful and simple drink makes the Better Homes and Gardens “10 Dazzling Winter Cocktails”. While you might be thinking it’s not winter yet let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, snow is soon on its way. Serve this classy drink with your favorite dark choclate dessert for a sinful night.
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Ingredients: 1 ounce chilled pomegranate juice or chilled cranberry juice 3 ounces chilled champagne Directions: 1. Pour the pomegranate juice into a champagne flute. Slowly add champagne. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.
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Remember that silver balloon in Colorado? Turns out it wasn’t a bag of stove-top popcorn! But let’s recap: This is a story all about how this kid from wife-swap tricked all you clowns. So I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how he took a flight in a balloon-filled-with-hot-air. In eastern Colorado, born and raised, chasing tornadoes is how he spent most of his days--chilling in a basket relaxin’ all cool, inhaling some helium to sound like a fool--when a couple of winds (who were up to no good!) started to push him out of his neighborhood. He took one little flight and mad peeps got scared; they said “you’re stuck in a balloon filled with hot air!”. He. fell. out of the box, feeling fresh and so great, and yelled to the balloon “goin’ down, smell ya later!”. They google-Earth’ed him on Wolf Blitzer, but he was already there! Safe in his home, known as the prince of the air. What really brought on some O-faces was the balloon’s vacancy. That’s right, our pocket-sized spacecowboy was actually in a box in his attic the entire time. America, you just got punk’d by the cutest juvenile in history. But is he really to blame? His father, Richard Heene, admitted that the whole event was a Photo courtesy of: AP hoax! Surprise! He used his kid as a pawn in a strange ploy for attention--but man, that was the best in-real-life troll of all time. Embarrassed authorities have been throwing tantrums, much like those of a furious child. They may be annoyed, but I am still amused. And that counts for something.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Arts and Entertainment Ask Doctor Blackwell
Ponyo at The Smith By Caitlin Lugar ’10 Herald Contributor
Got a question about dating that you need answered? Write me at email@example.com
Dear Bad Vibrations, It is understandable that you feel some competition: the male penis does not have the ability to vibrate, speed up and slow down, or warm itself up like the artificial counterparts your girlfriend enjoys. However, do not let this make you feel insecure; women still prefer the real thing over a vibrator, and with a few lessons in pleasing a woman, she will be saying goodbye to her old playthings and hello to you! Since she is relying on the vibrator to achieve orgasm (only thirty percent of females can get off from simply sexual intercourse) you are going to have to brush up on your oral skills—and not the kind you learn by being on debate team. Try new techniques with your fingers and tongue, and take time to figure out what turns her on. Be open with each other and communicate your needs. Have fun with these new lessons as you explore each others’ bodies, and do not spend time dwelling on her old toys that used to cause you so much resentment. If she is happy (and you will be able to tell if she is) then this is reason for you to be happy too. Good luck! Sincerely, Doctor Blackwell
New Artist Alert: HillTop Hoods HTH is a popular Australian Hip-Hop band from Adelaide. Trying to stay true to their roots, they have turned down major record labels to remain independent with Obese Records and continue to put their fans and music before all else. Sounds like: Public Enemy Jurassic 5 Photo courtesy of: sing365.com
Song to listen to: Nosebleed Section
“I don’t think we ever had ‘what if we made it big’ in the backs of our minds. There was just no big scene for it back then. We were always pretty realistic about it. We always had our day job and did this as well.” -Matthew Lambert (aka MC Suffa)
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This two year old website states, “We wanted to make the sort of women’s magazine we’d want to read”. The bloggers do exactly that by being real and witty about topics in the media such as sex, fashion, and beauty.
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Dear Liz, My girlfriend has an extensive collection of vibrators and other sex toys that she uses for her pleasure. I know it is ridiculous to be jealous of an inanimate object but these gadgets get her off in ways that I just can’t, and it makes me feel inadequate. What should I do about this? Sincerely, Bad Vibrations
Only one word can describe this movie: ADORABLE! Seriously, this is not one of Hayou Miyazaki’s best movies, in fact it is a little on the random side, but it holds all the same charm and quality that is to be expected from Studio Ghibli. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea follows ‘a young boy, Sosuke, voiced by the littlest Jonas brother, who befriends a human-faced goldfish whom he names Ponyo, voiced by
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Come see singer/songwriter Kelly Bazely perform live in the Cafe on Saturday November 7th at 8pm!
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This political blog, started in 2005 by Arianna Huffington, has grown to become more like an online newspaper. It has 3,000 bloggers from Barrack Obama to John Cusack, and has had includes topics about celebrities, media, business, living, and style. Read this blog, and you’ll be up on your current events!
a mini-Hannah Montana. Unknowing to him at that moment, Ponyo is a magic fish who has decided that she wants to live with humans. Unfortunately, Ponyo’s decision to give up her underwater life creates a crack in an ancient magic spell, and places the world in danger. Together, Sosuke and Ponyo must set things right.’ The movie was magical, innocent, and quirky. As the world floods, Sosuke and Ponyo cater off in search of others in a toy boat. It is a bit random when they two children discover that babies feed off their mother’s breast milk and that they start naming prehistoric fish. But it makes sense, because Ponyo has lived her entire life, quite literally, in a bubble. So, she is very curious, loves learning, and ham! I really suggest this movie to all Miyazaki fans, or someone who has a sweet tooth for movies [because it is oh so sugary-sweet].
Opening Act: Merrill Amos '11 @ 8 p.m. Kelly Bazely will perform at 8:30. This event is FREE! Come check out some great music!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Sports Baskets or Bust Another Successful Auction
O’Laughlin Recognized by Liberty League
By Carrie Stevens ‘12 Sports Editor
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Members of the William Smith Basketball Team – Chelsea Tracy ’12, Sydni Salvatore ’13 and Jaimie Rubin ’13 – smile next to some of the baskets. For the second consecutive year, William Smith’s Basketball, Lacrosse, Rowing and Soccer Teams organized their signature Baskets or Bust fundraiser. The raffle was held during Parents’ Weekend and featured a total of 26 baskets, 18 at the $10 ticket level and eight at the $20 ticket price. All net proceeds from the event will benefit Heron athletic teams, offsetting equipment costs, traveling and other expenses. Some of the winners include John Svec– Hobart’s Assistant Lacrosse Coach– walked away with the “Finger Lakes Golf Tour”
package; Joe Ambrosetti – who works at Career Services– was the recipient of the “Taste of Geneva” basket, which included gift certificates to a variety the city’s eateries. Professor Kevin Mitchell of the Math and Computer Sciences Department won the “HairMania” basket; and Kate McCaffrey– the Director of Residential Education– won the Adirondacks Weekend Getaway. Thanks in part to the website for online sales, the William Smith Athletic Teams exceeded their fundraising goal.
WS Herons Advance to Liberty League Championship
Hobart junior linebacker Kyle O’Laughlin was named the Liberty League Football CoDefensive Performer of the Week today by the conference office. It’s the second consecutive week he has shared the award. O’Laughlin recorded a teamhigh 10 tackles and forced a fumble
as the Statesmen held the Liberty League’s No. 1 scoring offense 8.1 points below its season average. O’Laughlin, who’s third in the league in tackles per game (9.1), counted seven solo stops among his 10 tackles in a 41-20 triumph at WPI.
Upcoming Games Friday, Nov. 6 Hobart Ice Hockey at Geneseo 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 William Smith Soccer vs. Hamilton TBA
Saturday, Nov. 7 WS Swimming and Diving at Geneseo 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 William Smith Soccer Liberty League Champion TBA
Saturday, Nov. 7 WS Cross Country ECAC Championships Noon.
Saturday, Nov. 7 Hobart Football vs. Rensselaer Noon
Saturday, Nov. 7 Hobart Ice Hockey at Brockport 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov.11-15 Hobart Soccer NCAA Tournament TBA
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The ninth-ranked William Smith College soccer team defeated Union College 2-0 this past Wednesday on Cozzens Field, in the first round of the Liberty League Tournament. The Herons improve to 12-3-2 overall, and earn a spot in the championship match, while the Dutchwomen fall to 117-0 on the year. As the top seed, William Smith will host the Liberty League Tournament championship game on Nov. 7. The Herons will be playing against No. 3 Hamilton. William Smith took charge of the match with two goals in the first half. The first came just one minute, 27 seconds into the game. Junior BreLynn Nasypany sent a cross to first-year Whitney Frary for a shot from 20 yards out. Frary’s shot lofted over Union goalkeeper Abby Stohler’s head, hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the goal line. The tally marked Frary’s fourth of the season. The Herons increased their lead to 2-0 in the 32nd minute. This time, Nasypany crossed the ball to sophomore Kate Redmond for
the score. Redmond’s shot from 7 yards out found the left corner of the net. The goal was Redmond’s fourth of the year, while Nasypany chalked up her Liberty Leagueleading eighth assist. William Smith dominated play in the first half, outshooting Union 9-3, but the Dutchwomen came out firing in the second stanza. They posted a 9-5 advantage in shots after the intermission. Both teams took seven corner kicks. Union’s Bianca Germain had a good look at the goal in the 66th minute. She ripped a shot that Heron sophomore goalie Amanda Davis got just enough of to redirect into the crossbar, but Germain’s shot was not as lucky as Frary’s and bounced up over the goal. Davis collected seven saves, including six in the first 20 minutes of the second half, to record her 11th shutout of the season. Stohler finished with six saves for the Dutchwomen.
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