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Rise of the Phoenix: New Club Vies to Be the Jug Alternative. A-2
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Volume CXLIII, Number 4
September 16, 2010
2013 First-Year Sorority Attendance at Classes Greek Parties Burst at the Restricted Seams By Carter Cooper News Editor
A clamor of honking horns on Monday evening signaled the end of Colgate’s six-day long Panhellenic recruitment, which culminated with the traditional celebratory bid day. Bid distribution was delayed slightly on Monday evening because of a problem with bid matching within the computer system, but all bids were handed out appropriately by the end of the night. The 2010 Recruitment process was a shaky one due to problems with the computer system and minor violations of the Panhellenic Rules of Formal Recruitment, but to the surprise of many, it was also an all-inclusive one. Although the Potential New Members (PNMs) were told otherwise during the mandatory
orientation session, each one of the 274 potential new members (PNMs), a noticeable jump in numbers from years past, involved in the recruitment process this year received an invitation of membership from one of Colgate’s three recognized sororities: Kappa Kappa Gamma (Kappa), Gamma Phi Beta (Gamma Phi) and Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta). “There has been a longstanding policy devised by the trustees which states that every woman who enters the process will receive a bid unless she self-removes,” President of the Panhellenic Executive Board and senior Jocelyn Hinman said. “Every girl this year did receive a bid unless she removed herself, her GPA was below the chapter requirement or there was a standards issue.” Because of the recent enforcement of this rule, the three Continued on page A-4
Rebekah Ward Maroon-News Staff
In an e-mail correspondence last week, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Scott C. Brown addressed the presidents of Colgate’s six fraternities with a series of new directives concerning the monitoring and organization of their parties. The focus of the correspondence was to immediately cut down on the first-year involvement in Colgate’s party scene. Brown’s September 9 e-mail assured its recipients that the existing BYOB and drinking age policies would stand, however, now, “no first-year students are allowed at any party until the beginning of the spring semester. The only exception is a catered event. All parties from the spring semester on must be open to all class years and men and women. There will be ab-
solutely no parties that only invite or allow first year/women.” He asked the fraternities to come up with a system to ensure that this change be put into place, and to present him with a solution by September 15. Brown explained that this initiative was not prompted by any particular event; rather, it is part of a couple of more long-term plans for the school. “One is that there are a lot of things we’ve been doing for the firstyear experience, and the other one of those is [promoting] residence halls as places of engagement… this action has been really part of the spirit of the whole movement,” Brown said. “The idea is that there is a pretty full slate of things that students can be doing, and we’re hoping that students will avail themselves of Continued on page A-3
Colgate Drops in National Rankings
A Review: A&F Sits Down with Peter Buffett. C-1
Wednesday Night Wins: Field Hockey and Women’s Soccer Come Out on Top. D-5
By Taylor Fleming Maroon-News Staff
Every year, students, parents and universities, admittedly or not, anxiously await the U.S. News and World Report ranking of the nation’s best colleges. While the reporters behind the ranking system spend the entire year surveying colleges and gathering information to establish the most accurate list possible, much of the comparison, data and raw scoring process is a mystery to the public and the ranked colleges alike. The categories of best college rankings generated for the year 2011 include “National Universities,” “Business Program,” “Regional Universities,” “Regional Colleges,” “Engineering Programs” and finally “National Liberal Arts Colleges,” on which Colgate University ranked 21, tied with Bates College
A TARNISHED IMAGE: US News & World Report knocked Colgate down two spots this year in its national rankings of liberal arts schools. Colgate is now tied with Bates College in Maine. USNews_unc.ecu
in Lewiston, Maine. Colgate’s ranking in this year’s report puzzled many of the faculty and staff at the Office of Admission. This year marks a drop of two places from the 2010 edition of the
Best Colleges. “We have to pay attention to it on some level,” Director of the Office of Institutional Planning and Research Brendt Simpson said, “even though we may not agree
with the methodology or what they are measuring.” Although U.S. News and World Report does not provide colleges or the public with the exact formula they use to generate scores, many members of the Colgate staff, like Simpson, have done great research on the drop and the ranking system. Scores, which determine the results of the rank, are developed based on a series of factors including student-faculty ratio, faculty resources, graduation rate and retention rate, admission rate, SAT/ ACT test scores of admitted students, class rank of admitted students, alumni giving rate, amount of money spent per student and peer assessment. Over the past year, several changes have occurred in the weight of specific variables. According to USNews.com, the percentage of weight Continued on page A-2
September 16, 2010
THE COLGATE MAROON-NEWS
Jug Faces Dance Club Competition By Casey Davidow Maroon-News Staff
At Colgate, there are few social options on nights and weekends. Greek life, the Jug and, for the 21-and-over crowd, Nichols and Beal, Risky Business and the Hour Glass are all there seems to be. But a new option has recently opened up downtown. Phoenix is a full-functioning nightclub in the basement of the Palace Theatre located right across from the Jug on Utica Street. With enough time and student support, it will provide students a regular music scene that has been, for the most part, nonexistent at Colgate. Phoenix has been open for two Friday nights so far, September 3 and 10, and will be open again October 22nd and 29. Phoenix was created, and is currently run, by Colgate professors and members of the Colgate DJ Club, Protoculture. The Colgate professors are the musicians in the band Dangerboy: Associate Professor of Mathematics Aaron Robertson, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Frank Frey and Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology and Director of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Scott Kraly. The project began when Kraly approached Director of the Palace Patricia Von Mechow with the idea of using the room formerly referred to as “the basement” of the Palace as a new nightclub venue for Colgate students. Von Mechow, who has been the director of the Palace for three years, immediately liked the idea and thinks that Phoenix is truly “new and awesome.” Von Mechow stayed up late Friday night, working and talking with people at the entrance of Phoenix. She is devoted to helping Phoenix become a place for students to come together and have fun. With Von Mechow’s support, Frey ap-
proached his research assistant, senior Tom Cuppernull, a member of Protoculture, about making something happen. What they created is a fully-functional nightclub equipped with strobe lights and lasers. Not to mention trained and experienced DJs who are ready to give Colgate a legitimate music scene and an alternative to the usual nightlife options.
REBORN FROM THE ASHES: After being shut down for years, the basement of the Palace is re-opening. Back in the day, the Palace was a serious competitor with the Jug. Let the dance-off begin. Tom Cuppernull
According to senior Nick Geiger, also a member of Protoculture, the group wanted to create a dance scene that is not just about coupling off. Instead, it is about everyone dancing together, jumping around and enjoying good music. For the members of Protoculture, the experience is about learning how to run a nightclub: the insand-outs of public relations and how to manage a successful event.
Campus Predator Sentenced By Ryan Smith News Editor
He wanted to be part of a community and now he is. Jon Sanders, the young man arrested last year for trespassing and burglary of off-campus student apartments – among allegations of sexual assault – was sentenced to one to three years in state prison on Wednesday, September 8. “Given all the evidence, the result was in the interest of justice,” Madison County District Attorney Bill Gabor said. Sanders was arrested last year by Hamilton Police while playing basketball in Huntington Gym. Hamilton Police Chief Gary Mlasgar had no comment on the sentencing. For weeks, Sanders had been living as a Colgate student: eating at Frank Dining Hall, using the gym and partying with firstyears in Andrews. As the Maroon-News first reported, Sanders had a number of friends on campus and frequented Delta Upsilon fraternity house. With each new first-year class, Sanders would use alcohol and lies to embed himself into life on the hill. “It seemed his MO [motus operandi] was
Not only does Phoenix provide Colgate students with an alternative to the Jug, it also provides a place to give aspiring DJs a chance to show off their stuff. Both Cuppernull and Geiger express interest in DJing (in addition to their day jobs) after college. On September 3, Phoenix’s opening night, while traffic was light at times, a total
to tell lies about his background,” Gabor said. Sanders pleaded guilty to burglary in the third degree in Madison County court and criminal trespass in the second degree in Hamilton court. Protective orders were placed on two Colgate students which prohibited Sanders from communicating, harassing or approaching the two individuals. Gabor said that sexual assault allegations surrounding Sanders could not be substantiated. In January, bail was set at $5,000 and Sanders was released. At the time, Sanders’ private attorney David Russell said “this is a case of mistaken identity.” Russell did not return repeated calls for comment on Sanders’ sentencing. According to Gabor, however, once Sanders was released he was arrested three additional times: for violating one of the protective orders, for marijuana possession in Cazenovia and for criminal mischief in Chenango Valley. The District Attorney’s office added these offenses to the original charges of burglary and trespassing. Although one to three years in the state penitentiary may seem like a harsh sentence for the original charges of trespassing and burglary, “the totality of the circumstances led us to that disposition,” Gabor said. Contact Ryan Smith at email@example.com
of 274 people showed up. This gives the creators of Phoenix hope that student interest will increase and attendance will improve as word gets around. This past Friday night, September 10, Phoenix faced a perfect storm of competition: sorority rush, a frat party and a rainy night that did not encourage wandering downtown. Even so, about 80 students stopped by.
Cuppernull and Geiger emphasized that Phoenix’s success is all about getting enough people there to create a social atmosphere so that other groups will feel comfortable to join in and dance. Phoenix has a no-alcohol policy, which presents a challenge to creating a successful weekend event. Phoenix is working to push students to overcome the stigma around nonalcoholic events and to present an appealing alternative, whether for the entire evening or for a stop along the way. There is also the potential for holding catered events that could serve alcohol to the 21-and-over crowds, but beyond that Phoenix is prepared to make up for the lack of alcohol with incredible talent and music. Robertson says that right now getting Phoenix on its feet seems like an uphill battle. But he, like Phoenix’s other creators, is confident that it is a place that students need and will eventually love if they give it a chance. One of the complaints that Cuppernull heard in reaction to the advertisements for Phoenix is that “it features Colgate DJs, so it can’t really be that good.” Quite the opposite is true. Protoculture is made up of 15 to 20 DJs, six of which have personal investments and equipment. Cuppernull, for example, has DJed in multiple cities and has earned a reputation among Colgate students and graduates as a talented DJ. “The main thing holding me back from going is the risk that I will be the only one there – if I can know that there is already a crowd there I would love to check it out,” senior Audrey Hoiles said. With that in mind, Cuppernull and Geiger urge Colgate students to “give Phoenix a chance.” An enormous amount of thought, work and talent has gone into the venue. Contact Casey Davidow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colgate Tied with Bates in Rankings
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given to “graduation rate performance” has increased from five to 7.5 percent. However, because of Colgate University’s reputation as a school with a very high graduation rate, this increase is likely to positively affect future rankings and probably did not contribute to the 2011 drop in rank. Another notable difference in this year’s ranking that may have some relevance to the change in Colgate’s position is the input of high school guidance counselors. U.S. News and World Report has always used peer assessment as a way to judge other colleges. However, this year, the weight of the entire category has dropped from 25 to 22.5 percent and the weight of college presidents, provosts and deans has gone down to 15 percent, leaving 7.5 percent weight to high school guidance counselors. And, while 39 percent of the Colgate class of 2014 graduated from private high schools, the only guidance counselors surveyed were from public schools. A controversial issue in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” rankings that may be a factor in Colgate’s decline is the recent addition of the United States Military and Naval Academies to the list. While both academies are highly prestigious and respected, the amount of resources available to the students of U.S. Army and Navy academies are comparable to the resources available to students of other liberal arts colleges due to the fact that they are funded by American tax dollars. Overall, Colgate’s drop to 21 in the U.S.
News and World Report ranking is not too alarming. In fact, although last year’s chart listed the University as 19, Colgate’s score actually improved one point. Part of the explanation for movement up and down the list each year is the large amount of tied scores. Colgate University’s tie for 21 place is the eighth tied score on the report. Ties often cause colleges to jump rankings from year to year. For example, both Grinnell College and Harvey Mudd College, tied for 14 last year, dropped 4 spots to join Hamilton College for 18 place on this year’s ranking. Although, according to Simpson, the U.S. News and World Report holds “brand recognition” and gains the “most press,” it is clear that the Office of Admission is more concerned with other factors that might affect the applicants to the Class of 2015. For the first time in history, Colgate University will not be waiving its online application fee for U.S. students who have the ability to pay. Senior Associate Dean of Admission Karen Giannino cites this and the economic situation as two variables that are more likely to decrease applications over the next few months than the recently published ranking. However, the U.S. News and World Report Best College rankings generates curiosity in prospective students and parents, that even Colgate admissions can not deny. As Giannino said, “We know that people look at it, for better or worse.” Contact Taylor Fleming at email@example.com
September 16, 2010
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Colgate Professors Reflect on the Value of the Humanities By Nate Lynch Maroon News Staff
On Tuesday September 14, the Colgate/Emory Collaboration on the Humanities held a presentation in the Robert H.N. Ho Lecture Room in Lawrence Hall titled, “The Value of the Humanities in Hard Times.” Many professors from a variety of disciplines attended. The presentation was the result of a partnership between Colgate and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University which investigated the state of the humanities in a modern era. “We share a common concern about the status of the humanities … and there are these lingering questions: what is the value of the humanities, what is its use in a modern society,” Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures John Gallucci said. “This is a discussion to articulate why.” Speakers pointed to low enrollment and job frustration in the humanities as symptoms of a declining appreciation for the liberal arts. Central to this decline is an “identity crisis” of sorts over whether all these aca-
demic pursuits, such as languages and philosophy, should be classified as “humanities” and why many assume there is a sharp distinction between the humanities and the sciences. “Natural scientists are very likely to be able to identify each other as scientists, and that fact that it seems to be somewhat less energetically emphasized by the humanities is damaging because it categorizes them as what’s left,” Richard J. and Jean Head Professor of Philosophy Jonathan Jacobs said. Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics Robert Garland disagreed on presenting the humanities as a united front. “I don’t see a sharp delineation between the sciences and the humanities,” Garland said. “I feel that ‘the humanities’ is not a given classification.” Nonetheless, the presenters agreed the humanities have a place in modern society, and that students of the humanities gain valuable abilities such as rhetorical skills, reasoning and “judgment concerning significance,” according to a handout provided by Jacobs. “I think what we are doing [in this presentation],” Associ-
ate Professor of Religion Eliza Kent said, “is trying to articulate for ourselves and for the students what is it that really distinguishes the humanities as a discipline … and giving our students in the humanities the words to articulate why what they are doing is so valuable.” Staying relevant in a culture that many speakers felt emphasized economic value over knowledge and expression was also a common concern. Some saw debates in bio- and techno-ethics as an important opportunity for the humanities to reassert itself. “We need to put ourselves in a place where we are involved [in contentious public debates],” Garland said. Students in attendance were enthusiastic about the outcome of the discussion, but felt the message needed to be conveyed to more students. “I agree with Professor Garland that the ultimate solution is that people must believe that the humanities are the humanities,” sophomore Neal Xu said, one of only two students present. “However,” Xu said, speaking of low student attendance, “[Low enrollment in the humanities] is a problem of bringing students [to the presentation] and breaking the line between different disciplines.” Contact Nate Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Administration Beta House Books Excludes First- Ying-Yang Twins Years from Greek Life
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that as much as possible. There’s a lot of funding that’s available to help students connect in various ways,” Brown said. He is hoping, however, that students will help work on these alternative solutions, “versus having old people figure out what we think is fun.” Although his e-mail was addressed to fraternity presidents, “[the regulation] is especially for parties that have alcohol present, but it applies for all Broad Street housing,” Brown clarified. “Alcohol is difficult, because it’s like television for kids. You know, it’s not ideal, but it tends to keep people entertained, though in a potentially harmful way.” Some students acknowledge this danger. “It is true that most people kind of go crazy freshman year, and learn through experience how to deal with the partying scene in general. They often have to go over their limits to make that distinction,” senior Sami Kozlowski said. But she and many others are still not sure about the regulations. “I think it would be very hard to enforce, for the school and for the individual fraternities.” Brown suggested that the eagerness students experience when first on campus “could put folks in pretty risky situations. This is not just at Colgate, it’s across the country.” According to the logic of the directives, there is a real difference between the experience of first and second-semester firstyears. But the reaction of many students has paralleled that of Delta Upsilon fraternity Philanthropy Chair junior Kevin Morgan. “I don’t see much difference between freshmen first semester and freshmen second semester,” Morgan said. Others are skeptical about the benefits of
delaying the party scene introduction. CoPhilanthropy Chair of Phi Delta Theta fraternity junior Marco Pizzitola compared the new regulation to pushing the driving age back to 21. “Breaking into the college social scene is an important experience, and regardless of when that happens it’s going to happen the same way,” Pizzitola said. Many students were skeptical about the plausibility of consistent enforcement of this regulation. “If he makes the rule, people will find a way to get around it,” first-year Lauryn Kobiela said. Kozlowski agreed, adding that “the partying wouldn’t stop, they would just find a different place to do it.” The new directives take on a ‘help them help themselves’ attitude towards Colgate’s fraternities. “There’s a lot of support that we’re giving to [Greek Life] right now. And a big part of that is to help them sort of figure out what [their] ideal organization looks like,” Brown said. He is not the only one to see their potential benefits: “with the policy, I kind of take on the viewpoint that it helps avoid the liability of the fraternities, for freshmen consuming alcohol for example,” Morgan said. However, those looking from the outside note the direct approach of the administration with surprise. “After all, it’s [the fraternities’] parties,” Kobiela said. Although the administration is putting the onus on the fraternities for their own attendance regulation, “if [any violation] comes to our attention it will certainly be enforced,” Brown said. Contact Rebekah Ward at email@example.com
THAT’S A RAP: Beta’s annual “Beta Beach” event features the ‘90s rap duo the Ying Yang Twins. The fraternity house secured the act for an undisclosed amount and are expecting a record number of attendees. Seth Greene
By Mallory Rowley Maroon-News Staff
Each school year, Beta Theta Pi (Beta) hosts “Beta Beach” on the fraternity’s grounds. This year the concert will feature the Atlanta-based rap duo the Ying Yang Twins. Setup will begin Friday morning, September 17, when a local paving company will deliver enough sand to cover a 700 square-foot volleyball court where the “brothers only” volleyball game will take place Saturday afternoon. “Beta Beach” begins the night of Saturday September 18 at 8:00 p.m. in the backyard of the Beta fraternity house, where rapper Jamie Drastik will open for the Ying Yang Twins. Senior Alex Katz, a Beta social chair, worked with juniors Eli Heller, Alex Goldberg and senior Russell Reed, also Beta social chairs, to organize the event. Senior Mike Davis and junior Charlie Hartwick
were also instrumental in organizing the weekend festivities. “Tickets are $12 at the Coop [The O’Connor Campus Center] and $15 at the door,” Katz said. “But we encourage everyone to buy at the Coop because we are selling tickets at an unprecedented rate and might have to stop selling by Wednesday afternoon.” Although Katz declined to cite specifically how much the event will cost, he did say that it will cost upwards of $20,000, hence the amount of effort being put into the event. “In addition to being an event that we welcome the entire school to enjoy, we will also be using it as a celebratory party for our recently added new members who will be receiving bids on Friday afternoon.” The Ying Yang Twins’ last studio album was Ying Yang FOREVER, which was released a little over a year ago. Contact Mallory Rowley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 16, 2010
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Greek Life Sees Jump in Interest
THE FUN BEGINS: For the first time in years, the administration enforced a rule that ensured every female rush participant a bid to one of Colgate’s three sororities. The move resulted in massive class sizes and confused upperclassmen.
MAROON-NEWS SURVEY: A recent online survey hosted by the Maroon-News revealed that the student body overwhelmingly supports the addition of another sorority house. One hundred students were polled for this data.
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sororities of Colgate have seen a marked jump in the size of their new member classes. Kappa, Gamma Phi and Tri Delta welcomed pledge classes of 65, 66 and 54 women, respectively. “I’m worried [my sorority] isn’t going to be as close-knit of a community as it could be,” sophomore Jacky Baughman said. “I think only having three sororities on campus might detract from the Greek experience because it’s clear that the interest in Greek Life is so high.” Baughman’s comments are echoed by representatives of the Panhellenic executive board. “Not only is it difficult to keep track of a class of 70 women, it’s also hard to get to know all of the new members, and it is difficult for all of them to get to know each other,” Hinman said.
In a recent interview with the Maroon-News, the newly appointed President Dr. Jeffrey Herbst complimented Colgate Greek Life on its aspirations, but when questioned about the hot topic of the possibility of another sorority on camps, he commented that “those are discussions we are going to have at some point.” After the four-year suspension given to Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) in 2008 because of alcohol violations related to hazing, Colgate is now left with three nationally recognized sororities amidst an incredibly high demand among women on campus to be part of Greek Life. However, violations to Pahellenic Council Rules in 2010 occurred even before bids came in. Although none of the violations resulted in suspension of a sorority, “all were dealt with accordingly,” Hinman said, “and the rules of Panhellenic were made much clearer to the women participating in Recruitment, both sorority members and potential new members.”
The Panhellenic Council claimed it was not at liberty to discuss the violations or the identity of the violators. In the midst of talk of the necessity of an additional sorority, the topic of “dirty rush” is being discussed heavily on campus. The issue spans Greek Life as a whole and is not just restricted to the women on campus. In addition to stipulations that prohibit events “with the explicit or implicit intent to recruit unaffiliated women,” the Panhellenic rules of Recruitment strictly prohibit sorority member and PNM interactions at the Greek houses or the PNMs places of residence from August 1 until the end of recruitment. Despite these provisions, “dirty rush” is on the minds of many members of the student body. “I’d like to think the process of recruitment isn’t already over before it starts,” Baughman said. Contact Carter Cooper at email@example.com.
September 16, 2010
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Volume CXLIII, Number 4 September 16, 2010
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Editor’s Column Searching for God and Truth By Gillian Scherz Sports Editor
I had an amazing summer. Considering that has not happened since I was about eight, I was excited to finally have something special to discuss in my editor’s column. I sat down to write, however, and thought: How exactly do I articulate how working on a ranch in Colorado changed my life? It was not the horses, it was not the altitude and it certainly was not cleaning the cabins. It may have been the mountains. But in retrospect, I can sum it up in three words: God, community and freedom. God never ceases to amaze me and that is all I have to say about that. But the paradox of community and freedom is more difficult to explain. First, when I say community, I mean 65 college-aged adults living, working, eating, sleeping and breathing together non-stop for three and a half months. It sure as heck did not feel like freedom when “alone time” required hiking boots. Yet this summer has been the most intellectually and spiritually freeing season of my life. Growing up as an only child in a strict Christian family with a stay-at-home mom, I was never short on attention. Considering I am not exactly the rebellious type, I never wanted to tell my parents, “Hey, you just chill out for a few years while I go play around and figure out what I personally really believe about Jesus.” I started living for myself, but I still was not thinking independently, so I could not wait for the freedom that Colgate could provide. College is the perfect place for figuring out what you believe and who you are as an individual, right? No parents, very few rules and all about tolerance. Except as I went to write this, I was overwhelmed by my past fears of sharing my beliefs so openly and the lack of freedom of thought at Colgate. I have had a professor tell me that those of us who still follow Christ in this day and age are “f*–ing idiots.” I have had friends who encouraged me to be myself, but if they happened to come around while I was reading my Bible, they would get cranky. I am expected to respect the beliefs of others as their own choices, which I do, even when they morally conflict with my own. Yet should I dare voice that, at least with regard to my own behavior, I personally believe something to be wrong, I am instantly vilified as the ignorant, insensitive girl who is trying to shove outdated Christian insanity onto everyone else. Adversity never totally squandered my beliefs, nor did it help my faith to positively develop in refute. Eventually, I just mentally shut down. I hid my thoughts and avoided those uncomfortable discussions and consequently, I pushed my beliefs to the back of my mind. None of this I realized, however, until I spent the summer thousands of miles away. Too much “believe!” at home, too much “don’t believe!” at school – I needed to be alone. Yet it was at Lost Valley Ranch, where I was even more constantly surrounded by people, that I finally learned how to think for myself. It took awhile. I refused to share anything personal for the first month I was there. I could not stop wondering how such strong women, so confident in their own beliefs, would react to the girl who did not have it all figured out, the girl who had been pushing her faith and convictions to the back of her mind for the better part of two years. But more than their judgments, I was afraid of their influence. I knew the reason I went to Lost Valley was that the only way for me to really discover and commit to what I believe was by getting away from familiar pressures and I would be darned if I let anyone I had just met push me in any direction. But as will happen when one bottles things up for too long, one day I unloaded my heart and soul on my crew and discovered that these strangers-turned-friends were unlike anyone I had ever known. I had never been around so many people who encouraged me to think for myself and actually meant it. They asked the tough questions, they made me reflect on my past and my life, but they never judged my answer or me, no matter what. They gave me support and guidance of the best kind. As we drove to the airport at 5 a.m. and I watched the sun rise over the mountains, I felt the incredible sense of freedom that comes with finally discovering what you believe and consequently, who you are. At the end of the day, the people at Lost Valley not only gave me a faith all my own, but they taught me to stand up for it, to live according to my beliefs and be courageous enough to proclaim who I am from the mountaintops. Or the Maroon-News. Contact Gillian Scherz at email@example.com.
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September 16, 2010
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Constitutional Freedoms and the “Ground Zero Mosque” By Ryan Holliday Class of 2014
The only reason I support the building of Park51, which will be home to the Cordoba House, is because of the Constitution. Building it may not be popular, but we cannot pick and choose when we follow the Constitution. I recognize that they have the right to build it, but is it right to build it two blocks from Ground Zero? Raheel Raza, a Muslim Canadian Congress Board Member, said, “I can’t begin to imagine how they would even conceive an idea that building a mosque there, which is an exclusive place of prayer for Muslims, would in any way build tolerance and respect.” Building the mosque two blocks from Ground Zero is a slap across the face to thousands of family members of 9/11 victims, the city of New York and America. And what was the original dedication date? 9/11. It is hard to believe someone unintentionally picked a date that has been ingrained in the memory of all Americans. Raza later said, “And as a Muslim, I read in my holy book, the Quran, that we should be very sensitive towards people of other faiths, especially when we are living in lands that are not Muslim lands…We don’t show our caring for them by being intolerant.” Is it right to build it two blocks from Ground Zero? Raza would say that it is not and many Americans would agree. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wrote in a New York Times Op-Ed article, “Our name, Cordoba, was inspired by the city in Spain where Muslims, Christians and Jews co-existed in the Middle Ages during a period of great cultural enrichment
created by Muslims. Our initiative is intended to cultivate understanding among all religions and cultures.” The first Cordoba mosque was built in the Spanish city of Cordoba after the Muslim conquest of Christian Spain. The Iberian Peninsula and North Africa were ruled from Cordoba, which acted as the region’s cultural and financial center. The truth behind the city of Cordoba is that when it was conquered many of the men were murdered and many of the women were sent back to the Arab lands as slaves. Non-Muslims were automatically deemed as second-class and had many civil rights restricted, including building temples and churches. The Cordoba mosque was built as a sign of victory and power, and mosques have been routinely built as signs of victory by Muslims. It is interesting that Rauf chose to name the mosque the Cordoba House and chose to build it not only in the city which many might consider the cultural and financial center of the U.S., but right near the sight of the 9/11 attack. Nine days after the 9/11 attacks, Rauf said in a 60 Minutes interview, “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened. But the United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” In an interview with New York’s WABC radio in June of 2010, Rauf was asked if he considered Hamas a terrorist organization. He said, “The issue of terrorism is a very complex question…The U.S. and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end.” Do these comments matter? There are those that suspect Rauf has connections to extremists and terrorism. Groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, International Institute of Islamic Thought and the Islamic So-
ciety of North America, and their ties to Rauf, are worth further investigation. A Washington Post article dated September 14, 2007, says that Stephen Coughlin, a lawyer and military intelligence specialist on the Joint Staff, stated in a September 7 memorandum that many U.S. Muslim groups, viewed as moderate by the Justice Department, are linked secretly to the proterrorist group Muslim Brotherhood. He also said these groups are engaged in influential and deceptive operations designed to mask their true aims. If Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf is connected to organizations that have ties to terrorist groups, does it matter? The answers to these questions will not impact whether the mosque will be built. I believe that they do, however, matter. The questions indicate that there is more to this story. From what Coughlin says, should there be more important questions being asked right now about who these people are and what they really believe? If the connections to terrorists are real, are we prepared to deal with them? In the same 2007 Washington Post article, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that nothing is being done domestically to battle Islamist extremist ideas. It is clear that Rauf has a right to build Park51 wherever he wants. I believe, as do many others, it is insensitive and counterproductive. It appears, however, that there is more to this than just whether or not it is good for the Muslim-American relationship. Although it does not apply to the majority of Muslim Americans, it raises awareness of the potentially dangerous minority. Contact Ryan Holliday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Queer Corner Gender Bender By Eugene Riordan
a media frenzy arose with accusations about her being intersex. She was able to keep her medal and has been cleared for international It is the third week of school; I think you competition, but if she does indeed have incan handle this. At least there is not a quiz to tersexed chromosomes (the results from DNA go along with this reading. tests have not been released), should she be You have probably heard the term “herable to run as a woman? She was raised as maphrodite” before, referring to someone with one and identifies as such. Should she comtwo fully-formed genitalia. I always thought pete against men, or simply be barred from all the organs would be right next to each other, competitions because of how she was born? just hanging around. If you are a linguistics Many regard being intersexed as a genetic buff, you will notice that the word is a pairing condition: that a biological sex binary exists of Hermes and Aphrodite, the Greek gods of and that these peoples’ genes deviate from male and female sexuality, respectively. How the norm. I would like to challenge that noclever of these long-ago, term-coining people! tion. While the determination of sex is a bioThe problem with the term is exactly my old logical process, it is up to humans to decide conceptualization of it: that this person would what a person clinically is to be defined and have two fully formed sexual organs. Personif not male or female, they get lumped into ally, that sounds terrifying; having to deal with this amorphous “other” category, which is only one unruly organ neither definite nor is enough. The people uniform. In fact, who did actually fall even in our categoriunder this term most zation of male and felikely did not have male, there is a wide bodies that fit this despectrum of variety scription and it became in sexual anatomy. outmoded early on in The size and shape the twentieth century of breasts, scrotums, and is now regarded as clitorises and penises, offensive (mostly beamong others, differ cause it is impossible, from person to peras we shall see later). So son and sometimes then what does a perchange over time. son in this community Obviously if you look like? Or be called? run my argument Let us bring it back to its furthest point, to basics (something you get an infinite which will be helpful amount of identities in the future!). If you and categories, which are talking about sex, is impossible for our you are talking about neat ordering stratethe biological sex that gies that we humans your body was born BATTLE OF THE SEXES: Although our gender system is binary, the reality is that love so very, very as. This is something just like sexual preference, biological sex also exists on a spectrum. South African much. That is not my you can not change, runner Caster Semenya is one of many individuals who does not fit neatly into a box. suggestion. My point cdn5.matters.com because this is encodis to try and help you ed in your genes and not in your favorite intersex conditions (like Wikipedia!), there see a spectrum of possibilities, rather than a stark pair of Levis. Getting a Sexual Reassign- is a wide swath of variations that exist and duality and that variety is possible even when ment Surgery (SRS) is a completely differ- while the possibilities may not be endless, you did not think that there could be. This ent topic-- that person is known as transgen- they certainly are numerous. does not only apply to topics on sexuality speder. That is for a later time, so do not worry Statistics show that about 1 in 2,000 people cifically (try it out on everything!), but I will be about it… yet. are born as intersexed and many might not advocating for it as the year goes on. Remember biology class? Females have XX even know it. Remember the South African And with that, class dismissed. That was chromosomes and males have XY. Like any runner, Caster Semenya? After she won the not so hard, was it? Now to research S&M… good biological process, of course, DNA chains gold medal in the 2009 World ChampionContact Eugene Riordan at sometimes change the rules and switch some ships, people suspected drug use, but instead email@example.com. Class of 2011
stuff around. This could show in the chain as XO (nothing else paired), XXY, or XXX (you know they are hardcore). If this happens, all sorts of systems are affected. This person, who has reproductive anatomy that does not fit the traditional classification as exclusively male or female and through no fault of their own, becomes known as being intersex. What the heck does that mean? Well, it does not mean that a person is both biologically male and female (the definition of hermaphrodite). Even if an intersex person has two fully formed genitals (very rare), they will only either produce sperm or release eggs. Sorry, no self-pregnancies. It also means that the person could have ambiguous genitalia, internal sexual organs or combined anatomy. While many different places try and classify the different variations of
Letter to the Editor R-E-S-P-E-C-T By Alexandra Dew and Caroline Collatos Class of 2013
As anyone spending time here quickly learns, the lives of Colgate University and the town of Hamilton are inseparable. The university offers a hive of economic activity benefiting the town and the school basks in the beauty and safety of one of the prettiest areas of America. Unfortunately, it is not all win-win. The annual invasion of 2,800 students into a town of around the same population can strain the goodwill of even the biggest local Raiders supporter. Think noisy frat parties, weekend litter, game day traffic, college pranks and, more seriously, theft and vandalism. We students use town services, but do not pay local property taxes. We enjoy the public spaces, but we do not bear the responsibilities for maintaining them. Colgate students need to remember that, when we come to Hamilton, we are entering the home of town residents. We need to act as polite guests, respectful of the people, businesses and properties that are here when we arrive and will remain when our college days are just a memory. With a little effort, our time in Hamilton can be a win-win for everyone. Contact Alexandra Dew at firstname.lastname@example.org and Caroline Collatos at email@example.com.
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Being a Buffett
Life Is What You Make It Offers Inspiration and Insight By Jenn Carey
for those who are sure of their path in life, but also for those individuals who may be confused about their passions. Buffett further stressed the value of the “intangible” skills that college teaches “You’re Warren Buffett’s son? But you seem so normal!” young adults, including social skills. In addition to being an oft-heard remark for author Peter Buf“If I really thought about it, I wish I would have stayed through fett, the above statement marks the first chapter of his book, Life [the whole college experience] for some of the intangible reasons, Is What You Make It, a well thought-out compilation of anec- but I also got a jumpstart on my career because I didn’t,” Buffett dotes and advice for the self-reflective reader. Despite growing said, when asked if he thought leaving college in pursuit of a dream up as the son of one of the world’s most legendary investors, was feasible for today’s students. Peter Buffett – both in person Life Is What You Make It offers and in print – proves that he has insight that is as priceless and ilremained grounded. luminating as Buffett’s personal “I never set out to write [a anecdotes. One of the greatest book] – it just sort of organically strengths of the book comes from came out of the fact that really, Buffett’s ability to anticipate and as I got older and had my own perceive potential questions. Bufcareer to look back on and my fett consistently remains one step dad simultaneously got more ahead of the attentive reader, emwell known for how successful ploying great attention to detail in he’d been ... it just sort of all his efforts to define and describe came together and made sense to concepts like personal success. write about, I guess, why I was so While the book collectively makes normal,” Buffett revealed, when for a though-provoking and inasked about his transition from spiring read, Buffett highlights the music to literature. importance of the epilogue. In addition to his career as a “[The epilogue] talks about comrecognized composer and produc- BUFFETT’S BUFFET OF ADVICE : Peter Buffett offers mitment and what happens when er, Buffett is no stranger to shar- advice for a fulfilling life journey in his novel. you actually commit to something, ing his stories with others. Before and how valuable that is ... to say, musicremedy.com, cnbc.com penning Life Is What You Make It, ‘look, I’m going to do this because Buffett spent time talking to wealthy individuals about how to suc- I believe in it,” as opposed to “‘because my parents told me to’ or cessfully raise their children and also began a show series called “Con- ‘society told me to,’” Buffett said. cert and Conversation.” Buffett credits this concert series as one of Perhaps the greatest success of the book, however, is the portrait the major impetuses behind his decision to author a book, as well as it paints of Buffett’s family. Life Is What You Make It is a tribute potential inspiration for future written works. to the role of Buffett’s parents in his development, and as such, “I’m doing these ‘Concert and Conversation’ shows all around the book portrays the sense of gratefulness that Buffett feels for the country and even the world and I think by next year I’ll have his family. a lot of stories and a lot of feedback on what people are thinking “I think [the book] really amplifies my parents’ values in so and doing … and that could very well make up a second book … I many ways … my dad wouldn’t go around trumpeting what a great think it will be almost like a practical guide to how to do the things dad he was, or the things he said to his children, but I can do that that the book talks about,” Buffett said. in a real and authentic way,” Buffett said. While a second book may be in the works, Life Is What You Make While Buffett continues to maintain that his life growing up It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment stands alone as a successful, was quite normal, the stories composing Life Is What You Make thought-provoking and enjoyable read. The book focuses on the It clearly convey that, with respect to his family’s role, Buffett’s journey to finding a sense of individual completion and satisfaction, upbringing was exceptionally fortunate. As the book continues to with Buffett offering his own stories of his transition into the music meet with praise and receptive audiences, the value of Buffett’s industry. Although Life Is What You Make It is particularly suited to experiences, advice and insight is solidified and spread. Readers’ college-aged students deciding what they want to do with their lives, support for Life Is What You Make It, however, may just be icing Buffett’s own college journey was cut short when he left Stanford to on the cake. pursue his music career. “My dad read it. I sent him an early manuscript and he loved “It’s a little tricky having college kids read the book, realizing it,” Buffett said. And with Warren Buffett’s endorsement, what that I left college,” Buffett said, laughing. He was quick to em- more do you need? phasize the importance of a diverse education, however, not only Contact Jenn Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Arts & Features Editor
In The Light Dana Bohan
By Bridget Sheppard Arts & Features Editor
For a student who initially did not think she would attend Colgate, senior Dana Bohan, a New York City native, certainly feels she made the right decision in the end. Bohan, a self-described “cheese ball” says she could not imagine her life anywhere else and, like most seniors, can hardly believe how quickly her college years are passing. A sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a member of the Colgate University Geology Society (CUGS) and the Student Government Association (SGA) and currently serving on the executive board for the Senior Class Gift Committee, Bohan is an active member of the Colgate community. Her motivation for that is her desire to meet as many people as she can while she is here. Her friends even call her a “friend-collector.” “Every day I meet someone who blows me out of the water,” Bohan said. Geology was the last major Bohan expected to choose, but she was drawn to the department by the professors’ contagious passion and willingness to reach out to their students. She declares that the department “couldn’t be better.” She is presently researching climate change in the Gulf Coast through an independent study. After graduation, Bohan aims to enter sustainability or environmental consulting, hoping to choose a career in line with both her wish to meet new people and to help maintain the earth. As involved as Bohan is academically, she also sees the value in exploring other areas. She studied abroad to Galway, Ireland through a non-Colgate program. “[The trip] provided a unique perspective on a culture I had never been immersed in before,” Bohan said. She credits Kappa, too, for opening her eyes to areas to which she had not previously been exposed. The different interests of all the members grant Bohan “a great way to be connected with a whole other world.” Through Kappa’s philanthropy events, she has seen more of the local Hamilton community and encountered more of the Colgate student body. “The girls are wonderful and we have so much fun together,” Bohan said of her sisters. Facing her final year at Colgate, Bohan realizes how easy it is to become overwhelmed and forget to appreciate the beauty of the school and all it provides its students, but she hopes to overcome that and stay positive. When she leaves the university, she hopes to have taken advantage of everything that Colgate has to offer and, with her eagerness to try new activities and to always meet more people, it seems very likely that she will do exactly that. To nominate a senior for In The Light, e-mail email@example.com.
Theta Chi Brothers Rescue Fallen Hiker by Kat Kollitides Maroon-News Staff
This past summer proved to be lifechanging for two Colgate students. On August 4, junior Drew Moura and senior Jason Cohen were among five camp counselors who rescued a hiker who nearly fell to his death off a waterfall in New Hampshire. The Theta Chi brothers had been hiking with friends around 2 p.m. on their day off from West End House Camp in Parsonfield, Maine where they worked. “We decided to go up the trail to the waterfall, which was about 100 yards or so from the road,” Cohen, a Biochemistry major from Newton, Mass., said. “We were sitting on a ledge where the waterfall levels off, about 100 feet from the ground. We saw a guy about 60 feet above us, standing on another leveled platform.” “We were taking photos and goofing around,” Moura, a History major from New Hampshire, said. “All of a sudden,
out of the corner of my eye, I saw this huge blob fly past. Rocks were falling down and we realized the man had tumbled.” The boys explained that the man, later identified as a 24-year-old local named Devin Arn, who frequently climbed the waterfall, had landed on the edge of the platform where the group was standing. Arn was bleeding profusely from his head and was unconscious. “We called 911 immediately from one of our cell phones,” Cohen, who is a certified EMT, said. “Arn then regained consciousness and began to squirm. I knew it would be dangerous to move him because he was bleeding, but we had to bring him to a stable location.” “He was a big guy,” Moura remarked. “Yeah, about 220 to 240 pounds,” Cohen agreed. “It took a lot of effort to move him, but we managed to bring him in about six feet from the ledge.” After moving Arn, the boys covered the wound with a t-shirt and stayed with
the victim until the paramedics arrived. Due to the isolated location of the waterfall, Arn needed to be belayed down with ropes to a less precarious location. Moura and Cohen were not allowed to assist with the rescue because they were wearing flipflops. The two filled out a routine police report describing what happened. Arn was brought to the ICU and then taken home. The entire save took over three hours. “We’ve heard that he’s made a full recovery, but apparently he remembers nothing of what happened. We received a thankyou letter from his parents and that was all of the contact we’ve had,” Moura said. When asked if they have ever saved a life before under such arduous circumstances, Moura and Cohen shook their heads. “I’ve made saves in SOMAC and as an EMT, but this was very different. In this situation, we did what we could do. Thankfully, we were just there at the right time,” Cohen said. Contact Kat Kollitides at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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September 16, 2010
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Colgate Perspectives on the Islamic Center Near Ground Zero By Tom Wiley
Manhattan over the weekend to observe Rosh Hashanah with his family. September 11 was that Saturday. “You know, I was more for the mosque before I went back home over the weekend. It is no fault of the Imam and his supporters, but this mosque that was meant to It is sometimes hard to remember that the gray stone buildings and rural campus of this be one thing has become something else. It has turned Ground Zero, which should be a university are not so far removed from our nearest metropolitan city, the sprawling mass of place of commemoration, into a place of protest.” concrete and people that is New York City. To many on campus, however, our proximity to the “Just talking with my mother this weekend, I remembered what a big deal 9/11 was for the city was a bit clearer this week as the Colgate community quietly recognized the anniversary people of New York,” Weiss continued. “We all knew someone who died, someone who came of the September 11 attacks that struck the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan – and the home covered in soot from the towers. It’s difficult.” nation – nine years ago. Last year, Weiss ran for Student Government Association President on a platform that inRecently, controversy surrounding a proposed plan to build an Islamic Center two blocks cluded an intention to work for a memorial at Colgate dedicated to Colgate alumni who died from the site of Ground Zero has been portrayed by many as a referendum on at least a in the attacks. Weiss placed second in the elections. He was asked how this issue reverberated part of the legacy of the 9/11 attacks. The Maroon-News sought in light of his previous feelings regarding the loss of those attacks. to engage some opinions from the Colgate community on this “The best thing I’ve taken from Colgate is that community is contentious national debate. One person who weighed in on the important,” Weiss said. “It’s why I wanted to build the memorial. matter is Director of Middle Eastern and Islamic Civilization I think you have to think of community when you think of the Studies (MIST) and Associate Professor of Political Science and mosque, too.” MIST Bruce Rutherford. As President of College Democrats, Weiss also shared his views When asked about Imam Faisal Abdal Raouf ’s intentions as a member of his affiliated party. for building the Islamic Center near Ground Zero, Professor “A large part of me thinks they should build it there. The Rutherford provided a two-sided response. debate that you have seen come out of this has been un-Ameri“Mr. Abdul Rauf has stated two arguments for building this can,” Weiss said. “You have seen a witch hunt against the Imam center,” Rutherford said. “First, to provide a community cenand his supporters. The willful ignorance that you have seen in ter and mosque that meets the needs of the growing Muslim this is disheartening.” population in lower Manhattan. And, by constructing them in Weiss added more about how he thinks the issue will resolve. lower Manhattan, to explicitly challenge and reject the radical “I think the anger will die down,” Weiss said. “It will die down, conception of Islam that was used to justify the 9/11 attacks. He even if only because so much of it has been created out of political is very much interested in building bridges. He believes that this motivations from politicians. After November [elections], this will center is an affirmation of the moderate, tolerant and inclusive disappear and there might even be hope for the [Islamic] center.” form of Islam that he practices. It is also important to note that, Finally, the topic of how the mosque and the character of his in a recent interview with CNN, he said that if he had known native city might come together or clash came to light. in advance that the mosque would generate such controversy, he “New York is a tight-knit place where everyone and everywould have built it somewhere else.” thing is on top of each other,” Weiss said. “You can find all sorts Professor Rutherford had more information to contribute to of things built right next to each other in this city. In this way, A SENSITIVE ISSUE: The proposed mosque at the debate. I think the mosque might work. You build where you have to. “The degree of controversy surrounding the mosque has put Ground Zero continues to generate controversy That’s New York.” [Abdul Rauf ] in a quandary,” Rutherford said. “He says that if between Americans and Muslims alike. Weiss isn’t the only student whose background and interests he were to move the mosque now – in response to some very library.thinkquest.org provides a pertinent opinion on the issue. Junior Rihab Rubaihostile rhetoric about Islam and Muslim from some very promiyat, President of the Muslim Student Association at Colgate, also nent figures in American life – it would be portrayed in the Islamic world as evidence that voiced an opinion. the U.S. is hostile toward Islam and that Muslims are not welcome here. Osama Bin Laden “There is a distinction,” Rubaiyat said, “between Islamic extremism and, say, what the has been saying for years that America is at war with Islam, and he has used this claim as the Muslims in Lower Manhattan who would be using this mosque stand for. By not building it, cornerstone of his efforts to recruit fighters and persuade them to carry out attacks. Abdul you are not being sensitive to the Muslims who are in your community.” Rauf fears that, if he relocates the mosque in the face of the current hostile rhetoric, it will be Rubaiyat is also a native of predominately Muslim Bangladesh. portrayed by Bin Laden’s supporters as evidence that Bin Laden is right and will make it easier “It is essential to have this mosque, not only for the Muslims in Lower Manhattan, but for them and other radicals to broaden their support.” because it is a symbol and a big, big step,” Rubaiyat said. “If you don’t build the mosque, the Rutherford was also asked whether Islam is a religion that repudiates the ideology that led legacy of 9/11 is compromised. The motive of the 9/11 terrorists was to be divisive and to to the attacks on 9/11. foster hate. This backlash is what [Osama] bin Laden was counting on. I believe in building “Yes, I believe that is the case,” Rutherford said. “As one studies Islamic history and culture, bridges between America and Islam. In not building the mosque, you take away from any one sees that it has a strong tradition of hospitality and inclusion. One must remember that understanding built up between the two cultures. The progress becomes meaningless.” the radical Muslims who advocate violent attacks against the West are a very tiny fraction of Rubaiyat was also asked what damage this controversy might have on America and its the world’s Muslim population. They are not insignificant – they are dangerous and must relationship with Islam. be confronted and defeated. But, they are not at all representative of the Islamic world as “What I don’t like is people being ignorant,” Rubaiyat said. “The remarks you hear don’t a whole.” reflect the opinions of Americans that I have come to know so well. I feel a lot of this comes Professor Rutherford then led the topic of conversation to the question of whether the from political propaganda. Most Americans that I know would not object to people praying mosque is disrespectful to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. near Ground Zero ... We’re already living with you. Intolerance is the wrong take-away.” “I think you can say it is disrespectful only if you believe that Islam and all Muslims were Finally, Rubaiyat was asked what he thought the effects of this controversy would be in the responsible for the attacks,” Rutherford said. “However, it is very important to emphasize that global international Islamic community that he knows so well. this is not the case. The attacks were carried out by a very violent group of radicals who tried “Our image of America has taken a hit over time, especially in light of [the invasion of ] to use Islam to legitimate and sanctify their violence. They were in no sense representative of Iraq,” Rubaiyat answered. “At this point, I hate to say it, but not building the mosque would Islam. As a consequence, one should not regard the construction of a Muslim place of worship not come as a surprise. We might be upset and sad, but not surprised. But if the mosque was as a gesture of support for them.” built, the people would be surprised, but in a good way. As someone who now knows America Politically active senior Max Weiss also had a view on the issue. intimately inside and outside, I would be proud. It would go a long, long way.” “Yeah, I’m a New Yorker,” Weiss said, having just returned from a trip back home to Contact Tom Wiley at email@example.com. Assistant Editor
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This Week at the Movies Going the Distance
Resident Evil: Afterlife
By Will Hazzard
By Srikar Gullapalli
Romantic comedies have an inherent problem built into their own genre: they take the elements of both a comedy and romance and synthesize them into an all-together better and more fulfilling experience. It is a good idea considering how funny love, sex and everything involving the opposite sex is. The majority of these movies, however, just kind of fumble on one part or the other. And that is how Going the Distance, directed by Nanette Burstein and written by Geoff LaTulippe, falls short. While the movie has some genuinely funny moments, the story itself is contrived and predictable, ultimately making the film mediocre. Garret (Justin Long) is a lowly record producer living in New York who recently broke up with his girlfriend. Erin (Drew Barrymore) is a summer intern at a New York newspaper who has not been having the best time. They meet at a bar. They hook up. They both say they are not looking for something serious, especially since Erin is leaving to finish grad school in San Francisco in six weeks. They decide to keep things casual. Of course, that does not work out and they become attached at the hip. When it comes time for Erin to leave, they can not stand to break it off and decide to do the long-term thing. Drama ensues. If you or anyone you ever knew has been in a long-distance relationship, you will be able to spot every twist and turn in this movie right down to the very end. Now, normally, this would be okay considering it is a pretty relatable subject, but the writing is just so bad. Like, really bad. Like, whenever the couple talks about how much they love and care about each other, it is so mushy and exaggerated that it could make you puke. The most redeeming quality of it all, though, is Garret’s roommates, who provide a good amount of the comedy in this movie. Their conversations and strategies for picking up chicks are great and work well to contrast Garrett and Erin. But whenever they are off-screen, the movie just is not at its potential. The movie itself is well put together. It is vibrant and colorful with some cool wipe effects to illustrate travel and distance. Nothing too dramatic was done that really catches the eye, though. Mainly, it consists of a lot of shots of New York and San Francisco to ground the viewer, considering the location changes a lot. There are some instances where bubbles appear over their heads to illustrate texting, but those can be more annoying than cute. The sound track is fantastic though, with a brilliant mix of ‘80s sob songs, classic rock and newer indie hits. The music really adds an extra layer of interest and helps some of the duller moments in the movie. All in all, Going the Distance is not that great of a movie. Maybe if you are just a diehard fan of romantic comedies, then this one is right at the top of your list. For the rest of us, the movie fluctuates too much between funny and stupid to merit a really serious viewing. If you want a movie to take a girl on a date with, this is probably a pretty safe bet that you will both enjoy to a certain extent. Everyone else might want to look for something a little better. Contact Will Hazzard at email@example.com.
Resident Evil: Afterlife is an admirable movie as long as you have your expectations at the right level. It achieves entertainment, manages not to be too silly, has some commendable action scenes and for once, the 3-D effect works. A word of caution: if you have not seen any of the previous Resident Evil movies, then you probably will not understand this one. While it is not an unstructured movie, it might seem like a complete mess of disconnected scenes if you have not seen the previous movies. The movie picks up right from the end of Resident Evil: Extinction. Alice (Milla Jovovich), the superhuman protagonist and all her clones attack the Umbrella Corporation’s base in Japan and attempt to kill Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts). Wesker manages to escape and blows up the base, killing all the Alice clones. The real Alice is aboard the plane, but ends up getting injected with a serum in a fistfight with Wesker. The serum makes her human again. The plane crashes and Alice walks out of the carnage. She then flies to Arcadia, a supposed safe haven for humans from the infection. Oh, quick side note -- the infection, or T-virus, turns humans into zombies. Most human beings are now zombies and there are only a few survivors. Arcadia is where Alice’s friends from Resident Evil: Extinction had flown to at the end of that movie. She finds the place deserted, but pristine. She is then attacked by Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), one of her friends from the previous movie, who now has an Umbrella Corporation device attached to her chest. Alice subdues Claire and takes off the device. Claire is amnesiac and cannot remember where all the other people she was with have gone. They fly out on Alice’s two person plane and meet up with a band of survivors holding out in a maximum-security prison in LA, surrounded by thousands of zombies. These survivors reveal to Alice that Arcadia is a ship that is off the coast of LA. They ponder ways to get to the ship. Chris (Wentworth Miller), a mysterious man being held in one of the cells, offers them a way out in return for freedom. He is revealed to be Claire’s brother. His way fails and by now the zombies have dug up a path all the way from the sewers. The survivors decide that it is best to use these sewers (crawling with zombies) to get to the ship. The finale at the ship has Alice face off with the now supervillan, Wesker. The ending itself was kind of surprising in how open-ended it left the series. The dialogue is passable for a 3-D action movie. Outside of Alice, the characters are not fleshed out at all. It can get quite irritating when this movie tries to aim for depth. You wish they would just stop pretending (it is quite painful) and get on with the action and plot. The music was good, but not as good as the first Resident Evil movie. And the ending is kind of like the ending of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. It does not resolve anything and creates whole new problems and situations, which will probably be tackled in the sequel (already confirmed). This can be quite irritating, since it leaves you wondering if Afterlife had any meaning at all by itself. I personally liked the 3-D effect for the first time this year. Action scenes are loads of fun and watching Alice as a human again lends it some degree of tension. It is different from all the other Resident Evil movies in its approach, and it is not as predictable as you think it would be. The plot takes some nice turns. Jovovich does not do a terrible job of acting and makes you care for the story occasionally. And, hell, I was entertained. So if you are watching Afterlife this weekend, I suggest you keep your expectations low and just have a good time. Contact Srikar Gullapalli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hollywood on the Hill Hollywood Fantasy Draft By Josh Glick
but he did not want to be.
With the NFL season underway, one activity dominates every Colgate male’s Sunday afternoon: fantasy football. For those of you who do not know what fantasy football is: a) grow up and b) it is when you draft NFL players based on how good of a season you think they will have. I love fantasy football and because I am not a cool kid, an idea struck me as I was playing with my fantasy team this week: what if there was a Hollywood fantasy league where you drafted movie stars? As if you could not tell where this article was going, here are my rankings of the top ten actors (or my “fantasy first rounders”) in Hollywood. 10. TOM HANKS While he is no longer the movie star he once was, Forrest Gump will always have a place in my heart. His upcoming movie Larry Crowne, will be in Oscar contention. And, most importantly, he is the voice of Woody, Hollywood’s biggest boss. 9. SHIA LABEOUF Forget that he started with Even Stevens (Hamilton Firefighter junior Sammy Freccia’s favorite show), Labeouf has been box office fire since leaving the Disney channel. Transformers has been one of the biggest movie franchises of the decade, Indiana Jones is not too shabby and Wall Street Two is getting great reviews. Plus, he made out with Megan Fox. 8. GEORGE CLOONEY Let us be honest, there are not many men out there as handsome as Clooney. I am man enough to admit it. Clooney has been able to show a wide range of roles and film types. From Up in the Air to the Ocean’s films, I see no signs of Clooney stopping any time soon. 7. DANIEL DAY LEWIS He is the best actor of his generation, but not the best movie star. He hates to do blockbuster films and that has hurt his career. And while he enjoys doing London theatre more than film, his role in There Will be Blood is one of the best ever. He could have been one of the greats,
6. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. He is Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man and the new Wizard of Oz. Boom. 5. MATT DAMON It would be egregious for Jason Bourne to not be on this list. Damon has a great past resume and is starring in the new Clint Eastwood film and Coen Brothers film. Lastly, Damon has the coolest line in film history: “How do you like them apples?” 4. WILL SMITH The only actor ever to have ten films in a row to all make over $100 million, Smith has not been in anything recently. With Men in Black 3 on the horizon, however, box office records are inevitable. 3. JOHNNY DEPP Captain Jack Sparrow is now the highest paid actor in Hollywood. ’Nuff Said. 2. BRAD PITT When Pitt is not trying to save the world with Angie, he has turned into one of the five biggest stars in Hollywood. He has starred in arguably two of the best movies of the decade (Benjamin Button and Inglorious Basterds) and is the star of Terence Mallick’s new film, The Tree of Life. With Aaron Sorkin’s Moneyball on the horizon, Pitt will continue to be one of the five biggest stars in the biz. 1. LEONARDO DiCAPRIO Whether it is a blockbuster film or Oscar hopeful, Leo is the most sought-out actor in Hollywood. Inception was the film event of the summer and his upcoming film Hoover seems to be a lock for a best actor Oscar win. He is also in talks to be Aquaman. Only Leo can out do Vinny Chase (before he did coke...what up, Entourage). Leo is every director’s dream. Contact Josh Glick at email@example.com.
ARTS & FEATURES
September 16, 2010
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A Classical Evening
Bouk and Hosaki Play in the Chapel
Poulette’s Promising Performance
By Michael Manansala
By Jennifer Rivera
The second selection was followed by a brief intermission, giving Bouk’s voice and Hosaki’s scrambling fingers a much On Friday, September 10, Colgate hosted needed break and me the opportunity to two musicians: Elizabeth Bouk and Akiko receive feedback on the two’s performance Hosaki. The mezzo-soprathus far. no and pianist worked in “I think it’s great. I’ve collaboration to serenade known Elizabeth since elmembers of the Colgate ementary school and I’ve community as people never heard her sound so from the university and good. She sounds wonderthe village of Hamilton ful,” a childhood friend of gathered in the Colgate Bouk, Doug Deniro, said. University Memorial Citizens of Hamilton Chapel at 7:30 p.m. also lauded Bouk’s and Many traversed up the Hosaki’s performance, hill to enjoy the night of calling it, “fantastic.” music and song, including The chattering in the Colgate’s own teacher of PIANO AND VOICE: Singer chapel lowered to a whisvoice and artist-in-residence, Elizabeth Bouk and pianist Akiko per as Bouk and Hosaki Neva Pilgrim. Hosaki performed in the Chapel. reclaimed the stage. The Quincey Spagnoletti program continued with “I came out from Syracuse to hear a colleague, and Dominick Argento’s it’s really a beautiful program,” Pilgrim said. From the Diary of Virginia Woolf. Bouk and As the lights dimmed, Bouk and Hosaki Hosaki’s rendition of the cycle proved to made their way up to the stage. The eve- be both powerful and beautiful. Before the ning commenced with a piece by Johannes night came to a close, the duo surprised the Brahms called Ziguenerlieder or Gypsy Songs audience with an unexpected performance in English. The selection consisted of eight of Kurt Weill’s I’m a Stranger to Myself. connected pieces all varying widely in rhythAt the conclusion of the program, I had mic intensity, tone and melody, making for a the opportunity to talk to Bouk. Although sort of musical roller coaster ride. Each song this is her first official performance at the depicted a different part of the complicated university, she is no stranger to Hamilton. lives of the Gypsy. “It’s my first official performance At once, Bouk transitioned from singing through Colgate, but I performed at the in German to singing in French for next in Barge last year,” Bouk explained. “I was the program was Banalités by Francis Pou- really looking forward to singing. It was lenc. Unlike in Ziguenerlieder, the ten songs a pleasure to sing in the chapel and the of Banalités are not connected and can be acoustics are great.” sung individually. Bouk and Hosaki, howBouk was not the only one who enjoyed ever, acknowledged how well the songs com- the acoustics. plement each other musically and chose to “Her voice calms me down. She’s really string them together. inspiring. After two weeks of classes, this is “We’ve been working about two months exactly what I needed to relax a little,” firston a brand new set, Banalités, but we’ve year Dan Li said. worked on everything else for a while,” Contact Michael Manasala at Hosaki said. firstname.lastname@example.org.
for the Week By Brad Anglum Maroon-News Staff
1. “It Takes a Muscle” by M.I.A. Diplo and M.I.A. share a strange relationship. They profess to hate each other, yet Diplo produced two of M.I.A’s best songs on her recent album Maya. Maybe they feed off the hate but whatever the reason, we continue to reap the benefits. 2. “I Can Change” by LCD Soundsystem From their recent album This Is Happening, “I Can Change” is quite possibly the most earnest and rewarding track from this group. This synth-heavy track builds and builds over six minutes and finally climaxes like all good LCD Soundsystem songs do. 3. “In For the Kill” by La Roux (Skream Let’s Get Ravey Remix) Dubstep artist Skream puts his spin on La Roux’s “In for The Kill.” 4. “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” by Arcade Fire Arcade Fire’s take on ‘80s pop is such a raging success that they make this new song sound completely their own. 5. “For Yo Sorrows” by Big Boi For those who think Big Boi is simple Andre’s sidekick, think again. Sir Lucious Leftfoot may be the genre-defining album for rap in 2010. 6. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People While summer seems like ages ago, this was the anthem to mine and should have been for yours, too.
As part of the Barge Canal Coffee Company’s Saturday Night Music Series, singer-songwriter and Colgate alum Sarah Poulette performed last Saturday, September 11. Although not a multiplatinum artist, the 2007 graduate did happily admit to being Colgate “born and bred” with her first and only CD being recorded at Colgate with thirteen original tracks. Saturday’s performance included several of the songs off the CD entitled Chickenscratch, as well as a wide range of covers. The beginning of the mini-concert was shaky, but with time Poulette seemed to become more comfortable on stage and more confident in her abilities. She had a calming and somewhat quirky stage presence that seemed to fit right in with the overall tone of her songs. Trained as a classical guitarist, her musicianship was excellent and drew attention from some of her less-than-stellar vocal moments. At times, the strain placed upon Poulette’s voice was audible and the jazzy approach and strong vibrato seemingly characteristic of the artist’s style seemed at ends with her selected pieces. These problems were minor though and were often quickly rectified by her own self-editing. Variation in the coffee shop performance kept the show interesting and engaging. Poulette’s renditions of the Muppet’s “The Rainbow Connection” and Elvis’s “Heartbreak Hotel” were creative, well arranged, and the two bookends of her entire act. Original songs such as “Body Of My Guitar,” “Gray Days,” and “Showing That I Care” reflected different aspects of Poulette’s singing and song writing ability. Prefacing most of her self-written work were quick stories about the writing of the song, such as writing “Gray Days” while in her senior, off-campus apartment facing the Village Green. By no means a polished and refined sound, Poulette’s music has a certain quality about it that charms in its own way. With strong jazz and folk-inspired vocals and impressive technical ability on the guitar, Poulette is a talented, unique and well-rounded singer-songwriter that Colgate should be proud to call one of its own. Contact Jennifer Rivera at email@example.com.
7. “Getting Nowhere” by Magnetic Man feat. John Legend Supergroup Magentic Man teams up with the R&B legend John Legend for an unusual collaboration of genres which is sure to please. 8. “Toxic” by Yail Naim (16 Bit Dubstep Remix) Far removed from Britney Spears’ chart topping jam as well as French singer Yail Naim’s cover of her jam, this remix is sure to intrigue but might not be for all ears. 9. “Brother” by The Letter P feat. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes This song completely makes me question Edward Sharpe’s legitimacy as a hippie, but I’m still a fan. 10. “I Feel Better” by Hot Chip This electropop outfit really broke through earlier this year with their fourth album One Life Stand and the infectious single “I Feel Better.” 11. “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit (Borgore Remix) Seemingly remixed once a week, Israeli DJ Borgore puts his own spin on Passion Pit’s hit. His music is “like commercial American hip-hop and death metal being played through various farm animals.” 12. “Camera Day” by Flying Lotus FlylLo is a certified genius. He has been labeled as the Hendrix of his genre and for good reason. There is no one putting out as progressive yet appeasable electronic today. 13. “She Gone” by Gonjasufi This California singer/yoga instructor literally croaks over 19 tracks on his debut album A Sufi and a Killer, never is this more evident on “She Gone.” Contact Brad Anglum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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September 16, 2010
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This Fall, it is All in the Mix By Lisa Mischianti Maroon-News Staff
True style is about mixing and matching contrasting (but complementary) elements to create visual interest. This effect can be accomplished in a variety of ways, including the fusion of alternate looks (e.g. preppy and edgy) or combining designer pieces and bargain finds. Fashion is fun when we avoid adhering to a strict stereotypical uniform or defining style as devotion to particular name brands and price tags; instead, we must let it all mingle. This season, the designer world has been setting a good example. That is, we are seeing a series of somewhat unlikely, but totally fantastic collaborations as more mainstream retail brands are working hand-in-hand with haute couture design houses and big names in the industry to create clothing lines that simultaneously have a fashionable accessible feel refinery29.com (really the best of both worlds, no?). Fact: jeans are a simple staple, a trusty fallback in almost everyone’s wardrobe. But what happens when this standard garment meets the likes of the design duo behind the label Proenza Schouler? Magic, that is what. The jean at its finest, courtesy of the ever-reigning premier denim line J-Brand, has come in conjunction with Proenza Schouler for their Fall 2010 line and the product is anything but ordinary. Their limited edition once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity jeans, which appeared on the runway in the Proenza Schouler fall show, are high-waisted and super skinny. They are made of Japanese stretch denim that is graphic-printed with a graffiti or web-like scribble pattern and then hand-painted to create texture and dimension. Every pair is black, but the print color varies: silver, blue or white. They were first made available for purchase in midJuly and retail at a cool $550 bucks (hey, I never said they were cheap). While they may set you back a bit financially, there is no doubt that they are a beautiful union of couture and casual. Another exciting collaboration is that of British model, style icon, designer and mix-master herself Alexa Chung and J.Crew’s sister brand Madewell, teaming-up to create a fall line, Alexa Chung for Madewell, which dropped last week. Chung’s aesthetic is perhaps best described as “ragamuffin chic,” a term coined by a Glamour blogger that I just had to borrow because it is too perfect.
Chung’s look, while I would not go a far as to say ragged, certainly has an element of the carefree, the quirky, the incongruously unexpected and the thrift-store-esque. Into the mix she integrates new, modern and clean-cut designer pieces to create a style that is multidimensional. This look, in turn, fuses seamlessly with Madewell’s casual street-savvy vibe. The result: Alexa Chung for Madewell has an effortlessly cool, delightfully vintagey sensibility while simultaneously emitting a very put-together feel. What to expect? Antiquey long-sleeved dresses with sweet lace collars, high-waisted shorts with a long, warm grandpa cardigan, flowy kneelength skirts, and slim-cut trousers. Think refinery29.com pleasantly worn leather brogues, clogs and oxfords or strappy leather heeled sandals paired with scrunched dark socks or textured tights (sounds weird, but looks surprisingly awesome). And there is more to come! On September 2, an exciting (though somewhat expected, as it had been rumored for some time) announcement was made that created quite a ripple in the fashion world: the retail chain H&M, a leader in the fast fashion industry, made it known that the luxury French design house and runway giant Lanvin has agreed to be a guest designer for its Winter 2010 line, set to drop November 23. The news created a bit of a stir as Lanvin’s head womenswear designer Alber Elbaz has a history of speaking out against fast fashion. “What intrigued me was the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public,” Lavin said in a recent interview. He continued that despite fundamental differences, the two companies “share the same philosophy of bringing joy and beauty to men and women around the world.” At this point, very little is known about the collection to come. We will not get a glimpse of preliminary images until November 2. All we have is the promise that the line will be very true to Lanvin’s signature “cut and tailoring, with lots of focus on form and details.” I must say, with all this teamwork going on, I am feeling a little lonely. Oh well, I guess that means it is time for some retail therapy! Contact Lisa Mischianti at email@example.com.
Entertainment Update Your Week in Preview By Kiki Koroshetz Maroon-News Staff
PULITZER PRIZE-WINNER Head to Love Auditorium this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. to hear from Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies and author of the novel-turned-film, The Namesake. A book signing will follow the reading.
COLGATE COMEDY Check out Charred Goosebeak tomorrow night for a little comedic relief. Colgate’s comedic improv group will perform live at the Barge from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, so come have a few laughs!
BOUND BOOKS MAD Art, Inc. is holding a workshop on artistically altered books this Saturday at the Hamilton Public Library from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Writers are invited to bring their own stories or poems to create bound books. The cost of the workshop is $25-30, including provided materials. Contact MAD Art, Inc. at 315824-1843 for more information and to register.
FLOATING OPERA A recent production of Giuseppi Verdi’s 1871 opera, Aida, will be shown on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Movie Theater. Led by artistic director David Poutney, this production of the tragic love story between an Ethiopian princess and an Egyptian commander takes place on Bregenz’s famous floating stage, located on Lake Constance in Austria. Admission is $20.
PIANO NOTES Renowned pianist Adam Neiman, who has toured the globe, will play in Memorial Chapel on Sunday afternoon beginning at 3:30 p.m. Neiman will play from works by Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sergei Prokieff as well as some of his own. Free admission. Contact Kiki Koroshetz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooking with the Gals By Amy Gould, Sophie Greene and Leslie Kessinger Maroon-News Staff
For our first article, we wanted to start with an introduction and a recipe. We crafted something that encompasses our different backgrounds. We titled this creation “Global Spanakopita” because of the use of ingredients from around the world. We hope that this recipe and those that follow will inspire you to preheat the oven, light the stove and start cooking.
INGREDIENTS: One Package of Phyllo Dough (16 sheets) 2 chorizo sausages w/ casing removed (or Italian sausages) 1/3 of a large yellow onion 1 1/2 cupped roughly chopped mushrooms 1/4 cup butter 2 garlic cloves 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes 1 cup Gruyere (or cheese of your preference) 2 cups Mozzarella 3 tbps Sherry 3 Fresh Sage Leaves Salt Ground Pepper Take the Phyllo out of the freezer and defrost on counter for at least three hours. Pre-heat oven 375 degrees. When Phyllo is defrosted, melt butter in a small saucepan adding minced garlic. With melted butter and garlic mixture, brush on top of one piece of Phyllo, layer with another piece and brush again. Repeat this process with a total of eight pieces of Phyllo and then start with the next pizza layering and brush-
ing with eight more pieces. Place aside. Slice a third of an onion and begin cooking in a pan with olive oil until soft. When the onions are close to being done, add roughly chopped mushrooms to cook slightly, the sherry and sage leaves, salt and pepper. Next, crumble the two chorizo sausages and cook thoroughly by sautéing in a pan. After the chorizo is finished cooking, place on a plate with a paper towel underneath to allow the excess oil to drain. Mix the mushroom and onion mixture with the chorizo. Grate the Gruyere and chop the sundried tomatoes and then set aside. To build the pizza, start with approximately one cup of mozzarella followed by ½ of the chorizo mixture, sundried tomatoes and finally, ¾ cup of Gruyere sprinkled on top. Leave approximately one inch around each edge while layering. Fold up the edges to form the crust. Repeat the layering with the second pizza. Cook in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the Phyllo dough looks golden brown. Serve immediately.
AMY: I have loved cooking from a very young age. In fact, I have been helping out in the kitchen since I could hold a spoon. My mom’s father was 100 percent Italian and I used to help my great-aunts make ravioli before Christmas. It is for these reasons that most of my cooking is inspired by Italian food. When I think of Italian food, I think of simple recipes with only a couple of key ingredients. For this reason, I am not the biggest fan of recipes and I prefer to take those key ingredients and simply play around with them.
SOPHIE: Unlike Amy, I have absolutely no cultural heritage that I can connect to my culinary obsession, but cooking is fun for me and I like to throw together quick and tasty dishes
for dinner. My true love is baking, however. I take pride in my baking (some may even call me competitive) and my true idol and inspiration is most obviously the queen of butter and sugar, Paula Deen. In my mind, the sweeter and the creamier, the better. I am commonly seen splashing maple syrup into any recipe. Through this article, I am hoping to not only improve my cooking but also make my baking more daring.
LESLIE: Give me some olive oil, some lime, cilantro and a kick of spice and you make me a happy girl. My cooking is simple, but packed full of hot, spicy flavor. I love fresh ingredients and trying new, exotic flavors. Traveling in the Mediterranean has had the greatest impact on my culinary tastes, I love Greek and Italian-style dishes. Unlike Amy and Sophie, I love recipes. I have a ton of handwritten pieces from my mother as well as a bunch from my favorite cooking magazines – I am a little obsessive with measuring and accuracy. I love working with the girls because they encourage me to try new things and to be more creative with the food I make. Contact AmyGould at email@example.com. Contact Sophie Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Leslie Kessinger at email@example.com
September 16, 2010
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Rafael Nadal Completes Career Grand Slam By Radoslav Ivanov Maroon-News Staff
Monday’s final match of the U.S. Open marked the beginning of a new era in men’s tennis: Rafael Nadal’s era. The 24-year-old Spaniard not only became the youngest player to complete a career Grand Slam but he also did it in an incredible manner: he lost just one set and dropped serve only five times in the entire tournament. The final itself was a most entertaining event. Even though it was not the dream final between Roger Federer and Nadal that everybody was hoping for, it was still a remarkably high-quality affair, with Novak Djokovic offering more resistance than any of Nadal’s previous opponents. Having lost serve only two times in the six rounds before, Nadal started the match with great confidence only to find himself struggling to keep up with the pace of Nole’s big forehands. As is so often the case, though, Nadal quickly readjusted his game plan and was soon able to find a way around Djokovic’s high-risk play and managed to win the first set, 6-4. Realizing that it would take something special to beat Nadal, Djokovic stepped up his game even further and took a comfortable 4-1 lead in the second set. Yet, after a series of stunning passing shots and powerful ground strokes, Nadal leveled the score at 4-4 and it looked like he was going to steal the second set as well. However, it was the same rain that had helped Novak recover on Sunday by delaying the match that came to his rescue once again. Play resumed two hours later and it was Djokovic who got on to a better start and managed to close the second set, 7-5. It was at this point, however, that Rafa showed why he is the world number one and will probably continue to be so for quite some time. Re-
nowned for his incredible counter-attacking play, he started playing extremely aggressive tennis in the third set and reached numerous break points on Djokovic’s serve. Even though the Serbian star was still able to produce unbelievable winners from the base line, he had great trouble winning his service games, let alone put Nadal under pressure when he was serving. One break of serve was enough for Nadal to win the third set, 6-4, and thus break Djokovic’s will to fight on. The final set, which ended 6-2, was more of a show for the patient audience than an even contest between two great players. So, after more than three and a half hours, Rafael Nadal managed to clinch the one Grand Slam title that was missing in his collection. Thus, he became only the third player in the open era to complete a career Grand Slam, after Andre Agassi and Roger Federer, and the first since Rod Laver in 1969 to have won the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in a single calendar year. What is most amazing about Rafa’s accomplishment, however, is that he is only 24 years old and has already won three more Grand Slam titles than Federer at this age. It is also incredible that Nadal has managed to improve every single component of his game and has turned from a typical clay-courter into a formidable all-rounder. His average first serve speed, for example, has gone up by an astonishing 12 mph from 107 mph last year at Flushing Meadows to 119 mph during the last two weeks. What is more, he was often able to hit 135 mph serves and win easy points with those, while only a few years ago he would settle for a sliced 100 mph wide serve. In addition, as John McEnroe often said during his commentary of the final match,
FLYING HIGH: Rafael Nadal’s win at the US Open has established him as the top player in professional tennis, and there is no one who can stop him.
Nadal has now become one of the finest volleyers in the world. Smashes, stop volleys, half volleys, you name it, Rafa can make it seem extremely easy. Having said all this, I am sure that Nadal would have had much more trouble had he played the great Roger Federer. As unmotivated and disinterested as he might seem nowadays, Federer would have at least been better physically prepared for two five-setters in three days than was Djokovic. In addition, Federer is more capable at coping with external factors, such as rain, wind or excited audiences, than Nole will ever be. Even so, I was glad that Federer lost in the semifinals. Still showing glimpses of his former brilliance from time to time, he is far from the unerring machine for winners he used to be in the mid-2000’s. Often losing his concentration and even his temper, something that
we were not accustomed to seeing from him a few years ago, he is no longer able to compete, mentally at least, against extremely gifted and motivated young players like Nadal, Juan Martin Del Potro and Tomas Berdych. From this point of view, I can see no alternative to Rafa Nadal in the next two or three years. Yes, he have difficulty achieving a calendar Grand Slam, something that might never be accomplished in the Open Era, but he is certainly going to win a lot more titles provided that his knees do not fail him. Having won tournaments on all surfaces and on all continents and against all kinds of opponents, he will certainly be the player to beat wherever he goes. Playing as he did during the last two weeks, however, it would take something extraordinary to win a single set against him, let alone a best-of-five marathon. Contact Radoslav Ivanov at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USA Basketball Caps Great Sports Weekend By Jordan Plaut Assistant Sports Editor
This past weekend was arguably one of the most entertaining in recent sports memory. It all started on Saturday with the second week of college football play. Big-name teams played some more substantial opponents and down-to-the-wire games like Michigan vs. Notre Dame kept the college football fan on the edge of their seat. Then, Sunday pulled off a trifecta. First off, it was the start of the highly anticipated NFL regular season and games filled the day with professional football excite-
ment. Second was the semi–finals of the U.S. Open in tennis. While Rafael Nadal quickly dispatched of his opponent, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic battled to five sets with Djokovic somehow prevailing to reach the final. Even with all of these amazing spectacles preceding it, the most important sports event of this wonderful weekend was the U.S. basketball team’s victory in the title game of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Yes, the college and pro football games were exciting and the season is fresh so every game seems really interesting but it is only week two of a long season. The U.S. Open matches were
GOLDEN: USA Basketball, with its stars missing, still dominated hosts Turkey in the FIBA World Championship this Sunday, claiming the gold medal.
very entertaining, but they were obviously not the final so it was not quite as important. The FIBA final was an international event that, somehow, meant more to people outside of the U.S. than it did to those of us living here. The United States victory is bigger than a lot of people might think. The U.S. has not won this tournament since 1994 and that was when the Americans had Michael Jordan. This time around, the U.S. fielded a socalled “B-Team” consisting of “almost” stars. But the team standing up on the podium was not second-rate by any means; it was the best international basketball team in the world. With the exception of the Brazil scare, in which a last-second Leandro Barbosa threepointer and potential game-winner narrowly missed, the U.S. carried the tournament with minimal resistance. If there is one star on the U.S. team it is none other than tournament MVP Kevin Durant. He showed why he earned the honor and more in the final. By scoring 28 points, Durant set a new American tournament scoring record. With less than a minute left in the game, he walked off the court to share a hug with coach Mike Krzyzewski, or Coach K as you may know him, and revel in the moment. The Duke coach has led the team in the past two tournaments, only to fall short and settle for bronze both times. Now, he is bringing home the gold. Doesn’t that kind of thing just make you feel all warm and fuzzy, being an American and all? (If you are not an American citizen and are reading this, it’s alright. You are free to not feel warm and fuzzy at this point). Even though this year’s team was nothing to scoff at, it certainly did not have the star
caliber of the 2008 Beijing team that won gold. No Kobe Bryant. No LeBron James. No Dwyane Wade. The press was aware of it and the players were aware of the press. All it did was motivate those “B’s” to prove they were “A’s”. Then again, the Americans knew before the tournament that they would be bringing a different team to Turkey than they had brought to Beijing. The ’08 Olympians took the summer off, with a fair amount of warning, and newcomers Amare Stoudemire and David Lee were All-Stars ready to lead the team. Then, on the opening day of camp, those two opted out and the U.S. was left with a young, undersized group with six players 22 or younger and only one true center in Tyson Chandler, not exactly a game-changer. So what did they do? They rode out the Kevin Durant barrage of dunks and 3’s to a world championship title and guaranteed spot in the 2012 Olympics in London. No one can say enough about Durant’s performance throughout the tournament. He really was that good. On an “international perspective” note, the U.S. beat Turkey in Istanbul, the border city of Europe and Asia. Turkey approved large-scale changes to their constitution in a referendum vote on the same day as the final, hailing the day as a leap toward full democracy. While that’s all well and good the U.S. showed that, at least for now, we’re still the dominant democracy in the world whether it’s the East, the West, or somewhere in between. International dominance, some awesome basketball, and a throwback to the 90s? Now that’s a good weekend. Contact Jordan Plaut at email@example.com.
September 16, 2010
THE COLGATE MAROON-NEWS
Step Right Up and Beat the Jets
By Edan Lisovicz Maroon-News Staff
After an offseason largely spent trashtalking and wise-cracking in the national media spotlight, the New York Jets finally had the opportunity to back up their Super Bowl talk this past Monday night. Unfortunately for New York, the outcome of the game was not the storybook ending envisioned on HBO’s Hard Knocks – at the end of the evening the scoreboard read: Ravens 10, Jets 9. At first glance such a result may not seem to be too much cause for concern, as the Ravens are after all considered by many to be Super Bowl contenders and as Rex Ryan pointed out after the game, “we got beat by a point.” But it is not the mar-
gin but rather the manner of defeat that is most troublesome for Jets fans. While the Jets highly-touted defense held up its end of the bargain against the most improved offense in the league, the New York offense was completely inept, mustering a paltry 176 yards of total offense. The defense provided the start the team was looking for on their first snap of the season when Shaun Ellis clobbered Joe Flacco from the blindside, forcing a fumble that gave the offense the ball on the Ravens’ 11 yard line. In fact, this was the first of three times in the first half that the Jets’ D forced a Baltimore turnover that allowed the offense to start a drive in Ravens’ territory. But in what would become a recurring theme, the offense was unable to capitalize. On the ensuing
YOU’RE GROUNDED!: The Jets fell way short in their first game at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Were they over-hyped, or was Week 1 just a blip on the radar? espn.com
possession Mark Sanchez & Co. gained six yards on three plays, and the Jets were forced to settle for a field goal; already the early dominance shown on defense was beginning to be overshadowed by the utter ineffectiveness of the offense. At the end of the day, the team looked sloppy, undisciplined, and ill-prepared in their debut at the New Meadowlands Stadium, committing 14 penalties for 125 yards. But this does not even cover the whole story. In perhaps the most revealing offensive statistic of the night, it turns out that Mark Sanchez targeted his wide receivers with passes a grand total of three times throughout the course of the game. We all know Rex Ryan loves to preach a groundand-pound philosophy, but how many teams can call themselves Super Bowl contenders with a straight face when they do not even try to try to hide the fact that they are terrified of allowing their quarterback to throw the ball downfield? Does Ryan really think the Jets can compete for a Super Bowl if he cannot even trust his quarterback? And I don’t want to hear anything about a potential “sophomore slump” for Mark Sanchez. A look back at Sanchez’s statistics from his rookie year reveals that he threw for 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. What kind of stats would he have to compile this year in order for his season to qualify as a “slump”? Eight touchdowns and 25 interceptions? Yet this is not to place all the blame for the Jets offensive woes on the shoulders of Mark Sanchez. His struggles are, after all, very typical of a young NFL quarterback, especially considering he played only one full season of college football. But such a disappointing start to the season has to make one question what Rex Ryan was thinking when he wrote “soon to be
champs” next to his signature this summer. Did he realize his team lacked proven NFL starters at two of the most important positions in the game, quarterback and running back? Moreover, the lack of execution and leadership displayed on offense is even more alarming considering the nature of the personnel moves the Jets made this offseason. Releasing, trading, or cutting proven leaders and popular locker room presences like Leon Washington, Thomas Jones, and Alan Faneca makes you wonder if the Jets were a bit shortsighted in their pursuit of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. As countless examples from the past have shown, it is possible to simply assemble a roster of big names and talented mercenaries while neglecting chemistry in the hopes of building an instant contender. And thanks to a scene from Hard Knocks in which Brian Schottenheimer bemoans the Jets’ lack of leadership on offense, all of America is now aware that behind the bluster and bravado, even the coaching staff has little confidence in their offense. And when this is the case, defenses will be sure to mimic the Ravens’ game plan and focus their energy on stopping the run and making the Jets prove that can be a multi-dimensional offense. So, it is true that Rex Ryan’s swagger has paid its dividends: players love playing for him, the franchise is getting more attention than it ever has, and last season his team rode a wave of confidence all the way to the third AFC Championship Game in Jets history. But after all the hype the Jets embraced this summer, and with so much uncertainty surrounding the offense, especially at quarterback, one has to wonder: Has Rex Ryan bitten off more than he can chew? Contact Edan Lisovicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: With college football game surprised you most this weekend?
By Ed Boulat Maroon-News Staff
I don’t think the answer to this question should come as a surprise to anybody. In a weekend packed with great matchups but not many upsets (or close games for that matter), the biggest shock had to
have been then-13th ranked Virginia Tech falling 21-16 to James Madison (who?) of the Football Championship Subdivision (what?) aka the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship. I don’t even know what to make of this really, and apparently neither does VT’s star tailback Ryan Williams, who after the game had this to say: “I don’t know what’s going on. I really don’t.” Got it. It goes without saying that Tech – now 0-2 after their loss to Boise State just six days ago – is out of the running for a national title shot, or any big bowl game for that matter. The scariest thing for VT fans is that the
Hokies outgained JMU by over 100 yards Saturday, racked up 238 yards rushing, and still found a way to lose. The second scariest thing is that Va Tech is getting beaten at their own game. James Madison forced three Virginia Tech turnovers, and even got the better of VT on special teams. So much for “Beamer-ball,” I guess. By Charlie Balk Maroon-News Staff
After a disappointing season-opening loss to a seemingly impressive opponent in Boise State, the Virginia Tech Hokies made it clear this weekend that all early title-contention hype in the preseason was just that – hype. After the Hokies’ 21-16 loss to James Madison, an FCS team, expectations for the Hokies, who were ranked #10 in the preseason, need to be reconsidered; furthermore, this upset raises other questions about the quality of the Boise State squad. Virginia Tech should be questioned for obvious reasons, with two losses already, one to a far inferior opponent. The Boise State Broncos’ defense, on the other hand, should be asking itself how in the world it allowed Va Tech to put up 30 on the scoreboard, when James Madison held them to 16 points a week later. This ugly, mistake-riddled performance by the Hokies was the biggest college football surprise this weekend. By Michael LeClair
MAD-MEN: James Madison pulled off the upset of the young college football season, beating Virginia Tech, 21-16, last Saturday.
On the surface, Virginia Tech’s loss to
James Madison is absolutely the shock result of college football’s week two. But let’s face it, the Hokies looked awful against Boise State in their opener, and JMU has consistently been one of the top teams in the Football Championship Subdivision, last year being the exception. All that said, the biggest surprise to me was Kansas knocking off Georgia Tech, who entered the game ranked 15th in the country. Now, ordinarily, Kansas beating Georgia Tech would not be too much of a shock, but Kansas came off an opening game where they lost to North Dakota State at home. Did you know that school even existed? I know I didn’t, and with good reason. In 2009, the Bison went 3-8, a truly forgettable year, and one that makes the Jayhawks’ opening loss to them in 2010 that much more embarrassing. For Kansas to come out last weekend and take down the Yellow Jackets, one of the pre-season favorites to win the ACC and earn a bid to the BCS, says a ton about the character of Kansas’ players and staff. Head coach Turner Gill, formerly of the University at Buffalo, has instilled a clear sense of team and passion with his new squad. Perhaps the process took a week longer than Jayhawks fans would have hoped, but things are looking up again in Lawrence. Gill has shown his ability to win games with less talented teams in the past, and this win could be the catalyst to a surprise performance in the Big 12 for Kansas. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!
September 16, 2010
THE COLGATE MAROON-NEWS
By Michael LeClair and Gillian Scherz Sports Editors
After Week 1 of the NFL season, there is already plenty to talk about. Are the Redskins for real? How many awful interceptions will Brett Favre devastate his team with this season? Without further ado, here is how the NFC will shape up: NFC East 1. New York Giants The Giants were impressive in their win over Carolina in Week 1, with Eli Manning really displaying his abilities. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs are an intimidating duo in the backfield, capable of wearing down any defensive line. Their Sunday night game against Indianapolis this week will be a huge test, and a very good barometer for the Giants’ Super Bowl chances. 2. Dallas Cowboys Losing to the Redskins in an awful performance is not a great way to start the season, but Dallas is a talented team. They will overcome the crushing loss to their division rival, and will likely wind up with 10 or 11 wins in the regular season. There is simply too much skill on the Cowboys’ offense for them to fail. 3. Philadelphia Eagles It isn’t always sunny in Philadelphia. With Kevin Kolb’s injury ruling him out for Week 2, a controversy is on the horizon in the City of Brotherly Love. Michael Vick will run riot on the Lions’ defense on Sunday, making the calls for him to start get even louder and more frequent. Unfortunately for Eagles fans, the resulting controversy will make 2010 a wasted season, but it will spell the end of the Andy Reid era. 4. Washington Redskins Yes, they beat Dallas. But was anyone really impressed? The Redskins lineup reads like an All-Pro roster from 2004 – Santana Moss, Donovan McNabb, Joey Galloway and Clinton Portis, to name a few. Their players used to have talent, but are now simply too old to make this team relevant.
NFL BEAT THE EXPERTS
2010 NFC Preview NFC North 1. Green Bay Packers A-Rodge is the new Brett Favre – No, better. He’s already posting better numbers, and he’s nowhere near his prime. With Donald Driver, Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings on his offense, and Clay Matthews and Brandon Chillar on D, the Packers are going far this year. Why? Because we said so. 2. Minnesota Vikings Honestly, I’m just not sure the ol’ man can pull off another one. Sure, last season wasn’t bad, but Favre was coming off the excitement of all the drama he created. And now that he’s made us wonder whether he might be back … he’s going to choke. Kind of like he did against New Orleans. Said like true Packers’ fans. 3. Chicago Bears They had a horrible preseason, but who cares? They did manage to beat the Lions in Week 1. But again, who cares? Sure, it’s nice to start the season with a win, but what really matters is whether or not they keep it up. Considering their next few games are with the Cowboys, Packers and Giants … good luck. 4. Detroit Lions I really hate to make the city of Detroit feel worse about themselves than they already do, but well, they are Detroit. Even though preseason hardly counts, they did lose to the Browns, and that is always difficult to achieve. Newbie Jahvid Best may be able to help them out as he develops, however, so I’ll wish them the best. NFC South 1. New Orleans Saints As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Saints have a huge target on their collective backs. While many title-holders come back uninspired the next year, that will not be a problem for the Saints. Drew Brees has one of the best attitudes in the league, and will guide the team to another successful season. 2. Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are the key to
a successful season in Atlanta. They started out poorly with a loss to the Dennis Dixon-led Steelers last week, and do not have an “easy” game until week 5 when they play Cleveland. A slow start could ground the Falcons before they take flight. 3. Carolina Panthers Once you get past the top two in the NFC South, the quality really drops off. With Matt Moore as their starting quarterback, and DeAngelo Williams running behind an awful offensive line, the Panthers have little chance to make any impact in 2010. 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers They opened with a win! And Bucs fans should not really expect much more. There is very little talent on this team at any position. Also, when former Syracuse headcase Mike Williams is your number one receiver, you’re in trouble. NFC West 1. Seattle Seahawks The NFC West is almost definitely the worst division in football. That’s why a team headlined by Matt Hasselbeck, Julius Jones and Deion Branch has a legitimate shot to win their division. Regardless of who rules the West, the winner will go out with a whimper in the first round of the playoffs.
2. Arizona Cardinals Continuing in the theme of this being an awful division, a team with Derek Anderson as its starting quarterback will likely finish second. It doesn’t matter if he has Larry Fitzgerald to throw to, this team is going to crash and burn miserably, the glory days of 2008 long forgotten. 3. San Francisco 49ers The Niners had high hopes coming into 2010, but a season-opening blowout loss to the Seahawks really put a damper on those ambitions. Alex Smith simply isn’t good enough to guide a team anywhere positive in the NFL. Even though they have the best tight end in the NFL in Vernon Davis, San Francisco will have yet another mediocre season. 4. St. Louis Rams No one likes to kick a beaten team when they’re down, especially when they’ve become as pathetic as the Rams. It will be another long year in St. Louis, but watching the development of Sam Bradford and the excellence of Steven Jackson will provide Rams fans with some kind of distraction from the debacle on the rest of the field. Contact Michael LeClair at email@example.com or Gillian Scherz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANAGING EDITOR 3-3
MANAGING EDITOR 4-2
SPORTS EDITOR 3-3
SPORTS EDITOR 2-4
ASSISTANT EDITOR 4-2
BAL @ CIN
PIT @ TEN
SEA @ DEN
NE @ NYJ
PACK-ING FOR DALLAS: The Packers are led by the best quarterback in football, Aaron Rodgers. He will lead the team to Super Bowl XLV this February. picapp.com
HOU @ WSH
NYG @ IND
Shocking developments this week. Just one week after the staff was rocked by the realization that Harry was a member of another league, the shamed and disgraced Managing Editor issued a formal apology which implicated another member of the staff. “I am deeply sorry for my adulterous behavior as an expert,” Harry said. “I understand that what I did was wrong. And while I am truly sorry, I cannot maintain my stoic silence any longer. I have reason to believe that the ‘McBla$ter$,’ another team in my league, is led by Mike McMaster.” Now regarded as a rat by most in the office, Harry has been largely ostracized, but the spotlight remains on Mike. Responding to the very serious allegations, Mike said, “I know this looks bad, and so I feel that the only thing that I can do is shamelessly attack Harry’s character.” Meanwhile, as Harry and Mike snipe back at each other like a pair of 13-year-old girls, a competion looms. Staying true to tradition, the Sports Editors find themselves in a hole early in the season. “I know it looks bad,” Gillian Scherz, the basement dweller and Sports Editor said. Unfortuantely, our reporter did not pay attention to the second half of her statement; 2-4 is pretty terrible. Elisabeth Tone was happy with her week one performance, “I’m happy to be ahead of Geoff this early in the contest,” she said. “I don’t like that kid’s attitude.”
September 16, 2010
THE COLGATE MAROON-NEWS
SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS Patriot League Standings
Team League Overall American 0-0 3-2 Lafayette 0-0 2-3 Bucknell 0-0 2-4 Colgate 0-0 2-5 Lehigh 0-0 1-6 Holy Cross 0-0 0-4
Field Hockey Team Georgetown Colgate Holy Cross Lehigh Bucknell Lafayette Fordham
League Overall 1-0 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-2 0-1 0-1 ---- 1-1
Team Colgate Lafayette Navy Lehigh Bucknell American Holy Cross Army
League 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
Women’s Soccer Overall 3-0-1 3-1-1 3-0-0 2-2-1 2-2-0 2-2-0 1-2-1 0-4-0
Team Army Navy Lafayette Lehigh Holy Cross Colgate Bucknell American
League 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
Overall 6-2-0 3-4-1 3-3-0 2-1-1 2-3-1 2-6-0 1-6-0 0-8-0
Volleyball Team American Colgate Lehigh Holy Cross Army Navy Lafayette Bucknell
League 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Overall 7-2 5-5 5-6 5-8 4-7 4-7 3-6 2-7
Field Hockey: Yale 6, Colgate 0; Quinnipiac 2, Colgate 1; Colgate 5, Siena 0 Football: Furman 45, Colgate 15 Golf: 1st of 9 @ Colgate Invitational Men’s Soccer: Colgate 2, Siena 1; Colgate 1, Albany 0 Women’s Soccer: Seton Hall 3, Colgate 2; St. Bonaventure 1, Colgate 0; Colgate 2, Albany 0 Volleyball: Canisius 3, Colgate 0; Indiana 3, Colgate 0; Colgate 3, Robert Morris 2; Colgate 3, Niagara 2
* denotes Patriot League opponent
Friday: Golf @ Bucknell Invitational thru Saturday Men’s Tennis @ Brown Invite thru Sunday Women’s Tennis @ Cornell Invitational thru Sunday 6:30 p.m. Volleyball vs. Akron 7:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Vermont Saturday:11 a.m. Women’s XC at Colgate Invitational 11 a.m. Men’s XC vs. Cornell & Syracuse 1 p.m. Volleyball vs. Connecticut 1 p.m. Field Hockey @ Lock Haven 7 p.m. Volleyball vs. Cornell Sunday: 12 p.m. Field Hockey @ St. Francis (PA) 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer @ Vermont 2:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Binghamton
Sports Spotlights Casey Ritt ’11
Matt Schuber ’12 Sport: Soccer Hometown: Webster, NY Major: Sociology Why Matt? Matt scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift Colgate over Siena last weekend. He assisted on that game’s initial goal as well. What did it feel like to come through in that overtime situation? “It felt great seeing the ball go in the back of the net and being able to come through for my team in a situation when the game was on the line, but the most important thing is that the team got the win. These wins early on are huge for us coming off a season last year that I think the Athletic Communications team as a whole was pretty disappointed about.” Senior defender Jeff Leach scored the first goal of the contest and the side seemed to struggle momentarily after he was injured. What does he mean to the team? “Jeff is a huge part of our team. He plays at a high level and brings enough ‘fire’ to get everyone on the team going and playing hard. He’s a guy that never stops working on the field and it definitely carries over to the rest of us as teammates. After both Jeff and Steve Miller went out with injuries other players were able to come in and contribute. I think this shows the kind of character and depth this team has, being able to overcome these injuries and still get the win on the road.” The win on Sunday put the Raiders on a three-game winning streak. Why has Colgate been so successful? “We have been playing our brand of soccer and although it hasn’t all been pretty its obviously working. Everyone’s contributing whether in practice or games and it’s really paying off. Our depth has been huge especially with all of the overtime games we have been in already this season and injuries we have suffered. We know there are going to be games where things don’t go our way but I am confident that with the attitude we bring, that we will never get outworked, and it will continue to help us be successful.” The next game on the schedule will be the long-awaited home opener. What will the home crowd add to your effort? “We have all been waiting to finally play at home after a successful start on the road. It’s always a goal of the team to be great at home and the Colgate community gives us an extra edge over our opponents. It should be an exciting weekend and hopefully we can show everyone some good soccer.”
Interview by Mitch Waxman
Sport: Volleyball Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO Major: Political Science Why Casey? Casey came through big time for the Raiders in their comeback victory over Niagara last weekend in the Canisius/Niagara Invitational. She posted a team-leading 15 kills and seven blocks and was Colgate’s representative on the All-Tournament team. The team is coming off a solid performance this weekend. How does that help the team morale as a whole? “Coach Baker has done a fantastic job scheduling challenging preseason opponents for the team to play. Our team’s ultimate goal is to Athletic Communications win the Patriot League and to go to the NCAA tournament, and you can’t do that by taking the easy way out and playing easy teams for a guaranteed victory. To prepare for the Patriot League, we have played the three-time defending national champions, Penn State, several different conference champions, and top 100 teams. We are pleased with a 5-5 record, but of course, the team wants to push for more. Playing these opponents has shown the team that we have the talent, drive, and team chemistry to hang with the big dogs, which is great for our morale heading into league play.” The start to the season has been more successful this year than last. To what do you attribute the early success? “Our team chemistry, dedication, and trust in our coaching staff, for sure. Every single player and coach is on the same page, and we are constantly pushing each other for more. We have 13 capable players who are ready to step in at any time to contribute to the team’s success. At several points so far this season, the coaching staff has asked the team to step outside our comfort zones, and our trust in them has really paid off.” The team is coming off a third straight third-place finish in the regular season standings. What will Colgate need to do to make the jump to the top two and possibly capture the PL Regular Season Championship? “We need to change what we are doing, go outside the box and get creative. In order to achieve different results, we need to change our systems of play. One of the great things about this team is that we are all willing to do this and are fully dedicated to the goal of a Patriot League title.” This is your senior year and last playing volleyball for Colgate. What in your opinion, would be the best way to go out? “By putting a banner on the Cotterell Court wall and getting a huge, sparkly Patriot League ring, of course! Our team goal is to go “all out, all game, all season,” and I want to say that I ended my collegiate career having left everything that I have on the court.” What can Colgate fans expect from the volleyball team throughout the rest of the season? “Colgate fans can expect some really exciting games this fall. This team brings a lot of passion and big plays to the court, which is always fun to watch. We aren’t going to let the ball hit the floor on our side of the court without a fight. We’re looking for domination, execution, and the win.” Interview by Jaime Heilbron
September 16, 2010
THE COLGATE MAROON-NEWS
Field Hockey Falls to Connecticut Opponents Loses to Yale 6-0; Quinnipiac 2-1 By Rebecca Silberman Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate field hockey team struggled in its two games this weekend. Entering the road trip with a 1-3 record, the team was shutout on Saturday, losing 6-0 to Yale and fell 2-1 on Sunday against Quinnipiac. This brings the Raiders’ record to 1-5. On Saturday, the Yale Bulldogs scored their first goal eight minutes into the game, securing an early lead which they would never relinquish. Two more goals, scored within four minutes of each other, added to the Yale lead of 3-0 at the half. Senior captain and goalie Kirsten Lalli made seven stops in the first half. For the final 35 minutes, Yale continued to outpace Colgate in shots taken, pushing three more goals across the board. With a 36-5 shot advantage at the close of the game, Yale moved their season record to 3-0. Despite the tough loss, the game against Yale highlighted one of Colgate’s bright spots: Lalli’s performance in goal this season. After being named Patriot League Goalie of the Week for the second time in a row, Lalli had her third game with a double-digit save total against Yale, racking up 18. She is the first Colgate athlete to receive this honor in back-to-back weeks. “Kirsten Lalli is exceeding all or our expectations,” Head Coach Cathy Foto praised. “It should come as no surprise since she worked hard this summer to come back in the best shape ever. She worked at a camp and has a tremendous work ethic. She is very confident in the goal and as we prog-
ress as a team her play will be the difference. By the time we get to league play we hope to be doing a better job in front of her and limit the number of shots she has to face.” In the game against Quinnipiac, Lalli earned 10 saves. Although it was not enough to secure a win, the team played a good game, keeping the contest close. With only 4:11 left in the first half, sophomore Adriana Libutti netted her second goal of the season, giving Colgate a 1-0 advantage at the half. As the game continued into the second half, Quinnipiac tied the score with a goal with 16:40 remaining. They seized the lead with 9:02 remaining on a penalty corner. Quinnipiac ended the game leading the Raiders 12-3 in shots. “We definitely played a much better game against Quinnipiac,” Lalli said. “We scored first, and though we lost we were far more aggressive than we have been, stayed organized defensively and possessed the ball a lot better.” Despite these bright spots, Lalli admits there is room for improvement. “The game against Yale definitely could have been better, but we showed in the game with Quinnipiac that we are capable of playing at a higher level,” Lalli added. Coach Foto echoed Lalli’s sentiments, emphasizing her team’s improvement. “Each game we have played we have played a little differently,” Coach Foto said. “We are still moving people around to find the right combination. On Sunday we got the most consistent team effort we have seen so far this season. We are learning from each game we play and
ROAD TRIP BLUES: The Colgate women’s field hockey team struggled on the road in New England this past weekend, but came back with a win last night, bringing their record up to 2-6 on the season. The Raiders hit the road again this weekend. Carly Keller
Sunday was a good indication of what we can do when we are all on the same page. We led the game for a good portion of time and reached a lot of our goals for the game. I am sure more wins are just around the corner.”
This coming weekend, the team will take on Lock Haven and St. Francis of Pennsylvania. Both contests will be played on the road. Contact Rebecca Silberman at email@example.com.
Golf Breezes through Colgate Invitational By Matt Flannery Maroon-News Staff
This past weekend, on September 11 and 12, the Colgate men’s golf team took to their home course to compete in the Colgate Invitational. The team started the season with a bang, taking home first place in both the team and individual portions of the tournament. As a team, Colgate shot a 30-overpar 606, finishing four strokes ahead of second-place Laval University. Fordham University placed third, finishing with a total score of 615. On the individual level, Colgate sophomore Will Delano finished in first place
after a thrilling face off against Daemon College’s Kyle Kapturowski. Delano came out strong on Saturday, shooting a fourunder 68, but regressed slightly on a rainy Sunday with a three-over 75. “The conditions made playing much more difficult, but it was fortunate since we had a big lead after the first day, it made it difficult for other teams to shoot low scores and catch us,” Delano said, looking on the bright side of the bad weather. Kapturowski was slightly more consistent, shooting an even par on Sunday to force a playoff with Delano. Kapturowski slipped a bit on the first playoff hole with a bogey, allowing Delano to capitalize with a two-putt for par on the hole
Late at ’Gate Field Hockey: Wednesday night, the Colgate field hockey team hosted Siena College in its third home game of the season. The ladies took advantage of the friendly confines of Tyler’s Field and posted a dominant 5-0 victory. Senior Laura Denenga was the most valuable offensive player of the game, scoring two goals in the first half, which included the game-winner. Sophomore Lauren Dittman and firstyear Paige Hawley scored their first career goals and first-year Halle Biggar rounded out the victory with a score of her own. Senior goaltender Kirsten Lalli posted her second shutout of the season in the win. Colgate improved to 2-5 on the season.
Women’s Soccer: Wednesday night, the Colgate women’s soccer team held off the Albany Great Danes in a New York State matchup in a 2-0 shutout victory. The game began with the play stuck in the midfield and both teams trading scoring opportunities. The Raiders got on the board for the first time in the 40th minute of the game when sophomore Jillian Kinter scored off of an assist from first-year Klara Jenkins. Both teams played an aggresive second half, but Colgate took advantage of spaces left by the Great Danes and was able to score the definitive goal at the 60th minute. Senior Anna Baldwin scored to give the Raiders their second victory of the year.
for the victory. Bucknell’s William Bachman finished four shots behind Delano and Kapturowski after 36 holes, making the charge to fourthplace with a six-under-par final round.Bachman’s 66 was the best round of any player during the two-day tourney. Colgate’s team captain, junior Ben Jessen, shot an eight-over 152, which was good enough to tie for seventh place. As was the case for Delano, Jessen’s second round did not live up to his first, following his first-round 74 with a final-round 78. Fellow junior Josh Spellman finished tied for 15th place, but was on pace for a much better finish. Spellman shot a firstround 70, putting him in second place
headed into Sunday’s round. Spellman followed his fantastic first round with a final round of 86, knocking him down several pegs on the leader board. Delano stressed the importance of the momentum gained by Colgate’s victory this weekend by saying, “Winning this past weekend helps prove to ourselves that we can win tournaments and beat top Patriot League teams like Bucknell.” Colgate will travel to Bucknell next weekend for the Bucknell Invitational. The Bisons tied for fourth at the Colgate Invitational, and figure to present a significant obstacle for the Raiders next weekend. Contact Matt Flannery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 16, 2010
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Football Drops Tough Contest in the South Loses 45-15 to Furman in South Carolina By Jordan Plaut Assistant Sports Editor
After squeaking out a win last week, the Colgate football team was looking to toughen up its defense in its first road contest. Things did not go according to plan. Furman quarterback Cody Worley passed for 113 yards and three touchdowns, propelling the Paladins to a 45–15 win over the 25th– ranked Raiders in ’Gate’s road opener Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium in Greenville, South Carolina. Junior running back Nate Eachus led Colgate with 28 rushes for a game-high 134 yards with a touchdown and senior quarterback Greg Sullivan combined for 108 yards but it was not enough for the Raiders. “Nate is a great football player, a Division I football player,” Coach Biddle said. “He could play at a lot of big schools. We ask a lot of him, but now we need to get everyone to play at his level.” Sophomore wideout Jonathan Mputu caught his first two career receptions from Sullivan in the loss but the real story was Worley and the Paladins’ offense. After two stalled drives by Colgate (1–1) to start the game, Furman opened the scoring in the first quarter with a field goal by Ray Early. The Paladins’ drive was accentuated by a 37– yard run from Tersoo Uhaa to the ’Gate 26, and the Raiders were able to hold on for the three-point deficit. Furman (1–0) cut short Colgate’s promising movement on its next possession with an interception at the 10–yard line, but the Paladins
gave it right back on the next play when senior cornerback Coree’ Moses forced a fumble and junior linebacker Adam Lock jumped on the ball at the Furman 37. With a great opportunity to tie or take the lead, junior quarterback Steve Rizzo fumbled in the end zone and the Raiders came away with nothing. Instead, Furman moved back down the field and Jerry Williams punched it in from eight yards out to make it 10–0. “That play changed the whole outcome of the game,” Head Coach Dick Biddle said. “Whether you like it or not, that affected us because they came right back and scored. Two or three plays like that will change everything.” Colgate closed the gap later in the quarter after a nine-play, 63–yard drive culminated in an 11–yard dash to the end zone by Sullivan making it 10–7. Eachus was a highlight reel on the drive, rushing four times for 44 yards including a 10–yard spurt on fourth-and-one to keep the drive alive. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the defense could not hold. The Paladins came right back, building the lead to 17–7 at halftime. Worley, a fifth–year senior, came off the bench for the final minutes of the half and engineered a nine– play, 60–yard scoring drive that he sealed with a 19–yard scoring strike to Tyler Maples. In the second half, the barrage only got worse. Furman opened the third quarter with the ball, driving 73 yards in 13 plays to push the lead to 24–7. Worley connected with Adam Mims on a 10–yard toss for the touchdown. After a good return from junior running back Noah Jackson, ’Gate started to push back down the field, getting down to the Paladins
46–yard line before penalties forced them to punt it away. Worley, who completed 9 of 14 pass attempts in the contest, continued his strong play in the second half with a three-yard connection with Tersoo Uhaa that gave the Paladins a commanding 31–7 lead in the fourth quarter. Uhaa ran for a career-high 125 yards and a touchdown in the contest and also collected a pair of receptions for 27 yards and a score. Furman quarterback Chris Forcier, who started the game for the Paladins, made it 38–7 when he took a snap from the center and raced around the left end and down the sideline for an 85–yard touchdown run, the sixth longest run in Furman’s history. Forcier finished the game with seven rushes for 130 yards, exemplifying the Paladins’ balanced offensive attack. “We had a chance to get back in the game and we didn’t do it,” Coach Biddle said. “We pressed on offense to make things happen and that can backfire. On defense, we just got worn out. We should have played better at the end of the game. It got out of hand, and that happens, but it’s disappointing.” Colgate was finally able to respond with a 12–play, 73–yard scoring drive, and finished off with a one-yard rush by Eachus for the touchdown. Sullivan took it in on the two-point conversion to bring the score to 38–15. Furman punctuated its offensive dominance with a nine–play, 78–yard drive to finish the game, punching it in once more for the final 30–point margin. Uhaa ran it in from a yard out as the Paladins finished with a 536–260 advantage in total offense over the Raiders. While it is difficult to take many good things
away from this game, Colgate did have a few positives. The Raiders forced two turnovers. Senior linebacker Chris DiMassa recorded a game-high 15 tackles and Eachus became the 15th player to rush for over 2000 yards at Colgate. “It is an honor to be recognized with all the other elite running backs that have come through Colgate,” Eachus said. “I have to give all the credit to every player on the offensive line at Colgate in the past three years. I know that if it wasn’t for those guys it wouldn’t have been possible. “ Luckily for the Raiders, they have a week off before their highly anticipated matchup with Syracuse on September 25 at the Carrier Dome. They are going to need it if they are to get to that next level. “We need to play a tight ballgame,” Coach Biddle said. “Against a team like Syracuse, you can’t make mistakes like we did. We have to focus on getting Colgate better as a team and make a few more plays. We definitely have our work cut out for us.” Syracuse is currently 1-1 on the season, and they will face off against Maine this weekend at home before the Upstate rivalry in two weeks. “We know Syracuse is a great team that has many great athletes,” Eachus said. “We need to have a great week of practice to try to minimize the mistakes we’ve made in the last two games. Then, as long as we stick to our gameplan and try to reduce the number of penalties, I think we will have a good shot at beating them.” The game is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. Contact Jordan Plaut email@example.com.
Men’s Soccer Remains Volleyball Goes 2-2 at Undefeated in Four Niagara/Canisius By Mitch Waxman Assistant Sports Editor
The Colgate men’s soccer team continued its stellar run to open the season, going 2-0 on the weekend with wins over Siena and Albany. Now 3-0-1 on the year, the Raiders are poised for big things as the campaign rolls on. After coming off a win in which Colgate secured the victory in extra time, the Raiders scored in the second minute of the Siena game. Junior forward Matt Schuber picked up a loose ball in the midfield, brought it quickly down to the offensive end and found senior defender Jeff Leach, who volleyed a missile into the back of the net. “It was a great confidence boost for the team,” Schuber said. “Goals have been hard to come by, so to get one early takes some of the pressure off.” Colgate continued to dictate the tempo of the game, but failed to score in the rest of the half. The defense, however, continued to hold up as the game went along, and as the second half waned it seemed that the Raiders might escape with a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately, however, in the 81st minute the Saints offense woke up and evened the game at one. Once again Colgate would need to go into overtime. Like the previous two overtime games that the Raiders had played, the first extra time period went scoreless. Like the previous OT game, the second period proved more fruitful for Colgate once again. Schuber completed his solid performance, adding a goal to his previous assist and giving the Raiders a 2-1 victory. “Siena had a long throw that we were able to clear out of the box and move up the field,”
Schuber said. “I played the ball to (sophomore Mike) Reidy and we were off to the races on the counter attack. He was able to beat one defender before getting the ball back to me with just the goalie to beat. I deked him one way and then was able to slip it in. Another overtime win was great, as it is a great character test, but it would be nice to make it easier on ourselves and win one in regulation.” Colgate listened to Schuber’s advice and did just that, beating the Albany Great Danes 1-0 in its second game of the weekend. The win was the Raiders’ first regulation win of the season. In the first half of the game, however, it did not look as if either team would get a win at all, much less a regulation win. Neither team took many shots, and neither team got any great chances. In the second half the Raiders decided to come alive, and took three times as many shots as they had in the initial half. None of these shots found the target though, and it seemed that once again Colgate would go to overtime. Luckily, Reidy was there to save the day. In the 79th minute he found some open space to dribble towards the goal and ripped a shot towards the near post, just beating the diving Great Danes’ goalkeeper to give the Raiders the lead. The defense continued its strong play in the remaining ten minutes, and Colgate escaped with its third win of the year “It’s always nice to come home after a successful weekend on the road,” Schuber said. The Raiders return home this weekend to play their first home games of the year against Vermont and Binghamton. Contact Mitch Waxman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Gillian Scherz Sports Editor
The Colgate volleyball team split a quartet of matches this past weekend, going 2-2 at the Niagara/Canisius Invitational. On Friday, the Raiders fell to Canisius, 0-3, followed by another 0-3 loss to Big Ten opponent Indiana University. Saturday saw Colgate make a comeback, however, as they first topped Robert Morris, 3-2, and then Niagara, also 3-2. In their first set against Canisius, the Raiders never saw the lead, and fell 25-20. The second set was much closer, with some back-and-forth action on the scoreboard, but Canisius still claimed the victory, 25-21. They then ran away with the final game, 25-14, leaving Colgate with the 0-3 loss. Junior Maureen Colligan and senior captain Logan Keala led the way for the Raiders at the net, posting eight and six kills, respectively. First-year Kaylee Fifer recorded 18 assists, while senior captain Devon Applegate and Keala had team-high defensive digs, with nine and eight, respectively. Later that day the Raiders took on the Indiana Hoosiers. The first set saw Colgate fighting hard with its opponent, never letting the Hoosiers have a sizeable lead until the very end, when they finished off the set, 25-20, over the Raiders. The second game was simply dominated by Indiana, 25-10. In the third and final set, Colgate came back swinging, but could not quite manage to find a solid lead, and Indiana took the match at 25-17. In the loss, junior Kaylee Dougherty and sophomore Michelle McCarthy each posted seven kills, while Applegate again led in
defensive digs, bringing up 11. Fifer recorded 16 assists during the match. Saturday was a day of celebration for the Raiders, as they added two wins to their record. In the first match of the day against Robert Morris, Colgate came out with momentum, taking the first two sets 25-20 and 25-18. The Raiders led in the third game, but allowed Robert Morris to come back and claim a 25-17 win. Robert Morris held onto that energy and defeated the Raiders in the fourth game as well, with a score of 25-19. The fifth set saw an intense battle between the two teams, battling far past a 15-point win, all the way to the Raiders’ victory at 19-17, giving Colgate the 3-2 win overall. Colligan again paved the way at the net with 16 kills. Senior captain Casey Ritt and Dougherty both hit double digits as well, posting 11 and 10 kills respectively. Fifer recorded 37 assists, while Applegate and Keala dominated the defense with 13 digs apiece. In their final match of the tournament, the Raiders fought in another five-set match in which they won the first game, 25-20, before dropping the next two, both 20-25, to Niagara. Colgate came back, however, and won the last two sets 25-15 and 15-11 to claim the victory. Against Niagara, Ritt had a huge game, as she put down 15 kills and was the only Raider to hit double digits on offense. Fifer led in assists with 25, while junior Blair Safir added 11. Applegate contributed 25 digs, while Fifer added 12. The Raiders will host the Colgate Invitational this weekend at Cotterell Court, where they will face Akron, Connecticut and Cornell. Contact Gillian Scherz email@example.com.
September 16, 2010
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September 16, 2010
Women’s Soccer Continues to Struggle By Jaime Heilbron Assistant Sports Editor
The confines of Van Doren Field did not prove friendly for the Colgate women’s soccer team, who dropped two games at home this past weekend at the Colgate Nike Invitational. The Raiders fell to Seton Hall last Friday evening 3-2 and to St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon by a 1-0 margin. Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Walsh stopped 8 of 12 shots faced throughout the weekend and junior midfielder Madeline Malone obtained a goal and an assist on Friday night’s contest. Friday’s match between Colgate and Seton Hall entertained the crowd in attendance with powerful offense displayed by both teams. The Raiders drew first blood when sophomore forward Jillian Kinter scored off a header assisted by Malone at the 15th minute. It would only take three seconds, however, for the Pirates to knot the game at one with a goal by Kaitlyn Rutter. Seton Hall took the lead at the 33rd min-
ute with a shot from the top of the penalty box by Ashley Clarke. A mere eight minutes later, however, Colgate would tie the game up at two apiece when Malone scored off a penalty kick. The second half of the match, when compared to the first, was anticlimactic in the sense that there was only one goal scored and that was not until the end of it. Both teams came out with the intention to obtain the lead and hold it for good, but both goalkeepers stood strong and were successful in keeping the goal closed. In the end, however, the Pirates would prevail, as they scored the final goal of the game in the 87th minute and won the contest by a tight score of 3-2, spoiling the home opener for the defending Patriot League champion. “The main difference between Colgate and Seton Hall on Friday night was Seton Hall’s ability to capitalize on their opportunities,” Malone said. “I felt that we had more possession and controlled the run of play but the ball just didn’t bounce our way. Maybe with some luck the final score would have
been different, but I am confident that our team will use this as a learning experience for future competitions.” Two days later, on Sunday afternoon, the Raiders took the field in the closing game of their invitational against St. Bonaventure. This game was completely different from the first one, instead of a high scoring affair, the fans saw a tight match in which the Bonnies took the initiative and continuously attacked the Colgate goal, peppering it with shots until they were finally able to break through in the 30th minute when Courtney Bosse took a shot after dribbling into the box, allowing St. Bonaventure to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room after the first 45 minutes. The second frame of the contest saw the Raiders take the initiative, attempting with desperation to at least tie the game. Colgate had several scoring chances throughout the second half, but were unable to put more than a single shot in the net and the game ended with neither team
causing damages in the second half and the match ending with a final score of 1-0 in St. Bonaventure’s favor. “Despite the losses this weekend, we remain positive because there was a lot of good soccer played in both games,” Malone said. “We are building as a team each practice and continuing to work hard day-in and day-out. We have four non-conference games left before Patriot League play starts. We are still committed to winning the Patriot League, hosting the tournament and continuing our season into the NCAA tournament.” The Raiders will next take the field this coming Sunday when they travel to Burlington, VT to face the University of Vermont Catamounts. “We are building on the positives, continuing to play the good possession soccer we are known for, and hoping that our shots find the back of the net,” Malone said. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start. Contact Jaime Heilbron